Laguna Lake

laguna.jpgTHE THING SPEAKS FOR ITSELF: With decreasing water level and islets emerging out of the waters, Laguna Lake in Pililla, Rizal, is clearly moving dangerously toward a drought. EDWIN BACASMAS

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MY HERO. Pres Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo talks to PFC Moneth John Daniel, one of the Marines wounded in the July 10 clash in Basilan in which 14 troops died, as AFP chief of staff General Hermogenes Esperon Jr looks on at the hospital in Camp Navarro in Zamboanga City. Arroyo presided over a command conference to discuss government moves against the Marines’ attackers and eventually decided to stay any offensives against MILF guerrillas accused of beheading 10 of the slain troops to give way to a fact-finding mission. AFP/THERENCE KOH

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GEARED FOR BATTLE. President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, clad in a camouflage vest, meets with military commanders in Zamboanga City over pursuit operations against the Marines’ attackers in Basilan. Photos taken at Edwin Andrews Airbase. INQUIRER.net/JOEL GUINTO

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GIRDING FOR WAR. A Marine from the 8th Battalion in Campo Uno, Lamitan, Basilan checks his machine gun. The government has been beefing up troops in Basilan for planned punitive actions against MILF guerrillas accused of killing 14 Marines and beheading 10 of them in a clash on July 10. Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has ordered the offensive put on hold for 3 days to give a fact-finding mission a chance to identify the perpetrators. INQUIRER/RAFFY LERMA

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GRIM DETERMINATION. Edita Burgos, widow of the late press freedom icon Jose Burgos Jr., arrives at the Court of Appeals with her lawyer, Pacifico Agabin, for the habeas corpus hearing for her missing son, Jonas, who was abducted in late April and remains missing. The military, which the Burgos family accuses of the abduction, showed up without the missing activist, saying it had nothing to do with his disappearance. But Edita, unswayed, has asked the court to declare the military in contempt and order it to find her son and his abductors. INQUIRER/EDWIN BACASMAS

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METRO MAKEOVER. Colorful shanties line a polluted Manila river as an MMDA worker rows past. The MMDA has launched a massive beautification campaign, painting and repairing the facades of shanty communities and cleaning clogged waterways of garbage ahead of the 40th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting, which opens July 29. AFP/LUIS LIWANAG

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RECALLING OAKWOOD. Detained Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, with other members of the Magdalo group of officers and supprters partake of a boodle fight, a traditional military meal, at the Marine detention center in Fort Bonifacio. Unrepentant Magdalo members say Trillanes’ victory in the May elections proves that people were on their side all along. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

PROTECTING KIDS FROM ONLINE PORN. Mark Trudinger, CEO of Kindernet Pte Ltd,, talks about the dangers posed to children by the pervasiveness of social networks and other Web 2.0 applications. Trudinger was one of the speakers at the Kickstart Asia 2007 information technology forum organized by MediaConnect Asia. Video taken by INQUIRER.net gaming and multimedia editor Joey Alarilla at the Nirwana Garden resort in Bintan, Indonesia.

CHANGING ROLE OF CIO. Robert Stroud, CA senior vice president of strategic alliances, talks about the changing role of the chief information officer and the importance of enterprise IT management at the Kickstart Asia 2007 IT forum. Video taken by INQUIRER.net gaming and multimedia editor Joey Alarilla at the Nirwana Garden resort in Bintan, Indonesia.

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