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Phivolcs raises alert at rumbling Bulusan volcano

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By Joel Guinto
INQUIRER.net
Last updated 08:47pm (Mla time) 05/20/2007

MANILA, Philippines — State volcanologists raised the alert level to 2 at the volatile Bulusan volcano effective noon Sunday, warning about the “possibility of an explosive eruption.”

Over the past three days, 673 earthquakes have been recorded in the area of the volcano, up from 223 tremors during the previous three-day period, Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) Director Renato Solidum Jr. said Sunday.

Volcanologist also observed “inflation” on the side of the volcano due to gas and fluid pressure.

“We raised the alert at level 2 after we observed an increase in volcanic unrest. At alert level 2 there’s a possibility of an explosive eruption,” Solidum said.

He “strongly advised” residents “to stay out of the four-kilometer radius of the volcano, which is a permanent danger zone.”

Bulusan last spewed ash on May 12, the 23rd such explosion since March 2006.

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Rebels to cops: Apologize for Batangas school torching

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By Joel Guinto
INQUIRER.net
Last updated 07:23pm (Mla time) 05/20/2007

MANILA, Philippines — Communist guerillas demanded that security forces apologize to the victims of the burning of an elementary school building in Batangas province, after a group of policemen was linked to the attack.

Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Oscar Calderon initially blamed the New People’s Army (NPA) for the May 15 attack in Taysan town, Batangas province, but officials later revealed that four policemen have been disarmed and restricted while undergoing investigation for their possible participation in the incident.

“The Communist Party of the Philippines [CPP] and the New People’s Army strongly demands them [security forces’] to retract their statement and apologize to the victims of this crime,” rebel spokesman Gregorio “Ka Roger” Rosal said in a statement.

Addressing his province mates in Batangas, Rosal said: “You know very well that our people’s army cannot harm the people in any way.”

The four policemen under restrictive custody — Regional Special Operations Group (RSOG) team leader Inspector Roberto Marinda, one of his men, Senior Police Officer 2 William Relos Jr., Taysan municipal police commander Chief Inspector Elpidio Ramirez, and his deputy, Inspector Ruel de la Cruz — were brought to Camp Crame last Friday.

Marinda and Relos could face arson and murder charges while Ramirez and Dela Cruz could face administrative charges for not providing adequate security to the Pinagbayan elementary school.

The RSOG chief, Superintendent Roger James Brillantes, will also face investigators to explain why his men were in Taysan at the time of the attack.

The artists’ sketches of two of the five suspects in the burning matched with Marinda and Relos. Three of the other suspects wore bonnets that covered their faces.

Officials earlier said that the RSOG operatives could be working for reelectionist Taysan Mayor Hernando Villena.

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Batangas school torching probe will spare no one — official

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By Joel Guinto
INQUIRER.net
Last updated 03:42pm (Mla time) 05/20/2007

MANILA, Philippines — The investigation into the alleged involvement of policemen in the torching of a polling precinct in Batangas province will go higher than the superior of the four police operatives who have been disarmed and restricted to Camp Crame, an official said Sunday.

“The investigation is not limited to the four. Wala tayong ililigtas dito [We will spare no one here],” said Director Geary Barias, chief of the Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management.

Senior Superintendent Roger James Brillantes, chief of the Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) Regional Special Operations Group (RSOG), will be questioned on the whereabouts of his men last Tuesday, when five unidentified men set on fire at 3 a.m. an elementary school building in Panagbayan village, Taysan town, leaving two teachers on election duty killed.

Asked if investigators will stop at Brillantes, Barias told reporters: “We will go where the investigation takes us.”

Asked if the inquiry would include the Calabarzon regional police commander, Chief Superintendent Nicasio Radovan Jr., Barias said: “I cannot say. The investigation has a life of its own.”

Barias said all the M-16 rifles and .45-caliber pistols of the entire Calarzon RSOG will be submitted to ballistics tests. Spent shells of the said types of firearms were recovered from the burned down school.

“The firearms will be matched with the empty shells recovered,” he said.

The four policemen under restrictive custody — RSOG team leader Inspector Roberto Marinda, one of his men, Senior Police Officer 2 William Relos Jr., Taysan municipal police commander Chief Inspector Elpidio Ramirez, and his deputy, Inspector Ruel de la Cruz — were brought to Camp Crame last Friday.

Marinda and Relos could face arson and murder charges while Ramirez and Dela Cruz face administrative charges for not providing adequate security to the Pinagbayan elementary school.

During a visit to the wake of the two fatalities in the fire last Friday, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo ordered police to deliver “speedy justice” to the victims.

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Portion of Ayala closed Monday for parade

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By Joel Guinto
INQUIRER.net
Last updated 01:52pm (Mla time) 05/20/2007

MANILA, Philippines — The section of Ayala Avenue from the corner of Makati Avenue to Gil Puyat Avenue (formerly Buendia) will be closed to traffic starting 2 p.m. on Monday for the annual Makati Grand Parade, in celebration of the city’s founding anniversary.

The entire stretch of Malugay Street, from the corner of Pasong Tamo, to the corner of Ayala Avenue Extension, where parade participants will assemble, will also be closed, said Senior Inspector Gilbert Loteria, chief of the Makati City traffic police.

The said roadways will reopen after the program in front of the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) Tower 1 finishes, Loteria said in a phone interview.

The parade will start at Ayala Avenue Extension, will turn left to Makati Avenue, left to Paseo de Roxas, then will cross Cedeño Street, before winding up in Makati Avenue, Loteria said.

Reelected Mayor Jejomar Binay, who trumped Senator Lito Lapid in last Monday’s elections, will lead the parade, he said.

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Mathay supporters disperse peacefully

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By Joel Guinto
INQUIRER.net
Last updated 12:19pm (Mla time) 05/20/2007

MANILA, Philippines — Supporters of defeated second district congressional candidate Chuck Mathay have left the Quezon City hall, ending hours of tension that saw his supporters pelting his winning rival with candles and water bottles.

The followers of Mathay, son of former Quezon City mayor Ishmael Mathay, peacefully dispersed at around 4 a.m., said Superintendent Nelson Abalos, chief of the Quezon City Hall police detachment.

“We allowed them to air their grievances and finish their program,” Abalos said in a phone interview.

The crowd — numbering about 200 — was protesting alleged ballot-snatching that led to the reelection of Representative Annie Rose Susano, who was proclaimed after midnight Sunday.

A phalanx of civil disturbance management (CDM) policemen escorted Susano to her van from the canvassing area at around 3 a.m., Abalos said.

“They [supporters of Mathay] threw everything at her [Susano] — water bottles, candles. But our troops shielded her,” Abalos said, adding the lawmaker was unhurt.

Canvassing at city hall will resume at 1 p.m. Sunday, the police official said.

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