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Another whistle blower. From left, Pangasinan Bishop Oscar Cruz, Fernando Alimagno Bugalion, Pangasi-
nan Mayor Rodrigo Orduna, and Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II on Friday face the press as the whistle blower
Bugalion was presented as a witness against Pangasinan Gov. Amado Espino in Camp Crame. MANNY PALMERO
New movement. Various Catholic organizations have banded together to launch Catholic Vote Philippines.
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as new PIO
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Vol. XXVI No. 257 12 Pages, 5 Sections
P18.00 Saturday, December 15, 2012
RH certified as urgent
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Aquino said it has become imperative for him
to certify the measure as urgent because Congress
will go on Christmas break next week.
In so doing, Aquino has dared put up a direct
challenge to the Catholic bishops and the peo-
ple power will be tested during the crucial
make or break vote on Monday in the House
and Senate after he has stepped in and certied
the most controversial and divisive 13-year-old
Reproductive Health bill as urgent.
House and Senate leaders said the certica-
tion was issued by the President to save the RH
bill and convince the doubting Thomases,
including the 63 swing votes, that the Palace-
backed measure needed a nal boost.
The certication for the immediate enact-
ment of the RH bill will seal the nal passage
of the RH bill both in the House and the Sen-
ate, said Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman, principal
author of the RH bill or House Bill 4244.
More than the procedural aspect that the
certication brings, it gives the RH bill an add-
ed boost coming no less than PNoy himself. It
totally changes the complexion of the bill. And
for the doubting Thomases of the Liberal Party
in the House, it sends a very clear and unmis-
takable message to its members as to the stand
of its party leaders that we should support its
By Vito Barcelo
VARIOUS Catholic organizations banded
together on Friday to launch a Catholic
Vote movement that will harness their faith
into a voter base in the national elections
next year and impose majority presence in
the only Catholic country in the Far East.
In a show of unity, major Catholic
organizations such as the Couples for
Christ, Knights of Columbus, and Catho-
lic Womens Leagues rallied behind the
Catholic Vote Philippines, which they
said would be a formidable voter base in
future elections in the country.
There will be a Catholic vote in 2013,
said spokesman Ricardo Boncan. We will
deliver it through our memberships and
from among our fellow parishioners.
The structure of the movement de-
veloped as various organizations aligned
forces to block passage of an anti-popu-
lation bill objected by the Church. The
House of Representatives passed the bill
on second reading on Wednesday by a
small margin.
Catholics were apparently stung by
claims of politicians that Catholics do not
vote as one in elections unlike other sects
such as the Iglesia ni Kristo. The Church
has kept a distance in past elections.
Organizers, who talked to reporters
during the launching at the Makati Sports
Club, said the movement was prompted
by the governments determination to pass
anti-family laws such as the RH bill.
They said they will ght laws that seek
to impose population control, divorce,
and same sex marriage.
By Francisco Tuyay
THE death toll from Typhoon
Pablo could approach 2,000
because 932 people were still
missing in hard-hit Compostela
Valley and Davao Oriental, an
ofcial said Friday.
Benito Ramos, executive di-
rector of the National Disaster
Risk Reduction and Manage-
ment Council, made the predic-
tion, and if it happens Pablo will
surpass the casualty count from
Typhoon Sendong, which made
landfall in Palawan on Dec. 17,
2011 and killed 1,268 people.
Ramos made his comment
even as the casualty count from
Pablo, which made landfall on
Dec. 3, rose to 906. The total
damage has reached $15.1 bil-
lion and the number of affected
people has risen to 5.5 million.
Ramos said the search for
casualties was made being dif-
cult by the thick mud and the
rotting corpses of animals.
The typhoon victims are still
begging for food and appeal-
ing for assistance as the ow of
relief remains slow because of
the many damaged roads and
bridges.
Church faithful launch Catholic Vote
Aquino steps in
to seal passage
Death toll
from Pablo
to surpass
Sendongs
PNoys act
cuts corners
PH belittles
Chinas sea
9-dash line
in Google
Tipsters
drag top
cops in
jueteng
Okada files
libel charges
vs Wynn
19 more party-lists cleared to run in polls
In competition. Miss Philippines Janine Tugonon competes in an
evening gown of her choice during the Evening Gown Competition of the
2012 Miss Presentation Show on Thursday in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Miss
Universe contestants will compete for the crown on Dec. 19. AP
Relief coming. Navy
men and Marines are
shown here at Sangley
Point loading relief for
the victims of Typhoon
Pablo. DANNY PATA
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By Rey E. Requejo
THE Supreme Court has ordered
the Commission on Elections to
keep the Binhi party-list group
and 18 other groups in its list of
party-list groups qualied to run
in next years mid-term elections.
In its decision on Tuesday,
the high court saw merit in the
groups argument that it would be
deprived of a chance to campaign
and be elected if the Comelec held
on to its decision to disqualify it
but the high court eventually up-
held its qualication.
The group, which represents
farmers, led its petition with the
high court against the Comelec on
Dec. 3. The high court will have
decide on the merit of its case be-
fore the may 2013 elections.
The groups nominees Ryan
A LEISURE company building
a casino at Paranaques sea-front
Entertainment City has led libel
charges against Stephen Wynn,
the Las Vegas-based chairman
of a global casino company,
Wynn Resorts Ltd, company of-
cials said on Friday.
Tiger Resort accused Wynn
of harming the character and
business interest of its chair-
man, Japanese billionaire Kasuo
Okada, in a press release issued
in the Wynn Resort website last
February 19.
The primer on Cybercrime
issued by the Department of
Justice on November 26, 2012
provides that, as of the moment,
cybercrime-related cases are
dealt with using existing laws,
company ofcials told the Japa-
nese Association of Securities
Dealers Automated Quotation
Securities Exchange.
CHIEF Justice Maria
Lourdes Sereno is expected
to appoint professor Theo-
dore Te, a former colleague
in the University of the
Philippines College of Law,
as the high courts new
spokesman and chief of its
Public Information Ofce.
By Francisco Tuyay
TWO local ofcials on Friday
alleged that police ofcials
based in Camp Crame as well
as ofcials assigned in regional
and provincial ofces in Luzon
receive their weekly share from
jueteng.
Bugallon, Pangasinan Mayor
Rodrigo Orduna, and Barrage Bgy.
Capt. Fernando Alimagno of Po-
blacion, Candelaria, Quezon, said
that Camp Crame ofcials receive
around P875,000 a week, while
those assigned in the regional and
provincial ofces in Luzon also
receive jueteng money from
By Sara Susanne
D. Fabunan
THE Foreign Affairs Depart-
ment on Friday downplayed the
publication of a map of Chinas
nine-dash line ingoogle, a pop-
ular internetsearch engine,.say-
ing that the publication will not
gain any validity for China.
The google this week pub-
lished a map containing the nine-
dash-line which China said was
proof of its ownership of the en-
tire island and waters of the dis-
puted West Philippine Sea (South
China Sea).
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By Christine Herrera
PRESIDENT Aquino has
certied as urgent the hotly
contested Reproductive
Health bill. What does it do?
Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman,
one of the principal authors of
the bill, said the president re-
moved with a stroke of the pen
the unnecessary libustering
and other delaying tactics used
by enemies of the bill, includ-
ing the three-day waiting pe-
riod between second and third
readings.
This means that immedi-
ately after closing the period
of second reading, the solons
could proceed immediately
to third and nal reading of
the bill, said Sen. Miriam
By Christine F. Herrera
PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino
III has certied as urgent the
responsible parenthood bill,
otherwise known as the repro-
ductive health bill, to end the
divisiveness before January.
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Vegetables this time. Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon
(right) shows reporters potatoes and vegetables from China worth
P7.5 million that his men seized at the Manila International Container
Port. The shipment was declared kitchen items. SONNY ESPIRITU
Okada...
This means that Intenet li-
bel may be dealt wih or pros-
ecuted under the existing pro-
visions of the Revised Penal
Code on libel, the Tiger Re-
sort complaint said.
Wynn and Okada, both bil-
lionaires and in their 70s, were
former partners. They have
been battling for more than
a year since their partnership
went sour after Wynn declined
to invest in Okadas Philippine
casino project and Okada vot-
ed against Wynns donation to
a Macau university.
Wynn sought to remove
Okada from the board of Wynn
Resorts Ltd and the company
sezied Okadas shares this
year. The company said it will
reduce the number of board
members to nine from 12.
The complaint, which was
filed at the Paranaque City
Prosecutors Office, said Wynn
Resorts accused Okada of
allegedly engaging in cor-
rupt activities in connection
with the Manila Bay Resorts
project, based on the supposi-
tion that the Philippines is a
corrupt country.
Officials said Wynn distrib-
uted to reporters unconfirmed
results of investigation made
by Louis Freeh, a fromer di-
rector of the Federal Bureau of
Investigation who was hired by
Wynn to look into alleged cor-
rupt activities of Okada.
Despite Wynns efforts to
discredit Okada, billionaire
bussinessman John Gokong-
weis Robinson Land Corp
signed an agreement with Oka-
das Universal Entertainment
on the $2 billion casino project,
company officials said.
19...
Vincent L. Uy, Pacifico
Rico C. Fajardo Jr., Nelson
E. Villanueva, Victoriano
N. Perez Jr., and Rodolfo P.
Torreda Jr. also kept their
chances of gaining a seat in
the House of Representa-
tives if elected.
Binhi aside, the Supreme
Court also granted the peti-
tions of 18 more party-list
groups disqualified by the
Comelec to be reinstated,
and that brought to 52 the
number of disqualified party-
list groups that have been re-
instated until the high court
decides on their cases.
The high court decided in
favor of Akbay Kalusugan
Inc. (AKIN), Ako An Bisaya
(AAB), Alagad ng Sin-
ing (ASIN), Association of
Guard Utility Helper, Aid-
er, Rider, Driver, Domestic
Helper, Janitor, Agent and
Nanny of the Philippines Inc.
(GUARDJAN), Kalikasan
Party-List, Pilipino Associa-
tion for Country-Urban Poor
Youth Advancement and
Welfare (PACYAW), 1-Unit-
ed Transport Coalition (1-
UTAK), Coalition of Associ-
ation of Senior Citizens in the
Philippines Inc. (Senior Citi-
zens Party-List), Coalition of
Associations of Senior Citi-
zens in the Philippines Inc.,
Association of Local Athlet-
ics Entrepreneurs and Hob-
byists Inc. (ALA-EH), Ang
Galing Pinoy (AG), 1-Alli-
ance Advocating Autonomy
Party (1AAAP), Abyan Ilon-
go Party (AI), Manila Teach-
ers Savings and Loans Asso-
ciation Inc., Partido ng Bayan
Ang Bida (PBB), Alliance of
Organizations, Networks and
Associations of the Philip-
pines Inc. (ALONA), 1stKab-
alikat ng Bayan Ginhawang
Sangkatauhan (1stKabagis),
and the Pilipinas Para sa
Pinoy (PPP).
The high court ordered
the Comelec to comment
on the petitions filed by the
19 groups whose cases have
been consolidated with the
first case filed by the Ako
Bicolparty-list (AKB).
SC...
An insider said Tes appoint-
ment would be announced dur-
ing the offices Christmas party
for reporters on Dec. 21.
Te will replace Gleo Guerra,
who was appointed by Sereno
on temporary basis when she
assumed the top judicial post
in August.
Te is a known pro bono hu-
man rights lawyer of the Free
Legal Assistance Group and
a former legal counsel of the
UP system. He teaches crimi-
nal and remedial law at the UP
and is a close friend of Asso-
ciate Justice Marvic Leonen, a
former dean of the UP College
of Law.
The chief justice has the pre-
rogative of appointing the chief
of the PIO, who is co-terminus
with her, the source said.
Earlier, Sereno tapped Ateneo
School of Government Dean
Antonio La Via as consultant
for the purpose of strengthen-
ing the high courts public in-
formation office.
Sereno adopted a policy of
dignified silence when she
was appointed chief justice,
leaving reporters to interpret
for themselves the high courts
rulings. The Public Informa-
tion Office no longer holds
regular press conferences,
and the release of decisions
on high-profile cases now fre-
quently comes weeks late.
The PIO was first set up dur-
ing the time of Chief Justice
Hilario Davide Jr., who had
said the high court should be
understood by the common
people.
There have only been two
spokesmen in the high courts
history: Ishmael Khan and
Midas Marquez, who later
became a familiar face on tel-
evision following his regular
press conferences and who is
now court administrator.
Rey E. Requejo
PNoys...
This means that immedi-
ately after closing the period
of second reading, the solons
could proceed immediately to
third and final reading of the
bill, said Sen. Miriam San-
tiago, also a principal author
of the measure.
The Senate was scheduled
to vote to close the period
of amendments and second
reading on Monday. With the
presidents certification, the
Senate and House of Repre-
sentatives can go to third and
final reading also on Monday.
By Tuesday, the bicameral
conference committee can
meet to ratify the final ver-
sion of the bill. The presi-
dent can approve the bill on
Thursday or anytime within
30 days after he received it.
House Majority Leader
Neptali Gonzales said that
without the presidential cer-
tification, the Senate will
have to extend its session up
to Thursday to comply with
the three-day session waiting
rule.
The waiting period
dims the chance for the
RH bill to be ratified by
the Houe and Senate be-
cause there is no more
time for the two cham-
bers to constitute the joint
panel to reconcile the
two versions, even if it is
passed by the two cham-
bers on third reading,
said Akbayan Rep. Arlene
Kaka Bag-ao.
Gonzales said Congress
will go on recess on February
8 because it will be the start
of the 90-day campaign pe-
riod for the national elections
next year and by mid-March
the 45-day campaign period
for local candidates begin.
If the RH bill is not rati-
fied this year, it will no longer
see the light of day. It means
it goes back to square one if
it is refiled in the 16th Con-
gress, and it will go through
the same arduous legislative
process again, Gonzales
said.
Church...
Anna Cosio, another spokes-
person, said Catholic Vote Phil-
ippines will conduct voter educa-
tion programs and put out criteria
as guide to Catholics for electing
national and local officials in the
future.
Catholics will only vote for of-
ficials who have high Christian
moral standards, sound judge-
ment, integrity, honor, dignity
and independence, Cosio said.
Other Catholic groups who
have joined Catholic Vote Phil-
ippines include Sangguniang
Laiko ng Pilipinas, Dominican
Network, Institute of Preaching
Lay Missionaries, Federation of
National Youth Organizations,
Youth Pinoy, National Youth
Ministry, St. Thomas More
Assn, Educhild Philipines, Fami-
lies Against RH Bill, Filipinos
for Life, Doctors for Life, Al-
liance for the Family, Pro-Life
Philippines, Jericho Community,
and Defensores Fidei Founda-
tion.
The ruling Catholic Bish-
ops Conference of the Phil-
ippines welcomed the crea-
tion of the group and said
the Church will support its
efforts for the welfare of the
common good.
Malolos Bishop Jose Oliveros
said the Church will fight the Re-
productive Health Bill up to the
end and they will explore other
avenues to stop its passage into
law such as making an appeal to
the conscience of legislators or
going to the Supreme Court for
legal remedies.
We are still hoping the meas-
ure will be rejected in the third
and final reading next week, Ol-
iveros said.
Manila Archbishop Luis Car-
dinal Tagle said the vote in fa-
vor of the bill was unfortunate
and tragic but we do not take
it as a defeat of truth, for truth
shall prevail, especially the truth
about human life, marriage and
the family.
We will work harder to pro-
mote the sanctity of human life
and of the human person, the in-
tegral education of the youth, the
access of the poor to social and
medical services, the preserva-
tion of the true meaning of mar-
riage, and stewardship of crea-
tion, Tagle said.
We call on all Filipinos to
work towards healing, and jour-
ney together humbly and justly
as children of God, he said.
Death...
Electricity is still to be re-
stored in 13 towns in compostela
Valley and in 11 towns in Davao
Oriental, and various diseases
including diarrhea, urinary tract
infections, respiratory and other
ailments have broken out.
Still, Interior Secretary Manuel
Roxas II on Friday said the areas
isolated by Typhoon Pablo could
now be reached by the trucks de-
livering relief.
This is a major breakthrough
in our efforts to expedite the
delivery of much-needed food,
medicine and clothing, Roxas
said.
But he cautioned motorists
with smaller vehicles against
using the newly opened routes
because they were still being
cleared.
The military on Friday said it
would be sending more soldiers
to Mindanao to help speed up the
delivery of relief and the recov-
ery of bodies.
President Benigno Aquino III
said the government would be
tapping P8 billion from the sale
of Food Terminal Inc. to relocate
the typhoon victims living in the
areas identified as danger zones.
We will build houses in safer
areas, Mr. Aquino said.
He has also signed Republic
Act 10344 penalizing the steal-
ing or tampering of weather
forecasting equipment, flood-
monitoring instruments, seismo-
graphs and other equipment.
Senator Loren Legarda on Fri-
day called for a nationwide infor-
mation campaign on geo-hazard
maps following the devastation
brought by Typhoon Pablo.
Am I living in a landslide
area Am I living in a flood-
prone area? Loren said.
Filipinos in every [village]
need to know these things before
any typhoon signals are raised.
The leaders of the House of
Representatives on Friday an-
nounced they would be cance-
ling all Christmas parties to show
their solidarity and sympathy for
the victims of Typhoon Pablo.
House Speaker Feliciano Bel-
monte Jr. said he would be do-
nating P20 million from his pork
barrel to the typhoon victims.
I have already authorized [the
Budget Department] to transfer it
to [Social Welfare] for that pur-
pose, Belmonte said.
Rep. Bem Noel, chairman of
the committee on accounts, said
the proceeds from the money
that would have been spent for
the Christmas parties would be
given to the typhoon victims.
We will give everything we
can to the victims of Typhoon
Pablo, Noel said.
We hope this will give them a
little comfort during these trying
days.
Majority Leader Neptali
Gonzales III said it would be
hard to enjoy a Christmas party
knowing the typhoon victims
didnt have enough to eat and
were still suffering.
The Department of Foreign
Affairs on Friday joined the list
of government agencies and of-
fice that have canceled their
Christmas parties out of defer-
ence to the typhoon victims.
In solidarity with the victims
of Typhoon Pablo, the secretary
of Foreign Affairs has decided to
[do away] with the media lunch
scheduled for Monday, Foreign
Affairs spokesman Raul Hernan-
dez said.
He said the money that would
have been spent for the luncheon
would be donated to the typhoon
victims. With Jonathan Fern-
andez, Joyce Pangco Paares,
Macon Ramos-Araneta, Mari-
cel Cruz and Sara Susanne D.
Fabunan
PH...
Putting the nine-dash line in
google map does not change the
fact that the nine-dash line claim
is contrary to international law
particularly the Unclos [United
Nations Convention on the Law
of the Sea], said Foreign Affairs
Department spokesman Raul
Hernandez said in a text message
when,asked for a reaction.
Such act will not gain any va-
lidity for China, he added. The
Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei,
Malaysia, and Taiwan have
overlapping claims on the
West Philippine Sea which China
repeatedly claims as their own.
The Philippines based its
claim on the disputed territories
on the 200 nautical miles exclu-
sive economic zone provided by
the Unclos.
The nine-dash map in google
also prompted the Vietnam-
based Nguyen Thai Hoc Founda-
tion to petitioin Google Inc. Ex-
ecutive Chairman Eric Schmidt,
CEO Larry Page, and co-founder
Sergey Brin to remove the label
China from Paracel and Sprat-
ly Islands and Nine-Dotted
Line on its maps.
We are asking that you imme-
diately review the facts regard-
ing the true status of the Paracel
;Islands and the Southeast Asia
Sea (the islands and remove
the nine-dotted line from maps
of the sea that Google Maps cur-
rently displays, so as So as to
accurately reflect the position
of the 600 million people of the
Southeast Asia and international
community as well as Googles
publicized policy of neutrality.
The foundation said that,
in contrast, the United States
Google Maps do not-show the
nine-dotted-line when the same
queries are requested.
Because of these concerns,
we believe Google Maps is un-
intentionally misleading the pub-
lic about these disputed islands
and the sea, the Meanwhile, a
Chinese airplane was spotted
Thursday above small islands
controlled by Tokyo but-claimed
by Beijing, the first time a Chi-
nese aircraft allegedly violated
airspace over the islands and the
latest ina brewing territorial
spat.
Japan levied a formal protest
later in the day, but China said it
was merely carrying oiit a nor-
mal operation.
The chief government spokes-
man said the Chinese plane
entered Japanese air space on
Thursday morning. The Defense
Agency said four Japanese F-15
jets headed to the area Thursday
morning, but the Chinese plane,
a Y-12, a nonmilitary type of air-
craft, was nowhere to be seen by
the time they got there. The For-
eign Ministry said a formal pro-
test was sent to the Chinese gov-
ernment through the embassy in
Japan. With The AP
Tipsters...
jueteng operators and protectors
in their respective areas.
The two, however, did not
name the police officials in-
volved.
The accusations against the
corrupt police officials came
on the heels of a plunder case
the two whistleblowers filed
against Pangasinan Governor
Amado Espino, whom they ac-
cused of receiving P2.5 million
weekly from jueteng operators
in the province.
Orduna had admitted that he
was part of jueteng operations in
the province, while Alimagno
said he was on top of jueteng
operations in Bautista and Bu-
gallon towns in Pangasinan
starting in 2004, when the gov-
ernor was on his second term as
congressman. He added that it
was Mayor Orduna who intro-
duced him to Espino.
But in a television interview,
Espino denied the accusation,
saying that wala akong natang-
gap kahit na isang kusing diy-
an. (I did not receive a single
centavo from it (jueteng).
Alimagno also alleged that
a certain Supt. Wilson Lopez,
who was previously assigned at
the Pangasinan provicial office,
acted as their protector and also
received jueteng money.
This prompted Philippine
National Police Chief Gen. Ni-
canor Bartolome to order the
immediate relief and investiga-
tion of Lopez, who is currently
assigned as deputy logistics
chief in Region IV.
Bartolome said that with this
development, the PNP would
make a reshuffle among police
officials in Pangasinan starting
Monday next week.
According to the witnesses,
the disbursement of jeuteng
money to police officials started
in 2007 but was stopped last
year because of the aggressive
campaign against the illegal
numbers game of the late DILG
Secretary Jessie Robredo.
Interior Secretary Mar Roxas
accompanied Orduna and Al-
imagno in a press briefing held
Friday. The witnesses said it was
Gov. Espino who controlled
of the jueteng operations in the
province.
The two local officials, who
had earlier filed a case of plun-
der against the governor at the
Ombudsman, also denied that
their accusations were political-
ly-motivated.
Espino, who is running for re-
election, is aligned with the Na-
tional Peoples Coalition, while
Mayor Orduna belongs to the
ruling Liberal Party.
Roxas, meanwhile, said Es-
pino should get a good lawyer to
prove his innocence.
He added that the case could
jumpstart the governments aim
to eventually stamp out jueteng.
RH...
passage, House Majority Lead-
er Neptali Gonzales II stressed.
The presidential certification
came at a time when the result
of the voting on second reading
was too close to call as the House
was divided right in the middle
with only nine votes to spell the
difference. The RH bill hurdled
second reading 113 to 104 with
three abstentions.
The slim margin could eas-
ily change when 63 lawmakers
that did not register their votes or
that were absent last Wednesday
overturn the result on Monday
when the bill was to be submitted
to third and final reading.

The opposition lawmak-
ers, who allied themselves with
the Catholic bishops, immedi-
ately questioned the need for
a presidential certification and
vowed they were going to give
the President a good fight.
House Minority Leader Dani-
lo Suarez said the opposition and
the bishops question the presi-
dential certification since they
found no urgency in passing
the bill.
Suarez pooh-poohed the pres-
idential certification and claimed
it remained a numbers game
on Monday.
The make or break voting
on Monday in the House would
also be crucial whether or not
the Senate would still bother on
taking its version up for second
reading.
Barring the lack of quorum, if
the bill passed on third reading in
the House, the Senate could take
up its own version for second
and third readings. If the House
fails, the Senate would no longer
be obliged to bother with the bill,
Gonzales said.
The fact that the RH bill had
been certified as urgent will al-
low the Senate to approve its RH
version on second and third read-
ing on the same day next week,
Gonzales said.
Suarez said if the 63 swing
votes showed up on Monday, the
pro-RH camp would need addi-
tional 32 votes to win the RH bill
and the opposition would need
additional 40 votes to beat the
bill.
The opposition and the Cath-
olic bishops will put up a fight.
It remains a numbers game,
presidential certification or not.
This is a monumental decision
that each lawmaker will have to
make, Suarez told the Manila
Standard.
We question the presidential
certification. Where is the urgen-
cy? There is none. It was totally
unnecessary for the President
to pick a fight with the bishops.
The divisive issue has been ag-
gravated because of that presi-
dential certification and it came
in such a time that we are reeling
from the crisis brought about by
typhoon Pablo when the whole
nation should be acting as one,
Suarez said.
The RH bill is long-overdue.
There is urgency when 15 moth-
ers die daily of medical compli-
cations and when the runaway
population explosion is already
causing a huge dent on the gov-
ernments resources and when
couples are not given an in-
formed choice and free access to
birth control devices, Lagman
said.
Both the pro-RH and anti-RH
camps said the President was
putting his name and popularity
on the line for the RH bill.
The Palace boasts of the
Presidents record-high popu-
larity. The Palace successfully
ousted a Chief Justice and passed
the very unpopular Sin Tax bill,
and so there was no need for the
President to certify the bill as ur-
gent, Suarez stressed.
Suarez said certifying the bill
as urgent would only unneces-
sarily antagonize the Catholic
bishops, who vehemently oppose
the use of contraceptives
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Solon casts doubt on drug report
Travel ban on Israel lifted;
more Filipinos flee Syria
Isorena is it. President Aquino receives a
memento from newly appointed Coast Guard
commandant Rear Admiral Rodolfo Isorena
during the change of command ceremony at
the PCG Headquarters in Port Area, Manila
City on F December 14. The memento is part
of PCGs tradition, symbolizing the inspiration
and leadership being provided by the Guest
of Honor to the men and women of the Coast
Guard. Isorena is a member of Philippine
Military Academy Sandigan Class of 1982.
Inset shows his wife, Maria Theresa, and his
mother Mrs. Asuncion Diwata Isorena. JAY
MORALES / MALACAANG PHOTO BUREAU.
Communist rebels call a truce in Mindanao relief areas
Flood management. Public Works Secretary Rogelio L. Singson
delivers his keynote address at the recent Philippine Flood Management
Knowledge Sharing Forum at the Asian Development (ADB) headquarters
in Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City attended by government ofcials,
private engineers, ood control experts, civil society and other
stakeholders. He said that DPWH has completed the ood control master
plan for greater Manila to include Laguna Lake, while completing its
plans for Bulacan and Pampanga rivers as the Aquino administration is
committed to tackle the ood management issue head on. Discussed at
the forum were issues on ood risks and climate change and steps taken to
reduce the hazards and vulnerability to oods.
House Minority Leader Danilo
Suarez questioned the accuracy
of the PDEA report even as the
drug agency arrested a reman
for allegedly peddling shabu in
General Santos City. In Leyte,
two drug-dealing groups were
neutralized, PDEA said.
Suarez took notice of the
PDEA report that said 7,372 or
18 percent of the 42,025 baran-
gays in the country were drug-
affected.
He said In my opinion, it does
not give a factual accounting of
the true situation at hand.
PDEA chief Arturo Cacdac Jr.
aid there were three basic parame-
ters in determining the prevalence
of the inuence of illegal drugs in
the more than 42,000 barangays
in the country-- slightly affected,
moderately affected, and seriously
affected.
According to his deni-
tion, slightly affected barangays
means there are identied drug
users in the community but no
known pushers or trafckers op-
erating in the area, Suarez said.
He, however, argued that a
more than conservative estimate
should show that affected baran-
gays have at least one suspected
drug pusher or trafcker, and se-
riously affected barangays have
at least one drug laboratory or
drug den.
He quoted Cacdacs report that
said that 30.7 percent of the total
barangays throughout the country
were classied as slightly affected,
61.6 percent were moderately af-
fected, while the remaining 7.7
percent, seriously affected.
This means that only 7,372
barangays or a mere 18 percent
is said to be affected by illegal
drug activities, Suarez said.
Cacdac had said that the the
consolidated data resulted from
validation of gathered informa-
tion of PDEA and partner drug
law enforcement agencies.
PDEA also reported that 73
percent of drug dependents in
the country were poly-drug us-
ers or used multiple dangerous
drugs but majority of them pre-
ferred methamphetamine hydro-
chloride or shabu.
From January to October
2012, the agency arrested a total
of 5,025 drug pushers and 1,850
substance abusers nationwide.
Meanwhile, the shabu-dealing
reman was identied as Luisito
Motong, whom PDEA described
as a high value target because of his
notoriety as drug pusher in GenSan.
Motong was nabbed after he tried
to sell shabu to an undercover agent
of the drug agency.He was detained
at the custodial facility.
The Leyte-based groups, on
the other hand, were the Giron
and Jason Groups. A co-lader of
the Giron group was caught in
the act of selling shabu on De-
cember 13 in Tacloban City.
The other group, led by
Rodolfo Pregoner, was arrested
in Villaba town while selling
two sachets of shabu to a poseur-
agent. He was also in possession
of three more sachets of the
illegal drugs, PDEA information
ofcer Liza Fabi-Baoy said.
With Jonathan Fernandez and
Ronald Reyes
By Maricel V. Cruz
THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agen-
cy was asked to explain the basis for its
ndings on the prevalence of illegal drugs
in thousands of barangays in the country.
By Sara Susanne D.
Fabunan and Eric B.
Apolonio
AMID a stabilizing situation
in Israel and Gaza, the Philip-
pines has lifted the travel ban
it imposed in November while
another batch of Filipinos ar-
rived Tuesday night after eeing
Syria.
In a statement released Fri-
day, the Department of Foreign
Affairs has again allowed new
hires and vacationing workers to
return to Israel after it also lifted
Alert Level 2.
In view of improved security
conditions in Israel and Gaza as
a result of the ceasere agree-
ment between Israel and Hamas,
the DFA Travel Advisory is
now lifted, the statement said,
noting that Israeli Ambassador
Menashe Bar-On told Manila
that restriction were no longer
needed.
Aside from the lifting of travel
ban and Alert Level 2, the DFA
is also cancelling Alert Level 4
which orders mandatory evacu-
ation or repatriation of Filipinos
in Israel and Gaza.
On Nov. 23, 2012 the DFA
restricted travel after hostili-
ties broke out in the Gaza Strip
where about 100 Filipinos were
staying, most of them married to
Palestinians.
On Nov. 20, DFA has issued
Alert level 2, or Restriction
Phase, for Central and South-
ern Israel along with Alert
Level 4 or Mandatory Repa-
triation for Gaza.
The conict started when Israel
was attacked by rockets from the
Hamas group, killing four civil-
ians and an Israeli soldier.
Israel retaliated with Opera-
tion Pillar of Defense, killing
162 Palestinians, more than half
were believed to be civilians.
An Egyptian-sponsored cease-
re put a pause to hostilities.
At least 12 Filipinos re-
turned Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
on a Philippine Airlines ight
following the earlier arrival of
258 other workers to ee Syr-
ias civil strife.
Genalyn Cuadro, who spoke
for her companions, said they
took a 48-air travel that started
Tuesday at the Beiruts Rak
Hariri International Airport
where boarded an Egypt Air
ight for Cairo then another
Egypt Air plane to Bangkok be-
fore heading for Manila.
We would like to thank the
International Organization for
Migration, which shouldered
our airfare and repatriation cost
and the Department of Foreign
Affairs for expediting our exit
from Syria, where there are
more Filipinos who wanted to
leave Alepo, she said.
Immigration Intelligence Of-
cer Banjo Omega identied the
other repatriates as Arsenia Fran-
cisco, Jenaline Albano, Asniya
Hamsa, Nancy Aguilar, Fairuz
Karis, Anabel Dumrique, Anabel
Abundo, Evelyn Gono, Fatima
Sangued, Mari Cris Basanes and
Monawara Guiamaden.
At least 3,254 Filipinos have
come home to escape conicted
Syria.
By Florante S. Solmerin
THE military welcomes the truce set by the
communist rebels with respect to relief work
in places struck by typhoon Pablo across
Mindanao, a military spokesman said.
The humanitarian ceasere announced
by the National Democratic Front of the
Philippines should not be for publicity
and lip service only. The call for a cease-
re should be sincere and must be trans-
lated into actions, Col. Arnulfo Marcelo
Burgos Jr. said on Friday.
Jorge Madlos alias Oris, spokesman of
NDF-Mindanao, said the temporary cease-
re order to the New Peoples Army urged all
rebel fronts to help the calamity victims for the
period covering Dec. 5, 2012 to Jan. 3, 2013.
Taking past transgressions and viola-
tions in consideration, the NPA has already
violated their own ceasere order by taking
hostage two children of a soldier in Davao
del Norte and harassing a peace and devel-
opment team of the 60th Infantry Battalion
delivering relief goods, Burgos said. If
they will strictly abide with their pronounce-
ment, then that is good news.
He said Armed Forces Chief Jessie Del-
losa has recommended to President Be-
nigno Aquino III a Yuletide truce.
But Burgos said the rebels should show
more good faith and keep their word.
The NPA attacked our soldiers con-
ducting humanitarian mission in Davao
del Norte last week, a day after it an-
nounced its truce, he said.
In his report, Lt. Col. Lyndon Paniza
said the 60th IB Peace and Develop-
ment Team was attacked in Sitio Banoog,
Barangay Sto. Nio, Talaingod.
He also cited the failed attack on Private
First Class Lito Mansaluon and abducting
his two daughters, aged 17 and 12, in Sitio
Danao, Barangay Gupitan, San Isidro.
By Dexter A. See
BAGUIO CITYThe regional
trial court here dismissed two
cases led by the Cordillera Glo-
bal Network involving Environ-
ment Secretary Ramon Paje Jr.,
Mayor Mauricio Domogan and
SM retail giant and lifted the
Temporary Environment Pro-
tection Order against the malls
P1.2-billion expansion.
In a decision dated Dec. 3,
2012, Branch Judge Antonio
Esteves found no irregularity in
the issuance of the amended En-
vironmental Compliance Certi-
cate, tree cutting and earthball-
ing permits, building permit and
zoning clearance.
Lawyer Chryse Bautista,
SM City Baguio counsel, wel-
comed the decision, noting that
SM management would always
abide by the law and guided by
the authority of the Department
of Environment and Natural Re-
sources and other agencies.
SM will continue supporting
the common mission to ensure en-
vironmental sustainability through
its energy, water and air conserva-
tion programs, she told Manila
Standard, adding that the com-
pany remains true to its commit-
ment to provide its customers with
world-class and innovative service
that is globally certied.
In a statement, Dr. Michael
Bengwayan, Save 182 Movement
convener, said the decision will
be taken up before the Supreme
Court on a petition for certiorari.
The two suits led by the Cor-
dillera Global sought to stop
SM City Baguios improvement
consisting of a 7-storey struc-
ture re and other facilties on a
77,0000-square meter property.
Esteves ruled that transferring
182 trees in Luneta Hill would
cause no irreparable injury to the
environment nor the city resi-
dents while indicating that social
acceptability principle was not
applicable in issuing the ECC for
the expansion.
By Rey E. Requejo
A CANDIDATE wants the
Supreme Court to stop relec-
tionist Senator Allan Peter
Cayetano and four new senato-
rial candidates from using tel-
evision commercials for early
campaigning.
In a petition, Samson Alcantara
of the Social Justice System
sought the prohibition against
Cayetano, Representatives Juan
Edgardo Angara of Aurora,
Joseph Victor Ejercito of San Juan
and Juan Ponce Enrile Jr. of Ca-
gayan; and Puerto Princesa City
Mayor Edward Hagedorn even
as he accused them of using paid
advertisemens to promote their
candidacies in the 2013 elections.
Alcantara is a senatorial candi-
date in the May mid-term polls.
He said the TV placements were
intended to enhance their chances
and circumvent with impunity
and render nugatory thelimitations
on airtime allotment for candi-
dates during the campaign.
Respondents, in authorizing
the broadcast of the ads have
undermined the Constitution,
the Code of Conduct and Ethi-
cal Standardsfor Public Of-
cials and Employees, and the
Civil Code, said Alcantara.
He cited Angaras ad on
Senior Citizens Law, Ejer-
citos Yon Ako, Enriles Gus-
to Ko May Pagkain Kayo,
Cayetanos Filipinas 2020, and
Hagedorns Express Padala.
Alcantara said the respond-
ents should not justify their ads
by the lack of law on prema-
ture campaigning.
5 senators
target of
prohibition
Court dismisses case vs SM, Baguio
KL employers stick to no-pay cut policy
THE Labor and Employment department and the
Malaysian stakeholders engaged in the house-
hold workers market have agreed to adhere to the
Philippines policy of No Placement Fee and No
Salary Deduction including abiding by the $400
mandatory monthly minimum salary for Filipino
domestics.
The government is working closely with of-
cials of the Philippine Association of Manpower
Agencies for Malaysia Afliates (PAMAMA) for
the implementation of the HSW Reform Package
Program in January 2013, Labor Secretary Ro-
salinda Baldoz said.
Last October, the Philippine Overseas Labor Of-
ce in Malaysia successfully conducted the Labor
Exchange Conference between PAMAMA and
POLO-accredited Malaysian agencies in Pahang,
Malaysia.
The Labor chief said that there is a need to safe-
guard the interest welfare of OFWs, particularly
household service workers (HSWs).
The reforms offer better pay for Household
Service Workers and protect them from exploita-
tion Baldoz said. Vito Barcelo
Opinion Adelle Chua, Editor
ManilaStandardToday
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A4
MOST of us are scared of any
form of surgery. Whether minor or
major, surgery is scary, painful and
traumatic.
It helps when the patient trusts
the surgeon. The surgeons calm
and deliberate demeanor quiets the
nerves; the patient decides to put his
life on the surgeons hands.
A patient would be horried if he
knew that the surgeon was a ghost.
Ghost surgeons do exist and they
perform surgeries in many hospitals
in the country, according to members
of the House of Representatives.
The House committee on health
has said that while ghosts perform
the surgeries, the conspiring
doctors split the feesa practice
that is unethical and dangerous.
Camarines Sur Rep. Luis
Villafuerte has led a bill seeking to
ban this. Ghost surgery is a legally
and ethically dangerous practice
that must not be promoted, he
said. A surgeon shows up while the
patient is awake before the surgery,
but disappears. The patient is
none-the-wiser as another surgeon
performs the procedure of opening,
cutting and sewing up.
Villafuerte denes ghost surgery
as a practice by a surgeon who has
overlapping schedules in different
hospitals, delegating the surgery to
another doctor without the knowledge
of the patient. This can be done in two
ways. Surgeons may switch, or a doctor
who is not a surgeon admits a patient
and lets a surgeon do the operation.
But can you sue a ghost for a
botched operation? It would require
investigative skills to pin down a
ghost and the medical community
is not usually cooperative.
You would need to present
evidence that your surgery was
performed by someone other than
the surgeon that you paid and that
you had no knowledge of any
substitution. Its almost impossible
if nobody among the few people
inside the operating room talked.
Many hospitals protect their
legal interest by placing a clause
in the contract they make you sign
before you go under the knife.
Most people, however, especially
those about to be operated on, do
not bother to read the ne print.
Ghosts are scary
Chinese mouthpiece
mouths off again
EDITORIAL
THE Chinese mouthpiece Peoples
Daily mouthed off again, calling
the Philippines the regions
troublemaker.
Look whos talking! As anyone,
including everyones grandma in China
knows, the Peoples Daily is state-run
and funded by the Communist Party.
Its strident attack on the Philippines
came after a balanced analysis in the
South China Morning Post reporting
on the Philippines as a lone voice of
dissent in the Association of South
East Asian Nations.
Beijing knows the Singapore
daily, with its big circulation in Asian
capitals, could whip up more support
from the rest of Asean, apart from the
Philippines and Vietnam, in opposing
Chinese design to claim the entire
resource-rich South China Sea.
The Peoples Daily harangued
Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario
for stoking Japans dying embers
of militarism
when he said
the Philippines
would welcome
Japan re-arming
itself to serve as a
counterbalance in
the region.
Japan, after
its defeat in
World War II,
adopted a pacist
Constitution but many Japanese
lawmakers fearful of a dominant
China want to amend the 66-year old
charter.
I fully support the foreign ofces
call to get Japan involved against
Chinese bullying. Japan, which has
a simmering territorial row over
Senkaku island, recently scrambled
ghter jets to shoo away Chinese
planes in the area. In fact, even before
Del Rosario broached the idea of
rearming Japan, other countries in
the region including South Korea,
Australia and New Zealand had been
wary about Chinas intent.
It has become clear Beijing has
no intention of allowing the South
China Sea dispute brought before
the International Tribunal on the
Law of the Sea. Under a rules-based
ITLOS arbitration court, the United
Nations Convention on the Law
of the Sea would prevail and rule
against its sweeping claim over the
entire SCS.
Under UNCLOS, the 200-mile area
off a countrys coastline is its exclusive
economic zone. Scarborough Shoal,
which China claims, is in the West
Philippine Sea 140 miles off Zambales
and more than 800 miles further from
Hainan, its nearest coast. We have to
keep saying this because the Chinese
still dont get it.
This is the reason that Beijing
rejects a multilateral solution of the
issue and would rather negotiate
on a bilateral basis where it would
have the upper hand against smaller
nation-claimants.
Remembering Ka Blas
Yesterday, family and friends
marked the death anniversary of
former Foreign Secretary Blas F. Ople
whom the nation truly misses during
this period of serious threat to the
nations security.
Secretary Ople was stricken
ill and died on a plane while on a
mission for the state.
Fred de la Rosa, former labor
attach at the Philippine Embassy
in Washington and Manila Times
editor, could well be his biographer
as he contributed many of the
outstanding facets of the mans life
in this short piece.
Blas Fajardo Ople is, for a self
-taught man, is a renaissance gure
in Philippine history. The former
guerrilla, ex-stevedore from Bulacan,
copy editor at the defunct Daily Mirror,
went on to become Labor Minister,
one of the authors of the Constitution,
senator, Senate President, and
Secretary of Foreign Affairs.
He was in his element as foreign
secretary. As a
journalist, he
often wrote about
i n t e r n a t i o n a l
politics. A
voracious reader,
Ka Blas could
quote from
Shakespeare to
the Bible. On
trips abroad,
he would scour
bookshops for the
latest ction and non-ction works.
Riding with him one time in Manila,
one cannot help notice several books
on the front seat and at the back of
cars rear seat. I brought him a few
non- ction books on government and
politics whenever he was not traveling
to some capital himself.
I owe him a world of gratitude when
he sponsored and steered me through
the Commission on Appointments
when I was nominated as Philippine
ambassador to Hungary with
concurrent jurisdiction over Poland,
Serbia and Bosnia Herzegovina. The
years I spent in Eastern and Central
Europe were the most rewarding time
of my life. Apart from my duties, I
had time to read, learn and meet world
gures.
As a young press attach in the
Philippine Embassy in London
in 1983, I listened to Ka Blas
speak on emerging global issues at
an International Herald Tribune-
sponsored forum. He wrote his own
speech and after his address, Ka Blas
was roundly applauded
It made me and the late Ambassador
Jayvee Cruz to be proud as Filipinos.
Ang galing talaga ni Blas. Can you
imagine if he had formal university
training?
Coming from J.V Cruzwriter,
diplomat, raconteur, bon vivant
that remark has to be the supreme
compliment from a colleague and
contemporary.
Whos calling
the Philippines a
troublemaker?
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Children by choice, not chance
LET us have children by choice, not
by chance, these were the concluding
words of the RH bills father, Albay
Representative Edcel Lagman, when he
explained his vote for second reading of
the bill last Wednesday.
Several times, Rep. Edcel has told
us that he wants the RH law as his
diploma when he graduates from the
House of Representatives. This is his
last term as a congressman and the RH
law is a tting gift to the Filipino people,
especially, us, women.
Last Wednesday, I was right across
Edcel, closely observing him and the
voting that was going on. He kept his
cool as incredulously absurd reasons
were being forwarded by those opposing
the bill. He approached and chatted with
us a few times as if to calm us as a string
of no votes came in. He knew we were
quite nervous.
After the announcement that the RH
bill passed the second reading, I ran,
hugged and thanked him for the many
years of hard work. It felt great to have
been the rst to do that. Edcels smile
was precious! And then, several of us
advocates found ourselves crying as
we hugged each other. It was a highly
emotional moment. Di baleng walang
poise, basta we won!
As expected, the bishops were quick
to say that it isnt over yet because
the third and nal reading still has
to happen on Monday. Besides, there
were sixty-two (62) representatives
who were absent from Wednesdays
voting. The bishops could still win.
Then, as people were still asleep,
Santa Claus visited to deliver another
gift: President Benigno Aquino IIIs
certication of the RH bill as urgent.
Check mate, bishops!
PNoys certications timing is
perfect for full dramatic impact. I have
said several times that certication of the
RH bill as urgent will ensure its passage
into law. This came with only three (3)
session days left before Congress goes
on Christmas break.
Everything should happen next
week if we are to have the law before
Christmas day.
Rep. Edcel said in a phone
conversation that the Presidents move
ensures a wider margin of victory for
the RH bill come third reading in the
HOR. He is condent that most of
those who were absent last Wednesday
will be present on Monday to nally
vote in favor of the bill because of the
certication.
Moreover, historically, bills passed
on second reading are likewise passed
on third reading, according to Edcel.
Also, on Monday, the Senate is set
to vote on the bill for second reading.
Because of the certication, however,
Senate can waive the three (3)-day rule
and directly go from second to third and
nal reading.
After approval, the House and the
Senate have to convene the Bicameral
Conference Committee, the body
tasked to reconcile the differing
provisions of the approved bills
emanating from each House.
Rep. Edcel said that this can happen
by Tuesday next week. I add: if there are
no further delays in the Senate.
Having participated in Bicam
proceedings of two women-related bills,
I know that Bicam of controversial bills
usually needs a couple of meetings to do
its work. In this case, the work should be
nished by Wednesday so the nal version
can be sent back to both Houses for
ratication. Remember that Wednesday is
Congress last session day.
If in case the Bicam is not nished in
time for Wednesdays session, Congress
needs to hold a special session on
Thursday to ratify the RH law.
If this scenario happens, the President
can have the copy of the RH law by
Thursday or Friday and he can sign it
before Christmas!
Yes, the timetable is quite tight.
The alternative scenario is for the bill
to be passed on third reading by Tuesday,
Bicam can start work before Christmas,
but nal ratication of both Houses will
happen after the holiday break.
Should this be the case, the House
has to again ensure a quorum which
might be extremely difcult considering
the 2013 elections.
Also, postponement of ratication
means that the President will only be
able to sign the law next year.
This scenario is one that advocates
do not favor because again, the bills
enactment into law will be left hanging.
We would rather that the whole process is
nished before the holidays. We have the
momentum, we should not stop now.
While we can almost touch the RH
law, the situation remains to be tricky
and we need to remain vigilant.
There is also this question of how
to secure the bills integrity during the
Bicam meetings. Some people are wary
that what happened to the cybercrime
law, where controversial provisions
were inserted during Bicam, may also
happen to the RH bill.
To this, Rep. Edcel said that the
RH bill has been thoroughly discussed
for many years and its sponsors will
not allow the bills essence to be
compromised.
Let me just add that advocates will
closely monitor the Bicam proceedings
and will raise a big howl IF anyone tries
to pull a fast one on the Filipino people.
Seventy-ve years ago, Filipino
women fought and won our right to
vote. Now, with the impending passage
of the RH bill into law, Filipino women
(together with progressive men) again
fought and will win the right to control
our own bodies.
Rep. Edcels line, Children by
choice, not chance will happen. This
starts with the RH Law.
bethangsioco@gmail.com and @
bethangsioco on Twitter
ELIZABETH
ANGSIOCO
POWER POINT
ALEJANDRO
DEL ROSARIO
BACK CHANNEL
DECEMBER 15, 2012 SATURDAY
A5 Opinion Adelle Chua, Editor
ManilaStandardToday
mst.lettertotheeditor@gmail.com
THE greatest tragedy of our time is
catalyzed by that most pathetic role of
our politicians to give in to the demands
of every sector in our society. It is a
tragedy as it is essentially wrong much
that the mandate we gave to our elected
ofcials is not anchored on that system
of accommodating the various interests
of people in a pluralistic society.
It is from this standpoint why
through the years our political values
have deteriorated, and badly. Such
was bound to happen because we
have overblown our understanding
of freedom. We could no longer
establish boundaries between freedom
and mandate, which undoubtedly
are indivisible to our understanding
of the mechanics of democracy. We
say this because
we embraced the
Western concept
of freedom as
unbridled.
From that point
of view, we began to
accept that equally
wrong postulate of
mandate as wholly
emanating from
the people, and
not as something
that needs some
kind of political
qua nt i f i c a t i on.
For instance,
our conventional
notion of a mandate begins in our
understanding that it is the people that
bestowed it upon our elected ofcials
based on that stereotype notion called
democratic process.
Thus, when we begin to disagree
with the policies of our elected
leaders, especially on the laws they
legislate, readily we feel justied in
withdrawing our mandate either by
not electing them in the next election
or by booting them out of ofce. It
never crossed our mind that the
mandate we extended to our elected
leaders is based only on that exclusive
privilege to freely elect them. We
never entertained the thought that
our mandate could metamorphose to
one of authority for them to x and
synchronize all the interests of the
people so we would end up having a
harmonious and progressive society.
This now explains why most
of them fail to come out with laws
designed to put order to our society.
The thinking of both the executive and
the lawmakers has been canalized to
one of accommodating and satisfying
the wishes of the people. Such
emasculation and/or diminution of
rights invariably trigger conicting
claims. Often, we wrongly take the
dominance by one class as a vested
right for, as usual, we equate their
assertiveness as representing the
majority. The great majority of our
people have now been cowed down by
this unconventional notion about our
power. To question that would amount
to an intrusion to ones freedom such
that to regulate their interest now
becomes taboo.
Since our elected ofcials are
foremost politicians, the laws they
legislate is now principally geared
towards accommodating every sectoral
demand. This in turn encouraged the
most outrageous practice of epalism
or the habit of wanting to be known to the
public as responsible for the enactment
of that law or for the accomplishment
of that project. The race to accomplish
something unwittingly caused many
of our lawmakers to act as executive
ofcials, forgetting that they were
elected to enact law. They all want to
implement and execute the laws dealing
with projects or in protecting the rights
of certain segments, hoping that come
election day, the people would repay
their gratitude by reelecting them.
Politicians will nd every
conceivable way to be known or to be
identied with the project as though the
money spent came directly from their
pocket, and not as taxpayers money.
Any proposed laws are narrowed down
to what will serve to advance their
interest, and any law that is hinted of
seeking to impose discipline for the
purpose of putting order to society is
most abhorred.
The effect is the moral and political
decay of society. Our politicians tremble
at the fear of not being elected; that in
their attempt to please their constituents,
they come out
with hodgepodge
approach all meant
to supercially
please their
constituents. Thus,
aside from living
up to their role as
politicians, they
act like showbiz
personalities or
some kind of
clowns.
Of course, there
are exceptions to
these self-serving
laws their legislate.
These exemptions
include revenue raising laws and
imperialist-dictated laws. Politicians
would never budge to the demands of
the people to lower taxes or to scrap
existing ones. Even if at times if might
trigger adverse reaction, revenue-
raising bills are vital because they
enable them to remain in power. The
pork barrel generated by those laws is
mainly intended to cater to the parochial
demands of their constituents. After
all, people easily forget that the taxes
and fees imposed on them is the one
politicians use to fray them. And then
there are those so-called imperialist-
dictated laws. It is not the money or
their positive effects it will have on our
people, but of the politicians fear of
being politically isolated by powerful
pressure groups controlled by the US.
Good cases are those laws that
dismantled all forms of subsidy, laws
that deregulated the prices of goods
and services, laws that increased taxes
to assure payment to our international
debt obligation, laws on population
control including the now controversial
reproductive health bill, our enactment
of the Anti-Money Laundering Act,
and our ratication of the International
Criminal Court.
These are laws that have no
immediate impact on our people. Nor
could they help improve their economic
well-being. Just the same, they are
legislated for fear of possible retaliation
from the US which has the power to
single out politicians known for their
anti-imperialist stand. This explains
why through the years, the kind of laws
our politicians have legislated have
deteriorated. They have become so
callous, and their political instinct have
all but been reduced to just measuring
whether their proposed bills would
serve to promote their ambition to
institute their own political dynasty.
rpkapunan@gmail.com
Why our laws
deteriorate
ROD
P. KAPUNAN
BACKBENCHER
Lawmakers
have worked
only to advance
their ambitions
and protect their
dynasties.
THIS week, around 120 farmers,
sherfolk, and indigenous peoples from
Casiguran, Aurora made the sacrice
of walking from their homes all the
way to Manila, to air their plight to
ofcials and a nation they feel have
overlooked or ignored them. Aurora
province may not be as far from Manila
as Bukidnon, from where the Sumilao
march originated in 2007, but it should
not diminish our appreciation for the
strength of their conviction to march
all the way, for 17 days to the seat of
power, or our responsibility to hear their
voices.
They march because they believe
the Aurora Pacic Economic Zone
and Freeport was unfairly imposed on
them, without consideration for their
residence, their livelihood (as farmers
or sherfolk), their way of life or (as
indigenous peoples), and without their
consent. I sympathize with the marchers.
As they marched inside Ateneo de
Manila last Monday, I could not help
but remember the Sumilao farmers ve
years ago and the Lakbayan marchers
in the 1980s. My heart went out to
them, my mind convinced: their voices
must be heard, their needs attended to.
But this is a harder battle than simply
lending an ear to their concerns, or
granting their requests.
At the heart of this battle is
conict between competing visions
of development: which benets are
worth the effort, and who should pay
the costs. APECO proponents argue
the benets of a major port on the
Pacic coast of Luzon, the employment
opportunities, and even afrmative
employment actions APECO ofcials
have promised local stakeholders. (It
should also be noted, in the interests of
fairness, that some indigenous leaders
have expressed approval of APECO).
However, the contrary perspective
was summarized by an indigenous
marcher who told the President that the
socio-economic development APECO
represents is different from our concept
of development, hewing closer to
traditional modes of livelihood, and
older ways of life.
Its also a familiar story playing
out across modern Philippine history,
politics, and society, having seen similar
debates over mining in the country.
Competing land use; environmental,
economic, and social vulnerabilities;
insufcient representation in the policy
process, all contribute to a scenario akin
to the proverbial story of Solomon and
the two mothers (and with an innovative
solution even harder to reach). The
charge against APECO of insufcient
consultation and lack of free prior
and informed consent is especially
troubling in this regard, because
thorough consultations could have
consolidated an acceptable consensus
on the economic zone project (whatever
adjustments deemed necessary),
awarded proper compensation for
projected losses, and established mutual
expectations of benets. Even in the
case of irreconcilable differences, no
one could accuse the stakeholders of
not exhausting every means available
to reach a meeting of the minds, before
resorting to extraordinary measures.
And consultation would properly have
to be the responsibility of the intruding
or advantaged party: APECO, the
sponsoring lawmakers, and concerned
government agencies.
There will always be costs to the
policies we pass, and the paths to
development we take; what is fair by
any just denition of fair is that we
distribute the costs so that the vulnerable
especially are not unduly burdened,
cheated of compensation and benet,
and ignored or overridden in policy-
making and execution. Alongside
economics must stand compassion
and respect. Before they are economic
assets or census statistics, the marchers
of Casiguran and their families are
people, Filipino citizens who at least
deserve a fair chance at the pursuit of
their own vision of happiness, a chance
to dictate the terms of their compromise
and concession. Their lands are their
homes and their livelihood; we must
understand the source of their passion,
even as APECO supporters appeal to
reason.
President Aquinos call for a
review of the APECO proposal may
not have met the marchers demands;
frustrating as it may be, there may be
hope yet for an acceptable resolution.
A review, with Casiguran marchers in
full and effective participation, would
be APECOs opportunity to defend
itself and its vision of progress from its
critics, but its also the marchers best
chance to make their voices heard. Most
importantly, if theres still any chance
for meaningful compromise, it will be
here, in a proper, openand hopefully
open-mindedconfrontation, akin to
mediation or negotiation. It would be,
at the very least, the very best chance,
slim as it may be, to defuse anger and
tensions between the contending parties.
Aquino was right in asking for
reason and an open mind, but let us
not lose sight of the fact that even the
best intentions for the common good
will cause some degree of cost, of pain,
and of sacrice, whether to the many or
the few. Whatever the outcome of the
APECO review, we must stand ready,
state and people alike, to help our most
vulnerable peoples bear the costs of
the chosen development path. If there
is anyone left out of development, it
would not be development at all.
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Twitter: tonylavs
APECO and authentic development
DEAN TONY
LA VIA
EAGLE EYES
By Rodne Galicha
THE members of Philippine delegation
to the Conference of Parties (COP18)
in Doha, Qatar did their best to bring
the heart and soul of humanity onto the
negotiating table. The united efforts the
delegation led by the Climate Change
Commission and supported by outside
actions of the civil society brought
back the scattered thoughts for genuine
solutions to a crisis in the perspective of
climate justice.
Every year, nations meet to address
global challenges. These meetings
sometimes end up with compromises.
Minds from all over the world
gathered to negotiate and perhaps decide
on the plight of human existence in the
principles of sustainable development.
Generally, there were two kinds of
negotiators: brains which can control,
and the other, brains which think
comprehensively accepting the fact that
the continuous rape of the environment,
which leads to a massive imbalance in
nature, is in itself the gradual extinction
of homo sapiens.
Unfortunately, the clash of the
overly-consuming countries and
the consumed ones was denitely
unavoidable: the east versus the west,
or the south versus the north. But in the
spirit of environmental justice, we hope
that our planet can still be saved through
genuine dialogue.
What may be the root-cause of this
whole crisis?
Yes, we believe we control the whole
universe.
The brain, seat of rationality, is
the tiniest natural receptacle of all the
galaxies combined.
In this consumerist generation for
which all natural resources are seen as
objects for utilization, it is as if existence
of all things belongs to humans capacity
to contain the essence of nature in their
skull.
But can we limit nature in our brains?
The processes in nature have been
fully dynamic, serving both living and
non-living things. Symbiosis between
the living and non-living world was
evident. There was once grand harmony
and order.
When ancient humans came into
existence, they learned to use the non-
living as instruments to survive, and
the living as food. The ability to think
before acting was what made humans
superior.
Over time, the non-livingoriginally
used as instrumentsbecame the mode
and food. The balancing platform
supporting the life cycle was eventually
used destructively. Imbalance became
inevitable.
Humans, when given opportunity
and power, tend to abuse.
Symbiosis may be one of the
strongest forces behind evolution, but
it had been tampered with. It can be
traced to the superiority complex which
occurred in the human brain.
Be that as it may, the human brain will
still decide on the future of our home
called Earth. The meeting of brains may
not agree in a genuine solution, but I
hope the heart and soul may help.
Commissioner Naderev Yeb Sao
of the Climate Change Commission
silenced the whole negotiations with a
pure heart and zealous soul:
I appeal to the whole world, I appeal
to leaders from all over the world, to
open our eyes to the stark reality that we
face. I appeal to ministers. The outcome
of our work is not about what our
political masters want. It is about what
is demanded of us by 7 billion people.
I appeal to all, please, no more delays,
no more excuses. Please, let Doha be
remembered as the place where we
found the political will to turn things
around. Please, let 2012 be remembered
as the year the world found the courage
to nd the will to take responsibility for
the future we want.
And echoing the words of Ditto
Sarmiento during the rst Quarter
Storm, he ended his appeal:
I ask of all of us here, if not us, then
who ? If not now, then when? If not
here, then where?
However, despite his appeal, Yeb
said that Doha resulted in a politically
balanced outcome, but it was far from
addressing the climate crisis. The
struggle for climate justice lives on. We
will do it even one person at a time, one
day at a time.
With one mind, heart and soul.
Rodne Galicha is the country
manager of The Climate Reality Project
founded by Nobel laureate and former
US vice president Al Gore. He comes
from Sibuyan Island where the source
of energy is 90-percent clean. Working
at Haribon Foundation, he serves as an
ofcer for Alyansa Tigil Mina. He blogs
at http://rodgalicha.com
Negotiating climate
By William Pesek
TRANSPARENCY Internationals latest
corruption report is sober reading for
Asian leaders committed to ending dirty
dealings in the worlds fastest-growing
region.
Dec. 9 was International Anti-
Corruption Day, and Asias report card
was a big disappointment. China, Japan
and South Korea, three of Asias four
biggest economies, all lost ground. So
did such emerging-market darlings
as Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand and
Vietnam. Even Hong Kong, routinely
celebrated as a model of economic
freedom, slid two places in the 2012
Corruption Perceptions Index to 14th
among 176 nations.
There was some progress. The
Philippines jumped to 105th from 129th
(the closer you get to rst place, the
cleaner your economy). India improved
one place to 94th. Yet even some of the
good news is cautionary. Malaysia raised
its overall ranking, but scored the worst
globally in a forthcoming Bribe Payers
Index, the Wall Street Journal reported.
These results show that Asias anti-
corruption efforts are still more about
public relations than substance. That
needs to change if the region is to be a
prosperous and stable place in the long
run. Leaders of all the major countries
indulge in much talk about creating
independent courts, strong ministries,
a free press and networks of outside
watchdogs, all while doing little.
Falling behind
There is no good excuse for Asia to be
falling behindnot with a critical mass
of world growth concentrated there and
strong public support on the side of the
reformers. The longer Asia takes to get
serious about this issue, the bigger the
threat to economic progress.
Graft is incredibly difcult to measure
in any one nation, never mind comparing
it across borders. Tremendous effort goes
into hiding and perpetuating the gray
economy, often most enthusiastically
at the highest levels of government.
Whichever barometer you track, the
odds are that graft is far more rampant,
ingrained and damaging than data
suggest.
One real-world economic indicator
bears out Asias corruption problem:
a widening rich-poor gap. Corruption
skews and concentrates wealth among the
politically connected elites. That keeps
the benets of rapid economic growth
from being shared widely and reaching
societys weakest economic links. It
lowers credit ratings, raises bond yields,
impedes foreign investment, and puts
lives at risk when oods and earthquakes
meet shoddy infrastructure.
The hold that Asias elite has on
wealth and power has grown even
stronger since the regions 1997
crisis and the USs crash in 2008.
The ascendance of obscenely wealthy
businesspeople in Hong Kong,
Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines,
Thailand and elsewhere helps explain
why Asia isnt enjoying more homegrown
entrepreneurship.
Xi Jinping, who will become Chinas
president next year, is making a very
public show of tackling the corruption
that has damaged the Communist Partys
legitimacy.
A mass of facts tells us that if
corruption becomes increasingly serious,
it will inevitably doom the party and
the state, Xi told Chinas Politburo last
month. We must be vigilant.
China doesnt release an ofcial Gini
coefcient, an index that attempts to
measure income inequality. A new report
from Chengdus Southwestern University
of Finance and Economics put it at 0.61
in 2010, a gure thats surely getting
worse and should worry Beijing. The
index ranges from 0, which represents
perfect equality, to 1, which implies
absolute inequality. Readings above 0.4
are sometime seen as a tipping point at
which risks of social instability increase.
First target
This years Bo Xilai scandal has
Chinas 1.3 billion people more interested
than ever in the huge bank accounts
being amassed by modestly paid public
servants. The question is how far Xi will
take this anti-corruption drive. s severe
violation of discipline.
Chinas problem isnt a few rogue
and entrepreneurial public ofcials,
but a political system that turns a
blind eye to rent-seeking on a scale
unmatched in history. The most cursory
of random lifestyle checks would
show a staggering number of Ferraris
and Lamborghinis in the garages
of politicians who on paper should
struggle to buy a new Toyota.
Thats certainly where Susilo
Bambang Yudhoyono is falling short
in Indonesia. Yudhoyono, president
since 2004, scored some headline-
grabbing graft victories early on. He
has been less successful in ushing
out the rot that former dictator Suharto
institutionalized during almost 32 years
in power. Indonesia slipped 18 places
on Transparency Internationals list in
the last 12 months alone, falling behind
It should be a lesson for Benigno Aquino
in the Philippines. President since 2010, he
has wasted little time pursuing high-prole
cases against predecessor Gloria Arroyo
and her administration, including ousting
Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato
Corona. But even for leaders doing the
right things, efcient and corruption-free
government that ends poverty and broadens
the reach of rapid growth is a long, long
way off. Bloomberg
Cleaning up Asias corruption
News
ManilaStandardToday
mst.daydesk@gmail.com DECEMBER 15, 2012 SATURDAY
A6

IN BRIEF
Comelecs new warehouse woes
Lim, Erap shake
hands at FPJ rites
Agents seize 26 sacks
of explosive chemicals
MMDA seeks dialogue
on shopping mall trafc
Christmas spirit.
Former President Jo-
seph Estrada shakes
hands with Manila
Mayor Alfredo Lim
during the eighth
death anniversary
memorial mass for
the late movie star
and defeated presi-
dential candidate
Fernando Poe Jr. at
the Manila North
Cementery in Manila.
LINO SANTOS
By Macon Ramos-Araneta
MANILA Mayor Alfredo Lim and former President Joseph Estrada
set aside their political differences on Friday and shook hands during
the eighth death anniversary Mass for the late actor Fernando Poe Jr.
The two political gures, who have recently been sniping at each
other in their bids to become Manila mayor next year, shook hands
when they met at the Manila North Cemetery for the mass that was
attended Poes wife actress Susan Roces and daughter Grace Poe-
Llamanzares.
They even had a brief conversation, but I did not hear what they
talked about, said one of Estradas media aides Angel Gonong in a
phone interview.
Gonong said it was Estrada who rst greeted Lim immediately af-
ter he arrived at the cemetery around 8 a.m. Pare, kamusta? Gonong
quoted Estrada saying as he reached out to shake Lims hand.
During the Mass, the two politicians sat beside Roces and Lla-
manzares infront of about 100 Poe supporters who attended the
event.
But Gonong said Estrada no longer joined the unveiling of a nine-
foot monument of the deceased actor which Lim had erected in front
of the United States embassay on Roxas Boulevard.
Gonong said Estrada had wanted to attended the statues unveil-
ing, but since the mass started and ended late, he had to skip the
even because of an appointment in his Polk Street house in San
Juan City.
Gemma Cruz-Araneta, deputy director of the Manila Historical
and Heritage Commission, said the monument was made by sculptor
Jonas Roces based on a photograph chosen by Roces, who frequently
checked on the progress of the statue.
Roces said the spot that Lim chose for the statue was perfect be-
cause Poe used to play at the area when he was a young boy during the
Second World War when Manila was declared an open city.
We are being threatened
with eviction so we sent some
security guards to secure the
warehouse because all the PCOS
machines, asssembly linesw
and conguration assembly are
there, said Comelec chairman
Sixto Brillantes Jr..
Brillantes said the disagree-
ment emerged after the owners
of the warehouse insisted that
the poll body sign a three-year
contract although the Comelec
only needs the warehouse until
June next year. The negotiations
turned tense recently.
I was irritated so I said nev-
er mind. But in the meantime,
well have to secure the place,
he added.
The warehouse in Cabuyao
town was originally leased by
the Smartmatic-Total Informa-
tion Management consortium that
was contracted to provide 82,000
precinct count optical scanning
(PCOS) machines for P1.8 billion.
Brillantes said the Comelec tried
to auction a contract for warehous-
ing services, but the bidding failed
twice at the post-qualication
stage and the poll body decided to
negotiated with the owners of the
warehouse to extend the storage of
PCOS until June 2013.
With the poll bodys continu-
ing failure to nd a warehouse,
it was left with no choice but to
take over the management of the
warehouse in Cabuyao.
Brillantes said Smartmatic
left the management of the ware-
house to the poll body after their
free use clause that Smartmatic
gave to the poll body in order to
give them time to hold a public
bidding for a new warehouse ex-
pired last Sept. 30.
Comelec special bids and
awards committee chairman
Helen Flores said the poll body
is now eyeing the possibility of
entering into a government-to-
government deal on a new ware-
house in Subic or Clark.
We are looking at some ware-
house in Subic and Clark. Mas
mura kasi kapag government-to-
government, she said.
Earlier, the Comelec an-
nounced it will again use the dig-
ital signatures embedded in the
voting machine in the 2013 elec-
tions despite a poll watchdogs
claim that it violates the Auto-
mated Elections System law.
In Resolution No. 9573 pro-
mulgated Dec. 7, the poll body
decided to use the digital certi-
cates to digitally sign the election
returns for the May 13 elections.
This means the Comelec will
verify election returns (ERs) us-
ing a digital signature that is en-
coded by a PCOS machine.
A digital signature refers to an
electronic signature consisting of
a transformation of an electronic
document or an electronic data
message such that a person
having the initial untransformed
electronic document can ac-
curately determine ... whether the
initial electronic document had
been altered after the transforma-
tion was made.
By Joel Zurbano
THE Commission on Elections again
found itself troubled by a warehousing
problem after the owner of the Laguna
warehouse containing the counting
machines for next years elections
demanded more money for the use of
the facility.
Republic of the Philippines
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAYS
Southern Leyte Engineering District
Maasin City, Southern Leyte
INVITATION TO BID
(MST-Dec. 15, 2012)
The DPWH, Southern Leyte Engineering District through its Bids and
Awards Committee (BAC), invites prospective suppliers/ bidders to apply to
bid for the following contract/s:
Contract ID: 12-IL-0076 S
Contract Name: Purchase of Common - Use Supplies (Fuel, oil &
Lubricants) for CY 2013
Contract Location : DPWH-SLED, Maasin City, Southern Leyte
Brief Description: Purchase of fuel, oil and lubricants
Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC): Php 10,895,642.04
Contract Duration : 360 calendar days
Procurement will 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 bidder must meet the following criteria: (a) prior
registration with DPWH, (b) Filipino citizen/sole proprietorships, corporation/
partnership/cooperatives/organizations, with at least sixty percent (60%)
interest or outstanding capital stock belongs to the citizens of the Philippines,
(c) completed similar contract whose value must be at least 50% of the ABC
within a period of ____ years, and (d) Net Financial Contracting Capacity at
least equal to ABC, or credit line commitment for at least 10% of the ABC.
The BAC will use nondiscretionary pass/fail criteria in the eligibility check and
preliminary examination of bids.
Unregistered suppliers/bidders, however, shall submit their applications
for registration to the BAC for Goods, Secretariat, DPWH Central Offce
seven (7) calendar days before the deadline for the submission and opening
of bids. The BAC for Goods, DPWH Central Offce will only process suppliers
applications for registration with complete requirements, and issue the
Suppliers Registration Certifcate (SRC).
The signifcant times and deadlines of procurement activities are shown
below:
1. Issuance of Bidding Documents December 13, 2012 January 4, 2012
2. Pre - Bid Conference December 12, 2012, 2:00 p.m.
3. Submission and Receipt of Bids 9:00 a.m., January 4, 2013
4. Opening of Bids 2:00 p.m., January 4, 2013
The BAC will issue hard copies of Bidding Documents (BDs) at Southern
Leyte District Engineering Offce, Maasin City, Southern Leyte upon
payment of a non-refundable fee of 10,000.00 Pesos only (Php 10,000.00).
Prospective bidders may also download the Bidding Documents (BDs), if
available, from the DPWH website. Prospective bidders that will download
the BDs from the DPWH website shall pay the said fees on or before the
submission of their bid Documents. Bids must be accompanied by a bid
security, in the amount and acceptable form, as stated in Section 27.2 of
the revised IRR.
Prospective bidders shall submit their duly accomplished forms as
specifed in the BDs in two (2) separate sealed bid envelopes to the BAC
Chairman. The frst envelope shall contain the technical component of the
bid, which shall include the eligibility requirements. The second envelope
shall contain the fnancial component of the bid. Contract will be awarded to
the Lowest Calculated Responsive Bid as determined in the bid evaluation
and the post-qualifcation.
The Southern Leyte District Engineering Offce reserves the right to
accept or reject any or all bid and to annul the bidding process at anytime
prior Contract award, without incurring any liability to the affected bidders.
Approved by:
(Sgd.) VINCENT T. SY III
Chief, Planning & Design Section
Chairman, BAC
DPWH, SLDEO
Asuncion, Maasin City, Southern Leyte
Tel. No. 053-381-3581
Fax No. 053-381-3581
Noted:
(Sgd.) CARLOS G. VELOSO
District Engineer
By Rio N. Araja
THE Metropolitan Manila Development
Authority on Friday met with various mall
operators to seek their cooperation in easing
heavy pedestrian and vehicular trafc during
the holiday season.
Chairman Francis Tolentino asked the ad-
ministrators of large malls to provide details
of their trafc contingency plans outside their
premises and to require their security guards
to undergo a one-day workshop-seminar on
the agencys so-called Christmas lanes.
Representatives of Robinsons Galleria,
Megaworld Corp., Shangri-La Plaza, East-
wood Libis and other big establishments
took part in the dialogue.
He tasked Neomi Recio, chief of the
agencys Trafc Engineering Center,
to conduct a presentation on the 12 new
Christmas lanes.
In another development, Tolentino an-
nounced the agencys donation of cons-
cated billboards and tarpaulins to victims
of typhoon Pablo in Compostela Valley,
particularly in New Bataan, and Cateel,
Davao Oriental after the provinces were
heavily devastated by Pablo.
We will be sending at least 40 large tar-
paulins about 1,000-square-meters large,
he told reporters. These tarpaulins are
rotting in our warehouses so we have de-
cided to put it to good use by sending it to
typhoon-devastated towns in Mindanao.
As of Dec. 12, the two elite rescue teams
that MMDA sent to help in search and rescue
operations in Compostela Valley recovered
17 bodies from one community.
The cadavers were retrieved by the
MMDA search and and retrieval teams in
Purok 7, New Bataan,Compostela Valley
past 7 a.m. , Tolentino said.
The recovery of bodies brings the total
body count recovered by the MMDA rescue
teams to 50, the report added.
The MMDA rescue units were dis-
patched to Compostela Valley this week to
help in the search and retrieval operations
by government agencies in the typhoon-hit
provinces in Mindanao.
11 ights canceled
CEBU Pacic Airlines cancelled 11
domestic ights on Friday due to heavy
rains spawned by the prevailing tail end
of the cold front, affecting Bicol region
and nearby provinces.
As of 11:30 a.m., the Manila Inter-
national Airport Authority said Cebu
Pacic cancelled seven ights from
Caticlan to Manila and two round-trips
including Manila-Caticlan ights 5J
821 and 822.
The cancelled ights from Caticlan to
Manila are ights 57 892, 908, 894, 897,
896, 895, 898, 913 and the 914 which was
supposed to arrive Manila at 12:00 nn.
Potato, carrots seized
CUSTOMS agents seized three 40-
foot container vans containing illegally
imported potatoes and carrots from
China worth P7.5 million.
Two of the three container vans con-
tained fresh potatoes but were misde-
clared as household ware and arrived
at the Manila International Container
Port Nov. 14. The containers vans were
consigned to Marbatan Enterprises and
Green Meadows Enterprises.
The other refrigerated container van
of fresh carrots was consigned to Roru-
men Agricultural Products and arrived
at the MICP on Nov. 15.
Increase in toxic toys
A TOXICS watchdog that has been
actively campaigning against hazardous
toys has lamented the dramatic
increase in the number of unlabeled and
unlicensed childrens toys available in
the market.
the 518 toy samples it screened,
313 or 60 percent contained harmful
amounts of heavy metals such as lead, a
brain poison, EcoWaste Coalition said.
The number of toys with consider-
able quantities of toxic metals this year
is more than double than what we found
in 2011, a grim proof of the need for the
toy industry to detox their products
Thony Dizon, coordinator of the EcoW-
aste Coalitions Project Protect, said.
In 2011, the group analyzed 435
toys and related childrens products and
found excessive amounts of heavy met-
als in 124 samples or 29 percent.
The 518 samples, bought from P2 to
P210, were collected from September
to December this year from toy ven-
dors. Ferdinand Fabella
THE National Bureau of Investigation con-
scated 26 sacks of chemicals that are be-
lieved to be for blast shing following the
arrest of a person engaged in its sale during
a raid in Manila on Friday.
In a report to NBI Director Nonnatus
Caear Rojas, NBI Anti-Organized Crime Di-
vision chief Rogelio Mamauag identied the
suspect as Jorel Jabonillo Antonio, of 2725
P. Guevarra Street, Sta. Cruz, Manila.
He was charged before the Manila Pros-
ecutors Ofce of the unlawful sale, disposi-
tion and possession of explosives ingredi-
ents.
But Antonio, the owner of the house and
its current occupant, denied the charges and
disputed allegations he is part of a group
selling the ingredients. He claimed he did
not know the contents of the sacks that were
only stored in his house.
The NBI agents went to Antonios house
around 8:30 a.m. Friday to serve a search
warrant signed by a Manila court and the
search resulted in the seizure of 26 yellow
sacks containing ammonium nitrates, an ex-
plosives ingredient.
Prior to the raid, an NBI informer told
lawmen last July 12 that spouses Willy and
Belle Sanchez, together with Willys sister
Malou Sanchez, who also live at the same
address, are engaged in selling and dealing
of ammonium nitrate.
The Sanchezes eluded arrest and are now
being hunted by the NBI.
It was also reported that some 50 sacks
were stored in the house. Each sack had a
sale value of P3,000 each.
Upon verication with the PNP Firearms
and Explosives Ofce,it was established that
the suspects have no permit or license to pos-
sess any kind of explosives or explosive in-
gredients and NBI agents validated the claim
by making a test purchase on Oct. 18.
Special Investigator Cesar Rivera posed
as a sherman and paid P6,000 for two sacks
of explosives. Macon Ramos-Araneta
DECEMBER 15, 2012 SATURDAY
A7 Sports Riera U. Mallari, Editor
ManilaStandardToday
sports_mstandard@yahoo.com
Tarnishing an icons image
Ardina leads PH sweep
CYAN MAGENTA YELLOW BLACK
THE collective anguish we
suffered as a nation and people
over the numbing sixth-round
knockout of our national sports
hero Manny Pacquiao and the
dramatic shots of his charming
wife Jinkee in a deeply emo-
tional and hysterical outburst
as Top Rank promoter Bob
Arum comforted her will for
ages remain etched in our li-
brary of painful memories of a
sometimes-brutal sport.
As we did the television cov-
erage for Filipinos in the Mid-
dle East and Australia, with
Atty. Ed Tolentino, who kept
repeating Oh my God! Oh my
God! as though invoking His
divine mercy, our mind ashed
back to November 1966 at
New Yorks famed Madison
Square Garden when we did
the broadcast for dzHP radio
from ringside as Puerto Ricos
Carlos Ortiz bludgeoned a be-
loved friend and consummate
champion Gabriel Flash
Elorde with a short right hand
ush on the jaw that sent him
crashing to the canvas at on
his back, motionless.
The Pacquiao knockout was
eerily similar. Both men were
separated from their senses.
We cried then and some 46
years later our hearts bled and
we shed tears once more as we
watched our hero fall in the
midst of battle in the ring even
as he, just like Elorde, sought
to bring honor and glory to our
country and joy and pride to
our people as they had done so
many times before.
However, the courageous ef-
fort of Pacquiao, who ripped
into Marquez, broke his nose
and bloodied his face and was
seemingly on the threshold
of a sensational, dening vic-
tory in his four-ght saga with
Marquez before that crunch-
ing short right hand, shattered
our hopes and Mannys own
dreams.
While it was a nightmare for
all of us, Pacquiao showed his
incredible class and decency in
accepting defeat and coming to
terms with the reality that any-
thing is possible in boxing.
Mannys demeanor con-
trasted in stark reality with
what was decidedly boorish,
thug-like behavior by his ad-
visor Michael Koncz, whose
moments of fairness and de-
cency are almost non-existent
and childhood friend Buboy
Fernandez, who reportedly
ganged up on the respected
Getty Images photographer
Al Bello, who was merely do-
ing his job taking pictures of
our fallen hero.
Just like Fernandez, who
has a job to do in Team Pac-
quiao and Koncz, who nobody
knows what he does and how
many hundreds of thousands of
dollars he makes off Pacquiao,
Al Bello was doing his job for
far less, but with the satisfac-
tion of knowing that his photos
capture the moment in all its
naked reality.
Apparently, Fernandez and
Koncz didnt have the capac-
ity to appreciate Bellos right
to take photos of the shocking
culmination of a tremendous
ring battle and went after him.
Their act was a combination
of utterly misplaced loyalty,
if indeed it was, and thuggery
for which they must be made
to pay a stiff price, more so be-
cause they tarnished the image
of a true gentleman, Manny
Pacquiao.
We perhaps can strive to
try and understand to some
extentbut never condone
Buboys action since he was a
childhood friend and protector
when Manny was a kid and has
beneted tremendously from
his generosity, although we
are well aware that Buboy has
managed his income prudently
and invested it well.
But Koncz is an altogether
different story, which we would
rather not dwell on at this time.
Sufce it go say that both men
added unnecessary injury to
our nations pain and even in a
small way tarnished the won-
derful image of Pacquiaoa
hero, forever and a day!
RONNIE
NATHANIELSZ
INSIDE SPORTS
Ardina missed clinching the
crown outright with a ubbed par-
putt bid from seven feet at the end
of the 54-hole tournament, settling
for a 75 and enabling Thanapun-
boonyarat to force a sudden death
at 219 after a two-over 74.
But the 18-year-old ICTSI The
DOTTIE Ardina fought back from a
costly bogey on the 18th with a bril-
liant approach shot that set up six-foot
birdie putt on the rst playoff hole as
she nipped Thai Pannarat Thanapun-
boonyarat to capture the 21st SICC-
DBS Junior Invitational Golf Champi-
onship crown in Singapore Thursday.
HOPE Christian High School and
Colegio San Agustin brace for tough
outing against their respective rivals
as they try to forge a duel for the
Shakeys Girls Volleyball League
NCR leg crown at the Rizal Memorial
Coliseum tomorrow.
The Hope CHS and CSA tossers
swept their respective groups in the
single round elims and are tipped to dispute the crown and the
lone berth in the Tournament-of-Champions of the event put up by
Shakeys Pizza and organized by Metro Sports.
But the fancied teams remain wary of their nals chances as
Angelicum and Miriam College, which nished with identical 3-1
cards in the elims, are raring to foil their projected clash and fuel
their own nals bid in the tournament sponsored by Tobys Sports,
Mikasa as ofcial ball, Tune Hotels as ofcial residence of the
Tournament of Champions, Asics and Volley Prep.
The defending champion Hope CHS squad take on Angelicum
at 10 a.m. while CSA mixes it up with Miriam at 11 a.m. with the
winners disputing the crown at 1 p.m.
Joining the NCR leg champion in the T-of-C, set Jan. 22-26, are
the other regional leg winners, led by Southern Luzon champion De
La Salle-Lipa and Western Visayas leg winner Central Philippine
University, along with Australias Victoria High School team, ac-
cording to tournament director Johanz Buenvenida.
Desiree Cheng, Bel Molde and Chester Ong are again expected to
lead the Hope teams charge against Angelicums Carla Sandoval,
Melanie Torres, Cristine Alvarez and Dianne Ong.
CSA, meanwhile, will pin its hopes on Ana Gopico, Samantha
Torres and Julia Morado against a crack Miriam squad headed by
Ana Gomez, Angelique Principe and Isabela Romero.
Hope, San Agustin
tossers seek finals
Serapio humbles big field
EDWARD Serapio shot a gross
95 for a net 68.6 under the Dou-
ble Peoria scoring system as he
humbled the big eld to capture
the overall championship in the
12th Presidents Cup at Wack
Wacks West Course recently.
Vince Siy turned in a net 70
from a gross 82 to annex the
Group I title in the mens division,
edging Peter Chan, who had a net
70.8, and Tootsi de Jesus, who
wound up with a net 71.4, while
Edgar Gatchalian took the Group
II plum with a net 69.8 from a
gross 95, nipping Butch Campos,
who posted the same score, in the
countback while Leo Bote scored
a net 70.4 to place third in the 18-
hole tournament held in honor of
Wack Wack president Dr. Philip
Ella Juico.
Romy Dy shot a net 70.4 from
a gross 104 to cop the Group III
crown, besting Shrikant Wad, who
had a net 71.8 and Rommel Sytin,
who made a net 73 to nish third
in the event sponsored by Cats Mo-
tors Phils, United Asia Automotive
Group, Turf & Company, Auto-
hub, Dynamic Sports, Pacic on
Line Corp., Unilever and Northern
Islands Co. Inc., EagleSky Tech-
nology Amusement, Inc., Fridays
(Boracay), San Miguel Corp.,
Stradcom Corp, St. Francis Square
and TMS Ship Agencies, PLDT
and Excellent Golng Partners.
Country Club spearhead hit a su-
perb rescue shot from 185 yards
on the rst playoff hole to within
six feet then coolly sank the putt
to beat her Thai rival, who made
a routine par, and clinch the
hard-earned win that capped an
impressive campaign in the sea-
son about to end.
Dottie showed toughness in
the playoff. She shrugged off
her bogey mishap on the nal
hole and stayed focused, hit-
ting her rescue shot with con-
dence, said ICTSI team coach
and former Philippine Ladies
Open champion Carmelette
Villaroman.
Ardinas win likewise led
the ICTSI squads sweep of
the three titles disputed in the
three-day tournament with Sa-
rah Ababa running away with
the Class A (17-19) crown with
a 225 despite a closing 78 as
she beat local bet Joey Poh,
who had a 74-237, by 12.
Princess Superal carded a one-
over 73 and pooled a 222 to pocket
the Class B (13-16) diadem, three
shots ahead of Singapores Aman-
da Tan, who had a 225 after a 72.
NATIONAL team members JR Gonzales, Justin Quiban, LJ Go
and Andres Saldaa brace for a showdown with top jungolfers JP
de Claro, Gabriel Manotoc and Lanz Uy as they vie in the Philex
Northern Luzon Regional Championships beginning today at the
Baguio Golf and Country Club in Baguio City.
Chester Calputora head the local challenge along with the top
caddies and children of BCC workers as well as members of the
jungolf chapter of the host club, guaranteeing a wide open battle for
top honors in the 54-hole tournament spread over two days.
With the par-61 layout in championship condition following the
Fil-Am Invitational, the chase for top honors is indeed expected to be
erce among the crack eld in the tournament sponsored by Pancake
House, Titleist by Empire Golf, Pacsports and Golf Depot.
Philex golf meet underway
Games tomorrow
(Sunday)
10 a.m. Hope CS vs
Angelicum (semis)
11 a.m. CSA vs
Miriam (semis)
1 p.m. Finals
Dottie Ardina (third from left) and ICTSI-TCC teammates Princess
Superal (second from left) and Sarah Ababa (right) show their
respective trophies after sweeping the Singapore Juniors. At left is
coach Carmelette Villaroman
CYAN MAGENTA YELLOW BLACK
INVITATION TO BID
Republika ng Pilipinas
Kagawaran ng Pagawain at Lansangang Pampabayan
Tanggapan ng Distrito Inhenyero
Telefax 221-6444; 226-2035; 226-2112
L. Ma. Guerrero St., Lungsod ng Dabaw, Rehiyon XI
The DPWH, Davao City District Engineering Ofce, through the Bids
and Awards Committee (BAC), invites contractors to apply to bid for the following
contract(s);
1) Contract I.D.: 12LB-0202
Contract Name: Repai r/Mai nt enance of Nat i onal Roads, Spot
patching of unpaved Shoulder along Davao City
Diversion Road, sta. 1505+000-Sta. 1513+930 with
exception, Davao City
Contract Location: Davao City
Scope of Works: Spot patching/Reshaping of unpaved shoulder
Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC): PhP 294,795.33
Duration: Twenty (20) calendar days
Source of Fund: SR2012-02-002120
2) Contract I.D.: 12LB-0203
Contract Name: Opening of Upper Mapula to Sitio Salukadang, Brgy.
Mapula to Km. 2, Brgy. Malabog FMR, Davao City
Contract Location: Davao City
Scope of Works: Sur pl us Common Excavat i on, Base Cour se
Preparation, RCCP, PCCP, informatory, billboard,
advance warning, guide sign and bollard
Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC): PhP 2,450,000.00
Duration: Thirty (30) calendar days
Source of Fund: SARO No. E-11-02262, Priority FMR
3) Contract I.D.: 12LB-0204
Contract Name: Upgrading of Purok 1 FMR, Brgy. Paradise Embac,
Davao City
Contract Location: Davao City
Scope of Works: Sur pl us Common Excavat i on, Base Cour se
Preparation, RCCP, PCCP, informatory, billboard,
advance warning, guide sign and bollard
Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC): PhP 2,450,000.00
Duration: Thirty (30) calendar days
Source of Fund: SARO No. E-11-02262, Priority FMR
4) Contract I.D.: 12LB-0205
Contract Name: Upgrading of Sitio Uyanguren, Km 8 FMR Brgy.
Tigatto, Davao City
Contract Location: Davao City
Scope of Works: Sur pl us Common Excavat i on, Base Cour se
Preparation, RCCP, PCCP, informatory, billboard,
advance warning, guide sign and bollard
Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC): PhP 2,450,000.00
Duration: Thirty (30) calendar days
Source of Fund: SARO No. E-11-02262, Priority FMR
Procurement will be conducted through open competitive bidding procedures
in accordance with R.A. 9184 and its Revi sed Impl ementi ng Rul es and
Regulations.
To bid for the 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 at least equal to 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 Ofce before the deadline for the
receipt of LOI. The DPWH POCW-Central Ofce will only process contractors
applications for the registration with complete requirements and issue the
Contractors Certicate of Registration (CRC). Registration Forms may be
downloaded at the DPWH website. www.dpwh.gov.ph
The signicant times and deadlines of procurement activities are shown
below;
1. Issuance of Bidding Documents From: Dec. 14-28, 2012
2. Pre-Bid Conference Time and Date : December 14, 2012
3. Receipt of LOI from Prospective Bidders @ 12;00 P.M. Dec. 26, 2012
4. Receipt of Bids Deadline: 2;00 P.M.., Dec. 28, 2012
5. Opening of Bids @ 2:00 PM. Dec. 28, 2012
The BAC will issue hard copies of Bidding Documents (BDs) at DPWH,
Davao City District Engineering Ofce, Leon Ma. Guerrero Street, Davao
City, upon payment of a non-refundable fee for Bidding Documents for Five
Hundred Pesos Only (Php 500.00) and the rest is Five Thousand Pesos (Php
5,000.00).
Prospective bidders may also download the BDs from the DWPH website, if
available. Prospective bidders that will download the BDs from the DPWH website
shall pay the said fees on or before the submission of their bids documents.
Bids must accompanied by a bid security, in the amount and acceptable form,
as stated in Section 27.2 of the Revised IRR.
Prospective bidders shall submit their duly accomplished forms as specied
in the BDs in two (2) separate sealed bid envelopes to the BAC Chairman. The
rst envelope shall contain the technical component of the bid, which shall include
a copy of the CRC. The second envelope shall contain the nancial component
of the bid. Contract will be awarded to the lowest calculated responsive bid as
determined in the bid evaluation and post-qualication.
The DPWH, Davao City District Engineering Ofce reserves the right to
accept or reject any or all bid and to annul the bidding process anytime before
contract award, without incurring any liability to the affected bidders.
Approved:
(Sgd.) GREGORIO C. YEE
Engineer III
Chief, Matls. Testing &Qlty. Control Section
(BAC Chairman)
Noted By:
(Sgd.) LORNA T. RICARDO
District Engineer
(MST-Dec. 15, 2012)
Republic of the Philippines
Department of Public Works and Highways
OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT ENGINEER
Benguet 1
st
District Engineering Ofce
Wangal, La Trinidad, Benguet
Telefax No. (074) 422 6163

Invitation to Bid

The Benguet First District Engineering Ofce, through its Bids and Awards Committee
(BAC), invites Contractors to bid for the following Projects:

1. Contract ID 12PE059
Contract Name Construction of Drainage System along Baguio-Bua-
Itogon Road
Contract Location K 0254+(-655) K 0268+055 (v.s.), Itogon, Benguet
Brief Description Construction of Drainage System
Approved Budget for
the Contract Php24,874,907.00
Contract Duration 150 C.D.
Cost of Bidding Documents Php20,000.00

1. The Benguet 1
st
District Engineering Ofce, through the DPWH 2013 Regular Infra
intends to apply the sum stated above being the Approved Budget for the Contract
(ABC) to payments under the contract for the following projects listed above. Bids
received in excess of the ABC shall be automatically rejected at bid opening.
2. Bidders should have completed, within ten (10) years from the date of submission and
receipt of bids, a contract similar to the Project. The description of an eligible bidder is
contained in the Bidding Documents, particularly, in Section II. Instructions to Bidders.
3. Bidding will be conducted through open competitive bidding procedures using
nondiscretionary pass/fail criterion as specied in the Implementing Rules and
Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act 9184 (RA 9184), otherwise known as the
Government Procurement Reform Act.
Bidding is restricted to Filipino Citizens/sole proprietorships, partnerships, or
organizations with at least seventy ve percent (75%) interest or outstanding capital
stock belonging to citizens of the Philippines.
4. Interested bidders may obtain further information from Benguet 1
st
District Engineering
Ofce and inspect the Bidding Documents at the address given below from 8:00 5:00
P.M.
5. Acomplete set of Bidding Documents may be purchased by interested Bidders from the
address above and upon payment of a non refundable fee for the Bidding Documents
in the amount specied above.
It may also be downloaded free of charge from the website of the Philippine Government
Electronic Procurement System (PhilGEPS) and the website of the Procuring Entity.
Provided that bidders shall pay the fee for the Bidding Documents not later that the
submission of their bids.
6. The Benguet 1
st
District Engineering Ofce will hold a Pre-Bid Conference
on December 14, 2012, at 10:00 A.M. at the BAC room of Benguet 1
st
District
Engineering Ofce, Wangal, La Trinidad, Benguet, which shall be open only to all
interested parties who have purchased the Bidding Documents.
7. Bids must be delivered on or before 10:00 A.M. on December 27, 2012, and will be
opened on the same date at 2:00 P.M. at Benguet 1
st
District Engineering Ofce,
Wangal, La Trinidad, Benguet. All bids must be accompanied by a bid security in
any of the acceptable forms and in the amount stated in ITB Clause 18.
Bids will be opened in the presence of the bidders representative/s that chooses to
attend at the stated address above. Late bid shall not be accepted.
8. Contractors/applicants who are interested in the DPWH civil works are required to
register prior to the set schedule of submission of bid while those already registered
shall keep their records current and updated. Contractors eligibility to bid on the
project will be determined using the DPWH Civil Works Registry (CWR) and subject
to further post-qualication. Information on registration can be obtained at DPWH
website www.dpwh.gov.ph or Central Procurement Ofce (CPO), 5
th
oor, DPWH
Bldg., Bonifacio Drive, Port, Area, Manila from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
9. The Benguet 1
st
District Engineering Ofce reserves the right to accept or reject any
bid, to annul the bidding process, and to reject all bids at any time prior to contract
award, without thereby incurring any liability to the affected bidder or bidders.
Approved by:
(Sgd.) CESAR L. BACANI
Engineer III
BAC Chairman
Noted:
(Sgd) DAVID A. BULIYAT
OIC District Engineer
(MST-DEC. 15, 2012)
Notice is hereby given that AXEIA DEVELOPMENT
CORPORATION with ofce address at Asiatic Building, Phoenix
Sun Business Park, E. Rodriguez Jr. Ave., Libis, Quezon City,
is applying for registration with the BOARD OF INVESTMENTS
(BOI) as a New Developer of Low-Cost Mass Housing Project
(ZURI RESIDENCES) with a capacity of 251 low-cost mass
housing units on a Non-Pioneer status with project site at Brgy.
Dolores, Taytay, Rizal.
Any person with valid objection/s on the above-mentioned project
may le his/her objection in writing, under oath, with the BOI
within three (3) days from the date of this publication.
(SGD.) EVARISTE M. CAGATAN
Director
Infrastructure and Services Industries Department
Industry & Investments Building 385 Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenue, Makati City, Philippines
Trunkline: 897-6682, (IPG) 896-9212, (MSG) 896-5167, (PAG) 895-3983
(ISG) 890-3056, (ADMIN) 890-9325
Website: http//www.boi.gov.ph * P.O. Box 1872 Makati
(MST-Dec. 15, 2012)
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Leviste rides Century Magic at Gucci Masters
PARISEquestrian Toni Lev-
iste is back in the saddle with
her mount, Century Magic, af-
ter winning two silver medals
at the Southeast Asian Games
in Jakarta, Indonesia for Team
Philippines in 2011.
As the only Filipino and
one of only two Asians in-
vited to the prestigious Gu-
cci Paris Masters competi-
tion held in France, Leviste
jumped two clear rounds in
the Invitational classes last
Nov. 29 and 30.
The technical course was
designed by Olympic Gold
medalist, Conrad Homefeld
from the United States, with
riders from over 20 countries
participating.
The competition, dubbed as
the most glamorous indoor
jumping show in the world,
was held at the Pare des Ex-
positions in Villepinte Paris
Nord, where guests included
Princess Caroline of Monaco,
whos daughter, Charlotte,
also an equestrienne was com-
peting at the Gucci Paris event,
French actress and Oscar win-
ner, Marion Cotillard, whose
husband, renowned French di-
rector, Guillaume Canet is an
avid showjumper as well.
Also in attendance were
well-known equestrians Jes-
sica Springsteen, daughter
of Bruce Springsteen and
Athina Onasis de Miranda,
grand-daughter of the late
Atistotle Onasis.
It was an incredible ex-
perience to have had the
chance to ride amongst the
CYAN MAGENTA YELLOW BLACK
By Jeric Lopez
SAME story, same script.
Armed with a killers instinct, Alaska
duplicated its remarkable showing the
last time out to advance to the seminals
with another masterful 88-70 drubbing
of Meralco in the 2013 Philippine Bas-
ketball Association Philippine Cup at the
Smart Araneta Coliseum.
HOUSTONTOP Rank pro-
moter Bob Arum wants to be
assured that Manny Pacquiao
suffered no brain damage as
a result of the crushing sixth-
round knockout he suffered
at the hands of Juan Manuel
Marquez at the MGM Grand
in Las Vegas last week.
Arum told this reporter and
Dyan Castillejo of ABS-CBN
here that he wants Pacquiao
to undergo an examination at
the Lou Ruvo Brain Center at
the Cleveland Medical Clin-
ic, which has the nest doc-
tors in the world for the brain
and has already embarked on
a project with ghters to ex-
amine brain injuries.
Arum stressed he would
suggest to Pacquiao that he un-
dergo the examination, point-
ing out that it will just take a
couple of days. I will suggest
that he come up to Las Vegas
and submit to that type of ex-
amination so we can be as-
sured that there is no damage.
The astute promoter, who
celebrated his 81st birthday
on the day of the Pacquiao-
Marquez ght, emphasized
that every ghter has some
damage from boxing. The
question is when does that
damage become such that he
shouldnt ght anymore and
that is not something that
anybody can determine other
than a specialist. Ronnie
Nathanielsz
Promoter
wants to
be assured
Azkals to host Asian meet
By Peter Atencio
NATIONAL coach Hans Michael
Weiss is now setting his sights
preparing the Philippine Azkals
for the coming 2014 Asian Foot-
ball Confederation Challenge Cup
qualiers, which the country will
host this March.
He hopes that lessons have
been learned after the Azkals
made it to the semifinals of the
2012 Asean Football Federation
Suzuki Cup, but failed to ad-
vance to the finals following a
1-0 loss to Singapore.
Weiss said the experience gained
when they played the White Lions
in the semis will benet team when
they plunge into action again this
March.
We do not have too much time to
mourn because in mid-January, we
will have to start preparing for the
AFC Challenge Cup, stated Weiss
after the Azkals arrived in Manila
last Thursday.
He said this a day on the day
Thailand earned the right to face
Singapore in the nals.
In the AFC tourney, the Philip-
pines will be bracketed in Group
1 with Kyrgystan, Laos, Myanmar
and Nepal.
This was decided during a draw
held on Dec. 11 at the AFC House
in Kuala Lumpur.
Five brackets are involved,
and the winners in each group
will qualify for the Asian Cup
in 2015, which will be hosted by
Maldives.
With the quarternal win, Alas-
ka will be making a return trip to
the seminals for the rst time two
years in the post-Tim Cone era.
Facing the Aces in a best-of-seven
semis series is defending champi-
on and top seed Talk N Text.
Super rookie Calvin Abueva
produced yet another solid out-
ing of 18 points and 12 rebounds
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MELO LIFTS NY PAST LA
NEW YORKCarmelo Anthony scored 22 of his 30
points in the period, and the New York Knicks held on
after he departed with a sprained left ankle to beat the
Lakers 116-107 in coach Mike DAntonis return to
Madison Square Garden. I was zoned in. I was locked
in,Anthony said. Tonight was one of those games
where I had that feeling. I wanted to get it going and I had
that feeling going early in the game.Firing in 3-pointers
and moving the ball to open shooters, things they often
struggled to do under DAntoni, the Knicks won for the
eighth time in nine games and improved to 9-0 at home
for the rst time since the 1992-93 season. AP
Sports
Manila Standard TODAY
Riera U. Mallari, Editor sports@manilastandardtoday.com sports_mstandard@yahoo.com
By Ronnie Nathanielsz
WORLD Boxing Organization
and Ring Magazine super ban-
tamweight champion Nonito
Donaire and Mexican war-
rior Jorge Arce both want a
knockout in their battle at the
sprawling Toyota Center here
in Houston, Texas on Sunday
(Manila time).
On the eve of the ofcial
weigh-in, both Donaire and
Arce told the Manila Standar d
and ABS-CBNS Dyan Cas-
tillejo that they didnt want to
leave the decision in the hands
of the judges.
Donaire recalled that when
he won the title from Wilfredo
Vazquez Jr. at the Alamadome
in San Antonio last Feb. 4, one
of the judges, Dr. Ruben Garcia,
scored the ght for the Puerto
Rican, 115-113, despite the Fili-
pino dominating the action and
dropping Vazquez in the ninth
round with a left hook even af-
ter hurting his left hand early in
the ght.
That should have been a
unanimous decision and since
there are a number of Mexicans
here, I like to knock him out
for that reason because I dont
know whether I will get the de-
cision even if I win unanimous-
ly, he said.
Donaire said the presence of
a huge contingent of Mexicans
just like last weeks ght in
Las Vegas where Juan Manuel
Marquez scored a shocking
sixth-round knockout of Manny
Pacquiao, doesnt bother me
because when negotiations for
this ght began, it was supposed
to be in Mexico. Im used to it. I
dont have any worries because
I know what I have to do in the
ring and how to do it.
He added: I visualize how
I will connect against Arce be-
cause I know his movements,
what hell throwleft or right
and I know if he throws a
right, I know what to target and
if its the left, I know what I
have to do. When I see that, my
reaction is natural.
Donaire, Arce both
seek knockout win
Aces reach semifinals
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Lady Patriots
gain share of
volley lead
THE La Salle-Dasmarias Lady
Patriots unleashed a strong nish
in the third set to turn back the
PATTS College of Aeronautics
Sea Hors-
es, 25-13,
25-22, 25-
10, yester-
day in the
womens
di vi s i on
of the 20th
Nat i onal
Ca p i t a l
Region Athletic Association vol-
leyball tournament at the Philip-
pine Merchant Marine School
gymnasium in Las Pias.
The Lady Patriots banked
on the timely entry of veteran
spiker Giselle Bembo in coming
up with a big scoring run in the
third as La Salle-Dasma gained a
share of the volleyball lead.
Bembo, who was sparingly
used in the game following an
ankle injury she sustained last
Monday, joined Monique Tiang-
co in presiding over a 15-0 blast
in the last set.
She came in with defensive
plays at the net after Tiangco
scored 13 points off her serves.
Hindi po ako masyadong na-
kapaglaro dahil sa injury ko. Pero
nanalo pa rin ang team, said
Bembo, who is the teams skipper.
The Lady Patriots posted their
second straight win and joined the
Philippine School of Business Ad-
ministration Lady Jaguars at the
top spot of the womens division.
Earlier, the Rizal Technologi-
cal University Lady Thunder
(2-1) came off with their second
straight win, this time at the ex-
pense of the Emilio Aguinaldo
College-Cavite Lady Vanguard,
20-25, 27-25, 25-23, 25-19.
both game-highswhile Cyrus
Baguio continued his hot streak
with the same scoring output to
show the way for the Aces.
Alaska coach Luigi Trillo, who
made his rst semis appearance
as a PBA mentor after just two
conferences, was quite emotional
after his teams achievement.
Its really a dream come true,
honestly. Weve been through a lot
and we did well denitely to reach
this far, said Trillo. Were lucky
to have a fresher Calvin (Abueva).
Hes fresher this time since he only
played 15 minutes last game due
to fouls and Cyrus (Baguio) was a
steady force for us again.
Jvee Casio also had a splendid
night with 17 points, ve rebounds
and eight dimes, while Gabby Es-
pinas asserted himself by adding
13 more points and seven boards.
Just like in Game 1, the Aces
systematically broke down the
staggered Bolts all game-long.
By the end of the rst frame,
Alaska was already ahead, 26-16.
A quarter later, its lead remained in
double digits at the half, 44-34.
The Aces even added insult to
injury after Abuevas trey with 2:51
remaining padded the advantage to
18 points, 86-68, the games biggest,
along with the nal tally.
Taking everything into considera-
tion, we are also lucky that we faced
a tired Meralco team, which played
its third game in five days. We out-
hustled them and we took advantage
of our opportunities, added Trillo.
The Tropang Texters and the
Aces will begin their clash on
Thursday next week.
San Mig Coffee is the other
squad already waiting in the semis.
The scores:
ALASKA 88Abueva 18,
Baguio 18, Casio 17, Espinas 13,
Jazul 8, Baracael 6, Hontiveros 5,
Thoss 3, Dela Cruz 0, Belasco 0.
MERALCO 70Cardona 18,
Mercado 15, Hodge 11, Hugnatan
9, Ross 6, Salvacion 6, Reyes 4,
Buenafe 1, Bulawan 0, Sharma 0.
Quar ter s: 26-16, 44-34, 70-
55, 88-70
Ponce, Galve pull off
badminton thrillers
TRISHA Mae Ponce and Mark Joseph Galve hacked out a pair
of tough three-setters to lead the early winners in the PBA Ming
Ramos Victor Youth Non-Ranking Championships which got
under way Thursday at Jump Smash Badminton Court at No.
5 Canseco St. San Francisco Del Monte, QC.
Ponce, of Team JB/Lining Academy, came back strong from
a grueling second-set encounter and completed a 21-18, 22-24,
21-15 victory over Sitti Nurzh Kiram of Lining in 42 minutes
to advance in the girls U-15 singles of the event sanctioned by
the Philippine Badminton Association headed by Vice Presi-
dent Jejomar Binay, chair Manny V. Pangilinan and sec-gen
Rep. Albee Benitez and held as part of the PBAs Bagong Bida
Grassroots Program led by Police Gen. Federico Laciste Jr.
Meanwhile, PBA honorary chairperson Mrs. Amelita
Ming Ramos graced the opener of the event also held to
give opportunity to all non-rated young players especially
from the PBA member clubs, schools, badminton centers
and individuals to showcase their skills and see who are the
best players outside the national team.
Volleyball Games
Jan. 15 (RTU Gym)
9 a.m. PATTS vs
EAC-Cavite (women)
10:30 a.m. PSBA vs
DLSU-Dasma (women)
12 nn PATTS vs
EAC-Cavite (men)
1:30 p.m. PMMS vs
RTU (men)
3 p.m. DLSU-D vs
Olivarez College
best riders in one of the
most beautiful cities in
the world, said Leviste.
Any time I have the op-
portunity to carry the
Philippine ag on the
world stage, I consider it
an honor and a privilege.
I am proud to be Pinoy.
Similar to the Grand
Slam in tennis, the Paris
Masters is one of three
jumping competitions in
a series of indoor jumping
competitions comprising of
the Hong Kong Masters in
March and the New York
Masters in October, each at-
tracting the very best riders
worldwide, witnessed by
50,000 spectators each day,
competing for $1,000,000
in prize money.
Mac Cardona (right) of Meralco tries to steal the ball away from Alaskas Calvin Abueva in a PBA Philippine Cup quarternal game won by the
Aces, 88-70, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. SONNY ESPIRITU
Multi-titled equestrienne Toni Leviste,shown here riding Century Magic at the
Gucci Masters in Paris, makes her move.
DECEMBER 15, 2012 SATURDAY
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Business
Manila Standard TODAY
Ray S. Eano, Editor business@mst.ph
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IN BRIEF
November hot money jumped to $2b
Flour millers seek tariff cover
Coca-Cola PH sold for $689m
PSE COMPOSITE INDEX
Closing December 14, 2012
P584-P695
LPG/11-kg tank
P47.15-P53.07
Unleaded Gasoline
P38.40-P41.05
Diesel
P40.30-P52.20
Kerosene
P27.20-P31.00
Auto LPG
FOREI GN EXCHANGE RATE
Currency Unit US Dollar Peso
United States Dollar 1.000000 41.0590
Japan Yen 0.011959 0.4910
UK Pound 1.611000 66.1460
Hong Kong Dollar 0.129041 5.2983
Switzerland Franc 1.082368 44.4409
Canada Dollar 1.015641 41.7012
Singapore Dollar 0.818733 33.6164
Australia Dollar 1.053519 43.2564
Bahrain Dinar 2.652661 108.9156
Saudi Arabia Rial 0.266667 10.9491
Brunei Dollar 0.815395 33.4793
Indonesia Rupiah 0.000104 0.0043
Thailand Baht 0.032658 1.3409
UAE Dirham 0.272287 11.1798
Euro Euro 1.307800 53.6970
Korea Won 0.000931 0.0382
China Yuan 0.160439 6.5875
India Rupee 0.018382 0.7547
Malaysia Ringgit 0.327547 13.4488
NewZealand Dollar 0.843882 34.6490
Taiwan Dollar 0.034400 1.4124
Source: PDS Bridge
Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas
Friday December 14, 2012
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VOLUME 729.250M
5,707.110
80.84
HIGH P41.090 LOW P41.190 AVERAGE P41.135
Govt ready to curb
risk capital inflows
THE Philippines will implement
a new measure to deal with risk
sensitive capital inows, as
interest-rate reductions alone are
no longer enough, central bank
Governor Amando Tetangco said.
We will announce at least one
new measure before year-end,
Tetangco said in a phone interview
Friday. He earlier told Bloomberg
TV that its hard to say whether
the Philippines is at the end of
a rate-cut cycle and that evenly
balanced ination risks give policy
makers room to keep borrowing
costs at a record-low 3.5 percent.
Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas
has cut the overnight rate by a
total 100 basis points this year to
bolster growth. It held borrowing
costs Thursday after the economy
expanded 7.1 percent last quarter,
the fastest pace in Southeast Asia,
helping lure investors and propel
the peso to its strongest level
since March 2008 last month and
stocks to a record this week.
We want to ensure continuity
of monetary and nancial stability
while discouraging regulatory
arbitrage, Tetangco said when
asked to elaborate on the plan. We
will denitely consider more macro
prudential measures as needed.
The Bangko Sentral has
banned overseas investors from
its special-deposit accounts and
ordered lenders to provide more
funds to cover risks on non-
deliverable currency forwards.
Other measures being considered
to curb inows include new limits
on currency forwards and a review
of their risk premiums, Tetangco
said on Dec. 3. Capital controls
wont be necessary at this stage,
he said this month. He declined to
elaborate. Bloomberg
Pursuant to Monetary Board Resolution No. 1619 dated 4 October 2012, the provisions
of X268.3 of the MORB, covering the guidelines on the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas
(BSP) Rediscounting Facility are hereby amended to include a paragraph after item h and
immediately before the provision on the requirements on microfnance facility, as follows:
xxx
X268.3 Approval/Renewal of the Line. The approval/renewal of the Line shall be
subject to the bank's full compliance with the following requirements:
xxx
For newly merged or consolidated banks, a temporary line not exceeding 50% of its
adjusted net worth as of latest date may be granted for a period of 180 days while awaiting
the required reports/data from the appropriate Supervision and Examination Sector
Department, renewable for another 180 days or until such time that the required reports/
data are made available, whichever comes earlier, subject to the following conditions:
a. Compliance with the requirements cited under tems e and f, and other guidelines
issued by the DLC; and
b. One of the merging or consolidating banks has CAMELS composite rating of at
least 3 and minimum CAR of 10% based on the latest available SDC data.
xxx
The above provision shall not limit the Monetary Board from granting rediscounting line
incentives to merged/consolidated banks pursuant to X108.3 of the MORB.
Effectivity. This Circular shall take effect on 07 December 2012.
For the Monetary Board:

(Sgd.) JUAN D. DE ZUIGA, JR.
Offcer-n-Charge
7 December 2012
Subject: AMENDMENT OF SUBSECTION () X268.3 OF THE MANUAL OF
REGULATIONS FOR BANKS (MORB) TO INCLUDE A PROVISION ON
THE GRANT OF TEMPORARY REDISCOUNTING LINES TO NEWLY
MERGED OR CONSOLIDATED BANKS
Circular No. 776
Series of 2012
OFFCE OF THE GOVERNOR
By Jenniffer B. Austria
MEXICOS Coca-Cola FEMSA, Latin
Americas biggest coke bottler, is buying
a 51-percent stake in Coca-Cola Bottlers
Philippines Inc. for $688.5 million.
Coca-Cola FEMSA said it
signed denitive agreement with
Atlanta-based Coca-Cola Co.
to buy the latters 51-percent
stake in CBPPI, which has an
enterprise value of $1.35 billion.
Coca-Cola FEMSA said it had
an option to acquire the remaining
49 percent of CCBPI over seven
years. The transaction is expected
to close in early 2013.
The Philippine bottler has 23
production plants and is expected
to sell about 530 million unit
cases of beverages this year.
The acquisition will enable
Coca-Cola FEMSA to expand
its bottling footprint beyond
Latin America and reinforce
its exposure to fast-growing
economies.
The Philippines has one of the
highest per capita consumption
rates of Coca-Cola products in
the region and presents signicant
opportunities for further growth,
Coca-Cola FEMSA said.
The Mexican company said by
leveraging its proven expertise
and operating capabilities in an
economy with vibrant growth
prospects and an attractive socio-
economic and demographic
prole, it would capture the
opportunities and further
improve the bottlers operations
and nancial results.
Coca-Cola FEMSA board
chairman Jos Antonio Fernndez
Carbajal said the company saw
protable growth prospects and
long-term returns in emerging
market economies.
We welcome the unique
opportunity to learn and share
new capabilities to grow as
an integrated company, as
professionals, and as men
and women together with our
communities, Carbajal said.
Our principles and values
share a common ground with
the Filipino community and we
are certain that together we can
extend FEMSAs long-lasting
commitment to the continuous
creation of economic, social and
environmental value in every
community where we operate,
he said.
Coca-Cola Co. chairman and
chief executive Muhtar Kent said
the partnership with Coca-Cola
FEMSA reected the companys
continued commitment to
innovation and growth in the
Philippines.
Our brands and our business
have very deep roots in the
Philippines, and we look forward
to working with our strong
partners at Coca-Cola FEMSA
to capture future opportunities
for growth and investment and
bring even more social and
economic value to customers
and communities throughout the
country, he said.
Coca-Cola FEMSA signed
a 12-month exclusivity
agreement with Coca-Cola
Co. to evaluate the potential
acquisition of controlling stake
in CCBPI.
By Julito G. Rada
LOCAL flour millers plan to ask
the government to impose safeguard
measures against wheat flour
imports to ensure the viability of the
industry.
An industry source said local millers
wanted to follow the lead of their
Indonesian counterparts, who asked
their government to impose safeguard
duties on wheat imports.
The source said imported our,
especially from Turkey, had been
ooding the Philippine market,
threatening the survival of local
stakeholders.
The Indonesian our industrys
action could prod other Asean countries,
including the Philippines, to do the same
action because they also face the same
threat from heavily-subsidized Turkish
our imports, the source said.
The Indonesian government started
an investigation on Aug. 24 after it
was asked by the Indonesian Flour
Mills Association to impose safeguard
measures on imported our.
The Indonesian government then
informed the World Trade Organization
that a 200-day provisional safeguard
measure of 20-percent ad valorem duty
would be slapped on imported our.
A notice circulated by the delegation
of Indonesia showed the trend of
Indonesian import volume increased
9.7 percent during the period 2008 to
2011.
By Anna Leah Estrada
GROSS foreign portfolio investments,
or hot money, in November hit $2
billion, up 30.5 percent and 55.5 percent
from the previous month and year-on-
year, respectively.
The Bangko Sentral attributed the
higher hot money inows to positive
economic developments like the lower-
than-expected ination of 3.1 percent in
October, robust third quarter corporate
earnings, a successful issuance by the
government of 10-year global peso
notes worth $750 million and the robust
7.1-percent economic growth in the
third quarter.
Gross outows declined 33 percent
to $998 million from $1.5 billion in
October, resulting in net inows of $1
billion, higher than the $40 million
recorded in October and the year agos
$490 million.
The Bangko Sentral said main
beneciaries of the investments were
listed shares in the Philippine Stock
Exchange, including banks, holding
and property companies, food, beverage
and tobacco manufacturers and utility
rms.
Top investor countries for the month
were the United States, the United
Kingdom, Singapore, Luxembourg and
Switzerland.
Consumer condence, meanwhile,
improved in the fourth quarter of the
year as the overall index improved to
-10.4 percent from -13.3 percent in the
third quarter.
Results of the recent Consumers
Expectation Survey of the Bangko
Sentral showed it was the second
highest reading since the survey started
in the rst quarter of 2007.
SM investing P30b
SM INVESTMENTS Corp.,
the holding company of the Sy
family, said Friday its board of
directors approved P30 billion for
investments and general corporate
purposes in 2013.
SM Investments said the board
approved the P30-billion budget
for investments in a special
meeting. No other details were
given.
It is not known if the amount
is part of the P65-billion capital
expenditures that the SM Group
planned to allocate in 2013.
SMIC chief nance ofcer Jose
Sio said during the conglomerates
third-quarter nancial brieng
the group set aside P65 billion
in capital spending, mainly for
its shopping mall and property
businesses.
A third of the P65-billion
programmed spending will be
funded through borrowings while
two-thirds will be sourced through
internally generated cash, he
added.
Jenniffer B. Austria
PLDT to expand TV5
PHILIPPINE Long Distance
Telephone Co. plans to infuse
additional funds to make TV5 one
of the largest broadcast companies
in the country.
PLDT president Napoleon
Nazareno told reporters the
group would focus on expanding
TV5, after the negotiation with
GMA Network Inc. did not push
through.
We will focus on build
rather than purchase option,
because those are our options
to purchase or to build. So since
the purchase didnt work, we will
focus on the build strategy which
is of course Channel 5. We will
continue to try to build it up,
Nazareno told reporters at the
sidelines of iPhone5 launching in
Pasay City.
PLDT said earlier it would
allot P4.8 billion to build TV5s
state-of-the-art Media Center in
Mandaluyong City and another P1.2
billion to expand the operations of
Cignal, a direct-to-home satellite
TV service provider.
Lailany P. Gomez
PDIC guide.
Philippine Deposit
Insurance Corp.
launched the PDIC
Regulatory Issuances
and Bulletins, a
compendium of
regulations on bank
operations and deposit
insurance, in simple
ceremonies attended
by ofcers from the
Bankers Association
of the Philippines,
Chamber of Thrift
Banks and the Rural
Bankers Association of
the Philippines. PDIC
president Valentin
Araneta (right)
turns over a copy of
the bulletin to the
bank associations
represented by (from
left) RBAP president
Edward Leandro Garcia
Jr., BAP executive
director Cesar Virtusio
and CTB executive
director Suzanne Felix.
Market declines;
Ayala, PLDT fall
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70.50 46.00 Banco de Oro Unibank Inc. 73.95 73.70 72.75 72.90 (1.42) 1,266,960 6,465,028.50
77.45 50.00 Bank of PI 96.60 96.80 94.50 94.60 (2.07) 606,640 (21,943,710.00)
1.82 0.68 Bankard, Inc. 0.70 0.71 0.70 0.70 0.00 110,000
595.00 370.00 China Bank 55.50 55.80 55.35 55.65 0.27 58,490 85,476.00
23.90 13.80 COL Financial 20.10 20.00 19.96 19.96 (0.70) 20,900
20.70 18.50 Eastwest Bank 29.00 29.20 29.00 29.15 0.52 790,400 549,255.00
22.00 7.95 Filipino Fund Inc. 10.28 10.30 10.30 10.30 0.19 600
0.95 0.62 First Abacus 0.75 0.75 0.75 0.75 0.00 75,000
3.26 1.91 I-Remit Inc. 2.80 2.80 2.80 2.80 0.00 6,000
650.00 420.00 Manulife Fin. Corp. 495.00 490.00 490.00 490.00 (1.01) 220
39.20 3.00 Maybank ATR KE 23.25 23.30 23.00 23.30 0.22 1,700
102.50 60.00 Metrobank 102.70 102.70 100.50 100.50 (2.14) 3,093,780 (30,607,484.00)
3.06 1.30 Natl Reinsurance Corp. 1.74 1.78 1.70 1.78 2.30 270,000
77.80 41.00 Phil. National Bank 93.00 94.00 90.90 92.70 (0.32) 424,340 1,001,833.50
95.00 69.00 Phil. Savings Bank 86.00 88.90 88.85 88.90 3.37 300
500.00 210.00 PSE Inc. 414.00 418.00 401.00 410.40 (0.87) 6,440 40,900.00
45.50 29.45 RCBC `A 58.60 58.70 58.40 58.60 0.00 448,750.00 103,764.00
155.20 77.00 Security Bank 162.30 162.10 160.00 161.00 (0.80) 710,280 (55,983,519.00)
1100.00 879.00 Sun Life Financial 1040.00 1020.00 1015.00 1015.00 (2.40) 415 10,200.00
140.00 58.00 Union Bank 113.70 115.00 113.80 114.50 0.70 773,700 23,150.00
2.06 1.43 Vantage Equities 2.31 2.35 2.31 2.34 1.30 32,000 (47,000.00)
INDUSTRIAL
35.50 26.50 Aboitiz Power Corp. 37.50 37.10 36.65 36.80 (1.87) 3,568,400 (98,138,190.00)
13.58 8.00 Agrinurture Inc. 6.72 7.35 6.72 7.18 6.85 364,100 (6,900.00)
1.70 0.97 Alliance Tuna Intl Inc. 2.00 2.04 2.00 2.03 1.50 778,000 10,080.00
48.00 25.00 Alphaland Corp. 27.55 27.00 27.00 27.00 (2.00) 200
1.62 1.08 Alsons Cons. 1.32 1.33 1.30 1.30 (1.52) 1,175,000
Asiabest Group 17.80 19.50 18.00 19.40 8.99 1,000
138.00 45.00 Bogo Medellin 69.80 86.00 86.00 86.00 23.21 10
144.00 42.00 Conc. Aggr. `A 85.00 65.00 60.00 65.00 (23.53) 140
2.75 2.30 Chemrez Technologies Inc. 3.04 3.03 2.98 3.03 (0.33) 406,000 83,990.00
9.74 7.41 Cirtek Holdings (Chips) 17.48 18.00 17.34 18.00 2.97 402,400 1,748,000.00
DNL Industries Inc. 4.44 4.550 4.41 4.47 0.68 27,942,000 (4,307,370.00)
6.41 4.83 Energy Devt. Corp. (EDC) 6.74 6.80 6.71 6.75 0.15 18,479,700 27,813,009.00
7.77 2.80 EEI 9.97 10.10 9.90 10.00 0.30 1,982,300 15,838,815.00
19.40 12.50 First Gen Corp. 22.80 23.00 22.65 22.65 (0.66) 715,900 (2,639,485.00)
79.30 51.50 First Holdings A 89.00 89.90 88.00 88.40 (0.67) 489,280 (20,917,777.50)
27.00 17.50 Ginebra San Miguel Inc. 17.00 17.20 16.94 17.20 1.18 12,100
0.02 0.0110 Greenergy 0.0220 0.0230 0.0220 0.0230 4.55 202,400,000 88,000.00
13.10 7.80 Holcim Philippines Inc. 13.62 13.70 13.70 13.70 0.59 100
6.00 3.80 Integ. Micro-Electronics 3.95 3.95 3.95 3.95 0.00 9,000
120.00 80.00 Jollibee Foods Corp. 108.10 108.10 107.00 107.10 (0.93) 561,180 4,663,585.00
Lafarge Rep 10.80 10.94 10.78 10.80 0.00 281,000
8.40 1.04 LMG Chemicals 1.82 1.95 1.86 1.86 2.20 977,000 23,160.00
LT Group 12.64 12.80 12.46 12.60 (0.32) 2,629,300 12,500.00
3.20 1.32 Manchester Intl. A 16.00 16.34 14.50 15.52 (3.00) 278,900
3.19 1.08 Manchester Intl. B 16.56 16.50 15.00 15.20 (8.21) 97,900 (597,820.00)
27.45 18.10 Manila Water Co. Inc. 32.00 32.10 31.40 31.55 (1.41) 1,634,200 (38,169,610.00)
6.95 0.75 Mariwasa MFG. Inc. 3.80 5.25 4.00 4.24 11.58 2,210,000 50,140.00
18.10 8.12 Megawide 16.460 16.900 16.400 16.900 2.67 170,800 805,788.00
280.60 215.00 Mla. Elect. Co `A 260.00 262.80 257.00 258.00 (0.77) 668,790 35,073,486.00
12.20 7.50 Pancake House Inc. 7.80 7.90 7.90 7.90 1.28 5,000
3.65 1.96 Pepsi-Cola Products Phil. 5.74 5.89 5.65 5.70 (0.70) 1,400,400
16.00 9.70 Petron Corporation 10.54 10.54 10.46 10.46 (0.76) 2,213,800 (9,210,396.00)
13.70 10.20 Phinma Corporation 11.00 11.00 10.90 10.90 (0.91) 7,200 19,800.00
14.94 8.05 Phoenix Petroleum Phils. 9.08 9.10 9.00 9.10 0.22 117,100 55,862.00
4.42 1.01 RFM Corporation 4.24 4.49 4.27 4.43 4.48 10,533,000 618,170.00
3.90 2.01 Roxas Holdings 2.60 3.80 2.90 3.20 23.08 932,000 22,400.00
6.50 2.90 Salcon Power Corp. 5.00 5.40 4.85 5.10 2.00 482,000 448,430.00
34.60 26.50 San Miguel Brewery Inc. 34.10 34.10 33.50 34.00 (0.29) 30,700
129.20 110.20 San Miguel Corp `A 106.40 106.20 105.70 105.90 (0.47) 520,970 (6,110,644.00)
3000.00 800.00 San MiguelPure Foods `B 241.00 242.00 240.20 242.00 0.41 3,470 (559,120.00)
2.62 1.25 Seacem 1.50 1.50 1.43 1.50 0.00 211,000
2.44 1.73 Splash Corporation 1.81 1.78 1.77 1.77 (2.21) 80,000
0.196 0.112 Swift Foods, Inc. 0.152 0.156 0.150 0.150 (1.32) 3,290,000 (30,400.00)
2.88 1.99 TKC Steel Corp. 1.79 1.79 1.69 1.79 0.00 371,000 254,500.00
1.41 0.90 Trans-Asia Oil 1.11 1.11 1.10 1.11 0.00 907,000
69.20 37.00 Universal Robina 78.80 79.00 77.40 78.00 (1.02) 1,612,150 (11,053,355.00)
5.50 1.05 Victorias Milling 1.34 1.32 1.28 1.28 (4.48) 1,434,000 39,300.00
0.77 0.320 Vitarich Corp. 0.90 0.95 0.88 0.90 0.00 1,147,000
18.00 2.55 Vivant Corp. 7.90 6.90 6.60 6.90 (12.66) 27,300 9,900.00
1.22 0.77 Vulcan Indl. 1.49 1.52 1.48 1.48 (0.67) 1,069,000
HOLDING FIRMS
1.18 0.65 Abacus Cons. `A 0.67 0.67 0.66 0.66 (1.49) 377,000
59.90 35.50 Aboitiz Equity 51.65 51.90 50.50 50.90 (1.45) 893,360 19,134,623.50
0.019 0.014 Alcorn Gold Res. 0.1370 0.1380 0.1360 0.1370 0.00 80,620,000 68,500.00
13.70 8.00 Alliance Global Inc. 16.70 16.70 16.32 16.40 (1.80) 11,763,800 23,931,992.00
2.60 1.80 Anglo Holdings A 2.16 2.20 2.08 2.18 0.93 423,000
5.02 3.00 Anscor `A 5.70 5.71 5.68 5.70 0.00 246,400 (388,170.00)
6.98 0.260 Asia Amalgamated A 4.40 5.99 4.45 5.20 18.18 2,948,000 (5,280.00)
2.98 1.49 ATN Holdings A 0.99 1.00 0.92 0.93 (6.06) 19,100
4.16 2.30 ATN Holdings B 1.05 1.05 0.95 1.04 (0.95) 272,000 104,500.00
485.20 272.00 Ayala Corp `A 500.00 501.50 490.40 493.00 (1.40) 465,690 (114,392,733.00)
911.00 260.00 BHI Holdings Inc. 430.00 430.00 430.00 430.00 0.00 60
64.80 30.50 DMCI Holdings 52.75 53.35 52.40 52.90 0.28 486,240 9,886,409.50
5.20 3.30 Filinvest Dev. Corp. 4.81 4.79 4.65 4.69 (2.49) 963,000 (1,405,130.00)
556.00 455.40 GT Capital 666.00 683.50 666.00 677.50 1.73 272,980 34,730,480.00
5.22 2.94 House of Inv. 6.40 6.68 6.40 6.40 0.00 353,500 32,500.00
36.20 19.00 JG Summit Holdings 39.50 39.40 38.20 38.90 (1.52) 1,246,600 18,858,335.00
4.19 2.27 Jolliville Holdings 6.80 6.80 6.75 6.75 (0.74) 12,000
6.21 4.00 Lopez Holdings Corp. 6.28 6.40 6.25 6.35 1.11 2,107,400 6,423,140.00
1.54 0.61 Lodestar Invt. Holdg.Corp. 1.01 1.01 0.97 0.97 (3.96) 139,000
3.82 1.800 Marcventures Hldgs., Inc. 1.82 1.83 1.79 1.81 (0.55) 89,000
4.65 2.56 Metro Pacic Inv. Corp. 4.53 4.53 4.48 4.49 (0.88) 14,197,000 (4,635,770.00)
6.24 3.40 Minerales Industrias Corp. 6.09 6.17 6.05 6.10 0.16 331,700
9.66 1.22 MJCI Investments Inc. 5.62 5.99 5.63 5.63 0.18 1,100
0.0770 0.045 Pacica `A 0.0520 0.0520 0.0510 0.0510 (1.92) 7,770,000
2.20 1.20 Prime Media Hldg 1.390 1.410 1.410 1.410 1.44 6,000
0.82 0.44 Prime Orion 0.560 0.590 0.560 0.590 5.36 1,121,000
2.40 1.01 Seafront `A 1.66 1.85 1.71 1.85 11.45 12,000
0.490 0.285 Sinophil Corp. 0.310 0.330 0.310 0.330 6.45 4,250,000
760.00 450.00 SM Investments Inc. 860.50 860.50 835.00 844.00 (1.92) 154,330 (46,649,070.00)
2.71 1.08 Solid Group Inc. 1.96 1.97 1.95 1.95 (0.51) 130,000
1.57 1.14 South China Res. Inc. 1.07 1.08 1.05 1.08 0.93 490,000
0.420 0.101 Unioil Res. & Hldgs 0.2600 0.2550 0.2550 0.2550 (1.92) 50,000
0.620 0.082 Wellex Industries 0.3100 0.3100 0.3000 0.3050 (1.61) 180,000
0.980 0.380 Zeus Holdings 0.340 0.340 0.335 0.335 (1.47) 1,040,000
P R O P E R T Y
48.00 18.00 Anchor Land Holdings Inc. 17.20 17.10 17.10 17.10 (0.58) 28,500
3.34 1.70 A. Brown Co., Inc. 2.97 3.01 2.95 2.95 (0.67) 369,000
0.83 0.42 Araneta Prop `A 0.720 0.740 0.710 0.710 (1.39) 351,000
0.195 0.150 Arthaland Corp. 0.177 0.189 0.176 0.179 1.13 4,210,000 1,760.00
24.15 13.36 Ayala Land `B 25.85 25.65 25.05 25.05 (3.09) 9,494,500 (89,787,650.00)
5.62 3.08 Belle Corp. `A 4.74 4.76 4.68 4.68 (1.27) 11,902,000 (6,676,620.00)
2.85 1.35 Century Property 1.39 1.40 1.38 1.40 0.72 1,859,000 570,500.00
1.50 1.05 Cityland Dev. `A 1.15 1.12 1.12 1.12 (2.61) 20,000
0.092 0.060 Crown Equities Inc. 0.061 0.067 0.067 0.067 9.84 20,000
1.11 0.67 Cyber Bay Corp. 0.79 0.79 0.79 0.79 0.00 200,000
0.94 0.54 Empire East Land 1.110 1.110 1.080 1.080 (2.70) 6,804,000 331,450.00
0.310 0.10 Ever Gotesco 0.365 0.380 0.355 0.355 (2.74) 31,330,000 68,500.00
2.74 1.63 Global-Estate 1.98 1.98 1.96 1.96 (1.01) 137,000
1.44 0.98 Filinvest Land,Inc. 1.55 1.55 1.51 1.51 (2.58) 14,933,000 (19,959,460.00)
2.14 0.65 Interport `A 1.19 1.19 1.18 1.18 (0.84) 210,000
2.34 1.51 Megaworld Corp. 2.85 2.85 2.78 2.80 (1.75) 37,746,000 49,522,350.00
0.36 0.150 MRC Allied Ind. 0.1570 0.1560 0.1540 0.1550 (1.27) 4,590,000 (284,890.00)
0.990 0.089 Phil. Estates Corp. 0.7700 0.7900 0.7700 0.7800 1.30 2,616,000
0.67 0.41 Phil. Realty `A 0.445 0.450 0.445 0.450 1.12 50,000
19.94 10.00 Robinsons Land `B 21.50 21.55 21.05 21.35 (0.70) 3,876,900 10,233,045.00
7.71 2.51 Rockwell 2.65 2.78 2.50 2.63 (0.75) 3,129,000 69,090.00
2.85 1.81 Shang Properties Inc. 3.05 3.04 3.00 3.00 (1.64) 60,000 30,400.00
8.95 6.00 SM Development `A 5.88 5.95 5.82 5.95 1.19 506,100 2,240,482.00
18.20 10.94 SM Prime Holdings 15.88 16.00 15.84 15.94 0.38 8,660,900 36,585,546.00
0.91 0.64 Sta. Lucia Land Inc. 0.68 0.68 0.68 0.68 0.00 90,000
4.55 1.80 Starmalls 3.90 4.00 3.90 4.00 2.56 71,000
4.66 2.60 Vista Land & Lifescapes 5.050 5.100 5.000 5.050 0.00 18,888,100 57,643,036.00
S E R V I C E S
4.72 1.20 2GO Group 1.90 1.75 1.75 1.75 (7.89) 26,000 17,500.00
42.00 24.80 ABS-CBN 32.60 32.80 32.30 32.30 (0.92) 67,900
18.98 1.05 Acesite Hotel 1.26 1.27 1.23 1.26 0.00 90,000
0.78 0.45 APC Group, Inc. 0.770 0.800 0.780 0.780 1.30 15,733,000 (2,730,000.00)
102.80 4.45 Bloomberry 13.26 13.28 13.06 13.10 (1.21) 3,221,300 (18,588,248.00)
0.5300 0.1010 Boulevard Holdings 0.1450 0.1470 0.1410 0.1410 (2.76) 68,240,000 357,920.00
24.00 5.20 Calata Corp. 5.24 5.24 4.75 4.88 (6.87) 3,351,700 351,825.00
82.50 60.80 Cebu Air Inc. (5J) 60.05 60.10 59.90 60.00 (0.08) 352,720 (3,962,305.00)
9.70 5.44 DFNN Inc. 4.36 4.36 4.35 4.35 (0.23) 754,000
5.90 1.45 Easy Call Common 2.20 2.30 2.30 2.30 4.55 10,000
1750.00 800.00 FEUI 1080.00 1080.00 1080.00 1080.00 0.00 20
1270.00 831.00 Globe Telecom 1130.00 1135.00 1106.00 1109.00 (1.86) 79,225 (49,636,875.00)
11.00 6.18 GMA Network Inc. 8.80 8.80 8.76 8.80 0.00 227,300
77.00 43.40 I.C.T.S.I. 70.55 70.20 69.70 69.70 (1.20) 175,390 1,826,244.50
0.98 0.36 Information Capital Tech. 0.405 0.395 0.385 0.385 (4.94) 100,000
18.40 5.00 Imperial Res. `A 8.00 8.50 7.50 8.00 0.00 35,100
6.80 4.30 IPeople Inc. `A 8.70 9.50 9.00 9.50 9.20 12,000
4.70 1.75 IP Converge 2.88 3.40 2.84 2.95 2.43 1,265,000 (24,000.00)
34.50 0.036 IP E-Game Ventures Inc. 0.026 0.030 0.026 0.026 0.00 601,200,000 (2,020,000.00)
3.87 1.00 IPVG Corp. 0.59 0.61 0.58 0.58 (1.69) 3,309,000 (1,367,230.00)
0.0760 0.042 Island Info 0.0570 0.0600 0.0530 0.0530 (7.02) 2,990,000
5.1900 2.550 ISM Communications 2.2000 2.1900 2.1800 2.1900 (0.45) 5,000
10.30 5.90 Leisure & Resorts 7.69 7.88 7.60 7.80 1.43 180,900 273,764.00
3.70 2.60 Liberty Telecom 2.48 2.30 2.30 2.30 (7.26) 5,000
3.96 2.70 Macroasia Corp. 2.71 2.70 2.70 2.70 (0.37) 10,000 27,000.00
0.84 0.57 Manila Bulletin 0.72 0.74 0.73 0.73 1.39 65,000
4.08 1.21 Manila Jockey 2.68 2.74 2.65 2.65 (1.12) 46,000
22.95 13.80 Pacic Online Sys. Corp. 13.86 13.88 13.80 13.80 (0.43) 19,300 13,880.00
8.58 5.35 PAL Holdings Inc. 5.01 5.10 4.99 5.00 (0.20) 120,100
3.39 1.05 Paxys Inc. 3.22 3.25 3.18 3.18 (1.24) 1,876,000 96,000.00
10.00 5.00 Phil. Racing Club 9.52 9.50 9.31 9.50 (0.21) 1,002,100 (9,500,000.00)
71.00 18.00 Phil. Seven Corp. 80.00 80.00 80.00 80.00 0.00 940 75,200.00
17.88 12.10 Philweb.Com Inc. 12.34 12.46 12.30 12.44 0.81 1,783,900 (12,202,776.00)
2886.00 2096.00 PLDT Common 2594.00 2588.00 2560.00 2560.00 (1.31) 87,230 (144,995,370.00)
0.39 0.25 Premiere Horizon 0.310 0.320 0.320 0.320 3.23 350,000
30.15 10.68 Puregold 33.90 34.80 33.80 33.80 (0.29) 3,392,300 5,354,420.00
STI Holdings 1.10 1.10 1.07 1.07 (2.73) 1,894,000 128,260.00
4.75 3.30 Touch Solutions 6.31 9.46 6.45 9.46 49.92 7,226,700 922.00
0.79 0.34 Waterfront Phils. 0.420 0.420 0.410 0.420 0.00 460,000 (57,400.00)
Yehey 1.650 1.650 1.340 1.400 (15.15) 1,648,000
MINING & OIL
0.0083 0.0038 Abra Mining 0.0057 0.0057 0.0057 0.0057 0.00 15,000,000
6.20 3.01 Apex `A 4.75 4.95 4.75 4.85 2.11 221,000
6.22 3.00 Apex `B 4.55 4.80 4.80 4.80 5.49 20,000 33,600.00
20.80 14.50 Atlas Cons. `A 19.06 19.50 18.90 18.96 (0.52) 1,322,800 3,699,200.00
48.00 20.00 Atok-Big Wedge `A 24.40 23.50 22.00 23.50 (3.69) 2,300 29,750.00
0.345 0.170 Basic Energy Corp. 0.275 0.275 0.270 0.270 (1.82) 1,530,000
2.23 1.05 Century Peak Metals Hldgs 0.92 0.92 0.90 0.90 (2.17) 1,634,000
Coal Asia 1.04 1.08 1.04 1.06 1.92 6,809,000 224,700.00
61.80 6.96 Dizon 15.00 15.48 15.00 15.28 1.87 3,400
1.21 0.50 Geograce Res. Phil. Inc. 0.51 0.52 0.50 0.52 1.96 368,000
1.81 1.0600 Lepanto `A 1.010 1.020 0.980 0.990 (1.98) 5,688,000
2.070 1.0900 Lepanto `B 1.090 1.090 1.050 1.090 0.00 5,136,000 911,230.00
0.085 0.042 Manila Mining `A 0.0600 0.0590 0.0580 0.0580 (3.33) 136,580,000
0.840 0.570 Manila Mining `B 0.0600 0.0600 0.0590 0.0590 (1.67) 43,210,000
36.50 15.04 Nickelasia 16.24 16.30 16.08 16.12 (0.74) 1,421,100 (2,214,198.00)
12.84 2.91 Nihao Mineral Resources 5.00 5.07 4.83 4.99 (0.20) 223,500 (209.00)
1.100 0.008 Omico 0.5800 0.5700 0.5700 0.5700 (1.72) 8,000
8.40 2.99 Oriental Peninsula Res. 3.450 3.550 3.350 3.350 (2.90) 515,000
0.032 0.014 Oriental Pet. `A 0.0190 0.0190 0.0190 0.0190 0.00 40,600,000
0.033 0.014 Oriental Pet. `B 0.0200 0.0200 0.0200 0.0200 0.00 500,000
28.25 18.40 Philex `A 14.88 15.20 14.90 14.98 0.67 3,294,000 1,487,728.00
48.00 3.00 PhilexPetroleum 29.50 29.90 28.90 29.50 0.00 180,200 (37,700.00)
0.062 0.017 Philodrill Corp. `A 0.039 0.040 0.038 0.039 0.00 220,500,000 3,900,000.00
257.80 161.10 Semirara Corp. 220.00 222.00 219.80 222.00 0.91 27,090 44,400.00
0.029 0.015 United Paragon 0.0170 0.0180 0.0180 0.0180 5.88 100,000
PREFERRED
50.00 23.05 ABS-CBN Holdings Corp. 31.95 32.85 31.90 31.90 (0.16) 737,000 (8,662,060.00)
580.00 535.00 Ayala Corp. Pref `A 518.00 520.00 520.00 520.00 0.39 20
First Gen F 108.00 108.00 108.00 108.00 0.00 190
103.50 100.00 First Gen G 105.00 105.00 105.00 105.00 0.00 780
109.80 101.50 First Phil. Hldgs.-Pref. 102.00 102.00 102.00 102.00 0.00 4,320 102,000.00
11.02 6.00 GMA Holdings Inc. 8.90 8.91 8.70 8.91 0.11 2,688,400 13,817,250.00
116.70 108.90 PCOR-Preferred 107.80 108.50 107.80 108.50 0.65 109,800 (215,600.00)
SMC Preferred A 75.00 75.00 75.00 75.00 0.00 5,339,510 (79,197,000.00)
80.00 74.50 SMC Preferred B 75.20 75.25 75.20 75.25 0.07 23,010
SMC Preferred C 75.20 77.50 77.50 77.50 3.06 100
1050.00 1000.00 SMPFC Preferred 1012.00 1010.00 1007.00 1007.00 (0.49) 1,835
6.00 0.87 Swift Pref 1.25 1.25 1.25 1.25 0.00 12,000
WARRANTS & BONDS
1.31 0.62 Megaworld Corp. Warrants 1.80 1.79 1.78 1.78 (1.11) 130,000 89,500.00
S M E
6.20 4.18 Ripple E-Business Intl 4.21 5.29 5.00 5.29 25.65 35,000
TRADI NG SUMMARY
SHARES VALUE
FINANCIAL 8,985,498 762,480,023.47
INDUSTRIAL 809,101,372 8,166,987,296.37
HOLDING FIRMS 143,180,573 1,346,388,164.053
PROPERTY 171,238,726 826,048,412.1
SERVICES 729,200,859 1,510,665,565.298
MINING & OIL 485,080,172 153,697,010.128
GRAND TOTAL 2,346,822,200 12,766,446,551.421
FINANCIAL 1,528.34 (down) 21.31
INDUSTRIAL 8,747.48 (down) 55.35
HOLDING FIRMS 4,987.34 (down) 73.49
PROPERTY 2,243.01 (down) 36.64
SERVICES 1,719.14 (down) 19.43
MINING & OIL 19,201.85 (down) 57.37
PSEI 5,707.11 (down) 80.84
All Shares Index 3,688.38 (down) 0.89
Gainers: 71; Losers: 106; Unchanged: 34; Total: 211
STOCKS Close
(P)
Change
(%)
Touch Solutions 9.46 49.92
Ripple E-Business Intl 5.29 25.65
Bogo Medellin 86.00 23.21
Roxas Holdings 3.20 23.08
Asia Amalgamated A 5.20 18.18
Mariwasa MFG. Inc. 4.24 11.58
Seafront `A' 1.85 11.45
Crown Equities Inc. 0.067 9.84
IPeople Inc. `A' 9.50 9.20
Asiabest Group 19.40 8.99
STOCKS Close
(P)
Change
(%)
Metro Pacic Tollways 5.63 (19.57)
Swift Pref 1.36 (15.00)
Alaska Milk Corp. 13.90 (14.83)
Citystate Savings 25.00 (10.71)
Alcorn Gold Res. 0.1320 (6.38)
Yehey 2.550 (5.56)
United Paragon 0.0170 (5.56)
DFNN Inc. 5.50 (5.17)
Greenergy 0.0200 (4.76)
Oriental Pet. `B' 0.0200 (4.76)
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THE stock market declined for a third day
Friday, as investors continued to cash in on
recent gains.
The Philippine Stock Exchange
Index fell 80.84 points, or 1.4
percent, 5,707.11, the sharpest
loss since July 9. Losers beat
gainers, 106 to 71, with 34 issues
unchanged.
Ayala Land Inc., the biggest
builder, dropped 3.1 percent to
P25.05, while parent Ayala Corp.
lost 1.4 percent to P493.
SM Investments Corp., owner
of BDO Unibank Inc., the largest
bank by assets, declined 1.9
percent to P844. BDO retreated
1.4 percent to P72.90.
The Philippines will implement
a new measure to deal with risk
sensitive capital inows, as
interest-rate reductions alone are
no longer enough, central bank
Governor Amando Tetangco said.
We will announce at least
one new measure before year-
end, Tetangco said in a phone
interview with Bloomberg. He
earlier told Bloomberg TV that
its hard to say whether the
Philippines is at the end of a
rate-cut cycle and that evenly
balanced ination risks give
policy makers room to keep
borrowing costs at a record-low
3.5 percent.
Philippine Long Distance
Telephone Co., the biggest
telecommunications company,
fell 1.3 percent, to P2,560.
Universal Robina Corp.,
the largest snacks food maker,
declined 1 percent to P78.
GT Capital Holdings Inc.,
the holding company of tycoon
Georgy Ty, rose 1.7 percent to
P677.50. Unit Metropolitan
Bank and Trust Co. dropped 2.1
percent to P100.50.
The rest of Asian stock markets
swung higher Friday after a
survey showed an improvement
in Chinas manufacturing,
offsetting gloom from a sharp
drop in Japanese business
condence.
HSBC Corp. said its
preliminary Purchasing
Managers Index for December
rose to 50.9, a 14-month high
and up from Novembers
reading of 50.5. Numbers above
50 represent an expansion of
manufacturing.
I think it adds further
encouragement that China is
moving in the right direction, said
Andrew Sullivan, a self-employed
analyst based in Hong Kong. But
we are also seeing a lot of money
sitting on the sidelines at the end
of the year, and people want to
get it invested. In previous years,
weve seen good rallies around
the end of the year.
The preliminary version of
the HSBC index is based on
responses from 75 to 80 percent
of the 420 companies surveyed
each month. The full report is
due out at the end of the month.
Hong Kongs Hang Seng
pulled out of negative territory to
advance 0.6 percent to 22,579.2
by midday. Mainland Chinese
shares posted sharp gains,
with the Shanghai Composite
Index surging 2.9 percent to
2,120.84. The smaller Shenzhen
Composite Index shot up 2.9
percent as well, to 806.67.
With AP, Bloomberg
SNAP award. Emmanuel Rubio (front row, second from left), president and chief executive of SN
Aboitiz Power-Magat Inc., and Wilhelmino Ferrer (front row, third from left), assistant vice president and
plant manager, recently received the DoLE Secretarys Award of Distinction in the 8th Gawad Kaligtasan at
Kalusugan. The 360-MW Magat Hydroelectric Power Plant was among the distinguished awardees under
the Institutional Category recognized for its remarkable occupational health and safety practices. With
them are SNAP-Magat (front row, from left) assistant vice president Nomer Reynaldo, safety ofcer Cesar
Vicente, vice president Kjell Valdal and operations manager Ed Bundalian.
By Lailany P. Gomez
GMA Network Inc. might miss
its net income guidance for the
year due to higher expenses, its
chairman said Thursday night.
GMA Network chairman Felipe
Gozon told reporters hitting this
years projected P2.3-billion net
income guidance was unlikely
because of expenses that include
bonuses of up to 15-month pay to
employees.
We might not hit the P2.3-
billion prot this year. But
denitely we will exceed what
we did in 2011 of P1.7 billion.
Our expenses ballooned this year,
and that include among others
bonuses of employees. As early as
October, we were giving bonuses
to employees. If we hit around P2
billion, were okay, Gozon said.
He added the revenue stream
was on track of the P13-billion
guidance.
Gozon said revenues in
December were slow, in contrast
with the countrys favorable
economic condition.
He said advertisers followed
an industry-wide reduction in ad
spending, partly because of the
European and US nancial crises.
We are already receiving
political ads, but unlike the
presidential elections, these ads
are not that big, Gozon said.
He also said GMA Network
secured 60 percent of its sales
target for next year, excluding
political ads, as major advertisers
committed their support early.
Negotiations covering the
entire year for 2013 are already
under way, he said.
GMA Networks net income in
the rst nine months of the year
grew 4 percent to P1.587 billion on
the back of higher advertising sales
across major revenue platforms.
Consolidated revenues during
the nine-month period increased
5 percent to P10.612 billion from
P10.109 billion year-on-year,
driven mainly by the growth
in airtime sales, which rose 14
percent to P3.537 billion.
Consolidated revenues rose 13
percent to P3.822 billion from
P3.384 billion on year, while net
income climbed 9 percent to P573
million from P525 million on year.
Gozon said revenues from other
sources for the nine-month period
climbed 2 percent to P873 million.
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DECEMBER 15, 2012 SATURDAY
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The Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) of the Cagayan First District Engineering
Offce, Aparri, Cagayan, invites contractors to bid for the aforementioned projects:
1. a. Contracts ID: 13BB0014
b. Contract Name: Widening/Improvement of Dugo-San Vicente
Road
c. Contract Location: (Mission-Sta. Ana Section), Sta. Teresita Section
(Sta.594+800-Sta.596+639.20), Sta. Teresita,
Cagayan
d. Scope of Work: Widening/Improvement of Road
e. Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC): P 13,669,625.60
f. Contract Duration: 121 C.D.
g. Cost of Bid Documents: P 20,000.00
2. a. Contracts ID: 13BB0015
b. Contract Name: Widening/Improvement of Dugo-San Vicente
Road
c. Contract Location: (Mission-Sta. Ana Section), Buguey Section,
Buguey, Cagayan
d. Scope of Work: Widening/Improvement of Road
e. Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC): P 34,830,374.40
f. Contract Duration: 179 C.D.
g. Cost of Bid Documents: P 20,000.00
The BAC will conduct the procurement process in accordance with the Revised
IRR of R.A.9184. Bids received in excess of the ABC shall be automatically rejected
at the opening of bid.
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 the
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 at least equal to 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 Offce before the deadline for the receipt of LOI.
The DPWH POCW Central Offce will only process contractors applications for
registration, with complete requirements, and issue the Contractors Certifcate of
Registration (CRC).Registration Forms may be downloaded at the DPWH website
www.dpwh.gov.ph.
The signifcant times and deadlines of procurement activities are shown below:
1. Issuance of Bidding Documents December 13, 2012 to December 28, 2012
2.Pre-Bid Conference December 17, 2012 10:00AM (at least 12 c.d. prior
to bid submission)
3. Deadline Receipt of LOI from
Prospective Bidders
Deadline: 5:00 PM on December 26, 2012
(at least 5 c.d. prior to bid submission)
4. Receipt of Bids Deadline:10:00 AM on December 28, 2012
5. Opening of Bids 10:01 AM on December 28, 2012
The BAC will issue hard copies of Bidding Documents (BDs) at DPWH Cagayan
First District Engineering Offce, Aparri, Cagayan, Prospective bidders may also
download the BDs from the DPWH web site if available. Prospective bidders that
will download the BDs from the DPWH website shall pay the said fees on or before
the submission of their Bids Documents. The Pre-Bid Conference shall be open
only to interested parties who have purchase the BDs. Bids must accompanied by
a Bid Security, in the amount and acceptable form, as stated in Section 27.2 of the
Revised IRR.
Prospective bidders shall submit their duly accomplished forms as specifed in
the BDs in two (2) separate sealed bid envelopes to the BAC Chairman. The frst
envelope shall contain a technical component of the bid, which shall include a copy
of the CRC. The second envelope shall contain the fnancial component of the bid.
Contract will be awarded to the Lowest Calculated Responsive Bid as determined in
the bid evaluation and the post-qualifcation.
The Cagayan First Engineering District Offce reserves the right to accept or reject
any or all bid and to annul the bidding process at anytime prior to Contract award,
without incurring any liability to the affected bidders.


Approved By:
(Sgd.) RELLIE SIMBE-ULEP
Asst. District Engineer
BAC Chairman
DPWH-Cagayan 1
st
Dist. Engg. Offce
Aparri, Cagayan 3515
(078) 822-80-56
Republic of the Philippines
Department of Public Works and Highways
OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT ENGINEER
Cagayan 1
st
District Engineering Offce
Aparri, Cagayan
INVITATION TO APPLY FOR ELIGIBILITY AND TO BID
(MST-Dec. 15, 2012)
Republic of the Philippines
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAYS
REGION IV-A
Quezon 1
st
District Engineering Offce
Lucban, Quezon
INVITATION TO BID
(MST-Dec. 15, 2012)
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Quezon 1
st
District Engineering
Offce, through Regular Infra CY 2013, intends to apply to wit;
Forty Four Million Six Hundred Fifty Thousand Pesos (Php44,650,000.00) to payments
under the contract for Contract ID No. 12DK0151-Widening of Lucena-Tayabas-Lucban
Road, K0143+593.50-K0145+797, K0137+345-K0137+876, Tayabas City
Forty Six Million Sixty Thousand Pesos (Php46,060,000.00) to payments under the
contract for Contract ID No. 0152-Concreting of Mauban-Tignoan Road (Mauban Section)
K0166+570-K0167+424.84 (Section 1) K0169+826-K0170+025.50 (Section 2)
Bids received in excess of the ABC shall be automatically rejected at the bid opening.

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Quezon 1
st
District Engineering
Offce, Lucban, Quezon, now invites bids for the following contract to wit;
for Contract ID No. 12DK0151-Widening of Lucena-Tayabas-Lucban Road,
K0143+593.50-K0145+797, K0137+345-K0137+876, Tayabas City, Net Length=
2,734.50 LM. The scope of work involves , clearing, earthworks, subbase course, concrete
pavement, drainage canal, riprapping and metal railings. Completion of the work is
required in 120 calendar days.
Contract ID No. 0152-Concreting of Mauban-Tignoan Road (Mauban Section) Mauban,
Quezon, K0166+570-K0167+424.84 (Section 1) K0169+826-K0170+025.50 (Section 2)
Net Length=1,054.34 LM. The scope of work involves earthworks, subbase course,
concrete pavement and drainage canal. Completion of the work is required in 120
calendar days.
Bidders should have completed, within ten (10) years from the date of submission and receipt
of bids, a contract similar to the Project. The description of an eligible bidders is contained
in the Bidding Documents particularly, in Section II, Instruction to Bidders
Bidding will be conducted through open competitive bidding procedures using non-
discretionary pass/fail criterion as specifed in the Implementing Rules and Regulations
(IRR) of republic Act 9184 (R.A. 9184), otherwise known as the Government Procurement
Reform Act.
Bidding is restricted to Filipino citizens/sole proprietorship, partnership, or organizations with
at least seventy fve percent (75%) interest outstanding capital stock belonging to citizens
of the Philippines.
Interested bidders may obtain further information from the DPWH, Quezon 1
st
District
Engineering Offce, BAC Secretariat Offce, Lucban, Quezon, and inspect the Bidding
Documents at the address given below from 8:00 A.M. 5:00 P.M.
Interested bidders are also required to present the originals of their Contractors Registration
Certifcate to the DPWH, Quezon 1
st
DEO BAC for authentication.
A complete set of Bidding Documents may be purchased by interested Bidders from the
address below and upon payment of a non-refundable fee for the Bidding Documents in the
amount of Twenty Thousand Pesos (Php20,000.00)
It may also downloaded free of charge from the website of the Philippine Government
Electronic Procurement System (PhilGEPS) and the website of the DPWH, if available, provided
that bidders shall pay the fee for the Bidding Documents not later than the submission of
their bids.
The DPWH, Quezon 1
st
District Engineering Offce, Lucban, Quezon will hold a Pre-Bid
Conference on December 17, 2012 at 10:00 A.M. in the DPWH, Quezon 1
st
District
Engineering Offce Conference Room, which shall be open to all interested parties.
Bids must be delivered to the address below on December 28, 2013 on or before 2:00
P.M. All bids must be accompanied by a bid security in any of the acceptable forms and in
the amount stated in ITB Clause 18.
Bids will be opened in the presence of the bidders representative who choose to attend at
the address below. Late bids shall not be accepted.
The DPWH reserves the right to accept or reject any bid, to annul the bidding process and
to reject all bids at any time prior to contract award, without thereby incurring any liability to
the affected bidder or bidders.
DPWH, Quezon 1
st
District Engineering Offce, likewise assumes no obligation whatsoever
to compensate or indemnify any bidder or winning bidders, as the case may be, for any
expenses or loss that said party(ies) may incur in its participation in the pre bidding and
bidding process nor does it guarantee that an award will be made.
For further information, please refer to:
EUFRONIA S. CABAYSA
BAC Chairman
Attention:
Head, BAC Secretariat
DPWH, Quezon I
Lucban, Quezon
Tel Nos. 042-540-6097
Approved :
(Sgd.) EUFRONIA S. CABAYSA
Engineer III
Chief, Construction Section
Chairman, Bids and Awards Committee
Noted:
(Sgd.) EDGARDO K. LIM
OIC-District Engineer

INVITATION TO BID
Republic of the Philippines
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAYS
REGION X
OFFICE OF THE REGIONAL DIRECTOR
Bulua, Cagayan de Oro City
(MST-Dec. 15, 2012)
The Department of Public Works & Highways (DPWH) Regional Offce No. 10,
through its Bids and Awards Committee (BAC), invites contractors to apply to bid for
the following projects:
1. Contract ID: 12K00198
Contract Name: Cluster H, Construction of Multi-Purpose Buildings in
1
st
District, Lanao del Sur
a) Const. of Multi-Purpose Buildings, Bliss,
Brgy. Jose Abad Santos, Malabang = Php.1,500,000.00
b) Const. of Multi-Purpose Buildings,
Brgy. Samit, Butig = Php.1,500,000.00
c) Const. of Multi-Purpose Buildings, Brgy. Buad,
Lumabatan = Php.1,500,000.00
d) Const. of Multi-Purpose Buildings,
Brgy. Pantar, Lumabatan = Php.1,500,000.00
Total = Php.6,000,000.00
Contract Location: Lanao del Sur
Brief Description: Construction of Multi-Purpose Buildings
Appropriation: P 6,000,000.00
Source of Fund: CY 2012 Various Infrastructure, GAA
Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC): To be discussed on Pre-bid Conference
Contract Duration: To be discussed on Pre-bid Conference
Cost of Plans & Bid Documents: P 10,000.00

2. Contract ID: 12K00199
Contract Name: Construction of Hospital Bulding, Don Gregorio Lluch
Memorial Hospital Annex Building, Palao,
Iligan City
Contract Location: Palao, Iligan City
Brief Description: Construction of Hospital Building
Appropriation: P 2,000,000.00
Source of Fund: CY 2012 Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF)
Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC): To be discussed on Pre-bid Conference
Contract Duration: To be discussed on Pre-bid Conference
Cost of Plans & Bid Documents: P 5,000.00
3. Contract ID: 12K00200
Contract Name: Construction/Repair/Rehabilitation of Road, 647.4 meter
2 lanes, 2
nd
Street in front of the Administration Bldg.,
MSU Main Campus, Marawi City
Contract Location: MSU Main Campus, Marawi City
Brief Description: Construction/Repair/Rehabilitation of Road
Appropriation: P 5,000,000.00
Source of Fund: CY 2012 Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF)
Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC): To be discussed on Pre-bid Conference
Contract Duration: To be discussed on Pre-bid Conference
Cost of Plans & Bid Documents: P 5,000.00
4. Contract ID: 12K00201
Contract Name: Constructi on of Water System and Reservoi r,
Tamparong, Madalum, Lanao del Sur
Contract Location: Madalum, Lanao del Sur
Brief Description: Construction of Water System and Reservoir
Appropriation: P 1,000,000.00
Source of Fund: CY 2012 Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF)
Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC): To be discussed on Pre-bid Conference
Contract Duration: To be discussed on Pre-bid Conference
Cost of Plans & Bid Documents: P 1,000.00
Procurement will be conducted through open competitive bidding procedures
in accordance with R.A. 9184 and its Revised Implementing Rules and regulations.
To bid for these contracts, a contractor must 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, and (e) Net Financial Contracting
Capacity at least equal to ABC, or credit line commitment at least equal to 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 Offce before the scheduled date of bidding. The DPWH-
POCW, Central Offce will only process contractors applications for registration with
complete requirements and issue the Contractors Certifcate of Registration (CRC).
Registration Forms may be downloaded at the DPWH website www.dpwh.gov.ph.
The signifcant times and deadlines of procurement activities are shown below:
1. Issuance of Bidding Documents Dec. 13, 2012 to December 26, 2012 @ 12 noon
2. Pre-Bid Conference December 17, 2012 @ 2:00PM
3. Deadline of Receipt LOI from
Prospective Bidders
December 26, 2012 @ 12:00 noon
4. Receipt of Bids December 26, 2012 from 8:00AM-12:00 noon
5. Opening of Bids 2:00 PM on December 26, 2012
The BAC will issue hard copies of Bidding Documents (BDs) at DPWH-Regional
Offce No. X, Bulua, Cagayan de Oro City, upon payment of a non-refundable fee
as stated above. Prospective bidders may also download the BDs from the DPWH
website, if available. Prospective bidders that will download the BDs from the DPWH
website shall pay the said fees on or before the submission of their bid documents.
Bids must be accompanied by a bid security, in the amount and acceptable form, as
stated in Section 27.2 of the Revised IRR.
Prospective bidders shall submit their duly accomplished forms as specifed in the
BDs in two separate sealed bid envelopes to the BAC Chairman. The frst envelope
shall contain the technical component of the bid, which shall include a copy of the
Contractors Registration Certifcate (CRC). The second envelope shall contain the
fnancial component of the bid. Contract will be awarded to the Lowest Calculated
Responsive Bid as determined in the bid evaluation and postqualifcation.
The DPWH-Regional Offce No. 10 reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bid
and to annul the bidding process anytime before Contract award, without incurring any
liability to the affect ed bidders.
Approved by:
(Sgd.) EFREN A. BERBA, CEO VI
OIC, Assistant Regional Director
BAC-Chairman
NOTED:
EVELYN T. BARROSO, Ph.D.
Regional Director
(MST-Dec. 15, 2012)
LUNGSOD NG MAKATI
Bids and Awards Committee
J.P. Rizal St. corner F. Zobel St., Makati City
Tel. No. 870-1000 Fax No. 899-8988
www.makati.gov.ph
INVITATION TO BID
REPUBLIKA NG PILIPINAS
The City Government of Makati, through its Bids and Awards Committee (BAC), invites registered suppliers/
manufacturers/distributors/contractors to bid for the hereunder projects:
NO. NAME OF PROJECT AND BRIEF DESCRIPTION LOCATION APPROVED BUDGET
1 VITEK 2 GN Reagents and other laboratory supplies for the use of Ospital
ng Makati
OSMAK P16,126,880.00
2 Crossmatching Kits and other laboratory supplies for the use of Ospital
ng Makati
OSMAK P7,682,980.00
3 Document Management System Project for Makati City Government OM P7,500,000.00
4 Brand New Vehicle 4-door with LPG Kit for the use of Offce of the Mayor OM P11,400,660.00
5 Printing of Makati Ngayon Newsletter 2013 for the use of Information and
Community Relations Department
ICRD P6,300,000.00
6 Printing of Makati Mirror 2013 for the use of Information and Community
Relations Department
ICRD P5,004,000.00
Prospective Bidders should have experience in undertaking a similar project with an amount of at least 50% of the
proposed project for bidding. The Eligibility Check/Screening as well as the Preliminary Examinations of Bids shall use
non-discretionary pass/fail criteria. Post-Qualifcation of the Lowest Calculated Bid shall be conducted.
All particulars relative to Eligibility Statement and Screening, Bid Security, Performance Security, Pre-Bidding
Conference(s), Evaluation of Bids, Post-Qualifcation and Award of Contract shall be governed by the pertinent provisions
of R.A. 9184 and its Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR).
The complete schedule of activities is listed, as follows:
ACTIVITIES SCHEDULE
1. Pre-Bidding Conference at BAC Conference Room, 9th Floor December 21, 2012 (10:00 A.M.)
2. Opening of Bids at BAC Conference Room, 9th Floor January 08, 2013 (2:00 P.M.)
Bidding Documents will be available only to Prospective Bidders upon payment of a non-refundable amount of
______________________ to the City Government of Makati Cashier.
(fee for Bid Documents) (Procuring Entity)
The City Government of Makati assumes no responsibility whatsoever to compensate or indemnify bidders
(Procuring Entity)
for any expenses incurred in the preparation of the bid.
The City of Makati reserves the right to disqualify any or all proposal, to waive any defects or informalities therein and
to accept such proposal as may be considered most advantageous to the Government.
Approved by:
(Sgd.) ATTY. ELENO M. MENDOZA, JR.
Chairperson
Republic of the Philippines
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAYS
Region III
OFFICE OF THE REGIONAL DIRECTOR
Sindalan, City of San Fernando, Pampanga
INVITATION TO BID
(MST-Dec. 15, 2012)
1. CONTRACT ID: 12C00090 Widening/Concreting of McArthur Highway (MNR)
including Drainages and Traffc Management, Bamban-Capas, Tarlac

Location : Tarlac
Approved Budget for the Contract: P 64,718,701.17
Scope of Work : Drainage and Slope Protection
Duration : 210 cal. days
2. CONTRACT ID: - 12C00091 - Road Upgrading (Gravel to Paved) of Nueva Ecija-
Aurora Road, Nueva Ecija
Location : Nueva Ecija
Approved Budget for the Contract: P 112,154,728.33
Scope of Work : PCCP
Duration : 360 cal. Days

x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x
1. The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), through the GAA, FY 2013
intends to apply the sum of (Please see above projects) being the Approved Budget for
the Contract (ABC) to payments under the contract for above-mentioned projects.
Bids received in excess of the ABC shall be automatically rejected at bid opening.
2. The Department of Public Works and Highways now invites bids for projects
mentioned above. Works includes Drainage & Slope Protection and PCCP.
Completion of the Works is 210 cal. days for Bamban-Capas; and 360 cal. days
for Nueva Ecija-Aurora Road.
Bidders should have completed, within ten (10) years from the date of submission
and receipt of bids, a single contract similar to the Project, equivalent to at least ffty
percent (50%) of the ABC.
Bidders will bid for the entire contract or per lot, and not per item.
3. Bidding will be conducted through open competitive bidding procedures using non-
discretionary pass/fail criterion as specifed in the Implementing Rules and Regulations
(IRR) of Republic Act 9184 (RA 9184), otherwise known as the Government
Procurement Reform Act.
Bidding is restricted to Filipino citizens/sole proprietorships, partnerships, or
organizations with at least seventy fve percent (75%) interest or outstanding stock
belonging to citizens of the Philippines.
4. Contractors/applicants who are interested in the DPWH civil works are required to
register prior to the set schedule of submission of bid while those already registered
shall keep their records current and updated. Contractor Profle Eligibility Process
(CPEP) are subject to further post-qualifcation. Information on registration can be
obtained at DPWH website www.dpwh.gov.ph or Central Procurement Offce (CPO),
5
th
Floor, DPWH Bldg., Bonifacio Drive, Port Area, Manila from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
5. Interested bidders may obtain further information from DPWH-Reg. III and inspect
the Bidding Documents at the address given below from 8:00 A.M. 5:00 P.M..
Monday to Friday.
6. A complete set of Bidding Documents may be purchased by interested Bidders upon
presentation of Letter of Intent (LOI) from the address below and upon payment of
non-refundable fee for the Bidding Documents in the amount of P50,000.00/project.
It may also be downloaded free of charge from the website of the Philippine
Government Electronic Procurement System (PhilGEPS) and the DPWH Website
www.dpwh.gov.ph, provided that bidders shall pay the fee for the Bidding Documents
not later than the submission of their bids.
Payments can be made at any DPWH feld offce. The submission of the Original
Receipt (OR) for payments of bidding documents issued by any DPWH feld offce
is suffcient for the BAC of this Regional Offce to process the electronic eligibility
evaluation of contractors.
7. The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will hold a Pre-Bid Conference
on December 27, 2012, 10:00 A.M. at the Training Room, 2
nd
Floor, DPWH-Region
III, Sindalan, City of San Fernando (P), which shall be opened only to all interested
parties who have purchased the Bidding Documents.
8. Bids must be delivered to the address below on or before January 08, 2013, 10:00 A.M.
at the Training Room, 2
nd
Floor, this Offce. All bids must be accompanied by a bid
security in any of the acceptable forms and in the amount stated in ITB Clause 18.1.
Bids will be opened in the presence of the bidders representatives who choose to
attend at the address below. Late bids shall not be accepted.
9. The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Region III reserves the
right to accept or reject any bid, to annul the bidding process, and to reject all bids at
any time prior to contract award, without thereby incurring any liability to the affected
bidder or bidders.
10. For further information, please refer to:
(Sgd.) LORETA M. MALALUAN
OIC-Asst. Regional Director
BAC-Chairman, DPWH-Reg. III
Sindalan, San Fernando, Pampanga
(045) 455-0647; (045) 455-0649
For f as t ad r es ul t s ,
pl eas e c al l
659-48-30 l oc al 303
or
659-48-03
Republic of the Philippines
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAYS
Region III
OFFICE OF THE REGIONAL DIRECTOR
Sindalan, City of San Fernando, Pampanga
INVITATION TO BID
(MST-Dec. 15, 2012)
CONSTRUCTION OF (3) UNITS PEDESTRIAN OVERPASS ALONG MANILA
NORTH ROAD (MNR), TARLAC 3
RD
DISTRICT, TARLAC PROVINCE,
CONTRACT ID NO. 12C00095
1. The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), through the SR
2011-07-004533 intends to apply the sum of P23,637,858.95 being the
Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC) to payments under the contract
for Construction of (3) units Pedestrian Overpass along Manila
North Road (MNR), Tarlac 3
rd
District, Contract ID No. 12C00095.
Bids received in excess of the ABC shall be automatically rejected at
bid opening.
2. The Department of Public Works and Highways now invites bids for
Construction of (3) units Pedestrian Overpass along Manila North
Road (MNR), Tarlac 3
rd
District, Contract ID No. 12C00095. Works
includes Bridge (Pedestrian Overpass). Completion of the Works is
150 cal. days.
Bidders should have completed, within ten (10) years from the date of
submission and receipt of bids, a single contract similar to the Project,
equivalent to at least ffty percent (50%) of the ABC.
Bidders will bid for the entire contract or per lot, and not per item.
3. Bidding will be conducted through open competitive bidding procedures
using non-discretionary pass/fail criterion as specifed in the Implementing
Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act 9184 (RA 9184), otherwise
known as the Government Procurement Reform Act.
Bidding is restricted to Filipino citizens/sole proprietorships, partnerships,
or organizations with at least seventy fve percent (75%) interest or
outstanding stock belonging to citizens of the Philippines.
4. Contractors/applicants who are interested in the DPWH civil works are
required to register prior to the set schedule of submission of bid while
those already registered shall keep their records current and updated.
Contractor Profle Eligibility Process (CPEP) are subject to further post-
qualifcation. Information on registration can be obtained at DPWH website
www.dpwh.gov.ph or Central Procurement Offce (CPO), 5
th
Floor, DPWH
Bldg., Bonifacio Drive, Port Area, Manila from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
5. Interested bidders may obtain further information from DPWH-Reg. III
and inspect the Bidding Documents at the address given below from 8:00
A.M. 5:00 P.M.. Monday to Friday.
6. A complete set of Bidding Documents may be purchased by interested
Bidders upon presentation of Letter of Intent (LOI) from the address below
and upon payment of non-refundable fee for the Bidding Documents in
the amount of P25,000.00.
It may also be downloaded free of charge from the website of the Philippine
Government Electronic Procurement System (PhilGEPS) and the DPWH
Website www.dpwh.gov.ph, provided that bidders shall pay the fee for
the Bidding Documents not later than the submission of their bids.
Payments can be made at any DPWH feld offce. The submission of
the Original Receipt (OR) for payments of bidding documents issued by
any DPWH feld offce is suffcient for the BAC of this Regional Offce to
process the electronic eligibility evaluation of contractors.
7. The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will hold a Pre-
Bid Conference on December 21, 2012, 2:00 P.M. at the Training Room,
2
nd
Floor, DPWH-Region III, Sindalan, City of San Fernando (P), which
shall be opened only to all interested parties who have purchased the
Bidding Documents.
8. Bids must be delivered to the address below on or before December 27,
2012, 10:00 A.M. at the Training Room, 2
nd
Floor, this Offce. All bids
must be accompanied by a bid security in any of the acceptable forms
and in the amount stated in ITB Clause 18.1.
Bids will be opened in the presence of the bidders representatives who
choose to attend at the address below. Late bids shall not be accepted.
9. The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Region III
reserves the right to accept or reject any bid, to annul the bidding process,
and to reject all bids at any time prior to contract award, without thereby
incurring any liability to the affected bidder or bidders.
10. For further information, please refer to:
(Sgd.) LORETA M. MALALUAN
OIC-Asst. Regional Director
BAC-Chairman, DPWH-Reg. III
Sindalan, San Fernando, Pampanga
(045) 455-0647; (045) 455-0649
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Manila Standard TODAY
WORLD
Rocket launch shows young Kim as gambler
Study: People worldwide now live longer, but get more diseases
Rice abandons State secretary bid
European court issues
ruling condemning CIA
Israeli FM charged
with breach of trust
Political
crisis hits
Honduras
Assad losing grip on Syria
as rebels advance to capital
Syrian citizens gather in front of a damaged building destroyed by a car bomb in Qatana, 25 kilometers southwest of Damascus
on Dec. 13 in this photo released by the Syrian ofcial news agency SANA. A bomb blast near a school in a Damascus suburb
killed more than a dozen people, at least half of them women and children, the state news agency reported. AP
Russias Foreign Ministry, how-
ever, denied making a statement
about an imminent fall of Assads
government.
The head of NATO said the
Syrian government is near col-
lapse following a nearly two-year
conict that has killed more than
40,000 people and threatened to
ignite the Middle East. Assad ap-
pears to be running out of options,
with insurgents at the gates of the
capital and the country fracturing
under the weight of a devastating
civil war.
An opposition victory cant
be excluded, unfortunately, but
its necessary to look at the facts:
PYONGYANGOnly eight
months after a very public rocket
launch failure and less than a year on
the job, North Koreas young leader
took a very big gamble this week.
It paid off, at least in the short
term, projecting Kim Jong Un to
his people as powerful, capable
and determined.
North Koreans gathered en masse
Friday in a staged demonstration,
partly to glorify Kim and partly to
celebrate the launch of the rocket,
which Pyongyang says put a crop
and weather monitoring satellite into
orbit. The rest of the world saw it
as a thinly-disguised test of banned
long-range missile technology.
The launchs success, 14 years
after North Koreas rst attempt,
shows more than a little of the
gambling spirit in the third Kim to
rule North Korea since it became a
country in 1948.
North Korean ofcials will long
be touting Kim Jong Un as a gutsy
leader who commanded the rocket
launch despite being new to the job
and young, said Kim Byung-ro, a
North Korea specialist at Seoul Na-
tional University in South Korea.
North Korean state media said
Kim himself issued the order to
re the rocket Wednesday despite
the prospect of another failure and
condemnation from abroad. Kim
was praised for boldly carrying out
his father and former leader Kim
Jong Ils last wish before his Dec.
17, 2011, death.
Kim Jong Il had made develop-
ment of missiles and nuclear weap-
ons a priority despite international
opposition and his nations crush-
ing poverty.
His sons success is likely to
help him consolidate his power
over a government crammed with
elderly, old-school lieutenants of
his father and grandfather, foreign
analysts said.
But what is unclear is whether
Kim will continue to smoothly
solidify power, steering clear of
friction with the powerful military
while dealing with the strong pos-
sibility of more crushing sanctions
against a country with what the
United Nations calls a serious hun-
ger problem. AP
TEGUCIGALPA--Members of
the ruling party met behind closed
doors, bartering all night for votes
to depose four Supreme Court jus-
tices who had rejected the presi-
dents plan to weed out corrupt po-
lice. Ominously, soldiers and police
surrounded the National Congress.
As the hours ticked by, repre-
sentatives inside puffed on ciga-
rettes in violation of their own
anti-smoking laws and jokingly
accused each other of vote-buy-
ing. Then shortly before dawn
Wednesday, President Porrio Lo-
bos National Party overwhelm-
ingly and, many say illegally, ap-
proved the judges dismissal.
That was a risky move.
We dont know when we leave
after the vote if there will be pros-
ecutors waiting to detain us, ad-
mitted Sergio Castellanos of the
Democratic Unication party, who
voted with the majority. Here you
have to be ready for anything.
On global rosters of failing states,
Honduras doesnt even crack the
top 50, yet by many grim measures
the troubled Central American re-
public is barely clinging to its status
as a functioning country.
Three years after former Presi-
dent Manuel Zelaya was run out of
ofce at gunpoint in his pajamas,
Lobo is struggling. He has twice
warned that his enemies are con-
spiring to oust him in a coup, and
he then provoked a constitutional
crisis with the judges removal, an
act that legal scholars describe as
everything from an abuse of power
to a betrayal of the country. AP
JERUSALEMIsraels powerful foreign minister was
charged Thursday with breach of trust for actions that
allegedly compromised a criminal investigation into
his business dealings, throwing the countrys election
campaign into disarray just weeks before the vote.
While Avigdor Lieberman was cleared of more se-
rious allegations against him, the indictment sparked
immediate calls for the controversial politician to step
down. He declined to do so at a news conference but
said he would consult with his lawyers on what to do
next. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also rallied
behind his close ally.
Lieberman denied any wrongdoing, calling the in-
vestigation against him a witch hunt.
According to my legal counsel, I do not have to re-
sign, Lieberman told cheering supporters at a cam-
paign rally. At the end of the day I will make a nal
decision together with my lawyers.
Lieberman, a native of Moldova, is head of Yisra-
el Beitenu, an ultranationalist party that is especially
popular with fellow immigrants from the former So-
viet Union. With a tough-talking message that has
questioned the loyalty of Israels Arab minority,
criticized the Palestinians and confronted Israels
foreign critics, he has become an inuential voice
in Israeli politics even while sometimes alienating
Israels allies. AP
WASHINGTONSusan Rice, the
embattled UN ambassador, abrupt-
ly withdrew from consideration
to be the next secretary of state on
Thursday after a bitter, weeks-long
standoff with Republican senators
who declared they would ght to
defeat her nomination.
The reluctant announcement
makes Massachusetts Senator John
Kerry the likely choice to be the na-
tions next top diplomat when Hil-
lary Rodham Clinton departs soon.
Rice withdrew when it became clear
her political troubles were not going
away, and support inside the White
House for her potential nomination
had been waning in recent days, ad-
ministration ofcials said.
In another major part of the
upcoming Cabinet shake-up for
President Barack Obamas sec-
ond term, former Republican Sen.
Chuck Hagel of Nebraska now is
seen as the front-runner to be de-
fence secretary, with ofcial word
expected as soon as next week.
For the newly re-elected presi-
dent, Rices withdrawal was a sharp
political setback and a sign of the
difculties Obama faces in a time
of divided and divisive govern-
ment. Already, he had been private-
ly weighing whether picking Rice
would cost him political capital he
would need on later votes.
When Rice ended the embar-
rassment by stepping aside, Obama
used the occasion to criticize Re-
publicans who were adamantly op-
posed to her possible nomination.
While I deeply regret the un-
fair and misleading attacks on Su-
san Rice in recent weeks, her de-
cision demonstrates the strength
of her character, he said.
I am saddened we have
reached this point, Rice said.
Obama made clear she would
remain in his inner circle, saying
he was grateful she would stay
as our ambassador at the United
Nations and a key member of
my Cabinet and national security
team. Rice, too, said in her letter
she would be staying.
Clinton, in a brief statement,
said that Rice had been an in-
dispensable partner over the past
four years and that she was con-
dent that she will continue to
represent the United States with
strength and skill. AP
PARISA European court is-
sued a landmark ruling Thursday
that condemned the CIAs ex-
traordinary renditions programs
and bolstered those who say they
were illegally kidnapped and tor-
tured as part of an overzealous
war on terrorism.
The European Court of Human
Rights ruled that a German car
salesman was an innocent victim
of torture and abuse, in a long-
awaited victory for a man who
had failed for years to get courts
in the US and Europe to acknowl-
edge what happened to him.
Khaled El-Masri says he was
kidnapped from Macedonia
in 2003, mistaken for a terror-
ism suspect, then held for four
months and brutally interrogated
at an Afghan prison known as the
Salt Pit run by the U.S. Central
Intelligence Agency. He says that
once U.S. authorities realized he
was not a threat, they illegally
sent him to Albania and left him
on a mountainside.
The European court, based in
Strasbourg, France, ruled that
El-Masris account was estab-
lished beyond reasonable doubt
and that Macedonia had been
responsible for his torture and
ill-treatment both in the country
itself and after his transfer to the
U.S. authorities in the context of
an extra-judicial rendition. AP
LONDONNearly everywhere
around the world, people are liv-
ing longer and fewer children are
dying. But increasingly, people are
grappling with the diseases and
disabilities of modern life, accord-
ing to the most expansive global
look so far at life expectancy and
the biggest health threats.
The last comprehensive study
was in 1990 and the top health
problem then was the death of
children under 5 more than 10
million each year. Since then, cam-
paigns to vaccinate kids against
diseases like polio and measles
have reduced the number of chil-
dren dying to about 7 million.
Malnutrition was once the main
health threat for children. Now,
everywhere except Africa, they
are much more likely to overeat
than to starve.
With more children surviving,
chronic illnesses and disabilities
that strike later in life are taking
a bigger toll, the research said.
High blood pressure has become
the leading health risk worldwide,
followed by smoking and alcohol.
The biggest contributor to the
global health burden isnt prema-
ture (deaths), but chronic diseases,
injuries, mental health conditions
and all the bone and joint diseas-
es, said one of the study leaders,
Christopher Murray, director of
the Institute of Health Metrics and
Evaluation at the University of
Washington.
In developed countries, such
conditions now account for more
than half of the health problems,
fueled by an aging population.
While life expectancy is climbing
nearly everywhere, so too are the
number of years people will live
with things like vision or hearing
loss and mental health issues like
depression. AP
North Korean soldiers applaud during a mass rally organized to
celebrate the success of a rocket launch that sent a satellite into space
on Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea on Dec. 14. AP
BEIRUTSyrias most powerful ally and
protector, Russia, began positioning itself
Thursday for the fall of President Bashar Assad,
saying for the rst time that rebels might over-
throw him and preparing to evacuate thousands
of Russian citizens from the country.
There is a trend for the govern-
ment to progressively lose control
over an increasing part of the ter-
ritory, Russian Deputy Foreign
Minister Mikhail Bogdanov, Mos-
cows Middle East envoy, said
during hearings at a Kremlin ad-
visory body.
Russias Foreign Ministry later
denied Bogdanov made the state-
ment that Syrian President Bashar
Assad was losing control of his
country.
It said in a statement on Fri-
day that Deputy Foreign Minis-
ter Mikhail Bogdanov has not
made any statements or special
interviews recently on Syria but
was simply citing the stance of the
Syrian opposition while giving a
speech on Thursday.
Analysts viewed the diplomats
statement as Russias attempt to
begin positioning itself for As-
sads eventual defeat.
We call on Russia to work with
us ... work with the various stake-
holders in Syria to start moving
towards a transitional structure,
and we would like to have their
help in doing that, US State De-
partment spokeswoman Victoria
Nuland said.
Russias acknowledgment that
Assad could lose the ght is an
embarrassing blow to the regime,
which describes the rebels as ter-
rorists sent from abroad with no
popular support.
But the rebels have made sig-
nicant gains in recent weeks,
seizing large swaths of territory in
the north and expanding their con-
trol on the outskirts of the capital,
pushing the ght closer to Assads
seat of power.
The opposition still faces enor-
mous obstacles, however, includ-
ing the fact that some of its great-
est battleeld successes are by
extremist groups the West does
not want to see running Syria
something that could hamper in-
ternational support. AP
China school attacked
BEIJINGPolice say 22 chil-
dren and one adult have been in-
jured in a knife attack outside a
primary school in central China.
A police ofcer says the attack
in the Henan province village of
Chengping happened shortly
before 8 a.m. Friday as students
were arriving for classes.
The ofcer says the attacker,
36-year-old local villager Min
Yingjun, is now in police cus-
tody. The ofcer declined to
give her name, as is customary
among Chinese civil servants.
A county hospital administra-
tor says the man rst attacked an
elderly woman, then students,
before being subdued by securi-
ty guards who have been posted
across China following a spate
of school attacks in recent years.
He says two students have been
transferred to better-equipped
hospitals outside the county. AP
Chip plant caused cancer
SEOULA South Korean gov-
ernment agency says working
at a Samsung Electronics fac-
tory caused the breast cancer of a
worker who died earlier this year.
Korea Workers Compensation
and Welfare Service said Friday there
was a considerable causal relationship
between the womans cancer and her
five years of work at a Samsung semi-
conductor plant in South Korea.
The agency under the labor
ministry said she was exposed
to organic solvents and radiation
at Samsung. It reviewed records
from other countries that showed
night shifts are related to a higher
chance of breast cancer and that
exposure to hazards at a young
age is more likely to cause cancer.
The woman worked for Sam-
sung from 1995 to 2000. She
died in March, aged 36, three
years after being diagnosed with
breast cancer. AP