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NPA insurgency gone by 2016 – military Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

NPA insurgency gone by 2016 – military


THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is optimistic that the decades-old communist insurgency in the country will be defeated before the end of the six-year term of the Aquino administration in 2016.

The chief of the AFP Public Affairs Office (PAO), Lt. Col. Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos, on Monday claimed that many members of the New People’s Army (NPA), the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines and the National Democratic Frong (CPP-NDF), have expressed their desire to leave the underground movement and return to mainstream society.

According to Burgos, this wish was evident in two separate incidents in Mindoro Occidental and Cagayan de Oro City wherein NPA rebels said that they will surrender after the 18-day suspension of offensive military operations (SOMO) against the CPP-NPA that took effect on December 16. .... MORE

SourceManila Times

URL: http://www.manilatimes.net/index.php/top-stories/36416-npa-insurgency-gone-by-2016--military

Govt drops terrorist tag on communist guerrillas by Joyce Pangco Pañares

Govt drops terrorist tag on communist guerrillas
 

by Joyce Pangco Pañares
THE Aquino administration has dropped all references to “communist terrorists” in its new National Security Policy, a sign it is hopeful about the peace talks with the rebels next year. 

A draft of the 44-page document, a copy of which was shown to the Manila Standard, contains no deadline for eradicating the communist New People’s Army or the Abu Sayyaf bandits.

Instead of “CT” for the “communist-terrorists,” the document now uses “CNN” to refer to the Communist Party of the Philippines-National Democratic Front-New People’s Army, a convention introduced by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process..... MORE

SourceManila Standard

URL: http://www.manilastandardtoday.com/insideNews.htm?f=2010/december/27/news1.isx&d=2010/december/27

Light rail fare likely to be raised to P18 by Jeremiah F. de Guzman

Light rail fare likely to be raised to P18
 

by Jeremiah F. de Guzman
THE Transport Department says the minimum fare on the Light Rail Transit Lines 1 and 2 and on the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 is likely to go up to P18 from P10 to reduce the government’s subsidy to commuters.

The increase is expected in the first quarter, and the later increases will be staggered to ease the burden on consumers but bring them near the P26 to P27 fares charged by the air-condition buses, the department says..... MORE

SourceManila Standard

URL: http://www.manilastandardtoday.com/insideNews.htm?f=2010/december/27/news2.isx&d=2010/december/27

Tribal groups oppose hydro project by Rey T. Salita

Tribal groups oppose hydro project
 

by Rey T. Salita
TRIBAL groups in central Mindanao opposing a government plan to build a 348- megawatt hydroelectric dam that will inundate at least 3,000 hectares forestland in southern Bukidnon and displace thousands of indigenous families have found an unlikely ally in the Energy department.

Secretary Jose Almendras said before a Senate committee hearing last week that hydro power generation will be adversely affected by climate change in the next 10 years..... MORE

SourceManila Standard

URL: http://www.manilastandardtoday.com/insideNation.htm?f=2010/december/27/nation3.isx&d=2010/december/27

PNP seizes more than 160,000 illegal firecrackers since start of Christmas season December 28, 2010, 11:38am

PNP seizes more than 160,000 illegal firecrackers since start of Christmas season

December 28, 2010, 11:38am
MANILA, Philippines (PNA) – More than 160,000 prohibited firecrackers have already been confiscated by the Philippine National Police (PNP) during continuing operations throughout the country since the start of Christmas Season on December 16.

PNP spokesman Chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz Jr. said that more than 168,000 illegal and prohibited firecrackers have been seized during a series of police operations nationwide..... MORE

SourceManila Bulletin

URL: http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/295176/pnp-seizes-more-160000-illegal-firecrackers-start-christmas-season

SAF, Marines probed for Sulu chapel blast December 28, 2010, 11:34am

SAF, Marines probed for Sulu chapel blast

December 28, 2010, 11:34am
MANILA, Philippines (PNA) – The Philippine National Police (PNP) high command has ordered an investigation of the policemen and Marines on duty at the Sacred Heart Chapel in Sulu which was blasted by an explosion on Christmas Day.

PNP spokesman Chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz Jr. said that members of the PNP’s elite Special Action Force (SAF) and elements of the Philippine Marines who were deployed to check on the reported bomb threat at the Sacred Heart Chapel will be subjected to the probe..... MORE

SourceManila Bulletin

URL: http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/295175/saf-marines-probed-sulu-chapel-blast

Cholera kills 2,707 in Haiti December 28, 2010, 1:25pm

Cholera kills 2,707 in Haiti

December 28, 2010, 1:25pm
SANTO DOMINGO (Xinhua) -- At least 2,707 people have died from the cholera epidemic in Haiti, the country's Ministry of Public Health and Population (MSPP) said Monday.

According to the Dec. 18 statement from the authorities, since the cholera epidemic hit Haiti in mid-October, 128,251 people have been infected, 68,764 of whom were hospitalized.

The epidemic has spread to 10 departments. The northeastern Artibonite department is the most affected, where 813 people have died..... MORE

SourceManila Bulletin

URL: http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/295199/cholera-kills-2707-haiti

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