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27 killed as Malaysians flee turmoil PHL urges southern neighbor to show ‘maximum tolerance’ BY M. JEGATHESAN

Semporna, Malaysia, March 4, 2013 (AFP) – Terrified Malaysians fled a town where the bodies of gunmen lay in the streets Monday as the Philippines called for its neighbor to show “maximum tolerance” for Islamic Filipino intruders. A total of 27 people have been reported killed after two deadly shootouts in Malaysia’s state of Sabah on Borneo island, where militants landed on February 12 and claimed the state on behalf of

the heir to a former Philippine sultanate. AFP journalists saw convoys of armed vehicles moving toward affected areas after Prime Minister Najib Razak, whose government was scrambling to contain Malaysia’s worst security crisis in years, ordered strengthened security in the state. Dispatching Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario to Malaysia, the Philippine government called the deaths “deeply regrettable” and See MALAYSIANS, page 6

3 Filipinos convicted of arms smuggling in Los Angeles By Nimfa U. Rueda

LOS ANGELES – Three Filipino men were convicted here yesterday (Tuesday in Manila) of illegally importing a grenade launcher, mortar launcher, rocket-propelled grenade and other military-grade weapons to the United States. Sergio Syjuco, 26, Cesar Ubaldo,

27, and Arjyl Revereza, 26, were arrested January last year after they were caught selling the weapons to an undercover Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent in a sting operation conducted in the Philippines. They were convicted after a fourweek trial by a federal jury in US

President Benigno S. Aquino III, accompanied by Presidential Security Group (PSG) Group Commander B/Gen. Ramon Mateo Dizon, troops the line during the 27th Founding Anniversary Celebration of the PSG at the PSG Grandstand, Malacañang Park in Manila City on Monday (March 04, 2013). (MNS photo)

Sultan says ‘gunmen will fight to the last man’

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Swiss probe Filipina ‘nurse’ over Facebook corpse GENEVA, March 01, 2013 (AFP) – Swiss prosecutors said Friday they had opened a criminal investigation after an alleged carehome nurse posted pictures of herself on Facebook sitting next to the corpse of an old woman. Prosecutors in the eastern region of Saint Gallen told Swiss news agency ATS that the suspected offence was disturbing the peace of the dead, a crime carrying up to three years in prison. In a string of pictures revealed

Friday by the 20 Minuten newspaper – which said they had been spotted by a reader – a woman in a nurse’s uniform was seen laughing and posing at the bedside of a dead woman. The pictures were accompanied by off-color comments. The newspaper blanked out the faces of the nurse and the dead woman, as well as the nurse’s Facebook name and those of people who commented on the posting. See FILIPINA NURSE, page 6

WASHINGTON, March 4, 2013 (AFP) – The US Supreme Court said Monday it has decided to lengthen a hearing later this month for oral arguments in the much-anticipated case challenging a federal law that bars gay marriage. The US high court added 50 minutes to the hour that had already been allotted to hear arguments in the March 27 hearing of United States v. Windsor, on the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

MANILA, Mar 4 (Mabuhay) – Team PNoy senatorial candidate Cynthia Villar on Monday apologized to the Philippine Nurses Association (PNA) for her recent remarks in a forum that earned the ire of nurses. In her letter addressed to the PNA Governing Board, its officers and staff, Villar wrote: “I truly am Cynthia Villar

Gay couples looking to Obama on immigration rights BY IVAN COURONNE

WASHINGTON, March 4, 2013 (AFP) – Erwin de Leon married a US citizen nearly three years ago, but the Filipino is still in immigration limbo for one simple reason – his spouse is a man. De Leon and his husband John

Beddingfield, the rector at an Episcopal church in Washington, were wed in the US capital which, like nine states, has legalized same-sex marriages. But the federal government does not recognize such unions, so as far as it is concerned, the pair might as See GAY COUPLES, page 6

HIV ‘cure’ in infancy, caution experts BY MARIETTE LE ROUX

PARIS, March 04, 2013 (AFP) – AIDS experts cautioned Monday against hype of a cure after doctors in the United States suppressed HIV in a child born with the virus by administering a potent drug

cocktail shortly after birth. The possible breakthrough may hold promise for about 330,000 children the World Health Organisation (WHO) says are born every year with the virus that causes AIDS. See HIV CURE, page 6

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The DOMA law defines marriage exclusively as being between a man and a woman. Under the law, same-sex couples are not eligible for various rights afforded to married heterosexuals, such as filing joint federal tax returns, requesting medical leave to care for a sick spouse, or sponsoring a non-citizen spouse to immigrate. President Barack Obama’s administration has filed a brief asking the high court to overturn the 1996 law, which it said “violates the fundamen-

tal constitutional guarantee of equal protection” under the 14th Amendment. The Supreme Court is to hear arguments in a separate gay marriage case, when it reviews on March 26 the constitutionality of California’s bid to ban same-sex unions. The US high court must decide whether to overturn the state’s “Proposition 8,” a measure approved by referendum in 2008 which outlawed gay marriage. In that case, Obama’s Justice Department last month filed a brief urging that the measure be overturned.

Aquino welcomes ICAO’s lifting of significant safety concerns issued against PHL MANILA, Mar 4 (Mabuhay) – The Aquino administration welcomed the move of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) team to recommend the lifting of Significant Safety Concerns (SSCs) issued against the country, a Palace official said on Monday. “Last month, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) sent a Coordinated Validation Mission to inspect the efforts of the CAAP to comply with international aviation safety standards, and address significant safety concerns identified by the ICAO,” See ICAO’S LIFTING, page 6

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Princess Jacel Kiram, stands beside her father, former Sultan of Sulu Jamalul Kiram III, after reading a statement during a news conference inside their residence at Maharlika village, Taguig city, south of Manila February 26, 2013. Days later, a total of 27 people have been reported killed after two deadly shootouts in Malaysia’s state of Sabah on Borneo island, where militants landed on February 12 and claimed the state on behalf of the heir to a former Philippine sultanate. (MNS photo)

MANILA, March 5, 2013 (AFP) – A self-proclaimed Philippine sultan said Tuesday his gunmen would “fight to the last man” as Malaysian troops mounted an operation to end a deadly three weeks-old stand-off in Sabah on Borneo island. “The crown prince, the royal security forces, and the many patriots who landed (in Sabah) voluntarily will fight to the last man protecting their ideals and aspirations,” their leader Jamalul Kiram III said in Manila. Kiram sent his younger brother Raja Muda Agbimuddin Kiram and several dozen supporters, some armed, to the Malaysian state of Sabah on February 12 to stake a

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President Benigno S. Aquino III listens to a project briefing by Transportation and Communications Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya on the Laguindingan Airport Development Project (LADP) in Laguindingan Misamis Oriental on Tuesday (February 26). The 7.9 billion project aims to establish an international-standard airport to replace Lumbia Airport in Cagayan de Oro and Balo-I Airport in Iligan. The airport has a projected passenger capacity of 1.6 million for the year 2020. Once operational, the airport is seen to boost economic activities not only in Misamis Oriental but also the neighboring areas of Iligan and Lanao del Norte. (MNS photo)

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The Triple Threat concert series featuring Piolo Pascual, Angeline Quinto and Pokwang will have the first leg of their 2013 U.S. tour in Temecula, California on March 23, 2013. It will be held at the world famous Pechanga Theater at the Pechanga Resort & Casino. “Triple Threat” is a popular term used in Filipino show business to refer to a celebrity who is talented in three industries, specifically movie, TV, and music. That being said, the show’s headliners are considered as three of the best Triple Threats in the Philippines. Manila-born Piolo Jose Nonato Pascual or Piolo is currently one of the biggest stars of Philippine cinema, TV and music/entertainment. He has received multiple acting awards and nominations from the Philippines’ award-giving bodies such as Philippine Movie Press Club (PMPC), FAMAS, Star Awards, Golden Screen Awards, and Gawad Urian. He was recognized as “Mr. RP Movies,” which is based on box-office sales, by the Guillermo Mendoza Scholarship Foundation for the years 2003-2005. Of Filipino-German-American ethnicity, he is also one of the most sought-after models. Piolo is a main stay in “ASAP XV,” a noontime variety show on ABS-CBN, the mother company of The Filipino Channel (TFC). He was first introduced on TV in the youth-oriented TV show “That’s Entertainment” back in 1994. His first movie was with Kris Aquino in “Vizconde Massacre: God Help Us!” in 1993. He has been performing in concerts since 2001 and has traveled the world bringing the Filipino music to fans everywhere. For more information on Piolo, visit www.piolojosepascual.com. Angeline Quinto broke into the Philippine music scene in 2002 as a finalist in” Star for a Night,” a prestigious singing competition that launched the careers of Sarah Geronimo and Mark Bautista. She has since then appeared and won multiple talent contests and signed an exclusive recording contract from Star Records. Her first album has recently received platinum certification from PARI and she successfully staged her first solo concert in 2011. She has sung several theme songs for movies and “teleseryes”

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and opened for Sharon Cuneta’s U.S. concert tour. She is currently a mainstay in ABS-CBN’s “ASAP Rocks.” For more information on Angeline, visit www.angelinequinto.com. Marietta Subong or Pokwang is a multitalented Filipina comedienne, impersonator, actress, singer and TV host. Now at the height of her career, she received the Best Comedy Actress award from PMPC and Best Female Comedian from People’s Choice Awards in the Philippines. As one of ABS-CBN’s “Star Magic” group of entertainers, she was regularly featured in TV shows, concerts and a number of films. She was born into the limelight when she appeared as a contestant in the “Yes Yes Show” 2004. Triple Threat is presented by Berce Enterprises, whose upcoming line-up includes the Star Magic 20 Tour in Hawaii, which will also feature Piolo Pascual, Angelina Quinto, Pokwang and other ABS-CBN stars; the Teleserye Bida tour in Los Angeles, Union City, Chicago and Anchorage; and the 4 Da Best US Tour, which also features Pokwang. Also appearing in the Triple Threat show at the Pechanga Theater are Lucidelle, Jojo Bondoc and the Melija Divalicious Ladies. The show begins at 8 p.m.. Tickets are available at the Pechanga Box Office at $68 and $88. VIP tickets are also available for $110 with photo-op included. For more information, call the Pechanga Box Office at (877) 711-2946. Experience it all at Pechanga Resort & Casino As the largest casino in the Western U.S., Pechanga offers an all-inclusive AAA Four-Diamond luxury resort in the heart of Southern California’s Wine Country of the Temecula Valley. With more than 3,800 slots, 130+ table games, and a smoke free poker room, the resort boasts the soaring elevation changes of the Journey at Pechanga course, ranked as the 4th “Best New Course You Can Play” by GOLF Magazine in 2009. The 445-acre resort also includes a full-service spa, featuring a couple’s massage suite; nine award-winning restaurants and a 24-hour food court; superstar concerts in its theater, a comedy club; world title boxing events; and three clubs and lounges, including Silk, the largest nightclub in Southern California. “Experience it all” at Pechanga Resort & Casino. Luxury Tour Bus daily departure Take a ride on one of our many comfortable and convenient buses that frequent Pechanga Resort & Casino every day. For more information please call: 1-877-711-2win or visit website at www.Pechanga.com. Located at 45000 Pechanga Parkway, Temecula, CA 92592.

Aquino urged anew to scrap Mining Act MANILA, Mar 4 (Mabuhay) – On the 18th anniversary of the Philippine Mining Act, militant environmental group Kalikasan once again demanded the scrapping of the law and criticized President Aquino for allegedly favoring foreign mining interests in the country. Kalikasan trooped to Mendiola in Manila where they were joined by Bayan Muna and Katribu partylist, resources para tayo ay umunlad at hindi umawho echoed the same call. Indigenous peoples used bamboo spears to sa sa imports,” says Colmenares. Urban poor group Kadamay also marched impale an effigy of PNoy as a “symbol of the to Mendiola bridge on Monday to commempeople’s uprising against large-scale mines.” Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Neri Colmen- orate typhoon Pablo which pummeled eastern ares maintains that the Mining Act of 1995 or Mindanao 3 months ago. The protesters wore a black veils and banRepublic Act 9752 is nothing but an excuse for the foreign exploitation of local mineral danas to symbolize their grief for some 2000 resources. Colmenares explains that currently, lives that were lost in Compostela Valley and the contribution of mining to the country’s Davao Oriental. Kadamay said the government is also to Gross Domestic Product is very small. “Ano ang pakinabang natin sa mining? blame for the tragedy because of the illegal Wala yang idinulot kundi pagsira ng kabu- logging and mining activities it allegedly alhayan, kalikasan, at kasarinlan. Ang nagiging lows in the areas that were devastated by the resulta karahasan at kahirapan. Bakit tayo storm. They also said that relief efforts for the viclumuluhod tayo sa kanila? Linoloko tayo ng tims are simply not enough. malalaking mining firms,” he said. “Kulang ang pag-aasikaso nila sa mga The groups are quick to explain that they are not against mining per se, but are instead mamamayan dun. Kaya tingin namin tama pushing for a new law to govern the industry. lang ginawa ng mga kababayan natin na “We have an alternative in Congress, it’s protesta sa DSWD,” said Kadamay national called the people’s mining bill. Nagpapahintu- chairperson Bea Arellano. Kadamay also scored the administration lot ito ng mina pero merong strict guidelines para masigurong responsable ito. Mas ma- for what is says is the worsening plight of the halaga, magkakaroon ng tunay na konsulta- urban poor, who face threats such as the desyon sa mga apektado ng mina. Dapat tayo molition of their homes and deprivation of mismo ang gumamit sa sarili nating mineral livelihood.(MNS)

Mexico’s Slim, Gates, Zara chief Ortega world’s richest NEW YORK, March 4, 2013 (AFP) – Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim, Microsoft’s Bill Gates and Zara fashion house boss Amancio Ortega of Spain topped the Forbes list of the world’s wealthiest billionaires Monday. Slim, who controls Latin American telecommunications power America Movil and retail/industrial group Grupo Carso, came in first among the mega-rich for the fourth straight year, with a fortune estimated at $73 billion, up $4 billion from a year ago. Microsoft chairman Gates, a perennial top finisher in the list, placed second with $67 billion, up $6 billion from 2012, even as he continues to give his fortune away via global charity work of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Ortega, whose Inditex fashion group includes the popular Zara chain, vaulted from the fifth position into the third spot. His wealth is now estimated at $57 billion, rocketing from $37.5 billion a year ago. Ortega was the biggest gainer in net worth, while Brazilian metals and oil magnate Eike Batista notched the biggest decline, with a $19.4 billion drop in his fortune. Batista slipped from seventh to 100th. Slim and Gates were also in the top two

spots last year. After a year in which the the “Occupy Wall Street” movement decried the growing wealth of the so-called “One Percent” at the expense of the many, the Forbes annual list once again pointed to more billionaires amassing more money. The list now boasts 1,426 names, a record, including 210 new members. The aggregate net worth of the group comes in a $5.4 trillion, up from $4.6 trillion last year, according to Forbes. There was significant jump in women billionaires, with 138 in total, an increase of 34. The US led the list with 442 tycoons, followed by China with 122, Russia with 110 and Germany with 58. Forbes noted that rebounding equity markets and stronger consumer brands “drove a huge” number of newcomers, including Diesel jeans mogul Renzo Rosso, US retailer Bruce Nordstrom and US designer Tory Burch. Warren Buffett, chief of US conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway, ranked fourth with $53.5 billion, and Larry Ellison, chief executive of US technology company Oracle, came in fifth with $43 billion.


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Binay expects demolition job from LP MANILA, Mar 4 (Mabuhay) – Vice President Jejomar Binay said he could be targeted for a demolition job by the Liberal Party as the May 2013 elections draw nearer. “Tingnan natin. Hindi naman tayo bago sa ganyang labanan. Lalunglalo na puros bintang, puros gawagawa o mga lumang mga issue. Mga kaso sa Ombudsman, mga kung anuano,” he said. The United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) said high-profile attacks have already been lodged against their two other leaders, former President Joseph Estrada and Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile. Binay believes he is backed by a strong number of Filipinos, as can be gleaned from the crowds going to their sorties. “For me, this is the way to measure the depth of the people’s support for UNA. This is the true survey of the people,” he said. He challenged the administration Liberal Party, which is part of the Team PNoy coalition, to match the crowd UNA draws during their campaign rallies. “The crowd in Cagayan de Oro

was larger than the crowd we had during the 2010 elections. I wish the Liberal Party were here so they can see for themselves the real people’s choice,” he said. UNA claimed they drew a crowd of 50,000 in Cagayan de Oro on Sunday. UNA secretary general Toby Tiangco laughed off statements from the administration that they are aiming for quality during their own sorties. “That’s a pathetic excuse, especially since they are supposed to be the administration party. Campaign sorties and rallies are opportunities to highlight your strength, but it seems the LP’s claim of dominance is all hot air,” he said. He said there should be a better explanation for the dismal attendance during Team PNoy’s sorties. “And what do they mean by quality? Yung mga may-kaya sa buhay na nagpupunta sa mga LP rallies kumpara sa mga mahihirap na kusang loob na nagpupunta sa mga rali ng UNA? This again betrays their elitist background, their contempt for the common people,” he said. (MNS)

Church told: ‘Team Patay’ poster to serve as evidence MANILA, Mar 4 (Mabuhay) – The Commission on Elections will no longer insist on the removal of the Diocese of Bacolod’s “Team Buhay, Team Patay” poster so it can serve as evidence in the charges that are being considered by the poll body. Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes said that for now, the poll body will respect the diocese’s decision to elevate the matter to the Supreme Court after the poll body told the diocese to remove the oversized poster. He said that if the Supreme Court does not issue a restraining order tomorrow, the poll body will proceed with the preliminary investigation of the case that maybe filed for the oversized poster. “Hindi na kailangan (tanggalin) para andoon ebidensiya,” he said. Brillantes agreed with the analysis of election lawyer Romulo Macalintal that it maybe premature for the diocese to go up to the SC since the notice was issued at the level of the law department, and not the commission en banc. He said the procedure for any case is that it will be first investigated by the law department, which will make a recommendation to the commission en banc. The en banc can use the recommendation as basis to order either the filing of

cases in court or the dismissal of the complaint. “Totoo naman yun. Walang kaso. Ano inaakyat? If the Supreme Court doesn’t issue a [temporary restraining order] tomorrow, we will proceed with the process. We will investigate. We will file motu propio charges for preliminary investigation. Hindi pa ho charges sa court. After which, we shall determine,” he said. Brillantes said the law department will be the proper venue for the diocese to raise issues of freedom of expression, religious freedom and separation of church and state. However, he noted that the issue is simply about the poster being oversized. “Ang sukat tama na sa akin,” he said. He also feels the diocese is getting bad advice from their own lawyer. “I think it is the lawyer of bishop trying to make something about this, making a big fuss out of this small matter to go up to the Supreme Court. Best evidence something is wrong with the lawyer.” He also said he has received information that the diocese is keeping the poster. “The lawyer is talking of all kinds of freedom. We are not talking of freedom. Simple sizes lang,” he said. (MNS)

Palace allays fears of NFA abolition MANILA, Mar 2 (Mabuhay) – Malacañang on Saturday allayed fears that some three million Filipino palay farmers may suffer if the National Food Authority will be abolished, saying there is no such plan to get rid of the agency, at least for now. Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office head Ramon Carandang said that while government wants to streamline the NFA’s operations, it will not abolish it. “Kailangan natin gawan ng solution. Whether that solution is abolition or not, wala pa tayo sa puntong ‘yan,” he said on government-run dzRB radio. However, he said the Palace is aware of suggestions to abolish the NFA, amid the debts it had incurred. Carandang said that when former President Gloria Arroyo stepped down from office in 2010, the NFA had debts of up to P177 billion. “Clearly may mali riyan at dapat ayusin at ireporma yan,” he said. For now, he said the Palace’s focus is on reforming the NFA, “and we will think about what has to be done in the long term.” A report on Manila Standard Today said the Agriculture Department warned Friday that abolishing the NFA may be tantamount to “political suicide” and displace three million Filipino palay farmers. Assistant Secretary and Philippine Rice Program Coordinator Dante Delima was quoted in the report as saying the NFA plays a very important role and is working hard to achieve the country’s rice self-sufficiency status, “yet other government agencies are trying to ruin it.” Delima said abolishing the NFA would imperil the country’s goal of attaining rice self-sufficiency. He added abolishing the NFA would worsen the country’s unemployment rate, noting that there were three farmers for every 10 Filipino workers. The NFA has the mission of promoting the integrated growth and development of the grains industry covering rice, corn, feed grains and other grains like sorghum, mongo, and peanut.

Binay believes he is backed by a strong number of Filipinos, as can be gleaned from the crowds going to their sorties. However, he said he could be targeted for a demolition job by the Liberal Party as the May 2013 elections draw nearer. (Photo from a Facebook page that bears the name of Vice President Jejomar Binay)

Binay seeks source code review MANILA, Mar 4 (Mabuhay) -- Vice-President Jejomar Binay is seeking a source code review of the automated election system on behalf of his political party, Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban). Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Sixto Brillantes said his office received the letter from Binay, who leads the PDP-Laban under the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA). At the same time, he said the poll body will screen the interest groups who will ask to review the source codes, including groups like AESWatch. Brillantes and AESwatch have clashed publicly on the poll body’s preparations for the elections. “We have to see kung ano presinta nila. If they ask for a review, if they fall under the qualification we provided for, meron nakalagay requirements which the advisory committee gave us. Meron din qualifications (like) 4 years IT. Not everybody can see the source code. Meron security requirements. Di pwede ilabas yan, (may) signing of non-disclosure agreements,” he said.

Under the automated elections law, the source codes must be opened up to review by the political parties and interest groups. “Para ma-clear sa political parties na malinis, di pwede galawin, humahanap ka ng malicious lines or instructions,” the poll chief said. Brillantes said the poll body is preparing for the source code review of the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines and the consolidation and canvassing system (CCS) by the political parties and interest groups. “Oo, we came out with a reso today on that process of review of the source code. We’re offering CCS source code and, depending on availability, either Dominion or Smartmatic source code,” he said. This is even if the PCOS source code remains in the hands of 3rdparty certifier SLI Global Solutions because of the collection claims of source code owner Dominion Voting Systems and its estranged licensee, Smartmatic. Brillantes previously pointed out that the source code of the CCS, the system which consolidates and canvasses the PCOSgenerated precinct election returns

in the municipal, city, provincial and national levels, is already available for review. The poll chief said that by Thursday or Friday, he will make an announcement on the fate of the PCOS source code review pending further negotiations with the warring suppliers. Brillantes said that should SLI still not bring the source code, they will instead use Smartmatic’s source code. “Antayin na natin mangyayari Thursday. Whatever happens, I’ll have to file a report on Thursday or Friday, if we come out with an agreement with Dominion. If Dominion doesn’t agree, then I also announce no agreement, then the source code will not be brought here by SLI. We will just make use of the Smartmatic source code, which is the same as the source code reviewed by SLI,” he said. Brillantes is hoping he can still negotiate the return of the source code by SLI since “it will resolve all issues regarding the source code, all of the fears. The questions on credibility can be settled once and for all, we’re definitely proceeding with the elections.” (MNS)

Comelec won’t ban bets in grad rites MANILA, Mar 4 (Mabuhay) – Candidates won’t get into trouble with the Commission on Elections if they campaign during graduation ceremonies, Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes said Monday. However, the poll chief noted that schools who invite candidates to campaign during graduation rites may have a problem with the

Department of Education. “Pwede naman mangampanya sa graduation. Form of campaigning magkaka-liability eskwelahan. May circular na and [Department of Education] diyan. It’s a good deterrent for them na di sila mag imbita ng pulitiko,” he said. Brillantes said inviting politicians to grad rites helps in their campaign. “Pag nagi-imbita ka ng

politician parang tumutulong ka,” he said. Last February 14, 2013, the DepEd issued memorandum circular number 9, series of 2013, which said: “The graduation rites should be conducted in an appropriate solemn ceremony befitting the graduating students and their parents and shall not be used as political forum.” (MNS)


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Aquino: Signs point to conspiracy MANILA, Mar 4 (Mabuhay) – President Aquino on Monday said there are definite signs of a conspiracy in the move of Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III and his followers to use force to press their claim over Sabah, Malaysia. In a statement, Aquino told Kiram III, one of the claimants to the title of sultan of Sulu, that it is unreasonable to ask for understanding “when you have a gun pointed at my head.” He noted that aside from the lives of Kiram’s men, the Philippine government is also concerned about the 800,000 Filipinos in Sabah whose lives could be jeopardized by the Kiram group’s action. The President said he is not blind to signs that point to a conspiracy in the ongoing tension. “Mulat tayo na may mga taong nagkutsabahan upang humantong tayo sa sitwasyong ito, isang sitwasyon na walang agarang solusyon. Ilan po sa kanila ay nakikita natin habang ang iba naman ay nagkukubli naman sa dilim,” he said. “Sa mga taong nasa likod nito, ngayon pa lang sinasabi ko sa inyo, hindi kayo magtatagumpay. Pananagutin natin ang nagkasala sa bansa,” he added. He later told reporters that he had received intelligence reports and authorities are monitoring “persons of interest” on the Sabah issue. Aquino said all the individuals pushing for the Kiram claim were mouthing the same lines over and over again. He also noted the Kirams would have had to spend at least P100,000 to hire a large boat to bring their forces to Lahad Datu in Sabah, Malaysia. Aquino said the Kiram family used 2 large boats and a speedboat to bring their men to Sabah. He indicated that the Kirams could not have financed the operation, noting that Kiram III is receiving financial support from the government through the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) for his regular dialysis. Aquino said the Kiram family used 2 large boats and a speedboat to bring their men to Sabah. “Funds and the food, the money that was left behind, yung mga concerted, seemingly concerted criticisms all point to a conspiracy,” he said. Asked about the meeting between former President Gloria Arroyo’s National Security Adviser Norberto Gonzales and Jamalul Kiram, the President said he does not accuse without the proper evidence. “Hintayin na lang po natin ang resulta ng imbestigasyon,” he said. Aquino said he spoke with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak who said negotiations with the Kiram group were no longer possible after the deaths of Malaysian police commandos last week. (MNS)

‘Vatileaks’ concern as pre-conclave talks begin BY ELLA IDE

VATICAN CITY, March 04, 2013 (AFP) – Catholic cardinals on Monday pressed for more information about the “Vatileaks” scandal as a series of Vatican meetings got under way to prepare for a conclave to elect a new pope after Benedict XVI’s sudden resignation. “If we’re going to make a good decision, I’m sure we’ll have to have some information on that,” South African cardinal Wilfrid Napier told reporters on the sidelines of the closed-door meetings. Asked whether there would have to be a reform of the Roman Curia, the central government of the Catholic Church, Napier said: “That naturally is going to come into the picture as well.” French cardinal Philippe Barbarin said: “We want to know what’s going on inside the Vatican, which has been a bit knocked about in recent years.” Hundreds of confidential papal documents alleging instances of corruption and intrigue in the administration of the Vatican were leaked to the press last year, causing huge embarrassment. Benedict’s personal butler was convicted in the case but some Vatican watchers say there may have been a wider conspiracy and an inquiry by three cardinals into the affair has been kept secret. Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi implied there would be no general discussion on “Vatileaks”, saying cardinals could ask fellow cardinals in private “for any information they believe useful.” Spanish cardinal Carlos Amigo Vallejo however played down wider implications from the scandal. “I was a missionary bishop for a long time and I thought of those small communities in North Africa. I don’t think they care a lot about our little internal problems,” he said. ‘As much time as we need’ The Vatican meetings will set the date for the start of the conclave later this month and help identify cardinals who could become the next leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics. “We’re going to take as much time as we need to think about what sort of pope the Church needs now,” French cardinal Andre Vingt-Trois said. “I’d be keen to have a polyglot, a man of faith, a man of dialogue...The new pope will certainly have to confront problems within the Curia.”

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224 Kiram men ‘intact’, choose to die in Sabah MANILA, Mar 2 (Mabuhay) – The remaining 224 followers of the Sultanate of Sulu in Sabah have decided not to retreat and instead die in Lahad Datu town “in pursuit of their dreams and aspirations,” the daughter of Sultan Jamalul Kiram III said on Saturday. Reading the letter of Crown Prince Datu Raja Muda Agbimuddin Kiram, Princess Jaycel said the sultanate’s followers decided not to leave Lahad Datu despite the shootout with Malaysian security forces Friday morning which claimed 10 lives from their group and injured four others. Two Malaysian security personnel also died in the encounter, the police chief of the Malaysian state of Sabah said. Malaysian officials also claimed 12 armed Filipinos were killed in the incident. “After we buried our nine brothers and one sister at sundown, everyone of the 224 left decided to die in Lahad Datu in pursuit of their dreams and aspirations... and have decided to put everything in the hands of Allah,” Princess Jaycel said, reading Raja Muda’s letter in a press conference Saturday morning. Sultanate spokesman Abraham Idjirani, likewise, said: “Intact sila, the remaining 224.” The sultanate’s followers, led by Sultan Kiram’s brother Raja Muda, have been holed up in Lahad Datu town since February 12 in an effort to strengthen their claim to the Malaysian territory. Idjirani earlier said the standoff between their group and Malaysian forces in Sabah is not yet over, refuting earlier statements made by the Malaysian and Philippine governments. Idjirani had said that the standoff continued and the group of Raja Muda had moved to another location to continue their fight. “If the standoff is over, that means Raja Muda and his companions have either been captured or have been killed,” he said Friday. But Idjirani confirmed on Saturday that no shootout between the royal army and Malaysian forces had occurred since 8 p.m. Friday. “Since 8 p.m. last night, wala pa ho. And as of 5:30 this morning, wala po.” 10 KIRAM MEN ARRESTED; NO ONE SURRENDERED Idjirani confirmed that 10 men from Raja Muda’s group were arrested by Malaysian authorities but again insisted that no one surrendered. “Tinanong natin kay Raja Muda kung confirmed na may nahuli. Ang sabi niya ‘confirmed,’” Idjirani said.

“Ang tanong papaano nahuli ‘yung sampu. ‘Yung sampu sabi ni Raja Muda habang siya ay iniinterview, nakatutok ang paningin sa kanya. So all of a sudden... parang nataranta lahat, ‘di nakahawak ng baril,” he added. “Hindi [nagsurrender],” he continued. NO PULLOUT OF ROYAL ARMY Despite the confirmed casualties and injuries from their side, Princess Jaycel said the sultanate’s followers were still not ordered to retreat and return to the Philippines. This, she said, was due to the “lies” being peddled by Malacañang, pertaining to the government’s conflicting reports on the situation in Sabah. “My father was about to consider ‘yung sinusuggest ng gobyerno natin. But because of the lies of this government, my father stay firmed up to the moment to continue the fight and not surrender,” she said. ‘TANTAMOUNT TO MASSACRE’ During the press conference, Princess Jaycel also slammed the Philippine government for allegedly not taking any action after the incident. She said the bloody firefight was “tantamount to massacre,” noting that the 3,000 Malaysian forces obviously outnumbered Kiram’s group of over 200 men. “Clearly, walang ginagawa ang gobyerno,” she said. “Wala sinuman from the office of the Malacañang is taking this seriously. Bakit kung sincere kayo sa mga pangako niyo, bakit hindi mismo ang mga officials ng Malacañang ang magpahayag direkta sa amin?” Princess Jaycel added. The sultanate wants that a formal agreement recognizing their Sabah claim, brokered by Manila, be reached with Kuala Lumpur. Manila, however, said the sultanate’s condition is unacceptable. It even warned members of the sultanate of possible criminal charges as a result of their decision to enter a foreign territory while bearing firearms. The sultanate of Sulu is citing historical accounts as basis for its claim. Sabah was given to the Sultanate of Sulu by the Sultanate of Brunei due to the former’s help in quelling a rebellion during the 17th century. In 1878, the Sultanate of Sulu leased Sabah to the British North Borneo Company. Britain eventually annexed Sabah in 1946. The disputed territory was then turned over by Britain to the Federation of Malaysia in 1963. (MNS)

PHL elite swallow country’s new wealth BY CECIL MORELLA

MANILA, March 3, 2013 (AFP) – Optimism is soaring that the Philippines is finally becoming an Asian tiger economy, but critics caution a tiny elite that has long dominated is amassing most of the new wealth while the poor miss out. President Benigno Aquino has overseen some of the highest growth rates in the region since he took office in 2010, while the stock market has hovered in record territory, credit ratings have improved and debt ratios have dropped. “The Philippines is no longer the sick man of East Asia, but the rising tiger,” World Bank country director Motoo Konishi told a forum attended by many of Aquino’s economic planning chiefs recently. However economists say that, despite genuine efforts from Aquino’s team to create inclusive growth, little progress has been made in changing a structure that for decades has allowed one of Asia’s worst richpoor divides to develop. “I think it’s obvious to everyone that something is structurally wrong. The oligarchy has too much control of the country’s resources,” Cielito Habito, a respected former economic planning minister, told AFP. He presented data to the same economic forum at which Konishi spoke, showing that in 2011 the 40 richest families on the Forbes wealth list accounted for 76 percent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth. This was the highest in Asia, compared with Thailand where the top 40 accounted for 33.7 percent of wealth growth, 5.6 percent for Malaysia and just 2.8 percent for Japan, according to Habito. According to the Forbes 2012 annual rich list, the two wealthiest people in the Philippines, ethnic Chinese magnates Henry Sy and Lucio Tan, were worth a combined $13.6 billion. This equated to six percent of the entire Philippine economy. In contrast, about 25 million people, or one quarter of the population, lived on $1 a day or less in 2009, which was little changed from a decade earlier, according to the government’s most recent data. Some of the elite families have dominated since the Spanish colonial era that ended in the late 1800s. Prominent Spanish names, such as Ayala and Aboitiz, continue to control large chunks of the economy and members of the families are consistent high placers on Forbes’ annual top-40 wealth list. Their business interests range from utilities to prop-

erty development to banking, telecommunications and the booming business process outsourcing industry. Many of the ethnic Chinese tycoons, such as Sy and Tan, got their start soon after the country gained postWorld War II independence from the United States. The tendency for the same names to dominate major industries can be partly attributed to government regulations that continue to allow near monopolies and protections for key players. For decades after independence from the United States in 1946, important sectors such as air transport and telecommunications were under monopoly control, according to a Philippine Institute for Development Studies paper. Despite wide-ranging reforms since 1981, big chunks of the market remain effective oligopolies or cartels, it said. Habito said the path to riches for the few is also helped by a political culture that allows personal connections to easily open doors. The Aquino government’s mantra since succeeding graft-tainted Gloria Arroyo’s administration has been good governance and inclusive growth, and their efforts have been applauded by the international community. The government is spending more than $1 billion this year on one of its signature programs to bridge the rich-poor divide. The conditional cash transfers programme will see 15 million of the nation’s poorest people receive money directly in exchange for going to school and getting proper health care. However Louie Montemar, a political science professor at Manila’s De La Salle University, said little had been done at the top end to impact on the dominance of the elite. “There’s some sense to the argument that we’ve never had a real democracy because only a few have controlled economic power,” Montemar told AFP. “The country dances to the tune of the tiny elite.” Nevertheless, the government and economists say there are many other reforms that can be taken to bring about inclusive growth. Analysts said the most direct path out of poverty was improving worker skills, using higher tax revenues to boost spending on infrastructure, and rebuilding the country’s manufacturing sector. To this end, many economists endorse the Aquino government’s cash transfer program as well as reforms to the education system, which include extending the primary and high school system from 10 to 13 years.


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UTREACH Escape to Pechanga Resort & Casino (Part 2: A World Class Dining Experience) Pechanga Resort & Casino, as its inherent title infers, is home to one of the world’s most reputable and dynamic entertainment experiences. Pechanga, generally speaking is known for its fully loaded Casino and of course it’s reputed Theater, which features a wide variety of acts ranging from classical rock to stand up comedy; if you want to see a certain performer of type of performance, Pechanga will most likely have had, or will have that performance in the future. It is safe to say that no all-encompassing entertainment experience is complete without an equivocally fantastic dining experience. Pechanga Resort & Casino undoubtedly offers one of California’s most multifaceted, high end dining experiences, featuring eight restaurants, each of which has its own unique style, ambience & flavor. At Pechanga Resort & Casino, you will be able to choose a dining experience to match not only your mood, personal preference and immediate desires, but also a dining experience which is pertinent to your activities at Pechanga. Let’s take a look at some of the diverse options. The Great Oak Steakhouse Firstly, Pechanga Resort & Casino would like to introduce The Great Oak Steakhouse. This establishment features a wide variety of fine dining and is also a reputable winner of the “prestigious AAA Four-Diamond Award for dining excellence.” Perhaps you are looking to go on a date, or are simply looking to enjoy a world-class fine dining experience, if this is the case, The Great Oak Steakhouse is an option you should strongly consider. The menu also features over nine hundred selections of fine wine to supplement and compliment your meal choice, a testament to the quality of this dining experience. The Great Oak Steakhouse opens daily at 5 p.m., ready to meet your fine dining expectations. Bamboo If it is Asian cuisine you are looking for, then you don’t need to look any further than Pechanga’s newest Asian dining experience, Bamboo. Perhaps you’re concerned that Bamboo will only have Chinese cuisine, as could be inferred by its name. If so, then you don’t need to worry; under the world class leadership of Asian Head Chef Joseph Ku, you can find an extensive menu, which also includes Korean, Thai, Vietnamese and many more styles of Asian cuisine. Essentially, Bamboo is an all-encompassing Asian dining experience, which includes not only an extensive menu with a buffet option, but also an opportunity to indulge in a variety of Asian dishes. Bamboo opens daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Paisano’s Italian Ristorante Perhaps you are seeing a classical performance in the renowned Pechanga Theater then Pechanga’s Paisano’s Italian Ristorante may be the perfect compliment to that experience. Paisano’s Italian Ristorante offers wide variety of traditional Italian meals from all regions of the historic Italian landscape. This authentic Italian restaurant, as previously mentioned features a diverse menu of Italian styles; whether you are looking for Northern Italian cuisine, the likes of which you might find in Milan, or a more Mediterranean style, which can be found

in Naples or Rome. Regardless, Paisano’s Italian Ristorante will meet and exceed your Italian dining expectations. Paisano’s Italian Ristorante opens at 5 PM between Friday and Tuesday. Seafood Grotto Seafood is and has been a staple of coastal culture since the dawn of man. Pechanga has capitalized on this recurring motif with its Seafood Grotto. It features a full seafood menu with traditional fare and of course, house specials. Seafood Grotto, more poignantly is known for its exciting and interactive oyster and Sushi bar. So, if you find yourself desiring fresh, West Coast seafood with a flare of nightlife and excitement, then perfine dining: The Seafood Grotto at Pechanga Resort & C Casino i serves the h ffreshest h seafood f d ffrom haps the Seafood Grotto is for you Elegant the West Coast and beyond. www.Pechanga.com and yours. Seafood Grotto opens at 5 PM from Wednesday to Sunaward winning restaurants, but what if you just want someday. thing casual? If this is the case, then Pechanga Resort & CaJourney’s End sino has many fantastic options for you. Firstly, there is BlazPechanga Resort & Casino is also home to one of Califor- ing Noodles, a “casual and relaxed restraint with the flavors of nia’s finest golf courses and for those of you who have thor- Thailand, China, Japan, and India,” and of course, as the title oughly cleared a full golf course, it is safe to infer that a nice infers, there is an emphasis on savory noodle dishes. Blazing clubhouse style meal would be the veritable icing on the cake Noodle opens every Saturday & Sunday. after a long day of golf. Journey’s End is a clubhouse style The Buffet breakfast and lunch establishment located right next to the If you are feeling especially hungry, and if you prefer a mulworld-class golf course. At Journey’s End, you will be pro- titude of food choices, you should pay a visit to The Buffet. vided with both indoor and outdoor seating options, and of If you are one of those who, well, simply loves to eat, then course, you will have access to traditional clubhouse classics Pechanga’s 250 item buffet, which is rotated daily, would be a like the famous club sandwich or maybe the Arnold Palmer good match for you. Let us not forget, Pechanga also includes ice tea. If you are looking for a relaxed conclusion to your a wide variety of dining options including twenty food and journey, stop by at Journey’s End to enjoy a surprisingly af- beverage outlets, a food court area and much more. Again, we fordable meal and a beautiful view. wish you the best of luck in making a decision on where to Kelsey’s eat, and you can be Let us not forget that Pechanga is firstly and foremost, assured, regardless INVITATION FOR BIDS (IFB) AND REQUEST there for your entertainment. The past few years have been of where you decide FOR PROPOSALS (RFP) filled with amazing sporting events; recently, we had the to go, you will be The Housing Authority of Manny Pacquiao vs. Marquez IV fight and the 2012 Olym- making a fantastic the City of Los Angeles invites proposals from pics to name a few. Arguably, there is no better way to enjoy choice. qualified firms interested in the following opportunities: these events than with a group of your best friends while enCome and exjoying a hearty barbeque/grilled burger with the beer of your perience it all at IFB 7798 Microsoft Licenses dreams. Kelsey’s is essentially the manifestation of your sport- Pechanga Resort (Issue 03/04/2013; Due ing entertainment dreams. and Casino. Lo3/26/2013) To provide Microsoft This bar and grill features sixteen beer taps, twenty five cated at 45000 licenses/software products plasma televisions and a giant overhead projector so that you Pechanga Parkway, RFP 7578 WAN (Wide can watch a multitude of sporting events, and of course, a Temecula, CaliArea Network) (Issue 03/04/2013; Due fantastic sports bar menu. Next time you want to catch the fornia 92592. For 3/29/2013) big game, fight, or showdown, Kelsey’s will be here, ready for more information, To provide WAN connectivity action. call 1-877-711Copies of the IFB and RFP Blazing Noodle 2946 or visit www. may be obtained via Of course, we have been talking about fine dining and Pechanga.com. http://www.hacla.org/ncg/

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Breakfast Recipe Contest for National School Breakfast Week launched LOS ANGELES – In honor of National School Breakfast Week (Mar. 4-8, 2013), Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) is launching a Breakfast Recipe Contest in search of the next studentinspired dish to start the morning right. Sponsored by the District’s “I’M IN” campaign, an all-inclusive program designed to raise awareness about the District’s healthy meals to help fight childhood obesity and to encourage student attendance, the recipe contest is one of the District’s efforts to engage students in the creation of tasty and nutritious menu items. “All of the menu items we serve in our schools have to be approved by students before any dish is served in the cafeteria,” says LAUSD Director of Food Services, David Binkle. “This recipe contest takes engagement one step further.  The more students are involved in the food development process, the more we succeed in raising awareness about the District’s ongoing commitment to serve nutritious meals that meet USDA guidelines.”

The student with the winning healthy breakfast will not only win $500, but the recipe will inspire a new breakfast item for the 2013-2014 cafeteria menu. Ten finalists will also each receive $100 and their recipes will be featured in an online “I’M IN”

Breakfast Recipe Booklet, which will also be unveiled at the start of the 2013-2014 school year. The contest is open to all LAUSD students, and a favorite healthy breakfast recipe must be submitted by March 29, 2013. The official LAUSD Breakfast Recipe Entry form, as well as contest rules, can be found by visiting www.iminlausd.com  Research shows that students who eat a nutritious breakfast earn higher test scores, have lower rates of tardiness and absenteeism and tend to make healthier food choices throughout the day. The second largest school district in the country, LAUSD serves more than 650,000 meals daily that meet rigorous school nutrition guidelines. Since 2011, LAUSD has offered generous portions of fresh vegetables, fruits, dairy products and whole grains that are sourced locally, the majority within 200 miles of the District. LAUSD has also reduced salt, added sugars, fats, and oils, as well as eliminated artificial additives in all its school meals. For more information on the LAUSD Breakfast Recipe Contest visit www.iminlausd.com

Lines growing at US airports after budget cuts: Napolitano WASHINGTON, March 4, 2013 (AFP) – Travelers at US airports are already being greeted with longer lines and delays due to government spending cuts launched last week, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Monday. Napolitano warned that the lines for customs and security clearance could double as the spending cuts, called the sequester, begin to hit government departments after they came into effect on Friday. “We are already seeing the effects at some of the ports, the big airports, for example. Some of them had very long lines this weekend,” she said, mentioning the Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport. “The New York airports got through okay, but that’s going to be temporary. We will see these effects

cascade over the next week,” due to the sequester’s impact on the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and airport customs enforcement, she said. Homeland Security would start Monday to send out notices of temporary furloughs, or unpaid leave, to its employees that will begin in April, she said at an event hosted by Politico magazine. Meanwhile TSA has frozen hiring and is “basically” eliminating overtime work, she said. Asked how long could lines and waits get, she answered: “I would say 150 to 200 percent as long as we would normally expect.” “If you are travelling, get to the airport earlier than you otherwise would. There is only so much we can do with personnel.

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urged “maximum tolerance in dealing with the remaining members” of the sultan’s group. It also prodded Malaysia for more information on the confused situation on the ground and asked that a Philippine naval ship be allowed to land to provide humanitarian, consular and medical help to besieged intruders. An estimated 100-300 Filipino intruders have been holed up for three weeks, surrounded by police and the military, in the remote farming village of Tanduo. The tense standoff erupted in a shootout Friday that killed 12 intruders and two police. Fears of a wider guerrilla infiltration spread after a Saturday gunbattle in Semporna, a town that is hours away from Tanduo by road, in which six police and six gunmen died, according to authorities. Another gunman was beaten to death there Saturday by villagers, police have said. Federal police chief Ismail Omar was quoted by the national news agency Bernama as saying Monday that the situation was “under control”. But an AFP reporter in Semporna said residents were fleeing the normally laid-back seaside town, where the foul-smelling corpses of three men still lay in the streets on Monday in a grisly reminder of the shocking unrest. Residents said they were gunmen killed by police. “Our peaceful town has become a nightmare to live in,” Julasri Yaakob, 38, said as he heaved a bag full of clothes onto a lorry. “We are moving out because these are uncertain times. We heard

sorry for having offended the feelings of your members. It was never my intention to belittle anyone, least of all, the valiant members of the nursing profession.” The controversy arose when noted economist and broadcaster Winnie Monsod asked former congresswoman Villar about her alleged

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the gunshots. My children are afraid.” Schools, stores and government offices were closed in the town but there was little sign of a security presence despite the recent shootout and fleeing population. The affair has exposed lax border security and was likely to fuel longstanding complaints in Sabah that massive illegal immigration has fuelled lawlessness, just as Najib is due to call elections in coming months. Followers of the 74-year-old Manila-based Islamic leader, Jamalul Kiram III, say the gunmen are ready to die to defend his claim to Sabah, which was once controlled by the now-defunct sultanate. Supporters of the Filipino intruders took their campaign to cyberspace on Monday, manipulating Google listings to post a message backing the incursion. A Google search for “Sabah” came back with a results page that displayed a “Wikipedia” entry preview calling Malaysian control of the state “illegitimate”. A number of Philippine sites also were reportedly defaced by pro-Malaysia hackers. The exact identities of the gunmen and their numbers remain a mystery. Malaysia’s opposition has pounced, accusing the government of incompetence, failure to protect national sovereignty and failure to release timely information on the crisis. Sabah has seen previous smaller cross-border raids from Islamic militants and other bandits from the Philippines, but nothing of this scale.

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Other pictures posted on the woman’s page – which featured what appeared to be Satanist imagery – showed her standing in front of an ambulance, sitting on a motorbike and cavorting in sadomasochist poses. Later Friday, the tabloid Blick said it had managed to identify the woman as an immigrant from the Philippines who was married to a Swiss man. The newspaper said the woman worked as a cook not a nurse, and was also offered sado-masochist services. Blick said the pictures had been taken in January 2012 at a care home in the community of Mogelsberg which was subsequently closed for unrelated reasons.

The woman reportedly told Blick that she had simply wanted to show a friend back home in the Philippines the realities of life and death in Switzerland. “I didn’t mean to hurt anyone or show a lack of respect,” she was quoted as saying. Blick said it had also managed to contact the relatives of the dead woman, and that they had demanded that all pictures of her be removed from the Internet. In a statement, the Swiss national nurses’ federation said in a statement it was “shocked and saddened”, adding that the case highlighted broader concerns about the Swiss healthcare sector.

intervention in favor of nursing school owners that resulted in the non-closure of substandard nursing schools way back in 2005. She told Monsod then that nurses did not need to finish their degree since they only wanted to become room nurses or caretakers. “Yung sinasabi po namin sa

kanila na actually hindi naman kailangan ang nurse ay matapos ng BSN [BS Nursing], kasi itong ating mga nurses ay gusto lang nila maging room nurse, o sa Amerika o sa other countries, ay mag-aalaga lang sila. Hindi naman kailangan na ganoon sila kagaling,” she had said.

well be roommates. Now they are counting on President Barack Obama and his pledge to pursue immigration reform to obtain, finally, legal permanent residency for de Leon. “There’s still no security. The reality is I’m still seen as a foreign national, as a foreign student, even if I’ve been here for quite some time and I consider myself an American through and through,” said de Leon, who is 46. “I know a few people who came

here in 1990, the same year, and have now been citizens for some time. “I know of people who came way after me who’ve become citizens. So it’s rather frustrating, because for me, I can’t wait for the day where I can be a full citizen and vote.” He and Beddingfield, 48, have been together for 14 years. They formalized their relationship with a domestic partnership in 2003, and were legally wed in April 2010, the month after Washington began al-

lowing same-sex marriages. De Leon first came to the United States on a student visa to pursue his doctoral degree. He has repeatedly renewed various temporary visas and is looking for an employer to sponsor him for a residency permit. If he had married a woman, she could have sponsored him for a green card immediately, and within three to five years, for citizenship. However, for de Leon, his marriage to Beddingfield doesn’t exist for im-

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and Revereza, a police officer in the Philippines Bureau of Customs who facilitated the shipment of the illegal weapons. The weapons included a rocketpropelled grenade launcher, a mortar launcher, an M203 single-shot grenade launcher and 12 Bushmaster machine guns, as well as explosives including mortars and grenades. The trial evidence also showed the defendants had also illegally imported into the United States the highest level military body armor. The weapons, which were tracked by authorities during shipment, landed in Long Beach, California, on June 7, 2011, where they were seized by the FBI. In a controversial twist, the defendants’ lawyer accused the undercover FBI agent of spending US taxpayer dollars on prostitutes

for himself and others during the 8-month investigation in the Philippines in 2010. Deputy Federal Public Defender John Littrell filed a motion September last year asking the judge to toss the indictment against his clients as he accused the FBI agent of “outrageous government misconduct.” The agent, who wasn’t identified in court documents, paid up to $2,400 each time he went to brothels with Syjuco and others to reward them for their work to secure weapons to ship to the US without a license, court documents show. US government attorneys denied the allegations but acknowledged in court documents that the agent sought nearly $15,000 in reimbursements for “entertainment” and other expenses related to the investigation.

More than 200 men loyal to the sultan who have been in Malaysia’s Sabah state for about three weeks moved outside the area that was attacked before the offensive operation began, the sultan’s spokesman, Abraham Idjirani, told AFP. “They heard a lot of explosions and saw two bombs being dropped by Malaysian aircraft,” Idjirani said in Manila. “But this was happening away from where he and his men are.” Meanwhile, Sulu sultanate spokesman Abraham Idjirani said the violence in Sabah is escalating further. He said that after violence erupted in Semporna, the unrest report-

edly spread to Kunak, Sandakan, and Tuwau. Sandakan is now a battle zone, he said. He claimed that supporters from Basilan, Tawi-Tawi and Sulu are now in Sabah. He also said that the sultanate’s camp is holding four Malaysian officials and is ready to release them to an international humanitarian agency in the presence of local and international agencies. The sultanate also called on the Malaysian government to stop the crackdown and abuses against Filipino Muslims. They called on Malaysia to allow the foreign and local press to cover the area to find out the truth about what is happening there.

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District Court in the Central District of California, said the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office in a joint announcement. In an indictment filed on Jan. 12, 2012, the three men were charged with importing weapons to the US without a license in violation of the Arms Export Control Act. According to the evidence presented at trial, the defendants conspired to sell the weapons to the undercover FBI agent posing as a buyer who planned to arm drug dealers in Mexican drug cartels and Mexican Mafia gang members. In November 2010, Ubaldo introduced the undercover agent to Syjuco, who supplied the weapons,

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claim on behalf of the heirs of a defunct sultanate which once controlled parts of Borneo, including Sabah. The self-proclaimed sultan said the gunmen’s leader was his crown prince and was leading the sultanate’s “royal army”. Malaysian security forces mounted an air and land offensive Tuesday to end the deadly stand-off that has claimed 27 lives. Philippine militants loyal to a self-proclaimed sultan survived a bombing raid and ground offensive launched by Malaysian security forces on Tuesday, the group’s spokesman said.

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While cautiously optimistic, experts stressed that much remained unclear – including whether this may have been a freak result. “The world needs to see this as a proof of concept, but we are not anywhere near implementation” of similar treatment for all newborns at risk, said Harry Moultrie, a pediatric HIV researcher at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, which has a high share of infants born HIV-positive. “One case does not make an intervention that you can

just roll out,” said Moultrie, even as he hailed the result “a compelling description of a cure”. Researchers from the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center in Baltimore, Maryland, earlier reported they had cured a baby born with HIV. This was a “functional cure” rather than a full one, as traces of the virus were still present in the child’s cells, but at non-dangerous levels. The baby girl was given a cocktail of three anti-AIDS drugs within 30 hours of being born. Normally, babies born to HIVpositive women are given a lower, preventative dose of drugs for several weeks, after which full treatment starts upon HIV diagnosis.

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Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a statement during the regular press briefing in Malacanang on Monday. Valte said the ICAO Coordinated Validation Mission Team had informed the government that it will recommend to the ICAO Headquarters in Montreal, Canada the lifting of the SSCs. “Before they left, the ICAO team expressed great satisfaction with what they found, and said they would make a recommendation to the ICAO headquarters in Montreal, Canada,

that the significant safety concerns previously issued to the Philippines be lifted,” she said. In a letter to the CAAP dated March 1, the ICAO stated that the SSC Validation Committee “has determined that the corrective actions taken by the Philippines have successfully addressed and resolved” the SSCs.” “With this positive development, the CAAP will continue to coordinate with the European Union and the Federal Aviation Administration about upgrading the country’s aviation status,” Valte said. (MNS)


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(Relaxnews) - Tattoos are wildly popular, but their inks can cause rashes, infections and inflammation, and doctors still aren’t certain how the inks’ chemicals may affect your health in the long run. “It is especially important for consumers to be aware of the potential risks, report any problem that develops to the tattoo artist and see a board-certified dermatologist for proper diagnosis and treatment,” says Dr. Michi Shinohara, a clinical assistant professor of dermatology at the University of Washington in Seattle. In recent studies, a chemical in black inks called benzo(a)pyrene has caused skin cancer in lab animals, and malignant melanomas have been discovered in some tattoos. Many unknowns exist about how these new tattoo inks interact with the skin and within the body, Shinohara warns. While allergic reactions to tattoo pigments are the most common problem, she warns that bacterial infections as well as syphilis and hepatitis B and C have been associated with nonsterile tattooing practices.  Before getting inked, here is Shinohara’s advice on playing it safe: • Be sure your tattoo artist is licensed according to your country’s or state’s requirements, and only go to a professional tattoo parlor. Make sure all needles are removed from a sterile singleuse package before use, and that your artist washes his or her hands and wears sterile gloves.  • If a problem lasts more than one to two weeks, see a dermatologist. • If you suffer from a chronic skin condition such as psoriasis, eczema, or a tendency toward keloid scarring, talk with a dermatologist before getting a tattoo. • Never get a tattoo over an existing mole because a tattoo can hide any changes or problems that may occur within the mole over time.

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“Prompt antiviral therapy in newborns that begins within days of exposure may help infants clear the virus and achieve long-term remission without lifelong treatment by preventing such viral hideouts from forming in the first place,” said lead researcher Deborah Persaud, of Johns Hopkins Children’s Center in Baltimore, Maryland. It appears to be the first time this was achieved in a baby, she said. The baby was infected by her HIV-positive mother, and her treatment with therapeutic doses of antiretroviral drugs began even before her own positive blood test came back. The typical protocol for high-risk newborns is to give them smaller doses of the drugs until results from an HIV blood test is available at six weeks old. Tests showed the baby’s viral count steadily declined until it could no longer be detected 29 days after her birth. The child was given follow-up treatment with antiretrovirals until 18 months, at which point doctors lost contact with her for 10 months. During that period she was not taking antiretrovirals. Researchers then were able to do a series of blood tests – and none gave an HIV-positive result. Natural viral suppression without treatment is an exceedingly rare occurrence, seen in fewer than half a percent of HIV-infected adults, known as “elite controllers,” whose immune systems are able to rein in viral replication and keep the virus at clinically undetectable levels.


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After several years in show business, it seems actress-singer Nikki Gil has finally been bitten by the acting bug. Encouraged by her well-praised performance in the primetime series “Apoy Sa Dagat,” as well as in the stage musical “They’re Playing Our Song,” Gil said she is now itching to do more acting projects. “I recently discovered na gusto ko siya. Ngayon masasabi ko na mahal ko pala ang acting, whether it be sa teleserye o sa teater. Gusto ko pala siya, mahal ko pala siya. Nagaaral ako for it, nagre-research ako for it so sana ay mabigyan pa ng isang pagkakataon,” said Gil, who played the young Odessa in “Apoy Sa Dagat,” now being played by Angel Aquino.

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TYING the knot with boyfriend Drew Arellano is an event that actress Iya Villania is eyeing to happen soon. Iya clarified rumors that she’s already engaged to be married to Drew, her boyfriend of nine years. She said she still doesn’t wear any engagement ring, but “according to my senses, I’m sure malapit na. Hello nagugulat pa ba kayo?”

Drew also didn’t pop the question during their simple Valentine dinner. “It was sweet. It was something we needed to celebrate early kasi may work ako ng (February) 14 and si Drew may out-of-town,” she said. Keeping the relationship intact for the past nine years has always been a challenge, Iya said, citing the couple’s differences over some stuff. The experiences, however, taught them to compromise. Drew also allowed her to chase her showbiz dreams. “What so sweet is that the further we go, the stronger we get. A lot of people have always been afraid na you’ll never make it through the seven-year itch. We also went through that,” she said. Iya added that they still learn new things about each other despite being together for a long time. “So, there’s still so many things for us to enjoy doing together. Kasi kung tumagal kami ng ganito, na eto lang yung mga puwede namin gawin, paano pa kaya pag naging one na kami,” she said. Iya will soon join Diether Ocampo, Angelica Panganiban, and Piolo Pascual in the primetime series “Apoy Sa Dagat” on ABSCBN. (MNS)

Matteo on Jessy: We are not yet an item

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Actor Matteo Guidicelli clarified that he and “Paraiso” leading lady Jessy Mendiola are not yet an item. “Hindi kami umamin. We just said ...I told Jessy na mahal ko siya bilang kaibigan at bilang partner sa show,” explained Guidicelli when asked about reports that he and Mendiola already admitted that they are now in a relationship. Guidicelli admitted that after months of working with Mendiola, he had become closer with the actress. “It’s such a blessing. Hindi namin alam na magiging ganito ang ‘Paraiso’ namin. Maraming, maraming salamat sa kanila. Sobrang close kami at hindi biro ang pinagdaanan namin nasa isla kami and lahat lahat na,” he said. The actor said he is really busy with his work as an actor, as well as being a triathlon athlete, to enter into a relationship.(MNS)

Xian: I don’t feel the tension between Kim, Maja Actor Xian Lim said he does not feel any tension between “Ina Kapatid Anak” lead stars Kim Chiu and Maja Salvador despite their alleged ongoing rift because of actor Gerald Anderson. Anderson recently admitted his plans to pursue Salvador, the best friend of his former girlfriend Kim Chiu. Lim vouched for the professionalism of the two actresses whenever they are on the set. Lim, who is being romantically linked to Chiu, said the two women should be left alone. “Sa akin wala naman akong nararamdaman eh. I guess ‘yung nangyayari sa kanila, sa kanila na iyon. It doesn’t concert siguro any of us kasi it’s between them two kung ano man ang nangyayari sa kanila,” Lim said. Asked if Chiu ever opened up to him about the matter, Lim said: “Wala akong business

sa issue na iyon. I don’t have any connection with the issue.” Lim said he is just hoping that things will soon be fixed between the two stars. “Kahit ano pa iyan, mahirap pangunahan ang mga pangyayari. I guess we should just give them time. Let’s all give them time para maisip nila kung ano man ang pinagdadaanan nila,” he said. Meanwhile, the actor said he is happy that Chiu appreciated his surprise to her on Valentine’s Day, which they spent on a yacht. He said he really loves making Chiu feel special, not just on special occasions. “Siguro bilang isang lalaki naman, you want your Valentine’s to be special. Hindi naman ako naniniwala na basta Valentine’s Day, we do something for the person. I do believe na every day, you make it special,” he said. (MNS)

Gil said she really enjoyed taping for the drama series. “Sa isang banda parang background lang kami. Parang kailangan naming i-establish kung saan nanggaling sila Rebecca, Serena at sila Ruben. Pero sobrang ganda ng kwento ng ‘Apoy Sa Dagat.’ Kaya kung natuwa sila sa first part ay mas mahu-hook sila sa mga susunod na araw,” she explained. But at the same time, she said, “Malungkot ako kasi nag-enjoy ako na katrabaho sila. Kahit mabigat ang kwento ay ang saya ng set sobrang gaan kaya sobrang nalungkot ako pero I learned so much and I’m so excited for the rest of the story.” Meanwhile, Gil revealed that she and boyfriend Billy Crawford are already talking

about settling down, but stressed that this won’t happen so soon. “I guess it’s safe to say na nandoon na kami sa we are looking at the future, na magipon. Kasi five years hindi naman joke ‘yon,” she said. Asked when she believes this wedding will happen, she replied, “Basta definitely not more than five years from now,” Gil said. “We really never discussed (yung type of wedding) more on ‘yung tinatantiya kung kaya na ba kailangang magtrabaho because if we want this to happen in x number of years kailangan nag-iipon na. Nandoon pa lang pero kung kailan o saan eh hindi pa,” she explained. (MNS)

FHM babe Meg Imperial signs with ABS-CBN Actress Meg Imperial, who made a splash with a daring pictorial with the men’s magazine FHM, is back with the Kapamilya network. The sexy star signed a two-year contract with ABS-CBN with network executives led by ABS-CBN president and CEO Charo Santos-Concio. “Two years ‘yung pinirmahan ko with ABS-CBN and within two years na ‘yon sana ay ma-accomplish ko ang gusto kong maaccomplish,” Imperial said. According to Imperial, she might join the upcoming series “Dugong Buhay” starring “Pinoy Big Brother” teen winner Ejay Falcon. “Baka pumasok ako doon pero not sure pa kung kailan yon,” she said. Given a chance, Imperial said she would really love to do drama projects. Before moving to a rival network, Imperial appeared in Kapamilya soaps like “Ysabela” and “Maria Flordeluna.” Last month, Imperial starred in the sexy film “Menor de Edad.” (MNS)

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Kathryn told not to have boyfriend until she’s 18 Love must wait for young actor Daniel Padilla, who must slug it out for another year to win the heart of his leading lady Kathryn Bernardo. In an interview during the press conference for their movie “Must Be... Love,” Bernardo admitted that her mother, Min, had requested her not to have a boyfriend until she turns 18 next year. “Sana hindi muna. Pero gusto niya din ako na maging normal girl na may nanliligaw pero sana ay huwag muna. Pero pwede magpaligaw,” Bernardo said. Asked to describe her current relationship with Padilla, the young actress replied: “Parang ganoon (mutual understanding or MU) siguro. Kasi iba-iba ang definition ng MU sa atin. Kaming dalawa nagkakaintindihan kami. Siguro parang high Kathryn Bernardo school ‘yung stage naming dalawa. Basta hindi minamadali.” “Siguro masasabi ko na nade-develop talaga ang feelings habang nagtatagal na nakakasama ko si DJ kasi mabuti po siyang lalaki,” she added. Despite this, Bernardo stressed that she is not prohibiting Padilla from pursuing other

girls. “Hindi ko naman siya binabawalan na manligaw sa iba kasi wala pa akong right kasi choice niya kung ano ang gusto niya,” she said. Not jealous of fans In the interview, Bernardo also cleared that she is jealous of Padilla’s fans. “Hindi totoo ‘yon lalo na sa mga babae kasi ma-a-attract sila kay DJ kasi kumakanta. ...Bakit ko naman sila pipigilan?” she said. Bernardo even stressed that she is proud of Padilla’s success. “Nakaka-proud nga kasi ang daming nagkakagusto kay DJ kaya ‘yung sinasabi nilang isyu na nagse-selos ako lalo na sa mga fans hindim hindi po yon totoo,” she added. Aside from acting, Padilla has also successfully ventured into singing. Apart from his best-selling CD, Padilla was also chosen to participate performance at last Sunday’s Himig Handog P-Pop Love Song finals. His song “Nasa Iyo Na Ang Lahat” was the biggest winner in the various listeners’ choice awards done by online voting, CD purchases or music video requests. (MNS)


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John Prats hopes to end up with Isabel Oli

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After six failed relationships, actor John Prats is hoping that actress Isabel Oli is “the one” for him. “Thank you for giving me a chance to show you a glimpse of me,” Prats said. “ Alam ko naman na takot siya. I will try my best to be the best for her. Last na ito kasi nakakapagod na, so let’s try to make this work. Nakakapagod talaga kasi hindi ka lang nagi-invest ng time, ng pera, o ng emotions, pati kasi pamilya at yung friends. ‘Yun ang mahirap,” he said. Prats’ most recent relationship was with former beauty queen Bianca Manalo. They split up last year. His previous girlfriends include actresses Heart Evangelista, Shaina Magdayao. Nancy Castiliogne and Rachelle Ann Go.

Prats also admitted that he and Oli are now “exclusively dating.” “Date na lang ang kulang,” Prats said. Prats said he is just waiting for the Oli to finally say “yes.” “Ako pa lang ang nag-a-I-love you. Hindi pa ako sinasagot. Siguro kapag nag-I love you back siya, eh ‘yun na ‘yon,” he said. Prats said he is really happy with Oli. “Mahilig kami manood. Doon kami nagkaswak kasi we don’t drink. Hindi kami nagpa-party, so ‘yun ang bonding namin,” he said. In the interview, Prats also admitted that he gave Oli a watch. “It’s a casual watch na bago pa lang naiintroduce sa Pilipinas. Actually sinakto ko terno (‘yung watch),” he said.(MNS)

John Estrada replaces Jericho in new teleserye Actor John Estrada has been tapped to replace Jericho Rosales in the upcoming series “Against All Odds,” topbilled by Judy Ann Santos, according to castmember Sam Milby. “Si John Estrada na ang kasama. I don’t know kung dapat ko sabihin pero last year pa kasama na si John sa original cast. ‘Yung role na ‘yan kay John Estrada,” Milby said. “Tapos nagkaroon ng ‘A Beautiful Affair’ kaya hindi niya puwedeng gawin yung ‘Against All Odds.’ Eh dahil tumigil na kami sa taping at that time, [nagkataon na] natapos na yung ‘A Beautiful Affair.’ Dapat nga si Jericho ang naging kasama sa teleserye. I don’t know what actually happened with that,” he added. Milby also denied that Rosales backed out of the series because of billing problems. He said the issue was never raised and that

it was really a conflict of schedule that was behind the change in the casting. Milby, however, admitted that he never got the chance to talk to Rosales about the matter. Meanwhile, the actor happily shared that he has resumed taping “Against All Odds” along with his current series “Kahit Konting Pagtingin.” “Every T-TH-S light ang taping for ‘Kahit John Estrada Konting Pagtingin’ tapos M-W-F ‘Against All Odds’ heavy drama naman. Ito ang first time in seven years that

I’ve been in the business na may dalawa akong sabay na teleserye,” he said. While he rarely gets time to rest due to his hectic schedule, Milby said he feels blessed to have two shows. He said he is also looking forward to tape scenes with Santos. “First time ko siyang kasama sa soap. Siyempre ‘yung level ni Judy Ann magaling talaga. Ayaw ko mag-suffer acting ko dahil sa Tagalog. Kailangan talaga todo lahat ng concentration sa character at sa Tagalog. I can say na ‘yung desire ko to grow as a person, as an artist, has never been this great. I just want to keep growing so much in everything. Happy ako,” he said. (MNS)

Daniel, Kathryn open to be paired to other stars Popular love team Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla are both open to be paired with other artists in their future projects. Padilla said he will never take away from Bernardo the chance to grow with another actor. “Nasabi ko nga sa kanya kung nagkataon po, parang suportado ko pa rin. Syempre hindi naman ako ang last na makaka-partner ni Kathryn, may darating pa. Malay niyo mas maging grabe pa sa akin (ang maging pagtanggap). Siyempre hindi natin alam, baka) mas maganda ang chemistry nila,” he said. Bernardo, for her part, said she will also support Padilla’s future projects even if it won’t be with her anymore. If that happens, Bernardo is positive that just like any other love teams, she and Padilla

will also have a reunion project. “Hindi naman forever nga na kami lang ang mag-partner and siguro kung magpartner kami and siguro kung paghiwalayin kami, darating din ‘yung time na magkakasama ulit. Syempre kailangan din niyang mapair sa iba. Asahan din naman ni DJ ‘yung suporta ko kahit kanino rin siya ma-partner,” she said. Meanwhile, Padilla happily shared that he was able to make Bernardo happy on Valentine’s Day. However, because of his very hectic schedule, he wasn’t able to buy a gift for Bernardo. Bernardo and Padilla are currently shooting their first full-length movie together titled “Must Be...Love.” (MNS) Daniel Padilla

BB Gandanghari

BB feels rejected by other siblings Actor Rustom Padilla, who is now more known as BB Gandanghari, said he is hurt that his family having a hard time accepting him. Gandanghari said he feels rejected that some of his siblings, including action star Robin Padilla, still can’t acknowledge that their brother is now “dead.” “’Yung acceptance [’yung pinakamasakit]. Kasi we are social people, we need to be accepted. It’s a need. So when you feel rejected, masakit. Tapos pamilya mo so para kang sinasaksak ng paulit-ulit. And yet kailangan mo pa rin maintindihan, otherwise, it’s very devastating,” he said. But while he understands the reactions of his siblings, Gandanghari conceded that he really cannot do anything about it. “Napakasakit kasi ang hindi matanggap ‘yung pagkatao ko. This is not just a matter of what I want but ito ang natural ko so I cannot really do anything. As much as madaling pagbigyan na kung kausap ako, dapat si Rustom ako, kaso hindi na nga ako si Rustom. So would I pretend again?” he said. Despite this, Gandanghari is still hoping that things will eventually turn out to be okay. “I hope and I wish na one day puwede kami makapag-usap. But these things you don’t push. These things you don’t just say let’s sit and talk kasi dapat may readiness. I don’t think at this point ay neither of us is willing and ready to face each other,” he said. Gandanghari also said he misses spending time with his brother Robin. “Si Robin, pareho kami ng linya ng trabaho so may mga time na kami ang nagkakaintindihan. Matulungin din si Robin as a brother. There was a time nakatira din siya kay Rustom. I miss those times. But Robin and BB, they don’t know each other at this point,” he said. Asked if he is still planning to pursue on undergoing a sex change operation, Gandanghari said: “I’m taking my time. I’m not saying no or yes. I can’t really say. As of now, cut or uncut, I feel the same. I feel BB. However, that means, gusto ko na lang iwan na ganun iyon.” (MNS)


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