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For fraudulent titling, sale of lot


EVENTEEN 17 people are facing various criminal complaints filed by a lady administrator and land heiress for alleged fraudulent change of title and subsequent sale of a prime lot owned

Complaints cover 5 criminal acts Buyer husband, wife also sued by her grandparents in the business center of Davao City.

In an earlier affidavit of adverse claim, the heiress, Ms Gerundia

“Ruding” Cutler, said the piece of land, with an area of 576 square meters on the corner of Anda and Rizal streets, is among the properties belonging to the estate of Maria


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CONTROVERTED LOT. Makeshit durian stores and eateries occupy a controverted lot worth millions of pesos at the corner of Rizal Avenue and Gov. Anda Street in Davao City. Please see main story. [LEANDRO DAVAL JR.]

Docs say RH Bill to kill mothers T By Carlo P. Mallo

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WO medical doctors challenged proponents of the Reproductive Health Bill to tell the truth and enumerate all the negative side effects that contraceptives may have on a woman’s body. Pro-life advocates Dr. Rene Bullecer, director of Human Life International, and Dr. Eleonor “Baby “ de Borja-Palabyab, a pillar of the Philippine Obstetrical and Gynecological Society (POGS), told media

RH Bill proponents asked to tell the truth Dr. Bullecer enumerates deadly diseases, complications caused by pills, other contraceptives

practitioners in Davao City Friday that contraceptives being promoted by the controversial bill might save women from immediate maternal deaths but have been proven to expose them to slow, excruciating and very costly death.

Some of the side effects enumerated by Bullecer in his presentation last Friday include cancer of the cervix, breast cancer, hypertension, heart attack, stroke, deep venous thrombosis, infertility, diabetes, mi-


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Villar Foundation wins in Pamulak


ESTING all other entries in the small category, the Villar Foundation bagged first place in the Pamulak sa Kadayawan floral float parade last week. Manned by Camella Davao staff, the winning floral float depicted the Kadayawan Festival’s theme of “Ten tribes, One Vibe.” Symbolizing the ten tribes living in unity were the mountains and pillars of flowers, fruits and vegetables, designed and arranged seamlessly to show harmony in diversity. “We’re very pleased to have won the top prize in our category, using Davao’s bountiful harvest to showcase the harmony achieved by the city’s diverse people,” said Marlon B. Escalicas, General Man-

ager of Camella Davao, subsidiary of Vista Land & Lifescapes of the Villar family. Camella’s Corporate Social Responsibility activities are coursed through the Villar Foundation. Camella staff joined the float parade wearing green shirts and holding green balloons, symbolizing the green living concept of its landmark condo development in Davao, Camella Northpoint. This British colonial themed condo community is built to principles of green architecture, with green condo buildings, green surroundings, and promoting a green lifestyle among its homeowners. “The Villar Foundations has always been


Military enforces closure of Maguindanao highway


USPECTED members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) fired sniper shots and harassed military and police detachments at a portion of the Maguindanao highway at around noon Friday, forcing authorities to temporarily close it anew to traffic, a military official said. The same portion of the highway was also closed to traffic two weeks ago after BIFF forces simultaneously attacked military detachments in the area. “It was just a temporary [road closure] for the protection of travellers, there were reported snip-

MOA SIGNING. Officials of the Department of Energy (DOE) and the 12 government agencies in Davao region sign a Memoranda of Agreement during DOE’s Philippine


Energy Efficiency project at the Grand Regal Hotel Friday afternoon. [LEAN DAVAL JR.]

PEEP in massive retrofitting of gov’t buildings, homes By Vicky Berdina M. de Guzman


ing in Datu Unsay,” Maj. Gen. Rey Ardo, 6th Infantry Division chief, said in a text message. Ardo said that soldiers immediately secured the stretch of the highway from Barangays Iginagampong and Meta in this town. Authorities closed the highway from Crossing Salvo in Datu Saudi Ampatuan up to Shariff Aguak, the same stretch paralyzed to traffic two weeks ago after the attack by BIFF fighters. But three hours later, dozens of motorists were advised to use the road after military clearing operations were conducted.

ASSIVE RETROFITTING of the lighting systems in government buildings as well as homes of poor families in the country is being pursued by the Department of Energy (DOE), according to DOE Undersecretary Loreta G. Ayson. Ayson told Davao reporters Friday that the program, called the Philippine Energy Efficiency Project (PEEP), is being funded by the government jointly with the Asian Development Bank to the tune of US $46.5 million. She said the components of PEEP are efficient lighting initiative, efficiency initiative in building and industry and communication and social mobilization. Part of the efficient lighting initiative, Usec Ay-

Naic, Cavite in 1913. Ramon Teodoro, also known as “Sonny” or “TY,” the deceased’s only son among eight children, said Nanay Bebeng migrated to Davao City in 1938 with husband, the late Delfin H. Garcia. She also founded the equally successful Gingerbread Corporation chain of bakeries. The late business-

woman is survived by six daughters- Eleanor, Melinda, Erlinda, Gloria, Alveña and Isabelita- and Sonny. Mrs. Garcia’s remains lie in state at Florence suite of the Cosmopolitan Funeral Homes in Davao City. Interment will be at the family mausoleum on Saturday, September 1 at 3p.m. at the Davao Memorial Park in Matina. [AMA]

son said, is the retrofitting of energy light systems of 12 government agencies which aims to save electricity expenses, improve lighting quality and help reduce carbon emissions. The retrofitting of lighting systems includes replacement of inefficient fluorescent lamps (FLs) and magnetic ballasts by energy efficient alternatives which are T5 and electronic ballasts. According to Usec Ayson, T5s are linear fluorescent lamps that are very efficient and give the same illumination. The Department of Energy (DOE) signed last August 24 memoranda of agreement (MOA) with 12 other government agencies from the Visayas providing for the retrofitting of existing lighting systems of the agencies with en-

ergy efficient alternatives. This initiative is part of the Philippine Energy Efficiency Project (PEEP) being implemented by the DOE which aims to, among others, improve the lighting systems of government offices, but at the same time save on electricity expenditures and help reduce the country’s carbon emissions. The lighting retrofit of the 12 government buildings in the Visayas region, which involves four city government buildings, seven educational institutions, and a state-owned hospital, is expected to generate potential energy savings of about 222 MWh. These may be translated to around P2.22 million in monetary savings and 120 tCO2 annual reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

The MOA signing comes on the heels of similar retrofitting campaigns in 35 government buildings in Metro Manila. Completed in February 2012, this component targets 1.37 GWh in energy savings equivalent to P13.7 million, and 741 tCO2 avoidance annually. The DOE has expanded the retrofitting component of the PEEP to include 100 more government buildings from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, with additional potential savings of 6 GWh in energy corresponding to P60 million, and annual emission avoidance of 3,246 tCO2. The government building retrofit is part of the Efficient Lighting Initiative component of PEEP. This component also includes

tenced Escobar, former provincial treasurer Cesar Cagang and management and audit analyst Vivencia Telesforo to a maximum of 18 years imprisonment after finding them guilty of conspiracy when they misused the P300,000 drawn from the Priority Development Assistance Fund of then Rep. Erwin Chiongbian. Aside from the three, the anti-graft court also convicted former provincial administrator Perla Maglinte, executive assistant III Amelia Carmela Constantino-Zoleta and incumbent provincial board member Eugene Alzate on separate charges of estafa through falsification of public documents. The three were also meted 10 to 11 years and four months in prison and fined P5,000 each. The court also ordered all the convicted to jointly indemnify the provincial government of Sarangani

the amount of P300,000, corresponding to the sum they siphoned from Chiongbian’s PDAF. Case records showed that the accused were found to have drawn a check for P300,000 on May 27, 2002, supposedly as financial assistance to the Malungon Market Vendors Association, after the market was ravaged by fire. Documents showed that the money was requested by “Nema Tamayo,” the supposed leader of the group, while the check was released to “Tita P. Sariño,” the alleged treasurer. But both names later turned out fictitious based on an investigation conducted by a government special audit team. The fabrication was later upheld by prosecution witnesses Mary Ann Gadian and Sheryl Desiree Jane Tangan, who figured in the transactions as then employees of the provincial government.


Nanay Bebeng dies at age 99 Conviction of guv, 5 others hailed


SABEL YUVIENCO GARCIA , Davao City’s oldest lady entrepreneur famous for “Nanay Bebeng, ” the restaurant chain she founded and bearing her nickname, died peacefully in her sleep at 12:05 a.m. Saturday. The lady Datu Bago awardee in entrepreneurship turned 99 only last July 8. She was born in

OUTSTANDING ENTREPRENUER. Ms. Isabel Yuvienco Garcia, founder of the famous “Nanay Bebeng” chain of restaurants and Gingerbread Corporation, died at the age of 99 at 2:05 Saturday

morning. She was a Datu Bago awardee for entrepreneurship. [LEANDRO DAVAL JR.]


nti-corruption group Sarangani People’s Alliance for Reform and Good Governance (Spare-Go) hailed on Friday the guilty verdict meted by the Sandiganbayan against former Sarangani governor Miguel Escobar and five other provincial officials over the misuse of the province’s funds a decade ago. Rev. Avelino Sichon, Spare-Go vice chair and one of the five principal complainants in the case, said the guilty ruling issued this week by the Sandiganbayan’s first division on Escobar and his co-accused shows that “the wheels of justice are rolling in Sarangani.” “We held on to this case because we knew from the start that our evidences were solid and would result to convictions,” he said. In a 63-page decision issued last Wednesday, Sandigan Associate Justice Rodolfo Ponferrada sen-




Foreign buyers to join 1st nationwide cacao confab F OREIGN buyers will join the first nationwide conference and exhibition of the country’s cacao industry dubbed

KakaoKonek on November 21-23 in Davao City, conference director Lizabel Holganza said. The foreign buyers

would come from the United States, Netherlands, China, Italy, Japan, United Kingdom, Turkey and Belgium, she said.

At the conference, the biggest food manufacturers locally and abroad will connect and create a network with different organi-

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zations, as major chocolate companies are aiming the Philippines to be a major supplier of cacao beans, Holganza said. Some 300 participants, including farmers, industry experts, nursery operators, plant breeders, traders, manufacturers, and service suppliers, are expected to attend the event. The convenors of KakaoKonek are the Cocoa Industry Development Association in Mindanao, Inc. (Cidami), Agricultural Cooperative Development International, and Volunteers in Overseas Cooperative Assistance under its Sustainable Food and Income from Cacao, Coconut and Palay (Cocopal) program. Emmanuel Quisol, agriculture enterprise development coordinator of Cocopal, said this pioneering event is in line with the industry’s challenge to supply 100,000 metric tons of cacao beans to the world market by 2020. He said the country’s annual cacao production reached only 6,000 MT, of which 60 percent are exported mainly to the USA and the Netherlands. The country has an annual supply deficit of 29,000 MT and we are importing cacao beans from Africa and Indonesia,

the world’s largest cacao producers at 600,000 MT yearly, to fill the gap, Quisol said. Alfredo Corpuz, vice president of Cidami, an organization of cocoa value chain players, said Mindanao produces 90 percent of the total cocoa production in the country, with Davao City and Davao del Sur among the biggest producers. Cocoa is the processed product of cacao beans. He said about 7,000 hectares of coconut trees are now being utilized for the inter-planting of cacao, adding that it will not eventually replace subsistence farming such as rice, corn and vegetables. Corpuz, one of the biggest cacao nursery operators here, said cacao is an ideal crop for small farm holders and multicropping because it grows under the shades of other trees. “That is why we encourage farmers to practice inter-cropping of cacao because it can augment their income,” he said. Corpuz stressed that a properly planted cacao tree can yield at least two kilos of dried beans, which cost P100 per kilo in the local market. [Lorie Ann A. Cascaro/MindaNews]


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Gov’t urged to speed up urban development policies T

HE recent floods that affected thousands of families in low-lying areas in Metro Manila and nearby provinces should push the government to fast track urban development policies that are sustainable against climate change. Vice President Jejomar Binay, also chair of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), issued this challenge to national and local agencies during the book launch of “I Build My Philippines” coffee table book at the Peninsula Manila Hotel last Thursday. Just two weeks ago, most part of Metro Manila and provinces in Central Luzon were submerged in flood waters due to heavy monsoon rains. While rains had stopped and the floods in most of affected areas had already subsided, many families were still sheltering in the evacuation centers. Relief operations, led by Binay, were conducted in the resettlement areas in Pampanga, Laguna, Cavite and Metro Manila. “In our visits, we realized the lessons we learned brought by the crisis,” he said. HUDCC report showed that in Metro Manila alone, there are 580,000 informal settler families, of which 104,000 are living along rivers and waterways considered as danger zones.

To address the housing needs of these families, the government and the private sector must act with dispatch to accelerate the construction of medium-rise buildings and new town settlements so that informal settlers in danger zones can be given a decent chance to live safely and productively. “We need to be proactive to ensure that laws and directives on land use are strictly enforced, the vice president said. “We cannot change the elements by executive order or legislative decree, but we can always take prudent steps to safeguard our countrymen and mitigate the impact of calamities and disasters”, he said. In attaining the goal of providing safe shelters to the Filipino people, Binay reminded the shelter agencies to strictly enforce rules in order to ensure climate change adaptability in planning for sustainable communities so as to mitigate disasters. This means requiring developers to obtain the proper clearances from the mines and geohazards bureau before starting housing projects. These clearances are required especially for housing projects that are near waterways, he said. This is only one of the housing sector’s initiatives to include climate change response actions

in national and local government land use policies, he added. Binay said the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board is into Zero Backlog Program, which is updating the Comprehensive Land Use Plans (CLUP) of all local government units by 2013. The CLUPs of the various LGUs will incorporate climate change mitigation and disaster risk reduction measures as well as identify safe residential areas. “In assisting our local government units with their CLUPs, we help them with profiling the population that is exposed and vulnerable to

hazards. We can also help them identify and map hazards within the LGU such as fault lines and flood prone areas. From this, the LGUs can determine and understand the potential threats facing the community. This includes hazard characterization based on past records, how often they might occur, how many families will be affected and the estimated cost of damages,” he said. Binay also urged all local government units to show political will so that structures are not erected in non-buildable areas and danger zones. “We cannot waver in our resolve as many

people remain situated in hazardous areas”, he said. On Thursday, before the gathering of housing developers in Muntinlupa City, the Vice President asked socialized housing developers to help address the need to relocate families affected by the flood, as well as informal settler families living in danger areas, to safe areas which also provide basic services and a sustainable environment. “The urgent need now is to relocate the affected families not only to safe locations but also to areas which provide basic services and a sustainable environment. It is also our priority to

remove informal settler families (ISFs) from danger areas,” said Binay during the Organization of Socialized Housing Developers of the Philippines (OSHDP) 2012 National Convention in Muntinlupa City. ”To achieve this, I propose to continue to bring together closely private sector developers, the LGUs, and urban planners. Then let us put our heads together with other local and international organizations who understand urban development and housing in the light of climate change. Then we integrate all our approaches,” the Vice President said. [PNA]

RESIDENT Benigno S. Aquino III signed into law the People’s Survival Fund (PSF) Bill to enable the government to effectively address the problem of Climate Change. The Chief Executive signed Republic Act No. 10171 otherwise known as “An Act Establishing the People’s Survival Fund to provide longterm finance streams to enable the government to effectively address the problem of Climate Change, Amending for the purpose Republic Act. No. 9729, otherwise known as the Climate Change Act of 2009,” and for other purposes” last August 16, according to Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte on Thursday.

The People’s Survival Fund Law amended the Climate Change Act of 2009 by establishing the People’s Survival Fund with an initial P1 billion per year. “There will be a People’s Survival Fund board composed of nine members chaired by the Secretary of Finance to provide policy and strategic guidance in the management and the use of the survival fund itself,” Valte said. Senator Loren Legarda, chair of the Senate Committee on Climate Change, described President Aquino’s signing into law of the People’s Survival Fund bill as a triumph for Filipinos and a concrete move towards a disaster-resilient Philippines.

“The enactment of amendments to the Climate Change Act of 2009, primarily the creation of the People’s Survival Fund (PSF), strengthens the three-year-old law by helping achieve its objectives through the provision of funds to local governments and communities for their climate change adaptation programs,” she said. “As we have seen clearly over the past few weeks, there is a pressing need to financially support disaster prevention efforts of local government units. The President’s approval of the PSF affirms our nation’s commitment to building communities’ resilience to disasters,” she said. Legarda, principal au-

thor and sponsor of the Climate Change Act of 2009, and principal sponsor of the amendatory measure to the climate change law, said that Congress approved the PSF bill last June. The bill was immediately transmitted to President Aquino who signed the law last August 16. The law provides that the PSF is a special fund in the National Treasury—in the amount of one billion pesos that will be appropriated annually under the General Appropriations Act--for the financing of adaptation programs and projects based on the National Strategic Framework on Climate Change. The fund may also be augmented by donations, endowments,

grants and contributions. “The degradation of our environment, coupled with the effects of climate change, such as heavy monsoon rains, prolonged droughts, and other extreme weather events, places us on a highly precarious position and endangers the lives of our citizens. The PSF will help local governments’ adaptation activities, such as in the areas of land and water resources management, agriculture and fisheries, health, infrastructure development, and natural ecosystems,” Legarda explained. “This will also support the improvement of the monitoring, controlling and prevention of diseases triggered by climate

change, establishment of forecasting and early warning systems, and strengthening institutional development, for local governments, for preventive measures, planning, preparedness and management of impacts relating to climate change,” she added. The amendatory law to the Climate Change Act of 2009, authored by Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and Senator Loren Legarda, also mandates the Department of Budget and Management to undertake the formulation of the annual government budget in a way that ensures the appropriate prioritization and allocation of funds to support climate change-related programs and projects.

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Stat Watch 1. Gross National Income Growth Rate (At Constant 2000 Prices)

5.8% 1st Qtr 2012

2. Gross Domestic Product Growth Rate (At Constant 2000 Prices)

6.4 % 1st Qtr 2012

3. Exports 1/ 4. Imports 1/ 5. Trade Balance 6. Balance of Payments 2/ 7. Broad Money Liabilities

USD 4,931 million May 2012 USD 4,770 million Apr 2012 USD -135 million Apr 2012 USD -209 million Mar 2012 P 4,580,674 million Apr 2012

8. Interest Rates 4/

4.1 % May 2012 P131,403 million May 2012 P 5,075 billion Apr 2012

9. National Government Revenues 10. National government outstanding debt 11. Peso per US $ 5/

P 42.78 Jun 2012

12. Stocks Composite Index 6/

5,091.2 May 2012

13. Consumer Price Index 2006=100

130.1 Jun 2012

14. Headline Inflation Rate 2006=100

2.8 Jun 2012

15. Core Inflation Rate 2006=100

3.7 Jun 2012

16. Visitor Arrivals

349,779 Apr 2012

17. Underemployment Rate 7/

18.8 % Jan 2012

18. Unemployment Rate 7/

7.2 % Jan 2012


ONB posts 93% increase in income R

URAL banking giant One Network Bank already exceeded the P2.4 B minimum capital requisite for commercial banks as it raised its capital base to a robust P2.77B as of end July 2012. Despite the obvious capacity to convert to a commercial bank, ONB decided to retain its status as a frontrunner in the rural banking industry. Furthermore, in the first 7 months of 2012, ONB has outperformed its own 2011 earnings performance. The operating net income after tax of Php 336 M as of end July 2012 already surpassed the Php 315 M income for the year 2011 and registered a record breaking growth of 93% compared to the P174 M in the same period last year. This net income level, if annualized, translates to a 41% return on average private equity and 4% return on average assets, indicating a powerful core performance for the leading provider of modern quality banking products and services in the countryside. This upsurge in net income is

Remains frontrunner in rural banking mainly attributed to the substantial expansion in net loans and receivables which is an increase of around 17% or P1.83 B since the onset of 2012, half of which was recorded in the month of July 2012, or a loan portfolio growth of 70% or around P5 B compared to July 2011. The P775M net interest income as of July 2012 accounted for 61% of the total operating income while 28% or P361 M is composed of fee-based income principally derived from service fees on loans. This loan expansion was made possible essentially by an increase in both deposits of 40% or P14 B from the P10 B level in July 2011 and capitalization due to the Bank’s policy of reinvesting all profits. As of end July 2012, the bank’s pool of depositors already reached a number of 575,000. The bank’s total resources grew to P17 B or a 37% increment from last year’s figure of P12.5 B. The strong deposit and loans

growth is backed up by the bank’s intensive branch expansion. Earlier this year, ONB opened its 83rd branch in Pasong Tamo Extension, Makati City as a response to the need of Mindanao clients for a financial highway to the country’s central business district. ONB Makati Branch is the bank’s first branch outside of Mindanao and the first branch to open in 2012. Other branches inaugurated in the first quarter of 2012 are its 2nd branch in Butuan City, Balingasag in Misamis Oriental, and Sangali in Zamboanga City. Sustained growth is foreseen in the light of the recent approval from BSP for 5 more branches in loilo. These branches will complement the existing 6 offices of RB of San Enrique in Iloilo soon to be absorbed by ONB once the merger secures approval of banking authorities. ONB also continues to carry out its inclusive banking formula without investing as much as it does

for regular branches through the launch of the ONB MicroBranch, a very accessible micro banking office (MBO) located in the barangay, providing modern financial services to micro-depositors in the area thru its counters, ATMs, POS and internet banking. For the rest of 2012, ONB is opening five (5) MBOs in the barangays of Davao City, namely: Sasa, Cabantian, Catalunan Grande, Sandawa, and Bunawan. ONB maintains its confident outlook for the remainder of 2012 as it moves toward introducing more modern banking products and services through electronic channels and expanding its network of branches, ATMs and POS, even without going commercial. The bank, powered by its 1,291 employees, currently operates a network of 86 branches and 125 PeraAgad ATMs, with back office support system coming from the recently transferred Head Office to a modern 7-storey ONB Center in Sasa, Davao City.

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BPO BUILDING. Construction workers are seen installing aluminum frames of the business process outsourcing (BPO) building of the Abreeza Mall yesterday. [LeAN dAVAL JR.]

Magnolia’s Davao mangosteen ice cream to hit streets soon


CE cream maker Magnolia Inc. will introduce to the local market next month its mangosteen flavored ice cream with tubs that bear Davao City’s official tourism slogan “Life is Here.” “It will definitely compliment our efforts to promote Davao,” said Jason C. Magnaye, city tourism officer. He said the company and the city government will forge

an agreement to allow the firm to feature not only the city’s official tourism slogan but also its other tourist attractions. It will showcase the images ofthe mangosteen plantations in Davao and other slogans of the city like “Our King Can Fly.” Davao’s mangosteen is among the flavors featured on Magnolia’s limited edition 1.5-liter ice cream tubs dubbed “Best of the Philippines

Collection.” The firm has chosen the city because of its thriving mangosteen industry. The city council already approved on August 9 a resolution authorizing Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio to sign the memorandum of agreement with Magnolia. The draft MoA stated that it is part of the ice cream firm’s quest “to bring the best of the Philippines to the Filipino ta-

ble.” “Magnolia desires to support the mangosteen industry of Davao by showcasing the famous Davao mangosteen in new Magnolia ice cream flavors to be launched in the second semester of 2012,” the proposed agreement said. The company shall conduct free ice cream sampling in any of the city’s festivals until next year, it added. (MiNdANews)

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Investments in Davao City increase by P3.78 B per year By Greg G. Deligero


NWARD investments poured into Davao City increased by P3.78 billion per year, records analyzed by the Davao City Investment Promotion Center (DCIPC) said. “The increases in the

totals of capitalization of business as registered with the Business Bureau have been tapering off in the last five years. this movement is partly expected after the bureau has recorded the biggest

surge in 2007 when total capitalization of all registered businesses went from P113 billion in the preceding year to P172 billion or an increase of 52%,” it said. The DCIPC said the av-

erage annual increase of capitalization for the last four years is only 2.4%. “this figure may at quick glance look unimpressive but the sustained operations of businesses are worthy of another look and investigation,” it said. In terms of business permits, the DCIPC said the average number of new applications for the period 2007– 2011 is 6,262 while the average number of renewal for the same period is 25,208. “The consistent increase of the total capital investment poured in the city is also attributed


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Scientists find solution to ‘starving’ rice plants G ROWING more rice plants in soils deficient in phosphorus -- an important but limited plant nutrient -is now a possibility after scientists have identified a rare gene that would enable rice plants to produce 20 percent more grain. In an interview, Dr. Sigrid Heuer, a scientist at the Los Banos-based International Rice Research Institute said this could help improve food security and allow rice farmers to grow more rice. “This is just one of the genes that we have now but with all these genes together, that would substantially increase yield, especially under adverse conditions,” Heuer said. “I would expect to see around 20 percent but it depends on the type of the soil and how severe the stress is,” she added. She said the gene -- called PSTOL1 which stands for phosphorus starvation tolerance -helps rice grow a larger, better root system and access more phosphorus. “The function of this gene is it’s acting as an enhancer of root growth and maintains root growth under stress conditions. It increases the number of roots,” she said.

“The rice plant [with this gene] has a larger root area... they can explore the soil around it and harvest phosphorus from a large soil area. There would be better access of nutrients... nitrogen and potassium uptake is also enhanced,” she added. When soils low in phosphorus were used in pot experiments, Heuer said they saw yield increases of 60 percent which suggests that it is effective even in low phosphorus soils such as in upland rice fields that are not irrigated. Heuer said they have long been conducting a research on genes that improve phosphorus uptake. She said the traditional rice variety Kasalath from India has a set of genes that helps rice grow well in soils low in phosphorus. She added that Kasalath’s superior performance under phosphorus deficiency was initially discovered by Dr. Matthias Wissuwa from the Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences. The new rice variety with the PSTOL1 gene will be available in a few years to farmers, Heuer said. [PNA]

PHL golden rice OK seen


HE world’s leading biotech crop advocate has predicted that the genetically-modified (GM) beta carotenefortified Golden Rice will secure approval for commercialization in the Philippines in the next two years. Dr. Clive James, chairman of the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA,) said such imprimatur would “generate life-saving humanitarian benefits as 6,000 people a day, mainly women and children, die from complications resulting from vitamin A deficiency.” James also said the rate of adoption of biotech crops “in developing countries dwarfs that of industrialized nations.” He said of the 29 countries that had adopted biotech crops in 2011, 19 were developing countries and 10 were industrialized nations.

“China and India lead Asian adoption, Brazil and Argentina lead Latin American adoption, and South Africa leads adoption on the continent of Africa. A growth rate for biotech crops in developing countries at 11 percent, or 8.2 million hectares during 2011, was twice as fast and twice as large as industrial countries at 5 percent or 3.8 million hectares,” James said. He added that developing countries grew approximately 50 percent of global biotech crops in 2011 and are expected to exceed industrial countries’ land area devoted to the crops this year. More than 90 percent of farmers planting biotech crops worldwide or more than 15 million farmers, are small resource-poor farmers in developing countries, up 8 percent or 1.3 million since 2010, he revealed. [PNA]

Maguindanao Province aims for sufficiency in dairy products


N an effort to become self-sufficient in dairy production, the Maguindanao provincial government, through the provincial agriculture office, is now preparing for the launching of a dairy farm. On Wedneday, representatives from the Department of Agriculture and

National Dairy Authority conducted training for the production of dairy multipliers in Buluan, Maguindanao. Robert Mauricio, Cattle and Dairy Farm provincial supervisor, said this is in preparation for the operation of a dairy parlor in the province which will start operation next month.

Mauricio said Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala will be donating 50 cows for the said dairy production. The milk that will be produced in the said dairy parlor will be processed and distributed to pupils in the different schools in Maguindanao as part of the health improvement program of the provincial

government. Mauricio added the provincial government is also planning to have a massive production of dairy products for commercial purposes in the future. Maguindanao has large tracks of lands that can be utilized as ranches for cattle and other dairy producing animals. [PNA]

sented and defended the agency’s proposed budget during the House of Representatives’ Committee on Appropriations hearing chaired by Rep. Joseph Emilio Abaya of the 1st District of Cavite and co-chaired by Rep. Nur Jaafar of the lone district of Tawi-tawi. According to Alcala, the bulk of the budget, which is 21% more than this year’s allocation of P64.1 B, will be spent on major final outputs (MFO) including irrigation (P28.75B) postharvest and other infrastructure (P12.38B), production support (P6.87B) and extension support (P3.04B). Other MFOs and their respective proposed budgets are: regulatory (P2.52B), plans and poli-

cies (P2.26B), credit facilitation (P2.01B), research and development (P1.45B), and market development (P1.28B). Alcala also presented the proposed 2013 budget for commodity banner programs, regional field units, bureaus, attached agencies, and subsidy for attached corporations. Of the P74-B budget, the DA proposes a total allocation of P15.02B for its five banner programs: rice (P74.5B), fisheries (P3.66B), corn (P1.52B), high value crops ((P1.36B), and livestock (P1.03B). The respective proposed budget for 15 DA-RFUs, including ARMM, totals P43.32B; for the DA’s eight bureaus, P8.19B; nine at-

tached agencies, P3.45B; and subsidy for seven attached corporations, P9.92B. Alcala said alongside an increased budget in 2013, the DA seeks the approval of the agency’s rationalization plan to augment its personnel which has dwindled through the years mostly due to retirement. The DA also seeks the support of both houses of Congress to enact priority legislations to sustain the modernization and global competitiveness of the country’s agriculture and fishery sector which include the National Land Use Act, and strengthening and refining the functions of the National Food Authority. [PNA]

DA seeks P74-B agri-fishery, rice sufficiency budget for 2013


O sustain the momentum of frontloading investments in agri-fishery infrastructure and attain sufficiency in rice and other major staples by the end of 2013, the Department of Agriculture is proposing a P74.1 billion budget for the coming year. Secretary Proceso J. Alcala said that the suggested funding will bankroll the Aquino government’s Food Staples Sufficiency Program (FSSP), particularly in attaining 100 percent rice sufficiency. Under FSSP, the government plans to produce 20 million metric tons (MMT) of palay and 8.75 MMT of corn, Alcala said. The DA chief pre-


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Resurrecting the Spanish Inquisition




Of non-solutions and white elephants

HE plan of the Davao City government to establish a cold storage facility is laudable. Davao reporters quoted Trade Industry City Director Teolulo Pasawa as saying that the planned facility can store a huge volume of fruits and vegetables not unlike the 30-year old government food terminal in Taguig City, Metro Manila, a bright side of the Marcos dictatorship. As Pasawa enthused, the cold storage would help farmers tremendously in preserving their fruits and vegetables longer while waiting for buyers. Unknown to many Dabawenyos, hundreds of millions of pesos in fruit and vegetables are spoiled and wasted every year due to lack of storage facilities. Imagine the money that farmers would save if such storage facility could be established. The project that Pasawa is talking about may not be a mere pipe dream after all following the recent passage of the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Ordinance by the Davao City Council. Right now, the reality on the ground is that much of the income from vegetables and fruits still goes into the pockets of traders because of the lack of storage facilities, transportation problems and the farmers’ inability to make the most out of their produce. Studies show that for the longest

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thought that the much-dreaded Spanish Inquisition was long dead, confined to oblivion and gathering dusts inside the Vatican archives. I am not completely surprised at all that the country’s dominant church is trying to revive it. I am not shocked. I am only distressed. Recently, a major private sectarian university in greater Manila, acting upon a suggestion of His Eminence, threatened to expel many of the members of its faculty for supporting the RH Bill. Nobody expected the Spanish Inquisition! In medieval times, the tribunal was formed to combat heresy. Typical of any human institution, the Inquisition was riddled with excesses and abuses, many of them bordering the absurd in today’s standards. At the time when the church exercised both temporal and spiritual powers, the Inquisitors had the authority to adjudge any person as heretical and be burned at stake. Probably, the most famous was Joan of Arc who rallied the people of Lorraine (at that time, there was no French nation to speak of yet) behind the unwilling heir to the throne. Soon, she was betrayed by the institution she so faithfully served and was burned at stake inside the grounds of a famous university in Paris. During her days, the supposedly infallible doctrine of the church provided that women, by their very nature, were not in a position to receive revelations from the divine. Any woman who claimed to have done so was accused of talking to the devil himself. Well, it took the church five centuries before making her as a saint and the pope issuing an unprecedented Mea Culpa. The Spanish Inquisition is not actually dead. It has metamorphosed into the official Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. It was once headed by Cardinal Ratzinger, now the Holy Father. It is the church’s ultimate guardian of doctrinal purity. Its powers, however, are substantially tamed and confined largely to members of the institution. It no longer has the power to burn someone at stake. Save for pre-school and post-graduate studies, I am essentially a product of the Philippine state education machinery. I earned my degree in the bastion of academic freedom and political activism, and all the more reason that I find this university’s action distressing but not strange. Yes, a couple of Supreme Court’s decisions enshrine academic freedom in our statute books. And this freedom is not exclusive to the teachers alone. Its mantle of protection extends to the school itself. In my school, it was (and still is) a little bit different. In matters of what are actually taught inside the classroom, professors enjoy greater freedom and university officials are unlikely to interfere. A sub-species of academic freedom enjoyed by the school is more confined to administering the campus, and does not oblige them to dictate what should be taught by its faculty. It also makes me think how law has the tendency to be narrow in its approach. And how mundane and trivial it may be. Except constitutional law, my favorite subject in law school then, there is nothing deeply, genuinely philosophical about it. Lawyers mostly quarrel about who, what, where, when and how and seldom about why. Academic freedom entails the freedom to teach, determine what to teach and how those things be taught. Having been threatened with expulsion, those faculty members are essentially barred from teaching in favor of the RH Bill, unless they insist and give the school and church authorities a good fight. I do not recall any qualification in the Supreme Court’s prevailing opinion on the subject. In the end, we are left with one basic question: Are members of the faculty of a private sectarian university less free than their compatriots in state universities? Well, just another random thought. Have a nice weekend!



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bayan conviction and hinted he will go to the Supreme Court if his petition is denied. Alzate is positioning himself to become the running mate of Vice Gov. Steve Solon, who is being groomed to run for governor in the province next year. Solon, whose uncle Roy Chiongbian lost to Pacquiao in the 2010 elections, is now an ally of Pacquiao but the latter calls the shot on who will run or who will be dropped from the line-up of the People’s Champ Movement (PCM), a local political party founded by the 8-division world boxing champion. Solon will vie for the post that will be vacated by Gov. Miguel Rene Dominguez, who is on his last of three consecutive three-year terms and is no longer eligible to run. Dominguez has been offered the vice gubernatorial post but is non-committal to future political plans. Alzate has found his way into the inner political circles of Pacquiao, who is seeking re-election in 2013 after making a political comeback by winning in 2010.

However, he reportedly rubbed off too many in the camp of Pacquiao that his conviction may even be a big welcome rather than cause for alarm. He reportedly engineered the junking of fellow Provincial Board Member Nene Saguigit, elder sister of Malungon Mayor Reynaldo Constantino, a close political ally of Pacquiao. Pacquiao lawyer Francisco ‘Bong’ Gacal said Alzate can still file an appeal to the Supreme Court if the Sandiganbayan will deny his motion for reconsideration. Gacal added that Alzate is not barred from running for an elective post until the Supreme Court rules with finality to uphold his conviction. Gacal, however, said it would be prudent for Alzate to face his legal woes before vying for higher office. Will Pacquiao agree with his lawyer and tell Alzate to set aside the latter’s vice gubernatorial ambitions and to come out clean from his legal troubles? Accommodating Alzate could become a political baggage for Pacquiao, who is not exactly in the good graces of Malacañang. Besides, for Pacquiao, image is everything now that he is just a few fights away from retirement and just a heartbeat away from winning a Senate seat in 2016. [Edwin G. Espejo/MindaNews contributor]

The great Sino-American divorce

LL breakups are tough. But the divorces we have learned to fear the most are protracted, conflict-prone and ultimately unresolved. All the signs are that China and America are in the middle of one of these messy divorces between abusive couples who hate and need one another at the same time. As Washington and Beijing prepare for new political leaderships, they cannot avoid a major renegotiation of the terms of their relationship. Since the global financial crisis in 2008, we have been living through the slow and painful end of Chimerica -- the period when the American and Chinese economies acted as one. It drove one of the longest periods of global growth and prosperity in history. This perfect symbiotic relationship -- popularized by the historian Niall Ferguson -- was based on China saving half of its GDP while America borrowed the money to finance a spending binge it could not afford. The romance ended in September 2008 with the collapse of Lehman Brothers. Now the terms of the separation between the two nations risk awkward discomfort for the rest of the world. On a recent visit to Beijing, I was struck by the near-universal assumption that American demand will not return to pre-2008 levels. This has led to a lively debate about how to reorient China’s economy. On the one hand, China is hedging against the dollar by investing in companies and assets outside the U.S. On the other hand, Beijing is bracing itself for slower growth, while looking for substitutes for exports and fixed investment. There is an ongoing discussion in China about how to encourage the growth of small and medium-sized enterprises, how to stimulate domestic consumption and how to invest in social welfare rather than infrastructure. The American economic debate is less strategic, but there is a realization that the level of debt incurred in the boom years is unsustainable and some of the stimulus measures like quantitative easing will make it increasingly unattractive for the Chinese government to stockpile Treasury Bills. As if in anticipation of the “Great Decoupling,” the political atmosphere between Washington and Beijing has soured. A film released in the U.S. this week called “Death by China” --

ANALYSIS By MaRk LeonaRD narrated by the nation’s favorite fictional president, Martin Sheen -- says that “China is the only major power that is systematically preparing to kill Americans.” A publicity poster features a blood-soaked map of the United States stabbed by a huge knife that is engraved with the words “made in China.” But the fear-mongering in the film is moderate when compared with the daily attacks on “perfidious” American leaders on Sina Weibo (the Chinese answer to Twitter) or in best-selling books such as “China is Unhappy” (an ultranationalist tract that sold over 1 million non-pirated copies in 2009). Tensions have increased because the postAmerican world has become a reality -- driving both a weakened Washington and a strengthened Beijing to be more assertive. The hawkish Chinese academic Yan Xuetong claims the world order is changing from “a unipolar system with the United States as its center to a bipolar system with China occupying the other pole.” But military conflict is not the only danger. Either protracted competition or a peaceful condominium between the two powers could be almost as damaging for the world. The competition is already on. China’s nervous neighbors have welcomed Washington’s renewed focus on the region. Collectively the democratic Asian powers -- in alliance with the United States -- have more economic and military might than China (although their economies are utterly dependent on Beijing). Professor Yan Xuetong thinks China should respond to Obama’s “pivot” to Asia by revisiting its strategy of “non-alignment.” It could forge a formal alliance with Russia, as well as offer security guarantees to other Asian states. Andrew Small, an insightful China watcher, warns that: “We could see a return of a lot of the negative dimensions of the Cold War where attempts to solve global problems, solve regional conflicts or build international institutions are instrumentalized in a contest to change the balance of power between the two poles.” Fred Bergsten has long argued that -- in-

stead of competing -- the two largest trading nations, on opposite ends of the world’s largest financial imbalance, should form a legal condominium to run the global economy. Zbigniew Brzezinski extended this to the political realm by suggesting an “informal G2” that could find solutions to the global financial crisis <here>, climate change <here>, nuclear proliferation and regional conflicts. This has been shot down by observers like Shi Yinhong, a Chinese academic, who argues that China and the U.S. bring out the worst in each other. “We lend too much money and the American government and people use this money to have an unhealthy mode of life,” Professor Shi said.” Shi could go further and point to the way that China often makes American capitalists more rapacious, labor unions more protectionist, the military more hawkish and politicians more populist. The specter of American power and the attraction of American markets has a mirror effect in Beijing -- fueling the most regressive aspects of the Chinese economic model and foreign policy. Thus, it is not hard to imagine the two worst polluters in the world -- China and America -- colluding to stop a solution to global warming or undermining multilateral institutions. The competition risks turning two great powers with a history of revolutionary universalism into nations obsessed with their own exceptionalism. More important, the very idea of an international condominium dictating the global order runs against the spirit of a time when citizens and nations want to determine their own futures. As Chimerica dissolves, each variant of the new Sino-U.S. relationship is unattractive. War would be catastrophic, strategic competition could paralyze global governance and a G2 format could bring out the worst attitudes of the two global powers. The only way of avoiding these dystopian futures is to encourage a multilateral order made up of more united regions -- allowing China and America to have a normal relationship. [Mark Leonard, a Reuters Columnist is Co-Founder and Director of the European Council on Foreign Relations and author of “What Does China Think?”]


Trying to have it both ways in Syria

Pacquiao politics: A grafter in his midst?

member of the Sarangani Provincial Board who has caught Rep. Manny Pacquiao’s favor was recently convicted by the Sandiganbayan or the anti-graft court of estafa for falsification of public documents. Provincial Board Member Eugene Alzate was sentenced to 10 to 11 years of prison and fined P5,000 for allegedly siphoning P300,000 from the countryside development fund (CDF) of former Rep. Erwin Chiongbian. He was also ordered to indemnify the provincial government along with the two other co-accused. Alzate was also reported to have brought a government-issued vehicle of the province to Cebu City during his wedding in 2003, which also coincided with a study tour of department heads and provincial officials. At that time, Alzate was a first-term member of the Sarangani Provincial Board. The Ombudsman also found Alzate guilty of the administrative charges against him and was ordered suspended. The suspension order, however, became moot and academic after he lost in the 2004 election. Alzate said he will file a motion for reconsideration over his Sandigan-





(1st of two parts)

MID the daily reports of clashes and killings in Syria, a subtler message is emerging: America is increasingly irrelevant. Inside Syria, opposition fighters complain that the United States is doing little to help them, according to intrepid reporting by correspondents for Reuters, the New York Times and Foreign Affairs. Instead, funds and arms from Qatar and Saudi Arabia are turning jihadists into a growing presence. Among international observers, Washington is seen as insignificant. “On the ground, really, this administration has been essentially irrelevant, locked into its own perpetual debate on what to say and what to do,” said Peter Harling, Syria analyst for the International Crisis Group. “I think generally this administration in the Arab Spring has spent a huge amount of time trying to analyze events instead of shaping them.” Those comments, of course, may thrill many Americans -- and White House staffers. In the wake of Iraq and Afghanistan, Americans want nothing more than to get out of the Middle East. One of Obama’s primary pitches to voters this year is that he gets America out of foreign entanglements, not into them. There are ways, though, to aid the Syrian opposition without becoming militarily entangled. One of the many tragedies of the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan is that they distort our views of how we can have influence in the region. Our options go far beyond whether to bomb or not to bomb. America’s effort to help the Syrian opposition with non-lethal aid is a reflection of this odd moment in American and Middle Eastern history. Many Syrians think the U.S. remains all-powerful and could easily topple the Assad regime, while many Americans doubt America’s ability to do good beyond its shores and understandably call for domestic focus. To its credit, the administration is providing $82 million in humanitarian assistance to Syrian refugees and $25 million in non-lethal assistance to the Syrian opposition. But fear of even non-lethal American aid getting into the wrong hands has created a byzantine system that dilutes its effectiveness, slows delivery and alienates our best potential allies in Syria -- secular members of the opposition. In a Washington Post story published on Monday and interviews this week, Syrian opposition members scoffed at claims by State Department officials that the United States had provided them with 900 satellite phones. The phones, which cost $1,000 each, can be used for communications between opposition forces and for broadcasting atrocities by government forces to the outside world. “Everywhere we turn, no one is able to locate these phones,” said a member of the opposition Syrian National Council who spoke on condition of anonymity in a phone interview Thursday. “They’re definitely not getting into our hands.” American officials said that the 900 phones and other elements of $25 million in assistance have been distributed, but members of the Syrian opposition are not given the details. In past conflicts, U.S. officials found that openly providing American assistance to opposition groups endangered the recipients, undermined their legitimacy among the local population and created rivalries between groups. American officials are aware that as a result, the U.S. does not get credit for the assistance it provides. But they pointed out that many people in the Middle East continue to resent any American role in the region.


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Dominga Chicote Nueno, her grandmother. Charged in five separate criminal complaints filed and received by the Davao City Prosecution Office last August 25 are: Alexander L. Villa Abrille, with stated address as Anda St., Davao City, for “falsification of the petition for issuance of new title,” “perjury or false testimony,” and “falsification of affidavit of loss”; Ernesto Villa Abrille, Francisco P. Villa Abrille, Faustino P. Villa Abrille, Victoria V. Bunhayag, Yolanda V. Palarion, Adelaida V. Alipio, Diosdado C. VillaAbrille and Reynald V. Chua, all of Davao City, for “falsification of the December 28, 2009, Extrajudicial Settlement of the Intestate Estate of Maria F. Villa-Abrille;” and Ernesto, Francisco, Diosdado, Roland, Larry, Johnard and Jocelyn, all surnamed Villa Abrille; Reynald, Alex and Mary Joy, all surnamed Chua, Victoria Bunhayag, Yolanda V. Palarion, Adelaida V. Alipio, all of Davao City; Ricardo U. Estoperes and Sylvia M. Estoperes of 1351 Cabaluna St., Gredu, Panabo City for “estafa through falsification of public documents for the


illegal sale, using falsified special powers of attorney and a falsified deed of sale.” Cutler filed the complaints with the assistance of former Davao City chapter president of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines Caesar S. Europa of the Europa, Dacanay, Cubelo, Europa and Flores Law Office. Ms Cutler said Nueno is the sole and universal heir of the late Maria Villa Abrille as stated in the probate of the Villa Abrille’s last will and testament covered by a decision dated July 17, 1967 issued by Judge Alfredo I. Gonzales of the then Court of First Instance in Davao City. As administratrix of Nueno’s estate, Cutler said the owner’s duplicate of the lot’s title, No. T-345667, was released to her by the Registry of Deeds of Davao City, adding that such a fact “should be reflected in the records of said office” (Registry of Deeds). To her “shock and dismay,” however, she said she discovered sometime last July that the title had been cancelled by the Registry of Deeds of Davao City and that another title in the name of a certain Ricardo U. Estoperes

had been issued in lieu of the title in her possession. Cutler said she found out that a certain Alexander L. Villa Abrille had executed a “falsified” and “perjurious” affidavit of loss claiming that the owner’s duplicate title No. T-345667 had been lost “when in truth and in fact the said owner’s duplicate is still intact and existing in my possession.” She said this should have been clear in the records of the Registry of Deeds of Davao City as the same owner’s duplicate copy was issued to her by then acting Register of Deeds Florenda F.T. Patriarca. In her affidavit of adverse claim consisting of three pages on July 18, 2012, Cutler said she suspected that the fraudulent transaction is a handiwork of “a group of impostors, pretending to be heirs of the late Maria Villa Abrille led by a certain Ernesto Villa Abrille and Necito Villa Abrille.” She said this group filed and tried to intervene in several cases involving the estate of Maria Villa Abrille, trying to enforce claims over the property covered by Title No. T-345667.


contraceptives on women but merely gives them the option to use such. “The Catholic Church was never against family planning, what the Catholic Church seeks to promote is responsible parenthood,” Bullecer said, adding that children are blessings from God, quoting a verse from Psalm 127:3. For her part, Dr. Palabyab said that whatever the odds, the pro-life advocates will never give up fighting the proposed RH Bill, which will just make women and children suffer more. “The fight for life is forever, as long as the promotion of the culture of death is there,” she said, adding legislation like the RH Bill is out to destroy tradition, values and culture.” She said instead of keeping and treasuring our families, the RH Bill is an attack on the basic unit of society in our country.

to the intensified investment promotion campaign undertaken by the city and the presence of an Investment Incentive Code,” it said. Davao city is the first city in the country to enact an ordinance entitled Davao City Investment Incentive Code of 1994 (City Ordinance 2017) providing fiscal and non fiscal incentives to qualified investors. Likewise, the code also created the Davao City Investment Promotion Center to implement its provisions (the first IPC in the country). The key function of the center is to promote Davao City

centives on regulatory fees and the doubling of incentives if the investments are located in preferred districts. The revised code also added into priority investment areas the investments in power generation, green technology and Private-Public-Partnership projects. “It must be noted that all these amendments were done to meet the call of the business sector for the local government to provide a mechanism where businesses are given the opportunity to flourish in an ever competitive economy,” the DCIPC said.


graine, weight gain, tumor of the uterus, liver cancer, gall bladder disease, and blindness. “Contraceptives are poison to the woman’s womb. Is it reproductive health or reproductive death?” was Bullecer’s rhetorical question.. “What contraceptives do is not prevent fertilization, but turn the womb into an environment not suitable for fertilization. This is tantamount to abortion.” The Reproductive Health Bill, which seeks to allow the introduction of other family methods aside from the Catholic Church-approved calendar method, is the hottest issue in the country right

Palabyab now. The Catholic Church has remained steadfast and vocal in its opposition to bill, while President Benigno Aquino III urged support to the bill during his last State of the Nation Address. Proponents of the bill have maintained that the bill does not allow abortion, emphasizing that the bill even penalizes abortion. The bill, according to proponents, does not impose the use of


as the preferred investment destinations for investors to locate. The code has undergone minor revisions in 1997, 1999, 2008 and 2010, particularly to accommodate the new identified priority investment areas. On August 9, 2012, the Sangguniang Panlungsod approved the proposed amendments to the Code as submitted by the Davao City Investment Incentive Board (DCIIB). This time, the Code underwent substantial changes to make it relevant to the changing business climate. Major changes include the removal of in-

However, Cutler said, the group lost these cases one by one. She said these cases are as follows: –Civil Case No. 29,0052002, for quieting of title, damages, etc. before Branch 33 of the RTC of Davao City which was dismissed which dismissal was affirmed with finality by the Court of Appeals as CA-G.R. SP No. 82540; –Civil Case No. 29,312,02, which is essentially, before Branch 16 of the RTC of Davao City which was dismissed and which dismissal was also affirmed by the Court of Appeals in CA-GR No. 80178; –A Motion to Intervene in Civil Case No. 28,9512002 before the Branch 15 of the RTC of Davao City which was denied by the said court which denial was also affirmed by the Court of Appeals in CA-G.R. SP No. 83036; –A Motion to Intervene in SP PROC.No. 13, the estate proceedings of Maria Dominga Chicote Nueno before Branch 2 of the RTC of Tagum City, which was denied by the said Court and which denial has also been affirmed by the Court of Appeals in CA G.R. CV No. 00058-MIN; and –A Motion to Intervene in PENRO CLAIM No. 112403-98-07 before the DENR which was also denied by the said office. In fact, Ms Cutler said



an advocate of the environment and joining the Pamulak sa Kadayawan— which showcased the bounty of nature—allowed it to manifest its environmental concern,” said Es-



national residential lighting, public lighting retrofit including streetlights, traffic lights, and solarpowered LEDs in off-grid areas, and the carrying out of energy efficiency testing and lamp waste management which intends to expand the DOE’s existing testing laboratory and the establishment of a mercury waste management facility for recovery of mercury from used fluorescent lamps. The PEEP aims to lower power demand in the country by influencing the consumption behavior of consumers both in the public and private sectors. Ayson said PEEP covers 135 government offices nationwide and is divided into two batches of which the first was completed in February 2012. The first batch covered 35 govern-

the decision of the Court of Appeals in CA-G.R. SP NO. 83036 (Annex “F”) where the impostors, led by Ernesto Villa Abrille were the petitioners, it was clearly stated that “to finally settle this present controversy, this Court categorically holds that petitioners do not have any right or interest in the estate of the late Maria Vila Abrille, much less in Lot 112-A. There is no dispute that the last will and testament of the late Maria Villa Abrille had already been admitted to probate, where the late Maria Dominga Chicote Nueno was instituted as the late Maria Villa Abrille’s sole and universal heir.” Cutler charged that Ernesto Villa Abrille, allegedly representing other persons, had also executed a falsified extra-judicial settlement of estate which led to the issuance of Title No. 1462011003386 of the Registry of Deeds of Davao City. “After the said falsifications,” Cutler said, “the group of Ernesto Villa Abrille, committed yet more acts of falsification by selling the said property to a certain Ricardo U. Estoperes and his wife and that it led to the issuance of Title No. 146-2011007570 in the name of the latter (Estoperes) and his wife.” Ms Cutler charged that the execution of the affidavit of loss by Ernesto Villa Abrille, the petition for reconstruction of lost title and

any judgment therefrom, as well as the alleged extrajudicial estate and the sale in favor of the spouses Estoperes “were all null and void simply because Ernesto Villa Abrille and his cohorts had absolutely no right to execute the said documents nor to sell the subject property which, as shown in the aforementioned decisions, was never owned by them.” She also charged that “spouses Estoperes have prior actual and/or constructive notice of the existence of an adverse claim over the property as the copy of Title No. T-345667 with the Registry of Deeds of Davao City, under entry No. 9667 dated March 7, 2002, has an annotated Notice of Lis Pendens, annotated upon the instance of Necito Villa Abrille and his cohorts, relating to Civil Case No. 29,005-2002, for quieting of title, damages, etc. before Branch 33 of the RTC of Davao City and there was never any order from the said court in the said case for the lifting thereof. Lis pendens is a notice filed in the office of public records that the ownership of real property is the subject of a legal controversy and that anyone who purchases it takes it subject to any claims asserted in the action and thereby its value might be diminished. The buyer, Cutler asserts, cannot claim to be innocent purchasers for value.” [AMA]

calicas. The Villar Foundation has been existing for 20 years, conducting outreach activities in different communities around the country. It has given assistance to the needy in Davao through its medical missions and relief operations, targeting the neediest barangays and those that host the developments of the real estate companies of the Villar family.

It also conducts regular tree-growing activities around the country, at the same time promoting environmental concern among the different Vista Land companies. “Camella follows the footsteps of the Villar Foundation and always strives to make its projects green; mindful to rehabilitate and create a green environment within the communities it builds,” added Escalicas.

ment offices in National Capital Region. The second batch involves the remaining 100 government agencies or buildings which are estimated to be completed on March 2013. In this batch, 20 government office buildings are in Northern and Central Luzon, 46 in the NCR, 10 in Southern and Bicol regions, 12 in the Visayas, and 12 in Mindanao. In Mindanao, Bukidnon National Highschool, Bukidnon State University, Cagayan de Oro City Government, Central Mindanao University, Davao del Norte State College, General Santos City Government, Mindanao State University, Southern Philippines AgriGRI-Business and Marine and Aquatic School of Technology, University of Southeatern Philippines, Western Mindanao State

University, Zamboanga City Government and Zamboanga City State Polytechnic College are the project recipients. According to the Mindanao field office DOE director Manuel L. Llaneza, “Changing lamps from energy-consuming to an energy-efficient ones may seem like a small act but we believe that great things start with small steps.” He added that, “with the use of these lamps, your agency will benefit from the energy savings, which may be reallocated to funding of more important programs of your respective agencies.” A ceremonial signing of memoranda of agreement with the project recipients from all over Mindanao was conducted at the Grand Regal Hotel last Friday.


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RDR joins SC pursue Enhanced Justice on Wheels in DavNorte T D

AVAO del Norte Gov. Rodolfo P. del Rosario joined the Supreme Court yesterday in pursuing the Enhanced Justice on Wheels (EJOW) program in the province. As the Supreme Court rolls out EJOW this year, the province was again chosen to host the program and for the third time, according to Tagum City Executive Judge Rowena Apao-Adlawan. Through EJOW, various services were made available in Capitol, Tagum City including Court Hearings and Mo-

bile Court-Annexed Mediation, Information Dissemination for Baragay Officials, Jail VisitationMedical/Dental Services and Legal Aid, and Dialogue with Supreme Court Justices and Officials. In his short message during the activity, Gov. del Rosario expressed appreciation to the privilege the Supreme Court gave to the province with the program. “This program (EJOW) does not only transform an ordinary bus into a courtroom, it also transformed the way justice is

done in this country,” the governor said. “It truly brings justice closer to the people,” he added. Giving his message as speaker during the activity, Deputy Court Administrator Antonio M. Eugenio Jr. described EJOW as “one response to the malady” afflicting detention prisoners. Recounting his talk with few detention prisoners during his visit to the provincial jail a day before the activity, the Deputy Court Administrator said that the detention prisoners’ “concern is not

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that they are innocent or guilty but that their cases be tried, heard, and resolved promptly and expeditiously.” As of October 2011, according to the Supreme Court, “the EJOW program has resulted in the release of 6,364 prisoners, the successful mediation of 6,953 cases, free medical and dental services to 12,790 inmates and free legal aid to 1,010 prisoners, and benefited 18,263 barangay officials and indigenous peoples through the legal rights information drive.” [MeRA GRAce e. APuyA/dAVNoR Pio]

JUSTICE ON WHEELS. Gov. Rodolfo P. del Rosario hailed the visit of the Supreme Court’s Enhanced Justice on Wheels (EJOW) program August 23 in the provincial capitol, Tagum City. At the presidential table are (from

left) Tagum City Executive Judge Rowena Apao-Adlawan, Court of Appeals Retired Justice Oswaldo D. Agcaoli, Deputy Court Administrator Antonio M. Eugenio Jr., and vice Gov. victorio R. Suaybaguio Jr. [oNdoy LAGuitAo]

Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT 11th Judicial Region BRANCH 12 Davao city




This is verified petition for Judicial Recognition of Certificate of Divorce of the marriage of Jemily Sapa-Hara with Seiichi Hara, filed by Jemily Sapa-Hara, through counsel, praying that upon due notice and hearing, judgment be rendered recognizing the Certificate of Divorce of petitioner’s marriage to Seiichi Hara on May 11, 2007 at the House of the Minister at 233-A JP Rizal Street, Project 4, Quezon City.

Finding the verified petition to be sufficient in form and substance, set the hearing of this petition on OCTOBER 01, 2012 at 8:30 a.m. WHEREFORE, Petitioner is hereby directed to cause the publication of this Order at her expense, in a newspaper of general circulation in the City and three (3) provinces of Davao, once a week for (30) consecutive weeks.

Petitioner is further directed to furnish the Office of the Solicitor General a copy of this petition. Likewise, let a copy of this Order be furnished the Local Civil Registrar, Davao City.

Any person interested or who seeks to oppose the instant petition may appear to state why the petition should not be granted. SO ORDER.

Davao City, Philippines, July 30, 2012




THE LOCAL CIVIL REGISTRAR OF DAVAO CITY, Respondent. X =========================================X ORDER A verified petition having filed by petitioner assisted by counsel prayed that this Honorable Court will order the local Civil Registrar of Davao City to correct the erroneous entries over the Certificate of live Birth of JOSEPHINE GOSHI TuNGCAlING particularly, over the following entries: INCORRECT


Child 3. Name



Father 7. Name



Mother 12. Name RAMONA CAWAYAN


24. Date and Place of Marriage of Parents (for legitimate birth) October 21, 1962 October 23, 1962 Finding the said petition to be sufficient in form and in substance, it is hereby ordered that said petition be set for hearing on November 12, 2012 at 8:30 AM on which date, time and place, all persons who are interested may appear and show cause if any, why said petition should not be granted. let a copy of this Order be published in newspaper of general circulation at least once a week for three (3) consecutive issues at the expense of the petitioner. The local Civil Registrar, Davao City, and the Assistant City Prosecutor are cited to appear on said date of hearing, in order to show cause, if any , why said petition should not be granted. SO ORDERED. Davao City, Philippines, July 20, 2012

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HE upcoming establishment of a shelter for young offenders in New Corella town, Davao del Norte, will boost the prominence of the province as a “healing field.” Governor Rodolfo P. del Rosario said the soonto-be-constructed Bahay Pag-asa, a residential facility for the rehabilitation of children in conflict with the law (CICL), will bolster Davao del Norte’s position as a safe haven for the transformation and rehabilitation of delinquents. The construction of the transition home for erring minors is set to start in September this year after the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) recently turned

BAGuio/dAVNoR Pio]

Republic of the Philippines Department of Transportation and Communications LAND TRANSPORTATION FRANCHISING AND REGULATORY BOARD Regional Office No. XI Davao City

Petition for Renewal of a Certificate of Public Convenience to operate a FIlCAB Ordinary Regular Service

Petition for Renewal of a Certificate of Public Convenience to operate a FIlCAB Ordinary Regular Service

ANTONIO P. DEL MUNDO, Case No.2001-XI-00531 Petitioner x- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -x

DELIA L. DUMALAORON, Case No.2010-XI-00364 Petitioner x- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -x



Petitioner is a grantee of a Certificate of Public Convenience issued in this case authorizing the operation of a FIlCAB Ordinary Regular Service on the route: BuHANGIN vIA JP lAuREN AvENuE ROuTE with the use of ONE (1) unit, which certificate will expire on December 31, 2012. In the petition filed on June 11, 2012, petitioner request authority to extend the validity of said certificate to operate along the same route with the use of the same unit previously authorized.

Petitioner is a grantee of a Certificate of Public Convenience issued in this case authorizing the operation of a FIlCAB Ordinary Regular Service on the route: CATITIPAN vIA DACuDAO ROuTE with the use of ONE (1) unit, which certificate will expire on December 31, 2012. In the petition filed on June 22, 2012, petitioner request authority to extend the validity of said certificate to operate along the same route with the use of the same unit previously authorized.

NOTICE, is hereby given that this petition will be heard by this Board on SEPTEMBER 05, 2012 at 09:00 a.m. at this office at the above address.

NOTICE, is hereby given that this petition will be heard by this Board on SEPTEMBER 5, 2012 at 09:20 a.m. at this office at the above address.

At least, FIvE (5) days prior to the above date petitioner shall publish this Notice once in a one (1) daily newspaper of general circulation in Mindanao

At least, FIvE (5) days prior to the above date petitioner shall publish this Notice once in a one (1) daily newspaper of general circulation in Mindanao

Parties opposed to the granting of the petition must file their written opposition supported by documentary evidence on or before the above date furnishing a copy of the same to the petitioner, and may if they so, desire appear on said date and time.

Parties opposed to the granting of the petition must file their written opposition supported by documentary evidence on or before the above date furnishing a copy of the same to the petitioner, and may if they so, desire appear on said date and time.

This petition will be acted upon by this Board on the basis of its records and the documentary evidence submitted by the parties, unless the Board deems it necessary to receive additional documentary and/or oral evidence.

This petition will be acted upon by this Board on the basis of its records and the documentary evidence submitted by the parties, unless the Board deems it necessary to receive additional documentary and/or oral evidence.

WITNESS the Honorable BENJAMIN A. GO, CESO v, Regional Director, this 22nd day of June 2012 at Davao City.

WITNESS the Honorable BENJAMIN A. GO, CESO v, Regional Director, this 22nd day of June 2012 at Davao City.

TERESITA DELA PEÑA-YÑIGUEZ Chief Transport Development Officer

EMMANUEL C. CARPIO Presiding Judge

over P2.5 million for the project. Del Rosario said the sanctuary is going to give essential care, protection, and social services to juvenile delinquents until their values and social functioning are mended. Besides physical, emotional, and spiritual development, technical and vocational skills will be a part of their rehabilitation program, in order to amply prepare them for their integration back into the mainstream of society. The governor stressed the facility offers a safer place for the CICLs, compared to putting them in jails alongside hardened criminal-prisoners. [NoeL

DSWD CHECK. Gov. Rodolfo P. del Rosario receives a P2.5-million check from An Jikain, team leader of DSWD 11’s Special Programs, for the construction of the Bahay Pag-asa in New Corella, Davao del Norte. [NoeL BAGuio/dAVNoR Pio] Republic of the Philippines Department of Transportation and Communications LAND TRANSPORTATION FRANCHISING AND REGULATORY BOARD Regional Office No. XI Davao City


SP. PROC. NO.: 12, 140-12


TERESITA DELA PEÑA-YÑIGUEZ Chief Transport Development Officer


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Dorothy Perkins’ 2012 Autumn Winter collection FOR AUTUMN/WINTER 2012 Dorothy Perkins offers great key fashion pieces, that will ensure you can create the most flattering and easy to wear looks. Rock Luxe; is glam with an edge. Leather looks, fur, chiffon, brocade and shimmer are key. A palette of black, winter white and saturated darks and metallics keep this collection dramatic. Charlie Girl; is a casual heritage

trend that mixes tweed and denim with printed silky satins in blush, cream and chocolate shades. Animal motifs from birds to horses keep the collection fun and playful. Mademoiselle; epitomises Parisian chic and is elegant with cute details. Nude tones are set against black, while texture can be found in faux fur, bouclé and chiffon. The ultimate new season silhouettes are prom, lampshade and peplum. Whether you are after that “must

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Glowing with fun at Revelry THEY CAME, they saw they partied. Davao’s party group flocked to the Palos Ranchos Verdes Clubhouse for a once in a Kadayawan event called Revelry.

On the deck during the event were Manila’s hottest party DJs, the Zombettes who spinned the latest club beats that are taking the airwave by storm. Davao’s party set did not waste any time by ordering the event’s drink-all-you can, premium drinks.

Billed as a pool event, even typically shy Dabawenyo partyphiles took to the clubhouse’s beautiful pool , each dancing with glow sticks all around and the funky beats of the DJ’s influencing their every mood.

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Playgirl offers $1-M for naked Prince Harry IT was only a matter of time before Playgirl got in on Prince Harry’s naked photo controversy. Just two days after shots of the royal redhead’s family jewels leaked online, the nudie magazine’s publisher says he thinks Harry would be perfect to follow in the footsteps of Kate Middleton’s cousin by stripping down for a sexy centerfold.

Cover your ears, Queen Elizabeth! “I think what we all started to decide right away was just how much money the offers would go out for him,” Playgirl publisher Vincent Stevens tells E! Online exclusively. “There’s no way in the world that he would ever consider this but you’re talking about numbers in the six figures right off the bat.”

Stevens says Harry is just the fit for the pages of Playgirl. “He’s a wild party guy,” he says. “He’s appealing to a lot of people because, although he’s from the royal family, there’s sort of this untamed nature to him. I think that’s something that’s really attractive to our readers and to the general public. He can’t be contained by the royal

family. He’s just a free spirit.” While Playgirl hasn’t contacted Harry with any formal offers to pose, Stevens says the 27-year-old hunk could make a pretty penny for taking it all off…again. “I think the bidding would start in the low six figures,” Stevens says, adding, “I think a million dollars is not out of the question.” Meanwhile, another entity with a female-centric focus is weighing in on Harry’s full-monty billiards playing. “I’m not sure his mum would approve,” says Adam Steck, producer of Australia’s Thunder From Down Under male revue, which treats Las Vegas fans to stripped-down Aussies and New Zealanders. Still, adds Steck, “even though [Harry]’s not Australian he’d be an amazing addition to our cast!” Maybe, but we’re guessing Harry will be avoiding Sin City for a while. (E! Online)

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Is Harry going to lose the crown? Elizabeth II may have caught flak for supposedly “scowling” during the Olympics opening ceremony, but if you’re hoping for a breathless account of a spanking in the Royal Mews or some formal stripping of title in Parliament, you’re about to be sorely disappointed. Princes have done much, much more disturbing things and remained royal. (Look up Prince Harry in a Nazi uniform. Or the exposure of Prince Charles’s affair with future wife Camilla Parker Bowles—while he was married to Di. Or anything associated with Henry VII. Or just rent The Madness of King George.) The rules of royal succession are pretty clear. And none of them include a provision for kicking out a blood prince for getting naked in a hotel room in Vegas. Now, if Harry had instead been exposed as the out-of-wedlock child of an affair, or converted to Catholicism while out in the Nevada desert, that would be a different story. Really. Catholics can’t ascend to the throne. Neither can illegitimate kids. But naked princes? Not a problem. Really. The worst that could happen? The queen could strip Harry of his title, make him a mere—horrors!—duke or something. Or he could abdicate all by himself if he hated all this attention. But none of that is likely. According to royal watchers, in this particular instance, the palace is much more likely to sympathize with Harry, rather than scold him. “Personally I can’t see him being in mas-

sive trouble,” royal watcher and expert Robert Jobson tells me. “I don’t think they’re necessarily tearing into him for this.” Why? Because Harry was on vacation, or “holiday,” as the Brits prefer, and he was in a private space when his now-famous cheeky photos were taken. Whoever leaked those photos violated Harry’s trust—assuming the guy wasn’t somehow in on the distribution— and that’s what important here. “The family knows all this,” Jobson points out. “The palace is more likely going to be defensive,” or protective, of Harry. (Hence the royal blackout on photos of Harry in England.) In fact, despite rants to the contrary by Boy George, it’s unlikely that the palace even has a problem with the prince’s security detail. “It’s not their responsibility to guard his image,” Jobson rightly points out. “It’s their responsibility to make sure he’s safe. He wasn’t in any physical danger, so, no error there.” That isn’t to say that Harry hasn’t faced discipline from his family in the past. At 17, after publicly admitting to smoking marijuana and getting drunk in a pub, Harry was sent to rehab by his princely father. The trip was just for one day, to get an idea about the horrors of addiction, but you get the idea: The future king was not amused. Compare that to this more private incident, and, even from the royal perspective, you’re looking at a nonstory. Besides, it’s not like the guy looks bad naked... (E! Online)



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Twitter trends today

HERE’S A quick peek at what’s been trending on Twitter Twitter trend 1: Zayn Malik has left Twitter Zayn Malik, one-fifth of British boy band and former finalist for the original X-Factor, One Direction, has left Twitter with one final tweet saying “the reason I don’t tweet as much as I used to, is because I’m sick of all the useless opinion and hate that I get daily. Goodbye Twitter.” which left his five million followers no other option but to bid goodbye to his microblogging account. Here’s the back story: One Direction’s record label is trying to market the boy band in the United States. Because the label wants the boys to concentrate on music and work, they have insisted on a sexban for all five members, including those that are single. Obviously, this is difficult for the lads to take as they would want to enjoy all the female attention they are getting in the US. Unfortunately, their management has given them strict security even outside their hotel rooms so that no female visitors may enter the boys’ quarters. Even more unfortunate is the fact that one female fan who happened to be sleeping next door from Mr. Malik took a video of Zayn trying to get a girl past his security and inside his room, even instructing her to come back after thirty minutes as he assures the girl that the security officers would be gone by then. To that, Malik’s body guard simply replied that he has decided to stay out(side the room) longer to keep the female fan away, much to the One Directioner’s frustration. So the video made it online, went viral, and caused fans to be infuriated with their idol because he has a highly publicised relationship with Perrie Edwards, one-fourth of the girl group, Little Mix who won X-Factor in 2011. Now that he has been getting crap about this affair and a lot more hate tweets, the musical hot property has decided to exit the social networking site. Will this do well for his career considering that Twitter is fast-becoming one of the most effective marketing platforms? We shall wait and see. Twitter trend 2: Prince Harry flashing the Royal Jewels So Prince Harry’s nude photos are circulating and have now gone viral. The source, TMZ, alleges this happened during a game of strip pool where the royal who is third-in-line to the throne obviously lost. In these photos, Harry is shown wearing only a necklace and a watch covering his

“jewels” with both hands. In another, he is shown bearhugging another person who is also nude and is yet to be identified as male or female. Nobody close to the Prince has made a statement but the palace has warned newspapers within the UK not to print the photos as it was a breach of privacy. There are no uncensored versions of the photos online as the ones posted by TMZ had strategically placed stars on them. Twitter trend 3: Nicki Minaj to join Mariah Carey as the latest judge on America Idol It seems like there will be two divas this year on American Idol’s judging table as Nicki Minaj is set to join Mariah Carey during the next season of the talent show. However, Twitter-users have been talking about some endorsement problems as the female rapper is a top endorser for

popular soft drink company, Pepsi while American Idol is sponsored by Coca Cola. This has not been the first time a conflict of sponsors had to be ironed out as last season’s judge, Jennifer Lopez had to get clearance from a car brand she endorsed to be on the show sponsored by a competing brand. More rumors are flying on Twitter about Mariah Carey’s displeasure about the news that she was not going to be the only female judge this year. Reports say that Mariah eve hung up on American Idol execs who were in the process of telling her that Minaj was going to be sitting alongside her in the judges table. Carey and Minaj have done a duet a couple of years back but rumors say Carey is not keen on sharing the spotlight with somebody who hogs it with her outrageous outfits and even more outrageous attitude. Meanwhile, Mariah is Twitter-campaigning for her good friend, Lenny Kravitz, to be one of the judges on Idol’s next season. Some of the others actually considered by the show to sit on the judging table are Filipino-Latin crooner Enrique Iglesias and Disney baby, Nick Jonas from the Jonas Brothers.

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Gilas hopes still alive after win vs. Iran T

AIPEI – Smart GilasPilipinas survived a couple of missed free throws down the stretch and the late surge by Iran to hack out a thrilling 77-75 win on Friday as it kept its championship bid alive in the 34th William Jones Cup basketball tournament at the TPEC gym. The Nationals botched four free throws in the final 31 seconds – including three in a row - and then held their collective breath as veteran Mehdi Kamrani missed a potential game-winning threepointer in Iran’s final play before finally celebrating the hard-earned win. “Hindi dapat dikit, but we missed two open layups, and four free throws,” said an obviously relieved Gilas coach Chot Reyes. The victory created a three-way tie at the top at 5-1 among the Filipinos, the defending champion Iranians, and the US team - a 77-66 winner over Jordan earlier - with two

playing days left in the tournament being held in honor of the late former Fiba secretary-general. The Nationals, who lost 91-72 to Lebanon in their previous outing, take on the host team on Saturday at 7 p.m., before capping their campaign with a 5 p.m. game against the Americans on Sunday. The team with the best record after the tournament will emerge champion. Marcus Douthit was back to his dominant self with a team-high 22 points and 10 rebounds, while the Rain or Shine pair of Gabe Norwood and Jeff Chan added 17 and 12, respectively, for the Nationals, who dealt the two-time defending champions their first loss of the tournament. The Nationals enjoyed lead of as much as 63-51 early in the fourth and were protecting an 86-81 edge with 31 seconds to go when they began missing their free throws.

DEFENSE. Philippines’ Smart Gilas center Marcus Douthit typify the Filipino’s strong defense. The Philippines upset Iran 77-75 to keep its hopes alive in the Jones Cup in Taipei.

Douthit flubbed a bonus gift shot, Ranidel de Ocampo bungled two, and Chan only had a split, 77-

75, with seven seconds to go that opened the door for a possible game-winning shot by Iran.

But Kamrani muffed a desperation three-pointer that sealed the Philippines’ second win in three

Jones Cup meetings with Iran since last year’s 7359 victory in the preliminaries.

SAMSUNG EMCOR PRO-AM. Davaowenyo pro Elmer Salvador (right) shares his views in the forthcoming Samsung-Emcor Pro-Am golf tournament at the Apo Golf and Country Club. Also in photo are (l-r) organizer Boyblue Ocampo, Boy Ariba, Emcor President Celso villegas, and Samsung PR executive Odette velarde. (BOY LIM)

Lascuna, Salvador banner P1M Davao Pro-Am cast T

ONY Lascuna and Elmer Salvador, the top two players on the local pro tour’s Order of Merit ranking, banner a strong cast of teams vying in the third P1 million Davao National Pro-Am Presented by Samsung and Emcor which gets going Aug. 28 at the Apo Golf and Country Club in Davao City.

Lascuna and Salvador, both two-leg winners after 10 stages of the ICTSI Philippine Golf Tour, will be teaming up with Den-Den de Castro and Ryan Gotan, respectively, both raring to add the pro-am crown to their list of victories in a flourishing season. “We will try our best (to win) but it will be tough. A

lot of teams are also capable of winning this tournament,” said Lascuna in Filipino. The 41-year-old shotmaker, who won the Southwoods and Eagle Ridge legs, is coming off a sorry setback in the Orchard Championship where he blew a final round lead to Singaporean Quincy Quek and settled for

Navasero said the association hopes to get in touch with Lincecum through Major League Baseball, so that he can be invited to join the team for the qualifiers set November 15 to 18 in New Taipei City. Navasero admitted it will be very hard to convince the long-haired Filipino-American pitcher to play for the Philippines. But the Paba will

nonetheless give it a try, according to the baseball official. “I’m working closely with MLB. We can’t have direct communication with him (Lincecum) because he is an All-Star player but I’ve asked MLB to reach out to him,” said Navasero during Friday’s SCOOP sa Kamayan in Padre Faura Manila. “If he is not selected

Will Lincecum pitch for PHL baseball? C

ALL it a long shot or simply wishful thinking. Yet, nothing’s gonna stop the Philippine Amateur Baseball Association (Paba) from its bid to have San Francisco Giants ace Tim Lincecum to shore up the team in the World Baseball Classic qualifiers in Chinese Taipei. Paba external affairs chairman Hector Thomas

joint second. Salvador, who ruled the Sherwood and Aboitiz Invitational stages, is also out to atone for his so-so 10th place finish at Orchard although the fancied duo faces a tough challenge from the rest of the teams joining the title hunt in the event put up by top electronics firm Samsung and

leading retail business corporation Emcor. For details, contact 0933-1612460 or 0922836-2764 and 09178121242 or Bluemansion Enterprise and Services Co. Also tipped to contend for the top P172,000 purse for the pro and merchan-

dise for the amateur are Jhonnel Ababa-Benjie Leparto, Johvan Abaño-Joel Langgamin, Ferdie AunzoMonchit Macay, Jerson Balasabas-Cris Tan, Cassius Casas-Bob Bandolon, Rufino Bayron-Joe Marfori, Michael Bibat-Jun Singson, Jun Bernis-Marco Olives;


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