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EDGEDAVAO Serving a seamless society

THREADING THE NEEDLE. A German shepherd jumps through an obstacle called tire jump during a ‘Dog Agility Challenge’ initiated by Anflocor Group of Companies as part of Damosa’s 65th Anniversary at Damosa Fairlane in E. Ramos, Mamay Road, Davao City over the weekend. Lean Daval Jr.

Dragonfly siguro ni?

Nation /World

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‘Dragon’ falls

Dela Rosa confirms ally of barangay captain seized during buy bust operation

By Che Palicte

Laguna lass is Bb. Pilipinas 2013 Sports

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Pressure on Boom-Boom


avao City police director Ronald Dela Rosa confirmed last night that one of the two suspected drug pushers who were arrested after an early morning buybust operation is a close ally of barangay captain amilbangsa Manding of Barangay 23-C. De la Rosa told Edge Davao that the suspect abubacar Rombo Racud also known as “Dragon” was a former Purok leader and a close friend of Manding. He was arrested by police in front of a food outlet in Salmonan, Brgy 23-C, Quezon Boulevard, Davao City at 12:15 am yesterday. “Dugay nani sila gisurveilance, ug

dugay nami nangita aning alyas Dragon, pero daghan nag ingon na taga 23-C nga suod ni sila sa ilang kapitan,” Dela Rosa said. The Davao City Police office Investigative and Management Branch spearheaded by Police officer 3 Christopher ararao and Police officer 3 Marsden Maranga conducted the buy bust operation that netted Racud, 49, and Taya Cuaro Racud, 44, both resident of Purok 4-a, Isla verde, Barangay 23-C, Boulevard Davao City. Seized from the suspects were a medium size heat-sealed transparent plastic sachet and two pieces elongated size-heat sealed plastic sachet


FACE PAINT. A child sports an animal face after getting a free face painting artwork during the Camella Lifestyle exhibit at the SM Lanang Premier.


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It’s dangerous, unconstitutional By EJ Dominic Fernandez


oSTIng United States military troops in the Philippines in case of an outbreak of war in the Korean peninsula is unconstitutional and dangerous, gabriela Rep. Luz Ilagan said. Ilagan’s reaction came after foreign secretary albert del Rosario issued a statement last Saturday that the country will allow the US to station forces in Philippine military bases should war against north Korea breaks.

Ilagan told Edge Davao yesterday that putting up US bases again in the country is a violation of the Philippine constitution, specifically the RP-US visiting Forces agreement (vFa). “after decades of struggle, we succeeded to kick them out of the country to assert our sovereignty, only to find out that they will be brought back again,” Ilagan said. She believes that


FRESH FROM THE PRESS. Newly-printed campaign leaflets of a senatorial candidate are being packed at a printing press along E. Quirino Avenue, Davao City yesterday. Lean Daval Jr.

For 2013 elections

AFP, PNP 90 percent ready By Che Palicte


oInT forces from the armed Forces of the Philippines (aFP) and Philippine national Police (PnP) are 90 percent ready for the coming of May 2013 elections. Major general ariel Bernardo, commander of the 10th Infantry Division bared during the Kapehan sa Dabaw in SM annex yesterday that the maximum participation and joint operations of aFP and PnP will be solely for providing security. “We have deployed at least 6,000 personnel to patrol on the different

election watch areas and rest assured that these groups are more active and vigilant,” Bernardo added. Bernardo said that they still have additional units apart from the deployed personnel in order to cater the safety of the public during elections. “actually, we have prepared two additional companies to be deployed. We must be proactive rather than reactive as of this time,” he said. He also said that they have addressed the election critical areas such

as Compostela valley Province and Davao del norte. “The new Peoples army (nPa) who is situated in the hinterlands of these areas is already given security details and we also placed visibility patrols there,” Bernardo explained. He added that Davao oriental is no longer a part of the critical areas because they were able to normalize the election related problems caused by the rebel groups and they also noted that several members of the rebel groups were coming back to the government. “In areas where there

are reported harassments from nPa, we are addressing it everyday since the beginning of the campaign period,” he explained. He also said that aFP will add troops to the areas included in the watchlist of Davao City as presented by Davao City Police office director Ronald dela Rosa. “We don’t want election violence to happen in Davao City and we would like to assure the city through director Dela Rosa that we will watch closely the 10 areas included in the watchlist,” he added.

PhilExport 11 eyes faster processing


ooD news for exporters in Region 11. Instead of waiting for two days and jumping from one office to another to get their clearance approved, exporters in the region can have their export documentations approved in less than an hour with the one-Stop Shop Export Documentation Center (oSEDC). oSEDC is located at the third floor of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) regional office building at Mintrade bldg. corner Monteverde avenue and Sales Street. The Memorandum of agreement for oSEDC

Dabaw at the Annex of SM City Davao yesterday. At right is Dir. Benjo Tesoro of DAPECOL who also says that 20 to 50 prisoners are going to vote on May 2013. Lean Daval Jr.


P30-M facility to resolve DAPECOL’s congestion


WE’RE READY. Major Gen. Ariel Bernardo, commander of the 10th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army (left), bares that the election-bound joint AFP and the PNP forces are 90 percent ready during the weekly Kapehan sa

will be signed during the 2013 1st general Membership Meeting of Philippine Exporters Confederation, Inc Region 11 (PhilExport 11 – Davao) which will be held at the grand Regal Hotel, Lanang this april 19, 2013. PhilExport 11 – Davao president Ferdinand Maranon, in yesterday’s Kapehan sa Dabaw at SM City Davao atrium, said “before to get your export documentation done, it will take a day or two and you have to go to at least six different offices to have your documentations approved.” “With oSEDC, it will

HE Davao Penal Colony (Dapecol) in Panabo, Davao del norte may now resolve the problem of congestion of inmates with the allocation of P30 million for the construction of new dormitories. Dapecol superintendent, venjo Tesoro bared this yesterday at the Kapehan sa Dabaw in SM annex that five dormitories will be constructed amounting to P6 million each which will increase the holding capacity of Dapecol to up to 10,000 inmates. “Today, our facility caters to only 4,000 prisoners but we have a total of 6,000 prisoners

as of this time,” Tesoro said. He added that Dapecol has a total of 5,700 male inmates and 300 female inmates. “With the new facility we won’t suffer congestion again and we can have a lot of space to accommodate inmates coming from Manila,” he explained. He bared that they already have identified the site and the construction phase will commence on the second quarter of this year. “We will finish the construction on the first quarter of 2014,” he added. Tesoro said that the fund came from the na-





ComVal women get help from DSWD C

oMPoSTELa vaLLEY --- The regional office of the Department of Social Welfare and Development recently distributed un-

dergarments and other items to more than 500 women who were affected by typhoon Pablo in the municipalities of new Bataan, Compostela and

Monkayo. In new Bataan, the distribution was done in the grandstand near the women-friendly space where more than 80

women converged to get their share of the goods. Marlith Balbin, women-friendly space facilitator, said the women who received the goods were

FOR WOMEN. Alicia Balbin [center] leads the distribution of women’s undergarments and other items in New Bataan, Compostela Valley.

internally-displaced persons temporarily living in evacuation centers or relocation sites. The women-friendly space is a concept of international relief agencies implemented in the aftermath of disasters to provide a venue where women can be helped with their special needs, like breastfeeding their children, providing women with the necessary knowledge on proper nutrition and human trafficking, and even providing them inputs on livelihood. “Kung magsession mi, diri namo sila tapokon. Kanang maghatag mi og health sessions, stress debriefing, ug uban pa (During sessions, we gather the women inside the women-friendly space. activities like health sessions, stress debriefing, etc. are also conducted here),” Balbin said.

The space also allows the direct responders to provide immediate assistance especially in cases of violence against women. nolibelyn Macagdal, United nations Population Fund (UnFPa) project officer who is currently detailed at DSWD Social Technology Bureau, said the setting up of women-friendly spaces in evacuation camps is necessary because women are vulnerable to abuse. Macagdal said that based on the collated report of her organization, there have been 71 cases of violence against women monitored in the three municipalities in the province since the typhoon landed on December 4. These cases have already been looked into and are being monitored especially by the TS Pablo Protection Cluster led by DSWD.

HE Provincial government of Pampanga which prides itself as the home of the country’s leading meat processing plants is set to replicate Tagum City’s successful program on butchering which caught their attention because of its unprecedented success over the past years. The Local government of Tagum received last week the team from Pampanga who engaged in a forum with stakeholders to know how the city managed its skills training program for butchers where after passing rigorous trade tests to measure their skills by foreign employers are then hired to work either in australia or Canada. Mayor Rey T. Uy pioneered the program five years ago in its bid to give Tagumeños a chance to land decent and high-paying jobs abroad. as of the present, there are already 264 butchers who are now working abroad. In the forum held april 11, 2013 at the audio-visual Room of the University of Mindanao Tagum Campus, Ms. Luningning Y. vergara, the Provincial PESo Manager and Ms. amelia P. Bondoc, the Human Resources Management officer of the Provincial government of Pampanga who headed the 7-man team said they decided to benchmark with LgU Tagum given the magnitude of the program’s success and how it maximized the capability of the local government to sustain it. aside from the training conducted for free by the City veterinarian office using modules from the Technical Education

and Skills Development authority (TESDa), the local government also partnered with UM Tagum Campus to train these butchers acquire competencies in the English Language through the Skilled Workers English Enhancement Program (SWEEP). The SWEEP is a joint initiative of LgU Tagum, the City Literacy Coordinating Council, the Department of Education-Division of Tagum City and the University of Mindanao. Under this, the trained butchers will have to undergo 10 sessions for 10 consecutive Saturdays and will concentrate on polishing their abilities on listening, reading, writing and speaking in English which are key components of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Passing the IELTS is vital in landing a job abroad and the local government is making sure that the program on butcher training will not go to waste just because they did not pass the exam. Last april 11, 2013, about 21 butchers graduated in the said program and will then undergo an intensive review for the IELTS Exam. as a way of assistance, the local government subsidized the 5,000 pesos in the 6,000 pesos review fee. The Tagumbased Ea Communications and Language Center is also offering a discount for SWEEP graduates, leaving just 500 pesos for individuals to pay in their review which will usually done in two to three months. Louie Lapat of CIo Tagum

General food distribution for ‘Pablo’ families extended T T HE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and other international and national humanitarian organizations have decided to extend the relief operations for typhoon Pablo victims until June 30 this year. In a meeting held at the grand Regal Hotel on april 6, the provincial local governments of Compostela valley and Davao oriental revealed that relief assistance is still needed by those affected.

“governor Uy and I share the same thought… we are still hoping that [the Department] would extend the food and cash assistance until June,” Davao oriental Corazon n. Malanyaon said. Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman said, “at some point, we cannot continue providing for the 200,000 plus families. What we will do is identify the families with senior citizens, persons with disabilities,

chronically-ill persons, pregnant and lactating women, and child-headed households.” “Right now it is being referred as unconditional food and cash assistance, which really means we will continue providing the food packs,” the Secretary added. Rory villaluna of the United nations Children’s Fund (UnICEF) also proposed for the inclusion of malnourished children in the unconditional food and cash assistance.

“Concern has been raised that the malnutrition rates is getting higher at this time. UnICEF is creating awareness because we still need support along these lines. We were thinking that until there is a time when families have sustainable livelihoods that will actually ensure that they can afford to buy food or produce food from gardening then there is still some subsidies that have to be provided,” villaluna said.

pine Coast guard and the City Social Welfare and Development office for proper documentation. The official said most of them were crew members and officers of fishing boats owned by various tuna fishing companies based in this city that were apprehended by Indonesian naval personnel after encroaching Indonesia’s fishing grounds “Some of them already served jail terms of two to three years before they were released and subjected to repatriation,” Rivera said. He said most of them were crew members and officers of fishing boats owned by various tuna fishing companies based in this city that were apprehended by Indonesian naval personnel after encroaching Indonesia’s fishing grounds

one of the repatriated fishermen, identified as Reynaldo Ligas, already spent around three years in a prison in Bitung before he was repatriated.

“There should be a dialogue on how we can help our fishermen and the DFa (Department of Foreign affairs) office there,” Rivera said. “If they lack budget to handle these cases, maybe the local government can support them,” he said. Rivera, who is seeking the mayoralty seat against incumbent Mayor Darlene antonino-Custodio, doused off suspicions regarding the timing of the repatriation saying they had been facilitating such even before he was elected to the city council in 2010. The councilor is running under the People’s Champ Movement-United nationalist alliance coalition while Custodio is backed by the administration’s Liberal Party. (allen v. Estabillo/Mindanews)

11 fishermen jailed in Indonesia sent home


EnERaL SanToS CITY -- Eleven more fishermen from this city who were jailed in Indonesia due to illegal fishing and immigration violations returned home over the weekend after getting reprieve from their prison terms. City Councilor Ronnel Rivera said Monday the fishermen were earlier ordered repatriated by the Indonesian government following interventions made by the Philippine Consulate in Manado, north Sulawesi province. He said the repatriates, who were mostly jailed in Bitung in north Sulawesi, arrived aboard a vessel commissioned by the Ronnel C. Rivera (RCR) Foundation Inc. Rivera said the fishermen were immediately turned over to the Philip-

Ligas had worked for almost 11 years for a local fishing company, which supposedly abandoned them following their arrest by Indonesian authorities. Rivera said his foundation is currently working with the consular office in Manado regarding the status and the possible repatriation of fishermen from this city and the neighboring area who are still languishing in various jails in Indonesia. In the last three years, the RCR Foundation already facilitated the release and repatriation of around 300 fishermen from Indonesia.

Pampanga to replicate Tagum’s butcher program



a K a B aYa n senatorial bet Teddy Casiño vehemently opposed the revival of US military bases in the Philippines, in case the Korean Peninsula conflict erupts into war. “The return of US bases will drag us into a war that is not to our national interest,” he said. Speaking at a Makabayan Coalition assembly in Pampanga, Casiño added that the return of the US bases will only erode the development in the area. “Maayos na ang angeles at olongapo City. Since US military bases left their areas, they had become more productive and gotten over the social ills and vices that came with the bases. The return of these bases will only revive a host of problems such as vices, prostitution, and violence,” the three-term congressman said. “The US military is now having frequent port calls, numbering in hundreds, in the coun-

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Casiño opposes return of US military bases

Says return of US bases will revive problems of the past try. There is already the Balikatan. US troops are virtually present in the Philippines. There are already US bases in South Korea, Japan and guam. ano pa bang gusto nila?,” Casiño said. “Sobrang pangangayupapa na ito sa Pilipinas. It is an affront to our national sovereignty. Papagamit na naman ba tayo? This is too much,” he said. In addition to the numerous problems and human rights violations of US forces in the Philippines, Casiño cited former UP Law dean Pacifico agabin’s argument that the Mutual Defense Treaty does not bind the United States into protecting the Philippines in case of war and that US assurances are “purely illusory” given that any attack in the Pacific would require an approval by the US Congress before the deployment of US troops. Casiño is the author of House Joint Resolution 7, “a joint resolution terminating the RP-US visiting Forces

BATTLE OF THE RABATS. An interesting battle looms in Mati City where four members of the powerful Rabat clan are battling for the top positions in the city. Mati City reelectionist mayor Michelle Rabat (fourth from left) with brothers vice mayor candidate Eric (3rd from left) and board member

candidate Louie (5th from left) will be going up against cousins Carlo (for mayor) and Glenda (for vice mayor). Mayor Rabat, along with her complete slate of councilors, are shown here during their proclamation rally at the Francisco G. Rabat Baywalk and Park on April 13. (Contributed photo)

agreement” and House Resolution 1242, “a resolution strongly opposing the return of U.S. troops and military facilities in Clark

or Subic or any part of the country under the pretext of the visiting Forces agreement in affirmation of the Filipino People’s historic

lion households that are beneficiaries of the CCC program. “ang aking hangarin, ang aking gagawin sa aking susunod na termino ay magkaroon ng kahit isang diploma ang bawat pamilyang Pilipino, lalo na yung nasa ilalim ng 4Ps (Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program), para ang bawat mahirap na pamilya ay siguradong magkakaroon ng isang college graduate,” she has said. She added: “Mas mararamdaman ng bawat isang mahirap na pamilya ang programa ng gobyerno kung isa sa kanilang anak ay makapagtapos sa kolehiyo dahil matutulungan ng isang nagtapos ang kanyang pamilya, lalo ang kanyang nakababatang kapatid, pag siya ay may permanenteng trabaho na.”

ECTIon 9. Requirements and/ or Limitations on the Use of Election Propaganda through Mass Media. - all parties and bona fide candidates shall have equal access to media time and space for their election propaganda during the campaign period subject to the following requirements and/or limitations: Common requirements/limitations: any printed or published, and

litical advertisement paid for,” followed by the true and correct name and address of the candidate or party whose benefit the election propaganda was printed or aired. It must also bear, and be identified by, the reasonably legible, or audible words “political advertisement paid by,” fol-

ed by the publishing firm, or the broadcast election propaganda is given free of charge by the radio, or television station or cable television, it shall bear and be identified by the reasonably legible or audible words “printed free of charge,” or “airtime for this broadcast was provided free of

broadc a s t election propaganda for or against a candidate or group of candidates to any public office shall bear and be identified by the reasonably legible or audible words “po-

lowed by the true and correct name and address of the payor. This rule shall apply to online advertisements. If the printed or published election propaganda is donat-

charge by,” respectively, followed by the true and correct name and address of the said publishing firm or broadcast entity. This rule shall apply to online advertisements.

rejection of the RP-US Military Bases agreement in 1991.” He also called for the investigation on the dubious circumstances surround-

ing the death of gregan Cardeño inside a US military-controlled building in Camp Ranao, Datu Saber, Marawi City.

Legarda: 5,000 kids get tuition aid ELECTION 101 (No. 5 of a series)


BoUT 5,000 students of the Isabela State University who are children of farmers are to be the first batch of beneficiaries of Sen. Loren Legarda’s “Pantawid Tuition Program.” Legarda, who has put premium on education, announced her plan for the first batch of student beneficiaries during her visit to the province over the weekend. “Kayo ang magiging unang iskolar ng Pantawid Tuition Program na aking ilulunsad para sa mahihirap na pamilya, kasama ng mga pamilya na napapabilang sa Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) na programa ng gobyerno,” Legarda told the students. The senator said the first batch of scholars from the Isabela State University will be children of farmers taking

up agriculture-related courses. Being from a highly agricultural province, these scholars would be valuable assets to Isabela and nearby provinces as they aim to become an agro-industrial center of the country. “our agricultural sector needs personnel with the education and competence not only to lend their expertise to farmers and agricultural workers but also to man industries,” Legarda explained. “Together with the province of Isabela as led by gov. Faustino Dy III, our target is to be able to offer scholarships to the 21,000 college students at the ISU,” she said. Earlier, Legarda proposed to the government the granting of college scholarship to at least one member of each of the 3.8 mil-




Camella development pitches for lifestyle shift L

EaDIng property developer Camella is blazing the trail for a new property development concept called “Camella Lifestyle.” With that in mind, Camella laced its launching of the P500 million Camella Davao project with some add-ons that make for the theme “Camella Lifestyle.” Camella Davao, the new township project of Camella located in Communal in Buhangin District, is touted to be the villar-owned firm’s most ambitious project by far in Davao City. The show entitled “a Showcase of Camella Lifestyle” marked the official launch at the SMX Convention Center in SM Lanang Premier recently. an exhibit showcased the model homes and charming lifestyle of all Camella communities in Southern Mindanao. Camella also held an interior design symposium titled “Beyond the Box:

Contemporary Design for Small Spaces” and featured Davao photographer Jojie alcantara conducted a photography workshop. Camella provided more learning sessions that were opened to the public such as a landscape symposium, culinary demo, and a fashion show of the latest trends. on the side, the young ones were treated to a clown performance, face painting, and fun games, while their parents checked out the exquisite homes of Camella communities in Davao, Tagum, and general Santos. officers of Camella led by no less than the founder of the real estate giant, Sen. Manny villar, Camella president Jerylle Luz Quismundo, Camella SouthMin Cluster Head Marlon nino Escalicas, and northMin Cluster Head Emy Lustado graced the lavish event. Camella established its presence in Davao City felt in the mid-1990s with

COME ON. Entertainers welcome guests at the inviting Camella signage at the entrance of SMX Convention Center. the opening of Solariega, a Caribbean-inspired, master planned subdivision equipped with upscale facilities and amenities. It was followed by

22-hectare landscaped Toscana in Bago gallera and the ongoing Camella northpoint, a British colonial themed condo development along J.P. Laurel

avenue and the Mediterranean-themed Cerritos in Mintal. Camella Communities has also put up residential projects in Tagum City,

Cagayan de oro City, general Santos City and Butuan City and Pagadian City. The company is set to formally launch a ten-hectare project in Marbel, South Cotabato.

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

5.4 4th Qtr 2012

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

6.8 4th Qtr 2012

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

USD 3,969.51 million Dec 2012 USD 5,135.46 million Nov 2012 USD -1,585 million Nov 2012 USD -209 million Mar 2012 P 5,171,689 million Dec 2012

8. Interest Rates 4/

3.6 % Jan 2013 P155,308 million Nov 2012 P 5,381 billion Nov 2012

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

P 40.67 Feb 2013

12. Stocks Composite Index 6/

6,242.7 Jan 2013

13. Consumer Price Index 2006=100

132.4 Feb 2013

14. Headline Inflation Rate 2006=100

3.4 Feb 2013

15. Core Inflation Rate 2006=100

3.8 Feb 2013

16. Visitor Arrivals

352,438 Nov 2012

17. Underemployment Rate 7/

20.9% Jan 2013

18. Unemployment Rate 7/

7.1% Jan 2013

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Sugar firms could be tapped to help address Mindanao power deficit M Davao by the numbers

aLaYBaLaY CITY--at least four sugar centrals in Mindanao, including two in Bukidnon, can supply up to 90 megawatts of power to the Mindanao grid, Roderico Bioco, president of the Bukidnon Kaamulan Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc, said. He identified the sugar centrals as Busco Sugar Milling Co, Inc. and Crystal Sugar Milling Co. Inc. in Bukidnon and the Davao Sugar Central Company, Inc. and Cotabato Sugar Central Co., Inc. But the additional source is untapped because the government, he said, is “not creative enough” to encourage more producers of renewable energy. “It’s power that’s already available and renewable because it is from the sugar central’s biomass power generation,” said Bioco. He described the sugar centrals as power co-generators Busco Sugar Milling Co, Inc; Crystal Sugar Milling Co. Inc; Davao Sugar Central Company, Inc; and Cotabato Sugar Central Co., Inc. Bioco added that power from the sugar centrals is base load energy. Bioco said the lack of stable power supply adversely affects the economy as investors forego projects because of power interruptions. Bioco explained that based on computations from consultations with the sugar industry players, they are

willing to supply power to the grid if the Energy Regulatory Commission approves a higher rate from the current P6.63 per kilowatt hour. “(The sugar centrals) should have a capacity to produce power at a rate much lower than diesel,” he added. The Bukidnon Second Electric Cooperative (Buseco) through a five-megawatt power supply agreement buys power from the aboitiz-owned Therma Marine Inc, which operates two power barges. Then Buseco general manager Edgardo Masongsong told Mindanews in March last year that they bought from TMI at P13.90 per kilowatt-hour, which is almost double its current rate of P7.3533 per KWH. Bioco said the four plants produce power for their own needs and can actually produce more and connect to the grid but don’t because there are not enough incentives. He noted that the prevailing rate approved by the ERC for one sugar central supplying an electric cooperative “is too low to invite their full participation” from other sugar centrals. “We are calling on the DoE to compel the ERC to liberalize the rates,” he added. Bioco said he hopes government will consider the mater because additional capacity from biomass is still cheaper than diesel. “Why go for diesel when we

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have biomass,” he asked. Bioco said only two of the 28 sugar mills in the country are connected to the grid. The sugar mills are willing to participate only during milling season. But on off-milling season, he said, they would rather shut down due to lack of incentives. Milling season for sugar spans about seven months from november to May. Romeo Montenegro, investment promotions and public affairs director of the Mindanao

SWEET BUSINESS. Dante Muyco, Chokolate de San Isidro marketing director, encourages the agricultural business sector to give the cacao industry a try as the market de-

mand for the product is increasingly growing during the weekly Kapehan sa Dabaw at the Annex of SM City Davao yesterday. Lean Daval Jr.

It figures


The savings came from Philippine Efficiency Project (PEEP) is 239,800 kilowatts of energy saved from national residential lighting. The project highlighted the implementation of energy measures that help the country curb its energy demands.

6,000 The current number of inmates at the Davao Penal Colony.

Development authority (MinDa) welcomed the call of the chamber to increase rates for biomass energy capacity. “It will encourage more participation (to the grid), especially that it’s already an existing asset,” he added. He vowed to endorse it to the DoE’s Renewable Energy Management Bureau. He said they are interested in additional capacity from renewable energy sources as it would help cut the power deficit. (Walter I. Balane/Mindanews)

AboitizPower, Cotelco ink power supply deal


MONTHLY AVERAGE EXCHANGE RATE (January 2012-February 2013) Month


IDaPaWan CITY– aboitiz-owned Therma South, Inc. and the Cotabato Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Cotelco) forged Friday an energy supply agreement (ESa) for distribution to the P-Palma area, which covers six towns in north Cotabato. Therma South is building a 300-megawatt (MW) coalfired power plant in Toril, Davao City, which is expected to go on stream in 2015. Under the contract, Therma South will supply the Cotelco P-Palma area with five MW once the power plant is completed. Felix Canja, general manager of Cotelco P-Palma area, and Rodolfo Cabiles Jr., board president of Cotelco, led the ESa signing, which took place inside the main Cotelco headquarters in Matalam town, at around 11 a.m. Friday. Benedict Salvador, area manager for Mindanao of


The local cacao industry in the Philippines is eyeing 100,000 metric tons of cacao beans to be exported in 2020.

aboitiz Power Corp, represented the company. Therma South is a wholly-owned subsidiary of aboitizPower, one of the largest power generation companies in the country. Canja said that Cotelco P-Palma area, which serves at least 30,000 consumers, is getting just 3.8 MW from the national Power Corp. this april, below the area’s peak power demand of 10 to 11 MW. “We’re short of six to seven MW, which translates to eight to nine hours of brownouts daily,” he said. The P-Palma area covers the towns of Pigcawayan, Pikit, aleosan, Libungan, Midsayap, and alamada. The Cotelco-Main, which covers 11 towns and this city, had signed an ESa with Therma South in December 2012. (Malu Cadelina Manar/Mindanews)

6,000 The total number of personnel to be deployed by the joint forces from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police (PNP) for the coming of May 2013 elections.




HEY weave through barriers, jump over tires, cross tunnels and tackle obstacle courses.

These are no ordinary dogs, and this is no ordinary day. on Sunday, Damosa Fairlane in E. Ramos, Mamay Road opened its doors to the public with ‘Summer Carnival Fun’ with fun-filled activities such as free face painting, overflowing ice cream, free food, and games. But the stars of the day were no doubt, the bunch of canines which regaled the crowd in a competition called Dog agility Challenge. Ten dogs of different breeds and sizes, five each for large and small categories, showed off their tricks and antics in a set of challenges.

Lean’ s Lens

By Lean Daval Jr.

Spectators were literally thrown to the edge of their seats as show dogs displayed amazing accuracy in tackling the obstacle course. agility obstacles such as weave poles, dog walk, standard jumps, pause table, tunnel, tire jump, teeter board and ascending triple-bar spread jump were no match to the energetic and witty canines. Belgian/Labrador breeds osama and Massa both owned by Boyet Banagua and handled by Lester vistas grabbed the championship and the first runner-up trophies respectively for the large breed catego-

ry. Yoko, a Belgian Mallinois, owned by Toto Haw and handled by gilbert Basa wrapped up the top three. For the small breed category, Jazz, a Jack Russell Terrier, owned by Boyet Banagua and Kerwin Haw and handled by gilbert Basa took home the grand prize followed by Doray, a Shih Tzu, owned by Boyet Banagua and handled by Lester vistas and arvin Serra owned and han-

dled Jack Russell Terrier named Phoenix completed the list of winners. The Dog agility Challenge event is in some way an indication and assurance that Damosa Fairlane will not be just another anti-climate change inspired green community but also an animal-friendly highend subdivision--an impression which will surely win the hearts of the pet-loving Dabawenyos.


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Two Really Big Election Issues


By Manny ValdehueSa



Bad for boxing business


ILIPIno boxer nonito Donaire lost his world championship belts in an uncanny fashion to a chicken named guillermo Rigondeaux on Sunday. The biggest loser is not the Donaire nor the legions of Filipino boxing fans who have sought refuge in the promising career of the young boxing star after the fading Manny Pacquiao lost twice last year. The biggest loser is the business of professional boxing. Read, emphasis on business. not sport. Rigondeaux fought to his fight plan against the taller Donaire. He hit and quickly run away to avoid getting hit. He was quick on his feet like a spring chicken. and each time Donaire got tagged, he runs away like a mischievous thief. True enough, the fight strategy paid off for the Cuban defector. But in the end, it did not sit well with the fans. It did not sit well with boxing promoters. This is not the way boxing is being run as a business. When Timothy Bradley beat Pacquiao in a highly questionable decision, boxing died hours after. When Bradley was wheeled off on a chair after the fight, so was boxing. It took another Pacquiao fight


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ET us reject any candidate who belongs to a dynasty or who is beholden to one. Let us stop emerging dynasties in their tracks. It is the least we can do. Let us call on every Filipino to shun them in order to restore decency and fairness in politics and Filipino culture as a whole. Pork Barrel Politicos prefer to call it Priority Development assistance Fund (PaDF). Using this term makes Pork allowances sound not so bad. It camouflages their profligacy. It makes their cavalier spending of hundreds of millions on self-serving projects somehow seem legitimate and altruistic. It provides cover for the kickbacks and commissions from contractors and suppliers. as if that’s not bad enough, Pork Barrel money enables them to weaken public resistance to their candidacy: bribing voters, buying votes, blurring perception on what’s illegal or immoral, justifying cheating. These are the techniques of manipulating and corrupting an electorate’s civic values, breaking down their sense of fairness and honesty, bastardizing the political system. Who was it who said that “Money is the root of all evil”? actually it’s not money per se but the excessive desire for amassing money. Money enables a corrupt person to acquire or enjoy things and services that satisfy his greed. voters should know that Pork Barrel funds and/or PDaF-funded projects are determined by none other than the congressmen and senators themselves. They slice away chunks from the national budget and set these aside for their own use, doing it in the name of “development assistance.” and they get away with it by making the preposterous claim that only they know the needs of their districts and constituents. They make such claims even without bothering to consult or hold public hearings, as they should. Then to the eternal discredit of the President, his office takes the word of the senators and congressmen at face value and actually grants them the gargantuan allowances they request. This is why every year the use, misuse, and abuse of Pork causes a flood of corruption that inundates our society worse than Typhoon Sendong and Pablo combined. nature’s floods are seasonal and affect a limited geographic area only. But political corruption is yearround, infecting society systemically, insidiously… creeping into people’s consciousness slowly, imperceptibly, weakening their moral fiber, rendering them susceptible to other forms of corruption. The Pork Barrel System legalizes what amounts to plunder and thievery by our putative representatives. They’re supposed to be our public servants; we, their Boss. But instead of serving us and our community, they use the Pork to manipulate us and the votes of our naïve neighbors. It is their classic strategy for maintaining their political career and sustaining their lavish lifestyle. our money enables them to fill or replenish their barrels year after year. This subtle variation of “cooking people in their own fat” is a dastardly conspiracy against society hatched by vain, selfish individuals with bankrupt sense of values and ideals and no hint of statesmanship or patriotism.



Contented with good reasons

EMPoRaRY aFTER-EFFECT oF THE oIL PRICE IRREgULARITY – Energy officials should always keep a close check on issues related to oil imports because the country has for months been resigned to the fact that prices of gasoline, diesel fuel and other refined petroleum products rose slowly but steadily. Say what the critics and political detractors will but the country would remain always unprotected from price variability because of its heavy reliance on imported oil products. nonetheless, at this stage the aquino leadership, captains of trade and industry, the business sector and in particular the different transport organizations are pleased and with good reasons. The fuel-dependent sectors so far weathered the oil price fluctuation as a result of a series of oil price roll back during the past weeks. The price of gasoline right now is down to P50-51 per liter from the previous P56-58 some three weeks ago while crude oil was down to P41 per liter from the previous P43. Some private economists and government financial analysts think the series of oil price roll back might seem especially soothing to top government executives because of the softer and lower oil prices in the world market. But come to think of it that the freckle oil price movement hinge on the world price index therefore a slight variation could change the statistics. of course, even if the positive im-



oME acquaintances of mine have been texting me of late to chide me for never having revealed to them that I was once a member of a guerrilla unit in World War 2 that fought against the Japanese invaders who had occupied the province of what is now Surigao del norte, notably the capital, now called Surigao City. The enemy also put up garrisons in such strategic places asa Bad-as, some 25 kilometers from the capital, where there was a split or fork in the highway, the main road connecting the capital to the coastal towns of Placer, gigaquit, Claver, Carrascal, Cantilan (where there was another Japanese garrison), Madrid, Lanuza, Hinatu-an, Tandag, Tago, Lingig and Bislig. The other led to a few more towns in the province on the way to agusan del norte and beyond. Some years back, I did write about my war experience which was serialized in the paper I worked for then, Sun*Star Davao, entitled The Barefoot guerrilla. I attended for the first time an “araw ng Kagitingan” celebration program last april 9 held at the Free-

pact of the low prices of oil products on commercial and industrial activities may lead to improving the economic growth of the country, it may however not last for long. other noted economists and financial managers are more unenthusiastic still, predicting that the series of oil price roll back is only a temporary after-effect of the price irregularity in the world market. Furthermore, it is also widely believed that the government will have no choice but to move every able body it can – meaning the country’s working population to the most competitive and productive ways possible while the prices of oil continues to drop radically in the days ahead. Still, it might get harder to muddle through in the future, since there are indications that the most important thing to watch is the unprecedented oil price increases dictated by the oil-producing countries. all of which means that we always have to be prepared and remain alert at all times, because even boosted by lower prices at this point, prices of fuel products are expected to increase on or before the second quarter of the year. Right now, the series of price roll

back has taken center stage just like when prices likewise skyrocketed to undetermined level. While the country’s oil companies notably the socalled the “Big Three”- Petron, Shell and Chevron together with the small players reported with assurance that more price roll backs are expected in the days ahead, government on the other hand should not take the assertion as a permanent commitment. as always expected that when it comes to oil prices hike trend, the government suffers from what can be called a reliability and credibility problem of its own. Independent economists and business analysts foresee the series of oil price roll back will slow down or stop anytime soon. government therefore should not let its guards down because when the series of price roll back are over, we will be back again to a vicious cycle of oil price hike. So what kind of assurance the powerful oil cartel is bragging about? We always have to bear in mind there is no such thing as a never-ending oil price roll back and government should treat the current pricing trend as a temporary breather to map new strategies anytime prices of oil products would continue again moving upward. If that happens - anytime soon, there’s nothing we can do about it because we are perennially dependent on oil imports – a perpetual burden confronting the country and its economic activities.

dom Park here in honor of those who fought in the war. For obvious reasons, only a few of us veterans were on hand for the occasion, mostly in various (1st of two parts) stages of unhealth and having difficulty walking. It’s no joke to be aged 90 and over. But there we were, savoring the moment, glad to be still around (even if no longer able to kick), happy to be remembered and recognized for having served the country against great odds---hunger, disease, cold nights on sentry duty, homesickness, you name it. and foremost, of course the EnEMY, who else? My first weapon as a buck private was, of all things, a .25 caliber Japanese carbine-type but single-shot bolt action rifle captured from the enemy

in an earlier encounter. I only had one clip of bullets. The main weapon of a Japanese soldier was longer than their carbine that also used .25 cal. ammunition on contrast to the US army’s semi-automatic .30 cal. garands and carbines. one morning, at about six o’clock, a runner from our outpost along the highway came to report that a long column of about 200 Japs was approaching our command post. our Fil-am commanding officer, Lt. Richard Barton, ordered all available men to occupy a trench up on a low hill overlooking the highway. There were only seventeen of us led by a former schoolmate of mine in Surigao High, Sgt. Flordelito arlan from the island of Dinagat, who was armed with a Thompson submachinegun. The rest of our 100-man Combat Company were elsewhere manning other outposts around regimental headquarters which was located in the hills of barrio Tumurok. our .30 cal. Japanese machinegun, also captured in an earlier encounter, under Sgt. Crispin Romarate was set up at the foot of the hill at the Mahanub Junction.

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Annexes Shrinking the Time Frame COMMENTARY By Patricio P. diaz

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ovERnMEnT and Moro Islamic Liberation Front peace panels adjourned their 37th Exploratory Talks april 9 to 11 without final agreements on the three remaining annexes. They agreed to continue their negotiation after the May 13 election with firm “commitment to finally settle these issues soon so that all three annexes may be signed without undue delay”. In “without undue delay”, “after” is more appropriate than “without”. Either the Panels did not foresee or they took for granted the tough issues in the four annexes when immediately after signing the Framework agreement on Bangsamoro they said they would finish negotiating by end of December. Even if the annexes could be signed in May that would be five months overdue. Let us not doubt the Panels in jointly stating that they have “continued to find ways to resolve remaining issues on the annexes on wealth sharing, power sharing and normalization”. Let us understand the difficulties, and even embarrassment, they are going through. More than any other persons or groups, they honestly want to end the Mindanao Problem; yet, they risk being misunderstood as hiding the “real score” behind “motherhood statements” – to borrow from Fr. Eliseo “Jun” Mercado, o.M.I. They, too, know that no lofty rhetoric to explain the failure to finally agree on the annexes and to give assurance that all will be fine in the end can undo the setback in the FaB implementation and further set it back should there be more delays. Situated within the fixed term of President aquino, the time frame of the different stages in the FaB roadmap should have been fixed and followed strictly, not open-ended and flexible. Even if all the annexes are signed in May, what guarantee is there that the Bangsamoro Transition Commission can start drafting the Bangsamoro Basic Law in June? The annexes and the FaB are still to be consolidated into a Comprehensive agreement. Can this be done in one formal meeting of the Panels? There is supposed to be two years from January 2013 for the Transcom to draft the BBL; for the Congress to enact the BBL draft into an organic law; and for the BBL, the organic law, to be ratified in a plebiscite and promulgated. Roughly, January to June 30, 2013 should have been for the drafting of BBL; July 2013 to June 2014, the First Session of the 16th Congress, for the enactment of the BBL; and July to December 2014, the ratification and promulgation of BBL. This is the preliminary part of the transition period.


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Illegally-traded pangolins seized from Chinese vessel in Tubbataha a

BoUT 400 boxes containing illegally-traded pangolins or scaly anteaters were seized from the F/n Min Long Yu, the same 48-meter Chinese fishing vessel which ran aground the Tubbataha Reefs last 8 april 2013. Each box was estimated to contain from five to six dressed and rolled-up

pangolins, which means the vessel could be carrying as many as 2000 of the toothless, insect-eating creatures. Resembling sloth-like olive lizards, pangolins are scaly mammals which range throughout asia and africa. Eight species exist – all threatened by habitat loss plus the illegal trade for their meat

ILLEGAL TRADE. The F/N Min Long Yu was carrying about 2000 dressed and rolled-up pangolins. Rising demand in China for pangolin meat and

and unique scales, which are used for both traditional medicine and the curio trade. The grisly discovery was made by the Tubbataha Reefs natural Marine Park Rangers and the Philippine Coast guard last 13 april 2013. The Palawan Council for Sustainable Development Staff (PCSDS) is set to

lodge legal action against the 12 Chinese fishermen, who are already facing poaching charges in violation of Republic act no. 10067 for their illegal entry into the Tubbataha Reefs. The World Wide Fund for nature Philippines (WWF-Philippines) strongly condemns this latest act of wildlife traf-

scales is wiping out the unique, toothless anteaters from their habitats in Southeast Asia. (Photo courtesy of the Tubbataha Management Office)

ficking. “It is bad enough that these Chinese have illegally entered our seas, navigated without boat papers and crashed recklessly into a national marine park and World Heritage Site,” says WWF-Philippines vice-chair and CEo Jose Ma. Lorenzo Tan. “It is simply deplorable that they appear to be posing as fishermen to trade in illegal wildlife. Should the carcasses check out as Philippine pangolin (Manis culionensis), we can be sure they were being smuggled out of Palawan. In which case, the full force of the Philippine Wildlife act should be applied.” as the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora bad (CITES) prohibits trade in asian pangolin species, WWF-Philippines calls on the government to fully prosecute the Chinese poachers for violating both national and international wildlife trade laws. The Illegal Wildlife Trade The latest seizure of pangolins from the F/n Min Long Yu comes right as the WWF global network is scaling up its cam-

paign to combat the illegal wildlife trade, which now comprises the fourth largest illegal global trade after narcotics, counterfeiting of products and currency, and human trafficking. The illegal wildlife trade, estimated to yield at least $19 Billion per year, has become a lucrative business for criminal syndicates because the risk involved is low compared with other crimes. Poaching syndicates flourish because there are presently no effective deterrents to the trade. High-level traders and kingpins are rarely arrested, prosecuted, and convicted for their crimes. Today, pangolins are widely hunted and traded for their alleged medicinal properties. They are among the most commonly encountered mammals in asia’s wildlife trade and alarming numbers have been seized throughout East and Southeast asia in recent years. WWF-Philippines encourages the public not to patronize products that may have come from species that are illegally traded. Concludes Tan, “When the buying stops, the killing will, too.”

nangonan, Rizal; Ellore Punzalan, 26, from Las Pinas; Merry Joyce Respicio, 18, from Bulacan; Ma. angelica De Leon,19 from Batangas; Parul Shah, 24, from Pangasinan; grace Yann apuad,

25, from agusan del Sur; Rhea nakpil, 23, from San Mateo, Rizal; Imelda Schweighart, 17, from Puerto Princesa City, Palawam; and amanda noelle navasero, 22, from Makati City.(Pna)

Laguna lass crowned Bb.Pilipinas 2013 T

w E n T Y- F o U R year old ariella arida from Laguna will represent the country to the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Panama in July after she was named Sunday night Miss Universe Philippines 2013 during the Binibining Pilipinas coronation night at the araneta Coliseum. a sportswoman who loves the outdoors, especially the beach, arida was also judged best in swimsuit in the 50th anniversary of the country’s popular beauty pageant. Twenty-three year old Bea Rose Santiago from Masbate, meanwhile, was named Bb. Pilipinas-International. She was also chosen Bb. avon. Twenty-three year old Joanna Cindy Miranda of nueva Ecijia was crowned Bb. Pilipinas-Tourism. Miranda was also named Bb. Petron and the winner of the Cream Silk Be-

yond Beautiful Woman award. Twenty year old Mutya Johanna Datul of Isabela was crowned Bb Pilipinas Supranational. She was also named Bb. Photogenic and Best in Evening gown while Cagayan de oro’s Pia Wurtzbach, 23, who is a member of aBS-CBn’s Star Magic, was named first runner up. The pageant kicked off with the past winners of Bb. Pilipinas, led by Miss Universe 1969 gloria Diaz, taking the stage, in celebration of the golden anniversary of the country’s premiere beauty pageant. The pageant was hosted by Martin nievera and Dawn Zulueta and featured musical performances from Sam Milby, Xian Lim, Sam Concepcion and Matteo guidicelli. Several special awards were also given, including Miss Friendship, which went to Lourenz grace Remetillo;

Miss Talent, anna Carmela aquino; Best in national Costume, alaine Baccay; Manila Bulletin Readers Choice award, Ellore Punzalan; Bb. Pilipinas-PagCoR, Imelda Schweighart; Bb. Phil-

ippine airlines, nicole Kim Donesa; and Bb. San Miguel Zero Fit and Sexy Body, Pia Wurtzbach. Making it to the top 15 were Camille nazar, 23 from Bulacan; Charmaine Elima,20 from Bi-

BEAUTIES ALL. Bb. Pilipinas 2013 winners – L-R Pia Wurtzback (1st runner-up), Cindy Miranda (Tourism), Ariella Arida (Universe), Bea Santiago (International) and Mutya Datul (Supranational)



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NPAs kill massacre suspect g

EnERaL SanToS CITY – Communist guerrillas killed on Sunday one of the main suspects in the october 21,1985 massacre of 17 people in sitio (sub-village) Lampasak, Barangay alegria in alabel town, Sarangani Province. In an interview with dxES Bombo Radyo here, Ka Efren, spokesman of CPP-nPa-nDF in Far South Mindanao Region (FSMR), confirmed that new People’s army rebels killed around 12:00 noon on Sunday the suspect identified as Sayao Tangge. “Members of the new People’s army under guerrilla Front 75 meted out the death penalty against Sayao Tangge at sitio Malaya, Barangay alegria last Sunday noon after he was found guilty of the crime committed long ago involving the massacre of 17 persons in sitio Lampasak, alegria in

1985,” Ka Efren said. Ka Efren bared that aside from his involvement in 1985 Lampasak massacre, Tangge was also implicated in several land grabbing activities in several parts of alegria. “Due to his land grabbing activities, about 40 lumad farmers lost their lands. We could not allow this kind of abuses to continue,” Ka Efren added. The suspect, Ka Efren, disclosed had also been involved in the killing of some nPa guerrillas in sitio Pait, alegria sometime in 1987. according to him, Tangge aggravated his crimes against the communist movement by serving as military asset. “Tangge inflicted harm on the organization by playing the role of a military spy. During the trial process, the people’s court had proven beyond doubt that he had committed

such offenses,” Ka Efren said. The nPa spokesman claimed it took quite a long time before the punishment was carried against Tangge as he was elusive and was given protection by the military. He said the suspect’s relatives exerted efforts to convince the communist movement to defer the execution. “However, instead of giving himself up he continued with his activities which further harmed the organization,” the nPa spokesman said. He admitted that some private individuals in Sarangani province are facing charges before the people’s court for having committed offenses against the people and the movement, but he refused to name names pending the final resolution of their cases. (aquiles Z. Zonio)

ey during the entrapment. The confiscated items were turned over to the Philippine Drug Enforcement agency (PDEa). as this developed, Dela Rosa said that they will intensify their operation ‘Tokhang’ (toktok hangyo), to go after people involved in drugs. “In Boulevard, we really need to focus there

because babalik at babalik pa din yang mga iyan sa bisyo nila,” he explained. Dela Rosa said that the illegal drugs in that area are from Marawi and Cotabato. “We will not stop our operations until these drug users and pushers are all gone,” Dela Rosa said.

struction will be finished right before the 1000 prisoners from Manila came,” he explained. Meanwhile, Tesoro said that there are 800 living out inmates who are currently working in TaDECo banana

plantation earning P261.00 per day. “These are the prisoners who will be released in a year’s time. They worked to maintain the banana farm in order to have money when they will be released,” he said. (CMP)

export documentations, which is a paperless process that is run through the internet,” he said. “Exporters can contact us and we can train them on how the electronic documentation works,” he said. aside from the signing of the Moa for oSEDC, current major economic development strategies for exporters from the entire region 11 will be addressed in the PhilExport 11 Membership Meeting

at grand Regal Hotel. one of the highlights of the event is the discussion of the “national Industry Cluster Capacity Enhancement Project (nICCEP)” of DTI, which is a three-year project that aims to enhance the capacity of selected industry clusters to plan, implement, facilitate service delivery, evaluate projects and improve industry competitiveness and business environment. (EJF)

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tional government and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is in charge of the construction. “The additional five dormitories can surely address our congestion problems and we believe that the con-

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be very convenient for exporters because they will have to wait for less than an hour and all their export documentations will be finished,” Maranon said. The concerned agencies for oSEDC are DTI, Bureau of Customs, Department of Environment and natural Resources (DEnR) and the Philippine Coconut authority (PCa). “They (exporters) can also avail the electronic

FASTER EXPORT DOCUMENTATION. Ferdinand Marañon, president of the Philippine Exporters Confederation of Davao, promotes the opening of a One-StopShop Export Documentation Center (OSEDC) which will

help exporters process their export documents in lesser time during the weekly Kapehan sa Dabaw at the Annex of SM City Davao yesterday. Lean Daval Jr.

DCWD warns public of water shortage D

avao City Water District acting general manager Edwin v. Regalado advises DCWD customers especially those residing in elevated and farther areas to store water in clean containers during the whole duration of the summer season for them to have standby water supply in case water supply becomes intermittent. “Water demand always increases every during summer season, a trend that we have observed for a long time now,” Regalado said. “Because of the increased demand, we experience shortage of water supply. Thus, there are some areas that experience low water pressure to no water during peak hours of water usage which is usually in the morning,” he added. aside from the increased demand, Regalado also mentioned that two production wells of DCWD’s largest water system, the Dumoy Water Supply System (WSS), have bogged down and need to be shut off.Last april 2, DCWD had to temporarily shut off Production Well no. 23 as it is already due for re-drilling. although the project has already been awarded to a contractor, the

whole re-drilling project would still take around one year to complete. PW no. 30 also needed to be shut off for preventive maintenance purposes. “as much as we want to have all of our production wells operating during these times when water demand is very high, we could not risk further damaging our facilities,” Regalado said. according to him the non-operation of these production wells further aggravate the problem in water supply. He also mentioned that customers whose connections are beings supplied by DCWD’s reservoir in gSIS Matina are also experiencing problems in water supply. DCWD’s Engineering and Construction and operation and Maintenance departments have already assessed the situation in order to come up with


measures to solve this problem. In behalf of DCWD, Regalado appeals for the understanding and cooperation of the affected customers. Further, he encourages them to call the DCWD trunk line at 221-9400 and press “1” on their phone dial to listen to the latest daily water updates, or contact its call center through the 24-hour hotlines 2219412, 0927-798-8966, 0908-441-0653 or 0925511-3293 for updates, complaints, queries and other matters pertaining to DCWD services. Information on emergency and scheduled water interruptions and DCWD operations can also be viewed in DCWD’s official website (www. and Facebook account (www. (Jovana T. Duhaylungsod)


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IaMI (aP) -- Carlos Boozer turned his shoulder and knocked Dwyane Wade to the floor, while nate Robinson shoved LeBron James as the nBa’s reigning MvP leaped near the basket. all in the same sequence, no less. It was physical, rugged and exactly what the Miami Heat needed as part of their preparations for the playoffs, which start this coming weekend. James scored 24 points, Wade finished with 22 and the Heat set a franchise record for home wins in a season by topping the Chicago Bulls 105-93 on Sunday. ‘’It was good, especially against this team,’’ said James, who had seven rebounds and six assists. ‘’You’re definitely not just going to show up and win against these guys. You’re going to have to work for it. So for us, to continue to get better and for us to have a really physical game, good game, testy game, we liked it.’’ Chicago had more fouls (30) than field goals (29), the first time the Bulls have managed that in a regular-season game since nov. 19, 2008. The Bulls sent Miami to

the line a season-high 41 times, and at times were so reliant on the 3-point shot that they went more than 16 minutes to open the second half without a single 2-point basket. ‘’We’re trying to get ready,’’ Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. ‘’and you play a team that’s physical like this, it gets you ready.’’ The Bulls shot 35 percent, and were far better outside the 3-point arc (11-for-26, 42 percent) than inside it (18-for-56, 32 percent). Robinson missed 11 shots himself. Miami’s ‘’Big Three’’ of James, Wade and Chris Bosh missed 12 - combined. ‘’That’s the best team in the nBa as of right now,’’ Robinson said. Mario Chalmers and Chris andersen each scored 15 for Miami, which improved to 36-4 at home - topping the 35-6 mark by the 2004-05 Heat. Bosh had 12 points, nine rebounds and four blocks for Miami, which also got 11 points from Mike Miller. Miami is at Cleveland on Monday, with Wade, Udonis Haslem and Shane Battier not even making the trip. James said he would be a game-time de-

cision Monday, but ‘’leaning toward’’ not playing against his former team. Boozer finished with 16 points and 20 rebounds for the Bulls, who snapped Miami’s 27-game winning streak last month. Luol Deng led Chicago in scoring with 19, Robinson and Kirk Hinrich scored 14 apiece and Jimmy Butler added 13 for the Bulls, who played without Joakim noah (foot), Taj gibson (knee), Richard Hamilton (one-game nBa suspension) and of course, Derrick Rose, who has been out all year while coming back from a knee injury. ‘’We just have to keep moving forward and concentrate on improving,’’ Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. ‘’Hopefully we will get a couple of guys back soon. I don’t want us thinking about the playoffs. I want us thinking about the game (Monday) against the orlando Magic.’’ The loss keeps Chicago in the no. 6 spot in the Eastern Conference, just behind atlanta. Miami has wrapped up home-court advantage throughout the playoffs, and opens the postseason at home next weekend against the Milwaukee Bucks.


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GANGED UP. Lakers center Dwight Howard gets ganged up under the rim against San Antonio.

oS angELES – Kobe Bryant was relieved to see the Los angeles Lakers were still alive in the playoff race despite playing without him on Sunday night, but the bedridden star was far from satisfied. “gritty performance. at the doorstep. gotta kick the door in now and finish the damn thing,” Bryant told Yahoo! Sports in an email late Sunday night. The “damn thing” is a playoff bid, and it’s one step closer thanks to a critical 91-86 win over the the San antonio Spurs in their first game since Bryant was lost for the season having suffered a torn left achilles’ tendon. The Lakers (44-37) are fighting the Utah Jazz (42-38) for the eighth and

final seed in the Western Conference. The win over the Spurs goes a long way toward sealing that berth. now a win over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday or a loss by the Utah Jazz in either of their two final games against the Minnesota Timberwolves or Memphis grizzlies would mean a playoff trip for the Lakers. The Jazz, however, own the tiebreaker after winning the season series 2-1. “We can’t look to anybody else for help,” said Howard, who visited Bryant twice in the hospital Saturday. “We got to go out there and get this [Houston] game. and we need everybody behind us, and we’re going to go out there and play as hard as we can. We believe that we can win.”

Litaratus loses title Moulic goes to Asian Youth tilt


IDE Master austin Jacob Literatus of Davao City ran out of matches in a catch up mode that went awry to settle for first runner up in the 2013 national age group chess championships at the Taguig City University auditorium in Taguig which ended on Sunday. after losing in round 12 to eventual 16 and Under champion FM Paul Bersamina of Pasay City, Litaratus halved the 2 points with Bataan’s nelson Busa in the 13th round before bidding his title retention hopes goodbye with a devastating loss to Spencer Real of Calamba, Laguna in the next round. The 16-year old Literatus, playing for Kingking Copper gold Project, salvaged some amount of pride with a win over John Christopher Inoncillo of San Rafael, Bulacan in round 15. Coupled with a loss by nM giovanni Mejia of Labrador, Pangasinan to Bersamina, the Davao chess prodigy who will suit up for national University in the coming UaaP season clinched second with 23 points. Earlier, Ella grace Moulic gave the ill-prepared Davao City contingent something to cheer about when she won the girls 16 and under title. The Holy Cross of Davao College standout had 19 points in 12 rounds besting Shanie Mae Mendoza of Sta. Rosa, Laguna (17) and Ynna Sophia Canape of Pasig City (15). Moulic earned a ticket to the asian Youth Championships in June 20-27 in Marshad, Iran and the asean Youth Championships in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Literatus will join Moulic

and the rest of the Philippine delegation to the Chiang Mai tournament. only the champion in each category will represent the country in the asian youth chess championships in June 20-27 in Marshad, Iran while the top three finishers will go to Chiang Mai in Thailand. IM Jan Emmanuel garcia, FM Bersamina and Daryl Unix Samantila captured their respective division’s title. virtually garcia wrapped up the crown after he defeated vince angelo Medina in the thirteenth round before drawing with nM alcon John Datu in the next round to capture the Boys under 20 plums with 23 points for ten wins and three draws and without a loss going into the final and last round of the grassroots chess competition. garcia is followed by Datu with 19 points and IM Haridas Pascua with 18 points. The nCFP is using a Pichay-Torre modified match point system which gives two points for a win, one point for a draw and zero point for a loss. a player is given 1.5 points if he stalemated his opponent. In the Boys under-16 brackets FM Bersamina impressed the crowd by sweeping all his assignments from the first until round 15. He posted an amazing run of 15 wins to bag the Boys under-16 section with a perfect 30. nM giovanni Mejia finished third with 22.5. Daryl Unix Samantila on the other hand triumph in the Boys under 14 category with 21 points. Tied at second and third in standings with 17 points are John Marvin Miciano and John Merill Jacutina.


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Makati’s artsy patch of green Whenever I travel, I make sure to visit at least a park or two, that way I can soak with the local vibe of the city I am visiting. Just recently, I was able to take a walk at the Ayala Triangle Gardens in Makati. Located in the middle of Makati’s central business district, the park is a green oasis for the residents and office workers in the area. Bordered by Paseo de roxas, Ayala and Makati Avenues, the park reveals a quainter side of Makati, with lush greens and seasonal art installations away from the busy buzz of the malls. Design buffs will love a walk around the park as it gives a perfect vantage point to many of Makati City’s architectural gems as well as public art. From the sculpture of Gabriela Silang created by Jose M. Mendoza to Leandro Locsin’s Stock exchange Plaza, and the new Zueling Building, every corner of the park highlighted Makati’s landmark buildings and hotels. A short walk along the Makati Avenue side of the park and you can visit The Filipinas heritage Library which hold thousands of rare books, maps and photographs for research. The park has a life of

its own, from mornings where residents bring their dogs to the park for a nice stroll or jog, to lunchtime when people queue up for lunch along the park’s restaurant row, to evenings when the the park lights up in a symphony of lights. The Ayala Triangle Gardens is a nice breather, away from the hectic hustle and bustle of the country’s financial heart. Yes, we Pinoys may have a mall going culture, thanks to air-conditioning, but nothing can replace an exhilarating walk in a park where one can relax and unwind while getting a bit of culture. Follow me on Instagram and Twitter @kennethkingong for more travel and foodie finds in and around Durianburg.


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Pizza! Pizza! at the Marco Polo RUSH off to the Pool Lounge at the Deck of Marco Polo Davao with its irresistible Pizza! Pizza! promotion everyday from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM for the month of April. order from the restaurant’s selection of mouth-watering pizzas and you’ll get your second order for free. That’s right, two pizzas for the price of one.Grab a slice now at the Pool Lounge. For reservations and inquiries, please call (082) 221-0888 local 7955 or 7164.

Everything for kids at SM Lanang Premier with SM Cartoon Fest yoUR best-loved cartoon characters will be heading your way this summer as SM Lanang Premier brings you the metro’s biggest cartoon festival, the SM cartoon Fest, for the kids and the young at heart.

Starting this Saturday, April 13 to May 31, catch your all-time favorites – Dora the Explorer, Hello Kitty, Spongebob, Angry Birds, Justice League, Madagascar, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Ben 10, Sesame Street, Barbie, Monster High, Garfield, Iron Man, Despicable Me, and many more – at the SM cartoon Fest, which will be held at The Atrium of SM Lanang Premier. The summer-long festival will feature tons of family fun including meet-and-greet events, exclusive promos and prizes, and surprise wholesome activities from participating brands of cartoon characters. Special discounts are also available for certain brands and merchandise. on April 16, kids can get up close with Barbie’s BF Hailey for a meet-and-greet session at 1pm, 3pm and 5pm. They can also hang out with these cartoon characters each week in May: Hop (May 4), Minion 2 (May 13), Monster High (May 18) and Hello Kitty (May 23). Visit SM Lanang Premier this summer to see your beloved characters come alive! For inquiries, call 285-0943. SM cartoon Fest will be in all SM malls nationwide including SM city Davao and SM city General Santos from April 12 to May 31. It is supported by Bates/Nickelodeon, Richprime, Pacific Licensing, Honeybarn, Solar, click Licensing and Astroplus/Magnavision. Like SM Lanang Premier on Facebook or follow @SMLanangPremier on Twitter for news and event updates.

Choose your flavor at Potato Corner

Potato corner, the Filipinos’ favorite flavoured French fries has recently opening a new store at SM city Davao Bridgeway. Since its first kiosk in 1992, the French fries experts has already expanded its global reach to Indonesia, Malaysia, Panama and are now shaking American taste buds with the recent opening of six stores in the United States. There’s a whole lot of shaking going on at Potato corner. With its wide choice of flavor, from cheese to sour cream and a many more, you are sure to find the flavor just right for you! Visit Potato corner at the Bridgeway of SM city Davao.

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Apo View Hotel reinvents Blue Room AFTer celebrating 65 years, Apo view hotel once again makes waves as it announces the re-launch of its bar, Blue room. An all-out party on Saturday, April 13, featuring the pioneering tribal house group, DJ elmer Dado + Gruppo Tribale, fetes the bar’s re-invention.

Following the success of the hotel’s famous night spots such as One Down Disco and Penec Bar in the 1980’s, Spam’s and Pag-asa Bar in the 1990’s, and Liquid in the 2000’s, Blue room first opened its doors in 2004 as a premier music lounge. The recent years saw the dominance of beer gardens, but with a new look and a fresh vibe, Blue room hopes to stand out as a classic indoor bar. The new Blue room boasts of an extended counter and huge mirrors that give the bar a sleek and modern look. A wider selection of classic drinks and new additions to their bar chow, all at a lower price, are also part of the new Blue room’s lure. rediscover traditional cocktails such as the refreshing Moscow Mule or the old fashioned Whiskey Sour. Other new cocktails to try are their negroni, Mint Julep and Gibson. Of

course crowd favourites such as the Mojito and Margarita are still available. A variety of local and imported beers are also available for as low as P50. A beer and a shot of Cuervo is a winning combo at only P100. Apo view hotel has always been known for good food and the hotel’s executive Chef Pablito villando saw the bar’s re-launch as an opportunity to experiment and show off his culinary chops. Some of Blue room’s must-try’s include the sinful Stuffed Smoked Marlin, the savory Crispy Shrimp Poppers, and the unusual Bulad rice. Also not to be missed are their all-time bestsellers, such as the Tuna & Salmon Sashimi and Kilawing Kambing.

Most food items are priced no more than P200, so you won’t have to worry about drinking on an empty stomach. This refreshing take on Blue room is brought about by Apo view hotel’s new President and CeO, Chris Pamintuan, who belongs to the 3rd generation of the Pamintuan family. Prior to taking over the family business last year, Pamintuan found success in the bar industry being an investor of a popular pub in San Francisco called hog & rocks. his experience and expertise will surely benefit Blue room’s reinvention. “We want to create more bar options for fun-loving Dabawenyos who are looking for more than the usual

al fresco drinking or club scene,” said Pamintuan. With the addition of new cocktails and food items, along with familiar favourites in a newly renovated but still familiar setting, and with even more reasonable prices, Blue room is sure to rejuvenate Davao’s nightlife as it aims to reach out to a wider market while still satisfying loyal customers. Blue room is located at Apo view hotel, Davao City’s first hotel and the country’s second longest running hotel. For more information on the hotel, contact (082) 221-6430 or visit For updates on Blue room, visit their Facebook page at

Feel the Boracay vibe in the first-ever telco concept store

BoRAcAy has opened its doors to the first telco concept store in the island that will service both local residents and tourists visiting the country’s premiere tourist destination. The Globe Store opened in time for the island’s peak season where both local and foreign tourists flock to Boracay, considered as one of the world’s top beach destinations attracting over 1 million visitors a year. “After strengthening our network coverage resulting in superfast surfing, crystal-clear voice calls and realtime text messaging, our subscribers can now experience a world-class shopping experience backed up with great customer service and after-sales support with the new Globe Store in Boracay,” said Globe Stores Transformation Head Maridol ylanan, “By bringing the digital lifestyle closer to the residents and tourists of Boracay, we hope that our customers would

find the products and services they need all within the convenience of a one-stop shop.” The Globe Store located at D’Mall in Station 2 in Boracay showcases the unique store concept of Globe. Inside the store, customers can try and

explore live demo units. Aside from shopping for postpaid plan or prepaid kit bundled with the latest cellphone and gadget, customers can also shop for the latest accessories that go best with the devices. customers can also do various transactions in the store such as account opening, account management, payments, load top ups, and GcASH transactions. The Globe Store’s design layout complementing the tropical island vibe of Boracay was done by J. Antonio Mendoza Design consultants. The distinctive tropical appeal is further enhanced with unique accent chairs made by Kenneth cobonpue. The Boracay store personnel on the other hand, will soon don uniform designed by charina Sarte, one of the country’s famous designers. Globe currently has 172 stores providing superior customer experience nationwide. Globe is poised to open more concept stores in strategic locations all over the country.

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Matt Damon and Luciana Barroso renew their vows on the beach in Saint Lucia

I now declare you As Matt and wife. Again! News Matt Damon and his bride of eight years, Luciana Barroso, renewed their wedding vows Saturday in an intimate ceremony in Saint Lucia E! News has exclusively confirmed. The ceremony took place Saturday on the beach in front of a starstudded gathering of family and friends. The Bride wore a custom made Naeem Khan gown, and the men in the wedding party were all decked out in white. Sources say the Elysium star and his ladylove where joined by Matt’s BFF Ben Affleck, his wife Jennifer Garner and chelsea clinton among other notables.

E! exclusively revealed this week, Matt and Luciana renewed their wedding vows at Sugar Beach resort on the isle of Saint Lucia, renting out the whole hotel for a reported $600,000. A day before the ceremony, a caravan of SUVs was seen ferrying guests from a private airfield to the hotel, where security was tight. But the groom was apparently keeping things loose, spending time the day before the big occasion paddleboarding in the clear blue

caribbean waves. A private plane linked to catherine Zeta-Jones, whose hubby Michael Douglas stars with Damon in the upcoming HBo film Behind the candelabra, reportedly arrived on the island Friday. Stanley Tucci, whose sister-in-law is close Damon pal Emily Blunt, is also in the area.

workout video and use my own music—whatever is inspiring to me at that time, like Alabama Shakes, the cure, or Mumford and Sons.” Russell, who also takes long walks to stay fit, said, “Everyone should dance more. Everyone should walk more.”

“I mean that’s one of the great things about living in Brooklyn and in New york, you get to eat a big, rich, fatty meal, but then you can walk home.” In spite of Russell’s home workouts and long walks, though, there’s still one part of her body that she struggles with: her butt. “I’m not a complainer about age,” Russell went on. “I think my girlfriends all look so much better now than they did 15 years ago. But the thing I notice most is my butt. I used to have a really good, plump butt. Ugh— now my butt’s gone. I do wish I had my 25-year-old butt!”

The 37-year-old former Felicity star and mother of two showed off her toned bod on the cover of Women’s Health’s May issue, wearing nothing but short shorts and a bra top. And check out those killer abs! So, what does the actress do to stay in such great shape? The star of The Americans keeps it simple, mostly doing workouts at home. “[I have] this really nerdy workout I do in my walk-through closet in our brownstone,” Russell told the mag. “I do a

E! News can exclusively reveal that the Grey Gardens star has signed on to host next weekend’s GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles. At the same time, the lineup of celeb presenters and guests keeps on growing. Among those we’ll be seeing at the 24th annual gala are Betty White, Matt Bomer, Alex Pettyfer, chris Evans, elle fanning, the cast of The New Normal,

Tobey Maguire, Diane Kruger, Joshua Jackson, Brad Goreski, Glee’s Alex Newell and Naya Rivera, Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen. Kelly Rowland will also

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perform. GLAAD announced last week that Bill clinton will be honored with the Advocate for change Awards, while entertainment attorney Steve Warren will receive the Stephen F. Kolzak Award. Previously announced presenters include Leonardo Dicaprio, charlize Theron and Jennifer Lawrence. (Full disclosure: E!’s own Marc Malkin is one of the night’s cochairs). The GLAAD Media Awards take place April 20 at the JW Marriott in downtown Los Angeles.

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Columbia and Mountain Hardwear:

Official outfitters to 3rd Int’l Mt. Apo Boulderface Challenge COLuMBIA Sportswear and Mountain hardwear----the leading outdoor apparel brands are the official outfitters to this year’s International Mt. Apo Boulderface Challenge slated on April 27 to 28 in Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur. It has been the belief of the creators of Mountain hardwear (MhW) to find and challenge the edges of human potential because our best selves live just beyond these edges. With this “edgy” purpose of Mountain hardwear and Columbia’s drive to “Try Stuff,” these two brands have been consistently outfitting the athletes of Mt. Apo Boulderface since 2008. Because, as in the words of Senior Tourism Officer, Julius Paner, “Mt. Apo Boulderface is the toughest mountain trekking competition in the country since it challenges the participants to conquer the highest Philippine peak in 24 hours using four dis-

ciplines---mountain biking, water tubing, trekking, and road run. Suffice it to say that, challenging competitions like Mt. Apo Boulderface is one of the reasons why highly-technologized outdoor gears---Mountain hardwear and Columbia were created. Columbia, coupled with r.O.X. (recreational Outdoor eXchange), has been supporting Mt. Apo Boul-

derface since 2008. As for Mountain hardwear, being a newly-opened store at the 2nd floor of SM Lanang, this is its first year to sponsor. When asked about why these brands have continued to outfit this prestigious event, Ms. Tiffany Batungbacal---the brand manager of Mountain hardwear and Columbia said this is the brands’

way of supporting the local tourism of Davao. Ms. Batungbacal further adds, “I think more than helping us market our brand, it is more of a way for us to give back to the local community. By supporting this event, we are able to offset some of the DOT’s costs and they are able to give the athletes, both local and international, a better competitive experience.” Aside from outfitting the competition’s participants, Columbia and Mountain hardwear will also provide 20,000 gift certificates to the winners. In addition, these brands will give all registrants and stakeholders of the 3rd International Mt. Apo Boulderface an exclusive 20% discount on all regular-priced items. The Mt. Apo Boulderface Challenge is a project of the LGu of Sta. Cruz which is fully-supported by the Department of Tourism reg. XI, led by Mr. Art Boncato. This is one of its lined-up activities to celebrate Sta. Cruz’ Pista sa Kinaiyahan (Feast of nature). Special thanks to event sponsors: Aboitiz, Franklin Baker, San Miguel Brewery Inc., and Franklin Baker. Visit Columbia at the 2nd floor of Abreeza Davao and Mountain Hardwear at the 2nd floor of SM Lanang Premier for registration inquiries and apparel needs.



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By Adam, it’s Scott a

UgUSTa, ga. – The gray, rainy afternoon was one of the ugliest in years at augusta, but for adam Scott, it’s one of the most beautiful of his life. With the rain steadily falling, Scott and angel Cabrera back-tobacked two of the finest pressure shots in recent memory at augusta. Scott stood on the 18th green, his ball 30 feet from the hole, his telephonepole-sized belly putter i n his hand. Behind him, Cabrera stood in the middle of the fairway, waiting. The t w o were tied at 8-under after 71 holes. only one remained. Scott found the p u t t i n g stroke that had eluded him during the final holes of his British open collapse last season, draining a putt that toured all the way around the cup before dropping i n . But before Scott could e v e n reach the white bricks of the scorer’s building, Cabrera’s approach dropped to within four feet of the cup. one birdie later, and the Masters was headed to extra frames. on the first playoff hole, no. 18, the players matched each othe r virtually stroke for stroke, and their drives off 10 were nearly identical a s well. But it was Scott who won with a long birdie putt, celebrating for him- s e l f and for australia, which had never produced a Masters winner until now. a Masters dominated by talk of rules throughout the first three days began Sunday with – let’s be honest here – a pretty dull opening few hours. nobody made a move, with the exception of Thorbjorn olesen, who posted a 4-under round to vault himself into the top 10, and Bubba Watson, who carded a horrific 10 on the 12th hole. Your cast of characters was a mix of young and old, popular and unknown: Scott, only a few months removed from the British open debacle; Cabrera, who hadn’t won since taking the 2009 Masters; Brandt Snedeker, the FedEx Cup champion who seemed ready to win his first major; Jason Day, the charismatic australian who’d been within shouting distance of the lead at so many majors of late; Mark Leishman, who … is named Mark Leishman. For most of the afternoon, Cabrera appeared in control. He’d checked in from wherever he goes during the years-long stretches when he’s not winning majors, and he was calmly hacking away

at the course. He’d played the front nine in minus-2. But then The Duck’s dynasty came to a sudden end. First there was the bogey on 10, when he couldn’t pull off a Bubba-esque miracle. Then came amen Corner, where Rae’s Creek decided to liven up the afternoon a bit. First, Snedeker’s approach to the green rolled into the creek. Then, incredibly, Cabrera tried the same shot. Snedeker was able to save par, Cabrera was not. But Snedeker was effectively done for the day, while Cabrera was able to fight his way back into the hunt with a hammer-down birdie on 16. and then there was Tiger Woods, the man who’s always the story even when he’s not the story. after spending most of the last few months convincing us that he was, if not “back,” at least ready to compete in the year’s most important m a Wo o d s

slipped back into his old bad of recent years: poor putpoor shot execution. as is he did enough to keep terested. He had a short that would have brought two of the lead, but convert. He finished the Day, meanwhile, sufthe cruelest twist of all. day at 5-under and a to start the day put him gave two strokes back, scorecard be-

MASTERS CHAMP. Adam Scott celebrates after the second playoff hole.

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habits ting and his custom, everyone inputt on 16 him to within wasn’t able to day at 5-under. fered perhaps He started the birdie-eagle run at minus-8. He and on 12 his gan resembling a bell curve: birdie-birdie-birdie-bogey-bogey. and then came the 18th, where his putt that would have likely forced a playoff skirted by the hole. Shortly afterward, Scott and Cabrera began their game of anythingyo u - c a n do, and Day became a footnote.


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oR hours, Jason Day looked as though he would be the man who would don australia’s green jack-

first et. The 25-yearold took t h e Masters b y storm earl y in his round and charged to the lead after just two holes, despite starting two off the overnight lead. By the time he made a two-putt birdie on the par-five 15th, he held a two-shot lead and looked set to usurp countrymen adam Scott and Marc Leishman, along with argentine angel Cabrera, with whom he’d dueled for hours. But just as he quickened australian pulses, his own heart sank with back-to-back bogeys on the 16th and 17th holes. and at the same time, Scott and Cabrera, in the two groups immediately behind, caught fire and his own dream was extinguished. “You know, it was really tough,” Day lamented after his early heroics melted away as he finished with a 70 to be seven under and outright third two off the winning score. “I think the pressure got to me a little bit and unfortunately I bogeyed those. “I had a really good shot at birdieing 18, too, but ...” Day, who was delighted for champion Scott, said keeping a smile on his face after his round and his errant lateround putts had been “a coping mechanism” to ease his pain. “I think that if I smile and HALF PINOY. Fil-Aussie Jason Day could have won the Masters had it not for a costly missed putt on the 18th.

just try and enjoy myself, when I hit bad shots, I won’t be so disappointed. “I play better that way. It was just a few little mental errors here and there, but overall very, very happy about the way I played.” It’s the second Masters heartbreak in almost as many years for Day, who finished tied with fellow Queenslander Scott in 2011. But he vowed it wouldn’t be the last time he contended. “I love this tournament regardless of where I finished today,” he said. “It’s obviously an honour to come this week ... and obviously have a shot at winning my first major and being the first australian to win the Masters. “It’s a little disappointing, but there’s a lot of experience that I can take into next year and hopefully I can wear one of those green jacke t s soon.” Day did leave one indelible m e m ory on the final round with a spectacular eagle on the second hole that vaulted him to the top of the leaderboard. after making a 6m putt on the first to kickstart his round, he dropped his long second shot into the front bunker of the par-five second hole, only to play a shot that would have been replayed forever if he’d hung on. Day splashed out of the sand and let the slope towards the famous back-right pin position do the rest as the ball just trickled into the cup for eagle as he pumped his fist in delight.



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Pressure on Boom-Boom By Neil Bravo


HE pressure has fallen on the broad shoulders of Rey “Boom-Boom” Bautista. The spotlight fall on the 25-year old Filipino World Boxing organization (WBo) international featherweight champion from Candijay, Bohol after the string of losses suffered by Filipino fighters in the ring—from junior lightweight champion Manny Pacquiao, to superflyweight titlist Brian viloria and superbantamweight champ nonito Donaire. Bautista, now trimmer and leaner than he was three weeks ago, admitted yesterday that he is pressured to break the latest boxing funk. “I’m pressured. Mas mahirap dahil kailangan manalo ako,” Bautista said during yesterday’s press conference at the

Kapehan sa PIa at SM City Davao’s atrium. Bautista will be fighting Mexico’s Jose “negro” Ramirez for the WBo belt on Saturday at the University of Southeastern Philippine (Usep) gym in what is touted as the biggest Boxing card in Davao City after the 2003 Pacquiao fight that saw the Filipino superstar deck Thai opponent Fahprakorb Rakkiatgym. Ramirez, who has a record of 24 wins against 3 losses with 15 knockouts, is reportedly getting tips from former Bautista conqueror and countryman Daniel Ponce de Leon. “Isusunod ko si Ponce De Leon, hindi ako takot kay Ramirez,” Bautista, who totes a ring record of 34 wins and 2 losses with 25 abbreviated wins, boldly said.

Bautista watched Donaire lose to Cuban fighter guillermo Rigondeaux in 12 rounds on Sunday. Donaire is the third Pinoy champion to fall by the wayside in a string of losses suffered by the Philippines since Pacquiao lost twice last year to Timothy Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez. also appearing with Bautista were Rocky “The Road Warrior” Fuentes who will take on another Mexican in Juan “Loquito” Kantun, and King arthur villanueva who will battle another Pinoy boxer Marco Demecillo. Meantime, Ramirez arrived in Davao late yesterday afternoon with Miguel obeso via a Cebu Pacific flight. Ramirez will hold a press conference tomorrow at the Park Inn by Radisson.

“Kung kami ang promoter, ayaw naming sa style na yan. It will not be good for the fans. not good for the promotion,” Canete said. “Rigo is a defensive fighter like Mayweather, but Floyd also mixes up, Rigo runs away. Pangit kaya he was booed by the crowd,” added Canete who also thought Donaire was so pressured from the start. Donaire lost a unanimous verdict to Rigondeaux w h o went

down in the 10th round but stayed on to earn the nod of the judges. Despite winning the title, the Cuban former olympic champion did not earn the respect of boxing fans because of his fighting style. Canete did not give details on who will do the fight’s analysis in the coverage after Donaire was said to be unsure to do the assignment on Saturday. (nJB)

Donaire would have served as commentator in Davao


ETHRonED WBo superbantamweight champion nonito Donaire would have come to Davao this Saturday had he won. This was learned from Dennis Canete, vice president of aLa Promotions—the outfit that promotes Pinoy Pride 19 on april 20 which features Filipino WBo international featherweight champion Rey “Boom-Boom” Bautista against Mexican challenger Jose “negro” Ramirez. “We invited him to do the ringside analysis,” Canete told Edge Davao. “Had he won, Donaire will surely give the fans in Davao something to be excited about.” Canete said Donaire fell to a fighter who had a clear fight plan— hit and run away. “Walang chance si Donaire to execute his own fight strategy because he was so frustrated.” according to Canete, Rigondeaux is a promoter’s nightmare.

PRESSURED. Rey “Boom-Boom” Bautista is feeling the pressure after the string of losses in the ring for Filipino boxers like Manny Pacquiao, Brian Viloria and Nonito Donaire. (Above), Donaire gets tagged by Guillermo Rigondeaux in the fight last Sunday which the Filipino Flash lost. (Lower photo) Bautista’s WBO championship belt will be at stake this Saturday in Pinoy Pride 19 at the USEP Gym. Lean Daval Jr.

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Edge Davao 6 Issue 22, April 16, 2013