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{mosimage}Government security forces are involved in the murder or disappearance of political activists in the Philippines and there’s “strong evidence of a ‘dirty war’ by the armed forces against left-leaning activists and journalists,” Human Rights Watch said in its report today. As such, the New York-based international organization is urging the United States to consider [...]

Posted on June 27, 2007   |   CATEGORY: Defense & Security

{mosimage}Rodolfo Garcia, retired general and former Armed Forces vice chief of staff, is slated to be appointed head of the government panel negotiating with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. He will replace Silvestre Afable Jr. who resigned mid-June apparently because of lack of support from President Arroyo and the Cabinet cluster on security, especially on [...]

Posted on June 26, 2007   |   CATEGORY: Defense & Security

{mosimage}The Office of the President today offered Sen. Ramon Magsaysay Jr. the position of chief of the government panel to negotiate with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) after the three parties engaged in the talks agreed on him as the replacement of Silvestre Afable who resigned last week (June 15). In a meeting in [...]

Posted on June 21, 2007   |   CATEGORY: Defense & Security

It’s useless for the military to pursue court-martial proceedings against senator-elect Antonio Trillanes IV now that he’s a civilian, a lawyer said today.

Posted on June 20, 2007   |   CATEGORY: Defense & Security

{mosimage}Norberto Gonzales, the national security adviser, is not taking his daughter’s defeat in the congressional race graciously. He has elevated the issue to President Arroyo, apparently making Bataan a national security concern, and has gone on an all-out battle versus the police in the entire province. In a two-page memorandum to the President dated 18 [...]

Posted on June 18, 2007   |   CATEGORY: Defense & Security

{mosimage}DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/16 June) – The Palace has named Fr. Eliseo Mercado, Jr., OMI, as the new peace panel chair in the negotiations with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) vice Silvestre Afable whose courtesy resignation President Arroyo has accepted (see related story). It’s the first time a Catholic priest has been named chair of [...]

Posted on June 16, 2007   |   CATEGORY: Defense & Security

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/16 June) — President Arroyo accepted Friday night government peace panel chair Silvestre Afable’s courtesy resignation and will name a new panel chair soon, a move that surprised peace groups in Mindanao and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. “It’s a bad signal for the peace process,” MILF peace panel chair Mohagher Iqbal told [...]

Posted on June 16, 2007   |   CATEGORY: Defense & Security

Secretary Silvestre Afable Jr. resigned yesterday as Chairman of the GRP-MILF peace panel as part of courtesy resignations announced earlier by President Arroyo. Two sources privy to the resignation told Newsbreak that Afable resigned because of lack of support from the President. Afable became chairman of the government panel in September 2003. The two panels [...]

Posted on June 16, 2007   |   CATEGORY: Defense & Security

{mosimage}After three years of negotiations, Manila and Canberra sealed the status of visiting forces agreement or SOVFA last week, expanding the Philippines’ regional security partners. This is the first time the Philippines has signed such an agreement with an Asia-Pacific country; the only other status of forces agreement the Philippines has is with the United [...]

Posted on June 6, 2007   |   CATEGORY: Defense & Security

A former police general new to regional security issues, Defense Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane Jr. made his debut on the world stage at the recent Shangri-la Dialogue in Singapore. He unveiled to the international community the policy thrust of the Philippine defense department which he calls “Defense for Development.” It was Ebdane’s first time to participate [...]

Posted on June 5, 2007   |   CATEGORY: Defense & Security

{mosimage}Singapore –With its hugely successful brand, the Shangri-la Dialogue, the largest annual gathering of defense ministers and military chiefs of staff in the Asia-Pacific region, provided a stage for China’s coming out and a venue for building confidence in military-to-military relationships in Southeast Asia, East Asia, and South Asia. The mix of public and open [...]

Posted on June 3, 2007   |   CATEGORY: Defense & Security
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