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CARDINAL TAGLE’S PALM SUNDAY HOMILY

‘Do not follow arrogant kings’

HOLY WEEK BEGINS

Church-goers wave their palm branches at Candelaria Church in Silang, Cavite on Palm Sunday. Inset: Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle delivers his homily at Manila Cathedral in Intramuros. PHOTOS BY BOY JOSUE AND ENRIQUE AGCAOILI

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ANILA Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle told the Christian faithful not to follow “arrogant, revengeful” kings, as he ushered in Holy Week rites with Palm Sunday Mass at the Manila Cathedral.

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Tagle lamented that people seek arrogant leaders as they were “easier” to follow and were more “attractive” than Jesus Christ. “It is not easy to emulate and embrace the traits of Jesus,” who according to Tagle, “is humble and in full solidarity” with sinful humanity. “But, through God’s mercy, we could love and follow him,” he said in his homily. Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week, during

which Christians commemorate the passion, death and resurrection of Christ. Before the Mass, Tagle blessed palm branches brought for the occasion to commemorate Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem two millennia ago. Tagle challenged the faithful to practice humility and endure sacrifices. “Imposible sa ating hubarin ang sarili, magpakababa, `yung igalang ang umaalipusta sa’yo.

DUTERTE WARNS OF POLITICAL ATTACKS AHEAD OF MAY POLLS IN the wake of reports raising questions about the alleged wealth and undisclosed businesses of his and his CHILDREN DURING THEIR TIME IN OFkCE  President Rodrigo Duterte warned the public of “political attacks” from the media ahead of the 2019 mid-term elections next month. The Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) earlier released a series of reports about the wealth of Duterte and his children, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio and former Davao City vice mayor Paolo Duterte, saying they all became significantly

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JOY BELMONTE, ABBY BINAY LEAD OPPONENTS IN POLL

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THE government is eyeing a recordhigh national budget for next year under the cash-based system. “The total cash budget for 2020 is, thus, pegged at P4.100.0 billion,” the department’s officer in charge, Janet Abuel, said in a national budget memorandum released late last week to guide government agencies in the preparation of their 2020 budget proposals. The proposed 2020 national budget

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`Yung hilumin ang sumusugat sa`yo. ‘Di `yan ang kalakaran ng mundo. Pero para sa Diyos `di `yan imposible (It is impossible for us to practice humility, to respect those who abuse us. To HEAL OTHERS WHO INlICT PAIN ON you, that is not how the world works. But these things are not impossible to God),” Tagle said. He cited how the apostle Paul urged Philemon, an early Christian leader, to reconcile with and

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Senatorial candidate Christopher Lawrence ‘Bong’ Go raises his fist as his campaign motorcade is greeted by residents of Pasay City on Sunday. Go placed third in a nationwide survey commissioned by the Magdalo party of President Rodrigo Duterte’s fiercest critic, Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th. PHOTO BY J.GERARD SEGUIA

Go ranks 3rd in survey of Trillanes’ Magdalo WITH less than a month before the May midterm polls, Senators Mary Grace Poe, Cynthia Villar and former special assistant to the President #HRISTOPHER ,AWRENCE g"ONGu 'O remained the leading candidates in

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the Senate race, according to a nationwide survey commissioned by the Magdalo party-list of Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th. Both reelectionists, Poe garnered

CHINA has been relying on an “imagined historical claim” over the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), $EFENSE 3ECRETARY $ELkN ,ORENZANA said on Sunday, as he also stepped up his rhetoric against Beijing. This was after Chinese foreign minISTRYSPOKESMAN,U+ANGINSISTEDLAST week that the Spratly group of islands

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‘MWSS unprepared for water shortages’ JIMUEL PACQUIAO SCORES KO WIN IN AMATEUR BOUT

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has faulted the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) for failing to prepare for water shortages ahead of the El Niño weather phenomenon. In a speech during the Partido DeMOKRATIKO 0ILIPINO ,AKAS NG "AYAN

campaign rally in Bukidnon on Saturday evening, Duterte said in Visayan, “It is your job. This MWSS, this son of a b***h, every season, even in El Niño, why didn’t you prepare?” “Then, while El Niño is yet to arrive, there is already a water shortage. Son of

a b***h. [But,] when I said that I will go to you, the next morning, [water is back],” he added. ,AST MONTH  -ALACAÄANG BARED that President Duterte had threatened to fire officials of the MWSS,

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‘GOVT HIDING TENS OF MILLIONS OF POOR FILIPINOS’

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HINK tank Ibon Foundation on Sunday criticized the latest Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) estimate of the monthly poverty threshold, claiming the living wage for a famILYOFkVESHOULDBEDOUBLETHEGOVERNment standard.

Ibon reported that a family of kVE IN THE .ATIONAL #APITAL 2Egion (NCR) needed a living wage of P1,004 per day or P23,660 per month, more than double the

P10,481 pegged by the PSA as monthly poverty threshold in the year 2018. The think tank said P11,262 alone would go to food, the high-

est expenditure, while P3,975 would go to housing needs. The rest would be for water and electricity consumption pegged at P2,295; transport at P1,254; and miscellaneous goods and services at P1,349. “The choice of official poverty lines is a political one. Setting a high standard [is indicative of] the government having a high level of ambition for poverty eradication,� Ibon said. The think tank called out the government for setting a “low standard� of well-being, after the PSA said those who consumed more than P10,481 in the year 2018 were not considered poor. Of this

amount, food expenses accounted for P7,337. “[This] results in ten millions of Filipinos not meeting minimum standards of well-being and hidden behind unrealistic official poverty statistics,â€? Ibon added. -ALACAĂ„ANGHASCITEDTHE03!kGures as proof that the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte had MADESIGNIkCANTSTEPSINADDRESSING poverty in the Philippines. 4HE .#2  #ALABARZON #AVITE  ,AGUNA "ATANGAS 2IZALAND1UEZON AND#ENTRAL,UZONWERETHE regions with the lowest poverty incidence among families in 2015 and 2018, according to the PSA.

Abu Dar, last Maute leader, dead, Lorenzana confirms THE lone leader of the Islamic State (IS)-inspired Maute group, Owaydah Benito Marohombsar OR!BU$AR HADBEENCONkRMED killed, based on DNA test results, $EFENSE3ECRETARY$ELkN,ORENZAna said on Sunday. He admitted that he was unaware about who or where the DNA testing was conducted, but confirmed that Marohombsar was dead. “I don’t know who tested it or WHERE"UTITISCONkRMED‡ITS Abu Dar’s remains,� he said in a text message. -AROHOMBSARSDEATHWASkRST suspected by the military after Maute members and the Philippine Army clashed in Tubaran, ,ANAODEL3URLAST-ARCH The body of the terror leader was then subjected to DNA testing, while informants in the area said the remains belonged to Marohombsar. He was believed to be the only top terrorist who escaped from the Marawi City siege in 2017, which LASTEDFORkVEMONTHS Marohombsar was also believed to have been the successor of Isnilon Hapilon as emir of the IS in Southeast Asia. 7ITH-AROHOMBSARSDEATH ,O-

RENZANASAID THEGROUPWASLEADERLESS “Well, for now, his group is leaderless. We are monitoring who will replace Dar,� the Defense chief added. The Philippine Army’s 1st InfanTRY$IVISION)$ ALSOCONkRMED the death of Marohombsar. The Army had suspected that the terror leader was killed during a GUNkGHTON-ARCHIN4UBARAN  ,ANAODEL3UR Brig. Gen. Roberto Ancan, 1st ID COMMANDER ALSOCONkRMEDTHATAUthorities had requested the United States to conduct a DNA testing on Marohombsar’s remains. g4HENEUTRALIZATIONOF!BU$AR ISASIGNIkCANTACCOMPLISHMENTOF the government and the people of ,ANAODEL3UR WHOWORKEDTOGETHer to rid their beloved province of terrorists,� Ancan said. Marohombsar was said to have masterminded the 2013 bombing OFTHE,IMKETKAI#OMMERCIAL!REA in Cagayan de Oro City, where several doctors were killed. A source said Marohombsar had a P3-million bounty on his head. The Americans, the sources said, “took a part of his hair and [the hair of] his son, and they tested [if the DNA matched].� DEMPSEY REYES

Gas prices set to rise P1/liter this week

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President Rodrigo Duterte (third from right) is photographed along with Senate candidates of the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan party during a campaign rally in Malayabay, Bukidnon on Saturday. MALACAĂ‘ANG PHOTO

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Duterte warns of political RICHERDURINGTHEIRTIMEINOFkCE The reports also accused the family of having undisclosed businesses. In a speech during the Partido $EMOKRATIKO 0ILIPINO ,AKAS NG Bayan campaign rally in Bukidnon on Saturday night, the President accused some media men of being paid to attack their clients’ opponents for money. “They accept [payment] from clients to [write] political attacks. ACDC (attack and collect money, defend and collect money). You attack to get paid. So, don’t believe that they are clean,� Duterte said

in Visayan. “You protect the rich and hide their secrets, but attack us politicians who genuinely want reform. That’s the truth. You are just being paid,â€? he added. Duterte, again, insisted that there were no irregularities in his businesses. “They said that I have a law ofkCE THAT WAS UNREGISTERED 7HAT is it to them if I don’t have it registered? They didn’t discover that my partner died the week after‌ HAVINGALAWOFkCEWASMYBACK up plan in the past years in case I lose in the elections. At least if I lose, I would have a sanctuary and a source of income which is my law OFkCE uHESAID “But that’s the only issue that they attacked me

with apart from selling motorcycles. If you are a motorcycle rider, you immediately become a businessman because if your motorcycle model grows old, you will want to replace it with a new one. If not, you trade it for a new model and just add money. But those transactions weren’t for PROkT uTHE0RESIDENTADDED ,AST 3ATURDAY  $UTERTE SAID HIS family’s businesses were not a concern of the public. He also earlier slammed the PCIJ reports as “black propaganda� and those who wrote the reports as “paid hacks.� “[Investigative journalists] are attacking me and my children, all about lawyering. What do they care about what happened to my LAW OFkCE -Y LAW OFkCE  IT WAS formed with Attorney Fabiosa, the sibling of the basketball player. We formed it in about a month after he died,� Duterte said. “So, you can see the minds of investigative [journalists] so... Money talks. They are being paid

big. Even my lawyering, even my... motorcycle shop,â€? he added. In a tweet last Sunday, the PCIJ SAID g0UBLICOFkCEISAPUBLICTRUST (OW OFkCIALS COMPLY FULLY WITH THELAWSORDONT WHETHERTHEYkLE @TRUTHFULANDCOMPLETE3!,.;ARE= EVERYCITIZENSBUSINESSu 3!,. OR3TATEMENTOF!SSETS ,Iabilities and Net Worth, was cited by the PCIJ in its reports. In another speech on Thursday night, Duterte admitted he indeed had money, but he would “hideâ€? it. “[I am] rich? I will hide it. Why will I tell you where I put [the money?] You are all idiots. Maybe I will be robbed. For money, I have money. Stupid,â€? he said. The President, however, promised that he would explain the alleged wealth “in due time.â€? He also slammed the reports as just the opposition’s “trash.â€? Earlier, MalacaĂąang dared those CRITICIZING$UTERTEANDHISWEALTH TOkLEACASEAGAINSTHIM RALPH U. VILLANUEVA

JUST days before the long holiday begins, motorists may want to purchase a full tank’s worth of fuel as oil companies are expected to raise the prices of gasoline by about a peso per liter this week. “Expect fuel prices to go up next week. Diesel should go up by P0.60 to P0.70 per liter and gasoline should go up by P0.90 to P1.00 per liter,� Unioil Petroleum Philippines Inc. said in an advisory on Saturday. An industry source told The Manila Times over the weekend that the price of diesel would increase by 60 to 70 centavos per liter and 80 to 90 centavos per liter for gasoline, based on the average of the Mean of Platts Singapore (MOPS) trading from April 8 to 11. The industry uses MOPS, the daily average of all trading transactions of diesel and gasoline as assessed and summarized by Standard and Poor’s Platts.

On Friday, global oil prices gained 1 percent. A report by Reuters said Brent crude oil futures climbed 1.02 percent at $71.55 per barrel, while the US West Texas Intermediate crude futures inched up 0.5 percent at $63.89 a barrel. Last week, the price of diesel increased by 20 centavos per liter, gasoline by 25 centavos per liter, and kerosene by 10 centavos per liter. Year-to-date adjustments stand at a net increase of P4.65 per liter for diesel, P6.90 per liter for gasoline and P3.45 per liter for kerosene, based on the Department of Energy’s price monitoring. As of this writing, diesel is being sold for P41.19 to P48.95 per liter, gasoline for P51.35 to P57.46 per liter and kerosene for P44.23 to 55.10 per liter. JORDEENE B. LAGARE

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betrayed Jesus to the Pharisees for 30 pieces of silver. Tagle called anew on the faithful not to “avoid Jesus’ words and deeds� this week, but instead get to know Jesus so they could follow him. He said: “Holy Week is not just a chance for us to take a break and go on a vacation. This is also a time of getting to know Jesus Christ. ‘Who is Jesus? Why did he take the path for us?’� In Naga City, Archbishop Rolando Tria Tirona, head of the Archdiocese of Caceres, said in his homily: “As we value this moment of being with our loved ones, let us not forget the very reason why we are gathered together during this Holy Week. It is to remember in prayer and in conversion, the LOVINGANDTOTALSACRIkCEOF*ESUSON the cross for our salvation.� He added: “This Holy Week, especially the Solemn Triduum of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday are days of intense prayer and remembrance of Jesus’ death on the cross.�

Do not embrace as brother Onesimus, who had wronged him. This, he said, was the way of Christ, “not like other kings in the world who hold on to their dignity so others may hold them in high esteem and exalt them.�

No revenge The prelate also said Jesus never approved of the use of weapons for revenge. “Ang tugon ni Hesus sa magmamaltrato sa kanya ay paghihilom. Siya susugatan pero `di siya gaganti, mangsusugat sa iba (His response to those who persecute him is healing. Others would cause him pain, but he would not seek revenge or hurt them back),� Tagle said, referring to Judas Iscariot, the apostle who

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Lorenzana also changes tune, hits China’s Spratlys claim +ALAYAAN )SLAND 'ROUP  WAS Chinese territory “legally and historically.� “Despite the pronouncement of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, we stand on solid grounds on our claims in the Spratlys and the West PhilipPINE3EA u,ORENZANASAIDINA text message. The Defense chief cited the 1981 United Nations ConvenTION ON THE ,AW OF THE 3EA (Unclos), signed by China, which gave the Philippines a 200-nautical-mile exclusive ECONOMICZONE%%: COVERING the Spratlys. “There is the PCA ruling of

July 2016 which invalidated the #HINESE HISTORICAL CLAIMS u ,ORENZANAALSOSAID REFERRINGTOTHE ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague that sided with the Philippines. “In short, the Chinese have nothing working for them except their imagined historical CLAIM u,ORENZANASAID MalacaĂąang invoked the ARBITRATION RULING FOR THE kRST time in a statement on Friday, following a marked shift in tone against Beijing after a military report that 600 Chinese vessels had been spotted near the Philippine-occupied Pag-asa Island in the Spratlys.

Palace spokesman Salvador Panelo said last week President Rodrigo Duterte would raise the matter next month with Chinese President Xi Jinping during the Belt and Road economic forum. Duterte had set aside the arbitration ruling in favor of closer economic ties with China. On Sunday, Panelo said the Philippines “never shelved� the 2016 arbitral ruling, after former Foreign Affairs secretary Albert del Rosario on Saturday asked the government to enforce the ruling amid “aggressive moves by our northern neighbor in such areas as

Pag-asa, in other areas and in other issues.� In a statement, Panelo, however, said the ruling was unenforceable. “It only remains unenforceable because no foreign force seems persuaded to help us enforce it, and neither do we have the capability of enforcing it alone by force, not to mention the fact that performing armed acts of enforcement could only trigger a bloody war that could cost the lives of our countrymen and destruction of properties in our land,� he said. Panelo slammed del Rosario, saying the ex-diplomat was “re-

sponsible� for the Philippines’ loss of Panatag (Scarborough) 3HOALDURINGHISTIMEINOFkCE Del Rosario, Panelo said, withdrew navy vessel BRP Gregorio del Pilar from Panatag during a 2012 standoff with the Chinese, who stayed in the shoal and snatched control of the area. “[Del Rosario] certainly cannot put forward his pretended patriotism and feigned righteousness as if he has not contributed vastly to the unwelcome situation we are presently in,� he added. DEMPSEY REYES AND RALPH U. VILLANUEVA


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HE Department of Health (DoH) has yet to lift the measles outbreak status of five regions, as it validated 1,406 new measles cases in these areas from March 31 to April 5, 2019. Health Undersecretary Rolando Domingo previously said the department must record no new cases for about six consecutive weeks in Metro Manila, Calabar-

ZON #AVITE  ,AGUNA  "ATANGAS  2IZALAND1UEZON #ENTRAL,UZON  Central Visayas and Western Visayas to say that the epidemic was completely under control.

The recent figure brings the total number of the avoidable and vaccine-preventable illness to 28,362 cases, with 389 deaths since January 1 of this year. This number is 78 percent higher than THE  WITHDEATHSREPORTED in the same period in 2018. Of the total number of cases, PERCENTOR WEREUNVACcinated. Of the total fatalities, 79 percent or 306 were unvaccinated. Metro Manila had the highest NUMBERWITH CASES WITH deaths, while Calabarzon recorded

the most number of deaths, with INITS CASES )N ,UZON  #ENTRAL ,UZON HAD 4,633 cases and 64 deaths, folLOWEDBY)LOCOS2EGION WITH  cases and 12 deaths; Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan), with 1,197 cases with 10 deaths; Bicol Region, with 838 cases and seven deaths; Cordillera Administrative Region, WITHCASESANDONEDEATHAND #AGAYAN6ALLEY WITHCASESAND two deaths. Meanwhile, Western Visayas had

Go declines contributions out of delicadeza SENATE hopeful Christopher ,AWRENCEg"ONGu'OSAIDHEHAS been refusing offers of campaign contribution out of delicadeza and to avoid compromising President Rodrigo Duterte. “Totoo po yun, marami pong gustong tumulong ay tinatanggihan ko po kasi ayaw kong macompromise ang aking boss — ating Pangulo  )TS TRUE THERE AREMANYWHOLIKETOHELP BUT) REFUSED;THEM=AS)DONOTWANTTO compromise the President), � said 'OINARADIOINTERVIEW The former top aide of Duterte, 'OSAIDTHATASHISRATINGSONSURveys on the Senate race improved,

he continuously received offers of contribution in various kinds to his campaign. )N THE SURVEY CONDUCTED BY Pulse Asia from March 23 to   'O RETAINED HIS RD TO TH place ranking, similar to the February 24 to 28 survey of the same polling firm. 'OSAWARENESSRATING HOWEVER  rose from 96 percent in the February survey to 99 percent in the March survey, as well as those who AREVOTINGFORHIM FROMPERCENT IN&EBRUARYTOPERCENTFORTHE same period. He credited President Duterte’s endorsement and

the trust of the people in the administration as one of the major factors for his strong survey performance. 'O SAID AS ONE OF THE CHOSEN Senate candidates of Duterte, whom he had served for over 21 years, he takes the same stance as the Chief Executive on keeping HIMSELFFREEFROMUNDUEINlUENCE by anybody. “Sanay po kami sa simpleng pangangampanya, hindi naman kailangan mag-kampanya ng en grande (We are used to doing simple campaigns; we do not need to campaign in a grand way),� he added.

"UT'OSAIDHEREFUSEDTODWELL on surveys but was focusing on his promise to serve the country. President Duterte, he said, advised him to continue reaching out to the Filipino people to bring the message of his legislative agenda across to them. “ )PAGPAPATULOY KO PO ANG mga pagbabagong nasimulan ni Pangulong Duterte, lalo na yung kampanya laban sa iligal na droga, kriminalidad at corrupTION)WILLCONTINUETHECHANGES initiated by the President, particularly the campaign against illegal drugs, crime and corrupTION u'OSTRESSED

PH, Croatia SUCs to start classes August affirm defense relations DEFENSE Secretary Delfin Lorenzana has met with his counterpart in Croatia, affirming the two nations’ partnership on matters of defense. A release by the Croatian Ministry of Defense said Lorenzana was in Split where he met Defense Minister Damir KrstiÄ?ević while attending the Adriatic Sea Defense and Aerospace Exhibition and Conference 2019 on April 11. During the meeting, Lorenzana and KrstiÄ?ević reaffirmed the “good and friendly relations between the two countries,â€? as they discussed intensifying bilateral cooperation, as well as current global and regional security challenges. According to the Defense ministry, KrstiÄ?ević also discussed with Lorenzana the work of the ministry, as well as the Croatian Army. The ministry added that KrstiÄ?ević spoke with Lorenzana about the active contribution of the country, being a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the United Nations and the European Union, “in the preservation of global security.â€? It also disclosed that KrstiÄ?ević and Lorenzana signed a memorandum of understanding on defense cooperation between Manila and Zagreb. In 2012, Croatia offered to build ships for the Philippine Coast Guard. The delegations of the two nations have also discussed potential cooperation on military technology, shipbuilding and fighting piracy. Lorenzana was asked regarding the matters discussed with KrstiÄ?ević, but has not responded as of press time. DEMPSEY REYES

THE Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) has mandated all government-run universities and colleges (SUCs) to begin their academic years every August, two months ahead of the traditional June opening of classes. )N A MEMORANDUM DATED !PRIL   #(%D #HAIRMAN 0ROSPERO DE Vera 3rd said the “shift of academic calendar� of both SUCs and local UNIVERSITIES AND COLLEGES ,5#S 

would begin in August of every year staring Academic Year 2019-2020. Schools “are enjoined to synchronize [their] respective academICYEARSTOAkSCALYEAR&9 STARTING FY 2019 to ensure that starting FY  ALL35#SAND,5#SHAVESYNchronized their academic year to a kSCALYEAR uPARTOFTHEMEMOREAD De Vera said the memorandum was pursuant to the provisions of Republic Act 7722 or the “Higher

Education Act of 1994� and Commission En Banc Resolution 1422019. Some universities, including the University of the Philippines System, 5NIVERSITY OF 3ANTO 4OMAS  $E ,A Salle University and Ateneo de Manila University have already shifted their academic calendar from June to later months to integrate with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. FRANCIS EARL CUETO

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in 2020, following the transitional twoyear implementation of infrastructure outlays this 2019, according to Abuel. )N TERMS OF EXPENDITURE DIRECtions, the government “will prioritize the acceleration of infrastructure, anti-poverty, and pro-employment spending through strategic infrastructure projects, and by supporting the implementation of the recent game-changing laws such as rice liberalization, universal healthcare, and Bangsamoro autonomy,� she said. )N PARTICULAR  THE MEDIUM TERM )NFRASTRUCTURE )NVESTMENT 0ROGRAM for next year was pegged at 4.9 PERCENTOF'$0OR0TRILLION Meanwhile, the government’s 2020 REVENUE PROGRAM WAS SET AT 0 trillion, 13.4 percent higher than the P3.149 trillion programmed for 2019. The higher revenue goal is equivaLENTTOPERCENTOF'$0 4HE0BILLIONDEkCITCEILING WILLREVERTTOPERCENTOF'$0FROM 3.2 percent this year. ,ASTLY !BUELSTRESSEDTHATTHECASH budgeting system will continue to be implemented in 2020. “The shift to cash budgeting staring 2019 along with cash management reforms will ensure better planning, swift program delivery, and strengthen kSCALDISCIPLINE ASWELLASACCOUNTABILity mechanisms between appropriated

budgets and program outputs,� she said. To recall, the House of Representatives in August last year rejected the P3.7trillion proposed national budget for 2019 over concerns the new cash-based system would result in the deprivation of funds in congressional districts. The budget has always been obligation-based, meaning agencies can retain their obligated budget for projects at the end of the year even if THEPROJECTSHAVEYETTOBEkNISHED Moreover, an obligation-based budget allows agencies to obligate funds for projects and pay them the following year. )NACASH BASEDSYSTEM AGENCIESMUST spend all of their obligated budgets within the year, or lose them. The House of Representatives’ rejection of the new system and the alleged anomalous allocations by the DBM resulted in a budget impasse, which forced the government to operate on last year’s P3.767-trillion budget since the start of 2019. This means agencies can only spend for items detailed in the 2018 outlay and cannot embark on programs and projects supposed to be implemented this year. The Budget department, however, remains optimistic as the national budget is expected to be signed by President Rodrigo Duterte this week. MAYVELIN U. CARABALLO

DBM eyes will be 9.1 percent or P343 billion more than this year’s still-unapPROVED0TRILLION Of this amount, 44.9 percent or P1.842 trillion will be allocated for “Tier 1� programs, activities and projects of government agencies. !NOTHER0TRILLIONORPERcent of the budget will go to automatic appropriations such as internal revenue allotment, net lending, among others; and to special purpose funds like special shares to local governments and a contingent fund, among others. 4HISLEAVESAkSCALSPACEOF0 billion to cover expanded and new programs, activities and projects, accounting for 22.2 percent of the total cash-based budget ceiling, Abuel said. Approved by interagency Development Budget and Coordination Committee, the government’s disbursement program was pegged at P4.210 trillion — equivalent to 19.9 percent of gross doMESTICPRODUCT'$0 ‡PERCENT more than this year’s P3.774 trillion. Of this amount, some P343.4 billion will be set aside for payment of prior year’s obligations, composed largely of 2019 obligations that will only be paid

Discounts for national athletes Dear PAO, I heard that athletes enjoy certain privileges such as discounts to restaurants, hotels and the like. I just want to know about these discount, and if these are available to all athletes. Jorlan Dear Jorlan, Please be informed of the provisions of Section 4 (a) and (b) of Republic Act 10699 otherwise known as the “National Athletes AND#OACHES"ENEkTSAND)NCENtives Act,� which read: g3ECTION  "ENEkTS AND 0RIVIleges for National Athletes and Coaches. – Any national athlete ANDCOACH ASDEkNEDHEREINAND who is currently registered as such, shall be entitled to the following: “a. The grant of 20 percent discount from all establishments

DEAR PAO PERSIDA ACOSTA relative to the utilization of transportation services, hotels and other lodging establishments, restaurants and recreation centers and purchase of medicine and sports equipment anywhere in the country for the actual and exclusive use or enjoyment of the national athlete and coach; “b. Minimum of 20 percent discount on admission fees charged by theaters, cinema houses and concert halls, circuses, carnivals and other similar places of culture, leisure and amusement for the ac-

tual and exclusive use and enjoyment of the national athlete and coach; xxx.â€? (Emphasis supplied) Clearly, only national athletes and coaches are entitled to the abovementioned discounts. Under Section 3 (c) of the same law, the term “national athleteâ€? is DEkNEDAS “c. National athletes shall refer to athletes including persons with disabilities who are Filipino citizens, members of the national training pool, recognized and accredited by the Philippine Olympic Committee and the PSC (Philippine Sports Commission), including athletes with disabilities, who are recognized and accredited BY THE .0# 0(), .ATIONAL Paralympic Committee of the Philippines) and the PSC,

and who have represented the country in international sports competitions;� Evidently, only those covered by THE ABOVE MENTIONED DEkNITION can be deemed as national athletes and can therefore be entitled to the said discounts. 7E kND IT NECESSARY TO MENtion that this opinion is solely based on the facts you have narrated and our appreciation of the same. Thus, the opinion may vary when the facts are changed or further elaborated. We hope that we were able to enlighten you on the matter.

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‘Marcoses should be personae non gratae’ THE Concerned Artists of the Philippines (CAP) has urged universities and cultural institutions to declare the Marcoses personae non gratae (unwelcome persons) in creative and democratic spaces. “We challenge schools, universities, art spaces and cultural institutions to declare the Marcoses personae non gratae. Banish them from all spaces, bar them from all events. The Marcoses and the values they personify should have no place in the progressive Filipino culture we are collectively forging,� the CAP said in a statement. CAP asserted that the mere presence of the Marcoses in any art event was a manifestation of the culture of impunity and forgetting, as they continue to “move in cultural circles without the benefit of any recognition of or remorse for their crimes against the Filipino people.� “It is every Filipino artist’s duty to wage a cultural boycott on a family that advocates disinformation, historical revisionism, patronage and cronyism, dynastic politics, and outright suppression,� the CAP added. The challenge came after Ateneo de Manila University President Jose Ramon “Fr. Jett� Villarin issued a public apology for the “hurt� that the presence of Irene Marcos-Ara-

neta in the AretĂŠ creative hub event on campus last week had brought to the victims of Martial Law. Villarin also reaffirmed Ateneo’s commitment on the call for justice to the victims and the university’s stance against historical revisionism. The CAP lauded Villarin’s statement and encouraged other universities to take the same stance. It also commended the accountability of AretĂŠ head Yael Buencamino, the host of the event of Ateneo’s creative hub, who resigned voluntarily over the incident. “Buencamino’s resignation as executive director of the AretĂŠ is a lesson for her and for all those who helm cultural institutions: the Marcoses should not be allowed to enjoy the democratic spaces which they suppressed. We should not tolerate the presence of a dictator’s family while no justice has been served,â€? CAP said in a statement. CAP, however, acknowledged Buencamino’s contribution to the projects launched at the Arete during her term, which included stage plays critical of a fascist rule such as “Dekada ‘70,â€? “Desaparesidosâ€? and “Tao Po,â€? and exhibits such as “Games and Politicsâ€? and “What We Talk About When We Talk About the War on Drugs.â€? DIVINA NOVA JOY DELA CRUZ


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E d i to r i a l ICC bows to US on war crimes probe in Afghanistan

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RECENT development in the attempt by the International Criminal Court (ICC) to open a war crimes probe in Afghanistan has laid bare the inherent weakness of the court against states that it cannot bully. Agence France Presse reports that the ICC appeared “to have turned tail in front of the political might of the United States as it turned down a request to open a war crimes probe in Afghanistan, apparently deterred by a US strong-armed tactic of revoking the chief prosecutor’s visa.â€? From its base in The Hague, the ICC issued this statement: “The judges decided that an investigation into the situation in Afghanistan at this stage would not serve the interests of justice.â€? Further, the judges said that, “With its limited budget, the court needs to prioritize resources on activities that would have a better chance to succeed.â€? This is a major development that bears heavily on the prestige of the court and its recent show of muscle. In 2006, ICC prosecutors opened a preliminary investigation into war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Afghanistan since 2003. In 2017, chief ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda asked judges to allow a full-blown probe not only into the Taliban and Afghan soldiers, but also international forces, particularly US troops and members of the Central Intelligence Agency. Angered, the Trump administration said it would deny visas to any ICC members involved in probing US troops; and last week it revoked the visa of the Gambian-born Bensouda. Trump vowed not to relent on the pressure, saying: “Any attempt to target American, Israeli or allied personnel for prosecution will be met with a swift and vigorous response.â€? The US has never joined the ICC and does not recognize its authority over American citizens, saying it poses a threat to national sovereignty and that the US has its own robust procedures in place. In the Afghanistan case, ICC judges said a large number of victims had come forward. “Notwithstanding the fact that all the relevant requirements are met as regards both jurisdiction and admissibility,â€? they said, “the current circumstances in Afghanistan‌ make the prospect of a successful investigation and prosecution extremely limited.â€? “In the foreseeable absence of additional resources for the coming years in the court’s budget, authorizing the investigation would result in the prosecution having to REALLOCATEkNANCIALANDHUMANRESOURCES uTHEJUDGESSAID The Philippines is in a similar boat as the US in defying the ICC’s authority to conduct a preliminary examination of alleged crimes against humanity committed in the Duterte government’s war on drugs. MalacaĂąang has predictably welcomed the US’ tough line and the ICC‘s evident capitulation. Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said in a statement: “With the biased and preconceived actions of the ICC, we cannot blame the Filipino people for thinking that it has taken a politically motivated obnoxious path aimed at maligning not just this administration but the very Republic of the Philippines.â€? The question now is what will happen to the ICC after this development. US National Security Adviser John Bolton summed things up memorably: “We will not cooperate with the ICC. We will provide no assistance to the ICC. And certainly, we will not join ICC. We will let the ICC die on its own.â€? The ICC has invited this kind of rudeness because of its tendency to propagandize its actions against states that it can bully, while watching meekly the excesses of powerful states. African leaders have been their favorite whipping boys. But bully Trump? But bully Duterte? They must be joking. ~

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From US-Sino talks to next trade wars Recently, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund trimmed the Philippine 2019 growth forecast. As US-Sino trade talks will give way to the next trade wars, MalacaĂąang needs to monitor closely the eroding global prospects.

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VER since the US-Sino trade talks began almost four months ago, the United States has pushed for a broad commitment focusing on China’s economic practices, including participation OF 53 kRMS IN CERTAIN INDUSTRIES and protection of US intellectual property rights (IPRs). In a recent CNBC interview, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin claimed that the countries had “pretty much agreed� on an enforcement mechanism for a trade deal. After his meeting with the Chinese delegation last week, President Trump stated that negotiators may need four more weeks to package the deal. But the enthusiasm may prove premature.

State of US-Sino trade talks As the last globalist in the Trump administration, Mnuchin’s views carry some weight, but he lacks clout to enforce those views. That’s been the case since Gary Cohn, Mnuchin’s former Goldman Sachs colleague, resigned from the White House ahead of the tariff wars. In turn, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has proven too weak, reluctant and old (81 years) to press for compromise. That’s why trade talks are led by Peter Navarro, Director of National

ing that by the end the proposed four weeks, the two countries may learn whether a trade deal could be REACHED !ND EVEN IF A kNAL DEAL is achieved, it will take another year or two to verify the structural changes associated with the pact.

WHERETHEDEkCITSARELIKELYTOCLIMB if US companies begin to relocate. Despite half a century of promISESTOBRINGANENDTODEkCITS 53 DEPENDENCEONTRADEDEkCITSHAS only deepened as Washington has become increasingly dependent on Trade Council, and Robert LighFOREIGN kNANCING AND SOVEREIGN thizer, US Trade Representative. Trade wars’ next targets debt (which now exceeds $22.2 The former is an advocate of trade trillion, or 106 percent of US mercantilism, who has a dark track However, a US-China deal will not GDP). The net effect is a falling record in China-bashing; the lat- RESOLVE53TRADEDEkCITS WHICHHAVE trend line (SEEkGURE). ter’s trade wars began against Japan increased for half a century. The in the Reagan administration. imbalances began in the postwar era Why tariff wars won’t In addition to enforcement mech- after the recovery of the key EU econo- resolve US deficits anisms, the two are pressing for a mies—the UK, Germany, France and pact that would allow US tariffs on Italy—and the subsequent rise of Do the US tariff wars make Chinese goods to snap back in case Japan. Toward the late 20th century, economic sense? No. Here are of violations – but without permit- THEDEkCITSRElECTEDTHEEMERGENCEOF some reasons why: ting China to retaliate in response. the four dragons, i.e., Taiwan, South 4HE53DEkCITISSUEISMULTILATUnderstandably, Chinese nego- Korea, Hong Kong and Singapore. eral and regional, not bilateral and tiators consider such conditions #HINASROLEINTHESEDEkCITSBECAME national. Trying to resolve it by unacceptable. Such conditionality has prominent in the 2000s. FORCING THE BILATERAL TRADE DEkCIT surprised even Craig Allen, president 4ODAY THELARGESTDEkCITSPREVAIL down is a bit like mimicking the of US-China Business Council, who with China, US Nafta partners kCTIONAL STORY OF THE LITTLE $UTCH believes that Mnuchin may have been (Mexico, Canada), key EU coun- boy who discovered a leak in the too optimistic about the deal, if it is tries (Germany, Ireland, Italy), DIKEANDSTUCKHISkNGERINITTOSAVE burdened by a conditionality clause. Asean (Vietnam, Malaysia) and his country. That’s Trump’s strategy. Indeed, US business groups tend India. China has been targeted Unfortunately, it ignores the to focus on commitments, including kRST BUTOTHERSWILLFOLLOW dike’s many other leaks and may THEPROPOSEDgENFORCEMENTOFkCESu Last year, Mexico and Canada THUSMAKETHElOODMORELIKELY They dislike negotiating tactics that were pressured into a revised “US Second, Trump’s trade hawks needlessly prolong the talks and may firstâ€? regional pact. Friction has presume that international trade is undermine the progress achieved. been steadily rising with Japan and a competition between companies Chinese Vice Premier Liu He has Germany. And Trump has pledged representing different countries. expressed greater caution by stress- to extend the trade war to Asean – ÂłSteinbockA5

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The politics of technology

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HE Philippines has been fast catching up in communication technology as the competition in the borderless global market becomes tighter. The country’s leading telecommunication service providers Smart and Globe have embraced the 5G technology to cater for the needs of business and industry for faster service delivery as well as consumer demand for improved speed in their devices. The 5G is a fifth-generation type of wireless technology network designed for communication devices to have much faster transfer connection. Dr. Weihua Wu, a professor at Communication University in China (CUC), said at a recent training-workshop in Beijing that 5G technology has changed the way people use devices, from desktops and laptops to smart phones. “The most consumed platform now is mobile,� he told journalists, academicians and diplomats who were fellows of the China-Asean Center of Advanced Studies (CACAS). g)NkVEYEARS SMARTPHONESWILL be the king,� he continued. The Philippines’ Smart Communication embraced 5G technology as early as 2018 while Globe recently announced that its 5G at-home service will be commercially available by the middle of 2019. Globe president and CEO Ernest Cu said the 5G technology would

TEA TIME TITA C. VALDERAMA enable Globe to use Air Fiber to DEPLOY kXED WIRELESS BROADBAND to benefit individual customers and business clients. This Air Fiber INTERNET WHICHUSESkXEDLOCATION WIRELESSRADIOINSTEADOFkBER CAN provide speeds ranging from 50 mbps to 100 mbps, Cu said. Globe is partnering with Huawei, a China-based leading global provider of information and communication technology infrastructure and smart devices. 4HEINlUXOF#HINESETOURISTS  traders, investors, laborers, and students to the Philippines may have increased the demand for 5G technology, in addition to the increased transactions between the Philippines and China and other neighboring countries. The 5G network is not used only on smartphones. It also works on sensors, thermostats, cars and even robots for speed and to avoid communication delays between devices and servers. China, Japan, South Korea, the US, Germany, France, Spain and the UK have all embraced 5G technology that offers speed 20 times faster than 4G and maximum download speed of 20 gigabytes per second compared

with 4G’s 1GB/sec. According to professor Wu, 5G technology will make a remarkable change in online video culture and mobile gaming. There will be more user-generated content (UGC) such as video logs (vlogs) and streaming compared with online application platform (OAP), he said. “Online video might be the future,� he said, noting the sigNIkCANT GROWTH IN THE NUMBER of 5G users around the world. In China alone, he noted that 50 percent of Chinese mobile users have switched to 5G technology. “5G stands not only for the latest generation of cellular technology, but also reveals the upcoming future for online video production and consumption, as well as the shift of the whole media landscape to mobile communications,� he explained. g'LOBALLY MOBILEDATATRAFkCIS expected to grow to 77 exabytes per month by 2022, a seven-fold increase over 2017, with video growing to 75 percent of the mobile data load in that time,� Wu said. )NkVEYEARS HEPREDICTED #HINA will capture 39 percent of the 1.1 billion global 5G connections, overtaking the US and Europe. China’s online video market, led by Tencent Video, iQiyi, and Youku, reached 76 percent penetration in June 2018, showing a kVE FOLDINCREASEINTHENUMBER of internet users in China over

the past 10 years. China has offered Asean countries its services in developing 5G technology. /VERTHELASTkVEYEARS 3OUTHeast Asia has made headway, becoming one of the hubs of the socalled fourth industrial revolution as it embraced the latest technoloGIESSUCHASBLOCKCHAIN ARTIkCIAL intelligence (AI), robotics, cloud COMPUTINGANDkNANCIALTECHNOLOGYORkNTECH4HE'TECHNOLOGY is expected to boost these innovations to their fullest potential. At present, internet service and mobile service providers in the region use 3G or 4G technology. However, 5G connectivity is expected to come with much higher bandwidth and reduced latency which could save energy and reduce costs. Apart from the Philippines, Asean countries already have plans to develop and deploy 5G. With 5G, webpages will load faster, videos will be downloaded and uploaded faster, sending data to a large number of users will no longer be a problem, and you can have more devices connected, up to one million per square meter. But according to professor Wu, switching to 5G is not just about technology and speed; it is also about the politics of the technology. With half of China’s mobile users switching to 5G, who would not want to get a slice of that huge market?


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˜ The Manila Times MONDAY April 15, 2019

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Love is not blind, just myopic with onset of cataracts

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their second-year anniversary of receiving conditional status.� The foreign or alien spouse must provide evidence to show that the marriage through which CRISPIN R. the status was obtained was and ARANDA is a valid one. Failure to do so that Liza was ordered to return would result in the alien spouse to the Philippines after her resibeing subjected to deportation or dency application was refused. removal proceedings. 7AYNE'REENWOODgSUSPECTED Note that the US spouse petithat INZ believed his new partner tion goes through three stages: was trying to use him to obtain 1) filing the petition with the residency,� lamenting that such SPECIkC53#ITIZENSHIPAND)Man assumption was not only unMIGRATION OFkCE   DOCUMENT fair but discriminatory. completion payment of fees with But that is precisely what imthe National Visa Center (NVC) migration laws of New Zealand, AFTER PETITION APPROVAL AND   Canada, UK, the US and Australia consular interview at the approassume based on historical data. priate consular post or embassy. )N A REPORT ON g0ROSPECTIVE Petitions for spouses are docuMarriage Visas and Forced MarMENT BASED53#)3OFkCERSEVALUriage� submitted to the legal and ators check the petition file for constitutional affairs committee, completeness. The USCIS generally Australia’s Department of Imrely on the applicant and sponsor’s migration and Border Protection honesty and word of honor. While the Philippines is known to be a (now the Department of Home document fraud-intensive counAffairs), DIBP noted that over try, the USCIS normally does not THEPASTkVEYEARSCOVEREDBYTHE rummage through the labyrinth REPORT gPERCENTOFPROSPECof Philippine civil records with tive marriage visa holders were the Philippine Statistics Authority. 19 years of age or under, with the There is a widespread belief majority of these being females.� that a civil document with the In addition, data from the PSA (formerly known as the NaHousehold, Income and Labour TIONAL3TATISTICS/FkCEOR.3/ IS Dynamics in Australia survey on its face value considered valid (Hilda) for the years 2001 to and legally binding. REVEALSTHATgINPERCENT Partner sponsorship Such is not the case. of marriages which occurred in The NSO/PSA staff receiving an apWhile there were other factors Australia between an Australian plication to register a birth, marriage cited in the refusal, such as the party and a migrant, men were ORDEATHCERTIkCATEMERELYACCEPTSTHE applicant’s country of origin or more than 10 years older than Presumption of fraud application with the requisite fees. citizenship, Greenwood’s having their partner. This compares with sponsored two Asian partners 3.3 percent for marriages where The presumption of fraud re- The local civil registrar employees are mains a hurdle for US citizen not authorized or required to verify BEFORE WAS ALSO GIVEN SIGNIkCANT both parties were Australian.� The report shows that prospec- PETITIONERSWHOkLEANIMMIGRANT the authenticity or veracity of the consideration. The Kiwi had sponsored a Thai citizen in 2001 and a tive marriage applicants from the petition for a spouse within two information provided. Once accepted and recorded Chinese national in 2012 — after Philippines topped the list in years of the marriage. If the I-130 he separated from the Thai partner. THETOP!USTRALIANVISAOFkCES SPOUSALPETITIONISkLEDAFTERTWO at the local registrar level, the years have passed from the date records are forwarded to the PSA To Greenwood, what stood out in from 2006 to 2012. The same assumption of a not- of marriage, the foreign spouse for archiving. The U.S Embassy the residency application refusal was THE)MMIGRATION.:OFkCIALSNOTE so-genuine relationship resulted is issued an IR1 permanent resi- — and on occasion, the USCIS — about the 33-year age gap between in Canada imposing a two-year dence visa instead of the CR-1– access the PSA database online to verify the validity of a document the sponsor and the Filipino partner. conditional residency to spouse/ conditional residency visa. To remove the conditional status, being submitted in support of a Liza’s immigration history partners of Canadian citizens or the immigrant spouse must apply petition or application. shows that she was initially permanent residents in 2012. In most cases, however, it is the The conditional permanent resi- FORSUCHREMOVALgATA53#ITIZENadmitted as a student. She met Wayne in 2016 while pursuing a dence rule states that the foreign SHIPAND)MMIGRATION3ERVICESOFkCE #ONSULAR/FkCEATTHEEMBASSYLEVcourse in business. Stuff reported spouse/partner would have to live during the 90-day period before el that conducts a more thorough

F 39-year-old Emmanuel Macron were a Filipino being SPONSOREDASAkANCÂźORSPOUSE by 64-year-old spouse, ‘FrenchAmerican’ Brigitte Trogneux, the 53#)3 IMMIGRATION OFkCER AND THEVICE CONSULAROFkCEREVALUATing his case would, at the very least, raise an eyebrow at this May-December relationship. How can a naturalized American bring someone who is young enough to be her son, a foreign national who is a citizen of a country notorious for fraud? France and other European countries — excluding the United Kingdom — may not be as skeptical about May-December relationships, but the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand are. Sixty-eight-year-old Wayne Greenwood, resident of Auckland and a Kiwi, accuses Immigration New Zealand of ageism when the permanent residency of his Filipino partner was refused after the IMMIGRATIONOFkCIALgMADEANOTE of the 33-year age gap between him and his Filipino partner, Liza. Greenwood was reported by Stuff NZ a news media conglomerate in New Zealand to have obtained the details of the failed partner sponsorship under the /FkCIAL)NFORMATION!CT

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with the Canadian sponsor in a gGENUINE  MARRIAGE LIKE RELATIONship for 2 years starting from the date the residency was granted.� Failure to meet this condition could result in the revocation of the residency and deportation. The conditional rule, however, applied only to sponsorship applications received on or after Oct. 25, 2012, or if the foreign partner had been in a relationship with the sponsor for two years or less and at the time the sponsorship application was received, the couple had no children in common. /N!PRIL  THEGOVERNment of Canada removed the conditional residency rule noting that such conditions make the sponsored spouse or partner vulnerable to abuse. In an announcement on the same day, the Canadian GOVERNMENT CONkRMED ITS gCOMMITMENT TO FAMILY REUNIkCATION and support for gender equality while combating gender violence.� A similar two-year conditional residency enacted into law in the United States in November 1986 remains in the books. The Immigration Marriage Fraud Amendment Act (IMFA) WAS gPASSED IN ORDER TO DETER immigration-related marriage fraud. Its major provision stipulates that aliens deriving their immigrant status based on a marriage of less than two years are conditional immigrants.�

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Tax man will be all over the British royal baby NEW YORK: Talk about being born with a silver spoon in your mouth: the royal baby of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will have a particularly glittery one. And US tax authorities will be keen to know how much that utensil is worth. That’s because the baby will have dual nationality: British because of his father and US from his American mother, whose official title is the duchess of Sussex. g7HEN ONE OF THE PARENTS IS !MERICAN and has resided in the US for five years with at least two after the age of 14, the baby is automatically a citizen,� said David Treitel, founder of American Tax Returns, a consultancy for US expatriates living in Britain. g4HISISTHECASEWITH-EGHAN uSAID4REitel, noting this case is a first in the British royal family. US nationality comes with a bevy of restrictive conditions: like any American who is born, grows up and dies anywhere in the world, year after year Meghan and Harry’s child will have to show the Internal Revenue Service his or her tax status is clean. From the moment of birth, money deposited in banks by the royal parents — eager to ensure a bright future for their progeny — must be duly reported to the tax man. The same would apply to money that comes in if mom and dad decide, say, to have the child follow in the footsteps of his ex-actress mother to become a star on TV or in movies.

$100,000, it is reportable,� said Treitel. However, baby shower gifts that Markle received recently in New York will not have to be declared if they came from fellow Americans, the expert said. And although the baby and the mother will have to present forms that will be very time-consuming for their accountants, they may still not have to pay a lot in tax: these may be offset by duties paid in Britain, tax specialist Laura Saunders told The Wall Street Journal . US tax authorities’ efforts to keep a close watch on American expatriates can have serious consequences for people whose sole link to America is that they were simply born there. 3UCH IS THE CASE OF SO CALLED g!CCIDENTAL Americans� — such as thousands of people in France who automatically received US citizenship because they were born in the US but left America as little kids and no longer have any links whatsoever to the country.

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Since the adoption of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act in 2010, which replaced the criterion of nationality with that of tax domicile, these people are obliged to report their income to US tax authorities and in some cases actually cough up some money. Many of these people left the US when they were very young. The Association of Accidental Americans that brings them together asked President Donald Trump last ‘Accidental Americans’ year to find a solution to their quandary. Their status can be a touchy subject. If they Forget about privacy, said Treitel. The IRS WILL gGET TO KNOW A LOT MORE ABOUT THE refuse to play ball with the US tax authoricouple’s wealth� through the tax returns of ties, their banks at home can be sanctioned. THECOUPLEANDTHEIRMOTHERg!LOTMOREIN- So these institutions can refuse them services formation is gonna get to the US,� he added. like bank accounts and mortgages. To a lesser extent, the British royal family To wit: the IRS will demand that any valuable gifts from non-Americans to Harry cannot dodge its US tax obligations either: and Meghan’s child — and he will be feted, a flawed tax return can trigger hefty fines. But there is a solution to avoid headaches won’t he? — also be declared as assets. g)MAGINETHEQUEENGIVINGTHEBABYSOME for the royal couple’s accountants: Meghan can nice beautiful book of art from the royal renounce her US citizenship. However, even if collection, with paintings by Van Gogh she does that, tax returns would still have to be or Miro. If this gift is worth more than kLEDFORTHECHILDUNTILAGE AFP

search and in-depth interview when the visa applicant appears for the personal interview. It has also been a practice that the consular posts send investigators to the residence of applicants to verify from neighbors and acquaintances of the visa applicant the relationship between the petitioner and the alien spouse. It is not uncommon for the embassy to conduct investigations before the visa interview. An applicant who lives with a common-law partner before, DURINGANDAFTERAPETITIONISkLED would be charged with fraud if the applicant denies such a relationship (other than that with the petitioner) exists. The alien spouse would be subject to IMFA for committing marriage fraud or engaging in marriage for convenience. The age difference between the petitioner and the foreign national SPOUSEISATRIGGERORREDlAG It is no coincidence that the Anti-Mail Order Bride Law was passed by Philippine Congress in 1990. This law — which expressly prohibits and consider unlawful marriage through matchmaking — superseded and repealed Republic Act 10906, or the "AntiMail Order Spouse Act." A clear indication of an arranged marriage is the age gap between the petitioner and alien spouse. The scrutiny is even more intense when a foreign spouse appears for a personal interview with a USCIS OFkCER DURING THE APPLICATION FOR adjustment of status in the US. The USCIS Adjudication Manual cites several factors indicating that the marriage may have been contracted solely for immigration benefits. These factors include LARGE DISPARITY OF AGE INABILITY OF PETITIONER AND BENEkCIARY TO SPEAKEACHOTHERSLANGUAGEVAST difference in cultural and ethNIC BACKGROUND FAMILY ANDOR friends unaware of the marriage and a third party (e.g. marriage broker or immigration consultancies working in tandem with date matching websites) being

INVOLVEDINTHEMARRIAGEANDkLing of the petition.

Intense scrutiny A foreign national applying for permanent residence as the spouse of a US citizen immediately after being arrested, detained and/or ordered to leave the US is also GIVENSIGNIkCANTWEIGHT Whether under an order of deportation or not, discrepancies in statements on questions for which a husband and wife should have common knowledge trigger further intensive scrutiny. For example, not being able to describe what is supposed to be details the marital residence: how many rooms in the house, layout of the bedroom, which side of the bed either spouse favors, the daily activities from getting in bed, waking up in the morning until the next bedtime and what the other party’s favorite food is may appear to be simple questions but carry serious repercussions if the US citizen and alien spouse give different or varying response. Other factors considered by THEINTERVIEWINGOFkCERWHETHER the USCIS or consul) are: No COHABITATIONSINCEMARRIAGETHE visa applicant or petitioner is a friend of the family. The documents being presented, the paper trail establishing the relationship is important, but not as crucial as how the applicant or petitioner reacts during the interview. The USCIS officer of consul may ask a nonlegal question: g7HYDOYOULOVEYOURSPOUSEu 4HEOFkCEORCONSULREADSTHE body language, facial expression and overall demeanor of the visa applicant or petitioner. If the applicant and/or petitioner (sponsor) can answer in an honest, straight-faced manner, without hesitation and exhibit the expected emotional underpinnings, a typographical error in a civil record from the PSA or the age difference would not matter. Then clearly, the age becomes just a number.

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Hard battle ahead for independent Arab media

and more than 40 journalists and citizen-journalists are currently detained, kidnapped or have disappeared. In this complex context of divisions, repression and lack of public trust, the future of trustworthy Arab media is in the hands of alternative media, journalists’ unity and active citizens. Since the Arab Spring, independent journalism platforms such as Daraj , Nawaat in Tunisia, and Beirut-based Raseef22 have emerged, offering alternative narratives that counter state propaganda and mainstream media self-censorship. But the challenges for these organizations are their limited reach — many mainstream news consumers consider them elitist and targeting gINTELLECTUALu USERS ‡ AND THEIR financial sustainability. The key here is inclusivity. One of the most successful news outlets is AJ+ Arabic, a project that grew out of Al Jazeera’s Incubation and Innovation Group, focusing exclusively on social platforms targeting millennials. The other major challenge — financial survival — calls for new, sustainable journalism business models developed around new forms of storytelling and original content production supported by creative funding approaches,

including crowdfunding and data sales or services, for example.

Empowering citizen journalism Empowering citizen journalism is another possible solution to producing independent media in the Arab world. Indeed, citizen journalists, young bloggers, and active tweeps are not governed by the same relationship between the state and media professionals and are authentic voices and channels to the Arab street — they speak its language and represent its concerns and challenges. Alternative media leaders need to build the citizen capacity beyond data collection and reporting to include online security, storytelling and counternarratives. Increasing the transfer of these savoir-faire to citizens would amplify more voices to tackle the polarization effect through facts. But of course, there is a place in the future of quality Arab media for professional journalism. Professional BODIESHAVEAROLETOPLAYINTHEkGHT for press freedom in the region. Local unions have to wage numerous battles for their own independence through advocating for better legislation that affords greater protection to reporters and that

prohibits prosecution for reporting. They have to promote the development of more journalistic organizations and more actively resist government attempts to contain and control the media by positioning themselves as defenders of free, independent media, creating strong alliances with alternative media, citizens journalists ANDSOCIALMEDIAINlUENCERS They need to be inclusive to promote a positive narrative about the role of the media in citizens’ lives and bridge the social gap between journalists and the general public to increase support for stronger independent media. As a major regional proxy war rages on in the region, dominating headlines and geopolitical agendas, the battle for a future independent Arab media that is trusted and trustworthy, is one that seeks to do away with robotic journalists and organizations programmed only to serve the interests of the powerful. IPS

Mouna Ben Garga is an innovation officer with Civicus, a global alliance of civil society organizations. This article is part of a series on the current state of civil society organizations (CSOs), the focus of International Civil Society Week (ICSW), sponsored by Civicus, which concluded in Belgrade last April 12.


Regions Reds torture, kill Mindoro IP leader B ˜ The Manila Times

MONDAY April 15, 2019

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ANSUD, Oriental Mindoro: A tribal leader and supporter of local officials was found dead in San Jose, Occidental Mindoro, allegedly tortured by the New People’s Army (NPA). Jose Barera, alias Gegs, 47, a Hanunuo tribal leader, was found floating on the Tumalo River at Sitio Liberty, Barangay Naibuan, San Jose with multiple gunshot wounds in the body. His brother Boy Barrera identikED THE BODY AND SAID A GROUP of about seven NPA gunmen, some of them amazons, forcibly took Jose from their house on Friday afternoon. Jose’s wife and six children were crying and begged the terrorists to spare their father’s life, but were instead threatened that they would be shot. Barrera’s abductors were identified as members of Kilusang Larangang Gerilya Silangan led by Rosita Serrano, alias Ester, of the Sub-Regional Military Area– 4D that operates in Southern Mindoro. Barrera was a former member of the NPA’s Sangay ng Partido

in their barangay (village) before he surrendered to the government on Aug. 10, 2018. He was also one of 43 former rebels who RECEIVEDBENEkTSFROMTHEGOVERNment’s Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program. Barera was a known supporter of Occidental Mindoro Rep. Josephine Sato and Gov. Mario Gene Mendiola, who were actively supporting the Mangyan community. #OL -ARCELIANO 4EOkLO  COMmander of the 203rd Infantry Brigade in Mindoro urged all the Indigenous Peoples’ (IPs) communities and the people of Mindoro to stand against the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP)– NPA terrorists. He also lambasted the human rights group Karapatan for keeping silent on the brutality of the NPA terrorists. “Where are the Karapatan and other human rights groups? This is the right time for

Bong Go reaffirms solidarity with Muslims MARAWI CITY: Former special assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence g"ONGu'ORECENTLYREAFkRMEDHIS solidarity with his Muslims brothers here and vowed to help the city rise from the ashes of war. Speaking at the rally of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan at the Mindanao State University gym, Go said he was happy to return to the city, urging the people to join hands in bringing Marawi back to life. He said that he had established a close relationship with Muslims while serving as assistant to then Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. “My Muslim brothers are close to my heart. Every year, when the President was mayor of Davao, he would send groups to Mecca for the hajj,� Go said, adding that he used to choose pilgrims from FAR lUNGMOSQUESWHOCOULDNOT afford the airfare to Mecca. He stressed that Duterte treated #HRISTIANS AND -USLIMS EQUALLY in Davao City, noting that the city passed an anti-discrimination ordinance. The Senate aspirant was joined by actor Robin Padilla, a Muslim convert, who appealed to his brothers in Marawi to support Go’s senate bid, as well as the bid of other administration candidates. Meanwhile, Go also appealed to the people of Marawi to help the 0RESIDENT WINTHEkGHTAGAINSTILlegal drugs. He noted reports that the Maute

Q Christopher Lawrence “Bong� Go terror group who attacked Marawi in May 2017 was largely funded by illegal drugs. In addition to the campaign against criminality, corruption and illegal drugs, Go said he would push for improvement in the delivery of health services, including the upgrade of facilities of public health institutions and the passage of a law to enable the establishment of the Malasakit Centers in more areas in the country. He also had programs to support agriculture, provide housing for the poor, education, long-term sports development, localized peace TALKS  kRE PROTECTION AND PREVENtion, creation of a Department of overseas Filipino workers, the passage of a Magna Carta for barangayVILLAGE OFkCIALS ANDIMPROVED BENEkTSFORSENIORCITIZENS

2 Negros towns declare state of calamity BACOLOD City: Two towns in Negros Occidental have declared a state of calamity after bearing the brunt of the worsening dry spell brought by the El NiĂąo phenomenon. The towns of Isabela and Murcia suffered heavy losses in crops, particularly rice, as shown in records of the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA). Municipal agriculturist Ernesto Moleta said Isabela had been placed under a state of calamity SINCETHEkRSTWEEKOF!PRILAFTER it suffered around P10 million in production loses. He said the figure was limited to only 12 barangay (villages) since they were yet to assess the damage in 18 other villages. “A state of calamity can already be declared if there are two or more affected barangay,â€? Moleta said. Provincial agriculturist Japhet

-ASCULINO CONkRMED THAT -URcia town also declared a state of calamity last week after incurring P8.29 million in production loses. The OPA initially reported P76.6 million worth of production loses in the province’s rice, corn, high-value commercial crops ANDTHEkSHERYSECTOR Meanwhile, the Sugar Regulatory Administration reported around P366 million in production loses in the province’s sugarcane sector. 4HE0ROVINCIAL6ETERINARY/FkCE also reported loses of almost P1.8 million in the province’s fourth ANDkFTHDISTRICTS A large number of the province’s livestock and poultry production areas are in the two districts. Capitol agencies were conducting continuous monitoring and assessment. They expect the numbers to increase next week. EUGENE Y. ADIONG

you to show up and prove that you are true defenders of the people. We are calling your attention to conduct an impartial investigation and help the families of the victim attain justice. Speak up and denounce the atrocities of the .0!S u4EOkLOSAID Lt. Col. Alexander Arbolado, 4th Infantry Battalion commander, also condemned the CPP–NPA, saying: “They are very desperate due to their sagging strength. They even resorted to kidnapping and forced victims join their group. Their heinous crimes show that they are merely like the terrorist Abu Sayaff and pro-Islamic State groups.� On April 6, the NPA also abduct-

ed Reymundo Malupa, a member of the Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit-Mabuhay Patrol Base, with the village chairman of Barangay Malo, and two other civilians. The three were released, while Malupa remains in captivity. The suspects were also liable for the killing of Kennedy Dam-in !QUINOOF"ARANGAY-ANOOT 2IZAL and Jun-jun Ysog of Panaytayan, Oriental Mindoro. They were also behind the foiled kidnapping of four civilians from Bongabong who also escaped. Meanwhile, the Hanunuo tribe, one of the Mangyan IPs, condemned the latest Communist Terrorists Group killing of their tribal

leader, calling the act inhumane. Chieftain May-at Luzon and other tribe members said: “They killed one of out tribal leaders

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NCUMBENTS and established political names would likely win in the coming elections against their opponents in the mayoral race in the 16 cities and one municipality of the National Capital Region or Metro Manila, according to a recent survey.

A noncommissioned survey conducted on April 1 to 8 by the RP-Mission and Development Foundation Inc. (RPMDinc) showed that if the elections for Metro Manila mayor were to be held today, the frontrunners would be Makati Mayor Mar-Len Abigail “Abby� Binay, Quezon City 6ICE-AYOR*OSEkNAg*OYu"ELMONte, Navotas City Rep. Tobias “Toby� Tiangco, Pasay City Rep. Imelda “Emi� Calixto Rubiano, former Taguig City Rep. Lino Edgardo Cayetano, and Pasig City Mayor Robert “Bobby� Eusebio. According to Paul Martinez of

RPMDinc, the survey was conducted among 8,000 registered voters that represented all demographic LINES HADACONkDENCELEVELOF percent, and a margin of error of +/-2 percent. It was conducted in different areas of Metro Manila. The survey showed that Binay, who is backed by her father former vice president Jejomar Binay, was the top choice for Makati mayor, with a 67-percent voter preference rating. Her brother Jejomar Erwin “Junjun� Binay Jr. garnered 36 percent. In Quezon City, Belmonte was leading with 62 percent, posting a high 26 points lead over Rep.

Vincent “Bingbong� Crisologo. Crisologo got 36 percent, while former Rep. Chuck Mathay garnered 1 percent. In Navotas City, Tiangco is up by 8 points at 66 percent against Councilor Dan Israel “DI� Ang, who got 23 percent. Over in Pasay City, Rubiano got 71 percent, while his closest opponent, Cesar “Chet� Cuneta, son of former mayor Pablo Cuneta, garnered 16 percent. In the City of Manila, former vice mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno� Domagoso led with a 47-percent voter preference against incumbent Mayor Joseph “Erap� Ejercito Estrada, who got 30 percent, and former Mayor Alfredo Lim, who got 15 percent. In Taguig, Cayetano, brotherin-law of incumbent Mayor Lani Cayetano, is also hard to beat with 70 percent against Rep. Arnel CerAkCA WHOGOTPERCENT Eusebio, the incumbent mayor of Pasig City, maintained a strong

lead of 68 percent against City Councilor Victor “Vicoâ€? Sotto, son of television host Vic Sotto, who got only 29 percent. In San Juan, former vice mayor Francis Zamora is ahead of the race with 55 percent against Vice Mayor Janella Estrada, who got 43 percent. In the cities of Mandaluyong, Malabon, Caloocan, Las PiĂąas, Marikina, Valenzuela, Paranaque and Muntinlupa, incumbent candidates were ahead based on RPMDinc’s survey. They are Mandaluyong Mayor Carmelita “Menchieâ€? Abalos, with 97 percent; Malabon Mayor Antolin “Lenlenâ€? Oreta 3rd, with 65 percent; Caloocan Mayor Oscar “Ocaâ€? Malapitan, with 95 percent; Las Pinas Mayor Imelda “Melâ€? Aguilar, with 92 percent; Marikina Mayor Marcelino Teodoro, with 96 percent; Valenzuela Mayor Rex Gatchalian, with 94 percent; ParaĂąaque Mayor Edwin Olivarez, with 57 percent; and Muntinlupa Mayor Jaime Fresnedi, with 58 percent.

METRO Manila on Saturday registered its highest heat index or human discomfort for 2019, the state weather bureau said. A heat index of 40.8 degrees Celsius (C) was registered at 3 p.m. at the Science Garden weather station in Diliman, Quezon City, resulting from a temperature of 35.9 C and a relative humidity of 44.89 percent, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa). Tuguegarao City in Cagayan registered the highest heat index on Saturday at 46.3 C, resulting from a 36.5 C temperature and 53.68 relative humidity. This was below the highest recorded heat index of 51.7 C in Dagupan City on Wednesday. High heat indexes were also recorded in other areas of the country: Daet,

Camarines Norte at 46.1 C; Ambulong, Batangas City at 45.2 C; Dagupan City, Pangasinan at 45.1 C; Sangley Point, Cavite City at 44.5 C; Casiguran, Aurora at 43.8 C; Cotabato City, Maguindanao at 43.7 C; San Jose, Occidental Mindoro at 42.7 C; Subic Bay, Olongapo City at 42.3 C; Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte at 41.6 C; and Laoag City, Ilocos Norte at 41.4 C. Heat index between 32 to 41 C is categorized as “extreme caution� and 41 to 54 C as “danger,� with the latter more likely to cause heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. The state weather bureau advised the public to avoid the outdoor heat from 12 noon to 4 p.m., to use sun protection for outdoor activities and to stay hydrated. DIVINA NOVA JOY DELA CRUZ

POWER FIRMS URGED TO SHOULDER SHUTDOWN COSTS THE Bayan Muna party-list urged generation companies to shoulder the additional cost of power that was caused by their consecutive plant shutdowns in the previous days. Bayan Muna Chairman and Senate candidate Neri Colmenares said on Sunday that owners of generation companies should be held accountable for failing to deliver electricity to consumers, allegedly causing sudden power outages in Luzon amid the summer heat. “There was a contract you, generation companies, failed to deliver. You are the ones who

breached the contract, why are you making us pay?� he added. Colmenares claimed the Electrical Power Industry Reform Act, which mandates the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to promote competition in the electricity market in the country, allowed generation companies TOEARNHIGHERPROkTSBYSHUTTING down some plants to create an ARTIkCIALSUPPLYSHORTAGE “These generation companies should not escape liability by passing on to the public the higher electricity costs resulting from these shutdowns. They are the ones who are

responsible for this crisis, and yet they even earned from it. Is that fair?� he said. In 2013, the ERC and Department of Energy (DoE) found basis to conclude that energy players colluded to jack up electricity prices in the spot market amid simultaneous power plant shutdowns. For his part, Bayan Muna partylist Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate said on top of increased power rates, there was also an unprecedented P3.5-billion increase in missionary charges passed on to consumers from 2016 to 2017. “This is a disturbing average

increase of 160 percent for the Mimaropa area, increasing from P2.21 billion in 2016 to P5.75 billion in 2017, despite the average increase in electricity consumption of only 6 percent,� said Zarate. Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan make up Mimaropa. Zarate added that he had previously asked the DoE’s Electric Power Industry Management Bureau to explain the big increases in many islands that were based ONTHE-ISSIONARY%LECTRIkCATION Development Plan for 2016 to 2020, which was prepared by the

department, itself. It showed that power rates in Palawan increased by 105 percent in one year, from P536 million in 2016 to P1.096 billion in 2017. It further increased to P1.766 billion in 2018 and P1.186 billion 2019. The missionary subsidy in Oriental Mindoro also doubled from P565 million in 2016 to P1.1 billion in 2017, further increasing to P1.396 billion in 2018, Zarate added. And in Occidental Mindoro, while electricity use reportedly increased by only 5 to 6 percent per year, its subsidy increased by

P1.655 billion in 2018 and P1.621 billion in 2019. “What’s questionable here is that instead of missionary fees decreasing, areas which do not have electricity should have been lessened, but why are consumers experiencing kNESTHATWOULDREACH0PER kilowatt hour? The DoE and CoA (Commission on Audit) should conduct probes into this,� Zarate said in Filipino. Rotating blackouts were implemented last week in Luzon, placing a 13-hour red alert status from the shutdown of several power plants. GLEE JALEA

Smuggled cigarettes seized ABOUT P35 million worth of smuggled cigarettes were seized over the weekend by combined elements of the Bureau of Customs (BoC)-Port of Zamboanga and the Philippine Coast Guard. In a report to Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero, Port of Zamboanga District Collector Segundo Barte Jr. said the smuggled goods were intercepted off the coast of Lower Calarian in Zamboanga. He said it was the biggest successful operation in the history of the Port of Zamboanga. Barte said the collaborative effort was in compliance with the directive of Guerrero to intensify antismuggling operations in the Zambasulta areas comprising Zamboanga, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi. The operation, he added, stemmed from the intelligence report received by the BoC Intel-

ligence Group from its assets in the area, which it then forwarded to the military. “We immediately coordinated the said report with the Philippine Coast Guard, Philippine Navy and other government agencies, including Task Force Zamboanga for possible apprehension of more or less 3,000 cigarette cases at Hadji Taha wharf in Baliwasan, but the vessel did not arrive,� Barte added. On April 9, the Philippine Navy intercepted watercraft MJ Andrea 1, which contained 1,159 cases of smuggled cigarettes from Indonesia for delivery to Lower Calarian, Zamboanga City. But a thorough search immediately conducted in the presence of the Philippine Drug and Enforcement Agency personnel yielded no illegal drugs. WILLIAM B. DEPASUPIL

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The President said he would like to get to the bottom of the water crisis. Duterte earlier directed the MWSS to demand from concessionaires Manila Water and MayniLAD ANDOTHERRESPONSIBLEOFkCES THERELEASEOF water good for 150 days from the Angat Dam in Bulacan. The water issue came amid plunging water levels in several dams in Luzon. RALPH U. VILLANUEVA

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and sanction concessionaires Manila Water Company Inc. and Maynilad Water Services Inc., during a 40-minute meeting. Two days later, Duterte said he would “make A DECISIONu ON THE -733 OFkCIALS FATE BY April 15.

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Go ranks 3rd 60.4 percent, while Villar got 50.8 percent, according to the survey conducted from April 2 to 4. Go, whose ex-boss is often the target of Trillanes’ criticisms, stood at No. 3 with 47.8 percent, followed by Manuel Mercado “Lito� Lapid at No. 4 with 42.3 percent and Pilar Juliana “Pia� Cayetano at No. 5 with 40.4 percent. Other candidates who made it to the top 16 were: No. 6, Ramon “Bong� Revilla Jr., 39.1 percent; No. 7, Ronald “Bato� dela Rosa, 36.9 percent; No. 8, Paolo Benigno “Bam� Aquino 4th, 34.5 percent; No. 9 Maria Lourdes “Nancy� Binay, 33.7 percent; No. 10 Maria Imelda “Imee� Marcos, 32.7 percent; No. 11 Jose “Jinggoy� Estrada, 30.9 percent; No. 12, Juan Edgardo “Sonny� Angara, 30.7 percent; No. 13, Manuel “Mar� Roxas 2nd, 29.3 percent; No. 14, Francis Tolentino, 29.0 percent; No. 15, Aquilino “Koko� Pimentel 3rd, 25.6 percent; and No. 16, Joseph Victor “JV� Ejercito, 23.4 percent.

Trillanes, the chairman of the group of exrebels, on Sunday said despite the tight race, ratings of Otso Diretso opposition candidates for senator were “continuously improving.â€? “[Gary] Alejano is now at No. 20, followed by Samira Gutoc at No. 21. [Romulo] Macalintal advances to No. 24 from being at No. 27 in the last survey; [Lorenzo ‘Erin’] TaĂąada is at No. 25; [Jose Manuel ‘Chel’] Diokno is at No. 28; and Florin ‘Pilo’ Hilbay, from being at No. 35, is now at No. 31,â€? he noted. Trillanes said Magdalo survey employed a multistage probability sampling design with face-to-face interviews of 3,000 respondents, equitably representing the voting population across the different regions of the country. It has a margin of error of 1.8 percent. The respondents were given a list of the names of all the aspiring senators and were asked the question: “Kung ngayon gagawin ang eleksyon sa pagka-senador, sino sa mga sumusunod na kandidato ang inyong iboboto? Pumili hanggang 12 na kandidato (If the elections for senator is held today, who among the following will you vote for? Choose up to 12 candidates).â€? BERNADETTE E. TAMAYO


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AGUIO CITY: The privacy watchdog is kNALIZING INSPECTIONS OF BANKS MOBILE APPLICATIONS AND ONLINE SERVICES TO DETERMINE THEIR COMPLIANCE WITH PRIVACY LAWS ANDPOLICIES WITHRESULTSEXPECTEDTOBERELEASED NEXTMONTH

g7EJUSTDIDWHATWECALLPRIVACYSWEEP FOR MOBILE APPLICATIONS AND WEB SERVICES OF BANKS u .ATIONAL 0RIVACY #OMMISSION (NPC) chief Raymund Liboro told reporters during a seminar in Baguio during the weekend. &INDINGS WILL BE REVEALED IN -AY  THE last week of which was declared last year BY -ALACANANG AS .ATIONAL $ATA 0RIVACY Awareness Week.

g;7E ARE CHECKING= WHO ARE EXCESSIVELY [asking for personal information], who are COLLECTING;DATA=DISPROPORTIONATELY u,IBORO added. Ahead of the report’s release, he indicated THATONEBANKHADVIOLATEDPRIVACYLAWSBY mandating 17 permissions for a customer to set up an account. Another bank was found to be asking for

Muted PSEi trading expected this week gWILLHELPVALIDATETHESTRENGTHOF corporate earnings growth—an integral component to justify VALUATIONSu Some indications could come from a host of upcoming stockholders’ meetings but the the Q1 earnings season will be kicked off TODAY BY )TALPINAS $EVELOPMENT Corp. On Friday, the benchmark Philippine Stock Exchange index dropped by 0.94 percent or 74.98 points to close at 7,880.82 while the wider All Shares slipped by 0.53 percent or 25.77 points to kNISHAT  ANGELICA BALLESTEROS

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AL Holdings Inc. has 11.611 billion outstanding common shares of which it listed 10.502 billion on the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE). It has issued 10.524 billion common shares ANDHASgFREE lOATLEVELuEQUIVAlent to 10.32 percent, which, if computed on 11.611 billion common shares, will be more than 1.198 billion common shares. On the PSE website, PAL Holdings said foreigners are allowed under the law to own a maximum of 40 percent of outstanding. When computed, 40 percent of BILLIONEQUALSMORETHAN 4.644 billion common shares. As of March 31, 2019, PAL Holdings’ top 100 stockholders listed Trust Mark Holdings Corp. as holder of 8.931 billion PAL common shares, or 76.916 percent of 11.611 billion outstanding common shares. PAL Holdings reported Trust Mark’s ownership of PAL Holdings common shares before the

9-person board raised on March 27, 2019 its authorized capital stock to 20 billion common shares from 13.5 billion. Aside from Trust Mark, which belongs to the group of companies businessman Lucio Tan owns, the others in the list of the top 100 stockholders also included PCD Nominee Corp., which, as of March 31, 2019, held 1.149 billion PAL common shares, or 9.898 percent, for Filipinos, and 514,708 PAL common shares, or 0.0044 percent, for foreigners. )NAkLING 0!,(OLDINGSSAID the capital increase to P20 billion is intended “to prepare the company for any additional capital

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ANALYSTS do not expected stock market surprises during a shortened three-day trading week. In a market comment, online brokerage firm 2tradeasia. com said trading could be muted WITHINVESTORSLIKELYTOHAVEOPTED for an early Holy Week break. Philippine financial markets will be closed on April 18 and 19 INOBSERVATIONOF-AUNDY4HURSday and Good Friday. )NVESTORS  TRADEASIACOM SAID  will instead by looking forward to upcoming earnings reports and the Monetary Board’s next policy meeting in May. &IRST QUARTER RESULTS  IT ADDED 

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and deposits were ordered earlier THIS YEAR VIA #IRCULAR  DATED *ANUARY  The original implementation date was March 1, 2019. "IGBANKSWILLHAVETODISCLOSE interest rates on actual loans granted and deposits generated as TOPRODUCTTYPE MATURITYPERIOD terms, and size.

INCOME taxes due today are EXPECTEDTOPROVIDEASIGNIkCANT boost to the Bureau of Internal 2EVENUES HAUL FOR THE MONTH  A SENIOROFkCIALSAID “[We are ] still hopeful [that] we [will] exceed actual collecTIONSw u ")2 $EPUTY #OMMISsioner Marissa Cabreros told The Manila Times OVERTHEWEEKEND  referring to the bureau’s P232.6billion take in April last year, which was 24 percent or P44.9 billion better compared to a year earlier. g)DONOTHAVEGOALALLOCATEDFOR April 2019 but to recall, the April 2018 collection on annual income tax was computed based on old law while the expected collected this April 2019 is now based on Train law which made huge reducTIONONPERSONALINCOMETAXRATE u she added. The lower tax rates, Cabreros SAID  COULD HAVE ENCOURAGED TAXPAYERSTOVOLUNTARILYkLETHEIR tax returns that are due today, April 15. 4AXPAYERS HAVE BEEN ENCOURaged to file their returns today through the use of Electronic BIR Forms, which has been mandatory since 2014 for all tax returns. Returns filed and taxes paid after the deadline will be slapped with corresponding sanctions such as a 25 percent surcharge, 12 percent interest per annum and compromise penalties. Besides personal income taxes, the bureau is also expecting corporate income tax collections to CONTRIBUTETOTHISYEARSREVENUES ONCE #ONGRESS APPROVES REFORMS UNDER 0ACKAGE  OF THE GOVERNMENTS #OMPREHENSIVE 4AX 2Eform Program. 4HE(OUSEOF2EPRESENTATIVESAPPROVEDITSVERSIONOFTHEPACKAGE‡ the Tax Reform for Attracting Better and High-Quality Opportunities

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A file photo taken on March 30, 2016 shows the logo of IKEA outside its biggest store in Europe, in Kungens Kurva southwest of Stockholm. Ikea, whose business model of affordable flat-pack furnishings is being challenged amid global concerns over over-consumption and waste, will be offering rented and recycled furniture as part of an eco-friendly drive. AFP PHOTO

PSE eyes share sale, renewed PDS bid THE Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) plans to raise as much as 0BILLIONVIAASHARESALETODILUTE BROKER OWNERSHIP AND REVIVE ITS Philippine Dealing System HoldINGS#ORP0$3 TAKEOVERPLANS )N A CHANCE INTERVIEW ON &RIday, PSE President and Chief %XECUTIVE/FkCER2AMON-ONZON said the share sale was being considered after trading participants GAVEALUKEWARMRECEPTIONTOAN appeal to sell their stakes in the exchange. Reducing broker ownership to 20 percent was mandated by the

Securities and Exchange Commission when the PSE sought to ACQUIRETHEBONDBOURSETWOYEARS ago. As of March 18, broker ownership stood at 26.44 percent. Monzon said the PSE was only waiting for market conditions to IMPROVE BEFORE IT PROCEEDS WITH A SHARE SALE (E DID NOT PROVIDE more details. “We are still hoping to integrate THEkXED INCOMEANDTHEEQUITIES ;MARKETS= 7E HAVE NOT GIVEN UP ONOURHOPE uHEADDED “We are waiting to see what ,ANDBANKWILLDOBECAUSEwWEVE

taken the position that we will not engage in a bidding war with ,ANDBANK ;OR= WITH ANY GOVERNMENTAGENCY uHEADDED 4HE 03% SHELVED ITS TAKEOVER plans after Land Bank of the Philippines challenged it by offering a much higher price — P360 per SHARE VERSUS 0 4HE STATE OWNED BANK  HOWEVER  LATER CUT this to P215 and its offer to PDS shareholders lapsed last March 15. 03%SHARESkNISHEDlATAT0 apiece on Friday amid the benchmark PSE index’s 0.94-percent drop. ANGELICA BALLESTEROS

Interest rate rule schedule extended BIGBANKSHAVEBEENGIVENMORE time to comply with enhanced reporting of interest rates on loans and deposits to the central bank. In a statement, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said its policymaking Monetary Board HAD APPROVED THE EXTENSION OF A transitory period to the end of this YEAR WITHTHEEFFECTIVITYDATEALSO MOVEDTO*ANUARY 

g4HISEXTENSIONPROVIDESMORE time for banks to assess their compliance with the enhanced reporting structure prior to full IMPLEMENTATION uTHE"30SAID During the extended transiTORYPERIOD UNIVERSALCOMMERCIAL BANKSAREREQUIREDTOSUBMITBOTH existing and amended reports. Amended reporting templates on bank interest rates on loans


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Telecommuting favored by many employers – ECOP M BY TYRONE C. PIAD

AJORITY OF COMPANIES IN THE COUNTRY CONSIDEREDTELECOMMUTINGORWORK FROM HOME FOR THEIR MANAGERIAL EMPLOYEES GIVEN  THE SIGNIkCANT IMPROVEMENT OF INTERNET SERVICEINTHECOUNTRY ASURVEYBYTHE%MPLOYERS #ONFEDERATIONOFTHE0HILIPPINES%#/0 INDICATED

3OME  PERCENT OF THE kRMS SURVEYED EXPRESSED gOPENNESSu to adopt telecommuting if approPRIATEEQUIPMENTWITHIMPROVED INTERNETSERVICEAREAVAILABLEAND softwares for monitoring work hours and output are in place. Other condition cited for allowing work-from-home are that kRMS SHOULD BE INFORMED OF THE best industry practices and benchmarking tools from their industry.

&URTHER THEYSHOULDALSODEkNE roles and responsibilities in case of organizational restructuring; and that guidelines and policies relating to telecommuting should BEPROVIDED Signed in December last year, Republic Act 11165 or the TelecomMUTING!CTDEkNESTELECOMMUTING as a “a work arrangement that ALLOWSANEMPLOYEEINTHEPRIVATE SECTORTOWORKFROMANALTERNATIVE

workplace with the use of teleCOMMUNICATIONANDORCOMPUTER TECHNOLOGIESu Out of nearly 100 respondents,  kRMS OR  PERCENT  MOST OF which are from the information technology-business process outsourcing management sector, are already adopting the scheme, ECOP said. “The telecommuting arrangeMENT OF MOST COMPANIES COVERS only managerial employees. Consultants and project staff are also ALLOWED TO TELECOMMUTE u %#/0 added. Said companies are allowing telecommuting to deal with the HEAVY TRAFkC GOING TO AND FROM WORK ACHIEVETHEgPROMOTIONOF WORK LIFEBALANCEANDlEXIBILITY u and “enhance employee engageMENT AND RETENTIONu THE SURVEY

said. Another reason it said was gBUSINESSNEEDuASTHEREAREMULtinational companies with operations in different time zones. -EANWHILE THESURVEYHELDFROM Feb. 11 to March 4 this year said around 86 percent claimed telecommuting and non-telecommuting employees are getting the same BENEkTS"UTWORK FROM HOMEEMPLOYEESFROMSOMEkRMSSAIDTHEY ARENOLONGERRECEIVINGTRANSPORTATIONANDMEALALLOWANCES OVERTIME pay and additional renumeration for more working days. 4HEYRAISEDCONCERNSONTHEgkLINGANDPAYMENTOFOVERTIMETHE need to stay connected and reachable during work hours; determination of work and rest hours; AND THE REQUIREMENT TO DEFINE company liability for employees PRACTICINGTELECOMMUTINGu

DA wants export ban on mature coconuts lifted In November last year, the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) Board of Governors approved a resolution asking the IAC of to consider lifting the ban. “[L]ifting the ban on the export of coconuts will open new markets for the farmers as several countries, including China, have expressed interest in importing mature coconuts from the Philippines,� the resolution stated. The ban, however, remains.  Once lifted, the DA projected an initial shipment of about 1,500 metric tons (MT) of matured coconuts to importing countries, especially China. 

The PCA, in November 2018, also approved a resolution addressed to President Duterte asking the National Biofuels Board to increase the biodiesel component from 2 percent to 5 percent of Coco Methyl Ester. The move is seen to increase the use of copra to up to 200,000 metric tons. The agency also approved an allocation of P300 million for the purchase of an irradiation equipment to be used in the processing of coco coir for export and for other agricultural products. EIREENE JAIREE GOMEZ

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) has renewed its call to lift the export ban on mature coconuts that was put in place during the Marcos administration. The move will help resolve very low prices of copra, a major issue that has been hounding the coconut sector, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel PiĂąol said.  “We proposed another option to address the low copra prices. I submitted a recommendation to the President through the executive secretary for the amendment of the EO (Executive Order) of [former President Ferdinand] Marcos on the

issuance‌ [to ban the export of matured coconuts],â€? PiĂąol said in a recent interview.  Copra prices have been declining since the latter part of January 2018. Prices have fallen to as low as P16 per kilo from about P40 per kilo three years ago. Lowest prices were recorded in areas farthest from oil mills.  Marcos issued EO 1016 in 1985. It created an Inter-Agency Committee (IAC) tasked to update the “List of Prohibited and Regulated Products for Exports.â€? Based in the list, matured coconuts and coconut seedlings are prohibited for export. 

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DoF sees better PH credit rating

Interest “The enhanced structure reQUIRES GREATER GRANULARITY ON THE data reported that is expected to contribute to enhanced monitoring and analysis of the Bangko 3ENTRAL AS WELL AS PROVIDE THE public with more information INMAKINGDECISIONS uTHECENTRAL bank said. It also noted that data on bank interest rates are regulary published on the BSP website. g4HESEWILLPROVIDECONSUMERS WITH MORE VALUABLE INFORMATION TO COMPARE COSTS AND EVALUATE their needs based on the best LOANSANDDEPOSITSPRODUCTSAVAILABLETOTHEM uITADDED The compilation and publication of bank interest rates on loans and deposits, the BSP explained, are aligned with international best practices and also supports the central bank’s thrust to promote greater financial literacy, consumer protection and market transparency. MAYVELIN U. CARABALLO

scores by the said firms. He also cited the 2019 economic outlook of the Philippines by the World Bank, which projects the local economy to grow from 6.5 this year to 6.6 in 2020. The DTI official is optimisitic the country can get an A rating sooner. “It’s just around the corner� especially if the rating comes from the Asian credit rating agencies, he said. “It is possible to get it first from the Asian credit rating agencies. The three

big ones will follow,� he added. Meanwhile, Beltran said he was also seeing improved sentiment about the Philippine economy. “We also expect that the market perceives us better than the credit rating agencies,� he said, adding that market, which buys government debt and invests in the Philippines, is “the real thing,� that’s why their trust is important to be earned.� MARY OFELYN DATUIN

COLLECTED  KEPT AND MAINTAINED u he said. Transactions can be considERED VOID IN THESE CASES  ,IBORO claimed. the customer’s location, which The NPC chief said banking Liboro said was unnecessary. institutions, along with other busig4HEYHAVETOCOMEUPWITHA NESSESORINSTITUTIONSTHATREQUIRE VERYGOODEXPLANATIONONWHYSO data from clients, should carefully many [pieces of] data are being consider this as the information

COULD BE VULNERABLE TO MISMANagement or hacking. Liboro said the NPC was looking to strengthen its coordination with the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas with regard to banks’ data collection practices. g7E ACTUALLY HAVE TALKS WITH "ANGKO3ENTRAL;BUT=NOTSPECIkC TOTHIS uHENOTED

THE Department of Finance (DoF) expects the Philippine’s credit rating to improve if recent reports of Moody’s, S&P and Fitch are considered. In a business journalism seminar held by the San Miguel Corp. in Baguio on Saturday, Finance Undersecretary Gil Beltran said findings of the top 3 rating agencies on the country’s economy were encouraging. Beltran noted that the Philippines was earlier given stable to positive

Q PRIVACY FROM B1

Bank

lion common shares, or 34.96 PERCENT*'3UMMIT(OLDINGS)NC  which held 333.189 million common shares, or 29.56 percent; and -ETRO 0ACIkC )NVESTMENTS #ORP  REQUIREMENTu )T ALSO DISCLOSED which owned 118.365 million that the new capital stock will be common shares, or 10.5 percent. Meralco listed 13 affiliates, SUBMITTED FOR RATIkCATION BY ITS stockholders in their annual meet- which, it said did not own either directly or indirectly common ing on May 30, 2019. SHARES(OWEVER ITLISTEDTHEPUBlic in the same POR as holder of First Pacific-JG 236.540 million common shares, Summit tandem or 20.99 percent. The irony of Meralco’s ownerManila Electric Co. will hold its annual stockholders’ meeting on SHIP PROkLE IS THAT DESPITE THEIR May 28, 2019, according to the close to 21 percent holdings, the COMPANYS DEkNITIVE INFORMATION public stockholders were not alstatement (DIS) dated Feb. 26, 2019. lowed to elect their own directors. Aside from Manuel V. Pangilinan, chairman of Meralco’s Metrobank’s unit 11-man board, also included in the board are two independent di- )N A 0/2  0HILIPPINE 3AVINGS RECTORSWHOMAYNOTHAVEENOUGH Bank has (PSB) 383.109 million NUMBER OF VOTING SHARES TO GET outstanding common shares of appointed as directors. They are which PSB’s 11-man board directly Artemio V. Panganiban and Pedro owned 4.003 million common E. Roxas. shares. The bank listed MetroIn a public ownership report politan Bank & Trust Co. as direct (POR), Meralco reported three holder of 338.610 million PSB principal stockholders as of April common shares, or 88.38 percent 12, 2019. These were Beacon of 383.109 million PSB common Electric Asset Holdings Inc. with shares. direct ownership of 394.059 milMetrobank’s ownership makes

Q PEREZ FROM B1

PAL

it PSB’s parent company. On the other hand, PSBank attributed to its public stockholders the ownership of 40.497 million PSB common shares, or 10.57 percent. As stipulated in its POR, PSBank credited its nine-person board with 4.003 million PSB common SHARES ORPERCENT)TCLASSIkED 342.613 million PSB common shares, or 89.43 percent, as nonpublic, including PSB common shares held by the board. In an explanatory note, PSBank said Metrobank’s holdings included scripless shares totaling 185.184 million PSB common shares. In another PSE posting, PSBank SAIDITSNINE MANBOARDAPPROVED in a meeting on March 12, 2019 the increase in its authorized capital stock to 6 billion common shares from 4.25 billion common shares with the same par VALUE OF 0 PER COMMON SHARE This meant an increase of 41.176 percent.

Due Diligencer’s take

financial filings of commercial ANDSAVINGSBANKS!STHEREGULAtory authority, it has the power to discipline any of them. The same is true with the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP). It could also impose disciplinary action against its lawyer members WHO MAY HAVE COMMITTED SOME infractions of organization rules. $UE $ILIGENCER kNDS IT WORTHWHILETOREVIEWSOMEOFTHEDECIsions against erring lawyers by the 3UPREME#OURT!SFOR"30SMOVE AGAINST BANKS  IT DOES NOT HAVE ANYTHINGYETONkLETOINDICATEITIS going against any of its members. For instance, Due Diligencer learned about a buyer of a farmland, which happened to be irrigated, courtesy of the National Irrigation Administration. The seller is not informing the tenants about the buyer. Hopefully, the details will come later. The poser though remains. Can a buyer of a farmland make it appear in court documents that the farmland is not tenanted? In case ALAWYERNOTARIZEDSAIDCOURTkLING  DIDHEORSHEVIOLATEDTHELAWYERS OATH*USTASKING

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Delinquencies defined DELOITTE. A ON THE DOT FTER Republic Act (RA) No. 11213, or the Tax Amnesty Act, was signed into law last Feb. 14, 2019, many expected the BuREAUOF)NTERNAL2EVENUE")2 TO release the implementing rules, particularly the one addressing THEUNCERTAINTYONTHEDEkNITION OFDELINQUENCIES To recall, the law grants tax amNESTYONDELINQUENCIESCOVERING ALLNATIONALINTERNALREVENUETAXes collected by the BIR as well as VALUE ADDEDTAX6!4 ANDEXCISE taxes collected by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) for taxable year  AND PRIOR YEARS (OWEVER  neither the law nor the bills from BOTHHOUSESOF#ONGRESSDEkNED THETERM@DELINQUENCIES 4HE CLOSEST DEkNITION FOR DELINQUENCIES CAN BE LIFTED FROM REVENUE MEMORANDUM ORDER (RMO) No. 71-2010, which PROVIDES FOR THE GUIDELINES AND PROCEDURES FOR THE CONVERSION OF ACCOUNTS RECEIVABLES AND DELINQUENT ACCOUNTS INTO THE ACCOUNTSRECEIVABLESCONVERSION system (ACRS) of the BIR. This rule does not necessarily apply TOTAXAMNESTY-OREOEVER WITHOUT A DEkNITE PRONOUNCEMENT from the BIR, the application OFTHEFOREGOINGDEkNITIONOFA DELINQUENTACCOUNTCANONLYBE implied. The explanation has come in THEFORMOFREVENUEREGULATIONS (RR) No. 4-2019, or the implementing rules and regulations of RA No. 11213 issued by the BIR on April 8, 2019. It states that a DELINQUENTACCOUNTSHALLPERTAIN to a tax arising from the audit of the BIR that has been issued ASSESSMENT NOTICES  WHICH HAVE BECOMEkNALANDEXECUTORYDUE to the following instances: • Failure to pay the tax due on THEPRESCRIBEDDUEDATEPROVIDED in the final assessment notice &!. FORMAL LETTER OF DEMAND &,$  AND FOR WHICH NO VALID PROTEST  WHETHER A REQUEST FOR RECONSIDERATION OR REINVESTIGATION  HAS BEEN kLED WITHIN  days from receipt thereof; r &AILURE TO kLE AN APPEAL TO the court of tax appeal (CTA) or ANADMINISTRATIVEAPPEALBEFORE THECOMMISSIONEROFINTERNALREVenue (CIR) within 30 days from receipt of the decision denying THEREQUESTFORREINVESTIGATIONOR reconsideration; or r&AILURETOkLEANAPPEALTOTHE CTA within 30 days from receipt of the decision of the CIR denyINGTHETAXPAYERSADMINISTRATIVE APPEAL TO THE kNAL DECISION OF disputed assessment (FDDA). Based on the foregoing, it appears that tax amnesty on delinQUENCIESCANONLYBEAVAILEDOF by taxpayers against whom an assessment has been considered kNALANDEXECUTORY4HISMEANS that these accounts are now subject to collection proceedings and there is no other remedy, ADMINISTRATIVEORJUDICIAL AVAILable to the taxpayer. Taxpayers with ongoing tax audit, including THOSEWHOHAVEUNRESOLVEDPROtests and pending cases in court, CANNOTAVAILOFBENEkTSGRANTED by the Tax Amnesty Act. Further, the new rules did not include unpaid self-assessed taxESASADELINQUENTACCOUNTUNLIKE in RMO No. 71-2010. Thus, when ATAXPAYERkLESARETURNREQUIRED by law but the corresponding or the correct tax stated therein is not paid, such taxpayer will not BEENTITLEDTOTHEBENEkTSOFTHE tax amnesty. 4HE TAX AMNESTY ALSO COVERS all persons, whether natural or JURIDICAL  WITH INTERNAL REVENUE TAX LIABILITIES COVERING TAXABLE year 2017 and prior years under any of the following instances: • Those with pending criminal cases with the Department OF *USTICE $/* 0ROSECUTORS /FkCEORTHECOURTSFORTAXEVA-

SHIRLEY TUAZON sion and other criminal offenses with or without assessments duly issued. The tax amnesty rate shall be 60 percent of the basic tax assessed r4HOSEWITHkNALANDEXECUtory judgment by the courts on ORBEFORETHEEFFECTIVITYOF22.O 04-2019. The tax amnesty rate shall be 50 percent of the basic tax assessed • Withholding tax liabilities of withholding agents arising from their failure to remit withheld taxes. The tax amnesty rate shall be 100 percent of basic tax assessed 4HEOTHERSALIENTPROVISIONSOF the implementing rules include THEDOCUMENTARYREQUIREMENTSIN AVAILINGOFTHETAXAMNESTY4HESE are the 1) Tax Amnesty Return (TAR) or BIR Form No. 2118-DA); 2) Acceptance Payment Form (APF) or BIR Form No. 0621-DA DULY VALIDATED BY AUTHORIZED agent banks (AABs) or stamped gRECEIVEDu ACCOMPANIED BY A BANKDEPOSITSLIPVALIDATEDBYTHE !!"SOR2EVENUE/FkCIAL2ECEIPT 2/#  ISSUED BY THE 2EVENUE #OLLECTION /FkCERS 2#/S    #ERTIkCATEOF4AX$ELINQUENCIES Tax Liabilities issued by the conCERNED")2OFkCESAND ACOPY of the FAN, FDDA, Preliminary Assessment Notice (PAN) or Notice of Informal Conference, when applicable. RR No. 04-2019 also addressed cases where the deLINQUENT TAXES HAVE BEEN THE subject of an application for compromise settlement on the GROUNDSOFDOUBTFULVALIDITYOF assessment or financial incapacity of the taxpayer, whether denied or pending. In applyING THE TAX AMNESTY BENEkTS  the amount to be paid shall be based on the net basic tax as CERTIkED BY THE ")2 )T MEANS that the tax amnesty rate shall be computed based on the applicable compromise settlement rate under Section 204 of the Tax Code and not on the basic tax liabilities stated in the assessment notices. 5PON CONkRMATION THAT THE taxpayer-applicant complied WITHTHEREQUIREMENTSUNDER22 No. 4-2019, the BIR shall issue a Notice of Issuance of Authority to Cancel Assessment (NIATCA) within 15 calendar days from submission of the APF and TAR. An APF and TAR stamped “reCEIVEDuSHALLALSOBEDEEMEDAS SUFkCIENT PROOF OF AVAILMENT OF THEBENEkTSOFTHE4AX!MNESTY Act. 1UALIkEDTAXPAYERSWHOWISH TOAVAILOFTHELOWERTAXPAYMENTS under the Tax Amnesty Act must submit their application to the BIR within one year from the efFECTIVITYOF22.O  'IVENTHESIMPLIkEDREQUIREments and the time limit imposed by the BIR on the submission of documents, taxpayers should not let this opportunity to ease their tax burdens pass, especially concerning delinQUENCIES9OUNEVERKNOWWHEN the next tax amnesty will be granted.

The author is a Manager with THE4AX#ORPORATE3ERVICESDIVISIONOF.AVARRO!MPER#O  one of 11 practices that make up Deloitte Southeast Asia Ltd. Deloitte Southeast Asia Ltd is a member of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited, a leading GLOBAL PROVIDER OF AUDIT AND ASSURANCE CONSULTING kNANCIAL ADVISORY RISKADVISORY TAXAND RELATEDSERVICES

Q BIR FROM B1

Income tax take seen (Trabaho) bill—in September but of P2.339 trillion for this year, 19 THE3ENATEVERSIONREMAINSPENDING percent higher than last year’s beATTHECOMMITTEELEVEL low-target result of P1.961 trillion. The BIR has a collection target MAYVELIN U. CARABALLO


Stock Watch

˜ The Manila Times

w w w.manilatimes.net

B3

MONDAY April 15, 2019

Property seen lifting Ayala amid troubles

30-DAY STOCK PERFORMANCE

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BY ANGELICA BALLESTEROS

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ONGLOMERATE Ayala Corp. (AC) is currently not experiencing a good year given troubles that have hit its water, banking and telecommunications units but the property business could end up strengthening its 2019 bottomline.

30-day high: P948

Date

Ayala shares are up by only 0.77 percent year-to-date and fell by nearly 1 percent weekon-week on Friday, with analysts pointing to the lack of catalysts and Mitsubishi Corp.’s sale of 13 million shares in January. The latest stock price marked 10.8 percent slip from a 52-week high. “It’s (Ayala shares) been going SIDEWAYSFORTHEkRSTQUARTERAFTER Mitsubishi trimmed its stake in AC earlier this year,� Timson Securities Inc. trader Jervin de Celis noted. “We also do not have any fresh catalyst [for] the blue-chip stock to move and this makes the PSEi (Philippine Stock Exchange index) go sideways and struggle to go beyond the 8,000 level,� he added. Philstocks Financial Inc. research associate Piper Chaucer Tan said Ayala’s performance may have been dampened by a massive water shortage blamed on water arm Manila Water Company Inc., which likely

Q Ayala Corp. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala (left) and President and Chief Operating Officer Fernando Zobel de Ayala (right). PHOTO FROM THE AYALA CORP. WEBSITE

offset a robust performance by subsidiary Ayala Land Inc. (ALI). Parts of Metro Manila went without water for days last month after Manila Water suddenly halted services, pointing the lack of supply from La Mesa Dam in light of an ongoing El NiĂąo. This prompted MalacaĂąang to intervene and President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to scrap concessions granted to the utility AND RIVAL kRM -AYNILAD 7ATER Services Inc. It did not help that two other subsidiaries, Bank of the Philippine Islands and Globe Telecom Inc., last week experienced glitches that left customers complaining about wrong balances, inaccessible services as well as lost data and internet connections. The glitches have caught the attention of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas and the Department of Information and Communi-

cations Technology, which said last week that they would be monitoring the situation. Moving forward, De Celis said he still expected ALI to boost the parent firm given a booming property market. “I think the robust growth that we see in AC’s real estate and tourism business due to the INlUXOFTOURISTSESPECIALLYFROM China should provide some good numbers for the bottomline performance of the company for the NEXTQUARTERSTHISYEAR uHESAID “Its expansion in healthcare and energy may also boost the COMPANYSPROkTABILITYBUTTHIS

will take more time,� he added. Ayala owns healthcare brands FamilyDOC, online pharmacy MedGrocer, health technology arm Vigos Health Technologies, home health application AIDE, and Negros Grace. In March this year, it announced plans to hike its ownership in the Generika group of companies by 2.5 percent to 52.5 percent, subject to conditions. The conglomerate posted a 5-percent rise in its 2018 net income, to P31.8 billion from P30.3 billion a year earlier, following strong contributions from ALI, Globe, and the power business.

Index

Value

Chg

%Chg

PSEi

7,880.82

-75

Ĺş

All Shares

4,863.15

-26

Ĺş

Financials

1,733.24

-13

Ĺş

Industrial

11,757.43

-80

Ĺş

Holding Firms

7,664.29

-71

Ĺş

Services

1,604.60

-19

Ĺş

Mining and Oil

7,668.88

-150

Ĺş

Property

4,134.37

-34

Ĺş

FINANCIAL CONDITION Year 2016 2017 2018

Total Assets

Shareholders’ Equity 540,708,625,000 370,995,878,000 610,453,364,000 411,092,388,000 728,817,264,000 469,108,355,000

Total Liabilities

911,704,503,000 1,021,545,752,000 1,197,925,619,000

*amounts in pesos

SERVICES

Stock indices as of April 12, 2019

ALL SHARES

FINANCIALS

INDUSTRIAL

MINING AND OIL

PROPERTY

INDEX HISTORY Date Apr 12, 2019 Apr 11, 2019 Apr 10, 2019 Apr 08, 2019 Apr 05, 2019 Apr 04, 2019 Apr 03, 2019 Apr 02, 2019 Apr 01, 2019 Mar 29, 2019 Mar 28, 2019 Mar 27, 2019 Mar 26, 2019 Mar 25, 2019 Mar 22, 2019 Mar 21, 2019 Mar 20, 2019 Mar 19, 2019 Mar 18, 2019 Mar 15, 2019 Mar 14, 2019 Mar 13, 2019 Mar 12, 2019 Mar 11, 2019 Mar 08, 2019 Mar 07, 2019 Mar 06, 2019 Mar 05, 2019 Mar 04, 2019

Open 7,970.96 7,990.71 7,976.44 7,879.47 7,866.41 7,892.62 7,880.48 7,854.35 7,923.16 7,891.09 7,897.72 7,915.91 7,875.30 7,994.34 7,956.67 7,875.78 7,848.16 7,863.70 7,794.58 7,748.07 7,741.78 7,725.62 7,728.22 7,815.28 7,868.50 7,806.50 7,674.56 7,700.38 7,631.90

High 7,980 8,000 8,009 7,955 7,887 7,898 7,895 7,894 7,924 7,921 7,898 7,916 7,911 7,994 8,032 7,955 7,876 7,879 7,873 7,798 7,764 7,766 7,774 7,823.80 7,884.46 7,881.79 7,821.34 7,734.71 7,698.44

Low 7,880.82 7,955.80 7,953.14 7,879.47 7,866.41 7,835.74 7,860.51 7,854.35 7,809.61 7,887.47 7,856.09 7,840.64 7,869.43 7,808.32 7,951.06 7,869.31 7,823.60 7,843.41 7,760.51 7,701.74 7,718.77 7,724.79 7,728.22 7,708.72 7,797.11 7,795.21 7,674.56 7,667.14 7,595.92

Close 7,880.82 7,955.80 8,008.53 7,915.63 7,873.18 7,854.13 7,895.06 7,879.21 7,840.31 7,920.93 7,876.40 7,861.05 7,907.03 7,863.02 8,013.42 7,954.72 7,858.20 7,843.41 7,873.02 7,798.28 7,750.42 7,766.15 7,747.54 7,708.72 7,797.11 7,881.79 7,821.34 7,670.62 7,675.47

Outstanding shares: 630,627,482

Close

Date

Close

Apr 12, 2019

913

Mar 21, 2019

931.5

Apr 11, 2019

912

Mar 20, 2019

927

Apr 10, 2019

924

Mar 19, 2019

930

Apr 08, 2019 Apr 05, 2019

911 922

Mar 18, 2019

930

Mar 15, 2019

920.5

Apr 04, 2019 Apr 03, 2019 Apr 02, 2019 Apr 01, 2019 Mar 29, 2019 Mar 28, 2019 Mar 27, 2019

905.5 926 930 930 940 932 930

Mar 14, 2019

925.5

Mar 13, 2019

920

Mar 12, 2019 Mar 11, 2019

925 926

Mar 08, 2019 Mar 07, 2019 Mar 06, 2019 Mar 05, 2019 Mar 04, 2019 Mar 01, 2019

939.5 948 943.5 935.5 937 930

Mar 26, 2019

933

Mar 25, 2019 Mar 22, 2019

922.5 940

*amounts in peso

*amounts in peso

PROFITABILITY Date Apr. 8 Apr. 9 Apr. 10 Apr. 11 Apr. 12

P/E ratio 18.9 19.17 18.92 18.94

Net income Earnings per share Book value per share *Net income in millions

P/E growth (%) 0.11 2016 43,432 39.31 334.4

Price to book ratio 2.1510 2.1817 2.1533 2.1557 2017 49,866 45.99 374.75

2018 55,065 48.21 423.53

FOURTH QUARTER REPORT (2018) NET INCOME P14,262,995,000

TOTAL ASSETS P1,197,925,619,000

TOTAL LIABILITIES

*amounts in pesos

P728,817,264,000

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HIGH

FINANCIAL RATIOS Year

Return on Assets (%)

Return on Equity (%)

TOTAL EQUITY P469,108,355,000 Debt to Equity ratio

Common ratio

2016

4.76

11.71

1.4575

1.2234

2017

4.88

12.13

1.4850

1.3936

2018

4.60

11.74

1.5536

1.2504

FINANCIAL RATIOS Return on Assets 1.19% Return on Equity 3.04% Debt to Ety Ratio 1.5536 Common Ratio 1.2504

Corporate News

HOLDING FIRMS

PSEi

Market capitalization: P575,132,263,584.00

30-day low: P905.50

Global-Estate earns P1.7B in 2018, up 21%

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BY ANGELICA BALLESTEROS

LOBAL-ESTATE Resorts Inc. (GERI) saw its net income last rise by 21 percent to P1.7 billion last year, from P1.4 billion in 2017, on the back of strong property sales. In a statement over the weekend, GERI said real estate sales in particular also grew by 21 percent to P6.4 billion from the P5.3 billion posted a year earlier. Net income attributable to the parent inched up 3.4 percent to P1.5 billion from P1.45 billion. In terms of leasing, rental revenues jumped 165 percent to P427 million in 2018 from the P161-million registered in the same comparable period. GERI said this was the first

time it saw full-year revenues from the Southwoods Mall in BiĂąan, Laguna. )T ALSO OPENED ITS kRST TWO OFkCE TOWERS IN 3OUTHWOODS #ITY last year. “At the heart of GERI’s continuous growth since being consolidated under the Megaworld Group is its expansive land bank, which the company has utilized to develop townships and integrated lifestyle communities that are centered on tourism and leisure,â€? GERI Presi-

dent Monica Salomon said. “To date, we still have more land to develop, allowing us to explore new opportunities in tourism developments,â€? she added. Besides Southwoods City, GERI has four other tourism estates and two integrated lifestyle communities across the country covering more than 3,000 hectares of land. Apart from Southwoods City, GERI also owns Boracay Newcoast on Boracay island, Twin Lakes in Batangas, Sta. Barbara Heights in Iloilo, Alabang West in Las PiĂąas, Eastland Heights in Antipolo, and The Hamptons Caliraya in Laguna. '%2) SHARES kNISHED DOWN  centavo to P1.38 on Friday amid the Philippine Stock Exchange index’s 0.94-percent rise.

Seaoil ramps up network expansion SEAOIL Philippines, Inc. is aggressively expanding its retail network in a bid to increase its market share. On average, the fuel company is now opening 3 to 5 stations a month, Vice President Jose Jaime dela Fuente told reporters on Friday. Seaoil has more than 400 retail stations across the country. Constructing a retail station costs from P5 million to as much as P15 million, dela Fuente said, depending on the size of the station and the facilities to be installed. One challenge, he noted, involves securing permits from local

government units. “[A]ng hirap IT IS DIFkCULT  BECAUSEOFTHEREQUIREMENTSONALOCAL level kasi bawat LGU iba ang (each LGU has a different) process time to get permits,� he said. Dela Fuente recalled that Seaoil used to open only one to two stations a month. Since last year, however, the company has been accelerating its expansion after it forged a long-term strategic partnership with Caltex Australia Petroleum Pty Ltd. Both parties have a mutual agreement “to aggressively expand the retail business,� he said. Caltex Australia secured a

20-percent stake in Seaoil under the deal, which was signed in December 2017. The Sydney-based firm committed to support Seaoil’s growth strategy, which includes doubling its retail network and terminal storage capacity over the next kVE YEARS  AS WELL AS SUPPLY FUEL to Seaoil via a fuel sourcing and shipping business in Singapore. Caltex Australia, a 100-percent publicly-owned company listed on the Australian Stock Exchange, does not have ownership in the local Caltex brand that is controlled by Chevron Philippines, Inc. JORDEENE B. LAGARE


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to North Korea, we made real PROGRESSIN(ANOI)AMCONkDENT that the leadership in America will continue to make progress to solve this challenge of the nuclear threat that is posed to the world.â&#x20AC;? g)AMVERYCONkDENTWELLCONtinue to move down the path of achieving that outcome,â&#x20AC;? he said, referring to the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. Yesterday, Kim said he was willing to meet the US president again on certain conditions, particularly on the physical inspection of highly restricted FACILITIESIN.ORTH+OREA THEOFk-

cial Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported. Kim made the remarks in his POLICYSPEECHMARKINGTHEkRSTSESsion of the 14th Supreme Peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Assembly (SPA) on Friday, a day after he was reelected as chairman of the DPRKâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s State Affairs Commission (SAC). â&#x20AC;&#x153;If the United States adopts a correct posture and comes to the third DPRK-US summit with a certain methodology that can be shared with us, we can think of holding one more [round of] talks,â&#x20AC;? Kim said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is necessary for both sides not to table their UNILATERALDEMANDS BUTkNDOUTA constructive solution to meet each otherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interests.â&#x20AC;? The top leader said he would â&#x20AC;&#x153;wait for a bold decisionâ&#x20AC;? from Trump â&#x20AC;&#x153;with patience till the end of this year.â&#x20AC;? In his speech, Kim blamed the US for only considering its own interests during the second DPRK-US Summit. This has led

the DPRK to question Trumpâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s willingness to improve relations with the country. Kim, while stressing the importance of solving problems through dialogue and negotiations, also underlined that he does not accept â&#x20AC;&#x153;the American style of dialogueâ&#x20AC;? which imposes the United Statesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; unilateral demands upon its dialogue partner.â&#x20AC;? Kim said the US was hinting at holding a third DPRK-US Summit, but what happened in Hanoi â&#x20AC;&#x153;is not invitingâ&#x20AC;? to the DPRK. However, Kim also mentioned his good relations with Trump. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As President Trump keeps saying, the personal ties between me and him are not hostile like the relations between the two countries and we still maintain good relations.â&#x20AC;? At the end of the speech, Kim said he hoped that the US would decide wisely and that the confrontation between the two countries would be brought to a complete stop. AFP/GLOBAL TIMES

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DHAKA FEST Bangladeshi ravellers attend a rally in

celebration of the Bengali New Year or â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Pohela Boishakhâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in Dhaka. The Bengali calendar or Bangla calendar is the traditional solar calendar in which the year begins on â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Pohela Boishakh.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; AFP PHOTO

Trump must submit tax returns on Apr 23 DEMOCRATIC lawmakers on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) gave the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) AkNALDEADLINEOF!PRILTOHAND over President Donald Trumpâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tax returns, which Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the administration was diligently considering. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am aware that concerns have been raised regarding my request and the authority of the Committee. Those concerns lack merit,â&#x20AC;? House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal said in a letter to IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig after an initial April 10 deadline lapsed. On Wednesday, Mnuchin said the Treasury was handling the request and that a deadline set for that date would be missed, citing possible constitutional issues raised by the Democratic request. But on Saturday, he said the administration would respond by the latest target date. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll respond by that deadline, not going to make a commitment prematurely whether weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be able to conclude a legal review by that deadline,â&#x20AC;? Mnuchin

said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have people working on it diligently.â&#x20AC;? Calling Nealâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new deadline an â&#x20AC;&#x153;arbitraryâ&#x20AC;? date, Mnuchin said the Democratsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; request could set â&#x20AC;&#x153;enormous precedent in potentially weaponizing the IRS.â&#x20AC;? Trump argues that he could not release his tax returns because they were being audited, but the IRS has said this was no impediment to their release. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is not the proper function of the IRS, Treasury or Justice to question or second guess the motivations of the committee or its reasonable determinations regarding its need for the requested tax returns and return information,â&#x20AC;? Neal said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Concerns about what the Committee may do with the tax returns and return information are baseless.â&#x20AC;? Neal gave the government until 5 p.m. (2100 GMT) on April 23 to hand over the tax records. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Please know that, if you fail to comply, your failure will be interpreted as a denial of my request,â&#x20AC;? Neal wrote. AFP

Tycoons play big role in India polls â&#x20AC;&#x201C; report PRACTICE Participants attend a rehearsal for the coming Mass Games in Pyongyang, North Korea. Mass games are a form of performing arts  or  gymnastics started by the late Kim Il Sung in which large numbers of performers take part in a highly regimented performance that emphasizes group dynamics rather than individual prowess. AFP PHOTO

QUAKE TERRIFIES INDONESIANS Boko Haram still holding 112 girls CHIBOK, Nigeria: Aisha Musa Maina digs through an old bag looking for memories of her daughter Hauwa, one of the Chibok schoolGIRLSKIDNAPPEDkVEYEARSAGOBY Boko Haram jihadists in northeastern Nigeria. All she has left are old papers damaged by dust and humidity, a school diploma and a small photograph. The kidnap had caused the family such suffering and sadness it feels as if they were all abducted, Hauwaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mother told Agence France-Presse (AFP). On April 14, 2014, gunmen stormed the Chibok girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; boarding school, kidnapping 276 pupils aged 12 to 17, 57 of whom managed to escape by jumping from the trucks. Their plight moved the world and became a key election issue for President Muhammadu Buhari, who was elected a year later on the promise of defeating Boko Haram and returning the girls safe and sound. After negotiations with Boko Haram, 107 of the girls either escaped, were released in exchange for prisoners or were recovered by the army. Hauwa is one of the 112 girls of whom there has been no news. Her family wonders if their daughter is still alive or if she was killed in a Nigerian army bombing, a claim made by the jihadist group. AFP

SOME panicked residents of a quake-hit Indonesian island have refused to return home after the tremor triggered a brief tsunami warning and fears there was more to come, the disaster agency said Sunday. Aftershocks rippled across the east coast of Sulawesi â&#x20AC;&#x201D; an island where thousands were killed in a quake-tsunami last year â&#x20AC;&#x201D; AS OFkCIALS SCRAMBLED TO ASSESS whether there are any casualties or major damage. While one resident of quakehit Luwuk city reportedly died AFTER FALLING WHILE TRYING TO lEE  the agency has not reported any

CONkRMEDDEATHSORINJURIES An Agence France-Presse (AFP) reporter in the city said there were no signs of major property damage. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The situation is returning to normal,â&#x20AC;? the disaster agency said early Saturday morning. Some 1,300 families have returned home, it said, adding that some residents of another small island near the epicentre of Fridayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 6.8 magnitude quake were still refusing to return from higher ground. It did not say how many residents had refused to leave the high ground. Luwuk resident Emiliana Rumayer said she and her family slept

in the hills overnight â&#x20AC;&#x153;but weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve now returned homeâ&#x20AC;?. Mohammad Sholeh, police chief of Poso city on Sulawesi, said the quakeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s impact there had been minor. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a little bit of damage, BUTNOTHINGSIGNIkCANTANDTHERE are no casualties,â&#x20AC;? he said. On Friday, a tsunami warning was issued f or coastal communities in Morowali district, where residents were advised to move away from the coast. The warning was later lifted by the disaster agency, which had estimated the wave at under a half a meter (20 inches). AFP

Worldinbriefs 3 DIE IN PLANE COLLISION IN NEPAL

AT least three people were killed after an aircraft of Summit Air collided with a helicopter at Lukla Airport in Nepal on Sunday morning, according to local authorities. Locals said a Summit Airplane, with call sign 9N-AMH, collided with a helicopter of Manang Air, which was parked within the airport premise. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At least two persons have been dead, while few others are injured,â&#x20AC;? local media reported. It has been reported that the Summir Air plane was en route to Kathmandu from Lukla. Lukla airport is the nearest airport to the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s highest peak Mount Qomolangma, while April to May is the peak climbing season in the Himalayan country. GLOBAL TIMES Â

STORM KILLS 2 IN US

DALLAS: Powerful storms that rolled across the South on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) spawned at least two suspected tornadoes, damaged homes and killed two children in Texas, authorities said. The Angelina County Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office said an eight-year-old and a three-year-old died when strong winds toppled a tree onto the back of their familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s car in Lufkin while it was in motion. Capt. Alton Lenderman said the parents, who were in the front seats, were not injured. Lufkin is about 115 miles (185 kilometers) northeast of Houston. Additional information was not immediately available. AP Â

UKRAINE ENVOYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S CAR RAMMED IN LONDON

LONDON: British police fired shots Saturday (Sunday in Manila) at a car outside the Ukrainian Embassy in London after it rammed other cars parked in front of the embassy. Londonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Metropolitan Police said firearms and stun guns were used to stop and detain a suspect, who drove a vehicle at a police car when police arrived on the scene. The Ukraine Embassy said its ambassadorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s official car, which was parked, was rammed twice before police arrived at 9:50 a.m. (5:50 p.m. in Manila). The embassy said none of its staff was injured. AP

INDIAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S tycoons are playing a pivotal role in the Asian giantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most expensive election ever, from funding campaigns and tacit endorsements to being hot-button issues themselves, a report of a leading Asian think tank said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Elections are getting more expensive for many structural reasons,â&#x20AC;? Milan Vaishnav, a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace think-tank, told Agence France-Presse (AFP). â&#x20AC;&#x153;(There is a) growing population, increasing political competition, voter expectations of handouts in the form of cash and other inducements, and technological change, which means greater outlays for media and digital outreach,â&#x20AC;? he added. Analysts say traditional funding streams, such as party memberships, were declining, so parties increasingly relied on wealthy donors to fund campaigns.

Prime Minister Narendra Modiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reelection bid had received huge kNANCIALBACKINGFROMCORPORATE India, raising fears about the integrity of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest democratic process, experts say. Meanwhile, Congress party opponent Rahul Gandhi is trying to EXPLOITAkGHTERJETDEALINVOLVING industrialist Anil Ambani, while fugitive tycoons Vijay Mallya and Nirav Modi loom over the vote from London. Contesting polls is getting costlier in India and analysts say parties were becoming more reliant on donations from anonymous businessmen, leading to a lack of transparency and worrying conlICTSOFINTEREST â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a trend towards plutocracy,â&#x20AC;? Niranjan Sahoo, of the Observer Research Foundation think-tank, told AFP. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Unbridled corporate INlUENCECANHAVEASERIOUSIMPACT on policies,â&#x20AC;? he added. AFP

WORLDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S BIGGEST PLANE FLIES

LOS Angeles: A giant six-engine aircraft with the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s longest wingspan completed what company officials called a superb initial flight over Californiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mojave Desert, bringing to life a dream held by the late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. Stratolaunch Systems Corp. Chief Executive Jean Floyd said Saturday (Sunday in Manila) the aircraft made a â&#x20AC;&#x153;spectacularâ&#x20AC;? landing that was on the mark. Stratolaunch, which was founded by Allen, is vying to be a contender in the market for air-launching small satellites. He died in October. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was an emotional moment for me, to personally watch this majestic bird take flight, to see Paul Allenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dream come to life in front of my very eyes,â&#x20AC;? Floyd told a teleconference briefing. AP

DEATHS IN COLLAPSED BRAZIL BUILDING RISE TO 8Â

RIO de Janeiro: Rescuers still hope to find survivors in the rubble of a pair of collapsed buildings in Rio de Janeiro, officials said Saturday (Sunday in Manila), as the death toll from the disaster rose to eight with 16 people listed as missing. The condemned four-story buildings collapsed Friday in the hillside neighborhood of Itanhanga, an area that was hard hit by recent heavy rains and flash floods. Civil defense workers, firefighters, trained dogs and drones were searching around-the-clock for survivors in the rubble. Luciano Sarmento of Rioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fire department said Saturday he hoped survivors would be found because â&#x20AC;&#x153;air pockets may have been formed allowing people to breathe.â&#x20AC;? AP

NEW SUDAN RULER VOWS RESTRUCTURING  

SUDANâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S second new military leader in as many days vowed Saturday to â&#x20AC;&#x153;uprootâ&#x20AC;? deposed president Omar al-Bashirâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s regime and release protesters, in a bid to placate demonstrators demanding civilian rule. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I announce the restructuring of state institutions according to the law and pledge to fight corruption and uproot the regime and its symbols,â&#x20AC;? General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan said, a day after he was sworn in to head Sudanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new ruling military council. He also ordered the release of all prisoners jailed by special emergency courts and the immediate lifting of a night-time curfew imposed by the council earlier this week. AFP


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Kiwanis Club of Makati President speaks about â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Reforest 2019â&#x20AC;&#x2122;

THE Engineering Week of National University was held at the multipurpose hall of its annex building in Sampaloc, Manila. Dean Alexa Ray Fernando led the one week event with the launch of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Reforest: 1st Research Forum and Exhibition on Environmental Sustainability and Technologiesâ&#x20AC;? with the theme â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sustaining the Environment through Engineering Solutions.â&#x20AC;? Speakers came from different sectors and shared their expertise with topics that includes the following: Direction and Programs of the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) - Nicanor Mendoza (Government); Climate Smart and Disaster Resilient Philippines - Glenn Banaguas (Private Sector); Contribution of Engineering Education and Research to Environmental SustainabilityAlvin Culaba (Academe), Simonette Lat (Corporate). Representing the nongovernment organization is Engr.

Grace Bondad Nicolas, president of Kiwanis Club of Makati who shared the initiatives and projects of her different organizations where she involved in and that includes all environmental activities of Kiwanis Club of Makati. According to Engr. Grace Bondad Nicolas: â&#x20AC;?We need to be aware to be concerned and education is the key. We partnered with Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission and even with Commission On Elections (Comelec) in doing these kinds of environmental activities. We believe that they have the platform and means but we have the heart and advocacy to share the information to reach more people to understand more whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s need to be done for our environment. Why Comelec? We need to choose the best leaders of this country who will have a mandate to take care of the environment for the next generation.â&#x20AC;?

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SMC Tollways announces Holy Week 2019 preparations S AN Miguel Corp. (SMC) Tollways â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the operator of Skyway, NAIAX, Southern Luzon Expressway (SLEX) and STAR Tollway in the south â&#x20AC;&#x201D; said that its contingency plans will be in place a full week before the expected surge to the provinces of vehicles from Metro Manila during Holy Week. Similar contingency plans will also be laid out in Tarlac-Pangasinan La Union Expressway (Tplex) in the north. Approximately 10 percent increase in vehicle volume is expected during the Lenten season. Manuel Bonoan, president of the operations and management companies of Skyway, NAIAX, SLEx and STAR, said that â&#x20AC;&#x153;this is to assure our travelers that the ride along the tollways will be smooth and safe.â&#x20AC;? Alec Cruz, head of operations of SMC Tollways, added that temporary toll collection booths will be installed to speed up transaction time at the toll plazas. In partnership with Petron Lakbay Alalay, Motorist Assistance Stations will also be set up at the following areas: : TPLExPetron KM 134 Northbound and Southbound and at the TPLEx Toll Operations Compound Northbound; Skywayâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;C5 and Merville Southbound, Sucat Lay-by At-grade Northbound; SLExâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;San Pedro Gas Station Southbound, KM 44 Petron Gas

Station Southbound, and KM 44 Petron Gas Station Northbound; and STARâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Petron Malvar Southbound and Malainin Lay-by KM 92 Southbound, Petron Lipa Northbound and Lapu-Lapu Layby KM 90 Northbound. Meanwhile, heavy volume is expected in the following areas: â&#x20AC;&#x201D; TPLEx Northbound: April 17 (Wednesday) to April 19 (Friday) in Tarlac Central Toll Plaza, Urdaneta Toll Plaza, Pozorrubio-MacArthur T-intersection, Binalonan Toll Plaza, and Pozorrubio Toll Plaza. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; TPLEx Southbound: April 21 (Sunday) to April 22 (Monday) in Tarlac Central Toll Plaza, Urdaneta Toll Plaza, Pozorrubio-MacArthur T-inter-

section, Binalonan Toll Plaza, and Pozorrubio Toll Plaza. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Skyway (At-grade) Southbound: April 16 (p.m. Tuesday), 17 (p.m. Wednesday), 18 (Thursday), and 20 (Saturday) in C5- Alabang At-Grade â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Skyway (At-grade) Northbound: April 21 (Sunday) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; April 22 (Monday) in Alabang Viaduct to Skyway On Ramp (Skyway Main Plaza B) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Skyway (Elevated) Southbound: April 17 (p.m. Wednesday) in Amorsolo to Magallanes Area â&#x20AC;&#x201D; NAIAX Westbound: April 17 (p.m. Wednesday) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; April 20 (Saturday) in NAIAX Main Toll Plaza B â&#x20AC;&#x201D; NAIAX Eastbound: April 17 (p.m. Wednesday) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; April 20 (Saturday) in Naiax Main Toll Plaza

A SLEx Southbound: April 17 (p.m. Wednesday), 18 (Thursday), and 20 (Saturday) in Calamba Toll Plaza A and B, Carmona, Sta. Rosa, Eton-ABI Exits, Cabuyao, and Ayala Toll Plaza â&#x20AC;&#x201D; SLEx Northbound: April 21 (Sunday) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; April 22 (Monday) in Ayala Toll Plaza, Calamba Toll Plaza Entry, Exits in Filinvest and Alabang Viaduct â&#x20AC;&#x201D; STAR Tollway Southbound: April 17 (p.m. Wednesday), 18 (Thursday), and 20 (Saturday) in Sto. Tomas Entry, Lipa Toll Plaza, Balagtas Toll Plaza, Sto. Toribio, and Ibaan-San Jose Interchange â&#x20AC;&#x201D; STAR Tollway Northbound: April 21 (Sunday) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; April 22 (a.m. Monday) in Toll Plazas in Sto. Tomas. For more information, visit www.southerntollways.com.

New ALPEAP officers take oath

Quezon City to purchase 38 emergency rescue vehicles THE Quezon City government is set to procure 38 new emergency rescue vehicles for the use of the 38 barangays (villages) in District IV as part of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s continuing disaster and emergency response and preparedness capability upgrade. City Resolution 7712-2019, introduced by Councilors Marra Suntay and Godofredo Liban 2nd, states that to support District 4 barangay in the performance of their duties and functions, it is

important to provide them with emergency rescue vehicles that will serve their residents. Each rescue vehicle will be equipped with an emergency LED light bar with a siren, metal ax, plastic stretcher and blood pressure monitor. The local government said the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s barangay are the cornerstone in maintaining peace and order in the communities, as WELLASkRSTRESPONDERSINTIMES of emergencies and calamities.

Miata Club holds heritage run to the building of CCPI

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Muntinlupa first to vie drug-free city hall status THE local government of Muntinlupa launched a kickoff event for ITSATTEMPTTOBECOMETHEkRST$RUG Free City Hall in the country on !PRIL-UNTINLUPA#ITYISTHEkRST local government unit to submit an application to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) on the drug-free status declaration. Mayor Jaime Fresnedi encouraged city emPLOYEESANDOFkCIALSTOPARTICIPATE illegal drugs in the local governin the crackdown campaign against ment. This initiative is conducted

in coordination with PDEA, Dangerous Drugs Board, Civil Service

Commission, and Department of the Interior and Local Government.

Landbank opens 10th branch in South Cotabato

THE Miata Club of the Philippines held a heritage run to the Chamber of the Commerce of the Philippine Islands, the oldest â&#x20AC;&#x153;Provenance of business institutionsâ&#x20AC;? in the country. The Chamber building is a historical

landmark as declared by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines, while the Miata is considered the â&#x20AC;&#x153;sportscar of all time.â&#x20AC;? Jose Luis Yulo Jr. is president of both of these â&#x20AC;&#x153;time honoredâ&#x20AC;? organizations.

Payday promo: Get P400 off on hotels THE heat is on! Remember that summer should be spent with family and friends in a cozy place and with a lovely view of a pristine beach. Book your getaway or staycation this season by using the promo code <SUMMERNA> using the travelbook.ph mobile app Use the app-exclusive promo code to get P400 off on your selected hotel. This promo is open to new and existing customers of travelbook.ph. Minimum spend of P2,500 is required to avail the promo. The promo code is valid for one-time use only during the promo period. Discount is valid for bookings done on the travelbook. ph mobile app only and is available

on selected hotels only. Booking period is from March 26 or while coupon stocks last and stay period is from March 26 to May 30, 2019. This promo cannot be combined with other promotions and cannot be exchanged for other discounts and the promo code can only be used during the promo period. For re-bookings made after the promo period, the promo code and the discount applied will no longer be valid.

TUPI South Cotabato Mayor Reynaldo Tamayo Jr. and LandBank President and Chief Executive /FkCER #ECILIA "ORROMEO LED THE inauguration of the Bankâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new branch in Tupi located at the Municipal Hall Compound in Barangay Poblacion. This was BorROMEOSkRSTBRANCHINAUGURATION since she rejoined LandBank as its president and CEO on March 1. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The opening of this new branch forms part of our aggressive thrust to expand our network as we seek to bring banking services closer to our clients,â&#x20AC;? said Borromeo. Landbank Tupi Branch is the kRSTCOMMERCIALBANKINTHEMUnicipality, and is the bankâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 10th in the province. This brings its nationwide branch network to 398, which is targeted to reach 410 by the end of the year--with 12 more new branches in the pipeline.

Q Tupi Mayor Reynaldo Tamayo Jr. and spouse Rochelle Tamayo (4th and 5th from left) pose with Landbak President and Chied Executive Officer Cecilia Borromeo (3rd from left), Executive Vice President for Branch Banking Liduvino Geron (extreme left), and First Vice President for East Mindanao Branches Group Camilo Leyba (5th from right). With them are Tupi Branch Head Mary Beth Kalabud (2nd from left), Vice Mayor Noel Escobillo (3rd from right) and other Tupi government officials. Among the bankâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s priority thrusts it launched in 2018 that enables across the country which reported this year is to improve branch clients to accomplish account enrol- SIGNIkCANT REDUCTION IN ACCOUNT operations through digitization. ment forms online, thereby shorten- opening time from 30 minutes to 10 to 15 minutes. The bank targets Part of the bankâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s efforts towards ing account opening time. Within four months of implefull implementation of DOBS digitization is the implementamentation, DOBS is now utilized Phase 1 to all its branches by third tion of the Digital Onboarding in 104 of the bankâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s branches quarter of the year. System (DOBS), a web application

AIM to hold its 100th flagship MDP batch THE Asian Institute of Managementâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (AIM) flagship Executive Education course, the Management Development Program (MDP), will hold its 100th batch on May 6 to 31, 2019 at Makati City. Due to high demand, the school has reopened limited slots for those who want to take a leap in their management careers. In a volatile, uncertain, complex

and ambiguous business landscape, organizations must accelerate business agility and embrace new leadership capabilities to achieve breakthrough levels of organizational performance. Because of this, leaders should be equipped with the knowledge and skills not only for them to survive, but also to thrive in this rapidly changing world. Like many success-

ful business leaders is Asia over the past 50 years, managers can prepare themselves through the AIMâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Management Development Program. -$0ISTAILORkTTOEXECUTIVES and leaders who are constantly managing change to lead, inspire, and transform a hyperconnected workforce. It primes the participating executive for self-awareness, personal mastery

and transformation leadership in todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s business context. Participants will experience a full 360, nondegree mini MBA over the four weeks â&#x20AC;&#x201D; aside from lectures, participants will also take part in learning teams, perform case analysis and put their knowledge and skills to the test during simulations. For more information, email execed@aim.edu.


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Businesses and government to enhance partnerships in disaster management

SM Supermalls hailed as most trusted shopping mall brand

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REDICTING the NBA Draft is not as easy as the PBA Draft. In the PBA Draft, just pick out the tallest college players with the highest point total, unless thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a tall Fil-Foreigner with loads of potential we know nothing about. Thankfully, the PBA scouts have improved on that end. Height and foreign lineage is no longer a guarantee, and the rule of having to play in the D-League really helps on that front.

Studs in college, duds in the pros However, the rest of the formula holds. Successful college players in the UAAP/ NCAA level are almost always sure bets in the PBA. This does not hold true in the NBA. We can make a list of super achievers in College that did not translate into a dream NBA career. The Dream Teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Christian Laettner is one prime example. Some recent memorable names in college had forgettable NBA careers: Adam Morrison, Jimmer Fredette (who made it big in China and is reportedly getting a second chance in the NBA), Derrick Williams. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not counting careers that fell short due to injury, like Greg Oden or Jay Williams. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just unfortunate, although it is a real risk for the teams that draft them. A recent example is Jahlil Okafor who is having a resurgence with the New Orleans Pelicans. Okafor dominantly led Duke to a national title (which Zion Williamson failed to do). He was drafted third overall by the tanking Philadelphia 76ers, but there were critics who said that his low-post game is outdated. The critics were right. He had a lackluster rookie season and was involved in every trade rumor imaginable. But the rumors were falseâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;hardly any team was interested in Okafor. He was traded to the Brooklyn Nets for low value, and eventually wound up as a free agent.

PBA Draft busts The PBA has its own versions of these PLAYERS2ABEH!L (USSAINIISkNALLYTRYING to live up to his revered UAAP stature, but there is also his batchmates Noy Baclao (just a center from the bench) and Rey Guevarra (only relevant in dunk contests). Top draft picks like Ronald Pascual and James Forrester can hardly make a roster these days. On the big man front, there are Omanzie Rodriguez and Samigue Eman and recently, Arnold Van Opstal. It was quite shocking that AVO is no longer in a PBA roster this early as he was given opportunities to shine in DLSU and even Gilas.

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OS ANGELES: The Golden State Warriors began their quest for a three-peat by clobbering the Los Angeles Clippers, while the Brooklyn Nets and Orlando Magic w delivered a pair of upset victories as the NBA d playoffs began Saturday (Sunday in Manila). p Stephen Curry drained eight threepointers to give him the most in po league playoff history as the two-time le de defending champion Warriors dominated the Clippers 121-104. na â&#x20AC;&#x153;We imposed our will for 48 minutes,â&#x20AC;? said Curry. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have been workut ing for the last month on our collective in mindset, raising our intensity and focus. m g)TMIGHTNOTBElASHYBUTWEALL got to do our jobs.â&#x20AC;? go Curry finished with 38 points, shooting eight of 12 from beyond the sh arc to pass Ray Allen (385) for career ar postseason threes with 386. po One of his three-pointers was from a distance of about 30 feet. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shout out to the contacts,â&#x20AC;? said Curry. ou Curry also tallied a playoff careerhigh 15 rebounds and seven assists. hi â&#x20AC;&#x153;Curry has destroyed us all year,â&#x20AC;? said Clippers coach Doc Rivers. sa Game two is Monday at the Warriorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. O The Clippers and Golden State are meeting for just the second time in m the playoffs after the Clippers took a th seven-game series in 2014. se

B Brooklyn bench sshines $ $RAYMOND'REEN WHOMADEALLkVE of his shots in the opening quarter, kNISHED WITH  POINTS AND SEVEN kN assists and Kevin Durant scored 23 as points for Golden State who have po won seven consecutive playoff games. w Durant and Patrick Beverley were ejected with 4:41 to go, just 19 ej seconds after they received doublese technicals when Durant stripped te Beverley and the Clippers guard Be stumbled to the sidelines. st Elsewhere, Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Angelo Russell scored 26 points as sixth-seeded Brooklyn jolted po third-seeded Philadelphia 111-102 at the th Wells Fargo Center to give the Nets a 1-0 W lead in the best-of-seven series. le The Nets were also reliant on a big

performance from their bench, with three players delivering double-digit displays to boost their offense. Caris LeVert had 23 points while Spencer Dinwiddie added 18 and Ed Davis 12 as the Nets silenced the Sixersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; home Wells Fargo Center crowd. The Sixers meanwhile saw Jimmy Butler lead the scoring with a playoff career high 36 points while ailing Joel Embiid had 22 points. But it was a disappointing outing for Australian star Ben Simmons, who was restricted to just nine points for Philadelphia. Embiid had been doubtful with left knee soreness and was cleared to play less than 10 minutes before the game. Embiid, who missed 14 OFTHETEAMSkNALGAMES LOOKED hampered by his injury.

Booing fans lashed Afterwards Embiid expressed dismay at Sixers fans who booed the home team as they slid to a disappointing loss. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The fact that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s after every single miss,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every missed shot, then you get booed. You get the next one and you think â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Should I shoot it or not because Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m about to get booed?â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? But team-mate Simmons risked the wrath of Philadelphiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s support by lashing fans who booed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to boo, then stay on that side,â&#x20AC;? Simmons said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how I feel, if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a Sixer fan and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to boo then stay on that side.â&#x20AC;? Butler however said the Sixers could only remedy the fan response by delivering a win in game two of the series in Philadelphia on Monday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I understand it. They want to see us win. I want to see us win, too,â&#x20AC;? Butler said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We just gotta do better. I guarantee if weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re winning theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not booing. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how we change it. Just got to go out there and win on Monday.â&#x20AC;? In the dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s other Eastern Conference match-up, the second-seeded

Q Stephen Curry (No. 30) of the Golden State Warriors is fouled by Danilo Gallinari (No. 8) of the LA Clippers during Game One of the first round of the 2019 NBA Western Conference Playoffs at ORACLE Arena on Sunday in Oakland, California.

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SMB SEEKS TO SUSTAIN AGGRESSION VS PHOENIX DEFENDING DEFENDING champion h i San S Miguel Mi l Beer B shoots h t for f a 2-0 20 lead le when it takes on Phoenix Pulse in Game 2 of their bestOF SEVENSEMIkNALSSERIESIN3EASON0HILIPPINE"ASKETBALL OF Association Philippine Cup tonight at the Araneta Coliseum. As The Beermen soundly beat the Fuel Masters, 100-88, in Game 1 on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City G BEHIND !LEX #ABAGNOTS  POINTS  SEVEN ASSISTS AND kVE BE rebounds output. re â&#x20AC;&#x153;Not yet, they (Phoenix) have a lot of energy, and I know they th will bounce back in the next game,â&#x20AC;? said San Miguel "EERCOACH,EO!USTRIAg7EHAVETOCONTINUEkGHTING4HIS "E game ga only showed that we can beat them.â&#x20AC;? Five-time Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo, who w had a subpar performance of nine points and

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Why Zion is the real deal The point is, despite the amount of time, personnel and money being spent on draft scouting, there are still a lot of embarrassing failures. So how can we be sure that Zion Williamson is the real deal? Most draft experts and observers have placed Zion Williamson in a â&#x20AC;&#x153;canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t missâ&#x20AC;? category. There were only three players to win the John Wooden award as a freshman: Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis and Zion. College awards are usually not the basis for projecting a draft prospect, but in this case, a majority of observers hopped on the bandwagon and named Williamson as the best prospect since Anthony Davis. They cite a few reasons: 1) Attitudeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Williamson plays hard every college game, even when he knew it was just a stopover, even when some people were telling him to shut it down and just wait for the NBA Draft where heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a VXUHQRSLFN2QKLVÂżUVWJDPHEDFNIURP injury, he scored 29 points and went 13-13 IURPWKHĂ&#x20AC;RRUDJDLQVW6\UDFXVH 2) Athleticismâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Zion is freakishly athletic as he is strong, a trait missing from Okaforâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s game, and a huge requirement in the NBA game today. Expect his out-of-this ZRUOGÂżJXUHVZKHQWKHPHDVXUHPHQWVFRPH RXWLQWKH'UDIWFRPELQHLIKHHYHQDWWHQGV 3) Opportunitiesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Whichever team drafts him, Zion will not suffer from lack of playing time. He is not locked on a positionâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;he can play forward to center DQGQRWODJEHKLQGDIDVWSDFHGWHDP

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SA Miguel Beer has yet to lose a SAN be best-of-seven and if Game 1 of its SEMIkNALSHOWDOWNWITH0HOENIX SE Pulse is of any indication, it is that Pu coach Leo Austria and his PBA Philco ippine Cup title-defending Beermen ip are not about to relinquish the ar throne theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been sitting on for th kVESTRAIGHTSEASONS kV Not yet anyway. On Saturday, the Beermen, who were struggling from the eliminaw TIONROUNDUPTOTHEQUARTERkNALS TIO showed the Fuel Masters how it sh is to play in the second round of the playoffs with an easy 100-88 th trampling in Game 1 of their Final tr Four series at the Mall of Asia Arena. Fo The Beermen, likewise, showed the enemies theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not a team th solely dependent on five-time so league MVP June Mar Fajardo as le what Phoenix mentor Louie Alas w and his Fuel Masters believed and, an as a matter of fact, prepared for. The Fuel Masters, alright, found a way to contain the 6-foot-10 Fajardo, w who, only a few days ago come off w with a spectacular 32-point perforw mance on a perfect 11-of-11 shooting m FROM THE kELD  ONLY MANAGED NINE FFR points and nine rebounds before po p fouling out with 3:49 left in the game. ffo With Fajardo in foul trouble as EARLY AS LATE IN THE kRST HALF  THE EEA Beermen resorted to what theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re Be actually known for, perimeter ac shooting with Alex Cabagnot, Chris sh Ross and Marcio Lassiter doing Ro much of the damage in SMBâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s erectm ing as big as 24-point lead. in Game 2 is set Monday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum with Fajardo, who Ar scared everyone inside the arena in the sc SECONDQUARTERWHENHEFELLONTHElOOR SE FACEDkRST EXPECTEDTOMAKEUPFORHIS FA sloppy showing in Game 1 and Cabagslo not, Ross, Lassiter and Santos continuing no

with what they started. Which could mean a bigger problem to Alas and the Fuel Masters in their hope of tying the series. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Malaki na ang problema ko,â&#x20AC;? Alas said on the eve of Game 2. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kung noong Game 1 naka-focus ang preparasyon namin kay June Mar, ngayon kailangan mag-prepare pa kami sa perimeter shooting nila.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were really focused so much on June Mar nung Game 1 na nakalimutan namin â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;yung perimeter players nila na sumu-shoot sa labas,â&#x20AC;? said Alas. Alas, too, admitted his boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC; lack of experience in the big stage such as the semis. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nung lumamang na sila ng 24, since ang mga bata ay hindi beterano sa semis, medyo nagkagulo sa loob,â&#x20AC;? the Phoenix mentor noted. He said, though, that the Fuel MasTERSWEREABLETOkGHTBACKINTHEkNAL QUARTERTOCUTTHEDEkCITTOJUSTSEVEN points, is one positive note the team can take with them the rest of the series. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hindi pa tapos ang laban, pitong game â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;yan at kailangan apat na panalo para pumasok sa kNAL Puwede pa,â&#x20AC;? he said. Cabagnot ended up with 26 points, OFTHEMCOMINGINTHEkRSTHALF  GRABBEDkVEREBOUNDS ISSUEDSEVEN assists, getting three steals in his usual all-around performance. Ross and Lassiter contributed 14 points each. Phoenix managed to move to within seven, 89-82, on Alex Mallariâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basket with 4:54 to go where the Fuel Masters held the Beermen TOAMEASLYkELDGOALINTHEOPENING four minutes of the payoff period. But Arwind Santos came from nowhere, though, with a triple to restore order in the Beermenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offensive thrust. The Beermen were never threatened from there on.

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Revellers, Scratchers clash anew in PBA D-League

CHĂ&#x2030;LU Bar & Grill and Go For Gold-College of St. Benilde (CSB) collide anew in the 2019 Philippine Basketball Association Developmental League (PBA D-League) today at the JCSGO Gym in Cubao, Quezon City. The Revellers (3-1) vs the Scratchers (2-3) 4 p.m. game in the Aspirants Group is a repeat of

their collision in the 2018 Foundation Cup finals. Go For Gold outlasted ChĂŠlu in the best-of-three championship showdown last year. This time, though, the Revellers are riding on a two-game winning streak highlighted by 109-99 beating of McDavid on March 25. ChĂŠlu head coach Stevenson Tiu is hoping

that his wards can sustain their roll despite a long layoff as they gun for a share of second with Ironcon-University of Sto. Tomas and St. Clare College-Virtual Reality. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The problem with our schedule is the long break. Hopefully, we can still carry our good performance heading to our next game,â&#x20AC;? said Tiu.

Tiu will bank on Foundation Cup MVP Jeff Viernes along with veterans Jesse Collado, Jay-R Taganas and Stephen Siruma and league rookie Rey Suerte. On the other hand, Go For Gold-CSB is also aiming to maintain its winning form evident in its 102-87 rout of Batangas-Emilio

Aguinaldo College (EAC) on April 4. Young mentor Charles Tiu wants his Scratchers to limit their 21.2 turnovers per gameâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the second-worst in the league. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have to play the right way. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re gonna get killed if we play this way,â&#x20AC;? he said. A school-based squad this season, Go For

Gold will rely on CSB standouts Justin Gutang, Yankie Haruna and Unique Naboa together with Filipino-American guard Roosevelt Adams. Meanwhile, skidding teams AMA Online Education (1-3) and Batangas-EAC (1-4) square off in the 1 p.m. game day opener. JEREMIAH M. SEVILLA


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ATIONAL University (NU) kicked University of the Philippines (UP) out of the Final Four race WITHATHRILLINGkVE SETWIN            IN3EASON5NIVERSITY!THLETIC!SSOCIATION OFTHE0HILIPPINES5!!0 WOMENSVOLLEYBALLON3UNDAY at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. Rookie spiker Princess Robles and veteran hitter Audrey Paran delivered in the endgame as the Lady Bulldogs broke the Lady Maroonsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; hearts for the second time this season. .5 ALREADYOUTOFSEMIkNALCONTENTIONPRIOR to the game, repeated its 25-17, 14-25, 17-25, 25  STUNNEROVER50BACKINTHEkRSTROUND â&#x20AC;&#x153;We just purely wanted to end our last two games with good performances. This is not to oust UP. It never crossed our mind,â&#x20AC;? said NU head coach Norman Miguel. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m happy that the character of my team came out again,â&#x20AC;? he added. The Lady Bulldogs improved their record to 4-9 while the preseason favorites Lady Maroons bowed out with a 6-7 slate. With the result, the Final Four cast got completed featuring Ateneo De Manila University, De La Salle University, Far Eastern University (FEU) and University of Sto. Tomas (UST). Robles sizzled with a game-high 20 points highlighted by 18 spikes while Paran poured 15 markers built around 14 kills. Roselyn Doria chipped in 12 points in the win. Robles hammered down four spikes to HAND .5 THE kRST MATCH POINT    50 breathed a sigh of relief when Paran committed an attack error before Isa Moldeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s strong smash pushed the State U ahead, 15-14.

The Lady Bulldogs tied the match on Roblesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; kill. Following the Lady Maroonsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; blunder on a set play, Paran scored the gameclinching spike off the block. Tots Carlos had a team-best 18 points all via attacks while setter Ayel EstraĂąero had 11 markers for UP. The Lady Maroons, touted as title contenders this year for winning a pre-season tournament, fell short of expectations as they missed the Final Four for the third straight season. Earlier in the menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s division, defending champion NU seized a Final Four twice-to-beat advantage after demolishing UST, 25-20, 25-21, 25-9. Bryan Bagunas and Angelo Almendras powered the leading Bulldogsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; attack with 15 points apiece as they bagged the first SEMIkNAL INCENTIVE WITH THEIR TH STRAIGHT win against a lone loss. Francis Saura contributed 13 points while four other players scored in the win. FEU closed in on the second Final Four bonus after tripping UP, 25-20, 25-14, 19-25, 25-9. Peter John Quiel posted 15 points even as Jude Garcia and Richard Solis tallied 11 and 12 markers, respectively, for the second-running Tamaraw Spikers, who improved to 10-2. The Tiger Spikers skidded to 4-9 while fellow also-ran Maroon Spikers slid to 1-11.

Q President of the amateur boxing federation Gafur Rakhimov speaks to the media upon becoming the head of AIBA on November 3, 2018 in Moscow, Russia.

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QNUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ivy Lacsina (No. 16) blocks a shot by UPâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Diana Carlos (No. 18) during a UAAP womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s volleyball game on Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. PHOTO BY ROGER RAĂ&#x2018;ADA

Jimuel Pacquiao scores KO win in amateur bout Q Jimuel Pacquiao works the mitts. PHOTO COURTESY OF SEAN GIBBONS

JIMUEL PACQUIAO, son of eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao, won by knockout against Miguel Egan in his first amateur fight on Saturday night at the Amoranto Sports Complex in Quezon City. The boxing bout, held inside a mixed martial arts cage, was one of the features of the Fight Against Depression event. After a slow first round, Jimuel. exploded into action in the second round pummeling his opponent with vicious hooks before flooring him with a straight right with one minute and 11 seconds left in the round. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sluggish because I was really nervous in the first round but in the second round I felt that I really need to step it up so thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what I did,â&#x20AC;? Jimuel, 18, told The Manila Times after the bout. His father was in General Santos City and

did not watch the fight live. Jimuel was accompanied by friends, trainers Roger Haplas and Jill Lubaton during the bout. He said the victory will usher in his serious preparation for amateur boxing competitions. Jimuel mentioned in previous interviews that his goal is to become a member of the Philippine team and represent the country someday in the Southeast Asian Games, Asian Games and the Olympics. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I still have to work on a lot of things but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to continue to train and see what Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got. My goal is still to prepare for the amateur.â&#x20AC;? Jimuel is set to have a rematch against schoolmate Lucas Carson on April 27 in a yet to be determined venue. Their first exhibition bout ended in a draw. JOSEF T. RAMOS

Q Record-breakers Trump Christian Luistro, Triza Tabamo and Aishel Cid Evangelista pose for a photo with double-gold medalist Marc Bryan Dula during the 156th Philippine Swimming League (PSL) National Series - 15th Sen. Nikki Coseteng Swimming Cup. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Luistro, Evangelista break records in 156th PSL National Series HOPE Christian School-Legazpiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Trump Christian Luistro and West Manila Christian Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Aishel Cid Evangelista smashed two records each in their respective division to head the list of record-breakers in the 156th Philippine Swimming League (PSL) National Series - 15th Sen. Nikki Coseteng Swimming Cup on Sunday at the Diliman Preparatory School swimming pool in Quezon City. Luistro, fresh from winning seven gold medals in Thanyapura International Swimming Championship in Phuket, opened his campaign with a recordbreaking feat in the boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 10-year 50m butterfly submitting 33.31 seconds to eclipse the 33.68 old mark of Stephen Guzman in 2015. The 10-year-old Legazpi City pride continued his impressive showing by erasing the 50m breaststroke mark with his own 41.19-second output in the tournament organized by Sen. Nikki Coseteng and supported by The Manila Times. Evangelista also shone with two records in 100m Individual Medley (1:20.12) and 50m breaststroke (40.94) in the boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 9-year category while Triza Tabamo joined the list of record-breakers by destroying the girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 11-year 100m backstroke mark with her 1:18.37-minute performance. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m always saying to the swimmers

to not just go for gold medal but aim for the record. And I am happy that every time we are holding a tournament, a lot of records are being broken. It only means that these kids are improving,â&#x20AC;? said PSL president Susan Papa. Palarong Pambansa-bound Marc Bryan Dula of Masville Elementary School-Paranaque and Mary Maika Montecillo of Dipolog Pilot Demonstration School bagged two gold medals each while DPS Blue Dragons Paul Christian King Cusing, Lee Grant Cabral, Jewel Sermonia and Jenn Albreicht Sermonia got one mint apiece. Dula topped the boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 12-year 100m IM (1:12.25) and 100m butterfly (1:08.32) while Montecillo dominated the girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 10-year 100m IM (1:22.75) and 50m backstroke (38.31). Cusing (boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 15-over 100m IM, 1:05.72), Cabral (boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 13-year 100m BUTTERlY *EWELGIRLS OVER 100m IM, 1:28.78) and Jenn Albreicht GIRLS  YEAR M BUTTERlY   ruled their respective events. The other gold winners were Kiara Acierto, Eryza Buison, Andrea Llego, Say Henry, Maureese Candelaria, Johndy Cuasay, Jude Austin Gapultos, Harold Roxas, Jay Jay Cabatian, Lean Llego, Rhyzelle Moran, Robin Kagingin, Jeanne Calayag, Rica De Silva, AshleyYu, Alexie Lucile Gapultos and Francine Valero.

to save boxingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s place at the 2020 Olympics, the governing bodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new interim president is now in the IOCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home city for the final rounds of lobbying. A long-time ringside doctor, Mohamed Moustahsane stepped into the arena last month as the International Boxing Associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (AIBA) temporary leader after elected president Gafur Rakhimov stepped aside. Rakhimovâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s status on a U.S. Treasury Department sanctions list â&#x20AC;&#x201D; with alleged links to international heroin trafficking which he denies â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is part of an International Olympic Committee inquiry examining boxingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s place on the Tokyo Games program, and the AIBAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right to run the sport. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mr. Rakhimov did a great job since he was interim president (in January 2018) and we thank him for that,â&#x20AC;? Moustahsane told The Associated Press on Friday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But AIBA is now going forward.â&#x20AC;? The Morocccan doctor said he had not yet met Nenad Lalovic, the IOC executive board member chairing a threemember inquiry, nor the Olympic bodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s president Thomas Bach. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are confident they are working for the best interests of the sport,â&#x20AC;? Moustahsane said in an interview. Two deadlines weigh heavily in the AIBAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s near future. A May 22 meeting of the IOC board to assess the inquiry panelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s report could see boxing removed from the Tokyo program, or choose to go ahead outside the AIBAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s control. Bachâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s board already decided in November to freeze planning for menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s boxing tournament in Tokyo and block AIBA officials contacting organizers in Japan. The AIAB could also be formally derecognized by the full IOC membership at their June 24-26 annual meeting in Lausanne. Rakhimov helped negotiate a settlement with the AIBAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main creditor, in Azerbaijan, before he was formally elected president in November by member federations. That vote triggered an inquiry panel being created by the IOC, which privately warned the AIBA against electing him. Moustahsane stepping into the presidential seat for up to nine months is seen by some skeptics as a tactic to placate the IOC before a Rakhimov return. Asked if Rakhimov staying out of office could be a condition of keeping boxing in the Olympics, Moustahsane said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The IOC have never said that thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a red line. Mr. Rakhimov stepped aside so we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to discuss this issue now.â&#x20AC;? The IOC is also concerned about the integrity of some bout results at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics and the AIBAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s finances. Moustahsane chaired a panel allocating referees and judges to bouts in Rio, though then-AIBA executive director Karim Bouzidi was publicly demoted during those Olympics and took the blame. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We turned the page and saw that there was something to do improve our sport,â&#x20AC;? Moustahsane said, insisting he saw no wrongdoing in Rio and preferred to look forward rather than â&#x20AC;&#x153;stay on the past.â&#x20AC;? An offer to clear the AIBAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reported $16 million debt by its executive committee member Umar Kremlev of Russia was announced last month. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We asked Mr. Kremlev to put this proposal to the (executive committee),â&#x20AC;? Moustahsane said, adding the AIBA had not asked about the source of the money. The American federal sanctions on Rakhimov have left banks in Switzerland reluctant to do business with the Lausanne-based boxing body. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are working according to Swiss law and nothing is out of order,â&#x20AC;? said Moustahsane, who described an AIBA account held in Serbia as â&#x20AC;&#x153;not something important.â&#x20AC;? Despite the IOC inquiry, the AIBA is still working with around 200 member nations and planning for world championships in Russia. The menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tournament in September and womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in October are meant to decide the first Olympic qualifying places. A legal fight would be possible if the IOC decisions go against the AIBA. Asked if his organization could appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, Moustahsane said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is not one of our values.â&#x20AC;? AP

Marquez grabs MotoGP pole in Austin LOS ANGELES: World champion Marc Marquez maintained his domination at the Grand Prix of the Americas on Saturday (Sunday in Manila), sweeping to yet another pole position as he chases a seventh straight victory in Texas. The Spanish MotoGP star bagged his seventh consecutive pole at Austinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Circuit of the Americas after posting a fastest lap of 2min 3.787sec, early in the qualifying session. Italian rival Valentino Rossi was second fastest in 2:04.060 while Britainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cal Crutchlow was third quickest in 2:04.147. Marquez has won at Austin from pole position every year since the race arrived on the MotoGP calendar in 2013. On Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s evidence, the Repsol Honda rider looks unbeatable once more after a dominant display on the counter-clockwise Austin circuit. Marquezâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quickest time came on only his second lap, and his rivals struggled to make much headway for the remainder of the session, with no other rider managing to duck below the 2min 4sec barrier. Marquez arrived in Texas fresh from a superb victory over Rossi in Argentina, where he romped home by 10 seconds at the Termas de Rio Hondo. The Spaniard leads the overall championship standings by four points from Andrea Dovizioso heading into Sundayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s race. Ducati rider Dovizioso failed to make qualifying two on Saturday, finishing with the 13th fastest time of 2:05.907. AFP


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THE Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala age group tennis circuit gets busy with two tournaments held simultaneously in Pangasinan and Oriential Mindoro with both events drawing huge casts seeking top honors and ranking points. Joshua Molina, Marc Jarata, Charles Torres and Brian Oliveros along with Eric Bajet, Prince Lim and Thomas Gabuat headline the boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 18- and 16-and-under categories with Anna De Myer and Renee Esteban together with Franchezca Malaki, Tristen Kitong and Angeline Atos the players to watch in the premier divisions in the distaff side of the Group 2 tournament presented by Dunlop which got under way Saturday. Jarata, Lim and Gabuat are also vying in the 14-U play with Alexi Jarata, Bernie Egipto, Adriana Cabahug and Kitong leading the cast in the girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; section of the event put up by PPS-PEPP headed by president/CEO Bobby Castro and sanctioned by the Unified Tennis Philippines made up of PPS-PEPP, Cebuana Lhuillier, Wilson, Tobyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Dunlop, Slazenger and B-Meg as part of their nationwide, year-long talent search. Also up for grabs are the 12-U titles in both categories and the 10-unisex diadem along with the Legends menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s doubles at the Urdaneta Tennis Club where a free clinic will also be held. For details, call 09154046464 Keen competition is also seen in the PPS-PEPP Gov. Alfonso Umali Cup with the likes of Allen Rombawa, Martin Buenaventura, Drixcyn Guillano and Leyton Portin along with Althea Martirez and Lorin Idjao headlining the centerpiece 18-U division in the boys and girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; sides. Rombawa and Guillano are also entered in the 16-U play which also topbills Jeremian Macias IV and Benedict Santiago with Martinez and Idjao also tipped to clash for the crown in the Group I tournament sponsored by Gov. AlfonsoUmaliandtheprovincialgovernmentof OrientalMindoroattheBahaghariTennisClub. The Pinamalayan tilt, hosted and organized by Butch Buenaventura and which features players from San Jose City, Sablayan, Roxas City, Antique, Semirara, Iloilo, Lipa, Batangas, Manila and Calapan, also serves as a prelude to the Pinamalayan Open slated this week headlined by national team standouts Jeson Patrombon, Johnny Arcilla, Fritz Verdad and Mark Alcoseba.

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Shields wants to lift womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s boxing into mainstream

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CLARESSA SHIELDS won Olympic gold in 2012 in London and returned home with only a minimal bump in fame. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d tell people I won the gold medal and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d say, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Yeah, right,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? she said with a laugh. So whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an unrecognized champ to do? Shields would just challenge people to Google her if they doubted that she really was one of the top boxerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on the planet. When that dare got old, Shields simply started carrying the gold medal with her and flashed it to her skeptics. Four years later, when Shields won boxing gold again in Rio , she hid the London medal in her warmup jacket pocket. She pulled it out after winning the championship bout and slipped two golds around her neck atop the medal stand â&#x20AC;&#x201D; best in her class, best in the world. Twice. All thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s left for Shields, who overcame a childhood of poverty and abuse, is to reach best of all time. The 24-year-old Shields (8-0, 2 KOs) is on the fast track toward that claim, headlining one of the more tantalizing bouts in womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s boxing history on Saturday night. Shields fights Christina Hammer (24-0, 11 KOs) in a middleweight unification bout live on Showtime at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. There have been more accomplished female fight-

ers â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Laila Ali, Christy Martin, Lucia Rijke er top the Rijker short list â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but no bout has quite matched this one in anticipation or potential historic significance. Shields could continue to lead the evolution of womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s boxing the way Ronda Rousey did for MMA and bring the fight game into the mainstream. Shields is charismatic, making fans and friends out of A-listers such as actress Halle Berry. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not afraid to give Beyonce a shoutout to attend her fight . Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dominant, not losing a fight since her amateur career, and sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s won championships in multiple weight classes as a pro. She takes a stand, putting blue streaks in her hair to raise awareness to the clean water fight thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gone on for years in her hometown of Flint, Michigan. If her life sounds like something out of a movie, it soon may be: â&#x20AC;&#x153;If Beale Street Could Talkâ&#x20AC;? director Barry Jenkins is writing the screenplay for a Shields biopic. Shields and Hammer are the first female boxers featured on Showtimeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s All Access YouTube sports channel. The distinction didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t come because of the 28-year-old Hammer, who has racked up wins for a decade in the 160-pound division without fanfare. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the spark and

the success that Shields creates whenever she fights. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If I was a man, I would probably be one of the most famous boxers out there,â&#x20AC;? Shields said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is a gender gap. We all know it. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m working toward changing that. We work hard, we get less money and less recognition, but the world is changing. We are changing it.â&#x20AC;? The undefeated fighters were supposed to meet on Nov. 17, but Hammer postponed it because of a stomach illness. Shields, whose father spent years in prison during her childhood, spent a day this week visiting kids from the New Jersey Give A Kid A Dream organization and the Girls in Gloves boxing program at the Atlantic City PAL gym. She tried to inspire kids who may have had a rough upbringing like she did and show them that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s possible to achieve goals and â&#x20AC;&#x153;really see that girls can box.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;(One of the girls) said I gave them hope and I got a little shaky,â&#x20AC;? Shields said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a role model growing up. So it is a little weird to hear kids say that I am their role model. I am just trying to do a good job.â&#x20AC;? Shields said sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s practiced her Ali shuffle and is ready to bust it out with a victory. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and boxing star Errol

S Spence Jr. walk her to the ring on Saturday night. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Me and Jon Jones are both the GOATs,â&#x20AC;? she said. And maybe with a win, Shields will start to inch closer in popularity with some of the other greats in womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sports. Rousey has nearly 3.7 million Twitter followers compared to about 35,400 for Shields. â&#x20AC;&#x153;(Rousey) has one of the biggest followings in womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s combat sports. Hell, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve achieved double of what she have and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m younger and the hate is off the charts â&#x20AC;&#x153;poortheticâ&#x20AC;? but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not changing a damn thing! And I wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t lose either!â&#x20AC;? Shields tweeted . Shields picked herself off the canvas for the first time after an uppercut by Costa Rican Hanna Gabriels in the first round last June in Detroit. Hammer watched that fight ringside, then created a skirmish when she stepped into the ring to confront Shields. On Saturday night, they go face-to-face for real â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and with perhaps more on the line than just championships. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is going to be the biggest womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fight in history,â&#x20AC;? Hammer said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re both champions, she has Olympic gold medals and other accolades, so with all of that combined, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s AP going to be a game changer for our sport.â&#x20AC;?


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ADRID: Lionel Messi was left out and Gerard Pique watched on television with a bowl of prawns as Barcelona saved themselves for Manchester United by resting 10 players against Huesca on Saturday (Sunday in Manila). Goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen was the only one to keep his place for the goalless draw at El Alcoraz as coach Ernesto Valverde prioritised progRESSTOTHE#HAMPIONS,EAGUESEMI kNALSAFTER THEIR kRST LEGWINAT/LD4RAFFORDINMIDWEEK g/BVIOUSLY WE ALWAYS WANT TO WIN BUT itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s true this game came in slightly different CIRCUMSTANCES u6ALVERDESAID g)TISANUNUSUALWEEKBECAUSEWECOMEFROM playing an intense match on Wednesday, when the TRIPWASLONG ANDWEHAVETHERETURNON4UESDAY â&#x20AC;&#x153;Considering the schedule and our advantage in THELEAGUE )THOUGHTITWASTIMETOMAKECHANGESu Messi was left out of the squad completely while the suspended Pique posted a picture on

social media of him watching the game on teleVISION INFRONTOFHIMALARGEBOWLOFSEAFOOD 4HEDRAWGIVES!TLETICO-ADRIDTHECHANCETO REDUCETHEGAPATTHETOPOFTHETABLETONINEPOINTS IFTHEYCANBEAT#ELTA6IGOATHOMELATERON3ATURDAYBUT WITHSIXGAMESLEFTAFTERTHISWEEKEND THE DIFFERENCEISLIKELYTOPROVEIRRELEVANT &OR(UESCA WHOAREBOTTOMOFTHETABLE INTHEIRkRST EVERSEASONIN3PAINSTOPlIGHT  AHARD EARNEDPOINTMEANSTHEYSITkVEADRIFT OFSAFETY ALBEITHAVINGPLAYEDAGAMEMORE THAN THOSE IMMEDIATELY ABOVE THEM 4HEIR SURVIVALBIDREMAINSUNLIKELYBUTALIVE Malcom came closest to a winner, his shot HITTINGTHEPOST BUT(UESCAWEREGOODVALUEFOR

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the draw and could even have snatched victory THEMSELVESINTHESECONDHALF Messi left Manchester with a swollen nose and cheek on Wednesday after a clattering CHALLENGEFROM#HRIS3MALLINGBUTTHEREIS LITTLECONCERNABOUTTHE!RGENTINIANBEINGkT FORTHERETURNGAMEAT#AMP.OU

Barca focused on Europe Barcaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s huge advantage at the top of La Liga has AFFORDEDTHEMTHELUXURYNOWOFPRIORITISINGSUCCESS in Europe, the only issue perhaps for Valverde the SMALLMATTEROFMAINTAININGMOMENTUM /VERALL THEYWEREBETTERTHAN(UESCABUT never really got OUTOFSECONDGEAR L i k e Pique, Luis Suarez was ALSOBANNED while Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Busquets and Clement Lenglet WEREAMONGTHOSERESTEDAFP

Tams shoot down Falcons to stay at No. 2 FAR Eastern University (FEU) trounced also-ran Adamson University, 3-1, to solidify its hold of the second spot in Season 81 University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s football on Thursday at the FEU-Diliman Football Field in Quezon City. Three players hit a goal apiece as the Tamaraw Booters stayed steady at No. 2 with an improved 6-3-2 windraw-loss record for 21 pointsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;just one marker behind idle leader Ateneo De Manila University.  FEU also posted its first back-to-back victories in the second round following its 2-1 win over National University (NU) last week.  Dominique CaĂąonigo handed the Tams the opening lead with an easy tap on JR Saldivarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s low cross in the 43rd minute.  Saldivar took his turn and doubled the cushion, finishing a counter-attack shortly after the restart before Adamson threatened within a goal via Allen Lozanoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s corner kick in the 57th.  Alex Rayos fired the insurance goal off Gio Pabualanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right-wing free kick

with 16 minutes left in regulation. The cellar-dwelling Falcons remained winless in four games in the second round, falling to 1-5-6 for eight points.  In the other fixtures, defending champion University of the Philippines (UP) and De La Salle University continued their ascent with a 4-1 thrashing of NU and 2-0 triumph over University of the East, respectively.  Vincent Albert Parpan (65th), Roland Saavedra (71st), Jeremiah Borlongan (80th) and John Abraham (88th) all scored as the Maroon Booters erased a one-goal deficit.  John Rey Lagura struck in the 76th while Jovan Marfiga netted a goal in the added time for the Green Booters.  Both UP and La Salle improved to 19 points on identical 6-1-4 slates, with the former taking the No. 3 spot due to superior goal difference.  The Bulldogs bowed out of semifinal contention with a 2-4-7 card for 10 points while the Red Warriors slid to 2-2-6 for eight markers. JEREMIAH M. SEVILLA

SPAL puts Juve title celebrations on hold, Roma into Top 4 MILAN: Juventus slumped to a shock 2-1 defeat at lowly SPAL on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) to put their Serie A title CELEBRATIONSONHOLD AS%DIN $ZEKOkRED2OMAINTOTHE Champions League places with the only goal in a  WINOVER5DINESE Massimiliano Allegriâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s side had needed just a point to claim their eighth â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Scudettoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in A ROW WITH A RECORD SIX games to spare, and they looked on track to seal the title when young gun Moise Kean stuck SPALâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Italian defender Kevin Bonifazi (center) scores an his foot out to direct Q equalizer during the Italian Serie A football match SPAL 2013 a Joao Cancelo efvs Juventus at the Paolo-Mazza Stadium in Ferrara. AFP PHOTO fort home after half a year to move Claudio Ranieriâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s side up to ANHOURIN&ERRARA However Kevin Bonifazi and Sergio Floc- FOURTH THEkNAL#HAMPIONS,EAGUEBERTH Dzeko connected with a Stephan El cari responded with two precious secondhalf goals, which moved lowly SPAL seven 3HAARAWYCROSSTOkNISHOFFFROMCLOSE RANGEINTHE3TADIO/LIMPICO MOVING POINTSCLEAROFTHERELEGATIONZONE g-AKINGRECORDSISVERYDIFkCULT ITTAKES his team two points ahead of AC Milan, energy and there is also Europe to concen- who can retake fourth place with a win trate on,â&#x20AC;? said Allegri, who rested key play- over European rivals Lazio at the San Siro ers including Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of LATERON3ATURDAY 4UESDAYS#HAMPIONS,EAGUEQUARTERkNAL Paid for inexperience DECIDERAGAINST!JAXIN4URIN â&#x20AC;&#x153;If we had put all our regulars in it would HAVEBEENEASIERTOWINIT BUTTHEREISALSO In Ferrara, Ronaldo was rested for the SECONDTIMETHISSEASONANDTHECLUBFELL THEGOALTOOBTAINON4UESDAYu Juventus have a 20-point advantage TOJUSTTHEIRSECONDDEFEATOFTHECAMPAIGN 4HE kVE TIME "ALLON D/R WINNER on second-placed Napoli and can still seal the title in record time on Sunday returned from a thigh injury during the if Carlo Ancelottiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s side fail to win at WEEKTOSCOREANAWAYGOALINTHEkRST LEGOFTHEIRTIEWITHAGAINST!JAX WHICH BOTTOMCLUB#HIEVO /THERWISE THEYCOULDWINTHEIRTH ENDED ON7EDNESDAY Defender Leonardo Bonucci was also 3ERIE!CHAMPIONSHIPNEXT3ATURDAYAT RESTED ALONG WITH "LAISE -ATUIDI  !LEX HOMEAGAINST&IORENTINA 4HATWOULDMATCHTHEPREVIOUSBEST Sandro, Mario Mandzukic, and Miralem OFWINNINGTHETITLEWITHkVEGAMESTO Pjanic, with forward Federico BernardesSPAREACHIEVEDBY4ORINOIN   CHICOMINGOFFTHEBENCHLATEINTHEGAME Mattia Perin replaced Wojciech Szc&IORENTINA IN   AND 2OBERTO zesny in the Juventus goal with Kean -ANCINIS)NTER-ILANIN  In heavy rain in Rome, Edin Dzeko getting his second start alongside Paulo SCOREDHISkRSTHOMELEAGUEGOALINNEARLY $YBALAUPFRONTAFP


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The embattled Ejercito on gubernatorial and showbiz plans Meanwhile, Ejercito said of his showbiz career that win or lose, he will still continue ER Ejercito is a familiar name, be in the realm making movies. In fact, he is scheduled to of showbiz or politics. As an actor, he inherited shoot and produce another one based on the the name of his late action star father George true story of the famous SAF 44 (Special Action %STREGANÂ&#x2021;ALBEITWITH*FOR*EORGEANDTHESUFkX Force commandos) killed in in the ill-fated â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jr.â&#x20AC;? at the end â&#x20AC;&#x201D; while following his famous Mamasapano clash. g4HISkLMISTITLED@3!&0ARASA$IYOS 0ARA uncle, former president and incumbent Manila City Mayor Joseph â&#x20AC;&#x153;Erapâ&#x20AC;? Ejercito Estradaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sa Bayan, Para sa Taoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and will be directed by Pedring Lopez. Hopefully it will be released this footsteps and crossing over to politics. *USTLIKE%STRADAWHOSEkRSTELECTEDPOSTWAS year,â&#x20AC;? the actor-politician enthused. Ejercito added he will not only star in actionmayor of San Juan City, ER Ejercito ran as a packed movie but will also co-write the script political greenhorn in Pagsanjan, and co-direct with Lopez. Laguna in 2001 and completed M o r e ove r, THREE ALLOWABLE TERMS IN OFkCE before becoming provincial governor in 2010. His second term in office abruptly ended, however, when the Commission on Elections accused him of overspending in the campaign in May 2013, with his Uncle Erap convincing him to step down. Fast forward to April 9 of this year, Ejercito was instead charged guilty of a previous case of corruption as mayor by the SanQ Besides running for Laguna diganbayanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fourth governor, ER Ejercito will also release a Division, thereby film about SAF 44 later this year. risking his current bid to reclaim HIS SEAT AT THE PROVINCIAL CAPITOL IN NEXT monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s national elections. With many doubting his eligibility to pursue Ejercito revealed that he is current- ly in talks his candidacy, the actor-turned-politician held WITHGLOBALSTREAMINGGIANT.ETlIXWHICHEXa media conference last week to clear the issue. pressed interest in buying the rights to feature g)AMNOTDISQUALIkEDTORUNBECAUSETHEDECI- his multi-awarded movies â&#x20AC;&#x153;Asiong Salonga,â&#x20AC;? SIONOFTHE3ANDIGANBAYANISNOTYETkNALAND g%L 0RESIDENTE 4HE 'EN %MILIO !GUINALDO EXECUTORY uHEDECLARED Story,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Boy Goldenâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Magnum Muslim Ejercito detailed he had paid for the P30,600- .357â&#x20AC;? on its service. BAIL WHILEkLINGFORA-OTIONFOR2ECONSIDERAâ&#x20AC;&#x153;Lahat ng pelikula ko binenta ko sa .ETlIX tion at the Sandiganbayan. Iba na kasi ang panahon ngayon./VERTHETOP Asked why he is still bent on running for PLATFORM /44  na. Meron tayong iba-ibang governor despite the obstacles that keep coming STREAMING SERVICES u HE EXPLAINED g;4HE PRICE his way, Ejercito replied, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nasa lahi kasi namin is a] minimum $1 million per movie but Aguiang serbisyo publiko â&#x20AC;&#x201D; both father and mother NALDO;FETCHESA=BIGGER;AMOUNT= sides. Sa father side ko ang unang naging mayor â&#x20AC;&#x153;We also have a deal for SAF 44 after its regular sa amin ay si Feliciano Ejercito from Sorsogon. SHOWINGSINCETHEYWANTATRUESTORYAND;A=CONTapos si President-Mayor Joseph Estrada, si Sen. TROVERSIAL;ONE=!FTERTHAT ;MYMOVIEPROJECTS= Jinggoy, Sen. Loi at Sen. JV. Tapos sa mother will be what my son is working on, the Pancho side ko mas marami pa. Pelayo kasi ako from 6ILLATHEBOXER STORYAND@"EN4UMBLINGWala Aklan at Davao City. Ang lolo ko sa mother side kasing censorship sa /44 uHEADDED naging governor ng Davao, si Pantaleon Pelayo. The Manila Times Entertainment sought NetPanahon pa ng mga datu, sultan at mga Malay, lIXFORCONkRMATIONREGARDINGTHEPURCHASEOF hanggang sa ngayon nasa pulitika na ang angkan Ejercitoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s movies and is still awaiting response namin.â&#x20AC;? he said. as of press time. BY IZA IGLESIAS

QSam Milby, Yam Concepcion, Yen Santos and Jericho Rosales their vows. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m so grateful to be part of a show like Halik that really had an impact on the audience and more so in our careers as actors,â&#x20AC;? added Rosales who plays the role of Lino in the series. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The last time something like this happened to me was 20 years ago with â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Pangako Saâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Yoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and to land such a project na tumatatak twice is really a blessing.â&#x20AC;? Indeed, the series has made stars out of popular actors Rosales and Milbyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leading ladies Concepcion and Santos, and both actresses were teary-eyed with gratitude at the leap their careers took with Halik. The numbers are proof of their success

via consistent national TV ratings, which hit an all-time high of 29.3 percent, which is a feat for its late night timeslot. The series also broke records on ABS-CBNâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s streaming service iWant TV and remains the most-watched show on the website. Moreover, the showâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s producers proudly announced at the mediacon that Halik has also conquered the African territory, airing to positive reception in Tanzania since February. With all the success of this original series, stay tuned to the very end to find out to whom these four seductive characters will give their last kiss. TMA

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Âťtvlandia'slatest THE hottest foursome on primetime television â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Jericho Rosales, Yam Concepcion, Yen Santos and Sam Milbyâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; are down to their last two weeks on air beginning today as more intense confrontations amp up the excitement in the highly-rated series, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Halik.â&#x20AC;? Undeniably one of the most-talked about series since it first premiered in August 2018, Halik has built a strong fan base that consistently make the show a top-trending topic on social media almost every night. A story about infidelity, which is almost always a hit subject whether in soaps or the movies, Halik has been a favorite subject across Facebook and Instagram complete with memes with its â&#x20AC;&#x153;#nakaka-gigilâ&#x20AC;? scenes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll miss all the bashing,â&#x20AC;? the actors laughingly admitted at a media conference announcing the seriesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; upcoming conclusion. They said every hit their fictional characters took was a confirmation of their convincing acting skills. Halikâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s story has followed the lives of childhood sweethearts Jacky and Lino who years later find themselves attracted to one another every if both are already married. The fast-paced soap has since seen them torn between fighting for their love or to be true to

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»HOROSCOPE Today’s Birthday (04/15/19). What you’re learning pays off this year. Maintain persistent routines for professional growth. Fall into a lucrative situation. Savor summer fun with family before a new career phase. Reach a professional peak next winter, leading to a new domestic plot twist. Explore and learn.

BY NANCY BLACK LIBRA (SEPT. 23-OCT. 22) -- Today is a 5 -- Privacy and peace soothe and restore you. Review plans, and revise for current situations. Avoid travel or expense. Settle in to complete a project.

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 a 7 -- Make social plans. Prepare for events, meetings and gatherings by laying solid groundwork. Make reservations and arrangements. Stay objective in a tense situation.

ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19) -- Today is a 9 -- Your work is in demand. Don’t get sidetracked. Avoid risky business, and stick to practical priorities. Plan actions before launching. Research before committing.

SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21) -- Today is a 7 -- Organize and prepare your work. A professional challenge or objective requires careful planning. Resolve a sticky issue in the design phase. Save time and money.

TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20) -- Today is a 7 -- Romance blossoms today and tomorrow. Think things over before acting. Get family aligned on the plan you’re considering. Strengthen foundational structures. Build for love.

CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19) -- Today is an 8 -- Plan a vacation or trip. Work out the dates, schedule and itinerary. Do your homework for a wonderful experience. Spontaneity is fine, with backup options.

GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20) -- Today is a 7 -- Discipline with planning and preparation supports your home renovation projects. It’s too early to tear things apart. Figure out where everything will go first.

AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB. 18) -- Today is a 7 -- Changes necessitate budget revisions. Strategize for maximum benefit. Collaborate and join forces. Keep things respectful and professional. Plug financial leaks. Values may get tested.

CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22) -- Today is a 7 -- Edit your work before submitting. Consider the context and tone. Distractions abound. Focus to meet deadlines. Preparation and organization pay off in spades. LEO (JULY 23-AUG. 22) -- Today is an 8 -- Review accounts and budgets before committing to new expenses or purchases. Monitor cash flow for positive growth. Organize for clarity. Avoid shortfalls through advanced planning. VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22) -- Today is an 8 -- Revise personal plans for shifting circumstances. Build strength to grow options. Selfdiscipline serves you well. Consider long-term visions. List steps to steadily create that new reality.

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PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20) -- Today is a 6 -- A partner’s opinion is important. Listen to another perspective on a shifting situation. Hold your commentary until you have all the facts. Keep your promises.

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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Denmark's way to reduce water use BY JAN TOP CHRISTENSEN, AMBASSADOR OF DENMARK EARLY March, people from all social groups in Manila queued up for water, after services were unexpectedly cut-off. Labelled as one of the worst water crises in recent history, Manila experienced taps running dry for over three weeks for the customers of Manila Water â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the sole provider of water and wastewater services to more than six million people in the East Zone of Metro Manila. The company reportedly has a shortage of 140 million liters daily. Looking into the factors of the water crisis in Manila: Infrastructure delays, rising demand and the dry spell shrinking supply at dams, both the government and private companies are scrambling to find short and long-term solutions to cover the need to access sufficient water sources. The most popular proposal among the decision makers to resolve the crisis seems to be the Kaliwa Dam. This project was proposed many years ago, but had issues with financing as well as strong opposition from environmental groups and indigenous communities, which prevented its construction. What other solutions are there available? It may seem that finding new sources of water is the answer; however, the Philippines must also consider learning about how other countries tackled their water problems. Since water is already a scarce resource, finding new sources may not be the only solution. Taking Denmark as an example, according to the organisation â&#x20AC;&#x153;State of Greenâ&#x20AC;?, â&#x20AC;&#x153;in Denmark, total water consumption has dropped around 40 percent since 1980 due to a constant focus on water savings and water efficiency. The solution has been a combination of a strong political focus on reducing leakages in water pipes, introducing compulsory use of water meters and taxes for both water use and wastewater discharge as well as carrying out save-waterinformation campaigns and encouraging the use of water saving devicesâ&#x20AC;?. The changes in Denmark did not happen overnight. The country continuously invests in research and development to produce cutting-edge technologies such as smart meters, district meters, water efficient and energy-saving pumps, as well as various rainwater and wastewater solutions. Successive governments have also addressed the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s limited natural resources through partnerships. The Danish water sector holds a long tradition of water utilities, technology providers, consulting companies and universities working together to promote integrated solutions for efficient and sustainable water management, benefitting customers and the society in general. In 1998, the City of Copenhagen adopted a goal for water consumption. Household water consumption should be reduced from 132 litres to 110 litres per capita per day before 2010. For businesses, the target was 34 litres per capita per day. In 2010, household consumption was 108 litres per capita per day and for enterprises, consumption was 29 litres per capita per day. Water-saving toilets and individual water meters were also being promoted and the City of Copenhagen carried out a two-year campaign to motivate citizens to reduce household consumption. This

involved disseminating information on how to save water, given on websites, Facebook, fun runs, competitions and events in the city. Today, per capita consumption has been brought down to 104 liters. And less than 7 percent is lost in the network. It should be added that Danes usually drink water from the tap. No need for plastic bottled water. In addition to that, a plan was adopted to provide financial support for the establishment of installations to replace drinking water extracted outside the City with water extracted within the City, from roofs, or, from wastewater purified through a UV filter. These measures help to protect the groundwater resources from where drinking water is extracted and to minimise energy consumption when transporting water into the city. Around Denmark, parks have been built or redesigned in such a way that they also serve as rainwater catchment areas. TĂĽsinge Plads in Copenhagen is similar to most parks. However, when there are heavy rains, there are flowerbeds that fill with water and wait to drain until the storm runoff subsides. There are upside-down umbrellas that collect water for plants. The landscaping directs storm water down into large underground water storage tanks. Above those tanks are bouncy floor panels that children love to jump onâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;when they do, the energy from their feet pumps water through the pipes below. Rabalder Park in Roskilde, Denmark, has a rainwater harvesting system that can store up to 23,000 cubic meters of storm water. In addition to the swings, trampolines, jogging and cycling trails, the park also features a huge concrete skate park. Rabalder Park is fully integrated into the local water canal system and built to hold rainwater in the event of flooding. Awareness and understanding of the value of water is very weak in many countries and often the price for water does not cover the actual investment and operational costs. There is a need to transform behaviour towards how consumers value water. For decades, politicians and decision makers in Denmark have implemented public regulation and taxes, which proved to be important and effective tools for behavioural change. Regulation has required certified metering of all water consumption at consumer level in Denmark and have imposed high penalties on water utilities that do not reduce their NRW level to less than 10 percent through taxes, which apply to both water consumed and water lost. In addition to finding other sources of water, the Philippines should also take a serious look at the many water reduction measures and efficiently use water saving campaigns. The Philippines and Denmark are similar in the sense that both countries have limited sources of water, such as groundwater, rainfall, rivers, lakes, and reservoirs. The difference lies in how those resources are utilized, maximized and managed. In 2020, Copenhagen will be hosting the World Water Congress and Exhibition for the International Water Association. This event will be a great opportunity for Philippine companies and authorities to further study Danish technologies and methodologies. However, the Embassy of Denmark in Manila would be happy to assist Philippine interests in getting in touch with Danish expertise already now.

Q Chinese Embassyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Economic and Commercial Counsellor Jin Yuan

QThe newly inaugurated drug rehabilitation center is a 150-bed capacity facility with an administration and clinic building. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS

China-funded drug rehab center unveiled in Agusan del Sur A

CHINESE GOVERNMENT kNANCED DRUG TREATMENTANDREHABILITATIONCENTERIN !GUSANDEL3URWASTURNEDOVERTOTHE LOCALGOVERNMENTEARLY!PRIL The 6,750-square-meter facility on a three-hectare lot is the second Chinese government-aided drug rehabilitation center in the Philippines to support the Philippine governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s anti-drug campaign. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is a strong demonstration that the Chinese government will accomplish every commitment to help the Philippines, our friendly neighbor,â&#x20AC;? said Jin Yuan, Chinese embassyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Economic and Commercial Counsellor, adding that China firmly supports the Philippine governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s effort in improving its peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s health.

The newly inaugurated drug rehabilitation center is a 150-bed capacity facility with an administration and clinic building. There is also a multi-purpose covered court, dormitory buildings, and visitorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; house in the center. The whole project was undertaken by the China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC). The drug rehabilitation center project, which broke ground in February 2018, was initially expected to be completed within 21 months. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thanks to the cooperation between the two countries

and the hard-working of Chinese, local workers, the term shortened to nearly 13 months,â&#x20AC;? said Liu Wei, General Manager of CSCEC Philippine branch. Around P540 million-worth of Philippine materials and equipment have been purchased and used in the drug rehabilitation center project, including construction materials, machinery, furniture and medical equipment, said Liu. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our construction company also hired more than 400 local workers and administrative staff to ensure that residents around the province benefit from the construction of the project, while the number of Chinese employees is only 35,â&#x20AC;? Liu added. Roger Tong-An, the undersecre-

tary of the Philippine Department of Health, attended the inauguration and turn-over ceremony to unveil the facility along with #HINESEOFkCIALS â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is the first drug rehab center in Agusan del Sur province. Thank for the support from the Chinese government and we are really happy about this project,â&#x20AC;? Tong-An said. Edward Plaza, the governor of Agusan del Sur province, said this drug rehab center gives the local government a chance to solve the drug problem and to provide better help to the drug dependents in this province and provinces nearby. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We would like to cooperate with our counterparts in DOH to address this issue,â&#x20AC;? he added.

US trains ombudsman investigators and prosecutors on carrying out cyber investigations THE US Embassy in the Philippines partnered with the Office of the Ombudsman to train 35 anti-graft investigators and prosecutors on cyber investigations and digital evidence. The training was implemented through the US Department of *USTICE53$/* /FkCEOF/VERseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance, and Training (OPDAT) and covered the Rule on Cybercrime Warrants, digital media privacy, and digital forensics tools. Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen delivered an IN DEPTH BRIEkNG ON PRIVACY IN digital media. The US DOJ Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS) Cybercrime Laboratory Director and Senior Digital Investigative Analyst led a hands-on session on digital forensic tools using CCIPS teaching laptops that US DOJ brought TOTHE0HILIPPINESSPECIkCALLYFOR

QThe training of investigators and prosecutors will effectively counter public corruption using digital forensics. the training. Participants learned kRSTHANDHOWTOPRESERVEDIGITAL evidence, conduct basic digital analysis, and effectively present digital evidence in court. US Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission John Law opened the two-day WORKSHOPBYRECOGNIZINGTHE/FkCE

of the Ombudsmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dedication to enhancing its cyber capabilities.  g4HE /MBUDSMANS /FkCE IS a strong partner and is showing a forward-thinking mindset in its efFORTSTOTRAINITSOFkCIALSONDIGITAL forensics and constantly improve its investigative and prosecutorial

skills,â&#x20AC;? Law said. Deputy Ombudsman for Visayas Paul Elmer Clemente noted, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fighting corruption in the digital age demands new tools. Corrupt PUBLICOFkCIALSTAKEADVANTAGEOF new technologies and stringent privacy law to hide their illicit activities. The anti-cybercrime training provided by OPDAT has opened to Ombudsman investigators and prosecutors a digital toolbox for ensuring the successful detection, investigation, and prosecution of public corruption in the digital realm.â&#x20AC;? 4HIS IS THE kRST OF A PLANNED series to train investigators and prosecutors to effectively counter public corruption using digital forensics. It is part of the US Embassyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s effort, through OPDAT, to enhance Philippine justice sector capabilities to combat transnational crimes.

The untold story of Czechoslovak Bataan defenders THE representatives of Czech Embassy in Manila commemorated on April 9 the bravery and the dedication bestowed by soldiers and civilians who fought during the Second World War. Seventy-

seven years ago, Bataan, the last fortress that became the remaining stronghold of Allied forces in the region, fell into the hands of the Japanese forces. Unbeknownst to many, this

QCzech Ambassador Jana Ĺ edivĂĄ during the 77th commemoration rites held in Mt. Samat National Shrine.

period in Philippine history is in fact one of the crucial aspects in the long and deeply ingrained relations between the Philippines and the Czech Republic (then Czechoslovakia, which split in the

QCzech Embassy Economic and Defense Counselor Benjamin Žiga (right) with Undersecretary for Civil, Veterans, and Retiree Affairs, Reynaldo Mapagu of the Department of National Defense at the shrine in Capas, Tarlac. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS

Czech Republic and Slovakia only in 1993). Little did the Filipinos know that alongside their compatriots and the Americans who WEREkGHTINGFORTHE0HILIPPINES  14 Czechoslovak nationals were battling with them and defending the freedom of the country that was not theirs. The Czechoslovak nationals who volunteered were mostly employees OFTHE"ATA3HOE#OMPANY THEkRST Czech investment in the Philippines, before the outbreak of the war in the country. Karel Aster, the last Czech defender of Bataan who passed on 2017, said in one of his letters on sufferings during the war, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The conditions were so terrible it is hard for me to describe themâ&#x20AC;?. His letters also revealed the motivation to join the Allied forces: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fighting for the Philippines at that time WASLIKEkGHTINGFORTHELIBERTYOF Czechoslovakia, which became the German protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia during the war.â&#x20AC;? Aside from the Bata Shoe employees, the other volunteers were staff of the Honorary Consulate of Czechoslovakia, which opened in

QSome of the Czechoslovak veterans who volunteered to fight with Filipino and American soldiers during the Second World War. Manila in 1927. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is not a known history but this is something that we are proud of and we always look back, remembering the deep ties of the Philippines and the Czech Republic,â&#x20AC;? said Ambassador Jana Ĺ edivĂĄ. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The formidable valor shown by the Czechoslovak nationals WHOVOLUNTEEREDTOkGHTWITHTHE Filipino and American forces is an emulation worthy of commemoration,â&#x20AC;? she added. As part of the observation of the Araw ng Kagitingan, Ambassador

Ĺ edivĂĄ joined the commemoration rites at Mt. Samat National Shrine on April 9 where she laid a wreath in remembrance of those who fought and died during the war including the Czechoslovak nationals. Similarly, Economic and Defense Counsellor, BenjaMINĂ°IGA JOINEDTHETOLLINGOFTHE bells in Capas, Tarlac on April 10, and visited the memorial shrine of the seven Czechoslovak nationals who passed away in the war either during the Bataan Death March or at the Japanese prison camp.


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QDanny and Dorene Uy, Amos and Michelle Garcia

AMILY and close friends of Michelle Garcia and Ariel Arce got together for the christening and dedication of their bundle of joy, Amos. Marriottâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cluster director of marketing communications and the big guy behind Arce Dairy pulled out all the stops for a memorable and one-of-a-kind baptismal event for their three-month old son.

QElla Pangilinan, Jun Parreno and Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan

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The ceremony was held at the St. Therese Church in Pasay City and afterwards, family members and guests proceeded to the adjacent Marriott Grand Ballroom where its Diplomatic Hall was transformed into a blue-and-white wonderland straight out of Willy Wonkaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chocolate factory. Garcia entrusted the venue styling to Teddy Manuel, who combined old world elegance and sophistication with a touch of childlike whimsy. The space was covered in strips of silk fabric gathered around a stunning spherical

QMichelle Tan, Krizette Chu, Carla del Prado, Cecil Infantado and Hera Gereine

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chandelier. The stage area bore the name â&#x20AC;&#x153;Amosâ&#x20AC;? in blue and in front of a white love-seat â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the perfect area for picture-taking. Several long tables that seated 20 to 30 guests were festooned with babyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s BREATH AND OTHER WHITE lOWERS  gathered on top of tall crystal centerpieces by Bella Banquets. After a short prayer led by the proud mom, attendants opened the doors to an adjoining room, where an amazing buffet spread awaited guests. There was a complete salad; freshly cooked pasta; a carving station featuring US

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QGarcia, Amos, Dennis Arce, Discover Group CEO Jun Parreno, Ren Cayetano, Sebastian Lacson, Edwin Arce and Jimmy Pascual

Q Nico Bacani, Kaycee Reyes-Bacani, Krizette Chu, (seated) Ariel Arce, Garcia and Arnel Patawan

prime rib; a selection of Filipino-themed mains, including a full lechon from Elarz; a juice and fruit bar where refreshing shakes were whipped up upon request; as well as a tantalizing array of charcuterie and cheeses. There was also wine courtesy of Emperador Distillers and, for the piece de resistance, a bountiful dessert table dressed in bespoked balloons from Crafting Rainbows. Guests were treated to carrot cupcakes, blueberry macarons, salted egg cheesecakes shaped like cracked salted eggs, chocolate lollicakes, white blueberry chocolate TRUFlES BLUESABLECOOKIES ANDACHOCOLATEFOUNTAIN/FCOURSE ADOZENlAVORSOF!RCE$AIRYICE cream were available too! Guests included former Miss Universe Margie Moran, Annabelle Rama, Joel Cruz, and many more were treated to the sounds of the Spirit of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;67 band for entertainment. It was truly an unforgettable evening in celebration of young Amos, who is fortunate to have two loving parents.

QGarcia and Amos, Phoemela Baranda, Arlene Sutton, Happy Ongpauco-Tiu, Mayenne Carmona and Linda Ley

Q Victor Ley, Gus Mathat, JJ Arvisu, Marriott Executive Chef Meik Brammer, Rambo Arce

Sunday, pup day! IT was a dogâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s world at the Skypark of SM Aura Premier when the #SundayPupdayMarket fair which highlighted the latest paw-some treats, side by side with talks on how to better take care of manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best friend. Andrea Aspuria, a pet specialist from Nexgard Spectra, shared some tips on Puppy Health 101. Aspuria stressed the importance scheduling regular visits to the vet along with consultations for the best vaccination program. Asian Kennel Club Union of the Philippines Inc. (AKCUPI) President Jester Ong

Chuan, on the other hand, encouraged all pet parents to have their fur babies registered to an accredited dog breed association. He added that training dogs to be a â&#x20AC;&#x153;showâ&#x20AC;? dog will give pet owners a chance to build stronger bonds with them. Then, style took center stage when Adrian Cabuhat â&#x20AC;&#x201D; who recently won second place at the New York Pet Fashion Show â&#x20AC;&#x201D; shared his design inspirations for his entry to the international pet fashion show. He also encouraged paw parents to dress up their dogs and

develop their own style. Furdads and furmoms enjoyed exciting discounts and freebies from participating booths, and the chance to get tickets for the movie screening of â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Dogâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Way Homeâ&#x20AC;? at SM Cinemas. The Sunday Pupday Market event was held in partnership with SM Cinema, AKCUPI, and Hound Haven with other pawsome partners Ezydog, Pedigree, Kleen Kenel, Muddy Paws, Nexgard Spectra, Natureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Protection, Saint Roche, Nutram, Pupkits and Sleeky.

Q New York Pet Fashion Show Second Placer Adrian Cabuhat and Coco Chanel.

Q Nexgard Spectra Vet Dr. Andrea Aspuria gave a talk on Puppy Health 101.

Q Hound Haven Chief Marketing Officer Addi Dela Cruz with Chika, an 11-year old Belgian Malanois who is a retired explosive detector for the Philippine Army.

Q Pups and as well as their owners had a grand time with fun games and activities.

Q Yasha, Caela and Julia Manlogon with Yorkies Bailey and Hailey.

Q Pearlyn Cho and Don Jansen got treats from Pet Express.

Q AKCUPI President Jester Ong Chuan encouraged pet parents to groom their dogs to be a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;show dog.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;

A SYMBOLIC LIGHTS-OFF EVENT.

Organized by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Earth Hour is the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest movement for the environment. Its main event was held this year at Circuit Makati with the theme #Connect2Earth whike advocating the #AyokoNgPlastik movement as a way to begin changing the planet for the better. Present were WWFâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s environmental ambassadors and allies: (from left) model and host, Rovilson Fernandez; mountaineer and first Filipina to complete the Seven Summits quest, Carina Dayondon; physicist and Miss Earth 2017, Karen Ibasco; child actress, Xia Vigor; celebrity couple, Sarah Lahbati and Richard Gutierrez; influencer and singer, Frankie Pangilinan; model and host, Marc Nelson. PHOTO BY JOHN ORVEN VERDOTE

Q Mallows found her home with Era Noriega and Leo Hernandez.

Profile for The Manila Times

THE MANILA TIMES | APRIL 15, 2019  

The Manila Times is one of the leading national broadsheets in the Philippines. It is also one of the oldest, having been founded in 1898.

THE MANILA TIMES | APRIL 15, 2019  

The Manila Times is one of the leading national broadsheets in the Philippines. It is also one of the oldest, having been founded in 1898.