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NY to issue IDs to undocumented NEW YORK, February 10, 2014 (AFP) – New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday that the city would give undocumented immigrants identity papers to allow them to live more normal lives. “To all of my fellow New Yorkers who are undocumented, I say: New York City is your home too, and we will not force ANY of our residents to live their lives in the shadows,” de Blasio said in a speech at Queens College. The initiative’s aim is to ensure that undocumented residents are

able to do things like open bank accounts, sign leases and gain access to basic services. “We will protect the almost half-million undocumented New Yorkers whose voices too often go unheard,” de Blasio said. New York has an estimated eight million residents, 2.3 million of whom are of Hispanic origin. De Blasio was elected mayor in November with the massive support of the city’s Hispanic and black communities, who respondSee ISSUE IDs, page 7

Electronic billboards lit up with “Thank you” signs at New York’s Times Square (shown above), Galeries Lafayette in Paris, Tokyo’s Shibuya Crossing, London’s Piccadilly Circus and five other cities at 2040 GMT Friday, exactly three months after Super Typhoon Haiyan struck the central Philippines. (From the Facebook page of ‎First Secretary and Consul Elmer Cato, Philippine Embassy) With zero medals even with a large population that says 105.7 in the film clip, the tropical country that is the Philippines has a lone athlete competing in figure skating. Michael Christian Martinez will see action this Thursday at the Sochi 22nd Winter Olympic Games. (From the Facebook Page of Michael Christian Martinez)

Palace wishes PHL bet to Winter Olympics good luck

MANILA, Feb 8 (Mabuhay) – As it wished good luck to the Philippines’ bet in the ongoing Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Malacañang on Saturday called on Filipinos to show their support for him as well. Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said the Palace is confident Michael Christian Martinez will excel in figure skating despite the lack of snow in the Philippines. “We hope the Filipino people are behind Christian and his

quest for gold at the Sochi Olympics,” Lacierda said on state-run dzRB Radyo ng Bayan. Martinez, 17, is representing the Philippines in the figure skating competition. Lacierda said the Palace is “very, very proud” of such athletes, and is confident they can excel when given the chance. “Sana pagpalain kayo ng ating Panginoon. Kayang kaya natin yan (We hope God will be with you. You can do it),” he said. (MNS)

Palace: Despite ‘word war’ over territory, other aspects of PHL-China ties continue MANILA, Feb 8 (Mabuhay) – Despite a recent exchange of words, the Philippines and China continue to enjoy close ties in other aspects, Malacañang maintained Saturday. Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said both countries are “responsible enough” to continue other aspects of their ties despite conflicting positions in one subject. “Patuloy ang ating relationships with China on different levels (such as) tourism, culture (Our relationships with China on other aspects continue, such as in tourism and culture),” he said on state-run dzRB Radyo ng Bayan.

The Philippines and China are engaged in a territorial dispute over parts of the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). Earlier this week, President Benigno Aquino III was criticized in an article of China’s state-run Xinhua News Agency over the territorial row between the two countries. But on Friday, the President noted criticisms that appeared in Xinhua, a state-owned publication, that resorted to vicious name-calling instead of addressing the maritime conflict. Instead of getting offended, the President said the criticism bolSee WORD WAR, page 7

IACAT condemns use of child warriors MANILA, Feb 8 (Mabuhay) – The Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) sternly warned the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) and other groups involved in armed hostilities to stop recruiting teens as part of their ranks. Otherwise, the IACAT said, they will be held liable for human trafficking charges with the highest possible penalties imposed by the law. Justice Secretary Leila M. De Lima, chairperson of IACAT, expressed alarm over reports of teenagers, as young as 15-16 years old, being among the casualties in the recent skirmishes between the government forces and insurgents in Mindanao. “Any form of recruitment of children to aid in armed conflict is a reprehensible practice and is rightfully condemned by all nations,” De Lima said. De Lima added that BIFF leaders will also likely face human trafficking charges aside from terrorism. According to Section 5(h) of Republic Act No. 9208, or “The AntiTrafficking in Persons Act of 2003”, as amended by R.A. No. 10364, or “The Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2012”, recruiting, transporting or adopting a child to engage in armed activities in the Philippines or abroad are considered an act of trafficking in persons. See IACAT CONDEMNS, page 7

With billboards, tweets, PHL thanks world for typhoon aid BY MARLON TANO

TACLOBAN, February 8, 2014 (AFP) – The Philippines said “Thank you” on billboards around the world Saturday in gratitude for the massive outpouring of international help after a typhoon that killed about 8,000 people three months ago. Electronic billboards lit up with “Thank you” signs at New York’s Times Square, Galeries Lafayette in Paris, Tokyo’s Shibuya Crossing, London’s Piccadilly Circus and five other cities at 2040 GMT Friday, exactly three months after Super Typhoon Haiyan struck the central Philippines. “The number of lives lost and

affected is unprecedented. But ever since then, the world has been one with the Philippines in helping rebuild the nation,” the tourism ministry behind the ad and social media campaign said on its website. “The Philippines wants to say a big thank you to everyone who are helping us rebuild after Typhoon Haiyan,” the ministry said on its official Twitter page, where it later posted the billboard pictures. Haiyan, one of the strongest typhoons ever to hit land, smashed across 171 towns and cities in the central islands with a combined land area the size of Portugal, wrecking the homes of more than

four million people. The government is still collecting corpses and looking for nearly 2,000 missing people with 6,201 deaths already confirmed, many of them swept away by giant, tsunami-like waves unleashed by Haiyan on coastal communities. In the hard-hit central city of Tacloban, many shops have reopened in a frenzy of rebuilding but tents and lean-to structures remain the norm in many ruined neighbourhoods, most of which are still without power. “We’re traumatised but there’s nowhere else to go,” Helen May Gabornes, a 27-year-old mother See THANKS WORLD, page 7

US vows to defend Japan against China BY SHAUN TANDON

WASHINGTON, February 7, 2014 (AFP) – Secretary of State John Kerry vowed Friday that the United States would defend Japan against attack including over islands claimed by China as tensions boil between the Asian powers. Kerry, who said he would visit China next week, met in Washington with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and reaffirmed the 1960 treaty that commits the United States to protect its ally. “That includes with respect to See DEFEND JAPAN, page 7

Palace open to ‘help’ from third party on row with HK MANILA, Feb 8 (Mabuhay) – Malacañang indicated Saturday it is open to third-party help in resolving its row with Hong Kong, which recently imposed sanctions stemming from the hostage tragedy in Manila in 2010. But presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said such thirdparty help should be “consistent” with Philippine national interest and the position of the Philippine government. See PALACE OPEN, page 7

University of the Philippines President Alfredo E. Pascual (left) and Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Toshinao Urabe exchange views before the start of an international conference entitled “Japan’s Noh Theater and the Philippine Practice of Western Performance Traditions: A Dialogue on Global Cultural Exchange and Diplomacy” on Feb. 10, 2014 at the Dalisay Aldaba Recital Hall, University Theater Stage, UP Diliman, Quezon City. (MNS photo)

Palace: Latest PDAF scam witness to undergo usual state witness procedure MANILA, Feb 8 (Mabuhay) – Ruby Tuason, a potential state witness in the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam, will undergo normal procedures in the case, Malacañang said Saturday. Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said there are requirements Tuason must meet to become a state witness in the case. “Meron tayong batas at standard na tinitingnan (We have laws and standards to observe). Kung pumasok sila sa standard,

pwede sila mag-avail of the witness protection program. This does not apply only to Ruby Tuason. For any criminal offense where a person who participated in the crime (and) whose participation is not the most guilty, the law allows them to testify and shed truth to the matter,” he said on state-run dzRB Radyo ng Bayan. He said that even in the United States, the law allows whistleblowers to “help facilitate and exSee LATEST PDAF, page 7

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Five dead in new bus crash  MANILA, February 9, 2014 (AFP) – Five people have been killed in a bus crash in the northern Philippines, the second deadly bus accident in two days, authorities said Sunday. The bus was carrying more than 30 people when its brakes malfunctioned and it toppled into a ditch in the northern province of Abra Saturday, police said. One person died on the spot and four others in hospital, said regional military spokesman Superintendent Davy Vicente Limmong. Twenty-eight others were injured in the crash, which came a day after a tourist bus plunged into a deep ravine in a remote northern mountain pass on Friday. Fourteen people were killed in that accident, including a Canadian man and Dutch woman. The bus which crashed Friday was headed to the mountain town of Bontoc, a popular tourist jumping-off point to a rustic mountain town famed for hanging coffins embedded on the sides of a cliff. Also among the dead was a popular Filipino comedian and his artist friends who were supposed to visit a tribal area. Presidential spokesman Herminio Coloma said that in the wake of the accidents, a nationwide safety audit of all public trans-

port had been ordered. “We are investigating the roadworthiness of all types of public transportation, specially buses and public utility vehicles that are the main mode of transportation nationwide,” Coloma said on public radio. He said initial investigations showed that the bus that killed 14 on Friday was not authorized to travel that route. Old buses are the backbone of land transport in the Philippines. But they have been involved in frequent accidents due to poorly-lit and badly-maintained roads and drivers working long hours. Police said 32 other people on board. The deputy provincial police commander, Ramir Saculles, said disfigured corpses were strewn along the hillside, while some others fell into rice paddies at the bottom of the hill. A local police spokesman, Davy Vicente Limmong, said the authorities suspect either the driver made a mistake or the bus suffered a mechanical failure, since no other vehicles were involved and the weather was clear. Poorly-maintained buses are the backbone of land transport in the Philippines but they have been involved in frequent accidents, leading to calls for tighter regulations.

Mandatory installation of CCTVs in public utility buses pushed MANILA, Feb 10 (Mabuhay) – Another lawmaker has supported the proposal for the mandatory installation of closed-circuit television (CCTV) or a surveillance camera in all public utility buses nationwide to deter potential perpetrators from holding up and/or robbing the helpless commuting public. Rep. Eric Olivarez (1st District, Parañaque City) filed House Bill 3704 requiring the mandatory installation of a CCTV or security video camera in every public utility bus to enable bus operators to detect realtime whether or not a bus is being held-up. “This will allow the bus operators to timely alert the law enforcement authorities that a crime is currently happening inside a certain bus in a certain place. It will give the police a better window of opportunity to prevent the crime and/or apprehend the criminals. The probability of timely catching the criminals will surely increase,” Olivarez said. In pushing for the approval of the bill, Olivarez cited the numerous robbery and

hold-up cases involving public utility buses. He said criminals take all the precious and valuable belongings of all the bus passengers as well as the money/bus fares collected by the bus conductor for the day. “To make things worse, such situation may even escalate to a violent one wherein passengers are harmed, injured and even killed. These victimized passengers and bus employees are rendered completely helpless and powerless once a crime has been indiscriminately committed against them,” Olivarez said. Olivarez said as a consequence, the safety of every passenger’s life, liberty and/or property is completely jeopardized and the criminals sometimes get away with their crime due to lack of witnesses. “Being aware that their movement can be traced through the security cameras, the potential criminals will be effectively deterred from victimizing passengers even if the police don’t make it on the scene on time, the faces of the criminals have already been recorded and this will facilitate post-crime investigations better,” Olivarez stressed.

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De Lima to VP Binay: Don’t scoff at us, encourage us MANILA, Feb 10 (Mabuhay) – Don’t discredit witnesses, support the government in pursuing pork barrel-related cases. This was the message on Monday by Justice Secretary Leila de Lima to Vice President Jejomar Binay after the latter described as a ‘dud’ the former’s statement that the affidavit executed by potential state witness Ruby Tuason was a ‘slam dunk evidence’ against at least two senators facing plunder charges in connection with the alleged P10-billion pork barrel scam. The two senators – Juan Ponce Enrile and Jinggoy Estrada – are political allies of Binay. De Lima said that while she respected Binay’s opinion, the vice president should also “inspire, encourage, and support” government investigators and prosecutors in pinning down the suspects in the fund mess. “Nakakalungkot lang in that

instead of encouraging us to further strengthen evidence, encourage us to pursue what we are doing now, eh parang minamaliit nila, bine-belittle or they’re even scoffing at our evidence,” De Lima told reporters. De Lima said Filipinos, especially those in government, should be praying and hoping that people behind the controversy are held liable for their crimes. Last week, Tuason returned to the Philippines from the US after five months and executed a sworn statement implicating Enrile and Estrada, saying she had personally handed them their kickbacks in the misuse of Priority Development Assistance Funds. Tuason once served as former President now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada’s social secretary. The elder Estrada, Binay and Enrile are among the leaders of the the opposition party, United Nationalist Alliance. (MNS)

Enrile resurrects bill exempting electricity users from VAT MANILA, Feb 10 (Mabuhay) – Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile has recently resurrected his pet bill exempting the sale of electricity to residential consumers with consumption not exceeding 250 kWh from the Value Added Tax (VAT). Senate Bill Nos. 2547 and 2159 respectively, pushing the same exemptions, were filed by Enrile during the 14th and 15th Congresses, respectively. During the 2010 senatorial elections, Enrile campaigned under the banner of “Gusto ko Happy Ka!, advocating lower price of electricity. In Senate Bill No. 2101, Enrile said that prior to the enactment of Expanded Value Added Tax Law, the cost of electricity in the Philippines was already one of the highest in Asia and the imposition of VAT on power further increased the cost. “The bill is limited to exempting residential users or households only because households cannot avail of output of VAT to mitigate their VAT liability un-

like industries, and business and commercial establishment which could pass on the cost of electricity to the user of their service,” Enrile said. According to the Department of Energy (DOE), residential consumers or household would have to shell out additional 0.592 centavos per kWh due to the imposition of VAT. “If a household consumer an average of 250 kWh per month, household members would be able to save P148 in electricity payment if VAT is removed, a rather substantial amount especially to those who belong to the lower middle income bracket and below,” Enrile said. Lastly, Enrile said, household are also the last point in the VAT claim so the exemption will not adversely affect VAT collection efficiency in terms of establishing paper trail of “VATable” transactions. “The measure aimed to amend Section 109 of the National Internal Revenue Code of 1997,” Enrile said. (MNS)

Bill seeks to increase monthly stipend of senior citizens MANILA, Feb 8 (Mabuhay) – A lawmaker has filed a measure increasing the monthly stipend of senior citizens from P500 to P1,000. House Bill 3731, authored by Rep. Anthony del Rosario (1st District, Davao del Norte), also seeks to lower the age of coverage from the present 77 years old to 70 years old. Del Rosario said the present age requirement is no longer reasonable considering today’s average lifespan of senior citizens. “The coverage should be lowered so that our elderly will be able to avail of the benefits longer into their twilight years,” Del Rosario said. The measure amends Republic Act 7432, as amended, otherwise known as the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010. “The time is ripe to re-visit the provisions embodied in the existing law and uphold the time-

honored principle that those who have less in life should have more in law,” Del Rosario stressed. “It cannot be denied that over the years the prices of commodities have increased and by increasing the senior citizens’ purchasing power, this bill hopes to alleviate the situations of our indigent elderly,” Del Rosario said. Del Rosario also cited Article XV, Section 4 the 1987 Constitution, which states that the family has the duty to care for its elderly members but the State may also do so through just programs of social security. “The principles enshrined in the Constitution do not only serve to protect the less privileged and the most vulnerable sectors in our society such as the elderly but also affirm their important role in the community as partners in nationbuilding,” Del Rosario said.(MNS)

Amending NIA charter can increase agricultural productivity: Party List solon MANILA, Feb 10 (Mabuhay) – The goal of the Aquino administration for the country to be rice sufficient can be achieved faster by amending the aged charter of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) specifically the provision on Irrigation Service Fees (ISFs). COOP-NATCCO party list Representatives Anthony Bravo and Cresente Paez said that abolishing Irrigation Service Fees (ISFs) being collected by NIA on Filipino farmers will be of great help. Bravo and Paez who penned House Bill 3849 seeking to amend the Charter of NIA said abolishing the ISF will give farmers additional income. “Irrigation is a key factor in increasing agricultural productivity of our farmers. It should be given for free to ensure adequate food supply especially rice. If we are rice selfsufficient, there would be no more room for rice smuggling,” Bravo said in their explanatory note. According to Bravo, NIA collects around P3-B irrigation fees annually from farmers. “Free irrigation services will certainly lower the cost of palay production of our farmers which is now at P18 per kilo. We need to develop the competitiveness of our local farmers and one way is for the government to subsidize some of the production costs,” Paez explained. The party-list lawmakers earlier filed HB 3226 amending the Charter of the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC) to require a payment of 80-100% of the actual value of the projected harvest of farmers. The bill aims to protect subsistence farmers from the rigors of calamities. (MNS)

Department of Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz leads the lowering of the time capsule during the groundbreaking ceremony Friday (Feb. 7, 2014) for the construction of the “Green Innovation Technology Center” at the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Complex in Taguig City. Also in photo are (from left) Federation of Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry Inc. (FFCCCII) Executive Vice President Angel Ngu, TESDA Secretary Joel Villanueva, FFCCCII president Dr. Alfonso G. Siy, and FFCCCII Chairman Emeritus Lucio Tan. (MNS photo)

DOLE chief: Govt not ‘renting out’ OFWs MANILA, Feb 10 (Mabuhay) – Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz clarified on Monday that the government does not plan on signing any agreement that will in effect “rent out” overseas Filipino workers (OFW). “I think the word rent is not the appropriate term. We will never negotiate anything that would reduce the level of protection of our workers,” Baldoz told reporters after the awarding of outstanding recruitment and manning agencies at the Palace. She issued the statement after Akbayan Rep. Walden Bello was quoted by news site Arab News as saying that a planned agreement

between DOLE and Saudi recruitment firms will “legally allow Saudi companies and recruiters to independently recruit Filipino workers and rent them out to private and government employers.” Bello also said that the salaries of OFWs will be determined by the agencies and in effect be reduced. But Baldoz said the government has no plans to sign such a deal and that OFWs continue to be hired either directly or through foreign placement agencies. She explained that the only change was that recruitment agencies in Saudi Arabia came together to create 10 “mega” re-

cruitment agencies, to whom the Saudi Ministry of Labor issues working visas in bulk. “That means a better handling in terms of monitoring of their operations [but] the issue of mega recruitment is the Saudi regulation, not ours,” she said. Baldoz added that this is the reason she sent a technical team to Saudi Arabia to negotiate the implementing protocol. “We [will] see to it that whether they are operating in mega recruitment system or under a new system, the level of protection that our workers have before will continue to be guaranteed,” she said. (MNS)

Aquino to employment agencies: Helping, not exploiting OFWs the way to go MANILA, Feb 10 (Mabuhay) – President Benigno S. Aquino III on Monday reminded employment and manning agencies against exploiting Filipinos seeking work abroad, saying overseas Filipinos have already sacrificed so much and deserve their countrymen’s full support. The President made the call at a ceremony in Malacañan Palace, where the outstanding agency awards of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration were held. “Alam po natin: May ilan sa ating employment at manning agencies, kung ituring ang ating mga kababayan, parang naglalakad na pitakang puwedeng pagkakitaan, at saka kakalimutan kapag hindi na mapapakinabangan (We know some employment and manning agencies treat OFWs as walking wallets to be exploited, and abandoned when they are no longer profitable),” he said in his speech. Citing figures from the Department of Foreign Affairs, the President said there are about 6.3 million Filipinos based abroad. “Wala man po sila ngayon dito sa Pilipinas, malayo man po ang kanilang kinalalagyan, malinaw na

malinaw ang ating paninindigan: Kabilang sila sa ating mga Boss. Kasama sila sa mga nagtitiwala sa atin na pangalagaan ang kanilang mga karapatan; sumaklolo at magbigay-lingap sa oras ng kanilang pangangailangan; at magpalawak ng pagkakataon para sa propesyunal at personal nilang pag-unlad (They may not be in the Philippines, but we still consider them among our bosses. They are among the Filipinos who trusted us to safeguard their rights and welfare, especially when they need help. They also trust us to give them all possible opportunities),” he said. The President thanked the awardees and other agencies like them who he said undertake programs to help OFWs get to their host countries and do not seek excess fees. Many agencies even implement programs to make sure OFWs get adequate compensation for their work, he added. “Wala rin kayong kung anu-anong mga kaltas at hokus-pokus, kaya naman hindi nababaon sa utang ang mga Pilipinong nangingibangbayan para tuparin ang kanilang mga pangarap. Humahanga rin po ako sa mga inisyatiba ninyo upang mapaunlad ang kakayahan ng mga

OFW na masigurong mayroon silang pag-usad sa mga napili nilang karera (You do not impose various fees or make deductions, so OFWs need not be mired in debt. I also salute you for your initiatives to improve the well-being of our OFWs as they pursue their careers),” he said. The President stressed employment and manning agencies are at the frontline of the government’s efforts to help OFWs pursue their dreams abroad. He said he is confident the government and these manning firms can work together in helping the OFWs. “Matagal na kayong nagbibigay-serbisyo sa ating mga kapwa Pilipino; umaasa akong lalo pang titibay ang inyong pagiging lingkod-bayan, lalo pa kayong makikiambag, at lalo pa tayong magtutulungan para maabot ang ating kolektibong pangarap. Sa ngalan ng mga natulungan ninyong OFW at ng kanilang mga mahal sa buhay, maraming-maraming salamat sa inyo (You have been serving our fellow Filipinos for so long, I expect our partnership in nation building to grow stronger. On behalf of OFWs and their loved ones, I thank you for the role you play),” he said.

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MANILA, February 7, 2014 (AFP) – Philippine President Benigno Aquino on Friday brushed off a barrage of Chinese insults that were triggered by him comparing China’s rulers with the Nazis, as the two sides traded further angry accusations over a territorial dispute. China’s state-run Xinhua news agency released a blistering commentary on Wednesday in which it labelled Aquino “amateurish”, “ignorant” and “lame”. The commentary came a day after Aquino said China’s efforts to seize disputed parts of the South China Sea were similar to Nazi Germany’s actions before World War II, and called on global leaders not to make the same mistake of appeasement. “Well, I thank Xinhua because they are re-affirming the validity of our position. As the saying goes, if someone cannot answer an issue, then he resorts to name-calling,” Aquino said when asked for a response to the Xinhua commentary. “If you are intentionally insulting me, I thank you because it shows the Philippine position is correct.” In Beijing, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei maintained the pressure on Friday, insisting that comparing China’s actions to those of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler were “inconceivable and unreasonable”. “China is strongly dissatisfied with the relevant remark. We hope that the Philippine side will correct its mistake,” he told a press briefing. China insists it has sovereign rights over almost all of South China Sea, even waters approaching the coasts of neighbouring countries and down as far south as Borneo. The Philippines, as well as Brunei, Malaysia, Vietnam and Taiwan, also claim parts of the sea, and the disputes have for decades made the waters a potential trigger for military conflict in the region. Tensions have escalated in recent years as an increasingly muscular China has built up its naval and coast guard presence in the South China Sea, drawing complaints from the Philippines of Chinese bullying. Hong said the Philippines had created the most problems with its “illegal occupation” of islands in the South China Sea. But Aquino said the disputes could be resolved if all countries abided by the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), to which both China and the Philippines are signatories. The Philippines launched legal action with a United Nations tribunal last year, asking it to rule if the Chinese South China Sea claim was invalid. China refused to participate in the UN process.

Arms makers try to cash in as Asian disputes escalate BY MARTIN ABBUGAO

SINGAPORE, February 9, 2014 (AFP) – Asia’s top aerospace and defense show opens Tuesday in Singapore, with major global arms makers seeking to cash in on rising military spending in China and elsewhere as territorial disputes escalate in the region. A wide range of air and maritime attack and surveillance systems will be showcased at the biennial Singapore Airshow, which will also feature the latest developments in commercial aviation, such as Airbus’ A350-XWB long-range aircraft. “The Asia Pacific region is extremely important to us particularly as we broaden our global focus, and Singapore is a key market,” said David Perry, vice president and chief global business development officer at US weapons firm Northrop Grumman. “Our objective is to continue to... provide the most advanced capabilities to help meet the region’s defense and security needs,” he said in a press statement ahead of the event, which runs until Sunday. Among Northrop Grumman’s exhibits is the Triton unmanned aircraft system especially adapted for maritime surveillance. US firm Lockheed Martin, which makes the F-16 fighter, will also have a big presence to promote anti-submarine warfare, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities. The defense wings of passenger aircraft makers Boeing and Airbus are also exhibiting their latest wares, including unmanned aerial systems. Among Boeing’s displays is the P-8A Poseidon, which it describes as the world’s most advanced anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare aircraft. Airbus will display the C-295 versatile tactical transport plane configured for maritime patrols. Analysts say the balance of military power is gradually shifting to Asia, with countries beefing up their armed forces as their economies grow and regional tensions simmering because of territorial disputes. China is embroiled in overlapping claims over islands in the South China Sea with Taiwan as well as the Southeast Asian states of Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam. Beijing lays claim to almost the entire sea, including waters close to the shores of its smaller neighbours, and its aggressive moves to enforce its claims have sparked concern over its ambitions. Diplomatic tensions between Japan and China are also rising because of a dispute over uninhabited islands in the East Sea which Tokyo refers to as the Senkakus and Beijing calls the Diaoyus. Meanwhile, the Korean Peninsula remains a potential flashpoint for an armed conflict between South Korea and its nuclear-armed neighbor, North Korea. Rising Defence Spending “Asia Pacific is the only region where from 2009 onwards we have seen a steady rise in defense expenditure,” said Craig Caffrey, senior analyst at IHS Jane’s, a defense industry consulting and analysis company. He said in a report that, based on IHS Jane’s latest projections for defense budgets, the Asia Pacific’s share of the global budget spend would grow to 28 percent, or $474 billion, by the end of the decade – up from the current 24 percent.

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WASHINGTON, February 10, 2014 (AFP) – President Barack Obama’s health care law suffered a new blow Monday, as his administration delayed a key component requiring small businesses to provide insurance to employees or face a fine. The decision was the latest glitch to Obama’s signature domestic achievement which has been plagued by political attacks and a disastrous debut for a sign-up website. Department of Treasury officials writing rules for the Affordable Care Act decided that business with fewer than 100 workers but more than 50 would have an extra year – until 2016 to offer health care to employees or face a fine. The requirement, known as the employer mandate had already been put off by one year. “While about 96 percent of employers are not subject to the employer responsibility provision, for those employers that are, we will continue to make the compliance process simpler and easier to navigate,” said Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy Mark Mazur. Firms with over 100 employees will get more time to complete the insurance process but will still have to start paying a fine for some workers in 2015 if they fail to offer health insurance to workers. Republicans seized on the new adjustment to the law to accuse Obama of usurping his powers to cov-

er up for what they see as the health care reform’s failure. “The White House seems to have a new exemption from its failed law for a different group every month,” said Mitch McConnell, the top Republican in the Senate. “It’s time to extend that exemption to families and individuals – not just businesses.” Republicans are making controversy over the health care law the centerpiece of the campaign to win mid-term elections, in the hope of taking back the Senate. As well as the website debacle, Obamacare was also hit by the president’s now discredited promise that if Americans liked their existing plans and doctors they could keep them. Obama however argues that after early glitches, the law is gathering pace. He says nine million people have now signed up for new insurance policies or joined an expanded Medicaid program for the poor. He also touts reforms that now prevent private insurance firms from turning away patients with pre-existing conditions from taking out new policies. Children of policy holders who are not in full time work can now remain on plans held by their parents until the age of 26.

TVs, cars, computers linked to obesity in poor nations WASHINGTON, February 10, 2014 (AFP) – In low-income countries, people with cars, televisions and computers at home are far more likely to be obese than people with no such conveniences, researchers said Monday. Eating more, sitting still and missing out on exercise by driving are all likely reasons why people with these modern-day luxuries could be gaining weight and putting themselves at risk for diabetes, researchers said. The findings in the Canadian Medical Journal suggest extra caution is needed to prevent health dangers in nations that are adopting a Western lifestyle. “With increasing uptake of modern-day conveniences TVs, cars, computers – low and middle income countries could see the same obesity and diabetes rates as in high income countries that are the result of too much sitting, less physical activity and increased consumption of calories,” said lead author Scott Lear of Simon Fraser University. “This can lead to potentially devastating societal health care consequences in these countries.” The same relationship did not exist in developed nations, suggesting the harmful effects of these devices on health are already reflected in the high obesity and diabetes rates. The study included nearly 154,000 adults from

17 countries across the income spectrum, from the United States, Canada and Sweden to China, Iran, India, Bangladesh and Pakistan. Televisions were the most common electronic device in developing countries – 78 percent of households had one –followed by 34 percent that owned a computer and 32 percent with a car. Just four percent of people in low-income countries had all three, compared to 83 percent of people in high-income countries. Those that did have electronics were fatter and less active than those that did not. People with all three were almost a third less active, sat 20 percent more of the time and had a nine-centimeter (3.5 inches) increase in waist circumference, compared to those that owned none of the devices. The obesity prevalence in developing countries rose from 3.4 percent among those that owned no devices to 14.5 percent for those that owned all three. In Canada, about 25 percent of the population is obese and in the United States, about 35 percent of people are obese. “Our findings emphasize the importance of limiting the amount of time spent using household devices, reducing sedentary behavior and encouraging physical activity in the prevention of obesity and diabetes,” said the study.

Beijing slams ‘irresponsible’ US warning on S. China Sea BEIJING, February 10, 2014 (AFP) – China condemned the US Pacific air force commander Monday for “irresponsible remarks” after he warned it would be provocative if Beijing declared an air defense zone over the South China Sea. The response ratchets up a war of words also involving the Philippines and Japan over territorial disputes in the South and East China Seas respectively. Beijing set up an “air defense identification zone” (ADIZ) over the latter waters in November that included contested islands claimed by it and Tokyo, prompting condemnation by Washington. Amid concerns Beijing may do the same to assert territorial claims in the South China Sea, US Pacific Air Force Commander Herbert Carlisle said on Sunday such a step would be “very provocative”. At a regular press briefing on Monday, China’s foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying hit back, saying that “setting up an air defense identification zone is a reasonable right for any sovereign state to exercise. “Relevant officials should reflect carefully on what standing they have to make any irresponsible remarks about China’s exercising its own reasonable and legitimate rights.” Pointing out that the US and other countries also have ADIZs, she asked, “Why can only China not (do the same)?” “We hope that relevant countries and officials can stop making irresponsible comments,” she said. Beijing requires aircraft flying through its ADIZ to identify themselves and maintain communication with Chinese authorities, but the zone is not a claim of sovereignty.

Carlisle also criticized recent actions by Manila and in particular Tokyo, saying that many countries needed to act to de-escalate tensions. “Some of the things, in particular that have been done by Japan, they need to think hard about what is provocative to other nations,” he said in an interview in Singapore with the US news agency Bloomberg. Last week Philippine President Benigno Aquino compared China’s efforts to seize disputed territories to Nazi Germany’s actions before World War II, and urged world leaders not to repeat the mistake of appeasement—comments Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei dismissed as “unreasonable”. Meanwhile China and Japan have slammed one another over disputed islands, as well as Beijing’s grievances over Japan’s history of imperial aggression until its defeat in 1945. Tensions spiked even further after Japan’s nationalistic Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in December visited the Yasukuni shrine, which commemorates Japan’s war dead, including a handful of war criminals executed at the end of World War II. In opinion pieces in January, both countries’ ambassadors to the UK invoked the fictional evil wizard of the Harry Potter series, Voldemort, in accusing the other side of escalating the conflict. On Friday Beijing had denounced a US official’s call for China to clarify or adjust its claims in the South China Sea, calling the remarks “irresponsible”. Beijing claims the sea almost in its entirety, even areas a long way from its shoreline, but portions are also claimed by the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan.

Catholics support Pope Francis, but many split on teachings: poll

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WASHINGTON, (AFP) – Catholics believe Pope Francis is doing a good job, but many disagree with Church doctrine on hot-button issues, especially contraceptives, according to a global poll out on Sunday. The survey by the US-based Spanish-language network Univision of Catholics in 12 countries found that those most likely to support Church teachings are married men and women 55 years and older who attend mass frequently and live in rural areas. For the rest, opinions on issues such as gay marriage, abortion, divorce and female priests vary by region, age, geographic location and income. According to the poll, 87 percent of Catholics believe that Francis is doing a good or excellent job as his papacy reaches its first anniversary in March. Yet 78 percent favor using contraceptives, a violation of Church doctrine. On other issues there are marked regional differences: for example 80 percent of Catholics in Africa and 76 percent in the Philippines support the ban on female priests, but only 30 percent in Europe and 36 percent in the United States are in favor. The most controversial subject is gay marriage: opposition to such unions is overwhelming in Africa at 99 percent, compared with 40 percent in the United States. “On average, five percent more women, 18 percent

more young people and 10 percent more upper and upper middle class members are in favor of gay marriage compared to their counterparts,” the pollsters said. Catholics in Spain – which for centuries enforced Church doctrine through the Holy Inquisition – are among the most liberal in the world, according to the survey, along with those in France. Catholics in Africa and the Philippines are the most conservative, while those in Argentina and Brazil are mostly liberal. The poll by Bendixen & Amandi International for Univision surveyed 12,036 Catholics in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, France, Italy, Mexico, Philippines, Poland, Spain, Uganda and the United States. The countries represent 61 percent of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics, and pollsters say the survey has a 0.9 percent overall margin of error. On February 11, the Catholic Church marked one year since Benedict XVI became the first pope since the Middle Ages to resign, with Vatican insiders defending his troubled eight-year papacy. “Today I ask you to join me in prayer for His Holiness Benedict XVI, a man of great courage and humility,” his successor, Pope Francis, said in a message on Twitter.


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UTREACH PLDT US exec Cabal-Revilla, 2013 TOYM awardee GLENDALE, CA – PLDT US Mobility’s comptroller and first vice president, June Cheryl “Chaye� Cabal-Revilla, has been named one of The Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) Awardees for Community Service in 2013 for her work in PLDT’s Gabay Guro program which significantly contributed to improve the lives of the Filipino people. Organizing the program with the support of the PLDT Managers’ Club Inc. and the PLDT Smart Foundation, Cabal-Revilla has selflessly honored and helped the country’s teachers through the Gabay Guro program. Under her leadership, Gabay Guro has already provided more than 700 scholarship grants to aspiring teachers and conducted training to more than 40,000 teachers nationwide. Since 2007, Gabay Guro has conducted trainings and programs that fortify the teachers’ knowledge and skills; provided for teachers opportunities for additional livelihood and income; helped in broad banding public schools and in computerization; provided initial funding to finance housing projects and educational facilities; and initiated events

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and campaigns that pay tribute to teachers. “I am fortunate to be part of a company that has a deep sense of service for the Filipino people and believes that we are here to change lives. Thus, when we organized Gabay Guro, the support was really there and this inspired us to pursue programs that will truly change the lives of those who changed ours – our teachers,� said Chaye Cabal-Revilla, who also serves as the Chief Finance Offi-

cer of PLDT Global Corp. (PGC). “I am thankful that companies within the PLDT Group such as PGC, extend their invaluable support to Gabay Guro by putting up computer labs and schools in Cebu, Bohol and Leyte - areas that were severely devastated by the earthquake and Yolanda.� She further adds that she draws her strength “from God. If you have a purpose and it’s according to His will, God gives you all the strength you need.� Manuel V. Pangilinan, who is at the helm of the PLDT Group of Co, shares the same heart for the Filipino people when he said in the PLDT-Smart Foundation’s website, “we are determined to make an impact on the lives of as many Filipinos as possible with the resources we do have.� This is the reason why PLDT has launched its operations in the United States. “True to the calling of changing lives of the Filipinos wherever they may be, PLDT US Mobility is here to give our kababayans in the US a slew of services that will bring them closer to home,� said Enrique G. Yu, General Manager of PLDT US Mobility.

Pilipino Cultural Night to be staged on March 22 at Lakewood High School wenty seven years after it debuted as the Pilipino Cultural Night as a vehicle to create awareness, nurture and propagate the Philippine culture among high school students in Southern California, four high schools of the ABC School District have banded together again to stage its 30th edition on March 22, 6 p.m. at Lakewood High School, This Pilipino Cultural Night (PCN) is the culmination of Club Kaibigan’s major activity at Whitney High School, the Filipino-American student body founded in 1984 by now Cerritos City Mayor Pro-tempore Mark E. Pulido. Three years thereafter since 1987, Whitney’s Fil-Am students spearheaded by 15 club cabinet members organized the PCN as a cultural program to encourage the students to connect to their roots and learn more about their rich Filipino heritage. Since then, this Filipino cultural extravaganza soon caught fire. Other high schools in the school district took part in this tradition, among them Cerritos High School, Artesia High School and Gahr High School. This cultural showcase is categorized into several main suites which start with Maria Clara then transitioned to Regional, Muslim Mountain and Rural. In Maria Clara Suite, it features Paseo de Iloilo, Lanceros de Tayabas, Mazurka and Carinosa; Regional (Mindayan, and Raffia); Muslim (Singkil and Katsu); Mountain (Salip and Pattong); Rural (Bulaklakan, Sakuting and Tinikling). “Every year, we infuse innovations and variations to our folk dances to be different from previous years. We do our research and then meticulously choreograph these folk dance routines and eventually teach our peers,� shared Ann Munoz,

president of Whitney High School’s Club Kaibigan who is leading this year’s cultural show. Whitney High has a reputation as a “nationally recognized school of excellence.� “Our organization is a testament to the power of neighborhood solidarity. The night is a culmination of the efforts of over 100 people who have all worked together to make the Pilipino Cultural Night a success,� chimed in two other Co-Vice Presidents and Co-Dance Troupe Coordinators Cyrus Salvani and Carlo Salonga. An authentic Filipino rondalla will perform as the ensemble will dance their routines that will somewhat approximate the world-famous Bayanihan Dance Company. To deviate from purely Philippine cultural show, the up and coming Filipino Band DRH Band headed by Ruben Cuatrona will perform some popular songs of Justin Timberlake like “Mirror� One thing is certain to emerge from this Pilipino Cultural Night. Student participants who were interviewed said, “We hope to keep this on-going tradition alive for future high school generations to come and to allow them to be able to find connections and appreciation of their Filipino heritage through song and dance.� For ticket reservation which is $10 per person, interested parties may contact Ann Munoz at 562833-6751 or acdmunoz@gmail.com; Mark Ruiz at 562-650-6207 or mark@arstructures.com; Cyrus Salvani at 562-331-9785 or cyrus.salvani@rocketmail.com; Carlos Salonga at 562-303-7017 or carlosalonga3@gmail.com; parents Elvie Munoz at 562-480-1780 and Cookie Ruiz at 562-682-8359. Lakewood High school is located at 4400 Briercrest Ave., Lakewood, CA with Tel. No. 562-4251281. – DAN E. NINO

Enlisting in the military pays off This is how the country you serve can serve you back: provide you with skills set that are useful in order to excel in your personal and professional life; put your through college with financial assistance; make excellent health care accessible to you and to your family; give you an edge in the work force; and the list goes on and on. These benefits were enumerated by Lieutenant Colonel J. Scott Peterson, Commander of the U.S. Army Recruiting Battalion in Los Angeles. He should know, as he has been serving for about 20 years now, starting right out of college when he enlisted. “I joined the Army for a combination of reasons. I was drawn to the discipline, esprit-de-corps, and camaraderie the Army provides. The opportunity for adventure, travel, and new experiences was also central to my decision,� Peterson explained his personal reasons for joining the Army. “The Army represents a moral, honorable lifestyle, both personal and professional, that I have always wanted to be a part of. “The Army is the ground component of our military. It is the largest service in all of the military,� Peterson added in an interview on Kababayan Today. Peterson and his staff sought the help of America’s first and only daily talk show for the Filipinos to educate the community about the military; and to hopefully recruit more kababayans. And for non-U.S. citizen recruits, there’s even another incentive to join – the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (MAVNI) program. The Army website explains this as a program that “permits the enlistment of certain legal aliens into the U.S. Army.� “MAVNI is designed to further strengthen the US Army by infusing greater language and cultural diversity into our ranks. This program includes multiple language categories of which Tagalog is one,� said Peterson, adding that for successful applicants to MAVNI, a path to citizenship is also in the offing, in addition to the many standard benefits the military avails people in the service. Peterson said that as they seek to hire the best and the brightest to grow the L.A. Battalion, he is intentionally making an effort to reach out to Filipinos based on his favorable experiences concerning the work ethic of kababayans. “Our Filipino-American soldiers are outstanding, as are all soldiers serving in our Army. I am continuously encouraged at the tremendous levels of patriotism, commitment, and intellect of those we enlist here in Los Angeles,� he said. “Soldiers often have varied motivations on why they enlist, but all share a common desire to honorably serve our country.�

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ed to his promise to fight to close a growing gap between rich and poor. He took office January 1, succeeding billionaire Michael Bloomberg, who was mayor for 12 years. The NY decision came in the wake of reports that the Republicans may not tackle the immigration this year. House Speaker John Boehner said his “restive conservative caucus” did not have confidence that President Barack Obama would be able to implement any legislation. Boehner the president’s vow to go around Congress and use executive powers to implement his political program if lawmakers refuse to cooperate with him had harmed trust in the White House.

Republicans also argue that adjustments the president made to his signature health care law raise doubts over whether he could be trusted to properly carry out the requirements of an immigration reform bill. The White House counters, however, that the president had done more to enforce America’s southern borders— the source of most illegal immigration—than any previous US leader. Obama, seeking a genuine secondterm legacy achievement, strongly supports the Senate bill to reform immigration that passed last year, which offers a path to eventual citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants. The bill also includes tighter border monitoring, an overhauled work visa program and other key reforms.

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stered the country’s position in the territorial row with China. “Nagpapasalamat nalang ako sa Xinhua dahil ang sabi nga parang nire-reaffirm iyong validity nung ating posisyon (I thank Xinhua because it reaffirmed the validity of our position),” the President said in a media inter-

view after the change of command ceremony at the Philippine Army. The President however pointed out that if the Xinhua writer believed China has a good case, (the article) should have focused on the facts to argue and explain its position. (MNS)

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This is elevated to ‘qualified human trafficking’ if “by reason or on occasion of the act of trafficking in persons, the offended party dies” as stated in Section 6(g) of the same law. “Children used as combatants suffer in a number of ways, most of them suffer in silence,” De Lima said.

Section 10(e) of R.A. No. 9208 states that “any person found guilty of qualified trafficking shall suffer the penalty of life imprisonment and a fine of not less than P2 million but not more than P5 million.” “It is incumbent upon us to put an end to these horrors,” De Lima added.(MNS)

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of two, said as she cooked a meal of tinned sardines at a muddy school yard near downtown. The fisherman’s wife and her extended family are among about 500 people living in blue tarpaulin tents and on relief goods there. She told AFP her family went to live with Manila relatives on November 12, but returned after Christmas because they could not find jobs and were becoming a burden at her sister’s home. “We came back because we heard the government is giving free housing, but so far, nothing.” Amid the continuing difficulties, the tourism ministry urged the world’s 100 million Filipinos on Saturday to join its “#PHthankyou” campaign on social media. It suggested they download some of the ministry’s “The Philippines says thank you” notes from its website and adorned with pictures of the country’s top tourist draws, and post them on Facebook, Twitter, and other popular social networking sites. Russell Geekie, spokesman

for the UN disaster agency in the Philippines, told AFP the government-led relief effort has addressed many of the survivors’ most acute emergency needs. It was shifting to an “early recovery” phase with a focus on restoring livelihoods for millions of people, he added. However, “shelter needs remain enormous”. “Obviously we talk about resilient people, but the scope of the disaster and destruction is such that it’s very hard. There are remaining psycho-social needs that need to be met,” he said. These include finding the hundreds missing to give their families “closure”. The United Nations launched an international aid appeal in December for $788 million to finance the humanitarian effort for this year. Geekie said the appeal was about 45 percent funded. President Benigno Aquino has said the rebuilding effort would take at least four years and require more than $8 billion in funding.

President Benigno S. Aquino III, accompanied by outgoing Army Chief Lt. Gen. Noel Coballes, inspects the troops during the Philippine Army Change of Command Ceremony at the PA Grandstand in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City on Friday (February 7). Major General Hernando Iriberri, the 56th PA Commanding General replacing Coballes, is the commander of the Army’s 7th Infantry Division (ID) and a member of the Philippine Military Academy “Matikas” Class of 1983. (MNS photo)

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pedite the revelation and uncovering of (the) truth” in a judicial proceeding.

But Lacierda stressed there are procedures and requirements for one to become a state witness.

Tuason returned to the Philippines on Friday and offered to testify on the PDAF mess.

ment’s decision. Earlier this month, Hong Kong revoked the visa-free privileges of holders of official Philippine passports after the Philippines refused to apologize for the 2010 tragedy. The August 2010 tragedy involved a dismissed policeman who took a busload of tourists hostage in Manila to demand his reinstatement. But the policeman and eight

Hong Kong tourists were killed in a botched police rescue operation. While the Philippines expressed regret over the tragedy that killed eight Hong Kong tourists, it has not issued an apology. President Benigno Aquino III, in an interview with The New York Times, reiterated that he has no plans to apologize as doing so could create a “legal liability.” (MNS)

are increasingly concerned China will take similar action in the South China Sea, where the Philippines in particular has voiced worries about Beijing’s maritime claims. Kishida, for his part, extended an invitation for President Barack Obama to make a state visit to Japan. Diplomats say Obama is likely to visit Japan on an April tour of Asia, although Kerry is not expected to stop in Tokyo on his upcoming trip. Kishida was visiting Washington after a rare open disagreement between the two allies. The United States voiced disappointment in December when Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, known for his conservative views,

paid a pilgrimage to the Yasukuni shrine which honors 2.5 million Japanese war dead including convicted war criminals from World War II. Abe’s visit outraged China and also fellow US ally South Korea. Both countries frequently accuse Japan of insufficient remorse for its aggression a century ago. Kishida told Kerry that Japan valued its relationship with South Korea despite their “difficult issues,” saying the two democracies needed to work together in the face of nuclear-armed North Korea. “Going forward, we will make tenacious efforts in order to build a cooperative relationship with the Republic of Korea from a broad perspective,” Kishida said.

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“(If) it is a private initiative that will effect better relations with Hong Kong and (is) consistent with national interest, why not?” Lacierda said on state-run dzRB Radyo ng Bayan. A report on BusinessMirror newspaper had quoted physician and Chinese General Hospital director James Dy as saying he plans to appeal to Hong Kong chief executive C.Y. Leung to reconsider the Hong Kong govern-

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the South China Sea,” he said, before correcting himself to say the East China Sea, where China and Japan have conflicting claims. Fears of conflict rose in November when China imposed an Air Defense Identification Zone over much of the East China Sea. Beijing says it now requires notification from planes crossing a group of islands administered by Tokyo, known in Japanese as the Senkaku and in Chinese as Diaoyu. “The United States neither recognizes nor accepts China’s declared East China Sea ADIZ and the United States has no intention of changing how we conduct operations in the region,” Kerry said. The United States and its allies


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MOTORING Renault unveils its vision for driver-less driving

European project ‘AdaptIVe’ moves automated driving: The 42-month project involves all of Europe’s major car companies and is led by Volkswagen. ©Volkswagen Group

European car companies race to develop autonomous driving technology (Relaxnews) – From BMW to safer self-driving solutions. Volvo, the continent’s leading au“This complex field of research tomakers are uniting with sup- will not only utilize onboard senpliers, universities and research sors, but also cooperative eleinstitutes on a three-year project ments such as vehicle-to-vehicle aimed at accelerating the devel- and vehicle-to-infrastructure opment and imcommunicaplementation of The project, called AdaptIVe (Autotion. Thereself-driving cars. mated Driving Applications & Techfore, I am glad The project, nologies for Intelligent Vehicles) that most Eucalled Adapropean autotIVe (Automated and scheduled to run for the next motive comDriving Applica- 42 months, will see some of the panies are tions & Technol- world’s biggest and most important c o o p e r a t i n g ogies for Intelthis precar companies – as well as a host of in ligent Vehicles) competitive and scheduled to suppliers, universities and research field to create run for the next institutes .... new solutions 42 months, will for automated see some of the world’s biggest driving,” says Professor Jürgen and most important car compa- Leohold, Executive Director of nies – as well as a host of sup- Volkswagen Group Research. pliers, universities and research The project, which will be institutes – coming together to based in Volkswagen’s homepool their resources with the aim town of Wolfsburg, Germany, has of pushing autonomous driving attracted BMW, Fiat, Mercedesfurther into reality. Benz’s parent company, DaimThe ultimate goal is to create ler, Opel, Peugeot, Citroen, Remore efficient and – crucially – nault, Volvo, Ford and of course

VW. But as well as carmakers, the EU-funded project also counts Bosch and Continental – two leading automotive driving technology suppliers – among its members. As well as enhancing existing technologies and developing new features, the project will serve as a platform for exploring the potential legal implications of autonomous driving. Who is liable for an accident caused by a selfdriving car and what changes need to be made to existing road traffic laws to enable the introduction of new technologies? AdaptIVe will be using seven cars and one truck as test subjects for experiments and technological developments and will be examining ways of making autonomous features dynamic, i.e., able to react to the environment—be it highway cursing or parallel parking in a narrow busy inner-city street – and to the responsiveness and state of the driver.

(Relaxnews) - The Next Two is the French carmaker’s take on the future of personal mobility, one where the car takes the strain, giving its driver and passengers more free time and less road rage. The compact electric prototype, based on the current Renault Zoe, is a showcase of what Renault believes will be standard features by the end of the decade. As Renault’s CEO, Carlos Ghosn, explained: “With Next Two, we wanted to combine the worlds of delegated driving and connectivity. Not only will autonomous driving enhance safety, but it will also free up time for drivers. Being connected will enable them to make the most of this extra time by providing them with access to new in-car services such as video-conferences, on-line shopping, travel information and more.” The car’s autonomous systems are built around what the company describes as simple but ingenious sensor technologies. Their primary functions are to enable the car to take over responsibility for driving in congested traffic at speeds of up to 18mph (30km/h); and a fully automated valet parking system. This would mean taking care of every element of the maneuver, including locating a suitable space. It would also enable the car to collect its owner simply with the push of a button within a smartphone app. To keep the driver and occupants entertained and engaged while the car takes the strain, the Next Two is hyper connected, providing high-speed internet access so that everyone on board can work or play and make the most

of their time. “Everybody is looking to save time, particularly when it comes to driving. Next Two has consequently been designed to help occupants optimize the way they manage their time and ensure that wasted or lost time becomes useful or enjoyable by freeing up opportunities to relax, educate oneself, have fun or work,” explains Frédéric Mathis, the man in charge of the Next Two project. There are still a number of obstacles that need to be overcome if fully-autonomous cars are to be allowed on the road. Currently no system, no matter how technologically advanced, is 100 percent foolproof and responsive in every permutation of driving situation and it will take years to develop and test such a system. The second biggest barrier is legislative. Laws would need to be significantly altered to legalize autonomous car use and issues such as liability would have to be addressed. Is the carmaker or the driver responsible when an autonomous car has an accident? All of which is why Renault is looking to develop ‘delegated driving’ systems, which keep the driver in overall control but, step by step, will become more responsible for piloting the car. As such, there is a good chance that the technologies on this concept will be making it to market in 2020, Renault’s ultimate goal. “Next Two is a realistic prototype which incorporates technologies that are sufficiently well-developed to be built into production models in the medium-term future,” notes Mathis.

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Pope Francis’ Harley sells to mystery buyer for 210,000 euros (PARIS-AFP) – A Harley-Davidson motorbike that briefly belonged to Pope Francis was sold to a mystery European buyer for 210,000 euros ($285,800) at a high-profile auction in Paris on Thursday. “It’s a record for a post-vintage motorbike, from the 21st century,” said Bonhams France, the auction house. Including fees, the unidentified buyer paid a total of 241,500 euros to obtain the bike. The US motorbike maker gave the 1,585cc Dyna Super Glide

to the pope in June to mark the brand’s 110th anniversary, and while the 77-year-old never rode it, he signed it before donating it to Roman Catholic charity Caritas Roma. The funds from the sale will go towards the restoration of the charity’s hostel and soup kitchen at Rome’s Termini railway station. A jacket that was also given to the pope by Harley-Davidson was snapped up for 57,500 euros, including fees.

The bike is on show at the Grand Palais in Paris – where the auction took place – among hundreds of other iconic vehicles such as Rolls-Royces and Cadillacs. According to Bonhams, Pope Francis has another Harley-Davidson, although the famously humble pontiff is more of a fan of buses. He opted to ride one the day after his election last year instead of taking a limousine, and regularly used them in his homeland Argentina instead of taxis.

Audi’s latest superfast wagon pays tribute to original Avant RS

Does this car have a sporting chance? (Relaxnews) – We already have sports cars, sports utility vehicles, and, if nanoFLOWCELL AG has its way, we’re about to get sports limousines as well. Due to be unveiled at the Geneva motor show in March, the QUANT e-Sportlimousine is over 5 meters in length, seats four passengers, and will be powered by a special “flow cell” electric powertrain. As the company behind the car, nanoFLOWCELL AG, explains, the car “offers a unique combination of innovative technology, outstanding design and an entirely new energy storage system.” The company published two teaser images to pique interest ahead of the official unveiling next month. The car could indeed be revolutionary and start stealing custom from more established companies such as Rolls-Royce and Bentley, but the last company to go all-in on a sporty limousine was Aston Martin whose Lagonda was such a failure that it nearly destroyed the company. Then there’s the fact that the ‘Quant’

The QUANT e-Sportlimousine: The car will be unveiled on March 4. ©nanoFLOWCELL AG

car name is quickly becoming synonymous with vehicles that never move past the concept stage. In 2009 the admittedly beautiful NLV Quant by Koenigsegg made its debut at the Ge-

neva motor show, then was never heard of again. In 2010 another Quant concept was unveiled and then disappeared again. Let’s hope that it’s going to be third time lucky.

VW overtakes General Motors as world’s number 2 car maker (FRANKFURT-AFP) – Germany’s Volkswagen overtook US rival General Motors to become the world’s second-biggest car maker after Japanese giant Toyota, last year sales figures showed on Friday. The German group said that it sold a total of 9.73 million vehicles in 2013. That figures covers all 12 of

VW’s brands, including truck makers MAN and Scania, a spokesman explained. “These are the definitive of all our brands. They are comparable with our rivals, who also include heavy trucks,” he said. Toyota sold a total 9.98 million vehicles last year and General Motors a total 9.71 million.

A Harley Davidson Dyna Super Glide motorcycle offered to Pope Francis on the occasion of 110th anniversary of the brand in June 2013, is displayed on February 5, 2014 at the Grand Palais in Paris on the eve of an auction of luxury vintage cars. ©AFP PHOTO / FRANCOIS GUILLOT

Volkswagen owns the Audi, SEAT, Skoda, Porsche, VW, Lamborghini, Bentley, Bugatti, VW Commercial Vehicles, Ducati, MAN and Scania. Analysts believe the group may achieve its long-term target of annual sales of more than 10 million vehicles ahead of its target date of 2018.

(Relaxnews) – The Audi RS 4 Avant Nogaro selection has been built to pay homage to the Avant RS2, an epic sportscar cunningly disguised as a family station wagon. The RS 4 Avant Nogaro will be making its first appearance at the Geneva Motor Show in March before going into limited production later this year. Based on the existing Audi A4 Avant (which the company calls an estate car), it will be equally at home hauling furniture back from IKEA or hauling itself around the Nurburgring. This ferocious vehicular multi-tasking is thanks to the inclusion of a highrevving, 4.2-liter, 450hp V8 under the hood. Good for a 0-100km/h (62mph) time of just 4.7 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 280 km/h (174 mph), it boasts performance statistics that would be impressive if it were a two-seater, focused track car. But it isn’t: it’s a big, five-seat station wagon with enough space for suitcases and a dog. All of which makes the figures all the more remarkable. Keeping the car under control, no matter what the road-going situation, is Audi’s celebrated Quattro permanent four-wheel drive system, which as well as keeping all wheels spinning all of the time, can send exactly the right amount of power and therefore grip to each of the vehicle’s corners to further maximize road holding. Making the car easier to drive, especially along congested city streets, is the seven-speed S tronic gearbox. Paddle shift up or down the gears for lightning fast changes when racing, or leave

The Audi RS 4 Nogaro selection. ©Audi

it in full automatic mode when the road ahead has ground to a standstill. As well as an ‘automatic’ mode, the car also has three performance settings, each of which unleashes different driving characteristics, be it tighter steering, faster gear changes or softer suspension. Well, you don’t want the kids getting carsick. So that admiring onlookers know it’s the anniversary edition, the RS 4 Avant Nogaro selection comes in a special customized Nogaro blue pearl effect paint finish while the interior will be finished in black leather with contrasting blue trim and stitching. Since Audi launched the RS2 back in 1994, a superfast estate version has become a standard offering in a host of executive car makers’ ranges. BMW, Volvo and Mercedes all offer monstrously powerful ‘touring’ versions of their fastest sedans (as did Saab until it went out of business). But Audi was the first to take a gamble, and the ongoing popularity of its Avant RS cars proves it was a gamble that was worth taking. Prices for the Audi RS 4 Avant Nogaro selection will start at €87,300.

Watch: Tesla sting Stingray in drag race (Relaxnews) – A head-to-head race with a 2014 Corvette Stingray Z51 reveals that the executive sedan’s performance – as well as its powertrain – is electric. On paper there shouldn’t be any doubt. The current Corvette is one of the fastest homegrown production cars currently on sale in the US. It boasts a 0-60mph (100km/h) time of 3.8 seconds and over 400hp on tap for when needs arise. The Tesla Model S on the other hand is a car for eco-minded executives that worry more about the effects of burning fossil fuels than of the ability to burn rubber. Even in its more performance-orientated guise, the SP85, the car is first and foremost a luxury cruiser, not a track bruiser. Yet when the two cars met at a drag race, the Tesla beat the Corvette over the standing quarter-mile track by 0.235 seconds, achieving a speed of 116 mph in the process. Luckily enough, for the Corvette owner’s pride, in the rematch, later the same day, the Tesla was knocked into second place, but only by 0.0774 of a second. As well as a drag race victory, Tesla is this week celebrating the completion of its US supercharging network. It means that a Tesla owner can now drive from LA to New York and then along the coast to Florida for free using nothing more than Tesla-supplied electricity. In honor of the achievement, the company is on Thursday undertaking what it calls the Coast to Coast Supercharger Rally. A car will set off from Tesla’s design studio in Hawthorne, Los Angeles and attempt to get to New York by Sunday. In the process it hopes to set a new world record for the lowest charge time for an electric vehicle traveling across the country. Watch the Tesla vs Corvette drag race: http://youtu.be/VOqWlOrlkIg

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Aiza, Liza Diño now engaged FORMER child star and singer Aiza Seguerra is now engaged to girlfriend, actress and former beauty queen Liza Diño. The “Be Careful With My Heart” actress went down in one knee and asked Diño’s hand in marriage at the final segment of the play “Kung Paano Maghihiwalay,” which they are both part of, staged recently at Teatro Hermogenes Ylagan in University of the Philippines-Diliman. The wedding proposal was witnessed by theater goers, the couples close friends and family. Aiza’s parents were also present in the said occasion. The singer has always been vocal of her feelings towards Diño. In December, Aiza dedicate her Best Supporting Actress trophy for the film “My Little Bossings”

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to her girlfriend. She said Diño inspired her to better her craft. “I’ve always been an actress but

Liza gave me that direction. Where to take it, how to harness it and make it effective. Never akong nag workshop or anything. So, siya yung critic ko. Finafine tune niya ako, and in return, ganun din ako sa sarili ko. It’s all her.” The singer added that meeting her girlfriend was the highlight of her 2013. The couple is most likely to wed in the United States, where more than 15 states have already approved same-sex marriage. (MNS)

Ruffa had fun working with John Lloyd anew Actress Ruffa Gutierrez admitted that it felt good that she finally had the chance to work with former boyfriend John Lloyd Cruz five years after they co-starred in the ABS-CBN series “I Love Betty La Fea.” Gutierrez appeared in Sunday’s episode of the sitcom “Home Sweetie Home,” where she played the role of Cristina, the ex-girlfriend of Cruz’s character. Gutierrez said she had fun acting alongside Cruz. “After five years, it’s the first time na nakatrabaho ko siya ulit. Maayos naman. Masaya naman siya kasama… For us to be working together again sa ‘Home Sweetie Home,’ natuwa ako. Okay na pala sa ABS na magkasama kami, cool,” the former beauty queen said. Gutierrez pointed out that

John Lloyd and Ruffa

she and Cruz have maintained a healthy friendship even after they parted ways. “Si JL naman, nakakasama ko naman ‘yan sa labas as friends. We always bump into each other na walang mga cameras…Happy ako,” she said. In a previous interview, Cruz

praised Gutierrez for “being a good sport” when she agreed to play the role of his character’s ex-girlfriend on the show. “Natutuwa ako dahil naging game siya,” he said. The actor is currently in a relationship with actress Angelica

Panganiban. “Magkaibigan naman kami kaya walang point para hindi kami maging kumportable. Walang isyu naman dapat,” he said of Gutierrez, with whom he had a “special relationship” in 2010. (MNS)

Angel Locsin and Luis Manzano

Angel’s dad approves of Luis Manzano The father of Angel Locsin is supportive of his daughter’s relationship with television host Luis Manzano. Locsin revealed that Manzano already visited her father. “Gusto niya si Luis eh,” said Locsin who recently admitted that she is still in love with Manzano and is hoping for a reconciliation. According to Locsin, she and Manzano are not officially together yet but are “getting there.” “Inaayos pa namin. Sa lahat pa ba nang pinagsasabi ko, may itatago pa ba ako, o magtatago pa ba ako?” Locsin, adding that they are officially dating again. “Inaayos lang namin ‘yung mga hindi namin na settle na issues.

Pero ‘yung mahal, love, andun pa din naman, di ba? Hindi naman nawala ‘yon. Inaayos lang talaga namin.” Locsin was also humble enough to admit that she spoke too soon when she said she will never get back with her ex-boyfriend. “Kinain ko lahat ng sinabi ko na hindi nakikipagbalikan sa ex. Nilamon ko naman lahat ‘yon. Happy naman ako eh,” she said. Locsin, however, again stressed that she had a clean break with former boyfriend, Azkal player Phil Younghusband, before going out again with Manzano. “Iniisip ng tao na pinagsabay namin, hindi po. Sobrang hindi po talaga,” she said. (MNS)


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Pinoys bullish on jobs despite 12.1M unemployed at end-2013 – SWS MANILA, Feb 10 (Mabuhay) – Some 12.1 million Filipinos were jobless at the end of 2013, as unemployment rose to 27.5 percent in the last quarter of the year, according to a Social Weather Stations poll. The SWS’s fourth quarter unemployment figures were six points higher than the 21.7 percent (9.6 million Filipinos jobless) in September. The SWS also pointed out that the unemployment figures were the highest since August 2012, when it reached 29.4 percent. The highest unemployment rate in the last 20 years was reached in February 2009 at 34.4 percent. The Dec. 11-16 survey used face-to-face interviews of 1,550 adults nationwide. Sampling error margins of ±2.5% for national, ±4% for the Visayas and ±6% for Metro Manila, Balance Luzon and Mindanao percentages applied to the survey. But Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said the SWS’s unemployment rate is always higher than the government’s records because the pollster uses a different methodology from the National Statistical Coordination Board. “So parang hindi fair na magcompare ka hindi siya apple to apple. Iba ang methodology, totally different,” Baldoz told reporters after the awarding of outstanding recruitment and manning agencies at the Palace on Monday. She added that they have always been “guided” by the NSCB’s labor force survey which says that unemployment rate stands at 7.2 percent. She also noted that there was significant improvement not in the quantity but in the quality of the jobs being produced in the country. Unemployment definition The SWS explained that it had a different definition of joblessness from that used by the government. The SWS definition covers those who are 18 years and older, compared to the lower official boundary of 15. Persons with jobs are those currently working, including unpaid family members. Also, the SWS definition is based on two traditional qualifications: not working at present and

looking for a job. Those without a job but and are not looking for one, such as housewives and students, are excluded from the labor force. The government’s definition of unemployed uses three concepts: not working, looking for work and available for work. The government excludes those not available for work, even though they are looking for work. Those available for work but not seeking it due to illness or are waiting for the results of a job interview are included in the government’s unemployed numbers. Using the government’s definition, the SWS said the jobless rate among adults 18 years old and above would be 17.1 percent, or about 6.6 million Filipinos. Causes of unemployment The SWS poll found that of those who were unemplyed at end2013: 13.5 percent resigned, 10.4 percent were retrenched, and 3.5 percent were first time jobseekers. Adult joblessness “has been traditionally dominated by those who voluntarily left their old jobs and those who lost their jobs through economic circumstances beyond their control.” The 13.5 percent who quit their jobs is an increase from the nine percent in September, while the number of first-time job seekers went down from 5 percent in September. Of those who were retrenched, 6.8 percent did not have their contracts renewed, 1.6 percent had employers close shop, and 2 percent were laid off. Those whose contracts were not renewed increased from 5 percent in September, and those whose employers closed shop and those who were laid off increased from 1 percent in September. Geography, sex, age Unemployment increased in nearly all regions, with more men finding themselves without work in the last quarter compared to September (21.2 percent, up from 13.4 percent). There was a similar ris with women (35.9 percent from 32.4 percent).

Using an improvised boat, a man collects from the Pasig River assorted recyclable plastic bottles, containers and other floating objects which he sells for a living. Government continues promoting solid waste management nationwide to help protect people and the environment from adverse effects of indiscriminate garbage dumping in waterways and other areas. (MNS photo)

‘PHL economy must grow by 9 pct to cut poverty’ MANILA, Feb 10 (Mabuhay) – The Philippine economy must grow by 9 percent every year to reduce poverty, foreign businessmen said. Top officials of the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, Inc. and Australian - New Zealand Chamber of Commerce Philippines said the economy’s current performance of 7% has yet to translate to more jobs. “There has been a lot of talk about the trickle-down effect. It takes a long time to trickle down, but 7% for us is not enough. [We want] the economy to grow by 9%, but it needs to grow by 9% for many, many years,” Ian Porter, president of ANZCHAM, said. The Philippine economy grew by 7.2% in 2013, exceeding both the government’s 6-7% target and market expectations of 7%. More jobs could be created if government boosts the manufacturing sector. “Manufacturing is a tremendous

opportunity. If you would set up in certain areas in provinces for a lower cost manufacturing… [and] have some flexibility on minimum wage and for some way to provide lower costs, you could set up zones and create opportunities for thousands and thousands of people in manufacturing,” AMCHAM president and FedEx Philippines managing director Ricke Jennings said. However, some economic provisions of the Constitution are discouraging foreign manufacturers from building more factories here. According to Porter, recent Supreme Court decisions and economic provisions in the Constitution have made it difficult for foreign investors to see the Philippines as a good place for investments “There are a lot of barriers to fund direct investments in the Philippines... The court has made decisions recently that have made a big impact on the way investors see the Philippines. This is also on

the economic provisions of the Constitution... [the] 60-40 rule. There have been some decisions of the Supreme Court which have reinforced the idea that foreigners are not welcome unless they partner with a Philippine company,” Porter said. Foreign chamber groups are holding their third anniversary forum of “Arangkada Philippines,” where they are expected to hammer out policy recommendations for the Aquino government. The groups have been monitoring 471 recommendations made back in 2010, to which they review the progress on key issues in industries such as mining, tourism, health care and services. “We monitor all these recommendations continually, then each year we bring all those recommendations together and we make an assessment as to how the government has performed in carrying out these recommendations,” Jennings said.


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ATHLETICS Ex-US captain Dooley is new PHL football coach MANILA, February 7, 2014 (AFP) – Ex-US skipper Thomas Dooley was named head coach of the Philippines’ national team Friday, vowing to boost the profile of football in a nation that much prefers basketball. His predecessor, the German Michael Weiss, was sacked last month after a three-year stint in which he took Asia’s former whipping boys up 25 places to an all-time high of 127th in the FIFA rankings. “The potential that this country has in developing (soccer) players is huge,” Dooley told reporters at a Philippine Football Federation press conference. The 52-year-old has secured a one-year contract as head coach of the men’s team - known as “Azkals”, local slang for “feral dogs”. Dooley’s immediate task is winning the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Challenge Cup in Maldives in May. “We hope to win the tournament. That’s why we took the necessary step to bring in a new coach to the team,” Philippine Football Federation president Mariano Araneta said. Dooley admitted he had only seen his new team play twice. “Technically they are pretty good...Tactically I think that we have to work a little bit,” he said. About half the team play their club football in Europe, the result of an extensive global scouting programme for players with part-Filipino parentage. He likened the rising popularity of soccer in the Philippines, a former US colony, to the game’s own take-off in the United States ahead of the 1994 World Cup that the Americans hosted. “I know that basketball is the number-one sport in this country. Not everybody can play overseas basketball in the professional league, but in soccer you can,” Dooley said. “This could be something for the future, for the young kids to get involved in soccer.” Dooley has both German and American heritage and was born in Germany. He played in the German Bundesliga before moving to the US. He captained the US national side during the 1998 World Cup in France. He coached German lower-division side Saarbrucken in 2002 and also assisted US national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann in 2011, but the Philippines role is his first stint as national team head coach.

Redemption with an exclamation point Not just with a period; but with an emphatic exclamation point! That’s how undefeated two-division world champion Timothy “Dessert Storm” Bradley would like to punctuate his rematch against eight-division world champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao. Admitting that because his controversial split decision victory over the Filipino boxing champ in 2012 was not convincing enough for many, Bradley said he needs this fight for a chance to win a more conclusive win. “I beat this guy already, but nobody believe (sic) that I did. And I did not get credit for it. This fight has to happen so I could sleep at night. I’m sick of walking down the street and people saying ‘You didn’t win that fight. They gave that to you. They robbed Manny.’ Do you know how that make (sic) me feel? And I’m the champ? Man, c’mon! And it tears me up, dude. It just tears me up…,” Bradley told members of the media who attended the press conference held early this week to announce the upcoming rematch to be held on April 12th 2014 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. At the gathering, Bradley also confidently reminded everyone that he not only beat Pacquiao during their first outing; but he also subsequently beat Juan Manuel Marquez, the man who knocked out the Fighter of the Decade. “My confidence comes from my ability – what I’ve done in the past; what I’ve done through the years; how hard I work. I’m a student of the game. I study fighters,” he added. “I’ve been studying Pacquiao … sheeesh… forever, dude. It just comes from me being competitive, my competitive nature, my mental toughness. I believe in myself when nobody else believes in me.” Bradley recalled that even when nobody thought he would beat Marquez, he went on to claim a split decision against the “Dinamita.” And he says he’s convinced that if he beats Pacquiao “again,” that would raise his “stock even higher.” But despite the confident talk, Bradley could not promise to deliver a KO. “If the knock out comes, that’s great. I think that will be the exclamation point that I need to silence everybody. But everybody knows that I’m not a big huge puncher; and Pacquiao is a very, very clever guy; very hard guy to hit… I don’t know if I can knock him out,” he said. Nonetheless, the champ who ended Pacquiao’s welterweight reign and 15-bout winning streak promised to train hard: “I’m training like an animal.

“I remember last time believing that I won the fi rst fi ght against Tim Bradley. I thought I was leading after every round. I thought I won the fight easily. I controlled the fight every round,” said Manny Pacquiao (left) on Tuesday when he and Timothy Bradley faced the members of the media in Los Angeles. As it turned out Bradley won the first fight and Pacquiao lost the crown even after a review by boxing officials who said that Pacquiao did indeed win. The two will have a rematch on April 12 at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Story on page 12). Photo:

I’m gonna do 8 weeks of training this time around; not 12. I think maybe I was a little bit burnt out for the first fight; may be over-trained a little bit. But this time around I’m doing 8 hard weeks, typical training camp for a championship fight.” Bradley added that while this fight is a “must win” for him, the pressure is on Pacquiao. “I feel no pressure. I already beat him once. The pressure is on him. My career still goes on. I’m the champion here, if he wants what I got, he gotta come earn it,” he said. Kababayan Today is bringing you the sidelights and highlights of this rematch, from the training, all the way to fight night in Las Vegas. Catch all the features and interviews on America’s first and only daily talk show for Filipinos – weekdays at 4:00p.m. on LA18 in Southern California, and at 3:30p.m. on Kiku in Hawaii. For more, log on to www.youtube. com/kababayanla18.

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