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GALLOPING PRINCE. Former Davao Horse Club (DHC) George Walter Misa stays in control on the saddle as his 14-year old Arabian horse Quilin Prince gallops during the opening rites of San Antonio Park at Nenita Farms in Maripangi, Toril over the weekend. Unlike George’s horse, Davao’s local revenues did not gallop in the second quarter of the year (see story in this page). Lean Daval Jr.

Davao net income down by P616 million, expenses up AT A GLANCE: Net income down by 74.48% Government spending up 39% 60-40 ratio for IRA-local income Low collection could be reason for ‘no hiring’ policy



AVAO City’s revenue collection slowed down dramatically in the second quarter while its expenditures went up by almost 40 percent backing up speculations the lost income must have triggered the stoppage of personnel hiring in the first two months of the new administration.

The city government’s net income dropped by 74.48 percent or P616 million during the second quarter of 2013 while government spending increased by 39 percent during the same period. Records obtained from the Office of the City Accountant showed that Davao City’s net income reached P1.03 billion as of the first half of 2013 but 79.67


THEY LOVE DURIAN TOO. These tourists eat durian like locals at SM Lanang Premier’s Fountain Court where the Durian Festival is currently being held. Lean Daval Jr.


Informal settlers 2 now at 40,000 Abreeza showcases 4 ‘Davao Fruit Craze’ PSC: BPinoy to push 14 through in DavNor


STRANDED. A lady braves the flood caused by Monday’s heavy downpour just to get a ride home along E. Quirino Avenue in Davao City. Lean Daval Jr.


ON STANDBY. Young boys hang around a center island along E. Quirino Avenue in Davao City waiting for possible distress calls from conked out vehicles in the flood. Lean Daval Jr.

Informal settlers D now at 40,000

Davao City, 7 others shortlisted for PHL APEC hosting in 2015



HERE are now 40,000 informal settlers in Davao City—a problem the city government will have to solve despite measly data five years old. In the press forum of the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP) for Just and Humane Demolition and Eviction at the Waterfront Insular Hotel Lanang yesterday, PCUP Davao City Area Coordinator Lorna V. Raza revealed that there are today an estimated 40,000 families considered as informal settlers. The number comes as

a surprise to local officials and planners, there being no updated data on the problem, the last entry on record was made five years ago by the City Planning Office Housing Division. The 40,000 families are potential socialized housing beneficiaries who are most in need of relocation and are close to demolition of their homes. Since the records are from five years ago, the number is expected to rise, hence the need for another round of registration on potential socialized housing beneficiaries.

This would need a bigger budget for the last quarter of this year, with the next round of registration being next year,” she said adding that the budget needed is really big. Meanwhile, representatives from various sectors all over Mindanao attended the Consultative Conference for Just and Humane Eviction and Demolition which was held yesterday. The conference was aimed at ensuring observance of the provisions of Article XIII Section 10 of the 1987 Constitution, which provides that “ur-

ban and rural poor dwellers shall not be evicted nor their dwellings be demolished except in accordance with law and in a just and humane manner.” PCUP chairman Hernani Panganiban said, “It is the first time in Mindanao that different sectors, especially the judicial and executive branches, to come together and talk on how to avoid violence during demolition through pre-demolition conferences with the stakeholders, including the affected families and land owners.”

BATIK EXHIBIT. An exhibitor prepares to display an authentic batik during the second day of Mindanao Trade Expo 2013 at the activity area of Abreeza Mall yesterday. Lean Daval Jr.

AVAO City and seven other cities and destinations around the country have been shortlisted as possible venues for high-level meetings when the Philippines hosts the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in 2015, a senior Foreign Affairs official said. Foreign Undersecretary Laura del Rosario, head of the National Organizing Council for APEC, said among those selected were: Metro Manila, Clark, Tagaytay, Legaspi, Iloilo, Boracay, Cebu and Davao. Bacolod, she said, is also being considered as a back-up venue for the meeting.

Del Rosario said the shortlisted sites are “under serious considerations” by the organizers but will have to go through another round of evaluation every six months before 2015 to ensure its readiness to host the meetings. “The cities that were reviewed have passed the initial requirements based on certain criteria - security, cleanliness, and accessibility,” Del Rosario told reporters in an interview. Criteria for selection of venues also include facilities and infrastructure, power and water conditions, and medical


DENR to resort owners in Samal: Observe the accessibility law


N officer of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources XI urged resort owners in the Island Garden City of Samal to observe the accessibility law which allows passage of the public on the shoreline fronting their respective establishments. Speaking in the launching of the press forum “I-Talk at the Seda Hotel,” Atty. Felix Alicer, regional technical director on Land Management Services of the DENR XI said their agency teamsup with the local government of IGACOS in order to regulate the introduction of resort development in the island. He said a series of three meetings had been held with the stakeholders of IGACOS to discuss the issue on open access on all shorelines based on the Presidential Decree 1067 or Water Code of the

Philippines. “We do not want to be remiss of our mandate to implement the accessibility law on the shoreline,” Alicer said, He said the law provides that all properties bordering on water are subject to legal easement of varying dimensions like three meters for urban areas, 20 meters for agricultural areas and forty meters for forest land. Alicer also said that the law guarantees the public access to the beach for purposes of recreation, salvage and fishing. He explained further that owner even of titled property with beach head, is subject to easement. “In fact, you are not supposed to introduce structure within this easement, because doing so defeats its purpose,” Alicer said.










Abreeza showcases ‘Davao Fruit Craze’ By ATHENA JILLIAN F. BRAVO


HE Department of Tourism XI (DOT-XI) in partnership with Abreeza Mall launched a fruit bazaar on Monday as

part of the city’s annual celebration of the Kadayawan Festival. Davao Fruit Craze is the very first fruit bazaar that will show-

DAVAO FRUIT CRAZE. (From left to right) Abreeza marketing head Ruby Chua, Duaw Dabaw president Gene Bangayan, Davao Tourism Association

case the bountiful harvest the city has during this time of the year. The bazaar’s goal is to make the fruits of Davao readily available

to tourists inside the comforts of the mall. The Davao Fruit Craze was formally opened by Davao Tourism Association (DATA)

president Mary Ann Montemayor and DOT XI spokesperson Eden David. AJ Bravo

president Mary Ann “Baby” Montemayor, Duaw Dabaw president Gene Bangayan, DOT XI spokesperson Eden David and Abreeza Mall marketing head Ruby Chua. “We would like to institutionalize and make it as a part of a tourist’s experience to enjoy this kind of activity by eating fruits this Kadayawan most especially durian,” David said. Fruit growers and vendors were invited to showcase and sell fresh fruits including durian, pomelo, lanzones, mangoosteen, rambutan and fruit by-products like durian candies, durian tarts and other locally-made products

that tourists can choose from. “The fruit bazaar is open to the public this Kadayawan. We even placed armies at the entrance for security purposes because of the heightened alert in Davao but everyone may enter and eat fruits here,” Chua added. Because of the city’s bountiful harvest, this event is one of steps that DOT-XI took to further establish Davao City as the fruit basket of the Philippines and promote Kadayawan Festival. The event will happen on August 11-25, 2013 at the Boardwalk, Abreeza Mall.

Exciting Kadayawan treats at SM Lanang Premier


OADS of enjoyment and shopping fun await Dabawenyos as the metro’s premier shopping, dining, lifestyle and entertainment hub celebrates Kadayawan Festival in a big, unique way. From now up until the 25th, expect interesting activities and great shopping deals from SM Lanang Premier that are sure to keep your festive spirits high. KADAYAWAN DURIAN FESTIVAL, AUGUST 10-25 Durian lovers and enthusiasts are invited to visit the two-week Kadayawan Durian Festival at the Fountain Court to discover more about Davao’s ‘king of fruits.’ Organized by the Durian Industry Council of Davao City in partnership with the Department of Tourism and with the support ofSM Lanang Premier, the Durian fest showcases fresh durian varieties and includes all-you-can-eat Durian sessions.

THE DAVAO GOURMET COLLECTIVE, August 16-18 The Davao Gourmet Collective brings together the city’s top chefs and restaurateurs in one unique food exhibit at the mall Atrium. Get a taste of Davao’s exceptional eats and the tastiest specialties fromparticipating restaurant purveyors and supplierssuch as Blugré, Bangkok Wok, Villa Margarita, Osvaldo’s Cakes, Cellar de Boca, Malagos Farms, Hog’s Breath Café, Morisco Ristorante Italiano, Beko’s Biik, JR. by Jonathan’s Cupcakery, Monica Floirendo, and Crazy Cook. The Davao Gourmet Collective will kick off on Friday, August 16, at 11am. KADAYAWAN SALE, August 12-18 As a Kadayawan treat, shoppers could get up to 70% off on selected itemsat participating stores at SM Lanang Premier. Shop til midnight on August 16 and enjoy extended shopping hours on August 17

and 18. KADAYAWAN BONSAI EXHIBIT, August 12-18 Take a look at the Kadayawan Bonsai Exhibit, which puts on display the best Bonsai creations by the Davao Bonsai Society. Set up at the 2nd level, The Fountain Court, more than 30 Bonsai artists from Davao participated in this exhibit. PABLO CRAFTS EXHIBIT, August 11-17 A project by the Department of Tourism, in partnership with the Provincial Governments of Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley and SM Lanang Premier, ‘Pablo Crafts’ is ongoing at SM Lanang Premier Lower Ground Level until August 17. The said exhibit puts on display stone and wooden crafts, home furnishings, decors and paintings made by survivors of Typhoon Pablo. Sales proceeds will go directly to the beneficiaries.


DURIAN PRODUCTS. Durian products such as jam and candies are available at the Durian Festival.

EXHIBITS. Pablo Crafts exhibit at the Lower Ground Level, SM Lanang Premier.










Mindanao’s finest at the 18 MTE at Abreeza Mall th


KING OF FRUITS. Discover the different varieties of the ‘king of fruits’ at the Durian Festival at the Fountain Court of SM Lanang Premier.

INDANAO Trade Expo Foundation, Inc. (MTEFI), now on its 18th year of organizing the Mindanao Trade Expo (MTE), joins Davao City in celebrating Kadayawan by gathering Mindanao’s best manufacturers and exporters at the 18th MTE on August 11 to 15, 2013 at the Activity Center of Abreeza Mall. The expo, considered to be Mindanao’s biggest, has attracted over a hundred micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) from all over Mindanao and will feature a wide array of products, such as arts and crafts, home décor and houseware, furniture gift and premium items, fashion, health and wellness, fresh produce and processed food. Various service provides will also be participating in the expo. “After the success mounting of MTE Araw ng Dabaw last March, we’re back at Abreeza to show the Kadayawan crowd what we Mindanawons can do,” said MTEFI President and internationally-renowned furniture designer Ann T. Pamintuan. In preparation for the expo, several capability-building activities were organized by the MTEFI. For instance, MTEFI tapped young designers to be part of the presti-

gious MTE Design Team and organized Design Workshop for them to provide design directions and coaching tools for effective product development. The workshop was conducted by Movement 8 designer, Tony Gonzales in partnership with Product Development Design Center of the Philippines. The Design Team, in turn, assisted entrepreneurs with product development during a workshop in Butuan, which enabled MSMEs to learn updated technology procedures and techniques. Led by internationally renowned designer and MTEFI President Ann Pamintuan, the MTE Design Team will be transforming Abreeza’s Activity Center into a Kadayawan-inspired setting using metal works interspersed with wood and various indigenous raw materials. Their displays showcase not only the innate creativity and superior craftsmanship of Mindanawons, but also the abundance of raw materials in Mindanao. To further illustrate this is a display featuring the Map of Mindanao, crafted from raw materials found in each region of Mindanao. This display was mounted in partnership with the Fine Arts and Design students of Philippine Women’s College of Davao.

NN Pamintuan is immediately able spot talent when she sees it. This uncanny ability wad developed by this lady entrepreneur after more than a decade of helping launch the careers of promising designers from Mindanao. “I believe in the talent of Mindanao’s youth which is definitely worldclass,” said Pamintuan, who is also a multi-awarded furniture designer and president of the Mindanao Trade Expo Foundation Inc. (MTEFI), which is spearheading MTE 2013. MTE is recognized as the biggest and most prestigious annual trade exposition in Mindanao which showcases the best of the island-region’s products, services and tourist locations. Pamintuan said that some 130 entrepreneurs from across Mindanao are expected to attend this year’s expo. She explained that MTE 2013, which will coincide with the celebra-

tion of the Kadawayan Festival, aims to highlight the talent of Mindanao’s young designers. The expo will feature a design competition which hopes to attract aspiring student designers who want to make a name for themselves in the fashion and houseware industries. Pamintuan said the participants will be tasked to create home accents and costume jewelry using eco-friend, natural, recycled materials, and should highlight Mindanao’s rich culture and traditions. “Through this contest, we will not only be able to discover homegrown talent, but also promote the use of natural and indigenous homegrown materials from Mindanao,” she said. This year’s expo also includes a fashion show showcasing the designs of selected SMEs such as the Gilded Expressions, Crystal Seas and Yvette’s Bags, as well as the creations of Mindanao Design Team artists Emi Englis and Junnie Artajo.

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

7.1 1st Qtr 2013

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

7.8 1st Qtr 2013

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

USD 3,741 million Feb 2013 USD 4,708 million Feb 2013 USD -967 million Feb 2013 USD -640 million Dec 2012 P 4,964,560 million Feb 2013

8. Interest Rates 4/

2.4 % Mar 2013 P113,609 million Mar 2013 P 5,281 billion Mar 2013

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

P 41.14 Apr 2013

12. Stocks Composite Index 6/

6,847.5 Mar 2013

13. Consumer Price Index 2006=100

132.8 Apr 2013

14. Headline Inflation Rate 2006=100

2.6 Apr 2013

15. Core Inflation Rate 2006=100

3.1 Apr 2013

16. Visitor Arrivals

418,108 Feb 2013

17. Underemployment Rate 7/

20.9% Jan 2013

18. Unemployment Rate 7/

7.1% Jan 2013

MONTHLY AVERAGE EXCHANGE RATE (January 2012-April 2013) Month Average December November October September August July June May April March February January




40.67 40.73

42.23 41.01 41.12 41.45 41.75 42.04 41.91 42.78 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

Holcim posts 34% increase nd in 2 quarter net income L

EADING cement manufacturer Holcim Philippines, Inc. enjoyed an excellent second quarter after construction picked up during the summer months, supported by steady plant operations and effective cost controls. Revenues grew by 13% to Php8.11 billion and net income jumped 34% to Php1.62 billion, helped by increase in sales volumes, improving operational efficiencies and sustained cost management. For the first half, Holcim Philippines revenues improved by 10.5% to Php15.28 billion and net income surged by 50% to Php3 billion. CEO Ed Sahagun acknowledged that the company benefited from the robust construction nationwide due to favorable weather conditions, early release of government funds for infrastructure and elections spending. “Our industry is a key sector that is benefiting early from the Philippines’ economic revival. We see a continuing trend in construction activities -- government is keen on sustaining infrastructure investments, and

private construction is being driven by real demand. In such an environment, the challenge is keeping the market supplied and we are committed to do our share,” Sahagun said. Moreover, the Company’s own initiatives were vital in achieving its excellent performance. Operational efficiencies and cost management across functions and facilities led to further improvements in production and distribution costs. Said Sahagun: “Our good performance affirms our ability to work well as one organizational team. It also affirms the soundness of our decisions, particularly in sustaining the level of investments to keep our plants in good condition. At a time of high demand, we kept our facilities running efficiently, while keeping costs within control.” Sahagun remains optimistic about the company’s prospects, noting that the government ‘s proposed Php2.268-trillion national budget for 2014 includes a Php399.4 billion allocation for infrastructure development, which is 35.5% higher

than this year’s allotment. He shared that Holcim Philippines is ready to capture opportunities coming from future growth in cement demand due to the reactivation of its 1 million ton-per-year cement

grinding facility in Mabini, Batangas, which is expected to start commercial operations this coming quarter. In addition, preparations for a new production line in Bulacan are on track.

N a bid to offer some design ideas to its customers and visitors, the 18th Mindanao Trade Expo (MTE) has incorporated an innovation into the ever-improving exposition.

The 18th MTE runs from August 5 to 25 at the Abreeza Mall here. Known as vignette, the design setting is a fusion of creativity, talent and expertise of MTEs De-

sign Team in collaboration with the Philippine Institute of Interior Designs-Mindanao Chapter (PIID-Mindanao). The Design Team, which is being supported by the Product Development and

Design Center of the Philippines (PDCP), is composed of young Mindanao talents like Carmaela Alcantara, Emi Englis, Shiela Damalerio, Fumilo Kuroda, Junne Artajo, Mai Ongkiko, Nicole Cabanlet and Chris Gomez. The said design set-up features and best products of some 130 exhibitors of this year’s MTE. “Though vignette was originally used to define a running ornament like vines, we at MTEFI figured it out as something that would aptly describe how Mindanao entrepreneurs have constantly improved their products through the years,” she said, adding that like a vine, products from the island-region are unstoppable in moving toward higher grounds covering bigger areas. “Just like a vine which continues to cover bigger areas, our local products are also reaching more markets as they have been incessantly gaining popularity in the international trading arena. And that’s because our entrepreneurs have never stopped acquiring new skills and adopting further innovation in product development,” she said.

BY THE NUMBERS Merchandise ex rebounded in Ju ports ne 2013, posting

4.1 percent

growth from a year ago to

$4.49 billion. SOURCE: NSO

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TRADE EXPO. Philippine Exporters Confederation (PhilExport) Davao Region chairman Domingo O. Ang (left), scans an exhibitor’s display accompanied by Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)

city director Teolulo Pasawa during the 1st day of Mindanao Trade Expo 2013 at the activity center of Abreeza Mall. Lean Daval Jr.

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HOTOS of “Lolong”, the world’s largest crocodile in captivity when still alive, dominated the front pages of local dailies yesterday, except that all that’s left of the now famous croc is his frozen head that was on its way to Manila for preservation by way of taxidermy. Lolong’s head will eventually be returned to Bunawan, Agusan del Sur where it was born, lived and thrived for many years, was captured and died in February this year. Lolong’s carcass was buried by town authorities. During his lifetime in the marsh Lolong sowed terror in the hearts of locals who credits the huge saurian with the disappearance of countless victims, both humans and animals. Even in its frozen state, LoLong’s head conjures images of evil, savagery and voracity


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that crocodiles anywhere are infamous for. Which brings us back to stark reality, reminding us of Lolong’s many distant ‘relatives’ in high places who strut about uniforms, in barong Filipino, coat and tie or stylish gowns who have voraciously siphoned off taxpayers’ money in the billions at the expense of the poorest of the poor, the malnourished and the unschooled of our country. When will they suffer Lolong’s fate by being “captured” alive and placed inside pens where they rightly belong? Is that time at hand, now that a number of so-called “whistleblowers” have emerged from the woodwork to spill the beans on the scoundrels behind all sorts of scams in this country? THAT will be the day!


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Off the mark economic prospect

AKING MONEY THE HARD WAY – Under the Aquino administration one has to travel the different provinces in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) notably Maguindanao and some towns in North Cotabato to see whether life had improved for the ordinary people. For now, the government’s much-vaunted initial rumblings of economic activities are clearly not gaining ground. Understandably enough, in a place where the peace and order situation is volatile, economic progress likewise is elusive. The signs of socio-economic progress, political stability and peace and security are often interrupted by the drumbeats of insurgents’ attacks. Once in a while, life in ARMM and its adjacent provinces seems normal on the surface, but there creeps around a general sense of unease and residents routinely veer from optimism to apprehension. The precarious peace and order condition makes it difficult for business speculators and locators to gauge the extent of change, indeed, if there is one. If there is no real peace and security, economic stagnation logically is the end result. Public spending and investment portfolios likewise have not increased to fuel commerce that would eventually create jobs and give people in the autonomous region a feeling of prosperity they had never known. Officials particularly in ARMM come and go, but they similarly struggled to keep up with the prevailing socio-economic crisis caused by an unpredictable environment. There were large numbers of unemployed young men and women in most areas due to lack of job opportunities. Unexpected unrest threatens to swamp all the efforts of government to restore back the normal economic activities and surprise extremists’ attacks targeting military patrols and government infrastructures had stoked fears that the very foundation of the regional government is shaking. With the influential clans and political warlords gone, people expect business activities would resuscitate and drive an economic boom with the recent peaceful atmosphere. However, many years

on, the reality remains vastly complicated. In some ways, business is potentially huge, but even the normally upbeat entrepreneurs admit that the prediction of the local government units (LGUs) and the national authorities about brighter economic prospect was off the mark. But amid the unpredictable peace and order condition are hard-nosed business smarts, say those who are already there. The not-so-good situation has not dented their optimism. Of course, there is always a shadow of hostilities breaking out, but entrepreneurs on the ground say that earning money has been a strong draw and for them, it seemed a small price for survival. Local officials and the national leadership tout the theory that a thriving middle-class and intrepid investors will inevitably demand an end to hostilities and ensure a peaceful environment conducive for business. They’re scoping out opportunities anticipating that sometime the fickle peace and security situation is going to die down. In fairness, though, the peace and order condition in the region is not as bad as what has been described in the international press. Yet you could see outward signs of business at work. All of which proves that the war-ravaged areas are still good place to make money – although the harder way. Entrepreneurs in the autonomous region and nearby places have learned that they need to be flexible about what they are going to do and how to manage their businesses during tight situations that would keep them profitably sound. In the view of other people, it’s really an unpredictable place to live and to engage in business, but homegrown traders make their future here. It takes just lots of courage and willpower, and a market strategy – essential tools of the trade. Muslim Mindanao’s search for new

identity will be a long and difficult journey despite the signing of the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) entity between the GRP and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace negotiating panels. Already, the region’s ethnic and political divisions are beginning to assert themselves sometimes in threatening ways. The signing of the FBA gave the region a dramatic push toward a brighter future – politically, socially and economically. However, political and constitutional experts noted the haggling that revealed splits in the formation of a new autonomous political entity could still haunts the region’s political, socio-economic and cultural practices despite insistence of the GRP-MILF panels that the FBA marks an impressive accomplishment for both parties and, particularly the Bangsamoro people. Can the expected transition proceedings in the coming months or maybe even years to be precise, as the government hands over the power to the leaders of a new autonomous region find ways for warring groups to co-exist peacefully? This will determine whether a new autonomous political entity can become, at one extreme, a model for harmony and unity or, at the other, an unstable haven for prospective investors. The basic logic in business dictates that economic progress cannot move forward if this has been matched by a corresponding rise in anxiety. Believers in the FBA might as well say the new peace accord enshrines the rights that Bangsamoro people never dreamed of before: equality, freedom of speech and political identity. But many legal luminaries and political analysts are timid about FBA’s future, “Isn’t it premature to talk about the realization of the FBA when new rounds of atrocities perpetrated by the notorious breakaway group Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) escalate especially in some farming communities in the provinces of Maguindanao and North Cotabato?” they asked. The peace dialogues between the GRP and the MILF are being threatened while we can hear the war drums beating in a near distance.

Why were these Abu Sayyaf bombers released from jail?


HESE questions demand answers from NCMF, DOJ and the Provincial Government of Sulu whose appalling modus operandi has ostensibly exposed the civilian population into such extreme level of risks from these terrorists who are now freely roaming around public places and could now be plotting the next bomb to detonate and kill our own people. We appeal to the Philippine Senate to immediately call for an inquiry so that the NCMF, DOJ and the Vice Governor of Sulu will be able to answer for all these issues. In the name of the victims of bombings and other terroristic acts in Mindanao, we urge President Aquino to demonstrate the full force of the law by holding his very own agencies of government and political allies


(Conclusion) accountable to the “matuwid na daan” policy. SIGNED: PAT SARENAS Chairperson REV. L. DANIEL PANTOJA President Mindanao Coalition of Development NGOs Peacebuilders Community,Inc.(MINCODE) SISTER MARIA ARNOLD NOEL, SPPS Convenor

Mindanao Solidarity Network PASTOR REU MONTECILLO Presiding Chair Mindanao Peoples Caucus

MAX DE MESA Chair GUIAMEL ALIM Lead Convenor Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates Mindanao Peaceweavers

ISMAEL MAULANA Secretary General SALIC IBRAHIM Chairperson Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society Reform the ARMM Now (RAN)


Barangay elections can civilize community WORM’S EYEVIEW BY MANNY VALDEHUESA

(1st of two parts)


N just 10 weeks, on October 28, elections will once again stir up the barangay neighborhood, home of every sovereign Filipino. Two sets of officials will be chosen: one for the youth of the community (sangguniang kabataan), another for the adult citizens (barangay government). Collectively, they will be the caretakers of the grassroots—the primary level, the foundation—of our republic. True Leaders or Mere Dealers? The welfare of the 42,000+ barangays that comprise our republic will hinge on the leadership of the winners in these elections, youth and adult. Question: Will they be true leaders or will they be mere dealers—of local votes, trapo dispensers of local patronage and dole-out? Even in supposedly tradition-bound and values-based cultural communities, tribal dealers have largely replaced the true leaders, which is also true of many civil society and church-based circles in many barangays. The crucial consideration must therefore be: Will the election winners be loyal to the community, from whom they derive their authority and place of honor? Or to politicos who use them and their poverty to exploit and manipulate the electoral system? These are questions the welloff and the comfortable in the barangay should ponder and act upon. Importance of getting involved If the well-off and the professionals leave the selection of candidates to others, as has been their habit, mostly the ambitious but incompetent will run for office, and so will the pretentious but downright corrupt, or the jobless and unemployable. Then whatever is shabby, disorderly, or vice-plagued in the community will remain. Squalor and neglect in many places will bedevil the grassroots of our society. Local amenities and facilities will remain substandard or unsightly. And there will be little if any to brag about or be proud of in our community. Think of your municipality or city: is there a barangay you can show off or point to as particularly lovely, orderly, and an object of pride? You know, like the nice villages one finds in Europe or Japan or America? If there is, chances are it is maintained by the private sector and not by the barangay government. A statesman in England once explained the importance of an orderly and pleasing surrounding: “If you want people to love your country, your country ought to be lovely!” There is no way we can make our country lovely except by doing it barangay by barangay. So we must learn to get involved in its political process, for it is this political process that determines what we want our community to be: whether it will be orderly and lovely, whether there will be honesty, decency, or efficiency in its governance, and other things that natter. In other words, it boils down to choosing our local leaders. They have a great deal to do with everything in our community and our way of life. If they are sloppy or careless, we can’t expect neat streets, clean public toilets, prompt garbage collection, and so forth. If they are venal, there will be vice, crime, and corruption in the neighborhoods. If they are selfish, their political dynasty will rule and exploit the community and its resources.




City income.. FFROM 1 percent or P827.28 million of the total amount were generated during the first three months of the year. Only P211.07 million of the net income were generated in the second quarter, thus a decrease of P616 million. Some insiders in the city government speculated that the need to reverse the P616 million difference has prompted the administration of Mayor Rodrigo Duterte to bring fiscal expenditures down by imposing a temporary halt in personnel hiring. Also in the second quarter, the city’s total operating expenses reached P991.87 million, an increase by 39 percent from P713 million posted in the first quarter. From January-June 2013, more than half or 59.29 percent of the total gross income came from the internal revenue allotment (IRA), interest income and miscellaneous income which amounted to P1.62 billion. Exactly 40.70 percent or P1.11 billion came from local taxes such as the amusement tax, business tax, community tax, real property tax and printing and

publication tax. The other sources of income are permits and licenses, which increased by 28 percent from first quarter performance, and service income from garbage fees, inspection fees toll and terminal fees and medical, dental and laboratory fees, which increased by 33 percent in the second quarter. Income from cityowned enterprises such as the public markets, cemetery operations, slaughterhouses and overland transport terminal contributed P63.23 million, an increase by 136.77 percent increase from P26.70 million recorded in the first quarter. During the same period, the total operating expenses representing 29.59 percent or P504.60 million went to personnel expenses such as salaries and wages, bonuses and allowances, cash gift and personnel benefits contributions such as life and retirement insurance contributions, Pag-IBIG and PhilHealth contributions. The maintenance and other operating expenses (MOOE) cornered the bulk 67.43 percent or

P1.14 billion of the total P1.70 billion expenses. Under the MOOE, expenses for professional services ate up 28.62 percent or P329 million. These included auditing services, consultancy, sanitary services, general services, janitorial services, security services and other professional services. The next biggest expense item is the “other maintenance and operating expenses” amounting to P314.81 million or 27.38 percent of the total MOOE. There was no breakdown for this item in the statement of income and expenses. The city government incurred P133 million for non-cash expenses derived from the depreciation of office buildings, furniture and fixtures, motor vehicles, agricultural machineries and medical equipment. It also spent P53 million for confidential and intelligence expenses and another P21 million for representation expenses. For repairs and maintenance of buildings, machineries and equipment, the city also incurred P13.41 million in the first half of the year.

services availability, Del Rosario said. The APEC Summit, which would include leaders from the United States, Japan and China, would be held in the country by November 2015. During the Philippine hosting, Del Rosario said a number of preparatory meetings in the ministerial and senior official levels will be held throughout the year in the run up to the summit. The APEC leaders’ meeting, said to be the biggest and most high

profile annual gathering of world leaders from 21-member economies, will be hosted by President Benigno S. Aquino III before he ends his term in June 2016. Preparations including security and logistical requirements are being laid out as early as this year, Del Rosario said. The APEC meetings, she said, would be a good opportunity for the Philippines to flaunt its prime cities and popular tourist destinations, like the world-famed Boracay and the Mayon Volcano in Le-

gaspi, Albay. It is also a chance for the country to showcase the diversity of Philippine regions, culture, arts and cuisine, Del Rosario said, adding the country’s hosting of the summit will pave the way for infrastructure improvements across the Philippines and begin the trend for “Livable Cities.” “We’re trying to make cities live up and become livable cities because one of the agenda items of APEC is to create sustainable and livable cities,” she said. [PNA]

He observed resort operators generate revenue from the public through the entrance fees required for the clients. Alicer suggested that in order to comply with this law, resort owners may require payment for entry on their titled property, but must guarantee free access to the public along the beach area. He said accessibility of the shoreline had been implemented in other parts in the country like Panglao Island in Bohol and Bantayan Island in Cebu. Engr. Pastor Lozada, president of the IGACOS Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Incorpo-

rated said the security of the resorts is the primary reason many resort operators feel hesitant to follow the law. He said giving access to the shoreline exposes the resorts to petty crimes like theft. Lozada cited the importance of protecting the safety and privacy of their clients. He also justified the construction of jetty that is designed to contain the white sand on the beach front. Araceli Ayuste, vice president of the IGACOS Resort Owners Association said that the DENR must deal with the resorts on a per property

basis because not all resorts have beach fronts. She said that even her resort has no beach head especially during high tide. Ayuste also maintained that the opening the beach fronts to the public impacts on the safety of tourists. “Security is one of the main attractions for tourists to visit resorts in Samal Island,” she said. Ayuste said they already raise their concern to their congressional representative in order to introduce an amendment to the accessibility clause of the Water Code. [PIA 11/Joey Sem G. Dalumpines]

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TIGHT CHECK. Security checks at mall entrances are intensified days ahead of the Kadayawan Festival. The Davao City Police office has advised the public not to carry big bags so as not to be inconvenienced. Lean Daval Jr.

Palace expects mayors to shed light on ‘pork’ scam M

ALACAÑANG expressed hope the 97 mayors summoned by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) could significantly help in the probe into the P10 billion ‘pork barrel’ scam. “Certainly, their cooperation is needed. Some of them would probably tell, meron daw pinekeng signatures, maraming bagay. It’s also in the interest of those people named to clear their names,” Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a media briefing. The mayors were invited to shed light on allegations that P900 million

from the Malampaya gas fund intended to rehabilitate areas affected by typhoons “Ondoy” and “Pepeng” in 2009. The funds allegedly went to Janet Lim-Napoles, who is accused of being the brains behind the anomaly. “Sabi ng pangulo dati na importanteng malaman kung sino ang nasangkot at sino ang ginagamit lang ang pangalan,” Valte said. Several lawmakers -- both in the Senate and House of Representatives, allegedly handed out large sums of their Priority Assistance Development Fund (PDAF) to ghost

projects of bogus non-government organizations, Justice Sec. Leila de Lima said but declined to name them. Valte also reiterated that the NBI would conduct a “fair and impartial” probe and stressed it was not influenced by any partisan concerns. “Certainly, as we assured in the past, the NBI investigation is and will continue to be impartial,” she said. She noted that the Palace also respects the decision of both houses of Congress not to conduct a separate, parallel probe into the issue. (PNA)

PERATIVES of the PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group have arrested 35 Taiwanese and Mainland Chinese engaged in internet swindling using Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) in two raids in Imus, Cavite and Las Pinas City while 30 Filipinos working in two call centers that cater online dating and cyber pornography were also rounded up in Cabanautan

City last week. Anti-Cybercrime Group Director, Police Senior Superintendent Gilbert Sosa said last August 6, 2013, Anti-Cybercrime operatives raided the house owned by Catherine Chua located at #39 Parkplace Avenue, Parkplace Village Anabu I-D, Imus City, Cavite that resulted in the arrest of eight Chinese and eight Taiwanese. Sosa identified the

arrested as You Shuang Zhang, 24; Hua Feng Lao, 26; Meimei Chen, 22; Juan Chen, 26; Ding You, 38; Bo Hu, 27; Yong Fan, 28; Cheng Dian Mi, 39; all Chinese nationals, and Tung Hsuan Yu, 33; Ching Ming Liu, 31; Chih Sheng Chen, 25; Jun Rong Liao, 28; Chia Hsing Kuo, 35; Chia We Chen, male, 32; Hung Fu Lin, 32; and Ming Han Guo, 25; all Taiwanese nationals. (PNA)

METRO RIDES AND BUMPER TO BUMPER CAR SHOW, August 16-18 Automotive aficionados could check out the Metro Rides and Bumper to Bumper Car Show featuring the metro’s sought-after rides and RC drift at the Atrium and Fountain Court. ERIK SANTOS ANNIVERSARY SHOW, August 17, 6pm Shoppers could also enjoy a free pass to watchErik Santos live at The Fountain Court for his Anniversary Show called the ‘The Greatest Anthems of all Time.’ KADAYAWAN WORLD

VIBE, August 18, 6pm For a cultural dance treat,shoppers could catch the Kadayawan World Vibeat the Fountain Court, where Davao City’s best ethnic performers and word music artists converge to de-

light the crowd. Celebrate Kadayawan Festival at SM Lanang Premier!Like SM Lanang Premier on Facebook and follow @ SMLanangPremier on Twitter for news and event updates.

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In the Notice of Hearing of Petition of Lilibeth B. Rendon Case No.2002-XI-01241 published in Edge Davao on August 12-13,2012, it was inadvertertly printed that the Mintal Route applied for with the use of ONE (1) unit, instead of TWO(2) units,which Certificate will expire on June 20, 2012.In the petition filed on June 08, 2012, petitioner requests authority to extend the validity of said certificate to operate along the same route with the use of the same unit.




US gov’t supports redevelopment of typhoon-swept banana industry B

HIGH- VALUE CROP PRODUCTION. Barangay Chair Janet B. Diel [right] shows Regional Director Priscilla N. Razon of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Region II, the high-value crop demonstration farm in Olaycon, Monkayo. Managed by 154 typhoon victims and

recent graduates of SM Foundation’s Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan Farmers’ Training Program, the farm grows fruits and vegetables like watermelon, lettuce, stringed beans, ampalaya, kangkong, eggplant, tomato, squash, honeydew, cucumber, gourd, cantaloupe, and bell pepper. [DSWD]


ANANA growers in this once thriving agricultural province are still struggling to get back on their feet months after Typhoon Pablo swept about 40 percent of their production areas and plantations. Exporters are having difficulty meeting delivery commitments to prime markets and have delayed banana shipments to the U.S. for almost half a year. “Losses to banana exporters due to Pablo have exceeded Php1 billion. We have been forced to stop shipments to some areas,” said Bing Delos Reyes of the Mindanao Banana Farmers and Exporters Association (MBFEA). Banana is the country’s second largest agricultural export industry and Compostela Valley is responsible for about 14 percent of total production. In the last quarterly assessment released by the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics, banana production, which had steadily risen in recent years, posted declining figures owing significantly to the 16 percent drop in

Davao Region’s output following Typhoon Pablo. U.S. Embassy Manila’s United States Agency for International Development Mission Director Gloria D. Steele said, “Closer coordination among industry leaders, government and donor agencies, is important to accelerate the rehabilitation of banana production areas and restore livelihoods in the area.” “Helping farmers in Compostela Valley regain traction and preparing the local industry for the potential effects of climate change will directly impact the country’s overall export competitiveness,” Director Steele added. To this end, USAID, in partnership with the provincial and municipal governments of Compostela Valley and the Department of Agriculture (DA), organized a province-wide banana industry forum to harmonize rehabilitation efforts, showcase alternative crops, and promote climate change-adaptive farming systems and technologies. [USAID-GEM]

‘Schisto’treatment scaled up S

OIL-TRANSMITTED helminth (STH) infections, commonly known as “bitok” and schistosomiasis are endemic infectious diseases of poverty that affect school-age children in the province. Through the research of the University of the Philippines Manila, an innovative way of treating school children for both diseases started last year in selected schools in the municipalities of Carmen

and Sto. Tomas in collaboration with the Department of Health (DOH), Department of Education (DepEd), local government of Davao del Norte, and a Japanese funding agency Asian Community Trust. The innovation includes the combined administration of two deworming drugs (albendazole for STH infections and praziquantel for schistosomiasis) with the assistance of school teachers and the utilization of the World Health Orga-

nization (WHO) tablet pole for determining the dose of praziquantel through height measurement instead of weight. The combined administration of deworming drugs was found to be safe, with only 5.4 percent of children experiencing adverse or side effects. Already, there were 2,400 children dewormed in only two mornings. The WHO tablet pole, moreover, was found appropriate to be used among Filipino children.

cants in the four provinces and one city in Region XI, namely; Compostela Valley, Davao Del Sur, Davao Oriental, Davao Del Norte, and Davao City. “We are now preparing everything since September is fast approaching. The Final List of hired field workers will be posted and disseminated to all provinces,” said Raquel E. Nunez, Policy and Plans Division Chief and NHTSPR Focal Person. She added that hired

applicants, LGUs and Internal Staff will undergo training and orientation before deployment to have a common understanding on the objective of the project. Screening and typing test for encoders is currently conducted through the initiative of the Regional Information Technology Officer Peter Paul Villaluna to ensure that the encoding of the data reach its target timeline. DSWD/Florame B. Espada

DSWD braces for 2nd round assessment of poor households T

HE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTSPR) is now coming up with the final list of successful applicants for the upcoming household enumeration in Davao Region. DSWD Human Resource personnel and NHTSPR staff conducted interview and screening to more than 3,000 appli-

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SAND ON MY FACE. By the looks of it, Boy Tan is sprayed with sand after blasting out of the bunker during the 1st PCR-SMC Golf Tournament at the Rancho Palos Verdes last Saturday. Boy Lim

Pia hits PSC for defeatist attitude S

ENATOR Pia Cayetano on Monday lambasted the Philippine Sports Commission and the Philippine Olympic Committee for their plan to send only a small contingent of athletes in to the 2013 Southeast Asian Games under a narrow criteria. In a privilege speech,

Cayetano said that the PSC owes it to the Senate, which as part of Congress approves the annual budget of the agency, to explain its plans for Philippine sports. Cayetano in particular wants the PSC to justify its decision, along with the POC, to narrow its criteria for athletes to send to the

SEA Games based on gold medal chances. “Let us not rob Philippine sports of its future. Let us give the Filipino athlete a fighting chance,” she said. The SEA Games will be held from December 11 to 22 in Nay Pyi Taw, Yangon, Mandalay and Ngwe Saung Beach in Myanmar. Phil-

ippine sport officials have decided to send, in their words, a “lean and mean” contingent to the games. “According to media reports, the POC is using a ‘performance-specific’ criteria to determine the final list of athletes competing in December,” Cayetano said.

HILIPPINE Sports Commission (PSC) chair Richie Garcia announced to media that Batang Pinoy will be held as scheduled starting on Aug 27 in Tagum, Davao del Norte. Despite misgivings on the area’s peace and security situation, Garcia is confident the meet for children aged 15 and under will enjoy much success with the cooperation of local government officials. ”We’ve thought about it several times and inquired from the local officials. They gave assurance that the children, officials and all participants in the Batang Pinoy will go home safely after the friendly competition,” Garcia sports media over a late Monday lunch at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex. The PSC chair also denied rumors that some sports honchos are collecting P250 per contingent from the provinces; saying that the sports funding agency does not tolerate such an illegal act and inhuman deed. ”Why collect fees when it is not needed in an open and free competition for all? I have asked our legal department to delve on this to stop such shenanigans,” he added Garcia also revealed that PSC will give appreciation plaque to the Gi-

las Pilipinas team that copped silver in Sunday’s FIBA ASIAs ending ceremony. ”Just like MVP (Manny V Pangilinan), we will give recognition for the heroic efforts of our national basketball team in sending us to Spain next year for the World championship. We are very proud of what the men have achieved in 40 years.” Garcia said they will give incentives to the victorious cagers—at least P500,000 which may not be as big as what other supporters are giving since the PSC is not big-budgetted government agency. In the case of the dragon boat athletes who may not be able to join the 27th SEA Games due to their removal from the list by their own national sports association, Garcia the problem has been elevated to the arbitration committee because it seems some procedures have been ignored and disregarded in the process. Asked on how the training SEA Games athletes is progressing, he said every time record, performance improvement and progress is being scrutinized and put on writing for easy comparison and analysis by the POC-PSC Task Force. (PNA)





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Cebu Pacific flies 80 millionth passenger

THE PHILIPPINES’ largest national flag carrier, Cebu Pacific (PSE:CEB) flew its 80 millionth passenger, Ms Kitchie Therese Homeres last August 7, 2013. Based in Tacloban, she checked in for her Cebu-Tacloban flight at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) after a visit with her CEB VP for Marketing and Distribution Candice Iyog, DOT Central mother.

THIS August 16 to 18, foodies from all over the metropolis are expected to flock to SM Lanang Premier as Davao City’s premier shopping and dining hub presents this massive, gastronomic celebration in time for Kadayawan Festival 2013. Dubbed ‘The Davao Gourmet Collective,’ this food festival brings together the metro’s top chefs and restaurateurs to showcase exceptional eats and the tastiest specialties at the mall Atrium. Dabawenyos would enjoy the various gourmet selections prepared by participating restaurant suppliers and purveyors such as Blugré, Bangkok Wok, Villa Margarita, Osvaldo’s, Cellar de Boca, Malagos Farms, Hog’s Breath Café, Morisco Ristorante Italiano, Beko’s Biik, JR. by Jonathan’s Cupcakery, Monica Floirendo, Crazy Cook, and many more. Be at the most talked about foodie event this Kadayawan! Like SM Lanang Premier on Facebook and follow @SMLanangPremier on Twitter for news and event updates.

CEB VP for Marketing Visayas Regional Director Rowena Montecillo, MCIAA AGM Capt Bersonda and CEB crew award CEB’s 80 millionth passenger and Distribution Candice Romeo Kitchie Homeres with 80 free flights. Iyog, MCIA Authority Assistant General Manager Capt. Romeo Bersonda and Department of Tourism Central Visayas Regional Director Rowena Montecillo awarded CEB’s 80 millionth passenger with 80 flights to any CEB domestic destination. The awarding ceremony was held at the MCIA departure gate. “We are extremely proud to have reached Lucky passengers who check in 8th or 80th for a flight wins free this point in our short his- domestic or international tickets as part of Cebu Pacific’s 80 tory: the day we fly our 80 millionth passenger celebration at the Mactan-Cebu International millionth passenger,” said Airport. Iyog. CEB started opera- travel with Cebu Pacific. extensive network. Some tions in March 1996. Some travel for meetings, book flights for the entire She added, “There are and return home on the family for vacations, birthmany reasons why people same day because of our days, graduations or wed-

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Marian Rivera celebrates birthday with young and old GMA Network’s Primetime Queen Marian Rivera celebrated her 29th birthday in a very special way as she visited the Child Haus Foundation and the Anawim Home of the Abandoned Elderly last week. Last Thursday (August 8), Marian’s fans club, D’ Original Marian Rivera Devotees together with Philippine Balloon Artists, gave her a surprise birthday party as she bonded with the cancer patients at the Child Haus Orphanage in Quezon City. It was an afternoon full of surprises, games, food and entertainment as Marian joined the kids and their families in the celebration. “Lagi kong ngang sinasabi na nakakataba ng puso ng may mga ganitong mga fans na bumubuo ng ganitong konsepto para sa birthday ko. Consistent sila, limang taon na kakilala ko sila, limang taon nilang ginagawa ito para sa akin. Nakakataba ng puso na yung mga fans club na katulad niyo ay ginagawang mas makabuluhan ang buhay ko na nagpapasaya ng bata,” said Marian to her fans club who organized the event. Marian was deeply touched and moved to tears when the kids performed a song number and gave her birthday cards with their handwritten messages, “Thank you sa mga cards, babasahin ko ito isa-isa mamaya. Bilang isang tao nakakadagdag siya ng buhay. Seven years na akong artista, parang five years na ata itong nangyayari sa buhay ko. Thank you. Hindi niyo alam kung paano niyo ako

napasaya ng bongga. Tinitingnan ko yung bawat letters iba-iba yung message nila sa akin. Hanggat kaya natin na puntahan ko sila, imbes na mag-celebrate ako ng birthday kung saan, magbibigay tayo ng ligaya sa ganitong mga bata,” added Marian. Making the event extra special were Child Haus founder celebrity hairdresser and businessman Ricky Reyes, Marian’s close friends Ana Feleo and Bambi Fuentes and Marian’s mother Amalia Rivera, who joined the event and showed their love and support for Marian. The Kapuso actress’ birthday surprises continued last Friday (August 9) when her fans club Marianknights organized a charity event at

the Anawim Home of the Abandoned Elderly in Montalban, Rizal. Marian was overjoyed by the opportunity to spend time with the residents of Anawim. She enjoyed the surprises prepared by her fans club and she definitely had fun celebrating her birthday with the elders. She even danced with one of the residents and gamely posed for pictures with them. It was truly a memorable and fun-filled pre-birthday celebration for Marian who recently renewed her contract with GMA Network. Marian will soon appear on several projects in the Kapuso Network which her fans and supporters should watch out for.

‘Got to Believe’ hits PH primetime TV on August 26

PRIMETIME viewers will once again believe in the magic of love as ABS-CBN launches 2013’s most romantic series “Got To Believe” on August 26 (Monday). Starring Philippine showbiz’s reigning ‘Teen King and Queen’ Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla, the newest Primetime Bida series is directed dreams for her family. Aside premiere on August 26 in by box-office director from the Daniel and Kath- ABS-CBN Primetime Bida. Cathy Garcia-Molina. ryn, also part of the cast are For more exclusive updates, “Got To Believe” is an enchanting tale of unexpected love between the rich kid, spoiled ‘prince’ Joaquin (Daniel) and Chichay (Kathryn), the simple girl with big

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EASY WIN. Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce crosses the finish with plenty to spare.

Fraser-Pryce storms to second gold


OSCOW--Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce held nothing back in producing a stunning performance to snatch a second women’s world 100m title on Monday. The diminutive double Olympic gold medallist and 2009 world champion showed all her big-day experience by making up for a sluggish start with a dynamic drive section that saw her race clear of

the field by 30 metres. The 1.52m-tall (5”0’) Jamaican, whose teammate Usain Bolt won the men’s blue riband event on Sunday, then kept her solid running style through the finish line for an imposing victory in the season’s fastest time of 10.71sec. “I had my obstacles - I was starting to feel pain under my left butt cheek,” said Fraser-Pryce, whose victory is a massive boost

for a Jamaican team hit by doping bans to sprinter Veronica Campbell-Brown and Asafa Powell. “I am surrounded by great people. I came here and did my best and actually won. It was really hurting but I knew what I worked for. “I just came out here and I executed my race. I wasn’t focused on anyone else. It was all about execution.”

There was a first-ever African medal in the world sprints for Ivorian silver medallist Murielle Ahoure (10.93), while defending champion Carmelita Jeter of the United States took bronze (10.94). “I’m excited to be here as an African woman,” beamed Ahoure. “It’s such an honour to win a medal for the Ivory Coast. “It’s good to be an inspiration.”

NTIPOLO City representative Robbie Puno, the author of the law that bestowed Filipino citizenship on Philippine team star center Marcus Douthit in 2011, is batting for more naturalized players to become part of the national pool. In a privilege speech

before the House of Representatives on Monday, the Deputy Speaker praised Gilas Pilipinas for their second place finish in the FIBA Asia Championship. He paid tribute to the coaches, the players, Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas officials led by president Manuel V. Pan-

gilinan, officials of the PBA, and basketball fans who trooped to the Mall of Asia Arena to cheer on the national team. The silver medal finish meant the team achieved its goal of qualifying for the FIBA World Cup next year, which will mark the return of the Philippines

to the world stage for the first time in four decades. Puno noted the significant contributions of Douthit, the team’s top scorer and rebounder before getting injured in the final two games of the tournament, to the success of the national program.

VELEZ. Death in a car accident.

Fil-Am badminton star killed in car mishap Solon wants more naturalized players K A

and I started playing badminton there,” she told Badzine in a 2011 interview. “I was ranked No. 1 in the Philippines but there was too much politics involved and I ended up moving away to get rid of the problems.” Filipino badminton champion Kennevic Asuncion, who coached Velez during her early days in the Philippines described her as a “bubbly, jolly, happy-go-lucky person.”

of Philippine boxing. Also present were Vice President and General Manager Dennis Canete, Budget and Control Manager Ellenette Pestadio, Operations Manager Leilani Perpetua, Marketing Assistant Ryan Tupas and Events and PR Assistant Karen Yu – all in full force to represent the Idol division. “This show will serve as a vehicle for these young fighters to make a name for themselves and if they are found deserving, be featured in the Pinoy Pride Series. We want to sustain the quality boxing events here in the country and showcase rising prospects through Idol while Pinoy Pride goes in-

ternational” said Michael Aldeguer. Pinoy Pride will be in Dubai and is now gearing up for a U.S. tour. “We have some of the best boxing talents in the world but the problem is how to nurture them” he added. Idol 1 , which kickstarts in Escalante, Negros Occidental, will feature Mark "Magnifico" Magsayo, who has been described by the legendary father of Cebu boxing Antonio Aldeguer, as one the best talents that he has seen, and he has seen the likes of former world champions like Gerry Peñalosa, Rodel Mayol and Malcolm Tuñacao, who have all started their boxing careers under him. NOT a reality show

ALA launches ‘Idol’

F President and CEO Michael Aldeguer speaking at the IDOL 1 launching in Cebu City. With him are ALA Promotions’ Vice President and General Manager Dennis Canete, and Operations Manager Leilani Perpetua.

ARYN Velez, a promising Filipino-American badminton player, died in a car accident in Manila on Sunday, according to a report on badminton website She was a top-ranked badminton prospect in the Philippines before choosing to represent the United States in the sport. “I was born in the U.S., in Philly, but I moved to the Philippines with my family when I was young

ROM the creators of the highly successful Pinoy Pride Series, comes this ground-breaking venture that will bring future boxing heroes to your television screens as they make their journey toward the most coveted acclaims in the international boxing arena. ALA Promotions, Inc. officially announced the birth of “Idol Boxing Series” during the press conference held at the Alpa Suites Hotel in ALA Promotions' homebase, Cebu City last August 8, 2013. Right before the members of the press, President and CEO Michael Aldeguer unveiled their latest project that will change the landscape




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Edge Davao 6 Issue 108, August 14, 2013