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Karlo, Chiz on top Ateneo ‘Blue Vote’ Survey shows preference for younger politicians

By EJ Dominic Fernandez



survey conducted recently by the Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU) community dubbed Page 16 Blue Vote 2013 program showed a preference for younger political candidates with Chiz Escudero topping the senatorial slate and Karlo Nograles ahead in the first district congressional race. Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero garnered 62.9 percent in the poll survey conducted by the University Research Council

(URC) of AdDU in face-to-face interviews and 63.8 percent in an online survey of Ateneo students, faculty and non-teaching staff. Congressman Karlo Nograles took the lead in the survey with 58.7 percent in face-to-face interviews and 38.7 percent in an online survey while former vice mayor Luis Bonguyan got 22.3 percent in faceto-face interviews and 26.2 percent in the online survey. The results of the


RPV Monthly Medal winners


SILENT DRILL. Members of the Philippine Military Academy’s Class 2016 (top and bottom photos)perform a silent drill yesterday at the University of Southeastern Philippines (Usep) Grounds. Lean Daval Jr.




Cruz is new AFP Eastmincom chief By Che Palicte

T JOJI BREAKS DOWN. Davao City second district congressional bet Jojie Ilagan Bian wipes her tears as she expressed her emotions over personal attacks by her political rivals during a press briefing at the IChef building

in Rizal corner De Jesus Streets, Davao City. Her daughter Nicole (right) is teary-eyed too. Lean Daval Jr.

Bian dares Garcia to debate Anytime, anywhere in ‘Bisaya’

By EJ Dominic Fernandez UST you and me, issue per issue, anytime at a place convenient to you, in the Bisaya dialect so the people will understand and be enlightened.” This was second district congressio-


nal candidate Joji Ilagan-Bian’s dare to incumbent Congresswoman Mylene Garcia-Albano to a public debate yesterday in a forum at her iChef culinary school along Bonifacio Street. Bian challenged

Garcia after her husband, George Bian, was featured on the front page of a local newspaper Monday accused by Vice Mayor Rody Duterte of facing a string of estafa cases. According to Bian, Garcia does not stand

hE National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) conducted a Davao region consultation on the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) for 2014-2016 yesterday at the Waterfront Insular hotel. NEDA regional director Maria Lourdes Lim told media that the plan ensures that the issues and concerns of the Davao region will be updated and revalidated by the Results Matrix (RM) where policies, programs and strategies are spelled out. “We are looking at the performance on all sectors of the economy, national and regional level. This is our way of checking whether our strategies are really implementable or are they still relevant until the plan period of 2016,” she explained. The consultation is in line with Memorandum Circular No. 43 issued by President Benigno Aquino last February 3 directing NEDA to facilitate the PDP and revalidation of the RM and public investment pro-

gram (PIP). “This gives us the opportunity to review and go back to our assumptions when we set out our plan formulation,” she added. She bared that the main thrust of the Aquino administration in updating the PDP is to realize inclusive growth and poverty reduction by providing various opportunities for all Filipinos across all sectors in terms of employment, income opportunities and human development. “After all the assessment, we determine what are the remaining challenges until 2016, and based on the challenges, we draw up the strategies as to what is working and not based on the strategies we will come up with program interventions and finally come up with our targets,” she explained. Meanwhile, Regional Development Council (RDC) 11 co-chairpersons Vicente Lao said that part of the PDP was concern on the typhoon Pablo devastated areas where major investments of banana were the

most affected. “Pablo was really an eye opener to us, we can no longer say that Mindanao is typhoon free and I hope that won’t happen again because it was a great loss for investments here,” he explained. he added that yesterday’s consultation was of great help in determining as to how to persuade banana investors to come back. “I guess we need to reevaluate now our direction for inviting investors to come in, not just banana but also other crops,” Lao said. he added that the consultation gives emphasis on the important role of the RDCs in the different regions of the country in plan updating and it also enhances the contribution of all local government units (LGUs) as the key connection to achieve inclusive growth. The PDP consultation was attended by representatives from national planning committees and heads of different agencies in the Davao region.(CMP)

NEDA conducts consultation on PDP T

up on her own feet like a true leader as she needs to hide behind these “well orchestrated and well timed propaganda (the accusations).” Bian said, the congressional tussle is a


hE Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has a new chief in the person of Maj. Gen. Ricardo Rainier Cruz who replaced Lt. Gen. Jorge Segovia. AFP chief of staff Gen. Emmanuel Bautista facilitated the turnover ceremony yesterday at Camp Panacan, Davao City. Segovia ended his 37 years of government service at the age of 56. Bautista said that he is proud to say that Segovia earned a perfect 10 rating during the time that he was the Eastmincom chief. When asked about his expectation on Gen. Cruz, Bautista said, “we expect no less, he is one of the distinguished officers and we are confident that he can sustain our record here in this part of the country.” he also challenged the new Eastmincom chief to exert all efforts to reach the accomplishments that the

BLUE VOTE. Ateneo de Davao University Research Council chair Lourdesita Sobrevega-Chan explains the poll survey results in her presentation during the Blue

former leadership attained. Meanwhile, Maj. Gen. Cruz admitted that being the new chief of Eastmincom is not an easy task but he sees it as a great challenge to effectively serve the constituents in the area. Cruz said that the accomplishment sof Segovia were hard to achieve, but he is positive that he can perform all the tasks and duties assigned to him. he recalled that the leadership of Segovia during typhoon Pablo was a very remarkable effort. “he did well in the humanitarian operations in the Pablo-affected areas,” he added. Both Segovia and Cruz are members of the Philippine Military Academy Mapitagan Class of 1980. Before accepting the responsibility at the Eastmincom, Cruz was the commander of the 1st Infantry Division (ID) in Zamboanga City and assistant division commander of the 10th ID.

Vote 2013 Poll Survey at the Ateneo de Davao University yesterday. Lean Daval Jr.


RDC 12 needs P37.5 M to complete halal lab T

hE Regional Development Council (RDC) of Region 12 has sought for the immediate release of an additional P37.5 million funding from the national government to facilitate the full completion of the P75 million Philippine National halal Laboratory building in nearby Koronadal City. General Santos City Mayor Darlene Antonino-Custodio, RDC-12 chairperson, said they have asked the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to release the project’s allocations for 2012 and 2013 worth around P23 million and set aside another P14.5 million to fast track its construction and development. The four-storey halal laboratory building is part of the planned P255.5-million Philippine National halal Laboratory and halal Science Center, which is being developed by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in a one hectare lot in Barangay Paraiso in Koronadal City. The construction of

the laboratory building, which was set in four phases, was earlier targeted for completion this year. The mayor said the project received an initial funding of P15 million in 2008, followed by an additional P10 million in 2009, P10 million in 2010 and P2.5 million in 2011. She said the national government allocated P13 million for 2012 and P10 million for 2013. Citing a report from the council’s Regional Project Monitoring Committee (RPMC), Custodio said the perimeter fence, site development and the first three phases of the laboratory building were completed as of the end of 2011. But she said the implementation of its fourth phase, which started in January last year, was suspended on August 21 due to the non-release of its budget for 2012. Due to the suspension of the project’s implementation in the last eight months, the mayor said its reinforced concrete form bars and steel bars already

Davao Norte bids to host Palarong Pambansa 2015


EFORE thousands of delegates and spectators from around the country, Davao del Norte signified its intention to host Palarong Pambansa. Some graced the oval of Dumaguete City’s sports and cultural centre with cheerful chants. Others brought fellows wearing colorful costumes like in a festival. Every delegation from the country’s 17 different regions showed off something that speaks of the region they are representing at the opening parade of this year’s Palarong Pambansa, but Region XI made sure their message



gets across. Impressed on a huge and long banner carried by the region’s athletes was its intent to host Palaro in 2015. “See you in Davao del Norte (Tagum City)-2015 Palarong Pambansa,” the banner showed. Tagum City is the capital of Davao del Norte, a first class province. With Department of Education Regional Director Gloria Benigno, leading over 600 officials, coaches and athletes of the region were Davao del Norte Governor Rodolfo del Rosario and Vice Governor Victorio Suaybaguio Jr.

‘OUR teachers are used to making heroic sacrifices. But we do not need dead heroes.’

--Education Secretary Armin Luistro, after signing agreements for the insurance and protection of 240,000 public school teachers to serve as election inspectors in the May 13 elections.

exhibited some rusts while stagnant water was found on its elevator shaft. She said the RPMC team found mosses on the concrete floors and grasses growing on the ground floor level. “To facilitate the completion and start of the project’s operation, the DOST is strongly recommending the full release of the remaining funds and the immediate release of its 2012 allocation,” Custodio said. The halal laboratory was earlier endorsed by RDC-12 as among the region’s priority initiatives. The DOST planned to invest around P240 million for the halal infrastructure and acquisition of advanced/ state-of-the-art halal equipment and facilities and P15.5 million for the Institution building. Dr. Zenaida hadji Raof Laidan, DOST-12 regional director, said the facility will be used to train food manufacturers and build a pool of halal certifiers in the country. She said it will en-

able the Philippines to immediately start certifying food manufacturers, especially the large, small and medium enterprises that want to tap the growing global halal market. Laidan around 200 companies have so far secured halal certifications from 12 official halal certifiers in the country. halal is Arabic for “permissible” but is also largely referring to food that is allowed for consumption among Muslims. halal food preparation requires a long process wherein the food itself is kept away from haram or other food products not permissible to Islam. These include products from pigs, dogs, snake, and monkeys. halal preparation also requires meticulous cleanliness, which appeals to non-Islamic consumers seeking healthier foods. Presently, the global halal market comprises 112 countries with an estimated population of 1.8 billion. [Allen V. Estabillo/MindaNews]


city category; and Santiago City, Isabela for the independent component city category. The said award was conceptualized through Executive Order No. 184 to encourage local government units at all levels



Two young boys receive ‘pediatric wheelchairs’


hEy may be young, but the pediatric wheelchairs they received will be unforgettable until they get old. Joseph Paderog, 7 years old, is one of the two young boys in New Bataan, Compostela Valley who were fortunate to receive a pediatric wheelchair from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). Joseph has severe hydrocephalus, making him unable to walk. he used to have a wheelchair before but it was washed away by rampaging floods caused by typhoon Pablo. Unlike his old wheelchair, Joseph liked the new one because it fits him, “Ganahan ko ani kay gamay (I like this because it’s small),” he said as he urged members of his family to gather behind him for a photograph session. The old wheelchair, he said, was for adults. Joseph hopes that he will be able to finish college and eventually become an engineer so he could build houses for the poor. The family was thankful that Joseph could now go to school on wheelchair and even mingle with other kids at his Grade 1 class. The other beneficiary was 14-year old Reniel

June Diano, the eldest child of couple Rene and Julieta Diano. The boy was diagnosed with muculo-skeletal dystrophy and lower respiratory tract infection. With his family’s meager income, he could not undergo the regular medical checkups. But Reniel is determined to go to school. With his new wheelchair, it would now be easier to achieve his dream. “Para makalaag-laag pud ko didto (So that I could also go there),” pointing at the school grounds near his home. Like Joseph, Reniel also lost his wheelchair, which serviced him for three years, to the typhoon. “DSWD, through the Protective Services Unit, continues to implement programs and services to persons with disabilities like the provision of assistive devices. We aim to give them the opportunity to improve themselves despite their conditions,” social technology focal person Cynthia N/ Umbaña said. “We hope that with the new pediatric wheelchairs, Joseph and Reniel are now a step closer to realizing their dreams,” she added. [DSWD/Leslie Lao-Francisco]

to prioritize and address issues/concerns affecting the full realization of the rights of children; monitor, evaluate and document the implementation of programs, projects and services particularly those directly benefiting

children; strengthen local partnerships for the benefit of children; and give national recognition to cities and municipalities that have been considered and confirmed as “child-friendly”. [Louie Lapat/CIO Tagum]

Tagum receives child-friendly award hE City of Tagum is among the few local government units in the country that have been recognized for their effort to Protect, Promote, and Preserve the Rights of Children, thus earning the title as a “Child-Friendly City.” City Councilor Maria Lina F. Baura, vice chairperson of the Local Council for the Protection of Children, represented Tagum City Mayor Rey T. Uy in the awarding ceremony last April 17, 2013 at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City. Tagum landed as a finalist in the component city category, along with the Cities of Laoag, Talisay and Tagaytay, which was awarded the highly-coveted Presidential Award. Other LGUs recognized during the ceremony are the following: Tubigon, Bohol for the 1st -3rd class municipalities category; Villaverde, Nueva Vizcaya for the 4th–6th class municipalities category; Tagaytay City for the component city category; Davao City for the highly-urbanized

AWARD. Tagum City Mayor Rey T. Uy holds the trophy of Tagum’s newest recognition as a finalist of the prestigious Presidential Award for Child-Friendly City (Component City Category) awarded last April 17, 2013 at UP Diliman, Quezon City. Joining the local chief executive in this awarding reenactment in front of the City hall last April 22, 2013 are (from right to left): City Councilor Jo-

edel Caasi, Executive Assistant III to the City Mayor Mrs. Delia B. dela Cruz, City Councilor Maria Lina F. Baura, Nora Lupiba and Sally Balili of the City Social Welfare and Development Office, Cromwell Bonghanoy of the City Information Office and City Councilors Geterito Gementiza and Francisco Remitar. [Leo Timogan/CIO Tagum]

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T a time when the Philippines and the rest of the world is experienc-


Casiño challenges fellow candidates to green debate ing climate change and worsening disasters, it is imperative that public servants know not only

ENDORSEMENT. Vice Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte endorses party-list ACTCIS of retired police General Samuel Pagdilao Jr. (3rd from left), senatorial bet Cynthia Villar (5th from left) and reelectionist Rep. Mylene Garcia (4th

Ex-VP Guingona to NPA:

Apology not enough


AGAyAN DE ORO CITy – The New People’s Army has issued an apology for the ambush Saturday night of the convoy of Gingoog City Mayor Ruthie Guingona, but his husband, former vice president Teofisto Guingona Jr., wanted nothing less than for the revolutionary group to sanction those responsible for the attack. Guingona, a prominent street parliamentarian during Martial Law, said he expects the NPA to conduct an investigation of the ambush that killed two of the mayor’s bodyguards in Barangay Capitulangan, Gingoog City. “There has to be an investigation. Just like in any investigation find out the facts. Apply the principle of accountability. he who ordered that assault should be responsible. Not only to us but to their organization,” Guingona said in the press conference here on Monday. The former vice president assured the National Democratic Front that his respect for the revolutionary movement has not changed despite the ambush of his wife and the killing of two of her aides. “My personal friendship to some of its lead-


ers will not be changed. We were saddened by what had happened and I would like to know the details that lead to this tragedy,” Guingona said. The convoy of Mayor Guingona was fired upon by NPA rebels who set up a checkpoint made of bamboo poles in Capitulangan, some ten kilometers from Gingoog City. President Benigno Aquino III, an ally of the Guingonas, ordered the Armed Forces of the Philippines to deploy an additional 500 soldiers to run after the NPA rebels who are busy setting up checkpoints in several areas to force candidates to coordinate with them when campaigning in villages that are under their influence. Aquino issued the order during the political rally of the Liberal Party’s local candidates at the Don Gregorio Pelaez Sports Center in this city Monday afternoon. Mayor Guingona survived the ambush but was wounded in her right arm, buttocks and foot while two of her aides (not three as earlier reported) were killed by the rebels who were positioned on both sides of the road. (Froilan Gallardo/MindaNews)

how to make the economy work, but also how to protect the environment,” said Makabayan

senatorial candidate Teddy Casiño as he called on other senatorial candidates to bare their envi-

Youth group to Aquino:

ronmental platform and debate on issues plaguing mother nature. Casiño said there should be a forum where the candidates could tackle environmental issues as the public listens and asks questions. “I think it is very important to know where candidates stand in terms of environmental degradation and resource development,” the three-term congressman said. “The public needs senators who have longterm solutions to address climate change and other environmental issues instead of those who are mouthing motherhood statements to achieve their personal interests.” “The government should prioritize biodiversity protection and wise utilization of natural resources. Renewable energy should also be developed and promoted to make electricity affordable and cleaner in the long run,” he added.

Casiño has long been an advocate of the environment. he has led numerous investigations on issues of reclamation, mining, genetically modified organisms (GMO) and the grounding of ships in Tubbataha reef. “Often, these are issues affecting not only the environment but also the community - indigenous peoples, local livelihood and social services,” the progressive solon explained. Casiño is the author of the People’s Mining Bill which pushes for a pro-people and pro-environment mining industry, One Million Solar Roofs Act which provides for incentives and financing facilities to encourage the use of solar energy by small electricity consumers, and the Meatless Monday Bill which encourages the consumption of vegetables to promote good health and help lessen carbon emissions.

OUTh group Anakbayan expressed their support to the call of the family of former Vice President Teofisto Guingona to pursue sincere peace talks with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines

and respect” for their contribution in the anti-dictatorship struggle and consistent nationalist stance regarding various issues. According to Vencer Crisostomo, Anakbayan national chairperson,

the Aquino government should “show its sincerity in attaining just and lasting peace, sit down with the NDFP and not use the incident as pretext for warmongering, pushing for further fascist campaigns by the AFP.”

from left) to a group of Davao City second district barangay captains during a gathering at the Grand Men Seng Hotel on Magallanes Street, Davao City. Lean Daval Jr.

Hold sincere talks with NDFP y (NDFP) in light of the recent shooting incident involving Guingona’s wife, Mayor Ruth Guingona. Anakbayan also expressed their solidarity with the former Vice President and his family, which they “recognize

ELECTION 101 (No. 8 of a series)


ECTION 26. Election Surveys. During the election period, any person, whether natural or juridical, candidate or organization may conduct an election survey. The survey shall be published and shall include the following information: a. The name of the person, candidate, party, or organization that commissioned or paid for the survey; b. The name of the person, polling firm or survey organization who conducted the survey; c. The period during which the survey was conducted, the methodology

used, including the number of individual respondents and the areas from which they were selected, and the specific questions asked; d. The margin of error of the survey; e. For each question for which the margin of error is greater than that reported under paragraph (4), the margin of error for that question; and f. A mailing address and telephone number, indicating it as an address or telephone number at

which the sponsor can be contacted to obtain a written report regarding the survey in accordance with the next succeeding paragraph. g. The survey together with raw data gathered to support its conclusions shall be available for inspection, copying and verification by the Commission. Any violation of this SECTION shall constitute an election offense.



One-stop shop, common bonded warehouse boost Davao exporters By Greg G. Deligero


OME new innovations in services are giving a boost to Davao exporters with the availability of cost-efficient import service facilities like one-stop documentation center, common customs bonded warehouse, food terminal and cold storage and processing facility. “PhilExport 11 Davao’s renewed drive for effective and innovative services to the region’s exporters community is a continuous commitment of the organization to work for the continuing

development of Region 11 and the prosperity of its constituents, and the Filipinos, through exports,” PhilExport 11 president Ferdinand Marañon said. Last April 9, Marañon signed the amended Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Bureau of Customs (BOC) for the strengthening of the Davao City One Stop Export Documentation Center. The center is envisioned to hasten the

STRENGTHENING. PhilExport 11 president Ferdinand Y. Marañon (left), chairman Domingo O. Ang (second from left), DTI 11 regional director Marizon S. Loreto and Port of Davao OIC-district customs collector Edward James

export documentation process and release of raw materials expedited through PhilExport’s computer-assisted operations and active support of representatives from vital government agencies. PhilExport 11 executive director Angel Abella said the amended MOA embodies a provision that government agencies involved in export regulation shall assign personnel to the center who are authorized to sign documentation papers in behalf of the regional head of the

concerned agency. She said the original MOA, signed ten years ago, was not fully materialized as the agencies either failed to assign personnel or the personnel assigned are not authorized to sign the documents. The center, privately managed by PhilExport 11, is housed under the DTI 11 building along Monteverde Street, Davao City. Abella said some export-regulating agencies are yet to sign the MOA as they are still prohibited to detail personnel because

A. Dy Buco (right) sign a memorandum of agreement for the strengthening of the Davao City One-Stop Export Documentation Center.

of the election ban. “They promise to do it after election period,” she said, particularly naming the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). The amended MOA has also been referred to other agencies like the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) and the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA). The availability of authorized personnel at the one stop center will enable the PhilExport to implement its online documentation. “We are going online lodgement of export documents through our E2M or electronic to mobile (system),” she said. Marañon, for his part, said that among the new services that exporters can avail include the common customs bonded warehouse (CCBW) and cargo consolidation for small and medium consignees. The CCBW facility enables PhilExport members to import raw materials for export production tax and duty free. Compared to other importation schemes such as operating one’s own bonded man-

ufacturing warehouse or availing of the duty-drawback or the re-export bond scheme, “importing through our CCBW is the most practical and cost effective alternative.” According to PhilExport, the benefits of storing in CCBW include the competitive service rates, simple import requirements and procedures. To avail of the services of CCBW, an exporter must be a BOI-registered firm in good standing or must have an export performance of at least US$100,000 over last three years. If the applicant does not meet these requirements, he may be given a temporary access to the CCBW for the urgent importations if they meet the requirements set by the Inter-Agency Accreditation Committee. The committee is composed of representatives from the DTI, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), BOC, and PhilExport. Once the applications are processed, each account will be assigned to a PhilExport account officer who will work closely with his/ her counterpart in the BOC to facilitate the liquidation of import entries.

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/

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

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




40.67 40.73

42.23 41.01 41.12 41.45 41.75 42.04 41.91 42.78 42.85 42.70 42.86 42.66 43.62

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

It figures



Mega B2B event taps growing tourism market in SE Asia W

ITh the travel and tourism industry seeing spectacular growth in the Asia Pacific re-

gion particularly in Southeast Asia, travel wholesalers are cashing in on this boom. Last March 21-22, one of the

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

9. National Government Revenues



Raymond Djani (left) and Fernando Sutanto (right) of MG Holiday which oversees the buyer-meet-seller sessions in Jakarta.

largest hotel room wholesalers in Indonesia, MG holiday (PT. MITRA GLOBAL hOLIDAy) held its fourth mega table top sessions in Jakarta Indonesia. The two day event gathered 224 sellers and over a thousand buyers from the different parts of Indonesia. The B2B (business-to-business) table-top sessions were also attended by buyers from the neighboring countries such as Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and the Philippines, Vietnam. Established in 2000 in Jakarta with just five employees MG holiday which supplies hotel rooms to retail travel agents and sub-agents to Indonesia grew to a company which now consists of 400 employees with offices in cities such as Jakarta, Bandung, Semarang, yogyakarta, Surabaya and Denpasar. It produces about 700-thousand room nights a year in Indonesia, a country which enjoyed 5% growth in foreign tourist arrivals in 2012. The Indonesian government is hoping that Asia would experience a 10%

growth for 2013 that could immensely benefit the region. Benefiting the boom is the B2B (business to-business) table-top sales sessions. A smaller B2B table-top buyer-meet-seller session is organized annually by MG holiday for the past 13 years, but a bigger B2B dubbed as the MG Mega Top is held every TWO years. MG Mega Top 2011 had about 174 sellers as compared to 224 sellers this year. The 2013 MG Mega Top was held in hotel Borobudur (for indoor sessions) and in the resort complex of Ancol Taman Impian (for outdoor sessions) in Jakarta. Aside from selling hotel rooms, the event is aimed at enticing more tourists to visit Indonesia which is looking at the neighboring regions to expand its market, the Philippines is among those countries considered as an expanding market, tourism statistics in 2011 indicated a 15% growth of Filipino tourists to Indonesia. [A. Villas]

GenSan, Sarangani to host 23rd Minbizcon


ENERAL SANTOS CITy -- The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) in Mindanao has chosen this city and nearby Sarangani Province as hosts of the 23rd edition of the Mindanao Business Conference or Minbizcon in September 2014. Raymund Salangsang, president of the General Santos City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (GSCCCII), said Tuesday that officials of PCCI Mindanao approved in a recent meeting its joint bid with the Sarangani Chamber of Commerce and Industry to host the 2014 Minbizcon. “It was approved by a consensus of PCCI Mindanao regional governors and chamber presidents,” he said in an advisory. Salangsang said they formally submitted a bid before Minbizcon organizers to host the 2014 gathering during its 21st edition last year held in Butuan City. The move was supported by Rey Billena, president of the Sarangani Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (SCCII), he said. Alfredo hebrona, regional governor for Southwestern Mindanao of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), said the joint

WORTH of jewelry collection of Rep. Imelda R. Marcos, former first lady of the late dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos, which the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) plans to be put on display this year.


hosting of the 2014 Minbizcon by the General Santos and Sarangani is a positive development for the area’s business sector. “This is a very good move. Gensan has a lot to offer in terms of investment opportunities, as the local economy is very vibrant, while Sarangani offers a lot of potentials in tourism and agribusiness and stable power source by 2014,” he said. The GSCCCII last hosted the Minbizcon in 2007 while the SCCII has yet to host the conference. The 22nd Minbizcon in 2013 will be hosted by Ozamis City, which submitted a bid in 2011. The Minbizcon is the biggest annual gathering of business leaders and members of the chambers of commerce in Mindanao. The Minbizcon traditionally gathers local and national businessmen, top government officials, ambassadors and business representatives from other countries. Among the main features of the Minbizcon are the business and investment opportunities presentations and the conferences on the most important and current business issues. hebrona said the Minbi-

THE Supreme Court has dismissed four Cebu City judges and several Court administrative personnel accused of involvement in civil marriage solemnization rackets and irregularities. Dismissed were judges Anatalio Necessario, Gil Acosta, Rosabella Tormis and Edgemelio Rosales of the Municipal Trial Court in Cities (MTCC) Branches 2, 3, 4 and 8.

Davao by the numbers Davao Region is the country’s top producer of banana contributing

45 percent of Philippines and

61 percent of Mindanao source: nedA

zcon highlights the Mindanao Business Policy Agenda, a list of recommendations from the Mindanao business sector, which is presented to the President for proper response and action. The annual Minbizcon is a major event of the PCCI, the biggest organization of businessmen in the country. It is organized and implemented as a partnership among PCCI,


The Soccsksargen (South Cotabato, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani and General Santos City) area alone in Mindanao is losing P100 million a month due to rotating blackouts. The losses were recorded in March and April when the blackouts lasted four to seven hours daily. BusinessMirror, APril 12-13, 2013

the host chamber, and the host local government. The event is chaired by the PCCI area vice president for Mindanao, and co-chaired by the local chief executive of the host local government unit. The PCCI Regional Governor serves as the vice-chairman while the president of the host chamber serves as the conference director. (Allen V. Estabillo/MindaNews)


THE GOVERNMENT, through the Board of Investments, has granted fiscal incentives for Philnewenergy’s P3.33-billion solar power project in Darong, Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur. The firm’s solar photovoltaic power plant will start commercial operation by March 2015 and is expected to employ 93 people.




Palm oil industry eyed in typhoon-hit towns A

T least 20,000 hectares of land in three typhoon-devastated towns of Davao Oriental’s eastern coast are dentified potential areas for cultivating oil palm. This came from a team of expert agronomists and agri-business specialists from the Indo Food Company under Indonesia’s

largest conglomerate -the Salim Group of Companies who visited the province in response to an invitation from Governor Corazon Malanyaon who is keen at tapping huge investment opportunities that will fuel economic activities in her towns. hisar Sihombing, an expert agronomist and

soil scientist from the Indo Food, revealed that the topography, climate, and soil in the areas are favorable for the oil palm. The team identified three locations in Baganga with a combined total area of 14,500 hectares, Cateel with 4,000 hectares and Boston with 1,600 hectares suitable for the crop.

While the lands which used to be planted with coconuts now lay flattened and empty, hisar Sihombing, said that now would be a perfect moment to shift to a more productive crop such as the oil palm. The oil palm, he said, requires to be planted on a maximum elevation of 400 meters above sea

level. he explains that the higher the elevation is, the thinner the soil becomes, thus, halting the growth of the crop. Climate is also a favorable feature in these areas as there are less dry spells and more wet months. With these favorable environmental conditions, Sihombing hopes that the industry development will push through in the province. Oil palm has the average gestation period of four years before farmers could start harvesting the fresh fruit bunches. While waiting for the crops to mature, the Indo Food suggests a scheme involving the company providing farmers with other cash crops for the waiting period.


Meanwhile, to fully and continuously benefit from the venture, Indo Food suggests implementing a staggered approach in planting which means continuously harvest throughout the year since planting is not done simultaneously. In terms of profit sharing, further negotiations are to be done should the investment push through. While Davao Oriental is bent on exploring this big-ticket oil palm investment opportunity which will tap the province’s vast lands, it also intends to shift the economy away from a reliance on copra and establishing this alternative agri-based industry that is highly profitable for the local farmers and will give a boost to the province’s local economy. [PNA]


‘ALL of a sudden, they’re three or seven years younger and they can’t be retired yet. They must have found the Fountain of Youth at the Bureau of Customs.’ --CUSTOMS Commissioner Rozzano Rufino Biazon, talking with Philippine Daily Inquirer editors and reporters about rampant practice of Customs employees delaying their retirements through all sorts of gimmicks.




Make business ethics less boring (Conclusion)



Crime has no age


ZOKhAR Tsarnaev is only 19 years old. he is the other half of the Tsarnaev brothers who bombed Boston Marathon that killed three people and injured more than 200. Dzokhar is not playing online computer games. The way he was into it, it seemed like it was as easy as playing Counterstrike or Dota (Defense of the Ancients). There are Dzokhars everywhere that may anytime explode like bombs. It starts with petty crimes and we are no strangers to this. young offenders are rising in numbers and their involvement to crimes is no longer just limited to petty crimes. Child offenders now include those involved in syndicated crimes like illegal drugs, robbery holdup, among others. Children are easy prey to syndicates who draft them because they enjoy some kind of immunity from the law. Republic Act 9344 or the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006, Sec. 6 provides for the minimum age of criminal responsibility. The law stipulates that “a child fifteen (15) years of age or under at the time of the commission of the offense shall be exempt from criminal liability. however, the child shall be subjected to an intervention program pursuant to Section 20 of this Act.” Further, RA 344 provides that a child above fifteen (15) years but below eighteen (18) years of age shall likewise be exempt from criminal liability and be subjected to an intervention program, unless he/she has acted with discernment, in which case, such child shall be subjected to the appropriate proceedings in accordance therewith.


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The juvenile delinquency law also provides that the exemption from criminal liability does not include exemption from civil liability, which shall be enforced in accordance with existing laws. Because of the many “loopholes” found in our juvenile delinquency law and the seemingly helpless situation victims are subjected to resulting from an offense committed by children in conflict with the law, Congress is pushing forward some amendments via house Bill 6052. Among the salient features of the amendment is the transfer of the supervision of the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Council, which is currently attached to the Department of Justice, to the Department of Social Welfare and Development and placed under the latter’s administrative supervision. The bill providing just and proficient parameters in the treatment of children in conflict with the law, or youth offenders who acted with discernment, is being finalized by a Senate-house conference panel before ratification by both chambers. But the question remains whether this measure will curb the alarming growth in the involvement of child offenders ranging from petty crimes to crimes committed by a syndicate. Like we said, we are not surprised to find a Dzokhar Tsarnaev involved in a crime that rocked not only America but the world. Unless we find the right balance on how to discipline our children, to how we deal with child offenders, there will be Dzokhars out there roaming our streets. It’s no longer that simple as in those days when an erring child is disciplined by a pinch or slapped with slippers.


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widespread error: the dangerous belief that p e o p l e want what is good for them. This belief leads companies to strive for immediate profitability, because that’s what shareholders want. It leads managers to trust that sales and profit, which do indicate what customers want, also show whether customers are being well served. It leads advertisers to decide that any advertising which is effective must be good. In fact, judgments are so distorted by ignorance, greed, envy and hedonism that people often crave things that are bad for them, their neighbours or their society. Crusaders for ethical business should challenge this false belief – and then provide a coherent objective vision of the relevant economic goods. Right now, finance belongs at the top of the business ethics agenda. The trade is lost in a frenzy of greedy desires – of savers and investors seeking high returns and absolute safety, of borrowers looking for bargains, of finance professionals lusting after unjustifiably high incomes. The clear and clearly virtuous economic purposes of finance – gathering savings, allocating investments and providing reasonable returns to savers – are often ignored. In a more ethical financial system, customers who ask for things which are objectively unjust would not get their way. Rather, the industry would band together, perhaps guided by the government, to say no. The industry and its regulators would subject all products and activities to severe tests for genuine merit. A similar determination not to pander to low desires could improve ethics in other economic activities. For example, little advertising qualifies as one of Nichols’s “services that truly serve people”. Rather, advertisers all too frequently raise unrealistic expectations and appeal to greed and gluttony. This is much less “truth well told”, an old slogan of the McCann Erickson agency, than a powerful tool for encouraging bad behaviour. The moral case against much advertising is strong, but few business school ethics professors will make it, because advertising is too well entrenched in the modern economy. As an outsider, Nichols could take up the cause. he is unlikely to get very far, but at least he would not be bland. he would be calling for something like an ethical – and a cultural – revolution.



Semblance of stability

N IMPORTANT STEP ALONG ThE ROAD TO ECONOMIC PROGRESS – A brighter economic outlook for the second quarter of the year propelled the Philippine’s stock market to a remarkable high this week. The brighter viewpoint is largely due to the fact, that, after keeping pace with a relatively higher stock market index for the past few weeks, the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) registered another significant increase, this time surpassing the 7,000 mark. The Aquino administration is pleased these days, and with good reasons because the pleasant news keep on coming. First, reputable investment rating firm Fitch recently upgraded the country’s economic status from BBB minus to BB plus. Such expression of confidence is more than just welcome these days because they are essential to a speedy application of new or loan extensions from different foreign banking and lending institutions. It paves the way for additional borrowing by the government as soon as credit ratings improve and interest rates are reduced. Now let’s look a bit closer. Given the latest forecast that Gross Domestic Product (GDP) will remain firm at 6.6% and with an inflation rate of 3.2%, both government and private economists predict the economy will be much stronger within a year. Another good reason to be upbeat springs from the softer prices of oil and the potential impact of the series of oil price rollbacks on manufacturing and productivity as well as the transport industry may lead to an upsurge in economic growth.



Nevertheless, it is an important step along the road to economic progress. Immediately following the news that investment rating agency Fitch raised its appraisal of the country’s economic status, other big rating houses are said to be at least considering an upgrade as well. With several steps above the investment grade – the new rating is an improvement. The long-term economic outlook for the country is superb. Certainly some big foreign and local capitalists are very bullish on the investment business in the country. With the stock market registering points above the 7,000 mark, eventually the government pretty much got what it wanted. Naturally, thanks were due to improvement in the investment grade. This should bring some semblance of stability back to the market with regard to the country’s steady economic development. however, some independent economists are more pessimistic still predicting that the country needs to maintain at least 7% GDP growth to avert unexpected but dangerous levels of economic variability. The say government economic planners and financial managers should not be overwhelmed by the recent boosting economic mood

virtually resulting to over-confidence because even minor fluctuations in economic activities are stuff of both idle chit-chat and intense debate. But spoilsport economists and political adversaries may say it’s not yet time to reach for the sunglasses even if the economic outburst is starting to clear because the country’s much-vaunted economic gains have not trickled down to the masses. Signs that the economy is perking up are actually feeding expectations that the people notably the marginal sector may soon benefit from the bounties of economic growth. Barring disasters, booming Philippines expects more investments pouring in into the country, which will help spur manufacturing and the demand for goods and other big-ticket items. Meanwhile top government officials and captains of trade and industry assured that the country’s economic gains will soon pour down to the people specifically the poor and the downtrodden in the form of basic social services, but with the diffidence that it “cannot be done overnight.” There is a sense of urgency therefore the dominant question is: “how soon gentlemen, sirs?” Do the poor and underprivileged have to wait until eternity? Still, it might get harder to muddle through in the future, since there are indications that other regional economies that surround the country still face economic frenzy and when they’re in such situation, the country likewise is treading dangerously on thin ice. Remember, if our neighboring economies “sneeze we also catches cold.”

In defense of journalistic error

ILARy Sargent, who does business on the Web as Chart Girl, compiled the best early guide to the journalistic mistakes made on the afternoon of April 17, as broadcasters and wire services moved their conflicting and error-studded reports about the status of the Boston Marathon bombing dragnet. At least eight news organizations — including the Boston herald, the Associated Press, CNN and local station WCVB-TV — reported that either an arrest had either been made or was imminent. These bulletins were, of course, proved wrong quickly. By the weekend, New york Times Public Editor Margaret Sullivan was crowing about the home team’s errorless Boston performance in hercolumn. With uncharacteristic swagger, Sullivan wrote that the paper’s performance upheld its “reputation as journalism’s gold standard,” a comment likely to be shoved back in her face several times before her public editorship ends. Without question, the Times deserves credit for avoiding rank errors in its Boston coverage, as do the scores of other outlets that fielded the story without booting the ball. But as anybody who has worked in a newsroom can tell you, reportorial diligence is never sufficient to

OPINION By Jack Shafer

(1st of two parts) prevent a news organization from misreporting stories. News, especially breaking news, has always been a difficult thing to report accurately. If you examine the news product closely, you’ll discover a vein offeldspar running through even the shiniest gold standard. Journalists don’t need to dip into a box labeled “half-truths and Innuendo” to make mistakes: Screwing up has been integral to the reporting of timely news for a long time , no matter how sterling a news organization’s standards, as this recent American Journalism Review feature by Paul Farhi documents. In 2002, the last year for which I have collected the numbers, the gold-standard Times confessed to 2,867 corrections, compared with the Washington Post‘s 1,006 and the Chicago Tribune‘s 678. In all likelihood, the Times error count soared because 1) it routinely addresses more difficult stories; 2) has more intelligent readers around the world probing its stories for goofs; and

3) has for more than a decade made the error-correction process easier than other outlets, such as the Washington Post, whose ombudsman, Michael Getler, accused thePost of institutional suppression of corrections in a 2003 column (paid). Error tallies, such as the one above, don’t demonstrate that news reporting is a particularly error-prone enterprise but that the business and its customers have come to an unspoken agreement of how perfect the news product must be. Near-perfect news could be printed and broadcast if reports were vetted and peer-reviewed for weeks or months before publication. But readers desire timely “journalism in lieu of dissertation,” to pinch Edgar Allan Poe‘s succinct phrase, and willingly accept a certain level of error as long as the news organizations readily acknowledge their mistakes. Most of us accept minuscule failure rates when buying a new car or refrigerator, knowing that some will fail us in surprising and unpredictable ways. Likewise, we make a similar bargain at the dinner table, accepting low levels of mercury and arsenic in the food we eat and the water we drink, as long we’re kept informed and the low levels do not cause illness.


Of politics and coral reefs


N y local commuter taking public transportation to or from downtown Davao won’t fail to notice the so-called common poster areas set aside for candidates’ campaign materials that are more or less of the same dimension as mandated by the Commission on Elections (Comelec), The rationale behind this rule is to assure a level playing field for all candidates, rich or not so rich. But the fast-moving passenger bus, jeepney, taxi or private vehicle is no great help to their passengers trying to recognize the faces of candidates appearing on the posters, much less their names, the way some ‘crawlers’ on your TV set ‘run’ instead of ‘crawl’ from right to left across the bottom of your TV monitor and you’re not fast enough to get the instant message. All that expense to produce those materials end up being wasted on a string of blurred images as in a kaleidoscope. And that probably holds true in thousands of other common poster areas from Aparri to Jolo. Is that what the Comelec likes to call “level field”? Beats me. xxx IN yesterday’s issue of one of the country’s leading broadsheets there appeared an item on its front page captioned “Ph has SE Asia’s lowest forest cover”. The story came out in connection with the celebration of World Earth Day. It made mention of the fact that in the past 100 years our forests have dwindled from 30 million hectares to only 7.2 million or the second lowest forest cover in Southeast Asia, if second place is any consolation. The item also said we have one of the most extensive coral reef areas in the world, although 40 percent are in “poor conadition” and only 2 percent are still in “excellent condition”. When I was growing up in what is today Surigao City, I often saw roadrollers (pison ) crushing coral to pave the town’s streets. That was why our streets appeared white. Once in a while some of the still uncrushed coral along the edges of the streets would prick our bare feet if we wore no shoes or slippers. I was too young then to understand what the environment was all about, much less that coral reefs are part of our rich bio-diversity, whatever that meant. Now that I am aware of our environment and its importance to humanity, I often wonder how much of Surigao’s coral reefs had been reclaimed from the depths of the sea to pave our streets with. It surely must have been considerable. has the intervening half century or more since that time helped to restore Surigao’s exploited coral reefs back to their original state? I certainly hope so.




Name of Candidate

Congress Moodle (Online Survey) District 1

District 2

District 3


N=664 (%)


N=448 (%)


N=333 (%)

Luis Bonguyan


Joji Bian


Ungab Isidro


K a r l o Nograles


Elly Pamatong


Mylene Garcia




Uly Lopez


J e n n e l l Nagayo




Won’t Vote for Cantdidate




District 2 N=247(%)


N=86 (%)


N=333 (%)

Luis Bonguyan


Joji Bian


Ungab Isidro


Karlo Nograles


Mylene Garcia


Won’t Vote for 10.2 Cantdidate

Elly Pamatong


Uly Lopez


Jennell Nagayo Undecided




Don’t Know


Don’t Know


No Answer


Undecided No Answer

14.3 4.1


Alan Peter Cayetano


Migz Zubiri


Loren Legarda


Juan Ponce Enrile Jr.


Grace Poe


Bam Aquino


Risa Hontiveros


Koko Pimentel


Dick Gordon


Nancy Binay


Antonio Trillanes IV


Name of Candidate

District 3



Senatorial Survey Moodle (Online Survey)

Face-to-face survey District 1


Chiz Escudero


Chiz Escudero


Alan Peter Cayetano


Koko Pimentel


Loren Legarda


Grace Poe


JV Ejercito-Estrada


Migz Zubiri


Antonio Trillanes IV


Gringo Honasan


Risa Hontiveros


Edgardo Angara Jr.


Bam Aquino


Face-to-face survey

Moodle (Online Survey) District 1

District 1

District 2


N=622 (%)


Mabel Acosta


District 3 Name


Louie John 52.6 Bonguyan

Kaloy Bello


J o a n n e 38.6 Bonguyan-Quilos

Danny Dayang- 46.5 hirang

Joselle fuerte

Leo Avilla


T o m a s i n g 42.3 Monteverde

Rene Elias Lo- 33.7 pez

Bonifacio Mil- 32.3 itar

Gerald Antho- 36.0 ny Bangoy

Bernie Al-ag

Leah Librado


Al Ryan Alejan- 53.0 dre

Bong cula

Edgar Ibuyan


Arnold Apostol


Myrna Dalo- 28.3 do-Ortiz

Melchor Qui- 25.4 tain

Jimmy Dureza


Allan Dolor


Nilo Jr.

April Dayap


Vic Advincula


Abellera 25.2

E m m a n u e l 22.5 Galicia Jr.

N=525 (5)

survey were presented yesterday in the board room of the Ateneo Jacinto campus. For the face-to-face survey, 503 Ateneo students, faculty and non-teaching staff were interviewed while 2,307 where surveyed online. “It appears from the result of the senatorial poll that the Ateneo community prefers a younger senate by bringing in a new breed of leaders,” according to URC-AdDU chairperson Lourdesita Chan. “The data also showed that candidates from Mindanao figured well in the survey.” Following Escudero in the online poll are Alan Cayetano in second place with 51.5 percent, third is Miguel Zubiri with 47.2 percent, fourth is Loren Legarda with 43.6 percent, Jack Enrile Jr. with 43.1 percent, grace Poe with 42.5


Advin- 30.5


percent, Bam Aquino with 41.1 percent, Risa hontiveros with 39.6 percent, Koko Pimentel 39.4 percent, Richard Gordon with 36.1 percent, Nancy Binay with 35.6 percent, and Antonio Trillanes with 31.1 percent. Leaders in the faceto-face interviews Enrile, Gordon and Binay were replaced from the 12 candidates in the online survey by JV Ejercito 54.1 percent, Gringo honasan 48.3 percent and Edgardo Angara 44.3 percent. In the local arena, Joji Ilagan-Bian leads the second district congressional race with 28.8 percent in the online survey against incumbent congresswoman Mylene Garcia who had 19.2 percent; however, Garcia leads the poll survey in the faceto-face interviews with

45.3 percent against Bian’s 18.6 percent. Isidro Ungab is uncontested in the third district. For councilors, Mabel Acosta leads in the first district, Louie John Bonguyan in the second and Karlo Bello in the third district in both online and face-to-face interviews. This local and national election survey was launched by URC in February as part of the Blue Vote 2013 which is a political-electoral engagement and advocacy of the university initiated by the University Community Engagement and Advocacy Council (UCEAC) of AdDU. Some of the highlights of the surveys that guided the respondents are environmental, peace and order and education reform issues.

District 3

N=622 (%)


Mabel Acosta


Louie John 70.9 Bonguyan

Leo Avilla


Al Ryan Alejan- 60.5 (for each Bernie Al-ag dre respectively) Diosdado Mahipus

Edgar Ibuyan


Danny Dayang- 54.7 hirang

Rachel Zozob- 75.5 rado

Jimmy Dureza

Rene Elias Lo- 69.4 pez

Villa- 37.3

Diosdado Ma- 29.5 hipus

Karlo, Chiz on top...

District 2


Nilo Jr.

Abellera 55.7

N=525 (5)


Bonifacio Mil- 55.1 itar



Kaloy Bello

83.7 79.6

Arnold Apostol 51.2 (for each Angelo Aporta- respectively) dera 53.4 (for T o m a s i n g 42.3 Leah Librado re- Monteverde J o a n n e each Bonguyan-Qui- spectively) los Melchor Quitain E m m a n u e l 52.6 Marie Salva- 41.9 dor-Abella Galicia Jr.

Myrna Dalo- 61.2 do-Ortiz

Jackson Reyes

Allan Dolor


Gerald Anthony Bangoy

Bian dares... Bian-Garcia fight and should not be diverted to a Bian-Duterte fight since she respects the vice mayor as a person and as an active leader of hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod. “I respect the vice mayor since it is his right to protect his candidates,” she said. “And I hope that he (Duterte) respects me as well, as a person, and for my past and present humble contribution to the progress of the city.” Bian said, if her back is against the wall with how her competitors push her, then she will protect her family and reputation at all cost. “The bullets should be aimed at me and not at my husband or my family, the fight must tackle issue per issue not the characteristics of the family,” she said.


Vic Advincula 59.2 Sr.

Joselle fuerte

Villa- 55.1 46.9


“My husband, who is in the center of the black propaganda, is facing a serious medical condition known only to our family and close friends,” she said this with emotion on the brink of bursting into tears. Bian’s challenge to Garcia is for the incumbent congresswoman to explain to the people why she could not be seen in the second congressional district in the past three years, and if she really resides in Davao City. Bian also wants Garcia to state what bills or laws she has authored and were passed besides the one on the Waling-Waling as national flower, and what laws or legislation she has proposed and were passed to benefit home owners associations since she

is a committee member for housing and urban development. Other issues that Bian wants Garcia to answer are, “does she (Garcia) pay taxes to Davao City and what she did with her P75 million-per-year pork barrel which amounts to P225 million for the past three years.” Bian also dared Garcia to show to the public her Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net worth (SALN) from 2010 to 1013. Bian said, “Garcia comes from a family of political giants and I am just a simple business woman who wants to serve the second district as an independent congresswoman, and whatever may happen, let it be known that there once was a ‘David’ who tried to fight a ‘Goliath’.”



More Pinoys remain poor, says NSCB T

hE country’s poverty situation hardly improved nearly two years through the Aquino administration. In fact, poverty has become harder to escape, results a Cabinet official said was below expectations. Some 22.3 percent of Filipino families were considered poor as of the first half of 2012, slightly lower than 22.9 percent in the same period in 2009, the National Statistical Coordination Board said Tuesday. The numbers represent those below the poverty threshold, which determines the monthly income that will satisfy a family’s food and nonfood needs. In 2012, the poverty threshold was pegged at P7,821--higher than the P7,040 in 2009 and P5,586 in 2006. To meet food needs alone, a family needed P5,458 in 2012; P4,903 in 2009; and P3,894 in

2006. Worse, the income gap--or the amount Filipino families need to escape poverty--also increased to P2,284 in 2012 from P2,042 in 2009 and P1,682 in 2006. Based on the income gap, NSCB estimated that the government needed a total of P79.7 billion to eradicate poverty in the first half of 2012. The first semester 2012 result on poverty is “not the dramatic result we wanted,” Socioeconomic Planning Sec. Arsenio Balisacan said in his speech following the release of the data. The Cabinet official, however, said the government remains hopeful that, “with the timely measures we are now implementing, the next rounds of poverty statistics will give much better results.” Such improve figures, he added, “will reflect the government’s massive investment in human de-

HEALTH RISKS. People, mostly slum dwellers, bathe in the polluted waters of the Manila Bay during Easter Sunday (March 31, 2013). In spite of health velopment and poverty reduction, which understandably needs time to take full effect.” The latest poverty

data also “demonstrate the diversity, not only of existing geo-economic conditions across regions, but also the differ-

donesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam -- as well as Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea. It aims to tie together ASEAN’s bilateral free trade agreements with each trading partner, but excludes the United States which is leading talks for a rival trade pact called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The TPP currently involves 12 countries: Australia, Brunei, Chile, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States and Vietnam. “The RCEP provides an important platform for building trade liberalisation within the Asia-Pacific, which is the world’s fastest growing region,” Rajiv Biswas, chief regional economist at IhS Global Insight, told AFP. “The initiative is very important as it includes the three major drivers of emerging markets growth -- China, India and ASEAN.” Potential members have said previously they are keen to make progress towards an RCEP, despite being engaged in diplomatic rows over various rival territorial claims in the region. [AFP]

OR decades, fishermen along the northwestern Philippine coast treated the teeming fishing grounds of the Scarborough Shoal as their backyard, less than a day’s boat ride away. Now, they see it as a foreign country. “I lost my livelihood when we lost the Scarborough Shoal to the Chinese,” said Mario Forones, a 53-year-old who owns three fishing boats that worked the reef for about a dozen years before armed Chinese vessels arrived in force last April. Reuters interviews with fishermen in two coastal Philippine towns - some of whom tried to fish the shoal as recently as this month - show how the Philippines has effectively ceded sovereignty of the reef about 124 nautical miles (230 km) off its coast after a naval standoff last year. China’s consolidation and expansion of its grip on the disputed South China Sea looms over a gathering of Southeast Asian leaders in the tiny kingdom of Brunei this week as they try to kickstart stalled efforts to ease one of Asia’s biggest security flashpoints. Beijing claims almost the entire sea as its territory based on historical

Asia-Pacific countries to start free trade talks


IXTEEN Asia-Pacific countries are to start talks next month on a free trade zone that would cover more than half the world’s population, according to a document obtained by AFP Tuesday. The start of negotiations for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) are poised to go ahead despite bitter territorial rifts among planned members, including China, Japan and some Southeast Asian nations. Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), who will meet in Brunei on Wednesday and Thursday, are expected to focus on kickstarting the talks after launching the process last year at a regional summit in Phnom Penh.



The leaders will agree that “the negotiations will commence in May 2013 in Brunei... with a view to completing them by 2015”, according to the latest draft of the chairman’s end-of-meeting statement that was obtained by AFP. “We looked forward to the broadening and deepening of existing (free trade agreements) and envisioned the RCEP to be a platform for future trade and investment integration in Asia and the rest of the world,” said the draft, which is prepared by senior officials and could be changed. A senior Southeast Asian trade official told AFP the first round of RCEP negotiations are expected to start on May 9. RCEP covers ASEAN’s 10 member countries -- Brunei, Cambodia, In-

‘MINDANAO as an investment destination has added wrinkles. Power supply adequacy and reliability and peace and order problems are quite severe.’

--former Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno, on the recent investment upgrade by Fitch Ratings to the Philippines. PhiliPPine stAr, APril 15, 2013

warnings issued by the local government, people still flock to the harbor to spend their holidays. [REUTERS] ent responses to policies on growth and development,” Balisacan said. This, as he urged that “the problem of pover-

ty requires a comprehensive, multi-pronged, multi-sectoral solution involving many stakeholders.” [yahoo!]

records, setting it directly against U.S. allies Vietnam and the Philippines, while Brunei, Taiwan and Malaysia also lay claim to parts. Except for China and Taiwan, all the claimants are members of ASEAN, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Diplomats hope leaders at the two-day ASEAN summit starting on Wednesday can put aside bitter differences that emerged last year and pave the way for China to join a proposed dispute-management mechanism. But the fishermen’s accounts vividly show how China’s expanding, assertive naval reach could be overtaking diplomatic efforts to ease a crisis whose stakes have risen with the U.S. military’s “pivot” to refocus its forces on Asia. In rare first-hand descriptions of the situation at the remote outcrop claimed by both China and the Philippines, the men described being chased off aggressively by large, fast-moving, white Chinese ships armed with guns and rockets. In recent months, they said the Chinese vessels had laid down thick undersea ropes to keep fishing boats out. “I don’t know the specifics of the situation,” said hua Chunying, spokes-

woman for China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, when asked by Reuters to comment on the fishermen’s accounts. “But as you know, the Scarborough Shoal is indisputably part of China’s territory, and China will ensure that its sovereignty over this area is not being violated.” The 10-member ASEAN aims to agree a legally binding Code of Conduct to manage maritime conduct in disputed areas, but prospects for quick progress appear dim. Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa told Reuters in an interview that the summit would mostly be about “making sure that things do not regress”. Even if they agree, China has said it will only join talks when the time is “ripe” and that countries should first build trust by observing a weaker Declaration of Conduct (DOC) signed in 2002, which has so far failed to dampen tensions. Natalegawa accused China of “flouting” the commitment in that agreement to exercise “maximum restraint”. “you are seeing a number of unilateral steps that China has taken that is clearly not in line with the spirit of the DOC,” he said in Jakarta. [Reuters]

China consolidates sea claims as Asian diplomacy struggles



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PHILAM LIFE AWARDS. Philam Life, the country’s premier life insurance company, recently honored more than 350 of its best insurance professionals during its Premier Agency Awards event held last Tuesday, March 4, 2013, at Makati Shangri-La. Shown in photo are (L-R) Rex Mendoza, Philam Life President and CEO; Antonina Solomon, RFC, who was named Associate of the Year-Advisor Level; top awardee Rosario Salientes,

who was bestowed with the Areté Award, a distinction given to an agency member who exemplified excellent performance in new business generation, productivity, growth, and quality of business; Associate of the Year-Agency Level awardee Veronica Gonzales, RFC; Anna Concepcion Blanco, Associate of the Year-Unit Level awardee; and Ariel Cantos, Philam Life Chief Agency Officer.

Western Union PH wins CSR award W

ESTERN Union Senior Vice President for East and South Asia Patricia Riingen was recognized with the Pinnacle’s Group’s CSR Leadership Award for her spearheading a range of initiatives backed by Western Union in driving financial inclusion in the Philippines. Under Patricia’s leadership, Western Union’s introduction of products, services, and programs

to service a range of consumers from the banked to unbanked as well as empowering them through educational outreach programs saw her win the gold category of the award at the Global CSR Awards ceremony in Davao held on April 19, 2013. Consumers receiving remittances from overseas or within the Philippines have the option of collecting funds from Western Union’s

Agent location network representing multiple classes of trade, now pegged at more than 8,500[1]across 143 cities and 78 provinces. In addition, they can also choose to receive international remittances directly onto the Western Union® Gold Prepaid Card; direct into their bank accounts if customers of Union Bank; or into mobile phones if subscribers of Globe and Smart.




CMMA bets vie in CDO, Pan Asia D

AVAO’S Cenojas Mixed Martial Arts (CMMA) is sending a team to two Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tournaments set in Cagayan de Oro and Manila next month. “First, we will compete in Cagayan on May 4 then go to Manila for the Pan Asia BJJ tournament at the SM Mall of Asia on May 1819,” said CMMA instructor Mars Cenojas at the SCOOP of The Royal Mandaya hotel yesterday. Also present at the weekly public service sports program sponsored by TRMh, Genesis 88, Mulatto Outdoor, Dexter’s Pizza and Beefit Gym were head coach Marco Cenojas, twins Mark and Mike Lim, Samuel Babao and Axel Agbayani. “Except for the twins, the rest of our players are

newcomers and will be playing for the first time in Cagayan and Pan Asia,” said Marco Cenojas. The young but talented Lim twin brothers, who just turned 16 years old last Monday, are also still not yet sure to play due to their injuries. “We will know two weeks from now after our MRI,” said Mark, who can hardly walk due to his back and butt pains. his twin Mike was the first one to be injured on his back also. The doctors has not yet confirmed on what is the real cause of their pain. But the twins still both want to play and will even be competing already in the men’s division and not in the juniors. “Because it’s more challenging especially in

the Pan Asia where there are many countries expected,” Mars Cenojas said. Marco Cenojas, however, said that he will not allow the Lims to play if they will not be physically fit and without the go signal of the doctors. Agbayani, 19, a criminology student of University of Mindanao and Babao, 19, a marketing student of Ateneo de Davao will both play in the Juniors’ division. The other members of the CMMA team are Francis Soo (men’s 80 kg.), Jemeny Quinones (men’s -60 kg.), Mark Co (men’s -60 kg.), Rafael Facudo (junior -60 kg.), Chad Gutierrez (junior – 55 kg.), Francis Guibelondo (junior - 64 g.), Mark Lester Bertulfo (men’s – 73 kg.) and Ivo Auillo (men’s -73 kg.). (PNA/LDR)

TEACH ‘EM YOUNG. A girl gets her first tennis lessons from one of the coaches at Ecoland 1 Tennis Club. Tommy Iñigo

PHL still has three champions


ESPITE losses by the country’s boxing champions in recent world title fights, the Philippines still has three world champions standing. WBO junior flyweight champion Donnie Nietes, IBF lightflyweight champion Johnriel Casimero, and now, WBO mini-flyweight champion Merlto Sabillo have secured the Philippines’ lofty status in world boxing. According to a report, the World Boxing Organization (WBO) has declared Interim mini-flyweight (minimumweight, 105 lbs) champion Sabillo as the regular champion of the division according to its

latest rankings released on the WBO website. Former WBO Mini-Flyweight Champion Moises Fuentes of Mexico is now the No. 1 contender of the Junior Flyweight (108 lbs) division the champion of which is Nietes of the Philippines. Sabillo (21-0-0, 11KO) who was then ranked No. 2 in the division, fought No. 1 ranked Luis de la Rosa (21-1-1) of Columbia at De La Rosa’s hometown last March 9 for the Interim Title and won via 8th round TKO. The Interim Title was put on the line because Moises Fuentes was about to leave the division and challenged Nietes’s title last March 2 in Cebu.

WINNING FORM. Senator Pia Cayetano placed second in the women’s division of the 2nd Durianman Triathlon, clocking 3 hours and 5 minutes.





Summer, skin, and style Summer is the time when our skin is most exposed. We see a lot of women out in the sun, wearing breezy outfits and sexy swimwear. most of us feel more comfortable showing off some skin when it is at its best state --- moisturized, even-toned, and silky-smooth.

To give every female her most fashionable summer yet, Vaseline Healthy White SPF 24, the specialist in skin care, tied up with Forever 21, the one of the most influential brands in fashion, to celebrate summer in style. “The image of a selfassured woman who uses only the best and maintains a strong sense of style is one that Vaseline shares with Forever 21. Vaseline Healthy White gives you that healthy and perfect skin that will go well with your summer style,” says Jules Gollayan, Vaseline’s Brand manager. Vaseline, a trusted brand with more than 140 years of skin expertise, makes summer even more fun as introduces the one lotion women need this summer: Vaseline Healthy White SPF 24. This all-inone summer lotion makes for a perfect skin partner which works keeps skin fair, soft, smooth, wellprotected from the sun rays. It has an active-whitening system formula with a combination of vitamin B3 and sunscreen. To showcase summer skin and lifestyle, Vaseline and Forever 21 produced series of VIP fashion shows in key cities around the country. “Our country is blessed with tropical weather and women beat the heat with soft and cottony clothes which

reveals a bit of skin. Vaseline Healthy White SPF24 is the perfect product for every Filipina’s daily skin care regimen, not just for summer but for the whole year round,” adds Jules.



GMA Network launches Excellence Award in Davao GMA Network launches the GMA Network Excellence Award in the Mindanao region.

Formerly known as the GMA President’s Medal, the GMA Network Excellence Award honors outstanding graduates of broadcast-related courses including electronics communications engineering from select universities who have demonstrated exemplary leadership, technical skill, and academic performance. For its inaugural year in the region, the award will be given to the most qualified Communication Arts graduate of the University of the Philippines-Mindanao (UPM). Since 2001, a total of 31 students from its partner universities namely University of the Philippines (Diliman and Cebu), Don Bosco Technical College (Mandaluyong), and Angeles University Foundation (Pampanga) have already been recognized by the Kapuso Network. The 2012-2013 edition of the GMA Network Excellence Award has already cited two students: Cheska Micaela B. Kabiling (Mass Communication) from the Angeles University Foundation and Jessica Camille G. Mamaril (Electronics Communications Engineering) from Don Bosco Technical College. While the Award has been conferred to deserving graduates in Manila for more than a decade now, this is the first time that the search was extended to Davao thru UPM. The award was extended to the Visayas Region (University of the Philippines Cebu College) in 2010 and a merit award was also given to a graduate of the Lyceum Northwestern University in Dagupan in 2011. “Passion for excellence is one of the core values of GMA Network. In order to nurture this, we undertake CSR projects such as the Excellence Award to reward promising prospective media practitioners who best symbolize the Kapuso brand of excellence,” says GMA Network Assistant Vice President for Corporate Affairs Ma. Teresa Pacis. More often than not, the finalists and awardees end up working in the company’s different departments. Among them are GMA News reporters Dano Tingcungco, Jam Sesante, and Micaela Papa, GMA News Online reporter Kimberly Jane Tan, Saksi segment producer Sophia Balod, and GMA Cebu sales producer Rachel Sindo.



Is social media making your child aggressive? SOme researchers think it’s possible. A study released in the march 2013 issue of Pediatrics looked at how the content of what preschoolers watch on screen may affect their behavior. “Screen time” was defined as DVDs, videos, TV, and video games. “Prosocial” shows The study involved 820 families with children ages three to five years. Half of the group had an intervention in which programming deemed “aggressive” was replaced with “prosocial” or educational content. “Prosocial” content was defined as programs with characters and plots that model behaviors such as nonviolent conflict resolution, empathy, good manners, helping, and group problem solving. The other half of the study group (control group) did not have the intervention but kept a diary of what was watched. Parents of the control group were also encouraged to watch and discuss programs with their children. What the researchers found Follow-up 12 months later found that the children in the intervention group had decreased the amount of time they spent

watching violent programming, although they had not reduced the number of total hours of screen time as compared to the control group. In addition, the researchers did find that the kids in the intervention group were exhibiting less aggressive and more “prosocial” behaviors as compared to the controls. While this study is far from conclusive, it’s worthwhile noting it.

Why? Well, for one thing, the amount of screen time that children are watching is staggering. Preschoolers are estimated to watch about four-anda-half hours per day, and that amount only increases as children get older. For another thing, previous studies have reported that violent TV viewing by children under age five years is a potential risk factor for future bullying and aggressive behaviors.

Certainly it is worthwhile to review what your children are watching and playing with on the screen and to note how much time they are spending with the TV and other electronic devices. I look at that four-and-a-half hours per day statistic for preschoolers and wonder—are there really five hours’ worth of quality material being broadcasted for preschoolers and beyond? I doubt it.

Is it halitosis or something else?

HAVe you ever walked up to someone and as soon as he or she starts talking, wished you could hand him/her a breath mint or piece of gum without seeming rude?

regardless of whether it is a social, professional, or personal relationship, oral health is crucial in building positive connections. As foods are digested and absorbed into the bloodstream, they are eventually carried to your lungs and given off in your breath, according to WebmD. Certain foods may increase bad breath. Garlic and onions are known culANIMATION FESTIVAL. It’s a Grand Animation Fest at CinemathequeDavao starting April 23 to May 5, 2013 as we showcase some prits in the bad breath batof the best Filipino animated films. Admission is free. For more tle, but according to Ohio information please visit State university’s Wexner

medical Center, any food that becomes “absorbed into the bloodstream, become transferred into the lungs, and are expelled in the air you breathe. until that food becomes eliminated by the body, it has the potential to affect a person’s breath.” even if these foods are avoided, bad breath may still be present. Other oral health issues such as gingivitis or periodontal disease may cause halitosis. Periodontal disease’s main symptoms are a “foul, odorous breath, and an unpleasant taste in the mouth. This condition requires immediate care by an oral health professional,” according to the Ohio State university medical website.

Xerostomia, more commonly known as dry mouth, may cause bad breath, too. This condition may occur if the salivary glands are not producing enough saliva. Bacteria are then able to cultivate in the mouth and produce a smelly odor. Some people experience bad breath as a result of a health condition or a medication they are taking. It can be a result of a respiratory infection, diabetes, or kidney or liver issues. If the above-mentioned reasons are not the cause of the foul breath, tobacco might be the reason. Tobacco can cause mouth irritation, gum disease, oral cancer, not to mention stained teeth and a loss in our mouth’s ability to sense

taste. A dentist or another oral health specialist can suggest and prescribe several treatments, such as a particular mouthwashes, dental cleanings, or he/she may simply suggest brushing the tongue as part of the brushing routine. While bad breath can be caused by a number of health conditions, it is important to maintain one’s oral health. Brushing your teeth after every meal, in addition to flossing on a daily basis, may reduce the risk for bad breath. Seeing a dentist at least once a year, if not more, should be routine to ensure that dental health is good. If bad breath persists, an additional visit with your dentist may be in order.



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Bradley Cooper visits Boston bombing victims BRADLEY Cooper praises Boston on their reaction to the bombings.

The actor paid a visit to numerous hospitals in the city over the weekend to see those who were affected by the tragedy that struck the Boston marathon, and this morning he shared his experience with radio hosts Ryan Seacrest and Ellen K on KIIS FM. “The thing about Boston is there are four Homeland Security hospitals, so the amount of treatment people got instantaneously after the bombs…I think there would have been more casualties had it been in another city,” Cooper said. “The reaction time was so fast and the ability was so

quick, it was just incredible.” Cooper, who was already in Boston filming American Hustle, talked about the different people he met, including a double-amputee mother and her daughter who “would have died if it weren’t for a guy from Philly who basically stopped the

bleeding in time for the medics to come.” Regardless, the Hangover star stated that despite the horrific events that happened, “You can really feel the energy of the city rallying around itself. The amount of care is just incredible.”

ads. While the campaign is promoting for the brand’s slim-fitting underwear, your gaze might get stuck on the 28-year-old ‘s impressive eight-pack. Feel free to gawk, but sorry guys and gals, Thom’s taken. The lucky lady is 90210 actress Jessica Lowndes.

The duo made their debut at this year’s Coachella. Then, to crush any doubts that they were just friends, Lowndes posted several romantic photos on the couple kissing her Instagram. What do you think of Thom’s D. Hendral ads? Hot or not?

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DAVID Beckham’s got some serious competition.

At least when it comes to modeling briefs. His opponent? Up-and-coming model and Scottish rugby player Thom Evans, who flaunts his extremely fit figure in D. Hendral’s new


Suri Cruise runs to friend’s birthday party SURI Cruise sure seems excited to party!

Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise’s daughter was photographed mid-run to her pal’s birthday party in New York City today, and of course, she wasn’t going to show up empty-handed. The young fashionista, dressed in pink from headto-toe (obviously), was strolling with a wrapped pres-

ent securely held under her teeny-tiny arm, along with her famous stuffed animal friend. Just last week, Suri was celebrating her own birthday, when the young tot turned 7 (yeah, can you believe it?!). She was joined by mom, Katie, her grandmother and a bodyguard, as they enjoyed some quality time together at a park in upstate New York.

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Going fashion forward with Terranova style By Kenneth Irving Ong

YOunG, bright, chic, stylish and carefree, that is Terranova.

The Italian fashion brand is bringing more of its easy-to-wear clothes with easy-to-buy prices to Davao City with the opening of its second and largest store at Sm Lanang Premier. Located at the ground floor near the Atrium, Terranova aims to capture the hearts of amany fashion-forward ladies and men in the north of the city. “This is our 11th store in the Philippines and the biggest so far in mindanao,” says Terranova Philippine’s general manager ms. evelyn Go “we believe Dabawenyos will love our collection and the affordable prices that we offer.” Terranova carries everything a fashionista would want and need, from shirts, to pants, to shorts, dresses and a multitude of accessories, like bags, fashion jewellery, and shoes, and all with an affordable price tag. In fact, the store opening coincides with the start of their mid-season sale with discounts as much as 50 percent off. The store opening also gave Terranova a chance to highlight their latest spring/summer collection featuring bright pastels and citrus colours paired with shocking neon and fluorescent hues. The camo print also makes a comeback, showing up on everything from pants, to shoes, scarves and shirts. Gradient washed prints are

also in as well as tangerines and bright greens, highlighting the seasons sunny and warm days. men will love the fact that Terranova believes men should be fashionable too. “Although we carry more items for women, around 30 to 40 percent of our items are for men,” says Go “because we be-

lieve Terranova philosophy of ‘We are Terranova’ individuality goes beyond women and that even men can be fashionable!” So why don’t you stroll on down to any of Terranova’s two Davao stores and find your own Terranova style for this year’s hot summer days on the beach?



DavNor vies for 2015 Palaro D

UMAGUETE CITy-Before thousands of delegates and spectators from around the country, Davao del Norte signified its intention to host Palarong Pambansa with a banner that screams: “See you in Davao del Norte—2015 Palarong Pambansa.” The banner quite got the attention of some 10,000 delegates in the annual sports conclave hosted by this Visayas city. No less than Governor Rodolfo del Rosario was on hand in the opening of this year’s Palarong Pambansa to personally drumbeat the province’s desire to host the annual school-based sports competition for elementary and secondary athletes. It was learned later that the bidding will be done next year for the Mindanao hosting turn which falls on 2015. Next

year is the turn of Luzon. Every delegation from the country’s 17 different regions showed off something that speaks of the region they are representing at the opening parade of this year’s Palarong Pambansa, but Region XI made sure their message comes across. Impressed on a huge and long banner carried by the region’s athletes was the province’s intent to host Palaro in 2015. “See you in Davao del Norte (Tagum City)-2015 Palarong Pambansa,” the banner showed. Tagum City is the capital of Davao del Norte, a first class province. With Department of Education Regional Director Gloria Benigno, leading over 600 officials, coaches and athletes of the region were Governor del Rosario and Vice Governor Victorio Suaybaguio Jr. (PIA/DN PIO)

To establish and sustain smooth operation of the new P243-million DavNor Sports and Cultural Center and towards realizing the goal of becoming the country’s sports capital, Davao del Norte Governor Rodolfo del Rosario stopped by recently at the sports complex of Cebu City to benchmark to-

Bulls level series N

EW yORK (AP) -Whatever pain Joakim Noah was feeling in that achy right foot would have to wait. Blowing a chance to even the Chicago Bulls’ playoff series would have hurt so much worse. Noah gutted his way through a foot injury that made it difficult to even run in Game 1, making three

fourth-quarter baskets as the Bulls beat the Brooklyn Nets 90-82 on Monday night to tie their first-round series at one game apiece. ‘’I thought overall, I

thought Jo was very rusty in the first game but willed it, and I thought he willed it again tonight and we needed every bit

CP3 buzzer-beater wins it for Clippers F

OFFENSIVE FOUL. Mike Conley drives against a well-established Chris Paul.

of it,’’ Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. ‘’To me, it’s obvious we’re a much better team with him on the floor.’’ Carlos Boozer had 13 points and 12 rebounds, and Luol Deng bounced back from a poor opener with 15 points and 10 boards for the Bulls, who became the first team to win a road game this postseason.

gether with Provincial Government executives. Governor Del Rosario and the provincial officials were on their way to Dumaguete City for the Palarong Pambansa 2013 in which Davao del Norte signified its intention to host the 2015 edition of the event.  Grace Apuya

OR nearly 48 minutes, Game 2 between the Los Angeles Clippers and Memphis Grizzlies was the most hotly contested game of the young 2013 postseason. The two tough teams traded blows, with the Memphis Grizzlies mounting a furious comeback from a 12-point fourth-quarter deficit to tie the game at 91-91 on a Marc Gasol dunk with 13 seconds remaining. Games like this one can come down to slight edges in singular moments. On Monday night, the difference was that the Clippers have Chris Paul and the Grizzlies do not. In the Clippers’ final possession, Paul took Tony Allen — one of the two or three best perimeter defenders in the NBA to the rim and banked in

an extremely tough runner over the outstretched arm of Darrell Arthur. With just 0.1 seconds on the clock, the Grizzlies were unable to take a shot on the game’s last play, and the Clippers left with a huge 93-91 win. The shot exemplified everything that makes Paul the best point guard in the league: the toughness, the will, the talent, the skill, the ability to render excellent defense irrelevant, and the flair for the dramatic. While the Clippers got several stellar performances on the night, CP3 is obviously the biggest reason they’re heading to Memphis for Thursday’s Game 3 with a 2-0 lead in the series. While this shot will understandably get most of the attention, the entire game was a delight. After looking very much

HANGING ON THE RIM. Jimmy Butler of Chicago hangs on to the rim.

unlike their usual tough, defensive-oriented selves in Saturday’s series opener, the Grizzlies returned to action with a renewed commitment to their identity. With Allen playing 39 minutes after only 17 in Game 1, the Grizzlies frustrated the Clippers into a variety of low-percentage shots. Los Angeles held the lead more the vast majority of the second half, but there’s no question that the Grizzlies looked more prepared and capable than they did in the series’ first game. Unfortunately for them, Chris Paul makes a habit of controlling games in the fourth quarter. After re-entering the game with 7:33 on the clock, CP3 had a hand in all of the Clippers’ final 10 points, assisting on a Blake Griffin dunk and scoring all four of their

field goals in the last 3:46. The Clips’ offense was far from perfect in the final minutes, but there’s no question that whatever success they did have came because of Paul’s greatness. The Grizzlies are far from out of this series, and their improvement from Game 1 to Game 2 suggests they can win all three home games at steal one at Staples Center to move on to the next round. yet, given the circumstances, it’s very possible we’ll look back on this series and look at this game as their best opportunity to take the other hand. If that’s the case, we’ll have to acknowledge Paul’s greatness once again. he’s the sort of elite athlete who demands the viewer’s undivided attention at all times.




Wee, Idulsa top RPV Monthly Medal


OBBy Wee and Philip Idulsa emerged the big winners in the Rancho Palos Verdes Monthly Medal Tournament for the month of April. Wee fired a gross 72 while Idulsa shot a net 62 to bag overall gross and net titles, respectively, in the members division. The other winners are Boy Tan for Class A gross (76), Leo yap for Class A net (63), King Rivas for Class B gross (76), Boy Arriba for Class B net (64), Oscar Garcia for Class C gross (83), Louie Brodeht for Class C net (66), Martin Sara for Class D gross (90), and Vince Batucan for Class D net (70). In the Guest Division I class, veteran Denden De Castro fired a gross 75 to win the overall

gross title while Chickoy Saavedra scored a net 71 for the overall net crown. Other guest winners are Sonny Lebosada for the Division 2 gross (82), JM Balbuena for the Division 2 net (63), Maricel Kim for the Ladies gross (85), Maribel Lee for the Ladies net (69), Ting Castillo for the Seniors gross (75), Diemy Monedero for the Seniors net (69), Bill Donohoe for the Super Seniors gross (89) and Fumio Ohashi for the Super Seniors net (74). The Juniors division, John Sepe won the 11 years old and below with an 87 and John Dorado won the 12-17 years old category with a 152. The April monthly medal was played on April 19-21 at the RPV course. (NJB)

Wie-ward finish

CHAMPIONS. Boy Tan (left) blasts out of the trap on his way to winning overall gross title while Lou Brodeht (right) pitches from around the green. Brodeht won the class C net title. Boy Lim

Pettersen wins Hawaii title


APOLEI, hawaii (AP) – hawaii bid goodbye to local favorite Michelle Wie, who came back from a Wie-ward second round to salvage a tie for 28th but it was Norway’s Suzann Pettersen who stole away the LPGA Lotte Championship on Saturday, beating Lizette Salas with a par on the first hole of a playoff after Salas chunked her approach shot into the water. Pettersen, the leader after the second and third rounds at Ko Oli-

na, bogeyed the final hole of regulation to set up the playoff on the par-4 18th. The 32-year-old Norwegian closed with a 5-under 67, and Salas had a tournament-record 62 to finish at 19-under 269. Wie had a 68 to go with an earlier 69 to finish in a tie for 28th. She had a disastrous 76 in the second round to kiss her hopes goodbye. ‘’I thought 20 was going to do it,’’ Pettersen said. ‘’That would take a fantastic round from anyone behind me, and it would take some good golf from me, but that was kind of the number I was shooting for.’’ Salas had a double bogey on the playoff hole. She played a ninehole stretch in 9 under, birdieing Nos. 8-9, holing out from 169 yards with a 6-iron for eagle on the par-4 10th and adding birdies on Nos. 12-16. ‘’Chunk is not bad, but if you have water it’s really bad,’’ Salas said. ‘’But I still had a chance, and that putt didn’t go i n . Not eve r y thing is going to fall, but I played my butt off today.’’

READING THE LINE. Ai Miyazato of Japan lines up her putt on the ninth green during the final round of the LPGA LOTTE Championship Presented by J Golf at the Ko Olina Golf Club on in Kapolei, Hawaii. Miyazato faded and finished tied for 6th place in the tournament won by Suzann Petterson. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The 23-year-old American was coming off a devastating collapse two weeks ago in the Kraft Nabisco Championship when she closed with a 79 to tie for 25th after beginning the final round three strokes behind playing partner and eventual winner Inbee Park. ‘’From shooting a 79 at Kraft to shooting a 62 here in hawaii, like that just - I can’t really describe t h e feeling, just I feel so proud of myself to put that 79 in the back of my mind and just to go out and play some golf,’’ Salas said. ‘’I took a big risk in using the short putter, but I felt extremely comfortable. I felt like me again.’’ Pettersen won her 11th LPGA Tour title. She had consecutive LPGA Tour victories late last season in South Korea and Taiwan and won a Ladies European Tour event last month in China. ‘’My game has been feeling great,’’ Pettersen said. ‘’It’s nice that I have kept kind of the progress that I had from Kraft.’’

SINK IT IN. Michelle Wie watches her putt go in during the final round of the LPGA LOTTE Championship Presented by J Golf at the Ko Olina Golf Club in Kapolei, Hawaii. Wie finished tied for 28th place in the tournament won by Suzann Pettersen. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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