MANILA (Mindanao Examiner / 29 Jun) – Inakusahan ni Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV ang kandidato ng Team Unity na si Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri na nakinabang sa dayaan nitong nakalipas na halalan.
Pormal nang nakapanumpa kanina bilang senador ang dating opisyal ng Philippine Navy na nanguna sa pag-aaklas ng militar noong Hulyo 2003 laban sa administrasyong Arroyo.
“I wouldn’t want a cheat to join me in the Senate,” ani Trillanes.
“I believe Congressman Zubiri knows deep in his heart that he benefited from cheating. If he is decent enough, he wouldn’t accept victory in the Senate race because that is not something you want your kids to emulate,” dagdag na patutsada nito.
Matapos ang pagbibilang ng mga boto buhat sa Maguindanao ay nalamangan na ni Zubiri si Genuine Opposition candidate Atty. Aquilino PImentel III. Ang certificate of canvass sa Maguindanao umano ay sinasabing balot ng pandaraya pabor sa mga pambato ng administrasyon.
Binatikos naman ni Zubiri ang dating opisyal ng militar at libelous umano ang paratang ni Trillanes sa kanya.
Bukod kay Zubiri ay tinirada rin ni Trillanes si Pangulong Gloria Arroyo at ipinangakong hahalungkutin ang “Hello Garci” scandal sa Senado.
Samantala, inaantabayan pa rin ng Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) ang magiging desisyon ng Makati Regional Trial Court hinggil sa hahawak sa kustodiya kay Trillanes.
Nakapiit pa rin ang senador bunsod ng kinakaharap na kasong kudeta sa civilian court at paglabag sa Articles of War ng militar matapos masangkot sa Oakwood mutiny.
Ayon kay Public Information Office Chief Lieutenant Colonel Bartolome Bacarro, ngayong pormal nang matatawag na senador si Trillanes, mahalaga sa AFP na mabigyang-linaw kung sila pa rin ang magdiditine kay Trillanes.
Kahit aniya may legal na implikasyon kung hindi mapunta sa kanila ang kustodiya, sapat na rin na malinawan ito ng korte at hindi na aapela pa ang AFP.
Iginigiit lamang ng AFP na matiyak na mapapalutang sa mga paglilitis ng General Court Martial si Trillanes. (Juley Reyes)
ZAMBOANGA SIBUGAY (Mindanao Examiner / 29 Jun) – The Philippine military on Friday said it has new information about a kidnapped Italian Roman Catholic priest in the troubled South, a spokesman said.
Lt. Col. Bartolome Bacarro would not give details about Giancarlo Bossi, of the Papal Institute of Foreign Missions (PIME), saying it could jeopardize the ongoing operation to free the 57-year old priest.
Bossi was seized June 10 in the coastal village of Bulawan in Zamboanga Sibugay’s Payao town by rogue members of the country’s largest Muslim rebel group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, which is fighting for a separate homeland in Mindanao.
“There are positive developments,” he said without elaborating.
The MILF denied any involvement in the kidnapping and is helping in the search for Bossi. Eid Kabalu, a rebel spokesman, said the kidnappers were demanding “tens of millions” of pesos in ransom.
The military previously said that troops have tracked down and surrounded the lair of the kidnappers in Zamboanga Sibugay only to say again that the priest has been taken to Lanao del Norte province in the Muslim autonomous region.
Italian priests in the Philippines have expressed concern about Bossi and asked authorities to locate the priest.
“We were told that both the government forces and the MILF contacts have been monitoring all possible areas, all possible armed groups, and all possible witnesses, even the most secret hideouts, using the latest high-tech devices.”
“We were told that emissaries were sent with cell phones to verify if he is alive, we were told that medicines had been provided for his hypertension, we were told he is well alive riding a horse. We were told that the kidnappers are asking for 15 million pesos. But when we tried to verify all these reports we have come to the conclusion that they are all false reports,” the PIME said in a statement Friday.
PIME said until now the Philippine authorities have provided no proof that Bossi is still alive. And that the kidnappers have not contacted them.
“So far there is no proof of life, no clear identification of the kidnappers, no confirmed sighting, no demand for ransom, no declaration of purpose for this sudden abduction.”
“We know that Giancarlo cannot disappear like a ghost. He is too big and must be difficult to hide him. We are very worried about him,” PIME said. (Juley Reyes and Juan Magtanggol)
QUEZON CITY (Mindanao Examiner / 28 Jun) – “Wendy Labas…Wendy Labas…” Ito ang mga nakabibinging sigaw ngayong gabi ng mga tao sa muling pagkakasalba – sa ikatlong beses – ng malditang si Wendy.
Napalabas si Bodie sa eviction night sa bahay ni Kuya, ngunit lungkot at galit, inis at pagka-irita ang aura ng maraming mga nagaabang sa paglabas ni Wendy.
Matibay ang maldita at halos mangisay ng marinig kay Tony Gonzaga, ang host ng Pinoy Big Brother show ang kanyang pangalan na mapapasama sa Big 4. Hindi kasi mapaniwala ang bakiltang si Wendy na nasalba na naman ito.
Maging ang mga showbiz reporter ay hindi rin makapaniwala na ligtas na naman si Wendy – mukhang may sa pagka-aswang ang lukaret dahil nasalba na naman.
Bago napalabas si Bodie ay halos hindi makatingin sa one way mirror si Wendy at palaging naka-yuko dahil ang feeling siguro ni “Bella Flores“ ay siya ang masisibak.
Hay naku…malakas talaga ang dasal ni Wendy kaya’t ayun at naligtas na naman si Bella!
Katulad ng sigaw nila kanina…Wendy Labas…Wendy Labas! (Showbiz Chismis ni Broohang Jokla)
QUEZON CITY (Mindanao Examiner / 28 Jun) – Nagmamalaki ang Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) sa kakayanan nitong madurog ang rebeldeng New People’s Army (NPA) kahit na hindi tulungan ng Estados Unidos sa anti-insurgency campaign nito.
Kumpyansang ipinahayag ni AFP spokesman Lt. Col. Bartolome Bacarro na kung tutuusin ay mas maaga pa sa takdang panahon ang mga istratehiyang isinasakatuparan nito para sa matagumpay na kampanya laban sa mga komunista.
“Strategically, the way we are going right now based on the projections that we have, we are doing well, we are even ahead of the schedule,” ani Bacarro.
Target ng militar na unti-unting mapilayan ang mga rebelde hanggang sa maparalisa sa taong 2010.
“We will defeat them by 2010, reducing them to an inconsequential level,” ayon sa opisyal.
Nagsimula aniya sa mahigit 7,000 noong nakaraang taon ang bilang ng mga rebelde, gayundin ang pag-arangkada ng Oplan Bantay Laya ng militar, target ng AFP na mabawasan ng 1,000 gerilya kada taon ang puwersa ng NPA.
Sinabi ni Bacarro na sa ganitong paraan ay hindi na makapaglulunsad ng malalaking pagsalakay ng komunistang samahan, bukod pa sa gugutumin rin ang mga ito kapag napilayan ang pinagkukunan ng kanilang resources.
Naniniwala pa ang opisyal na mas kayang makontrol ang NPA kaysa halos 300 hanggang 400 miyembro ng Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG).
“Ang ASG kasi, it has stake taken international prominence, but the NPA we are determined that we can handle them,” hirit pa ni Bacarro.
Ngunit sa kabila ng mga pahayag ng U.S. at AFP ukol sa NPA ay nagbanta naman ang rebeldeng grupo na gaganti ito kung sakaling makikialam ang mga Kano sa labanan.
Tinuligsa rin ng NPA ang ginawang invasion ng U.S. sa Iraq at Afghanistan at ang Pangulong si George Bush.
“Right now the US is sinking deeper in two quagmires, in Iraq and Afghanistan. Even Bush is now in boiling water in Washington for launching wars of aggression.”
“However, should the US decide to bring in more troops to the Philippines and engage in further intervention or aggression against the revolutionary forces, the Filipino people and revolutionary forces would gain the golden opportunity to avenge the more than 1.5 million Filipinos who were martyred by US military actions from the start of the US-Filipino war in1899 to the end of the US pacification campaigns in 1914,” ani Fidel Agcaoili, ang chairman ng National Democratic Front Human Rights Committee. (Juley Reyes)
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MANILA (Mindanao Examiner / 28 Jun) – A U.S.-based human rights group accused the Philippine military of engaging in a “dirty war” in a campaign to silent political activists in the country.
In an 84-page report released on Thursday and titled, “Scared Silent: Impunity for Extrajudicial Killings in the Philippines,” the Human Rights Watch said Manila should aggressively prosecute members of the security forces responsible for hundreds of extrajudicial executions in recent years.
Filipino militant groups said more than 800 people had been kidnapped and murdered since President Gloria Arroyo rose to power in 2001. Most of the killings, they said, pointed to the military as the culprit.
The report, based on more than 100 interviews, details the involvement of government security forces in the murder or “disappearance” of members of leftist political parties and nongovernmental organizations, journalists, outspoken clergy, anti-mining activists, and agricultural reform activists.
To date there have been no successful prosecutions of any member of the armed forces implicated in recent extrajudicial killings, the Human Rights Watch in New York said. “There is strong evidence of a ‘dirty war’ by the armed forces against left-leaning activists and journalists,” said Sophie Richardson, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch.
“The failure to prosecute soldiers or police suspected in these killings shifts the spotlight of responsibility to the highest levels of the government.”
While abuses have been common in the decades-long armed conflict between the government and the communist New People’s Army (NPA), unlawful killings appeared to shift into a higher gear in February 2006, after President Arroyo accused leftist political parties of allying themselves with military coup plotters.
In June 2006, Arroyo declared a new strategy of an “all-out war” to eliminate the NPA, which may have sent a signal to the military that abuses would be tolerated.
The NPA also continues to commit human rights abuses, including kidnapping and unlawful killings, which Human Rights Watch also condemned. But such abuses by insurgents do not justify the military or the government committing further human rights violations through extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances of any person, including members of political groups and civil society organizations that are sympathetic to the insurgents’ cause.
Most of the victims of the political killings documented by Human Rights Watch were members of legal political parties or organizations that the military claims are allied with the communist movement.
None of the incidents investigated by Human Rights Watch involved anyone who was participating in an armed encounter with the military or was otherwise involved in NPA military operations. Each victim appears to have been individually targeted for killing.
Three motorcycle-riding gunmen shot and killed Sotero Llamas, the former Bicol region commander of the NPA, while he was riding in his car on the morning of May 29, 2006, through his home town of Tabaco City in Albay province.
Llamas, who had been imprisoned in 1995 for his membership in the NPA, was released in 1996, became a consultant to the peace process, and then became a founding member of the political party Bayan Muna.
The NPA said government soldiers assassinated Llamas.
In February 2006, Llamas was one of the 51 people whom the police accused of rebellion and insurrection and being involved in the conspiracy to overthrow the Arroyo administration.
A judge dismissed the charges, but state prosecutors subsequently re-filed the case, which was still pending at the time of his death.
Three eyewitnesses currently in hiding told Human Rights Watch of the involvement of soldiers in the death of Pastor Andy Pawikan, a member of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines, on May 21, 2006. Pawikan, his wife, his 7-month-old daughter and three other women were walking home from church when they were stopped by a group of about 20 soldiers.
The women, including Pawikan’s wife, were allowed to proceed but the soldiers detained Pawikan, who was carrying the baby. After about 30 minutes, those who had just been with Pawikan heard “many” shots. They were too afraid to investigate.
After some time a group of soldiers came and returned the child to Pawikan’s mother-in-law.
The baby was covered in blood but otherwise uninjured. The next day soldiers from the locally based 48th Infantry Battalion told the villagers Pawikan had fought the soldiers and they had no choice but to shoot him.
Human Rights Watch also found that the Philippines government is consistently failing in its obligations under international human rights law to hold accountable perpetrators of politically motivated killings, and thus denying victims’ families justice.
One apparent roadblock to prosecutions is the seeming unwillingness of senior military officials to even recognize that superior commanders may be legally responsible for acts of their subordinates as a matter of command responsibility. Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff General Hermogenes Esperon Jr. told the media, “Criminal acts only involve the individual.”
In response to growing international pressure, in August 2006 President Arroyo created a special police body, Task Force Usig, which she charged with solving 10 cases in 10 weeks. At the end of its mandate the Task Force claimed that 21 cases were “solved” by filing cases in court against identified suspects, all of them members of the outlawed Communist Party of the Philippines or the NPA.
Only 12 suspects involved in these incidents were actually in police custody. In August 2006, President Arroyo also created the Melo Commission to further probe the killings of media workers and left-wing activists since 2001.
The commission’s report, which was only made public under pressure from United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Executions Philip Alston, failed to provide any new information or analysis on the cases.
At the commission’s hearings, army and police officials were not challenged when they advanced distorted understandings of command responsibility, and were instead indulged in lengthy digressions on the importance of neutralizing the NPA threat. The Melo Commission’s mandate expires on June 30, 2007. Human Rights Watch said that while the government claims that it is doing all it can to address the abuses, it has taken few concrete steps to end the killings or prosecute perpetrators.
A Philippine military spokesman, Lt. Col. Bartolome Bacarro, has accused the Human Rights Watch of not getting the side of the Armed Forces so it can answer all allegations against its members.
“We categorically deny allegations that there is a dirty war being waged by the Armed Forces, particularly against the leftist groups. It is an unfair reporting because we have been collaborating with any agency conducting investigation relative to extrajudicial killings. We are transparent as we can be,” Bacarro said.
He said all allegations of extra-judicial killings blamed to the military were old issue.
Human Rights Watch is the largest human rights organization based in the United States. Its researchers conduct fact-finding investigations into human rights abuses in all regions of the world and then publishes those findings in dozens of books and reports every year, generating extensive coverage in local and international media. (Juan Magtanggol and Juley Reyes)
American appreciation for Islam was the theme of President Bush’s speech at the Islamic Center of Washington on the mosque’s 50th anniversary June 27.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower dedicated the Center in 1957, and President Bush’s message of friendship and respect for the Muslim World echoed the same message that President Eisenhower delivered 50 years ago.
The president also announced he will appoint a U.S. envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) to “listen and learn” and share U.S. views with delegates from Muslim nations.
The appointment is intended “to demonstrate to Muslim communities our interest in respectful dialogue and continued friendship,” he said. It will be the first time an American president has appointed an envoy to the OIC.
Calling the mosque’s anniversary a “celebration of America’s diversity of faith and our unity as free people,” Bush quoted the poet Rumi: “The lamps are different, but the light is the same.”
Following is the full text of the President’s remarks at the ceremony: Imam, thank you very much. Thank you for inviting me. I bring my personal respect to you, sir. And I appreciate your friendship. I do want to thank the governors of the Islamic Center. I welcome the Ambassadors.
Thank you all for coming. I appreciate other distinguished guests who are here. It is an honor to join you at this rededication ceremony. As the Imam mentioned, half a century has passed since one of our great leaders welcomed the Islamic Center into our nation’s family of faith.
Dedicating this site, President Dwight D. Eisenhower offered America’s hand in friendship to Muslims around the world. He asked that together we commit ourselves “to peaceful progress of all men under one God.”
Today we gather, with friendship and respect, to reaffirm that pledge — and to renew our determination to stand together in the pursuit of freedom and peace. We come to express our appreciation for a faith that has enriched civilization for centuries. We come in celebration of America’s diversity of faith and our unity as free people. And we hold in our hearts the ancient wisdom of the great Muslim poet, Rumi: “The lamps are different, but the light is the same.”
Moments like this dedication help clarify who Americans are as a people, and what we wish for the world. We live in a time when there are questions about America and her intentions. For those who seek a true understanding of our country, they need to look no farther than here.
This Muslim center sits quietly down the road from a synagogue, a Lutheran church, a Catholic parish, a Greek Orthodox chapel, a Buddhist temple — each with faithful followers who practice their deeply held beliefs and live side by side in peace.
This is what freedom offers: societies where people can live and worship as they choose without intimidation, without suspicion, without a knock on the door from the secret police. The freedom of religion is the very first protection offered in America’s Bill of Rights. It is a precious freedom.
It is a basic compact under which people of faith agree not to impose their spiritual vision on others, and in return to practice their own beliefs as they see fit. This is the promise of our Constitution, and the calling of our conscience, and a source of our strength. The freedom to worship is so central to America’s character that we tend to take it personally when that freedom is denied to others.
Our country was a leading voice on behalf of the Jewish refusniks in the Soviet Union. Americans joined in common cause with Catholics and Protestants who prayed in secret behind an Iron Curtain. America has stood with Muslims seeking to freely practice their beliefs in places such as Burma and China. To underscore America’s respect for the Muslim faith here at home, I came to this Center six days after the 9/11 attacks to denounce incidents of prejudice against Muslim Americans.
Today I am announcing a new initiative that will improve mutual understanding and cooperation between America and people in predominately Muslim countries. I will appoint a special envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference. This is the first time a President has made such an appointment to the OIC. Our special envoy will listen to and learn from representatives from Muslim states and will share with them America’s views and values.
This is an opportunity for Americans to demonstrate to Muslim communities our interest in respectful dialogue and continued friendship. We have seen that friendship reflected in the outpouring of support Americans have extended to Muslim communities across the globe during times of war and natural disaster. Americans came to the aid of the victims of devastating earthquakes in Pakistan and Iran, and responded with urgency and compassion to the wreckage of the tsunami in Indonesia and Malaysia.
Our country defended Muslims in Bosnia and Kosovo after the breakup of Yugoslavia. Today we are rallying the world to confront genocide in Sudan. Americans of all beliefs have undertaken these efforts out of compassion, conviction, and conscience. The greatest challenge facing people of conscience is to help the forces of moderation win the great struggle against extremism that is now playing out across the broader Middle East.
We’ve seen the expansion of the concept of religious freedom and individual rights in every region of the world — except one. In the Middle East, we have seen instead the rise of a group of extremists who seek to use religion as a path to power and a means of domination. These self-appointed vanguard — this self-appointed vanguard presumes to speak for Muslims. They do not.
They call all Muslims who do not believe in their harsh and hateful ideology “infidels” and “betrayers” of the true Muslim faith. This enemy falsely claims that America is at war with Muslims and the Muslim faith, when in fact it is these radicals who are Islam’s true enemy.
They have staged spectacular attacks on Muslim holy sites to divide Muslims and make them fight one another. The majority of the victims of their acts of terror are Muslims. In Afghanistan, they have targeted teachers for beatings and murder. In Iraq, they killed a young boy, and then booby-trapped his body so it would explode when his family came to retrieve him. They put children in the backseat of a car so they could pass a security checkpoint, and then blew up the car with the children still inside.
These enemies bombed a wedding reception in Amman, Jordan, a housing complex in Saudi Arabia, a hotel in Jakarta. They claim to undertake these acts of butchery and mayhem in the name of Allah. Yet this enemy is not the true face of Islam, this enemy is the face of hatred. Men and women of conscience have a duty to speak out and condemn this murderous movement before it finds its path to power.
We must help millions of Muslims as they rescue a proud and historic religion from murderers and beheaders who seek to soil the name of Islam. And in this effort, moderate Muslim leaders have the most powerful and influential voice. We admire and thank those Muslims who have denounced what the Secretary General of the OIC called “radical fringe elements who pretend that they act in the name of Islam.”
We must encourage more Muslim leaders to add their voices, to speak out against radical extremists who infiltrate mosques, to denounce organizations that use the veneer of Islamic belief to support and fund acts of violence, and to reach out to young Muslims — even in our country and elsewhere in the free world — who believe suicide bombing may some day be justified. We need to rally the voices of Muslims who can speak most directly to millions in the Arab world left behind in the global movement toward prosperity and freedom.
For decades the free world abandoned Muslims in the Middle East to tyrants, and terrorists, and hopelessness. This was done in the interests of stability and peace, but instead the approach brought neither. The Middle East became an incubator for terrorism and despair, and the result was an increase in Muslims’ hostility to the West.
I have invested the heart of my presidency in helping Muslims fight terrorism, and claim their liberty, and find their own unique paths to prosperity and peace. The efforts underway in Afghanistan and Iraq are central in this struggle, but that struggle is not going to end the threats; it’s not going to end there.
We believe the ultimate success of Afghans and Iraqis will inspire others who want to live in freedom, as well. We will work toward a day when a democratic Palestine lives side by side with Israel in peace. We have already seen stirrings of a democratic future in other parts of the Middle East, though it will take time for liberty to flower. A democratic future is not a plan imposed by Western nations, it is a future that the people of the region will seize for themselves.
A future of freedom is the dream and the desire of every loving heart. We know this because of the 8 million people who braved threats and intimidation to vote in Afghanistan. We know this because of the nearly 12 million people who cast ballots in free elections in Iraq.
And we know this because the world watched as the citizens of Lebanon raised the banner of the Cedar Revolution, drove out their Syrian occupiers, and chose new leaders under free elections. Even now the hope for freedom is felt in some dark corners in the Middle East — whispering in living rooms, and coffee houses, and in classrooms. Millions seek a path to the future where they can say what they think, travel where they wish, and worship as they choose.
They plead in silence for their liberty — and they hope someone, somewhere will answer. So today, in this place of free worship, in the heart of a free nation, we say to those who yearn for freedom from Damascus to Tehran: You are not bound forever by your misery. You plead in silence no longer.
The free world hears you. You are not alone. America offers you its hand in friendship. We work for the day when we can welcome you into the family of free nations. We pray that you and your children may one day know freedom in all things, including the freedom to love and to worship the Almighty God.
May God bless you.
MANILA (Mindanao Examiner / 28 Jun) – Nagmatagis kanina ang Armed Forces of the Philippines na hindi nito ililitaw ang dokumentong nagtataglay ng resulta ng isang imbestigasyon sa mga miyembro ng Army ukol sa pagkawala ng aktibistang si Jonas Burgos.
Nais ng pamilya ni Burgos na makakuha ng kopya ng imbestigasyon na ginawa ng Provost Marshal. Isinabit ng pamilya ni Burgos ang mga sundalo ng 56th Infantry Battalion dahil sa isang plaka ng sasakyan nasa pangangalaga nito ang siyang ginamit ng get-away vehicle sa pagdukot kay Burgos sa Gotesco Mall mahigit dalawang buwan na ang nakaraan.
Sinabi ni AFP spokesman Lt. Col. Bartolome Bacarro na confidential ang mga dokumento at hindi puwedeng isa-publiko. Gayunman, idinagdag nitong pinag-aaralan ng Judge Advocate General’s Office (JAGO) kung papayagan ang pamilya Burgos na makakuha ng kopya ng Provost Marshal report.
Ang AFP Provost Marshal ang nagsagawa ng pagbusisi hinggil sa umano’y kapabayaan ng ilang opisyal at tauhan nito nang manakaw ang plaka ng naka-impound na trak sa kampo ng 56th Infantry Battalion ng Philippine Army sa Norzagaray, Bulacan at nakitang ginamit sa get-away vehicle nang tangayin si Burgos.
Ngunit kung susundin aniya ang normal na regulasyon sa militar, hindi maaaring ilabas ang investigation report dahil isa itong panloob na dokumento ng AFP.
“It is an internal document of the AFP. Normally, it is not for disclosure,” ani Bacarro.
Lalo naman nagdiin sa AFP ang pagkakasangkot nito sa pagkawala ni Burgos dagil sa pagtatago ng dokumento, ayon sa mga kaibigan ni Burgos. Baka pa umano magkaroon ng “white wash” sa resulta ng imbestigasyon o kaya ay mabago ang mga nakasaad doon.
Una nang pinaratangan ni Editha Burgos, ang ina ni Jonas, si AFP Chief of Staff General Hermogenes Esperon Jr. na nagtatakip sa mga tauhan nitong dawit sa pagdukot umano kay Jonas.
Mariin namang itinatanggi ng AFP ang nasabing akusasyon dahil kung tutuusin ay nagsagawa ng pag-iimbestiga ang organisasyon sa maaaring kinalaman ng kanilang ng mga tauhan sa insidente.
“General Esperon is not covering up anything. As a matter of fact even during the start of this issue, the AFP came out with a statement saying that anybody who will be implicated or who will be, whose names will come out as a result of the investigation being conducted by the Philippine National Police will be made available so we are not covering up anything,” dagdag ni Bacarro.
Hindi rin nakatitiyak si Bacarro kung may mapapala ang pamilya Burgos sa Provost Marshal report gayung natutuon lamang sa nawawalang plaka ang pag-uungkat nito. (Juley Reyes at Juan Magtanggol)
A Filipino policeman stands guard as two boys look Thursday, June 28, 2007 at photographs of wanted leaders of the al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf group and Indonesian terror network Jemaah Islamiya and a poster of an IED, wired to a cellular phone to trigger detonation, to inform the public of what a probable homemade bomb looks like outside the Zamboanga International Airport. The Philippine military is to launch fresh offensive against the Abu Sayyaf, now headed by a news chieftain Yasser Igasan, and Jemaah Islamiya in Jolo island, where two Indonesian bombers – Dulmatin and Umar Patek — are believed to be hiding. (Mindanao Examiner Photo Service)
Petty Officer 1st Class Randolf B. Castronuevo hammers in a nail on a new pressure-treated fascia board at the Tayungan Elementary School during a recent joint Philippine-US Navy Engineering Civil Action Project on Jolo island in the Sulu Archipelago. The Tayungan Elementary School is severely damaged by weather and termites, and the pressure-treated wood will help resist the same situation again. (Photo contributed by Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines)