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Enrile slams
Palace over
bribery hint
in tax issue
All set for historic signing at Malacaang
Reds wont go back
to negotiating table
Wipe them out
Comelec urged to drop
govt-backed party-lists
Donaire dominates Japanese foe
Stakeholders
called upon
to support
framework
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Manila
Give peace a chance
DONAIRE WINS BY 9TH-ROUND TKO
Milestone. From the top
clockwise: Muslim women
express their support to the
peace agreement; partici-
pants in the peace caravan
from Cotabato to Manila ar-
rive in Mendiola for the sign-
ing of the deal; former MNLF
chairman Nur Misuari, who
says he is for peace, meets
with Sulu Gov. Abdusakur
Tan at his residence in Zam-
boanga City. DANNY PATA
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Vol. XXVI No. 206 16 Pages, 3 Sections
P18.00 Monday, October 15, 2012
We already experienced
wars before and look what it
did to Mindanao and the rest of
the country. With peace in Min-
danao, we will have books in-
stead of bullets for out children,
development instead of stagna-
tion and a better future for our
people, she said.
Deles also said the govern-
ment had reached out to Moro
National Liberation Front leader
Nur Misuari, who had rejected
the framework agreement as
a violation of his groups own
peace treaty with the govern-
ment in 1976.
Presidential spokewoman
Abigail Valte said the the sign-
ing of the peace deal would give
Filipinos a chance to end de-
cades of conict.
Lets give peace a chance,
she said, a view shared by De-
les, Senator Loren Legarda and
other stakeholders.
By Macon R. Araneta
SENATE President Juan Ponce
Enrile slammed a Palace ofcial
Sunday for saying that senators
who dont support the adminis-
tration version of the sin tax bill
could have been bribed.
I dont know what theyre
thinking. Do they think the sena-
tors are thieves? Is this how the
allies of Malacaang look at sena-
tors? Enrile said after Secretary
Manuel Mamba, head of the
Presidential Legislative Liason
Ofce, said anyone who would
not support the government ver-
sion of the bill could be suspected
of having received bribes from
lobbyists working for big multi-
national companies.
Interviewed over radio
dzBB on Sunday, Enrile said
the senators were not opposed
to the governments move to
generate additional revenues,
but taxes should not be repres-
sive or oppressive.
By Christine F. Herrera
FORMER President Joseph
Estrada on Sunday warned that
splinter and breakaway groups
would start to
spring and armed
hostilities ensue
once the govern-
ment signed a
peace agreement
with the Moro Is-
lamic Liberation
Front.
Wipe them
out. You have to
wage war in or-
der to win peace,
said Estrada, who
claimed that the
only way to put an end to the
Muslim rebellion and the com-
munist insurgency was to con-
tinue ghting the rebels.
Estrada, who was deposed
in 2007 after being convicted of
plunder, but was later pardoned
by President Gloria Macapa-
gal-Arroyo, in 2000 declared
an all-out war on the MILF,
and after three months the mili-
tary captured Camp Abubakar,
the headquarters
of the Moro Is-
lamic Liberation
Front.
That camp and
13 other major
camps and 43 mi-
nor MILF camps
fell and came un-
der the control of
the Armed Forc-
es, but the MILF
continued its in-
surgency. When
Estrada was con-
victed of plunder, the Muslim
clerics said he received his just
deserts as his conviction was
part of the murkah he would
suffer for eating roast pork and
drinking beer inside an Arabic
By Gigi Muoz-David
THE Youth group Anakbayan on
Sunday urged the Commission
on Elections to disqualify Palace-
backed party-list groups and to stop
giving them special treatment in
its campaign to purge the party-list
system of groups that are not com-
plying with the law.
Anakbayan national chairman
Vencer Crisostomo called on the
poll body to disqualify Akbayan,
the Black and White Movement,
and several other party-list groups
with close ties to Malacaang and
with members holding appointive
government positions.
If the Comelec wont disqual-
ify the Palace-backed [party-list
groups], then the campaign to get
rid bogus [party-list groups] would
be selective and pointless, Crisos-
tomo said in a statement.
By Ronnie Nathanielsz
CARSON CITYWorld Boxing
Organization super bantamweight
titlist Nonito Donaire dominated
World Boxing Council champion
emeritus Toshiaki Nishioka of Ja-
pan, dropping him twice before
scoring a ninth-round technical
knockout when referee Raul Caiz
Jr. stopped the contest just as the
Japanese corner was about to
throw in the towel before a crowd
of over 7,600 fans at the Home
Depot Center here in Carson City,
California.
On the eve of the ght, Donaire
decided to relinquish his Interna-
tional Boxing Federation title be-
cause of the sanction fees of over
$30,000 he was being asked to pay.
Also, he would have to make a
mandatory defense in his next ght
against the winner of a title elimina-
tor between Takalani Ndlovu and
Alejandro Lopez, which was not an
attractive proposition.
By Florante S. Solmerin
THE draft framework agree-
ment with the Moro Islamic
Liberation Front is useless in
getting the Communist Party of
the Philippines-New Peoples
Army to the negotiating table,
National Democratic Front of
the Philippines chief negotiator
Luis Jalandoni said Sunday.
The propaganda of the GPH
[Government of the Philippines]
on the signing of this Frame-
work next week is to pressure
the NDFP to agree on a ceasere
and resume formal GPH-NDFP
peace negotiations, he said in
a statement released by the CPP
Bureau.
First, Jalandoni said, the gov-
ernment should comply with
the basic binding GRP/GPH
bilateral agreements such as
the Joint Agreement on Safety
and Immunity Guarantees and
the Comprehensive Agreement
on Respect for Human Rights
and International Humanitarian
Law.
By Joyce Pangco Paares
THE government on Sunday
pulled out all the stops for more
than 200 leaders and members
of the Moro Islamic Liberation
Front who will join at least 600
other guests to witness the sign-
ing of a historic framework peace
agreement in Malacaang today.
Some 156 MILF members,
led by its chairman Murad Ebra-
him and chief negotiator Mo-
hagher Iqbal, ew to Manila on
a chartered Philippine Airlines
ight on Sunday afternoon from
Awang, Cotabato, while 50 oth-
ers took a commercial ight.
Presidential peace adviser
Teresita Deles said they will be
billeted at a hotel somewhere
along Roxas Boulevard.
She declined to give the ex-
act location for security reasons,
even as she conrmed that it
will not be at the Manila Hotel,
which is logistically closest to
Malacaang.
ANALYSIS
By Francisco S. Tatad
NOT all the questions have
been asked and answered
about the Framework
Agreement to be signed
today between the Philip-
pine government and the
Moro Islamic Liberation
Front, but it appears certain
the founding chairman of
the Moro National Libera-
tion Front and members of
the newly minted Moro Is-
lamic Freedom Movement,
a breakaway faction of the
MILF, will not just let it
pass.
Supporters of the agree-
ment call MNLF chairman
Nur Misuari and the others
spoilers for opposing
it. But if their published
threats and warnings are
to be believed, renewed
unrest rather than peace
could break out in Mind-
anao after the agreement is
signed. How to make sure
this does not happen is the
administrations biggest
challenge.
National and interna-
tional public opinion is in
favor of peace. But just as
there was no way the gov-
ernment could prevent the
MILF from spoiling the
game in 1996 when the
government nally made
peace with the MNLF, and
Misuari ran for governor of
ARMM unopposed, there
may not be much it can do
to prevent the MNLF and
the MIFM from erecting
new obstacles to peace.
It is easy enough to un-
derstand Misuaris griev-
ance. For it seems quite
clear the MILF is getting
its Bangsamoro package at
the expense of the MNLF,
for whom the Autonomous
Region in Muslim Mindan-
ao was rst written into the
Constitution in 1987 and
then established by an act of
Congress in 1989, after the
Marcos government failed
to faithfully implement the
1976 Tripoli agreement to
Misuaris satisfaction. And
all was happening without
prior and adequate consul-
tation.
Will the peace accord bring peace?
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By Joyce P. Paares
PRESIDENTIAL
peace adviser Teres-
ita Deles on Sunday
urged everyone to
support a framework
agreement that the
government will sign
with the Muslim reb-
els today, saying it
was aimed at ending
decades of warfare
in Mindanao.
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CUSTOMS agents arrested a
foreigner at the Ninoy Aquino
International Airport on Friday
for carrying a package contain-
ing seven baby ball pythons
from Indonesia.
The pythons were concealed
in a shipment of toy cars
weighing five kilograms, Cus-
toms agent Byron Carbonell
told Customs Commissioner
Ruffy Biazon.
Officials said the package
arrived in Manila on Oct. 11,
and that the following day its
consignee, Yuki Arabia, 33, ar-
rived to claim it.
Carbonell said Arabia was
acting suspiciously while car-
rying the package, prompting
him and his men to accost him.
They then discovered the py-
thons and arrested him.
Officials said the Bureau of
Customs would be turning over
the reptiles to the Environment
Department.
They said the pythons were
likely to have been sold here
in the Philippines, and that the
reptiles could have fetched as
much as P11,000 each in the
black market.
Smuggler
of baby
pythons
arrested
Enrile...
During the public hearings
conducted by Rectos commit-
tee, Enrile said he had repeat-
edly cited the need for a reason-
able approach to the imposition
of additional taxes so that com-
panies that will be affected will
not close down, hurting employ-
ees and their families.
Let us look at the overall im-
pact [of the new taxes] includ-
ing [their effect on] the consum-
ing public, Enrile said, noting
that higher prices for cigarettes
would also hurt workers who
use them to relieve stress.
While anti-tobacco advocates
blasted Recto for his recommenda-
tion to cut the tax take from P30 bil-
lion in the House-approved version
of the bill to only P15 billion, tobac-
co farmers and their representatives
praised the senator.
We thank Senator Recto
because he did not ignore our
sector in crafting a better tax
proposal than the one passed in
the House where our views were
not even heard, said Philippine
Tobacco Growers Association
president Saturnino Distor.
While it is easy to just go with
the flow and agree with what the
government wants, it is difficult
to be balanced, just and truthful,
Distor said. Recto chose to do
what is difficult because this is the
right thing to do.
Small cigarette manufacturers
like Associated Anglo Ameri-
can Tobacco Corp. also thanked
Recto for considering the inter-
ests of local players.
Both groups, however,
pressed for even lower taxes on
tobacco products.
Distor said the increases pro-
posed by Recto, especially on
low-priced cigarettes which make
up 60 percent of the total market,
was still too high with a 120 per-
cent hike in the first year alone.
We appeal to the senators
to draft a final version that sets
moderate and gradual increases.
Any significant drop in the vol-
umes of low-priced cigarettes
would seriously affect the live-
lihood of small tobacco farmers
and workers, said Distor.
Dy said the 120 percent in-
crease was still high, but much
better than the 700 percent in-
crease recommended by the
House version.
He said that Recto pointed
out in his speech that under a
regime of super high sin taxes,
the local players will be taxed to
extinction, or elbowed out of the
market by foreign-made tobacco
and alcohol products.
Senator Recto is right in say-
ing that the void this will create
in the market will be filled by
smugglers, he said.
With Maricel V. Cruz
Comelec...
They would just be cover-
ing up for and giving advan-
tage to the Aquino party-lists.
On Oct. 11, the Comelec dis-
qualified seven more party-list
groups to add to the 13 it simi-
larly disqualified on Oct. 10 for
not representing marginalized
or underprivileged sectors.
The common denominator
was the lack of sector repre-
sentation or multi-sector rep-
resentation, because the posi-
tion of the commission is that
when you represent more than
one sector, you;re actually rep-
resenting everybody, in which
case you fall under the regular
congressional district, Come-
lec Chairman Sixto Brillantes
Jr. said.
Still, the following day the
election watchdog Kontra
Daya welcomed the govern-
ments move to purge the par-
ty-list system of opportunists,
but said the poll bodys deci-
sion to remove those represent-
ing many sectors could deprive
the people deserving of repre-
sentation.
The group said the poll body
should remove only those par-
ties that were not representing
the marginalized and under-
represented sectors.
Crisostomo said they were
prepared to pursue the cases
against Akbayan and other Pal-
ace-backed party-list groups
and to campaign for real peo-
ples representation.
He said various groups
would be marching on the
Comelec today to call for the
disqualification of Palace-
backed party-list groups.
Brilliantes has been quoted
as saying that having mem-
bers in government positions
does not disqualify a party-list
group, and in reference to Ak-
bayan.
Crisostomo disagreed.
We cannot fathom how
Comelec can see nothing
scandalous with Malacanang
appointees running for party-
list, he aid.
The party-list law clearly
prohibits government-funded
entities and groups with non-
marginalized leaders and nom-
inees from joining.
All...
Murad and other high-ranking
MILF leaders will be given lim-
ousines as their official vehicles
during their three-day stay in
Manila, while the other mem-
bers of the former secessionist
group will be brought to the Pal-
ace in private buses.
We extended our hospitality
to them, Deles said in a phone
interview.
There were no extraordinary
requests on the part of the MILF,
Deles said, except that the food
and beverages to be served dur-
ing the ceremony be halal---
which means no pork and no al-
coholic drinks for all the guests.
The guest list also reflects
the importance of the landmark
agreement that will pave the way
for a new political entity called
Bangsamoro to replace the Au-
tonomous Region in Muslim
Mindanao and end nearly two
decades of armed struggle by
the MILF in the countrys south-
ern region.
The signing will take place in
Malacaangs Ceremonial Hall,
and will be witnessed by Malay-
sian Prime Minister Najib Abdul
Razak and Organization of Islam-
ic Conference secretary general
Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, who both
arrived in Manila on Sunday.
Ihsanoglus presence is par-
ticularly crucial as it gives cre-
dence to the agreement within
the Islamic community. The
OIC so far only recognizes the
Moro National Liberation Front,
which has been given observer
status by the group. It is also
brokering the unity talks be-
tween the MNLF and the MILF.
Malaysia, on the other hand,
has served as third-party facili-
tator of the peace talks between
the government and the MILF
since 2001 and head of the In-
ternational Monitoring Team
since 2004.
This will be Najibs first visit
to the Philippines since he as-
sumed his post three years ago.
He will lay a wreath at the
Rizal Park Monday morning be-
fore proceeding to Malacaang
for his bilateral meeting with
President Benigno Aquino III at
10 am. Joining him are his his
wife Rosmah Mansor, Foreign
Minister Anifah bin Haji Aman,
International Trade and Indus-
try Minister Mustapa bin Mo-
hamed, and Defense Minister
Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
A state luncheon will be host-
ed by Mr. Aquino, which will be
followed by the signing of the
framework deal.
Aside from the VIPs attend-
ing, the presence of a contingent
of the MNLF is equally impor-
tant, and especially in light of
the recent statements from its
former chairman, Nur Misuari,
who is opposing the framework
agreement.
Deles said the MNLF mem-
bers attending the signing cer-
emony will be led by Cotabato
City Vice Gov. Muslimin Sema,
who heads the Council of the 15
that ousted Misuari in 2008.
The members of the diplomat-
ic corps in Manila, lawmakers,
key Bangsamoro stakeholders,
and business groups have also
confirmed their attendance to
the event.
Deles described the ceremony
as both dignified and celebra-
tory.
I do not know if I could get
some sleep before the event,
she said, perhaps not out of
excitement but because of the
preparations for the signing.
There will be an interfaith
prayer to start the event, fol-
lowed by speeches from Murad,
Najib, and President Aquino in
that order.
Government chief negotiator
Marvic Leonen and Iqbal will
then sign the agreement.
Aside from the establishment
of the Bangsamoro, the agree-
ment also covers the disarma-
ment and reintegration of the
MILF rebels in several phases
until 2016 in a bid to end two
decades of conflict in the coun-
trys southern region.
With Jonathan Fernandez
Donaire...
Failure to comply would have
meant being stripped of the title.
Unfortunately for Donaire,
Nishioka refused to engage in the
first five rounds, which caused
the fans to boo, since they had
just been treated to an almost
certain Fight of the Year win-
ner in a brutal, action-packed
war between Mike Alvarado and
Brandon Bam Bam Rios, who
won by a stunning seventh-round
TKO.
While there was never a mo-
ment in the Rios-Alvarado fight
when both men were not throw-
ing vicious punches, there were
long moments of little action in
the Donaire-Nishioka fight, with
the Japanese southpaw hellbent
on protecting himself from the
deadly left hook of the Filipino
and refusing to do battle.
That was until the Japanese
was dropped in the sixth round
by a perfectly timed left uppercut
from Donaire.
Nishioka beat the count of
eight and suddenly, either out of
pride or necessity, began to let
his hands go. And although he
never once hurt Donaire, at least
the fans cheered as the two fight-
ers began to mix it up.
Donaire hurt his left hand ear-
ly on and at the end of the bout,
showed his handwraps soaked in
blood in a repeat of what hap-
pened when he won the WBO
super bantamweight title against
Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. last Febru-
ary in San Antonio, Texas.
Feeling the pain, Donaire re-
alized that his right hand with
which he had caught Nishioka
a couple of times earlier in the
fight was to become his main
weapon of destruction.
As Nishioka upped the tempo
of his efforts to recover after
failing to win a single round
and losing the sixth by a 10-8
score because of the knockdown,
Donaire lulled him into making
the one mistake that cost him the
fight.
Midway in the ninth, Donaire
backed off against the ropes and
encouraged Nishioka, who threw
a couple of punches, to move for-
ward, before unleashing a right
straight that sent the Japanese
crashing to the canvas.
Although he beat the count,
Nishioka was wobbly and
didnt seem to know where he
was as Donaire pounced on
him, threw one more punch
before referee Caiz Sr. stepped
in and called a halt at 1:54 of
the ninth round, just as the
Japanese corner was about to
throw in the towel.
Reds...
The JASIG requires the
GPH to release 13 NDFP Con-
sultants in GPH prisons. The
CARHRIHL requires the release
of political prisoners who have
been charged, detained or con-
victed for common crimes in
violation of the Hernandez po-
litical offense doctrine, he said.
There are some 385 politi-
cal prisoners, 107 of them ar-
rested and detained under the
current Aquino regime.
According to Jalandoni, the
draft framework agreement re-
mains very tentative, pending
discussions by the panels.
There are still major points
to be negotiated, namely Power
Sharing, Wealth Sharing, Transi-
tional Arrangements and Modali-
ties, and Normalization. These
have to be negotiated in detail and
put down in four annexes which
will form part of the framework
agreement. The current draft con-
tains certain dangers, he said.
There is a lot of dependence
on the GPH executive and leg-
islative branches, he added,
adding that GPH panel head
Marvic Leonen had said the
framework agreement must be
in accord with the Constitution
and legal processes.
Jalandoni expressed suspi-
cion over the Aquino adminis-
trations timing.
It [the government] is mak-
ing it a big propaganda to
cover up the basic problems of
the Filipino people, such as the
series of oil price hikes, soar-
ing prices of basic commodi-
ties, demolitions of urban poor
communities, lack of genuine
land reform and national in-
dustrialization, and violation of
national sovereignty in allow-
ing US military intervention
in the country. He also hopes
to use the targeted signing by
the end of this year of the de-
finitive Framework Agreement
with the four annexes to ben-
efit his candidates in the next
elections, he said.
Give...
In an interview over radio dzBB,
Deles also said some officials of
the MNLF already agreed with
the government on the need to
create a new Bangsamoro political
entity to replace the Autonomous
Region in Muslim Mindanao.
They agree with the process.
We have been telling them that
the MNLF will be acknowledged
in the process, Deles said. We
hope that Nur Misuari will see
that what Bangsamoro aims for
is peace.
In Zamboanga City, Misuari as-
sured Sulu Gov. Abdusakur Tan
that the MNLF would not go to war
even though it opposed the frame-
work agreement with the MILF.
I was misunderstood. What I
said was the framework might be
a recipe for a crisis, which may
include war, Misuari said during
a meeting with Tan who sought
him out on Saturday amid worries
that war would break out in Sulu
province, the traditional center of
power of the MNLF.
If I want hostilities to resume,
why would I announce it? A per-
son who understands war knows
that the element of surprise is
very important; I would have
kept silent if that was what my
intention was, Tan quoted Mis-
uari as saying.
After the signing of the frame-
work agreement today, Mr. Aqui-
no will issue an executive order
creating a transition commission
that will draft a bill to create the
new autonomous Bangsamoro po-
litical entity, Deles said.
The President would certify the
bill as urgent so that the new au-
tonomous region would be estab-
lished before the 2016 elections.
Deles said the commission
would have until 2015 to finish the
proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law,
which will still need to be ratified
through a plebiscite.
Under the framework deal, the
Bangsamoro will have the areas
within the Autonomous Region in
Muslim Mindanao as its core ter-
ritory.
It will also cover the munici-
palities of Baloi, Munai, Nunun-
gan, Pantar, Tagoloan and Tang-
kal in the province of Lanao del
Norte and all other barangays in
the municipalities of Kabacan,
Carmen, Aleosan, Pigkawayan,
Pikit, and Midsayap that voted
for inclusion in the ARMM dur-
ing the 2001 plebiscite; and the
cities of Cotabato and Isabela.
All other contiguous areas
where there is a resolution of the
local government unit or a peti-
tion of at least 10 percent of the
qualified voters asking for their
inclusion at least two months
prior to the conduct of the ratifi-
cation of the Bangsamoro Basic
Law may also be included.
Also on Sunday, Senator Pan-
filo Lacson expressed misgivings
over the creation of another police
force under the Bangsamoro state.
Lacson said he was worried
that the new police force might
not acknowledge that the Presi-
dent is their commander-in-chief
and act on their own.
He also noted that while the
MILF was supposed to surrender
its firearms, these would likely be
used by their own police force.
Lacson also reiterated con-
cerns that other splinter groups
would emerge and reignite the
war in Mindanao, much as the
MILF did when it split from the
MNLF.
Senator Loren Legarda ex-
pressed the hope that todays
agreement would bring the long-
elusive peace in Mindanao.
She added that massive chal-
lenges remained, however.
Mindanao is home to six of
the 10 poorest provinces and 17
of the 20 poorest municipalities
in the country. Armed conflicts
since the 1970s have cost at least
120,000 lives and in 2000-2001
alone, 985,412 persons have been
displaced. The World Bank esti-
mates that investment deflection
not only from conflict-afflicted ar-
eas but from Mindanao as a whole
increased the economic cost of the
Mindanao conflict to more than
$10 billion during the years 1975
2002, she said.
Against this backdrop, all Fili-
pinos should welcome the op-
portunity for peace and prosper-
ity, she said.
The Bangsa Moro Solidarity
Movement based in Metro Ma-
nila supported the framework
agreement.
Who would not want peace?
We, Muslims, want to lead a
peaceful life. We hope the peace
talk is a step forward to achieve
peace which is our goal and that
of the Philippine government,
said Charlie Lais, secretary gen-
eral of the group.
We expect a fair and equi-
table share of taxation and rev-
enues, Lais said.
In a separate telephone inter-
view, Fatima Kanakan, executive
director of the ARMM-Office for
Southern Cultural Communities,
said her group would support the
landmark agreement to create
a Bangsamoro entity.
This is the product of a pro-
tracted struggle to be recog-
nized, she said.
With Macon Ramos-Araneta
Wipe...
school to celebrate the fall of
Abubakar.
Estrada on Sunday lamented
the governments decision to
give back to the rebels the 46
MILF camps, including Abu-
bakar, in Mindanao that were
successfully overrun by the mil-
itary when he was President.
He said it was a wrong for
the government to give up the
46 camps and give their control
back to the rebels because that
allowed them to regroup and
consolidate their forces.
The peace agreement and peace
talks with the Muslim rebels will
never work, Estrada said.
After you talk peace with
them, another group will crop
up and wage war against the
government. I should know. I
tried talking to them too, but it
did not work.
The Muslim rebels demand
secession. There are those who
will agree to sign peace now, but
definitely, others will not and
they will form another group
if they havent yet as the peace
agreement is being signed.
Dealing with the communist
insurgents is even easier. You
simply grant them what they
demand like agrarian reform,
programs to alleviate poverty,
livelihood programs and there
will be peace, they will give up
their arms.
Based on his experience as
President, Estrada said, he had
already shown that the govern-
ment was capable of completely
crushing its enemies.
The enemies were complete-
ly defeated under my leadership
as commander in chief, he said.
We had good generals. With-
out much bloodshed, the MILF
camps, all 46 of them, were tak-
en over by the government. But
now, these camps are back in the
hands of the MILF.
News
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House approval of P2.6-T budget set
Political de ja vu in C. Luzon
Charges vs. Lee remain
Filipinos scavenge for food in Saudi Arabia

IN BRIEF
Generous serving. Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Ofce chief Magarita Juico
distributes emergency medical kits and relief goods to residents of San Vicente Central,
Urdaneta City in Pangasinan. JOSEPH MUEGO
Whats in the garbage. Filipino workers go through the trash to search for food in Al-Khobar, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. At
least 10 migrant laborers, who stopped reporting to their employer in July because of abuse and contract violations, are left
without means to support themselves. MIGRANTE Middle East
Pipe dreams. Two boys enjoy a make-believe disney world on Mother
Ignacia Avenue in Quezon City amid contruction materials for a drainage
project. MANNY PALMERO
By Ferdie G. Domingo
CABANATUAN CITYTheres
a sense of de ja vu in the pairings
for the gubernatorial and vice gu-
bernatorial slates in two major
provinces of Central Luzon.
In Nueva Ecija and Aurora, re-
spectively, a Joson-Joson tandem
and an Angara-Angara team-up have
been elded for the May 2013 polls,
remiiniscent of the 2007 race.
First district Rep. Josie Manuel-
Joson is running for governor against
incumbent Aurelio Umali with her
brother-in-law, ex-vice governor
Eduardo IV as running mate.
Manuel-Joson, wife of Quezon
Mayor Mariano Cristino, concludes
four terms as congresswoman in
the rst district which the Joson
clan has ruled since 1998.
The Josons have reportedly of-
fered the post of vice governor to
other allies to face off Vice Gov.
Jose Gay Padiernos.
Among those considered were
former vice governor Oscar Tinio,
former fourth district Rep. Julita
Lorenzo-Villareal and business-
man Antonio Chua.
Tinio is the father of Manuel-Jo-
sons townmate, Gapan City Mayor
Christian Tinio. The elder Tinio was
once the running mate of former gov-
ernors Tomas Joson III and Eduardo
Nonato Joson but left them in 1998.
The elder Tinio is best remem-
bered for defeating actor Robin
Padilla on a landslide in 1995.
Lorenzo-Villareal challenged
Tomas III in the 2004 for governor
but lost. Chua is the father of Vol-
taire Chua who lost in the 2007 third
congressional derby to Umalis wife,
third district Rep. Czarina Umali.
In 2007, the Josons paired
Mariano Cristino with Tomas IIIs
son, then-board member Edward
Thomas against Umali and Jose
Taruc V, son and namesake of
broadcaster Joe Taruc.
By Rey Requejo
THE Department of Justice said on Sun-
day the possible downgrading of charges
of massive fraud against multi-millionaire
real estate developer Deln Lee was not
yet nal and the government have other
recourse to put him and the others behind
bars for a long time.
Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said
government lawyers have asked the Court
of Appeals to reconsider its decision clear-
ing one of the ve ofcers of Lees Asia-
tique Realty Holdings, which allegedly
used ghost borrowers to obtain P6.6 billion
loan from a government housing agency.
The charges against Deln Lee et al
remain to be syndicated estafa, hence, non-
bailable. The Court of Appeals decision has
not attained nality yet, De Lima ssaid.
The recent decision of the Court of Ap-
peals to clear Christina Sagun, the com-
pany documentation head, could lead to
downgrading of charges of syndicated
estafa against Lee and the others. Syndi-
cated estafa is a non-bailable offense that
requires ve principal accused.
Lee has been a fugitive from justice
since the court ordered his arrest last
year. The three other accused include
Lees son, Dexter.
De Lima said the court,s decision dis-
missing the charges against Christina Sa-
gun may have legal implication on the
case against Lee and the others but its ef-
fect on the case, which is being tried at the
Makati trial court, will not be immediate.
Government prosecutors claimed Lee
and the four others conspired to get a P6.6
billion from Pag-IBIG Fund using ghost
borrowers false pretenses and fraudulent
acts or means.
One of the accused, legal department
employee Alex Alvarez, said batches of
documents were brought to the company
and notarized without the borrowers ap-
pearing in person.
But the Court said government prose-
cutors failed to proved during the prelimi-
nary investigation there was no sufcient
evidence against Sagun, the company doc-
umentation head.
The evidence is utterly insufcient to
prove her knowledge or participation in the
alleged fraudulent acts of Globe Asiatique
and its ofcers. The Department of Justice
erred in nding probable cause to indict her
of the crime of syndicated estafa or even
simple estafa, said the court ruling penned
by Associate Justice Angelita Gacutan.
By Ronald O. Reyes
BREAKFAST, lunch and dinner for
10 overseas Filipino workers in Saudi
Arabia come straight from the dump.
An advocacy group based in Mid-
dle East said they are stranded in Al-
Khobar, eastern part of the kingdom,
Saudi Arabia, having stopped work
last July over their employers al-
leged malpractices.
The 10 OFWs went through the
garbage hoping that they could look for
food or something that is edible, said
Migrante-Middle East regional coordi-
nator John Leonard Monterona, citing
on-site reports.
They were identied as Bonifacio
Bayubay, Perlito Garcia, Marlon Cier-
vo, John Ryan Lupega, Ronie Ville-
gas, Demetrio Galia, Rodel Lonsame,
Percival Bibat Jr., Wilfred Elbanol,
and Jonathan Querido, all deployed
by YHMD International Manpower
Services, with last known address is
Ground Floor, Gedisco Center, 1564
A. Mabini St., Ermita, Manila.
The contract was for construction
workers and some equipment opera-
tor/technician undewr the Ali-Fahad
Al Huraish Establishment based in Al-
Hasa, Saudi Arabia.
According to Monterona, the work-
ers led a complaint before PH labor
attach Adam Musa on contract substi-
tution, illegal salary deduction, salary
downgrading, no sick leave and medi-
cal insurance.
Also listed in the charge sheet were
delayed payment of salary, driving
without ofcial drivers license, non-
payment of overtime work, working
more than 8-hour a day, poor accom-
modation, no bathroom and no drink-
ing water.
Labor Attache Musa, after sev-
eral case dialogues, is convincing the
OFWs to go back to their work and for-
get their complaints, Monterona said.
This is gross negligence on the part
of Labor Attache Mus, he said. It is
his foremost duty to provide whatever
assistance the distress OFWs need such
as guiding them, including documenta-
tion, in ling labor case versus their
employer.
Key to cancer survival
TIMELY detection of breast cancer is a key to
survival and women needs help to cover the
cost of early treatment, the Philippine Health
Insurance (Philhealth) said on Sunday.
Philhealth President and Chief Executive
Ofcer Eduardo Banzon said breast cancer
remain the major cause of cancer deaths in
the country, and he called on its members
and dependents to avail of the P100,000-
benet package in any of the 20 Philhealth-
contracted hospitals nationwide.
Breast cancer is an awfully nasty disease
that destroys women at the prime of their
lives. We are absolutely determined to help
our women ght this disease, Banzon said.
Breast cancer has overtaken lung cancer
as the leading cause of cancer mortality in
the country. One out of four Filipino women
diagnosed with breast cancer die inside ve
years, and four out of 10 expire within a de-
cade, according to the Health Department.
But breast accounts for 16 percent of
all types of cancer that affect both men and
women. Cancer of the lung, liver, cervix,
colon, thyroid, rectum, ovary, prostate,
and non-Hodgkin lymphoma comprise
the rest. Macon Ramos-Araneta
Crafting laws online
BAGUIO CITYSenator Teosto Guin-
gona III wants people to comment on pend-
ing bills through e-mail and the Internet to
prevent a repeat of insertions made by some
senators in the Anti-Cyber Crime law.
He said the bill, The Crowd Sourcing
Act of 2012, would allow the public to
access copies of measures pending before
Congress for more extensive scrutiny.
Guingona keynoted a forum on legisla-
tion in the digital environment.
The bill extends the peoples right of
participation to include the ability to reach
their congress persons and senators even
during the period of interpulation and de-
bates, Guingona told Manila Standard.
From Batanes to Tawi-Tawi, people
must be allowed to actively participate
in the process of law-making.
Dexter A. See
Power deal signed
SN Aboitiz Power-Magat signed a Power
Supply Agreement with Ifugao Electric
Cooperative, Isabela II Electric Coopera-
tive and Quirino Electric Cooperative re-
cently in Makati City.
The contracts stipulate time-of-use
rates and sourcing 30 megawatts from
from Magat Hydroelectric Power Plant
subject to approval of the Energy Regula-
tory Commission.
SNAP-Magat president and chief ex-
ecutive Emmanuel Rubio and vice presi-
dent for Marketing, Trading and Com-
mercial Operations Ralph Crisologo were
joined in the signing by IFELCO general
manager Jaime Pe Benito Jr. and presi-
dent Antonio Padduyao; ISELCO II gen-
eral manager David Siquian and president
Walfrido Binag; and QUIRELCO general
manager Jimmy Tumacder and chairman
Plaridel Uao. Jessica Melad Bacud
No cuts. No realignments,
said Cavite Rep. Joseph Abaya,
chairman of the House Com-
mittee on Appropriations and
concurrent Transportation and
Communications Secretary.
But House Minority Leader
Danilo Suarez said minority
members wanted to re-align P5
billion of the P317 billion pork
barrel fund of the president
known as the Speical Purpose
Fund (SPF).
Its just a minimal amount,
nothing earthshaking, just close
to P5 billion that we wanted re-
aligned from the P317 billion
SPF, Suarez said.
The House is expected to
pass the P2.006 trillion budget
on third and nal reading today
and its Senate counterpart will
be discussed in the bicameral
conference committee before a
nal version can be submitted to
the President for approval.
Congress will go on a three-
week Halloween break starting
on Wednesday. The sessions will
resume on November 5.
The House had to rush ap-
proval of the budget so it can be
immediately transmitted to the
Senate and so they can tackle
it in the committee level even
while Congress is on a Hallow-
een break, Suarez said.
Suarez and former National
Treasurer Leonor Briones have
been vocal against the secrecy
that shrouded the presidents
SPF, which was solely under the
discretion of Aquino.
Suarez said the Budget De-
partment nally transmitted to
the House details of what he
called hidden and vague SPF,
which would be presented to
members before its approval
today.
He said the minority would
still try to seek realignments
and raise the issue before the
plenary when the budget is
presented for approval on third
and nal reading.
If the House would not al-
low the amendments and re-
alignments, we can raise the is-
sue with our counterparts in the
bicameral conference commit-
tee, Suarez said.
By Christine Herrera
THE majority bloc in the House of
Representatives rejected on Sunday
amendments to the proposed P2.006
trillion budget but opposition mem-
bers said they would still seek cuts in
President Aquinos P317 billion pork
barrel fund.
Opinion Adelle Chua, Editor
ManilaStandardToday
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A4
WE welcome the recent move
by the Commission on Elec-
tions to crack down on the
widespread abuse of the party-
list system, but the poll au-
thorities will need to pursue
this task with more clarity and
consistency to remove any hint
of partiality.
So far, the poll body has
canceled the accreditation
of the top-ranking party-list
group in the 2010 elections,
Ako Bicol, and 12 other or-
ganizations. Over the weekend,
it announced its intention to
disqualify seven more, cit-
ing their inability to meet the
requirements set out under
the Comelecs latest party-list
guidelines.
Ako Bicol, which has three
representatives in the House,
protested the Comelecs deci-
sion and said it would seek re-
lief before the Supreme Court,
an avenue that many other
similarly situated groups might
also take before the purge is
through.
Part of the problem with the
ongoing party-list purge is that
the guidelines as spelled out in
Comelec Resolution 9366 of
Feb. 21, 2012 are general, vague
and open to interpretation.
For example, Section 3 of
Rule 1 lists the four types of
organizations that may partici-
pate in party-list elections: 1)
sectoral parties; 2) sectoral or-
ganizations; 3) political parties;
and 4) coalitions. Although an
attempt is made to dene each,
the descriptions are of such a
general nature that they can
be used to justify almost any
group, however absurd.
For example, a sectoral
organization is dened as a
group of qualied voters bound
together by similar physical
attributes or characteristics or
by employment, interests or
concerns. This denition is
so broad that it would qualify
any group, regardless of what
it might possibly contribute to
the national discourse or leg-
islation. A recent example that
springs to mind is a group of
convicted prisoners who claim
they are innocent.
Rule 2 Section 2 spells out
conditions that might warrant
a challenge to a groups regis-
tration as a party-list organiza-
tion, but again, these fall short
of guarding against the kind of
abuse that we have seen.
Finally, Rule 4 lists the quali-
cations of party-list nominees
and seems to be quite denitive
in who may and may not be
one. Section 7, for example,
states that the nominee must
be a Filipino citizen who be-
longs to the marginalized and
underrepresented sector which
his sectoral party, organiza-
tion, political party or coalition
seeks to represent.
Will this nally stop politi-
cians and their scions from
masquerading as party-list
representatives to gain a seat
in Congress? Perhaps not, as a
later portion of the rules state
that the nominees need to pro-
vide evidence that they truly
belong to the marginalized and
underrepresented sectors, the
sectoral party, organization,
political party or coalition they
seek to represent. In other
words, a rich congressman may
not belong to the marginalized
or underrepresented sector
he claims to represent (say,
security guards and tricycle
drivers), but as long as he can
prove that he is a legitimate
member of their group, he can
still take his seat in Congress
on their behalf.
Neither the rules nor the
Comelec have done anything
to assure the public that the
process of weeding out bogus
party-list groups will be non-
partisan and that it will be
fairly applied.
Will the poll body, for ex-
ample, finally put its foot
down on the Black and White
Movement, a political group
with strong ties to and inu-
ence within the Aquino admin-
istration? With at least three
members in high-prole and
powerful Cabinet posts, can
this group even be considered
a marginalized or underrep-
resented group? What is the
rationale, if any can be found,
for justifying its registration as
a regional political party?
The party-list system insti-
tuted by our Constitution is a
mineeld of potential abuse.
Notwithstanding the recent
purge, the Comelec has done
little so far to navigate us
safely through this dangerous
terrain.
Better party-list rules needed
Entity
THE government triumphantly an-
nounced that peace in Mindanao,
after decades of acrimony and in-
ternecine conflict, was just around
the bend. Marvic Leonen, head of
the government panel, had appar-
ently succeeded in hammering out
a deal with the representatives of
Muslim Mindanao. It is a mark of
the precocious, precarious and ten-
tative entente that Bangsamoro is
thus far called an entity. While
that indeed seems to be so un-ju-
ridical a category, it is in fact used
rather frequently
in international
law to refer to
entities that do
not fall neatly
into any of the
established cat-
egories of inter-
national law, as
when authorities
refer to enti-
ties analogous
to states. This
is used to refer
to those politi-
cal phenomena
that have many
of the attributes
of a State but are
not quite such,
as yet.
So, exactly what will Bangsam-
oro be? We are not a federal repub-
lic so it is clear that it cannot be a
state in the sense that the states of
the United States are states. Neither
will it be an autonomous region, be-
cause that is already what we have.
We have models for alternative mo-
dalities in Hong Kong and Macau
that are Special Administrative
Regions of the Peoples Republic
of China. Hong Kong has its own
Basic Law that is in fact the Consti-
tution of the SAR and places it in a
peculiar relation to Beijing, its bu-
reaucracy and even, perhaps most
importantly its economic system.
Peace has long been desired and
whatever felicitous results the re-
cent talks have come to, the years
of talks and dialogues initiated by
preceding administrations must be
duly acknowledged. But almost as
soon as the government announced
that a new, longed-for age was
dawning on Mindanao, we heard
sharp voices of dissent and protest.
Is Muslim Mindanao in fact a ho-
mogeneous body, that could have
been adequately represented by the
panel with which Marvics group
met? When another group splin-
ters and stockpiles on weapons suf-
ficiently to the government jitters,
shall we respond with the offer of
the creation of yet another entity?
Categories in international law
are fluid, because international
politics demands flexibility and the
willingness to compromise. True,
the Mindanao problem was a do-
mestic issue, but in several respects
it has involved international law.
Very like the innominate contract in
civil law that gives parties free rein
to stipulate and enter into relations
that may heretofore be unknown to
the law, entity
bespeaks of our
readiness to craft
a solution for
which there may
be no precedent.
But there is a
limit to what we
can concede. If
the Entity will
write its own
Constitution and
its own laws, the
prejudicial ques-
tion that needs
be resolved is
whether or not
our Constitution
allows for such
an entity. Aside
from the usual political subdivi-
sions familiar to us, the Charter al-
lows for the creation of autonomous
regions. But is it supple enough to
allow for an entity with even more
ample autonomy than that allowed
for autonomous regions?
How much, too, is Muslim Min-
danao willing to concede to main-
tain the integrity of the Republic?
I say this because I trust that it still
believes in one country. I am all
for negotiations and concessions,
but we sat in dialogue because we
loathed the prospect of a sundered
Philippines. It will therefore be
unacceptable that what we have
left after souvenir pictures are
taken and accords ceremoniously
signed to fanfare aplenty should
be a spectre of what, in the very
first place, we had set out to safe-
guard.
rannie_aquino@sanbeda.edu.ph
rannie_aquino@yahoo.com
rannie_aquino@csu.edu.ph
EDITORIAL
Better than the Houses schizoid version
THE sin tax reform bill reported by
the Senate ways and means committee
chaired by Senator Ralph Recto is cer-
tainly more realistic and more equitable
than the version railroaded by the House
of Representatives.
The House version, which is being
pushed by the British American Tobacco
maker of Lucky Strike and other inter-
national cigarette brands like Kent and
Pall Mallcan perhaps be best described
as schizoid.
The sin tax of BAT has a double per-
sonality. Some of its pushers in the House
as well as its supporters in the Senate say
its a revenue measure and they are saying
that if approved, it could raise P60 billion
in revenues a year. Others, however, insist
that its a health measure and it seeks to
cut down smoking and alcohol consump-
tion. It would thus reduce the burden on
the health system because it would bring
down the incidence of tobacco and alcohol-
related diseases.
They havent explained how their ver-
sion of the sin tax can raise P60 billion
when in the next breath they are saying
they want to reduce tobacco and alcohol
consumption.
BAT, the worlds second biggest
cigarette manufacturer, which abandoned
the Philippines a few years ago and now
wants to stage a comeback, is not con-
fused. It knows what it wants.
The sin tax that BAT worked hard
for the House of Representatives to ap-
prove grants the British company huge
tax concessions and gives Lucky Strike
(and other brands BAT will introduce in
the Philippines) special treatment at the
expense of locally produced brands.
Under the bill approved by the House,
mid-priced, high-priced and premium
brands will now be lumped together.
Mid-priced brands currently taxed P7.56
per pack will pay P28.30 on the rst year.
High-priced brands now paying P12 will
also pay P28.30 in taxes. BATs Lucky
Strike which now pays P28.30 will pay
the same amount in the rst year of the
bills implementation.
In the second year of implementa-
tion under the House version, all brands
whether mid-priced, high priced or
premium will be taxed P30 per pack.
This means that BATs brand will get
a six-percent increase during the entire
two-year transition period while total tax
hikes for high-priced brands will amount
to 150 percent and mid-priced brands will
have a 297-percent increase.
Low-priced cigarettes currently taxed
at P2.72 will be slapped with a P12 hike
under the House measure which trans-
lates to a 341 percent increase. In the
second year, low-priced cigarettes will
be taxed P22 per pack translated into a
708-percent increase in two years.
Local tobacco farmers say the House-
version of the sin tax will kill the
tobacco-growing industry as well as
threaten the jobs of workers in cigarette
manufacturing.
During the public hearings conducted
by the Senate, fears were expressed not
only by some of the resource persons but
by some senators that the imposition of
such high taxes on cigarettes would not
result in higher income for the govern-
ment but would only make smuggling of
cigarettes more rampant.
The Senate version of the sin tax cor-
rects the iniquities created by the House
version on cigarette taxes by adopting a
three-tiered scheme where cigarettes with
a net retail price of less than P15 would
be taxed P10.50, those priced between
P15 and P18 would be taxed P10.50 and
those priced at more than P18 would be
taxed P14.50.
The three-tiered system only reects
the reality of the market where there are
low, mid- and high-priced cigarettes that
pay low, mid and high tax rate. The three-
tiered system is competition-neutral and
imports like Lucky Strike can compete
in the high-priced category.
Under the Senate Committee Report,
the rate increases for tobacco and cigarettes
are still markedly higher compared to al-
cohol. In terms of sharing in incremental
revenue between tobacco and alcohol,
tobacco will contribute around P10.88 bil-
lion while alcohol (beer and distilled spirits
combined) will have a share of some P4.5
billion under the committee report.
All in all, however, there is a signi-
cant improvement in giving parity treat-
ment of tobacco versus alcohol.
Recto said that the Senate version of
the sin tax reform bill is a more reason-
able, realistic and responsible taxation
scheme than its counterpart HB 5727
passed by the House.
Some senators, including the feisty Sena-
tor Miriam Defensor Santiago, however disa-
gree. They insist that the Senate version is
an abject surrender to the very rich and very
powerful tobacco and alcohol lobby.
With the vow of Santiago to ght the
ways and means committee position on
the sin tax, we expect the fullment of the
prediction of Senate President Juan Ponce
Enrile who said the sin tax measure would
undergo a bloody Senate process.
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MOST of us have an innate talent at
peacemaking which we have failed to
develop into a skill. When tensions occur
among members of our family, or when
common friends are not in speaking
terms with one another, dont we try to
get in the middle and mediate between
them to patch up their differences? It
is as much human nature to want to
preserve harmony in relationships as it
is for conicts to happen.
This inherent nature in people to
want to make peace is what the Supreme
Courts Philippine Judicial Academy
has, for years now, been harnessing and
developing to help the Judiciary de-clog
its case loads and to speed up the judicial
process. Non-lawyers have been trained
and they qualied as mediators as, in
fact, their mindset is more attuned to
peacemaking than that of lawyers who
have been trained
at being advocates
for clients causes.
Conict, after
all, is inevitable
as long as two
or more persons
work or live
together, or are in
the company of
one another for
prolonged periods.
Because conict
is a natural human
occurrence, how
we handle them is
crucial to the peace
and harmony
in our homes,
workplaces and
social circles.
When left
unresolved, conict can lead to a plethora
of consequences such as silent ghting
as in giving the other a cold shoulder,
spreading rumors about the other; or
even violence. Thus, complaints reach
courts because defamation, physical
harm, or even death, occur out of a
conict. Among couples and spouses,
unresolved conict leads to separation
or petitions led in court for the
declaration of nullity of marriage or
other causes of action.
Yet, all these need not happen if we
consciously harness that inherent talent
for peacemaking which most people
possess. Formal training in mediation is
not a must for as long as we understand
the basic principles of conict and
communication.
First, we must accept that hurt
feelings, anger and hate do not go
away but, in fact, build up, until the
aggrieved person is able to vent them.
When he does, and begins to understand
why the conict arose, or sees remorse
in the other, the air gets cleared; he
is then able to forgive and move on.
But venting ones feelings of anger
at another can sometimes worsen the
problem unless someone else helps the
disputants or contending parties process
their emotions. This is so because when
only the disputants face off, they tend
to magnify what angered them and
use words that will hurt the other even
more. They tend to be defensive and
heap all the blame on the other. This is
where those with peacemaking abilities
can come in.
A would-be peacemaker or
mediator must, at all times, practice
neutrality and objectivity so that
neither of the parties would think that
he is siding with the other. He must
also show an ability to empathize with
the feelings of each one so that each
would feel understood, and thus, be
willing to open his feelings up to him.
How can a mediator effectively show
empathy yet not iname the parties
even more as they narrate how the
dispute occurred? He can re-frame
their expressions of anger and angst
into a more positive tone. For instance,
when a disputant says the other is
mean and always insults him before
other people, a mediator can say: I
understand that his words hurt you
because you thought he was insulting
you. Re-framing and restating an
aggrieved persons statements of
strong feelings are very powerful
tools for peacemakers and mediators.
When one repeats exactly what a
disputant says, it will not help open
the disputants
eyes to the
possibility that
he may just have
misunderstood
what the other
person meant.
Another tool
a peacemaker
can employ is
doing a private
caucus with
each disputant
separately. In
a caucus, a
mediator can
disclose to a
party his neutral
evaluation of
the dispute so
that a disputant
will see the
weaknesses or strengths of his
position. A private caucus gives the
mediator a chance to help a party test
the reality of a disputants demands
from the other. Here, the party is
given the chance to conde to the
mediator what he really wants and
how his issues can be addressed. For
a mediator to be effective, especially
in private caucuses, he must guarantee
that he would keep information he
obtains, condential, unless the
person tells him it is okay to let the
other party know what he learned.
Otherwise, the disputants would be
afraid to divulge information which
the mediator might convey to the
other. In a caucus, a mediator gets to
see the big picture which can help him
get the parties to end their conict.
Not every person is keen on getting
into the dirty job of conict resolution,
however. It takes time, a great deal
of patience and hard work. Yet, it is
rewarding and gives one a sense of
contributing something to society. Many
lawyers nd it difcult to mediate as it
requires a behavioral shift from being
adversarial to being a problem solver.
Yet, if lawyers desire an improvement
in the judicial system, they must help
de-clog court dockets and get into the
act of peacemaking in their own little
way or by becoming mediators.
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The rewards
of peacemaking
Formal training
in mediation is not
a must for as long
as we understand
the basic principles
of conict and
communication.
IN THE not-so-distant past, when armies
talk of peace, war drums roll.
This time I hope it will be different.
The peace will be for real and one that will
not just be a pause between hostilities.
Rather, it will be one that lasts.
The government is taking a leap of
faith with the forging of a framework
agreement with Muslim rebels, which
should hopefully evolve into a
permanentand principleddeal.
On the part of the Moro rebels, its a
very long leap out of a life of conict.
The tremendous dividends that are
in store for winning peace could not be
ignored.
Aside from nally getting a much-
deserved respite from a culture of
violence, troubled parts of Mindanao
could look forward to a diminished
poverty and an escalation of development
that has eluded the region for eons.
Mindanao has not only concealed
Muslim insurgents throughout the years
but also its potential to be a big regional
economic player. Its time for Mindanao
to join the growth bandwagon.
The list of investors and donors
lining up willing to transform Mindanao
into an economic powerhouse is a
testament to the vast potential lurking
under its belly.
Sadly, as government and Moro
rebels get ready to kickstart the peace
offensive with the formal signing in
Malacaang today, a restive minority
seems out to spoil the gains by making
their own noises.
For those who like the deal,
celebratory gunre can be tolerated. It is
also okay and in fact healthy for other
groups to express their opposition
through verbal pyrotechnics. They can
even carpet-bomb media with their
payload of press releases.
But please, no bombs of the real kind,
like the one that went off in Cagayan de
Oro. Memo to those who detonated it :
In winning the hearts and minds of the
people, real bombs are duds, and those
that throw them are looked down as
dumb and those who applaud them as
dumber.
The framework accord is expectedly
not without fundamental wrinkles and
therefore, should be criticized so it can
be cured. But a Molotov bomb is not
the way to destroy the bad parts. The
expression of contrary views should be
done in an environment of respect, trust
and restraint.
There can be some disagreement on
some parts of the accord but there should
be united condemnation of those who,
probably lacking the eloquence to air
their stand, would express them in the
language of violence.
***
In weeding out bogus party-list
candidates, the Commission on Elections
is remedying the nations nightmare with
the party-list experiment.
So far, the already rich
and inuential have gobbled up the seats
that should have been reserved for the
poor and the under-represented sectors.
We could only wish the Comelec
leadership all the best and the courage
to resist the temptation that always
accompanies any purging initiative.
The poll body should endeavor
mightily with its pogrom of fake
party-list groups until only genuinely
marginalized roam the halls of Congress.
If it wouldnt be too much to ask,
I would like to see representation for
people who really and literally dont
have a voicelike the deaf mutes. Such a
congressman, I believe, would be able to
hear the clamor of the people more and
articulate their longings better.
I also long to see the day that a person
on a wheelchair would be able to join
the limousine crowd in the Batasan. Or
a blind person answering the roll call
in the House in the hope that he or she
can illuminate the debates with the
crystal-clear perspective of one who
lives in the shadows. Who knows, he or
she can better see the problems of our
country and their solutions?
***
The mind-boggling cost to
government of treating diseases caused
by cigarette smoking is estimated at
P177 billion.
Government wants to trim the number
of Filipino smokerscurrently 17
millionby 2 million to 15 million once
tobacco taxes are raised by 10 percent.
In simple math, if the 17 million
smokers would be under the care of the
government throughout their smoking
life and the P177 billion would be spent
on them, each smoker would consume
P10.4 billion of that healthcare money.
A 2-million reduction in smokers
from a 10-percent increase in tobacco
taxes would only translate to measly
savings. The balance will still be
spent annually for the healthcare of the
surviving 15 million smokers.
Any grade school pupil would nd
this a no-brainer.
If the government really wants to
eradicate smoking and channel the P177
billion it spends for caring and curing
sick smokers elsewhere, the solution
should be more radical than simply
raising tobacco excise taxes.
Another seeming obfuscation of the
issue is that while most of us agree to
curbing smoking, the government, on
one hand, wants to collect higher taxes
from it.
Again the grade school pupil would
volunteer the question: if we want to
reduce smoking, why are we expecting
windfall revenues from it in the rst
place?
The simple solution might lie in the
total ban of tobacco use in the country.
No tobacco, no sickness, no wasted
taxpayers money.
Lets set aside the name-calling. One
senator or two might not have all the
answer to the nations cigarette addiction.
With political will, however, the
solution would be to totally ban the sale
of tobacco products.
The gradual extinction may take
decades. The phaseout should begin
now. This will cure our people of their
tobacco addiction and our government of
tobacco tax addiction.
Experiments
PASTOR APOLLO
QUIBOLOY
PLUMBLINE
RITA LINDA
V. JIMENO
OUT OF THE BOX
Continued from page 1
For Misuari, the agreement is a grave
offense to the MNLF and an insult to the
57-member Organization of the Islamic
Conference, which had brokered the
Tripoli agreement. So he has vowed to
mobilize all his forces, assuming they still
exist, including some tribal communities,
to actively oppose the agreement. Should
this materialize, it could have some serious
effects not only in Mindanao but also in
the Islamic world.
For as long as the Libyan strongman
Muammar Gaddha was in power,
Misuari could turn to him for support.
Now, Gaddha is dead and discredited, but
the MNLF retains its OIC observer status,
and Misuari remains the duly recognized
representative of all Muslims in southern
Philippines.
The MIFM spokesman on the other
hand has trashed the Bangsamoro as
a questionable entity. We do not care if
the government and the MILF reached
an agreement, an International Herald
Tribune report dated Oct. 8, 2012 quotes
one Abu Misry Mama, spokesman for the
breakaway group. We do not want the
Bangsamoro entity or whatever they may
call it.
To win the nations trust and support, it
would seem completely necessary for the
Parties to answer all questions and clarify
all misgivings about the agreement. These
could include far-ranging constitutional
and political questions which have not
been discussed at all.
The constitutional questions
The Parties do not declare that
everything in the agreement falls within
the purview of the Constitution. And
yet the agreement contains some novel
provisions. How can the agreement bind
the nation if one or several provisions go
beyond the range of the Constitution, and
a constitutional amendment is needed to
carry out the intent of the negotiators?
For instance, in Article I, the Parties
agree to establish the Bangsamoro as
the new autonomous political entity
to replace the Autonomous Region in
Muslim Mindanao. The term NPE is
not explained; and it has no roots in the
Constitution. Its literal translation into
English, which is the language of the
agreement, is: the Moro nation. Does
that not go beyond the range of the
Constitution?
In Section 1 of Article X, the
Constitution provides: The territorial
and political subdivisions of the Republic
of the Philippines are the provinces,
cities, municipalities, and barangays.
There shall be autonomous regions in
Muslim Mindanao and the Cordilleras as
hereinafter provided.
Since the NPE contemplated here is not
a province, city, municipality, barangay,
nor is it described as an autonomous
region, is it a state, a sub-state, or
nation? The term ceases to have a purely
territorial meaning when the agreement
says the Bangsamoro identity refers to
those who at the time of conquest and
colonization were considered natives or
original inhabitants of Mindanao and the
Sulu archipelago and its adjacent islands
including Palawan, and their descendants
whether of mixed or of full blood shall
have the right to identify themselves
as Bangsamoro by ascription or self-
ascription.
Does this not suggest the existence of
a nation separate and distinct from the
Filipino nation? Or of a people separate
and distinct from the Filipino people?
Still in Article I, the agreement provides
that the Bangsamoro government shall
have a ministerial form. What exactly
does it mean? Shall the Bangsamoro
NPE be headed by a prime minister,
instead of a governor as ARMM is right
now? How can a part of a country that
is under a presidential system have its
own ministerial form of government?
How would such an arrangement work or
appear?
Presumably, even with a ministerial
form of government, the NPE would still
be voting for the President and the Vice
President in national elections. But would
it continue to be represented in the House
of Representatives? Would it continue to
vote for members of the Senate?
The agreement says the relationship
of the Central Government with the
Bangsamoro Government shall be
asymmetric. What is the precise
meaning of that word? How many
of those who took part in drafting the
agreement, and those who have read, will
read and are reading the word right now,
have the same understanding of it?
The New Oxford Dictionary of English
denes asymmetry, a noun, to mean,
lack of equality or equivalence between
parts or aspects of something; lack of
symmetry. It denes asymmetrical, an
adjective, to mean, having parts which
fail to correspond to one another in shape,
size, or arrangement; lacking symmetry.
Cambridge Advance Learners
Dictionary, Third Edition, denes
asymmetric, adjective, to mean with
two halves, sides or parts which are
not exactly the same in shape and size;
without symmetry. How is the reader
now to understand this word when
applied to the relationship between the
Central Government and the Bangsamoro
Government?
The agreement provides that the
Bangsamoro Basic Law shall reect
the Bangsamoro system of life and meet
internationally accepted standards of
governance. Is the term system of life
dened strictly in terms of ethnic and
cultural traits or mainly by religious belief?
If by religious belief, will this not create a
confessional political entity, which would
place political ofcials below the authority
of religious leaders even in non-religious
or moral issues? How will it affect the
constitutional separation of Church and
State, as guaranteed by the Constitution?
One potential source of far-reaching
problems is the provision on property
rights. Vested property rights shall be
recognized and respected. With respect
to the legitimate grievances of the
Bangsamoro people arising from any
unjust dispossession of their territorial
and proprietary rights, customary land
tenure or their marginalization shall be
acknowledged. Whenever restoration is no
longer possible, the Central Government
and the Government of the Bangsamoro
shall take effective measures for adequate
reparation collectively to the Bangsamoro
people in such quality, quantity and status
to be determined mutually.
This does not refer to individual
claims against particular individual
property holders, but rather to an entire
political entity whose ancestral claims
could date back to the period prior to the
settling of Mindanao from the north or to
the countrys colonization. There seems
no sign that any country is prepared to
deal with a problem of that nature now or
in the foreseeable future.
In the normalization period envisaged
by the agreement, the NPE shall operate its
own police force, which shall be civilian
in character, highly professional and free
from partisan political control. The MILF
shall also undertake a graduated program
for decommissioning of its forces so that
they are put beyond use. At the same
time, all law enforcement functions shall be
transferred in a phased and gradual manner
from the Armed Forces of the Philippines
to the Bangsamoro police force.
All three provisions appear to be
genuinely laudable, except that the rst is
in obvious conict with Sec. 6, Article
XVI of the Constitution, which provides
that the State shall establish and maintain
one police force, which shall be national
in scope and civilian in character, to be
administered and controlled by a national
police commission. The authority of local
executives over the police units in their
jurisdiction shall be provided by law.
As for the decommissioning of the
rebel armed force, this cannot be left
solely at the discretion or sound judgment
of the MILF. It must be governed by an
agreed timetable. The same with the
total phase-out of the military from law
enforcement.
The political questions
Since the proposed creation of the
Bangsamoro NPE suggests the creation
of a federal state, the rst logical question
that arises isis it not time for the
government to start seriously considering
a shift to the federal system? Should not
the nation be asked to begin considering
this serious proposition?
The second but even more important
and so far undiscussed political question
is thiswhat possible effects would the
creation of a Bangsamoro NPE have on
the Philippine claim to Sabah, which
has been put at the back-burner since the
Ramos administration?
Will the creation of this new political
entity help revive and reinvigorate the
Philippine claim, or will it simply ensure
that it sleeps forever?
Sabah, earlier known as North
Borneo, is a state within the Federation
of Malaysia, nearly the size of Mindanao.
Rich in oil, gas and mineral resources, it
lies 18 miles away from the southernmost
part of the Philippines, and 1,000 miles
away from Kuala Lumpur. Majority of its
population are Christian Kadazans, many
from Mindanao.
In the beginning, Sabah was part of
the Sultanate of Brunei. But in 1704,
the Sultan of Brunei ceded it to the
Sultanate of Sulu in return for help in
quelling a rebellion. In 1878, the Sultan
of Sulu leased it to Gustavus Baron de
Overbeck, the Austrian Consul General
in Hong Kong, acting for Alfred Dent,
a British merchant. Overbeck and Dent
then formed the British North Borneo
Company and administered Sabah under
a royal charter. But through the centuries
the Sultan retained ownership of the
territory.
In 1946, six days after the Philippines
regained its independence, Britain having
reoccupied the Malay peninsula in 1945,
annexed North Borneo as a crown colony.
Francis Burton Harrison, a former
American Governor-General acting as
a special adviser to President Manuel
Roxas on foreign affairs, advised the
ling of a formal protest with Britain on
behalf of the Sultanate. But Roxas took
no action despite Harrisons insistence
that the Philippines take the case to the
United Nations.
In 1950, the rst resolution
was introduced in the House of
Representatives by Congressmen
Diosdado Macapagal, Arturo Tolentino,
Arsenio Lacson and others, expressing
the sense that since Sabah belonged to the
heirs of the Sultan of Sulu, sovereignty
over it ultimately belonged to the
Republic of the Philippines. In 1962,
during the Macapagal administration, the
Sultanate of Sulu ceded to the Philippine
government its sovereign rights to Sabah.
From President Macapagal onward,
through the long term of Marcos, the
Philippines tried to persuade Malaysia
without success to bring the dispute to
the World Court. During the Ramos
administration, Manila and Kuala
Lumpur decided to focus on bilateral and
regional cooperation, undisturbed by the
Sabah dispute. But the Philippines has
not legally abandoned its claim.
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Department of Public Works and Highways
OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT ENGINEER
Surigao del Sur 1
st
Engineering District
Tandag City, Surigao del Sur
INVITATION TO BID
(MST-Oct. 15, 2012)
The Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) of the DPWH Surigao del Sur
1
st
Engineering District Offce, Tandag City through the SARO No. ,
invites contractors to bid for the aforementioned projects:
Contract ID : 12NH 0056
Contact Name : Replacement of Bridge along National Roads
Catupgas Bridge III along Surigao-Davao
Coastal Road
Contract Location : Lanuza, Surigao del Sur
Scope of Work : Earthworks, Aggregate Sub-base and
Surface Coarse, Approach Slab, RC Railings,
Reinforced Steel Bars, Superstructure and
Substructure, Slope Protection, Detour &
Others
Approved Budget
for the ABC Contract : Php 11,766,087.86
Contract Duration : 139 C.D.
Cost of Bidding : Php 10,000.00
Documents
The BAC will conduct the procurement process in accordance with
the Revised IRR of R.A 9184. Bids received In excess of the ABC shall be
automatically rejected at the opening of bid.
To bid for this contract, a contractor must submit a letter of Intent (LOI),
purchase bidding 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 similar contract
costing at least 50% of ABC within 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 lOl. The DPWH-POCW Central Offce wilt only process contractors
applications for registration with complete requirements and issue the
Contractors Certifcate of Registratlon (eRC). Registration Forms may be
downloaded at DPWH website www.dpwh.gov.ph.
The signifcant times and deadlines of procurement activities are shown
below:
Activities Schedule
1. Issuance of Bidding Documents October 12, 2012 to October 31, 2012
2. Pre-Bid Conference October 19, 2012 @ 10:00 A.M.
3. Deadline of Receipt of LOI from
Prospective Bidders October 22, 2012 @ 10:00 A.M.
4. Receipt of Bids Deadline: October 26, 2012 2 8:45 a.m.
5. Opening of Bids October 31, 2012 @ 9:00 a.m.
The BAC will issue hard copies of Bidding Documents (BDs) at DPWH
-Surigao del Sur 1
st
Engineering Distrlct Offce. Prospective bidders may
also download the 60s from the DPWH website, if available. Prospective bidders
that will download the 60s 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 BDs. Bids must be
accompanied by a bid security, in the amount and acceptable form, as stated In
Section 27.2 of the Revised IRR.
Prospective bIdders shall submit their duly accomplished forms as specifed
In the BDs In two (2) separate sealed bid envelopes to the BAC Chairman.
The frst envelope shall contain the technical component of the bid, which 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-quallfcatlon.
The DPWH Surigao del Sur 1
st
Engineering District OffIce reserves the
right to accept or reject any bid, to annul the bidding process at any time prior
to award of contract, without thereby incurring any liability to affected bidder/s.
Approved by:
(Sgd.) AGUSTIN R. ESTAL, MPA
Engineer III
(BAC-Chairman)
Republic of the Philippines
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAYS
Pampanga 1
st
District Engineering Offce
Sindalan City of San Fernando (P)
(MST-Oct. 15, 2012)
The Department of Public Works and Highways - Pampanga 1
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District Engineering Offce, through its Bids and Awards Committee (BAC), invites
contractors to bid for the following contract/s:
1. a. Contract ID : 12CG0143
b. Name of Project : Bahay Pare San Luis Sto. Domingo Road
(Preventive Maintenance NEP Intermittent
Sections) Km. 0066+102 Km. 0067+058
c. Location : San Luis, Pampanga
d. Brief Description : Preventive Maintenance
e. Approved Budget for
the Contract (ABC) : Php 5,534,060.00
f. Duration : 24 calendar days
g. Source of Fund : Regular Infra. NEP 2013
h. Cost of Bid Documents : Php 10,000.00
2. a. Contract ID : 12CG0144
b. Name of Project : Rehabilitation/Reconstruction/Upgrading of
Damaged Paved National Road (Intermittent
Section) at Candaba-San Miguel Road (k070+
(-197) k0070+134
c. Location : Candaba, Pampanga
d. Brief Description :
Rehabilitation/Reconstruction/Upgrading of
Road
e. Approved Budget for
the Contract (ABC) : Php 12,548,898.98
f. Duration : 80 calendar days
g. Source of Fund : Regular Infra. NEP 2013
h. Cost of Bid Documents : Php 10,000.00
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/these contract/s, a contractor must submit a Letter of Intent
(LOI) and must meet the following major criteria: (a) prior registration with DPWH,
(b) Filipino citizen of 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 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, evaluation of bids.
Unregistered contractors, however, shall submit their application to the DPWH-
POCW Central Offce before the deadline for the receipt of LOI. The DPWH-POCW
Central Offce will only process contractors application for registration with complete
requirements, and issue the Contractors Certifcate of Registration (CRC).
The signifcant times and deadlines of procurement activities are shown below:
1. Issuance of Bid Documents October 12 November 6, 2012
2. Pre-Bid Conference October 26, 2012
2. Receipt and Opening of Bids November 6, 2012 until 10:00AM only;
Opening of Bids at 10:00 AM
Prospective bidders shall submit their duly accomplished forms as specifed in
the BDs in two (2) separate sealed bid envelopes to the BAC Chairman. The frst
envelope shall contain the technical component of the bid, which shall include the
eligibility requirements. The second envelope shall contain the fnancial component
of the bid. Contract will be awarded to the Lowest Calculated Responsive Bid as
determined in the bid evaluation and the post-qualifcation.
Prospective bidders may download the Registration from the DPWH-website
www.dpwh.gov.ph. The BAC will issue hard copies of Letter of Intent Documents
(LOIS) at the BAC Secretariat, DPWH-Pampanga 1
st
District Engineering Offce,
Sindalan, City of San Fernando, Pampanga. Prospective bidders can download the
LOI Documents. Bids must accompanied by a bid security in any form in the amount
stated in Section 27.2 of the Revised IRR.
Prospective bidders may also download the BDs, if available, from the DPWH
website. The BAC will also issue hard copies of the BDs at the same address to
eligible bidders upon payment of a non-refundable fee. Bidders that will download
the BDs from the DPWH website shall pay the said fees upon the submission of
their bids.
The Department of Public Works and Highways - Pampanga 1st District
Engineering Offce reserves the right to accept or reject any bid and to annul the
bidding process anytime before Contract award, without incurring any liability to the
affected bidders.
Approved by:
(Sgd.) NOMER ABEL P . CANLAS
BAC Chairman
INVITATION TO BID
Republic of the Philippines
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAYS
Misamis Oriental First District Engineering Offce
OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT ENGINEER
Brgy 26., Gingoog City
Tel./ Fax. No. (088) 861-1185
www.dpwh.gov.ph
INVITATION TO BID
The Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) of the Department of Public Works and
Highways-Misamis Oriental First District Engineering Offce (DPWH-MOFDEO),
invites contractors to bid for the projects as specifed below:
1)
Contract ID. : 12KK0064
Contract Name : Concreting of Sitio Sioan
Contract Location : Brgy. Malinao, Gingoog City
Scope of Work : CONRETING OF SITIO SIOAN, BRGY. MALINAO,
GINGOOG CITY 0.15 X 4 X 1080.15 Ln.m. PCCP &
26.00 ln.m. RCBC
Availability of Fund : SARO No. BMB-E-12-0005321 dated May 4, 2012.
Approved Budget for
The Contract (ABC) : Php 9,650,000.00
Contract Duration : 75 calendar days
Cost of Bid Documents : Php 10,000.00
LOI : (Free) D.O. No. 52 S. 2011
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 these contracts, 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 these contracts, (d) completion of a similar contract costing at least 50% of ABC
within a period of 10 years, and (e) Net Financial Contracting Capacity at least equal
to ABC, or credit line commitment at least equal to 10% of ABC. The BAC will use
non-discretionary pass/ fail criteria in the eligibility check and preliminary examination
of bids.
Unregistered contractors, however, shall submit their applications for registration
to the DPWH-POCW Central Offce before the deadline for the receipt of LOI.
The DPWH-POCW Central Offce will only process contractors applications for
registration with complete requirements and issue the Contractors Certifcate of
Registration (CRC). Registration Forms may be downloaded at the DPWH website
www.dpwh.gov.ph.
The signifcant times and deadlines of procurement activities are shown below:
Activities Schedule
Issuance of Bid Documents From October 10 to October 30, 2012, 10:00
A.M.
Pre-bid Conference October 18, 2012, 10:00 A.M
Deadline for the Submission of
LOI
October 25, 2012, 3:00 P.M.
Receipt of Bids Deadline: 10:00 A.M., October 30, 2012
Opening of Bids October 30, 2012, 10:00 A.M
The BAC will only receive Contractors LOI/Expression of Interest (NR-003) and
issue Bidding Documents upon presentation of the original copies of their PCAB
License and Contractors Registration Certifcate (CRC) in person or thru their
authorized representative as refected in their CRC; Special Power of Attorney will
not be accepted.
The BAC will issue hard copies of bidding documents (BDs) at BAC Secretariat,
3
rd
Floor DPWH Building, Purok 5, Brgy. 26, Gingoog City, upon payment of a non-
refundable fee of the amount stated above. Prospective bidders may also download
the BDs from the DPWH website, if applicable. Prospective bidders that will download
the BDs from the DPWH website shall pay the said fees on or before the submission
of their Bid Documents. The Pre-bid Conference shall be open only to interested
parties who have purchased the BDs. Bids must be accompanied by a bid security,
in the amount and acceptable form, as stated in Section 27.2 of the Revised IRR.
Prospective bidders shall submit their duly accomplished forms as specifed in
the BDs in two (2) separate sealed bid envelopes to the BAC Chairman. The frst
envelope shall contain the technical component of the bid, which 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-Misamis Oriental First District
Engineering Offce reserves the right to accept or reject any bid, to annul the bidding
process at any time prior contract award, without thereby incurring any liability to the
affected bidder/s.
Approved:
(Sgd.) PEDRO M. MERCADO
OIC - Asst. District Engineer
BAC Chairman
Noted:
(Sgd.) OMAR P. DIRON
OIC-District Engineer (MST-Oct. 15, 2012)
STA. MARIA--East-West Seed
feted nalists here represent-
ing nalists from Pangasinan in
the nationwide Search for 30
Farmer Heroes, whose award-
ing will be held in December.
East-West Seed is the leader
in tropical vegetable varieties
with higher yields, better toler-
ance to disease and pests, longer
shelf life, extended growing sea-
sons and better eating quality.
We couldnt think of a bet-
ter way to celebrate our 30th
anniversary than to recognize
the hard work and extremely
valuable contribution of our
local farmer-heroes to their
communities, said Mary Ann
Sayoc, East-West Seed Philip-
pines general manager.
Citeria include positive in-
uence in communities such
as promoting vegetable rasing,
creating jobs and uplifting the
livelihood of others; and exem-
plary adaptation of improved
technologies for vegetable pro-
duction.
Growth hub. Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista and Vice Mayor
Joy Belmonte present a copy of the 2013 budget ordinance for P12
billion signed during the State-of-the-City-Address at the QC Albert
Session Hall. He said the city is poised to be the next Global Growth
Generator.
Fellow Awards. Paraaque Mayor Florencio Bernabe Jr. (second from right) the 2012 Rotary Peace Fel-
low Award for Outstanding Local Government Ofcial from the Rotary Club of Makati-Essensa represent-
ed by charter president Grace Rallos, Rotary International past director Paeng Hechanova (second from
left) and Rotary Club of Makati-Essensa past president Leo Gellor (right) at the H. Sy Sr. Auditorium of the
St. Lukes Hospital Global City.
ETIHAD Airways, the na-
tional airline of the United
Arab Emirates, reported third
quarter revenues of US$1.3
billion, up 19 per cent on 2011
(US$1.1 billion).
The record income reected
ridership up 23 per cent, with
2.79 million travellers in the
quarter (2011: 2.27 million).
Seat factors of 81.2 per
cent mark the best-ever quar-
terly performance by the air-
line, with passenger numbers
on track to pass the 10 million
milestone in 2012.
Passenger revenues were
boosted by codeshare and part-
ner revenues, which jumped
51 per cent to $182 million
($121 million). The airlines
38 partners helped to create a
network of 315 destinations.
A signicant contribution
came from airberlin, in which
Etihad Airways holds a 29.21
per cent equity. The two air-
linese delivered more than
150,000 passengers into each
others networks.
Employees: Pawid paid more than her colleagues
Etihad posts
$1.3b revenue
COMMISSIONER Zenaida
Brigida Hamada-Pawid, of the
National Commission on In-
digenous Peoples, a chairman-
designate, gets paid P133,500 a
month or P26,654 more than her
colleagues at the cash-strapped
agency, documents provided by
NCIP employees said.
Pawid should be paid only
P78,946 like any of the other
commissioner.
She also gets P22,000 repre-
sentation and transportation al-
lowance of P18,000 extraordi-
nary and miscellaneous expenses
and P3,500 cellcard allowance
a month or P133,500 monthly
versus commissioners take of
P106,846 per month.
Pawid has announced in fo-
rums and meetings that she is a
designated ofcial, not appoint-
ed and can be replaced anytime.
She was named commissioner
for Region I and the Cordille-
ras on Oct. 31, 2010. Pawid was
designated and not appointed un-
der the laws implementing rules
and regulations as chairwoman
on May 30, 2011.
There is a great difference be-
tween an appointment and desig-
nation, the Supreme Court held
in Santiago vs COA, 199 SCRA
125. While an appointment is
the selection by the proper au-
thority of an individual who is
to exercise the powers and func-
tions of a given ofce, designa-
tion merely connotes an imposi-
tion of additional duties, usually
by law, upon a person already in
the public service by virtue of an
earlier appointment.
In GR 122197, dated June
26, 1998, the high tribunal ruled:
Designation is simply the mere
imposition of new or additional
duties on the ofcer or employee
to be performed by him in a spe-
cial manner. It does not entail pay-
ment of additional benets or grant
upon the person so designated the
right to claim the salary attached
to the position (COA Decision 95-
087 dated Feb. 2, 1995).
The untimely retirement of
Finance Director Jose Tamane
in October 2011, led to the non-
implementation of the human
resource development program,
employees said.
They said Pawid replaced Ta-
mane with her nephew, Darow
Odsey who allegedly has in the
National Bureau of Investigation
a pending corruption case dating
to his stint as Mediation Ofcer
of the Department of Labor and
Employment.
She issues suspensions with-
out due process, does not pay
backwages despite Civil Service
Commission rulings and disap-
proves project proposals coming
from the eld in violation of the
Department of Budget Manage-
ment and NEDAs needs and
rights-based planning, the em-
ployees said.
Senior Supt. Gabriel Lopez
said Alano or Jeremye Daud, of
22-B Caimito Street, Town and
Country Subdivision, Barangay
Mayamot, Antipolo City, was
on board her Ford Everest (VFH
668) travelling westbound along
Marcos Highway, Industrial Val-
ley Complex in Marikina when
she ramped up the center island,
hitting the see-through fence
around 2:30 a.m.
Case ofcer SPO2 Ignacio
Lim Jr. said her SUV cross to
the opposed lane and side-
swiped a Honda Sedan (WTF
449) driven by Guiseppe Ara-
bejo, 23, of Lot 11 Block 15
Milkyway, Ridgemont Execu-
tive Village, Taytay, Rizal.
The actress vehicle over-
turned causing injuries to her,
Arabejo and his four other pas-
sengers, Lopez said.
Staff of Marikina Rescue
161 brought the victims to the
Marikina Valley Medical Center.
Alanos manager Annie Ay-
roso said her talentwas on her
way to a drug store to buy medi-
cines for stomach pains. The
abdominal cramps must have
caused her confusion, Lim quot-
ed Ayroso as saying.
The investigation noted that
Alanos airbag malfunctioned
and a steel metal pierced into
Alanos side.
Alano, formerly of Viva Hot-
babes, had a version of the song
(Kiss Me) Keys Me which be-
came popular in 2006.
By Gigi Muoz David

TELEVISION host and actress Alyssa
Alanos condition is stable but under
observation after she was injured in a road
mishap in Marikina Sunday before dawn.
Alano
OCTOBER 15, 2012 MONDAY
A7 Sports Riera U. Mallari, Editor
ManilaStandardToday
sports_mstandard@yahoo.com
CYAN MAGENTA YELLOW BLACK
AL S. MENDOZA
ALL THE WAY
MVP goes to UP; Donaire too good
THE fth straight University Athletic Asso-
ciation of the Philippines basketball crown by
Ateneo, achieved on Thursday, has remained
the hottest topic in the sports circles. And,
alas, University of Sto. Tomas suffers the
ignominy of getting swept by Ateneo in the
best-of-three title showdown, failing to re-
peat the Growling Tigers come-from-behind
2-1 triumph over the Blue Eagles in the 2006
Finals.
But then, Ateneos so-called 5-peat had
been a foregone conclusion long before Sea-
son 75 began.
Look, virtually the nucleus of Ateneo were
around to carry the brunt, led by the Board
chairman, seven-foot Greg Slaughter, and
2011 Finals Most Valuable Player, Nico
Salva. Add the super-talented Kiefer Ravena
and Ateneo had the most lethal lineup in the
just-ended tournament.
In fact, in its 17 games this season, Ateneo
has lost only twicebut only because coach
Norman Black, blessed with a lineup as deep
as the Pacic Ocean, experimented on com-
binations to get the right mix to nail a historic
fth UAAP crown for the Eagles.
Ateneos elimination-round losses to UST
and University of the East were clearly the
result of Blacks constant player-shufing as
though he was a cook diligently discovering the
right ingredients to arrive at the right broth.
Not even the sudden departure of Manny V.
Pangilinan as Ateneos No. 1 nancial basket-
ball supporter for years had made a dent on the
Eagles, whose fth straight championship came
after Black took over as coach in 2005.
And, yes, what about this, MVP suddenly
announcing he was switching basketball alle-
giance from Ateneo to University of the Phil-
ippines in the 2013 UAAP season?
If so, will that also mean MVP is pulling
out Bo Perasol as Blacks replacement at
Ateneo and make Bo the new UP coach in
place of Ricky Dandan?
The new twists had been hinted loudly by
MVP himself when he spoke as guest speaker
of the UPs Alpha Sigma fraternitys golden
anniversary upon the invite of Masig Pato
Gregorio.
And then, right on the heels of MVPs state-
ment was the admission of Paolo Trillio, the
youthful manager of Ateneo, that Ateneo had
yet to ofcially announce its head coach
for 2013 in view of recent developments
arising from MVPs departure from Ateneo.
The plot thickens, indeed.
***
I was not surprised by Nonito Donaires
ninth-round TKO victory over Toshiaki Nish-
ioka yesterday at Home Depot, Carson City,
California.
At 36, Nishioka is old dog for a guy of 29
summers.
Donaires speed, undiminished power and
razor-sharp reexes were evident right from
the very rst round.
While the Filipino Flash kept throwing
bombs, the Japanese had merely busied him-
self defending as he was clearly scared of
Donaires vaunted repower.
Before the referee stopped the ght in
the ninth after seeing Nishioka virtually de-
fenseless and still groggy from a knockdown
seconds earlier, Donaire had won all eight
rounds comfortably.
The knockdown Donaire had inicted on the
sixth on a left uppercut to the chin likewise re-
duced the mismatch into a waiting game: When
will Nishioka nally fall for good?
It came in 1:54 of the ninth on a right
straight to the face, sending Nishioka on the
seat of his pants.
It raised Donaires record to 30-1, includ-
ing 19 knockouts, while lowering Nishiokas
mark to 39-5-3 with 24 KOs.
At this stage, I have yet to see one who
could end Donaires reign as world champ at
122 lb.
***
ALL IN. Richard Merk, the countrys
Prince of Jazz, entertained his friends to a
night of music at Genting Club, Maxims
Hotel inside the Resort World Pasay, on
Oct. 13. A certied sports buff, Richard,
a dear kumpare of mine, did it by way of
celebrating his birthday yesterday, handing
to friends that night his latest recording al-
bum. It was a night of good music that also
included performances by Rico J. Puno,
Chad Borja, Renz Serrano, Jacqui Magno
and Pat Castillo, among others. There was
vintage wine, Johnnie Walker Blue and
a luscious dinnerall free. The nights
overall director and everything? Who else
but Richards beloved Roni! Happy birth-
day, Rich. Heres wishing for many, many
more!
Record
cast joins
Anvaya
triathlon
Last call for Vaseline XTERRA voting
German...
Pangasinan bags overall title
RAISE Filipino pride and show
your support for the Vaseline Men
XTERRA Philippine Team by vot-
ing for the two triathletes, who will
complete the team until Oct. 17.
The Vaseline Men XTERRA
Philippine Team is a ve-member
team that will represent the Phil-
ippines in the XTERRA Global
Championship in Maui on Oct.
28. It will be composed of Coach
Noy Jopson, celebrity triathletes
Matteo Guidicelli and Drew
Arellano, and two more triath-
letes who will be selected via the
Vaseline Men XTERRA Tri-Outs
Camp: Race to Maui.
To vote, simply log on to Vase-
line Mens YouTube page at www.
youtube.com/vaselinemenph and
follow the journey and struggles
of Matteo Guidicelli, Drew Arel-
lano, Coach Noy Jopson, and sev-
en of the countrys best triathletes
at the Vaseline Men XTERRA
Tri-Outs Camp.
Watch the three videos, which
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Producing over 80,000 bikes
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Europe and Asia, Ghost Bikes are
now available in the Philippines
through the countrys largest
A RECORD eld of 250 par-
ticipants, including 40 Super-
TriKids competitors, will take
part in the fth edition of the
Anvaya Cove Invitational Tria-
thlon, which begins at 3 p.m.
on Oct. 20 at the Anvaya Cove
Beach and Nature Club in Mo-
rong, Bataan.
For the rst day of action,
youth participants (aged 4 to
15-years-old) will race for hon-
ors in the STK aquathlon and
triathlon events.
Race distances for partici-
pants in the 8-under is 25M
swim200 M run (aquathlon),
while for for ages 9 to 10, the
distance is 200 M swim 2 Km
bike 1 Km run. For ages 11
to 12, it is 300 M swim 4 Km
bike 2 Km run and for ages
13 to 15, the distance is 400 M
swim8 Km bike3 Km run.
The next morning in the
event sponsored by Globe Tel-
ecom, Ayala Land Premier,
Century Tuna, Gatorade, Philip-
pine Sports Commission, Asian
Centre for Insulation Philip-
pines and Standard Insurance,
events for the sprint distance
(1.2 Km swim 32 Km bike 6
Km run), sprint relay (12 teams
including the Globe Tri Team,
Team Anvaya, Lakantri Teams
1-2, and Team Pisay), family
triathlon relay and age-groups
will be held simultaneously.
The awarding ceremony of
the Saturday races will be done
at 6 p.m., followed by a post-
race dinner, while the awarding
ceremony the next day will be
held at 10 a.m., with a brunch.
We are pleased that our event
has attracted a record number of
participants, 16 percent of which
are females. We are committed
to hosting popular sports like
triathlon and giving families a
chance to enjoy the serene envi-
ronment of our club without sac-
ricing safety, said Jovie Reyes,
Resident Manager of the Anvaya
Cove Beach and Nature Club.
For inquiries on the event or
how to visit the Anvaya Cove
Beach and Nature Club, contact
the organizing Triathlon Asso-
ciation of the Philippines by call-
ing 710-8259, 399-6598, 0921-
9954764, 0915-6394233 or visit
their ofcial Facebook page at ht-
tps://www.facebook.com/TriPhil
and the ACNBCs Website at
www.AnvayaCove.com
John Enrico Vasquez clinched
three gold medals, while John
Matthew Manantan and Gilbert
Arellano snatched two apiece as
the host province picked up 15
golds in karatedo.
Vasquez defeated Narayana Mesi-
na of Pangasinan in the boys -39kg
kumite after winning the individual
and team kata with Arellano and
Mesina late Friday. Arellano also
won the -35kg individual kata.
Manantan followed up his gold-
en feat in the kata with a victory in
the boys -63 kumite, while karate-
kas Arianne Isabel Yu Brito (girls
-39kg), Znargie Maye Juguilion
(girls -43kg), Kristelle Ira Zabala
(girls -47kg) and Janna Angeles
(girls -54kg) also contributed to
Pangasinans success.
Other winners for the host prov-
ince were Jude Uson (boys-35kg),
John Jerick Obra (boys-49kg) and
John Marc Claveria (boys -58kg)
in the kumite and Aldrin Christian
Yu Brito (boys -35kg) and Zabala
(girls-47kg) scored victories in the
advanced kata.
Pangasinan seized ve gold
medals in chess with Samantha
Glo Revita winning the girls blitz
and joining forces with Macydel
Fajardo and Regyne Palaming
in the team competition. The trio
of Antonio Almodal III, Jerome
Junio and Christian Jake Tomines
ruled the boys team blitz.
Revita also wound up with
three gold medals after winning
the girls standard event at the
expense Jemima Valdez of Nar-
vacan, Ilocos Sur and Agoo, La
Unions Fatima Joy Cruz.
Pangasinan trailed Baguio City the
other day after the countrys summer
capital struck hard in taekwondo and
swimming but the hosts recovered
quickly, nishing the talent discovery
program for athletes 15 years old and
below with 70 gold, 86 silver and 80
bronze medals.
CYAN MAGENTA YELLOW BLACK
Manila
Standard
TODAY
CYAN MAGENTA YELLOW BLACK CYAN MAGENTA YELLOW BLACK
Republic of the Philippines
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAYS
BILIRAN DISTRICT ENGINEER OFFICE
Naval, Province of Biliran (6543)
(053) 500-9099 dpwh.bdeo@gmail.com (053) 500-9097
October 8, 2012
Invitation to Bid for:
1. Rehabilitation & Improvement of Naval - Caibiran Cross Country Road (Major Road
Slip) Km. 1035+000 to Km. 1044+000 with exceptions.
Contract ID : 12IA00064
A B C : Php 9,312,229.38
Contract Location : Biliran Province
Brief Description : Repair/Improvement of National Roads
Cost of Bid Docs : Php 10,000.00
Contract Duration : 150 Calendar Days
Required Equipment : 1 Backhoe, .50cum, 101HP; 2 Road Roller, 201HP; 1
Payloader 2.29cum, 150HP; 4 Transit Mixer 6.5 -7.5 cu.yd.;
3 Dumptrucks 15 -20 cu. Yd.; Batching Plant; 1 Water Truck
500 1,000 Gal. Cap.; 1 Trailer; 2 Concrete Vibrator 5HP;
1 Concrete Screeder; 1 Concrete Saw 12dia. 5HP; 1 Bar
Cutter, electric, Grade 40; 1 Bar Bender 25mm; 1-Bagger
Concrete Mixer.
2. Repair/Rehab of Biliran Circumferential Road, Culaba Caibiran Section (Slope
Protection Structures along National Roads), Km. 1069+000 to Km. 1073+000 with
exceptions.
Contract ID : 12IA00065
A B C : Php 9,899,826.41
Contract Location : Culaba Caibiran Section, Culaba, Biliran Province
Brief Description : Slope Protection
Contract Duration : 145 Calendar Days
Cost of Bid Docs : Php 10,000.00
Required Equipment : 1 Backhoe, .80cum; 2-Bagger Concrete Mixer; 1 Dump Truck
10 cu.m.; 1 Plate Compactor
3. Repair / Rehabilitation of Dispo Bridge.
Contract ID : 12IA00066
A B C : Php 4,783,305.40
Contract Location : Brgy. Calumpang, Naval, Biliran Province
Brief Description : Carbon Fiber application on underside of Deck & Asphalt
Overlay on Deck & Approaches
Contract Duration : 80 Calendar Days
Cost of Bid Docs : Php 5,000.00
Required Equipment : Generator, 2KVA; Blower; Disc Sander, 150; Asphalt
Distributor; Air Compressor; Asphalt Paver, 80 HP; Pneumatic
Roller, 10MT; Tandem Steel Roller, 10MT; Water Truck, 1,000
Gal. capacity.
4. Repair / Rehabilitation of Doroteo Bridge.
Contract ID : 12IA00067
A B C : Php 4,565,611.42
Contract Location : Brgy. Talahid, Almeria, Biliran Province
Brief Description : Carbon Fiber application on underside of Deck & Girders and
Asphalt Overlay on Deck and Approaches
Contract Duration : 80 Calendar Days
Cost of Bid Docs : Php 5,000.00
Required Equipment : Generator, 2KVA; Blower; Disc Sander, 150; Asphalt
Distributor; Air Compressor; Asphalt Paver, 80 HP; Pneumatic
Roller, 10MT; Tandem Steel Roller, 10MT; Water Truck, 1,000
Gal. capacity.
The DPWH Biliran District Engineering Offce, Naval, Biliran, through the 1 GAA-RA
10155 2 MVUC 151; 3 & 4 FY 2012 Fund 101 intends to apply the sum above stated
being the Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC) to payments under the contract for
the abovementioned contracts. Bids received in excess of the ABC shall be automatically
rejected at bid opening.
The DPWH Biliran District Engineering Offce, Naval, Biliran now invites bids for the
abovementioned description of works. Completion of the Works is required for the above
stated contract duration. Bidders should have completed, within ten (10) days from the
date of submission and receipt of bids, a contract similar to the Project. The description of
an eligible bidder is contained in the Bidding Docs, particularly, in Section II. Instruction to
Bidders.
Bidding will be conducted through open competitive bidding procedures using non-
discretionary pass/fail criterion in the Eligibility Check and Preliminary Examination of Bids
as specifed in the Implementing Rules and Regulations (lRR) of Republic Act 9184 (RA
9184), otherwise known as the Government Procurement Reform Act.
Bidding is restricted to Filipino citizens / sole proprietorships, partnerships, organizations or
joint venture with at least seventy fve percent (75%) interest or outstanding capital stock
belonging to citizens of the Philippines.
Interested bidders may obtain further information from DPWH Biliran District Engineering
Offce, Naval, Biliran and inspect the Bidding Documents at the address given below from
8:00 A.M. 5:00 P.M.
A complete set of Bidding Documents may be purchased by interested Bidders from the
address below and upon payment of a nonrefundable fee for the Bidding Documents in
the amount stated above. Issuance of Bidding Documents will be on October 9 - 30, 2012.
It may also be downloaded free of harge from the website of the Philippine Government
Electronic Procurement System (PhilGEPS) and the website of the Procuring Entity,
provided that bidders shall pay the fee for the Bidding Documents not later that the
submission of their bids.
The DPWH Biliran District Engineering Offce, Naval, Biliran will hold a Pre-Bid Conference
on October 18, 2012 at 9:00 A.M. at the BAC Offce, DPWH Biliran District Engineering
Offce, Naval, Biliran which shall be open to all interested parties.
Bids must be delivered to the address below on or before October 30, 2012 at 9:00 A.M.
at the BAC Offce, DPWH Biliran District Engineering Offce, Naval, Biliran. All bids must
be accompanied by a bid security in any of the acceptable forms and in the amount stated
in ITB Clause 18.
Bids will be opened on October 30, 2012 at 2:00 P.M. in the presence of the bidders
representatives who choose to attend at the address below. Late bids shall not be accepted.
To bid for this contract, a contractor must purchase bidding documents and meet the
following major criteria: a) prior registration with DPWH, BAC-CPO, Manila; b) 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 at least equal to 10% of ABC.
Bidders shall submit their bids through their duly Authorized Liaison Offcers only as
specifed in the Contractors Information (CI). Submission of Letter of Intent (LOI) is no
longer required to participate in the bidding, per D.O. No. 64, Series of 2012.
The DPWH Biliran District Engineering Offce, Naval, Biliran reserves the right to accept or
reject any bid, to annul the bidding process, and to reject all bids at any time prior to contract
award, without thereby incurring any liability or obligation to the affected bidder or bidders.
For further information, please refer to:
BONIFACIO G. SANTANA
OIC-Assistant District Engineer
(BAC Chairman)
Attention:
Head, BAC Secretariat
BAC Offce, DPWH Biliran District Engineering Offce
Brgy. Calumpang, Naval, Biliran
Telefax No.: (053) 500-9097
Email Add: dpwh.bdeo@gmail.com
(Sgd.) BONIFACIO G. SANTANA
OIC-Assistant District Engineer
(BAC Chairman)
NOTED:
(Sgd.) VIRGINIA C. SARABUSING
District Engineer
(MST-Oct. 15, 2012)
Prima bets win collegiate crown
SHOWING what theyve
learned from being a na-
tional player and part of
team Prima, Joper Escueta,
Jayson Oba-ob and Aries
Delos Santos joined forces
with Andrei Babad to hand
National University its rst-
ever University Athletic
Association of the Philip-
pines mens badminton title
after beating Ateneo via a
come-from-behind 3-2 win
recently.
We are happy that we
nally got our rst UAAP
badminton title and my
teammates were responsible
for that. Im hoping to win
more titles in years to come
as a Philippine team player,
NU and Prima player, said
Escueta, who earned this
years Most Valuable Player
trophy.
Escueta, 18, started
playing badminton at the
age of 12 and later on
became a member of the
Philippine team and Team
Prima after winning sev-
eral local and internation-
al tournaments.
Jamboree Fun Ride. Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad (right) is all set to ag
off the riders of the Langkawi International Mountain Bike Challenge, which began with the Jamboree
Fun Ride. The former Prime Minister is the honorary patron of the LIMBC. ROMAN PROSPERO
Joper Escueta (third from right) and his NU team-
mates display their UAAP mens badminton title.
They are shown here with Ateneo De Manila
University Ricky Palou (right) and UAAP Season 75
President Nilo Ocampo of NU.
LINGAYENPangasinan leaned on kara-
tedo and chess in the last two days to seize
the overall title in the Northern Luzon
qualifying leg of the Philippine Olympic
Committee-Philippine Sports Commission
Batang Pinoy Games here.
are released weekly starting Oct.
1 until Oct. 15 and click on the
voting link found within the site
to vote for the two triathletes who
you think will best represent the
country.
Public votes will be equivalent
to 50% of each athletes score,
while the other 50% will be based
on the judges votes.
The two athletes with the high-
est scores will join Coach Noy,
Matteo and Drew in the Vaseline
Men XTERRA Philippine Team
which will represent the coun-
try in the prestigious XTERRA
World Championships in Maui.
Two voters of the two winning
triathletes stand to win P50,000 in
the electronic rafe. Voting ends
on Oct. 17 and winners will be
announced on Oct. 19 at Vaseline
Mens Facebook page (www.fa-
cebook.com/vaselinemenph).
The contenders (clock-
wise) Jinoe Gavan,
Mark Hernandez,
Raffy Zamora, Redg
Plopinio, Dr. Martin
Camara, Hector Yuson,
Carlos de Guzman
sports retail chain, Tobys Sports.
When we looked at upgrading
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Tobys Sports. Ghost was an
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complete offering of bikes and
cutting edge technology across
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this awesome brand to the Philip-
pine Mountain Bike community
and nally give them the chance
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Offered in select Tobys outlets,
namely Mall of Asia, Greenhills
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panga, Robinsons Galleria, and
Makati Park Square, Ghost Bikes
looks to set the local biking scene
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STAGS, KNIGHTS DUEL
LETRAN and San Sebastian College will
each miss a player when they clash in a
winner-take-all showdown at 5 p.m. today
for the right to face San Beda College in the
nals of the 88th National Collegiate Ath-
letic Association at the Arena. Commis-
sioner Joe Lipa handed down one-game
suspensions to Letrans Junjun Alas and
StagsAllan Vitug over disqualifying fouls
they committed during their teams semis
game last Saturday. Peter Atencio
CYAN MAGENTA YELLOW BLACK CYAN MAGENTA YELLOW BLACK
Alaska nails 1
st
victory
Adamson softbelles favored in national tilt
Gesta in Pacquiao undercard
German-engineered bikes, anyone?
Based in Germany and made with passion,
Ghost bikes are engineered with meticulous
craftsmanship and attention to detail. These
bikes blend high-tech design with overall soul.
By Air Urquiola
MOUNTAIN biking has en-
joyed explosive growth in the
Philippines in recent years. Be
it the thrill of the open road, the
feeling of being surrounded by
nature, or simply the sensation
of going far and reaching goals,
biking has given people a sense
of empowerment through health
and tness.
In an extremely technical
sport, whether youre a newbie
or already a pro, having the right
tool for the job makes a signi-
cant difference once youre out
on the road. Simply put, choos-
ing the right gear is of utmost
importance.
Ghost Bikes offer bikers the
ride of a lifetime with bikes that
feature excellent performance
and innovative designs that uti-
lize superb German engineer-
ing. Tried and tested not only
inside the laboratory but also
on rigorous terrain, Ghost Bikes
are ne-tuned all the way to the
most minute detail, giving rid-
ers the luxury of both form and
function.
What started out as a dream
of partners Klaus Moehwald
and Uwe Kalliwoda in 1993
has long since become a global
player in the biking industry,
gathering like-minded individu-
als who share the same passion
and enthusiasm for biking. Tap-
ping into this drive, the com-
panys team of top engineers,
technicians, and designers all
hardcore bikers dedicated to
develop high quality bikes for
world-class athletes.
At Ghost, a member of Ac-
cell Group since 2008, we de-
sign and manufacture high tech
bikes. Olympic Gold, World
Cup victories, and World and
European Championship med-
als have proven how good
Ghost bikes are, said Jens
Steinhauser, senior manager
of business administration at
Ghost. We develop bikes that
passionate riders consider a
premium class product, com-
bining pioneering frame tech-
nologies, perfect geometries,
innovative design, and quality
without compromise.
By combining lab tests that
simulate real-world stresses
with actual rides through the
rolling test terrain of northern
Bavaria, Ghost assures only
the most technically sound
premium bikes. A team of
engineers, designers, and
professional racing cyclists
obsessively tune each units
performance and handling
making sure that each Ghost
bike meets stringent qual-
ity standards with designs that
perform reliably over time.
Distinguished by its rened at-
tention to detail, Ghost Bikes use
innovative design that pushes the
envelope of biking performance.
Its Specic Chainstay Length fea-
ture allows riders to easily adapt
their centre of balance through the
bikes consistent chainstay and
wheelbase ratio. This results to
frames that perform and feel right
for any given size.
Ghost bikes also employ a
Needle Bearing System, instead
of using bushing in the damper
eye of the shock, to ensure mini-
mum break-away torque. This
system signicantly lowers the
torque which smoothens out
jarring bumps and roughness re-
sulting to plush rides every time.
Their Smooth Ratio Suspension
which features a 2:1 transmission
ratio makes the back end suspen-
sion highly sensitive offering
more controlled damping and
good overall durability.
Ghost Bikes have received
critical acclaim from foreign
mountain bike publications
such as Mountain Biker
Rider UK, which gave Ghost
Bikes AMR 7500 and 5900
perfect-10 ratings in tests.
Both the high-performance
Ghost AMR 7500 and 5900
All-Mountain bikes feature a
super-lightweight aluminum
frame, high-end Shimano
XT components, and Ghost-
developed technologies for a
La Salle,
St. Paul
pull away
LUIGI Guerrero and JP de
Claro stepped up when team-
mate Miggy Yee struggled to
sustain the breakaway of La
Salle Greenhills in the third
round of the Junior Division of
the JGFP-ICTSI Inter-School
golf tournament recently at the
Ayala Greeneld Estates course
in Calamba, Laguna.
Over at the Valley course,
Daniella Uy and Mia Legaspi
also poured it on for runaway
leader St. Pauls Pasig in the
Girls 1 category.
Guerrero and de Claro com-
bined for 103 points to cush-
ion Yees worst round so far of
47 points as the LSGH squad
chalked up 150 for a three-day
aggregate of 454 and a virtually
unassailable 56-point lead going
into the nal two rounds.
Even La Salles second unit
could have matched the output
of the second-running La Salle
Zobel, which pooled just 137 on
the 50 points of Jama Reyes, 44
of Miguel Shah and 43 of John
Molina. La Salle Zobel nished
three rounds at different courses
at 398. Ateneo was third at 390,
Xavier fourth at 371, Brent and
LSGH 3 tied for fth at 325 and
Xavier 2 at 299.
Uy found her range to shoot
a one-under-par gross of 71
equivalent to 57 points at Val-
ley and Legaspi backed her up
with a 54 for 111 points that
pushed St. Pauls farther ahead
by 67 points over Ateneo, 315-
248, also after 54 holes of the
tourney backed chiey by the
International Container Termi-
nal Services, Inc. and also spon-
sored by the Pancake House
Group, Sizzlin Pepper, Pancake
House, Golf Depot and Philip-
pines Airlines.
Paulina Sotto topscored for
the third straight time with 43
and Nicole Barretos 40 counted
as the second score for the At-
eneans.
La Salle Zobel, bannered by
Pauline del Rosario, was just
two points behind Ateneo in
third at 243 after a 90, South-
ville was at 235, Assumption,
rallying behind the 56 of Bianca
Pagdanganan, at 231 and Col-
lege of St. Benilde at 211.
By Jeric Lopez
FINALLY, Alaska
was able to show
glimpses of its true
potential.
Jvee Casio, Cyrus Baguio
and Mac Baracael delivered the
goods for the Aces, who stormed
to a 102-86 rout of Barako Bull
for their rst taste of a win in the
2012 Philippine Basketball As-
sociation Philippine Cup at the
Smart Araneta Coliseum last
night.
Hardly making his presence
felt in his rst two games with
his new team, Casio suddenly
unveiled the expected game
from him by ring a game-
high 24 points, via an astound-
ing 9-of-14 shooting. He also
had ve rebounds and four as-
sists, while Baguio scattered 23
points and Baracael had 21 as
the triumvirate carried Alaska to
the win.
Facing a 52-62 decit early in
the third, the Aces, behind the
trio, suddenly stepped on the gas
pedal to turn the tables around
and nally grasp control for the
rst time this season.
A captivating 29-3 explosion
to end the third period gave
Alaska a commanding 81-65
headway, its biggest lead, along
with the nal tally, heading the
nal frame of play.
That massive run pretty much
handed the Aces their rst win
in three starts as their agony is
now over at 1-2, the same card
held by Barako Bull, which
have now lost two in a row.
We havent been playing
great in our rst two games and
now we brought a lot of energy
in this one. Its nice to have
that and our defense and see
the team play well since a lot is
expected from us after having a
7-1 record in our pre-season,
said Alaska coach Luigi Trillo,
who also listed his rst Philip-
pine Cup win as a head coach.
TOP Rank promoter Bob Arum said
yesterday that undefeated Filipino
southpaw Mercito Gesta is being
lined up for an International Box-
ing Federation lightweight title ght
against Miguel Vazquez in the un-
dercard of the Manny Pacquiao-Juan
Manuel Marquez showdown at the
MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las
Vegas on Dec. 8.
Arum told the Manila Standard that
Gesta is now training and if Vazquez,
who faces Marvin Quintero in a manda-
tory title defense on Oct. 27 wins and
suffers no cuts or injuries, hell defend
his title against the Filipino in the Pac-
quiao-Marquez IV card.
Its interesting that in each of the
two ghts, its a Mexican against a Fili-
pino, said Arum.
At the same time the Too Rank pro-
moter said he has an arrangement with
Pacquiao that he is entitled to put on
the non-televised undercard two slots.
So whoever he selects we will put on
and matchup.
Former two-division world cham-
pion Gerry Penalosa earlier disclosed
that his nephew Dodie Boy Penalosa
and protege Michael Farenas, will see
action in the Pacquiao-Marquez card.
Ronnie Nathanielsz
FILIPINO sports fans will have
the rare chance to see members
of the Southeast Asian Games
champions Philippines Blu Girls
and the reigning World Series
Big League titleholder Team Ma-
nila in action starting today when
the Cebuana Lhuillier National
Intercollegiate Womens Softball
Championship opens at the Rosa-
rio Sports Complex in Pasig City.
Defending champion Adamson
University, which boasts of four
Blu Girls and eight Golden Girls
of Manila, winners of the recent
World Series for softbelles aged
16-18, will be featured in the sev-
en-day tournament spread through
Sunday.
The Lady Falcons of coach
Ana Santiago try to draw the rst
blood in defense of their crown
when they battle St. Louis Uni-
versity of Baguio City in todays 8
a.m. opener of a heavy four-game
inaugural day schedule.
University of the East, the los-
ing nalist last year when this
tournament was still known as
Ateneo Invitational Champion-
ship, faces arch-rival University
of Santo Tomas at 10 a.m., while
Bulacan State University, one of
the three provincial teams entered
in the 12-team, two-group, one-
round eliminations takes on Uni-
versity of the Philippines at 1 p.m.
Capping todays explosive ac-
tion are State Colleges and Uni-
versities Athletic Association
titlist Rizal Technological Univer-
sity and La Salle at 3 p.m.
The Lady Falcons are actually
seeking a sweep of all the tour-
naments they took part in the
past two years after dominating
the University Athletic Associa-
tion of the Philippines, where it
is back-to-back champion from
2010 to 2011, and the National
Open and last years Ateneo In-
vitationals.
Newly crowned 2012 Mini-ROK
champion and Tuason Racing Team
protege Flynn Jackes is undergoing
extensive training under the Tuason
Racing School Race Career Management
Program in his quest to regain the Asian
Karting Open Championship Mini-ROK
crown back to the Philippines since Renz
Pazcoguin emerged the pioneer Asian
Karting Mini-ROK champion in 2006
and Marino Sato captured the said plum
the last time for the country in 2009.
He currently holds a total of 97 points,
leading Indonesian Keanon Santoso by
just three points, through the support of
Castrol, Bridgestone, Standard Insurance,
C! Magazine, OMP, Coke Zero, Oakley,
Aguila and Toptul. Prior to the AKOC nal
two legs in Indonesia set Dec. 15 and 16,
Jackes will be gunning for the crown in the
three-leg 2012 Coca-Cola Karting Mini-ROK
Cup, kicking off on Oct. 28 at the Clark
International Speedway.
Greg, Chua
turning pro
By Peter Atencio
THE Ateneo Blue Eagles, who
will be handled by Sandy Are-
spacochaga as their interim
head coach, will prepare for the
next season without two of their
talented big men, Greg Slaugh-
ter and Justine Chua.
The two will be headed for
the professional leagues next
year if plans do not miscarry.
This is will be the next best
thing for both the 611 Slaugh-
ter and the 65 Chua after con-
tributing to the Blue Eagles fth
straight championship this year
in the 75th University Athletic
Association of the Philippines
mens basketball tournament.
Its been a good run for all of
us. Now, I will rst go try my luck
in the D-League before I could
join the PBA draft, said Slaugh-
ter during the bonre celebration
last Saturday at the Ateneo de
Manila campus in Quezon City.
During the festivities, the
school also honored its title con-
quests in mens swimming, mens
and womens badminton, and the
high school teams eighth straight
swimming championship.
Chua, on the other hand, is
not just celebrating his run of
ve titles with the Blue Eagles,
he is thankful for having a total
of seven championships to his
credit. This includes his stint
with the Chiang Kai Shek Drag-
ons way back in high school.
Turn to A7
Alaskas Tony dela Cruz (left)
rejects Barako Bulls Sean
Anthony in a PBA Philippine
Cup game won by the Aces,
102-86. SONNY ESPIRITU
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Ray S. Eano, Editor extrastory2000@gmail.com
Roderick T. dela Cruz, Assistant Editor
IN BRIEF
S&P says
growth
to exceed
forecast
Gotianun group firms up power projects
First Metro seeks delisting of shares from PSE
Q3 sales sluggishMeralco
Govt cancels October
Treasury bill auctions
PSE COMPOSITE INDEX
Closing October 12, 2012
OIL
PRICES
TODAY
P575-P705
LPG/11-kg tank
P49.00-P56.57
Unleaded Gasoline
P39.38-P43.99
Diesel
P47.69-P53.00
Kerosene
P27.20-P31.00
Auto LPG
FOREI GN EXCHANGE RATE
Currency Unit US Dollar Peso
United States Dollar 1.000000 41.6080
Japan Yen 0.012767 0.5312
UK Pound 1.604500 66.7600
Hong Kong Dollar 0.129002 5.3675
Switzerland Franc 1.069976 44.5196
Canada Dollar 1.021972 42.5222
Singapore Dollar 0.814133 33.8744
Australia Dollar 1.026694 42.7187
Bahrain Dinar 2.652872 110.3807
Saudi Arabia Rial 0.266667 11.0955
Brunei Dollar 0.810833 33.7371
Indonesia Rupiah 0.000104 0.0043
Thailand Baht 0.032595 1.3562
UAE Dirham 0.272264 11.3284
Euro Euro 1.292500 53.7783
Korea Won 0.000899 0.0374
China Yuan 0.159312 6.6287
India Rupee 0.018986 0.7900
Malaysia Ringgit 0.326211 13.5730
NewZealand Dollar 0.818130 34.0408
Taiwan Dollar 0.034203 1.4231
Source: PDS Bridge
Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas
Friday, October 12, 2012
PESO-DOLLAR RATE
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42
44
46
48
P41.430
CLOSE
Closing OCTOBER 12, 2012
5,369.72
16.25
HIGH P41.425 LOW P41.520 AVERAGE P41.476
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VOLUME 979.720M
By Alena Mae S. Flores
MANILA Electric Co., the countrys
largest power distributor, said net income
in the third quarter may be at because of
sluggish sales during the rainy season and
the peak of the monsoon rains.
The company said the overall
nine-month prot still rose year-
on-year but the income growth in
the third quarter likely expanded
slower because of cooler
temperature.
Overall, for the nine months,
we would expect it to be still
better than last years. [But the]
third quarter [prot] is really
lowest because of the rainy
season and we were affected
by the Habagat monsoon],
Meralco senior vice president
and chief nance ofcer Betty
Sy-Yap said. She did not cite
gures.
Sy-Yap said indicators in the
third quarter pointed to a higher
income on a year-on-year basis
but lower compared with the
previous quarter.
We really expect that this
is the time where it is lowest
because it is rainy season, cooler
temperatures, Sy-Yap said.
Meralco posted a nine-month
reported net income of P9.95
billion and a core prot of P11.66
billion in 2011. Reported net
income in the third quarter of
2011 reached P3.86 billion while
core net income amounted to
P3.84 billion.
Meralcos reported net income in
the rst half reached P9.8 billion, up
60 percent from P6 billion on year,
while core net income amounted
to P9 billion, up 15.4 percent from
P7.8 billion on year.
The companys sales growth
slowed in the third quarter to 7.6
percent from a rst-half growth
of nearly 10 percent due to cooler
temperature and adverse weather
conditions.
Adverse weather such as
Habagat and typhoon Gener as well
as cooler temperature resulted in
reduced residential power demand
and also affected operations and
power demand of commercial and
industrial customers [during the
third quarter], Meralco president
Oscar Reyes said in an earlier
interview.
Electricity sales volume sold
in the rst half reached 16,215
gigawatthours, driven by a more
robust domestic economy largely
unaffected by the Eurozone woes,
increased household purchasing
power as a result of lower
ination, and slightly warmer
temperature.
The strong sales performance
in the rst half was led by the
14.6-percent increase in sales to
industrial customers, followed by
residential, up 7.9 percent, and
commercial at 7.8 percent.
The company said the higher-
than-expected volume growth
across all customer classes was
driven by the increased economic
activity and the higher number
of new customer connections.
Meralco added 83,422 new
residential customers in the rst
half, 4,974 commercial and four
new industrial, bringing the total
customer count to 5.11 million.
By Jenniffer B. Austria
FIRST Metro Investments Corp.,
the investment banking arm of
Metropolitan Bank and Trust
Co., will seek voluntary delisting
from the Philippine Stock
Exchange, ahead of the planned
imposition of the 10-percent
minimum public ownership rule.
First Metro said in a disclosure
to the stock exchange it would
conduct a tender offer for the
outstanding shares held by
minority investors at P89 per
share, which is a 5-percent
premium over its closing price
of P84.5 apiece on Friday. The
tender offer period will start
from Oct. 22 to Nov. 22.
The company shall le the
petition for voluntary delisting in
due course, First Metro said.
FMIC is among the 27
companies that have public oat
of less than 10 percent, as of
end-September. Its public oat is
currently at 1.94 percent.
The PSE gave non-compliant
companies until Jan. 1, 2013 to
meet the requirement. Companies
that fail to comply with the
requirement will be slapped with
a six-month trading suspension,
with delisting procedures to
follow next.
PSE president Hans Sicat
earlier said there were no plans
to extend the deadline for
companies to comply with the
requirement.
Other companies that opted
to delist from the local bourse
because of the public ownership
rule were Alaska Milk Corp.,
PLDT Communications and
Energy Ventures Inc., Keppel
Philippines Marine Inc., and
Chinatrust (Phil.) Commercial
Bank Corp.
FMIC is the investment
banking arm of Metrobank and
performs four strategic functions,
namely investment banking,
treasury operations, investment
advisory and strategic nance.
The companys principal
products and services consist
of underwriting, syndication,
project nancing, government
securities and commercial paper
dealerships, nancial advisory/
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By Bernadette Lunas
THE Treasury canceled its
plan to borrow P16.5 billion
from the domestic market
this month to give way to the
ongoing retail Treasury bond
sale, which may raise up to
P200 billion.
The Treasury said in a
memorandum it decided to
cancel the Treasury bills
auction scheduled on Oct. 15
and the 7-year Treasury bonds
sale on Oct. 23 to ensure a
smooth and orderly settlement
of the 25-year RTB being
offered from Oct. 9 to 22.
It earlier canceled the
5-year bond sale, which was
originally scheduled on the
auction date of the 25-year
RTB on Oct. 9.
The cancellation of the
auction reduced the total
scheduled domestic borrowings
through sovereign debt papers
in the fourth quarter from P90
billion to P64.5 billion.
The government raised an
initial P62.988 billion at a
coupon rate of 6.125 percent
on Oct. 9.
Deputy Treasurer Eduardo
Mendiola said the government
expected to exceed the
previous sales record of P180
billion in the February RTB
sale and may raise as much
as P200 billion, depending on
market demand.
This is the rst time the
Treasury is offering a 25-year
debt paper, which is expected to
yield decent returns to investors
who want to park their funds in
government securities.
Asiamoney
awards.
Asiamoney, Asias
leading regional
nancial publication,
named Security Bank
Corp. as the Best
Domestic Provider
of Foreign Exchange
Products and Services in
the Philippines based on
its 2012 FX Poll. Earlier
this year, the bank was
recognized as the Best
Domestic Debt House
in the Philippines under
the Asiamoney Best
Banks Awards 2012
category. Receiving the
FX Poll 2012 awards
for Security Bank are
(from left) senior vice
president and treasurer
Raul Martin Pedro, vice
president and FX rates
and hedging head Raul
Victor de Guzman and
executive vice president
and nancial markets
segment head Rafael
Algarra Jr. With them
is Asiamoney editor
Richard Morrow.
By Anna Leah G. Estrada
DEBT watcher Standard
& Poors Rating Services
said economic growth in the
Philippines in 2012 may exceed
its 5.1-percent forecast.
The credit rating agency said
in its latest report the economy
would more likely continue to
maintain its strong growth for
the rest of the year, given the
robust domestic consumption
and remittance ows.
The Philippine economy
continues to grow above
expectations despite lackluster
export demand. Second-quarter
GDP growth of 5.9 percent
was only slightly below the 6.1
percent in the rst quarter, said
S&P analyst Agost Bernard.
Bernard said the countrys
scal performance also remained
strong, with revenue collection
rising faster than the nominal
GDP growth.
For the rst seven months of
2012, total revenues increased
12.1 percent year-on-year while
revenue collected by the Bureau
of Internal Revenue rose 13.7
percent, he said.
Bernard, however, said the
outlook in the second half was
still subject to risks from falling
external demand.
S&P cited recent developments
and upcoming events in the
country such as the impeachment
and dismissal of Supreme Court
Chief Justice Renato Corona and
the reported peace agreement
between the government and the
Moro Islamic Liberation Front.
FDC Utilities Inc., the power and
utilities unit of Filinvest Development
Corp., is rming up power generation
projects around the country and
conducting a grid impact study for
some of them.
The company has received approval
of the Energy Department for National
Grid Corporation of the Philippines
to conduct a grid impact study on its
proposed 20-megawatt biomass-coal
thermal power project in Davao Del
Norte.
It also obtained approval to conduct
grid impact studies on its proposed 300-
MW coal-red power plant in Misamis
Oriental and similar stations with
capacities of 24-MW coal project in
Danao, Cebu and 15-MW in Minabac,
Camarines Sur.
The study will determine the impact
of interconnecting the power projects
to their respective grids.
Filinvest chairman Jonathan
Gotianun said in May FDC Utilities
was looking at putting up at least
200 MW of combined clean coal and
biomass power plants worth at least
P25 billion.
He said Filinvest was reviewing
the design and location of the plants,
including those in Cebu, Camarines
Sur, Negros island and Davao City.
FDC Utilities said earlier it would
re-enter power generation and join
the water distribution and treatment
business this year.
The Filinvest Group has gained
experience in the power industry since
1995 through the ownership of East
Asia Power Corp. and Cebu Private
Power Corp. in 1998 until 2000.
The company said it had been
building its portfolio of clients for power
generation and water distribution services
in key growth areas in the country since
its incorporation in December 2009.
The company has signed an electric
power purchase agreement with
Camarines Sur II Electric Cooperative
Inc. for 40 megawatts (net of 32 MW)
over a 25-year period.
The company is evaluating a
potential water desalination facility
to address the water requirements of a
key business district in the Visayas.
Alena Mae S. Flores
New SEC ofce
The Securities and Exchange Commission plans
to spend up to P1 billion to build a new ofce at
Fort Bonifacio Global City in Taguig.
SEC chairman Teresita Herbosa said the
new ofce building on a 10-hectare property in
Fort Bonifacio would house other government
ofces such as the Bangko Sentral and the
Bureau of Internal Revenue.
Construction of the project is expected to
start next year and be completed by 2015.
The SECs ofce is currently located along
Edsa corner Ortigas Avenue.
The corporate regulator is now seeking
approval from the Budget Department for the
allocation. Jenniffer B. Austria
Smart eyes LTE roam
SMART Communications, Inc. said it is in
talks with several Asian telecommunication
companies for long-term evolution roaming
partnerships, which will allow Smart subscribers
to surf the Internet while traveling abroad.
It said it was in discussion with Japans
NTT Docomo, Hong Kongs Hutchison
Telecommunications, South Koreas KT Corp.
and Singapores StarHub.
We are working on LTE roaming
arrangements with other leading Asian telcos
so Smart subscribers would continue to have
the best Internet experience when traveling
abroad. Smart stays true to its promise of
helping customers live more even when they
are beyond Philippine borders, said Smart
international carrier business head Alex Caeg.
LTE is capable of speeds as fast as 100 megabits
per second, making it ideal for high-speed
broadband applications. Lailany P. Gomez
Coco peat exports pushed
THE government aims to develop the export
potential of coco coir products, after allotting
as much as P160 million for the purchase of
various equipment for the processing of coconut
husks into more useful products.
What we have now are decorticating machines
only. The government wants to buy machines for
tufting which will enable the creation of other
products from coco coir such as rugs, Philippine
Coconut Authority administrator Euclides Forbes
said in an interview.
A team from the PCA went to Kerala, India to
look for equipment that will add value to coco
coir ber.
[Manufacturers] may be able to start selling
products made of coco coir by next year. We
may not start to export next year, but whatever
we produce will be available to local buyers and
users, said Forbes. Othel V. Campos
THE Department of Public Works and Highways is
perceived as the most corrupt government agency
in the country based on the 2009 Pulse Asia survey.
But its current leadership was able to quell, if not,
turn around the public image of DPWH in recent
years.
Evidently, the 2011-2012 Global Competitiveness
Report of the World Economic Forum on the quality
of road shows our countrys improvement to 3.1
from 2.8 in the 2010-2011 report, wherein 1 means
extremely underdeveloped and 7 means extensive
and efcient by international standards.
In addition, the DPWH is implementing
noteworthy programs such as governance reform
and anti-corruption, better quality and safer
national roads, strategic convergence of the allied
government agencies, and public-private partnership
investments in road development.
Cr ucial role of infr astr ucture
These programs portend a brighter economic
prospect for the Philippines, where infrastructure
plays a crucial role in its continued growth. In fact,
the Global Competitiveness Report of the World
Economic Forum emphasizes that extensive
and efcient infrastructure is critical for ensuring
the effective functioning of the economy, as it is
an important factor determining the location of
economic activity and the kinds of activities or
sectors that can develop in a particular economy.
Well-developed infrastructure reduces the effect
of distance between regions, integrating the national
market and connecting it at low cost to markets in
other countries and regions. In addition, the quality
and extensiveness of infrastructure networks
signicantly impact economic growth and affect
income inequalities and poverty in a variety of ways.
A well-developed transport and communications
infrastructure network is a prerequisite for the
access of less-developed communities to core
economic activities and services, it states.
Furthermore, the WEF states that effective modes
of transport, including quality roads, railroads,
ports, and air transport, enable entrepreneurs to
get their goods and services to market in a secure
and timely manner and facilitate the movement of
workers to the most suitable jobs.
Economic development and roads
The WEF pronouncements are supported by
numerous studies. A 1992 World Bank study which
analyzed data from 98 countries including US
data since 1950 showed consistent and signicant
associations between economic development,
in terms of per capita gross national product and
road infrastructure, in terms of per capita length
of paved road network. The data show that the per
capita stock of road infrastructure in high-income
economies is dramatically greater than in middle
and low-income economies.
A more recent ADB-funded study in China in
2005 analyzed provincial-level data for 19821999.
The results show that road development, together
with agricultural R&D, irrigation, education,
electricity, and telecommunications, made
signicant contributions to economic growth and
poverty reduction. The most signicant nding of
this study is that low-quality (mostly rural) roads
have benetcost ratios for national GDP that are
approximately four times larger than the benet
cost ratios for high-quality roads.
Road and transport infrastructure developments
contribute to poverty reduction and improvements
in living standards in several ways. First, better
roads result in faster and more effective healthcare
delivery that redounds to a healthier and more
productive workforce. Second, a better road
infrastructure is also often associated with improved
educational outcomes; access to all-weather roads
has been shown to be a strong factor in increasing
primary school attendance, particularly in rural
areas.
Its laudable that the DPWHs medium-term
target outcomes include, not only the paving of
1,443 kilometers of national arterial roads from
2010 baseline, but also the paving of 4,518 kms of
national secondary roads mostly in rural areas.
More wor k to be done
But theres still a lot of work to be done. The
paved roads in our country account for only 26
percent. This is a measly level compared to the
Asia Pacic developing countries average of 65
percent. Our neighboring countries fair better than
ours: Indonesia, 48 percent; Thailand, 82 percent;
and Vietnam, 35 percent.
Thats why government is enjoining the private
sector to participate in the public-private partnership
initiatives. There is a huge potential for PPPs to
contribute more and bridge the infrastructure gap
in our country.
Reynaldo C. Lugtu Jr. teaches management
and marketing courses in the MBA Program of
the Ramon V. del Rosario College of Business,
De La Salle University. He may be e-mailed at
rlugtu2002@yahoo.com, or visit his blog at http://
rlugtu.blogspot.com.
The views expressed above are the authors
and do not necessarily reflect the official
position of De La Salle University, its faculty,
and administrators.
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WEEKLY STOCKS REVIEW
OCTOBER 8-12, 2012 OCTOBER 1-5, 2012
STOCKS CLOSE VOLUME VALUE CLOSE VOLUME VALUE
FINANCIAL
Banco de Oro Unibank Inc. 64.50 9,253,090 587,313,849.00 65.95 17,940,050 1,179,268,591.50
Bank of PI 77.60 18,146,820 1,438,811,117.00 80.60 15,454,570 1,241,523,005.00
Bankard, Inc. 0.73 1,372,000 999,090.00 0.72 1,213,000 877,130.00
China Bank 53.70 464,080 24,860,201.00 53.65 918,610 48,987,298.50
BDO Leasing & Fin. Inc. 2.00 177,000 353,500.00 1.97 100,000 198,430.00
COL Financial 19.98 163,500 3,268,763.00 20 555,700 11,343,820.00
Eastwest Bank 22.85 3,427,600 78,606,415.00 23.3 5,705,900 131,891,765.00
Filipino Fund Inc. 10.80 2,300 24,672 11.00 11,000 119,552
First Metro Inv. 84.5 56,130 4,545,885.00 73 30,410 2,261,325.00
I-Remit Inc. 2.78 59,000 163,050.00 2.82 669,000 1,906,830.00
Manulife Fin. Corp. 500.00 330 161,900.00 505.00 200 99,000.00
Maybank ATR KE 23.95 117,000 2,775,735.00 24.3 21,100 510,760.00
Metrobank 90.85 16,135,110 1,464,340,960.00 92.90 13,035,480 1,214,147,154.50
Natl Reinsurance Corp. 1.9 3,857,000 7,407,280.00 1.94 12,890,000 24,634,150.00
Phil. National Bank 73.95 2,873,490 209,623,430.50 74.50 1,948,810 143,393,976.50
Phil. Savings Bank 86.90 1,370 116,989 84.20 310 26,236
PSE Inc. 370 38,290 14,055,906.00 373 143,700 53,882,756.00
RCBC `A 45.9 822,300.00 37,743,080.00 45.45 1,182,800.00 53,893,345.00
Security Bank 162.4 3,591,730 582,600,318.00 164.1 4,707,990 783,093,909.00
Sun Life Financial 940.00 590 563,570.00 950.00 1,700 1,651,765.00
Union Bank 106.50 1,838,110 195,153,799.00 105.90 1,060,610 111,822,042.00
Vantage Equities 2.24 10,122,000 22,627,250.00 1.9 451,000 852,280.00
INDUSTRIAL
Aboitiz Power Corp. 33.55 14,642,500 491,260,055.00 33.9 17,961,900 607,503,665.00
Agrinurture Inc. 8.3 556,000 4,644,655.00 8.55 419,100 3,569,994.00
Alaska Milk Corp. 17 26,400 461,606.00 19 3,500 72,500.00
Alliance Tuna Intl Inc. 1.7 6,942,000 11,777,610.00 1.72 21,737,000 38,126,250.00
Alphaland Corp. 28.9 10,700 286,000.00 29.5 1,000 29,500.00
Alsons Cons. 1.41 11,508,000 16,210,770.00 1.43 6,830,000 9,690,910.00
Asiabest Group 20.4 167,400 3,368,429.00 20.95 88,200 1,833,155.00
C. Azuc De Tarlac 13.00 15,000 195,300.00 14.00 2,100 29,400.00
Calapan Venture 3 810,000 2,636,190.00 3.01 814,000 2,421,200.00
Chemphil 80 20 1,600.00 80 100 8,001.00
Conc. Aggr. `A 63.00 4,860 308,070.00 65.00 1,200 78,000.00
Chemrez Technologies Inc. 2.85 2,423,000 6,810,770.00 2.79 2,237,000 6,167,610.00
Cirtek Holdings (Chips) 11.9 3,036,400 36,189,794.00 11.76 77,900 914,596.00
Energy Devt. Corp. (EDC) 6.11 82,438,200 510,855,519.00 6.33 152,383,100 960,259,578.00
EEI 8.50 4,871,200 41,500,112.00 8.66 4,859,600 41,788,729.00
Euro-Med Lab. 1.85 5,000 9,340.00 1.85 110,000 211,190.00
Federal Chemicals 10.88 6,000 59,988.00 10.96 40,600 413,182.00
First Gen Corp. 20.05 11,927,200 239,038,613.00 20.2 16,927,400 339,380,115.00
First Holdings A 79.95 1,951,880 156,336,553.00 80.5 9,258,660 820,542,076.50
Ginebra San Miguel Inc. 17.80 18,600 332,200.00 18.00 100,900 1,818,612.00
Greenergy 0.0190 15,902,100,000 302,789,000.00 0.0160 198,600,000 3,017,000.00
Holcim Philippines Inc. 12.90 536,000 6,927,266.00 12.80 2,781,700 35,614,018.00
Integ. Micro-Electronics 3.97 86,000 344,100.00 4 192,000 768,900.00
Ionics Inc 0.640 2,444,000 1,686,630.00 0.620 903,000 560,910.00
Jollibee Foods Corp. 100.10 2,688,400 275,883,525.00 103.40 2,291,940 233,718,370.00
Lafarge Rep 9.44 4,219,300 39,653,416.00 9.29 2,792,600 25,696,247.00
Liberty Flour 43.00 37,600 1,614,150.00 42.90 3,400 86,340.00
LMG Chemicals 2.13 6,888,000 14,302,010.00 2.12 2,745,000 5,524,590.00
Mabuhay Vinyl Corp. 1.5 66,000 99,610.00 1.51 9,000 13,590.00
Manchester Intl. B 2.57 31,000 80,030.00 2.56 15,000 38,410.00
Manila Water Co. Inc. 29.05 12,428,300 361,486,915.00 28.8 19,402,000 546,649,910.00
Mariwasa MFG. Inc. 2.86 34,000 97,240.00 2.99 22,000 64,710.00
Megawide 16.520 1,251,000 21,050,048.00 17.000 678,800 11,515,416.00
Mla. Elect. Co `A 277.00 1,586,340 445,060,600.00 277.00 3,533,860 985,220,888.00
Pancake House Inc. 7.65 51,400 389,146.00 7.80 147,900 1,163,618.00
Pepsi-Cola Products Phil. 4.4 9,477,000 40,836,280.00 4.3 26,202,000 110,460,970.00
Petron Corporation 10.90 66,249,764 419,681,728.00 11.00 64,686,400 700,248,956.00
Phinma Corporation 10.20 27,700 282,540.00 10.20 16,500 173,050.00
Phoenix Petroleum Phils. 8.15 2,423,900 19,532,931.00 8.18 199,000 1,614,946.00
RFM Corporation 4.00 7,942,000 31,865,930.00 3.96 13,053,000 53,509,230.00
Roxas and Co. 1.99 2,000 3,890.00 1.68 1,000 1,680.00
Roxas Holdings 2.6 90,000 228,860.00 2.51 9,000 23,740.00
Salcon Power Corp. 5.06 100 506.00 5.05 14,800 74,525.00
San Miguel Brewery Inc. 34.10 443,200 15,157,570.00 34.35 457,100 15,695,835.00
San Miguel Corp `A 110.00 1,233,240 153,492,846.00 109.90 1,898,270 209,402,462.00
Seacem 2.49 28,122,000 69,761,270.00 2.42 37,553,000 91,562,970.00
Splash Corporation 1.85 605,000 1,095,340.00 1.82 362,000 646,860.00
Swift Foods, Inc. 0.150 240,610,000 44,952,370.00 0.215 286,490,000 54,651,940.00
Tanduay Holdings 12.10 6,022,800 72,705,592.00 12.04 8,875,800 105,624,950.00
TKC Steel Corp. 2.05 83,000 169,330.00 2.07 351,000 715,100.00
Trans-Asia Oil 1.21 10,927,000 13,227,780.00 1.20 33,645,000 41,259,770.00
Universal Robina 70.00 4,813,710 338,220,696.00 71.00 15,205,310 1,042,402,109.00
Victorias Milling 1.2 4,688,000 5,704,550.00 1.25 6,801,000 8,352,160.00
Vitarich Corp. 0.930 41,314,000 40,515,070.00 0.930 63,437,000 59,724,570.00
Vivant Corp. 9.95 50,900 444,991.00 8.00 25,800 207,700.00
Vulcan Indl. 0.91 478,000 436,580.00 0.93 131,000 120,740.00
HOLDING FIRMS
Abacus Cons. `A 0.70 33,297,000 23,494,200.00 0.73 39,529,000 28,060,000.00
Aboitiz Equity 48.30 4,689,600 226,996,995.00 48.80 6,593,100 322,565,275.00
Alcorn Gold Res. 0.0750 28,744,170,000 1,862,403,520.00 0.0460 24,614,600,000 703,401,400.00
Alliance Global Inc. 15.00 79,715,300 1,168,182,430.00 14.50 119,641,400 1,770,339,762.00
Anglo Holdings A 2.00 1,074,000 2,131,840.00 2.00 638,000 1,264,000.00
Anscor `A 5.22 791,100 4,132,602.00 5.12 1,753,000 8,572,070.00
Asia Amalgamated A 5.10 4,108,100 21,945,144.00 5.12 431,000 2,222,714.00
ATN Holdings A 1.47 308,000 436,300.00 1.39 693,400 1,065,200.00
ATN Holdings B 1.59 465,000 705,920.00 1.6 913,000 1,443,950.00
Ayala Corp `A 425 2,490,330 1,073,003,324.00 445 4,700,420 2,021,624,052.00
DMCI Holdings 58.00 6,202,640 359,547,346.00 57.90 8,432,860 488,492,414.50
F&J Prince A 2.55 20,000 49,100.00 2.51 54,000 137,940.00
Filinvest Dev. Corp. 4.13 862,000 3,607,080.00 4.24 1,036,000 4,345,630.00
Forum Pacic 0.223 1,310,000 280,130.00 0.230 1,030,000 225,960.00
GT Capital 543.5 291,920 199,841,615.00 557 567,750 314,576,045.00
House of Inv. 5.76 171,800 989,393.00 5.85 809,900 4,660,448.00
JG Summit Holdings 34.00 7,147,000 239,386,625.00 34.55 12,180,300 504,948,250.00
Jolliville Holdings 5.1 4,283,000 19,189,970.00 3.94 813,000 3,200,020.00
Lopez Holdings Corp. 5.54 17,631,600 94,386,096.00 5.51 22,423,500 122,562,828.00
Lodestar Invt. Holdg.Corp. 1.26 52,115,000 63,497,250.00 1.16 48,264,000 55,719,860.00
Mabuhay Holdings `A 0.41 920,000 384,550.00 0.430 150,000 64,500.00
Marcventures Hldgs., Inc. 2.09 6,594,000 13,982,270.00 2.2 2,358,000 5,161,950.00
Metro Pacic Inv. Corp. 4.13 125,117,000 520,356,380.00 4.21 129,234,000 542,860,040.00
Minerales Industrias Corp. 5 559,500 2,836,031.00 5 312,000 1,560,811.00
MJCI Investments Inc. 5.62 141,000 805,858.00 5.83 23,300 135,857.00
Pacica `A 0.0490 37,950,000 1,900,100.00 0.0520 10,070,000 499,360.00
Prime Media Hldg 1.350 604,000 820,540.00 1.310 99,000 129,770.00
Prime Orion 0.510 1,178,000 596,950.00 0.520 2,630,000 1,318,400.00
Republic Glass A 2.86 93,000 266,430.00 2.83 117,000 334,580.00
Seafront `A 1.44 119,000 181,840.00 1.46 19,000 27,680.00
Sinophil Corp. 0.325 1,420,000 462,000.00 0.330 103,970,000 32,778,200.00
SM Investments Inc. 770.00 2,607,770 2,060,525,460.00 805.00 2,162,980 1,686,151,990.00
Solid Group Inc. 1.97 3,949,000 8,131,830.00 2.11 5,163,000 10,690,590.00
South China Res. Inc. 1.16 851,000 750,320.00 1.14 423,000 486,510.00
Transgrid 480.00 10 4,800.00 500.00 90 45,000.00
Unioil Res. & Hldgs 0.2450 5,250,000 1,278,290.00 0.2550 2,520,000 636,680.00
Wellex Industries 0.3100 9,620,000 2,999,300.00 0.3200 4,400,000 1,408,750.00
Zeus Holdings 0.400 5,250,000 2,111,150.00 0.400 1,220,000 484,700.00
P R O P E R T Y
Anchor Land Holdings Inc. 17.04 77,200 1,191,030.00 17.46 12,800 224,654.00
A. Brown Co., Inc. 3.13 6,261,000 19,344,870.00 2.99 1,573,000 4,646,170.00
Araneta Prop `A 0.520 128,000 68,060.00 0.590 506,000 282,110.00
Arthaland Corp. 0.171 480,000 83,660.00 0.170 360,000 61,200.00
Ayala Land `B 23.50 54,916,800 1,286,060,260.00 23.40 34,828,700 822,049,865.00
Belle Corp. `A 5.11 20,157,500 102,088,657.00 5.15 61,520,900 318,725,189.00
Cebu Holdings 5.01 2,042,000 10,309,531.00 5.05 1,316,500 6,749,443.00
Centennial City 1.47 16,394,000 24,176,080.00 1.49 21,302,000 31,867,020.00
City & Land Dev. 2.50 136,000 340,030.00 2.75 377,000 1,021,060.00
Cityland Dev. `A 1.08 406,000 441,380.00 1.14 485,000 533,750.00
Crown Equities Inc. 0.076 21,110,000 1,623,360.00 0.066 740,000 48,640.00
Cyber Bay Corp. 0.80 10,171,000 8,355,530.00 0.86 39,997,000 34,039,110.00
Empire East Land 0.850 71,067,000 62,357,450.00 0.860 89,527,000 77,353,590.00
Eton Properties 3.70 419,000 1,550,050.00 3.70 475,000 1,789,200.00
Ever Gotesco 0.220 53,237,000 11,769,480.00 0.209 9,710,000 1,919,930.00
Global-Estate 1.88 11,734,000 22,061,340.00 1.90 12,173,000 22,854,200.00
Filinvest Land,Inc. 1.39 71,635,000 98,173,370.00 1.39 263,667,000 362,020,840.00
Highlands Prime 1.90 285,000 520,790.00
Interport `A 1.20 496,000 582,330.00 1.20 1,268,000 1,481,010.00
Megaworld Corp. 2.34 340,046,000 807,777,860.00 2.36 673,510,000 1,564,641,340.00
MRC Allied Ind. 0.1660 157,320,000 28,610,010.00 0.1650 24,310,000 3,912,260.00
Phil. Estates Corp. 0.7000 26,817,000 19,202,020.00 0.6900 18,204,000 12,635,750.00
Phil. Realty `A 0.460 780,000 361,800.00 0.465 2,110,000 989,650.00
Phil. Tob. Flue Cur & Redry 25.00 4,000 73,250.00 19.00 300 5,900.00
Primex Corp. 3.50 33,000 112,740.00
Robinsons Land `B 18.68 10,002,100 188,868,760.00 19.46 21,164,400 409,941,194.00
Rockwell 3.32 978,000 3,287,050.00 3.38 1,777,000 6,039,140.00
Shang Properties Inc. 2.77 182,000 499,550.00 2.79 102,000 275,700.00
SM Development `A 6.14 5,519,700 33,706,518.00 6.07 6,384,100 38,679,513.00
SM Prime Holdings 14.30 53,239,400 748,986,504.00 13.98 59,705,900 835,969,660.00
Sta. Lucia Land Inc. 0.67 1,062,000 724,090.00 0.69 1,496,000 1,010,740.00
Starmalls 3.68 262,600 1,026,480.00 3.7 687,000 2,548,020.00
Suntrust Home Dev. Inc. 0.510 280,000 144,190.00 0.530 2,648,000 1,366,770.00
Vista Land & Lifescapes 4.870 16,384,000 78,728,210.00 4.750 25,563,000 121,259,180.00
S E R V I C E S
ABS-CBN 30.65 1,622,200 52,460,500.00 32.8 263,100 8,638,900.00
Acesite Hotel 1.3 9,721,000 12,748,700.00 1.4 1,545,000 2,117,040.00
APC Group, Inc. 0.610 1,893,000 1,187,910.00 0.620 890,000 548,010.00
Asian Terminals Inc. 9.25 18,700 172,860.00 9.24 190,900 1,761,002.00
Berjaya Phils. Inc. 26 5,600 145,600.00
Bloomberry 13.20 52,645,200 668,967,274.00 12.58 61,072,700 726,828,754.00
Boulevard Holdings 0.1450 177,340,000 25,912,000.00 0.1510 274,150,000 40,976,910.00
Calata Corp. 5.9 7,090,300 53,754,581.00 6.08 10,894,100 68,173,108.00
Cebu Air Inc. (5J) 57.10 2,952,550 168,271,390.50 58.00 3,205,100 181,174,724.00
Centro Esc. Univ. 10 3,000 30,000.00 10 19,400 194,000.00
DFNN Inc. 5.47 323,800 1,788,852.00 5.60 435,600 2,519,252.00
Easy Call Common 2.90 9,000 26,070.00 3.00 32,000 77,580.00
FEUI 1025 19,805 19,806,510.00 1000 1,610 1,608,000.00
Globalports 16.5 5,500 31,300.00 18 8,100 147,544.00
Globe Telecom 1130.00 224,925 252,426,405.00 1127.00 204,660 232,059,770.00
GMA Network Inc. 8.32 1,326,400 10,947,811.00 8.20 9,089,500 78,126,356.00
I.C.T.S.I. 72.8 6,667,920 481,580,831.50 71 2,495,810 176,462,085.50
Information Capital Tech. 0.415 7,790,000 3,440,700.00 0.405 310,000 126,950.00
Imperial Res. `A 5.00 7,200 36,100 5.50 10,100 53,200
IPeople Inc. `A 7.3 9,700 72,815.00 7.8 4,900 29,357.70
IP Converge 2.31 3,877,000 9,508,060.00 2.2 705,000 1,494,280.00
IP E-Game Ventures Inc. 0.033 7,294,100,000 287,643,400.00 0.020 226,900,000 4,581,900.00
IPVG Corp. 1 75,312,000 83,276,120.00 1 2,587,000 2,574,770.00
Island Info 0.0470 11,100,000 530,500.00 0.0470 16,600,000 823,800.00
ISM Communications 2.8700 492,000 1,396,040.00 2.9300 354,000 1,036,100.00
Leisure & Resorts 8.62 6,042,800 51,576,509.00 8.77 13,320,300 113,448,522.00
Liberty Telecom 2.51 29,000 72,930.00 2.50 327,000 820,150.00
Lorenzo Shipping 1.32 20,000 27,380.00 1.38 24,000 33,160.00
Macroasia Corp. 2.80 60,000 168,000.00 2.95 128,000 420,640.00
Manila Bulletin 0.74 60,000 42,410.00 0.68 293,000 203,890.00
Manila Jockey 2.92 7,184,000 21,492,680.00 2.92 4,908,000 14,457,060.00
Pacic Online Sys. Corp. 13.98 1,164,800 16,303,516.00 14 543,700 7,620,956.00
PAL Holdings Inc. 5.75 663,100 3,840,088 5.48 3,330,900 18,923,118
Paxys Inc. 2.75 1,450,000 3,990,430.00 2.75 2,480,000 5,549,640.00
Phil. Racing Club 9.5 1,003,600 9,533,948.00 9.5 2,002,400 19,053,954.00
Phil. Seven Corp. 73.00 108,530 7,777,310.00 71.40 66,020 4,711,638.00
Philweb.Com Inc. 17.02 2,401,300 40,794,866.00 17.04 3,299,800 56,100,558.00
PLDT Common 2716.00 1,195,285 3,260,579,350.00 2752.00 698,710 1,928,394,540.00
PremiereHorizon 0.325 630,000 203,550.00 0.315 12,550,000 4,009,000.00
Puregold 30.60 13,314,900 401,794,265.00 29.00 15,241,600 455,385,380.00
STI Holdings 1.79 541,000 974,470.00 1.80 1,554,000 2,870,520.00
Touch Solutions 3.94 14,000 54,680.00 4.2 146,000 577,210.00
Transpacic Broadcast 2.57 63,000 151,820.00 2.5 177,000 426,770.00
Waterfront Phils. 0.440 2,060,000 911,400.00 0.460 810,000 362,500.00
MINING & OIL
Abra Mining 0.0051 2,759,000,000 14,427,100.00 0.0048 773,000,000 3,624,600.00
Apex `A 4.79 403,000 1,889,150.00 4.60 467,000 2,157,320.00
Apex `B 4.82 137,000 649,170.00 4.60 161,000 746,860.00
Atlas Cons. `A 17.80 2,213,100 38,846,426.00 17.38 3,769,700 64,835,222.00
Atok-Big Wedge `A 26.75 1,500 39,555.00 26.95 15,900 423,080.00
Basic Energy Corp. 0.275 173,620,000 50,608,100.00 0.280 42,760,000 11,688,600.00
Benguet Corp `A 23.15 97,900 2,324,985.00 24.45 14,000 333,320.00
Benguet Corp `B 23.05 5,500 129,805.00 23.95 1,600 38,265.00
Century Peak Metals Hldgs 1.06 961,000 1,021,890.00 1.05 458,000 478,750.00
Dizon 20.45 891,300 17,880,020.00 20.15 775,600 16,400,575.00
Geograce Res. Phil. Inc. 0.57 7,199,000 4,088,820.00 0.57 13,878,000 7,895,340.00
Lepanto `A 1.150 78,657,000 88,402,220.00 1.130 64,880,000 73,980,020.00
Lepanto `B 1.210 39,524,000 47,186,020.00 1.210 61,477,000 73,569,030.00
Manila Mining `A 0.0500 762,230,000 37,801,300.00 0.0510 855,230,000 44,848,440.00
Manila Mining `B 0.0500 399,130,000 19,663,700.00 0.0500 291,260,000 15,250,050.00
Nickelasia 17.28 4,109,400 44,209,998.00 17.32 3,174,000 55,546,460.00
Nihao Mineral Resources 7.05 7,061,300 49,650,559.00 7.49 11,331,800 87,131,829.00
Omico 0.6200 700,000 435,540.00 0.6300 2,468,000 1,578,700.00
Oriental Peninsula Res. 4.330 2,005,000 8,791,140.00 4.480 1,074,000 4,817,800.00
Oriental Pet. `A 0.0200 1,293,100,000 24,845,800.00 0.0190 1,623,400,000 30,157,500.00
Oriental Pet. `B 0.0200 129,400,000 2,575,700.00 0.0210 185,800,000 3,565,800.00
Petroenergy Res. Corp. 5.98 1,735,200 10,332,341.00 6.04 90,600 542,548.00
Philex `A 15.34 35,953,800 537,152,672.00 14.08 44,942,300 640,074,172.00
PhilexPetroleum 25 1,645,200 40,419,535.00 24.85 751,900 18,071,595.00
Philodrill Corp. `A 0.046 1,928,000,000 87,377,700.00 0.047 2,613,300,000 122,325,200.00
PNOC Expls `B 65 1,500 97,500.00 66.5 3,710 235,540.00
Semirara Corp. 224.00 500,380 112,402,906.00 224.80 1,010,640 226,194,548.00
United Paragon 0.0160 484,200,000 7,281,900.00 0.0150 329,500,000 4,886,000.00
PREFERRED
ABS-CBN Holdings Corp. 30.6 6,640,100 208,454,530.00 32.55 7,031,500 229,351,730.00
Ayala Corp. Pref `A 537 1,550 824,310.00 530 3,980 2,120,820.00
First Gen F 101.3 20,000 2,026,000.00 101.3 2,000 202,600.00
First Gen G 104 108,350 11,268,400.00 104 14,110 1,461,385.00
First Phil. Hldgs.-Pref. 102.3 850 87,025.00 102.5 15,000 1,537,500.00
GMA Holdings Inc. 8.31 3,418,400 27,698,874.00 8.03 32,402,500 272,851,065.00
PCOR-Preferred 107.1 210,890 22,723,938.00 108 503,830 54,354,044.00
SMC Preferred A 75 5,877,490 440,811,703.00 75 287,260 21,543,290.00
SMC Preferred B 78.5 32,820 2,565,870.00 76.5 7,500 585,975.00
SMC Preferred C 75.2 1,752,245 131,435,840.00 75 449,450 33,709,414.00
SMPFC Preferred 1011 6,015 6,080,420.00 1011 3,405 3,443,205.00
Swift Pref 1.36 134,000 191,210.00 1.8 392,000 597,610.00
WARRANTS & BONDS
Megaworld Corp. Warrants 1.38 26,155,000 36,711,630.00 1.34 3,260,000 4,362,460.00
Megaworld Corp. Warrants2 1.22 21,000 25,680.00
Stock index seen
returning to 5,400
REYNALDO C.
LUGTU JR.
GREEN LIGHT
WEEKLY MOST TRADED
STOCKS VOLUME
Alcorn Gold Res. 28,744,170,000
Greenergy 15,902,100,000
IP E-Game Ventures Inc. 7,294,100,000
Abra Mining 2,759,000,000
Philodrill Corp. `A 1,928,000,000
Oriental Pet. `A 1,293,100,000
Manila Mining `A 762,230,000
United Paragon 484,200,000
Manila Mining `B 399,130,000
Megaworld Corp. 340,046,000
STOCKS VALUE
PLDT Common 3,260,579,350.00
SM Investments Inc. 2,060,525,460.00
Alcorn Gold Res. 1,862,403,520.00
Metrobank 1,464,340,960.00
Bank of PI 1,438,811,117.00
Ayala Land `B 1,286,060,260.00
Alliance Global Inc. 1,168,182,430.00
Ayala Corp `A 1,073,003,324.00
Megaworld Corp. 807,777,860.00
SM Prime Holdings 748,986,504.00
By Jenniffer B. Austria
SHARE prices are seen trading in a
narrow range this week, with some positive
bias as the market seems ripe for rebound
after several days of decline last week.
AB Capital Securities, a stock
brokerage rm, said the markets
correction last week seemed to
have been exhausted, as the PSEi,
the 30-company benchmark index,
managed to bounce back from its
immediate support level of 5,300
points on Friday, after a ve-day
losing streak.
We expect the PSEi to be
range trading between 5,300 and
5,450, AB Capital said.
Freya Natividad, an analyst
at online brokerage 2TradeAsia.
com, said as long as the PSEi
maintained its level above 5,300,
the market was likely to sustain its
short-term ascending channel.
For now, movements might
be limited within 5,300 to 5,450
unless signicant pluses are
announced on the global macro
picture. Immediate support
is 5,330, resistance 5,420,
Natividad said.
Meanwhile, Wealth Securities
president Wilson Sy said he
expected the market to end the year
at 5,600 points, and rise further to
6,200 in 2013 owing to the strong
growth of the domestic economy.
Sy said investors were looking
at the Philippine market for
investments because of the
countrys strong economic growth,
fueled by consumer spending.
He noted the domestic economy
continued to benet from the
steady inow of dollar remittances
from the overseas workers as
well as the growth in the business
process outsourcing sector.
Sy said given these factors,
consumer-related stocks and
banks were expected to continue
performing well. Among these
stocks are Robinsons Land Corp.,
SM Investments Corp., Puregold
Price Club Inc. and Bank of the
Philippine Islands.
The main composite index
closed at 5,369.72 on Friday, down
by 70 points or 1.3 percent in the
previous week, while the broader
all-share index dipped 22 points or
0.6 percent to 3,567.91.
Among the sub-indices, only the
property and mining-oil sub indices
managed to end in the green. The
property index inched up 5 points
or 0.2 percent week-on-week on
expectations of another interest
rate cut by the Bangko Sentral.
The mining-oil sub-index also
surged 1.5 percent, led by the late
recovery of Philex Mining Co. The
mining rm said it was undertaking
measures to reopen the Padcal mine
by the second half of 2013.
Average daily turnover slowed
10 percent to P5.76 billion last
week while net foreign selling
reached P115 million, a reversal
of P282-million net buying in the
previous week.
Genting investments. Genting Hong Kong president
David Chua spoke during the 38
th
Philippine Business Conference
organized by the Philippine Business Conference and Exposition
held recently at the Fiesta Pavilion of the Manila Hotel. Chua
focused on the companys investments in the Philippines, which he
described as ourishing.
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The Department of Public Works and Highways - Batangas 3rd District
Engineering Offce, Tanauan City through its Bids and Awards Committee
(BAC), invites contractors to bid for the following contract(s):
1. Contract D : 12DC0152
Contract Name : Rehabilitation/mprovement of Road
(including widening of canal) Del Pilar
Street, Barangay 7 (Pob.), Cuenca
Contract Location : Cuenca, Batangas
Scope of Work : Reinforced PCCP (0.15m thick) A = 72.00
sq.m. #5 CHB Reinforced Covered Canal
L = 60.00 lm.
Approved Budget
for the Contract (ABC) : Php400,000.00
Contract Duration : 45 cd
2. Contract D : 12DC0153
Contract Name : Preventive Maintenance, Asphalt Overlay
along Lipa-Balete Road K0087+000
K0087+750
Contract Location : Balete, Batangas
Scope of Work : Asphalt Overlay L = 0.750 km
Approved Budget
for the Contract (ABC) : Php8,072,000.00
Contract Duration : 60 cd
3. Contract D : 12DC0154
Contract Name : Preventive Maintenance, Asphalt
Overlay along Manila-Batangas Road
K0067+610K0067+900
Contract Location : Malvar, Batangas
Scope of Work : Asphalt Overlay L = 0.290 km
Approved Budget
for the Contract (ABC) : Php5,882,000.00
Contract Duration : 45 cd
4. Contract D : 12DC0155
Contract Name : Preventive Maintenance, Asphalt Overlay
along Lipa-Balete Road K0084+000
K0084+460
Contract Location : Balete, Batangas
Scope of Work : Asphalt Overlay L = 0.460 km
Approved Budget
for the Contract (ABC) : Php4,976,000.00
Contract Duration : 45 cd
5. Contract D : 12DC0156
Contract Name : Preventive Maintenance, Asphalt Overlay
along Tanauan-Talisay-Tagaytay Road,
K0075+302K0075+816
Contract Location : Talisay, Batangas
Scope of Work : Asphalt Overlay L = 0.514 km
Approved Budget
for the Contract (ABC) : Php5,524,000.00
Contract Duration : 60 cd
6. Contract D : 12DC0157
Contract Name : Preventive Maintenance, Asphalt Overlay
along Banay-Banay-Mojon Road K0092+
(-023)K0092+197
Contract Location : Cuenca, Batangas
Scope of Work : Asphalt Overlay L = 0.220 km
Approved Budget
for the Contract (ABC) : Php3,412,000.00
Contract Duration : 45 cd
7. Contract D : 12DC0158
Contract Name : Preventive Maintenance, Asphalt Overlay
along Tanauan-Talisay-Tagaytay Road,
K0077+-040K0077+870
Contract Location : Talisay, Batangas
Scope of Work : Asphalt Overlay L = 0.910 km
Approved Budget
for the Contract (ABC) : Php9,351,000.00
Contract Duration : 90 cd
8. Contract D : 12DC0159
Contract Name : Preventive Maintenance Asphalt Overlay
along Tanauan-Talisay-Tagaytay Road,
K0071+304 to K0071+507
Contract Location : Talisay, Batangas
Scope of Work : Asphalt Overlay L = 0.166 km
Approved Budget
for the Contract (ABC) : Php1,327,000.00
Contract Duration : 45 cd
9. Contract D : 12DC0160
Contract Name : Preventive Maintenance Asphalt Overlay
along Tanauan-Talisay-Tagaytay Road,
K0074+-146K0074+684
Contract Location : Tanauan City, Batangas
Scope of Work : Asphalt Overlay L = 0.830 km
Approved Budget
for the Contract (ABC) : Php9,796,000.00
Contract Duration : 90 cd
10. Contract D : 12DC0161
Contract Name : Rehabilitation/Reconstruction/Upgrading
of Damaged Paved National Road,
Manila-Batangas Road, K0068+000
K0068+400
Contract Locatio : Malvar, Batangas
Scope of Work : Asphalt Overlay L = 0.400 km
Approved Budget
for the Contract (ABC) : Php8,181,000.00
Contract Duration : 90 cd
11. Contract D : 12DC0162
Contract Name : Rehabilitation/Reconstruction/Upgrading
of Damaged Paved National Road,
Banay-Banay-Mojon Road K0090+229
K0090+849
Contract Location : Cuenca, Batangas
Scope of Work : Asphalt Overlay L = 0.620 km
Approved Budget
for the Contract (ABC) : Php8,443,000.00
Contract Duration : 90 cd
12. Contract D : 12DC0163
Contract Name : Re h a b i l i t a t i o n / Re c o n s t r u c t i o n /
Upgrading of Damaged Paved National
Road Talisay-Laurel-Agoncillo Road
K0084+907K0084+1024
Republic of the Philippines
Department of Public Works and Highways
Regional Offce No. V-A
Batangas 3rd District Engineering Offce
Tanauan City
Contract Location : Talisay, Batangas
Scope of Work : Concreting L = 0.117 km
Approved Budget
for the Contract (ABC) : Php1,985,000.00
Contract Duration : 45 cd
13. Contract D : 12DC0164
Contract Name : Preventive Maintenance, Asphalt Overlay
along Manila-South via Sto. Tomas
Poblacion, K0060+-30K0060+226
Contract Location : Sto. Tomas, Batangas
Scope of Work : Asphalt Overlay L = 0.180 km
Approved Budget
for the Contract (ABC) : Php5,471,000.00
Contract Duration : 60 cd
14. Contract D : 12DC0165
Contract Name : Preventive Maintenance, Asphalt
Overlay along Banay-Banay-Mojon Road
K0090+-867K0090+229
Contract Location : Cuenca, Batangas
Scope of Work : Asphalt Overlay L = 0.260 km
Approved Budget
for the Contract (ABC) : Php7,567,000.00
Contract Duration : 90 cd
15. Contract D : 12DC0166
Contract Name : Preventive Maintenance, Asphalt
Overlay along Banay-Banay-Mojon Road
K0090+-867K0090+229
Contract Location : Cuenca, Batangas
Scope of Work : Asphalt Overlay L = 0.260 km
Approved Budget
for the Contract (ABC) : Php11,973,000.00
Contract Duration : 90 cd
16. Contract D : 12DC0167
Contract Name : Preventive Maintenance, Asphalt
Overlay along Banay-Banay-Mojon Road
K0090+-849 K0091+270
Contract Location : Cuenca, Batangas
Scope of Work : Asphalt Overlay L = 0.485 km
Approved Budget
for the Contract (ABC) : Php6,293,000.00
Contract Duration : 60 cd
Bidding will be conducted through open competitive bidding procedures
in accordance with the Revised mplementing Rules and Regulations of
Republic Act No. 9184.
To bid for the contract, a contractor must submit two (2) copies of Letter of
ntent (LO) 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 the contract, (c) completion of a similar contract costing
at least 50% of ABC within a period of ten (10) years, and (d) Net Financial
Contracting Capacity at least equal to ABC, or credit line commitment for at
least equal to 10% of the ABC. The BAC will use non-discretionary pass/fail
criteria in the eligibility check and preliminary examination of bids.
The signifcant times and deadlines of procurement activities are shown
below:
Procurement Activities Dates/Deadlines
1. Receipt of LO's from Prospective Bidders October 12-26, 2012
2. ssuance of Bidding Documents to Registered
Contractors
October 12-31, 2012
3. Pre-Bid Conference October 18, 2012; 10:00AM
4. Receipt of Bids Deadline: October 31, 2012 until 2:00PM
5. Opening of Bids October 31, 2012 after 2:00PM
Unregistered contractors, however, shall submit their applications for
registration to the DPWH-Procurement Offce for Civil Works (DPWH-
POCW) Central Offce before the deadline set for receipt of LO's. The
DPWH-POCW Central Offce will only process contractor's applications, with
complete requirements, for registration and to be issued the Contractor's
Certifcate of Registration (CRC).
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, DPWH-Batangas 3
rd
District Engineering Offce. The
frst envelope shall contain the technical component of the bid, including
the eligibility requirements. The second envelope shall contain the fnancial
component of the bid. Contract will be awarded to the Lowest Calculated
Responsive Bid as determined in the bid evaluation and post-qualifcation.
Prospective bidders may download the Registration Form from the
DPWH website www.dpwh.gov.ph. The BAC will issue hard copies of Bid
Documents at DPWH-Batangas 3rd District Engineering Offce, Tanauan
City upon payment of non-refundable fees per D.O. 52 Series of 2011:
Contract Reference Number Cost of Bid Documents (Php)
12DC0152 1,000.00
12DC0153 10,000.00
12DC0154 10,000.00
12DC0155 5,000.00
12DC0156 10,000.00
12DC0157 5,000.00
12DC0158 10,000.00
12DC0159 5,000.00
12DC0160 10,000.00
12DC0161 10,000.00
12DC0162 10,000.00
12DC0163 5,000.00
12DC0164 10,000.00
12DC0165 10,000.00
12DC0166 10,000.00
12DC0167 10,000.00
nterested contractors are also required to present the originals of their
PCAB License and Contractor's Registration Certifcate to the BAC for
authentication.
The DPWH-Batangas 3
rd
District Engineering Offce reserves the right to
accept of reject any bid and to annul the bidding process anytime before
the Contract Award, without thereby incurring any liability to the affected
Bidder or Bidders.
(Sgd.) FERNANDO A. LANDICHO
Chairman, Bids and Awards Committee
Tel. No. (043)7785134, Telefax No. (043)7780738
Noted:

(Sgd.) EUGENE M. BATALAO
District Engineer
INVITATION TO BID
(MST-Oct. 15, 2012)
By Othel V. Campos
A LOCAL corn trader said Sunday
the high price of domestic corn was
likely articially-induced by hoarding
activities of some of the countrys biggest
buyers and traders of the commodity.
We just nd it weird that
farmers and even traders are
saying that there is bumper corn
harvest, but prices have shot
up to new levels in just less
than a week, the trader who
requested anonymity said over
the weekend.
Industry sources, who belong
to a group of buyers, said corn
prices should be at P15 to P16
only, given the good harvest this
year.
Trading price in Isabela,
however, shot up to as much
as P18 a kilo after the Reina
Mercedes Corn Processing
Facility in Isabela started buying
at P17 to P17.50 a kilo last week.
The price range reected a
sudden increase from just P16
a kilo at the end of September,
sources said.
Reina Mercedes, the countrys
largest local corn facility and a
trading house owned La Filipina
Uy Gongco Corp., also owns the
Mindanao Grains Terminal.
Industry sources said it was
possible that large-scale buyers
were hoarding corn in preparation
for possible exports, in case the
Agriculture Department issued
an authorization soon.
These traders are planning
to export corn in the guise that
corn farmers are the ones asking
the government to allow corn
importation. If this is accurate,
then is highly probable that these
traders will make money and not
the farmers, sources said.
Former National Food
Authority administrator Lito
Banayo shared the same
sentiment. I left the decision
to the NFA Council but I did
submit my own proposal. They
[NFA Council] may or may not
agree with me. The only question
left is who will benet from the
exportation, he said.
The Agriculture Department
and the NFA Council are
exepcted to discuss the issue in
their next meeting.
Corn farmers predicted that
harvest in 2012 would be higher
by as much as 11.9 percent to 7.8
million metric tons of both yellow
and white corn, prompting the
government to consider requests
for exports.
We have enough surplus
to export. And from what Ive
heard during the last NFA
Council, the country still has
as much as 1.2 million tons of
grains which can be used a corn-
alternative to feeds production,
said Roger Navarro, corn farmer
and trader and president of the
Philippine Maize Federation.
The association plans to export
at least 400,000 tons of corn to
South Korea and Taiwan.
By Julito G. Rada
NOVARTIS Healthcare
Philippines has agreed to provide
qualied members of Philippine
Health Insurance Corp. access
to treatment procedures and
high-quality anti-organ rejection
medicines at the National Kidney
and Transplant Institute.
Novartis entered into the
memorandum of agreement to
support the PhilHealth Z benet
package for catastrophic illnesses
that push patients into prolonged,
costly hospitalization and
nancial bankruptcy, Stephanie
Franco, business franchise head
for integrated hospital care of
NHP, said in a statement.
The Z benet package is part of
the PhilHealth program to address
the needs of poor member patients.
Under the agreement, NKTI
will offer the Novartis Kidney
Transplant Package to qualied
patients. The package uses quality
kidney transplantation medicines
and is proven to provide long-
term patient benets.
By Jenniffer B. Austria
THE Philippine Stock
Exchange approved the
P1.67-billion stock rights
offering of power company
Trans-Asia Oil and Energy
Development Corp.
Trans-Asia said in a notice
posted on the PSE Web site it
would offer up to 1.67 billion
common shares to shareholders
as of Nov. 7, 2012.
Eligible shareholders will
be entitled to subscribe to
1 rights share for every 2
common shares owned at an
offer price of not less than
P1 per share. The nal offer
price will be set on Oct. 31.
Trans-Asia, the power
unit of the Phinma Group,
was initially engaged in
petroleum exploration and
production. It recently
diversied into power
generation and supply.
The offering period is set
from Nov. 14 to 20 while
listing date is tentatively
scheduled on Nov. 27.
The company tapped
Maybank ATR Kim Eng
Capital Partners Inc. as the
underwriter for the offering.
Trans-Asia plans to use
proceeds from the offering
to partially nance its
investment in a 54-megawatt
wind energy project in San
Lorenzo, Guimaras to be
owned by a joint venture
vehicle between Trans-Asia
Renewable Energy Corp. and
a partner.
It said if the equity
investment requirement
for the wind energy project
was reduced or the project
was not awarded with feed-
in tariff eligibility by the
Energy Department, it would
use the net proceeds to fund
the second 135-MW unit of
the coal-red power plant of
South Luzon Thermal Energy
Corp. in Calaca, Batangas.
Trans-Asia said it would
also look for potential
investments in other power
project opportunities,
including the privatization
of assets of National Power
Corp.
SLTEC, a joint venture
between Trans-Asia and
Ayala-led AC Energy
Holding, is currently building
the rst 135-MW coal facility
in Batangas.
Trans-Asia is also interested
in putting up a 135-MW
coal facility in Mindanao to
help shore up the generation
capacity in the island.
Share price of Trans-Asia
closed at P1.21 per share
Friday.
Aboitizs advocacy.
Aboitiz Foundation Inc. is
supporting the Philippine Business
for Social Progress in promoting
social development by turning over
a P1.5-million check representing
the Aboitiz Groups membership
contributions for 2012-2013.
Shown during the turnover are
(from left) Aboitiz Foundation
manager for project development
and management Danny Cerence,
executive vice president and
managing trustee Augusto Carpio
III, Aboitiz Foundation president
Jon Ramon Aboitiz, PBSP Visayas
executive committee member
Melanie Ng, PBSP Visayas executive
committee chairman Jose Antonio
Aboitiz and senior program ofcer
Maricar Olivia Jabido.
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Andes survivors mark 40
th
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Pakistan
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Turkey slams UN over Syria
Boat sinks, 22 saved
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Chavez bares
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ISTANBULTurkeys prime minister
sharply criticized the UN Security Council
on Saturday for its failure to agree on
decisive steps to end Syrias civil war, as
Nato ally Germany backed the Turkish
interception of a Damascus-bound
passenger jet earlier in the week.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan told
an international conference
in Istanbul that the world was
witnessing a humanitarian
tragedy in Syria.
If we wait for one or two of
the permanent members... then
the future of Syria will be in
danger, Erdogan said, according
to an ofcial interpreter.
Russia and China, two of
the ve permanent Security
Council members, have vetoed
resolutions that sought to put
concerted pressure on Damascus
to end the conict and agree to a
political transition.
Erdogan called for a reform
of the Security Council, which
he called an unequal, unfair
system that didnt represent the
will of most countries.
He spoke as Foreign Minister
Ahmet Davutoglu met with
Arab and European leaders amid
growing tensions between Turkey
and neighboring Syria.
Davutoglu held talks Saturday
with Arab League chief Nabil
Elaraby, German Foreign
Minister Guido Westerwelle and
UN envoy on Syria Lakhdar
Brahimi. He told reporters after
the meetings that Turkey was
prepared to use force again if it
was attacked, just as it did last
week when a shell red across
the border from Syria killed ve
Turkish villagers.
If a similar incident occurs
again from the Syrian side, we
will again take counter action,
Davutoglu told reporters, while
stressing that the border between
Syria and Turkey is also the
frontier of Nato.
One week after the shelling,
Turkey intercepted a Syrian
passenger plane en route from
Moscow to Damascus and
seized what it said was military
equipment on board.
Syria denounced the move
as air piracy, while Russia said
the cargo was radar parts that
complied with international
law.
The state-run Syrian news
agency SANA reported late
Saturday that Syria decided to
ban Turkish Airlines ights from
Syrian airspace.
Germanys foreign minister
backed Turkey on Saturday,
saying Berlin would have acted
the same way if it believed
weapons were being transported
to Syria over its airspace. AP
PESHAWAR, PakistanA car
bomb tore through a crowded
bazaar outside an ofce for
anti-Taliban tribal elders
Saturday in northwestern
Pakistan, killing at least 17
people, ofcials said.
The blast in the town of
Darra Adam Khel was the latest
to strike the troubled area near
the Afghan border, showing
militants still pose a threat to
the stability of key US ally
Pakistan despite government
offensives against the Taliban
and their supporters.
No group immediately
claimed responsibility, but the
Pakistani Taliban have staged
similar attacks in the tribal
region of Darra Adam Khel
to punish elders for backing
security forces in offensives
against militants.
The explosives-laden car was
parked near the ofce of one of
the so-called peace committees
that have been formed by local
elders trying to rid the area of
militants, regional government
administrator Fakhruddin Khan
said.
It was unclear how many
people were in the ofce at
the time, but Khan said those
killed included tribal elders
and passers-by.
He said 40 people also
were wounded and the attack
destroyed 35 shops and
eight vehicles. The dead and
wounded, including some in
critical condition, had been
transported to hospitals in the
northwestern city of Peshawar.
The region, which is in
the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
province, is famous for its
weapons market selling guns
made by local craftsmen. AP
SANTIAGO, ChileAn Uruguayan rugby
team played a match that was postponed
for four decades when their plane crashed
in the Andes, stranding them for 72 days in
the cordillera and forcing them to eat human
esh to stay alive.
The Old Christians Club squared off
Saturday in Santiago against the Old
Grangonian Club, the former Chilean rugby
team they were to have played to mark
the 40
th
anniversary of the crash made
internationally famous by a best-selling book
and a Hollywood movie.
At about this time we were falling in the
Andes. Today were here to win a game,
Pedro Algorta, 61, a survivor of the crash said
as he prepared to walk onto the playing eld
surrounded by the jagged mountains that
trapped the group.
Military jets ew over the eld, where
parachutists in Chilean and Uruguayan
ags landed. Survivors wept when ofcials
unveiled a commemorative frame with
pictures of those who died in the snowy
peaks.
The Uruguayan air force plane that
carried the team crashed in a mountain
pass in October 1972 while en route
from Montevideo to Santiago. Of the 45
passengers aboard, 16 survived by feeding
on dead family members and friends
preserved in the snow.
I think the greatest sadness I felt in my
life was when I had to eat a dead body, said
Roberto Canessa, 59, who was a teenage
medical student at the time of the crash.
I would ask myself: Is it worth doing this?
And it was because it was in order to live and
preserve life, which is exactly what I would
have liked for myself if it had been my body
that lied on the oor, he said.
Exasperated by more than two months in
the frigid cordillera, Canessa and Fernando
Parrado left the crash site to seek help. After
10 days of trekking, they spotted a livestock
herder in the foothills of the Chilean Andes
who rode his horse to the nearest town to
alert rescuers.
I came back to life after having died. Its
something that very few people experience,
said Parrado, who has been a TV host,
motivational speaker and race car driver.
Since then, I have enjoyed fully, carefully
but without fear. AP
Sergio
Catalan,
the Chilean
livestock
farmer
who rst
spotted the
survivors
of a plane
crash in
1972,
looks up as
helicopters
land on a
eld during
a rugby
game
marking
the 40
th
anniversary
of the crash
in Santiago,
Chile.
Only 16
of the 45
passengers
aboard
survived,
by feeding
on dead
passengers
preserved
in the
snow. AP
SAN FRANCISCONearly
two dozen people who were
enjoying a bachelor party on
whats billed as San Francisco
Bays only oating wine tasting
room are safe after their boat
hit a shoal near Alcatraz Island
and began sinking Friday night,
ofcials said.
The 45-foot (14-meter)
Neptune hit the shoal around
8:42 p.m. and started taking
on water after the impact left a
1-foot (30-centimeter) gash in
the side of the boat, US Coast
Guard spokesman Lt. j.g. Josh
Dykman said.
The boats captain tried to
steer the stricken vessel to San
Franciscos Pier 39. But the boat
started having rudder issues and
began to sink about 300 feet (90
meters) from the pier, Dykman
said.
Three Coast Guard boats
took all 22 passengers and
crew members off the vessel
and brought them to the pier,
Dykman said. San Francisco re
and police boats also responded.
There were no injuries.
We were only in the boat for
maybe about 20 minutes or so,
Matthew Rice, the partys guest
of honor, told KGO-TV. We
were coming around Alcatraz
checking it out and all of a
sudden it was like boom, just
like a big jolt and the next thing
we knew the Coast Guard boats
came in and got us off.
The Neptune is a 1958 motor
vessel operated by San Francisco
Bay Boat Cruises LLC, which
offers specialty voyages on
San Francisco Bay, according to
the companys Web site.
The boat is certied to carry
42 passengers, according to the
company.
It was just an unfortunate
event, said Melissa McDowell,
who operates the cruise boat as a
family-run business, along with
her husband and adult daughter.
All three family members
were on board at the time, and
assisted the passengers off the
boat, McDowell said.
The captain of the boat is the
tiny companys only employee,
McDowell said.
Every one of our passengers
were amazing, she said. They
followed instructions and were
good humored about it. AP
CARACAS, VenezuelaVenezuelan President
Hugo Chavez swore in his new vice president
and six other Cabinet ministers on Saturday,
less than a week after winning a new mandate
to extend his self-styled Bolivarian revolution.
Former Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro
replaced Elias Jaua as Chavezs vice president.
The 49-year-old Maduro, a burly former bus
driver, is considered the member of Chavezs
government with the closest ties to Cubas
Fidel and Raul Castro.
The vice presidential job has assumed
new importance because of Chavezs recent
struggle with cancer and rumors have
circulated that Maduro is being groomed as
his successor.
Jaua will be the ruling partys candidate for the
governorship of Miranda, Venezuelas second
largest state, which is the power base of Henrique
Capriles, the rival Chavez beat in Oct. 7 elections.
Among the Cabinet changes was the
appointment of Gen. Nestor Reverol as the new
minister of the interior and justice, replacing
Tareck El Aissami, who will run to be governor
of Aragua. Reverol had led Venezuelas anti-
drug body.
Adm. Carmen Melendez is the new head of
the Ofce of the Presidency, replacing Erika
Farias, who will seek the governorship of the
west-central state of Cojedes. AP
Humans ate pandas
BEIJINGA Chinese scientist
says that humans used to eat
pandas.
In a newspaper interview, Wei
Guangbiao says prehistoric man
ate the bears in what is now part of
the city of Chongqing in southwest
China.
Wei, the head of the Institute of
Three Gorges Paleoanthropology at
a Chongqing museum, says many
excavated panda fossils showed
that pandas were once slashed to
death by man.
The Chongqing Morning Post
quoted him as saying: In primitive
times, people wouldnt kill animals
that were useless to them and
therefore the pandas must have
been used as food.
But he says pandas were much
smaller then.
Wei says wild pandas lived
in Chongqings high mountains
10,000 to 1 million years ago.
Pandas dont eat much apart
from bamboo. AP
TV host Collins dies
BILOXI, MississippiGary
Collins, an actor, television
show host and former master of
ceremonies for the Miss America
Pageant, died Saturday, authorities
said. He was 74.
Collins, a resident of Biloxi,
Mississippi, died of natural causes
just before 1 a.m. Saturday after
he was admitted Friday evening to
Biloxi Regional Medical Center,
according to Harrison County
Coroner Gary Hargrove.
During the 1980s, Collins hosted
the Miss America beauty pageant
and the television shows Hour
Magazinefor which he won
a Daytime Emmy in 1983and
The Home Show.
As an actor, he appeared in
numerous movies and was a xture
on television in the 1960s and
1970s, playing a variety of guest
roles in dramas and comedies,
including Perry Mason, The
Love Boat and Ironside, among
others. He also starred in regular
series including The Wackiest
Ship in the Army and The Iron
Horse in the 1960s and the The
Sixth Sense in the 1970s. AP
Israel strikes Gaza
GAZA CITY, Gaza StripThe
Israeli military says its aircraft have
struck militants planning a rocket
attack in the Gaza Strip. Palestinians
say one person was killed.
Gaza health ofcial Ashraf
al-Kidra says the identity of the
person killed in the Sunday early
morning strike is not yet known.
He says another Israeli airstrike
on Saturday killed two people. The
Israeli military says one is Hisham
Saidani, a member of a faction of
the ultraconservative Sala trend
believed to have ties to al-Qaida.
Saidani is suspected of carrying out
attacks against Israeli and Egyptian
targets. AP
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WHERE ARE
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Ed Biado wonders where
all the real style icons have
gone?
A toast to those meaningful years
BIRTHDAYS are always beautiful
and happy days, not only for
celebrants but also for those who
share the celebration with them.
Every time I go to a friends birthday
party, I always feel good reminiscing
on those golden, laughter-lled
times that have made the bond
between the celebrant and me rm
and strong. I attended a couple of
these celebrations recently and, as
expected, I had a wonderful time.
Johnny Litton
Emcee par excellence and
man-about-town Johnny Litton
notched another year in glittering,
shimmering fashion as the metros
party militants were all accounted
for, at the ballroom of the Dusit
Thani Manila. But, typical of
Johnny, who is well-loved by
everyone for his caring heart, he
turned the celebration into one
big philanthropic opportunity
guests shared their bounty with
the beneciaries of the EJ Litton
Foundation, established in honor of
Johnnys late son, EJ.
Singer/composer Jose Mari
Chan cajoled everyone into digging
deep into their pockets to help
out, through the Foundation, the
Philippine Red Cross, Kythe, White
Cross, Makabata School Foundation
Inc., Healing Servants Foundation,
Sumalo Elementary School in
Bataan, and families affected
SWAROVSKI is best known for its dazzling crystals. The
brands association with the stones is so strong that some
people think that anything that sparkles is Swarovski (read:
knockoff). But what the original has that its imitators lack
is incomparable luster, craftsmanship, and quality. And
those very traits are evident in every Swarovski product,
including those that tell time.
Watches
that
SPARKLE
By Ed Biado
Thats right, the authority
in precision-cut crystals has a
timepiece range, which is now
available in Manila for the rst
time ever. The Swarovski Watch
Collection 2012, launched in
September at the Peninsula
Manilas Salon de Ning, features
four designs in a variety of colors
and materials.
Nowadays, chronographs
are not only used to tell time.
They are also worn as essential
fashion pieces to complement
ones look, says Lucerne
managing director Emerson
Yao, exclusive distributor of
Swarovski in the Philippines.
And we are proud to say that,
whether you prefer elegant, fun,
or sporty, Swarovskis new watch
collection has one for you.
Elegant is probably the word
to best describe the bestselling
Elis dress watch line. The latest
additions to this collection are
the Elis Mini Silk Diamond
Touch Light and the Elis Lady
Provence Lavender Diamond
Touch Light. Both watches
come in a pyramidal square case
design, which provides depth and
dimension to the timepieces. The
simplistic dial is complemented
by a luxurious crystal mesh strap
that provides any ensemble with
that much-needed sparkle.
The Octea Chrono line, on
the other hand, can be summed
up in one word: sporty. The
modern design boasts round and
linear elements that are a perfect
match to athletic outts. With an
unidirectional rotating bezel
made of a single piece
of crystal, Octea
Chronos 2012
watches are
in two trendy
s h a d e s
a n t h r a c i t e
and fuchsia.
One of the
three counters
on the dial is
encircled by
pave crystals for a
feminine feel. The
Anthracite model
comes in a black rubber strap
with six Crystal Silver Night
crystal embellishments while
Fuchsia has a fuchsia rubber strap
adorned with Fuchsia Diamond
Touch Light crystals.
Meanwhile, the Octea Sport
line is decidedly more sporty and
maybe a little bit androgynous.
It does away with the three
counters, which makes it appear
sleeker and more streamlined.
Further, some models replace
the single-cut crystal bezel with
faceted white ceramic, like the
new White Rose-Gold version,
which features details in rose
gold. Two other additions to the
line, Ocean Blue and Lilac, bear
the traditional crystal bezel. The
rubber straps, in either white,
turquoise or lilac, are decorated
with white ceramic, Blue Zircon
crystals and Light Amethyst
Intensive Diamond Touch Light
crystals respectively.
The newest range in the
Swarovski watch lineup is called
Lovely Crystals. Obviously, fun
is the keyword here. A collection
of ve watches in three color
optionswhite, black and
magentaand either stainless steel
or calfskin leather strap, Lovely
Crystals is a contemporary and
innovative approach to watch
design. The glistening bezel
of the white and black models
is composed of 16 loose (or
oating) white Zirconia stones
framed in stainless steel that move
with the motion of the wrist. On the
magenta version, the stones range
from white to deep red.
Were really looking forward
to sharing Swarovskis latest
watch collection to the Philippine
market because we know that we
share with them the passion for
aesthetically unique products and
designs, enthuses Swarovski
Southeast Asia emerging markets
head Chris Neff. Filipinos are
known to be very fashionable and
were certain that these watches
will complement their style.
(Go to www.swarovski.com/
watches for more information.)
by recent catastrophic weather
disturbances.
Johnny, impressed by the turnout
of close friends and family who
lled the humongous hall to capacity,
was also profuse with gratitude to
his associates, loyal clients, and
sponsors, making special mention
of Philippine Hoteliers Inc.s vice-
chairman and president Evelyn
Singson, and Dusit Thani Manila
general manager Prateek Kumar.
Johnny, indeed, knows how to live
a full and meaningful life! But,
then again, with Johnny around, any
gathering, no matter how small, is
always a party!
Wilson Tieng
The ballroom of the Mandarin
Oriental was overowing with
friends from all sectors of society in
joyful celebration of the birthday
of Solar Entertainment president
Wilson Tieng. Businessmen, show
business personalities, government
ofcials and the Press were all there
to raise their glasses as a toast to the
well-loved celebrant for all those
glorious years.
Serenading him and the guests
were celebrity performers Christian
Bautista, Clair de la Fuente, Faith
Cuneta, Dingdong Avanzado, and
RJ Jacinto in the program hosted
by hilarious emcee Jojo Alejar. The
musical energy was so infectious that
even the birthday celebrant himself,
jamming with Aliw awardee Arthur
Manuntag, gave a moving rendition
of his favorite song, Born Free.
Roars of laughter could still
be heard from different parts of
the ballroom in the wee hours of
the morning as the merrymaking
continued. Food was aplenty, drinks
were overowing and the music went
on and on and on. I have to hand it to
Wilsonhe certainly knows how to
host a party!
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Manila Mayor
Alfredo Lim
Wilson Tieng and Jojo Alejar
Madame Gracita Sieber, Margie Moran-Floi-
rendo, madame Yan and husband Austrian
ambassador, His Excellency Wilhelm Donko
The birthday celebrator Johnny Litton with the Studio 10.10
family (from left): Niccolo, Geng, Jojo and Abel Jose
Lucerne Group managing director Emerson Yao, Don Ado Escudero,
Grace Palma-Tiongco, Marissa Ileto and Muebles Italiano president
and chief executive ofcer Noel Gonzales
Cote dlvoire consul Vince Carlos, Mandy
Eduque and doctor Jimmy Laya
Fashion designer Lulu Tan-
Gan and Mia Borromeo
Wopsy
Zamora with
wife Agile
and Mary Ann
with husband,
singer-
composer Jose
Mari Chan
Javier B-Testa, Becky Garcia, Atty.
Manette Agbayani and Cory Quirino
Gov. Chavit Singson, Ramon RJ Jacinto, Pia
Hontiveros and Ronnie Nathanielsz
Grace Poe-Llamanzares, Sen.
Jinggoy Estrada
Solenn Heussaff wears a Swarovski watch
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FOR casual shoe fans, enjoying
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The secrets of Shulong
I dont think you can call Lady Gaga, Rihanna and
Katy Perry style icons because their clothes are too
weird for anyone whos not a pop star to wear (un-
less its Halloween). Rachel Zoe could be a contender
with her oversize-everything but shes not exactly a
household name. True purveyors of style should be
famous on a global scale and consistent in showing us
new and exciting ways to dress up.
Take Coco Chanel, for example. Her fashion sen-
sibilities still inuence designers and wardrobes all
over the world today. She virtually rewrote the rules
when she came out with the little black dress. Jackie
O made it imperative to have impeccable grooming
and demonstrated that understated glamor (with some
pearl jewelry) is all it takes to wow the crowd. There,
there was Audrey Hepburn, who brought pixie
hair to mainstream consciousness.
Now, those that stand out do so because of their out-
rageousness. We still watch the red carpet, but only
to admire (or bash) gowns, not necessarily imitate
them. Style has become democratized, with fashion
bloggers who post pictures of themselves in different
outts, people who have personal online lookbooks and
the school of thought that personal style is dictated by indi-
viduality and self-expression.
Thats not a bad thing; dont get me wrong. In fact,
it shows that fashion consumers are maturing and are
equipped to make style decisions based on their own
personality, not because I want to look like [insert
celebrity here]. Heck, even designers are now asking
consumers what they want to see walk down the runway
next season. And that development is beyond fantastic.
With the evolution of personal style, the sad thing
is that we might have seen the last of the iconsera-
dening individuals who inspire us with their superior
level of taste.
THE holiday season is approaching and with party invites
being handed out left and right, one surely wonders on what
to wear at those separate occasions. When the time you may
find not enough trendy and stylish outfits to mix and match,
Crimsons then comes to the picture.
Early this year, Crimson Reinvented was launched and
gave birth to collections that will surely capture every
fashion-forward individuals craving for both style and
comfort. Crimson gave way to Crimson Aviation, a col-
lection culled from the lifestyle of aviators. Not only did
Crimson Aviation showcase a different kind of fashion in-
spiration but they also introduced Lucas Raven, aviation
ambassador and co-founder of Aircrew Flight Training
Academy, as the face of Crimson Aviation.
The Crimson Aviation collection features both military
and aviation designs that maintain masculine elements of
solid and edgy, with a playful twist thats perfect for casual
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Designer Vijay Khemani masterfully took the liberty to in-
corporate military and aviation-inspired elements into garments
with men and ladies silhouettes in high fashion. Versatility is
Crimsons key in coming up with astonishingly designed pieces
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To know more about the brand, check their Facebook page at
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Where are the
style icons?
By Ed Biado
IN the world of fashion, an icon is someone whos inuential,
someone whose outts we copy. That happened a bit with Prin-
cess Kate, or, a little bit further back, with Sarah Jessica Parker
when she was still relevant. But the last real style icon was Kate
Moss circa 1990s, who had a penchant for clashing textures and
elements, and mixing slouchy garments with skinnies.
Jackie O
Illegal or unethical?
Kate Moss
A CERTAIN beauty con-
glomerate is said to be si-
lently probing reports that
some bloggers are selling
the swag they receive from
this group's brands. Now,
this report could easily be
dismissed as the work of
envious rumormongers be-
cause to be fair, there have
been recent sensational re-
ports about bloggers which
turned out to be false.
But the report that at
least one blogger is selling
the items given to her by
beauty brands is true. I say
this with certainty because
I have proof in the form
of screen captured images.
She was selling the items
after reviewing them in
glowing terms only days
before. I received many
messages from PR people
and even bloggers after I
posted this item on Twit-
ter and they conrmed that
the blogger, who I did not name, really has an unsavory reputation
when it comes to press gifts. I will not go into details.
Another blogger is reportedly being carefully watched by a num-
ber of brands because they learned that she has been selling the make-
up, toiletries and hair stuff that she's received from them as gifts.
It is not illegal for a media practitioner to sell the stuff that he or she
gets from PR companies but it is denitely unethical, specially if you
are doing it blatantly.
Somebody told me to go to the brands and report this practice but
I won't do it because I believe they themselves allowed the unethical
practices to ourish. I know that people will say that I am saying this
because I hate bloggers. Some of my good friends are bloggers and I
actually follow some blogs (this is how I discovered this). But in my
opinion, people who are in it to sell the stuff that they get without any
regard for discretion should call their blogs www.tindera.com.
I started following beauty blogs several years ago when these
women would post their FOTDs (face of the day) and EOTDs
(eyes of the day). The blog entries would help me in making deci-
sions on which lipstick shade or lotion to buy. Over 90 percent of
the entries were genuine reviews. There are still bloggers like that
today but sadly, most blog entries read like personality columns,
with the online writers (as some prefer to be called) attending one
event after another. Again, this is not wrong but the reason why
people read blogs is to be informed (unless we are friends and I
would be excited to see your pictures with celebrities).
Screenshot of the post by a blogger
selling the stuff that she reviewed
in glowing terms. (Reprinted from
www.femalenetwork.com)
Celebrate the holiday
season a la aviator
CYAN MAGENTA YELLOW BLACK
OCTOBER 15, 2012 MONDAY
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Republic of the Philippines
Department of Public Works and Highways
Region XIII
OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT ENGINEER
Surigao del Norte 1
st
Engineering District
Surigao City
Invitation to Bid for
1. 12NF0084/A. Concreting of Road: 1. Brgy. Cabugao,Bacuag, SDN 2. Brgy. Siana,
Tubod, SDN 3. Brgy. Washington, Surigao City, SDN / B. Constructioin of Multi-Purpose
Pavement (Pathway) : 1. Brgy. Taft, Surigao City
2. 12NF0085/Repair/Maintenance of Kinabutan River Control Km. 1121+813,Sitio
Kinabutan,Brgy. Rizal, Surigao City
The DPWH-Surigao del Norte 1st Engineering District through the SARO No: SARO-
BMB- A-12-T000002831 the sum of P 5,450,000.00 being the Approved Budget Contract (
ABC) for the payments under the contract for 12NF0084/A. Concreting of Road: 1. Brgy.
Cabugao, Bacuag, SDN 2. Brgy. Siana, Tubod, SDN 3. Brgy. Washington, Surigao
City, SDN / B. Construction of Multi-Purpose Pavement (Pathway) : 1. Brgy. Taft,
Surigao City .
The DPWH-Suri gao del Norte 1st Engi neeri ng Di stri ct through the ABM-
BMB-A-12-0006415 the sum of P 2,000,000.00 being the Approved Budget Contract ( ABC)
for the payments under the contract for 12NF0085/Repair/Maintenance of Kinabutan River
Control Km. 1121+813,Sitio Kinabutan,Brgy. Rizal, Surigao City
The DPWH-Surigao del Norte 1st Engineering District now invites for:
1. 12NF0084/A. Concreting of Road: 1. Brgy. Cabugao,Bacuag, SDN 2. Brgy. Siana,
Tubod, SDN 3. Brgy. Washington, Surigao City, SDN / B. Construction of Multi-Purpose
Building Pavement (Pathway) : 1. Brgy. Taft, Surigao City
Cost of Bidding Documents : P 10,000.00
A. Concreting of Road:
1. Brgy. Cabugao, Bacuag, Surigao Del Norte
ITEM NO. DESCRIPTION QUANTITY UNIT
102 Surplus Common Excavation 92.73 Cu.m.
105(1) Sub-Grade Preparation (Common Materials ) 1,071.18 Sq.m.
200 Aggregate Sub-Base Course 291.25 Cu.m.
311(1) PCCP(Plain Pavement) 649.20 Sq.m.
SPL-I Construction Safety and Health Program
Safety Shoes
Safety Gloves
Helmet ( Hard Hats)
Eye Goggles
Medicine (1 Set)
1.00 l.s.
SPL-II Facilities for Engineers (5m x 5m = 25 sq.m) 1.00 l.s.
2. Brgy. Siana, Tubod, Surigao Del Norte
ITEM NO. DESCRIPTION QUANTITY UNIT
102(1) Surplus Common Excavation 399.24 Cu.m.
103(1) Structure Excavation 8.62 Cu.m
103(3) Foundation Fill 0.20 Cu.m.
104(1b) Embankment ( From Excavation) 3.22 Cu.m.
105(1) Sub-Grade Preparation (Common Materials 852.72 Sq.m.
200 Aggregate Sub-Base Course 152.28 cu.m.
311(1) PCCP(Plain Pavement 0.23thk) 516.80 Sq.m.
500(1) RCPC 610mm dia 1.00 Ln.m.
506 Stone Masonry 11.06 Cu.m.
SPL-I Construction Safety and Health Program
Safety Shoes
Safety Gloves
Helmet ( Hard Hats)
Eye Goggles
Medicine (1 Set)
1.00 l.s.
SPL-II Facilities for Engineer ( 5m x 5m = 25sq.m.) 1.00 l.s.
3. Brgy. Washington, Surigao City
ITEM NO. DESCRIPTION QUANTITY UNIT
102 Surplus Common Excavation 170.33 Cu.m.
103(1) Structure Excavation 69.89 Cu.m.
105(1) Sub-Grade Preparation (Common Materials) 1,286.01 Sq.m.
200 Aggregate Sub-Base Course 321.98 Cu.m.
311(1) PCCP( Plain Pavement 0.23thk) 779.40 Sq.m.
404 Reinforcing Steel (Grade 40) 1,193.54 Kg
405(1) Structural Concrete Class A 32.40 Cu.m.
SPL-1 Construction Safety and Health Program
Safety Shoes
Safety Gloves
Helmet ( Hard Hats)
Eye Goggles
Medicine (1 Set)
1.00 l.s.
SPL-II Facilities for Engineers ( 5m x 5m = 25 sq.m.) 1.00 l.s.
B. Construction of Multi-Purpose Pavement (Pathway)
1. Brgy. Taft(Poblacion), Surigao City
ITEM NO. DESCRIPTION QUANTITY UNIT
102 Excavation 32.74 Cu.m.
104 Embankment 48.51 Cu.m.
200 Aggregate Sub-Base Course 43.50 Cu.m.
311 PCCP(Plain Pavement 0.10thk) 557.62 sq.m.
404 Reinforcing Steel (Grade 40) 329.51 Kgs
500(1) RCPC 200mm dia 3.00 Ln.m.
500(2) RCPC 610 mm dia 1.00 Ln.m.
SPL-I Masonry Works 136.69 Sq.m.
SP-II Construction Safety and Health Program
Safety Shoes
Safety Gloves
Helmet ( Hard Hats)
Eye Goggles
Medicine (1 Set)
1.00 l.s.
Completion of the Work is Required 30 calendar days
2. 12NF0085/Repair/Maintenance of Kinabutan River Control Km. 1121+813,Sitio
Kinabutan,Brgy. Rizal, Surigao City
Cost of Bidding Documents : P 5,000.00
ITEM NO. DESCRIPTION QUANTITY UNIT
404 REINFORCING STEEL BAR 327.14 KG
405(1) STRUCTURAL CONCRETE CLASS A 5.70 CU.M.
509(C-1) REINFORCED CONCRETE SHEET PILES
(FURNISHED)
342.20 LN.M.
509(C-2) REINFORCED CONCRETE SHEET PILES
(DRIVEN)
319.36 LN.M.
SPL-1 CONSTRUCTION SAFETY AND
HEALTH PROGRAM
First Aid Kit (1 set)
Safety Shoes
Safety Gloves
Helmet(Hard Hat )
Eye Goggles
1.00 L.S
SPL-2 FACILITIES FOR
THEENGINEER(BUNKHOUSE)
1.00 L.S
Completion of the Work is Required 33 calendar days
Bidders should have completed, within 10 years from the date of submission and receipt
of bids, a contract similar to the Project. The description of an eligible bidder is contained in
the Bidding Documents particularly, in Section V. Instruction to Bidders.
Bidding will be conducted through open competitive bidding procedures using non
discretionary pass/fail criterion as specifed in the Implementing Rules and Regulations
(IRR) of Republic Act 9184(RA 9184), Otherwise known as the Government Procurement
Reform Act.
Bidding is restricted to Filipino citizen/sole proprietorships, partnership, or organizations
with at least seventy fve percent(75%) interest or outstanding capital stock belonging to
citizen of the Philippines.
Interested bidders may obtain further information from DPWH-Surigao del Norte 1st
Engineering District and inspect the Bidding Documents at the address given below for
8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 pm. Monday to Friday during the issuance of
bidding documents stated below.
A complete set of Bidding Documents may be purchased by the interested Bidders
from the address below and upon payment of nonrefundable fee for the Bidding Documents
stated above on each project.
It may also be downloaded free of charge from the website of the Philippine Government
Electronic Procurement System( PhilGEPS) and the website of DPWH, provided that the
bidders shall pay the fee for the Bidding Documents not later that the submission of their bids.
The Bids and Award Committee (BAC) of DPWH-Surigao del Norte 1st Engineering
District will hold a Pre-Bid Conference on October 24,2012 @ 10:00 a.m. @ Conference
Room. All bids must be accompanied by a bid security in any of the acceptable forms and
in the amount stated in ITB Clause 18.
Bids will be opened in the presence of the bidders representatives who chose to attend
at the address below. Late bids shall not be accepted.
The signifcant times and deadlines of procurement activities are shown below :
1. Issuance of bidding documents October 12, 2012 to November 5, 2012 until 10:00 a.m.
2. Pre-bid Conference October 24, 2012 @ 10:00 a.m
3. Submission/Receipt of bids November 5, 2012 until 12:00 noon
4. Opening of Bids November 5, 2012 @ 2:00 p.m.
The DPWH -Surigao del Norte 1st Engineering District reserves the right to accept or
reject any bid, to annul the bidding process, and to reject all bids at any time prior to contract
award, without thereby incurring any liability to the affected bidder or bidders.
For further Information, please refer to:
BEN ALDEN R. SERNA
Engineer III
BAC Chairman
DPWH-Surigao del Norte 1st Engineering District
Capitol Road, Surigao City
(085) 231-5068
dpwh_sdn1bac@yahoo.com
(SGD) BEN ALDEN R .SERNA
Engineer III
BAC-Chairman
(MST-Oct. 15, 2012)
Republic of the Philippines
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAYS
OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY
Manila
(MST-Oct. 15, 2012)
1. The Government of the Republic of the Philippines has received a loan from
the World Bank towards the cost of the National Roads Improvement and
Management Program, Phase II (NRIMP 2) and it intends to apply part of the
proceeds of this loan to payments under the contract for the Asphalt Overlay
of Dang Maharlika, Agusan-Davao Road (Bayugan-Prosperidad Section) K
1282+000 K 1287+920, Agusan del Sur PM No. 08 2012.
2. The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) now invites bids
for the Asphalt Overlay of Dang Maharlika, Agusan-Davao Road (Bayugan-
Prosperidad Section), Agusan del Sur. Completion of the Works required in
one hundred ffty (150) calendar days. Bidders should have completed within
fve (5) years from the date of submission and receipt of bids, a single contract
similar to the Project. The description of an eligible bidder is contained in the
Bidding Documents, particularly, in Section II. Instruction to Bidders.
3. Bidding will be conducted in accordance with relevant procedures for open
competitive bidding as specifed in the IRR of RA 9184 (R.A. 9184), with
some amendments, as stated in these bidding documents and is open to all
bidders from eligible source countries as defned in the applicable procurement
guidelines of the World Bank. The contract shall be awarded to the Lowest
Calculated Responsive Bidder (LCRB) who was determined as such during
post-qualifcation. The Estimated Project Cost (EPC) is PhP 133.50Million.
4. Interested bidders may obtain further information from NRIM-PMO and inspect
the Bidding Documents at the address below from 8:00 A.M. TO 5:00 P.M.,
Mondays to Fridays.
5. A complete set of Bidding Documents may be purchased by interested Bidders
from the address below starting on October 15, 2012 and upon payment of a
non-refundable fee for the Bidding Documents in the amount of Php3,000.00.
6. It may also be downloaded free of charge from the website of the Philippine
Government Electronic Procurement System (PhilGEPS) and the website
of DPWH at http://www.dpwh.gov.ph provided that bidders shall pay the
nonrefundable fee for the Bidding Documents not later than the set deadline
for the submission of their bids.
7. The DPWH will hold a Pre-Bid Conference on October 25, 2012 at 10.00 A.M.
at the address below and open to all interested parties.
8. Bids must be delivered to the address below on November 15, 2012 at or
before 10:00 A.M. All bids must be accompanied by a bid security in the
amount of Php2.67Million in cash or cashiers check, managers check, bank
guarantee, irrevocable letter of credit, or Php6.68 Million in surety bond.
9. Bids will be opened in the presence of the bidders representatives who choose
to attend at the address below on November 15, 2012 at 10:00 A.M. Late bids
shall not be accepted.
10. The DPWH reserves the right to accept or reject any bid, to annul the bidding
process, and to reject all bids at any time prior to contract award without
thereby incurring any liability to the affected bidder or bidders.
11. For further information, please refer to:
RAUL C. ASIS
Undersecretary
Chairman, Special Bids and Awards Committee (SBAC)
for Civil Works for NRIMP-2
Attention:
CARLOS. G. MUTUC
Program, Director, NRIM-PMO
NRIM-PMO Conference Room, DPWH-NCR Compound
Department of Public Works and Highways
2
nd
Street, Port Area, Manila
Tel. Nos.: 304-33-02, 304-3779, 304-3783
Fax No. (632) 304-3898
E-mail Address: cgmutuc@yahoo.com
Website: http://www.dpwh.gov.ph
(Sgd.) RAUL C. ASIS
Undersecretary
Chairman, Special Bids and Awards
Committee (SBAC) for Civil Works for NRIMP-2
Invitation to Bid
for
Asphalt Overlay of Dang Maharlika, Agusan-Davao Road (Bayugan-
Prosperidad Section) K 1282+000 K 1287+920, Agusan del Sur PM
No. 08 2012 (Preventive Maintenance Contract) National Roads
Improvement and Management Program, Phase II (NRIMP 2)
Republic of the Philippines
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAYS
OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY
Manila
(MST-Oct. 15, 2012)
REQUEST FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST
NAME OF COUNTRY : REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES
NAME OF PROJECT : NATIONAL ROADS IMPROVEMENT AND
MANAGEMENT PROGRAM, PHASE II
(NRIMP-2): CORPORATE EFFECTIVENESS AND
GOVERNANCE REFORM ELEMENTS
BRIEF DESCRIPTION : CONSULTANCY SERVICES FOR THE
INDEPENDENT TECHNICAL AUDIT (ITA), CS-
ITA-01

The Government of the Republic of the Philippines has received fnancing from
AusAid to be administered by International Bank for Reconstruction and Development
(IBRD) toward the cost of the National Roads Improvement and Management
Program, Phase II (NRIMP-2): Corporate Effectiveness and Governance Reform
Elements, and intends to apply part of the proceeds of the funds to payments under
the contract for Consultancy Services for the Independent Technical Audit (ITA), CS-
ITA-01.
The ITA will conduct an independent technical audit, review or inspection of the
implementation of the overall civil works contracts under NRIMP-2, but not limited
to the appropriateness of the following: a) Design and Specifcations of works; b)
Const. History (estimation, award, completion) and effectiveness (average cost by
type of activity); c) Overall delivery of works (time, cost, quality); d) Quality of fnished
works in stages of implementation; and e) Contract variations and amendments.
The ITA will also make recommendations, based on good international practice, for
possible streamlining.
The above-mentioned consultancy services are expected to be completed within
twenty one (21) months.

The Department of Public Works and Highways now invites eligible consultants to
express their interest in providing the services. Interested consultants must provide
information indicating that they are qualifed to perform the services including
description of similar assignments, experience and capability in similar conditions.
Availability of appropriate technical personnel, and capacity to complete the services
in the time specifed. The short listing criteria are as follows:
Criteria Points
A. Specifc experience of the Consultants relevant to the
assignment
: 10.00
B. Adequacy of the proposed methodology and work plan in
responding to the Terms of Reference (TOR);
: 30.00
C. Key professional staff qualifcations and competence for
the assignment
: 60.00
Total 100.00
The attention of interested Consultants is drawn to paragraph 1.9 of the World
Banks Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants (under IBRD Loans
and IDA Credits & Grants) by World Bank Borrowers, January 2011 (Consultant
Guidelines), setting forth the World banks policy on the confict of interest.
For further inquiries, interested consultants may contact the following during offce
hours (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.).
CARLOS G. MUTUC
Program Director
NRIM-Program Management Offce
Department of Public Works and Highways
2
nd
Street, Port Area
Manila, Philippines

One (1) original and Five (5) copies of the Expressions of Interest, together with
description of similar assignments, experience in similar conditions, availability
of appropriate technical personnel, and capacity to complete the services in the
time specifed, must be delivered/submitted to the following address not later than
November 8, 2012.
Attention: RAUL C. ASIS
Undersecretary
Chairman, Special Bids and Awards Committee for
Consultancy Services for NRIMP-2
c/o NRIM Program Management Offce
Department of Public Works and Highways,
Bonifacio Drive, Port Area
Manila, Philippines
Tel. No.: (632) 304-33-02
Fax No. (632) 304-35-72

(Sgd.) RAUL C. ASIS
Undersecretary
Chairman, Special Bids and Awards Committee for
Consultancy Services for NRIMP-2
Republic of the Philippines
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAYS
Region VI Western Visayas
ILOILO CITY DISTRICT ENGINEER OFFICE
OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT ENGINEER
Fort San Pedro Road, Iloilo City
INVITATION TO BID
(MST-Oct. 15, 2012)
The Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) of the Department of Public Works
and Highways, Iloilo City District Engineering Offce, invites Contractors to
apply for eligibility and to bid for the herein Contract:
1. Contract ID : 12GJ0090
Contract Name : Preventive Maintenance, Iloilo-Antique Road
K0006+100 to K0006+782
Contract Location : Iloilo City
Scope of Work : Asphalt Overlay
Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC): P 11,811,372.79
Contract Duration : 47 CD
Bid Documents : P 25,000.00
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 during 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 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 similar contract costing
at least 50% of the ABC within a period of 10 years, and (e) Net Financial
Contracting Capacity at least equal to ABC, or credit line commitment of at
least 10% of ABC. The BAC will use non-discretionary pass/fail criteria in the
eligibility and preliminary examination of bids.
Unregistered contractors, however, shall submit their applications for
registration to the DPWH-POCW Central Offce before the deadline for the
receipt of LOI.
The DPWH Procurement Offce for Civil Works (POCW) will only process
Contractor's application for registration with complete requirements and issue
the Contractors Certifcate of Registration (CRC). Registration forms may be
downloaded at the DPWH website www.dpwh.gov.ph.
The signifcant times and deadlines of procurement activities are shown
below:
1. Issuance and Availability of Bidding Documents From: October 15, 2012 to
November 5, 2012 @ 9:00 AM
2. Pre-bid Conference Date: October 24, 2012 @ 10:00 AM
3. Deadline of Receipt of LOI from Prospective
Bidders
Date: October 30, 2012 @ 4:00 PM
4. Receipt of Bid Deadline: November 5, 2012
Time: 2:00 PM
5. Opening of Bids Date: November 5, 2012
Time: 2:01 PM
The BAC will issue hard copies of Bidding Documents (BDs) at the Offce
of the BAC-TWG, Iloilo City District Engineering Offce, Fort San Pedro, Iloilo
City, upon payment of a non-refundable fee as indicated above for every
project. Prospective bidders that will download the BDs from the DPWH
website shall pay the said fees on or before the submission of their bids. Bids
must be accompanied by a bid security in Section 27.2 of the Revised IRR.
Prospective bidders shall submit their duly accomplished forms as specifed
in the BDs in two (2) separate sealed bid envelopes to the BAC Chairman. The
frst envelope shall contain the technical component of the bid, which shall include
a copy of the CRC or the eligibility requirements pursuant to Section 23.1 of IRR.
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.
Only the proprietor in case of sole proprietorship or his duly authorized
representative and the duly authorized representatives in case of the corporations
who are stated in their Contractors Registration Certifcate are allowed to submit
letters of intent, purchase and receive bidding documents and to drop bids.
The Head of the Procuring Entity, DPWH-Iloilo City District Engineering
Offce, Iloilo City, reserves the right to accept or reject any bid, to annul the
bidding process anytime before Contract award, without incurring any liability
to the affected bidders.
(Sgd.) FEMA G. GUADALUPE
BAC-Chairman
Republic of the Philippines
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAYS
OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT ENGINEER
Cebu 1
st
District Engineering Offce
Regional Equipment Services Compound
V. Sotto Street, Cebu City
INVITATION TO BID
The Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) of the Department of Public Works
and Highways, Cebu 1
st
District Engineering Offce, 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
(KO114+824-KO115+320)
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 LOI.
The DPWH-POCW Central Offce will only process contractors applications for
registration, with complete requirements, and issue the Contractors Registration
Certifcate (CRC). Registration Forms may be downloaded at the DPWH website
www.dpwh.gov.ph
The signifcant times and deadlines of procurement activities are shown below:
1. Issuance of Bidding Documents :October 08, 2012 to October 20, 2012
2. Pre-bid Conference :October 15, 2012 at 2:00 p.m.
3. Receipt of LOIs 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 BDs in two (2) separate sealed bid envelopes to the BAC Chairman. The frst
envelope shall contain the technical component of the bid, which shall include the
eligibility requirements. The second envelope shall contain the fnancial component
of the bid. Contract will be awarded to the Lowest Calculated Responsive Bid as
determined in the evaluation and the post qualifcation.

The Department of Public Works and Highways Cebu 1
st
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 the affected
bidders.
Approved by:

(Sgd.) MARIETTA D. ECARMA
BAC Chairman
NOTED:
(Sgd.) WILFREDO AV. ENCISO, CEO VI
District Engineer

(MST-Oct. 8 & 15, 2012)
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OCTOBER 15, 2012 MONDAY
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Isah V. Red, Editor standard.showbiz@gmail.com
showbitz
Manila Standard TODAY
ISAH V.
RED
SIMPLY RED
A household name
long before he turned
professional this year,
the basketball super-
star, who rst cap-
tured the publics
imagination by
leading the Ateneo
Blue Eagles to a
UAAP champion-
ship, is also a popu-
lar TV host, product
endorser, entrepreneur,
civil servant, and youth
ambassador.
As a basketball player,
Chris draws inspiration
from two basketball legends.
I am inspired by what Michael
Jor dan has achieved through his
talent, competitiveness and ath-
leticism. He is my all-time fa-
vorite player. I also look up to
Steve Nashs leadership on and
off the court. He is an excep-
tionally intelligent player who
makes his teammates become
better players when around
him. Being self-giving and
very active in charity work,
his behavior off the court is
equally admirable.
As an entrepreneur who
manages his own refresh-
ing drinks franchise, Happy
Lemon, Chris feels for-
tunate to have his high
school friends in Xavier
School as his business
partners. As with his
other business interests
(he also has other res-
taurant franchises and an IT/advertis-
ing company), he believes that proper
management is the key to a successful
enterprisegiving importance to the
people involved in your business (both
customers and employees), being mind-
ful of their needs and always motivating
them.
As a civil servant, Chris is paying
it forward by using his athletic back-
ground to promote an active and healthy
lifestyle. He is currently a Barangay
Kagawad heading the Sports and Edu-
cation committee.
Naturally, as someone whos very
recognizable wherever he goes, Chris
wisely uses his celebrity status to pro-
mote worthy causes such as Habitat for
Humanity, World Vision, Go Negosyo,
Project Pagsulong and Pilipinas ECO-
Warriors, among others. He also sees to
it that his TV programs promote other
advocacies like sports, entrepreneurship
and science.
With all of these activities taking a
good chunk of his time, Chris needs to
ensure that his body is well-protected
against sickness that can be brought
about by the stress and fatigue that he
encounters every day. While he consid-
ers fruits and juices as his main sources
of Vitamin C, he admits that there are
times it doesnt feel that hes getting
enough, considering his extremely busy
schedule.
I have basketball training every
morning. After that, my schedule var-
iesI sometimes go around inspecting
Happy Lemon stores, attending busi-
ness meetings, giving talks and attend-
ing events. About once a week, I have
tapings for my show in GMA7 called
iBilib and my segment in AKTV called
1-on-1 Tutorials, he narrates.
To keep up with the rigorous demands
of his lifestyle, Chris takes Poten-cee
Forte, which he says is his most reliable
source of Vitamin C. Its really differ-
ent from other Vitamin C supplements I
used to take. Poten-cee Forte has 1000
mg of Vitamin C and has an eight-hour
time-release formula that gradually
releases Vitamin C in my body. This
means that at any point during the day,
no matter what Im doing, Im sure that
Im protected. Its perfect for my hectic
lifestyle, plus, it doesnt make me feel
acidic unlike other brands, he beams.
Since he is now a PBA player, Chris
also knows that hes playing a differ-
ent and a more competitive game with
heavier physical demands. I treat each
game like its my last gamelike a
championship. This is denitely not just
a job for me. The very reason Im still
playing basketball is because I want to
compete and I want to show the fans
what I can do in the court despite the
risks involved, he says.
I have a responsibility, not just to
all PBA fans but, to the youth who look
up to me as a role model. Thats why I
try my best to become the best player
I can be and share my God-given tal-
ent through the game of basketball. I am
also trying my best to give back by be-
ing active in my advocacies and visiting
schools to share a few of my experienc-
es. From all these, I have also learned
a lot over the years. In a way, I believe
this is my mission, he says.
Chris Tiu hosts the top-rating week-
end informative show IBilib (with the
Wonders of Horus) on GMA7.
ABS-CBN continued to domi-
nate nationwide TV viewing
in September with an average
national audience share of 42
percent, or 10 points higher than
GMAs 32 percent, according to
data from Kantar Media.
Data also show that ABS-
CBN ruled total day viewing
from June to September this
year with an average national
audience share of 42 percent
versus GMAs 31 percent. Kan-
tar Media launched its expanded
TV ratings measurement to in-
clude rural homes in June this
year. ABS-CBN also dominated
viewer-rich primetime (6 p.m.-12
m.n.), when most Filipinos watch
TV and advertisers put a larger
chunk of their investment in to
reach more consumers efciently
, with a national audience share of
49 percent in the four-month peri-
od, or a whopping 21-point lead
versus GMAs 28 percent.
Meanwhile, for the month
of September, more house-
holds tuned in to ABS-CBNs
primetime block that registered
a national audience share of 48
percent or 18 points higher than
GMAs 30 percent. ABS-CBN
also ruled primetime viewing
in Luzon where it hit an aver-
age audience share of 43 percent
versus GMAs 33 percent; in the
Visayas with 55 percent against
GMAs 26 percent; and in Min-
danao with 62 percent or more
than three times bigger than
GMAs 18 percent.
Out of the top 15 top running
programs in September, ABS-
CBN took 13 spots and secured
the top 10 spots. Princess and
I, which Filipinos followed un-
til Mikay (Kathyr n Ber nar do)
was nally revealed to be the
long lost princess of Yangdon, is
now the most watched program
in the country with a national TV
rating of 37.7 percent.
Walang Hanggan enjoyed a
whopping 36.6 percent national
TV rating, while weekend pro-
grams Wansapanataym and
Maalalala Mo Kaya claimed the
third and fourth spots in the top
15 most watched programs, both
hitting a national TV rating of
33.8 percent.
TV Patrol, the only newscast
to make it to Septembers top 15
programs, also remained as the
Philippines number one news-
cast with an average TV rating
of 32.5 percent or nine points
higher than GMAs 24 Oras
(18.1 percent), while Aryana
steadily climbed to 24.5 percent
from last months 22.2 percent.
CHRIS TIU
at the top of his game
MORE than just a celebrated athlete, Chr is Tiu is a
multimedia personality who focuses his energy to a
variety of interests and personal advocacies.
ACCORDING to Vice Ganda, even if hes
gay, he still has girl crushes.
Thats true! Im still able to appreciate
a womans beauty until now. But it doesnt
reach the point that I would make love to her.
Please! Ha-ha-ha! Perhaps, it helps that I had
ve girlfriends before I discovered my true
self, he says.
The popular TV host-comedian singles out
fellow Kapamilya talent Kaye Abad as one
gal he admires so much.
Oh yes! I nd her so pretty. Her beauty
is simple but is the type that will grow on
you. And she knows, I told her that shes my
crush. Well, theres nothing wrong with that,
right?
This is somewhat the main conict in his
upcoming Star Cinema movie titled This
Guys In Love With You Mare. He stars with
Toni Gonzaga and Luis Manzano.
In the lm, Luis is my boyfriend but he
dumped me because he turned into a Born-
again Christian. Toni will come into the pic-
ture and between the two of us. Viewers will
surely roll into laughter how the three of us
will get entangled into hilarious situations.
It was a fun for all of us. The ambience on
the set was always so light, he adds.

Under standing his cr aft better
Dingdong Dantes admits that since he
started co-producing lms (rst with Star Cin-
ema in Segunda Mano and now with GMA
Films in Tiktik: The Aswang Chronicles), he
was able to understand, appreciate and love
his craft better.
For the longest time, I worked for produc-
ers as a talent. Now, I can see how difcult it
is to run a project. Its complicated. Because
of the experiences I encounter as a producer,
I love and respect the showbiz industry even
more, he states.
The positive feedback is simply over-
whelming. From the special effects, texture,
story and acting, many say we have a sure
winner here. Well, I really hope so. I can say
that this is a landmark horror movie in local
cinema. We gave it our best shot to ensure
that it would turn out to be world-class. Hope
the public will support it!
Even his girlfriend Mar ian River a is pro-
moting the movie.
JOSEPH
PETER GONZALES
SHTICKS
Vice has crushes
on girls
ABS-CBN claims September leadership
WHEN the curtain rises on
Lisa Macuja-Elizaldes fare-
well performances of Don
Quixote this month, the public
will be in for a double treat as
these shows will also mark the
unveiling of Aliw Theaters
very own orchestra pitsaid
to be the biggest in the coun-
try, as it can accommodate up
to 100 musicians.
Ballet is best appreciated
when performed to live music,
and it is an experience that I
know the viewers will truly
enjoy, says the prima bal-
lerina whose dream to dance
her Swan Song Series to a live
orchestra has been fullled,
thanks to her husband, Manila
Broadcasting Company chair-
man Fred J. Elizalde.
The orchestra pit is actu-
ally the media tycoons birth-
day present to his ballerina
wife who turned 48 on Oct.
3. Just like the Aliw The-
ater, which was also gift to
her several years before, the
orchestra pit also serves as a
token of his love.
The Manila Symphony
Orchestr a, with Alexander
Vikulov of the Marinsky The-
ater as guest conductor, will
be the inaugural group to
use the orchestra pit. Also
featured in Don Quixote
is Ballet Manila, with
Mikhail Mar tynyuk,
principal dancer of the
Kremlin Ballet, as Macuja-
Elizaldes partner.
Acoustics expert and
utist Ray Sison served as
consultant in developing the
orchestra pit, with the Aliw
Theaters in-house team led
by Engineer Bener Baltazar
handling the construction.
Six rows of seats were re-
moved to accommodate the
pit which is also expected to
keep the Aliw Theater com-
petitive in the industry.
I am very happy with the
results because the creation
of the pit will also enhance
the viewing experience of the
people. There is now a prop-
er distance between the rst
rows of the audience and the
performers, notes Macuja-
Elizalde. But, she adds, since
the system is hydraulic, there
is still an option to not use the
pit and to put back the chairs
that were removed according
to the type of performance
scheduled in the theater.
The biggest challenge in
building the orchestra pit was
that there were pre-booked
performances in the
theater. Work, for
instance, had
to be done
around Bal-
let Manilas
staging of its
17
th
season
opener, Ala-
mat: Si Sibol
at Si
G u -
naw, last August.
Several options were con-
sidered as to where the or-
chestra pit would be placed.
We explored having the
orchestra as part of the audi-
ence, or upstairs on the left
upper stage. Ultimately, the
best option was to go with
having the pit right in front
of the stage where it is sup-
posed to be in the rst place,
Macuja-Elizalde relates.
Construction of the orches-
tra pit and aircon ducting com-
prised the initial stage of the
four-phase project aimed at en-
hancing Aliw Theater as a per-
formance venue. The theater is
located adjacent to the Manila
Broadcasting Company
and Star City at the CCP
Complex in Pasay City.
The second and third
phase involve the im-
provement of acoustics
by building acoustic
walls and an acoustic
roof. The fourth phase will
entail the addition of more
dressing rooms backstage and
possibly theater boxes.
For inquiries about Aliw
Theater, call 832-3713 or
e-mail info@aliwtheater.
com.ph. For tickets
to the Swan Song
Series, contact
Ballet Manila at
525-5967, 400-
0292 or through
the website www.
balletmanila.
com.ph or
Ti cket -
wor l d
at 891-
9 9 9 9
o r
ticket-
world.
c o m .
ph.
Aliw Theater has biggest
orchestra pit in the country
Lisa Macuja-Elizalde

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