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TROPICAL storm “Butchoy” isn’t expected to leave the country anytime soon, but only by Monday
TROPICAL storm “Butchoy”
isn’t expected to leave the
country anytime soon, but
only by Monday evening or
Tuesday morning at the latest,
weathermen said Friday.
They said Butchoy was
expected to bring more rain,
high winds and huge waves.
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Daisy Ortega said Luzon and
the Visayas would be the most
affected by the “overstaying”
typhoon. Luzon, including
Metro Manila, will experience
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Luzon, including Metro Manila, will experience Next page 6.0 quake jolts Davao Oriental A MAGNITUDE 6

6.0 quake jolts Davao Oriental

A MAGNITUDE 6 earth- quake jolted Davao Oriental and the neighboring cities and provinces at 9:14 a.m. on Friday, the Philippine In- stitute of Volcanology and Seismology said. The agency said the earth- quake was tectonic in origin, and that it occurred at a depth

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US warns citizens in traveling to PH

UN REPORT

Use of child warriors in conflicts increased

By Joyce Pangco Pañares

THE number of child warriors involved in the long-running Communist and Mus- lim rebellions have increased in the two years that the Aquino Administration has been in power, and they have been casualties in explosions and shootings, a United Nations report said Friday. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the children, with ages ranging from seven to 16 years, were working as guerrillas of the New People’s Army and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front or serving as messengers and intelligence gatherers for the Armed Forces and para-military units. “These children are not only casualties of explosions, shootings and attacks, but they are also kidnapped, killed or maimed,” Ban said. “Last year, 26 children were killed in armed conflict.” Ban submitted his report to the UN General Assembly last month, but it was

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to the UN General Assembly last month, but it was Next page Boys at war. A

Boys at war. A child combatant of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front has a finger on the trigger in this undated photo.

Kidnappings trigger advisory; Mideast TV team missing

News reporter as subject of the news. Baker Atyani (right),the Jordanian bureau chief for Southeast
News reporter as subject of the news.
Baker Atyani (right),the Jordanian
bureau chief for Southeast Asia of Al-
Arabiya TV, prepares a segment of his
report beside the sea in Jolo. He was
reported missing in Jolo this week.

By Zara de Leon

THE United States government on Friday warned its citizen to exercise “extreme caution” if traveling to the Philippines, particularly to Sulu and Mindanao.

The US government issued the travel advisory after two Chinese businessmen were kidnapped in Mindanao on June 4, and as a veteran Jordanian reporter and his TV crew went missing in Jolo. “US citizens should defer non-essen- tial travel to the Sulu Archipelago due to the high threat of kidnapping of in- ternational travelers and violence linked to insurgency and terrorism there,” the advisory said. The two Chinese nationals, James Lou and Jampong Lunyuan Kai, were abducted from their residence in the

town of Kabasalan in Mindanao, where they had been living for two years. The kidnappers were said to be demanding $5 million for their return. “Throughout Mindanao, criminal groups have clashed sporadically with the Philippine Armed Forces, particu- larly in rural areas, and terrorist groups have kidnapped international travelers and carried out bombings that have re- sulted in injuries and deaths,” the US government said. Kidnappers also seized an Australian

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Oil price cut set as power rates go up

By Alena Mae S. Flores

PUMP prices have been falling week after week, but the price re- ductions are being negated by the increasing prices of electricity, re- ports showed on Friday. Eastern Petroleum Corp. said pump prices would likely go down by P0.60 per liter of gasoline and P0.30 per liter of diesel because of the continuing softening of world oil prices. But the Energy Department warned that electricity prices would go up until August as a result of rising prices in the sport market and the shutdown of some coal-fired plants for maintenance.

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New nominees to SC top post bring total to 28

By Rey E. Requejo

THE Judicial and Bar Council on Friday said it had received 28 nominations for the position of chief justice, including eight associate justices of the Supreme Court. The same day, the eight-member coun- cil said it received the nomination of As- sociate Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, President Aquino’s first appointee to the tribunal, along with two other magistrates who were not among the five automatical- ly nominated by reason of seniority. Sereno, 51, was nominated by lawyer Fidel Thaddeus Borja and two other peo- ple. She was appointed by MR Aquino to the high court in August 2010, and she is

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Aquino committed to e-Trikes project

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By Alena Mae S. Flores

ENERGY Secretary Jose Rene Almendras on Friday said President Benigno Aquino Jr. was committed to the electric tricycle program, and that he had almost been sacked for not carrying it out sooner. He defended the distribution of the e-trikes through the local government units amid criticism that would

politicize the program during an election year. He said there was no diversion of funds because the $101-million financing from the Clean Technology Fund had not even been approved. “There can be no diversion of funds because we don’t have them yet,” Almendras said. “The loan has not been approved, and it will be dis- cussed sometime in June or July during the monthly board meeting of the Asian Development Bank.” Almendras said the Local Government Code man- dated that the e-trikes be coursed through the local gov- ernment units. “The laws say that the LGUs are the ones who con- trol the tricycles. They are the ones who are authorized to give the franchise. You cannot go against the local government code,” Almendras said. He said the e-trike program coincided with an elec- tion year because it was delayed. “We really wanted this earlier,” Almendras said. “As a matter of fact, I almost lost my job be- cause the President was so mad because he had been

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Defense: No proof vs Arroyo

GOVERNMENT prosecutors failed to present evidence of a conspiracy be- tween former President Gloria Macapa-

gal-Arroyo and election officials to rig

the voting in the polls, making case of elec- toral sabotage against her “a mere fabrica- tion,” defense lawyers said

on Friday. Benjamin Santos said the govern- ment’s star witness, Norie Unas, had admitted in court he had no proof that could link Arroyo to the election offi- cials or to the tampering of the results of the senatorial elections in 2007. “Under the electoral sabotage law, it must be shown that [Arroyo] con- spired with the members of the Board of Canvassers or the Board of Election Inspectors,” Santos said. “Unas only points to a supposed conspiracy between [Arroyo] and for- mer Maguindanao governor Andal Ampatuan, who is neither a mem- ber of the BEI or the BOC.” Unas had told a court hear- ing on Arroyo’s petition for bail on Thursday that he overheard Arroyo telling Ampatuan to

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Visitor from Myanmar. Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario greets Myanmar Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin during a meeting of the Philippines-Myanmar commission for bilateral cooperation.

Philippines-Myanmar commission for bilateral cooperation. EJERCITO LACIERDA Ejercito , Lacierda engage in word war

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Ejercito , Lacierda engage in word war over ratings

By Maricel V. Cruz

A WORD war of sorts erupted Friday between

presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda and San Juan Rep. Joseph Victor Ejercito and the House opposition bloc over the drop in the sat-

isfaction rating of President Benigno Aquino III

in the latest Social Weather Stations survey.

Ejercito, a presidential ally, told Lacierda to stop being myopic and biased in reading, ana- lyzing and reacting to positive and constructive criticisms over the latest SWS survey results.

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Lhuillier snubbed on land row offer

By Ferdinand Fabella

AMBASSADOR to Portugal Philippe Lhuil-

lier has offered to return a 300-square-meter parcel of land in Makati City owned by a re- tired employee of San Miguel Corp., but the owner has refused the terms of his offer, one

of the land owner’s lawyers said Friday.

It appeared that Lhuillier had bought the property from someone who didn’t own it, but when the owner, Roberto Santos, sued, Lhuil- lier offered to return it and to buy it from him.

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cleared for release to the public only on Friday. He provided the Manila Standard a copy of the re- port by e-mail at itsrequest. The NPA, which started as a rag-tag army of barefoot commu- nist guerrillas, has been fighting the government for 43 years. The MNLF war, which has sputtered off and on for almost the same pe- riod, seeks an independent Mus- lim state in Mindanao. Ban said the number of children recruited by rebels in 2011 was 54 compared with 24 in 2010, and “our country task force document- ed 26 incidents involving 33 boys and 21 girls.” He said out of the 52 recorded cases, 16 children were verified to be connected with the government’s military operations while the others were connected with rebel groups. “They are used by rebels as com- batants and as military intelligence by the Armed Forces and the Citi- zens Armed Forces Geographical Units [militia],” Ban said. Malacañang declined to issue

a statement when asked for com- ment, while deputy spokeswoman Abigail Valte said she had yet to see a copy of the report. “But as a matter of policy, that [using children in war] is not al- lowed,” she said.

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ensure a 12-0 victory for the ad- ministration’s senatorial candi- dates. But the defense lawyers said Unas testimony was hearsay. The prosecution’s star witness is

a former Maguindanao provincial

administrator and has been linked to the massacre of 58 people, includ- ing 30 journalists, in Maguindano

in 2009. Ampatuan, his son and sev-

eral family members are the main suspects in the killings. Santos said Unas had offered to testify against Arrroyo to in- gratiate himself with the Aquino administration and to escape pros- ecution from the murders in which he has been implicated. “Unas’ credibility is highly sus- pect,” Santos said. “His testimony is completely uncorroborated and self-serving.” Christine F. Herrera

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now ranked 12th among 14 jus- tices in seniority. Last year, Sereno filed a dis- senting opinion when the Court allowed former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to leave the country for medical treatment. Her opinion was later used as a basis for the impeachment of the complaint filed against chief jus- tice Renato Corona. Separate nominations were also

submitted for Associate Justices Roberto Abad and Jose Perez. Abad, appointed to the Court in August 2009 during the previous

administration, is ranked eighth in seniority by date of appoint- ment. He was recommended by University of Santo Tomas civil law dean Nilo Divina. Perez, ranked 10th in seniority, was endorsed by the Asia-Pacific Bar Association. He is a graduate of the UP College of Law and has been with the Supreme Court since 1971, beginning his career there as a legal assistant. He was named administrator in 2008 and appointed associate justice in

December 2009. Also nominated were Elections Commissioner Rene Sarmiento, University of the East law dean Amado Valdez, and former UP law dean Marvic Leonen. Leonen, appointed by Presi- dent Aquino to head the govern- ment panel in the peace talks with the Muslim rebels, was nomi- nated by the civil society group Black and White Movement. In 2011 Leonen and 36 other faculty members of the UP College of Law called for the resignation of Justice Mariano del Castillo over accusations of plagiarism. Valdez, a perennial nominee to the vacant posts in the high court, be- came visible in the past months as a legal expert for media networks dur- ing Corona’s impeachment. Sarmiento was recommended by Dean Virgilio Jara and other professors of the San Beda Col- lege of Law, who cited his “work- ing for social justice and human rights.” He was also nominated by Zenaida Quezon Avanceña, granddaughter of the late Presi- dent Manuel L. Quezon. The latest endorsements brought to 22 the number of can- didates nominated to the top post

of the Supreme Court. The others are Justice Sec- retary Leila de Lima, Internal Revenue Commissioner Kim Henares, Solicitor General Fran- cis Jardeleza, former UP Law Dean Raul Pangalangan, Ateneo law school Dean Cesar Villan- ueva, law professor and women’s right advocate Katrina Legarda, lawyer Marianito Sadondoncillo, retired Judge Manuel Siyangco Jr., law professor Rafael Morales, Ormoc City Vice Mayor Nepo- muceno Aparis, former Makati City Rep. Teodoro Locsin Jr., and former solicitor general Francis- co Chavez. Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio and the other four most senior justices of the Supreme Court -- Associate Justices Pres- bitero Velasco Jr., Teresita Leon- ardo-de Castro, Arturo Brion and Diosdado Peralta – were also automatically nominated for the post under JBC rules. A nurse named Jocelyn Es- quivel was the lone applicant, but she is expected to be disqualified because the Constitution requires a chief justice to be a lawyer who has served as a judge or practiced in private for at least 15 years.

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Friday was the second time the US had issued a travel advisory to its citizens against travel to the Philippines. Officials on Friday said Baker Atyani, Al-Arabiya TV bureau chief for Southeast Asia, had been missing since Tuesday, when he was last seen in Jolo while on a reporting trip. Also missing were two Ma- nila-based TV crewmen, a local female guide and the driver of the journalists’ van, said Sulu provincial police chief Antonio Freyra. Authorities were trying to ver- ify unconfirmed reports that Aty- ani might have traveled to Jolo’s mountainous jungles to seek an interview with Abu Sayyaf mili- tants and some of their foreign hostages as part of a TV docu- mentary on the southern Philip- pines, a military intelligence of- ficial told The Associated Press. He spoke on condition of ano- nymity because he was not au- thorized to talk to reporters. Atyani and his crew arrived Monday in Jolo, a hotbed of mili- tants notorious for bomb attacks, kidnappings and beheadings. Freyra said the three men left their Jolo hostel early Tuesday and were picked up by a minivan. They failed to show up for Philippine In- dependence Day rites later that day despite telling officials they would cover the event. “We don’t know if he has been kidnapped. We don’t know their

objective here,” Jolo Mayor Hus- sin Amin told the AP by phone. “He’s been declared missing for now.” A Filipino TV reporter, Ces Drilon, was planning to inter- view leaders of the al-Qaida- linked Abu Sayyaf group in Jolo in 2008 when the group held her for ransom for 10 days. The militants in Jolo are hold- ing two Europeans and a Japa- nese. There are conflicting re- ports whether an Indian hostage has died in captivity. Atyani, a 43-year-old Jorda- nian based in Jakarta, was work- ing for the Arabic satellite chan- nel Middle East Broadcasting Corp. in June 2001 when he met Osama bin Laden and his aides in Afghanistan and said they told him that the coming weeks would hold “important surprises that will target American and Is- raeli interests in the world.” He later moved to Dubai- based Al-Arabiya TV as its Asia bureau chief. Amin expressed fear for the journalists’ safety even though Atyani was an experienced re- porter. “Well, he doesn’t know what he got into this time. These gun- men are bandits and drug addicts. They can enter but it’s uncertain if they can exit,” Amin said. Abu Sayyaf militants have launched more attacks in the last four years despite US-backed of- fensives on Jolo and neighboring islands. Authorities had failed to cut off a flow of money, food and weapons to the terrorists, the Philippine military said in a recent report. With the AP and Florante S. Solmerin

6.0 quake

of 46 kilometers. The quake’s epicenter was 162 kilometers southeast of Mati, Davao Oriental, but moderate to strong shocks were also felt in General Santos City, Don Mar- celino, Davao del Sur, Davao City, Manay, Davao Oriental, Digos City and Malita, Davao del Sur. Slightly weaker shocks were recorded in Tagum City, Car- men, Davao del Norte, Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur and Koronadal, South Cotabato.

The institute’s director, Renato Solidum, said aftershocks were pos- sible those would not be destructive. “The quake is in the sea, so some of these aftershocks might not be felt,” he said. Meanwhile, Philippine National Red Cross secretary general Gwen- dolyn Pang said their chapters n Davao Oriental and General Santos City made a rapid assessment of the effect of the earthquake. No casualty or damage to prop- erty was reported, but Pang said the Red Cross had a contingency plan in case of aftershocks. Rio N. Araja and Macon Ramos-Araneta

“Mr. Santos got insulted and refused so, I think the ambas- sador has to appear on [June] 18th in court,” Santos-Garbo said. “This is the justice Mr. San- tos hopes to achieve, so the ambassador and his lawyers should not underestimate poor people like him.” Santos had filed charges of trespassing, malicious mis- chief, grave threats, grave co- ercion, slight physical injury and robbery against Lhuillier and six of his employees and security men before the Office of the Prosecutor in Makati City after he was allegedly pre- vented from entering his prop- erty. Lhuillier’s lead counsel, Ryan Espiritu, said he was not privy to the supposed meeting between Francisco and Santos’ lawyers, but stressed that the ambassador was indeed open to settlement. “We are exploring the pos- sibility of settlement with Mr. Santos because both parties are in the losing end if these cases continue, particularly Mr. San- tos who is already in advance stage,” he said. Should Santos refuse, Es- piritu said, they would have no choice but to pursue their counter-charge of trespassing against him. “We purchased the prop- erty in good faith. Should they agree to drop all the cases, then we will vacate the property and buy it back,” Espiritu said.

Lhuillier

But Santos refused because Lhuillier had offered to buy the property for only P8 million when its current value was P35 million. Rosalinda Santos-Garbo, one of Santos’ counsels, said Lhuil- lier, the owner of the Cebuana Lhuillier chain of pawnshops, sent one of his lawyers to talk to them to work out an out-of- court settlement. She said the lawyer intro- duced himself as Rey Fran- cisco and met with her and her co-counsel Jonas Castro on June 13. Castro offered to vacate the property that San- tos claims was illegally taken from him. The property is a 346-square meter lot with a commercial building along N. Garcia Street in San Miguel Village. It is just across from Lhuil- lier’s PJ Lhuillier Building, the headquarters of his chain of Cebuana Lhuillier pawn- shops. “Attorney Francisco request- ed us to drop all the charges we filed against the ambassador. In return, they will also dismiss the counter-charges they filed against my client,” Santos-Gar- bo told the Manila Standard. She said Francisco also promised to return the property to Santos and to buy it back, but Santos refused because the amount being offered for his property was too low.

Ejercito

The members of the House’s minority bloc urged Mr. Aquino to read the latest SWS survey results well and “turn your at- tention away from the politics of revenge and instead set a positive example of national reconcilia- tion and hard-working leader- ship.” “It is reforms like this, Mr. President---not self-serving press releases---that will keep your popularity ratings up,” House Minority Leader and Quezon Rep. Danilo Suarez said in a statement. Ejercito had earlier said that the drop in Mr. Aquino’s satisfac-

tion ratings should serve a wake- up call to “address the country’s problems.” The recent SWS survey, con- ducted on May 24 to 27, said Mr. Aquino’s net score dropped by seven points to +42, with 63 percent satis- fied and 21 percent dissatisfied. Ejercito had advised Malaca- ñang to begin focusing on the measures that would address the worsening poverty, high unem- ployment, and the rising cost of essential goods and services. “As an ally of the Aquino ad- ministration, my statement never meant to disregard any of the Aquino administration’s pro-poor programs,” Ejercito said. “I only acknowledged the dip in PNoy’s [Mr. Aquino] trust and

performance rating survey be- cause I believe it would affect PNoy’s public perception and his gaining of support for his other anti-corruption and poverty alle- viation programs.” But Lacierda brushed off Ejercito’s unsolicited advice. Ejercito said the President’s spinmeisters, led by Lacierda, were either suffering from a se- vere case of political myopeia or chronic self delusion. “The only acceptable surveys to the Palace spinmesiters like Lacierda are surveys that fa- vor the Aquino administration,” Ejercito said. He said it was iron- ic that Lacierda had taken the lat- est SWS survey results lightly. “Surely, the huge drop in

President Aquino’s ratings in Metro Manila is a reason for se- rious concern,” Ejercito said. Suarez said the survey con- ducted by the Issues and Advo- cacy Center had also noted that “more people disapproved than approved of the President’s per- formance on nearly every issue important to the public.” “The Palace was quick to re- spond that they did not even rec- ognize the legitimacy of the Cen- ter, let alone agree with its survey findings,” Suarez said. “Unfortunately for them, the SWS came out thereafter with its own quarterly survey show- ing the President’s net approval rating had plunged to its lowest point ever since he took office.’’

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Energy Secretary Jose Rene Almendras said those factors would be reflected in the July billings. Prices were also likely to go up in August. Eastern Petroleum chairman Fernando Martinez said pump prices would go down “ due to European economic financial crisis and the dampened US and Asian mar- kets.” Energy Secretary Jose Rene Almendras confirmed there will be another round of oil price rollback. “The indications are that [world oil] prices continue to soften,” he said. “We are now at the level of 2008 prices. We are even cheaper than the cheap rate of 2008, and while that’s very good, the question is how long it will last.” Almendras said he was worried that “when something goes up too fast, it will also come down too fast.” He said he had been trying to monitor the developments in the international oil mar- kets, which would reflect how world prices will likely move in the following months. “In the Kuwaiti conference the oil-producing countries were saying they would survive at below $100 [a barrel], but at that price there is no incentive to develop new resources,” Almendras said. “If they do not develop new resources, then you are not going to add to your inven- tory, and your consumption is growing up.”

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wanting this. We really tried to do this as much as we could, but we had to go through the process. You have to convince the lend- er that we did the studies.” Almendras said the program will run until 2016, with the tricycles being distributed in tranches. He said the CTF funding was “not crucial” because the ADB was willing to put in $300 million in financing even with- out the CTF. “I can even make the e-trike work using local funds,” he said. “It’s just that we have a partnership agree- ment with the ADB to honor all the prom- ises we made. They’ve been very helpful in the whole project, and it’s only right that we explore and do it with them.” Sohail Hasnie, the ADB’s principal en- ergy specialist, said that, in 2009, when the CTF was made available, there were a lot of countries competing for the funds. “The idea is that the fund should be trans- formational, it should be invested in projects that will transform an industry,” he said. He said the Electric Power Industry Re- form Act also limited their options because, under the law, public funds could not be used for power generation. “So taking all those into account, the Philippine government got working with ADB and asked for $125 million to be al- located, and what CTF did at the time was they endorsed it, which means we pencil in that much money for a project for this coun- try,” he said.

Butchoy

flash floods and landslides brought by heavy rainfall. “Butchoy is headed toward a west-northwest direction, but its remnants will still trigger heavy rainfall to flood the already soaked parts of Luzon including Metro Manila and the Visayas,” Ortega told the Manila Standard.

Another weather specialist, Fer- nando Cada, advised residents in the affected areas to take precau- tionary measures, and local of- ficials to stay on alert to evacuate people if necessary. “Metro Manila will not be spared. Expect floods,” he said. As of 5 p.m. on Friday, Butchoy was spotted 500 kilometers east- southeast of Guiauan, Eastern Samar, with maximum sustained

winds of 110 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 140 kph. Weathermen raised storm signal no. 1 over Eastern Samar. The storm was moving west- northwest at 11 kph. Meanwhile, the Metro Manila Development Authority said it was ready to respond to any flood situa- tion, even as the Philippine Nation- al Red Cross said it was likewise

ready to implement its own disaster action plan. Red Cross chairman Richard Gordon said he had ordered the Red Cross’ main operation center and all its chapters to monitor the situation round the clock to respond to any emergencies. “We have to respond to the situ- ation on time,” he said. “Help can- not wait.” Rio N. Araja and Macon Ramos-Araneta

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Host areas to benefit from mining gains

COMMUNITIES that host mining operations should be the first to benefit from the economic gains generated by the mining industry, Vice President Jejomar Binay said.

Mining goes beyond economic considerations. It is above all, a social justice issue. Communities that host mining operations should be granted opportunities like education, health care, clean water, and power as a bare minimum, Binay

said in a speech at the Philippine Society of Mining Engineers’ Convention in Davao City. He also cited mining’s vast economic potential, saying that the Philippines has about 9 million hectares of potential mining land with only 1.4

million hectares being covered by mining permits. There are billions of tons of metallic and non-metallic mineral deposits buried within the Philippine soil, Binay said. “This is the strange contradiction that we live in—so many look for food and decent living above ground—while so much wealth lies literally beneath our feet.” Binay also acknowledged the impact of mining on the environment as he urged the stakeholders to apply every

measure and technology to ensure that the impact on the environment is managed and that proper rehabilitation is undertaken. He said “we cannot forever look at these riches as taboo and refuse to touch them, but neither can be we wasteful and careless in its consumption”. He said that the government is drafting a mining policy statement that seeks to increase the government’s share in mining revenues.

As this developed, a Mines bureau official expressed concern on the growing anti- mining sentiment among local

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government units have begun passing ordinances that limit if not totoally ban the conduct of mining in the provinces. Those that have passed laws considered as anti-mining include Romblon, Antique, Zamboanga Sibubay, Bohol, Zamboanga del Norte, Samar, Marinduque, South Cotabato, Bukidnon, La Union, Negros Occidental and Capiz. Macon Araneta, Eric Apolonio, Othel Campos

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Enrile,Angaratry to carry on a tradition

By Macon Araneta

THE Senate of the 16th Congress may turn into a family affair if some of the candidates win in the 2013 mid-term elections, thanks to a set-up that does not prohibit political dynasties. What is barred, however, is an overextended tenure or the two- term limit. A good example is the case of Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile of United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) and Senator Edgardo Angara of the Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino (LDP). Since they are deemed to have graduated from two consecutive terms come May 13, they are said to be fielding their sons to run for senator. Cagayan Rep. Jack Enrile and Aurora Rep. Juan Edgardo Angara are expected to bank on their popularity as members of the prosecution panel in the impeachment trial of Renato Corona, not to mention their being kinsmen of political families. These factors will bolster their chances of getting a Senate seat, said Speaker Feliciano Belmonte. The young Angara will run under the LDP, his father’s party. The young Enrile, on the other hand, is among the senatoriables

of UNA, the coalition party of Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino of former President Joseph Estrada and Vice President Jejomar Binay. Enrile’s father, who was lauded for the success of the impeachment trial, is UNAs third highest official. Pampanga’s Mark Lapid, son of Senator Lito Lapid is also gearing up for the senatorial race. Senate president pro tempore Jinggoy Estrada will likely have his half-brother, San Juan Rep. JV Ejercito as a colleague in the Senate if fortunes don’t change and he gets elected to the upper chamber. Ejercito is the son of the former president by San Juan Mayor Guia Gomez. Another graduating Senator Manuel Villar, will field his wife, former Las Pinas Rep. Cynthia Villar. Other prominent names figured in the May 20-26 Pulse Asia survey on senatorial preferences, with the likes of Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos, wife of Senator Ralph Recto and Cavite Rep. Lani Mercado, wife of Senator Ramon Revilla. The terms of senators Recto and Revilla will end in 2016 and thus are unlikely to give up their seats.

Escudero wants to be common bet

INDEPENDENT Senator Francis Escudero is open to becoming a common candidate of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) and Liberal Party (LP) of President Aquino. “Perhaps, this is the dream of all running candidates. Why not?” said Escudero. But he was quick to point out that it would amount to two- timing because the issue here involved election and politics, and not the affairs of the heart. “I will abide and respect and welcome, of course, any help or

support eitherof UNA or any other party may extend in so far as my candidacy is concerned,” he said. He said there was an informal offer for him to join UNA.

there would be no

problem if he were to join either former Senator Miguel Zubiri and Zambales Rep. Mitos Magsaysay in campaign sorties. Zubiri and Magsaysay were closely identified with former President Gloria Macapagal- Arroyo while Escudero belonged to the other side of the political fence. Macon Ramos Araneta

He said

IINN BBRIEFRIEF Ban on religious rites pushed A LEFT-LEANING lawmaker on Friday pressed for the
IINN BBRIEFRIEF
Ban on religious rites pushed
A LEFT-LEANING lawmaker on Friday pressed for the approval
of the Religious Freedom in Government Offices Act, a measure
which seeks to ban all religious ceremonies including mass,
prayers, Christmas parties, thanksgivings, vigils, blessings and
among others and the removal of religious symbols like cross,
Bible, Koran and others in all government premises.
Kabataan party-list Rep. Raymond Palatino said the Constitution
bars the government from extending favors to any specific religion,
pointing out that the state is duty-bound to ban all the religious
services and symbols in government premises.
The state cannot be seen to favor one religion over the other,
in allowing the prominent conduct and display of religious
ceremonies and symbols, respectively, in public offices and
property, said Palatino in filing House Bill 6330. Maricel Cruz
Educational loans for SSS members
MEMBERS of the Social Security System with a monthly income
of P12,000 or less may now apply for the agency’s educational
assistance loan.
SSS president and chief executive officer Emilio de Quiros said
the maximum loanable amount is P15,000 for those who are in
college or have dependents in collegiate level. The loan amount is
pegged at at P7,500 for those enrolled or who have dependents in
vocational-technical courses.
A member is required to have at least 36 contributions prior to
the filing of application. Jonathan Fernandez

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

IN THE MATTER OF THE APPLICATION FOR THE APPROVAL OF THE OPOL SUBSTATION PROJECT, WITH PRAYER FOR THE ISSUANCE OF A PROVISIONAL AUTHORITY.

NATIONAL GRID CORPORATION OF THE PHILIPPINES (NGCP),

Applicant.

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ERC CASE NO. 2012-066 RC

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

TO ALL INTERESTED PARTIES:

Notice is hereby given that on April 24, 2012, the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) filed with the Commission an application for the approval of the Opol Substation project, with prayer for the issuance of a provisional authority.

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

1.

It

is a corporation created and existing under the laws of the

Philippines, with principal office address at NGCP Building, Quezon

Avenue corner BIR Road, Diliman, Quezon City. It is the corporate vehicle of the consortium which was awarded the concession to assume the power transmission functions of the National Transmission Corporation (TRANSCO) pursuant to Republic Act No. 9136 (R.A. 9136), otherwise known as the Electric Power Industry Reform Act of 2001 (EPIRA);

 

STATEMENT OF THE CASE

2.

One of its functions and responsibilities enumerated in Section 9

of

the EPIRA is to “improve and expand its transmission facilities,

consistent with the Grid Code and the Transmission Development Plan (TDP) to be promulgated pursuant to this Act, to adequately serve generation companies, distribution utilities and suppliers requiring transmission service and/or ancillary services through the transmission system: Provided, That TRANSCO shall submit any plan for expansion or improvement of its facilities for approval by the ERC.” (Emphasis supplied).

3.

In

accordance with its mandate to ensure and maintain the quality,

reliability, adequacy, security, stability and integrity of the Grid, it

seeks authority from this Commission to immediately implement the Opol Substation Project (Project), which aims, among others, to accommodate the expected significant load growth in Misamis Oriental.

 

STATEMENT OF FACTS

 

Brief Background

 

4.

The Province of Misamis Oriental is located in Northern Mindanao bordered by the Provinces of Bukidnon, Agusan and Lanao del Norte. It is host to several industries namely, among others, metal, chemical, mineral, rubber and food processing, commercial fishing, farming, tourism and light industry. A notable economic infrastructure in the area is the construction of the Laguindingan International Airport. It is expected to operate in the year 2012 which will result

in

the significant economic and load growth in Misamis Oriental.

5.

The province is drawing power, among others, from NGCP’s Lugait Substation through the 60 km Lugait-Carmen 69 kV Line. It was constructed sometime in 1966. With the projected economic progress and load growth, both the line and substation would no longer meet the increasing demand requirements in the next few years.

6.

In its Third (3 rd ) Reset Application docketed as ERC Case No. 2009- 180 RC, the Commission has already approved a project that will address the overloading to the existing units during single outage contingency in the Lugait Substation together with other substations, namely: Nuling, Tindalo, Aplaya, Bunawan and Aurora Substations under the project name: “Mindanao Substation Reliability Project - 1 (MSRP-I).” Specifically for the Lugait Substation, the Commission has approved the installation of an additional 1x75 MVA, 138/69- 13.8 kV power transformer and a 1-138 kV and 2-69 kV PCB.

7.

To better remedy the expected low voltage problems and load growth, NGCP decided to link strategic point of Lugait-Carmen 69 kV Line to Lugait-Tagoloan 138 kV double circuit line through the proposed Opol 138 kV Substation Project (Project) as a replacement to the Lugait Substation reinforcement. This Project would better accommodate customer loads and eliminate possible overloading and voltage problems aloing the Lugait-Carment 69 kV Line and in the Lugait Substation.

A

copy of the “Opol Substation Project” with attachments prepared

by NGCP’s Planning and Engineering Group is hereto attached as Annex “A”.

8.

The Project has already been included in NGCP’s 2011 Transmission Development Plan.

Project Description

 

9.

The proposed components and description of the Project are as follows:

 

Project Component

Project Description

Substation

 

Opol 138 kV Substation

3-138 kV PCB and Associated Equipment

 

(Substation)

3-69 kV PCB and Associated Equipment

 

75 MVA, 138/69-13.8 kV Transformer

Transmission Line

 

Cut-in to Lugait-Tagaloan 138 kV Line

Line 1: 138 kV, ST-DC1, 1-795MCM, 7.0 km

Line 2: 138 kV, ST-DC1, 1-795MCM, 7.0 km

Cut-in to Lugait-Carmen 69 kV Line

Line 1: 69 kV, SP-SC, 1-336.4MCM, 0.1 km

Line 2: 69 kV, SP-SC, 1-336.4MCM, 0.1 km

The 75 MVA transformer and its associated 1-138 kV and 2-69 kV PCB will be supplied from the 3RP Mindanao Substation Reliability Project-1 (MSRP-1). These were originally intended for Lugait Substation.

10.

The proposed Project shall be a conventional type with switch bays initially arranged in ring-bus breaker configuration for “cut- in” connection scheme. It may be reconfigured into one-and-a- half (1- 1 / 2 ) for eventual “bus-in” connection scheme for added reliability when additional transformer is installed in the future. Also, this includes a 2-138 kV and 1-69 Power Circuit Breakers and associated equipment. The 1x75 MVA, 138/69-13.8 kV power transformer and accessories as well as its associated 1-138 kV and

2-69 kV PCB including its associated equipment will be supplied under the Mindanao Substation Reliability Project - 1. Only the installation and hauling cost for the transformer and its associated equipment will be included in this Application.

11. A 138 kV transmission line will be initially linked to the existing Lugait-Tagoloan 138 kV transmission line which is one of the circuits of the existing Baloi-Tagoloan 138 kV double circuit steel tower transmission line. This will require the construction of two lines (Line 1 and Line 2), each has a length pf 7.0-km, that will utilize Steel Tower in a Double Circuit configuration to be constructed initially with single circuit strung or ST-DC1, 1-795 MCM ACSR, 138 kV transmission lines. The adoption of ST-DC! structures will facilitate the eventual “bus-in” connection of the existing 138 kV Balo-1-Tagoloan ST-DC T/L for added reliability. The porposed Project will also be connected through ”cut-in” connection to the existing Lugait-Carmen 69 kV Line through the construction of two (Line 1 and Line 2) 0.10-km, Steel Pole, Single Circuit or SP-SC, 1-336.4 MCM ACSR, 69 kV transmission lines.

Proposed Site and Cost Estimate of the Project

12. In this application, it proposes to implement the Project on a 4 hectare land located along a national highway at Brgy. Awang, Opol which is 15.50 km west of its Carmen Substation with an elevation of 156 meters above sea level. Being accessible, it will be easier for it to deliver the materials during the construction and perform inspection and maintenance activities of the facilities during operation. Also, the site is strategically located near the load centers in the vicinity of Cagayan de Oro City.;

13. The estimated cost of the Project is PhP603,729,575.00 and time of completion is in 2015.

14. In 2012, the peak load of the existing Lugait-Carmen 69 kV Line will already be ninety percent (90%) of its rated capacity. By 2014, the peak load of the said line will already be one hundred three percent (103%) of its rated power transfer capacity. Similarly, based on the system simulation, the bus voltages of Lumbo/Laguindingan, ABI, Opol, Canitoan, and CDO/Carmen Load End Substations in 2012- 2020 will be below the allowable of 0.95 per unit as prescribed by the Philippine Grid Code (PGC). Due to voltage drops at different connection points, load centers far from the power source often suffer from low voltage. The total amount of power to be curtailed during peak condition to avoid overloading of the Lugait-Carmen 69 kV Line and voltage violations respective areas ranges from 11.93 MW up to 37.72 MW in the period 2012 to 2020.

15. Upon energization of the Project targeted in February 2015, the Lugait-Carmen 69 kV Line will have a peak thermal loading of less than 49% of the rated capacity, with the overloading delayed by 19 years in 2034. Moreover, the per unit values of bus voltages at the load and substations will be improved and are already within the 0.95 - 1.05 per unit range under the Voltage Limit Compliance prescribed by the PGC.

Prayer for Provisional Authority

16. It moves for the issuance of a provisional approval pending final decision of the application in order for the project to be immediately implemented. Considering the necessity to construct drawdown substation to accommodate load growth and ensure power quality to the electricity consumers in Misamis Oriental, the implementation of Project must commence as scheduled. As such, pre-construction activities are needed to be undertaken in 2012 in order to meet the target completion in February 2015. Hence, the need to file an application with prayer for issuance of Provisional Authority (PA) before the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to be able to implement the project within the target need date established in the system study.

17. A copy of the Judicial Affidavit of Engr. Vicente N. Loria, the Division Head of the Project Planning and Development Division of NGCP in support thereof is hereto attached as Annex “B”.

18. It most prays of the Commission that:

a. Issue, immediately upon filing of the application, a provisional authority for the implementation of the Opol Substation Project; and

b. Approve, after notice and hearing, the application for the implementation of the Opol Substation Project and render judgment making provisional approval permanent.

The Commission has set the instant application for jurisdictional hearing, expository presentation, pre-trial conference and evidentiary hearing on July 12, 2012 (Thursday) at ten o’clock in the morning (10:00 A.M.) at the ERC Hearing Room, 15 th Floor, Pacific Center Building, San Miguel Avenue, Pasig City.

All persons who have an interest in the subject matter of the proceeding may become a party by filing, at least five (5) days prior to the initial hearing and subject to the requirements in the ERC’s Rules of Practice and Procedure, a verified petition with the Commission giving the docket number and the title of the proceeding and stating: (1) the petitioner’s name and address; (2) the nature of petitioner’s interest in the subject matter of the proceeding, and the way and manner in which such interest is affected by the issues involved in the proceeding; and (3) a statement of the relief desired.

All other persons who may want their views known to the Commission with respect to the subject matter of the proceeding may file their opposition to the application or comment thereon at any stage of the proceeding before the applicant concludes the presentation of its evidence. No particular form of opposition or comment is required, but the document, letter or writing should contain the name and address of such person and a concise statement of the opposition or comment and the grounds relied upon.

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

WITNESS, the Honorable Chairperson, ZENAIDA G. CRUZ-DUCUT, and the Honorable Commissioners, MARIA TERESA A.R. CASTAÑEDA, JOSE C. REYES, ALFREDO J. NON and GLORIA VICTORIA C. YAP- TARUC, Energy Regulatory Commission, this 6 th day of June, 2012 at Pasig City.

this 6 t h day of June, 2012 at Pasig City. ATTY. FRANCIS SATURNINO C. JUAN

ATTY. FRANCIS SATURNINO C. JUAN Executive Director III

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Editor Opinion mst.lettertotheeditor@gmail.com EDITORIAL The President’s commitment issues PRESIDENT BenignoAquino

The President’s commitment issues

PRESIDENT BenignoAquino III this week met with farmers from all over the country, bishops and civil society representatives. For the first time, he personally addressed the issue of agrarian reform, 24 years after the original Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law was passed during his late mother’s term. Agrarian reform should be a gut issue for the President. After all, he is a scion of the Cojuangco clan, owners of Hacienda Luisita in Tarlac. The President’s relatives have been accused of circumventing the law to protect their holdings. Instead of distributing the land, they offered farmworkers stock options in the family-managed Hacienda Luisita, Inc. The farmworkers from Tarlac shared the plight of many others in the country in the decades-old struggle for social justice. Other landowners sought to re-classify

their lands as residential or commercial, because only agricultural lands were covered by the program. In 2005, under former President Gloria Arroyo, the Philippine Agrarian Reform Council declared the stock option in Hacienda Luisita illegal. Many believe it was in reaction to the Cojuangco-Aquinos’ calls for her resignation. Seven years later, the Supreme Court, then led by the Arroyo- appointed Chief Justice Renato Corona, ruled that Luisita farm workers should get the land and prescribed a valuation much lower than what the Cojuangcos had asked for. Corona claimed that this decision caused the President’s single-minded campaign for his ouster. The politicization of the agrarian reform issue is an even greater tragedy than landowners’ instinctive act to cling to their holdings. After this week’s meeting, though, a

Palace spokesman bragged that the President had ordered the allocation of funds for the implementation of the extended, reformed agrarian reform program two years before it expires. Mr. Aquino supposedly ordered the “peaceful and orderly” implementation of the Carper for the beneficiaries “of all lands under the program.” Secretary Edwin Lacierda said the government would make lands 25 hectares and above a priority, with all notices of coverage to be issued, at the latest, in July next year. He also said socialized credit programs will be developed by the government to help the beneficiaries. Something is amiss here. Task Force Mapalad’s Christian Monsod said the farmers were “very happy” with their meeting with the President. “He opened doors,” he added. Monsod failed to say that the meeting was scheduled to avert a hunger strike by the farmers, who had

earlier sent a letter to Aquino for the latter’s consistent underperformance on the agrarian reform issue. The President’s spokesman cannot convince anybody of the President’s commitment to agrarian reform— moreover, to social justice—upon his say- so. What is our assurance that Mr. Aquino will continue to act on the matter long after the farmers have gone back to tilling the land that is not yet quite theirs? How can we ensure he acts on his own initiative and not be nudged into action by protests and threats? How do we make him follow through on his articulated commitment by consistent deliberate concrete steps? Agricultural workers must know better than to take the President’s “commitment” —to agrarian reform, to social justice, or for that matter, anything at all—at face value. It is upon him to show us we are wrong.

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propitious occasion. The day marked
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the 37th anniversary of the opening
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of diplomatic relations between the
to to
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Philippine and China. It was also
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the 11th anniversary
the 11th anniversary
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business business
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with heritage homes. Some go back to
taipans taipans Lucio Lucio Tan Tan and and Manila Manila Hotel Hotel
Gloria Gloria Macapagal Macapagal Arroyo Arroyo to to Europe Europe
the th early 1800s. Many are preserved,
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shipped shipped missile missile launch launch vehicles vehicles to to
standoff standoff at at Scarborough Scarborough Shoal. Shoal.
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friendship, friendship, peace peace and and prosperity prosperity to to
loose loose nuclear nuclear warheads. warheads.
me.
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went back to the historic town of Taal,
Batangas. Filipino heritage preservation
and restoration is one of my passions.
Taal is a heritage town I visit as often
capiz windows, intricate woodwork and
huge tree trunk posts never fail to awe
me.
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affluent families lived. More importantly,
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cultural, cultural, economic economic and and political political ties. ties.
shipped shipped by by a a Chinese Chinese firm firm last last August. August.
r reflect on the life of our people during a
bygone era.
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Shimbun, Shimbun, Japan’s Japan’s leading leading newspaper. newspaper.
to the first Philippine Constitution—the
other being Leon Apacible.
The Apacible home still proudly
stands just some meters away from the
Agoncillos’. This house, now also a
museum, is much bigger and grander. It
showcases how rich the Apacible family
was.
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Myanmar’s Myanmar’s woes woes
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Minister Minister U U Wunna Wunna Maung Maung Lwin Lwin is is here here
Beijing. Beijing.
on on an an official official visit visit
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Spaniards. There was also a tunnel to the
other house, and some say, even to the
church.
Eulalio went to Hong Kong and gave
Jose Rizal P18,000.00 for the printing of
Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo.
He was later arrested and imprisoned by
the Spaniards. Eulalio died of sickness
shortly after being released in 1897
during the height of the revolution.
Gliceria, widowed with six children,
continued her revolutionary work and
fought actual battles. Because she was
also a successful businesswoman, she
owned one of the best ships at that time.
This, she gave to the Katipunan for its
first battleship—the Bulusan.
For Gliceria’s heroism, Aguinaldo
honored her as the “godmother of
the revolution” on the same day that
the Philippine independence was
proclaimed.
Taal evokes memories of our heroes
who fought with their lives for us to
enjoy our freedoms now. Here, the spirit
of the 1898 revolution is alive.
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with with President President Aquino Aquino and and Secretary Secretary del del
to to the the Chinese Chinese president’s president’s message, message,
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preserved as testaments to their elegant
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gathered. They even had a refrigerator at
no no
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made made
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terms terms
diplomatic diplomatic and and economic economic ties. ties.
a time when ice was imported from the
Myanmar Myanmar is is still still trying trying to to find find
Constitution Constitution to to defend defend the the country’s country’s
its its moorings moorings as as a a free, free, democratic democratic
sovereignty sovereignty and and territorial territorial integrity.” integrity.”
member member
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Southeast Southeast Asian Asian Nations. Nations. The The former former
is is
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British British colony colony known known as as Burma Burma has has
the the Scarborough Scarborough standoff standoff and and for for the the
opened opened
itself itself
to to
political political
reforms reforms
moment moment will will “agree “agree to to disagree.” disagree.”
and and needs needs the the support support of of Asean Asean as as it it
China’s China’s
message message
of of
“peace, “peace,
struggles struggles with with its its strife-torn strife-torn Rakhine Rakhine
reconnection r with our past, especially
our heroes.
Taal reinforces my being Filipino.
Marcela Agoncillo is Taal’s main
street named after the woman who
made the Philippine flag unfurled by
Emilio Aguinaldo during the declaration
of Philippine independence in Kawit,
Cavite.
Marcela was from Taal. She was
married to the illustrious Felipe
Agoncillo, one of the signatories to the
first Philippine Constitution.
On the main street still stands the
Agoncillo house that has been turned into
a museum. Being inside this house, one
wonders about the genteel life this family
friendship friendship
and and
prosperity” prosperity”
sounds sounds
region, region, which which is is now now seeing seeing violence violence
lived. l Marcela was an educated woman
hollowinlightofcontinuedprovocations hollowinlightofcontinuedprovocations
between between Buddhists Buddhists and and Muslims. Muslims.
Americas.
Walking down the historic street
toward Caysasay Church, the biggest and
oldest in Southeast Asia, just a little off
the left side, two huge, almost identical
homes surprise visitors.
That their owners were among the
richest in the area is obvious. What is
unexpected is that these were homes to
two of the most radical residents of Taal
in in
Panatag Panatag Shoal Shoal (internationally (internationally called called
The The nine-nation nine-nation group group is is presently presently
Scarborough Scarborough Shoal) Shoal)
drafting drafting a a Code Code of of Conduct Conduct on on the the
at a time when education for women was
deemed unimportant.
The house still has a sizable number of
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of of
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provocations provocations in in Scarborough Scarborough reported reported
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of of
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including i a Maria Clara gown worn by
by by Filipinos Filipinos monitoring monitoring the the situation situation
undertaking. undertaking.
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that that
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in in
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shoal shoal
included included
the the
fly-by fly-by
received received a a lot lot of of economic economic aid aid from from
of of
an an
alleged alleged
Chinese Chinese
fighter fighter
jet, jet,
China China
when when
the the
country country
was was
still still
outlived the family. Their bed still stands
as if heralding that a great couple rested
followed followed by by two two helicopters helicopters harassing harassing
suffering suffering
from from
economic economic
sanctions sanctions
It would have been a perfect trip
except for the noise pollution created
by tricycles plying its streets. The noise
was too much making understanding the
stories about the place difficult.
It should be easy for the local
government to address this. Then people
will truly appreciate Taal as an important
heritage town.
The unused old homes that are almost
completely ruined need restoration. The
soul of the place is in these homes and
they should not be left neglected. These
homes should be made alive again.
The LGU can make Taal a major
destination for tourists to know more
about us as a people, and for Filipinos to
nurture patriotism.
Taal to me, is one monument of
Filipino heroism.
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imposed imposed by by UN UN states states for for political political
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The Agoncillos had daughters but no
one married. Thus, they have no direct
descendants.
—Gliceria Marella-Villavicencio and
husband Eulalio Villavicencio.
They were katipuneros and their
home was where revolutionaries met.
Even Andres Bonifacio is said to have
gone there disguised as a sabungero. The
Villavicencios kept Katipunan’s arms,
ammunitions, provisions and documents
brought in by Gliceria herself.
The home is interesting with its secret
chamber where katipuneros hid from
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MAHATHIR Mohammad who served

people. In short, Mahathir is telling us

tendency to value freedom instead of

protecting our rights. Such is the case

immutable. We never even bother

to

exercise of freedom, we have only

look back that in our unrestrained

as

neighbors in Asia to their adoption of

a responsible system of democracy

—that the greater part of freedom

effect vandalized the Western system

the

absence

of

because we have sanctified freedom

as Malaysia’s prime minister for 22 years stands as a maverick leader to the Western-oriented ideology called liberal democracy. He incurred the ire of the West for bluntly telling the world that their version of freedom has become their very instrument to retard democracy that often destroys the indigenous democratic values of the

managed to push our country to the precipice of chaos. Despite our overtly gratuitous accommodation of too much freedom, coupled by an idiotic interpretation of democracy, we continue to slide backward when supposedly it was the West that advanced to us these formulas that could propel us to progress and prosperity. We refuse to correlate the economic

that too much freedom is incompatible to progress, just as no amount of

success of Malaysia and many of our more economically successful

progress is possible without it.

That was the gist of the speech he delivered on the occasion of his

is responsibility. For that, we in

conferment as honorary professor by the country’s premier and oldest university, the

imposed on us. This is apparent by

University of Santo Tomas. As usual, the controversial

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as their panacea to solving the problems of corruption and economic backwardness in their society.

as their panacea to solving the problems of corruption and economic backwardness in their society. Mahathir said that real democracy is not all about freedom. Half of that imposes the innate responsibilities

that go hand-in-hand in the exercise

whatever one would say of it, is always selfish and individualistic. As Mahathir rightly noted, our observance of absolute freedom is to propagate anarchy in our society. It is on this score why the theoreticians of Western liberal democracy purposely obviate the

of freedom.

It is from this standpoint that Mahathir concludes that unbridled freedom often leads to anarchy with those who are wily enough to anticipate the outcome, taking advantage of the situation to commit

graft and to abuse to the hilt their power, thus destroying the essence of democracy which they are supposed

to institutionalize. It is in this context

that Mahathir rejects the American brand of liberal democracy and calls it a failure for accordingly within that system is a built-in mechanism that tends to weaken, erode and even destroy the native system of an orderly society.

Such values that antedate the Western system are often discredited as hindrance

to the advancement of modern freedom

that is seldom understood. Traditional

moral values that for have long served

as foundations for harmony and order in

their societies are recklessly substituted by novel freedom which is an artificial creation of modernity. Worse, those clamoring for unrestrained freedom often invoke it as sort of indivisible right, unmindful that freedom has never been an absolute proposition. Put differently, the boundary of one’s freedom ends where the boundary of one’s responsibility begins. To cross beyond that penumbral political demarcation is to violate on the rights of others. The problem however is that the liberal democratic orientation of freedom, which is often equated as synonymous to democracy, is in our

truth - that to achieve the higher goals of collective progress and prosperity would equally demand from our people their collective sacrifice and discipline. Rather, any attempt to adopt that system is instantly denounced as authoritarianism, and any leader who might set the tone to impose discipline is branded as

a dictator. The West continues to

proscribe this approach despite the

fact that untrammeled freedom has led

to the moral decadence in our society.

Mahathir and many other leaders like President Marcos have their reservations about the ideology that has netted nothing positive to our people. Many suspect that the imposition by the West of the liberal democratic system is a subtle form of subversion because countries adopting it sooner found themselves economically at the bottom of the pit, mired in graft and corruption, deep in debt, and often traumatized by violent civil disorder. The net result is the institutionalization of a very weak

central government that is pliant to foreign dictation and exploitation, yet made grateful for the assistance and protection extended to it. Thus, as the West continues to orchestrate that brand of licentious freedom, our people descend to the bareness of instinctively acting

As the cycle of failure

like dogs.

continues, it is the West that takes out from us the advantage of anarchy, while leaving to us the disadvantage of having to engage in what we might say “political cannibalism” at its worst.

Honoring Manny Pacquiao

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SPORTS journalists have often described Manny Pacquiao’s boxing career with adjectives like meteoric, unprecedented, legendary, almost unstoppable. And I can safely say that the Filipino people generally have hung on every word of praise given to the “Pambansang Kamao.” This is only right as Manny has shown power, grace, growth, and dominance in the field of boxing. He has become an icon of hope in a country that sometimes scrounges deep for that hope. Not for nothing do the streets of the Philippines empty during a Pacquao fight. So his split-decision loss to Timothy Bradley last weekend—described by many as shocking and scandalous—was understandably a collective heart attack

to the Filipino people. Both sports writers and the audience felt Manny had the fight, but two of three judges ringside thought otherwise. People were quick to air accusations of biased judging and conspiracies of score rigging—though such accusations are nothing new to the world of professional boxing, as much

a business (and in Las Vegas, a gamble)

as a sport. Both Filipino and foreign voices cried in protest—“Manny was robbed!”—demanding investigation and redress. Looking back on it a week hence, it is easy to see the pain—but it seems

rather silly for us, in either our individual or national consciousness, to be all but dominated by that pain or to imagine

a protest will progress. I don’t wish to

make light of our sentiments—we’ve pinned so much on Pacquiao as a fellow

Filipino, and this loss coming on the eve of our Independence Day, at that—but we must recognize the sentiment for what it is. It comes from a deep sense of cynicism and despair about what we are as people. But behaving like this dishonors Manny and who we are. Elsewhere I’ve written and wondered if collective viciousness of people during the Renato Corona impeachment, whether for or against the former chief justice, was symptomatic of our shattered trust in our political and social institutions, that we were almost incapable of civil discourse. There is also a lot of cynicism for example about the appointment of

a chief justice even if, as I wrote in

my last column, President Aquino actually has really good choices and can decide purely on the merits. Although my personal preference is Justice Antonio Carpio, from the current court I also believe that Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno can be a great chief justice. In addition to that of Solicitor General Francis Jardeleza, Dean Raul Pangalangan, and Atty. Katrina Legarda, I also welcome the nominations of Dean Cesar Villanueva, Justice Secretary Leila De Lima and Dean Marvic Leonen. I know all these “outsiders” personally; they have the qualities to be good chief justices. I do not know BIR Commissioner Henares personally but she has a public record that can be examined. I know Sereno, Leonen and Villanueva the most because of personal and professional affiliations; having observed them close hand in difficult and challenging situations. They always behave with brilliance, imagination and integrity.

They would be my preference after Justice Carpio who I still believe is a class on his own given his seniority and leadership qualities. Going back to our cynicism and the Pacquiao phenomenon, this is probably why we often coalesce joyfully around our non-political heroes. No one who’s seen Manny fight will deny that he always gives his all, against all odds. It is also to his greatest credit that, even if he acknowledged that something felt off about the official scoring (as he said, he felt—like most of us did—he won), he graciously and humbly accepted the final verdict. Because more than Manny the myth, Manny the man recognizes the truth of these words: Sic transit gloria mundi. Victories in this mortal world are often fleeting—but so are its defeats. There will be future fights to work towards, whether the expected rematch against Bradley or another opponent, and Pacquiao also has his day job as Congressman for Sarangani—itself its own kind of fight. Our hopes in Manny Pacquiao are not misplaced; they’re just misidentified. The greatest gift he has given his countrymen is not his victory, but his perseverance and dedication, and last weekend, his humility and grace, all qualities worth emulating by every Filipino. So he did not win against Bradley—or maybe the two judges were completely crazy, or worse. But it’s not the end of the world. Rather, it’s only the beginning of the fight. Because Manny Pacquiao is ultimately the symbol of only one thing:

that the Filipino, no matter the odds, never gives up. And if there is any way the Filipino can honor Manny Pacquiao in victory and defeat, it is to fight our own fights as he fights his: to the last full measure of devotion.

China’s Frankenstein economy

By William Pesek

ANYONE who thinks his or her job

stinks should consider the one Xi Jinping

is about to take on.

Xi is expected to replace Chinese

President Hu Jintao in the fall. He must have some serious misgivings. If the last 20 years were a golden age for the world’s most populous nation, today is one filled with growing doubts. The Bo Xilai scandal has shattered the veneer

of political stability, cyber-dissidents are emboldened in their challenges of the Communist Party and diplomatic headaches abound—many of them concerning the United States, where China may figure in November’s presidential election.

No issue looms larger than China’s

suddenly shaky economy. The world is now bracing for a slowdown that pundits said was unlikely to happen. So are officials in Beijing, who worry that social unrest could boil over quickly if growth evaporates. A bit of perspective is in order. Any serious slump in China probably is a few years off, not something that will send markets into a tailspin in the next few months. Look to Europe for that. That’s not to say that a slowdown to 7 percent growth or even 6 percent is good news for anyone. The repercussions would hurt big commodity exporters such as Australia, Brazil and Canada, and make it even harder for Europe’s leaders to resolve the debt crisis. Remember that just a few months ago, traders were speculating that China would deploy its $3.3 trillion of currency reserves to bail out Europe.

Unhappy markets Stock and commodity markets would be sideswiped by a China slowdown. That gloom would feed back through lower consumer confidence and business

sentiment. That’s in addition to any trauma should Greece abandon the euro or if Italy

is next up seeking a bailout following last

weekend’s rescue of Spain’s banks. There are reasons to believe China has the wherewithal to stave off a slump in the short run. Its central bank last week cut interest-rates for the first time in four years, and there was speculation this week about additional stimulus packages. Gloomy data on industrial production, fixed-asset investment, exports, retail sales, coal and electricity have Chinese policy makers ready to double down on the massive 4 trillion yuan ($586 billion at the time) stimulus it tossed at the economy in 2008. Assume the next one will be huge and aimed at keeping today’s 8.1 percent growth rate from slipping to the 6.4 percent that China International Capital Corp., the nation’s biggest investment bank, says is possible this year. That’s where the trouble begins. Last time, it was easy for China. Throw piles and piles of money at new infrastructure projects and watch gross domestic product boom. This time, China must be smarter. Xi, and whoever succeeds Wen Jiabao as premier, must avoid the asset bubbles and property-price spirals that accompanied the largess of 2008. Anything that pushes real estate further

out of reach for China’s 99 percent increases the odds that protesters will converge on Tiananmen Square. Expectations are growing that the next

fiscal injection will be targeted at strategic industries that create jobs without dangerous excesses. The question is how the central government can control the stimulus after it’s turned over to local officials. Provincial leaders are prone to financing pet projects, which may lead to more unproductive investments, corruption and public discontent. The big risk for Xi’s team is that little of this money will go toward retooling the economy. China has made minimal progress cultivating a deep domestic market for consumption that relies less on exports and embraces full currency convertibility. To the contrary: China shows no signs that it is interested in growth that benefits anyone other than the elites and their extended families. Two choices China’s leaders have a choice. Either they make those difficult but necessary changes, with the chances of producing more sustainable growth. Or they kick reforms down the road, administer another stimulus, and risk a bigger crash in the years ahead. At the moment, the temptation is to pick No. 2. All stimulus and no reform gives China some Frankenstein-like qualities— a powerful economic creature born out of unorthodox experiments. Unproductive spending of the magnitude China already has unleashed, and what seems to be in the pipeline, may result in a Japan-like debt mess. When China’s reckoning does come, and every industrializing nation has one, it may be far worse than investors believe. Xi will have to do a much better job than his predecessor to keep that reckoning from becoming a monster all its own. Bloomberg

EVERYMAN
EVERYMAN

By Val Abelgas

LOST in the jubilation over the conviction of Chief Justice Renato Corona and the national anger over the “greatest boxing heist” that led to the loss of boxing icon Manny Pacquiao to Tim Bradley was the recent revelation by retired Archbishop Oscar M. Cruz that jueteng, the scourge of many Filipino families, has actually flourished under the Aquino administration. “Jueteng did not just boom, the operation is much stronger now. That’s because jueteng is exempted from the President’s ‘matuwid na daan.’ When he [President Aquino] assumed position,

I asked how come jueteng can’t be

stopped? He said it’s not his priority,” the bishop said. Cruz said that the jueteng lords are even using the draws of the government- sanctioned Small Town Lottery to determine the winning numbers for the day. It seems the government, which had hoped to weaken jueteng by competing with it through the STL, is being friend on its own fat. The Manila Times reported the day after Cruz made his revelation that two

The tragedy of jueteng

generals are on the take from jueteng lords. In 2010, Cruz said he gave Local Governments Secretary Jesse Robredo a list of jueteng lords and their protectors but nothing has been done about it. But why should eradicating jueteng not be a priority under Aquino’s anti- corruption drive? More than any corrupt acts, accepting bribery from jueteng lords should be a top priority because it afflicts almost the entire government machinery—from the lowly barangays all the way to the Cabinet. Some quarters are again proposing that since jueteng cannot be stopped, it should be legalized so that the government could regulate it and earn money from it. Jueteng should never be legalized. While jueteng, or any form of gambling for that matter, offers a chance of solving one’s financial problems in an instant, it gives people false hopes and buries them deeper in a culture of dependency. Worse, jueteng virtually robs money from the bettors—who are almost certain to lose since only less than 10 percent of the total collection is earmarked for winnings. That is the tragedy of jueteng.

The jueteng operator rakes in millions, the unscrupulous police and government officials make millions in exchange for turning a blind eye, the jueteng collectors make a little earning, and the poor bettors—millions of them—each lose thousands of pesos that should have gone to their family’s meals, to pay their bills, and to give their kids a decent education. Proponents of the legalization of jueteng, like the top two Senate officials – Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and Senate President Protempore Jinggoy Estrada—say that the vice has been there for generations, and that “buying dreams” for a few pesos wouldn’t hurt the bettors. So, instead of removing this “little joy” of poor Filipinos, why not just legalize it and make the government earn millions of pesos in taxes, instead of the money going to corrupt politicians? Besides, tens of thousands of bet collectors are earning income from jueteng, why deprive them of their livelihood? If we are to follow this line of reasoning, the government might as well legalize the sale of shabu and other illegal drugs. And yes, prostitution, too.

It is the same mentality that jueteng and other forms of gambling have inculcated in the minds of Filipinos for generations—the chance to earn a quick buck. Indeed, with a magic wand that would legalize jueteng, the government gets to earn easy money from the gambling operators. Jueteng victimizes the poor—indeed, the very poor. Jueteng deprives them of their hard-earned money. A jueteng bet gives them false hopes and false dreams. Every time the poor places his bet, he drowns deeper in the quicksand of hopelessness and despair, because the “little dream” turns to disappointment at the end of the day. The country’s leaders must erase the mentality of “if you can’t lick ‘em, join ‘em.” The fact that it has not been able to stop the numbers game for generations does not give the government reason to legalize jueteng. It must muster the political will to crush this cancer that has gnawed upon the people’s moral fabric for years. It must put a stop to this biggest source of corruption in the country. When asked how the jueteng can be solved years ago, Archbishop Cruz said bluntly: “President Arroyo only has to

say the word, and jueteng operations will stop.” But does he have the will? If he has, he hasn’t shown it. Cruz added: “The past administration was notorious for its patronage of jueteng. It is my hope that the present administration, which claims to be the opposite of the past administration, will be able to demonstrate its resolve and not just go ‘blah, blah, blah.’” That’s the tragedy of jueteng. It has become the scourge of Filipinos, and not many seem to care. Not even the President.

Mr. Abelgas is a former managing editor of Manila Standard.

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LTO waives drivers’ fines

By Jonathan Fernandez

IN an effort to sort out the mess involving a new design of drivers’ licenses, the Land Transportation Office will issue temporary licenses to applicants and waive penalties for late license renewals until the processing of documents normalizes.

LTO chief Virginia Torres said drivers can also use official LTO re- ceipts as temporary licenses as she stressed that drivers should not be penalized for something that was not their fault. “We will consider the temporary licenses and even the receipts as li-

censes, because it would be unfair to applicants if they will be penal- ized for not getting their licenses on time,” she said. The unauthorized changes made by the agency’s supplier, Amalgam- ated Motors Philippines Inc. in the original design of drivers licenses re-

sulted in the abrupt suspension of the issuance of licenses since Monday. AMPI, meanwhile, defended the new license card saying it will have more security marks and features and will not bear any additional cost to the government or the general public, according to the company’s spokes- person Melanie Cuevas. AMPI has been supplying drivers’ licenses to the LTO for 20 years, but its contract with the agency expired in 2006 and its continued service is only a benefit derived from the writ of injunc- tion issued by a Quezon City court. According to Transportation Sec- retary Mar Roxas, who supervises LTO operations, they have already asked Solicitor General Francis Jardeleza to review the injunction is- sued by Judge Afable Cajigal of the

Regional Trial Court Branch 96. For the DOTC chief, the judge’s decision was an outrageous and fla- grant violation of Republic Act No. 8975, which prohibits the issuance by lower courts of orders of injunc- tion against national government in- frastructure projects. Roxas supported Torress’ decision to temporarily halt the issuance of drivers license cards using the new design submitted by AMPI. “We directed all our regional of- fices to inform the public of the spe- cific offices that are able to issue the regular drivers license cards and those that are not able to do so. We have also directed those offices that are not able to issue the cards to issue temporary drivers licenses instead,” Roxas said.

Dismissed

Customs

official

reinstated

By Joel E. Zurbano

THE Civil Service Commis- sion has ordered the reinstate- ment of Customs deputy com- missioner Reynaldo Nicolas who was terminated from the service late last year for alleg- edly lacking the required ca- reer executive service (CES) eligibility. In a resolution dated May 29, the CSC ordered the Cus- toms bureau to “implement CSC decision No. 11-0442 dat- ed August 15, 2011 reinstating Nicolas to his former position as Deputy Commissioner of Customs Assessment and Op- erations Coordinating Group with payment of back salaries and other benefits from the time of his illegal dismissal up to the time of his actual rein- statement.” The seven-page resolution was signed by CSC Commis- sioner Mary Ann Fernandez Mendoza and Chairman Fran- cisco Duque and attested by Dolores Bonifacio, Commis- sion Secretariat and Liaison Office director. Nicolas was one of two Customs officials who were charged for fraudulently ap- proving the refund of duties and value-added taxes and the issu- ance of tax credit certificates in favor of an oil importer. He was also among the Customs officials who lost their jobs in a reshuffle imple- mented by then Customs Com- missioner Angelito Alvarez, who had said Nicolas would be replaced if he does not satisfy CES rules. As early as October 27, 2004, Nicolas held the position of Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence and Enforcement Group and was reappointed as DepCom and designated as head of the AOCG on June 17,

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Vehicles of the future. Students of De La Salle University check the eco-marathon cars which

Vehicles of the future. Students of De La Salle University check the eco-marathon cars which was created for a marathon competition that will be held in Malaysia on July. The energy-efficient car was unveiled during a program held at the amphithe- ater of the De La Salle University on Taft Avenue in Manila. DANNY PATA

Ruby Rose case ruling appealed

By Rey E. Requejo

THE Court of Appeals has been asked to reconsider its earlier decision affirming a lower court’s denial of a motion to dis- charge the confessed killer of Ruby Rose Barrameda as an accused to become a state witness as well as its order for the re-raffling of the case to another judge. In a 25-page motion for reconsidera- tion, Solicitor General Francis Jardeleza stressed that Manuel Montero, a former employee of the Jimenez family who led authorities to the hidden remains of Bar- rameda, was the only person who could testify on the role of victim’s husband Manuel Jimenez III and his father-in-law Manuel Jimenez Jr. to the crime. Montero’s discharge is being blocked in the hope that he will refuse to take the witness stand and thereby living no evi- dence against petitioner [Jimenez] and his other co-accused, the Solicitor Gen- eral said in their pleading. The solicitor general said the Jime-

nezes opposition to Montero’s dis-

charge as accused and his utilization as a state witness is not motivated by any noble reason. The CA 10th Division earlier grant- ed the petition of Manuel Jimenez Jr., the victims father-in-law, and ordered the re-raffling of the case from Ma- labon RTC Branch 170 Judge Zaldy Docena, who earlier refused to inhibit himself from the case. The CA noted that there was need for the testimony of Montero as a witness since he could testify and shed light on the conspiracy without being discharged as a state witness and that he would only be repeating what he stated in his sworn statements. However, the chief state counsel in- sisted that the extrajudicial confession of an accused cannot be used against an- other accused under the principle of “res inter alios acta” [a thing done between others does not harm or benefits others] unless he or she was discharged from the information and made a state witness. “The brutal killing of Ruby Rose

Barrameda was not meant to be dis- covered. It is only the testimony of Montero, who earlier came forward and confessed to the crime, which pro- vided direct evidence to the conspiracy and identities of the perpetrators,” the Solicitor General said. If Montero does not testify as a state witness, there will be no direct testimony linking the other accused to the crime and those who are truly guilty for the gruesome death of Ruby Rose may be allowed to go free, the OSG stressed. It also appealed that Montero’s admis- sion to the Witness Protection Program had binded the court and entitled him to immunity from the criminal prosecution for the offense or offenses in which his testimony will be used. On the issue whether Judge Docena should have inhibited from the case, Jardeleza said Jimenez Jr.’s conclusion that Docena had been partial in the case was triggered by the judge’s re- versal of a previous order denying the discharge of Montero.

Airlines told to pay Customs’ employees

By Eric B. Apolonio

MORE than 800 Bureau of Cus- toms employees assigned at major international airports in the coun- try lauded the Supreme Court’s ruling that they are entitled to overtime pay, meals and travel- ing expenses that should be paid by airline companies, aircraft op- erators, importers, exporters and brokers. The high court released the ruling, dated April 18, that denied the second motion for reconsider- ation filed by the Board of Airline Representatives (BAR). The first motion for reconsideration was filed on November 16 last year. NAIA Customs District Col- lector Carlos So earlier said the high court’s ruling was based on Section 3506 of the Tariff Law governing mode of payment for overtime service, meals and trav- eling expenses for NAIA customs employees payable by the airline companies, aircraft operators, im- porters, exporters and brokers. In its July 2009 decision, the Court of Appeals’ Sixth Division

ruled as unconstitutional BoC Administrative Circular No. 7-92 (CAO 7-92) dated April 24, 1992 requiring airlines to pay for the overtime pay, traveling, board and lodging expenses and/or meal al- lowance of Customs personnel at the NAIA. Two separate orders in- creased the rates of all the charges by more than 100 percent. Both orders were ordered scrapped by the CA in favor of BAR which is composed of Asiana Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Cebu Pacific, China Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Con- tinental Micronesia Airlines, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Eva Air Airways, Federal Express Corp., Gulf Air, Japan Airlines, Air France, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Korean Air, Kuwait Airways Corp., Lufthansa Ger- man Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Northwest Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Qantas Airlines, Qatar Airlines, Royal Brunei Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Swiss Inter- national Airlines, Saudi Arabian Airlines and Thai International Airways.

IN BRIEF Mike Arroyo withdraws motion to travel abroad FORMER First Gentlaman Jose Miguel “Mike”
IN BRIEF
Mike Arroyo withdraws
motion to travel abroad
FORMER First Gentlaman Jose Miguel
“Mike” Arroyo, who was supposed to go
to Japan and Hong Kong from June 16 to
23, will no longer leave the country so as
not to forego his right to seek a judicial
determination of probable cause in a
pending corruption case.
The Second Division, chaired by
Associate Justice Teresita Diaz-Baldos,
is hearing the graft case filed by the
Ombudsman against the former First
Gentleman for his alleged involvement
in an anomalous national police heli-
copter deal.
Baldos, during the hearing, told Ar-
royo that he must enter a plea and there-
fore waive his right to ask for a judicial
determination of probable cause before
his motion to leave could be granted so
Arroyo withdrew his earlier motion for
leave to travel abroad.
“My client’s right to file a motion for
judicial determination of probable cause
is more important than his foreign trips
that’s why we withdrew our Motion for
Leave to Travel Abroad. So, the (former)
First Gentleman will not leave the coun-
try tomorrow,” said Arroyo’s lawyer Fer-
dinand Topacio. Jonathan Fernandez
At least 85 cops fired
from January to May
THE Philippine National Police has
so far dismissed at least 85 policemen
from the service for their involvement
in various offenses, from grave abuse of
authority to crimes, spokesman Senior
Supt. Generoso Cerbo Jr. announced
yesterday.
Cerbo said that from January 1 to May
15 PNP chief Director General Nicanor
Bartolome approved the summary dis-
missal of at least 85 policemen after they
were found guilty of different offenses.
Most of the sacked policemen were
non-commissioned officers, with ranks
from Police Officer 1 to Senior Police
Officer 4. Commissioned officers hold
the rank of Inspector up to Director Gen-
eral.
Also in the DPRM record, there were
19 commissioned and non-commissioned
officers who were demoted because of
offenses. Cerbo said at least 138 police
personnel were also under suspension.
“We have a total of 858 administra-
tive cases pending, 216 of these cases
carried over from December 2011. Of the
pending cases, 446 have already been re-
solved,” he said. Florante S. Solmerin
Alien I-Cards will soon
be delivered to foreigners
FOREIGNERS applying for visas at the
Bureau of Immigration no longer have to
go to the agency’s offices to claim their
alien certificate of registration-identity
card (ACR-I-Card) as these will soon be
delivered to their doorsteps.
Under the revised rules on the pro-
cessing and issuance of the ACR-I-Card
issued recently by Commissioner Ricar-
do David Jr., all I-Cards printed and re-
leased for distribution shall be endorsed
to a courier that shall deliver the cards to
the visa applicants within 24 hours.
David said the new procedure will be
operational as soon as the BI has identi-
fied, selected and engaged the services
of a reliable, reputable and cost-effective
courier provider.
He disclosed that a supplemental
memorandum will be issued to formal-
ize the operation of the courier delivery
system for the ACR-I-Card.
The guidelines state that the cards
shall be delivered to the residential ad-
dress of stated by the applicant in his or
her application form. Vito Barcelo

for the handicapped contained within protective walls that form an eye. The Arena’s interiors are sim- ple and minimalist. Arranged on two tiers, it has a ring of corpo- rate suites separating the tower seats from the balcony levels. It is the first events venue in the Philippines to use Robbins Inc. portable floor design and the first to have Spalding Goal, the NBA Basketball goal standard, in the country. To comply with international standards, the Arena has four dug-outs, a mess hall for an event’s technical team, an exclu- sive room for press conferences, and even a special Meet and Greet area. The MOA Arena’s Corporate Suites are another first, not only in the country, but also in all of Southeast Asia. There are a total of 41 corporate suites with its own lounge, mini bar, restroom and private gallery with cinema seats. Ten of these suites can be rented on a per event basis, while the rest are leased for a period of one to five years.

Big eye-designed Arena wows visitors

DURING the recent two-night Born This Way Ball tour of Lady Gaga in Manila, the public was not only awed by her show stop- ping performance, but also by the new SM Mall of Asia Arena. Located on an 18,214 square- meter site at the SM Mall of Asia Complex, the new 64,085 square- meter, five-storey landmark by the bay is a multi-purpose venue that can accommodate a seating capacity of 15,000 with a full- house capacity of 20,000. “The Sy family, especially SM Prime Holdings Inc. presi- dent Hans T. Sy, was very much involved in the details of the MOA Arena’s construction,” says Edgar Tejerero, Senior Vice President of West Avenue The- aters Corporation, the managing arm of SM Cinema. Designed for concerts and basketball games by Arquitec- tonica International Corp., it can also be configured for boxing, theater, fashion, and ice-skating shows. “The distinctive eye-shaped façade symbolizes the MOA Arena’s promise of delivering

façade symbolizes the MOA Arena’s promise of delivering Artist’s depiction of the Mall of Asia’s Arena.

Artist’s depiction of the Mall of Asia’s Arena.

top-notch entertainment to its audience,” says Arquitectonica’s David Zaballero, the MOA Are- na’s project director. “It seeks to channel the message that ev- ery single event to be held in its premises will surely be a ‘feast for the eye’.” The SM MOA Arena had the Arquitectonica International Corporation as its design archi- tect and Monolith Construction and Development Corp. as its

general contractor. The Arena’s big-eye design resting on a slanted podium plinth allows it to hold the large vol- ume of the interior court within a dramatic vaulted space, while providing a distinctive identity to the building. An eye-shaped mul- timedia screen projects images of ongoing or future events. The eye theme is repeated on the landscaping with eye con- figured plant boxes and ramps

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Parks sees exciting series

By Peter Atencio

THE presence of new players in the roster of the Indonesia Warriors will make their best-of-three finals series for the Asian Basketball League crown against the San Miguel Beermen more interesting.

San Miguel Beer coach Bobby Parks said this a day before they start their championship series against the Warriors at 4 p.m. today at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City. “There are additions in the Indonesian team who will make them more competitive,” said Parks during a press

conference with members of both teams yesterday at the San Miguel Corporation Head Office in Ortigas Center. The Warriors boast of having a wide array of talent, following the acquisition of McArthur Brock and Fil-American Stanley Pringle, who could play for the Philippine

national team in the ABL off-season. On the other hand, the Beermen added Fil-Italian guard Chris Banchero, Nick Fazekas and Duke Crews to their roster. Brock has normed 20 points in the last seven games, and he could prove to be a great scoring partner for Steve Thomas, who averaged 18 points and 17 rebounds in the semifinals. Pringle is a guard, who could explode at anytime, and is expected to have an interesting matchup against Banchero. Aside from Banchero, the Beermen hope to rely on the contributions of most valuable player contender Leo Avenido,

Gorayeb’s

suspension

appealed

SAN SEBASTIAN College has asked officials of the National Collegiate Athletic Association to lift the two-year suspension imposed on SSC volleyball coach Roger Gorayeb. League officials confirmed this yesterday, following a board meeting of the NCAA management committee, which is led by Fr. Vic Calvo of 88th season host Letran College. The management committee accepted the letter of appeal and then deferred making a decision on the case of Nigerian cager Olaide Adeogun, who has been given the green light to play for the San Beda Red Lions in the coming season of the National Collegiate Athletic Association men’s basketball tournament. Gorayeb was suspended for two years from coaching following his involvement in a brawl with San Beda men’s basketball coach Frankie Lim last Dec. 2. Nais naming ma-lift ang suspension, dahil kami at si coach Gorayeb ang agrabyado dito,” said board representative Frank Gusi of San Sebastian College. The 6’8” Adeogun was allowed by eligibility committee to play, but will have to serve a six-game suspension first for his involvement in the incident. San Beda school officials have also asked for a reduction of the penalty imposed on Adeogun and a decision will be known on Wednesday. The suspensions of veteran San Beda players Kyle Pascual, Jake Pascual, Jaypee Mendoza, Rysie Koga, Rome dela Rosa, Jose Carmelo Lim, Baser Amer and Anjo Caram have been reduced from two games to one game. They will serve out the suspension during the Lions’ opening game against the Arellano University Chiefs on June 24. Peter Atencio

Roger Yap and Junemar Fajardo. The addition of Banchero, Fazekas and Crews helped the Beermen win nine of their last 11 games. “I think it’s going to be a very exciting series. They’ve got great imports and a great backcourt. It’s gonna be fun with the matchups,” said Indonesia Warriors coach Todd Purves. The Beermen are hoping to bring back the regional trophy to the Philippines after the series. They have beaten Indonesia thrice this season, but both squads had a different mix of players then.

Belen tops shootfest

SOUTHERN Luzon’s Jose Gil Belen emerged overall winner in the recent Bureau of Internal Revenue’s second Revenues Gun Club Inc. shootfest at the Quezon City Police District firing range in Camp Karingal, Quezon City. Belen posted the highest score among all RGCI members and also placed second in the Man vs Man Steel Challenge featuring the event’s top 16 shooters, losing only to Mindanao’s Jaime Roldan in the finals. Rhodora Alvarez of the National Capital Region was the top scorer in the ladies’ division. She also ruled the Lady vs Lady Steel Challenge competition, beating Northern Luzon’s Nerissa Agraam.

NCR also remained as the top team, besting Northern Luzon, Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. NCR also came in first in the Team vs Team Steel RGCI president Tom Rosales of NCR was tops in the Executive category while Roldan and Belen were the best shooters in the Junior Executive and Group Supervisors/Revenue Officers divisions, respectively. Commissioner Kim S. Jacinto- Henares and national champion Nathaniel “Tac” Padilla fired the ceremonial shots in the event sanctioned as a Level 1 match by the Philippine Practical Shooting Association and competed by 80 RGCI participants and guests, including veteran actor Eddie “Manoy” Garcia.

guests, including veteran actor Eddie “Manoy” Garcia. BIR Commissioner Kim Henares and national champion Nathaniel

BIR Commissioner Kim Henares and national champion Nathaniel ‘Tac‘ Padilla (third and fourth from left) fire the ceremonial shots opening the BIR’s second Revenues Gun Clib Inc. shootfest at the QCPD firing range in Camp Karingal, Quezon City. With them are (from left) Gen. Larry Lapuz, Regional Director Romulo Aguila Jr., actor Eddie Garcia and RGCI president Tomas Rosales.

UE Warriors’ homecoming fetes Dalupan

FORMER members of the University of the East Red Warriors men’s basketball team will mark their first homecoming to coincide with a tribute to multi-titlist and legendary coach Virgilio “Baby” Dalupan on July 3, 5 p.m. at the UE Main Lobby, UE Manila Campus. The working committee, headed by UE Marketing Dept. Executive Director Dr. Jesus Tanchanco Sr., concurrent UE Red Warriors Team Manager, is inviting all former UE Red Warriors men’s basketball players and coaching staff (from 1952 to 2011) to come and celebrate this momentous event for free. Dr. Tanchanco Sr. recently discussed this upcoming gathering with UE Red Warriors’ legends Jimmy Manansala, Jerry Codiñera, Boycie Zamar, Gerald Ortega and Noy Catalan, and UE Physical Education Dept. Asst. Director and OIC Rod Roque, during a luncheon meeting held on June 13 in UE. He also urged them to organize the UE Red Warriors Alumni Association chapter. For inquiries about this celebration, call UE Marketing Dept. and/or UE Alumni Office, tel. nos. 735-8562 / 735-8557 / 735-5471 loc. 458 / 459 / 310.

Pacquiao, adviser Roach back in PH today

By Ronnie Nathanielsz

FIGHTER of the Decade Manny Pacquiao returns home on Saturday with his adviser Michael Koncz, via a Philippine Airlines flight, before returning to Los Angeles. “We are coming back tonight (Thursday in Los Angeles), Manny and I,” said Koncz, in a

brief interview with the Manila Standard. “Pacquiao will then take a vacation, spending time with his wife and his kids in Los Angeles.” He added: “We have no definite plans for his next fight and after a vacation, we will sit down and decide what we are going to do next in the boxing.” Despite reports that no decision has been made regarding a

November bout, the Manila Standard has been reliably informed that Pacquiao’s choice is a fourth fight against Juan Manuel Marquez, possibly even in Mexico, where the Filipino is immensely popular. Pacquiao prefers a fourth fight with the Mexican instead of a rematch with Timothy Bradley, who took the Filipino’s World

Boxing Organization welterweight title in a decision that has been condemned around the world. The hugely controversial decision has spawned a review by the WBO, as well as a request by Top Rank promoter Bob Arum to the Nevada State Attorney General to conduct an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the decision.

into the circumstances surrounding the decision. Wilson manager Lito Naval (center) holds the plaque of

Wilson manager

Lito Naval (center) holds the plaque of appreciation awarded by Greenview Executive Village Tennis Club president Jess Berdulaga after the 2012 Wilson Demo Day in Fairview. The GEVTC came in full force, led by its officers and members, junior players, tennis aficionados and guests playing with the BLX Pro Staff 6.1, BLX Juice Pro and BLX Steam tennis racquets.

POC officials to cheer athletes in beach games

HAIYANG, China—Athletes and officials of the Philippine delegation will march during the formal opening rites of the third Asian Beach Games Saturday and though small in size by regional standards, is bent on becoming the most successful Filipino contingent thus far. Many-time medalist paddler Alex Sumagaysay, the most senior of the 16-man dragon boat team, will carry the Philippine

flag, one of 45 to be paraded at the main hub Fenxiang beach and he will be backed by nine women handball players, four women cagers, four sport climbing aces and officials headed by Chef de Mission Dr. Benjamin “Chippy” Espiritu. To boost the morale of the Filipino athletes, Philippine Olympic Committee President and POC Spokesman and Deputy secretary

general Joey Romasanta and POC treasurer Julian Camacho vowed to be at the gallery cheering for all four teams. “We have faith that our small delegation will create more than ripples here,” said Cojuangco, who is here for the Executive Council meeting of the Olympic Council of Asia. Romasanta is the country’s National Olympic Committee Representative.

IN BRIEF Banal fight in Thailand? THAILAND’S most prominent boxing promotional outfit One Songchai Promotions
IN BRIEF
Banal fight in Thailand?
THAILAND’S most prominent boxing
promotional outfit One Songchai
Promotions is dead set on staging the
battle for the vacant World Boxing
Organization bantamweight title between
No. 1-ranked AJ “Bazooka” Banal and
hometown fighter and No. 2 Pungluangf
Sor Singyu in Thailand.
ALA Promotions president Michael
Aldeguer said that negotiations are still
going on, but it’s a struggle with the
Thai promoter, who apparently has solid
financial backing.
“They are still negotiating. It seems that
One Songchai Promotions has a big backer,
a sponsor that is financially well off to
support a world championship in Thailand,”
said WBO Asia Pacific vice president Leon
Panoncillo, who is based in Thailand.
Pariyakorn Ratanasuban is the promoter
of Sor Singyu, while ALA Promotions
is also backed by the giant Philippine
broadcast network ABS-CBN.
Ronnie Nathanielsz
Johnreil’s riot-marred
bout on AKTV today
ANOTHER exciting Pinoy Knockout
will happen today as it features the
contentious fight of our Filipino Johriel
Casimero against Argentinian Luis
Lazarte that ended violently with a riot.
The fight, that happened last Feb. 11,
will finally be aired at 9 p.m. on AKTV
on IBC13.
The 21-year-old Casimero took on
the veteran Lazarte for the interim
International Boxing Federation light
flyweight title at the Club Once Unidos in
Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Before his fight in Argentina, Casimero
was part of the undercard of “Back
with a Vengeance” that featured Marvin
Sonsona in his comeback fight. Casimero
won his fight against Roemart Sentillas
when he connected on a straight right
that was simultaneous to the end of the
first round bell. The fight was featured on
AKTV last October 2011.
Casimero scored a 10th-round stoppage
over the 40-year old Lazarte in his home
territory. The young Filipino boxer was
able to bring down Lazarte twice in the
ninth round and one more time in the
succeeding round.
An ensuing chaos erupted even
before the Filipino champion could be
announced as the winner.
Dignity and decency RONNIE RONNIE NATHANIELSZ INSIDE SPORTS THE entire aftermath of the high crime
Dignity and decency
RONNIE
RONNIE
NATHANIELSZ
INSIDE SPORTS
THE entire aftermath of the
high crime committed by
the three judges in Manny
Pacquiao’s clash with
undefeated Timothy “Desert
Storm” Bradley last weekend
is nothing but a charade.
World Boxing Organization
president Francisco “Paco”
Valcarcel’s statement asking
the Championship Committee
to review the fight tape, along
with five so-called neutral
judges, rings hollow in the
context of his statement that
the Las Vegas fight judges were
competent and not corrupt.
The WBO president stated:
How in heaven’s name could
they be competent after such
an incompetent assessment of
the fight assuming they were
not corrupt or corrupted by
some outside force?
We can understand if the
fight was even remotely
close. But it was not. We did
the coverage over The Filipino
Channel with Atty. Ed Tolentino
and we both agreed that at the
very least, Pacquiao won by 8
rounds to 4 and that was being
generous to Bradley. At best, it
was 9 rounds to 3 in favor of the
Fighter of the Decade.
Valcarcel said the five judges
would score the bout and
submit a confidential report to
him, but in the same breath,
said the decision could not be
reversed or altered in any way
which, much as we regret it, is
the correct position to take.
Once world boxing
organizations begin to interfere
with the judges’ decisions and
start reversing or altering them
unless a fighter is found guilty
of taking a banned substance,
anarchy will set in and what
little respect the sport has today
will be further eroded.
Like we said before, Las Vegas
has the dubious distinction of
being the sin capital of the world
and with the Pacquiao-Bradley
decision added one more sin to
its growing roster.
Top Rank promoter Bob
Arum’s action in formally
requesting the Nevada State
Attorney General to investigate
the entire circumstances of the
fight and the decision is nothing
but an attempt to calm the
anger of fight fans, quite a few
of whom alleged that it was a
“fix” and that Arum was part of
the whole sordid episode.
The Atty. General of Nevada
is beset with rising criminality,
an economy that is in near
shambles and a host of other
problems for her to waste
time and state resources on
conducting an inquiry into a
boxing bout, especially when
there have been similar dubious
decisions in the past. It’s par for
the course in Las Vegas.
All this posturing about
investigations, reviews, etc. are
nothing but futile attempts to
divert attention from the possible
parties to what we had referred to
as a high crime in Las Vegas.
Even World Boxing Council
president Don Jose Sulaiman,
who initially branded the
decision as the “Crime of the
Century,” has quickly reversed
himself and claimed that it
was exaggerated and that it
was caused by poor translation
from Spanish.
Obviously, Don Jose failed
to realize that one of the judges
who had Bailey winning, was a
friend and a WBC official and
that prompted him to apologize
and stress that he never meant
to criticize the judges.
Sulaiman said he is “deeply
sorry for hurting a dear friend like
Duane Ford (one of the judges
who scored it for Bradley) and
cannot find the words to express
it, stating that Ford is “not only
a very good, honest and decent
person in his private life, but he is
one of the best judges that I have
known and in fact holds a vice
chair in the WBC Ring Officials
Board and has been a leader for
many judges.”
Sulaiman noted that boxing,
being a subjective sport, “there
are several differences of opinion
and I scored the fight one-sided
for Pacquiao, which was meant
as no offense to my friend.”
For what it’s worth,
Pacquiao accepted the decision
like a true sportsman, even
though he knew he had won
by the proverbial mile. In
some respects, he reminds us
of the decency of Chief Justice
Renato Corona, who disagreed
with the impeachment court
ruling finding him guilty, but
accepted it with dignity befitting
a man of such high office. Both
Pacquiao and Corona have sent
a strong message about respect
for authority and of abiding
by decisions we may not even
remotely agree with.
Unfortunately, there are some
who suspect that it was a “fix”
and Manny was part of it. I have
“I want to clarify that in no
way this says that we are
doubting the capacity of these
judges, which we consider as
honest and competent.”
known Pacquiao since he was a
16 year old kid and there is no
way he would have consented to
being party to such a crime. He
has lost his title. Please don’t add
to his pain.

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coach Bobby Parks Sr. (left) and Indonesia Warriors mentor John Todd Purves (right) shake hands during Friday’s press conference drumbeating their teams’ ASEAN Basketball League championship duel. At center is ABL Chief Executive Officer Ridi Djajakusuma. Story on A7. EY ACASIO

Heat bounce back

OKLAHOMA CITY—LeBron

James had received plenty of help from Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, and now he had to finish it on his own.

With what Wade called the loudest crowd he’d ever heard booing, certain James had just fouled Kevin Durant, the league’s MVP walked to the free throw line with 7.1 seconds left and the Miami Heat’s huge lead down to two points. The guy who has endured too many fourth-quarter failures wasn’t letting another NBA Finals game get away. James made both free throws, completing a 12-for-

12 performance at the line and a 32-point night, and the Heat held on for a 100-96 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night that evened the series at one game apiece. “On a big stage like this in a big game like this, every point counts, every point matters. So you go to the free throw line, no matter how hostile the environment, and try to knock them down,’’ James said. “Like I said, I’m happy that I was able to go up there and make

a few plays, go up there and make my free throws. We needed it. We needed every point tonight.’’ Wade rebounded from a poor opener to add 24 points and Bosh had 16 points and 15 rebounds in his return to the starting lineup for the Heat, who needed a big night from their Big Three to snap a four-game finals losing streak with their first victory since Game 3 against Dallas last year. “It’s been so long since we’ve had them all together,’’ Heat forward Shane Battier said. “They played like the All-Stars that they are and that’s the effort that we need.’’ Now they go home to host Game 3 on Sunday and the next two after that, knowing they don’t

have to hear the noisy Thunder fans again—not to mention all their critics—if they win all three. Miami blew a 13-point lead in Game 1 and seemed headed toward a repeat of the second game of the finals last year, when it blew a 15-point edge on its home floor. Not this time. “This is a good team and we didn’t want to be down 2-0,’’ Bosh said. “We know in order to accomplish our goal, we have to win on the road. We’re a good road team. We’ve done it before. They posed a great challenge because they haven’t lost up until today. But we felt that we let one get away and we felt that we could play a much, much better game in Game 2.’’ AP

Elasto Painters flog Bolts, back at the top

By Jeric Lopez

PAUL Lee calmly knocked down the go- ahead free throws with 37.6 seconds left to lift Rain or Shine back to the top with an exciting 81-77 escape win over gritty Meralco in the 2012 Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup last night at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum. Jamelle Cornley inked 21 points and 10

rebounds to pace the Elasto Painters, who gained a slot in the top six for the semifinals with the win. With the Painters down, 76-77, Lee saw an opening and drove hard to the heart of the Bolts’ defense, but Sol Mercado rejected his first attempt. Lee, however, got his own miss for a putback and was fouled by Reynel Hugnatan. He then sank his freebies for a 78-77 Rain or Shine lead.

On the other end, Mario West threw the ball away off a timeout as Gabe Norwood took it and got fouled in the process. Norwood sank two more freebies with 22.6 ticks left to stretch Rain or Shine’s lead to 80-77. The Elasto Painters are now back on top with B-MEG with 5-1 slates and have already made it to the next phase with the requisite amount of wins in the nine-game elimination round.

Special messages for

DADin the nine-game elimination round. Special messages for at SM Former PBA player Dwight Lago with

at SM

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Former PBA player Dwight Lago with sons Rico and Renzo in their statement tees. Rico is “Daddy’s Side Kick”, while Renzo says “If Mommy says NO, Ask Daddy”

IT’S Dad’s Day on Sunday, June 17. Show him how much you love him with heartwarming tees that say it all from SM. Little boys can show that Dad is a hero, guide, and friend with the “Super Awesome Dad” tee. Renzo and Rico, kids of former PBA Player Dwight Lago, show that he is their idol with their “Daddy’s Future MVP” and “Daddy’s Astro Kids” statement tees. Little girls, on the other hand, will steal his Dad’s heart with the sweetest “I love Daddy berry much”, “My Dad is the boss”, and “I have the coolest Dad”. statement tees. Let the world see their love for dad. Grab these Father’s Day Statement Tees at the Children’s Wear Department of all SM stores.

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Shell bares $150-m upgrade

By Alena Mae S. Flores

PILIPINAS Shell Petroleum Corp., a unit of Royal Dutch Shell Group, plans to invest around $100 million to $150 million to upgrade its 110,000 barrel-per-day refinery in Tabangao, Batangas, Energy Secretary Jose Rene Almendras said Friday.

Almendras told reporters Shell had made a firm commitment to upgrade its refinery during President Benigno Aquino’s recent state visit to the UK. Shell is the Philippines’ second-largest oil refiner, next to Petron Corp., which owns a 180,00- barrel-per-day refinery in Bataan. “Yes, they’re [Shell] going to

invest in the refinery. It’s a final decision. I understand they will start early next year. It’s not expansion, it’s an upgrade,” Almendras said. He said the investment was purely for upgrade to enable the refinery to produce high-value products. Shell is separately pursuing a retail expansion worth P2 billion to P3 billion this

year, the company announced early this year. Almendras said Shell decided to pursue the refinery upgrade due to “renewed confidence in the Philippine economy.” Shell has been delaying its refinery upgrade due to pending tax issues and the controversy surrounding the Pandacan oil depot, after the city of Manila asked the oil companies to downscale their operations. Shell’s modern and upgraded refinery is expected to be in ommercial operation by 2015. Shell country chairman Ed Chua said in an earlier statement a technical study to evaluate possible modifications in the design and refining processes of Shell’s refinery facility in Batangas was close to

of Shell’s refinery facility in Batangas was close to completion. Chua said the study aimed to
of Shell’s refinery facility in Batangas was close to completion. Chua said the study aimed to

completion. Chua said the study aimed to determine the necessary changes in the facility that will allow Shell to meet the new Philippine National Standards for ‘Euro IV (PH)’ grade diesel and gasoline set to take effect in 2016. “But I’m more excited about their LNG [liquefied natural gas] investment,” Almendras said. He said Shell’s LNG project sent a positive signal to other investors in the natural gas industry. It will also help push the government to pursue its plan to invest in the Batangas-Manila gas pipeline project. “The plan is we will put up a Batangas to Manila pipeline The government will stick to the pipeline, it might not be [private

sector initiative] anymore but pure government,” he said. Shell and the government earlier agreed to explore the potential of establishing a local import and regasification terminal for liquefied natural gas in the Philippines. Theagreementcallsforcooperation and coordination efforts between the Philippine government and Shell for a technical feasibility study that will determine the viability for the development, construction and operation by Shell of an import and regasification terminal adjacent to its refinery facility located in Tabangao, Batangas. The proposed site of the LNG import and regasification terminal is adjacent to Shell’s refinery facility in Tabangao.

is adjacent to Shell’s refinery facility in Tabangao. P l a t i n u m
is adjacent to Shell’s refinery facility in Tabangao. P l a t i n u m

Platinum awardee. Ayala Land Inc. receives a Platinum Plus award for good corporate governance at the recent annual recognition program of the Institute of Corporate Directors. A gold awardee for the past four years, Ayala Land is cited for consistently promoting shareholder rights, equitable treatment of shareholders, disclosure and transparency. Shown (from left) are ICD president and chief executive Rex Drilon III, ICD chairman Jesus Estanislao, ALI pesident and chief executive Antonino Aquino, ALI chief finance officer Jaime Ysmael, Securities and Exchange Commission chairman Teresita Herbosa and Philippine Stock Exchange president Hans Sicat.

Consumers less bullish, says survey

By Elaine R. Alanguilan

CONSUMER confidence weakened in the second quarter, suggesting a slowdown in demand and spending amid concerns over higher transport and utility costs as well as increased tuition and other school fees. Bangko Sentral said in its latest consumer expectation survey the overall confidence index fell to -19.5 percent in the second quarter from -14.7 percent in the first quarter, as pessimists continued to outnumber optimists. The index is computed as the difference between households that answered in the affirmative and those that answered in the negative with respect to their views on a given indicator. The bearish outlook of the respondents was linked to the perceived high cost of goods and services, rising unemployment, low salary and income and expected higher household expenditures. Consumer outlook for the next quarter also turned bearish to -2.4 percent from 2.8 percent in the previous quarter. “Concerns over the increase in transport fares in March, the expected upward adjustments in power rates, which took effect in May, and the anticipated hike in tuition could have driven households’ lower optimism as these factors put additional strain on family finances, pushing household expenditures up and real income growth,” said the Bangko Sentral. “Households also anticipate tougher competition for jobs as the new college and high school graduates join the labor force during the quarter,” it added. Consumer outlook for the next year remained positive, although the index declined slightly to 10 percent from 11.9 percent in the previous survey.

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PAL eyeing foreign airline

PHILIPPINE Airlines Inc. is in talks to invest in a foreign carrier as it seeks to expand operations after winning investment from San Miguel Corp. “There are several opportunities for PAL to acquire other companies in the region,” president Ramon Ang told reporters Thursday. “Yes, we’re in talks to invest in a foreign airline,” he later said in a mobile-phone message. PAL plans to order at least 100 new planes in the next five years, resume flights to Europe and bolster US services, Ang said in April. The company will be positioned as a low-cost brand, he said as the carrier seeks to fend off competition from Cebu Air Inc. and other regional rivals. “I can see the logic of buying a regional airline if it is to expand their network and the brand and enhance the image,” said Jomar Lacson, an analyst at Campos Lanuza & Co. “There are several airlines in the region with problems which PAL can buy at a discount.” Bloomberg

Peso surges to 42.26:$1

THE peso had its biggest weekly gain in more than three years on speculation improving economic fundamentals will win it a credit-rating upgrade. The currency advanced for a fourth day to 42.26 after Friday Standard Chartered Plc recommended that clients buy the peso via the non-deliverable forwards market, saying it expects the Philippines to achieve an investment-grade rating by 2014. The peso touched a six-week high as the central bank reported funds sent home by workers overseas rose 5.4 percent in the first four months from a year earlier to $6.5 billion, making up 10 percent of the economy. “There’s a lot of hope on the upgrade,” said Andy Ji, a Singapore-based foreign-exchange strategist at Commonwealth Bank of Australia. “The fiscal situation is good and the macro outlook is positive. Remittances have always been strong.” The peso strengthened 2.4 percent this week, the most since the week ended Dec. 19, 2008, according to Tullett Prebon Plc. Bloomberg

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PSE COMPOSITE INDEX
Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas
Friday, June 15, 2012
P780-P895.00
PESO-DOLLAR RATE
Currency
Unit
US Dollar
Peso
LPG/11-kg L tank
OIL
Closing June 15, 2012
United States
Dollar
1.000000
42.5700
Indonesia
Indo nesia
Rupiah
Rupiah
0.000106 0.000106
0.0045 0.0045
Closing JUNE 15, 2012
5200
P54.55-P61.02
P54.55-P61.02
PRICES P
Japan
JJ
Yen
0.012606
0.5366
Thailand Thai
Baht
0.031716
1.3502
40
4460
UK
U
Pound
1.555700
66.2261
Unleaded Gasoline
UAE UAE
Dirham
0.272264
11.5903
TODAY
42
3720
Hong Kong
H
Dollar
0.128894
5.4870
Euro Euro
Euro
1.263000
53.7659
P46.10-P49.90
P46.10-P49.90
2980
Korea Kore
Won
0.000858
0.0365
Switzerland
S
Franc
1.051967
44.7822
44
Diesel
2240
China Chin
Yuan
0.156978
6.6826
Canada
Dollar
0.977708
41.6210
46
India India
Rupee
0.017953
0.7643
1500
Singapore
Dollar
0.782595
33.3151
P42.260
P52.34-P57.85 P52.34-P57.85
Malaysia Mal
Ringgit
0.313775
13.3574
CLOSE
1200
Australia
Dollar
0.997705
42.4723
48
Kerosene
New New Zealand
Dollar
0.781128
33.2526
Bahrain
Dinar
2.652661
112.9238
4,930.63
Taiwan Taiw
Dollar
0.033381
1.4210
Saudi Arabia
Rial
0.266660
11.3517
P38.50-P39.20
HIGH P42.250 LOW P42.440 AVERAGE P42.344
90.22
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Auto LPG
Brunei
Dollar
0.779545
33.1852
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Stocks dip; index sinks below 5,000

STOCKS fell for the second straight session Friday, as investors engaged in profit-taking ahead of the Greek elections whose outcome is expected to set the tone of trading next week.

The Philippine Stock

Exchange index, the 30-company benchmark, shed 90 points, or

1.8 percent to close at 4,930.63.

All six counters ended in the red, with mining and oil posting the steepest decline of 2.7 percent. The heavier index representing all shares also fell 39 points, or

1.2 percent, to 3,295.97, as losers

outnumbered gainers, 100 to 47, with another 47 issues unchanged. Some P9.3 billion worth of shares were traded Friday. Aboitiz Equity Ventures Inc. was the most actively traded stock. The stock dipped 6.3 percent to P45 while power unit Aboitiz Power Corp. also tumbled 2.3 percent to P31.80. Megaworld Corp., a builder of residential and office towers, climbed 2.1 percent to P1.97. The company’s sales may continue to rise this year as

the builder takes advantage of demand for housing and office space, president Andrew Tan said in the company’s annual report to shareholders Friday. Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co., the nation’s biggest phone company, advanced 0.4 percent to 2,360 after chairman Manuel

Pangilinan said an agreement may be reached this year to acquire GMA Network Inc. He said the acquisition may be done through MediaQuest Holdings Inc., a unit of Philippine Long Distance’s retirement fund. First-half profit at the phone company may be “slightly in excess” of P18 billion, Pangilinan also said. GMA was down 0.2 percent to P10. Meanwhile, Asian stock markets rose Friday as investors waded back into riskier assets amid hopes that central banks in the US and elsewhere were gearing up for action to help their beleaguered economies. Jobs data out of the US Thursday led investors to speculate that the US Federal Reserve was preparing to pump more money into the economy to breathe life into its slackening recovery. The Labor Department said unemployment benefit applications rose 6,000 to 386,000 last week, a sign that hiring remains slow. “A bigger-than-expected result for unemployment claims and a benign inflation reading saw investors speculate the Fed might conduct some easing to

spur growth,” Stan Shamu of IG Markets in Melbourne said in a market commentary. Japan’s Nikkei 225 index rose 0.3 percent to 8,595.88. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng added

1.2 percent to 19,034.21 and

Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 rose

0.4 percent to 4,059.80. South

Korea’s Kospi fell 0.6 percent to 1,860.55 but benchmarks in Singapore, Taiwan and Indonesia rose. Analysts have said they expect the Fed might renew its “Operation Twist” program under which it sells shorter-term securities and buys longer-term bonds to keep their rates down. The current program expires at the end of June. The Fed has also done two rounds of bond purchases to try to lower long-term interest rates and encourage borrowing and spending. Stocks in the US got a boost late Thursday after a Reuters report said major central banks were preparing for coordinated action if the results of Greek elections on Sunday strain global financial markets. Investors are on edge ahead of Greece’s election because parties opposed to the terms of the country’s financial bailout could take control of the government. If that happens and the country leaves the euro, many fear the currency union could be torn apart and European banks could fail. With Bloomberg, AP

apart and European banks could fail. With Bloomberg, AP GSIS receives arrears. Government Service Insurance System

GSIS receives arrears. Government Service Insurance System president and general manager Robert Vergara (second from left) receives a check for P4.2 million representing premium payment in arrears of Metro Cotabato Water District from Bimbo Sinsuat (third from left), chairman of the board of the water district. The amount covers premium payments of MCWD employees from June 1978 to March 1992. Witnessing the event are GSIS VisMin Group senior vice president Dionisio Ebdane (left) and MCWD general manager Delfin Hilario.

Campina closes Alaska Milk deal

By Lailany P. Gomez

ROYAL FrieslandCampina NV of The Netherlands has closed the tender offer for the remain- ing publicly-held shares in Alas- ka Milk Corp. Alaska said in a disclosure to the stock exchange Frie- slandCampina now owns 97.7 percent of the milk company’s total outstanding capital stock. It said the Alaska shares publicly traded on the local bourse were acquired by Frie- slandCampina Investments

Holding Co. Philippines Inc. at a price of P24 per share. The remaining shares con- sisted of 278 million common shares representing 31.48 per- cent of Alaska Milk’s issued and outstanding common stock. “These shares, together with the 60.5-percent interest ac- quired in March this year from the Uytengsu family, the found- ers of Alaska, and the 8-percent stake already held, mean that FrieslandCampina now owns 97.7 percent of the company’s total outstanding capital stock,”

it said. FrieslandCampina had ear- lier agreed to buy the Uytengsu family’s stake in Alaska for $302 million. This increased the Dutch firm’s stake in the local milk company to 68.9 percent from 8.1 percent. The Dutch company would pay the Uytengsu family P24 per share for a total of P12.86 bil- lion. Alaska said after complying with all formalities and regula- tions, it would be delisted from the local bourse.

T OP G AINERS

T OP L OSERS

STOCKS

Close

Change

STOCKS

Close

Change

(P)

(%)

(P)

(%)

Metro Pacific Tollways

7.00

14.75

Manchester Intl. "A"

1.66

(24.55)

Ever Gotesco

0.175

12.90

Pacifica `A'

0.0450

(10.00)

Transgrid

500.00

12.36

Benguet Corp `A'

22.50

(9.64)

IP E-Game Ventures Inc.

0.045

7.14

Semirara Corp.

200.00

(7.41)

Petroenergy Res. Corp.

6.30

6.78

Aboitiz Equity

45.00

(6.25)

DFNN Inc.

6.65

6.40

Philweb.Com Inc.

14.02

(6.03)

Cityland Dev. `A'

1.23

6.03

Oriental Pet. `A'

0.0160

(5.88)

United Paragon

0.0180

5.88

Manila Water Co. Inc.

23.00

(5.74)

Calata Corp.

9.95

4.63

Philex `A'

22.50

(5.66)

F&J Prince 'A'

2.60

4.00

Oriental Pet. `B'

0.0170

(5.56)

TRADING SUMMARY

 

SHARES

VALUE

   

FINANCIAL

   

FINANCIAL

1,250.26(down)13.69

 

12,960,737

889,269,343.024

INDUSTRIAL

7,494.95(down)149.61

INDUSTRIAL

150,033,503

2,027,479,630.82

HOLDINGFIRMS

4,251.03(down)82.32

HOLDINGFIRMS

105,270,922

1,533,123,057.42

PROPERTY

1,851.07(down)26.67

PROPERTY

639,101,248

2,795,486,501.355

SERVICES

1,588.89(down)17.41

SERVICES

   

MINING&OIL

23,567.69(down)658.51

 

1,099,824,188

1,574,817,510.25

PSEI

4,930.63(down)90.22

MINING&OIL

1,013,800,366

451,943,963.617

AllSharesIndex

3,295.97(down)39.76

GRANDTOTAL

3,020,990,964

9,272,120,006.484

Gainers:47;Losers:100;Unchanged:47;Total:194

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MST BUSINESS DAILY STOCKS REVIEW
FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 2012
52 Weeks
Previous
%
Net Foreign
High
Low
STOCKS
Close
High
Low
Close Change Volume
Trade/Buying
FINANCIAL
70.00
46.00
Banco de Oro Unibank Inc.
63.00
63.50
60.50
61.05
(3.10)
3,349,630
(59,911,123.50)
76.80
50.00
Bank of PI
68.95
69.00
68.00
68.60
(0.51)
1,099,880
42,789,530.00
512.00
370.00
China Bank
559.00
559.50
554.00
555.00 (0.72)
5,170
1.95
1.42
BDO Leasing & Fin. Inc.
1.79
1.78
1.78
1.78
(0.56)
29,000
23.90
12.50
COL Financial
Eastwest Bank
22.50
23.30
22.60
23.20
3.11
64,300
464,000.00
18.64
18.70
18.60
18.60
(0.21)
440,600
(208,520.00)
22.00
7.56
Filipino Fund Inc.
9.52
9.42
9.42
9.42
(1.05)
100
0.95
M (2.74)
0.62
First Abacus
0.73
0.72
0.71
0.71
389,000
80.00
40.00
First Metro Inv.
68.00
70.00
68.00
68.00
0.00
740
775.00
475.20
Manulife Fin. Corp.
460.00
460.00
455.00
455.00 (1.09)
250
29.00
3.00
Maybank ATR KE
38.35
39.15
38.15
38.15
(0.52)
12,100
93.50
60.00
Metrobank
88.90
89.00
88.10
88.45
(0.51)
3,210,090
12,805,476.50
3.06
1.30
Natl Reinsurance Corp.
2.00
2.05
2.05
2.05
2.50
1,000
16.85
41.00
Phil. National Bank
71.00
71.50
70.00
71.50
0.70
320,260
16,941,309.00
85.00
57.70
Phil. Savings Bank
82.00
82.00
82.00
82.00
0.00
400
539.00
204.80
PSE Inc.
350.00
350.00
349.00
350.00 0.00
10,440
3,015,880.00
44.40
25.45
RCBC `A’
44.00
43.50
43.00
43.00
(2.27)
1,004,500.00
34,886,085.00
151.50
77.00
Security Bank
138.90
141.90
136.00
136.00 (2.09)
233,340
7,957,048.00
140.00
58.00
Union Bank
100.10
104.00
99.50
104.00 3.90
740,020
47,170,412.00
2.06
1.43
Vantage Equities
1.78
1.78
1.78
1.78
0.00
83,000
INDUSTRIAL
35.50
26.50
Aboitiz Power Corp.
32.55
33.00
31.00
31.80
(2.30)
22,034,100
(356,723,550.00)
13.58
7.32
Agrinurture Inc.
9.03
9.03
8.90
8.95
(0.89)
57,400
23.50
11.98
Alaska Milk Corp.
19.02
20.00
19.00
19.00
(0.11)
4,500
1.86
0.97
Alliance Tuna Intl Inc.
1.38
1.38
1.37
1.38
0.00
82,000
54.90
26.00
Alphaland Corp.
29.35
28.95
28.90
28.95
(1.36)
500
1.65
1.08
Alsons Cons.
1.29
1.31
1.28
1.28
(0.78)
101,000
Asiabest Group
22.40
23.55
21.90
21.90
(2.23)
73,700
102.80
3.02
Bloomberry
8.23
8.34
8.24
8.25
0.24
2,919,700
(9,941,648.00)
26.55
12.50
C. Azuc De Tarlac
15.00
15.00
15.00
15.00
0.00
100
2.88
2.24
Calapan Venture
2.78
2.86
2.50
2.68
(3.60)
1,170,000
(1,329,530.00)
3.07
2.30
Chemrez Technologies Inc.
2.48
2.48
2.45
2.45
(1.21)
345,000
148,800.00
8.33
7.41
Cirtek Holdings (Chips)
9.17
9.25
8.85
9.25
0.87
400,000
(477,700.00)
7.06
4.83
Energy Devt. Corp. (EDC)
5.85
5.88
5.83
5.88
0.51
35,432,800
50,955,671.00
6.28
2.80
EEI
6.15
6.20
6.02
6.08
(1.14)
771,500
164,505.00
25.00
5.80
Federal Chemicals
10.40
10.00
10.00
10.00
(3.85)
1,300
15.58
12.50
First Gen Corp.
16.46
16.76
16.16
16.16
(1.82)
4,020,600
(5,138,348.00)
67.20
51.50
First Holdings ‘A’
69.80
70.50
69.10
69.30
(0.72)
1,001,250
(1,036,600.00)
31.50
22.50
Ginebra San Miguel Inc.
20.90
20.90
20.80
20.90
0.00
15,500
0.10
0.0095
Greenergy
0.0130
0.0140
0.0130
0.0130 0.00
29,100,000
13.50
7.80
Holcim Philippines Inc.
11.40
11.40
11.10
11.10
(2.63)
2,300
9.00
4.71
Integ. Micro-Electronics
3.95
3.90
3.90
3.90
(1.27)
19,000
2.35
0.95
Ionics Inc
0.760
0.820
0.770
0.770
1.32
150,000
120.00
80.00
Jollibee Foods Corp.
105.20
107.40
100.00
101.20 (3.80)
1,041,860
(50,798,773.00)
8.40
1.04
LMG Chemicals
1.54
1.64
1.47
1.55
0.65
1,701,000
1.55
0.99
Mabuhay Vinyl Corp.
1.45
1.50
1.50
1.50
3.45
15,000
3.20
1.05
Manchester Intl. “A”
2.20
1.70
1.66
1.66
(24.55)
15,000
24.70
17.94
Manila Water Co. Inc.
24.40
24.45
22.80
23.00
(5.74)
9,783,400
(148,843,285.00)
6.95
0.75
Mariwasa MFG. Inc.
2.65
2.63
2.63
2.63
(0.75)
9,000
15.30
8.12
Megawide
17.22
17.30
16.90
16.92
(1.74)
28,600
295.00
215.00
Mla. Elect. Co `A’
240.00
241.00
235.00
238.00 (0.83)
117,800
(3,939,520.00)
3.00
1.96
Pepsi-Cola Products Phil.
2.75
2.72
2.70
2.71
(1.45)
65,000
(59,300.00)
17.40
9.70
Petron Corporation
10.12
10.12
9.99
10.00
(1.19)
3,298,900
(16,493,561.00)
15.24
9.01
Phoenix Petroleum Phils.
8.30
8.30
8.07
8.09
(2.53)
80,200
(807.00)
9.50
5.25
Republic Cement `A’
8.50
8.50
8.50
8.50
0.00
3,400
2.55
1.01
RFM Corporation
2.92
2.92
2.90
2.92
0.00
3,245,000
169,360.00
33.00
27.70
San Miguel Brewery Inc.
29.00
29.00
28.90
29.00
0.00
5,000
132.60
105.70
San Miguel Corp `A’
114.50
114.50
113.80
114.00 (0.44)
611,120
13,598,554.00
1.90
1.25
Seacem
1.75
1.75
1.70
1.75
0.00
6,833,000
2.50
1.85
Splash Corporation
1.84
1.86
1.85
1.85
0.54
57,000
0.250
0.112
Swift Foods, Inc.
0.127
0.129
0.127
0.127
0.00
1,030,000
5.46
2.92
Tanduay Holdings
3.86
3.90
3.86
3.89
0.78
4,183,000
1.41
0.90
Trans-Asia Oil
1.20
1.21
1.20
1.21
0.83
428,000
68.00
36.20
Universal Robina
Victorias Milling
61.50
62.05
58.50
58.50
(4.88)
6,703,230
(103,302,098.00)
1.46
1.61
1.46
1.49
2.05
12,656,000
236,920.00
1.12
0.285
Vitarich Corp.
0.690
0.690
0.690
0.690
0.00
249,000
18.00
2.55
Vivant Corp.
11.50
10.98
10.98
10.98
(4.52)
200
1.22
0.68
Vulcan Ind’l.
0.93
0.93
0.91
0.91
(2.15)
145,000
14,560.00
HOLDING FIRMS
1.18
0.65
Abacus Cons. `A’
0.69
0.70
0.69
0.69
0.00
465,000
59.90
35.50
Aboitiz Equity
48.00
49.00
44.00
45.00
(6.25)
19,432,700
(633,343,555.00)
0.019
0.014
Alcorn Gold Res.
0.0160
0.0160
0.0160
0.0160 0.00
10,000,000
13.48
8.00
Alliance Global Inc.
11.46
11.62
11.40
11.40
(0.52)
19,242,200
(104,609,376.00)
4.60
3.00
Anscor `A’
4.65
4.55
4.50
4.55
(2.15)
758,000
2,730,000.00
6.98
0.260
Asia Amalgamated A
5.05
5.48
4.90
5.05
0.00
383,300
(212,549.00)
437.00
272.00
Ayala Corp `A’
449.80
449.80
444.00
447.00 (0.62)
97,860
1,173,866.00
59.45
30.50
DMCI Holdings
S 1,747,700
54.70
56.00
53.95
54.90
0.37
3,606,783.50
4.19
1.03
F&J Prince ‘A’
2.50
2.60
2.60
2.60
4.00
20,000
5.25
3.30
Filinvest Dev. Corp.
GT Capital
3.94
3.95
3.93
3.95
0.25
248,000
(19,700.00)
484.00
482.60
482.00
482.00 (0.41)
36,640
7,471,100.00
5.22
2.90
House of Inv.
4.37
4.38
4.18
4.38
0.23
439,000
1,532,710.00
34.80
19.00
JG Summit Holdings
32.70
33.20
32.70
33.00
0.92
539,300
1,703,130.00
6.95
4.00
Lopez Holdings Corp.
5.84
5.95
5.69
5.94
1.71
6,984,000
26,181,355.00
1.54
0.61
Lodestar Invt. Holdg.Corp.
1.05
1.07
1.05
1.05
0.00
150,000
105,800.00
3.82
1.500
Marcventures Hldgs., Inc.
2.45
2.50
2.41
2.46
0.41
1,988,000
(1,292,200.00)
4.45
2.56
Metro Pacific Inv. Corp.
4.08
4.13
3.92
3.92
(3.92)
37,670,000
(26,759,330.00)
6.24
2.10
Minerales Industrias Corp.
4.70
4.75
4.68
4.75
1.06
40,000
0.0770
0.054
Pacifica `A’
0.0500
0.0450
0.0450
0.0450 (10.00)
20,000
2.20
1.42
Prime Media Hldg
1.320
1.500
1.330
1.350
2.27
125,000
4.10
1.56
Republic Glass ‘A’
2.10
2.10
2.10
2.10
0.00
10,000
0.490
0.285
Sinophil Corp.
0.320
0.320
0.320
0.320
0.00
10,000
699.00
450.00
SM Investments Inc.
700.00
702.00
689.50
689.50 (1.50)
67,860
(3,427,375.00)
1.78
1.00
Solid Group Inc.
1.34
1.34
1.30
1.31
(2.24)
206,000
1.57
1.14
South China Res. Inc.
1.19
1.20
1.18
1.18
(0.84)
800,000
1100.00
97.50
Transgrid
445.00
500.00
500.00
500.00 12.36
20
0.620
0.056
Wellex Industries
0.3500
0.3600
0.3450
0.3450 (1.43)
2,450,000
(51,750.00)
1.370
0.178
Zeus Holdings
0.500
0.510
0.500
0.500
0.00
1,337,000
P
R O P E R T Y
39.00