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Serving a seamless society

WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD? Now that the elections are over and winning politicians get their mandate, what is in store for the poor Filipino families like this family of three who makes an island near the Sanguniang Panlungsod building their home. Their blank stares only speak of an uncertain future. Lean Daval Jr.

Dabawenyos told

Poll gunban still on By Che Palicte


HE election gunban is still being enforced on civilians, soldiers and police officers. This was the reminder Dabawenyos got from two ranking officials of Philippine National Police (PNP) yesterday, three days after the holding of the midterm elections last Monday. The ban will expire on June 12, according to Sr. Supt. Ronald dela Rosa, Davao City police director, in a text message to Edge Davao. At same time, Chief Supt. Jaime Morente, PNP Southern Mindanao regional director, said his office is still consolidating reports of the PNP provincial offices in order to determine the total number of per-

sons caught violating the gunban since it started January 13. Earlier, Morente reported that from January 13 to April 24, a total of 172 persons were caught bringing firearms illegally. The ban includes police and military officers caught carrying guns when they are off-duty. They can only do so if they are covered with


No proclamation yet for 2nd district councilors


he City Board of Canvassers (CBOC) has yet to proclaim the elected councilors for the second district pending the transmission of results from the remaining three clustered polling precincts. Lawyer Aimee Ampoloquio, chair of CBOC, said they will resume the transmission of results once the compact flash cards arrive from Manila. These cards are expected to arrive either Friday or Saturday.


DOING THE GWIYOMI? City Board of Canvassers chair Aimee Ampoloquio, in this photo sequence, fixes herself after being checked by paramedics due to hypertension during the election canvassing at the Sanguniang Panlungsod session hall. Lean Daval Jr.


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The City Board of Canvassers chaired by Atty. Aimee Ampoloquio, election officer of the First District of the city formally proclaimed the winning candidates in the local polls 8:16 pm Wednesday.

Proclaimed winners in Kiblawan town: Mayor– Jim Caminero; Vice-Mayor – Dr. Edgar Gan; Municipal Councilors – Bembem Caminero, Jojo Calma, Vicvic Dicdican, Archie Awing, Simon Salutan, Marlon Brabat, Cipriano Sarona, and Edmund Rama. Digos City, Davao del Sur: Election Officer Atty. Alan Kadon has just announced 100 percent transmission of election returns from the 113 clustered precincts in the city. The Municipal Board of Canvassers is set to transmit the results to PBOC. Proclaimed winners in Sta. Cruz town: Mayor - Atty. Joel Ray Lopez; Vice-MayorAlexis Almendras. Municipal Councilors: Alvin Rey Almendras, Mila Lim, Alan Angub, Lolita Legaspi, Fernando Ugdoracion, Ronald Cruda, Jaime Lao, Jr. and Michelle Orpilla. The Provincial Board of Canvassers will resume convening at 9am today to canvass the remaining election returns from Digos City, Kiblawan and Malita which encountered concerns on defective compact flash cards. The Provincial Board of Canvassers headed by Atty. Gay Asuncion-Enumerables has just proclaimed incumbent provincial board member Mercedes Cagas as the new Congresswoman for First District. The following are the proclaimed winning municipal Councilors of Digos City: Josef Cagas, Eddie Cadilig, Sr., Michael Latasa, Johari Baña, Concepcion Cadungog, Milagros Llanos, Rey Ayo and Francisco Tongcos.

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Comelec Tagum proclaimed Allan L. Rellon and Geterito T. Gementiza as Mayor-Elect and Vice Mayor-Elect of Tagum City shortly before noon on May 15, 2013. Both garnered 54, 492 and 51, 845 votes, respectively. Kapalong, Davao del Norte – Election Officer Gladiel Jim A. Casinto, Chairman of the Board of Canvassers (BOC) of this town, declared winners the tandem of incumbent Kapalong Mayor- Edgardo L. Timbol and Vice-Mayor elect Ma. Theresa Royo-Timbol along with their unopposed line-up for the 8 SB members slots in the municipality in the May 13, 2013 elections around 6:30 PM on May 14. Reelected Vice-Governor Victorio Suaybaguio, Jr., 2nd District Congressman Antonio Lagdameo, Jr., and Gov. Rodolfo del Rosario, hidden, sign their proclamation papers. Tagum, Davao del Norte - Both enjoying a popular mandate, incumbent Vice-Mayor Allan L. Rellon and Councilor Geterito T. Gementiza are poised to become this city’s new set of leaders after being proclaimed by the Commission on Elections as Mayor-elect and Vice Mayor-elect shortly before noon Wednesday, May 15, 2013. Winners all. The Provincial Board of Canvassers of Davao del Norte, headed by Atty. Ma. Febes Barlaan, proclaim reelected Governor Rodolfo del Rosario, Vice-Governor- Victorio Suaybaguio, Jr., 1st District Congressman Anthony del Rosario and 2nd District Congressman Antonio Lagdameo, Jr. as winners in last Monday’s elections. Davao del Norte– The Provincial Board of Canvasser (PBOC) formally declared the winning candidates of the province during proclamation rites at about 11:00 o’clock in the morning at the SP Session Hall.


Provincial Capitol, Compostela Valley –With Comelec Resolution 9700 as the basis for proclamation, PBOC chairperson Atty. Jennifer Ancla proclaimed as winners at around 11 AM, Governor Arturo T. Uy, Vice-Governor Manuel Zamora, 1st District Congresswoman Maricar Zamora, 2nd District Congressman Rommel Amatong ,and Sangguniang Panlalawigan Members of 2nd District: Tyrone Uy, Ruwel Peter Gonzaga, Cesar Richa, Moran Takasan, and Macario Humol. The 1st District SP members are yet to be proclaimed pending the “untransmitted” results of the MBOC in Compostela, according to Comelec PES Atty. Ancla. New Bataan, Compostela- The Municipal Board of Canvassers headed by the Municipal


Davao City first District Rep. Karlo Nograles (2nd from left) is proclaimed by election Board of Canvassers chair lawyer Aimee Ampoloquio (2nd from right) and members Atty. Ma. Teresa Pescadero (rightmost) and Atty. Edi-

poldo Sarabia Jr. during Wednesday night’s proclamation rites held at the Session Hall of Sangguniang Panlungsod. Lean Daval Jr.

Rody: 12 am liquor ban By Antonio M. Ajero


AVAO City mayor-elect Rodrigo R. Duterte will focus his attention on changes in the maintenance of law and order when he assumes as local chief executive next month. One of his initial moves is to tweak the ordinance banning the sale of alcoholic drinks starting at 2 a.m. “I am thinking of starting the ban at 12 midnight instead of 2 a.m.,” Duterte told friends attending the birthday celebration of Dr. Roy Ferrer, a leading diabetologist in the city, at Norton Subdivision, Matina, last Tuesday night. Duterte believes starting the ban period two hours earlier will further prevent the commission of crimes by drinking Dabawenyos who tend to

create trouble after drinking one bottle too many. Paragraph d), Section 3 (Prohibited Acts), Article A. Buying and Selling of Liquors and Cigarettes under Chapter III (PUBLIC SAFETY, PEACE AND ORDER), Page 18 of the Code of Ordinances of Davao City says that “all establishments selling intoxicating liquor and beverages are hereby prohibited from selling the same after 2:00 o’clock in the morning.” Penalties Under the code, violation of the provisions of the article shall be penalized as follows: First offense – A fine of P1,000, or an imprisonment of not less than 10 days or both at the discretion of the court;

Second offense – A fine of P3,000 or an imprisonment of not less than 20 days or both at the discretion of the court; and Third offense – A fine of P5,000 or an imprisonment of not less than 30 days or both at the discretion of the court. Permit cancellation In addition to the penalties, the business permit of the erring wholesale, retail, grocery or convenience store or business establishment shall be cancelled by the city mayor upon its commission. The following officers of the erring establishments shall be held responsible: -- The President or General Manager or any person acting for and in behalf of the General Man-

ager in case the wholesale, retail, grocery or convenience store or business establishment is a corporation, partnership or cooperative; and -- The owner or proprietor or any person acting for an in behalf of the owner or proprietor if the wholesale, retail, grocery or convenience store or business establishment is a single proprietorship. No abrupt change The incoming mayor, however, said that the change will not be arbitrary and abrupt, as a proposal will still be submitted to if not originated at the Sangguniang Panlungsod whose members are expected to consult businessmen and other affected stakeholders to a public hearing.

of Compostela Valley. Jay Lacson, on the other hand, lost to Jolo Revilla in the vice gubernatorial race in Cavite. “My son lost to a better candidate, at least as far as Caviteños are concerned,” Sen. Lacson said. Lacson also thanked those who supported his son in the vice gubernatorial race in the province. He also expressed hope that the new vice governor will do well in the provincial capitol.

“On behalf of all those who supported Jay, I wish Jolo all the best,” he said. On the other hand, Pablito Quinzon, Mancao’s chief of staff, said that they have already talked with the fugitive former police officer regarding the results of last Monday’s elections. “He (Mancao) already admitted his defeat and he said it’s okay because there would always be another chance in another election some other time,” Quinzon

said. Mancao in May 2010 ran for a congressional seat but lost to incumbent Rep. Maricar Apsay. He ran even while in the midst of trying to implicate Lacson in the November 2000 murders of publicist Salvador “Bubby” Dacer and driver Emmanuel Corbito. Mancao escaped from custody of the National Bureau of Investigation earlier this month and accused Lacson of trying to kill him.

Mindanao (ARMM). “’Yung mga nangyari sa ARMM is a blessing in disguise. Marami kasi nangyaring dayaan in some areas, may manipulation, gumamit naman ng pera,” Jaafar said. Aside from vote buying and manipulation of those in power, he also observed that the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines are not reliable tools. He said when the PCOS machines were introduced to the public, majority be-

lieved that there would be an end to cheating and there would be electoral reforms. But the machines even made the situation worse, Jaafar said. “Mas madali pala ang dayaan dahil merong iba na kinokontrol ito, ang pinapaboto lang kung sino. Nandiyan pa rin ang dayaan.” Jaafar stressed that the conduct of the elections will have an impact on the peace talks and the efforts of creating the Bangsamoro

Basic Law. “Ang bottomline dito is nandiyan pa rin ang dayaan. Bakit ko ito ipinapaliwanang ay para malinis na ang sistema dahil delikado ang peace process at dadaan pa sa plebisito ang proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law,” he said. The official expressed concern and fear that these activities will also happen during the plebiscite for the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law and for the Bangsamoro Territory. [PNA]

Mancao, sons of Ping lose


mong the losers in last Monday’s elections, fugitive former police senior superintendent Cezar Mancao II conceded defeat in his political bid in Compostela Valley while his nemesis, Sen. Panfilo Lacson, said his son Jay lost to “a better candidate” in Cavite. Mancao, who ran as an independent, garnered 33,126 votes but fell short of the top five that would have gained him a seat as provincial board member

MILF admits cheating happened in May polls


Moro Islamic Liberation Front official admitted Thursday that cheating happened during the May 13 polls even with the use of the automated election system. MILF First Vice Chairman Ghazali Jaafar told ABS-CBN News Thursday that gold, guns and goons still prevailed during the recent elections as violence transpired on the election day and the day prior in several towns in the Autonomous Region in Muslim


Comelec proclaims DavNor winners



HE Provincial Board of Canvasser (PBOC) formally declared the winning candidates of the province during proclamation rites at about 11:00 o’clock in the morning at the SP Session Hall. PBOC Chairwoman Atty. Ma. Febes Barlaan proclaimed re-electionists Governor Rodolfo del Rosario, Vice Gov. Victorio Suaybaguio, Jr., 1st District Congressman Antonio Rafael Del Rosario and 2nd District Congressman Antonio Lagdameo, Jr. as victors in the second automated elections last Monday. Del Rosario garnered 302,239 votes while Suaybaguio got 252,621 votes. The winning tandem, who both run unopposed in the elections, are on their last term of office. Second-termer Congressman del Rosario got 130,362 votes, sweeping over rivals Gelacio Gementiza, who got 15,961 votes and Atty. Emannuel Mahipus with 9,632 votes. While last-termer Lagdameo received 139,358

WINNERS ALL. The Provincial Board of Canvassers of Davao del Norte, headed by Atty. Ma. Febes Barlaan, proclaim reelected Gov. Rodolfo del Rosario, Vice Gov. Victorio Suaybaguio, Jr., 1st Disagainst Rico Peligro who only got 31,266 votes. Supporters and well-wishers were starstruck by popular actress Dawn Zulueta, who accompanied husband Lagdameo at the proclamation ceremony.

The Comelec was also set to proclaim the winning Board Members of the province in the afternoon. Leading the race, in particular order, in District 1 are reelectionists Board Members Shirley Belen Aala, Atty. Raymond

trict Congressman Anthony del Rosario and 2nd District Cong. Antonio Lagdameo, Jr. as winners in last Monday’s elections. [Noel Baguio]

Joey Millan, Vicente Eliot, Sr., Dr. Alfredo de Veyra, and new Board Member-elect Robert So. The frontrunners in the Second District are reelectionist Board Members Janet Gavina, Alan Dujali, Ely Dacalus, Hernani

Duco, and, new Board Member-elect Ernesto Evangelista. Barlaan revealed a turnout of about 65 percent out of the 493,178 registered voters in the province. She attibuted the im-

proved voters’ attendance to the Comelec’s massive cleansing of voters’ list by purging deceased persons, those who failed to vote twice, and those who have transferred to other towns, cities or provinces from the list.

LECTED mayors and vice mayors during the OTH enjoying a fore noon Wednesday, lon garnered a total votes open the city’s new chapmid-term election this popular mandate, May 15, 2013. of 54, 492 votes during ter, the incumbent head May were already proincumbent Vice Elected to a fresh Monday’s election while of Tagum’s legislative acMayor Allan L. Rellon three-year term starting Gementiza mustered 51, knowledged last-termer claimed as of May 15, and Councilor Geterito T. on June 30 this year, both 845 votes over-all. and incumbent Mayor 2013. Gementiza are poised to leaders vowed to conMonday’s election re- Rey T. Uy’s programs and Davao City Vice become this city’s new tinue the progress and corded a high turnout of projects that made Tagum Mayor Rodrigo R. Duteset of leaders after be- development of Tagum voters pegged at 74.5%, what it is today during rte is again the maying proclaimed by the City through meaningful according to data released their nine-year partnerCommission on Elections reforms in their executive by the local Comelec Of- ship as Tagum’s stewards or of the prime city of as Mayor-elect and Vice and legislative agenda. fice. from 2004 to 2013. [Louie Davao Region with his Mayor-elect shortly beThe 44-year old RelPitching eagerness to Lapat/CIO Tagum] son Paulo, his running mate, as the city’s vice mayor. Now Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio opted not to run in the May 13, 2013 elections. In Tagum City, the son of the current Mayor Rey Uy lost to Allan Rellon, the city’s vice mayor of Tagum. Rellon’s running mate Bebot Gementiza also won the race. Mati City Mayor Michelle Rabat lost the seat to Carlo Rabat. Also elected vice mayor was Glenda Gayta. Gov. Douglas Ra. Cagas lost the race in TAGUM’S NEW LEADERS. COMELEC Tagum proclaimed Allan L. Rellon (2nd from left) and Geterito T. Gementiza (2nd from right) as Mayor-Elect and Vice the mayoralty seat to Mayor-Elect of Tagum City shortly before noon on May 15, 2013. Both garnered 54, 492 and 51, 845 votes, respectively. [Louie Lapat/CIO Tagum]

Joseph Penas and the winning vice mayor seat went to Rey Hermosisima. Meanwhile, the incumbent mayor Aniano Antalan of the Island Garden City of Samal still was chosen as the city mayor. The same is true with the current vice mayor Al David Uy. Panabo City elected mayor was Jose Silvosa Sr. while the vice mayor seat was won by James Gamao. The set of winning councilors in the different cities has still to be proclaimed although there were already some in other districts that were proclaimed as determined by their respective officers of the Commission on elections given the wide margin of votes that will no longer affect the votes garnered once results from far flung arrive at the board of canvassers. (PNA)

mayors, vice mayors Rellon, Gementiza proclaimed Elected in Davao Region proclaimed as Tagum City’s new leaders E B


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A dance against human trafficking M

ALLGOERS in SM City Davao in Ecoland and the NCCC Mall in McArthur Highway in Davao City were surprised by loud music suddenly playing and a lady dancing in the middle of the mall. As they stopped to watch, more dancers began to join her, proclaiming to the curious crowd that 27 million people just like her are still trapped in slavery today. Around the world everyday thousands of women and children are forced (coerced, duped) into slavery. The Philippines is the fourth most trafficked nation in the world. Human trafficking involves the recruiting, transporting, harboring and receiving of a person through the use of force, coercion or other means, for the purpose of exploiting them. Types of trafficking include prostitution and the sex industry, involuntary domestic servitude, mistreatment of labor workers, organ trafficking and forcing a person to sell drugs, beg or steal. The song focuses on a girl caught in the sex trade, as 80 percent of all trafficking victims are women and children forced into sex slavery. In

Flash Mob at the NCCC Mall the words of the song, it is our duty to “rise up, open our eyes up, be her voice, be her freedom and stand up.” The song and dance do not only bring awareness and a face to the 27 million still in slavery, but also proclaim that there is hope. We have the power to be their voice and

freedom when we stand together against this terrible injustice. This is why staff of Global Impact Foundation, along with 80 students from the foundation’s Catalyst Leadership Academy, created the human trafficking awareness flash mob dance and plan to perform it in ev-

ery mall in Davao. It is an issue that must be made known and acknowledged today, because the more time we waste, the more people are enslaved. It is Global Impact’s goal to call the city’s attention to the major issue of human trafficking in the Philippines and worldwide. What if 27

million people decided to stand up and be a voice for the 27 million in slavery and to fight for them to be freed? We have the power to make a difference! Along with running the Catalyst Leadership Academy, Global Impact also does community service and works with schools

amazing than the sight of an old woman receiving her high school diploma, with her children and grandchildren rushing towards her after the ceremony, obviously proud and happy of what their matriarch had achieved. Sixty three-year-old Angelita Rabia of Barangay Visayan Village is among the 564 learners

who recently graduated in the Alternative Learning System of the Department of Education-Division of Tagum City, which is also supported by the Local Government Unit of Tagum under the City Literacy Coordinating Council. Mrs. Rabia is one of the learners of the Balik Paaralan for Out-of-

School Adults (BPOSA) who recently passed DepEd’s Accreditation and Equivalency (A&E) Examination, thus making her an eligible high school graduate. This would make her qualify to take any twoyear technical-vocational course or better yet, a four-year degree course. [Louie Lapat/CIO Tagum]


63-year-old woman graduates from ALS


HE recent graduation ceremony of the Alternative Learning System (ALS) in Tagum City was truly a sight to behold: learners all dressed in white togas, each one wearing a smile as they received their certificate of completion signed no less than the secretary of the Department of Education. But nothing’s more

GRADUATE. Sixty three-year-old Angelita Rabia jubilates as she receives garlands from his grandchildren. Rabia is among the 564 learners who recently graduated in the Alternative Learning System of DepEd Tagum. Mrs. Rabia is one of the learners of the Balik Paaralan for Out-of-School

Adults (BPOSA) who recently passed DepEd’s Accreditation and Equivalency (A&E) Examination, thus making her an eligible high school graduate. [Leo Timogan/CIO Tagum]

and families in Davao to prevent human trafficking and raise awareness about the injustice. Be “her voice and her freedom” and come support Global Impact’s Flash Mob performance this weekend, Thursday, May 16th at Abreeza, SM Lanang and Gaisano Mall, and possibly People’s Park!

MinDA assures support for DA 12’s rice export program HE Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) has assured the support of the agency to the rice export program of the Department of Agriculture (DA). Romeo Montenegro, MinDA communications officer, said the need to improve further the infrastructure in Mindanao to fast-track its export potential which is currently one of the policy advocacies of the MinDA. Montenegro announced this during the ceremonial sendoff of another three-ton shipment of black, red and brown rice to Hong Kong from the Don Bosco Multi-purpose Cooperative in M’lang, North Cotabato held at the Tefasco Wharf in Panacan, Davao City this Wednesday morning. The sendoff was attended by Agriculture Undersecretary Dante Delima, regional director of the Department of Agriculture (DA 12) Amalia Jayag-Datukan, regional technical director of DA 11 Dr. Rafael Mercado, and the officers and members of the Don Bosco MPC. Jayag-Datukan cited the effort of the farmers,

irrigators and the DA 12 for the realization of the national rice program which gears towards rice sufficiency and export of premium rice. She said the premium rice exportation is a way for government to balance its rice importation which falls under its commitment to the World Trade Organization (WTO). Jayag-Datukan said the colored rice is expensive even if it is sold and available in the local market because it is healthy and nutritious. She expected more rice exports in the coming days from South Cotabato via Makar Wharf in General Santos City. “It is great to see that we are now exporting a Filipino food,” Jayag-Datukan said. The activity was preceded by the ceremonial sending off led by Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala at the Manila Harbor Center on May 6, 2013 of the 35 metric tons of aromatic and organic black rice to Dubai. The black rice weighing 15 metric tons was also produced by the farmers of M’lang, North Cotabato. [PNA]



Accreditation board calls on contractors to renew license T

HE Philippine Contractors Accreditation Board (PCAB) has called on contractors to renew their licenses soonest to avoid rush, de-

lay and penalties. Starting the first day of February, PCAB, an attached agency of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), has already

EXPORT BOUND. Department of Agriculture assistant secretary Dante Delima (3rd from left) leads the releasing of balloons during the export of

been accepting renewal applications for the fiscal year 2013-2014. However, it has been observed that some who are into the construction business

have not yet submitted their renewal application. Per record of PCABDavao, there are only 35 contractors who have renewed their registration,

certified organic black, brown and red rice to Hong Kong ceremonial sendoff at Tefasco wharf in Tibungco, Davao City last Wednesday. Lean Daval Jr.

as of May 9 this year. This is only 14 percent of the 252 total registered contractors in the region. During the same period last year, PCAB-Davao just recorded a total of 19 renewals. Based on schedule, contractors holding licenses ending in 0-1 must file their application by February; 2-3 by March; 4-5 by April; 6-7 by May; and 8-9 by June, including new applications approved from January to June this year. DTI 11 chief for Consumer Welfare and Trade Regulations Division (CWTRD) Rachel S. Remitio said late filers shall be segregated from regular filers and appropriate penalties shall be imposed on them. Based on the PCAB Law, contractors who file their license renewal application late must pay a fine of P5,000 per year. “That’s why we really

are making an appeal to the contractors to have their renewal applications filed now,” she said. Meanwhile, PCABDavao is encouraging all unlicensed contractors, subcontractors, and specialty contractors to first secure a license from its office before engaging or attempting into any construction activities to avoid sanctions – measures are being envisioned by PCAB and the Construction Industry Authority of the Philippines (CIAP) against unlicensed contractors as well as project owners involved in the services of unlicensed contractors. For inquiries, contractors may reach PCABDavao staff Lani T. Catalan at (082) 224-0511 local 417. They may also visit its office at 4/F Mintrade Realty Building, Monteverde Avenue corner Sales Street, Davao City. [DTI 11/ Jen Mendoza]

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

5.4 4th Qtr 2012

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

6.8 4th Qtr 2012

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

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

8. Interest Rates 4/

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

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

P 40.67 Feb 2013

12. Stocks Composite Index 6/

6,242.7 Jan 2013

13. Consumer Price Index 2006=100

132.4 Feb 2013

14. Headline Inflation Rate 2006=100

3.4 Feb 2013

15. Core Inflation Rate 2006=100

3.8 Feb 2013

16. Visitor Arrivals

352,438 Nov 2012

17. Underemployment Rate 7/

20.9% Jan 2013

18. Unemployment Rate 7/

7.1% Jan 2013

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Davao Region power coops to acquire generation sets


HREE electric cooperatives in Mindanao now have their respective resolutions that will enable them to tap the P4.4 billion set aside by the government to fund the acquisition of generation sets. Department of Energy (DOE) Assistant Director Irma Exconde identified these cooperatives as the Davao del Sur Electric Cooperative (DASURECO), Davao del Norte Electric Cooperative (DANECO), and Davao Oriental Electric Cooperative (DORECO). “They have to do the bidding (for the generation sets) individually. It depends on them how fast they’ll be able to complete their bidding process. Only after that would they be able to get support from the government,” she said. Under the program, the Energy department will use the government’s share in the Malampaya gas project in Palawan to extend loans to the cooperatives. The loans for the acquisition of modular generation sets will be administered through the National Electrification Administration (NEA). Exconde said only three cooperatives have resolutions so far but more groups are interested to avail of the program. She said DOE wants to receive the resolutions within the

year “so as not to prolong the situation in Mindanao.” “If it will be (in the) middle of next year or later than that, that solution will have short period of effectivity because there would be new capacity by 2015,” she said. Mindanao currently has capacity deficiency due to lack of power plants. It has been experiencing rotational brownouts of up to eight hours daily for some time now because of this. This situation will be addressed by 2015 when several new power plants are scheduled to start operations, thus, the DOE has identified several temporary solutions to augment capacity in the country’s second largest island group. Aside from extending loans to electric cooperatives for the acquisition of generation sets, the other options include the Interim Mindanao Electric Market (IMEM), wherein big entities that own generators can be tapped to provide electricity to power cooperatives. This program is targeted to start by September 2013. Another option is the Interruptible Load Program (ILP), wherein private companies that have power generators need not tap electric distribution utilities (DUs) for their need but instead use their own facilities.

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In turn, they will be paid by the DUs based on the fuel and oil used in running the generators and on the depreciation of the equipment. The Energy department has announced that 12 entities have received Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) approval to join this program and these


SHOWCASE. Marty de Leon of IDP Philippines (left) promotes the Australian Education Exhibition where 20 Australian schools will showcase their programs and

campus facilities today, May 17, 2013, at the Marco Polo Davao. With him is IELTS head Michael Stevens. Lean Daval, Jr.

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Commercial land rates in Davao City costs as high as

12 participants are projected to unload 160 megawatt capacity from distribution utilities (DUs) in the area. Exconde admitted that these alternatives to increase capacity in Mindanao will entail higher cost but pointed out that “no electricity is more expensive than nothing.” [PNA]

PHL exports rice anew from Mindanao

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Davao by the numbers

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HE Philippines has strengthened its entry to the global market as rice exporter with the shipment of another three-ton shipment of black, red and brown rice to Hongkong from the Don Bosco Multi-purpose Cooperative in M’lang, North Cotabato. The ceremonial send-off was held at the Tefasco Wharf in Panacan, Davao City last Wednesday. Agriculture Undersecretary Dante Delima, Amalia Jayag-Datukan, regional director of the Department of Agriculture 12, Dr. Rafael Mercado, Regional Technical Director of DA 11 and the officers and members of the Don Bosco MPC attended the sending off ceremony. Jayag-Datukan cited the effort of the farmers, irrigators and the DA for the realization of the national rice program which gears towards rice sufficiency and export of premium rice. She said the premium rice exportation is a way for government to balance its rice importation

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which falls under its commitment to the World Trade Organization. Jayag-Datukan said the colored rice is expensive even if it is sold and available in the local market because it is healthy and nutritious. She expected more rice exports in the coming days from South Cotabato via Makar Wharf in General Santos City. “It is great to see that we are now exporting a Filipino food,” Jayag-Datukan said. Romeo Montenegro, communications officer of the Mindanao Development Authority assured the support of their agency to the rice export program. He said Mindanao has been an exporter of agricultural products from pineapple, banana, coconut, rubber, and seaweeds. Montenegro cited the need to improve further the infrastructure in Mindanao to fast-track its export potential which is currently one of the policy advocacies of the MINDA. [PIA 11/Joey Sem G. Dalumpines]

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Smart LTE + fiber power: Put your tablet ‘on steroids’ W

ITH more and more of the world’s most hotly anticipated tablets flying off store shelves, the secret to truly enjoying the power of these tablets has also become quite clear – connectivity. Designed and created solely to go where the user takes it, these tablets become even better when powered by mobile connectivity. From casual users who enjoy downloading songs and applications in mere seconds and engaging in crystal-clear video calls without any lag, to voracious viewers who expect to stream and load high-definition videos in the blink of an eye, good old free publicWiFi at their favorite coffee shop just won’t cut it anymore. One very popular tablet, for example, boasts of the most advanced specifications, and is capable of ultra-fast browsing and downloading – so much power, limited only by connection speeds. For the truly mobile, truly amazing tablet experience, users of this tablet

must be able to connect even when there’s no Wifi, and wherever they may be. What does it take to provide reliable and super-fast connectivity to power these tablets? To wireless leader Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) the answer is the matchless combination of Long-Term Evolution (LTE), the world’s most advanced mobile broadband technology for ‘superfast’ speeds, and fiber, the most future-proof and ‘virtually limitless’ form of cabling ever created. Keeping up with Smart LTE To 24/7-oriented, extremely mobile users of the world’s best tablets, Smart LTE is the connection that can keep up with the demands of their device. Smart LTE delivers up to 42Mbps and serves up experience that even WiFi connections sometimes cannot match. Not only is Smart LTE extremely fast, it is also the Philippines’ most widely-available LTE ser-

vice. To date, Smart has close to 1,000 LTE-enabled sites located in over 115 cities and municipalities across the Philippines. The full list of LTE-powered areas can be viewed atwww.

BBM coming to iOS, Android


ANILA, Philippines - Following years of exclusively being available only on the BlackBerry platform, the highly popular Blackberry Messaging Service, more commonly referred to as BBM will come to iOS and Android later this year. The announcement was made by BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins at the BlackBerry Jam Americas event in Florida. The announcement is seen as a reactionary move in response to the emergence and popularity of cross platform messaging apps WhatsApp, Viber, and Line. Facebook has also asserted itself into the messaging space with a standalone app Facebook Messenger, and the innovative Chat Heads

which allows Android users to keep chats active while on other apps. Heins says the the move is a “statement of confidence” for Blackberry’s new platform BB10. He adds the new operating system’s prospects are, “so strong that we are confident that BBM can become an independent messaging solution.” Support Upon release BBM for iOS and Android will support iOS 6 and above and Android version 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and above. The app will be free a free download from both the iTunes app store and Google Play. iOS and Android users will be able to add contacts through BBM PIN, email, SMS or QR code scan regardless of

platform. Android users will also get the ability to add contacts via compatible NFC-capable devcies. Features With the release of BB 10 OS, BBM received an upgrade adding new features like video calling and screen sharing. BBM for iOS and Android will initially only include messaging and groups. Heins says the full experience will come, “later on.” BBM has more than 60 million monthly active customers. BBM customers collectively send and receive more than 10 billion messages each day. BBM for iOS and Android is slated for a summer 2013 release, so expect it to arrive from June to August of this year. - Rappler. com The list also keeps growing longer every day. Smart continues to expand the country’s largest LTE network, recently bringing the world’s fastest mobile broadband

to more areas outside Metro Manila such as Ilocos Norte, Tagaytay City, Bohol, Bacolod City, and Davao del Sur. Understanding the power of fiber To a network which

handles trillions of bytes of data zooming through Smart LTE, aside from millions of calls and billions of text messages, only the ‘virtually limitless’ capacity of fiber will do.


VOL. 6 ISSUE 45 • FRIDAY - SATURDAY, MAY 17-18, 2013


Keynes, fertility, and growth OPINION By EDWARD HADAS

(1st of two parts)



Crushing the dynasties


ET’S admit it. There is no way to put an end to political dynasties in the country by legislative means. Not in this lifetime. Not in this prevailing political culture. For one, not even a provision in the Constitution could pave the way for the crafting of an enabling law that will put a stop to the proliferation of dynastic political empires in this country. The 1987 Constitution of the Philippines Article 2 - Declaration of principle and state policies, Section 26 states “the State shall guarantee equal access to opportunities for public service and prohibit POLITICAL DYNASTIES (emphasis supplied) as may be defined by law.” Sadly, the law itself is toothless and vague without lawmakers defining the term political dynasty. We don’t expect that either. Who would in their right mind provide the knife with which to stab themselves? In the debates leading to the 2013 elections, it is obvious that those whose families fall within the ambit of political dynasties defended and justified their empire putting a demarcation line between bad dynasty and good dynasty as if there exists a similar variety as good and bad cholesterol. But dynasty is dynasty whether good or bad. There is no justification here. The Constitution specifically provides without breaking it down into good or bad. With the future bleak in bringing down the towers of dynastic power, the electorate must have spoken with their votes in Monday’s elections. Some of the known dynasties in the country went down in crushing defeat. The Philippine Daily Inquirer reported in its issue on Thursday the defeat of one of the well known dynasties—the Jalosjosses of Zamboangas. Only one of the 14 members of the Jalosjos clan so far won an elective seat in this year’s polls. Let’s not go too far. Davao del Sur, where all three major elective positions have a member of the Cagas household running, saw the downfall of the once dura-


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ble Governor Dodo (who lost in the mayoralty race in Digos City) and the youthful Congressman Marc (who lost in the gubernatorial battle against Claude Bautista). Only Mrs. Didi Cagas won (1st dist.). In Davao Oriental, the sister-brother tandem of Michelle and Eric Rabat (children of former Governor and Mayor Paking Rabat) lost to their cousins Carlo and Glenda Rabat. Their elder brother Louie survived the onslaught by winning the last seat in the provincial board. In Tagum City, Oyo Uy (son of outgoing Mayor Rey Uy) lost to underdog Allan Rellon. In Gen. Santos City, the end came for the long reign of the Antonino family as Darlene Antonino-Custodio lost to fishing magnate Ronnel Rivera. In North Cotabato, Manny Pinol lost for yet another time to Emmylou Talino-Mendoza. Over in Cebu City, another political pillar, Rep. Tomas Osmena, was handed defeat by his former understudy Mike Rama and Pablo John Garcia of the Garcia clan lost to Hilario Davide III as Cebu governor. But if there are fallen dynasties, there are emerging ones like the Pacquiaos of Saranggani which now has the husband-wife tandem of Manny and Jinky and the Mangudadatus of Sultan Kudarat and Maguindanao (Jazid as Congressman of Maguindanao, Khadafeh as Assemblyman of ARMM, Teng as Governor of Sultan Kudarat and Toto as Governor of Maguindanao). The way it is now, the future does not spell doom at all for political dynasties for as long as there are new empires rising. Our only hope is for one indomitable albeit foolhardy legislator to have the guts to push forward with the enabling law that will define the meaning of political dynasties within the ambit of the constitutional prohibition. Complement that with a heady bunch of congressmen, well you can call them crazy, who will lead the passage of such radical legislative step in Congress. Wake us up when that day comes.


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EYNES was a homosexual and had no intention of having children. We are NOT dead in the long run … our children are our progeny.” This tirade came from Niall Ferguson, the financial historian, Harvard professor and pundit, speaking in the third capacity at an investor conference two weeks ago. Though largely misguided, part of that comment is interesting. The idea that fertility has something to do with economics is due for a revival. The sexual slur, for which Ferguson apologized, is tedious, as is the willful misunderstanding of John Maynard Keynes’s quip: “in the long run we are all dead”. That was a complaint about the glib willingness of rival economists to endorse temporary suffering, which Keynes thought was largely unnecessary, for the sake of some distant good, which he thought was far from certain to arrive. But Ferguson’s comment assumes, correctly, that our economic activity cannot be separated from an almost biological desire to create a good society which will endure into the future. In other words, there is a valid analogy between our biological drives to survive and reproduce and the economic desires to satisfy our needs and to thrive, now and in the future. Economists have captured the close ties of biology and society with two different images: growth and fertility. Start with growth. We desire healthy and fast growth for the economy, just as we do for our progeny. The analogy is helpful and apt when economies are still in some sense young. Much as a child becomes more capable as well as larger as he or she follows their own version of the path to adulthood, an economy produces more and better goods and services as it catches up with more developed economies. Eventually, though, human and economic childhoods both end. The child grows up; the economy becomes, in the professional jargon, developed or mature. The analogy suggests that growth should no longer be relevant to economics. So when economists hope for perpetual growth, as they generally do, they have abandoned this biological parallel. They should move to another one: economic fertility. I have borrowed this combination of economics and biology from the ancient Greek word for interest on loans, “tokos”, which means “offspring”. The double meaning suggests that the interest payment is like a child spawned by the monetary principal. The Greek philosopher Aristotle objected to this verbal analogy, because, he said, money cannot really reproduce itself. Medieval Aristotelians corrected their master. When the proceeds of loans fund further production, they create the economic analogy of nature’s reproduction; loans can be fertile, and in that case interest payments are a legitimate progeny.


Garbage jungle


TEPPING UP EFFORTS – DIRECTLY AND PERHAPS OTHERWISE – TO JOIN IN CLEAN-UP DRIVE – People were all nauseous of the endless pledges and lofty promises made by the candidates during the campaign period, and even got sicker after the midterm elections. Aside from serious allegations of fraud and other poll irregularities, one of the peoples’ most unforgettable experienced was the sight of heaps of garbage and other refuse across the country left behind after the polls. Much of the trashes mostly contained political stuffs – tarpaulins, streamers, posters, flyers including placards made of plywood materials. It is perhaps a testimony of irresponsibility and neglect of the candidates – winners and losers alike that after the elections, they would never even bother or lift a finger to help solve the garbage problem that eventually made the urban centers look like garbage jungles. Only days after the midterm polls, all those involved notably candidates supposedly should step up efforts – directly and perhaps otherwise to join in the clean-up drive. That’s one way of cleaning the surroundings and protecting the environment aside from being patriotic. But as it turns out, the upright idea was merely a suggestion from various sectors badly affected by the garbage problem. Of course, it’s just a suggestion but badly needs appropriate government action. Unfortunately, most if not all the candidates, as their wont, seemed to shrug off the garbage setback, saying


there was no existing g o ve r n m e n t o r Commission on Elections (Comelec) regulation that requires them to help in poste l e c t i o n clean-up operations. And the Comelec recently provided an explanation stating the poll body is not in the position to compel candidates from participating in the clean-up drive due to the absence of a law that requires them to do so. However, so concerned about the danger posed by political rubbishes which are mostly made of plastic materials, some environmentalist groups urged candidates and all political parties to help in the clean-up operations – voluntarily. After all, they have contributed much to the problem on garbage. The agitated environmentalist groups were simply trying to draw attention to the dismal state of the environment especially in the urban centers caused by the abandoned election wastes. Clearly, a concentrated effort is badly needed to solve the prevailing problem, but it won’t prosper without the wholehearted support and cooperation of the public. As a result, what we can see right now in different parts of the country are people from all

walks in life – students, street sweepers, ecology groups, members of the police organization and concerned citizens participating in the clean-up operations without getting rewards in return. You see after the elections the surroundings were so bad that some officials of concerned government agencies were encouraged to come up with the idea urging the poll body to impose performance bonds on prospective candidates in upcoming elections. Moreover, winning candidates likewise have to follow directives that govern after-poll cleanup jobs before being proclaimed. So far we have no idea whether a law is in fact the right solution to the recurring problem. But the poll body needs to determine it for themselves because tough and drastic action has the effect of forcing candidates to clean their election rubbishes immediately right after the polls. The only way to wage an effective war against abusive and irresponsible candidates is through an all-out support and concentrated efforts from all sectors in society. If wrongs are not righted posthaste, the entire country may become a garbage jungle. Top government officials, ecology groups and concerned citizens should be proactive if what they have in mind is solving the election trashes. Given that responsibility and the daunting task, we should all take a deep breath – and work collectively on cleaning up the surroundings aimed at improving the environment.

Watergate: Are we there yet?

.K., you know the one about the old guys sitting in the diner: “When I was a boy, I had to walk five miles to school in the snow.” “Snow? I had to walk five miles in the snow with just newspapers on my feet.” “Feet? You had feet?” That’s what it feels like when you lived through Watergate and the scandal decades that followed it. I was in Washington — sentient, glued to the tube, writing about it all. And Leonard Garment, my husband and the special counsel to President Richard M. Nixon, was often the one in the center of the press mob, looking as if he wasn’t going to escape with his life. Then you read last weekend’s news reports about scandal politics “sweeping Washington.” Come on, people. Get a grip. Watergate was about hubris, the Kennedy assassination, Vietnam, the culture wars and the darkest of angers — both within Nixon and against him. The current agglomeration is about bureaucracies, the zeitgeist and garden variety political calculation. Bearing in mind the all-purpose scandal caveat — the other shoe may always drop — it looks like what we have in the news is three distinct scandals, each emblematic of a different American political phenomenon. The Associated Press scandal is the outgrowth of a perennial postwar (we’re talking World War Two) struggle


(1st of two parts) between the press and the national security apparatus. The Internal Revenue Service scandal is a sign of a massive incoherence in the way the country regulates its non-profit groups. And the Benghazi scandal is — well, we’ll see. The Associated Press scandal arises from a subpoena by the Justice Department of two months of phone records on 20 AP-related phone lines in pursuit of the source of a serious national security leak. This is not a matter of a particular administration’s having it in for the press: It is more elemental than that. The press is charged with defending free and abundant political discourse; the government agencies guarding national security are charged, in appropriate circumstances, with shutting it down. Each side has a legitimate foothold in the constitutional scheme. The political climate sometimes favors one side, sometimes the other. Each side can be shrewder or more dimwitted in playing its political hand. In this case, we may suspect that

the Justice Department did not draw its subpoena narrowly enough. But we do not know. This may well be a matter of facts rather than principles. It is possible to watch the battle and root for both sides. The second scandal — the IRS targeting of groups that applied for exemption and had terms like “Tea Party” and “Patriot” in their names — is different. It has been likened to Nixon’s requesting IRS audits of groups representing his political enemies. But it is not the same. It is not as bad — and it is worse. It is not as bad because the impetus for the targeting did not come directly from the White House. It is worse because the targeting did not limit itself to particular organizations but discriminated against classes of organizations. For several decades, stretching back well before the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision, the IRS and the Federal Election Commission have been tying themselves into separate and intertwined knots trying to reconcile two notions: the idea that a charity or social welfare organization should be above and beyond partisan politics and the idea, championed by many of the country’s most prestigious non-profits, that any public interest organization worth its salt can and should engage in public advocacy.



Comeback: America’s new economic boom COMMENTARY By CHARlES R. MoRRiS


(3rd of four parts)

OW can we screw this one up? One way is for the shale companies to keep doing a poor job of site management. The big headline issues are not the real problem. Shale energy production, for example, happens to be the least water-intensive of the fossil-fuel-recovery technologies. Coal and conventional oil drilling use far more water per unit of energy produced, while “renewable” ethanol production uses up to 1,000 times more. Shale energy’s share of national water consumption is less than 1 percent. Agriculture, on the other hand, accounts for more than 80 percent of all American water consumption — about half of it wasteful. There is only one documented case of fracking chemicals contaminating drinking water supply. But there have been a great number of surface spills and many cases of methane contamination resulting from leaky, usually badly encased, wells. The problems that drive people crazy are mostly eminently solvable with concentrated, detailed attention to process management. Like truckers dumping contaminated water in open fields rather than waiting in line at treatment plants. Like hundreds of giant water tanker trucks hogging rural roads or lining up early in the morning to fill up at small-town fire hydrants. Like open holding pits for noxious fluids that overflow in rainstorms. Like unnecessary open venting of methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Like careless cementing of well pipes that allow gas leaks. The shale industry was jump-started by small, highly entrepreneurial companies, and the wildcatter ethos is still strong. Process management, however, requires intensive large-scale, General Electric -type inspection, measuring, documentation, quality policing and follow-through. Compared to opening a new gas field, it is dull work — and shale companies are not good at dull. The industry is transforming rapidly, however. The most successful one- or two-dozen shale companies are becoming formidable enterprises, with multibillion-dollar annual revenues, and they can afford more orderly development processes. They’ve also seen the nuclear industry get stopped in its tracks. So most seem acutely aware of the need to raise their game and have started reaching out to environmental organizations. The two most critical steps will be achieving greater control over methane leakage and improving water management with up-front planning, on-location treatment and recycling, and replacing truck transport with pre-positioned pipelines. Time will tell.


VOL. 6 ISSUE 45 • FRIDAY - SATURDAY, MAY 17-18, 2013


Mangudadatu proclaimed in Maguindanao


HE Maguindanao Provincial Board of Canvassers proclaimed on Wednesday night Governor Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu as the winner of the electoral contest in the province. He was proclaimed at 11:02 p.m., while canvassers were still awaiting transmission of results from 3 remaining towns in Maguindanao that have not yet sent data. Mangudadatu was reelected with an overwhelming 195,473 votes against his opponent, Tucao Mastura, who had 94,678. The decision to proclaim him was reached through a resolution of

the board that lowered the threshold with the absence of votes canvassed from the municipalities of Northern Kabuntalan, Salipada K. Pendatun and Mastura’s hometown Sultan Kudarat. SKP has 12,000 registered voters, Northern Kabuntan has 7,000, and Sultan Kudarat has 40,058. After computation, the board decided that supposing that all registered voters in the said municipalities voted for Mastura, the result would still go in favor of Mangudadatu. Mangudadatu’s runningmate, Lester Sinsuat was also proclaimed

as the newly-elected vice-governor of the province. The Liberal Party’s Bai Sandra Sema was also reelected as the representative of Maguindanao’s 1st District while the governor’s younger brother, Mayor Zajid Mangudadatu of Pandag town, won the election for Maguindanao’s 2nd congressional district. The LP gained all seats of the province in the ARMM Assembly, except for one that was won by UNA’s Rene Midtimbang, a former mayor of Guindolungan town. Meanwhile, Team PNoy bets gained 9 of 10 seats in the provincial board.

Clustered precincts 707 and 753 lacked compact flash cards while clustered precinct 808 had a defective one. The results from the three clustered precincts could change the standing of the candidates particularly the eighth spot which may go to either re-electionist Jimmy Dureza or Arnolfo Apostol. As of Thursday, Dureza ranked eighth with 83,761 votes while Apostol had 82,190. Ampoloquio said the results from the remaining three clustered precincts should be transmitted as there is only a slight difference of 1,571 votes between the two candidates. Once the board finishes the transmission of results, it will proclaim the winners. The second district has a total of 365 clustered precincts with 297,930 registered voters. But on Wednesday night, re-electionist Diosdado Mahipus, who currently ranked fifth for the second district based on the partial unofficial results, complained

that the proclamation for the other leading candidates should be done while waiting for the eighth placer to be known. The results from the three clustered precincts, he said, will no longer affect the standing of the top seven candidates. Ampoloquio, however, explained that they need to print the certificate of canvass and proclamation together with the complete list of the top eight candidates. “We cannot control the program. We can only print a complete list,” she said. The CBOC, meanwhile, proclaimed Wednesday night the winners for mayor, vice mayor, Congress along with the winners of the city council for the first and third districts. The board proclaimed Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte who got 473,375 votes as mayor-elect and his son, Paolo Duterte, who earned 437,266 votes as vice mayor-elect. The city has 967,944 registered voters but only 548,341 actually voted

on Monday. For the congressional race, the three incumbent House members managed to retain their posts. First district Rep. Karlo Alexei Nograles got 132, 275 votes, second district Rep. Mylene Garcia Albano 99,869, and third district Rep. Isidro Ungab 114,657. For the city council, the winners for the first district are Maria Belen Acosta (142,440 votes), Edgar Ibuyan (124,855), Leonardo Avila III (124,045), Leah Librado (123,394), Melchor V. Quitain (114,500), Nilo Abellera Jr. (106,260), Joanne Bonguyan – Quilos (104,875) and Bonifacio Militar (100,514). For the third district, the winners are Karlo Bello (95,894 votes), Bernard Al-Ag (92,992), Myrna Dalodo-Ortiz (86,255), Rachel Zozobrado (84,525), Mary Joselle Villafuerte (72,340), Antonette Principe (70,296), Victorio Advincula Jr. (68,217) and Rene Elias Lopez (60,182). [MindaNews]

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Republic of the Philippines Office of the President HOUSING AND LAND USE REGULATORY BOARD Southern Mindanao Region PAUNAWA

Ipauunawa na sila SPS. LINDA PACQUING FADRILAN AND VICTORIO V. FADRILAN JR. (Landowner) and RPRP VENTURES MANAGEMENT AND DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION (Developer) ay naghahanap sa housing and Land Use Regulatory Board ng isangi panumpang nakalala para sa bilihan ng mga condominium units sa LINNVILLE RESIDENCES na matatagpuan sa Brgy. Maa, Talomo Dist., Davao City na sinasakop ng Lot Nos. 34-A-7-B of Psd-11-096379; na ang nakatalang pahayag at ang lahat ng kasulatang nakakabit doon ay nakahanda sa pagsusuri ng sinumang tao na nagtataglay ng legal na interes doon pagkaraan ng wastong aplikasyon;l at ang mga kasulatan ay ibibigay sa nabanggit na tao pagkatapos ng kaukulang bayad.

Sinumang tao na may kapani-paniwalang pagtutol sa pagkatala ng proyekto ay maaring magbigay ng nilagdaang pagtutol sa Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board, 2nd Floor, G.B. Cam Bldg., corner Alvarez and Monteverde Sts., Davao City na may telepono bilang 222-2895 na hindi hihigit sa loob ng limang (5) araw mula sa pinakahulking pagkalathala. Lungsod ng Dabaw, Pilipinas, ika-14 ng Mayo 2013.

Atty. RM MIGUEL T. PALMA GIL Regional Director

Members of the Boy Scout of the Philippines engage in election posters clean-up as part of their community service in Lanang, Davao City yesterday. Lean Daval Jr.

Poll gunban.. FFROM 1 mission orders and special permits. The ban is covered by Resolution No. 9561-A of the Commission on Elections (Comelec). The Philippine National Police (PNP) has earlier warned gun owners that the gun ban will last through out the election period. “Our police will continue its duty to

provide security until the electoral process is completed. Mind you, our election period which started January 13 will end on June 12,” PNP Spokesperson Generoso Cerbo said in Filipino. This means the PNP-led checkpoints will continue to function all over the country to watch out for people who would violate the Comelec gun

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ban. “We would like to remind the public, that the PNP checkpoints will continue to confiscate guns (without Comelec exemptions or permit), bladed weapons, explosive devices and even fire-arm replicas until the election period is over,” said Cerbo. PNP reported over 3,000 people violated the gun ban.

Comelec Officer Matilde M. Apresa proclaimed the Newly Elected Officials. Mayor Lorenzo Lucero Balbin, Vice-Mayor Rogelio Corpuz,( Sangguniang Bayan Members) Nelson Cabuñas, Larrie Pagalan, Allan Rafols, Geraldford Balbin, Jesus Gabunan, Jhonny Brua, Justino Vargas and Agapito Dohinog. After having the results, constituent of New Bataan hopes that these elected officials will work hand in hand and do their best for the battle cry “BABANGON TAYO NEW BATAAN” The PBOC chaired by Atty. Jennifer Ancla reconvene at past 8am today to perform the lowering of canvassing of threshold of the Provincial Governor, Vice-governor, House Rep and Board Members of District 1, Senators and Partylist. After they are able to do the lowering, the Consolidation and Canvassing system (CCS) will ask the board to print certificate of canvass & proclamation and other reports. After which they can now proceed with the proclamation of provincial winning candidates. As of 6am, 55 precincts already transmitted to MBOC out of 56. MAyoral candidate ANG leads 94 votes against BOLO. Special election is scheduled tomorrow, MAY 17/FRI for Brgy. Gabi, Compostela precinct 22 as per Comelec resolution no. 9702. This will be the deciding vote for mayoral seat. ISLAND GARDEN CITY OF SAMAL Mayor Aniano P. Antalan and his City Vice-Mayor Al David T. Uy thumb up and raise their hands after the Commission on election chair proclaims as winner of May 13 national and local election for 2013-2016. City Councilors proclaimed in IGACOS District III were Ruel H. Bantillo, Abelardo D. Colmenares, Teresita B. Antalan and Glenn C. Colmenares, Nieljun C. Esdrelon, Alberto C. Ortiz, Samuel C. Rosario and Godofredo M. Mara. . City Councilors winner of District I Richard A. Guidolman, Dan P. Gervacio, Napoleon Roberto C. Villarica and Michael D. Robledo, Sr. were proclaimed.


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Davao Oriental-All voting results from the 11 towns in the province have already been transmitted. Comelec says they are going to proclaim the new set of elected board members and congressmen today. Davao Oriental, Comelec proclaimed at exactly 11:15 this morning Cong. Nelson Dayanghirang of the 1st district. Proclaimed board members in the 1st district are Lara, Palma Gil, Tambilawan, Villademosa, and Caudang. Mayoralty candidate Carlo Rabat and running mate Glenda Rabat-Gayta who is running for vice mayor were proclaimed Tuesday evening as the newly elected city mayor and vice mayor. The city’s new mayor won the mayoralty bet with 26,755 votes against 24,561 votes if the incumbent Mayor Michelle Rabat. Meanwhile, the newly elected vice mayor received 28,284 votes.


DFA cautions on comfort women issues


ANILA, Philippines – Foreign Affairs Spokesman Raul Hernandez on Wednesday, May 15 reminded Japanese authorities to “be more circumspect in their public statements” on issues relating to the sufferings of World War II (WWII) victims. Spokesman Hernandez’s comments came after a prominent Japanese politician made a statement that the so-called “comfort women” of WWII served a “necessary” role by keeping troops in check. Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto, who made the controversial statement, said soldiers living with the daily threat of death needed some way to let off steam that was provided by the comfort women system. Hernandez said statements like this “strike at the core of the feelings and sensitivities of those who experienced great suffering during World War II.” Hernandez also reiterated the importance of adhering to the language and tone of the Kono Statement of 1993 and of former Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi’s letter to Filipina comfort women. In 2002, Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi wrote a letter apologizing to the former comfort women. He said

what happened during the war was “a grave affront to the honor and dignity of large numbers of women.” “The issue of comfort women, with an involvement of the Japanese military authorities at that time, was a grave affront to the honor and dignity of large numbers of women. As Prime Minister of Japan, I thus extend anew my most sincere apologies and remorse to all the women who underwent immeasurable and painful experiences and suffered incurable physical and psychological wounds as comfort women. We must not evade the weight of the past, nor should we evade our responsibilities for the future,” former Japanese Prime Minister Koizumi said. Meanwhile, Malaya Lolas, a group of Filipino women who were abused by Japanese soldiers in WWII,asked the government to file a diplomatic protest over Mayor Hashimito’s statements. In a statement, Center for International Law chairman Harry Roque Jr., who acted as the legal counsel of the Malaya Lolas said that Hoshimito’s statements was “crass, obscene, and is an attempt to justify a criminal act under international law.” – Rappler. com


Taiwan to sanction PHL, send ships over killing


AIWAN recalled on Wednesday its envoy to the Philippines, froze applications for work permits and ordered military exercises in waters between the two sides to press a demand for an apology for the shooting death of a Taiwanese fisherman. A spokesman for Philippine President Benigno Aquino later said a formal apology was being offered to the “appropriate authority” in Taiwan. The row is the latest flare-up in tension in Asian seas where disputes in various places between various countries have raised fears of conflict in the economically vibrant region where competition for resources is likely to intensify. Taiwan had earlier issued an ultimatum to the Philippines to apologise to the family of the fisherman who was killed in a shooting last week by the Philippine coastguard in waters off the

northern Philippines. “Due to the Philippines government’s insufficient ... sincerity and its inconsistency, President Ma Ying-jeou expresses strong dissatisfactions and he cannot accept the reckless and perfunctory responses from the Philippines,” the Presidential Office said in a statement. After a high-level meeting, it added, Taiwan decided to immediately impose sanctions, including the recall of its envoy and a freeze on work permit applications. More than 85,000 Filipinos work in Taiwan, many as domestic workers. A Philippines fisheries official said earlier one of its vessels, acting under the threat of being rammed, opened fire last Thursday on a Taiwanese fishing boat about 170 nautical miles southeast of Taiwan, killing one person on board. “ U N F O RT U NAT E LOSS”

Philippine presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda told a news conference in Manila an apology was being offered to the “appropriate authority” in Taiwan. He appealed to Taiwan not to take out its anger on Filipinos working there. “We understand the grief and hurt of the family and of the people of Taiwan over this unfortunate loss and we empathize with them,” Lacierda said, appealing for “calm and sobriety”. “Let us not involve our Filipino compatriots there. They are there working and they are there working for an honest living”. Philippine President Benigno Aquino had ordered a “thorough, exhaustive, impartial and expeditious investigation” into the shooting, Lacierda said. There was no immediate reaction from Taiwan. Earlier, Premier Jiang Yi-huah of Taiwan told re-

Loren: No valid purpose for Taiwan sanction


FROM LATIN AMERICA. National Board of Canvassers NBOC check the ballot boxes from Venezuela,Guatemala,Panama,Mexico and some other

countries of Latin America on Wednesday, May 15,2013 at the PICC, Pasay City(PNA photo by Avito C. Dalan)

Government aims to repatriate Filipinos in Saudi Arabia soon


HE Philippine government continues to track down and assist Filipinos in Saudi Arabia to eventually bring them home, a Palace official said. Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said 37 workers from Saudi Arabia were brought home by the Philippine government

last Friday from Saudi Arabia. “We are in the process of helping them complete their documents in order for them to be brought home,” Lacierda told reporters. “We are committed to helping our Philippine nationals in Saudi Arabia, whether you are in Riyadh or in Saudi— whether they are in Ri-

yadh or in Jeddah, we are making all the efforts to do that. We are tracking them down.” The Philippine government is completing the requirement processes and it is in touch with the Saudi Arabia government to ensure that it can bring home the stranded Filipinos who would like to come home.

Recent reports said some 10,000 Filipino workers in Saudi Arabia may avail of the recent concessions by the Kingdom’s government for them to go home. The Saudi Ministry of Labor instructed all labor offices to work double time to handle the applications of those availing of the concessions. [PNA]

porters further measures could be imposed including an end to visa-free access for Philippine nationals and stopping economic exchanges. Separately, a Taiwan Defence Ministry official said military vessels and aircraft would be dispatched to the Bashi Channel between Taiwan and the Philippines to carry out a two-day military drill. The Philippines and Taiwan, as well as China, Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam, are embroiled in disputes over territory in the nearby South China Sea, potentially rich in oil and gas and criss-crossed by crucial shipping lanes. The disputes have sometimes escalated to confrontation between vessels. To the north, China and Japan, and Japan and South Korea, are involved in different disputes over small islands. Fears of confrontation have grown there too over the past year. [Reuters]

ANILA, Philippines – Sen Loren Legarda, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, expressed regret over Taiwan’s decision to freeze the hiring of Filipino workers following the death of a Taiwanese fisherman in Philippine waters. “It serves no valid purpose for Taiwan to impose sanctions against Taiwan-bound workers or to conduct naval drills near Philippine waters as this will only further complicate the issue,” Legarda said in a press conference on Thursday, May 17. The Philippine government, through the Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO), has already conveyed its sincere apologies over the tragic incident but the Taiwanese government still sanctionedand ban the hiring of new workers from the Philippines. President Aquino sent Amadeo R. Perez, chairman of the Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO), which handles relations with

Taiwan, to the island on Wednesday to act as his “personal representative” and apologize. But Taiwan Premier Jiang Yi-huah said that Perez did not have “sufficient authorization” which shows “the Philippines’ lack of sincerity in resolving the incident.” Legarda said it is “regrettable” that Taiwan has seen the efforts of the Philippine government as “falling short of its expectations.” She however gave assurances that the government would leave “no stone unturned” to ferret out the circumstances and the truth behind the tragic incident. “We want peaceful relations with all our neighbors and we hope this episode will be resolved in a spirit of open dialogue and constructive engagement,” Legarda said. There are currently 87,000 Philippine workers in Taiwan and labor authorities said nearly 2,000 new applications are submitted monthly. –Rappler. com



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Why people choose Camella Northpoint U

The salinated wellness pool sets off Wakefield Manor, the clubhouse of Camella Northpoint whose two condo buildings are seen at the background.

RBAN living The best place to enjoy urban living is in a condo home because they are located within the pulse of major cities. There are more and better shopping, recreation, and dining options near condo communities which are also quite near to workplaces, business and commercial areas, and other places of interest. Urban dwellers will thrive being at the center of all the action and excitement in Davao when they live at Camella Northpoint. Located at the junction of Buhangin Road and JP Laurel in Bajada, it is at the center of north Davao’s growth area, making it the bastion of ultimate urban living. Proximity When you live in Northpoint, you are within the city center and much closer to all public utilities and amenities. Public transport is right outside the condo property and driving or walking to your destinations within the city is short and sweet. Commutes are drastically reduced in time and fare expenses More and deluxe amenities Can’t afford to install a swimming pool, tennis court, or a private gym in your house? You can have all these and more with the world-class facilities and amenities of Northpoint. Living in this British colonial themed condo community will give you full access to all its deluxe amenities that are normally cost-prohibitive in a house, such as cabanas, grill pits, pocket gardens, 24/7 security, even a shuttle service. Select neighbourhood

As a landmark condo development, Camella Northpoint is the preferred home of those who have reached a higher status in life. Northpoint homeowners can have the pleasure of socializing with the sophisticated set, having neighbours who are professionals, expats, successful business people, and those who prefer the finer things in life. Income opportunity Novice and experts investors find Northpoint a very viable real estate investment because of its premier address, stunning condo buildings, meticulously kept landscape, and unmatchable living proposition, making it easy to sell to a wider pool of tenants. Unit owners who want to rent out can avail of Camella’s premium services at 295-3973 or at Camella offices in Delgar Bldg. in Bajada (fronting Northpoint). Hassle-free maintenance Northpoint is managed by a professional property management team that takes care of the maintenance and upkeep of the condo property. The homeowner dues cover all the maintenance of the exterior and common areas. That means unit owners do not have to worry about taking care of the outdoor landscape, cleaning the grounds or the pool, or repairing the exterior structure. They only have to think of the interior of their condo dwelling. For more Camella information, news, events and announcements, check outhttp://www., like “Camella Official” on Facebook and follow “@CamellaOfficial” on Twitter.

DA 11 allots P3.5 M for ‘cash for work program’


HE Department of Agriculture through the National Irrigation Administration has allotted P3.5 million for Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) intended for the farmers and fishers who were affected by typhoon Pablo in December last year. 4Ps is a government program that aims to reduce poverty and social development strategy that provides cash grants to extremely poor households especially those affected by the recent calamities which destroy their crops. The amount will be used as salary for the dwellers of the provinces of Compostela Valley, Davao del Norte and Davao Oriental who will be working to clean up farm ditches and paddy dike in their respective areas. Hired farmers will be receiving P226 per day as salary. Of the amount, P1,195,340 will be allocated in Barangay Dauman, Montevista, Compostela Valley; P1,169,090 will be

allocated for Barangay Anaman, Davao del Norte; and P1,135,570 for Barangay Carmen, Boston, Davao Oriental. Some of the amount will also be used to procure tools that will be used for the cleanup operation which include Spade and hoe. Agriculture Regional Executive Director Remelyn Recoter said this amount will help the farmers and fishers in the provinces to provide food for their families while waiting for their crops to harvest. “We launched this cash for work program as part of our thrust to assist the farmers sustains their families’ needs while waiting for their newly planted crops to bare fruits,” Recoter said. Aside from this ‘cash for work program’ DA has distributed planting material, vegetable seeds for the typhoon victims in these three provinces. The cash for work program started in May 15 until May 17, 2013. [EGD-Aggie Media Service]


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Finding style inspirations at Abreeza Mall’s Style Origins Style is all about getting inspired by your environment, your culture and the people you meet everyday. From the mundane to the profound, every little bit of life and living influence our design and style decisions and that is why this year’s iteration of Style Origin last May 11 was all about inspiring imaginations.

Featuring thoughts from some of the country’s design, business, and lifestyle mavens as well as inspirators from Davao City, namely Otoy Mercado, Annie lim, Jess Dureza and Boy Guinoo, the annual fashion show is Ayala Mall’s tribute to fashion and the people who influence fashion all over the country. Hosted by Marc Nelson and directed by Jackie Aquino, the show featured the latest Spring/Summer collections coming from Abreeza Mall’s stores. The show also featured the children and younger members of Hijos de Davao who gamely strutted on to the runway as well as young artist Julia Barretto who literally brought the Abreeza Mall Activity Center down when she came out to end the show. Follow me on Twitter or on Instagram @kennethkingong for more happenings in, around and beyond Durianburg.



Hunter X Hunter: Phantom Rouge exclusive at SM Cinema! HUNTEr X Hunter fans celebrate! SM Davao Cinema screens Phantom rouge from May 15-21. Kurapika became a Hunter to take vengeance on the ClassA crime group Phantom Troupe who massacred his clan for their unique eyes. The eyes of the Kurta clan turn scarlet in times of anger or emotional agitation and are considered the most beautiful treasures in the world. Kurapika continues to pursue the Phantom Troupe but an unknown party has stolen his “scarlet eyes”. With the help of Gon, Killua and Leorio, Kurapika’s life was saved. The Phantom Troupe however shows up before them and blocks their way. The true identity of the one with the No.4 spider tattoo is about to be unveiled! Do not miss this SM Cinema exclusive! Screening schedule at SM City Davao Cinema 3 is at 12:40pm, 2:45pm, 4:50pm, 6:55pm and 9:00pm. Also showing are Butterfly room, Star Trek Into Darkness (2D/3D), Iron Man 3, and Bromance. For inquiries, call 297.6998 (SM City Davao). Bookings may also be done online through

Agrochemical firm spearheads dengue-zapping programs

It’S always best to greet the summer with healthier surroundings and a healthier body. How else can we enjoy all the best that summer has to offer, right? That is why, Jocanima Corporation, a leading distributor and key innovator and provider of quality agrochemicals in the Philippines, initiated a series of activities that will curb mosquito population and eventually, affect the cases of dengue, malaria and other mosquitorelated diseases in certain areas. This series of activities include information drives, demonstrations of suggested control programs and spraying of residual insecticides in high risk areas. It has been reported that recently, Dengue and its close relative in terms of clinical symptoms, Chikungunya, are very prevalent in plantation communities which now draws the concern of health agencies. Symptoms of Chikungunya include fever, swol-

len joints of the extremities and skin rashes, which are very similar to Dengue except that the platelet count of the victims remains normal. As a long-established business partner of tADeCO (tagum Agricultural Development Company), Jocanima Corporation, in coordination with Panabo City Health Office, started these set of projects with an Integrated Mosquito Control Program (IMCP) in Brgy. Floirendo last March 20 and 23, 2013. An info drive/ seminar was conducted by Dr. Nancy lapid, DVM – Jocanima’s IMCP Champion. Subjects tackled included: general facts about mosquitoes as vectors of diseases,  Dengue, Malaria & Chikungunya Symptoms, prevention and control. A rich audience of 80 attended the program; it was composed of purok leaders, hospital staff and human resource professionals.

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Globe launches inbound calling offer for Koreans in the Philippines Known for innovative and groundbreaking products and services, Globe telecom recently launched Globe DUO Korea, an international inbound calling offer for Koreans in the Philippines.

Globe DUO Korea is a service that allows a Globe or tM subscriber to purchase a Korea-based telephone number. Their friends and family back home can call their Koreabased telephone number and calls will be received in their Globe or tM phones. Calls can now made between two Korea-based numbers, just like making a local call in Korea, resulting to significant savings. Subscription to the service comes in two variants: The seven-day subscription for only P399 or US$10 is best for shortterm visitors, tourists or businessmen, while the 30-day subscription for only P999 or US$25 will fully satisfy the communication needs of students, migrants and Koreans with established businesses in the Philippines. “Now, seamless and low-cost connectivity with Korea simply needs a Globe or tM SIM and a Globe DUO Korea subscription,” explains Rizza Maniego-eala, Group Head for Globe International Business. “The best part is that subscribers no longer need to schedule receiving calls when they are home and have access to their internet-based landline services since calls are received through the mobile phone anytime, anywhere,” she added. This service is made possible through the partnership of Globe with INy Communications, a total telecommunications busi-

ness which provides clients with wholesale and retail international calling services. “We are excited to partner with Globe, the most preferred telecom service provider of the Korean community in the Philippines, in offering Globe DUO Korea,” said John C. Kwon, CeO of INy. “Our experience in selling international calling services together with Globe’s reliable service will be a powerful combination to ensure that customers’ calling needs are exceeded.” In addition, Globe also partnered with Onfill, a Philippine country portal site in Korea, operated by Saehoon Air travel Co., ltd., the official General Sales Agent in South Korea of one of the Philippines’ biggest airlines. Onfill has the largest sales channel— over 4,000 travel agents nationwide—and provides 27 flights per week to the country with thousands of Korean tourists.

ABOVE: Seated in the center are Rizza Maniego-Eala, Globe Telecom’s Group Head for International Business and Yong Chul Kwon, INY’s Chief Executive Officer, with managers from both companies. LEFT: Starsky Park, Planning Department Head of Saehoon seals the agreement with Rizza Maniego-Eala, Globe Telecom’s Group Head for International Business. Looking on are Donnie Choi, SaehoonHead of Strategic Business (left) and Richie Sison Globe-International Business Sales Head (right). “Our access to numer- Il lee, UKCA President. ous travel agencies in “Their effort to reach out South Korea as well as to our community is wellthousands of Korean tour- received and appreciated,” ists will ensure that travel- added lee. lers to the Philippines are Korean Ambassador to well-informed of Globe the Philippines lee Hyuk, DUO Korea even before in his congratulatory mesthey leave the country,” sage during the contract said Starsky Park, Plan- signing ceremony between ning Department Director UKCA and Globe, said of Saehoon. “the patronage of Koreans Moreover, in a recent in the Philippines in Globe contract signing ceremony signifies our trust in the held at the Korean em- excellent standards of your bassy in Bonifacio Global network. In addition, I am City, Globe partnered with optimistic that more Korethe United Korean Com- ans will patronize Globe, munity Association in the given its people-oriented Philippines (UKCA), the service. This partnership umbrella organization of will also play a crucial role all Korean associations in deepening the cultural in the country, to further understanding between its goal of reaching out to our two peoples.” one of the biggest foreign “Globe DUO Korea is communities in the Philip- a testament to our continpines. ued efforts to introduce “Globe, being a major innovative products in the partner, gives us the as- market to provide our subsurance that our plans for scribers with superior serthe local Korean commu- vice,” Maniego-eala said. nity are supported by one For more info on Globe of the Philippines’ larg- DUO Korea, visit www. est companies,” said Jang

Korean Ambassador Lee Hyuk (center), with Rizza Maniego-Eala, Globe Telecom’s Group Head for International Business and UKCA’s President Lee Jang Il, along with Korean Embassy representatives Consul General Min Kyong-ho (third from right) and Counselor Chin Hyun-yong (second from right) and other representatives from Globe and UKCA.

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The Voice Season 5 scoop: Carson Daly confirms Shakira’s exit and Christina’s return.

WE hope The Voice kept her seat warm because Christina Aguilerais coming back!

With Shakira confirming her exit from the NBC reality hit after one season to make way for Aguilera’s return in season five, host carson daly had nothing but kind words to say about both superstars when we caught up with him after The Voice’s live elimination show on Tuesday night. “We’re all excited,” Daly exclusively tells E! News of Aguilera returning to her spinning chair next season. “She helped launch the show, and like we’ve said with all of our coaches, this isn’t their day jobs. They’re not celebrity judges, they are real artists and they have to tour and it’s great to have her come back into the fold.” And while Daly is sad to see Shakira exit, he says it’s not surprising given the demanding shooting schedule and the coaches’ busy schedules. “There’s a lot of moving parts, a lot of scheduling as you can imagine. The way this show shoots in a calendar, if you and I sat

down and I laid it all out, you’d have to make decisions pretty early that take effect sometimes four or five or six months later,” he explains. “With these people’s busy schedules, we make decisions. Plus, we’re on twice a year now. The show’s doing well, we think we’ll be here for a while, so hopefully there will be a bunch of big name artists that might have a red chair in the future!” Of her decision to leave the show, Shakira tells E! News, “It was a hard deci-

sion for me to make, because I’m really fond of the coaches, the people in production and everybody around me.” But will fellow new coach Usher also exit after this season ends? “I don’t know. He might be back, he might not,” Daly says. “He might be back now. He might be back later, but he’s been an incredible addition to the show. I hope he comes back, if not now, soon!” Will Cee Lo Green also return for season five? E!


Brave Battle: Disney pulls sexy Merida makeover following public outcry Mad about Merida’s makeover?

If so, you’re not alone. In fact, so many Brave fans were outraged by Disney’s recent decision to give the animated character a new look—which trimmed her waist, boosted her bust and tamed her delightfully disheveled hair—that they launched a petition urging the company to restore the heroine to her original tomboyish style. And now it appears Disney has listened to the uproar. The redesigned redhead, whose new look debuted just in time for her coronation as the 11th Disney princess, has been pulled from the Disney princess website. This move should please Brenda Chapman, the Oscar-winning film’s writer, seeing as she was pretty vocal about the controversial

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that mold—to give girls a better, stronger role model, a more attainable role model, something of substance, not just a pretty face that waits around for romance.” Whether the flashy version of the character will pop up again remains unclear, but for now she’s back with bow and arrow safely back in hand. E! Online

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A view of the Yellow Submarine’s fairwater as it prepares to descend.


he country’s first tourist submarine opens to the public Imperial Palace Waterpark Resort and Spa is proud to present the first tourist submarine in the country, the Yellow Submarine. Built in 1989 in Antwerp,

Belgium, the Submarine has a length of 22 meters, height of 7.2 meters and weight of 99 tons. It has a maximum dive depth of 100 meters and maximum speed of 5 knots or 9.26 kilometers per hour. The Submarine is owned and operated by the Yellow Submarine & Under-

sea Tour Corp. and is found to be in a fit and efficient condition in accordance with the rules of the Korean Register of Shipping. It has also been allowed to engage in ‘Domestic Shipping Operations’ by the Philippine Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), as stated in a Certificate of Ac-

The Palace’s Amazon river has a curr ent that takes you around it as you lounge.

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creditation issued by the MARINA. In accordance with the said Certificate of Accreditation issued on March 26, 2013, the Submarine takes a maximum of 51 passengers on a ride 35 meters underwater. “Cebu Yellow Submarine will carry no less than

The Captain Hook’s Pool is one of 6 pools in the Palace and offers kids hours of endless fun.

three crew and not more than 48 passengers. The area of operation is within 500 meters from shoreline and only in daytime and good weather,” said Reno Bacolod, the Head of External Affairs of Philippine BXT Corp. The Philippine BXT Corp. is the owning company of the Palace. As its host, the Palace is offering guaranteed seating in the Submarine and a discounted rate. This offer comes with the Palace’s allin ‘Delightful Summer’

promo, inclusive of a stay in an opulent guestroom with buffet breakfast, use of the Waterpark, lunch and a foot or back & shoulder massage for as low as Php 9,000.00 nett per room night. For more information on the Yellow Submarine, Delightful Summer promo and other offers from Imperial Palace Waterpark Resort & Spa, call +6332-494-5000, or email Alternatively, visit www. imperialpalace-cebu. com.

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Grizzlies boot out OKC


BRUTE FORCE. Memphis forward Zach Randolph is ganged up by Oklahoma’s Kendrick Perkins and Kevin Durant.


KLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- With their trademark grit-andgrind mentality, the Memphis Grizzlies are making history for a franchise with little prior postseason success. Zach Randolph had 28 points and 14 rebounds, Mike Conley added 13 points and 11 assists and the fifth-seeded Grizzlies advanced to the Western Conference finals for the first time in franchise history by beating the Oklahoma City Thunder 88-84 on Wednesday night. ‘’This is the first time, so it definitely means a lot. I’m happy, but we’ve still got work to do,’’ Randolph

said. ‘’I want to win a ring.’’ The Grizzlies, who got swept out of the playoffs in their first three trips and had won just one postseason series before this season, have already made it farther than ever before but still aren’t satisfied. ‘’We’re trying to do something really special. We want to go as far as we can go,’’ coach Lionel Hollins said. ‘’To get there, we had to get through Oklahoma City. And now, we have to get through either Golden State or San Antonio to get further.’’ In a series filled with games that went down to the wire, the finale fit right in - even though the Thunder trailed by 12 with 3

minutes left. Kevin Durant missed a 16-foot jumper from the left wing to tie it with 6 seconds left, finishing off a miserable shooting night for the three-time NBA scoring champion. Durant ended up with 21 points on 5-for-21 shooting, the third-worst performance of his playoff career. ‘’I gave it all I had for my team. I left it all out there on the floor,’’ Durant said. ‘’I missed 16 shots, but I kept fighting, I kept being aggressive. That’s all I can ask for.’’ The Thunder, who made it to the NBA Finals last season, were eliminated in five games. The top seed in the West went 2-6

after All-Star guard Russell Westbrook had knee surgery two games into the first round. ‘’I believe in our guys. I’m disappointed we didn’t win this series. I felt that we were good enough to win this series,’’ coach Scott Brooks said. Serge Ibaka had 17 points and eight rebounds before fouling out with 1:26 to play during a desperation comeback try for the Thunder. Reggie Jackson’s 3-pointer finished off the 16-6 rally, cutting the deficit to 86-84 with 14.3 seconds remaining. Randolph missed both free throws with 11.3 seconds on the clock to give the Thunder one last

chance to save their season. Durant got the ball beyond the 3-point line on the left wing and navigated around Tony Allen before missing the jumper. ‘’That’s the shot that we wanted. ... That’s the shot I will live with 100 times out of 100 times,’’ Brooks said. Allen got the rebound, was fouled and made two free throws to close it out. After letting a 14-point lead get trimmed to two, the Grizzlies regained control with a 12-2 run to start the fourth quarter and go up 76-64 with 6:03 remaining. Randolph had seven points during the stretch, including five from the foul line.

Heat finishes off Bulls


SANDWICHED. Carlos Boozer is sandwiched by Lebron James and Shane Battier.

It was just a big enough cushion to finish off a series of games that all came down to the wire. The first three games featured a go-ahead basket in the final two minutes, and Game 4 went to overtime. Memphis won the final four games. ‘’They fought hard, they did everything that they could. Tonight, they really came back in the second half and just kept coming, kept coming,’’ Hollins said. ‘’We just were fortunate to just make enough plays to win the game. That’s the way we’ve been all year, but we’ll take it. They battled us and gave us everything they had.’’

HE Chicago Bulls rollercoaster ride is finally over. But the Miami Heat juggernaut keeps on rolling - to the NBA Eastern Conference finals. Miami finally overcame the walking wounded of Chicago 94-91 to win the series 4-1. But not before one last wildly fluctuating encounter. The Heat led by 18 early, running up to 22-4 lead before being outscored by 29 points over the next 27 minutes. Miami recovered from an 11-point deficit to outscore the Bulls 25-14 in the fourth quarter. Dwyane Wade, troubled by knee problems throughout the season and considered doubtful to start Game Five, withdrew to the locker room for some of the time that the Heat

struggled. But he returned to hit some crucial baskets in the fourth. This has been the least productive postseason of Wade’s career, averaging just 12.3 points per game, but he looked somewhere near his best in the fourth quarter, even getting enough bounce in his step to slam and swing from the basket. Wade finished with 18 points. Wade said of his knee: “I don’t know what it’s going to be from Day One to Day Two. Only thing I can do is do what I’m doing. If it gets better, I think you guys will know, and if it doesn’t, I’ll continue to go out there and keep doing what I can.” “You do one of two things: You either sit out, watch your team play or you get in there and try to find a way to help your team win.”


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JERSEY-RIPPING. Jerzy Janowicz upset eighth-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-4, 7-6 (5) then celebrated by ripping his shirt apart, showing off his muscular physique.

Nadal wins, Murray quits R

OME (AP) -- Back pain forced Andy Murray to retire midway through his second-round match at the Italian Open on Wednesday. He may have to sit out the French Open, too. Rafael Nadal began his bid for a seventh Rome title by cruising past local hope Fognini of Italy 6-1, 6-3 in just 61 minutes, and twotime defending champion Maria Sharapova eased past Spanish qualifier Garbine Muguruza 6-2, 6-2. Meanwhile, rising Polish player Jerzy Janowicz upset eighth-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-4, 7-6 (5) then celebrated by ripping his shirt apart, showing off his muscular physique. Murray, who was celebrating his 26th birthday, walked off the court after winning the second set against Spanish opponent Marcel Granollers. Murray took a long injury break early in the second set, getting his left

thigh and lower back massaged. Granollers won the first set 6-3 and Murray won the second 7-6 (5). This tournament is a key clay-court warm-up for Roland Garros, the year’s second Grand Slam, which starts on May 26. ‘’I would be very surprised if I was playing in Paris,’’ Murray said. ‘’I need to make a plan as to what I do. I’ll chat with the guys tonight and make a plan for the next few days then make a decision on Paris after the next five days. Murray called for the trainer while trailing 2-1 in the second set. He then lost the next two games to trail 4-1 before battling back to force a tiebreaker. Nadal will next face Latvian qualifier Ernests Gulbis, who reached the semifinals in 2010. Gulbis routed Viktor Troicki of Serbia 6-1, 6-1. Early in the second set during an argument over a line call with the chair

umpire, Troicki dragged a cameraman out onto the court to shoot the ball mark. Sharapova now meets 16th-seeded Sloane Stephens of the United States, who rallied past Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. Stephens reached the Australian Open semifinals in January with a win over Serena Williams. Earlier, the 24thranked Janowicz improved his record against top-10 opponents to 3-5, having closed last year by reaching the Paris Masters final as a qualifier, beating Murray and Janko Tipsarevic along the way. The 22-year-old Janowicz is one of only five players under the age of 24 in the top 40. After beating Tsonga with a forehand passing shot up the line on match point, Janowicz tore his shirt into pieces and tossed it to the crowd. Last week’s Madrid Open runner-up Stanislas

Wawrinka withdrew before his match against Alexander Dolgopolov with a right leg injury. Dolgopolov will next face top-ranked Novak Djokovic. In a rough day for seeded players, Jeremy Chardy of France upset No. 16 Kei Nishikori of Japan 6-4, 6-1. In the women’s tournament, last year’s runner-up Li Na beat fellow Chinese player Zheng Jie 6-3, 6-1; seventh-seeded Sara Errani battled past Christina McHale of the United States 7-5, 5-7, 6-2; and 12th-seeded Maria Kirilenko eliminated Varvara Lepchenko of the United States 6-3, 6-1. Also, 13th-seeded Roberta Vinci beat wild card and fellow Italian Nastassja Burnett 6-1, 6-4; 14th-seeded Dominika Cibulkova rallied past Melanie Oudin of the United States 5-7, 6-1, 6-3; and two-time champion Jelena Jankovic routed fellow Serb Bojana Jovanovski 6-2, 6-0.

protection of underprivileged children. Hour Run 2 is a great opportunity to enjoy the health benefits of running while at the same time advocating for children’s rights and welfare for a minimal amount. The run starts and ends at the Abreeza Mall grounds with gunstart at

4:30 am. Runners and enthusiasts may register for the 3k, 5k and 10k categories for a minimal fee of P 350 (with singlet) and P 200 (without singlet). Registration forms may be secured and submitted at any BPI and BPI Family Bank Branches or at Globe Stores in Abreeza Mall, SM Davao and SM

Lanang Premier. For more inquiries, please call Mr. Jim Rodriguez at 0917-7000304 or 226-3941 or visit the Hour Run 2 booth located at the Ground Floor, Supermarket Hallway of Abreeza Mall.

Hour Run 2 slated on June 2 T

he Ayala Business Club of Davao is spearheading Hour Run 2 on June 2 at the Abreeza Mall. The run for a cause is for the benefit of Children’s Hour, a national fundraising and fund giving organization which supports projects for the education, health and

TUCK A BALL. Russia’s Maria Sharapova during a break in her match at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome against Spain’s Garbine Muguruza.

Edge Davao 6 Issue 45  
Edge Davao 6 Issue 45  

Edge Davao 6 Issue 45, May 17-18, 2013