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PACQUIAO SAYS HE WILL CONSIDER RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT
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MACAU — Philippine boxing great Manny Pacquiao is harboring thoughts of running for president in his beloved homeland when he finally hangs up his gloves, he revealed to AFP in an exclusive interview. Giving his strongest hint yet that he will push to the top of the political tree when he finally retires from the ring, the “Pacman” – a hero and congressman in his home country – admitted he had considered the presidency of the 95 million-strong nation. When pressed on whether he had thought about shooting for the top job, the softly-spoken 34-year-old replied “Yes”. Drawing parallels between his pugilism and politics careers, the former world champion in eight
weight divisions said: “When I started boxing, of course I was planning, you know and thinking about getting to become a champion. So when I enter politics it’s the same thing. “But, you know, it’s far away,” he said, adding: “It’s God’s will.” Before that, however, Pacquiao whose record stands at 54 wins, five losses and two draws, must concentrate on his latest bout – a post breakfast-time tear-up with US fighter Brandon Rios, kicking off at the Venetian resort-hotel in Macau at 10:00 am on November 24. The unconventional start time is for the benefit of the lucrative US pay-per-view audience, who will be settling down to watch the fight mid-evening on Saturday, as top US promoter Bob Arum attempts to elbow his way into the China market.
And viewers will not be oblivious to the fact that it is probably make or break time for Pacquiao’s boxing career. Despite his last fight ending in a disastrous knockout, when Juan Manuel Marquez caught him with a huge right hand that saw the Filipino crumple to the canvas – his second successive defeat – Pacquiao refuses to entertain the notion that he will lose a third straight bout, or retire. He said he was “100 percent” sure he would beat Rios (31-1-1), giving him one more chance to regain his credibility – and potentially another shot at a world title. “He’s OK but I can say he’s a greasy fighter and he loves to fight inside, he loves to fight toe-to-toe,” he said in an interview on Saturday as he kicked off a promotional tour
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for the Rios battle. “This is going to be a good fight – more action in the ring. Hopefully he won’t run away.” Pacquiao insists he is as fit as ever, will focus on not leaving himself open to Marquez-style punishment, and has ignored calls from friends, family and media commentators, fearful for his health, to call it a day. Once regarded as the world’s best pound-for-pound fighter, he dismisses the possibility of defeat at the hands of the much younger – and possibly hungrier – US opponent. “There’s a little bit of pressure for this fight but I believe in myself that I can still fight and improve,” he said. “I still can knock somebody out in the ring. “I never think negative. I only think positive,” Pacquiao added,
conceding that his nearest and dearest were desperate for him to bow out of the fight game. “Especially my mother,” he admitted. “My mother doesn’t want me to fight any more, she doesn’t like it,” he told AFP. “She wants me to focus on serving people.” His trainer too, the legendary Freddie Roach, has categorically stated that if he loses to Rios it will be the last time he sets foot in the ring. “If he loses, I will tell him to retire,” he was reported as telling ESPN. Pacquiao’s preparation for the fight will begin in the Philippines next month, with “light training for conditioning” seeing him run in the morning and hit his gym in the afternoon, before he steps up the work rate to put himself through weeks of grueling workouts.
Acknowledging he is no longer a young fighter – but confident he will be in as good a shape as ever – he said: “Of course, my mind is still there but I have to adjust a little bit of something in my body because I’m 34 years old. It’s different than if you compare it to when I was 25 years old. “I need to focus this training camp to maintain the speed, specifically the footwork.” And the one question that has for years dogged Pacquiao – whether a dream clash with undefeated five-division world champion Floyd Mayweather will ever happen? “I’ve stopped thinking about him because I don’t think he will fight me. I’ve been waiting four years already,” he said. ■ Alex Millson / Agence FrancePresse / July 28, 2013 / 11:42 AM
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Japan says ties with PH important, confirms plan to provide loan-funded 10 patrol vessels MANILA - Visiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe unveiled a plan at a meeting Saturday with Philippine President Benigno Aquino III to provide Manila with 10 coast guard patrol ships through a yen loan to help it counter an increasingly assertive China. In a bid to help achieve peace on Mindanao, where the Philippines’ largest Muslim rebel group is in conflict with the government, Abe also spelled out a new package of official development assistance aimed at building schools and clinics, and developing personnel for an autonomous political entity to be established. “Relations between Japan and the Philippines are rooted in their long-term friendly history and exchanges,” Abe told a joint news conference with Aquino after their summit in Manila, pledging to further
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Benigno Aquino III shake hands as they hold bilateral talks Saturday morning in Malacanang. Among others, Tokyo confirmed its readiness to provide Manila with yen loan-funded 10 coast guard ships to boost its maritime capacity, as the two allies discussed a common concern: China’s muscle-flexing in Asian waters. Malacanang Photo Bureau
strengthen bilateral ties through new Japanese assistance. The Japanese government is placing more importance on its relationship with the Philippines, and is committed to boost its maritime security and capabilities, Mr. Abe stressed As both countries share the common problem of dealing with China’s muscleflexing in the South and East China Seas, Tokyo now has a very strong interest in its relationship with Manila, the Japanese Prime Minister said on Saturday. Abe met with President Aquino on Saturday morning at Malacanang Palace to discuss four areas of cooperation including the plan to boost maritime cooperation. After a closed-door bilateral meeting which took less than an hour, Mr. Aquino said in his statement that both countries have “pledged to cooperate in advancing a common advocacy for responsible action from international players” by “upholding the rule of law”. Common advocacy: responsible action amid sea rows. Aquino added, “The Prime Minister and I agreed to strengthen maritime cooperation, which is a pillar of our strategic partnership.” The President added: “We reviewed the security challenges that confront our nations, and pledged to cooperate in advancing our common advocacy for responsible action from international players. We believe that can be done by upholding the rule of law in international affairs, and by finding just and peaceful
solutions to our territorial disputes and maritime concerns—so that we may create a secure and stable environment that leads to our collective progress.” For his part, Abe conveyed Tokyo’s commitment to continue to assist the Philippines in capacity building. Abe’s two-day visit came as tensions rose between China and Japan after Chinese vessels were for the first time seen intruding into Japanese waters in the disputed area of the East China Sea, where they are both claiming a chain of islands that Japan calls Senkakus and China, Diaoyus. The report from Japan came just two days after Beijing unveiled its integrated coast guard that combines the assets and functions of four services, resulting in more ships being armed, and ready to conduct more maritime patrols. The Philippines also has an ongoing territorial dispute with China which it says continues to intrude in its waters, even harvesting natural resources. However, the Philippines has very little capability to protect its maritime territory. 10 patrol vessels from Japan. “The Philippine Coast Guard and I have announced that we will provide ten patrol vessels by Yen loan,” Abe confirmed, although he did not specify when the 10 multirole response vessels will be turned over to Manila. On Friday, Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman Raul Hernandez said that the loan request of the Philippines is still “under consideration”.
No intimidation. Japan also vowed there will be no intimidation in resolving the territorial dispute with China. From the conversation he had with US Vice President Joe Biden, Abe said both of them agreed that the right tack is to continue to “contribute peace in the region”. Resolving the matter is not through “intimidation but by rule of law,” Abe said. Aside from strengthening maritime cooperation, Japan and the Philippines agreed to develop both their economies’ vitality, strengthen assistance for the Mindanao peace process, and strongly promote people-to-people exchange. “I continue to place high expectations on the President to arrive at a decision to adopt the Japanese system for Digital Terrestrial Television, and we agreed to promote cooperation in terms of transportation infrastructure in Metro Manila,” he said. Aquino said he welcomed the technical assistance provided by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in developing a Transport Roadmap Study for Metro Manila and its Surrounding Areas. On the Mindanao peace process, Abe said both Japan and the Philippines have created a very accurate and leading-edge topographical mapping of Mindanao. Both countries have agreed to promote tourism in addition to the relaxation of visa requirements starting July, by, among others, expanding the Civil Aviation relationship between Japan and the Philippines by increasing the number of scheduled flights. Meanwhile, Aquino said he looks forward
to the commemorative summit in Tokyo this December, the 40th year of friendship between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and Japan. “The relationship between Japan and ASEAN serves as a cornerstone of harmony and dialogue in our part of the world,” he said. Abe visited Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines to boost cooperation with its neighbours and monitor China’s actions beyond the East China Sea, whose territories are both being claimed by Beijing and Tokyo. “With my visit to Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines, I intend to receive the strategic diplomacy not only to Japan’s national interest but also regional and global peace and prosperity,” Abe said in his opening statement during a press conference on Saturday. He sees that the Association of the Southeast Asian Nation is an important “partner for stability and prosperity of Asia Pacific region to which attached priority from vast perspective of economic growth and security”. “All three leaders that I met during my visit indicated stronger expectation for the Japanese economy to revitalize, embracing the vitality of Asia and for Japan to play a more active role within this region,” he said. “We agreed to strengthen wide ranging cooperation with the countries with whom we share fundamental values such as the rule of law and human rights,” he added. ■ Pots de Leon / InterAksyon.com and Daisuke Yamamoto / PNA/Kyodo / July 27, 2013 / Updated 8:38 PM
GANTT CHART: As PNoy marks mid-point of 6-year term, where are the PPP projects now?
AFTER nearly three years since President Benigno Aquino III launched 11 project under his Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Program, the government has awarded three projects to date. As of July 16, PPP Center data showed that seven projects -- mostly belonging to the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) -- were moving towards formal bidding. Other PPP projects were either in the preparation stage, with the
agency still drafting feasibility studies. Among those projects in the advanced stages, the DOTC is scheduled to open the financial bid for the P60 billion Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT1) Cavite Extension Project on July 30. The government is banking on the PPP projects to plug the country’s infrastructure gap and create jobs in the process. The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) had said the PPP initiative
would require up to P739.78 billion in investments through 2016 to boost the economy and the country’s investment rate. Under its medium-term development plan, the government expects the economy to grow between 7-8 percent through 2016. The Aquino administration also aims to raise its investment rate to 18 percent of gross domestic product by the end of its term from 14 percent at present. ■ Darwin G. Amojelar /
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The Mactan Cebu International Airport is one of the PPP projects. Photo by Arnold S. Tenorio
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raises P5 billion from longBSP chief says Moody’s upgrade likely, cites PNB term time deposit offering higher growth path due to gov’t reforms MANILA - Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Amando M. Tetangco Jr. today said Moody’s Investors Service is likely to deliver an upgrade, adding that government reforms put in place can set the country on a higher growth path. “Hopefully, they would be convinced even more that the positive overall performance and the reforms are sustainable. The government changes so far could cement economic growth on a higher trajectory,” Tetangco said, referring to Moody’s, representatives of which will meet the country’s economic managers next week. Moody’s vice president Thomas Byrne, who has covered the Philippines for the rating firm, will lead a delegation that would meet with officials of the BSP, the Department of Finance, among other agencies. “With the statement of Moody’s yesterday, we are hoping to receive investment grade rating sooner than we earlier expected,” Tetangco said, referring to the debt watcher’s announcement on Thursday that it has placed the Philippines on review for a possible upgrade. Moody’s said lifting the country from junk to investment status would depend on the sustainability of the Philippines’
MANILA - Philippine National Bank (PNB) has raised the entire P5 billion from the sale of long term negotiable certificates of time deposit (LTNCDs) on the first day of their offering. “We are overwhelmed by the confidence and support of our investors in PNB. This fund-raising exercise will allow us to support our asset growth, and make us even more competitive in the banking industry.” PNB president Omar Mier said in a statement. LTNCDs are a cheap source of funds for banks. For investors, these instruments make periodic coupon or interest payment during the life of the deposit, with the face value of the certificate paid in full upon maturity. They are covered by the Philippine Deposit Insurance Corp up to a maximum of P500,000 per depositor. With an oversubscribed book early in its offering, the 5.5-year deposit instrument
was priced at three percent, the lowest for an LTNCD. The public offering was supposed to run for three days or until July 29, but PNB closed it early because of strong demand. “Raising P5 billion just a few hours into its first offering day, and pricing the LTNCD at the lower end of pricing guidance is a testament to PNB’s franchise. We congratulate them on this remarkable achievement,” HSBC Philippines president Wick Veloso said. HSBC acted as sole lead arranger and bookrunner for the transaction. PNB owner Lucio Tan earlier said the bank was looking for other lenders to acquire after merger talks with Bank of the Philippine Islands fell through. PNB merged with Allied Banking Corporation earlier this year, making PNB the fourth largest privately-owned bank in terms of assets. ■ Maricel E. Burgonio / InterAksyon.com / July 26, 2013 / 10:27 AM
BSP chief Amando M. Tetangco Jr. Photo from Citi
economic growth, of the government’s fiscal deficit and debt reduction tack, and the strength of its external payments position. At present, Moody’s rates the Philippines’ foreign-currency long-term debt as ‘Ba1’, or a notch below investment grade. Moody’s is the only major credit rating firm that has yet to give the Philippines an
investment grade. Earlier, Fitch Ratings and Standard & Poor’s raised the country from junk status. An investment grade usually results in lower borrowing costs for the sovereign, thus freeing up more resources for investment. Similarly, companies in a country rated as investment grade enjoy lower borrowing costs. ■ Maricel E. Burgonio / InterAksyon.com / July 26, 2013 / 6:38 PM
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Business groups rally behind Manila Water, Maynilad in tiff with MWSS MANILA - Four business groups have called on the government to abide by the agreements it entered into with two companies that distribute water on behalf of state-run Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS). “We urge Philippine authorities to faithfully adhere to the terms of the concession agreements, including following the provisions on dispute settlement that call for international arbitration in the event of differences,” the Employers’ Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP), Foundation for Economic Freedom (FEF), Management Association of the Philippines (MAP) and Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) said in a joint statement. “Demands for tariff adjustments need to be framed strictly within the agreements, and be mindful of the public’s need—not just for reliable clean water, sewage and sanitation services—but for other sorely lacking infrastructure—mass transport, toll roads, ports, power, and others, which would be affected by any ill-considered decision on this case,” the business groups said. The groups’ statement comes in the wake of a June 7 resolution of the MWSSRegulatory Office (MWSS-RO) excluding income tax payments from the expenses that Manila Water Co Inc and Maynilad Water Services Inc can recover from their customers. Manila Water, part of the Ayala Group, operates the east zone, while
Maynilad, which is a unit of Metro Pacific Investments Corp (MPIC), runs the west zone of the MWSS concession. Sources familiar with the matter earlier told InterAksyon.com that the two companies are mulling over haling the government to international court should MWSS-RO insist on excluding income tax payments from the list of recoverable expenses. Calling the MWSS and the concessionaires’ deal the Philippines’
“flagship water public-private partnership (PPP),” the four business groups said the past 16 years have “contributed much to improve public welfare by having more than doubled the number of customers served, providing a 24-hour water service availability level that meets health standards, while addressing the needs of millions in the poor communities.” “None of this was available before. The improvements in service deliverycame after the two concessionaires poured in
a combined P105 billion in investments to expand and upgrade the water and sewage network, achieved without adding to government’s fiscal burden or public debt exposure,” the business groups said. “We, therefore, view with concern reckless statements (‘grossly unjust payments’), calls for unilateral changes, even abrogation of contracts, that have been publicly aired, including by government agents whose responsibility
is to deliver on obligations under those contracts. Such statements, if accepted, could reinforce perceptions that there are risksto investing under the Philippine PPP program, something we do not believe the government intends,” the business groups said. “We caution against actions that undermine faith in government’s seriousness of commitment to its own flagship PPP program,” they added. The four business groups also enjoined the government to privatize water distribution elsewhere in the country. “What’s a pity is that this successful, internationally recognized model PPP has not been replicated outside Metro Manila where the water situation remains at woeful pre-privatization MWSS standards. Poor water and sanitation pose significant health risks to millions of people, while a well-run utility creates much positive benefit to its customers, and to the environment. The gains made under the MWSS PPP must not be put at risk. Rather, these gains ought to be imitated elsewhere across the country through similar PPP arrangements so that the UN Millennium Development Goal of universal access to potable water can be achieved,” the groups said. InterAksyon.com is the online news portal of TV5, which like Maynilad and MPIC is chaired by Manuel V. Pangilinan.
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25% of Luisita’s farm worker-beneficiaries receive lot allocation certificates - DAR
Hacienda Luisita farmer. File photo by Nonoy Espina
Each beneficiary is allotted 6,600 square meters of farm lot, out of the 4,099 hectares earmarked for distribution. Parungao noted that more than 90 percent of the qualified beneficiaries in Barangays Cutcut, Lourdes, and Bantog attended the drawing of lots in order to receive their Lot Allocation Certificates and affix their signatures on the Application to Purchase and Farmers’ Understanding (APFU). Those who failed to attend the drawing of lots had been advised to go to the DAR Provincial Office in Tarlac to sign the APFUs and receive their lot allocation certificates, he said. Parungao explained that both documents are requirements for DAR to generate the Certificates of Land Ownership Award (CLOAs) that would be
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MANILA -- A total of 1,666 or 25% of the total number of farm workerbeneficiaries in Hacienda Luisita have received their lot allocation certificates since July 18, 2013, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) said over the weekend. According to DAR Undersecretary Anthony Parungao, 435 more farm workers were allotted farm lots last Thursday, July 26, when the DAR resumed its lot allocation activity for qualified beneficiaries in Barangay Bantog. “We were able to cover almost 25 percent of the total number of beneficiaries, allocating 1,099.56 hectares of land, in the first three days of lot allocation in Hacienda Luisita,” Parungao said. “The first lot allocation activity took place last July 18 in Barangay Cutcut, where 645 farm workers earned the distinction of becoming the first batch of qualified beneficiaries who were guaranteed specific parcels of lots in the sugar estate,” he said. He added that the second lot allocation was done last July 22 where another set of 586 farm workers were given lot allocation in Barangay Lourdes. A total of 6,212 farm workers have been identified as qualified agrarian reform beneficiaries in Hacienda Luisita, Parungao said.
distributed to 6,212 qualified beneficiaries of Hacienda Luisita. Parungao also disclosed that after the distribution of lot allocation certificates, the DAR field personnel would proceed to Barangay Asurias on Monday, July 29, to resume its lot allocation activity. DAR expects to accomplish its lot allocation activities on August 21, when all the 10 barangays of Hacienda Luisita would have been covered. Only Supreme Court can stop us. DAR Secretary Virgilio delos Reyes has vowed to continue with the land distribution process in Hacienda Luisita despite a motion filed by a farmers’ group in the Supreme Court to, among others, stop DAR from proceeding with the lot allocation activity for qualified farm worker-beneficiaries.
“The Supreme Court has directed us to distribute the land to qualified beneficiaries in Hacienda Luisita and we, in the DAR, are following this instruction to the letter. Only the Supreme Court can stop us now from doing our job,” Delos Reyes stressed. Delos Reyes has expressed disappointment that Alyansa ng Manggagawang Bukid sa Asyenda Luisita (Ambala), one of the four farmers’ groups operating in Hacienda Luisita, has moved to stop the process of land distribution in the vast sugar estate. The DAR chief said that suspending lot allocation activities in Hacienda Luisita would only prolong the agony of qualified beneficiaries who expect the farm lots to be awarded to them in September.
“Definitely, any order that will stop DAR from proceeding with lot allocation activities in Hacienda Luisita case will set back our timetable in land acquisition and distribution,” Delos Reyes pointed out. “I don’t see how the suspension of DAR activities in Hacienda Luisita can help the cause of fast-tracking the process of land distribution in the sugar estate. Undue delay in land distribution is definitely not in the best interest of the qualified beneficiaries,” he added. Delos Reyes said he is ready to defend before the Supreme Court all the activities being undertaken by DAR personnel related to the land distribution process in Hacienda Luisita. ■ Leilani S. Junio / PNA /July 28, 2013 / 7:00 AM
Alleged drug dealer killed in Cavite shootout, police officer critically hurt A suspected drug dealer was shot dead Saturday afternoon in Bacoor City, Cavite after he engaged police officers in a shootout, a television report said. A police officer was shot in the head during the engagement and was in a critical condition, while another official, who was shot in the hand, underwent surgery, Bacoor city police head Superintendent Rommel Estolan
said in an interview with Cedric Castllo on “GMA News TV Live.” Police units were supposedly conducting a surveillance operation in Barangay Maliksi III in Bacoor City when the suspected drug dealer fired at them. “Nauna silang pinutukan ng suspek at siyempre they have to defend themselves… Nagkapalitan ng putok at siyang naging dahilan ng untimely death ng suspect,” Estolan explained. The
police did not identify the suspect. “Despite the situation na pinutukan nila ‘yung ating kapulisan, ginawan pa rin natin ng effort para dalhin sa ospital dito sa Las Piñas City ang suspect pero siya ay naideklara na patay ng kanyang attending physician,” he added. The wounded police officers were brought to St. Dominic Hospital in Bacoor City. ■ Rouchelle R. Dinglasan / DVM, GMA News / July 27, 2013 / 10:56 PM
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Bill amending Mining Act ready Cuisia condemns killing of by Sept, PNoy adviser says Filipino nurse in Memphis MANILA - A bill changing how the spoils of mining are divided between companies and the government will be filed in Congress in September, Presidential Adviser on Environmental Protection Neric Acosta said. “It would be submitted to this new Congress by early September so that you don’t have to wait for another few months--isalang na kaagad,” Acosta told InterAksyon.com He said the Mining Industry Coordinating Council’s (MICC) technical working groups have been threshing out the details of the bill, including the classification of metallic and nonmetallic minerals, and the role of local governments and small-scale mining, among others. “With that, what would you do with Mt. Diwalwal? With Rapu-rapu?” Acosta, who chairs the MICC, said. “The metallic and non-metallic has long been suggested as you cannot lump them together. And there are also those identified as non-metallic that should be metallic -- like black sand mining -- that is considered as quarrying and gravel. But it’s not supposed to be because it separates sand and derive magnetite,” he added.
The inter-agency MICC is also updating data on Philippine mines and the fiscal regimes in other mineral-rich countries such as Chile, Botswana, South Africa and Australia that can be used in amending the existing revenuesharing (http://www.interaksyon.com/ business/64567/govt-mulls-bigger-cutfrom-mining-revenues) between the government and the private sector. The MICC is mapping out the entire Philippines to classify which areas must be declared as protected and “no-go” zones, and which among these are identified as among the most mineralized. Acosta said the most mineralized regions in the Philippines are Cordillera, Zamboanga Peninsula, Palawan, CARAGA and the Nueva Vizcaya-Isabela regions. He said Cordillera is the most contentious of all because of land use issues. “Pwedeng may land use sa itaas tapos may mining sa ilalim? Pwede ba yun? Tapos may private patents, may mga exemptions. If you based it on slopes and elevations, Cordillera is all no-go,” he said. “[But] how can you make it no-go when Lepanto has been there, Philex is
Presidential Adviser on Environmental Protection Neric Acosta during meeting of Mining Industry Coordinating Council. Photo by Bernard Testa
there. Mining has so much part in the histories of this area,” he added. In addition, the government has yet to resolve the issue of Palawan, which has been identified as a “no-go” protected zone even though three big mining firms are in the province. While the inter-agency body is trying to sort out these conflicting issues, it is also waiting for additional maps to be able to complete the draft for the bill on protected areas, Acosta said. Other bills that may come out of the MICC technical working groups is one governing small-scale mining and another setting forth regulations based on international standards. ■ Likha CuevasMiel / InterAksyon.com / July 27, 2013 / 2:25 PM
Despite law enacted to fight Hepatitis, 16M Filipinos infected, says Pia Cayetano MANILA, Philippines – As the country marked World Hepatitis Day on July 28, Senator Pia Cayetano lamented that the Philippines still has 16 million people infected with Hepatitis B virus (HBV) and counting, despite enactment of a law to combat the disease. “The enactment of RA 10152 seeks to address the most common mode of transmission of the HBV, which is from mother to child. It is one major step, but it’s not enough and we need to follow through,” said Cayetano, the law’s principal author in the Senate. Official estimates place the prevalence rate of Hepatitis B at 16 percent of the population, or approximately 16 million Filipinos. Hepatitis C has a lower prevalence, but its cases are steadily climbing, according to reports from the Hepatology Society of the Philippines (HSP) and the National Viral Hepatitis Task Force (NVHTF). Noting the theme of World Hepatitis Day this year, ‘This is Hepatitis. Know it. Confront it,’ Cayetano noted that public awareness about the disease, including its causes, symptoms and implications, remains very low. “There could in fact be underreporting of cases because many of those infected are not even aware that they are carriers of the HBV, and may be infecting others. On the other hand, lack of knowledge about the nature of the disease, and how the HBV is transmitted, also leads to discrimination against people with
Hepatitis B in the workplace.” Cayetano said the passage of Republic Act 10152, the ‘Mandatory Infants and Children Immunization Act’ two years ago, made vaccination against the Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) compulsory for all infants within 24 hours of birth and available in government health facilities. “The government urgently needs to intensify its programs and map out a comprehensive strategy against the spread of Hepatitis B, which liver experts have described as a ‘public health emergency’ in the country,” added the senator, who also chaired the Senate Committee on Health and Demography in the 15th Congress One of the concrete actions from the government is the issuance of guidelines on workplace policy and non-discrimination on Hepatitis B by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), through DOLE Advisory No.5 which became effective in January, 2011. The labor advisory requires HBV
vaccination to all occupations with a conceivable risk of Hepatitis B transmission in the workplace, such as health workers and other workers whose occupation involves the potential exchange of body fluids. It also requires firms to include a policy on nondiscriminatory, confidentiality, work accommodation, and arrangement for workers with Hepatitis B. The guidelines became the product of the series of public hearings conducted by the Senate Committee on Health and Demography under Sen. Cayetano. Among those consulted were medical doctors, employers’ groups, government agencies and support groups for workers with Hepatitis B. Cayetano is also working with the Hepatology Society of the Philippines to come up with a policy proposal that would allow Philhealth to cover and reimburse for the vaccination, screening and treatment for Hepatitis B, as well as treatment for Hepatitis C, which medical experts say is potentially curable with early diagnosis and treatment. “Additional revenues generated from the Sin Tax Reform Law, which we also helped pass in the last Congress, will be plowed back to our people through better health services and the administration’s universal health care program. As such, we hope to include Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C in the treatment packages of the Philhealth soon,” she said. ■ Ernie Reyes / InterAksyon.com / July 28, 2013 / 6:09 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. today condemned what he described as the senseless killing of a Filipino nurse who was shot dead in Tennessee over the weekend. “The Philippine Embassy has been informed of the shooting death of Mr. Erano Santos, a 33-year-old Filipino nurse from Angeles City, outside his apartment in Memphis on 20 July 2013,” Cuisia said in a statement released today.
“We grieve with Mr. Santos’s loved ones and join them in condemning this senseless killing,” the ambassador said. “We are confident that authorities will be able to bring to justice whoever is behind Mr. Santos’s death.” Cuisia said the Embassy is coordinating with the Memphis police and is in touch with Erano’s aunt in San Diego. He said the Embassy will extend all possible assistance in facilitating the repatriation of the victim’s remains to the Philippines. Santos, who migrated to the United States only last year, was found dead with a gunshot wound outside his apartment in Cordova, Tennessee. Witnesses said Santos was shot following an altercation with an unknown suspect who fled the scene in the victim’s 2013 Honda Civic sedan. ■ InterAksyon.com / July 28, 2013 / 1:10 AM
Erap allows buses with ‘stickers’ and franchise to cross Manila under temporary scheme MANILA, Philippines – Only buses with stickers and franchises from the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) will be allowed to pass through Manila’s streets, under a temporary scheme, as various agencies thresh out the issues raised by City Hall’s bid to ease traffic in the capital city. According to P/Senior Inspector Olivia Sagaysay, Manila Police DistrictTraffic Enforcement Unit head, “This will be temporary arrangement while our unit is studying other adjustments to be enforced in later days.” Various agencies and the Metro Manilla Development Authority (MMDA) have weighed in on the issue, with LTFRB saying the ordinance being enforced by Mayor Joseph Estrada cannot supercede a franchise from the national government agency. Sagaysay said in a radio interview only 10 units per bus company with valid franchise will be allowed to enter and cross the city streets starting Monday, but only to load and unload in designated places around the city limits. Buses will be allowed to load and upload at the “Park and Ride” Terminal beside the LRT Central Station in Liwasang Bonifacio if they have stickers signed by Vice Mayor Isko Moreno. The buses “should have license plate and body number on display and the sticker of Park and Ride Terminal, signed by Vice Mayor Moreno,” Sagaysay explained. Loading and unloading areas Those buses coming from Quezon City will be allowed to load and unload on Espana Boulevard, Park and Ride Terminal and some designated areas in Taft Avenue. Buses coming from Pasay and Makati will have to load and unload on Quirino,
Taft Avenue, Park and RideTermin al and some areas along España and A. Lacson Street. Meanwhile, buses coming from San Juan City will be allowed to load and unload passengers on V. Mapa St., and some areas on Ramon Magsaysay Avenue in Sta. Mesa, near TIP in P-Casal St., Ayala Bridge in San Miguel, Manila; and Park and Ride in Liwasang Bonifacio. All buses coming from Quezon Blvd. in Quezon City will be allowed to load and unload at the Espana-UST area under the footbridge, at the Multi-Modal Terminal in Liwasang Bonifacio, Park and Ride Terminal, Taft Avenue in front of Rizal Park and corner of President Quirino Avenue and Taft Avenue in Malate. Buses coming from the cities of Pasay and Makati going to Quezon City will also be allowed to load and unload on Quirino-Taft Avenues, Park and Ride Terminal and in an area upon crossing A. Lacson (formerly Forbes St.,), in Espana St., in Sampaloc. Buses coming from San Juan will only be allowed to unload and load passengers at SM Centerpoint on their return from Manila to their destination in Rizal province. ■ Ernie Reyes / InterAksyon.com / July 28, 2013 / 5:07 PM
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Mindanao’s biggest coal-fed power plant trims output on scheduled maintenance MANILA - Steag State Power Inc has announced the shutdown of a portion of its coal-fired power plant in Mindanao this month. In a statement, Steag Power said 105 megawatts of the 210-megawatt Mindanao coal-fired power plant at the Phividec Industrial Park in Villanueva, Misamis Oriental will be shut down for maintenance work between July 27 and August 14. The second generating unit will also be shut down from September 21 to October 27. Steag Power is a special purpose company established to build, operate and maintain Mindanao’s first, and so far, only coal-fired power plant. The company is principally owned by Germany’s Steag GmbH, in partnership with local firms. Carsten Evers, Steag Power plant manager, said the preventive maintenance work need to be carried out to ensure efficiency and reliability of the two power generating units. “In determining the timing of the [preventive maintenance schedule, Steag Power] always takes into consideration the power plant’s operations and maintenance guidelines including the anticipated electricity demand-supply condition of Mindanao during the period. The
goal is to minimize the impact of any possible power supply shortfall in the island,” he said. The power plant is considered the most modern and the biggest in Mindanao on a per unit capacity. It accounts for about 20 percent of the island’s electric generation mix. As a result of its upcoming maintenance work, which will coincide with similar repairs on other power plants in the region, Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho L. Petilla said Mindanao could again be hit by power outages. Despite this, the maintenance work on the plants are better off scheduled now instead of during the summer months, when demand is at its highest while power supply is constrained, he said. ■ Euan Paulo C. Añonuevo / InterAksyon. com / July 26, 2013 / 4:08 PM
OFW SUICIDE IN TAIWAN? NBI asked to conduct autopsy on parents’ request
MANILA - Vice President Jejomar C. Binay has asked the National Bureau of Investigation to conduct a second autopsy on the body of a 29-year old overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who allegedly committed suicide in Taiwan. The OFW is survived by his wife, who is due to give birth to their second child on September, and his seven-year-old son. In a news release, the vice president made the request after the OFW’s parents raised doubts that their son committed suicide, and asked Binay for help. The relatives, who are Makati residents, has asked that the name of the OFW be withheld. The OFW’s mother said the NBI autopsied the OFW’s remains on July 27 and would provide the family the results in two weeks. The vice president has also asked the Manila Economic and Cultural Office to assist OFW’s family after Taiwanese authorities failed to give them copies of the police report and medico-legal findings. The OFWs brother, who along with his sister had flown to Taiwan to claim the OFW’s body, said the Taipei police had declined to give them the names of the two workers who found his brother’s body. He said the Taiwan authorities already concluded it was a suicide even
before the autopsy was conducted. “In fact, we have yet to receive a copy of the police report of the incident,” he said. The brother also said that while the Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office has given them “full support,” the family has yet to receive a copy of the OFW’s medico-legal report from Taiwanese authorities. The family raised concerns over what they said was an “unusually long time” for the autopsy results to be released. “The autopsy was conducted on July 20. We were told it would take two months for the results to be known,” the brother said. The mother said that the agency was the one that told them her son had
committed suicide. The OFW had been working in Taiwan as a machinist for three and a half years. The mother said her son was six months into his second contract with the company when he died. She said her son came home on December 12 last year when his threeyear contract was finished. He flew to Taiwan on January 30 upon renewal of his contract. Binay has pledged his office will be assisting the family in processing the OFW’s death benefit claims from the Overseas Workers’ Welfare Administration, Home Development Mutual Fund, and the Social Security System. ■ InterAksyon.com / July 28, 2013 / 1:00 PM
US tells Russia will not seek death penalty for Snowden WASHINGTON - The United States has told Russia it will not seek the death penalty nor torture fugitive intelligence leaker Edward Snowden, in an attempt to convince Moscow to turn him over. The assurances came in a letter obtained by AFP Friday that Attorney General Eric Holder sent to Russian Justice Minister Alexander Konovalov. “We understand from press reports that Mr. Snowden has filed papers seeking temporary asylum in Russia on the grounds that if he were returned to the United States, he would be tortured and would face the death penalty,” Holder wrote. “These claims are entirely without merit.” Snowden, whom Washington wants to put on trial for disclosing details of massive US surveillance, has been marooned at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport for more than a month amid uncertainty about his future. The case has further strained relations between Washington and Moscow, although a Kremlin spokesman indicated Friday that Snowden’s fate is not on President Vladimir Putin’s immediate agenda. The White House has voiced strong opposition to Snowden’s request for safe haven in Russia and has criticized Moscow for providing him with a “propaganda platform.” In the letter dated Tuesday, Holder said the charges against the 30-year-old do not
carry the possibility of the death penalty and that “the United States would not seek the death penalty even if Mr. Snowden were charged with additional, death penalty-eligible crimes.” Holder also stressed to Konovalov that the former National Security Agency contractor would not be tortured and would receive a fair trial back home. “Torture is unlawful in the United States,” he wrote. “If he returns to the United States, Mr. Snowden would promptly be brought before a civilian court convened under Article III of the United States Constitution and supervised by a United States District Judge.” Snowden would be appointed or could retain counsel, and any questioning would be conducted only with his consent, he added. “Mr. Snowden would have the right to a public jury trial; he would have the right to testify if he wished to do so; and the United States would have to prove his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt to a unanimous jury,” Holder wrote. “If convicted, Mr. Snowden would have the right to appeal to the United States Court of Appeals.” Holder said Washington believes “these assurances eliminate these asserted grounds for Mr. Snowden’s claim that he should be treated as a refugee or granted asylum, temporary or otherwise.” Holder also said that, despite news
Attorney General Eric Holder speaks at anevent, on July 16, 2013, in Orlando, Florida. The United States will not seek the death penalty for fugitive intelligence leaker Edward Snowden, according to a letter from Holder obtained by AFP Friday. ©afp.com / Tim Boyles / July 26, 2013 / 5:57 PM
reports and Snowden’s belief to the contrary, he is able to travel and is eligible for a “limited validity passport.” “Despite the revocation of his passport on June 22, 2013, Mr. Snowden remains a US citizen,” Holder wrote. “He is eligible for a limited validity passport good for direct return to the United States. The United States is willing to immediately issue such a passport to Mr. Snowden.” The head of a civic panel that advises the Russian migration service warned Friday that Snowden could still stay half a year in Sheremetyevo while his asylum application is considered. ■ Mathieu
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PSEi slips below 6,800-mark again amid thin trading
MANILA - Philippine share prices on Friday extended their decline for a second straight session in thin trading to pull down the benchmark index below the 6,800 level. At the Philippine Stock Exchange, the composite index fell 36.49 points or 0.54 percent to close at 6,763.62. Except for the industrials counter, the other sub-indices finished in the red, with the financial and service indices losing more than a percent each. Decliners beat advancers, 79 to 60, while 48 issues were unchanged. A total of 760.40 million stocks worth P5.63 billion changed hands. Actively traded stocks were Metrobank, BDO, URC, Security Bank and Alliance Global. Top gainers were Keppel Holdings, ATN B and Boulevard Holdings, while the biggest losers were Nexstage, Atok-Big Wedge and BHI Holdings. “Local market remains lethargic. Investors are cautious for the Federal
Reserve next week,” said Astro del Castillo, managing director at First Grade Finance Inc. The Federal Open Market Committee is set to hold its policy-setting meeting next week. This amid Fed chairman Ben Bernanke’s earlier pronouncement that the US central bank may start winding down its $85-billion monthly asset purchases if the US economy continues to show signs of improvement. The reduction of the Fed’s quantitative easing program relieves the downward pressure on US interest rates. Higher interest rates would attract money back to the US and out of emerging markets like the Philippines. “There were some pockets of profittaking but mainly investors were just cautious ahead of the Fed meeting next week. There were no fresh incentives to drive the market,” del Castillo said. ■ Krista
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‘Action’ pope returns to streets of Rio RIO DE JANEIRO - Pope Francis took his high-octane mission to “shake up” Catholic faith back to the streets of Brazil Friday, greeting throngs of pilgrims, meeting convicts and hearing youngsters confess their sins. Latin America’s first pontiff rode his open-top popemobile again on his fifth day in Rio de Janeiro, saluting and blowing kisses to thousands who came out to cheer him on under the sun after days of rain. The 76-year-old Argentine, who has championed the cause of the poor, was taken to the palace of the Rio archdiocese, where he met privately with a group of convicts. Afterward, Pope Francis emerged on a balcony to address the crowd, urging them to cherish the elderly on Grandparents Day. “How important grandparents are for
People attending World Youth Day enjoy a day in the beach in Rio de Janeiro. ©afp.com / Nelson Almeida
family life, for passing on the human and religious heritage which is so essential for each and every society,” he said. The pope is in Rio for World Youth Day, a weeklong gathering of young Catholics that will wrap up on Sunday. His desire to meet the faithful face to face took him to a parkwhere he heard three Brazilians, a Venezuelan and an Italian confess their sins. “I was told that it was God who wanted me with Pope Francis and when he came I couldn’t believe it,” said Estefani Lescano, the 21-year-old Venezuelan student who was among 300,000 pilgrims picked at random to meet the pontiff. “I told him that he should visit my country because we need him. He told me that Venezuelans have no sins,” Lescano said, refusing to reveal what she confessed during her five minutes with the top Catholic. The pope resumed his hectic schedule hours after leading a massive ceremony with 1.5 million young believers who braved wind and rain to see him on the beach of Copacabana. The pope tweeted later: “What an unforgettable welcome in Copacabana. May God bless you all!” Vatican officials have made no secret of the fact that the pope’s first trip abroad since his election aims to re-energize followers. Brazil remains the world’s biggest Catholic country, but the flock has shrunk while Evangelical churches have grown in size. Addressing thousands of fellow Argentines in Rio’s cone-shaped cathedral on Thursday, the pope urged young Catholics to “shake up” the church. He also hammered home his message that clergymen must go out and take the
Pope Francis greets faithful as he arrives on the popemobile at the San Joaquin Episcopal Palace in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
month, when more than a million people mobilized to condemn corruption, poor public services and the cost of hosting the 2014 World Cup. Later Friday, the pontiff will again hop on his open-top jeep to drive along the
crescent-shaped Copacabana beach and participate in a re-enactment of the 14 Stations of the Cross -- scenes of Jesus carrying the cross to his crucifixion. “The pope is showing incredible energy during this trip, like in Rome,” Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said. “He doesn’t even take advantage of the moments of rest. He’s always in action.” The pope’s weekend schedule was drastically changed due to the rain that has battered Rio state this week. Organizers moved Sunday’s final mass to Copacabana because the original site, a huge field outside Rio, became a mud field after days of rain. The pilgrims, who were supposed to hold an all-night vigil from Saturday to Sunday at the field in Guaratiba, will instead camp out on Copacabana. Workers had toiled for months to build a huge stage in Guaratiba, but the site that was dubbed “the field of faith” will remain empty this weekend. ■ Laurent Thomet / AFP /
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A girl dressed as an angel is seen among the crowd in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as Pope Francis speaks. ©afp.com / Gabriel Bouys
words of the Gospel to the people. The pope put his message into practice Thursday when he visited one of Rio’s notorious favelas, including the home of a slum dweller. He also used the background of the shantytown to wade into Brazil’s tense political and social debate, urging people to persevere against corruption and defend the less fortunate. Brazil was rocked by the largest street demonstrations in two decades last
Pope Francis (top R) speaks to the crowd in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. ©afp.com / Yasuyoshi Chiba
Italian police launch sweeping anti-mafia raids ROME - Italian police launched sweeping raids on Friday in a vast antimafia operation whose targets included top organised crime bosses accused of extortion, drug trafficking and murder. In “one of the largest operations ever carried out” in Rome, the blitz struck “a deadly blow to the mafia cell which had been operating in the capital for years,” the police said. Amid accusations of drug trafficking, usury, extortion and control of the slot machine market, 51 people who helped lead “illegal activities” in Rome and the suburb of Ostia on the coast were served with arrest warrants, police spokesman Mario Viola told AFP. A second operation targeted members of the immensely powerful ‘Ndrangheta criminal organisation in the city of Catanzaro in the southern region of Calabria, Viola said. There, the arrest warrants concerned 50 to 70 people, “including entrepreneurs, politicians and lawyers”, he said. Some 500 police officers took part in the Rome raids -- along with a helicopter, dog units and maritime police -- which aimed in particular to root out gangsters with links to Sicilian mafia who have infiltrated the Italian capital, buying up bars and restaurants as
One of 51 people arrested in Ostia, a suburb of Rome, is taken away by policemen from their headquarters in the centre of the city, on July 26, 2013. Italian police launched sweeping raids on Friday in a vast anti-mafia operation whose targets included top organised crime bosses accused of extortion, drug trafficking and murder.
fronts for criminal activities. “The mobsters are very dangerous. They use powerful arms, not only to commit murder but also to settle scores or kneecap people in Rome,” said Renato Cortese, head of the police rapid response team in Rome. The warrants were the result of a long investigation during which detectives used wiretaps to uncover “every criminal step in the mafia organisation,” police said, from the adoption of new members into the fold to dirty deals between bosses over territory. Gangsters were also caught planning murders considered “necessary to
guarantee and keep control of” profitmaking activities in the area. The mobsters involved come from “the beating heart of the Roman and Sicilian crime world,” including key members of the Fasciani and Triassi D’Agati families, “which have for years shared up criminal business, particularly along the coast,” police said. “For practically the past 20 years, members of the Fasciani and Triassi clans have carried out their business in Rome, dividing up the territory in a sort of mafia pax, under which each was able to calmly carry out its own illegal trafficking,” they said.
“While the Fasciani forced shopowners to pay protection money, the Triassi had a monopoly over drugs and arms,” prosecutor Giuseppe Pignatone said. The blitz also flushed out one of the historic bosses of the Triassi family, Vincenzo, who was arrested along with his wife in Tenerife and incarcerated in a Spanish prison. Two other suspects were rounded up and arrested in Barcelona. Anti-mafia association Libera praised the police for “this first hard hit” against the mafia in Rome, warning that the clans “have not just infiltrated but have put down roots” in the region. In Calabria, the heartland of the ‘Ndrangheta, arrest warrants were issued for 65 people in Lamezia Terme, in the Catanzaro region, including “businessmen,
Head of the Italian police’s rapid response team in Rome, Renato Cortese, answers journalists questions, ©afp.com / Andreas Solaro
politicians and lawyers,” as well as doctors and prison employees, Viola said. A senator from former premier Silvio Berlusconi’s centre-right People of Freedom (PDL) party was also placed under investigation for allegedly having bought votes with the help of the mafia. Besides mafia association, some of those targeted are also accused of playing a role in several murders committed during a bloody mafia-on-mafia war between 2005 and 2011, as well as hundreds of acts of extortion, by which they demanded protection money from businesses. The ‘Ndrangheta — whose name comes from the Greek word for courage or loyalty — has a tight clan structure which has made it famously difficult to penetrate, and specialises in drug and arms trafficking, prostitution, extortion and illegal construction. It is considered by many as more dangerous and difficult to predict that the better-known Sicilian-based Cosa Nostra. The ‘Ndrangheta runs an international crime network from its base in Calabria and has been linked to operations across western and northern Europe and as far afield as the Americas and Australia. ■ Michele Leridon / AFP / July 26, 2013 / 2:36 PM
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SANDUGO FESTIVAL – Tagbilaran, Bohol “Sandugo” is a Visayan word which literally means One-Blood. The annual celebration commemorates the blood compact between Miguel Lopez de Legaspi and Datu Sikatuna in 1565. It signifies the friendship between the conservative Filipinos and the liberal Spaniards.
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Fil-Ams in New York whip up Pinoy food with chef Romy Dorotan AS part of its golden anniversary series of events, the Junior Chamber International (JCI) Philippine-New York, also known as the Jaycees, invited New Yorkers for a fun and educational “Filipino Cooking Experience and Sorbetes-Making Class” with the renowned chef Romy Dorotan of Purple Yam. The Bicolano Chef Romy, along with his wife Amy Besa, is the restaurateur behind The New York Times-reviewed Cendrillon and Purple Yam. They are also the authors of the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) award-winning book “Memories of Philippine Kitchens.” The New York Times describes the book as “the most comprehensive book in English on (this) country’s rich and complex food culture.” Spearheaded by the Jaycees’ individual development vice president Loren San Diego, Chef Romy taught the class how to cook an appetizer (Ukoy), an entree (Adobo) and a dessert (Sorbetes). Ukoy is the Filipino version of shrimp fritters. Small shrimps are mixed in a batter, placed on a banana leaf and deep-fried until crispy. Adobo is often called the “National” food of the Philippines. Chef Romy’s chicken adobo is braised in vinegar, soy sauce, coconut milk and a variety of spices until pungent and rich. The chicken is then deep-fried and
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served with the sauce that is boiled on high heat until thick. This sumptuous chicken adobo has been featured in the “Martha Stewart Show,” The New York Times and “NY1 Chow.” Sorbetes is the traditional variation of ice cream made in the Philippines. The flavor of the ice cream that the class made was sinigwelas — one of the summer fruits in the Philippines. At the end of the class, Philippine-New York Jaycees’ president Bel Molina thanked Chef Romy for sharing his culinary expertise and for his invaluable contribution to the promotion of Filipino food. JCI Philippine-New York (Jaycees), Inc. is a group of young men and women whose mission is to develop leaders who will create positive change in the local
and global community and their own lives through training and networking opportunities. The Junior Chamber International (JCI) is a membership-based nonprofit organization of 200,000 young people ages 18 to 40 in 5,000 communities and more than 100 countries around the world. Although “Philippine” is part of their chapter name, they are not solely a group of Filipinos. Rather, they are an international chapter where everyone is welcome to join. This is the chapter’s 50th year anniversary and they invite you to make a difference in your community, your nation and your world. ■ GMA / Filipino Reporter / July 27, 2013 / 2:00 PM
HK helpers’ group seeks scrapping of ‘live-in’ policy CITING inadequate accommodations, a group of Hong Kong-based domestic helpers is pushing for the scrapping of a policy requiring maids to live with their employers. Mission for Migrant Workers general manager Cynthia Tellez said helpers should be given an option to live elsewhere, Hong Kong’s The Standard reported on Friday. “Domestic workers are chosen because they can do full-time work for a fixed monthly wage, not because they are live-in,” Tellez said.
The Standard report said the mission conducted a survey of more than 3,000 workers from June 2012 to January 2013. It found 35 percent of the workers interviewed prefer to live outside their employers’ flats, with 30 percent saying they do not have suitable accommodation. Some said they had to share a room with boys or sleep in kitchens, corridors and toilets. Another group, the Confederation of Trade Unions, appeared to support such a move. The Standard report quoted the group’s
Found carrying dead fetus, unmarried Pinay gets one year in jail
AFTER being rushed to a hospital for treatment, an unmarried Filipina was found carrying a two-month-old dead fetus and will be deported with her Filipino boyfriend for having sex out of wedlock in June this year. According to a Gulf News report on Wednesday, a Filipino cook, 39, rushed his Filipina girlfriend, 29, to a hospital when she became ill and complained of “feeling cold” last June 20. When doctors discovered that she was carrying a dead two-month-old fetus in her womb, the couple admitted having consensual sex. Hospital officials reported the
defendants to the police after the discovery. Both defendants entered a guilty plea when they appeared in court. The Gulf News report said both Filipinos will be deported after completing their one-year jail term. However, the primary judgement remains subject to appeal within 15 days. The report said the Filipina worked as a cleaner for a private company and fell in love with the cook, then moved in to live into his house, staying with him for nearly six months. He said the cook promised to marry her at the nearest opportunity. ■ VVP, GMA News / July 24, 2013 / 3:40 PM
coordinator Lam Ying-hing as saying a live-out arrangement may enhance domestic workers’ privacy, rest time, work safety and life satisfaction. But Hong Kong’s Immigration Department said the arrangement of living outside employers’ homes will dampen the job opportunities for helpers. The report noted questions had been raised about the government’s mandatory live-in policy earlier this month, after six Filipino helpers were arrested in Discovery Bay for violating the rule. ■ LBG, GMA News / July 26, 2013 / 8:04 AM
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150 Fil-Ams in US protest China ‘bullying’ in PHL seas ABOUT 150 Filipino Americans mostly wearing yellow shirts gathered at the United Nations headquarters on First Avenue to protest China’s incursions in Philippine waters and vowed never to stop “fighting the bully.” Community organizer Steven Raga said, “I’m from here in New York not the Philippines. I grew up here with Chinese Americans, Korean Americans, Vietnamese Americans. But even though I’m here and they tell me the Philippines is on the other side of the world, that’s not your country, this is your country, I still know the difference between what’s right and what’s wrong. The Chinese government illegally trying to occupy Vietnamese territory is wrong! The Chinese government illegally trying to occupy Filipino territory is wrong!” A longstanding maritime territorial dispute between the two countries has escalated in recent years after China was alleged to have annexed the West Philippine Sea off Zambales. The Philippines has accused Chinese ships of being visible or “coming and going” around the region believed to be rich in natural resources. The United States has urged both countries to resolve the issue peacefully, and President Obama has also cautioned China from using “intimidation and coercion” against its neighbors. Businesswoman Loida Nicolas Lewis, who led the July 24 rally and other previous FilAm protest marches against China, explained the country’s seeming obsession with the Philippine sea. “Why is that? Because it has 3.26 trillion barrels of oil,” she told The FilAm “Napakayaman ng Pilipinas! The Philippines is so rich that’s why China wants it.” Exactly a year ago, she said Beijing has declared that the West Philippine
Sea belongs to their country. “They said all the 100 square kilometers of the Spratly Islands now belongs to Xianjian Xue Prefecture,” she said. “In one stroke of the announcement, sa kanila na lahat ang Spratly Islands or West Philippine Sea.” Simultaneous anti-China rallies were held in various parts of the world on July 24, including key cities such as San Francisco, Hong Kong and Makati. The UN Arbitral Tribunal has begun hearings on the case filed by the Philippines seeking a ruling on which country has a right to the disputed West Philippine Sea. “Narito ang United Nations Arbitral Tribunal,” said Lewis. “They are going to make a decision. They are considering it now. The three judges are going to make a decision. They have to give it real decision, real thought.” Lewis said that China has 12 submarines, 10 warships, 24 jet planes and 1 million soldiers and navy. The Philippines has 0 warship; 0 jet plane; 0 submarine. “But we have worship. We believe in the Lord that He gave us all this oil and all the mineral gas and therefore the might of China is not right. Might does not make right,” she said. FilAms working in Manhattan who used their lunch break to join the rally were among the protesters. Also in attendance were community leaders from all over the East Coast. Broadway actress Liz Casasola performed the “Lupang Hinirang” and young singer Kirby Asunto led the singing of “Ako ay Pilipino.” A dragon dance was performed, depicting the dragon as China about to be slain by the decision of the UN arbitrators. ■ Elton Lugay / The Fil-Am /July 26, 2013 / 9:28 AM
One Pinoy fisherman dies, one missing after drifting to Taiwan waters AT least one Filipino fisherman died while another remained missing after big waves from Tropical Cyclone Isang (Cimaron) caused their boat to drift to Taiwan waters last weekend. The Philippine Coast Guard said this was
Three Filipino fishermen hold on to their submerged outrigger off the coast of southern Kaohsiung. Taiwanese Coast Guards rescued the three fishermen who spent five days adrift when a storm blew their small boat hundreds of kilometers off course, officials said. AFP/ Taiwan Coast Guard
after the Taiwanese Coast Guard rescued three more Filipino fishermen whose boat was in danger of sinking, radio dzBB reported Thursday. On the other hand, at least one more Filipino fisherman was still missing, the report said. The Philippine Coast Guard thanked its Taiwan counterpart for the rescue of the three Filipinos. A separate report on “24 Oras” said the fishermen left Sta. Ana in Cagayan but encountered bad weather conditions and drifted to Taiwanese waters, and their vessel was damaged. Philippine Coast Guard spokesman Cmdr. Armand Balilo cited initial information reaching them showing a Taiwanese Coast Guard crew rescued three of the fishermen.
“Along the way may (nakita) isang cadaver. Accordingly sabi ng fishermen, ang initial report ay isa ‘yan sa nawawala nilang kasama (while the Taiwanese Coast Guard vessel was leaving the area, a cadaver was spotted. The Filipino fishermen said the body was that of one of their colleagues, according to the initial report),” Balilo said. The “24 Oras” report said the Philippine Coast Guard already barred fishermen from going out to fish late last week, when Tropical Cyclone Isang was threatening Northern Luzon. It coordinated with its Taiwanese counterpart when it learned of the missing fishermen. Balilo said the Philippine Coast Guard is thankful for the Taiwanese Coast Guard’s actions. ■ VVP, GMA News / July 25, 2013 / 8:30 AM
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guard in UAE charged for PHL Embassy coordinating Pinoy stealing nearly P1M worth of gadgets with Memphis cops on fatal shooting of Pinoy nurse PHILIPPINE authorities in the United States are coordinating with Memphis police in probing the fatal shooting of a Filipino nurse from Pampanga last July 20. In a series of posts on its Twitter account Friday, the Philippine embassy identified the nurse as Erano Santos, who it said was shot dead outside his apartment in Memphis. “Philippine Embassy (is) coordinating with Memphis police in connection with (the) July 20 shooting death of Filipino nurse from Pampanga,” it said. The embassy also said it is extending assistance to the kin of Santos, 33. Citing initial information from the Memphis police, the embassy said
Santos is a native of Angeles City in Pampanga. It added police consider his death “still under investigation.” A report on ABC News Radio indicated the shooting occurred at the Stonebridge Crossing Apartments on Morning Trace Drive. “Witnesses told investigators that Santos was shot during a physical altercation in the complex parking lot, and that his vehicle was taken,” the report said. Police officers found Santos “with an apparent gunshot wound to the body.” The report said Santos was pronounced dead at the scene. It added there were no immediate arrests. ■ LBG, GMA News / Erano Santos
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A Filipino security guard was charged before a United Arab Emirates court over allegations he stole gadgets worth Dh81,000 (P954,692) from an electronics shop where he worked. The Filipino guard, 30, was charged with workplace theft in the Court of First Instance, UAE news site Khaleej Times reported Saturday. While inventories as early as May showed that electronic items including mobile phones and tablets had been missing, it was not until July 2 that the guard was “clearly” caught by surveillance cameras, the report said. According to the Khaleej Times report, the guard admitted during police and prosecution interrogation that he stole the goods during his night duty at the shopping mall. The trader’s electronics shop is located in a mall in Bur Dubai area. The
thefts are believed to have started in May and lasted until July 2. During prosecution investigation, the company owner, a 43-year-old Indian trader, said the inventory for May had indicated some goods were missing from the shop’s warehouse. He said initial footage from the surveillance cameras showed a man moving suspiciously in the place but his face was not clear. Last July 2, cameras caught the guard arriving at the warehouse, pushing the electronics from behind the metallic net, then picking them up. The police, promptly alerted, proceeded to arrest the guard. The investigation showed the guard cut the lower part of the warehouse’s metallic net so he could pick up the gadgets. ■ VVP, GMA News / July 27, 2013 /
Pinoys join WYD delegates in preparing to welcome Pope Francis FILIPINO delegates to the 28th World Youth Day on Wednesday joined their counterparts from other countries in Rio de Janeiro to welcome Pope Francis at the international event. The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines said the Filipinos were among 355,000 Catholics from 175 countries who gathered in Brazil to celebrate World Youth Day. “Upon arriving in this city and meeting their host families, WYD pilgrims are extremely excited to see Pope Francis in the flesh on the Welcoming Ceremony this Thursday but (Episcopal Commission for the Youth)-Philippines delegates could not contain their emotions after hearing the news of the Pope’s coming to their host parish,” the CBCP said. It quoted Melanie Santos, one of the group leaders of the ECY-Philippines delegation, as saying parish volunteers had informed her Pope Francis is dropping by St. Francis Xavier church on Wednesday before his visit to St. Francis of Assisi Hospital. Philippine pilgrims under the CBCP ECY Philippines were hosted by the Diocese of
Petropolis for Missionary Week, but are now hosted by the Parish of St. Francis Xavier in Tijuca district. The Parish of St. Francis Xavier is also the catechetical site for English-speaking pilgrims. Filipino delegates to WYD arrived in Rio de Janeiro from different dioceses where they spent the past seven days to take part in activities for Missionary Week. Pope Francis arrived July 22 from Vatican City. Changing cars. The CBCP said parish volunteers claimed Pope Francis is to change cars near St. Francis Xavier church before his hospital visit, though there is no interaction scheduled there with the pilgrims. “The roads leading to the parish will be closed on Wednesday because of the Pope’s itinerary. The pilgrims may not be able to see him when he arrives at 3 p.m. because the catechesis will end at 1 p.m. But at least we can have the chance to see him pass by,” it quoted a volunteer, Claudia, as saying. WYD pilgrims and Brazilians appeared
eager to see Pope Francis, with foreigners and locals mobbing the papal vehicle when it got stranded in traffic. Pope Francis had a courtesy call with Brazil president Dilma Rousseff and Rio de Janeiro government officials, and thanked the host city for a very warm welcome. “I have neither silver nor gold, but I bring with me the most precious thing given to me: Jesus Christ!” he said. The Pope Francis also exhorted the youth to “go and make disciples of all nations,” the theme of this year’s WYD. Before WYD week. Before the WYD week, Filipino delegates stayed in different parishes within Mage district under the Diocese of Petropolis. The ECY-Philippines Delegation was divided into four groups, which were hosted in the parishes of San Nicolas in Surui, Our Lady of the Way in Guia de Pacobaiba, Our Lady of Apparition, and San Sebastian. “Aside from celebrating daily Mass with the locals, the pilgrims experienced extensive cultural immersion: staying at Brazilian households; eating local dishes; singing, praying, and conversing
in Portuguese; dancing local dances and singing Portuguese worship songs; (and) touring around ecological, touristic, and pilgrimage sites,” the CBCP said. ECY-Philippines delegation head Fr. Conegundo Garganta said it is hard to compare the current to the previous WYD host countries. “It is hard to compare because every WYD is unique depending mainly on the host. More importantly, there is no point of
comparison,” he said. But Garganta said Missionary Week in Brazilian parishes made strong emphasis on the country, the community, the environment and cultures. “What I found unique in the pre-WYD week activities in Brazil is the emphasis on educating the pilgrims about their faith, their country, their community and their environment,” he said. ■ VC, GMA News / July 24, 2013 / 5:20 PM
Pinoys in Guam ready to welcome Suspected leader of human trafficking PHL warship BRP Alcaraz Saturday syndicate nabbed in Zamboanga THE BRP Ramon Alcaraz, the Philippine Navy’s second warship, is to arrive in Guam on Saturday, the Philippine Embassy in Washington said Friday. On its Twitter account, the Philippine Consulate General in Agana said the vessel’s crew is due for a warm welcome from the Filipino community in Guam. “(The) Philippine Consulate General
in Agana says the Filipino Community (is) ready to welcome BRP Ramon Alcaraz which will arrive in Guam on Saturday,” the consulate said. It added Philippine Consul General Bayani Mangibin will lead the welcoming party in Guam. Guam is the last stop in the BRP Ramon Alcaraz’s voyage to the Philippines, the embassy said. Earlier, the Philippine Navy said it is preparing a grand welcome for the BRP Ramon Alcaraz at Subic on August 4. President Benigno Aquino III is expected to take part in the welcome for the Philippine Navy’s newest vessel at Subic. Earlier, the Department of Foreign
Affairs said the vessel was scheduled to reach the Philippines on August 3. BRP Ramon Alcaraz is named after Filipino naval hero Commodore Ramon Alcaraz, who gained distinction in World War II by shooting down three Japanese Zero fighters who tried to attack his ship. It is the second Hamilton-class cutter acquired by the Philippines under the Excess Defense Article and Military Assistance Program, after the BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (PF15). The Philippine Embassy said the 378-foot-long BRP Ramon Alcaraz was originally commissioned in 1968 and served in the US Coast Guard as the USCGC Dallas. ■ ELR, GMA News / July 26,
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A suspected leader of a human trafficking syndicate that allegedly recruits minors to work locally and abroad was arrested in Zamboanga City on Tuesday, the Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission (PAOCC) said. In a news release on Wednesday, the PAOCC siad Leziel Padel, of Tungawan, Zamboanga Sibugay, was nabbed at around 10:45 a.m. on July 23 in Barangay Sta. Barbara, Zamboanga City. An arrest warrant was issued by Zamboanga City Regional Trial Court Judge Peter Eisma against her for violating Republic Act No. 9231 or Anti-Child Labor Law. No bail was recommended for her. According to PAOCC, Padel’s group used various methods to lure underage girls to work as domestic helpers
in Malaysia and some provinces in Mindanao. The anti-crime operation was conducted by agents of the Philippine Center on Transnational Crime (PCTC); the Regional Intelligence Unit (RIU) and the Special Action Force of the Philippine National Police in Region 9; and the Naval Intelligence Service Group -Western Mindanao. PAOCC, which is headed by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. and its executive director Chief Supt. Reginald Villasanta, supported the operation. The arrest was made based on a tip received by the PCTC. Padel was brought to the RIU 9 office for documentation and further investigation.
■ VVP, GMA News / July 24, 2013 / 5:20 PM
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Top 10 back care tips
TOP 10 tips for a healthy back, including lifting advice, how to sit properly and back-strengthening exercises. 1. Exercise your back regularly. Walking, swimming (especially backstroke) and using exercise bikes are all excellent ways to strengthen your back muscles. 2. Always bend your knees and your hips, not your back. 3. Never twist and bend at the same time. 4. Always lift and carry objects close to your body. 5. Try to carry larger loads in a rucksack and avoid sling bags.
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6. Maintain a good posture. Avoid slumping in your chair, hunching over a desk or walking with your shoulders hunched. 7. Use a chair with a backrest. Sit with your feet flat on the floor or on a footrest. Change how you sit every few minutes. 8. Quit smoking. It is thought that smoking reduces the blood supply to the discs between the vertebrae and this may lead to degeneration of these discs. 9. Lose any excess weight. Use our Healthy weight calculator to find out if you’re a healthy weight for your height. 10. Choose a mattress suited to your height, weight, age and sleeping position. ■ NHS Choices
Exercises for back pain
THE best way to deal with back pain is to stay active and continue doing regular exercise. “The advice 20 years ago was to rest, but research has shown that inactivity only makes things worse,” says Dries Hettinga of BackCare, a charity that offers support and information to people with back pain. “When you’re in pain you may want to stay in bed and not move around, but
that results in further loss of mobility and will only prolong the pain.” Staying active means continuing with regular day-to-day activities to avoid becoming sedentary. Examples include walking to the shops rather than taking the car, getting off the bus one stop early, gardening and taking the dog for a walk. If you experience mild pain, take painkillers available over the counter from your pharmacist or supermarket.
Back pain at work? BACK pain is the second most common cause of long-term sickness in the UK after stress. About 7.6 million working days were lost due to work-related back pain and other musculoskeletal disorders from 2010 to 2011. The most common causes of back pain are strained muscles or ligaments, wear and tear, bad posture and stress. Most of us will have back pain at some point in our lives. Although painful, back pain isn’t serious in most cases. The pain generally lasts from a few days to a few weeks. It usually clears up after about six weeks. Treating back pain In general, the best treatment is to stay active and, if necessary, use overthe-counter painkillers. You may feel like going to bed, but this won’t help and could make it worse. The longer you’re immobile, the weaker your back muscles will become, and the more they will hurt in the long term.
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The best ways to deal with pain and help your back to recover are to maintain your mobility, based on your usual activities, and return to work as soon as possible. Any exercise that strengthens your legs, back and stomach will help to keep your back healthy. At your desk Sitting badly in front of a computer for hours on end is storing up trouble. The body can tolerate being in one position for only a short period of time before you feel the need to adjust. Workstation factors that can affect your back include: • seating posture • computer screen position • chair height • keyboard position • mouse position • desk equipment layout If you work in an office and use a computer, you can avoid injury by sitting in the right position and arranging your desk correctly. Get tips on how to sit correctly.
Your pharmacist or GP can advise you on using your medication effectively. Yoga and other exercises. If the back pain is mild, try to exercise as well as maintaining an active lifestyle. You can do any activity that gives your body a good workout. “It’s important to pick an exercise you enjoy,” says Hettinga. “If you do something you enjoy, you’re more likely to stick with it. There’s no quick fix for back pain so you need to work at it.” There’s some evidence that regular yoga practice is beneficial for people with high blood pressure, heart disease, aches and pains, including low back pain, depression and stress. Find out more ina guide to yoga There’s also some research to show that pilates can provide pain relief to people with non-specific low back pain. Find out more ina guide to pilates. Some studies suggest that the
If you’re not sure about your seating position and workstation, ask your manager to arrange a workplace assessment for you. Good posture when sitting at a desk can help prevent repetitive strain injury (RSI), which is a cause of back pain. Sit up straight and make sure that your lower back is supported. Adjusting your chair. By law, workstation chairs must be stable. The standard office chair has five legs in a star shape. The seat height must be adjustable, and the back rest must be adjustable in height and tilt. Ideally, the back rest should move independently of the seat to allow a comfortable position. When you’re sitting, your thighs should be at right angles to your body or sloping slightly down. If your chair is properly adjusted, your feet should be firmly on the floor, but if it’s more comfortable, use a footrest. The basic rule is to plant your feet on the floor and support your back. Lifting safely. One of the biggest causes of back injury, especially at work, is lifting or handling objects incorrectly. Learning and following the correct method for lifting and handling
Manual therapy. Hettinga suggests combining an exercise programme with a course of manual therapy, especially when the pain is persistent. Manual therapy is provided by chiropractors, osteopaths and physiotherapists. “Evidence suggests manual therapies can be effective. Your back is examined to see if any joints need to be freed up. “They can do it with a gentle massage, mobilisation or manipulation. It’s especially helpful if your back is stiff and flexibility is an issue,” he says. Manual therapists are also qualified to advise you on the type of exercises that will be most effective at dealing with your type of back pain. “You should see improvements after a few weeks,” says Hettinga. “If the pain hasn’t disappeared after a few weeks of treatment, seek further medical advice to explore alternatives. “There is always something that can be done about back pain, but it requires some work and dedication from you.” ■
Alexander technique, a method for improving posture, can help to relieve persistent and recurring low back pain. However, the Alexander technique is not recommended by NICE as a treatment for back pain. Ideally, your choice of activities should involve elements of endurance as well as strength and flexibility. Examples include walking, running or jogging, cycling, dancing, swimming, hydrotherapy (exercising in water) and aquarobics. For low-impact exercise ideas, read Easy exercises. Hettinga says exercise programmes are most effective if performed regularly and over prolonged periods of time. Aim for at least 150 minutes a week. You may want to build up to this gradually over several weeks. Hettinga says an individually designed exercise programme gives the best results. It is advisable to seek medical advice before starting an exercise routine for back pain.
objects can help to prevent back pain. Key points for lifting safely: • Think before you lift. • Start in a good position. • Keep the load close to your waist. • Keep your back as straight as possible. • Avoid twisting your back or leaning sideways. • Keep your head up. • Know your limits. • Push heavy objects, don’t pull them. • Distribute the weight evenly. For more information on correct
lifting techniques and safe manual handling, read Safe lifting tips. Take regular breaks. Don’t sit in the same position for long periods. Make sure you change your posture as often as is practicable. Frequent short breaks are better for your back than fewer long ones. It gives the muscles a chance to relax while others take the strain. This can prevent you from becoming stiff and tense. Most jobs provide opportunities to take a break from the screen, such as getting a drink, going for some fresh air, filing or photocopying. ■ NHS Choices
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Binge eating BINGE eating is an eating disorder where a person feels compelled to overeat on a regular basis. People who binge eat consume very large quantities of food over a short period of time and they often eat even when they are not hungry. Binges are often planned and can involve the person buying “special” binge foods. Episodes of binge eating often alternate with periods where the person severely cuts down on the amount of food they eat, which can make the problem worse. Binge eating usually takes place in private, with the person feeling that they have no control over their eating. They will often have feelings of guilt or disgust after binge eating. These feelings highlight underlying psychological issues, such as: • low self-esteem and lack of confidence • depression – feelings of extreme sadness that last for a long time • anxiety – a feeling of unease, such as worry or fear, that can range from mild to severe
These feelings can be made worse over time while the person is still binge eating. Who is affected by binge eating? Anyone can be affected by binge eating. Unlike anorexia, where more women than men are affected, binge eating affects men and women equally. The condition tends to be more common in older adults than in younger people. Binge eating and bulimia. People who binge eat and those with bulimia (another type of eating disorder) often eat until they are uncomfortably full. People with bulimia then purge (flush out) the food they have eaten by making themselves vomit or by taking laxatives (medicine to help empty the bowels). Unlike those with bulimia, people who binge eat do not purge themselves to control their weight, and are more likely to try to limit weight gain by having periods of eating very little. However, this often leads to more binge eating and sometimes weight gain, which can lead to obesity (see below). Binge eating and obesity. Binge
Causes of binge eating THERE is no single cause for binge eating. However, like most eating disorders, it is seen as a way of coping with feelings of unhappiness and low self-esteem. The binge eating cycle. People who binge eat often display a particular pattern of behaviour known as the binge eating cycle. The binge eating cycle (described below) is difficult to break. • binge eating leads to a surge in blood sugar that causes the pancreas to produce insulin (a hormone that helps to break down fat and carbohydrate in the body) • the insulin causes blood sugar levels to fall rapidly, resulting in a false message being sent to the brain that more food is needed to top up glucose levels • this results in cravings for sugary foods to provide a quick glucose ﬁx, so the person eats large quantities of food even when they are not hungry • eating large amounts of sugary foods leads to a rapid increase in blood sugar levels and the production of insulin, causing the cycle to begin again Depression. It is estimated that about 50% of people who binge eat have been depressed at some point in their life. However, it is not clear whether depression causes binge eating or whether binge eating causes depression. Stress and anxiety. Stress is another common trigger of eating disorders. Stressful events, such as moving house, job or school, or the death of a friend or relative, can sometimes cause someone to binge eat. People with eating disorders usually experience difﬁculties in their personal life. Those who binge eat are often ashamed at the amount of food that they consume. They may also feel that
their lack of control around food mirrors the lack of control they have over their personal lives. Research has suggested that there are other factors or emotions that may bring on an episode of binge eating, including: • anger • boredom • worry or anxiety • sadness • low self-esteem There are also specific behaviours that are more common in people with a binge eating disorder. These include: • impulsive behaviour – acting quickly without thinking about the consequences • alcohol misuse – regularly drinking more than the recommended daily amount of alcohol • avoiding discussing feelings and emotions openly • not feeling responsible for yourself or your actions Trying to lose weight. The social pressure of trying to achieve a slim body shape can sometimes cause a person to binge eat. People who binge eat may be unable to achieve their desired body shape. This can result in a sense of inadequacy, causing them to overeat and feel guilty afterwards. It is not known whether dieting and binge eating are related. However, some people binge eat after: • skipping meals • not consuming enough food each day • avoiding certain foods These are unhealthy methods of trying to lose weight and alter body shape, and these methods increase a person’s risk of binge eating. ■ NHS Choices
eating is often associated with obesity, where someone is very overweight with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or over. Obesity is a serious health problem that can lead to a number of serious chronic (long-term) health conditions, such as: • high blood pressure (hypertension) • high cholesterol • type 2 diabetes • heart disease Being obese can also shorten your life expectancy. For example, the life expectancy of obese adults who are over the age of 40 can be shortened by six or seven years. Read more about the symptoms of binge eating for details of other health conditions related to obesity. Seeing your GP. Visit your GP if you think that you have a binge eating problem. They will be able to diagnose the condition and refer you to a specialist, such as a psychiatrist or a psychologist. In some cases, you may also be referred to a dietitian. In diagnosing binge eating, your GP will ask you about your eating habits and look for three or more of the following signs: • you eat much faster than normal during a binge • you eat until you feel uncomfortably full
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• you eat a large amount of food when you are not hungry • you eat alone or secretly due to being embarrassed about the amount of food you are consuming • you have feelings of guilt, shame or disgust after binge eating People who regularly eat this way are likely to be diagnosed with a binge eating disorder. Treating binge eating. Binge eating is a treatable condition and a number of different treatment options are available. For example, treatments include: • a self-help programme – this may be individually with a book or online course, or as part of a self-help support group
• psychological therapy, such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) • a type of antidepressant known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) that are usually prescribed in combination with therapy If you are overweight, a healthcare professional may draw up a weight loss plan once any psychological issues have been dealt with. This is to help you lose weight in a safe and effective way. People can recover from binge eating if they can understand the psychological issues causing their condition, adopt regular eating patterns and receive realistic advice about food. ■ NHS Choices
Eating disorders explained FIND out the facts about eating disorders, including what they are, who’s affected by them and what to do if you need help and support. What is an eating disorder? There are several different types of eating disorder, the most common being anorexia, bulimia and binge eating. Eating disorders are mental health conditions that all involve an unhealthy relationship with food and eating, and often an intense fear of being overweight. If you have an eating disorder you may experience one or more of the following: • You have a preoccupation and concern about food and gaining weight. • You would like to lose weight even though friends or family worry that you are underweight. • You let people around you think you have eaten when you haven’t. • You’re secretive about your eating habits because you know they’re unhealthy. • Eating makes you feel anxious, upset or guilty. • You make yourself vomit or use laxatives in order to lose weight.
What causes eating disorders? It’s unlikely that an eating disorder will be the result of one single cause. It’s much more likely to be a combination of many factors, events, feelings or pressures that lead to you feeling unable to cope. These can include low self-esteem, problems with friends or family relationships, the death of someone special, problems at school, college, university or work, lack of confidence, or sexual or emotional abuse. Many people talk about simply feeling too fat or not good enough. You might use food to help you cope with painful situations or feelings without even realising it. In situations where there are high academic expectations, family issues or social pressures, you may focus on food and eating as a way of coping. Traumatic events can trigger an eating disorder. These might include bereavement, being bullied or abused, a divorce in the family or concerns about sexuality. Someone with a long-term illness or disability (such as diabetes, depression, blindness or deafness) may also have eating problems.
Some studies have also shown that there are biological factors involved. In other words, some people will be more likely to develop an eating disorder because of their genetic make-up. Who is affected by eating disorders? Anyone can develop an eating disorder, regardless of age, sex or cultural or racial background. The people most affected tend to be young women, particularly between the ages of 15 and 25, and around 10% of people with eating disorders are men. What should I do if I think I have an eating disorder? People with eating disorders often say that the eating disorder is the only way they feel they can stay in control of their life. But, as time goes on, it is the eating disorder that starts to control you. You may also have the urge to harm yourself, or misuse alcohol or drugs. If you think you have an eating disorder, talk to someone you trust. You may have a close friend or family member you can talk to. There are also a number of organisations that you can talk to, such as the eating disorders charity beat (0845 634 1414) and the Samaritans (08457 90 90 90). Your GP can also give you advice and talk to you about getting a diagnosis and the possible treatment options, which will depend upon your individual circumstances and the type of eating disorder you have. Worried that a friend or relative has an eating disorder? If you are concerned about a friend or family member, it can be difficult to know what to do. It is common for someone with an eating disorder to be secretive and defensive about their eating and their weight, and they are likely to deny being unwell. ■ NHS Choices
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The children also received school kits and a hearty serving of soup and snacks courtesy of TV5’s Alagang Kapatid Foundation.
KAPATID Megastar Sharon Cuneta visited the barangay hall of Brgy. Doña Imelda in Quezon City last July 17 as part of her preparation for her upcoming primetime series Madam Chairman. Sharon sat through a barangay meeting and met real life kapitana, Connie Malangen (fourth from left) and the team of barangay kagawad, who enlightened the Megastar on the daily duties and responsibilities of a community leader. ■
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Eula Caballero faces last epic battle in Cassandra: Warrior Angel finale
TV5’s fantasy drama, Cassandra: Warrior Angel, reaches new heights as the hit primetime program inches closer to its season finale. In the show’s last two weeks, Cassandra (Eula Caballero) must rally the forces of good for a final battle with the malignos. To do so, Cassandra will need the help of her estranged brother Cristoff (Alwyn Uytingco). But without any memory of their past, will Cristoff come to his sister’s aide? Larissa (Eula Valdes), who’s finally reunited with her youngest son, Calix (Josh Stangeland), continues her mission to find her husband Uriel (Gabby Concepcion), but evil twin Azrael has already set his plans into motion, making sure that Uriel never finds his way to his family. Lead star Eula Caballero has hinted
that there are shocking deaths in the show that viewers need to watch out for. Another cliffhanger, she says, is the revelation of Cassandra’s love interest. Amidst all the chaos, love has bloomed for our heroine and fans of the show cannot wait to finally see who Cassandra will choose. Will the angel Gabriel (JC de Vera) and his loyalty win the heart of our warrior angel, or will she go to the caring, kindhearted, and yet human, Jude (Albie Casiño)? With all these and more in store for the finale, viewers will surely find themselves at the edge of their seats with the fastpaced and thrilling action of Cassandra: Warrior Angel. Don’t miss its exciting last two weeks, weeknights only on Kapatid TV5. ■
MassComm student crowned Mutya ng Pilipinas-Asia Pacific 2013 Talentadong Pinoy Middle East to find the best Filipino A teenager from Quezon City won the 45th Mutya ng Pilipinas beauty pageant held at the NBC Tent on Friday night, besting 30 other finalists. Koreen Medina, an 18-year-old Mass Communication student, was proclaimed Mutya ng Pilipinas-Asia Pacific. An early favorite, she was also declared Miss Talent, Miss Sheridan Beach Resort, Miss Lancaster Hotels and Miss Zen Institute. She was crowned by last year’s winner Camille Guevarra and will be representing the country in the Miss Intercontinental pageant in Cairo, Egypt later this year. Medina received a prize package worth P1 million.
“Nagpapasalamat po ako sa aking pamilya,” an ecstatic Medina told InterAksyon and other media moments after winning the title. “Sobrang saya ko po ngayon.” Cebu’s Angeli Dione Gomez was crowned Mutya ng Pilipinas-Tourism by last year’s winner and Miss Tourism International 2012 Rizzini Alexis Gomez. “I’m gonna try not to think about that,” Gomez replied when asked if she feels any pressure to win the Miss Tourism International crown and duplicate her predecessor’s victory. “I’m gonna get more tips from Rizzini so she can help me win the crown again [for the Philippines],” she said.
The 2013 Mutya ng Pilipinas-Asia Pacific Koreen Medina (center), Mutya ng PilipinasTourism Angeli Dione Gomez (second from right), and their court. (Anna G. Canoneo/ InterAksyon)
Gomez will be competing in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia come New Year’s eve. Mutya ng Arizona’s Maureen Ann Montagne was 1st runner-up and Mutya ng Caloocan’s Kristian Aubrey Nolasco placed 2nd runner-up. Asdis Liza Karlsdottir from the Filipino community of Iceland won the Mutya ng Pilipinas-Overseas Communities title. The 31 finalists were presented to a panel of judges that included Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero, actress Heart Evangelista, former Tarlac Governor Tingting Cojuangco and Laguna Governor ER Ejercito. ■ Anna G. Cañoneo / InterAksyon.com / July 27, 2013 / 3:55 PM
Koreen Medina (second from left) beams after being crowned 2013 Mutya ng Pilipinas-Asia Pacific on Friday. (Anna G. Canoneo/InterAksyon)
talent, TV5 International to expand worldwide TV5’s Talentadong Pinoy Middle East, the biggest reality talent show on television today showcasing the Pinoy artist’s talent in various entertainment fields, held a series of auditions in key cities in the Middle East, including Abu Dhabi, Doha, Riyadh, Jeddah, and Dubai, displaying again how the show, while still very much Filipino, is truly world-class. Since any talent is welcome, hundreds auditioned, including a very diverse set of entertainers: magicians, gymnasts, stand-up comics, ventriloquists, painters, dancers, and singers, all aiming to impress the show’s picky judges, or “Talent Scouts,” including celebrities Gelli De Belen, Marvin Agustin, and Arnel Ignacio. It was the first time for TV5 to stage such a big production for one of its highrating programs outside the country. After four qualifying rounds, six grand finalists
were selected, including a surprise tie and a wild card, all determined to take home the $10,000 cash prize. Ryan Agoncillo also flew to Dubai to host the finals . The Talentadong Pinoy Middle East grand winner will get the chance to compete in the Battle of the Champions in Manila in August. The four semi-final rounds started airing exclusively on KapatidTV5 worldwide beginning June 29. Watch out for the grand finals that is also set to air in the Philippines on July 28. Kapatid TV5 is the 24-hour entertainment channel of TV5 International, seen by Filipinos in the United States, Canada, Middle East, Europe , North Africa and Asia. Meanwhile, TV5 International has recently expanded its coverage via mobile content with Zain and Du telecoms in the Middle East as well as via IPTV with Fetch TV in Australia. ■
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Best of GMA’s 2013 Philippine Independence Day Celebration in “PROUD TO BE PINOY” on GMA Pinoy TV FILIPINOS from all parts of the world will have the chance to look back on the colourful and successful celebration of the Philippines’ 115th Independence Day as GMA Pinoy TV shares the event highlights in a TV special dubbed Proud to be Pinoy: Philippine Independence Day Celebration 2013. GMA International – the business unit handling the operations and distribution of the Kapuso Network’s three international channels – was at the heart of this worldwide affair in partnership with different Filipino-American and FilipinoCanadian groups and communities. Kapuso artists participated in key events across the United States and Canada starting off with the Philippine Independence Day Celebration in New York attended by Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., Marian Rivera, Rafael Rosell and Julie Anne San Jose. The four performed in a special number and also greeted their kababayans on board the much-adored Kapuso float. Over in California, two commemorative events were held to mark the Independence Day celebration – the Philippine Cultural Committee (PCC)’s Pista sa Nayon in Vallejo and the Balilkatan sa Pag-Unlad in Carson City. Pista sa Nayon was highlighted by Dennis Trillo and Glaiza de Castro’s impressive performances, along with the reenactment of our country’s history entitled “Kasaysayan ng Lahi,” which, noted journalist, Greg Macabenta helped mount. In Carson City, Marian Rivera and Rafael Rosell were warmly received by their Kapuso fans, who were treated in
return, with the Kapuso stars’ outstanding performances. Dennis Trillo and Glaiza de Castro also wowed the audience in Seattle at the equally successful Pagdiriwang 2013. Glaiza also participated at the Philippine American Friendship Parade and Festival at West Side Avenue and Lincoln Park in Jersey City. Not to be left behind, Pinoys in Toronto, Canada had their Pinoy Fiesta and Trade Show that turned out to be a big hit as well. Dennis Trillo, Rafael Rosell and Glaiza de Castro added glitter to the occasion much to the delight of their adoring fans. The Kapuso artists certainly did not disappoint the thousands of Filipinos who came to commemorate such important milestone in Philippine history. All these would not have been possible without the concerted effort of GMA International and their partners as they worked hand in hand in giving our kababayans truly an enjoyable and memorable experience. Witness all these in Proud to be Pinoy: Philippine Independence Day Celebration 2013 TV special which will air on July 28 on GMA’s flagship international channel, GMA Pinoy TV. For the complete schedule, visit the GMA International website www. gmanetwork.com/international, Facebook pages www.facebook.com/GMAPinoyTV, www.facebook.com/gmalifetv, and, www. facebook.com/gmanewsinternational, or Twitter pages @GMAPinoyTV and @GMA_ LifeTV. GMA Pinoy TV as well as GMA Life TV and GMA News TV International can be seen in the US, Canada and in countries in Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and Asia Pacific. ■
GMAI Team at Carson City with Marian and Rafael, (L-R) Cheryl Ching-Sy, Cheri Domingo, Donna Reyes, Jush Andowitt (Back) Jepoi Mejia
Glaiza in PAFCOM New Jersey
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Dennis and Glaiza at the Meet-and-Greet in Vallejo
Dennis performs in Pinoy Fiesta Toronto
Dennis performs in Seattle
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Glaiza performs in Vallejo
Marian with awards from the City Council of Carson
Dennis, Glaiza and Rafael at the Meet-andGreet in Pinoy Fiesta event in Toronto
Choreographer Geleen Eugenio and Marian Rivera at the New York parade
Glaiza performs in Pinoy Fiesta Toronto
GMA Pinoy TV and Glaiza de Castro receive awards in PAFCOM New Jersey
Marian with the Carson City crowd
Glaiza de Castro with Fil-Am Jersey residents in New Jersey
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Marian and Rafael at Meet and Greet in Carson City
Rafael with Carson City crowd Glaiza de Castro with Jersey City kids in New Jersey
Dennis Trillo with the Kapuso fans in Washington in Seattle
Choreographer Geleen Eugenio with the Kapuso Grand Parade dancers in New York
Rafael with Awards from Carson City Council Rafael performs in Pinoy Fiesta Toronto
Glaiza and Dennis meet and greet the fans in Seattle
Rafael Rosell serenades the crowd at the New York celebration of Independence Day
Sen. Bong Revilla, Marian Rivera, Julie Ann San Jose and Rafael Rosell onboard the Kapuso float in the Grand Parade in New York
Glaiza de Castro with the Kapuso fans in Washington in Seattle
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Kusina Master wins big at NAMIC Vision Awards GMA-7’s Kusina Master proves its international caliber once more after winning as Best Lifestyle Program at the prestigious 19th Annual NAMIC Vision Awards. Chef Boy Logro’s well-loved cooking show, which was submitted as an entry for GMA Life TV, the first Filipino lifestyle channel abroad, also makes history as the first ever winner from GMA as well as the Philippines in the said competition. GMA Pinoy TV’s co-production Pusong Pinoy Sa Amerika, on the other hand, bagged a nomination in the Foreign Language Category. GMA Vice President and Head of International Operations Joseph T. Francia considers their latest achievement as an important milestone for GMA Life TV, which recently marked its fifth anniversary. “This award is truly an honor for both GMA Life TV and the excellent team behind Kusina Master, confirming its world class standards for the second time this year,” he said. Kusina Master bested entries from Scripps, one of the biggest TV networks in the US. This award comes right on the heels of the program’s recent victory at the 2013 US International Film and Video Festival, wherein it earned a Certificate for Creative Excellence. GMA OIC for Entertainment TV Lilybeth G. Rasonable expresses her thanks for all the recognition and praise that Kusina Master has been receiving not only in the Philippines, but also internationally. “We sincerely thank the NAMIC Vision Awards for this honor and we commit to continue delivering superior information and
entertainment to our audience here and abroad,” she enthused. Nicol Turner-Lee, Ph.D, President and CEO of the National Association of Minorities in Communications (NAMIC), informed GMA International of the win and extended her “congratulations on this esteemed honor.” Representing GMA International at the awarding ceremony held last July 11 at the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles, California were Jush Andowitt, GMA International Marketing Consultant, and respected immigration lawyer Atty. Lou Tancinco, host and producer of “Pusong Pinoy sa Amerika.” The NAMIC Vision Awards is dubbed as “a celebration of multicultural contributions in the media industry.” It is “one of the few national (US-wide) competitions that salute original television or digital content that reflects the depth and breadth of experience and contributions of people of color.” The likes of CNN, HBO, Disney, ESPN, Nickelodeon and other mainstream US networks usually dominate the Vision Awards. GMA Pinoy TV and GMA Life TV along with GMA News TV International can be seen in Canada and the US and in countries in Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and Asia Pacific. For more details, visit the GMA International website www. gmanetwork.com/international, Facebook pages www.facebook.com/GMAPinoyTV, www.facebook.com/GMALifeTV, and, www. facebook.com/GMANewsInternational, or Twitter pages @GMAPinoyTV,@GMA_LifeTV and @GMANewsTVIntl. ■
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Love Poe leads cast of GMA News TV International’s Original Series “Titser” FOLLOWING the critical and ratings success of its original series on good governance – Bayan Ko - GMA News TV International launches a groundbreaking new series entitled TITSER, which discusses issues on Philippine education. Topbilled by multi-awarded character actress Lovi Poe, casting for GMA News TV International’s female-dominated series TITSER is now complete. Lovi is joined by singer-actress Agot Isidro and by indie film darling Mara Lopez. Lovi plays Michelle in TITSER: a poverty stricken high school girl who dreams of becoming a teacher, but whose only option after graduation is to work as a housemaid. Mara Lopez plays Rosa — Michelle’s best friend and toughest competitor, who ends up a single mother. The two girls struggle against fate and financial limitations to reach their goal of finishing school. Their mentor and inspiration is Teacher Sandra, portrayed by Agot Isidro, who leads her own fight against a corrupt principal. Actors Gardo Versoza, Irma Adlawan, Carl Guevarra and Rocco Nacino will also be starring in the series - which is now being shot on location in Boso Boso, Antipolo.
TITSER is directed by acclaimed indie filmmaker and head of the Ateneo Filipino Department Alvin Yapan and written by Bayan Ko’s creator and News TV channel head Nessa Valdellon. It is filmed on high definition and goes through the color grading process. TITSER begins airing on August 24 on GMA News TV International. For more details, visit the GMA International website
www.gmanetwork.com/international, Facebook pages www.facebook.com/ GMAPinoyTV, www.facebook.com/ gmalifetv, and, www.facebook.com/ gmanewsinternational, or Twitter pages @GMAPinoyTV and @GMA_LifeTV. GMA Pinoy TV, GMA Life TV and GMA News TV International can be seen in the US, Canada and in countries in Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and Asia Pacific. ■
Carl Guevarra, Lovi Poe, Agot Isidro and Mara Lopez at the pre-production meeting for GMA News TV’s TITSER
Rachelle Ann Go renews exclusive contract with GMA Network
ULTIMATE Singing Champion Rachelle Ann Go renewed her exclusive contract with GMA Network. Rachel was welcomed by GMA officers as she inked a three-year network contract. Present at the contract signing were GMA Assistant Vice President for Alternative Productions Gigi SantiagoLara, President and COO of Viva Artists Agency Veronique del Rosario-Corpus, Rachelle, GMA Chairman and CEO Atty. Felipe L. Gozon, and GMA Vice President for Entertainment Marivin T. Arayata. During the contract signing held at the 16th floor Boardroom of GMA Network, Atty. Gozon says he is very happy that Rachel renewed her contract with GMA, “Talaga naman si Rachelle ay isa sa pinakamagaling na singer ngayon. Talagang bagay na bagay siya sa Miss Saigon. Para sa akin magaling talaga. Ang kabutihan kay Rachelle hindi lang basta kumakanta marunong ding umarte.” Rachelle, who is currently part of Sunday All Stars’ Tropang Trending team,
feels very proud to be part of the GMA Family, “Sobra akong thankful sa GMA dahil pinagkakatiwalaan nila ako. I feel so blessed dahil pagkatapos ng three years nirenew ulit yung contract ko. Happy ako sa GMA. Sa lahat ng nakatrabaho ko, sa lahat ng staff, mababait silang lahat.” On the other hand, Arayata is delighted that Rachelle chose to remain loyal to her Kapuso family, “We are very happy to have Rachelle in GMA. She is one of the professional and talented singers in the industry.” Del Rosario-Corpus is very thankful for GMA’s trust and confidence in Rachelle’s talent, “We would like to thank GMA for the trust and belief in Rachelle Ann Go. She is really a gem of a talent. Salamat Kapuso.” Santiago-Lara believes that Rachelle is one of GMA’s assets, “Rachelle Ann is one of the brightest stars in the music industry. We are very excited to continue to work with her. We’re very proud of all her achievements and pleased that she is a Kapuso.” ■ GMA / July 26, 2013
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Philippines, Czech Republic Seal Agreement to Promote Phl Ambassador to UAE, Consul General in Bilateral Cooperation in Culture, Education, Science and Sports Dubai Promote Economic Opportunities THE Philippines and the Czech Republic signed today an Agreement on Cooperation in the fields of Culture, Education, Science and Sports at the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Main Building in Pasay City. Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert F. del Rosario signed on behalf of the Philippines. Czech Ambassador to the Philippines Josef Rychtar represented the Czech Republic. The signing ceremony was witnessed by DFA officials and representatives of the National Commission on Culture and the Arts, Department of Education, Commission on Higher Education, Department of Science and Technology, Philippine Sports Commission and the Czech Embassy in Manila. It comes at a particularly significant time in PHL-Czech relations as both countries celebrate the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties this year. The Agreement was proposed in 2005 and sets the stage for an expanded partnership that would harness the
strength and best practices of both countries into a mutually-beneficial cooperation in the fields of culture, education, science and sports. The Agreement provides a framework for both sides to strengthen and promote their respective capabilities and institutions covering the abovementioned areas and, in the process, contribute to the overall growth and developments of both countries. Upon the entry into force of the Agreement, the old cultural agreement between the Philippines and the nowdefunct Czechoslovakia, which entered into effect in 1974, will cease to apply. In his brief statement, Secretary del Rosario welcome the signing of the Agreement and expressed his expectation and aspiration that concerned agencies in both the Philippines and the Czech Republic will pursue concrete activities to implement the terms of this bilateral instrument in the immediate future to ensure that it serves its envisioned purpose. ■ Philippine Embassy Manila / July 25,
Philippine Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Grace Relucio-Princesa (left) and Philippine Consul General to Dubai Frank Cimafranca (right) visited Dubai’s Jebel Ali Freeport Zone Authority (JAFZA) on July 10 to discuss opportunities to further strengthen Philippines-JAFZA trade relations with JAFZA Deputy CEO and Commercial Officer Ibrahim Mohamed Al Janahi (center).
Ambassador Relucio-Princesa (third from right) with Consul General Cimafranca (leftmost) during a live interview with Dubai Eye 1038.com Senior Presenter Lucy Taylor (rightmost) show,“The Travel Show’s Philippines Destination Focus” last July 11. Also present were Ms. Lucille Ong (third from left), President of the UAE-based Philippine Business Council (PBC), Ms. Lalaine Chu-Benitez (second from right) Owner, Publisher and Managing Director of Illustrado Communications and Ms. Nathalia Cermino (second from left), a Filipino disc jockey also known as “Chicay” from Tag 91.1FM, an all Filipino radio station based in Dubai.
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THE Philippine Embassy in Madrid conducted a consular outreach mission in Ibiza, one of islands composing the Balearic Islands of Spain on July 20. The consular team, led by Deputy
Chief of Mission and Consul General Catalino R. Dilem, Jr. processed a total of 204 transactions, of which, 178 were passport renewal applications, 14 notarial services (including oath of allegiance
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Ambassador Relucio-Princesa (second from right) with Mr. Edwin Birkins (second from left), Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Peregrine LLC, during the latter’s courtesy call on July 09 to discuss possible business and investment opportunities at Gateway Logistics City at the Clark Freeport Zone. Also present were Vice Consul Norman Padalhin (rightmost) and Mr. Armand Diaz (leftmost), Compliance Director of Peregrine LLC.
(Left photo above) Applicants waiting for their turn for passport renewal. (Right photo above) Applicants applying for OWWA membership and OEC. (Left photo below) Applicants taking their Oath of Allegiance before DCM Catalino R. Dilem, Jr. (Right photo below) Philippine Embassy in Madrid Consular Outreach Team with the Ibiza Filipino community leaders and volunteers.
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(UK Premiere) Director: Joselito Altarejos Running Time: 85 minutes Stars: Allen Dizon and Angeli Bayani In Competition at the 6th Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival’s Director’s Showcase Over the past two years, filmmaker Joselito Altarejós has helped redefine the image of homosexuals and homosexuality in the Philippines through his films. Among these are the controversial yet critically-acclaimed hits “Ang Lalake sa Parola” and “Ang Lihim ni Antonio.” His recent work, “Ang Laro
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ng Buhay ni Juan,” which he co-wrote, produced and directed was hailed by film reviewers for its subtle yet effective social commentaries on the life of ordinary Juan. “Pink Halo-Halo” marks his first solo stint as screenwriter. Synopsis: Natoy, like any other child, finds joy and excitement in the simplest of things—especially in eating halohalo filled with pink gelatine and red sago. Things change suddenly when, as he is watching television, a news report about the ongoing war in Mindanao shows footage of a badly wounded soldier waiting for rescue. That soldier— almost bleeding to death, was his father, Corporal Lino Bolante.
Director: Brillante Ma. Mendoza Running Time: 90 minutes Stars: Angel Aquino and Cherry Pie Picache Network of the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) Award 2007 Jeonju International Film Festival South Korea 2007 Durban International Film Festival (Best Actress for Cherry Pie Picache) Brillante Ma. Mendoza was born and raised in San Fernando, Pampanga in the Philippines and studied Fine Arts major in Advertising at the University of Santo Tomas. He has directed sixteen films since 2005. He was the Palme d’Or Best Director at the 2009 Cannes International Film Festival in Cannes, France for “Kinatay (The Execution of P).” Mendoza’s “Lola” won Best Director at the 6th Dubai International Film Festival in 2009 while his “Captive” and “Thy Womb” competed at the 62nd Berlin and International Film Festival and 69th Venice International Film Festival, respectively, in 2012.
TSARDYER POSAS (SHACKLED)
(UK Premiere) Director: Lawrence Fajardo Running Time: 93 minutes Stars: Nico Antonio and Bangs Garcia In Competition, 8th Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival’s Director’s Showcase Official Competition, 2012 Hanoi International Film Festival Lawrence Fajardo studied film and theater in University of St. La Salle Bacolod and his breakthrough in the film making circuit was when his short film entitled “Kultado” which won the Special Jury Prize in Cinemalaya 2005. His biggest break his filmmaking career was through “Amok”, a finalist in the New Breed Category of the Cinemalaya 2011. Fajardo is a consistent awatd-winning filmmaker here and abroad.
(UK Premiere) Director: Sigfreid Barros-Sanchez
Synopsis: Corruption is a process. Jestoni “Jess” Biag, early 20s, is a notorious snatcher victimizing people in bustling streets around Quiapo Church. As a routine, he steals wallets, gadgets and jewelries, which he will trade for a meager amount of peso—enough for him to survive and to support his family. Today, Jess will be captured by the police for snatching a cellphone of a call center agent, Ma. Grace Rosuello. It’s his first time to undergo an investigation. And as he goes in the process from Barangay Hall Clinic, Police Station to the Fiscal’s Office, we will witness how human rights violation bluntly executes, and how culture of corruption deviously perpetuates in this chain of institutions. In the end, despite the fact of proving Jess as guilty of committing theft, he will still get his freedom. But this freedom shackled him to a cycle upholding the predicament of his life.
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(UK Premiere) Director: Mark Meily Running Time: 165 minutes Stars: Jorge Estregan and Nora Aunor 3rd Best Picture, 2012 Metro Manila Film Festival Philippines 61st Famas Best Picture 15th Pasado (Pampelikulang Samahan ng mga Dalubguro) Pinakapasadong Pelikula 2013 Soho International Film Festival in New York Best World Feature Film Mark Meily is a young filmmaker who teaches filmmaking at the Marilou DiazAbaya Film Institute and Art Center in Antipolo City. Meily directed the wardwinning films “Crying Ladies,” “Baler,” “Donor,” “La Visa Loca,” “Donor” and many more. He studied Synopsis: “El Presidente The General Emilio Aguinaldo Story” is a 2012 biopic film based on the life of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, the first president of the Philippine Republic.
Synopsis: A carefully observed and beautifully acted family drama which follows a widowed woodcutter as he attempts to keep his three very different daughters in line. The rebellious daughter, Grace, has just got married and is finding it hard to adjust; Lourdes is having an extra marital affair and the
eldest, Jess, is trying to pick up the pieces of her life. The trials and tribulations of this rural family is told through a series of events, both celebratory and traumatic events – a wedding, a parade, a fire and a death – each marking the changes of summer and the volatile and changing nature of life.
Running Time: 105 minutes Stars: Dimples Romana and Neil Ryan Sese In Competition, 6th Cinema One
Originals Film Festival Sigfreid Barros-Sanchez started out as a screenwriter before he ventured as a director. As an independent filmmaker, he has made quite a lot of out-ofthe-box films which were locally and internationally appreciated. Most of his works are satiric if not most of the time symbolic of life. Barros-Sanchez’s type of film makes him one of the most prolific artists in the country. Synopsis: Loosely based on the kidnapping of a broadcast journalist and her crew, the film shows a 10-yearold Tausug boy used by the Abu Sayyaf group to “charge” the cellphones they use in negotiating for their demands for the release of their captives. Things take a strange turn when the journalist befriends Shihab and earns his trust as Shihab finds himself torn between his loyalty to his Tausug brothers and the bond he has forged with his newfound friend.
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(UK Premiere) Director: Benito Bautista Running Time: 88 minutes Stars: Ronnie Lazaro and Raymond Bagatsing Grand Jury Award, 2012 Guam International Film Festival Best Picture NETPAC Award, 2011 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival Official Selection, 2012 San Diego International Film Festival Benito Bautista is an independent filmmaker based in San Francisco, California. He founded Wanderlustproject Films in 2001 and has since made short and feature narratives and documentaries including the award-¬winning documentary film, “The Gift of Barong: A Journey from Within” that is now part of Stanford University’s Stanford Program for International Cultural Education (S.P.I.C.E.). He is currently the Dean of the Film Program at the Meridian International College
TEORIYA (FATHER’S WAY)
(UK Premiere) Director: Alistair Christian “Zurich” E. Chan Running Time: 84 minutes
(MINT) in McKinley Hill, Fort Bonifacio. Bautista is the director of the awardwinning film “Harana,” a foray on the tradition music of courtship in the Philippines. Synopsis: Inspired by true stories of taxicab drivers of metropolitan Manila, “Boundary,” a feature narrative film is set in the urban roadways of Manila during Christmas. A guilt-ridden and dishevelled taxi driver named Limuel
Alcantara picks up a mild-mannered businessman named Emmanuel Lazaro as his last passenger for the night. Limuel’s conspiracy to bring Emmanuel to the hideout of robbery gang leader Diego Gawaran takes a wrong turn. Their journey together from Manila to the foothills of Antipolo becomes a tensionfilled and claustrophobic experience. The only way out of this seemingly eternal ride is to face their damnation.
Stars: Alfred Vargas and Sue Prado In Competition, 7th Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival Zurich Chan is an independent filmmaker based in Zamboanga City. Growing up in a video rental store for ten years, this has been his basis into writing scripts and his visual style. The
nature of his filmmaking delves into topics of loneliness and existentialism. “Teoriya” is his first salvo at being at the director’s helm of a feature length film. According to Zurich, his journey into filmmaking is looking for the true meaning of loneliness in any shape, form or situation because, accordingly, all of us are really and truly just separate beings who are, in this world, essentially alone. Writing all his scripts in Chavacano, combined with his unique visual style makes his films nothing less but different. Synopsis: “Teoriya” is a story about loss that centers on the film’s main character, Jimmuel Apostol II. After hearing the news that his father has passed away, Jim goes back home to Zamboanga City after leaving ten years ago in bad terms with his father. He arrives in Zamboanga only to find that his father has already been buried and he doesn’t know where. Jim takes a journey around the Zamboanga peninsula and ultimately into his own self, finding the missing piece of his life.
(UK Premiere) Director: Lawrence Fajardo Running Time: 97 minutes Stars: Julia Montes, Enrique Gil and Enchong Dee Official entry to the 39th Metro Manila Film Festival Philippines 2012 Graded “B” by the Cinema Evaluation Board in 2012 Lawrence Fajardo studied film and theater in University of St. La Salle Bacolod and his breakthrough in the film making circuit was when his short film entitled “Kultado” which won the Special Jury Prize in Cinemalaya 2005. His biggest break his filmmaking career was through “Amok”, a finalist in the New Breed Category of the Cinemalaya 2011. Fajardo is a consistent award-
winning filmmaker here and abroad. Synopsis: The story takes places on a family who got lost in a province and start being hunted by The Strangers. For their 18th birthday, twins Pat and Max go on their annual out of town family trip, to the far-flung oasis of Murcia. Joining them are their parents Roy and Evelyn, their grandfather Pete his temporary caregiver Paloma and their newly hired family driver, Toning. The family members set aside personal differences and go on with the trip, as they look forward to the provincial excursion. Treading the rough roads of the countryside, their happiness is cut short when their van hits an old lady on the road. Unsure of what happened, the family tries to search for the body but it is nowhere to be found. ■
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(UK Premiere) Director: Francis Xavier Pasion Running Time: 80 minutes Special Jury Prize, 6th Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival Invited to the 2012 Vancouver International Film Festival, Berlinale’s Generation Program and Busan International Film Festival Francis Xavier Pasion is the directorwriter of the film “Jay” which won the Best Film, Best Editing and Best Actor Award (for Baron Geisler) in Cinemalaya 2008. The film has since been screened in over 28 international film festivals, premiering at the prestigious Venice International Film Festival in 2008. It has won 6 international awards and 12 local awards. Francis also served as a member of the international jury at the Vladivostok International Film Festival 2009. He currently directs
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for television, and has taught film at the Ateneo de Manila University of which he is a cum laude graduate of Communication and the founder of the premier student film organization Loyola Film Circle. “Sampaguita” is his sophomore film and also his second entry to the Cinemalaya.
Synopsis: “SAMPAGUITA NATIONAL FLOWER” is a film that chronicles the journey of the sampaguita flower from the time the buds are plucked in the province to the time they are sold in the city. The story is told by the children who are involved in the different stages of the journey.
18:05 – 19:39 TEORIYA – R16
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20:05 – 21:33 BOUNDARY – R16
CLOSING FILM 19:30 – 21:07 THE STRANGERS – PG13
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13:45 – 15:05 SAMPAGUITA – PG13
16:05 – 17:38 15:30 – 17:15 POSAS (SHACKLED) – R16 TSARDYER – PG13
SHORT FILMS CLOSURE – PG13 – 17 minutes – Director: Desmond Devenish BEYOND REDEMPTION – PG13 – 10 minutes Director: Nino Macias THE SAVIOUR – PG13 – 30 minutes – Director: Boy Villasanta BEAUTIFUL NIGHTMARE – PG13 – 15 minutes – Director: Grey-em Erezo
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Manny Pacquiao invited to play in basketball tournament for government units
MANILA – Boxing legend and Sarangani congressman Manny Pacquiao has been invited play for the Congress-LGU squad that will see action in the coming First UNTV Cup which unfolds July 29 at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum. Congress-LGU playing coach and former PBA campaigner Gerry Esplana said during Friday’s launching of the project, aimed at providing opportunity for public servants to play the nation’s favorite sport for a noble cause, that he will be asking
the eight-division world champion to join his team in the four-month series. “Alam naman nating bukod sa boxing ay mahal din ni Congressman Pacquiao ang basketball, so para sa isang noble project gaya ng UNTV Cup ay iimbitahin natin siyang maglaro,” Esplana said. Former PBA players like Esplana as well as entertainment celebrities have also been invited to spice up the project that will see the participation of teams from several government agencies and institutions —
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the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine National Police (PNP), Judiciary/ Supreme Court, PhilHealth, Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA). The project, according to project director Daniel Razon, is aimed at promoting unity, camaraderie and healthy living among public servants besides associating UNTV with public service. Former Crispa Redmanmizers Atoy Co and Ed Cordero will supervise the games as commissioner and assistant commissioner, respectively. Razon, CEO and chairman of the Breakthrough and Milestones Productios International Inc., was joined in the press launching and MOA signing held at the Dolce Latte and Gourmet Bakeshop in Quezon City by Col. Agane Adriatico of AFP, Reynaldo Agoncillo of PNP, Joseph Cabanting of Judiciary, Isagani Obispo Jr. of DOJ, Mario Matanguhan of PhilHealth and USEC GM Corazon Jimenez of MMDA. The top prize money of P1,000,000 goes to the eventual champion team, while the runner up will receive P500,000. The cash prize though will go to the charitable institutions the two top teams will name as beneficiaries. ■ Eddie G. Alinea / PNA / July 21, 2013 / 12:43 PM
Brandon Rios arrives in Macau ahead of promo tour for Pacquiao fight BRANDON Rios has set foot in Macau, supremely confident that he will succeed in becoming the fighter to finally convince Manny Pacquiao to call it a night after they collide on November 24 at the CotaiArena. Rios was joined in the trip from the US by his chief trainer Robert Garcia and they are expected to take the spotlight when the kickoff leg of a seven-city press tour begins Saturday. Team Rios arrived in the former Portuguese colony Thursday. Team Pacquiao will fly from Manila Friday morning. Rios hopes to become the third fighter to deal Pacquiao a loss following the Filipino’s defeats to Tim Bradley (in June 2012) and Juan Manuel Marquez (in
December 2012). From Macau, Pacquiao and Rios, alongside Top Rank big boss Bob Arum and his staff, will travel to Beijing before making stops in Shanghai, Singapore, Bristol (Connecticut), New York and finally Los Angeles. Pacquiao, meanwhile, will be on hand when Filipino world title prospect Milan Melindo challenges Mexican world flyweight king Juan Francisco Estrada Saturday night. Pacquiao will train exclusively in General Santos City beginning September, while Rios will do the same thing in his homebase of Oxnard in Southern California. ■ Lee Jimenez / InterAKTV / July 25,
dead in his tracks. The Estrada-Melindo match was a part of the Fists of Gold promotion of Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum.
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Kiefer Ravena, rounding back into game shape after suffering an ankle injury early in the season, led Ateneo with 13 points and eight rebounds while Chris Newsome finished with 10 and a teamhigh nine rebounds. Three other Blue Eagles – Ryan Buenafe, Juami Tiongson and Frank Golla – finished with eight or more points. Ateneo got off to a quick start, going on a 17-4 run behind Ravena, who had seven points in the first quarter. But Aljon Mariano led UST as the Growling Tigers chipped away at the Ateneo lead that stood highest at 15
points. UST trailed by just six, 47-41, after Karim Abdul opened the fourth quarter with a basket. Guards Ed Daquioag and Clark Bautista led the UST charge in the fourth, and the Tigers got as close as two points, 59-57, after Bautista hit a three-pointer from the corner with 21.3 seconds remaining. But Newsome hit a free throw to put the lead back up to three, 60-57, and Kevin Ferrer missed two attempts from beyond the arc in the dying seconds before Ravena set the final margin with a split from the line. Mariano had 16 points to lead UST. ■ InterAKTV / July 27, 2013 / 6:57 PM
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Milan Melindo falls short in quest to dethrone Mexican champion MEXICAN Juan Francisco Estrada ruined Filipino Milan Melindo’s plans late Saturday night as the defending world flyweight champion kept the WBO and WBA flyweight titles on a 12-round unanimous decision in Macau. Estrada had Melindo down in the eleventh round and appeared ready to close out the show with a stoppage win in the 12th but Melindo bravely fought and survived the onslaught. Two judges saw it 117-109 for Estrada, while the third had it 118-109 although fight aficionados at ringside thought the judges’ scorecards didn’t reflect Melindo’s competence. The win was Estrada’s first defense of the titles he had won from Fil-Am Brian Viloria last April also in Macau. Melindo had vowed to put an end to Estrada’s reign but he simply didn’t have enough firepower to stop his fancied foe
Defending champion Ateneo outduels UST...
The next Macau fights will be on November 24 featuring Manny Pacquiao against Brandon Rios. ■ Lee Jimenez / InterAKTV / July 28, 2013 / 1:48 PM
PBA coaches see need for Gilas Pilipinas... Continuation from page 40
Veteran international campaigner Rajko Toroman, who serves as coaching consultant for Barako Bull, sees the need for Gilas Pilipinas to create more chances for their big men. “They have yet to establish their inside game. For them to have better chances, Marcus Douthit and Jume Mar Fajardo should be given more touches and more opportunities to score inside,” said Toroman. Neither Douthit nor Fajardo scored in double-figures in Gilas’ 92-89 victory over Kazakhstan in their final tuneup match last Friday. The Philippine team relied heavily on their guards on the offensive end, with Jayson Castro and Jeff Chan scoring 20 points apiece, Larry Fonacier adding 14, and Jimmy Alapag posting 12. For his part, GlobalPort coach Junel Baculi saw the need to tweak the team’s defenses.
“In my opinion, we are on the right track,” wrote Baculi in a text message to InterAKTV. “Just a little adjustment on our defense, specifically on the pick-and-pop plays of our opponents. “More and more big men are improving on their pull up jumpers with range, too.” Kazakhstan’s ace big man Anton Ponomarev burned Gilas from the outside in their tuneup game. The 6-foot-10 forward scored four three-pointers in the first half off pick-and-pop opportunities. But the Philippine team was able to make an adjustment in the second half of that match, with Ponomarev scoring just two points after the break with Gilas ace defender Marc Pingris hounding him. ■ Rey Joble / InterAKTV / July 28, 2013 / 4:18 PM
sport Defending champion Ateneo outduels UST in rematch of UAAP finalists
FIVE-TIME defending champion Ateneo emerged victorious over the tough UST Growling Tigers, 61-57, in a rematch of last year’s UAAP finalists to close their own campaign in the first round of UAAP Season 76 at the SMARTAraneta Coliseum. The Blue Eagles recovered from a tough start to the season to climb up to 3-4, only one game behind UST and UE, currently tied in second place with 4-3 Continued on page 38 records.
PBA coaches see need for Gilas Pilipinas adjustments ahead of FIBA Asia Championship
With less than four days to go before the FIBA Asia Championship tips off on August 1, PBA coaches see the need for some adjustments on the part of the Philippine national men’s basketball team for the competition. Continued on page 38
BRANDON RIOS FIRES WARNING SHOTS AT MANNY PACQUIAO: ‘IT’S MY TIME’
KNOWN for trash-talking his opponent, Brandon Rios will get the chance to do just that late this month when the multi-city promotional tour of his November clash with Manny Pacquiao gets off the ground in Macau. Top Rank big boss Bob Arum is holding a press conference on the afternoon of the July 27 Zou Shiming headliner at the
CotaiArena to formally unveil the PacquiaoRios welterweight war. But even before that presentation to the media happens, Rios has somehow started to fire some warning shots, telling the online edition of The Ring magazine that he is drooling over the prospects of rumbling with the Filipino icon. “It’s my time (to beat Pacquiao),” said
Rios, who has been sweating it out from time to time at the Oxnard boxing gym owned and operated by his trainer Robert Garcia. While training camp doesn’t take place until September, Rios said he is making sure he doesn’t bloat. Top Rank publicist Ricardo Jimenez said Rios normally gains a lot of pounds while inactive.
But Jimenez said that since Pacquiao and Rios will fight at welterweight, Rios won’t have difficulties making the limit. From Macau, Pacquiao and Rios and the traveling circus will go to Beijing and Shanghai, Singapore and onwards to New York and Los Angeles.
■ Lee Jimenez / InterAKTV / July 10, 2013 / 2:37
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