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Robredos state funeral akin to what heroes get
De Lima hits
Lacson for
improper
statement
Heads to roll as DFA looks
into ex-govs fake passport
DoJ chief
finds truth
in Gos story
Rice importer faces contempt by Senate
Palace hands
off in church
heresy issue
Villafuerte: I didnt block Jesses confirmation before CA
This is massive election
bribery at its worst by dangling
jobs to state workers who right-
fully earned those jobs in the rst
place but were deprived of those
in the past two years, Palatino
said, referring to a moratorium
on hiring and promotions or-
dered by President Benigno
Aquino III in May.
Teachers were exempted
from the hiring freeze, but
Palmones said the timing was
suspect because teachers also
had duties during elections,
serving as inspectors and
canvassers.
It is election year next year.
This only means that the gov-
ernment, despite the Palaces re-
peated denials, did unnecessary
underspending in the past two
years and now has the funds for
a hiring binge for the elections,
Palatino said.
By Joyce Pangco Paares
THE late Interior Secretary Jesse
Robredo would get full military
honors as part of the state funeral
that the government had offered
and which his family had accept-
ed, Palace Undersecretary Mano-
lo Quezon said on Wednesday.
A state funeral is the highest
possible kind of funeral that a re-
public can give, Quezon said.
He said there would be minor
differences in state funerals ac-
cording to ones rank.
But the essential elements are
the same in all state funerals. It is
the kind given to heroes, Quezon
said.
He said Robredos remains
would not be brought to the Inte-
rior Department
The wishes of the family are
that we should keep the transport-
ing of the remains to a minimum,
he said.
He made his statement even as
Transport Secretary Mar Roxas
said searchers retrieved one more
body from the ill-fated plane car-
rying Robredo, his aide and two
pilots that crashed into the sea
near the airport in Masbate on
Aug. 18.
He said the body was still to be
identied.
Robredos body was found
and retrieved early Tuesday. It
was pulled out from the over-
turned fuselage of the twin-
engine Piper Seneca about 180
feet underwater and around 800
meters off Masbate.
By Sara D. Fabunan
THE Foreign Affairs Department
vowed on Wednesday that heads
will roll following reports that
its ofcials issued a fake pass-
port to former Palawan governor
Joel Reyes, the suspected mas-
termind in the killing of environ-
mentalist and broadcast journalist
Gerry Ortega.
Reyes, who carries a P2 mil-
lion reward for his capture, al-
legedly used the fake passport to
be able to travel to Vietnam and
escape prosecution.
Some heads will have to roll,
Foreign Affairs Undersecretary
Rafael Seguis told reporters.
Assistant Secretary and head
of the Ofce and Consular Affairs
Jaime Victor Leda, meanwhile,
refused to reveal the extent of the
investigation but said that his team
was looking into the possibility of
an inside job.
By Macon Ramos-Araneta
SENATORS on Monday ordered the chief execu-
tive of an Indian grain company to explain why
he should not be cited for contempt for making
conicting statements, including his assertion that
some 420,000 bags of rice seized by Customs of-
cials in Subic Bay on April 4 were not intended
for sale in the Philippines.
Addressing the Senate panel investigating the
impounded rice, Customs chief Ruffy Biazon cast
By Joyce Panares
MALACAANG on Wednes-
day distanced itself from the
Catholic Churchs plan to inves-
tigate members of the faculty of
the Ateneo de Manila Universi-
ty who declared support for the
population control bill.
Presidential spokesman
Edwin Lacierda said the 159
professors of the Jesuit-run uni-
versity made it clear that their
statement of support for the con-
troversial Reproductive Health
Bill did not respresent that of
the school.
That is entirely a sectarian de-
cision. We cannot comment on the
decision of the Catholic Church,
Lacierda told reporters.
While the Church opposes
the passage of the bill, the fac-
ulty members took the opposite
view and said the bill was a vi-
tal piece of legislation that needs
to be passed urgently.
By Maricel V. Cruz
A BICOLANO lawmaker on
Wednesday denied he had been
blocking the conrmation of the
award-winning Naga City mayor
Jesse Robredo as Interior secretary.
In fact, according to Cama-
rines Sur Rep. Luis Villafuerte, a
member of the powerful Commis-
sion on Appointments, he even re-
quested the 12-man House contin-
gent to the commission to resolve
the issues that had been hampering
the late Robredos conrmation.
As much as possible, Villafuerte
said, he had wanted Robredos con-
rmation to be unanimous.
Hindi naman po totoo yun na
we were blocking his appointment
(Its not true that I was blocking his
appointment), Villafuerte said.
But Villafuerte admitted that the
complaints against Robredo that had
been led before the commissions
secretariat were being investigated.
Kaya hinarap ko si Secre-
tary Robredo sa House contin-
gent [congressmen] para kung
ano man ang katanungan nila ay
gawin outside the Commission
on Appointments at para maging
unanimous na ang kanyang con-
rmation, (Thats why I had to
meet Secretary Robredo with the
By Rey Requejo
JUSTICE Secretary Leila de Lima
scolded Senator Panlo Lacson on
Wednesday for being disrespect-
ful and improper while the na-
tion mourned the death of Interior
and Local Government Secretary
Jesse Robredo.
She said Lacson called Robredo,
who died in plane crash off the coast
of Masbate on Aug. 18, a friend who
had tried to persuade her to stop the
manhunt against the senator while
he was on the lam two years ago on
charges of double murder.
What is that all about? Why
does he have to say that at this
point? De Lima said.
Lacson was linked to the murder
of publicist Salvador Dacer and his
driver in 2000. When a trial court
By Rey E. Requejo
JUSTICE Secretary Leila de
Lima on Wednesday said she
had found some semblance of
truth to the claim of murder
convict Rolito Go that the rea-
son he suddenly went missing
from the National Bilibid Prison
last week was because he had
been kidnapped.
She made the statement de-
spite an ongoing parallel in-
vestigation being conducted by
prison ofcials on Gos disap-
pearance, saying law enforc-
ers were usually involved in
kidnapping, and that they kid-
napped people in order to shake
them down for money.
Go disappeared from prison
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They came to say good-bye. Supporters and friends came in droves to pay their last respects as the body of Interior Secretary Jesse
Robredo lay in state at the Archbishops Palace in Naga City. Lower photo shows Robredos wife, Leonora (extreme right) and daughters
(from left) Aika, Patricia and Jillian. DANNY PATA
Senate confrontation. Protik Guha of Amira
Foods (right), accuses the Bureau of Customs of send-
ing him threats. Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon
(left) waves documents during a hearing on rice
smuggling. SONNY ESPIRITU
Protest. A tribesman runs past a burning mock tank during a
protest near the gates of Malacaang denouncing alleged attacks on
the life and rights of indigenous people. AP
P60b set for 164k govt positions; solons call it election bribery
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By Christine
F. Herrera
THE Palace will em-
bark on a nationwide
hiring spree next
year in time for the
mid-term elections,
allocating some P60
billion for 164,230
unlled and new po-
sitions, Agham Rep.
Angelo Palmones
and Kabataan Rep.
Raymond Palatino
said on Wednesday.
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Crash investigation ordered
The Transport Department on
Wednesday ordered the Civil
Aviation Authority of the Philip-
pines to investigate why the plane
carrying Robredo missed the air-
port in Masbate and crashed into
AVIATION experts on Tuesday said
there was truth to the claim of Senior
Inspector June Paolo Abrazado, the
late Interior Secretary Jesse Robredos
aide, that the right engine of the twin-
engine Piper Seneca plane that they had
been riding had stalled and crashed in
Masbate on Saturday, killing Robredo
and the planes two pilots.
the sea on Aug. 18.
Abrazado survived the crash
by escaping from the plane after
it crashed. He was later rescued
by fishermen.
Some senators on Wednesday
recommended that the govern-
ment buy a new airplane and a
helicopter to be used by Presi-
dent Benigno Aquino III and the
members of his Cabinet.
Senate President Juan Ponce
Enrile, Senate Majority Leader
Vicente Sott III, and Sena-
tor Gringo Honasan said Ma-
lacaang needed new aircraft to
ensure the safety of the President
and his Cabinet.
The political opposition,
meanwhile, advised the Aquino
administration to acquire at least
four new aircraft for the use of
Mr. Aquino and the members of
his Cabinet.
Minority Leader and Quezon
Rep. Danilo Suarez said Robre-
dos death should serve as a les-
son to to government.
In light of this tragic incident,
we call on the administration to
immediately conduct a review
of all modes of public transpor-
tation whether land, sea or air,
Suarez said.
Eastern Samar Rep. Ben Evar-
done appealed to some quarters
to refrain from giving malicious
meaning to the order of President
Aquino to Robredo to represent
him in a gathering in Cebu.
The insinuations by some
quarters on why President Aqui-
no asked Secretary Robredo to
represent him in Cebu is totally
uncalled for and malicious, espe-
cially at this time that the whole
country is mourning the loss of
an outstanding public servant,
he said. Eric B. Apolonio, Laila
Gomez, Macon Ramos-Arane-
ta and Maricel V. Cruz
Another body retrieved. Ofcials on Wednesday conrmed that the body retrieved from the crashed
plane in Masbate on Wednesday was that of pilot Joseph Bahintings. DIOSDADO BRIONES
Mass...
Palatino said the 2013 budg-
et, billed by the administration
as an empowerment budget,
was aimed at empowering Mr.
Aquinos Liberal Party in the
next elections.
We cannot help but suspect
the motives behind the hiring
binge because these positions,
particularly the teaching posi-
tions, had been absolutely need-
ed two years ago, Palatino said.
Palmones also questioned the
hiring of 6,482 auditors for the
Commission on Audit as against
the 5,305 policemen that would
be hired next year.
This would double the au-
dit commissions workforce to
12,000, he said.
I thought the government
was strictly observing the
straight path policy. So why
are we hiring more auditors to
monitor government spending
and corrupt government of-
ficials instead of hiring more
policemen to protect the people
from syndicated crimes and ter-
rorism? Palmones said.
Palatino also attacked the Pal-
ace for allowing schools to hire
teachers on a part-time basis.
There were schools and state
colleges and universities that
hired two part-time teachers for
one permanent position to save
on money because the Palace
kept on insisting it did not have
the money to pay for their ben-
efits and grant them security of
tenure, Palatino said.
For two years, this govern-
ment deprived our teachers
and our children and students
the quality teaching that was
badly needed only because they
wanted the hiring to happen in
an election year, Palatino said.
Under the Special Purpose
Funds of the P2-trillion national
budget, some P17.59 billion was
earmarked for the filling of un-
filled positions, P22.26 billion
for the creation of new posi-
tions, and P20.26 billion for the
newly-filled positions in other
agencies whose rationalization
program had already been ap-
proved.
These positions formed part
of the miscellaneous personnel
benefits fund of P70.08 billion,
with P9.9 billion earmarked for
performance-based bonus.
A total of 103,230 will be
hired for unfilled positions, with
military and uniformed person-
nel allotted some P6.07 billion.
The Department of Education
was allocated P7.4 billion for
21,142 unfilled positions and
P20.41 billion for the creation
of 39,858 new positions.
Of the P20.41 billion, at least
P5.15 billion was allocated for
the newly created teaching and
non-teaching positions in 2011
and 2012 and some P15.26 bil-
lion for the newly created teach-
ing and non-teaching positions
in 2013.
Aside from 5,305 policemen,
600 jail guards, 2,079 firemen
and 673 agents for the National
Bureau of Investigation will be
hired.
The Supreme Court and the
lower courts will be filling
5,357 unfilled positions.
The weather bureau will be
hiring 175.
The Department of Public
Works and Highways will be
hiring 7,236 workers as the gov-
ernment embarks on an aggres-
sive infrastructure build-up.
The government also allocat-
ed some P98.71 billion for those
who will retire following the ra-
tionalization program.
Of the total, some P64.21 bil-
lion will go to the payment of
military retirees and veterans.
Some P30.4 billion was ear-
marked for the payment of re-
tirement and terminal leave ben-
efits, P2.7 billion for separation
benefits and other incentives,
and P1.4 billion for the monetiz-
ing of transferred leave credits,
all for 2013.
Robredos...
Roxas had said that the bod-
ies of the planes Filipino pilot
and Nepali student pilot were
jammed inside the cockpit and
would be retrieved later.
On Wednesday, Executive
Secretary Paquito Ochoa, who
has been designated by President
Benigno Aquino III to replace
Robredo, said he would be re-
viewing all the programs of the
Interior Department to ensure
that all those were implemented.
The Senate on Wednesday
adopted six resolutions seeking
to honor Robredo for his con-
tribution to good governance
and to express its sympathy to
his family.
Today, we in the Senate
remember the legacy of an ex-
traordinary civil servant whose
life was taken from us one day
too soon, said Senator Frank-
lin Drilon who sponsored the
resolutions.
We remember Jesse Man-
alastas Robredo, a distin-
guished public servant, a trust-
worthy friend, a dutiful son, a
devoted husband and an affec-
tionate father.
Robredo, who died at the age
of 54, in 2000 won a Ramon
Magsaysay awardregarded
as Asias version of a Nobel
Prizefor good governance.
Jesse has passed, presi-
dential spokesman Edwin
Lacierda wrote on his Twitter
account on Tuesday.
The nation has lost one of
her finest servant-leaders. Join
is in mourning and tribute.
Senator Ralph Recto and
his wife, Batangas Gov. Vilma
Santos, on Wednesday sent
their condolences to the Ro-
bredo family.
Quezon City officials on
Wednesday led city hall em-
ployees in a memorial mass in
honor of Robredo.
In Naga City, where Ro-
bredos remains now lie at the
Archbishops Palace, Albay
Gov. Joey Salceda on Wednes-
day ordered all flags flown at
half-staff. Robredos body will
stay in Naga City until Friday
morning, after which it will be
brought to Manila.
The National Police will
render departure honors in
Naga City when Robredos re-
mains are brought from Arch-
bishops Palace to the airport.
The Armed Forces will then
render arrival honors at the Vil-
lamor Airbase when Robredos
remains arrive there.
From Villamor, members of
the Presidential Security Group
will render arrival honors and
the the traditional gun salute to
Robredo, after which he will be
brought to Malacaang where he
will lie in state until the morning
of Sunday, Aug. 26.
His interment has been
scheduled for Tuesday, Aug.
28. With Macon Ramos-
Araneta, Jonathan Fernan-
dez and Rio N. Araja
Rice...
doubt on the testimony of Amira
C Foods chief executive Guha
Protik, saying documents sub-
mitted by his company showed it
had found a buyer in Metro East-
ern Trading Corp., a firm based
in the Subic free port.
The Senate also demanded
similar explanations from Metro
Eastern vice president Cesar Bu-
laon, brokers Vicente Cuevas
and Cesar Ramirez, and the sen-
ior deputy administrator of the
Subic Bay Metropolitan Author-
ity, Stefani Sano.
Guha Protik is being contra-
dicted by Ramirez who is being
contradicted by Bulaon, Cuevas
and Sano. They contradicted
each other, said Senate Presi-
dent Juan Ponce Enrile.
Protik had told the Senate
panel that the rice was originally
bound for Indonesia and was
stored in Subic when the deal
fell through.
But Biazon said the smuggled
rice was not intended for trans-
shipment but for sale in the local
market.
Biazon cited a document sub-
mitted by Almira saying that
it had successfully negotiated
with licensed rice importers for
the importation, and that further
negotiations on the rest of the
goods were being undertaken.
When Enrile asked Protik if he
was aware of the document, the
Amira said yes.
Do you know that meaning of
that in relation to your testimony
here? Enrile asked him. You
have to consult your lawyers
before I make a motion. Better
consult him for advise.
Biazon also told the panel that
the document submitted by Almi-
ra showed that Metro Eastern
services would include trucking,
indicating that the rice was meant
for local sale outside Subic.
But Protik insisted that his
company would not risk its
reputation by getting involved
in smuggling. He also offered to
produce document showing that
the rice was intended for Indo-
nesia.
You dont have to do that,
Enrile said. While we respect
your claim, the fact is this--
420,000 bags are in the Philip-
pine territory, too far away from
Indonesia and that is the mystery
that we want to unravel.
I respect your right, but be
careful, he added. This is an
investigation and we have rules.
If you are not telling us the truth,
we will impose sanctions against
anybody who lies before us,
said Enrile.
At the same time, Enrile or-
dered Customs officials to check
with the Indian government for
export documents covering the
rice shipment.
Im sure they have docu-
ments at the port of origin, he
said.
Enrile said he also wanted to
verify reports that part of the rice
shipment had been loaded onto
cargo trucks over the long holi-
day this week, while there was
no work at the Subic free port.
DoJ...
on Aug. 14 but was caught the
next day. Before he disappeared,
he had been staying at the prisons
minimum security area where he
could walk around freely without
jail escorts. Officials put him back
to the maximum security area af-
ter his capture.
Go, a businessman, was con-
victed of murder in absentia in
1993 by the Pasig Regional Trial
Court for killing 25-year-old El-
don Maguan, a De La Salle Uni-
versity engineering graduate, fol-
lowing a traffic altercation in San
Juan City in 1991.
He was sentenced to life impris-
onment but failed to immediately
serve his jail term as he managed
to escape from the Rizal Provin-
cial Jail a few days before the trial
court handed down its decision.
Police caught him on April 30,
1996, along the Gapan-Olongapo
Road and immediately brought
him to the NBPs maximum secu-
rity facility to start serving his life
sentence.
De Lima said that during her
During his three-day inspection
of the Bureau of Corrections dur-
ing the weekend, she said she was
able to confirm about the record-
ed cases of kidnappings, although
most of the victims had refused to
cooperate with the investigators.
She said it was possible that a
syndicate was behind the series
of kidnappings with the help of
insiders. She said most of the
victims in recent cases were the
wives of inmates who were ab-
ducted outside the national peni-
tentiary.
Once we confirm these cases,
we want to know how many ex-
actly the instances or incidents of
hulidap [kidnapping masked as
an arrest], and then Im planning
to form...a dedicated team of NBI
probers and agents to dig deeper
into that phenomenon, De Lima
said.
De Lima...
issued a warrant for his arrest, he
went into hiding and resurfaced
when the Court of Appeals re-
versed the ruling.
It was never known if Lacson
fled the country to elude arrest.
But as people wept at the death
of Robredo, Lacsons statement
expressing his sadness at the loss
was revealing.
I will always be thankful to
Sec.retaryJesse Robredo for per-
sonally albeit quietly helping me
during my diffcult time while in
hiding, he said. Not known to
all, he [Robredo] tried his level
best to convince Justice Secretary
De Lima to comply with the Court
of Appeals decision reversing the
Manila regional trial courts prob-
able cause ruling against me.
De Lima described Lacsons
statement as improper and disre-
spectful, and that he should not
have linked Robredos death to
their conflict.
Im just wondering why Sena-
tor Ping Lacson would say that.
The timing, to me, seems off, De
Lima said.
She said she recovered personal
and official documents from Ro-
bredos condominium unit on
Tuesday on the request of Robre-
dos widow and turned them over
to Executive Secretary Paquito
Ochoa, who took over as officer-
in-charge of the Interior and Local
Government Department.
Villafuerte...
House contingent so that the
complaints against him migt be
done outside the Commission
on Appointments so that we can
unanimously vote for his confir-
mation), Villafuerte added.
Villafuerte said it was Senator.
Franklin Drilon, also a member
of the commission, who con-
vinced him to back the confirma-
tion of Robredo.
Villafuerte said that it was
only last November that Robre-
dos papers were submitted for
the approval of CA because the
former Magsaysay Awardee was
only working in an acting capac-
ity as head of the Department of
Interior and Local Government
during the first year of the Aqui-
no administration.
Earlier reports said that Vil-
lafuerte wanted Robredo to ex-
plain the written complaint filed
by the latters political opponent,
former Naga City councilor Luis
Ortega before the CA, which
claimed that the late secretary
should not be given a national
post because of alleged pending
graft charges.
But the August 15 CA hearing
for the confirmation of Robredo
was reset to August 29 since the
House of Representatives had to
give way to a necrological serv-
ices for the late Sorsogon Rep.
Salvador Escudero III.
Birthday ko ang August 29,
sabi ko iyan ang ating regalo kay
Secretary Robredo kaya ipina-
kansel ko ang lahat ng appoint-
ments ko para lamang makapag-
attend ng kanyang confirmation
sa August 29, (My birthday is
on Aug. 29, and I wanted to give
him that gift (confirmation) on
that day and even cancelled all
my appointments to be able to
attend his confirmation on Aug.
29), Villafuerte said.
He appealed to his critics to
stop sowing intrigues at a time
when Robredo should be ex-
tolled and commended as his
loved ones are mourning his un-
timely tragic passing.
Paranaque Rep. Roilo Golez,
the chair for the House contin-
gent and vice-chair of the CA in
general, confirmed that Robredo
was scheduled to be confirmed
on Aug. 29.
In fact I talked to (Secretary)
Robredo last Tuesday (and) as-
sured him of CA support. We
were deprived (of the) honor of
confirming one of the best in
(the) Cabinet, Golez said.
Aside from Villafuerte, Drilon
and Golez, the other members of
the CA are Senate President Juan
Ponce Enrile, chairman; Senate
Minority Floor Leader Alan Pe-
ter Cayetano, Senators Joker Ar-
royo, Edgardo Angara, Jose Es-
trada, Francis Chiz Escudero,
Panfilo Lacson, Sergio Osmea
III, Ralph Recto, Loren Legarda,
Miriam Defensor-Santiago and
Vicente Sotto III; Nueva Ecija
Rep. Rodolfo Antonino, Zam-
boanga del Norte Rep. Rosendo
Labadlabad, Maguindanao Rep.
Simeon Datumanong, Palawan
Rep. Antonio Alvarez, Cebu
Rep. Eduardo Gullas, Capiz Rep.
Antonio del Rosario, Valenzuela
City Rep. Rex Gatchalian,Cavite
Rep. Erineo Maliksi, Alagad
party-list Rep. Rodante Mar-
coleta and Camiguin Rep. Pedro
Romualdo.
Heads...
The fake passport of Reyes, which used
the name Joseph Lim Pe, was issued in Ma-
nila in February.
Leda said the Foreign Affairs records
showed that the photograph attached to the
passport were not Reyes.
Earlier, Immigration confirmed that Pes
passport holder left the country on March 18,
or nine days before the court issued a warrant
for Reyes arrest.
But Immigration could not ascertain if the
holder was Reyes.
Immigration chief Ricardo David said the
mere fact that the passport was read by the ma-
chine at the Immigration countercould mean
that the passport was either authentic or a good
replica.
Aside from Foreign Affairs, the Justice De-
partment, which has jurisdiction over Immigra-
tion, is also probing Reyes escape.
On Jan. 24, 2011, Ortega was killed after he
was shot in the head inside a clothing shop in
Puerto Princesa City. The gunman was later
arrested.
The broadcaster was a hard-hitting critic
of mining operators and mining supporters in
his radio program Ramatak. He also ex-
posed the corruption behind the billion-dollar
Malampaya fund.
He also served as a project coordinator for the
Save Palawan Movement, which had gath-
ered at least 10 million signatures in support of
its advocacy for a total mining ban in Palawan.
Reyes, his brother, Coron Mayor Mario
Reyes Jr., and several others were indicted
for Ortegas murder.
Last week, Malacaang raised to P2-mil-
lion each as a reward for any information that
could lead to the arrest of the Reyes brothers,
alongside other high-profile criminals such
as property developer Delfin Lee, former Di-
nagat Island Rep. Ruben Ecleo, and former
military official Jovito Palparan.
Recently, Foreign Affairs upgraded its sys-
tem, including the use of electronic passports
to combat trafficking and fraud and lend in-
tegrity to the Philippine passport.
Palace...
The reality is, despite the Philippines
being predominantly Catholic, the major-
ity of Filipinos want the full range of fam-
ily planning services, including artificial
contraception, the professors said in a
statement.
Bishop Leandro Medroso, chairman of
the Episcopal Commission on Canon Law
of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the
Philippines, called for an investigation of
the faculty members and said the univer-
sity should make sure the professors were
not teaching concepts against Church
laws.
He said the first principle of Canon Law
was to disallow teachings that went against
the official teachings of the Church.
Now, if there is somebody who is giv-
ing instructions against the teachings of
the Church, then they have to investigate
immediately, Medroso said, adding that
those found guilty should be fired.
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Republic of the Philippines
Professional Regulation Commission
Manila
RESOLUTION NO. 2012- 673
Series of 2012
SUSPENDING THE EFFECTIVITY OF SECTION 5 AND SECTION 17 OF
RESOLUTION 2012-668 SERIES OF 2012 ENTITLED THE GUIDELINES IN
IMPLEMENTING SECTION 7, PARAGRAPHS (J), (L) AND SECTION 16 OF
REPUBLIC ACT NO. 8981, CALLED THE PRC MODERNIZATlON ACT OF 2000,
AND THE PERTINENT PROVISION OF THE PROFESSIONAL REGULATORY
LAWS, THE GENERAL AGREEMENT ON TRADE IN SERVICES, AND
OTHER INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENTS ON THE PRACTICE OF FOREIGN
PROFESSIONALS IN THE PHILIPPINES, WITH RESPECT TO SUBSECTION E,
SECTION 2 THEREOF
WHEREAS, the Professional Regulation Commission is mandated to regulate the
practice of foreign professionals in the Philippines, pursuant to Section 7 paragraphs
(j), (I) and Section 16 of Republic Act No. 8981 or the PRC Modernization Act of
2000.
WHEREAS, on June 21, 2012, the Professional Regulation Commission issued
Resolution No. 2012-668, s. 2012, entitled Guidelines in Implementing Section
7, Paragraphs (j), (I) and Section 16 of Republic Act No. 8981, called the PRC
Modernization Act of 2000, and the pertinent provision of the Professional Regulatory
Laws, the General Agreement on Trade in Services, and other International
Agreements on the Practice of Foreign Professionals in the Philippines.
WHEREAS, representations were made to the Professional Regulation Commission
by various stakeholders, both local and overseas, for the reduction and/or elimination
of the fees to be paid and rationalization of the liability insurance requirement of
covered foreign health professionals who will be engaged in humanitarian missions
in the country, considering the benevolent nature of the services offered by these
foreign professionals.
WHEREAS, in the midst of natural calamities that caused substantial loss of lives
and attendant medical and dental needs of affected Filipinos and their families, an
infux of foreign health professionals seeking to extend medical assistance through
the conduct of humanitarian missions in the Philippines is expected and desirable.
WHEREAS, in a meeting with the PRC Chairperson and the members of the
concerned Professional Regulatory Boards held last August 14, 2012, a consensus
was arrived at to suspend the effectivity of Section 5 and Section 17 of Resolution No.
2012-668, series of 2012 with respect to subsection E, Section 2 thereof, until further
notice by the Professional Regulation Commission and upon recommendation of the
said Professional Regulatory Boards.
WHEREFORE, the Commission RESOLVES, as it is hereby RESOLVED, to suspend
temporarily the effectivity of Section 5 and Section 17 of Resolution No. 2012-668,
series of 2012 with respect to subsection E, Section 2 thereof.
This Resolution shall take effect immediately following its full and complete publication
in the Offcial Gazette or in any daily major newspaper of general circulation in the
Philippines.
Let a copy hereof be furnished to the UP Law Center, the Department of Labor and
Employment (DOLE), the Department of Justice (DOJ), Department of Foreign Affairs
(DFA), Bureau of Immigration (BI), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), and to
all concerned derivative agencies for their information and guidance as well as for
their dissemination or circularization.
DONE in the City of Manila this 22nd day of August 2012.
TERESITA R. MANZALA
Chairperson
ALFREDO Y. PO JENNIFER JARDIN-MANALILI
Commissioner Commissioner
(MST-Aug. 23, 2012)
Undersecretary Eduardo
Batac told the House hearing
that the Defense budget
proposal amounted to P80.6
billion for 2013 but did
not include any amount for
the anti-disaster and relief
program. This year, however,
the Defense allocated P591
million for the purpose.
The NDRRM fund, which is
supposed to be covered by the
budget of the Ofce of Civil
Defense, also has a zero outlay.
House Committee on
appropriations chaired by
Cavite Rep. Joseph Emilio
Aguinaldo Abaya claried that
a zero budget for the NDRMM
fund does not mean deprivation,
given the fact that the NDRMM
fund has an outstanding P391
million balance that it could
carry over in 2013.
The reason you have been
zeroed out is that you still have
budget, which would be enough
until next year. I think thats the
rationale. Having a zero budget
does not mean that we are
totally neglecting this, Abaya
said.
Batac replied to Abaya by
saying that they have yet to
spend much of the NDRRM
fund. Nevertheless, the Defense
ofcial said, their inability
to utilize those funds would
be good only for the rst four
months of the year.
Batac said that as of July
31, 2012, P200 million of the
P591 million of budget of the
NDRRMC has been spent.
We still need a lot of budget
for the acquisition of disaster
response equipment, he said.
Capital outlays are
appropriations for the purchase
of goods and services, the
benets of which extend beyond
the scal year and which add to
the assets of the government,
while the OCD supervises,
monitors and evaluates the
implementation of disaster
management programs to
ensure their effectiveness.
The reason that there is
a perceived low absorption
capacity for the OCD is based
on the fact that the rst four
months are dry. We know
pretty well that the expenditure
on disasters is seasonal. It is
during the second half of the
year when this fund is more
utilized, Batac said.
While the disaster agency got
a zero allocation, the Climate
Change Commission obtained
a P1-billion fund under a new
law Peoples Survival Fund,
enacted sometime in August
2012.
President Aquino said in
signing the new law that it
will pave the way for the
implementation of climate
change action plans to make
communities resilient to
disasters.
By Maricel V. Cruz

The Aquino administration has not
allotted any single centavo for the
Defense departments National Disaster
Relief and Rehabilitation Management
under the Palace-sponsored P2-trillion
national budget for 2013, a Defense
ofcial said on Wednesday.
THE House opposition bloc on
Wednesday asked for an objec-
tive consideration of former
president Gloria Arroyos de-
bilitating medical condition.
Arroyo, now Pampanga con-
gressman, is in dire need of medi-
cal assistance due to her serious
medical condition, House Minority
Leader and Quezon Rep. Danilo
Suarez said on Wednesday.
Suarez said that a number of
congressmen have already sig-
nied their intention to support
House Resolution 2681.
The unanimous ndings of
both the government hospital
and the private hospital regard-
less of party afliation and po-
litical leanings, agree that their
patient, is aficted by critical
and possibly fatal conditions
that require immediate attention
and urgent responsive and effec-
tive treatment, Suarez told re-
porters at a weekly news forum.
The Makati Medical Center
in its medical bulletin, dated
Aug.11, 2012 signed by Dr. Ro-
berto Anastacio, showed that
the former president is mani-
festing extreme difculty of eat-
ing and swallowing even water.
Anastacio, Arroyos cardiolo-
gist at the MMC, warned that
the former leader is at risk of
sudden death unless her con-
dition is properly attended to.
The Veterans Memorial Medi-
cal Center made similar medi-
cal nding in its Progress Report
for June 2012 indicating that Ar-
royo is suffering from frequent
episodes of choking.
According to Suarez, the doc-
tors from both private and state
hospitals of Arroyo should sit to-
gether with the Arroyo camp and
her counsels to decide on the real
status of her medical condition.
This is one way to address this
issue, Suarez pointed out, add-
ing that he is hopeful that the na-
tional leadership will be sensitive
enough to heed their appeal for
compassion for the former presi-
dent, Suarez pointed out.
Suarez added that the medical
bulletins issued by Drs. Martha
Nucum and Victoria Icasiano-
Javier and the recommendation of
Anastacio for Arroyo to seek the
second opinion from a neurover-
vical spine surgeon who has per-
formed repeat surgeries is out-
most necessary. Maricel V. Cruz
By Macon Araneta

SENATORS will ask the
stakeholders in the tobacco
industry on the government
proposal to restructure excise
taxes on tobacco and alcohol
despite the admission made
by Finance Secretary Cesar
Purisima that the tax incrase did
not lead to a reduction in the
number of smokers.
We believe that increasing
taxes dramatically and there-
fore, increasing retail prices,
will not lead to a dramatic de-
cline in consumption, Purisi-
ma said during an earlier hear-
ing conducted by the Senate
ways and means committee.
Citing a study, he said recent
experience proved that cigarette
consumption even went up
amid increases in tobacco taxes
and prices.
Purisima said that cigarette
prices from year 2004 to 2011
increased by as much as 61
percent, but consumption did not
go down.
He was referring to tobacco
tax increases, which over the
years, had led to corresponding
hikes in the retail prices by as
much as 99 percent.
Republic Act 9334 mandates
tax hikes on tobacco and alcohol
products starting Jan. 1, 2005 and
every other year until Jan. 1, 2011.
But ways and means
committee chairman Senator
Ralph Recto stressed that what
is important in the ongoing tax
reform deliberations is coming
up with the effective tax rate.
He noted that it was the
sentiment of majority in the
Senate to come up with a tax
structure that would benet all
players equally.
Senate President Juan Ponce
Enrile for his part said: If
are going to increase the tax
that high, do you really think
we can reduce the number
of smokers or they will just
reduce the number of sticks
they are consuming but they
will continue to smoke?
Labor Union (PMFTCLU)
president Rodelito Atienza
asked: if the declared objective
will not be achieved, why is the
DOF willing to cause so much
injury to millions of stakeholders
in both alcohol and tobacco
industries who stand to lose their
jobs or source of livelihood?
Blake Dy, vice president of
Associated Anglo-American To-
bacco Corp., said that govern-
ment was being heavy-handed
needlessly. There are alternative
ways of raising the money with-
out causing such radical dis-
placement, he said.
He said the government should
keep an open mind on this mat-
ter. There are a number of ways
to achieve governments objec-
tives without destroying the in-
dustry, he said.
Health Secretary Enrique
Ona said the country is now
Southeast Asias number one
tobacco-consuming country with
every Filipino smoker pufng an
estimated 1,073 sticks yearly.
He pointed out that tobacco
use is a risk factor in six of the
worlds eight leading causes of
preventable diseases.
A clean-up campaign at the Manila Bay has just been stepped up to rid the bay area of tons of debris and thrash after last months
series of storms. SONNY ESPIRITU
By Vito Barcelo
MORE Filipino workers are expected to
land jobs in New Zealand following the
successful holding of the 1st Philippines-
New Zealand Senior Labor Ofcials
Meeting in Manila recently.
Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz
said this would pave the way for the
implementation of the Memorandum of
Agreement on Labor Cooperation which
was signed between Manila and Wellington
in 2008.
Baldoz said that under the MOA,
Wellington would develop a Philippine
Special Work Policy which will provide
for the employment of Filipino registered
nurses, farm managers, and engineering
professionals in New Zealand
There are an estimated 31,000 Filipino
migrants and expatriate workers in New
Zealand, most of them registered nurses,
caregivers, engineers, and workers in
the telecommunication, government,
information technology, manufacturing,
dairy, and retail industry.
According to the statistics from
the Philippine Overseas Employment
Administration, 1,635 OFWs were deployed
to New Zealand in 2011, an increase of 16.5
percent over the number in 2010.
We are really happy that our
governments can now extensively share
information to better improve each others
labor systems, labor policies that redound
to the betterment of our people, especially
on matters like occupational safety and
health, on labor standards compliance, and
on labor market sharing, Baldoz said.
The 1st Philippines-New Zealand
Senior Labor Ofcials Meeting was an
offshoot of the meeting held between
Secretary Baldoz and NZ Labor Minister
Kate Wilkinson at the sidelines of the
International Labor Conference in
Geneva, Switzerland last June.
Undersecretary for Employment Danilo
Cruz said that the labor relations between
the Philippines and New Zealand formally
started in 2008 with the signing of the MOA.
We are condent that this agreement
will signicantly increase the number
of Filipino workers in New Zealand,
Baldoz said.
A smoker nds the habit is hard to break. MANNY PALMERO
Opinion Adelle Chua, Editor
ManilaStandardToday
mst.lettertotheeditor@gmail.com AUGUST 23, 2012 THURSDAY
A4
THE tributes just come pouring in.
The late Interior and Local Government
Secretary Jesse Robredo, who gured in a
plane crash on Saturday afternoon, is best
remembered for steering his hometown
Naga City into an example of transparency
and good governance.
Robredos strongest point, however,
could be his humility that kept him at his
job despite the setbacks that beset him as
he assumed a key position in the Aquino
administration. The glowing praises
and copious tears cannot erase the bitter
realities that Robredo had to live with as he
performed his task in the national sphere.
For more than a year, for instance, and
until late last year, Robredo was merely
acting secretary of his department, in
charge only of half the agencys functions.
This was why no real blame could be
heaped upon him after the Luneta hostage
tragedy claimed the lives of eight Chinese
tourists in August 2010.
The limbo did not end when President
Aquino nally appointed him secretary.
His appointment was bypassed twice
by the Commission on Appointments.
Now comes an insane proposal from the
members of that commission to conrm
Robredo posthumously. The lawmakers
say Robredo had been scheduled for
conrmation on Aug. 29. Of course, that
is not going to take place anymore.
We were deprived the honor of conrming
a great man, one of the best in the Cabinet,
Paraaque Rep. Roilo Golez was reported to
have texted some members of the media.
Strange he should say this, now that the
great man has died. If the commission
members were convinced about Robredos
tness for the jobas his track record would
attestthey should have asserted it instead
of allowing scheduling problemsa lame
excuse, no doubtto push the conrmation
to a point when it has become useless.
There is talk that Robredo was held
hostage by political rivalry, with an uncle at
the House actively blocking his conrmation.
The uncle, Camarines Sur Luis Villafuerte
Sr., denies this and says he was preparing for
a unanimous conrmation on the 29thmy
birthday. It was supposed to be a birthday gift
to him. What a stretch.
Already, the jockeying for appointment
to Robredos vacated post is being shown
as ugly. Senator Panlo Lacson revealed
Robredo helped him when he was in
hiding. In the meantime, the President has
named Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa
ofcer in charge of the department. The
last time Ochoa was named to a post, as
the so-called anti-crime czar of the country,
nothing happened.
It is difcult to tell whether an ofcial
is displaying genuine emotion or milking
a national event for his or her own
agenda. We should expect more of this
in the days to come.
The President has asked that the nation
mourn the loss of Robredo until he is
laid to rest, but it looks like we should be
mourning other things besides.
In mourning
Conrmed dead
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LETS put an end to this nonsense
once and for all: Whether or not
Malacaang and the Commission on
Appointments displayed a real ur-
gency to make Jesse Robredo a full-
edged secretary of the Department
of Interior and Local Government
has nothing to do with anything.
Robredo would not be alive today
even if President Noynoy Aquino
had not publicly doubted the award-
winning former mayors ability to
head up the department and had
given him a permanent appointment
from Day One. And Robredo still
would be lying in a closed casket in
Naga City regardless of whether he
was conrmed by the politicians in
the commission as soon as they got
his papers from Malacaang.
Robredo died because he took
a light plane that
somehow could
not make the trip
from Cebu to Naga
City on that fate-
ful afternoon last
week after deliver-
ing a speech that
Aquino was sup-
posed to give. And
it doesnt matter if
he had fallen into
the sea a conrmed
secretary or not.
If the President
and the politicians really wanted to
know why Robredo died, they can
always investigate the crash itself.
If they wanted the people to know,
as well, they would allow Robredos
aide (who seems to have disappeared
after surviving the crash and being
quizzed by Aquino himself) to ap-
pear at an investigation that will be
open to the public.
But all this wrangling about
who was responsible for the non-
conrmation of a Cabinet member
who upon his death is now ac-
knowledged as a national hero isnt
helping at all. It just gives the politi-
cians who never really cared about
Robredo the opportunity to wash
their hands of his matter and say that
some other people didnt appreciate
just how great the dead man was,
when he was still alive.
(While were at it, there must
be a special place reserved on the
Epal Hall of Fame for two congress-
men who proposed the posthu-
mous conrmation of Robredo by
the Commission on Appointments.
These two should not be named here,
because then I would be a party to
their efforts to use the death of Ro-
bredo to gain some media mileage
for their truly idiotic idea of having
a conrmed dead man head up a de-
partment staffed by living people.)
So the politicians in the palace and
outside it who are pointing ngers at
each other about who was really to
blame for the failure to conrm Ro-
bredo had best shut up. It cheapens
the memory of this exemplary pub-
lic servant, all this blame-tossing by
those who could have expressed their
appreciation for his work by giving
him a vote of condence when he
was alive, but didnt.
* * *
For once, I nd myself on Justice
Secretary Leila de Limas side. In-
deed, the justice secretary is correct
to question the motive of Senator
Panlo Lacson in bringing up the
story that Robredo helped the law-
maker when he went into hiding to
avoid being arrested for double mur-
der during the nal days of the Ar-
royo administration.
Understandably, De Lima must
have been miffed by Lacsons state-
ment, which will never be corrobo-
rated now that Robredo is dead. After
all, it was De Lima who had the job of
nding Lacson, until the senator reap-
peared in Malacaang Palace to swap
recipes (or so he said) with newly-
elected President Noynoy Aquino.
There still is bad blood between
these two Aquino allies, apparently,
which is why the
justice secretary
cannot help swip-
ing at the sena-
tor for getting in-
volved in the crash
that killed Ro-
bredo. Why bring
up the tale of how
Robredo made De
Lima look even
more like a fool
by helping Lacson
while the latter was
a self-described
fugitive from injustice, after all?
De Lima herself has ofcially got-
ten involved in Robredos case after
she was assigned the job of secur-
ing the late secretarys ofce, docu-
ments and all the other important
stuff he left behind. And De Limas
work is possibly vital, especially af-
ter Robredos staff reported that a
top DILG ofcial with close ties to
Malacaang has supposedly been ri-
ing through Robredos papers and
securing his apartment in Manila,
apparently to get papers of still un-
known content and value.
The last thing De Lima needs is
Lacson adding salt to a wound that has
not quite healed yet, all in the name of
grabbing some attention to himself as
so many politicians have in the wake
of Robredos untimely death. What
was Lacsons motive, indeed?
Of course, if I were De Lima, I
wouldnt go too far with Lacson,
who obviously has a lot of mojo in
Malacaang. In fact, now that Ro-
bredo is gone, Lacson and De Lima
may soon nd themselves working
together in the same Cabinet.
Now that Aquino has been prevent-
ed from appointing De Lima as chief
justice of the Supreme Court (assum-
ing that, as she says, she was truly the
Presidents nominee), the justice sec-
retary will have to cool her heels in
her department for some time to come.
And it wouldnt do to be ghting with
someone long bruited about to be the
DILG secretary-in-waiting and who
has expressed his availability for the
position long before Robredo died.
Robredo could
have used the
politicians vote of
condence when
he was still alive.
AUGUST 30 of this year marks the
rst anniversary of the Philippines rati-
cation of the Rome Statute of the In-
ternational Criminal Court. The ICC is
the rst permanent international tribu-
nal created by treaty to prosecute indi-
viduals for war crimes, crimes against
humanity, genocide and the crime of
aggression. Its objective is simple: to
ensure that any individual who com-
mits the most serious crimes against
the international community is held
accountable for his acts.
Our membership in the ICC became
even more important when shortly after
raticvation, our very own Miriam De-
fensor-Santiago was elected to be a Judge
in the Appellate Chamber of the Court.
This is a rare opportunity for a Filipino
to be elected to an international Tribunal.
Prior to her, only Justice Cesar Bengzon,
Justice Florentino Feliciano and Ambas-
sador Lilia Bautista have had this honor.
A year later, what comes after our
ratication?
Plenty. The most pressing of which is
to make sure that the Philippines com-
ply with its obligations under the Rome
statute. In this regard, there are two im-
portant tasks ahead: the duty to cooper-
ate and the duty to ensure the principle
of complementarity.
The duty to cooperate involves in-
stances when the prosecutor- or the
Court itself- requests the assistance of
the Philippine government in conduct-
ing an investigation or in the trial proper
of a case before the Court. While ideal-
ists like me always emphasize the nor-
mative value of supporting a tribunal
that seeks to put an end to impunity, we
often gloss over the details of how these
normative systems will actually func-
tion. For instance, should the prosecutor
decide and upon authority of the courts
pre-trial chamber to conduct an inves-
tigation here, say against the AFP, the
MILF or the NPA, by what legal right
will he do so? Perhaps the rulings of
our Supreme Court in Angara vs Tanada
and in the recent case of Magallona vs
Executive Secretary could shed some
light. In both these cases, the Court
ruled that our duty to comply with treaty
obligations has the force and effect of
law. Therefore, the legal basis for the
prosecutor to conduct an investigation
or of the Court sitting in the Philippines
is by reason of the treaty itself.
But should a law or an amendment to
our Constitution be required? Since the
power and manner by which our own
Prosecutors conduct their preliminary in-
vestigation is provided by law, shouldnt
this law be required? Evelyn Serrano of
the Coalition for the International Crimi-
nal Court pointed out that different state
parties have passed so-called cooperation
statutes. While conceding that this is in
fact the ideal solution, my apprehension
though is what if the Prosecutor wants
to investigate now that there is still no
such law? Does that mean the absence
of law will prevent him from conduct-
ing his ofcial task? And what about the
matter of the Court sitting in Philippines
territory?The Constitution is clear: judi-
cial power shall vest in the Supreme Court
and on all other inferior courts that may
be provided by law. Is a constitutional
amendment required to enable the ICC to
sit here? Probably not . But certainly, our
Supreme Court may have to issue some
rule that would enable the ICC to do so.
There too is the matter of having to
ratify the separate Convention, the Agree-
ment on the Privileges and Immunities of
the International Criminal Court. This
will accord the Judges of the court, the
Prosecutor and all of its ofcials such im-
munities that are necessary to freely
discharge their functions without fear
of retaliation from a state that wish to
accord impunity to any of its nationals.
The agreement provides that all ofcials
and employees of the ICC should be ac-
corded functional immunities of the type
enjoyed by the United Nations and its
specialized agencies.
The duty to cooperate will also com-
pel the Philippines to be world class in
such matters as according protection to
victims and witnesses. Already, the duty
to cooperate will compel us to amend
our own Witness Protection Program to
provide protection not just to witnesses,
but to victims as well. It will also per-
haps compel us to recognize that vic-
tims of crimes have rights under human
rights law, notably, the right to repara-
tions, and are not just mere objects that
enable the state to prosecute a crime.
Furthermore, I am personally hopeful
that our ratication of the Rome statute
that recognizes that the duty to provide
reparations to victims is a duty of the in-
ternational community and not just the
criminal offenders -will also lead to a
change in our local perspective that this
duty is one owed only by the accused to
be paid at the end of a very long trial.
Anent the duty to enact domestic laws
that would implement the principle of
complementarity, RA 9851 largely pro-
vides for the legal basis for our courts to
exercise primary jurisdiction for crimes
cognizable by the ICC. But as Dean
Merlin Magallona has said, there is still
that substantial challenge of amending
further our domestic law to ensure that
identical crimes are punished under our
domestic law and by the ICC.
A year later, it is clear that we have
a distance to go before full compli-
ance with our state obligations under
the Rome Statute. This notwithstand-
ing, we have certainly beaten the rest
of Asia since at least, we have already
ratied the Statute. I am condent that
the rest will follow soon.
After the ratication, whats next?
MARLON C. MAGTIRA Online Editor/Tech Section Editor
JOJO
A. ROBLES
LOWDOWN
ATTY. HARRY
ROQUE JR.
VIEW FROM MALCOLM
AUGUST 23, 2012 THURSDAY
A5 Opinion Adelle Chua, Editor
ManilaStandardToday
mst.lettertotheeditor@gmail.com
WE FILIPINOS have a habit of
extolling public personalities after
their death. We make them bigger
than life.
We did it when comedian Dolphy
died, to the point that newspapers and
television networks were reporting
nothing else. Congress even wanted
to confer to Dolphy the National Artist
Award, which is beyond the power of
politicians to do.
Santa Banana, now we are doing
it all over again! We are extolling
Department of Interior and Local
Government Secretary Jesse Robredo
for all the things he was supposed to be
have done while in ofce.
President Aquino even proclaimed
days of mourning until Robredos
interment, which could last a week. His
remains would still be own from Naga
City, his hometown, to Malacaang.
Government ofces have their ags
at half mast, and a
state funeral is in the
making.
I dont know
Robredo personally
but I have read
the things written
about him. From
these I glean that
he was unlike some
public ofcials who
are desperate for
attention.
There is even an
attempt on the part
of the Commission
on Appointments
to conrm him (he
has been bypassed
several times for some reason or
another) posthumously as if there is
such an animal.
Senator Panlo Lacson made things
worse when he revealed that Robredo
helped him when he was in hiding. My
gulay, that would make Robredo an
accessory to a crime!
It was true that President Benigno
Aquino III was never really comfortable
with Robredo. The late secretary
was recommended to his post by the
Balay Group headed by Transportation
Secretary Manuel Roxas II. The Balay
Group is of course known to be at
political odds with the Samar Group,
led by associates of the Presidents late
mother, Cory Aquino. This was how
DILG Undersecretary Rico Puno, the
Presidents buddy and shooting mentor,
was placed in charge of the Philippine
National Police.
I do not doubt that Robredo deserved
all the praises he is getting, especially
as Naga City mayor. He made Naga a
rst-class city and even got awards for
it.
As local government secretary,
however, what difference has Robredo
made insofar as graft and corruption
at the local government units are
concerned?
I wonder: would President Aquino
be doing the same thing if Robredo
were on the other side of the political
fence?
I am a Christian and a Catholic, and I
mourn the passing of an enemy. Didnt
Christ tell us to love our enemies as we
love ourselves? As such, I pray for the
soul of Robredo.
The tragedy is that politicians will
milk the secretarys death for the last
ounce of publicity. They will shed
crocodile tears before the cameras.
What would be interesting is what
actually happens when the President
has to appoint Robredos replacement.
Even now, the Roxas-led Balay Group
is restless with Executive Secretary
Paquito Ochoa being named ofcer-in-
charge of DILG.
Since the DILG has power over
the Philippine National Police and
the local government units, the next
secretary will be at the forefront of
the administrations campaign for
the 2013 elections. A resurgence
of the Balay-Samar inghting and
the struggle for power cannot be far
behind.
***
It stands to reason that Ateneo
University has to abide by the call
of the Catholic Bishops Conference
of the Philippines to toe the line of
the Catholic Church in opposing the
anti-life reproductive health bill now
pending before Congress. Some
157 members of the Ateneo faculty
have expressed their support for the
controversial bill.
Ateneo is still a Catholic schoolas
it has always been.
As an Ateneo
alumnus, I believe
that despite the fact
that the old Ateneo
de Manila at the
ruins of Padre Faura
in Ermita (where
I got my Bachelor
of Arts degree in
1950 as well as my
electives in law) is
a far cry from what
Ateneo is now,
Ateneans should
always live their
faith.
While the
support of the
Ateneo faculty may
not reect what Ateneo stands for, the
university respects independence of
mind. As such, despite the fact that the
Ateneo as a university adheres to the
pro-life advocacy of the CBCP, I doubt
if it will take measures to censure the
faculty members.
But these are their own beliefs and
they should not impart these to their
students.
***
Facebook as a tool for social
networking has its pluses and minuses.
It brings people closer, yet it can
also be a source of scams. Indeed it is
subject to abuse.
Im no fan of Facebook. For one
thing, Im computer illiterate, a
dinosaur as my geek friends, who I see
all the time tinkering with their mobile
phones, call me.
There have been so many horror
stories about Facebookhow it
intrudes upon ones privacy. Then
again, its the members themselves
who post everything about their lives
on the Internet.
The worst part is that anybody can
create a ctitious account and distort
your beliefs and advocacies.
My daughter, who is herself on
Facebook, told me that she saw I had
my own Facebook account where I
extolled the virtues and advocacies of
President Aquino. This would make
me a conscripted columnist under
Malacaangs payroll.
My daughter has since deleted
it. I have no account with Facebook
whatsoever.
I have a sneaking suspicion that
Malacaangs propagandists may want
to destroy my credibility by portraying
me as a double-faced columnist.
Resurgence
of a row
THERE is a wealth of stories in the
places we call home.
I am always drawn to places
where I have lived, the houses and
their neighborhoods, wrote Truman
Capote in Breakfast at Tiffanys, and
this seems to be a universal yearning.
For what are autobiography and
memoir in a certain sense but a
return to ones home, an exploration
of memory that time has washed
over with a sheen of sentiment,
an Instagram photo rather than a
jarringly colorful image.
The concept of home is so powerful
that works that deal with it seldom
fail to capture interest. This is true for
three Carlos Palanca Memorial Award-
winning essays from last year and this.
Last years winner for rst was
myself for The Turn for Home:
Memories of Santa Ana Park, which
explores my early adulthood as a wife
and young mother lived beside the now-
defunct Makati racetrack.
The second place winner was Jeena
Rani Marquez-Manaoiss River of
Gold, memories of her youth in
Cagayan de Oro. Heres an excerpt from
her draft from 2010:
This golden sh was not some
prince under an evil spell. It had been
a golden sh all its life in the Cagayan
River, which was why, according to
the grown-ups who explained it to me,
de Oro became a part of the citys
name.
Some of the older people of the city
swore they had seen it. The colossal sh
had emerged from the Cagayan River
sometime in the 1950s. It was so huge
that all of Cagayan de Oro City shook
violently in a mighty quake when it
came out of the depths of the Cagayan
River.
Those who had seen it in their
childhood claim it was not a sh; it
couldnt have been because of its
towering height and the power of its
majestic movement. It was a sleeping
red dragon which lives in an invisible
river beneath the San Agustin Cathedral
on one side of Carmen Bridge.
This years rst prize winner is
Hammed Q. Bolotaolo, a well-traveled
man with an interesting past spent in
Malate and a present spent roaming
around the world. His winning esssay
combines elements from his Malate
(2010) and Of Legends (2011) pieces.
From his Malate draft:
I also remember one bar along
Adriatico having a logo of a small,
partially damaged plane in blue neon
lights, with fractured windows and
wings and busted rudder and propeller.
It was no longer working except for
its ashing beacon. Whenever I found
myself staring at it as a young boy, I
wondered whether the plane had really
crashed on that spot. It looked real from
what I could tell. And I never asked my
mother. But such is Malate: a fusion of
illusion and reality, a dreamy place of
incandescent lights, of virile laughter
and vigor.
All different places, different homes.
But these three pieces have one thing
in common: they have their origins in
a couple of creative non-ction writing
graduate classes taught at the University
of the Philippines College of Arts and
Letters by professor emerita Cristina
Pantoja Hidalgo.
Dr. Hidalgo, often called Maam
Jing by her students, is one of the
foremost teachers and writers of CNF.
In those classes held during the rst and
second semesters of 2010-2011, she
not only guided us in the technique of
our craft, she also encouraged us to tap
deep within ourselves for the creative
impetus that would allow us to write not
only with lyricism and beauty, but with
truth and honesty.
For the rst class, her instructions
were write about a place; during
the second, write about a personal
memory. We wrote, critiqued each
others work, and in the process shared
food, laughter, and our lives.
Those classes were home in the way
no other classes were, and we were
family to each other.
It is perhaps the rst and only time
that a class under one professor has
produced three Palanca Award-winning
essays. I hope this is mentioned during
Palanca Awards Night on September 1.
How rare and beautiful is that?
It would be a tting tribute to a
well-beloved teacher, who nurtured
her students and helped them fulll the
potential of their talents and make their
own contributions to Philippine arts and
letters.
Thank you, Maam Jing, and happy
birthday (August 21). We couldnt have
done it without you.
E-mail: jennyo@live.com, Blog:
http://jennyo.net, Facebook: Gogirl
Caf, Twitter: @jennyortuoste
One class, three Palanca essays
EMIL
P. JURADO
TO THE POINT
By Charles J. Gans
NEW YORKFormer Secretary of
State Madeleine Albright is ready, if
invited, to sit down at the drums next
month when she will be honored for her
jazz diplomacy at a gala concert at the
Kennedy Center.
Last year, she met trumpeter Chris
Botti at a White House dinner for
Chinese President Hu Jintao. A few
weeks later, Botti invited her on stage at
the end of his Valentines Day concert
at the Kennedy Center to play the
drums during his rendition of Puccinis
Nessun Dorma, and cellphone videos
popped up on YouTube.
I had a fabulous time and it was
so much fun, said Albright, who had
never had any drum lessons. They gave
me the drumsticks and the nickname
Sticks.
There are parts of me that
people dont understand which is my
spontaneous love of having a good time
and loving music, said the 75-year-old
Albright, interviewed by telephone from
the ofce of her international consulting
rm in Washington, D.C.
Americas rst female secretary
of state is game to give it another
go on drums on Sept. 23 when she
returns to the Kennedy Center to
receive a Thelonious Monk Institute
of Jazz award in honor of her longtime
support for jazz, music education and
the institutes programs.
The gala coincides with the
nals of the institutes international
jazz competition, the worlds most
prestigious jazz contest which this year
is celebrating its 25th anniversary. It has
helped launch the careers of such stars
as pianist Marcus Roberts, saxophonist
Joshua Redman, vocalist Gretchen
Parlato and trumpeter Ambrose
Akinmusire.
Tom Carter, the Monk Institutes
president, felt it was appropriate to honor
Albright and highlight the role of jazz
as a diplomatic tool in the same year
that the institute worked with UNESCO
to establish the rst International Jazz
Day.
Madeleine understands the
importance of jazz not only as an art
form but as a means of bringing people
together around the world, said Carter,
in a telephone interview.
The evening will include a star-
studded Women, Music and Diplomacy
gala concert featuring some of todays
top female jazz artists, including singers
Patti Austin and Nnenna Freelon, pianist
Geri Allen, trumpeter Ingrid Jensen and
saxophonist Jane Ira Bloompaying
tribute to female jazz legends such as
Mary Lou Williams, Lena Horne, Ella
Fitzgerald and Nina Simone. Aretha
Franklin, Herbie Hancock and Botti are
scheduled to perform a special tribute to
Albright.
Albright says her interest in jazz
was sparked in the 1980s when as a
university professor she traveled to
her native Czechoslovakia and met
clandestinely with members of the Jazz
Section of the Czech Musicians Union.
They started literally as a group
of musicians playing jazz because that
was a way to oppose the system, and
then they actually became a political
force, said Albright. I visibly saw
the role of American music, jazz
specically, in terms of revolting
against the regime. ... It was a way
of expressing support and wanting to
be part of the West without going out
there and marching. ...
I found that jazz musicians present
the best of America ... and were the best
ambassadors for the United States, she
said. Its such a free form of music ...
and when they do their riffs it really is a
full expression of democracy. AP
A party in June
By Cesar Barrioquinto
CHRIS was sewing up the tear on a bar
stool seat when I slipped into The Other
Ofce, a pub tucked between United
Nations Avenue and Flores in Mabini,
Manila, at half-past ve one afternoon
in March 2001. It had carousel seats, a
bar, overhead beams, framed Amorsolo
reproductions, and a poster of the
movie Casablanca. A bantam piano sat
near the door, but that day had been a
Sunday: the piano player would not be
coming in at eight.
Yo, Chris.
Good afternoon, sir.
Chris had high cheekbones, a
sharp nose, strong jaws and searching
brown eyes. He was wearing a pair of
denims and a white collared shirt over
a white round-neck cotton shirt. A white
baseball cap with a red visor sat on his
head. He paused to set a bottle of beer
and a glass for me at the bar and then
returned to his sewing, xing the tear on
the upholstery of another bar stool seat
before taking up his position behind the
bar.
I was the only customer.
The TV set suspended at the end of
the bar near the door to the kitchen was
on.
Is that Charlie playing? I said.
No, sir.
Flowers for Algernon?
Yes, sir. I think so. It came on just a
few minutes ago.
The movie was about a retarded man
named Charlie who turned into a genius
after doctors tinkered with his brain, but
then returned to retardation eventually
as a result of a glitch in the experiment. I
sat through it to see if it was any faithful
to Daniel Keyes brilliant novelette. It
wasnt, but I still cried at the end of it. I
then turned to Chris.
So whens your father coming?
In June, sir.
Do we know when exactly?
He said hed call once he had the
plane tickets.
Well, that shouldnt be long now.
Yes, sir.
Well celebrate when he comes?
Yes, sir. Well have a party.
Chris story was familiar to the pubs
regulars. On Christmas Day 2000 his
15-year search for his American father
ended when his dad called him up at the
pub from San Diego, California. Before
that, Chris had called up a number in
Hawaii around noon, identied himself
and waited. The person at the other end,
a woman, turned out to be his Aunt
Debra. She had asked for his number
and told him to wait for his fathers call
from San Diego, and it had just turned
Christmas in California when George
Melvin Jr. lifted the phone to call Chris.
It was after 4 p.m. in Manila.
Oh God its you! Son! Melvin had
said. Youre alive! This is a very good
Christmas present. Dont move. Im
going to get you!
Chris was too stunned to talk.
I was crying, he said. We were
both crying on the phone.
Chris was born Christopher George
Felimiano Melvin in Olongapo City on
Jan. 3, 1970, the son of Melvin Jr., a
navy ofcer, and Theresa Feliminiano, a
native of Leyte. Melvin had met Theresa
during his tour of duty in the Philippines
in 1969, but the following year he left
for the United States and never came
back. Chris never saw him.
Chris started looking for his father
when he turned 16. His mother was
evasive about Melvin, but he had kept a
letter that his father had written Theresa
soon after he arrived in California in
1970. It turned out that the address in
the letter was wrong: Chris letters
and Christmas cards to his father kept
coming back. He persisted without luck,
then decided to settle down when he
turned 26 whether or not he had found
him. That happened in 1996 when he
married his 20-year-old girlfriend.
Chris worked for a number of
restaurants in succession, then his luck
turned when he joined The Other Ofce,
a newsmens hangout. Two editors
heard his story and wrote about it in
2000, but nothing happened. Then in
July, someone in California, a Jeffrey
Darrey, wrote to say he had read Chris
story and asked him to write back with
particulars. Chris did, and when Darrey
wrote him a second time he gave Chris
a telephone number to call in Hawaii.
A woman answered the phone when he
did.
She was gruff, Chris said. I asked
for Mr. Jeffrey Darrey but she said no
Jeffrey Darrey lived there and hung up.
He had no idea he had just talked to his
Aunt Debra.
He dialed the number again two
months later and asked to talk to George
H. Melvin Sr. The same womanhis
Aunt Debraanswered the phone and
told him Melvin Sr. was dead. He then
said he was a good friend of George
Melvin Jr.; could he have his number?
Aunt Debra said Melvin Jr. lived in
San Diego but refused to give Chris his
number.
Desperate, Chris called again at noon
on Christmas Day in 2000. This time
he introduced himself as Christopher
George Melvin, son of George Melvin
Jr. Aunt Debra was stunned.
She told me I was Melvin Jr.s only
son, Chris said. She said I was a good
detective and then gave the phone to my
grandma Virginia, who said I sounded
just like my father. When I talked to my
father later that day he told me he got
married when he returned to San Diego,
but they had no children. They divorced
20 years ago and he never married again.
He is with a computer company but
works only four hours a day because of
his prostate problem. He said the same
problem stopped him from traveling to
the Philippines in 1998, but now hes
okay. He said he would come to get me
but did not say when.
Melvin called him up again on his
birthday on January 3, 2001, and in
return Chris sent Melvin a singing
birthday card on February 4. The next
time his father called Chris asked him
when he was coming over, and when
Melvin said 2002 Chris said that was
too long. Melvin then promised to come
in July of 2001, but moved it back to
June when Chris pressed him. Chis said
he could sell his farm in Leyte to help
nance his fathers trip, but Melvin said
no. He said he would be coming in June
with his sister Debra to see Chris and
to thank all the people who helped him
nd his father. He said he had many
things to atone for. He promised a party.
I thought Chris deserved a happier
ending than Charlie in the movie Id just
watched.
I cant wait for June, Chris, I said.
It wont be long now, sir.
Im happy for you.
Thank you, sir.
Well celebrate. Well have a party,
right?
Yes, sir. Well be partying all night
when father comes.
Mr. Barrioquinto is an editorial
consultant.
The search
for Robredos
replacement
promises
to be
controversial.
EVERYMAN
Jazz and diplomacy
FEATURE
News
ManilaStandardToday
mst.daydesk@gmail.com AUGUST 23, 2012 THURSDAY
A6
Haagen Dazs records probed

IN BRIEF
Acosta
pushes
spillway
Fugitive lawmaker disputes raps
Kraft makes adopted
school a little better
(MST-Aug. 23, 2012)
Republic of the Philippines
Province of Ilocos Norte
MUNICIPALITY OF BANGUI
Invitation to Bid
Rehabilitation/Improvement of Bangui Public Market (Dry Goods Section)
The Municipality of Bangui, Ilocos Norte through the Municipal Development Fund, Capital Outlay and Performance
Challenge Fund intends to apply the sum of P17,971,126.27 being the Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC)
to payments under the contract for Rehabilitation/Improvement of Bangui Public Market Dry Goods Section Bids
received in excess of the ABC shall be automatically rejected at bid opening.
The Municipality of Bangui now invites bidders for the Rehabilitation/Improvement of Bangui Public Market Dry
Goods Section, along the National Road, San Lorenzo, Bangui, Ilocos Norte. SCOPE OF WORKS (a)Demolition
& Clearing Works 650.00 sq.m2 (b)Excavation Works 440.00cu.m (c) Formworks 1.00 lot (d) Scaffolding 1.00 lot
(e) Steel Works 52115.23 in.m (f) Concrete Works 486.00cu.m (g) Masonry Works 1988.00 sq.m (h) Stainless
Gutter, Metal Cladding & Parapet 160.00sq.m (i) Extension & Balcony Roofng & Trusses 196.72 sq.m (j) Ceiling
Works1070.00sq.m (k) Tile Works 3120.00 sq.m (l)Doors & Windows 1.00 lot (m) Painting Works 6070.00 sq.m (n)
Sanitary & Plumbing Layout 1.00 lot (o) Electrical Works 1.00 lot (p) Drainage Canal & Top Cover (Steel) 150.00
ln.m (q) Septic Tank 16.00 cu.m (r) Skylight &Roofshed 162.50 ln.m (s) Handrailings& Balusters 258.45 ln.m (t)
Glass Panel 145.98 sq.m (u) Construction Safety Fence 1.00 lot
Completion of the Works is required 272 working days Bidders should have completed, within ten (10) years from
the date of submission and receipt of bids, a contract similar to the Project. The description of an eligible bidder
is contained in the Bidding Documents, particularly, in Section II. Instructions to Bidders.Bidding will be conducted
through open competitive bidding procedures using non-discretionary pass/fail criterion as specifed in the
Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act 9184 (RA 9184), otherwise known as the Government
Procurement Reform Act.
Bidding is restricted to Filipino citizens/sole proprietorships, partnerships, or organizations with at least seventy fve
percent (75%) interest or outstanding capital stock belonging to citizens of the Philippines.
Interested bidders may obtain further information from the Municipality of Bangui through the BAC Secretariat and
inspect the Bidding Documents at the address given below from Monday through Friday 8-12nn; 1-5pm
A complete set of Bidding Documents may be purchased by interested Bidders from the address below and upon
payment of a nonrefundable fee for the Bidding Documents in the amount of P35, 000.00.It may also be downloaded
free of charge from the website of the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System (PhilGEPS) and
provided that bidders shall pay the fee for the Bidding Documents not later that the submission of their bids.
The Municipality of Bangui, Ilocos Norte will hold a Pre-Bid Conference on August 29, 2012, Wednesday at 10:00
AM at BAC Conference Room, Bangui Municipal Hall, which shall be OPEN TO ALL INTERESTED PARTIES.
Bids must be delivered to the address below on or before September 12, 2012, 9:30AM at Bangui Municipal
Hall. All bids must be accompanied by a bid security in any of the acceptable forms and in the amount stated in
ITB Clause 18.
Bids will be opened in the presence of the bidders representatives who choose to attend at the address below.
LATE BIDS SHALL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
To bid for this contract, a contractor must submit a Letter of Intent (LOI),purchase bid documents and must meet the
following major criteria: (a) Philgeps Registered , (b) Filipino citizen or 75% Filipino-owned partnership, corporation,
cooperative or joint venture, (c) with PCAB license applicable to the type and cost of this contract, (d) completion of
a similar contract costing at least 50% of ABC within a period of 10 years, and (e) Net Financial Contracting Capacity
at least equal to ABC, or credit line commitment for at least 10% of ABC. The BAC will use the non-discretionary
pass/fail criteria in the eligibility check, preliminary examination of bids.
Only Contractors and their duly Authorized Liaison Offcer will be allowed to transact with the BAC.
Last Day of Submission of Letter of Intent shall be on or before September 3, 2012, 8am-5pm; ANY APPLICATION
FOR ELIGIBILITY OR UPDATES SUBMITTED AFTER THE DEADLINE FOR THE SUBMISSION OF THE LETTER
OF INTENT SHALL NOT BE CONSIDERED FOR THE BIDDING AT HAND.(23.4.3,REVISED IRR); Opening of
Bids shall be on September 12, 2012, at 10:00AM.
The Municipality of Bangui reserves the right to accept or reject any bid, to annul the bidding process, and to reject
all bids at any time prior to contract award, without thereby incurring any liability to the affected bidder or bidders.
For further information, please refer to: MR. ROGELIO C. ALUPAY, Head, BAC Secretariat Bangui Municipal Hall
San Lorenzo, Bangui, Ilocos Norte 077-676-0711

(Sgd) FLORDELIZA C. SARIBAY
BAC Chairperson
By Joel E. Zurbano
ALTHOUGH Commissioner
Rozzano Runo Biazon had
already said that the looming
pull out of US-based General
Mills from the country was
not due to corruption at the
Bureau of Customs, agents of
the Customs Intelligence and
Investigation Service have
started looking into the rms
importations over the past
12 years to determine who
handled their shipments.
A reliable source at the CIIS, who asked
not to be identied pending the result of the
investigation, declined to say why they were
pursuing the investigation or who ordered it,
but stressed that they are already in posses-
sion of the import entries of the US rm that
distributes Haagen Dazs ice cream, Pillsbury
and Betty Crocker food products.
We will check all import entries made by
them to determine the people who handled or
signed the documents covering the shipments,
the source said, pointing at a pile of documents.
Biazon had earlier said he was very con-
cerned at claims that General Mills decided to
stop their Philippine operations because they
were exasperated with a Customs ofcial who
demanded bribes for the speedy processing of
their imports.
I am very much concerned about this al-
legation because as the head of the Bureau of
Customs, I am striving very hard to reform
this institution and bring into line with the
Presidents mission to establish good gover-
nance in the country, Biazon said.
Biazon even wrote Catherine Sanchez-Cas-
tro, brand manager of Philippines and Micro-
nesia Haagen Dazs Marketing & Distribution,
to verify the reports, but the US rm replied
that their closure was not related to their im-
portations.
The decision to close our business in the
Philippines was made based on its perfor-
mance over the years. General Mills business
in the Philippines has been consistently chal-
lenging in all the 12 years that weve operated
here, General Mills said in a statement.
General Mills announced their decision in
July and said they would shut down their local
sales by September when they will stop taking
local orders. Only about 60 employees will be
dismissed by the company.
KRAFT Foods Philippines re-
cently completed the rst year
of its ve-year Adopt-a-School
program and the results showed
that things are a little better.
The company adopted Sam-
paloc Site II Elementary in Para-
aque City for ve years of inter-
vention programs for nutrition,
literacy and teacher training in a
bid to make the school one of the
ve best in the city by 2015.
Kraft Foods strategy focuses
on creating partnerships and pro-
grams that address the problems
of today and make a difference for
tomorrow, said Kraft Philippines
general manager Sudip Mall.
Our 5-Year Adopt-a-School
program aims to address daily
problems. Like helping a child
whose stomach is growling so
much he cannot listen to his
teacher. Or assisting a student
who stares listlessly at a book
and sees only a jumble of words,
he added.
Kraft Foods rst implemented
a nine-month feeding program
for 372 of the most severely un-
dernourished students by provid-
ing squash bread fortied with
vitamin A and iron from Monday
to Friday. The squash bread was
developed and tested by the Food
and Nutrition Research Institute
of the Department of Science
and Technology and baked by
Yellys Bakeshop in Paraaque.
At the end of the feeding pe-
riod, students who received the
squash bread achieved 100 percent
school attendance and all of them
improved from being undernour-
ished to having normal weight.
Kraft Foods also forged a
partnered with Sa Aklat Sisikat
for 31 days to conduct a 31-day
read-a-thon for all the schools
fourth graders. For one hour ev-
ery day, students read books and
the students were able to read 19
books after a month.
20 teachers were given train-
ing to help improve reading in-
struction. More importantly, stu-
dents showed improved reading
and comprehension, vocabulary,
and creativity. Many parents
have noticed this newfound love
for books among their children.
Kraft Foods also held teacher
training courses where 42 teach-
ers underwent 1,071 training
hours during the rst year. One
Master Science Teacher was
certied to become a trainer for
other teachers.
Kraft Foods has been with
us for a year, but the programs
they have implemented will stay
with us for even longer than ve
years, said school principal
Marita Briones.
Love for reading. Fourth graders of the Sampaloc Site II Elementary
School in Paraaque City gather for a reading session sponsored by
Kraft Foods Philippines. The activity encouraged the pupils to read an
average of 19 books over one month.
By Gigi Munoz-David
PRESIDENTIAL Adviser for
Environmental Protection and
Laguna Lake Development
Authority general manager
Neric Acosta pushed the pro-
posal to build an underground
spillway that will pass beneath
Paranaque City to ease the
ooding in lakeshore locali-
ties and Metro Manila.
Acosta said the LLDA is
modifying the design of the
Paranaque Spillway which
was originally conceptualized
back in the 1970s along with
the existing Napindan Hy-
draulic Control Structure and
the Manggahan Floodway.
A conventional spillway is
not feasible to construct due to
the dense population and ur-
ban build-up in the proposed
area, hence an underground
tunnel is seen as a better alter-
native, he said.
The proposed underground
tunnel is designed to allow up
to 350 cubic meters of water
to be discharged from Laguna
de Bay to Manila Bay and will
increase lake water reduction
from 0.60 meter to one meter
a month.
The tunnel is envisioned to
pass through a narrow neck
of land westward from Sucat
in Paraaque on the shores of
Laguna de Bay to Manila Bay,
according to the study con-
ducted by the LLDA Project
Development & Monitoring
Evaluation Division.
But Acosta noted that
the spillway should also be
combined with other ood-
control measures, such as the
improved catchment manage-
ment, oodplain storage in the
Marikina catchment, and the
dredging of Pasig River, Nap-
indan Channel and small trib-
utaries surrounding the lake.
Acosta asserts that the
ooding problem in Metro
Manila and Laguna de Bay
does not only pose an infra-
structural challenge but also
an ecological one.
By Rio N. Araja
FUGITIVE former congressman Ab-
dulgani Gerry Salapuddin has ques-
tioned the multiple and attempted
murder charges led against him in
connection with the 2007 Batasang
Pambansa bombing that resulted in
the death of six people, including then
congressman Wahab Akbar.
Salapuddin, through his lawyer
Felipe Eargo Jr., asked Quezon City
Regional Trial Court Judge Ralph Lee
of Branch 83 to revisit and reevalu-
ate the multiple murder and frustrated
murder led against him and his for-
mer driver Ikram Indama, along with
Caidar Aunal, Adham Kusain, Hajarun
Jamiri, Benjamin Hataman and P01
Bayan Judda.
But private prosecutors, led by the
Fortun Narvasa & Salazar law rm, op-
posed Salapuddins motion to dismiss
the charges and said the former congress-
man should rst come out of hiding and
surrender. Salapuddin has been missing
since he was indicted for the charges.
He now les a motion two years
after the issuance of a warrant of ar-
rest against him. It is therefore plain
that the order of this Honorable Court
dated Aug. 13, 2010 can no longer be
disturbed, the prosecutors argued,
adding that Lees issuance of an arrest
warrant was already the determination
of probable cause against the accused
and the other respondents.
Salapuddin also questioned the
formal offer of evidence of the pros-
ecution for the bail hearings of his
co-accused, but the prosecutors said
Salapuddin had no business to ques-
tion the evidence to establish the guilt
of those who have already been ar-
raigned for the charges.
The authorities tagged Salapud-
din as the mastermind of the bombing
on the night of Nov. 13, 2007, at the
Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City.
Negros Oriental Rep. Pryde Henry
Teves and Gabriela Rep. Luzviminda
Ilagan were injured in the blast.
Aside from Akbar, the blast killed
his aide Junaskiri Hayudini; Marcial
Taldo, a staff member of Rep. Luzvi-
minda Ilagan; Maan Gale Bustalio,
the chief of staff of Rep. Pryde Henry
Teves; Dennis Manila, aide of Rep.
Teves; and Vercita Garcia, staff mem-
ber of Rep. Pryde Henry Teves.
Unresolved. A le photo shows the site at the south wing of the Batasang Pam-
bansa where a bomb exploded that killed six people, including then Rep. Wahab Ak-
bar, and injured a dozen others in November 2007. The accused mastermind, former
Rep. Abdulgani Salapuddin (inset) is now questioning the murder raps against him
even as he remains in hiding.
Road repairs ends today
THE Department of Public Works and
Highways expects to nish today the
repair work it had been doing on several
streets in Metro Manila, according to
regional director Reynaldo Tagudando.
But Norma Bastos, of the DPWH-
NCR Maintenance Division, said even
if the rains have stopped since last week,
said there are still some areas that they
have not yet visited. There are also
roadways that remain underwater in Ma-
labon and in Navotas. These are usually
low-lying areas that requires more time
for the waters to subside, she said.
Since Aug. 10, the agency has been
deploying maintenance crew to restore
roads damaged by monsoon rains and
Storm Helen. Tagudando said they dis-
patched 63 teams, or about 433 person-
nel, for the repair work.
Joel E. Zurbano
66 vehicles impounded
THE Land Transportation Ofce
apprehended a total of 66 illegally
registered or out-of-line vehicles
during last months operations in
Metro Manila, but only 23 vehicles
were impounded due to lack of an
adequate impounding area for illegal
public utility vehicles.
LTO National Capital Region chief
Teolo Guadiz III said they placed the
43 unimpounded vehicles under tech-
nical impoundment and conscated
their license plates.
Our ability to impound illegal and
out-of-line PUVs is restricted by the
absence of an ample storage area, he
said. Jonathan Fernandez
SympoSHOEm up today
MARIKINA City, through the Marikina
Shoe Industry Development Council,
will hold a symposium on Thursday
to strengthen partnership between
shoemakers and the government.
Called SympoSHOEm, the forum
will be a gathering of over 120 shoe-
makers and public ofcials aimed at
intensifying its commitment in revital-
izing the shoe industry, said Mayor Del
de Guzman said.
AUGUST 23, 2012 THURSDAY
A7 Sports Riera U. Mallari, Editor
ManilaStandardToday
sports_mstandard@yahoo.com
Hagdang Bato was sent off as
the outstanding favorite in the mile
PCSO National Grand Derby. He
took the lead early on, with High
Voltage running off the pace, and the
others barely in contention. He pulled
away decisively at the far turn and
won by six lengths, with the reins still
double-wrapped around the hands of
jockey Jonathan Hernandez.
Stablemate Barkley came in second,
a 1-2 nish in prize money for owner
Mandaluyong City mayor Benhur Aba-
los. Darleb came in third, Purple Rib-
bon fourth. (In the betting it was 3-2-6-
1, with Yes Yes Yes as fourth).
Hagdang Bato, trained by Ruben
Tupas, clocked splits of 25-23-23-
25 for a total 1:37.8, breaking the
record of 1:38 for the mile set in 2007
by island-born Copper Dew, owned
by the late Jose Mari Franco.
Trainer Tupas scored again in the
Philippine Racing Commission-RDB
Cup Division II, won by Antonio V.
Tans Pugad Lawin with Jeffril Zarate
on top.
The Philracom-RDB Cup Divi-
sion I race went to Kenneth Causons
Humble Riches, steered by jockey
Patricio Dilema and trained by Ruben
Clor. Both were 1,700-meter races.
The late mayors sons, Manila Rep.
Amado S. Bagatsing and former con-
gressman lawyer Ramon Dondon
Bagatsing Jr. were pleased with the
success of the event. Among their
guests were congressmen Danilo Sua-
rez, Jesus Crispin Boying Remulla
(deputy speaker), and Jeci Lapus
(himself a horseowner and breeder).
Also in attendance were Philracom
ofcials chairman Angel L. Castao
Jr., executive director Jesus Cantos,
and commissioners lawyer Victor
Tantoco and Lyndon Guce.
Falcon-Cabanilla wins in stratied pairs
Hagdang Bato rips 5-year record
THIS years Triple Crown champion, Hag-
dang Bato, set a record in the Philippine Char-
ity Sweepstakes Ofce National Grand Derby
held during the 4th Mayor Ramon D. Bagatsing
(RDB) Memorial Cup at the Philippine Racing
Clubs Santa Ana Park in Naic, Cavite.
CYAN MAGENTA YELLOW BLACK
THE hardy bridge acionados braved
the rains once more when the Philip-
pine Tournament Bridge Association
had the Stratied Pairs on Aug. 11 at
the Manila Club, Makati City.
Leading the pack in the First Session
was the duo Justo Manlongat-Sylvia Ale-
jandro with a high of 69.79%. Andrew
Falcon and Eli Cabanilla had an even
greater percentage in the Second Session
with 72.95 to take rst place in Stratum A.
The winners in Stratum A:
1. Andrew Falcon-Eli Cabanilla 63
2. Sylvia Alejandro-Justo Manlongat 59.5
3. Joben Jalandoni-George Francisco 50
Winning the Stratum B was Anthony
Balthazar and Miguel Catalig.
In the First Session Manlongat and I
found the right contract on these deals
to take top.
On Board 8 we landed in four hearts
despite the fact that we were on a
four-three t. This was the auction:
Board 8 North
Dlr: W 2
Vul: None AJ109
QJ963
Q85
West East
QJ9765 103
K65 872
8 A1074
J93 K1064
South
AK84
Q43
K52
A72
West North East South
Pass Pass Pass 1
Pass 1 Pass 1
Pass 2 Pass 4
This was a lucky contract. The king
of hearts was onside and the heart suit
broke three-three.
On Board 11 Alejandro sitting East
and Manlongat sitting West reached
the contract of four spades. Our luck
continued. Despite three diamond los-
ers we were able to bring home our
four spade contract
Board 11 North
Dlr: S J92
Vul: None 9876
2
Q6532
West East
KQ74 A1085
10 AKJ5
J874 963
K984 A7
South
63
Q432
AKQ105
J10
I had this incredible two-suiter
hand when I played on Bridge Base
Online:
KJ AKQJ82 AKQ75
I opened this one heart and LHO
overcalled one spade. When it was
my turn to bid I jumped to six hearts
hoping for the Ace of spades lead.
My partner turned up with the queen
of spades and three diamonds. The
contract made with the luck of hav-
ing partner with the queen of spades
and diamonds broke. The lead was
the Ace of clubs.
Comments to: sylvia@globelines.
com.ph
THE Filipino-Chinese Veterans Basketball Asso-
ciation plays a double-header when it opens its bid
for a back-to-back championship in the 60-years-
old-and-above division in the 21st ASEAN Veter-
ans Basketball Tournament in Brunei.
Backstopped by basketball great Lim Eng
Beng, Zotico Tan, Jimmi Li and Welcoat Paints
House co-owner Terry Que, FCVBA battles
Kuala Lumpur rst at 9 a.m. before going up
against Asaba of Indonesia at 5:30 p.m. in the
annual tournament.
The other members of the Jake de Guia-men-
tored 60-squad are former Crispa enforcer Bong
dela Cruz, Edward Ong, Ching Ka Lee, Jimmy
Ley, Alfonso Kaw, Antonio Go and Sunny Co.
FCVBAs 50 squad starts its four-peat bid
against Hat Yai of Thailand at 9 a.m., with Edward
Tio of Freego Jeans hoping to score another sweep
in their division.
Fil-Chinese group
begins title bids
CYAN MAGENTA YELLOW BLACK
Sea Lions,
Bobcats
crush foes
IN BRIEF
SM Bowling in Valenzuela
SMBowling Center is finally opening its newest
branchonAug. 31at thecityknownasthenorth-
erngatewaytoMetroManila,ValenzuelaCity.
With an area of over 1,300 square meters,
the SM Bowling Center is currently being con-
structed at the Ground Floor of SM Center Va-
lenzuela, located along MacArthur Highway
Barangay Karuhatan, Valenzuela City.
Currently, SM Bowling Center has four
branches in SM Mall of Asia, SM North EDSA,
SM City Fairview and SM City Cebu. And just
like its other branches, the SM Bowling Center
in SM Center Valenzuela will also offer not just
synthetic bowling lanes for bowling players
and aspirants but also other recreation and lei-
sure facilities like Billiards and PS3 Gaming Sta-
tions. SM Bowling Center will have Snack Time
Snack Bar for wide array of foods and drinks.
For inquiries on the upcoming open-
ing of SM Bowling Center Valenzuela City,
contact (02) 292-0023 or message its Face-
book fan page, http://www.facebook.com/
smbowlingcenter or log on to http://www.
smbowling.com.
Tigers try to settle old score
LEAGUE-LEADING University of Santo To-
mas is eyeing payback against the only
team, who blemished its record as it shoots
for its seventh straight victory to open the
second round of the University Athletic As-
sociation of the Philippines today.
Riding highontheir six-game winning streak,
theGrowlingTigers(6-1) will trytopreservetheir
run when they face another test in Far Eastern
University (5-2) at 4 p.m. in an anticipated re-
matchat theMall ofAsiaArenainPasayCity.
National University (4-3) will try to get
back up and turn things around again
when it tangos with skidding Adamson
University (1-6) at 2 p.m.
FEU stole the game away from UST with
a 73-72 win in the rst round. Jeric Lopez
FOURTH-RANKED Joel Cabusas and Andrew
Joshua Cano hacked out a pair of straight-set
victories over their fancied rivals to barge into
the nals of the second Olivarez-Philta Open
Tennis Championships presented by Palawan
Pawnshop Express Pera Padala at the Olivarez
Sports Center in Sucat late Tuesday.
Cabusas, playing out of UST, completed
a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Argil Canizares in
the lower half of the seminal draw in the
boys premier 18-and-under category.
He hopes to measure up against Eric Jed
Olivarez in the nals set tomorrow (Friday) af-
ter the top-seeded bet struggled past a tough
Cano, 7-5, 7-6(5), in their own side of the semis.
The fourth seeded Cano, however, set up a
rematch with Olivarez, this time for the 16-and-
under titleafter theformer, amainstayof Letran,
shockedtopseedMarcenGonzales, 6-1, 6-1, and
the latter, ranked No. 2 in the category, turned
backNo. 3StefanSuarez, 6-3, 1-6, 6-3.
Cabusas, Cano reach finals
SYLVIA LOPEZ
ALEJANDRO
By Ronnie Nathanielsz

WITH his body getting stron-
ger after stopping his occasional
drinking, World Boxing Organiza-
tion/International Boxing Federa-
tion super bantamweight champi-
on Nonito Donaire says his body
is really healthy and he recovers
right away after a hard workout.
Donaire, who is training at the
Undisputed Gym in San Carlos
City, California for his crucial
battle against Japanese southpaw
Toshiaki Nishioka for the World
Boxing Council Diamond Belt at
the Home Depot Center in Car-
son City on Oct. 13 said train-
ing so far has been excellent.
Donaire told the Manila Stan-
dard that he is getting into shape
really fast and that he had al-
ready sparred four rounds earlier
this week against super yweight
Bruno Escalante, who was born
in Cebu City but ghts out of the
United States and has a record of
5- 1-1 with 3 knockouts.
The Filipino Flash plans to go
another four rounds on Tuesday.
Donaire said his weight was
good and is now at 132 pounds,
just 10 pounds over the super
bantam weight limit of 122.
Informed that Nishioka has
been training for sometime,
Donaire jokingly said hes been
training for almost a year now
but that doesnt bother me. He
can train for two or three years
and Ill stay the same by training
six to eight weeks and Im ready
for the ght.
Donaire said trainer Robert
Garcia drives over from Oxnard
to check on his sparring, even as
he revealed that they take the op-
portunity to discuss how we are
going to plan for the ght.
The four-division world
champion said his manager
Cameron Dunkin had lined up
a couple of sparring partners as
well as Garcia.
Donaire: My training is excellent
THE Olivarez College Sea Lions and
the Central Colleges of the Philip-
pines Bobcats waylaid their respec-
tive foes yesterday and improved their
positions in the 11th Universities and
Colleges Athletic Association mens
basketball tournament.
The Sea Lions got solid per-
formances
from seven
mainstays
as they de-
mol i shed
the Emilio
Aguinaldo
College-Cavite Vanguard, 104-
41, at their own home turfthe
Olivarez College gymnasium in
Sucat, Paraaque.
The Bobcats struck hard in
the last seven minutes as they
turned back the Manuel L. Que-
zon University Stallions, 99-84,
in this cagefest supported by Mi-
kasa and Molten Balls.
Ardie Dizon led with a game-
high 14 points as the league-
leading Sea Lions posted their
sixth straight win in as many
games to start the second round.
Ryan Villadelrey and Mark
Orias contributed 13 points for
Olivarez College, while Danny
Masso, Franklin Mancio and
BJ Faundo had 10 apiece.
They got off to a hot start,
with Eldridge Corpus and John
Flores combining for 11 points
in the rst period as the Sea Li-
ons grabbed a 21-9 advantage
in the rst 10 minutes.
Mancio unloaded two triples in
the second period as Olivarez Col-
lege took a 53-16 halftime edge and
was in control the rest of the way.
Meanwhile, Ryan Magbanua
hit 27 points, including ve triples
for the Bobcats, who improved to
third spot with their 4-3 record.
Danny Asencio banged in
21points for the Bobcats, includ-
ing eight in the last 6:57 as he and
Magbanua touched off a 15-6 run
that allowed the Bobcats to move
away, 91-76, with 1:52 remaining.
Fil-SPANISH striker Angel Guirado will
soon suit up for the Salgaocar Sports
Club of India.
The Times of India reported the other
day that this was made possible after the
club released Nigerian forward Hamza
Amaba, and allowed him to join Vasco
Sports Club.
The decision paved the way for the ac-
quisition of Guirado, who is currently in
the United States and is training with the
Philippine Azkals national football team.
The 63 Guirado signed a one year
deal with the Goan club for the 2012-
2013 season.
Salgaocar head coach Karim Bencher-
ifa said in the teams ofcial website that
Angel is a tall player with good physi-
cal presence and competent skills. He
will give me lot of options as a striker.
Guirado will join Brazilian team
captain Luciano Sabrosa, Naimibias
Quinton Jacobs, and Australias Sean
Rooney to reinforce the 31-man In-
dian squad.Guirado last suited up for
the United Football Leagues Global
FC. Before that, Guirado saw action
for different clubs, which included
Deportive La Corua and Atletico
Madrid B. Peter Atencio
Guirado joins Salgaocar Sports Club of India
Promising athletes take
Little Olympics spotlight
LINGAYENSome 3,622 stu-
dent-athletes competed for glory
despite heavy rains at the recently
concluded 25th MILO Little Olym-
pics Luzon eliminations leg at the
Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic
Center in Lingayen, Pangasinan.
Over 25,000 spectators, includ-
ing Lingayen Mayor Ernesto C.
Castaeda Jr., attended the open-
ing ceremonies of the three-day
elimination tournament.
According to Tess Bernardino,
MILO Little Olympics Luzon orga-
nizer, the inclement weather affect-
ed the total turn-out of participants
and posed the biggest challenge of
this years Luzon leg.
We usually have about 5,000
students join the MILO Little
Olympics [Luzon eliminations]
annually. However, persistent
rains made it difcult for some of
our registered students from the
far-ung provincial areas to travel
to the venue, said Bernardino.
The results of Fridays side
events unraveled with the Hilar-
io Valdez Memorial Elementary
School celebrating a double vic-
tory in the elementary divisions
of the coveted Cheerdancing
Competition and Best in Parade
and Saludo Award.
FILIPINO cue masters Dennis Orcollo and Lee Vann Corteza are ready
to plunge into action at the 2012 Partypoker.Net World Cup of Pool on
Sept. 4 to 9 at the Robinsons Place Manila.
Orcollo and Corteza will make up Philippine Team A in the $250,000
billiards team event, with $60,000 going to the eventual champions.
Orcollo and Corteza face the dangerous Swiss pair of Dimitri Jungo
and Ronni Regli.
Making up Philippine Team B are fellow billiards champions Efren Bata
Reyes and Francisco Django Bustamante, who will play Hong Kong.
In last years World Cup of Pool, the tandems of Orcollo and Ronato
Alcano, Reyes and Bustamante represented the Philippines. Unfortu-
nately though, both teams suffered defeats in the quarternal round.
Reyes and Bustamante won the inaugural edition back in 2006 in
Newport, England after they beat Americans Earl Strickland and Rod-
ney Morris. Then in 2009, they repeated as champions.
In their 2011 stint, the duo made their way past two rounds but were
demolished by Ralf Souquet and Thorsten Hohmann of Germany, who
became the eventual champions.
There are a total of 32 teams competing with 31 nations represented.
Host nation the Philippines are allowed to have two teams in the event
according to Philippine Billiards God Father Aristeo Putch Puyat.
PH cue artists confident
From PCSO came Committee on
Races chairman lawyer Jose Malang
and vice-chairman Desoto Tupas, and
Draw and Races department manager
Carlos Castillo and assistant manager
Orlando Malaca.
Continuing a tradition the Bagats-
ings set in the rst edition of the RDB
Cup, winning grooms of the races
received a cash prize of P3,000 each,
this year courtesy of Mr. Bing Tecson,
EEG Development Corp., and San
Juan Coliseum. Gift packs were pro-
vided by Mayor Leonardo Sandy
Javier Jr.s Andoks Restaurant, Gran
Matador, and Red Bull.
Cong. Bagatsing thanked the spon-
sors who supported the event. This
RDB Cup would not have been pos-
sible, he said, without our ma-
jor sponsors PCSO and Philracom,
and our many other supporters who
contributed to the events success,
also among them PAGCOR, Resorts
World, Solaire Manila Resort and
Casino, San Miguel Corporation,
SMART Communication, Tiger Re-
sort and Leisure, All-Tech/Ridgemont
Feeds, FR SEvilla Industrial Corp.,
AB Leisure Exponent Inc., and horse-
owners groups MARHO, Philtobo,
and Klub Don Juan de Manila.
Games Friday
(CCP gym in
Sta. Mesa, Manila)
10 a.m. EAC-Cavite
vs MLQU
11:30 a.m. CCP vs
DLSU-Dasma
1p.m. Olivarez College
vs PSBA
Young and promising athletes from Luzon showed their wares in the MILO Little
Olympics Luzon elimination leg at the Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center in Lingayen,
Pangasinan. Some 3,622 student-athletes competed for glory despite heavy rains while
over 25,000 spectators, including Lingayen Mayor Ernesto C. Castaeda Jr., attended the
opening ceremonies of the three-day elimination tournament.
Sports
Manila Standard TODAY
Although Top Rank promoter
Bob Arum, who ew to the
Philippines and met with
Pacquiao in his hometown of
General Santos City earlier this
month told Manila Standard the
ght will denitely take place,
Pacquiao apparently had a
change of heart and doesnt want
to ght on that date.
Pacquiaos adviser Michael
Koncz, who is in the US, said
he met with Arum in New York
last Sunday and informed him
that the Fighter of the Decade is
prepared to ght on Dec. 1, but
that he hasnt decided yet on who
his opponent will be or where the
bout will be held.
Koncz indicated that the
reason for the change of date
was due to a conict with the
Congressmans personal affairs,
which the adviser did not specify.
There is no hurry. I will talk
to Manny in the next couple of
days and discuss the options,
said Koncz.
The choices remain
Timothy Bradley, who won
a hugely controversial split
decision to grab Pacquiaos
World Boxing Organization
welterweight title; Mexican
legend Juan Manuel Marquez,
who continues to claim he was
robbed by the judges in their
rst three ghts and wants a
fourth battle with the Filipino;
and super welterweight Miguel
Cotto, who lost by a 12th-
round TKO to the Pacman at the
catch-weight of 150 pounds.
However, there has been a
AUGUST 23, 2012 THURSDAY A8
Riera U. Mallari, Editor sports@manilastandardtoday.com sports_mstandard@yahoo.com
By Ronnie Nathanielsz
MANNY Pacquiaos planned Nov.
10 ght at the MGM Grand Garden
Arena is off.
CYAN MAGENTA YELLOW BLACK
FARMINGDALE, N.Y.The
FedEx Cup was all about the
$10 million bonus when it be-
gan in 2007 because there was
nothing left to decide.
Tiger Woods was the best
player in golf, and everyone
knew it.
He already had won ve
times that year, including the
PGA Championship at South-
ern Hills. He already had
earned $7.8 million on the
PGA Tour, making it impos-
sible for anyone to catch him
without winning all four play-
off events, which was border-
ing on impossible. There was
no debate on player of the year.
Golf is more unpredictable
these days.
And thats what makes the
FedEx Cup playoffs, which start
this week at Bethpage Black,
more compelling than $10 mil-
lion to the winner.
Thanks to changes that for-
mer US captain Paul Azinger
brought to the Ryder Cupspe-
cically waiting three weeks to
decide the captains picksthe
next two tournaments will serve
as an audition for a half-dozen
players trying to get on the
team.
Rickie Fowler and Dustin
Johnson are two of them, and
they played together Tuesday
during a practice round at The
Barclays. Not only were they
linked as possible picks, they
were partners in a game against
Phil Mickelson and Keegan
Bradley.
You guys playing a match?
one of the fans called out to
Mickelson from behind the
ropes.
Just for funsies, Mickelson
said, with a laugh that made it
clear that more was at stake.
The prevailing thought is
that Davis Love III has a good
idea on three of his four picks.
Hunter Mahan barely missed
out qualifying and nished
ninth, which shows the qual-
ity of American play this year
because he won two times, in-
cluding his thorough win over
Rory McIlroy at the Match Play
Championship. Steve Stricker
and Jim Furyk also appear to be
logical picks, leaving Love with
one more choice.
Fowler? Johnson? Brandt
Snedeker?
Winning at Bethpage Black
this week, or at the TPC Boston
next week in the second playoff
event, could make it tough for
Love to leave any of them out. AP
More at stake than $10 million
By Peter Atencio

THE San Sebastian College
Stags will show up with coach
Topex Robinson still around
when they meet the Lyceum
Philippines University Pirates
at 6 p.m. today in the 88
th
Na-
t i o n a l
C o l -
l egi at e
Athletic
A s s o -
ci at i on
m e n s
basket-
ball tournament at The Arena
in San Juan.
Robinson quit as head
coach, but school ofcials
have convinced him to stay.
He agreed, but will probably
sit on the bench for the last
time today.
They did not accept my
resignation, but they put me
in a better position on the
team, said Robinson a day
before the Stags seek their
eighth win in 11 games and
a chance to grab solo second
behind the defending champi-
on San Beda Red Lions (8-2).
Robinson, who said he
needs to focus on his job as
assistant coach of Alaska
in the coming season of the
Philippine Basketball Asso-
ciation, said he will discuss
his replacement with school
ofcials after the game.
School ofcials, led by man-
agement committee board rep-
resentative Frank Gusi, have
asked him to stay and Robin-
son may have agreed to work
as a consultant.
For now, Allan Trinidad,
who is handling the teams
practices, has the inside
track as the teams next
coach, along with Raymund
Valenzona.
The Stags are coming off a
67-77 setback they suffered at
the hands of the Emilio Agui-
naldo College Generals last
Saturday.
On the other hand, the Pi-
rates (2-8) are reeling from a
47-77 setback from the Red
Lions.
Earlier today at 4 p.m., the
Letran Knights (4-6) take on
the Mapua Cardinals (4-5).
TAIPEIIran hurdled a big ob-
stacle standing on its way and
stunned the US team, 97-89, in
a controversial double-overtime
battle in the 34th William Jones
Cup at the TPEC gymnasium
here yesterday.
The Americans raised a
technicality issue as they com-
plained they should have won
the game in the rst extra play,
but the tournament ofcials up-
held the Iranians win.
We came from halfway
around the world and we dont
deserve to get double-standard
treatment, said US team of-
cial Jerone Dodd, protesting.
Having gone past the US,
Iran sees Smart Gilas as the big-
gest stumbling block in its four
remaining assignments in the
nine-day competition among
nine teams from eight countries.
The Iranians and the Filipi-
nos, the two remaining unbeaten
teams at press time, meet in a
virtual championship match at 3
p.m. tomorrow.
Iran, the 2007 and 2009 FIBA
Asia champ, and Smart Gilas are
fancied to win over Chinese Taipei
B and Lebanon, respectively, today.
The Filipinos were facing the
Japanese at press time.
Samad Bahrami, considered
Asias best gunner at the moment,
poured in 29 points, while Mahdi
Kamrani, a heady veteran guard,
added 21 points and six assists as
the Iranians withstood the Ameri-
cans for a fourth straight win.
Curiously, the Iranians had
their own case, complaining
of poor ofciating though they
won and handed the Americans
a rst loss in four matches.
Ive played in the US and Ive
played in Europe. Ive been all
over the world but Id never been
whistled those calls. I felt like I
played in another universe, said
Bahrami, who was called no less
than six traveling violations.
Iran shocks US five
PH YOUTH 5 IN QUARTERS
TITLEHOLDER Army over-
came a rst-set setback and a
tough Far Eastern University
crew as it hacked out an 18-
25, 25-20, 25-22, 25-17 victory
Tuesday night to join Sandugo-
San Sebastian at
the helm in the
Shakeys V-League
Open at the Ninoy
Aquino Stadium.
Rachel Ann
Daquis blasted 11
kills and delivered three service
aces for a 14-hit output, while
four others churned out double-
digit scores to help deliver the
second straight win for the de-
fending champions, who strug-
gled in the early goings in the
face of the Lady Tams strong
start.
But as the Army ladies set-
tled down, there was no stop-
ping them although they had to
scramble in the third set to pull
through before
outplaying the
Lady Tams in the
fourth to complete
the win in 1:38.
Michelle Caro-
lino, Iari Yong-
co, Joanne Bunag and skipper
Cristina Salak combined for
44 points while the rest backed
them up with superb court cover-
age and solid net defense in the
last three sets.
FEU, led by Iris Patronas 18
hits, fell to 0-2 in a tie with Navy.
The Army-FEU clash will be
aired on AKTV tomorrow start-
ing at 7 p.m., according to the
organizing Sports Vision.
Earlier, Sandugo-San Sebas-
tian blew a 2-0 set lead but re-
covered in time to edge Cagayan
Valley side, 25-23, 25-22, 15-25,
21-25, 15-10, and nail its sec-
ond straight win which Army
matched later in the night.
Ateneo and Cagayan are tied
for third with 1-1 slates.
Army and Sandugo-SSC gun
for their third straight win against
Cagayan and Navy at resump-
tion of action tomorrow (Friday)
with the joint leaders priming up
for a battle royale Sunday.
Army ties Sandugo at the helm
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THE Energen Pilipinas squad recovered from a
sluggish start to overpower winless Bahrain, 99-
72, in the FIBA Asia Under-18 Championships in
Mongolia and set up a quarternal clash, possibly
with South Korea, which was a runner-up in the
last championship. A shocking overtime win
by Chinese Taipei over previously undefeated
favorites Iran, 78-77, pushed the Philippines into
the No. 3 spot in their group, although tied with
Iran and Chinese Taipei with identical 4-1 slates.
Ronnie Nathanielsz
Pacquiaos
fight is off
swirl of rumors that Pacquiao
and some of his team members
have been pushing him to ght
Floyd Mayweather Jr. and
nobody else, because a loss in a
rematch with Bradley or a fourth
ght with Marquez, would ruin
his chances of making big
money in a Mayweather ght.
With Mayweather released
from prison ahead of time
because of good behavior,
a Dec. 1 date will give the
undefeated ghter enough
time to recover from his
prison ordeal and prepare for a
Pacquiao showdown.
Australian promoter Peter
Maniatis, who was recently in
Manila, believes the best option
for Pacquiao right now is to
face Mayweather and not risk
ghting Marquez.
Marquez is a dangerous
ght. Bradley, whose
condence has grown, is a
younger ghter who can only
get better in a rematch, said
Maniatis.
By Jeric Lopez
THE Air21 Express have upgraded in
their frontcourt.
After week-long negotiations, a three-
team deal involving the Express, Petron
Blaze and Barangay Ginebra was nal-
ized and was passed to the Ofce of the
Commissioner for approval.
The transaction will send former top pick
Nonoy Baclao, Rob Reyes, KG Canaleta
and John Wilson to the Express, while Petron
Blaze will get Magi Sison, Paolo Hubalde, as
well as Air21s 2014 second-round pick.
As for Ginebra San Miguel, it will get
athletic wingman Elmer Espiritu and a
2013 pick from the Express.
League commissioner Chito Salud will
still have to approve the deal to make it
ofcial.
According to sources, Air21 may not be
Wilsons nal stop as Meralco is report-
edly interested in acquiring him and will
most likely give away seldom-used big
man Jason Ballesteros to the Express.
Weakness ng team is size sa front-
court and the addition of Baclao and
Reyes will be a huge help. Kasi sa
match-ups lagi kaming nalulugi sa
switch dahil maliliit players namin and
now we have ceiling, said Air21 coach
Franz Pumaren.
3-team trade sends Baclao, Reyes, KG to Air21 Express
Ateneos Marge Tejada (left) slams one in against Navys Marilou Galido and Madeleine Mirabueno in the
Shakeys V-League Open at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium. LINO SANTOS
FitFil Boot Camp. Publicity, Relationship-Building,
Communications Inc., one of the countrys top PR agencies,
participated in the recent Manila-leg of the FitFil Boot Camp, a
program organized by Jim Saret, tness coach of various Philippine
national sports teams, celebrities and trainer of Biggest Loser
Philippines. Photo shows (from left) PRC Inc.s Miggy Fetelbero, Air
Urquiola, Lhara T. Urquiola and Faye Marcelino, with Saret, who said
despite the rigorous schedule of a PR agency, they were able to pass
with ying colors. The boot camp features exercise programs like
boxing, yoga and other workout techniques.
Games today
2 p.m. Cagayan vs Army
4 p.m Sandugo-SSC vs
Navy
6 p.m. Ateneo vs FEU
Games Thursday
(The Arena in San Juan)
2 p.m. Lyceumvs
San Sebastian (jrs)
4 p.m. Letran vs Mapua (srs)
6 p.m. Lyceumvs
San Sebastian (srs)
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AUGUST 23, 2012 THURSDAY
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Ray S. Eano, Editor extrastory2000@gmail.com
Roderick T. dela Cruz, Assistant Editor
IN BRIEF
GMA-7 bares sale conditions
PSE COMPOSITE INDEX
Closing August 22, 2012
OIL
PRICES
TODAY
P575-P705
LPG/11-kg tank
P49.00-P56.57
Unleaded Gasoline
P39.38-P43.99
Diesel
P47.69-P53.00
Kerosene
P27.20-P31.00
Auto LPG
FOREI GN EXCHANGE RATE
Currency Unit US Dollar Peso
United States Dollar 1.000000 42.3180
Japan Yen 0.012617 0.5339
UK Pound 1.578600 66.8032
Hong Kong Dollar 0.128922 5.4557
Switzerland Franc 1.038314 43.9394
Canada Dollar 1.011122 42.7887
Singapore Dollar 0.800064 33.8571
Australia Dollar 1.049869 44.484
Bahrain Dinar 2.652661 112.2553
Saudi Arabia Rial 0.266667 11.2848
Brunei Dollar 0.796876 33.7222
Indonesia Rupiah 0.000105 0.0044
Thailand Baht 0.031867 1.3485
UAE Dirham 0.272272 11.5220
Euro Euro 1.246700 52.7579
Korea Won 0.000885 0.0375
China Yuan 0.157327 6.6578
India Rupee 0.018031 0.7630
Malaysia Ringgit 0.319387 13.5158
NewZealand Dollar 0.812282 34.741
Taiwan Dollar 0.033401 1.4135
Source: PDS Bridge
Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
PESO-DOLLAR RATE
40
42
44
46
48
P42.290
CLOSE
Closing AUGUST 22, 2012
5,152.15
54.66
VOLUME 957.900M
HIGH P42.270 LOW P42.410 AVERAGE P42.342
5200
4460
3720
2980
2240
1500
1200
BoP surplus jumped to $3.2b in July
Ricafort, De Jesus elected to Nadecor board
Hanjin to sell excess
output of power plant
Jollibee
in hot pot
venture
in China
INDUSTRIALIST Jose Ricafort
and former Transportation
secretary Jose de Jesus were
elected chairman and president,
respectively, of Nationwide
Development Corp. at a board
meeting immediately following
the annual stockholders
meeting.
Nadecor held the yearly
business gathering Wednesday
at its principal ofces in Jollibee
Center in Pasig City as mandated
by the rms bylaws. Also
attending the meeting was a
representative from the Securities
and Exchange Commission.
The entire lineup of the
Nadecor board includes Ricafort,
De Jesus, Teodorico Taguinod,
Manuel Paolo Villar, Antonio
Henson, Etherwoldo Fernandez,
Ma. Nalen SJ Rosero Galang,
Victor Lazatin and Angel Ong.
The stockholders ratied all
the acts of the board, including
the approval of the 2011 audited
nancial statements and all
contracts entered into by the
Nadecor management. They also
reappointed SGV and Co. as the
rms external auditor.
The voting began immediately
after Taguinod, the acting
chairman, called the yearly
meeting to order after the
verication of a quorum. Nadecor
corporate secretary Deo Contreras
Jr. certied that 62 percent of
shares were represented in the
annual meeting.
Earlier, Queensberry Mining
and Development Corp., a
company owned by the Villar
family, subscribed to 30 million
shares of Nadecor, representing
25 percent of the authorized
capital stock of the company.
Queensberry representatives were
also present at the stockholders
meeting.
Nadecor holds a mineral
production sharing agreement
over the Kingking mining project
in the municipality of Pantukan,
Compostela Valley province.
The mining area, covering 1,656
hectares, has estimated deposits
of 10.3 million ounces of gold
and 5.4 billion pounds of copper.
By Jenniffer B. Austria
JOLLIBEE Foods Corp., the
countrys largest fastfood
chain, has joined a hot pot joint
venture in China.
Jollibee said in a disclosure to
the stock exchange Wednesday
that unit Jollibee Worldwide
Pte. Ltd. and Golden Plate
Ltd. signed an agreement with
Hoppime Ltd., a subsidiary of
Wowprime Corp. of Taiwan, to
put up a joint venture company
that would own and operate the
12 Sabu brand in China, Hong
Kong and Macau.
Jollibee and Wowprime will
own a 48-percent stake each
in the joint venture company.
The balance will be owned
by certain individuals with
experience in the retail sector
in China.
Jollibee and Wowprime
through their units will share
control and management of the
joint venture company. Jollibee
said it would invest $8 million
in the joint venture company
from 2012 to 2015.
The 12 Sabu brand features
low-priced hot pot dishes
served in clean and bright
dining environment. It features
fresh food, with each customer
cooking in individual fast-
heating stone hot pots.
Eighteen 12 Sabu stores
operated in Taiwan in 2011,
with revenues of NT200
million.
Wowprime, founded in 1990,
is a publicly-listed company in
Taiwan. Known as Taiwans
largest restaurant chain group ,
it owns and operates 210 stores
under 11 brands, 46 stores
under two brands in China and
two stores under one brand in
Thailand.
This is the rst time that
Wowprime joined a joint
venture.
Jollibee operates 367 stores
in China under three brands,
namely Yonhe King, Hong
Zhuang Yuan and San Pin
Wan. It also has research
and development and food
processing facilities in China.
The joint venture aims to
tap into the popular hot pot
dining market in China with
the benet of the combined
experience and expertise in
Wowprime and Jollibee.
New unibank. EastWest Bank receives a certicate of authority from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas to operate as a universal
bank that will allow to engage in non-allied operations. Receiving the certicate from Governor Amando Tetangco Jr. (fth
from right) is EastWest chairman emeritus Andrew Gotianun Sr. With them at the Bangko Sentrals headquarters are (from left)
EastWest directors Jose Sandejas, Paul Aquino, Mercedes Gotianun, chairman Jonathan Gotianun, president and chief executive
Antonio Moncupa Jr., director Carlos Alindada and BSP Deputy Governor Nestor Espenilla.
By Lailany P. Gomez
THE controlling stockholders
of GMA Network Inc. prefer a
complete buyout by the Philippine
Long Distance Telephone Group
and will not agree to a minority
stake in the broadcasting company.
Right now, what we have on the table is 100 percent.
If youre asking whether we are willing to be a minority,
the answer is no. Theres no intention among the three
of us to leave one behind, GMA-7 chairman and chief
executive Felipe Gozon told reporters in a brieng
Wednesday.
Gozon said the PLDT Group was trying to buy 100
percent of GMA-7, including the companys unlisted
preferred shares. But negotiations between GMA-7,
which airs on Channel 7 on free TV, and the PLDT Group
were stalled pending the resolution of equally important
issues, which Gozon declined to elaborate.
He said GMA-7 has preferred shares equivalent to 1.5
billion common shares that are not listed at the stock
exchange and held by the three controlling families in
the company.
Gozon earlier said he could not say if the deal with the
PLDT would end up successfully.
The buyer sees a golden opportunity if they buy
everything. But if the transaction will not push through,
its OK because the price of the companys share rises
as time goes by. The deal should not stop us from doing
money for the company, thats why we are expanding,
Gozon said.
He said he was not closing the door on PLDT chairman
Manuel Pangilinan.
Two or three years from now, lets see. This is not the
rst time that he made an offer. So lets wait and see,
Gozon said.
The company earmarked at least P300 million for a
regional expansion, specically in Northern Luzon and
Bicol, with the opening of originating stations in the areas.
The company in June this year opened an originating
station in Ilocos Norte through Channel 5 and Channel 48
in Ilocos Sur, covering parts of Abra, with an investment
of over P100 million. The station serves over 218,000
estimated television households in the area.
In August, the company launched another originating
station in Bicol with capital expenditures worth P160
million. GMA-7 Bicol is now seen in the provinces of
Camarines Sur and Albay and will soon air in Sorsogon,
Masbate and Catanduanes for a total estimated television
households coverage of 805,000.
We study and customize our response to the diverse
programming needs of viewers from different parts of
the country. The newly-opened Ilocos and Bicol stations
service the locals, who are used to using their respective
dialects other than Filipino, Gozon said.
By Alena Mae S. Flores
HANJIN Heavy Industries and
Construction Ltd.-Philippines
Inc., a Korean shipbuilder that
operates in Subic Bay Freeport,
will sell excess power to the
Luzon grid from its planned
power plant, a government
ofcial said.
Hanjin plans to put up their own
power plant. They will [also] sell to
the grid, Energy Undersecretary
Josena Asirit said.
Asirit said there were initial talks
on the capacity of the power plant,
but the actual design would depend
on Hanjins expansion plans. It
was reported earlier that Hanjin
would build a 200-megawatt coal-
red power project.
Hanjin invested about $1.6
billion for its shipyard at the
Subic Bay Freeport in 2010.
It has something to do with
the expansion of their business.
They are a power-intensive
business, Asirit said.
Asirit said the Energy
Department was informed of
the project, although there were
no specic details yet such as
technology and project site.
Hanjin is in Subic but the
plant does not necessarily
have to be in Subic, although
certainly it would be better if it
is located in the area, she said.
Meanwhile, National Grid
Corp. of the Philippines plans to
acquire the transmission asset
of National Transmission Corp.
dedicated to Hanjin.
By Anna Leah G. Estrada
THE country recorded a balance of
payments surplus of $3.2 billion in July,
up 151 percent from just $1.3 billion a
year ago, on the back of a steady stream
of remittances, foreign fund inows and
outsourcing revenues.
Data from the Bangko Sentral showed
the July surplus was the highest in
20 months since it hit $3.9 billion in
November 2010. The gure was also up
from just $14 million registered in June.
The amount also brought the cumulative
BoP surplus to $4.5 billion in the rst
seven months, although this was down
from $6.3 billion booked in the same
period last year.
Bangko Sentral Governor Amando
Tetangco Jr. said the banks foreign
exchange operations and investments
abroad supported the rise in the BoP
surplus. The bank earns from its
investments abroad, like US Treasuries.
Foreign exchange operations of
the Bangko Sentral, income from its
investments and deposits of the national
government were not fully offset by debt
payments also of the national government
during the month, said Tetangco.
Tetangco said the strong inows of
foreign exchange was expected to continue
in the rest of the year, as the country drew
interest from foreign fund managers.
Strong foreign inows continue to buoy
our external position. Given our relatively
good macrofundamentals, we expect the
external position to remain robust, he said.
Tetangco conceded that the strong BoP
surplus would result in the appreciation
of the peso against the US dollar.
In turn, this would provide
fundamental support to the peso. That
said, we remain watchful of potential
asset price pressures, and excessive
volatility in the foreign exchange market.
The Bangko Sentral stands ready to
implement policies from our tool kit
to ensure these do not fuel nancial
instability, he added.
The BoP position refers to the difference
between foreign exchange inows and
outows and represents the countrys
transactions with the rest of the world.
DMCI eyes other mines
DMCI Holdings Inc. plans to buy other nickel
mining assets after making an offer to acquire
London-listed ENK Plc for 49.8 million
pounds, or about P3.2 billion.
DMCI president and chief executive Isidro
Consunji said the company was looking at
mining assets in Palawan, Davao, Zamboanga,
and Leyte for possible acquisition.
Consunji said the company was initially
looking at nickel mining projects. Early
this month, the company teamed up with
D&A Income Ltd. of the United Kingdom to
acquire ENK Plc., a mining company that is
developing Acoje, a nickel mining project in
Zambales.
The Acoje nickel laterite project in Luzon covers
about 3,765 hectares. The deposit has an indicated
resource of 50.14 million tons with a grade of 1.08
percent nickel and 0.05 percent cobalt.
DMCI is currently mining Acoje through a
three-year contract signed in 2010.
DMCI said it would spend up to 31 million
pounds or P2 billion for the bid to acquire ENK
Plc., with partner D&A funding the balance.
D&A an investment company owned by a
trust of which Graham Edwards is a principal
beneciary.
Edwards is the chief executive of Telereal
Trillium, one of the UKs largest property
companies. Consunji said the company had
enough funds to nance this acquisition.
Jenniffer B. Austria
Govt plans RTBs
THE government plans to issue retail treasury
bonds again by November this year, according
to Deputy Treasurer Eduardo Mendiola.
Mendiola said at the sidelines of the Treasury
bills auction Wednesdaythe government was
discussing with possible arrangers the terms
of the planned RTB sale and debt exchange.
Were hoping we can do the RTB earlier
than November or maybe in November,
depending on what will be agreed between
the government and investors. And then
denitely, the [debt] exchange will have to be
on November, Mendiola told reporters.
The government plans to sell 25-year RTBs
in November. Mendiola said the government
would tap different groups of arrangers for
the RTB and debt exchange. These arrangers
are banks, which are included in the top
10 performers in the past RTBs and debt
exchanges.
The government raised P180 billion the last
time it sold RTB in February this year.
Meanwhile, the government raised P6.95
billion from the sale of Treasury bills during the
auction Wednesday, as rates moved down further
due to market expectation of higher ination rate
in August. Maria Bernadette Lunas
TRADI NG SUMMARY
SHARES VALUE
FINANCIAL 13,355,292 986,214,525.95
INDUSTRIAL 484,656,854 1,033,684,035.19
HOLDING FIRMS 364,376,275 1,134,428,600.35
PROPERTY 661,943,551 1,459,243,826.18
SERVICES 90,465,514 1,074,518,966.10
MINING & OIL 300,658,588 182,864,090.76
GRAND TOTAL 1,915,456,074 5,870,954,044.53
FINANCIAL 1,268.20 (down) 24.27
INDUSTRIAL 7,800.57 (down) 76.58
HOLDING FIRMS 4,378.48 (down) 17.36
PROPERTY 1,967.08 (down) 30.98
SERVICES 1,741.73 (down) 11.46
MINING & OIL 21,371.64 (down) 212.64
PSEI 5,152.15 (down) 54.66
All Shares Index 3,431.70 (down) 29.19
Gainers: 49; Losers: 112; Unchanged: 31; Total: 192
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70.50 46.00 Banco de Oro Unibank Inc. 61.20 60.80 59.30 59.35 (3.02) 3,039,710 (126,685,514.50)
76.80 50.00 Bank of PI 74.20 74.20 72.00 72.05 (2.90) 1,483,340 (57,883,583.50)
595.00 370.00 China Bank 475.00 477.00 473.00 473.00 (0.42) 680
1.95 1.42 BDO Leasing & Fin. Inc. 1.92 2.05 1.92 1.95 1.56 103,000 (154,520.00)
23.90 12.98 COL Financial 20.60 21.95 20.60 21.80 5.83 33,900
20.70 18.50 Eastwest Bank 19.50 19.50 19.28 19.28 (1.13) 985,900 2,156,188.00
22.00 7.56 Filipino Fund Inc. 11.70 10.44 10.44 10.44 (10.77) 300
0.95 0.62 First Abacus 0.73 0.73 0.72 0.72 (1.37) 300,000
89.00 50.00 First Metro Inv. 71.50 72.00 72.00 72.00 0.70 250
3.26 1.91 I-Remit Inc. 2.30 2.40 2.31 2.40 4.35 2,000
681.00 450.00 Manulife Fin. Corp. 470.00 470.00 445.00 445.00 (5.32) 110
39.20 3.00 Maybank ATR KE 29.00 32.00 29.50 32.00 10.34 13,800 3,000.00
98.00 60.00 Metrobank 91.00 91.10 90.00 90.20 (0.88) 6,439,590 (187,899,702.50)
3.06 1.30 Natl Reinsurance Corp. 1.99 1.96 1.96 1.96 (1.51) 12,000
77.80 41.00 Phil. National Bank 73.00 72.95 70.80 71.00 (2.74) 489,120 (21,125,238.00)
95.00 63.50 Phil. Savings Bank 85.05 85.05 85.05 85.05 0.00 2,000
500.00 204.80 PSE Inc. 371.20 371.00 369.00 369.00 (0.59) 1,430
45.50 25.45 RCBC `A 44.00 44.00 43.75 43.95 (0.11) 64,800.00 247,940.00
155.20 77.00 Security Bank 148.50 149.00 145.00 145.90 (1.75) 373,060 (18,358,005.00)
1240.00 890.00 Sun Life Financial 900.00 910.00 905.00 905.00 0.56 150
140.00 58.00 Union Bank 102.50 102.00 101.60 101.90 (0.59) 5,010 91,770.00
2.06 1.43 Vantage Equities 1.80 1.86 1.86 1.86 3.33 5,000
INDUSTRIAL
35.50 26.50 Aboitiz Power Corp. 34.25 34.50 33.40 33.75 (1.46) 6,345,200 (60,094,765.00)
13.58 8.00 Agrinurture Inc. 8.70 8.69 8.36 8.37 (3.79) 65,100 25,110.00
23.90 11.98 Alaska Milk Corp. 20.00 20.50 19.62 20.50 2.50 21,700
1.70 0.97 Alliance Tuna Intl Inc. 1.44 1.44 1.41 1.41 (2.08) 561,000 448,380.00
48.00 25.00 Alphaland Corp. 29.50 29.40 29.40 29.40 (0.34) 1,800
Asiabest Group 23.95 24.00 22.90 22.90 (4.38) 24,400 6,960.00
3.07 2.30 Chemrez Technologies Inc. 2.66 2.66 2.64 2.64 (0.75) 382,000 (66,500.00)
9.70 7.41 Cirtek Holdings (Chips) 9.67 9.70 9.70 9.70 0.31 100
7.00 4.83 Energy Devt. Corp. (EDC) 5.95 5.91 5.83 5.85 (1.68) 16,133,500 (24,688,721.00)
6.75 2.80 EEI 7.15 7.24 7.10 7.15 0.00 1,835,400 1,935,499.00
3.80 1.00 Euro-Med Lab. 1.80 2.45 1.75 2.38 32.22 248,000
25.00 5.80 Federal Chemicals 9.70 10.60 10.00 10.60 9.28 1,600
18.00 12.50 First Gen Corp. 19.10 19.00 18.60 18.82 (1.47) 3,085,600 15,668,856.00
78.55 51.50 First Holdings A 76.05 76.90 75.90 76.15 0.13 807,360 5,819,338.00
30.90 22.50 Ginebra San Miguel Inc. 19.50 19.20 19.00 19.00 (2.56) 19,400
0.02 0.0099 Greenergy 0.0160 0.0170 0.0160 0.0160 0.00 420,700,000 (1,397,400.00)
12.36 7.80 Holcim Philippines Inc. 12.46 12.12 12.12 12.12 (2.73) 105,800 1,270,176.00
7.40 3.80 Integ. Micro-Electronics 4.05 4.03 4.03 4.03 (0.49) 34,000
2.35 0.74 Ionics Inc 0.650 0.650 0.630 0.630 (3.08) 40,000 16,250.00
120.00 80.00 Jollibee Foods Corp. 95.40 96.20 93.00 96.20 0.84 554,030 (24,769,660.50)
Lafarge Rep 9.50 9.43 8.88 8.88 (6.53) 400,600 3,188,348.00
8.40 1.04 LMG Chemicals 2.00 2.10 1.97 2.00 0.00 840,000 (13,850.00)
3.20 1.05 Manchester Intl. A 2.95 2.90 2.50 2.54 (13.90) 685,000
26.00 18.10 Manila Water Co. Inc. 26.75 27.15 26.80 26.95 0.75 748,800 3,270,290.00
15.30 8.12 Megawide 16.840 16.960 16.840 16.900 0.36 100,900 (33,680.00)
295.00 215.00 Mla. Elect. Co `A 252.00 252.00 245.00 245.00 (2.78) 356,230 (46,692,906.00)
6.75 4.50 Panasonic Mfg Phil. Corp. 4.80 5.00 4.80 4.80 0.00 7,000
12.20 7.50 Pancake House Inc. 10.50 10.50 10.50 10.50 0.00 3,600
3.00 1.96 Pepsi-Cola Products Phil. 3.48 3.50 3.41 3.42 (1.72) 4,805,000 3,044,690.00
17.40 9.70 Petron Corporation 10.08 10.24 9.98 10.08 0.00 2,398,000 (12,972,496.00)
14.94 8.05 Phoenix Petroleum Phils. 8.13 8.50 8.13 8.38 3.08 33,300
3.78 1.01 RFM Corporation 4.14 4.20 4.11 4.11 (0.72) 807,000 (314,900.00)
3.90 2.01 Roxas Holdings 2.89 2.80 2.60 2.60 (10.03) 12,000
6.50 2.90 Salcon Power Corp. 5.11 5.40 5.33 5.40 5.68 13,000
33.00 26.50 San Miguel Brewery Inc. 34.50 34.60 34.00 34.50 0.00 206,500 10,380.00
132.60 110.20 San Miguel Corp `A 112.00 112.00 111.50 111.50 (0.45) 230,920 (3,705,593.00)
1.90 1.25 Seacem 2.32 2.32 2.26 2.32 0.00 3,968,000 (115,000.00)
2.44 1.80 Splash Corporation 1.77 1.81 1.77 1.77 0.00 36,000
0.250 0.112 Swift Foods, Inc. 0.139 0.146 0.139 0.146 5.04 9,530,000
5.30 3.30 Tanduay Holdings 11.54 11.76 11.48 11.60 0.52 1,283,800 2,401,202.00
1.41 0.90 Trans-Asia Oil 1.20 1.20 1.20 1.20 0.00 537,000
69.20 37.00 Universal Robina 61.25 60.50 59.10 59.85 (2.29) 4,564,340 (80,575,972.00)
5.50 1.05 Victorias Milling 1.35 1.37 1.33 1.33 (1.48) 1,656,000
HOLDING FIRMS
1.18 0.65 Abacus Cons. `A 0.70 0.90 0.68 0.80 14.29 198,353,000 118,330.00
59.90 35.50 Aboitiz Equity 48.50 47.65 47.50 47.55 (1.96) 2,242,000 (25,647,000.00)
0.019 0.014 Alcorn Gold Res. 0.0180 0.0180 0.0170 0.0170 (5.56) 104,000,000
13.70 8.00 Alliance Global Inc. 11.18 11.20 11.08 11.16 (0.18) 14,302,800 13,765,338.00
5.02 3.00 Anscor `A 4.65 4.69 4.65 4.65 0.00 28,000 (13,950.00)
6.98 0.260 Asia Amalgamated A 5.05 5.09 5.02 5.02 (0.59) 37,500 (12,725.00)
3.15 1.49 ATN Holdings A 1.86 2.03 1.73 1.79 (3.76) 940,000
4.16 2.30 ATN Holdings B 3.00 3.05 2.78 3.00 0.00 539,000 (5,780.00)
485.20 272.00 Ayala Corp `A 425.20 425.00 422.00 423.80 (0.33) 554,300 3,362,660.00
64.80 30.50 DMCI Holdings 58.20 58.00 57.10 57.50 (1.20) 1,300,890 19,371,667.00
4.19 1.03 F&J Prince A 2.55 2.58 2.43 2.57 0.78 57,000
3.68 1.15 F&J Prince B 2.99 2.87 2.87 2.87 (4.01) 1,000
5.20 3.30 Filinvest Dev. Corp. 4.19 4.10 4.08 4.08 (2.63) 110,000 40,800.00
520.00 455.40 GT Capital 538.00 538.00 532.00 535.00 (0.56) 135,140 20,323,420.00
5.22 2.94 House of Inv. 4.83 4.85 4.80 4.80 (0.62) 32,000 48,000.00
36.20 19.00 JG Summit Holdings 33.40 33.55 33.00 33.40 0.00 168,700 (2,408,035.00)
6.21 4.00 Lopez Holdings Corp. 5.30 5.30 5.08 5.09 (3.96) 9,564,200 (26,296,679.00)
1.54 0.61 Lodestar Invt. Holdg.Corp. 1.10 1.13 1.05 1.05 (4.55) 2,216,000
0.91 0.300 Mabuhay Holdings `A 0.450 0.435 0.430 0.430 (4.44) 100,000
3.82 1.790 Marcventures Hldgs., Inc. 2.36 2.40 2.36 2.39 1.27 1,669,000
4.65 2.56 Metro Pacic Inv. Corp. 4.20 4.20 4.10 4.13 (1.67) 17,532,000 (35,848,170.00)
6.24 2.55 Minerales Industrias Corp. 5.20 5.25 5.02 5.20 0.00 200,200
7.50 1.22 MJCI Investments Inc. 6.60 6.90 6.21 6.59 (0.15) 7,900
0.0770 0.045 Pacica `A 0.0540 0.0530 0.0530 0.0530 (1.85) 3,000,000
0.82 0.44 Prime Orion 0.470 0.460 0.460 0.460 (2.13) 2,440,000 92,000.00
0.490 0.285 Sinophil Corp. 0.325 0.325 0.325 0.325 0.00 500,000
750.00 450.00 SM Investments Inc. 737.00 745.00 737.00 745.00 1.09 147,130 13,134,240.00
1.78 1.00 Solid Group Inc. 2.20 2.29 2.15 2.17 (1.36) 2,233,000
1.57 1.14 South China Res. Inc. 1.10 1.12 1.12 1.12 1.82 3,000
0.620 0.620 Wellex Industries 0.3250 0.3300 0.3150 0.3200 (1.54) 620,000
1.370 0.185 Zeus Holdings 0.405 0.400 0.400 0.400 (1.23) 530,000
P R O P E R T Y
48.00 18.00 Anchor Land Holdings Inc. 19.90 20.20 20.10 20.10 1.01 1,500 12,095.00
3.34 1.70 A. Brown Co., Inc. 2.93 2.99 2.90 2.98 1.71 243,000
0.83 0.38 Araneta Prop `A 0.600 0.600 0.600 0.600 0.00 1,000
22.85 13.36 Ayala Land `B 22.30 22.25 21.70 21.75 (2.47) 15,009,800 (22,218,040.00)
5.62 3.08 Belle Corp. `A 4.86 4.89 4.73 4.76 (2.06) 2,149,000 (7,788,030.00)
9.00 2.26 Cebu Holdings 5.50 5.50 5.50 5.50 0.00 27,000
5.66 0.80 Century Property 1.50 1.50 1.44 1.46 (2.67) 2,992,000 1,782,920.00
2.90 1.20 City & Land Dev. 2.82 2.80 2.70 2.80 (0.71) 83,000
1.50 1.07 Cityland Dev. `A 1.10 1.15 1.09 1.15 4.55 132,000 10,990.00
1.11 0.67 Cyber Bay Corp. 0.79 0.79 0.79 0.79 0.00 177,000 (79,000.00)
0.90 0.54 Empire East Land 0.810 0.830 0.780 0.780 (3.70) 20,712,000 585,780.00
3.06 1.63 Global-Estate 1.98 1.97 1.90 1.95 (1.52) 3,457,000 (1,505,920.00)
1.44 0.98 Filinvest Land,Inc. 1.32 1.32 1.24 1.24 (6.06) 64,131,000 (70,253,140.00)
3.80 1.21 Highlands Prime 1.72 1.70 1.70 1.70 (1.16) 3,000
2.14 0.65 Interport `A 1.22 1.23 1.16 1.23 0.82 227,000
2.33 1.51 Megaworld Corp. 2.25 2.27 2.22 2.27 0.89 40,512,000 24,148,970.00
0.42 0.168 MRC Allied Ind. 0.1550 0.1580 0.1560 0.1560 0.65 550,000
0.990 0.080 Phil. Estates Corp. 0.7000 0.7100 0.6800 0.6800 (2.86) 2,118,000
0.71 0.41 Phil. Realty `A 0.450 0.460 0.460 0.460 2.22 200,000
18.86 10.00 Robinsons Land `B 19.00 19.12 18.90 18.98 (0.11) 1,403,800 7,435,134.00
7.71 2.51 Rockwell 3.85 4.00 3.85 3.85 0.00 105,000 (38,500.00)
8.95 6.00 SM Development `A 6.14 6.15 6.05 6.05 (1.47) 903,200 447,644.00
18.20 10.94 SM Prime Holdings 13.90 14.00 13.84 13.84 (0.43) 5,172,900 (1,947,528.00)
1.03 0.64 Sta. Lucia Land Inc. 0.71 0.72 0.72 0.72 1.41 10,000
4.55 1.80 Starmalls 4.02 4.02 3.96 4.00 (0.50) 81,000
0.80 0.45 Suntrust Home Dev. Inc. 0.520 0.510 0.510 0.510 (1.92) 220,000
4.50 2.60 Vista Land & Lifescapes 4.420 4.440 4.260 4.400 (0.45) 9,717,000 (21,933,200.00)
S E R V I C E S
42.00 28.60 ABS-CBN 27.90 29.90 27.00 27.40 (1.79) 92,000
18.98 1.60 Acesite Hotel 1.39 1.43 1.37 1.39 0.00 570,000
0.78 0.45 APC Group, Inc. 0.600 0.600 0.600 0.600 0.00 950,000
10.92 7.30 Asian Terminals Inc. 9.00 9.20 9.20 9.20 2.22 5,200
28.80 12.20 Berjaya Phils. Inc. 17.50 20.00 20.00 20.00 14.29 2,100
102.80 4.12 Bloomberry 10.06 10.12 9.93 9.95 (1.09) 1,397,700 (8,119,474.00)
0.5300 10.2000 Boulevard Holdings 0.1470 0.1470 0.1340 0.1360 (7.48) 55,940,000 23,680.00
24.00 6.66 Calata Corp. 5.92 6.29 5.84 5.87 (0.84) 190,100 2,940.00
86.90 62.00 Cebu Air Inc. (5J) 67.70 67.65 65.00 65.90 (2.66) 550,850 (12,773,424.50)
10.60 8.20 Centro Esc. Univ. 10.48 10.30 10.20 10.20 (2.67) 3,500
5.90 1.45 Easy Call Common 2.17 2.62 2.17 2.17 0.00 9,000
1750.00 800.00 FEUI 1000.00 1000.00 970.00 970.00 (3.00) 13,710
1172.00 11.70 Globalports 24.50 25.00 24.50 24.50 0.00 3,000
1270.00 831.00 Globe Telecom 1125.00 1090.00 1020.00 1070.00 (4.89) 80,195 (20,637,570.00)
11.00 6.18 GMA Network Inc. 10.00 10.98 9.98 9.98 (0.20) 210,400
77.00 43.40 I.C.T.S.I. 67.85 67.85 67.05 67.05 (1.18) 2,520,680 (37,752,078.00)
0.98 0.36 Information Capital Tech. 0.420 0.415 0.395 0.415 (1.19) 120,000
6.80 4.30 IPeople Inc. `A 7.30 6.65 6.65 6.65 (8.90) 2,300
4.70 2.00 IP Converge 1.95 1.95 1.85 1.89 (3.08) 9,908,000 (7,760.00)
34.50 0.036 IP E-Game Ventures Inc. 0.039 0.039 0.038 0.038 (2.56) 3,500,000 3,900.00
3.87 1.00 IPVG Corp. 1.04 1.04 1.01 1.02 (1.92) 363,000
0.0760 0.042 Island Info 0.0500 0.0520 0.0420 0.0520 4.00 5,010,000
5.1900 2.550 ISM Communications 3.1400 3.1400 3.0000 3.0000 (4.46) 63,000
3.79 1.62 JTH Davies Holdings Inc. 2.10 2.25 2.05 2.05 (2.38) 397,000 (12,650.00)
11.12 5.90 Leisure & Resorts 8.07 8.30 8.01 8.30 2.85 510,600 (166,000.00)
2.35 0.92 Lorenzo Shipping 1.40 1.32 1.32 1.32 (5.71) 6,000
3.96 2.70 Macroasia Corp. 2.76 2.77 2.70 2.70 (2.17) 279,000 137,500.00
0.84 0.57 Manila Bulletin 0.68 0.69 0.68 0.68 0.00 91,000
3.15 1.10 Manila Jockey 2.84 2.92 2.80 2.86 0.70 1,525,000
22.95 14.20 Pacic Online Sys. Corp. 14.40 14.50 14.04 14.40 0.00 66,500
8.58 4.60 PAL Holdings Inc. 6.95 6.95 6.94 6.95 0.00 4,900
3.32 1.05 Paxys Inc. 3.01 3.15 3.01 3.03 0.66 1,427,000 (6,200.00)
60.00 18.00 Phil. Seven Corp. 69.00 68.05 66.00 66.00 (4.35) 21,500 1,360,100.00
17.88 12.10 Philweb.Com Inc. 17.00 17.00 16.82 16.94 (0.35) 503,800 1,124,326.00
2886.00 2096.00 PLDT Common 2704.00 2706.00 2680.00 2704.00 0.00 225,535 (6,930,240.00)
30.10 10.68 Puregold 26.80 27.10 26.70 27.00 0.75 1,494,700 (10,596,725.00)
0.79 0.27 Waterfront Phils. 0.470 0.470 0.445 0.460 (2.13) 220,000
MINING & OIL
0.0083 0.0038 Abra Mining 0.0040 0.0040 0.0039 0.0039 (2.50) 22,000,000
6.20 3.01 Apex `A 4.90 4.88 4.87 4.87 (0.61) 102,000
25.20 14.50 Atlas Cons. `A 17.02 17.10 16.96 16.96 (0.35) 234,300 (968,746.00)
48.00 20.00 Atok-Big Wedge `A 27.00 27.00 27.00 27.00 0.00 200
0.380 0.148 Basic Energy Corp. 0.250 0.255 0.246 0.255 2.00 630,000
30.35 19.98 Benguet Corp `A 23.30 24.40 23.95 24.40 4.72 40,000
34.00 14.50 Benguet Corp `B 24.00 23.40 22.30 22.40 (6.67) 10,500 (230,920.00)
61.80 5.68 Dizon 26.85 27.95 26.00 26.50 (1.30) 227,800 (515,550.00)
1.21 0.50 Geograce Res. Phil. Inc. 0.59 0.59 0.56 0.58 (1.69) 1,714,000
1.82 0.9000 Lepanto `A 1.150 1.160 1.120 1.150 0.00 6,104,000
2.070 1.0200 Lepanto `B 1.220 1.230 1.180 1.190 (2.46) 2,558,000 (1,283,730.00)
0.085 0.042 Manila Mining `A 0.0600 0.0610 0.0600 0.0610 1.67 45,850,000
0.087 0.042 Manila Mining `B 0.0630 0.0640 0.0620 0.0620 (1.59) 51,250,000
36.50 15.04 Nickelasia 26.90 27.30 26.80 26.80 (0.37) 2,052,500 (8,462,175.00)
12.84 2.13 Nihao Mineral Resources 8.08 8.25 8.00 8.14 0.74 293,600
1.100 0.008 Omico 0.6800 0.7000 0.6800 0.7000 2.94 80,000 (27,600.00)
8.40 2.99 Oriental Peninsula Res. 4.900 4.970 4.780 4.890 (0.20) 396,000
0.032 0.012 Oriental Pet. `A 0.0170 0.0180 0.0170 0.0180 5.88 23,700,000
0.033 0.014 Oriental Pet. `B 0.0180 0.0190 0.0190 0.0190 5.56 100,000
7.05 5.10 Petroenergy Res. Corp. 5.96 6.00 6.00 6.00 0.67 10,000
28.95 18.50 Philex `A 19.02 19.02 18.52 18.52 (2.63) 3,102,200 1,812,760.00
48.00 3.00 PhilexPetroleum 36.40 36.40 35.90 36.00 (1.10) 429,300 4,237,495.00
0.062 0.017 Philodrill Corp. `A 0.049 0.049 0.048 0.048 (2.04) 119,800,000
257.80 161.10 Semirara Corp. 225.00 223.00 221.40 223.00 (0.89) 62,350 (1,942,244.00)
0.029 0.014 United Paragon 0.0150 0.0150 0.0150 0.0150 0.00 19,900,000
PREFERRED
47.90 27.30 ABS-CBN Holdings Corp. 27.35 27.65 26.00 26.35 (3.66) 1,455,300 (31,838,505.00)
First Gen G 103.00 103.10 103.10 103.10 0.10 350
11.02 6.00 GMA Holdings Inc. 9.95 9.95 9.86 9.90 (0.50) 727,000 (1,194,000.00)
116.70 107.00 PCOR-Preferred 109.40 109.30 109.00 109.20 (0.18) 11,020
80.00 74.50 SMC Preferred 1 76.00 78.10 76.20 77.90 2.50 1,150
1050.00 1000.00 SMPFC Preferred 1023.00 1025.00 1019.00 1022.00 (0.10) 4,200
WARRANTS & BONDS
1.31 0.62 Megaworld Corp. Warrants 1.22 1.21 1.21 1.21 (0.82) 30,000
Crude prices climb to 3-month high
RAY S. EANO
Mr. Ray Eanos column
will resume next week.
OIL in New York traded near a
three-month high after a report
showed stockpiles fell to the
lowest level since March in the
US, the worlds biggest crude
user.
October futures were little
changed after climbing 0.6
percent Tuesday on speculation
European leaders will make
progress in resolving the regions
debt crisis. Crude inventories
dropped by 6 million barrels
last week to 361 million, the
industry-funded American
Petroleum Institute said. An
Energy Department report today
may show supplies slid by
250,000 barrels, according to a
Bloomberg News survey.
The Department of Energy
data will be important, said
Jonathan Barratt, chief executive
of Barratts Bulletin, a commodity
newsletter in Sydney. The level
of optimism in Europe may
provide some support.
Crude for October delivery
was at $96.87 a barrel in
electronic trading on the New
York Mercantile Exchange, up 3
cents at 2:50 p.m. Singapore time.
The September contract, which
expired Tuesday, rose 71 cents
to $96.68, the highest close since
May 10. Front-month prices are
2 percent lower this year.
Brent oil for October settlement
on the London-based ICE Futures
Europe exchange was at $114.60 a
barrel, down 4 cents. The European
benchmark crude was at a $17.73
premium to New York-traded
West Texas Intermediate grade,
from $17.80 yesterday.
Oils rally in New York may
stall as a technical indicator
shows futures have risen too
quickly for further gains to be
sustained, according to data
compiled by Bloomberg. The
14-day relative strength index
is near 70, the highest reading
since February. Crude also has
chart resistance along its 200-
day moving average around
$96.74 a barrel today. The front-
month contract yesterday traded
higher than this indicator without
settling above it.
US gasoline inventories
climbed 869,000 barrels last
week, according to the API.
The Energy Department report
may show supplies slipped 1.4
million barrels, according to the
Bloomberg survey. Distillate
stockpiles, a category that
includes heating oil and diesel,
fell 1 million barrels in the API
report compared with a forecast
1-million barrel gain in the
survey. Bloomberg
Home Health Care certicate. Home Health Care medical director Doris Camagay (second from
left) receives from TUV Rheinland chief operating ofcer Tristan Loveres the ISO 9001:2008 certication.
HHC is a service provider of home-based health and wellness programs since 2004. Malou Abiera (left),
HHC manager, leads nurse case managers and the staff provide skilled care as ordered by physicians
from assessment to patient-centered outcomes in the comfort of their own homes. With them is Pinky
Villacrusis (right), business development head of TUV Rheinland.
STOCKS fell Wednesday, after a two-
day holiday period, as the local market
reected the downturn in Asian equities in
the absence of fresh corporate leads.
Analysts, however, said the
lull presented an opportunity to
accumulate stocks that still have
attractive fundamentals.
The Philippine Stock
Exchange index, the 30-company
benchmark, dipped 54 points, or
1.1 percent, to close at 5,152.15,
its lowest level in more than a
month. All six counters ended
in the red.
The heavier index, representing
all shares, also shed 29 points, or
0.8 percent, to 3,431.70 as losers
outnumbered gainers, 112 to 49,
with 31 issues unchanged. Value
turnover reached P5.9 billion.
Only three of the 20 most
actively traded stocks rose
Wednesday. SM Investments
Corp. was up 1.1 percent to
P745 while Megaworld Corp.
added 0.9 percent to P2.27.
Abacus Consolidated Resources
and Holdings Inc. surged 14.3
percent to P0.80. Philippine
Long Distance Telephone Co.
stood at P2,704.
Banks were mostly lower
Wednesday. BDO Unibank Inc.
lost 3 percent to P59.35. Bank
of the Philippine Islands shed
2.9 percent to P72.07 while
Metropolitan Bank and Trust Co.
retreated 0.9 percent to P90.20.
Meanwhile, Asian stocks also
dropped after Japan reported
Wednesday it fell back into a
trade decit last month because
of languishing exports and as
investors watched for progress
on bailout conditions for Greece
by eurozone policymakers.
Energy shares led declines
as major oil and gas companies
reported disappointing earnings
as the global economic outlook
and energy demand remained
uncertain. With Bloomberg, AP
By Jenniffer B. Austria
PUREGOLD Price Club Inc.,
operator of the countrys second-
largest supermarket chain,
expects net sales to climb 50
percent to P58.5 billion this year
from P39 billion in 2011 level,
on the back of aggressive store
expansion and contribution from
newly acquired retail shops.
Puregold said in a disclosure
to the stock exchange it was
planning to increase the number
of new stores to 31 this year,
from the original target of 25
stores. The companys original
target was to raise sales by 25
percent this year.
The company, however, did
not provide revised net income
guidance. Its initial target was
to book P3.98 billion in prot in
2012, or nearly double the P1.54
billion income in 2011.
Puregold saw its net income
rise 32 percent to P1.03 billion in
the rst half from P783 million
a year ago, as consolidated sales
improved to P23.2 billion from
P17.3 billion during the same
period.
Puregold sees sales rising
CYAN MAGENTA YELLOW BLACK
AUGUST 23, 2012 THURSDAY
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Republic of the Philippines
Province of Ilocos Sur
Municipality of Narvacan
BIDS AND AWARDS COMMITTEE
INVITATION TO BID
THE MUNICIPALITY OF NARVACAN, through its Bids and Awards
Committee (BAC), invites contractors registered with and classifed by the
Philippine Contractors Accreditation Board (PCAB) to bid for the hereunder
contract:
Name of Contract: Narvacan Signage
Location: Narvacan, Ilocos Sur
Brief Description: Installation of the Eight (8) Letters:
NARVACAN on Structural Steel Framings
Constructed on Reinforced Concrete Pedestals
Approved Budget for the contract (ABC): P13,500,000.00
Contract Duration: 210 Calendar Days
Source of Fund: General Fund
Prospective bidders should possess a valid PCAB License applicable to
the contract, have completed a similar contract with a value of at least 50%
of the ABC, and have key personnel and equipment (listed in the eligibility
forms) available for the prosecution of the contract. The BAC will use non-
discretionary pass/fail criteria in the Eligibility Check/Screening as well as
the Preliminary Examination of Bids. The BAC will conduct post qualifcation
of the lowest calculated bid.
All particulars relative to Eligibility Statement and Screening, Bid Security,
Performance Security, Pre-Bidding Conference, Evaluation of Bids, Post
Qualifcation and Award of Contract shall be governed by the pertinent
provisions of RA 9184 and its Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR).
The schedules of BAC activities are as follows:
BAC Activities Schedule
Issuance of Eligibility Documents August 23-September 14, 2012
Issuance & availability of Bidding Documents August 23-September 14, 2012
Pre-bid Conference August 31, 2012
Receipt and Opening of Bids (includes submission
of Eligibility Requirements and Eligibility Check) September 14, 2012
Bid Evaluation September 17, 2012
Post Qualifcation September 18, 2012
Approval of BAC Resolution/Issuance of
Notice of Award September 19, 2012
Contract Preparation and Signing September 20, 2012
Approval of Contract September 21, 2012
Issuance of Notice to Proceed September 24, 2012
The BAC will issue prospective bidders Eligibility Forms and Bidding
Documents at the Offce of the BAC Chairman, Narvacan, Ilocos Sur, upon
their payment of a non refundable amount of P 8,000.00 to the Municipal
Treasurers Offce, Narvacan, Ilocos Sur.
The Local Government Unit of Narvacan, Ilocos Sur assumes no
responsibility whatsoever to compensate or indemnify bidders for any
expense incurred in the preparation of their bids.
August 23, 2012
(Sgd.) ELEUTERIO G. INES NOTED:
BAC Chairman

(Sgd.) ZURIEL S. ZARAGOZA
Municipal Mayor
(MST-Aug. 23, 2012)
Republic of the Philippines
Province of Ilocos Sur
Municipality of Narvacan
BIDS AND AWARDS COMMITTEE
INVITATION TO BID
THE MUNICIPALITY OF NARVACAN, through its Bids and Awards
Committee (BAC), invites contractors registered with and classifed by
the Philippine Contractors Accreditation Board (PCAB) to bid for the
hereunder contract:
Name of Contract: Improvement/Concreting of Various Roads and
Bridges
Location: Narvacan, Ilocos Sur
Brief Description: Construction of stone masonry slope protection,
embankment fll, aggregate sub-base and base
course, Portland cement concrete pavement and
repair of bridges
Approved Budget for the contract (ABC): P26,933,479.00
Contract Duration: 360 Calendar Days
Source of Fund: R.A. 7171 (Municipal Share)
Prospective bidders should possess a valid PCAB License applicable to
the contract, have completed a similar contract with a value of at least
50% of the ABC, and have key personnel and equipment (listed in the
eligibility forms) available for the prosecution of the contract. The BAC will
use non-discretionary pass/fail criteria in the Eligibility Check/Screening
as well as the Preliminary Examination of Bids. The BAC will conduct post
qualifcation of the lowest calculated bid.
All particulars relative to Eligibility Statement and Screening, Bid Security,
Performance Security, Pre-Bidding Conference, Evaluation of Bids, Post
Qualifcation and Award of Contract shall be governed by the pertinent
provisions of RA 9184 and its Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR).
The schedules of BAC activities are as follows:
BAC Activities Schedule
Issuance of Eligibility Documents August 23-September 14, 2012
Issuance & availability of Bidding Documents August 23-September 14, 2012
Pre-bid Conference August 31, 2012
Receipt and Opening of Bids (includes submission
of Eligibility Requirements and Eligibility Check) September 14, 2012
Bid Evaluation September 17, 2012
Post Qualifcation September 18, 2012
Approval of BAC Resolution/Issuance of
Notice of Award September 19, 2012
Contract Preparation and Signing September 20, 2012
Approval of Contract September 21, 2012
Issuance of Notice to Proceed September 24, 2012
The BAC will issue prospective bidders Eligibility Forms and Bidding
Documents at the Offce of the BAC Chairman, Narvacan, Ilocos Sur, upon
their payment of a non refundable amount of P 8,000.00 to the Municipal
Treasurers Offce, Narvacan, Ilocos Sur.
The Local Government Unit of Narvacan, Ilocos Sur assumes no
responsibility whatsoever to compensate or indemnify bidders for any
expense incurred in the preparation of their bids.
August 23, 2012
(Sgd.) ELEUTERIO G. INES NOTED:
BAC Chairman

(Sgd.) ZURIEL S. ZARAGOZA
Municipal Mayor
I NVI TATI ON TO BI D
(MST-Aug. 23, 2012)
The TMMED-DPWH, through its Bids and Awards Committee (BAC),
invites contractors to apply to bid for the following contract(s):
Contract ID : 120D0087
Contract Name : Rehabilitation of Multi-purpose Building, Canumay
West
Contract Location : Valenzuela City
Scope of Work : Rehabilitation of Multi-purpose
Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC) : Php 6,400,000.00
Contract Duration : 120 calendar days
Procurement will be conducted through open competitive bidding
procedures in accordance with R.A. 9184 and its Revised Implementing
Rules and Regulations.
To bid for this contract, a contractor must submit a Letter of Intent (LOI)
and must meet the following major criteria: (a) prior registration with the
DPWH, (b) Filipino citizen or 75% Filipino-owned partnership, corporation,
cooperative, or joint venture with PCAB License applicable to the type and
cost of the contract, (c) completion of a similar contract costing at least 50%
of ABC within a period of 10 years, (d) Net Financial Contracting Capacity at
least equal to ABC, or credit line commitment for at least 10% of the ABC,
(e) Original copy of Accreditation Certifcate of Materials Engineer, (f) original
copy of Latest Tax Clearance; (g) original copy of 2012 Mayors permit; and (h)
CY 2011 CPES Rating. The BAC will use non-discretionary pass/fail criteria in
the eligibility check, preliminary examination of bids.
Unregistered contractors however, may submit their their applications for
registration to the DPWH-POCW Central Offce before the deadline for the
receipt of LOI. The DPWH POCW-Central Offce will only process contractors
applications for registration with complete requirements, and issue the
Contractors Certifcate of Registration (CRC). Registration Forms may be
downloaded at the DPWH website www. dpwh.gov.ph
The signifcant times and deadlines of procurement activities are shown
below:
1. Deadline for Submission of LOI August 17-31, 2012 until 9:00 A.M. only
2. Issuance of Bidding Documents August 17-September 6, 2012
3. Pre-Bid Conference August 27, 2012 @ 10:00 A.M.
4. Submission of Bids September 7, 2012 @ 10:00 A.M.
5. Opening of Bids September 7, 2012 @ 10:00 A.M.
The BAC will also issue hard copies of Bidding Documents (BDs) at
APDC-BAI Comp., R. Valenzuela Ext., Marulas, Valenzuela City upon payment
of a non-refundable fee of Ten Thousand (P10,000.00) only. Prospective
bidders may also download the Bids, if available, from the DPWH website.
Prospective bidders that will download the BDs from the DPWH website shall
pay the said fees on or before the submission of their bid documents. Bids
must be accompanied by a bid security, in the amount and acceptable form,
as stated in Section 27.2 of the Revised IRR.
Prospective bidders shall submit their duly accomplished forms as
specifed in the BDs in two (2) separate sealed bid envelopes to the BAC
Chairman. The frst envelope shall contain the Technical Component of the
bid, which shall include the eligibility requirements. The second envelope shall
contain the fnancial component of the bid. Contract will be awarded to the
Lowest Calculated Responsive Bid as determined in the bid evaluation and
post-qualifcation.
The TMMED-DPWH reserves the right to accept or reject any or all Bid,
and to annul the bidding process anytime prior to Contract award, without
thereby incurring any liability to the affected bidders.
Approved by:
(Sgd.) REYNALDO N. SUNGA
Engineer III
BAC Chairman
NOTED:
(Sgd.) MARLO B. CORREA
District Engineer
Republic of the Philippines
Department of Public Works and Highways
National Capital Region
METRO MANILA III DISTRICT ENGINEERING OFFICE
APDC-BAI Compound, R. Valenzuela Extension,
Marulas, Valenzuela City
I NVI TATI ON TO BI D
(MST-Aug. 23, 2012)
Republic of the Philippines
Department of Public Works and Highways
Zamboanga Sibugay 1
st
District Engineering Offce
OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT ENGINEER
Diplahan, Zamboanga Sibugay
The Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) of the Department of Public Works
and Highways Zamboanga Sibugay 1
st
District Engineering Offce, through the CY
2012 Regular Schol Building Program (Batch 1), invites contractors to bid for the
aforementioned projects, viz:
I. a) Contract ID: No. 12JI0018
b) Contract Name: Construction of Two (2) Classrooms School
Building @ Tampalan Elementary School
c) Contract Location: Tampalan, Alicia, Zamboanga Sibugay
d) Scope of Work: Construction of School Building
e) ABC/Appropriation: Php 1,261,260.00
f) Contract Duration: 75 Calendar Days
g) Cost of Bid Documents: P5,000.00
II. a) Contract ID: No. 12JI0019
b) Contract Name: Construction of One (1) Classroom School
Building @ Mabuhay Agro-Industrial High
School
c) Contract Location: Poblacion, Mabuhay, Zamboanga Sibugay
d) Scope of Work: Construction of School Building
e) ABC/Appropriation: Php 709,830.00
f) Contract Duration: 60 Calendar Days
g) Cost of Bid Documents: P1,000.00
The BAC will conduct the procurement process in accordance with the Revised
IRR of R.A. 9184. Bids received in excess of the ABC shall be automatically rejected
at the opening of bids.
To bid for this contract, a contractor must submit a Letter of Intent (LOI),
purchased bid documents and must meet the following major criteria: (a) prior
registration with the DPWH, (b) Filipino citizen or 75% Filipino-owned partnership,
corporation, cooperative, or joint venture, (c) with PCAB license applicable to the
type and cost of this contract, (d) completion of a similar contract costing at least
50% of ABC within a period of 10 years, and (e) Net Financial Contracting Capacity
at least equal to ABC, or credit line commitment at least equal to 10% of ABC. The
BAC will use non-discretionary pass/fail criteria in the eligibility check and preliminary
examination of bids.
Unregistered contractors, however, shall submit their applications for registration
to the DPWH-POCW Central Offce before the deadline for the receipt of LOI.
The DPWH-POCW Central Offce will only process contractors applications for
registration with complete requirements and issue the Contractors Certifcate of
Registration (CRC). Registration Forms may be downloaded at the DPWH website
www.dpwh.gov.ph.
The signifcant times and deadlines of procurement activities are shown
below:
Issuance of Bidding Documents August 20, 2012 September 10, 2012 until 10:00 A.M.
Pre-Bid Conference August 29, 2012 10:00 A.M.
Deadline of Receipt of LOI from
Prospective Bidders
September 4, 2012 until 3:00 P.M.
Receipt of Bids September 10, 2012 until 1:00 P.M.
Opening of Bids September 10, 2012 until 2:00 P.M.
The BAC will issue hard copies of Bidding Documents (BDs) at Department
of Public Works and Highways, Zamboanga Sibugay 1
st
District Engineering
Offce (DEO), Diplahan, Zamboanga Sibugay, upon payment of a non-refundable
fee. Prospective bidders may also download the BDs from the DPWH website, if
available. Prospective bidders that will download the BDs from the DPWH website
shall pay the said fees on or before the submission of their bids Documents. The
Pre-Bid Conference shall be open only to interested parties who have purchased the
BDs. Bids must accompanied by a bid security, in the amount and acceptable form,
as stated in Section 27.2 of the Revised IRR.
Prospective bidders shall submit their duly accomplished forms as specifed in
the BDs in two (2) separate sealed bid envelopes to the BAC Chairman. The frst
envelope shall contain the technical component of the bid, which shall include a copy
of the CRC. The second envelope shall contain the fnancial component of the bid.
Contract will be awarded to the Lowest Calculated Responsive Bid as determined in
the bid evaluation and post-qualifcation.
The Department of Public Works and Highways, Zamboanga Sibugay 1
st
District
Engineering Offce, Diplahan, Zamboanga Sibugay reserves the right to accept or
reject any bid, to annul the bidding process at anytime prior contract award, without
thereby incurring any liability to the affected bidder/s.
Approved by:
(Sgd.) ATTY. ROMEO A. SALADAGA, C.E.
OIC Chief, Maintenance Section
(BAC Chairperson)
Noted:
(Sgd.) REYNERIO P. ALCACHUPAS
OIC-District Engineer
Republic of the Philippines
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAYS
OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT ENGINEER
Batanes District Engineering Offce
Basco, Batanes
RE-I NVI TATI ON TO BI D
(MST-Aug. 23, 2012)
Republic of the Philippines
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAYS
OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT ENGINEER
Batanes District Engineering Offce
Basco, Batanes
I NVI TATI ON TO BI D
(MST-Aug. 23, 2012)
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Batanes District
Engineering Offce, Basco, Batanes through its Bids and Awards Committee (BAC)
invites contractors to apply for eligibilty and to bid for the following contract:
a) Contract ID : 12BA0010
b) Contract Name : INSTALLATION/ APPLICATION/ CONSTRUCTION
OF ROAD SAFETY DEVICES ALONG BASCO-
MAHATAO-IVANA-UYUGAN-IMNAJBU ROAD
BATAN ISLAND AND MAYAN-MAUYEN PORT ROAD
ITBAYAT ISLAND
c) Contract Location : Province of Batanes
d) Scope of Work : Installation of hazard markers, warning signs and
pavement markings along Batan and itbayat Islands
national road.
e) Approved Budget : Php 9,896,451.73
for the Contract
f) Contract Duration : 180 CD
g) Cost of Bid : Php 10,000.00
Documents
The BAC will conduct the procurement process in accordance with the Revised
IRR of R.A. 9184. Bids received in excess of the ABC shall be automatically
rejected at the opening of bid.

To bid for this contract, a contractor must submit a Letter of Intent (LOI), purchase
bid documents and must meet the following major criteria: (a) prior registration
with DPWH, (b) Filipino citizen or 75% Filipino-owned partnership, corporation,
cooperative, or joint venture, (c) with PCAB license applicable to the type and cost of
this contract, (d) completion of a similar contract costing at least 50% of ABC within
a period of 10 years, and (e) Net Financial Contracting Capacity at least equal to
ABC, or credit line commitment at least equal to 10% of ABC. The BAC will use non-
discretionary pass/fail criteria in the eligibility and preliminary examination of bids.
Unregistered contractors, however, shall submit their applications for registration
to the DPWH POCW-Central Offce before the deadline for the receipt of LOI.
The DPWH POCW-Central Offce will only process contractors application for
registration, with complete requirements, and issue the Contractors Certifcate of
Registration (CRC). Registration Forms may be downloaded at the DPWH website
www.dpwh.gov.ph.
The signifcant times and deadlines of procurement activities are shown below:
1. Issuance of Bidding Documents August 22, 2012- September 14, 2012
2. Pre-Bid Conference August 28, 2012
3. Deadline of Receipt of LOI September 04, 2012
4. Receipt of Bids Deadline: 12:00 Noon on September 14, 2012
5. Opening of Bids 2:00 PM on September 14, 2012
The BAC will issue hard copies of Bidding Documents (BDs) at the Offce of the
Batanes District Engineering Offce, upon payment of non-refundable fee as stated
above. Prospective bidders may also download the BDs from the DPWH web site,
if available. Prospective bidders that will download the BDs from the DPWH website
shall pay the said fee on or before the submission of their bid documents. The Pre-Bid
Conference shall be open only to interested parties who have purchased the BDs.
Bids must be accompanied by a bid security, in the amount and acceptable form,
as stated in Section 27.2 of the Revised IRR.
Prospective bidders shall submit their duly accomplished forms as specifed in
the BDs in two (2) separate sealed bid envelopes to the BAC Chairman. The frst
envelope shall contain the technical component of the bid, which includes a copy
of the CRC. The second envelope shall contain the fnancial component of the bid.
Contract will be awarded to the Lowest Calculated Responsive Bid as determined
in the bid evaluation and post-qualifcation.

The Department of Public Works and Highways, Batanes District Engineering
Offce reserves the right to accept or reject any bid, to annul the bidding process
at any time prior to contract award, without thereby incurring any liability to the
affected bidder/s.

Approved by:

(Sgd.) ARISTEO G. GALAROSA
BAC Chairman

Noted by:

(Sgd.) ALEXANDER D. NOLA, CESE
District Engineer

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Batanes District
Engineering Offce, Basco, Batanes through its Bids and Awards Committee (BAC)
invites contractors to apply for eligibility and to bid for the following contract:
a) Contract ID : 12BA0013
b) Contract Name : Improvement of Valanga Port Including the
Construction of Light House
c) Contract Location : Itbayat, Batanes
d) Scope of Work : Construction of Light House and improvement of
77Lm Road
e) Approved Budget : Php 19,300,055.16
for the Contract
f) Contract Duration : 460 CD
g) Cost of Bid : Php 10,000.00
Documents
The BAC will conduct the procurement process in accordance with the Revised
IRR of R.A. 9184. Bids received in excess of the ABC shall be automatically rejected
at the opening of bid.

To bid for this contract, a contractor must submit a Letter of Intent (LOI), purchase
bid documents and must meet the following major criteria: (a) prior registration with
DPWH, (b) Filipino citizen or 75% Filipino-owned partnership, corporation, cooperative,
or joint venture, (c) with PCAB license applicable to the type and cost of this contract,
(d) completion of a similar contract costing at least 50% of ABC within a period of 10
years, and (e) Net Financial Contracting Capacity at least equal to ABC, or credit line
commitment at least equal to 10% of ABC. The BAC will use non-discretionary pass/
fail criteria in the eligibility and preliminary examination of bids.
Unregistered contractors, however, shall submit their applications for registration
to the DPWH-POCW Central Offce before the deadline for the receipt of LOI.
The DPWH-POCW Central Offce will only process contractors application for
registration, with complete requirements, and issue the Contractors Certifcate of
Registration (CRC). Registration Forms may be downloaded at the DPWH website
www.dpwh.gov.ph.
The signifcant times and deadlines of procurement activities are shown below:
1. Issuance of Bidding Documents August 30, 2012- September 24, 2012
2. Pre-Bid Conference September 05, 2012
3. Deadline of Receipt of LOI September 12, 2012
4. Receipt of Bids Deadline: 12:00 Noon on Sept. 24, 2012
5. Opening of Bids 2:00 PM on September 24, 2012

The BAC will issue hard copies of Bidding Documents (BDs) at the Offce of the
Batanes District Engineering Offce, upon payment of non-refundable fee as stated
above. Prospective bidders may also download the BDs from the DPWH web site, if
available. Prospective bidders that will download the BDs from the DPWH website
shall pay the said fee on or before the submission of their bid documents. The Pre-Bid
Conference shall be open only to interested parties who have purchased the BDs.
Bids must be accompanied by a bid security, in the amount and acceptable form, as
stated in Section 27.2 of the Revised IRR.
Prospective bidders shall submit their duly accomplished forms as specifed in
the BDs in two (2) separate sealed bid envelopes to the BAC Chairman. The frst
envelope shall contain the technical component of the bid, which includes a copy
of the CRC. The second envelope shall contain the fnancial component of the bid.
Contract will be awarded to the Lowest Calculated Responsive Bid as determined in
the bid evaluation and post-qualifcation.
The Department of Public Works and Highways, Batanes District Engineering
Offce reserves the right to accept or reject any bid, to annul the bidding process at
any time prior to contract award, without thereby incurring any liability to the affected
bidder/s.
Approved by:

(Sgd.) ARISTEO G. GALAROSA
BAC Chairman

Noted by:

(Sgd.) ALEXANDER D. NOLA, CESE
District Engineer
CYAN MAGENTA YELLOW BLACK
OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
NATIONAL HOUSING AUTHORITY
Invitation to Bid
(MST-Aug. 23, 2012)
The National Housing Authority (NHA), through the Corporate Budget
approved by the NHA Board for the year 2012 intends to apply the sum of
the Approved Budget for the Contracts (ABCs) to payments for the following
contracts:
Ref. No. Projects ABC/ Source of
Funds (P)
Duration
(c.d.)
Work Description
2012-059 Procurement of Trucking and
Transport Services for the Informal
Settler Families at Radial Road 10
(R-10) in Manila Affected by the
Road Right-of-Way Concreting
(Widening)
11,438,884.07/
Corporate Receipts
37 Provision of transport and trucking
services for 2,349 informal families
and their belongings and Manpower
Assistance Team to designated areas.
2012-060 Procurement of Trucking and
Transport Services for the
Occupant Families of Punta
Tenement Building, Punta, Sta.
Ana, Manila
4,040,748.80/
Corporate Receipts
30 Provision of transport and trucking
services for 880 informal families
and their belongings and Manpower
Assistance Team to designated areas.
Bids received in excess of the ABC shall be automatically rejected at bid
opening.
The NHA now invites bids for the above-cited projects. Delivery of the Goods
is required within the duration herein cited upon receipt of Notice to Proceed.
Bidders should have completed, within fve years from the date of submission
of bids, a single contract similar to the Project costing at least fty percent
(50%) of the ABC. The description of an eligible bidder is contained in the
Bidding Documents, particularly, in Section II. Instructions to Bidders.
Bidding will be conducted through open competitive bidding procedures
using non-discretionary pass/fail criterion as specifed in the mplementing
Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act 9184 (RA 9184), otherwise
known as the Government Procurement Reform Act. Bidding is restricted
to Filipino citizens/sole proprietorships, partnerships, or organizations with
at least sixty percent (60%) interest or outstanding capital stock belonging
to citizens of the Philippines.
A complete set of Bidding Documents may be purchased by interested
Bidders starting on August 23, 2012 from the Offce of the NHA-BAC
Secretariat, 3
rd
Floor NHA Main Building, Elliptical Road, Diliman, Quezon
City and upon payment of a non-refundable fee for the Bidding Documents
in the amount of P5,750.00 for Ref. No. 2012-059 and P3,500.00 for Ref.
No. 2012-059. For further information, the NHA BAC Secretariat may be
contacted at Tel/FAX. No. 929-8016.
The NHA will hold a Pre-Bid Conference on August 30, 2012, 10:00 a.m. at
the Operations center, 3
rd
Floor NHA Main Building, Elliptical Road, Diliman,
Quezon City, which shall be OPEN only to all interested parties who have
purchased the Bidding Documents.
Bids must be delivered at the NHA Operations Center on September 13,
2012, not later than 9:00 a.m. All Bids must be accompanied by a bid
security in any of the acceptable forms and in the amount as stated in Bid
Data sheet (BDS). Bid opening shall follow immediately after the deadline of
submission of bids at the same venue. Bids will be opened in the presence
of the Bidders representatives who choose to attend at the address below.
Late bids shall not be accepted.
The NHA reserves the right to accept or reject any bid, to annul the bidding
process, and to reject all bids at any time prior to contract award, without
thereby incurring any liability to the affected bidder or bidders.
(Sgd.) FROILAN R. KAMPITAN
Assistant General Manager/
Chairperson, Bids and Awards Committee (BAC)
NATIONAL HOUSING AUTHORITY
Elliptical Road, Diliman, Quezon City
OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
NATIONAL HOUSING AUTHORITY
Invitation to Bid
The National Housing Authority (NHA), through the Corporate Budget
approved by the NHA Board for the year 2012 intends to apply the sum
of the Approved Budget for the Contracts (ABCs) to payments for the
following contracts:
Ref. No. Projects ABC/ Source
of Funds (P)
Duration
(c.d.)
Required
PCAB
License
Work
Description
2012-061 Land Development of Kinamaligan
Resettlement Project, Phase 1,
Brgy. Maingaran, Masbate City,
Masbate
55,999,796.54
/NG Subsidy
210 At least
Cat. B &
Med A for
Roads
Land
development
and road
works
2012-062 Construction of 100 Core Housing
Units of Ligao Resettlement Project,
Brgy. Tuburan, Ligao City, Albay
9,999,797.00 /
NG Subsidy
150 At least Cat.
C or D &
Small B for
Building
Construction
of Core
Housing
Units
Bids received in excess of the ABC shall be automatically rejected at
bid opening.
The NHA now invites bids for the above-cited project. Completion of the
Works is required within the duration herein cited upon receipt of the
Notice to Proceed. Bidders should have completed within 10 years from
the date of submission of bids, a single contract similar to the Project
costing at least ffty percent (50%) of the ABC. The description of an
eligible bidder is contained in the Bidding Documents, particularly, in
Section II. Instructions to Bidders.
Bidding will be conducted through open competitive bidding procedures
using non-discretionary pass/fail criterion as specifed in the mplementing
Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act 9184 (RA 9184), otherwise
known as the Government Procurement Reform Act.
Bidding is restricted to Filipino citizens/sole proprietorships, partnerships,
or organizations with at least seventy fve percent (75%) interest or out-
standing capital stock belonging to citizens of the Philippines.
A complete set of Bidding Documents shall be issued only to bidders/
authorized offcial representatives or employees of the bidder who can
show proof of Notarized Authority to secure bid documents for the specifc
Project and Offcial Company D upon submission of a Letter of ntent
(LOI), presentation of original PCAB License, Contract Agreement and
Certifcate of Completion/Acceptance for completed similar project/s and
upon Cash Payment of non-refundable fee of P28,000.00 for Ref. No.
2012-061 and P5,000.00 for Ref. No. 2012-062 at the Offce of the
NHA-BAC Secretariat, 3
rd
Floor NHA Main Building, Diliman, Quezon
City from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. starting on August 23, 2012. Deadline
of submission of LOI is on August 30, 2012. The BAC Secretariat may
be contacted at Tel/FAX No. 929-8016.
The NHA will hold a Pre-bid Conference on August 30, 2012, at 10:00
a.m. at the NHA Operations Center, 3
rd
Floor NHA Main Building, Dili-
man, Quezon City, which shall be OPEN ONLY to bidders who have
purchased the Bidding Documents.
Bids must be delivered at the NHA Operations Center on September
14, 2012, not later than 9:00 a.m. All Bids must be accompanied by a
bid security in any of the acceptable forms and in the amount as stated
in Bid Data Sheet (BDS). Bid opening shall follow immediately after the
deadline of submission of bids at the same venue. Bids will be opened
in the presence of the Bidders representatives who choose to attend at
the address below. Late bids shall not be accepted.
The NHA reserves the right to accept or reject any bid, to annul the bid-
ding process, and to reject all bids at any time prior to contract award,
without thereby incurring any liability to the affected bidder/s.
(Sgd.) FROILAN R. KAMPITAN
Assistant General Manager/
Chairperson, Bids and Awards Committee (BAC)
NATIONAL HOUSING AUTHORITY
Elliptical Road, Diliman, Quezon City
(MST-Aug. 23, 2012)
Republic of the Philippines
Department of Finance
Securities and Exchange Commission
SEC Building, EDSA, Greenhills, Mandaluyong City
MEMORANDUM CIRCULAR No. 6
Series of 2012
TO ALL CONCERNED:
Consistent with the objectives of Republic Act 9485 (otherwise known
as the Anti Red Tape Act of 2007), the Commission, in its en banc
meetings on July 12 and July 27, 2012, resolved to dispense the following
requirements in the registration activities set forth below:
1. BANK CERTIFICATE OF DEPOSIT for the registration of the
Articles of Incorporation of new corporations where the subscription
to the authorized capital stock is paid in cash; if a portion of the
subscription is other than cash, the non-cash subscription shall be
proven by the appropriate supporting documents;
2. SPECIAL AUDIT REPORT for applications to increase the
authorized stock of corporations where the subscription to the
increase is paid in cash except (a) listed companies, (b) public
companies as defned in the Securities Regulation Code, (c)
companies that offer or sell securities to the public, and (d) where
the payment to the subscription to the increase is more than P10
million;
In lieu of such report, a notarized Subscription Contract between
the stockholder/s and treasurer stating the number of additional
shares subscribed to and paid for shall be submitted by the
corporation.
3. PRIMARY ENTRY for Deed of Assignment in the registration
of new corporations or increase in the authorized capital stock
where land or real estate property is offered as consideration for
subscription to shares of stock.
The Memorandum Circular shall take effect immediately.
August 15, 2012, Mandaluyong City
Teresita J. Herbosa
Chairperson
(MST-Aug. 23, 2012)
N O T I C E
Industry & Investments Building, 385 Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenue, Makati City, Philippines
Trunkline: 897-6682, (IPG) 896-9212, (MSG) 896-5167, (PAG) 895-3983
(ISG) 890-3056, (FASD) 890-9325
Website: http//www.boi.gov.ph P.O. Box 1872 Makati City
(MST-Aug. 23, 2012)
Notice is hereby given that SC GLOBAL FOOD PRODUCTS,
INC. is applying for registration with the Board of Investments
(BOI) as a New Export Producer of the following:
Annual ProductionCapacity
Coconut Water : 18,720,000 Liters (15,600
bags at1,200 liters per bag)
Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) : 7,510 Metric Tons (MT)
White Coconut Meat/Coco Flour : 4,243 Metric Tons (MT)
Coco Cream : 2,503 Metric Tons (MT)
on a Pioneer status, with project site located at Barangay Caridad,
Baybay, Leyte.
Any person with valid objection/s on the above-mentioned
project may fle his/her objection in writing, under oath, with
the BOI within three (3) days from the date of this publication.
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AUGUST 23, 2012 THURSDAY
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Manila Standard TODAY
Provinces
Edited by Leo A. Estonilo www.manilastandardtoday.comleoestonilo@gmail.com
Local VAT payment pushed
Cop, 2 civilians
hurt in blast
New symbol. Puerto Princesa Mayor Edward S. Hagedorn
assists Palawan Pawnshop president Bobby Castro in unveiling
the new logo of Palawan Express Pera Padala during the 27th
Anniversary celebration of Palawan Pawnshop held in the citys
Skylight Convention Center. More than 500 guests consisting
of Palawan Pawnshop regional ofcers, agents and partners
attended the affair.
By Maricel V. Cruz

HOUSE Assistant Minority Leader and
Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez
wants the National Internal Revenue Code
of 1997 amended to allow taxpayers with
business extension ofces to pay their
value added tax and le their returns in
revenue districts.
Mr. Romualdez said House Bill
6424 is intended for branches
served by local government units.
Thus, it should follow that the
VAT should be paid in the location
of the business branches for the
mutual benet of LGUs, he said,
noting that formed the lifeblood
of government.
Hence, the revision, amendment
and modication thereof are the
order of the Filipino people.
HB 6424 proposes to amend
Section 114 (B) of RA 8424,
which provides that except as the
Commissioner otherwise permits,
the return shall be led with and
the VAT paid to an authorized agent
bank, revenue collection ofcer or
duly authorized city or municipal
treasurer in the Philippines located
within the revenue district where
the taxpayer is doing business.
Under the law, VAT payment
and ling of tax returns are done
in the revenue district where the
taxpayer is registered or required
to register.
A POLICE ofcer of the Special
Action Force and two civilians
were hurt after a bomb exploded
Wednesday morning on the na-
tional highway in Sharif Aguak,
Maguindanao.
Senior Supt. Marcelo Pintac,
provincial police chief, said
the explosion at 6:10 a.m. near
Camp Datu Aklan hit a passen-
ger jeep and a SAF vehicle with
Inspector Marxdeo Aperocho on
board.
Commuters Akmad Minas and
Sheiyd Balabadan and Aperocho
were rushed to the Maguindan-
ao Provincial Hospital for treat-
ment of shrapnel wounds from
a homemade device consisting
of a 105-mm howitzer round,
investigation showed.
Pintac would not discount
the blast was planned by the
Bangsa Islamic Freedom
Movement.
Authorities claimed killing 50
rebels in assaults on four camps
after the BILM forces attacked
last Aug. 5 at least ve towns in
Maguindanao leaving 10 people
dead.
Florante S. Solmerin
SANTIAGO CITYMayor
Amelita Navarro was the guest
of honor and speaker on Tuesday
during the 111th celebration of
the Police Service Anniversary
at the regional headquarters
here.
You have unselshly served
the people in your community
with dedication, she said, noting
the continuing partnership with
the community for sustained
prociency and excellence in
law enforcement toward lasting
peace and stability in Cagayan
Valley Region.
Regional chief lawyer
Rodrigo Purisima de Gracia said
marking the organizations 111th
year was a cooperative effort.
Awards were also presented to
Deln Albano Mayor TJ Pua,
Quirino Mayor Jomabel Juan,
Aritao Mayor Guillermo Peros,
Peablanca Mayor Marilyn
Julia Taguinod and Luna Mayor
Manuel Tio for their support to
the police force.
I thank each and every one
of you for your individual and
team contributions that made
us achieve this feat, he said.
It was not the leadership, but
the work of ordinary men doing
extraordinary jobs.
De Gracia also commended
his ofcers and staff for their
performance resulting in a sharp
decline in crimes, increased
crime solution efciency and
innovations that made the Valley
Cops the Best Regional Ofce
for 2011.
Jessica M. Bacud
Homegrown leader
By Oliver Samson
NAGA CITY--Mayor John Bongat and Naguenos are one in praising
the late Secretary Jesse Robredo who in 1988 became the local chief
executive at 29, the youngest at the time.
He introduced best practices that institutionalized participatory
governance through the establishment of the Naga City Peoples
Council, Bongat said, adding that his predecessor crafted the rst
citizens charter as a transparency tool, requiring fast and efcient
delivery of local government services.
Ateneo de Naga University professor Renne Gumba knew his
cousin as a family man who joined his loved ones to church.
Even though he is busy when he is here, he makes sure to be
home for meals, he said. During Christmas his cousins have a
reunion in his mothers house. We get together. Everything is a
cousin-talk.
Barangay Concepcion Grande chairman Elmer Baldomero, fellow
cyclist, remembers their bonding in the streets.
Even if he was already a Secretary, he still rode his bike with us
barangay captains and ofcials, he said, noting that Robredo who
had served six three-year terms knew every turn in the city.
Domingo Cuevas, a security guard in a bus company here, counts
himself among those whose lives Robredo has touched.
Mamundo an mga taga Naga ta padaba yan (Naguenos are
mourning because he is well-loved), he said. Dai yan nadadaog
digdi. Mapahingalo sanang sarong term tapos madalagan ulit gana
na naman sya. Haloy sya naging mayor digdi (Nobody can beat him
here. He would just pause for a while after nishing a term, then he
would run and win again. He was mayor here for a long time).
For Bongat, Naga was always after Robredos heart.
He was fond of saying the greatest resource of our city is every
Nagueno.
Navarro keynotes police
anniversary ceremonies