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A VOTE FOR
AGBIAG, A VOICE
FOR FARMERS
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ASIAN CHESS TILT


UNVEILS IN SUBIC
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NCRPO NETS P30-M


SHABU DRUG BUST
BTPI’S NEW FACILITIES PAGE 3
The Bataan Technology Park, Inc. (BTPI) opens its new facilities, like the swimming pool and other
accommodations, during an inauguration ceremony inside the BTPI compound. (From left to right) RECOGNIZING
BTPI President and CEO Willy Castor, BTPI Chairman Antonio Habana, Mrs. Mara Sanglay, Philippine
Tourism Authority General Manager Mark Lapid, BTPI Vice President and COO Commodore Amado ROLE OF LOCAL
Sanglay, and BTPI Director and VP for Marketing and Promotions Gen. Virtus Gil prepare for the ceremo- GOVERNMENT UNITS
nial ribbon cutting. MICHAEL SUPERALES PAGE 6
2 Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Mabuhay ang Pilipinas! G-Force, umaarangkada!


EKSAKTONG 3:39 ng magbalikbayan dahil sabik na
madaling araw noong Lunes ng silang maranasan muli ang FASTER than a speeding
lumapag ang Philippine Airlines relax na pamumuhay dito. train! Zooming like a rocket!
flight sa NAIA 3 na sinasakyan Reklamo nila, sa Amerika, Accelerating in full throttle!
kong galing San Francisco SHOOTER madaling araw silang magising Umarangkada na ang G-
pagkatapos ng halos tatlong at pagkatapos ay magluluto ng Force (Green Force) ni Gibo
raffytulfo@pldtdsl.net Teodoro. Hindi na
linggong pagbabakasyon doon. kanilang kakainin at babaunin.
Kalalapag pa lang namin at Ni Raffy Tulfo Pag-uwi ng bahay sa gabi ay mapipigilan ang pagbulusok
hindi pa lubusang humihinto Apat na kababayan natin sa maglilinis at magluluto muli. ng G-Force bunsod ng patuloy
sa runway ang eroplano ng San Francisco ang aking Pagkatapos maghapunan ay na paglobo ng suporta kay Gibo, gaya ng people power “mini
sumabay ako sa ilang mga nakakuwentuhan. Ang dalawa manood ng konting palabas sa me” crowd na sumalubong at sumuporta sa kanyang rally
pasahero na nagsitayuan dahil ay pawang mga taxi driver t.v. at matutulog na dahil na ginanap sa Mandaluyong City kamakailan lang, kung
sabik na sabik ng makababa. samantalang ang isa naman ay kinailangang maagang saan higit sa 30,000 katao ang dumalo sa kabila ng kawalan
Pinagsabihan kami ng piloto waiter at ang isa pa ay hotel magising. Hindi puwedeng ma- nito ng artista na karaniwang dinudumog ng tao.
sa pamamagitan ng public worker. Lahat sila ay nag-iipon late dahil strikto ang kanilang “Let them match what happened tonight. No entertain-
address system na huwag at nangangarap na balang araw trabaho sapagkat per ora ang ers, no controlled crowd.” Mariing sabi ni Teodoro. “I’ll match
magmadali at magsiupo muna ay bumalik ng bansa para mag- bayad sa kanila. Pagsapit ng the anonymous 1,500 respondents that they usually ask for
hanggang sa tuluyang negosyo at permanente ng Sabado at Linggo sila ay their surveys with the 30,000 who are here.” Dagdag pa ni
nakahinto at nakapuwesto na manirahan dito. maglilinis ng kanilang kotse, Teodoro.
sa tarmac ang eroplano. Tulad Marami din akong mga maglaba at kung ano pang mga Bukod sa suportang ipinakita ng mga nagmamahal sa
ng halos lahat ng pasahero, na barkada sa iba’t-ibang parte ng gawain sa bahay. Biyernes ng
gabi lamang sila nakakapag- kanya sa Mandaluyong ay inaasahan din ni Gibo ang puwersa
pawang mga balikbayan, labis California na aking nakausap
ang aking pagkagalak na ang nagsabing pina-plano na good time. ng ruling party na binubuo ng 1,400 gubernatorial, congres-
makabalik muli ng bansa. nila ang pagpa-file ng early Samantalang dito raw sa sional and mayoral candidates, gayon din ang mga kabataang
Wala pa ring katulad ang retirement sa kanilang trabaho Pilipinas, puwede kang masugid na kumakampanya at sumusuporta sa kanya upang
Pilipinas para sa akin at sa libu- doon at dito na mamuhay magbayad ng serbisyo ng mga makamtan ang tagumpay na inaasam.
libong mga kababayan nating bilang retirado. kasambahay at driver para Idagdag pa rito ang “presidential mock election” na
dumarating sa ating bansa Mahirap ipaliwanag ang siyang gagawa ng mga gawaing ginanap sa Ateneo de Manila University kung saan nilampaso
araw-araw mula sa labis na kasiyahan na bahay at ang paglilinis na rin ni G-Force Gibo ang pinsan at pamosong survey leader na si
pagbabakasyon o pagtatrabaho nararamdam ng isang ng iyong kotse at ipagma- Noynoy Aquino, sa kabila ng pagiging Atenean n’ya at ng
sa ibang bansa. Pilipinong bumabalik ng maneho ka na rin. Sabik na rin kanyang ama. Sa kaparehong “mock election” na ginanap
Kahit pa sabihin natin na kanyang bansa pagkatapos daw sila sa mga lutong Pilipino sa University of Santo Tomas (UST) ay ga-hibla lang ng buhok
maraming mga problema at manirahan ng ibang bayan ng at sa mga white sand beaches ang naging lamang ni Noynoy kay Gibo, ayon kay Fr. Rolando
pagsubok na hinaharap ang maraming taon. Naramdaman natin. de la Rosa, UST rector.
ating bansa hindi pa rin ito ko rin ito dahil matagal din Masarap lamang magba- Sang-ayon kay de la Rosa ay umani si Aquino ng 33.2
hadlang para maging sabik ang akong nagtrabaho at nanirahan kasyon ng panandalian sa percent kumpara sa 32.5 percent naman ni Gibo mula sa
ating mga kababayan na sa California noon. Amerika ngunit walang kasing resulta ng third and final Political Opinions of the Youth
matagal ng nanirahan at Ilan sa mga kababayan natin sarap ang manirahan dito sa ating Survey na ginawa noong nakaraang February 16 to 19 sa
nagtrabaho sa ibang bansa na sa San Francisco ang nakausap inang bayan. Mabuhay ang UST Manila. Di lang ‘yan patuloy din ang pag-arangkaada
magbalikbayan. ko na nagsabing gusto na nilang Pilipinas. ni Gibo sa iba’t-ibang unibersidad at kolehiyo sa buong bansa,
bilang patibay na siya ang tunay na “student choice” sa
Nakakatawa, nakakahiya talaga ang politika pagka-pangulo taliwas sa mga naglalabasang surveys at
reports sa pahayagan. Ito rin ang pananaw ng mga local
OKRAY ang ginagawang ginagawang pag-eendorso ng executives sa Visayas regions.
pag-eendorso ni Datu Unsay mga Ampatuan dahil isang OK o OKRAY? Ayon kay Antique Gov. Sally Zaldivar Perez, kung ang
Mayor Andal Ampatuan Jr. sa paraan ito upang iligaw ang pagbabasihan ng panalo ay ang “choice” ng mga governors
kandidatura ng mga mga taong naniniwala sa Ni Lea G. Botones
at mayors sa Visayas regions walang dudang si Gibo ang
miyembro ng Liberal Party kakayahan ng LP sa darating Aquino na mahalo ang “top choice for president.” Banggit ni Perez na, out of 30
kabilang sina Sens. Benigno na halalan. kanilang pangalan sa
“Noynoy” Aquino at Mar Okey rin ang ang ginawang
mayors, two-thirds have pledged their support for Gibo and
Ampatuan dahil ang totoo,
Roxas. pagtanggap ni Aquino sa bukas ang pag-eendorso ng
out of the region’s 16 governors, 12 have every intention of
Okey naman ang ginawang ginawang pag-eendorso ng nasabing pamilya sa fully supporting him.
pagtanggap ng LP kabilang si Ampatuan sa kanya sa kandidato ng Nacionalista “I think one of the biggest constituency of Gibo is really
senatorial candidate Risa halalan sa Mayo 10. Itinanggi Party na si Manny Villar at the students,” sambit ni Perez. Ito rin ang saloobin ni former
Hontiveros sa balita subalit ni Aquino na nakausap niya tagapagsalitang si Gilbert Justice Sec. Raul Gonzales, ang political kingpin ng Iloilo
pinagtawanan niya ito. ang Ampatuan at ipinilit na Remulla. Noong ilipat si kung saan nag-commit siyang idi-deliver kay Gibo ang 300,000
Okray nga naman dahil hindi kailangan ng kanilang Ampatuan mula sa kulungan votes.
para sa LP, may problema sa partido ang endorsement ng sa National Bureau of Investi- Buo ang political machinery ni Gibo na lalong pinalakas
pag-iisip ang mga taong pamilyang kasabwat ng gation sa kasalukuyang pa ng estudyante at kabataan, idagdag pa ang mga “tekkie”
maniniwala sa kalokohang pamahalaan sa pandaraya kinalalagyan nito sa Camp young professionals na boluntaryong kumakampanya sa
pinaggagagawa ng pamilya noong nakaraang halalang Bagong Diwa sa Taguig
nakasuot ito ng kulay orange kanya kumpara sa bungi-bunging line-up ng kanyang mga
Ampatuan. Hindi dapat pampanguluhan.
maniwala ang mga tao sa Okray na okray para sa na baller. Nakita ito sa katunggaling umaasa lamang sa survey at ayuda sa adver-
telebisyon. tising at pahayagan, di kataka-takang si Gibo na ang susunod
Pinakaokray ay ang na Pangulo ng Pilipinas kong mahal. Go
ipinalabas ng kampo ni Villar G-Force go!
na ang namayapang si dating
Presidente Cory Aquino ang gobernador ng Maguindanao siya kapag sina Noy at May
nagtalaga sa matandang Andal na tinalo ng kaalyado ni Cory ang nanalo?
VICTOR A. CALUAG,
President and CEO Published Monday
Ampatuan sa puwesto noong noon. Hay naku, kaya naman
MANNY B. MARINAY TONETTE HENSON to Friday by 1986. Kaya nga kuwestiyunable gumawa na ng paraan ang
Editor in Chief EVP
EVP, Sales & Marketing Silverstream Okey na okey pa rin ang ang dahilan ng pag-eendorso Department of Justice na
JONATHAN P. VICENTE MARIO L. ADELANTE Publishing Corp. memorya ni Aquino dahil ni Ampatuan sa LP. Dahil kaya mapawalang-sala ang
Managing Editor Accounting Manager Suite 2111 Cityland natandaan niya na Vice-Mayor batid ni Ampatuan na talagang dalawang miyembro ng
LEA G. BOTONES RAUL B. PEREZ
Herrera Tower, Valero si Ampatuan Sr. noong sumikat malakas ang partido nina Noy Ampatuan dahil batid ng
Street, Salcedo Village,
News Editor Credit & Collection Manager ang EDSA. Isa siya sa at Mar kaya nais niyang hindi makakapandaya kapag
Makati City
CHONG P. ARDIVILLA EDISON B. CAMARINES Telephone Nos.
napalitan. Naging Officer-in- tumalon dito? O baka naman wala sa laya ang mga may
Overall Creative Director Distribution Manager 8873435 • 8873433 Charge ay isang dating pulis gusto lang niyang sirain ang pakana ng dayaan sa
HECTOR L. LOZANO EDWIN A. CO • 8451653 • Email: na Ampatuan din ang paniwala ng mga tao sa LP? Maguindanao. Paano nga
Chief Layout Artist Production Supervisor cx.editorial@gmail.com apelyido. Inirekomenda ito ni Palagay naman kaya ni mananalo ang mga kaalyado
Zacarias Candao na Ampatuan ay makakalaya ng Arroyo?
Wednesday, April 21, 2010 3
‘LIBERALS ALLIES OF AMPATUANS’ – NP
SINABI kahapon ng Nacionalista Party Andal, Sr. bilang OIC mayor ng Maganoy na
(NP) na nagsimula ang political career ng ngayon ay Shariff Aguak na.
nakatatandang Ampatuan na si Andal Sr. Ayon naman sa isang kolum na isinulat
sa panahon ni dating pangulong Cory Aquino ni Herman Tiu Laurel sa pahayagang Daily
nang hirangin ito bilang isa sa mga OIC Tribune noong Mayo ng nakaraang taon,
mayors matapos ang EDSA Revolution. naluklok sa pwesto si Andal Sr. dahil kay
Kinastigo din ng NP ang Liberal Party (LP) dating ARMM Gov. Zacarias Candao, na
na siya diumanong tumulong upang naitalaga naman sa puwesto dahil kay
mamayagpag ang angkan ng mga Ampatuan Tingting Cojuangco, asawa ni Peping
sa Maguindanao. Cojuangco na tiyuhin ni Sen. Aquino.
Ito ang pahayag ng NP bilang tugon sa “Anuman ang batayan, isa lang ang
black propaganda ng LP na si Sen. Manny malinaw: nagsimula ang political career ni
Villar daw ang sinusuportahan ng mga Andal Sr. sa panahon ng Aquino adminis-
Ampatuan sa darating na eleksyon. tration,” dagdag pa ng NP.
“Bago tayo iligaw ng LP sa mga paninira Sinabi pa nito na ang Ampatuan clan ay
nito, dapat malaman ng taumbayan kung lumakas noong panahon ni Pangulong Ar-
paano naging makapangyarihan ang mga royo, partikular noong 2004 elections kung
Ampatuan sa Maguindanao. At ito lahat ay saan ang pinaniniwalaang dinaya si
nagsimula noong na-appoint si Andal Sr. na Fernando Poe Jr. sa Maguindanao.
OIC mayor noong panahon ng Aquino ad- “At sino ang mga katabi ni Mrs. Arroyo
ministration,” anang NP. noong mga panahong ito? Ang ‘civil soci-
“At namayagpag ang angkan na ito dahil ety’ na ngayon ay nakapaligid kay Noynoy.
na rin sa suporta ng mga miyembro ng ‘civil Ang mga taong ginawa ang lahat, manalo
society’ na dating masugid na taga-suporta lang si GMA, kaakibat ang suporta sa mga
ni Pangulong Arroyo at ngayon ay nakapaligid Ampatuan sa Maguindanao,” anang NP.
na kay Sen. Benigno Aquino III.” “At ngayon, sinasabi ng mga Liberal na
Ayon sa isang artikulo na nailathala sa si Sen. Villar ang sinusuportahan ng mga
Nov. 26, 2009 online edition ng Newsbreak, Ampatuan? Takot lang ang LP at si Aquino
itinalaga ni dating pangulong Aquino si sa mga sarili nilang multo.”

NCRPO nets P30-M shabu COURAGE


in Parañaque drug bust assails DOJ
THE National Capital Re- which was conducted by mem-
gion Police Office (NCRPO) bers of the RAID-SOTG and GOVERNMENT em-
yesterday announced the bust- elements from the Anti-Illegal ployees yesterday held a
ing of a big-time illegal drug Drugs Special Operations Task protest action in front of the
syndicate during a recent op- Force (AIDSOTF) of the PNP Department of Justice build-
eration in Paranaque City that National Headquarters, led to ing in Padre Faura St., in
also resulted in the arrest of the arrest of three suspects who Manila denouncing the
two Chinese nationals and were caught in the act of sell- resolution of Justice Secre-
tary Alberto Agra dropping
their Filipino-Chinese cohort. ing shabu.
the multiple charges
The raid also resulted in the Rosales identified those ar-
against Autonomous Re-
confiscation of P30-million rested as William Chua, alias gion for Muslim Mindanao
worth of shabu. Sunxiao Xu, 25, single, Fili- (ARMM) Gov. Zaldy
NCRPO chief Director pino-Chinese and resident of Ampatuan and his cousin
Roberto Rosales commended 148 Peru St., Better Living, Mamasapano Mayor
the Regional Anti-Illegal Drugs Paranaque City; Andy Hong, Akmad Ampatuan Sr.
Special Operations Task alias Wenxian Hong, 32, mar- During the rally at 12
Group (RAID-SOTG) led by ried, a Chinese national and noon, members of COUR-
Supt. Leo Francisco for the resident of 148 Peru St., Better AGE said the time of the
successful anti-drug operation Living, Paranaque City, and DOJ’s executive decision
last Sunday in Dona Soledad Kim Sy, alias Xiuqin Shi, 29, could have something to do
Subdivision, Better Living,
Paranaque City.
married, also a Chinese and
also a resident of 148 Peru St.,
with the May 10 elections.
"It seems that the two
4 SAF men killed in Antipolo ambush
The buy-bust operation, Better Living, Paranaque City. Ampatuans will play a vi- FOUR members of the police’s According to PNP-SAF com-
tal role in advancing the elite Special Action Force (SAF) mander Chief Supt. Leocadio
Manila dad says he’s no ‘crocodile’ interest of Mrs. Arroyo and were killed while five others and
two civilians were wounded af-
Santiago, elements of the 34th
PNP-SAF Company and 3rd Spe-
MANILA 3rd district coun- Blumentritt Market. her cohorts in the upcom-
ter suspected communist New cial Action Battalion were sent to
cilor and re-electionist lawyer Posters circulating in his ing elections. These people
People’s Army (NPA) blasted a the area between 5:30 a.m. to 6
Joel Chua yesterday branded district identified Chua as held the administration’s
landmine before peppering the a.m. to check information about
the issues coming out against “Buwaya ng Maynila.” key to the massive fraud in lawmen with bullets in Antipolo the presence of armed men in
him as black propaganda. He also denied being with Mindanao that brought
Chua said the accusations former Manila Mayor Lito City at dawn Tuesday. Barangay San Jose, Antipolo City.
Mrs. Arroyo in power in The fatalities were PO1 Rami However, while on their way
against him which were Atienza in selling the govern- 2004. Mrs. Arroyo is once
spread through posters scat- ment properties. Baddungon, PO1 Jesus Moral, to the area aboard a SAF
again depending on the PO1 Jonald Tapitan and PO1 Landrover vehicle, a landmine
tered in his district were all “Hindi pa ako konsehal
Ampatuans’ dirty works to Clifford Bacwaden. blasted the police service and was
composed by his political ri- nang mangyari ang bentahan
vals. ng mga pag-aari ng ensure her candidates’ vic- Wounded were PO2 Joey followed by strafing of bullets by
He denied being one of those pamahalaan kaya’t paano ako tory in the 2010 polls," Mangawit, PO1 Indri the NPA rebels. The four SAF men
who sold several government naging kasabwat?,” he asked. COURAGE president Malaluddin, PO1 Ronnie Baroga, died at once.
properties such as Rajah According to Chua, once Ferdinand Gaite said. PO1 Alvin Infanta and PO1 Lito The other SAF members retali-
Soliman Highschool, Meisic he’s able to confirm the source The government em- Babling. They were being treated ated but they were outnumbered
Police Station, North Cemetery of the malicious accusations ployees have lauded the at the Philippine National Police and over-powered by the fully-
and Arranque Market. hurled against him, he will file prosecutors openly oppos- (PNP) General Hospital in Camp armed NPA rebels, who managed
He also denied being one of libel charges before the ing their superior ’s deci- Crame. Two civilians were also to take away nine M16 rifles from
those who benefitted on the prosecutor ’s office. sion. Ampie Galpo wounded in the attack. the lawmen. Marco Lorenzana
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agricultural industry affects every single Filipino
Farmers are one of the most neglected in our country in some way.
sectors in the country. In Congress, Agbiag’s advocacies can lead to higher crop
production which can lead to lower food prices
farmers have no voice and the agricultural for the average Filipino.
Agbiag is among the accredited party lists
sector is underrepresented. This is ironic for the May 2010 national elections. Agbiag, an
Ilocano word for Mabuhay (Long live!), advocates
considering that the Philippines is
DY
the agricultural sector and plans to push for
legislations, reforms, and programs supporting
primarily an agricultural country.
So we’re no longer surprised when we
the growth of the local agricultural industry.
Although it failed to secure congressional TILLMAN
seats during the previous elections, Agbiag is
see farmers taking their cause to the streets serious with its plans for the 2010 elections. It’s
mainly Ilocano focusing on the agricultural sector
or staging hunger strike to air their and farmers all over the country and their
livelihood.
demands. But the bigger question is this: Dy said one of the things Agbiag wants to

A VOTE FOR AGBIAG,


focus on is land titling. She said land titles in the
Is the government listening? #48

A VOICE FOR
FARMERSThe group Agbiag is taking up the cudgels
for the farmers. It stood up to the challenge and
By Jonathan P. Vicente
Photographs by Michael Superales

country are not that stable, there are so many


“We are hoping to get a seat in Congress so
titles that are challenged and the group wants to
that we can continue our advocacy,” Tillman
went on to become a party -list group representing #48 pointed out.
the interests of the agricultural sector in the
Philippines.
AGBIAG will also work to: Agbiag’s first nominee is Patrick Antonio, from
Cagayan, Dy will be the second
According to the party-list system, a
voice in Congress promotes a healthy
• Support for more post harvest facility nominee and Tillman is the third.
• Lobby for more government funded irrigation When it comes to campaigning,
democracy, as it allows representation in
Agbiag is totally different from the
Congress of those who need it most. • Slowly eradicate massive rice importation previous Agbiag party list.
Through this system, sectors that have • Price control in the purchase of big retailers
been ignored will finally have a chance “Nahihirapan kami ngayon kasi
to be heard. • Financing support to farmers before Agbiag was heavily affiliated
California-licensed lawyer Erika T. Dy, • Support for fertilizers and pesticides with the administration. But now we
Atty. Hansel are a different group not associated
who is one of the nominees of the Agbiag • Information campaign for new technology in farming and other
Tillman (right) and party list, said the agricultural industry with President Arroyo,” Dy
California-licensed is one of the main drivers of the economy land use explained.
lawyer Erika T. Dy of the country. However, due to the lack • Lobby for other agricultural necessities to empower the individuals Tillman said it is unfair for them
(middle) explain of needed reforms and initiatives, the in the sector to be branded as administration party
Agbiag’s agricultural industry has been surpassed list when in fact they are a group of
advocacies during by many of our neighboring Asian • Push the special calamity support fund for affected farmers different people with a common goal
an interview with countries. • Make the agricultural sector a dominant sector whose voice in of trying to uplift the lives of farmers
Dy said a vote for Agbiag, No. 48 in and work on to make their agricultural
the Commuter Congress shall be a force in the emerging economy of our nation livelihood flourish.
the ballot, is a vote for the modernization
Express. and growth of the Philippines’ agricultural sector. ”We have a very huge agricultural sector and
Another nominee, Atty. Hansel Tillman said fine tune this effort to benefit our farmers. we are asking local leaders to help us in the
Agbiag will work hard to create bills in order to Problems on lands with two claimants are just campaign. We have enough laws when it comes
protect and improve the livelihood of those some of the things that should need to be to agricultural sector what we need is the proper
involved in the farming sector. Tillman said the addressed, the group said. implementation,” Tillman said
F
4 Wednesday, April 21, 2010 5
Farmers are one of the most neglected agricultural industry affects every single Filipino
in our country in some way.
sectors in the country. In Congress, Agbiag’s advocacies can lead to higher crop
production which can lead to lower food prices
farmers have no voice and the agricultural for the average Filipino.
Agbiag is among the accredited party lists
sector is underrepresented. This is ironic for the May 2010 national elections. Agbiag, an
Ilocano word for Mabuhay (Long live!), advocates
considering that the Philippines is
DY
the agricultural sector and plans to push for
legislations, reforms, and programs supporting
primarily an agricultural country.
So we’re no longer surprised when we
the growth of the local agricultural industry.
Although it failed to secure congressional TILLMAN
seats during the previous elections, Agbiag is
see farmers taking their cause to the streets serious with its plans for the 2010 elections. It’s
mainly Ilocano focusing on the agricultural sector
or staging hunger strike to air their and farmers all over the country and their
livelihood.
demands. But the bigger question is this: Dy said one of the things Agbiag wants to
focus on is land titling. She said land titles in the
Is the government listening?

A VOTE FOR AGBIAG,


#48

A VOICE FOR
FARMERSThe group Agbiag is taking up the cudgels
for the farmers. It stood up to the challenge and
By Jonathan P. Vicente
Photographs by Michael Superales

country are not that stable, there are so many


“We are hoping to get a seat in Congress so
titles that are challenged and the group wants to
that we can continue our advocacy,” Tillman
went on to become a party -list group representing #48 pointed out.
the interests of the agricultural sector in the
Philippines.
AGBIAG will also work to: Agbiag’s first nominee is Patrick Antonio, from
Cagayan, Dy will be the second
According to the party-list system, a
voice in Congress promotes a healthy
• Support for more post harvest facility nominee and Tillman is the third.
democracy, as it allows representation in • Lobby for more government funded irrigation When it comes to campaigning,
Agbiag is totally different from the
Congress of those who need it most. • Slowly eradicate massive rice importation previous Agbiag party list.
Through this system, sectors that have • Price control in the purchase of big retailers
been ignored will finally have a chance “Nahihirapan kami ngayon kasi
to be heard. • Financing support to farmers before Agbiag was heavily affiliated
California-licensed lawyer Erika T. Dy, • Support for fertilizers and pesticides with the administration. But now we
Atty. Hansel are a different group not associated
who is one of the nominees of the Agbiag • Information campaign for new technology in farming and other
Tillman (right) and party list, said the agricultural industry with President Arroyo,” Dy
California-licensed is one of the main drivers of the economy land use explained.
lawyer Erika T. Dy of the country. However, due to the lack • Lobby for other agricultural necessities to empower the individuals Tillman said it is unfair for them
(middle) explain of needed reforms and initiatives, the in the sector to be branded as administration party
Agbiag’s agricultural industry has been surpassed list when in fact they are a group of
advocacies during by many of our neighboring Asian • Push the special calamity support fund for affected farmers different people with a common goal
an interview with countries. • Make the agricultural sector a dominant sector whose voice in of trying to uplift the lives of farmers
Dy said a vote for Agbiag, No. 48 in and work on to make their agricultural
the Commuter Congress shall be a force in the emerging economy of our nation livelihood flourish.
the ballot, is a vote for the modernization
Express. and growth of the Philippines’ agricultural sector. ”We have a very huge agricultural sector and
Another nominee, Atty. Hansel Tillman said fine tune this effort to benefit our farmers. we are asking local leaders to help us in the
Agbiag will work hard to create bills in order to Problems on lands with two claimants are just campaign. We have enough laws when it comes
protect and improve the livelihood of those some of the things that should need to be to agricultural sector what we need is the proper
involved in the farming sector. Tillman said the addressed, the group said. implementation,” Tillman said
6 Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Recognizing role of local


government units Ni McJoe PALAISIPAN Thelma Onego
THE Council for the Welfare of Children Complete the grid so every row, column
(CWC), the government’s focal agency for chil- and 3 x 3 box contains every digit
2. Katha
dren, celebrates the 8th Presidential Awards from 1 to 9 inclusively.
3. Binubusabos
for Child Friendly Cities and Municipalities. 4. Aeta
In 2009, local government units from sev- 5. Idamdam
enteen (17) regions, joined the said Search. 6. Southern Tagalog
From 4th-6th class municipality - Sta.
Athletic Association
Teresita, Cagayan; New Lucena, Iloilo and
7. Tunog ng relo
Pilar, Cebu, from 1st-3rd class municipality
8. Alberto Romulo
- Mariveles, Bataan; La Trinidad, Benguet;
San Mateo, Isabela; Tayabas, Quezon; Jor- 9. Negosyong
dan, Guimaras and Tubigon, Bohol, from sosyohan
Component City - Vigan City; Dumaguete 10. Waldas
City; Tagaytay City and Dipolog City, from 14. Hahamak
Independent Component City - Naga City 17. Ibabalik
and Santiago City and from Highly Urban- 19. Ilaglag
ized City - Makati City; Olongapo City and 20. Idagil
Puerto Princesa City. 21. Igapas
The National Awards Committee screened 23. Layon
the nominees and the CWC Board approved 25. Paningin
the winners by category. Awards are set to 26. Sagot ng
Previous puzzle solution PAHALANG 22. Yunit ng timbang
be given by President Gloria Mcapagal-Ar- pumayag
23. Pahintay
royo at Malacanan Palace on April 22, 2010. 28. Tunog ng
The Presidential Awards for Child Friendly 1. Ko 24. Hintay
5. Muhon 25. Mang-hunting pukpok
Cities and Municipalities began in 1999 with 30. Imbita pag inulit
the objective of recognizing the role of the lo- 11. Solo; Ingles 27. New York
cal government units (LGUs) in promoting and 12. Isukat ng lalim 28. Pakiusap
protecting children’s rights to survival, pro- 13. K--------; 29. Brand ng kotse
tection, development and participation. Pinsan 31. Galaw ng
15. Rowell Santiago tubig dagat
Recom pushes quality 16. Igarahe 32. Sisiw
17. Balat ng bigas 33. Pang-ukol
education in Caloocan 18. Halamang
MAYOR Enrico “Recom” Echiverri is fo- palma
cused on raising the quality of education in 19. Parte ng manok PABABA
Caloocan City so that local students would 20. Itanong
become known as one of the best in the coun- 21. Iharang 1. Jai ---- SAGOT SA NAKARAAN
try.
Echvierri said one of the top priorities of
his administration is to improve the quality
of education in the city, particularly at pub- MADE joins construction exhibition 2010
lic schools, that’s why the local government THE Metrobank Art and Design can visit its booth, which will like- practitioners.”
has always been gung-ho in providing the Excellence (MADE), the pioneering art wise feature the exhibit boards and A convergence of the key players
basic need of students. competition of the Metrobank Foun- scale models of past winners in the and stakeholders in the construction
Under Echiverri’s leadership, 300 new dation, will be participating in 2010 architecture competition – Architect industry, CONEX 2010 provides a
classrooms were built. This pales in compari- Construction Exhibition (CONEX) to Noel Tan (2005), Architect Michael venue for the exchange of ideas
son to the 20 classrooms that the previous be held on April 22 to 25 at the SMX Peña (2006), Architect Jericho Adriano among allied professions and the
Convention Center. (2007) and Architect John David O’Yek leading proponents of the construc-
administration managed to produce during With the theme “Your Environment (2009). All winning works showcase tion industry.
three full terms, or nine years. Shapes You,” MADE has competitions innovative strategies for sustainable CONEX 2010 aims to create pub-
Aside from this, the city government has in the fields of painting, sculpture, and green design. lic awareness on the current trends
also consistently provided for free books and architecture and interior design, and “CONEX is a good venue for us in the construction and real estate
school supplies for pupils. advocates green and sustainable de- to promote the MADE competition industry, as well as to showcase the
Echverri, a two-term mayor, said public signs. MADE has partnered with the because it allows us to reach a large latest product lines. The convention
schools around Caloocan would also be re- United Architects of the Philippines number of architects and interior de- also provides a venue to enhance
ceiving new facilities that would surely boost (UAP) in conducting its architecture signers in just one event,” said sales productivity, open opportu-
competition. Metrobank Foundation president nities for public interaction, forge
the chances for learning and enthusiasm
MADE will participate in CONEX Aniceto “Chito” Sobrepeña. “More and renew client contacts, gener-
among students. 2010 to create more awareness about than that,” he continued, “being part ate market presence, launch new
Meanwhile, teachers and principals of local the competition, especially with the of such prestigious event organized products, ascertain client needs,
public schools were also happy to know that architects and interior designers. by UAP enables our competition to influence client decision-making
Echiverri is also giving them due attention. Those who are interested to join MADE reach out to key industry leaders and and close deals.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010 7

Meralco sa PBA? Asian chess tilt unveils in Subic


AMID a promise of an- supported by the Subic Bay Sasikiran (ELO 2686) of In-
KAPAG bumalik ang Meralco other exciting battle, the 2010 Metropolitan Authority dia and GM Ni Hua (ELO
sa PBA, ano ang gagamitin nilang Asian Individual Chess (SBMA), Department of Tour- 2667) of China.
franchise? Yung sa Air 21 o sa Championships come off the ism, Philippine Amusement In all, a total of 95 players
Barako Coffee?
wraps today (April 21) at the and Gaming Corporation and from 14 countries, including
O bibili sila ng sarili nila kung
Subic Exhibition and Conven- Philippine Charity Sweep- 32 from host Philippines, are
sakaling papayag na ang PBA na
maging 12 na teams nila? tion Center. stakes Office. seeing action in this tourna-
At kapag may laro nga ba ang GM Wesley So, the The 16-year-old Filipino ment serving as one of two
Meralco, tiyak na walang brownout para tiyak na mapapanood country's winningest player champion, who is best re- qualifying tournaments for
ang TV coverage nila? in the last three years, heads membered for his outstand- the next World Chess Cup.
*** the star-studded list of local ing performance in the World NCFP president/chair-
Sobrang guwapo ng college player na ito na mula sa isang and foreign players vying for Chess Cup in Khanty- man Prospero “Butch” Pichay
glamorosong eskuwelahan. the top prize of US$ 6,000 in Mansiysk, Russia last year, and SBMA administrator
Kaya naman ang daming babae at bading na nahuhumaling this prestigious, 11-round is seeded fourth with an ELO Armand Arreza are expected
sa kanya. tournament hosted by the of 2665 behind only GM Le to make the ceremonial moves
Pero may isa lang daw siyang diperensya. National Chess Federation of Quang Liem (ELO 2689) of during the colorful opening
Kapag nagtanggal na siya ng medyas pagkatapos ng practice the Philippines (NCFP) and Vietnam, GM Krishnan ceremony set at 2 p.m.
nila, umaalingasaw ang amoy ng kanyang paa.
Kahit daw anong alcohol at deodorizer ang ilagay niya, hindi Sports Valley Jai alai
kayang puksain ang amoy. Two in a row for Fernandez Tonight's Program
Pero ang mga teammates niya, wala ng reklamo. Sanay na sila. WHEN a player is hot, you an alternate playing dates with Senior A Pelotaris
*** cannot stop him from winning. the Senior A group. 1-ERIC
Pelotari Fernandez makes it On the other hand, Spanish 2-ESTIPONA
May bagong player ang UE Warriors na naglalaro na sa Fil- 3-SOLAUN
Oil Flying V tournament. two in a row. After winning the player Solaun made it also last 4-MERSON
Siya si Biboy Enguio. other night, he repeated his April 5 and April 7, when the 5-DANIEL
Ang bagong UE rookie na ito ay naglaro noong high school performance last April 19. games resumed after the Lenten 6-MADRIGAL
niya, at ngayon kinuha na nga siya ni Coach Lawrence Tiongson Fernandez tops the trio of Season. 7-UGARTE
para sa team. 3-4-1 together with pelotaris In our line-up tonight, we have 8-GOROSTOLA
Naniniwala si Lawrence sa kakayahan nitong si Biboy kaya Merson who took the second a substitution. Madrigal will re- 9-FERNANDEZ
spot and Gingone who con- place Zabala in number six green 10-GINGONE
naman sinusubukan na siya ngayong summer league.
Masaya naman si Biboy at nabigyan na siya ng chance na nected in the third position. shirt. Reserves:
makapaglaro kaya naman sabi niya, pipilitin niyang The win, made Fernandez This made our program com- Alex, Benavente
makapagpakita kapag nabigyan siya ng pagkakataon na the first Pinoy who won the posed of seven Pinoys and three April 19: 3-4-1
makalaro. special llave consecutively in Spanish players. Merit Points 3,900
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Spiridon Louis isn’t well known around the world,
but he is in Greece. That’s because of what happened
in 1896 when the Olympic Games were revived in
Athens.
During the competition that year, the Greeks did
quite well—winning the most medals of any nation.
But the event that became a source of true Greek pride
was the first-ever marathon. Seventeen athletes com-
peted in this race of 40 kilometers (24.8 miles), but it
was won by Louis—a common laborer. For his ef-
forts, Louis was honored by king and country, and he
became a national hero.
The apostle Paul used running a race as a picture
of the Christian life. In 1 Corinthians 9:24, he chal-
lenged us not just to run but to run to win, saying,
“Do you not know that those who run in a race all
run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way
that you may obtain it.” Not only did Paul teach this
but he lived it out. In his final epistle, he said, “I have
fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have
kept the faith” (2/Tim. 4:7). Having finished his
race, Paul joyfully anticipated receiving the victory
crown from the King of heaven. MMDA gets more strict on ‘no helmet, no travel’ policy
Like Paul, run your earthly race to win—and to THE Metropolitan Manila Devel- ered by the rule but also the crash helmets for their protection, and
please your King. — Bill Crowder opment Authority (MMDA) admit- backriders. warned that violators will be appre-
As we run in this race— ted yesterday that they had been lax Inocentes also said passengers not hended and meted the correspond-
As our best effort we bring— in enforcing the “no helmet, no travel” wearing helmet will be ordered to get ing penalty.
We are spurred on by the fact policy in the past. off from the motorcycles and will Inocentes added “no helmet no
That we must win for the King. —Branon MMDA Chairman Oscar Inocentes only be allowed to ride once they al- travel" policy and similar city ordi-
The Christian’s race is not a sprint—it’s a mara- said they now became strict in imple- ready wear helmets. nances have been in effect but these
thon. menting the policy as drivers of mo- According to Inocentes, people had not been enforced strictly.
torcycles are not the only ones cov- riding in tandem should both wear Annette Vergel
10 Wednesday, April 21, 2010