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CYAN MAGENTA YELLOW BLACK Manila Standard Sta M Vol. XXVI No. 122 12 Pages, 2 Sections
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Air power. The Air Force’s Sf-260FH fighter planes execute an
exhibition fly-by formation during its 65th anniversary celebra-
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Palace keeps details of EO 79 until Monday

Govt stops harbor coal operations

By Christine F. Herrera

A CEASE-AND-DESIST order and

notices of violations were served on Thursday against the coal mountain stockpiling operations of businessman Reghis Romero on the orders of Envi- ronment Secretary Ramon Paje in a bid to protect Manila Bay and the commu- nities around it. The order and notices were issued

after Paje overturned the decision of En- vironment Management Bureau Director Roberto Sheen, who last week absolved Romero of any violation of environmen-

tal laws and rectified and attributed the

mistakes to “typographical error.” “People should be reminded that Ma- nila Bay is not a coal playground to be abused to serve any form of business interest,” said Anna Abad, Greenpeace climate and energy campaigner. “It is putting people’s health at risk and endangering the environment of Manila Bay.” Paje issued the orders even as Interior

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By Joyce P. Pañares and Othel V. Campos

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III has signed Executive Order No. 79 spelling out his administra- tion’s policy on mining and will present it on Mon- day, a Palace source said Friday.

Presidential Communications Secre- tary Ramon Carandang would not confirm the signing of the much-awaited policy, but he acknowledged that the final draft that was submitted to the President under- scored the need to increase the royalties and the taxes levied on mining firms. Mr. Aquino earlier said that the taxes and royalties collected by the government from mining operations amounted to only 10 percent of their total revenue. Carandang said the final draft of the

order upheld the primacy of national laws over local laws and ordinances. The primacy of national laws was ear- lier questioned by some 40 governors in- cluding Albay Gov. Joey Salceda, an ally of the President. They threatened to chal- lenge the administration’s mining policy before the Supreme Court once it was signed by the President. Salceda said the order would allow the national government to override the

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Biggest Moro rebels’ assembly on

GOVERNMENT forces have tightened security in Maguindanao in preparation for the biggest assembly of Moro rebels that will be held for three days in Camp Darapanan in Sultan Kudarat starting Sat- urday. Von Al Haq, spokesman of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, said they were expecting up to 500,000 participants in the Bangsamoro Leaders’ Assembly, in- cluding visitors from abroad.

“This is the biggest gathering ever. But the inconvenience is nothing compared to the objective of the consultation: to let Bangsamoro voices be heard,” he said. Ghadzali Jaafar, the MILF’s political affairs chief, said government representa-

tives such as chief peace negotiator Secre- tary Marvic Leonen and Secretary Teresita Quintos-Deles of the Office of the Presi- dential Adviser on the Peace Process were

also expected to attend.

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US THINK-TANK:

PH needs jetfighters, submarines, warships

By Ben Cal

THE Philippines needs 48 F-16 jet fighters, four to six mini sub- marines, more armed frigates and corvette-size combat vessels and minesweepers if it is to have a credible military defense capabili- ty, the Center for a New American Security said on Friday. The assessment of the cen- ter, an independent, non-partisan and non-profit organization that develops strong, pragmatic and principled national security and defense proposals based in Wash- ington, DC, came amid the stand-

off between Beijing and Manila over the Panatag or Scarborough Shoal, which is within the Phil- ippines’ 200-mile exclusive eco- nomic zone but is being claimed by China as its own. The shoal is a coral reef sur- rounding a lagoon, and it is 124 nautical miles from Zambales and 472 nautical miles from China’s Hainan province. The Philippines’ Armed Forces has been struggling to get financ- ing for its modernization program for over two decades, leaving its Air Force without a single jet

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Aquino mum on decision in dealing with shoal row

Joyce Pangco Pañares and Sara Susanne Fabunan

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III has already decided how to deal with China over the Philippines’ territorial dispute with it in the West Philippine Sea or South China Sea, Malacañang said Friday. But the Palace declined to disclose the President’s next moves because Thursday’s full Cabinet meeting was done in executive session. “There was a decision made and the decision cannot be disclosed,” presidential spokesman Edwin Laci- erda said. “As to what actions they are I cannot disclose under pain of imprisonment.” Still, Lacierda confirmed that “se- curity matters” were discussed during

the meeting, which lasted for almost four hours. He said Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, a former Navy officer, were invited to attend the meeting. “It was a healthy discussion. The President wanted the views and a num- ber of Cabinet secretaries offered their views on the matter,” Lacierda said. Earlier, Mr. Aquino said the govern- ment would be looking for the “best approach” to settle its standoff with China. he said he called for the Cabinet meeting to come up with a harmonized policy on the territorial disputes. “There are several schools of thought on how to deal with the Chi- nese… We want to come up with

what is the best approach to settle this

issue,”he said.

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Justice vows JBC lively interview of CJ candidates

By Rey E. Requejo

THE fifth most senior justice of the Supreme Court became the tribunal’s representative to the Judicial and Bar Council Friday, promising “lively pro- ceedings” when the panel interviews 22 candidates for chief justice whose names will be published Monday. “In deference to the four senior justices I declined the nomination for chief justice,” Associate Justice Diosdado Peralta said after acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio, who is also in the running, inhibited himself from the selection process as ex-offi- cio chairman of the council. “We will have lively proceedings,”

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Hazard assessment. President Aquino inspects the Marikina River during the launching of Project NOAH, which
Hazard assessment. President Aquino inspects the Marikina
River during the launching of Project NOAH, which will implement
a quicker and an integrated response to floods and other disasters.
He is shown here with Marikina City Mayor Del de Guzman and
Science and Technology Secretary Mario Montejo.

Final day.

Queen Sofia of Spain, on her final day of a five-day tour of the Philip- pines, and Univer- sity of Santo Tomas Rector Herminio Dagohoy offer prayers and flow- ers to the shrine of Msgr. Miguel Benavides, the 3rd Archbishop of Manila, at the uni- versity campus. DANNY PATA

of Manila, at the uni- versity campus. DANNY PATA Alert raised over mystery disease By Macon

Alert raised over mystery disease

By Macon Ramos-Araneta and Eric B. Apolonio

HEALTH officials across the globe have been put on alert following the discovery of an unidentified respiratory disease that have

killed more than 60 children in several prov- inces in southern and central Cambodia and following an outbreak of the bird flu virus in Indonesia and Mexico. An Associated Press report said the

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17 ex-Finance officials charged for tax scam

By Merck Maguddayao

OMBUDSMAN Conchita Morales on Friday ordered government prosecutors to file criminal charges against former Fi-

nance Undersecretary Antonio Balicena

and 16 other officials who were dismissed from the service in March for involve- ment in a “tax credit” scam amounting to

more than P200 million.

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Miriam need not quit now —Comelec

By Joel E. Zurbano

THE Elections Commission may just proclaim the candidate who received the 13th highest numnber of votes for senator in next year’s elections if Sena- tor Miriam Defensor Santiago resigns from her post and the Senate declares a vacancy just before the elections, commis- sion Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. said on Friday. Brillantes had earlier

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Belmonte sets move on Cha-cha

By Maricel V. Cruz

HOUSE Speaker Feliciano Bel- monte Jr. said Friday he will meet with Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile this weekend in a last-ditch effort to pursue the proposal to amend the Constitution’s restric- tive economic provisions, some- thing President Benigno Aquino III is said to be cool to. Belmonte said his meeting

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Peralta said, referring to the oral interviews set tentatively for July 24 to 26. Peralta, one of the three mem- bers of the special division of the Sandiganbayan that convicted de- posed President Joseph Estrada of plunder in September 2007, is known in the high court for his wit and sense of humor during the de- liberation of cases. The justices appointed Peralta as their representative to the coun- cil after Carpio inhibited himself and accepted his nomination for chief justice, which was left va- cant after a Palace-led campaign to impeach Chief Justice Renato Corona succeeded. Since the three next most senior justices—Presbitero Velasco Jr., Teresita Leonardo-De Castro and Arturo Brion—had also accepted their nomination, Peralta was the only senior justice qualified by the

Court to head the council.

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in the JBC as consultant in place

Peralta’s appointment to the

of

Leonard-De Castro, the second

council was made when the Su- preme Court dismissed a petition by taxpayer Famela Dulay, who said the council should be headed only by the chief justice sitting as its ex-officio chairman.

most senior justice who was nomi- nated to the post. Bersamin also declined his earlier nomination, deferring to the more senior jus- tices. Justice Secretary Leila de Lima,

But the Supreme Court ruled that it would not be deprived of representation in the selection process in Carpio’s absence. “The most senior justice of this Court who is not an applicant for the position of chief justice should participate in the deliberations for the selection of nominees for the said vacant post and preside over the proceedings in the absence of the constitutionally named ex-offi- cio chairman,” the justices said in a resolution. They said it was the duty of the

the council’s ex-officio vice chair- woman, also inhibited herself from the proceedings after accepting her nomination for chief justice. Iloilo Rep. Niel Tupas Jr., the representative of the House in the council, defended his position in the body on Friday after former solicitor general Frank Chavez said the Constitution allowed only one, not two, representatives from Congress in the council. The other representative is Senator Francis Escudero. Tupas argued that the framers

JBC to recommend appointees to

of

the Constitution committed an

the Judiciary even in the absence of an ex-officio chairman. Apart from Peralta, Associate Justice Lucas Bersamin will also

“oversight and an error” when they wrote that Congress should send only one representative. “They forgot to change the

phraseology,” Tupas said. “We will defend the one vote

for the House of Representatives

I have discussed this with members

of the House and they told me it was

really an oversight on the part of the framers of the Constitution.” Tupas said he would seek a 10- day extension for his comment on Chavez’s petition before the Su- preme Court. Jose Mejia, a council member representing the academe, said the JBC would accept comments from the public in support of or against any of the candidates whose names will be published Monday until July 19. The council tasked to vet nomi- nees to judicial post will then set oral interviews starting July 24 before deliberating and voting on

a shortlist to be submitted to Presi- dent Benigno Aquino III by the end of this month. The council on Friday disquali- fied two nominees: Manila City Regional Trial Court Judge Maria

Amelia Tria-Infante and lawyer Ferdinand Jose Pijao. Mejia said Infante was disquali-

fied due to an earlier administra- tive case in which she was fined P11,000, while Pijao was already above the mandatory retirement age of 70 for justices. The council took note of the pending complaints against two other nominees: a disbarment against De Lima and an adminis- trative case against Commission on Elections commissioner Rene Sarmiento before the Office of the Ombudsman, but decided not to disqualify them yet. Tupas said the two would be given until July 30 to resolve those complaints. “If the cases are not dismissed by then, we will not consider

them,” Tupas said. The council also sustained a de- cision to disqualify two applicants, a nurse named Jocelyn Esquivel and dismissed Malabon regional trial court Judge Florentino Floro Jr.

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anti- or pro-mining policies of local executives. “There will always be peo- ple that would question the EO, but we believe it will be accept- able to most of the reasonable stakeholders,” Carandang said. Mr. Aquino said the 1987 Constitution was “very, very clear” that national laws would always take precedence. “If they [the governors] feel that their rights are being trampled upon, by all means they can go to the appropriate courts,” the President said ear- lier. He said the government would also impose a mining ban on 78 eco-tourism sites through the executive order. Environment Secretary Ra- mon Paje said the new order would recoup some P760 mil- lion in forgone revenues due to the failure to collect occupa- tional fees yearly. “Application and occupa- tional fees are so dated. The department is planning to hike the P50,000 application fee and increase by a thousand-fold the occupational fees,” Paje told reporters on the sidelines of the Environment Department’s 25th anniversary celebration. “The moment that a particu- lar area is under a company’s name, that company should start paying its dues. No more grace period.” A mining company is re- quired to pay its occupational dues once it is granted an ex- ploration permit, minerals pro- duction sharing agreement or fi- nancial and technical assistance agreement. The Mining Act actually mandates the collection of an annual occupation fee of P5 per hectare for the explora- tion permit; P50 per hectare for mineral production shar- ing agreement and financial or technical assistance agree- ment; and P100 per hectare for mineral reservation.

Mining stocks rose on Fri-

day, bucking the downtrend in other shares amid speculation that the President had signed an executive order on his minerals policy. The mining and oil counter, one of the six sub-sectors in the Philippine Stock Exchange, advanced 2.8 percent on Friday despite the overall decline of the PSE index. The index dropped 6 points, or 0.1 percent, to close at 5,362.68. The stocks of Lepanto Con- solidated Mining and Manila Mining Corp. were among the biggest gainers on Friday. Lepanto Consolidated Mining’s stock price increased 7.3 per- cent to P1.47. The stock of Philodrill Corp., which has stakes in sev- eral mines, also jumped 5.8 per- cent to P0.055, while Manila Mining Corp.’s stock rose 5.6 percent to P0.075. Philex Mining Corp. and Benguet Corp. also saw their stocks rise Friday.

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The Foreign Affairs De- partment, meanwhile, said the government may employ a three-track approach in trying to solve the standoff at Panatag. Foreign Affairs spokesman Raul Hernandez said approach would be political, through the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea or through diplomatic consultations. But China has said it will try resolve the sovereignty issue on the islands only through bilat- eral talks with the Philippines. Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario and his counterpart from China will likely meet during the 45th As- sociation of Southeast Asian Nations Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, Post Ministerial Con- ference, the 19th Asean Re- gional Forum, and the 2nd East Asia Summit Foreign Ministers Meeting in Phnom Penh on July 8 to July 12. But he said he might not be able to have discussions with China and the United States on the issue. On Thursday, Foreign Af- fairs handed a note verbale to Chinese Ambassador in Manila Ma Kequing to protest China’s establishment of Sansha City on the disputed islands. The Chinese said they established the city to put the disputed islands under their administrative control.

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Morales said the charges would be filed at the Sandi- ganbayan anti-graft court against Belicena, former depu- ty executive director Uldarico Andutan, and 15 other officials for graft and corruption, estafa and falsification of public doc- uments. “Belicena, who has retired from the service, and the 15 others are at large, but Andutan has been detained at the Que- zon City Jail since November 2010,” an official said. Balicena and the others are accused of granting 83 tax credit certificates amounting to P202.4 million from 1993 to 1998 to Filipino Way, a non-existent trading firm. Its alleged owner, Richard Nori- egas, is non-existent. Belicena was the head of the Finance Department’s One Stop Shop-Inter Agency Tax Credit and Duty Drawback Center, which oversees the issuance of tax incentives to Board of Invest- ments-registered companies. “Records revealed that out of the P202.4 million, about P101.9 million was used by Filipino Way to pay its own tax liabilities and transferred about P90 million worth of tax credits to other companies,” Morales said in a statement. Balicena and the others are facing the same charges for similar case involving another company, Integrated Multi-Cot- ton Mills Inc. The case was filed against them in March, officials said. In addition to Balicena and Andutan, the other accused include reviewers Asuncion Magdaet, Jane Aranas and Ro- wena Malonzo, evaluators Syl- vialina Daguimol, Mark Bin- sol, Annabelle Dino, Merose Tordesillas, Charmelle Recot- er, Marife Cabadin, Gemma Abarra, Emelita Tizon, Grego- ria Evangelio, Purita Napenas, Cherry Gomez, and Maria Cristina Moncada.

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Secretary Jesse Robredo on Fri- day said sanctions awaited lo- cal chief executives who would defy or fail to comply with Pres- ident Benigno Aquino’s order banning logging in all natural and residual forests. He made the statement a few days after authorities seized 7,255 pieces of illegally cut logs worth P16 million in Butuan City. Paje had Sheen issue and serve the twin orders on the same day that Romero came out with his denials in another national newspaper, insisting that the Manila Standard story was “misleading and inaccurate, damaging and disparaging.” The orders were stopping Romero and his consignees and locators “from undertaking coal storage and handling activities” due to several violations of the Supreme Court’s Writ of Kali- kasan and environmental laws. The suspension order would be lifted only after Romero had installed safety measures to pro- tect Manila Bay from degrada- tion. “If Romero insists that he had not violated any environ- mental laws, how come he had been served notices of viola- tions and his locators cease and desist orders?” Agham Rep. An- gelo Palmones said. Palmones has filed House Resolution 2526 seeking an in- vestigation of the coal mountain operations that pollute Manila Bay and expose the residents to pollution and health risks. Laguna Rep. Danilo Fern- andez, chairman of the House committee on ecology would

start the probe shortly after the sessions resumed on July 23, when President Benigno Aquino

III delivers his State-of-the-Na-

tion-Address.

“We will allow Mr. Romero

to explain why his firms com-

mitted violations of environ- mental laws. We want to show

to the public that we are serious

in the business of protecting our

environment,” Fernandez said. In Sheen’s notice of viola- tion, Romero’s 10-hectare Har- bour Port Centre Terminal Inc. and Manila Harbour Centre were found to have “insufficient special handling facilities and

insufficient water discharge fa- cilities.” Palmones said the investiga- tions done by his office found

out the same thing.

“These coal stockyards are operated without the required Environmental Clearance Cer- tificate and without provisions for adequate and appropriate containment measures to con- trol discharge coal particulates in run-off to Manila Bay,” Pal-

mones said. He also took exceptions to

Romero’s stockyard exposing

the workers to health risk by us-

ing their bare hands in handling coal and without any protective mask or suits. “The Manila Standard To- day recently released photos

of mountains of coal sitting by

Manila Bay exposing the resi- dents therein, the employees

in the industrial zone and all

the workers in the coal stock- yard to grave health hazards in

clear violation of the public’s right to a balanced and health-

ful ecology,” Palmones says in

HR 2526. With Jonathan Fernandez

Alert

“mystery respiratory” disease had killed 61 of 62 children hospital- ized since April, but there was no indication if it was spreading from person to person. The patients, who were brought to the Khanta Bopha Children’s Hospital in Phnom Penh, were all under 7 years old. Health experts say patients first suffer high fever followed by rapidly progressing severe respiratory problems. Some also experience neurological symptoms. Nim Asgari of the World Health Organization in Phnom Penh said they were still un- sure whether the disease was a mixture of a number of known diseases. The WHO had posted an advisory to Cambodia’s neigh- boring countries through its In- ternational Health Regulations event information system web- site on Thursday. The Philippines’ health and airport officials immediately alerted passengers going to and from Cambodia to take precau- tionary measures. Airport officials said there was no direct flights coming to and from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport to Cam- bodia, but they were monitor- ing transit passengers from the flights coming from Vietnam, Bangkok and Hong Kong to make sure that symptoms like high fever were being attended to.

Cambodia’s Health Minister Man Bung Heng said “the health ministry and the WHO are cur- rently investigating the cases and

possible causes of the disease are being considered but definite identification of the cause and source may take some time.” The Philippines’ Health De- partment, meanwhile, alerted the Filipinos planning to go to Cambodia. “Do not go if the travel to Cambodia is not necessary in light of this declaration by the World Health Organization,” Undersecretary Teodoro Her- bosa told reporters. But he advised those who had to go there to wear protec- tive respiratory masks. “Frequently wash your hands

or use alcogel to protect your hands,” Herbosa said. He said there was only one direct flight coming from Cambodia---the Cebu Pacific flight. “But not all who goes to Cambodia ride Cebu Pacific. There are also those who take Thai Airways or Philippine Airlines flights in going to the said country,” he said. In Indonesia, the bird flu vi- rus claimed one more victim---

an eight-year old girl from the

West Java district of Karawang.

The Health Ministry said the girl first developed fever on June 8 and was later diagnosed with laryngitis. It said the girl might have had contact with slaughtered chickens that she and her father had bought from

the market.

Bird flu has killed more than 350 people worldwide, with In- donesia the hardest hit with 158 deaths. Mexico was likewise hit by

a bird flu outbreak, forcing au-

thorities to destroy or dispose of almost 2.5 million birds.

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fighter interceptor since 2005 and the Navy with old warships, some of them of World War II

vintage. The Philippines’ Air Force and Navy were second to none in Asia except Japan from 1947

up to the ‘70s, but then it was slowly overtaken as a result of the poor financing of the mili- tary’s modernization. Most of the country’s aircraft and ships were provided by the United States when the Ameri- cans still had their air and naval bases in the Philippines under the RP-US Military Bases Agree- ment, which expired in 1991 when the Philippine Senate did not extend the agreement. Air Force records showed that in 1965 the US provided the Philippines 30 F-5A/B su- personic jet fighters, becom- ing one of the first countries in the world to acquire US-made fighter jets.

In 1979 the Air Force bought 25 F-8 Crusader war jets and some helicopters from the US, but due to wear and tear and the lack of spare parts the F-8s and F-5s were decommissioned in 1988 and 2005, leaving the Air Force with no jet fighters to guard Philippine airspace. As a result, the country’s “air defense capability became prac- tically zero,” said Col. Raul del Rosario, commander of the Air Defense Wing based in Pam- panga. “Our Air Force is referred to as a Helicopter Air Force [and] we have only one operating ra- dar with very limited capabil- ity,” Del Rosario said. “What’s disheartening is that, with this token capability, our nation is faced with enormous security challenges. “We need to develop facili- ties for the equipment that will be acquired such as radar sites, forward operating bases, hang- ars and command and control facilities.”

Miriam

asked Santiago to decide once

and for all if she would give up

her senatorial post in favor of a seat in the International Crimi- nal Court. He said Santiago’s departure for the ICC would create a vacancy in the Senate, making it necessary to elect a replacement. Santiago was elected to the ICC on Dec. 12, 2011. She is the first Filipino and the first Asian from a develop- ing country to sit in the ICC, which tries cases of geno- cide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. “Even if Senator Miriam does not resign up to January, we are already discussing the possibility that we will require the shading of only 12 for the 12 senators (on the ballot)… but we will proclaim 13,” Brillantes said. “The number 13 we will proclaim if she resigns after the configuration of the bal- lot. We can do that by issuing

a resolution that the number 13

will be the one that will fill up

the vacancy.” But Brillantes said there was

a need for the Senate to declare

a vacancy first before the May

13, 2013 midterm polls. “The Senate should come out with a resolution that there’s a vacancy because we cannot do anything,” Brillantes said. “That’s the prerogative of Senator Miriam. She was re- ally elected for six years. It’s her decision to leave or not to leave within the six- year period,” he said.

Brillantes said Santiago must make a decision before Oct. 5, the deadline for the filing of cer- tificates of candidacy for next year’s elections. But Santiago has told Bril- lantes that she regrets not be- ing able to determine the date of her resignation from the Senate to join the ICC, and that the ICC itself does not know either. “This is why I cannot resign from the Senate until the ICC indicates that I should do so,” Santiago said. She said she would not resign

from the Senate until the ICC called her to duty.

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“Both peace advocates have confirmed their participation, and we are very glad,” Jaafar said. Maj. Gen. Rey Ardo, head of the 6th Infantry Division, said he would be attending the assembly for two rea- sons. “I will attend because I was

invited and I would like to show that the military is sup- portive of the government’s peace initiatives, the gathering being part of the peace proc- ess,” Ardo said. In a statement released Fri- day, the MILF said it was hop- ing tha Moro National Lib- eration Front chairman Nur Misuari would attend. The MILF’s main camp, Camp Darapanan, was the

site of the previous consulta- tions that drew hundreds of thousands of MILF follow- ers. A similar gathering in 2005 listened to a progress report on the rebel group’s peace talks with the govern- ment. An estimated 50,000 to 60,000 have been killed in three decades of the Muslim insurgency. Florante S. Solmerin

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with Enrile was aimed at har- monizing the legislative agenda of both houses of Congress on Charter change. He said the meeting indicated that the proposal on the eco- nomic provisions was not yet dead despite the limited time left in the third regular session of the 15th Congress, which resumes on July 23. “I am going to meet the Sen- ate President this weekend to once and for all settle the issue of amending some economic provisions of the Constitution to further push the country’s bull- ish economy,” Belmonte said in

a phone interview.

“Charter change is not yet dead as of the moment.” The amendments being

pushed are those that restrict foreign investment in the owner- ship of land, the operation and ownership of public utilities, and the exploitation of natural resources. Foreigners are now allowed to invest only up to 40 percent in these areas in partner- ship with Filipinos, who must invest at least 60 percent. Belmonte said he would first discuss with Enrile their strate- gies in making the final push for Cha-cha before making a per- sonal appeal to President Aquino to support the initiative. “We’ll have to meet first and agree on the strategies,” Bel- monte said. “But we are a very sup- portive Congress, and we pass

everything to sustain economic growth and restore business con- fidence in the country.” Belmonte said the President’s

support of the Charter change proposal was crucial because any push for it would likely fail without it. “If the President will get on board on this initiative, we have better chances,” Belmonte said. “Theoretically, the efforts to amend the Constitution belong to Congress, but we need all the support we can get—especially President Aquino’s blessings to make the initiatives successful.” Still, Belmonte agreed with the earlier position of House Majority Leader and Man- daluyong City Rep. Neptali Gonzales II that the delibera- tions on Malacañang’s pro- posed P2.006- trillion national budget for 2013 and next year’s midterm polls may adversely affect Cha-cha’s chances of getting pushed successfully be- cause of time limitations.

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Palace OKs coalition with Villar

By Joyce Panares

MALACAÑANG sees nothing wrong in the coalition being worked out by the Liberal Party with Senator Man- uel Villar, who was accused of corrupt practices by the administration during the 2010 election campaign.

Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said Villar, who heads the Nacionalista Party, has been “supportive” of administration measures. “Campaigning is campaigning. There were words that were exchanged during that time but we move on for the sake of the country,” he said. “They (LP and NP) recognize what is good for our countrymen so they will rise above political differences and see what’s good for the all of us,” the spokesman said. Lacierda noted that “party principles transcend individual differences” in so far as the coalition is concerned. President Aquino earlier said coalition talks between the Liberal Party, the NP and the Nationalist People’s Coalition were “very, very successful.” Lacierda said Villar was also never convicted of any wrongdoing on the controversial C-5 project. Lacierda said NP members such as Senator Alan Peter Cayetano have “stood for good governance” which is also the platform of the Aquino administration. The president of the Liberals, Transportation Secretary Manuel Roxas II said a common platform of government will be crafted as basis of the coalition. He said the platform would be anchored on common principles, such as anti-corruption, judicial reforms and transparency.

Youth group rejects September opening

By Gigi Munoz David

THE militant group Kabataan Party-list said on Friday that frequent rain and floodings dur- ing the months of June, July and August are not compelling reasons to move the opening of classes from June to September. Kabataan Party-list Rep. Ray- mond Palatino said that because of climate change, the country experiences extreme weather conditions all year round. “Strong rains, storms, and floods are also frequently oc- curring during September. The storms Ondoy and Pepeng which generated the most destructive floods in decades in the National Capital Region and north Luzon happened on September 2009,” Rep. Raymond Palatino said. The activist solon argued that mov- ing the class opening in September will not solve anything, adding that students will still be inconvenienced by floods and classes will still be dis- rupted by freak storms and rains. And since there will be classes during the hot summer period, the learning abil- ity of students in cramped and over- crowded classrooms will likewise suffer. Palatino made the statement in response to earlier calls to

move the June opening. In the Senate, the main proponent of the measure was Senator Frank- lin Drilon, who reasoned out that the country is often visited by typhoons during the first three months of the schoolyear. Drilon had filed Senate Bill 2407 in 2010 for the same pur- pose, but the Senate has yet to act on the proposed bill. The Education Department, meanwhile, had said that while it welcomes any proposal that will help the learning conditions of the students, it still has to con- sider many factors, including the ever-changing weather conditions brought about by climate change. Palatino, meanwhile, asked the DepEd to identify flood- prone schools and draft a plan on how to minimize the negative impact of floods on the studies of students. He added that if a school is used as evacuation center, there must be a ready-made system which will allow students to con- tinue their classes in other suitable venues in the community. The young lawmaker added that having classes during the summer may also impact on the livelihood of families in the provinces.

Group blasts sale of public hospitals

A WOMEN’S group on Friday denounced the Aquino administration’s program to privatize 26 public hospitals during a picket infront of the Department of Health headquarters in Sta. Cruz, Manila. Gabriela deputy secretary general Jomes Salvador accused President Aquino of selling off hospitals to rich investors, ordering clinics to charge exorbitant fees on birthing mothers. “However way you look at it, it’s plain and simple state abandonment of its duty to ensure that its citizens are healthy and alive, and that is terribly wrong,” stressed Salvador. But Health Undersecretary Teodoro Herbosa said that the privatization plan is not a sell- out, but a partnership with the private sector to improve health services. “We want to make health care more efficient,” he said. Salvador also accused the President of taking the easy way out of the embarrassing 35% spike in maternal mortality rates from 162 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2006 to 221 in 2011, despite infusions of millions of loans and grants. Ironically, women now have to fork out up to P5,000 for supplies and use of the delivery room or be refused admission. Macon Araneta

of the delivery room or be refused admission. Macon Araneta Mothers know best. A women’s group

Mothers know best. A women’s group denounces the plan to sell government-owned hospitals. EY ACASIO

Republic of the Philippines ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION San Miguel Avenue, Pasig City

IN THE MATTER OF THE APPLICATION OF THE NATIONAL GRID CORPORATION OF THE PHILIPPINES FOR THE APPROVAL OF FORCE MAJEURE (FM) EVENT REGULATED FM PASS THROUGH FOR FLOODING IN MINDANAO, TYPHOON BEBENG, LANDSLIDE IN MINDANAO AND TYPHOON JUANING IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE RULES FOR SETTING TRANSMISSION WHEELING RATES, WITH PRAYER FOR PROVISIONAL AUTHORITY

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ERC CASE NO. 2012-070 RC

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

TO ALL INTERESTED PARTIES:

Notice is hereby given that on May 7, 2012, the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) filed with the Commission an application for the approval of Force Majeure (FM) event regulated FM pass through for flooding in Mindanao, Typhoon Bebeng, landslide in Mindanao and Typhoon Juaning in accordance with the Rules for Setting Transmission Wheeling Rates, with prayer for provisional authority.

In the said application, NGCP alleged, among others, the following:

1. It is a corporation created and existing under the laws of the Philippines, with principal office address at NGCP Building, Quezon Avenue corner BIR Road, Diliman, Quezon City. It is the corporate vehicle of the consortium which was awarded the concession to assume the power transmission functions of the National Transmission Corporation (TRANSCO) pursuant to Republic Act No. 9136, otherwise known as the “Electric Power Industry Reform Act of 2001” or the EPIRA.

2. Under Republic Act No. 9511, 1 it was granted a franchise to construct, install, finance, manage, improve, expand, operate, maintain, rehabilitate, repair and refurbish the present nationwide transmission system of the Republic of the Philippines.

3. On 15 January 2009, it assumed transmission functions of TRANSCO including the operation, management and maintenance of the nationwide electrical grid.

4. Pursuant to Section 10.1.1 of the Rules for Setting Transmission Wheeling Rates (RTWR), it is allowed to recover the cost incurred for the restoration, rehabilitation, repair of damage sustained by NGCP transmission assets and other related facilities as a result of a Force Majeure Event (FME), as defined in Article I of RTWR.

Allegations on the Flooding in Mindanao as FME

5. During the first week of January 2011, the Mindanao area suffered continuous heavy rains causing floods which damaged NGCP transmission assets and other related facilities.

6. In compliance with Article X of the RTWR, it filed with the Commission a Force Majeure Event Notice dated 28 March 2011.

7. A copy of the Force Majeure Event Notice dated 28 March 2011, Certification dated 15 June 2011 issued by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (“PAGASA”), and Certification dated 03 April 2012 issued by the Office of the Punong Barangay of Brgy. Tabon, Bislig City, Surigao Del Sur are hereto attached as Annexes “A”, “A-1”, and “A-2”, respectively.

Allegations for the Typhoon Bebeng as FME

8. On 7-9 May 2011, Typhoon Bebeng packing maximum sustained winds of 85 kph and gustiness of up to 100 kph caused severe damage to life and property due to strong winds and heavy downpour over Visayas.

9. Due to its intensity, it caused damage to NGCP transmission facilities in Visayas area.

10. On 07 July 2011, in compliance with Article X of the RTWR, it filed with the Commission a Force Majeure Event Notice for Typhoon Bebeng dated 01 July 2011.

11. A copy of the Force Majeure Event Notice for Bebeng dated July 1, 2011 and Certification dated June 15, 2011 issued by the PAGASA are hereto attached as Annexes “B”and “B-1”, respectively.

Allegations for the Landslide in Mindanao Area as FME

12. On or about the first week of July 2011, the Mindanao area suffered continuous rainfall causing landslide which damaged NGCP transmission assets and other related facilities particularly in the Bukidnon areas.

13. On 23 September 2011, in compliance with Article X of the RTWR, NGCP filed with the Commission a Force Majeure Event Notice for Landslide in Mindanao dated 19 September 2011.

14. A copy of the Force Majeure Event Notice dated 19 September 2011, Certification dated 14 October 2011 issued by the PAGASA, Certification dated 28 March 2012 issued by the Office of the Punong Barangay of Brgy. Tabon, Municipality of Quezon, Bukidnon, and Final Report issued by the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (“RDRRMC”) dated 08 July 2011 are hereto attached as Annexes “C”, “C-1”, “C-2”, and“C-3”, respectively.

Allegations for the Typhoon Juaning as FME

15. On 25 – 28 July 2011, Typhoon Juaning packing maximum winds of 95 kph and gustiness of up to 120 kph caused severe damage to life and property due to strong winds and heavy downpour over North Luzon, South Luzon, and Visayas area.

16. Due to its intensity, it caused damage to NGCP transmission assets and other related facilities in South Luzon area.

17. On 23 September 2011, in compliance with Article X of the RTWR, it filed with the Commission a Force Majeure Event Notice for Juaning dated 19 September 2011.

18. A copy of the Force Majeure Event Notice for Juaning dated 19 September 2011 and Certification dated 14 October 2011 issued by the PAGASA are hereto attached as Annexes “D”and “D-1”, respectively.

Allegations Common to All Causes of Action

19. Immediately after the wrath of the floods and landslides in Mindanao area and typhoons Bebeng and Juaning, NGCP started the repair and rehabilitation of its damaged transmission assets and other related facilities in order to continue serving its customers. Some activities are still in progress up to present in some areas.

20. The cost of Capital Expenditure (CAPEX) that NGCP incurred/will incur in the rehabilitation, repair and restoration of its transmission assets and other related facilities and that need to complete such are as follows:

1 Republic Act No. 9511 entitled, “An Act Granting the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines a Franchise to Engage in the Business of Conveying or Transmitting Electricity Through High Voltage Back-bone System or Interconnected Transmission Lines, Substations and Related Facilities, and for Other Purposes,”

FME

Total (PhP) 2

Flooding in Mindanao Area

730,185.63

Bebeng

9,383.77

Landslide in Mindanao Area

4,887,181.00

Juaning

3,844,235.19

Total

9,470,985.58

Copies of the Details of Activities of FMEs Flooding in Mindanao Area, Typhoon Bebeng, Landslide in Mindanao Area, and Typhoon Juaning are hereto attached as Annexes “E”, “F”, “G”, and “H”, respectively. 3

21. Notwithstanding that the damaged transmission assets and other related facilities are owned by TRANSCO, a co-assured of the Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corporation’s Industrial All Risk Insurance Policy (“IAR”) with the Government Service Insurance System, the cost of the rehabilitation, repair and restoration of the damaged transmission assets and other related facilities is not covered by the IAR and therefore not compensable. Copies of the Certification in support of such allegation are hereto attached as Annexes “I”, “J”, “K”, and “L”.

22. In view of the foregoing, there is a need to realign NGCP’s CAPEX projects to recover the cost incurred/to be incurred for the restoration, rehabilitation and repair of the damaged NGCP transmission assets and other related facilities.

COMPUTATION OF FORCE MAJEURE EVENT PASS-THROUGH COST

23. It computed the pass-through FME amount as shown in the table below:

FME - Peso/kW

2012

2013

2014

2015

Total

Luzon

0.0051

0.0069

0.0068

0.0068

0.0256

Visayas

0.0002

0.0001

0.0001

0.0001

0.0005

Mindanao

0.0962

0.0642

0.0639

0.0635

0.2878

24. It proposes the pass-through cost as additional network charges in the following areas starting the billing period of May 2012 up to December 2015 or until such time that the amount incurred is fully recovered, as follows:

FME - Peso/kW

2012

2013

2014

2015

Total

Luzon

0.0051

0.0069

0.0068

0.0068

0.0256

Mindanao

0.0962

0.0642

0.0639

0.0635

0.2878

25. Although this FME claim is not included in NGCP’s 3 rd Regulatory Reset Application, the same can be recovered during the 3 rd Regulatory Period pursuant to Section 10.1.1 of the RTWR where NGCP is allowed to recover the cost incurred for the restoration, repair and rehabilitation of damage sustained by its transmission assets and other related facilities as a result of the FME. 4

26. Further, the FME Claim under this Application does not breach the FMTA. 5

27. It moves for the issuance of a provisional authority for the immediate recovery of the FME claim. 6 It needs to immediately recover the actual expenses incurred for the rehabilitation of the damaged transmission assets and other related facilities. The occurrence of the aforementioned FME requires capital infusion, the recovery of which should be allowed

to avoid putting financial strain in the transmission provider, and to allow it to continuously provide the necessary transmission service to the grid

customers.

28. In addition, the timely implementation of the pass-through amount will allow the equal or even spread of the increases or decreases in tariffs from the initial implementation of the recovery of the cost.

29. It most prays of the Commission that:

a. Declare the flooding and landslide events in Mindanao area and Typhoons Bebeng and Juaning as Force Majeure Events;

b. Approve the CAPEX incurred/to be incurred for the restoration/ rehabilitation/repair of the damaged transmission assets and other related facilities for the following FMEs: flooding and landslide events in Mindanao area and Typhoons Bebeng and Juaning;

c. Approve the proposed pass-through amount representing return on and of capital expenditure associated with the emergency responses and the repair and rehabilitation of facilities damaged due to the said events, as shown in the table below;

FME - Peso/kW

2012

2013

2014

2015

Total

Luzon

0.0051

0.0069

0.0068

0.0068

0.0256

Mindanao

0.0962

0.0642

0.0639

0.0635

0.2878

d. Grant provisional authority to implement and bill the FME Pass- Through Amount to Luzon and Mindanao customers from 26 April 2012 to 25 December 2015 or until such time that the amount incurred is fully recovered; and

e. Exclude

Pass-Through Amount from the side

the

proposed

constraint calculation.

The Commission has set the application for jurisdictional hearing, expository presentation, pre-trial conference and evidentiary hearing on August 7, 2012 (Tuesday) at ten o’clock in the morning (10:00 A.M.) at the ERC Hearing Room, 15th Floor, Pacific Center Building, San Miguel Avenue, Pasig City.

All persons who have an interest in the subject matter of the proceeding

may become a party by filing, at least five (5) days prior to the initial hearing and subject to the requirements in the ERC’s Rules of Practice and Procedure,

a verified petition with the Commission giving the docket number and title of

the proceeding and stating: (1) the petitioner’s name and address; (2) the nature of petitioner’s interest in the subject matter of the proceeding, and the way and manner in which such interest is affected by the issues involved in the proceeding; and (3) a statement of the relief desired.

All other persons who may want their views known to the Commission

with respect to the subject matter of the proceeding may file their opposition

to the applications or comment thereon at any stage of the proceeding before

the applicant concludes the presentation of its evidence. No particular form of opposition or comment is required, but the document, letter or writing should contain the name and address of such person and a concise statement of the opposition or comment and the grounds relied upon.

All such persons who may wish to have copies of the applications may request the applicant, prior to the date of the initial hearing, that they be furnished with copies of the applications. The applicant is hereby directed to furnish all those making such request with copies of the applications and their attachments, subject to reimbursement of reasonable photocopying costs. Likewise, any such person may examine the applications and other pertinent records filed with the Commission during the usual office hours.

WITNESS, the Honorable Chairperson, ZENAIDA G. CRUZ-DUCUT, and the Honorable Commissioners, MARIA TERESA A.R. CASTAÑEDA, ALFREDO J. NON and GLORIA VICTORIA C. YAP-TARUC, Energy Regulatory Commission, this 25 th day of June 2012 at Pasig City.

, this 25 t h day of June 2012 at Pasig City. ATTY. FRANCIS SATURNINO C.

ATTY. FRANCIS SATURNINO C. JUAN Executive Director III

2 Inclusive of the permit fees;

3 Copies of pictures for FME Flooding in Mindanao Area are attached herewith as Annexes “E-1” to “E-4”. Copies of pictures for FME Typhoon Bebeng are attached herewith as Annexes“F-1” and “F-2”. Copies of pictures for FME Landslide in Mindanao Area are attached herewith as Annexes “G-1” and “G-2”. Copies of pictures for FME Typhoon Juaning are attached herewith as Annexes “H-1” and “H-2”.

4 A copy of Force Majeure Event Claim Computation is hereto attached as Annex “M”;

5 A copy of the Force Majeure Threshold Amount (FMTA) Computation is hereto attached as Annex “N”.

6 A copy of the Judicial Affidavit of Ma. Bernadette R. Gan, Head, Tariff Administration Section Tariff Design and Billing Management Division, Regulatory Revenue Affairs, in support thereof is hereto attached as Annex “O”.

MTS – July 7 & 14, 2012

IN BRIEF Lawmaker penalizes titling of esteros A BILL was filed in the House of
IN BRIEF
Lawmaker penalizes titling of esteros
A BILL was filed in the House of Representatives seeking to
declare as a criminal act the titling of public waterways such as
esteros, creeks, canals,and riverbanks.
House Bill 3436, authored principally by Rizal Rep. Joel
Roy Duavit, imposes a penalty ranging from six months to 12
years in prison for the titling, appropriation, encroachment and
registration of public waterways.
Duavit said some of these waterways have been blocked and
cemented, thus resulting in flooding, pollution and destruction
of roads.
If the titling, appropriation, encroachment, or registration of
such waterway is caused by a public officer or acquired with his
assistance, that officer will be held liable, he said. Maricel Cruz
UN adopts resolution on trafficking
THE Philippines, Germany and 68 other countries have issued
a resolution adopting United Nation Human Rights Council on
addressing human trafficking.
“Trafficking in persons remains a major problem of humanity,”
Philippine Permanent Representative to the UN Offices in
Geneva, Ambassador Evan Garcia said.
Based on the resolution, the Philippines and 69 other countries
are encouraged to recognize trafficked people as victims with
specific protection needs.
These countries are required to provide assistance and support
to trafficked victims for them to access remedies such as
restitution, rehabilitation, compensation, and guarantees on non-
repetition of the crime. Sara Fabunan
remedies such as restitution, rehabilitation, compensation, and guarantees on non- repetition of the crime. Sara Fabunan

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7, 2012 Manila StandardToday Adelle Chua, Editor Opinion mst.lettertotheeditor@gmail.com EDITORIAL Make it work IN

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Editor Opinion mst.lettertotheeditor@gmail.com EDITORIAL Make it work IN REVIEWING the contract of the ferry service

Make it work

IN REVIEWING the contract of the ferry service provider along the Pasig River, Transportation Secretary Mar Roxas has to resist the temptation of junking the project for being an outlier in the Aquino administration. The so-called river bus was launched in the 1990s during the Cory presidency. It was operational until the engines conked out in waters deemed biologically dead. Recognizing its predecessor’s wise decision to make the waterway useful to commuters, the Ramos administration took a step further by reviving the service with a program to rehabilitate

the river itself. The costs became prohibitive, but the refleeting somehow managed to provide people with an option to road travel. It also left a consensus that the Pasig River can be brought back to life. The Arroyo administration restored the line in 2007, only to be bogged down by expenses. The income from fares was unable to keep the boats afloat even as more stations were opened to attract commuters and tourists. The vessels were redesigned for safety and leisure to increase passenger load. At the same time, it served as a vehicle to boost the recovery of Metro

Manila’s main waterway. The service was stopped in January 2010 over the findings by the state auditor that the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission—to which the boat operation was attached— had lost P94 million amid reduced ridership, questionable ticket sales, canceled trip schedules and a botched route extension through four stations that were built for P19.5 million. The contract to be reviewed must reckon with opportunity costs, but must also take into account reviving a river long derided as the biggest sewer in this part of the world. As a key government executive

whose word carries weight, Roxas can do much to save the ferry system and give it a fresh start the way the past administrations had done to ensure the continuity of a good program. Big-ticket mass transport in the league of the Metro Rail Transit on Edsa, bundled with the Light Rail Transit on Taft Avenue and Aurora Boulevard, is designed for maximum carrying capacity. This means massive budget outlays as well. It is worth noting, however, that the slower water vessels would not only move people but also make them a part of the greater goal of saving the Pasig River.

them a part of the greater goal of saving the Pasig River. Co ee, Co ee,
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or or any any act act of of impropriety. impropriety.
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a a Philippine Philippine official. official. Naguiat, Naguiat, after after
all, all,
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government’s government’s
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his his other other hat hat
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Corp.
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as as operator operator of of Pagcor’s Pagcor’s 13 13 casinos casinos
chairman
chairman
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of
of
nationwide. nationwide.
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purchasing
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worth
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of
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coffee
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out out his his shares shares of of stock stock to to distance distance
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Naguiat is on the carpet
himself himself from from any any wrongdoing. wrongdoing.
for buying
for buying
P8.2 million worth of
P8.2 million worth of
The The
Pagcor Pagcor
coffee coffee
anomaly anomaly
bottled water for its casinos.
bottled water for its casinos.
was was
investigated investigated
by by
the the
Senate Senate
The
The
Commission
Commission
on
on
Audit
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Blue Blue
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headed headed
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questioned
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purchase
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by by Senator Senator Teofisto Teofisto Guingona Guingona III. III.
of
of
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charged charged
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of
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with with the the Ombudsman Ombudsman since since it it was was
privatized, privatized, Pagcor Pagcor would would no no longer longer
filed. filed. Has Has there there been been a a settlement? settlement?
operate operate casinos casinos and and its its role role would would
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be be limited limited to to being being a a government government
or or just just a a few few of of its its officials? officials? There’s There’s
agency agency to to regulate regulate gaming. gaming.
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same house of ill repute to rake up
same house of ill repute to rake up
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inquiry inquiry
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impropriety impropriety of of Naguiat’s Naguiat’s acceptance acceptance
alone, alone, exceeding exceeding by by P600 P600 million million its its
of of
luxury luxury
hotel hotel
accommodations, accommodations,
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gifts gifts and and shopping shopping money money in in Macau Macau
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in in
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lottery lottery
operated operated
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City. City.
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Naguiat Naguiat
justified justified
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in in
the the
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gaming gaming industry” industry” accorded accorded to to hotel hotel
ticket ticket which which the the poor poor and and even even the the
and and casino casino guests. guests. American American gaming gaming
middle-class middle-class ride ride to to dream dream of of riches riches
tycoon
tycoon Steve Wynn,
Steve
Wynn,
however, however,
and and a a better better life. life.
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filed filed a a
If If the the questionable questionable bottled bottled water water
case case of of impropriety impropriety and and violation violation
purchase purchase were were for for the the consumption consumption
of of Nevada’s Nevada’s gaming gaming laws laws against against
of of
casino casino
players players
and and
Pagcor’s Pagcor’s
Japanese Japanese partner partner Kazuo Kazuo Okada. Okada. The The
hardworking hardworking
employees, employees,
then then
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businessman businessman
had had
given given
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a a
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company company paid paid can can be be considered considered as as
Hotel, Hotel, Casino Casino and and Resort Resort in in Macau Macau
pittance pittance when when compared compared to to the the P17 P17
to to
Naguiat, Naguiat, his his wife, wife, three three children children
billion billion Pagcor Pagcor earned earned last last year. year.
and and a a nanny. nanny. The The Naguiats Naguiats stayed stayed a a
Government Government auditors, auditors, nonetheless, nonetheless,
total total of of five five days. days.
questioned questioned the the manner manner of of purchase purchase of of
Naguiat Naguiat and and a a number number of of Pagcor Pagcor
five-gallon five-gallon jugs jugs and and bottled bottled mineral mineral
officials officials
were were
in in
Macau Macau
at at
the the
water water for for Pagcor Pagcor casinos casinos in in Parañaque Parañaque
invitation invitation
of of
Okada Okada
to to
observe observe
and at the Heritage and Pavilion
and
at
the
Heritage
and
Pavilion
gaming gaming
operations operations
in in
the the
former former
hotels. hotels. Because Because it it was was made made through through
Portuguese Portuguese colony. colony.
shopping shopping and and the the amount amount exceeded exceeded
Wynn Wynn had had also also accused accused Okada Okada of of
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the the
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ELIZABETH ELIZABETH ANGSIOCO POWER POINT LAST Wednesday I went to the House of Representatives for
ELIZABETH
ELIZABETH
ANGSIOCO
POWER POINT
LAST Wednesday I went to the House
of Representatives for the Committee
on Labor’s Technical Working
Group meeting on the Magna Carta
of Workers in Informal Economy
bill. Outside of reproductive health,
MACWIE is my organization’s other
major legislative advocacy initiative.
Our general understanding of the
word “worker” is limited to one who
is formally employed. Someone who
has a definite employer, workplace,
regularity of work, or covered by our
labor laws.
We do not see the 18 to 25
million (according to the Employers’
Confederation of the Philippines
and the Department of Labor and
Employment) people who do not
fall under the “formal employment”
category. Ever wondered how laundry
women, tricycle and other drivers,
vendors, waste-pickers (scavengers),
construction workers, farmers,
fisherfolk, on- call domestic workers,
home-based workers, etc. manage to
live?
We see but do not notice them. We
use their products and services but are
disinterested in them. They are the
people we “use” for our comfort and
needs. They are among us but they
remain invisible.
Even celebrations of workers’
but they remain invisible. Even celebrations of workers’ Invisible workers day, May first, exclude these tens

Invisible workers

day, May first, exclude these tens of millions of workers. Ever heard of any a government pronouncement that

or near their homes. Because they are poor, they have to perform both their traditional women’s work of tending the home and family on top of earning some money. These women workers are often subject to abuse, discrimination, and harassment by virtue of their being women. Despite these very harsh working and living conditions, even trade unions, the so-called vanguards of workers’ rights, hardly touch workers in the informal economy. Organizing these workers is not among their priorities, even of the most militant of them. This is because these workers are scattered and, therefore, hard and expensive to organize. There are no definite employers that unions can collectively bargain with. After all, collective bargaining agreements are quite important for unions. Estimates of workers in the informal economy’s contributions to the country’s gross domestic product range from 30 percent to a high of 43 percent. Yet, they remain unrecognized, unvalued. Their rights remain unprotected. If the government is serious with its war against poverty, the welfare and rights of these workers cannot be ignored. A significant number of the poorest of the poor, though they are not indigents, are in this group of workers. It is in this light that our group, together with other WIE organizations, crafted MACWIE. This bill addresses Turn to page 5

recognizes their contributions, makes their th lives easier, or promotes their

rights ri as workers? Virtually none.

Our labor laws do not cover workers in the informal economy. Our laws are skewed toward the protection of rights of workers in the formal sector, and have not been significantly updated to include WIE despite the size of these workers. Estimates have it that workers in the informal economy make up about 75 percent of the country’s workforce. Most of the economically active poor are in informal employment and can hardly make both ends meet. It is literally a hand-to-mouth existence that they have. Workers in this category do not have fixed salaries to speak of, no overtime pay, no standard on number of work hours or days, no paid leaves, no maternity benefits for women, and without any social protection. They are largely exploited by the very fact that they are not subject to existing regulations. Moreover, these workers largely perform their economic activities under very poor and hazardous working conditions, making them vulnerable to health risks and accidents.

Women workers in the informal economy suffer more. Most of economically active women are in informal employment. Many of them are home-based workers performing their livelihood activities within

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LOOKING back at that blot on our judicial history, the decision to remove the sitting chief justice of the Supreme Court indeed highlighted the country as a pariah

in the international legal circle. As we Filipinos would often consider ourselves, the impeachment of Renato Corona put truism in us as “only in the Philippines.” We must bear in mind that the law used to impeach

logical presumption of innocence to one who might stand as accused, and that is for the accuser to prove. The same has been raised by my good friend-lawyer in asking why our mentally deranged lawmakers opted to pass a law declaring as a form of violence against women should a husband refuse to give financial support to his wife. Up to now many wonder about that silly conclusion of equating failure or refusal to give support as equivalent to violence. In fact, by any stretch of one’s imagination, violence is the act of inflicting harm or physical

pain to another, in this case to a wife. In fact, the act is already

violence is the act of inflicting harm or physical pain to another, in this case to

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of divorce or

that goaded the authors to make it compulsory to all public officials to declare their bank deposits in their Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth. My lawyer-friend who is more philosophical than legalistic in his perspective began by putting forward that individuals are supposed to be punished if what has been proven constitutes a crime,

legal separation of which the guilty party is ordered by the court to give alimony or support to the innocent spouse. But instead of fine tuning those laws to re-enforce and increase the grounds for financial support, our mentally deranged solons proceeded to interpret that as an act of violence, when the guilty party could simply be punished for contempt or defiance to a lawful order.

declaring such act as offensive or injurious to society, mankind, by its desire to have an orderly and peaceful society, would nonetheless declare the commission of the act punishable. In that infamous case, the chief justice was punished using a garbage law that in substance would

It is for this reason why many have been calling the laws recently passed by our lawmakers as garbage. They stand as exposition of their insanity. One could easily detect they were enacted just to boost the ego of the author, for want of anything to do, or to appease fanatical pressure groups wanting to highlight their misguided role

in our society. Some of them may

even be funded by foreign non-

made the act punishable, viz. that what Corona did was a diligent act

governmental organizations out to weaken our democratic institution by injecting outlandish rights that

could trigger enmity among our

people.

Yes, there are rights which our

as the act is inherently injurious and contrary to civilized conduct of man. So, by any legal extrapolation, my friend said, no amount of legislation could transform an act of any public official not to include

society should accord to women, but certainly they do not include rights that would result in the diminution on the rights of men for that could mean discrimination, and in contravention to what society has declared as co-equal. The same can be said of other pressure groups.

crime. It is for this that the framers of the Constitution specifically enumerated the high crimes that could be made a ground to impeach some high officials. Yet, we kicked out a chief justice not for a crime, but for violation of the capricious law, and worse, for one that does not even fall into the category of a high crime. Since to make a deposit is accepted and a normal thing to do, that act must logically be reinforced by laws guaranteeing the secrecy of one’s bank deposits, but giving room

Each has its own peculiar interest to elevate as a right. The problem is nobody has come to think that those interests could only become viable as a right for as long as they would not transgress on the rights of others. It is for this reason why many have become apprehensive in that decision to remove Corona. Even if we take it that Corona was convicted after he waived his right, his waiver did not result in him violating the law because they remained legal. His waiver was not an act of legislation to enact a new law to

single himself out. But sadly, our

lawmakers failed to see that point.

Invisible workers

From A4 the needs and rights of the workers in the informal economy, includ- ing labor standards that should cover them and support for entre- preneurship. The bill also deals with the question of invisibility of these workers. Unfortunately, this is the third Congress under which the bill has been filed but it only moved in the House fo Representatives. The various bills are now being consolidated into one by the Committee on Labor secre- tariat directly working with us. The four MACWIE bills in the House are authored by Representatives Sonny Angara, Dan Fernandez, Erin Tañada, Emmeline Aglipay, Raymond Mendoza, and Salvador Escudero III. At the Senate, there were also four bills filed but since former Senator Migz Zubiri resigned, only three are left authored by Senators Miriam Defensor-Santiago, Francis Escudero, and Jinggoy Estrada. MACWIE at the Senate has not moved. The bills are under Sena- tor Kiko Pangilinan’s Committee on Social Justice and Rural Develop- ment. Advocates have formally written and followed up the committee requesting for the bills to be discussed but efforts have so far yielded nothing. The welfare of the 18-25 million workers rests on MACWIE. These workers should not remain invisible.

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Wrong energy choices

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THREE means of electricity generation are often raised as solutions to our looming power crisis: fossil fuel-based (coal and oil most especially), large- scale hydroelectric (big dams), and nuclear power. While some look at them as saviors, I view them with apprehension, and not just from an environmental aspect. These options come with overlooked costs, that fossil fuels, big hydro, and nuclear power cannot truly live up to the promise of cheap and abundant energy—that cheap energy is itself an utopian illusion. Relative availability of the resource, and the maturity of combustion and turbine technologies are the reasons why fossil fuel power generation is relatively cheap compared to emerging RE technologies. Coal and oil plants (and diesel generators for independent power producers) are financially easy to set up compared to other options, explaining their appeal as the go-to option for large-scale and rural electrification. Yet we know that this cheap attractiveness doesn’t reflect or take into account greenhouse gas emissions (and prospects for emission caps) and the supply and

price of fossil fuels, costs that, in the long run, we will pay dearly for. Arguably, we have arrived at that point. We need not mince words about volatile fuel prices, influenced by global supply and demand, politics in the Middle East, and so on, and now even coal supplies are facing the crunch. For example, in an op-ed, Pete Maniego of the National Renewable Energy Board and analyst Dennis Posadas noted that in June 2011, the approved rate for

Panay Energy Development Corporation, which operates a coal plant, was P7.40/ kwh, when coal was at $53/metric ton. By January 2012 coal became twice as expensive, at $116/ton. Electricity costs in Iloilo in fact rose to as high as P8.30/ kwh in March, before increased power consumption and reduction in rates and taxes lowered charges to P7.95—a reduction some fear is only temporary considering its bases. All this is on top of the health effects of coal and oil combustion (localized to the plant’s surroundings), greenhouse gas emissions, and the expense required to “clean up” coal oil-fired plants with pollution-mitigating technology. The last of these increases the costs of fossil fuel plants themselves, while the rest are costs absorbed instead by society and the environment: increased health expenditures (both in private and government budgets), climate change, and other downstream effects. As for large hydroelectric dams, they may not emit greenhouse gases like fossil fuel plants, and are so efficient that their electricity is practically as cheap as coal, but they carry just as heavy a cost. Unlike fossil fuel plants, large dams involve an equally large investment of resources and time in their establishment. Further, their reservoirs, inundating lands upriver from the dam, displace both environmental and human habitats—and in the Philippines, that usually means sensitive ecologies, and marginalized indigenous peoples and/or communities who depend on the river and land for a living—all the more true in poverty-afflicted Mindanao, an island with vast hydro resources being eyed for power generation. It’s too easy to rationalize their loss, the sacrifices made by these people as one made “for the good of the many,” or that they will be properly compensated. (And here, the questions must be asked:

how much electricity do they use, on average? Are their chances of gainful employment and a decent income truly increased by the hydro project, or do these go to more qualified outsiders/ migrants? Will these people gain more access to the social services powered by the dam?) In doing so, however, we are asking a vulnerable land and people to pay the price for the benefits of sufficient electricity and energy security. In developing countries like ours, too often this price is paid with little benefit or compensation to those who bear the cost. We should remember Macliing Dulag, a Cordillera leader, whose people opposed the Chico River Dam project during the Marcos regime. He paid with his life—which also claimed the dam was for the “good of the many.” There are however smaller-scale hydro projects—micro and mini—which are not as disruptive or destructive as the Chico Dam could have been, which I am wholly in favor of, and which I will talk about in a succeeding column. However attractive any electrification project may be, we must remember that the opportunity costs are not always measured in dollars and pesos, and are not always taken at the national level. National development is too precious an objective to lose, but so are environmental health and human security. We need economically affordable power, but we must expand our notion of what “affordable” means, incorporating the environmental and human dimensions as well as the economic. Next Tuesday, I look at nuclear power and its risks, concluding that this too, like coal and big dams, is a wrong energy choice.

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Where Faulkner performed a demon-driven task

By Emily Wagster Pettus

OXFORD, Mississippi—Five decades after his death, William Faulkner still draws literary pilgrims to his Mississippi hometown, the “little postage stamp of native soil” he made famous through his novels. Oxford inspired the fictional town of Jefferson that was a frequent setting for his stories, and it commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Nobel laureate’s death Friday with several events that included a tag-team reading of his novel, “The Reivers,” beginning about daybreak. Roughly 25,000 people a year visit Faulkner’s antebellum home, Rowan Oak, which is now owned by the University of Mississippi. The author’s meticulous handwriting appears on the walls of his downstairs office. Using pencil, he outlined events of his 1954 novel, “A Fable.” William Griffith, the Rowan Oak curator since 1999, said writing was a “demon-driven” task for Faulkner. “You’re going to hear about the agony and the sweat and the difficulty and the compulsion,” Griffith said. “You’re not going to hear anything about how great it was, how relaxing and beautiful it was. None of that. He just did what he had to do to get it done.” Oxford’s lure is similar to that of Key West, Florida, for fans of Ernest Hemingway and Salinas, California, for devotees of John Steinbeck. “I’ve just always wanted to see this,” Lisa McDanels said as she and her husband toured Faulkner’s home. “You think, ‘Oh, he walked here.’” The two-story Greek Revival home was built in 1848, and Faulkner bought it in 1930. It sits a mile from the town square, but feels isolated because it’s encircled by woods— oaks, magnolias, cedars, dogwoods and honeysuckle. Griffith said the home retains its character, with one important addition—climate control. Faulkner added central heating in the 1930s but scorned air conditioning, despite summer temperatures that reach the 90s and stifling humidity. In “The Reivers,” a character groused, “there are no seasons at all any more, with interiors artificially contrived at sixty degrees in summer and ninety degrees in winter, so that mossbacked recidivists like me must go outside in summer to escape cold and in winter to escape heat.” The day after Faulkner died, his wife, Estelle, had a window- unit air conditioner installed in her

upstairs bedroom. Ole Miss bought Rowan Oak in 1972 from the Faulkners’ daughter, Jill. The house was renovated from 2001 to 2003, and central air conditioning was added. Faulkner was known for sitting on the square to observe Oxford’s small- town comings and goings. In 1997, to mark the 100th anniversary of his birth in nearby New Albany, Oxford dedicated a Faulkner statue in front of its own City Hall. Now, tourists snap photos by the life-sized bronze. Faulkner and his wife are buried in St. Peter’s Cemetery, north of the

Oxford look bad. But after he won the Nobel, all the sudden, he was kind of making Oxford look good, because he was this small-town native son who won the most distinguished award in literature.” Locals saw Faulkner as an oddball who’d be so wrapped up in his own thoughts that he’d often walk past people he knew without exchanging pleasantries. Faulkner went to Canada and trained as a Royal Air Force aviator, but never saw combat because World War I ended before he completed training. Nonetheless, Watson said, Faulkner would walk around Oxford in a flight officer’s uniform, complete with a cane and sometimes with a limp, and tell people he’d been wounded in a plane crash, which wasn’t true. Because he acted likeWhere Faulkner performed a demon-driven task a dandy, locals nicknamed him “Count No-Count.”

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newspaper, The Oxford Eagle, is publishing essays this year from people who remember Faulkner. In one, J.W. “Jay” Mitchell, who grew up in Oxford, recalled being on the square with friends and making fun of the writer. “I remember one day, 1952 or ‘53, me and a few friends decided to walk by Mr. Faulkner, one at a time, and holler, ‘Good morning, Mr. Faulkner,’ or ‘How are you?,’ knowing that he would not answer,” Mitchell wrote. “After we passed him, we would circle around and get in front and repeat our taunting again. He acted as if we were not even there. “There he was—head held high, with a swagger stick under his arm, wearing his English riding pants, knee-high leather boots and tweed jacket. “Move forward over 50 years and ask me if I feel proud of this,” Mitchell wrote. “People, some of us didn’t know what we had in our midst. (I will take this opportunity to apologize.)” Griffith said he came into the curator’s job with a respect for Faulkner’s prose but not as a “super fan.” When he was growing up in Illinois, an English teacher assigned him to read “As I Lay Dying,” and he protested with an essay called, “As I Die Reading.” “I remember arguing, telling her that I’d never thought about Mississippi and I’m quite sure I’ll never go to Mississippi,” said Griffith, who has since re-read the book several times. Griffith said when the teacher heard he’d been hired at Rowan Oak, she told one of his relatives: “’I hope he knows karma is a real thing.’” AP

“’I hope he knows karma is a real thing.’” AP The square, and fans pay tribute
“’I hope he knows karma is a real thing.’” AP The square, and fans pay tribute
“’I hope he knows karma is a real thing.’” AP The square, and fans pay tribute
“’I hope he knows karma is a real thing.’” AP The square, and fans pay tribute

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square, and fans pay tribute by pouring bourbon on the gravesite. Donald Kartiganer, professor emeritus of English who held the Faulkner studies chair at Ole Miss, recalled taking Salman Rushdie on a private tour of Rowan Oak in 2006. When Rushdie saw Faulkner’s writing table and typewriter, his voice fell into hushed reverence and he asked if he could sit there. Kartiganer said yes. “He sits down and he puts his hands, not touching the keys, just sort of hovering over them, the way you would if you were in the vicinity of a holy relic,” Kartiganer recalled. “Then he reaches into his pocket and pulls out the smallest digital camera I’ve ever seen and says, ‘Would you take my picture?’” Mississippi Arts Commission director Malcolm White compares Faulkner’s posthumous fame to that of another north Mississippi native. “He’s like Elvis,” White said. “He’s never been bigger than he is today.” English professor Jay Watson, Kartiganer’s successor as Faulkner specialist, politely disagrees with White’s assessment. Even during Faulkner’s lifetime, he was recognized as one of the most important literary figures of the 20th Century. But, Watson concedes Faulkner is more appreciated in Oxford these days. “Oxford didn’t start coming around to him until after he won the Nobel Prize” in 1949, Watson said. “Before then, most people in Oxford just thought he was somebody who was making

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By Vito Barcelo and Rio N. Araja

ALTHOUGH several bus operators are disputing the legality of the govern- ment’s proposed reforms in the bus transport sector, at least 36 other companies have already complied with the Department of Labor and Employment’s order to pay bus drivers and con- ductors fixed salaries and benefits.

But the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board suspended on Friday 21 buses of the Don Mariano Transit that figured in different road mishaps, including last Wednesday’s accident that injured eight people. The buses are suspended for 30 days. At the same time, the Metro Manila Development Authority urged the Land Transportation Office to revoke the licenses of all city bus drivers and only allow their renewal after the drivers have passed psychiatric and driver’s safety skills tests. While concerned agencies are discussing the stop-gap measure, Baldoz said assured the public that the government is determined to implement the reforms and many bus lines are generally cooperative. “We are proceeding with deliberate dispatch and determination in carrying out this reform in the bus transport sector knowing that it will be the drivers, conductors, and the

bus riding public that will generally benefit from it,” Baldoz said. Of the 49 bus companies that the department has audited, 36 companies have been found to be compliant, while nine are in the process of complying with the Department Order No. 118-12 that requires the payment of fixed salaries and benefits to drivers and conductors. She said they have already issued labor standards compliance certificaters to Safeway Bus Lines, Franvil Transit, Astroliner Tourist Bus Co., Victory Liner, ALRO Transport, Nicholas Albert Bus, Nafi Multipurpose Bus and PBT Pitbull Bus Transport. She said Shem Transport, Princess Youhan and Chrisa Transport, Kelly Trans, and Viofel Trans have also expressed their willingness to cooperate with the reforms and will submit their compliance documents early next week.

Lawmakers slam Roxas over ‘Lazarus franchise’ issue

By Maricel V. Cruz

AT LEAST two congressmen slammed Transportation and Communications Secretary Manuel Roxas II on Friday for defying a 1993 Supreme Court order favoring former workers of Pantranco and prevented the sale

of 489 expired bus franchises. Bayan Muna Rep. Teddy Casiño and Anakpawis Rep. Ra- fael Mariano said the sale would have paved the way for the work- ers to get the back wages and separation pay that Pantranco failed to pay them when the firm bankrupt.

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Republic of the Philippines

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAYS

National Capital Region

NORTH MANILA ENGINEERING DISTRICT

Office of the District Engineer Nagtahan, Manila

INVITATION TO BID

The DPWH North Manila Engineering District, through its Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) invites contractors to bid for aforementioned projects;

1.

Contract I.D. No.

Contract Location:

12-OE0056

Contract Name:

Construction of City College of Manila, Antonio A. Villegas St., Manila (former Arroceros, Manila) Phase I Manila

Scope of Work:

Construction of School Bldg.

Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC): (Ph P 19,593,879.29)

 

Contract Duration:

180 cal. days

Bid Documents:

PhP 10,000.00

2.

Contract LD. No.

Contract Location:

12-OE0057

Contract Name:

Construction of City College of Manila, Antonio A Villegas St., Manila (former Arroceros, Manila) Phase II Manila

Scope of Work:

Construction of School Bldg.

Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC): (Ph PI9,587,883.70

 

Contract Duration:

150 cal. days

Bid Documents:

PhP1 0,000.00

3.

Contract LD. No.

Contract Location:

12-OE0058

Contract Name:

Repair/Rehabilitation/Improvement of Circumferential Road 2 (C-2) from Imelda Street to Sta. 0+695.95 with exceptions Tondo, Manila

Scope of Work:

Repair/Rehab/Improvement of Road

Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC): (Ph P9,899,998.98)

 

Contract Duration:

60 cal. days

Bid Documents:

PhP 10,000.00

4.

Contract LD. No.

Contract Location:

12-OE0059

Contract Name:

Constraction/Upgrading of Road Network with Drainage Improvement, Zone 25 and 26 Binondo, Manila

Scope of Work:

Const/Upgrading of Road Network

Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC): (Ph P9,997,875.62)

 

Contract Duration:

120 cal. days

Bid Documents;

PhP10,000.00

5.

Contract LD.

No. 12-OE0060

Contract Name:

Completion of Retaining Wall along R-10 Road, Smokey

Contract Location:

Mountain Tondo, Manila

Scope of Work:

Completion of Retaining Wall

Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC): (Ph P5,297,098.13)

Contract Duration:

90 cal. days

Bid Documents:

PhP10,5000.00

The BAC will conduct this procurement process in accordance with the Revised Implementing Rules & Regulations (IRR) of the Republic Act. 9184. Bids in excess of the Approved Budget for the Contract shall be automatically rejected at the opening of bid.

To apply and to bid for this contract, a contractor must submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) signed and submitted by the person authorized in the Contractor's License issued by PCAB. Upon submission of the LOI’s, the interested Contractor must also submit the photo copy and original (for authentication purposes and issuance of Bid Documents) of the following documents: 1. Class “A” Documents (Contained in the Contractor’s Registration Certificate) (CRC), 1.1 Legal Documents: a) Department of Trade and Industry Business Name Registration (DTI) or SEC Registration Certificate or CDA; b) Valid and Current Mayor’s Permit/Municipal License, 1.2) Technical Documents, a) Valid Joint Venture Agreement, in case of (IV.) and Eligibility Docs for each member; b) Valid PCAB License and Registration e) Certificate of Materials Engineer Accreditation and identification duly certified by the Authorized Managing Officer (AMO) d) Latest copy of Authorizing Managing Officer e) Certificate of Safety Officer Seminar from (DOLE) f) Phil-GEPS Order Form (Document Request List) g) CPE’s rating for the 1 st Quarter, 1.3) Financial Documents; a) Prospective Bidders Audited Financial Statement for the preceding calendar which should not be earlier than 2 years from the date of submission; b) Prospective bidders computation of it’s NFCC. The LOI’s shall be submitted by the Authorized Liaison Officer as specified in the Contractor’s Information (CD). Submission of LOI’s by persons with a Special Power

of Attorney shall not be allowed. The contractor must purchase bid documents and must

meet the following major criteria: (a) prior registration with the DPWH & PHILGEPS (b)

Filipino citizen of 75 % Filipino-owned partnership, corporation, cooperative, or joint venture, (c) with PCAB license applicable to the type and cost of this contract, (d) completion of

a similar contract costing at least 50% of ABC within a period of 10 years, and (c) NET

Financial Contracting Capacity at least equal to ABC, or credit line commitment at least equal to 10% of ABC. The contractor’s submitted proof of required equipments for the project are subject for inspection. The BAC will use non-discretionary pass/fail criteria in the eligibility cheek and preliminary examination of bids.

Unregistered contractors, however, shall submit their applications for registration to the DPWH-POCW Central Office will only process contractor’s applications for registration, with complete requirements, and issue the Contractor’s Certification of Registration (CRC). Registration Forms may be downloaded at the DPWH website www.dpwh.gov.ph.

The significant times and deadlines of procurement activities are shown below:

Issuance of Bidding Documents

June 26-July 17, 2012

Pre-Bid Conference

10:00 A M. July 04, 2012

Deadline of LOI Receipt from Prospective Bidders

5:00 P.M. July 11. 2012

Deadline of Bid Receipt

10:00 A.M. July 17, 2012

Opening of Bids

10:00 A M. July 17, 2012

Prospective bidders may download the LOI Forms from DPWH website: www.dpwh.gov.ph (allowing the filing of Letter of Intent free of charge and prescribing fixed costs of bidding documents as per D.O. No. 52 dated October 2, 2011).

The BAC will issue hard copies of Bidding Documents (BD’s) at North Manila Engineering District, upon payment of a non-refundable fee as stated above for bid documents. Prospective bidders may also download the BD’s from the DPWH website, if available. Prospective bidders that will download the BD’s from the DPWH website shall pay the said fees on or before the submission of their bid documents. The Pre-Bid conference shall open only to interested parties who have purchased the BD’s. Bids must accompanied by a bid security, in the amount and acceptable form, stated in Section 27.2 of the Revised IRR.

Prospective bidders shall submit their duly accomplished forms as specified in the BD’s in two (2) separate sealed bid envelope to the NMED - BAC Chairman;, otherwise,

it will be a ground for an outright disqualification. The first envelope shall contain the

technical component of the bid, which shall include a) copy of the CRC; b) if a propose Key Technical Personnel is an employee of the bidder and working on another project at the time of the bidding the bidder shall submit a certification that (1) the personnel will be pulled out from the on-going project once the bidder is awarded the contract, and (2) he/ she will be replaced with another person with equal or better qualifications, as certified by the head of the implementing office and c) The bidder may propose a Key Technical Personnel who is not its employee provided that the said personnel is required to submit a certification that he/she will work for the bidder if it is awarded the contract under bidding. The second envelope shall contain the financial component of the bid. Contract will be awarded to the Lowest Calculated Responsive Bid as determined in the bid evaluation and the post-qualification.

The North Manila Engineering District reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bid

to annul the bidding process any time prior to Contract Award, without thereby incurring

any liability to the affected bidder/s.

NOTED:

(Sgd.) ROGELIO S. CRESPO District Engineer

(MST-July 7, 2012)

APPROVED:

(Sgd.) HERMINIA L. DIAZ BAC Chairman

Casiño maintained that the workers are the rightful owners of the Pantranco franchises be- cause of the SC ruling and whose sale was recently approved by the Land Transportation and Franchising Board. “Here comes DOTC Secre- tary Roxas scuttling the solution

to the decades-old problem by intruding and arrogantly defying a Supreme Court decision which declared workers as owners of the franchise that has been reac- tivated by the LFTRB, an agency under Roxas’ management, and sold to five bus companies,” Casiño said.

Republic of the Philippines DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAYS OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT ENGINEER

Republic of the Philippines

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAYS

OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT ENGINEER

Isabela 4th District Engineering Office Quezon, San Isidro, Isabela

INVITATION TO BID

The Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) of the DPWH Isabela 4th District Engineering Office, through the Calamity Fund, FY2012 GAA, invites contractors to bid for the following projects:

1

a Contract ID No.

:

12BH 0041

b Name of Project and

:

Concreting of Jct ipil-Quirino Boundary Road San Agustin, Isabela

c Location:

:

KO369+807-KO370+864,

KO374+276-KO375+080

 

(w/ exceptions)

 
 

d Brief Description

:

RCP - Roads- New Construction - PCCP

 

e Major Item of Work

:

Item 311

f Approved Budget for the Contract

:

P 17,178,700.00

 

g Duration, C.D.

:

150

h Cost of Bid Documents

:

P 10,000.00

2

a Contract ID No.

:

12BH 0042

b Name of Project and

:

Concreting of Jct ipil-Quirino Boundary Road San Agustin, Isabela

c Location

: KO371+780-KO374+276 (w/ exceptions) Dappig- Laoag, Isabela

d Brief Description

:

RCP - Roads- New Construction - PCCP

 

e Major Item of Work

:

Item 311

f Approved Budget for the Contract

:

P 17,178,700.00

 

g Duration, C.D.

:

150

h Cost of Bid Documents

:

P 10,000.00

3

a Contract ID No.

:

12BH 0043

b Name of Project and

:

Construction of Flood Control Structures

 

c Location:

:

Dalibubon

Flood

Control,

Sta

000+000

-

Sta

 

000+436, Dalibubon, Jones, Isabela

 
 

d Brief Description

:

FHR - River Control

 

e Major Item of Work

:

Gabion Revetment

f Approved Budget for the Contract

:

P 19,206,000.00

g Duration, C.D.

:

150

h Cost of Bid Documents

:

P 10,000.00

4

a Contract ID No.

:

12BH 0044

b Name of Project and

:

Construction of Flood Control Structures

 

c Location:

:

Masaya Sur Flood Control, Sta 000+000 - Sta 000+532 Masaya Sur, San Agustin, Isabela

d Brief Description

:

FHR - River Control

 

e Major Item of Work

:

Gabion Revetment

f Approved Budget for the Contract

:

P 19,109,000.00

g Duration, C.D.

:

150

h Cost of Bid Documents

:

P 10,000.00

6

a Contract ID No.

:

12BH 0045

b Name of Project and

:

Construction of Flood Control Structures

 

c Location:

:

Pangal Sur Flood Control, Sta 000+000 - Sta 000+528 Pangal Sur, Echague, Isabela

d Brief Description

:

FHR - River Control

 

e Major Item of Work

:

Gabion Revetment

f Approved Budget for the Contract

:

P 19,109,000.00

g Duration, C.D.

:

150

h Cost of Bid Documents

:

P 10,000.00

7

a Contract ID No.

:

12BH 0046

b Name of Project and

:

Construction of Flood Control Structures

 

c Location

:

Ganano Flood Control, Sta 000+000 - Sta 000+196 Ipil, Echague, Isabela

d Brief Description

:

FHR - River Control

 

e Major Item of Work

:

Gabion Revetment

f Approved Budget for the Contract

:

P 19,109,000.00

g Duration, C.D.

:

150

h Cost of Bid Documents

:

P 10,000.00

Procurement shall be conducted through open competitive bidding procedures in accordance with R.A. 9184 and its Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations.

To bid for this contract, a contractor must submit a Letter of Intent (LOI), purchase bid documents and must meet the following major criteria: (a) prior registration with DPWH; (b) Filipino citizen or 75% Filipino-owned partnership, corporation, cooperative, or joint venture; (c) with PCAB license applicable to the type and cost of this contract; (d) completion of a similar contract costing at least 50% of ABC within a period of 10 years; and (e) Net Financial Contracting Capacity at least equal to ABC, or credit line commitment of at least 10% of ABC. The BAC will use non-discretionary pass/fail criteria in the eligibility check and preliminary examination of bids.

Unregistered contractors, however, shall submit their applications for registration to the DPWH-POCW Central Office before the deadline of receipt of LOI. The DPWH-POCW Central Office will only process contractor’s applications for registration with complete requirements, and issue the Contractor’s Registration Certificate (CRC). Registration forms may be downlloaded at the DPWH website www.dpwh.gov.ph.

Significant times and deadlines of procurement activities are shown below:

1 Deadline of Receipt of LOI

July 12, 2012 4:00 P.M.

2 Issuance of Bid Documents

July 5 - 26, 2012

3 Pre-bid Conference

July 13, 2012 2:00 P.M.

4 Deadline of Receipt of Bids

July 26, 2012

9:30 A.M.

5 Opening of Bids

July 26, 2012

10:30 A.M.

The BAC will issue hard copies of Bidding Documents (BD’s) at DPWH-Isabela 4th DEO, Quezon, Isabela upon payment of non-refundable costs indicated above. Prospective bidders may also download the BD’s if available, from the DPWH website. Prospective bidders that will download BD’s from the website shall pay the stated fees on or before the submission of their bid documents. The Pre-Bid Conference shall be open only to interested parties who purchased the BD’s. Bids must be accompanied bya bid security, in the amount and acceptable form, as stated in Sec. 27.2 of the Revised IRR.

Prospective bidders shall submit their duly accomplished forms as specified in the BD’s in two (2) separate sealed bid envelopes to the BAC chairman. The first enveloipe shall contain the technical component of the bid, which shall include the eligibility regquirements. The second envelope shall contain the financial component of the bid. Contract will be awarded to the Lowest Calculated Responsive Bid as determined in the bid evaluation and post- qualification.

The BAC shall receive Letters of Intent (LOI) only of prospective bidders upon presenting the copy of duly updated BRS accreditation of their asphalt plant. (For 12BH0031 only)

The DPWH Isabela 4th DEO reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids and to annul the bidding process anytime before contract award, without incurring any liability to the affected bidders.

(MST-July 7, 2012)

(Sgd.) FERNANDO C. SALIM BAC Chairman

Lord, save us from reckless bus drivers. MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino accompanies Rev. Roderick Cruz

Lord, save us from reckless bus drivers. MMDA Chairman

Francis Tolentino accompanies Rev. Roderick Cruz who rode from the North Triangle area in Quezon City to the Magallanes Interchange in Makati City on Friday and blessed the busiest thoroughfare in the metropolis against accidents. MANNY PALMERO

Contractors probed over 661 manholes

By Joel E. Zurbano

THE Public Works department is investigating more than 15 contractors over the reported dis- appearance of hundreds of man- holes and inlets in Metro Manila that caused unusual flooding over the past few days. Public Works Undersecretary Romeo Momo declined to identi- fy the contractors, but said the de- partment is looking into records that will determine those respon- sible for the missing manholes. “We are in the process of in- vestigation. Aside from contrac- tors, we are also investigating project engineers that may be involved. But we’re not saying they were all involved and that’s why we’re looking into that. We have records and we will spare no one if they are found liable,” said Momo. Officials of the Metropolitan Manila Development Author- ity on Tuesday discovered that 661 manholes and some inlets in road gutters in some parts of Metro Manila were covered with asphalt. Momo ordered National Cap- ital Region director Reynaldo

Tagudando to inspect the flood- ed areas and verify the real num- ber and locations of the covered manholes and inlets. “We have to be strict on our stand to punish those who are found guilty, whether or not they did it intentionally,” he said, adding that the contractors will have to do the clearing at no extra cost to the government. The official said the contrac- tors may also be blacklisted de- pending on the circumstances of their offenses. Momo explained that man- holes and inlets in road gutters of highways are important for the easy flow of floodwater. He added these should be free from any obstruction, whether gar- bage or excess asphalt so as not to clog canals and impede the flow of floodwater. Officials said private contrac- tors might have rushed the up- grading of major thoroughfares in time for the 2012 meeting of the Asia Development Bank Board of Governors and the limited work- ing days on weekends, but they said these should not be an excuse to put the quality and safety of the roads and drainage at risk.

IN BRIEF Fake lawyer wanted for car theft nabbed THE National Bureau of Investigation finally
IN BRIEF
Fake lawyer wanted for car theft nabbed
THE National Bureau of Investigation finally arrested a fake
lawyer, who has been wanted for a carnapping case, after a
prospective victim discovered his modus operandi.
Agents from the bureau’s National Capital Region pounced
on suspect Richard Gitalada Alpapara, 58, at his residence after
victim Ma. Cristina Bernardo of Quezon City complained that a
man, who identified himself as “Richard Sarte,” persuaded her to
retain him as her lawyer in a real estate matter for an acceptance
fee of P30,000 and court appearance fee of P3000.
But Bernardo suspected “Attorney Sarte’s” credentials after
she saw the pleadings he prepared and she later learned that he
was not a member of the Bar. The NBI believes Alpapara has also
victimized other “clients” in Quezon City and Bulacan.
Macon Ramos-Araneta
Nutrition Month unfolds in Marikina
MARIKINA has been chosen pilot city for the national launching
of the Department of Health’s 38th Nutrition Month this July.
The said program was launched in Concepcion Elementary
School where the DOH presented different kinds of vegetable
seedlings that residents and students could plant in their own
backyards.
Marikina Mayor Del De Guzman said a “Pabasa sa Nutrisyon”
was held in six barangays in Marikina includingTañong, Jesus
Dela Peña, Marikina Heights, San Roque, Kalumpang, and
Tumana where 60 pregnant women, and mothers of malnourished
children were taught proper nutrition. Gigi Muñoz David
Online applications for police tests start
THE National Police Commission announced Friday that they
will start accepting online applications for the Philippine National
Police entrance and promotional examinations, set for October
14, on July 23.
Napolcom Vice Chairman Eduardo Escueta said the site can
be found at www.napolcom.gov.ph.
The PNP Entrance Examination, which is offered to aspiring
policemen, is open to all Filipino citizens who are not more than
30 years old, a bachelor’s degree holder, and 1.57 (female) and
1.62 meters (male) in height.
On the other hand, the Promotional Examinations are open
exclusively to all qualified uniformed members of the PNP who
meet the minimum qualification standards for examination in
terms of rank and eligibility. Ferdinand Fabella
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Power Tour of Subic fires off Saturday

 

CLOSE to three hundred cy-

Bohol, Crystal Clear Water, Subic Holiday Villas, Orbea, Corima and Bike King, the 90-kilometer Stage 3 will begin at 6 a.m. A high number of competi- tors, who have listed include members from the nation’s top teams such as PLDT-Bike King, Aboitiz Power, Fitness First, Von Dutch and Franzia. Shortly after the race, the awarding ceremony will be held at Subic Holiday Villas. Medals, specially crafted tro- phies and gift items will be awarded to winners belonging to different categories. For more inquiries, interested

clists and over 30 cycling clubs from around the nation are all set to converge at the Subic Bay Freeportas the two-day second Aboitiz Power Tour of Subic, which fires off this weekend. Organized by Bike King, in cooperation with the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority Tour- ism Department and presented by Aboitiz Power, the event features three different stages of cycling challenges that will take participants around the Freeport and as far as Bataan. Stage 1 (40-kilometer time trial) and Stage 2 (45-minute

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2 laps criterium) will both be

parties may contact Bike King by sending email to raulm4@ yahoo.com, by calling 856- 3362 or by visiting their official Facebook page at https://www. facebook.com/BikeKingPhil

held on Saturday. For the second day of the event sponsored by Aboitiz Power, Unilab Active Health, Pocari Sweat, Timex, the 3rd District of

Knights try to rebound

THE Letran Knights, who are hurting from a 66-69 upset loss

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to get back on their feet today in the resumption of the 88th National Collegiate Athletic Association men’s basketball tournament. The Knights will clash with Arellano University Chiefs, and they hope to pick up their second win in three games dur- ing their 4 p.m. showdown at The Arena in San Juan. They are currently in fourth spot, sharing the same 1-1 with the EmilioAguinaldo College Generals and the Mapua Cardinals. The Generals, who took a 79- 90 beating from the Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers last Friday, fight the Lyceum Philip- pines University Pirates at 6 p.m. The Heavy Bombers are now in the solo lead after they post- ed their third straight triumph at the expense of the Generals. Kevin Alas, the second lead- ing scorer this season with his two-game average of 23 points, will try to hold his own against Chiefs’ gunners Rocky Acidre and Levi Hernandez. Peter Atencio

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Kidd joins Knicks

NEW YORK—The New York Knicks found their point guard to team with Jeremy Lin - or perhaps even re- place him.

Jason Kidd is leaving the Dal- las Mavericks to sign with the Knicks, according to multiple reports. He could rotate in with Lin, or inherit the point guard role full time if the Knicks re- verse course and decline to match an offer the Houston Rockets made to Lin, a restricted free agent whom they have said they intend to keep. Kidd’s decision was a surprise in a dizzying stretch of point guard news. It was believed he would return to the Mavericks, especially after they missed out on Deron Williams. But ESPN.

com reported Thursday that anonymous sources said that Kidd had decided instead to join the Knicks for a three-year deal worth about $9 million. The Knicks have been seeking veteran point guard help but lost out on Steve Nash a day earlier when Phoenix traded him to the Lakers. Deals cannot be signed until July 11. The Knicks didn’t comment on the report and calls to Kidd’s agent were not returned. The 39-year-old Kidd helped the Mavs to the 2011 NBA title

and also ranks among the top five all-time in assists, steals, triple- doubles and 3-pointers. Even though he’s slowed down from his perennial All-Star days, he could provide the veteran leadership the Knicks need and perhaps be the player who can maximize the pro- duction of the Carmelo Anthony- Amare Stoudemire tandem. Kidd had some of his best years in New Jersey, leading the Nets to a pair of NBA Finals, and still has children there. The Nets dominated the rivalry with the Knicks back then, and now Kidd will be on the other side of it as the Nets move into their new home in Brooklyn. His loss continues a difficult summer for the Mavericks, who needed a point guard after Wil- liams chose to stay with the Nets but have now watched Nash and

Kidd get away. The Knicks have said they plan to re-sign Lin, so it’s unclear what Kidd’s role will be. Perhaps they could even play together if the Knicks lose shooting guard Landry Fields, who agreed to an offer sheet with the Toronto Raptors. Meanwhile, Brandon Roy is on his way to Minnesota to start his comeback in the same place his career began seven years ago. If Nicolas Batum has his way, he’ll soon join his former Blazers team- mate with the Timberwolves. Roy agreed to terms on a two-year deal worth $10.4 mil- lion Thursday night, and Min- nesota also agreed to terms with Batum on a four-year, $45 million deal with bonuses that could make the deal worth more than $50 million. AP

that could make the deal worth more than $50 million. AP Book on Talk ‘N Text’s

Book on Talk ‘N Text’s Williams launched.

Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters forward Kelly Williams (left) formally launched his book Rising Higher in ceremonies attended by family and friends at Fully Booked in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig recently. The autobiography, now available in bookstores and online, showcases the life of Williams on and off the court, his experiences following his bout with Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura, a rare blood disorder, to his journey towards finding his faith. Head Coach Chot Reyes who wrote the book’s foreword, together with the Talk ‘N Text team and support staff attended the book launch in full support of teammate cum new author Williams. Photo shows Williams with the Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters led by Coach Reyes ( third from left) and Yvette Ruiz of Smart Sports (sixth from left).

Rexona Run 2012 listup now ongoing

GET ready to outrun yourself at the Rex- ona Run 2012 happening on Aug. 12 at the SM Mall of Asia grounds. A part of the Runrio Series, this year’s edition is bigger, with a new category, more prizes and exciting features that will bring running to a higher level. Registration is ongoing until July 29 at Riovana stores in Bonifacio Glob- al City and Katipunan, and Toby’s branches in Trinoma and SM Mall of Asia. Online registrations are also ac- cepted at www.runrio.com from now

until 12 midnight of July 22. Runners can choose to take part in the 5K, 21K Solo or, for the first time ever, the 21K Relay race category. The Top 3 finishers in the 21K Solo take home P7,000, 5,500, and 4,000; while P5,000, P4,000, and P3,000 will be awarded to each member of the top finishers in the 21K Relay division. Finally, the top three finishers in the 5K category bring home P4,000 for first, P3,000 for second and P2,000 for third. Adding excitement to the event is Rexona’s challenge for runners to beat

the “industry standard,” wherein com- memorative key chains will be given to finishers who end the race on or before the recommended finishing time. To qualify, 5K runners must cross the finish line on or before 6:20 a.m., 30 minutes from gun start and all 21K runners need to finish on or before 7 a.m., two hours after gun start. For more details, check out the Rex- ona Men Facebook page, visit www. runrio.com or call/text the race hotline at +63927-347-7700 (Globe), +63929- 717-8164 (Smart) or +632-887-6194 .

IN BRIEF Handig to face Takayama INTERNATIONAL Boxing Federation Championship Committee chairman Lindsey Tucker has
IN BRIEF
Handig to face Takayama
INTERNATIONAL Boxing Federation
Championship Committee chairman
Lindsey Tucker has confirmed that Fili-
pino Mateo Handig will challenge for-
mer minimum weight world champion
Katsunari Takayama of Japan for the No.
1 spot in the rankings.
The 12-round bout will take place in
the Philippines in September.
Takayama is rated No. 7, while Tucker
informed the Manila Standard that Han-
dig is now ranked No.11.
When told that Handig’s last three
fights which he won were against cer-
tified patsies with a total of 3 wins
against 29 defeats, Tucker said: “My
guess is that Handig must have beaten
someone along the way with a good re-
cord in order to be rated. The IBF got
all the way down to No. 11 because
no one would take the fight against
Takayama.”
The 22-year-old Handig has a record
of 12-5 with 7 knockouts. His most im-
pressive win was on Oct. 16, 2011 when
he won the vacant WBC Asia Boxing
Council title with a seventh-round TKO
of Bimbo Nacionales, dropping Nacio-
nales twice in the seventh round after
himself being dropped in the first.
Takayama has a record of 24-5 with 10
knockouts. Ronnie Nathanielsz
Aly joining Azkals soon
TEAM skipper Aly Borromeo is getting
ready to see action for the Philippine
Azkals national football team preparing
for the 2012 Asean Football Federation-
Suzuki Cup this November.
The 29-year-old Borromeo, who just
recovered from an anterior cruciate liga-
ment injury he suffered on his right knee
six months ago, discussed his decision to
rejoin the team yesterday.
“I’m getting stronger everyday. I’m
looking forward to the preparations in
the United States,” said Borromeo dur-
ing a press conference organized by Su-
zuki Philippines for the Philippine Foot-
ball Federation office in Pasig City.
Borromeo, who plays center defender
for the Azkals, was able to get back into
action three weeks ago, with his first
game with Kaya in the United Football
League lasting only 20 minutes.
The 6’2” Borromeo was with co-
captain Chieffy Caligdong and Ian
Araneta when Suzuki Philippines
president Satoshi Uchida announced
the Azkals’ participation in the bien-
nial football tournament, with PFF
officials led by its president Mariano
Araneta Jr. and secretary general Ro-
lando Tulay. Peter Atencio
NPCmediabadmintonset
REGISTRATION in now in full swing
for the 4th National Press Club Presi-
dent’s Cup Media Invitational Badmin-
ton Championships slated July 21 and
22 at the Rizal Badminton Center in Vito
Cruz, Manila.
NPC President Benny Antiporda in-
vites all club members and affiliated
media groups, as well as friends and
stakeholders, to the two-day fellowship
tournament, which is part of a series of
activities leading to the 59th founding
anniversary of the NPC on Oct. 29.
Registration is free. Tournament rules
and regulations are now available at the
NPC Secretariat. Interested parties may
call NPC staff May and Fely at tel. nos.
(02) 301-05-21/22. Participants may
also call Tina Maralit (0917-6658888)
or tournament director Edwin Rol-
lon (0906-4360957). Email entries at
zea19ker@yahoo.com ornationalpress-
club@yahoo.com.

Singh’s 63 leads Greenbrier

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va.—Vijay Singh and Jeff Maggert sent reminders that they’re still able to compete with the younger crowd. Singh had his best round in six months, shooting a 7-under 63 on Thursday in the Greenbrier Classic to take a one-stroke lead over Maggert, Jonathan Byrd and Martin Flores—and leave Tiger Woods eight shots behind. “Gosh, I don’t know where that came from,’’ the 49-year-old Singh said. “I’ve been playing pretty good golf for a while, but just never got any scoring going. But today seemed I hit it close and drove the ball really well, hit a lot of greens and made some nice putts.’’ Last week at the tough layout at Congressional, only seven players posted first-round scores in the 60s. AP

Balls airs UFC 148: Silva-Sonnen

NOT long after the fistfight of Wanderlei Silva and Rich Franklin, UFC 148: Silva vs. Sonnen will be staged by the Ultimate Fighting Championship. The fight will take place Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada. The bout was originally scheduled for UFC 147 but due to a scheduling conflict, it was moved to UFC 148. Chael Sonnen, who is currently the no. 2 rank middleweight in the MMA website Sherdog, chal- lenged the no. 1 pound-per-pound fighter and cur- rent middleweight champion,Anderson Silva. In UFC 148, Silva and Sonnen will face for

the second time. They first fought each other in UFC 117 in 2010. Silva seemed to lose during the first four rounds of the previous fight until he used a “triangle choke/armbar” on the 5 th round, making Sonnen submit to his powerful foe. UFC 148 : Silva vs. Sonnen will be aired live via satellite on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. only on Balls. Balls channel is available on Sky- Cable Platinum, SkyCable Gold, SkyCable Silver and over 200 quality cable operators nationwide. For more updates, visit www. ballschannel.tv, like our official fan page on Facebook, www.facebook.com/BallsChannel and follow us and @ballschannel on twitter.

Probing the prober RONNIE RONNIE NATHANIELSZ INSIDE SPORTS IT is inconceivable that the Attorney General
Probing the prober
RONNIE
RONNIE
NATHANIELSZ
INSIDE SPORTS
IT is inconceivable that the Attorney
General of Nevada drew the conclu-
sion that “there do not appear to be
any facts or evidence to indicate that
rounding the scoring, emphasizing
a fundamental tenet that “the public
has a right to know and the fighters
have a right to know.”
Based on that fundamental prem-
ise, how could the lady have conduct-
ed a complete inquiry without talking
to the two men – CJ Ross, who had
Pacquiao the winner, 115-113, and
Duane Ford, who had Bradley the
winner by the same margin, and lady
a criminal violation occurred” in the
Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley
World Boxing Organization welter-
weight title fight at the MGM Grand
Garden Arena in Las Vegas last June
9 without talking to the three judges
responsible for robbing Pacquiao
blind in a decision that drew the ire of
the entire world.
Top Rank promoter Bob Arum,
who very correctly branded the
judges “three blind mice” after the
decision was announced, had asked
the Attorney General Catherine
Cortez Masto to conduct a complete
inquiry into the circumstances sur-
judge Cathy Ross, whose scorecard
matched that of Ford and helped seal
the split decision in favor of Bradley.
Attorney General Masto’s Chief
of Investigations Dale Liebherr cer-
tainly has some explaining to do.
Maybe, it’s time for the chief inves-
tigator to be investigated for what,
at the very least, appears to be an
appalling lack of common sense if
not competence.
It’s as though two people were ac-
cused of committing a robbery and
the police never even bothered to ask
them for their side of the story! Un-
believable.
Why in heaven’s name did he spend
time interviewing referee Robert
Byrd, when he had absolutely noth-
ing to do with the outcome of the fight
and not talk to the judges? Doesn’t
make sense.
There have been muted insinuations
of a “fix,” which clearly demanded
that the Attorney General’s chief in-
vestigator talk to the judges because
if there was even a semblance of a fix,
they had to be involved, wittingly or
unwittingly. Talking to them would
have certainly helped clear any suspi-
cions of a Las Vegas shenanigan.
Top Rank promoter Bob Arum,
whose name was somehow drawn
into the mire created by the bum deci-
sion, was himself dumbfounded first
by the scoring of the judges and now
the failure of the Attorney General’s
chief investigator to talk to the judges
involved.
“What kind of investigation is
this?” asked an incredulous Arum.
And he is right when he maintains
that closure of the case can only hap-
pen if they talk to the judges.
How could the Attorney General’s
Office, by any stretch of the imagi-
nation, conclude that a crime was
not committed when they didn’t talk
to the judges who, in the eyes of the
whole wide world, committed a high
crime in Las Vegas against one of the
finest, most decent fighters, who has
helped keep boxing alive and in many
ways the lights on and the casino’s
rolling along in the face of an eco-
nomic downswing in Vegas?
Truth is, the failure to talk to the
judges further fuels suspicion that
something truly smells. Why talk to
the Nevada State Athletic Commis-
sion executive director Keith Kizer,
who appointed the judges and not talk
to the judges themselves? It doesn’t
make sense unless indeed there was
an effort to cover up what to millions
was an unmitigated crime and one
of the worst in the history of boxing,
where such decisions are helping turn
off fans and to kill the sport, which is
indeed, a crying shame.
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Mark
Caguiao (left)
frustrates
the defense
of Meralco’s
Mac Cardona
as he scores
inside in a PBA
Governors’ Cup
game won by
the Gin Kings,
Kings clobber
Bolts in semis
89-76.
By Jeric Lopez
THE pattern is finally broken.
Barangay Ginebra registered its first winning streak at the
most appropriate time with a resounding 89-76 trashing of
Meralco in the first game of the 2012 Philippine Basketball
Association Governors Cup semifinals at the Ynares Center
in Antipolo City last night.
Kerby Raymundo backstopped Ginebra with
probably his best game to date, unleashing a
double-double of 16 points, on 8-of-12 shooting,
and 13 rebounds, plus four assists.
Cedric Bozeman added 13 points to
further help the Kings post a second
straight win. “Maganda (the victory), at
least back to back. But that was farthest
from my mind, as my main concern was
get a good start this semifinals,” said Ginebra coach
Siot Tanquincen.
The Gin Kings moved up to 6-4 and inched
closer to idle second- running B-MEG (6-3).
‘’The main concern was for us to get a good
start here in the semifinals. Dikitan, so we need to
get as many wins as we could,’’ said Tanquincen.
‘’Kerby (Raymundo) is getting comfortable with
what we’re doing.”
Allein Maliksi started Ginebra’s uprising with 10
of his 12 points in the first few minutes of the game,
while Mark Caguioa added 10 markers off the bench.
The crowd darlings had multiple 25-point
spreads in the second half and led by more than
20 in the closing half as well.
Ginebra started out like a house on fire as it
raced to a commanding 25-10 distance at the end
of the first period.
Unlike their other games, the Kings, this time,
took care of that lead the rest of the way and
were never threatened.
“Nag-click ‘yung defense namin, we were able
to limit ‘yung easy points nila, clamp down on their
scorers,” said Tanquincen. “Concerted effort na we
limited their scorers.”
The Bolts, who played their first semifinals game
in franchise history, never had a chance at any point.
They drew 22 points from Mario West and 17
points from Asi Taulava.
“Immmediate concern namin mga katabi nam-
ing teams. Anything is possible, bugbugan na kami
kaagad dito,” said Tanquincen.
The scores:
GINEBRA 89 -- Raymundo 16, Bozeman 13,
Maliksi 12, Caguioa 10, Cortez 8, W. Wilson 6,
Menk 6, Ababou 5, Villanueva 5, Helterbrand 5,
Maierhofer 2, Hatfield 1, Mamaril 0.
MERALCO 76 -- West 22, Taulava 17, Mercado
12, Cardona 12, Hugnatan 9, Ross 2, Artadi 2, Bula-
wan 0, Ballesteros 0, Daa 0, Reyes 0, Macapagal 0.
Quarters: 25-10, 43-30, 73-50, 89-76
Reyes 0, Macapagal 0. Quarters: 25-10, 43-30, 73-50, 89-76 Serena vs Radwanska in Wimbledon final
Serena vs Radwanska in Wimbledon final WIMBLEDON—Instead of counting Serena Williams out at Wimbledon, it
Serena vs Radwanska in Wimbledon final WIMBLEDON—Instead of counting Serena Williams out at Wimbledon, it
Serena vs Radwanska in Wimbledon final WIMBLEDON—Instead of counting Serena Williams out at Wimbledon, it
Serena vs Radwanska in Wimbledon final

Serena vs Radwanska in Wimbledon final

Serena vs Radwanska in Wimbledon final
WIMBLEDON—Instead of counting Serena Williams out at Wimbledon, it was much easier to count her

WIMBLEDON—Instead of counting Serena Williams out at Wimbledon, it was much easier to count her aces. About a month after losing in the first round of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in her career, Williams hit a tournament-record 24 aces Thursday to reach her seventh Wimbledon final. “I honestly didn’t feel great on my serve today. I really didn’t,’’ Williams said after beating Victoria Azarenka of Belarus 6-3, 7-6 (6) on Centre Court. “I thought my serve was off, and apparently clearly it wasn’t, so maybe I should be off a little more.’’ Williams has won 13 Grand Slam titles, with the last one com- ing at the All England Club two years ago. Shortly after that vic- tory, Williams cut her feet on glass at a restaurant, leading to a series of health problems, including being hospitalized for clots in her lungs. “I have so much appreciation for every moment on the court,’’ Williams said. “I really take pride in playing, especially playing such big, amazing tournaments like this.’’ In Saturday’s final, Williams will face Agnieszka Radwanska. The third-seeded Radwanska beat Angelique Kerber 6-3, 6-4 in the other semifinal to become the first Polish player to reach a Grand Slam final since 1939. “I’m just going to try to mix it up,’’ said Radwanska, who cut short her news conference because of a coughing fit. “Of course, every match is different, so I’ll see after tomorrow how it’s going to be.’’ On Friday in the men’s semifinals, defending champion Novak Djokovic will face six-time winner Roger Federer, while Andy Murray will take on Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Williams and older sister Venus have been ever-present at Wimbledon since the turn of the century, with one or both reach- ing the final in 11 of the past 13 tournaments. Between them, they have won nine titles at the All England Club. AP

Falcons still competitive, says Austria

By Peter Atencio

NEW faces will be manning the frontline for the Adamson Falcons in the coming 88th sea- son of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball tournament. But, with veteran sharpshooters Eric Camson and Rodney Brondial taking on leadership roles this season, the Falcons are expected to remain as competitive as they were in the past two seasons. “Mahirap. Pero, Final Four pa rin ang target

namin kahit na wala na iyung dalawang point guard namin, at iyung ibang veterans ay wala na rin,” said Falcons coach Leo Austria. Austria believes that the maturity of play- ers, who used to be in the team’s second unit, will play a big factor in the Falcons’ fate as the season progresses. During the Falcons’ pre-season tourna- ments, the 6’3” Camson averaged 13.5 points and 8.5 rebounds and became the team’s leading performer.

Brondial, a 6’5” sophomore, normed 11.4 points and 7.8 boards, as he and Camson helped the Falcons make it to the quarterfi- nal round of 18 th Fr. Martin Summer Cup. A revelation was six-foot Jericho Cruz, a Fil-American transferee from the Rizal Tech- nological University, who proved his worth with 10.1-point and 2.3-assist averages. This convinced Austria to install Cruz as one of his frontliners, along with Alex Nuyles and San Beda transferee Ryan Monteclaro.

5 UAAP cagers get go signal

FIVE members of the national junior team have been given by board members of the Uni- versity Athletic Association of the Philippines the go-signal to see action in the coming FIBA- Asia under-18 championships in Ulan, Bator, Mongolia next month. Far Eastern University stand- out Jerry Pingoy and National University’s Hubert Cani will be able to suit up for the nation- als when they see action in the eight-day cagefest from Aug. 17 to 26. “The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas made the request. So, I made a representation to the board and they approved it unan- imously,” said Junel Baculi, of Season 75 host NU and current secretary/treasurer of the UAAP. They will join another team- mate Jay Alejandro, a transfer- ee from the Mapua Red Robins, and is now studying at NU. Alejandro decided to sit out his first year with the NU Bull- dogs this year so that he will be able have to more exposure with the national youth squad. Also seeing action are Kent Lao of University of Santo To- mas and Mark Olayon and RR de Leon, both of UE . Following a meeting last month with SBP executive di- rector Sonny Barrios, the UAAP board also decided to cancel all junior games of the coming sea-

son on the week of the FIBA- Asia cagefest. Peter Atencio

son on the week of the FIBA- Asia cagefest. Peter Atencio Russell to referee Donaire fight

Russell to referee Donaire fight

By Ronnie Nathanielsz

INTERNATIONAL Boxing Fed- eration Championship Commit- tee chairman Lindsey Tucker in- formed the Manila Standard that 68-year-old Pat Russell of San Diego, California will be the third man in the ring when World Box- ing Organization super bantam- weight champion Nonito Donaire battles IBF champion Jeffrey Mathebula at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California on Sunday (Manila time). Russell has refereed 19 fights so far this year, but not any big fights or championship bouts, al- though he was a judge in the Jo- selito Lopez–Victor Ortiz battle

for the WBC vacant Silver title. He was also a judge in the World Boxing Association super bantamweight title fight, which Guillermo Rogondeaux won by a fifth-round technical knockout over Teon Kennedy last June 9. The last fight Russell refereed was the third-round TKO victory of Gary Russell Jr. over Christo-

pher Perez on June 30 this year. Tucker said that the judges would be Steve Morrow and Lou Morret also from California and Deon Dwarte of South Africa. The unification bout will be telecast in the Philippines and on The Filipino Channel by ABS- CBN at 10 a.m. on Sunday with a replay on Studio 23.

THE fight will be aired on pay-per-view via SKYcable HD (Channel 167) and SD (Channel 135) subscriptions for only P400. Viewers will be treated to a live blow-by-blow action straight from the Home Depot Center in Carson, California with no interruption. This is an exclusive treat of SKYcable Season Pass to its growing customers, who appreciate the unsurpassed clarity and exciting detail that High Definition viewing brings, especially during various major sporting events that are aired live straight from the arena. For more details, please call 381-0000 now.

PH students join forces in Eco-marathon TEAM Philippines combined forces as they pressed their respective
PH students join forces in Eco-marathon
TEAM Philippines combined
forces as they pressed their
respective bids in Day 3
of the Shell Eco-marathon
Challenge at the Sepang
International Circuit in Kuala
Lumpur, Malaysia yesterday.
Composed of young
engineers from various schools,
the six PH teams helped each
other out during the daily
inspection and testing of their
respective fielded designs,
making sure their vehicles met
the safety and performance
standards of the event.
They, however, face a tough
competition from the rest of
the 116-team field from 18
countries across Asia as they
bid for a better performance at
this year’s SEM.
Team Philippines also
aims for off-track honors
with categories such as
safety, innovation, and
communications at stake in
the event. Each team is given
the chance to have five runs
through four laps with the
official tallying of scores
and judging to be held today
(Saturday).
Team Philippines is
comprised of six squads from
five schools, namely Team
Proto and Ice With from De La
Salle University-Manila, Team
University of the Philippines-
Diliman, Team Lahutay from
the University of San Carlos-
Cebu, and Teams Mileage
and Golden Engineers from
Technological Institute of
the Philippines-Manila and
Quezon City.
The Shell Eco Marathon
Asia challenges students to
build, design and test energy-
efficient vehicles that push the
boundaries of fuel-efficiency
and energy conservation.
The Golden TIP Engineers
and the UP squad are vying in
the Urban Concept category
while USC’s Team Lahutay,
TIP’s Team Mileage and
DLSU’s Team Proto and Ice
are competing in the Prototype
division.
The Prototype puts premium
on fuel efficiency and
streamlined vehicle design while
the Urban Concept emphasizes
on fuel efficiency with more
practical vehicle designs.
Members of Team Ice of La Salle pose with their entry in the Prototype
category, which passed the performance and safety inspection tests and
cleared for a test run at the Sepang International Circuit.

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Melco, Belle sign $1-b venture

MELCO Crown Entertainment Ltd., a gambling operator in Macau, China, plans to invest as much as $580 million to build a casino and hotel complex in Aseana Boulevard in Parañaque City in a venture with Belle Corp.

Melco Crown signed an agreement with Belle, Belle unit PremiumLeisure & Amusement Inc. and SM Group to jointly invest $1 billion in the project, as required by a provisional license from the Philippine government, according to a Hong Kong stock exchange filing. Belle and PLAI earlier signed an agreement with Leisure & Resorts World Corp. and AB Leisure Global Inc. to operate the integrated resort complex.

Belle, partly owned by billionaire Henry Sy’s SM Investments Corp., holds one of four licenses the Philippines awarded in 2008 and 2009 to operate gambling and entertainment complexes in the capital. Genting Hong Kong Ltd., port magnate Enrique Razon Jr. and Japanese slot machine tycoon Kazuo Okada also have permits. The expansion will broaden Melco Crown’s presence in Asia, generate earnings and cash, and provide “a larger platform for further expansion and opportunities to drive shareholder value,” Melco said in the statement. The state-owned Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp., which issued the license, requires the Belle-led group to invest at least $650 million at the start of commercial operations and a total of $1 billion for the entire project. Melco Crown, a venture between companies controlled by Australian billionaire James Packer and Lawrence Ho, a son of Hong Kong billionaire Stanley Ho, said it plans to finance its portion of the investment with a $320-million

loan facility. Melco is the owner and operator of the casino development in Macau called “City of Dreams.” The Manila project would be the company’s first outside Macau, the world’s most lucrative gambling market where it operates two casino and is developing a third. High-rolling Chinese gamblers have powered Macau’s gambling revenue growth. Last year, the semi-autonomous Chinese region raked in $33.5 billion in casino revenue, up 42 percent over the year before and more than five times the amount on the Las Vegas Strip. Melco said it wanted to expand in the Philippines because the country is a popular tourist destination and close to major sources of tourists including South Korea, Taiwan, Japan and China. The company said it wanted to “take advantage of the anticipated growth in the leisure and tourism industries in the Philippines, which will cater to an increasingly affluent and growing Asian middle class who continue to seek new travel destinations and experiences.” Bloomberg, AP and Julito G. Rada

Budget airlines buck rules

BUDGET airlines on Friday asked the government to revise certain provisions of the draft Air Passenger Bill of Rights. The proposed measure contains provisions on full and clear disclosure of all the terms and conditions of the contract of carriage, clear and non-misleading advertisements, refundability and rebookability of fares, and protection from denied boarding. Representatives from four low-cost carriers said in a public hearing conducted by the Transportation Department some provisions of the draft measure needed to be reconsidered as they would increase the airlines’ operating expenses. “This could destroy the low-cost carrier model that has successfully created this dramatic increase in our passenger traffic,” said Southeast Asian Airlines president Avelino Zapanta. The Civil Aeronautics Board as well as the Transportation and Trade Departments were set to jointly issue the proposed Bill of Rights in August.

Lailany P. Gomez

GMA-7 expands reach

GMA Network Inc. has widened its global reach with the launching of more international channels in North America and the Middle East. The broadcast firm, which operates Channel 7 in the Philippines, said it launched GMA Pinoy TV, GMA Life TV, and GMA News TV International through channel carriers in North America and the Middle East. GMA News TV International, the international counterpart of news channel GMA News TV, was launched in the Middle East via Etisalat in February. Etisalat became the first channel carrier to offer GMA News TV International in the region. GMA Pinoy TV, the flagship international channel of GMA Network, also expanded its presence in North America in March via Shaw Cablesystems G.P., reaching Filipino households in Vancouver including Newton, Fleetwood, Richmond, Cloverdale, and North Shore. Shaw is one of the largest cable television providers in Canada. GMA News TV International was also launched in Canada in the same month via MTS Allstream, the leading full-service communications provider in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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$200 million to $76.3 billion as of end-June 2012. NIR refers to the difference between the GIR and total short-term liabilities. Data showed of the total reserves, Bangko Sentral’s foreign investment holdings, mainly in the forms of US Treasuries, accounted for $64.2 billion as of end-June while gold holdings reached $10 billion.

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Barclays bullish on PH, sees upgrade

A MAJOR British bank described

the Philippines as a rising star that

is expected to attain an investment

grade rating in the next 12 to 18 months. “We remain constructive on the medium-term outlook for the Philippines given its improving

political stability, progress in public private partnerships, increasing [foreign direct investment] interest and structural improvements, such as passage of ‘sin’ taxes by Congress and an anti-money laundering bill,” Barclays Capital economists Olivier Desbarres, Avanti Save and Prakriti Sofat said

in a report released Friday.

“Our base case is for the Philippines to receive its first investment grade rating in the next 12 to 18 months,” they said. Barclays raised its 2012 economic growth forecast for the Philippines to 5.5 percent from 4.2 percent, which is within the government’s own forecast of 5 percent to 6 percent. “The bulk of the growth is likely to come from consumer spending, though we think government capex will also be a key driver,” it said. Dutch financial giant ING Bank earlier said the Philippine capital markets had never been on a sweeter spot. ING said many Philippine banks were gearing up for higher capital requirements under the Basel III agreement, companies were flexing their financial muscles for expansion to keep up with the region’s growth momentum and demand from domestic institutional investors was rising.

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Upgrade. A bulk carrier is moored at the Tsuneishi Holdings Inc. shipyard in Cebu. The Philippines’ debt rating was raised to the highest level since 2003 by Standard & Poor’s, taking President Aquino nearer his goal of attaining investment grade and spurring gains in bonds and the peso. BLOOMBERG

Forex reserves rose to $76.3b in June on higher gold value

THE country’s gross international reserves increased $200 million to $76.3 billion as of end-June from $76.1 billion in May, led by higher value of the Bangko Sentral’s gold holdings. Data from the Central Bank also showed the reserves climbed 10.6 percent year-on-year from $69 billion in June 2011. “The increase in the end-June 2012 GIR level was due mainly

toforeignexchangeinflowsfrom the income from investments abroad of the Bangko Sentral, foreign currency deposits by authorized agent banks as well as revaluation gains on the central bank’s gold holdings arising from the increase in the price of gold in the international market,” said Tetangco. Rising dollar reserves indicate the country’s ability to meet its external debt obligations and

pay its import requirements. Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services earlier upgraded the country’s sovereign rating, citing the country’s improved external position. “The end-June 2012 GIR level remains sufficient to provide the foreign exchange requirements of the country as it could adequately cover 11.2 months worth of imports of goods and payments of services

and income,” said Bangko Sentral Governor Amando Tetangco Jr. The GIR eclipsed the $62.9 billion worth of foreign debt as of March 2012. Specifically, the reserves were equivalent to 10.3 times the country’s short- term external debt, according to Tetangco. Net international reserves, which include revaluation of reserve assets, also went up by

Morgan Stanley says stocks may rally 25% in 2012

PHILIPPINE stocks, Asia’s most expensive equities, may rise a further 25 percent this year as the economy grows, according to Jonathan Garner, Morgan Stanley’s chief Asia and emerging-market strategist. The Philippine Stock Exchange Index rallied 23 percent in 2012 to a record Thursday, the world’s fifth-best performer, amid government plans to boost spending while narrowing the budget deficit. The gauge’s valuation of 16.5 times estimated earnings is

the highest of 15 Asia-Pacific markets tracked by Bloomberg

and is approaching the biggest premium to the MSCI Emerging Markets Index since November

2006.

Standard & Poor’s increased the country’s debt rating on July 4 to

BB+, the highest level since 2003 and one step below investment grade. The endorsement helps President Benigno Aquino as he boosts spending to a record this year and seeks $16 billion of investment in roads, bridges and airports. JG Summit Holdings

Inc. and Ayala Corp. have led stock advances this year on speculation the government’s investment plans will boost consumer demand. “The Philippines has a strong economic story and considerable external balance strength,” Hong Kong-based Garner said in an e-mail. “We expect Philippine equities to continue to perform well.” Aquino plans to narrow the budget shortfall to 2 percent of gross domestic product by 2013 from a target of 2.6 percent this

year. The government has stepped up efforts to catch tax evaders and smugglers, and has drawn up bills aimed at increasing revenue to narrow the fiscal deficit. The $200-billion economy grew 6.4 percent in the first quarter, the fastest pace since 2010. Aquino is aiming for an expansion of as much as 8 percent annually to cut poverty. That’s more than double the International Monetary Fund’s 3.5-percent growth forecast for the global economy this year. Bloomberg

7-Eleven operator eyes 180 new stores this year

By Bernadette Lunas

PHILIPPINE Seven Corp., operator of convenience store chain 7-Eleven, plans to open 180 more stores within the year. PSC president Jose Victor Paterno said this would bring to 900 the company’s total number of 7-Eleven stores nationwide. The company, which accounts for about 50

percent of the convenience store market, signed an agreement with Chevron Philippines Inc. on Friday, renewing their partnership on opening 7-Eleven stores at Caltex stations. Some 30 7-Eleven stores were established at Caltex stations across Metro Manila, following the first agreement signed by the two firms in 2009. “The 7-Eleven’s proven track record in convenience store operations coupled with the popularity of the Caltex brand of fuels and petroleum products is a compelling value proposition for our consumers,” Chevron

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Unit
US Dollar
Peso
LPG/11-kg L tank
OIL
Closing July 6, 2012
United States
Dollar
1.000000
41.6890
Indonesia
Indo nesia
Rupiah
Rupiah
0.000107 0.000107
0.0045 0.0045
Closing JULY 6, 2012
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P47.15-P53.07
PRICES P
Japan
JJ
Yen
0.012516
0.5218
Thailand Thai
Baht
0.031626
1.3185
40
4460
UK
U
Pound
1.552500
64.7222
Unleaded Gasoline
UAE UAE
Dirham
0.272272
11.3507
TODAY
42
3720
Hong Kong
H
Dollar
0.128961
5.3763
Euro Euro
Euro
1.239300
51.6652
P38.40-P41.05
P38.40-P41.05
2980
Korea Kore
Won
0.000882
0.0368
Switzerland
S
Franc
1.031779
43.0138
44
Diesel
2240
China Chin
Yuan
0.0157334
6.9427
Canada
Dollar
0.985902
41.1013
46
India India
Rupee
0.018198
0.7587
1500
Singapore
Dollar
0.790952
32.9740
P41.790
P40.30-P52.20 P40.30-P52.20
Malaysia Mal
Ringgit
0.316456
13.1927
Australia
48
CLOSE
1200
A
Dollar
1.027116
42.8194
Kerosene
New New Zealand
Dollar
0.802568
33.4583
Bahrain
B
Dinar
2.652590
110.5838
5,362.68
Taiwan Taiw
Dollar
0.033468
1.3952
Saudi Arabia
S
Rial
0.266667
11.1171
P27.20-P31.00 P27.20-P31.00
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Brunei
Dollar
0.787836
32.8441
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STOCKS retreated Friday, falling 7 points from a record high registered a day earlier, as investors succumbed to profit- taking amid renewed concerns over global economic slowdown despite the monetary stimulus measures undertaken by several countries.

The Philippine Stock Exchange index, the 30-company benchmark, dropped 0.1 percent to close at 5,362.68, despite the 2.8-percent gain of the mining and oil stocks. The heavier index representing all shares rose 9 points, or 0.3 percent, to 3,527.48, as gainers led losers, 86 to 81, with 35 issues unchanged. Value turnover reached P7.4 billion. Belle Corp. fell 4.8 percent to P5.14 while Leisure & Resorts World Corp. dropped 7.9 percent to P8.50. A day earlier, Belle’s stock climbed to its highest level since May 31, 2011. Melco Crown Entertainment Ltd. will operate Belle Corp.’s Manila casino, taking the place of a unit of Leisure, Belle vice chairman Willy Ocier said. Leisure and its unit will help Belle raise its share in the casino’s capital in exchange for a share in Belle’s earnings from the venture, a stock-exchange filing showed.

Bloomberry Resorts Corp., which is also building a casino complex, rose 2.5 percent to

P10.46.

Mining and oil companies were the biggest gainers Friday, following rumors President Benigno Aquino III had already signed an executive order on mining policy. Lepanto Consolidated Mining increased 7.3 percent to P1.47. The Philodrill Corp., which has stakes in several miners, advanced 5.8 percent to P0.055 while Manila Mining Corp. rose 5.6 percent to P0.075. Philex Mining Corp. and Benguet Corp. also rose marginally Friday. Meanwhile, Asian stocks were lower Friday as investors brushed off monetary stimulus measures by China, Europe and Britain as insufficient to reverse a global economic slowdown. An interest rate cut by the European Central Bank on Thursday and a pledge by the

Bank of England to boost money in circulation were in line with analyst expectations and failed to jolt investors out of worries about slowing global growth. Even a surprise rate cut Thursday by the People’s Bank of China, its second in a month, didn’t spur investor optimism, as some analysts interpreted the move as a signal that the world’s second- largest economy is in worse shape than previously thought. “The easing could be a sign that the Chinese authorities are worried about a hard landing,” said John Higgins, an economist with Capital Economics in London. “Global equities and most commodities are likely to struggle in the face of weak global growth and an escalation of the euro-zone crisis.” Japan’s Nikkei 225 index fell 0.9 percent to 8,998.57 and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng was down 0.4 percent to 19,725.30. South Korea’s Kospi slipped 1.2 percent to 1,852.71. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 dropped 0.5 percent to 4,149.60. China’s Shanghai Composite shed 0.5 percent to

2,191.24.

Other analysts say China’s looser monetary policy should spark demand for credit, strengthen economic growth and bolster corporate earnings. With Bloomberg, AP

growth and bolster corporate earnings. With Bloomberg, AP Globe is best managed firm. FinanceAsia , a

Globe is best managed firm. FinanceAsia, a leading financial publication, named Globe Telecom as best managed company in the Philippines during the awarding ceremony at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel on June 21. The telecom firm reaped high marks in terms of corporate governance, investor relations, commitment to a strong dividend policy and corporate social responsibility. Receiving the awards for Globe Telecom are investor relations head Jose Mari Fajardo (third from left) and chief financial officer Albert de Larrazabal (fourth from left). Joining them are (from left) Maybank ATR Kim Eng Securities chairman and president Lorenzo Roxas, May- bank ATR Kim Eng Capital Partners president Manuel Tordesillas and chairman Ramon Arnaiz.

SRA expects flat sugar production

By Othel V. Campos

SUGAR production in the next crop year is expected to have a flat growth, amounting to only 2.244 million metric tons, according to the Sugar Regulatory Administration. SRA administrator Ma. Regina Martin said the production forecast for the next crop year, covering the period August 2012 to July 2013, would match this year’s harvest of 2.243 million MT. “There is still one small mill that is still operating. But output will amount to small volume

only,” Martin said in a telephone interview. The SRA also announced plans to deliver the last tranche of additional sugar under the US tariff quota scheme involving 10,442.5 MT. The shipment would be on top of the volume under the traditional quota for the Philippines. Data from the SRA showed that as of July 5, the sugar producers delivered the first shipment of 25,031.80 MT under the additional sugar quota. The Philippines was given an additional quota of 72,373.65

MT, on top of the traditional quota of 138,827 MT, raising the total volume to 219,901 MT. The Philippines is one of the preferred countries that are given annual sugar export allocation for the US market. The tariff rate quota allocation allows countries to export specified quantities of a product to the United States at a relatively low tariff. Data also showed that as of July 5, the country had a sugar inventory of about 448,000 MT, of which 252,000 MT was raw sugar and 196,000 MT was refined sugar.

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