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AFP admits arms pilferage T


Rogue soldiers sell to rebels, private armies


BY WILLIAM B. DEPASUPIL REPORTER


HE Armed Forces of the Philippines has admitted that pilfered military war materiel were being sold by some


unscrupulous personnel to enemies of the state and politicians maintaining private armies.


The Armed Forces spokesman, Brig. Gen. Jose Mabanta Jr., made the admission on Monday in reaction to reports that the se- cessionist Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) was getting their firearms and am- munition from the Armed Forces. “In the past, there was pilferage of fire- arms. This has been investigated and in fact


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BY DARWIN G. AMOJELAR SENIOR REPORTER


MOTORISTS plying the country’s major expressways are set to pay higher tolls with implementation of value-added tax (VAT) on the fees starting next week. The Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) on


Monday said that the 12-percent VAT will be imposed beginning at 10 p.m. of August 16 in the South Luzon Ex- pressway (SLEX), North Luzon Express- way (NLEX), Manila-Cavite Toll Express- way, Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway, Southern Tagalog Arterial Road and Metro Manila Skyway. The imposition of the VAT on tolls was supposed to be implemented as early as 2005 but the Cabinet deferred it. The Bureau of Internal Revenue is es- timated to raise P1.3 billion from the VAT on tolls on private vehicles. The new tolls for SLEX from Alabang to Calamba, Laguna, will be P85 from


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MILF warns Aquino on peace deal


■ President Benigno Aquino 3rd delivers his keynote speech during commemoration of the 43rd founding anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations on Monday at the Department of Foreign Affairs. MALACAÑANG PHOTO


MANILA SEES NO NEED FOR US HELP IN SOUTH CHINA SEA ROW Aquino signs executive order creating communications group


THE Philippines on Monday said that Southeast Asian nations did not need US help in solving territorial disputes with China over the potentially resource-rich South China Sea.


Its Foreign Affairs secretary, Alberto


Romulo, told reporters that negotiations should be strictly between the Associa- tion of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) and China, without the United States or


any other party.


Asean groups Brunei Darussalam, Cam- bodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myan- mar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.


BY CRIS G. ODRONIA REPORTER


PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino 3rd on Monday signed an executive order that formally created the new government’s communications group.


Executive Order (EO) 4 renamed the Of- fice of the Press Secretary as Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) and redefined its functions.


EO 4 called for forming a separate Pre-


Poll officials reject seats in bids panel


BY JOMAR CANLAS REPORTER


TWO officials of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) ap- pointed as new members of the poll body’s Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) have turned the jobs down. The Manila Times learned that two Comelec officials were


Teofisto Elnas, the Director of the Barangay (Village) Election Affairs Department, and Region IV Director Juanito Icaro.


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President studying $10-B offer for Pagcor


BY CRIS G. ODRONIA REPORTER


PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino 3rd on Monday said that the proposed sale of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) was “very interesting” but he wanted to study the proposal first since there are allegations of corruption against the government agency.


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Bob Anduiza (left photo), president of Flight Attendants and Stewards Association of the Philippines, and Jaime Bautista, chief operating officer of Philippine Airlines, after a failed dialogue on Monday. (See related story in B1.) PHOTOS BY JESSIE LAURETA


Manila Water limits Maynilad’s access to La Mesa dam All bets off on mad race to file first bills in Senate


BY KRISTA ANGELA M. MONTEALEGRE REPORTER


AYALA-LED Manila Water Co. Inc. said


that splitting the use of the La Mesa dam with Maynilad Water Services Inc. would be a violation of the water util- ity firms’ concession agreement.


Chito Oreta, the chief finance officer of Manila Water, pointed out in an in- terview on Monday that allowing Maynilad greater access to the dam will


BY EFREN L. DANAO SENIOR REPORTER


THE race among senators to be the first to file bills will soon be stopped.


Under Senate rules at


present, the authors of bills filed first are considered the primary authors when measures pertaining to the


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same subject are consoli- dated in a committee report.


Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto 3rd said that the Committee on Rules,


sidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office, which will coordi- nate crafting and enhancing of the messaging system under the Office of the President. PCOO was mandated to develop and


When asked if he supported US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s statement last month hinting at greater US involvement in the South China Sea row, Romulo said, “No.”


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ISULAN, Sultan Kudarat: The leader of the Philippines’ long-running Muslim in- surgency warned that President Be- nigno Aquino 3rd would face the risk of dealing with tougher rebels if his ad- ministration failed to come up with a peace agreement with them during his six-year term. “We really want to finish this insur- gency in our lifetime because the next generation of [separatist] fighters are more radical,” Murad Ebrahim, the top man of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), said on Monday. Still, according to Murad, he was hopeful of signing a peace deal with the Aquino administration between now and 2016.


implement “necessary guidelines and mechanisms to deliver and disseminate in- formation regarding policies, programs, official activities and achievements of the


➤CommunicationsA2


He said that rebel negotiators were prepared to resume peace talks with the government after the Islamic holy month of Ramadan in September, as announced by President Aquino earlier. “We can see that they [in the Aquino


➤DealA6


Motorists to shell out more for tolls


increase the latter’s water allocation. “It may be possible but it will be a violation of the concession agreement,


➤DamA2


which he heads, had decided to amend this rule.


Under the new rule, the chairman of ➤BillsA2


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