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Long road to end conflict in Mindanao
salient part
of accord
Santiago: Cybercrime
law is unconstitutional
Tight security marks
first day of bar exams
Solons, farmers slam
P8.6b cut in coco fund
Filipino painting sold
for P25m at Sotheby’s
Separate state dropped in carving out Bangsamoro •
Vol. XXVI No. 201 16 Pages, 3 Sections
P18.00 Monday, October 8, 2012
Govt, MILF forge
new peace pact
UNDER the framework accord:
• The Bangsamoro will have a
ministerial form with an asymmet-
ric relationship with the national
• The Bangsamoro identity
covers those who at the time of
conquest and colonization were
considered natives or original in-
habitants of Mindanao and the Sulu
archipelago and its adjacent islands
including Palawan, and their de-
scendants whether of mixed or of
full blood.
• The national government
will have powers on defense and
external security, foreign policy,
common market and global trade,
coinage and monetary policy,
citizenship and naturalization and
postal service.
• The Bangsamoro will have
the power to enter into economic
• The Bangsamoro shall have
competence over the Shari’ah
justice system. The supremacy of
Shari’ah and its application shall
only be to Muslims.
• The Bangsamoro will have
the power to create its own sources
of revenues and to levy taxes, fees,
and charges, subject to limitations as
may be mutually agreed upon with
the government. This power shall
include the power to determine tax
bases and tax rates.
SENATE President Juan Ponce
Enrile on Sunday said the Sen-
ate and House of Representa-
tives might start switching to
campaign mode for the 2013
elections when the sessions re-
sumed today.
He told dzBB radio that “the
air in the country will be differ-
ent this season,” and that he ex-
pected lawmakers to shift their
concentration to campaigning
from lawmaking.
Enrile made his statement
even as the group Parish Pastoral
DEFYING the Spanish conquis-
tadors and American coloniz-
ers, Mindanao folk have always
fought to nurture their aspirations
as a free people.
Mindanao saw a socio-political
turning point when Sheik Makdum,
an Arab preacher, brought the Is-
lamic faith in the 13th century and
followed through by Shariff Ka-
bunsuan in the 15th century.
Islamic communities grew
across Mindanao to pave the way
for Islamic Sultanates under a Su-
preme Council.
The converts managed to live
peacefully with their neighbors in
the spirit of respect and tolerance.
In the early 1900s, the govern-
ment deemed Mindanao as “The
Land of Promise”, and encour-
aged settlers to develop its vast
and rich natural resources.
The wave of migration result-
ed in a place of diversity where
ethnicity, culture, traditions and
beliefs thrived and never got in
the way of daily life.
It was both unfortunate and
uneventful when cases of land
grabbing and social injustices
bred unrest.
In February 1973, Mindanao
became embroiled in an armed
conflict between the Moro Na-
tional Liberation Front and the
Armed Forces.
As both sides waged a pro-
tracted war, thousands of innocent
people died, displacing more and
laying to waste billions of pesos
worth of property.
On July 7, 1975, the late Presi-
dent Ferdinand Marcos signed
By Macon R. Araneta
SENATOR Miriam Defensor
Santiago says she expects the
Supreme Court to reject the Cy-
bercrime Law “because of its
chilling effect,” such that “you
almost don’t want to use your
computer for fear of becoming
“Otherwise, it will be a black,
black day for freedom of speech,”
Santiago said in a keynote speech
on Saturday during the inter-uni-
versity conference on business
and economics at the Adamson
University in Manila.
“In my humble opinion, the
law as presently worded is un-
constitutional,” she said.
Santiago made her statement
even as Justice Secretary Leila de
Lima on Sunday said there was
nothing unconstitutional in Re-
public Act 10175.
“Some sectors have questioned
[the law’s] libel provision, but we
should remember that it is already
a criminal offense under existing
laws,” De Lima said.
By Rey E. Requejo
A TOTAL of 5,686 law gradu-
ates trooped to the University of
Santo Tomas on Sunday to take
this year’s Bar examinations, and
amid heightened security to en-
sure the examinees’ safety.
Some 50 policemen were on
hand as the examinees and their
supporters started massing at
the school’s gates before those
opened at 5 a.m.
The Supreme Court ordered
tougher security to avoid a repeat
of the grenade attack that injured
50 people during the 2010 bar ex-
ams. And Manila Mayor Alfredo
Lim issued an executive order pro-
hibiting the sale and distribution of
beer and liquor along the school’s
By Christine F. Herrera
MILITANT lawmakers and co-
conut farmers on Sunday assailed
the Aquino government’s deci-
sion to take P8.64-billion from
the coconut levy fund through
“special provisions” in this year’s
national budget.
They demanded that the entire
amount in the fund—about P57.6
billion—be distributed in cash to
3.4 million coconut farmers in-
stead of P16,941 to each.
A provision in the 2012
national budget sets aside 10
percent of recovered ill-gotten
wealth for the Presidential
Commission on Good Govern-
ment and 5 percent for the Of-
fice of the Solicitor General for
“recovery expenses.”
“Why are they quick to award
15 percent to government agen-
cies tasked to recover ill-gotten
wealth in the first place when they
are so slow in discussing how the
money would be awarded to the
farmers?” said Kabataan Rep.
Raymond Palatino.
Testing time. Examinees troop to the University of Santo Tomas
campus to take this year’s Bar examinations. EY ACASIO
A welcome deal. President Benigno Aquino III announces on television that the government had reached
a preliminary peace agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. AARON FAVILA, AP
An unwelcome law. Members of the group Akbayan protest
against the Cybercrime Law at the Welcome Rotunda in Quezon City.
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By Francisco S. Tatad
ISLAND of Rhodes, Greece—
Even as systemic crisis con-
tinued to seize the economies
of the Eurozone, particularly
Greece, and the situations in
Syria, Iran, the South China
Sea and the Sea of Japan threat-
en to explode into a nasty war,
540 scholars, scientists and
thinkers from 65 countries met
on this ancient island last week
to enhance the role of dialogue,
cooperation and peaceful en-
gagement among nations and
The occasion was the 10th
anniversary of the World Pub-
lic Forum “Dialogue of Civi-
lizations.” This was formally
launched in 2002, following the
adoption by the 53rd session of
the United Nations General As-
sembly in 2001 of a resolution
initiated by Iranian President
Mohammad Khatami proposing
a “Global Agenda for Dialogue
among Civilizations.”
Since 2008, the UN has tried
to carry the resolution forward
by conducting four Alliance of
Civilization Forums in Madrid,
Istanbul, Rio de Janeiro and
Doha. A fifth is scheduled to
be held in Vienna in 2013. But
even before the UN could for-
mally act on its own resolution,
the Indian philosopher Jagdish
C. Kapur and Russia’s Vladimir
Yakunan decided to launch the
WPF in 2002, guided by Kapur’s
philosophy of a new humanistic
world order that rejects the con-
sumerist devaluation of human
life and the homogenization of
culture under the onslaught of
The crisis of nations
and the dialogue of civilizations
FOUR Filipinos sold their paintings at a Sotheby’s auction in
Hong Kong on Sunday, with one of those fetching a record
HK$4,820,000 (P25,546,000).
Ronald Ventura’s The Dive was estimated to fetch only
HK$480,000 to HK$680,000 but then sold for the highest price.
Nona Garcia’s Stay fetched HK$524,000 (P2,777,200) when
it was estimated to sell for only HK$120,000 to HK$180,000.
Jon Jaylo’s Bright Days Are Upon US was estimated to sell for only
HK$40,000 to $60,000 but actually sold for HK$500,000 (P2,650,000)
Andres Barrioquinto’s Hidden Pleasures was seen fetch-
ing HK80,000 to HK$150,000, and it brought in HK$106,000
mode shifts
to campaign
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By Joyce Pangco Pañares
THE government has forged a frame-
work agreement with the Moro Islamic
Liberation Front that would pave the
way for the creation of a Bangsamoro
autonomous political entity in Mind-
anao, President Benigno Aquino III said
The agreement, which is set to
be signed Oct. 15, also covers the
disarmament and reintegration of
MILF rebels in several phases un-
til 2016 in a bid to end two decades
of conflict in the country’s south-
ern region.
“No longer does the MILF as-
pire for a separate state,” the Presi-
dent said in a nationally televised
“The Filipinos of Bangsamoro
will be assured a fair and equitable
share of taxation, revenues, and the
fruits of national patrimony. They
will enjoy equal protection of laws
and access to impartial justice,” Mr.
Aquino added.
The accord will be signed Mal-
acañang by chief negotiators Mar-
vic Leonen for the government and
Mohagher Iqbal for the MILF, with
President Aquino and Malaysian
Ronald Ventura’s The Dive.
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Present ARMM area
ManilaStandardToday OCTOBER 8, 2012 MONDAY
• The Bangsamoro will have
the authority to receive grants
and donations from domestic
and foreign sources. It shall also
have the authority to contract
loans from domestic and foreign
lending institutions, except for-
eign and domestic loans requir-
ing sovereign guaranty, which
would require the approval of
the national government.
• The Bangsamoro may create
its own auditing body and pro-
cedures for accountability over
revenues and other funds gener-
ated within or by the region from
external sources.
• There shall be an intergov-
ernmental fiscal policy board
composed of representatives of
the Bangsamoro and the national
government to address revenue
imbalances and fluctuations in
regional financial needs and rev-
enue-raising capacity.
The core territory of the
Bangsamoro will be com-
posed of 1) the present geo-
graphical area of the ARMM;
2) the municipalities of Baloi,
Munai, Nunungan, Pantar,
Tagoloan and Tangkal in the
province of Lanao del Norte
and all other barangays in
the municipalities of Kaba-
can, Carmen, Aleosan, Pig-
kawayan, Pikit, and Midsayap
that voted for inclusion in the
ARMM during the 2001 plebi-
scite; 3) the cities of Cotabato
and Isabela; 4) all other contig-
uous areas where there is a res-
olution of the local government
unit or a petition of at least 10
percent of the qualified voters
asking for their inclusion at
least two months prior to the
conduct of the ratification of
the Bangsamoro Basic Law.
A transition commission shall
be created and shall be com-
posed of 15 Bangsamoro mem-
bers, of which seven shall be
selected by the government, in-
cluding the chairman, and eight
shall be selected by the MILF.
The MILF shall undertake a
graduated program for decom-
missioning of its forces so that
they are put beyond use.
In a phased and gradual man-
ner, all law enforcement func-
tions shall be transferred from
the Armed Forces of the Philip-
pines to the police force for the
A complete and comprehen-
sive peace agreement will be
forged by the end of the year.
Presidential Decree 742 and
Letter of Instruction 290 to
form the Western and Central
Mindanao regions in Mindanao
and establishing the Office of
the Regional Commissioner for
Amid continued hostilities,
the Organization of Islamic Con-
ference volunteered to broker
peace by hosting negotiations
between the Philippine Govern-
ment and the MNLF that led to
the signing of Tripoli Agree-
ment in Libya on Dec. 23, 1976.
Ceasefire was proclaimed in
the conflicted localties, particu-
larly Western and Central Mind-
anao regions.
Mr. Marcos signed Presi-
dential Proclamation 1628 on
March 25, 1977, forming the
autonomous region in Southern
Philippines but the people opted
for the original political subdivi-
sions in a referendum–plebiscite
on April 17, 1977.
Presidential Proclamation
1628-A dated May 7, 1977
bowed to popular clamor but
Bangsamoro Fronts rebuffed the
autonomous regions as a unilat-
eral enforcement of the govern-
ment of the Tripoli Agreement
and not binding on them.
On July 25, 1979, Batas Pam-
bansa 20 created the Regional
Autonomous Government for
Western and Central Mindanao.
The measure failed to prevent
the split of the fronts into three-
-Moro National Liberation Front
under Misuari, Moro Islamic
Liberation Front under Hashim
Salamat, and the MNLF-Re-
formist under Dimas Pundatu.
After the Marcos regime fell
in 1986, President Corazon
Aquino took reigns of the peace
initiative and met with MNLF
Chairman Nur Misuary in Jolo,
Sulu and held negotiations lead-
ing to the Jeddah Accord on Jan.
3, 1987, which was anchored
on the implementation of the
Tripoli Agreement.
Despite the failed talks, Mrs.
Aquino sought the creation of
the ARMM under the 1987 Con-
stitution and tasked the Ad hoc
Council of the Regional Con-
sultative Council to draft the
operations manual
The Organic Act was signed
into law on Aug. 1, 1989 and a
plebiscite was held in the pro-
posed ARMM territory on Nov.
17, 1989. Of the 13 listed prov-
inces, only Maguindanao, Lanao
del Sur, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi
joined the ARMM.
Prime Minister Najib Abdul
Razak as witnesses.
The Bangsamoro political en-
tity will replace the Autonomous
Region in Muslim Mindanao,
and will have a bigger territorial
composition to include six mu-
nicipalities in Lanao del Norte,
several barangays in six mu-
nicipalities in North Cotabato,
Cotabato City, and Isabela City
in Basilan.
The MILF has agreed not to
use the terms “state” or “sub-
state” in the framework accord.
It has also dropped its claim on
the southern portion of Palawan
as well as in other areas that are
not contiguous to ARMM.
The MILF used to demand
for 735 villages for inclusion in
the expanded ARMM under the
aborted 2008 memorandum of
agreement on ancestral domain,
including the entire towns of
Balabas and Bataraza in Palawan
and several areas in Zamboanga
City, Zamboanga del Sur, Zam-
boanga Sibugay, Bukidnon, and
Sultan Kudarat.
Under the agreement, the na-
tional government will continue
to exercise exclusive powers of
defense and security, foreign pol-
icy, monetary policy and coin-
age, citizenship, postal service
and naturalization.
“The Constitution and lawful
processes shall govern the transi-
tion to the Bangsamoro, and this
agreement will ensure that the
Philippines remains one nation
and one people, with all of our
diverse cultures and narratives
seeking the common goal,” the
President said.
Mr. Aquino said any law to be
passed to implement the frame-
work agreement will go through
the usual legal process, including
ratification through a plebiscite.
The government will post a
copy of the accord in govern-
ment Web sites and publish it in
newspapers as well before the
signing ceremony.
“Everything will be disclosed;
we have no desire to keep secrets.
To the best of our ability, we have
examined these agreements; we
believe we have reached balance
and common ground. As a result,
we have rectified the errors of
the past, and installed mecha-
nisms to make sure they do not
recur,” the President said.
MILF vice chairman for po-
litical affairs Ghadzali Jaafar de-
scribed the agreement as a genu-
ine solution to the Bangsamoro
“We have been waiting for
this for many, many long years.
Everyone in Mindanao should be
happy, not just the Bangsamoro
people, because finally the Bang-
samoro issue will be addressed
and resolved,” Jaafar said.
Senator Franklin Drilon said it
would be up to the next Congress
to craft a new law to amend the
ARMM Organic Act.
“The government and the
MILF will have until December
to finalize the annexes of the
framework agreement. So we
will leave the crafting of the new
law to the next Congress,” Drilon
said in a separate interview.
Drilon was among those who
questioned the botched agreement
in 2008 before the Supreme Court
for lack of transparency and for
violating the Constitution.
Senator Teofisto Guingona III,
chairman of the Senate commit-
tee on peace and unification, said
the transition committee must
ensure a participative process in
the drafting of the new law to
avoid isolating other stakehold-
ers in Mindanao.
Senator Loren Legarda urged
all stakeholders to participate in
the final stages of the peace proc-
ess to ensure that the Bangamoro
people’s right to self-determina-
tion would be upheld “within the
bounds of national sovereignty.”
In a statement from the United
Kingdom, British Foreign Sec-
retary William Hague said the
agreement will be good not only
for Mindanao but for the entire
“Full implementation of the
agreement by 2016 can bring
about peace, security, and devel-
opment,” Hague said. The UK
is a member of the International
Contact Group that has been sup-
porting the peace process.
US Ambassador Harry Tho-
mas Jr. also welcomed the ac-
cord, saying Washington had
long supported the peace proc-
“While much work remains,
successful implementation of
this agreement would improve
security, stability, and develop-
ment for the people of Mindan-
ao,” Thomas said.
Japan also issued a statement
welcoming the agreement.
Business leaders and civil so-
ciety groups in Mindanao also
welcomed the accord, the Office
of the Presidential Adviser on the
Peace Process reported Sunday.
“It is very heartening that pros-
pects for a final peace agreement are
getting brighter,” said Bronx Heb-
rona of the Southwestern Mindanao
chapter of the Philippine Chamber
of Commerce and Industry.
He added that the “peace divi-
dend” would improve the busi-
ness climate in the region and
improve the quality of life of all
Mindanao residents.
Aveen Acuna-Gulo of the
Cotabato-based Institute for Au-
tonomy and Governance, added
that the time was ripe for a peace
“I see that there has been
no environment such as this
current one that favors a sign-
ing; everything is positive,”
said Acuna-Gulo said.– With
Macon Ramos-Araneta
Council for Responsible Vot-
ing on Sunday urged voters to
dump the politicians who were
not performing well but were
seeking re-election.
“The voters need to be alert-
ed,” group chairwoman Henri-
etta de Villa said.
“They should carefully ex-
amine the candidates to make
sure they will be voting those
with skills, principles and love
for the nation. “
Six members of the Sen-
ate are seeking re-election:
Francis Escudero and Loren
Legarda, who are guest candi-
dates of both the Liberal Party-
led coalition partners and the
United Nationalist Allliance, a
coalition party of the Pwersa
ng Masang Pilipino of former
President Joseph Estrada and
PDP-Laban of Vice President
Jejomar Binay, as well as Koko
Pimentel, Antonio Trillanes IV,
Alan Peter Cayetano, all under
the LP slate, and Senator Grin-
go Honasan of the UNA.
Legarda on Sunday said the
high trust rating she received
in the recent Pulse Asia survey
could be attributed to the qual-
ity of the work she had been
doing in her advocacies.
“I am grateful that I have
earned the respect and trust of
the Filipino people,” she said.
“The results of the survey
are a symbolic representation
of the Filipinos’ confidence in
the kind of governance I es-
Legarda had a trust rating
of 81 percent in the Pulse Asia
survey conducted from Aug.
31 to Sept. 7.
Enrile said they intended
to tackle the proposed budget
for 2013 and the other pend-
ing proposed measures such
as the sin tax bill before the
Senate adjourned, but the Sen-
ate would not be Malacañang’s
stamp pad.
“We have to scrutinize them
and balance the interests of the
country against the interests of
the government,” he said.
Congress’ legislative cal-
endar indicates the Senate
will resume session on Oct.
8 and adjourn on Oct. 19. It
will resume session again
on Nov. 5 and adjourn on
Dec. 22 for the holidays.
Macon Ramos-Araneta
and Jonathan Fernandez
perimeters for the four Sundays
of October.
“No store, restaurant, eatery,
cafe or any eating places or am-
bulant vendors shall be allowed
to sell intoxicating beverages
such as beer, liquors, wine and
the like between the hours of 4
a.m. and 8 p.m. within 200 me-
ters from the perimeter walls of
UST,” Lim’s order says.
Sunday was the second year
of the multiple-choice type
of Bar exams in the Supreme
Court’s history.
Associate Justice Martin Vil-
larama Jr., chairman of this
year’s Bar exams committee,
said 5,710 graduates had earlier
applied to take the exams but
five were denied while 19 had
The high court had imposed
some changes for this year’s tests,
reverting to the original schedule
where there will be two exams of
the eight Bar examination sub-
jects per Sunday, unlike last year
when the coverage of the tests was
drawn up by topics and sub-topics
rather than by simply stating the
covered subject.
The first day of the exams cov-
ered political law in the morning
and labor and social legislation
in the afternoon.
On the second day next Sun-
day, the examinees will be tested
in civil law in the morning and
taxation in the afternoon. They
will take the exams on mercan-
tile law and criminal law on the
third day on Oct. 21 and remedi-
al law and legal ethics and prac-
tical exercises on the last day on
Oct. 28.
Villarama said each exam
would be composed of a mul-
tiple choice question portion
and an essay exam portion. The
MCQ portion would have a
weight of 60 percent, while the
essay exam part would have a
weight of 40 percent. There will
also be a performance test (trial
memorandum) in the afternoon
of the last Sunday.
Unlike last year, this year’s
examinees who will fail to pass
the MCQ portion will be auto-
matically disqualified, meaning
their essays will no longer be
Deputy Clerk of Court Maria
Cristina Layusa said “a candi-
date may be deemed to have
passed his examination success-
fully if he has obtained a general
average of 75 percent.” The rule
disqualifying applicants hav-
ing grades in any subject falling
below 50 percent has been abol-
ished since 2010.
The first Bar exams were held
in 1901 with 13 examinees.
He and Anakpawis Rep. Rafael
Mariano, Gabriela Rep. Luz Ila-
gan, the Kilusang Magbubukid
ng Pilipinas and the Kaisahang
Pambansa ng mga Magsasaka sa
Koprahan also expressed fears
that the entire amount might be
used for the Liberal Party’s cam-
paign chest for next year’s elec-
tion in the guise of being “for the
benefit of the coconut farmers.”
Budget Secretary Florencio
Abad and outgoing Cavite Rep.
Joseph Emilio Abaya, chairman
of the House committee on ap-
propriation, did not reply to a
request for comment from the
Manila Standard.
“I question the mysterious re-
appearance of that special pro-
vision every year preceding an
election,” Palatino said.
Palatino was referring to the
first attempt to insert the special
provisions in 2009, months be-
fore the 2010 presidential elec-
On Friday, the PCGG turned
over the coco levy funds to the
National Treasury but retained its
10 percent amounting to P5.75
Some P2.88 billion of the pro-
ceeds would be given to the OSG
as part of its 5 percent cut.
Ilagan and Palatino raised a
howl over the large cut the gov-
ernment was taking, even though
the law requires that all ill-gotten
wealth recovered go to the Com-
prehensive Agrarian Reform Pro-
“It is part of the PCGG’s and
OSG’s mandate to recover ill-
gotten wealth. It is their job. Why
are they being given funds over
and above what they are entitled
to? That’s tantamount to double
compensation. Why are they get-
ting compensated for something
that is their duty?” Ilagan said.
“These two agencies were allo-
cated funds to recover ill-gotten
wealth. It is not as if they have
been given zero budget,” Palati-
no said.
Ilagan also expressed fears that
the disposal of the money was to
be made months before the mid-
term polls were to take place.
“It has to be given back to the
farmers in cash. It does not help
if these would be given in stocks
or bonds or it will be Hacienda
Luisita all over again,” Ilagan
said, referring to the stock dis-
tribution option that the family
of President Benigno Aquino III
pushed on farmers in its sugar
plantation to avoid distributing
land to comply with the land re-
form law.
“The small coconut farmers
cannot trust the Aquino admin-
istration to administer their mon-
ey,” the KMP and Koprahan said
in a statement after San Miguel
Corp. bought back the 24 percent
stake in the company represent-
ing coco levy funds that were
converted into preferred shares
in October 2012.
The groups also attacked
former Chief Justice Reynato
Puno for issuing a decision fa-
vorable to SMC, then joining the
company’s board shortly after his
“We are raising the alarm be-
cause our money is now in the
hands of the Aquino government.
Our money is now very vulner-
able to corruption,” said KMP
deputy secretary general Willy
Marbella, a farmer from Bicol
who still holds his father’s cer-
tificate of stocks in various coco-
nut oil mills acquired through the
coco levy funds.
“The only assurance that the
money will go back to small co-
conut farmers is to ensure that the
funds would be administered and
managed by small coconut farm-
ers themselves, and not through
corrupt government agencies,”
he said.
“It is high-time that small co-
conut farmers, the legitimate
owners of the funds, benefit from
them,” he added.
“Small coconut farmers have
suffered and waited for decades.
Eduardo ‘Danding’ Cojuangco
Jr. squandered the coco levy
funds as if these were his own,
and used the funds to acquire
businesses, buy shares and ex-
pand SMC, now a multibillion,
diversified conglomerate,” Mari-
ano said.
Mariano also supported the
demand of coconut farmers for
an immediate cash distribution
of the coco levy fund to original
beneficiaries and their heirs.
“Many small coconut farmers
have died without even benefit-
ing from the coco levy funds. It is
high time that the government re-
pay them and give justice to their
The coco levy fund was col-
lected by the Marcos admin-
istration from small coconut
farmers through Presidential
Decree 276 and Republic Act
6260 in 1971 to raise revenues
for the development of the co-
conut industry.
But Marcos cronies, including
Cojuangco, used the coco levy
funds for their personal interests,
Mariano said.
After Marcos’ downfall in 1986,
the coco levy funds became the
subject of a rigorous legal tug-of-
war between the government and a
group led by Cojuangco, President
Aquino’s uncle.
On Sept. 4, the Supreme Court
ruled with finality that a 24 per-
cent bloc of SMC shares was
bought using the coco levy funds
and awarded it to the government
on the condition that it should
be used only for the benefit of
coconut farmers and the industry.
Mariano warned against Presi-
dent Aquino’s intervention in the
administration of the coco levy
Malacanang created the Presi-
dential Task Force on the Coco
Levy Fund to determine how to
use the coco levy funds.
The Task Force is composed
of representatives from the Na-
tional Anti-Poverty Commission,
Presidential Management Staff,
Department of Agriculture, De-
partment of Agrarian Reform,
Department of Finance, Depart-
ment of Budget and Manage-
ment, and the Philippine Coconut
“Coconut farmers are worried.
The Task Force is under the Pres-
ident and its members are known
Aquino allies,” he said.
Over the weekend, another
farmers group, the Pambansang
Koalisyon ng mga Samahang
Magsasaka at Manggagawa sa
Niyugan, urged the government
to open talks with legitimate co-
conut farmers to tackle recom-
mendations over how to spend
the coconut levy funds.
“The only issue is the propri-
ety or imposition of [a] higher
degree of penalty, which is not
a constitutional issue.”
Eleven groups have peti-
tioned the Supreme Court to
stop the implementation of the
Cybercrime Law, saying it is
unconstitutional and violates
the people’s fundamental right
to free expression, free speech
and press freedom.
But Senator Edgardo Angara,
the principal author of the Cy-
bercrime Law, on Sunday said
that law could be defended be-
fore any tribunal.
“This is a very strong pub-
lic policy for the common
good, for good of the major-
ity, because this is developing
a new venue for communica-
tion which about 20, 30 years
ago was non-existent,” Angara
“That is the essence of this
[law] because we want to de-
velop information and com-
munication infrastructure in
our country. It’s going to be
useful in running en efficient
e-government. It’s going to be
useful in the trading and deal-
ing of goods.”
Angara said the libel provi-
sion in the law was introduced
by Senate Majority Floor Lead-
er Vicente Sotto III, but only
Senator Teofisto Guingona III
objected to it.
Still, Senator Ferdinand
Marcos Jr. said the law’s libel
clause must be amended and
free speech upheld.
Bayan Muna Rep. Teddy
Casiño warned that the Cyber-
crime Law would not only cur-
tail the rights of Internet users
but cellphone users as well be-
cause it covered text messages
and calls.
“This means if I text my
friends that a certain candidate
is a cheap, second-rate copy-
cat, that person can [hale] me
to court and have me locked up
for 10 years,” he said.
“This practically means that
communications and data on
any tuype of phone or ICT de-
vice are covered by this very
repressive law.
“True, the case may even-
tually be dismissed, but the
mere possibility that one can
be charged for online libel is
enough to silence ordinary
people and stop them from ex-
pressing critical ideas.”
Santiago said the constitu-
tional provision on free speech
“sounds absolute” and thus, the
cybercrime Law begins with a
“presumption of unconstitu-
“The burden of proof is on
those that support the law to
prove that it is constitutional,”
she said.
“The Supreme Court will
reject the law because, un-
der the vagueness doctrine,
it provides for punishment
without specifying what con-
duct is punishable. There-
fore, the law is void because
it violates due process.
“On its face, the Constitution
provides for absolute freedom
of speech by providing [that]
‘No law shall be passed abridg-
ing the freedom of speech’.”
Santiago cited Section 5 of
the law that says aiding and
abetting cybercrimes is one of
the acts punishable under it.
Under this provision, she said,
ordinary Facebook and Twitter
activities such as liking, shar-
ing and re-tweeting could make
a person accountable.
“Simply repeating things-
-you made a comment, you
liked, you shared--you’re al-
ready guilty because you’re
aiding and abetting. You can
interpret it that way.
“That’s why I’m saying it
[the law] is too vague.” With
Christine F. Herrera and Rey
E. Requejo
ManilaStandardToday OCTOBER 8, 2012 MONDAY
Top communist leaders arrested
Poll officials rapped for ignoring complaint
Immigration agents
arrest US fugitive
Ex-mayor seeks return of borrowed island
Plane’s nose
wheel gets
stuck, flight
By Robert A. Evora
CALUYA, Antique—Former
Mayor Oscar Lim is staging a
comeback to his post and return
the island that he borrowed in
1979 from then Bulalacao Mayor
Dolores Bago of Oriental Mind-
“Before I go (die), I want to see
Liwagao returned to Kumareng
Dolores,” he said. “Nakakahiya
naman sa mga taga Bulalacao
kung hindi ito masosoli sa kanila
(It is embarrassing not to return
what belongs to Bulalacao folk).”
Lim, 69, said he has filed last
Oct. 1 his candicacy for vice may-
or in deference to his niece, Caluya
Mayor Genevieve Lumban Lim,
who is running for reelection.
Even as he vows to hasten
the return of 114-hecatare Li-
wagao Island through ongoing
talks with Bulalacao Mayor Er-
nilo Villas, the administration of
Antique province was joined by
Caluya to annex it as the townn’s
seventh barangay.
Just within earshot from the
world-famous Boracay island,
Caluya, a fourth class municipal-
ity, also has white sand beaches
as well, earning the monicker
“island paradise beyond Bora-
cay” and its culinary coconut
crabs, known as “tatus.”
The older Lim served as may-
or 14 straight years, from 1972
to 1986 under Martial Law, and
from 1988 to 1992.
“My niece is running for her
second mayoral term under the
administration flagship Liberal
Party,” he said.
Married to the Consuji clan,
Mayor Genevieve is the daugh-
ter of Lim’s younger brother,
Reynante, Sr., deceased, himself
a former Caluya mayor.
Lim was approached to run
with laweyer Hector Franque,
mayoral candidate of the PDP-
Laban Party-Bagong Antique-
no, but he chose to go indepen-
He was saddended to learn
thatthe Oriental Mindoro pro-
vincial board has filed a civil suit
against the Antique capitol to get
back Liwagao.
“I am against the legal battle
because it’s too lengthy and a
waste of time,” Lim said. “But,
since it is already filed in the
court, I am willing to attend and
testify when summoned.” he
He “borrowed” the island
from Bago to “get rid Liwagao of
pirates, smugglers and other law-
less elements who make the is-
land as their sanctuary and hiding
place” out of personal and politi-
cal friendship without any docu-
ment vowing to return it when he
finished his term in 1992.
Ignoring the agreement,
Caluya made Liwagao its sev-
enth village.
By Gigi Muñoz David
PAMBANSANG Lakas ng Kilusang
Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas on Sun-
day said poll officials are committing
an impeachable offense by ignoring the
disqualification case filed against Ak-
bayan Partylist.
Pamalakaya vice chairman Salvador
France urged Chairman Sixto Brillantes
and other officials of the Commission
on Elections to reconsider their deci-
sion to allow Akbayan which he said
was nothing but a part of Malacanang’s
political machinery.
“Comelec made one of the biggest
legal, moral and political blunders
when it affirmed the participation of
Akbayan party list in the 2013 elec-
tions,” Frenace said. “The evidence
showing this party list group as stooge
of President Benigno Simeon Aquino
III, not marginalize and in fact a party
in power is so strong and beyond rea-
sonable doubt.”
He allegeed that Akbayan officers
and members were holding various
government positions including cabi-
net-level positions that indicated a party
in power sharing the limelight with the
Liberal Party and the United National-
ist Alliance.
“To set the record straight, Ak-
bayan is part of the unholy alliance of
LP and UNA and many of Akbayan
stalwarts are currently holding juicy
positions in the Aquino government
as a political gratitude for supporting
Aquino in the 2010 presidential elec-
tions,” France said.
Pamalakaya noted Ronald Llamas,
former Akbayan president was also
political affairs adviser of Mr. Aquino
while Etta Rosales, former Akbayan
president and party list representative
now headed the Commission on Hu-
man Rights.
According to to France, Rocamora,
former Akbayan president now heads
the National Anti-Poverty Commission
and Percival Cendena, former Akbayan
chairman is commissioner-at-large of
the National Youth Commission.
The group found out that Akbayan’s
second nominee Barry Gutierrez and
thrid nominee Angelina Ludovice-Ka-
toh are Palace undersecretary for po-
litical affairs and commissioner of the
Presidential Commission for the Urban
Poor, respectively.
By Eric Apolonio
A CEBU Pacific (CEB) Air-
bus 320 flight from Cotabato to
Manila was cancelled before the
weekend when the plane’s nose
wheel got stuck while the aircraft
was making a 360 degree turn on
the runway prior to takeoff, offi-
cials said on Sunday.
CEB Vice President for Mar-
keting and Distribution Candice
Iyog said the flight was called
off and the Cotabato Awang Air-
port, which serves Maguindanao
province and neigboring areas,
was immediatley closed down.
Iyog said the passengers
were accommodated in the next
flight, and she appealed for
public understanding because
the incident “was beyond our
The Philippine Airlines
(PAL), meanwhile, announced
openings for pilots and cabin
crews as part of its network and
fleet expansion project.
PAL’s Corporation Commu-
nications Department said in a
statement applicants may submit
resumes at the company’s job fair
at Radisson Blu Hotel in Cebu
City on October 12 to 14.
Other than pilots and Second
Officers, PAL is also looking
for in-flight Chinese interpret-
ers among the cabin aspsiratns,
who are fluent in Mandarin and
Fookien, the statement said.
Flood alert.
Chris Nelson of
Philip Morris
(center) and
officers of
Jaime Ongpin
donated flood
sirens to Marikina
City to boost
its flood alert
system. The sirens
were turned over
to Mayor Del de
Guzman (4th
from right) and
other city and
barangay officials.
Battle against poverty. Expedito Lorente, chairman of Blessed Federation of Farmers and Fishermen,
calls for more livelihood programs in the barangays as the best way to fight poverty in the country during
the oathtaking of more than 4,000 barangay directors of the federation in Alcala, Pangasinan. RICK REYES
Annual blessing. Father Michael Martin of Malate Church in San Andres, Manila spinkles holy water on Shih-tzu dogs as part of annual
blessing of pets during celebration of the feast of St. Francis of Assisi. Pet lovers bring all kinds of animals—including snakes, varios kinds of
dogs, lizards such as gecko—to the yearly event. DANNY PATA
Army Major General Jose
Mabanta, 3rd Infantry Division
commander, said they have in
their custody Calixto “Cocoy”
Viscal, head of the NPA regional
command for Leyte, Bohol and
Negros, and his wife, Jimmyliza
Badayos, the former technical
committee head for Negros.
He said a joint team of army and
police operatives also arrested Ben-
jamin Mendoza, head of the NPA’s
Southern Tagalog Regional Com-
mittee, in a raid in Quezon City.
“The long arm of the law has
finally caught up with them,”
Mabanta said.
Viscal was the suspected lead-
er of various attacks on police out-
posts and military camps in Bohol,
Leyte and Negros provinces in the
past several years, including the
ambush of Army Special Forces
soldiers in 2000 in Catigdian, Bo-
hol in which a lieutenant and 10
soldiers were killed.
Mendoza, who is a member
of the Central Committee of the
Communist Party of the Philip-
pines, is one of the most impor-
tant leaders of the underground
movement to fall into government
hands. Operatives also arrested
Mendoza’s wife, Josephine Men-
doza, and two other men.
Mabanta said the arrests were
carried out on the strength of ar-
rest warrants issued by the court
on charges of rebellion.
“This is considered yet anoth-
er significant accomplishment
for our troops. We are almost at
the end of pulling down the cur-
tain on the NPA in Southern Ta-
galog. We are certain it would be
soon,” the armed forces South-
ern Luzon Command head Ma-
jor Generalf Alan Luga said.
In the upland provinces of Ben-
guet, Ifugao and Mountain Prov-
ince, police operatives destroyed
fully-gown marijuana plants and
seedlings worth P11 million in
separate raids last week.
Philippine Drug Enforcement
Agency (PDEA) head Jose Gui-
errez said separate teams fanned
out to the three provinces and
confiscated the plants and seed-
lings but no one was arrested.
By Ferdinand Fabella
and Jonathan Fernandez
Army and police operatives arrested
top leaders of the Communist New
People’s Army (NPA) in the Visayas
and Southern Tagalog regions in sepa-
rate operations in Quezon City and
Cebu at the weekend, officials said on
By Vito Barcelo
IMMIGRATION agents have
arrested in Pangasinan an
American fugitive wanted for
charges of rape in Guam and
authorities have started depor-
tation proceedings against him,
officials said on Sunday.
Immigration Commis-
sioner Ricardo David said the
agency’s Fugitive Search Unit
nabbed David James Hart, 56,
last Ocober 2 in the town of
Mapandan for being an undoc-
umented alien after his pass-
port was cancleed by the US
“Hart has been on the US
government wanted list since
February this year. A warrant
for his arrest has been issued
by a court in Guam,” Immigra-
tion intelligence chief Ma. An-
tonette Mangrobang said.
The US embassy did not re-
veal other information about
the suspect or his victim and
how he committed the crime.
Immigration records show Hart
arrived in the country on Octo-
ber 8 last year.
Mangrobang said Hart has
been a frequent visitor to the
country since 2007 “but he will
not longer be able to return to
the Philippines because he will
be placed in our blacklist of
undesireable aliens.”
Under Philippine law, for-
eigners who have been charged
and convicted of crimes involv-
ing moral turpitude are barred
from entering the country.
Opinion Adelle Chua, Editor
ManilaStandardToday OCTOBER 8, 2012 MONDAY
BY defending the Cybercrime
Prevention Act and refusing to
delete its anti-free-speech provi-
sions, President Benigno Aquino
III has shown his hand, leaving
his grubby fingerprints all over a
document that stifles online dis-
sent. This act, more than any other,
gives a lie to Mr. Aquino’s claim
that we, the people, are his boss.
Clearly, he is not listening to his
appointing authority.
The President indicated his ap-
proval of the law when he signed
the bill on Sept. 12, a week before
the 40th anniversary of the decla-
ration of martial law. In the wake
of the firestorm of protest against
the repressive law and 11 separate
challenges to its legitimacy before
the Supreme Court, his spokesmen
at first tried to fob off the blame
on the lawmakers who drafted and
approved the measure.
In a now familiar exercise of
finger pointing, the lawmakers—
especially those running for re-
election next year—asserted that
the President was ultimately re-
sponsible for the act because he
failed to exercise his veto power.
But the President himself finally
put paid to efforts by his lackeys
to insulate him from the fallout
of an ill-considered law, justify-
ing it with the truism that what is
libelous in print is also libelous
“Whatever the format is, if it is
libelous, then there should be some
form of redress available to the
individuals,” the President said,
excusing in one simple statement
the draconian penalty of six to 12
years of imprisonment set down
by the law for those found guilty
of libel on the Internet, which
is even harsher than the already
repressive sanctions set down by
the Revised Penal Code for libel
by other means.
The President also glossed over
other civil rights objections to the
law, including the power it gives
the Justice Department to monitor
our online activities such as e-mail,
video chats and instant messaging
without a warrant, and to close down
Web sites suspected of criminal ac-
tivity without a court order.
The suggestion by the Justice
secretary that these and other
concerns can be addressed in the
implementing rules and regula-
tions of the law is ludicrous and a
sop because in the legal world as
in the physical one, water cannot
rise above its source. You cannot
“repair” a fundamentally flawed
law by fine-tuning its implement-
ing rules.
On cue and like an obedient
dog, Speaker of the House Feli-
ciano Belmonte piped in, saying
we should “give the Cybercrime
Law a chance. ” In the context of a
dangerous bill, this is akin to say-
ing : “Let’s give this loaded gun a
chance, and take it back only when
someone is shot in the head.”
But the Speaker was adamant,
saying the amendments to the law
were “not a priority” and that
among the 285 members of the
House of Representatives, “only
one or two” favored amending
the law.
He also dismissed the lawmak-
ers who said they favored amend-
ing the law, saying they were mo-
tivated only by the need to avoid
media criticism and to be elected
next year. This is apparently not
a concern for Speaker Belmonte,
who is running unopposed for re-
election in the 4th District of Que-
zon City next year—an example if
we ever needed one, of the virtues
of a negative vote.
What the President and the
Speaker dismiss out of hand is that
elections are precisely the most
effective way that the people can
make their voices heard, and to
remind those in public office who
the real boss is.
Ahead of the elections next
year, therefore, it is crucial that
those of us who value free speech
not only withhold our support for
those who agree with Mr. Aquino
and Speaker Belmonte, but to
actively campaign to ensure that
they and their supporters do not
get elected to public office.
Who’s the boss?
To be a saint
ON October 21, 2012, next Sunday,
Pope Benedict XVI will recite the
usual formula of canonization: “By
our apostolic authority, we define, de-
clare and proclaim Pedro Calungsod
to be a saint and we inscribe his name
in the catalogue of saints...”, and the
world will have one more sure exam-
ple of a life lived and poured out in
imitation of Jesus Christ. These are
words laden with the weight of eccle-
sial tradition but also with true faith
that Jesus continues to be triumphant
in the lives of his followers who over-
come their love of life and their fear
of death to respond without tarrying
-- even if only to parry spears and
machete blows -- to the Call. I am
sure that like any
teenager, Pedro
Calungsod had a
zest for life. In
fact, that is what
put him on board
the ship bound
for the Ladrones
Islands. I have
no doubt that he
looked forward to
the adventure. He
did not pathologi-
cally seek death,
but when the moment of the test
came upon him, he expressed his
conviction that life was greater than
an angry Matapang and a slavish Hi-
rao could snuff out with their lethal
blows. Life also meant being faith-
ful to those one served, above all, to
Him whom we all must serve. That,
to me, is a heroic affirmation of life.
Hagiographies have commonly
told the stories of saints in such light
as to make them unattainable ideals
for the rest of us, mortals: People
caught up in prayerful ecstasy almost
all of their waking hours, commun-
ing with angels and saints in their
sleep, communicating in some mys-
terious manner with the Lord Jesus
or with the Blessed Mother. If we
picture saints this way, then that is
all that they will remain for us -- pic-
tures. But that is not the reason that
the Church canonizes saints. The
first point a canonization ceremony
makes is that living as the Gos-
pels command is not impossible at
all. The saint is the best proof that
it is a possible life, and it is a won-
derful life. And because people like
Lorenzo Ruiz and Pedro Calungsod,
otherwise average Filipinos, can be
raised to the dignity of the altar, the
Church also assures us that the call
to holiness is a common vocation, it
is the vocation of the Filipino. Je-
sus’ life is not beyond our reach. He
came precisely to show us how to
live, and in their own lives, the saints
emulated him. If it was possible
with them, it should be possible with
us. That is the assuring message of a
Saints are not sinless. They were
sinners. But unlike media that makes
scoops out of the failing of others, the
Church does not dwell on the sins and
faults of saints. It glories in their tri-
umph and in their victory because in
them it sees the conquest of Jesus over
the sinfulness of the world. Christus
vincit, Christus regnat, Christus im-
perat...Christ conquers, Christ rules,
Christ reigns -- and that is what the
heroism of a saint’s life, frailty not-
withstanding, proclaims. That is the
beauty there is to venerating saints.
It is very much like saying that the
courage of Rizal, Bonifacio and
del Pilar is something we would
like to see in more Filipinos. And
of course, it is saying that we have
friends whose lives have attained
the fullness of flourishing. Quite
significantly, Pedro Calungsod and
Lorenzo Ruiz were lay persons. Our
first saints in this
country were not
bishops or priests
nor women reli-
gious, but lay per-
sons. Equally in-
teresting to me too
is that they died
somehow “be-
cause” of priests:
Lorenzo Ruiz
because he was
with Dominican
missionaries who
stubbornly made their way to Japan
despite the ban against Christians
then, Pedro Calungsod because he
did not want to leave Diego Luis de
San Vitores to the wrath of Matapang
and Hirao.
The choir I direct, the Coro de
San Jacinto, is scheduled to sing
for the first triduum Mass at the Ba-
silica di Sant’Agostino on October
18 and at the second triduum Mass
at the Chiesa di Gesu the follow-
ing day. And then we will sing for
an anticipated Sunday Mass at St.
Peter’s Basilica on Saturday -- that
is IF we get our visas on time. We
tried to apply early enough, but
we did not have the wherewithal
to make ticket bookings, a condi-
tio sine qua non when one applies
for a visa. And the irony of it all
is that so many who are not part of
the canonization ceremonies and
the liturgical preparation leading
up to it have already received their
visas. Many are already on their
way to Rome, if not already there,
but our choir that has an assigned
role still awaits, in anxiety, the ac-
tion of the Italian Consulate on our
visa applications. We have asked
for Bl. Pedro’s prayerful help, but
we are also learning from him how
to respond to the summons with
steadfastness and how to be invin-
cible in hope!
More fiction than fact
BASHERS of the Automated Election
System used in the highly successful
2010 national elections—where the
winners even for the presidency were
known in just a couple of days and not
weeks as in the past—apparently are not
about to give up in their attacks.
The problem of the critics of the
precinct count optical scan machines
and the provider of the machine and the
technology, Smartmatic-Total Informa-
tion Management, is that their attacks
have little credibility because they are
based more on fiction and imagination
rather than fact.
At this point, the only group buy-
ing their baseless charges against the
PCOS/AES are those disgruntled with
the administration of President Benigno
Aquino III who is saying that the detrac-
tors of the AES might be right and that
Mr. Aquino was elected by the PCOS.
Smartmatic Asia Pacific president
Cesar Flores has correctly pointed out
that the criticisms against the PCOS/
AES are far from scientific and factual.
He said the critics, led by supposed
information technology experts who
have been pushing a mongrel system
that would combine manual voting with
electronic transmission and canvass-
ing, had even resorted to manipulating
or omitting facts.
The recurring allegation of these
critics is that the PCOS technology
failed to pass accuracy tests.
This allegation is patently wrong.
Flores pointed out: “The accuracy rate
of the PCOS machines is 100 percent.
This has been proven and demonstrated
by Comelec during the 2009 bidding
technical qualification and the SLI, the
international certification body that
has tested and certified the system for
Comelec during the System Certifica-
tion conducted in 2010.”
Flores stressed three major points to
stress the accuracy and reliability of the
PCOS machines. One, he said the PCOS
units registered an accuracy rating of
100 percent and nothing less in every
test and retest done by election bodies
in the United States and Canada.
Two, he said the system is highly au-
ditable as it provides a backup scanned
image of ballots processed by the ma-
Three, independent groups, not
Smartmatic, have validated the accu-
racy of the PCOS technology.
The second point made by Flores on
the auditability of the system is very im-
portant to assure people who are asking
how it can be verified if the machines
count reflected what was written in the
The PCOS/AES system provides
a backup scanned image of the ballots
processed by the PCOS units with the
actual interpretation, i.e. whether the
voter undervoted, overvoted or cast a
valid ballot.
The images or photograph of the
ballots in fact helped establish the vic-
tory of Mayor Homer Saquilayan in the
highly controversial Imus elections for
mayor. An RTC judge, based on what
appeared to be tampered ballots, un-
seated Saquilayan despite Saquilayan’s
lead of some 9,000 votes and installed
Emmanuel Maliksi.
Saquilayan protested the RTC deci-
sion before the Comelec and Comelec
commissioners—after a review of
the images stored in the CF (compact
flash) cards of the PCOS machines—
confirmed the 9,000-vote lead of Saqui-
layan and declared him as the real win-
ner in the Imus mayoralty race.
True, there might have been some
minor glitches in time and dates in the
PCOS machines in some isolated cases.
But in election protest after election pro-
test, it has been established that there is
no marked difference between the PCOS
count in the 2010 election and the man-
ual count done by either the Comelec or
the House of Representatives Electoral
Tribunal in contested congressional and
local races across the country.
The fact that no electoral protest filed
after the 2010 polls has prospered is a
validation of the numeric accuracy of
the PCOS count. Turn to page 5
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The call
to holiness is
a common
A5 Opinion Adelle Chua, Editor
SEVERAL well-meaning intellectuals
among the framers of the 1987
Philippine Constitution gave birth
to the idea of providing a system to
allow representation in Congress of
the marginalized, under-represented
sectors of society. Inspired, perhaps, by
the parliamentary models in Germany
and other European countries, they
provided for such a system with a vision
to giving the labor, peasant and other
marginalized sectors seats in Congress.
Alas, the idealistic concept has
turned into what the chairman of the
Commission on Elections himself has
called a “joke”. New words have also
been coined to describe traditional
politicians abusing the system, namely:
“epal” (thick-
skinned) and
“bopal” (bogus
party-list). What
could have gone
wrong which
spoiled such a
lofty idea?
For one, the
party-list system
unique to the
Philippines is a
corruption of the
European models.
The system works
in parliamentary
forms of government where there
are a number of political parties.
Those elected by their constituencies
comprise the members of parliament
who then elect from among themselves
the prime minister or the head of
government. The political parties are
entitled to additional seats reserved
for the under-represented sectors on
the basis of the percentage of votes
that the parties receive in an election.
The condition is that they must meet
a certain threshold percentage of the
votes cast to be entitled to additional
seats which varies among parliamentary
systems that is, from two to five per cent.
Thus, if a party receives 40 per cent of
the votes cast, it shall be entitled to fill
up 40 per cent of the seats allocated for
the under-represented sectors such as
women, labor, peasants, immigrants,
For another, the framers of the 1987
Constitution made the serious mistake
of leaving to Congress the job of
crafting the party-list system by saying
in the Constitution that the filling up of
seats allocated to the under-represented
shall be “as may be provided by
law.” What suited the interests of the
traditional politicians who comprised
Congress then was, therefore, what
constituted our own brand of party-list
representation. The absence of clear
parameters in the 1987 Constitution of
how the party-list system should work
is clearly the culprit.
In much the same way, the absence
in the 1987 Constitution of a clear
definition of what constitutes political
dynasties is the reason no law has
ever been passed to carry out the
constitutional mandate that political
dynasties shall not be allowed. Again,
the framers of the Constitution left
the job of crafting a law prohibiting
political dynasties in the hands of
Congress by virtue of the oft-repeated
phrase, “as may be provided by law.”
Can we expect Congress to pass laws
that will not be to their benefit? The
framers of the Constitution should have
known better.
The party-list system in the
Philippines has
been abused
by moneyed,
i n f l u e n t i a l
and powerful
individuals, as
well as, traditional
politicians whose
identities are
hidden behind
the names of
their registered
or ga ni z a t i ons .
Voters choose
among parties not
knowing the people
behind the party-list groups. Very often
voters also do not know what sector of
society the party list organizations really
represent. To date, those who have sat
in Congress as party-list representatives
have been anything except bona fide
farmers, fisher folk, urban poor, laborers
and indigenous people.
The Comelec’s recent purge of
party list organizations that do not
qualify as authentic marginalized and
under-represented groups is a welcome
development. But purging bogus party-
list groups is merely a palliative; not
a permanent solution to the defective
party-list system. Yet, it is the best
that Comelec can do for now until the
system is changed. What needs to be
done, really, is to revisit our 25-year-old
Constitution. Having been crafted in
haste, because then President Corazon
C. Aquino declared a revolutionary
government and abolished the 1973
Constitution, many flaws have surfaced.
At times, these flaws have nearly caused
constitutional crises.
The party-list
An idealistic
concept has turned
into a joke.
I WRITE this as President Aquino
is on national TV announcing the
forging of a peace agreement between
the government and the Moro Islamic
Liberation Front.
The details of the concord have
yet to be made public. What the chief
executive has outlined were just the
broad strokes of a rapprochement that
he was upbeat will silence the guns
of an ancient conflict that has claimed
the lives of many and has kept the land
where it is fought poor.
Still, the accord is a breakthrough. For
both parties, it is not easy to overcome
biases which have been petrified by blood.
Perhaps anticipating the brickbats that will
be thrown its way, the President framed
the agreement as something that saw
fruition because the parties were able to
rise above prejudices.
And he invites us to examine it
with the same openness that it was
hammered out . Thus, it is not a
surrender document of one party. Nor is
it the terms of capitulation by another.
If it is a conciliation agreement,
then expect it to contain compromises.
There will be a quid for every quo, and
for every give, a take. But that is how
settlements are negotiated. Concessions
have to be granted because the only way
for parties to come to the middle is for
them to abandon hardline positions first.
All of these are permissible for as
long as the fundamental principles
are not sacrificed. On the part of the
government , this means hurdling the
litmus test of constitutionality . And the
President has assured us that the pact
does not violate the basic law.
Despite this presidential warranty of
constitutionality, it is still our duty to go
through the fine print of the agreement.
So before we copy-paste Facebook
icons condemning the agreement us a
sellout, we must find out for ourselves if
indeed it is. There will be partisans from
each side who will see the agreement
as dotted with white flags of surrender.
They will appeal to the emotion by
stoking historical fears. They will foist
old superstitions in a bid to hoist the
status quo. We should not let them do
the thinking for us.
The jury is still out. But given the
situation, any agreement that promises
peace is better than the status quo. A bad
peace is always better than a just war.
The much-criticized Cybercrime
Law is the classic case of throwing out
the baby with bathwater.
If Congress had only followed its
original specs as a law that will prevent,
prosecute and punish cybercrimes, it
would have been hailed as a landmark
But it overreached its intentions and
coupled with legislative laxity instead
produced a law that netizens cry step on
their rights.
Overall, however, the good points of
the law outnumber the bad ones. The
need, therefore, is not to repeal the law
but to repair it.
All Congress has to do is to harvest
the many commentaries about Republic
10175 and use these as replacement
threads that will mend the fabric of the
But still, we’re still better off
amending the bill than euthanizing
it. We need a law that will combat
identity theft, hacking, spamming , child
pornography, and other crimes pulled off
by digital hucksters who escape through
the information highway.
We’ve heard stories about how
criminals have burrowed through a
bank’s firewall and vacuum-cleaned
deposits of their contents, of how one
porn site trawled a community page for
photos of teenage girls and posted them
online , of how one nasty site published
a fictional registry of Filipino men with
AIDS, of how we sometimes receive
financial SOS from friends whose
emails have been hacked .
There is no question that we need
antidotes to these “new gen” crimes.
But to make them potent, we have to
exorcise the existing law of riders that
reduce its potency.
As to libel, we should retain that
safety net, minus the high penalties, not
for the sake of public officials who can
defend themselves and who can deploy
an army - of lawyers and otherwise
- against their tormentors , but for
ordinary, defenseless people who may
be at the receiving end of cruel cyber-
She may be yellow to the core but that
shouldn’t make her less of an impartial
election umpire .
In her reincarnation as a Comelec
commissioner, I know that Grace Padaca
will dispense justice without fear or
favor. Claims that she was parachuted
there as a partisan hitman are baseless
and unfair.
In an agency whose main mandate is
to tally votes, Miss Padaca’s training as
an accountant will be put to good use.
She can function as a resident auditor
who can keep tabs on the poll body’s
huge budget.
There’s also one other reason why
I am rooting for her. Although they
account for 1/20th of the country’s
population, there’s a dearth of
differently-abled persons in the high
echelons of government. To them, may
Miss Padaca serve as an inspiration that
talent knows no hurdles.
Forging peace
By Francisco S. Tatad
Continued from page 1
Kapur, however, died not much
long thereafter, leaving the WPF in the
hands of Yakunin, an industrialist and
intellectual, who began his career as an
engineer-scientist and is now in charge
of Russia’s modern railway system.
Under WPF, various international
and national non-governmental
organizations, representatives of public
and private institutions, civil society and
faith-based organizations, academics
and representatives of various countries,
cultures and civilizations have come
together toprotect and promote the
common spiritual and cultural values of
mankind and create democratic space
for constructive dialogue among the
major cultures and civilizations.
Chaired by Yakunin, and co-chaired
by Austria’s former federal chancellor
Alfred Gusenbauer, and American
Professor Fred Dallmayr from the
University of Notre Dame, the WPF has
been meeting on Rhodes since it held its
first session on the island in September
2003. The island of Rhodes is located in
the Southeastern Aegean, the biggest in
the Dodecanese island chain, measuring
1,400 square kms., with a coastline of
220 kms., 40 minutes from Athens by
air. According to legend, Zeus had the
island brought forth from the depth of
the sea as a gift to Helios, the god of
the sun, for having been away when
the gods partitioned the earth among
themselves. Helios gave the island
his wife’s name, Rhode, daughter of
Poseidon and Amphitritae.
A multilingual group of scholars,
scientists and intellectuals descends
upon Paradise Mare, a huge hotel
complex beside the waters of the
Aegean sea, surrounded by large
swimming pools near the shore and
gardens and palm trees on the other
side, for this week-long conference.
This year’s “Dialogue” covered a wide
range of issues, converging on the
need for a greater resolve to produce
new scientific and moral capacities
for mankind in order to transmit to the
future generations an intercivilizational
order that works.
A video message from Noam
Chomsky, world-famous author and
professor of linguistics and philosophy,
was aired at the formal opening to
remind the delegates that the 10
anniversary of the WPF was also the
anniversary of the Cuban missile
crisis—“the most dangerous moment
in the 20
century”—when the world
nearly came to the brink of a nuclear
war. It challenged the delegates to make
sure the world does not slip into a similar
danger ever again.
Yakunin and Gusenbauer led the list
of “keynote speakers,” whichincluded
several distinguished professors, this
writer, and at least one Nobel Prize
laureate in chemistry.
Two other Filipinos actively
participated in the Dialogue, namely,
Dr. Manuel Montes, Ph.D., the Filipino
economist who serves as senior advisor
on finance and development at the South
Center in Geneva, and retired Lt. Gen.
Jaime de los Santos, who heads the Hans
Koechler Philosophical and Political
Society in the Philippines, and lectures
on management at the University of the
Philippines. Montes was a key presentor
at the main economic session, while de
los Santos spoke on inter-faith dialogue
from Asean and Philippine perspectives.
In his address, Yakunin said
the civilizational challenges of the
centurycould be addressed only
through dialogue and peaceful
engagement instead of competition or
conflict. He described the “Dialogue
of Civilizations” as a direct answer
to Samuel Huntington’s “Clash of
Civilizations” theory, which maintains
that future world conflicts would be
fought no longer along ideological, but
rather along cultural fault lines.
The theory was quickly shot down by
Nigerian Archbishop John Onaiyekan,
this year’s winner of the International
Pax Christi award, who in his keynote
spoke of Nigeria as living proof of
the fatal flaw in the theory. He said
Nigeria has an almost equal Muslim and
Christian population, and yet they have
succeeded in living together peacefully
without any such cultural fault-line. Of
course, the Western press writes only
about the bad things that happen in
Nigeria, never about Christian-Muslim
harmony, the Archbishop said.
Princeton Professor Richard Falk, in
a subsequent presentation, said the world
needed to move from the old geopolitics,
based on rivalry between states, the
single-minded pursuit of national
interest, and the employment of “hard”
military power to a new geopolitics,
based on interaction between cultures
and societies relying on “soft” ethical
norms and traditional values to achieve
global harmony and cooperation.
Gusenbauer described the enormous
levels of injustice and inequality
within and between nations as the
greatest problem of the world. The
grave misallocation of resources by
governments contributes a lot to such
inequality and injustice. Humanity must
seek to eradicate these not only as an
economic necessity but above all as a
moral imperative, he said.
He warned against rising
protectionism, trade barriers, military
conflicts, and violence in the fight for
scarce and exhaustible resources, along
with the degeneration of the processes
of production and development.
Gusenbauer said the solutions to
the world’s problems will not come
from technology alone. Neithercan it
come from doing the very same things
that led to the crisis in the first place. It
could only come from innovation and
experimentation, which alone could
produce new, non-traditional answers to
both old and new problems, he said.
Population growth, more than
technology, has been the greatest
driver of economic growth, as Asia’s
strongest economic powers have shown,
Gusenbauer said. This was echoed in
various ways by a number of papers
throughout the dialogue, and remained
one of the major uncontested points
made during the Dialogue.
Gusenbauer called for a new
economic paradigm away from the
casino-type economy of most countries,
and the strengthening of domestic
demand based on a transformation of the
physical and social infrastructure rather
than a mere rise in consumption.
In his presentation, Montes spoke of
building “solidarity economies” at both
the national and international levels, in
which each nation could seek to attain
full employment and income increases
for its people, and in a diversity of
economic systems that allows societies
to draw from each other’s material,
technological, and cultural resources,
according to their level of development.
What has to be changed at the very
fundamental level, Montes said, is the
current configuration of economic life,
which compels nations to compete with
each other for access to private trade and
investment. Instead of private interests
competing for opportunity, the idea is
that it is countries and regions that must
compete for private favors.
A framework of competition among
nations exempts powerful economic
nations and multinational companies
from taking into account the harm that
their policies inflict on smaller and less
developed countries, Montes said.
One theme that ran through most
of the presentations was the need
and the ability of every culture to
contribute to true human progress and
development: “Don’t believe that one
culture is superior to any other or to
all others. Insist on dialogue instead of
confrontation or competition.”
Although the discussions d id not focus
on any specific flashpoints, a short paper
by Helga Zepp-LaRouche, president
of the international Shiller Institute,
which was distributed to the delegates,
warned against the “balkanization” of
the Middle and Near East, against the
background of a collapsing transatlantic
financial system. This could lead to
“an uncontrollable world wildfire,” the
statement said.
Is mankind intelligent enough to
change course in time to avoid self-
destruction and to abandon war as a
method of solving conflicts, the paper
A session on the decline of the
US as a hegemonic power and the
emergence of a more equitable pattern
of international relations allowed an
insightful examination of China as a
rising power.
Malaysia’s Professor Chandra
Muzaffar, president of the International
Movement for a Just World, minimized
the risks of China engaging any nation
in any military conflictto settle any
territorial conflict with its neighbors at
this point. This is because China’s rise is
based solely on “soft” economic power,
not on “hard” military power, he pointed
out. This was generally shared by the
other panelists.
It also echoed the position of other
analysts not represented in the Dialogue.
For instance, in his book, “The Revenge
of Geography,” Robert D. Kaplan says
while China is developing asymmetric
and anti-access niche capabilities
designed to deny the US Navy easy
entry to the East China Sea and other
coastal waters, it likely has no intention
of ever attacking a US aircraft carrier
and is not remotely capable of directly
challenging the US militarily. It has no
motive to go to war against the US, says
Kaplan, although motives could change.
In my own paper, I argued that
excessive wealth and power in the hands
of a few have led to so much inequality
and loss of human dignity on the part of so
many, and “the effort to satisfy all sensual
appetites threatens to banish everything
sacred to some distant planet and leave the
spirit homeless, hungry and cold.”
While the global crisis naturally
provokes the most serious attention to
the big global players—governments,
the United Nations, multinational and
multilateral institutions, civil society,
and the private sector—the world needs
to take an even much closer look at the
natural family, which remains the basic
unit of society, the parent-seed and
the least common denominator of all
civilizations, I said.
“Leaders of nations and groups of
nations tend to give scant attention
when discussing global, regional or
even national concerns. The family
hardly figures in their political and
economic calculations,” I said. “But far
from being the last, the family is the first
genuine actor in addressing any crisis of
civilization. True human progress will
not be attained until the family is given
its proper place in the natural order of
things, and our best commentators are
able to speak no longer of the “Rise of
the West” or the “Rise of the Rest,” but
rather of the “Rise of the Least.”
I tried to make clear that a much
better world is not possible if it did not
begin and end in the home and protect
the basic dignity of the family and all its
The crisis of nations and the dialogue of civilizations
From A4

The Comelec or the HRET found
no major difference in the PCOS and
manual tallies in such cases as those filed
by former Environment Secretary Lito
Atienza against Manila Mayor Alfredo
Lim, by former Rep. Ace Barbers against
Surigao del Norte Gov. Sol Matugas, by
former Rep. Connie Dy against Pasay City
Mayor Antonio Calixto and by former
Rep. Raul Gonzalez Jr. against Iloilo Rep.
Jerry Treñas.
The latest electoral protest decided by
Comelec again validated the value of the
PCOS machines and the CF card.
In the decision, Comelec dismissed
the election protest of former Supreme
Court Justice Dante Tinga filed against
Taguig Mayor Lani Cayetano after
the Comelec’s First Division ordered
the decryption of the CF cards in the
PCOS machines and found in the PCOS
automated count for the pilot precincts
were accurate.
All these decided cases showing the
value of PCOS/AES have served to affirm
that the Comelec made the right decision
to again use this technology in the 2013
The accuracy of the PCOS count, as
shown by these cases, might also serve to
minimize the number of election protests
that traditionally swamp Comelec.
Page Compositor: Diana Keyser Punzalan
ManilaStandardTODAY A6 | MONDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2010
WHEREAS, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) was created
by virtue of Republic Act Number 9497 (R.A. 9497) which took effect on 23rd of
March 2008;
WHEREAS, Section 4 of R. A. No. 9497 provides that -
xxx Creation of the Authority. - There is hereby created an independent
regulatory body with quasi-judicial and quasi-legislative powers and
possessing corporate attributes to be known as the Civil Aviation
Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), hereinafter referred to as the
“Authority” xxx ;
WHEREAS, under Section 23, paragraph (j) of the same Law, the Board is
empowered to promulgate rules and regulations as may be necessary in the interest
of safety in air commerce pertaining to the issuance of the airman’s certifcate
including the licensing of operating and mechanical personnel, type certifcate
for aircraft, aircraft engines, propellers and appliances, airworthiness certifcates,
air carrier operating certifcates, air agency certifcates, navigation facility and
aerodrome certifcates; air traffc routes; radio and aeronautical telecommunications
and air navigation aids; aircraft accident inquiries; aerodromes, both public and
private-owned; construction of obstructions to aerodromes; height of buildings,
antennae and other edifces; registration of aircraft; search and rescue; facilitation
of air transports; operations of aircraft, both for domestic and international, including
scheduled and non-scheduled; meteorology in relation to civil aviation; rules of
the air; air traffc services; rules for prevention of collision of aircraft, identifcation
of aircraft; rules for safe altitudes of fight; and such other rules and regulations,
standards, governing other practices, methods and lor procedures as the Director
General may fnd necessary and appropriate to provide adequately for safety
regularity and effciency in air commerce and air navigation;
WHEREAS, the CAAP Board of Directors duly approved the initial Philippine Civil
Aviation Regulations in October 2008;
WHEREAS, in June 2009, the CAAP Board of Directors approved the Philippine
Civil Aviation Regulations on Aerodrome and Air Navigation Service (CAR-AANS);
WHEREAS, the CAAP Board of Directors, in its 03 March 2011 Board Meeting,
approved the request of the Director General to initiate amendments and/or revision
of the Philippine Civil Aviation Regulations of 2008 including the CARAANS, subject
to public consultations/hearings;
WHEREAS, in May 2011, after public hearing and consultation by the CAAP
Regulations Review Committee (RRC) and on the basis of the recommendation
of the Director General, the CAAP Board of Directors approved the 2011’ Revised
Philippine Civil Aviation Regulations (PCAR);
of June 2011, CAAP Board of Directors’ Regular Meeting, the
Revised Aerodrome Manual was duly approved;
WHEREAS, on 23
of September 2011, the Director General recommended and
the Board approved the following:
15. CHECK-LIST; and
including all related technical guidance materials, training and licensing
manuals, safety bulletins, administrative and fight-safety hand-book,
circulars and advisories on technical and safety matters - arising from
the implementation of the Philippine Civil Aviation Regulations (PCAR)
and Civil Aviation Regulations - Air Navigation Services (CAR-ANS);
WHEREAS, the CAAP Board of Directors established the very foundation of aviation
regulations the PCAR and CARAANS; and what is needed, as requested by
the Director General, aside from the implementation of these vital aviation
regulations, is the regulation on amendatory/revision process, timely in character,
as recommended by the ICAO and FAA in their Audit Findings, and immediate
promulgation of new and updated aviation regulations within the primary
competence, jurisdiction and technical expertise of the Director General; the Flight
Standard Inspectorate Service (FSIS); and, the Aerodrome and Air Navigation
Safety Oversight Organization (AANSOO).
WHEREFORE, RESOLVE, as it is hereby RESOLVED, that request of the Director
General for the approval of REGULATIONS AMENDMENT PROCEDURES for
Philippine Civil Aviation Regulations, Manuals, Technical Guidance Materials
and Civil Aviation Regulations - Aerodrome and Air Navigation Service, be
APPROVED, and shall be valid and effective upon completion of the requisite
publication in the Offcial Gazette or newspaper of general circulation and a
copy fled with the University of the Philippines Law Center-Offce of the National
Administrative Register (UP-ONAR).
RESOLVED further that any issuance or promulgation or order made by the Director
General arising from the immediate implementation involving safety issues covering
the Philippine Civil Aviation Regulations (PCAR and CARANS) is immediately
executory subject to appeal to the CAAP Board of Directors for proper resolution
within ten (10) days from publication or receipt of notice of the subject matter, if
any issue arises.
Approved this 28
of September 2012, at DOTC, Mandaluyong, Philippines.
Chairman/Secretary, DOTC
Vice-Chairman/Director General, CAAP Secretary, Department of Justice
Department Foreign Affairs OIC-Secretary, DILG

Secretary, Department of Finance Secretary, DOLE
Secretary, Department of Tourism
(a) Coverage. The procedure prescribed herein shall cover the Philippine
Civil Aviation Regulations, and in suppletory character the Philippine Civil
Aviation Regulations - Air Navigation Service.
(b) Composition of the Regulations Review Committee (RRC)
(1) The Chairman shall be the Director General or authorized
representative, and the permanent members shall be Chief, FSlS as
Vice- Chairman (for Philippine Civil Aviation Regulations) or Chief,
ANSOO as Vice-Chairman (for Philippine Civil Aviation Regulations
- Air Navigation Service), Chief of Airways Navigation Service, Chief
of Air Traffc Service, and Chief of Aerodrome Development and
Management Service; and Chief of Enforcement and Legal Service.
(2) The Director General may increase the number of members as the
need arises.
(3) The total composition should be odd in number and the procedures
to carry out its mandate including its conduct of hearing shall be
governed in Appendix A;
(c) Who may fle a proposal for amendment or revision
(1) lCAO initiated amendment
(i) Upon receipt of the Offce of the Director General and/or
lCACS proposal for amendment, the same document shall
within the same day be forwarded to the RSD for recordation
and numbering.
(ii) A Working Document (Appendix B) with all the identifable
marks such as numbering progressively citing the year shall
be prepared. Numbering of a Working Document shall be
numbered from 1 then progressively, citing the current calendar
year. Then the numbering starts again from 1 onwards for
another year. It must refect the originator or petitioner.
(iii) The working paper shall be forwarded the following day to
RRC and to all concerned, including stakeholders, and shall
be subjected to an initial deliberation not later than three (3)
days specifed on the working paper including the time and
place of deliberation.
(iv) The RRC shall immediately decide on the lCAO initiated
amendment, and fnal recommendation to be submitted within
two (2) days reckoned from deliberation for the DG’s signature.
If the RRC needed the evaluation and
(iv) The RRC shall immediately decide on the ICAO initiated
amendment, and fnal recommendation to be submitted within
Republic of the Philippines
Department of Transportation and Communications
two (2) days reckoned from deliberation for the DG’s signature.
If the RRC needed the evaluation and recommendation of a
Technical Working Committee, the fnal recommendation to be
submitted within fve (5) days reckoned from deliberation for the
DG’ s signature.
(v) Within the three (3) or fve (5) - day period, as the case maybe,
the fnal endorsement shall contain the recommendation for
public hearing; all necessary documents enclosed for approval
of the Director General.
(vi) The scheduled public hearing shall not be less than three (3)
days from the actual day of publication. The venue, day and
time including the whole text of the proposed amendment shall
be specifed on the publication.
(vii) The procedure for public hearing shall be governed under
Appendix C.
(viii) Within three (3) days after the concluded public hearing, the fnal
draft shall be submitted for approval of the Director General for
submission to the Board of Director, CAAP, for approval.
(ix) The Director General and the CAAP Corporate Board Secretary
shall alternately sign on each and every page thereof.
(x) Immediately after CAAP Board of Director’s approval, either by
referendum or through a special Board meeting, the document
shall be published in a newspaper of general circulation, and a
copy fled with the Offce of the National Administrative Register,
U.P. Law Center, V.P. Diliman, Quezon City.
(xi) Publication shall include the CAAP Board Resolution approving
the new, amended or revised regulations, and the certifcate
of authenticity jointly issued by the Director General and the
Corporate Board Secretary;
(xii) The original copy of the amended document shall be kept by
the CAAP Corporate Board Secretary, and the duplicate original
copy with the RSD.
(xiii) Complete notifcation shall immediately be issued by RSD
(2) New regulation/s issued by ICAO
(i) New regulations duly approved and passed by ICAO shall,
upon transmittal to the ICACS, be transmitted to the RSD for
immediate and proper documentation, notifcation, and insertion
of said new rules or regulation/s. The new ICAO rule/s or
regulation/s need not be approved by the BOD. The DG and
the RRC must be informed of this developmentls by the RSD.
(ii) Immediate publication and notification shall be made in
procedures laid down
(3) Stakeholder/s, public or CAAP-initiated.
(i) Stakeholder/s, the public or CAAP may fle a petition for an
amendment (proposal) with the RR-Committee, the Offce of
the Director General or RSD
(ii) Petition shall be fled in triplicate original copies duly notarized.
However, petition by CAAP (offcial or regular employee) shall
not be required any notarization.
(d) Form of petition. All Requirements/Requests shall be in the form prescribed
by the RR Committee as provided for in Appendix D, and must contain the
(1) The name, position, organization or corporation, business address
and other material facts pertaining to the Proponent.
(2) The verbatim quoted provision of the CAR sought to be amended.
(3) The proposed/suggested text for new regulation/s and amended form
of the questioned and quoted PHL-CAR or PHL-ANS/ Aerodrome
(4) Justifcation for the proposed new regulation/s or amendment citing
factual incidents, episodes or accidents, rules and regulations with
corresponding attachment of evidentiary matters in support thereof.
(e) Where to fle the petition. The petition shall be fled with the RRC. If fled
before the Offce of the Director General or CAAP Central Record, the same
shall be immediately routed or transmitted to the RSD on the same day. The
RSD shall prepare the working document (Appendix B) to be immediately
transmitted offcially to the RRC.
(f) Procedure before RRC
(1) Within three (3) days upon receipt of the petition and after having
determined the issues involved therein, the RRC shall issue a fnal
(2) Within seven (7) days if there is a need to invite Aviation industry
experts as resource persons, they shall assist the sub-committee
called the Technical Working Group (TWG) on technical issues. The
TWG is given a period of fve (5) days which is within the seven (7)
day period to submit its report. The TWG report is only advisory and
recommendatory in character, and must include expert’s suggestion.
(3) All position papers, suggestions, advisories and recommendations
issued by the TWG shall be in writing.
(g) Immediate and Temporary Amendment
(1) When there is an urgent need, by reason of safety issues, to amend
a particular provision of Philippine Civil Aviation rules and regulations,
the Director General shall issue said temporary amendment with
immediate effectivity provided a justifcation duly certifed as to its
urgency is appended to the amendment document, as prescribed
under Appendix E.
(2) The temporary .and immediate amendment is valid only for thirty (30)
days. Unless renewed, it loses its validity and effectivity.
(3) The RSD is given a ten (10) working days to subject the same for RRe
evaluation similar to a petition initiated by CAAP or to fle a “Difference”
if required within the same given period often (10) days.
(4) Public hearing shall immediately be conducted, if required, and the
requisite CAAP Board of Director’s approval and publication.
(h) Dismissal of petition. Upon initial screening and the RRC determines that it is
not in the prescribed form or is not meritorious, an order of dismissal shall be
issued, in the form prescribed in Appendix D, with the title ‘Dismissal of Petition’,
adding or citing the ground/s relied upon.
(i) Notifcation of dismissal/approval, working paper and ‘Difference’
(1) The RRC shall copy furnish the following offces:
(i) Director General
(ii) The two (2) Deputy Directors General
(iv) FSIS, CAAP Central Records and TWG
(v) Petitioner
(vi) Stakeholders
(vii) All Area Centers that will be responsible to disseminate the
same to Airports within their jurisdiction.
(2) Posting in conspicuous places.
In addition to the above, posting in conspicuous places shall be made
within CAAP premises and airports. A fxed places designated by the
Director General shall be utilized for this purpose.
j) Opposition to petitions. All Oppositions to fled Requests shall be in the
same form as given in Appendix D with the title “OPPOSITION” instead
and shall likewise be fled in triplicate original copies all of which shall be
duly notarized. However, oppositions initiated by any Offce under the CAAP
shall not be required to be notarized. These documents shall automatically
form part of the record of each working paper.
(k) Filing of Difference. When there is a need to fle a ‘Difference’ with the
ICAO, a certifcation shall be prepared by the RRC after public hearing.
However, the Director General may request to fle Difference even without
public hearing provided there is safety concern/s, and provided further that
a justifcation duly certifed is appended to the request.
(I) Consolidation of petitions. Before public hearing, in the event that two (2)
or more Requests contain the same or essentially the same proposal, they
shall be consolidated and the proponents joined in one working document.
The separate proponents shall be notifed of such consolidation and joinder
by the RSD.
(m) Public Hearing. When the RR-Committee fnds that the petition or ICAO
proposal is of public and paramount consideration and public hearing
is required, a certification, Appendix F, shall be appended to the
recommendation for publication for DG’s approval. An additional fve (5)
days is added for the RRC to issue its fnal recommendation.
(n) Approval of the Board of Directors. except ICAO-Council-approved
regulations which are ministerial on the part of CAAP to adopt and implement,
all proposal/request for amendments, revision, or ‘Difference’, shall, upon
approval by the Director General, immediately be submitted to the Board
of Directors for approval by referendum.
(o) Publications
(1) Public Hearing. Publication of the complete text of petition shall be
made. The publication shall contain the time, place and venue of public
hearing. The hearing day shall be at least three (3) days reckoned
from the day of publication.
(2) Board of Directors’ approved amendment/revision or “Difference”.
Upon approval of the Director General of the amendment and or ‘
difference’, and signature of all the majority of the members of the
Board of Directors, the same shall be immediately published in a
newspaper of general circulation and a copy fled with the Offce of the
National Administrative Register of the U.P. Law Center. The CAAP
Board Resolution approving the amendment, revision or “difference”
shall be included in the publication.
(3) Publication can be made without approval of the Board of Directors, in
cases of obvious errors such as spelling, typographical and alignments
on the existing regulations.
(p) Effectivity of revision, amendment or “Difference”. A revision or
amendment is effective upon publication in newspaper of general
circulation simultaneous with the fling of a copy thereof with the National
Administrative Register of the U,P. Law Center, unless otherwise provided
in the regulation itself.
(q) Immediately after publication and fling of a copy with ONAR-U.P. Law
Center, the notifcation to all concerned respecting a particular regulations
amended/revised or ‘Difference’ shall contain the following:
(1) Letter of Transmittal: A letter describing the purpose and location
of the new regulation or amendment in relation to the existing
Regulation(s) to all recipients/CAR copy-holders.
(2) Instructions: The instructions to “insert” and/or “delete” the affected
pages of each Part stating page number(s) and their effective date(s).
(3) Replacement pages of CAR: The replacement pages of CAR giving
effect to the Annex-amendment. As these regulations are printed on
both sides of paper, whenever some text undergoes a change, the
reverse side will also need a reprint, except that the effective date
of the reverse side page may remain unchanged.
(4) Updated Table of Contents: The effective dates of changed pages
shall be incorporated in the Contents of each Part as well as in the
main Table of Contents.
(5) Recording of New Regulation/s or Amendments: Instructions for
recording the insertion of the CAR-amendment in the “Record of
Amendment” in the Table of Contents Part.
(6) Updating a Controlled Document: The prescribed procedure
for updating a “Controlled Document” shall be adhered to while
transmitting and incorporating each CAR-amendment.
(r) Unless otherwise provided, publication of CAAP Board of Directors’
approved amendment or ‘difference’ in a newspaper of general circulation
shall be effective immediately.
(s) The RSD shall .have custody of all documents pertaining to the entire
amendment procedure, revision or ‘Difference’. All documents fled with
the RSD-Library shall not be taken out without authority from the DG. The
conduct of documents’ archiving, authentication, handling, copying either
by machine or electronic, fling and dissemination shall be governed by a
separate administrative rules to be promulgated hereinafter by the Director
(t) The RSD shall primarily be responsible to the posting of the new
amendments or regulation and updates in the CAAP website through
the MIS, including distribution of copies of the approved amendments/
regulations and updates to all CAAP Offces.
(u) Appeals. Any decision of the DG is appealable to the Board of Directors.
Only one motion for reconsideration shall be fled with the BOD.
(v) The Offce of the Government Corporate Counsel shall act as the external
legal counsel of the RR Committee including any and all its members
before any court of law or any quasi-judicial bodies of the government
without prejudice of any deputation or designation that it may issue in
favor of the in-house counsel of the Authority on behalf of the committee.
(w) Unless otherwise provided in these Regulations, rights or privileges
vested or acquired under the existing provisions of the CAR prior to the
effectivity of these Rules shall remain in full force and effect. However,
pending the approval and full implementation of these Rules, existing rules
and procedures shall be observed. Requests fled before the effectivity of
these Rules and remain pending shall follow the provisions herein upon
effectivity of such unless said Petition has already been resolved by the
Board with fnality.
(x) If any part or provision of these procedures shall be declared
unconstitutional or illegal, the other parts or provisions hereof which are
not affected thereby, shall continue in full force and effect.
(y) All laws, decrees, executive orders, rules and regulations or parts thereof
inconsistent with the provisions of these Rules are hereby repealed or
modifed accordingly, including provisions of any law, decrees, executive
orders, rules and regulations or part thereof which provides exemptions to
any air carrier, organization or entity from payment of any CAAP imposed
fees and charges, relating to, but not limited to, navigation, communication,
concession, license and permit.
Appendix A
RRC Internal Procedures
Section 1. Title. - This Rules shall be known as the Internal Rules of
Procedure of the Regulations Review Committee (RRC) of the Civil Aviation Authority
of the Philippines.
Sec. 2. Principal Office. - The principal Office of the RRC of the
Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) shall be located in Central
Administration Building, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, Old MIA Road,
Pasay City.
Sec. 3. PLACE OF MEETING. - The Board shall hold its meetings at the
principal offce or at any other place as the Chairman of the Committee may fx.
Sec. 4. Composition. - The RRC is composed of the following members:
Composition of the Regulations Review Committee (RRC)
(a) The Chairman shall be the Director General or authorized representative,
and the permanent members shall be Chief, FSIS as Vice- Chairman
(for Philippine Civil Aviation Regulations) or Chief, ANSOO as Vice-
Chairman (for Philippine Civil Aviation Regulations - Air Navigation
Service), Chief of Airways Navigation Service, Chief of Air Traffc
Service, and Chief of Aerodrome Development and Management
Service; and Chief of Enforcement and Legal Service.
(b) The Director General may increase the number of members as the
need arises.
Sec. 6. Confict of Interest. - Any member of the RRC shall inhibit himself/herself
on any matter under discussion or subject of approval by the Director General when
any confict of interest becomes apparent.
Sec. 7. QUORUM - Simple majority is required, provided the Chairman, or in
his absence, the Vice-Chairman is present. Such simple majority shall be necessary
for the adoption of any rule, ruling, or order, resolution, decision or other act of the
RRC in the exercise of its functions.
Sec. 8. POWER TO ADMINISTER OATH. - The Chairman or the Vice-Chairman
of the RRC may administer oath on any matter brought before it.
Sec. 9. MEETINGS -
(a) REGULAR MEETING - The RRC shall meet on the last Wednesday of
each month or on any day of each month as may be agreed upon by
the RRC or at the instance of the Chairman.
(b) Special Meeting - A special meeting may be called by the Chairman or by
the Vice-chairman or by action of four (4) members.
(c) Time of Meetings - The time of Board Meetings shall be specifed on
the Notice of meeting.
(d) Venue. - At the CAAP Board Meeting Room, Pasay City or at any place
duly designated by the Chairman or approved by the majority of the
members of the Board.
Sec. 10. AGENDA
(a) Agenda Items - All matters requiring Board Action shall emanate
from the Chief, RSD (being the Secretariat) in the form of an agenda
approved by the Chairman, copy furnish the Vice-Chairman and all the
members of the RRC at least three (3) days before the actual date of
RRC meeting. The Chairman and/or other members of the RRC may
request the Chief, RSD to include an additional matter in the agenda
item, provided that such request is made in writing. The three (3)- day
notice rule may be dispensed with if the Chairman/Vice-Chairman
certifes as to the urgency of the agenda item.
(b) Decorum. - Any person, while the RRC is in session, is enjoined to
observe proper decorum. Thus, any person exhibiting any unruly
or offensive conduct may be expelled by the Chairman or presiding
chairman from the premises.
(c) Approval of any agenda item. - Upon full discussion of any item listed
in the agenda, the Presiding Chairman may call for any motion for the
disposition of an agenda item. The said item is approved if a motion for
approval is duly seconded. Any objection or question shall be put on
record. Any agenda item not acted upon may be included in the next
Board Meeting. Any Board approval shall be deemed fnal decision of
the Board.
(d) Executive Privilege and Session. - Matters declared by the Chairman
or Vice-chairman to be confdential shall be treated as such or those
recommended by any member and approved by the Chairman. If
declared a classifed matter/document, the Chairman may order any
person not privy to be excluded from the discussion thereof. No copy
of said document or information shall exist except copy of the Members
of the RRC, personally handed-over by the Chief, RSD.
Sec. 11. ADJOURNMENT - When there are no more matters to be discussed,
on motion and duly seconded, the presiding Chairman may declare that the meeting
is adjourned.
DG’s Approval
Sec. 12. Recommendation of the RRC - The Director General may approve
recommendation of the RRC. Upon approval, the amendment/revision or the
difference, as the case maybe, public hearing if required under existing laws or
immediate publication may be had.
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Sec. 13. Regulatory Standards Department - The RSD shall be responsible
for the following:
(a) Records custodian of the Board
(b) Notice and Minutes of Meeting, Regular and Special;
(c) Agenda Items and Venue preparations including meals;
(d) Resolutions, Certifcations of related documents and materials;
(e) Electronics Media during Board Meetings; and Archives Division
(f) To receive petitions, appeals and/or motions fled before the RRC; and
(g) Such other related matters.
The RSD shall also be responsible for the dissemination of all material to all
concerned, including Philippine aviation stakeholders.
Technical Working Group
Sec. 14. Creation - The Director General may establish Committees to assist
the RCC in the discharge of technical duties and responsibilities.
Sec. 15. Delegation of Powers - The RRC may delegate to the TWG any of
its powers, subject to such conditions and restrictions as the RRC may impose.
Sec. 16. Annual Budget - The Annual Budget of the Authority supported with all
documentary attachments shall be prepared and submitted by the Offce of the Director
General before the end of the third (3rd) quarter of the calendar year. This shall be
included in the Agenda items for Board approval.
Sec. 17. AMENDMENTS - Any supplement and/or amendments to this
Internal Rules of Procedures may be proposed by any member of the RRC in
writing to be included in the next agenda item for approval of the RRC.
Appendix B
Working Document
Republic of the Philippines
Department of Transportation and Communications
Pasay City, Philippines
ACTION REQUIRED: (Date Of Submission)

CAAP Department/Proponent:
Appendix C
Public Hearing Procedure
Section 1: All public hearing should follow the herein procedures.
Sec. 2: The date, place and venue of all public hearing shall be indicated on
the publication to be printed on the newspaper of general circulation.
Sec. 3. All directives for publication of public hearing shall be approved by the
Director General unless delegated to a responsible offcial of CAAP.
Sec. 4. All public hearings shall be scheduled at least three days reckoned from
the frst offcial day of publication in a newspaper of general circulation.
Sec. 5. Attendance to include all personnel and offcials of CAAP during the
public hearing shall be taken.
Sec. 6. The presence of simple majority of all the members of the RRC,
including the Chairman, shall constitute the quorum.
Sec. 7. The opening of the public hearing shall be offcially pronounced by the
Chairman before attestation of the RSD (Secretariat) as to the quorum.
Sec. 8. The order of business as contained in the materials to be distributed
before the public hearing shall be strictly followed.
Sec. 9. The discussion, comments, opposition may be made in writing or
in oral presentation provided the proponent must secure the permission of the
presiding Chairman.
Sec. 10. When a motion is submitted for Ye and Na, each of the RRC shall
manifest the vote in oral with or without explanations.
Sec. 11. Any objections shall be recorded.
Sec. 12. The passage of any regulations or amendment/revision thereto,
including approval of Difference shall be made by a simple majority of all the
members of RRC present. In case of tie, the Chairman shall break the tie by voting
thereon with recommendation. The presiding Chairman cannot abstain from voting.
Appendix D
Form of Petition
Republic of the Philippines
Department of Transportation and Communications
Pasay City, Philippines
[As applicable cite here the specifc provision of the
Civil Air Regulations (CAR)
e.g. Civil Air Regulations, Part 8 (Operations),
specifcally Part (b)].
(Name of Petitioner/Address),
Proposed Amendment (or Regulatiools)
Original Form:
“(b) The PIC shall submit a fight plan before departure or during fight, to the
appropriate ATC facility, unless arrangements have been made for submission of
repetitive fight plans.”
Amended Form:
“(b) The PIC shall submit a fight plan before departure or during fight, to the (name
the specifc ATC facility addressed), unless arrangements have been made for
submission of repetitive fight plans.”
The original provision above cited in the existing CAR indicates that when submitting
a fight plan, the operator submits the same to the appropriate ATC facility. It would
be most effcient if the CAR would state specifcally the mentioned ATS facility to
receive the mentioned fight plans.
WHEREFORE, premises considered, it is respectfully prayed that this Request be
granted or at the very least be issued a Temporary Amendment / Difference.
Date: --------
Appendix E
Immediate Temporary Amendments,
And Public Hearing Justifcations
Republic of the Philippines
Department of Transportation and Communications
Pasay City, Philippines
WHEREAS, the RCC conducted its meeting on__________ pursuant to the Authority
granted by the Director General, and discussed among other the Working Document
WHEREAS, arising from the discussion, deliberations and arguments submitted
including the recommendation of the Technical Working Group as contained in its
Recommendation dated ________ the issue/s raised in Working Document No. shall
be submitted for public hearing on the following considerations:
Date of Publication : ___________
Venue of Public Hearing : ___________
Place and Hour of Public Hearing : ___________
WHEREFORE, premises considered, we affxed our signature herein below and
submit the same for the approval of the Director General.
______________________ ______________________
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______________________ ______________________
Director General
(MST-Oct. 8, 2012)
Yes! Youth, Experience and Service Team members filed their certificates of candidacy last October 1
led by Councilor Benjo Bernabe (second from right) for Mayor. Joining him are (from left) Commission
on Elections officer, lawyer Jonalyn Sabellano, 2nd district Rep. Roilo Golez, Councilor Rico Golez for
Vice Mayor, Vice Mayor Gus Tambunting for congressman, former Rep. Ed Zialcita for district 1, Mayor
Florencio Bernabe Jr., and Benjo’s wife Kate.
La Naval. Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista attends to rites
honoring Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary of La Naval, QC patroness,
coinciding with the city’s foundation day on Oct. 12 when a Misa ng
Bayan will be held.
By Jessica M. Bacud
Bundalian, SN Aboitiz Power-
Magat, and Ramon town admin-
istrator Arthur Bartolome spear-
headed here a medical mission
with the Department of Educa-
Around 190 patients were
treated in public schools by vol-
unteer teams led by town medi-
cal officer Dr. Leo Gabriel joined
by student nurses from La Salette
Employees of the municipal
government, SNAP-Magat per-
sonnel, and local school teach-
ers assisted the medical staff
in attending to patients that in-
cluded residents for respiratory
problems, skin diseases, acute
gastroenteritis, and tonsillitis.
Health is a key advocacy of
SNAP’s corporate social re-
sponsibility program for com-
munities hosting the 360-mega-
watt Magat hydroelectric power
plant bordering Ramon, Isabela
and Alfonso Lista, Ifugao.
The energy infrastructure ss
a joint venture of SN Power of
Norway and AboitizPower.
ACTOR-producer Dingdong
Dantes will run, not for any
elective post in the 2013 polls
nor after aswangs in his latest
movie TikTik, but in the big-
gest children’s race on Oct. 16,
World Food Day.
He will flagoff the event at
the Ynares Center, Rizal Capi-
tol Compound, Antipolo City.
Organized by Save the Chil-
dren, Race for Survival is a
42-kilometer charity relay mar-
athon where more than 20,000
children in over 40 countries
will pass the baton on the same
day to beat Kenyan Patrick
Makau’s world marathon re-
cord of 2 hours 3 minutes 38
Every year, 7 million chil-
dren worldwide die before their
fifth birthday.
“About 57,000 Filipino chil-
dren die before their 5th birth-
day, due to preventable causes
like diarrhoea and pneumonia,”
said country director of Save
the Children Anna Lindenfors.
“Malnutrition is the underlying
cause of roughly one-third of
these child deaths globally.”
Reports state that under-five
mortality (or deaths per 1000
live births) from 1999-2008
is highest in ARMM (94) fol-
lowed by Eastern Visayas (64),
Mimaropa (49), Cagayan Val-
ley (46), Davao (44) and West-
ern Visayas (43).
Under-five death is lowest in
Metro Manila (24). Child mor-
tality is higher in rural areas
(46) than in urban centers (28),
and is highest among the poor
and mothers with no education.
“Ironically, the solutions are
simple and readily available:
more breastfeeding mothers,
more children immunized, and
more good food for children
facing malnutrition and starva-
tion,” Lindenfors said.
Gigi Muñoz David
By Gigi Muñoz David
HOUSE Deputy Majority Leader and
Pasig Rep. Roman Romulo said a fresh
wave of downsizing in large United
States’ financial holding companies is ex-
pected to benefit Manila’s booming busi-
ness process outsourcing sector.
“American banks will likely
accelerate the transfer of more
back offices and business sup-
port jobs to lower-cost locations
such as the Philippines in the
months ahead,” Romulo said in
a statement.
His remarks came shortly
after Bank America Corp., the
second-largest US financial
holding company, with global
assets of $2.2 trillion, bared
plans to sheld 16,000 more US
jobs by year’s end.
“Amid a sluggish US econo-
my, there are estimates Ameri-
can banks may shed 150,000
more jobs this year,” Romulo, a
key congressional backer of the
highly labor-intensive, informa-
tion technology-enabled BPO
sector in the country, said.
The job cuts would see Char-
lotte, North Carolina-based BA
giving up its title as the US bank-
ing industry’s largest employer.
Founded in 1904, BA oper-
ates in more than 40 countries
and has over 282,000 employ-
ees, mostly in the US. Like its
three biggest rivals--JPMorgan
Chase & Co., Citigroup Inc. and
Wells Fargo & Co.--BA already
has a global in-house center in
Manila that provides a wide
range of non-core, business sup-
port activities, Romulo said.
Taguig City-based BA Con-
tinuum Philippines Inc. “pro-
vides back-office operations and
transactions, customer support
and service functions, technol-
ogy support and services, gen-
eral human resource functions,
business planning and general
financial services.”
3,000 motorcyle helmets inspected
ABOUT 3,000 residents in Quezon City owning
motorcycles have complied with the requirement
to have their helmets inspected and certified by the
Department of Trade and Industry.
Mayor Herbert Bautista asked DTI to conduct
inspection and marking of import commodity
clearance stickers over the weekend.
At least 75 belong to the QC Hall Employees’
Riders Association by president Mar Urrutia.
Starting Jan. 1 next year, motorcycle riders
without a protective helmet that bears the ICC
seal face a fine of P1,500 to P10,000 along with
the confiscation of driver’s license for the fourth
violation. Rio N. Araja
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SAN Sebastian College (12-5) will clash
with the defending champion San Beda
College in the 88th National Collegiate
Athletic Association men’s basketball
tournament at 6 p.m at The Arena to-
day, hoping to get a needed win which
will decide their fate in the Final Four
semifinals. The Stags are in danger of
losing their twice-to-beat incentive to
the Letran Knights, who are now only a
half-game behind. Peter Atencio
Express edge Batang Pier
UST, Ateneo booters hope to get better
Pangasinan 1 is volley champ
Kasibulan Football
Festival goes to 3 cities
Nonito vows
to display his
power, speed
regains title
Hoikka, MacDonald dominate TRS Cup
Jennifer Manzano and her new
partner Cind y Benitez tamed
the breezy winds blowing to-
wards Lingayen Gulf in claim-
ing the the2012 Petron Ladies’
Beach Volleyball Battle of
Champions crown Friday here.
Low-angled shots across the
net did the trick for the 24-year-
old Manzano and Benitez, who
wasted no time disposing of
Rizal Technological Univer-
sity standouts Jessa Aranda and
rookie Jonafer San Pedro, 21-8,
21-9, in the finals at the provin-
cial capitol beachfront grounds.
“Sinabi ko sa kanya huwag
taasan ang bola. Mahangin,
kaya mababa lang, said Man-
zano, who earned her sixth title
in the Petron volleyball series.
She took the second-leg crown
with Benitez.
Manzano fired three aces to
jumpstart Pangasinan-1 to a 5-1
lead in the first set, before her
drop shots with Benitez allowed
them move out of range 10-3.
A couple of aces from Beni-
tez, a former University of the
Cordilleras Lady Jaguars stan-
dout, who now works for the
Benguet Electric Cooperative,
then saw Pangasinan-1 domi-
nating the game, 15-5.
Adjusting better to the west-
erly, late-morning winds in the
second set, Manzano and Beni-
tez had little trouble gathering
steam with their 7-2 advantage.
Momentum was now on their
side when Pangasinan-1 moved
away for good, 14-7.
The spikefest is support-
ed by Speedo, Mikasa, me-
dia partner Business Mirror,
the province of Pangasinan,
through Gov. Amado Espino
Jr. and Rep. Leopoldo Bataoil
(second district).
UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas
and Ateneo booters placed sec-
ond and fifth, respectively, in last
year’s University Athletic Asso-
ciation of the Philippines football
This year, though, both
squads are hoping to get bet-
ter and tougher, and coaches of
both teams said a stint with the
maiden offering of the 2012 IP-
PCA Football Pre-Season Cup
will definitely help their respec-
tive squads get ready for the next
football season.
The IPPCA Football Cup, or-
ganized by Filoil Flying V Sports
and sponsored by Nuvali, Mol-
ten, N20 Gastropub, Boysen
Pints, Nature’s Spring, Star
Sports Korea/Topcoms and Bac-
chus Energy Drink, is collegiate
football’s first-ever preseason of-
fering, which will pit 14 UAAP-
NCAA squads, two guest teams
and ten junior teams.
The month-long tournament
kicks off on Sunday at the Nuvali
football field in Sta. Rosa, Laguna,
and elimination games will be held
every Sunday on the same venue,
except for the semis and the finals,
which will be held at the Rizal Me-
morial Football Stadium.
“This tournament comes at a
very perfect timing for us. In the
past kasi, there were pre-season
football tournaments, pero ‘di
lahat ng teams nakakasali. This
time, we get to play as a team and
sharpen our skills against the best
teams from both leagues,” said
UST coach Marjo Allado.
Allado, who was named as
UST head coach in 2007, won a
title for the Tigers the next year,
but the squad settled for a runner-
up finish in the next three years,
with University of the Philippines
pocketing back-to-back plums in
But Allado is confident that
his present line-up can do a better
job this time.
The UST mentor said he’s
banking on his veterans such as
Shirmark Filongco, Ronel Lagri-
mas, Ronald Patislao and Dadam
Redis and Nigerian import Do-
minic Uchea to deliver, while
adding that he also high hopes
for his rookie Dee Arce and top
goalie Ramnon Borigas.
Allado, though, thinks that de-
fending UAAP champion UP and
NCAA titlist San Beda and St.
Benilde are still the teams to beat
owing to their past performances.
“They are all very good teams.
But we’ll give it our best every
game,” vowed Allado, a vet-
eran baller who had donned the
national colors starting in 1998.
Ateneo, meanwhile, is like-
wise looking for a better finish
after a rough-and-tumble season.
By Ronnie Nathanielsz
WORLD Boxing Organiza-
tion/International Boxing Fed-
eration super bantamweight
champion Nonito Donaire isn’t
underestimating World Boxing
Council champion emeritus
Toshiaki Nishioka, but believes
his power and hand-speed will
be too much for the Japanese.
They clash at the Home
Depot Center in Carson City,
California on Sunday (Manila
time) in a blockbuster fight
card to be telecast by ABS-
CBN Channel 2.
When told Nishioka hasn’t
been stopped since his second
pro fight in 1995 and that he
(Donaire) hadn’t scored a spec-
tacular KO in his last three fights,
Donaire answered: “When
it comes (the KO), it comes.
But the proper game plan will
show my power, which is what
I am known for -- lightning fast
counters that knock people out.
No matter how tough you are, if
you don’t see where it’s coming
from and you don’t expect it, it
will knock you down.”
Trainer and former world
champion Robert Garcia
backed up Donaire’s statement.
“We all know when the guys
move up in weight it is more dif-
ficult to get the KO. It won’t be
easy against Nishioka, but at the
beginning of training camp Non-
ito told me he wanted to come in
and do it the way he used to do
it – picking them apart little by
little then knocking them out.”
MEXICO’S Adrian “El Confe-
sor” Hernandez, fighting before
a hometown crowd in Toluca,
Mexico, regained his World
Boxing Council light flyweight
title with a 6th round TKO over
Thailand’s Kompayak Porpra-
mook, which he lost by a 10th-
round knockout in Bangkok,
Thailand last December.
With the win, Hernandez
improved his record to 25-2-1
with 16 knockouts, while Por-
pramook dropped to 46-4 with
31 knockouts.
Meantime, WBC president
Don Jose Sulaiman told the Ma-
nila Standard he would “try his
best to get a voluntary defense
for Jonathan Taconing with the
winner (Hernandez).”
Taconing lost a highly contro-
versial fifth-round technical deci-
sion to then champion Porpra-
mook in a title fight last May in
Thailand. Ronnie Nathanielsz
John Wilson scored a team-
high 17 points and had four re-
bounds and four assists, while
Nino Canaleta and Mark Isip
each added 12 for the Express.
Air21 improved to 1-1, while
newbie Global Port remained
winless at 0-2.
“We’re lucky that Global
is still in a getting-to-know
stage,” said Air21 coach Franz
Pumaren. “Also, we were able
to control the boards. That’s
what I told them after our first
Neither squad was gaining
the upperhand, until the Express
started creating leverage in the
latter part of the third canto.
Through its rugged defense,
Air21 uncorked a key 22-10 run
bridging the third and fourth for
a 77-65 spread, its biggest, with
5:42 remaining after Wynne Ar-
boleda’s jumper.
Still with one more push left,
Batang Pier made it interesting
in the end with a 10-2 run to cut
the deficit to 79-75 with 1:09 left.
But three straight free throws
from Arboleda and Wilson in the
Express’ two ensuing possessions
iced the game.
Miller ended up with a game-
high 22 points and six rebounds
for Batang Pier.
Rookie Yousef Taha also made
his presence felt by grabbing 10
of Air21’s 52 boards, compared
to only 37 for Global Port.
The scores:
AIR 21 88 - Wilson 17, Isip
12, Canaleta 12, Arboleda 9,
Custodio 8, Sena 7, Omolon 6,
Atkins 5, Taha 4, Baclao 4, Ritu-
alo 4.
GLOBAL PORT 81 - Miller
22, David 17, Deutchman 14,
Manuel 9, Salvador 8, Lingganay
5, Mandani 2, Vanlandingham 2,
Adducul 2, Raymundo 0, Gue-
varra 0.
KASIBULAN Grassroots
Course and Football Festival
wraps up its National Capital Re-
gion program with courses and
football festivals at the Villamor
Field, Pasay on Oct. 10 to 12,
Don Bosco Field Mandaluyong
on Oct. 17 to 19 and University
of Makati on Oct. 24 to 26, with
around 200 local coaches and
more than 1,500 kids, ages nine
to 12, expected to participate in
the three-day event.
Organized by the National
Capital Region Football Associ-
ation and presented by the Phil-
ippine Amusement and Gam-
ing Corp., Vitamilk Champ and
Eurivit Multivitamins, this free
football grassroots course and
festival is a long-term program
aimed at enabling the country to
qualify in the 2019 FIFA Under
17 - World Cup.
“We take pride in respond-
ing to this call for a partnership
in developing football further
in the country, particularly for
kids,” said (ret.) Maj. General
Oscar Rabena of Philippine
Air Force, who will also be the
special guest for the Pasay Ka-
sibulan Clsoing Ceremony on
Oct. 12 at the Villamor Foot-
ball Field, together with Mayor
Antonino Calixto of Pasay City
and Department of Education
officials. Certificates of partici-
pation will be distributed to the
participating coaches and kids.
Pangasinan 1’s Jennifer Manzano (right) rams one in against Rizal Tech’s Jonafer San Pedro in a Petron Ladies
Beach Volleyball Tournament’s Battle of the Champions’ game won by the hosts. ROMAN PROSPERO
Milo race to Languido
Games Thursday (SM MOA
2 p.m. UST vs UE
4 p.m. Adamson vs La Salle
Stuart MacDonald, driving the Coke Zero car, struggles to keep his lead
against Korean Micky Kim of Auto Access, Basti Escalante of Team
Standard Insurance Pro and C! Magazine Editor in Chief James Deakin.
ANOTHER huge turnout of
participants and spectators, and
more exciting activities on and
off the track, marked a more
successful staging of the second
TRS Raceday as motorcycle en-
thusiast-turned-circuit car racer
Jussi Hoikka and former touring
car champion Stuart MacDonald
again dominated their respec-
tive divisions to fortify their title
quests in the 2012 TRS Cup re-
cently at the Clark International
The 2012 TRS Cup is
backed by Castrol, Bridge-
stone, Standard Insurance,
Coke Zero, OMP, Automobile
Association of the Philippines,
Ford Alabang,Aguila Auto
Glass, Speedlab, Emotions, C!
Magazine,Lifeline Ambulance,, HasTravel and Busi-
ness World.
After sweeping the novice di-
vision in the first three rounds,
Hoikka showed more of what he
has when he topped Rounds 4
and 6, beating all the expert driv-
ers in the combined field, while
MacDonald, who ruled two of the
three races in the kickoff leg, won
Round 5 and captured the expert
title in Round 4 to boost his bid for
the overall expert crown.
Showing a big potential as a
future champ in the kickoff leg,
Hoikka was more keen on sur-
passing his feat to see how far
he could still push his limits.
Posting the second fastest lap-
time of 2:32.750 in the qualify-
ing run, he quickly grabbed the
lead from the polesitting Alvin
Ng and pulled ahead.
As Hoikka gained comfort-
able distance, focus shifted on
the intense struggle for positions
as karting champ Basti Escalante
of Team Standard Pro Insurance
and Korean GT200 winner Micky
Kim, who started fifth and sixth,
respectively, put up a daring fight
against more experienced racing
champs Sean Redpath and Mac-
Donald, and dragged Ng down to
At the end of the eight-lap
race, Hoikka emerged overall
winner with a huge 6.769-sec-
ond lead to capture the novice
title in Round 4. MacDonald’s
experience prevailed in the bat-
tle for positions as he copped the
overall runner-up finish to claim
the expert crown.
Escalante settled for third to
bag the novice runner-up honors
with Standard Pro Insurance team-
mate Yvana Carangan claiming
third place, while Kim and Red-
path ended fourth and fifth respec-
tively, to wind up second and third
in the Expert division.
For more information, con-
tact Tuason Racing School, c/o
Aileen Urgelles or 820-4203,
visit or
like Tuason Racing School on
Facebook for more details.
CEBU City-- A sea of green en-
veloped the streets of Cebu City
once again, as a total of 21,697
runners pounded their feet on
the pavement Sunday in the
11th qualifying leg of the 36th
MILO Marathon, marking the
biggest regional leg of the com-
petition this year.
MILO regional organizer
Ricky Ballesteros said that the race
provides an excellent opportunity
for the region’s athletes to show
their wares in the national arena.
In the true spirit of victory, Junel
Languido and Mary Joy Tabal took
the challenging route head on and
dominated contenders in the 21-k
race men’s and women’s divisions
respectively. Languido posted one
of the best records in the 21-k divi-
sion with a time of 1:11:56, while
Tabal finished swiftly with a clock-
ing of 1:26:56.
NPC cagefest starts
THE National Press Club Pres-
ident’s Cup Media Invitational
Basketball Championship fires
off today at the Rizal Memorial
Coliseum in Vito Cruz, Manila.
Inter-beat champion Bu-
reau of Customs heads the
10-team media division, while
Springmaid tries to defend the
Open class title against nine
Other participating teams are
(media) Sports Pakitang-Gilas,
PNP Press Corps, MPD Press
Corps, Quezon City Press Corps,
QCPD Media Group, CA-
MANAVA, SPPA Press Corps,
Remate and ALAM Party-list.
By Jeric Lopez
A BURLY finish in the final two periods propelled
Air21 to a 88-81 victory over Global Port for its first
win in the 2012 Philippine Basketball Association
Philippine Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum
Manila Standard TODAY
Ray S. Eñano, Editor
Roderick T. dela Cruz, Assistant Editor
Five oil
in 2013
Kepco cleared to raise rates in Visayas
Vegetable traders want onion import permits
Ayala bullish on power assets
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Maynilad award. Maynilad Water Services Inc., a joint venture between Metro Pacific and DMCI Holdings Inc., was recently
conferred the Global Honor Award by the International Water Association in Busan, South Korea. Maynilad won the award for
improving and accelerating the expansion of water services in the West Zone in just five years. Hitoshi Mimura (second from
left), president and chief executive officer of Nagaoka International Corp. and a member of the Global Project Innovation Awards
judging panel, hands the award to Maynilad president and chief executive officer Victorico Vargas. With them (from left) are
Maynilad senior vice president Francisco Arellano and senior vice president John Patrick Gregorio.
and Lifescapes Inc. plans to
start offering the first tranche
of its P2.5-billion Homebuilder
Bond next month.
Vista Land chief finance
officer Ricardo Tan said the
company would offer an initial
tranche of P500.4 million worth
of bonds with an interest rate of
5 percent a year.
He said the issuance of the
succeeding tranches would
depend on the sale of the initial
The Securities and Exchange
Commission earlier approved
the bond issuance.
Vista Land plans to use
proceeds from the offering
to fund general corporate
The bonds aim to enable
the potential market of Vista
Land’s middle-cost housing
units to accumulate funds that
could sufficiently afford them a
quality home to suit their needs
in the future.
Vista Land said the alternative
saving strategy was intended
to benefit the low to middle-
income market segment, which
seldom had access to relatively
high-yielding investment
products at reasonable risks.
The minimum subscription
under the HomeBuilder Bond
is pegged at P180,000, payable
in 36 equal monthly payments
of P5,000.
The bondholder at maturity
will have the option to either
use the investment proceeds to
purchase a Vista Land property
or opt for a cash payout.
Jenniffer B. Austria
By Alena Mae S. Flores
THE Energy Department
expects around five oil and gas
well drillings next year from
the target of 10 to 12 this year, a
government official said over the
Energy Undersecretary Jay
Layug told reporters many oil
and gas exploration companies
pushed back their drilling
programs due to the difficulties
in securing a rig.
Layug said next year’s
exploratory drillings will
include the highly promising
service contract 56, which is
now controlled by Total E&P
Philippines B.V. of France.
Total E&P successfully entered
the Philippine oil and gas industry
after acquiring a 75-percent interest
in the offshore block service
contract 56 in the Sulu Sea.
Total E&P acquired the stake
in SC 56 from Mitra Energy Ltd.
of Malaysia.
The 75-percent stake
was previously owned by
ExxonMobil Exploration and
Production Philippines B.V.
(50 percent) and BHP Billiton
International Exploration Pty.
Ltd. (25 percent).
SC 56 covers around 4,300
square kilometers in water depths
ranging from 200 to 3,000 meters.
“Total has been wanting to
enter the Philippines and has
been waiting for some time.
They will conduct the new
exploration phase of around 500
km of additional 3D seismic
data within 2012. We are hoping
drilling next year, third or fourth
quarter,” Layug said.
Vista Land readies first
tranche of P2.5-b bonds
By Jenniffer B. Austria
CONGLOMERATE Ayala Corp. said it
expects earnings from recent investments
in the power sector to start contributing
“significantly” to the balance sheet over
the medium-term period.
The group, according to
a prospectus filed with the
Securities and Exchange
Commission for its planned P10-
billion fixed rate bonds, plans to
build a portfolio of power assets
with significant portion and
transport infrastructure holdings
that can provide synergistic value
to existing businesses.
Ayala Corp., through unit
AC Energy Holdings Inc., is
embarking on power projects
around that country that can
generate 1,000 megawatts of
capacity in the next five years at
a cost of $2.5 billion.
About 20 percent of the 1,000-
MW power portfolio will come
from renewable energy projects.
Ayala earlier teamed up
with Mitsubishi Corp. to form
PhilNewEnergy Inc., which is
pursuing the construction of the
P7-billion Darong solar power
project in Sta. Cruz, Davao del
It will also develop wind power
projects in joint venture with
Northwind Power Development
It recently teamed up with
A Brown Co. Inc. to put up a
135-megawatt coal power plant
in Iloilo that could cost at least
P12.5 billion.
The conglomerate said it
expects earnings growth to
remain stable over the near-
term period, driven by the
strong growth of the real estate
business, the sustained strong
performance of its banking unit
and the steady expansion of the
water business.
The core earnings of its
telecommunications unit, Globe
Telecom Inc., is also expected
to sustain a steady growth
momentum. The conglomerate
conceded that reported earnings
might be tempered in the
short term by the accelerated
depreciation of certain assets
as a result of its network
modernization program, which
will render some equipment
“However, its medium-term
growth trajectory is expected to
be strong as it benefits from the
enhanced network capacities
and capabilities,” Ayala Corp.
Its international businesses in
electronics manufacturing and
business process outsourcing
are also expected to recover
along with the improved global
“Ayala’s financial position
provides adequate capacity to
invest in these new areas given
its strong cash position and low
gearing. Dividend flows to the
company have also increased
significantly over the past few
years and this is a trend that is
expected to be sustained as the
operating cash flow of business
units continues to improve,” the
company said.
THE Energy Regulatory Commission
allowed Kepco SPC Power Corp., owner
of the 200-megawatt coal plant in Naga,
Cebu, to collect additional rates from
local electric cooperatives to cover
the difference between provisionally
approved and the testing and pre-
commissioning charges.
The ERC issued various decisions
involving Kepco SPC Power’s supply
agreements with different cooperatives,
namely Central Negros Electric
Cooperative, Negros Occidental Electric
Cooperative, Negros Oriental Electric
Cooperative 1 AND 2, Cebu Electric
Cooperative II and VMC Rural Electric
Service Cooperative.
The ERC issued the decision as a
result of its previous ruling in September
2011 allowing Kepco SPC “to collect
the difference between the implemented
rate and the final approved rate
retroactive from the time it delivered its
commissioning power” to the electric
Kepco SPC inaugurated its Naga coal
plant in June 2011 but conducted testing
and pre-commissioning of delivery of
power to the electric cooperatives a few
months earlier. Kepco is Korea’s largest
power monopoly, supplying 95 percent
of the North Asian country’s power
needs. SPC Power is jointly owned by
Kepco and local investors.
The ERC authorized Kepco SPC
to collect from Ceneco the amount
of P29.608 million representing the
difference between the provisionally
approved rate of P1.5905 per kWh and the
final approved charges of P2.33 per kWh
(testing and commissioning rate) and
P2.8729 per kWh (pre-commissioning
The regulator also allowed Ceneco to
recover from consumers the amount of
P29.608 million at a rate of P0.1368 per
kWh, exclusive of VAT, for five months,
or until the full is recovered.
It directed Kepco SPC to collect
from Noceco the amount of P12.341
million representing the difference of
the provisionally approved rate and the
final approved charges and allowed the
cooperative to recover the same amount
from consumers at a rate of P0.1709 per
kWh (VAT exclusive) for six months.
Alena Mae S. Flores
By Othel V. Campos
VEGETABLE wholesalers and
retailers are seeking government
approval to import as much as
7,500 metric tons of red onions to
address a shortage situation that
may extend until early 2013.
The Vegetable Importers
and Exporters Association
submitted Friday a request to
the Agriculture Department to
allow the group to import red
onions in behalf of farmers and
local traders.
“The government should help
the industry and they have to act
fast. We do not want a repeat of
a situation three years ago when
onion prices shoot up to more
than P150 per kilo at a time when
Christmas was nearing. And that
went on well after the holiday
season,” association president
Leah Cruz said in an interview
She said the Bureau of
Agricultural Statistics should
decide on the required import
volume for one or two months of
The supply shortage of local
red onions was a result of the
poor quality produced by local
farmers, Cruz said.
“Whereas before, rejects
account for 5 to 10 percent of
local output, it has now increased
to 30 percent. We noticed that
local red onions start to develop
leaves as easily as their core also
starts to rot,” she said.
Local red onions currently
sell at P75 to P80 per kilo on
wholesale while retail prices
range from P90 to P130 a kilo.
The current inventory
shows 45,000 bags of 25-kilo
red onion in cold storages
nationwide. As much as
40 percent or 31,500 bags
were already committed to
supermarkets, with about
13,500 bags or 337.5 MT are
left for the coming months or
until the holiday season.
Meanwhile, the price of white
onion dropped 44 percent to P45
a kilo from P65 due to the entry of
imported yellow granex onions.
In August 2012, the vegetable
group negotiated to bring in
9,100 MT of white onion after
the Agriculture Department
approved the issuance of 182
permits to ship in imported white
onion at 50 MT per permit.
The country consumes an
average of 7,000 to 8,000 MT of
mixed red and white onions in a
On top of the lack of supply and
the continuous increase in prices,
farmers and traders expressed
concern on the rampant instances
of smuggling.
Poor business climate
THE Philippines should not rely solely on
economic zones but instead improve the
business environment outside of these areas to
boost investments, the World Bank said in the
latest issue of the Philippine Quarterly Update,
its magazine on the latest economic and social
trends in the country.
The bank said improving the country‘s business
environment would encourage innovation and
promote investments in human capital so that
the country can harness advanced technologies
associated with foreign direct investments.
The bank noted that in terms of exports
survival, the Philippines had the lowest score
compared with its neighboring countries within
the Asean.
The bank said despite being an open
economy, the Philippines compares lower than
its neighbors, with exports growing slower than
its gross national product.
The bank said the country‘s export
diversification had resulted in improved
market destinations. Aside from the traditional
United States market, the Philippines exports
significantly to China and other emerging
economies. Julito G. Rada
Ministop clarifies
ROBINSONS Convenience Stores Inc. clarified
that it is one of its Ministop franchisees in Pasig
City, not the chain, that made up with the Bureau
of Internal Revenue for its value-added tax
payment shortfall.
In a statement, the company said without
going into details that it would sanction the erring
franchisee, RYO3 Inc. In addition, RCSI will
issue a memo-circular to all its more than 300
franchisees throughout the country, reminding
them to meet all their tax obligations on time.
“We will not tolerate a repeat of this major
lapse in corporate responsibility. We will study
ways to make sure all franchisees meet all their
obligations to the national and local governments
without fail and on schedule,“ the company said
in a statement.
“This error of one will strengthen the whole
chain in that new measures will be put in place to
make each franchisee a better corporate citizen,“
it added.
Under the agreement, franchisees are
independent contractors who operate the
business as their own subject to the quality and
operational standards laid down by RCSI. The
franchisees are also required to monitor all their
VAT transactions, and file their own tax returns.
IN TODAY’S competitive environment, more
companies are increasingly concerned about
whether or not their employees are happy.
Indeed, studies have shown that high performing
workers tend to be happy in their jobs. Many top
companies loudly exhort the value of happiness
in corporate culture.
A sense of vitality and learning
Yet organizational behavior researchers have
another term for happiness in the workplace
that translates into employee well-being and
personal growth—thriving. Thriving is defined
as “the psychological state in which individuals
experience both a sense of vitality and a sense of
learning at work” (Sprietzer et al., 2005).
Based on this definition, thriving may be
viewed as an individual state or condition,
somewhat like a trait innate to a person. We
certainly encounter some workers who seem
naturally lively and energized no matter what
kind of environment they are in. But as we
reflect deeper, we realize that thriving at work is
more of a relational condition than an individual
phenomenon. This is because the heart of
thriving lies in the quality of interactions among
individuals, groups and people across the
Four mechanisms
An interesting research done by Spreitzer and
Porah (2012) uncovered four mechanisms that
create the conditions of thriving employees:
providing decision-making discretion; sharing
information; minimizing incivility, and offering
performance feedback. The study emphasized
that all four mechanisms are necessary to
create thriving employees. If one mechanism
is lacking, a thriving workforce is not possible.
Managers, therefore, play important roles in
creating and nurturing these mechanisms, as
discussed below:
Providing decision-making discretion:
Employees are energized when they are given
opportunities to make decisions that affect
their work. They feel empowered in assuming
greater responsibilities for taking risks. As such,
managers need to give employees opportunities
for decision-making, which further develops
their sense of accountability.
Sharing information: Employees show more
interest in work when they understand the big
picture about their organization. They contribute
more effectively when they grasp how their
work connects with the company mission,
vision, and strategies. Managers, thus, must be
able to disseminate meaningful information to
employees. Moreover, creating an atmosphere
of fun at work boosts workers’ energy to perform
Minimizing incivility: Uncivil behavior
pertains to rude or bad behavior which berates
or disrespect another person. Employees who
experience uncivil behavior in the workplace
would tend to intentionally decrease the
intensity and quality of their effort. To help
mitigate incivility in the work environment,
the background checks during hiring should
research on a job candidate’s past record of
civility. In addition, managers must nurture an
organizational culture of civility.
Offering performance feedback: Feedback
to employees helps them focus on personal
and organizational goals. Also, performance
feedback lessens workers’ feelings of
uncertainty about work. Managers, thus, need to
discuss with employees their work progress for
achieving desired outcomes, and offer support
and guidance to resolve barriers to higher
performance. Quicker and more direct feedback
to employees is also found to be more useful.
All of the four mechanisms above are
necessary to promote thriving workers. Whether
implemented short term or long term, these
mechanisms lead to positive relationships in the
workplace that promote sustainable individual
and organizational performance.
Dr. Quero is an assistant professor at the
Management and Organization Department,
Ramon V. Del Rosario College of Business,
De La Salle University. She teaches courses in
human behavior in organizations, management
principles, leadership, and business research
methods. She can be reached at rachel.quero@
The views expressed above are the author’s
and do not necessarily reflect the official
position of De La Salle University, its faculty,
and administrators.
OCTOBER 1-5, 2012 SEPTEMBER 24-28, 2012
Banco de Oro Unibank Inc. 65.95 17,940,050 1,179,268,591.50 64.90 16,909,290 1,076,681,131.50
Bank of PI 80.60 15,454,570 1,241,523,005.00 79.80 7,134,490 561,154,033.50
Bankard, Inc. 0.72 1,213,000 877,130.00 0.72 1,976,000 1,371,340.00
China Bank 53.65 918,610 48,987,298.50 53.50 526,590 28,152,724.50
BDO Leasing & Fin. Inc. 1.97 100,000 198,430.00 2.03 331,000 661,920.00
COL Financial 20 555,700 11,343,820.00 21 507,700 10,352,040.00
Eastwest Bank 23.3 5,705,900 131,891,765.00 22.9 6,852,100 156,957,045.00
Filipino Fund Inc. 11.00 11,000 119,552 10.28 20,100 208,498
First Abacus 0.69 84,000 58,590.00 0.77 120,000 91,000.00
First Metro Inv. 73 30,410 2,261,325.00 74 18,870 1,381,324.50
I-Remit Inc. 2.82 669,000 1,906,830.00 2.92 709,000 2,059,930.00
Manulife Fin. Corp. 505.00 200 99,000.00 500.00 700 338,048.00
Maybank ATR KE 24.3 21,100 510,760.00 25.5 4,200 107,350.00
Metrobank 92.90 13,035,480 1,214,147,154.50 92.50 9,320,080 859,966,636.00
Natl Reinsurance Corp. 1.94 12,890,000 24,634,150.00 1.94 2,230,000 4,266,960.00
Phil Bank of Comm 80.00 530 41,410.00 78.00 1,000 78,030.00
Phil. National Bank 74.50 1,948,810 143,393,976.50 73.25 1,541,500 111,337,612.50
Phil. Savings Bank 84.20 310 26,236 86.00 2,710 228,184
PSE Inc. 373 143,700 53,882,756.00 375 64,590 23,777,966.00
RCBC `A’ 45.45 1,182,800.00 53,893,345.00 45.55 1,632,200.00 73,498,315.00
Security Bank 164.1 4,707,990 783,093,909.00 164 4,486,330 724,939,758.00
Sun Life Financial 950.00 1,700 1,651,765.00 951.50 845 821,500.00
Union Bank 105.90 1,060,610 111,822,042.00 105.00 1,265,730 132,881,872.00
Vantage Equities 1.9 451,000 852,280.00 1.89 1,654,000 3,103,910.00
Aboitiz Power Corp. 33.9 17,961,900 607,503,665.00 33.55 9,732,600 325,642,835.00
Agrinurture Inc. 8.55 419,100 3,569,994.00 8.5 394,700 3,365,959.00
Alaska Milk Corp. 19 3,500 72,500.00 23.45 30,300 711,075.00
Alliance Tuna Intl Inc. 1.72 21,737,000 38,126,250.00 1.68 15,072,000 25,542,930.00
Alphaland Corp. 29.5 1,000 29,500.00 30 1,500 45,000.00
Alsons Cons. 1.43 6,830,000 9,690,910.00 1.44 59,068,000 87,781,320.00
Asiabest Group 20.95 88,200 1,833,155.00 22 117,700 2,495,485.00
C. Azuc De Tarlac 14.00 2,100 29,400.00 14.02 5,000 70,100.00
Calapan Venture 3.01 814,000 2,421,200.00 2.8 171,000 481,330.00
Chemphil 80 100 8,001.00
Conc. Aggr. `A’ 65.00 1,200 78,000.00 70.00 1,050 73,500.00
Chemrez Technologies Inc. 2.79 2,237,000 6,167,610.00 2.75 2,268,000 6,159,680.00
Cirtek Holdings (Chips) 11.76 77,900 914,596.00 11.8 6,995,100 82,535,116.00
Energy Devt. Corp. (EDC) 6.33 152,383,100 960,259,578.00 6.08 50,597,600 306,111,080.00
EEI 8.66 4,859,600 41,788,729.00 8.65 8,165,100 68,849,923.00
Euro-Med Lab. 1.85 110,000 211,190.00 2.05 125,000 243,780.00
Federal Chemicals 10.96 40,600 413,182.00 11.00 11,200 119,376.00
First Gen Corp. 20.2 16,927,400 339,380,115.00 19.98 16,008,200 310,483,366.00
First Holdings ‘A’ 80.5 9,258,660 820,542,076.50 79 4,868,290 380,956,375.50
Ginebra San Miguel Inc. 18.00 100,900 1,818,612.00 18.00 16,300 293,382.00
Greenergy 0.0160 198,600,000 3,017,000.00 0.0160 219,700,000 3,323,100.00
Holcim Philippines Inc. 12.80 2,781,700 35,614,018.00 13.00 1,447,400 18,425,536.00
Integ. Micro-Electronics 4 192,000 768,900.00 4.03 203,000 813,950.00
Ionics Inc 0.620 903,000 560,910.00 0.620 112,000 69,670.00
Jollibee Foods Corp. 103.40 2,291,940 233,718,370.00 101.00 1,122,770 114,140,274.50
Lafarge Rep 9.29 2,792,600 25,696,247.00 9.26 7,373,000 67,711,189.00
Liberty Flour 42.90 3,400 86,340.00
LMG Chemicals 2.12 2,745,000 5,524,590.00 2.01 776,000 1,564,160.00
Mabuhay Vinyl Corp. 1.51 9,000 13,590.00 1.51 29,951,000 45,226,010.00
Manchester Intl. “A” 2.52 77,000 194,040.00 2.52 6,000 15,120.00
Manchester Intl. “B” 2.56 15,000 38,410.00
Manila Water Co. Inc. 28.8 19,402,000 546,649,910.00 27 11,124,000 298,026,160.00
Mariwasa MFG. Inc. 2.99 22,000 64,710.00
Megawide 17.000 678,800 11,515,416.00 17.000 1,672,700 28,039,602.00
Mla. Elect. Co `A’ 277.00 3,533,860 985,220,888.00 255.00 1,261,320 327,433,534.00
Pancake House Inc. 7.80 147,900 1,163,618.00 7.95 3,169,300 25,315,717.00
Pepsi-Cola Products Phil. 4.3 26,202,000 110,460,970.00 4.04 31,963,000 127,752,070.00
Petron Corporation 11.00 64,686,400 700,248,956.00 10.44 9,670,500 99,995,420.00
Phinma Corporation 10.20 16,500 173,050.00 10.80 900 9,720.00
Phoenix Petroleum Phils. 8.18 199,000 1,614,946.00 8.09 298,300 2,418,453.00
RFM Corporation 3.96 13,053,000 53,509,230.00 4.09 10,605,000 42,789,410.00
Roxas and Co. 1.68 1,000 1,680.00 1.7 14,000 23,800.00
Roxas Holdings 2.51 9,000 23,740.00 2.6 493,000 1,236,460.00
Salcon Power Corp. 5.05 14,800 74,525.00 5.5 12,700 66,855.00
San Miguel Brewery Inc. 34.35 457,100 15,695,835.00 34.00 426,500 14,653,955.00
San Miguel Corp `A’ 109.90 1,898,270 209,402,462.00 110.30 1,801,160 198,825,131.00
Seacem 2.42 37,553,000 91,562,970.00 2.54 34,157,000 85,056,380.00
Splash Corporation 1.82 362,000 646,860.00 1.82 334,000 605,100.00
Swift Foods, Inc. 0.215 286,490,000 54,651,940.00 0.139 20,540,000 2,784,980.00
Tanduay Holdings 12.04 8,875,800 105,624,950.00 12.30 11,510,600 142,867,450.00
TKC Steel Corp. 2.07 351,000 715,100.00 2.10 177,000 362,230.00
Trans-Asia Oil 1.20 33,645,000 41,259,770.00 1.19 11,970,000 14,589,980.00
Universal Robina 71.00 15,205,310 1,042,402,109.00 69.60 13,696,130 902,584,294.50
Victorias Milling 1.25 6,801,000 8,352,160.00 1.25 6,516,000 8,233,740.00
Vitarich Corp. 0.930 63,437,000 59,724,570.00 0.850 75,121,000 63,220,370.00
Vivant Corp. 8.00 25,800 207,700.00 8.10 4,500 37,040.00
Vulcan Ind’l. 0.93 131,000 120,740.00 0.92 180,000 165,720.00
Abacus Cons. `A’ 0.73 39,529,000 28,060,000.00 0.69 57,254,000 40,629,950.00
Aboitiz Equity 48.80 6,593,100 322,565,275.00 48.85 5,751,100 281,082,515.00
Alcorn Gold Res. 0.0460 24,614,600,000 703,401,400.00 0.0180 826,100,000 14,818,100.00
Alliance Global Inc. 14.50 119,641,400 1,770,339,762.00 14.70 104,521,200 1,461,346,205.00
Anglo Holdings A 2.00 638,000 1,264,000.00 2.00 986,000 1,956,300.00
Anscor `A’ 5.12 1,753,000 8,572,070.00 4.75 157,000 739,260.00
Asia Amalgamated A 5.12 431,000 2,222,714.00 5.10 521,100 2,686,283.00
ATN Holdings A 1.39 693,400 1,065,200.00 1.55 333,000 506,340.00
ATN Holdings B 1.6 913,000 1,443,950.00 1.65 591,000 939,530.00
Ayala Corp `A’ 445 4,700,420 2,021,624,052.00 426.2 1,581,230 681,639,314.00
BHI Holdings Inc. 430.00 20 8,600.00
DMCI Holdings 57.90 8,432,860 488,492,414.50 58.05 10,567,140 613,197,950.50
F&J Prince ‘A’ 2.51 54,000 137,940.00 2.55 5,000 12,750.00
Filinvest Dev. Corp. 4.24 1,036,000 4,345,630.00 4.17 664,000 2,772,410.00
Forum Pacific 0.230 1,030,000 225,960.00 0.230 1,390,000 298,230.00
GT Capital 557 567,750 314,576,045.00 545 552,680 305,161,550.00
House of Inv. 5.85 809,900 4,660,448.00 5.82 6,768,158 15,818,611.00
JG Summit Holdings 34.55 12,180,300 504,948,250.00 32.50 20,427,100 659,824,475.00
Jolliville Holdings 3.94 813,000 3,200,020.00 3.9 353,000 1,347,570.00
Keppel Holdings `B’ 4 36,000 144,000.00 4 41,000 164,050.00
Lopez Holdings Corp. 5.51 22,423,500 122,562,828.00 5.55 10,207,400 56,292,457.00
Lodestar Invt. Holdg.Corp. 1.16 48,264,000 55,719,860.00 1.08 46,655,000 51,579,200.00
Mabuhay Holdings `A’ 0.430 150,000 64,500.00 0.420 910,000 386,050.00
Marcventures Hldgs., Inc. 2.2 2,358,000 5,161,950.00 2.17 7,885,000 17,453,250.00
Metro Pacific Inv. Corp. 4.21 129,234,000 542,860,040.00 4.19 71,866,000 298,382,860.00
Minerales Industrias Corp. 5 312,000 1,560,811.00 5.1 423,700 2,152,639.00
MJCI Investments Inc. 5.83 23,300 135,857.00 5.7 180,100 1,054,620.00
Pacifica `A’ 0.0520 10,070,000 499,360.00 0.0480 9,480,000 462,040.00
Prime Media Hldg 1.310 99,000 129,770.00 1.350 60,000 79,020.00
Prime Orion 0.520 2,630,000 1,318,400.00 0.490 5,940,000 2,860,250.00
Republic Glass ‘A’ 2.83 117,000 334,580.00 2.99 565,000 1,530,770.00
Seafront `A’ 1.46 19,000 27,680.00 1.45 45,000 65,250.00
Sinophil Corp. 0.330 103,970,000 32,778,200.00 0.315 58,100,000 18,318,600.00
SM Investments Inc. 805.00 2,162,980 1,686,151,990.00 730.00 1,195,060 870,196,235.00
Solid Group Inc. 2.11 5,163,000 10,690,590.00 1.97 6,731,000 13,785,130.00
South China Res. Inc. 1.14 423,000 486,510.00 1.16 525,000 610,600.00
Transgrid 500.00 90 45,000.00 500.00 20 10,000.00
Unioil Res. & Hldgs 0.2550 2,520,000 636,680.00 0.2490 1,440,000 357,000.00
Wellex Industries 0.3200 4,400,000 1,408,750.00 0.3250 11,140,000 3,723,150.00
Zeus Holdings 0.400 1,220,000 484,700.00 0.390 7,060,000 2,786,100.00
Anchor Land Holdings Inc. 17.46 12,800 224,654.00 17.80 128,100 2,259,520.00
A. Brown Co., Inc. 2.99 1,573,000 4,646,170.00 2.93 4,148,000 12,461,730.00
Araneta Prop `A’ 0.590 506,000 282,110.00 0.520 398,000 208,860.00
Arthaland Corp. 0.170 360,000 61,200.00 0.170 640,000 108,780.00
Ayala Land `B’ 23.40 34,828,700 822,049,865.00 23.85 47,127,300 1,123,328,485.00
Belle Corp. `A’ 5.15 61,520,900 318,725,189.00 4.99 45,843,000 225,491,400.00
Cebu Holdings 5.05 1,316,500 6,749,443.00 5.16 621,600 3,219,284.00
Centennial City 1.49 21,302,000 31,867,020.00 1.47 25,295,000 36,576,960.00
City & Land Dev. 2.75 377,000 1,021,060.00 2.85 125,000 354,840.00
Cityland Dev. `A’ 1.14 485,000 533,750.00 1.14 359,000 402,470.00
Crown Equities Inc. 0.066 740,000 48,640.00 0.074 3,280,000 232,850.00
Cyber Bay Corp. 0.86 39,997,000 34,039,110.00 0.80 10,537,000 8,367,340.00
Empire East Land 0.860 89,527,000 77,353,590.00 0.820 23,118,000 18,827,850.00
Eton Properties 3.70 475,000 1,789,200.00 3.68 993,000 3,665,880.00
Ever Gotesco 0.209 9,710,000 1,919,930.00 0.196 2,030,000 403,240.00
Global-Estate 1.90 12,173,000 22,854,200.00 1.86 26,912,000 50,504,240.00
Filinvest Land,Inc. 1.39 263,667,000 362,020,840.00 1.36 136,779,000 187,229,820.00
Interport `A’ 1.20 1,268,000 1,481,010.00 1.17 1,030,000 1,220,400.00
Keppel Properties 2.12 12,000 25,430.00 2.11 11,000 23,110.00
Megaworld Corp. 2.36 673,510,000 1,564,641,340.00 2.23 223,921,000 497,955,980.00
MRC Allied Ind. 0.1650 24,310,000 3,912,260.00 0.1570 7,740,000 1,213,210.00
Phil. Estates Corp. 0.6900 18,204,000 12,635,750.00 0.7100 104,564,000 76,746,380.00
Phil. Realty `A’ 0.465 2,110,000 989,650.00 0.490 290,000 140,200.00
Phil. Tob. Flue Cur & Redry 19.00 300 5,900.00
Robinson’s Land `B’ 19.46 21,164,400 409,941,194.00 19.04 26,238,700 490,593,086.00
Rockwell 3.38 1,777,000 6,039,140.00 3.29 1,615,000 5,324,130.00
Shang Properties Inc. 2.79 102,000 275,700.00 2.76 990,000 2,734,550.00
SM Development `A’ 6.07 6,384,100 38,679,513.00 6.10 5,847,700 35,347,552.00
SM Prime Holdings 13.98 59,705,900 835,969,660.00 14.20 41,606,800 586,200,330.00
Sta. Lucia Land Inc. 0.69 1,496,000 1,010,740.00 0.67 25,124,000 16,809,540.00
Starmalls 3.7 687,000 2,548,020.00 3.78 169,000 642,350.00
Suntrust Home Dev. Inc. 0.530 2,648,000 1,366,770.00 0.510 2,334,000 1,172,670.00
Vista Land & Lifescapes 4.750 25,563,000 121,259,180.00 4.780 48,981,000 233,817,590.00
2GO Group 1.7 82,000 139,810.00 1.7 49,000 83,170.00
ABS-CBN 32.8 263,100 8,638,900.00 32.65 1,227,200 40,061,080.00
Acesite Hotel 1.4 1,545,000 2,117,040.00 1.4 2,031,000 2,886,290.00
APC Group, Inc. 0.620 890,000 548,010.00 0.650 403,000 250,860.00
Asian Terminals Inc. 9.24 190,900 1,761,002.00 9.27 52,600 473,589.00
Bloomberry 12.58 61,072,700 726,828,754.00 11.20 128,926,900 1,410,657,626.00
Boulevard Holdings 0.1510 274,150,000 40,976,910.00 0.1540 143,170,000 22,213,290.00
Calata Corp. 6.08 10,894,100 68,173,108.00 6.17 5,407,800 33,463,262.00
Cebu Air Inc. (5J) 58.00 3,205,100 181,174,724.00 54.30 2,816,000 151,763,163.50
Centro Esc. Univ. 10 19,400 194,000.00 10.5 100 1,050.00
DFNN Inc. 5.60 435,600 2,519,252.00 5.92 7,288,000 39,141,486.00
Easy Call “Common” 3.00 32,000 77,580.00
FEUI 1000 1,610 1,608,000.00 1060 8,865 9,246,980.00
Globalports 18 8,100 147,544.00 21 18,700 378,925.00
Globe Telecom 1127.00 204,660 232,059,770.00 1157.00 214,925 244,478,255.00
GMA Network Inc. 8.20 9,089,500 78,126,356.00 9.70 1,366,400 13,212,882.00
Grand Plaza Hotel 45.00 1,000 45,000.00
I.C.T.S.I. 71 2,495,810 176,462,085.50 70.4 5,727,590 401,014,934.00
Information Capital Tech. 0.405 310,000 126,950.00 0.410 5,430,000 2,254,800.00
Imperial Res. `A’ 5.50 10,100 53,200
IPeople Inc. `A’ 7.8 4,900 29,357.70 7 1,700 12,134.00
IP Converge 2.2 705,000 1,494,280.00 2.05 295,000 650,370.00
IP E-Game Ventures Inc. 0.020 226,900,000 4,581,900.00 0.021 873,600,000 17,812,800.00
IPVG Corp. 1 2,587,000 2,574,770.00 0.99 9,459,000 9,411,420.00
Island Info 0.0470 16,600,000 823,800.00 0.0450 900,000 40,500.00
ISM Communications 2.9300 354,000 1,036,100.00 2.9900 402,000 1,177,750.00
Leisure & Resorts 8.77 13,320,300 113,448,522.00 8.10 5,258,400 42,250,142.00
Liberty Telecom 2.50 327,000 820,150.00 2.64 140,000 354,040.00
Lorenzo Shipping 1.38 24,000 33,160.00 1.4 8,000 10,950.00
Macroasia Corp. 2.95 128,000 420,640.00 2.90 80,000 230,960.00
Manila Broadcasting 3.30 3,000 9,900.00
Manila Bulletin 0.68 293,000 203,890.00 0.68 190,000 131,350.00
Manila Jockey 2.92 4,908,000 14,457,060.00 2.88 7,967,000 23,854,610.00
Metro Pacific Tollways 6.50 9,200 60,630.00 7.00 4,800 33,610.00
Pacific Online Sys. Corp. 14 543,700 7,620,956.00 14 3,971,100 55,601,442.00
PAL Holdings Inc. 5.48 3,330,900 18,923,118 7.50 195,000 1,440,285
Paxys Inc. 2.75 2,480,000 5,549,640.00 2.8 1,494,000 4,154,520.00
Phil. Racing Club 9.5 2,002,400 19,053,954.00 9.5 1,111,600 10,560,775.00
Phil. Seven Corp. 71.40 66,020 4,711,638.00 73.00 134,040 9,829,636.50
Philweb.Com Inc. 17.04 3,299,800 56,100,558.00 16.98 2,024,500 34,328,058.00
PLDT Common 2752.00 698,710 1,928,394,540.00 2784.00 660,280 1,842,467,320.00
PremiereHorizon 0.315 12,550,000 4,009,000.00 0.315 2,430,000 775,950.00
Puregold 29.00 15,241,600 455,385,380.00 29.70 12,072,100 362,578,715.00
STI Holdings 1.80 1,554,000 2,870,520.00 2.22 2,915,000 6,714,450.00
Touch Solutions 4.2 146,000 577,210.00 4 214,000 834,110.00
Transpacific Broadcast 2.5 177,000 426,770.00 2.59 241,000 583,930.00
Waterfront Phils. 0.460 810,000 362,500.00 0.450 340,000 111,550.00
Abra Mining 0.0048 773,000,000 3,624,600.00 0.0044 277,000,000 1,211,000.00
Apex `A’ 4.60 467,000 2,157,320.00 4.77 475,000 2,220,350.00
Apex `B’ 4.60 161,000 746,860.00 4.85 213,000 1,019,930.00
Atlas Cons. `A’ 17.38 3,769,700 64,835,222.00 17.40 2,329,200 40,512,362.00
Atok-Big Wedge `A’ 26.95 15,900 423,080.00 27.00 13,800 371,280.00
Basic Energy Corp. 0.280 42,760,000 11,688,600.00 0.260 4,910,000 1,265,450.00
Benguet Corp `A’ 24.45 14,000 333,320.00 24.5 30,000 728,915.00
Benguet Corp `B’ 23.95 1,600 38,265.00 23.1 55,900 1,318,790.00
Century Peak Metals Hldgs 1.05 458,000 478,750.00 1.08 1,255,000 1,323,660.00
Dizon 20.15 775,600 16,400,575.00 23.40 195,600 4,591,045.00
Geograce Res. Phil. Inc. 0.57 13,878,000 7,895,340.00 0.58 10,863,000 6,221,380.00
Lepanto `A’ 1.130 64,880,000 73,980,020.00 1.150 53,462,000 62,732,360.00
Lepanto `B’ 1.210 61,477,000 73,569,030.00 1.170 66,773,000 81,197,620.00
Manila Mining `A’ 0.0510 855,230,000 44,848,440.00 0.0540 1,295,610,000 73,660,200.00
Manila Mining `B’ 0.0500 291,260,000 15,250,050.00 0.0530 342,040,000 19,279,500.00
Nickelasia 17.32 3,174,000 55,546,460.00 17.5 3,735,700 66,945,642.00
Nihao Mineral Resources 7.49 11,331,800 87,131,829.00 7.78 4,368,400 35,001,128.00
Omico 0.6300 2,468,000 1,578,700.00 0.6200 406,000 251,840.00
Oriental Peninsula Res. 4.480 1,074,000 4,817,800.00 4.460 5,023,000 23,171,230.00
Oriental Pet. `A’ 0.0190 1,623,400,000 30,157,500.00 0.0180 228,900,000 4,120,300.00
Oriental Pet. `B’ 0.0210 185,800,000 3,565,800.00 0.0190 58,700,000 1,116,400.00
Petroenergy Res. Corp. 6.04 90,600 542,548.00 6.00 262,600 1,570,917.00
Philex `A’ 14.08 44,942,300 640,074,172.00 14.28 23,163,000 339,884,828.00
PhilexPetroleum 24.85 751,900 18,071,595.00 24.5 3,470,500 90,789,395.00
Philodrill Corp. `A’ 0.047 2,613,300,000 122,325,200.00 0.047 2,724,600,000 128,851,700.00
PNOC Expls `B’ 66.5 3,710 235,540.00 67 7,860 469,140.00
Semirara Corp. 224.80 1,010,640 226,194,548.00 222.00 779,480 171,722,032.00
United Paragon 0.0150 329,500,000 4,886,000.00 0.0150 93,300,000 1,338,400.00
ABS-CBN Holdings Corp. 32.55 7,031,500 229,351,730.00 33.05 4,432,400 143,437,640.00
Ayala Corp. Pref `A’ 530 3,980 2,120,820.00 539 510 274,910.00
First Gen F 101.3 2,000 202,600.00
First Gen G 104 14,110 1,461,385.00 103.5 52,620 5,446,160.00
First Phil. Hldgs.-Pref. 102.5 15,000 1,537,500.00 102.5 124,140 12,774,398.00
GMA Holdings Inc. 8.03 32,402,500 272,851,065.00 9.58 3,727,500 35,495,700.00
PCOR-Preferred 108 503,830 54,354,044.00 107.9 46,070 4,960,173.00
SMC Preferred 1 74 1,000 74,450.00 73 430 31,418.00
SMC Preferred A 75 287,260 21,543,290.00 75 3,479,000 260,924,975.00
SMC Preferred B 76.5 7,500 585,975.00 80 4,050 303,075.00
SMC Preferred C 75 449,450 33,709,414.00 75 211,100 15,936,750.00
SMPFC Preferred 1011 3,405 3,443,205.00 1005 6,830 6,898,670.00
Swift Pref 1.8 392,000 597,610.00 1.21 171,000 205,850.00
Megaworld Corp. Warrants 1.34 3,260,000 4,362,460.00 1.24 971,000 1,224,000.00
Omico Corp. Warrant 0.0100 58,300,000 760,300.00 0.0280 13,600,000 378,800.00
Share prices likely
to retreat this week
Alcorn Gold Res. 24,614,600,000
Philodrill Corp. `A’ 2,613,300,000
Oriental Pet. `A’ 1,623,400,000
Manila Mining `A’ 855,230,000
Abra Mining 773,000,000
Megaworld Corp. 673,510,000
United Paragon 329,500,000
Manila Mining `B’ 291,260,000
Swift Foods, Inc. 286,490,000
Boulevard Holdings 274,150,000
Ayala Corp `A’ 2,021,624,052.00
PLDT Common 1,928,394,540.00
Alliance Global Inc. 1,770,339,762.00
SM Investments Inc. 1,686,151,990.00
Megaworld Corp. 1,564,641,340.00
Bank of PI 1,241,523,005.00
Metrobank 1,214,147,154.50
Banco de Oro Unibank Inc. 1,179,268,591.50
Universal Robina 1,042,402,109.00
Mla. Elect. Co `A’ 985,220,888.00
By Jenniffer B. Austria
SHARE prices are expected to retreat
this week as the market’s recent runup
could prompt investors to start cashing
in on gains.
AB Capital Securities analysts
Gregg Adrian Ilag said the
technical indicators showed that
the index could descend this
week and lead to a pullback of the
Philippine Stock Exchange index
to the 5,400 to 5,350-point level.
“PSEi is up 24.43 percent year-
to-date, almost near our 2012
target of 5,535. Current valuations
are at 16.79x and 15.25x, 2012
and 2013 earnings, respectively.
We think that the index would
descend next week given the hefty
valuations,” Ilag said.
The market, however, could
also test the 5,500-point level on
positive developments overseas.
Accord Capital Equities trader
Justino Calaycay said there were
some concerns that the PSEi
might have extended itself too
much, too soon after the market
registered its 22
and 23
close in the year.
Calaycay said the easing
last Friday might be a prelude
to a much-awaited technical
correction that could lead to
another round of purchases.
Calaycay said he was still sticking
its year-end projected target of
between 5,600 and 5,800 points.
The PSEi last week advanced
by 93 points, or 1.75 percent, to
finish at 5,439.84 on favorable
news both here and abroad. The
benchmark index also recorded
a new intra-day high of 5,484.
The broader All-share index
rose 1.16 percent week-on-week
to close at 3,590.
Calaycay said the easing of
inflation rate to 3.6 percent in
September, which is close to the
lower end of the 3.4 to 4.6 percent
target of the Bangko Sentral ng
Pilipinas, had opened of possibility
for the central bank to implement
another interest rate cut.
Inflation is one of the factors
that the Bangko Sentral monitors
when adjusting interest rates.
The stock market also cheered
the Asian Development Bank’s
upgrade on the economy and
benign inflation figures. ADB
sees the economy growing 5.5
percent from its earlier projection
of 4.8 percent, given the higher-
than-expected first semester
Meanwhile, the positive
developments in the United
States, such as the improvement
in factory orders and
manufacturing numbers as well
as the drop in unemployment
figure, also boosted the market
last week.
EEI set
to finish
By Alena Mae S. Flores
EEI Corp., a construction
company owned by the family
of tycoon Alfonso Yuchengco, is
set to complete its P610-million,
15-megawatt peaking power
plant in Tagum City, Davao del
Norte, by the end of the year
to address the city’s growing
electricity requirements, a
company official said.
“Our 15-MW peaking plant in
Tagum City for Daneco [Davao
del Norte Electric Cooperative]
is in full swing, slated for
commercial operation end of this
year,” Armando Diaz, EEI Power
Corp. project development head,
Diaz said the bunker/diesel-
fired power plant was 100
percent owned by EEI, a member
of the Yunchengco Group of
He said National Grid
Corporation of the Philippines
issued the grid impact study
on the project and that Daneco
has already been issued by and
power produced by the project
will be sold entirely to Daneco.
adv. mst @gmai l .
Republic of the Philippines
The Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) of the Department of Public Works and Highways,
Catanduanes Engineering District, invites contractors to bid for the aforementioned projects:
Contract ID: 12FH0024
Approved Budget For the Contract (ABC): P 4,999,999.78
Contract Duration: 42 CD
Source of Fund & Year: SARO # 11-01560 DTD 10/21/11
Amount of Bid Documents: P 5,000.00
Contract ID: 12FH0025
Contract Location: PANDAN, CATANDUANES
Approved Budget For the Contract (ABC): P 1,999,995.40
Contract Duration: 35 CD
Source of Fund & Year: SARO-# 11-01560 DTD 10/21/11
Amount of Bid Documents: P 5,000.00
Contract ID: 12FH0026
Contract Location: VIRAC, CATANDUANES
Approved Budget For the Contract (ABC): P 5,145,000.00
Contract Duration: 84 CD
Source of Fund & Year: CY 2013 REGULAR INFRA
Amount of Bid Documents: P 10,000.00
Contract ID: 12FH0027
Contract Location: VIRAC, CATANDUANES
Approved Budget For the Contract (ABC): P 6,105,400.00
Contract Duration: 154 CD
Source of Fund & Year: CY 2013 REGULAR INFRA
Amount of Bid Documents: P 10,000.00

Contract ID: 12FH0028
Approved Budget For the Contract (ABC): P 10,584,000.00
Contract Duration: 126 CD
Source of Fund & Year: CY 2013 REGULAR INFRA
Amount of Bid Documents: P 25,000.00
Contract ID: 12FH0029
SABLOYON ROAD, CATANDUANES (K0059+884.50-K0059+905.50)
Approved Budget For the Contract (ABC): P 11,466,000.00
Contract Duration: 154 CD
Source of Fund & Year: CY 2013 REGULAR INFRA
Amount of Bid Documents: P 25,000.00
Contract ID: 12FH0030
SABLOYON ROAD, CATANDUANES (K0074+830.05-K0074+851.05)
Approved Budget For the Contract (ABC): P 12,348,000.00
Contract Duration: 154 CD
Source of Fund & Year: CY 2013 REGULAR INFRA
Amount of Bid Documents: P 25,000.00
Contract ID: 12FH0031
Approved Budget For the Contract (ABC): P 14,817,600.00
Contract Duration: 175 CD
Source of Fund & Year: CY 2013 REGULAR INFRA
Amount of Bid Documents: P 25,000.00
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 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
Central Procurement Offce (CPO) before the deadline for the receipt of LOÌ. The DPWH Central
Procurement Offce (CPO) 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 Interested contractors shall submit
their duly accomplished Expression of Interest statements upon presentation of their Contractor
Registration Certifcate (CRC with the Contractor's Ìnformation), buy Tender Documents and drop
their bids in person or through their Authorized Representative as refected in their CRC with the
Contractor's Ìnformation to the Chairman, Bids & Awards Committee (BAC), DPWH, Catanduanes
Engineering District.(Please bring valid I.D.)
The signifcant times and deadlines of procurement activities are shown below:
1. Issuance of Bidding Documents From: OCTOBER 8-30, 2012
2. Pre-Bid Conference OCTOBER 17, 2012
3. Deadline of Receipt of LOI from
Prospective Bidders
OCTOBER 25, 2012
4. Receipt of Bids Deadline: UP TO 2:00 P.M., OCTOBER 30, 2012
5. Opening of Bids 2:00 P.M., OCTOBER 30, 2012
The BAC will issue hard copies of Bidding Documents (BD's) at DPWH, Catanduanes Engineering
District, Virac, Catanduanes, upon payment of a non-refundable fee of (Fee for BD's). Prospective
bidders may also download the BDs from the DPWH web site, if available. Prospective bidders
that will download the BDs from the DPWH website shall pay the said fees at DPWH, Catanduanes
Engineering District, Virac, Catanduanes 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 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 post-qualifcation.
The Department of Public Works and Highways, Catanduanes Engineering District reserves the
right to accept or reject any or all bid and to annul the bidding process any time prior contract award,
without incurring any liability to the affected bidder/s.

Approved by:

Engineer III
BAC – Chairman
(MST-Oct. 8, 2012)
Republic of the Philippines
Cebu 1
District Engineering Ofñce
Regional Equipment Services Compound
V. Sotto Street, Cebu City
The Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) of the Department of Public Works
and Highways, Cebu 1
District Engineering Ofñce, through its Bids and Awards
Committee (BAC), invites contractors to bid for the aforementioned projects :
Item No. 1
a. Contract ID : 12HD0052
b. Contract Name : Cluster XXVI-Rehab./Reconst./Upgrading of Damaged
Paved National Roads (Intermittent Sections) AYDPH :
1) KO111+131-KO112+135 - Php20,436,212.25
2) KO138+051-KO138+551 - Php 8,452,280.17
3) KO137+712-KO138+019 - Php 5,428,038.32
Total - Php34,316,530.74
c .Contract Location : Tabuelan and San Remegio, Cebu
d. Scope of Work : Concreting
e. Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC) : Php34,316,530.74
f. Contract Duration : 79 Calendar Days
g. Funding Source : CY 2013 Regular Infra.
h. Bid Document Fee : Php20,000.00

Item No. 2
a. Contract ID : 12HD0054
b. Contract Name : Construction/Widening/Upgrading/Rehabilitation of
Access Road to Roro Daanbantayan Port
c .Contract Location : Maya, Daanbantayan, Cebu
d. Scope of Work : Asphalting and Grouted Riprap
e. Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC) : Php28,795,821.32
f. Contract Duration : 179 Calendar Days
g. Funding Source : CY 2013 Regular Infra.
h. Bid Document Fee : Php20,000.00
Procurement will be conducted through open competitive bidding procedures in
accordance with R.A. 9184 and its Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations.
To bid for this contract, a contractor must submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) 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
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 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 Registration
Certifcate (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 :October 08, 2012 to October 20, 2012
2. Pre-bid Conference :October 15, 2012 at 2:00 p.m.
3. Receipt of LOÌ's from
Prospective Bidders :October 16, 2012 to October 22, 2012
4. Receipt of Bids :October 29, 2012 at 8:00a.m. to 10:00a.m.
5. Opening of Bids :October 29, 2012 at 11:00 a.m.
Prospective bidders shall submit their duly accompanied 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 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 evaluation and the post qualifcation.

The Department of Public Works and Highways – Cebu 1
District Engineering
2I¿FH reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bid and to annul the bidding
process anytime before Contract award, without incurring any liability the affected
Approved by:

BAC Chairman
District Engineer

(MST-Oct. 8 & 15, 2012)
ManilaStandardToday OCTOBER 8, 2012 MONDAY
Neda sees moderate inflation
Companies raise record P175b from PH market
Smart broadens LTE
services to more users
Bicol trade fair. The Department of Tourism and the Department of Trade and Industry recently held the 16
OKB-Gayon Bicol
Trade and Tourism Fair at the SM Megamall to showcase Bicol region’s distinct products and tourist destinations. Shown at the opening
ceremony are (from left) Philexport Bicol Chapter president Mediatrix Villanueva, Philexport trustee for Bicol Oscar Barrera, Sunwest Corp.
president Zaldy Co, Tourism regional director Maria Ravanilla, Trade Undersecretary Merly Cruz; Rowena Domingo, wife of Trade Secretary
Gregory Domingo; Legazpi City Mayor Geraldine Rosal, Trade public relations director Thelma Dumpit-Murillo, Trade regional director
Jocelyn Blanco and former Tourism undersecretary Oscar Palabyab.
WIRELESS leader Smart Communications Inc. is now offering
affordable LTE postpaid plans and a new device that will make its
LTE services accessible to more Filipinos.
Now available in select Smart Stores in Metro Manila, Smart LTE
Plan 1749 and the Smart LTE Pocket WiFi bolsters the company’s
portfolio of cutting edge mobile broadband solutions.
“Smart LTE Plan 1749 gives Filipinos a choice. This is a true
LTE service which runs on true LTE speeds,” said Smart Broadband
Internet Data Services head Lloyd Manaloto.
“We are also launching special Smart LTE plans for enterprise
customers,” said head of PLDT Alpha Enterprise and head of Smart
Enterprise Marketing Jovy Hernandez. “Since the broadband needs
of the enterprise are oftentimes more sophisticated and expansive,
we are providing assurance to our customers that Smart LTE will be
available for them as well.”
Offering speeds of up to 42Mbps through the use of the free LTE
dongle, Smart LTE can immediately be enjoyed on an unlimited
basis until Jan. 31, 2013.
“New subscribers also have the option upgrade to a Smart LTE
Pocket WiFi device. Simply pay a one-time fee of P2,000 and you
can super-charge all your devices with the power of Smart LTE,”
Manaloto said.
Much like wireless routers which are used for sharing fixed
Internet connections such as cable and DSL, the Smart LTE Pocket
WiFi enables Smart LTE subscribers to enjoy LTE speeds on any
WiFi-enabled device.
“LTE for All—with the Smart LTE Pocket WiFi, any WiFi-capable
device can now be an LTE-powered device,” Manaloto said. Smart
is the Philippines’ first LTE operator with commercially-available
LTE services.
By Maria Bernadette Lunas
THE National Economic and
Development Authority expects inflation
rate this year to settle at the low end of
the government’s target.
Economic managers have
projected inflation rate to reach
between 3 percent and 5 percent
in 2012.
Neda’s statement follows
the release of the latest data by
the National Statistics Office,
showing inflation rate decelerated
to 3.6 percent in September from
3.8 percent in August on lower
utility costs.
The headline inflation rate in
first nine months of the year just
averaged 3.2 percent, or near the
low-end of target.
Headline inflation rate reflects
the change in the average prices
of goods and services commonly
purchased by households, as
measured by the Consumer
Price Index.
Rosemarie Edillon, director
of the Neda National Planning
and Policy Staff, backed the
NSO report, saying lower prices
of electricity, unleaded gasoline
and kerosene slowed inflation in
“We noted that Meralco’s
[Manila Electric Co.]
generation and transmission
costs decreased in September
due to the significant decline
in the charges imposed by the
Wholesale Electricity Spot
Market,” Edillon said. “This,
in effect, resulted in lower
electricity bills for consumers
during that month.”
Neda noted that Meralco’s
generation charge in September
was lower by P1.34 per kilowatt-
hour compared with that in
August. This is also the lowest
level since March this year.
WESM charges, meanwhile,
declined to P8.74 per kWh in
September from P14.70 per
kWh in August.
Edillon said the price cuts
in kerosene further dampened
inflation rate in September.
The price of the fuel 5.4 percent
against its cost in the same month
a year ago.
NSO data showed inflation for
commodities under the heavily-
weighted food and non-alcoholic
beverages index further picked up
to 3.7 percent in September from
3.3 percent in August.
The Neda official, however,
said the pressure exerted by
the increase in food prices was
partially tempered by lower
increment in the price of fish.
Fish prices increased 6.8 percent
in September from 7.3 percent in
Edillon said inflation in selected
Southeast Asian countries
generally eased in September
compared with the figure a month
“Headline inflation in Indonesia
declined in September 2012 and
recorded the lowest rate for the
same month since 2007. This
was attributed to slower upticks
in food inflation observed during
the period,” Edillon said.
“Other Asean countries where
inflation declined were Singapore
and Malaysia. On the other hand,
Thailand’s headline inflation rose
to its highest level since the first
quarter of this year,” she added.
Neda said the September
inflation rate in Indonesia settled
at 4.31 percent, Singapore at 3.9
percent, Malaysia at 1.4 percent
and Thailand at 3.38 percent.
THE total capital raised from the
Philippine stock market reached a
record P174.9 billion in the first
nine months of the year, up 171
percent from P64.5 billion year-
on-year, due to an increase in
the number of companies raising
money through the bourse.
Data from the PSE showed
total capital raised from January
to September this year also beat
the full-year 2011 record figure
of P107.50 billion.
Three companies conducted
initial public offerings in the first
three months of the year, namely
GT Capital Holdings Inc., East
West Banking Corp. and Calata
San Miguel Corp. and First
Gen Corp. conducted follow-on
offerings while BDO Unibank
Inc., Belle Corp., Alcorn Gold
Resources Corp. and The
Philodrill Corp. held stock rights
“The market’s sustained
increase has presented attractive
valuations for listed firms to
raise capital at the exchange this
year,” PSE president and chief
executive officer Hans Sicat
The PSEi rose 22.3 percent,
or 974.14 points, to close at
5,346.10 in end-September on
positive outlook on the domestic
economy and improving
developments overseas.
Preliminary figures show that
foreign investors were net buyers
in the first nine months in the
amount of P95.21 billion, a six-
fold increase from P15.61 billion
in the same period last year.
Total value turnover for the
nine-month period reached
P1.31 trillion, up 25 percent
from P1.05 trillion registered
in the same period last year,
while value turnover already
approximates the full-year figure
of P1.42 trillion in 2011.
The combined market
capitalization of listed issues in
the PSE at the end of the nine-
month period rose 28.5 percent
to P10.54 trillion compared with
P8.20 trillion in the same period
last year.
“The upbeat performance of
the stock market is a sign that
the exchange’s efforts in further
developing the market are paying
off,” Sicat said.
Jenniffer B. Austria
Manila Standard TODAY
Daryl Hannah released,
to face trespass charges
Terror suspects from UK arraigned
Venezuela’s presidential election a critical test for divided nation
Israeli jets shoot down drone
JERUSALEM—Israel scrambled fighter
jets to intercept a drone Saturday that
crossed deep into Israeli airspace from the
Mediterranean Sea, shooting the aircraft
down over the country’s southern desert,
the military said.
The incident marked the first
time in at least six years that a
hostile aircraft has penetrated
Israel’s airspace, and Israeli
officials said they were taking
the incident seriously, raising
the possibility of retaliatory
It was not immediately clear
who launched the drone, but
suspicion quickly fell on the
Lebanese Islamic militant group
Hezbollah. The Iranian-backed
group is known to have sent
drones into Israeli airspace on
several previous occasions.
Tensions are running high
between Iran and Israel over
Tehran’s nuclear program, which
the West believes is cover for the
development of atomic weapons.
The Islamic Republic denies the
allegations, and says its program
is for peaceful purposes only.
Israel has threatened to carry out
a military strike against Iran’s
nuclear facilities to prevent Iran
from acquiring such weapons.
Lt. Col. Avital Leibovich said
Israeli ground systems detected
the drone, which flew over the
Gaza Strip but did not originate
there, Saturday morning. They
alerted the air force, which
scrambled the jets to intercept
the aircraft. She said Israel was
still trying to determine where
the drone took off from. Nobody
was hurt in the incident.
Leibovich said Israeli jets
escorted the drone before
deciding to bring it down in the
northern Negev area, which is
largely uninhabited.
The drone, which was downed
near the Yatir Forrest close to
the West Bank, had spent about
20 minutes in Israeli air space,
an Israeli military official said
on condition of anonymity in
line with protocol.
Leibovich did not give more
details, but Israel media reported
that the aircraft was not carrying
explosives and could have been
a surveillance drone.
Defense Minister Ehud Barak
said in a statement that Israel
views “this incident of attempting
to enter Israeli airspace very
severely and we will consider
our response later,” while Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
vowed that Israel “will continue
to defend our borders in the sea,
on the land and in the air for
the security of the citizens of
It’s not the first time that
Israel has shot down a drone in
its airspace, although such cases
are very rare.
Hezbollah sent a few aircraft
over Israel over the past decade
but without much success.
In the 2006 war, the militant
group launched an Iranian-
made drone capable of carrying
explosives into Israel that was
shot down. Another drone two
years earlier crashed in the
Last week, Israeli authorities
indicted an Arab citizen of
Israel on charges of spying
for Hezbollah, accusing him
of gathering intelligence on
security for Israel’s president
and other public officials as well
as military installations. AP
Israeli Army vehicles and helicopters are seen in an open area as they search for the remains
of a drone in the Negev southern Israel. An image (inset) made from video released by the
Israeli Defense Forces shows the downing of a drone that entered the Israeli air space. AP
Syria-Turkey clash
may escalate—US
The continued exchange of
artillery fire between Syria and
Turkey raises additional concerns
that the conflict may escalate and
spread to neighboring countries,
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta
said Saturday.
Panetta said the US is
using its diplomatic channels
to relay worries about the
fighting in the hopes that it
will not broaden.
His comments came on the
heels of warnings from Turkey’s
prime minister that his country
is not far from war with Syria.
Turkish and Syria traded
artillery fire Saturday as rebels
clashed with President Bashar
Assad’s forces near the border,
heightening the fears that the
crisis could erupt into a regional
conflict. Turkish Prime Minister
Recep Tayyip Erdogan on
Friday cautioned Damascus
not to test Turkey’s “limits and
determination” and said Ankara
was not bluffing in saying it
won’t tolerate such acts.
In other comments during a
press conference with Peru’s
Defense Minister, Pedro
Cateriano, Panetta warned that
the international community is
ready to impose more sanctions
against Iran if the country does
not begin to address concerns
about its nuclear program.
The economic sanctions are
having a damaging effect on Iran,
as inflation and unemployment
rise, and the value of the currency
drops, increasing prices.
Iran, said Panetta, has to engage
seriously with the international
community to resolve issues
with its nuclear program and if
it doesn’t, “make no mistake,
the international community will
continue to impose additional
sanctions.” AP
NEW YORK—An extremist Egyptian-
born preacher entered a US courtroom
Saturday for the first time to face
multiple terrorism charges, complaining
that his prosthetic hooks, medication
and special shoes were taken away from
him. The preacher was one of five terror
defendants rounded up in Britain and
extradited overnight to the US.
Abu Hamza al-Masri was surrounded
by several marshals in a Manhattan
courtroom as he faced charges he
conspired with Seattle men to set up a
terrorist training camp in Oregon and
helped abduct 16 hostages, two of them
American tourists, in Yemen in 1998.
The 54-year-old, white-haired Al-
Masri exposed both of his arms through
his short-sleeved prison shirt. His
court-appointed lawyer, Sabrina Shroff,
asked that al-Masri, indicted under the
name Mustafa Kamel Mustafa, have his
prosthetics immediately returned “so he
can use his arms.”
In the 1990s, al-Masri turned London’s
Finsbury Park Mosque into a training
ground for extremist Islamists, attracting
men including Sept. 11 conspirator
Zacarias Moussaoui and “shoe bomber”
Richard Reid.
Al-Masri-jailed since 2004 in Britain
on separate charges—was flown
overnight to New York from London
along with four others accused of US
embassy bombings in Africa and with
helping terror operations in Afghanistan
and Chechnya. The men, who could all
face life in prison, have been battling
extradition for between eight to 14
US Attorney Preet Bharara called the
extraditions “a watershed moment in our
nation’s efforts to eradicate terrorism.”
“As is charged, these are men who
were at the nerve centers of al-Qaida’s
acts of terror, and they caused blood to
be shed, lives to be lost, and families to
be shattered.”
In New York’s federal court, Khaled
al-Fawwaz and Adel Abdul Bary,
entered not guilty pleas to charges that
they participated in the bombings of
embassies in Tanzania and Kenya in
1998. The attacks killed 224 people,
including 12 Americans. They were
indicted in a case that also charged
Osama bin Laden.
In New Haven, Conn., Syed Talha
Ahsan, 33, and Babar Ahmad, 38,
entered not guilty pleas to charges that
they provided terrorists in Afghanistan
and Chechnya with cash, recruits and
equipment. AP
and damaging chapter in Pope
Benedict XVI’s papacy closed
Saturday with the conviction
of his former butler on charges
he stole the pontiff’s private
letters and leaked them to a
journalist. But questions remain
as to whether anyone else was
involved in the plot, and when
the pope will pardon his once-
trusted aide.
Paolo Gabriele, until recently
affectionately dubbed “Paoletto”
by his intimate pontifical family,
stood stone-faced as Judge
Giuseppe Dalla Torre read out
the conviction and sentenced
him to 18 months in prison for
the gravest Vatican security
breach in recent memory.
The decision, reached after
just two hours of deliberations,
capped a remarkable weeklong
trial that saw the pope’s closest
adviser, Monsignor Georg
Gaenswein, and a half dozen
Vatican police officers testify
about a betrayal of the pope
that exposed the unseemly
side of the Catholic Church’s
The highest-profile case to
come before a court that usually
handles 30 cases of petty theft
a year ended none too soon: On
Sunday, Benedict opens a two-
week synod, or meeting of the
world’s bishops, summoned to
Rome to chart the church’s future
evangelization mission and
celebrate the 50
of the Second Vatican Council.
By putting the embarrassing
leaks scandal behind it, the
Vatican has removed a major
and unwelcome distraction.
Gabriele was accused of
stealing the pope’s private
correspondence and passing it
on to journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi,
whose book revealed the intrigue,
petty infighting and allegations
of corruption and homosexual
liaisons that plague the Vatican’s
secretive universe. AP
TYLER, Texas—Actress Daryl
Hannah has been released from a Texas
jail following her arrest as she protested
an oil pipeline designed to bring crude
from Canada to the Gulf Coast.
The Tyler Morning Telegraph
reported ( Saturday
that Hannah was freed on $2,500
bond Thursday night, but faces
criminal trespass charges. Her release
came hours after being arrested in
Winnsboro, east of Dallas.
Hannah and 78-year-old Eleanor
Fairchild were arrested after blocking
heavy equipment in an attempt to
halt construction of the Keystone
XL pipeline through Fairchild’s land.
Fairchild was released on a personal
recognizance bond.
Hannah has long opposed
TransCanada’s construction of the
$7-billion pipeline, which is designed
to transport heavy tar-sands crude
oil from Alberta, Canada, to Texas’
Gulf Coast refineries. Known for
roles in dozens of movies, including
“Splash” and “Kill Bill,” Hannah also
was arrested in August 2011 while
protesting the pipeline in Washington.
Her manager, Paul Bassis, said
Hannah was meeting with Fairchild
when they found out the equipment
was operating on the Fairchild’s 90
acres (36 hectares).
“When people engage in civil
disobedience, it’s a last resort,” Bassis
told the Telegraph. “They do it after
local, state and federal agencies fail,
after the courts fail, after everything
else has failed.” AP
Missiles to South Korea
SEOUL, South Korea—The United States has
agreed to allow South Korea to develop longer-
range missiles that could strike all of North Korea,
South Korean officials said Sunday.
Under a 2001 accord with Washington, Seoul
has been barred from developing and deploying
ballistic missiles with a range of more than 300
kilometers (186 miles) due to concerns of a
regional arms race.
As a result, some North Korean military
facilities have been out of South Korea’s missile
South Korea’s presidential Blue House said
South Korea and the US have revised the accord
to allow Seoul to have missiles with a range of up
to 800 kilometers (500 miles) to better cope with
North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats.
North Korea has missiles that can hit South
Korea, Japan and the US Pacific territory of
Guam. AP
Madrid protest march
MADRID--Several thousand people marched in
downtown Madrid on Saturday to protest austerity
measures they say will lead to cuts in cherished
national health care and the privatization of public
Marching under banners reading “Neither cuts
nor privatizations,” many protesters were civil
servants hit with a wage freeze next year.
Spain is experiencing its second recession in
three years, is burdened with an unemployment
rate of nearly 25 percent and social unrest is on the
rise. The number of people registered unemployed
rose to 4.71 million in September as the tourism
season ended and businesses let workers go.
“I work in a hospital, but I’m about to end up
unemployed,” 58-year-old nurse Victoria Gutierrez
said. “On Oct. 30, my temporary contract will
finish and it won’t be extended.
“We have minimum cover on every floor at
every hospital,” she said. “This is affecting not
just hospitals, also education and civil services,
The government has pushed through nine
straight months of tough austerity measures which
have prompted Spain’s 17 regional governments,
some of which are heavily indebted, to slash
spending in health care and education. AP
CARACAS, Venezuela--
President Hugo Chavez’s long
run in power and his attempts
to transform Venezuela into a
socialist state are on the line
Sunday in a closely fought
presidential election for this
bitterly divided nation.
The vote pitting Chavez against
challenger Henrique Capriles is
an all-or-nothing contest between
two camps that deeply distrust
each other and question whether
the other side will respect the
results of the election.
The stakes couldn’t be higher.
If Chavez wins, he will have a
free hand to dominate Venezuela
for six more years on top of the
14 years he has already been
in office, letting him push for
an even bigger state role in the
economy and cement his legacy.
If Capriles wins, it will likely
mean an abrupt shift in foreign
policy, an eventual loosening of
state economic controls and an
increase in private investment
—though a tense transition
would likely follow until the
inauguration in January.
Some Venezuelans were nervous
about what might happen if disputes
erupted over the election.
“Nobody trusts the other
people, especially when it’s
their political rivals,” said Maria
Villareal, a teacher and Capriles
supporter who stocked up on
groceries Saturday. “We’re in
a divided country, and I think
Chavez is the one responsible.”
She and other critics of the
president say Chavez has inflamed
divisions by labeling his opponents
“fascists,” ‘’Yankees” and “neo-
Nazis.” During Chavez’s final rally
Thursday in Caracas, he shouted to
the crowd: “We’re going to give
the bourgeoisie a beating!” AP
This booking photo provided by the Wood
County Sheriff shows actress Daryl Hannah
after her arrest in Winnsboro, Texas. AP
Manila Standard TODAY
Gianna Maniego, Editor
Dinna Chan Vasquez, Assistant Editor
fashion beauty health

Adult acne can hit you
even if you are already 40
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work; what you need is a
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Champions and freedom
Avon Philippines President and General Manager Kanwar Bhutani takes the centre stage with
brand’s top representatives--the General Manager’s Advisory Council (GMAC).
Another highlight of the night
was when a brand-new, pink Ford
Fiesta car was raffled off to a lucky
Avon representative, courtesy of
Avon’s Kiss Goodbye to Breast
Cancer partner, Ford Philippines.
Avon’s NASCON also a featured
fabulous fashion show where models
displayed some of the brand’s top-
selling undergarment
Avon Philippines President and
General Manager Kanwar Bhutani is
flanked by Avon’s impressive roster
of endorsers lead by Angel Locsin,
Lucy Torres- Gomez, Alice Dixon, and
Shamcey Supsup.
One of most heart-
warming segments
of the NASCON was
when Avon’s Kiss
Goodbye to Breast
Cancer Advocate
Sarah Lahbati
stepped on stage.
Brand personality Aniel says:
“As a pole dance artist, I
consider myself most free when
I am able to express myself
and my creativity through
movement—specifically my
performances. I’m glad that
Freego allows every person to
enjoy their personal versions of
freedom through fashion.”
Freego marketing manager Tessa Ringor
(2nd from left) with Pole Academy artists
led by Freego brand ambassador Annie
Aniel (farthest left).
The show highlighted the seamless
convergence of traditional jazz and ballet
dance moves and pole dance techniques.
Freego brand
ambassador Annie
Aniel, Freego
marketing manager
Tessa Ringor and PAP
creative director Ed
Pole Academy Philippines’ artists showcased
Freego’s Reversible and 3D Collections.
JUST in case you think that this week’s
column has political content, perish the
thought! I just attended two events that
had these nouns prominently displayed in
their promotional materials. Let me share
them with you.
Champions from Avon
Avon, the company for women, held its
National Sales Convention (NASCON) at
the Smart-Araneta Coliseum, participated
in by 8,000 Champions from all over
the country. Themed “The Heart of
Champions,” the event took after the spirit
and excitement of the recently concluded
London Olympics.
Hosting the event were actor Richard
Gomez, comedian Epi Quizon, and
Avon Zone manager Josette Dequina,
with host Drew Arellano and Avon’s
Mitzie Sabiano taking center stage for
the promo segment. Guest performers
were Jed Madela, The Company, Bituin
Escalante, and Jon Santos. Adding
glitter to the event were celebrities Anne
Curtis, Alice Dixson, Lucy Torres-
Gomez, Shamcey Supsup, Sarah
Lahbati and Angel Locsin.
Setting the mood for the event was
Avon’s The Heart of the Champions AVP
which followed the Parade of Colors
representing the regional groups. A big
surprise was executive director for Sales
Emie Nerves who burst into a song and
dance performance that captivated the
throng of eager-beavers. But the biggest
and wildest cheers went to Avon Philippines
president and general manager Kanwar
Bhutani who emerged in a boxing outfit,
and sang his version of Eye of the Tiger.
Sharing the same drive, spirit, heart
and purpose as those of Olympic athletes,
the thousands of “champions” got further
revved up when event sponsor Ford
Philippines raffled off a brand new pink
Ford Fiesta!
More information on Avon and
its products, advocacies and learning
opportunities may be obtained from www.
Freedom of movement
Freego showcased how denim
can liberate instead of limit through
its innovative campaign, Freedom of
Movement, by co-presenting “Jazz le
Pole” with the Pole Academy of the
Philippines (PAP), featuring Freego brand
ambassador and PAP premier pole dance
artist Annie Aniel, with choreography
by creative director Ed Aniel. All the
dancers of PAP, considered the pioneer
of pole dancing in the country, looked
very stylish and attractive in the denim’s
Reversible and 3D Collections.
Jeanology marketing manager
Tessa Ringor explained that Freego’s
participation demonstrates freedom of
movement as the denims prove it can
liberate instead of limit, perfect for the
current fast-paced lifestyle that create a
demand for things that support the wearer’s
high mobility.
The brand’s Reversible collection is
perfect for the fashionable yet practical
individual as it offers a two-in-one
“look” for every pair. The 3D denims
are figure-flattering, lean and sleek,
embracing the body curves from waist to
legs, as it uses the finest stretch fabric.
Freego is available at leading
department stores all over the country.
Marriage is a relationship in which
one person is always right and the other
is always husband!
For feedback, I’m at bobzozobrado@
Every woman deserves a piece of precious jewelry in her collection. For most women, a pair of pearl earring is a
staple, just like a little black dress. Pearls are something you can use anytime of the day and pair with basically any
clothes. You can also never go wrong with hoop earrings as they go with anything and are perfect for casual day.
“When it comes to color, the whiter or
more colorless a diamond is, the rarer and more expensive it
is. Cut, on the other hand, refers to the way the diamond has
been crafted or the arrangement of the diamond’s facets to bring
out its sparkle,” said Florete-Gorriceta.
“Cut should not be confused with the shape of the diamond.
The cut is entirely manipulated by the diamond cutter and deter-
mines the beauty and value of the diamond. Finally, diamonds
are always measured in carat weight. One carat is equal to 1/5
gram. There are 100 points in a carat so that a .50 point is de-
scribed as a half-carat. Of course, the higher the carat, the rarer
and more valuable it is,” she explained.
Asked what her favorite accessory or jewelry is, she said:
“I love jewelry. I have been exposed to the business at the
very young age and so I grew up admiring different kinds of
jewelry. But if I were to choose a piece or a staple, that would
be a pair of earrings because it frames the face and it is the first
accessory that people see in the face.”
F & C banks on its loyal clients who invest in quality mer-
chandise—beautiful pieces backed by solid tradition in crafts-
manship along with decades of experience in jewelry-making
and exceptional service. Currently, F &C has over 50 branches
all over the country and a consignor for SM Department store.
For more details, visit or become a fan
of F&C Jewelry on Facebook and Twitter.
One of the most trusted brands in the Philippines when it comes to
high-quality jewelries is F & C (which means Florete and Caperone),
which was established in 1973 by spouses Marcelino Florete Jr and
Susan Caperonce Florete. Susan’s experience with jewelry-making is
a long standing family tradition. Her mother, who hails from Bulacan,
is a known jeweller in Iloilo. It came as no surprise that her craft and
love for jewelry was carried down to her children, who are now taking
lead roles in their family’s businesses, which also includes chains of
hotels and restaurants.
In an intimate media gathering recently held at Peninsula Manila
Hotel, Marissa Florete-Gorriceta, who has diplomas in Diamond
Grading and Jewelry Design at the Gemonological Institute of
America, explained the grading system of precious gems such
as diamond and pearl.
“In diamonds, size matters. The bigger the carat, the more ex-
pensive it is. There are five Cs to consider when grading a dia-
mond—certification, clarity, cut and carat,” she shared.
According to her, it is crucial to review the diamond certificate re-
ferred to by diamond grading laboratories as a grading report. Clarity
refers to the visual impact of the blemishes (or the lack of it) formed
during the course of the diamond’s crystallization, as viewed under
10x loupe magnification.
A family
By Joba Botana
Rajo Laurel Collection
OCTOBER 8, 2012
Gianna Maniego, Editor
Dinna Chan Vasquez, Assistant Editor
fashion beauty health wellness
Adult acne is caused by a lot of things, including stress,
hormones and smoking. Even birth control pills with an-
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won't work on adult skin.
The Proactiv Solution Combination Therapy combines
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to be strong enough to eradicate the most stubborn acne
but gentle enough for daily use. Because you are already
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who can use a dab of toothpaste on acne spots.
A system must be put in place for a thorough and
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Proactiv is a dermatologist-developed acne system
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The Renewing Cleanser is an oil-free formulated acne
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The second step is the refreshing, alcohol-free Revitaliz-
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prevent new ones.
By Dinna Chan Vasquez
NEXT month, I will be 49 years old but
I still have skin breakouts, which are not
as bad as those that I had when I was a
teenager. One of five adult women suffer
from adult acne.
By Ed Biado
LADY Gaga took a
lot of backlash for
gaining 25lbs and
seemingly cover-
ing up that fact with
digitally manipulat-
ed photos (her Vogue cover) and videos
(her perfume ad). Online reports claim
that her record company urged her to lose
the pounds so she can fit better into the
tiny costumes she wears on tour.
However, instead of succumbing to
the powers that be, the eccentric pop star
saw the buzz as an opportunity to start
a new campaign, something she calls
“Body Revolution 2013.” Gaga launched
the project by posting a picture of herself
on her own “Little Monsters” social net-
working site—sans makeup, image filters
and outer garments—with the caption,
“Bulimia and anorexia since I was 15.”
She’s also asking fans to upload pictures
of themselves to the site to celebrate their
Eating disorders are a sensitive
topic. People who have them battle
with the disease for a long time and
the roots of the condition run deep,
with negative body image as one of
the leading causes. Is the singer’s at-
tempt at a “revolution” on the percep-
tion of beauty really helping people
or is it just adding to the problem?
Because the subject here is a condition
that typically affect women and teen-
age girls, feminists are vocal about their
Kelsey Wallace of bitchmagazine.
org says of Gaga’s comments on the
submitted pictures, “It’s wonderful that
Lady Gaga has what I’m sure is real
compassion and love for her friends and
fans, but couldn’t she leave her sup-
portive comments at ‘She is so brave’
and skip the ‘Her boobs look even bet-
ter!!’ part? Why does it matter if her
boobs look great? What if they didn’t?”
Her argument is based on the question
whether the stunt is “resisting beauty
standards or reinforcing them” because
the “Body Revolution” conversations,
albeit encouraging, are still based on
looks and pointing out the beautiful
things about the photo submitters and
acknowledging that the “perceived
flaws” are indeed flaws (thus, “rein-
forcing” the traditional percepts). For
example, having “gorgeous features”
despite having a skin condition, or be-
ing “hot as f**k” despite having Lupus.
To which, Sady Doyle, writing for, responds, “I don’t
think feminism needs to protest against
the fact that it feels good to get a com-
pliment. And when you feel bad about
your body, hearing that you’re sexy is
(I can assure you) far more empower-
ing than hearing a long political speech
about why it doesn’t matter how un-
sexy you are.”
At the core of it all, I think the message
of “Body Revolution” is simple: accept
your body and don’t be ashamed of your
flaws because everyone has them. And I
believe that’s quite a powerful statement
worth passing around.
Gaga’s body acceptance campaign
Adam Levine
is latest
Bench endorser
BENCH enlists another big shot celebrity this 2012 in addition
to American actor Liam Hemswor th and Korean pop star
Lee Min Ho. This September, it’s lead vocalist and front
man of the pop rock band Maroon 5: Adam Levine. He is
also a coach for the hugely popular American show “The
Voice”. With Adam Levine as Bench’s newest endorser, this
marks another milestone for the brand on its 25th year.
The Maroon 5 lead vocalist and guitarist was born on
March 18, 1979 in Los Angeles, California. Pre Maroon 5,
Adam Levine started out playing music with high-school
friends in 1994, forming the band Kara’s Flowers. But after
releasing an album, he and his band went on hiatus and Levine
headed to New York City with Kar a Flower s’ guitarist J esse
Car michael, and was exposed to a whole new music scene
with influences like hip-hop, soul, and R&B. Inspired to add
a new groove to their band’s rock template, Adam and his
friend headed back to California and he began writing songs
that were stirred by his recent relationship. Securing a new
deal with Octone Records, a new name, now popularly known
as Maroon 5, christened the band. Adam Levine and the rest
of Maroon 5 released the album “Songs About Jane” in 2002
and scored several hit singles and won two Grammy awards.
To date, Adam Levine and his band has been nominated for
several Grammy awards for their succeeding albums.
Bench cannot get any hotter than with Adam Levine, one
of the world’s most popular and recognizable musicians.
And this is definitely something to look forward to
this September! Before Maroon 5’s concert in Manila,
Bench will make it official to the public on September
17 at the Manila Peninsula, Salon De Ning at the press
launch for Adam Levine, welcoming him to the brand.
Bench continues to explore the global territory and the
possibilities of reaching out to the rest of the world. Adam
Levine is just one of the surprises on the brand’s 25th year.
And there is more to come!
SANOFI launched Lactacyd
White Intimate Daily Feminine
Wash recently in the Philippines
with an exciting fashion show
at the Crowne Plaza Galleria
Manila in Quezon City. The
event, dubbed Project White,
was headlined by a fashion show
featuring no less than Geor gina
Wilson, who also happens to be
the endorser of the new Lactacyd.
The fashion show also featured
fabulous collections from Project
Runway Philippines’ alumni
and promising young designers
Veej ay Flor esca, Sant i Obcena,
and Russell Villafuer t e.
Lactacyd White Intimate is a
unique variant of Asia’s number one
feminine wash brand*, Lactacyd.
It is the only feminine wash that
combines effective cleansing and
protection with a gentle natural
whitening action in the bikini
area. Lactacyd White Intimate was
developed to address the darkening
of the skin in the bikini area, a need
expressed by different women all
over Asia.
Project White featured
fashion collections meant to
showcase what is possible with
an even-toned skin. Georgina
Wilson and other models strutted
on the runway in fashionably
revealing designs that appeal
to the modern Filipina. The
collections highlighted the
confidence that women can have
to wear any type of clothing to
suit their lifestyle, especially
when there is no need to worry
about some skin showing.
With more than 20 years of
expertise in the feminine hygiene
market, Lactacyd knows women
well. With Lactacyd White
Intimate, the clinical studies have
shown lightening of the intimate
area within four weeks. Nine
out of every 10 women tested
reported a visible whitening in
the bikini area with continued
use of the product. Thorough
dermatological testing has also
demonstrated that Lactacyd White
Intimate is hypoallergenic and safe
for everyday use. A thumb-sized
amount used twice daily is the
recommended usage. Lactacyd
White Intimate is available
nationwide in supermarkets,
drugstores, and other selected
retail outlets.
Sanofi launches
Lactacyd White Intimate
A 30-day kit will just cost P2,495 and P3,995 for the Proactiv 60-
day kit. I usually buy the 30-day kit and make it last for two months.
You also get a bonus of a Pore Refining Mask, which you can use for
the purpose intended or as a spot treatment.
Adam Levine
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Republic of the Philippines
DPWH- Albay 1
Engineering District
Airport Site, Legazpi City
(MST-Oct. 8, 2012)
The Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) of the DPWH- Albay 1

Engineering District, Airport Site, Legazpi City, invites contractors to bid for the
aforementioned project (s):
Contract ID #12-F-A-0046
Contract Name Const./Rehab./Impvt. Of Basud River Control
Contract Location Bacacay, Albay
Scope of Work Const./Rehab./Impvt. of River Control
Approved Budget for the Contract
Contract Duration 192 CD
Cost of Tender Documents P25,000.00
The BAC will conduct the procurement process in accordance with
the Revised IRR of RA 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 for at least equal
to 10% of ABC. The BAC will use non-discretionary pass/fail criteria in the
eligibility check and preliminary examination of bids.
Unregistered contractors, however, shall submit their applications for
registration to the DPWH-POCW Central Offce before the deadline for the
receipt of LOI. The DPWH-POCW Central Offce will only process contractors’
applications for registration, with complete requirements and issue the
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
Issuance of Bidding Documents October 8-29, 2012
Pre-Bid Conference October 17, 2012 at 10:00am
Deadline of Receipt of LOI from
Prospective Bidders
October 24, 2012 at 10:00am
Receipt & Opening of Bids October 29, 2012 at 2:00pm
The BAC will issue hard copies of Bidding Documents at DWPH- BAC
Offce, DPWH-Albay 1
Engineering District Airport Site, Legazpi City, upon
payment of a non-refundable fee as stated above. Prospective bidders may
also download the Bidding Documents, from the DPWH Website, if available.
Prospective bidders that will download the Bidding Documents from the DPWH
website shall pay the said fees on or before the submission of their bid
documents. The Pre-Bid Conference shall be open only to interested parties
who have purchased the Bidding Documents. Bids must accompanied by a bid
security, in the amount and acceptable form, as stated in Section 27.2 of the
Revised IRR.
Prospective bidders shall submit their duly accomplished forms as 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, 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
The DPWH- Albay 1
Engineering District, Airport Site, Legazpi City
reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bid and to annul the bidding
process anytime prior Contract Award, without thereby incurring any liability to
the affected bidder/s.

OIC, Assistant District Engineer
Chairman, BAC
OIC, District Engineer
Republic of the Philippines
Region I
Ilocos Sur 2
District Engineering Offce
Candon City, Ilocos Sur
(MST-Oct. 8, 2012)
The Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) of the Ilocos Sur 2
District Engineering
Offce, invites contractors to bid for the aforementioned projects:
Contract ID No. : 12AD0126
Contract Name : Replacement/Rehabilitation/Strengthening of
Permanent Bridge
Location : Sta. Lucia Bridge along Manila North Road
Brief Description : Replacement/Rehabilitation/Strengthening of Bridge
Approved Budget for The Contract (ABC) : P 11,756,904.09
Contract Duration : 180 calendar days
Source of Fund : DPWH Infra Program-CY 2013
Cost of Bid Documents : P 10,000.00
Contract ID No. : 12AD0127
Contract Name : Rehabilitation/Reconstruction/Upgrading of
Damaged Paved National Road
Location : Cervantes-Quirino Road
(a) K0403+600-K0403+1030
(b) K0404+079-K00404+169
Brief Description : Reconstruction-PCCP
Approved Budget for The Contract (ABC) : P 8,614,805.13
Contract Duration : 100 calendar days
Source of Fund : DPWH Infra Program-CY 2013
Cost of Bid Documents : P 10,000.00
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 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 LOI. 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 : From October 8 to October 30, 2012
2. Pre-bid conference : October 18, 2012 @10:00 AM, Offce
of the BAC
3. Receipt of LOI from Prospective Bidders : From October 8 to October 23, 2012
4. Receipt of Bids : October 30, 2012 until 10:00 A.M.
5. Opening of Bids : October 30, 2012 @ 2:00 P.M.
The BAC will issue hard copies of Bidding Documents (BD’s) at Ilocos Sur 2
Engineering Offce, upon payment of a non-refundable fee as stated. Prospective
bidders may also download the BDs, if available, 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 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 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 post-qualifcation.
The Ilocos Sur 2
District Engineering Offce reserves the right to accept or reject any
or all bid and to annul the bidding process anytime before Contract award, without
incurring any liability to the affected bidders.
Approved by:
BAC Vice-Chairman
District Engineer
Republic of the Philippines
Department of Public Works and Highways
Roman Expressway, Mulawin, Orani, Bataan
The Bids and Awards Committee of the DPWH – Bataan 1
Engineering Offce, through the FY 2012, invites contractors to bid for the
aforementioned projects:
Contract ID: 12CA0086
Contract Name: Repai r/Rehabi l i tati on/Improvement of Roman
Expressway (Phase 2)
km. 103+750 – km. 104+348.5 with exceptions
Contract Location: Hermosa, Bataan
Scope of Work: Asphalt Overlay
Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC): Php 9,900,000.00
Contract Duration: 60 Calendar 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, e) Certifcate of Safety Offcer
Seminar from DOLE, f) PHILGEPS Order Form (DRL), g) Latest CPES Rating
and (h) Net Financial Contracting Capacity at least equal to ABC, or credit
line commitment at least equal to 10% of ABC. The LOI must be submitted
by the Authorized Liaison Offcer as specifed in the Contractor’s Information
(CI). Submission of LOI by person with Special Power of Attorney shall not be
allowed. The BAC will use non-discretionary pass/fail criteria in the eligibility
check and preliminary examination of bids.

Unregistered contractors, however, shall submit their applications for
registration to the DPWH-POCW Central Offce before the deadline for the
receipt of LOI. The DPWH POCW-Central Offce will only process contractors’
applications for registration with complete requirements and issue the
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
1. Receipt of LOIs from Prospective Bidders Deadline: October 08-30, 2012 Until 10:00 AM
2. Issuance of Bid Documents From : October 08-30, 2012 Until 10:00 AM
3. Pre-Bid Conference October 18, 2012 @02:00 P .M.
4. Receipt of Bids Deadline: October 30, 2012 Until 10:00 AM
5. Opening of Bids October 30, 2012 @ 10:00 AM

The BAC will issue hard copies of Bidding Documents (BD’s) at DPWH-
Bataan First District Engineering Offce, upon payment of a non-refundable fee of
₱10,000.00 as per Dept. Order No. 52 series 2011. 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 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 postqualifcation.
The DPWH-Bataan First District Engineering Offce reserves the right to
accept or reject any or all bid and to annul the bidding process anytime before
contract award, without incurring any liability to the affected bidders.

Approved by:

BAC Chairman
Noted By:

District Engineer
(MST-Oct. 8, 2012)
Republic of the Philippines
Department of Public Works and Highways
Cagayan Third District Engineering Offce
Tuguegarao City
October 5, 2012
(MST-Oct. 8, 2012)
Annex “A”
The Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) of the Cagayan Third District
Engineering Offce, through theRegular Infrastructure Projects Public Building
CY 2011,invites contractors to bid for the aforementioned projects:
Contract ID No. : 12-BD-0095
Contract Name : Replacement/Rehab./Strengthening of Permanent Bridge
Contract Location : Cabuluan Bridge, Cagayan-Kalinga Road (Calanan-Enrile
Scope of Work : Bridges-Construction-with Bored Piles
Approved Budget for the
Contract (ABC) : Php16,463,662.92
Contract Duration : 195 calendar days
Contract ID No. : 12-BD-0096
Contract Name : Repair/Maintenance of DILG Building
Contract Location : Carig, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan
Scope of Work : Buildings/Industrial Plant-Low Rise
Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC): Php1,999,956.19
Contract Duration : 75 calendar 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 opening of bids.
To bid for this contract, a contractor must submit a Letter of Intent (LOI),
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, (e) Net Financial Contracting Capacity at least
equal to ABC, or credit line commitment at least 10% of ABC and (f) for projects
with bituminous materials, the contractor must own an accredited asphalt plant.
The BAC will use non-discretionary pass/fail criteria in the eligibility check,
preliminary examination of bids.
Unregistered contractors, however, shall submit their applications for
registration to the DPWH-POCW Central Offce before the deadline for the
receipt of LOI. The DPWH-POCW Central Offce will only process contractors’
applications for registration with complete requirements and issue the 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
1.Issuance of Bidding Documents From: October 5, 2012 – October 26, 2012
2. Pre-Bid Conference October 11, 2012 / 10:00 AM
3. Deadline of Receipt of LOI from
Prospective Bidders
October 15, 2012 / 5:00 PM
4. Receipt of Bids October 26, 2012 / 10:00 AM
5. Opening of Bids October 26, 2012 / 2:00 PM
The BAC will issue hard copies of Bidding Documents (BD’s) at the DPWH-
Cagayan Third District Engineering Offce, Tuguegarao City upon payment of
non-refundable fee of TWENTY FIVE THOUSAND PESOS (P25,000.00) for
Item No. 01 and FIVE THOUSAND PESOS (P5,000.00) for Item No. 02 for Bid
Documents (BD’s). 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
Bid 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
determine in the bid evaluation and post qualifcation.
The Cagayan Third District Engineering Offce reserves the right to accept
or reject any bid and to annul bidding process at any time prior contract award,
without thereby incurring any liability to the affected bidder/s.
Republic of the Philippines
Region IV - A
Tagaytay City
Tel. No. (046) 413-1347; Telefax # (046) 413-2936
(MST-Oct. 8, 2012)
The Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) of the DPWH Cavite II District Engineering
Offce, through FY 2013 REGULAR INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRAM, invites contractors
to bid for the following projects:
Contract I.D. 12DG0081
Contract Name : Preventive Maintenance (MFO-1)( Intermittent Section), Asphalt
Overlay along Crisanto M. delos Reyes Avenue ; K0054+(-306)
to K0054+267 & K0055+000 to K0056+000 with exception
(Package 033-2012)
Contract Location : Cavite
Major Category : Roads-Rehabilitation-Asphalt
of Work
Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC): Php 13,710,766.52
Contract Duration: 50 calendar days
Contract I.D. 12DG0082
Contract Name : Rehabilitation/Reconstruction/Upgrading of Damaged Paved
National Roads(MFO-2), Intermittent Section along Crisanto M.
delos Reyes Avenue; K0059+396 – K0060+148
Contract Location : Cavite
Major Category : Roads-Rehabilitation-Concrete
of Work
Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC): Php 11,050,946.54
Contract Duration: 72 calendar days
Contract I.D. 12DG0083
Contract Name : Preventive Maintenance (MFO-1), Asphalt Overlay with
corrections along Crisanto M. delos Reyes Avenue ; K0066+ 891
to K0067+572 & K0067+572 to K0067+649 (Package 034-2012)
Contract Location : Cavite
Major Category : Roads-Rehabilitation-Asphalt
of Work
Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC): Php 9,002,489.91
Contract Duration: 39 calendar 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 bids.
To bid for this contract, a contractor must submit a Letter of Intent (LOI), purchase bid
documents and must meet the following major criteria: (a) prior registration with the DPWH,
(b) Filipino citizen or 75% Filipino-owned partnership, corporation, cooperative, or joint
venture, (c) with PCAB license applicable to the type and cost of this contract, (d) completion
of a similar contract costing at least 50% of ABC within a period of 10 years, and (e) Net
Financial Contracting Capacity at least equal to ABC, or credit line commitment at least
equal to 10% of ABC. The BAC will use non-discretionary pass/fail criteria in the Eligibility
Check, Preliminary Examination of Bids.
Interested bidders are also required to present to the BAC Secretariat, DPWH-
Cavite II District Engineering Office, Tagaytay City the original copies of the
following documents for authentication and issuance of Bid Documents: a)PCAB
License; b)Contractors Registration Certifcate; c)Certifcate of Materials Engineer
Accreditation; d) Latest copy of Authorizing Offcer together with machine copy
of two(2) valid IDs; e)Certifcate of Safety Offcer Seminar from Department of
Labor and Employment(DOLE); f) Philippine Government Electronic Procurement
System(PHILGEPS) Order Form(Documents Request List) and g).CY 2012 1
CPES Rating.
Unregistered contractors, however, shall submit their applications for registration to the
DPWH-POCW Central Offce before the deadline for the receipt of LOI. The DPWH-POCW
Central Offce will only process contractors’ application for registration with complete
requirements and issue the 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. Receipt of LOI’s from Prospective Bidders : October 3 - October 19, 2012
2. Issuance of Bidding Documents to registered : October 3 - October 24,2012
3. Pre-Bid Conference : October 11,2012 at 10:00AM
4. Receipt of Bids : Deadline: October 24,2012
Until 10:00A.M.
5. Opening of Bids : October 24, 2012 @ 2:00PM
Prospecti ve bi dders may downl oad the LOI Forms from DPWH websi te The BAC will issue hard copies of LOI forms at DPWH, Cavite II District
Engineering Offce, Tagaytay City.
The BAC will issue hard copy of Bidding Documents (BD’s) at the DPWH ,Cavite II District
Engineering Offce, Akle St., cor. Mahogany Avenue, Brgy. Kaybagal South, Tagaytay City,
upon payment of non-refundable fee of P 10,000.00 for projects 1,2 and3 for the proposal
booklets. Prospective bidders may also download the BD’s from the DPWH website and
shall pay the said fees on or before the submission of their Bid Documents.
The Pre-Bid Conference shall be open only to interested parties. Only those who
have purchased the BD’s are enjoined to attend the said Pre-Bid Conference and may ask
questions pertaining the project, so that they shall be properly informed of some important
matters regarding the above projects. Bid 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
Bidding Documents (BD’s) in two (2) separate sealed bid envelope 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 technical and fnancial components of the bid should
be book bound and each sheet properly paginated (ex: Page 1 of 200).
The DPWH, Cavite II District Engineering Offce, Tagaytay City reserves the right to 1)
reject bids, 2) declare a failure of bidding, and 3) not to award the contract without incurring
any liability if the funds /allotments for said program/project/activity have been withheld or
reduced through no fault of its own.

Approved by :

BAC Chairman

District Engineer
Republic of the Philippines
Department of Fi nance
Customs District II-A
South Harbor, Manila
This is to inform all stakeholders that beginning October
2012 until December 2012, the Port of Manila will render
extended working hours from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday
to Friday, for processing of Import/Export shipments which
may cause port congestion.
Likewise, a POM skeletal workforce will be available to
conduct regular Customs business from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00
p.m. for the following Saturdays:
a). October 13,20 & 27, 2012;
b). November 10,17 & 24, 2012; and
c). December 1,8,22 & 29, 2012
District Collector
(MST-Oct. 7 & 8, 2012)
For f as t ad r es ul t s ,
pl eas e c al l
659-48-30 l oc al 303
Isah V. Red, Editor
Manila Standard TODAY
IF YOU have seen the Korean
drama Coffee Prince when it was
shown before on GMA7 earlier,
then you might want to see how
the Kapuso network would do in
its local adaptation. The local ver-
sion starts tonight, replacing the hit
drama series One True Love that
ended last Friday.
Kris Bernal and Aljur Abreni-
ca star in the Coffee Prince remake,
hoping to reignite their aborted love
team, after appearing in Dyesebel,
Luna Mystika, All My Life, Sine
Novela presents Dapat Ka Bang
Mahalin? and The Last Prince.
Kris feels very excited to get
another opportunity to work with
Aljur. “Siguradong na-miss ng
viewers yung Alkris tandem sa
GMA. Excited kaming dalawa for
Coffee Prince dahil first romantic-
comedy project namin ito.”
She is also thrilled that she will
pretend to be a guy,“Dapat aban-
gan nila kung gaano kaguwapo si
Kris Bernal ‘pag naging lalaki.”
Aljur, on the other hand, couldn’t
be any happier to reignite his on-
screen chemistry with Kris,“Yung
pinagsamahan namin walang ka-
pantay at kung ikukumpara sa iba,
malaking bagay ‘yung Kris Bernal
sa buhay ni Aljur. Ganu’n kalalim
ang relasyon namin.”
Tessie Tomas returns to the Ka-
puso network after a couple of proj-
ects on the other channel. The rest
of the cast include Leo Martinez,
Ronnie Henares, Ces Quesada
and Celia Rodriguez.
Boy2 Quizon, Steven Silva,
Fabio Ide, and Sef Cadayona play
the coffee shop’s good looking
baristas. Also starring in the series
are Kim Komatsu, Max Collins
and Kapuso’s newfangled heart-
throb Benjamin Alves in his first
primetime project.
My friend Ricky Davao seems
more at home now behind the cam-
eras, he is directing the show. Good
luck Ricky, Aljur, Kris. Competi-
tion will be tough as…
Ina Kapatid Anak
pilots tonight
Kim Chiu and Maja Salvador
star in the new Kapamilya drama
titled Ina Kapatid Anak premiering
“Everything is here—it’s a
story about family, friendship and
sisterhood,” says Kim, who plays
the role of the poor but optimistic
young girl named Celine. “In the
teleserye, the audience will learn
how to value their families and how
to achieve their dreams.”
Maja, on the other hand, plays the
character of the rich and glamorous
woman, Margaux. “All her things are
glittering, but eventually the viewers
will discover what’s really inside her
mind and heart,” she explains.
Contrary to their solid friend-
ship off-cam, Kim and Maja’s roles
in the series unravel an onscreen
rivalry that everyone will surely be
talking about.
Maja hinted that viewers should
watch out if she would be a wick-
ed bida-kontrabida in the story.
“What’s interesting about our char-
acters is that both Celine and Mar-
gaux are born fighters and they do
not allow their families to be mal-
treated by anyone,” she says.
Kim adds that her role is totally
new for her. “I’ve never done a
character like Celine who’s so loud
and talkative. If in My Binondo Girl
I portrayed as a sweet at relatively
well-off girl; here in Ina Kapatid
Anak, I am super poor.”
Aside from the highly anticipat-
ed confrontation scenes between
Kim and Maja, TV viewers are
even more excited with the two’s
love interests in the story. Kim is
paired again with Xian Lim, while
Maja with Enchong Dee.
When asked if their fans could
expect for some daring scenes from
the two love teams, Kim simply
says, “So far, we’re just taping
scenes where Xian’s and my char-
acter are still teenagers. But I think
later on, we’ll have something like
that. Let’s just wait and see.”

Sigh of relief for
Kapuso employees
Kapuso employees heave a sigh
of relief when MediaQuest Hold-
ings, Inc. and PLDT announced
that they had terminated their talks
with GMA Network, Inc. on the
possibility of acquiring the latter.
Both parties—MediaQuest
and GMA Network—made the
announcement. The parties have
been unable to arrive at mutually
acceptable terms despite the con-
tinual discussions and efforts ex-
erted in good faith.
MediaQuest is owned by PLDT’s
retirement fund.
GMA Network Chairman
and CEO Atty. Felipe L. Gozon
said, “The issues that the parties
were not able to resolve had noth-
ing to do with the price. If there is a
serious offer in the future, then we
are willing to consider.”
So, in the meantime, it’s party time
on Edsa, and in Novaliches, the news
seems to have been a high dose of de-
pressants for a lot of people, includ-
ing someone who has just joined the
fledgling network as a consultant.
D a n c -
ing her sig-
nature role of
Kitri, Macuja-Elizalde
partnered for the first
time with Mikhail
pal dancer of the Kremlin Bal-
let. Don Quixote also featured Ballet
Manila and the Manila Symphony
Orchestra with Alexander Vikulov
of the Marinsky Theater as guest con-
Presented by the Manila Broad-
casting Company and co-presented
by Bellarocca Island Resorts and Spa,
Freeway National Artists Collectors
Series and Bank of Singapore, Macu-
ja-Elizalde’s Swan Song Series is the
ballerina’s three-year retirement plan
featuring her farewell performances of
ballet’s most beloved classical roles.
She began the series last year with
Swan Lake and Romeo and Juliet.
After Don Quixote, she will also
dance Giselle on Oct. 19,
7:30 p.m., and Oct.
21, 5:30 p.m.,
at the Aliw Theater,
with David Makhateli, formerly
of The Royal Ballet. She will then
perform Carmen on Oct. 26 and
27, 7:30 p.m., at the Star Theater,
with Ballet Manila principal dancer
Rudy De Dios.
Dancing as Kitri alternates were
Ballet Manila company member Sei
Hee Hong and guest artist Megu-
mi Nishimori on Oct. 6 and Oct. 7.
Nishimori appeared courtesy of Sofia
Zobel Elizalde of STEPS Dance Stu-
dio where she has been training in the
Macuja-Elizalde is thrilled that is
dancing to live music. Don Quixote
also marks the unveiling of Aliw The-
ater’s own orchestra pit that can ac-
commodate up to 100 musicians.
“This is a dream come true, as I
really wanted to dance my Swan
Song Series to a live orchestra.
This Don Quixote is extra spe-
cial because my daughter Missy
will be dancing as Amour. And also
because my Russian ‘brother’ Alex-
ander Vikulov—with whose family
I stayed when I was studying at the
Leningrad Choreographic Institute—
will be conducting the orchestra,” the
ballerina enthuses.
Macuja-Elizalde danced as Kitri in
her first full-length Don Quixote with
the Kirov Ballet in 1986, shortly after
she was invited to join the prestigious
ballet company as soloist. The two
shows at Aliw Theater are her 55
full-length Don Quixote in a ca-
reer that now spans nearly 30 years.
Though excited to be dancing her
trademark role again, Macuja-Elizalde
can’t help but feel sentimental as well.
“I will miss Don Quixote for its no-
holding-back technical dancing and
happy, flamboyant choreography—
the speed, the turns, the jumps, the
Spanish oomph. I will miss all that,
really!” she notes.
The show’s sponsors include Pan-
lilio Jewellers, Island Rose, Ralph’s
Wines and Spirits, First United Travel
and Star City.
For tickets to the Swan Song Series,
contact Ballet Manila at 525-5967 or
400-0292 or through the website www. or Ticketworld
at 891-9999 or
‘Swan Song Series’
THE second year of prima ballerina Lisa Macuja-Elizalde’s Swan
Song Series began with her last full-length performances of the classic
Don Quixote on Oct. 5 and on Oct. 7. at the Aliw Theater.
WORLD-class entertainment reaches
Mindanao as SM Cinema, the coun-
try’s biggest film exhibitor, launches a
branch at Davao with the opening of
SM Lanang Premier on Sept. 28. The
new branch has six digital cinemas
capable of showing 2D and 3D mov-
ies and an Imax Theatre, the first Imax
Theatre in Mindanao.
As part of its blessing and ribbon-
cutting ceremony on Sept. 27, guests
and patrons of the new SM Lanang Pre-
mier cinemas were treated to a special
Imax screening of the massive summer
movie, The Avengers.
With its commitment to elevate en-
tertainment for the Filipino patrons,
SM Cinema opens its 5
Imax branch
in Davao, with the new blockbuster
film Resident Evil: Retribution. Like
all other Imax Theatres, the branch in
Lanang is designed to deliver premium
movie-watching experience to cineph-
iles. It has revolutionary projection sys-
tem, which supports 2D and 3D films
and delivers crystal-clear and larger-
than-life images. Imax Lanang has 467
seats, arranged at a steep angle so that
the audience is facing the screen di-
Following the global trend in theatre
digitalization, SM Cinema Lanang’s
six theaters are all equipped with state-
of-the-art digital projection system,
promising crystal-clear image display.
They’re also furnished with the most
advanced audio system that deliv-
ers booming sound—making movie-
watching more engaging and a great
deal fun. The digital theaters have a
total of 2,240 seats designed for a cozy
movie-viewing. With the new SM Cin-
ema Lanang, movie-lovers can expect
to see local and international movies
such as Santa Nina, Of All the Things,
Hotel Transylvania, Perks of Being a
Wallflower, Judge Dredd and SM Cin-
ema’s CinExclusive “Most Wanted” at
world-class quality cinemas.
Another innovation that SM Cinema
Lanang that has to offer to its patrons
is its turnstile system that facilitates the
automated entry and paperless ticketing
to all its theaters. Instead of the usual
paper tickets, SM Cinema issues cine
access cards that allow single-entry ac-
cess to the cinemas. SM Cinema guests
can also opt to get the newest e-PLUS
(Entertainment, Privileges, Lifestyle,
Upgrades and Surprises) card. The e-
PLUS card allows patrons to load cred-
its on the prepaid card, and can also be
upgradable to a loyalty card so that for
every transaction at SM Cinema and
SnackTime, e-PLUS cardholders earn
reward points that are redeemable at
any e-PLUS booth.
Lastly, for food lovers, SM Cinema
Lanang offers a variety of food options
that will surely be the ultimate movie
companion for the patrons through
SnackTime. Aside from the movie-
staple popcorn that is offered in various
flavors, SnackTime offers a wide array
of snack options such as hotdog sand-
wiches, doughnuts and exciting drinks.
SnackTime also offers 100g Beef Burg-
er and 200g Double Decker Burger that
will surely fill up the tummies of the
These are just some of the offerings
that new SM Cinema and Imax have to
offer to its Lanang patrons. As part of
its promise to elevate entertainment,
SM Cinema continuously improves the
movie experience for the movie-goers.
Davao goes
‘Coffee Prince’ Pinoy version
on Kapuso tonight
Kris Bernal as Andi and Aljur Abrenica as Arthur
Benjamin Alves in his first prime-
time appearance
Fabio Ide as a barista
Ina Kapatid Anak stars Enchong Dee, Majar Salvador, Kim Chiu and Xian Lim

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