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Canning like sardines eyed

‘Hito’ yield up by 44 percent

By Vicky Berdina M. de Guzman



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HE “HITO” (catfish) industry in Davao City is booming. This is in effect is the gist of the report of former city councilor Leonardo Avila III, officer– in-charge of the City Agriculturist

Office timed with the 8th Pantatan Festival in barangay Los Amigos, Davao City yesterday. Avila said this year’s daily average production of catfish is 1 to 1.5 tons, or approximately 360 tons

a year. Compared to last year’s production of only 250 tons, this registers an increase of 110 tons, or 44 percent. Yesterday’s celebration of the bountiful harvest of catfish (pantat)

was held with the theme “Duyog kita sa Pagpalapad sa mas Malambong Industriya sa Hito (Let’s join the booming Catfish industry).” Los Amigos’s story is a reversal

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CATFISH CAPITAL. Leo Avila, City Agriculturist Office head and Dir. Fatma M. Idris of Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) XI (left) show off catfishes from Vicky Limbaga’s fishpond in Brgy. Los Amigos, Tugbok yesterday. Brgy. Los Amigos, the catfish capital of Davao City, celebrates its Pantatan Festival October 5-6. [LEAN DAVAL JR.]

Phoenix, biggest contributor to BOC L By Anthony S. Allada

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EADIng independent oil company Phoenix Petroleum Philippines continued to be the biggest contributor to the increasing revenue collection of the Bureau of Customs-Davao.

“Phoenix is very consistent in pay more than P100 million in taxes every month. This is about 20 percent of our over-all monthly collection,” BOC-Davao district collector lawyer Martiniano Bang-

coy said in an interview Tuesday morning. Last year, the Bureau of Customs cited Phoenix Petroleum as among the Top 7 Importers in the country and the Top Importer in

the Port of Davao City. “This year, we are expecting that same award will be given to Phoenix,” Bangcoy said. Phoenix, which is engaged in



Librado files COC


AVAO City first district councilor, lawyer Leah Librado-Yap, filed her certificate of candidacy at the COMELEC office yesterday, one day before the deadline for filing for all elective posts. The lady lawyer got the second highest number of votes during the May 2010 polls. Her second shot at politics, will nonetheless banner the alternative, progressive brand traditionally espoused by the Librado family ever since her late father, nonoy Librado, mother Marlene and sister Angging won their seats in the Sangguniang Panlungsod, the younger Librado said in a statement. “This coming election will mean a re-affirmation



of the commitment of my office to continue serving the people of Davao,” Librado said.. The councilor is endorsed by the local party, Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod headed by the Dutertes and at the same by Makabayan, a political coalition of eight Philippine progressive parties Bayan Muna, Anakpawis, gabriela, Kabataan, COURAgE, Migrante, ACT and PISTOn partylist long known for their nationalist and democratic agenda. She said, “My stint as councilor of the city’s first district led me to realities and prodded me to act and stand for the rights and welfare of the people at all times, particularly vulnerable sectors like women and children.”

Son of tuna tycoon seeks GenSan mayoralty post


OP city councilor Ronnel Rivera yesterday filed his certificate of candidacy to formalize his bid to unseat general Santos City Mayor Darlene Antonino-Custodio in next year’s local elections. Rivera, son of a fishing tycoon, assembled both familiar and new faces in a full slate under the People’s Champ Movement, a local political party

Coal-fired power

founded and headed by Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao. Incumbent Vice Mayor Shirlyn Bañas likewise filed her COC and is seeking re-election as the running mate of Rivera. Joining Rivera and Bañas are wannabe councilors incumbent councilor Dominador Lagare III, former city mayor Rosalita nuñez, former assem-

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MPMC to avert impact of power shortfalls


HE newly created Mindanao Power Monitoring Committee (MPMC) has urged the public to brace for possible outages in some Mindanao areas as the 210MW coal-fired power plant in Misamis Oriental goes on preventive maintenance shutdown starting October 6. In a meeting convened by the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), Department of Energy (DOE) and agencies comprising the committee, the MPMC moved to take on immediate and medium term steps to stabilize the power situation in Mindanao. STEAg State Power Inc., which operates the 210MW coal-fired power plant, had earlier announced the scheduled preventive maintenance shutdown for its two electric generation units, one with 105MW capacity to start on October 6 to november 4, and the other 105MW unit to go offline on October 29 until november 10. Considered as the most modern and the biggest in Mindanao on a per unit capacity, STEAg

coal-fired power plant has so far delivered more than 8.3 billion kWh of electricity and currently accounts for 20% of the Mindanao grid. The national grid Corporation of the Philippines (ngCP) puts the island-region’s system capacity at only 1045 megawatts (MW) in its latest weekly power outlook bulletin, 187 MW short of the Mindanao grid’s 1242 MW system load. “Better coordination among agencies concerned and engaging the Mindanao stakeholders should characterize our efforts to address the power problem,” said Secretary Luwalhati Antonino in a statement. MPMC is composed of MinDA, DoE, Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), national Electrification Administration (nEA), national Power Corporation (nPC), Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corporation (PSALM) and representatives from MEPA and the Association of Mindanao Rural Electric Cooperatives (AMRECO). [MiNDA]

Councilor Librado files her certificate of candidacy accompanied by Gabriela Partylist Rep. Luz Ilagan and her supporters.

Digos mayor unfazed by Cagas as opponent By Anthony S. Allada


EELECTIOnIST Digos City Mayor Joseph Peñas filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) Wednesday afternoon accompanied by thousands of supporters wearing blue and white shirts bearing the slogan Abante Digos (Forward Digos) and creating a monstrous traffic jam on Rizal Avenue, the city’s main street. The Penas group first heard mass at the Mary Mediatrix Cathedral at 1 p.m.before marching to the Comelec office. They first attended a Holy Mass at the cathedral at 1 p.m. before marching to the Comelec office. Peñas later addressed his supporters at the city

gymnasium where he said he was not intimidated by his opponent, seasoned-politician and incumbent governor Douglas Cagas, adding he was confident of winning based on his performance since being elected in 2010. Digos City was recently conferred the Seal of good Housekeeping Award by the Department of Interior and Local government (DILg), the brainchild of the late Sec. Jesse Robredo. The criteria for the award is good governance and transparency. gubernatorial candidate and former representative Claude Bautista, runningmate board member Aileen Almendras, 2nd district Rep. Franklin Bautista and vice governor and congressio-

nal candidate Arsenio Latasa, who already filed their candidacies on Wednesday morning, accompanied Peñas and his partymates to file their COC. Bautista is facing incumbent Fistrict District Rep. Marc Douglas Cagas while Almendras is pitted against former vice governor Simplicio Latasa. Marc’s mother and the governor’s wife, board member Mercedes Cagas will square off incumbent Vice governor Latasa in the first district congressional race. The running mate of Peñas is Vice Mayor Reynadlo Hermosisima while his city council bets are reelectionists lawyer Serafin

Senajon, Michael Latasa, Eddie Cadilig, Milagros Llanos, and Myra Dahlia navidad and new candidates lawyer Bebang Brandares Pauliño, Rey Ayo, Engr. Millenium garcia, Melody Malnegro and Sangguniang Panglungsod Federation Chair Charlene Hermosisima. governor Cagas’s running mate is Dr. Manuel gonzales while his council aspirants are incumbent councilors lawyer Johari Bana, Rosito Taruc and Conception Cadungog and former councilor Joseph Cagas and newcomers Dr. Frank Tongcos, Christopher Parenas, lawyer Mark Fernandez, Dr. Vicente Balaso, Mae Cervantes and Constancio Rabaya. (ASA)

ECOnD district Rep. Antonio Lagdameo may not be running unopposed next year’s midterm polls after all. One Rico Peligro, an engineer contractor, filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) Tuesday to square off against Lagdameo who

will be bidding for his third and last term in the second district congressional race. Peligro, a younger brother of the late Pong Peligro, the former provincial administrator of governor Rodolfo del Rosario, said it is high time that the people in the second

district experience real development if he is elected. He was appointed district chair of the nationalist People’s Coalition (nPC) which coalesced with the administration’s Liberal Party (LP), but he is running without partymates. Lagdameo founded the

Kusog Baryohanon, his local party that is affiliated with the newly-formed national unity Party (nUP). Almost 90 percent of incumbent mayors, vice mayors and councilors in the second district are running under his group. [ASA]

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A worker frowns amidst dust inside an open-air plant which crushes rocks to produce construction materials on the Gobi Deserton Gobi Desert in Aksu, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, September 14, 2012. [REUTERS]

Many nations lag in plan to slow extinctions plants, animals by 2020 M

AnY nations need to do more to slow extinctions of animals and plants under U.n. targets for 2020 that would also save the world economy billions of dollars a year, U.n. experts say. Only a few countries -- including France and guatemala -- have so far adopted new national plans to tackle threats such as pollution or climate change in line with a sweeping pact agreed in Japan in 2010. “There is a lot more to do,” David Cooper, head of the scientific, technical and technological unit at the Secretariat of the U.n. Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Montreal, told Reuters by phone. Almost 200 nations will meet in Hyderabad, India, from October 8-19 to review progress towards goals to protect life on earth that U.n. reports say is suffering the biggest wave of extinctions since the dinosaurs vanished 65 million years ago. governments agreed in 2010 to 20 targets including phasing out damaging subsidies and expanding protected areas, for instance to save valuable coral reefs that are nurseries for fish or to slow deforestation from the Congo to the Amazon. “There is substantial progress. Is it fast enough to achieve the targets by 2020 for most of them? Probably not overall,” Cooper said. Biodiversity is threatened

by a projected rise in the human population to 9 billion by 2050 from 7 billion now. “We need a step up in the activities,” he said as part of a series of interviews on the outlook for Hyderabad. Biodiversity underpins everything from food to timber production. Many other countries, such as Australia, Brazil or China, were making progress. China, for instance, has made big strides in reforestation, Cooper said. The United States is not a member of the CBD. nations have also been sluggish in ratifying a protocol laying out rules for access to genetic resources, such as rare tropical plants used in medicines, and ways to share benefits among companies, indigenous peoples or governments. So far, 92 nations have signed the nagoya Protocol but just six have ratified, well short of the 50 needed for it to gain legal force. The target is for the protocol to be up and running by 2015. OVER-OPTIMISTIC “We were a bit too optimistic,” said Valerie normand, senior programme officer for access and benefit sharing at the CBD, who said the Secretariat had hoped for it to come into force this year. The Secretariat now expected entry into force in 2014. Cooper said many of the targets set for 2020 would save billions of dollars a year, by ensuring

that farming, logging or fishing can be managed sustainably. Some fisheries, for instance, have been exploited to the point of collapse. In nagoya, experts estimated that annual funding to safeguard biodiversity totalled about $3 billion a year but some developing countries wanted it raised to about $300 billion. “These are big numbers but they are trivial compared to the benefits we are getting from biodiversity. If we don’t act the costs will be very much greater,” Cooper said. Among concerns, 32 percent of livestock breeds are under threat of extinction within the next 20 years, the U.n. Food and Agriculture Organization says. And 75 percent of the genetic diversity of agricultural crops has been lost since 1900. “Because we don’t really know the full impacts of climate change down the line, we don’t really know what’s going to happen in terms of growing conditions around the world. It’s just safer for us to have a lot of these other varieties in our pocket,” said David Ainsworth, spokesman of the CBD Secretariat. Cooper said the pace of extinctions among the planet’s estimated 9 million species -- plants, animals from insects to whales but excluding legions of tiny bacteria -was perhaps 100 times the background rate estimated in fossil records.

“If you project the rates into the future, the rest of the century, they are likely to be 100 times larger still,” he said. The rising human population threatens ever more habitats with expanding cities, farms and

roads. Among goals set in 2010 were to increase protected areas for wildlife to 17 percent of the world’s land area by 2020 and to raise marine areas to 10 percent of those under

national control. In 2010, respective sizes were 12.7 and 4 percent. “I am optimistic” that the goal can be reached, said Sarat Babu gidda, the CBD official who oversees protected areas.

station commander Chief Inspector Rowena Martinez. He said they then informed the Department of Environment and natural Resources (DEnR) and the city mayor’s office. He said they could not believe the volume was that huge and how it was hidden among the banana trees and underneath several houses. He added the residents denied any involvement in the incident and even insisted they did not know how the logs got there. Many residents who requested not to be named said that the lumber had been there for almost two weeks already, and the laborers who carried it were paid P500 each. But they refused to reveal where the lumber really came from. Serrano, however, said nobody wanted to testify against certain people who were allegedly involved in the incident

preventing them to file charges. Authorities had a hard time retrieving and transporting the logs since the area is a residential site with plenty of bananas growing around. Some 20 laborers carried the logs into dump trucks waiting near the main road. The lumber had been moved to the basketball court at the city police office. An eight-man team of the police City Public Safety Company has taken turns guarding the lumber together with personnel of Station 2 and eight other members of the Mayor’s Action network. Last September 27, DEnR OIC Regional Executive Director and Assistant Secretary Marlo Mendoza said in a phone interview that they had sent personnel to the warehouse in Doongan to check and said that they reported finding nothing unusual. [Erwin Mascarinas/MindaNews]

8,700 lauan, yakal logs seized in Butuan City


ROUnD 8,700 pieces of abandoned lauan and yakal lumber with an estimated value of P1.2 million were seized on Monday in Purok 2, Barangay Upper Doongan, Butuan City by local police. The seized lumber had a total volume of 64,755 board feet. They were found at the back of the warehouse of Jhero King Enterprise owned by Roland Seblario, the same person who was arrested last September 26 but out on bail, for alleged violation of Presidential Decree 705 (Revised Forestry Code). Butuan City Police Station 2 deputy for administration, Senior Inspector Renel Serrano revealed that information from a “concerned citizen” led them to the site where the logs were being kept. Serrano said their intelligence operatives verified the information first before they secured the area together with


Croatia, 4 other countries eyed for PHL bananas By Carlo P. Mallo


FTER reporting that the group is expecting losses of about $100 million this year after China imposed stringent quality measures against Philippine Cavendish bananas, the Pilipino Banana growers and Exporters Association is already eyeing five other countries as potential new markets that will buffer the impact of losing the Chinese market. “With 25 percent of our members’ produce going to China, losing that market is a big blow to the industry,” Stephen Antig, PBgEA executive director, said. “The new markets that we have identified will help us deal with

the problem, although there is still no market that is as promising as China.” The mainland Chinese market has been expected to grow at a steady 10 percent annually for the Philippine exporters. “But any new market is welcome for us as it can help us. It’s a good thing that our members have mostly diversified their markets so the blow is still manageable while it is very big,” Antig added. The countries of Croatia, Pakistan, Iraq, Canada, and germany are the new markets being eyed by the banana industry.





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

MONTHLY AVERAGE EXCHANGE RATE (January 2009 - December 2011) Month Average December November October September August July June May April March February January




42.85 42.70 42.86 42.66 43.62

43.31 43.64 43.27 43.45 43.02 42.42 42.81 43.37 43.13 43.24 43.52 43.70 44.17

45.11 43.95 43.49 43.44 44.31 45.18 46.32 46.30 45.60 44.63 45.74 46.31 46.03



Rubber industry to boost production, jobs, exports B

Ig opportunities for rubber production and exports were revealed to some 300 stakeholders in the Philippine rubber industry who attended the first Philippine Rubber Investment and Market Encounter (PRIME 2012) business conference held recently at Clark, Pampanga to position the country in the global rubber market. “We provided this big opportunity for all stakeholders in the rubber industry to expand their domestic and export markets and create a lot of jobs in the countryside,” says Undersecretary Merly M. Cruz of the Department of Trade and Industry. Participants who turned

up during the rubber industry conference included rubber producers, rubber processors, traders, exporters, market experts, policy makers, manufacturers like Yokohama Tire Philippines, Inc and members of the Philippine Rubber Industries Association, Inc Held under the theme “Bridging Opportunities for Inclusive growth”, the rubber industry conference became a two-day venue for business net-working, trade exhibits and exchange of information and ideas between industry members and stakeholders of the country’s rubber industry. The rubber industry is among 32 industries that the DTI will develop in the next

three to four years, given its huge potential to boost the country’s economic growth, according to Cruz. “This industry has a great potential for growth in the long term. It had already created thousands of jobs, especially in Mindanao,” Cruz said. Almost all the rubber production in the country (around 99%), comes from the southern island of Mindanao, with total plantation areas recorded at 138, 710 hectares especially in the provinces of Basilan, Zamboanga, Maguindanao, Cotabato, Agusan and Davao provinces. Cruz said the Philippines is targeting some 200,000 hectares of rubber planta-

tions all over the country, an increase of 10,000 hectares a year, which can create around 5,000 job opportunities per year at a ratio of one job per two hectares. The rubber industry is currently included in the national Industry Cluster Capacity Enhancement Project, a joint project of DTI and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), supported by local government units, academe and government agencies as the Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Environment and natural Resources (DEnR), and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). [Philpress News/Aurelio A. Pena]

Dolefil eyes stronger Asian presence with Japanese firm’s takeover


HE management of Dole Philippines, Inc. (Dolefil) appeared bullish on the looming takeover of Japanese trading giant Itochu Corp., with the acquisition projected to further strengthen the former’s Asian presence. Simon Denye, Dolefil managing director, noted that parent firm Dole Food Co. (Dole) has a long history of business relationship with Itochu, which encompasses trading, logistics and distribution of the former’s product lines in Japan and other countries. “With this long partnership and synergies, there perhaps could not have been a better company to acquire Dolefil than Itochu. Both Dole and Itochu are large organizations with talented people who espouse strong business ethics,” Denye said in a statement. Dole and Itochu had reached an agreement, worth $1.685 billion, for the sale of Dole’s Worldwide Packaged Foods and Asia Fresh businesses, including Dolefil. This acquisition is part of Itochu’s over-all strategy to expand its food business. The agreement was signed on September 17, 2012 in Dole’s Headquarters, Westlake Village, California, USA, with completion of the sale being subject to approval of Dole’s shareholders and customary regulatory approvals, after which the integration of the businesses will begin. Itochu is known to be one of the biggest companies in the world with an expansive network in Asia, America, Europe, Africa and Oceania, with businesses in textile, machinery, metals/ minerals, energy and chemicals, food, ICT and realty, among others. Denye stressed the deal is part of business realities and is not unusual. “The agreement calls for Itochu to acquire the Dole operations as an ongoing business,” he said. Dolefil’s acquisition comes before it will mark a significant milestone for its operations

based in Polomolok, South Cotabato. “We welcome this development as part of the transformation of our organization, confident that it will usher in an exciting new future for Dolefil, especially as we celebrate our 50th foundation anniversary in 2013,” Denye said. He urged employees and Dolefil’s various business partners to embrace the looming change as a positive development. Earlier, Francis gales, president of the Labor Employees Association of Dolefil-Polomolok Hourlies (LEAD-PH), said the deal with Itochu would not lead,

so far, to the retrenchment of workers. He said the Dolefil management already gave assurances on the job security of the workers. gales said their collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with the management “will remain in place” and that Denye assured the workers “it will be respected until its expiration.” The five-year CBA of the management and LEAD-PH is now on its second year. LEAD-PH represents around 3,600 employees. [Bong S. Sarmiento/MindaNews]

TRANSPORT. Jumbo chickens, locally known as Cal, are seen being checked and arranged by a seller before

transporting to the nearest public market in Davao City. [LEAN DAVAL JR.]

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Comval village chiefs meet for SWM implementation

OWIng to “build on the positives” she had started to “accomplish greater things,” Rep. Maria Carmen S. Zamora filed on October 1 her certificate of candidacy for reelection as representative of the first district of Compostela Valley. She was accompanied

by supporters and fellow candidates of the Liberal Party who are vying for various elective positions in the provincial and municipal levels. “As a member of the ruling Liberal Party where being “marangal” is a time- honored virtue given much emphasis, I feel privileged to be a public

servant during this watershed moment of our history, when we are trying very hard to cast away the “old ways” and subscribe to a new paradigm. This is with the single-minded goal of alleviating our country from ignorance and poverty. We have seen how different it is to be trudging the “road to

perdition” and instead following the “daang matuwid,” she declared. The young solon succeeded her father, former three-term representative Manuel “Way Kurat” Zamora, in 2010. The latter will be running for vice governor under the same party in the May 2013 midterm polls.

ARAngAY captains in Compostela Valley province gathered for a Solid Waste Management (SWM) Forum on September 28, 2012 at the Social Hall of the Provincial Capitol. Aiming to strengthen the implementation of the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 in their respective barangays, they were given relevant topics on Social and Environmental Impacts of Solid Waste, Salient Features of Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000, and the Role of Barangay Officials in the imple-

In South Cotabato

mentation of said RA 9003. Activities during the event include the sharing on best practices on Barangay SWM implementation and a commitment signing. Davao City Councilor Marissa S. Abella was the invited resource speaker. The program was facilitated by the provincial government through the Provincial Agriculturist’s Office (PAgRO)Environment and natural Resources Division. The activity is also a support to the nationwide observance of the national Clean-Up Month in September. [GRACE ALMEDiLLA, iDS-COMVAL]

Ex-MILF leader runs for provincial board


NATIONAL AWARD. Governor Arturo T. Uy, Schools Division Superintendent Nenita Lumaad, and Education Supervisor Ruben Reponte received a school building replica from DepEd Secretary Armin Luistro and USEC Rizalino

Rivera for a national award during the Partners’ Recognition for Adopt-ASchool Program on September 27, 2012 at Bulwagan Ng Katarungan, DepEd Complex, Pasig City, Metro Manila.[iDS COMVAL]

It’s Rabats vs Rabats In Mati City


HOEVER wins in the 2013 mayoral race in Mati City, the Rabat family name will surely occupy the two top posts for the next three years. This is because two Rabats are running for


mayor and two other Rabats for vice mayor in next year’s election. Running under the Liberal Party are incumbent Mayor Michelle Rabat with younger brother and incumbent board member Eric Rabat for

vice mayor. Confronting them are Vice Mayor Carlo Rabat for mayor, and incumbent Councilor glenda Rabat for vice mayor. Carlo and glenda are first cousins. All four Rabats are relatives since all of their

fathers are brothers. Michelle and Eric’s father was the late first Mati city mayor Francisco “Paking” Rabat. Carlo is the son of the late Mati mayor Luis Rabat. glenda is daughter of late Mati mayor Benito Rabat. [BEN O. TESiORNA]

red shirts and bringing balloons, supporters of Mastura aboard long lines of vehicles of all description converging from all directions filled the city’s streets to showcase Mastura’s determination to win. He is the provincial chair of the United nationalist Alliance (UnA). Mastura’s runningmate is Talayan Mayor

Datu Ali Midtimbang, a member of a well-known political clan in the second district of the province and father-in-law of former Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao governor Datu Zaldy Ampatuan. His nephew, Vice gov. Ismael “Dustin” Mastura, who agreed to slide down and run for board mem-

ber, accompanied his uncle. Also present was Merinisa Datumanong-Saliman, daughter of third term 2nd district Rep. Simeon Datumanong who is aspiring to succeed her father. In a briefing with the media, Mastura appealed for a peaceful conduct of the elections. [FERDiNANDh

Mastura vs Mangudadatu for Maguindanao governor

ORMER allies have now become rivals for the governorship of Maguindanao province. Sultan Kudarat town Mayor Datu Tucao Mastura on Monday filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) challenging incumbent gov. Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu for the province’s top post. Donning yellow and


former leader of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in South Cotabato filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) on Tuesday afternoon for a provincial board seat in the province’s first district. nadsid Abedin Akmad, 50, was the second aspirant for any provincial position who filed a COC at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) provincial office in nearby Koronadal City since the five-day filing period opened last Monday. Former Koronadal City Mayor Fernando Miguel was the first aspirant who filed his COC on Monday afternoon as the official gubernatorial candidate of the Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats. Akmad, who is a former youth sector representative at the municipal council of Polomolok town in South Cotabato during the early 80s, said he decided to seek a provincial board seat to bring the cause of the province’s Muslims and Lumads or indigenous peoples to a higher level. He said his candidacy was endorsed by various Muslim and Lumad groups in the province that have long been pushing for proper representation in the provincial government. “We need a representative in the provincial board to ensure that our voices are heard,” he told reporters after filing his COC. Akmad, who is popularly known as Ku-

mander Bong Faisal, is a former administrative officer of the defunct 204th Brigade of the MILF’s Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces that was previously based in his hometown Polomolok in South Cotabato. At the height of the government’s all-outwar against the MILF in May 2000 as declared by then President Joseph Estrada, Akmad led around 100 members of his unit in taking over a portion of the national highway in Tupi town in South Cotabato and a nearby plant of fruit giant Dole Philippines. His unit also figured in a separate siege then of the Palian bridge at the boundary of Tupi town and Koronadal City. Police filed brigandage charges against Akmad and several of his men but it was later dropped after he voluntarily surrendered along with 21 members of his unit in August 2001 to then Vice President Teofisto guingona Jr. His surrender was facilitated then by police and Army officials in the area who were under the Philippine Military Academy’s Class ’83, of which Akmad was a member before he dropped out from the academy. After his surrender, Akmad turned to farming and assisted the government’s peace building efforts and interfaith dialogues in his hometown. [Allen V. Estabillo/MindaNews]


EDGEDAVAO The value of presidential debate


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The promised revisit


HE legions who angrily oppose the Cybercrime Prevention Act may be on the right track after all. Many of those responsible (or is it irresponsible?) for its less conscientious passage, especially senators, are now publicly declaring they would revisit the law next week, only days after the controversial law took effect. Senators are in the limelight, or bad light, because it was in the Senate where the libel clause was inserted. And it is the libel provision that has drawn the most flak. The nation should focus its attention on the promise of author Sen. Edgardo Angara to revisit the law when the senators and congressmen return

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n 1960, on the eve of the first televised Presidential debates in United States history, America’s leading newspaper launched a pre-emptive attack on them. Pitting Vice-President Richard nixon against his telegenic opponent, John F. Kennedy, the debates would appeal to voters “who are influenced not so much by logic and reason as by emotional, illogical factors,” the new York Times warned. “The fear is that they will not discuss the issues as much as put on a show.” Afterwards, most journalists sounded a similar theme: The debates were hollow and superficial, highlighting Kennedy’s youthful good looks – and nixon’s sweaty jowls – instead of substantive political matters. But voters told a very different story. “I learned more about what each man stands for in an hour than I have in two months of reading the papers,” one Detroit viewer said. In other words, presidential debates are educational. The voters know it, and the statistics show it. But somebody forgot to tell our news organizations, which continue to dismiss the real value of the debates. Consider the buildup in last night’s debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney. Even as the candidates tried to downplay expectations – a common campaign ploy – news reports did the same thing, reminding readers that debates rarely make a difference. Call it Hype against Hype: We’re all focused on this event, the story goes, but it doesn’t matter as much as we think. That’s true, when it comes to wins and losses. Over and over again, studies have demonstrated that debates rarely affect popular opinion or voting behavior. But another robust body of research shows that debates do affect how much people know about the candidates – and, especially, about the issues – in a presidential campaign. And we shouldn’t forget that, either. Consider the 1976 debate, where incumbent President gerald R. Ford supposedly lost the White House by claiming – in the midst of the cold war – that Poland was not dominated by the Soviet Union. The comment didn’t have any measurable effect on the electoral fortunes of Ford, who actually gained ground through most of the campaign. But research also demonstrated that people who watched the debates were better informed than people who didn’t. Ditto for the 1988 face-off between george H.W. Bush and Michael Dukakis, who was asked by newsman Bernard Shaw if he would want his wife’s murderer put to death. A longtime opponent of capital punishment – and a man of consistent principle – Mr. Dukakis said no. Stunned journalists pronounced his political epitaph right after that. Yet Dukakis was already sinking in the polls, and there’s no evidence that the debate did anything to submerge him further. It did enhance viewers’ ability to correctly answer questions about the two candidates’ political positions, on the death penalty and a wide range of other issues. That’s been the pattern ever since. From george H.W. Bush checking his watch in his 1992 debate against Bill Clinton to Al gore’s audible sighs when he faced Bush’s son eight years later, the pundocracy has played up each and every little gaffe as a potential game-changer. And then, like the grinch who stole Election Day, it dourly reminds us that debates can’t really change the game. That’s only true if you regard politics itself as a kind of sport. And the campaigns do exactly that, of course, trying to score every point that they can. They’ve seen all the statistics, about how debates don’t influence voter preference, but they always worry that this debate might be different. So they prepare their game plan months in advance and – as the big day approaches – they haggle over the rules. So the Ford and Carter campaigns negotiated their now-famous “belt-buckle” agreement, requiring each candidate’s lectern to intersect his torso at waist height; that way, neither man would appear taller than the other. Clinton and Bush Senior battled at length over whether they would have drinking water on stage, and whether it would be located on a table or on the floor. But these rituals aren’t just horse races, to borrow the other sports metaphor that pervades our election news coverage. They’re also classrooms, and schoolhouses, and universities. In an era of 24-7 media cacaphony, they’re one of the only lessons that the campaigns can’t script entirely on their own. And they teach us more than we realize, about the candidates and – even more – about ourselves.




“Political theater”



HOWBIZ FACTOR In POLITICS – There are a lot of entertainment celebrities – movie and TV stars, sports heroes, media figures and other members of the amusement industry vying for different elective posts in the May 2013 midterm elections. Some of them are aspiring for Senate seats while many others are running for positions in the House of Representatives or want to become governors, vice governors, board members, mayors, vice mayors and councilors in different parts of the country. By all indications, entertainment personalities seem determined to compete with established politicians for positions of power in government, from the municipal council all the way to the halls of Congress. Could it be that celebrities have come to terms with the realities of politics in the country? Have they become as smart and knowledgeable compared to those who have been in mainstream politics for quite some time? Or have they learned to play the twist and turn game in politics and therefore ready to cast their lot in what has traditionally been the domain of the highly influential ruling class? Obviously, the political link between entertainment and politics is not new in the Philippines. One political team in particular, in fact, makes it a point of encouraging a more sympathetic view of showbiz politicians. ‘Why should we close our doors to them,’ they asked. What probably inspires celebrity people to join the political fray is the high batting average of showbiz personalities winning elections and the belief that the success of one will be the success of others. But it turns out that it is just a matter of perception. Some renowned political analysts and critics say that elective positions are not movie workshop where fiction is twisted.


They clearly emphasized that by electing a candidate, the basis should be qualifications, not popularity resting on accomplishment in the entertainment industry. Observers from the sidelines and sympathizers insist, though, that many voters jump to the conclusion that entertainment people are too inexperienced for public office without giving them a chance. Meanwhile, other political experts noted that while celebrities have the advantage in popularity and instant name recall, fame alone is not a sure ticket to electoral success. They are adamant that politicians from the entertainment sector will do well in public office as long as they have common sense, intelligence, functional literacy and managing skills for local governance. Based on previous elections, only about one-third of movie people and other members of the entertainment business who seek public office make it because intelligent voters still look for “onthe-job” performance. The showbiz factor in politics is giving celebrity candidates an edge especially in the campaign sorties. They have a build-in advantage over deep-seated politicians – an edge that could make the latter die in envy: instant popularity, a legion of committed volunteers, well-known showbiz campaigners and loyal fans that are willing to stick it out. Most political campaigns as can be gleaned from past elections benefit from the spritz of showbiz glamour. Consequently, even en-

trenched politicians look for ways to boost their star profile – carefully-timed autobiographical films, books and brochures are common before launching their bid for electoral posts. Indeed, Filipinos lap up elections as much for its entertainment value because voters do not know other desirable candidates therefore prefer the more popular ones such as celebrities. Likewise intelligent discussions and well-meaning debates of important issues seem rare. The invasion of politics by entertainment personalities showed how central the showbiz factor has become to the country’s political growth notably in next year’s midterm polls. Is that so terrible? Ask the showbiz political pretenders, fellas! But despite all the hoopla about the intrusion of showbiz personalities into the complex world of politics, most if not all places across the country, elections have always been the bastion of the local elite, the dominant ruling class and their trusted allies. The only way to become a winnable political aspirant was to seek the blessings of the domineering clans and ride on their influence, money and machinery. At the end of the day, you still cannot ignore the three most important elements in politics – an explosive combination. nevertheless, we expect this early that different political parties during campaign rallies in the forthcoming midterm polls will try to outdo each other by pulling in the crowds. Excited voters and movie fanatics will be welcoming the political motorcades bringing showbiz stars as the country’s political season goes full swing. It all gives new meaning to the oft-repeated phrase “political theater.”

Tamaraw conservation to go high tech

AR Eastern University and its partners will utilize high technology in tracking the movement of tamaraws (scientific name ‘Bubalus mindorensis’) in the wild to generate data for better protecting such endemic mammals’ natural habitat in Mindoro island so these animals can be saved from extinction. FEU, the World Wide Fund for nature-Philippines (WWF) and the Department of Environment and natural Resources (DEnR) will tap technological advances possible for the purpose, noting tamaraws are still classified as being critically endangered -- the highest International Union for the Conservation of nature (IUCn) risk rating for any animalspecie. “We’re committed to support the bid to save tamaraws,” FEU Chief Financial Officer Juan Miguel Montinola said Monday afternoon in Manila on the side of a program that formally launched “Tams 2,” the undertaking the 84- year-old university, WWF and DEnR decided partnering on to boost efforts for saving the target mammals. The launch also kicked off the 2012 nationwide celebration of Tamaraw Month this October as provided for in Proclamation no. 273, Series of 2002. Conservation efforts that DEnR is spearheading through its Tamaraw Conservation Program (TCP) since 1979 are yielding positive reports. DEnR reported the tamaraw population rose to 327 head (correct) this year from 274 head in 2011.

SpeCial Feature By Catherine J. teveS

( 1st of two of parts ) Tamaraws’ previous population reached 314 head in 2010, 274 head (2009), 263 head (2008), 239 head (2007), 263 head (2006), 269 head (2005), 232 head (2004), 261 head (2003), 253 head (2002), 187 head (2001) and 154 head (2000), DEnR further reported. Such numbers exceed the tamaraw population count of 120 head the government reported in 1975. With FEU’s assistance, DEnR conducts every April the annual counting of the tamaraw population. Tamaraws are still in dire straits since the population of these animals is still below 500 head -- the threshold IUCn set for critically endangered species. Such animal’s population was estimated at some 10,000 head a century ago, FEU noted in its 2010 publication “Mindoro: Saving the Tamaraw.” Experts cited environmental degradation and hunting as among the major causes of tamaraw population’s decline. “Tams 2” aims doubling the tamaraw population at present to around 600 head by 2020. “It’s quite an ambitious target but we’re prepared for the challenge,” Montinola said.

He assured FEU’s commitment to help meet the two-year undertaking’s estimated P4-million annual project cost. “We’ll provide contributions, assistance and whatever else we see fit to help carry out the undertaking,” he stressed. FEU and WWF will also tap their respective networks to raise funds for the work, he noted. WWF-Philippines Vice-Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer Jose Ma. Lorenzo Tan believes saving the tamaraw won’t only prevent extinction of this faunal specie but will generate social benefits as well. He noted tamaraw conservation efforts require denuded mountain habitats’ revitalization and achieving this will produce healthy peaks and forests that bring forth better-managed water for Mindoro’s rice land. Such conservation efforts will also protect Mindoro’s coastal resources which are vital to the survival of people there. “Let’s not forget we only have one planet, one future,” he said during the program. “By saving the tamaraw, we save ourselves. Its future is our future. Let’s all stand up and be part of the solution.” DEnR-Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau Director Ma. Theresa Mundita Lim agrees. “The tamaraw can be considered a sentinel specie -- if we conserve this animal, we also conserve its natural habitat and generate a multitude of benefits,” she said at the event. (PNA)


opinion By anatole KaletSKy

( 1st of two of parts )


UPERT Murdoch conceded defeat this week in his battle with google and the Internet, an adversary even more powerful than the British government. Murdoch, uniquely among the world’s media magnates, decided two years ago to create a “paywall” for the London Times that could not be penetrated by google and other “parasitic” search engines. In effect, the paper was cut off completely from the public Internet. As one of Murdoch’s newspaper managers later described this strategy: “Rupert didn’t just build a paywall; he circled it with barbed wire, dug a moat around it and put crocodiles in the moat.” On Monday Murdoch relented. Times articles started reappearing in google searches, although anyone wanting to read them still has to pay £1 for one day’s paper or £2 per week. Coincidentally, news Corp, Murdoch’s holding company, announced the departure of its chief digital officer, Jonathan Miller. And Murdoch himself stood down as chairman of Times newspapers, the news Corp subsidiary that controls his upmarket British papers. Murdoch’s U-turn sends two interesting signals. The first, already much discussed, is about the disappointing results of this paywall experiment – just 131,000 subscribers after two years. The second is about Murdoch’s global empire and the future ownership of the Times. Having spent 20 years at the Times before leaving it six months ago, these signals sound to me like an SOS. Murdoch’s papers, and the Times especially, are now caught in a perfect storm. Like all papers the world over, they are buffeted by technological transformation and recession. But they also face a third threat unique to news Corporate – the fallout from the phone-hacking scandal that has led to the arrest of several of Murdoch’s top British executives. The hacking scandal has been hugely embarrassing and expensive, with legal costs estimated at $224 million in news Corp’s latest accounts. But much more important for the Murdoch papers not implicated, including the Times and the Wall Street Journal, is the scandal’s impact on news Corp’s business strategy – and its rationale for owning newspapers at all. Outside shareholders of news Corp have long dreamt of the company ridding itself of scarcely profitable newspaper businesses to become a pure TV and movie business. This move was considered impossible under Murdoch, because of his sentimental attachment to print. But that was almost certainly a misunderstanding. Murdoch did not build the world’s greatest media empire through sentimentality. The reason why he loved papers, even when they suffered big losses, was because they gave him political power. For news Corp shareholders, in turn, Murdoch’s power brought business benefits. Murdoch’s political influence allowed news Corp to overcome regulatory and political obstacles that defeated other media companies. The obvious case was news Corp’s recent attempt to take full control of BSkyB, the British satellite broadcaster, but there were many other cases. In fact, Murdoch’s ability to overcome obstacles – whether erected by politicians, regulators, unions or business rivals – that thwarted other moguls has been the key to his success.




Camella Northpoint makes it easy to live green


HILE most people try to reduce their carbon footprint by adopting a green lifestyle, those who live in a green community like Camella northpoint do not have to try hard. In northpoint, homeowners can care for the environment in four distinct ways that are intrinsic in this green condo community that is known as Camella’s landmark development in the region. Location. With everything they need quite near to where they live, northpoint homeowners have the option to walk, use public transport, or drive the short distance to supermarkets, malls, schools, hospitals, airport, cinemas, places of worship, markets, and other public utilities that provide essential needs. That means less cars on the road and reduced gas consumption, which translates to lesser carbon emissions that negatively impact the environment. Also, with lesser use and shorter drives, your car stays efficient and in good shape longer, reducing maintenance cost. green environment. Camella northpoint is proudly the only condo development in the region that is planted with hundreds of imported Caribbean pine trees that give it a distinctly green look

and a fragrant, cool ambiance. In northpoint, homeowners breathe clean, crisp air. Once reaching maturity, these pine trees will be about a hundred feet tall, emitting fresh oxygen and absorbing harmful pollutants from the air. The more trees there are, the better for the environment. They also provide shade, making the condo buildings and its environs a cool and pine-scented haven from harsh sunlight and harmful elements in the air. A cool building means cooler condo homes where homeowners find less need for prolonged use of airconditioning. They can even open their wide windows to let in natural breeze, and inhale the sweet aroma of pine. With open windows or curtains, natural light will illuminate the condo units and artificial lighting can stay off. With reduced aircon and lighting use, homeowners reduce their power consumption and save on power cost. These are cost-effective ways to help the environment as these help conserve precious fuel resources and reduce greenhouse gases. On top of all these, northpoint homeowners also feel good that they reduce their carbon footprint or carbon impact on the environment. green architecture. Ca-

mella northpoint’s condo towers are built to specifications of green architecture, where indoor air quality is given importance and power efficiency is a positive result. The latest tower, Liverpool, will have Sky gardens that will allow natural sunlight and breeze to enter the structure, as well as real live plants for fresh oxygen and aesthetic beauty. Liverpool will also have an Atrium that allows cooler air to enter the building and push warm air out of its shaft. With natural ventilation and natural lighting, energy consumption is reduced, lessening impact to the environment. Solid waste management. Camella northpoint strictly implements waste segregation as administered by its property management team, allowing homeowners to become environmentally responsible by reducing and managing their wastes. This is also in support to the city government’s solid waste management program. Living green and caring for the environment has never been easier at Camella northpoint, your one truly green home. Inquiries are welcome at Camella Davao at 2/F Delgar Building, JP Laurel Ave., Bajada, Davao City, telephone numbers (082) 222-0963 and (082) 222-5221.

Avida Land, PEF sign MOA for bid to save Philippine Eagle


VIDA Land has entered into a sponsorship agreement with the Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF)—after the signing of the MOA, Avida officially supports the foundation’s efforts to help save the Philippine Eagle and its habitat. With the agreement, Avida is now one of the corporate sponsors of PEF in a concentrated bid to protect this critically endangered species. The Philippine eagle is considered one of the largest and most powerful eagles in the world. It is also one of the rarest of all eagle species, found only in the forests of Luzon, Samar, Leyte and Mindanao. Unfortunately, the destruction of forests threatens these raptors’ (meaning, “birds of prey”) existence. The Philippine Eagle is critically endangered and there only about 500 pairs left in the wild. Following the terms of the agreement, Avida Land will support PEF for the next 3 years to help breed Philippine eagles at the PEF sanctuary. The sponsorship also goes into efforts to educate the public on the importance of the Philippine eagle to Davao’s ecosystem and to our national heritage. Avida’s contribution will be spent on the care, maintenance, and monitoring of

nests of eagle chicks in the wild, including their daily feeding and veterinary care. Part of it will also go to the other support programs of the PEF. In recognition of Avida’s help, the PEF will name a 12-year-old eagle in its care as “Avida.” If all goes well, “Avida” will mature and bear eagles of her own to help continue the Philippine eagle species. Avida’s partnership with the PEF is part of their overall commitment for sustainable development wherever there is an Avida property. Sustainability practiced by Ayala Land means building communities that: 1) Meet the needs of customers; 2) Create benefits that last through generations; and 3) Offer environment-friendly products and design that uplift the lives of people in and around them. For Ayala Land, the ultimate end of sustainability is nation-building. As such, sustainability is integrated into everything it does: from the choice and acquisition of land, to how it master-plans communities and townships; to the design and construction of its properties. Avida developments are thoughtfully planned to result in energy efficiency and make them environmentally sound and truly sustainable.

As Avida expands its reach across the Visayas and Mindanao, it will continue other engagements focusing on sustainability for communities where its projects are located. Avida has already sold out its Avida Towers Cebu. Its next Cebu property, Avida Towers Riala, was recently launched. Currently, Avida is developing the Centrio Tower in Cagayan de Oro; house and lot projects in Iloilo and Bacolod; and it will soon begin its first property in Davao. More information about the Philippine Eagle Foundation, and how you can help ensure the Philippine Eagle’s future, is available at www. For more than 20 years, Avida has focused on enriching the lives of the hardworking Filipino middle-class by offering their families a home to be proud of; homes that thrive in a peaceful and safe community and are accessible to public transportation. As of the first half of 2012, Avida Land has 55 projects in 31 unique locations. Avida homes are all beautifully and practically designed, can be acquired at flexible payment terms, and built to provide reliable performance over time. Avida means affordable living at its best.



Pacquiao brother joins SoCot congressional race

Undisciplined and reckless drivers of Toril-Roxas Ave. route load and unload passengers at the center of Roxas Ave. which usually caused inconvenience and traffic in the area. [LEAN DAVAL JR.]

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of the devastation the hito fishermen suffered when there was massive fishkill some five years ago. The fishkill was initially blamed by some heavily indebted hito pond owners on the alleged aerial spraying of chemicals by banana plantations. The bogey did not work as it was later proven by no less than an investigation of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources that the reason for the fishkill was mismanagement of the hito ponds and that the banana plantations had nothing to do with it. Some 80 to 90 percent of catfish sold in the city’s public markets come from the catfish farms of Los Amigos, according to Fernando Santander, a member of the Los Amigos Aqua Culture Producers Organization (LAACPO). Avila said the market for


catfish is big and that they are even planning to expand the market to neighboring towns and cities. “We are not supplying only Davao but also other cities like Cotabato and other Muslim communities,” Avila said. “Muslims love our catfish because they know that their feeds are Jalal.” He said the demand for catfish has been increasing and there is a need to meet it with more production. According to Avila, the number of catfish farms in Davao City could reach about 30 hectares, all in Los Amigos. “Los Amigos is the best place to produce catfish because the water there is flowing and clean,” Avila added. Meanwhile, Santander said Los Amigos will be able to supply hito for processing into canned fish or what is

loosely termed “sardines.” This will be possible in the future with the help of the private sector’s Pinoy Fish Mart Multi-Purpose Cooperative, a federation of Aqua Marine Producers. This future plan would allow the Pinoy Fish Mart to help provide LAACPO with technology and help organize the project. Santander is positive that through this, the production of catfish in Davao City will be supported and will continue to prosper, adding that this future partnership with the Pinoy Fish Mart, it will not affect the price of the catfish. “The price of the catfish now is stable, being sold here for only P100 per kilo while in the past it was sold for as high us P180,” Santander said. The LAACPO currently has 39 members supporting the catfish producers.

The candidates wore yellow except for Lagare who was in green T-shirt. Emblazoned at the back of the yellow T-shirts worn by Rivera and his slate was UnA or United nationalist Alliance.

Pacquiao has emerged as one of the prominent figures of UnA headed by Vice President Jejomar Binay and former President Joseph Estrada. [Edwin G. Espejo/MindaNews contributor]


blyman Rogelio garcia, former city councilors Ramon Milleza and Franklin gacal Jr., Shandee Llido, Brix Tan, Janena Tito, radioman Dodie Ladrera, Rey Abing, Art Cloma and Francis Martinez.


OxIng sensation and Sarangani Rep. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao’s political party, the People’s Champ Movement (PCM), officially fielded his youngest brother Rogelio on Thursday as candidate for South Cotabato’s first congressional district seat. Rogelio “Roel” Pacquiao, who was accompanied by his brother Manny and mother Dionisia, formally filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) for congressman at around 4:00 p.m. at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) provincial office in Koronadal City. The younger Pacquiao filed his candidacy amid cheers from local political leaders and supporters that joined his convoy from nearby general Santos City, where he is presently serving his second term as chairman of Barangay Apo-


pong. South Cotabato’s first congressional district comprises the municipalities of Polomolok, Tupi and Tampakan and general Santos City. South Cotabato gov. Arthur Pingoy Jr. and Vice gov. Elmo Tolosa, who have recently aligned with the PCM, also joined Rogelio at the Comelec provincial office. Pingoy is seeking reelection as governor while Tolosa is running for the province’s second congressional district seat. “I’m doing this for the people of the first district of South Cotabato,” Rogelio told reporters after filing his COC. “Malakas ang loob ko dahil alam ko andyan si Cong Manny (Congressman Manny Pacquiao) na sumusuporta sa akin (I’m very confident because I know

Cong Manny is supporting me),” he added. Rogelio said he decided to seek the province’s first congressional seat to help bring in the needed reforms as well as more progress and development to the area. He said he’s very much aware of the things the district presently lack, having served as barangay chair in one of the biggest barangays in the area in the last several years. Rogelio said he also wants to pursue the “good plans” that his brother Manny had made for the district, where the latter ran but lost as a neophyte congressional candidate in the 2007 elections. Manny lost to then incumbent Rep. Darlene Antonino-Custodio, who is currently mayor of general Santos City. [ALLEN V. ESTABiLLO/

the Visayas, and 71 in Luzon. A Davao-based company, it maintains its bulk depot in Lanang, Davao City. Meanwhile, Bangcoy said that as of September the Davao port collected P505,956,142 as against the quota of P469,540,000,

or a surplus of P36,416,142 (8%). He said from January to September this year, the collection reached P4.2-billion although the target collection was only P3.9-billion, a difference of P1.3-billion. [ASA]

really changed since the country implemented stringent importation rules for Philippine bananas. The banana industry has been hurting from the stringent measures that China suddenly imposed on Philippine Bananas during the height of the standoff over the Scarborough Shoal. PBgEA members claimed that they have followed the

phytosanitary requirements that the Chinese government has implemented, but things have still remained the same. Meanwhile, Latin American companies, like Alisa Sunrise, which has operations in Ecuador and Costa Rica, have disclosed that they have reached a new market for their Cavendish bananas – China.



the business of trading refined petroleum products and lubricants, operations of oil depots and storage and transport services, has continued its expansion with Phoenix Petroleum having 255 retail stations nationwide: 169 in Mindanao, 15 in



“We are now talking with cargo companies on how to go about with these potential markets,” Antig said. The banana industry ships about 50 million boxes to China annually with an estimated value of $140 million or about P6 billion. Antig revealed that their shipment to China has been reduced by as much as 70 percent, and things haven’t

Edge Davao hiring editor, 3 reporters EDgE DAVAO is in need of an editor and three staffwriters/reporters for its expansion program. The reporters will be assigned to the business, science/environment and political beats. On the other hand, the editor will supervise the reporters and do gate-keeping tasks. Applicant must be a graduate of a four- year college course. For reporters, experience is not needed although preferable. The editor should have at least one-year experience in editing. Interested parties may to send their application letter to Mr. Antonio M. Ajero, Edge Davao editor thru email address For inquiries, please call Mr. Ajero thru mobile phone 09052422686 or landline 221-3601.


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Buboy reveals Pacman’s ‘to do’ list vs Marquez


AnnY Pacquiao’s assistant trainer Buboy Fernandez has revealed the list of things they will have to watch out when fighting Juan Manuel Marquez. For one, Fernandez said they will have to negate Marquez’s counterpunching and foot stomping. Fernandez, who is Pacquiao’s bosom friend, admitted that they have been preoccupied with their offensive tack. “Lagi tayong umaatake pero minsan nakakalimutan natin ang

depensa kaya tumatama ‘yung Marquez (We always attack, but at times we forget to defend which is why Marquez scores hits),” said Fernandez in an interview. According to Fernandez, Marquez’s counterpunching and foot stomping showed weaknesses in Pacquiao’s defense. So this time, they will have to step back and re-examine their strategy. “Eto pinag-aaralan natin na maayos ang tamang strategy para sa Pambansang Kamao natin (We are now studying the right

strategy for our national Fist),” said Fernandez. Pacquiao will be facing Marquez for the fourth time on December 8. The Filipino boxer knocked down Marquez thrice in the first round of their fight in 2004. But the Mexican fought back in the remaining rounds and the fight ended in a controversial draw. The two again figured in tight ring battles in 2008 and 2011 with Pacquiao winning by decisions. Both of those fights also ended in controversy.

Ronaldo’s hat trick lifts Real Madrid


OnDOn -- Cristiano Ronaldo’s second hat trick in four days allowed Real Madrid to take charge of the Champions League’s toughest group Wednesday. Arsenal, FC Porto and Malaga joined the Spanish power in earning second straight wins in the competition. Ronaldo’s three-goal performance upstaged a spectacular overhead kick by Karim Benzema in Madrid’s 4-1 win against Ajax, giving Jose Mourinho’s team a maximum six points in group D. Manchester City’s struggles in Europe’s top club competition continued, though, after being outclassed by Borussia Dortmund in the same group. The English champions escaped with a 1-1 draw thanks to Mario Balotelli’s 90th-minute penalty kick. AC Milan kick-started its campaign by inflicting a rare home loss on Zenit St. Petersburg, with an own goal by Tomas Hubocan sealing a 3-2 win for the seven-time European champions. They have four points in group C, two behind Malaga after the Spanish side beat Anderlecht 3-0 to be one of

Real Madrid player Cristiano Ronaldo, center, and Ajax players Niklas Moisander, left, and Daley Blind, right, vie for the ball during the Champions League Group D soccer match at ArenA stadium in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Wednesday. seven teams with a perfect mark after two group games. Arsenal beat Olympiakos 3-1 and Porto overcame Paris Saint-germain 1-0 to also maintain spotless records. Ronaldo’s first hat trick in the Champions League

came after he also scored three against Deportivo La Coruna in the Spanish league on Sunday. He has 12 goals in 10 games in all competitions this season. With 42 goals, he is the eighth player to score more than 40 goals in the Champions League.

mixed,’’ said Allen, the former Celtics guard who will wear no. 34 in Miami. ‘’I don’t know how to feel about it. I think she thought she was with everybody because she was wearing my jersey, but everybody was like, ‘no, you’ve got to come in here correct.’ It was pretty funny.’’ Chris Bosh scored a game-high 19 points, LeBron James had 15 and the teams combined to shoot 14-of-42 from 3-point range. The Red team beat the White team 69-56, which couldn’t have been more irrelevant because many players switched jerseys during the scrimmage. ‘’We are excited to get this thing started again,’’ Heat coach Erik Spoelstra told the crowd.

It starts for real on Oct. 30, when the Heat will raise a second championship banner and get their rings, then open the season against Boston. The Celtics are still very much a rival just ask the two women in Boston jerseys, one Allen’s and one Rajon Rondo’s, who were booed as they climbed stairs out of the arena. Allen, however, is now welcomed. ‘’For a scrimmage to have that type of turnout on a Wednesday night, it just shows the type of support we have here, man,’’ James said. ‘’We give it all to our fans when we go out there. It was definitely surprising to see as many as we had tonight and the support of us, our first showing.’’

Allen cheered at Miami Heat scrimmage


IAMI -- Ray Allen drew cheers for the first time in Miami. Someone wearing his old Boston jersey got booed. Still getting used to things in Miami, Allen went to the wrong end of the court when lining up for the national anthem. But once play began in Miami’s open scrimmage Wednesday night, he was right at home, making the first 3-pointer he tried in Heat colors - albeit the practice-jersey variety and scoring 13 points in his unofficial debut. Most of the crowd of 11,221 cheered all night, except when two women were spotted in Celtics jerseys, one of them Allen’s former no. 20. ‘’You’re supporting the player, so I’m kind of





The coming of autumn

IT’S that time of the year again when warm breezes suddenly turn a bit cooler than normal. I am talking about the coming of the “ber” months. For Pinoys, it signals the fast approaching Christmas holidays while for the Chinoy community, it signals the coming of one of the biggest Chinese Festivals being celebrated around the world and that is the MidAutumn or Mooncake Festival. Always celebrated on the full moon of the 8th lunar month of the year, the MidAutumn Festival is a big celebration in China and in places where there are big Chinese communities. It’s not yet as popular here in Durianburg but the Chinese

community still celebrates it here with the exchange of mooncakes and dice games done by the various Chinese civic organizations and family associations. I celebrated at the Lotus

Court of the Marco Polo Hotel. Traditional Chinese dances and ballads about the beauty of Autumn were presented by the students of Colegio de San Ignacio, while a spread of delectable Chinese dishes like Roast Suckling Pig, various steamed and fried dim sum, Peking Duck, and mooncake filled the buffet table, and eventually my plate. And after a full and hearty meal, the best thing to do was to enjoy a round of hot tea while chitchatting about anything under the mid-atutumn moon


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Ballet Philippines at SM Lanang Premier BallET PhiliPPiNES, the country’s premiere professional ballet and contemporary dance company, will perform modern and classical ballet works at SM lanang Premier on Saturday, October 6, 2012. The show “Ballet Philippines at SM lanang Premier” will be performed at 5 o’clock in the afternoon at the Mall atrium. BP brings the best of its repertoire to the South. This repertoire includes “Battle of the Sexes,” the winning piece at the First Choreographers’ Cup held at the CCP last year. Choreographed by Don Obviar, the piece is about the struggle for dominance between the two sexes, shown through inventive use of lifts and malefemale partnering. alden lugnasin is also contributing his “lahat ng araw”and“half Past Dead” to the show. The former is a fourman dance to the classic Filipino song of the same title.  The men, bare-chested and wearing only a red ruffled skirt, use a large red fan quite Kadena de amor by Paul alexander Morales ingeniously, and show their manliness through the seemingly feminine outfit and props. “half Past Dead” on the other hand, is a strong male solo which was the competition piece of soloist Cyril Fallar at the recently concluded Korea international Modern Dance Competition, where he was a semi-finalist. “Kadena de amor” is artistic director Paul alexander Morales’ revival for BP’s season opener. Danced to the alternative music of the all-girl Filipino band Chain Gang, it shows the dynamics of different relationships through contact partnering. BP will also showcase their strength in classical ballet with excerpts from The Sleeping Beauty. Dances from the full-length ballet’s Third act include “Jewels,”“White Cat” and the bravura “Bluebird Pas de Deux.” To top off the show, BP is performing the work of Davao’s own agnes locsin. “Magkaugnay” is about the interconnectedness of life and all beings on Earth. Using the music of Joey ayala, locsin makes her case with her Neo-Ethnic style of dance as the dancers weave in and out in solos and small groups until they finally connect together and dance in perfect unison. The official carrier of Ballet Philippines is air asia. air asia flies daily to Davao from DMia, Clark. For more of BP’s performances, please visit


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SPeNDING hours online seems to be one of our favorite past times. Indeed this generation, our generation, has become one that indulges in getting our fix of information, entertainment, commerce, and self-expression over the web. Sometimes, it seems like there is so much to find

online but we stick to visiting a handful of our web favorites making it feel like we are getting such a small bite out of the huge burger that is the internet. Thus, to expand your web-surfing selection, I have rounded up some cool sites and blogs that I think are worthy of at least thirty minutes of your online time. Here they are: Online Foodporn They call it “a silly and rebellious food blog for creative people in the Philippines” and although that is a mouthful, it gives you a clear idea of what the site is all about. looks like a food magazine. The photos are fun and have a professional look to them, and the articles are fresh and very entertaining. The site features new food finds, some poll questions, quick and easy recipes, food hacks (recipes for their version of resto faves), and a lot of fun features that can keep any foodie busy for hours on end. The articles and recipes are so good that any food lover would find themselves book marking every other page! Facial Goo at Home Today, facial is trending towards fresh and natural. And what can be fresher and more natural than facials, acne solutions, masks, and other facial care solutions that you can make right at your home from ingredients that are probably already in your pantry? Sounds cool? Yes it is. According to Homemade Beauty with Victoria on myhomemadebeauty. com, it is your essential guide to skin care. In the site they feature several skin care recipes that address specific skin problems like acne, dry skin, under-eye dark circles, and wrinkles. They

the “man cooking tool” of your choice (slow cooker, toaster oven, deep fryer, grill), the type of cuisine you’d like to enjoy, or the diet you intend to follow (low-carb, vegetarian, lowfat). All the recipes are very easy to follow and the site in general is very simple and streamlined; perfect for the man’s man who doesn’t appreciate froufrou or words that sound like it.

also have posts about certain natural products and how they can help your health and appearance. Macho Make-at-Home Menu is a website that features man-food. You know, simple comfort food that is usually grilled and served in huge portions, best enjoyed when watching a basketball game or enjoying the summer heat by the

pool. That kind of food. Simple, no-frills, easy, and tasty. Here, you can choose recipes based on the main protein used on the recipe, the “man events” you plan to serve the dish during,

Music News on the Net If you want to stay on top of all the latest news and gossip in the world music scene, then is definitely the site for you. Don’t let the name fool you, this site is so much more than Jon Ali’s blog; it is a sneak peak into everything music-related. The site gives you the latest news about new releases, exclusive interviews with the biggest names in the industry, plus it introduces some indie artists through interviews and album reviews. Following this blog is definitely a great idea if you want to keep your play list updated, and your noggin’ chuck full of music information.

SM Lanang features Chinese painting exhibit

AFTeR its successful grand opening, SM Lanang Premier ushers in “So Much More” with exciting treats for Davaoeño mall patrons.

Over a hundred original scrolled Chinese artworks and Chinese paintings on Chinese fans -- a first in the Philippines -- will be on display at the mall’s atrium from October 13 to 26. “We welcome the Chan Lim Family of Artists & Students’ Chinese & Western Painting exhibit to our newest pride in Mindanao -- SM Lanang Premier. The group is the very first featured artists to showcase their artistic talent and also share them to Davaoenos in a free workshop on October 13,” said SM Prime Holdings president Hans T. Sy.

The exhibit will also feature the original western paintings of CHAN LIM family patriarch, Jose Lim. A prolific painter for over 50 years, Lim is recognized as one of the country’s master Chinese calligraphy artists. To share their talent, a free Chinese painting workshop will be conducted by the artists beside the exhibit at the mall’s Atrium from 4 to 7PM on October 13. Interested parties may contact the organizers, Davao Dynamic Youth, at (082) 226-3171 or (082) 221-6004 for more details. An On-The-Spot Chinese Painting demonstration, to be led by Dr. Alex Chan Lim, Ph.D, will also be held at Marco Polo Davao Hotel’s Lobby on Sunday, October 14, 11AM. “Marco Polo Davao welcomes

the CHAN LIM family of artists and students. Just as Marco Polo introduced the wonders of China to europe centuries ago, our Hotel team is honored to participate in this unique cultural event in the vibrant City of Davao,” said Carlos G. Dominguez III,

Chairman and President of Halifax Davao Hotels, Inc. Marco Polo Davao is the artists’ official residence with Philippine Airlines as their carrier of choice. At least 20 of the exhibited Chinese paintings on Chinese Fans shall be donated to the Phil-

ippine eagle Foundation (PeF) which, in turn, shall be sold to the public to help their conservation efforts in ensuring the survival of the endangered Philippine eagle. “The exhibit offers the rare pleasure of enjoying Chinese artwork crafted using ancient hand-painting techniques while taking part in a global cause to save Philippine eagles from extinction. Arts and philanthropy are powerful inspirations for humanity and so PeF is very happy to be a part of this initiative,” says Dennis J.I. Salvador, Philippine eagle Foundation’s executive Director. Donations to the Philippine eagle Foundation are welcome. PeF’s contact numbers are (082) 271-2337 or (082) 284-0568.



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It’s Mariah vs Nicki!

WEll, Nicki Minaj promised us great TV.

The hip-hop star gave someone hell on the set of american idol today, and that someone was Mariah Carey. So far, there’s been no official response to questions about what really went down—but there’s video of Minaj mid-rant. “if you’ve got a f--king problem, handle it!” Minaj, clad in head-to-toe pink, can be seen shouting in a video shot Tuesday during an idol audition in Charlotte, N.C., and obtained by TMZ, which also reported that Minaj later threatened to “knock [Carey] out.” idol producer FremantleMedia had nothing to say about the reported drama, and reps for Carey, Minaj and Keith Urban have not responded to requests for comment. But an idol source tells E! News, “This is the sort of thing producers considered might happen when they cast Nikki opposite Mariah, but not this bad

and not this fast. They have to protect Mariah to make sure she doesn’t walk. after everything it took to get that panel in place, they need everyone, especially Mariah. She was their first choice.” as for what Minaj allegedly told Carey afterward, the source adds, “Physical threats are taken seriously and [show producers and Fox execs] are still deciding how to handle. it’s not an easy call.” “i told them, i’m not putting up with her f-king highness over here,” Minaj continues in the video, turning to face Carey as Urban, who’s sitting between them, appears to try to calm the hip-hop

star down. Randy Jackson was sitting on Carey’s other side and didn’t seem to get involved. Carey responds and gestures past Minaj, toward the door, but the audio isn’t clear. “whyyyyyyyyyyyyyy yyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy,” Carey tweeted this afternoon—a post that was later deleted from her page. Urban’s interpretation of the day’s events, meanwhile, was a little less cryptic. “awesome #idolauditions day today Charlotte,” the cucumber-cool country star tweeted. “lotta soul, lotta country, lotta down home cool. -KU.”

5 things about the break-up By NOW you are just waiting for the latest episode of Glee to be downloaded by your torrents file. at this point, all we can say is Ouch. This episode is going to hurt you, Glee fans. you have been warned.

We just finished watching “The Break Up,” Glee’s fourth episode, where everyone experienced some form of heartbreak. We can’t reveal much without giving away everything (Ryan Murphy is watching us), but we can give you five things to expect from tomorrow night’s gamechanging episode: 1. Breaking Up Is Hard to Do: There will be more than one breakup by the time the episode is over. Each couple get their time to shine, cry and sing, but its Blaine’s (Darren Criss) rendition of “Teenage Dream,” that will really get the tears going. 2. Someone Has a Wandering Eye: Blame Facebook. Seriously. 3. Lea Michele Has Never

Been Better: you think she was good at the train station with Finn (Cory Monteith)? Just wait until you see Rachel (lea Michele) put all the cards on the table with Finn in one

Is Left Up in the Air: like we said, every couple will each tackle their own issues in the episode, but only one Glee fan-favorite pairing will be at a crossroads by the end of it. and

of the most intense scenes in Finchel history. and it takes place in a very special place for those two. 4. Sparks Continue to Fly Between Marley and Jake: Not all the duos on Glee are doomed. in fact, Marley (Melissa Benoist) and Jake (Jacob artist) were right on track to becoming one of the cutest new couples on the show until something (or more accurately, somebody) derails it. love just can’t win this week. 5. One Couple’s Status

their future is uncertain, to say the least. Three Gut-wrenching One Liners: “you know i will always love you the most.” “you were the first boy who made me feel loved.” “i don’t want to be alone without you.” Before you hit play, make sure you stock up on plenty of tissues, and keep a pet or a pillow nearby when you need to clutch something in agony. let’s meet down in the comments for a prayer circle.

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Azkals reach new high in rankings T

Ateneo’s main gunner Kiefer Ravena hopes to high heavens he can lead Ateneo to a fifth straight crown this Saturday against UST.

Ateneo drives for 5


TEnEO is treating its ‘Drive for Five’ as if the Blue Eagles are going for their first championship in the UAAP. Team manager Paolo Trillo said that the Blue Eagles do not feel added pressure as they look to extend their dynasty in the country’s premier college league with a rare

fifth consecutive championship. “For us, regardless of whether five-peat or going for first a title, may pressure naman ‘yan,” said Trillo. The Blue Eagles, Trillo said, are motivated to put their names on the list of the greatest teams in league history. A fifth straight championship

would go down as the longest reign in the league after the fabled University of the East team’s record seven titles in a row from 1965 to 1971. “Five-peat is a rare feat. It may not happen again. We want to make the most out of it,” Trillo said. Trillo said that they also looking to give a fit-

Azkals ready for ME Tour


Rain Or Shine rookie Chris Tiu will be out for three weeks after coming down with a hamstring injury in his PBA debut.

ting sendoff to the two key people during the school’s reign — Ateneo coach norman Black and the school’s former sports patron Manny Pangilinan. Black is set to leave the Eagles and coach pro club Talk ‘n Text at the end of the UAAP season and the team is hoping to give the former PBA grand Slam coach one more crown.

HE Philippine national men’s football team revealed Wednesday its players who will join the Azkals in their Middle East training tour this October. Members of the 26-man lineup are Marwin Angeles, Misagh Bahadoran, Jeffrey Christiaens, Carli de Murga, Demitrius Omphroy, Patrick Reichelt, Matthew Uy and Denis Wolf of global; brothers Phil and James Younghusband, Ref Cuaresma, Anto gonzales of the Loyola Meralco Sparks; Eduard Sacapaño and nestorio Margarse, Jr. of Philippine Army Fritz & Macziol; Ian Araneta and Chieffy Caligdong of Philippine Air Force Phoenix; OJ Porteria of Kaya and Jason de Jong of Penson Stallion giligan’s.

The Azkals also tapped a number of foreign-based players, namely Fil-Spanish brothers Angel and Juani guirado, Fil-English Rob gier, Fil-Danish Denis Cagara, Fil-Icelandic Ray Jonsson, Fil-Danish Jerry Lucena, Fil-german Roland Muller and Fil-Dutch Paul Mulders. The Filipinos will face Bahrain on October 12 in its capital Manama and Kuwait on October 16 at Kuwait City in their twomatch training tour in the Middle East. The Azkals are using the matches to prepare for the 2012 ASEAn Football Federation Suzuki Cup this november, where they look to duplicate their historic semifinal run in the same tournament two years ago.

ETROn Blaze top overall pick June Mar Fajardo came home with nine points, 12 rebounds, and a cut on his forehead after the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters handed the Boosters a 102-86 beatdown on Wednesday night. Despite showing a raw game, Fajardo started the game and provided a tough presence on the low block against the shorter Rain or Shine frontline, which battled using its trademark physicality. Blazers coach Olsen Racela gave his rookie a grade of seven out of 10. “He has to work on a lot of things, particularly in play-

ing tougher in the PBA,” said Racela. “Sinasabi niya sa akin, nauunahan daw siyang hawakan ng kalaban, pero yun nga ang dapat, kailangan he has to show toughness. Unahan niya na agad yung mga kalaban niya.” Petron team consultant Rajko Toroman said Fajardo’s lack of seasoning is showing. “He never had real basketball. His only real basketball came six months ago and he didn’t have much exposure,” said the Serbian coach. Fajardo played for the San Miguel Beermen in the ABL after suiting up for University of Cebu in college.

Tiu injured Freshman Fajardo schooled in debut P


AIn or Shine rookie Chris Tiu, one of the most celebrated rookies in the PBA today, had to sit out most of his debut game after he hyperextended his hamstring in his team’s opener Wednesday night against Petron Blaze. The former SMART-gilas team captain, who was selected seventh overall by Rain or Shine, aggravated a nagging hamstring injury during a play in the second quarter. Tiu saw action for a total of six minutes, finishing with two points on three attempts from the field and two assists. His lone basket came at the 4:54 mark of the second period, and he had to leave the game several plays later as he could barely make a step.

HE Philippines reached its highest standing in the global football ladder, according to the latest FIFA world rankings released Wednesday. From 150th, the Azkals climbed to 147th to rank 21st among Asian countries and enjoy their highest all-time ranking since occupying the 148th spot last April, which came after finishing third place in the Asian Football Confederation Challenge Cup in nepal. The country suffered its lowest ranking at 195th in September 2006. The Azkals had a busy month, starting with a three-match Southeast Asian tour where they held Cambodia to a scoreless draw last September 5, scored a 2-0 victory against Singapore last September 7, and yielded a 2-1 loss to Laos last September 10.

However, FIFA later nullified the Azkals’ loss to Laos after learning that the referees were not recognized by the world football body. The match turned ugly midway in the second half after a melee broke out between players from the Azkals and Laos. The organization also withdrew consideration the Filipinos’ match against Cambodia after it discovered that the Cambodians exceeded the limit of six substitutes, a requirement for FIFA-sanctioned matches. The Filipinos then plunged back into action last September 25 for the Philippine Football Peace Cup at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium, where they defeated guam (1-0), Macau (5-0), and Chinese Taipei (3-1) on their way to their first title in 99 years.

Phil, James back in the fold


HE brothers are back. A day after signifying their availability for the Azkals’ training and friendlies in the Middle East, Phil and James Younghusband were recalled to the lineup ahead of the October 7 to 17 camp. The Philippine Football Federation has sent a letter addressed to the Younghusbands’ professional team, Loyola Meralco, on Wednesday seeking the brothers’ release for the national team’s 10-day camp, which includes friendlies against Bahrain on October 12 and Kuwait four days later. The PFF had earlier excluded the brothers from the Philippine Football Peace Cup lineup due to

“economic and non-economic issues” and the Azkals showed they can win without the Younghusbands by lifting the country’s first football silverware in 99 years. However, the body stressed the need to assemble the strongest team possible for the upcoming Asean Football Federation Suzuki Cup in explaining the decision to reinstate the brothers. “After careful consideration, the management has decided to include Phil and James Younghusband in this training camp. Both siblings remain assets to the Azkals and remain part of the team,” Azkals’ team manager Dan Palami said in a statement.

Petron Blaze rookie Junmar Fajardo slams one during their match against Rain Or Shine. (PBA PhOTO)




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