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By Andrew P. Napolitano
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Philippine Military
A text message from across the globe assured Owings Mills, Md., resident Sonia Neumeier that her 89-year-old mother survived Typhoon Haiyan, which flattened her hometown of Sara in the Philippines. Now her concerns turn to the living conditions of the shelter where her mother will have to stay in the coming weeks, the lack of food and running water and the possible spread of disease.
Typhoon-ravaged Philippine islands faced an unimaginably huge recovery effort that had barely begun Monday, as bloated bodies lay uncollected and uncounted in the streets and survivors pleaded for food, water and medicine.
President Benigno Aquino III said Monday that the Philippines will not back down in a South China Sea dispute with China and that his country's military will soon get dozens of new aircraft and ships for maritime defense.
Two weeks ago in Manila, I had lunch with the mothers of Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen Empeno, university students who disappeared in June 2006 while reportedly conducting research in Central Luzon.
Concealed by the night sky, the two aging Philippine air force planes unleashed a surprise high-tech weapon: U.S. satellite-guided bombs that whizzed down with deadly precision toward a long-elusive terrorist suspect and two other top radicals dozing with their men in Jolo Island's jungle.
Abu Sayyaf commander Umbra Jumdail had deviated from the brutal image of his al-Qaeda-linked militant group by playing doctor to poor Filipino villagers, whose backing he needed to stay safe from military troops. But those villagers may have been used by the military to finally track him down last week.
Chinese police are further intensifying pressure on foreign reporters, warning them to stay away from spots designated for protests inspired by the uprisings in the Middle East and threatening them with expulsion or revocation of their credentials.
The U.S. military opposes the use of force by countries locked in a territorial dispute in the South China Sea and will maintain its presence in the strategic region for years to come, an American commander said Wednesday.
CAMP BAUTISTA, Jolo Island, Philippines.