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Davao inspires Seoul smoking law “S

eoul to ban smoking in all indoor facilities by 2020.” This is the headline of a news story of The Korea Herald written by Park Hyong-Ki last November 14. According to Dr. Domilyn

Seoul to ban smoking in all indoor facilities by 2020 Dr. Domilyn Villareiz speaks on Davao City experience

Villareiz, long-time action officer of Davao City’s campaign

against cancer-causing tobacco as head of the Anti-Smoking

Task Force, the city government of Seoul looks up to Davao City as model for its own drive which will culminate in the enforcement of a law banning cigar and cigarette-smoking inside building and other facil-


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IN KOREA. Dr. Domilyn Villareiz, action officer of the multi-awarded Davao City Anti-Smoking Task Force (in red dress), poses for posterity with officials of the City of Seoul, South Korea, led by Vice Mayor

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for Administrative Affairs Kim Sang Bum, and Dr. Kim Chang Bo, director general of the Health Policy Bureau.

Law dean denies harassing ex-wife By Antonio M. Ajero

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PROMINENT Davao lawyer has denied he had anything to do with the reported hurling of a dead

Torreon bares details of failed marriage chicken at, and splattering

of paint on, the car of his es-

tranged wife, also a lawyer. The denial came from Israelito P. Torreon, dean of the





A ship-to-shore crane and some rubber tyred gantry cranes at the Davao International Container Terminal in Panabo City. LEAN DAVAL JR.

P2.7-B int’l container terminal in Panabo operational in 2013 By Antonio M. Ajero


OOKING like the leaders of the Autobots and Decepticons from the planet of Cybertron in the blockbuster franchise sci-fi movie Transformers, two gigantic ship-to-shore cranes arrived in Panabo City last November 20 to become part of the P2.7-billion Davao International Container Terminal taking shape in what used to be mainly a wharf in barangay San Vicente for exportation of bananas. The giant cranes, as

tall as a three-story building, will enable the terminal to accommodate gearless container vessels in the terminal, lowering fuel and chartering cost for the vessel operators. Arriving with the giant cranes were a dozen smaller rubber-tyred gantry cranes. It was perhaps intentional or an uncanny coincidence that the huge machines arrived on the day the late Don Antonio O. Floirendo, patriarch of the Anflocor business empire and brains of the project, would have cel-

ebrated his 96th birthday. Don Antonio died early this year, months after presiding over the groundbreaking of the ambitious project. Destined to become Mindanao’s most modern container terminal with state-of-the-art equipment, the DICT offers faster and predictable turn-around time for vessels, reliable, efficient and cost-effective port operations. Jointly put up by the Floirendo-owned San Vicente Terminal and Bro-

kerage Services, Inc. and Dole-Stanfilco, the DICT will have three components: the berthing space, the container yard, and brand new port equipment. Once it starts operating early next year, the DICT will dwarf the four-decade old Sasa International Wharf, whose development has been slowed down by mismanagement and government neglect. Civil works are sched-

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Record turnout at Villar Foundation, GoNegosyo’s OFW Family Summit


N its second year, the OFW and Family Summit of the Villar Foundation and GoNegosyo once again attracted a record number of participants. Overseas Filipino workers (OFW) returnees as well as their families trooped to the World Trade Center in Pasay City for the one-day

Cynthia Villar, other speakers urge OFWs, families to be entrepreneurs summit that aims to provide information, opportunities and inspiration to attendees to embark on a business of their own. Senator Manny Villar and Cynthia Villar— Chairman and Managing

Anak OFW asks gov’t for jobs


HILDREN of overseas Filipino workers bonded together recently and appealed to authorities to provide stable jobs to their parents as a family protection measure in the country. In an open letter presented during the Mindanao Children Festival held in Kidapawan City, Anak OFW, an organization of children of migrant workers, said they “hope and pray that our parents be given work and livelihood opportunities here in our own country so that they will not think of leaving us

behind again.” “We are living witnesses to many difficult situations of our parents in working abroad. Many of them have been victims of illegal recruitment, human trafficking, unfair labor practices and many human rights abuses in foreign lands,” the children said. The Mindanao Migrants Center for Empowering Actions, Inc. (MMCEAI) estimates that there are around 8 illion OFW children who are left under the care of relatives. “We are among the


Director, respectively, of the Villar Foundation— joined by Las Piñas Cong. Mark Villar, GoNegosyo’s founding trustee Joey Concepcion, Executive Director Ramon Lopez

and Dr. Enerico Sampang Jr. led the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Concepcion and Mrs. Villar led the lineup of speakers and resource persons. The Former Las Pinas Representative emphasized the important role and contribution of OFWs in the country in


2nd OFW and Family Summit 2012 - Senator Manny Villar and Cynthia Villar— Chairman and Managing Director, respectively, of the Villar Foundation— joined by Las Pinas Rep. Mark Villar, GoNegosyo’s founding trustee Joey Concepcion, Executive

DPWH 11 set certification

By Anthony S. Allada


HE Department of Public Works and Highways 11 has just completed its five-day training on QMS Documentation from November 19-23, 2012 attended by 40 participants from the regional and the Davao City district engineering offices. The training was facilitated by a team from the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP)

with Racquel Barbecho as project manager. During the opening program, DPWH regional director Mariano Alquiza emphasized to the participants the importance of receiving the ISO 9001:2008 certification which would translate to a more efficient and effective public service. “This is our very aim – to give quality customer


190 families flee Army-NPA clash


OME 190 families were displaced after government forces and elements pf the New People’s Army clashed in three barangays of San Isidro town, Davao del Norte, Thursday afternoon. Reports reaching the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC), 73 families barangay Pinamuno fled to safer areas, 42 families in barangay Datu Balong and 75 in barangay Monte Dujali likewise fled to their barangay halls.

Elements of the 60th Infantry Battalion responded to reports that more than 300 NPA rebels were conducting checkpoints in barangay Monte Dujali and dialogued with residents in the area. A firefight ensued, resulting to the displacement of civilians and the wounding of one soldier. The Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (MSWDO) immediately provided relief assistance to the affected families as tension remains high.

Director Ramon Lopez and Dr. Enerico Sampang Jr. representing Pasay City Mayor Antonio Calixto, led the ribbon-cutting ceremony to formally open the 2nd OFW and Family Summmit 2012 at the World Trade Center, Pasay City.




DavNorte holds livelihood, employment fair for women T

HE provincial government of Davao del Norte held an employment and livelihood fair aimed at promoting women empowerment through greater income opportunities. Nine government agencies and business sector participated in the event, giving the select group of women proper information and assistance on livelihood trainings and job openings. The activity, with the theme “Women Stimulating the Economy of DavNor through Convergence of Government and Business Sector,” was part of the culmination

OIC-Provincial Administrator Norma Lumain, 2nd right, and DOLE Provincial Director Milagros Gutierrez, right, attend to the concerns of participants of

program of the five-month Magna Carta of Women Caravan that visited all the 11 local government units of the province. Governor Rodolfo del Rosario said that aside from honoring women as a potent player in the economy of the province, the event also showcased the publicprivate partnership thrust under his administration’s human-centered development agenda, P.E.O.P.L.E. He revealed the provincial government intends to open up more employment and livelihood opportunities for women in order “to break the remaining

the livelihood and jobs fair at the culmination of the Magna Carta of Women Caravan in Davao del Norte. [Noel Baguio/DavNor PIO]

Gov. Rodolfo del Rosario sets the mood at the culmination of the fivemonth Magna Carta of Women Caravan, where the province held a livelihood and jobs fair that aims to empower women through greater income opportunities. [Noel Baguo/DavNor PIO]

stubborn walls shielding gender discrimination.” “This we shall continue to endeavor until we are assured that all women in the province are employed or enjoy better income,” the governor said. Gender and development (GAD) Provincial Coordinator Antonieta Dagala said the

participants were invited based on their expressed desire to avail of livelihood trainings and job opportunities from government agencies and business establishments. They have expressed their intentions in a survey made during the conduct of the caravan in all the LGUs.

Participants hailed the various lectures during the caravan, which they said transformed their views and perceptions on the traditional role of women in the home and society. “We became more aware of our rights and privileges as women,” shared Arlene Abayon from the municipality of

Carmen. Del Rosario handed over certificates and token to the resource speakers, women leaders and LGU GAD coordinators in the province. Assisting him were Vice Gov. Victorio Suaybaguio, Jr., Board Member Shirley Belen Aala and OIC-Provincial Administrator Norma Lumain.

AVAO del Norte Provincial Public Safety Company of the Philippine National Police (PNP) is now guarding the Tipaz, Tagum City office of the Davao del Norte Electric Cooperative (DANECO) after having assisted court sheriffs who served the Writ of Preliminary Injunction with Break Open Order issued by the Court of Appeals, Cagayan

de Oro City. DANECO members who have held on to the registration of the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) and who once managed such DANECO office, are now being denied access to enter the DANECO building which has been locked as a result of serving the WPI. The WPI came as an offshoot of the case that the DANECO-NEA group

has filed against the DANECO-CDA group. Details of serving the WPI from the office of police provincial director, Police Senior Supt. Edgardo G. Wycoco said that he was asked to provide police assistance to implement the WPI with Break Open Order promulgated on Nov. 14, 2012 signed by Atty. Edgardo T. Lloren. Upon receipt of the

HE Tagum City local government has allotted a meager P300 thousand for the two-week Parochial Fiesta which started last November 9 and will culminate November 30, but got the commitment of various sponsors. “We have a lot of entertainment shows for the people during the Fiesta but the city did not spend much for the festivity,” Tagum City Administrator Rafael Abrenica said. Abrenica said the opening day alone, which

was sponsored by San Miguel Corporation, was very festive as the Cueshe Band performed at the Freedom Park. “We have very big and very supportive sponsors from the private sector like Buenas Supermarket,” Abrenica said. He said there is an ongoing Trade Fair at the Rotary Park which features the homegrown products of Davao del Norte. Most of the activities during the two-week celebration are aimed to entertain the people in-

cluding the concert of different bands at the Trade Fair area every night up to the end of the month for free. “We expect the festivities to be very peaceful; we have already set up the appropriate security measures for the festivity,” he said. He said three carnivals have set up in the City including one in front of Gaisano Mall which is the largest, near the Rotary Park and in front of the market. [PIA 11/Lovely A. Carillo]

GenSan, NorthCot most problematic DANECO Tagum under police guard in Region 12 in terms of drug abuse


HE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Region 12 has taken special focus on General Santos City and parts of North Cotabato province with its continuing intensified anti-drug operations in the region. Aileen Lovitos, PDEA Region 12 director, said they consider GenSan and North Cotabato as the region’s most “problematic” areas in terms of the proliferations of illegal drugs, specifically of metamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu, in the last several months. Region 12, which is also known as the Soccsksargen Region, comprises the provinces of South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani, North Cotabato and the cities of General Santos, Koronadal, Tacurong, Kidapawan and Cotabato. Lovitos said illegal drug activities have thrived in North Cotabato due to its proximity to Cotabato City, which is considered as the region’s supply base for shabu and other related

substances. In this city, she said the illegal drug trade has proliferated as the area’s business-related developments and activities increased these past several years. “We need to intensify and focus our operations more in these areas,” the official said in a press conference. But Lovitos said their operations are ongoing in the entire region and they have made arrests of suspected drug pushers and traffickers on a weekly basis in the last several months. Aside from drug pushers, she said they were also monitoring the possible involvement of some local politicians in the illegal drug trade. The PDEA central office earlier launched a crackdown against politicians involved in the so-called “narco-politics” or the use of illegal drug money in funding election campaigns. Lovitos refused to divulge further information regarding such campaign saying they don’t want to

give out unconfirmed reports or information that were not properly validated. “Our operations are focused against all persons involved in the illegal drug trade and we have not specifically targeted certain personalities and sectors,” she said. Meantime, the official said Cotabato City has remained the top source of illegal drugs that have been proliferating in the region. “From Cotabato City, they were distributed to other areas in the region through passenger buses, vans, motorcycles and vehicles carrying merchandises,” she said. Lovitos said that based on their monitoring, it appeared that the illegal drugs supplies in the area came from producers based in Cotabato City. She said they have not yet made any recovery of illegal drugs that were shipped through the region’s seaports and airports. in areas under




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Holcim Philippines feted anew for safe and environmentally-friendly quarries


OR the fifth straight year, Holcim Philippines, Inc. received the top honors in the 59th Annual National Mine Safety and Environment Conference on Nov. 16, as it was recognized by regulators and industry peers for safe and environmentally-friendly quarry operations. Holcim Philippines’s La Union and Davao plants bagged Presidential Mineral Industry Environmental Awards (PMIEA) for the Quarry Category, with the former winning this for the second consecutive year. The company’s Davao plant, meanwhile, won its second PMIEA in the last three years. The PMIEA is handed out by a joint public and private sector panel to a company with the best overall program for quarry rehabilitation, environment protection, safe operations and social and community development. The company’s facilities in Lugait, Misamis Oriental and Bulacan also bagged Platinum Awards, the second highest recognition after the PMIEA. The

Lugait plant was also declared Best in Mining Forest program—the seventh time in eight years—for its efforts to rehabilitate mined-out areas. Holcim Philippines Chief Operating Officer Roland van Wijnen thanked the organizers for continuing to recognize the company’s initiatives to keep its quarry operations safe and environment friendly. He also urged the mining sector to continue striving for improvement in these areas. “These awards show that the mining industry is not as bad as some people say. There are groups actively implementing measures to improve operations. In particular, we are getting good results at Holcim, but we want to be better. We might be good now, but we should always strive to be better everyday in the various aspects of our operations,” he added. Davao Plant Manager Joe Bernal thanked his team for their efforts and noted that the awards prove the plant is moving in the right direction for environment protection and safety.

AWARD. Holcim Philippines officials and Davao plant personnel receive the Presidential Mineral Industry Environment Award (PMIEA) for the Quarry Category during the

“It is an honor for our plant to win this award. It is a manifestation that we live up to our commitments to high standards of quality, health and safety, environmental performance,

sustainable development and partnership with the community. All these would not be possible if not for the passion and dedication of our people who strongly commit to what we stand

By 2015, the nation aims to reduce energy consumption per unit of GDP by 16 percent, cut CO2 emissions per unit of GDP by 17 percent and raise the proportion of non-fossil fuels in the overall primary energy mix to 11.4 percent. The upcoming Doha conference is key for maintaining the basic legal framework of the Kyoto Protocol. A detailed agenda needs to be fixed in order to make definite arrangements for the implementation and enforcement of the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol and to ensure that the second commitment period is implemented on Jan. 1, 2013. China’s rapid economic development and its population base have made the country a big producer of greenhouse gases, but its per capita and historical emissions of greenhouse gases are far below those of developed nations. This is why “the common but differentiated responsibilities” theory that China adheres to in international climate talks makes sense. [PNA/Xinhua]


awarding ceremony in Baguio on Nov. 16. Holcim Philippines’s Davao plant has won two PMIEAs in the last three years.

for. With our collected efforts, we are able to sustain and even improve our best mining practices,” Bernal said. On the other hand, La Union Plant Manager Andy

White said the facility’s second consecutive PMIEA affirmed the company’s core value of running the operations hand in hand with the environment and the community.

delegates during the recent Conference on Arsenal and Small Scale Miners in Mindanao at the Ateneo de Davao University. Daniel confirmed that the other half or more of the gold had been dumped as wastes by small scale processors who crushed the ore with big hammers into small particles and separate the gold particles with mercury--- a practice prevalent among ball milling operators in Compostela and Pantukan mining areas. Diwalwal small miner Franco Tito also confirmed the gold wastesbeing dumped down the slopes of the gold-laden mountains over the years since they started small scale mining in the province with the “free gold” streaming down to the sands and fine gravel of small and big rivers in Compostela Valley, drawing thousands of gold panners--- mostly poor villagers and fortune hunters from nearby provinces. “There are still billions of dollars of gold in those tailings. All that free gold is there in the rivers of Monkayo, Naboc, Pantukan and Agusan--- that’s

why people from many villages spend most of their time gold panning to look for gold and many were lucky to find them, “ Tito said. Some of the big mining firms operating in the area however, bought the rights to do “de-silting” operations in areas to collect the gold particles beside the rivers, eventually blocking hundreds of small gold panners from seeking their own fortune, according to Tito. “If we don’t give these poor villagers the right to pan for free gold in these rivers, they’ll die of hunger---- this is the only opportunity for them to survive and live decent lives” Tito told reporters here. Gold recovery from the crude methods used by ball millers in Davao, according to Tito, is even much smaller than Daniel’s estimates, probably only around 25% to 30% which makes the estimated volume of gold wastes much higher during the last ten years--possibly around 40,000 kilos of free, unrecovered gold. [Philpress News and Features]

Climate change conference Free gold worth $3-B dumped ore wastes in Davao rivers set to extent Kyoto Protocol as By Aurelio A. Pena


HE next round of United Nations (UN) climate talks is scheduled to begin next week in Doha, Qatar, and broadening consensus on the thorny issue is shaping up to be an arduous task for nations and parties involved. Delegates from nearly 200 nations will try to extend the Kyoto Protocol, the existing plan for curbing greenhouse gas emissions by developed nations, the first round of which runs to the end of the year. Extending the protocol is an imperative and daunting task, as big differences remain between parties and countries. China has expressed hope that the conference will produce “comprehensive and balanced” results. On Wednesday, the nation’s top climate change negotiator Xie Zhenhua said, “This means it will not only take care of the common interests of all human beings but also address the different realities and needs of different countries.” Developed countries, in particular, should fulfill their promises to reduce emissions, as they

had a headstart in sparking global warming and they enjoy more resources in funding and technology to combat climate change. Developing countries should also make contributions to curbing emissions, but their development rights should be respected. Their emerging economic growth will unavoidably discharge pollutants, but the amount of pollutants can be controlled through scientific means. China’s economy became the world’s second largest at the same time that pollution became a major issue in the country. This is a painful truth that the country has itself realized and taken concrete measures to address. During the 2006-2010 period, the aggregate energy consumption per unit of gross domestic product (GDP) dropped 19.1 percent from that of 2005, which is equivalent to a reduction of 1.46 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. This means China has accomplished its energy conservation goals listed in the 11th Five-Year Plan (2006-2010).

EARLY 30,000 kilos of gold valued at approximately 2 billion to 3 billion US dollars at current gold market price had been dumped as wastes down the slopes of the gold-laden mountains of Diwalwal, Pantukan and other mining areas in Davao region by thousands of small-scale miners and ball milling processors using crude methods of recovering gold particles from crushed ore. Canadian mining engineer Adrian Daniel who just made an in-depth study of small mining operations in Guyana, South America as part of a Canadian project to find safer alternatives to the use of mercury to extract gold from ore, revealed that only 27,700 kilos of gold were extracted by small-scale miners and small ball mill gold processors during the last ten years from 2000 to 2010 in Davao’s gold mining areas. “This is only half or less than what they could extract from the gold ore if they use better methods like gravity concentration, flotation and cyanide which are used by large gold miners,” Daniel told





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ACAO is a good investment compared to other high value crops, according to a farmer in Baguio District, Davao City. At the three-day Kakao Konek forum for those involved in the cacao industry held at the Apo View Hotel, Johhny Silva, owner of Silva Cacao Industry, said he has earned better since he started a cacao farm. Coming from a daily of wage P250 as a worker at a pineapple plantation, he now earns at least P300,000 from his current stock of 50,000 cacao seedlings, which takes him five to six months to produce. He cited that for each seedling sold at P18, production cost is at P10 or P12, gaining at least P6 profit. Silva’s half hectare of land in Purok 3, Cadalian, Baguio District, was awarded to him through the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program in 2007. The farm had some 500 old cacao trees in Brazilian or Celebes varieties. With a grant from the Sustainable Cocoa Enterprise Solutions for Smallholders (SUCCESS) Alliance Philippines: Phase II, Silva be-

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came a farmer field school student.

The SUCCESS Alliance receives funding from United States Department of Agriculture and US Agency for International Development and is being implemented by a US nonprofit development organization, Agricultural Cooperative Development International / Volunteers in Overseas Cooperative Assistance (ACDI/VOCA). Silva rehabilitated his farm by side grafting the

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old trees with UF18 variety. The old variety of cacao produced 200-300 kilos of dried beans per hectare a year, while the new varieties can annually yield up to two tons of dried beans per hectare. In 2008, he won a national award for most outstanding farmer and was granted post-harvest facilities, specifically village-type solar drier and fermentation box for cacao. The village type solar drier has a capacity of 500 kilos of cacao beans per

batch, and fermentation box has 1,000 kilos of cacao beans per batch. However, Silva said he has not fully maximized his post harvest facilities since he began producing cacao germinated seeds for the supply of some 30 nursery operators in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. He decided to produce germinated seeds instead of dried cacao beans to help in achieving the vision of the cacao industry and the government to provide




China’s rare foray in Syria ANAlYSIS

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NE of the pleasant things that happened to the media in Davao City this year was the establishment of the Globe Davao Media Excellence Awards. The awards may just be one of the business-as-usual activities of Globe telecom to endear itself to the media industry, an indispensable ally in its pursuit for more profits. Neat. Still, it means a lot to the media industry, especially the gatekeepers who worry about the competence of practitioners and their ability to dish out quality output, not to mention the serious challenges to ethical practice and editorial independence. To the discerning, the field from which the winners were picked almost presented what lawyers call a “no lo contendere” situation.


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HIS month, a curious thing happened in the annals of diplomacy. A country offered up a peace plan to put an end to a seemingly endless civil war in Syria. This country was not one of the usual foreign policy suspects — it was not the United States, it was not in Europe, and it wasn’t Syria’s neighbor. It was a country that has no real experience in playing the world’s policeman. But, seeing a world filled with retired officers, it decided to try on the uniform for itself. China has taken another step into the spotlight of the world stage. This is what happens in a G-Zero world — a world without any specific country or bloc of countries in charge. China has long been content to watch world events play out and then react, trusting that another country would step in to put volatile situations to rest. But that’s not happening with the Syrian conflict and its spillover into the broader Middle East. Americans feel that the issue doesn’t affect them enough to intervene. Europeans, as a Union, don’t seem to be particularly interested, even if some smaller countries are. And with those powers on the sidelines, suddenly the Chinese have a much bigger problem — a civil war that could metastasize into regional instability. The Chinese have far too much at stake in Iraq and Iran for that to happen: 11 percent of China’s oil imports come from Iran, and it is on track to be the chief importer of Iraqi oil by 2030. And so China stepped in, offering a peace plan. The details — cease-fire, a committee that negotiates a political solution to the war, etc. — are not as important as the plan’s mere existence. It’s symptomatic of China’s new approach, one that Hu Jintao hinted at in one of his final addresses as Chinese president. He said China would “get more actively involved in international affairs, (and) play its due role of a major responsible country.” In the wake of downturns in the West, there is a new diplomatic structure emerging. China is determined to be one of its architects. This doesn’t mean China necessarily knows what it’s doing. Diplomacy is new for the Chinese, who have really only interjected themselves in regional politics and through economic investment abroad. Intervening in other countries’ affairs is a tricky thing for a Chinese government that so resolutely believes sovereignty is supreme, even if human rights are being trampled. Beijing tries not to infringe on other countries’ sovereignty because it would not allow others to infringe on its own. The one other time in recent years that the Chinese government has pushed for peace was in Sudan’s dispute with South Sudan. But even then, when Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir visited Beijing, Hu Jintao said: “The Chinese side has always respected the will and choice of the Sudanese people.” It’s difficult to affect change when you’re not sure if you even have the right to be affecting it. The likelihood that China’s plan is actually going to accomplish anything in Syria is basically zero. But just making an overture, as China has done, carries little risk. It pushes back at some of the scorn China’s received, along with Russia, for vetoing U.N. Security Council sanctions on the Syrian government. If the Syrian situation doesn’t improve, China has done no better than the West. If it does, China can perhaps claim a part, and, more importantly, ensure that its investments in Iraqi and Iranian oil are safe.




the Facebook Doctrine

NSTAGRAM, the mobile photo sharing app that Facebook bought for about $700 million, has been doing something new over the past few weeks. Up until now, one couldn’t see all of a user’s Instagrams online, the way you could, say, see all of a Twitter users’ tweets. But in recent weeks, users’ collections have been uploaded to the Internet automatically (see my profile page as an example). Instagram never bothered to ask for permission. Don’t want people to be able to easily access all your pictures from your Web browser? Too bad. Between the Instagram change and other more substantive and complex alterations to Facebook’s user-feedback policy this week, the world’s largest social network has a clear modus operandi: What’s good for Facebook is good for you. This is the Facebook Doctrine. Along with relatively innocuous Instagram changes came word that Facebook intends to eliminate its very modest experiment with democracy. It was a scheme by which members could undo changes (but still not stop them from happening before they took place). The rules Facebook put in place established a transparent process: A policy could be reversed if it received more than 7,000 comments, more than 30 percent of people on Facebook participated in a vote, and if that plurality voted against it. It instilled at least an illusion of participation. And, of course, it had to go because it might actually have worked — at least in exposing anger and frustra-



By John C aBell tion with Facebook in a way sanctioned by Facebook itself. Getting 330 million people to vote on anything might never have never happened. But with 1 billion members, getting 7,000 comments to trigger a referendum is an easy threshold to meet. It’s not hard to imagine such a tiny percentage of the members seeking to put everything to a vote. Andrew Noyes, a Facebook spokesman, told Reuters that two issues had put to a vote under the old rules. “We found that the voting mechanism, which is triggered by a specific number of comments, actually resulted in a system that incentivized the quantity of comments over their quality,” said Elliot Schrage, vice president, communications, public policy and marketing in a blog post this week. Yeah, Facebook, democracy sure can be a hassle. Facebook now has an unprecedented billion members and some momentum on Wall Street — shares are trading in the $24 range, and they actually rallied after last week’s massive lockup expiration. No wonder it is growing more comfortable in its self-appointed role as beneficent tyrant. “Facebook now argues that it is too big for democracy, much like the Chinese government might,”Michael Phillips wrote on BuzzFeed. “Call this new regime Facebook with Authoritarian

Characteristics.” Also in Facebook’s new rules is the loosening of restrictions on who can contact you using your e-mail address. Don’t know you have one? Better check; when Facebook unveiled this feature they decided — for your own good, mind you — that it should be listed as your default e-mail on Facebook. But by far the most egregious and telling Facebook change is to the voting protocol — itself just a fig leaf, which led to not a single policy reversal. In its stead will be — I kid you not — a suggestion box. Live chats with Chief Privacy Officer Erin Egan. An e-mail blast to all members about a change that will take effect, and a seven-day comment period during which, as the Wall Street Journal reports, “the community can still push the proposal to a vote.” Good luck with that, community. Facebook doesn’t have to pretend to be inclusive because the value proposition is pretty clear. For the spectacular price of zero, users get a fairly extensive set of tools to keep in touch with friends, family and their extended network. At the moment, Facebook can afford to be a dictatorship that treats its subjects with some care and kindness as it taxes them mercilessly on the details of their lives and then sells that big data to the highest bidder. Part of the reason this model works is because of the nanny dilemma. We all like being taken care of, and having some problems and details dealt with for us. (Until, of course, we don’t.)

Fears abound for a short-lived ceasefire

ith a truce in effect for some two days, calm and normalcy are returning to southern Israeli towns along the border with the Gaza Strip, but fears for a short- lived ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian armed groups in the tiny coastal enclave remain. On the highways running through southern Israel, buses carrying soldiers and trailers loaded with tanks, armored vehicles, military bulldozers and other military equipment were seen heading toward bases in other parts of the country, a sign of the withdrawal of Israeli troops amassed along the Gaza border. Israel deployed thousands of troops along the Gaza border for a possible ground operation in Gaza, which was averted after Israel and Hamas struck a truce deal Wednesday night ending eight days of fierce fighting. At a temporary military base along a highway near the frontline town of Sderot, soldiers were busy packing up their equipment; tanks and armored personnel carriers were being loaded onto huge trailers; and some soldiers were waiting to get on buses. Reservist Amir, who declined to give his full name, told Xinhua that he had been stationed in the area for a week and he would leave for home in a couple of days. As to the cease-fire, he said, “I’m both happy and unhappy. Happy because I can go home now, unhappy because the mission is not completed, the truce can be broken anytime soon.” Amir, an architect, said his wife


By yang ZhIwang and two kids would return home in Be’er Sheva, a city some 40 km away from Gaza Friday and a main target of Gaza rocket attacks, after fleeing to north Israel before the start of the latest round of Israel-Gaza conflict. At a gas station nearby, Israeli soldier Hagai, who only gave part of his name, was waiting for a bus to head back to his base. Echoing Amir’s sentiment, he said: “Honestly speaking, the truce is not going to last long, maybe for a month or two. As a soldier, you do what you need to do, to protect the people you love.” Roads to the vicinity of the Gaza border were still closed to civilian traffic until Monday, a military police officer told Xinhua at a checkpoint. As troops were preparing for their departure, residents in the area were trying to return to their normal daily lives, interrupted for eight days of continuous rocket fire. At the Kibbutz Nahal Oz, only 600 meters away from the fence separating Israel from the strip, a worker was preparing a field with a huge farming machine. Most of the 450 who usually lived at the farm have left for northern cities to escape the violence. “I feel we’re in some kind of war, we can’t just leave. The families, children and women left, and it’s OK, but we have to stay here, some people have to work here and look after the place, “ said Or Cowen, a farmer at the kibbutz.

He said calm has almost returned to the area since the truce took effect Wednesday night, except for a few air raid sirens and several rocket attacks reported in nearby towns. Benny Sella, security manager of the kibbutz, said he is very happy with the cease-fire. “It’s very good, because you know we like peace, we don’t like all the fight and everything, so it’s good, very good. All my family, you see my dog, also like the peace. They (my family) will come tomorrow, because we asked them to come here tomorrow, not today, because you know, the 24 hours, we want to wait 24 hours, and after that, yes,” he said. Nevertheless, he is also pessimistic about the prospect of the truce. “I hope, that the cease-fire will last for 15 years, I hope, but I don’t think so,” he said. “I am glad that the soldiers didn’t come in because you know some may get hurt and die, and on the other side the Palestinians have mothers and wives and they will also cry... I hope that all the money, instead of buying arm and guns and everything, to be put into education,” he added. In Sderot, a city pounded by rockets from Gaza throughout the entire conflict, buses were ferrying back residents taking refugee in other cites, but hopes on a lasting cease-fire were not high either. Ariela Klein, southern resident visiting a friend in Sderot, said: “I think that there will be maybe one or two days (of peace), and it (rocket attacks) will begin again.” [PNA/Xinhua]



Aquino gov’t policies, politics, inaction delay justice for Maguindanao martyrs UNITY STATEMENT


HE FAMILIES of the 58 victims of the Nov. 23, 2009 Ampatuan Massacre are starting to lose hope in the justice system, and the government has only itself to blame. As we commemorate the third anniversary of the Ampatuan Massacre, where 32 journalists and media workers were among the murdered, only two of the eight Ampatuan clan members in jail have been arraigned. Some witnesses have died. Some relatives of the victims have fled their hometowns following receipt of death threats. In August 2010, President Benigno S. Aquino III promised five crucial reforms to help speed up the quest for justice. Among these were improvements to the Witness Protection Program, the formation of quick-response teams to investigate media killings, measures to speed up the pace of the trial, and a review of the Rules of Court to mitigate possible abuse and manipulation. The problems raised are hardly imaginary. As a Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR) study shows, some 100 warlords continue to rule areas in the country that have chalked up the most number of media killings. Even as fear of reprisals continue to haunt witnesses and plaintiffs in the case, the government of Mr. Aquino and other major political parties in the country have embraced the Ampatuan clan. At least 72 Ampatuan clan members are candidates in the May 2013 elections, nine of them running under the Liberal Party, and 34 others under the United Nationalist Alliance of Vice President Jejomar Binay. The big number of candidates from the clan bares an intact financial and power infrastructure. In fact, the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) shows that Andal Ampatuan Jr. has managed to sell eight prime properties, an outrage when the government has pledged to forfeit wealth that multiplied many times as the clan consolidated its powers with help from successive administrations that wooed the clan’s formidable voting machine. Nov. 23 is also the International Day to end Impunity. A Southeast Asian Press Alliance report shows the Philippines, supposedly the region’s most vibrant democracy, remains the most dangerous place for journalists. A total of 153 journalists have been killed since 1986. Of these, at least 14 had been murdered during the administration of Mr. Aquino. Of the total cases, only 10 cases have won partial convictions. No mastermind has ever been brought to trial. A survey of all cases of media killings will show that half of the suspects are state actors – policemen, soldiers, and elected officials. The Aquino administration’s embrace of a clan long known for warlordism only highlights how state policy can fuel impunity. Aside from the killings, Mr. Aquino has consistently exhibited a penchant for proposals to curtail press freedom and freedom of expression. Despite his avowed pledge to implement “tuwid na daan,” he has reneged on a promise to prioritize the passage of the Freedom of Information bill – an initiative that could help his government fulfil its promise to rid the country of corruption. What he has supported instead is the patently unconstitutional Cybercrime Prevention Act, a law which grants the state draconian powers to crack down on dissent and critical expression on digital space. Lately, the President has even mentioned in glowing terms the Right to Reply initiative, which would force the press to hand over its space to the whims of politicians and other powerful individuals and groups seeking to manage the flow of information. Taken together, the acts of commission and omission by the Aquino administration betray sheer lip service to justice and press freedom, and a dangerous tendency to sacrifice both to the exigencies of power. Signed: Center for Community Journalism and Development Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility Freedom Fund for Filipino Journalists National Union of Journalists of the Philippines Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism Philippine Press Institute University of the Philippines-College of Mass Communication









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EXUS Manila unveiled the new 2012 LS model range, including the LS 460L 5-seater and 4-seater. Following the recent GS and ES models, the new Lexus flagship is a bold blend of refinement and evolution. It incorporates powerful new styling featuring the Lexus spindle grille design, with enhanced driving dynamics and industry-leading technology. ‘With over 730,000 sold during its 23 year, four generation history, the LS has grown and evolved with the times’ said Kiyotaka Ise, President of Lexus International. ‘Our new flagship has much greater visual presence; the bold new design reflects how Lex-

us is evolving. This new LS brings sharper driving dynamics, the highest levels of refinement and luxury and once again is supported by industry leading technology’ The new LS has over 3000 changes, including three world first, and no less than 15 Lexus first, features and technical innovations. ‘The LS has always appealed to customers who demand the best. They appreciate the highly refined and luxurious nature of the Lexus flagship’ said Hideki Watanabe, LS Chief Engineer. ‘So, at the start of the LS development programme, I had to consciously broaden my horizons, focusing on the finer things in life from the worlds of art, design

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ITH more than 150 thousand ‘LIKES’, Kia Motors Philippines’ Facebook page just upped the ante for local and multinational brands who use the social media website for their digital marketing campaigns. Bringing ‘A Different Beat’ experience to its customers, Kia launched the Kia Beat Bop and Create Your Own Beat which allows their Facebook fans to play for a new iPad and even a Kia Picanto. The Kia BeatPop: Match & Swap Puzzle Game is a mini game where players match up three of the same-colored car characters within a certain time limit while the Kia BeatMaker: Create your own Kia Beat is a music-themed interactive campaign that allows players to create their own distinct Kia beat. When players of the

and technology – a first step towards creating the most sophisticated LS yet to satisfy the world’s most discerning customers.’ Responding in detail to customer feedback throughout every aspect of its development, the new Lexus flagship has been conceived to raise the bar even higher in the pursuit of unprecedented refinement, comfort, driving performance, technical excellence and, above all, quality. Design The exterior of the new LS has been comprehensively redesigned. A Lexus first, it can be equipped with all-LED exterior lighting, including vertical foglamps incorporating the world’s smallest PES lens, and

unique, L-shaped, seamless light tube Daytime Running Lights (DRLs). Reflecting the direction next-generation Lexus models will take, the bold, sophisticated dynamism of the new

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ities in Seoul, the capital city of one of the world’s strongest economy. Dr. Villareiz spoke to Seoul officials and distributed copies of her book: “Your Guide to a Smoke-free City: Lessons Learned from Davao City Philippines.” She met with city officials led by Vice Mayor for administrative affairs Kim Sang Bum and Dr. Kim Chang Bo, director general of Seoul’s Health Policy Bureau. At the time, the city of Seoul was hosting the comference of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. “They were inspired



8 million Filipino children who are left behind by our parents who work temporarily and live permanently in the foreign countries,” Anak OFW revealed. “While many of us children of migrant workers


by how Davao enforced the ordinance,” Dr. Villareiz told Edge Davao. “The Seoul government aims to make the capital a smoke-free city by 2020 in line with the World Health Organisation’s policy encouraging its members to reduce smoking,” according to the Herald. It said “the Seoul office plans to ban smoking in all public and multi-purpose facilities, in addition to bus stops, and restaurants and bars whose size exceeds 150 square meters, officials said.” The Herald said that over 5,700 bus stops and 80,000 restaurants and

bars in the capital will fall under Seoul’s no-smoking initiative. “Illegal cigarette advertisements will strictly be dealt with, and the Seoul office said that it would seek to raise cigarette prices as recommended by the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. “Korea sells cigarettes at the lowest price among OECD countries, which observers said is one of reasons the country has the highest smoking rate. Korea has not raised cigarette prices since 2004 when it lifted them from 2,000 won to 2,500 won as many politicians are reluctant to increase them.”

have enjoyed the basic needs such as good food, shelter and proper education, we deeply long the love and care of our parents especially of our mothers. While some of us have stayed with our

grandparents, uncles, aunties, and relatives who provide the needed love and attention, many of us have become victims of abuses even from the closest people our parents entrusted us,” the group said.

masayang ang pinagpaguran ninyo o ng inyong mga mahal sa buhay. Ang maganda sana ay kung inyong mapalago ang anumang kinikita mula sa paghahanap-buhay sa ibang bansa [We want to remind OFWs and help their families understand that handling their fi-

nances or salaries well is very important, so whatever they have worked hard for will not go to waste. It is even better if they can make their earnings from abroad grow through proper investment such as venturing into a business of their own,” cited Villar.

we need to do is sort them out and record them according to ISO standards,” she said. The Regional QMR Organizational Chart is headed by Alquiza with assistant regional director Tomas Rodriguez as deputy head. Ronald Ocampo, also from DAP, informed the participants that the ISO certification is shows that “everything that we will be presenting to the auditors should be supported

by evidence.” “If it is not written, it did not happen”, Ocampo said. Alquiza said the DPWH is going ISO 9001:2008 in order for it to meet the challenge to become globally competitive, to align with the current thrust of good governance and anti-corruption and, to increase the trust and confidence of the Filipino people to the agency through excellent public service.


her speech as she encouraged OFWs and their beneficiaries to handle their salaries and the remittance they receive. “Gusto namin maunawaan at tandaan ng ating mga OFWs at ng kanilang mga pamilya: ang pagiging masinop ay mahalaga upang hindi



satisfaction,” Alquiza said. Barbecho said that based on the DPWH ISOQMS Road Map they already accomplished the third step leading towards the DPWH certification come July 2013. “Even though we made some adjustments in our schedule when we started the project last August, we are positive that we will meet the target since most of that which will be considered for an ISO audit are in place and all



prodding and influencing my former wife to create a circus out of our supposedly personal affairs. Understandably, my positions as Dean of Cor Jesu College of Law, IBP Governor for Eastern Mindanao and especially as an active practicing lawyer valiantly espousing causes of my client, had gained me friends and enemies alike, the latter borne out of professional jealousy. Clearly, in my frenemies’ quest to destroy me, they found my personal life as a healthy source for their black propaganda material. “The entire point of the case Atty. De Vera had filed against Atty. Rosello and me is the ownership of Torreon building though she has craftily worded the petition in such a way as to make her, AGAIN, look saintly in the eyes of the public. After Atty. De Vera withdrew all my lifetime savings, forced me to answer solely all the financial needs and schooling of our beloved children, forced me to provide her with a sizable monthly support despite the fact that she is a lawyer, forced me to agree that she will have “administration” over all the real properties that I earned, she, with active encouragement of her friends and my enemies, has filed this VAWC case because she is allegedly psychologically abused. What bothers me is the fact that she filed this after Atty Rosello has been holding office in Torreon Building for more than two years, after she received her share from the sale of my Bangkal and Malita property and after she received the orders of dismissal of the disbarment and criminal cases which she previously filed against Atty. Rosello. To solve her “psychological abuse” I was forced to propose the sale of the building. True to my suspicion, she readily agreed and even declared to the Judge that she will sign the Deed of Sale. I had looked for willing buyers despite the fact that the title contained an annotation of a pending action. When she was handed the Deed of Sale, she suddenly refused because she is asking me to give her an impossible amount of P5 million for

an encumbered 83-square meter property. Note that the property was formerly owned by her classmate in high school. “As to the allegation of throwing a dead chicken on her car, Atty. Rosello and I have no knowledge of the same. Torreon Law Firm is a law firm. We don’t sell chickens. We had already jointly answered De Vera’s wrongful accusations in court and that is enough for us. It is even our theory that Atty. De Vera must have done this to herself to buy some media mileage in order to invite sympathy to her “cause”. For how can we, in broad daylight, and in a very public place (near Ateneo Matina, Dimsum Diner, East West Bank etc) throw a dead chicken on her car and throw paint upon the same? “Atty. Rosello, a beautiful and intelligent lawyer, had been long subject to the ire and the attacks of Atty. De Vera, both verbally and physically. In 2009, Atty Rosello had to transfer to Cebu City but Atty De Vera and her friends attacked her in her rented condominium unit. Atty. Rosello was forced to go back here in Davao City because of the incident to be close to her family. Atty. De Vera then filed a disbarment and a criminal case against Atty Rosello, all of which were dismissed. Perhaps, she has lost all other options to be in the limelight again, hence, this episode. “I would not have issued this statement because my misunderstanding with my former wife is supposed to be a private affair. However, I have to defend my side of the story, otherwise, the public, including my children, may see in me a monster when I am not. I therefore urge my wife, especially her “fake” friends, to put everything in proper perspective – that is, resolve differences in the most civilized way and not resort to cheap gimmicks. To my friends in the media, I respectfully request you that this matter will not be “tabloidized” as there is no point in discussing personal issues publicly,” Torreon said in the statement whose original he said he signed.” (30)

with group of sheriffs from the Regional Trial Court 11 led by Sheriff IV Renato Saurez. Other identified sheriffs who also went along

to serve the WPI were Sulpicio B. Santillan, Eliseo E. Margon Jr., Jaime P. Morta, Edward A. Rafael, Anthony M. Malay.

to, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani, North Cotabato and the cities of General Santos, Koronadal, Tacurong, Kidapawan and Cotabato. “(But) PDEA 12 could

not effectively perform its mandate in Cotabato City since the city is under the responsibility of PDEAARMM,” RDC’s Resolution No. 125 stressed.



uled to be completed by the end of this year as this is expected to help both local exporters and importers, according to engineer Leo M. Tampos, project manager of the San Vicente Terminal and Brokerage Serivces Inc. Tampos said said the Aboitiz-owned Cebu-based Metaphil, has already completed 95 percent of the construction of the pier and other infrastructure facilities. A big team of technicians, assisted and su-

Cor Jesu College of Law and eastern Mindanao governor of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines. Also fondly called “Bobbet” way back when he was a radio reporter, the IBP officer holds office in the Torreon Building, now also the bone of contention between him and his former wife, Marie Josephine “Bing” de Vera, a Rotarian. In a statement emailed to Edge Davao, Torreon reacted to a story printed by a local daily based on a police blotter report and an interview with de Vera. The Talomo police blotter stated that a red Honda CRV was splattered with red paint and a red plastic bag containing a dead chicken was thrown at the vehicle. De Vera reportedly branded the incident as an attempt to harass her after she filed a petition for temporary protection order and permanent protection order (TPOPPO) against her husband, Torreon, and his live-in partner, lawyer Jalika Fernandez Rosello, 28, before the Regional Trial Court early this month. In denying complicity in the incident which was also reported in television news, Torreon said in his email “De Vera, in media interviews that she herself sought after the alleged incident, had been accusing me and my law office partner of several wrongdoings, including allegedly throwing a dead chicken on her car in broad daylight and in front of her office. The article and news reports were released without the reporters asking for my side and that of Atty. Rosello on the issue.” “I am issuing this press statement to clarify any confusion caused by De Vera’s statements. “De Vera and I had been separated in fact for three years now. Admittedly, this is supposedly a personal matter between two persons whose marriage did not work out. It had been my wish that, as much as possible, a peaceful and amicable legal end would cap my failed marriage. Unfortunately, despite the lapse of three years, there are people who are using my marital problems against me by

pervised by five Japanese engineers, are now installing the cranes and are expected to finish the job in one week. Another company, HR Construction, is building the container yard and the work on this part of the project will be completed by February. The project using precast materials already fitted before they are placed on the structure will be finished in 10 months, a lot faster than the usual 18-month period need-

ed when a construction project uses the “cast and place” system where almost everything is done on site. Anthony Alexander N. Valoria, president of the Anflo Investment and Management Corp., the Floirendo-owned mother company, said the P2.7 billion project will help shipping companies in shortening their turnaround time as the trucks that will haul cargoes will have separate entry and exit points.

WPI, he then called a meeting at about 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 22, 2012 at the Davao del Norte Police Provincial Office Compound in Tagum City



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AVAO pride Jay Bayron never got the chance to stage a final fightback as the fourth round of the final round of the Yeangder ADT was called off due to bad weather on Friday in Taiwan, but his joint-seventh finish was enough to earn the top spot in the ADT Order of Merit. The course at National Garden Country Club was declared unplayable,

which meant 52-year-old local bet Lu Chien-soon got the win after rounds of 6663-68 for a 54-hole total of 197. Lu emerged as the oldest winner on the Asian Development Tour. Bayron, who grew up caddying at the Apo Golf before turning pro, bagged US$3,420 after rounds of 70-71-66, finishing 10 strokes off the winner but taking the top spot in the money list with total earn-

ings of $US34,309 for the season. The Filipino parbuster, along with Chinese Taipei’s Hsu Mong-nan (US$28,309) and England’s Peter Richardson (US$27,201), earned Asian Tour cards for 2013. Lin Wen Tang had rounds of 66-70-66 to finish second in the tournament at 202, while Chan Yih-Shin completed a Taiwanese 1-23 when he wound up shar-

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OS ANGELES - Not much of a trash-talker, Manny Pacquiao would rather have his fists do the talking. And that’s what he did on Thanksgiving Day. A day after Zanfer Promotions released photos of a ripped Juan Manuel Marquez during his media workout in Mexico, Pacquiao decked his opponent with a wicked left straight as sparring resumes at the Wild Card gym. Ever the humble fighter despite being the sport’s top dog, Pacquiao initially refused to release even a picture of how a young welterweight prospect, Benjie Gomez, crumbled to the canvas after receiving the patented Pacquiao left straight. “Huwag na lang natin pakita. Baka sabihin nagyayabang pa tayo,” Pacquiao said as he went about his regular routine even on a holiday. For boxing hall of fam-


Fullham GK coach helping Azkals


ANGKOK, Thailand – The Philippine national men’s football team may have failed to secure the services of top goalkeeper Neil Etheridge for its campaign for the 2012 ASEAN Football Federation Suzuki Cup, but the Azkals have another Fulham goalkeeper to help the team. Former Switzerland national team goalkeeper Pascal Zuberbuehler, who coached and played alongside Etheridge in English Premier League side Fulham for three years, arrived here last Thursday to help the Azkals coaching staff during the tournament, particularly on assisting local goalkeepers Eduard Sacapaño and Ref Cuaresma in their duties

Boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao sent his sparmate to the canvass with a vicious left straight on Thanksgiving Day. Mike Quidilla / MP Promotions.

er Freddie Roach, this augurs well for Pacquiao who challenged himself to regain the ferocity he had before in his Dec. 8 fight with Marquez.

Asked what he has to be thankful for on this American holiday, Roach said, “Manny knocking his opponent down today. “It’s a good sign. We ha-

ven’t seen that in a while,” the five-time Trainer of the Year quipped before closing his sweatshop and heading off to a simple Thanksgiving celebration.

EtHERIDGE. Out of the line-up.

between the posts. “I’m involved with the training,” said Zuberbuehller, a veteran of the World Cup and several European Championships. “I’m not the one who comes now and tell the keeper, ‘You have to move like this, you have to dive like this.’ (For them to) have confidence, I’ll be happy.” Etheridge had been ruled out of the Suzuki Cup after Fulham recalled him from his loan from English fourth-division side Bristol Rovers. That leaves Sacapaño and Cuaresma the only keepers of the squad who are sure to play in the tournament. Another foreign-based keeper, Roland Mueller, is in the lineup, but his availability is still in question.



EDGEDAVAO Salade Chèvre Chaud sur Toast (Mesclun Salad Mixed with Warm Goat Cheese on Toast) with some home made artisan bread and French wine.


Crêpe Oeuf, Jambon, Fromage (Crepe with Fried Egg, Ham & Gruyère Cheese)

Yves and Rosalie Monestier.

the 1920’s and 1930’s where life was decadent and royalty, art, and the occasional lady of leisure mingled together at parties at Paris’ Montmartre. Bon Appetit


The first time I heard that there was a French restaurant in Tagum a couple of years ago, I thought it must be just a fluke or a gimmick but gladly though I was proven wrong as foodies from Durianburg drove all the way to Tagum just to have a taste of the delicious authentic French fare at Bon Appetit owned by couple owners Yves and Rosalie Monestier’s. Fast forward to today and after a successful opening of their Bon Appetit at Plaza del Carmen,

Olive tapanade and artisan bread.

Côte de Boeuf Grillée (Grilled Australian Bone-in Ribeye Steak)

Yves and Rosalie decided to open a bigger Bon Appletit at The Peak of the Gaisano Mall of Davao.

One of the many French wines available at Bon Appetit Le Bistro.

Called Bon Appetit Le Bistro, the restaurant, with its chartreuse walls and beautiful artwork harkens back to the gay old Paris of

Confit de Canard Pommes Sarladaises (Duck Leg cooked in Duck Fat & Fried Potatoes)

Quiche Épinard Chèvre (Savory Pie with Spinach & Goat Cheese)





SM, Mahintana Foundations turn over first Felicidad Sy Wellness Center for Children in GenSan

Life of Life of Pi: 5 reasons the movie was deemed ‘unfilmable’

YAnn Martel’s 2001 novel Life of Pi has sold more than seven million copies and spent years on the bestseller lists. Bringing any beloved The newly renovated and refurbished Ba- book to the big screen can be a daunting undertaking, but this particrangay health Center in Lagao, General ular story—about a young shipwreck survivor who shares a lifeboat Santos City was turned over by SM and with a hungry tiger—was long considered “unfilmable.” After several Mahintana Foundations to the local government unit after its blessing and inaugu- directors (includration last Thursday, November 22, 2012. ing M. night ShyaA more spacious and well-equipped with upgraded malan) got on board facilities, the newly renovated wellness center now and then jumped has a reception and triage area that has been trans- ship, Ang Lee agreed formed into a modern reception and triage area with to helm the project. a reception nook, cabinets, and record-keeping com- The Oscar winner for partments. It also has a consultation/treatment room Brokeback Mountain and rural health midwife room furnished with tables, has crafted a beauchairs and consultation beds for a more comfortable tiful, faithful adaptation, though the and better assessment. Located at the end of the wellness center is an air- filmmaking journey conditioned Delivery/Labor room which is equipped was hardly smooth with hospital beds, intravenous stands, bedside tables, sailing. Check out a toilet, pediatric beds, an emergency dressing cart, this tsunami of chaland a delivery bed to provide safe birth giving and in- lenges, any of which could have sunk the tense privacy to GYNe-OB patients. A Dental Room on the other side of the center with production: a complete dental facility has likewise been provided. The center has also an area for elderly where the elderlies can relax and enjoy each other’s company as well as an area for children filled with toys and books for Children to learn, to play and to simply have fun. The renovation of the health center took about 2 months to complete and was made possible through the collaboration of Mahintana Foundation Inc. and SM Foundation Inc. under Felicidad Sy Wellness Program and it’s the first Wellness Center ever renovated and refurbished in Mindanao Area. Among those present during the inauguration and turnover ceremonies were: General Santos City Mayor Darlene Magnolia Antonino-Custodio; SM Foundation Inc. executive Director for health and Medical Programs Connie S. Angeles; Mahintana Foundation Inc. Finance Manager Liza hora; SM City General Santos Asst. Mall Manager hermon L. hernandez; General Santos City Integrated health Services Office Chief edgardo Sandig and Brgy. Lagao Captain, Rolito R. Blando. They were joined by General Santos City councilors, barangay health workers, and health services office staff. A medical mission was also conducted simultaneously with the inauguration. Volunteer barangay health workers, student nurses, doctors, dentists from the local government unit attended to over 900 patients. Medical and Dental Missions of SM Foundation Inc. with the participation of Kapwa Ko Mahal Ko aims to provide an avenue to encourage health advocacy, multi-sectoral coordination and community participation.

1. No Stars to Guide the Ship: For this risky venture, Lee has selected mostly unknown actors, except for Gérard Depardieu in the small, but juicy part of the chef. not even Spider-Man himself could make the cut! Yep, Tobey Maguire shot several scenes as the writer who interviews the adult Pi Patel. But according to insiders, the director decided Maguire (who appeared in Lee’s The Ice Storm in 1997) was “too famous” among the cast of no-names and recast the role. That’s going to make any Ice Storm reunion awkward! 2. Finding the Perfect Pi: After an exhaustive talent search throughout India, during which 3,000 young men auditioned, Lee and his team picked 17-yearold Suraj Sharma to play the titular hero. new to the world of acting, Suraj prepped for the demanding role by learning to swim,

fish, build a sail and gather fresh water. To match Pi’s physical transformation, the skinny teen first gained some 17 pounds of muscle, and then during filming, dramatically dropped 37 pounds to depict the char-

acter’s starvation. Safe to say, no pie for Pi. 3. Tony the Tiger, This Ain’t: As the old adage goes, never work with kids or animals, yet Pi features both—in the same small boat. Passengers include

a zebra, hyena, orangutan and a 450-pound tiger nicknamed Richard Parker, who becomes Pi’s main companion on his oceanic odyssey. Although ferocious Richard Parker is largely a CGI creation, the digital beast feels as real as the four actual Bengal tigers that served as physical and performance references. You’ll believe Pi is in serious danger of becoming a kitty snack. 4. Breaking the Waves and the Bank: Shooting on water can drown a production in problems, delays and cost overruns—just ask Kevin Costner, who belly flopped in Waterworld with its reported $175 million budget. To pull off Pi’s extensive aquatic sequences, including a harrowing shipwreck and massive “Storm of God,” the filmmakers spent months in Taiwan, where they built the world’s largest selfgenerating wave tank. And they reportedly had only $100 million, a drop in the proverbial ocean. 5. A CGI-Heavy Movie With Weighty Themes: Ang Lee may not seem like the perfect fit for a special effects-laden spectacle (case in point: his poorly received hulk). Plus, Pi represents the director’s first foray into 3-D filmmaking. But even as he and his digital wizards create exquisite 3-D visuals, Lee never loses sight of the depth that really matters: the emotional kind. his Pi is an immersive, exhilarating experience that does justice to Martel’s book and its explorations of spirituality and faith. Amen for that.



Why Justin Bieber and Demi Lovato are so obsessed with ‘haters’

with Selena Gomez,” media psychiatrist Carole Lieberman tells me. “he’s admitted to being confused, so haters are getting to him more at this time of self-doubt.” Let’s hope that fan letters are more effective, too.

DURING his American Music Awards acceptance speech, Bieber could’ve just left the stage after thanking his fans, his mom and his manager. But no: Like many young stars, he seems obsessed with people who dare to tell him he’s anything but amazeballs and destined for legend-hood.

During his speech, Bieber said, “I want to say this is for all the haters who thought that I was just here for one or two years. I feel like I’m going to be here for a very long time.” (I guess all those critics write those negative reviews because they’re, like, jealoussss.) So why the fixation? Well, chalk it up to good old-fashioned human vulnerability. And—just maybe—a touch of narcissism. Unlike the rest of us,

“most of the time, stars can just choose what to concern themselves with, what to care about, what to dismiss or ignore,” says harvard psychiatrist John Sharp, author of The emotional Calendar. “I see insulation that often borders on isolation, alternating with great sensitivity and a strong, sometimes narcissistic desire to be loved. When this balance is struck in a healthy way, celebs can protect themselves from every possible

critique. “however, when this balance is off, celebs may become either out of touch on the one hand, or overly touchy on the other. The latter is probably what we are seeing here.” In other words, you should give these people some credit: Lashing out at a hater isn’t typical of stars. Otherwise you’d see them Tweeting nastygrams to haters every day. No, something is likely going on in their lives that’s making them feel more vulnerable, and they’re feeling the need to “fight back.” “Justin is having a tough time these days with his onagain, off-again relationship

Miley Cyrus’ birthday present from PETA: A pig named Nora! WhAT in the world do you get a gal like Miley Cyrus for her birthday?

how about a pig?! At least, that’s what PeTA is gifting Liam hemsworth’s 20-year-old bride-to-be in honor of her big day. The animal org has rescued a four-legged friend named Nora to celebrate Cyrus’ dedication to animal rights. “PeTA knew that sponsoring a rescued pig was the perfect birthday present for a young woman who spends so much time encouraging others to help animals,” PeTA executive Vice President Tracy Reiman says. “From promoting animal adoption to speaking up for cows who suffer on dairy farms, Miley never stops letting her millions of fans know what they can do

to make the world a kinder place.” In addition to pet piggy Nora, PeTA is recognizing the donation page created by Cyrus’ fans in honor of

her 20th birthday, which helps raise money for the charities Starkey and Saving Spot. Congrats Miley (and Nora)!

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Rihanna and Chris Brown spend thanksgiving together in Berlin RIhANNA and Chris Brown have reunited…again.

The “Nobody’s Business” crooners were spotted partying at Adagio nightclub Thanksgiving night in Berlin. While Brown was in town for his Carpe Diem Tour, Rihanna, who just wrapped her own globetrotting 777 Tour, hopped back on a jet to travel to

Germany Wednesday. “All alone in my big ole jet!!! See u soon lover,” the “Diamonds” singer tweeted that day, along with an Instagram pic of herself on it, following that up with “#Berlin #CarpeDiem,” later that day. Rihanna and Brown were spotted hopping into a vehicle together after they left the club.




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Bon Appetit Le Bistro’s vibe is casual and fun with some art and great food for good measure.

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Le Bistro is a no-frills casual dining place offering regular favorites that can be ordered at the Plaza del Carmen restaurant plus a heaping of new dishes that I am sure will be favorites as well. For starters I had Quiche Épinard Chèvre (Savory Pie with Spinach & Goat Cheese), Crêpe Oeuf, Jambon, Fromage (Crepe with Fried egg, ham & Gruyère Cheese), Salade Chèvre Chaud sur Toast (Mesclun Salad Mixed with Warm Goat Cheese on Toast). My favorite would be the Crêpe Oeuf, Jambon, Fromage which had a breakfassy slant to it thanks to the beautiful fried egg that added some richness to the dish. After the appetizers I had Côte de Boeuf Grillée, sauce “entrecôte” et gratin de pommes de terre (Grilled Aus-

tralian Bone-in Ribeye Steak with “entrecôte” Sauce and Potato Gratin) and a decadent Confit de Canard Pommes Sarladaises (Duck Leg cooked in Duck Fat & Fried Potatoes) which was heaven in every bite. Of course it helps that Bon Appetit Le Bistro is also where you can find good quality yet affordable French wines to pair with your meal. And what would be a meal without dessert composed of Crème Brûlée and Sorbet Mangue (Mango Sorbet). The Crème Brûlée was perfect with it’s torched sugar crust, I would have wanted to have their famous Pot au Crème but I was on a “diet”. So as the meal ended, the little fat piggy cried “Oui, oui, oui!” with a smile, all the way home.

Bon Appetit Le Bistro also has a room for private dining or small Crème Brûlée. gatherings.





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Davao booters fall to M’lang By Neil Bravo

Team Standing as of 23 November 2012 TEAM









Romgarjal FC









Mlang FC









Hooligans FC









Advocates FC









GP= Games Played; W=Win; D = Draw; L = Loss; GF = Goals For; GA = Goals Against; GD = Goal Difference [GF minus GA]; PTS = Points [W = 3 pts; D = 1 pt; & L = 0 pts].

Results on 23 November

Game 1: Romgarjal FC defeated Advocates FC (3-0) Game 2: Mlang FC defeated Hooligans FC (3-1)


OUTHERN Mindanao champion Hooligans FC came stumbling down with a huge 1-3 beating from underdog M’lang FC on Friday at the start of the PFF Smart National Club Championship Mindanao Finals. The favoured hosts got the shock of their lives as the champions from Central Mindanao came out smoking from the opening whistle and rattling in three straight goals for a 3-0 lead. M’lang Forward Steven Anotado found the back of the net early in the 3rd minute and Jomar Ursua booked another in the 38th for a 2-nil M’lang lead at halftime. Anotado wasn’t done yet in the second half as he was on target again in the 68th for an insurmount-

able 3-0 lead. Jayric Iligan averted a shutout loss for the Holligans by scoring in the 78th. The match, however, was not as one-sided as the final scoreline. The hard-luck Hooligans had three attempts that hit the bar and several decent attempts in front of the goal but failed to connect. “Those two goals for M’lang were defensive lapses, but they were more determined and organized,” said Davao Football Association secretary-general Erwin Protacio. The crowd at the Tionko Field were just as shocked as the Hooligans, touted as the pre-tournament favourite to advance to the 16-team club championships beginning Janu-

ary, who will now have to win their last two assignments to advance. That includes the match against Romgarjal FC of Dipolog on Sunday. Romgarjal, the Western Mindanao champion, is seen as the biggest stumbling block to the Davao clubs’ hopes of advancing. Now it looks like Romgarjal is on its way to topping the Mindanao Finals after a win over noshow Northern Mindanao champion Advocates FC of Iligan. The default win is equivalent to a 3-0 scoreline. Romgarjal was to meet M’lang FC on Saturday while Hooligans will get a ‘W’ against Advocates and a chance to gain one of the two slots for Mindanao to the Nationals.

back the NBA’s best record. ‘’It was good to get the bad taste out of our mouth,’’ Grizzlies center Marc Gasol said. ‘’Definitely been three days without a game, that whole game kept growing on us, and we really wanted to come out and show our fans we want to play.’’ The Grizzlies bounced back after a 97-92 loss to Denver on Monday night. They took the lead over the Lakers in the first

quarter and never let go. Zach Randolph had 17 points and 12 rebounds, and Gasol added 14 points and eight assists. Mike Conley scored 19 points, and Tony Allen finished with 12. Memphis didn’t practice the day before the loss to Denver after back-toback games. Coach Lionel Hollins put his Grizzlies on the court Thursday morning even with the Thanksgiving holiday.

Grizzlies overpower Lakers


EMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The Memphis Grizzlies had to wait three long days before getting back on the court after a loss snapped their eight-game winning streak. They made up for the wait by continuing the best start in franchise history. Rudy Gay scored 21 points, and the Grizzlies beat the Los Angeles Lakers 106-98 on Friday night to improve to 9-2 and take

Jeremy Lin (7) of the Houston Rockets shoots the ball over Carmelo Anthony (7) of the New York Knicks at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.

Lin gets back at Knicks


OUSTON (AP) -Jeremy Lin doesn’t know if he’ll ever perform as well as he did during his charmed February with the New York Knicks last season. For now he’s content to be a key contributor on

tWO GASOLS. Brothers Marc (Memphis) and Pau (Los Angeles) go up against each other in the game between the Grizzlies and the Lakers. The Grizzlies won to regain the leadership in the NBA.

his new team. James Harden scored 33 points and Chandler Parsons had a career-high 31 to help the Houston Rockets coast to a 131-103 victory over the Knicks on Friday night. Lin added 13 points, seven rebounds and three assists in his first game against his previous team. The Rockets carried a 12-point lead into the third, and scored 10 straight points later in the quarter to extend their lead to 21. Carmelo Anthony scored a season-high 37 for New York, which has dropped consecutive games for the first time this season. Lin went undrafted out of Harvard and became a sensation with the Knicks last season with a remarkable stretch in February when he scored at least 20 points in nine of 10 games. A high point of that span came when he had 38 points and seven assists in a 92-85 victory over the Lakers on Feb. 10. The Rockets released Lin before he signed with

New York. Lin became a Rocket again when the Knicks decided not to match Houston’s threeyear, $25 million offer. ‘’I’m not looking to recreate what happened in New York,’’ said Lin, who has been in a slump lately. ‘’I want to be a consistent player. I want to get better. I don’t know what my potential is. I don’t know if I can play any better than I did during that stretch, but I’m going to find out to see how close I can get.’’ He said he’s ‘’at peace’’ with the Knicks not matching Houston’s offer, and he’s glad to be in Houston. He’ll get another shot at his former team when the Rockets travel to Madison Square Garden on Dec. 17. ‘’I thought this was one of Jeremy’s better games,’’ Houston interim coach Kelvin Sampson said. ‘’He attacked and played with swagger tonight, and that was good to see.’’ Though Lin and the Rockets got the best of the Knicks in this one, not everything went right for the guard on Friday night.




Azkals now turn heads, attract scouts By Neil Bravo with reports from wires


ROM favourite whipping boys whose development is a decade behind, the Philippine Azkals are now high on the scouting assignments, high on the pre-tournament predictions, and loaded with respect. The laws of gravity have turned and history is about to change. True enough, any Physics teacher will tell you what goes up must come down and what was down can only go up. Now that’s one for history. Makes sense. The Azkals arrived in Thailand for the 2012 AFF Suzuki Cup no longer having to go through the qualifiers where they used to be virtual practice team occupying the cellar against the developing FAs of Southeast Asia. “They (Philippines) are well-prepared for the tournament. They have speed and when they lose the ball they are quick to recover,” said Winfried Schafer, who spied on the 2010 semi-fi-

nalists in Cebu last November 15. The Thailand coach who carried Cameroon to the 2002 African Nation’s Cup is wary of the threat posed by 2010 shock troops Philippines, who the three-time champions meet in Group A of the AFF Suzuki Cup on Saturday night (match underway as of presstime). The Azkals are going to the Suzuki Cup buoyed up by the win over Singapore and holding off Bahrain to a draw, and losing to Kuwait via a close shave. The last time the Philippines met Thailand in 2006, the Thais bludgeoned the Azkals 4-0. That is not likely to happen now. Schafer was impressed by their performance in the 1-0 victory over Singapore in Cebu City last week and has warned his players to expect a tough match. “They seem to have a good system and their players understand each

other well. So we must not underestimate them. But if our key players play according to our plan, then I’m confident that we will win.” The Azkals have transformed into a fluid, attacking side with strikers Phil Younghusband and Dennis Wolf up front. The defense has also tremendously improved. The Azkals are an entirely new squad with a lot of poise and experience. Despite losing 6-2 keeper Neil Etheridge to his Premier League club Fullham at the last minute, the Azkals still have Ed Sacapano who played the game of his life in the Singapore friendly. Coach Michael Weiss hopes Sacapano will keep that deadly form to Bangkok. The “will he or wont he” over Etheridge’s participation was finally put to rest after the keeper’s name was omitted from the final squad list of 22 players.


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Edge Davao 5 Issue 190, November 25-26, 2012

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