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Bad news, bad news, bad news...

The following are excerpts of the news I gathered up for a couple of days. All of which are bad news. Is it just me or is the media always reporting bad news? They just love death, murder, scandals, and everything to make your day go bad..It is very hard to find good news today here in the Philippines. The media is making money out of some other people's dilemma.

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MANILA, APRIL 24, 2007 (STAR) The Department of Justice (DOJ) may
appeal the ruling of the Makati Regional Trial Court to allow senatorial
candidate Gregorio Honasan to post bail.

"We’re studying that … we might be accused by some people of
harassing him again," Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez said yesterday.

Gonzalez, however, expressed doubts that such an appeal would prosper.

"I would think that a motion for reconsideration (of the bail grant)
will not be successful," he said.

Gonzalez said the ruling of the Supreme Court to free Bayan Muna
party-list Rep. Satur Ocampo has sent the wrong signal to the lower

"The SC decision to release him (Ocampo) set the trend. That is a bad
trend. We cannot place in jail people who challenge the authority of
the state," Gonzalez said.

"That is what I am afraid of. That Trillanes and Beltran will be
allowed bail and all the efforts that we have done to safeguard the government
against destabilizers will have gone for naught," Gonzalez said,
referring to former Navy Lt. Senior Grade Antonio Trillanes IV and Anakpawis Rep.
Crispin Beltran, who were both accused of conspiring to overthrow the

"Maybe they’ll order bail for everybody. I don’t care if the
Supreme Court listens to this," he lamented.

In fact, some quarters are already seeking the temporary release of
both Trillanes and Beltran.

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When will we learn to keep this type of guy's in prison??? Argghh...

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MANILA, APRIL 24, 2007 (STAR) By Jaime Laude - Moro National Liberation
(MNLF) commander Habier Malik and his men, who have been fighting
government troops in Sulu, would be treated as terrorists if they are
captured in the company of Abu Sayyaf members, an anti-terrorism
official said yesterday.

The official, who asked not to be named, said the military is still
validating reports that Malik and his men have joined the Abu Sayyaf.

"Once we establish that Malik has joined forces with the group of
Albader Parad and Dr. Abu, they would become MNLF renegades and they would be
classified as terrorists," the official said.

The official said the military has "remained soft" on Malik and his
band in deference to the peace treaty with the MNLF.

"If they (Malik and his band) are with the Abu Sayyaf, then they have
forfeited their membership in the MNLF, and this would allow us to go
all out and deal with these terrorists harshly," the official said.

Quoting intelligence reports, Armed Forces chief Gen. Hermogenes
Esperon Jr. said Malik has been giving sanctuary to foreign Jemaah Islamiyah
terrorists Dulmatin —who goes by one name —and Umar Patek, who are
wanted for the 2002 bombings in Bali, Indonesia.

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Will the AFP just destroy these guys?? This guy's are terrorist, they don't have a heart anymore. The MNLF should have disbanded along time ago. They have been given many chances to change, to accept peace..but what did they do? They just re-armed themselves and started making trouble again. Jeez..

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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

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

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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.