Taga Bohol pala si Yano. Taga ato ni sya bai. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> http://www.sunstar.com.ph/static/du...y.chief.inspects.troops.in.negros.island.html Friday, April 11, 2008 Army chief inspects troops in Negros Island By Edmund B. Sestoso SIBULAN, Negros Oriental -- Army Chief Alexander Yano arrived in this town Wednesday afternoon for a routine inspection of Philippine Army troops stationed in Negros Island. General Yano was accompanied by some high-ranking military officials, which included his brother Colonel Cesar Yano. Arroyo Watch: Sun.Star blog on President Arroyo Yano inspected Army troops belonging to the 302nd Infantry Brigade led by his brother Cesar based in Camp Leon Kilat in Tanjay City in Negros Oriental and 303rd Infantry Brigade headed by Colonel Honorato de los Reyes based in Barangay Minoyan, Murcia town in Negros Occidental. The 302nd Brigade covers the southern part while the 303rd covers the northern part of Negros Island. The general explained that one of the reasons for his visit is to strengthen and consolidate the Army forces in their continuing fight against insurgents, members of the underground New People's Army (NPA) in particular. The NPA is the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP). He said the fight remains the priority of the armed forces and involves continued linkages with local government executives as well as other stakeholders. While inspecting the troops in Tanjay City, General Yano was briefed by his younger brother on the recent activities and programs of Army troops in Negros Oriental. In his speech to soldiers, General Yano urged them to be disciplined and serve as models for the community. He also called on brigade leaders to collaborate with other government agencies and stakeholders. "Soldiers should work closely with the people in the barangays," emphasized Yano in his speech. Yano is being groomed to take over as Armed Forces chief of staff right after the end of General Hermogenes Esperon's extended term. Yano said he hopes to complete his inspection of the troops before he assumes as chief of staff. In Negros Occidental, the Army general will also meet with top officials of the Roman Catholic Church. The post of Army chief is being contested by Lieutenant General Victor Ibrado, chief of the AFP Central Command, and Lieutenant General Rodrigo Maclang, chief of the AFP Northern Luzon Command. Ibrado, a Negrense, witnessed the recent signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between local military officials and four bishops of Negros Island that paved the way for the creation of the Church-Military Advisory Group (CMAG). Fr. Frank Fernandez, a top official of the National Democratic Front (NDF) in Negros Island, said the military's move is part of psychological operations to boost its image. For more Philippine news, visit Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro. (April 11, 2008 issue Friday, April 11, 2008 Army head warns coup plotters By Victor L. Camion A PHILIPPINE Army official warned soldiers during his visit to Dumaguete City Friday that military adventurism is a serious offense that will be dealt with severely under the law. Army Chief Alexander Yano, who was in Negros Oriental Wednesday to inspect ground troops, cited the fate of soldiers involved in the Oakwood mutiny in 2003 as example. Arroyo Watch: Sun.Star blog on President Arroyo Nine junior military officers who were among those who took part in a mutiny against President Gloria Arroyo's administration were convicted recently and sentenced to jail terms ranging from 12 to 40 years. The nine are among a group of 31 junior officers accused of leading the daylong mutiny in which soldiers took over an upscale hotel and mall complex and rigged it with explosives in Manila's financial district of Makati. They later surrendered peacefully. Yano, who is groomed to be the next chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), said the fate of the Magdalo group sends a strong message to those who are trying to bring down the government. Judge Oscar Pimentel of the Regional Trial Court of Makati sentenced Captains Milo Maestrecampo and Gerardo Gambala to 40 years in prison and Captains Alvin Ebreo, Laurence Luis Somera, Albert Baloloy, and John Andres, and First Lieutenants Cleo Dongaas, Florentino Somera and Kristoffer Bryan Yasay to 12 years. They are facing separate court martial charges. Reports said Gambala and Maestrecampo who pleaded guilty to coup charges might get a pardon from President Arroyo. Gambala and Maestrecampo apologized to President Arroyo in 2004 in relation to the failed Oakwood mutiny. The nine convicted junior officers could get a pardon for changing their plea to guilty. Instrumental to their change of stand was Armed Forces Chief of Staff Hermogenes Esperon Jr., who has been working with the group of Gambala. General Yano said his visit to Negros Oriental is part of his preparation for taking over the AFP chief of staff post. Yano is to be installed as AFP chief of staff by May 8 or 9, 2008. The President, he said, has announced a three-month extension of General Hermogenes Esperon's term as AFP chief of staff. Yano is currently doing routine inspections of major Army units in the country. The Philippine Army, he said, has 10 infantry divisions, armored division, special operations command, and 29 army brigades. He also admitted he could not finish his routine inspection until May this year. Yano, who hails from Siquijor and Bohol, admitted this is the first time he has visited Negros Oriental. Yano is the elder brother of Colonel Cesar Yano, commander of the 302nd Brigade of the Philippine Army based in Camp Leon Kilat, Tanjay City.