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Toughest Rehab czar Ping Lacson talks on arrojob in the gant lawmakers that we don’t need world of showbiz! The fate of three senators who By Daniel Sta. Ana are facing plunder and graft Chief Correspondent charges in connection with the rehabilitation czar Panfilo “pork barrel” scam should re- “Ping” Lacson said on Thursmind everyone in government day. that a “new normal in public Lacson, who rejected his ”pork barrel” alwhen he was senator, was referring service has finally dawned on locations to Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jose “Jingus,” former Senator and now goy” Estrada and Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr.,

who were implicated in the P10 billion “pork” scam. “While it is unfortunate that three and probably more of my former colleagues may have to be incarcerated while undergoing trial, still, I believe that’s the way to go if only to remind everyone in government that a ‘new normal’ in public service has finally dawned on us, courtesy of COA, DOJ and the Ombudsman,” Lacson said in a text message.

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Horsemeat mania goes to the Philippines as 5 dead in Cotabato He may be the “big guy” in the Senate, but this hefty senator has some tough bumps ahead. After Senate blue ribbon committee chair Senator Teofisto Guingona III recommended that fellow senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada and Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. be filed with plunder charges, Senate President Sen. Franklin Drilon admitted that he is in a “very difficult” situation. “It’s extremely difficult, I will not deny it, we are still humans after all,” Drilon told INQUIRER Radio 990AM Wednesday. “It’s difficult but that is what we have to face.” “This is a process to reveal the truth, which I think is the first time that this kind of episode has happened in the Philippine Senate.”

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Drilon’s tight situation over presiding Senate pork probe

He may be the “big guy” in the Senate, but this hefty senator has some tough bumps ahead. After Senate blue ribbon committee chair Senator Teofisto Guingona III recommended that fellow senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada and Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. be filed with plun-

der charges, Senate President Sen. Franklin Drilon admitted that he is in a “very difficult” situation. “It’s extremely difficult, I will not deny it, we are still humans after all,” Drilon told INQUIRER Radio 990AM Wednesday. “It’s difficult but that is what we have to face.”

Kiribati’s prez goes to Tacloban to study impact of ‘Yolanda’ A foreign head of state flew in for a personal visit last week and was surprised to get an official security detail.

Anote Tong, president of Kiribati (pronounced ki-ri-bas), slipped into the country late Friday night for a four-day visit to study the impact of Super Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) on Eastern Visayas, a priority concern for the environment advocate wary about the future of his sinking 800-square-kilometer island nation. “It wasn’t an official visit. He wanted to study, interview people in areas affected by Yolanda. It was a serious preparation for a disaster of this magnitude,” said Navotas Rep. Toby Tiangco, who helped arrange Tong’s visit to the country. Tiangco said Tong, internationally recognized for his advocacy on climate change, had wanted to fly to Eastern Visayas to see the devastation. The Kiribati president is apparently “worried” that his country and its population of over 103,000 people scattered on

By Daniel Sta. Ana Chief Correspondent atolls and islands in the Pacific Ocean just beside the International Date Line may not survive a storm that packed Yolanda’s strength. With gusts of up to 270 kph, Yolanda and its storm surge of 5 to 7 meters killed more than 6,000 people and destroyed more than a million homes. “The president of Kiribati is … very much worried about climate change. There was a study that it would be erased from the map in 50 years,” said Tiangco of the island nation in the Pacific, which is only up to two meters above sea level at its highest point. “They have no shield. It’s flat land. If a typhoon like Yolanda hits the island, they will be wiped out,” said the lawmaker. Tiangco invited Tong to the Philippines upon learning from his friend, Philippine Ambassador to Papua New Guinea Bienvenido Tejano, that Tong had been meaning to visit. The country’s mission in

Papua New Guinea oversees Philippine affairs with Kiribati. “I didn’t know him (Tong) directly. When Ambassador Tejano told me he wanted to come, I wrote him a letter [as an invitation],” Tiangco said. “He actually wanted to come here right after, around December,” he said. Tong and his party of four others—one secretary to the Cabinet, his personal assistant, his aide-de-camp and a secretary to the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources—flew in via a commercial flight on Friday night, unaware that the Philippine side somehow prepared a little welcome, albeit sans the red carpet. “Of course I informed the DFA (Department of Foreign Affairs). So they provided him with a protocol officer and PSG (agents of the Presidential Security Group). He was even surprised that he was given a security [detail],” said Tiangco. Official visits of heads of state are usually marked with arrival honors at the airport.

201 school days starts at June 2 The Department of Education (DepEd) has set June 2, Monday, as the official start of the next school year, it said in an order posted on the Philippine Information Agency’s Facebook page. The school year will be composed of 201 school days, inclusive of the five-day inservice training break and the parent-teacher conferences, DepEd said. Meanwhile, the last school day is set on March 27, 2015, DepEd said. The agency said schools may set a different date for the start and end of the academic calendar as long as it is not earlier than the first Monday of June and not later than the last day of August. Schools may also observe national and local celebrations and holidays so long as the total number of school days be maintained. Otherwise, make-up classes should be done, DepEd said.

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Senator Jinggoy ‘innocent’ and will legal remedy

‘Innocent’: Sen. Estrada

Senator Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada said his lawyers will file on Monday (April 7) a motion for reconsideration on the Ombudsman’s ruling to charge him and other personalities in court with plunder and graft in connection with the pork barrel funds scam.

Why this is not a movie, Senator ‘J’ Estrada! What will happen next: Will the traitors be netted? The three senators and their co-re-

Plunder is punishable by reclusion

“Maghahain na po kami sa darating na Lunes spondents have five days from receipt perpetua or life imprisonment, and sapagkat natanggap na po ng aking abogado of the Office of the Ombudsman Joint forfeiture of the ill-gotten wealth in ‘yung joint resolution na nanggaling po sa OmResolutions to appeal the decision by favor of the government. budsman,” Estrada said in a television interview filing their respective motions for reWhile plunder is nonbailable, an acon Wednesday. consideration. cused may be allowed to post bail once (We will file [a motion for reconsideration] The information for plunder and filing a petition if the evidence against on Monday because my lawyer already received graft will be filed in the antigraft court him is weak. the joint resolution from the Ombudsman.) Sandiganbayan once the OmbudsGraft or corrupt practices are pun“Pero syempre ini-expect ko na ibabasura nila ‘yun. But syempre we will exhaust all legal man rules on the individual motions ishable by imprisonment of not less remedies,” he said. for reconsideration with finality, or by than six years and one month, and not (But of course I’m expecting that they will making the determination of probable more than 15 years, perpetual disqualreject it. But of course, we will exhaust all legal cause final. Once docketed, the San- ification from public office and conremedies.) diganbayan will raffle the cases to de- fiscation or forfeiture in favor of the Estrada, who is in Los Angeles, promised to termine which of the five divisions will state of any prohibited interest and return to the country to face the charges against handle the cases. unexplained wealth. him. He said he was scheduled to return home Once a division receives the inforBail is allowed in graft. In every step after Holy Week. The senator also expressed readiness to remation, a warrant of arrest will be is- of the judicial process, an accused may turn to jail if the court will issue a warrant of arsued to the accused. Arraignment will seek relief or remedies toquash the inrest against him. follow. formation or stop his arraignment. “E nakulong na ako dati, sanay na akong makulong (I was jailed before, I’m already used to it),” he said, referring to the What more now?) Juan Ponce-Enrile and Ramon plunder case that was filed before By Daniel Sta. Ana “E talagang haharapin ko ito “Bong” Revilla Jr., businesswomagainst him and his father, former dahil I can tell you straight, gusto an Janet Lim-Napoles and several Chief Correspondent President and now Manila Mayor ko sabihin sa taumbayan, sa aking others with plunder and graft in Joseph Estrada. mga kababayang Pilipino, wala po connection with the alleged illegal “Noong ikunulong nila ako bayan. Ngayon pa?” akong kasalanan, wala po akong disbursements of the Priority Dedati, dalawang taon nila akong iki(When they sent me to jail be- ninakaw kahit isang kusing sa at- velopment Assistance Fund also nulong pagkatapos just to be ac- fore, they imprisoned me for two ing kaban ng bayan,” the senator known as “pork barrel” funds. quitted of all the charges against years just to be acquitted of all the added. Enrile and Revilla have also me dahil wala naman silang na- charges against me because they Aside from Senator Estra- repeatedly denied the allegations. kitang ako’y may kinuhang kahit did not prove that I stole a sin- da, the Ombudsman also found na isang kusing sa kaban ng ating gle cent from the public’s coffers. enough basis to charge Senators theolwsun@gmail.com

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One’s still doing what she loved to do before

She was handed the reins of her first pony as soon as she could walk. Now, as her 88th birthday approaches this month, the Queen shows no sign of giving up the pastime she has loved since childhood. Taking in the glorious spring sunshine at Windsor in recent days, the Queen rides Carltonlima Emma, one of her favourite ponies. Wearing her usual riding getup of a silk scarf over her hair, mac and jodhpurs, she was accompanied by her stud groom Terry Pendry on a gentle hack around the estate. It is true that she doesn’t ride as regularly as she did, due in part to a niggling knee injury. And she now prefers to ride smaller fell ponies, a versatile working breed renowned for their steady tem-

perament. Originating from farms in the north of England, fell ponies are frequently used as riding or driving animals as they are noted for their hardiness, agility, strength and sure-footedness. The Queen adores the breed so much she has become patron of the Fell Pony Society. The sovereign donned a pair of white jodhpurs and cherry red leather riding boots and carried a crop in her hand as she picked her way confidently over the uneven ground on her estate. One onlooker said: ‘It is remarkable to think that she is a woman rapidly approaching the age of 90. ‘She isn’t seen riding out at Windsor as much as she used to but still likes to enjoy the odd hack out when she can on a fine day.

‘The ponies she rides now are fairly small and stocky but clearly are a more comfortable ride.’ Sources say the Queen is still a familiar figure at the stables at Windsor and takes a keen interest in all her horses and ponies, many of whom are now ridden by her grandchildren, most notably the Earl of Wessex’s children, Lady Louise and James, Viscount Severn. One aspect of her riding remains unchanged, however – her refusal to wear a hard hat, which has sparked concerns over her safety in the past. In a recent interview, racehorse trainer Ian Balding told how when he was hacking with the Queen at Windsor he took her to task over her refusal to wear a hat. ‘I really think it is ridiculous that you, above all others, do not

wear a crash helmet,’ he said. The Queen is said to have replied ‘I never have and you don’t have to have your hair done like I do.’ It was suggested that this was less an expression of vanity and more a reference to her need to be ready at all times to undertake an official duty. Rospa, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, urges all riders ‘whether or not they are in the public eye’ to wear a hat in order to reduce the severity of head injuries should they fall. But recently a spokesman for the British Equestrian Health and Safety Association described the monarch as ‘old school’ and said the fact that she was still riding in her 80s was a ‘good advert for how riding keeps people fit.’ By Girlie Manansala

Taiwanese fishing 15 inmates escapes jail in boat grounds in coast Calbayog, west of Samar A TAIWANESE fishing vessel ran aground off Batanes, the Philippine Coast Guard said Wednesday. The incident happened on Tuesday, 16 nautical miles northeast off Itbayat Island, Batanes, at 6:50 a.m., the PCG said in a statement. Two Taiwanese and three Indonesian nationals were aboard the Taiwanese fishing vessel “FV Jui Fai Tsai.” “Immediately, Coast Guard District North Eastern Luzon was alerted and directed to dispatch a Search and Rescue Team to render necessary assistance,” the PCG said. Taiwan coast guard also coordinated with the PCG and Department

of Foreign Affairs for the dispatch of its vessel for search and rescue. The crewmen of the grounded vessel were successfully rescued later in the afternoon of the same day. The vessel was also extracted. “Rescued crew members were brought back to Taiwan in good physical condition,” PCG said. PCG spokesperson Commander Armand Balilo said that the crewmen were not fishing in Philippine waters. Nearly a year ago, a Taiwanese fisherman was shot and killed in an encounter between PCG and a Taiwanese fishing vessel in Balintang Channel.

At least 15 inmates armed with highpowered firearms and improvised knives escaped from the city jail at 9 a.m. Wednesday, according to the police. An initial report from Superintendent Elmer Cinco, Calbayog police chief, said the inmates took two M-16 rifles, one shotgun and one 9-mm pistol from the jailguards before they rushed out of the gate of the city jail compound in Barangay (village) Gadgaran, two kilometers from the city proper. The inmates were identified as Eddie Cagomoc, Palang Delos Reyes, Boy Pintuan, Parag Cuanico, Nelwin

Juanerio, Miemie Juligado, Edwin Abria, Pinote Salsalejo, Gerry Dealagdon, Omang Carpio, Ian Panti, Joey Agas, Efren Pante, Malix Lucente and Dindo Calagos. The inmates were facing various charges ranging from robbery to murder. The report did not indicate how the inmates were able to escape. Inspector Gusser Gadong, jail warden, declined to release a statement while a pursuit operation was ongoing. Journalists were also barred from entering the city jail premises. The city jail is guarded by 26 personnel of the BJMP.


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Luxurious: The woman bought designer clothes and drank all night

Spending the money you don’t know if it’s even yours Blondie went to spree after a large £52k was accidentally transferred to her credit card by the local council By Daniel Sta. Ana Chief Correspondent

A young woman went on a marathon shopping spree hours after a council accidentally credited her bank account with £52,000, a court heard yesterday.

Michaela Hutchings, 23, spent £9,000 on expensive designer clothes, sunglasses and other items after finding the money in her account. Instead of reporting the error, she also gave her mother Elaine

£1,000 in cash, before she was caught by police on April 24 last year. After she was caught, officers discovered she had transferred £40,000 into an investment account after taking advice from her bank, which was unaware of the mistake. The mother of one was found guilty of dishonesty and retaining a wrongly credited bank transfer when she appeared at Stafford Crown Court on Monday. Recorder Derek Desmond told her: ‘A little over £52,000 was put into your account in error. ‘That had nothing to do with you. You didn’t cause that error, but you decided to keep it.’ He added that Hutchings,

from Lichfield, Staffordshire, was encouraged to spend the money by her boyfriend at the time. He said: ‘I have no doubt you were influenced by your partner – he wanted to spend the money. You went on a spending spree and between you, you spent £9,000. This man who spurred you on is no longer in your life – no doubt your family will be glad about that.’ Hutchings, who is believed to be a single stay-at-home mother, was given a 12-month community order and told to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work. The court heard an administrative error meant Lichfield District Council accidentally transferred £52,000 into her ac-

count instead of paying Bromford Housing Association. The council managed to stop a further £44,500 being transferred into her account and desperately tried to trace her to explain the error. But by the time they caught Hutchings, she had spent more than £9,000 during a shopping spree at Birmingham’s Bull- ring centre. The court heard that she and her partner bought designer shoes, jeans, sunglasses and other luxuries. Hutchings, the mother of a young daughter, will face a further investigation under the Proceeds of Crime Act relating to the £40,000 she transferred into an investment account. Phillip Bradley, defending, said she admitted to a ‘fleeting moment of pleasure’ in spending the money.

He added: ‘However, in her mind she was aware this situation would end badly. This was a woman who had shown no sign of dishonesty in her life.’ Hutchings, who posted a series of glamorous images of herself on social media websites, left the court in tears after being told she would not be jailed. Lichfield councillor Christopher Spruce said after the hearing: ‘Last April, due to a contractor’s clerical error, £52,000 was transferred to a benefits claimant, rather than to one of our housing association partners. ‘We are working with the police to recover the wrongly transferred funds. ‘We are also working closely with our partners to put additional checks into our systems to ensure a similar payment error cannot happen again.”

Convicted Corona posts bail for temporary liberty Former Chief Justice Renato Corona on Wednesday posted bail before the Sandiganbayan for his temporary liberty. He posted P160,000 or P10,000 for each of the eight counts of perjury and eight counts of violation of Republic Act 6713 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees before the anti-

graft court’s third division. The Ombudsman, in its resolution, stated that from 2001 to 2011, the spouses Corona earned a total income of P30,369,120.13, of which P27,145,472.68 was earned by Corona as an official at the Office of the President, a Justice of the Supreme Court, member of the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET), and member of the House

of Representatives Electoral Tribunal (HRET). The Resolution stated that from 2002 to 2010, Corona’s actual cash deposits ballooned from P1,337,072.28 to P137,937,207.88, and by 2010 the cumulative discrepancy between his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) declaration and his actual cash deposits amounted to

P134,437,207.88. The Resolution noted that records from the Land Registration Authority (LRA) showed several properties owned by the Corona spouses in Quezon City, Makati City and Fort Bonifacio in Taguig City, which were established to be significantly undervalued by P17,297,145.00.


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The key to perfect hair? Use conditioner before you shampoo your hair By Anna Pursglove

LIKE most women, my hair-washing ritual has always been hugely important to me. For as many years as I can remember, I have shampooed twice, then massaged conditioner from roots through to tips and waited two minutes before rinsing.

A few woefully short, bouncy, glossy hours would follow before my hair would revert back to its default setting of lank and limp. Now, it seems, that limpness was all my own fault. Fans of a hot new trend called ‘reverse hair washing’ told me this revolutionary method would leave even my fine hair looking as if I’d been for an expensive volumising blow-dry, but without a professional or pricey product in sight. So what did I need to do? Simple. Apparently I should condition, then shampoo. Why? Well, the theory is that, no matter how well you rinse your hair after conditioning, you never quite manage to get it all out and the residue weighs your hair down, making it lacklustre and flat. Reversing the order in which you wash your hair is meant to give you all the detangling and glossing benefits of conditioner - along with extra volume - but without any residual side-effects. It goes against everything I thought I knew about how to look after my hair, but could it actually work? There was only one way to find out: a weeklong challenge, changing nothing about my normal hair-washing routine, except for doing it backwards. Simple. And the results were astonishing. On day one I washed my hair the old-fashioned way - shampooing then conditioning - as a control for the photographs. To make sure that any difference to my hair during the week was caused by the reverse hairwashing method rather than any other pricey products, I used exactly what I usually do - the very modestly priced Boots Fruit Essence Magnificent Shine shampoo and conditioner (£1.49 each). No other products were allowed, and I blowdried my own hair after each wash using the same barrel brush, with no sneaky trips to my local salon in between. So far, so normal. After washing and drying my hair as usual it looked like it always does - as if I’ve made an effort with it, yet still a little flat - and no matter how hard I tried to style it, my ears still stuck though my ‘do’. The day after next it was crying out for a wash. This time I followed the reverse washing rules and found it much harder than I expected. The method itself is simple: wet your hair then work in your favourite conditioner, concentrating almost solely on the ends of the hair, with just a tiny bit at the roots. Leave the had been removed with the first conditioner in for five minutes, rinse. then rinse thoroughly. Only now After the second shampoo, should you shampoo, rinse, and my hair felt squeaky clean. But repeat, making sure you don’t use the moment of truth was yet to more product than you need. come. I towel-dried as gently as Having used conditioner after I could, worried that without the shampoo for the past 30 years, final smoothing of conditioner doing it the other way around felt I’d be left with a mass of tangles completely wrong. Like trying to which would explode into a haze eat with my knife in my left hand. of split ends the moment I tried Slathering conditioner onto to take a brush to it. dirty hair felt awful and I was parTo my immense relief, howevanoid that I’d be left with a thor- er, my wide-toothed comb went oughly greasy mop. It took a real through my hair as easily as it effort to leave it on my hair for the normally does - with not a tangle full five minutes and I spent ages in sight. rinsing it out afterwards. I blow-dried it as normal and Once I was finally convinced immediately noticed a difference. that it was all gone, I added a My hair definitely looked shinier squirt of shampoo to the crown than normal. of my head. I found that I didn’t All that rinsing might have need to use as much as I usually taken me longer than usual in would to get a good lather - ap- the shower, but the extra time parently because some of the dirt seemed to be worth it.

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D It leaves my hair shinier and combatting frizz Two days later I repeated the process - and the difference was just as pronounced. My hair was definitely looking thicker as though I’d used a volumising mousse, but without the dulling effect that many styling products leave behind. There were also some unexpected benefits to reverse washing. Because I was paying attention to conditioning before

shampooing I found I was taking greater care about where I was putting the product, meaning more of it than usual was being concentrated at the dry ends of my hair. And I was leaving it in for at least twice as long as I usually would. By the end of the seven-day challenge, I could see a marked difference in my hair. Not only did it leave hair shinier, it helped

combat frizz caused when particles of dirt stick to the residual product. Best of all, it felt softer yet thicker. Not a sticking-out ear in sight. So, will I keep up the reverse washing trend? Absolutely - the only trouble is that shampooing before conditioning is such an ingrained habit that I keep doing it by mistake when it’s early in the morning.


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North Korean leader Kim JongUn has warned of a “very grave” situation on the Korean peninsula, where a surge in military tensions has seen the two Koreas trade artillery fire and Pyongyang threaten a new nuclear test.

In a meeting with top military leaders on Tuesday, Kim blamed Washington and Seoul for the current frictions, saying they had trampled on peace overtures from Pyongyang. “The current situation is very grave,” Kim was quoted as saying by the North’s official KCNA news agency on Wednesday. Kim, the supreme commander of the Korean People’s Army (KPA), told his most senior officers that despite the North’s conciliatory gestures, South Korea and the United States had pushed ahead with joint military drills that Pyongyang views as rehearsals for an invasion. “The United States and other hostile forces, ignoring our magnanimity and goodwill, are viciously stepping up their manoeuvres in order to annihilate our republic politically, isolate it economically and crush it militarily,” he said. The North Korean military and people will never tolerate the “US policy of hostility” and will “crush it thoroughly”, Kim added. The rhetoric seemed largely aimed at a domestic audience and Kim’s more combative remarks were not translated in the English version of the KCNA dispatch. Just one month ago, inter-Korean relations appeared to be enjoying something of a thaw. In February the two rivals held rare, high-level talks, after which they held the first reunion in more than three years for families divided by the 1950-53 Korean War. Even when the annual South KoreanUS military exercises began at the end of February, the protests from Pyongyang were relatively muted, and there was talk of further high-level meetings and greater cooperation. But the mood soon soured, and recent weeks have seen North Korea conduct a series of rocket and missile tests, culminating last month in the test-firing of two medium-range ballistic missiles capable of striking Japan. On Monday, North Korea conducted

Jong-un warns in very ill situation By Daniel Sta. Ana Chief Correspondent a live-fire drill along the disputed maritime border. After some shells crossed the boundary, South Korea responded and the two sides fired hundreds of artillery rounds into each other’s territorial waters. The exchange of fire came the day after North Korea sounded an ominous warning that it might carry out a “new” type of nuclear test — a possible reference to testing a uranium-based device or a miniaturized warhead small enough to fit on a ballistic missile. Although South Korean intelligence reports say there are no signs of an imminent test, analysts note that the North is treading a familiar path that has previously ended in an underground bunker.

“The most disturbing possibility is that recent steps might conform with a pattern: missile test, UN condemnation, nuclear threat, nuclear test,” said Stephan Haggard, professor at the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at the University of California, San Diego. The UN Security Council condemned the North’s mid-range missile launches — a violation of UN resolutions prohibiting North Korean ballistic missile tests — and said it would consider “appropriate” action. That could include asking the council’s North Korean Sanctions Committee to consider expanding its list of designated individuals and entities. “That step would provide an excuse — if one were needed — for a fourth nuclear test,” Haggard wrote in a regular blog post.

North Korea has conducted three nuclear tests — in 2006, 2009 and 2013. Last year’s was by far the largest and prompted speculation that the North may already have switched to testing a uranium device rather than plutonium. A basic uranium bomb is no more potent than a basic plutonium one, but the uranium path holds various advantages for the North, which has substantial deposits of uranium ore. A uranium enrichment programme is easy to hide. It does not need a reactor like plutonium, and can be carried out using centrifuge cascades in relatively small buildings that give off no heat and are hard to detect. North Korea revealed it was enriching uranium in 2010 when it allowed foreign experts to visit a centrifuge facility at its Yongbyon nuclear complex.

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Mayor Duterte may be fuming in f lames! MAYOR Rodrigo Duterte is now in big flames. He warned that he would kill rice smugglers before, but look at him now: cocaine was smuggled into his city. The drug haul, estimated to cost P306 million, was said to be part of a container that arrived in Davao on Jan. 8. In reports, Duterte was quick to say that the drugs were meant for another destination, that Davao was merely a transit point, because “there’s no market for this here… it’s too expensive.” He has followed that up by offering P100,000 for each of the 13 bars of cocaine missing from the haul, the reward to be given “without questions asked.” “No question asked” is a very strong statement which now misleads us that the Davao city government really hunts for the other cocaine bars, thus inferring it the greatest city in the world in terms of order. Duterte’s boast of summarily executing rice smugglers if he finds them operating in Davao suddenly seems to spare those dealing in drugs. He says those who have taken the missing 13 bars might have mistaken them for soap or have taken them “out of curiosity,” hence his no-questions-asked policy should they return the contraband. It seems contradictory that when he can catch up with rice smugglers but he can’t catch up with the devils in his own city.

Growing influx of immigrants in this isle

THE Philippines was visited by millions of people every year, and some of them are using this innocent country to be a transportation of their evil deeds such as drug smuggling, etc. The government should be sure that this country would only serve for its population.We should not be a worringly crowded isle.

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merican soldiers are coming to town, in the thousands, in battleships and warplanes. They will camp, not in the forests or jungles of the Sierra Madre or Mindanao, but in the metropolises of Manila and Cebu. Their aircraft carriers will be moored in the blue seas of Palawan, the “last frontier” of our hapless land. A beaming Defense Undersecretary Pio Lorenzo Batino, head of the Philippine panel negotiating with the US panel the Agreement on Enhanced Defense Cooperation, has announced that the AEDC might be signed during the visit of US President Barack Obama to Manila this month. Filipino lawmakers, like Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago, want the AEDC debated in the Senate. Some other officials, however, long for a hero who would come rushing to save them from the Chinese. International relations and diplomacy are, however, so different from personal relationships. Realpolitik is amoral (America spying on its allies). It follows only national interests (the bombing of Hiroshima). Let us take a hard look at the AEDC and test the validity of its assumptions. Political. Now that we will have US troops, bases and facilities in place, would China withdraw from Scarborough (Masinloc) and Ayungin shoals, and stop harassing our fishermen? No, not necessarily. If it is to the best interest of China to continue occupying the shoals and be belligerent, it will do so (Russian design in Crimea; US invasion of Iraq).

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ut if China persists, would the United States strike at China? As a rule, no again, unless the freedom of navigation in the West Philippine Sea is impeded. Freedom of the high seas is America’s second line of defense. The first is military bases, as what the whole Philippines is now. What if Philippine armed troops, public vessels, or planes are attacked by China in the South China Sea? Then, under the 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT), the United States is bound to repel “common dangers.” However, the matter has to be referred, “in accordance with constitutional processes,” to the US Congress, which would act, favorably, following the assurance of Cyrus Vance, or, unfavorably, supporting the view of Henry

By Nelson Laviña Kissinger. If China tries to occupy Palawan, for instance, what happens? The MDT applies. But retaliation is not automatic. The US Congress has to act again “in accordance with constitutional processes.” And by the time the US Congress makes a decision, Palawan may be already under the effective control of the Chinese.

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hus, with the AEDC, the political situation does change—for the worse. Before, we are about to lose shoals to the Chinese; our suit under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea is still pending. Now, we are giving cities—in fact, Luzon and the Visayas—to the Americans, gratis et amore. Why welcome a “legalized invasion” and be Gunga Dins in our country in perpetuity? Socioeconomic. The requirements of “pivot” infrastructures stagger the mind. Manila Bay, Cebu harbor and Clark have to be improved. Oyster Bay in Palawan and facilities in Nueva Ecija and La Union have to be constructed. All of these have to be of firstclass standards, and be wellmaintained. Where do we get the funds? We prioritize the AEDC and neglect the rehabilitation of the Visayas and other places destroyed by natural disasters, like “Yolanda,” “Ondoy,” or “Pablo”. We ingratiate ourselves with

‘ Weep for the motherland whose policies are blinded by America’

America and minimize the needs of millions of Filipinos from Batanes to Jolo wallowing in poverty. And why make Manila and Cebu US military centers? The only seemingly positive result is from a macabre scenario that when war comes to these cities, our population would be radically reduced. Would Batino et al. attend to US troops’ “comfort women” and take care of stateless Amerasian babies? Legal. There is so much misreading of the provision of the 1987 Constitution on our state policy outlawing foreign military “bases, troops, or facilities” and imposing an absolute ban on the presence of nuclear weapons. Section 25, Article XVIII is a complex sentence, but the idea is simple: Without a “treaty”—meaning the AEDC has to be debated, voted upon and concurred in (or rejected) by the Senate—“bases” or “troops” or “facilities” are anathema to the Constitution. If submitted to the Senate, the AEDC, we pray, has to be rejected resoundingly. Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin et al. appear to be making unwarranted assumptions on the Constitution. The Supreme Court may, therefore, rule that the AEDC—as a treaty or executive agreement—is unconstitutional. But even if ruled valid, the AEDC and its proponents would be remembered, or condemned, by future generations. The AEDC is flawed. One party lacks discernment and capacity to perform its mind-boggling obligations. The AEDC suffers from an overbreadth. Even the 1991 Manglapus-Wisner treaty covered only two bases—Clark and Subic—and for not more than 10 years.

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t appears that America decided on the “pivot” before China became aggressive in the West Philippine Sea. So our officials did not initiate, but colluded with canine fidelity with a former master on, the AEDC and resale of our former bases. Reading Conrado de Quiros and Kabataan Rep. Terry Ridon, our eyes became moist; we seemed to see them doing a selfie with Recto, Tañada, Diokno, and Salonga, all with clenched teeth, muttering: “Pure madness!” Weep for the motherland— for having leaders whose foreign policy, written in stone, has been “to follow the glistening wake of America” for more than a century now—blindly. Printed with permission from the Philippine Daily Inquirer


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Senate’s day of judgment as purge’s pushed By Annabelle Rosario Chief Correspondent In an unannounced press conference, Sen. Teofisto Guingona III on Tuesday presented the draft report of the Senate blue ribbon committee’s investigation of the pork barrel scam. Curiously, the blue ribbon committee chair announced his committee’s findings an hour before the Ombudsman presented its own on the same scam. The draft report, still unsigned, recommended an “internal purging” after it found sufficient evidence to file plunder and other charges against Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Ramon Revilla Jr., in connection with the alleged P10billion pork barrel fund scam. It also recommended the filing of similar charges against Janet Lim-Napoles, the alleged mastermind of the racket involving the purported diversion of congressional allocations from the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) to ghost projects and kickbacks. Guingona proposed that the Senate committee on ethics and privileges be convened to investigate the three senators and conduct a hearing “to discipline its members.” “Lest we forget, while Janet Lim-Napoles has become the proverbial ‘poster child’ of corruption, the entire (PDAF) scam would not have been consummated without the participation of a few from our august institution,” it said. “While the committee is aware that only a handful of sena-

Purging: Sen. Teofisto Guingona (inset) will present the draft copy of the pork probe tors were involved, it cannot be denied that this has greatly damaged the reputation of the Senate as an institution. To restore the integrity of the Senate and the trust and confidence of the public, an institutional purging is needed once and for all.”

Guingona presented his report in a news conference shortly before the Office of the Ombudsman announced that it found probable cause to file plunder and other charges against the three senators and scores of alleged conspirators in the Sandi-

ganbayan. “Fiat justitia ruat caelum. Let justice be done though the heavens fall,” the report said. After reading the report in a news conference, Guingona instructed the Senate secretary general to take it to the commit-

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tee members, including Estrada and Enrile, for their signatures. He didn’t entertain questions from reporters. “I would love to answer questions but in due deference to my colleagues, who I want them to read the report first and then a chance to sign it, I’m deferring answering questions,” Guingona said. “The report speaks for itself.” The report also referred the case of the lawyers implicated— Enrile, his chief of staff Jessica “Gigi” Reyes and Revilla’s chief of staff Richard Cambe—to the Integrated Bar of the Philippines and the Supreme Court “for disbarment or disciplinary proceedings.” “In order to preserve its reputation and integrity, the legal profession must be free from those who use their knowledge and skills to perform or facilitate criminal activity,” it said. The report indicated that the committee found merit in the evidence presented for the filing of plunder, direct bribery, frauds against the public treasury and similar offenses, graft and violation of the code of conduct and ethical standards for public officials and employees against Napoles, Enrile and his chief of staff Reyes, Revilla and his chief of staff Cambe and Estrada and his staff Pauline Labayen. Guingona said the committee also found merit in charging former line agency heads Alan Javellana of the National Agribusiness Corp. and Antonio Ortiz of the Technology Resource Center (TRC).


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Amboys, Asians top success index in USA By Francis Cruz Correspondent

IN every region of America, white and Asian children—including Filipino-Americans— are far better positioned for success than black, Latino and American Indian children, according to a new report appealing for urgent action to bridge this racial gap.

Titled “Race for Results,” the report is being released Tuesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which for decades has worked to improve child well-being in the United States. The foundation also produces annual “Kids Count” reports, with reams of state-specific data, but these generally have not focused on race. The new report tackles the topic head-on, with charts and ratings that convey dramatic racial discrepancies. At the core of the report is a newly devised index based on 12 indicators measuring a child’s success from birth to adulthood. The indicators include reading and math proficiency, high school graduation data, teen birthrates, employment prospects, family Successful: An Indian family income and education levels, and neighborhood poverty levels. opportunities for children of Using a single composite color.” score with a scale of one to 1,000, The report was based on Asian children have the highest data from 2012, including census index score at 776, followed by figures tallying the number of white children at 704. US children under 18 at 39 mil“Scores for Latino (404), lion whites, 17.6 million Latinos, American-Indian (387) and Afri- 10.2 million blacks, 3.4 million of can-American (345) children are Asian descent, and 640,000 Amerdistressingly lower, and this pat- ican Indians, as well as about 2.8 tern holds true in nearly every million children of two or more state,” said the report. races. Under census definitions, Patrick McCarthy, the Casey Latinos can be of various racial Foundation’s president, said the groups. findings are “a call to action that The report described the requires serious and sustained challenges facing African-Ameriattention from the private, non- can children as “a national crisis.” profit, philanthropic and governFor black children, the states ment sectors to create equitable with the lowest scores were in the

South and upper Midwest — with Wisconsin at the bottom, followed closely by Mississippi and Michigan. The highest scores were in states with relatively small black populations — Hawaii, New Hampshire, Utah and Alaska. Outcomes varied for different subgroups of Asian and Latino children. For example, in terms of family income levels, children of Southeast Asian descent — Burmese, Hmong, Laotian, Cambodian and Vietnamese — faced greater hurdles than children whose families came from India, Japan, the Philippines and China. Among Latinos, children of Mexican and Central American

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We should jail Senator Enrile, Estrada and Revilla. The influx of events already disproved their alleged innocence. Simon, Quezon City From the start, I have sensed that they are really mischievious. The people’s vote already proved that they and their party are not parties to be believed at. Paula Jose, Davao But I would not yet really judge them completely. We do not want another trial by publicity that was did to several people ago. Anonymous

We have seen from the start that they have really did anything. It is just an operation by the Aquino government to uphold their numbers in Senate and Congress. Anonymous This is just a new operation just like what Mr Aquino and his KKK do [sic] to Mr. Corona 2 or so years before. Jack, Cebu The government should be transparent in this thing. This is prosecuting the last three arms of the opposition in Senate and it is very, very, very [sic] dubious to do that. Anonymous

descent faced the biggest barriers to success; those of Cuban and South American descent fared better in the index. The state with the highest score for Latino children was Alaska, at 573. The lowest was Alabama, at 331. The score for Indian children in South Dakota — 185 — was the lowest of any group in any state on the index. Some of South Dakota’s Indian reservations are among the poorest nationwide, which contributes to high levels of domestic violence, alcoholism and drug abuse, fetal-alcohol syndrome, teen pregnancy and low graduation rates.

Among its recommendations, the report urged concerted efforts to collect and analyze race-specific data on child wellbeing that could be used to develop programs capable of bridging the racial gap. It said special emphasis should be placed on expanding job opportunities as children in the disadvantaged groups enter adulthood. “Regardless of our own racial background or socio-economic position, we are inextricably interconnected as a society,” the report concluded. “We must view all children in America as our own — and as key contributors to our nation’s future.”

8.2 Chile quake kills 5, injures many and arouses a tsunami warning A powerful magnitude-8.2 earthquake struck off northern Chile on Tuesday night, setting off a small tsunami that forced evacuations along the country’s entire Pacific coast. Five people were crushed to death or suffered fatal heart attacks, the interior minister said, but Chile apparently escaped major damage or serious casualties. The shaking loosed landslides that blocked roads, power failed for thousands, an airport was damaged and several businesses caught fire. About 300 inmates escaped from a women’s prison in the city of Iquique, and Chile’s military was sending a planeload of special forces to help police guard against looting. In the city of Arica, 139 kilometers from the quake’s epicenter, hospitals were treating minor injuries, and some homes made of adobe were destroyed and 90 percent of customers were without power, authorities said. The quake also shook modern buildings in nearby Peru and in Bolivia’s high altitude capital of La Paz. Hours later, a tsunami warning remained in effect for northern Chile, but alerts were lifted elsewhere.


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Toughest job in showbiz! She’s one of Poland’s top modelling exports, with a body most women would kill for, so it makes sense that Joanna Krupa would turn her hand to designing lingerie and swimwear - and that she would model it herself. On Tuesday, the stunning blonde took to the beach in Miami for a photo shoot to promote her new line of swimwear, Esotiq By Joanna Krupa, which is available in her native Poland and select stores throughout Europe. With all eyes focused on the model, it was one very lucky make-up artist’s job to ensure she was camera-ready, with not a single inch of skin was neglected as he bronzed her up from head to toe. And what a thorough job he did. With a huge ear-to-ear grin on his face, the attractive male got down to business, slathering the cream between the star’s legs, on her pert derrière and on her stomach, while she stood there obligingly, seemingly not in the least bit fazed by the rather intimate touching going on. At the same time, her long locks were given a final once-over by her hairdresser, who backcombed it at the roots to give plenty of volume. The 34-year-old set the already scorching temperatures soaring as she stripped down to a tiny patterned two-piece, displaying her toned and tanned physique for all to see. The newlywed had not an inch to pinch, her long, lean limbs trim and taut, her stomach enviably washboard flat. Proving to be the best spokesperson for the range, the glamazon was perfectly at ease and in her element as she posed for the photographer on the white-sand shore and in the shallows of the pristine water, looking a million dollars. The Real Housewives Of Miami favourite was all sun-kissed skin and flowing golden locks, her hair styled in cascading curls.

with more than a few long extensions added for extra oomph.

Japan backs Filipino quest to end China’s claim into Ayungin Japan declared its support for the Philippines’ pursuit for arbitration to resolve the dispute with China over outcrops in the South China Sea. In a statement Tuesday, Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs backed the Philippines’ move despite China’s rejection of the case before the UN International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea. “The government of Japan supports the Philippines’ use of procedures under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea aiming at peaceful settlement of disputes on the basis of international law,” Japanese foreign ministry deputy director Koichi Mizushima said. Mizushima hailed the Philippines’ submission of its memorial, or pleading, to the tribunal. It contained 10 volumes of documents justifying its claims over the territories and seeking relief from the dispute with China. “Such an action contributes to the maintenance and enhancement of the international order in the region Bow: Japan’s minister bows before speaking based on the rule of law,” he said. Japan is also China’s rival the region amid China’s growing Japan added said that the claimant over features of the assertiveness and show of mili- rule of law must prevail over the East China Sea. In December tary muscle within its neighbor’s strategic waters “for the mainte2013, China declared an air de- acknowledged continental shelf. nance and enhancement of the fense identification zone over a “The issue with regard to the international order in the region.” reef Japan claims part of its ter- South China Sea ... is a common The maritime area is a vital ritory. concern of the international com- passageway of several nations inJapan, an ally of the United munity as a whole since the issue cluding the United States, which States, believes that the Philip- influences the international mar- had advocated for freedom of pines’ row with the Asian giant is itime order,” Tokyo said. navigation and overflight. a matter of peace and stability in


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Ebola virus: Medics say real danger of nasty ills

A medic has spoken of the horrific scenes witnessed by emergency doctors and nurses in the fight against the deadly Ebola outbreak in Guinea. Naoufel Dridi, who works with humanitarian charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), described the suffering by patients struck down by the tropical virus, and the difficulties facing aid workers as they attempt to treat those suffering. French Mr Dridi, 41, has been helping coordinate the charity’s relief work in the West African country and said that in his 13 years working with MSF he had never had to cope with the number of deaths in such a short space of time. The number of suspected cases in Guinea has now reached 122, and at least 80 people are believed to have died. ‘You can be helping somebody by getting them a juice, or a glass of cold water, or whatever

By Daniel Sta. Ana Chief Correspondent he wants because you know really he has very little chance to survive, and then less than an hour later he is dead,’ Mr Dridi told the Daily Telegraph. ‘Then when you are putting his body in the bag, another one behind you has died. Then another one.’ Ebola is passed onto humans from animals - especially fruit bats - and often breaks out near rainforests in central and western Africa. Patients who develop the severe acute viral are often suddenly subjected to fever, muscle pain, headaches and sore throats, followed by vomiting, diarrhoea, rashes, impaired kidney and liver function. In some cases sufferers experience both internal and external bleeding, and the highly conta-

gious, and painful illness, can be passed on to humans through contact with the bodies of people killed by the virus. There is no cure for the virus, and no vaccine which can protect against it. The Ebola outbreak is the first of its kind in West Africa in two decades, and the first ever in Guinea. Other West African countries, including neighbouring Sierra Leone and Libera where suspected cases have also been detected - are now scrambling to bring the outbreak under control, with many of them imposing health and travel restrictions. Morocco has imposed strict controls to stop the disease spreading into the country, and Saudi Arabia’s health ministry has recommended that its government stop issuing visas to Muslim pilgims from Guinea and Liberia from visiting its holy sites.


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Malacañang is ready for China’s backlash By Daniel Sta. Ana Chief Correspondent

The government is prepared for any backlash from its move to question in the United Nations China’s territorial claims in the West Philippine Sea, but Manila’s ties with Beijing remains the same, Malacañang said on Wednesday.

Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the Philippines was upholding its interest when it submitted its memorandum to the UN arbitral tribunal on Sunday questioning China’s claim over nearly the entire South China Sea, including waters within the Philippines’ 370-kilometer exclusive economic zone (EEZ) called West Philippine Sea. Coloma said, however, that the Philippines’ relations with China should not be based on the dispute over territories in the West Philippine Sea. He said, “When our President visited the People’s Republic of China in 2011, he said this: ‘The totality of Philippine-People’s Republic of China relations is not defined by the West Philippine Sea.” Coloma explained: “In our country’s view, our relations with the People’s Republic of China have a history that is based on friendship and cooperation. And there are many areas where both countries can promote cooperation and friendship.” “That is why we can’t say that the issue of the West Philippine Sea should be the basis for our relations with the People’s Republic of China,” he added.

Based on principles

Rally: Akbayan partylist in a rally against China

“Our foreign policy is based on principles, and we’re not swayed by [scenarios],” Coloma said when asked about possible backlash from the filing of the memorandum despite China’s warning that it would damage relations between the two countries. But should there be an economic backlash, Coloma said the government would protect the national interest, including the economy. “It’s the duty of the government to promote the welfare of its citizens and to ensure the orderly and stable growth of our national economy,” he said. “It’s a continuing duty of the government,” he added. Chinese Charge d’Affaires Sun Xiangyang rebuked the Philippines on Tuesday, saying its move “seriously damaged” relations with China. Sun said China was baffled by the Philippine move to “unilaterally shut the door to negotiations and consultations.” The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Wednesday declined to rebut Sun’s statements. “The President has already spoken on that. We have nothing more to add,” DFA spokesman Charles Jose told reporters. Jose was referring to President Aquino’s statement on Monday that the Philippines was “not challenging” or “provoking” China by proceeding with its legal action in the UN arbitral tribunal. Aquino spoke at the Philippine National Police Academy graduation rites at Camp Gen. Mariano

But where is ‘Bayan’ Muna? BAYAN Muna are known as the fearless group that could make mountains move. But this past faw days, we have saw them in very embarrasing situations. During the peace deal signing, many Muslims went to Mendiola to pray in peace. Bayan Muna activists, which are also communists, rallied for the release of Benito Tiamzon, the leader of the Communist Party. It never rallied against the Communist government of China. It just said a few days ago that we should settle the matter peacefully. This just proves the report we published on March 24 (right) that said that they ARE indeed Communists who cares for their own interests and not for the country.

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Castañeda in Silang town, Cavite province, a day after the Philippines submitted the memorandum to the UN tribunal in The Hague, the Netherlands. Philippine case The Philippines asked the tribunal to stop Chinese incursions into Philippine territory, clarify maritime boundaries and nullify China’s claim to 90 percent of the 3.5-million-square-kilometer South China Sea.

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It asserted that the Chinese claim is illegal under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (Unclos), and interferes with the Philippines’ sovereign rights to its continental shelf and the part of the South China Sea within its EEZ.

‘Our own opinion’

Commenting on Sun’s statement that the Philippines should

have sought China’s consent since international arbitration required the agreement of two parties, Coloma said that was “their own opinion.” “We have our own opinion and means to uphold the national interest of the Philippines,” he said. China shows its claims to the South China Sea on official maps with nine dashes that encompass nearly the entire South China Sea, including waters close to the

shores of its neighbors. At the center of the dispute between the Philippines and China are islands in the Spratlys, a chain of up to 190 islands, reefs, coral outcrops and banks believed to be sitting atop large deposits of oil and natural gas. The Philippines occupies five islands in the Spratlys known as Kalayaan (Freedom) Group and a shoal called Ayungin (Second Thomas Shoal), where the government grounded a decommissioned naval vessel, the BRP Sierra Madre, in 1999 to mark the boundary of the country’s territory. The outpost is manned by a small contingent of Marines. The Philippines also owns Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal), farther to the north of the West Philippine Sea off the coast of Zambales province, but China insists the shoal is part of its territory even though it is within the Philippines’ EEZ and more than 1,100 km from the nearest Chinese landmass. China seized Panatag Shoal in 2012 after a two-month standoff between Chinese and Philippine vessels, prompting Manila to bring the dispute to the United Nations for arbitration. Angered by the Philippine move, China has been asserting its claims in the South China Sea more aggressively, blocking a Philippine resupply ship and turning it away from the BRP Sierra Madre on March 9. The Philippine government resupplied the outpost by airdropping provisions to the Marines manning the rusting vessel.


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Filipinos don’t need lawmakers who are arrogant says Ping

Summer lowers dam level but water provider is ready Summer’s advent has not only brought higher temperatures, it has also lowered dam levels. In an interview with INQUIRER Radio 990AM Thursday, Jeric Sevilla, head of corporate communications of Manila Water, said that the Angat Dam, the primary supplier of water to Metro Manila, is slowly losing volume. Sevilla, however, assured that there is no need to fret as Manila Water is ready for higher demands of the summer season and that there is enough water for their customers. “There’s nothing to be wary of for the customers,” Sevilla said. “They can count on us that even if the water level of the Angat Dam is slowly going down, we at the Manila Water are ready with our contingency plans.” Sevilla said Angat Dam is currently at 190 meters, five meters lower than the “normal curve rule” at 195 meters but still higher than the “critical” 180 meters. He added that the La Mesa Dam, one of the main water suppliers in Metro Manila, relies at the Angat Dam for its supply.

Filipina is abducted in Syria The fate of three senators who are facing plunder and graft charges in connection with the “pork barrel” scam should remind everyone in government that a “new normal in public service has finally dawned on us,” former Senator and now rehabilitation czar Panfilo “Ping” Lacson said on Thursday.

Lacson, who rejected his ”pork barrel” allocations when he was senator, was referring to Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada and Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., who were implicated in the P10 billion “pork” scam. “While it is unfortunate that three and probably more of my former colleagues may have to be incarcerated while undergoing trial, still, I believe that’s the way to go if only to remind everyone in government that a ‘new normal’ in public service has finally dawned on us, courtesy of COA, DOJ and the Ombudsman,” Lacson said in a text message. COA is Commission on Audit while DOJ

By Daniel Sta. Ana Chief Correspondent is Department of Justice. “The Filipino taxpayers deserve a break from the hubris and arrogance of many lawmakers and other executive officials who thought all along that callousness as a way of life will remain unchecked as long they are in a position of power,” he said. Lacson’s name was mentioned in the news again after he had been reportedly approached by Revilla to ask how he evaded arrest during the time of then president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. The former senator reportedly confirmed meeting with Revilla but was mum about it. Asked if it was true that Revilla asked some tips from him, Lacson said: “I can’t remember. We discussed a lot of things then.”

Evading arrest

Weeks after the alleged P10-billion pork barrel scam broke out in July last year, Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. sought a meeting with Sen. Panfilo “Ping” Lacson to ask how the one-time fugitive had evaded arrest, according to a source privy to the meeting. The source, who asked not to be identified, said Revilla requested the meeting with Lacson through a mutual friend “for a con-

sultation.” The source said Revilla wanted to know how Lacson, a former Philippine National Police chief, was able to leave the country and evade authorities during the Macapagal-Arroyo administration and surface later after the order for his arrest was quashed. When contacted by the Inquirer, Lacson confirmed the meeting with Revilla took place but was mum on the details. Lacson, who completed his Senate term in June last year is now a presidential assistant on rehabilitation and recovery in typhoon-devastated Eastern Visayas. Asked for comment, Revilla’s lawyer, Joel Bodegon, said: “That’s gossip. That’s not true.” “I will be back on the 13th (of April). Sobra na ang paninira nila (The demolition is too much),” Revilla said in a text message coursed through his staff. Lacson went to Hong Kong on Jan. 5, 2010, before charges were filed against him in connection with the murders of publicist Bubby Dacer and his driver. He reappeared in Manila on March 26, 2011, after the Court of Appeals withdrew the murder charges against him. Revilla, the source said, had then already anticipated charges would be filed against him in connection with the alleged P10-billion pork barrel scam, for which he has been indicted.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed Thursday the abduction of a Filipina and a Chinese tourist in a resort in Semporna, Malaysia. “Our Embassy in Kuala Lumpur received reports about the abduction of a Filipina and a Chinese national by criminal elements at the Singamata Resort near Semporna, Sabah, Wednesday night at around 10:30 p.m.,” DFA spokesman Charles Jose said in a statement. Jose said the Embassy Police Attaché immediately alerted Philippine police authorities in nearby areas for possible interdiction. “Philippine authorities, especially PNP maritime units & anti-kidnapping operatives, are actively and closely coordinating with their Malaysian counterparts in exchanging information and in working towards the speedy resolution of d case,” Jose added.


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4 dead in base massacre By Daniel Sta. Ana Chief Correspondent

Four people are dead and 16 people injured after a uniformed soldier with suspected post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) opened fire on Fort Hood military base, where 13 people were killed in a massacre in 2009.

The shooter, identified as 34-year-old Ivan Lopez, opened fire with a pistol at a medical building at 4pm on Wednesday, then drove to another part of the base and fired shots from the vehicle, according to base commander Lt. Gen. Mark Milley. He turned his weapon, a .45 caliber Smith & Wesson semi-automatic pistol, on himself after a heroic female military police officer pulled her gun and approached him around 15 minutes after the first shots were fired, Milley said. ‘It was clearly heroic what she did. She did her job and she did exactly what we would expect from a US military police,’ he said, though didn’t identify her. Milley confirmed the married shooter had served in Iraq for four months in 2011, and was being treated for depression and anxiety. He was also in the process of being assessed for post traumatic stress disorder, though Milley insisted he had not yet been officially diagnosed. ‘We do not know a motive. We know he had behavioral health and mental health issues and was being treated for that,’ he said, adding that the shooter had only been at Fort Hood since February this year, when he transferred from another installation in Texas. He was not in the process of being transitioned out of the military due to his mental health issues, Milley said. ‘Obviously we are digging deep into his background, criminal history...’ Milley said. The gunman was assigned to the 13th Sustainment Command expeditionary unit. Milley said that while investigators wouldn’t rule anything out, there was ‘no indication this is related to terrorism.’ Investigators at the federal level, state level, local law enforcement and army police are all working together in the investigation, he said. ‘Our thoughts and prayers go out to the injured and their families and the killed and their families. That is our focus now,’ Milley 2009: Nidal Hasan added to reporters. ‘Events in the past have I just hope everyone across the taught us many things,’ he said, referring to 2009’s tragic shoot- country is keeping the families ing. ‘We know the Fort Hood com- and the Fort Hood community in munity is strong and resilient our thoughts and our prayers.’ According to NBC’s Brian and... we will get through this.’ In a press conference shortly Williams, the shooting started after an argument between two after, Scott & White Memorial hospital chief medical officer Dr soldiers. This has not been confirmed. Milley did not know Glen Couchman updated the media on the condition of the whether the shooter knew his victims or whether the attack was wounded. He said eight patients premeditated. were being treated at the Killeen A federal law enforcement ofhospital -- seven men and one ficial, speaking on condition of woman. Another patient will be ar- anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the case by riving shortly. Two have already name told the Associated Press: undergone surgery and are in the ‘We have to find all those witnessICU. es, the witnesses to every one of The patients, who are all in the military, range from mild to those shootings, and find out what his actions were, and what extreme in their conditions. The injuries vary from single to mul- was said to the victims.’ The official said authorities tiple gunshot wounds to the exwould begin by speaking with tremities, abdomen, chest and Lopez’s wife and also expected to neck. ‘This is another sad day for search his home and any computers he owned. central Texas,’ Dr Couchman Ivan Lopez’s wife had feared added. her husband was one of the vicIt was earlier reported that tims, and broke down in tears there had been two shooters, when he was identified on the though Fort Hood officials later news as the shooter, a neighbor, confirmed that there was just Xanderia Morris, told the Los Anone. President Barack Obama geles Times. Two adults and three chilsaid in a press briefing from Chicago: ‘I can assure you we are go- dren arrived to keep Lopez’s wife company, Morris said. ing to get to the bottom of exactly Neighbors said the family - inwhat happened. ‘Obviously this reopens the cluding Lopez’s a wife and their 2-year-old daughter - moved in pain of what happened at Fort a few weeks ago, and few people Hood five years ago. We are seemed to know them. heartbroken that something like ‘He was always smiling whenthis might have happened again.

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Factfile: Ivan Lopez and Fort Hood Officials at Fort Hood have released few details about Ivan Lopez, but here’s what we do know: He is married, has other family members and lives in the Fort Hood area, having arrived at the post in February from another military base in Texas. He was assigned to the 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) at Fort Hood, which is a logistics and support unit. Officials did not release his rank on Wednesday, but said he was not in the process of ever I’d see him,’ Morris, a cook, told the Times. ‘The wife, she was really nice too, but she didn’t speak much English.’ Lopez’s wife then left with investigators in an unmarked car. The shooter entered building 33026, which is the Medical Brigade Building and shot at soldiers within the building before returning to a vehicle, a grey Toyota Camry. He targeted more military personnel in another building before again returning to the vehicle, where he was engaged by the female cop. Milley told reporters, ‘He was approaching (the military police officer) at 20 feet, put his hands up and then reached under his jacket, pulled out the .45 caliber, she engaged and he put the gun to his head.’ His body was found in the parking lot where he was engaged by the officer. Milley said the shooter, who he didn’t identify because his family were yet to be notified, had reported a traumatic brain injury when he returned from duty in Iraq in 2011. However, the commanding general confirmed that the gunman was not wounded in action and did not earn a purple heart. Milley explained that base protocol required all weapons to be registered on base.

leaving the Army. Lopez served for four months in Iraq in 2011. He was not wounded in action while serving overseas, but selfreported a traumatic brain injury upon his return to the U.S. Lopez had several mental health issues. He was taking medication and receiving psychiatric help for depression and anxiety. On November 5, 2009, Major Nidal Hasan opened fire in a processing center for sol‘This weapon was not registered on base,’ he said, adding that concealed weapons were not, and should not, be allowed. A witness told News 10 that about 20 shots were fired in a post motor pool in the area of Motor Pool Road and Tank Destroyer Boulevard. The witness said he saw at least three people struck by bullets, and all three were taken to hospital. Another said ‘soldiers were jumping over the fence’ to get away from the spray of bullets. Scott & White officials said at least one soldier was treated for superficial injuries inflicted in this manner. About 90 police cars were on scene, according to a witness, as well as helicopters and some 20 ambulances. ‘More and more cars are turning up to this situation,’ the witness told KCEN TV at the time. Another witness, Fiona Oshana, took cell phone video of the incident. He said he saw police escort a group of at least 40 soldiers, civilians, women and children out of a support operations building at gun point and told them to drop down on their knees and patted them down. KCEN TV said it was getting reports of victims in the Battle Simulation Center on 65th and Warehouse. Witnesses said

diers returning from or leaving for active duty. His attack killed 13 people, including a pregnant soldier, and injured more than 30. Hasan’s deadly rampage ended when military police shot him, paralyzing the Army Major, who is Muslim, from the waist down. Hasan, who was 40 at the time of his attack, had been raised in Virginia and joined the Army after high school. Compiled by the OLW Sun research team there appeared to be some sort of standoff. The base, which is located about 60 miles north of Austin in Killeen, was put on lockdown and people were told to stay sheltered and away from doors and windows. Warning sirens were sounding to alert people of the incident. The lockdown was lifted around 8p.m. local time. David Ross, a base official, said the base was ‘completely sealed’ and military police searched every building to determine whether there was another shooter. The Fort Hood community is reeling after the senseless shooting, with many asking themselves ‘how did this happen again?’ On November 5, 2009, it was the location of the deadliest mass shooting ever on a U.S. military installation. U.S. Army Maj. Nidal Hasan, a psychiatrist who had become a radical Muslim while serving in the military, killed 13 people and injured dozens more inside the Texas Army base. Twelve of the dead were soldiers, including a pregnant private who pleaded for the unborn child’s life. More than 30 others were wounded in the 2009 attack on the Texas Army post, where investigators collected more than 200 bullet casings.


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Opposition reins question release of draft report Opposition senators have cast doubt on the propriety of Sen. Teofisto “TG” Guingona III’s release of the Senate blue ribbon committee’s unsigned draft report that found merit in the filing of plunder charges against Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Ramon Revilla, Jr. Sen. JV Ejercito and Sen. Nancy Binay, minority’s members in the committee, said they weren’t consulted on the draft report and Guingona’s decision to release it to the media. “It would have been better had he given the members of the blue ribbon committee the courtesy of showing the draft report before making it public,” Ejercito said in a text message. “At least, we could have indicated our reservations or objections if there are any to

the report.” Binay said Guingona should’ve been more circumspect. “We even have yet to see the report…. So technically, it’s not yet official,” she said in a statement. Sen. Francis Escudero, who sought the blue ribbon inquiry on the pork barrel scam, said Guingona’s report may have been a draft but it was certainly official. “All the documents emanating from the Senate or any of its committees are official documents. But only that it is only a draft until majority of the members sign,” Escudero said. Escudero said that if majority of the blue ribbon panel members sign, it becomes the committee report that will be presented to the Senate plenary. If the minority disagrees and comes up

with its own report, both reports will be presented to be voted upon by the plenary. “Did TG [Guingona’s nickname] do something wrong when he presented the report? I think not,” Escudero said. Escudero said the report has long been awaited by the public. Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago, who’s also a member of the committee, said Guingona sought her go-ahead before he released the unsigned report. “He had a person ask me if I had any objection and I said no. That is the prerogative of the chairman of the committee,” Santiago said. “We also want to impress the public that we ourselves are not lacking in zeal and diligence even if we are pursuing charges against our colleagues,” she added.

Aquino allies would be ALSO charged The next batches of complaints on the misuse of the congressional Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) and other state resources will include allies of President Aquino, according to a source who has knowledge of the investigation being conducted by the National Bureau of Investigation. The source also said that the investigations had been expanded to include dubious nongovernment organizations (NGOs) not controlled by Janet Lim-Napoles, the alleged mastermind of the P10-billion pork barrel scam that has prompted her indictment for plunder, along with Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Ramon Revilla Jr. “The next complaints will include names allied with the current administration and even members of the Liberal Party,” the source said. The source added that the NBI had started its preparation for the next batch and would soon submit its report to the Office of the Ombudsman. “It could be at the end of the month or early May,” the source said. The source added that the next batches of lawmakers were to be charged with misuse of PDAF funds reaching P50 million, the threshold for plunder. “These will be filed as soon as the paper trail and documentation

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Joined : Ruffy Biazon would be in dock

are completed,” the source said. The source declined to say if more senators would be among those to be charged. Financial records provided by Benhur Luy, a former Napoles employee who has turned state witness, would be part of the evidence to be submitted to the Ombudsman against the new batch of respondents. The source added that like the first set of cases, the next batches would also be using as evidence the testimonies and documentary evidence submitted by the whistle-blowers, Commission on Audit reports and other documents from the implementing agencies. In earlier interviews, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima stated that the next complaints to be filed could also involve nonPDAF funds, but still using Napoles-controlled organizations. De Lima has also said the new cases would involve not PDAF-funded projects but the special projects of certain departments that were coursed through Napoles’ NGOs and whose funds were also misused. The COA report listed a number of leg-

islators allegedly involved in questionable transactions amounting to P541.7 million. The list included administration Representatives Niel Tupas Jr. and Isidro Ungab, and Director General Joel Villanueva of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority. Implicated in a subsequent batch of cases filed in the Ombudsman was former Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon, a member of President Aquino’s Liberal Party. On Nov. 30, 2013, the NBI filed malversation charges against former Customs Commissioner Rozzano Rufino Biazon and 27 others, including Zenaida Cruz-Ducut, the chair of the Energy Regulatory Commission, along with Napoles and several former members of the House of Representatives. The other former congressmen included in the complaint were Salacnib Baterina, first district, Ilocos Sur; Arrel Olano, first district, Davao del Sur; Arthur Pingoy Jr., second district, South Cotabato; Rodolfo Valencia, first district, Oriental Mindoro; and Douglas Cagas and his son Marc Douglas IV, both from the first district of Davao del Sur. They were charged with malversation, direct bribery, graft and corrupt practices. On Oct. 3, 2013, former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, three of her Cabinet secretaries and 20 others, Napoles included, were charged with plunder in connection with the alleged theft of P900 million from the Malampaya Fund meant for storm victims in 2009.

Military ruler escapes bomb

Pakistan’s former military ruler Pervez Musharraf, who is on trial for treason, narrowly escaped an assassination attempt as a bomb went off shortly before his convoy was due to pass early Thursday, police said. The bomb was planted on his route from an army hospital where he has been staying since January to his home on the outskirts of Islamabad. “Four kilograms of explosive device planted in a pipeline under a bridge exploded around 20 minutes before the former president was supposed to cross the spot,” senior police official Liaqat Niazi said.

Anne is stung by jellyfish Actress Anne Curtis got stung by a box jellyfish during the shooting of her latest “fantaserye” on Wednesday night, and the actress took to Twitter to thank her fans for their concern. Curtis tweeted on Thursday that she is in St. Luke’s Medical Center in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig for the doctors to monitor her rash and heartbeat. “Been reading up on the box jellyfish and I’m lucky it wasn’t fatal. This summer, be careful when swimming in the ocean [and] keep [an] eye out,” the “Dyesebel” star said.

Millions of tourists stopped Boulevard Holdings Inc. is bracing itself for losses due to a disruption in the operations of the resort hotel Fridays Boracay as a result of an escalating dispute with a family member that sold the lot where the resort stands. Despite summer being the Boracay peak season, business at Fridays Boracay has “fallen off rapidly,” BHI chair and president Marcel Panlilio reported to the Philippine Stock Exchange on Thursday. He alleged that “armed civilian men” had “walled off ” half of the restaurant, sent men armed with rifles to occupy 17 rooms in the hotel’s buildings, drained the resort’s pool and started walling the area.


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Police talks to farmer which sent fruit cargo in MH370

Malaysia’s police chief confirmed today that detectives probing the disappearance of flight MH370 have been to a farm to interview everyone who handled a cargo of mangosteens, an exotic fruit. Supporting an exclusive report in the Daily Mail last month which raised the question of whether an explosive device could have been planted in the cargo of four tons of mangosteens, Inspector-General Tan Sir Khalid Abu Bakar said the cargo was under investigation. Revealing that police

‘have clues’ to the disappearance of the aircraft without saying what they were - he did reveal that one aspect of the widespread investigation involved the purple-coloured fruit, about the size of a tangerine. ‘Even the four tons of mangosteens in the aircraft hold is being investigated. ‘Investigators are looking into who ordered them, paid for them and plucked and packed them from an orchard in Muar (a town 93 miles south east of Kuala Lumpur). ‘That is how in-depth this

probe is going.’ But Inspector-General Bakar said that he did not discount the possibility that the cause of the aircraft’s disappearance might never be known. However, in at least two extraordinary revelations he went against two official lines that had been given to the international media in the weeks since the aircraft disappeared. Speaking at a police college in Kuala Lumpur today, Inspector-General Bakar said the Chief Pilot’s flight simulator had not been ‘cleared’.


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HOROSCOPE Aries Daily Forecast Is it possible to have too much of a good thing? Under the current celestial circumstances, you are in a fine position to find out! Of course, if you don’t restrain yourself, you will make some fairly big mistakes. But just think of how much fun you will have while you make them. And of how many valuable lessons you will learn in the process. Still not convinced that it is wise to let yourself go too far, too fast? Well, okay then. Draw the line where you choose. But at least celebrate the fact that you could go further if you wanted to. April contains the most significant astrological influence for some time. A full personal horoscope chart will allow you to take advantage of this unique opportunity so you can achieve what you’ve been hoping for. Taurus Daily Forecast Athletes get it when, after running past the point of exhaustion a ‘second wind’ takes them almost effortlessly onwards. Artists get it when, having stared for hours at a blank canvas, they suddenly see exactly what to paint and how to paint it. We all get it, at different times in different ways. It doesn’t always last long. We don’t always appreciate how magical it is at the time, but it’s one of the best things life has to offer. Coming events bring the potential to go beyond inertia and enter a state of great elevation. April contains the most significant astrological influence for some time. A full personal horoscope chart will allow you to take advantage of this unique opportunity so you can achieve what you’ve been hoping for. Gemini Daily Forecast Old problems never really go away. They merely dress themselves up in new clothes. Really, we should resolve to greet our difficulties like long lost friends and welcome them warmly back into our world. ‘Oh,’ we should say, ‘it’s you again. I’ve been missing you. Life has been too easy without your influence.’ Why should we be so sycophantic towards sources of stress? Because, if we can only manage to be sincerely glad of our problems, they will not be problems any more! Prepare to see a reason to be glad of one of yours. April contains the most significant astrological influence for some time. A full personal horoscope chart will allow you to take advantage of this unique opportunity so you can achieve what you’ve been hoping for. Cancer Daily Forecast ‘Curiouser and curiouser,’ said Alice. You are beginning to understand how she must have felt. What kind of a world have you entered? Where is the rhyme, the reason, the sanity and the sense in what’s happening around you now? Just for the record: you are not really to blame for any of this. Nor is it just that you are being hypersensitive or overworking your imagination. You really are in an exceptionally silly situation. Be humorous, patient, and philosophical - and remain willing to seize an opportunity when you see it. April contains the most significant astrological influence for some time. A full personal horoscope chart will allow you to take advantage of this unique opportunity so you can achieve what you’ve been hoping for. Leo Daily Forecast Sometimes, we don’t especially feel like being nice. We look around and see that others are displaying little by way of kindness, compassion or consideration. Often, they aren’t even bothering to mask their selfishness beneath a thin veneer of social nicety. Why, then, should we keep up a front? We shouldn’t. We shouldn’t pretend - or be hypocritical. We should, though, for our own satisfaction, make a deep, genuine, wholehearted effort to be truly nice and fair, regardless of who else is doing or saying what. April contains the most significant astrological influence for some time. A full personal horoscope chart will allow you to take advantage of this unique opportunity so you can achieve what you’ve been hoping for. Virgo Daily Forecast How many big decisions need to be made? Has not a direction already been chosen? Hasn’t a die already been cast? So strong is the momentum now carrying you forward that you can relax and let it lead you. Accept whatever it brings without question or consideration, safe in the knowledge that a perfect process is taking place. Well, I say ‘no big decisions remain’, there is of course, the issue of what to wear - or of what to have for breakfast. But you will cope with that! A surprisingly positive date with destiny awaits. April contains the most significant astrological influence for some time. A full personal horoscope chart will allow you to take advantage of this unique opportunity so you can achieve what you’ve been hoping for. Libra

Daily Forecast Have you bitten off more than you can chew? Have you put yourself in a position from which you would quite like to escape? Would you like a little stroke of luck to rescue you from an unsatisfactory sticky situation? The current cosmic climate suggests that there is help on the horizon. Well, when I say the horizon, that may be misleading. Don’t look around and about for assistance and support, look inside yourself. One good idea, one moment of insight and illumination, could yet allow you to alter everything. April contains the most significant astrological influence for some time. A full personal horoscope chart will allow you to take advantage of this unique opportunity so you can achieve what you’ve been hoping for. Scorpio Daily Forecast ‘Intense love does not measure, it just gives.’ Mother Teresa was talking about spiritual love when she said this. Precisely the same applies though, to love of any kind. As soon as we start making comparisons, we water down our emotions. We engage our intellect and disengage our heart. Your critical faculties are valuable but in your current situation, they are all but irrelevant. You can think all you like about what you feel. You are better off just allowing yourself to feel it. Share the best part of your heart today. April contains the most significant astrological influence for some time. A full personal horoscope chart will allow you to take advantage of this unique opportunity so you can achieve what you’ve been hoping for. Sagittarius Daily Forecast The old song says, ‘Let the good times roll.’ But why would we want that? Surely, if there are good times to be had, we ought to be doing our best to make them stand still. Unless, of course, good times are like bikes - or cars - or ships. Maybe, for them to have any meaning, they have to move. Maybe, when they stand still - they aren’t so good. And maybe, if you now keep something rolling, it will turn good, even if it was not so good to begin with. Something in your life now is gloriously impermanent. Celebrate it. April contains the most significant astrological influence for some time. A full personal horoscope chart will allow you to take advantage of this unique opportunity so you can achieve what you’ve been hoping for. Capricorn Daily Forecast Alfred Hitchcock liked to make cameo appearances in his own movies. This, alone, did not make them any scarier. But by involving himself so deeply, the master storyteller was making sure that he gave his all to the production. There is a lot to be said for passionate involvement. When we put our heart and soul into any activity, we get back an enormous reward that cannot always be quantified in money. The psychological benefit of knowing that a job has been well done is incalculable. You need to give your all today. April contains the most significant astrological influence for some time. A full personal horoscope chart will allow you to take advantage of this unique opportunity so you can achieve what you’ve been hoping for. Aquarius Daily Forecast What if you have already got what you want? What if your continued effort to keep or get it is counter-productive? What if you are in danger of losing what you have just by not noticing how valuable it is? What if the answer to a pressing question is staring you in the face? What if you are fighting to hang on to the one thing you should be letting go of? What if you read your zodiac forecast and you are not sure you understand it? Then read it again! And consider the possibility that something no longer needs to be changed! April contains the most significant astrological influence for some time. A full personal horoscope chart will allow you to take advantage of this unique opportunity so you can achieve what you’ve been hoping for. Pisces Daily Forecast I’m having a bit of trouble preparing your prediction today. Sorry about this. I’ll be with you as quickly as I can. OK. Hang on. Nope, that hasn’t worked. What if I turn it like this? This new crystal ball has been unreliable from the moment I got it home. Yet the man in the shop said it was the very latest. Apparently, it even does 3D. Aha! 3D! The glasses. I forgot to put them on! That’s better. Oh, Crikey, just look at your future. That’s very nice and very clear. Soon, you really will feel as if your life has developed a new dimension. April contains the most significant astrological influence for some time. A full personal horoscope chart will allow you to take advantage of this unique opportunity so you can achieve what you’ve been hoping for.

Jeremy Renner ate here Gustare have been a to-go place for people, catering or even simple boardroom diners


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hen the owners of popular bakeshop chain Sugarhouse sold their business, they accepted consulting jobs here and there before deciding to set up something more

permanent. Ginny Roces de Guzman and business partner Chiqui Lara opened Gustare in Bonifacio Global City a couple of years ago. They are now enjoying the slower pace of running a restaurant. In the past, De Guzman spent hours to ensure that operations ran smoothly at the bakeshops; now she has more time to think of concepts and recipes. “It’s like an incubation space for new ideas,” she described Gustare.

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ne of her ideas that has become a favorite of clients is a noodle dish, squid ink sotanghon topped with crushed chicharon (pork cracklings). The savory dish is often ordered by clients from nearby areas as part of a meal during lunch or dinner meetings. Lara, a childhood friend of De Guzman, said that the initial plan was to be a commissary for other restaurants. They did this for Tully’s Coffee, the coffee shop chain. “What really happened, however, was that we became known for boardroom catering. People would call and ask if we could provide catering for their meetings. We would fax to them our menu, they would make their choices and indicate the number of people, then we would send the food,” Lara recalled.

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ustare also sells single and party-size portions of lasagna, pot roast, arroz con pollo, Batangas adobo, Bicol Express, Peruvian chicken rice. De Guzman, thankfully, still bakes cakes and pastries including Almond Sans Rival, Mango Pavlova, Oreo Cheesecake and Turtle Pie. Her dessert samplers (single portions) consist of Cano-

nigo, Crack Pie, Crack Pie Bites and the Impossible Cake. Recently Gustare has been serving private dinners. When Hollywood A-lister Jeremy Renner was shooting “The Bourne Legacy” in the country in 2012, he was treated to an exclusive special dinner at Gustare.

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uring these functions, the L-shaped space is taken over by a long table and guests can partake of a dinner prepared by De Guzman and her kitchen staff. At present, there’s one Mediterranean and two Filipino multi-course menus

to choose from. The Mediterranean menu we sampled consisted of fork tender Lamb Tagine with couscous; a refreshing Tabbouleh made with bulgur, tomatoes and cucumbers; and a fish stew flavored with leeks and lemons.

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o complete the Mediterranean theme, De Guzman presented a delicious new cake she had just created topped with “exotic” ingredients like dates, walnuts, pistachios and candied orange peel. Its name: Casablanca.


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Would YOU throw one out of a life boat to save yourself? W ith a cargo of immigrants bound for a new life in America, the William Brown was a ship full of hope. It had set off from Liverpool five weeks earlier, on March 13, 1841, and was nearing the end of its voyage to Philadelphia. A ship of 559 tonnes, it carried salt, coal and china, along with 65 passengers, mostly Irish and Scottish families, as well as husbands and wives joining spouses who had already made the journey from the old world to the land of opportunity. There was thick fog as the ship entered the icefield west of Nova Scotia on the night of April 19. But rather than slowing down as other ships nearby were prudently doing, the better to avoid icebergs that might suddenly loom out of the darkness, the American captain, 48-yearold George Harris, kept the William Brown sailing at a brisk ten knots. Harris was an experienced sailor, but he was under pressure from the ship’s owners to complete the voyage quickly because the vessel was about to be sold. At 8.45pm, as the sailors on watch peered through the hazy darkness while the passengers relaxed below deck, there was a jolt and an ominous noise. The ship had scraped along a flat ice floe. But if the crew felt relief at getting away lightly, it was shortlived. Fifteen minutes later, there was a horrifying jolt and thunderous noise as the ship collided head-on with a massive iceberg. The iron bows crumpled, a gaping hole appeared in one side and

water began pouring into the ship. The impact was enough to knock Mary Carr, the only passenger not in bed, off her feet. Below deck, 12-year-old Owen Carr, travelling from Co. Tyrone with his large family, was thrown from his bunk. Another passenger, 19-year-old Bridget McGee, rushed on deck, fearing that ‘the ship had broken in two’. She was not far wrong. The iceberg had catastrophically damaged the William Brown. Captain Harris surveyed the damage and ordered his crew to lower the lifeboats. Shipwrecks were horribly frequent occurrences in the 19th century. Too many ships were poorly maintained or, like the William Brown, had too few lifeboats. But what set this shipwreck apart from other disasters was the truly horrifying sequence of events that followed. They led to a sensational court case that captivated newspaper readers on both sides of the Atlantic and raised the ultimate moral conundrum: is it ever acceptable for one man to kill another to save his own skin? The terrible tale of the William Brown is featured in a fascinating new book about how people have reacted when they found themselves struggling to survive in remote, dangerous environments with limited supplies. It prompts us all to ask what would we do in such circumstances. Would we do anything to save our fellow humans or would we be willing to sacrifice their lives to save ourselves? For the passengers and crew of the William Brown, these hypothetical questions became a dreadful reality. After Captain Harris had given the order to his crew to aban-

don ship, they busied themselves launching the two boats on deck, one a longboat, about 20ft to 24ft in length, which had only oars and no rudder, the other a ‘jollyboat’, rounder and smaller, but more seaworthy. Several frightened passengers had, like Bridget McGee, come on deck to ask what had happened. Instead of telling them the truth, Captain Harris and his crew assured them all was well. Mollified, they returned below deck. But when a male passenger, James Black, discovered the truth, he shouted down the hatches that the ship was sinking, and panic broke out. By the time the terrified passengers had grabbed coats, roused their sleep-fuddled children and clambered up the hatchways, they found most of the 16 crew were already in the two lifeboats. It was abundantly clear that there was not enough space in the boats for all 65 passengers. When one asked Captain Harris what they should do, he replied that they would have to do the best they could. He seemed to feel no responsibility for his guests. The jollyboat had already launched, with eight sailors and just one female passenger, while the longboat was rapidly filling up. Panicking hordes rushed towards it, but in the stampede, those who were encumbered by young children or were simply too slow were left on deck. Young Owen Carr was pushed into the freezing ocean by another passenger, Julie McCadden. Bridget McGee and 17-year-old Biddy Nugent, who was on her way to join her father in Philadelphia, managed to scramble into the longboat, but a Swedish sailor on board, 26-year-old Alexander

Holmes, ordered them out. However, they refused and remained in the boat as it was lowered into the sea. The sailors, worried that the longboat was overcrowded, were picking on young women, who had no man to protect them, and trying to evict them. Another teenager, 19-year-old Sarah Carr, had raced below deck to grab some warm clothing: ‘When I returned, the longboat was in the water alongside the vessel. I jumped.’

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he landed on a sailor, Charles Smith, who ordered her to return to the sinking vessel, but she stayed put. The longboat was pushed away from the ship, but remained attached by

ropes. A Scottish woman, Margaret Edgar, had managed to get three of her daughters into the longboat, but the fourth, Isabella, had fallen on the slippery deck and failed to get in. Hearing her child’s pitiful cries for help among the screams of the other 31 passengers still on the sinking ship, Mrs Edgar cried out: ‘Someone! Save my daughter for pity’s sake.’ Swede Alexander Holmes, moved by a mother’s tears, or-

dered the crew to manoeuvre the boat back to the William Brown. He bravely climbed up a rope onto the deck of the ailing ship and found Isabella among the petrified huddle of passengers. Hoisting her onto his shoulders, Holmes was about to carry her back down the rope when he was accosted by a doctor’s wife from Ireland, travelling with her three young children. Realising that the ship was about to go down, the woman offered Holmes ‘as much money as he could earn in a month’ if he would save her life, even though this would mean him abandoning Isabella. Incredibly, she was willing to leave her three children to drown in order to save herself, but Holmes refused, saying: ‘Money is not the object. It is lives I wish to save.’ The Swede then carried Isabella back down the rope to the long-boat before giving some of his warm clothing to a shivering Julie McCadden. The two boats pulled further from the sinking ship. Several of their occupants had left relatives behind on the ship and they heard their anguished cries as they realised that they were being abandoned to their fate, the water lapping around their feet as they stood helplessly on deck. Around midnight, the plead-


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ing stopped. The freezing air was filled with ‘an eerie silence’. A few minutes later the ship plunged below the waves, with 20 children, seven women and four men still on board. It had taken two hours from the ship striking the iceberg to its sinking. In that time it might have been possible to improvise a raft and save more souls, but the captain never attempted this. The two boats were alone in the vast Atlantic, 250 miles from the Newfoundland coast. It was obvious that the prospects of those in the jollyboat were infinitely better than those in the overcrowded longboat, carrying 32 passengers and nine crew. At the bottom of the boat was a plug, which somehow became dislodged in the night, causing water to flow in until it was ankle deep. Holmes made a new plug with some wood, but water still seeped in and had to be bailed out constantly with buckets.

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that now. Let it be the last resort.’ The meaning behind that exchange would become grimly apparent within hours. Having given Rhodes a compass and chart, Harris sailed off in the jollyboat, with his crew and one passenger, heading for Newfoundland, leaving the sailless, rudder-less longboat alone. Abandoned by his captain, Rhodes seemed to lose hope. That first day the passengers bailed as the crew rowed. As night fell and rain pelted down on the shivering passengers, Rhodes — fearing that waves would swamp the heavily laden boat — cried out in despair: ‘This won’t do. Help me, God. Men, go to work.’ What followed next was like something out of a horror movie. Julie McCadden heard the crew tell Owen Riley, a young man who was migrating to Philadelphia to join his wife, to stand up. They grabbed hold of him. Realising what was coming, Riley begged Margaret Edgar — a favourite of the crew — to help him. Then Alexander Holmes came towards him. Riley must have thought that Holmes, who was well-liked by crew and passengers, was going to save him. He was wrong. Holmes seized Riley and pitched him overboard into the icy water, still clawing frantically at Holmes’s sleeve and

tearing it in the process. No one knows how long it took Riley to die: perhaps as much as an hour, perhaps only ten minutes. The other passengers fell into a state of terror. They easily outnumbered the crew. Had they collectively defied them, they could have halted the murderous spree that was unfolding. But, immobile with fear, they sat mute, trying to hide their faces with clothing to somehow make themselves invisible. It was futile. The next victim, Scot James Todd, was pitched overboard without protest. Sarah Carr described the next killing. ‘When they got hold of James MacAvoy, he asked them to give him five minutes to pray. ‘Some of them refused him, but Murray [the ship’s cook] said he should have it. He then said a prayer and they threw him out.’ Bridget McGee’s uncle, George Duffy, was flung, begging for his life, into the water. The longboat was 38 stone lighter. If it had been in danger of sinking, it certainly wasn’t then, as the prosecutors argued at the subsequent trial. But the sailors, seemingly driven by a murderous lust, carried on killing. They seized Frank Askins, travelling with his two sisters, Ellen and Mary. He pleaded desperately: ‘I have five sov-

ereigns and I’ll give it for my life till morning, and when morning comes if God does not help us we will cast lots and I’ll go out like a man if it is my turn.’ Mary cried that if they threw her brother over, they should throw her over after him. The sailors, unmoved, hurled all three to their deaths. Still the murders continued. Only two men were spared, at Holmes’s insistence, because they had their wives with them. When dawn came, the crew discovered two men hiding in the stern. They were dragged out, numb with terror. One, Charles Conlin, a friend of Holmes, pleaded not to be thrown over. But Holmes replied: ‘Yes Charley, you must go.’ His was the 16th death. Only half an hour later, the survivors caught sight of a ship. They were spotted and hauled on board. Several days later, Captain Harris’s jollyboat was also rescued. They were all taken to France, where the rescuing ships were headed. The French authorities showed no interest in prosecuting the crew, who scattered. But when the passengers reached America and recounted their horrific tale, the authorities, under pressure from the Irish expat community, had to act. Alexander Holmes was the only sailor who could be found, so he was put on trial for murder, reduced to ‘manslaughter on the

high seas’. The case captivated the public in Britain and America. Would the crew have tried harder to save the passengers had they been wealthy, rather than mostly poor immigrants? How could Holmes, who had risked his life to save young Isabella Edgar, have turned within hours into the ruthless murderer of so many? Why did the slaughter continue for so long? And — the most terrible question of all — were the sailors justified in taking lives to save their own? Holmes’s defence lawyer argued that it was better to save a few lives rather than let everyone perish. The prosecution countered that the killings were neither necessary — the longboat would have stayed afloat anyway — nor just: ‘The law regards the life of one man as good and valuable as that of any other.’ Holmes was found guilty but given only a six-month sentence. No other members of the crew were tried for their role in the murderous affair, not even Captain Harris, who abandoned 31 helpless passengers, including 20 children, to an appalling death. No Mercy: True Stories Of Disaster, Survival And Brutality by Eleanor Learmonth and Jenny Tabakoff (The Text Publishing Company, £12.99).


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SCORES NBA MONDAY March 31 Charlotte 100 Washington 94 Final. San Antonio 103 Indiana 77 Final. Atlanta 103 Philadelphia 95 Final. Detroit 116 Milwaukee 111 Final.Miami 93 Toronto 83 Final. Chicago 94 Boston 80 Final. L.A. Clippers 114 Minnesota 104 Final. Sacramento 102 New Orleans 97 Final. Memphis 94 Denver 92 Final. New York 92 Utah 83 Final. TUESDAY April 1 Brooklyn 105 Houston 96 Final. Golden State 122 Dallas

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120 Final OT. Portland 124 L.A. Lakers 112 Final.

nal. Sacramento 107 L.A. Lakers 102 Final.

WEDNESDAY April 2 Indiana 101 Detroit 94 Final. New York 110 Brooklyn 81 Final. Cleveland 119 Orlando 98 Final. Charlotte 123 Philadelphia 93 Final. Toronto 107 Houston 103 Final. Washington 118 Boston 92 Final. Chicago 105 Atlanta 92 Final.Miami 96 Milwaukee 77 Final. Minnesota 102 Memphis 88 Final. San Antonio 111 Golden State 90 Final. Denver 137 New Orleans 107 Final. L.A. Clippers 112 Phoenix 108 Fi-

THURSDAY and FRIDAY for NBA will be updated on the Saturday edition. PBA MONDAY March 31 Batang Pier 75 Elasto Painters 90. Mixers 75 Texters 95. WEDNESDAY April 2 Energy Cola 71, Aces 78. Bolts 78, Ginebra 88.

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THE FLAMES OF FOREVER! Miami Heat stays atop Bucks LeBron James is dealing with a few aches and pains, which obviously is not the best news for the Miami Heatwith two weeks left in the regular season. Come game time, though, nothing seems to be ailing him. Bringing the crowd out of its seats with a pair of highlight-reel dunks in the first half, then drilling a deep 3-pointer to end the third quarter, James was his typical effective self on Wednesday night. He led Miami with 17 points, and the Heat stayed atop the Eastern Conference with a wireto-wire 96-77 win over the Milwaukee Bucks. ‘’If I feel like I can give something, I’ve got to be out there for my teammates,’’ James said. ‘’It’s my obligation to be out there for them. I’m dealing with a few things, but for me to sit out, I have to be dealing with a lot more.’’ Chris Bosh scored 15 and Mario Chalmers scored 14 for the Heat. Ramon Sessions scored 19 points for Milwaukee, which got 14 from Jeff Adrien, 11 from Bran-

don Knight and 10 from John Henson. Zaza Pachulia grabbed 16 rebounds in 26 minutes for the NBA-worst Bucks, who have now had 11 games this season in which they never led. ‘’Getting down against a team like that is definitely tough because they continue to play hard,’’ Knight said. ‘’They don’t let up and they don’t make many mistakes. ... Credit to them but we didn’t execute defensively and we didn’t play hard enough.’’ The Bucks fell to 14-61 with seven games remaining and are now only one loss away from tying the franchise record for most defeats in a season. ‘’As we wind this thing down with seven games to go, the thing I want is see them compete,’’ Bucks coach Larry Drew said. ‘’We’re dealing with adverse times. This is really a good time to see what guys are truly made of.’’ James said he doesn’t currently plan on sitting out any of Miami’s final eight games.

Jefferson leads Bobcats, 123-93

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l Jefferson tried to explain how hitting his jumper forces defenses to change their approach. “It keeps them on their toes, in my opinion,” Jefferson said before being cut off. “It don’t change nothing,” reserve Jannero Pargo chimed in from two lockers down, “he ain’t going to pass the ball.” Much like his first-half shooting, Jefferson’s retort was nearly flawless. “Well if I pass it to you, I’ll get a turnover, because you’ll be on the bench,” he said. With a one-liner about as sharp as his stat line, Jefferson had his Bobcats teammates howling. Jefferson had every reason to feel loose, with 25 points and 10 rebounds in Charlotte’s 123-93 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night. “This is all the time,” a smiling Jefferson said of the locker room banter. So are the big wins lately for Charlotte. Perhaps Charlotte is getting hot at the right time, winning by 30-plus points for the second time in six games. “Let’s hope there’s a couple more,” coach Steve Clifford said. Gary Neal scored 15 points to help the Bobcats inch closer to a playoff berth. The Bobcats (37-38) have the seventh-best record in the Eastern Conference. They are 4 1/2 games ahead of the eighth-place New York Knicks and need three wins in the final seven games to clinch their first playoff berth since 2010. The Bobcats are counting on Jefferson to carry them deep into April - and possibly beyond. “It falls a lot on me,” Jefferson said. “I’ve only been twice (to the playoffs), but twice is more than a lot of the other guys have been.” The Bobcats raced to a 13-point lead in the first quarter, stretched it to 35 and never once let the Sixers threaten. Michael Carter-Williams scored 22 points on 10-of-18 shooting for the Sixers, who have

lost two straight since snapping an NBA-record tying 26-game losing streak on Saturday. The Bobcats set the tone in the first quarter en route to putting away the lowly Sixers. Led by Jefferson, the Bobcats made 11 of their first 15 shots and finished with nine assists on 12 baskets. Jefferson picked up where he left off in March, when he was named Eastern Conference player of the month. He averaged 24.7 points on 56 percent shooting (178-321), 10.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists. He was the first Bobcat to ever win the award. He kept his sharp shooting rolling in the first game of April with a 13-point first quarter. “It’s important to set a tone that you’re going to play through him early in the game,” Clifford said. Jefferson finished 9 of 17 from the floor and made 7 of 10 free throws. He has 20-plus points and 10-plus boards in the same game 23 times this season. Even in a season that has them with the second-worst record in the NBA, this was as bad as the Sixers have played in weeks. Trailing by 13, the Sixers had five turnovers and only four baskets. They missed all seven 3-point attempts in the first half and finished 4 of 18 overall. The Sixers had two starters go scoreless in the half. “They beat us up pretty bad,” Carter-Williams said. Charlotte, one of the few teams to lose to the Sixers this season, broke the game open with a 22-8 run in the second. Anthony Tolliver, who scored 16 points, hit a pair of 3s during the spurt and the Bobcats cruised from there. “That’s a team getting ready for the playoffs,” Sixers guard Tony Wroten said. “You can tell a big difference.” The Bobcats continued doing the big things that have them within striking distance of Washington for sixth place. They had only nine turnovers (average a league-low 12.3), outrebounded the Sixers 47-32 and had three bench players score double digits.


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‘Tiger Woods can’t be fit in a few months’

HIGHLIGHTS ON PBA’S ALL STAR FRIDAY

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raham DeLaet has rarely been so in demand as he was on Wednesday at the Houston Open. The 32-year-old Canadian is looking forward to his Masters debut next week but that was not the reason for the media presence. On January 3, 2011, DeLaet went into hospital for the same operation to repair a herniated disc as Tiger Woods has had. The description of the procedure and expected recovery period posted on his website at the time almost mirrored the statement about Woods. What happened in reality was rather different. DeLaet tried to play twice on the PGA Tour in 2011, six months after the surgery, but could not attack the ball as he wanted from the tee or thick rough and stopped both times in favour of more rehab. ‘I thought I would be out for three months and in the end it took almost a year,’ said DeLaet. As he was keen to emphasise, this does not mean Woods will take as long to get over his operation. Nothing is so simple when it comes to golfers and bad backs. But it does beg the question as to whether Woods’s team are being hopelessly optimistic in expecting him to be fully fit by the summer, for it is an interesting comparison. DeLaet, like Woods, is a power player. He was also almost a decade younger than Woods when he had his surgery. ‘With that operation it is an advantage the younger you are,’ said DeLaet. ‘It sounds optimistic to me to think he will be back in three months. ‘What he must do and what I am sure he will do is listen to what his body is telling him.’ DeLaet still hasn’t recovered fully. ‘There are days when I can still feel it,’ he said. ‘Mind you, that puts me in the same category as practically every other player out here in his thirties. It’s that sort of sport. It’s not great on the back.’ A day after the news broke that Woods will miss the Masters for the first time since 1994, the practice ground at Houston remained sombre. No doubt it will be fine with the sun out at Augusta on Thursday and everyone anticipating another major championship season. But right now it feels like

Wimbledon without Andy Murray. The Masters could do with a good opening round from Rory McIlroy. He is playing here after a three-week break and, while he counts Woods as a friend, he was as shocked as anyone when he heard surgery was required to cure his bad back. ‘I wasn’t surprised he had to pull out of Augusta because he’s been struggling for a while,’ said McIlroy. ‘But I did think rest would do the trick. At the end of the day, it’s golf. His health is much more important. ‘It’s a shame for the Masters

and for the sport. But the Masters will still be the Masters, even though he won’t be there.’ After a fortnight’s relaxation watching his fiancee, Caroline Wozniacki, play tennis in California and Miami, McIlroy got down to some serious work last week with coach Michael Bannon and fitness guru Steve McGregor. ‘Everything feels good, all the prep work has been done and I’m excited the majors are about to begin,’ said the Northern Irishman. ‘It feels a long time since the last one.’ McIlroy visited Augusta on Monday and Tuesday. The only

difference he could spot was the absence of the iconic Eisenhower tree on the 17th hole, which was destroyed in February by an ice storm. What have they done to replace it? ‘Nothing,’ said McIlroy. ‘It’s as if there was never anything there. It doesn’t make a difference to me in terms of the shot I play but it did feel strange not having that tree facing you from the tee. The hole is definitely a little easier, because it’s not as visually intimidating. Other than that, everything seems the same.’ Not for the fans it won’t. Not without Woods.

Knicks rout Nets and move to 8th place in East New York’s once faint, nearly unrealistic playoff hopes have become a real possibility. ‘’We know what we want,’’ Carmelo Anthony said. J.R. Smith had 24 points, eight rebounds and six assists, Anthony added 23 points and 10 rebounds, and the Knicks beat the city rival Brooklyn Nets 110-81 Wednesday night to move percentage points ahead of Atlanta for the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot. The Knicks were 21-40 on March 3 after a seven-game skid and are still just 33-43. But they know that record gets wiped away if they can finish off this turnaround. ‘’We want to get there.

That’s the goal,’’ Anthony said. ‘’Despite this emotional season, this up-and-down season, I think it would be a big deal to get in that spot.’’ Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 17 points a game after spraining his right ankle to help the Knicks win for the 12th time in 15 games, dominating a team that had the best record in the Eastern Conference since the new year. New York won its third straight. The Knicks made 24 of 36 shots in taking a 63-38 halftime lead in front of new president Phil Jackson, who wouldn’t have much to fix if they looked like this more often. They finished at a season-high 60 percent.

PBA all-time greats Bogs Adornado and Atoy Co make a rare return appearance on the PBA hardcourt to lead the cast of participants in the 2014 PBA Legends Game at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City Friday. Adornado and Co, both former MVP winners and PBA Hall of Famers, lend their hand as playing coaches in the featured game on All-Star Friday that also showcases the Skills events. Jonas Villanueva goes for a five-peat feat in the Obstacle Challenge while Chris Ellis and Chris Tiu defend their crowns in the slam-dunk and three-point shootout competitions, respectively. The Legends Game will be played for the third straight year with Freddie Abuda, Franz Pumaren, Johnedel Cardel, Topex Robinson, Dickie Bachmann, Noli Locsin, Jeff Cariaso and Richard del Rosario the other retired players in the cast. Co, Abuda, Pumaren, Cardel and Robinson team up with Jonas Villanueva, Jvee Casio, Willie Miller, Terrence Romeo, Rey Guevarra and Cliff Hodge in Team Greats while Adornado, Bachmann, Locsin, Cariaso and Del Rosario will be with John Wilson, Sol Mercado, Tiu, Mark Cardona and Justin Melton in Team Stalwarts. Gametime is 8 p.m. Ato Agustin emerged the Most Valuable Player in Laoag in 2012 then Kenneth Duremdes last year in Digos, Davao del Sur. The Skills events, starting at 5:45 p.m., are as special with an elite field entered in each contest. Aguilar, among the league’s most exciting dunkers today, finally makes his much-awaited participation in the Slam Jam, challenging teammate and defending champ Ellis. Also entered in the anticipated contest are Guevarra, Hodge, Alex Nuyles and Melton. Tiu, the surprise threepoint shootout winner last year ending the three-year reign of Mark Macapagal, defends his crown against Macapagal, Cardona, Casio, Ronjay Buenafe, Mac Baracael, Gary David, James Yap, Marcio Lassiter and Larry Fonacier. Meanwhile, Villanueva tries to extend his long domination of the Obstacle Challenge, staking his crown against Casio, Miller, LA Tenorio, Romeo, Wilson, Paul Lee, Mark Barroca, Mercado and Jayson Castro.


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George lead Pacers past Pistons

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he hard part for the Indiana Pacers isn’t over. It takes time to climb out of a slump. ‘’Once you’re not playing well and you finally get a win, the hardest part is maintaining that consistency,’’ Paul George said. ‘’You have to understand that it’s going to be different every night, but you got to find a way to build off the first

win.’’ George had 27 points and 13 rebounds, David West scored 15 points and the Indiana Pacers snapped a three-game skid with a 101-94 win over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night. George hit a 3-pointer from 35-feet to give the Pacers a 94-90 lead with 3:19 remaining and Indiana never trailed the rest of the way.

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Race 7 – PATOK – (8) Boss Pogi; TUMBOK – (7) Power Gear; LONGSHOT – (4) Runaway Champ Race 8 – PATOK – (6) Super Charge; TUMBOK – (10) Good Boss; LONGSHOT – (5) Compelled To Lead Sta. Ana Race 1 golden rule (8), shoemaker (3), flying honor (2), panamao king (4) Race 2 pit boss (7), smoking peanut (6), yakal (3), itoai (1) Race 3 marinx (5), handsome prince (4), lady leisure (1) Race 4 classy kitcat (1), tito arru (5), work of heart (4), panamera (7) Race 5 bahala na (6), salvatore (1), pilyo (5), anna divine (4)

Josh Smith scored 15 of his 24 points in the first quarter and finished with five rebounds, and Greg Monroe added 16 points for the Pistons, who have lost four of their last five games. Brandon Jennings hit a 3 to get Detroit within 94-93 before George scored, forced a turnover and West hit a jumper to give the Pacers a 98-93 lead with 1:35 left to play. ‘’We were locked in really early in this game,’’ George said. ‘’They made a late push when we were up a good eight points, they made a pretty good push. But I felt our guys were locked in throughout this whole game.’’ George’s two free throws with 8:54 left in the third gave Indiana a 58-50 lead. The Pistons bounced back with a 9-0 run and Rodney Stuckey hit a 3-pointer to give Detroit a 74-73 lead with 13 seconds left in the third. The Pacers gave fans mixed signals. At times Indiana’s sluggish play showed signs of a team that continues to struggle with chemistry, shooting and turnovers. The Pistons scored 17 points off 10 Indiana turnovers. At other times the Pacers looked like the same old team fans were used to before the AllStar break. Bankers Life Fieldhouse was abnormally silent when the Pistons went on an 8-0 run midway through the first quarter and took a 23-14 lead after Monroe scored with 4:19 left in the opening quarter. Then the Pacers showed signs of life. They went on a 12-2 spurt to close out the first. George scored to give the Pacers a 28-27 lead with 20 seconds left in the first. Evan Turner dunked and West scored to give the Pacers a 35-32 lead with 8:03 remaining in the second quarter.

Sacramento and the goal

Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadive wants his team to be like the San Antonio Spurs. He also wants them to be exciting, a goal every owner wants for his team. The silver and black, have won four NBA titles in five finals appearances. Last year’s loss to Miami Heat was their first in the finals, making them the gold standard for mid-

market teams in the NBA. Their success is like the river, in the heart of their city; a refreshing relief from the drought and heat of the desert. Like the Spurs, the river may bend, but it will never break. And you can add a hundred more words to describe this team, but you will have to ask them what “exciting,” means to them.


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oaches say that whenever you are given some playing time, you have to make the most out of your stint. And that is exactly what Gabby Espinas did Wednesday when Alaska extended its winning run to three with a 78-71 victory over Barako Bull. In 23 minutes on the floor, the former PCU Dolphin gave their tireless import Rob Dozier all the help he needed as he contributed 14 points, none bigger than the six points he had in the payoff period to

maintain the Aces’ breathing room from the Energy in the final minutes. “Nagtitiwala si coach sa depensa ko kaya nagtatagal ako sa loob at nagagawa ko yung mga ginawa ko kanina,” Espinas said. He added that with Dozier already leading by example, albeit in a silent but deadly way, the rest of the Aces should support their import when it comes to their squad’s active pace on the court. “Yung additional energy lang ang kailangan naming ibigay sa team. Given na yung import namin ay nagtrabaho, so kami nage-extra effort lang kami para makatulong sa

team,” Espinas said. He also added that Dozier’s familiarity with the whole squad has been a big plus. “Sa amin, adjust lang kami ng konti. Halos wala na nga kaming ina-adjust kasi kabisado na ni Rob yung plays eh.” “Kailangan naming i-defend yung title namin kaya step up lang kami,” he said. Espinas is hoping that this winning run Alaska has been experiencing will continue even after the All-Star and Holy Week breaks. “Sana magandang senyales para sa amin ito. Sana masundan pa. Sana maipanalo pa namin yung remaining games namin.”

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well as Ginebra stops its downfall Powell stuck with the role he’s supposed to play and, with more local involvement, Ginebra rose from a stupor, topping Meralco, 88-78, in the PLDT Home TVolution PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Wednesday night. As a result of Ginebra’s win, Globalport eventually bowed out of the playoffs race. “Nakasunod agad sa sistema at ibinigay ang hinahanap namin,” said Ginebra coach Ato Agustin on Powell’s performance helping the Kings catch up with the Bolts at seventh place at 3-4. “Kitang-kita sa stats. Balanse ang scoring namin at ang laki ng improvement ng assists namin,” Agustin also said. “Allaround si Powell at mas involved ang locals

namin sa kanya. Kay Leon (Rodgers) dahil scorer, nanood na lang ang locals namin.” With Powell playing in place of Rodgers, the Kings indeed rotated the ball a lot more as evidenced by six Ginebra players finishing in double figures. Powell debuted with just 16 points and 15 rebounds but drew immense help from Chris Ellis, Greg Slaughter, Mark Caguioa, LA Tenorio and Josh Urbiztondo who contributed at least 10 markers each. The Kings dished out 22 assists, definitely an improvement from their 16.5 average in their first six games. “Pinu-push nya talaga yung mga kasama niya,” said Agustin.

FOR the third straight time, Alaska drew its opponent into the kind of game it wanted, with the same result. The Aces engaged the Barako Bull Energy into an ugly, drawn-out match and came out a 78-71 victor Wednesday in the PLDT Home Tvolution PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Rob Dozier notched 18 points and 15 rebounds and a slew of locals gave their ample contributions, but it was his charges playing the kind of defense he wants that pleased Alaska head coach Luigi Trillo most. “We did a good defensive job again,” said Trillo after the win over an Energy crew that went into the match averaging 97.2 points per game. In their last game, the Aces held San Miguel Beer to just 78 points, 27 below the Beermen’s average. They were more efficient in holding the Energy to 21 points below their norm. “This is where we want to be, this is our kind game, ugly, physical and a halfcourt defensive type of game,” said Trillo. The focus of that defense, Josh Dollard, still scored 26 points, nine below his average. But he struggled for majority of the game and failed to provide Barako Bull the kind of momentum it needed. As a result, the Aces improved to a 4-3 win-loss slate while relegating the Energy to their fifth loss in seven games. “Every game is important, not only for us but for all the teams. We got another win and it moved us to fourth. Had we lost, we would have been tied for ninth. That’s how bunched up the field is,” said Trillo, whose team winds up the eliminations against Barangay Ginebra on April 13 and San Mig Super Coffee April 20. “Still a lot of games left and we’re not out of it yet. That’s why this game was very, very important for us. For me, this is

a moment of truth game for us.” That explains why Trillo credited his defensive crew on Dollard, led by Gabby Espinas and Calvin Abueva. “I’m proud of Gabby and Calvin. They came in there, kinuha nila sa tiyaga,” he said. “On Dollard, I thought they did a decent job there. He got tired out in the end.” Alaska did not forget its job on the other end of the court, with Dozier, Dondon Hontiveros and JVee Casio combining for an 11-0 run to lift the Aces from a 34-38 deficit and into the lead for good. Barako Bull was given a golden opportunity when Dozier picked up his fifth foul with still 6:32 to go, but Espinas proved to be an able substitute as he and Abueva stretched what was a 62-59 lead into a safer 70-63. In a game this close, that proved to be enough of a luxury for Alaska going into the last two minutes of play. Espinas wound up with 14 points and Casio 10 and five assists. Abueva had nine points and as many boards. Mick Pennisi was the lone other Barako Bull player in double figures with 12. The scores: ALASKA 78 – Dozier 18, Espinas 14, Casio 10, Abueva 9, Hontiveros 8, Jazul 6, Thoss 6, Manuel 4, Baguio 3, Reyes 0, Dela Cruz 0. BARAKO BULL 71 – Dollard 26, Pennisi 12, Miller 7, Isip 6, Miranda 6, Lastimosa 5, Fortuna 2, Buenafe 2, Pena 2, Wilson 1, Marcelo 0. Quarterscores: 13-17, 26-30, 53-50, 78-71 Additional testament to Trillo’s words is the fact Alaska made just 28 of 73 field goal attempts to Barako Bull’s 25-for-70 shooting. After committing 21 miscues against SMB the Aces had just eight this time, 10 less than the Energy.


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ristiano Ronaldo scored a record equaling goal before exiting to injury as Real Madrid beat Borussia Dortmund 3-0 on Wednesday to take a big step toward the Champions League semifinals. Ronaldo netted his 14th goal of the season in Europe’s top competition to give Madrid a clear advantage ahead of next week’s quarterfinal return leg in Germany. But it came at a price as the Portugal forward, who came into the first-leg nursing a sore left knee, came off in the 80th minute. Gareth Bale scored early and Isco added another before the half hour mark at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. “Ronaldo has a problem with his knee but at this moment I’m not worried about it,” Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti said. The Spaniards opened against Dortmund as the Germans had against them in the semifinals last season—when they thrashed Madrid 4-1 en route to reaching the final with a 4-3 victory on aggregate. In Wednesday’s other quarterfinal first leg, Paris SaintGermain beat Chelsea 3-1 in the French capital. Madrid certainly didn’t need inspiration after last seasons’ loss to Dortmund, which was without suspended striker Robert Lewandowski and five more regulars to injury as it fielded just four of the players present in last season’s 4-1 win. “The goals we gave up tonight were not because of this,” Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp said. “It was too easy (for them), and that’s not what we wanted. We made some mistakes and we were punished.” The energetic start saw Bale nearly miss Dani Carvajal’s short pass inside the area before stretching to toe poke his fifth goal of the competition under goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller after just three minutes. Weidenfeller was sharp despite Madrid’s early onslaught as he punched free kicks from Ronaldo and Bale over the bar. He also stayed in the game despite wincing in pain after Marco Reus made a clearance that also connected with the ‘keeper’s hands. With forward Angel Di Maria out to a gastro virus, Isco showed good poise to gather a loose ball in front of the area and slide home a low shot for 2-0 in the 27th minute. The Spain midfielder’s goal was just the boost Madrid needed as Dortmund began to find its rhythm, with Kevin Grosskreutz forcing Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas into a low stop in the 33rd. Ronaldo, playing in his 100th Champions League game, was clearly eager to match the record 14 goals scored by Lionel Messi in one Champions League campaign. Luka Modric made it happen as the Croat pounced on a poor Dortmund pass deep in its own area in the 57th minute and picked out Ronaldo, who dribbled around Weidenfeller for his 45th goal of the season. Jose Altafini also scored 14 goals in the 1962-1963 European Cup campaign for AC Milan. “We did what we prepared for well,” Ancelotti said. “We used a lot of energy in the first half and were tired. So we dropped the

team back a little in the second half—while looking to score on the counter.” While Ronaldo and Karim Benzema continued to threaten Dortmund’s goal, Madrid was fortunate not to concede under pressure as Pepe blocked Reus’ shot from inside the area after

Casillas failed to control a cross. Madrid’s defense blocked several Dortmund shots during the final stages. “You have to do the right tactical things against the best teams in the world. We can do better than we did tonight,” said Klopp, who rued the late misses.

“(Losing) 3-0 you are not cool, you are not confident, you are under pressure and you are not confident in the box. We had chances.” Madrid, which is vying for a record 10th European Cup, is now on the cusp of a fourth straight appearance in the semifinals—a

welcome lift after a difficult run in the Spanish league. In Tuesday’s matches, defending champion Bayern Munich drew 1-1 at Manchester United, and Atletico Madrid drew 1-1 at Barcelona.


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CUSTOMS CRUSHED MY LIFE & HOPES The OLW Sun’s story on a man with a job pending in the Customs, December 24, 2013

YOLANDA: HELL IN THE DIVINE HOS

Jealousy broke me with my chums and my prince too The OLW Sun published a Lively Letter which brought us into the Youth’s Newspaper Award. It was published in December 17, 2013

Why ban firecrackers? Monitor the manufacturing!

The Barrachielian Mirror’s hard-hitting comThe OLW Sun’s story on a hospital in the ground mentary which won the Opinion of the Year, zero of Yolanda’s wrath. November 16, 2013 Janaury 1,2014

STILL THINK BLOCKING IS A GOOD IDEA? The new headline font wins the Headline Font of the Year and this headline won the Front Page of the Year

The OLW Sun: Newspaper of the Year for the second time, and best in design, news, sports with Barrachielian Mirror

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he OLW Sun and the Barrachielian Mirror wins a handful of awards in the Internet Press Association’s Award 2014. It competed with several online only newspapers around the world. The OLW Sun was named the Newspaper of the Year as it reported on the best news of 2013 accurately, with emphasis given in the Yolanda coverage and the pork barrel coverage.

It also won the Website of the Year with its unwavering coverage of the Election 2013. The Barrachielian Mirror also won the Opinion of the Year on its opinion of banning firecrackers. It also won the prestigious Berner-Lee Award for its New Year’s Day issue. Under the patronage of its sports editor, Lorenzo Holanday III, this newspaper also won the Sports Page of the Year.

“I would like to thank the panel of judges... fellow editors, writers, designers, for exposing the once unknown potential of this newspaper,” Ian Raphael Lopez, this newspaper’s editor, said. “ We would also continue to be serving the interests of our readers with the news, sports and entertainment that you always expect in a design that is flexible to all,” he added on his statement.


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