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Enrile had the biggest pork barrel – Miriam MANILA, July 15 (Mabuhay) – Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago alleged former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile had the biggest pork barrel among her colleagues in 2011. In a speech during the opening ceremonies of the 2013 National Accountancy Week, Santiago said Enrile received the biggest amount of P118 million from Senate funds for alleged office expenses based on documents she supposedly sourced from the Commission on Audit. “Each regular senator is given funds in the approximate amount of P63.3 million per annum, but the senators collectively control and are accountable only for 47.49% of the total Senate budget. Here is the deep, dark secret: the Senate President controls the

remaining 52.51% of the Senate budget, or the total amount of P 1.7 billion for 2013,” Santiago said. Controlling more than 50% of the Senate budget, Enrile “proved that with great power comes great conceit, and perhaps megalomania,” she said. Santiago said she obtained the following data from the COA showing the expenses per senator: 1. Juan Ponce Enrile, P 118 million 2. Jinggoy Estrada, P 62 million 3. Vicente Sotto III, P 56 million 4. Alan Peter Cayetano, P 55 million 5. Antonio Trillanes IV, P 54.9 million See ENRILE PORK, page 6

(Left photo) Young girls, members of the families living along the esteros in Phase 8, North Fairview in Quezon City, on Sunday excitedly hop on the bus provided by the Quezon City government which will take them to their new homes in a relocation site in Bocaue, Bulacan. Mothers with their young children happily wait for the buses and trucks which will carry them and their belongings to the resettlement area. The Quezon City government has started relocation effort on July 11 and will continue until August. (MNS photo)

PHL, Muslim rebels reach wealth-sharing deal By Jason GUTIERREZ

Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon with Deputy Commissioner Danilo Lim inspects a sack of rice, one of several bags seized by customs intelligence and investigation service at the port of Manila July 15, 2013. According to a customs press statement, at least 16 twenty-footer container vans of illegal shipments of rice from Vietnam , which arrived between May 26 and June 3, were seized by the Bureau of Customs valued at around 28 million pesos (US$645,200). The Philippines, the world’s biggest rice buyer in 2010, is cutting rice imports as it aims to be self-sufficient in the grain by 2014. But illegal rice shipments into the Asian country continues and could hurt local rice farms. (MNS photo)

Escudero calls for Senate probe on P10-B pork barrel scam MANILA, July 15 (Mabuhay) – Senator Francis ‘Chiz’ Escudero on Monday filed a resolution calling for full blown inquiry into the alleged P10-billion Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam. The 16th Congress opens next Monday. In his Senate Resolution No. 40, Escudero directed the Senate

blue ribbon committee to conduct an investigation into the said scam purportedly involving the Janet Lim-Napoles group. The scam was bared by an investigative report which showed how the PDAF collectively known as pork barrel was released to dummy nongovernment organizations through forgery, falsificaSee ESCUDERO, page 6

MANILA, July 15 (Mabuhay) – Marinduque Rep. Regina Ongsiako Reyes is planning to file an impeachment complaint against Supreme Court Associate Justice Presbitero Velasco for allegedly influencing an election case that disqualified her and benefited his son, Lord Allan. Reyes said she will file an impeachment complaint for culpable violation of the Constitution against Velasco for allegedly influencing a case that disqualified her from running for public office. See IMPEACH RAP, page 6

Seven dead as fighting mars peace talks

ary to June this year. “Despite a drop of 55 percent in the number of new investment projects in the Freeport for the first half of the year, compared to (the first half of) last year, bigger investments have been signed up this year,” SBMA chairman and administrator Roberto Garcia said. According to the agency’s business group, the top five investSee SUBIC EXPAND, page 6

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good sense of possibilities and constraints of our situation,” she said, adding that the six days of grueling talks nearly ended in a breakdown. “It was a close call, but both parties’ persistence and goodwill bore fruit,” she said. The government had initially bargained for a bigger share of the wealth, arguing that it wanted a deal that could withstand legal challenge in the Supreme Court. Ferrer said a final peace deal with the 12,000-MILF could be signed after the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, which officially ends at the end of July.

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MANILA, July 13, 2013 (AFP) – Fresh fighting between Philippine troops and a renegade group of Muslim rebels left seven people dead Saturday amid peace talks aimed at ending a decades-old rebellion, the military said. The gunmen, who oppose the main Islamic rebel group’s negotiations with Manila, ambushed an army truck on the main southern island of Mindanao, regional military spokesman Colonel Dickson Hermoso said. Two soldiers were wounded in the initial volley, but the army gave chase to the retreating gunmen and killed five of them, he said in a written report. The pursuit also left two soldiers dead and four other soldiers wounded, Hermoso added. Hermoso said the gunmen were members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters. The group had mounted attacks on Mindanao on July 6, two days before the government re-

A semi truck pulls in front of a gate inside the Subic Bay International Terminal Corporation to pick up a 40-footer container cargo. Investments at the former US naval base is up more than 1,000 percent. Photo: Rhony Laigo

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT, July 15 (Mabuhay) – The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) has reported a hefty increase of 1,215 percent in the amount of committed investments that came into this free port for the first half of the current year. From US$ 43.86 million posted for the same period in 2012, committed investments from new approved investments rose steeply to US$ 575.33 million from Janu-

MANILA, July 14, 2013 (AFP) – The Philippines said Sunday it was aiming swiftly to sign a final peace deal with Muslim rebels to end a rebellion that has killed tens of thousands, following a major breakthrough in talks. Chief peace negotiator Miriam Coronel-Ferrer said the government could reach a final deal with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) within weeks after both sides agreed on a wealth-sharing formula late Saturday. “This signing indicates that both sides are really committed

to finish the peace negotiations. Nobody wants this not to reach its fruition,” Ferrer told AFP after the wealth-sharing formula was signed. Under the deal, the government has agreed to let the rebels have a 75 percent share of earnings from natural resources and metallic minerals in a proposed autonomous region for the Muslim minority in the southern island of Mindanao, Ferrer said. For energy resources, both sides agreed to split earnings equally following the talks hosted by neighboring Malaysia. “We are always optimistic, but that is always guided by a

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Japanese casino tycoon charged for fake firms MANILA, July 15, 2013 (AFP) – Philippine investigators recommended Monday that charges be filed against Japanese gambling tycoon Kazuo Okada for allegedly creating dummy firms to buy land for a Manila casino project, the Justice Department said. Investigators said similar charges should be filed against 25 other individuals who helped the Japanese billionaire set up at least three firms to establish the

billion dollar casino at Manila’s bayfront Entertainment City. There was clear evidence that the firms established by Okada “were a front for Universal Entertainment, meant to circumvent or evade laws of nationalization of certain rights, franchises and privileges”, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said. Okada controls Universal Entertainment Corp., while under See JAPANESE, page 6

BRP Ramon Alcaraz docks in Hawaii MANILA, July 13 (Mabuhay) – The BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PF16) arrived in Hawaii Saturday morning (Philippine time) with the Filipino community warmly greeting the crew and officers of the second Hamilton-class cutter of the Philippine navy. Hawaii is the Philippines warship’s second port call. After this stop, the frigate is scheduled to proceed to Guam for her third and final port stop before heading to the Philippines where she is expected to arrive by Aug. 3.

The BRP Ramon Alcaraz left San Diego, California for its Hawaii port call last July 6. The Filipino frigate docked at San Diego, California for re-fueling and re-provisioning last June 28 after departing Charleston, South Carolina last June 10. The distance between San Diego, California to Hawaii is around 2,400 miles. The BRP Ramon Alcaraz also made a brief stopover at Mayport, Florida where it successfully test See BRP ALCARAZ, page 7


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Belmonte to NBI: Show evidence first before naming solons in ‘pork barrel scam’ MANILA, July 15 (Mabuhay) – House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte has appealed to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) against prematurely naming the lawmakers linked to an alleged scam involving their “pork barrels.” Belmonte said the NBI should present strong evidence first before going public with the names. The NBI is currently investigating the P10 million pork barrel scam allegedly carried out by businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles, whose business, the JLN Group of Companies, was reportedly tapped for government-funded projects that were later found questionable. The funds came from the lawmakers’ pork barrel, or formally known as the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF). On Friday, Justice Secretary Leila De Lima said the

NBI is studying the possibility of including in its investigation several lawmakers being implicated in the scam. “Whether or not lawmakers are or will be part of the NBI probe or whether or not there’s need to issue a look out bulletin will depend on results of the evaluation of the evidence,” De Lima said. Other lawmakers, however, have varying opinions on the scam. Marikina Rep. Miro Quimbo, for one, wants the names of those linked to the scam be made public supposedly to absolve those who are not involved in the issue, while CIBAC party-list Rep. Sherwin Tugna said he supports the investigation, noting that those who allowed the scam to take place should be held accountable. A report on the Philippine Daily Inquirer, which broke

the story on the alleged scam, has named five senators and 23 members of the House of Representatives who have allegedly made their PDAF allocations available to Napoles’ group. According to the article, Senator Bong Revilla topped the list with 22 instances recorded at the Securities and Exchange Commission. He is followed by former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile with 21, Senate Pro Tempore Jinggoy Estrada with 18, Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. with four, and Sen. Gringo Honasan with one. Meanwhile, in the House of Representatives, Rizalina Seachon-Lanete of Masbate’s third district allegedly allowed her pork to be used 13 times, the most of the lot. (MNS)

DOLE: Probers may recommend charges vs. PHL execs in Middle East scandal MANILA, July 16 (Mabuhay) – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Tuesday said the fact-finding mission has completed its work of probing alleged sexual abuses against overseas Filipino workers

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in some Philippine posts and may recommend formal charges. In a news release, the DOLE said the fact-finding team tasked to gather information and documents on the sex abuse scandal arrived from Jordan on Monday afternoon. “The fact-finding team directed to gather information and pertinent documents from overseas Filipino workers, Filipino community leaders, and Philippine Embassy officials on the allegations about the ‘sex-for-flight’ issue, and to validate such information, arrived yesterday afternoon from Jordan,” the DOLE said. While the DOLE gave no further details about the mission’s findings, it indicated the team “will recommend to the disciplining authority the filing of a formal charge.” “Should the recommendation be approved, the DOLE Hearing Panel chaired by Assistant Secretary Gloria Tango, earlier constituted to expedite the proceedings of the case, will receive and evaluate the formal charge including all the supporting documents, statements and evidence. Should the respondent(s) opt for a formal hearing, the Panel was instructed to conduct marathon hearings,” it said. The team included:

Lawyer Ophelia Almenario of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Lawyer Rose Duquez of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration Lawyer Leah Fortuna of DOLE Lawyer Edna Yasay, an observer from the Department of Foreign Affairs. The team left for the Middle East on June 28. During their information-gathering and fact-finding mission in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Jordan, the team interviewed OFWs and Filipino community leaders, including those who may have information and knowledge about the allegations. The team also interviewed Philippine Embassy and Philippine Overseas Labor Office officials and employees and got oral testimonies, letters, and e-mails related to the issue, and documented these submissions. “The team also gathered information, pursuant to its expanded task, on the operational aspects of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office, to provide guidance on the institutional reforms that the DOLE should pursue,” the DOLE said. At this stage, the DOLE said the team will evaluate the information, documents, and testimonies it gathered and will require the subjects of complaints “to submit their sworn comment or counter-affidavit.” “On the basis of the submissions and documents gathered, the team will determine if a prima facie case exist against our personnel for any wrongdoing that they may have committed at the Post,” the DOLE said. 60 days for panel to conclude probe The DOLE said its rules on disposition of administrative complaints and cases give the panel 60 days to conclude its investigation. “Within 15 days after the conclusion of the formal investigation, the panel shall submit its report, recommendation and draft decision to the disciplining authority. The disciplining authority has 30 days from receipt of the formal investigation report to issue the decision,” it said. Meanwhile, the DOLE said the additional personnel tasked to augment the present staffing complement in Riyadh, Jeddah, Kuwait and Jordan are to be deployed by the end of July, or “immediately after the issuance of the accreditation document by their host government The Department of Justice earlier cited three more alleged “sex-for-flight” cases of female OFWs, including one who was reported to have committed suicide but was allegedly raped by an embassy staff in Dubai. Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said Akbayan Rep. Walden Bello revealed this to her in a closed door meeting on Monday. These three new cases are on top of the three cases being investigated by the departments of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and Labor and Employment (DOLE). Bello in June claimed that three victims of sexual molestation in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Syria have come to him for help. He alleged that the perpetrators of these acts are key officials posted in Filipino resource centers. Quoting Bello, De Lima said that the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is already investigating the sexual exploitation of victims whom she declined to name. Assistant labor attache to Saudi Arabia Antonio Villafuerte, one of those tagged in the alleged sexual exploitation of OFWs, earlier said he was willing to participate in the investigation on the issue. (MNS)

Palace: Obama ‘warning’ to China on maritime disputes consistent with PHL position MANILA, July 13 (Mabuhay) – Malacañang on Saturday welcomed US President Barack Obama’s “warning” to China against using so-called coercion in settling its maritime disputes with its Asian neighbors. Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said Obama’s statement was “consistent” with the Philippines’ position to resolve all maritime disputes peacefully. “The statement of President Obama as embodied in the White House statement is consistent with the Philippine government’s position (that) any maritime dispute should be resolved under a rules-based regime of international law. Force should not be resorted to in any case,” she said on government-run dzRB radio. “Sa atin consistent, our position from the very start has been that any dispute should be resolved through peaceful means,” Valte explained. Valte said the Palace “cannot predict” how Obama’s position will influence other countries, though she said “a number of countries that have expressed support for the position we have taken.” “We have gone through diplomatic channels and gone to the correct venue for settlement of disputes and advocated a peaceful resolution. We received widespread support for the position the country has chosen to take,” she said.AA White House statement had said Obama urged China to “manage its maritime disputes with its neighbors peacefully, without the use of intimidation or coercion.” Obama mentioned this in a meeting with China’s Special Representatives to the US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue, Vice Premier Wang Yang and State Councilor Yang Jiechi. However, an MSN report quoted Yang as saying China explained its “principled position” on the East China Sea and South China Sea.


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Canada opens new visa application centers in Manila, Cebu MANILA, July 15 (Mabuhay) – Hoping to attract more immigrants, visitors and students, the Government of Canada opened new visa application centers (VACs) in Manila and Cebu to make it easier and more convenient for Filipinos who wish to enter Canada. “The Government of Canada plans to create new jobs and stimulate economic growth by attracting an increasing number of visitors as well as the world’s best and brightest talent to Canada,” the Canadian Embassy said in a press statement Monday. In an effort to speed up the application process for visas and permits, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) is expanding their global network of VACs, which provides administrative support to applicants before, during and after their temporary resident application is assessed by a CIC immigration officer. “Anyone wishing to apply for a visitor visa, study permit, work permit or permanent resident travel document is encouraged to use the new VACs,” the Canadian Embassy said. Applicants may contact VAC service agents by phone, email or in person. The service agents are able to answer questions in local languages and to make sure that applications are complete. “This helps avoid unnecessary delays or refusals due to incomplete applications,” the Canadian Embassy said. However, the embassy noted that VACs are not involved in the decision making process and are not authorized to provide applicants with advice about their visas. For an additional fee, VACs also offer other services, including photocopies, application photographs and self-service computer terminals for those wish-

ing to take advantage of the new online applications. The new VACs are located at: Manila: 6F Unit 608, Ecoplaza Building, 2305 Chino Roces Ave. Extension, Makati City Cebu: 9th Floor Keppel Center, Unit 905, Samar Loop cor. Cardinal Rosales Ave., Cebu Business Park, Cebu City Top destination Canada is among the top 10 destinations of Pinoys abroad, with 842,651 Filipinos in the country. As of 2010, Filipinos were the third biggest foreign population in Canada, according to data from the 2010 International Migration Outlook of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). “Much of the community’s growth in Canada is due to Filipino dominance of the caring industries. The Live-In Caregiver Program, a stream that brings in nannies and care-workers for children and the elderly, is consistently more than 90 per cent Filipino,” Joe Friesen wrote in The Globe and Mail. Most of those in the first wave of Filipinos in Canada in the 1960s had university degrees, wrote Friesen, citing research by Dr. Aprodicio Laquian. “The next big wave coincided with the movement to import domestic workers and live-in caregivers, primarily women with lower educational levels, which began in the early 1980s,” Friesen wrote. Over a hundred thousand Filipinos became Canadian citizens from 1999 to 2008. Meanwhile, there are only over a thousand Filipino students among some 240,000 foreign students in Canada. In an effort to bring in more Filipino students, the Canadian Embassy held its first Study in Canada Fair in the Philippines early this year. (MNS)

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POEA imposes temporary OFW deployment ban in Egypt MANILA, July 13 (Mabuhay) – As political tension mounts in Cairo, the Philippine Overseas Employment Association imposed Friday a deployment ban of overseas Filipino workers (OFW) to Egypt. Under Resolution No. 06 series of 2013, the POEA Governing Board enforced a temporary suspension on the processing and deployment of newly-hired OFWs bound for Egypt. The governing board mentioned that the decision for the suspension of deployment comes after POEA’s consultation with the Dept. of Foreign Affairs. The resolution also says that after DFA raised the crisis alert level to Level 2, it warrants a deployment ban on workers bound to that area. “Under Alert Level 2, only the processing and deployment of returning OFWs with existing employment contracts shall be allowed and the processing and deployment of newly-hired OFWs shall be suspended,” it said. Signing Resolution No. 06 Series of 2013 were POEA Governing Board chairperson and Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz; POEA administrator Hans Leo Cacdac; and board members Felix Oca, Estrelita Hizon, Alexander Asuncion and Milagros Isabel Cristobal. On Tuesday, DFA raised crisis alert level 2 over Egypt after tensions persist between tens of thousands of pro- and anti-ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi. DFA Spokesperson Raul Hernadez also urged the 6,000 Filipinos in Egypt to prepare for possible evacuation. He explained that if the crisis alert reaches level 3, the government shall implement voluntary repatriation. (MNS)

Bill filed to protect interest of airline passengers QUEZON CITY, July 13 (Mabuhay) – Airline passengers will soon get a relief from bad experiences from erring air carriers under a bill creating the Air Passenger Fairness Act of 2013 that seeks to protect the interest of the commuting public. Rep. Marcelino Teodoro (1st District, Marikina City) filed House Bill 36 that aims to ensure that the interest of the public is protected against abuses. “Air carriers are public utilities exercising public functions. Public functions are powers of national sovereignty which reside in the people and all government authority that emanates from them,” Teodoro said. Teodoro said an airline company as a creature of the State is presumed to exist for the common good and expected not to jeopardize the interest of the public. “The bill of rights of air passengers is for the people. It is a charter that clearly defines the rights of the passengers, talking to the passengers directly since regulatory measures on air carriers can be a

subject of a separate economic regulation or agency resolution,” Teodoro said. “It is the same sovereignty that mandated the establishment, maintenance, and operation of public utilities as much as public works are part of the functions of government. The exercise or enjoyment of public functions is reserved to the class of person possessing the specific qualifications required by law,” Teodoro added. Teodoro said the measure shall apply to all aspects of contracts of carriage for flights within or from the territory of the Philippines, operated by Philippine-based carriers, flights from the territory of the Philippines operated by foreign air carriers, as well as charter flights and the conduct of individual ticketing. Under the measure, every passenger shall have the right to full access on information and disclosure of information, in English and in Filipino from the air carrier and/or general sales agents.

LOCAL NEWSCASTERS TO HOST MISS PHILIPPINES USA AUG. 18 Tony Cabrera (ABC 7 On the Red Carpet) and Cher Calvin (KTLA News Anchor) are back as Ms. Phil USA 2013 hosts to be held on August 18 at La Mirada Theater. For more information, please call (818)242-2088 or www.missphilusa.com.


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Switch to name ‘Filipinas’ unconstitutional, UP profs say MANILA, July 15 (Mabuhay) – The Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino’s recommendation to use “Filipinas” instead of “Pilipinas” goes against the 1987 Constitution, according to professors and institutions of the University of the Philippines. “Matagal nang kinikilala na Pilipinas ang opisyal na pangalan ng ating bansa,” read a statement issued after the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) called for the use Filipinas instead of Pilipinas. According to KWF, the new term recognizes the country’s history and development as a nation. The UP professors argued that the move to use “Filipinas” had no legal basis. They noted that legal documents, such as passports, seals, and bills, show the country’s official name as “Republika ng Pilipinas,” followed by the English translation “Republic of the Philippines.” This was clarified in the deliberation of the 1986 Constitutional Commission, with Commissioner Wilfrido V. Villacorta saying, “Pilipinas is also the country’s official name,” noting that the entire Commission agreed on the matter. Thus, the country is referred to as “Pilipinas” in the 1987 Constitution, both in its title as well as throughout the document. “Hangga’t hindi nababago ang pagtawag sa bansa bilang Republika ng Pilipinas, ito ang mananatili at kikilalaning opisyal na pangalan ng ating bayan,” they wrote, adding that the country’s official name was decided on after thorough discussions and the free exchange of ideas. “Kolektibo itong nalikha, sinang-ayunan, at ipinatupad bilang pagkilala sa Republika ng Pilipinas na may demokrasya,” the statement said. The statement was signed by Dr. Rosario Torres-Yu, director of Sentro ng Wikang Filipino, Dr. Teresita G. Maceda, chair of the Department of Filipino and Philippine Literature, Dr. Maria Bernadette L. Abrera, chair of the Department of History, Dr. Aldrin P. Lee, chair of the Department of Linguistics, Dr. Vina P. Paz, coordinator of Larangan ng Wika, Dr. Ramon G. Guillermo, coordinator of Larangan ng Araling Pilipino, Dr. Pamela C. Constantino, member of the Commission on Higher Education Technical Committee on Filipino, and Dr. Jovy M. Peregrino, former director of Sentro ng Wikang Filipino. The use of “Pilipinas” must also be seen in the context of the country’s history, the statement said. The Philippines was first referred to as “Republica Filipina” in its declaration of independence because the Malolos Constitution was written in Spanish. However, “Pilipinas” was what Filipinos called their own country. Examples of this can be seen in Andres Bonifacio’s “Katapusang Hibik ng Pilipinas” as well as in Emilio Aguinaldo’s “Mga Gunita ng Himagsikan.” “Itong pag-aangkin natin sa dati’y banyagang pangalang ‘Filipinas’ tungo sa ‘Pilipinas’ ay nagpapakita sa paghubog natin ng bayan sa sarili nating identidad at katangian. Taglay natin sa ating makasaysayang paglalakbay tungo sa kalayaan ang pangalang ‘Pilipinas,’” they wrote. No linguistic basis The move to replace “Pilipinas” with “Filipinas” had no linguistic basis, they also said. They agreed that while the inclusion of ‘f’ in the Filipino alphabet should be recognized, this is not enough reason to change “Pilipinas” to “Filipinas.” They said the rules of language will be useless if these contradict how the speakers think and speak. “Walang saysay ang anumang patakarang pangwika kung ito ay sumasalungat sa kung ano ang nasa isip at ginagamit ng mga tagapagsalita nito. Kaya’t mahalagang isaalang-alang ang likas na kaalaman at kasalukuyang gamit ng mga tagapagsalita nito sa anumang gagawing pagtatakda ng mga patakarang pangwika,” they wrote. They argued that changing the country’s name from “Pilipinas” to “Filipinas” is not simply a matter of changing a letter. Rather, it is about identity and recognition. “Kadikit ng identidad ng Pilipino ang ‘Pilipinas’ samantalang hindi kilala at kolonyal ang ‘Filipinas.’ Kaya, mahalagang maisaalang-alang ang sensitibong pagtingin sa pangkalahatang damdamin ng taumbayan upang mapag-isa ang bansa,” they wrote. Many Filipinos reacted negatively to the KWF proposal, with some pointing out that “Filipinas” is rooted in Spanish colonialism. “Lahat ng umuunlad na bansa ay pasulong. Bakit tayo paurong gayong ‘di na tayo sakop ng Espanya?” Dr. Lakandupil Garcia of the Pambansang Samahan ng Linggwistika at Literaturang Filipino said on GMA’s TV show “Bawal ang Pasaway kay Mareng Winnie.” Meanwhile, the KWF proposal has yet to be discussed in Malacañang. “We understand kasi ang Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino, ‘yun po ang mandato nila. So siyempre, they are just performing their mandate. Ito po ang kanilang recommendation but, as to official position taken by the Palace, we have not discussed it yet,” presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said in an earlier report. (MNS)

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5 senators linked to scam should take leave: Miriam MANILA, July 15 (Mabuhay) – Senators implicated in a controversy involving their priority development assistance fund or pork barrel must take a leave of absence so they can be investigated, Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago said on Monday. Santiago, the keynote speaker at the accountancy week celebration of the Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants, used her speech to slam her critics, some of whom are involved in the pork barrel mess. “Early in the morning, I almost fell down dead in my own house,” she told the audience, describing how she felt when she read the story on lawmakers who gave their pork barrel to alleged dummy nongovernment organizations for ghost projects. The senator said her blood pressure shot up when she read the news, and that she had to take medicines before going to Monday’s event. Santiago believes there is prima facie evidence to investigate the five senators whose names were implicated in the controversy. “Prime facie means on its face ... Pagmumukha pa lang, alam mo nang may kasalanan,” she said in jest. Turning serious, she added, “Kung may delicadeza

sila, mag-leave sila immediately. Hindi naman ‘to iimbestigahan ng mga senador habang nandiyan sila.” Among the five implicated in the scam is former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, who clashed with Santiago over the issue on the handling of Senate funds early this year. “The former Senate president, my very goodf friend, my wedding sponsor who never showed up during my wedding,” Santiago said, drawing laughter from the audience. She said that based on newspaper accounts, Enrile allowed a dummy NGO to get P641.65 million in pork barrel funds for ghost projects. “And he prides himself in being an expert on taxation and finance,” she said. The other senators being implicated in the scam are Senators Bong Revilla Jr., Jinggoy Estrada, Bongbong Marcos and Gringo Honasan. Santiago proposed that President Aquino form a special panel of prosecutors to investigate the involved senators for possible plunder. She said the administration must conduct the probe as soon as possible if it is really serious in fighting corruption. (MNS)

Gov’t: We want Bangsamoro to fulfill its goal MANILA, July 15 (Mabuhay) – The government admitted Monday giving the Moro Islamic Liberation (MILF) Front the upper hand towards the creation of the Bangsamoro, which will realize a better fiscal atmosphere once it becomes a full-blown political entity. In a press conference in Malacanang, government peace panel chief Miriam Coronel-Ferrer said the political and fiscal arrangement is not between the MILF and the government, but for the Bangsamoro itself. “We have far better sets of institutions and powers for the Bangsamoro than what’s currently enjoyed by the [current Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao].” Once the arrangements have been finalized, which includes the automatic appropriation or regular release of its budget, Coronel-Ferrer said the Bangsamoro will have a “formula that will result into an appropriation that shall not be lower than the last budget of the ARMM.” President Benigno Aquino III earlier tagged the ARMM a failed experiment, which did not resolve the conflicts in Mindanao. More than the wealth-sharing clauses in the eight-page annex that both parties came up with late Saturday, it is the automatic appropriation of the Bangsamoro’s budget which is the “jewel in the crown.” She said this will be in the form of an annual block grant, similar to the release of the internal revenue allotment of local government units. Currently, the ARMM’s budget is a line item on the General Appropriations Act. The wealth-sharing annex is composed of 12 sections. This includes taxation, whereby the Bangsamoro will have 75% of the taxes collected within the areas of jurisdiction. It also has a section on the creation of a “special development fund”, which will be for rehabilitation and development of areas covered by the Bangsamoro. In terms of natural resources, the Bangsamoro will have a 75% share in government income derived from the exploration, development and utilization of metallic minerals; a 100% share in the income de-

rived from non-metallic minerals such as sand; and a 50% share in fossil fuels such as petroleum, uranium, natural gas, etc. Asked why the government panel put its foot down on an equal share in income from fossil fuels, Coronel-Ferrer said: “In actual terms, we’re not talking about something concrete here, but we’re envisioning that such resources would be found and utilized [in the future].” Mindanao, of course, is known to be a rich energy source. Earlier, officials of the MILF said they were not happy with the 50-50 division. Coronel-Ferrer also clarified that the sharing percentage is not based on the total income from the utilization of the fossils or minerals, but only on the government income derived from contracts. In mineral production sharing agreements, for example, the 75% share of the Bangsamoro will be derived from the 2% excise tax collected by the national government. Coronel-Ferrer said the wealth-sharing agreement, which is far better than the current one with the ARMM, “redefines the whole structure of financing the Bangsamoro.” She said the consideration here is “to be able to reach that aspiration of autonomy on fiscal matters.” The annex also provides that the revenues collected by the Bangsamoro shall be deducted from the annual block grant on the fourth year of the implementation of the Bangsamoro Basic Law. “The intent is for the Bangsamoro to become less and less dependent from the central government.” After the Ramadan, the two panels will again meet to discuss two more remaining annexes: power-sharing and normalization. She did not give a timeline, but said “we both know we have to finish [everything] during the [Aquino administration].” She believes it is the discussion on normalization, where the rebels will decommission their arms, which will be the “crunch time” for the MILF. “But the MILF has already committed to this,” she said. She said the executive is also in talks with the legislative in order that any hitches will be overcome when discussions begin for the basic law. She believes the agreements will pass legal muster. (MNS)

Acquittal shifts race issue in US back to the fore BY ROBERT MACPHERSON

WASHINGTON, July 15, 2013 (AFP) – The acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin stirred outrage Monday among African-Americans while resurrecting tough questions about racism in America today. Suspicions that the killing of the unarmed Florida teenager was racially motivated hung heavily over the lengthy trial of the pistol-packing neighborhood watch volunteer whose defense hinged on the state’s “stand your ground” law. That controversial statute—first enacted in Florida in 2005 and now in place in about two dozen states—gives citizens the right to use deadly force if they believe their life to be at risk. The venerable National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) launched an online petition to pressure the US Department of Justice to pull Zimmerman back into court, this time on civil rights grounds. “We are outraged and heartbroken (and) we will not rest until racial profiling in all its forms is outlawed,” its president Benjamin Jealous said in a statement. Civil rights firebrand Reverend Al Sharpton called Monday for a “Justice for Trayvon National Day of Action” for next Saturday in more than 100 US cities to keep a spotlight fixed firmly on the case. “We’re not having a fit. We’re having a movement,” he told syndicated radio talk show host Tom Joyner, whose breakfast program is widely heard among African-Americans. The 17-year-old hoodie-wearing Martin was carrying nothing more lethal than a bag of Skittles when he died, but when police freed Zimmerman without charge just a few hours afterwards, the seeds of suspicion were sowed. The ensuing public outcry led to the 28-year-old Hispanic American’s belated arrest—six weeks after the fact—and a trial before a jury of six woman, all but one white, covered breathlessly by all-news cable TV channels. Rarely did the issue of race come up in the court room, not least after Judge Debra Nelson ruled

at the outset that prosecutors could not say that Zimmerman profiled Martin on the basis of race. Age and fashion sense, yes. But not race. But race loomed large in the sidelines throughout the trial, then returned to the forefront with a vengeance when the jury late Saturday acquitted Zimmerman, triggering angry protests throughout the United States. In New York, 15 people were arrested, mostly for disorderly conduct, a police official said. At least six others were arrested when riot police in Los Angeles—where memories of trial-related unrest in 1992 are fresh—intervened. In a post-trial press conference Sunday, Zimmerman’s lawyer Mark O’Mara startled many observers by declaring that if his client had been black, “he never would have been charged with a crime.” Martin’s death, he said, had been made “the focus for a civil rights event” in which Zimmerman would be the fall guy, “used as the creation of a civil rights violation, none of which was borne out by the facts.” Others meanwhile felt let down by Barack Obama, whose election in 2008 as the first black president was seen by many as a hopeful sign that America was finally putting its ugly history of slavery and segregation behind it. The case is widely regarded as the most racially sensitive issue in the United States since Obama entered the White House. Without condemning the verdict outright, Obama—a father of two girls who once said that if he had a son, he would “look like Trayvon”—appealed for calm, saying: “We are a nation of laws and a jury has spoken.” “There’s a widespread sense that this verdict is not justice and that it shows again that the courts are not capable of producing justice,” said Ajamu Dilahunt of Black Workers for Justice, a North Carolina civil rights group. “There’s certainly interest in remedies (such as) changing laws like ‘Stand Your Ground’. But there’s wide disappointment in the rather meaningless statement that came from the White House.”


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UTREACH Thousands in US protest outcome in racially-charged trial By Paula Bustamante, Brigitte DUSSEAU

SANFORD, July 15, 2013 (AFP) - Thousands protested in US cities overnight as President Barack Obama appealed for calm following the acquittal in Florida of a man who gunned down an unarmed black teenager. The angry protests highlight simmering racial tensions after a jury found volunteer watchman George Zimmerman not guilty of murdering 17 year-old Trayvon Martin. Demonstrators held noisy rallies in US cities including New York, San Francisco, Boston, Detroit and Chicago. At least six people were arrested in Los Angeles early Monday when riot police broke up an “unlawful assembly” in Hollywood near the CNN building. To the chants of “No justice, no peace!” a separate crowd blocked traffic on an important freeway elsewhere in the giant metropolis, local media reported. Memories are still fresh of the deadly April 1992 riots in Los Angeles, which broke out after a similar raciallytinged trial. The most numerous rally Sunday was in New York City, where several thousand – including families with children – marched to Times Square under the watchful eye of police. Many in the multi-racial crowd brandished signs bearing a portrait of Martin, while some, despite sweltering July heat, wore “hoodie” sweatshirts as the teen did the night he was killed. “I am appalled,” said Carli VanVoorhis, a 21-year-old hairdresser. “The man was armed, the kid was not, and the man with the gun got away,” she said. “If we say it was not a racial issue, we would be lying.” “We have a big problem with race, and another problem is guns,” said protester Rodney Rodriguez. “If Zimmerman didn’t have a gun, he couldn’t have killed Trayvon Martin.” Fellow protester Derreck Wilson, 46, said the group had come “to say in a peaceful way why we are angry. We are

angry, scared and anxious.” “It’s cathartic,” he said. “We all have the same desires. I want to be able to have my son to come home,” added Wilson, who came to the protest from the traditionally African-American neighborhood of Harlem. The case has pitted those who believe that Zimmerman, a 29-year-old Hispanic Trayvon Martin neighborhood watchman, killed Martin in self-defense, and those who believe it was a murder sparked by racist assumptions. Obama, the first black US president, urged Americans to step back and accept the trial verdict. “We are a nation of laws, and a jury has spoken,” the president said in a statement. “I now ask every American to respect the call for calm reflection from two parents who lost their young son.” Zimmerman was accused of pursuing Martin through a gated community in the town of Sanford and shooting him during an altercation on the rainy night of February 26, 2012. The defense successfully argued that Zimmerman fired his handgun in self-defense after the teen wrestled him to the ground and was slamming his head against the pavement. According to Florida’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” law, people who fear for their lives can use deadly force to defend themselves without having to flee a con-

frontation. “We should ask ourselves, as individuals and as a society, how we can prevent future tragedies like this,” Obama said. “As citizens, that’s a job for all of us. That’s the way to honor Trayvon Martin.” Obama last year spoke emotionally about the case, noting that if he had a son he would “look like Trayvon.” The racial divide was evident in Sanford pastor Valerie Houston’s Sunday sermon. “Dr (Martin Luther) King (Jr) stated, the daily life of the Negro is still in the basement of the Great Society,” she said. “And today I state, the daily life of my people is still enslaved to a white supremacist society.” Martin’s parents – father, Tracy, and mother Sybrina Fulton – asked the public before the verdict to respect the trial outcome, and afterwards gave thanks for the outpouring of support they received over the past year. Martin family attorney Benjamin Crump declined to say whether they would file a civil lawsuit against Zimmerman, but said “they are going to certainly look at that as an option.” “They deeply want a sense of justice. They deeply don’t want their son’s death to be in vain,” he told ABC News’s “This Week.” The US Justice Department said Sunday it will resume its probe into whether federal charges can be brought against Zimmerman. The probe was put on hold until after the Florida trial. Federal prosecutors “will determine whether the evidence reveals a prosecutable violation of any of the limited federal criminal civil rights statutes within our jurisdiction,” it said in a statement. With the acquital, Zimmerman’s lawyers told the Washington Post that they will immediately resume a defamation lawsuit against NBC News for selectively editing a phone call to police which made their client seem like a racist. That case was also put on hold pending the trial results.

Journey at Pechanga secures spot among top 20 courses in California TEMECULA, Calif. – Set upon rolling hills with vistas of the entire Temecula Valley, Journey at Pechanga was just ranked the 19th best public course in California. The distinction was published in Golfweek magazine’s “Best Courses You Can Play” annual guidebook for 2013. The accolade adds to the many awards the links have already received, including being ranked among the top casino golf courses in the United States by Golfweek and LINKS magazines and best in the Inland Empire by the California Travel & Tourism Commission. Complete with a 62,000-square foot clubhouse and a professional golf school, Journey at Pechanga is open to the public every day from 6:00a.m. to 6:30p.m. To book tee times or for more information, visit www. Pechanga.com/golf or call (877) 711-2946. “We are thrilled to be ranked as one of the very best courses in the entire state,” says Director of Golf, Scott Mallory. “Our staff works tirelessly to give each and every player and guest an unpar-

alleled experience. Whether visitors play 18 holes or they come to have lunch in the clubhouse, it’s our goal to make it all a memorable time. Our ultimate goal, however, is continuing our efforts in making Journey at Pechanga the golf course of choice and continuing to provide an unprecedented experience to our guests. Opened in August 2008 and nearing its five-year anniversary, Journey is actually considered 10,000 years in the making by the Luiseño people. The name comes from the Luiseño word “pomniv,” meaning “the path that was once traveled.” Each hole bears a Luiseño name that speaks to landmarks, animals or terrain features found in that particular area of the course. Players discover historical facts about the tribe and the land players traverse during their 18hole experience with a recording broadcast in each golf cart’s GPS system. What sets Journey apart from other courses throughout the state is the fact that its links make golfers better. The par 72, 7,219-yard Arthur Hills/Steve

Forrest-designed championship facility allows for soaring drives and maneuverable approach shots to the greens, though players need to use strategy as much as skill to avoid trouble that comes in the form of majestic water features, venerable oak trees that shape the fairways and natural habitat for indigenous wildlife. Journey at Pechanga is one of the many amenities found at Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California, located minutes off Interstate 15 between San Diego and Los Angeles. Pechanga Resort & Casino offers the largest and most expansive resort/casino experience anywhere in the western United States. Rated a Four Diamond property by AAA since 2003, Pechanga Resort & Casino provides an unparalleled getaway, whether for the day or for an extended luxury stay. Offering more than 3,000 of the hottest slots, table games, world-class entertainment, 517 hotel rooms, dining, spa and championship golf at Journey at Pechanga, Pechanga Resort & Casino features a des-

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tination that meets and exceeds the needs of its guests and the community. Pechanga Resort & Casino is owned and operated by the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians. For more information, call toll free 1-888-PECHANGA

or visit www.Pechanga.com. Follow Pechanga Resort & Casino on Facebook and on Twitter @ PechangaCasino. Pechanga Resort & Casino is open 24-hours. Guests must be 21 and older to enter the casino.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice-LA decries verdict in Zimmerman trial LOS ANGELES – Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles is deeply saddened, outraged, and disappointed by the verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman, who stalked, shot, and killed Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17-yearold African American boy. On Saturday, July 13, 2013, a jury acquitted George Zimmerman of any wrongdoing. Our hearts go out to the family of Trayvon Martin, who has suffered this unspeakable injustice, and we support the call by the NAACP for a federal investigation into whether civil rights or other federal laws were violated in Trayvon Martin’s killing. As a civil rights organization, we believe the case illustrates the pervasiveness of racial prejudice in our society and our legal system and the unique history and ongoing struggle of African Americans against racism and oppression. For the Asian American community, this painful tragedy echoes the infamous case of Vincent Chin, a young Chinese American man who was killed in 1982 by men who harbored racial prejudice against Japanese and Japanese Americans. During the trial, Chin’s killers argued that Chin was the aggressor and that they were merely exercising self-defense against him, despite the fact that the killers hunted down Chin before beating him to death with a baseball bat in a parking lot. Chin’s death invigorated the Asian American civil rights movement that continues to this day. The death of Trayvon Martin

and the acquittal of George Zimmerman remind us that the struggle for racial justice is far from over and that all communities must stand together to call for justice for Trayvon Martin and his family. This statement does not reflect the position of all the Asian Americans Advancing Justice affiliates. Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles is the nation’s largest Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) legal and civil rights organization and serves more than 15,000 individuals and organizations every year. Founded in 1983 as the Asian Pacific American Legal Center, Advancing Justice - LA’s mission is to advocate for civil rights, provide legal services and education, and build coalitions to positively influence and impact Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and to create a more equitable and harmonious society. Through direct legal services, impact litigation, policy analysis and advocacy, leadership development and capacity building, Advancing Justice - LA seeks to serve the most vulnerable members of the AANHPI community while also building a strong AANHPI voice for civil rights and social justice. Meanwhile, the Los Angeles’ police chief vowed Tuesday to clamp down harder on protests over the Trayvon Martin trial, after 14 people were arrested on a second night of violence. Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) chief Charlie Beck said

his officers would not allow a repeat of Monday night, when protestors jumped on cars, damaged shops and attacked bystanders. “We cannot allow a small group of individuals to not only damage ... and strike

fear the community, but also to destroy the message of so many in the community,” he said. Police gave “a lot of leeway” to demonstrators Monday evening to allow them freedom of speech, he said. “Unfortunate-

ly we won’t be able to do that tonight because of the circumstances of last night.” Of the 14 arrested, seven adults and six juveniles were suspected of failing to disperse and one was suspected of inciting a riot. the LAPD said.


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6. Ferdinand Marcos, Jr., P 49 million 7. Ramon Revilla, Jr., P 49 million 8. Francis Escudero, P 48.7 million 9. Gregorio Honasan III, P 47 million 10. Francis Pangilinan, P 46 million 11. Loren Legarda, P 44 million 12. Aquilino Pimentel, P 43.9 million 13. Manuel Lapid, P 43.5 million 14. Ralph Recto, P 42 million 15. Pia Cayetano, P 42 million 16. Edgardo Angara, P 41.7 million 17. Teofisto Guingona, Jr., P 41.5 million 18. Miriam Defensor Santiago, P 41 million 19. Manny Villar, P 40 million 20. Sergio Osmeña III, P 37.6 million 21. Panfilo Lacson, P 37 million 22.Franklin Drilon, P 34.9 million

23. Joker Arroyo, P 31.8 million Santiago also noted that each senator receives a personal income of some P 43M per annum. But the Senate officers received more on top of their regular incomes: Enrile, P 71.7M, or 166.30% more; Jinggoy Estrada, P 9.3M, or 21.69% more; Vicente Sotto III, P 9.3M, or 21.64% more; and Alan Peter Cayetano, P 10.2M, or 23.67% more. The income includes the capital outlay, travel allowances, and other savings. It also includes the additional maintenance and other operating expenses (MOOE), the same issue which put Enrile on one side and Santiago, Cayetano and a few more on the other. “The tradition is that the Senate President enjoys discretion in the grant of additional MOOE to every senator. However, last Christmas, Mr. Enrile sought to exclude four senators, including myself, from the grant of additional MOOE in the sum of P 1.6 million for each senator,” Santiago said.

tion and bribery. “Accountability and transparency in government dictates that this report must be quizzically looked into, not only for the representatives of the people to clarify their respective positions, if some may be involved, but to show to every Filipino as well that neither sacred cows nor the notion of an “old boys club” exists in a government working for change” Escudero explained in his resolution. The senator, who has always espoused for a transparent and relevant use of PDAF, said the scam is damaging to the country as a whole and besmirching the names of all congressmen and senators in general. “It has become a painful misconception that the PDAF is a cash allocation given to congressmen and senators with unlimited discretion to disburse and spend with neither constraints nor accountability. But to the contrary, legislators do not handle the funds and implement the projects.

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ments for the period were Resom Resort Philippines, Inc.’s expansion project, FFC Subic Seafood Corporation, Johanna-Subic Seafood Corporation, Simon and Stanley International Trading and Development Corporation, Inc., and Subic Bayview Development Corporation. The combined committed investments of these projects alone added up to US$ 554 million, or 96 percent of the total amount of committed investments from January to June. Projected employment from new investment projects also climbed by 60 percent – from 1,790 in 2012 to 2,868 this year. The increase largely came from the same top five investment projects, which made up 73 percent of the projected employment for the period. Garcia attributed the agency’s latest performance to the favorable economic trends in the country.

The SC upheld Reyes’ disqualification by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on account of her alleged US citizenship. Reyes said she renounced her US citizenship as early as 2005. Reyes defeated the younger Velasco in the May 2013 polls. Reyes also responded to the SC justice’s statement last week that she could be disbarred for her allegations against him. Velasco is the 3rd most senior justice in the SC and sits as chairman of the House of Representatives electoral tribunal. Velasco’s wife also sits as congressman for Ang Mata’y Aalagaan party-list group. Batangas Rep. Raneo Abu and Liberal Party secretary general Mel Senen Sarmiento joined Reyes to support her cause. Sarmiento said that as far as the impeachment is concerned, it will have to be subjected to party consultation first.

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sumed peace talks with the region’s main rebel group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. The earlier fighting had left five soldiers and three gunmen dead and sparked fears that it would affect the peace talks. The military however ended its pursuit of the renegade rebel force before the talks resumed in Malaysia on Monday. The peace talks aim to create an autonomous region for the Muslim minority in Mindanao, the southern third of the mainly Catholic nation of 100 million. The two sides signed a preliminary deal in October outlining the broad terms for a peace treaty that would be signed by 2016. The Kuala Lumpur talks aim to spell out revenue-sharing terms with the national government in the self-rule area. The talks were continuing on Saturday, President Benigno Aquino’s spokeswoman Abigail Valte said in an interview on government radio. The 12,000-member MILF has waged a guerrilla war for a separate Islamic state in Mindanao since the 1970s that has claimed an estimated 150,000 lives. The BIFF is led by Ameril Umbrakato, a Saudi Arabia-trained cleric who was expelled by the MILF in 2011 for his hardline stance against the peace talks.

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the Philippine constitution, only citizens or companies which are 60-percent-owned by Filipinos can own land. “They are liable for violating the Anti-Dummy Law,” de Lima told AFP. She said the Justice Department’s National Bureau of Investigation was reproducing “voluminous documentary evidence” to be turned over to state prosecutors who will then determine whether the case should proceed in court. Okada holds one of four licences handed out by the gaming regulator Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) to build casinos each worth at least $1 billion at Entertainment City. Of the other franchises, one involves a joint venture between Australian billionaire James Packer, Macau gambling tycoon Lawrence Ho and a firm held by the family of shopping mall magnate Henry Sy, the Philippines’ richest man. A company controlled by Philippine shipping billionaire Enrique Razon was the first of the franchise holders to open a casino, called Solaire, earlier this year.


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Seven volcanic quakes recorded at Taal, one at Mayon in last 24 hrs

Poor Pinoys to get free PhilHealth benefits starting in August

MANILA, July 13 (Mabuhay) – Restive Taal volcano in Batangas province rumbled anew with at least seven volcanic quakes in the last 24 hours, state volcanologists said early on Saturday. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) also recorded at least one volcanic quake in the same period. In its 8:00 a.m. update, Phivolcs said Taal Volcano’s seismic network recorded seven volcanic earthquakes during the past 24-hour observation period, adding the western sector of the Main Crater Lake had a slight increase in water temperature of 33.6 from 33.2 degrees Celsius. Phivolcs also noted an increase in water level of 0.31 meter from 0.27 meter and slight decrease in water acidity of pH 3.06 from pH 3.04. However, it said Alert Level 1 remains in effect over Taal Volcano, meaning a hazardous eruption is not imminent. “The public, however, is reminded that the Main Crater should be strictly off-limits because sudden steam explosions may occur and high concentrations of toxic gases may accumulate,� it said. It also said the northern portion of the Main Crater rim, in the vicinity of Daang Kastila Trail, may also become hazardous when steam emission along existing fissures suddenly increases. Phivolcs reminded the public as well that the entire Volcano Island is a permanent danger zone and permanent settlement in the island is strongly not recommended. Meanwhile, Phivolcs said Mayon’s seismic network recorded one volcanic earthquake and two rockfall-related events in the last 24hour observation period. It also noted a moderate emission of white steam plumes drifting east-southeast and east-northeast. Phivolcs said Mayon Volcano’s alert status remains at Alert Level 1, meaning it is at abnormal condition. “Although this means that presently no magmatic eruption is imminent, it is strongly advised that the public refrain from entering the 6-km radius Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ) due to the perennial life-threatening dangers of rockfalls, landslides/avalanches at the middle to upper slope, sudden ash puffs and steam-driven or phreatic eruptions from the summit,� it said. It added active stream/river channels and those identified as perennially lahar-prone areas on all sectors of the volcano should also be avoided especially during extreme weather conditions when there is heavy and prolonged rainfall. (MNS)

PHL to probe police ‘executing’ criminal on video

MANILA, July 13, 2013 (AFP) - The Philippines is to investigate a group of police officers who were allegedly filmed executing a criminal, the government’s human rights commission said Saturday. The video was at odds with a police account of the event in which they said they had killed three gangsters, including the suspect allegedly executed, in a shootout on the streets of the southern city of Davao on Thursday. In an interview broadcast by the ABS-CBN network that ran the footage, Commission on Human Rights chairwoman Loretta Ann Rosales said: “That’s clear murder.� Rosales has ordered an inquiry into the shooting to determine the officers’ possible criminal culpability, the commission’s spokesman, Mark Cebreros told AFP Saturday. However, he said Rosales’ comments should not be interpreted literally. “She (means) the incident merits a closer investigation,� Cebreros said. Davao police said its officers had shot and killed the three gang members in a firefight that led to the rescue of a businesswoman who had been kidnapped by them in Manila a week earlier. One other suspect was arrested, it added. However ABS-CBN said the grainy footage showed a uniformed officer using a rifle to shoot a suspect who had his hands be-

MANILA, July 13 (Mabuhay) – Starting August, poor Filipinos can avail themselves of medical services even if they cannot pay for it. The government is set to fully implement the National Health Insurance Act (NHIA) starting August, or nearly two months since President Benigno Simeon Aquino II signed into law a bill ensuring PhilHealth coverage to all Filipinos, including indigents and persons with disabilities. Republic Act 10606, or the National Health Insurance Act of 2013, amends Republic Act 7875 or the National Health Insurance Act of 1995. Under the new law, all Filipino citizens, regardless of social and economic status, shall be covered by the National Health Insurance Program (NHIP). RA 10606 mandates the compulsory enforcement of the NHIP ¥°in all provinces, cities and municipalities nationwide, notwithstanding the existence of Local government unit-based health insurance programs.ÂĄÂą Once the NHIA is implemented, Filipinos who are included in the Department of Social Welfare and DevelopmentÂĄÂŻs (DSWD) list of poor households under the National Household Targeting System (NHTS) or whose healthcare insurance is sponsored by local government units (LGUs) automatically become PhilHealth members even if they have not paid any contribution. No excuse not seek medical care Department of health (DOH) Assistant Secretary and spokesperson Dr. Eric Tayag said in an interview aired on “State of the Nationâ€? Friday that the new law ensures the poor will no longer have any excuse not to seek medical care. “Hindi namin pahihirapan ang mga mahihirap. Ayaw naming gawing dahilan ng mga mahihirap na kaya sila hindi kaagad pumunta sa ospital ay dahil sa wala silang pambayad,â€? he said. Another way for the poor to avail themselves of free medical care is for a Philhealth-accredited hospital to shoulder paying for their annual premium

hind his head while sitting behind the wheel of a parked sport utility vehicle surrounded by police. It did not identify the source of the footage, which showed at least five uniformed policemen and another man in civilian clothing standing outside the vehicle. The channel added a man in civilian clothing later placed an unidentified object on the pavement beside the dead suspect’s vehicle, in what could amount to tampering with the crime scene. Senior Superintendent Ronald de la Rosa, the Davao police chief, told the station he had not seen the footage and would defer comment. However the mayor of Davao, Rodrigo Duterte, defended the police operation and challenged critics to go to court. “Don’t crucify the police for doing their duty,� Duterte told the station in an interview. The local press also quoted Duterte as warning that kidnappers would “leave Davao City horizontally or vertically. It’s your choice�. Duterte, who won a seventh term as mayor of one of the country’s largest provincial cities in last May’s elections, is known for his uncompromising stance against crime. He has been criticised by human rights groups for allegedly condoning the unsolved, deathsquad-style murders of scores of petty criminals during his previous terms as Davao mayor.

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fired her 76-mm Oto Melara automatic cannon and speed trials of 25 knots without any difficulty. The ship’s top speed is placed between 29 to 31 knots. On July 2, Concepcion D. Alcaraz, the widow of Filipino naval hero Commodore Ramon Alcaraz, visited the BRP Ramon Alcaraz, the namesake ship of her husband, during its port call at San Diego, California. During her visit, Mrs. Alcaraz signed copies of the book “Mrs. Alcaraz, A Biography� and “Commodore Alcaraz; First Victim of President Marcos�. She was accompanied by granddaughter Hailey Marshall and daughters Ramona and Efigenia in their short tour of the Filipino frigate.

Miriam: Ping’s proposed anti-graft body illegal, unethical Miriam says Lacson’s proposed anti-graft body illegal, unethical MANILA, July 16 (Mabuhay) – Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago on Tuesday slammed the plan of former Senator Panfilo Lacson to have President Benigno Aquino III name him head of an anti-graft body, saying this was both illegal and unethical. “His plan is laughable and ridiculous. It is unconstitutional, illegal, immoral, and egotistic. It is amazing that the former senator can be so brazen as to propose a plan that violates existing standards of law and ethics,� Santiago said in a statement issued in reaction to reports that Lacson had drafted an executive order creating the Presidential Commission Against Corruption and handed this to Aquino. Earlier, Lacson said the proposed commission would have operational capabilities allowing it to undertake entrapment operations against crooked government officials and personnel, powers he said would complement the work of the Office of the Ombudsman. But Santiago said Aquino has no power to create any public office. “Lacson’s proposal is unintelligent. It is a basic principle of the tripartite system of democ-

racy that the creation of a public office is primarily a legislative function. He should go to Congress and lobby for this self-serving, self-aggrandizing personal pet project of his,� Santiago said. “Congress has not passed a law delegating to the President the legislative power to create a new office. Hence, Lacson’s plan violates not only the Constitution but also the Administrative Code and R.A. No. 6975, also known as the DILG Act of 1990,� which gives the Department of Interior and Local Government supervision over the Philippine National Police, she added. Besides, Santiago pointed out, “there is an existing Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Task Force headed by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, Jr.� “Lacson wants Ochoa bumped off,� she said. “What gall!� She also cited a series of Supreme Court decisions that she said negate Lacson’s plan. “The clearest Supreme Court ruling against creating a new office just to accommodate a specific person is found in the 2010 case of Biraogo v. Philippine Truth Commission, where the Supreme Court ruled that the Administrative Code prohibits the President from creating an office, under the guise of reorga-

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nization,� she said. The ruling referred to the Administrative Code, Section 31, and to the question of whether Congress had delegated to the president its legislative power to create a public office. “The creation of an office is nowhere mentioned, much less envisioned in said provision. Accordingly, the answer to the question is in the negative,� she said, quoting from the ruling. She also cited the 2001 case of Buklod ng Kawaning EIIB v. Hon. Executive Secretary, in which the high court ruled that there was no valid delegation of power from Congress empowering the president to create a public office. Quoting from this ruling, Santiago said: “Reorganization takes place when there is an alteration of the existing structure of government offices or units therein, including the lines of control, authority and responsibility between them.� “Clearly, the power of control is entirely different from the power to create public offices. The former is inherent in the Executive, while the latter finds basis from either a valid delegation from Congress, or his inherent duty to faithfully execute the laws,� she added.

of P2,400. According to Philhealth President and Chief Executive Officer Alexander Padilla, this option is available for indigent Filipinos who are not on the lists of DSWD and LGUs. “Kung sa tingin ng ospital ay mahirap [yung tao], pwedeng ang ospital ang magbayad ng premium na P2,400 at bibigyan namin yung pasyente ng immediate benefits and privileges na ino-offer ng Philhealth,â€? he said. Padilla advised poor patients to seek medical care at government hospitals to ensure that they will not pay anything for healthcare services. “Sa government hospitals, singilin man siya, pwede siyang humingi ng claim directly sa amin sa Philhealth or pwede siyang magreklamo,â€? he said. “No Balance Billing’ policy Under Philhealth’s “No Balance Billingâ€? policy, sponsored members, or those whose healthcare insurance is paid for by the government – do not have to pay anything should their medical expenses at a Philhealth-accredited hospital exceed the amount specified for their condition under PhilHealth’s case rates. For example, a sponsored member whose medical expenses reach P12,000 due to dengue do not have to pay anything even if the PhilHealth benefits for his condition are only up to P8,000. The balance of P4,000 will already be shouldered by the hospital. According to the DOH, the “No Balance Billingâ€? policy is initially available at the following hospitals: 1. Rizal Medical Center 2. Fabella Hospital 3. Quirino Hospital 4. Jose Reyes Memorial Hospital 5. Las PiĂąas General Hospital 6. East Avenue Medical Center 7. Tarlac Provincial Hospital 8. Eastern Visayas Medical Center Padilla said Philhealth is aiming for the full implementation of the policy in all Philhealth-accredited hospitals by August. (MNS)

Commodore Alcaraz gained distinction in World War II by shooting down three Japanese Zero fighters who tried to attack his ship, the Abra (Q-112), during the first months of the

war. Consul General Maria Helen de la Vega and the FilipinoAmerican community in California also visited the BRP Alcaraz in July 1. (MNS)

      

    

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MOTORING The BMW i3: An urban all-electric Internet-connected car (Relaxnews) – BMW’s first-ever allelectric car, the BMW i3, will be officially unveiled on July 29, then displayed at the Frankfurt Motor Show from September 12 to 22 before hitting dealerships by the end of the year. This city car has a 170 hp electric motor and high-performance lithium-ion batteries. The BMW i3’s electric drive can achieve a maximum speed of 93 mph (150 km/h) and can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (100 km/h) in less than 8 seconds. And all that with zero CO2 emissions. The lithium-ion battery pack delivers an average range of 80 to 100 miles (130160 km) in normal Comfort drive mode, which can be extended by about 10 miles in Eco Pro mode and by at least another 10 in Eco Pro+. As an optional feature, the BMW i3 can be equipped with a REx range extender for a maximum range of about 200 miles (320 km) under ordinary driving conditions. The range extender is a 34 hp (25 kW) gasoline-burning two-cylinder engine, which fits next to the electric motor above the rear axle. Recharge at dedicated charging station or in home wall socket The battery pack can recharge to roughly 80 percent capacity in only half an hour at a modern public rapid-recharge point (50kW), or in the space of 8 hours using a standard home wall socket. The BMW i3 is fitted out with ConnectedDrive, now available on all BMW

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models as a standard or optional feature, which enables you to go online in your car and surf the web on multimedia screens in both the front and back seats of the car. The i3 will be BMW’s first zero emissions mass-produced vehicle thanks to its

electric powertrain. It will be followed in 2014 by the BMW i8, a truly sporty hybrid 354 hp model with an average consumption of only 0.7 gallons (2.7 l)/62 mi (100km). BMW is already taking reservations for

the first batches. You need only fill out a form online to be guaranteed first dibs on the electric cars soon to be rolling off the assembly line in Leipzig, and then finalize your order at a dealership. The prices will be announced in the fall.

Ford Motors sees turnaround in Europe By Joseph Szczesny DETROIT, July 12, 2013 (AFP) – The steep contraction of Europe’s auto industry – which has trimmed sales, forcing carmakers to absorb punishing losses and slash production – appears to be reaching bottom, a key Ford executive said Thursday. Signs indicate the market for new vehicles in the euro zone has stopped shrinking, said Stephen Odell, executive vice president and president of Europe, Middle East and Africa, at a briefing at the automaker’s headquarters, “It’s beginning to show signs of stability,” Odell said, though he cautioned the turnaround was unlikely to

be swift. “The European market should start growing next year,” but growth will be slow and modest over the next sev-

eral years, Odell added. He acknowledged Ford’s outlook is different than the one offered earlier this week by Nissan/Renault chairman

Carlos Ghosn, who said he was not sure the European market had actually bottomed out. Odell said, while unemploy-

ment levels, at 12.2 percent, are “very bad,” even “unprecedented,” nevertheless, “most of the indices are pointing towards recovery.”


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Nissan resurrects Datsun to woo emerging market buyers (NEW DELHI-AFP) – Japanese carmaker Nissan resurrected its iconic budget Datsun marque on Monday to woo a new generation of cost-conscious buyers in emerging markets. Nissan, which in 1981 killed off the Datsun badge that was a favorite of legions of Western drivers, has launched a “next-generation� of the car to penetrate high-growth developing economies. Nissan Motor Co chief executive Carlos Ghosn unveiled the first new Datsun model in the New Delhi satellite city of Gurgaon. The car is set to go on sale early next year in India, the world’s biggest small car market by volume. “The Datsun is back!� Ghosn declared at the car’s world premiere as he showed off the five-door hatchback which features a front-wheel drive, swept-back headlights and a sporty grill. The 1.2-litre engine car will also be rolled out in Russia, South Africa and Indonesia in the next couple of years. There are no immediate plans to sell it in the United States or Europe. Ghosn, who also heads French carmaker Renault as part of a partnership, said Nissan has retained the Datsun brand concept of “reliability and fuel-efficiency� but “completely updated the product�. He gave no sticker price for the car, to be known as the Datsun GO, but said

it would be less than 400,000 rupees ($6,678). With the relaunched Datsun, which will be locally assembled, Nissan aims to fill a low-cost niche from which it has been absent, while keeping its main Nissan brand upmarket. The Datsun, which first went on sale in 1931 and was known as one of the auto industry’s iconic brands, was sold in 190 countries. But Nissan scrapped the well-known name almost three decades ago, opting to use its own badge for the cars in what was a shock brand change for many loyal owners. Ghosn said the new Datsun would give Nissan a “meaningful presence in highgrowth markets�. Nissan aims to have a 10 percent market share in India by 2016, up from less than two percent last year. In a couple of years, Nissan expects 60 percent of all auto sales globally to take place in high-growth markets such as India, Indonesia and Russia, Ghosn said. In the United States, 500 out of every 1,000 people have cars, while in Russia the figure drops to 280. In South Africa, the number falls to 160 and it is 70 in Indonesia, he noted. In India, which has a population of 1.2 billion and where global automakers see the greatest ultimate potential, car owners

Carlos Ghosn chairman and chief executive officer of the Renault-Nissan alliance poses with the newly launched Datsun Go car at an Indian function in Gurgaon on the outskirts of New Delhi on July 15, 2013. Japanese carmaker Nissan resurrected its iconic budget Datsun marque to woo a new generation of economy-minded buyers in emerging markets. AFP PHOTO/ SAJJAD HUSSAIN

represent just 15 out of 1,000 people. “There is a signficant transition (in buying patterns) in global markets,� Ghosn said. But Datsun will not face an easy ride in India’s fiercely competitive auto segment, where market leader Maruti Suzuki, controlled by Japan’s Suzuki Motor, sells its low-cost Alto hatchback for less than $5,000. India’s no-frills cheapest car, the Tata Nano, sells for a minimum 150,000 rupees or just under $3,000 but has not fared well amid product image problems.

The Datsun rebirth also comes as the Indian market is going through a tough period, with sales shrinking last year for the first time in a decade against the backdrop of a sharply slowing economy. “It looks like a good product but it will be tough going – they’re starting essentially from zero in this segment,� auto analyst Deepesh Rathore told AFP. Datsun’s revival follow Ghosn’s success in pushing Renault’s low-cost Dacia marque which has been overtaking rivals in Europe’s contracting car market.

Google cars on the market in ‘years’: Eric Schmidt (Relaxnews) – According to Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, fully automated cars no longer belong to the realm of science fiction but that of reality, with Google self-driving cars in the market in the space of years. During his speech at the annual Allen & Co conference last week in Sun Valley, Idaho Eric Schmidt announced that Google automated cars should be ready in a few years: “�The technology has to be right. The regulation has to be right. The partnerships have to be right.� He also added that Google had already

been in contact with most carmakers on the subject. A self-driving car: a dream come true Since 2010, Google has been working on its selfdriving car concept. With or without a driver, the car would only require that the destination coordinates be entered on an on-board computer. Google’s self-driving car is equipped with multiple radars, a camera and a rotating laser which scan the nearby surrounding environment in order to determine the trajectory and adapt its speed. In 2012, Google posted a video online featuring a

  

       

 









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FRANKFURT, July 12, 2013 (AFP) – Volkswagen, Europe’s biggest car maker, said on Friday it was satisfied with business in the first six months of the current year, when unit sales rose by by 5.5 percent. “Vehicle deliveries grew to 4.7 million in the first half of 2013 from 4.45 million in the year-earlier period,� VW said in a statement. In June alone, the group sold a total 827,800 vehicles worldwide, 3.7 percent more than a year earlier. “Volkswagen deliveries made satisfactory progress even though market conditions were not always easy. However, the economic climate remains tense, especially in Europe,� said sales chief Christian Klingler said. “We remain on course and are entering the second half of the year with confidence. Nevertheless, the enormous challenges persist,� he said. First-half sales of the VW brand alone were up 4.4 percent at 2.91 million, with strongest growth seen in China. The high-end brand Audi saw unit sales grow by 6.4 percent to 780,500 units, also with “significant growth� seen in China. The group said it sold a total 81,600 of its Porsche luxury sports cars in the January-June period. By contrast, sales of its Skoda brand fell by 5.8 percent, but SEAT sales were up 11.5 percent in the six-month period. In the commercial vehicles division, unit sales edged up by 0.2 percent over the first half of the year, VW said.

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rom bug bites and dry skin to poison ivy and chronic skin conditions, itching makes life very uncomfortable. And it’s an annoyance that gets under just about everyone’s skin. Sixty-five percent of U.S. adults have suffered from some kind of itch in the past 12 months; and for 26 percent of those polled, the itch was bad enough to see a healthcare professional, according to a recent poll conducted online by Harris Interactive for TriCalm, a new anti-itch gel. You know it when you feel it, but what exactly is an itch, and is there anything you can do about it?

Anatomy of an Itch The skin is your largest organ, and the average body is covered by about 20 square feet of it. Because it’s so large and exposed, it comes in contact with a lot of potential irritants. Itching, known as pruritus, is a built-in defense mechanism against those irritants. Sometimes the body’s immune system overreacts to an illness, producing an itchy rash. (See sidebar story, “When is an Itch More than Just an Itch?”) But for most non-illness related itching, here’s how it works: 

Stimuli — such as dust, pollen, bug venom or plant oils — land on your skin.



When the irritant gets past the surface layer, skin receptors get irritated.



The receptors send a signal to your brain.



You start to itch.

The natural response to an itch is to remove the irritant — so the scratching begins. The scratching sensation interrupts the itching sensation because it tells your brain that the irritant is gone. While this may give some initial, immediate relief, scratching ends up irritating the nerve endings in that spot even more — and can open up the skin, exposing it to more irritants. And more itching. The TriCalm poll found that itches make kids — and their parents — feel pretty bad.

Kids Get Itchy, Too

Itch Treatments

It’s important to make sure you know the cause of the itching so you can take appropriate measures to stop it. There are some things you can do to help reduce itching and soothe irritated skin: 

Avoid scratching — Cover the area with bandages or dressings if you can’t stop scratching. If needed, trim your fingernails and wear gloves to bed.



Apply cool, wet compresses.



Apply a topical anti-itch cream or lotion to the affected area.



Moisturize your skin with a high-quality cream at least twice a day.

“Some anti-itch creams work by reducing inflammation, but that’s not always enough,” says Dr. Vishakha Gigler, a San Diego based dermatologist. “TriCalm, a steroid-free anti-itch gel, binds to a subset of nerves called Type C fibers. These are the nerve cells that send the signals of itching, stinging or burning to the brain. By binding to these nerve cells, TriCalm works to inhibit the transmission of those signals. This results in a rapid reduction in itching, stinging and burning.” Learn more, and request a free sample, at www.tricalm.com.



81 percent of parents are miserable when their kids are miserable from itch symptoms.



62 percent said itching keeps their children up at night.



68 percent indicated they’ve used creams to treat itch symptoms.



75 percent said they worry about using steroid treatments on their children to treat itch.

To learn more about a steroid-free treatment that is safe for kids over the age of two, visit www.tricalm.com.

Photos courtesy of Getty Images

When is an itch more than just an itch? It’s obvious when an itch is caused by a bug bite or poison ivy. But what if you’re not sure what’s causing the itch? 

Dry Skin — Itching that doesn’t come with obvious skin changes, like a rash, is most often due to dry skin, also known as xerosis. Dry skin usually results from environmental factors like hot or cold weather with low humidity, and washing or bathing too much.



Skin Conditions — Eczema, psoriasis, scabies, hives, and chickenpox can cause itchy skin. The itching is usually accompanied by other symptoms such as bumps, blisters, and red, irritated skin.



Internal Diseases — These include liver disease, kidney failure, thyroid problems, celiac disease and some cancers. Typically the itching affects the whole body, not just one area.



Allergic Reactions and Irritations — An irritation can come from wearing wool, or coming in contact with soaps, chemicals or other substances. Sometimes the substance can cause an allergic reaction, such as poison ivy or some food allergens.



Nerve Disorders — Multiple sclerosis, diabetes mellitus, pinched nerves and shingles are conditions that affect the nervous system, and thus can cause itching.



Drugs — Some antibiotics, antifungal drugs or narcotic pain medications can cause rashes and itching.

It’s important to understand and treat the cause of itchy skin, so always seek medical advice before choosing a treatment.


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bundant plates of fresh vegetables, delicate fish from the nearby sea and splashes of olive oil are all hallmarks of traditional meals found in the Mediterranean. The Mediterranean diet has been embraced for thousands of years by those living along the Mediterranean Sea, and is now followed around the world as consumers discover its delicious flavor components and researchers uncover its countless health benefits, including helping to prevent heart attacks and strokes according to a study conducted by The New England Journal of Medicine. It’s easy to embrace this healthy lifestyle during grilling season by giving your grill a Mediterranean diet makeover with the Pompeian family of oils and vinegars. You can enjoy the benefits of the diet without leaving home by making simple changes, such as swapping butter and vegetable oil for Grapeseed Oil or OlivExtra Premium Mediterranean Blend, and making homemade dressings and vinaigrettes by combining oils and vinegars in place of bottled versions. Grapeseed Oil, which has one of the highest smoke points of all oils and is a rich source of Vitamin E, has a light taste that will not disrupt the flavors of food while cooking. This versatile, all natural oil is great to line your grill or pan with before cooking to prevent food from sticking. OlivExtra Mediterranean Blend, a healthy combination of canola, extra virgin and grapeseed oils, is the perfect all-purpose oil that represents key components of the Mediterranean diet and provides essential Omega-3 and Omega-6, monounsaturated fat and Vitamin E. Ready to adopt a Mediterranean lifestyle at home? Check out these easy grilling recipes from Hungry Girl Lisa Lillien. For more information, visit www.Pompeian.com.

Spicy Mustard Chicken Kebabs Servings: 4 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard 2 tablespoons Pompeian OlivExtra Premium Mediterranean Blend 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder 1 tablespoon Pompeian White Wine Vinegar 1 pound raw boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch cubes 1/4 teaspoon each of salt and black pepper 1 medium red onion, cut into 1-inch chunks To make sauce, place 3 tablespoons mustard in medium bowl. Add oil and garlic powder, and whisk until uniform. Cover and refrigerate. To make marinade, in small bowl, combine vinegar with remaining 2 tablespoons mustard. Stir until uniform. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Place chicken and marinade in large sealable plastic bag. Remove as much air as possible and seal. Gently knead marinade into chicken through bag. Refrigerate for 1 hour. Meanwhile, if using wooden skewers, soak 4 in water for 20 minutes to prevent burning. Alternately thread marinated chicken and onion chunks onto 4 skewers. Bring grill to medium-high heat. Brush both sides of kebabs with sauce. Grill kebabs for 5 minutes with grill cover down. Flip kebabs and grill for 6 to 8 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through. Enjoy. Nutrition per serving: 215 calories; 8.5g fat; 415mg sodium; 5g carbohydrate; 0.5g fiber; 2g sugars; 26.5g protein

Hungry Grilled Romaine Salad Servings: 2 1 tablespoon Pompeian Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1 large heart romaine lettuce, halved lengthwise 2 dashes each salt and black pepper 1/4 cup diced tomato 1/4 cup diced red onion 1/4 cup crumbled reduced-fat feta cheese 2 tablespoons finely chopped basil 2 tablespoons Pompeian Balsamic Vinegar Bring grill to high heat. Drizzle and brush 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil onto cut sides of each romaine half. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Lay romaine halves on grill, cut sides down. Grill until slightly charred, 1 to 2 minutes. Plate romaine halves, cut sides up. Top with tomato, onion, cheese and basil. In small bowl, whisk vinegar with remaining 2 teaspoons of olive oil. Drizzle atop salad and enjoy. Nutrition per serving: 135 calories; 10g fat; 340mg sodium; 9.5g carbohydrate; 3g fiber; 5g sugars; 5g protein

Jalapeño Peach Shrimp Skewers Servings: 4 2 cups canned peach slices packed in juice, drained and blotted dry 2 tablespoons Pompeian Grapeseed Oil 2 tablespoons chopped seeded jalapeño pepper 1 teaspoon Pompeian White Wine Vinegar 1 teaspoon brown sugar (not packed) 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon onion powder 1/8 teaspoon salt 12 ounces (about 20) raw large shrimp, peeled, tails removed, deveined If using wooden skewers, soak 4 in water for 20 minutes to prevent burning. To make sauce, place 1/4 of the peach slices in small food processor or blender. Add the rest of the ingredients except shrimp and remaining peach slices and puree until smooth. Transfer half of the sauce to small bowl and refrigerate until ready to serve (for dipping). Bring grill to medium-high heat. Evenly thread shrimp and remaining peach slices onto 4 skewers. Brush both sides with some of remaining sauce. Grill until shrimp are cooked through, 1 to 2 minutes per side, brushing with remaining sauce as they cook. Serve with refrigerated sauce for dipping. Nutrition per serving: 185 calories; 8g fat; 415mg sodium; 6g carbohydrate; <0.5g fiber; 4.5g sugars; 21g protein


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wrong that is done to me and who are in all instances of my life with me.

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Matteo thanks Jessy for loving him Actor Matteo Guidicelli and Jessy Mendiola admitted that there were also awkward moments working together again. “Siyempre mayroon. Hindi ba mayroon?” Mendiola said. “Ah hindi ko alam, hindi ko alam kung awkward o hindi. Pero alam mo kami kasi ni Jessy kapag nasa set kami ay sobrang sanay kami sa isa’t isa kasi six months kami magkasama sa Paraiso. Parang our working relationship and everything, our partnership is very nice together,” Guidicelli said. Last week, Mendiola revealed that that she and Guidicelli have agreed to end their special relationship. The actress also stressed that she and her “Paraiso” leading man were never officially a couple. Weeks after her revelation,

Mendiola said that as actors it is inevitable that they will see each other again. “Well, we are co-workers so hindi naman talaga maiiwasan sa mundo nating maliit na magkasalubong or whatever,” Mendiola said. Asked to comment on Mendiola’s revelation that they ended their “almost there” relationship, Guidicelli replied: “Kami ni Jessy we are very close. Magkasama kami sa Paraiso for six months, sobrang bonded kami ni Jessy. Hindi ko talaga makakalimutan yung moments that we are always together on set with the director and everything. So I will cherish every moment and it’s a blessing to work again with her in the future.” Guidicelli then thanked Mendiola for admitting that she was

ready to love him. “Salamat, Jessy, for appreciating, thank you so much.” The actor also addressed the issue saying that he initiated the alleged break-up with Mendiola. “Wala pong ganyan, wala po,” he said. Mendiola became close to Guidicelli while doing the afternoon series “Paraiso,” which ended its run last April. Mendiola was quick to say that she’s not closing her doors to the actor-athlete. But for Guidicelli, he stressed that his priority now is his career and his sports. “All I’m doing right now is concentrating on my new soap, the thing I’m working on Biggest Loser and I have my Iron Man coming up this August so yun kino-concentrate ko talaga,” he said. (MNS)

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Gretchen Barretto returns to primetime TV

Gretchen Barretto

Socialite-actress Gretchen Barretto will soon be joining the cast of the top-rating primetime series “Huwag Ka Lang Mawawala.” In her official Instagram account, Barretto posted several photos where she is seen sharing scenes with the show’s lead actress Judy Ann Santos. Barretto will reportedly play the role of Atty. Eva Custodio. No other details have been disclosed about

her character. “Huwag Ka Lang Mawawala,” which aired its pilot episode last June 17, has already made its mark on primetime television. Based on the data from multi-national market research group Kantar media last July 5, the drama series placed second among the most watched programs nationwide. It garnered an average audience

share of 31.4%, or nine points ahead of “Mundo Mo’y Akin” (22%), its rival show from the GMA network. Since it began airing in June, the nationwide ratings of “Huwag Ka Lang Mawawala” steadily increased. The Santos-starred series airs from Monday to Friday at 9:15:pm, after “Muling Buksan Ang Puso” on ABSCBN Primetime Bida. (Mabuhay News Service)


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Actress Sarah Lahbati has returned to the Philippines to clear her name in connection with a libel case filed against her by an official of her former home network. The 19-year-old actress posted bail for the case at the Makati City Regional Trial Court, hours after she arrived late Thursday in the Philippines from a 6-month stay in Switzerland. The libel case was filed against Labhati by GMA Films president Atty. Annette Gozon-Abrogar, in connection with a series

of posts made by the actress on micro-blogging site Twitter about the alleged mishandling of her career. “I’m back just to fix things. Bumalik ako para ayusin ang mga dapat ayusin at katulad nga po ng sabi ni attorney (her legal counsel Atty. Maggie Abraham), eh maayos na, wala nang libel case. Sana matapos na to nang maayos, and I’m happy na the first step is done,” Labhati said. According to Abraham, their camp has “the order stating that the warrant of arrest

WHILE most of her contemporaries in the Star Magic Batch 3 have already tied the knot, actress Kaye Abad said she still enjoys being single and doesn’t feel the need to get married soon. “Hindi ko talaga alam. Hindi ko pa siya nararamdaman,” the 31-year-old actress said during a break in taping of “Annaliza” at Sienna College in Bulacan. Kaye, who has been dating singer Guji Lorenzana for some time now, said she’s contented with her personal and romantic life. She admitted though that she’s a bit wary when it comes to marriage. She recalled that when she was 18 year old, she wanted to have her own family and retire from show biz at 25. But she’s past that age now. “Iyon ang talagang wala [pang plans]. Mahirap eh. Madali lang naman mag settle down, yung desisyon na iyon. Pero kumbaga, i-enjoy muna siguro, trabaho muna. Sayang ang opportunities. Ipon muna since mahirap ang buhay ngayon,” she said. The actress clarified that she doesn’t have any problem with

Kaye Abad

the prospect of getting pregnant or giving birth. She’s afraid to fail in marriage. “Siguro yung takot ko na magfail. Kasi ang bilis lang sabihin na gusto kong pagpakasal. Tapos ang dami ko pang nakakausap na nanay at tatay na nagsasabi na ‘Kapag nag-asawa na kayo, doon mo pa lang malalaman yung totoong ugali kapag magkasama na kayo sa bahay.’ Parang ayaw ko muna.” Kaye said her boyfriend Guji is qualified to her future husband. “Mabait, responsible and

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for the actress has already been recalled and set aside.” Referring to her client, Abraham added, “Since she’s here already, that’s her time to give her evidence that would prove that she’s not really liable for that offense (libel).” The lawyer said they have also filed a motion to quash the case, or to declare it null or invalid “on the basis that there’s no internet libel in the Philippines. There is no crime if there is no law punishing internet libel.” (MNS)

Kaye Abad not ready for marriage mabuti siya sa pamilya. Hindi pa lang talaga ako ready. Siguro pag nakaipon na or kapag-stable na. Minsan kasi kahit nakaipon ka na, parang it’s not enough,” she said. The actress said she and Guji still want to pursue lots of things in their respective careers. Kaye also expressed support to Guji and his sister’s quest in the reality singing search “The Voice of the Philippines.” The Lorenzana siblings will be mentored by Filipino-American international singer Allan Pineda, more popularly known as Apl.d.ap. “Nagulat ako. Nakuha naman sila, so happy ako sa kanilang magkapatid. Kumbaga, wala naman siyang pinagkakaabalahan ngayon. Sabi ko sige try mo. Sabi ko nga lang, mahirap rin,” Kaye said. She shared she’s also close to Guji’s sisters, cousins and family. Kaye said she will support Guji as long as he enjoys what he does. “Pangit rin naman maging hindrance kami sa isa’t isa sa mga gusto naming gawin. Hindi rin naman forever ang ganoong opportunity, so sige lang,” she ended.

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Paul Jake confirms breakup with Melissa Ricks Former “Pinoy Big Brother” housemate Paul Jake Castillo confirmed reports that he and actress Melissa Ricks have already called it quits. Castillo, however, in an interview that they have separated amicably. Paul Jake Castillo and actress Melissa “Yes, we are perfectly Ricks fine. Yes, we are friends. There’s no bad breakup, no bad blood,” he said. After the breakup, Castillo said he would rather focus on his business “Siguro wala muna,” he said when asked if he is looking for a new love. “I’d rather concentrate on something else, business particularly.” Earlier this year, Ricks became emotional as she shared her happiness to finally found real love with Castillo. “Siyempre when I go into a relationship, I want it to last talaga. Hindi naman ako yung type na I will entertain someone just for the sake of entertaining them ‘ay gusto kong magpaligaw, ay gusto kong maraming nanliligaw sa akin.’ (Gusto ko yung pagmatagalan), hindi pangsandalian lang. After all that I’d been through, sobrang hulog ng langit (si Paul),” a crying Ricks said at the time. Castillo, for his part, said in a previous interview that he is enjoying every moment he spends with Ricks. Castillo also shared that Ricks has become close to his family, adding that he often brings the actress to his hometown of Cebu. Ricks and Castillo became a couple in 2012. (MNS)

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