Tag Archives: mindanao

White Mountain Links, 1-6-09

6 Jan

Wishful Dreaming: “When the Gyeongin Canal is complete, the appearance of the western part of the capital region will have changed greatly, including Incheon’s Songdo International City, the Cheongna region and the Geomdan New City, and the canal will gain fame as a major global site for distribution and tourism,” said Kwon Jin-bong, director of the MLTM’s Office of Construction and Water Resources Policy. “Since it has been confirmed that the project has economic efficiency and that there are no problems for the environment, we will speed up the process of going ahead with it,” said Kwon.

Chinas

Witch Hunt: Beijing authorities begin “mostly polite” interrogations of Charter 08 activists.

Max Yield: Beijing plans to expand mining acquisitions from developing states to Canada and Australia.

Japan

Tools Up: Toyota will halt production for six days in February and five days in March.

Stick It Where We Like: Japan protested Beijing’s “regrettable” incursion into the disputed undersea Tianwaitian natural gas field last weekend.

Koreas

Democrats in Cross-Pacific Sync: Neither Democrats in the US or ROK want even to consider a free trade deal any time soon.

Park Chung-hee-ism in Pyongyang: Perhaps as a sign of a shift at the top, as the Chosun Daily thinks, or a legitimate stab at reform, Pyongyang replaced senior ministers in railways, forestry, agriculture, electronics and the metal industry with “veteran bureaucrats”.

The Philippines

Mindanao Two-Step: RP President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo wants peace talks and development projects for Mindanao in 2009.

Beware of Gorillas on Filipino Links: Of course, the Pangandamans will settle with the De la Pazes. They won! And, it was sport for all citizens!

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When ‘No’ Just Doesn’t Say It All

10 Sep

The US is really trying to deny involvement with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to hunt down a Moro Islamic LIberation Front (MILF) commander, Ameril Ombra Kato. Kato, and Abdullah Macapaar alias Commander Bravo, and Aleem Sulayman Pangalian, are Manila’s latest obsession in Mindanao.

American advisers just happen to be in the right places, but never doing the right things. That is, until reporters produce photographs. This time, those photos show Americans with aerial drones.

Rebecca Thompson, US Embassy information officer, in a text message to the Inquirer said:

“All activities of temporarily deployed US forces respect sovereignty of RP and comply fully with the VFA. Again, US troops are not involved in actual combat operations.

“When requested by the AFP, US military provided aerial surveillance assistance to support AFP operations such as determining conditions of roads, terrain association, and general visibility of an area, such as for future civil-military projects.”

More ominous than Thompson’s belief that anyone actually cares about her hairsplitting are the threats. The leftist National Union of People’s Lawyers said Tuesday American soldiers who are involved in intelligence gathering are deemed combatants under international law and subject to attack by rebel groups they are spying on. “This makes US soldiers legitimate target by the MILF, New People’s Army or other rebel groups,” said NUPL secretary general Neri Javier Colmenares.

I wonder if in Thompson’s mind it matters what a dead American is called in these varying circumstances. I’m sure no one else would care but her.

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Tall Odds on MOA-AD

14 Aug

The Inquirer takes a moment to explain why good ideas rarely pass the hurdles of Filipino politics.

Let’s get this straight. President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo wants the Senate she has undermined and the House of Representatives she takes for granted to convene as a constituent assembly, to amend the Constitution her negotiators in drafting the controversial Memorandum of Agreement on ancestral domain have violated, in order to bring peace to a land whose people her administration has ignored?

OK, this is a movie premise?

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