TIRED of the hard life in the mountains and terribly missing his family, a young member of the New People’s Army in Isabela on Friday evening surrendered to local police authorities and turned over his caliber .45 pistol, Police Regional Office 2 director, Brigadier General Jose Mario M. Espino announced yesterday.
For his exeptional and unblemished performance as environment officer, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) conferred Forester Jose Elmer Bascos the the highest and most prestigious Environmental Awards for Governance and Leadership Excellence (Eagle).
THE Chinese Embassy in Manila on Friday night confirmed that a Chinese vessel collided with Philippine fishing boat but claimed the captain of a Chinese ship attempted to rescue the Filipino fishermen of the sinking craft but got afraid of being besieged by other Filipino fishing boats near the Reed Bank in the West Philippine Sea on Sunday.
“Freedom of navigation in the South China Sea by itself is merely the freedom to walk in a zoo past cages of animals. Freedom of navigation to mean anything includes willingness to use US power to uphold the sovereign rights of the littoral states of Southeast Asia or it is nothing,” he said.
“The claim that the Chinese vessel “accidentally” hit and sank our ship because it was “suddenly besieged by 7 or 8 Filipino fishing boats” is ridiculous. Equally incredible is the excuse that the Chinese vessel failed to rescue our fishermen because it was “afraid of being besieged’ by our boats,’” Hontiveros said.