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PADDLING TO SCHOOL Elementary students living on flooded Artex Compound ride on makeshift boat to attend the first day of school in Panghulo 1 Elementary School in Malabon. Meanwhile, Aeta children hold classes in a tent in Porac, Pampanga (left). Temporary classrooms were set up after the quake that hit Luzon in May damaged the town’s Diaz Elementary School. PHOTO BY DJ DIOSINA AND AFP

Legal basis needed to ditch Smartmatic IMPLEMENTING President Rodrigo Duterte’s call to ditch Smartmatic as the Commission on Elections’ (Comelec) technology provider should undergo the proper process, a spokesman for the poll body said on Monday. “There has to be legal basis. Smartmatic,

Govt ‘working’ on teachers’ pay hike BY C CATHERINE S. VALENTE


Termed-out senators threaten to form Senate majority

QPhilippine Veterans Bank Chairman Roberto de Ocampo. PHOTO BY ENRIQUE AGCAOILI



First word N perhaps his most inspired thought as a senator, Sen. Vicente Sotto 3rd declared over the weekend that a new and bigger minority bloc would likely emerge in the Senate if he is replaced as its president.



RESIDENT T Rodrigo Duterte had not abandoned his pledge to iincrease ncrease p public ublic sc school teachers’ salaries, Malacañang said o nM onday as as School Scho Year 2019-2020 opened. on Monday


ECONOMIC E EC CON ON ONO NOMIC growth gro row w will likely hit target this year on the back of the governMENTSINFRASTRUCTUREPROGRAMANDCONTAINEDINlATION AFORMER&INANCE M ME ENT NTTSS INF N NFRAST STRU RU secretary secr se cret cr re arry an and nd veteran banker said on Monday. ““For “F orr the o thee rrest of the year, I expect a 6-percent growth,” Roberto de O Ocampo cam cam mpo ssaid a during a roundtable discussion with The Manila Times. Th fo Th The forecast is lower than last year’s 6.2-percent result but falls at tthe at h llower he o end of the government’s downwardly revised 6.0 to 7 7. 7.0 0 pe percent target. D De Ocampo, who held the Finance portfolio during the Ramos R administration and is now Philippine Veterans Bank cchairman, said growth would pick up with a budget delay hurdle cleared and given expectations of quick legislative action following the landslide government win during the M May 13 midterm elections.


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Visa-free travel to Guam in the works – ex-governor VISA-FREE travel for Filipinos going to Guam could become a reality if plans push through, the former governor of the United States territory said on Monday. This is “high in the radar” of Guam and had also been discussed with Malacañang, Carl Tommy Cruz Gutierrez told The Manila Times in a roundtable.

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Gutierrez, who served two terms as Guam governor from 1995 to 2003, said he met with Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea a few months ago to discuss the visa-free program. “He loved that idea and told us that he would appoint a high-level person to collaborate oll la labo b rate with our government, our ggovernor go vern ve rnor rn or aand nd ggo o to the t he h United U ni nite ted te d

States,” he added. He noted that US law currently allowed visa waivers for travelers from nearby countries. “You know the Congress of the United States passed a law about some 30 years ago that allowed the neighboring countries of Guam visa-free entry… to spur our to ttourism uriism m economy,” econom omy,”” Gutierrez Guti tierrez i said. said id. id The The law law covers cove co vers rs Japan, Jap pan an,, Taiwan, Taiw Ta iwan an,, Hong Ho ongg Kong, Kong g , Sin- gapore, g pore, Australia and ga

South Korea. “But they left out the Philippines. I think at that particular time the dynamics then was that the standards of living [in the Philippines] was quite low,” he said. “They’re afraid that they will over-









Former Guam governor Carlo Gutierrez discusses the plan to allow Filipinos to visit Guam without visa with The Manila Times President and Chief Executive Officer Dante Francis ‘Klink’ Ang 2nd. PHOTO BY ENRIQUE AGCAOILI

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MORE FILIPINOS ‘VERY HAPPY’ WITH LIFE – SWS SURVEY MOST Filipinos are “very happy� with their lives in general, according to the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey released on Monday. The survey, conducted from March 28 to 31, found that 44 percent of adult Filipinos were “very happy� with their life against 8

percent who said they were generally “unhappy.� 4HE kGURE WAS UP BY  POINTS from the 39 percent in the last quarter of 2018. Almost 5 in 10 Filipinos or 49 percent, meanwhile, said they were “fairly happy� with their life. The proportion of those who

said they were “very happy� was highest among Muslims at 66 percent. They were followed by those from Christian denominations at 50 percent, Catholics at 42 percent and Iglesia ni Cristo members at 39 percent. Unhappiness, on the other hand, was highest among those

belonging to other Christian denominations (8 percent) and Catholics (8 percent). The Philippines was ranked the 69th happiest country in the world this year by the United Nations. The same survey also found that 37 percent of Filipinos were gVERYSATISkEDuWITHTHELIVESTHEY

‘No single power should control SCS’ BY DEMPSEY REYES



Speaking at the Shangri-La dialogue in Singapore over the weekend, Lorenzana said disputes among nations could possibly spark war. “With the untethering of our networks of economic interdependence, comes growing risk of confrontation that could lead to war,� he said in his speech. “Our greatest fear, therefore, is the possibility of sleepwalking into another INTERNATIONAL CONlICT LIKE 7ORLD War 1,� he added. Lorenzana’s remarks came after the United States warned China not to bully its Asian neighbors. Acting US Secretary of Defense

Patrick Shanahan referred to nations using a “toolkit of coercion� to destabilize the region, including “deploying advanced weapons systems to militarize disputed areas.� But Beijing countered that it would not hesitate to take military action to defend its maritime claims. Gen. Wei Fenghe said China would not yield an inch of its sacred land. Lorenzana said war could happen, “even when no one desires it.� (E SUGGESTED THAT gCONkDENCE building measures� should be comprehensive to cover all relevant concerns.

“This is most especially imporTANTINPOTENTIALlASHPOINTSSUCH as the South and East China Seas, where the risk of miscalculation ANDUNWANTEDCONlICTISRISINGON a daily basis, as great powers expand their military footprint and pursue divergent visions,� he said. The nations, he added, should agree that freedom of navigation ANDOVERlIGHTATINTERNATIONALSEAS is “indispensable to regional peace and security.� “In our view, no single power should exercise unilateral control over vital arteries of global trade, such as the South China Sea. We need to collectively protect our global commons,� Lorenzana said. The Defense chief cited several disputes in Asia such as the Sabah dispute between Malaysia and the Philippines, the Ligitan and Sipadan dispute between Malaysia and Indonesia, and the border dispute surrounding the Preah Vihear Temple between Cambodia and Thailand, among others. Lorenzana said the Asean had

been “unique� in its approach to manage and resolve the disputes through peaceful dialogue, diplomatic negotiations and obedience to the international law. He called for a peaceful and multilateral approach in resolving the South China Sea dispute. “In more concrete terms, we should consider joint exploration activities, as well as environmental protection regimes, which ensures the equitable, just and lawful exploration, usage, sharing of hydrocarbon reserves and preservation and protection of marine resources,� Lorenzana pointed out. “What is clear is that great power rivalry is a dangerous distraction from the coming storm. But if we continue to closely collaborate and cooperate we may very well overcome these existential challenges and, along the way, create a more inclusive, nimble and robust security architecture — one that is upheld by the collective effort of every nation, no matter their size, resources and creed,� he added.

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Briones, who led the opening of classes on Monday at the Signal Village National High School in Taguig City. PHOTO BY GERARD SEGUIA

quarter of this year is because it took a long time debating the budget. And therefore we’re not able to pour enough funds into the economy to continue a very vigorous implementation of Build, Build, Build [infrastructure program],� “One of the major reasons for having the he recalled. ECONOMY GROWTH SLOWED DOWN OVER THE kRST A dispute between the Senate and the House of Representatives over alleged insertions resulted in a four-and-a-half-month delay BEFORELEGISLATORSkNALLYAGREEDTOAPPROVETHE 2019 outlay. The government was forced to operate on last year’s budget, unable to spend on projects and programs supposed to be implemented THISYEAR WHICHRESULTEDINkRSTQUARTERGROSS domestic product growth hitting a lower-thanexpected 5.6 percent. “The midterm elections showed overwhelming vote for the President’s program and his vision of where the country would go,� de Ocampo added. “So I think that with the Congress and the Senate much more on the President’s side, the possibility of keeping the budget on a dribbling basis is going to be minimized.� President Rodrigo Duterte, he noted, now has the advantage of having the support of Congress, the Executive and the Judiciary — a rare opportunity to implement programs that would lead to growth. Further supporting improved prospects for the rest of the year, meanwhile, is much lower INlATIONTHATDE/CAMPOEXPECTSTOALSOFALL within the 2.0 to 4.0 percent target at not more than 3.0 percent this year. He pointed out that the high rice and fuel PRICES THAT DROVE INlATION TO AS HIGH AS 



percent last year are not expected to recur given initiatives such as the removal of quantitative restrictions on imports of the grain. g4HEPASSAGEOFARICETARIFkCATIONLAWWOULD stabilize the methods by which we import rice and supplement our domestic production in a manner that would ensure much greater price stability,� he explained. (EADLINEINlATIONEASEDTOA MONTHLOW of 3.0 percent in April, bringing the year-to-date rate to 3.6 percent. De Ocampo also expects the peso-dollar exchange rate to be “fairly stable� at P52 to P53:$1 this year. The currency, which weakened to the P54:$1 level late last year, regained ground to end 2018 at P52.58 versus the greenback, albeit still some way off from its 2017 close of P49.93:$1. The former Finance chief also sees more opportunities for the Philippines given the likelihood of Brexit and the US-China trade war. “I expect foreign investments to be quite vigorous. Already, you see the Japanese are pouring funds into the country and they are not the only ones. The Chinese are doing the same,� he said. “Right now, really the place to look at is Asia. And my other fearless forecast is that it’s likely to be [an] Asian Century. And if we play our cards right, we will be positioned quite well in the middle of this growing Asian economic boom,� he added. .ETFOREIGNDIRECTINVESTMENTINlOWSWEREUP PERCENTTOBILLIONINTHEkRSTTWO MONTHSOFTHEYEARBASEDONLATESTOFkCIALDATA MAYVELIN U. CARABALLO

lead, a 3-point increase from the 34 percent in December last year. More Filipinos said they were gFAIRLYSATISkEDuWITHTHELIVESTHEY lead at 53 percent, while 11 percent WEREUNSATISkED Satisfaction was highest among Muslims at 63 percent and college graduates at 56 percent.

The March survey, conducted using face-to-face interviews of 1,440 adults nationwide, had sampling error margins of Âą2.6 percent for national percentages, and Âą5 percent each for Balance Luzon, Metro Manila, the Visayas and Mindanao. CATHERINE S. VALENTE

House approves OFW Hospital bill THE House of Representatives on Monday gave its final nod to a measure that aims to establish a hospital for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). Voting 180-0, lawmakers approved on third and final reading House Bill 9202, which was principally authored by Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. Under the proposed law, a hospital with at least tertiary level of care shall be established and shall be “developed consistent with the health care needs of the OFW and their dependents.� The hospital will be under full administrative and technical supervision of the Department of Health (DoH). To ensure affordability and accessibility of quality healthcare, the hospital will provide comprehensive and total health care services to all migrant workers including Overseas Workers Welfare Administration

contributors, whether active or nonactive, and their legal dependents. The measure seeks to provide subsidized preemployment medical examinations of migrant workers who desire to work abroad and to their family members. The DoH and the Department of Labor and Employment will promulgate the necessary implementing rules and regulations for the effective implementation of the provisions of the measure. All grants, bequests, endowments and donations made to the OFW Hospital shall be exempt from donor’s tax and the same will be considered as allowable deduction from the gross income of the donor, pursuant to the National Internal Revenue Code of 1997, as amended. GLEE JALEA

Education Undersecretary Anna Sevilla said the DepEd’s P2-billion Quick Response Fund had been depleted. She called on the Budget department to consider a larger “The President is working on outlay. that and hopefully that can be “We anticipate more disasters and responded to. Our economic man- we have raised the standards for the agers are doing everything to see school buildings,â€? Briones also said. how things can be done,â€? Palace As for the teachers’ pay hike, she spokesman Salvador Panelo told said, “We ask our taxpayers who reporters. love and defend our teachers if As millions of schoolchildren they would be willing to adjust the trooped to schools nationwide, budget.‌â€? the Alliance of Concerned Teach“The President is sympathetic to ers (ACT) staged a protest near teachers, but the situation is changMalacaĂąang to highlight problems ing in the public sector. There would — from low pay to inadequate be a gap in other sectors such as solfacilities — that continue to plague diers, police, nurses, if we could not the education sector. accord the same increase to them,â€? 'OVERNMENTOFkCIALSHAVESAID Briones added. that implementing higher salaries The left-leaning ACT said the would cost from P150 billion to 2019 salaries of P20,754 for Teacher P344 billion. The call for pay hikes 1 and P22,938 for Teacher 2 posihas mounted as Duterte already tions fell short of the family living followed through on a campaign wage of P23,660 set by think tank promise to raise the salaries of Ibon Foundation. uniformed personnel. “Some 800,000 teachers suffer Panelo, who said “the Presi- due to very low pay that is unable dent has not been reneging on his to afford them a decent life. Such commitment,â€? noted that “many abandonment of the very backbone things‌ occurredâ€? since Duterte of the public education system in TOOKOFkCEIN THECOUNTRYVIVIDLYRElECTSHOWTHE The President “had to increase the state values education, hence our salaries of the soldiers, as well as the stance that teachers’ salaries is the PNP (Philippine National Police)‌ topmost pressing issue this school [who] are the frontliners in securing opening,â€? ACT Secretary General our country‌,â€? the Palace spokes- Raymond Basilio said. man sad. “[W]hen they go out of “The new school year will be their homes, half of their feet are plagued by the same old issues in already buried on the ground.â€? education — overworked and un“But you must remember that DERPAID TEACHERS  AND INSUFkCIENT the mother of the President was a school facilities and resources,â€? teacher and so his heart is [also] he also said, attributing this to a with the teacher,â€? Panelo continued. 9.5-percent decrease in the DepEd’s Economic managers had been budget for 2019. ordered to look for funding sources, “Teachers, students, and parents he said, noting that a Palace order are compelled to shell out money would be useless without money to or solicit from other sources just back it up. to compensate for the budget cuts “Hopefully, let’s see because I and keep the school running. On have talked to the secretary of Fi- top of the extra expenses, teachers nance and Budget manager; they are obliged to perform nonteachsaid they are working on it. Let’s see ing tasks due to lack of personnel,â€? how it goes,â€? Panelo said. Basilio continued. He said that Duterte could meet Meanwhile, the Metropolitan with teachers’ representatives in Manila Development Authority MalacaĂąang to discuss the wage (MMDA) said the opening of classes hike. DIDNOTLEADTOTRAFkCCHAOSINTHE “I’ll talk with the President about metropolis, but warned that travel that,â€? the Palace spokesman said. time could increase in the coming As over 27.2 million students days. were welcomed by public schools g/URTRAFkCPERSONNELSHALLINTENand several private institutions SIFYENFORCEMENTOFTRAFkCRULESAND nationwide on Monday, the Depart- regulations and clearing obstrucment of Education (DepEd) said it tions near schools with large numwould focus on completing repairs ber of students,â€? MMDA Chairman to facilities damaged by recent Danilo Lim said. disasters while also working on a In Quezon City, more than 80 teachers’ pay hike. motorists were apprehended for “School buildings were left in- illegal parking and other violacomplete [because of] delays of the tions. Vehicles were also towed for approval of the national budget and OBSTRUCTING TRAFkC lOW AND SOME the succeeding natural disasters that 20 tricycles ferrying students were wreaked havoc in our schools,â€? Edu- halted due to overloading. cation Secretary Leonor Briones said. WITH NEIL JAYSON N. “All in all, we were 99 percent SERVALLOS AND DIVINA ready,â€? she added. NOVA JOY DELA CRUZ



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Duterte certifies ROTC bill urgent BY RALPH U. VILLANUEVA


RESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte had CERTIkED AS URGENT THE BILL REQUIRING senior high school students to undergo military training, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea said on Monday.

-EDIALDEACONkRMEDTHAT$UTERTE CERTIkEDTHEBILLONTHEMANDATORY2ESERVE/FkCERS4RAINING#ORPS2/4#  among senior high school students as urgent. This gives the Senate the power to approve Senate Bill 2232, or the “Senior High School ROTC Act,� on second and third reading on the

same day. “I hereby certify to the necessity of the immediate enactment of Senate Bill 2232... to restore basic military and leadership trainings for the youth in order to invigorate their sense of nationalism and patriotism necessary in defending the state and to further promote their vital role in

nation-building,� Duterte’s letter to the Senate read. The House of Representatives last month passed House Bill 6961, which makes ROTC mandatory for senior high school students across the country. The ROTC was made optional in 2002, following the controversy that

NUP backs Cayetano’s bid for speakership

Duterte invites Naruhito to Manila PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has invited Japan Emperor Naruhito and his wife Empress Masako to visit the Philippines, MalacaĂąang said on Monday. Duterte extended the invitation during his bilateral meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe earlier this week in Tokyo, where he attended the Nikkei’s 25th International Conference on the Future of Asia. “The President likewise conveyed the best wishes of the Filipino people to Emperor Naruhito’s ascension to the throne adding that it would be a great honor for our country to receive Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako in the future,â€? Palace spokesman Salvador Panelo said in a statement. Panelo said the visit would strengthen the strategic partnership between the Philippines and Japan. The Palace official described the meeting between Duterte and Abe as “productiveâ€? and “fruitful.â€? “Prime Minister Abe gave a heartfelt welcome to President Duterte, who he considers as his special friend, at

the Prime Minister’s Office in the Akasaka State Guest House,� Panelo said. “Prime Minister Abe expressed great delight to see the Filipino Chief Executive whom he last met in November of last year,� he added. Panelo said Abe also congratulated Duterte for the overwhelming victory of administration-backed candidates in the midterm elections. “Prime Minister Abe likewise mentioned that he looked forward to a fruitful exchange of views with the President on various issues of mutual concern and interest, including assistance on the Mindanao peace process and infrastructure development in the Philippines,� he said. Duterte described Japan as a “valued ally for peace, development and the rule of law.’� “The Chief Executive emphasized that Philippines-Japan relations has an exemplary partnership built on shared values fostered over the years by mutual trust and respect,� Panelo said. CATHERINE S. VALENTE


Health advocates hold a ‘dying-in-protest’ in front of the Senate building in Pasay City on Monday to push for the passage of the Tobacco Tax Bill. PHOTO BY J. GERARD SEGUIA

OIL FIRMS CUT PRICES ANEW OIL companies implemented a big-time price rollback over the weekend, with Phoenix Petroleum leading the pack by adjusting its pump prices on Saturday, June 1. The cost of diesel decreased by P1.05 per liter, gasoline by P1.70 to P1.75 per liter, and kerosene by P1 per liter.

Caltex, Seaoil, Flying V, Petro Gazz, Pilipinas Shell, PTT Philippines and Total implemented the price cut on Tuesday. The adjustment brings the retail price of diesel to P40.05-P47.09 per liter, gasoline to P49.15P56.69 per liter, and kerosene by P46.92-P54.65 per liter.

This is the third consecutive week that industry players reduced fuel prices. Last week, oil companies cut the price of diesel by 45 centavos per liter, gasoline by 35 centavos per liter, and kerosene by 60 centavos per liter. JORDEENE B. LAGARE

Payment of delayed SSS contributions Dear PAO, I own a small laundry shop located in our barangay (village). Last year, I failed to pay the Social Security System (SSS) contributions of my employees, and the SSS informed me that they would institute the necessary complaint against me. I now want to pay the SSS contributions of my employees, but I want to know if the case against me will be withdrawn. Sandy Dear Sandy, Section 31 of Republic (RA) Act 11199, otherwise known as the “Social Security Act of 2018,�

provides: “SECTION 31. Transitory Clause. — Any employer who is delinquent or has not remitted all contributions due and payable to the SSS may, within six months from the effectivity of this Act, remit said contributions or submit a proposal to pay the same in instalment within a period as approved by the Commission from the effectivity of this Act without incurring the prescribed penalty, subject to the implementing rules and regulations which the commission may prescribe: xxx: 0ROVIDED kNALLY, That upon approval and payment in full or

resulted in the death of Mark Chua, a University of Santo Tomas student. He was allegedly killed by course OFkCERSAFTEREXPOSINGFUNDMISMANagement. The Department of Education earlier said it had proposed safeguards to prevent cases of abuses and harassment.

proposal and (ii) the reimposition of the prescribed penalty from the time the contributions kRSTBECAMEDUEASPROVIDEDIN Section 22(a) hereof.� (Emphasis supplied) Clearly, employers can avoid the prescribed penalty and other in instalments of contributions liabilities for failing to pay and/ due and payable to the SSS, any or remit contributions with the PENDINGCASEkLEDAGAINSTTHEEM- SSS by remitting said contribuployer shall be withdrawn with- tions within six months from the OUTPREJUDICETOTHEI REkLLINGOF effectivity of the above-mentioned the case in the event the employer law, or submit a proposal to pay fails to remit in full the required the same in instalment within a delinquent contributions or period as approved by the Social defaults in the payment of any Security Commission. It must be instalment under the approved emphasized that RA 11199 has


been published in the Official Gazette since Feb. 18, 2019, and has already become effective. Thus, it is advised that you avail of the BENEkTTHATWASGRANTEDUNDERTHE aforementioned law. We hope that we were able to answer your queries. This advice is based solely on the facts you have narrated and our appreciation of the same. Our opinion may vary when other facts are changed or elaborated.

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THE National Unity Party (NUP) on Monday said it was supporting the speakership bid of Taguig Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano. NUP Chairman Ronaldo Puno said the party was “committed to support the candidate for speaker who has the competence and proven ability to support and help carry out the programs and policies of President Rodrigo Duterte.� “The NUP will support the candidate who supports President Duterte and has the broadest government experience, who can eloquently represent the Congress and the country in interactions with foreign counterparts,� Puno said in a statement. He said all congressmen “can count on and look up to� Cayetano. Cayetano is among the frontrunners in the speakership race. The other contenders to the post are Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco, Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez, Pampanga Rep. Aurelio Gonzales and Davao del Norte Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez. House members will elect a new speaker who will replace Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on July 22, when the 18th Congress formally convenes. The NUP is the fifth largest political bloc in the House of Representatives, with 28 lawmakers as its members. The Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) is the biggest with 95 voting members, followed by the Party-list Coalition Foundation Inc., 55; the Nationalist Party, 37; and the Nationalist People’s Coalition, 33. Meanwhile, Gonzales said he was banking on the votes of the PDP-Laban to secure the top House post. “I’m not too close to the President, in fact, hindi nga ako po masyadong kilala ni Pangulo. Siguro si Ma’am ‘Inday’ (Sara Duterte-Carpio) ganyan din po (I’m not that close with the President. It’s the same with Ma’am Inday),� Gonzales said in a television interview.  Gonzales, who serves as PDP-Laban’s national deputy campaign manager, said his ability to lead the House might be seen through his credentials in the ruling party.  “I worked during national campaign and they have seen my capability as a campaign manager. I run the campaign all over the country, so if they’ve seen my skills, I’m sure they’ve also seen my capabilities to lead the House,� Gonzales said.




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E d i to r i a l Rival presence in Asia need not stir up conflict


HE United States raised a notable and sensitive issue at the Shangri-La Dialogue this weekend in Singapore, where it warned China on Saturday against threatening the sovereignty of its neighbors. The forum gathered the defense ministers and top military officials from around the world, so its discussions are consequential. Speaking through acting US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, the US told the forum: “China can and should have a cooperative relationship with the rest of the region.... But behavior that erodes other nations’ sovereignty and sows distrust of China’s intentions must end. “Until it does, we stand against a myopic, narrow and parochial vision of the future, and we stand for the free and open ORDERTHATHASBENEkTEDUSALL INCLUDING#HINAu Shanahan added that the US is willing to cooperate with China and welcomes competition. “Competition does not MEANCONlICT uHESAIDg#OMPETITIONISNOTTOBEFEARED7E should welcome it, provided that everyone plays by internationally established rules.� Until this statement, it had been difficult to decipher America’s precise intentions or objectives in the region because of changes and lurches in its defense and foreign policy. Under President Barack Obama, the talk was about a pivot to Asia and rebalancing. Under President Donald Trump, the policy change has to be fully explained, except for the fact that President Trump has held summits with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Secretary Shanahan’s words in Singapore address the conCERNSOFCOUNTRIESINTHE!SIA0ACIkCOVER#HINASMILITARIZAtion of the South China Sea. China has built installations to strengthen its presence in the area and has run roughshod over the rival claims of various other Asian countries, notably Taiwan, Brunei, Malaysia, Vietnam and the Philippines. The Philippines has much to say in this regard because of intrusions into its Unclos 200-mile exclusive economic zone. Shanahan disclosed something new at the forum. He said THE 53 WAS INVESTING HEAVILY IN THE )NDO 0ACIkC REGION TO maintain its military superiority and capability to defend its Asian allies. g4HE)NDO 0ACIkCISOURPRIORITYTHEATER7EAREHEREWHERE we belong. We are investing in this region.� He revealed that the Pentagon has requested $104 billion globally — its biggest ever — for research and development in THENEXTkSCALYEARANDBILLIONINOPERATIONALREADINESS China replied quickly at the Shangri-La forum during a meeting between its Defense Minister Gen. Wei Fenghe and Shanahan on the sidelines of the conference. A Chinese defense ministry spokesman said the two defense secretaries had reached some consensus on issues of common concern, adding that Wei stressed the Taiwan issue during the meeting. China’s ruling Communist Party maintains that Taiwan is part of China. Wei said that on the issue of safeguarding national sovereignty and territorial integrity, the US should not underestimate the determination, will and ability of the Chinese military. As a matter both of principle and prudence, it is welcome and good news that the US has professed keen interest in the )NDO 0ACIkCOR!SIA 0ACIkCREGION4HAT53MOVEISASTATEMENT that no country should delude itself into thinking that it can achieve political objectives by military force. It could also have a moderating effect on any growing militarization efforts amid rival claims in the region.


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Correcting an injustice


T the annual conference of the Philippine Political Science Association (PPSA) recently held at Clark, noted American political scientist Professor Mark Thompson, who was the keynote speaker, made a passing mention of a so-called “very corrupt� chief justice who was impeached during the presidency of Noynoy Aquino. He was obviously referring to the late Chief Justice Renato Corona. This so provoked me that I had to express my dissent in a comment in the live feed that was simultaneously being aired on social media. Had it not been a keynote address where tradition dictates that no questions are fielded from the lOOR  ) WOULD HAVE STOOD UP TO openly contest the speaker’s claim. Fortunately, Professor Thompson took notice of my comment and CLARIkED TO ME IN PERSON DURING the break that he was not person-

ON THE CONTRARY ANTONIO CONTRERAS ally making that claim, but that it should have been in “quotes� as he was simply relating the dominant representation of the late Chief Justice. While I accepted Professor Thompson’s explanation, I am still deeply saddened that until now, this incorrect image of Chief Justice Corona continues to be propagated. Quotation marks notwithstanding, the claim remains as a blight that needs to be excised for it is simply unjust for a man who has not done anything to earn the label of being “very corrupt.� It pains me to ponder

on the fact that while we focus on the alleged corruption of Chief Justice Corona, who even the impeachment trial failed to prove to have unjustly amassed wealth from public coffers, we gloss over the palpable corruption of those who endeavored to convict and remove him. The PPSA conference had the theme “Rethinking Liberalism.� Yet what predominated in it were the teeth-gnashing and intellectual lamentations over how leaders like President Rodrigo Duterte and the Marcoses, and those who thrive in their templates and molds, with labels ranging from the conventional fascist to the more academically esoteric penal populist, have eroded and compromised liberalism and democracy. However, nowhere in this discursive landscape can we find any indictment of the actions of

Noynoy Aquino who, in pursuit of his family’s economic interests in Hacienda Luisita, mobilized his lieutenants in the House and exacted revenge on Chief Justice Corona by impeaching him. In the Senate, it is now well known that Aquino mobilized the DAP funds to amply reward the senators who voted to convict Corona. There are no intellectual ruminations from scholars labeling such acts as assaults on the much-lamented construct of liberal democracy which they believe has been so tarnished by the Marcoses and Dutertes of this world. No scholar is referring to Noynoy Aquino with academic-sounding labels denoting illiberalism, despite the fact that he also corrupted and assaulted liberalism when he used his presidential authority — even authorizing the disbursement of

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Termed-out senators threaten to form Senate majority This hilariously sounds like King Louis 14th’s “L’etat c’est moi.� (I am the state.) This will come to pass if nine termed-out senators, whom Sotto regards as his comrades, decide to coalesce their numbers with the four members of the opposition and one independent senator. The nine termed-out senators are: Sotto, Franklin Drilon, Ralph Recto, Panfilo Lacson, Francis Pangilinan, Pia Cayetano, Lito Lapid, Ramon Revilla Jr. and Aquilino Pimentel 3rd. They can all boast of having served the constitutionally allowed two terms in the Senate, and gone on to win a third, even a fourth term. Sotto and Drilon are now serving a fourth term which the Commission on Elections (Comelec) inexplicably qualified them to run for. The members of the minority are Risa Hontiveros and Leila de Lima, together with Drilon and Pangilinan. Sen. Grace Poe should really caucus with the Liberals, because she is a Yellow at heart, having started her public career as the censors board chairman in the Noynoy Aquino administration, and then magically acquiring natural-born citizenship status through an Aquino-ordered and Lourdes Sereno-executed Supreme Court ruling. Poe has threatened to join the minority if Sotto is replaced, and if she is not installed as Senate blue ribbon committee chair. That is a total of 12 senators, if they can hold together.

administration majority in the Senate, we can be sure that Cayetano, Recto and Pimentel will join this group. Sooner or later, the President will become a partisan in the organization of the Senate. He has major political stakes in the choice of leadership, because the leaders will be crucial in passing the administration’s legislative agenda. If DU30 still has hopes of effecting constitutional reform during his watch, majority control of the Senate is imperative. The chamber must end its reactionary reputation as a place where political reform goes to die.

because as one retired justice has written, a Supreme Court ruling is not “written in stoneâ€?; it can be reviewed and reversed. This leaves an even dozen senaThis has happened often in the tors still uncommitted to Sotto. US; it has also happened here These are: Cynthia Villar, Richard in the Philippines. Gordon, Ronald dela Rosa, LawThe soundness and wisdom rence Go, Nancy Binay, Manny of the original constitutional Pacquiao, Miguel Zubiri, Edprovision for term limits will gardo Angara, Imee Marcos and be affirmed. It will be ruled Win Gatchalian. that Socrates v. Comelec was a The Senate president of the mistake, and that Comelec’s sub18th Congress will most probsequent actions were unthinking ably come from this group. and foolish. The Sotto camp has not been The argument over term limshy about proclaiming its inits will happen in the Supreme tentions and its virtues. Sotto Court. Termed-out senators will openly lusts to remain Senhave to argue on the legitimacy ate president. Drilon hectors of their election to the Senate. freshmen senators to study But they will in the end be deLAWMAKINGkRSTBEFORECOVETING A cry of revulsion clared illegitimate. committee chairmanships in from North to South The Charter framers were right the chamber. Lacson thinks he is worth his weight as a senator. If Sotto and his cohorts succeed THEkRSTTIMEWHENTHEYWROTETHE Not all termed-out senators in inventing themselves as the term limits provisions into the will necessarily jump into Sotto’s new Senate majority, it may not draft of the 1987 Constitution. They lacked the courage of wagon, however. Some will be be entirely a bad thing When the people learn that il- their convictions when they loath to leave the administration majority, notably Pia Cayetano of legally elected, constitutionally QUALIkEDWHATTHEYMEANTBYTHE the Nacionalista Party, Aquilino DISQUALIkED INDIVIDUALS HAVE constitutional text. Based on all these considerPimentel of PDP-Laban, and taken control of the Senate, Ralph Recto, who was elected there will be a cry of revulsion ations, I predict that Senator a Liberal but turned his coat. and protest across the archipel- Sotto’s chances of staying on They will not exchange their ago. What I have been batting as Senate president are close to ambiguous political status for for in so many columns will zero. Look at where ex-CJ Maria membership in an “illegal sena- kNALLYHAPPENTHEFULLREVIEW Lourdes Sereno is now. The transformation of termedtors blocâ€? in the Senate, which and reversal by the Supreme they will be known once the Court of Socrates v. Comelec, out senators into the new Senate coming Supreme Court litigation which ignited the epidemic of majority will not happen unless THEYkRSTSTAGEACOUP gets under way. These senators unconstitutionality. In the next few weeks several The public will soon demand will not relish the prospect of petitions will be filed with the that the payment of salaries BEINGIDENTIkEDBYNAMEINSOME Supreme Court to ask for a full and allowances to termed-out of President Duterte’s patented harangues, which will likely review of Socrates v. Comelec, senators should be stopped. Can happen during the balance of so the constitutional anomaly these people find jobs in the of disqualified senators can private sector? Duterte’s term. The moment President Duterte be corrected. The decision will be reviewed yenmakabenta@yahoo.com takes interest in forming an

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further development of society.� The great ones make history. And EVERY GREAT kGURE IN HISTORY IS BOUND TO be controversial, imperfect, capable of committing both extreme good and evil. Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, Queen Elizabeth, Queen Victoria, Napoleon, Winston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt, LNMB automatically earns the title hero has Mao Zedong, Fidel Castro — these are great cheapened heroism. Heroism, just like any kGURESINHISTORY YETTHEIRGREATNESSALSO verdict, is a product of thoughtful apprecia- casts shadows and their decisions led not tion of a person’s actions in his lifetime, given only to joy but to suffering. It’s possible to both condemn and admire his circumstances. !HEROISACONSEQUENTIALkGUREINHIS- someone. Thus, it’s possible to cry for those tory and not a mere dead body buried in who’ve suffered under the Marcos regime a cemetery called LNMB. The label hero is and feel extreme anger at the man and to be an earned place in history and not a legally indignant over the alleged massive looting during that time, while at the same time allotted lot in a cemetery. Personally, I can’t consider Marcos a admire the man for his vision, achievements, hero; but I consider him a great president. brilliance and cunning. Calling Marcos great Greatness is not a moral judgment. Being is not tantamount to calling him good. And labelled great doesn’t make you a saint or a recognizing his greatness requires coming to paragon of morality. In “The Role of the In- terms with his shadow. In her interview on May 29 with Karen dividual in History,� Russian philosopher Leonid Grinin gives us this explanation of Davila’s ANC show “Headstart,� senatorelect Imee Marcos didn’t deny that miswhat makes a person great: “Owing to his personal features, or to a takes were certainly committed during the chance, or to his social standing, or to the time that her father was in power. There peculiarity of the epoch, an individual by the would really be people who would abuse, very fact of his existence, by his ideas or ac- LIKESOLDIERS CORRUPTOFkCIALS SHESAID.OT tions [or inaction] directly or indirectly, dur- exactly the apology anti-Marcos folks want, ing his lifetime or after his death, may have but coming to terms with the shadow the SUCHANINlUENCEUPONHISOWNORANOTHER regime of her father cast. SOCIETYWHICHCANBERECOGNIZEDSIGNIkCANT What I’m puzzled about in this attempt as he left a noticeable mark (positive, nega- to get an apology from the descendants of tive or unambiguous) in history and in the Marcos is the utter silence to get the same



Meralco says CEO’s statements taken out of context THIS is in reference to the editorial piece published in the Manila Times on May 30, 2019, titled, “Meralco is not above the law.� Your editorial is misleading and erroneous. According to your editorial: “Meralco still seems determined to be allowed to follow its own rules. During Meralco’s annual stockholders’ meeting on Tuesday, Meralco CEO and president Ray Espinosa issued what could be construed as a thinly veiled threat of electricity shortages if the company is compelled to abide by the law. Although Meralco would comply with the Supreme Court ruling, Espinosa said, doing so might delay the construction of the 1,200-megawatt power plant in Atimonan, Quezon, which is badly needed to bolster power supply for Luzon.�

“Espinosa further reinforced suspicions that the company is desperately TRYINGTOkNDWAYSTOAVOIDTHE#30IN SPITE OF A kRM RULING BY THE 3UPREME Court by qualifying Meralco’s compliance. Rather than positively stating that Meralco would adhere to the CSP program, Espinosa said that the company would act ‘once things become clearer’ regarding the CSP.� Nothing is farther from the truth. Mr. Espinosa made no such statements during Meralco’s Annual Stockholders’ Meeting last May 28, 2019. A press briefing was conducted after the meeting. However, no threat of electricity shortages were ever made, or meant, by any of the statements made by Mr. Espinosa and he never said what

you stated in your editorial that “[A]lthough Meralco would comply with the Supreme Court ruling, Espinosa said, doing so might delay the construction of the 1,200-megawatt power plant in Atimonan, Quezon, which is badly needed to bolster power supply for Luzon. � During the press briefing, Mr. Espinosa categorically stated that Meralco “will respect the decision of the Supreme Court and we will heed the direction as well, that we follow the Competitive Selection Process and we will do this as quickly as we can in coordination with and with approval of the Department of Energy.� As for the Atimonan coal project, Mr. Espinosa even emphasized that Meralco

from Juan Ponce Enrile and Fidel Ramos. Enrile was Marcos’ defense minister, while Ramos was the head of the Philippine Constabulary (PC). Acts of torture were associated with the PC while Ramos was at its helm. I still have to watch an interview of Ramos blaming Marcos for the torture committed by the security force under his command. I understand that since the buck ends with Marcos, he was culpable, but those who were implementing Martial Law were also responsible. They love comparing Marcos to Hitler, but everyone involved in the Nazi regime were punished, even those who manned the gas chambers. Yet we don’t see Enrile and Ramos being badgered to apologize for the alleged atrocities they must be directly responsible for. Some say that this is because they were instrumental in the success of the 1986 EDSA upheaval that ousted Marcos. But that wasn’t exactly an apology. It could even be just an opportune moment to be absolved of responsibility. If the spawns of Marcos are being made to answer for the sins of their father, shouldn’t Enrile and Ramos be made accountable for how they implemented Martial Law? Enrile and Ramos are undoubtEDLYGREATPOLITICALkGURES)TSIMPOSSIBLE that that greatness has no shadow. Marcos is dead, these two men are still alive. Before they bid adieu, they should speak up.

srsasot@gmail.com has to go through the Competitive Selection Process already, and that once things become more clear as to the CSP process, then Meralco would act as fast as it can. The news report written by your Ms Jordeene B. Lagare and Ms Angelica Ballesteros last May 29, 2019, to the same effect also took Mr. Espinosa’s statements out of context. Your editorial and news article do not RElECTTHETRUEACCOUNTOFTHEPRESSBRIEkNG that was done in the presence of several credible media entities. Your purposeful omission of the actual statements of our new president and CEO, Atty. Ray C. Espinosa, and the twisted way your editorial was written is clearly intended to malign and cast aspersion on the reputation of -ERALCOANDITSOFkCER This is not how fair reportage should be.

William S. Pamintuan First Vice President Head, Legal and Corporate 'OVERNANCE/FkCE Meralco


Pakistani and Afghan refugees seek safe haven in Sri Lanka tion, and extremism in their own countries, say they were made scapegoats. Bariea has not only had to leave her home with her family to shelter in the crowded mosque but, with her two brothers, forced to drop out of class. “I really miss school; I worry about getting behind in class. Education is my future. I don’t think I can go to school

groups have come and provided us with food and clothes.� 5.(#2S HEAD OF OFkCE IN 3RI ,ANKA  Menique Amarasinghe, said: “Our top priority is to make sure these people are safe and well-protected, and to ensure they can access basic services. “We’ve been extremely grateful to the Sri Lankan government who have

police have provided security and assistance, but facilities are inadequate, with just a handful of toilets shared by the NEGOMBO, Sri Lanka: Thirteen-year-old Bariea, a police and new arrivals. Pakistani asylum seeker in Sri Lanka, is taking It is so hot, that most people have broken shelter at a mosque in the city of Negombo, out in skin rashes and their arms and legs where an uneasy mix of high anxiety and covered in infected mosquito bites. extreme boredom hover over the room. While some in the local community “We just have a few small bags, mostly reacted in anger after the attacks, other clothes,â€? said Bariea. “We thought we Sri Lankans have rallied would only be here for a few round the refugees and days. But now it’s been weeks.â€? asylum seekers who they “We want to leave. We don’t counted as neighbors. feel safe. Pakistan wasn’t safe “People have been geneither ‌. I know many people erous. Some groups have were killed and injured. But it come and provided us with was not our fault.â€? food and clothes. Sri LankAround 1,000 refugees and an people have helped us,â€? asylum seekers like Bariea, said Anisa, an ethnic Hazara most from Pakistan, some from Afghanistan, nursing from Afghanistan, have sought her six month old daughter. shelter in mosques and police She has lived in Sri Lanstations in Negombo and Pasyka for four years and says ala, near the capital Colombo, people were friendly — for the past month. but the attacks changed While many from the local everything. “The owner community stepped in to try of our house told us we and help, they were driven out of could stay, but the neightheir rented homes by others who bours said no. He said accused them of being connected he wouldn’t be able to to bomb attacks on churches and hotels around the country on QThe Amadiyya community center in Pasyala hosts refugees and asylum seekers forced to leave their homes since the April protect us, so we came here, a safe place.â€? Her !PRIL  THAT KILLED  PEOPLE 21 attacks in Sri Lanka. PHOTO BY UNHCR/CAROLINE GLUCK niece, a confident Englishand injured many more. acknowledged their responsibility to speaker, 12-year-old Sadaf, chimes in. As they shelter in the city, which was the now,â€? she says. Her mother, Sehrish, 34, has many care for these people and have been “After the blast, people blamed us and site of one of the church attacks, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is working closely other worries. Her children have all been doing everything they can in really very hated us. It made us really upset.â€? Sadaf used to study at a school supWITH3RI,ANKANAUTHORITIESTOkNDMORE sick with coughs and fevers, and she is six difficult circumstances.â€? 5.(#2 HAS REINFORCED ITS STAFkNG IN ported by UNHCR. But right now she suitable, temporary places to move the months’ pregnant, like several women in families so they can live in dignity and the mosque, and is unable to sleep prop- Sri Lanka to respond to the emergency. It cannot go back to class. “I learnt lots of is working with the authorities and part- things. I need school for a better future SAFETYDURINGTHISDIFkCULTTIME"UTINTHE ERLYINTHECONkNEDSPACE She said she was grateful for the help ner agencies to provide food, medicine, and now I can’t go ‌ it makes me sad. climate of fear following the attacks, it has they have received from UNHCR, its hygiene material, water and sanitation, I think I won’t have a good future. Chilnot been easy. IPS Some of the people displaced from their partners and local Sri Lankan groups, and other basic support to refugees and dren like me are worried.â€? homes in Negombo have already moved but also worried about what will hap- asylum-seekers. A short drive away from the Amadiyya Caroline Gluck is Senior Regional to safer areas. More will be relocated in the pen next. “We are getting assistance, but we cannot live here for much longer,â€? mosque, around 100 Pakistanis and Af- Public Information Officer, UNHCR, coming days. ghans are sheltering in the semi open-air the UN refugee agency. She is based in Family’s like Bariea’s, who sought safety she says. “People have been generous. Some car park at Negombo’s police station. The Bangkok, Thailand. IN3RI,ANKAAFTERlEEINGVIOLENCE PERSECUBY CAROLINE GLUCK



Greatness and its shadow

N “The Century’s Decline,â€? my favorite POET7ISĂ AWA3ZYMBORSKAWROTEg'OD WASkNALLYGOINGTOBELIEVEINAMANBOTH GOOD AND STRONG BUT GOOD AND STRONG are still two different men.â€? A sobering reminder of the human condition, characterized not just by a plurality of beings but also of ineliminable contradictions, wrestling within each individual. One issue that I thought the opposition would exploit during the recent 2019 elections was the burial of Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB). In 2016, after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to allow the late president’s burial at LNMB, the opposition’s hashtag battlecry was “Hukayin,â€? a campaign to exhume his remains. Yet none of the opposition candidates, despite their very anti-Marcos stances, reechoed it. But then again, they might not have done so not only because it would be unpalatable to Filipino culture to exhume someone’s remains, the voters might also be coming to terms with Marcos’ greatness and its shadow. Heroism is a verdict of history. That verdict is a product of an endless dialogue with that person’s life in its totality — mere burial in a cemetery called LNMB does not make one a hero. As I understood the Supreme Court decision, Marcos is being buried there because he was a soldier and a former president. Anyone who thinks that everyone buried at


I take responsibility for Erwin’s outburst       I said so on CNN and I’m reiterating my apology to Bautista and the others who may have been hurt by Erwin’s going out of bounds. The responsibility is mine as a patriarch who has taken over my father, the late Constabulary Col. Ramon S. Tulfo, who taught us to respect authority, as well as humility. Perhaps I have been remiss in my duty of reminding them of our old man’s teachings. I had asked Erwin Sunday night to make an unequivocal public apology to which he willingly agreed. This episode has taught my brothers and I a lesson in humility and how to handle success. As the Good Book says, “He who exalts himself shall be humbled.â€? NNN I sincerely thank the Philippine Marine Corps for providing me with a security detail and have no hard feelings about my Marine bodyguards being withdrawn. My Marine security detail and I have learned lessons from each other; they have taught me the value of discipline and camaraderie in a group while I have taught them compassion and care for the poor and the oppressed. I will sorely miss them, but they are free to come back when they retire from the service. Several Marines who were assigned to me in years past have come back after they retired from the service and are still with me. Loyalty begets loyalty. NNN When President Digong promised investors and donors in Japan that their money was going to be safe in the Philippines, he was very serious. He made that promise at the TH.IKKEI&UTUREOF!SIA#ONFERENCE held last Friday, May 31, in Tokyo. Two days earlier, during a talk after a private dinner he hosted for close friends, associates and military and police generals, he said he would set up an OFkCEWITHINTHE/FkCEOFTHE0RESIDENT to hear concerns or complaints from foreign investors. 4HATOFkCEWOULDALSOBECOMEAONE stop shop based in MalacaĂąang. The President reiterated that announcement when he and I had a private conversation that lasted till the wee hours of the morning of Friday. )TOLDHIMSOMEGOVERNMENTOFkCES‡ save for those at the Department of Trade and Industry — were giving potential foreign investors, especially those from Mainland China, a hard time. g)FYOUREPORTTHOSEOFkCIALSTOME ) will slap them in front of you and the [potential] foreign investors,â€? he told me. NNN Sen. Ping Lacson is on the right TRACK IN SUMMONING OFkCIALS OF THE Bureau of Customs and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) before the Senate’s public order committee over a P1-billion shipment of shabu (crystal meth) that came out of the customs zone. The illegal drugs were found hidden inside aluminum pallets by a winning bidder who bought the shipment from the customs bureau. Customs and PDEA agents explained that the shipment had been released to draw out the owners of the illegal drugs. But Lacson, a veteran intelligence operative when he was with the defunct Philippine Constabulary (PC), found the explanation incredulous. “You don’t have to think to see the holes in the stories fabricated by the OFkCIALSOFTHESEAGENCIES u,ACSONSAID Attaboy, Ping! Give them hell during the Senate hearing. What Lacson is implying is that some 0$%!ANDCUSTOMSOFkCIALSKNEWTHAT the shipment had contraband in it. Republic Act 10863, or the “Customs Modernization Tariff Law,â€? calls for the destruction of seized contraband. The customs bureau has X-ray machines while PDEA has sniff dogs that could have discovered the crystal meth hidden inside the pallets. My little birdies at the customs bureau say that the contraband was accidentally discovered when one of the pallets broke after being dropped from a lifter. The winning bidder immediately informed the customs bureau and PDEA OFTHEkND



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In search of leaders for 18th Congress


OME know-it-alls just don’t get it. Our legislative branch is bicameral, composed of the Senate and the House of Representatives. Their constituencies are different from each other. The Senate has a national constituency, elected at large and individual senators are independent republics, while the House is by district, hence very local in orientation. The Senate is a continuing body while the House of Representatives is not. The Senate as a continuing body is composed of 12 members while all the House members end their terms after three years. That is why the Senate President remains while the Speaker takes a bow. The Senate President holds on to the gavel until he is removed through a MOTIONMADEONTHElOOR Ours is a deliberative democracy. It is built on consensus and compromise, never a dictate of the leadership. Its power is plenary; no decisions are carried without plenary debate and vote. The heart and soul of the legislative maze is the committee system and the controlling rules committee chaired by the majority leader. Quorum is an operative and controlling principle in any deliberative body. Nothing comes through without quorum, and the rules of the chamber are the holy grail in getting things done. Congress is made up of three sessions and by noon of June 30, the

ZILCH MA. LOURDES TIQUIA rite of passage will commence for the 18th Congress of the Republic. Before the 18th Congress can deal with the business of the day, it has to organize and constitute its standing committees and elect their OFkCERS!NDBYTHETHIRD-ONDAY of July, Congress meets in a joint session to receive the President and listen to his SONA. The Senate President needs a vote of 13 senators to remain or for another to assume leadership of the Senate. Among the continuing 12, four are with the Liberal Party, who constitute the minority. There were 12 elected in May 2019, two of whom are independent — Poe and Binay. The Sotto group only needs one from the new senators to constitute the majority. If the so-called new Senate bloc doesn’t play its cards well, it could potentially destroy the present majority in the Senate and create a new minority. Sotto has been in the Senate for 26 years. He has served nine Senate presidents. Sotto is the Senate’s most senior member today. He kRST ENTERED THE LEGISLATIVE BODY in 1992. He had the support of 16 senators when he assumed the leadership of the Senate.

The argument that the No. 1 senator should be Senate President does not hold water in an institution steeped in tradition like the Senate. The No. 1 senators postmartial law were Salonga (1987), Sotto (1992), Macapagal-Arroyo  ,EGARDA DE#ASTRO (2001), Roxas (2004), Legarda (2007), Revilla (2010), Poe (2013), Drilon (2016) and Villar (2019). Of the 10 prior to 2019, only two became Senate presidents: Salonga and Sotto. Salonga was a hands-down favorite coming from the EDSA People Power revolution. Why is being No. 1 not a good criterion for Senate President? Because being No. 1 clouds the amygdala of the person. She or he has more votes than the sitting president of the Republic. And there is no prohibition for a sitting senator to run for the presidency and return to his or her Senate seat if she or he does not make it. Of the 10 top senators, only Macapagal-Arroyo became president by being elected VP in 1998, president by succession in 2001 and president by election in 2004. The other is de Castro who became VP to Macapagal-Arroyo in 2004. Critics of Speaker MacapagalArroyo voiced their “what can she do in so short a time� objections when she was elected Speaker in July 2018. What her critics can’t handle is the fact that as a former president, she knows what it takes and what is needed for

PRRD to succeed with his legislative agenda. PGMA as SGMA was quoted as saying, “I will endeavor to carry out the legislative agenda of PRRD in the lower house.â€? She has presided over the passage of kVE MAJOR PIECES OF LEGISLATION "!2-- 2!   2ICE 4ARIFfication Law (RA 11203), Tax Amnesty Act (RA11213), Universal Health Care (RA11223) and SmallSCALE-INING2EFORM2!  Twelve priority bills of PRRD are awaiting action from the Senate: Security of Tenure Act, Coconut Industry Trust Fund, Department of Disaster and Resilience, Trabaho bill, Fiscal Reform for the Mining Industry, Amending Excise Tax on Alcohol Products, Increasing Excise Tax on Tobacco Products, Reforms in Real Property Valuation and Assessment, Passive Income and Financial Intermediary Taxation Act, Revision to the 1987 Constitution, and Expanding the Scope of Reformation and Rehabilitation OF #HILDREN IN #ONlICT WITH THE Law and Strengthening the Social Reintegration Programs. All these in 68 session days, a record in the history of the House. There is value in having an economist, former senator, VP and president as Speaker of the House. Her work ethic is beyond question, her intellectual powers remain sharp and her ability to get things done complements what PRRD needs to get his reform agenda moving. Do you need

Trump’s Mexico tariffs threaten US economy WASHINGTON C POST WRITERS HICAGO: When it comes to the economy, Donald Trump was born on third base and claims he hit a triple. But now, he seems determined to be thrown out before reaching home. His latest move is threatening to impose tariffs on all goods coming from -EXICO  STARTING AT  PERCENT AND RISING TO  PERCENT IN /CTOBER (E MADE THE announcement Thursday, even as he is asking Congress to approve a new trade deal to keep virtually all tariffs on goods from Mexico at ... zero. It’s a contradiction on the order of pressing one foot on the accelerator while using the other to stomp on the brakes. “Why even have a trade agreement if it means nothing?� former Mexican diplomat Jorge Guajardo asked a reporter for The Washington Post. That’s just one of the questions that will occur to people on Capitol Hill. Others include: Why did the president go to the trouble of negotiating a new free trade deal to replace Nafta if he has no intention of actually practicing free trade? Why would members of Congress bother voting on an accord that he would feel entitled to override? 4HISSTEPCOMESONTOPOFTHE PERCENT tariffs the president has already imposed on Chinese goods, which, contrary to his habitual lies, will be paid by Americans. A new report from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York estimates that Trump’s tax on Chinese imports will cost the average US household $831 a year. That’s not counting the consequences of his taxes on imported steel and aluminum, washing machines and solar panels.


It’s also not counting the burden on American exporters from retaliaGROUP tory tariffs imposed by Beijing. Pork producers and soybean growers saw their sales to China plummet last year, and the effect is likely to be even more painful this year. The administration has admitted as much, promising to compensate farmers with $16 billion in federal aid, on top of the $12 billion it handed out in 2018. The help, farmers say, will fall short of making them whole. It will, however, add to the loss borne by taxpayers, who will suffer twice — once INkNANCINGTHEGOVERNMENTPAYMENTSAND again when they go shopping. The US auto industry stands to suffer because the new tariffs on Mexico will tie knots in their internal supply chains, which involve making and assembling components in both countries. “This would cripple the auto industry,� Torsten Slok, chief economist for Deutsche Bank Securities, told Yahoo Finance. “It would bring car production to a halt pretty quickly.� All these measures could hardly be better engineered to squander the good times that Trump inherited and has so far maintained. Presidents typically have far less impact on the real economy, for good or ill, than the public assumes. But Trump has been doing his best to prove otherwise. Having arrived in the White House during an expansion that was nearly eight years old, Trump has been happy to take credit for something that began under "ARACK/BAMA)NTHEkRSTQUARTEROF  real GDP grew at a strong 3.1 percent clip, which Trump and his allies in Congress


celebrated as proof of his business savvy. It wasn’t. In fact, the economy exceeded that pace as recently as the second quarter OF‡WHEN2EPUBLICANSWEREACCUSING /BAMA OF STIlING GROWTH 4HE $OW *ONES)NDUSTRIAL!VERAGEISUPSOME  points under Trump, on top of the 12,000 it gained under his predecessor. Unemployment fell from 10 percent to 4.7 percent during the Obama years, and it has dropped to 3.6 percent under Trump. The administration and its allies in Congress argue that the recent solid growth is a direct result of the mammoth tax cut enacted in 2017. But a new report by the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service concluded it had “a RELATIVELY SMALL ;IF ANY= kRST YEAR EFFECT on the economy� and that growth has been “in line with the trend in growth� since 2013. Oh, and the tax cut didn’t come close to paying for itself. On economic matters, Trump is an impetuous meddler who brings to mind what Theodore Roosevelt’s daughter Alice Roosevelt Longworth said: “My father always wanted to be the corpse at every funeral, the bride at every wedding and the baby at every christening.� But Trump’s poliCIESARELIKELYTOCONkRMTHAT OFTEN THE best policy is to leave well enough alone. CREATORS.COM

3TEVE #HAPMAN BLOGS AT HTTPWWW CHICAGOTRIBUNECOMNEWSOPINIONCHAPman. Follow him on Twitter @SteveChapMANORATHTTPSWWWFACEBOOKCOM STEVECHAPMAN4OkNDOUTMOREABOUT Steve Chapman and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com.

Correcting an injustice

PUBLICFUNDSTHROUGHTHE$!0‡TOINlUence the process of removing a sitting chief justice who presided over a court that ruled against his family’s interests. Corruption is the use of public funds to pursue personal gain. It behooves us to ask how the Yellow brand of politics and its enablers in academe could not have the courage and energy to label what Aquino did to Renato Corona as a corrupt act that seriously undermined liberal democracy, on the same level as their focusing their energies on exposing Imee Marcos’ alleged acts of dishonesty with respect to her academic credentials. One can only take comfort in the thought that somehow the rules of karma have exacted revenge on behalf of Corona. Maria Lourdes Sereno fell victim to the lowering of the threshold for impeachable offenses, which was used against Corona, WHERE NONkLING OF OR FAULTY STATEMENTS of assets, liabilities and net worth is now A GROUND FOR REMOVAL FROM OFkCE OF AN IMPEACHABLEOFkCIAL&ORMEROMBUDSMAN Conchita Carpio-Morales haughtily waved in front of the impeachment court docu-

ments purportedly showing evidence of Corona’s alleged unexplained wealth in his bank accounts, but which now everyone knows to have been simply a testament to her ignorance in not knowing how to read a record of deposits and withdrawals. This falsehood, for which she never ever apologized, helped cement in the minds of many that Corona must have been “very corrupt.� It enabled the institutions of the State to legitimize his unwarranted removal. Recently, Carpio-Morales’ turn to face karmic justice came, when she was deemed a security threat and denied entry by Hong Kong immigration authorities. Loudly protesting such injustice, the lady must have forgotten how she played a part in the injustice that an irrationally ILLIBERAL!QUINOSTATEINlICTEDON2ENATO Corona, who suffered a fate worse than not being able to visit Disneyland. Corona died a broken man. Even after death, he continues to suffer the pain of being labeled a “very corrupt� Chief Justice even in academic conferences. While some can derive pleasure from

the misfortunes of Sereno and CarpioMorales, these are things that are not only petty, but also do not correct the injustice. Rescinding and reversing the conviction MAYBEIDEAL BUTALSOTECHNICALLYDIFkCULT Retired Associate Justice Arturo Brion has CALLEDFORSOMERECTIkCATIONOFTHEINJUSTICE done to Renato Corona in the form of at least enabling his family to receive his RETIREMENT BENEkTS  A MOVE WHICH SOME House representatives support. Perhaps, returning Senators Pia Cayetano, Lito Lapid and Bong Revilla, who all voted to convict, can help correct the injustice which they had committed. Revilla, particularly, can make amends with history and truly move to redeem himself. After all, he was one of those who spilled THEBEANSABOUTTHEINlUENCEEXERTEDBY Aquino and MalacaĂąang on the senators who rendered the guilty verdict. Acquitted from criminal charges of plunder, he now claims that he is also a victim of injustice. It would be good for his karma to help rectify the injustice done to Renato Corona, in which he played a part.

to be a lawyer to be effective as Speaker? The answer there is a big ‘no.’ Would one need to be a specialist? Again, no. The Speaker we need for the 18th Congress should be a generalist with advanced managerial skills, can command respect of the 297 members, can reach out and obtain a bipartisan support for a major piece of legislation, has earned his spurs, and labored and toiled in the very institution he has served well. He has to be an elder statesman, someone who can dig deep from HISTORY ECONOMIC MODELS AND knancial reports to guide the ship of state in the remaining three years of the Duterte administration. The Speaker is crucial to get the budget passed on schedule and secure the legacy agenda of PRRD. The names being mentioned — Martin Romualdez, Lord Velasco and Alan Peter Cayetano — are lawyers and indeed come from the next generation of leaders. Romualdez is from Leyte, Velasco from Marinduque and Cayetano from Taguig. Romualdez is an old political family dating back to the 1970s. Cayetano is from the 1990s and Velasco is an upstart when compared to the two. He is, however, the son of a former Supreme Court justice and my bias there is that he is from Mimaropa. Marinduque and Mimaropa has not had a Speaker ever. Imagine what he can bring to the province and the region. But there is one that has not

been mentioned and that is Ronaldo B. Zamora, the gentleman from San Juan. Zamora, bar topnotcher in 1969 and TOYM awardee in 1972, started his career in public service in 1978 as a member of the Batasan Pambansa from Metro Manila. He is a former executive secretary to President Estrada, and minority leader in the 14th Congress. Zamora is going on his third and last term in this 18th Congress and won’t be using the position of the Speaker as a launching pad for HIGHEROFkCE:AMORAISNOTAPUPpet of anyone. Though admittedly a member of an oligarchic family, Zamora has the seniority needed for the position of Speaker. He has 24 years of experience as a legislator. He has the spurs to prove so and understands economic and kSCAL ISSUES LIKE THE BACK OF HIS hand. Although a Marcos technocrat, Zamora may just be the compromise candidate for the speakership, a swan song to cap his years in public service. The last three years of PRRD won’t be a walk in the park. He will have to stay the course and would need seasoned hands to help him get the ship across and ready for the next able hands. No, the idea is not to think of 2022 but of 2022 and 9OUNEEDMOREYEARSTOkNish the plans in Mindanao. Eleven of the top 20 poorest provinces are in Mindanao. Complete the plan for Mindanao, we win the war on poverty in the island.

Hong Kong extradition: Who is China targeting?


ONG Kong has been getting an inordinate amount of global attention these days, as is perhaps appropriate for a place that likes to call itself “Asia’s world city.� But it isn’t the kind of publicity most cities want, given the choice. Last week, Britain and Canada issued a rare joint statement voicing concern over Hong Kong’s plan to allow the extradition of suspects to stand trial in mainland China. The communists who run China, of course, are the reason why most Hong Kong families left China INTHEkRSTPLACE “We are concerned about the potential effect of these proposals on the large number of UK and Canadian citizens in (ONG+ONG ONBUSINESSCONkDENCEAND on Hong Kong’s international reputation,� British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt and Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland wrote. “Furthermore, we believe that there is a risk that the proposals could impact negatively on the rights and freedoms set down in the Sino-British Joint Declaration.� The statement came six days after 11 European Union diplomats met Chief Executive Carrie Lam to hand her a formal protest stating human rights concerns over the government’s proposed amendments to Hong Kong’s Fugitive Offenders Ordinance. Two days before that came the news that Germany had granted refugee status to two Hong Kong political activists CHARGEDWITHRIOTING THEkRSTTIME(ONG Kongers were granted asylum anywhere. They had been given permission by a judge to attend an event in Germany and skipped bail. Hong Kong has extradition agreements with 20 countries, but not with mainland China or Taiwan. In the aftermath of a 2018 suspected homicide in Taiwan by a Hong Kong resident, the government this year proposed legislation to allow the extradition to all jurisdictions with which it doesn’t have a treaty. The murder suspect is currently serving a prison term in Hong Kong on related money-laundering charges but will be eligible for release in October. Hence, Hong Kong said there was an urgent need to pass the bill. But the concern within Hong Kong and overseas isn’t with Taiwan but with China, which is notorious for its lack of rule of law. The judicial system is run by the Communist Party and legal procedures aren’t always followed. Years of Hong Kong-mainland talks on a rendition agreement have been fruitless. While Hong Kong has never sent any fugitives to China, the mainland has used an administrative arrangement since 1990 to send 128 fugitive offenders back to

Hong Kong. Meanwhile, hundreds of corruption suspects from the mainland are reportFRANK edly hiding out in CHING Hong Kong, beyond Beijing’s grasp. The new extradition law proposed by Chief Executive Lam will, among other things, enable Beijing to request their extradition. But political activists fear that they may be targeted by China. The abduction of booksellers is cited as evidence of China’s desire to seize political offenders. On corruption, some local businessmen are concerned that their past mainland activities, such as gift-giving or outright bribery when such activities were common, may land them in trouble. Lawmakers, academics and others have called for human rights safeguards in the legislation. Justice Secretary Teresa Cheng responded that, when necessary, the government could “top up protections� without putting safeguards in the bill. This is a surprising stance since Beijing may not take kindly to Hong Kong “topping up� human rights protections where it is concerned. From a diplomatic standpoint, it would be far better to apply high human rights standards across the board. The government has rejected suggestions that it unbundle the Taiwan murder case from its proposal to plug the legal extradition “loophole.� But it has had to make some concessions to the business community. One was that only extradition requests from the central government would be considered, not from provincial authorities, despite the deep provincial involvement in the Hong Kong economy. Ironically, this has rendered unlikely the possibility of sending the murder suspect to Taiwan, since Hong Kong accepts Beijing’s position that Taiwan is a part of China. Taiwan’s cabinet-level Mainland Affairs Council insists that Taiwan be accepted as a sovereign entity for extradition purposes. Now, the Hong Kong government no longer says that the bill must be passed urgently because of the Taiwan case. Recently, Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung said, “the more important point is to GETTHEBILLENACTEDINTHEkRSTPLACE SO that we can have a legal basis to take things forward.� Few believe that if Beijing asks for anyone’s extradition, Hong Kong’s Chief Executive will ever say no. After all, the Basic Law, Hong Kong’s miniconstitution, states clearly that one of the Chief Executive’s functions is “to implement directives issued by the Central People’s Government.�

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Toxic junk sent back to HK T


AGOLO-AN, Misamis Oriental: A shipload of garbage declared as “electronic parts� left the port of the Mindanao International Container Terminal (MICT) at 12 noon on Monday on the cargo vessel SITC Nagoya bound for Hong Kong. John Simon, the customs collector of the MICT sub-port, said ENVIRONMENTALOFkCIALSANDMEMbers of media inspected the trash shipment before the vessel left. “We want the witnesses to know that the cargo [was] 100 percent garbage,� Simon said.

Simon said the cargo was dangerous because of its “very high chemical contents� from “computer junk parts.� The cargo, consigned to Crowd Win Industrial Ltd. Co. in Pasay City, docked at the MICT port in January 2019 with “complete

papers� purportedly coming from the Hong Kong-based company Hin Yuen Tech. Evn. Ltd. Simon said the EcoWaste Coalition coordinated with the Bureau of Customs and joined in the probe along with environmental OFkCIALSINTHEREGION (ESAIDCUSTOMSOFkCIALSFOUND that the papers of the Hong Kong CARGOESWEREkCTITIOUS “The BoC (Bureau of Customs), along with other government line agencies, are now investigating deeper to identify the culprits,� Simon said. During the send-off on Monday, officials of the regional Environmental Management Bureau

(EMB) vowed to make call on Congress to pass a law banning the importation of garbage. “An alert citizenry and law enforcement agencies would deter any attempt by any foreign vessel to unload garbage in any part of the country,� Simon said. He gave assurances that no garbage shipment would be unloaded in the MICT, the port of entry of the industrial estate of Misamis Oriental. On May 14, the BoC sub-port requested the EMB in Northern Mindanao to investigate “municipal waste materials� from Australia, which was consigned to Holcim 0HIL ACEMENTMANUFACTURINGkRM

based in Luga-it, Misamis Oriental. Holcim officials said the m u n i c i p a l wa s t e m a t e r i a l s were processed engineering fuel used in the manufacture of cement products. In its findings, the EMB in Northern Mindanao, said the “municipal waste� from Australia were “pieces of assorted scrap plastics, cellophane, wrappers, chunks of hard plastics, textiles, glass cutlet, soil, stones, wood and other residual waste, which could not be readily recycled.� The BoC recommended the issuance of a warrant of seizure and detention of the 21-ton “municipal town waste� from Australia, now



A student of the Tanzang Luma Elementary School inserts her ID to enter the school on the first day of classes on Monday. With the insertion of the automated ID, a text message is sent to her parents that she has entered the school. PHOTO BY BOY JOSUE

tion of the 120-MW Alimit Plant and the 20-MW Olilicon Plant, while the second phase consists of the construction of the 250-MW Alimit storage facility. g4HECAPITALOUTLAYFORTHEkRSTPHASEISEXPECTED to be between $450 million to $550 million,� Hosillos said. Joseph Yu, SNAP president and chief executive OFkCER SAIDTHEAGREEMENTOUTLINEDTHECOOPERATION  collaboration and obligations between and among SNAP as project proponent and the municipalities as hosts during the development and operation phase of the project. “We believe that meaningful collaboration with our stakeholders and communities can help propel our country toward a more energy-secure future,� Yu said. “We are thankful for the support and trust that the concerned local government units of Ifugao have extended to SNAP and the Alimit Project,� he added. SNAP is a joint venture of .ORWAYS3.0OWERAND!BOITIZ Power. It owns and operates the 360- to 388-MW Magat hydro on the border of Isabela and Ifugao; the 8.5-MW Maris hydro in Isabela; the 105-MW Ambuklao hydro in Benguet; and the 140-MW Binga hydro also in Benguet. Q Local officials and SN Aboitiz Power executives sign the hydro project LEANDER C. DOMINGO agreement. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

LAMUT, Ifugao: Renewable energy provider SN Aboitiz Power (SNAP) and the local government unit here signed a framework agreement for the proposed 390-megawatt (MW), $550-million Alimit Hydropower Complex. Mike Hosillos, SNAP vice president and chief CORPORATESERVICESOFkCER SAIDTHE,AMUTMUNICIPAL council endorsed the project through Resolution 2019-18-041. “With this, all four of the local government units hosting Alimit Hydro, namely the municipalities of Aguinaldo, Lagawe, Lamut and Mayoyao, have SIGNIkEDTHEIRAPPROVALFORWHATISSETTOBE)FUGAOS kRSTLARGE SCALEHYDROPOWERFACILITY u(OSILLOSSAID 4HEkRSTPHASEOFTHEPROJECTENTAILSTHECONSTRUC-

Law creates new Tabuk barangay TABUK CITY, Kalinga: President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law Republic Act (RA) 11328, creating a new barangay (village) in this component city. RA 11328, which Rep. Allen Jesse Mangaoang authored, separates the sitio of Guina-ang, Madopdup, Mallango, Lanlana and San Pablo from Barangay Lacnog; and constitutes them into a separate barangay to be known as Lacnog West. The law, which the President signed on April 17, provides that the separated sitio constituting the

new barangay have an area of about 5,702, 292 square meters. Pursuant to Section 10 of RA 7160, otherwise known as the “Local Government Code of 1991,� Barangay Lacnog West shall exist upon approval by a majority of the VOTESCASTBYTHEQUALIkEDVOTERSOF the barangay in a plebiscite to be conducted and supervised by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in the affected area, not later than 120 days from the effectivity of the law.

The law also provides that the Tabuk city government will provide the funds for the plebiscite; and that THEkRSTSETOFBARANGAYOFkCIALSOF Barangay Lacnog West shall be appointed by the provincial governor, ANDHOLDOFkCEUNTILSUCHTIMETHAT their successors shall have been duly ELECTEDANDQUALIkED Based on the approved law, all public infrastructure and facilities for public use existing at the time of the approval of the act will be transferred without cost or compensation

to and shall be administered by the new barangay. Mangaoang said Lacnog West would be the 43rd barangay of Tabuk City. The Regional Development Council is eyeing Tabuk City as the future regional center of the Cordillera. It has vast tracks of lands that could be developed into industrial and commercial sites to entice investors to consider the Cordillera as one of their investment hubs. DEXTER A. SEE

BFAR, PCG apprehend Vietnamese poachers TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan: Two VietNAMESE kSHING VESSELS WERE APprehended by personnel of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in the Calayan Group of Islands in this province. Nelson Bien, BFAR Region 2 DIRECTOR  IDENTIkED THE VESSELS AS BD-96821-TS and BD-95115-TS, which were manned by 10 Viet-

namese and were apprehended at dawn on Saturday. Chruschev Paul de Peralta, BFAR Region 2 fishery law enforcers team leader, said the vessels were CAUGHTkSHINGINTHEAREA He said the Vietnamese with their vessels were taken to Port Irene in Sta. Ana town for processing. “We found in the vessel assorted kSHCATCH MOSTLYYELLOWkNTUNA 

Nationinbriefs MALOLOS GETS 100 E-TRIKES FROM DOE THE City Government of Malolos received 100 electric trikes or e-trikes from the Department of Energy, which would be assigned to the city’s Tourism Office, according to Malolos Mayor Christian Natividad. The units will be used to bring tourists to historic sites in the city. “For example, a tourist drop off at the Barasoain Church patio from their bus, they can take the e-trike to Casa Real; Kamistisuhan District, where homeowners are located in the offices of the First Republic; the houses of Kadalagahan ng Malolos; Cathedral-Basilica of Malolos; and the historical Barasaoain Church,� said Armando Sta. Ana, city tourism officer. Since 2011, the Malolos City Tourism Office has built a city’s Heritage Tourism Package where the “Lakbay-History� is a destination for tourists from Barasoain to the Malolos neighborhood. FREDERICK SILVERIO

APAYAO IS 2ND BEST PERFORMING PROVINCE IN TB TESTING LUNA, Apayao: The Province of Apayao bagged the silver medal during the “Race to End TB Program� at the 7th Union Asia Pacific Regional Conference for being the second best

shark, blue marlin and dorado, with an estimated value of more than P80,000,� de Peralta said. BFAR officials filed a complaint against the foreign fishers at the Provincial Prosecution Office in Aparri town for poaching, obstruction of fishery law enforcer, and taking of rare, threatened and endangered species all under Republic Act 10654.

being held in the stockyard of the Phividec Industrial Estate in Tagolo-an. Simon said the trash shipment would not be transported anywhere until some legal issues were settled. Last year, garbage from South Korea declared as recyclable materials was intercepted. Simon said the BoC sent back 50 vans of garbage to South Korea. Last week, the Canadian government took back the more than 60-vans of garbage it sent to the Philippines six years ago after the President threatened to sever ties with Canada if the toxic materials were not taken back.

!CCORDING TO OFkCIALS  THE ACcused would be arraigned tomorrow, and then committed to the provincial jail in Aparri. g)FTHECOURTkNDSTHEACCUSED guilty, their vessel will be conkSCATED IN FAVOR OF THE GOVERNment and used for researches or awarded to fisherfolk associations,� Bien said. LEANDER C. DOMINGO AND RAFFY AYENG

performing province in the country in tuberculosis (TB) testing. The event was held recently at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City. The Department of Health-Cordillera Administrative Region Officer in Charge and Regional Director Amelita Pangilinan commended Apayao for its superb performance, as it bested 80 provinces nationwide. She asked for the support of everyone, particularly those who are in the government to efficiently implement the programs of the Health department to put an end to TB. DEXTER A. SEE

ALLEGED GUN RUNNERS FALL IN MUNTINLUPA  Police arrested two alleged gun runners in Muntinlupa City believed to have shot a police officer assigned at the Philippine National Police headquarters, a police official said Monday. Virgilio Baldrias, 32, was arrested on Sunday after he avoided a police checkpoint. Police Capt. John Henry Castrillo said when he confronted Baldrias, the latter tried to draw a gun, but was stopped by another police officer. Baldrias led the police to the safehouse of Fab Curitana, 21, also known as “Ace Lopena,â€? Muntinlupa City’s fifth most wanted person. Police seized from him two 9mm pistol loaded with 11 bullets, a Caliber .38 revolver and a Yamaha Nmax motorcycle. Investigation showed that the suspects were behind the shooting of Police Senior Master Sergeant Rodolfo Suson Mondragon Jr. in ParaĂąaque City. NEIL JAYSON N. SERVALLOS

Duterte to officials: Monitor Taal Lake PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte TASKED GOVERNMENT OFkCIALS TO MITIGATE THE EFFECTS OF THE kSH KILL THAT DECIMATED kSH STOCKS in Taal Lake, MalacaĂąang said on Monday. According to reports, at least 605 tons of tilapia died in what the Department of Environment and Natural Resources described AS THE WORST kSH KILL TO HIT THE industry. Palace spokesman Salvador Panelo said Duterte directed concerned government offices to closely monitor the situation,

especially the water quality in the lake. “He also required the ofkCIALS CONCERNED TO UNDERTAKE measures to mitigate the impact of the natural phenomenon,â€? Panelo said. !CCORDINGTOkSHERIESEXPERTS  THEkSHKILLWASCAUSEDBYSULFUR upswelling, which was triggered by the strong Amihan winds that accompanied extreme temperature drop, courtesy of the El NiĂąo phenomenon. RALPH EDWIN U. VILLANUEVA

Hontiveros seeks probe of labor leader’s slay SEN. Maria Theresia “Risa� Hontiveros on Monday condemned the killing of labor leader Dennis Sequena, who was shot dead in Barangay Bunga, Tanza, Cavite on Sunday. Sequena was the fifth nominee of Partido Mangaggawa (PM). Hontiveros filed Senate Resolution 1062, urging the Senate to investigate the killing of Sequena and other labor leaders and organizers. “I am deeply saddened by the murder of our fellow advocate Dennis Sequena, who lived his life advocating for Filipino workers and their families. We hope that the authorities are doing their best to bring peace and justice to the Sequena family,� she said “We have seen a pattern of intentional attacks on our laborers and farmers. We have been

unable to protect our workers from the onset of this culture of violence and impunity enabled by the administration,� she added. Hontiveros recalled the 2016 shooting of a PM trade union leader, 35-year-old Orlando Abangan and the 2018 strafing incident in Barangay Bulanon, Sagay City in Negros Occidental, where nine workers affiliated with the National Federation of Sugar Workers were killed. “The Philippines is a signatory to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and is bound to protect the right to life of every human being. The right of our workers to organize themselves to rally for their quality of living should not come at the cost of their freedom and most importantly, their lives,� Hontiveros said. JAVIER JOE ISMAEL



TUESDAY June 4, 2019

CA perpetually bans Junjun Binay T



In a consolidated decision, dated May 28, 2019, the CA found Binay guilty of serious dishonesty, grave misconduct and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service in the criminal case covering Phase 4 of the Makati Science High School (MSHS) Building. The decision was penned by Associate Justice Ronaldo Roberto Martin and concurred in by Associate Justices Ramon Bato Jr. and

Ramon Cruz. The appeals court, however, dismissed the three administrative complaints against Binay on the basis of the condonation doctrine. Binay was meted “the penalty of dismissal from service which shall carry with it all accessory penalties as provided in the 10 July 2017 joint decision and 8 December 2017 joint order.� 4HE/FkCEOFTHE/MBUSDMAN

had accused Binay of conspiring WITHOTHERCITYOFkCIALSANDPRIVATE individuals to manipulate the procurement for a 10-story MSHS building. According to the Ombudsman’s investigation, the contract for the project was awarded to Hillmarc’s Construction Corp. despite irregularities, which included the placement of sham “invitation to bid� announcements in national daily newspapers. The contract allegedly included the construction of a four-story dormitory, but the structure was never built. In its decision, the CA held that the advertisement and posting requirement was not complied with. “As previously mentioned, RA (Republic Act) 9184 requires that, in line with the principle

of transparency and competitiveness, all invitations to bid for contracts under competitive bidding shall be advertised by the procuring entity in such manner and for such length of time as may be necessary under the circumstances, in order to ensure the widest possible dissemination thereof,� it said. Meanwhile, petitioner Eleno Mendoza was found “administratively liable for simple misconduct only and is meted the penalty of suspension of six months without pay.� “In all other respects, the 10 July 2017 joint decision and 8 $ECEMBERJOINTORDERkNDING the rest of the petitioners guilty of serious dishonesty, grave misconduct and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service are AFkRMED uTHE#!SAID

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Courts consolidate Dengvaxia cases SEVERAL Quezon City (QC) courts have moved to consolidate civil DAMAGE SUITS kLED AGAINST 3ANOk Pharmaceutical Inc., the maker of the Dengvaxia vaccine, and its Philippine distributor Zuellig Pharma Corp. for allegedly causing the death of more than 130 victims, mostly children. QC Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 84 Judge Luisito Cortez issued two separate orders granting the motions to consolidate the cases kLEDBYTHEPARENTSOF3HIELA-AE Guerra and Aejay Bautista against the French drug maker and its local distributor. “In the motion for consolidation, the plaintiff alleged, among others, that the instant complaint arose from the same series of events, involves identical issues in the Regional Trial Court of Quezon City, Branch 226. In addition, the consolidation for trial of the instant case of similar nature arising from the same series of events and to be proven by substantially the same evidence, a situation that is inimical to the orderly administration of justice,� one of the orders read. QC RTC Branch 104 Judge Catherine Manondon also granted the MOTIONSFORCONSOLIDATIONkLEDBY the kin of Trishanne Casona, et al.; Vicente Arugay, et al.; Kianah Mae Racuya, et al., and Christine Mae de Guzman, et al. through the Public !TTORNEYS/FkCE0!/  Branch 215 Judge Rafael Hipolito

also followed suit, directing the transfer of the civil complaints kLEDBYTHEHEIRSOF'ILLIANE2OSAL Vasquez, et al. and Micaella Kayla Mainit, et al. to Branch 226. Meanwhile, Branch 100 Judge Editha Mina Aguba also allowed the CONSOLIDATIONOFCASESkLEDBYTHE parents of Annaliza Silverio, as well as Branch 220 Judge Jose Paneda in favor of the heirs of Christine Joy Asuncion. Judge Madonna Echiverri of Branch 81 also allowed the transfer OFTHECASEkLEDBYTHEPARENTSOF Adeline Castroverde to Branch 226 FOR THE PROMOTION OF AN EFkCIENT dispensation of justice. In May, Branch 226 Judge ManUEL3TA#RUZ*RDENIED3ANOkAND Zuellig’s motions to dismiss the CIVILCASEkLEDBYTHEKINOF!BBIE Hedia, a 13-year-old student who died of septic shock on Feb. 10, 2018 allegedly after receiving Dengvaxia vaccine shots. PAO, which handles the cases in favor of the victims, welcomed the moves of the court. It said the consolidation of cases would expedite the hearing of the cases. In November 2017, Sanofi warned that Dengvaxia puts at risk children who had not been exposed to the dengue virus 1. By then, 891,295 children have been inoculated with the anti-dengue vaccine under the government’s massive immunization program. JAIME R. PILAPIL

Collector of Customs ‘tara’ arrested


Members of various groups hold a rally at Mendiola bridge in Manila to protest the plan to make the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps mandatory. President Rodrigo Duterte has certified the ROTC bill urgent. (Story on page 3) PHOTO BY GERARD SEGUIA


Legal basis needed to ditch Smartmatic

right now, had nothing to do with the counting of votes,â€? Comelec spokesman James Jimenez told reporters following a House of Representatives hearing on glitches that marred the May 13 midterm elections. “The issue goes beyond just that ‌ Kailangan nating sundin ‘yung proseso (We need to follow the process),â€? he added. Duterte last week told Filipinos in Japan that he did not want Smartmatic, which had been involved in the past four automated elections, to be around in 2022 when Filipinos choose a new

president. “I would like to advise Comelec‌ dispose of that Smartmatic and look for a new one that is free of fraud,â€? Duterte said last Thursday, as he pointed to cheating claims by the opposition after May 13 and lost votes in the 2016 presidential polls that he won. Jimenez said Duterte’s remarks did not mean that fraud had been committed. “Hindi niya tinutukoy na meron talaga, [sinasabi niya lang na] kailangan walang ganoong klaseng pagdududa (Duterte did not in-

dicate that there was fraud; he is only saying that no one should cast doubt on the electoral process). And we agree with that,� he said. At the House hearing, Minority Leader Danilo Suarez zeroed in on malfunctioning vote counting machine provided by Smartmatic. This was echoed by Senior Deputy Minority Leader Lito Atienza who claimed that Smartmatic’s system was “old, broken and defective.� To further ensure transparency, party-list Representatives Ariel Casilao of Anakpawis and Carlos Zarate of Bayan Muna called for

a hybrid system where votes are manually counted at the precinct level and then automatically canvassed. The Comelec, meanwhile, also said that it would review the ballot format given complaints that the placement of party-list choices at the back had led to fewer votes this year. AKO Bicol Party-list Rep. Alfredo Garbin noted that only 27 million out of 63 million registered voters cast votes for party-lists, 9 million less than the 36 million in 2016. GLEE JALEA

AN employee of the Bureau of Customs (BoC) is in hot water following the arrest of his alleged courier of “taraâ€? or grease money by military operatives assigned at the Customs Intelligence Division. The suspected courier, Xavier Daniele Gabriel, 19, was nabbed by authorities inside the Port of Manila (PoM) while wearing an expired BoC ID valid only until March 1, 2019. Found in Gabriel’s possession was an undetermined large amount of cash, deposit slips and four passbooks, all in the name of Renly TiĂąana, alias “Empoy,â€? a Customs employee assigned at the PoM.  BoC spokesman Erastus Sandino Austria and PoM Collector Rhea Gregorio on Monday both confirmed to The Manila Times that TiĂąana was an employee of the BoC assigned at the Public/Private Warehouse Division of the PoM. According to the Intelligence Division, Gabriel acted as the courier of TiĂąana in

delivering cash for bank deposits. Gregorio said TiĂąana had been relieved of his post, pending results of an investigation. The arrest of TiĂąana’s alleged courier bolstered the exposĂŠ of Sen. Panfilo Lacson that corruption remained rampant at the Customs bureau. He, however, said Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero “remained untainted by corruption.â€? “Despite my exposĂŠ on the massive corruption inside the Bureau of Customs, much to my dismay, I was informed just recently that the tara system has not been, by any chance, suppressed,â€? Lacson said in a recent privilege speech. Lacson also criticized the BoC and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency over the auction of a tapioca starch shipment that contained P1.8 billion worth of shabu. WILLIAM B. DEPASUPIL


Visa-free travel stay‌ so, they left the Philippines out. But the dynamics has changed now. “From what the way we understand it is that 38 to 40 percent of residents in Metro Manila are in the middle income area. And these people are going to Guam and‌ [are] able to go back home when they are done and not be overstaying,â€? he said. “[T]he [current] governor of

Guam, Lou Leon Guerrero, and Lt. Gov. Josh Tenorio [have] this very high in the radar. “They think that the opportunity is here now for Filipinos to lYTO'UAM GETONAPLANEUPTO 90 days stay in Guam, much like the other countries around us, and enjoy meeting their families and their friends there just to visit and buy US goods,� he said.


Iguodala lifts Warriors over Raptors to level NBA Finals FOURTHINkVESEASONS THE7ARRIORS knotted the best-of-seven series at 1-1 ahead of games three and four on Wednesday and Friday in California. With former US President Barack Obama in the crowd, Golden State trailed by 12 points in the second QUARTER  MADE THE kRST  POINTS of the third and led by as much as 72-59. Toronto rallied, holding the Warriors scoreless for more than 5:30 only to fall short on the last of 2015 NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Iguodala’s eight points. “His play in the second half was really inspiring at both ends. He did a fantastic job,� Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “He has hit a lot of BIGSHOTSINTHEkNALSBEFORE SOHE

was unfazed. “I think he sensed that we needed his production in that second half and he came alive.� Klay Thompson led the Warriors with 25 points while Stephen Curry added 23 and Draymond Green contributed 17 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists. Kawhi Leonard scored a gamehigh 34 points for Toronto and added 14 rebounds while Raptors reserve Fred VanVleet netted 17 points. Golden State suffered injuries to Thompson and Kevon Looney, Curry battled dehydration and Iguodala’s heroics came despite a leg injury. “We’ve been through a lot. We’ve battled through injuries,� Iguodala said. “It’s a mindset. You go play. Not saying it’s smart, but you only

have about a week left to gut it out and see if you can help the team.� It left reserves to play key roles in the triumph. “It was a great win,� Kerr said. “We got to go home and protect our HOMElOORANDWELLSEEABOUTALL the injuries. But I’m very proud of our team. It was a hell of an effort from the bench.� The Warriors were again without top scorer Kevin Durant but the forward is expected back soon after missing seven games with a right calf strain. Victory was vital for Golden State. Of 34 teams that fell behind 0-2 in the NBA Finals, only four rallied to win the crown. The Warriors have now won at least once on the road in 23 consecutive playoff series.

and didn’t hold enough composure. “They did a really good job of getting out of there with speed and a lot Kyle Lowry and Danny Green made of those were just probably mistakes 3-pointers to pull the Raptors, in the by us or just a half step too slow.� kRSTkNALSOFTHEIR SEASONHISTORY  FROMA POINTDEkCITTOWITHIN Golden 18-0 run 88 early in the fourth quarter. Reserve Quinn Cook answered with back-to-back 3-pointers to Toronto seized a 47-35 lead but ignite a 14-6 Golden State run that #URRY WHOMISSEDHISkRSTSIXSHOTS  stretched the Warriors’ lead to 106- scored 15 of the Warriors’ last 17 second-quarter points and Golden 94 with 5:39 to play. Three Leonard free throws pulled the 3TATETRIMMEDTHEHALF TIMEDEkCIT Raptors within 106-101 with 68 seconds to 59-54. “Just staying in the game at the remaining and Danny Green sank a end of the second quarter was 3-pointer to lift the Raptors within two very important,� Kerr said. “The with 26 seconds remaining. place was going nuts, we couldn’t “I’m really proud of our guys score, and Steph and Klay both got FOR kGHTING AND BATTLING u 2APTORS loose. We could kind of breathe at coach Nick Nurse said. “They were halftime. obviously a little more aggressive. “Our guys felt renewed life at that We were just a little bit impatient

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point and came out and just had a great run to take control of the game AND WE WERE ABLE TO kNISH IT OUT from there.� Golden State opened the second half on an 18-0 run to seize a 72-59 lead, aided by the Raptors missing THEIR kRST NINE SHOTS OF THE THIRD quarter and committing seven turnovers in the pivotal span. “We held them to 37 percent and forced 15 turnovers,� Kerr said. “It was championship defense and that’s what it’s going to take.� Thompson scored seven consecuTIVEPOINTSAND)GUODALAADDEDkVE in the crucial run. “We got stops,� Draymond Green said. “That’s our best offense when we’re getting stops and we’re pushing the ball in transition. It was big � AFP

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PH manufacturing growth rises in May BY ANNA LEAH E. GONZALES


ANUFACTURING companies in the country saw their operations improve last month as the accelerated growth in new orders encouraged businesses to increase production, an IHS Markit/Nikkei survey found.

Results of the survey released on Monday showed that the seasonally adjusted manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) climbed to 51.2 in May from 50.9 in April, signaling a “modest, but stronger, improvement in the health of the manufacturing sector.� The PMI is a composite index that represents the weighted average of new orders,

output, employment, suppliers’ delivery time and stocks. Readings above 50 signal an expansion; below that, a contraction. $ESPITETHEIMPROVEMENT THELATESTkGure is still lower than the 51.5 registered in March, 51.9 in February and 51.7 in January, as well as 53.7 in May 2018. “Filipino goods producers reported an

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“Investors are probably anticipating the positive impact of a slower May inlATION SIGNALINGMORESUPPORTFORMORE monetary easing in the next coming months,� Union Bank of the Philippines chief economist Carlo Asuncion said in a comment. “This particular driver may have

resonated more [with] investors than the protracted trade issues between US and China, and more recently, between the US and its neighbor Mexico‌� he added. Earlier, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas SAIDINlATIONLIKELYEASEDTOASLOWAS percent or picked up to 3.6 percent in

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The benchmark Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) climbed by as much as 2.13 percent or 169.72 points to 8,139.74 at intraday trading, but a last-minute selloff pared gains to end the day just up by 1.44 percent or 114.86 points to 8,084.88. The last time the

index hit the 8,000 territory was on May 2, when it settled at 8,001.57. The broader All Shares, meanwhile, inched up by 1 percent or 48.64 points to end at 4,939.01. Eastern Securities Development Corp. trader Jayniel

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Minigrids to speed up total PH electrification M BY JORDEENE B. LAGARE

INIGRIDS can help the government accelerate its goal of energizing every HOUSEHOLDINTHE0HILIPPINES ANOFkCIAL of the Renewable Energy Association of the Philippines (REAP) said on Monday. “Minigrid system will play an important role in ensuring and acCELERATINGTHETOTALELECTRIkCATION of the country. Being an archipelagic country, centralized power generation can be challenging if not costly,� REAP President Erel Narida said. Narida said Sabang Renewable Energy Corp.’s (SREC) hybrid power plant in Palawan province, which went online in April this year, will be suitable for elecTRIkCATION 4HE PROJECT IS COMprised of a 1.4-megawatt peak

(MWp) solar photovoltaic (PV) plant with a 2.3-megawatt per hour battery storage system and 1.2-megawatt diesel generators to power its 14-circuit-kilometer distribution facility. SREC — an RE developer composed of WEnergy Global, Gigawatt Power Inc. and Vivant Corp. — earlier said this system has allowed them to provide an average of 50 percent of clean energy to the grid. 4HIS IS THE kRST HYBRID POWERED microgrid in the country approved

by the Department of Energy (DoE) and the Energy Regulatory ComMISSION AND IS ALSO THE kRST SUCH microgrid in Southeast Asia. Narida said the consortium has showcased such integration or HYBRIDIZATION OF 2%  SPECIkCALLY solar, battery and diesel genset as back-up for power generation which, according to him, is “more socially and environmentally acceptable due to reduced running time of diesel genset, and primary source of power is RE.� “Very encouraging for local minigrid developers to follow suit. The next challenge is to accelerate replication with more participation of local SMEs (Small and medium-sized enterprises) in the RE market space. The easing of regulations, access to funds , adaption of new RE technologies on integration and understanding

the market both economics and social dynamics on island mini grid are key factors that we have to look into to accelerate this development,� he added. Citing data from the Department of Energy (DoE), Narida reported that about 88.3 percent or 2.78 million households still have no access to electricity as of December 2017. “Most of these households are located in Visayas and Mindanao, mostly small islands, either underserved using expensive diesel genset (generator sets) with limited operating or totally unserved. Minigrid system can utilize the indigenous, new and renewable energy like solar, wind, hydro, biomass or ocean in power generation that will eventually reduce our dependence on diesel or imported energy,� he added.

TO boost participation of local small investors (LSI) to initial public offering (IPO) shares, the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) has rolled out its online IPO subscription program. Through the PSE Easy (Electronic Allocation System), LSIs may take part in the program by creating an account on PSE Easy website that must be confirmed by the stock brokerage firm where the investor has an account. PSE President and Chief Executive Officer Ramon Monzon said in a statement on Monday the program is in response to LSIs low take-up in IPO shares that never reached 2 percent. Monzon cited previous manual process where an LSI has to go to designated IPO kiosks in select Metro Manila malls to subscribe. In September last year, the bourse also revised rules for LSIs, which among others, increased maximum IPO subscription from small investors to P100,000 from P25,000. The PSE secured the approval of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for the latter. SEC also required companies to


with China and force Beijing to undertake economic reforms, accusing it of seeking to dominate global industries with unfair state subsidies and of acquiring American technology through theft or forced transfers. Since then, the world’s two largest economics have exchanged tit-for-tat tariffs on two-way trade worth hundreds of billions of dollars. While both sides have sought to find a resolution through several rounds of negotiations, they appear to have stalled after the latest meetings ended without a deal. Meanwhile, output growth moderately increased during the month, WITH  PERCENT OF kRMS REPORTING expanded output. “According to panelists, this was linked to a stronger rise in new orders, as well as new products and branch openings,� the report said. New orders received by manuFACTURINGkRMSWERETHEHIGHESTIN

four months, although they were still weaker than the series average. “Firms commented on acquiring new customers and product launches, leading to the uplift in sales,� IHS Markit/Nikkei said. The seasonally adjusted new export orders index, on the other hand, rose above 50, which IHS Markit/Nikkei said followed the joint-quickest drop in export orders in the survey’s history in April. Greater demand from foreign customers was cited as the main reason for the increase. According to IHS Markit/Nikkei, supply-side pressures also continued to ease during the month as lead times on inputs shortened. The easing port congestion allowed suppliers to deliver goods on schedule. The survey, however, noted that employment fell at the sharpest rate in 15 months. g/FTHEkRMSGIVINGANECDOTALREA-

sons, the majority mentioned a number of resignations. Overall, this marked the third successive fall in job numbers, although March and April data indicated only fractional reductions,� it said. In terms of prices, the report revealed that price pressures “remained subdued� during the month. g4HERATEOFINPUTPRICEINlATION edged down to the weakest in 39 months, while some panelists mentioned increased agricultural prices due to [the] recent weather disruption. Firms, meanwhile, elevated selling charges at the fastest pace since January,� it said. The report also said business sentiment toward the year ahead ALSOIMPROVED ASPERCENTOFkRMS projected an increase in activity in the next 12 months. This, IHS Markit/Nikkei said, was due to the growth in new orders, both domestically and overseas, and new stores and product launches. WITH AFP

Corp. and Filinvest Land Inc. were among the most actively traded issues during the day. In a market note, brokerage kRM0HILSTOCKS&INANCIAL)NCSAID optimism was boosted by the RRR reduction and expectations that INlATION RATE WOULD LAND WITHIN target. The first RRR cut, which the "ANGKO 3ENTRAL NG 0ILIPINAS kRST announced in mid-May and amounting to 100 basis points (bps), took effect last Friday. Further cuts of 50 bps each are

expected on June 28 and July 26. Meanwhile, the central bank sees INlATIONFOR-AYTOSETTLEBETWEEN 2.8 percent and 3.6 percent. It cited higher jeepney fares in Central Visayas as having helped with the upside pressure, but this may have been tempered by lower rice and domestic oil prices, alongside the downward adjustment in electricity rates. /FkCIALDATAWILLBEANNOUNCED by the Philippine Statistics Authority on June 5, also a holiday to mark the Eid’l Fitr or the end of Ramadan.

In contrast, most of the bourse’s regional peers saw drops. Tokyo fell 0.9 percent, Shanghai dropped 0.3 percent. Sydney lost 1.2 percent and Singapore edged down 0.1 percent, while Hong Kong ended flat. Only Seoul was the exception, rising 1.3 percent. !LL SECTORAL INDICES kNISHED IN the green territory. More than 1.3 billion issues were traded valued at P10 billion. Winners outmatched losers, 120 to 72, while 48 issues were unchanged. ANGELICA BALLESTEROS

PH, SKorea launch FTA talks PH IMPROVED economic relation is seen between the Philippines and South Korea as the two countries formally signed on Monday an agreement to begin negotiations on free trade deal. In a joint statement sent to reporters on Monday, trade ministers of both countries noted that they “afkRMEDTHEIRCOMMONGOALTOACHIEVE a comprehensive and future-oriented free trade agreement (FTA).� The statement was signed by Korean Trade Minister Yoo Myunghee and Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez in Seoul, Korea. Both countries recognized the “complementarity ... and the sigNIkCANTPOTENTIALTOFURTHERADVANCE economic relations by enhancing TRADEANDINVESTMENTlOWSBETWEEN them through, among others, removal of impediments to slower trade and creation of business and investment opportunities.� The trade ministers also aimed to “create more favorable conditions ANDSUBSTANTIALBENEkTSTOEXPORTers, investors, industries, work force, and [micro, small and medium enterprises] of their two countries.� The FTA talks are eyed to conclude by November this year, which is around the same time for the 2019 Korea-Association of Southeast Asian Nation Commemorative Summit. On the sidelines of the FTA NEGOTIATIONSLAUNCH THEkRSTMEETing for the Joint Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation (JCTEC) between the Philippines and South Korea was held as well. “The JCTEC is equally important as it will tackle a broader perspective of economic cooperation

between the two countries,� Lopez said in a statement. Lopez was also set to hold talks WITH3OUTH+OREANkRMEXECUTIVES coming from industries such as infrastructure and energy about possible business opportunities in the Philippines. During the ministerial meeting in April, both parties agreed to pursue a bilateral FTA to enhance market access for products and services. The FTA is also seen to open more opportunities for investment and collaboration for research and development, among others. Recently, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said tariffs on electric vehicle parts from South Korea might be removed in exchange for easier market access for Philippine agricultural products. “Number one [for us] would be agricultural products, not just bananas,� DTI Undersecretary Rodolfo Ceferino said in an earlier interview. Philippine banana exports to South Korea currently have a 30 percent tariff. Rodolfo said DTI could also help to develop infrastructures for electric vehicles, such as production facility and charging station, PROVIDEDTHATTHEINTERESTEDkRMS have the capacity to do so. Last year, merchandise trade between the two countries amounted to $13.7 billion, making South KoREATHE0HILIPPINESkFTHLARGESTTRADing partner. Most of the exports of the Philippines to South Korea were bananas, pineapples and copper. Investment pledges — mostly on real estate and manufacturing — from South Korea reached $35.79 million last year. TYRONE C. PIAD

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improved picture in May, as output growth strengthened amid a sharper increase in new orders,� IHS Markit economist David Owen said. “Firms were helped by a rise in foreign demand for only the second time since last September as the GLOBALTRADEWARINTENSIkCATIONLED to weaker export conditions. This should ease some nerves in the wake of further tariffs announced by the US and China,� he added. His statement comes after China hit $60 billion worth of US goods with new punitive tariffs ranging from 5 to 25 percent, in retaliation for Washington raising duty on $200 billion in Chinese goods to 25 percent. US President Donald Trump launched the trade war last year in ABIDTOREDUCETHE53TRADEDEkCIT


PSEi country last week. “That support‌[boosted] our local index, especially the property sector,â€? Manuel said. The property index was a notable gainer, having increased by 3.29 percent, making it the highest among the sectoral indices. Real-estate developers Ayala Land Inc., SM Prime Holdings Inc., Megaworld Corp., Robinsons Land

allot 10 percent of the entire IPO to LSIs and that issuers should prioritize subscriptions with allocations worth less than P100,000. “We noted that most of our investors now trade online and they are very savvy when it comes to using mobile applications. We want to continue leveraging on technology to make investing in offerings particularly in an IPO readily available to them,� Monzon said. SEC said it would officially introduce the PSE Easy program in the third quarter of the year, which includes all functions such as submission of LSI subscription forms, updating of LSI subscription such as adding or reducing shares, prompts when there is an upcoming or ongoing IPO or when there are other relevant updates. Last year, the PSE announced it was launching new programs and products to increase public participation in the stock market. Other products include the Real Estate Investment Trust or REITs as well as short selling of securities. ANGELICA BALLESTEROS

Employers’ ruthless performance evaluation system M

Y EXPERIENCE in the academe and the corporate world gave me a contrasting view on how performance appraisal system can be used to measure the performance of students and employees. In the academe, students could take revenge against teachers for giving them poor grades. Shortly before THEkNALEXAMINATION STUDENTSHAVING trouble, and by being anonymous, can anticipate giving teachers bad rating. Conversely, if students are getting good grades, they would be thankful to teachers by giving them good rating as well. This is the adverse effect of “grade INlATION uWHICHACCORDINGTO"ARRY Nalebuff and Ian Ayress, co-authors of Why Not? (Harvard, 2006) is “caused by a poor incentive scheme given to faculty. Students will give their professors better evaluations if they receive higher grades‌.But when everyone does this, WEENDUPWITHGRADEINlATIONAND meaningless transcripts.â€? In the corporate world, workers don’t have a similar choice. They have to accept their fate unless an organization has a grievance machinery, whistleblower program, open-door policy or a strong union, not necessarily in that order. When a worker gets a poor rating, he is placed on a Performance Improvement Plan (PIP) for six months. It’s like placing the worker back to his probationary status. If he fails to pass the grade, he’s instantly removed from the payroll. 4OAVOIDCONlICT THEMANDATEOF employers is for everyone to come out with the most objective and bias-free


REY ELBO evaluation system to make it useless for any worker to challenge it. This is the ultimate weapon of employers readying themselves against the “Security of Tenure� bill if it becomes a law. This is the unintended consequence of the bill that runs counter to the interest of regular workers. Remember, this is the Philippines where we often experience managers being overfriendly to their workers for the wrong reasons or maybe for the wrong notion that we live in a compassionate society. Even if a dead wood is close to burning at the stake, his manager, due to kinship, compassion, or whatever reason, would save him by giving an “average� performance rating, resulting in the mockery of the performance evaluation system. That’s why people and organizations, to guard against subjectivity, would often use the “Bell Curve� that tells us if there’s an abnormality or “skewness� when a sizeable number of workers are given “above average� rating and “average� rating even when they’re not entitled to it. What’s objective and normal is when you have majority of the workers receiving average rating. Roughly speaking, a normal “Bell Curve� would look like this in percentage: 5 percent for “excellent� workers, 20 percent for

“above-averageâ€? performers, 50 percent for “averageâ€? performers, 20 percent for the “below-averageâ€? performers, and 5 percent for “poorâ€? workers. However, in recent years, even the “Bell Curveâ€? is being ditched by employers wanting to level-up their performance standards. One latest example is in the case of Facebook’s assessment tool branded by former employees as “ruthlessâ€? when compared to other tools. Even an “averageâ€? rating can’t save you from being thrown out of work if your evaluation form is marked with “meeting mostâ€? expectations — which means you’ve to improve on some work standards. In his article for Business Insider, Nick Bastone reports “the above average mark is not good enough at Facebook, where the company stack ranks employees and terminates those not among the top performersâ€Śâ€œFacebook’s job evaluations are so ruthless that ‘meeting most’ EXPECTATIONSCOULDLEADTOGETTINGkRED  former employees say.â€? Only those who got “excellentâ€? and “above-averageâ€? ratings would remain employed with Facebook. If you get a rating of “meets mostâ€? expectations, you will be placed in a PIP where your work is closely monitored, supervised and evaluated. And if you failed to cut the mark again, YOUWILLBEPROMPTLYNOTIkEDOFYOUR dismissal from work. Facebook denies the accusations of former employees who are ranting much against such practice called “stack rankingâ€? — a ruthless policy popularized in the 1980s by Jack Welch when

he was chairman and chief executive OFkCEROF'ENERAL%LECTRIC3TACKRANKING is also known as Vitality Curve, Forced Ranking or Rank and Yank. This controversial practice requires managers to rank all employees from the highest to the lowest, if only to identify people at the bottom of the totem pole. As soon as they’re identikED THEYWILLBEPLACEDON0)0FOR their second chance. The “stack ranking� worked well for GE, but not with so many copycat-companies, including many technology-oriented companies like Microsoft, IBM, Yahoo and Amazon, according to Bastone. The unpopularity of “stack ranking� is brought about by many controversies that organizations are now using politically-correct name while retaining the same old concept that requires managers to rank their employees to identify the “bottom 10%,� according to Leslie Kwoh of The Wall Street Journal. So, what’s the chance of “stack ranking� gaining ground in the Philippines? It’s likely, except that organizations with militant employees would push employers to choose the 360-Degree Feedback instead so they can be like anonymous college students having their own sweet revenge against teachers.

Rey Elbo is a business consultant specializing in human resources and total quality management as a fused interest. Send feedback to elbonomics@gmail. com or via https://reyelbo.consulting

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Agri dept vows aid for mango farmers THE government on Monday committed to help local mango farmers currently reeling from oversupply and falling prices of the commodity due to El NiĂąo phenomenon. In an interview, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel PiĂąol said his department, through its Agriculture Marketing Assistance Service (AMAS) would launch a marketing campaign in Metro Manila for local mangoes next week, following the request of mango growers for government support in selling their harvest after processors dropped their buying price due to good harvest season. “I think they (mango growers) would sell at P50 per kilo. We’re hoping to be able to absorb the production. If that is not enough, we have talked to mango processors‌ [who] are willing to buy some of the produce,â€? PiĂąol said. There is currently a surplus of about 2 million kilos of mangoes in Luzon, he said. “The farmers have reported an unusual increase in their harvest this year and they attribute it to the El NiĂąo phenomenon. They said that the last time they had this kind of harvest was also right after the El NiĂąo of 2015 and 2016,â€? PiĂąol said. PiĂąol said farmers also blamed the oversupply after the Cebu-based dried mango exporter Profood International Corp. stopped buying locally-produced mangoes and source supply from Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam instead. “I don’t understand why at this point in time, he would prefer to source his mango from Cambodia when there’s a lot of mango in the Philippines. We would like to know whether the mangoes from Cambodia and other countries are also labeled as Cambodian mangoes not as Philippine mangoes because the

moment he labeled it as Philippine mangoes then we will have to talk to him because that is misrepresentation,â€? PiĂąol said. “He used to buy 500 tons daily [but] now he is buying at about 20 tons daily. So he is hurting the mango industry in the Philippines and his only excuse is that mangoes here are expensive. But we checked his imported mangoes and the landing cost is still P20 per kilo while local [producers] agree to P20 per kilo breakeven price,â€? he added. To assist farmers, PiĂąol said the Department of Agriculture (DA) would also open a loaning program to mango farmers which could serve as the agency’s dry-run of the newly-enacted Republic Act 11321 or “Sagip Saka Law.â€? “Although there is no IRR yet, we FEELTHATTHISISTHEkRSTEXAMPLEOF how government would come in actually and ‘sagip’ our ‘magsasaka’ by providing this support. On the long term, we are encouraging our mango farmers to establish their own processing facilities at the community level given there are many buyers who buy processed mango anyway,â€? PiĂąol said. Meanwhile, he said the farmers also asked for the DA’s support to link them with more shipping lines to increase their export of mangoes. “[R]ight now our biggest export market is Hong Kong. But our shipment is limited because the ship travels only twice a week.They were asking if they could be arranged with shipping lines and have more regular shipments,â€? PiĂąol said. Furthermore, the DA would also establish market monitoring system and market absorptive capacity monitoring system to prevent the over supply of locally mangoes and make sure markets for local producers. EIREENE JAIREE GOMEZ

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DoF okays P3-B loan for fish cage farming BY EIREENE JAIREE GOMEZ

According to Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel PiĂąol, the DA had proposed that bulk of the P4-billion “sleepingâ€? loan fund of the Agricultural Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (ACEF) be utilized to develop kSHCAGEFARMINGACROSSALLREGIONS in the country. He said DoF Secretary Carlos Dominguez 3rd, who also chairs the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP), approved the proposal during President Rodrigo Duterte’s recent visit in Japan. g4HE PROPOSAL TO FUND kSH CAGE farming using the “sleepingâ€? ACEF Loan Fund kept by LBP is part of the Agricultural Catch Up Plan sub-

mitted by the DA to the Economic Team to contribute to the country’s economic growth for 2019 which was affected by the delayed approval and utilisation of the 2019 National Budget, the suspension of public works activities because of the national elections and the damage caused by El Niùo,� Piùol said. 4HEEXPANSIONOFkSHCAGEFARMING was one of the productivity enhancement interventions presented by the DA in the last Economic Development Cluster meeting. Other interventions were meant for major crops such as rice, corn and sorghum as well as regulatory and support activities for the poultry and livestock subsectors.

Following the approval, PiĂąol said the DA directed the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) regional directors to submit proposal for the establishment of at least 300 LARGEkSHCAGESPERREGION “The BFAR directors have been ordered to form loan facilitation teams with the help of the Agricultural Credit Policy Council to assist prospective applicants in accomplishing all the documentary requirements for the loans,â€? PiĂąol said. “They have been directed to submit the names of all the loan applicants by June 15 and coordinate with the heads of the LBP Lending Centers in their regions,â€? he added. The ACEF is a fund collected by the DoF through the Bureau of Customs from tariffs imposed on imported agricultural products, PiĂąol said, noting that the fund was “tainted with corruptionâ€? in the past years because of borrowers who had government connections that


percent, 5 percent and 4 percent, respectively, on May 9. Asuncion’s comment came after China hit $60 billion worth of US goods with new punitive tariffs ranging from 5 to 25 percent, in retaliation after Washington raised duty on $200 billion in Chinese goods to 25 percent. US President Donald Trump launched the trade war last year in ABIDTOREDUCETHE53TRADEDEkCIT with China and force Beijing to undertake economic reforms, accusing it of seeking to dominate global industries with unfair state subsidies and of acquiring American technology through theft or forced transfers.

Since then, the world’s two largest economics have exchanged tit-fortat tariffs on two-way trade worth hundreds of billions of dollars. It also came after Washington said last Thursday it would impose a 5-percent tariff on all goods from Mexico — increasing to as much as 25 percent — until what Trump described as illegal immigrants stop coming through the country into America. That tariff will take effect on June 10, and it will be raised to 10 percent on July 1 and increased by 5 percent monthly until it reaches 25 percent on October 1. For his part, ING Bank Manila senior economist Nicholas Antonio


P3-billion loan has been approved by the Department of Finance (DoF) to expand fish cage farming in the country, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said on Monday.

Peso at P51:$1 May on the back of the jeepney fare adjustment in Central Visayas and higher prices of selected food items amid lower rice and domestic oil prices, and the downward adjustment in electricity rates. Analysts’ forecasts, on the other hand, ranged from 2.7 percent to 3.1 percent with a 2.9 percent average. Following a series of rate hikes last year, monetary authorities reduced the central bank’s overnight borrowing, lending and deposit rates by 25 basis points to 4.50

enabled them to access the ACEF loans without paying back. “Under the proposal to be submitted by the DA-BFAR to the LBP CHAIR INDIVIDUALkSHCAGEOPERATORS will be allowed to borrow P1 million while cooperatives and associations will be given access to P5 million,â€? HESAIDg7ITHTHESELOANFUNDS kSH cage operators could harvest twice a year and are expected to increase Bangus production by 120,000 metric tons every year with a market value of P12 billion,â€? PiĂąol added. (ESAIDEACHkSHCAGEWOULDCOST about P1 million, which would inCLUDE"ANGUSkNGERLINGS FEEDSAND operational costs for 5 to 6 months until harvest. 7HILEkSHCAGEFARMINGISPROVEN to be capital intensive, PiĂąol said IT PROVED TO BE A HIGHLY PROkTABLE aquaculture project in the country gWITH OPERATORS EARNING PROkTS AS much as 100 percent on their investments.â€?

Mapa believes the peso tracked the movement of regional currencies. “EM (emerging market) currencies bounced back sharply despite the risk off tone as the escalating trade war adds to the case for a [US Federal Reserve] rate cut in 2019,� he said. In a commentary, the Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co.’s Treasury department noted that “latest headline in the US-China trade war indicate that China really does not want [that] to happen, but that they also would not shy away from one if the US continues to make unreasonable demands.� MAYVELIN U. CARABALLO WITH AFP


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F&S raises stake in PH AirAsia operator BY LISBET K. ESMAEL


&S Holdings Inc. has increased its stake in Air Asia Inc. (AAI), operator of low-cost carrier Philippines AirAsia, to 44.4 percent to take advantage of the Malaysian company’s growth prospects. The holding firm, owned by 1Pacman party-list representative Michael L. Romero and wife Sheila, bought AAI Chairman Marianne Hontiveros’ 15.7-percent share and Alfredo Yao’s 13-percent share for a combined 28.7 percent to raise its stake from 15.7 percent previously. The official amount of the

acquisition was not disclosed, as the shares’ valuation is yet to be finalized, said the lawmaker, also F&S vice chairman, during a briefing on Monday. In a speech, Sheila said “F&S Holdings, which I am now chairman, is proud to be at the helm of an excellent airline brand that continues to thrive with the dynamic aviation in-

dustry.� After the purchase, AAI parent Malaysia AirAsia International Ltd.’s share will stand at 39.9 percent stake and TNR Holdings, 15.7 percent. Despite the acquisition, Michael said Hontiveros would continue to lead AAI. For its planned recapitalization, AAI will issue $17 million worth of common shares and P17 billion worth of preferred shares. Its restructuring, meanwhile, is set to be completed by September. AAI also targets to make its local unit go public within the year and raise $200 million to support its aircraft acquisition and use the proceeds as working

capital, Michael told reporters. He expressed bullishness on Philippines AirAsia’s capacity to return to profitability after posting a strong financial performance in the first three months of the year. “Our first-quarter [revenues] has hit a record-high of about‌ P6.68 billion and [our net] profit [hit] about P450 million‌â€? Michael said. The company eyes boosting Philippines AirAsia’s fleet to 50 airplanes from the cur rent 23 within the next three years. It is also looking to raise the number of its passengers to 8 million this year from last year’s 7 million.


Old property values cost LGUs P30B Provinces, he added, could have gotten as much as P7.379 billion more if their schedule of market values (SMVs) were updated and in sync with international standards. According to Tan, only 36 percent of local governments have updated SMVs. The rest, made up of 97 cities and 48 provinces, are yet to do so. Moreover, only 60 percent of the regional district offices of the Bureau of Internal Revenue have updated zonal values. Tan explained that under this

outdated system, overvaluation usually happens when the government pays for a piece of real property and undervaluation often occurs when it is the government’s turn to collect. The system, he said, is also riddled with multiple overlapping functions as 23 national government agencies can or are required to do valuations, with each using its own system and methodology. This has led to disparities between market and zonal values by between 13 percent and 94

percent. Between the SMVs and private valuation, the disparity is from 187 percent to 7,474 percent, Tan added. The official also pointed out that local governments often overlook the requirement under the Local Government Code to update their SMVs and zonal values every three years because there are no existing sanctions against local officials that would compel them to comply. The bureau official said that for provinces alone, the P7.4 billion in foregone real prop-

erty taxes could have built 551 public markets, 771 kilometers of roads, 7,542 classrooms or 2,155 daycare centers. The P23 billion in real property taxes that cities fail to collect could have built either 513 transport terminals, 339 landfills, 1,154 satellite health centers, or 3,330 low-cost resettlement projects, he added.

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Businessinbrief NOW TELECOM TO LAUNCH 5G SERVICES NOW Telecom, an affiliate of listed Now Corp., has revealed its plan to offer Fifth Generation (5G) network services after securing the approval of its board, which recently welcomed its new president Rodolfo Pantoja. In a statement on Monday, the telecommunications firm said it aimed to equip its portfolio with such services, which dominant telcos PLDT Inc. and Globe Telecom Inc. had started investing in. It is also looking to provide enterprises and homes with 5G services that could deliver internet speeds of up to 20 gigabits per second, it added. “The Decentralized Gigabit Era is upon us now. 5G will allow high wireless bandwidth in low latency scenarios, allowing for further complex technologies to exist. 5G is necessary for the Internet of Things to thrive,� Pantoja, former chief executive officer of Indonesian telecommunications firm Smartfren, was quoted as saying in the statement. NOW Telecom owner Mel Velarde remains as chairman and chief executive officer. LISBET K. ESMAEL

AGRINURTURE EYES FOLLOW-ON OFFER THIS YEAR AGRINURTURE Inc. is mulling over a share sale within the second half of the year to comply with the mandated public float that is expected to dilute upon the entry of a foreign investor. In a recent interview, AgriNurture President and Chief Executive Officer Tony Tiu said the company would welcome an Asian investor that is set to shell out $100 million (P5.2 billion). Proceeds from the sale would be used to establish microlending for Filipino farmers through what it called the “Agri Token� system. Details of the planned share sale, including the amount and other terms and conditions, are yet to be disclosed. ANGELICA BALLESTEROS

PHILWEB, PALMARY INK E-BINGO DEAL PhilWeb Corp. said on Monday it had signed a cooperation agreement with Palmary Corp. for the joint development of their electronic bingo (e-bingo) businesses. In a disclosure, PhilWeb said the company and the Palmary Group would co-manage a total of 22 e-bingo outlets. PhilWeb currently operates six outlets, while Palmary operates 16. Palmary is an accredited supplier of e-bingo machines in the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp.’s network of over 300 e-bingo outlets with over 30,000 e-bingo terminals. PhilWeb shares grew by 2.09 percent to close at P3.42 per piece on Monday. ANNA LEAH E. GONZALES

reforms in the real property sector. For his part, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez 3rd was quoted as saying that reforms under the third package of the government’s Comprehensive Tax Reform Program would further invigorate the real-estate market, bring in more investments and generate additional revenues for local governments. The reforms the department is proposing, Tan said, include the adoption of international standards in valuation; establishment of a single valuation base for taxation and benchmarking; the need to insulate valuation from politics, with

local governments continuing to regulate tax rates and assessment levels; improvements in the oversight functions of the national government; and setting up of a comprehensive electronic database to support valuation functions. It is also proposing that local governments that fail to update their SMVs and conduct a general revision of property assessments every time the Finance chief approves a new set of SMVs be barred from receiving any “conditional or performance-based grants or any form of credit financing from the national government,� he added. MAYVELIN U. CARABALLO


An energy solution that satisfies Masbate, which has a population of about 900,000, has a single electricity distributor, the Masbate Electric Cooperative (Maselco). Since 2007, Maselco’s energy has been supplied by DMCI Power Corp., which won the bidding for a 15-year power supply agreement specifying the construction of at least 13.0 megawatts of stable capacity; the province’s average demand is about 11.9 MW. DMCI’s bid offered construction OFA -7COAL kREDPLANT AND A  -7 BUNKER kRED GENERATing facility. There were problems with the Maselco-DMCI arrangement from the outset, beginning with an apparent lack of consultation on the part of the cooperative, DMCI, and the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) with the community. The province and several local government units objected strenuously to the construction of a coal plant, forcing DMCI to shelve that plan. In 2010, DMCI instead put up several diesel-powered facilities, which provide Masbate with a maximum of 27.9 MW of electricity: An 18.4MW main plant located in Mobo, and four small generating units of 1.5 to 3.0 MW capacity. In 2015, DMCI and Maselco resurrected the original plan to build a coal plant, asking the ERC to extend their PSA; the ERC provisionally approved the plan, ANDBYLATE$-#)HADkNALized the contract for the plant’s construction. The plant, which is being built by subsidiaries of China Energy Engineering Group and China Southeast Asia Electric Power Construction Corp., is scheduled to be operational by October this year. The idea of a coal plant, however, was no more appealing to the provincial government the second time around than it was a decade earlier, and in May 2018 the provincial board issued a resolution declaring Masbate “coal free� and banning the construction or operation of coal generating plants.

The move, coming three years too late, has not stopped work on the DMCI plant, which was granted a CERTIkCATEOFENDORSEMENTBYTHE Department of Energy last week. The endorsement is required by THE%2#FORTHEISSUANCEOFACERTIkcate of compliance, which will turn the provisional authority granted in 2015 for the plant’s construction INTOAkNALAPPROVAL The DoE even doubled down on the implied rebuke of Masbate’s delayed dissent by granting the project A gCERTIkCATE OF ENERGY PROJECT OF national significance� (CEPNS), which serves as a pre-approval and fast-tracks the processing of any required licenses and permits for the plant. The provincial government and local government units in Masbate could still conceivably try to block the plant from operating if they act quickly to deny the remaining permits that must be issued, but this would likely only delay its opening. The three-year-old provisional authority and subsequent approvals by the DoE would almost certainly be upheld in court. Complicating the entire situation is the fact that it has been playing out against the backdrop of the atrocious management of Maselco. The cooperative has distinguished itself as one of the most badly run distribution utilities in the entire country. Its poorly maintained distribution grid is prone to frequent breakdowns that cause hours-long outages across THEPROVINCE ANDITSkNANCIALSTATE ISACOMPLETEMESS4HINGSkNALLY came to a head in June 2017, when DMCI cut power to the entire province due to at least P320 million in unpaid bills to Maselco. At that point Gov. Kho stepped in, calling on the National Electrification Administration (NEA) to take over management of the failing cooperative, and establishing his own SATELLITEOFkCETHERETOPERSONALLY monitor developments. The NEA has not been much of an improvement. Power outages are still frequent, and while the

governor’s intercession has convinced DMCI to keep the lights on, the company has had to invest additional money to replace line reclosers in its main distribution lines, which will help to minimize power interruptions due to breakdowns in Maselco’s grid. Meanwhile, the cooperative’s debts to DMCI are hardly being reduced; as of the end of last year, Maselco still owed an estimated P240 million to DMCI (Gov. Kho earlier said the REALAMOUNTMIGHTBEkVETIMESAS great), and has not yet presented a clear plan for repayment. Now, post-election enthusiasm has once again dialed up public resistance to the coal plant, which to outside observers presents a puzzling picture of the province. Simultaneous demands for an immediate end to frequent power outages, the provision of stable power supply from clean sources, and a quick fix to Maselco’s management problems seem impossible to simultaneously satisfy, yet Masbate’s extraordinarily politically engaged population has made it clear that anything less will meet with disapproval. Reality, however, does not leave many choices. Allowing the coal plant to go ahead will at least take care of the supply problem, and will help to reduce the province’s reliance on an even worse option, diesel-powered generation. The new coal plant will also reduce power subsidies to the province by as much as P6.5 billion, funds that could conceivably be redirected to bailing out Maselco – provided, of course, that the NEA, the DoE, and the provincial govERNMENTCANkNDAWAYTOkXTHE cooperative’s underlying problems by reorganizing or privatizing it. !ND kNALLY  THE REALITY OF HAVING to make the best of a bad situation should encourage public and government stakeholders to develop more sustainable long-range plans for the province’s energy needs. ben. kritz@manilatimes.net

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Tiananmen’s 30th year marked by repression BEIJING: Thirty years since the Tiananmen Square protests, China’s economy has catapulted up the world rankings, yet political repression is harsher than ever. Hundreds of thousands of Muslims are held in reeducation camps without charge, student activists face relentless harassment and leaders in the beleaguered dissident community have been locked up or simply vanished. Religious groups face ever-greater pressure to conform, and a web of mass surveillance is bolstering a system many call totalitarian. It’s a far cry from the hopes of the idealistic student demonstrators and a level of control far beyond what many imagined possible, even after the army’s bloody crushing of the protests on the night of June 3 to 4, 1989. Critics say the Tiananmen crackdown, which left hundreds, possibly thousands, dead, set the ruling Communist Party on its present course of ruthless suppression, summary incarceration and the frequent use of violence against opponents in the name of “stability maintenance.� “The June 4 incident changed the direction of Chinese history,� said Zhang Lifan, who in 1989 was a scholar at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. “The narrative that China would grow strong and normal, become a stable country through a process of political reform, was destroyed.� Chinese officials routinely respond to questions about the suppression by pointing to the economic progress China

has made. In the three decades since the protests, China has risen to become the world’s second-largest economy, and is forging ahead in areas from high-speed rail to artificial intelligence and 5G mobile communications. China’s navy now sails around the globe, its space program has launched half a dozen crewed missions and its sprawling cross-border infrastructure projects are extending its influence from Nairobi to the Netherlands. Politically, however, the state has never been more repressive. Restrictions on freedom of speech have been extended from publishing into social media, and the slightest act of perceived defiance can prompt a near instantaneous response from the authorities. The sprawling domestic security apparatus operates with impunity, coerced confessions are broadcast on state television, and prison sentences are handed out on the flimsiest of charges, including “picking quarrels� and “incitement to subversion.� Calls for even moderate reforms have been attacked or just ignored. An attempt to introduce grassroots democracy at the village level years ago foundered after the Communist Party refused to concede even a modicum of control. Deliberative bodies at all levels are filled with party appointees who vote how they’re told, and the national legislature is a mere rubber stamp body, reelecting president and party head Xi Jinping last year by a margin of 2,970 to 0. AP









5 PROTESTERS SHOT DEAD IN SUDAN KHARTOUM: At least five people were killed Monday as Sudan’s military council tried to break up a sit-in outside Khartoum’s army headquarters, a doctors’ committee said as gunfire was heard from the protest site. “ Five peaceful protesters were killed by live bullets fired at the orders of the Transitional Military Council,� the Central Committee of Sudanese Doctors said on Twitter without giving further details. Gunfire was heard from the protest site by an AFP journalist, who reported a heavy deployment of security forces around the streets of the capital. AFP

MAN SHOT NEAR WHITE HOUSE A man was taken down near the White House on Sunday night (Monday in Manila) after US Secret Service agents opened fire. The man was entering a lockdown area north of the White House shortly after US President Donald Trump departed from the south lawn for a foreign trip.  Secret Service agents gave verbal warnings before opening fire. The condition of the man is unclear yet. GLOBAL TIMES

BURNING PROTEST Sudanese protesters close Street 60 with burning tires and paving stones, as the military forces tried to disperse the sit-in outside Khartoum’s army headquarters. AFP PHOTO


POLICE, PROTESTERS CLASH IN ALBANIA TIRANA: Police in the Albanian capital Tirana on Sunday fired tear gas and water canon at demonstrators demanding the resignation of socialist Prime Minister Edi Rama. Police also came under fire from some protesters with 10 police officers and three people injured, according to the  Albania’s Interior Ministry. “Rama go away,� and “corrupt government,� demonstrators chanted, throwing firecrackers, stones and smoke bombs, despite organizers’ pleas not to attack the police. AFP

SEARCH FOR 8 MISSING CLIMBERS HALTED NEW DELHI: Authorities Monday stopped the search for eight climbers missing on India’s second-highest mountain for several days after an avalanche, saying they had a “rough idea� of their location, thanks to information from another rescued group. The four Britons, two Americans, an Indian and an Australian failed to return to their base camp on Friday on the 7,826-meter (25,643-foot) Nanda Devi in the Indian Himalayas. Thick cloud delayed the third day of the search operation by several hours Monday before air force helicopters took off to scour more than 2,000 hectares of sprawling plateau. AFP


Germany PM calls for talks amid crisis

CAR BOMB KILLS 13 IN SYRIA BEIRUT: A car bomb killed at least 13 people and wounded dozens Sunday night near a mosque in a northern town held by Turkey-backed fighters, Syrian opposition activists said. The blast in the town of Azaz occurred Sunday as scores of people were leaving the mosque of Maytam, wounding dozens, including children, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The Observatory said the blast killed at least 14 people. It said the dead included four children. AP

GREECE’S main opposition conservative party, New Democracy, repeated last week’s success in European Parliament elections by dominating  in second-round runoff local elections. The political group secured 12 of the country’s  13 regions and won a majority of cities. In Athens, Kostas Bakoyannis, son of former conservative mayor Dora Bakoyannis and nephew of opposition leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis, won  with a  65 percent share  of the vote to defeat  a candidate backed by the ruling left-wing Syriza. Prime Minister Alex Tsipras’ party picked up less than a quarter of the vote last week, a result that led him to call for snap elections on July 7. AFP







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In order to implement and regulate the procurement of AS, the Honorable Commission approved the Ancillary Services Procurement Plan (“ASPPâ€?) through its Order dated 9 March 2006 in ERC Case No. 2002-253 and the Ancillary Services Cost Recovery Mechanism (“AS-CRMâ€?) through its Decision dated 3 October 2007 in ERC Case No. 2006-049RC. Pursuant to its mandate, NGCP on different dates published in newspapers of general circulation a Notice of Invitation for Prospective Ancillary Services Providers, inviting all grid connected merchant plants and independent power producers to participate in the provision of ancillary services. Upon receipt of the intention from CENPRI to provide ancillary services, NGCP commenced negotiations with CENPRI for the execution of an ASPA. NGCP agreed to procure, and CENPRI agreed to supply, AS in the forms of: (a) Dispatchable Reserve [Tertiary Reserve] (DR); and (b) Reactive Power Support 536  ERWK XQGHU D QRQÂżUP DUUDQJHPHQW $ FRS\ RI WKH $QFLOODU\ 6HUYLFHV Procurement Agreement between NGCP and CENPRI dated 18 December 2018 ZLWK DWWDFKHG$GGHQGXP  &ODULÂżFDWLRQ RQ WKH 6FKHGXOH   LV DWWDFKHG LQ WKH Application.

10. During the period of negotiation, NGCP conducted several tests on the Generation )DFLOLW\DQGFHUWLÂżHGWKDWWKHJHQHUDWLQJXQLWVKDYHPHWDQGFRPSOLHGZLWKWKH Standard Ancillary Services Technical Requirements of the ASPP as capable of SURYLGLQJ'5DQG536$FRS\RIWKH$FFUHGLWDWLRQ&HUWLÂżFDWH1R9 dated 24 May 2018 is attached in the Application.

ALLEGATIONS IN SUPPORT OF THE PRAYER FOR PROVISIONAL AUTHORITY 19. It is a declared policy of the State to ensure the quality, reliability, security and affordability of the supply of electric power (Section 2(b), EPIRA). To this end, there is a need to comply with the system requirements for AS to ensure grid system security and reliability. As mentioned above, NGCP has the mandate to procure the required AS.  7KH FXUUHQW OHYHOV RI DYDLODEOH FRQWUDFWHG$6 LQ WKH 9LVD\DV *ULG KDYH QRW \HW reached the desired levels necessary for the system security and reliability. Thus, Applicants executed the ASPA. A copy of the relevant actual data showing WKHUHTXLUHGDQGDYDLODEOHOHYHOVRI$6LQWKH9LVD\DV*ULGHQWLWOHGDV9LVD\DV Dispatchable Reserve Availability are attached in the Application.  $V WKH GHPDQG IRU SRZHU LQ WKH 9LVD\DV LQFUHDVHV WKH UHTXLUHPHQWV RI WKH system to ensure stability, reliability, and security likewise increases. Ensuring the integrity of the system is essential to protect the interests of the public. The absence of system reliability and stability will certainly discourage investments and growth. The importance of AS, from CENPRI to ensure and maintain the reliability, adequacy, security, stability and LQWHJULW\RIWKH9LVD\DV*ULGFDQQRWEH RYHUHPSKDVL]HG 22. Applicants respectfully submit that the immediate approval of the ASPA by this Honorable Commission is a necessity to maintain the reliability, adequacy, VHFXULW\VWDELOLW\DQGLQWHJULW\RIWKH9LVD\DV*ULG,QVXSSRUWRIWKHVHDOOHJDWLRQV 1*&3 VXEPLWV D FRS\ RI WKH -XGLFLDO $IÂżGDYLW RI (QJU 5L]D C. EreĂąo of the Revenue and Regulatory Affairs Department of NGCP, which is attached in the Application. PRAYER WHEREFORE, premises considered, Applicants respectfully pray that the Honorable Commission:



11. Under Clause 3 of the ASPA, CENPRI shall provide NGCP with the following AS DVVSHFLÂżHGLQ6FKHGXOHRIWKH$63$

Applicants pray for other just and equitable relief.

Dispatchable Reserve (Tertiary Reserve) 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Up to 4.4 MW for Unit 1 Up to 4.4 MW for Unit 2 Up to 4.4 MW for Unit 3 Up to 6.6 MW for Unit 4 Up to 6.6 MW for Unit 5


Available Capacity of Reactive Power outside the range of 85% lagging only. Note that the capacities listed above are the maximum ancillary service capacity that can be provided for each unit. However, nomination and schedule shall be EDVHGRQWKHODWHVW$6&HUWLÂżFDWH

The Commission has set the Application for determination of compliance with the jurisdictional requirements, expository presentation, Pre-trial Conference, and presentation of evidence on 27 June 2019 (Thursday) at nine o’clock in the morning (9:00 A.M.) at O Hotel, 52 San Sebastian St, Bacolod City. All persons who have an interest in the subject matter of the instant case may become DSDUW\E\¿OLQJZLWKWKH&RPPLVVLRQDYHUL¿HG3HWLWLRQWR,QWHUYHQHDWOHDVW¿YH  GD\V prior to the initial hearing and subject to the requirements under Rule 9 of the 2006 ERC Rules of Practice and Procedure, indicating therein the docket number and title of the case and stating the following: 1)

The petitioner’s name and address;


The nature of petitioner’s interest in the subject matter of the proceeding and the way and manner in which such interest is affected by the issues involved in the proceeding; and


A statement of the relief desired.

12. The Applicable Rates for the capacity covered by the ASPA as provided in Schedule 4 are as follows: A.

Non-Firm Contracted Capacity: 1.

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Immediately ISSUE a provisional authority to implement the subject ASPA executed on 18 December 2018; and


Non-Firm Contracted Capacity: A.

All other persons who may want their views known to the Commission with respect to WKHVXEMHFWPDWWHURIWKHFDVHPD\ÂżOHWKHLU2SSRVLWLRQRU&RPPHQWWKHUHRQDWDQ\VWDJH of the proceeding before Applicants rests their case, subject to the requirements under Rule 9 of the 2006 ERC Rules of Practice and Procedure. No particular form of Opposition or Comment is required, but the document, letter, or writing should contain the following:

% ,QFLGHQWDO(QHUJ\&RVW The Cost of Incidental Energy (“IE�) is the cost of actual energy generated for the Firm and Non-Firm Contracted Capacity which shall be paid and computed using the formula below: Payment of Cost of Incidental Energy (IE) computed as follows: IEDR

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Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT National Capital Judicial Region Branch 277, Mandaluyong City IN THE MATTER OF THE ADOPTION OF MINOR CASSIDY FELIZ DENTE PORLAS WITH CHANGE OF NAME TO CASSIDY FELIZ DENTE SALAZAR, Spec. Proc. No. R-MND-18-01642-SP SPOUSES JENI ALFER DENTE-SALAZAR AND ARTHUR KONSTANTIN FILART SALAZAR, Petitioners. x-----------------------------------------------------------------x

Âł7KLVLVDSHWLWLRQIRUDGRSWLRQZLWKDSSOLFDWLRQIRUFKDQJHRIQDPHÂżOHGRQ-XO\ 2018, by petitioners, Spouses Arthur Konstantin Filart Salazar (“Arthurâ€?) and Jeni Alfer Dente-Salazar (“Jeniâ€?), praying that, after due notice and hearing, this Court issue a decree for their adoption of minor Cassidy Feliz Dente Porlas (“Cassidyâ€?) and the name of said minor be changed to Cassidy Feliz Dente Salazar. As can be culled from the Petition and its attachments, Arthur and Jeni are both of OHJDODJH)LOLSLQRVDQGUHVLGHQWVRI1R6DPSDJXLWD6W$\DOD+RPHV%DUDQJND Drive, Mandaluyong City. They were married on May 28, 2016. Cassidy is the daughter RI-HQLZLWK0U$UQHO%DFR3RUODV Âł$UQHO´ ERUQRXWRIZHGORFNRQ6HSWHPEHU at the Chinese General Hospital and Medical Center. Since her birth, Cassidy has been living under the custody and support of Jeni and her family. Arthur, on the other hand, has treated Cassidy as his own from the beginning of his relationship with Jeni. Cassidy is now 11 years of age and is presently residing with the petitioners. Arthur is D&XVWRPHU5HODWLRQV0DQDJHUDW3:*OREDO%32ZKLOH-HQLLVD*DPHV2SHUDWLRQ 0DQDJHULQ.2**DPHV,QF7KHSHWLWLRQHUVGHFLGHGWRÂżOHWKLVSHWLWLRQWRLPSURYH the legal status and for the betterment of the well-being of Cassidy, and to provide KHUZLWKDÂż[HGOHJDOSHUVRQDOLW\LQWKHVRFLHW\LQWKHFRPLQJIXWXUH$UQHOVLJQLÂżHGKLV FRQVHQWWRWKHDGRSWLRQRI&DVVLG\E\WKHSHWLWLRQHUVE\H[HFXWLQJDQ$IÂżGDYLWRI,QWHQW and Consent on May 22, 2019. Petitioners further allege that: (1) it would be for the best interest of Cassidy if she would be considered as their legal child for the furtherance of her mental, SK\VLFDOHPRWLRQDODQGVRFLDOGHYHORSPHQW  WKH\DUHTXDOLÂżHGWRDGRSW&DVVLG\ and are of good moral character, has no derogatory record, are both emotionally and psychologically capable of caring for the child and are in the position to support and care for said child in keeping with the means of the family; and (3) Cassidy does not own any real, personal, tangible and intangible property. WHEREFOREÂżQGLQJWKH3HWLWLRQWREHVXIÂżFLHQWLQIRUPDQGVXEVWDQFHOHWWKH same be set for hearing on November 6, 2019 at 8:30 o’clock in the morning, in the Regional Trial Court of Mandaluyong City, Branch 277, 3rd Floor, New Hall of Justice, Maysilo Circle, Mandaluyong City, at which date, time and place, the petitioners-spouses, the adoptee, and all interested persons who may be affected WKHUHE\HVSHFLDOO\$UQHO%DFR3RUODVDQGKLVUHODWLYHVDUHDIRECTED to APPEAR and show cause why the petition should or should not be granted. Pursuant to Section 13 of Administrative Matter No. 02-6-02-SC on the Rule on $GRSWLRQLQUHODWLRQWR6HFWLRQ$UWLFOH,9RI5HSXEOLF$FW1RRWKHUZLVHNQRZQ as the “Domestic Adoption Act of 1998,â€? the Court Social Worker is DIRECTED to PREPARE a Child Study Report and a Home Study Report, with a recommendation on the adoptee and the petitioners-adopters. The Court Social Worker shall SUBMIT the Child and Home Study Reports directly and only to the Court at least ONE (1) WEEK before the hearing on November 6, 2019 and BE PRESENT during said hearing. The Child and Home Study Reports shall include, but not be limited to, the following:   $YHULÂżFDWLRQZLWKWKH&LYLO5HJLVWU\RIWKHUHDOLGHQWLW\DQGUHJLVWHUHGQDPHRI the adoptee: 2) The establishment that the child is legally available for adoption and the documents in support thereof are valid and authentic; 3) A determination of the veracity of the allegations of the petitioners-spouses with respect to the biological father of the adoptee; 4) A determination of the earnest intention of the petitioners-spouses and whether the adoption will inure to the best interest of the child; and 5) A determination of whether there is/are ground/s to deny the petition. Pursuant to Section 12 of A.M. No. 02-6-02-SC, the Court Social Worker is further DIRECTED to CONDUCT counseling sessions with the biological father of the adoptee on the matter of the adoption of the adoptee and SUBMIT his/her report thereon at least ONE (1) WEEK before the hearing on November 6, 2019. Let a copy of this Order be published at the expense of the petitioners-spouses in a newspaper of general circulation in Metro Manila and nearby provinces selected by UDIĂ€HONCE a week for THREE (3) CONSECUTIVE WEEKS. Further, let a copy of this Order together with the Petition and its annexes be served XSRQWKH2IÂżFHRIWKH6ROLFLWRU*HQHUDOWKH2IÂżFHRIWKH&LW\3URVHFXWRURI0DQGDOX\RQJ City, the Department of Social Welfare and Development, and the Court Social Worker. SO ORDERED. April 26, 2019, Mandaluyong City. (SGD.) ANTHONY B. FAMA Presiding Judge MT – June 4, 11 & 18, 2019

18. CENPRI, as a generation company, falls within the ambit of Section 6 of the EPIRA. Attached are copies of relevant documents proving CENPRI’s due registration as a generation company, relevant permits to operate the Generation )DFLOLW\DQGDXGLWHG¿QDQFLDOVWDWHPHQWVDVIROORZV

Republic Act No. 9136 provides that it is the responsibility of NGCP to ensure and maintain the reliability, adequacy, security, stability and integrity of the nationwide electrical grid in accordance with the performance standards for its operations and maintenance, as set forth in the Philippine Grid Code (“PGC�), adopted and promulgated by the Honorable Commission, and to adequately serve generation companies, distribution utilities and suppliers requiring transmission service and/ or ancillary services through the transmission system.


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The name and address of such person;


A concise statement of the Opposition or Comment; and


The grounds relied upon.

All such persons who wish to have a copy of the Application may request from Applicants that they be furnished with the same, prior to the date of the initial hearing. Applicants are hereby directed to furnish all those making such request with copies of the Application and its attachments, subject to the reimbursement of reasonable photocopying costs. Any such person may likewise examine the Application and other pertinent records ÂżOHGZLWKWKH&RPPLVVLRQGXULQJWKHVWDQGDUGRIÂżFHKRXUV WITNESS, the Honorable Commissioners ALEXIS M. LUMBATAN, CATHERINE P. MACEDA and PAUL CHRISTIAN M. CERVANTES, Energy Regulatory Commission, this 7th day of May 2019 in Pasig City.

 $FWXDO)XHODQGRLO&RVWVSOXV9DULDEOH2 0FRVWVDW P0.35/kWh x (USCPIn/USCPIo) x (XRn/XRo). Actual Fuel Cost shall be the cost of total actual fuel and oil consumption of Firm and Non-Firm Contracted Capacity including start-up and shutdown. MT - May 28 & June 4, 2019

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VILLARICA PAWNSHOP INC. All unredeemed articles up to January 31, 2019 together with those not sold in the previous auction will be sold in a public auction to be held from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM in the following dates and branches: June 17, 2019 • Filinvest I Rd., Batasan Hills, Quezon City • #7 Constitutional Road, Batasan Hills, Quezon City • 26 Bayan Bayanan Ave., Concepcion 1, Marikina City • 644-J.P. Rizal St., Concepcion, Marikina City • 1 Dahlia St. Cor. Fiat St. Fairview Quezon City • 144 Unit 2 Deparo Road Brgy., 168 Zone 15 Deparo Caloocan City • #18 Litex Road, Commonwealth, Quezon City • Blk 9 Lot 1 Luzon Avenue, Quezon City • Villongo Road, Manggahan St., Commonwealth, Quezon City • Sumulong Ave., cor. Shoe Ave., Marikina City • Stall 1-4 Esquimar Arcade, J.P. Rizal St., Brgy., Sto. Niùo, Marikina City • San Jose, Montalban, Rizal • 96 General Molina, Parang, Marikina City • 6 Doctor Sixto Antonio Avenue Brgy. Kapasigan Pasig City • 248 A.M. Concepcion St., San Joaquin, Pasig City • #100 DEL-NOR Bldg. A.Mabini St., Pasig City • Urbano Velasco Ave., cor. R. Cruz St., Pinagbuhatan Pasig City • Unit B #39 Ortigas Avenue Ext. Rosario Pasig City • 124 Gen. Luna St., Guitnang Bayan, San Mateo, Rizal • Gen. Luna St., Ampid, San Mateo Rizal • Bagong Farmers Rd. Tumana Concepcion, Marikina City June 18, 2019 • 247 Montillano St., Brgy. Alabang, Muntinlupa City • #3 Bldg., I Rizal St., Poblacion, Muntinlupa City • SLCI Bldg., Alabang Rotonda, Muntinlupa City • 678 Poblacion National Road Bayan Muntinlupa City • 249 Quirino Avenue, Baclaran, Paraùaque City • 98 Quirino Ave., Baclaran Paraùaque City • 91 Quirino Avenue, Baclaran, Paraùaque City • 246 National Road Bayanan Muntinlupa City • 51 President Ave. BF Homes Paraùaque City • Lot 1 Blk 40 Daang Hari, Bicutan, Taguig Metro Manila • #61 Doùa Soledad St., Better Living, Paraùaque City • Plaza Dela Rosa Unit 105-B Maùalac Ave. Brgy. Bagong Tanyag, Taguig City • 1066 Quirino Avenue Brgy La Huerta Paraùaque City • 415 B Alabang Zapote Rd. Brgy. Talon Las Piùas, City • Real St., Cor. Ever Gotesco Rd., Pamplona, Las Piùas City • 504 Real St., Alabang Road, Pamplona I, Las Piùas City • 10 - A Pilar Rd. St. Joseph Subd. Almanza 1 Las Piùas City • Sitio Imelda Maharlika Rd. Upper Bicutan, Taguig • Leonardo Compound Palanyag Road Sucat Paraùaque City • 57 B General Luna St. Tuktukan Taguig City • Tunasan People’s Market, Tunasan, Muntinlupa June 19, 2019 • Paterno St. Balanga Bataan • Market Site, Beside We Care Drug, Balanga City Bataan • Unit No. 5 Angelita Bldg., Don Manuel Banzon Ave., Balanga City Bataan • J. Rizal St., Brgy. Iniguitan Bato Leyte • Magsaysay Blvd., Calbayog City • Veterans St., Brgy., Narra Catarman Northern Samar • 222 Allen Ave., Catbalogan City Samar • San Ramon Hi-way Dinalupihan Bataan ‡ 9LOODÀRUHV6W+LORQJRV/H\WH • Ramon Magsaysay Avenue Zone 1 Iba Zambales • Poblacion, San Roque, Inopacan, Leyte • Renzon Bldg., National Road, Brgy., Townsite Mariveles Bataan • 1998 Rizal Avenue, East Bajac- Bajac, Olongapo City • 48 12th St. New Kalalake Olongapo City • No. 8 20th East Bajac Bajac Olongapo City • 19 Arthur St., West Bajac Bajac Olongapo City • Centro Uno, Orani Bataan • 28 Arellano St., Orion, Bataan • Baraca St. Brgy. Baraca Subic Zambates • M. H.Del Pilar St., Brgy., 17 Tacloban City • Ground Floor Abarquez Building La Purizima St., Zamboanga City June 20, 2019 • Damballelos St., cor Palikpikan St., Balayan Batangas • Stall No. 1 Blk. No. 2 Pawnshop Section G/F New Mall Type Balayan Public Market Batangas • J.P. Rizal Avenue, Batangas City • Diego Silang St., cor. 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Barbara, Agoo La Union • San Nicolas Central, Agoo, La Union • National Hi-Way San Benito Sur, Aringay, La Union • 61 Hilltop Rd., Baguio City • No. 16 Kayang Rd., Baguio City • Gamaphel Bldg., Calderon St., Session Road Baguio • Partelo St., Zone 2 Bangued, Abra • Washington St., Brgy. 2 Ablan, Batac City • Brgy. 8 Acosta Batac City, Ilocos Norte • KM 260 National Road, Brgy. Central West Bauang La Union • Poblacion Marina St. Brgy.San Antonio Candon City, lIocos Sur • 17 National Highway San Isidro Candon City, llocos Sur • Stall 7 Old Public Market Brgy. Albano Dingras llocos Norte • #71 Gov. Ortega St., Cor. Don Joaquin San Fernando City, La Union • No. 74 Gov. Ortega St., Brgy. 3 San Fernando, La Union • Gov. Ortega M. Rizal St., San Fernando, La Union • J.P Rizal Ave., cor., Gen. Segundo Ave.,Laoag City, lIocos Norte • J.P. Rizal Ave., Laoag City, lIocos Norte • Brgy San Jose Narvacan llocos Sur • 208 Del Pilar St., Tagudin, lIocos Sur • Jose B. Singson St., Vigan, Ilocos Sur • # 21 Florentino St., Vigan City, llocos Sur June 22, 2019 • Mc Arthur Hi-way, Dalandanan, Valenzuela City • 625 Mc Arthur Highway, Malanday Valenzuela City • No. 6 Gov. Santiago St., Malinta Valenzuela City • Santiago Drive, Poblacion II Malinta, Valenzuela City • EMCCO Shopping Arcade Mc Arthur Highway Crossing Calvario, Meycauayan Bulacan • Ground Floor, IS Pavilion, Banga, Meycauayan, Bulacan • 847 Sta. Cruz Bldg., McArthur Highway, Calvario Meycauayan Bulacan • 18 Ground Floor FD Bldg., Malhacan, Meycauayan Bulacan • G/F Nolasco Bldg. McArthur Hi-way Meycauayan Bulacan • San Diego Apt. Mc Arthur Hi-way Calvario Meycauayan Bulacan • Ruiz Bldg., Poblacion Meycauayan, Bulacan • 4 Pacheco St., Meycauayan, Bulacan • Gen. Pacheco St., Calvario, Meycauayan Bulacan • Brgy. Paliwas, Obando Bulacan • 106 E. Rodriguez St. Cor Martin St. Santulan

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Tinio St., Laur Nueva Ecija • Mapa St., Poblacion North, Lupao Nueva Ecija • 622 T. Delos Santos St., Muùoz, Nueva Ecija • 33 Rizal St., cor. Zamora St., Brgy. Poblacion 1 Peùaranda, Nueva Ecija • Public Market Poblacion Sur Rizal Nueva Ecija • Gallego St. Poblacion San Antonio Nueva Ecija • Rizal St. Poblacion San Isidro Nueva Ecija • Rizal St., Brgy., Rafael Rueda, San Jose City • Gen. Tinio St., Magsaysay Norte, Sangitan, Cabanatuan City • Maharlika Hi-way Sta. Rosa Nueva Ecija • Sto. Domingo, Nueva Ecija • 10 Marcos District Maharlika Hi-way Talavera Nueva Ecija • San Isidro St., Zaragoza Nueva Ecija June 26, 2019 • 166 Zapote Road, Bacoor, Cavite • Bauto Bldg. JM Loyola St., Maduya Carmona Cavite • 633 P. Burgos Ave., Caridad Cavite City • Congressional Ave., Area B. Burol 1, Dasmariùas Cavite • Crisanto M. Delos Reyes St. Brgy. Manggahan General Trias Cavite • Blk. 141 Lot 11 Old Bulihan Governor’s Drive, Silang Cavite • 145 Tanzang Luma II Imus, Cavite • Nueno Ave., Imus, Cavite • 202 Balsahan, Binakayan, Kawit, Cavite • Ibayo, Silangan, Naic Cavite • Pascual Poblete St., Naic Cavite • 305 Magdiwang St., Noveleta, Cavite • Blk 3 Lot 12 & 13 Mabuhay City, Commercial Paliparan III Dasmariùas Cavite • 228 General Trias Drive, Rosario, Cavite • 1232 Gen. Trias Drive, Tejeros Convencion, Rosario Cavite • Block 53 lot 21 Golden Miles Salawag Dasmariùas City • #29 V. Toledo St., Silang, Cavite • Block 140 Lot 2 AFP Housing, Bulihan, Silang, Cavite • Unit #12 L. Mendez Crossing, Tagaytay City • 75 Evangelista St., Talaba 3, Bacoor Cavite • Diversion Road Cor., Gen Drive Brgy., Tejero Gen Trias Cavite June 27, 2019 • Calderon St. near Carbon Public Market, Cebu City • Sancianko St. cor., Leon Kilat St., Cebu City • Units 2&3 Olivar St., Danao City, Cebu • Guadalupe cor. Banawa Market Site v. 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FAIRWAVES BROADCASTING NETWORK Applicant BMC CASE NO. 2019-072 x---------------------------------------------x

PACIFIC WIRELESS, INC. Applicant CCC CASE NO. 2019-088 x---------------------------------------------x

PACIFIC WIRELESS, INC. Applicant CCC CASE NO. 2019-089 x---------------------------------------------x

Applicant, FAIRWAVES BROADCASTING NETWORK, is DVROHSURSULHWRUVKLSGXO\RUJDQL]HG and existing under and by virtue of Philippine Laws, a grantee of a Legislative Franchise under R.A No. 8113, requests for the issuance of a &HUWL¿FDWHRI3XEOLF&RQYHQLHQFH (CPC) to install, operate and maintain 1KW FM Radio Broadcast Station in ODIONGAN, ROMBLON. Applicant, further requests for the issuance of a Provisional Authority (PA) SHQGLQJ ¿QDO GHWHUPLQDWLRQ RI the application. In view thereof, this will be heard by this Commission on JUNE 24, 2019, (Monday) at ten o’clock in the morning (10:00 A.M.) at the Legal %UDQFK rd )ORRU 17& %XLOGLQJ National Telecommunications &RPPLVVLRQ %,5 5RDG (DVW 7ULDQJOH 'LOLPDQ 4XH]RQ &LW\ wherein applicant shall present its compliance with the Commission’s jurisdictional requirements, as well as its evidences, if warranted. However, should the hearing date be declared a holiday or nonworking day due to force majeure, the said hearing shall be held on the NEXT regular working day. $WOHDVW¿IWHHQ  GD\VEHIRUHWKH date of hearing, applicant shall have published the Notice of Hearing once in one (1) newspaper of general circulation and have served copies of the Notice of Hearing and the application including all annexes attached therewith to all the affected parties by registered mail or through personal delivery, as furnished by the Commission.



PACIFIC WIRELESS, INC. Applicant CCC CASE NO. 2019-090 x---------------------------------------------x

JOSE M. LUISON & SONS, INC. Applicant BMC CASE NO. 2019-075 x---------------------------------------------x

JOSE M. LUISON & SONS, INC. Applicant BMC CASE NO. 2019-076 x---------------------------------------------x




Applicant, PACIFIC WIRELESS, INC., a domestic corporation duly RUJDQL]HGDQGH[LVWLQJXQGHUDQGE\ virtue of Philippine Laws, registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (S.E.C.), and a grantee of a Congressional Franchise under R.A No. 8281, requests for the issuance of a &HUWL¿FDWH RI 3XEOLF Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) to install, operate and maintain an INTERNATIONAL CABLE LANDING STATION IN PORO POINT, SAN FERNANDO CITY, LA UNON.

Applicant, JOSE M. LUISON & SONS, INC., a 100% Filipino GRPHVWLFFRUSRUDWLRQGXO\RUJDQL]HG and existing under and by virtue of Philippine Laws, registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (S.E.C.), and a grantee of a Congressional Franchise under R.A No. 8132, requests for the issuance of a &HUWL¿FDWH RI Public Convenience (CPC) to install, operate and maintain 1.0 .Z )0 5DGLR %URDGFDVW 6WDWLRQ in GINGOOG CITY, MISAMIS ORIENTAL.

Applicant, JOSE M. LUISON & SONS, INC., a 100% Filipino GRPHVWLFFRUSRUDWLRQGXO\RUJDQL]HG and existing under and by virtue of Philippine Laws, registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (S.E.C.), and a grantee of a Congressional Franchise under R.A No. 8132, requests for the issuance of a &HUWL¿FDWH RI Public Convenience (CPC) to install, operate and maintain 1.0 Kw FM Radio Broadcast Station in BAYUGAN CITY, AGUSAN DEL SUR.

Applicant, further requests for the issuance of a Provisional Authority (PA) SHQGLQJ ¿QDO GHWHUPLQDWLRQ RI the application.

Applicant, further requests for the issuance of a Provisional Authority (PA) SHQGLQJ ¿QDO GHWHUPLQDWLRQ RI the application.

Applicant, further requests for the issuance of a Provisional Authority (PA) SHQGLQJ ¿QDO GHWHUPLQDWLRQ RI the application.

In view thereof, this will be heard by this Commission on JUNE 24, 2019, (Monday) at ten o’clock in the morning (10:00 A.M.) at the Legal %UDQFK UG )ORRU 17& %XLOGLQJ National Telecommunications &RPPLVVLRQ %,5 5RDG (DVW 7ULDQJOH 'LOLPDQ 4XH]RQ &LW\ wherein applicant shall present its compliance with the Commission’s jurisdictional requirements, as well as its evidences, if warranted.

In view thereof, this will be heard by this Commission on JUNE 24, 2019, (Monday) at ten o’clock in the morning (10:00 A.M.) at the Legal %UDQFK UG )ORRU 17& %XLOGLQJ National Telecommunications &RPPLVVLRQ %,5 5RDG (DVW 7ULDQJOH 'LOLPDQ 4XH]RQ &LW\ wherein applicant shall present its compliance with the Commission’s jurisdictional requirements, as well as its evidences, if warranted.

In view thereof, this will be heard by this Commission on JUNE 24, 2019, (Monday) at ten o’clock in the morning (10:00 A.M.) at the Legal %UDQFK UG )ORRU 17& %XLOGLQJ National Telecommunications &RPPLVVLRQ %,5 5RDG (DVW 7ULDQJOH 'LOLPDQ 4XH]RQ &LW\ wherein applicant shall present its compliance with the Commission’s jurisdictional requirements, as well as its evidences, if warranted.

However, should the hearing date be declared a holiday or non-working day due to force majeure, the said hearing shall be held on the NEXT regular working day.

However, should the hearing date be declared a holiday or non-working day due to force majeure, the said hearing shall be held on the NEXT regular working day.

However, should the hearing date be declared a holiday or non-working day due to force majeure, the said hearing shall be held on the NEXT regular working day.

$W OHDVW ¿IWHHQ   GD\V EHIRUH WKH date of hearing, applicant shall have published the Notice of Hearing once in one (1) newspaper of general circulation and have served copies of the Notice of Hearing and the application including all annexes attached therewith to all the affected parties by registered mail or through personal delivery, as furnished by the Commission.

$W OHDVW ¿IWHHQ   GD\V EHIRUH WKH date of hearing, applicant shall have published the Notice of Hearing once in one (1) newspaper of general circulation and have served copies of the Notice of Hearing and the application including all annexes attached therewith to all the affected parties by registered mail or through personal delivery, as furnished by the Commission.

$W OHDVW ¿IWHHQ   GD\V EHIRUH WKH date of hearing, applicant shall have published the Notice of Hearing once in one (1) newspaper of general circulation and have served copies of the Notice of Hearing and the application including all annexes attached therewith to all the affected parties by registered mail or through personal delivery, as furnished by the Commission.

Any party opposed to the granting of the application is hereby directed to appear at the scheduled hearing and PXVW¿OHLWVYHUL¿HGRSSRVLWLRQRQRU before the date of hearing, furnishing the applicant with a copy of the same. Failure on the part of any DIIHFWHGSDUW\WR¿OHLWVRSSRVLWLRQRQ time and to appear at the scheduled hearing shall be construed as a waiver of its right to be heard and the Commission shall proceed to hear and decide the application on its merit.

Any party opposed to the granting of the application is hereby directed to appear at the scheduled hearing and PXVW¿OHLWVYHUL¿HGRSSRVLWLRQRQRU before the date of hearing, furnishing the applicant with a copy of the same. Failure on the part of any DIIHFWHGSDUW\WR¿OHLWVRSSRVLWLRQRQ time and to appear at the scheduled hearing shall be construed as a waiver of its right to be heard and the Commission shall proceed to hear and decide the application on its merit.

Any party opposed to the granting of the application is hereby directed to appear at the scheduled hearing and PXVW¿OHLWVYHUL¿HGRSSRVLWLRQRQRU before the date of hearing, furnishing the applicant with a copy of the same. Failure on the part of any DIIHFWHGSDUW\WR¿OHLWVRSSRVLWLRQRQ time and to appear at the scheduled hearing shall be construed as a waiver of its right to be heard and the Commission shall proceed to hear and decide the application on its merit.

WITNESS, the HON. GAMALIEL A. CORDOBA, Commissioner, National Telecommunications Commission, this 29th day of MAY, 2019.

WITNESS, the HON. GAMALIEL A. CORDOBA, Commissioner, National Telecommunications Commission, this 21st day of MAY, 2019.

WITNESS, the HON. GAMALIEL A. CORDOBA, Commissioner, National Telecommunications Commission, this 21st day of MAY, 2019.

(SGD.) ADRIANO B. CONSUNJI Chief, Commission Secretariat

(SGD.) ADRIANO B. CONSUNJI Chief, Commission Secretariat

(SGD.) ADRIANO B. CONSUNJI Chief, Commission Secretariat

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5(38%/,&2)7+(3+,/,33,1(6 NATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION 17&%XLOGLQJ%,55RDG(DVW7ULDQJOH'LOLPDQ4XH]RQ&LW\ Email: ntc@ntc.gov.ph; website: http://www.ntc.gov.ph 17 May 2019 MR. ANTHONY LOUEN R. FERNANDEZ Legal & Regulatory Group Smart Communications, Inc. 6799 Ayala Avenue, 1226 Makati City 'HDU0U)HUQDQGH] This refers to your letter dated 17 May 2019 regarding the SMART BRO PREPAID LTE HOME WIFI FAMLOADS PROMO. In line with the thrust of the government to lower telecommunications service rates for the EHQH¿WRIWKH)LOLSLQRFRQVXPHUVDQG2YHUVHDV)LOLSLQR:RUNHUV 2): WKH&RPPLVVLRQKHUHE\ approves the SMART BRO PREPAID LTE HOME FAMLOADS PROMO from 24 May 2019 until 31 August 2019. This approval is subject to the condition that SMART shall publish the mechanics in a newspaper of general circulation at least three (3) days prior to the implementation. Should SMART decide not to extend the promo, it shall seek approval of the Commission within ten (10) days prior to the date of discontinuance and notice to the public shall be published in a newspaper RIJHQHUDOFLUFXODWLRQDWOHDVW¿YH  GD\VSULRUWRWKHGDWHRIGLVFRQWLQXDQFH7KHQRWLFHVKRXOG be posted in all business centers of SMART. Please see table below for reference: Promo FAMLOAD 15 (add-on to higher Home boost loads) FAMLOAD 50 FAMLOAD 199 FAMLOAD 599 FAMLOAD 899 FAMLOAD 1499




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Any party opposed to the granting of the application is hereby directed to appear at the scheduled hearing DQGPXVW¿OHLWVYHUL¿HGRSSRVLWLRQ on or before the date of hearing, furnishing the applicant with a copy of the same. Failure on the SDUW RI DQ\ DIIHFWHG SDUW\ WR ¿OH LWV opposition on time and to appear at the scheduled hearing shall be construed as a waiver of its right to be heard and the Commission shall proceed to hear and decide the application on its merit. WITNESS, the HON. GAMALIEL A. CORDOBA, Commissioner, National Telecommunications Commission, this 21st day of MAY, 2019.



Applicant, PACIFIC WIRELESS, INC., a domestic corporation duly RUJDQL]HGDQGH[LVWLQJXQGHUDQGE\ virtue of Philippine Laws, registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (S.E.C.), and a grantee of a Congressional Franchise under R.A No. 8281, requests for the issuance of a &HUWL¿FDWH RI 3XEOLF Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) to install, operate and maintain an INTERNATIONAL CABLE LANDING STATION IN NASUGBU, BATANGAS.

Applicant, PACIFIC WIRELESS, INC., a domestic corporation duly RUJDQL]HGDQGH[LVWLQJXQGHUDQGE\ virtue of Philippine Laws, registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (S.E.C.), and a grantee of a Congressional Franchise under R.A No. 8281, requests for the issuance of a &HUWL¿FDWH RI 3XEOLF Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) to install, operate and maintain an INTERNATIONAL CABLE LANDING STATION IN BALER, AURORA.

Applicant, further requests for the issuance of a Provisional Authority (PA) SHQGLQJ ¿QDO GHWHUPLQDWLRQ RI the application.

Applicant, further requests for the issuance of a Provisional Authority (PA) SHQGLQJ ¿QDO GHWHUPLQDWLRQ RI the application.

In view thereof, this will be heard by this Commission on JUNE 24, 2019, (Monday) at ten o’clock in the morning (10:00 A.M.) at the Legal %UDQFK UG )ORRU 17& %XLOGLQJ National Telecommunications &RPPLVVLRQ %,5 5RDG (DVW 7ULDQJOH 'LOLPDQ 4XH]RQ &LW\ wherein applicant shall present its compliance with the Commission’s jurisdictional requirements, as well as its evidences, if warranted.

In view thereof, this will be heard by this Commission on JUNE 24, 2019, (Monday) at ten o’clock in the morning (10:00 A.M.) at the Legal %UDQFK UG )ORRU 17& %XLOGLQJ National Telecommunications &RPPLVVLRQ %,5 5RDG (DVW 7ULDQJOH 'LOLPDQ 4XH]RQ &LW\ wherein applicant shall present its compliance with the Commission’s jurisdictional requirements, as well as its evidences, if warranted.

However, should the hearing date be declared a holiday or non-working day due to force majeure, the said hearing shall be held on the NEXT regular working day.

However, should the hearing date be declared a holiday or non-working day due to force majeure, the said hearing shall be held on the NEXT regular working day.

$W OHDVW ¿IWHHQ   GD\V EHIRUH WKH date of hearing, applicant shall have published the Notice of Hearing once in one (1) newspaper of general circulation and have served copies of the Notice of Hearing and the application including all annexes attached therewith to all the affected parties by registered mail or through personal delivery, as furnished by the Commission.

$W OHDVW ¿IWHHQ   GD\V EHIRUH WKH date of hearing, applicant shall have published the Notice of Hearing once in one (1) newspaper of general circulation and have served copies of the Notice of Hearing and the application including all annexes attached therewith to all the affected parties by registered mail or through personal delivery, as furnished by the Commission.

Any party opposed to the granting of the application is hereby directed to appear at the scheduled hearing and PXVW¿OHLWVYHUL¿HGRSSRVLWLRQRQRU before the date of hearing, furnishing the applicant with a copy of the same. Failure on the part of any DIIHFWHGSDUW\WR¿OHLWVRSSRVLWLRQRQ time and to appear at the scheduled hearing shall be construed as a waiver of its right to be heard and the Commission shall proceed to hear and decide the application on its merit.

Any party opposed to the granting of the application is hereby directed to appear at the scheduled hearing and PXVW¿OHLWVYHUL¿HGRSSRVLWLRQRQRU before the date of hearing, furnishing the applicant with a copy of the same. Failure on the part of any DIIHFWHGSDUW\WR¿OHLWVRSSRVLWLRQRQ time and to appear at the scheduled hearing shall be construed as a waiver of its right to be heard and the Commission shall proceed to hear and decide the application on its merit.

WITNESS, the HON. GAMALIEL A. CORDOBA, Commissioner, National Telecommunications Commission, this 29th day of MAY, 2019.

WITNESS, the HON. GAMALIEL A. CORDOBA, Commissioner, National Telecommunications Commission, this 29th day of MAY, 2019.

(SGD.) ADRIANO B. CONSUNJI Chief, Commission Secretariat

(SGD.) ADRIANO B. CONSUNJI Chief, Commission Secretariat

(SGD.) ADRIANO B. CONSUNJI Chief, Commission Secretariat

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NOTICE OF EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT AND PARTITION OF THE ESTATE WITH DONATION Notice is hereby given that the estate of the late IRENEO A. AMOROSO has been extrajudicially settled by and among his heirs as per Deed of Extrajudicial Settlement and Partition of the Estate with Donation executed on July 4, 2016 and entered as per Doc. No. 363; Page No. %RRN1R,6HULHVRIRIWKHQRWDULDOUHJLVWU\RI Atty. Gianna Maria C. Comsti a notary public for and in Pasig City and January 11, 2019 and entered as per Doc. 1R3DJH1R%RRN1R,6HULHVRIRIWKH QRWDULDO UHJLVWU\ RI$WW\ 6LG$QJHOR 0 %DXWLVWD D QRWDU\ public for and in Pasig City. MT - June 4, 10 & 17, 2019

Republic of the Philippines ) City of Makati ) S.S. LIVING TRUST INTER VIVOS (With Bond Power) - in favor of RANIE BORCELIS OCAMPO (Trustee) Know Ye All Men By These Presents: WHEREAS, the Trustor, FRANCISCO E. DELOS SANTOS, Principal Account Holder/Signatory of various %DQN$FFRXQWV LQ KLV QDPH GHSRVLWHG LQ IRUHLJQ EDQNV SDUWLFXODUO\ 67$1'$5' &+$57(5(' %$1. 7KDLODQG  SPECIAL DEPOSIT ACCOUNTS, %DQN$FFRXQW1R 5134 223%HQL¿FLDU\$&1DPH)UDQFLVFRGHORV6DQWRV :+(5($6WKH7UXVWHH5$1,(%2&$032)LOLSLQRRI legal age, has the capacity demonstrated by his capability to administer, manage, hold invest, trade and dispose of consistent with the purpose of said Asset, its desired vision for the highest good of every soul involved, as it hereby ZDUUDQWVDQGDI¿UPVWKH7UXVWRUFRPPLWWLQJLUUHYRFDEO\VXFK capacity and expertise of the Trustee to protect the interest of the Trust and the Trustor; WHEREFORE, for and in grateful acknowledgement for the Trusteeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s generosity in many kinds rendered to the Trustor, such exemplary assistance, the Trustor desired being of sound mind and memory without undue LQÃ&#x20AC;XHQFHYLROHQFHIUDXGRULQWLPLGDWLRQVKHUHE\&('(' 75$16)(55('$1' &219(<(' DOO KLV ULJKWV WLWOHV participation and ownership over said Asset abovementioned E\ZD\RIWKLV/,9,1*75867LQIDYRURIKLV7UXVWHHQRZ and forever; This Deed supersedes previous, other or all writings, deeds and undertakings entered into by the Trustor, subject same Asset mentioned and the same can never be superseded by any acts whatsoever nature, neither by force majeure nor by Death cannot affect the Spirit covenanted by WKH3DUWLHVDQGLWVOLIHUHPDLQVXQWHQDEO\LQ¿QLWH

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5(38%/,&2)7+(3+,/,33,1(6 2I¿FHRIWKH3UHVLGHQW NATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION 4XH]RQ&LW\ MINDANAO BROADCASTING AND NEWS NETWORK, INC. Applicant BMC CASE NO. 2019-101 x----------------------------------------------x NOTICE OF HEARING Applicant, MINDANAO BROADCASTING AND NEWS NETWORK, INC., a Filipino GRPHVWLFFRUSRUDWLRQGXO\RUJDQL]HG and existing under and by virtue of Philippine Laws, registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (S.E.C.), and a grantee of a Congressional Franchise under R.A No. 8529, requests for the issuance of a &HUWL¿FDWH RI 3XEOLF Convenience (CPC) to install, operate and maintain 1 KW FM Broadcast Station in TAMBULIG, ZAMBOANGA DEL SUR.

(SGD.) RANIE B. OCAMPO (SGD.) FRANCISCO E. DELOS SANTOS 7UXVWHH331R(% 7UXVWRU331R;; DFA Manila DFA Manila Signed in the presence of : 6*' 'HPR¿OR'&$JSDXD


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$W OHDVW ¿IWHHQ   GD\V EHIRUH WKH date of hearing, applicant shall have published the Notice of Hearing once in one (1) newspaper of general circulation and have served copies of the Notice of Hearing and the application including all annexes attached therewith to all the affected parties by registered mail or through personal delivery, as furnished by the Commission. Any party opposed to the granting of the application is hereby directed to appear at the scheduled hearing and PXVW¿OHLWVYHUL¿HGRSSRVLWLRQRQRU before the date of hearing, furnishing the applicant with a copy of the same. Failure on the part of any DIIHFWHGSDUW\WR¿OHLWVRSSRVLWLRQRQ time and to appear at the scheduled hearing shall be construed as a waiver of its right to be heard and the Commission shall proceed to hear and decide the application on its merit. WITNESS, the HON. GAMALIEL A. CORDOBA, Commissioner, National Telecommunications Commission, this 31st day of MAY, 2019. (SGD.) ADRIANO B. CONSUNJI Chief, Commission Secretariat MT - June 4, 2019


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20 May 2019 MR. ANTHONY LOUEN R. FERNANDEZ Legal & Regulatory Group Smart Communications, Inc. 6799 Ayala Avenue, 1226 Makati City 'HDU0U)HUQDQGH] This refers to your letter dated 17 May 2019 regarding the extension of EXCLUSIVE SMART/TNT/SUN PREPAID BUNDLES PROMO. ,Q OLQH ZLWK WKH WKUXVW RI WKH JRYHUQPHQW WR ORZHU WHOHFRPPXQLFDWLRQV VHUYLFH UDWHV IRU WKH EHQH¿W of the Filipino consumers and Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW), the Commission hereby approves the extension of EXCLUSIVE SMART/TNT/SUNMART BRO PREPAID BUNDLES PROMO until 15 June 2019 subject to the condition that should SMART decide not to extend the promo, it shall seek approval of the Commission within ten (10) days prior to the date of discontinuance and notice to the SXEOLFVKDOOEHSXEOLVKHGLQDQHZVSDSHURIJHQHUDOFLUFXODWLRQDWOHDVW¿YH  GD\VSULRUWRWKHGDWHRI discontinuance. The notice should be posted in all business centers of SMART. Please see table below for reference: INCLUSIONS *%RSHQDFFHVVGDWD Unli Texts to Smart, TNT, and Sun 150 Minute Calls to Smart, TNT, and Sun *%RSHQDFFHVVGDWD Unli Texts to Smart, TNT, and Sun 300 Minute Calls to Smart, TNT, and Sun

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5(38%/,&2)7+(3+,/,33,1(6 NATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION 17&%XLOGLQJ%,55RDG(DVW7ULDQJOH'LOLPDQ4XH]RQ&LW\ Email: ntc@ntc.gov.ph; website: http://www.ntc.gov.ph 17 April 2019 MR. ANTHONY LOUEN R. FERNANDEZ Legal & Regulatory Group Smart Communications, Inc. 6799 Ayala Avenue, Makati City 'HDU0U)HUQDQGH] This refers to your letter dated 16 April 2019 regarding the Smart and Bro Prepaid More Mainstream Promo. ,QOLQHZLWKWKHWKUXVWRIWKHJRYHUQPHQWWRORZHUWHOHFRPPXQLFDWLRQVVHUYLFHUDWHVIRUWKHEHQH¿WRI the Filipino consumers and Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW), the Commission hereby approves Smart and Bro Prepaid More Mainstream Promo from 01 June 2019 to 31 August 2019. The approval is subject to the condition that SMART shall publish the mechanics in a newspaper of general circulation three (3) days prior to the implementation. Should SMART decide not to extend the promo, it shall seek approval of the Commission within ten (10) days prior to the date of discontinuance and notice to the public shall be published in a newspaper of general circulation at OHDVW¿YH  GD\VSULRUWRWKHGDWHRIGLVFRQWLQXDQFH7KHQRWLFHVKRXOGEHSRVWHGLQDOOEXVLQHVV centers of SMART. The promo offers the following:

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TUESDAY JUNE 4, 2019 B8 EDITOR: Mario F. Fetalino Jr. mario.fetalino@manilatimes.net

Republic Cement rolls out mobile testing lab R BY TYRONE PIAD

EPUBLIC Cement Services Inc. is intensifying its efforts to aid the construction and building industry with the recent launch of a mobile laboratory equipped for complex concrete, aggregate and cement testing. In a recent press event in Taguig, Republic Cement President and #HIEF%XECUTIVE/Fkcer Nabil Francis said the need for aiding the construction sector was increasing, as the government pushes its massive infrastructure drive. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It (infrastructure program) is changing the shape of our country. It is accounting for the 33 percent of demand for ce-

QRepublic Cement Chief Executive Officer Nabil Francis

ment,â&#x20AC;? Francis said. Dubbed as Fast Laboratory On Wheels (FLOW), the laboratory built from a minitruck with a pull-canopy features equipment and apparatuses needed for complex solution testing. It can be mobilized to job sites to cater to analysis requirements for cement within hours. FLOW is set to serve mix producers, project contractors and dry mortar manufacturers. Apart from testing, the mobile laboratory can conduct trial mix to assess cement compatibility with the project requirement SPECIkCATION4HISWASTOENSURE the strength of cement, Francis said, noting that different projects required certain types of cement products. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are here to help deliver and support our partnersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; quality and competency objectives, as we embrace the highest standards in building stronger structures,â&#x20AC;? he said. FLOW can also facilitate trainings as it can serve as a demonstration facility, as well. Ultimately, the cement manufacturer aims to help in reducing production cost, boosting income and achieving high quality products. Republic Cement will be deploying the mobile laboratory in Metro Manila, Central Luzon and Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal

QThe mobile laboratory is built from a minitruck with a pull-canopy features equipment and apparatuses needed for complex solution testing. It can be mobilized to job sites to cater to analysis requirements for cement within hours. and Quezon in June. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We look forward to working with our partners to help build a stronger Republic,â&#x20AC;? Francis added. Earlier, the cement maker introduced an eco-friendly product Â&#x2021;lYASHÂ&#x2021;UNDERITSPORTFOLIOIN accordance to its thrust towards green manufacturing. &LYASH ABY PRODUCTOFCOAL kRED power plants, can be used as a mineral additive to produce concrete. It is being used as an additive in blended cement type IP and type P for the brands Republic Portland Plus, Fortune, Mindanao and Kapitbalay, improving the cement productsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; durability and compressive strength. Recently, Republic Cement also INSTALLEDBAGkLTERSTECHNOLOGYIN its Bulacan plant to reduce dust emissions by 75 percent. Replacing its kiln electrostatic PRECIPITATOR THEBAGkLTERSSERVEAS â&#x20AC;&#x153;sockâ&#x20AC;? that traps dust before â&#x20AC;&#x153;air is released into the atmosphere, thereby capturing it from the point of origin,â&#x20AC;? it explained.

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ECENT calamities in the Philippines shook up many Filipinos. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not referring to the disastrous foray of the Otso Diretso in the recently conducted midterm elections where they lost disastrously to administration candidates. Rather, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m talking about the recent tremors that happened in various parts of the country. More troubling, however, is the â&#x20AC;&#x153;mega earthquakeâ&#x20AC;? the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivocs) has been reporting for the awareness and preparation of the public. As Phivocs mentioned in its TV interviews and press releases, the Philippines may be expecting a big shake with a magnitude of 8 in the Richter scale. When it happens, Filipinos should be ready. But how do we get ready for the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Big One?â&#x20AC;? We cannot predict when and where an earthquake will strike next. There is no sciENTIkC DATA OR EXACT SCIENCE THAT could tell this. The earth is still a much complicated planet to understand and comprehend. We may know about the fault lines but never the place and time the quake will occur. Back to the question, how do we prepare for the big one? I guess the answer is in the disaster preparedness drills conducted in schools by the Department of Education where students are taught what to do during a jolt. Maybe its in the warning raised by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in areas where a storm surge like the one caused by Typhoon Yolanda is about happen. Probably its in the Department of Social Welfare and Developmenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s temporary alternative shelters and relief goods offered to victims of natural calamities. Or in the setting up of the proper chain of command

National Building Code mentions that the building permit will not be approved if it does include the ancillary permits. The ancillary permits hold accountable the right professional in the design and build area of responsibility. Meaning to say, if a big one happens or if a building collapses due to defects attributed TOPOORPLANSANDSPECIkCATIONS  or defects on the ground, the concerned professional will be liable under Article 1723 of the Civil Code of the Philippines. Normally, the culprits here are THEBUILDINGOFkCIALSBECAUSETHEY approve the permits and as such, they normally get the penalty in court. I suspect, that is why the process of approving building permits gets to be too tedious and so LONGBECAUSETHE"UILDINGOFkCIALS neck are on the line. This is where the new law, the Ease of Doing Business, should come into the PICTURE)kRMLYBELIEVETHATTHERIGHT professionals â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the licensed and registered architects and engineers â&#x20AC;&#x201D; should be the responsible parties for any defect on the plans and SPECIkCATIONSOFABUILDING The ancillary permits missing out are the Architectural Permit and the Structural/Civil Works Permit. Both of them have not yet been published by the DPWH. These two permits identify the responsible professionals. Without these two ancillary permits, I do believe it will be the building officials who should always be blamed for any defective vertical structure. And they should be penalized and go to jail. A lot of unregistered and unlicensed architects are signing as architects on record when they are not even QUALIkEDFORSUCH4HISISTOLERated in many local governments. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also very wrong when structural computations and analysis

THE ARCHITECTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S PERSPECTIVE ARCH. BENJAMIN PANGANIBAN JR. and coordination of the policies during a disaster by the National Disaster Coordinating Council. Could it be in the Department of Public Works and Highwaysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; task to mobilize the heavy equipment to clear the highways (DPWH) for easy and immediate access to affected areas? How about in the soldiers who are always made ready by the Department of National Defense to execute rescue operations when our people needs help? Is the answer found in the Philippine National Policeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mandate to uphold peace and order? I guess you would say the Philippines is ready for the big one. But are we really? On the technical side of our profession, I think there are areas that need to be highlighted and improved prior to the big one or any natural or man-made calamity that might occur. And this is on the proper implementation of certain provisions of the National Building Code of the Philippines. Technical professionals such as architects, civil engineers, mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, sanitary engineers, master plumbers and electronic engineers have separate responsibilities in the construction of vertical structures, especially those that shelter humans. These structures should conform to the specialization or expertise of concerned professionals. As of today, this has not been applied or implemented by the DPWH. This is because two of the ancillary permits have not been ISSUEDBYITSNATIONALOFkCE4HE

of a legitimate architect, who is supposed to be the prime professional for vertical structures, are QUESTIONED BY BUILDING OFkCIALS The worst thing is that building OFkCIALS TURN BLIND TO PHONY ARchitects that sign as architect on record for building permits. How could they let public safety to be compromised? Well, that is why BUILDINGOFkCIALSGETTHElAKAND the penalty whenever a building is in question because of such irregularity But these malpractices should BERECTIkEDATTHESOONESTSOTHAT we can avoid loss of precious lives. The architectural and civil/ structural permits should now be made part of the building permits as provided under the National Building Code of the Philippines. Otherwise, the DPWH will get part of the blame. I do hope and pray that the concerned government agencies such ASTHE$07(OREVENTHE/FkCEOF the President can hear us out on this plea to address this problem that clearly threatens public safety. The ancillary permits should now be published and implemented properly. Architecture is for architects as Engineering is for engineers. Respect for the right professionals contribute well and faster to nation building.

(The writer is the current national president of the United Architects of the Philippines and THEkRSTNATIONALPRESIDENTCOMing from Mindanao. He has been in the Private practice for more than 33 years and is a Fellow of THE5!0(EISALSOTHEkRST!SEAN architect and APEC architect coming from Davao City. He is a graduate of BS Architecture from the University of Mindanao and is also a Doctor Fellow of the Royal Institute of Architects Singapore.)

The cement manufacturer also eyes to install the same technology in its Batangas and Teresa plants this year. Meanwhile, construction of two new manufacturing plants of the company is on track. The facilities are set for opening this year to increase its current production capacity by 2 million metric tons (MT). â&#x20AC;&#x153;The target is to commission 2 million tons of additional production capacity at the end of this year,â&#x20AC;? Francis told The Manila Times. Francis said the Luzon plant would be opened in two to three months while the facility in Mindanao is expected to be commissioned before the year ends. The additional capacity, which is equivalent to more than 50 million bags, will bring its total production to 9 million MT. Each cement mill would cost $20 million on average, taking into consideration the plant size and equipment to be installed, he said earlier. The equipment would be sourced locally as much as possible, Francis

said, but other specialized tools might be imported from other Asian and European manufacturers. The initiative was a response to the governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s call for expansion to be less dependent on imports, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Basically, to support the Build, Build, Build program, we are expanding production capacity,â&#x20AC;? he added. Surging cement imports were seen to be hurting the local industry in the past years, the Trade department said, imposing a 4-percent, 200-day provisional safeguard duty to protect cement manufacturers. Francis supported this move, noting that â&#x20AC;&#x153;it is a matter of national interest.â&#x20AC;? Investigation on the matter, led by the Tariff Commission, is ongoing and the decision whether the safeguard duty will be permanent is expected to be out by June. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We trust that the Tariff Commission will take the right decision to impose the safeguard as a permanent tariff in the industry,â&#x20AC;? he said.

Dwellings made for OFWs, entrepreneurs AVIDA Land is constructing a housing project in Imus, Cavite, targetting to cater to overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), licensed professionals and entrepreneurs. Anne Jara, Avida Landâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s group head for the South Luzon Project Strategic Management, said the company was particularly eyeing for its new project â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the Avida Verra Settings Vermosa â&#x20AC;&#x201D; those who earn more than P150,000 monthly. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For Avida, [the] middle-income [market] was always our target, but [within] Vermosa, we have adjusted to the price within that area,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But in terms of offerings in Vermosa, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re still the most affordable option,â&#x20AC;? she added. Avida Verra Settings will offer amenities such as adult and kiddie pools, basketlball court, childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s park, playground and a clubhouse. The Ayala-led firm is expecting to generate P2.8 billion in

sales from the 10-hectare residential development. At a news briefing in Makati City recently, Avida said the project would offer a total of 370 combined lots-only and house-and-lot units. It was the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second largest territory after Avida Settings Nuvali. A total of 245 units, or 57 percent of the total offering, were already launched and taken up during the first two phases of the development since it was launched in November last year. The remaining units are set for launching in June. Avida said lot-only units are salable at P5.7 million, while house-and-lots start at P7.6 million. Each square meter (sqm) is being sold at P38,000. Avida also offers two model units namely, the 67-sqm Macy and the 85-sqm Trista, of which both can be expanded to allow room buyers to customize and design their houses. ANGELICA BALLESTEROS

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Q The Polo GTI R5 made a stellar performance in the Rally Liepāja with Oliver Solberg of Norway and his codriver Aaron Johnston of Great Britain.

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The Brickyard in Glorietta 2 located in Makati City celebrated its first year anniversary on Monday with the launch of Tamiya’s first-ever Pinoy “Dyipni” edition. Another exciting event is also coming on June 20 to 23 at the Glorietta 2 Activity Center as The Brickyard also brings you another “first-ever” event that is the Tamiya Mini-4WD Asia Challenege Manila. There are nine Asian countries with hundreds of racers that would be competing in the event. So come and visit The Brickyard to check and get your own Tamiya Pinoy Dyipni limited edition. 


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MAXUS COMING SOON From its European origins, the Maxus brand known globally for commercial vehicles would be made available in the Philippine automotive market starting on Thursday. The brand would form part of the Ayala Automotive Group of AC Industrials. Watch out as Maxus vehicles cruise local roads, transporting Filipinos in power and comfort, MAXing out all possibilities.





Hyundai PH wins Service Excellence Award at Global CV Service Conference HYUNDAI Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI), the official distributor of Hyundai passenger cars and commercial vehicles in the Philippines, won the Service Excellence Award for Best Service Operations at the 2019 Hyundai CV Global Service Conference held in Seoul, South Korea, on April 24. This triumph was the latest in a long line of awards that HARI has won since entering the commercial vehicle industry in 2016 after securing the Philippine distributorship of Hyundai trucks and buses. In March, HARI won the 2018 Regional Distributor of the Year in Asia-Pacific/Russia and CIS at the Hyundai Truck and Bus Regional Convention in Cebu City. In October 2018, HARIâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Philippine After-Sales Service team won the first Hyundai Truck and Bus World Skill Olympics in South Korea. Early last year, HARI was also awarded the 2017 Regional Excellence Award for Asia and the Pacific, beating 15 other regional dealerships, at the 2018 Hyundai Truck and Bus Global Distributor Convention. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We welcome this latest recognition that validates our decision to push for the distributorship of Hyundai trucks and buses alongside passenger cars. HARI can proudly say that both divisions are multi-awarded and recognized in the global Hyundai community,â&#x20AC;? HARI President and Chief Executive Officer Ma. Fe Perez-Agudo said. The award was conferred by D.K. Kwon of Hyundai Motor Co.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s CV Service Division at the end of the two-day Global Service Conference. Distributors from around the world gathered in Seoul, South Korea to share best practices in the commercial vehicle industry, and to enhance truck and bus service capabilities. Apart from HARI, awardees for Service Excellence included distributors from Algeria for Service Enhancement, Russia for Marketing, and Colombia for Service Cooperation â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our award-winning commercial vehicle service is now available in 11 dedicated dealerships across the country, with more in the pipeline,â&#x20AC;? Agudo added.



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O acquaint ourselves with its sub-compact wonder, Honda Cars Philippines Inc. (HCPI) organized a ride and drive event from May 22 to 24 that encompassed the northern territories of La Union, Baguio and the Clark Freeport Zone. Taking center stage was the all-new Honda Brio, which was launched early this year to counter the rising costs of fuel and to introduce an affordable CARFORkRSTTIMEBUYERSAND millennials.








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QSubaru PH Deputy Manager Gerry Hernandez strikes a confident pose with his top seller.


Dear Forester: Is There Anything You Can’t Do? QThis time, the Forester does a river crossing with ease.



UST when we thought that the Subaru Forester could not get any better, Motor Image Pilipinas pulled a fast one and whisked a select contingent of motoring media journalists to La Union, one of the most POPULARBEACHANDSURkNGDESTINATIONSINTHE Philippines. It has been years since Subaru held a ride and drive out of town, and the event was a much-needed shot in the arm for Subaru in terms of branding. The media contingent gathered in the early morning at the Subaru showroom along C5. There, they were grouped in packs of four. Each group was assigned to their own 2019 Forester with EyeSight, to be driven from Manila to La Union. This offered each person a chance to experience the Forester on a long drive down traversing open highways and tight provincial streets. With this, the media was able to activate and explore the award-winning EyeSight features in an actual setting and over a longer period of time. 4HEFEATURESTHATSTOODOUTONTHEkRST leg of the drive were the adaptive cruise control, lead vehicle alert, and lane departure warning. The adaptive cruise control shone during the drive because it made maintaining a consistent speed easier and offered a more comfortable experience for the driver, since the driver could keep his foot off the pedals while following the convoy. The lane departure warning kicks in once the Forester is running at 60 kph. On the highway, this became helpful, especially when high speeds could cause the driver to unconsciously move toward one side of the lane. The lead vehicle alert came in handy WHENTHECONVOYENTEREDTHETRAFkC LADEN provincial town. This is a feature that tells you that the EyeSight is always on and activated. Imagine sitting in stop and go TRAFkCANDBEGINNINGTOSPACEOUTINYOUR seat. Even without activating the adaptive

cruise control, the EyeSight system would alert you once the car in front had started to move – just in case your mind had begun to wander.

Off the roads After a sumptuous seafood lunch hosted by Andrew Po of Subaru Pangasinan, Motor Image Pilipinas took the contingent out to a river-crossing trail. It so happened that it had started to rain that afternoon, causing the water level to rise. This posed a challenge to the Subaru Forester, but one that the SUV gamely took on. It was on this leg of the drive that the X-Mode truly showed what it was made of. Setting the Forester X-Mode to “Dust/Snow” mode, each vehicle plunged into the crossing, moving deftly over rocks and protrusions, and unpredictable current. Needless to say, the group came out unscathed and more impressed than ever. The day capped off with an evening of food, an open bar and a live band entertaining the tired and weary participants at the Aureo La Union resort, where the marketing team of Motor Image Pilipinas, led by Gerry Hernandez, deputy manager of Motor Image Pilipinas, and Uzzi Asuncion, awarded the ride and drive contest winners and personally hosted the festivities. When all was said and done, we could only give the Forester a slow clap and asked: “Is there anything you can’t do?”

QThe Subaru Forester convincingly survived the off-road trail.

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RESHLY updated for the 2020 model year, the RC F coupe has been introduced in the Philippines by Lexus Manila. It now boasts improved performance and revised styling from a wide range of changes.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Fâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Philosophy was born from a pure passion for driving. As you may know, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Fâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; takes its name from Fuji Speedwayâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; the birthplace and home test track of the Lexus F high performance division located near the base of Mt. Fuji,â&#x20AC;? Lexus Manila President Raymond Rodriguez said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That being said, the RC F was conceived as a next generation expression of the Lexus â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Fâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; values, now with a fresh new look and a number of subtle but substantial changes. It was built to generate uncompromising performance and a captivating driving experience,â&#x20AC;? he added.

Reducing weight /NEOFTHEkRSTTARGETSFORTHEENGINEERS was reducing weight without compromisINGTHECOUPESSENSEOFREkNEMENTAND solidity. At the rear, hollow half shafts are now used in place of the previous solid shafts while up front a pared down intake manifold and a smaller air conditioning compressor remove weight from the front of the car. Changing to aluminum for the toe control brackets and upper suspension support brackets also reduces weight while

Lexus Manila unveils new RC F Coupe maintaining stiffness. 4OFURTHERREkNETHEFEELOFTHE2#&  there are now stiffer bushings for the rear suspension arms and steering rack mounts. More rigid engine mounts were also used to better transmit the power of the RC Fâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s normally aspirated 5.0liter V8, one of the last such engines available in a luxury coupe. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rated at 471 hp and 530 Nm of torque thanks to a revised intake routing and lower rpm trigger point for the secondary intake opening. An eightspeed automatic transmission carries over, BUT A HIGHER kNAL DRIVE RATIO HAS BEEN installed to improve off-the-line response. For the ultimate in standing start accel-

eration, the RC F now includes electronic launch control as standard. With a push of the button on the console, the system automatically adjusts the traction and throttle control for maximum acceleration from a stop. All the driver has to do is press and hold the brake pedal, engage THESYSTEM lOORTHEACCELERATORTOBRING up the engine speed and release the brake. Additional performance gains are delivered by new Michelin Pilot Sport 3TIRESDESIGNEDSPECIkCALLYFORTHE2# F. Compared to the standard Michelin SPECIkCATIONS THETIRESONTHE2#&UTILIZEAUNIQUEPROkLESHAPE TREADPATTERN and rubber compound. The changes are

SPECIkCALLYDESIGNEDTOREDUCEUNDERSTEER  taillights integrate neatly into a reshaped improve overall lateral grip and increase bumper to give the RC F a cleaner, more durability under extreme conditions. chiseled appearance. The RC F will be available in six exterior Changes to styling colors: Radiant Red Contrast Layering, There are also subtle but substantive Heat Blue Contrast Layering, White Nova changes to the styling of the RC F that Glass Flake, Sonic Titanium, Graphite ADDFAMILIALTRAITSTOFURTHERREkNEITSAG- Black Glass Flake, andâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; new to the RC gressive overall shape. Up front, the head- Fâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; Naples Yellow Contrast Layering, lights have been updated to a design that which was first made available in the features stacked LED lights and integrated lAGSHIP,#COUPE/NTHEINSIDE THE daytime running lights. The shape of the RC F comes in three semianiline leather signature grille has been altered by adding colors: Flare Red, White and Black. a lower lip opening that stretches across The 2020 Lexus RC F would have a the bottom to create a visually shorter starting manufacturerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s suggested retail front fascia. At the rear of the car, new price of P5.928 million.

MAZDA 3 AWARDED EURO NCAP RATING THE all-new 2019 Mazda 3 has been AWARDED THE MAXIMUM kVE STAR RATING by Euro NCAP in its latest series of tests. Following the Mazda 6 last year, this is the SECOND-AZDATOACHIEVEANOVERALLkVE star rating under the new, more stringent 2018 Euro NCAP crashworthiness ratings. The all-new Mazda3 performed impressively in all four Euro NCAP test categories -adult occupant, child occupant, vulnerable road user (pedestrian safety),

and safety assist. This may be attributed to three key factors: the adoption of the very latest Skyactiv-Vehicle Architecture, which features a high-rigidity, impact-absorbing yet lightweight bodyshell; an even wider range of advanced i-Activsense safety technologies to help drivers identify potential risks and reduce the likelihood of damage or injury; and enhanced pedestrian protection performance. With a truly outstanding 98 percent

score in the adult occupant category, the all-new Mazda3 achieved maximum points for frontal full width impact, and both car and pole side impacts. Mazdaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Smart Brake Support system also gained full marks in low speed tests, with collisions avoided in all scenarios. An excellent Child Occupant score of 87 percent includes maximum points for child protection in the dynamic tests, with full marks for both frontal and lateral

impact. Vulnerable road user (pedestrian safety) tests garnered an equally noteworthy 81 percent, with maximum points for pedestrian leg and pelvis area protection. And an impressive 73 percent score in the safety assist category pays tribute to EFkCIENCYOFTHEALL NEW-AZDASCOMprehensive suite of i-Activsense safety features. Superior driving dynamics throughout the Mazda vehicle range are a vindication

of the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s painstaking Skyactiv Technology program. They also contribUTE TO THE NEW -AZDAS kVE STAR %URO NCAP achievement, in the form of its linear, responsive and predictable acceleration, braking, handling and steering. By making the car easier to drive safely, such attributes further reduce the potential for accidents without compromising Mazdaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s traditional fun-to-drive character. NEWSPRESSUK

Nissan PH, Shell Fuels to deliver exciting customer initiatives

QFrom left: Brandon Briones, Shell marketing implementer; Mark Anthony Malabanan, Shell senior fuels brand manager; Kit Bermudez, Shell national sales manager and marketing manager for retail; Dino Obias, Nissan PH general manager for marketing; Emmanuel John San Luis, Nissan PH senior manager for product and cross-car line marketing; and Karen Ann Araniego, Nissan PH assistant manager for cross-car line marketing.

NISSAN, the Philippinesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; third largest automaker in automotive sales, has partnered with Shell Fuels to give customers in the country a chance to win free fuel for five years. The initiative is part of several customer-focused activities developed by the two global brands. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Today, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all about the customers. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about giving them our best products and services - cars and fuels that work best together,â&#x20AC;? said Kit Bermudez, Shell national sales manager and marketing manager for retail. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you have an entry level vehicle that needs fuel efficiency, we have Shell FuelSave. If you have a Nissan Patrol and need power and performance, we also have the Shell V-Power. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always a Shell fuel that works great with whatever your drive is.â&#x20AC;? Nissan Philippines General Manager for Marketing Dino Obias said the partnership would create significant impact for both brands, particularly recent with fuel price rises, through initiatives that show how Nissan and Shell could collaborate to make journeys even better for motorists.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;At Nissan, our customers always come first. And that is why we are supporting them by creating a retail campaign that gives them a chance to win free fuel for five years,â&#x20AC;? Obias said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Starting with this, we are subsequently looking forward to continuing our partnership with Shell in the months to come.â&#x20AC;? Under the Shell-Nissan partnership, all customers who purchase a participating Nissan model via cash or bank purchase order of financing would automatically be entitled to join the raffle promo. A customer will get a chance to win Free Shell Fuels with the corresponding prizes, whichever comes first: five years or P500,000 worth of Shell Fuels; three years or P300,000 worth of Shell Fuels; or one year P100,000 worth of Shell Fuels. The raffle promotion could be availed on top of all other existing or ongoing Nissan Promotions from April 1 to June 30, 2019. For more information on this offer, visit www.nissan.ph/ latestdeals.


TUESDAY June 4, 2019

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pays homage to

Le Mans QThis Ford GT celebrates the victory at Le Mans in 1967.

QThe No. 85 Ford GT would be raced in the GTE Am class by customer team, Keating Motorsports.


ORD has revealed a special series of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Celebration Liveriesâ&#x20AC;? for the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GTs ahead of the 2019 Le Mans 24 Hours. Each of the four factory Ford GTs would bear a livery that celebrates the success of the manufacturer at Le Mans, both in the present day and during the 1960s.

4HE,E-ANS(OURSISTHEkNAL Le Mans for the current factory Ford GT program, marking the close of another great chapter at Le Mans for the factory Fords. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In 2016, Ford returned to Le Mans to mark the 50th anniversary of our incredible 1966 win and we celebrated in the best way possible by winning the race,â&#x20AC;? said Bill Ford, executive chairman, Ford Motor Co. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To stand on that podium on behalf of the employees was a proud moment for me, and I look forward returning to Le Mans this year to support the team as we APPROACHOURkNALRACEINTHISCHAPTERu When the four factory Ford GTs arrived at the famous La Sarthe Circuit at Le Mans, they WERESEENFORTHEVERYkRSTTIMEINTHENEW liveries, each of which has a special meaning. 4HEYWEREJOINEDBYAkFTH&ORD'4 RACINGIN the GTE Am class with Keating Motorsports. The No. 66 Ford GT raced by Stefan MĂźcke of Germany, Olivier Pla of France and Billy Johnson of the United States had a black livery that echoes that of the Ford GT40 of Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon

that won Le Mans in 1966. The Ford GT40 that Dan Gurney and AJ Foyt drove to victory at Le Mans in 1967 is remembered in the new livery of the No. 67 Ford GT raced by Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell of Great Britain, and Jonathan Bomarito of the US. The No. 68 Ford GT is Fordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most recent Le Mans winner, taking the cheQUERED lAG kRST IN THE  RACE $IRK MĂźller of Germany, Joey Hand of the United States and SĂŠbastien Bourdais of France would race in the same colors as when it won Le Mans in 2016. The No. 69 Ford GT of Scott Dixon of New Zealand, Ryan Briscoe of Australia and Richard Westbrook of Great Britain takes its design cues from the Ford GT40 that came second in Fordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s glorious 1-2-3 kNISHAT,E-ANSIN The No. 85 Ford GT would be raced in the GTE Am class by customer team, Keating Motorsports. The team is using the same livery design as the four factory Fords but using the striking colors of its title

sponsor, Wynnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. The driver line-up for the No. 85 Ford GT is Ben Keating of the US, Jeroen Bleekemolen of The Netherlands and Felipe Fraga of Brazil. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Ford GT was created to take Ford back to the world of GT endurance racing,â&#x20AC;? said Mark Rushbrook, global director, Ford Performance Motorsports. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This factory Ford GT program has been a great success for our brand and we have enjoyed the many challenges that have come our way during this four-year program. Le Mans is not quite the end of the factory program as we still have

many more IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship races to go in 2019.â&#x20AC;? The Ford GTs were on the track in their new CELEBRATIONLIVERIESON*UNEFORTHE/FkCIAL Le Mans Test. Fans would be able to fol-

low the 24-hour race on June 15 to 16 from inside the cockpit of the factory Ford GTs as Fordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s popular Le Mans Livestream would return for its fourth consecutive year. NEWSPRESSUK

QThe No. 66 Ford GT echoes the Ford GT40 that won Le Mans in 1966.

QThe No. 68 Ford GT is Fordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most recent Le Mans winner in 2016. QThe No. 69 Ford GT took its design cues from the GT40 that came second in Fordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s glorious 1-2-3 finish at Le Mans in 1966.


BETTER VISIBILITY WITH PIAA BACKED up with research and development gained from motor sports campaigns such as being the official lighting system of Team Mitsubishi Ralliart, Team ADVAN-Tein Subaru, NakajimaEpson Racing, and a domineering presence in the Paris-Dakar, World Rallye Championship (WRC), and Japan Super GT, PIAA upholds the knowledge gained by combining market driven concepts with the latest technology to make night, inclement weather, and off-road driving as safe as possible. PIAA technicians continually raise the bar on visibility products whose lamps take their styling and lighting performance cues

from the popular PIAA 1100x lamps, which have been a staple of the PIAA line-up for years. The Hyper Arros all-weather LED light bulb, on the other hand, has a color temperature of 4000k, and emits a neutral white colored beam. Unlike the typical halogen light bulb that runs hot that tends to damage your headlamps, the Hyper Arros has a higher and cooler beam output with less power consumption. umption. â&#x20AC;&#x153;ItIt is also ideal for classic cars or vintagee vehicles without changing the retro feel and blast last of the beam,â&#x20AC;? said Augusto Pelaez, a car enthusiast thusiast and collector. The Hyper Arros All-weather LED Bulb is available in a variety of sizes with fitments for H4, HB3, HB4,

HIR1, HIR2, H8, H9, H11, H16 and H7. PIAA has always been committed to providing quality products that drive customer satisfaction with their line of LED headlights and fog lamps. A special beam â&#x20AC;&#x153;cutlineâ&#x20AC;? is what differentiates PIAA technology from the competition. The beam of light is clear and has a directional frontal burst engineered to not inconvenience oncoming motorists. Illuminate your driving lifestyle with PIAA at popular dealers nationwide or call 0917 575 4812 for details on how to improve your nighttime visibility.

Cleanfuel-Motul shines in Formula V1 FORMULA V1, the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s emerging premier discipline in local motor sports, recently staged its first leg at the Batangas Racing Circuit with a total of 17 V1 cars and veteran drivers vying for precious championship points. Amo Among the top teams on the grid competing this season is the Cleanfuel-Motul/Autoplus rracing team. With Formula V1 champion LLuis Gono sidelined this year due to eeducational duties, the team fielded actor DDominic Roque in the Amateur class and vveteran racer Ryo Yamada from Japan tto run in the Pro Class ccategory. With his experience and ddriving skills, Yamada was aable to clinch the first race successfully fending off su oother competitive drivers along the grid. The feisty alo Japanese driver replicated his Japane success during the second race, despite starting the race fourth from th the grid.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a tough race and the Filipinos were no pushovers,â&#x20AC;? stated Yamada. He had nothing but praises for the highly technical racetrack. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a good track with a lot of tight turns and fast straights,â&#x20AC;? he added. The only incident that saddened the international racer was an unfortunate skirmish with a rival team during the third race. Despite that, Yamada and Team CleanfuelMotul/Autoplus soldiered on. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I will just make this unfortunate incident a positive experience and learn from it,â&#x20AC;? said Yamada.

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June 4, 2019

Isuzuâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best seller is back with a vengeance! TEXT AND PHOTOS BY MATTHEW EMMANUEL UEL BUHION


decade after its original introduction, Isuzu Philippines Corp. (IPC) reintroduced the highly-anticipated Isuzu D-Max Boondock to join its D-Max model range for 2019. To celebrate the momentous comeback of the special edition D-Max that Isuzu revealed with a limited run of only 105 units for the domestic market, IPC invited members of the motoring media and loyal patrons to the recently opened Isuzu Santa Rosa showroom in Laguna.

ENALFUELMILEAGEkGURES4HISISALLTHANKS Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reminisce the 2009 Isuzu D-Max TOTHEFAMED"LUE0OWERTECHNOLOGYkTTED Boondock Edition with a quick breeze in the products of Isuzu. The 2019 Isuzu through the equipment. Powering the D-Max Boondock gives you the option 2009 Boondock is a 3.0-liter CRDi engine to purchase a six-speed manual gearbox WITH A kVE SPEED MANUAL TRANSMISSION or a six-speed automatic gearbox with This 4x4 produced 146 hp and 217 lb-ft manual select. Setting itself apart of torque. Separating it from the other Dfrom the rest Max variants of its time are the additional of the D-Max aesthetic features. A mesh grille and large line-up, the Bridgestone Dueler tires to complements B o o n d o ck the 235-millimeter of ground clearance. can easily be recognized Present day The 2019 Isuzu D-Max Boondock uses the with its macho, grades. platform of the 3.0-liter BluePower turbo- yet subtle upA special blue accent line diesel LS variant of the D-Max. The frugal is present across the grille of the unmis3.0-liter engine produces 177 PS with 380 Nm of torque while returning phenom- takably Isuzu front fascia. The tailgate


receives i a roughened h d up â&#x20AC;&#x153;B â&#x20AC;&#x153;Boondockâ&#x20AC;? d kâ&#x20AC;? decals, letting others know this is a no nonsense D-Max. IPC also created a Boondock metal cutout for the sidestep as an added touch. Special 17-inch alloy wheels painted in black comes standard complementing its 247-mm ground clearance. This equips the Boondock with 12 mm more ground clearance than the standard D-Max. The interior is the standard Isuzu simplistic but functional D-Max interior. Purchase this 2019 Isuzu D-Max Boondock in two colors, Galena Gray and Cosmic Black. Pricing comes in at P1.390 million for the manual transmission and P1.455 million for the automatic transmission. Unlike the original Boondock edition of 2009, the 2019 version only gets a 4x2 platform. That doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop it FROM CELEBRATING THE TOUGHNESS  REkNED EFkCIENCY  AND DURABILITY THAT )SUZU IS widely known for.

FUSO LAUNCHES CANTER MODERN PUV WITH CENTRO BODY THE distribution of the popular Fuso trucks, buses and public utility vehicles (PUVs) in the Philippines is expected to gain more traction with the recent establishment of Sojitz Fuso Philippines as its general distributor in the country. And one of the biggest opportunities for Fuso is its intent on getting a slice of the governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s PUV Modernization Program (PUVMP) pie aimed at replacing some 200,000 public utility jeepneys in the next six years. The PUVMP is now going on full blast as more and more old jeepneys are being upgraded. and more and more modern PUVs are coming in.

Operators are slowly realizing that shifting from old to new is actually more convenient and much more profitable. As bank financing for PUVs becomes more accessible and going mainstream, more loan applications are now being approved by both Land Bank of the Philippines and the Development Bank of the Philippines. The loan package comes with a government subsidy of P80,000 to cover the down payment. The processes for operators converting to transport corporations and drivers forming transport cooperatives have also been made easy. 

The result is that we now see modern PUVs traversing the Senate building, Taguig and Pateros routes. It can be observed that the riding public prefers the modern Class 2 PUVs with their spacious headroom allowing for standing passengers that translates into extra income for operators. They are also comfortable, have airconditioning and added safety features.  All these resulted in a deluge of truck platform suppliers wanting to get into the PUVMP. The latest to join the bandwagon is popular truck manufacturer Fuso, with the launching of its newly-appointed general distributor of Fuso

QStanding in front of the Centro-made Canter Express Class 3 Modern PUV from left: DOTR Undersecretary Mark Richmund De Leon, Centro President Raffy Juan, Sojitz Fuso Philippines President Takatsugi Nitanai and Vice President for Sales and Marketing Marco Medina.

trucks and buses in the country, Sojitz Fuso PH.  The event was attended by many personalities in the local automotive and truck industries with Department of Transportation Undersecretary for Road Transport Mark De Leon as the guest of honor and keynote speaker. An interesting sidelight of the event was the introduction of Fusoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s two new model entries for the PUVMP, the Class 2 Canter Commuter and the Class 3 Canter Express, both powered by Euro 4 diesel engines. Both are also fully compliant with the Bureau of Philippine Standards PNS 2126:2017 covering body dimensions for the modern PUV. 

Leading truck body builder Centro Manufacturing Corp. was there to offer its full support to Sojitz Fuso PH as one of its main accredited truck body builders for the program. Â â&#x20AC;&#x153;We congratulate Sojitz Fuso Philippines for being appointed the new distributor of Fuso in the Philippines and for proactively joining the PUV Modernization Program of the Philippines. We at Centro wish to say that we are behind Sojitz Fuso Philippines all the way as we usher in the new era of public transport and modern logistics in the Philippines,â&#x20AC;? said Centro President Raffy Juan.




www.manilatimes.net Q Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (No. 2) stretches to keep the ball from Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut (No. 12) as he drives to the net during the second half of Game 2 of basketballâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s NBA Finals in Toronto. AP PHOTO

Disrespect an issue in Warriorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; narrow NBA Finals escape T

ORONTO, Canada: Stephen Curry saw it as an insult that the Toronto left Andre Iguodala open for what became the decisive 3-point basket in Golden Stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s victory on Sunday (Monday in Manila) in the NBA Finals. 4HATMADEITALLTHESWEETERWHEN )GUODALA WHOWAS OF FROMBEyond the arc before his crucial shot, sank the bucket to clinch a 109-104 victory that pulled the defending


CHAMPIONSLEVEL INTHEBEST OF SEVENSERIES â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind of disrespectful to leave Andre Iguodala open like THAT u #URRY SAID g(E HAS MADE

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TORONTO: ."! #OMMISSIONER !DAM3ILVERSAYSHEHASALREADY OFFEREDPRESUMED.OOVERALL DRAFT PICK :ION 7ILLIAMSON ADvice on enjoying the process of ENTERINGTHELEAGUE Silver, who appears on the latest episode of PodcastOne Sports Now with AP Basketball 7RITER4IM2EYNOLDS ALSOSAYSHE sees no reason to intervene with THE DRAMA THAT HAS SURROUNDED the Los Angeles Lakers in recent WEEKS (E SAYS HES MONITORING MATTERS  BUT ADDS THAT ITS HIS understanding that owner Jeanie "USS AND FORMER TEAM PRESIDENT -AGIC *OHNSON HAVE SIMPLY DEcided theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re better off as friends ANDNOTBUSINESSPARTNERS 7ILLIAMSONISLIKELYTOGO.O OVERALLTO.EW/RLEANS$AVID 'RIFkNHASTAKENOVERASTHEEXECutive in charge of the basketball operation for the Pelicans, and Silver says his sense is that â&#x20AC;&#x153;Griff ISTHERIGHTGUYATTHERIGHTTIMEu for that franchise â&#x20AC;&#x201D; one that MAY HAVE TO DECIDE WHETHER TO

The costly six minutes included: Eight missed shots by Toronto, five turnovers and 18 consecutive points given up to the Warriors â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the biggest run of consecutive points to open a half in NBA Finals history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Throw in the last two points of the half for Golden State, and it was a 20-0 run in all, which Elias said was the longest ever in a finals game. Pascal Siakam was 0 for 3 in that bad stretch. Kawhi Leonard was 0 for 2, as was Marc Gasol â&#x20AC;&#x201D; who had two of the turnovers on offensive fouls. Fred VanVleet missed a 3-point try. They led 47-35 in the second quarter, 58-48 late in the half â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and the Warriors, in a flash, turned that around and went up 72-59. Add it all up, and it was a 24-1 run for the two-time defending champions. Even after all that sputtering, the Raptors still had chances. Leonard made three free throws â&#x20AC;&#x201D; two for a foul, one more for a technical on Stephen Curry â&#x20AC;&#x201D; with 1:08 left to get the Raptors within 106-101. The Raptors forced a turnover on the next possession, and then got a 3-pointer


Q Raptors coach Nick Nurse AFP PHOTO from Danny Green with 27 seconds left to close the deficit to two. Then they needed to get as defensive stop. They didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get it. A helter-skelter possession for Golden State was capped by Andre Iguodalaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 3-pointer with 5.9 seconds left, allowing the Warriors to

escape Toronto with a series split. There will be more than the bad stretch for the Raptors to lament before Game 3 rolls around. The Raptors shot only 37 percent. They were 11 for 38 from 3-point range. AP

Silver reveals advice to presumed No. 1 pick Williamson Q Dukeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Zion Williamson (white jersey) dunks over Virginiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jay Huff for two of his 26 points in the Blue Devilsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 72-70 win over the Cavaliers. AFP FILE PHOTO

trade star center Anthony Davis INTHECOMINGWEEKSORMONTHS Silver also discusses the FIBA World Cup that will be held in China this SUMMER  THE FASCINATION WITH FREE AGENCYANDTHEEXCITEMENTLEVELIN Toronto for the NBA Finals between


When an unbeaten fighter gets tested

Bad six-minute stretch proved costly for Raptors TORONTO: It all came apart in about six minutes for the Toronto Raptors. They went scoreless over their first 12 possessions of the second half, a stretch during which what had been a double-digit lead late in the second quarter became a double-digit deficit to the Golden State Warriors. With that, the lead was gone for good. And so, too, is the Raptorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; homecourt advantage in the NBA Finals. The Warriors were tested late but held on, ultimately defeating the Raptors 109104 in Game 2 to even the title series. Game 3 is Wednesday night on the Warriorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; home floor, Oracle Arena. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had four or five decent possessions there and we just came away empty on all of them,â&#x20AC;? Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And then we had probably four or five that were not good possessions, either. So certainly, the offense hurt the chance to get the defense set up there. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to have to re-watch that. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Probably not going to enjoy that very much, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to have to check it out.â&#x20AC;?



4ORONTOS BASEBALL STADIUM  AND Reynolds and fellow AP Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney realize they have no idea how to properly proNOUNCETHENAMEOFTHECITYTHAT HASPLAYEDHOSTTO'AMESAND AP OFTHETITLESERIES 

HE stoppage loss of Anthony Joshua in the hands of Andy Ruiz over the weekend proved to be a shocker, as the Mexican was hardly seen as one of THETOPkGHTERSINTHEDIVISION Joshua, who lost the International Boxing Organization, International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Organization world heavyweight titles and the World Boxing Association Super World Heavyweight Title in the kGHT MAYHAVEDISCOUNTED2UIZ WHO was a substitution for Jarrell Miller, who FAILEDTHREEDRUGTESTSPRIORTOTHEkGHT Or Ruiz (33-1 with 22 knockouts) outweighing Joshua (22-1 with 21 KOs) by at least 20 pounds proved TOBEAFACTORINTHEkGHT Or Joshua was never a seasoned kGHTER *OSHUAENTEREDTHEkGHTTHEHEAVY favorite to beat Ruiz, who was never ranked by The Ring MAGAZINE "UT AFTERTHEkGHT 2UIZPROVEDTHATANUNderdog could turn a division upside down, and he did just that as calls for $EONTAY7ILDER TOkGHT *OSHUABECAMEVERYLOUDBEFORETHEWEEKEND As a consequence of Joshua losing TO2UIZ THEMULTI MILLIONMEGABOUT between Joshua and Wilder will go the BACKBURNERFORAWHILE/RFORGOOD Joshua losing to Ruiz could not be COMPAREDTOHOWATHENUNDEFEATED 'EORGE&OREMANLOSTTO-UHAMMAD !LIINTHEg2UMBLEINTHE*UNGLEuAND then also undefeated Joe Frazier losing TO&OREMANINTHESECONDROUNDOFTHEIR kRSTBOUT!LIBEATING&OREMANWASNO longer a shocker to boxing historians as HEEMERGEDASONEOFTHEGREATESTBOXERS INTHEDIVISION!SFOR&OREMANBEATING &RAZIER ITWASOBVIOUSTHAT&OREMAN SIMPLYHADTOOMUCHSIZEANDPOWER FOR&RAZIERTOHANDLE !NDTHERELIESTHECOMPLEXITYOF the issue â&#x20AC;&#x201D; does Joshuaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s loss to 2UIZ PROVE THE FORMER CHAMPION WASALSOUNTESTED Ruiz was the anti-thesis of todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s TOP HEAVYWEIGHTS WHO ARE ALMOST BUILTLIKEBODYBUILDERS4HE-EXIcan still had a lot of fat entering the kGHTANDMANYTHOUGHTHEWOULD JUSTBEBLOWNAWAYBY*OSHUA But looks can be deceiving, as there AREgCHUBBYukGHTERSWHOHITREALLYHARD  LIKE2OY.ELSONFROMTHEMIXEDMARTIAL arts scene, and Eric Scott Esch, better KNOWNBYHISNICKNAMEg"UTTERBEANu 4HEPROBLEMWITHkGHTERSWITHUN-

ANTITHESIS CONRAD M. CARIĂ&#x2018;O BLEMISHEDRECORDSWITHHIGHKNOCKout rates is they are largely seen as INVINCIBLEUNTILANUNHERALDEDkGHTER ORMASSIVEUNDERDOGEXPOSESTHEM 4HEREAREMANYCASESLIKE.ONITO Donaire stopping Vic Darchinyan, 7ISAKSI7ANGEKBEATING2OMAN'ONzalez, and Bernard Hopkins defeating &ELIX4RINIDAD AMONGOTHERS Joshua still has the chance to REDEEMHIMSELFASHESAIDHEWOULD EXERCISEHISREMATCHCLAUSEON2UIZ "UTTHEDAMAGEHASBEENDONEÂ&#x2021; Joshua is no longer seen as an invinCIBLEkGHTERANDFACING7ILDEROR4YSON Fury, still both undefeated, would help REESTABLISHPARTOFHISFEAREDPERSONA As for Wilder, he has revelled in the loss of Joshua to Ruiz, saying in a Twitter post: â&#x20AC;&#x153;He (Joshua) wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ATRUECHAMPION(ISWHOLECAREER was consisted of lies, contradictions ANDGIFTS&ACTSANDNOWWEKNOW WHOWASRUNNINGFROMWHOu You also have to give credit to Wilder FORFACING&URYAND,UIS/RTIZINAkGHT WHEREHEWASCOMINGOFFASICKNESSAND WEIGHEDONLYPOUNDSCOMPAREDTO THE#UBANSPOUNDSFORTHEIRkGHT In their bout in October 2018, Wilder went to war against a then undefeated Ortiz and was on the verge of getting knocked down or OUTINTHESEVENTHROUND"UT7ILDER turned the tide around and stopped 2UIZINTHETENTHROUND It looks like Wilder was already gTESTEDuBY/RTIZANDTHETWOWOULD BEkGHTINGINAREMATCHSOON !ND ANYTIME IN *ULY OR !UGUST  undefeated Japanese knockout artist Naoya Inoue, seen by a few boxing WRITERSASHAVINGFACEDMOSTLYMEdiocre opposition, would be facing OURVERYOWN.ONITO$ONAIRE Donaire, even if he is already 36 years old, was stopped only once at featherweight (126 pounds) and still possesses the deadly left hook that DEPOSITEDNUMEROUSkGHTERSONTHE CANVAS(EWOULDBEkGHTING)NOUEAT BANTAMWEIGHTPOUNDS  Will Donaire be Inoueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s real test INTHERING



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CEU stuns St. Clare, takes series opener BY JEREMIAH M. SEVILLAÂ


ICH GUINITARAN hit the go-ahead layup and Maodo Malick Diouf hauled down a record-breaking 33 rebounds, carrying the seven-man Centro Escolar University (CEU) to a cardiac 7675 win over St. Clare-Virtual Reality in the SEMIkNAL OPENER OF THE  0HILIPPINE Basketball Association Developmental ,EAGUE0"!$ ,EAGUE ON-ONDAYATTHE 0ACO!RENAIN-ANILA Guinitaran sank the gamewinning layup with 13.7 seconds remaining in the game even as Diouf anchored the Scorpionsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; REBOUNDINGTODRAWkRSTBLOODIN the best-of-three series. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have to give it to the players. I told them that when we step inside, just think about winning even if we only have seven players. We got to compete and give it our all,â&#x20AC;? said CEU head coach Derrick Pumaren, whose undermanned squad moved AWINAWAYFROMTHEkNALS Pumaren also lauded the endgame composure of his Scorpions, who needed to step up following the removal of seven players who were allegedly caught in a gamekXINGINCIDENT â&#x20AC;&#x153;The boys hung tough and even though St. Clare got the lead, they still got that poise out there,â&#x20AC;? added the veteran tactician. Senegalese big man Diouf drilled in a game-high 19 points,

QCEUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rich Guinitaran shoots a layup past Joshua Fontanilla of St. Clare-Virtual Reality during Game 1 of their semifinal series in the 2019 PBA D-League on Monday at the Paco Arena in Manila. PBA MEDIA BUREAUÂ PHOTO

including 11 markers in the fourth quarter, to lead three other Scorpions in double-digit scoring. 'UINITARANkREDPOINTSEVENAS Kurt Sunga and Franz Diaz chipped

in 16 and 13 markers, respectively, for the Mendiola-based team. CEU posted its biggest buffer at 68-57 on Sungaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basket at the 5:07 MARKOFTHEkNALFRAME

But St. Clare-Virtual Reality stormed back and stole the lead, 75-74, on Irvin Palenciaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s acrobatic layup with 51.6 seconds left. Guinitaran buried the crucial

breakaway layup off a Sunga lead pass for the Scorpions to regain the advantage, 76-75. Junjie Hallare muffed the potential match-winning trey for the

Valenzuela all set for MPBL Lakandula Cup EXPECT a solid Valenzuela SPVTOP Marketplace side when it battles with the leagueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top teams in the 2019 Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) Lakandula Cup beginning on June 12. Valenzuela tapped former San Miguel Beer point guard Gerry Esplana as new head coach of the team as well as adding some key players to boost its campaign this conference. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think we will make good strides this coming SEASON0UMASOKLANGKAMISAQUARTERkNALSTHIS coming season, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve already overachieved, but we wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be contented with that. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going big,â&#x20AC;? said Valenzuela co-owner Samson Lato. Valenzuela was previously handled by Chris Gavina, Eric Samson and Juven Formacil in the $ATU#UP kNISHINGTHINTHE.ORTH$IVISION with a 10-15 card. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Maraming pagbabago, pero asahan ng team na ang Valenzuela ay tatakbo ng maayos ngayong

season,â&#x20AC;? added Valenzuela co-owner Jess Zurbito. Veteran Paolo Hubalde will spearhead Valenzuela alsong with former Colegio de San Juan de Letran star Mac Andaya, who rejoined the team after stints with Mandaluyong and Pasig. Joining Hubalde ang Andaya are holdovers Ford Ruaya, Hans Thiele, Chris de Chavez and Carlo de Chavez. The other members of the team are Jason Varilla, King Esplana, Erwin Sta. Maria, Jerome Ortega, Jaymar Gimpayan, Marlon Kalaw, Carlo Velasco, Joshua Alcober, JR Rosales, Kido Cabrera, Raydman Lacamanto, Mel Mabigat and University of the Philippines forward Rob Ricafort. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have to believe in the system for it to work. Last season, we had three head coaches so hopefully, coach Gerry will stick with us FROM START TO END (INDI LANG QUARTERkNALS Q Former San Miguel Beer point guard Gerry Esplana poses for a photo with players and kundi championship kasi yun talaga ang goal members of the coaching staff of Valenzuela SPVTOP Marketplace. Esplana will call the shots for Valenzuela in the MPBL Lakandula Cup starting on June 12. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO ko ever since,â&#x20AC;? said Hubalde.

EMANAS, LIMS SHINE IN PPS Sâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;WOODS MICA ELLA EMANA hacked out a pair of victories in contrasting fashions while sister Kaye Ann pulled off a shock win in the premier side as they grabbed the spotlight in the PPS-PEPP Manila Southwoods age-group tennis tournament in Carmona, Cavite recently. The second seeded Mica Ella took the girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 14-and-under singles crown with a 6-3, 6-1 rout of giant-killer Chelsea Roque then out-steadied Kaye Ann to complete a come-from-behind 4-6, 7-5, 10-7, triumph in the 16-U finals of the Group 1 tournament presented by Dunlop. But the unranked Kaye Ann bounced back strong in 18-U play, upending No. 3 Julia Ignacio, 5-3, 4-2, then trouncing second seed Gaby Zoleta, 6-3, 6-3, before crushing No. 1 Francesca Cruz, 6-1, 6-0, in the finals to complete the big day for the Quezon City siblings at the Manila Southwood Golf and Country Club tennis courts. Kriz Roque Lim, meanwhile, picked up another win in 10-unisex division the hard way, turning back Gavin Kraut, 4-1, 2-4, 10-6. Though the Urdaneta bet failed to add the boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 12-U crown with a 1-6, 1-6 setback to brother John Prince Lim, he still shared the MVP honors with Mica Ella in the tournament that featured a number of three-setters.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;This string of reversals and matches decided via the distance underscored the level playing field in the circuit. Through their regular stints, the Emanas and the Lims continue to improve and their recent feats should inspire other young players,â&#x20AC;? said Palawan Pawnshop president/CEO Bobby Castro. Other singles winners were Los BaĂąos JT Bernardo (boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 14-U), Manila Polo Clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Miguel Castillo (16-U), Red Ante (18-U) and Czarina Ilano (girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 12-U) from Imus, Cavite while bagging the doubles titles were Kaye Ann-Dominique Lhuillier and the Lim siblings (14-U); Zoleta-Ignacio and Ante-Angelo Lozares (18-U); and Kriz RoqueNoah Llira (10-unisex). Bernardo held off Andre Coladilla, 7-6(3), 6-0; Castillo repulsed Stephen Catipon, 6-2, 6-7(4), 10-3; Ante survived Castillo, 7-6(3), 7-6(5); and Ilano rallied past Margarita Labio, 4-6, 6-3, 10-1, in the tournament sanctioned by Unified Tennis Philippines made up of PPS-PEPP, Cebuana Lhuillier, Wilson, Tobyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Dunlop, Slazenger and B-Meg. Meanwhile, action resumes with the Mindanao and Luzon tournaments with Kidapawan City hosting the next stop on June 6-9 for the Dir. Alfredo Aton Cup with Alamada, Cotabato staging the next tournament on June 13-16.

Saints as time expired. Palencia had 18 points, Joshua Fontanilla had 14 markers and Hallare had a 13-point, 12-board double-double in the loss.

Ceres routs Global to earn PFL top spot CERES Negros FC crushed Global Cebu FC, 8-0, behind Bienvenido MaraĂąon to snatch the top spot in the 2019 Philippines Football League (PFL) over the weekend at the Philippine Football Federation National Training Center in Carmona, Cavite. Spanish striker MaraĂąon fueled the Yellow Busmenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attack with four goals as they cruised to the top of the sevenclub table with seven points, one marker ahead of idle Kaya FC-Iloilo and Green Archers United FC. Ceres Negros notched its second straight win, posting a fitting follow-up to its 5-0 beating of Philippine Air Force FC. Mahir Karic struck a brace while Azkals standouts Mike Ott and Jeffrey Christiaens added a goal apiece in the blowout victory. Global Cebu sank to the cellar with a winless card in two matches. Meanwhile, Green Archers United banked on a strong second half to shoot down Mendiola FC 1991, 5-1, and keep its hold of the third spot. Four booters found the back of the net in the final half as the Green Archers improved their record to two wins against a loss for six points, just behind Kaya Iloilo in goal difference. Angelo Jurao completed his brace in the 58 th minute even as Floriano Pasilan, Kim Hyun Kyun buried a goal each in the second half for the Alabangbased squad. Mendiola, which pulled one back via Franco Dela Torre, dropped its league debut. In the other fixture, Stallion Laguna FC blanked Air Force, 3-0, for a bounce-back victory at the BiĂąan Football Stadium in Laguna. Warren Bedia blasted a brace while Nathan Alquiros scored the other goal as the Stallions rebounded from a 0-2 setback to Kaya. The Airmen stayed winless in two games. JEREMIAH M. SEVILLAÂ

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Wawrinka sets up Federer clash; Nadal through P ARIS: Stan Wawrinka knocked Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas out of the French Open with a thrilling victory in the longest match of this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tournament ON3UNDAY SETTINGUPAQUARTERkNALAGAINST Roger Federer, while Rafael Nadal claimed his 90th Roland Garros win.

A stunning winner from yards behind the baseline secured a 7-6 (6), 5-7, 6-4, 3-6, 8-6 fourthround triumph for 2015 chamPION 7AWRINKA AFTER kVE HOURS and nine minutes in sweltering heat on Court Suzanne Lenglen. The 34-year-old has a 23-3 losing head-to-head record against close friend and fellow Swiss Federer, who saw off Argentinean world number 68 Leonardo Mayer 6-2, 6-3, 6-3 earlier in the day. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s incredible, lots of emotions. Thanks to all the fans for staying and (the) support,â&#x20AC;? SAID 7AWRINKA AFTER THE THIRD longest match in the last 20 years ATTHE&RENCH/PEN

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s for these kind of emotions that I live for after coming back from injury.â&#x20AC;? )TISTHEkRSTTIME7AWRINKAHAS REACHEDA'RAND3LAMQUARTERkNAL since losing to Rafael Nadal in the Q Switzerlandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Stanislas Wawrinka returns the ball to Greeceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Stefanos Tsitsipas during their menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s singles fourth round match on day eight of The 2017 Roland Garros final, and Roland Garros 2019 French Open tennis tournament in Paris. AFP PHOTO completes an amazing turnaround TH QUARTERkNAL AT A 3LAM  CE7ORLDNUMBER,ONDEROHAD due to darkness with Nishikori earlier this year. from 12 months ago. 7AWRINKA  SEEDED TH  SAVED menting his place on top of the his moments, breaking Nadal when leading 6-2, 6-7 (8), 6-2. Last year, the three-time Grand I n a w i d e - o p e n wo m e n â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 4-1 down in the third set, but the Slam champion, following in- 22 of the 27 break points he faced, all-time menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s list. Federer said he still remembers 17-time major champion always draw after the shock exits of top JURYSTRUGGLES LOSTINTHEkRSTROUND INCLUDINGALLEIGHTINTHEkNALSET to Guillermo Garcia-Lopez and as sixth seed Tsitsipas pushed for HISLAST EIGHTLOSSTO7AWRINKAIN looked too strong, powering 40 SEED.AOMI/SAKAAND TIME Grand Slam champion Serena Paris four years ago. winners past the Argentinean. dropped out of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top 250. victory to no avail. Federer is the oldest man to Reigning champion Nadal conNadal will face either Japanese 7ILLIAMSON3ATURDAY LASTYEARS The 20-year-old Tsitsipas missed out on the chance for a rematch MAKETHEQUARTERkNALSOFA'RAND tinued his bid for a record-ex- seventh seed Kei Nishikori or runner-up Sloane Stephens laid with Federer, having beaten the Slam tournament since Jimmy tending 12th Roland Garros title home favorite Benoit Paire in his down a marker with a 6-4, 6-3 by beating Grand Slam debutant 38th Grand Slam quarter-final, win over 2016 champion Garb20-time major title winner in the #ONNORSATTHE53/PEN Federer will be playing in his Juan Ignacio Londero 6-2, 6-3, 6-3. after their match was suspended ine Muguruza. AFP !USTRALIAN /PEN FOURTH ROUND

Cantlay canters to Memorial Tournament title WASHINGTON: Patrick Cantlay powered to an eight-under par 64 on Sunday (Monday in Manila) to claim his second US PGA Tour title at the Memorial by two strokes from Australian Adam Scott. Cantlay, 27, went into the final round four strokes behind overnight leader Martin Kaymer whose bid to end a near five-year victory drought faded with a final round 72 that left him in third place. Cantlayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bogey-free effort was the best kNALROUNDBYAWINNERINTHEHISTORYOF the Jack Nicklaus-hosted tournament at -UIRkELD6ILLAGEIN$UBLIN /HIO The former US collegiate star, whose career was nearly derailed by a back injury, was coming off a tie for third at the PGA Championship, one of seven top-10 kNISHESTHISSEASON He indicated on Saturday that 18-time major champion Nicklaus had given him some advice on how to close out tournaments. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He said just to relax and have

fun, and look around and see all the people having fun and try and smile and just have a good time with it,â&#x20AC;? Cantlay said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re THEREAND)DEkNITELYFELTLIKE that today. I felt at ease.â&#x20AC;? Cantlayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s previous tour TITLECAMEIN,AS6EGASIN November of 2017, when he won the Shriners Hos-

PITALSFOR#HILDREN/PENTHATWASPARTOF the 2017-18 season. He sealed his second win with a an up-anddown par from a greenside bunker on 18. Scott, l i k e Kaymer

QPatrick Cantlay hits his tee shot on the 14th hole during the final round of The Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. AFP PHOTO

a former world number one seeking to end an extended winless run, continued his recent resurgence with a final round 68 that left him on 17-under 271. )TWASHISSECONDRUNNER UPkNISHOF the year after his second place at Torrey 0INES TOGOWITHTOP kNISHESAT2IViera and the PGA Championship. Scott, who hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t won since the 2016 7'# -EXICO #HAMPIONSHIP  HAD SIX birdies, including three in a row from the 14th through the 16th. +AYMERkNISHEDAFURTHERTWOSTROKES back on 15-under 273. 7ITHFOURBIRDIESANDABOGEYTHROUGH holes the German was still holding on to a share of the lead before bogeys at 12 and 13. 4IGER 7OODS WAS LOOKING FOR A SPRINGBOARD INTO THE 53 /PEN AT Pebble Beach, and he got it with a sparkling five-under par 67. 7OODSWASCHARGINGWITHSEVENBIRDIESINHISkRSTHOLES BACKINGUPJUST a bit with bogeys at 14 and 18. AFP


Aces brace for iron duel in PGT Cebu Lee wins first major at US Open LOS ANGELES: Lee Jeong-eun captured her first major championship and a record $1 million prize on Sunday (Monday in Manila) by outduelling Celine Boutier for a two-shot victory at the 2019 US Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Open. South Koreaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lee -- who had never won on the LPGA Tour -- stumbled to the finish with two bogeys in her final three holes but managed to shoot a one-under 70 to finish at 278 at the Country Club of Charleston in South Carolina. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Throughout the year I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t imagine coming this far, winning the first LPGA tournament, also a major championship,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I worked so hard and I feel proud of myself.â&#x20AC;? It was six-under winning total for the player who became known as Lee6 Jeong-eun when she became the sixth player of that name on the Korean LPGA tour. She has embraced the designation as her lucky charm, even writing the number in bold red ink on her golf ball. She also collected the biggest singletournament payout in womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s golf history after organizers decided to increase the first place prize money this year to $1 million. The 23-year-old Lee started her round two shots behind co-leaders Boutier and Liu Yu of China. She made bogey on her first hole but then came right back with a birdie on the par-four second. She got hot on the back nine, making birdies on three of five holes starting at the par-three 11th. Boutier looked like she might make a run at Lee and possibly force a playoff but her bid ended in flames with a missed short putt on 16 for birdie, followed by a bogey-double bogey to close her round. Boutier shot a 75 and finished in a tie for fifth with four others -- including 54hole co-leader Liu. South Koreanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ryu So-yeon and Americanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lexi Thompson and Angel Yin shared second on 280. AFP

PREMIUM will be on accuracy and putting as the men of the tour tackle a short BUTTRICKY#LUB&ILIPINO$E#EBUCOURSE when the rich ICTSI CFdC Invitational kRES OFF ON 7EDNESDAY IN $ANAO #ITY Short by the prosâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; standards, the par71, 6692-yard course is still expected to CHALLENGETHEkELDSSKILLS PARTICULARLYIN iron play and course management with its unpredictable surface also tipped to add up to the challenges that abound around the layout carved from steep hills. It also features dog-leg holes that could lure the long hitters to take the risk and use their drivers in a bid to gain ground against the rest of the bidders in the P3 MILION EVENT KICKING OFF A FOUR LEG 6I-

sayas swing of the Philippine Golf Tourâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s milestone 10th season. Jhonnel Ababa reigned here when #&D#kRSTHOSTEDA0'4LEGLAST3EPTEMBERALTHOUGHTHEMULTI TITLED$AVAOEĂ&#x201E;O shotmaker did it via the short route, winning it in 54 holes after heavy rain cancelled third round play. But with forecast of an overall good weather for the week, the 79-player cast headed by the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top guns, a host of foreign aces and six invitees brace for FOURDAYSOFBATTLEANDAWILDkNISHIN the event sponsored by ICTSI. â&#x20AC;&#x153;No one holds a distinct advantage here. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a tricky course which requires good course management skills,â&#x20AC;? said

4ONY,ASCUĂ&#x201E;A SEEKINGTOCOMEOUTSTRONG in a bid to snap a long title spell marred BYSORRYkNISHESANDINJURIES 7HILE !BABA IS UPBEAT OF SCORING A repeat, the rest of the pack also exude CONkDENCEOFPUTTINGUPASOLIDSHOWING  including veteran Jay Bayron, former Phl Masters champion Jerson Balasabas and PGT Asia leg winners James Ryan Lam, Justin Quiban, Joenard Rates and Rene Menor. The list also includes PGT winners, led BY$UTCH'UIDO6ANDER6ALK :ANIEBOY Gialon, Charles Hong and Mars Pucay with the long-hitting Rey Pagunsan also coming into the event brimming with CONkDENCECOMINGOFFAVICTORYIN the National pro-am at Splendido.

Scherzer shines as Nat'ls beat Reds CINCINNATI: Max Scherzer struck out a season high 15, allowing three hits over EIGHT INNINGS TO LEAD THE 7ASHINGTON Nationals over Cincinnati 4-1 on Sunday (Monday in Manila), their 12th win in 14 games against the Reds. 7HENMANAGER$AVE-ARTINEZVISITED the mound with a runner on second and two outs in the ninth, Scherzer told him emphatically to keep him in the GAME3CHERZERTHENFANNED*OEY6OTTO on three straight called strikes. 3CHERZER  REACHEDDOUBLEkGURESIN strikeouts for the fourth time in 13 starts this season and 86th time in his career, 3EAN$OOLITTLEPITCHEDAPERFECTNINTH FORHISTHSAVEAS7ASHINGTONWONFOR the seventh time in nine games. Sonny Gray (2-5) gave up two runs ANDkVEHITSINkVEINNINGS Anthony Rendon had three hits, inCLUDINGAN2")SINGLEINTHEkRST AND raised his average to .331. -EANWHILE $AVID0RICEkNALLYWON AT 9ANKEE 3TADIUM FOR THE kRST TIME with the Boston Red Sox, backed by EARLY HOMERS FROM *$ -ARTINEZ AND Xander Bogaerts.

Boston stopped a four-game losing streak and improved to 1-4 against the Yankees this season, preventing a three-game sweep in a series shortened by a rainout. The third-place Red Sox moved within 8½ games of the AL East-leading Yankees, who have a 2½-game advantage over Tampa Bay. The next time baseballâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s biggest rivals meet will be June 29-30 in London, with Boston the home team FORTHEkRSTTWOMAJORLEAGUE games in Europe. The Yankees, who lost for only the fourth time in 19 games, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t visit Fenway Park until July 25-28. Price (3-2) permitted two runs and six hits with six strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings, outpitching CC Sabathia (3-2) in a matchup of AL Cy Young Award winners. Sabathia yielded three runs in SIXINNINGS"RANDON7ORKMANTOSSED a scoreless ninth for his second career AP save, both this year.


QSean Doolittle of the Washington Nationals  pitches in the ninth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio.  AFP PHOTO

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Oxford Business Group retains new regional director for Asia O

XFORD Business Group (OBG) has assigned Maria MeroĂąo to the position of regional director for Asia. In her new role, MeroĂąo will oversee a broad range of projects in the many markets that OBG covers across the region. The move marks a return to Asia for MeroĂąo, who previously spent almost three years in Indonesia and other countries in the Asean bloc, where she PLAYEDAPIVOTALPARTINHELPINGTHEkRM to expand its operations there. Since joining OBG 12 years ago, MeroĂąo has built up a wealth of experience in emerging markets, having worked across Asia, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas. Most recently, she held the position of regional director of the Americas where she ensured OBG cemented its position in countries such as Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Trini-

dad and Tobago, while extending its reach into new markets that included Argentina. MeroĂąo has a masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree from Esade Business and Law School in Spain. Before that she studied Business Administration at both Maastricht University and Carlos 3 University in Spain. Polina Virr, OBGâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s newly appointed managing director and previously regional director for Asia, said MeroĂąoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s experience of working in emerging markets at various stages of development, combined with her involvement in OBGâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s expansion over the years, meant she was extremely well placed to take on her new post. g4HESEARESIGNIkCANTTIMESFOR!SIAS economies, especially the Asean bloc, which is working towards closer economic integration and trade linkages,â&#x20AC;?

she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m delighted that we will BENEkTFROM-ARIASKNOWLEDGEOFTHESE countries â&#x20AC;&#x201D; their workings, growth stories and plans for the future â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as we step up our coverage of the region.â&#x20AC;? MeroĂąo said she was thrilled to be returning to Asia and playing a part in the next chapter of OBGâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s operations there. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Investor confidence remains high in many of the regionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s markets, despite external pressures, buoyed by the expectation of high returns,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I look forward to meeting the people that are driving the transformation of this exciting region and ensuring that the many investment opportunities emerging across the markets we cover reach a global audience.â&#x20AC;? For more information, visit http:// www.oxfordbusinessgroup.com/country-reports

Q Senior role marks return to region for Maria MeroĂąo, the new Oxford Business Group regional director for Asia.

Celebrate Independence Day with the family at Megaworld Lifestyle Malls SALUTE to freedom and the Philippine Independence with non-stop activities designed to highlight patriotism with everything Filipino. Megaworld Lifestyle Malls has curated special products and merchandise from local brands along with promos and discounts for a mouthwatering Filipino feast. Here how you can celebrate Independence Day at Megaworld Lifestyle Malls. From June 1 to 12 Uptown Bonifacio will host a line up of activities designed to celebrate the freedom of self expression, individuality and a free spirit. Enjoy exciting promos and discounts at participating establishments, and drop by the Filipino fair at the atrium for inspiring locally made merchandise. Guests will also see installations and galleries by talented local artists including a

Philppine Flag display. At Forbes Town, guests are invited to enjoy performances and handcrafted items from Filipino artists from June 7 to 9 and enjoy the selection of local cuisine from the Savor Filipino food fest from June 7 to13. At Newport, guests will be able to enjoy FIlipino dishes by some of the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top restaurants to show appreciation for our motherlandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s DIVERSElAVORSFROM*UNETO Show some love to amazing Filipino brands and locally made products, delicacies and music from the Likhang Lokal fair on June 3 to 7 and feast on delectable Philippine recipes with exciting deals from the Likhang Pinoy dining promos. McKinley Hill is inviting petlovers to join in on the celebrations by letting pets and their families freely

Q Uptown Mall facade enjoy pet-centric activities on June 12, featuring on-the-spot Pet Pass registrations, deworming, vaccinations, a PAWtriotic pet costume

parade and more. For more information, visit www. megaworld-lifestylemalls.com.

SM Prime, SM Foundation turn over 93rd schoolbuilding IN time for the opening of school year 2019-2020, SM Prime through SM Foundation turned over a fully furnished two-story, four classroom school building to the Balanga Elementary School in Balanga City, the capital city of Bataan. This is SM Foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 93rd school building donation since 2002 when it became a partner of the Department of Education (DepEd)â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Adopt-A-School Program. According to SM Foundation School Building Program Coordinator Juris Soliman, the new school building follows the specikCATIONS OF $EP%D JUST LIKE THE other school buildings donated by SM Foundation. It is also emergency ready with a staircase ONBOTHSIDESOFTHEBUILDING kRE alarm bell and emergency lights

at the landings of both staircases. Provided with 200 armchairs, 20 of these are specially designed for left-handed students. Each classroom has a set of teacherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s table and chair, wall fans, blackboards, toilet and wall clock. The wall clocks donation is also in support of DepEdâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Project Watch (We Advocate Time Consciousness and Honesty). SMâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s concern for Persons with Disability (PWDs) is not only evident in the school buildings that are provided with a ramp for easy access by PWDs and PWDfriendly toilet. In support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, SM in cooperation with the contractor KHMAYA, two new facilities were added to the school building: a book corner with shelves and

community.â&#x20AC;? The groundbreaking ceremony was marked by a traditional Japanese â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kagami Biraki,â&#x20AC;? a ceremony which showcased acts of samurai warriors, to welcome a new era in the Philippine energy sector. It is also a celebration of FGen Corp. and Tokyo Gasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; fruitful partnership in attaining the milestones relative to the planned LNG Terminal Project â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the completion of the significant pre-development work and the commencement of the next phase of the development of the project.

let, taught and led by Prima Ballerina Lisa Macuja Elizalde. Promil Four is committed to its mission of nurturing the gift in every Filipino child. In partnership with experts, Promil Fourâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s i-Shine Talent Camp 7 helped instill in the participants values such as imagination, teamwork, versatility, discipline and harmony to help them shine not just on stage, but in real life as well. For more information, visit https:// www.promilnurturethegift.com.ph/ promil-four-nutrissentials.

quality in every home has always been ingrained in its world-class products which is why every Whirlpool refrigerator, washing machine, cooking appliance and air conditioner are equipped with durability and advanced technology. For more information, visit www.whirlpool.com.ph.

Muntinlupa launches health and wellness program

THE local government of Muntinlupa, through the City Health Office, launched a three-day Health and Wellness Program for government employees to promote fitness and healthy lifestyle. Mayor Jaime Fresnedi (seated) availed a free eye-check up in a caravan conducted at Muntinlupa City Hall, Brgy. Pu-

tatan on May 29. Fresnedi urged employees to take necessary steps for healthy eating, healthy habITS  PHYSICAL AND MENTAL kTNESS City Government employees enjoyed free medical services which include FBS + cholesterol check-up, health education, dental consultation, eye check-up, among others.

Q Gracing the turn over ceremonies are School Principal Ameila Inieto; OIC, Schools Division Superintendent Carolina Violeta; North SM Supermalls Regional Operations Manager Cesar Bondoc; SM Supermalls VP-North Junias Eusebio; SM Supermalls VP Bien Mateo; SMFI Executive Director for Education Linda Atayde; and Balanga Mayor Francis Anthony Garcia. chairs and a 10-faucet hand-washing facility accessible to all users. A day before the turnover, SM Retail hosted a book reading session with students from the Bal-

anga Elementary School; turned over books which were donated through SMâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Donate a Book Project; and turned over computers donated by SM Pampanga.

Q Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi (fourth from left) leads the groundbreaking and time capsule laying ceremony together with First Gen Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Federico Lopez (fifth from left) . Joining the Energy Chief are (from left) House Energy Committee Chairman Lord Allan Velasco, Senate Energy Committee Chairman Sherwin Gatchalian, and Japanese Minister for Economic Affairs Makoto Iyori.

Celebrating the gift at Promil Fourâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s i-Shine 7 recital OVER 270 i-Shiners shone brightly onstage as they performed special productions during the grand recital held at the SMX Aura Convention Center in the fields of art, mentored by Teacher Robert Alejandro and Teacher Kara; dance, mentored by G-Force choreographers and guided by Teacher Georcelle Dapat-Sy; theater, led by Audie Gemora and directed by coaches from Trumpets Playshop; music, guided by National Artist, Maestro Ryan Cayabyab; and bal-

WHIRLPOOLâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S most anticipated annual Mothersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Day event took on a new and exciting turn on May 18, by moving to a bigger home at Unimart Capital Commons. This is to accommodate the growing community of Whirlpool moms who have continued to trust the brand through the years. Chef Marvin Dalisay ( in photo) and Chef Reggie Ann Perez demonstrate how to cook using Whirlpool products. Some of the products launched during the event were the three newly-released Whirlpool models: the capacious Vancouver 30 microwave oven, the innovative Bloomwash InverterPlus washing machine and the revolutionary Quattro 4-door refrigerator. Since 1911, Whirlpoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s commitment to providing outstanding

Daianaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dad

Cusi joins First Gen-Tokyo Gas project groundbreaking DEPARTMENT of Energy (DoE) Secretary Alfonso Cusi led the groundbreaking ceremony of the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Receiving Terminal of First Gen (FGen) Corp. on May 28 at the FGEN Clean Energy Complex. Energy Secretary Cusi said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;With this development, it can help us attain our long term energy security and sustainability. The establishment of the natural gas facility can further boost the economy of our country through local employment which will benefit the host

Whirlpool Philippines toasts mothers

Q Wyeth Philippines President and General Manager Bert Demeyere (second from right), Premium Marketing Director Jocelyn Lacida (third from right) and Group Product Manager Sheryl Yao (leftmost) with mentors (from left) Ryan Alejandro, Georcelle Dapat-Sy, Kara Escay, Lisa Macuja-Elizalde, Audie Gemora, Maestro Ryan Cayabyab and host Dimples Romana (extreme right).

Q Daiana Menezes and her father SHE is a known TV host, singer and actress. Also an international endorser, painter, pianist, performer and designer, she has traveled the world and soared far and high. But back home, she is still Daddyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s baby girl. Brazilian personality Daiana Menezes is the eldest among three children, so she says she went through all the hardships and learned from and with her father. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My dad is amazing. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s my hero and heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great leader,â&#x20AC;? says Daiana of her dad. A disciplinarian, Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dad used the dreaded â&#x20AC;&#x153;sinturonâ&#x20AC;? especially when D or her siblings had tantrums or bad behavior. Through the years, Daiana says she has learned to appreciate her fa-

ther more as she matured. g)BECAMEMORECONkDENTABOUTHIS love. He showed me that it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t matter what I go through, he will always be there for me,â&#x20AC;? adds Daiana, a graduate of the New York Film Academy. D and dad love going to the beach together. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Brazilipinaâ&#x20AC;? who has made the Philippines her home for the past 12 years wants to bring her dad here to enjoy the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beautiful beaches. This Fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day, Daiana wishes her dad will live to be as old and as healthy as he can. Someday, one Fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day, Daiana also prays her dad will be a grandfather.

SMEC designs two major rail sections in the Philippines SMEC has been appointed to provide detailed design on the Manila Clark Railway Project (MCRP North Line) and the North South Railway Project, South Line (NSRP South Line). SMEC will assist the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Design Team in the preparation of all necessary documents for the detailed design of the civil, structural, architectural, mechanical and electrical works. The MCRP North Line and NSRP South Line are two major sections of the national railway transport system that aims to ease traffic congestion in Metro Manila and beyond, promote inclusive growth and improve transport and logistics

services to currently underserved areas. SMEC has also provided basic and detailed design and construction supervision of the North South Commuter Rail (NSCR). â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re proud to continue our successful partnership with Oriental Consultants Global Co. Ltd on another major commuter rail project that will support economic growth and improve everyday life for people in the Philippines,â&#x20AC;? said Ric Yuzon, country manager SMEC Philippines. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We bring railway engineering expertise from projects all around the world. This appointment, along with our previous work on the NSCR, consolidates our presence in the transport sector.â&#x20AC;?



F1 Q'Fast Break' anchors Freddie Webb and Boyet Sison



Veteran anchors share secrets to longevity E BY CHRISTINA ALPAD

VEN as the internet and social media are now the most convenient sources of information, majority of Filipinos still prefer to get their news from traditional media, namely television, newspaper and radio. As such, despite predictions that these media, radio in particular,

will be dead in less than a decade (a study by Larry Miller, Director of

Q'Magpayo Nga Kayo' anchors May Valle-Ceniza and Joey Lina

New York Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Steinhardt Music Business Program), media outlets remain confident and continue to dish the latest news to their listeners in various formats. One shining example is DZMM, whose lineup of programs have been around for decades. Recently, the anchors of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mag-

Meanwhile, well-loved sports anchors Freddie Webb and Boyet Sison work hard to fulfill the requests and wish lists of sports fans, who tune in to their program â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fastbreakâ&#x20AC;? every Saturday at 3 p.m. for the latest news, exclusive interviews, and analysis in the world of sports.

and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fastbreakâ&#x20AC;? took turns in facing media colleagues in an intimate interview to discuss how they have managed to stay relevant for their audience through the years. Every Saturday at 9:30 a.m, the tried and tested tandem of May Valle-Ceniza and Atty. Joey Lina offer Filipinos the opportunity to speak their minds about issues close to their heart, recognizing the wisdom that they can offer to our countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leaders and policymakers. Linaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s other weekend program,â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sagot Ko â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Yan,â&#x20AC;? airing every Sunday at 8 a.m., has a similar interactive format, where viewers and listeners are encouraged to participate in the discussion, and start something like a Barangay Hall assembly live on air, after the former senator explains to them the issue at hand.

Secrets to longevity

payo Nga Kayo,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sagot Ko â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Yanâ&#x20AC;?

For Valle-Ceniza, the strength of their program lies in making people think and propose solutions to issues that may directly affect them or their families. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Among the many topics, the issues in prices of goods, maternity leave and end of contract remain the most talked about in our program. Our listeners get really passionate when we discuss these things,â&#x20AC;? related Valle-Ceniza during the interview. Meanwhile, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sagot Ko â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Yan,â&#x20AC;? the Best Radio Public Affairs Program at the 8th Makatao Awards for Media Excellence is known for bringing together ordinary Filipinos and people of authority to engage in more personal and deeper conversations on how to

help society live a better life. Lina, who has been doing the program for 17 years now, shared tips how he managed to keep the program interesting for both guests and the listeners. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One would be to not talk too much. What I do is ask leading questions to my guests so they would discuss what we want them to discuss. Second is not to embarrass the authorities we have in the show. Instead of pointing out a mistake on air, I would say after the show, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Please consider these points.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;For our callers, one important thing is to be patient with them, sometimes they can get off the topic,â&#x20AC;? Lina noted.

Vice Ganda as student leader remembered O

NCE in the company of university professors, Vignettes had a chance to meet their fresh recruit â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a fortysomething transwoman named Bianca Bolante (formerly Bryan). Bianca happened to be a former classmate of Vice Ganda at the Far Eastern University (FEU) in Social Psychology class sometime in the mid-â&#x20AC;&#x2122;90s. Just like the gay TV hostCOMEDIANWHOWASNTABLETOkNISH his AB Political Science course in favor of a career as then-struggling standup comedian, Bianca also had to give up school. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been several years since she last saw Vice Ganda, yet Bianca still has fond memories of the latter. In fact, certain stuff unbeknownst to his fans and peers alike. Before what is now known as the LGBTQ community came into being, Bianca told Vignettes that Vice Ganda served as president of the so-called SHE, FEU Chapter.


meron ding mga homophobic who believed that the school grounds were an unlikely place to assert gay rights,â&#x20AC;? Bianca said.

SHE stands for Sorority of Homoosexual Encounters with quite a good d number of student-members who o all showed academic excellence. Bianca, who struck Vignettes as an articulate conversationalist, was one of its members. She said that the Vice Ganda-led organization adopted a different version of initiation rites. While common to most Greek-lettered groups is the customary hazing, SHEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s practice was far more humane. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We, the gay members, QVice Ganda seems to have adopted his were made to go around the ideas as student leader in his show making campus wearing skirts. Yun every LGBTQ member proud of his or her nga lang, under the scorching heat of the sun. May mga naaaliw, w, gender orientation. FACEBOOK PHOTO


Robert Pattinson picked as the new Batman LOS ANGELES: Robert Pattinson has been chosen as the new Batman, beating out several other actors, including Nicholas Hoult, to play the Caped Crusader, Variety said. The 33-year-old â&#x20AC;&#x153;Twilightâ&#x20AC;? heartthrob is set to play the vigilante superhero in a standalone movie called â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Batman,â&#x20AC;? under the direction of Matt Reeves, who was behind the last two â&#x20AC;&#x153;Planet of the Apesâ&#x20AC;? sequels, the entertainment magazine said. Filming is slated to start in the QThe British actor is set to play coming months with a release date the vigilante superhero. expected in June 2021. A Warner Bros. spokeswoman would not confirm the news to AFP, saying only: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I can confirm that we are in negotiations.â&#x20AC;? Pattinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s agent did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Pattinson, who shot to fame as teenage vampire Edward Cullen in the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Twilightâ&#x20AC;? saga, has avoided the spotlight in recent years, evolving from a teenage heartthrob to an indie darling. He recently starred in acclaimed French director Claire Denisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sci-fi mystery â&#x20AC;&#x153;High Life,â&#x20AC;? which earned him critical praise. He also stars in â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Lighthouse,â&#x20AC;? a dark fantasy horror film that was also well received at this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cannes Film Festival. As Batman, Pattinson will be replacing Ben Affleck who retired from the role after playing Bruce Wayne in 2016â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justiceâ&#x20AC;? and 2017â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Justice League.â&#x20AC;? AFP

Bianca, who recently judged a Miss Gay contest held at an elementary school in Pasay City (nope, there were no minors in it but gay adults), adul ults), however, howev owes it to Vice Gandaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leadership.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Parang yung iideas niya noon, iina -adopt niya sa sh show niya, making

ev LGBTQ member every proud of his gender pr orientation,â&#x20AC;? ori she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m raring to see Vice Vic Ganda again, at least, leas to personally tell him how happy I am for him,â&#x20AC;? Bianca ended. h Meanwhile, is there Me truth to the rumor that and boyfriend Vice Ganda G Ion Perez Pe (or better known as Kuy Kuya Escort) recently tied th the knot in the US where the former had a series of shows?

Finally, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fastbreakâ&#x20AC;? continues to bank on the credibility of its power duo of Webb, a basketball legend â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the only living National Team member of the Philippines who last played in the Olympics â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and former senator, and Sison, a veteran sportscaster, to keep people tuned in to their show. The free-wheeling format of the 25th Golden Dove Awardsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Best Radio Sports Program, where the anchors get to interact like friends with guest analysts and athletes, makes for a light and enjoyable, but also informative and inspiring sports experience during the weekend.



Of broken doorknobs and break ups For a time this hot momma-actress (HMA) and a not-soyoung actor (NSYA) were in a live-in setup at the formerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s condo unit. The reason for their eventual breakup was the result of too many instances which proved how irresponsible NSYA was. Once HMA arrived home tired and sleepy from a whole taping dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work. She was expecting sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d come home to THEIRLOVENESTSEEINGTHEDOORKNOBTOTHEIRROOMkXED

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bale ba, naabutan niyang prenteng-prenteng nakahiga lang si NSYA na binilinan niyang ayusin yung doorknob. Hayun, she started raising hell, telling NSYA he was a goodfor-nothing boyfriend,â&#x20AC;? the source said. Similar instances on NSYAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t-care-less attitude had piled up, prompting HMA to end their relationship. At present, HMA has a new boyfriend. RC3

Russian cinema goers denounce â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;censorshipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; of Elton John biopic MOSCOW: Russian cinema goers denounced the â&#x20AC;&#x153;censorshipâ&#x20AC;? of Elton John biopic â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rocketmanâ&#x20AC;? after watching the filmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s edited Russia version with all scenes of gay sex removed. The British singer has slammed the Russian cutting of the musical biopic of his life as â&#x20AC;&#x153;cruelly unacceptingâ&#x20AC;? and international rights groups have condemned the move. The local distributor said it amended the film to comply with Russian law after film critics who saw a preview of it noticed scenes featuring men kissing and gay sex were missing. Some scenes with drug taking were also removed. Russia has a dire record on LGBT rights and a controversial law bans the promotion of â&#x20AC;&#x153;non-traditional sexual relationshipsâ&#x20AC;? to minors. Muscovites who hoped to watch the original uncut version of the film at an independent cinema in the Russian capital were left disappointed, with the cinema only able to obtain the cut version. It held two screenings of the film in English with Russian subtitles on Saturday evening, several days before it is due for a general release in Russia.

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Rights infringementâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Maria Erenko, a 31-year-old university worker who attended the screening, told AFP she was â&#x20AC;&#x153;not surprisedâ&#x20AC;? the cinema was unable to show the unedited version. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think Russian society is not ready to see gay scenes on the big screen, I think the authorities think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not, so they try to regulate it,â&#x20AC;? she said. Another cinema goer, 28-year-old Alexander Ilyin who works in intellectual property, also criticized the cutting of the film. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It changes the perception of the viewer and the value of the film goes down a lot as a result,â&#x20AC;? he said, calling the decision â&#x20AC;&#x153;censorship.â&#x20AC;? Ilyin said he â&#x20AC;&#x153;is awareâ&#x20AC;? that many Russians have hostile attitudes to LGBTI people but added that showing the full version of the film could have been a â&#x20AC;&#x153;way to move forward.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think these people are just like us and need to have the same rights as we do. Cutting these scenes is an infringement on their rights,â&#x20AC;? he said. Film critic Anton Dolin, who was first to report the edits, wrote on his Facebook

QThe British singer has slammed the Russian cutting of the musical biopic of his life as â&#x20AC;&#x153;cruelly unacceptingâ&#x20AC;? and international rights groups have condemned the move.

page that the text that ends the film was also changed, to say only that Elton John founded an NGO to fight AIDS. But in the original, viewers learn that he eventually found love and is raising two children with his same-sex partner. Russian Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky told state agency RIA Novosti that his ministry has nothing to do with the edits and that â&#x20AC;&#x153;everything is decided by the distributor.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;We do not cut anything,â&#x20AC;? he was quoted as saying. Other films that included gay scenes, including the recent biopic about British rock star Freddie Mercury â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bohemian Rhapsody,â&#x20AC;? were shown in Russian cinemas. In China, multiple gay scenes of the film were cut. Elton John is popular in Russia, where he first performed during the Soviet era in 1979 but he has been a vocal critic of the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s anti-gay laws. Tatiana Fedotova, an anthropology professor at a Moscow university who watched the film on Saturday, told AFP she â&#x20AC;&#x153;can live withâ&#x20AC;? the distributorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s edits. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t say how much of the film was lost,â&#x20AC;? she said, having not seen the full original version. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But I think we need to quickly make peace with Elton John,â&#x20AC;? she said. AFP



TUESDAY June 4, 2019

Addressing dehydration among kids, adolescents A

SERIOUS yet often-overlooked matter that parents need to pay more attention to is dehydration as it unknowingly affects more Filipino children. In fact, a study on hydration by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRIDOST) states that 83 percent of Filipino kids are not drinking enough to keep them hydrated and healthy. Most moms think that their children are not at risk from dehydration unless they are suffering from extreme cases of diarrhea or illness. However, the real deal is that dehydration actually starts as soon as their children start feeling parched or uhaw. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Misconceptions are the major barriers to proper hydration, especially in countries like the Philippines,â&#x20AC;? says Dr. Rodolfo Florentino, a renowned health expert in the country. â&#x20AC;&#x153;While under normal conditions, adults can satisfy their water needs with the sensation of thirst, this is not the case in young children and the elderly when thirst comes late, and they are dependent upon others for their hydration needs. This is also not the case in conditions WHERElUIDREQUIREMENTISGREATLY increased as in heavy physical activity or in very hot environ-

ments,â&#x20AC;? the expert added. This means when the weather is hot or kids are being active â&#x20AC;&#x201D; they are more in danger of being dehydrated. Dehydration of as little as 2 percent of body weight already has tangible negative effects on kids, including their alertness and concentration. Furthermore, dehydration may show itself through dry lips and mouth and dark-colored urine, but its deeper effects are a cause for concern. In the long term, dehydration may even slow down their physical and mental performance. This might cause a drop in your kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; performance in school, their strength during playtime and sports, and even their willingness to interact with other children. If not solved immediately, dehydration may lead to chronic dehydration, which increases the risk of the development of kidney stones, UTI, hypertension and even eventually a stroke. The rule that humans need only eight glasses of water is a myth â&#x20AC;&#x201D; individuals may need more depending on age or physical activity levels.

Q(From left) FNRI DOST representative Czarina Martinez, Tang Brand Manager Princess Landicho and Bianca Gonzales

QScarlet Snow Belo with parents Vicky Belo and Hayden Kho who take a selfie with participants.

School children 6 to 9 years old SHOULDDRINKkVETOSIXGLASSESOF water a day, while children 10 to 12 years old should drink at least seven glasses of water daily. Male teenagers 13 to 15 years old should drink nine glasses a day, while girls should consume seven glasses daily. Finally, males aged 16 to 18 should drink 10 glasses of water a day,

while females should consume 8 glasses daily â&#x20AC;&#x201D; these figures are subject to additions according to hotter weather and amount of physical activity. However, the taste of water and the habit of drinking it is not always appetizing to kids, making it a difkCULTTASKFORTHEMTODRINKWATER A solution to this is to introduce water-rich food into the diet. According to Dr. Florentino, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Water is not the only source of hydration. The food and different beverages that we take every day are also important sources of water in addition to plain drinking water to help the body rehydrate.â&#x20AC;? Milk and dairy-based beverages, fruit juice, fruit-flavored drinks Â&#x2021;ESPECIALLYWHENFORTIkEDWITH vitamins and minerals; soups, fruits like watermelon, melon and strawberries, and vegetables like lettuce, cabbage and spinach contain 90 to 99 percent water.

Fruits like apple, grapes, oranges, and pineapple contain 80 to 89 percent water. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All of these could be used to rehydrate. In fact, on the average about 20 percent of our total water intake comes from food, and 80 percent comes from drinking water and beverages,â&#x20AC;? Florentino noted. In cooperation with FNRI, Tang aims to increase awareness on the hydration gap in the Philippines and how it can be solved. A response to the situation, the campaign â&#x20AC;&#x153;UhawAreYou?â&#x20AC;? encourages parents to check on their kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; state of hydration and take measures to make sure their child intakes the RIGHT AMOUNT OF lUIDS POSSIBLE through various ways. Often, kids enter into a state of â&#x20AC;&#x153;voluntary dehydration,â&#x20AC;? where they give

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up drinking water while they are busy playing or being active. Other times, kids are simply uninterested in water, and would rather drink something that tastes more interesting. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have to let parents know the serious effects of dehydration to children. This will encourage them to keep their kids (and themselves) hydrated through different ways,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; shared Princess Landicho, Tang Philippines Brand Manager. To make the campaign more relatable to mothers and parents, the brand has also partnered with celebrity mom Bianca GonzalezIntal who is known for not shying away from relevant issues. As a mom, she has also experi-

enced having a hard time making HERTODDLERDRINKENOUGHlUIDS When asked about how she works around the problem, she said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I literally have to chase my DAUGHTERTODRINKĂ&#x153;)HAVETOkND the perfect glass that she would drink most with, which was this colorful straw tumbler. Apart from water, I also make her drink milk and juice like our favorite Tang, all to keep her hydrated! !SAMOM YOUJUSTHAVETOkND out what works for your kids and stay patient!â&#x20AC;? Sharing glasses of refreshing drinks does not only offer excellent hydration options â&#x20AC;&#x201D; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a wonderful way moms can bond with their kids.

Scarlet Snow Belo goes glamping ITâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S a jungle out there, and even parents of celebrity kids like Scarlet Snow Belo know that they have to equip their children with the right tools to reshape their future and help them realize the best possibilities for themselves. To get Scarlet Snow Belo and children like her ready for the challenges of the future, NestlĂŠ NANKID held the NANKID Reshape Glamp at The Courtyard at Enderun, Taguig City, where parents and kids geared up for an adventure that helped them develop an optimal growth mindset, understand optimal nutrition; and that when combined, can lead to optimal development. Scarlet Snow along with her friends and their parents jumped with delight as they reached the camp grounds filled with

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colorful canvas tents and learning activities for each family. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are happy that Scarlet Snow is part of NANKID Reshape Glamp. We know she will learn a lot, especially the importance of staying physically healthy and facing every possibility positively. We also see this as an opportunity for us, as her parents, develop an optimal growth mindset that would help us to reshape our daughterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s future,â&#x20AC;? said Hayden Kho. The activities kicked off with a camperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s assembly, where the families met the camp masters, who explained the rules and the activities. To get the ball rolling, the kids were brought to a pond for an activity called Fishing for Nutrition, wherein the kids

QScarlet Snow Belo happily receives her badge for a job well done at the glamping activity.

gamely went fishing for nutrition tips. Here, they discovered how good nutrition, plays a key role in ensuring that an individual grows up to be healthy physically, mentally, and emotionally. Still hyped up from the first activity, Scarlet and friends were then introduced to the play mountain, a mountain hiking-inspired board game. In this game, children throw a giant dice to get to the summit and finish the positivity trail. They could land on a space that makes it faster for them to reach the summit, but they could also land on a space that would force them to go back several notches. Each space had a message for the parents and children to make them reflect on the moves they have taken. Through the game, families realize that challenges can actually be growth opportunities. This was followed by a short and interactive storytelling session to cap off the whole glamp experience. Led by a camp master, kids had to run, hop, jump, and interact with others to tell stories. This fun-filled activity showed the parents how kids easily mirror their actions and the people around them. After a full day of non-stop discoveries, Scarlet and her pals gathered with their parents to share their aspirations and spoke of the possibilities that have yet to come. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is very gratifying to see children like Scarlet Snow, along with their parents, on their journey to embracing an optimal growth mindset. Complemented by optimal nutrition, parents can reshape their childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s future and help them to achieve their dreams,â&#x20AC;? concluded Jean Espino, Vice President for Marketing, NestlĂŠ Premium Milks.


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TUESDAY June 4, 2019


Solution to Mega Maze



»HOROSCOPE Today’s Birthday (06/04/19). Deepen your romantic partnership this year. Family fortunes rise with thoughtful planning and steady action. A fine summer harvest eases a shared financial transition. Your investments take a growth spurt next winter, before you turn to new income sources. Share resources, responsibilities and respect.

BY NANCY BLACK LIBRA (SEPT. 23-OCT. 22) -- Today is an 8 -- Use cleverness and wit to advance your career, with Mercury in Cancer. Think fast. Research professional developments. Rising status comes through communications. Network and connect.

To get the advantage, check the day’s rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging.

SCORPIO (OCT. 23-NOV. 21) -- Today is an 8 -- Expand your territory for the next several weeks. Long-distance communications figure prominently. Travel beckons, but take care. Study the situation. Discuss plans and destinations.

ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19) -- Today is a 7 -- Discuss home solutions. You’re especially good at solving domestic problems, with Mercury in Cancer for the next few weeks. Talk it over with family.

SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21) -- Today is an 8 -- Family finances can have a growth spurt. It’s easier to keep your budget. Communication gets profitable over three weeks. Do the paperwork. Make profitable deals.

TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20) -- Today is an 8 -- Your communications and networking skills are especially hot, with Mercury and the Moon in Cancer. Speak from your heart. Share feelings and emotions.

CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19) -- Today is an 8 -- Partners have great ideas for a few weeks. Brainstorm and converse. During this period, compromise comes easier. Listen carefully. Discuss what you want to create.

GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20) -- Today is a 9 -- You can make a bundle, with Mercury in Cancer over the next few weeks. Work smarter and earn more. Communication leads to profits.

AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB. 18) -- Today is an 8 -- Rising health and vitality benefit from communication over several weeks, with Mercury in Cancer. Collaborate with doctors, trainers and coaches. Discuss strategies for growing stronger.

CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22) -- Today is a 9 -- With Mercury in your sign, it’s easier to speak your feelings. Discuss personal aims and ambitions. Use your power, confidence and influence for good. LEO (JULY 23-AUG. 22) -- Today is a 6 -- Allow more time for contemplation over the next three weeks. Keep a dream journal. Finish old business. Make long-term plans. Decide what you want. VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22) -- Today is an 8 -- Team communication comes easier, with Mercury and the Moon in Cancer. Community activities and meetings go well. Network and share resources. Get social.


PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20) -- Today is an 8 -- You’re especially charming, with Mercury in Cancer. It’s a good time for intimate conversation. It’s easier to express your affection. Speak from your heart.

(Astrologer Nancy Black continues her mother Linda Black’s legacy horoscopes column. She welcomes comments and questions on Twitter, @LindaCBlack. For more astrological interpretations like today’s Gemini horoscope, visit Linda Black Astrology by clicking daily horoscopes, or go to www.nancyblack.com.) NANCY BLACK. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC BY ROGER SEVILLA

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