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U.S. SENATE ASKS RP TO BRING ATTACKERS OF JOURNALISTS TO JUSTICE

WASHINGTON,
MAY 5, 2006 (STAR) The US Senate urged the Philippine government yesterday to swiftly bring to justice attackers of journalists in the country.

The call came after a Senate inquiry into reported murders of journalists in the Philippines since 2000.

"Ensuring that legal officials thoroughly investigate and prosecute attacks on journalists is critical as the world recognizes Press Freedom day today," said Republican Senator Richard Lugar, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which held the inquiry.

In reaction to the US Senate call, Press Secretary Ignacio Bunye said the Philippine government is working hard to stop the killings of journalists.

Oh come on..Are they going to meddle with our state affairs again? and again? I found out on a forum that they (US GOVERNMENT) killed and hide the evidence of killing journalist in Iraq (click HERE).

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WHITE HOUSE SPY: ARAGONCILLO PLEADS GUILTY

WASHINGTON,
MAY 7, 2006 (STAR) By Jose Katigbak STAR Washington Bureau - Leandro Aragoncillo, a former US Marine who worked at the White House and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as an intelligence analyst, on Thursday admitted passing classified information to Filipino opposition politicians as part of an attempt to overthrow President Arroyo.

Aragoncillo, a Filipino-American, admitted going to Manila and meeting with his co-conspirators at Malacañang on Jan. 12, 2001 — eight days before former President Joseph Estrada was ousted from office, the US Justice Department said.

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And here's what Former President Estrada has to say....

ERAP: I AM WILLING TO FACE ANYONE

MANILA,
MAY 7, 2006 (STAR) By Marichu Villanueva - Former President Joseph Estrada shrugged off yesterday the admission of Leandro Aragoncillo, a Filipino-American intelligence analyst, that he passed classified information to opposition personalities in the Philippines who were trying to oust President Arroyo.

"Why single me out? I was not the only one who was given copies (by Aragoncillo)," Estrada pointed out.

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And the hard heads of the labor group...very hard headed people...!!

LABOR GROUP REJECTS DOLE CALL, FILE PETITIONS BEFORE WAGE BOARDS


MANILA,
MAY 7, 2006 (STAR) By James Mananghaya - A labor group said yesterday that workers in the country need a legislated wage hike and not increases decided by the regional wage boards.

In a statement, the Alliance of Progressive Labor (APL) said they are rejecting the suggestion of Labor Secretary Patricia Sto. Tomas for the workers to file wage hike petitions in the regional wage boards instead of holding rallies in the streets.

"Workers in the National Capital Region (NCR) will not go to the regional wage board for pay hikes. The workers need a legislated across-the-board wage increase now to help bridge the gap between minimum wage and the income needed to live a decent life. After all, the Constitution guarantees a living wage, not a minimum wage," Josua Mata, APL secretary general said.

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And finally, some good news...

IRELAND PUSHES NEW POLICIES TO BENEFIT FILIPINO CAREGIVERS

MANILA,
MAY 7, 2006 (STAR) Ireland has started to implement new policies allowing some 2,000 Filipino caregivers in this country to undergo hospital training as nurses following the efforts of the Philippine Embassy officials in London to reach out and negotiate with the Irish government.

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U.S. APPEALS COURT AWARDS $40 MILLION TO 9,539 MARCOS VICTIMS

MANILA,
MAY 7, 2006 (STAR) By Sandy Araneta - Thousands of Filipino human rights abuse victims can share $40 million in a New York brokerage account that belonged to the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, a United States federal appeals court said.

"This is sweet victory for Filipino victims of human rights abuse," Robert Swift, one of two lawyers for the plaintiffs, said in a statement distributed in Manila. "We struggled with scant resources for years to overcome many legal obstacles."

Each of the 9,539 Marcos victims will receive $3,000 to $3,500 if the money is distributed, the victims’ other lawyer, Rod Domingo Jr., said.

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AFP Modernization 2017: Highlights and Review

The modernization of the Armed Forces of the Philippines was on a roll this year, as we've seen a few big ticket items having completely delivered this year. Game changers as they say, these new assets have proven their capabilities both in combat and humanitarian missions.

Here's a brief on everything what we know about the AFP modernization this 2017.

Philippine Air Force  FA-50PH


The final batch of the FA-50PH Lead-In Fighter Trainers have been successfully delivered by the Korean Aerospace Industries last May. The last batch of 2 arrived on May 31st at Clark Air Base. The contract consist of 12 FA-50's at the price of Php 18.9 billion. AFP spokesperson Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla mentioned on a March 23 article in Inquirer that there are plans to purchase 6 more additional FA-50's if the funding allows it and if the performance is good.

FA-50PH Weapons - AIM-9 Air-to-air Missiles
Aside from the aircraft itself the Department of National Defense also ordered AIM-9

DND wants frigate with 'surface-to-air' missile power

MANILA, Philippines - Defense spokesperson Peter Paul Galvez announced on Friday that one of the frigates to be acquired by the Philippines will have "surface-to-air" capabilities. That is, the ship will have the capability to fire missiles, guided by radar or heat sensors, at airborne targets.
"Aside from this, our latest frigate will have heavier gun armament and other equipment that will make it very effective in patrolling and securing the country's waters," Galvez said in Filipino.
He declined to state the particular country the Philippines will acquire this ship but stressed that acquisition will be done through a government-to-government transaction.
The Philippines has taken on a new sense of urgency to upgrade its naval capabilities as tensions continue to rise around the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). US President Barack Obama's announced "pivot" for America towards the Pacific has stirred greater naval activity on the p…

Special Forces Assault Boat and the Philippine Aerospace Development Corporation

Special Forces assault boats to beef up patrols in Davao Gulf
Special Forces assault boats will soon patrol Davao Gulf to detect and deter piracy and terrorist threats in southern waters.

Two of these boats were formally turned over by Special Forces Regiment commander Brig. Gen. Ramiro Manuel Rey to Eastern Mindanao Command chief Lt. Gen. Benjamin Madrigal in Davao City on Tuesday, the EastMinCom said in a statement.

Madrigal said the boats will be “an additional capability in securing the municipal waters in the area of responsibility, particularly Davao Gulf, to preempt terrorists, piracy and other security threats from using the sea lanes in their terrorist and criminal acts. It can also be used for water search and rescue operations.”

The boats have counter/anti-terrorist capability and will be manned by Special Forces Riverine troopers.

The boats will be initially deployed with Joint Task Force Haribon which has the jurisdiction of Mega Davao, the Eastern Mindanao Command said.

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