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2 MORE SHOT DEAD Dispatcher, ex-con are no. 6 and 7 on death list in 8 days TIMELINE OF MYSTERIOUS KILLINGS JULY 2 ANTONIO PETALCORIN was shot to death by an unidentified gunman in Block 4, Lot 19, Maharlika St., Matina Aplaya, Davao City. JULY 3 JOHN LUANG SAL, illegal drugs suspect, was shot at close range while about to board his motorcycle at Mamay Road corner Skywalk St. JLA Subdivision in barangay Angliongto, in Davao City. July 5 RAUL ARESCO JR, 18, robbery suspect, was shot to death by an unidentified gunman at Japan St. Carpenter Agdao, Davao City. RICARDO TESON, 39, dressmaker, is born and dead on July 6, he is a resident of San Lorenzo Ruiz Buhangin, Davao City believed to be involved in illegal drugs was shot to death on his birthday by an unidentified gunman last July 6 at Tinago Subdivision, Juliville Buhangin, Davao City. July 8 ARMSTRONG GUMABAO, 43, cycle rickshaw (kariton) driver, was shot by unidentified gunman at Nograles St. Bucana, Davao City. The victim was rushed to SPMC after the incident but pronounced dead the following day due to complications. July 9 CRISTANTO VILLAFUERTE, 40, killed at Purok 1, San Juan Balingaing, Tugbok, 8pm. He is an ex-convict who was recently released from dapicol. He was charged with murder. July 10 EDUARDO BAGUIO, 30, killed afternoon at Lizada Street right beside NCCC baggage counter. Victim was a dispatcher who lives at Colombia Agdao Davao City.

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WO more people were shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Davao City Tuesday and Wednesday bringing the death toll of alleged summary executions to seven in eight days.

The latest casualty pm in Purok 1, San Juan was Eduardo Baguio, Balingaig Tugbok by 30, a dispatcher and unidentified motorcyresident of Colombia cle-riding men. Agdao, who was killed The killing of Baguyesterday afternoon at io and Villafuerte has Lizada Street right be- brought to seven the side the baggage count- number of killings by er of the New City Com- unidentified assassins. mercial Center (NCCC). Davao City Police Police have not iden- Office (DCPO) Chief tified the suspects as of Ronald dela Rosa reaspresstime. sured Dabawenyos in On Tuesday night, a television interview Crisanto Villafuerte, that “there is nothing to 40, an ex-convict who worry about if you are a was recently released peace loving Dabawenfrom Davao Penal Col- yo who does not comony (Dapecol) was also mit any crime.” gunned down around 8 F2 MORE SHOT DEAD, 10

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Davao City leads in number of dengue cases Power body backs Agus hydro uprating

Estrada vows to KO Sabillo


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Beware Chikungunya, warns Region 11 DOH

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H I K U N G U N YA should not be taken lightly because there may be an underlying dengue fever in it, according to Department of Health (DOH) Region 11 director, Dr. Abdullah B. Dumama Jr. Dumama told Edge, “Chikungunya is not fatal, that’s why people tend to get complacent, because this illness will just go away after five to seven days by treating the symptoms, but hidden underneath it may be dengue.” “People should seek early consultation, since doctors are trained to differentiate

and treat dengue from chikungunya,” he said. There are 72 positive cases of chikungungya in Region 11 out of the 216 that were reported as of July 9, 2013, based on the chikungunya notification report of DOH 11. Davao Oriental leads with 32 positive reported cases, followed by Davao City with 15, Compostela Valley and Davao del Sur are tied with 10 positive cases each and Davao del Norte with five. Chikungunya is a virus from infected Aedes Aegypti and Aedes Al-

FBEWARE, 10

JUST EXPLAINING. Prof. Solita Monsod, a member of the Philippine Army Multi-sector Advisory Board (PA MSAB), looks irate as she gave her reaction

during a discussion on yesterday’s PA MSAB meeting at the Royal Mandaya Hotel. Lean Daval Jr.

Ramirez to intensify Davao City leads in number sports in barangays With 3,028

of dengue cases in region 11 By EJ DOMINIC FERNANDEZ

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ENGUE cases in the Davao region increased by 26 percent in the first 27 weeks of this year compared to the same period last year. Based on the Regional Epidemiology Surveillance of the Department of Health (DOH) Region 11, as of July 8 this year, there were 5,806 reported cases of dengue com-

pared to only 4,587 for the same period in 2012. The case fatality rate, however, decreased by 0.6 percent this year with 37 deaths from last year’s 1.0 percent with 47 deaths. DOH 11 Director Dr. Abdullah B. Dumama Jr. said even a single case of a communicable disease is already

considered alarming since it can spread. The area with the most dengue cases can be considered as a place with the poorest sanitation since dengue comes from poor sanitation, stagnant water, and lack of cleanliness, said Dumama. “However, this is not necessarily always the case since there are barangays

with a lot of clusters which means not all areas included in a barangay have poor sanitation.” Davao City leads with 3,028 dengue cases and 16 deaths followed by Davao del Sur with 893 cases and 12 deaths, Compostela Valley with 764 cases and six deaths, Davao Oriental with 618 and one death, and Davao

FDAVAO CITY, 10

By GREGORIO G. DELIGERO greg@edgedavao.net

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NCOMING Davao City Sports Office chief William “Butch” Ramirez yesterday said the city government will come up with a comprehensive sports development plan that will give special focus on the promotion and intensification of sports programs and activities in the barangays. “Based on the directive of Mayor Duterte, we will come up with a genuine, comprehensive sports program dedicated to residents of all ages and abilities for them to experience a diverse range of recreation activities, particularly in the barangays,” he said.

Ramirez said that while they will continue to support young and elite athletes, the barangay-based sports program will now be the city government’s priority. “Traditional sports activities like the Palaro will continue, but special focus will be on the barangays. This initiative will encourage people from all walks of life to enjoy an active and healthy lifestyle,” he said. Ramirez added all sports office personnel will be assigned to the field, and only those who are handling administrative work will remain in the office.

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City promotes investments in sleepy upland districts

C SECURITY CONCERNS. Gov. Corazon Malanyaon is seen engaged in serious conversation with Superintendent Filmore Escobal, officer-in charge of the Regional Police Community Relations Division (RPCRCD), during yesterday’s

Philippine Army Multi-Sectoral Advisory Board (PA MSAB) meeting at The Royal Mandaya Hotel. Lean Daval Jr.

ONSISTENT with the inaugural address of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte, the city government’s investment promotion drive is now focused on the upland administrative districts of Calinan, Baguio, Marilog and Paquibato. “We encourage investments in far flung areas and sell the least developed areas,” said Ivan Chin Cortez, the new head of the Davao City Investment Promotion Center (DCIPC).

A new provision under the Amended Davao City Investment Incentive Code of 1994 that took effect on January 22, 2013 provides longer fiscal and non-fiscal incentives of up to five years for projects that will be located in the “preferred districts to encourage development of new communities in the city periphery.” The regular incentive period is only two years.

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Region 11 remains top priority in counter-insurgency campaign A

RMY chief Lt. General Noel Coballes affirmed that Davao Region remains a top priority area in the anti-insurgency campaign in the country. He said that recent development like the continued activities of the rebels in the area remain a security concern for the government. Coballes said the status of the region as a venue of the anti- insurgency campaign will change only depending on the assessment of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, particularly on the dwindling dissent in the area. On the abduction of five soldiers who remain in the hands of the rebels in Paquibato District, he said that the Army will not negotiate for the freedom of the captives, stressing that the government does not negotiate with terror groups. However, Coballes said that a negotiation is being pursued by an-

other group for the safe release of the soldiers. “We remain firm in our policy not to negotiate with terrorists,” he said. Coballes was in Davao City to listen to the regular meeting of the Philippine Army Multi-Sector Advisory Board where genuine reforms in the ranks are being pursued based on governance and strong-private-public partnership. The meeting aimed to allow the Army to showcase significant achievements of operational and tactical units relative to the Army Transformation Roadmap and Internal Peace and Security Plan implementation. It also showcased the disaster response and rehabilitation convergence efforts of Army units and civilian-stakeholders in the area of responsibility of the 10th Infantry Division. [PIA 11/Joey Sem G. Dalumpines]

READING PROGRAM. A participant recites some examples of micronutrient fortified foods during the Pabasa sa Nutrisyon activity of Plan International in Barangay Dapnan, Baganga, Davao Oriental. In partnership with the

STO TOMAS, DAVAO DEL NORTE

Mayor to work for hospital, roads T

HE former village chief who is now the Mayor of Santo Tomas has vowed to set up a public emergency hospital and seek help for concreting of circumferential roads connecting the town to nearby areas. Newly-installed Municipal Mayor Benigno Andamon in an interview remained true to his campaign promises of setting up a public emergency hospital with medical doctors serving on a 24-hour

basis to attend to emergency and other health needs of his constituents. Andamon, said he sympathized with Sto. Tomas residents who he said usually would be driven out-of-town to seek medical treatment even on slight injuries and ailments which could have otherwise been treated easily. “Dalhon dayon sa ambulansiya, gasto sa fuel,” (it will be transported by ambulance, we will be spending much on fuel) he told

GENERAL SANTOS CITY

media practitioners. He divulged plans of seeking the assistance of Department of Health Assistant Sec. Romulo Busuego chief of hospital of the DRH (Davao Regional Hospital) to make use of the 4,000 square meters of lot in Sto. Tomas to build the emergency facility. Meanwhile, Andamon also revealed the program of works he had already tasked the municipal engineer to do for the circumferential road from

Sto. Tomas to nearby town of Braulio E. Dujali worth P230 million and the P47 million road concreting from his town to Tagum City. He bared having made a letter of request for Department of Public Works and Highway (DPWH) Secretary Rogelio Singson, pushing for the realization of road network concreting projects, benefiting Sto. Tomas. [PIA 11/ Jeanevive Duron-Abangan]

4 more GenSan residents test positive for HIV; documented cases now 81 F

OUR more residents have tested positive for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in the last five weeks, bringing the total number of cases in the area to 81, a local health official said. Dr. Mely Lastimoso, coordinator of the City Integrated Health Services Office’s (CIHSO) Social Hygiene Clinic, said the new cases involved

“professionals” who volunteered to undergo HIV screening at the clinic. HIV is a lentivirus or slowly replicating retrovirus that causes the deadly Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), a disease characterized by a progressive failure of the immune system, medical references said. Lastimoso said the infections were confirmed through tests conduct-

ed by the Department of Health’s (DOH) STD (sexually-transmitted diseases)/AIDS Cooperative Central Laboratory in Manila for confirmatory tests. “For now, we have 81 documented cases. The figure has been increasing mainly because a lot of people have been signing up for the HIV tests and we have existing facilities that offer these services for free,” she said.

The city government earlier stepped up its campaign for voluntary HIV testing among residents as part of their efforts to help curb the spread of the disease. The HIV/AIDS screening are done free and confidential through the social hygiene clinic, which is located within the city hospital compound. [Allen V. Estabillo/MindaNews]

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the Pabasa sa Nutrisyon is an informal group discussion on nutrition information and child care, and is implemented in all barangays of the municipality.

DAVAO DEL NORTE

Prov’l LGU to auction tax delinquent real properties

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HE Provincial Government of Davao del Norte is set to conduct public auction of delinquent real properties in the province this year. Provincial Treasurer Regina Ricafort said the province will start this month the process of auctioning the overdue properties regardless of how much their delinquencies are. “We are set to issue this month the demand letters, as well as, publish the sale or auction of the first batch of tax delinquent real properties in the province,” she said. She revealed the Provincial Public Auction Committee (PPAC) has scheduled the first auction of delinquent real properties either on the last week of October or on the first or second weeks of November this year. Governor Rodolfo del Rosario created the PPAC through Executive Order No. 03 in order to assist the Provincial Treasurer’s Office (PTO) in intensifying the proper collection of overdue taxes, fees and charges imposed in the real property tax delinquents. The Local Government Code has authorized the

PTO to sell tax delinquent real properties at public auction. The governor said the levy on property and public auction is a wake up call for property owners to really settle their back taxes. He urged the property owners to immediately pay their unpaid taxes so they would not be included in the delinquent tax payers list. As much as he doesn’t want any real property to be forfeited, Del Rosario, however, said that the public auction will redound to the benefit of the province. Aside from generating more revenues for local government units, the governor enthused the measure will make the idle lands, particularly those owned by the absentee landlords, to be productive. He stressed the importance of collecting the back taxes to secure more income that would fund the development programs and projects of the province. “The bigger the collection, the better the income and the better services we can provide to our people,” he said.[ Noel Baguio]


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DOJ told to reverse junking of criminal raps in P728-M fertilizer fund scam T

HE National Bureau of Investigation and a private complainant have asked the Department of Justice to reverse its ruling dismissing the case for violation of Article 267 of the Revised Penal Code or serious illegal detention against two officials of a company linked to the P728-million fertilizer fund scam. In their motion for reconsideration filed through Atty. Levito Baligod, counsel of the victim Benhur Luy, before the office of Assistant State Prosecutor Juan Pedro Navera, they argued the DOJ erred in dismissing the case for lack of probable cause last June 10. Baligod explained it was clear there was restraint in the freedom of his client when one of the two respondents, Janet Lim-Napoles herself admitted she said “ikulong na lang ‘yan (just detain him)”. The MR also cited the case of People of the Phil-

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ippines vs. Egap Madsali, et al, wherein the Supreme Court said it is sufficient enough that there was restraint in the freedom of any individual in whatever way to say a crime has been committed. The NBI also argued in the determination of probable cause, it does not require the use of the rules and standards of proof which is necessary to secure a conviction in court. It was on March 22, 2013 when five agents of the NBI allegedly rescued Benhur Luy from a condominium unit of the respondents, Reynald Luy Lim and Janet Lim-Napoles in Taguig City. In the sworn statement of the victim, Benhur Luy, it was on Dec. 19, 2012 when he was allegedly detained by the two respondents who are the owners of the JLN Group of Companies for his knowledge about the P728-million Fertilizer Fund Scam. (PNA)

ANOTHER INCREASE. A gasoline boy at a gas station on Elliptical Road in Quezon City pumps gasoline to a taxi after oil prices increase 6 a.m. Tuesday by P0.60 per liter and diesel by P0.45 per liter.The oil players said the price

Drilon files bill amending Sandigan law S

ENATOR Franklin M. Drilon has filed a bill seeking to amend the Sandiganbayan Law in an effort to ensure the speedy resolution of 2,600 cases currently pending with the anti-graft court. In his Senate Bill No. 470, Drilon seeks to introduce amendments in the proceedings of the Sandiganbayan and address woes over the snail-pace disposition of cases. ”Specifically, it proposes to amend Section 3 of the Sandiganbayan Law which strictly requires the presence of at least three

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justices before a case and evidence could be heard,” Drilon said. Drilon said his bill seeks to capacitate individual justices of the anti-graft court by allowing them to hear and receive evidence in behalf of the division to which he or she belongs. The Sandiganbayan, under the law, is composed of five divisions, with three justices each. “The existing provision became inapplicable to the present times since the government has expanded and cases filed be-

fore them have multiplied over the years, and that provision only contributes to the increasing number of unresolved cases,” said Drilon. He added that litigation of graft cases filed at the Sandiganbayan usually takes five to eight years before they are promulgated. ”This delay is intolerable if the war against corruption is to be won,” Drilon, a former justice secretary who also served as executive secretary and labor secretary during past administrations, said.

“Sandiganbayan has been overwhelmed with the humongous files of unheard and unresolved cases. It is imperative that we address the increasing backlog of cases in that court created to effectively and swiftly deal with corruption cases involving government workers,” stressed Drilon. The Drilon bill provides for a justice-incharge in every case filed with the anti-graft court who shall monitor and report the developments in the case to the members of his division. (PNA)

PNoy greets Muslims on Ramadhan observance

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RESIDENT Benigno S. Aquino III extended his greetings to Muslims communities as they observe Ramadhan, the holy month of the Islamic faith. “My warmest greetings to the Muslim Filipino community as you begin the observance of Ramadhan,” the President said in his message released on Tuesday. “As one of the five pillars of Islam, this sacred

month calls the faithful to seek to be closer to Allah and to ask for His mercy.” Ramadhan is a vital aspect in the everyday life of Muslims as it allows not only for contemplation and atonement but also for Muslims to be more mindful of the Muhammad’s teachings. “May your prayer and fasting evoke a deeper and more profound connection with your her-

itage and faith, inspire discipline, restraint, and generosity of spirit; and help guide you towards becoming greater embodiments of harmony and social justice,” the President said. “I wish you a solemn and meaningful Ramadhan, may this event foster greater understanding and cooperation among our varied faiths, and guide the Philippines towards lasting

peace and progress,” Ramadhan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar observed worldwide as a month of fasting. The month lasts 29-30 days based on the visual sightings of the crescent moon. While fasting from dawn until sunset, Muslims refrain from consuming food, drinking liquids, smoking, and engaging in sexual relations. (PNA)

hike was meant to reflect the movements in the prices of refined petroleum products in the international market. (PNA photo Avito C. Dalan)acd

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Typhoon ‘Huaning’enters PHL

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YPHOON “Soulik” on Wednesday has entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) and has been named “Huaning by the state weather bureau . “Huaning” is the first cyclone to visit the country this month and the eighth for the year. Weather Forecaster Alvin Pura said that as of 11:00 a.m. “Huaning” was located at 1,220 km east of Itbayat, Batanes packed with maximum winds of 175 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 210 kph. Pura said “Huaning” is still expected to further intensify as the cyclone will likely pass near extreme Northern Luzon before going to Taiwan. “Inaasahan natin pa ito lalakas pero wala po tayong kategoryang super typhoon (It is expected to gain strength but still not in the category of a super typhoon),” he explained. No public storm warning signal has been raised. Pura said their forecast models indicated Huaning is not likely to have any direct effect on the Philippines, but

is expected to enhance the southwest monsoon bringing rains over western section of the country on Thursday. He also noted the tropical storm is not expected to make landfall in any part of the country. Pura added Huaning would continue to move at west northwest at 20 kph and expected to leave the country by Saturday. Pura also said that strong to gale-force winds associated with Typhoon Huaning may affect the eastern seaboards of Central and Northern Luzon. “Fishing boats and other small sea craft are advised not to venture out into the sea while larger sea vessels are alerted against big waves,” PAGASA said. PAGASA also said Typhoon “Huaning” is expected to be at 820 km east of Itbayat, Batanes by Thursday morning; by Friday morning expected to be at 450 km northeast of Itbayat, Batanes and by Saturday morning to be at 450 km North of Itbayat, or in the vicinity of Northern Taiwan outside PAR. (PNA)


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NSO: Export earnings fall anew in May T

HE National Statistics Office (NSO) yesterday released a report showing that export earnings in May 2013 amounted to $4.891 billion, a 0.8 percent decrement from $4.932 billion recorded in May of 2012. However, on a monthly basis, it grew by 18.7 percent from $4.121 billion posted in April 2013. The negative growth was supported by five major commodities out of

the top ten commodities for the month. These are machinery and transport equipment, ignition wiring set and other wiring sets used in vehicles, aircrafts and ships, articles of apparel and clothing accessories, electronic products and metal components. Aggregate merchandise exports for the first five months of 2013 showed a decrease of 6.0 percent from $22.445 billion in 2012 to $21.093 billion in 2013.

NEW CAMPAIGN. The top brass of Coca-Cola recently hosted a special dinner for the founders of Jollibee Foods Corporation which is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year. The country’s number one fast-food chain is focusing on family togetherness for its year-long campaign. Shown in photo

Accounting for 35.4 percent of the total exports revenue in May 2013, Electronic Products emerged as the country’s top export with total receipts of $1.731 billion. It went down by 9.3 percent from $1.908 billion registered in May 2012. On the other hand, month-on-month, Electronic Products was up by 6.2 percent from $1.630 billion posted in April 2013. Components/ Devices (Semiconduc-

tors), which comprised 28.4 percent of the total exports shared the biggest among the major groups of electronic products with export earnings worth $1.390 billion or a decline of 1.9 percent from $1.417 billion registered in May 2012. Similarly, volume of outward shipments of electronic products and semiconductors also declined by 8.5 percent and 0.7 percent, respectively compared to same period

are (from left): Jollibee Foods Corporation Chairman and CEO Tony Tan Caktiong, Coca-Cola Philippines President Guillermo Aponte, Coca-Cola International President Ahmet Bozer and Jollibee Foods Corporation COO Ernesto Tanmantiong.(PNA photo courtesy of JFC)

a year ago. Other Manufactures recorded as the country’s second top export with revenue valued at $396.42 million or 8.1 percent share to total exports. It increased by 36.5 percent compared to $290.32 million in same period a year ago. Furthermore, outward shipments of this product showed an expansion of 17.4 percent compared to its year ago recorded shipment. Ranked third in May 2013 and contributing 7.0 percent share to the total export receipts was Machinery and Transport Equipment with earnings amounting to $343.85 million. This figure contracted by 40.4 percent from its year ago level of $577.09 million. Likewise, outward shipment expanded by 966.0 percent compared to same period last year. Other Mineral Products, with 6.8 percent share to the total export receipts, ranked fourth with value posted at $332.14 million. It rose by 189.5 percent from $114.72 million recorded value during the same month in 2012. Furthermore, volume of shipments of this commodity showed a 118.9 percent

increase compared to last year same month period. Woodcrafts and Furniture with export revenue of $306.92 million, up by 74.7 percent followed as the fifth top export earner in May 2013. Moreover, volume of this product grew by 79.8 percent compared to the same period last year. Rounding up the list of the top ten exports for the month of May 2013 were Chemicals with export earnings of $229.26 million, up by 48.0 percent; Metal Components with export receipts of $138.07 million lower by 1.1 percent; Petroleum Products registering the highest year-on-year change of 521.3 percent among the top ten exports with recorded sales amounting to $129.66 million; Articles of Apparel and Clothing Accessories with proceeds billed at $128.51 million falling by 14.7 percent; and Ignition Wiring Set and Other Wiring Sets Used in Vehicles, Aircrafts and Ships Oil consists only of electrical wiring harness for motor vehicles with total receipts of $109.00 million declining by 15.4 percent compare to same period a year ago.


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THE ECONOMY

Stat Watch

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

7.1 1st Qtr 2013

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

7.8 1st Qtr 2013

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

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

8. Interest Rates 4/

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

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

P 41.14 Apr 2013

12. Stocks Composite Index 6/

6,847.5 Mar 2013

13. Consumer Price Index 2006=100

132.8 Apr 2013

14. Headline Inflation Rate 2006=100

2.6 Apr 2013

15. Core Inflation Rate 2006=100

3.1 Apr 2013

16. Visitor Arrivals

418,108 Feb 2013

17. Underemployment Rate 7/

20.9% Jan 2013

18. Unemployment Rate 7/

7.1% Jan 2013

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

2013

2012

2011

40.67 40.73

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

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

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Mindanao power body backs additional Agus hydro uprating T

HE Mindanao Power Monitoring Committee (MPMC) has endorsed a new proposal designed to uprate a major unit of Agus 6 hydroelectric power plant, in a bid to boost the capacity of the stateowned power generating plant in Mindanao. The endorsement was firmed up during a recent MPMC meeting which was convened to assess the latest power situation in Mindanao and the status of immediate measures taken to address the power supply shortfall plaguing the island. According to Secretary Luwalhati Antonino, Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) chair and head the power monitoring body, the new proposal for the uprating of Agus 6 Unit 4 is in addition to the Agus 6 Units 1 and 2 uprating approved last year by the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Board. “This proposal forms part of the immediate measures being pursued by the Aquino government to increase the dependable capacity of Mindanao power generation,” says Antonino, adding that “it has been submitted for approval.”

She noted that based on the information presented by National Power Corporation (NPC)-Mindanao, the proposed uprating of Agus 6 Unit 4 is expected to improve the plant’s generating capacity by 15MW, from present available capacity of 35MW to 50MW. The uprating project is estimated to cost of 495 million pesos. Meanwhile, the Private Sector Assets and Liabilities Corporation (PSALM) reported to the MPMC that it is finalizing the bidding schedule for the 2.6 billion pesos Agus 6 Units 1 and 2 uprating which is set to commence by third quarter of 2013. The Agus 6 Units 1 and 2 uprating project seeks to extend the generating plant units’ economic life for another 30 years and increase its capacity output from 50MW to 69MW. The project will take 30 months period and is expected to be completed by 2016. “Among the measures being pushed under MPMC, enhancing the dependable capacity of Agus 6 provide the most viable option for optimizing Mindanao generation’s hydro capacities,” Antonino stressed. The MPMC has noted that

after achieving a brownout-free elections last May 13, the Mindanao power situation had since improved with almost zero brownouts in most areas, except for 30 minutes to 1 hour power

interruptions in some locations. A major improvement was also noted in the cities of Zamboanga and General Santos which previously had 4-8 hours rotating brownouts.

month of 2012, the central bank reported Wednesday, July 10. This was a reversal of the

$78 million outflow recorded in March. Foreign investors poured in $189 million in equity capital

in April and withdrew $58 million, resulting in a net of $131 million. These investments went to financial and insurance activities, real estate, manufacturing, and mining and quarrying. In terms of countries, the investments came mainly from the United States, United Kingdom, Hong Kong and Singapore. FDI refers to capital foreigners invest to set up new or expand existing businesses in the country. Unlike “hot money” or portfolio investments, which go to stocks and bonds and which fly in and out of the financial markets easily, FDI inflows are for the long term. A sign of investor confidence, FDI inflows help spur job creation. For the first 4 months of 2013, FDI amounted to $1.5 billion, down 2.8% from the yearago level. The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas expects a net FDI of $2.2 billion in 2013, up from the $2.033 billion recorded in 2012.

BY THE NUMBERS Level 1 to leve l 4 hospitals in Davao City re ached to

29 with

2,292

total combined bed capacity.

SOURCE: DOH

Foreign investments grow 62% in April to $202-M F

OREIGN direct investments (FDI) in April rose 61.6% to $202 million from $125 million in the same

SOCIAL MEDIA CONFERENCE. Perry Paul Lamanilao, co-founder of Shift Davao (left), and Dr. Cheryl Vilog, promote the upcoming Davao Social Media Conference 2013 set on July 27, 2013 at the Ateneo de

Davao University during yesterday’s Club 888 media forum at the Marco Polo Davao. Lean Daval jr.

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Call center: ‘Life is here!’ By FRANCES ANGELI ESCUDERO

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VERYTIME I am asked where I work, my usual answer is “Sa call center lang”, with emphasis on the “lang” part. You see, I graduated B.S. Nursing in one of the top schools in Davao City and I passed the national licensure exams. I am a registered nurse, but I just do not have the passion for the profession. I used to be embarrassed at where I ended up. After all, my

parents spent a lot for my education. I guess this is no longer something new to most people these days. We hear a lot of kids choosing to work in a call center probably because of the pay, the perks and the simplicity of the job. Some even use it as a pastime while waiting for better opportunities to happen in their lives. But in my five years in the industry, I can defi-

nitely say that “simple” would be the last word to describe it. I’ve heard many non-BPO people say demeaning things about the type of work we do, about what kind of people we are, and frankly, they are wrong in many ways. To those curious about the BPO industry, here is a glimpse of what its all about on the operation aspect. As a newbie, you would probably tremble

at the thought of talking to foreigners over the phone. I remember the first call I had, the man on the other end said “Can I talk to someone else? You don’t seem to know what you’re doing!” And that was an insurance company I was working for. You could just imagine how delicate the transaction was. Good thing my mentor was sitting right next to me, whispering power words that I could use to calm the customer down. Since then, I vowed never to sound stupid again, at least not over the phone. I learned to master the mantra “Fake it, till you make it”. There are three kinds of designation that you can choose from as an agent or frontliner. There’s customer service, sales, technical support, or all three, which is what we can call “hybrid” and this merits higher pay. If you get tired of taking calls, you can apply for a higher function like escalations/floor support, though you might still be on the phone, taking escalated calls

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for customers looking for supervisors or for issues that the agent can no longer handle; or be a QA (quality analyst), listen to recorded or live calls and rate them as per process guidelines; or be a supervisor or team leader (TL), handle a team of between 10-15 agents, sometimes even up to 20 or 25, if there is a shortage of supervisors; or be an operations manager (OM) or cluster manager, handle teams of between 3-5, supervisors report directly to you and you are in direct contact with the client as well, so this would need a lot of patience and level-headedness because you would serve as the bridge between the client and team leaders with their agents. If you still would like to aim higher than that, you can be a senior operations manager, or better yet, be the site director (SD). Your job is to simply lord over everyone in the office, but that’s after enduring years of hard work on operations, of course, depending on what “hard work” means

to some. I’ll leave that to your imagination. Not surprisingly, some agents would actually prefer to stay as agents, because of the incentives, bonuses, team outings, the occasional drinking sessions (daily, for some) and just the sheer pleasure of not having to worry about work after the 9-hour shift. Looking around the office, I sometimes thought that it was like a huge melting pot. You meet all kinds of people – awkward ones, loud ones, emo ones, funny ones, strange ones, feeling-close, serious ones, pa-mysterious effect, eternally gay, loyally lesbo, and even motherly and fatherly types. It’s just like your old high school, except it comes with an attractive salary and no uniforms. So, if you’re thinking of delving into the world of BPO, just think of it as my boisterous gay friend quoted from an Alicia Keys song, “a concrete jungle where dreams are made of.” A jungle I am surely proud of.

US, China tackle ‘hacking’

HE United States and China on Monday aired out concerns about hacking, which has emerged as a major irritant between the world’s two largest economies. US and Chinese officials met in Washington for the first session of a “cyber working group,” two days before the countries hold their main annual talks. A State Department official said the inaugural session would let the two sides “raise concerns, develop processes for future cooperation and set the tone” on cyber issues. “We will continue to raise issues of strategic concern, including the cyber-enabled theft of intellectual property, trade secrets and confidential business information for economic gain,” he said. The United States has accused China of waging a vast hacking campaign against the US government, military and companies, with a private study recently concluding that cyber-theft costs the US economy hundreds of bil-

lions of dollars a year. China has hit back that it is also the victim of cyberattacks, charges that gained ammunition when the intelligence leaker Edward Snowden said US spies had hacked into the prestigious Tsinghua University, one of six centers that routes all of China’s Internet traffic. President Barack Obama has insisted that

there is a distinction between intelligence gathering, which he said all countries conduct, and the theft of trade secrets for commercial gain. Hoping to ease the rift, Secretary of State John Kerry and State Councilor Yang Jiechi, a key figure in setting China’s foreign policy, in April announced the start of the cyber dialogue. Yang and Vice Pre-

RAISING CONCERNS. US President Barack Obama shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping before their bilateral meeting at the Annenberg Retreat at

mier Wang Yang will visit Washington for the annual Strategic and Economic Dialogue with Kerry and US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew on Wednesday and Thursday. The cyber talks involved Christopher Painter, the State Department’s coordinator for cyber issues, and Defense Department official Eric Rosenbach. - Rappler.com

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Not a very fine time to leave

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AVAO City Police Office director Ronald dela Rosa is relinquishing the reins of the DCPO to pursue promotional steps towards a higher rank in the Philippine National Police. Dela Rosa, who has authored such noteworthy police anti-drugs programs like his trademark “Hang” operations— Tok-Hang (Toktok-Hangyo), Tap-Hang (Tapok-Hangyo) and Sur-Hang (Surrender-Hangyo), will be moving up to Camp Crame as training director and will leave a trace of accomplishments through unconventional means. Quite unlikely, Dela Rosa will leave at a time when mysterious killings are back in Davao City. In eight days, seven have been killed by unidentified gunmen. The last one coming on Tuesday night at Lizada Street. Edge Davao is running a tabulation of the killings since the start of this month and with the killings happening almost everyday, our tabulation looks like a basketball scoreboard. The last stat sheet shows 7 killings in 8 days or 87 percent occurrence rate per day. The common denominators in the series of killings are first, the victims were reportedly involved in illegal drugs, and second, the assailants were motorcycle-riding gunmen. The killings are very much reminiscent of the style of killings of the notorious Davao Death Squad, whether it is really

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Cleansing the police outfit is a must

T’S TIME TO TOTALLY OVERHAUL THE PNP ORGANIZATION – Crime has become the Achilles’ heel of whoever is in power and leads the police organization. That’s the irony of it all. Many of our political leaders and police officials failed in the one area where they were expected to excel: peace and order. Today, as in the previous administrations the country’s high crime incidence index is really real and cause for alarm. Government therefore must address it resolutely and without letup. What government must do is to mount exceptional effort by utilizing a more collaborative arrangement among law enforcement agencies with the support of the masses. However, the biggest problem and this has been in existence for many, many years – is the matter of cooperation and coordination in dealing with the crime situation. It is rather sad to note that various law enforcement units instead adopt “each to their own” system aimed primarily at boosting their respective turfs. What hypocrites! On most grievous acts including dishonesty, corruption and bribery the integrity and dignity of the Philippine National Police (PNP) may hinge on its leadership. This is a challenge to one of President Benigno Aquino III’s appointed fair-haired boys, now P/Director General Alan Purisima, the present PNP chief. This is the right moment for the PNP chief to use his leadership and managerial prowess as leverage to push for radical reforms, respect for human rights; rule of law, transparency and accountability. It comes as no surprise that some scalawag police officers who are in cahoots with underworld characters have been engaged in highly illegal but lucrative activities such as drug trade, kidnap-for-ransom, and carnapping and gun-for-hire operations. The scariest aspect in the clandestine

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activities of scoundrels in uniform was that they are battle-ready – well-armed with modern communication equipment, sophisticated and high-powered weapons and ready to shoot it out with vulnerable law enforcers and civilians agents anywhere as they undertake their modus operandi. Upon taking the worthwhile post as new PNP top honcho, Purisima promised to continue the upright work of his predecessor and most importantly purge the police ranks of rogues and “rotten tomatoes.” Well said sir, but your leadership right now is being challenge by a string of horrendous events where some police personnel are allegedly involved in big-time syndicates. One flagrant example is the bloody shootout earlier this year between a group of alleged gun-forhire group and a combined team of police and military operatives somewhere in Quezon province. So far that was the bloodiest reported armed encounter that happened in year 2013. After the smoke clears out, 13 people were killed and probers discovered that some of them are active members of the police force, military and a civilian agent. The families and relatives of the victims decried the gory incident and debunked police theory that it’s a legitimate police operation. Unfortunately, despite the assurance of the PNP hierarchy to have a dignified police organization, still many of the concealed activities and illegal money-mak-

ing ventures involving some rogue cops had been discovered to be thriving on bribery, corruption, ransom money, drug proceeds and sales in carnapping scheme. This is the most disturbing aspect where the people supposedly would rely on the police for protection. The police are now turning out to be the aggressor instead of being the defender of the oppressed. More is needed to push the PNP leadership to cleanse the tarnished image and reputation of the organization – more so now when it is facing a serious credibility problem. All this is desired because disregarding reforms will only result in a backlash of resentment and anger from ordinary citizens. And many times, it’s only the application of common sense in the small details of police procedures. If any move or initiative toward restoring the integrity and dignity of the police organization, the starting point must be for our top leaders, President PNoy above all, to stop the shenanigans of scalawag cops, put them behind bars and file appropriate charges if they are found guilty of grave offenses. Police brutality and human rights violations likewise must be stop and respect for the rights and privileges of every citizen must be fully applied. Most relevantly, police abuses in any forms have a subliminal effect especially on the younger generation because they think that it is something normal already. We have a population complaining of years of bad police organization, yet reforms seem rare and discounted. The majority of our people cannot differentiate anymore the honest and trustworthy policeman from a shady and rogue cop. Unless the PNP leadership would institute drastic and meaningful reforms, the wary and disgusted public does not see great changes in the near future.

How to leak and not get caught

F U.S. prosecutors ever get their hands on Edward Snowden, they’ll play such a tympanic symphony on his skull he’ll wish his hands never touched a computer keyboard. Should U.S. prosecutors fail, U.S. diplomats will squeeze — as they did in Hong Kong — until he squirts from his hiding place and scurries away in search of a new sanctuary. But even if he finds asylum in a friendly nation, his reservation will last only as long as a sympathetic regime is calling the shots. Whether he ends up in Venezuela or some other country that enjoys needling the United States, he’ll forever be one election or one coup away from extradition. Even then, he won’t be completely safe. “Always check six, as we said when I used to be a flyer in the Air Force,” said NSA whistle-blower Thomas Drake recently. “Always make sure you know what’s behind you.” Solitary whistle-blowers like Snowden, Drake and Daniel Ellsberg draw targets on their backs with their disclosures of official secrets, either by leaving a trail from the heist scene, being the most logical suspect, or because they admit their deed. Escaping prison time, such whistle-blowers have learned, depends on the luck of prosecutorial overreach (Drake) or self-destruction by the state, which derailed the prosecution of Pentagon Papers liberator Ellsberg. The solitary whistle-blower, usually

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(1st of two parts) a career government employee, isn’t really a leaker, as Stephen Hess explains in his enduring typology of leakers. Typically, the whistle-blower seeks revolutionary change, not piecemeal reform. He doesn’t share information with journalists to purchase their goodwill or to loft a trial balloon or to give himself an ego boost. He’s motivated by principle, not self-interest or Machiavellian intrigue, and seeks to correct what he considers an intolerable wrong. And in most cases, his whistle-blowing results in career suicide if not jail time. Most leakers — mindful of the fate of the pure and solitary whistle-blowers — scale the size of their leaks to avoid detection. Rather than giving the whole puzzle away to reporters, they break off pieces for distribution, in hopes that it can’t be traced back to them. Or, if crafty, leakers dispense pieces of the puzzle that aren’t especially revealing and therefore not precisely classified, but provide hints about the location of the next puzzle piece. Investigative reporters who excel at fitting a mosaic together benefit the most from this class of leaker. The best way to escape detection,

however, is to leak as part of a flock, a flock that may or may not fly together. The best recent example of this kind of leaking can be found in two excellent stories about the NSA’s machinations published earlier this week, the New York Times‘s “In Secret, Court Vastly Broadens Powers of NSA,” and the Wall Street Journal‘s “Secret Court’s Redefinition of ‘Relevant’ Empowered Vast NSA Data-Gathering.” I’m not privy to how the Times or Journal reported these stories, but both attribute their revelations to interviews with “current and former” officials. As identification stamps go, “current and former” officials is pretty vague. The complete Journal credit goes to interviews with “current and former administration and congressional officials,” but that’s still plenty vague. In plurality, any flocking bird will tell you, resides security. When a mass of current and former officials talk to the press about a classified story, it’s harder for a government investigator to pick off one for punishment. Such vague sourcing means the government investigator would have to investigate every current and former official exposed to the classified information discussed in the story, which can often be a very long list. In our current national security reporting renaissance, with a dozen or more reporters breaking new parts of the NSA story almost daily, the number of suspected leakers quickly expands to defeat the ability of the spy cops to track all of them.

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Should the SK be abolished? WORM’S EYE EYEVIEW

BY MANNY VALDEHUESA

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O be sure, campus youth have been habitually absent in barangay affairs. But it’s important to know why or for what reason they shirk involvement in their community. To just cancel them out of the equation will remove the cream of our society from contention. It will make them part of the problem instead of generators of the solution. Make no mistake about it: this is a momentous issue. It affects a critical mass of our population, the generation that will soon take over. They must be consulted. They are entitled to a hearing. And they deserve serious consideration. The Liberal Party’s representative in Caloocan City, Edgar Erice, is on record as saying that “SK” means “School ng Korupsyon.” If he thinks he’s being cute or clever by playing facetiously on the “SK” acronym, he should be ashamed of himself. Has he consulted extensively with the citizenry of his district? His sweeping judgment reflects very badly on Filipino youth in general. But no chance has been afforded the youth to speak out or to challenge the accusation. Even the youth-sector Party-List representative in Congress has not been heard from. Is it possible they think the SK’s retention is indefensible? Neither has the National Youth Commission weighed in with any recommendation. Thus Filipino Youth as a whole is without effective representation, without a credible voice defending it or explaining its side. So it is open season to slander them, to pass summary judgment on them, and to disenfranchise them. Have the abolitionists produced a reasoned, fact-based paper or pamphlet in support of the proposition? Or are we being asked to take their word at face value? Are the youth being taken for granted? To enact such a bill without extensive deliberations is to do so from rash judgment. It would be to pronounce a summary sentence on the fate of the youth without requisite discussion, without study or research into its merits. This issue needs to be better aired and discussed—in a special Barangay Assembly, if possible, so that it will be the community to decide and not presumptuous congressmen and senators with no real contact with the constituents or, worse, decided by unelected Comelec Commissioners whose adherence to due process remains a festering issue after last May’s elections. Let’s look deeper into this issue next. [MindaViews is the opinion section of MindaNews. Manny Valdehuesa is the president and national convenor of Gising Barangay Movement Inc. He can be reached at valdehuesa@gmail.com.]


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TOO RISKY. A motorcycle rider ignores the safety of his young passenger who rode without a helmet while traversing E. Quirino Avenue in Davao City yesterday. Lean Daval Jr.

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HE only remedy to cure teenage pregnancy is the full implementation of Reproductive Health Law, otherwise known as Responsible Parenthood Act, three party list solons said Wednesday. Ako Bicol party list Rep. Rodel Batocabe said that information on good effects of responsible parenthood is the only key to address the ballooning problem of teenage pregnancy. He said that under the law, stakeholders will have multiple choices on what kind of system they

can use to avoid unwanted pregnancy. “We have variety of choices to avoid unwanted pregnancy and the controversial law can help anyone,” Batocabe said in a text message. CIBAC party list Rep. Sherwin Tugna said the law will teach teens not to engage in pre-marital sex and wait for the right time to avoid unwanted pregnancy. “If they think they are ready to build their own family, this is the right time to plan on how many children they want,” Tugna

pointed out. For her part, Gabriela party list Rep. Luz Ilagan warned that the more delay on the implementation of the law, the more teens are exposed to pre-marital sex. She said the number of teenage pregnancy will dramatically increase in the next decade if the problem is not properly address. “Out of school youth are the most vulnerable victims of teenage pregnancy and this can be address by the new law,” Ilagan stressed. (PNA)

Just like Clint Eastwood in Dirty Harry, Dela Rosa challenged criminals to fight back against the unidentified gunmen who are coming to kill them “if they feel lucky.” He reiterated his belief that the so-called “Davao Death Squad” does not exist but admitted that killings are back in the city.

“Davao Death Squad, means there is a squad, and it is very organized, and I can’t tell if there is something like this in the city, however, killings did came back,” he said. He said that the commonalities among all the shooting incidents in Davao City involve victims who are either drug pushers,

thieves, or holduppers. The rest of the seven people that were killed in Davao City starting July 1 were transport leader Antonio Petalcorin on July 2, John Luang Sal on July 3, robbery suspect Raul Aresco Jr and Ricardo Teson on July 5, Armstrong Gumabao on July 8, Villafuerte on July 9, and Baguio on July 10.

bopicius types of mosquitoes, based on advisories from DOH 11. This is not fatal, and is safe for women who are breastfeeding their babies. Signs and symptoms of this virus are fever, headache, rashes, vomiting, nausea, pain in the joints and muscles, and reddening of the eye making it difficult to see in brightly lit places.

Dengue has almost similar signs and symptoms with chikungunya confusing most patients. Some of the most common signs and symptoms of dengue are sudden and abrupt onset of fever, headache, muscular or bone pain, nausea, vomiting, loss of apetite, increased sensation to touch, red and white patchy rashes, bleeding

of nose or gums, bleeding in stomach appearing as blood in vomit, and decrease in blood platelet count. There are precautions to avoid this virus, including cleaning the surroundings, destroying possible mosquito breeding grounds, wearing light colored pajamas and shirts, use of window screens to keep mosquitoes out of the house. EJF

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HE 10th Infantry Division, which is based in Mawab, Compostela Valley Province, a ranking New People’s Army (NPA) leader in Eastern Mindanao surrendered to their field units Wednesday. Capt. Raul Villegas, 10th Infantry Division deputy spokesperson, identified the surrenderer as Narciso Pulbos Ruben, 34, a resident of Km 7, Sitio Liwanag, Barangya Banlag, Monkayo, Compostella Valley.He is the NPA’s Front Secretary in Compostella Valley Province. Villegas said Ruben surrendered his Magnum .357 Smith and Wesson revolver. During his interview with the 25th Infantry

Battalion, Ruben revealed that he joined the NPA in 1997 and held various positions such as member of Samahang Yunit Pampropaganda, Team Leader of Medical Staff, Political Instructor of Pulang Bagani Command 5 until he was elevated as Front Secretary in February 2012. He revealed that he decided to join the NPA in a bid to avoid poverty and correct the wrongs in society. Ruben got married to Charjelyn Casquijo, also a Front Secretary, in 2002. Villegas said that the rebel leader’s surrender was made possible through the efforts of the peace and development team. Data revealed a total of 123 members and leaders

of the NPAs have surrendered to the 10th Infantry Division from January to date. Meanwhile, Major Gen. Ariel B. Bernardo, 10th Infantry Division commander, said that Ruben’s surrender only proved the effectiveness of the Peace and Development Outreach Program, “The Army is deploying community peace and development teams which are encouraging community based initiatives defined by the local communities, with local government units coordinating efforts against insurgency, geared towards presenting long-term solutions while at the same time addressing the immediate needs of the local community,” he added. (PNA)

del Norte with 503 and two deaths. Talomo South leads in Davao City 537 cases with two deaths, followed by Buhangin 504 and four deaths, Talomo North 337 cases and two deaths, Calinan 252 and three deaths, and Toril 212 and no deaths. Children from five to nine years old are most vulnerable to dengue with 670 cases and six deaths report-

ed in this age bracket, followed by ages 10 to 14 with 487 cases and three deaths, one to four years old with 441 and five deaths, and 15 to 19 years old with 439 cases and no reported deaths. Dumama said he observed a good adherence rate by the people in Davao City on the four o’clock habit, where people stop whatever they are doing every four

o’clock, inspect their surroundings for any stagnant water were dengue can breed, and listen to barangay instructions on what to do to avoid dengue. He said, people should be extra careful since the rainy season has started and that DOH is 100 percent doing its job in fighting dengue whole year round, not just in June, which is considered Dengue Month.

“Except during our regular meetings, we will be working in the barangays,” he said. Ramirez said they are making an inventory of sports facilities in the barangays to identify and introduce necessary rehabilitation “to make them secure for children.” “Children who engage in sports activities will become

healthy. Sports will lessen criminality among the youth and will inspire children to go to school. Adults who go into walking or running regularly will also become healthy, thus reducing expenses in the Lingap (medical assistance program),” he said, adding, “Sports is beyond competition. It involves health, fitness.”

Ramirez said a special meeting with various stakeholders in the sports community is being arranged for them “to help guide us in the crafting of a comprehensive sports plan.’” “I left Ateneo (as athletic director) to serve the greater majority. Our plan is very ambitious, but it can be done,” he said.

In his address last June 30, Duterte said that “spreading out industries and commercial concerns in sleepy areas to spur development, is an option that we will pursue.” Taking cue from the mayor’s policy declaration, Cortez said they are now conducting investment specific study, known in planning parlance as “completing the nod,” by identifying in specified districts the support services and

amenities, both available and lacking, like road network, banks, hospitals and educational institutions that will influence the decision of investors. “We have to develop our suburban areas to encourage investors. Our goal is to achieve the right mix of investments per area,” he said. Cortez said a primary consideration in the investment promotion is the readiness of the communi-

ty to host projects, like infrastructures and resources available in the area. In coordination with the Geographic Information System (GIS) Unit of the City Planning and Development Office, he said they are now plotting on the map existing establishments and amenities in the identified areas to identify the “missing links” in terms of investment need in the specific location. GGD

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Davao Light, Aboitiz Foundation college scholars in Davao now 89

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AVAO Light and Power Co. in cooperation with its social development arm, the Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. recruited and qualified last month 38 new college scholars whose grants will start this school year 2013-2014. The figure brings the total number of Davao Light scholars in college under the umbrella of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program to 89. The scholars are dependents of customers coming from various areas of the company’s franchise namely Davao City, Panabo City, and the municipalities of Carmen, Dujali and Sto. Tomas in Davao del Norte. Of the 89 scholars 10 are those retained from

the batch of 20 recruited and qualified in SY 20102011; 14 are survivors of the 25 recruited in SY 2011-2012; and 27 are those who remained from the recruit in SY 20122013. Last March 2013 twelve of the company’s CSR administered scholars graduated from various universities and colleges. Two of the graduates garnered Cum Laude honors. They got their BS in Mathematics degree from the University of Southeastern Philippines (USeP). The 89 scholars are currently enrolled at the Ateneo de Davao University, University of the Philippines, University of Mindanao (UM), University of Immaculate Con-

ception, USeP, Holy Cross of Davao College, Holy Cross of Calinan, Davao Christian Colleges, Davao del Norte State College in Panabo City, UM Panabo Campus, UM Tagum Campus, St. Peter’s College in Toril, Brokenshire College, and Jobs Academy of Davao. The latest batch of Davao Light’s college scholars who will start to enjoy their scholarship this school year 20132013 includes the following: Ephraim Gen Dabalos, Camille Casas, Kenn Marvin Ulanghutan, Karl Renz Marimon, Jowett M. Padayao, Irene S. Robledo, Marlon Jabla II, Luisito Ocho, Imee Giangan, Raquel C. Lamanilao, JR I. Lantaca, Ma. Prescel Cab-

Eight of the 38 lucky applicants who now enjoy college scholarship grants from Davao Light. They are (clockwise) Ephraim Gen L. Dabalos (Civil Engineering - UM), Camille Casas (Industrial Engineering – ADDU), Kenn MarvinUlanghutan (BS in Electronics and Communicaug-os; Lhinoel John B. Ranchez, Jefferson N. Geno-

Scholars_01 – Some of the applicants to the College Scholarship of Davao Light sweat it out during the time-pressured qualifying examination. From a total of over a hundred 38 are lucky to be chosen.

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Globe forges exclusive partnership with Viber

LOBE Telecom seals an exclusive partnership with global technology firm Viber to offer its subscribers call, text, and mobile internet services bundled with Viber. Globe Prepaid GoUNLI25 is a bundled prepaid offer with unlimited texts and unlimited calls to Globe/TM plus unlimited Viber Chat services without the need for Wi-Fi or additional data charges. Available for only P25 valid for 1 day, GoUNLI25 allows subscribers to connect with contacts in any Globe network as well as with other users subscribed to other networks both in the Philippines and abroad, for as long as these contacts have Viber accounts. With Viber, subscribers can enjoy a richer messaging experience and express

themselves in more exciting ways through group conversations, use of fun stickers, sharing of photos, videos, and more. Subscribers who want a full Viber experience can also avail of unlimited Viber Calls and Chat for only P20 a day and get access to Viber’s high-definition voice calls and best sound quality. For as low as P10, the budget-conscious subscribers can still enjoy a whole day of Viber Chat with friends. To register to any of the Viber mobile browsing promos, subscribers can dial *143# for free. “We are happy and excited to collaborate with Viber as their exclusive Philippine telco partner to expand their presence and user base in the country,” said Peter Bithos, Senior Advisor for Consumer Business at

Globe Telecom. “The partnership is in line with our strategy to explore new revenue streams beyond call and text services, becoming a full-fledged digital brand.” Bithos added, “Another first in the Philippines, our Viber bundles and promos will allow our customers to enjoy Viber however they want – whether bundled with their call and text services, or as a separate Viber data promo, to connect with their families and friends, not only within the same network, but also with other networks here and abroad. Our prepaid subscribers can use Viber all-theywant, anytime, anywhere, worry-free – and that’s a Globe Guarantee. “ “Viber is excited to partner with Globe Telecom as we endeavor to

tions Engineering – ADDU), Lara Danica Lim (UP – Mindanao), Karl Renz Marimon (Accountancy – UM), Raquel C. Lamanilao (BSEd – Math - Holy Cross of Calinan); JR I. Lantaca (BS in Geology – USeP), and Gemima A. Guillen (BS Accountancy – ADDU).

via, Kathrina Mae Malino, Gemima A. Guillen, Lara Danica S. Lim, Novie Grace S. Mag-aso, Kyle Beatriz Joelle P. Llamas, Marianne Loraine Fidel, Mara Claudine S. Ng, Shannen Kay P. Crespo, Leonela Mae R. Dagsan, Jimmy F. Vale Jr.; Lenie Anne P. Galvez, Edison Edgar B. Laure, Edwin S. Nayan Jr., Krisha Faith C. Nobleza, Lorraine C. Rabe, Rialyn V. Baguio, Justine G. Murcia, Jielene May T. Once, Karen Jane G. Cajes, Jodelyn P. Nayre, Dona Grace M. Bawiga, Jerson C.. Ngojo, and April Razzie M. Paragas. Aside from the college scholars under the

WORLD-CLASS BEER. San Miguel Pale Pilsen, the flagship brand of beer market leader San Miguel Brewery Inc. (SMB) received this year another Monde Selection Award in the recent awarding at Stockholm, Sweden. The pale, golden lager, which is known for its refined, well balanced flavor with smooth and moderate bitterness, has now garnered 21 medals from Monde since 1981. According to SMB’s Brewing Technical Manager Rebecca S. Flores, San Miguel Pale Pilsen’s win in the world’s most prestigious award-giving body for quality, is expected annually. “A beer will win in the heart of the target consumer if designed

company’s CSR program there are other scholars who are also in their fourth and fifth years in either electrical engineering or Information Technology-related and accountancy disciplines. Their scholarship is administered by the company’s Human Resource Department. The scholars here will be included in the company’s manpower pooling program. The Aboitiz-owned electric utility is also supporting 86 scholars in the secondary level. They are enrolled in various high schools within the company’s franchise area.

according to his preferences. To win the nod of jurors of prestigious international award-winning bodies, the beer should be free of flavor flaws and has to have an international appeal, with world class quality like San Miguel Pale Pilsen,” Flores shared. SMB President Roberto N. Huang lauded the company’s Manufacturing and Brewing Technical Group for consistently brewing award-winning beers in the San Miguel tradition of excellence. This year, San Miguel Super Dry, Cerveza Negra, San Miguel Premium All-Malt and the newly-introduced San Mig Zero also received medals from Monde.


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OLOMBIAN challenger Jorlie Estrada has vowed to knock out WBO minimum weight champion Merlito “Tiger” Sabillo when they clash in the main event of “Pinoy Pride XXI” at the plush Solaire vResort Hotel and Casino in the country’s “Entertainment City’ along Manila Bay. Estrada who arrived after a long and tiring journey on Monday night even picked the round in which he would KO Sabillo, stating “I think I will win by knockout in the seventh round” in an appearance at the PSA Forum. Trainer Edito “Ala” Villamor played down the prediction of Estrada stating that Sabillo had trained hard and is in great shape for his first title defense before his countrymen and is determined to put on an explosive performance.

Villamor revealed they had taught Sabillo to improve his defense to complement his aggressive, hard-hitting style. The Colombian’s boasts don’t actually match his record since he has a mere 5 knockouts in 16 wins with 6 losses compared to the undefeated Sabillo whose record is 21-0 with 11 knockouts. Sabillo won the title with a rousing 8th round TKO over highly-rated Colombian Luis De La Rosa in an interim title fight in Colombia last March after dropping him twice earlier in the fight. Sabillo was elevated to full champion after Moises Fuentes relinquished his title and moved up in weight to challenge WBO light flyweight champion Donnie Nietes who retained his title in a close majority draw.

HOT AUGUST RACES. Phoenix Petroleum Phils., Inc is a Presentor of the 2013 Phoenix Accelerate Vega Hot August Races in association with the Davao Classic & Sports Car Club, Inc. (DCSCC) The 1/8 mile legal drag racing will be held at the Speed City Race Track at Ma-A, Diversion Road Davao City on August 31 and September 1, 2013. Desi Enrico V. Maala, Phoenix Sales

and Distribution Manager (right seated) signed the agreement at the Royal Mandaya Hotel with DCSCC President Willie Torres (left seated). At their back (L-R) were Roland Laurente of AM/FM Productions; Von Homer Oro, Phoenix Trade Lubes marketing Officer; Neb Bulaclac, Phoenix Asst. Manager Brand and Marketing; and Fritz Tan of 95.5 HitRadio Davao.

EMCOR PRO-AM. Tournament organizer Boy Arriba shows the poster of the 4th Emcor Golf Tournament set

July 13-14 for the Amateur side and July 14-17 for the Pro-Am at the Apo Golf and Country Club. Boy Lim

HE Apo Golf-Emcor Am-Am Challenge Golf for a Cause is set on July 13 and 14 at the Apo Golf and Country Club. “It’s an 18-hole one ball, twosomes with the proceeds to be donated to the construction of the Redemtorist Parish Pastoral Center,” said organizer Boy Arriba at the SCOOP forum sponsored by The Royal Mandaya Hotel, Genesis 88, Mulatto Outdoor, Beefit Gym and Aerobics and Dexter’s Pizza at The Stadium. “The first player tees off and the second

player hits the second shot, the first player then hits the third shot and so on, until the ball is holed,” said Arriba. The classification are Class A (0-9), B (10-18), C (19-27), Seniors (55 years old and above) and Ladies. Prizes will be awarded to the champion, first and second runners-up in the Class A, B, C and Seniors and the champion and runner-up in the Ladies. The two-day event is sponsored by Kawasaki, Panasonic and Samsung.

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Hog’s Breath Cafe:

Grilled Steak with Mashed Potato, Corn Cob and steamed vegetables.

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Australia’s steakhouse

Margarita.

IMAGINE sipping a tall glass of margarita with a plateful of oozing cheese pizza with marinara sauce while watching a Real Madrid and Barceona FC soccer match on tv. Ahh, yes! The good life! No, I am not talking about me and the great comforts of my own king-

Hog’s Breath’s Primer Steak.

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dom. Although I am most comfortable with the cozy sports bar set-up, I am ac-

tually talking about one of Davao’s newest and finest dining place, Hog’s Breath Café at the SM Lanang Premier. Sir Joal, theiri General Manager, welcomed me with open arms and was all chitchatty all throughout the night. He walked me toruhg Their hefty ice-cold tall glass of Margarita was a definite way to start the night! For someone who does not appreciate the smell and taste of alcohol in my system, I was sipping my glass non-stop. It was flavorful and I just love how the fresh ingredients exploded in my mouth with every sip. For the faint of heart, you could have the alcohol content reduced or replaced (mock tails). Just inform their friendly staff and you are on your way to a wonderful night. Pizza time means their uber-cheesy with margarita sauce crunchy crust pizza. The savory smell of melted cheese fills your senses and urges you to take one bite after another. Top it off with a robust spoonful of their house blended margarita sauce and surely, you will not hesitate to take seconds after another.

Reminders though, have your slices while hot to enjoy the playful variation of cheese in your palate. Given that Hog’s Breath is an infamous steak house in the land down under, Steak is definitely their best seller. With their secret marinade and extensive curing period, every slice of meat coming out of their kitchen is guaranteed juicy, delicious and truly satisfying. Pasta is a delectable plate of oozing tomato flavored chili dish that is surely al dente to the bite. Paired with a hot bread, nothing beats their pasta selection. There is surely one for everyone! One personal favorite is their chunky and creamy mashed potato. Have it alone or with any of their dishes, you will definitely fall in love with it! Another order please. . . With an extensive selection of slowly cured meat dishes, fresh and imported ingredients and a history

Cheese Pizza with Marinara sauce.

Shell pasta. that speaks forth of worldwide recognition, Hog’s Breath Café is your ultimate dining destination when out with your family and friends. The Royal Chef recommends their Medium Rare Steak with chunky mashed potato and stamed garden vegetables. Hog’s Breath Café Austalian Steakhouse is located at the upper ground floor

of the SM Lanang Premier restaurant strip facing the fountain. Do you want to be a part of Davao’s Thursday habit? Send me your recipes, questions, suggestions and comments and be featured. If you are interested, then email me at leebai@chefroyale.com or visit www.chefroyale.com for more recipes. Happy Cooking!


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Senator-elect Bam Aquino shares insights on social transformation

SENATOR-elect Bam Aquino addresses finalists, members of the media and the organizations behind Catalyst, the social transformation initiative of Tattoo.

Aquino said that with IT as an enabler, our techno-savvy youth can make a positive difference in society, coupled with innovation and empowerment. Out of 119 entries from socially-conscious and IT savvy youth vying for program development, mentorship and ICT support, five were recently selected during the 2013 Tatt Awards to win P200,000 cash grants to help put their ideas to actionable programs. Global Shapers Manila Hub, ICT experts, development professionals and Globe BridgeCom officers will assist in implementing the five solutions for a span of three months, including the opportunity to be instituted as part of Globe BridgeCom’s regular programs. Log on to www.catalyst.com.ph for more information about the entries, the finalists as well as the campaign overview of Cat@lyst.

Marco Polo’s Lobby Lounge introduces new wine of the month FOR all you wine aficionados out there, sip on our featured wine for the month of July, Rosemount Shiraz and Rosemount Estate Chardonnay.

Rosemount Shiraz offers the intense, spicy fruit and long, richly textured finish for which this variety is famous. Rosemount Estate Chardonnay is often described as having mineral properties, such as crushed seashells or metal. Its flavor profiles are equally diverse and include grilled nuts, creamy apples, peach, marzipan, mango and even wet stones. For reservations and inquiries please call 221-0888 loc 7608.

Seda Abreeza’s rainy day drizzle delights WHEN it rains it pours as Seda Abreeza introduces its rainy day promo offering an array of amenities and treats for guests.

Relax in our well-appointed deluxe room now until September 30, 2013 for only Php4,2000 nett and get buffet breakfast for two at our all-day dining restaurant, Misto. Kickback and relax the rainy days away with our complimentary Wi-Fi or work the stress away at our gym and pool. Guests will also recieve a free limited edition Seda umbrella as well as surprise token from Tater’s and Hairzone. For reservations, please call (6382) 3228888, (6382) 2443000 or email dvo@sedahotels.com.

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Shrimp Tempura Bento Box

Boxing day in July If I may quote Forrest Gump “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” Lucky for me though, I knew exactly what I was getting from the bento boxes now available at The White House Fusion Cuisine last week. A complete meal arranged in beautiful lacquered wooden boxes, bento boxes are popular for the arrangement of the dishes of the meal as well as the meal in the box itself as a simple, friendlier version of degustation, albeit in boxed compartments. Each dish in a compartment is designed to compliment the other dishes it is served with providing a balance of flavours, scents and textures to the diner without breaking the bank. The White House Fusion Cuisine and Wine Lounge co-owner and Chef Cathy Binag explains that diners are in for a big surprise that the bento boxes at The White House are easy-on-the-pocket. In fact, the Chicken Teriyaki bento that is served with California Rolls, Yasai Itame, Sushi Gari and Apple Tempura is priced at just P280 which is actu-

Pork Tonkatsu Bento Box

ally quite a steal. Beef lovers like me might want to their their US Hanging Steak bento that is served with a Mixed Green Salad, Hejiki, Steamed Japanese rice and Apple Tempura. The steak was tender and juicy and complimented the sides. At P500, the US Hanging Steak Bento may be the most pricy bento box but for what you get, it is still value for money. A Pork Tonkatsu Bento box and a Shrimp Tempura Bento Box complete the set of four mouth-

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Steak Bento Box

Chicken Teriyaki Bento Box watering and affordable offerings. I also found out from Cathy that they can also deliver the boxes to your homes for just a P50 delivery fee which makes dining in from boxes a real treat (no frozen dinner boxes for me). The White House Fusion Cuisince and and

Wine Lounge is located at Northpoint, J.P. Laurel Ave., Bajada, Davao City and you may call (82) 2824540 for reservations or Bento box deliveries. Follow me on Instagram or on Twitter @kennethkingong for more foodie finds, travel tips, and happenings in, around, and beyond Durianburg.


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Morrissey slams Gordon Ramsay after court victory Donates payout to PETA for foie gras protest

MORRISSEY is really looking to shove his legal victory down Gordon Ramsay’s throat.

The bellicose singer has scored a nearly $15,000 judgment in his lawsuit against Britain’s Channel 4, which used “Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want” by the artist’s former group The Smiths— without his permission, he said—during a commercial for the 2011 special Gordon Ramsay’s Christmas Cookalong Live. On its end, Channel 4 said in a statement: “In this instance, a small payment was made additionally to our music blanket agreements for this trailer.” And, let’s just say, Morrissey isn’t planning on taking himself out to a fancy dinner with that dough. “Ramsay may very well stick his head in his microwave when he hears that the money I received from Channel 4 because one of my songs was used to promote his Christmas show is being donated to PETA to fight foie gras,” the famous vegetarian said, according to The Guardian. “Foie gras is so cruelly produced that

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he’d be against it if he had an ethical bone in his body.” Morrissey was awarded 10,000 pounds ($14,852) and has reportedly turned it all over to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals to fund its campaign slamming famed London department store Fortnum & Mason for selling the controversial goose-liver product. “With this generous gift, Morrissey is literally putting his money where his mouth is and combating cruelty to animals,” said PETA associate director Mimi Bekhechi. Though some is produced with natural feeding techniques, foie gras is historically made from the liver of ducks or geese that have been force-fed corn

through a tube. There has been no response from Ramsay, who does not appear to have been targeted in Morrissey’s lawsuit, despite being called out in the aftermath. California banned the sale and production of foie gras last summer and PETA recently threatened to sue two Orange Countyarea chefs who were still serving it as either a free side dish or as one of many ingredients found on a particular menu item. Ramsay owns two dozen restaurants around the world, including three in the Los Angeles area, where he also shoots MasterChef and Hell’s Kitchen. E! News

Beyoncé posts photo of Jay-Z as a kid after rapper’s album goes platinum BEYONCÉ is giving nications Jonathan Lamy, Exprops to her man. ecutive VP Mitch Glazer and On the day his latest album Magna Carta Holy Grail was released to the public, Jay-Z was presented with a platinum plaque for selling a million copies. So, to properly congratulate her beau on his big accomplishment, Bey went to Instagram and told everyone to— yep, you guessed it— bow down. Queen B posted a throwback photo of Hova (an adorable school graduation photo, to be exact) and wrote the famous line from her recent track along with the caption, “Platinum #MagnaCarta.” Jay stayed true to his #newrules slogan after selling a million records to Samsung in an unprecedented deal that forced the Recording Industry Association of America to rewrite their own rules, now counting digital album sales. The RIAA posted a photo of Executive VP of Commu-

Director of Communications for the Gold & Platinum Program Liz Kennedy presenting Hova with his plaque on their Facebook, making this his 12th platinum album.

However, Billboard was not on the same page when it came to counting Jay’s million copies sold to Samsung, and the magazine’s editorial director, Bill Werde, explained why. “Our role as the chart of record is to set the rules, and hopefully even raise the level of play. It is in this spirit that I say it wasn’t as simple as you might think to turn down Jay-Z when he requested

that we count the million albums that Samsung ‘bought’ as part of a much larger brand partnership, to give away to Samsung customers. “True, nothing was actually for sale—Samsung users will download a Jay-branded app for free and get the album for free a few days later after engaging with some Jay-Z content. The passionate and articulate argument by Jay’s team that something was for sale and Samsung bought it also doesn’t mesh with precedent.” But, Billboard will definitely still be monitoring his album sales and say they anticipate large numbers for his latest release. “I’ve been told that label sources expect first-week sales of the album to be in line with the 400,000450,000 his recent albums have shifted. That will almost certainly give Jay his lucky 13th No. 1 on the Billboard 200.” Guess we’ll be bowing down again soon. E! News

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Park Inn by Radisson Davao announces winners of photo competition PARK INN by Radisson Davao, the newly opened 204-room hotel in southern Philippines, today announces the winners of their online photo competition entitled, “How does the Philippines add color to your life?”

In recognition of the Philippines as the location of the first “next generation” mid-scale Park Inn brand to be established in Asia Pacific, the photo competition aimed to showcase the Filipino colors, flavors, culture, traditions and various destinations from around the country. This social media initiative, which used Facebook as a platform, was adapted from the hotel’s Adding Color to Life brand service philosophy. Six finalists were chosen out of the 956 entries submitted within the period of April 9 to June 11, 2013. While majority of the participants came from the Philippines, and there was also a percentage generated from New Zealand, Japan, India, and Australia. The entries were submitted to the Carlson Rezidor Hotels regional office in Singapore, and were judged on a range of criteria, including creativity, originality and the extent to which the photos and the written description provided/uploaded reflect the values of the Park Inn brand. Mr. Tomas Jose Iñigo’s photo of a female dancer at the Kadayawan Festival was awarded first prize. He described the celebration as the King of all Festivals, a venue which calls together photographers

1st place - photo by Tomas Jose Inigo

2nd place - photo by Paul Malicki from all over the globe. As grand prize, Mr. Iñigo will be receiving a gift certificate for a 3 night stay in a Junior Suite at Park Inn by Radisson Davao, inclusive of buffet breakfast for 2, transfers from and to Davao International Air-

3rd place - photo by Carmela Rabe

port, and dinner for 2 (to the value of P1,000 per person) at RBG. Mr. Paul Malicki’s photo of a starfish by the beach was awarded second. In his caption he wrote, “There’s nothing better than a weekend chill-out at the pristine Philippine sea side. It’s then when you realize that it’s more colorful in the Philippines.” Mr. Malicki will be receiving a gift certificate for an overnight stay in a Standard Room, inclusive of breakfast for two. Third place is given to Ms. Carmela Rabe for her photo of the Malinaw Spring in Lucban, Quezon. For her, the the picture illustrates how “families bond together.” Her prize is a gift certificate for

lunch or dinner for two at RBG, up to the value of P1,000.00. General Manager, Mr. Geir Sikko, shares his enthusiasm with the hotel’s management team. “We are very impressed with the quality and number of entries we received. This contest is a great opportunity for Filipinos to show the world why it’s more fun and colorful in the Philippines. Surprisingly, we were able to get a wider reach for this campaign with support coming from different parts of Asia. It is important to note that this competition was not made exclusive to professional photographers. This competition was open to all and you’d be surprised to see the remarkable images we received which were taken only with the aid of mobile phones.” “It was challenging for the regional and local management teams to select the finalists. We’re all very happy and thankful for the successful turnout. It was a wonderful venture that united everyone to appreciate the value and quality of life in the Philippines.” Aside from the public announcement on print and on the hotel’s Facebook account (www.parkinn. com/parkinndavao), and winners will also be notified personally through email. For more information on Park Inn by Radisson Davao’s special packages and promotions, please visit www.parkinn.com/hoteldavao.


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THE MAIN MEN. Alberto Contador (right) rides ahead of Tour leader Chris Froome.

FROOME VS CONTADOR

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AINT-MALO, France (AP) — Germany’s Marcel Kittel won Tuesday’s 10th stage of the Tour de France in a sprint finish and Chris Froome stayed out of trouble to keep the leader’s yellow jersey. Kittel held off countryman Andre Greipel and Mark Cavendish in a dash to the line to win his second stage of the Tour. Cavendish nudged Dutchman Tom Veelers off his bike as they sprinted for home. “I touched him. The road was bearing left,” Cavendish said. “Yeah, it was my fault. ... I hope he’s OK.” Froome was at a safe distance behind, much to his relief. “That’s everyone’s worst nightmare. Fortunately I was to the side of that crash and went

around it no problem,” Froome said. “I’m feeling really good. Today was a great day for us, staying out of trouble, staying at the front. That was one of the objectives today, save the legs as much as possible.” Kittel won the opening stage and is now the first rider to capture two stages in this year’s race. “Things went very well with my team today,” he said. “I managed to get on Greipel’s wheel and overtake him.” Veelers was not seriously harmed and was later able to answer questions outside the team bus. “I had the feeling Cavendish was boxed in my wheel,” Veelers said. “He touched my handlebars and knocked me over.” Peter Sagan, who won the green jersey for best

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sprinter in last year’s Tour, finished the stage in fourth. The Slovak holds a commanding 83-point lead over Greipel and is 103 in front of archrival Cavendish, who won the green jersey in 2011. The finish looked tailor-made for Cavendish, who was going for his 25th career Tour stage win to tie Frenchman Andre Leducq on the all-time list of Tour stage winners. “I think this team could’ve done something differently, but we’ll talk about that later,” Cavendish said. As the British rider moved into position to attack before the final corner, Cavendish appeared to lean into Veelers and send the Argos-Shimano rider flying off his bike. Race stewards were examining

what happened. “I hope that Tom isn’t hurt too badly,” said Kittel, his teammate. After seeing a replay of the incident, Kittel gave Cavendish the benefit of the doubt. “I cannot imagine that it was on purpose because it was a very hectic situation,” he said. After the stage, Cavendish was involved in an incident at his Omega Pharma-QuickStep team bus, angrily grabbing the reporter’s recorder when asked if the crash was his fault. Following a rest day, the 122-mile flat ride started from Saint-Gildas-DesBois in northwest France and finished in the walled port city of Saint-Malo, a tourist destination on the north coast of Brittany.

Valeriano Pasquil, Jimmy Dureza, Felicisimo Ramos, Charlemagne Aldevera, Franklin Buno, Ludwig Van Ledesma, Samuel Afdal and Antonio Tan. Boy Lim

NEW RECRUIT. Pince Albert Pagara (L) together with ALA Promotions Vice President Dennis Cañete.

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LBERT Pagara, the pride of Maasin City and younger brother of WBO International Junior Welterweight Champion Jason Pagara has formally signed a multi-year promotional contract with ALA Promotions. Pagara, who goes by the ring moniker “Prince” is one of the fastest rising young boxing prospects to sign with one of the top promoters in the sport. A clear sign he’s ready to take the next step in his career and challenge some of the top bantamweights of the world. The young Pagara who traces his roots from the southern town of Maasin Philippines boasts an outstandingachievement of winning 10 gold medals and no record of defeats for over 400 fights as an amateur. He turned pro in 2011 at the age of 17. Now at only 19 years old, Pagara has a perfect professional record of

16-0. 11 of those wins are coming from way of knockout including his 2nd round stoppage on then undefeated Tawanrung Eausampan of Thailand. This coming July 13, Prince Albert Pagara will put his unbeaten record on the line as he battlesanother Thai opponent, Khunkhiri Wor Wisaruth of Bangkok as one of the special attractionsfor Pinoy Pride XXI: When Worlds Collide that will be held at the Solaire Resort and Casino in Manila. Do not miss to witness the next bold step in the rising career of the Pride of Maasin City. For tickets inquiries, contact ALA Promotions at (+6332) 505-9513 or visit our website at www. alaboxing.com. Tickets are also available in all SM Cinema nationwide and online via www.smtickets.com. Please like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.


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VOL. 6 ISSUE 84 • THURSDAY, JULY 11, 2013

EDGEDAVAO Sports

VICTORY RIDE. Martina Hingis jumps over to teammate Leander Paes after the duo clinched the World Team Tennis title for the 34th time. Hingis (inset) also won her doubles match to tow her team to the record title.

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ASHINGTON (AP) -- Martina Hingis and the rest of the Washington Kastles wasted no time putting on the red T-shirts, the ones that proclaim that they’re now at the top of the list among the ‘’longest winning streaks in major U.S. pro sports history.’’ And they even got congrats from the Los Angeles Lakers. The Kastles of World Team Tennis won their 34th consecutive match Tuesday night, routing the Boston Lobsters 25-12. Their streak is one better than the storied run of the 1971-72 Lakers, a team that included Wilt Chamberlain and Jerry West.

‘’We made history. Tonight is magic,’’ said coach Murphy Jensen, sporting a white hat with the number ‘’34.’’ ‘’This experience has been beyond belief. These guys have made a masterpiece, and this team will never be forgotten.’’ Such hyperbole is a matter for debate, considering that the WTT typically isn’t considered a ‘’major’’ sports league and that its top players appear only in selected matches, creating an atmosphere more comparable to that of a fan-friendly minor league baseball team. The Lakers, on the other hand, had an undisputed landmark achievement that continues to stand as

the high-water mark for the NBA, NHL, NFL and Major League Baseball. Still, winning 34 in a row on any level isn’t easy. Among those tipping a hat to the Kastles was Lakers executive Jeanie Buss, who was involved with World TeamTennis in the 1970s as an executive for the Los Angeles Strings. ‘’Winning 33 consecutive games was an amazing accomplishment by our 1971-72 Lakers team, as evidenced by the fact that no other team has come close to reaching it for over 40 years now,’’ Buss said in a written statement. ‘’On behalf of the Buss family and the Lakers family, I want to congratulate the

Washington Kastles, their players, and our good friends (WTT co-founder) Billie Jean King and (WTT Commissioner) Ilana Kloss on this milestone accomplishment of theirs.’’ The streak has brought invaluable publicity to a league that packs its entire season into a three-week span in July. Jensen’s squad is 2-0 this season and is coming off back-to-back WTT titles, going undefeated both years. Washington’s last loss came on July 22, 2010, also against the Lobsters. They’ve become the streamroller of the league. ‘’I’ve been really lucky to have had a great Olympic career and a great Da-

vis Cup career,’’ said the Kastles’ Leander Paes, who remains one of the top doubles players in the world. ‘’And this is exactly like that.’’ The streak has included both Venus and Serena Williams, although neither is playing for the Kastles this year. Venus Williams was supposed to make the occasional appearance as the star player in 2013, but she dropped out with a lower back injury. She was on hand to support her teammates Monday night when the streak reached 33, following the customary White House visit with President Barack Obama to celebrate the Kastles’ 2012 title. First lady Michelle

Obama also attended Monday’s match. With neither Williams on the squad, Hingis is now the Kastles’ marquee player in her first year with the team. The 32-year-old Swiss, who won five Grand Slam singles titles in the 1990s and will be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame this month, paired with Anastasia Rodionova to win the women’s doubles and with Paes to take the mixed doubles. Hingis then cruised past Jill Craybas 5-2 in women’s singles, pumping her fist and getting a big hug from Jensen after Craybas’ shot landed long to end the set.

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Edge Davao 6 Issue 84, July 11, 2013