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their hands in an
event sponosred by
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40 years ago. President Benigno Aquino III
(top) attends the inauguration of the refur-
bished Aquino-Diokno Memorial and the new
Armed Forces Center for Human Rights Dia-
logue in Fort Magsaysay In Nueva Ecija. At left,
he delivers a speech at the Bantayog ng mga
Bayani in Diliman, Quezon City, to mark the
40th anniversary of the declaration of Martial
Law in the Philippines.
Senator remains backdoor negotiator amid ruckus on his role
Enrile says Trillanes
backed by biz group
Tell the real
stories about
martial law,
NHI ordered
House okays
P2t budget
with unclear
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Cha-cha debates put on hold
Tesda chief told to drop senate bid
MVP cuts
Ateneo ties
over mining,
RH issues
PNoy to attend
royal wedding
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Trillanes, who was then in China, in
turn called up President Benigno Aquino
III and offered his services as backchan-
nel negotiator.
This was confirmed by Mr. Aquino
himself on Friday amid accusations from
Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile that
Trillanes was working for China.
Mr. Aquino’s
statement appeared
to be a turnaround
of the Palace’s ear-
lier stance, when
it tried to distance
itself from the sena-
tor, with presidential
spokesman Edwin
Lacierda saying that
Trillanes neither had
blanket authority nor
plenipotentiary pow-
ers even if the sena-
tor’s offer was taken up by the Palace.
Trillanes had claimed that it was Ex-
ecutive Secretary Paquito Ochoa who
asked him to serve as the president’s
backchannel negotiator, which the Pal-
ace denied.
“Senator Trillanes called me up and
he was in China at that time. He was ap-
proached (and) he
was asked on the
possibility of him
serving as back-
channel negotiator,”
the President said.
“So in the ab-
sence of any other
channels that were
existing beforehand,
and since we wanted
to resolve the situa-
tion in Scarborough
By Macon Ramos-
Araneta and Joyce
Pangco Pañares
SENATE President Juan Ponce
Enrile said Friday a group of
businessmen eager to gain mil-
lions of dollars in Chinese in-
vestments were likely behind
Senator Antonio Trillanes IV’s
much-criticized backchannel
negotiations with Beijing.
In an interview over GMA
7, Enrile said he heard Trillanes
was being backed by a group
eyeing $20 milion in Chinese
investments that were promised
during President Benigno Aqui-
no III’s visit to China in August
In an earlier interview on the
ANC, Enrile said Trillanes was be-
ing backed by businessmen who
had powerful contacts in China.
“I have been in the govern-
ment for a long, long time. I just
can’t go to China and barge into
the ministry... and [have] dealings
with them,” he said.
He did not identify the busi-
nessmen, however.
Earlier this week, Enrile ac-
cused Trillanes, whom he branded
as a fraud and a coward, of work-
ing to protect Chinese interests
and to undermine the position of
Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert
del Rosario, whom the senator
had branded a “traitor.”
Reading from notes that he
said came from former Philip-
pine ambassador to China Sonia
Brady, Enrile said Trillanes had
met secretly with Chinese of-
ficials 16 times, and described
Del Rosario as “a war-freak”
and pro-American in his dealings
with Beijing.
By Joyce Pangco Pañares
PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino
III on Friday ordered the Na-
tional Historical Commission
to form a committee that would
ensure that the real stories
about Martial Law were dis-
seminated to the public.
He gave the order as the
country marked the 40th an-
niversary of the declaration
of Martial Law by Ferdinand
Marcos, saying the horrors of
dictatorial rule had been dis-
torted over time to make it ap-
pear that it had its benefits.
“We want to make sure that
only truthful information gets
to be printed in textbooks and
not the web of lies spun by
propagandists and revision-
ists,” the President said in his
speech at the Bantayog ng
By Christine F. Herrera
THE House on Thursday night
approved on second reading
the P2.006-trillion national
budget for 2013 with the Pal-
ace refusing to disclose the
details of half of it, including
a P317-billion Special Purpose
Fund that President Benigno
Aquino III can use at his dis-
The Palace’s secrecy prompt-
ed civil society groups and op-
position lawmakers to demand a
realignment of the “unexplained,
hidden and vague” Special Pur-
pose Fund to prevent it from be-
ing used for election purposes
next year.
In a speech Thursday, House
By Merck Maguddayao
A LAWYER filed charges of trea-
son with the Ombudsman on Fri-
day against President Aquino and
Senator Antonio Trillanes for en-
gaging in “backdoor negotiations”
By Joyce Pangco-Pañares
PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III on Fri-
day asked Technical Education and Skills
Development Authority director general
Joel Villanueva not to push through with
his plans to run for senator in the 2013
The two talked for more than an hour
on Friday afternoon in Malacanang, where
Mr. Aquino convinced Villanueva to stay
as TESDA chief for the time being.
According to a source, Mr. Aquino
even lauded Villanueva for doing a good
job at TESDA.
But apparently, the president decided to
pull out Villanueva from the Liberal Par-
ty’s senatorial slate because of the TESDA
chief’s low rating in the surveys.
In fact, in a recent Pulse Asia survey,
Villanueva was nowhere near the so-called
Magic 12.
By Maricel V. Cruz
A CRITIC of the proposal to amend the
Constitution on Friday welcomed the
House leadership’s decision to post-
pone the debates on the Charter change
proposal until the 16th Congress.
Gabriela Rep. Luzviminda Ilagan
said the House, led by Speaker Feli-
ciano Belmonte Jr., made the right de-
cision not to push for amendments to
the Constitution’s economic provisions
under the present 15th Congress.
The legislators in favor of Charter
change say the 1987 Constitution’s
By Christine Herrera
and Lailani Gomez
BUSINESS tycoon Manuel
Pangilinan, known for his mas-
sive economic and social in-
fluence, cut his ties on Friday
with the Jesuit-run Ateneo de
Manila University because of
disagreements over mining and
population control issues.
Apparently stung by a paper
issued by the school against the
mining indunstry, Pangilinan
shot back at Ateneo President
F. Jett Villarin with his resigna-
tion as trustee of the school and
said: “it’s time to call it a day.”
“I read last night the Jesuit
Paper ... and have come to the
conclusion that this document,
as drafted, is irreconcilable
with our corporate position on
mining and, for me, more im-
portantly, my conviction as a
Filipino,” Pangilinan said.
Pangilinan is Chairman
and Chief Executive Officer of
Philex Mining, one of the largest
China handpicked
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By Joyce Pangco Pañares, Maricel V. Cruz
IT’S now out in the open: it was China which
handpicked Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and
asked him to serve as backchannel negotiator be-
tween Manila and Beijing over conflicting territo-
rial claims in the West Philippine Sea.
PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III will attend the
ceremonial presentation of the daughter of Sultan
Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei, one of the world’s
richest men, on Sunday.
It will be a fly in, fly out trip for Mr. Aquino.
Bolkiah’s 32 year old daughter, Princess Hajah
Hafiza Sururul, wed 29-year old Haji Muhammad
Ruzaini on Thursday in the oil-rich state.
The couple will be presented on Sunday in an
elaborate ceremony that will cap a week-long cel-
ebrations in Brunei.
The princess is a graduate of business admin-
istration. She is the fifth daughter of Bolkiah and
works as an officer in Brunei’s finance ministry.
The groom is a civil servant in the Prime Min-
ister’s office.
Mr. Aquino aside, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib
Abdul Razak will also attend Sunday’s ceremonies.
Southeast Asian leaders and foreign royalty were also
expected to attend the ceremonies.
The bride. Princess Hajah Hafiza Sururul of Brunei.
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to reporters smuggled garlic worth P8.96 million from China that his
men seized in the Port of Manila after the consignee abandoned the
He also said the former military
rebel had even asked businessman
Manny Pangilinan to advise his
friend Del Rosario to keep quiet.
The Brady notes also said
Trillanes accused Del Rosario
of working to protect Pang-
ilinan’s oil exploration invest-
ments in the Reed Bank.
The mother company of Phi-
lex Petroleum Corp., which is
headed by Pangilinan, denied
Trillanes’ claim.
The Palace has admitted tap-
ping Trillanes as a backchannel
negotiator but said it was the
senator that offered his services.
A Palace spokesman said
Trillanes enjoyed no plenipotentia-
ry powers on his trips to China and
was there only to ease tensions that
had grown over a territorial dispute
over the Scarborough Shoal.
“You can’t fault the President
[for trying] to find a solution to
a national problem such as that
problem in China. But the per-
son entrusted by the President
with any mission must exercise
discretion,” Enrile said Friday.
“When you go to a country to
deal with a foreign power, you
need to notify the embassy in
that country to alert them of your
presence to do [your] mission.”
On Thursday, Trillanes admit-
ted he was behind the effort to
oust Enrile as Senate president
and accused him of granting con-
cessions to former President Glo-
ria Macapagal-Arroyo to push
a bill to divide the province of
Camarines Sur, a charge that both
Enrile and Arroyo denied.
The other senators threw
their support behind Enrile and
Trillanes’ own Nacionalista
Party disowned his bid to oust
the Senate president.
On Friday, the Liberal Party
also denied authorizing a coup
against Enrile after reports
linked Budget Secretary Floren-
cio Abad to the effort.
Abad dismissed the idea as
“In the first place, why would
we do that to Senate President
Juan Ponce Enrile, who has
proven to be a reliable ally of
the President? That is simply
preposterous,” Abad said.
Presidential spokesman Ed-
win Lacierda earlier said the
administration wanted Enrile to
remain as Senate President.
“We have no reason to question
the capability of Senate President
Enrile. We have good relations
with the Senate and the Senate
President,” Lacierda said.
In an ANC interview, Enrile said
a “very respected religious leader”
overheard Trillanes boast that Abad
had authorized the move to unseat
him as Senate president.
Trillanes, however, denied
linking Abad to any Senate
coup, saying Enrile was trying
to sow intrigue between him
and the Palace.
protectionist economic provi-
sions should be amended to
attract more investors to the
“At this time we should not
tamper with the Constitution,”
Ilagan said.
“It is too dangerous open-
ing the political and economic
provisions to the floodgates of
negative change.”
Belmonte had earlier hinted
that Cha-cha might no longer
push through in the 15th Con-
gress as the legislators were
racing against time to prepare
for the mid-term elections in
May 2013.
But he said he believed that
amending the Constitution’s
restrictive provisions was nec-
essary to promote economic
growth and ensure more for-
eign investments, and particu-
larly in the mining sector.
Senate President Juan Ponce
Enrile also favors amending the
Charter’s economic provisions.
The amendments being
pushed cover three areas that
restrict foreign direct invest-
ments: the ownership of land,
the operation and ownership
of public utilities, and the ex-
ploitation of natural resources.
The restrictions were intro-
duced in the form of limita-
tions in the ownership of cor-
porations by limiting foreign
ownership in them to 40 per-
cent while giving the balance
of 60 percent to Filipinos.
Siquijor Rep. Orlando Fua,
a member of the opposition,
said that while he acknowl-
edged the “good intention” of
those who wanted to amend
the Constitution, “it may not
be feasible at this time” to
work on the amendments.
“There are so many more
important bills that should be
taken up,” Fua told the Manila
In response, Misamis Oc-
cidental Rep. Loreto Ocam-
pos, chairman of the House
committee on constitutional
amendments, said his panel
would shelve all possible dis-
cussions on Charter change as
he agreed with Belmonte that
any attempts to tinker with the
Constitution in the 15th Con-
gress was “virtually dead.”
“I agree that we have no
more time for Cha-cha,”
Ocampos said.
“We have no material time
for it as the campaign period
Gonzales said the debates
on Charter change would
likely prosper in the next Con-
gress, but it would be “highly
politicized” at that time.
“All things are possible. We
could have it next Congress,”
Ocampos said.
He cited the possibility
that the discussions would
not only focus on amending
the Charter’s economic pro-
visions but the political pro-
visions as well.
Bolkiah, 66, has five sons
and seven daughters from his
three marriages.
The Brunei sultanate, an
absolute Muslim monarchy,
gained independence from
Britain in 1984. The sultan-
ate has been ruled by the same
royal family for 600 years.
Joyce Pangco Pañares
The filing of certificates of can-
didacy for next year’s elections
will start on Oct. 1.
In an earlier interview, Mr. Aqui-
no said the administration coalition
was still “getting feedback from the
ground” on Villanueva’s possible
inclusion in the slate.
“We still need to talk...We
have to respond to surveys,” the
President said in Vladivostok
two weeks ago.
Among those who are assured
of a slot in the administration
ticket are Movie and Television
Review and Classification Board
chairwoman Grace Poe-Llaman-
zares, former Senator Ramon
Magsaysay Jr., former Akbayan
party-list Rep. Risa Hontiveros,
Senator Koko Pimentel, and Au-
rora Rep. Sonny Angara.
But the President begged off
from giving a definite answer
as to whether his cousin, Bam
Aquino, and former Senator
Jamby Madrigal would be join-
ing the administration ticket.
Mr. Aquino likewise did not an-
swer when asked if Senator Fran-
cis Escudero was joining the LP
and simply said “Next question.”
He said the party would also
decide on whether Customs
chief Ruffy Biazon or his father,
Muntinlupa Rep. Rodolfo Bi-
azon, would be fielded for next
year’s elections.
Meanwhile, 2,000 officials
from Bohol formally joined
the United Nationalist Alliance
party on Friday.
Office of the Vice-President
spokesman Joey Salgado said
that an ally of former President
and now Rep. Gloria Macapa-
gal Arroyo and a party mem-
ber of Danding Cojuangco’s
Nationalist People’s Coalition
had joined the UNA.
He identified the former
GMA ally as Carmen, Bohol
Mayor Conchita Toribio-delos-
Reyes of Lakas Kampi, and the
former NPC member as Tagbila-
ran Mayor Dan Lim.
UNA is led by Vice President
Jejomar Binay and former Presi-
dent Joseph Estrada.
Salgado said the 2,000 offi-
cials were poised to run for vari-
ous local positions in next year’s
Binay, who attended the oath
taking rites in Bohol, on Friday
also clarified that Cebu Governor
Garcia’s decision to withdraw
from running as a senator next
year did not mean that Garcia was
no longer part of the UNA.
“No. We’re not dropping her.
Also, it’s not true that she will
not continue as a candidate for
the Senate because of the sur-
vey,” Binay said.
On Thursday, Binay an-
nounced that Garcia would no
longer run for senator but in-
stead as a congresswoman in her
hometown in Cebu.
The governor and his broth-
er, Pablo John Garcia, would
switch positions, with Gwen-
dolyn running for the third
legislative district of Cebu and
Pablo John seeking the guber-
natorial post.
with China in the territorial
dispute with the Philippines
over the Panatag Shoal.
Oliver Lozano said the se-
cret negotiations conducted by
Trillanes on the orders of Mr.
Aquino prejudiced Philippine
interests and were intended to
benefit China in the dispute.
“Surreptitiously negotiating
with Chinese officials regard-
ing the Philippines-China dis-
pute in order to benefit China
to the prejudice of the Philip-
pines amounted to treason,”
Lozano said in his complaint.
He said Trillanes “desired”
China’s support for his presi-
dential ambitions, and Mr.
Aquino’s approval “alienated
US support against [the Chi-
nese] invaders.”
mga Bayani in Quezon City.
He earlier inaugurated the
refurbished Aquino-Diokno
Memorial and the new Armed
Forces Center for Human
Rights Dialogue in Fort Mag-
saysay in Nueva Ecija.
“There’s a saying that those who
do not learn from the mistakes of
the past are doomed to commit the
same,” Mr. Aquino said.
“I will not allow it that the
lies and mistakes will be passed
on to our next generation.”
Mr. Aquino made his state-
ment even as the farmers at the
Aquino family-owned Haci-
enda Luisita said the Aquinos
were not victims of the Marco-
ses and Martial Law.
While the Aquinos de-
nounced militarization during
Marcos’ time, they too should
be made to account for militari-
zation, human rights violations
and the killing of farmers who
had been asserting their rights
to the estate that the Supreme
Court had ordered distributed
to farmers, said the Kilusang
Magbubukid ng Pilipinas and
“The Cojuangco-Aquinos are
not victims of Marcos,” Anak-
pawis Rep. Rafael Mariano said.
“They are political heirs of
Marcos that benefited from the
people’s struggle against the
KMP deputy secretary-general
Randall Echanis said the late
Corazon Aquino even aggravat-
ed the oppression of the peasants
in Hacienda Luisita by introduc-
ing a stock distribution option at
the estate to perpetuate the farm-
ers’ bondage to the land.
“Today, the Aquino admin-
istration has only continued to
implement the same old bogus
agrarian reform program that
Marcos and his mother [Cora-
zon] implemented to evade the
distribution of their family-
owned Hacienda Luisita,” Ech-
anis said.
The late strongman’s son,
meanwhile, on Friday urged the
public to stop finger pointing
and move forward.
“We have to move on, move
forward, and channel our ener-
gies in progressive and construc-
tive pursuits because only then
will we see and realize the full
potential of our people,” Senator
Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said.
“If we have faith in ourselves,
believe in ourselves, and de-
clare in a unified voice that we
can make real progress happen,
God willing, it will happen.”
Marcos said the Filipinos
could not change “yesterday”
any more than they could foretell
what tomorrow would bring.
Senate President Juan Ponce
Enrile, the strongman’s Jus-
tice secretary, said that if they
hadn’t imposed Martial Law
the country would have had a
different history as a result of
the insurgencies.
“I believe that the decision
was correct,” Enrile said.
With Christine F. Herrera
and Macon Ramos-Araneta
Shoal (Panatag Shoal), I thought
we will not lose anything if we lis-
ten to what was relayed to us. So
that was how it started,” he added.
The President, however, did not
say who had approached Trillanes
when the senator was in China.
But Mr. Aquino credited
Trillanes and “other efforts” for
bringing down the number of Chi-
nese vessels inside the Scarbor-
ough Shoal.
He said that before Trillanes
acted as negotiator, the number of
the ships reached 30, but signifi-
cantly gone down after Trillanes
started talking with his contacts.
The President said Trillanes will
remain as a backchannel negotia-
tor. He added that he planned to
talk to Trillanes about the now
controversial issue.
“Well, as of now yes he is (still a
backchannel negotiator) but I will
have to talk to him soon. I’m just
loaded with so many things these
past six weeks now since (the flood-
ing caused by) Habagat. I have to
talk to him,” Mr. Aquino said.
Amid all these issues, Mr. Aqui-
no also said his administration
would try a new approach towards
moving forward relations with
China through a “party-to-party
He had earlier assigned Interior
Secretary Manuel Roxas II as spe-
cial envoy when he attends the 9th
China-Asean Expo in Nanning,
China. While in Nanning, Roxas
is slated to meet with Chinese
Vice President Xi Jinping to relay
the country’s concerns on the on-
going dispute in the West Philip-
pine Sea.
Xi is being groomed to succeed
Hu Jintao as president of China.
Mr. Aquino explained that China
appeared to favor Roxas to be the
country’s special envoy to the 9th
China-Asean Expo because he was
also the head of the Liberal Party.
“China is a one-party state. And
Mar Roxas is president of the party
that I belong to,” the President said.
Mr. Aquino expressed optimism
that the party-to-party dialog will
be able to iron out differences
between the two countries over
conflicting territorial claims in the
West Philippine Sea.
Roxas left for Nanning Thurs-
day evening, accompanied by
“My instructions to Secretary
Roxas were very simple: ensure
that our position will be relayed to
the highest levels of the leadership
of the Peoples’ Republic of China
so that everything is clear and
nothing is lost in translation,” Mr.
Aquino said.
“We want to make it clear
where we are coming from, our
concerns and expectations. If Chi-
na responds, well and good. If not,
at least we are able to explain our
side,” the President added.
In a separate interview, Roxas
said the discussions with Xi will
not cover the back-channel efforts
of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.
Mr. Aquino was supposed to
meet Hu during the 20th Asia Pacif-
ic Economic Cooperation in Vladi-
vostok two weeks ago but the bilat-
eral dialog did not push through.
Mr. Aquino said he would have
wanted to have a “frank exchange
of thoughts” with his Chinese
The President said he and Hu
could “divorce diplomatic nice-
ties” so that both sides can really
understand each other’s position
on the territorial disputes in the
West Philippine Sea.
Roxas’ trip to Nanning comes at
a time when Beijing appears to be
taking a “conciliatory approach’
with its Southeast Asian neigh-
bors, in sharp contrast to angry
rhetoric targeting Japan over dis-
puted islands.
According to an AP report, Xi
had emphasized economic ties
and civic exchanges in remarks
Friday to delegates from the
ASEAN during the Expo. He also
avoided mentioning South China
Sea territorial disputes with the
Philippines, Vietnam and others
that have recently flared again.
That’s in sharp contrast with re-
cent violent protests in China and
angry statements directed at Japan
over islands in the East China Sea
that both countries claim.
Meanwhile, a source said
it was not clear who paid for
Trillanes’ trip to China when he
called up Mr. Aquino, since it
happened before he was tapped
as backchannel negotiator.
Trillanes claimed the Palace paid
for his 16 trips to China when he as-
sumed the role of informal negotiator.
Referring to the notes from
Philippine Ambassador to Chi-
na Sonia Brady, Enrile accused
Trillanes of “protecting the Chi-
nese” and wanted the Department
of Foreign Affairs to “quiet down”
on the Panatag Shoal issue.
Trillanes also reportedly said
“no one cares about Panatag Shoal
in the Philippines” and that Bei-
jing wanted Manila to tone down
its rhetoric on Chinese incursions
in the disputed area.
Meanwhile, Albay Rep. Al
Francis Bicharra, chairman of
the House Committee on For-
eign Affairs, said that regardless
of whether Malacanang or the
People’s Republic of China had
initiated backdoor channeling to
resolve the territorial dispute with
the two countries, Trillanes had
no business at all to meddle and
muddle the proper diplomatic pro-
cess that should be followed by
the Philippine government.
“The way things stand right
now, Trillanes’ intrusion in the
diplomatic process was uncalled
for and caused a major diplo-
matic ruckus that could have been
avoided in the first place,” Bichara
told the Manila Standard.
Bichara added the Department
of Foreign Affairs and its experi-
enced diplomats could have done
better as they would be able to
present a unified position of the
Philippine government on the ter-
ritorial dispute with China.
Vice President Jejomar Binay
also defended del Rosario from
earlier claims by Trillanes that the
country’s top diplomat had com-
mitted “treason” and was not do-
ing his job.
“The official (foreign) policy
comes from Secretary del Rosario.
Then you have someone calling
him a traitor. That’s rather unfor-
tunate,” Binay said.
“He is correctly guiding our
foreign policy. And he speaks for
the President in matters of foreign
policy. It saddens me that this has
happened,” he added.
But House Assistant Deputy
Majority Leader and Rep. Sher-
win Tugna of the Citizens Battle
against Corruption said that it was
the sole prerogative of President
Benigno Aquino III to choose the
delegation of envoy to negotiate
on behalf of the country.
“He can appoint anyone on top
of the DFA,” said Tugna, a lawyer
and member of the Foreign Affairs
Meanwhile, Tugna believed that
the treason case filed against Presi-
dent Aquino and Trillanes (see re-
lated story) would not prosper.
“It lacks the element of giving aid
to the enemy country and it must be
in times of war,” Tugna said.
“Trillanes did not give aid to
China. His statements, admitting
that it is true, are strategies of our
country and did not give any aid to
China,” Tugna said.
Minority Leader Danilo
Suarez demanded that the
fund be scrapped.
Former nat i onal t rea-
surer and convenor of
Soci al Wat ch Phi l i ppi nes
Leonor Bri ones accused
t he Pal ace of di st ort i ng
t he budget .
She said President Aqui-
no’s promise of an honest
spending plan would not be
possible with a budget sys-
tem where the use of funds
“is either unclear or not vis-
ible to the people.”
Bayan Muna Rep. Teddy
Casino, an administration
ally, joined the opposition in
criticizing the budget.
In his speech, Suarez said
only half of the budget had
been carefully scrutinized
by both houses of Congress.
But the other half, composed
of lump sum appropriations,
has not been examined, he
Suarez said lump sum ap-
propriations were open to
abuse because they were not
as detailed as regular appro-
priations and accountability
could be difficult to estab-
lish. With Maricel Cruz
gold mines in the country. He is
also on top of several companies
that include Meralco, PLDT, tele-
vision and telecommunication
As a philanthropist and sports
patron, Pangilinan is the main
sponsor of Ateneo’s champion
basketball team, which is gun-
ning for its fifth consecutive
University Athletic Assocation
championship this year.
Pangilinan said the develop-
ment of natural wealth and na-
tional patrimony is enshrined
in the Constitution and for the
Church to say otherwise frus-
trates the people’s constitutional
will, values, and preference.
“Failure to manage one’s af-
fairs, such as weak institutions,
failed regulatory agencies, corrupt
enforcements, do not mean a par-
ticular business is per se evil as sug-
gested by the Jesuit paper,” he said.
“I’ve already pointed out ex-
amples of good mining practices
elsewhere. Indeed, the Filipinos’s
failure to manage well is shown
in almost all facets of our lives
--- poor airports, poor sewerage,
unclean air, mediocre economic
growth. The list is long. Our
preponderant task as a people is
simply to do better to strive for
excellence,” Pangilinan said.
Pangilinan said he disagreed
with the stand of the univer-
sity and the Catholic Bishop’s
Conference of the Philippines
(CBCP) on the Reproductive
Health Bill, a population control
measure pending in Congress.
“As to the Church’s duty to-
wards creation and human ecol-
ogy, I submit that it is our first
duty to understand its origin and
workings. This means subscrib-
ing to, and encouraging relentless
scientific study of the universe
and planet Earth, hardly a matter
of which the Church persecutors
of Galileo can be proud of,” Pan-
gilinan said.
He said the Jesuit Paper reflect
ignorance of the implementing
rules and regulations of the Exec-
utive Order on Mining because it
does not violate existing laws and
the Constitution. The letter was
originally posted on the Twitter
account of Dennis Lucindo, vice
president of Philex Mining.
He asked: “Do they violate the
call for preferential use of land
and resources for mining, for
purposes of agriculture, tourism,
or what have you --- preferential
rights articulated and protected
by our Constitution?”
He said he believed that in
any business, even mining, can
be made to serve man and God
provided it is managed well and
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Sin tax inspires dance steps
Public Works teams up
with Korea Expressway

THE Department of Public Works and High-
ways has entered into a memorandum of un-
derstanding with Korea Expressway Corpora-
tion for knowledge and experience exchange
programs which aims to promote mutually
beneficial relationship for the economic de-
velopment by sharing technologies and expe-
riences of planning, building and managing
road network of both countries.
In the signed MOU by DPWH Secretary
Rogelio L. Singson and KEC president
Seok-Hyo chang, both parties agreed to
pursue areas of cooperation to include road
planning, development and financing; road
construction, maintenance and operation;
installation and management of road related
facilities; intelligent transport system, road
traffic management and road safety; devel-
opment of cooperation in road business;
and, public-private partnership.
Korea Expressway, a state-owned corpora-
tion of Republic of Korea, has been expressing
strong intention of investment in PPP express-
way projects in the Philippines. It has con-
structed and managed 3,500 km of expressways
throughout South Korea and acknowledged as
one of the most experienced firms in road man-
agement all over the world.
UP bans anti-Islam film
IBP convention. Philconsa president and Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez (3rd from right) was guest of honor and speaker at the Integrated Bar of the
Philippines’ 10th regional convention held at the The Oriental Hotel and Resort in Palo, Leyte. He was joined by Leyte Chapter IBP president Roy Perez, Eastern Visayas
IBP governor Manuel Enage Jr, IBP national president Roan Libarios, BAR council member Milagros Fernan-Layosa,and Judge Aphinor Serrano. VER S. NOVENO
New rules
may cure
cyber law’s
THE Philippine Constitution Association
will celebrate its 51st anniversary on Sept.
27 at 6 p.m. at the Centennial Room of the
Manila Hotel.
The guest of honor and speaker of the 51st
anniversary celebration is former President
Fidel V. Ramos, who will also be conferred
with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his
remarkable services to the nation and people
for several decades.
The singing of the National Anthem will be
led by Dep. Coll. Tessie S. Roque, vice presi-
dent for media affairs followed by the invoca-
tion to be delivered by Deputy Commissioner
of Customs Danilo D. Lim, vice president for
military affairs. The Philconsa creed will be led
by former Comelec commissioner Manolo B.
Gorospe, vice president for Mindanao and to be
followed by the welcome remarks of Rep. Ferdi-
nand Martin G. Romualdez, president.
Every year, the Philconsa accepts new mem-
bers from the various sectors of society who be-
lieve in the mission and vision of Philconsa.
The new members to be inducted will be
presented by lawyer Rita Linda V. Jimeno,
vice president for constitutional reforms. The
inductees will be inducted by former Chief
Justice Reynato S. Puno of the Supreme
Court, president emeritus assisted by former
Justice Bernardo P. Pardo. The highlight of
the occasion is the presentation of Philcon-
sa’s Lifetime Achievement Award to former
President Fidel V. Ramos by Puno, Manuel
M. Lazaro, president-CEO, Rep. Ferdinand
Martin G. Romualdez, Ambassador Alfonso
T. Yuchengco, assisted by the board of gov-
ernors. The citation of the award will be read
by former Ombudsman Aniano A. Desierto.
The guest of honor and speaker will be in-
troduced by Yuchengco, chairman emeritus.
After former President Ramos delivers his ad-
dress there will be an open forum to be mod-
erated by Antonio S. Lopez, governor, chair-
man/president of Biz News Magazine. Mayor
Alfredo S. Lim of Manila, a lifetime member
and one of the pillars of Philconsa, will act as
the master of ceremonies.
Philconsa turns
51; FVR named
lifetime awardee
THE University of the Philippines has
stopped students from showing an anti-
Muslim video that has sparked violent pro-
tests around the globe.
Friday’s planned public screening of the
14-minute “Innocence of Muslims” video was
supposed to be part of a course discussing the
Bill of Rights and freedom of expression.
College of Law Dean Danilo Conception
canceled the open forum. Law professor
Harry Roque, who teaches the subject, cited
security concerns.
The film ridicules the Prophet Muhammad
and has triggered Muslim protests in many
countries, including last week near a university
in predominantly-Muslim Marawi city in the
southern Philippines. That region has been roiled
by a decades-old Muslim rebellion in the mainly
Christian Southeast Asian nation. AP
A GROUP of Abu Sayyaf bandits ambushed
Thursday at around 4 p.m. a convoy of rubber
plantation workers, killing one of them and
their two militiamen escorts in Sumisip, Bas-
ilan, a military spokesman reported on Friday.
Capt. Albert Caber of the Army’s 1st Infan-
try Division said the victims were on motor-
cycles returning home from work in Barangay
Tumahobong when atacked by bandits led by
Ahmad Aliman, Umair Wakil, Akbar Tampuri
and Madi Umangkat.
He said the victims were employees of the
Tumahubing Agrarian Reform Beneficiary In-
tegrated Development Cooperative.
Caber identified the slain militiamen as Isa
Kasilan and Anting Pantasan. The wounded
militiamen are Alip Pantasan, Bistiran Pantasan,
Key Kasilan and Daru Mandokol all residents
of Tipo-Tipo, and Amil Antasari, a civilian, and
another civilian. FloranteS. Solmerin
Sayyaf strikes in Basilan
Toyota adopts a tree. Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation through its social and humanitarian arm Toyota Motor
Philippines Foundation has forged a partnership with the University of the Philippines Los Baños Foundation Inc. for the
implementation of the Toyota Adopt-A-Forest Project. The project includes the reforestation of ten hectares within the
Makiling Botanical Gardens and creation of a 3-hectare Toyota Palmetum Garde. At the signing of the memorandum of
agreement formalizing the partnership are (from left) TMP first vice president Lito Aligada, TMPF president Dr. David Go, TMP
president Michinobu Sugata, UPLB chancellor Dr. Rex Victor Cruz, UPLBFI executive director Dr. Cecilio Arboleda, and Makiling
Center for Mountain Ecosystems director Dr. Nathaniel Bantayan.
PCGG: Work almost done for wealth raiders
By Florante S. Solmerin
THE Presidential Commission on Good
Government said it recovered close to
P94 billion in alleged ill-gotten wealth of
Marcos cronies 26 years after the com-
mission was established by the late presi-
dent Corazon Aquino in 1986.
The commission, now headed by An-
dres Bautista as chairman, said it could
generate P100 billion this year.
The late PCGG commissioner Ricardo
Abcede believed the Marcoses had still P140
billion that should be recovered from them.
The commissioner became controversial for
“dining, wining and dancing” with former
First Lady Imelda Marcos which he had
claimed as his strategy to convince the Mar-
coses to consider a “universal settlement”
with the government, especially her multi-
million collections of jewelry.
All the recovered wealth of the Mar-
coses and cronies here and abroad were
remitted to the National Treasury to fund
the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform
Program, as provided by Executive Or-
der No. 1 issued by the late Mrs. Aquino
in one of her first official acts.
Bautista said he inherited an adminis-
tration with a reputation of graft and cor-
ruption issues. He was referring to the
former commission led by Camilo Sabio
who was currently facing trial before the
Sandiganbayan in connection with the
P10,350,000 representing PCGG-col-
lected deposits that he allegedly pock-
eted instead of remitting the amount to
the Bureau of Treasury.
The collected amount came from the
18.4-hectare Mid-Pasig Land Develop-
ment Corporation, which was under the
supervision of the PCGG-controlled In-
dependent Realty Corp.
“The agency had figured in a number
of controversies that played out in full
view of the public that the ghosts of the
past had not yet been fully exorcised,”
Bautista stated in his Milestone Report
dated June 30, 2012.
He said that under the new political
landscape the commission has to “seri-
ously re-think” its position and urged the
Filipino people not to lose hope that jus-
tice may finally be rendered and a sem-
blance of closure be attained.
The case against Sabio was filed by the
Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales.
The former PCGG chairman was already
arraigned and posted bail; he was issued
a hold departure order.
Sabio was a political appointee of
former president and now Pampanga
Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
Sabio’s case was just one of several
cases of the multi-million unliquidated
cash advances which remained outstand-
ing and open in the books of PCGG.
The most controversial was the ex-
orbitant expenses of travels abroad in-
volving PCGG officials, employees and
some members of their families which
in his report Bautista did not give a sin-
gle figure. But according to documents
obtained by Manila Standard Today, the
amount would be close to $1 million
spent for travels abroad in 2006.
The travel expenses were being justified
for attending to legal and court hearings
such as in the United States and Singapore.
All these travel expenses were culled from
the recovered Swiss deposits of Marcos
amounting to $658,175,373.60 that was de-
posited in escrow at the Philippine National
Bank (PNB). They call it “litigation fund”.
Under the leadership of the late Haydee
Yorac, the PCGG passed resolution No.
2004-Y-002 that authorized the PNB “to
retain 5 percent of the amount recovered to
cover the necessary administrative and litiga-
tion expenses in the recovery of the Arelma
account and the approximately $22 million
still in West Landesbank in Singapore, as
well as necessary expenses that may arise in
relation to the escrow agreement.”
“In connection with this matter, two
cases remain pending in New York and
in Singapore, representing a potential
recovery of approximately $60 million,”
Bautista said in his report.
J. Angara on Friday
stressed that the anti-
cybercrime act cannot be
used to stifle freedom of
He said the Cybercrime
Prevention Act provides
the legal framework
for safeguarding basic
freedoms, such as freedom
of expression, and for
protecting Filipino Internet
users from abuse.
He said various groups
protested the inclusion of
libel in the bill calling it an
infringement on freedom of
He emphasized that
any ambiguity in the
measure can be clarified
in its Implementing Rules
and Regulations. The
government is tasked to
formulate the IRR within
90 days of approval of the
law, which was signed
by President Benigno
Aquino III on September
12, 2012.
Presidential Spokesper-
son Edwin Lacierda ear-
lier told the media that an
inter-agency body com-
prised of the Department
of Justice, the Department
of Interior and Local Gov-
ernment and the Infor-
mation and Communica-
tions Technology Office
under the Department of
Science and Technology
will start working on the
“We have to give the law
a chance and see how it
will be implemented. Only
then will the loopholes
and the gaps be identified
and properly addressed.
But as it is, I believe this
law is a milestone for ICT
in the country.” Macon
The aerobic dance exercise was led
by Health Secretary Enrique T. Ona
and Director Eduardo C. Janairo of
the Center for Health Development-
National Capital Region. Called “Jam
Steps,” the exercise was held at the
Quezon City Elliptical Circle.
Ona said healthy lifestyles must
be taught and instilled in the youth to
make them less prone to take up smok-
ing which could lead to early onset of
smoking-related diseases.
Janairo for his part said the hold-
ing of the aerobic dance exercise
was in support for the passage of
the sin tax bill. If passed into law,
he said the proposed measure will
bring more funds for the implemen-
tation of the national program for
non-communicable diseases pre-
vention and control.
“Instead of leading a protest pro-
test and shouting in the streets, we
aired air our concern through the in-
novative dance exercise called “Jam
Steps” to draw interest and invite
people to join a healthier lifestyle to
all,” said Janairo.
He said it is better to encourage and
promote healthy lifestyle activities to
the youth.
The World Health Organization pro-
jected NCDs to account for 70% of
deaths and 60% of disease burden by
In the Philippines, 90% of Filipi-
no adults aged 20 and above, suf-
fers from one or more of the risks
factors of NCDs namely smoking,
hypertension, obesity, diabetes,
cancer, chronic obstructive pulmo-
nary disease (COPD) and physical
inactivity, according to the 6th Na-
tional Nutrition and Health Survey
of 2003.
Leading a healthy lifestyle can do
more than prevent diseases, Janairo
said. “It can make the body strong,
stay healthy, more alert, fight stress
and live a longer life. We are prevent-
ing diseases and enjoying life at the
same time.”
In Congress, Isabela Rep. Rodolfo
Albano sought the inclusion of in-
frastructure projects such as farm-
to-market road in the list of projects
that may be funded by the tobacco
excise tax.
“By doing so, the legislative intent
of RA 7171 in including infrastructure
projects as a means of giving support
to the Virginia tobacco-producing
provinces will be fully realized,” Al-
bano pointed out. With Maricel Cruz
By Macon Ramos-Araneta
THEY danced to manifest their strong support
for the bill seeking to re-structure the excise tax
on tobacco and alcohol products to generate ad-
ditional revenues to bankroll the government’s
health program.
Opinion Adelle Chua, Editor
mst.lettertotheeditor@gmail.com SEPTEMBER 22, 2012 SATURDAY
THE expression “the buck stops here”
is attributed to Harry Truman, the
33rd president of the United States,
although some say it originated
from retired army officer Col. A.B.
Warfield, a quartermaster supply
officer based in New York during
the second World War, who had the
phrase displayed on his desk.
When Truman had the phrase
inscripted on the presidential desk,
the expression caught fire. From
then on, it was used by people with
authority to mean that the ultimate
and sole responsibility lay within
themselves and nobody else’s.
In light of the diplomatic fiasco
that the country has been plunged
into, the phrase takes on an oblique
meaning. A row between senators
uncovered a conflicting foreign
policy being espoused by the Aquino
Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile
bared that Senator Antonio Trillanes
IV had been doing “backdoor”
negotiations with the Chinese on
Manila’s ongoing dispute with Beijing
on the Scarborough Shoal.
Cornered, Trillanes admitted Enrile’s
charge but said his “back-channeling”
had the blessing of—and funding
from— Malacañang.
Enrile accused Trillanes of “selling”
the country by pushing for bilateral
talks with Chinese officials, which was
contrary to the supposed government
position of bringing the dispute before
the United Nations Convention of the
Law of the Sea or Unclos.
Malacañang has since distanced
itself from Trillanes, saying it was
the senator who offered his services
as negotiator because he claimed he
had some contacts with the Chinese.
But whether it was Trillanes
who offered his services to the
administration or it was Malacañang
itself that instigated the process is
beside the point.
Backdoor negotiations, foreign
affairs experts say, are now a norm
among nations. Appointing a senator
who lacks the background and expertise
on the subject is, at best, a questionable
At worst, as one opposition lawmaker
has said, it is a slap on the face of the
country’s Foreign Affairs office.
In the end, the buck should have
stopped at the DFA and with Secretary
Albert Del Rosario, and ultimately at
the desk of President Benigno Aquino
But when the President himself
dilly-dallies on an important matter
such as the national foreign policy, and
when he offers no explanation for the
contradiction in policy, then he sends
a message to all Filipinos that he does
not even know what responsibility and
accountability really mean.
The buck stops where?
Of lackeys
and traitors
IN THE face of an external threat, the
unprecedented word war that broke
out on the Senate floor on Wednesday
between Senate President Juan Ponce
Enrile and Senator Antonio Trillanes
IV mirrors a deeply divided country
and a government clueless in the
conduct of foreign policy.
To wit: The President and the
Department of Foreign Affairs drew
out 73-year-old
career diplomat
Sonia Brady
from retirement
and dispatched
her to Beijing.
She was barely
five months back
on the job when
President Aquino
conscripted junior
senator Trillanes as
special envoy to do
back channel work
with full powers, independent of the
Philippine ambassador and Foreign
Secretary Albert del Rosario.
Say what you will about Chinese
bullying in the South China Sea but
their government can unify and whip
up their people into a frenzy as shown
by the fury of Chinese mobs attacking
the Japanese Embassy in Beijing and
consulates across China in the wake
of the Senkaku Islands dispute.
In this country, our officials work
against each other. But for Enrile’s
revelations that Trillanes was
undermining national interests, the
matter would not have come to light.
Ironically, it was Trillanes who fired
the first salvo with a scathing attack
on Enrile’s handling of the bill that
would divide Camarines Sur into two
provinces The proposed law was an
offshoot of the feud between Camarines
Sur Rep. Luis Villafuerte and his son,
Governor LRay Villafuerte. But that’s
another page from another story of this
fractured nation.
Speaking on a matter of privilege,
Trillanes accused the Senate President
of trying to railroad the Camarines
bill and keeping him out of the loop
during a recent senators’ caucus on
the measure. Trillanes claimed that
former President, now Pampanga Rep
Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, called up
Enrile to push the bill.
Enrile relinquished the rostrum
to Senate President Pro Tempore
Jinggoy Estrada to take the floor and
rebut Trillanes’ accusations. When
Enrile started to recite the litany of
“sins” of the former rebel-turned
senator, Trillanes announced that he
was bolting the Senate majority and
joining the minority. He then walked
out of the Senate session hall.
Never one to walk out of a fight,
Enrile called Trillanes a “coward”
for not staying to answer accusations
he was working for China’s interests
instead of the Philippines. Enrile then
proceeded to unmask “this Phantom
of the Opera” who traveled six times
to China and met 16 times with
Chinese officials unaccompanied by
diplomats of the Philippine Embassy
in Beijing.
“This is dangerous, because
whatever he (Trillanes), or the
Chinese officials said could be
denied without any of our Embassy
people taking notes.” Somehow
Philippine Ambassador Sonia Brady’s
reconstructed notes of events ended
up in Enrile’s hands.
Was Trillanes’ back channeling in
Beijing the cause of Brady’s stress
that led to her stroke?
Disclosing the
confidential content
of the Brady notes,
Enrile tore Trillanes
apart accusing the
neophyte senator
of badmouthing
Foreign Secretary
Del Rosario
and saying that
nobody in the
Philippines “cares
about Panatag
(Scarborough )
shoal.” If it is true that Trillanes
uttered these words, Filipinos would
no doubt vote to disagree with the
senator when he seeks reelection in
next year’s midterm polls.
“I’m only answerable to the
Filipino people,” fumed Enrile as he
brushed aside concerns he might be
divulging matters of national security
in public.
“Who paid for his trips to China?”
Enrile asked, calling Trillanes a
“fraud, a “novato” on security,
diplomacy, military strategy and his
actions as bordering on treason.
Trillanes admitted doing back
channel assignment for President
Aquino after he was alluded to in this
column (coincidentally named “Back
Channel”) and later identified in another
newspaper’s headline this week.
Citing the Senate as the sole
government body that ratifies treaties,
Enrile said Trillanes should have
reported to him on his mission to China.
In his privilege speech, Trillanes
accused the Senate President of
“bullying” and “railroading” the
Camarines measure, and of being
“a lackey of former President Gloria
Macapagal Arroyo because he owes
her a lot of favors.”
But by casting his lot with the
Senate minority, Trillanes unwittingly
joined the opposition camp of Arroyo,
Reps. Danilo Suarez and Mitos
Former Senator and now Rep.
Rodolfo Biazon commented the
Chinese are laughing at us because
we are fighting among ourselves. This
regrettable episode though might have
unmasked the master puppeteers of
this Chinese version of the “Phantom
of the Opera.”
As the plot sickens, an apt sub-title
could be “Tinker, Senator, Soldier,
Spy”—with apologies to author
Graham Greene.
Responsible leadership
THE sad exchange between Senate
President Juan Ponce Enrile and
Senator Antonio Trillanes on the floor
of the Senate last Wednesday may
have been entertaining to the votaries
of high drama—but it was to me a
sad commentary on a confused and
confusing national leadership. I know
for a fact that if any of the senators
owes the Senate President gratitude and
loyalty, it is Senator Trillanes. When
he was under detention, it was Senator
Enrile who pressed very strenuously for
his release so that he could participate
in the sessions of the Senate. But the
regrettable face-off between the two
erstwhile friends yesterday highlighted
the ills of leadership today. Senator
Trillanes was strongly opposed, it
seems, to the creation of the proposed
province of “Camarines Nuevo” because
he thought he saw behind it the hand
of Congresswoman, former President
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. There is an
eerie reminder here of George Orwell’s
popular satire - “Animal Farm” - where
the animals—that had taken over control
of the farm from its human owners—
foisted on the entire animal community
the mantra: “Four legs good, two legs
bad”! To be politically favored today,
one must echo the maxim: “CGMA bad;
anything anti-CGMA, good.” She may
be facing a barrage of cases now, but
whether she is guilty or not is a matter
best left to judicial determination in
proceedings that are not only fair but
that must also be perceived to be fair.
But why should anyone who supports
or allies himself with any cause even
remotely connected with or supported
by Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo be pariah?
In the first place, one does not have
to be familiar with subtleties of high-
level economics to understand that if
we reap the benefits of infrastructure
development as well as foreign
investments today, the groundwork
could not have been laid only yesterday.
In the very least refusing to give credit
to whom it is due is ingratitude, and
wise leaders always acknowledge
indebtedness to the past, because that is
one way one constantly reminds oneself
to be circumspect as one lays down the
groundwork for the future. But the real
downside to this intractably derogatory
characterization is that by attempting to
wipe the slate clean, it denies leadership
the benefits of institutional memory and
of being able to build on the real gains
of the past. Why learn the ropes all over
again, when someone who handled them
in the past can show you how—and then
you can set to work on arranging the
ropes your way if you want to, once you
have mastered them!
What also became clear from this
week’s acrimonious exchange was that
aside from the negotiations that our
government was engaged in through
the Department of Foreign Affairs,
the national leadership apparently
conscripted Senator Trillanes—
or at least accepted his offer—to
conduct what are called “backchannel
negotiations” with Chinese, and did not
want the public or the official channel to
know about the backdoor deal. Again,
the trouble should be obvious—and
has become obvious. When you use
the front and back doors, be sure that
those who pass through them do not
bump into each other, and be sure that
the message you get out through the
front door is the same message you get
past the back door. Otherwise, you do
not only confound the other party. You
confuse yourself.
Responsible leadership rejects
personality cults, and the responsible
leader never makes of himself a cultic
figure. A cult does not welcome rational
exchange. It solicits adulation. It thrives
on flattery. Perception is orientated
by one’s cultic allegiance. And so a
responsible leader will never project
himself as the prophet of fulfillment or
the herald of the advent of the eschaton!
This is closely related to my thesis
that while a responsible leader will
endeavor to live honesty, act uprightly
and conduct himself responsibly, he
will not make of his own righteousness
an ideology nor of his prejudices and
personal inclinations, the dogmas of his
cult. Wittgenstein said the same thing
for a different reason: Act ethically,
but do not talk ethics. Think logically,
but do not talk logic. Believe ardently,
but do not talk metaphysics or religion!
That might have been a little too much,
but he was making an important point.
I am aware that for many post-
modernism is a fad. I have more respect for
the movement that to treat it dismissively
in the same way. One of its movements
is “erasure”. One writes and then crosses
out what one has written. It plays, but the
play is deadly serious in that it is serious
about not taking oneself seriously. For
this self-same reason, “erasure” takes
tongue-in-cheek the aphorisms that are
intoned with unction by impromptu
In this country,
our officials work
against each
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A5 Opinion Adelle Chua, Editor
(An excer pt from the author ’s
for thcoming book)
HAD it not for our misplaced values
and oblique perceptions of things, Mrs.
Marcos would be right in saying that
the declaration of martial law by her
late husband, Ferdinand E. Marcos, was
his greatest political act as President. It
could have been his greatest heroism,
for then he acted to save the republic
from being violently fragmented by
an ideology determined to overthrow
the constitutionally established
g o v e r n m e n t .
Positively looking at
that fateful decision,
maybe in that sense
Mrs. Marcos was
right. It was an
ultimate act of self-
defense, for often
the painful process
connotes a degree
of suppression to
those who purposely
sought to realize their
objective outside
the parameter of a
peaceful process.
Many historians
judged martial law
not on the basis how it was successfully
enforced to restore order, but often
misjudged it on the basis that it exacted
a price on the liberties of the people.
Those who opposed Marcos judged
him not for why he imposed it, but
for the drastic measures to precisely
deal with the national emergency.
From that angle, Marcos is viewed
negatively. The ratio decidendi why
in the first place martial law was
conceived as a constitutional and a valid
defense is short-circuited by the cry of
suppression without reexamining the
nobility it sought to achieve. Having
succeeded in negatively depicting
martial law, Marcos, for all his heroism
in wanting to preserve the Republic he
presided, was demonized.
From a philosophical standpoint, the
declaration of martial law deserves to be
given a priori and apriori reexamination.
It is only by understanding what led to its
imposition could we, as a nation, judge
that (un)historic action whether Marcos
stands to be glorified or to be condemned
permanently by history. It is most
excruciating for one who was affected
to detach himself from the person or
to judge history with the end view of
giving premium to the commonweal.
by standing on higher ground could we
visualize the events beyond the vistas
of recrimination, detached from that
dilemma of either to praise or condemn
him. In that sense, we also liberate
ourselves from the encapsulated bias of
what happened.
First, we condemn Marcos for his
decision to declare martial law without
us knowing the circumstances that led
him to impose it. For that, we tend
to judge martial law as arbitrary and
capricious, and not a necessary and
defensive legal mechanism of the State.
Second, we tend to judge the effects
of martial law on a personal basis, like
how it affected us individually, and not
from a collective point of view that it
will do good to restore tranquility in
our society.
Third, we tend to equate his decision
as personally motivated, and not as
an exacting duty reposed upon him
as commander-in-chief of the Armed
Fourth, we tend to ignore that martial
law constitutionally mandated the
President to exercise that emergency
Fifth, being an extreme exercise
of power for the defense of the State,
we often fail to balance between its
positive and negative effects to our
people and to our society.
Sixth, since martial law was bound
to affect people who sought to have it
declared, paradoxically, they should
have anticipated the high price for their
On the first issue, many of us
condemned Marcos for imposing
martial law on September 21, 1972,
than in asking whether there were valid
grounds that compelled him to impose
it. Such question is crucial because the
circumstances that
led to its declaration
remain irrefutable;
that martial law
was used to save
the republic. It
was rebellion and
subversion that they
conceived, and “not a
tea party or a picnic”
as Mao Zedong would
succinctly put it. For
the State or for the
Marcoses to accede
to their demand for
compensation is to
admit that martial
law was, at the outset,
wrong and unconstitutional.
Martial law is an emergency political
instrument used to surgically remove
the abscess that is causing the social
and political unrest. The circumstances
of rebellion, secessionism, subversion,
murder, kidnapping, arson, ambuscades,
violent demonstrations, sporadic
bombings, assassinations, and arson were
carried out in broad day light and with
impunity. Only a foolhardy President
would ignore them. The reasons were
enumerated in the “Whereas” clauses of
Proclamation No. 1081 or Proclaiming
A State of Martial Law.
It must be recalled that on October
22, 1950 President Quirino issued
Proclamation No. 210 suspending the
writ of habeas corpus. Fear gripped
the people that the communists were at
the outskirts of the city. The difference
however is that, when President Quirino
suspended the writ, the communist
HUKBALAHAP was operating outside
Metro Manila, while during the time of
Marcos, the communists and their newly
organized armed group New People’s
Army were operating almost freely inside
Metro Manila. They managed to immerse
themselves with the radical students and
with labor organizations.
Those irrefutable facts stated in the
“whereas” clauses were all verified to
have taken place. The orchestrated
violence waged against the civilians and
the duly constituted authority proved
beyond doubt that his suspension of
the writ and the imposition of martial
law were not fancy alibis to justify his
desire to hold on to power.
Even the members of the opposition
who sought to distance themselves
from that doctrine seeking to overthrow
the government admitted of the need
to declare martial law. The Supreme
Court, acting on the several petitions to
nullify the declaration of martial law,
including the early decision upholding
the suspension of the writ of habeas
corpus in the aftermath of the August 21,
1971 Plaza Miranda bombing, held that
it would be the height of irresponsibility
for the President to stand idly as violent
chaos engulfed the nation.
The presidency
or the republic?
The imperative of memory
AS I expressed in my last column, the
memories of martial law remain vivid
for me, as they do for those of my
generation. I lived through martial
law, grew up from its proclamation to
the fall of the Marcos regime, made
tough decisions and lived through their
consequences in those dark times. Yet
40 years is quite a long time to look
back—a lifetime and a generation
away. My average college student today
would have most likely been born under
the presidency of Fidel Ramos; those
who’ve recently graduated, or moved
on to law school, at worst, would have
been newborns or infants in that pivotal
year of 1987. My generation faces a
generation that never knew the terror of
the midnight knock, torture and death;
the ardor and toil of resistance, non-
violent and violent alike; and the sweet
satisfaction of winning back our liberty
through People Power.
“History is a people’s memory, and
without memory man is demoted to
the lower animals,” said Malcolm X.
How do we communicate to this new
generation, across time’s distance, these
memories that form the foundation of
the lessons of Martial Law?
In a way, those older among us are
feeling that pressure of the generation
gap. There’s House Resolution 2608,
filed by Akbayan representatives Walden
Bello and Arlene Bag-ao, and supported
by the National Youth Commission and
the Commission of Human Rights, to
make the study of martial law part of
the school curriculum. Vice-President
Jejomar Binay proposed a dedicated
Martial Law Museum. That pressure
grows as, one by one, veterans of the
struggle against martial law pass away,
the latest being human rights lawyer
Romeo “Romy” Capulong, Ninoy
Aquino’s own lawyer and a trailblazer
for people’s lawyering.
That pressure remains, most of all,
because some tend to be fond of the
early years of martial law (which were
admittedly stable, but at the cost of
fear in the hearts of our countrymen),
compared to today’s politicians and
politics. In the light of this comparison,
some tend to view martial law, or
at the least a more authoritarian
character of leadership, favorably.
Others may compare instead the hard-
handed leadership of Singapore or
Mahathir’s Malaysia, and their relative
prosperities, to our country politically
and economically “muddling through”
its post-EDSA history, as though they
make the argument that authoritarianism
“can be done right.”
There I disagree. Authoritarianism
can never be “done right”; its diminution
of accountability too often leaves it
open to abuse through corruption and
malice, and closed to the pleas of the
downtrodden. For every Singapore
there’s a Marcosian Philippines or two.
I don’t say this to dismiss Singapore’s
achievements, but I would rather argue
that it is leadership which is done right:
the character, interests, skills, and
political tactics of public officials that
are aligned with the common good.
Leadership, that is distinct from and
can be dissected from authoritarianism,
and exercised with greater equity and
benefit in a democratic spirit, in a
democratic context―all of which was
sorely lacking in the Marcos regime.
Critics of our messy democracies,
especially critics from authoritarian
backgrounds, fail to acknowledge that
it is the very messiness of Philippine
politics that is a sign and a bulwark of
the freedom our people enjoy. The open
political space bought from the sacrifices
of martial law’s victims allows for
every voice, especially of the depressed
and marginalized, to be heard by all
(yes, even within the noise of Filipino
public discourse), and considered in
governance. Even if the denser of
our political and bureaucratic leaders
ignore these voices, nonetheless the
freedoms of belief, speech, assembly,
and especially from fear of the state
ensure a good chance for Filipinos to
turn this political state of affairs around,
and bring about responsive governance.
Returning to the topic of memory.
Thankfully, the actual preservation
and communication of memory across
generations is easier with today’s
tools, especially of the Internet and
social media: the video archives of
YouTube, discussions over WordPress
and Tumblr, Facebook pages which
can be devoted to memories and
memorials of the past. But we still
need to communicate the imperative,
to impress upon today’s pop-bedazzled
generation, and their future children,
the importance of their parents and
grandparents’ memories, of protecting
their freedoms from being ripped away,
in exchange for the material comfort
they enjoy. We need to help our youth
empathize and understand, the hubris
and arrogance, the terror and pain, that
followed from Proclamation 1081. In
those feelings and memories, we must
repeat Benjamin Franklin’s warning,
that a nation too willing to exchange
liberty for security will deserve neither,
and lose both.
In the end, we need to remember,
now and forever. Without the memory
of Philippine democracy’s darkest hour,
the ghosts of dictatorship will reduce us
to the lowest animals, indeed.
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By Broderick S. Pabillo, D.D.
National Secretariat
for Social Action-Justice and Peace
Catholic Bishops Conference of the

OUR peoples’ right to information -
access to the records, documents, papers
of/on contracts, transactions, decisions,
programs, data, regulations, and all other
official acts of government—provides
greater opportunity for peoples’
participation in good governance. It is a
constitutional right of every Filipino to
be informed of the governmental affairs
to ensure healthy social environment
for democratic peoples’ participation in
the delivery of programs, projects and
services of the government.
The National Secretariat for Social
Action – Justice and Peace, the social
action and development arm of the
Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the
Philippines, calls upon our legislators
15th Congress. CBCP-NASSA strongly
believes FOI adheres to the principle of
transparency and accountability. It is an
important component to appropriately
ensure the flagship governmental
advocacy on “MATUWID Na DAAN.”
Lack of access to information
systematically subjects our concerned
sectors—farmers, fisherfolks,
Indigenous peoples, workers and
rural and urban poor, particularly the
Basic Ecclesial communities—to
become vulnerable to exploitation and
manipulation by bad elements in the
society. Unfamiliarity and ignorance
of government processes, contracts,
activities and services, together with lack
of formal education cause deprivation
of rights and poverty. Our people then
become mere objects of government
policies rather than subjects/ participants
in their development.
Without access to information, these
sectors as well as other sectors in the
Philippine society gain no knowledge as
to what government plans. They would
be unaware of the projects and contracts
the national and local governments
make for them. Even now, although
some of these communities and/ or
sectors are consulted, their issues and
concerns are not being heard. Our
people then eventually tend to develop
distrust in government institutions and
CBCP-NASSA finds several
questions worthy of reflection:
First, why is it that in 14 years the
FOI bill has still not been passed?
Second, why did the Aquino
administration not certify FOI as
one of the priority bills when the
President demands for transparency and
accountability in his effort to eliminate
corruption in his government?
Third, why has the Congress not
called committee hearing on FOI? Why
is Malacañang not following-up the
calling of hearings if there is nothing to
fear about the legislation?
Fourth, how can the government
be true to its mandate according to the
1987 Philippine Constitution Art. III,
Section 7, stating “The right of the
people to information on matters of
public concern shall be recognized” if
there is no political will to take concrete
steps to adopt FOI?
CBCP-NASSA believes that the
passage of the Freedom of Information
bill enhances people’s participation in
politics and governance. The passage
and enforcement of FOI would be a
great service to the people; it empowers
people with a new tool of information,
especially the poor; it promotes social
justice by giving the opportunity for
social auditing of previously inaccessible
public information, all geared towards
the pursuit of the common good.
In the spirit of truth and justice,
CBCP-NASSA calls upon President
Benigno Aquino III to immediately
certify the FOI bill as a priority, and
urge all the members of the House of
Representatives especially his party
members, to support the passage of
the FOI. Unless the President sees the
urgent need to pass the FOI bill, his
campaign on “Matuwid na Daan” is
only a slogan, and has no firm basis.
We urge Speaker Feliciano
Belmonte, Jr. to immediately direct
their respective Chairpersons of the
Committee on Public Information to
conduct committee hearings on the said
bill. Both houses of Congress should
deliberate and decide on the bill before
the 15th Congress ends.
CBCP-NASSA also prays for the
support of every individual and groups
who want to transform Philippine
politics into an art of good governance.
Let us encourage our respective
district representatives and senators
to vote for the passage of FOI. As our
representatives in the government, their
authority resides and emanate from us.
Let them truly represent us in Congress
by supporting the passage of FOI.
Pass the FOI bill now
“messiahs”. Aphorisms are very attractive which is why most of history’s
dictators foisted aphorisms on captivated and mesmerized mobs. The trouble with
aphorisms is that they are too simple and simplistic when proposed as answers to
complex problems. A responsible leader proposes answers, advances analyses,
and initiates change—but because there is no such thing as “the master word”,
the “secret formula”, in fact, because the “final solution” is more ominous than
it is promising, the responsible leader must always be prepared to erase his own
solutions, analyses and initiatives, realizing all the time that all that we can have
are tentative, provisional, fallible solutions that we should take seriously, pursue
earnestly but ever hold them out for scrutiny, review, criticism, revision and
possible overthrow. Knowledge, Karl Popper insists, consists in the constant
overthrow of theories and their replacement by better ones. To insist that one’s
answers and solutions are the only right and righteous ones and that all others,
especially when they came from outside of one’s tribe are deviant, demonic of
corrupt is not only hubris. It is plain stupidity!
When I was a college seminarian, one particular book that had just been
released at the time made a tremendous impression on me—Solzhenitsyn’s two-
volume “The Gulag Archipelago”. He writes in disturbing detail about the prison
complex as well as the prison syndrome that was integral to the Soviet system.
Established in the geographical fringes of the vast Soviet territory—in Siberia—
that is exactly what the gulag system endeavored to do: marginalize all opposition.
The responsible leader is one who destroys gulags, not one who establishes them.
It is he who fosters dissent knowing that that power that Arendet identifies as
the social glue is formed by the uncomfortable but necessary mix of contending
opinions and views, not the semblance of unanimity which is almost always a tell-
tale sign of true democracy’s demise.
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Ms. Angsioco’s column will resume next
It would have
been the height
of irresponsibility
to stand idly as
violent chaos
engulfed the
By Thomas Adamson
PARIS—In its boldest development in
a generation, the Louvre Museum has
a new wing dedicated to Islamic art, a
nearly €100 million ($130 million) proj-
ect that comes at a tense time between
the West and the Muslim world.
Louvre curators tout their new Islamic
Art department, which took 11 years to
build and opens to the public Saturday,
as a way to help bridge cultural divides.
They say it offers a highbrow and re-
spectful counterpart to the recent unflat-
tering depictions of the Prophet Muham-
mad in Western media that have sparked
protests by many Muslims.
Still, one of the Louvre’s own consul-
tants acknowledged that some Muslims
could be “shocked” by three images of
Muhammad with his face exposed in
the new wing. Many Muslims believe
the prophet should not be depicted at
all—even in a flattering way—because it
might encourage idolatry.
The galleries provide a needed show-
case one of the West’s most extensive
Islamic art collections, some 18,000 ar-
tifacts that range from the 7th century to
the 19th century.
But the wing does not dwell on the
old: It is housed under a futuristic, un-
dulating glass roof designed by archi-
tects Rudy Ricciotti and Mario Bellini
that has garnered comparisons to a
dragonfly wing, a flying carpet, even a
wind-blown veil. It marks the Louvre’s
biggest change since I.M. Pei shook up
the famed Paris museum with his iconic
glass pyramid in 1989.
France, meanwhile, is bracing for
possible disruptions at embassies across
the Muslim world on Friday after the
French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo
published lewd caricatures of Muham-
mad on Wednesday. The publication
raised concerns that French interests
could face violent protests like the ones
targeting the United States over a video
produced in California that ridiculed the
prophet. Those protests, which continued
on Thursday, have left at least 30 people
But could the new museum wing
actually be good timing?
The Louvre collection’s mission
is to foster understanding between
the West and the Islamic world. In-
stead of highlighting Islam as one
united religion, it celebrates the sec-
ular, tolerant and cultural aspects of
different Islamic civilizations.
Sophie Makariou, head of the
Louvre’s Islamic art department,
hopes the new wing will teach lessons
about tolerance and diversity.
“I like the idea of showing the other
side of the coin,” said Makariou, stand-
ing at a wall decorated with colorful,
flower-patterned tiles from the Ottoman
Empire in the 16th century. “We are talk-
ing about a diverse world that goes from
the Atlantic, Spain and Morocco to India.
It brings complexity.
“We are suffering from simplistic
views on the Islamic world . (Some)
would make us believe that there is just
one Islam, which is just not true.”
Indeed, an intricately engraved bronze
lion from 13th century Spain stands
proudly alongside a rare modeled-stucco
head of a prince from medieval Iran. The
works presented were made not just by
Muslims, but by Christian and Jewish
artists as well. AP
Amid cultural clash, Louvre honors Islamic art
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Mendiola’s role during Martial Law cited
Kalye Mendiola. Manila Mayor Alfredo S. Lim unveils a marker at the Chino Roces Bridge on Mendiola Street in Manila’s San Miguel district
during the 40
anniversary of Martial Law on Friday. With him are National Historical Commission of the Philippines board member Dr. Ferdi-
nand Llanes, Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates chairperson Max de Mesa, architect Veronica Dado, and Sister Presencia Rosero.
Driver berates enforcer
THE Metro Manila Development
Authority on Friday threatened to sue
another motorist for gun-toting after
he allegedly tried to intimidate a traffic
enforcer with a gun.
Yves Gonzalez, chief of the agen-
cy’s Traffic Discipline Office, did not
identify the motorist, but claimed that
traffic constable Danilo Dagunot tried
to cite the motorist for illegal display of
a commemorative plate at the corner of
Epifanio delos Santos Avenue and Orti-
gas Avenue in Mandaluyong City.
The motorist, who was driving a
BMW sedan, got made at Dagunot
and brandished his gun, prompting the
traffic enforcer to seek the help of po-
licemen at the area. The motorist was
hauled to the Mandaluyong City police
station for investigation. Rio n. Araja
4 nabbed for P12m shabu
THE Quezon City police announced
on Friday the arrest of two Chinese
nationals and two Filipino drug dealers
who were caught with metamphetamine
hydrochloride (or shabu) worth P12.6
QC police director Chief Superin-
tendent Mario Dela Vega commended
Senior Inspector Roberto Biazon for
the arrest of Chinese Mao Yuaning, 49,
of Huabei, China and Ong Kieng Yok,
alias “Yang.” The two Filipinos were
identified as Somagana Bocare, 26, and
Manan Jalal, 33.
Suspects were arrested around 7:45
pm, September 20, in front of a ho-
tel along Banawe corner Sta Catalina
Streets, La Loma, Quezon City. Rachel
Ann Reanzares
Man falls for online scam
THE Bureau of Immigration warned
the public against a swindling syndicate
that is using the name of Commissioner
Ricardo David in an internet scam
involving wire money transfers.
David issued the warning after his
office obtained a fraudulent copy Bu-
reau of Immigration letterhead purport-
ing to be a “Customs clearance certifi-
cate” bearing David’s forged signature.
According to lawyer Grace Lara, Da-
vid’s head executive assistant, the swin-
dlers told the victim in an email message
that he had won a package worth 49,500
sterling pounds and a bank draft for 40,000
pounds and he could get the prize if he re-
mits a total of $1,500 in taxes and duties.
Lara said it was only after the vic-
tim approached Josephus Ojano, the BI
alien control officer in Legaspi City,
Albay, that he discovered that he was
being duped into remitting $400 via
Western Union. Vito Barcelo
Pagcor lawyer Jay Santiago
said in a statement that part of
the funds, totalling some P186
million, were used for programs
of the Bata Iwas Droga Founda-
tion and later utilized to have
the foundation accredited as a
party-list group.
The money was used to
“boost the popularity of BIDA
Foundation and/or personalities
behind it,” Santiago said.
The money was also used to
buy goods and services for BIDA
Foundation projects, financial
subsidies and grants, and radio
and television ads, it added.
The foundation’s anti-drug
campaign encompassed a
13-episode animation series,
identification cards, tarpaulins,
and 40-page full-color comic
books distributed during BI-
DA’s campus tour.
Santiago claimed BIDA re-
ceived P14.42 million from the
state gaming firm for the cam-
paign pins, ID cards, tarpaulins
and other collaterals through its
creative team BIDA Production.
It also received P14.15 million
for event management, creative
design and production of BIDA
Foundation’s Christmas projects
in 2005 and barangay projects in
2006, Santiago added.
From December 2008 to June
2010, the Genuino-led Pagcor
supposedly approved disburse-
ments amounting to P63.1 mil-
lion for BIDA’s ad placements
on television, radio and print
media, he said.
The campaign materials were
used to “propagate the person-
alities” of BIDA Foundation’s
nominees, Santiago added,
naming Genuino’s daughter
Sheryl Genuino-See as the first
The second nominee was
Johnny Tan and the third nomi-
nee was Emilio Marcelo, both
Pagcor suppliers during Genui-
no’s term, Santiago said, adding
that Marcelo was also a Pagcor
consultant at the time.
BIDA was accredited as a
party-list by the Comelec and
was listed 119th on the ballot,
but lost in the 2010 automated
Government prosecutors
found probable cause to file
nearly 350 counts of malver-
sation and plunder charges
against Genuino and other for-
mer Pagcor officials for funds
misuse, siphoning of millions
of pesos into a private founda-
tion, and using its funds to pro-
duce a movie.
Assistant State Prosecutor
Edna Valenzuela said the cases
involved 175 counts of malver-
sation of public funds and 174
counts of violation of the graft
and corrupt practices act.
SOMCO strictly enforces speed limit rule at night. To en-
sure the safety of motorists using the 16.4-km. elevated section and
the 13.5-km. at-grade section of the Skyway System, Skyway opera-
tor Skyway O&M Corp. intensified the enforcement of its speed limit
especially at night when motorists drive way over the 100kph maxi-
mum limit. SOMCO appealed to speedsters to follow the tollway
rules not only for their own safety but for other motorists as well.
THE funds of the state-owned Philip-
pine Amusement and Gaming Corp.
were used to turn an anti-drug abuse
foundation into a party-list group which
was later used to further the political
ambitions of the family and friends of
former Pagcor chairman Efraim Genu-
ino, the gaming firm said on Friday.
By Macon Ramos-Araneta
THE National Historical Commission un-
veiled on Friday a historical marker at the
Chino Roces Bridge on Mendiola Street
in Manila’s San Miguel district to com-
memorate the so-called “Battle of Men-
diola” on Jan. 30, 1970, which started
its distinction as a protest venue against
Martial Law.
NHC board member Dr. Ferdinand
Llanes said the historical market will not
only remind us of the Battle of Mendiola,
but also other defining moments in Phil-
ippine contemporary history.
Since then, Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim
said the Roces Bridge, formerly known as
the Mendiola Bridge, has become the seat
of activism and people frequently gath-
ered there to air their grievances against
the Marcos dictatorship.
“While every person has the constitu-
tional right to voice his opinion and the
right to peaceful assembly, these were
all lost when the country was placed
under the martial rule,” Lim said, add-
ing that the important lesson we learned
is that we have to stand for our convic-
tions, like former Senator Benigno “Ni-
noy” Aquino Jr.
“[Ninoy]sacrificed his life by com-
ing back to the Philippines to fight for
the Filipino people. He was a victim of a
military court, and was sentenced to death
through frame-up charges. Never, never
again to martial law, ” Lim said.
“We were oppressed not only during
the Martial Law days but when we were
conquered by the Spaniards. We were also
oppressed during the Japanese times. As
a citizen, we must know how to stand-up
and fight for our rights,” said Lim.
“We can’t just appear to be blind and
just keep silent. You have to exercise your
rights and protest. If you don’t protest,
those in the position would thing they’re
doing the right thing. So media play a
very important part here, even now. The
excesses of public officials in general.
How would the public would know if u
will not expose them,” he said.
By Rey E. Requejo
FORMER National Bureau of Inves-
tigation director Magtanggol Gatdula
asked the Department of Justice on
Friday to dismiss the kidnapping case
filed against him by Japanese national
Noriyo Ohara.
Gatdula made the appeal through
his lawyer during the resumption of
the preliminary investigation on the
criminal complaint for kidnapping, se-
rious illegal detention, grave coercion,
falsification and robbery.
Unlike many other kidnap victims,
Gatdula said that it is quite alarming
that the kidnap victim voluntarily went
back and forth to the NBI where she
was supposedly detained illegally.
Gatdula pointed out that the ele-
ments of kidnapping or serious illegal
detention were not alleged nor proven
in the letter-complaint or in the affida-
vit of Noriyo Ohara, dated December
28, 2011.
He said probable cause demands
more than bare suspicion and can never
be left to presupposition, conjecture, or
even convincing logic. It was the com-
plainant who initiated the complaint
for kidnapping, hence the burden of
proof rests on hjer, said Gatdula.
Also named respondents in the
case are dismissed NBI special as-
sistant Raul Dimaano; NBI-Security
Management Division chief Mario
Garcia; NBI-SMD executive officer
Jose Odelon Cabillan; their agents
Chona Elen Esplana, Virgelio Guti-
errez alias “Labsky”, and driver Jay
Ducusin; as well as several other un-
identified people.
The former NBI chief said the let-
ter complaint of Ohara, alias Marife
Laganas, purportedly an illegal alien
who was in possession of a Filipino
passport, was the basis of the com-
plaint filed against him, but the fact
finding panel that first investigated him
was “illegally constituted.”
“The Secretary of Justice herself
has long pre-judged the outcome of
this case and in fact, said pre-judg-
ment is one of the issues raised in the
petition for certiorari pending before
the Regional Trial Court of Manila,
Branch VIII.
He said the court already issued a
preliminary injunction, but the panel
continued to conduct the investigation
in violation of the injunction.
Gatdula also cited that the complaint
had no factual and legal bases as it is
not sufficient in form and substance.
CONVICTED murderer Rolito Go has
been allowed to undergo chemotherapy
for his rectal cancer in a private hospital.
Justice Undersecretary Francisco
Baraan approved the recommendation
of Bureau of Corrections officer-in-
charge Manuel Co in an indorsement
letter, dated Sept. 11.
Co made the recommendation on
the basis of the medical advise made
by Dr. Samuel Ang, acting head of the
NBP Medical and Dental Division who
examined and certified that Go needs
to undergo chemotherapy sessions.
Go will undergo chemotherapy with
oncologist Juanita Lu Lim for three to
firve days a month for a period of four
to six months. His response to the treat-
ment will determine whether this peri-
od will be shortened or prolonged. All
expenses incurred in the course of the
treatment will be shouldered by Go.
“This shall be subject to strict com-
pliance with prison rules and regula-
tions with the NBP detailing the man-
power security complement consisting
of two custodial personnel per shift on
a 3 shift basis,” the letter stated.
One senior custodial inspector will
be directed to make random inspec-
tions of the hospital, while route secu-
rity will be provided by the NBP.
Go will be admitted to the Chinese
General Hospital.
Go has been in prison for 19 years
now for the killing of college student
Eldon Maguan in a road rage incident
in 1991.
Go became controversial after he
mysteriously disappeared from the Na-
tional Bilibid Prison last August. His
disappearance was discovered only af-
ter the daily roll call. His relatives then
claimed Go was taken forcibly from
prison, and that his abductors had de-
manded a P1-million ransom.
The following day, Go surfaced and
was placed in the custody of the Phil-
ippine National Police. He claimed he
was abducted by men who identified
themselves as National Bureau of In-
vestigation agents.
He said he and his nurse-nephew
were taken to Santo Tomas, Batangas
and were later released after failing to
get ransom. Rey E. Requejo
The Filipinos will go for the bronze
medal when they face the winner of
the Japan-Qatar second semifinal
game, which was being played at
It was a a see-saw battle early in
the game, before the Gilas squad
began to be troubled by foul calls,
with Sonny Thoss picking up his
fourth foul with 1:37 remaining in
the first half.
A terrific crossover dribble and a
basket by LA Tenorio, a long triple
from Jeff Chan and a basket by Ranidel
De Ocampo off a steal and a fastbreak
closed out the quarter at 30-30, where
the Iranians had been slapped with only
two fouls, with Smart hurt by a 13 to 7
foul count at the half, although it held
the bigger Iranians to a 16-16 standoff
in rebounds.
The third quarter opened with
Smart Gilas committing three
successive turnovers on top of the
13 in the first half as Iran, using a
scoring binge triggered by a triple by
big man Oshin Sahakian, opened up
an eight-point lead at 38-30, before
another trey made it 46-36.
Back-to-back triples by Gabe
Norwood closed the gap to 42-48
with three minutes remaining in the
third, before foul calls began to take
their toll on the Philippines, although
the nationals stayed within striking
distance at 47-53.
Marcus Douthit was called for
a questionable third foul, which
appeared to take the sting out of the
naturalized center, with two slam
dunks by Asghar Kardoust and a
second by Nohammad Jamshidi,
further demoralizing the nationals
and enabling the Iranians to open up
a 59-47 lead with 8:06 remaining.
Clearly hampered by foul trouble
throughout the game, the Filipinos
allowed Iran 30 free throws, of which
they made 20, while Smart Gilas was
only awarded 9 free throws.
By Ronnie Nathanielsz
SMART Gilas Pilipinas held Iran to a 30-30
deadlock at the end of the first half, but its
dream of making the finals in the FIBA Asia
Championships was smashed by its unbeaten
foe, who turned the game around with a big
second half to win, 77-60, in Tokyo.
TOP-RANKED Informatics-A
advanced to the semifinals of
the Sandugo-Collegiate Athletic
League with an easy 93-41 victory
over the University of Asia and
Pacific, but has to wait for the win-
ner of the quarterfinals series be-
tween Emilio Aguinaldo College
and Colegio de San Lorenzo as the
latter forced an extra game against
EAC following its 66-62 win.
College of St. Benilde likewise
moved to the semifinals after beat-
ing Don Bosco Technical College,
67-59, and will face the Trinity
University of Asia, which leaned
on an explosive last quarter to
eliminate Informatics-B, 69-57, in
their quarterfinal match.
RJ Argavino and Raphael
Nayve led the Blazers with 14
and 12 points, respectively,
while the TUA Stallions were
led by the duo of Paul Payoyo
and Jackson Wong, who scored
13 and 11 points each.
EAC coach Andy de Guzman
chose the wrong free throw
shooter from the bench players
of CDSL as he picked Darwin
David to replace Lucky Costel-
lano, who looked like he was
faking a hand injury to avoid
taking two crucial free throws
with 15 seconds left and EAC
ahead 62-61.
St. Benilde
make semis
LOCAL horseracing’s last
quarter storm officially gets un-
derway on Oct. 2 as Klub Don
Juan de Manila, in cooperation
with the Manila Jockey Club,
Inc., stages the 11th renewal of
the much-awaited Don Juan
Derby racefest at the San
Lazaro Leisure Park in Car-
mona, Cavite.
The six-day racing extrav-
aganza brings together the
headliners among the current
crop of locally bred and im-
ported gallopers battling for
divisional honors and rich
prizes made possible through
the generous support of the
host-organizers, the Philip-
pine Racing Commission,
Magic Millions Sales Austra-
lia and Resorts World Manila.
“Don Juan Derby is a wonder-
ful opportunity to showcase to the
Bayang Karerista the best that lo-
cal horse racing can offer and re-
live the tradition of excellence in
the sport as epitomized by horse
Don Juan, winner of 1950 Na-
tional Grand Derby Race at the
old San Lazaro Hippodrome,”
explained KDJM President Anto-
nio “Tony Boy” Eleazar.
Highlight of the festivities
will be the running of the P1.5-
Million Don Juan Derby on Oct.
7, featuring 10 top class 3-year-
olds, battling over the traditional
Derby distance of 2,000 meters.
Humble Riches, winner of
the 2011 Don Juan Juvenile Fil-
lies, heads the Resorts’ World
Manila-sponsored Don Juan
Derby, which also includes di-
vision standouts’ Pugad Lawin,
Golden Empire, Steel Creation,
Isa Pa Isa Pa, Pleasantly Perfect
and Purple Ribbon, as well as,
promising Aussie-breds Lord
Gee, Salima and The Guardian.
The Don Juan Derby, which is
co-sponsored by MJCI, carries
a guaranteed prize of P900,000
to the winner, P300,000 for
second, P150,000 for third,
P50,000 for fourth and P15,000
each for the 5th thru 10th placer.
A P50,000 bonus will also go to
any Magic Millions Sale gradu-
ate who would emerge as win-
ner of the event.
Also expected to invite
much anticipation would be
running of the 2012 Don Juan
Golden Girls, which will now
be named as the Don Antonio
O. Floirendo Memorial Race,
the late Chairman Emeritus of
KDJM and avid sponsor of the
featured filly and mare cham-
pionship. KDJM and MJCI
will be bankrolling this year’s
P500,000 championship which
will feature returning champion
Botbo, and group standouts’
Born Tycoon, Divine, Doña
Nenita, Rain Shower, Sliotar
and Tigerous Queen. A P30,000
bonus awaits a winning Magic
Millions Sale graduate.
Rich Klub Don Juan Derby unfolds on Oct. 2
SAN Mig Coffee shipped its starting point
guard Josh Urbiztondo to Barako Bull in a
move that will make sense for the squad
in the long run. Stacked with three solid
point guards in the line-up, the Mixers
decided to let go of the streaky Urbiztondo
in exchange for Wesley Gonzales from
Petron with the Boosters etting two
second-round picks from the Energy
Colas in return in a three-team swap. The
transaction still needs the approval of
Commissioner Chito Salud. Jeric Lopez
Manila Standard TODAY
Riera U. Mallari, Editor sports@manilastandardtoday.com sports_mstandard@yahoo.com
Iran shatters
Gilas’ dream
Cheerdance tilt today
THE much-anticipated annual cheerdance
competition of the 75th University Athletic
Association of the Philippines finally takes
place at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay as
the schools’ top dance squads will have the
chance to showcase their wares.
Favored defending champion Univer-
sity of the Philippines Pep Squad guns
for its third straight crown in the sched-
uled 2 p.m. event today.
Expected to give the reigning champs a run
for their money are last year’s runner-up De
La Salle Animo Squad, third placer and 2009
winner Far Eastern University and eight-time
winner and perennial contender University of
Santo Tomas Salinggawi Dance Troupe.
The Ateneo Blue Babble Battalion, Ad-
amson Pep Squad, National University
Cheer Squadron and University of the East
Pep Squad, who all have yet to win the
crown, will also be in the mix. Jeric Lopez
Altas take on Pirates
THE University of Perpetual Help Altas,
the Letran Knights and the Jose Rizal Uni-
versity Heavy Bombers will try to move
closer to the last two Final Four semifinal
seats when they meet separate rivals today
in the 88th National Collegiate Athletic As-
sociation men’s basketball tournament.
The Altas will play without big man Femi
Babayemi at 4 p.m. today when they meet
the Lyceum Pirates in the first of a two-game
bill at the Arena in San Juan.
Babayemi will serve a one-game sus-
pension following a disqualifying foul he
committed during a game the Altas lost to
the Mapua Cardinals, 71-74, last Monday.
The Knights are looking for a fourth con-
secutive win in a crucial 6 p.m. clash with
the Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers.
The Knights, the Altas and the Heavy
Bombers share similar 9-6 win-loss, and
three can’t afford a loss. Peter Atencio
By Peter Atencio
MARIKINA—Team Manila got two
more golds Elijah Arevalo in lawn ten-
nis as it maintained the overall lead on
the final day of the Philippine Olympic
Committee-Philippine Sports Commis-
sion Batang Pinoy 2012 at the Marikina
Sports Complex here.
The efforts of Manileno netter Elijah
Arevalo in the boys’ singles and in the
doubles events with Jan Andre Rodri-
guez allowed Team Manila to keep host
Marikina from overtaking them.
Host Marikina, behind Aldel Vaize
Santos in the girls’ singles, and Rica Rox-
as, Eloisa Osayda and Clarizze Benito in
the team event, also snared two golds in
lawn tennis.
Woodpusher Carlo Caranyagan, a third-
year Arellano University student, took
the gold in the boys’ division of standard
chess with five points, after spearheading
Marikina to the team honors.
Manila went on stay on top of the over-
all standings with 45 golds, 43 silvers and
29 bronzes.
Marikina, which overtook Taguig
City and Manila on the final day of ath-
letics with a nine-gold harvest, is now a
close second with 43-24-27 gold-silver-
bronze output.
Quezon City, which dominated swim-
ming with a 23-23-13 showing, landed
third with an overall collection of 39
golds, 60 silvers and 50 bronzes, while
Taguig City is fourth (20-16-18).
Athletes from the shoe capital of the Phil-
ippines eventually took the overall crown
in athletics with their 23-12-12 tally late
Thursday afternoon, after ending their cam-
paign with a nine-gold haul.
Tracksters from Manila settled for sec-
ond (20-16-14) and Taguig City ended up
third (16-6-1).
Team Manila keeps lead in Batang Pinoy
Southwoods repeats as PAL Ladies’ champ
ILOILO—Mia Legaspi led a swashbuck-
ling closing round by Manila Southwoods
Masters yesterday as the Carmona-based
squad repeated as Philippine Airlines La-
dies’ Interclub champion running away
from Del Monte at Sta. Barbara here.
Legaspi fired a three-over-par 73 worth
51 points, Sunshine Baraquel added 48
and prodigious Annika Cedo contributed
a 43 for a 142 and a 23-point victory over
Del Monte.
Southwoods tallied 520 and easily over-
hauled a 32-point deficit at the start of the
third round by fielding its top three players.
Abby Arevalo, the 12-year-old US Veritas
champion, carried the fight for Southwoods
in the first two rounds with consecutive 44s.
Apple Fudolin scored 44, Eva Minoza
chipped in with 43 and Rainstar Roque
had a 35 for Del Monte’s final day 125
and 497 overall that made the Bukidnon-
based bets runners-up for the second
straight year of the event’s revival.
“It was sweet victory for us,” skipper
Beachie Abiera said. “We were fortunate
to successfully defend the title. The key
was our decision to save our best players
for the final two rounds.”
Legaspi, a battle-scarred teener with stints
in so many tough events here and abroad,
had five bogeys and two birdies that came on
the fifth and 18th holes. Her 101 points easily
made her the event’s individual champion.
“I was very comfortable with my swing
out there today,” Legaspi said. “I was
steady on the greens, which somehow ex-
plains my good score today.”
The Iloilo edition of the revived PAL
Ladies Interclub is sponsored by Airbus,
100 Plus sports drink, Summit Water,
Avis Car Rental, Department of Tourism,
Crossover 105.1, Radyo5, People Asia
magazine and Solar Entertainment.
The PALakbayan sponsors are B/E
Aerospace, Boeing International Corp.,
RMN Networks and Sarabia Manor Ho-
tel& Conventions Center. Donors include
Amazing Planet, Century Properties,
Diamond Hotel Phils., EDSA Shangri-la,
Plantation Bay Resort & Spa, Print Town/
Lexmedia and Tanduay Distillers and
Hyatt Hotel & Casino.
In the other divisions, Cebu (462) is
champion in Founders; Tagaytay High-
lands (434) for Sportswriters; and Apo
Golf (360) for Friendship.
Shell chess finale slated
THIRTY-TWO players who hurdled gru-
eling nationwide eliminations over the last
three months compete for ultimate honors
in the grand finals of the 2012 Shell Na-
tional Youth Active Chess Championships
today and tomorrow at the SM Megamall
Event Center in Mandaluyong City.
Now on its 20th year, Shell Active Chess
as it is popularly called is a grass roots sports
program organized by Pilipinas Shell Petro-
leum Corporation aimed at discovering the
next Filipino chess grand master.
Over the years, Shell Active Chess has
produced world-class chess players such
as GMs Wesley So and Mark Paragua who
led the Philippines’ impressive campaign
in the recently concluded World Chess
Olympiad in Turkey.
YOUNG ace karters faceoff for the crucial,
deciding win that will seal their respective
title quests today in the championship leg of
the 2012 Coca-Cola Karting Super Series at
the Clark International Speedway.
Luigi Lachica of One Racing, Tai Zul-
berti and Gabe Cabrera of City Kart
brace for tougher challenges from their
respective rivals in pursuit of the over-
all crowns in this event sanctioned by
the Automobile Association Philippines
and sponsored by Coca-Cola, Yokohama
Tires, Motorstar and Aeromed.
Lachica, currently leading with 372
points, hopes to survive the grueling en-
counter with Francis Tanlu of AUTS Rac-
ing (359 pts), Sean Draeco McLelland (255
pts), Jacob Ang (251 pts) and EJ Coseteng
(243 pts) of Eagle Cement, Mikey Jordan
and Bianca Bustamante of Industria Racing
to win the Formula Cadet Novice title.
Zulberti (407 pts) aims to stay on
course for the Formula Cadet Expert
plum against Dylan Arambulo of FERN-
C Racing (377 pts), AT Tuason of TRS-
Castrol Racing Kids (366 pts), Jacob Ch-
amness of City Kart (253 pts) and Wils
Casequin (232 pts).
Cabrera, who’s on top with 425 points,
sees a neck-and-neck showdown with Fly-
nn Jackes of TRS-Castrol Racing Kids (417
pts) for the Mini-ROK title as they will be
joined by Xedrei Daquigan, Tyger Espino,
Liam Edward Sacal and Arambulo.
Also favored in the other divisions are
Carl Luig of AUTS Racing and Jaz Mon-
zones of Natmo Asia-GP1 Racing.
For more info, interested parties
may call the Carmona Racetrack, c/o
Rose Feria at 845-0745, 889-3389,
845-3287 and 845-4142 or visit the
Web site www.asiankarting.com.
Young ace karters gun for titles in Coke series
The youthful
power trio
of (from left)
Annika Cedo and
Miya Legaspi
propelled Manila
Masters to
their second
PAL Ladies
Interclub overall
crown at the
Santa Barbara golf
course in Iloilo.
Eyeing a third straight title. Members of defending champion University of the Philippines Pep Squad are shown preparing for
today’s big battle in the 75th University Athletic Association of the Philippines cheerdance competiton at the Mall of Asia Arena in
Pasay. The UP team, led by coaches NJ Antonio, Lala Parena and Brent Viray, guns for its third straight crown. Expected to give the
reigning champs a run for their money are last year’s runner-up De La Salle Animo Squad, third placer and 2009 winner Far Eastern
University and eight-time winner and perennial contender University of Santo Tomas Salinggawi Dance Troupe. ROMAN PROSPERO
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History is murky as to when and where coffee shops first became the locale for gabfests. Pseudo-historians put
the time and place in far-off 600 BC in Mesopotamia. Serious chroniclers pooh-pooh this as ridiculous. Coffee
itself, they say, came to man’s awareness around 1000 AD, and the discovery happened not in ancient Mesopota-
mia but Ethiopia. Moreover, they contend coffee shops as site for powwows could not have existed in ancient time
as people then were more inclined to settle their differences of opinion through exchange of axe-blows in the
battlefield than through exchange of meaningless words and insults in coffee shops.
Historians, however, agree that the more likely ancestors of today’s coffee shops were English coffeehouses
during the 17th and 18th centuries which functioned as public social houses. Patrons would assemble in these
places for conversation and social interaction while drinking coffee which travelers introduced as beverage to
England during the mid-17th century.
Why the claim that our coffeehouses could have descended from the 17th Century English coffeehouses, those
who hold this view explain this is because the topics that are favorite in today’s coffeehouses are no different
from those lapped up in coffeehouses of mid-17th Century England – politics, social and political scandals, daily
gossips, current events feuds, controversies, where and how to make money, and the deathless topic sex.
We don’t give much hoot about this matter in the Philippines, determining when and where THE coffee shop first
saw the light of dawn, and became the venue for tete-a-tete, parley, chitchat, confabulation, gossip, scuttle butt.
Per our consultation with old timers, it was born 40 years ago, in 1972, right here in the Jeepney Cafe of Intercon-
tinental Manila, and the blessed event happened when a motley group of Martial Law-displaced newspaperman
converged here for caffeine fix and exchange of views about unfolding events. The group would later call itself
365 Club (because it vowed to meet same time, same place every single day of the year) and claim the bragging
right of being the first coffee shop, the very first Kapihan group ever in the country. Ever?
Well not really. A group of coffee addicts used to converge at the old Botica Boie in the Escolta shortly after Lib-
eration for what else? Conversation! And caffeine fix, of course. The group would later move in the sixties to
Country Bake Shop on Isaac Peral, now UN Avenue, then Tazza de Oro on Roxas Boulevard before it broke up.
From its ashes rose 365 Club, ensconced at Intercon’s Jeepney Cafe, to become the mother of Kapihans to be
found today in every nook and corner of the country. So yes, it can be rightly said that 365 in its present format is
the original coffee shop group, alone in its uniqueness hereabout and, we dare say, elsewhere in this planet.
Will 365 and its natural habitat, the coffee shop, endure? No question, YES! It will endure because the sustenance
it feeds on is not commercial or political. It’s cultural.
Filipinos just love to meet with each other and chat. They meet anywhere convenient to go and sit. In the rural
areas they would converge in the evening or after work at the sari-sari stores which have in front stools and
benches. Then they chat about every known subject under the sun-politics, religion, the weather, farm stuff,
money, the latest news, oh everything.
In the urban setting the urge among Filipinos to converge and shoot the breeze with friends or in street parlance
barkadas in a convivial place is no less intense. The venue has changed though from sari-sari stores to resto-
grills, and of course coffee houses.
One guarantee that 365 will live on and on is it’s re-populating itself. Many of its original and long time members
have passed on the Great Beyond, Ka Doroy Valencia, former Makati Mayor Mesio Yabut, Companero Rene Cay-
etano, Raffy Recto, Tony Coronel, Kokoy Romualdez, Munding Reyes, Nards Siguion Reyna, Peping Rono, Blas
Ople, Bert Teodoro, Louie Tabuena, oh a host of them gone! But 365 remains sturdy and vibrant. Because new
generations have picked up the torch and keep it burning through incessant chatter over cups of coffee about
anything and everything, in voices devoid of hesitancy or fear, in preferred manner or style that does no violence
to good manners, decency or law.
Club 365 is now forty years old and counting…forever maybe?
The 365 Club 25th Anniversary together with Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, then President
Fidel V. Ramos, and 365 Club founding member Atty. Emil Jurado.
Former MMDA Chairman and now Vice President of the Republic of the Philippines Jejomar C.
Binay at the 365 Club and Media Friends Dinner Fellowship.
Leonardo & Armida Siguion-Reyna, Doris Sinfuego, Ka Aning Cuevas and Ka Imon Cuevas at the
Jeepney Cafe, Intercontinental Manila.
Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, Boy Reyno, Emil Jurado, Ka Imon and Ka Aning Cuevas
during the 365 Club morning meetings.
Ambassador Kokoy Romualdez together with Roy Sinfuego, B.Gen. Mark Supnet, Maloli
Espinosa-Supnet and Doris Sinfuego.
Emil Jurado, Jess Santos, Maloli Espinosa-Supnet, Armida Siguion-Reyna, Jenny Pena, Ka Aning
Cuevas, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, Boy Reyno, Ka Imon Cuevas, Doris Sinfuego, Joe
Velez, Aris Legaroz and Tommy Toledo.
Manila Standard TODAY
Ray S. Eñano, Editor extrastory2000@gmail.com
Roderick T. dela Cruz, Assistant Editor
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Friday, September 21, 2012
VOLUME 928.300M
Govt must step into
oil depot row—Shell
Bourse to prepare list of Shariah stocks
Foreign debt declines to $62.5b as corporations repay loans
By Jenniffer B. Austria
PHILEX Mining Corp., the country’s
biggest gold and copper producer, has
lowered its net income forecast for the
year to between P1.5 billion and P1.7 bil-
lion from the original target of P4 billion
because of a tailings spill.
Philex chairman Manuel
Pangilinan said in a pre-taped
interview shown at a mining
conference that the Padcal mine
in Benguet might be shut down
until the end of 2012. He said
the closure could be severe
and significant for the mining
company in terms of the 2012
net income.
Pangilinan said Philex was
doing its best to quickly remedy
the mine spill.
“Setting aside the penalties
that could be imposed on
us. It will be severe and
substantial. “[We] had
forecasted profits for this
year of about P4 billion. It’s
likely to drop to something
between P1.5 and P1.7
billion,” Pangilinan said
when asked about the impact
of the spill on the company’s
financial performance.
He said despite the negative
impact, the closure of the mine
was the most prudent thing to do
until a solution to the discharge
was found.
Philex will condemn the pond
and looking for alternative sites
to build a new one.
Philex on Aug. 1 voluntarily
suspended operations at the
Padcal mine after discovering
a leak at its tailings pond.
Philex’s net income in the first
half of the year fell 37 percent
to P2 billion from P3.21 billion
year-on-year due to lower gold
and copper output and reduced
metal prices.
Core net income dropped 26
percent to P2.1 billion while
consolidated revenues fell 8
percent to P7.11 billion from
P7.74 billion on year.
Revenues from gold and
copper dropped to P4.07 billion
and P3.26 billion, respectively,
from P4.4 billion and P3.31
billion a year earlier. Revenues
from silver also went down
to P67.7 million from P100.4
million a year ago due to lower
Philex’s production amounted
to 58,681 ounces of gold, down
19 percent from 72,784 ounces
in the same period a year ago,
while copper output totaled 18.3
million pounds, slightly lower
than 18.6 million pounds on
Share price of Philex on Friday
lost 6.4 percent to P14.82 per
Megaworld tower. Megaworld Corp. launched its newest luxurious residential tower called Three Central in Salcedo
Village, Makati City. Megaworld said a part of the proceeds from the sale of the units at the luxury residential tower will go to
the initiative of Habitat for Humanity, which helps provide quality homes to less fortunate Filipinos. Shown during the unveiling
of the Three Central scale model are Megaworld sales and marketing head for Makati Eugene Lozano, Megaworld senior
executive vice president Lourdes Gutierrez and Habitat for Humanity Philippines managing director and chief executive Charlie
Ayco. Story on B2. TEDDY PELAEZ
By Alena Mae S. Flores
PILIPINAS Shell Petroleum
Corp., the country’s second-
largest oil company, urged the
government Friday to step into
the controversy surrounding a
local ordinance that sought to
evict the petroleum depots from
Pandacan in Manila.
“We take this opportunity...
to raise the broader policy
implication of spot zoning and
local ordinances on strategic
facilities and infrastructure for
national government to address,”
Shell vice president Roberto
Kanapi told reporters.
“This policy gap dampens
foreign investors’ confidence in
the Philippines and deters the
creation of jobs and livelihood
opportunities for Filipino workers
and entrepreneurs,” he said.
The Manila City Council has
pushed for the removal of the
oil depots in Pandacan, citing
health and environmental issues.
Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim has
vetoed the ordinance but the
council overturned his decision
by a vote of 28 to 8.
“We do not share the premise of
the City Council that Pandacan is
a risk to the community,” Kanapi
He said the Pandacan depot,
operated by Shell, Petron Corp.
and Chevron Philippines, had
been audited by internationally
recognized independent risk
and safety assessors as well as
the Philippine National Police,
Bureau of Fire Protection and
Coast Guard.
“[They] all have given us a
clean bill of health in operational
excellence. In 2009, an OECD
audit team inspected our facilities
and concluded that our operations
conform to internationally
accepted standards for safety
in operations of the petroleum
industry,” Kanapi said.
He said Shell had operated the
Pandacan facility for nearly 90
years without a major incident.
“We will continue operating
Pandacan in this manner...
Pandacan remains a safety
area for distribution of safety
products,” he said.
Philex’s profit goal
cut sharply to P1.5b
By Lailany P. Gomez
PHILIPPINE Long Distance
Telephone Co. on Friday issued
P8.8-billion worth of fixed-rate
corporate bonds to refinance
existing debt.
The company said in a
disclosure to the stock exchange
the seven-year and 10-year
corporate bonds were fixed at
a yield of 5.6038 percent and
5.623 percent, respectively.
“Proceeds from the said
facility will be used to refinance
PLDT’s existing debts in line
with the company’s liability
management initiatives to
reduce financing costs and
extend its debt maturities,”
PLDT said.
Data from the stock exchange
showed that PLDT had
consolidated long-term debt
of P112.77 billion as of end-
June this year, slightly down
from P114.16 billion as of end-
December last year, largely
due to debt amortizations and
Of the amount, the long-
term debt level of Smart was
at P36.144 billion and Digitel
Group’s at P19.430 billion,
while PLDT’s was at P56.057
billion as of the first half. The
long-term debt of SPi stood at
P634 million as of end-June.
At least P58.494 billion in
principal amount of PLDT’s
consolidated outstanding long-
term debt as of the first half is
scheduled to mature over the
period from 2012 to 2015. Of
the amount, P24.733 billion is
attributable to Smart, P22.713
billion to PLDT, P10.581 million
to Digitel Group and P467
million is attributable to SPi.
PLDT’s core net income in the
first half of the year declined 11
percent to P18.7 billion owing
to higher operating expenses.
Reported net income of
P19.5 billion was lower by 8
percent year-on-year, due to the
decline in core net income and
higher net foreign exchange
and derivative gains.
Consolidated service
revenues in the first six months
of 2012 rose 12 percent to
P84.7 billion, including
the P11.1-billion revenue
contribution from Digitel and
reflecting the combined effect
(before Digitel) of a 4-percent
decline in wireless revenues,
1-percent decrease in fixed line
revenues, and a 17-percent rise
in business process outsourcing
By Anna Leah G. Estrada
FOREIGN debt went down by
$408 million to $62.5 billion in
the second quarter from the first
quarter, as the private sector
repaid some of their foreign loans
during the period.
Data from the Bangko Sentral
showed the government’s foreign
debt slightly increased to $48.4
billion in June from $48.3 billion
in March while the private
sector’s foreign debt declined to
$14.1 billion from $14.6 billion.
The Bangko Sentral, however,
said on an annual basis, the
country’s foreign obligations
rose $1.1 billion or 1.7 percent
from $61.4 billion in June last
year, as foreign investors bought
$1 billion worth of government
debt papers, indicating strong and
sustained investor confidence in
the country.
Bangko Sentral Governor
Amando Tetangco Jr. said despite
the annual increase in foreign
debt, the country had enough
foreign exchange reserves to
cover its own obligations.
He noted that the gross
international reserves reached
$76.1 billion as of end-June and
represented 10.8 times of short-
term debt.
“The external debt ratio or
outstanding external debt as a
percentage of aggregate output
is an indicator of solvency and
reflects the country’s capacity to
repay foreign obligations over
a long-term horizon,” Tetangco
He said the external debt
ratio also improved to 20.1
percent of the gross national
income in the second quarter
from 20.7 percent in the first
quarter and 21.7 percent a year
ago. Gross national income,
formerly called gross national
product, is the sum of income
from abroad and the gross
domestic product.
SMC capital hike okayed
THE Securities and Exchange Commission
approved an increase in the capital stock of
conglomerate San Miguel Corp. to P30 billion
from P22.5 billion and the creation of Series 2
preferred shares.
San Miguel’s P30-billion capital stock is
divided into 3.79 million common shares worth
P18.95 billion and 2.21 million preferred shares
valued at P11.05 billion.
San Miguel recently raised P80 billion worth
of Series 2 preferred shares to repay the Series
1 preferred shares.
San Miguel issued 1.067 billion in Series
2 preferred shares, consisting of 960 million
primary shares and 107 million shares, to cover
oversubscription at a price of P75 apiece.
The preferred shares are redeemable in five,
seven and 10 years and carry an interest rate
of 7.5 percent, 7.635 percent and 8 percent,
San Miguel earlier tapped 11 financial
institutions to underwrite the offering. They
include Honkong and Shanghai Banking Corp.,
Union Bank of the Philippines, BDO Capital
& Investment Corp., China Banking Corp. and
RCBC Capital Corp. Jenniffer B. Austria
2 airport projects auctioned
THE Transportation Department will bid out
contracts to develop two major airport projects
costing a combined P1.1 billion.
The agency has invited proponents to offer
bids to construct the Bicol International Airport
and Central Mindanao Airport.
The department has allotted about P963.2
million for the development of the new Bicol
International Airport, which will provide better
air transport services in the Bicol region.
The agency cited the need to develop a new
international airport because of the limitations
of the Legazpi Airport.
Legazpi Airport recorded 198 canceled and
104 delayed flights in 2011, mainly due to the
airport’s geographical location. The airport is
surrounded by mountainous areas.
The existence of houses and hills around the
airport also makes it costly to widen the runway
strip, Transportation Department said.
Meanwhile, the government will spend
some P154.5 million for the development
of the Central Mindanao Airport in M’lang,
Cotabato, which will operate as a feeder airport
to air terminals in Cagayan de Oro, Davao and
General Santos.
Lailany P. Gomez
THE Philippine Stock Exchange is
drawing up a list of Shariah-compliant
equities to attract the nation’s Muslim
investors and $1.2 trillion of investible
funds in the Middle East.
The exchange is holding consultations
and workshops with the Al-Amanah
Islamic Investment Bank of the
Philippines, government agencies and the
Asian Development Bank on standards
for Shariah-compliant stocks, Leo
Quinitio, head of the bourse’s capital-
markets development division, said in an
“There’s a large pool of investible
funds in the Middle East that invest
only in Shariah-compliant stocks or
companies that meet Muslim doctrines,”
Quinitio said Thursday. “We are working
on this and hopefully by the first half we
will have a list.”
The PSE sought to introduce new
products, including real estate investment
trusts and exchange traded funds, to boost
trading in Asia’s 12th-largest stock market.
The nation’s equities have a market value
of $209 billion, or about equal to Nestlé
SA’s capitalization, according to data
compiled by Bloomberg,
Trading on the PSE has averaged P5.86
billion ($141 million) a day this year, 22
percent more than 2011’s average, the
data show. The Dow Jones Islamic Market
World Index of companies that meet
Islamic guidelines has surged 13 percent
this year, outpacing an 8.3-percent gain
by the MSCI Asia-Pacific index.
Quinitio said Muslims are restricted
from investing in companies that
violate Shariah doctrines, which forbid
the engagement in activities deemed
unethical such as gambling, production
of alcohol and armaments. There are also
restrictions on interest-related income,
he said. Bloomberg
FINANCIAL 13,862,443 1,105,619,992.4
INDUSTRIAL 95,143,094 1,048,085,376.74
HOLDING FIRMS 106,726,656 1,175,948,093.381
PROPERTY 122,576,213 580,877,756.04
SERVICES 191,521,877 116,477,2994
MINING & OIL 368,063,849 467,077,999.749
GRAND TOTAL 897,894,132 5,542,382,212.311
FINANCIAL 1,333.62 (down) 3.02
INDUSTRIAL 8,018.17 (up) 18.46
HOLDING FIRMS 4,459.58 (down) 6.57
PROPERTY 2,053.86 (up) 18.79
SERVICES 1,803.04 (down) 7.51
MINING & OIL 20,583.7 (down) 585.6
PSEI 5,292.06 (down) 2.91
All Shares Index 3,530.34 (down) 7.35
Gainers: 63; Losers: 91; Unchanged: 47; Total: 201
Jolliville Holdings 3.88 29.33
Panasonic Mfg Phil. Corp. 6.00 23.71
ABS-CBN 33.25 8.66
Asia Amalgamated A 5.20 8.33
Vitarich Corp. 0.66 8.20
ABS-CBN Holdings Corp. 32.90 7.52
Solid Group Inc. 2.00 4.17
House of Inv. 5.35 4.09
Splash Corporation 1.85 3.93
Phil. Seven Corp. 74.00 3.50
PhilexPetroleum 25.75 (15.16)
Anchor Land Holdings Inc. 18.00 (14.29)
A. Brown Co., Inc. 3.17 (9.94)
IP E-Game Ventures Inc. 0.021 (8.70)
Euro-Med Lab. 1.88 (8.29)
Philex `A' 14.82 (6.44)
Mabuhay Vinyl Corp. 1.51 (5.63)
Alcorn Gold Res. 0.0170 (5.56)
Lorenzo Shipping 1.24 (4.62)
Maybank ATR KE 25.50 (4.49)
Stocks trade lower;
ALI, Meralco climb
52 Weeks Previous % Net Foreign
High Low STOCKS Close High Low Close Change Volume Trade/Buying
70.50 46.00 Banco de Oro Unibank Inc. 62.10 62.10 60.60 60.90 (1.93) 2,226,160 (63,570,443.00)
77.45 50.00 Bank of PI 77.10 78.60 77.15 78.60 1.95 2,681,120 106,899,911.00
1.82 0.68 Bankard, Inc. 0.70 0.72 0.72 0.72 2.86 45,000
595.00 370.00 China Bank 54.00 54.00 52.95 53.15 (1.57) 126,460 (1,486,976.00)
2.20 1.42 BDO Leasing & Fin. Inc. 1.95 2.00 1.98 1.99 2.05 293,000
23.90 13.80 COL Financial 20.50 20.50 20.35 20.50 0.00 37,900
20.70 18.50 Eastwest Bank 21.85 22.10 21.80 21.80 (0.23) 948,800 6,226,160.00
89.00 50.00 First Metro Inv. 75.00 75.00 74.80 75.00 0.00 1,370
3.26 1.91 I-Remit Inc. 2.83 2.83 2.66 2.83 0.00 43,000
39.20 3.00 Maybank ATR KE 26.70 25.50 25.50 25.50 (4.49) 2,000
102.50 60.00 Metrobank 92.00 92.00 90.95 91.00 (1.09) 4,288,880 (164,373,350.50)
3.06 1.30 Natl Reinsurance Corp. 1.91 1.92 1.91 1.91 0.00 200,000
77.80 41.00 Phil. National Bank 71.20 71.50 70.00 70.70 (0.70) 511,130 (244,076.50)
95.00 69.00 Phil. Savings Bank 84.50 84.10 84.00 84.10 (0.47) 4,700
500.00 210.00 PSE Inc. 372.00 372.20 365.00 365.00 (1.88) 13,800 (1,430,760.00)
45.50 29.45 RCBC `A’ 44.00 44.50 43.85 44.50 1.14 21,300.00 818,000.00
155.20 77.00 Security Bank 158.40 158.50 157.30 158.30 (0.06) 787,110 (34,506,568.00)
1100.00 879.00 Sun Life Financial 970.00 1002.00 995.00 1002.00 3.30 910 781,430.00
140.00 58.00 Union Bank 105.00 105.10 104.50 104.50 (0.48) 186,100 7,576,200.00
2.06 1.43 Vantage Equities 1.81 1.83 1.83 1.83 1.10 13,000
35.50 26.50 Aboitiz Power Corp. 33.40 33.50 33.25 33.30 (0.30) 2,130,700 (29,728,925.00)
13.58 8.00 Agrinurture Inc. 8.85 8.60 8.55 8.55 (3.39) 43,700
23.95 11.98 Alaska Milk Corp. 23.50 23.50 23.50 23.50 0.00 2,100
1.70 0.97 Alliance Tuna Intl Inc. 1.70 1.75 1.70 1.72 1.18 2,968,000 2,315,510.00
48.00 25.00 Alphaland Corp. 30.00 30.00 30.00 30.00 0.00 200 (6,000.00)
1.62 1.08 Alsons Cons. 1.41 1.40 1.38 1.38 (2.13) 1,789,000
Asiabest Group 21.30 22.00 21.00 21.80 2.35 7,500
2.96 2.12 Calapan Venture 2.78 2.93 2.77 2.77 (0.36) 37,000 84,000.00
2.75 2.30 Chemrez Technologies Inc. 2.69 2.70 2.68 2.70 0.37 767,000 1,474,580.00
9.74 7.41 Cirtek Holdings (Chips) 11.90 11.92 11.50 11.88 (0.17) 28,600
6.41 4.83 Energy Devt. Corp. (EDC) 6.05 6.10 6.05 6.07 0.33 21,902,400 83,299.00
7.77 2.80 EEI 7.96 8.15 7.95 8.08 1.51 1,845,200 6,258,971.00
3.80 1.00 Euro-Med Lab. 2.05 1.89 1.88 1.88 (8.29) 16,000 (18,870.00)
19.40 12.50 First Gen Corp. 19.12 19.40 19.00 19.02 (0.52) 5,878,300 35,854,874.00
79.30 51.50 First Holdings ‘A’ 79.00 79.15 78.30 78.30 (0.89) 492,790 6,810,000.00
27.00 17.50 Ginebra San Miguel Inc. 17.80 17.80 17.50 17.80 0.00 8,500
0.02 0.0110 Greenergy 0.0160 0.0160 0.0150 0.0160 0.00 22,400,000
13.10 7.80 Holcim Philippines Inc. 12.80 12.90 12.80 12.82 0.16 194,300 633,374.00
6.00 3.80 Integ. Micro-Electronics 4.06 4.20 4.10 4.20 3.45 2,000
2.35 0.61 Ionics Inc 0.620 0.630 0.630 0.630 1.61 21,000
120.00 80.00 Jollibee Foods Corp. 99.90 100.00 99.85 100.00 0.10 302,290 20,373,144.00
Lafarge Rep 9.35 9.35 9.10 9.35 0.00 202,500
8.40 1.04 LMG Chemicals 2.06 2.12 2.03 2.03 (1.46) 80,000 4,230.00
1.90 1.11 Mabuhay Vinyl Corp. 1.60 1.51 1.51 1.51 (5.63) 13,000
27.45 18.10 Manila Water Co. Inc. 26.65 26.80 26.55 26.80 0.56 604,400 (4,115,575.00)
18.10 8.12 Megawide 16.560 16.900 16.560 16.900 2.05 58,800 (18,490.00)
280.60 215.00 Mla. Elect. Co `A’ 257.00 264.00 256.00 261.20 1.63 391,520 40,522,606.00
6.75 4.50 Panasonic Mfg Phil. Corp. 4.85 6.00 6.00 6.00 23.71 11,000
12.20 7.50 Pancake House Inc. 7.00 7.05 7.01 7.01 0.14 20,500 (75,940.00)
3.65 1.96 Pepsi-Cola Products Phil. 4.05 4.10 4.00 4.00 (1.23) 2,413,000 (2,154,250.00)
16.00 9.70 Petron Corporation 10.36 10.36 10.10 10.26 (0.97) 9,502,500 (57,506,554.00)
13.70 10.20 Phinma Corporation 10.50 10.50 10.50 10.50 0.00 16,000
14.94 8.05 Phoenix Petroleum Phils. 8.20 8.17 8.08 8.15 (0.61) 281,700
4.42 1.01 RFM Corporation 3.95 4.00 3.95 3.95 0.00 290,000 4,000.00
3.90 2.01 Roxas Holdings 2.70 2.72 2.58 2.58 (4.44) 28,000
6.50 2.90 Salcon Power Corp. 5.65 5.55 5.55 5.55 (1.77) 200
34.60 26.50 San Miguel Brewery Inc. 34.40 34.40 34.30 34.40 0.00 118,600
129.20 110.20 San Miguel Corp `A’ 110.90 110.90 110.40 110.80 (0.09) 476,860 19,223,527.00
2.62 1.25 Seacem 2.55 2.58 2.47 2.54 (0.39) 1,321,000
2.44 1.73 Splash Corporation 1.78 1.85 1.85 1.85 3.93 6,000
0.196 0.112 Swift Foods, Inc. 0.139 0.140 0.135 0.140 0.72 6,380,000
14.66 3.30 Tanduay Holdings 11.98 12.06 11.96 11.96 (0.17) 559,100 1,554,472.00
2.88 1.99 TKC Steel Corp. 2.17 2.17 2.17 2.17 0.00 1,000
1.41 0.90 Trans-Asia Oil 1.19 1.20 1.19 1.19 0.00 839,000
69.20 37.00 Universal Robina 63.40 65.10 63.25 63.95 0.87 5,021,770 140,764,499.00
5.50 1.05 Victorias Milling 1.29 1.30 1.28 1.28 (0.78) 490,000
0.77 0.320 Vitarich Corp. 0.610 0.670 0.620 0.66 8.20 5,170,000 787,110.00
1.18 0.65 Abacus Cons. `A’ 0.71 0.72 0.70 0.71 0.00 3,632,000
59.90 35.50 Aboitiz Equity 48.60 49.00 48.00 48.00 (1.23) 879,000 22,564,505.00
0.019 0.014 Alcorn Gold Res. 0.0180 0.0170 0.0170 0.0170 (5.56) 1,100,000
13.70 8.00 Alliance Global Inc. 13.16 13.40 13.10 13.40 1.82 25,246,400 135,249,212.00
2.60 1.80 Anglo Holdings A 2.00 2.00 2.00 2.00 0.00 250,000
5.02 3.00 Anscor `A’ 4.74 4.71 4.71 4.71 (0.63) 62,000
6.98 0.260 Asia Amalgamated A 4.80 5.35 4.98 5.20 8.33 421,000
2.98 1.49 ATN Holdings A 1.57 1.55 1.50 1.50 (4.46) 44,000
4.16 2.30 ATN Holdings B 1.65 1.65 1.60 1.64 (0.61) 112,000
485.20 272.00 Ayala Corp `A’ 435.00 437.60 426.60 434.00 (0.23) 237,820 694,852.00
64.80 30.50 DMCI Holdings 58.00 58.30 58.00 58.30 0.52 817,010 9,281,383.00
5.20 3.30 Filinvest Dev. Corp. 4.11 4.14 4.00 4.14 0.73 125,000 (8,280.00)
556.00 455.40 GT Capital 541.00 550.00 540.00 550.00 1.66 128,060 38,417,080.00
5.22 2.94 House of Inv. 5.14 5.38 5.14 5.35 4.09 2,167,900
36.20 19.00 JG Summit Holdings 33.70 34.00 33.50 33.95 0.74 278,900 (5,737,920.00)
4.19 2.27 Jolliville Holdings 3.00 3.88 3.00 3.88 29.33 135,000
6.21 4.00 Lopez Holdings Corp. 5.55 5.55 5.45 5.47 (1.44) 2,843,300 (3,480,675.00)
1.54 0.61 Lodestar Invt. Holdg.Corp. 1.04 1.08 1.04 1.06 1.92 9,451,000
0.91 0.300 Mabuhay Holdings `A’ 0.420 0.420 0.420 0.420 0.00 1,000,000
3.82 1.800 Marcventures Hldgs., Inc. 2.28 2.30 2.25 2.27 (0.44) 649,000
4.65 2.56 Metro Pacific Inv. Corp. 4.21 4.20 4.11 4.11 (2.38) 50,574,000 (45,432,820.00)
6.24 3.40 Minerales Industrias Corp. 4.98 5.30 4.99 4.99 0.20 23,000
0.0770 0.045 Pacifica `A’ 0.0490 0.0500 0.0500 0.0500 2.04 1,000,000
0.82 0.44 Prime Orion 0.475 0.480 0.475 0.475 0.00 1,000,000
0.490 0.285 Sinophil Corp. 0.320 0.320 0.320 0.320 0.00 1,740,000
760.00 450.00 SM Investments Inc. 727.00 736.00 727.00 727.50 0.07 328,670 (80,056,460.00)
2.71 1.08 Solid Group Inc. 1.92 2.00 1.86 2.00 4.17 949,000
1.57 1.14 South China Res. Inc. 1.17 1.18 1.16 1.18 0.85 294,000
0.420 0.101 Unioil Res. & Hldgs 0.2270 0.2280 0.2280 0.2280 0.44 80,000
0.620 0.082 Wellex Industries 0.3250 0.3250 0.3150 0.3250 0.00 740,000
0.980 0.380 Zeus Holdings 0.410 0.410 0.405 0.405 (1.22) 260,000
48.00 18.00 Anchor Land Holdings Inc. 21.00 20.00 18.00 18.00 (14.29) 20,300 135,000.00
3.34 1.70 A. Brown Co., Inc. 3.52 3.54 3.16 3.17 (9.94) 6,972,000 320,700.00
24.15 13.36 Ayala Land `B’ 23.40 24.00 23.35 24.00 2.56 8,753,500 27,538,795.00
5.62 3.08 Belle Corp. `A’ 4.78 4.78 4.75 4.77 (0.21) 1,013,000
9.00 2.26 Cebu Holdings 5.20 5.20 5.19 5.19 (0.19) 149,200 (240,498.00)
2.85 1.35 Century Property 1.47 1.49 1.45 1.47 0.00 5,066,000 1,888,220.00
2.91 1.20 City & Land Dev. 2.85 2.85 2.85 2.85 0.00 12,000
1.50 1.05 Cityland Dev. `A’ 1.12 1.14 1.12 1.14 1.79 64,000
1.11 0.67 Cyber Bay Corp. 0.81 0.81 0.79 0.80 (1.23) 10,002,000
0.94 0.54 Empire East Land 0.840 0.840 0.820 0.830 (1.19) 1,818,000
3.80 2.90 Eton Properties 3.70 3.71 3.62 3.70 0.00 254,000
0.310 0.10 Ever Gotesco 0.203 0.209 0.200 0.203 0.00 580,000
2.74 1.63 Global-Estate 1.97 2.00 1.94 1.94 (1.52) 1,145,000 (926,820.00)
1.44 0.98 Filinvest Land,Inc. 1.34 1.35 1.34 1.35 0.75 20,058,000 3,950,330.00
2.14 0.65 Interport `A’ 1.19 1.19 1.17 1.17 (1.68) 101,000
2.34 1.51 Megaworld Corp. 2.24 2.26 2.21 2.21 (1.34) 37,476,000 (21,977,010.00)
0.36 0.150 MRC Allied Ind. 0.1590 0.1600 0.1560 0.1600 0.63 1,820,000 15,800.00
0.990 0.089 Phil. Estates Corp. 0.6700 0.6900 0.6500 0.6900 2.99 9,732,000 (30,750.00)
4.33 2.10 Primex Corp. 3.45 3.41 3.18 3.41 (1.16) 10,000
19.94 10.00 Robinson’s Land `B’ 18.20 18.20 18.14 18.18 (0.11) 2,890,700 17,974,770.00
7.71 2.51 Rockwell 3.38 3.40 3.33 3.34 (1.18) 217,000 120,240.00
2.85 1.81 Shang Properties Inc. 2.80 2.78 2.72 2.78 (0.71) 51,000
8.95 6.00 SM Development `A’ 6.03 6.09 6.01 6.03 0.00 1,921,200 2,075,836.00
18.20 10.94 SM Prime Holdings 13.86 13.96 13.76 13.82 (0.29) 9,351,500 (14,326,390.00)
0.91 0.64 Sta. Lucia Land Inc. 0.67 0.67 0.67 0.67 0.00 200,000 83,750.00
4.55 1.80 Starmalls 3.96 3.99 3.90 3.95 (0.25) 3,800 (15,660.00)
0.64 0.45 Suntrust Home Dev. Inc. 0.500 0.510 0.510 0.510 2.00 102,000
4.66 2.60 Vista Land & Lifescapes 4.900 4.960 4.830 4.900 0.00 2,729,000 (6,634,540.00)
4.72 1.20 2GO Group’ 1.75 1.70 1.70 1.70 (2.86) 20,000
42.00 24.80 ABS-CBN 30.60 33.25 29.90 33.25 8.66 839,600
18.98 1.05 Acesite Hotel 1.45 1.48 1.37 1.40 (3.45) 1,134,000 41,400.00
0.78 0.45 APC Group, Inc. 0.630 0.650 0.620 0.620 (1.59) 211,000
10.92 7.30 Asian Terminals Inc. 9.00 9.01 9.01 9.01 0.11 3,000
102.80 4.45 Bloomberry 9.97 10.06 9.95 10.00 0.30 22,064,500 2,623,910.00
0.5300 0.1010 Boulevard Holdings 0.1580 0.1610 0.1550 0.1570 (0.63) 13,640,000 158,590.00
24.00 5.20 Calata Corp. 6.34 6.34 6.00 6.07 (4.26) 1,051,200 60,600.00
82.50 60.80 Cebu Air Inc. (5J) 57.90 57.90 56.10 56.80 (1.90) 539,140 (3,535,891.50)
9.70 5.44 DFNN Inc. 5.54 5.67 5.39 5.57 0.54 103,800
1750.00 800.00 FEUI 1050.00 1050.00 1050.00 1050.00 0.00 15
1270.00 831.00 Globe Telecom 1180.00 1184.00 1136.00 1136.00 (3.73) 55,075 (11,668,575.00)
11.00 6.18 GMA Network Inc. 9.75 9.80 9.73 9.73 (0.21) 86,300
77.00 43.40 I.C.T.S.I. 69.40 70.00 69.40 70.00 0.86 712,380 (14,327,005.00)
0.98 0.36 Information Capital Tech. 0.400 0.405 0.395 0.395 (1.25) 460,000
4.70 1.75 IP Converge 2.24 2.25 2.18 2.21 (1.34) 231,000 22,000.00
34.50 0.036 IP E-Game Ventures Inc. 0.023 0.022 0.021 0.021 (8.70) 127,700,000
3.87 1.00 IPVG Corp. 1.00 1.02 1.00 1.02 2.00 5,442,000
0.0760 0.042 Island Info 0.0460 0.0470 0.0470 0.0470 2.17 200,000
5.1900 2.550 ISM Communications 3.0000 2.9600 2.9600 2.9600 (1.33) 30,000
3.45 2.01 JTH Davies Holdings Inc. 2.10 2.15 2.10 2.15 2.38 73,000
10.30 5.90 Leisure & Resorts 7.75 7.73 7.58 7.65 (1.29) 177,200
3.70 2.60 Liberty Telecom 2.52 2.53 2.53 2.53 0.40 10,000
2.65 1.03 Lorenzo Shipping 1.30 1.24 1.24 1.24 (4.62) 19,000
3.96 2.70 Macroasia Corp. 2.80 2.80 2.80 2.80 0.00 1,000
4.08 1.21 Manila Jockey 2.87 2.99 2.85 2.86 (0.35) 1,142,000 (971,390.00)
9.60 6.50 Metro Pacific Tollways 7.00 7.00 7.00 7.00 0.00 200
22.95 13.80 Pacific Online Sys. Corp. 14.08 14.10 13.96 14.10 0.14 74,600
8.58 5.35 PAL Holdings Inc. 7.48 7.45 7.39 7.39 (1.20) 1,500
3.39 1.05 Paxys Inc. 2.82 2.81 2.76 2.76 (2.13) 519,000
10.00 5.00 Phil. Racing Club 9.52 9.50 9.50 9.50 (0.21) 1,000,000 (9,500,000.00)
71.00 18.00 Phil. Seven Corp. 71.50 75.00 70.00 74.00 3.50 4,379,380 2,815,235.00
17.88 12.10 Philweb.Com Inc. 16.98 16.98 16.94 16.98 0.00 280,000 1,823,594.00
2886.00 2096.00 PLDT Common 2828.00 2820.00 2800.00 2810.00 (0.64) 76,640 (22,863,970.00)
0.39 0.25 PremiereHorizon 0.310 0.310 0.310 0.310 0.00 300,000
30.15 10.68 Puregold 29.90 30.05 29.85 30.00 0.33 4,500,300 20,459,520.00
3.30 2.42 Transpacific Broadcast 2.60 2.59 2.48 2.59 (0.38) 3,000
0.79 0.34 Waterfront Phils. 0.450 0.450 0.435 0.450 0.00 30,000
0.0083 0.0038 Abra Mining 0.0043 0.0044 0.0044 0.0044 2.33 28,000,000
6.20 3.01 Apex `A’ 4.60 4.68 4.68 4.60 0.00 29,000
6.22 3.00 Apex `B’ 4.60 4.60 4.60 4.60 0.00 5,000
20.80 14.50 Atlas Cons. `A’ 17.44 17.70 17.44 17.46 0.11 1,017,900 (1,936,400.00)
48.00 20.00 Atok-Big Wedge `A’ 26.25 26.25 24.00 26.25 0.00 20,900 (65,485.00)
0.345 0.170 Basic Energy Corp. 0.260 0.260 0.260 0.260 0.00 50,000
29.00 19.98 Benguet Corp `A’ 25.00 24.20 24.20 24.20 (3.20) 5,200
34.00 21.20 Benguet Corp `B’ 25.00 25.00 25.00 25.00 0.00 700
2.23 1.05 Century Peak Metals Hldgs 1.12 1.12 1.11 1.11 (0.89) 146,000
61.80 6.96 Dizon 23.80 24.40 23.40 23.95 0.63 93,500
1.21 0.50 Geograce Res. Phil. Inc. 0.60 0.60 0.58 0.59 (1.67) 24,740,001,435,710
1.81 1.0600 Lepanto `A’ 1.210 1.220 1.190 1.190 (1.65) 20,373,000
2.070 1.0900 Lepanto `B’ 1.300 1.300 1.270 1.280 (1.54) 10,802,000 3,223,360.00
0.085 0.042 Manila Mining `A’ 0.0610 0.0610 0.0600 0.0610 0.00 5,000,000
0.840 0.570 Manila Mining `B’ 0.0610 0.0610 0.0610 0.0610 0.00 5,000,000
36.50 15.04 Nickelasia 18.68 18.74 18.00 18.12 (3.00) 740,500 19,534.00
12.84 2.91 Nihao Mineral Resources 8.10 8.16 8.00 8.08 (0.25) 335,000 (80,980.00)
1.100 0.008 Omico 0.6100 0.6300 0.6200 0.6200 1.64 303,000
8.40 2.99 Oriental Peninsula Res. 4.890 4.930 4.780 4.830 (1.23) 2,438,000 (48,200.00)
0.032 0.014 Oriental Pet. `A’ 0.0180 0.0190 0.0180 0.0180 0.00 35,200,000
0.033 0.014 Oriental Pet. `B’ 0.0200 0.0200 0.0200 0.0200 0.00 1,000,000
7.05 5.10 Petroenergy Res. Corp. 5.96 5.96 5.96 5.96 0.00 45,000
28.25 18.40 Philex `A’ 15.84 15.82 14.82 14.82 (6.44) 12,072,600 (37,217,144.00)
48.00 3.00 PhilexPetroleum 30.35 30.00 25.75 25.75 (15.16) 1,684,000 (5,968,235.00)
0.062 0.017 Philodrill Corp. `A’ 0.049 0.049 0.048 0.049 0.00 131,300,000
30.00 13.50 PNOC Expls `A’ 75.00 75.00 75.00 75.00 0.00 10
65.00 39.00 PNOC Expls `B’ 65.00 65.00 65.00 65.00 0.00 500
257.80 161.10 Semirara Corp. 222.20 222.80 220.00 220.00 (0.99) 622,140 (41,696,800.00)
0.029 0.015 United Paragon 0.0150 0.0150 0.0140 0.0150 0.00 1,500,000 (13,500.00)
50.00 23.05 ABS-CBN Holdings Corp. 30.60 33.00 30.90 32.90 7.52 1,421,900 4,757,460.00
580.00 535.00 Ayala Corp. Pref `A’ 539.00 536.50 532.00 535.00 (0.74) 1,180
103.50 100.00 First Gen G 103.10 103.30 103.30 103.30 0.19 500
11.02 6.00 GMA Holdings Inc. 9.65 9.80 9.46 9.50 (1.55) 2,989,500 24,947,500.00
116.70 108.90 PCOR-Preferred 108.00 108.00 107.80 108.00 0.00 3,470
1050.00 1000.00 SMPFC Preferred 1016.00 1016.00 1012.00 1012.00 (0.39) 5,000
1.31 0.62 Megaworld Corp. Warrants 1.25 1.24 1.24 1.24 (0.80) 20,000
0.210 0.00 Omico Corp. Warrant 0.0370 0.0370 0.0300 0.0360 (2.70) 2,100,000
Megaworld launches Makati tower
STOCKS fell for the fourth day, dragged
down by the heavy losses of the mining
sector as metal prices declined for the third
day and as investors questioned the govern-
ment’s new mining rules.
The Philippine Stock
Exchange index, the 30-company
benchmark, fell 2 points, or 0.1
percent, to close at 5,292.06
Friday. Value turnover reached
P5.5 billion.
The heavier index, representing
all shares, also shed 7 points, or
0.2 percent, to 3,530.34, as losers
outnumbered gainers, 91 to 63,
with 47 issues unchanged.
Philex Mining Corp. tumbled
6.4 percent to P14.82, after
chairman and chief executive
Manuel Pangilinan said the
company’s Padcal mine in
Benguet would be shut down
until the end of 2012. Unit Philex
Petroleum Corp. fell 15.2 percent
to P25.75.
Nickel Asia Corp. was down 3
percent to P18.12 while Lepanto
Consolidated Mining Co. declined
1.7 percent to P1.19. The London
Metals Index, a global benchmark
of metal prices, fell for third day
on Friday.
Metropolitan Bank and Trust
Co., the most actively traded
stock, fell 1.1 percent to P91.
Philippine Seven Corp., operator
of 7-Eleven convenience stores,
rose 3.5 percent to P74 to become
the biggest gainer among the 20
best trades stocks.
Ayala Land Inc. also rebounded
2.6 percent to P24 while sister
firm Bank of the Philippine
Islands also rose 2 percent to
P78.60. Alliance Global Group
Inc., the second most actively
traded stock, added 1.8 percent
to P13.40. Power distributor
Manila Electric Co. increased 1.6
percent to P261.20.
Meanwhile, Asian markets
traded mostly higher Friday,
despite uncertainty about the
fragile global economy. The
regional heavyweight, Tokyo’s
Nikkei 225 index, gained 0.6
percent to 9,142.29 while China’s
benchmark Shanghai composite
index added 0.1 percent to
2,027.03. Hong Kong, Seoul
and Sydney also rose.
The gains helped to reverse
some of the week’s losses
after Japanese data showed
exports suffered from debt-
crippled Europe’s downturn
and a Chinese index showed
manufacturing contracted in
Hong Kong’s Hang Seng rose
0.7 percent to 20,741.3. Seoul’s
Kospi index added 0.5 percent
to 2,001.33 and Sydney’s ASX
S&P 200 rose 0.4 percent to
US markets ended
mixed Thursday following
disappointing economic reports
that showed higher-than-
expected unemployment and a
contraction in manufacturing.
The Standard & Poor’s 500 and
Nasdaq composite indices fell
while the Dow Jones industrial
average gained.
“It just seems like global
markets are going through a
bit of a consolidation phase at
the moment,” said IG markets
strategist Stan Shamu in a report.
With Bloomberg, AP
By Jenniffer B. Austria
PROPERTY developer
Megaworld Corp. expects to
generate P4.2 billion in sales from
its newest luxurious residential
tower called Three Central in
Salcedo Village, Makati City.
Megaworld sales and
marketing head Eugene Lozano
said during the project launching
Three Central would offer 650
fully-furnished residential units
selling between P4.6 million
for studio unit and P19 million
for a penthouse three-bedroom
The 51-story structure will
offer two floors of upscale retail
developments that will house
renowned brands as well as food
outlets and restaurants.
The property, located along
Valero Street, is near the
headquarters of some of the
country’s top corporations and
multinational companies. It is
also close to graduate schools
and government offices.
Lozano said the condominium
tower is already 40-percent sold
out, after the company conducted
pre-selling activities. It expects
the project to be 80-percent sold
out by end of 2012.
Each unit at Three Central is
pre-furnished with amenities
including air conditioning
unit, LCD TV, refrigerator, a
washing machine with dryer, and
microwave oven. A dining set,
sofa, bed frames and mattresses
as also being provided.
The building’s seventh
floor will also house five-star
amenities that include mini-
theater, culinary station for
the exclusive use of residents,
landscaped meditation gardens,
reflexology path and spa and
swimming pool complex.
Construction of the luxurious
tower has started and units will
be ready for turnover to buyers
by 2015.
Lozano said the Megaworld
decided to launch its tallest and
most high-end residential project
in the area following the strong
sales performance of the first two
The One Central and Two
Central towers are already sold
out with the buildings ready
for turnover by 2013 and 2014,
Metro Store Alabang opens. Metro Retail Group, the retail arm of Gaisano family-owned Viscal
Development Corp., opened Metro Store Alabang, a 44,000-square meter retail store at the Alabang Town
Center, operated by Ayala Land Inc. in Alabang, Muntinlupa City. Shown are (from left) Metro Retail Group
director Jack Gaisano, Metro Retail Group chairman and chief executive Frank Gaisano, Ayala Land Inc.
executive vice president Bobby Dy, Metro Retail Group director Margaret Gaisano Ang, lawyer Byron San
Pedro, Edward Gaisano, Msgr. Felipe Ocol and Metro Retail Group president and chief operating officer
Eduardo Ponce.
Republic of the Philippines
Department of Public Works and Highways
Sarangani District Engineering Offce
Alabel, Sarangani Province
(MST-Sept. 22, 2012)
The DPWH-Sarangani District Engineering Ofñce, AIabeI, Sarangani Province
through its Bids and Awards Committee (BAC), invites contractors to apply to bid for
the following contract( s):
1. Contract ID No. : 12ME0077 CIuster A
Contract Name: 1. Const. of MPB @ Brgy. Upper Lumabat
2. Const. of MPB @Brgy. Panamin
3. Const. of MPB @Brgy. San Juan
Contract Location : aII of MaIungon, Sarangani Province
Scope of Work : PartiaI Const. of (18.00m x 24.00m) Covered Court
Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC): 1. Php. 2,000,000.00
2. Php. 2,000,000.00
3. Php. 2,000,000.00
TotaI Php. 6,000,000.00
Contract Duration : 75 CaIendar days
Source of Funds : Government of the PhiIippines (GOP)
2. Contract Duration : 12ME0078 Cluster B
Contract Name : 1. Const. of MPB @Brgy. Banahaw
2. Const. of MPB @ Brgy. Tamban
3. Const. of MPB @ Brgy. Kinabalan
Contract Location : aII of MaIungon, Sarangani Province
Scope of Work : Partial Const. of (18.00m x 24.00m)
Covered Court/ PartiaI Const. of MPB/CompIetion
of Covered Court w/partiaI const. of stage
Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC): 1. Php. 2,000,000.00
2. Php. 2,000,000.00
3. Php. 2,000,000.00
TotaI Php. 6,000,000.00
The BAC will conduct the procurement process in accordance with the revised
IRR of R.A. 9184. Bids received in excess of the ABC shall be automatically rejected
at the opening of bid.
To bid for this contract, a contractor must submit a Letter of Intent (LOI), purchase
bid documents and must meet the following major criteria: (a) prior registration with
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 ten
(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 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 LOÌ.
The DPWH-POCW Central Offce will only process contractor's applications for
registration, with complete requirements, and issue the Contractor's Certifcate of
Registration (CRC). Registration Forms may be downloaded at the DPWH website
The signifcant times and deadlines of procurement activities are shown below:
1. Issuance of Bidding Documents September 20 - October 9, 2012
2. Pre-Bid Conference September 27, 2012 @2:00 P.M.
3. Deadline of Receipt of LOI from Prospective Bidders Until October 9, 2012 @ 9:00 A.M.
4. Receipt of Bids October 9, 2012 until 10:00 A.M.
5. Opening of Bids October 9, 2012 @ 11 :00 A.M.
The BAC will issue hard copies of Bidding Documents (BDs) at DPWH-Sarangani
District Engineering Offce, Alabel, Sarangani Province, upon payment of a ‘non-
refundable fee of:
Items No. 1 & 2 10,000.00
Prospective Bidders may also download the BDs, from the DPWH web site.
Prospective Bidders that will download the BDs from the DPWH website shall pay the
said fees on or before the submission of their documents. The Pre-Bid Conference
shall be open only to interested parties who have purchased BD's. Bids must be
accompanied by a bid security in the amount and acceptable form, as stated in Section
27.2 of the Revised IRR .
The 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 copy
of CRC. The second envelope shall contain fnancial component of the bid. Contract
will be awarded to the Lowest Calculated Responsive Bid as determined in the bid
evaluation and the post-qualifcation.
The DPWH - Sarangani District Engineering Ofñce reserves the right to accept
or reject any or all bid and to annul the bidding process any time before Contract
award, without incurring any liability to the affected bidders.
Republic of the Philippines
Region IV-A
#16 Westbank Road, Rosario, Pasig City
Trunkline: 900-1928
(MST-Sept. 22, 2012)
The Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) of the Department of Public
Works and Highways (DPWH), Rizal II District Engineering Ofhce , invites
contractors to bid for the aforementioned projects:
1. Contract ID : 12 DO 0080
Contract Name : Improvement of Flood Control and Drainage
System along San Mateo-Rodriguez Road,
K0021+(-493) to K0025+800, Intermittent
Contract Location : San Mateo, Rizal
Scope of Works : Improvement of Drai nage System and
Concrete Sidewalk
Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC): P 11,632,421.10
Contract Duration : 180 Cal. Days
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 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 LOÌ. The DPWH-POCW Central Offce will only process contractors'
applications for registration with complete requirements and issue the
Contractor's 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
1. Issuance of Bidding Documents From September 21, 2012 to October 11, 2012
2. Pre-Bid Conference September 27, 2012 (10:00 a.m.)
3. Deadline of Receipt of LOI
from Prospective Bidders
October 4, 2012 until 2:00 p.m.
4. Receipt of Bids Deadline: October 11, 2012 (12:00 n.n.)
5. Opening of Bids October 11, 2012 (2:00 p.m.)
The BAC will issue hard copies of Bidding Documents (BD's) at DPWH,
Rizal II District Engineering Office, BAC Secretariat Office, # 16
Westbank Road, Manggahan Floodway, Brgy. Rosario, Pasig City, upon
payment of a non-refundable fee of Five Thousand Pesos Only (P5,000.00) for
No. 1, One Thousand Pesos Only (P1,000.00) for No. 2&3 and Ten Thousand
Pesos Only (P10,000.00) for NO. 4 for Bidding Documents. Prospective
bidders may also download the BDs from the DPWH web site, if available.
Prospective bidders that will download the BD's from the DPWH website
shall pay the said fees on or before the submission of their bids Documents.
The Pre-Bid Conference shall be open only to interested parties who have
purchased the BD's. 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 BD's 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
The DPWH, Rizal II District Engineering Ofhce 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.

Administrative Offcer III
BAC Chairman
Noted by:
District Engineer
Republic of the Philippines
Department of Public Works and Highways
Borongan City
Tel. No. (055) 560-9423
Fax No. (055) 261-2196
Email Address: dpwh_esed@yahoo.com
(MST-Sept. 22, 2012)
Contract ID : 121B0080
Contract Name : Replacement of San Pedro Bridge along Jct. Buenavista - Lawaan -
Marabut Road (20 In.m)
Location of the Contract: Quinapondan, Eastern Samar
Sept. 17, 2012
Subject: Amendments of Bidding Documents
This Supplemental Bid bulletin No. 12-003 is issued to modify or amend the
bidding documents of the above stated contract. It shall form an integral part of the
bidding document.
This is to inform all concerned that due to revision of plan and program of work of
the above stated contract the following were changed including the scope and Item of
Work as refected in the Bill of Quantities of the contract, viz;
Advertised New
1. Project Name Replacement of San Pedro Bridge
along Jct. Buenavista-Lawaan-
Marabut Road (20 In.m)
RepIacement of San Pedro Bridge
aIong Jct. Buenavista-
Lawaan·Marabut Road, km.
1000+645 incIuding 60 1m.,
2. Scope of Work Replacement of San Pedro Bridge
on Pile Foundation with 95.5 I.m.
road approaches (Plain PCCP) &
4.5 I.m. RC approach slab on both
sides, Construction of detour road
& structure and other scope of work
per approved POW
RemovaI of existing concrete
bridge and repIacement by 18.00
meters RCDG with
integral abutment on pile
foundation. Const. of 5.0 meters
approach slab
supported with RC piIes.
Improvement of approach "B" by
application of Basal
reinforcement Geotextile
3. Major Items of Work Items 400(14), 405, 311 (1) Items 311, 400(13a), 400(13b),
400(13c), 400(15), 404, 405, 504,
Spcl lll & Spcl IV
4. Approved Budget for the
P 21,671,606.12 P 21 ,617,781.77
5. Contract Duration 244 Calendar days 170 caIendar days

Approved by:
OIC-Asst. District Engineer
Republic of the Philippines
Department of Public Works and Highways
Borongan City
Tel. No. (055) 560-9423
Fax No. (055) 261-2196
Email Address: dpwh_esed@yahoo.com
To: AII BAC Members
This Notice is hereby given to all concerned that the bidding for Contract ID No. 12IB0080
- Replacement of San Pedro Bridge along Jct. Buenavista - Lawaan - Marabut Road,
km. 1000+645 including 60 In.m. approaches, Quinapondan, Eastern Samar which was
advertised at the Manila Standard and was posted at the DPWH and PhilGEPS websites
which started on June 21- 27, 2012 and was scheduled for bidding last July 12, 2012
but postponed indefnitely due to revision of Plan and Program of Work will now push
through on September 24, 2012.
The following scheduIes for the dropping / Receipt and Opening of Bids must be
observed, viz;
1. Dropping / Receipt of Bids - Sept. 24, 2012 until 10:00 a.m.
2. Opening of Bids -- Sept. 24, 2012 @ 2:00 p.m.
Please be guided accordingly.
OlC-Asst. District Engineer
(BAC Chairman)
(MST-Sept. 22, 2012)
ManilaStandardToday extrastory2000@gmail.com SEPTEMBER 22, 2012 SATURDAY
Asian buyers swarm iPhone 5
Labor strife disrupts
American’s schedules
Oil prices
above $93
OIL advanced in New York
as investors speculated that
the biggest weekly decline in
more than three months was
November futures rose as
much as 1.2 percent after front-
month prices slid 7.2 percent in
the four days through Thursday,
when the October contract
expired. New York crude has
technical support after settling
below the lower Bollinger
Band at $92.55 a barrel the
past two days. The last time it
closed below the band on June
21, oil gained 12 percent over
the next eight trading sessions.
Prices may fall next week on
concern economic growth
will slow, a Bloomberg News
survey showed.
“Financial oil positions
sold off in June are now
being rebuilt,” said Torbjoern
Kjus, an Oslo-based senior
oil analyst with DNB ASA,
in an interview in Singapore.
“Usually it doesn’t take more
than nervousness to create a
Oil for November delivery
advanced as much as $1.06 to
$93.48 a barrel in electronic
trading on the New York
Mercantile Exchange and was
at $93.41 at 3:10 p.m. Singapore
time. It climbed 12 cents
Thursday to $92.42. The October
contract expired at $91.87, down
11 cents. Front-month prices are
down 5.6 percent this week, the
biggest decline since the period
ended June 1.
Brent oil for November
settlement climbed 88 cents to
$110.91 a barrel on the London-
based ICE Futures Europe
exchange. The European
benchmark grade’s premium to
West Texas Intermediate was
at $17.53, down from $17.61
yesterday. Bloomberg
DALLAS—With American
Airlines canceling dozens of
flights every day, passengers with
fall travel plans are confronting
an inconvenient question:
Should they avoid the nation’s
third-largest carrier because
labor strife might cause delays
and cancellations?
Several prominent travel
gurus say it’s too early to “book
away” from American. They say
the number of canceled flights
is still small and that American
can find room on other planes for
displaced passengers.
The airline expects to cancel
up to 2 percent of its total flights
through the end of October
because of a dispute with
pilots. Even if passengers find
other flights, it’s a setback for
American, which is struggling to
reverse years of heavy losses.
American executives believe
pilots are calling in sick and
crews are slowing operations
by filing huge numbers of
maintenance reports to punish
the company for imposing tough
cost-cutting measures as part of
its bankruptcy reorganization.
The union insists pilots are
reporting to work as usual, and
it blames the cancellations on
company mismanagement and
problems with old planes.
American has already
canceled 300 flights this week,
or 1.25 percent of its schedule.
That number is sure to rise. On
Sunday and Monday, American
scrapped more than 5 percent of
its flights.
The percentage of American
flights arriving late has
ballooned. On Sunday, Monday
and Tuesday, fewer than half its
flights arrived on time, according
to flight-tracking service
At midday Thursday, 62
percent of American flights were
on time, compared with at least
90 percent at United, Delta and
US Airways, FlightStats’ figures
Bruce Hicks, a spokesman for
parent company AMR Corp.,
blamed pilot sick leave, which he
said is running 20 percent higher
than a year ago. There has also been
a “significant” increase in pilots
calling in maintenance requests,
often right before scheduled
departure, he added. AP
HONG KONG—In a now familiar
global ritual, Apple fans jammed
shops from Sydney to Tokyo to
pick up the tech juggernaut’s latest
Eager buyers formed long lines Friday at Apple Inc.
stores in Australia and Japan to be the first to get their
hands on the latest version of the smartphone. In Hong
Kong and Singapore, buyers had to sign up online for
the chance to pick up the device at a prearranged time.
The first customers in Hong Kong were greeted by staff
cheering, clapping, chanting “iPhone 5! iPhone 5!”
and high-fiving them as they were escorted one-by-one
through the front door.
The smartphone is also being launched in the US,
Britain, Canada, France and Germany. It will go on sale
in 22 more countries a week later. The iPhone 5 is thinner,
lighter, has a taller screen, faster processor, updated
software and can work on faster “fourth generation”
mobile networks.
The iPhone 5 has become a hot seller despite initial
lukewarm reviews and new map software that is glitch
prone. Apple received 2 million orders in the first 24
hours of announcing its release date, more than twice the
number for the iPhone 4S in the same period when that
phone launched a year ago.
In a sign of the intense demand, police in Osaka,
Japan, were investigating the theft of nearly 200 iPhones
5s, including 116 from one shop alone, Kyodo News
Analysts have estimated Apple will ship as many as 10
million of the new iPhones by the end of September.
Some Australian fans went to extremes to be among
the first by arriving at Apple’s flagship store in downtown
Sydney on Tuesday—three days ahead of the release.
Todd Foot, 24, nabbed the coveted first spot and spent
about 18 hours a day in a folding chair and catching a few
hours’ sleep each night in a tent on the sidewalk.
Foot’s dedication was largely a marketing stunt,
however. He writes product reviews for a technology
Web site that will give away the phone after Foot reviews
“I just want to get the phone so I can feel it, compare
it and put it on our Web site,” he said while slumped in
his chair.
In Singapore, which doesn’t have an Apple store, Liu
Ting Ting waited 12 hours to be the first of 10,000 people
in the Southeast Asian city-state granted the opportunity
to buy one at a Singapore Telecommunications launch-
day event.
“I have this I-need-to-be-first mentality because this
is the first time I’m buying an iPhone,” said Liu, who
is dumping her Blackberry because she believes the
iPhone 5’s photo and video capabilities will help with
her journalism studies.
“If I wasn’t the first, I would have gone home,” she
Not everyone lining up outside Hong Kong’s Apple
store was an enthusiast. University student Kevin Wong,
waiting to buy a black 16 gigabyte model for 5,588
Hong Kong dollars ($720), said he was getting one “for
the cash.” He planned to immediately resell it to one of
the numerous grey market retailers catering to mainland
Chinese buyers. China is one of Apple’s fastest-growing
markets but a release date for the iPhone 5 there has not
yet been set. AP
Customers celebrate as Apple Inc. started selling iPhone 5 at a store in Tokyo Friday morning. Apple’s Asian
fans jammed the tech juggernaut’s shops in Australia, Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore to pick up the
latest version of its iPhone. AP
Republic of the Philippines
Department of Public Works and Highways
Regional Offce No. ÌV-A
Trece Martires City
Tel. No. (046) 419-0058 /Tel. Fax No. (046) 419-0694
(MST-Sept. 22, 2012)
The Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) of the DPWH-Cavite District Engineering Offce,
through the (stated below), invites contractors to bid for the aforementioned projects:
Contract ÌD: 12DF0142
Contract Name: Assets Preservation of National Roads Generated from
Pavement Management System/Highway Development and
Management-4 (HDM-4), Preventive Maintenance (MFO-1)
Secondary Road, Asphalt Overlay at Noveleta-Rosario
Diversion Road, Km. 25+712 to Km. 25+792; Labanan sa
Binakayan Diversion Road, Km. 21+939 – Km. 22+131 and
Noveleta Diversion Road, Km. 25+399 – Km. 25+746
Contract Location: Kawit & Noveleta, Cavite
Scope of Work:
Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC): Php 14,121,260.00
Contract Duration: 50 calendar days
Cost of Bidding Documents: PhP 10,000.00
Contract ÌD: 12DF0143
Contract Name: Assets Preservation of National Roads Generated from
Pavement Management System/Highway Development and
Management-4 (HDM-4), Preventive Maintenance (MFO-1)
Secondary Road, Asphalt Overlay at Kawit-Noveleta Diversion
Road, Km. 22+(-364) to Km. 22+552 and Km. 22+552 to Km.
Contract Location: Kawit, Cavite
Scope of Work:
Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC): Php 18,931,490.00
Contract Duration: 65 calendar days
Cost of Bidding Documents: PhP 10,000.00
Contract ÌD: 12DF0144
Contract Name: Roads to Address Critical Bottlenecks National Road De-
Congestion, Widening of Daang Hari Road, Bacoor-Imus
Section (from Molino to Aguinaldo), Cavite including RROW
Contract Location: Bacoor & Imus, Cavite
Scope of Work:
Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC): Php 46,500,000.00
Contract Duration: 230 calendar days
Cost of Bidding Documents: PhP 20,000.00
Contract ÌD: 12DF0145
Contract Name: Assets Preservation of National Roads Generated from
Pavement Management System/Highway Development and
Management-4 (HDM-4), Preventive Maintenance (MFO-1)
(Intermittent Sections) Secondary Road, Asphalt Overlay
of Zapote-Salawag-Salitran Road, K0026+899 – K0029+009;
K0029+074 – K0030+687; Salawag-Paliparan Road, K0035+116
– K0036+057
Contract Location: Dasmariñas City, Cavite
Scope of Work:
Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC): Php 48,344,800.00
Contract Duration: 100 calendar days
Cost of Bidding Documents: PhP 20,000.00
The BAC will conduct the procurement process in accordance with the Revised ÌRR of R.A.
9184. Bids received in excess of the ABC shall be automatically rejected at the opening of bid.
To Bid for the contract, a contractor must submit a Letter of Ìntent (LOÌ), purchase bid
documents and must meet the following 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 C 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 examinations of
bids, evaluation of bids and postqualifcation.
Ìnterested bidders are also required to present to the BAC Secretariat, DPWH-Cavite
District Engineering Offce, Trece Martires City the original copies of the following documents
for authentication and issuance of Bid Documents: a) PCAB License; b) Contract's Registration
Certifcate; c) Certifcate of Materials Engineer Accreditation; d) Latest Copy of Authorizing Offcer
together with machine copy of two (2) valid ÌD's; e) Certifcate of Safety Offcer Seminar from
Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE); f) Philippine Government Electronic Procurement
System (PhilGEPS) Order From (Documents Request List) and g) CY-2011 CPES Rating.

Unregistered contractors, however, shall submit their applications for registration to
the DPWH-POCW Central Offce before the deadline for the receipt of LOÌ. The DPWH
POCW-Central Offce will only process contractor's applications for registration with complete
requirements and issue the Contractor's 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:
BAC Activities Schedule
1. Ìssuance of Bidding Documents Sept. 20, 2012 – Oct. 11, 2012 until 9:00 A.M.
2. Pre-Bid Conference September 27, 2012 at 10:00 A.M.
3. Deadline of Receipt of LOÌ from Prospective
October 5, 2012 until 10:00 A.M.
4. Receipt of Bids October 11, 2012 at 10:00 A.M.
5. Opening of Bids October 11, 2012 at 10:30 A.M.
The BAC will issue hard copies of Bidding Documents (BD's) at DPWH-Cavite District
Engineering Ofhce, Trece Martires City, upon payment of non-refundable fee of (stated
above). Prospective bidders may also download the BD's from the DPWH website, if available.
Prospective bidders that will download the BD's from the DPWH website shall pay the said
fees on or before the submission of their bids Documents. The Pre-Bid Conference shall be
open only to interested parties who have purchased the BD's. Bids must accompanied by a
bid security, in the amount and acceptable form, as stated in Section 27.2 of the Revised ÌRR.
Prospective bidders shall submit their duly accomplished forms as specifed in the BD's
in the BD'S 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 DPWH-Cavite District Engineering Ofhce reserves the right to accept or reject any
bid, to annul the bidding process at any time prior contract award, without thereby incurring
any liability to the affected bidder/s.

Approved by:

BAC Chairman
District Engineer

Republic of the Philippines
Department of Public Works and Highways
EDSA, Quezon City
(MST-Sept. 22, 2012)
The DPWH REGION IV-B (MIMAROPA) through its Bids and Awards Committee
(BAC), invites contractors to apply for eligibility and, if found eligible, to bid for the
following contract:
1. Contract ÌD : 12 E0 0043__
Contract Name : Repair of Maliig River Control Phase ÌÌ (Sta. 0+055.20
to sta. 0+106.6)
Contract Location : Lubang Ìsland, Occidental Mindoro
Brief Description : Earth berm, stone masonry, mobilization and
demobilization, facilities for the engineer and other
general requirements
Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC) : Php 2,000,000.00
Contract Duration : 45 calendar days
2. Contract ÌD : 13 E0 0001__
Contract Name : Concreting of Junction TLLR ÷ Binacas Road (Km.
5+523.80 to Km. 5+870), Lubang
Contract Location : Lubang Ìsland, Occidental Mindoro_
Brief Description : Surplus common excavation, foundation fll, pipe
culvert and drainage excavation, embankment
(from roadway excavation), aggregates sub-base
course, PCCP @ 230mm thick, pipe culverts,
910mm, pavement markings (pre-mix refectorized),
tree planting, mobilization and demobilization of
equipments, facilities for the engineers and other
general requirements.
Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC) : Php 7,352,940.00
Contract Duration : 37 calendar days
Bidding will be conducted through open competitive bidding procedures in accordance
with R.A. 9184 and its Revised Ìmplementing Rules and Regulations.
To bid for this contract, a contractor must submit Letter of Ìntent (LOÌ) 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 this contract, (c) completion of a
similar contract costing at least 50% of ABC within a period of 10 years, , and (d)
Net Financial Contracting Capacity at least equal to ABC, or credit line commitment
for at least 10% of the ABC. The BAC will use non-discretionary pass/fail criteria in
the eligibility check, preliminary examination of bids.
Unregistered contractors, however, may submit their application for registration, to
the __DPWH-POCW Central Offce before the deadline set for the receipt of LOÌ's.
The DPWH POCW-Central Offce will only process contractor's applications for
registration, with complete requirements, and issue the Contractor's Certifcate of
Registration (CRC).
The signifcant times and deadlines of procurement activities are shown below:
1. Receipt of LOÌ's from Prospective Bidders Deadline :September 24 ÷ October 04, 2012 @5 :00 pm
2. Ìssuance of Bidding Documents September 24 ÷ October 09, 2012
3. Pre-Bid Conference September 25, 2012
4. Receipt of Bids Deadline : October 09, 2012 @10:00 am
5. Opening of Bids Deadline : October 09, 2012 @10:00 am
Prospective bidders shall submit their duly accomplished forms as specifed in the
Bidding Documents (BD's) in two (2) separate sealed bid envelopes to the BAC
Chairman. The frst envelope shall contain the technical component of the bid,
including 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.
Prospective bidders may download the Registration Form from the DPWH Website
www.dpwh.gov.ph . The BAC will issue hard copies of Letter of Ìntent (LOÌ) Form at
DPWH Region IV-B, EDSA, Quezon City. Prospective bidders that will download
the Letter of Ìntent (LOÌ) shall pay the same amount upon submission of their Bids.
Prospective bidders may also download the bidding documents (BD's), if available,
from the DPWH website. The BAC will also issue hard copies of the BD's at the
same address to the eligible bidders upon payment of the non-refundable fee of Php
5,000.00 for each project . Bidders that will download the BD's from the DPWH
website shall pay the said fees on or before the submission of their bids. Bids must
be accompanied by the bid security in any acceptable form in the amount stated in
Section 27.2 of the Revised ÌRR.
The DPWH Region IV-B reserves the right to accept or reject any bid and to annul
the bidding process anytime before Contract award, without incurring any liability to
the affected bidders.

Approved by:
Chief, Administrative Division
Republic of the Philippines
Department of Public Works and Highways
Region X
Cagayan de Oro City 2
District Engineering Ofñce
Puntod, Cagayan de Oro City
Telefax (088) 856-8774 / E-mail Ad ÷ dpwhcdocitydistrict @yahoo.com
(MST-Sept. 22, 2012)
The Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) of the DPWH-CDOC District
Engineering Offce through the CY 2011 Various Ìnfra Ìncluding Local Projects
invites contractors to bid for the aforementioned projects:
Contract ID : 12KD0054
Contract Name : Construction/Concreting/Repair of Roads
a. Brgy. Bugo
b. Brgy. Gusa
c. Brgy. Tablon
d. Brgy. Cugman
Contract Location : All of Cagayan de Oro City
Brief Description : Construction, Concreting and Repair of roads
Appropriation : Php 6,065,000.00
Duration : 30 Calendar Days
The BAC will conduct the procurement process in accordance with the
Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations 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 Ìntent (LOÌ),
purchased 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% ABC. The BAC will use nondiscretionary
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 LOÌ. 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.down.gov.ph.
The signifcant times and deadlines of procurement activities are shown
1. Ìssuance of Bidding Documents From September 22, 2012 to October 11, 2012
2. Pre-bid Conference September 28, 2012 at 2:00 pm
3. Deadline of Receipt of LOÌ from
Prospective Bidders
October 5, 2012 until 12:00 noon
4. Receipt of Bids October 11, 2012 until 12:00 am
5 Opening of Bids October 11, 2012 at 2:00 pm
The BAC will issue hard copies of Bidding Documents (BD's) at DPWH-
CDOC District Engineering Offce upon payment of a non refundable fee
of Php 10,000.00. Prospective bidders may also download the BDs' from
DPWH web site, if available. Prospective Bidders that will download the BDs
from the DPWH website shall pay the said fees on or before the submission
of their bids Documents. Bids must accompanied by a bid security, in the
amount of and acceptableform, as stated in Section 27.2 of the Revised ÌRR.
Prospective bidders shall submit their duly accomplished forms as specifed
in the BD's in two (2) separate sealed bid envelopes to the BAC Chairman.
The frst envelop shall contain the technical component of the bid, which shall
include a copy of the CRC. The second envelop 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 DPWH-Cagayan de Oro City 2
District Engineering Offce reserves the
right to accept or reject any bid and to annul the bidding process anytime
before Contract award, without incurring any liability to the affected bidders.
OÌC-Asst. District Engineer
BAC Chairman
Noted :
OÌC-District Engineer
Manila Standard TODAY
Edited by Leo A. Estonilo www.manilastandardtoday.com•leoestonilo@gmail.com
New Era
in post-grad
Romulo: 63 IT parks to open
THE New Era University sent
about 100 delegates to the 8th
Graduate Education Research
Congress in a well-attended
discussion on updates in the
academic sector.
Led by NEU president Dr.
Corazon Osorio and professor
Dr. Josefina Sarmiento, the
group joined other participants
in the proceedings organized
by the Phillippine Association
For Graduate Education.
The forum was also attended
by the New Era University
Master in Special Education
students Lorna Gascon,
Irene Valles-Ibon and Elven
Among the theses presented
were those from host Emilio
Aguinaldo College-Manila,
Adamson University,
Trinity University of Asia,
Technological Institute of
the Philippines, Our Lady of
Fatima, Marikina Poytechnic
College .
Among other papers
lined up for deliberation,
New Era delegates brought
up “Investment in Shares
of Stock of Sampled
T e l e c o m m u n i c a t i o n
Companies: Towards a
Formulation of an Investment
Guide through presenter,
Professor Cesar Cruel.
Dr. Emilia Mananghaya,
coordinator, New Era MBA
Program, served as facilitator.
Cris A. Ibon
Aboitiz outreach
MAYOYAO—SN Aboitiz Power-Magat Inc. is
helping townsfolk in the poultry business to increase
their egg supply for the market.
Table egg production is a key sopurce of income
for an Environment guide association in Ifugao
among 40 members and other farmers.
Majawjaw’s SNAP-aided project started last
August on 200 layers of hens to serve as model
for other upland villages in remote parts of the
As a locator, the Aboitiz firm has extended
employment and livelihood opportunities to residents
in host communities as part of its corporate social
SNAP-Magat owns and operates the 360-megawatt
Magat hydroelectric power plant bordering Ramon in
Isabela and Alfonso Lista in Ifugao.
It is a joint venture of SN Power of Norway and
Aboitiz Power.
Jessica Bacud
Taytay firm closed
THE Philippine Electric Corp. will close its shop in
Taytay, Rizal, by yearend, an official said.
“It was very hard for us to arrive at this decision
but it is one that simply had to be made,” Philec
president Ariel Ong told the media on Friday.
“Our foremost consideration now is to fulfill our
obligations to our employees, customers, suppliers,
and the local community.”
Philec employs 104 workers, most of them residing
in Rizal province.
“The company would like to thank our dedicated
employees, loyal customers and all our valued
partners for their contribution and support over the
years. We look forward to renewing relationships
through other member companies of the Lopez
group,” Ong said.
“We will give our employees a minimum of
two months’ salary for every year of service,” he
said. “We will also provide them with livelihood
skills training, financial investment seminars and
endorse them for possible employment in other
companies through our industry networks.”
The company assures that all delivery
commitments will be met and that their usual high
service levels will be maintained. PHILEC also
assures its suppliers and customers that all pending
obligations and commitments will be honored and
Philec is a subsidiary of First Philippine Electric
Corporation, a member of the Lopez Group, and
is engaged in the manufacturing of distribution
Vito Barcelo
By Gigi Muñoz David
PASIG City Rep. Roman Romulo
said 41 new information-technology
parks will be opened in the provinces
and 22 in the National Capital
“We strongly favor the advancement of new IT parks in
highly urbanized corners outside Metro Manila,” he said
“This will spur balanced economic growth all over the
House Deputy Majority leader Romulo is hailed as
champion of the IT-enabled business process outsourcing
sector with dominant locators in parks registered with the
Philippine Economic Zone Authority.
“In terms of human resources, we have several cities
outside Metro Manila that produce thousands of college-
educated, fluent English-speaking professionals every year,”
Romulo said.
He listed among the emerging IT parks as Cebu City with
seven—FLB Corporate Center, GAGFA IT Center, GT Times
Square, HMDF-WTCI IT Tower, Innove IT Plaza, Maria
Cristina IT Building, and Quimonda IT Center; and Mandaue
City with five—GGVPI IT Zone, Hi Point IT Towers I, II and
III, and Taft IT Park.
Cagayan de Oro City: Georgetown Cybermall IT Building,
Limketkai IT Center, Ororama Megacenter, Robinsons
Place, and SMCO IT Center; Bacolod City: Bacolod IT Park,
Lopue’s San Sebastian IT Center, and St. Francis IT Center.
Iloilo City: Iloilo Business Park, Plazuela de Iloilo, and
Robinsons Place; Biñan City: Ecocentrum BPO/IT Park and
One Asia Business Center; Tarlac City: Tarlac Provincial IT
Parks I and II.
Romulo said IT parks are rising in Baguio City (PCH
IT Center); Cabanatuan City (Megacenter IT Building);
Dasmariñas City (Robinsons Place) Dumaguete City
(LinkSy IT Park); General Santos City (Mabuhay IT Park);
Lipa City (SM City IT Center); Naga City (Naga Center IT
Cyber Park); San Fernando City (Robinsons Starmills); and
Urdaneta City (CB Mall IT Center).
He said towns are following suit: Marilao, Bulacan (First
Bulacan IT Park); Bacong (Federated IT Park I); Sibulan
(Federated IT Park II) both in Negros Oriental; Rosario (SM
City IT Center); Silang, also in Cavite (South Forbes Cyber
Park) both in Cavite.
The industry targets $27 billion in revenues and employ
1.3 million workers by 2016.
This year, the Business Processing Association estimates
$13 billion in revenues on a labor force of 764,000.
GLOBE Telecom has joined the campaign to save the
Philippine Eagle which faces extinction due to the continuous
destruction of its habitat.
Its Corporate Social Responsibility arm, Globe Bridging
Communities, has partnered with the Philippine Eagle
Foundation on its forest corridor development program in
Arakan to restore wildlife zones.
Ron Nazal, CSR head said Arakan is a valley at the
northeastern tip of North Cotabato and bounded in the east
by Davao City.
“Globe is committed to the protection, preservation, and
conservation of our environment,” he said. “That is why
we conduct the annual Globe Cordillera Challenge to help
preserve the Cordillera mountain ecosystem as well as the
Globe acts to protect eagle’s habitat
Globe Adventure Taal for Clean Water, a drive to
save Taal Lake from water pollution.”
Dennis Salvador, PEF executive director,
welcomed Globe’s commitment.
“PEF firmly believes that the fate of our vanishing
Philippine Eagle, the health of our environment, and
the quality of Philippine life are inextricably linked,”
he said.
The Globe Arakan drive is supported by global
ICT solutions provider Huawei, Gerry’s Grill and the
Ayala Business Club–Davao composed of about 30
members including Ayala Land, Avida, and Bank of
the Philippine Islands

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