Search on for Missing Peace Corps member Julia Campbell in Ifugao, Philippines

15 04 2007

The search for a missing peace corps volunteer is ongoing in Northern Luzon – reports say the woman – Julia Campbell, 40, of Fairfax, Va., was last seen on April 8 in the town of Banaue in Ifugao province,- who has been missing for more than five days as of this writing failed to meet scheduled appointments – news agency reports say…

“Embassy security officials and Peace Corps security and local authorities are in that region right now looking for her or finding people who may know where she is,” Embassy spokesman Matt  said. Regional police commander Chief Superintendent Raul Gonzales said at least four teams from the provincial police office have been mobilized for the search, after the U.S. Embassy told them Campbell was missing. He said the directive to conduct the search came from the national police headquarters in Manila.

There has been little information on the major philippine news websites  which seem content to cover things more profitable and politcal at this time of year.

The area is reported to be ‘rebel active’ but in truth is best known as the hassish and marijuana capitol of the Philippines – drug syndicates and locals have long used the remote areas to produce what the US DEA and Philippine PDEA calls a major production area for narcotics  A US embassy press release and information on this insident is below:

Information and Assistance Sought Regarding Missing US Peace Corps Volunteer – Reward Offered

Information and Assistance Sought Regarding Missing US Peace Corps Volunteer - Reward Offered

The United States Embassy in the Philippines is seeking information on the welfare and whereabouts of Ms. Julia Campbell, a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer missing since April 8, 2007. Full story


Philippine overseas voting begins

14 04 2007

 Voting for overseas filipnios has begun per reports specific and general information below those needing more information may go to comelec’s website here  

[]”… Filipinos working abroad will begin voting in the Congressional elections at 88 posts set up abroad from today, a foreign affairs department spokesman said. They may vote till May 14 and the posts will be open through weekends and holidays, said Generoso Calonge, vice chairman of the secretariat for Overseas Absentee Voting (OAV). …”[]

The following are disqualified from registering as overseas absentee voters:

    1. Those who have lost their Philippine citizenship in accordance with Philippine laws;
    2. Those who have expressly renounced their Philippine citizenship and who have pledged allegiance to a foreign country;
    3. Those who have been convicted by final judgment of a court or tribunal of an offense punishable by imprisonment of not less than one (1) year, unless such disability has been removed by plenary pardon or amnesty;
    4. Those who have been found guilty by final judgment of Disloyalty as defined under Article 137 of the Revised Penal Code, unless such disability has been removed by plenary pardon or amnesty;
    5. An immigrant or a permanent resident who is recognized as such in the host country, unless he/she executes upon filing of an application for registration as overseas absentee voter an affidavit declaring that: (i) he/she shall resume actual physical permanent residence in the Philippines not later than three (3) years from approval of his/her registration, and (ii) he/she has not applied for citizenship in another country;
    6. Any citizen of the Philippines abroad previously declared insane or incompetent by competent authority in the Philippines or abroad, as verified by the Philippine embassy, consulate or foreign service establishment concerned, unless such competent authority subsequently certifies that such person is no longer insane or incompetent.

However, those disqualified under paragraphs (c) and (d) hereof who have not been granted plenary pardon or amnesty shall automatically acquire or reacquire the right to vote as an overseas absentee voter upon the expiration of five (5) years after service of sentence.

S. Philippines :Jolo firefight inside military camp leaves ten dead

8 04 2007

A lone gunman is reported to have killed ten and wounded others in a running gun battle that took place on Saturday on Jolo Island. the insident in the town of Parang seems to have been confined to the inside of mobile patrol base and ther motive for the shooting remains unclear. speculation is the gunman wnet on shooting ramapge.
Around five brigades of Philippine forces are on the island to fight against extremists of the Abu Sayyaf and chase down members of Jemaah Islamia a al qaeda cell in south east Asia that has engaged in terrorism.

It is not clear if the gunman was a solder or a local. The term ‘A-muck’ or ‘Amok’ is commonly used to describe extremely violent behavior was made by US troops wh fought pitched battles versus Moro tribal warriors who often were unleashed on US forces during the early 1900’s of the Philippine insurrection – Philippines-Americans war period – – and- common on Jolo island where blood fueds and violent incidents involving locals who sometimes go on ‘blood missions’ to kills as many people as they can in a rampage. – some reports speculate this may have been the case -but it is unlikely.

[] Rampaging gunman kills 10 in southern Philippines
Reuters – MANILA (Reuters) – An unidentified gunman killed nine soldiers and one civilian in a rampage inside a patrol base in the southern Philippines, … []

There are US and allies who have forces based on the island in a advisory traning and support role but so far no foreigners appear to be among the dead or injured.