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OUST-DUTERTE PLOT BARED BY DR. DANTE A. ANG CHAIRMAN EMERITUS

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HERE is a plot to discredit the President and destabilize his government,� a highly placed SOURCEINTHE/FkCEOFTHE0RESIDENTSAID

“There’s an obvious pattern of close coordination among some media organizations for the timely publication of anti-Duterte stories,� the source told this writer. The playbook is all too familiar: Utilize the media, plant fake news,

distribute them to the friendly media outlets, whet the people’s appetite, arouse their anger, manipulate public emotion, touch base with the Leftist organization, enlist the support of the police and the military, then go for

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Vile video vs Duterte the work of Otso Diretso, Trillanes’ writer and US-funded websites

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YBERCRIME experts have determined that the blackpropaganda video titled “Ang Totoong Narcolist,� which fabricated preposterous, vile allegations against President Duterte and his children, that they were linked to the illegal drug syndicates, was released

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Arroyo to lead first Boao Forum in PH HOUSE Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo will spearHEADTHEkRST"OAO&ORUMFOR!SIAON-ONDAYAND Tuesday, April 22 and 23, in Manila. A board member of the forum, Arroyo extended the invitation to hold the conference in Manila to “foster deeper ties between the Philippines and China.� The forum, which will have the theme “Concerted Action for Common Development in the New Era,�

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Pope on Easter: Reject the ‘glitter of wealth’ VATICAN CITY: At an Easter vigil in St. Peter’s Basilica, 0OPE&RANCISENCOURAGEDPEOPLETORESISTCYNICISMOR pursuing the “glitter of wealth,â€? and to avoid seeking life’s meaning in “things that pass away.â€? g$ONOTBURYHOPEĂœu&RANCISEXCLAIMED AFTERNOTing that when things go badly, “we lose heart and come to believe that death is stronger than life.â€? “We become cynical, negative and despondent,â€? &RANCISADDED

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Q This ‘matrix’ provided to The Manila Times over the weekend by a source shows what appears to be a coordinated media campaign to discredit the President.

Duterte: Easter a time to reflect ahead of May polls PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Easter 3UNDAYURGED&ILIPINOSTOBEBUILDING blocks of the nation ahead of the 2019 national elections. In a statement, Duterte voiced optimism that the Easter season would PROMPT &ILIPINOS TO RElECT AND THINK

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wisely with roughly three weeks before the May 13 polls. “I trust that this season of Easter will be a blessed time for us to rekindle our shared commitment in nation-building, especially in the coming midterm elections,� he said.

“May it become an exercise of inTEGRITYANDRElECTTHETRUEWILLOFTHE people,� Duterte added. The President, who usually criticizes the teachings of the Catholic Church in his speeches, also voiced hope that the “evil caused by the societal ills� would

BEgSWEPTAWAYuBYTHE&ILIPINOSSTRONG faith in the Almighty. He said Easter was a “time of new beginnings� and should inspire everyone to choose the good and uplifting.� “Let us strive to be instruments of

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Hidden battles in a youth reform center BY GLEE JALEA (First of three parts) AMID an ongoing debate on the proposal to lower the age of criminal responsibility in the Philippines, the condition in most transformational faciliTIESFORCHILDRENINCONlICTWITHTHELAW (CICL) still has a long way to go in meeting the basic standards of restorative justice. Considered the most populous city in the Philippines, Quezon City has only one fully functional rehabilitation facility for CICL to date. The Molave Youth Home has been sheltering youth offenders for over YEARSNOW&UNDEDBYTHE1UEZON City local government, its temporary 24-hour residential center located in Barangay Amoranto is a three-story building that provides custodial care and basic education for its wards. &ROMTHEOUTSIDE THEESTABLISHMENT

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Sycip son, tuna canning execs ordered arrested T BY JOMAR CANLAS

HE REGIONAL Trial Court (RTC) of Makati City has ordered the arrest of George 3YCIP SONOFTHELATE3'6AND#OFOUNDER 7ASHINGTON 3YCIP  AND SEVERAL OFkCERS OF TUNA CANNINGkRM!LLIANCE)NTERNATIONAL)NC!LLIANCE  FORTHECRIMEOFESTAFA In seven separate warrants of arrest dated April 11, but were released to the media only recently, Judge Honorio Guanlao Jr. of Makati RTC Branch 57 ordered law enforcers to arrest Alliance Board chairman Sycip and Directors Jonathan Dee, Alvin Dee, Joanna Dee-Laurel,

Teresita Ladanga, Grace Dogillo and Arak Ratborihan. 4HECOURTkXEDBAILPENDINGTRIAL in the uniform amount of P120,000 for each of the individuals. Guanlao junked the accused individuals’ motion to quash warrant of arrest and/or dismiss the

case for lack of merit. The Department of Justice had found probable cause against 3YCIPANDOTHER!LLIANCEOFkCERS for the crime of estafa under Article 315 2(a) of the Revised Penal Code. Alliance’s foreign shareholders Harvest All Investment Ltd., VicTORY&UND,TD "ONDEAST0RIVATE Ltd. and Hedy S.C. Yap Chua kLED THE CASE  ALLEGING THAT THE respondents improperly used their investments in the company to engage in supposedly illegal activities and transactions. They claimed they were enticed to invest their money in January 2009 amounting to more than P75

million, more than $65,000 and another P4 million, and added that Jonathan Dee made it appear THAT!LLIANCEWASAkNANCIALLYREwarding company and that numerous entities were investing in it. The complainants described the management of Alliance as a “wire and shut out scheme� because the money infused to the company as corporate funds was siphoned off and misappropriated by the management for the benefit of Dee-owned companies, unknown to third parties. Alliance was supposedly formed as a “vehicle to win back the lost business empire of the Dee family,� the complainants claimed.

Go: ‘Service to people is service to God’ SENATE candidate Christopher Lawrence “Bong� Go called on Sunday for an end to political mudslinging, saying the Easter season should be an opportunity TOUNITEINSERVICETO&ILIPINOS “We rightfully thank God because the nation’s commemoration of Holy Week was peaceful,� Go said in a statement. g,ETSHOPEEVERYONESRElECTION becomes meaningful, hatred in

people’s hearts disappear, and we have forgiven all those who have wronged us,� he added. Go said the death and resurrection of Christ for mankind’s salvaTIONWASASACRIkCETHATEVERYONE should offer for the good of others. “At the end of Holy Week, let’s hope everyone stops the mudslinging and hurtful actions, and replace these with cooperation and service to the nation,� he said.

Filipino nurses taking US exam up 46% in Q1 A TOTAL of 2,890 Filipino nurses hoping to practice their profession in America took the US licensure examination for the first time from January to March this year, ACTS-OFW party-list group said on Sunday. The figure was up 46 percent compared to the 1,988 Philippine-educated nurses who took the US’ eligibility test or the NCLEX for the first time in the same three-month period in 2018, excluding repeaters, according to ACTSOFW Rep. Aniceto Bertiz 3rd. “It is evident that many Filipino nurses are still raring to move into America’s highly lucrative labor market,� Bertiz said. Citing data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bertiz said Filipino nurses woking in US hospitals received an average of $6,292 (or P327,870) in monthly wages. Even Filipino nurses gainfully employed in the Middle East were steadily relocating to the US, Bertiz said. “Drawn by superior pay and their strong connectedness to the Western culture, many Filipino nurses in the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are now going to Texas and California,� he added. Based on figures from the US Na-

tional Council of State Boards of Nursing Inc., besides the 2,890 Filipinos, there were 361 Indians, 310 Puerto Ricans, 228 South Koreans and 181 Nigerians who also took the NCLEX for the first time from January to March. Since passing the NCLEX is usually the final step in the US nurse licensure process, the number of Filipinos taking the test for the first time is considered a good indicator as to how many of them are trying to enter the profession in the US. A total of 10,302 Filipino nurses took the NCLEX for the first time in the whole of 2018, up 32 percent compared to the 7,791 who took the test in 2017. A cumulative 189,993 Filipino nurses had taken the NCLEX for the first time since 1995, according to Bertiz. Unofficial estimates place at 150,000 the number of active Filipino registered nurses in America. Despite a huge national surplus, Bertiz said the Philippines continued to produce a large number of new nurses, many of whom end up working overseas. The Philippines’ Professional Regulation Commission issued licenses to 18,894 new nurses from 2017 to 2018, he added.

SC overturns Comelec ruling on old CoC format Q Image shows an analysis of the email footprint of the distribution of the so-called ‘Bikoy’ video.

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OUST-DUTERTE the “kill.� That’s how coups are staged. Except that in this instance, there is no discernible support from the police and the military, much less the people. &OR A COUP TO SUCCEED  IT IS critical to have the support of the people. Unfortunately for coup plotters in this country, the people have grown tired and weary of coups. More importantly, various polls have shown that President Rodrigo Duterte still enjoys the overwhelming support of the masses. His ratings have remained in the stratospheric levels for the past three years despite the incessant attacks by the opposition.

Media participants in the Oust-Duterte move

“Bikoy,� obviously a pseudonym, was the source of the black proPAGANDA THEMATRIXSHOWS&ROM Bikoy, the stories go to Ellen Tordesillas, president of Vera &ILES  WHO ACTS AS THE NEXUS AND distributor of the materials to the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ), Rappler and the National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL). These organizations, in turn, distribute the false narratives to their respective members. (Please refer to the matrix.) Tordesillas also currently serves ASAFACT CHECKERFOR&ACEBOOK4HE matrix, however, did not disclose The Matrix the real identity of Bikoy. Save for the NUPL, a leftist group, A document provided to The Manila Times over the weekend by the the rest of the people from Rappler, same source shows what appears 6ERA&ILESANDTHE0#)*NAMEDINTHE to be a coordinated media cam- matrix are members of the media. It would now appear that these paign to discredit the President. Under the heading, “Associa- journalists are collaborating with tion Matrix Between BIKOY and the Left in their effort to destabilize ELLEN TORDESILLAS,� (all caps the government, the matrix shows. supplied), the matrix illustrates “Wala namang tao na ganoon THElOWOFNEWSFROMTHESOURCE (referring to Bikoy),� the source to a nexus or distributor and said. The series of invented stories kNALLY TO THE INDIVIDUAL JOURNAL- against the President was part of ists for publication. It also names the black propaganda campaign the journalists and organizations by the Yellows, the source added. involved in the alleged plot to The opposition couldn’t accept blacken the image of the President. that the ratings of the President “A group sympathetic to the remain stratospheric. President and deeply involved “Mataas ang credibility ni Presiin the IT business had tracked dente.� They could not believe THE lOW OF INFORMATION FROM ITS that despite the series of black source to its various media assets propaganda campaign against the and decided to provide the infor- President, his popularity and trust mation to the President out of ratings remain unaffected. concern,� the source said. 6ERA&ILES THE0#)*AND2APPLER

received largesse from various foreign sources, the source said, WITHOUTSPECIFYINGAkGURE

Bikoy also accused Go of having a dragon tattoo on his back that embedded a code name for alleged drug transactions. Plotters desperate Bikoy and his partners in crime went silent after Go bared his back Two other independent sources to the public that showed no dragon CONkRMEDTHATTHEREISANACTIVEPLOT tattoo. “Ang kinis ng likod ni Bong to oust the President. It was obvious, Go,� an amused observer said. THEY SAID &OR ONE THING  IT IS NOT the duty of the press or the media Paid hacks in media to be at the forefront of an active campaign to unseat a duly elected Another media practitioner sees malPresident. The role of the press is to ice and ill intent on the part of Ellen inform the public and expose the Tordesillas when she acted as distributor shenanigans, venalities and corrup- of the anti-Duterte stories, as the matrix tion in government; but certainly shows. “Normally, a journalist would not to participate in any manner or not share her story with other journalform in any campaign to destabilize ists or media outlets, especially if it is an the government. The media is sup- enterprise or exclusive story. He or she posed to be the purveyors of truth, would naturally want to have a scoop.� not an instrument to plot against a If it is true that Ellen participatsitting President, they added. ed in the distribution of the story They said it became particularly — whether that is legitimate or vicious when Bikoy in his second otherwise — at the very least, she video episode of the “Ang Totoong will be guilty of unethical practice. Narcolist� series, accused the Presi- And if she was paid for doing so, dent’s 14-year old daughter, Veronica then she would be nothing more and his partner, Honeylet, of receiving than a paid hack, a cheap propa“payoffs from the illegal drug trade gandist, and therefore, fair game and depositing such transactions in for the administration, he said. The same is true in the case of banks in Hong Kong.� “Paano nangyari na ‘yung 6ERA &ILES  2APPLER AND THE 0#)* batang edad 14, may gatas pa sa They appear to have received labi, ay tumatanggap na ng suhol massive foreign funding, which sa mga drug lords? Pati ‘yung is against our Constitution, and, kanyang ina na nananahimik sa THEREFORE THESEMEDIAOUTkTSCANDavao, isinangkot? Laking kabu- not claim objectivity. Their critical lastugan n’yan,� one of them said, Duterte stories become suspect. To this date, they have not reto which the other agreed. Another tall tale was when futed allegations of foreign fundBikoy accused erstwhile presiden- ing by our eminent writer, former tial assistant Christopher Lawrence ambassador Rigoberto Tiglao, in “Bong� Go of receiving kickbacks amounts that he said have ranged from the drug lords; that his takes from $106,000 to $278,000. were deposited in four local banks; Tordesillas has been asked and that his foreign bank transac- to comment on the allegations tions had reached P3.7 billion against her before publication from 2010 to 2018. The accuser did of this article, but the Times has not offer any shadow of proof to not received a reply by deadline back up his accusations. on Sunday.

THE Supreme Court (SC) has slammed the Commission on Elections (Comelec) for disqualifying candidates who used the “old forMATuINTHEkLINGOFTHECERTIkCATE of candidacy (CoC). )TTHENHALTEDTHEDISQUALIkCATION of a mayoralty candidate in Baguio City after the Comelec delisted his name for using the “old format.� In a three-page resolution, the court en banc in its summer session in the city ruled to issue a Status Quo Ante Order (SQAO), WHICHSTOPPEDTHEDISQUALIkCATION of lawyer Edgar Avila. The resolution was signed and promulgated by lawyer Edgar Aricheta, dated April 11, 2019, after the issuance of the SQAO by Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin upon the recommendation of its ponente, Justice Antonio Carpio. The high tribunal subsequently ordered the Comelec to restrain from implementing its Minute Resolution 19-0826, dated March 6, 2019. The election court was also mandated by the high court to comment ONAPETITIONkLEDBY!VILAWITHIN days from notice. The ruling means that other candidates similarly situated like Avila

can seek the tribunal’s intervention to allow them to run again in the May 2019 midterm polls. Under the Comelec’s minute resolution, the commission’s Law Department recommended that “all CoC following the old format, which lacks Item No. 22, as received from Comelec field offices nationwide, shall be ‘Deemed .OT &ILED  FOR BEING not in conformity with Comelec Resolution 10420, as amended by Comelec Resolution 10430 and as such, notwithstanding that their names are already in the Official Ballots for the 2019 NLE (national and local elections), they shall not be voted for, and any votes cast in their favor shall be considered stray.� This was adopted by the Comelec en banc by stating “that all CoC following the old format and lacking Item 22, as received FROM #OMELEC kELD OFkCES  SHALL BE@$EEMED.OT&ILEDu Item 22 asked a question if a particular candidate was disciplined or found guilty or had pending criminal or administrative cases. This question was not stated in the old format of the Comelec CoC. JOMAR CANLAS

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Arroyo to lead first Boao Forum will be held at Bonifacio Global City in Taguig. President Rodrigo Duterte and forum secretary general Li Badong will deliver keynote speeches at the event, which will be attended by members of the Cabinet and SEVERAL#HINESEOFkCIALS The conference will bring together approximately 300 participants, including business leaders from China and the Philippines and some executives from Chinese enterprises in the Philippines. The event aims to assist visiting Chinese entrepreneurs to better understand the business environment and related policies of the Philippines, as well as the consensus reached by leaders of the two countries. It also aims to strengthen the alignment of Beijing’s “Belt and

Road� initiative with the development strategies of the Philippines and other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Arroyo’s camp said. The conference will be held in COOPERATION WITH THE &EDERATION OF &ILIPINO #HINESE #HAMBERS OF Commerce and Industry Inc., the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Philippine Exporters Confederation Inc. and the Chinese Embassy in the Philippines. 4HE "OAO &ORUM FOR !SIA IS A NONPROkTORGANIZATIONCONVENING government leaders since 2002 to promote regional economic integration, and was named after the town of Boao, located in China’s Hainan province. It is headed by former United Nations secretary general Ban Kimoon. GLEE JALEA


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Six Filipinos still trapped in Tripoli T BY BERNADETTE E. TAMAYO

HE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Sunday that six Filipinos remained TRAPPED IN HEAVY kGHTING IN 4RIPOLI  AND advised families to convince their loved ones who are still in the Libyan capital to go home. ChargĂŠs d’Affaires and Philippine head of mission Elmer Cato made the appeal, expressing hope that the number of Filipinos requesting for repatriation from Libya increases. “We understand they are here to provide for their families back home, but the situation here is

becoming increasingly dangerous for those who want to stay,� Cato said over Facebook on Saturday. “Like their loved ones in the Philippines, we just want our kababayan (fellowmen) here to be safe. We want to bring them home alive,� he said. He said the Philippine Embassy

in Tripoli was hoping that the number of requests for repatriations “would go up.� “We have received 22 requests so far, including the seven we repatriated a few days ago, who have already arrived in Manila,� Cato added. Four Filipino students from the Islamic Call College in Tripoli and three hospital workers returned home on Saturday. “In the next few days, the Philippine Embassy in Tripoli will be evacuating 15 other Filipinos to Tunis (Tunisia) where they would be repatriated to the Philippines,� Cato said.

There are over 1,000 Filipinos in Tripoli working in hospitals, oil companies and the services sector. “We have received some queries from other Filipinos, but they are still undecided,� Cato added. He said that on April 16, one Filipino was wounded in a rocket attack in a neighborhood in Tripoli where more than 200 Filipinos were residing. “On Wednesday (April 17), mortars struck a hospital with 18 Filipinos in the outskirts where HEAVYkGHTINGISTAKINGPLACE4Oday (April 20), at least six Filipinos REMAINTRAPPEDINkGHTINGINTHEIR neighborhood in Tripoli,� he said.

He and some embassy staff met with some Filipinos on Friday at the St. Francis Church to convince them to go home. However, the Filipinos said they “would rather stay.� “Despite all our efforts, we just could not convince our kababayan here to take our offer to bring them home while we still can. If we cannot do it, then perhaps their families in the Philippines can,� he said. “We will continue to go where our people are. We will continue to call them. We will continue to engage them online. We will not stop while we still can, while we still have a window to get them out,� Cato added.

/N !PRIL   THE $&! OFkCIAL said, “Our kababayan here in Tripoli keep telling us they will not LEAVEEVENIFTHEINkGHTINGINTHE outskirts reaches the capital. We are not giving up.� “Everyday for the past several days, our team here at the Philippine Embassy in Tripoli, assisted by members of the augmentation team from the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila, have been calling Filipinos in areas in and NEARWHERETHEkGHTINGHASBEEN taking place to check on them and assure them we are still here and are ready to bring them home if they want us to,� Cato added.

Go urges rebels to talk peace AGUSAN DEL SUR: Former special assistant to the President and Senate candidate Christopher Lawrence “Bong� Go has appealed to communist rebels to return to the fold of the law, saying peace was necessary to spur development in the countryside. Speaking at the campaign rally of the Hugpong ng Pagbabago at the Agusan del Sur Cultural Center last week, April 12 Go thanked the officials and residents of the province for their warm welcome. He also appealed to communist rebels to seriously consider the opening President Rodrigo Duterte had given to them for peace, because no other president might give them the same chance. “Huwag ninyong palampasin ang pagkakataon (Do not let that chance pass),� Go said. He noted that while President Duterte announced in March 21, 2019 the official termination of talks between the government and the Communist Party of the Philippines, Executive Order 70 signed last December by the President was still effect, which directs the creation of a national task force to “end

local communist armed conflict.� Go said this meant Duterte did not entirely close the doors to communist rebels to come down from the mountains, also citing the ongoing government incentives for rebel-returnees such as the Enhanced-Comprehensive Local Integration and Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan programs. Likewise, the Philippine National Police instructed in March all police commanders, especially in communist rebel-infested areas, to start their own initiatives in pursuing local peace talks with communist units operating in their respective areas. Go, who has made localized peace talks one of the priority concerns under his legislative agenda, noted that the roots of rebellion in many places of the country stemmed from local issues and, thus, could be addressed locally. “Let us give enough authority and capabilities our local government units, including support mechanisms, so they can pursue lasting peace in their respective areas,� Go said in Filipino. “No Filipino would want to kill a fellow Filipino,� he added.

Go said he was familiar with the sentiment of the communist rebels, having accompanied then-Davao Mayor Duterte several times to the mountains, going into the lair of communist rebels, to facilitate the release of their hostages. It can be recalled that in February, Go and the President’s son, Sebastian “Baste� Duterte, facilitated the release of the remaining eight hostages held by the New People’s Army in Agusan del Sur.

Projects for the countryside Unless the problem of rebellion is solved, Go said it would be very difficult for progress to take off in provinces such as Agusan del Norte, despite its generous share of development projects under the Duterte administration. Among others, the government is awaiting proposals for the P50.46-million, 4.76-kilometer communal irrigation system in Rosario, Agusan del Sur, which would have 23 units of canal structures to serve 264 hectares of rice farms in Barangays Libuac, Poblacion and Tagbayan.

QFormer special assistant to the President and Senate candidate Christopher Lawrence ‘Bong’ Go is mobbed by supporters during the campaign rally of the Hugpong ng Pagbabago at the Agusan del Sur Cultural Center on April 12. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Upon completion, the project is expected to increase rice production from 3 metric tons per hectare (MT/ha) to 4 MT/ha for conventional rice farming, and from 3 MT/ha to 3.6 MT/ha for natural farming. Also, the administration announced in November last year the Rural Agro-Enter-

prise Partnership for Inclusive Development and Growth for various areas of the country, including the Caraga region. The P4.7-billion project aims to assist enterprises, strengthen institutions, technically assist financial service providers, and enhance project management for agriculture-based micro and

small enterprises. It is expected to benefit some 78,000 households. Go vowed that he would support the programs and projects of President Duterte, including development projects for the countryside and the threepronged campaign against illegal drugs, criminality and corruption.


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E d i to r i a l Liberals need to get Mamasapano off their back

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)"%2!,0ARTYPRESIDENT&RANCIS0ANGILINANSTILLDOESNOT realize it. Mamasapano is a national tragedy or wound that will not heal, it will keep recurring in national politics as a live issue, for as long as the LP refuses to own its shared responsibility for the tragedy. President Benigno Aquino 3rd, a Liberal, authorized the ill-fated mission, and even placed a suspended police general to take charge of the operation. -ANUEL@-AR2OXASWASSECRETARYOFTHE$EPARTMENTOF)NTERIORAND,OCAL'OVERNMENT$),' ATTHETIMETHEINCIDENT HAPPENED,AWENFORCEMENTISTHE$),'SMANDATE ANDTHE Special Action Forces troops were taken from the Philippine National Police, over which the interior secretary has supervision and authority. Mamasapano was a policy failure of the entire Aquino administration. It is a monkey on the back of the Liberal party. 7HEN-AR2OXASRANFORPRESIDENTINTHEELECTIONS -Amasapano was one issue raised against him during the campaign. 2OXASWASWITH0RESIDENT!QUINOIN-INDANAOATTHETIME of the fatal encounter. He did nothing to press the president to send reinforcements to rescue the beleaguered commandos while the battle was taking place. Instead he meekly accepted Aquino’s stony indifference to the fate of the SAF commandos. 1UESTIONSWEREASKEDOF2OXASDURINGTHE3ENATEINQUIRY into Mamasapano. And he never satisfied public doubts about his inaction in the affair. .OW THE-AMASAPANOISSUEHASRETURNEDTOHOUND2OXAS in his current candidacy for the Senate. )NTHELATESTBLASTAGAINSTHIM 0RESIDENT$UTERTESAYSg-AR 2OXASNDWASTEDTHELIVESOFTHEPOLICECOMMANDOSWHO DIEDINTHE-AMASAPANOTRAGEDYu Senator Pangilinan, as LP president, has gamely taken up THECUDGELSFOR2OXAS DEFENDINGHIMAGAINSTTHECHARGE 4HESENATORHASBRANDED$UTERTESBLASTASJUSTgPOLITICKINGu ORgDIVISIONARYTACTICSu  0ANGILINAN ISSUED THIS STATEMENT g2AISING THE MATTER anew is pure and simple politicking, and a means to shun important and pressing issues affecting the Filipinos such as poverty, lack of opportunities, indignation over China’s aggression, and corruption hounding many of the administration candidates. g4HEMATTERHASBEENINVESTIGATEDBYTHE3ENATE#HARGES have been filed and the courts are now handling the matter. Let’s allow the judicial processes to proceed and give the persons involved their day in court. That is where accountability ISULTIMATELYDETERMINEDu The truth is the Senate inquiry established nothing. Senators Grace Poe and Francis Escudero preempted the Senate inquiry to project their combined candidacy for president and vice president in the 2016 elections. The Senate inquiry came up with the swishy finding that President Aquino was gULTIMATELYRESPONSIBLEuFOR-AMASAPANO $IDWESPENDMILLIONSINTHEINQUIRYTOMERELYCOMEUP WITH THIS gNOTHINGBURGERu $ID WE AUTHORIZE MILLIONS TO committees that adamantly refused to ask President Aquino QUESTIONSABOUT-AMASAPANO Now, Grace Poe is running for reelection to the Senate. Ever fond of Senate inquiries because of the cameras, she no doubt plans to conduct more probes if she is reelected. It’s time to remind her of her abject failure as lead Mamasapano prober. )F-AR2OXASISBEINGHOUNDEDAS$),'SECRETARYFOR-Amasapano, it’s only fair to also hound the lead investigator of Mamasapano who found nothing. It’s also relevant to point out here that the Commission on (UMAN2IGHTS#(2 WENTTO-AMASAPANOTOINVESTIGATETHEINcident for possible violations of human rights. Oddly, it did not kNDASINGLEABUSEINTHESPECTACLEOFDEAD3!&COMMANDOS

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HE word popped into my head when, upon entering a coffee SHOP NEAR THE OFkCE  THE NOTICE for payment options at the cashier CAUGHTMYATTENTIONg7E#HAT0AY !LIPAY ACCEPTED HERE u IT SAID  IN both English and Chinese characters. A new restaurant in the area that I discovered two days prior had a similar notice. Is Old Manila GETTINGgCHINALIZEDuORSINICIZED WeChat Pay and Alipay are mobile applications with products that include a digital wallet. These allow customers to pay accredited merchants directly by swiping their 12 CODE IN THEIR SMARTPHONES Transactions are then automatically charged to the customer’s registered bank account or credit card. Alipay by Alibaba and WeChat Pay by Tencent are the most popular mobile and online payment platforms in China, and are now recognized in several countries, including the Philippines. Alipay overtook the US-based Paypal as the world’s largest mobile payment service organization in 2013 with around 900 million users. With WeChat Pay and Alipay being accepted in a small coffee shop with just about 25-seating capacity, it goes to show that local business establishments in the country are now adopting the electronic payment system and may sooner or later be transformed into a cashless society like China. In China, even tiangge lEA MARKET  SELLERS AND sidewalk vendors accept electronic

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‘Chinalization’ of Manila

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TEA TIME TITA C. VALDERAMA payments. At the coffee shop, the cashier said they have a number of customers already using the digital wallet. The coffee shop is in historic Intramuros, a popular destination for tourists. Its location is close to a construction project awarded to a Chinese company employing Chinese workers. Lately, I have noticed that many fast-food chains, restaurants, and other business establishments in Metro Manila have placed sign boards and instructions in Chinese TEXTOTHERSALSOHAVE+OREANAND or Japanese characters. We’re already used to having alMOSTEVERYTHINGATHOMEgMADEIN #HINAumFROMTOOTHPICKTOCLOTHING to kitchen appliances. But followING THE INlUX OF #HINESE TOURISTS  traders, and workers into the Philippines, many business establishments have started adjusting their marketing ploy to cater to the needs of the growing Chinese population. While the Philippines is touted to have the oldest and largest Chinese community in the world, it appears that in recent years the entire counTRY IS BECOMING gCHINALIZED u OR INlUENCED IFNOTDICTATEDTO BYTHE Chinese and their culture.

A week ago, a friend in Beijing shared photos of a news cast on CCTV about employees at the Presidential Communications Office in Malacañang learning Mandarin. Mandarin is also offered as an elective subject in the Philippine school system. Other countries in Southeast Asia are in the same situation. A journalist-friend in Cambodia said a few days ago that Chinese capitalists have put up online gaming facilities, restaurants and other businesses there. My friend noted that there are speculations that some Chinese are engaged in money laundering through the CASINOSTHATHAVElOURISHEDINTHE last couple of years. In the Vietnamese province of +HANH(OA THESURGEOF#HINESE arrivals as early as 2016 threatened local resort owners as travel agencies that brought in tourists later leased the facilities and took over the management and operations of businesses. 2EPORTSSAIDAMONGTHOSEWHO entered as tourists were owners of TRAVELkRMSIN#HINABUTWEREABLE to take over businesses from Vietnamese by leasing their properties. Later, they also brought in Chinese products, labeled them as if they were made in Vietnam, and sold to Chinese tourists. What happened in Vietnam’s resort town of Nha Trang in 2016 looks like what’s happening in Boracay where Chinese establish-

ments are beginning to sprout following a six-month closure that was supposed to rehabilitate the resort island from environmental decay. In news reports last week, acting Mayor Abram Sualog of Malay, Aklan was quoted as saying that Chinese-run business establishments on Boracay had increased by roughly 30 percent since the major tourism destination reopened in October last year. The number of Chinese tourists has grown, he said, and so have the business establishments such as restaurants and lodging houses and these employ Chinese workers, some of whom were found to have no working permits. ) kND NOTHING WRONG IN BEING friendly with another country, especially when that country is MORE PROGRESSIVE AND INlUENTIAL than ours. But something is seriously wrong when we begin to lose our identity and dignity and bow down to a foreign power in our own territory. I find nothing wrong if we adopt technological innovations that China is introducing if these would ease doing business between and among countries. But something goes wrong when Chinese businessmen takeover businesses from Filipinos and deprive Filipino workers of decent jobs. Filipinos can be friends with the Chinese, but we should not allow ourSELVESTOBEgSINICIZEDu gCHINALIZED u or whatever goes with the root word.

STL or masiao: It’s still gambling

F there is one sector where Imperial Manila continues to wield its monopolistic authority it is in the gambling sector, especially as far as the ever expanding, community-based Small Town Lottery is concerned. Small town lottery, or STL, is the government’s successful strategy to tap into the grassroots gambling market, targeting mostly lower middle class and the poor. Operators of illegal numbers games like jueteng and masiao have been collecting billions of pesos from ordinary Filipinos over the years. A long list of Lotto numbers games notwithstanding, these illegal games of chance have remained POPULARANDPROkTABLE STL was launched in early 2006. Initially it failed to stop illegal gambling and the previous Aquino administration even sought to scrap it altogether. However, since late 2016 the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes /FkCE0#3/ HASAGGRESSIVELYROLLED out STL, approving 92 authorized AGENTCORPORATIONS!!#S IN  THOUGHSOMEWERELATERREVOKED0HILIPPINE.EWS!GENCY !PRIL   4HEREWEREgOPERATIONAL34,!!#Su ASOF*AN  OFWHICHWERE approved between November 2016 AND*ANUARY0#3/WEBSITE  Each AAC has a monopoly of STL in its respective area of operation – either a city or a province. In Cebu, Saturn Gaming N’ Amusement Corp. has the exclusive authority to operate STL in Cebu province,

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MARIT STINUSCABUGON excluding Metro Cebu. In Metro Cebu, Sinsilyo Corp., First Golden &ORTUNE ,EISURE )NC AND ,UCKY  Games and Amusement Corp. run STL in Cebu City, Mandaue City and Lapu Lapu City, respectively. STL offers 2- and 3-digit numbers games at bets as low as P1, three times a day. The 3-digit Suwer3 is like masiao except that masiao results before were derived not FROMADRAWBUTFROMkCTITIOUSJAI alai games aired on radio. Ushers ANDCOORDINATORSARENOWOFkCIALLY called sales representatives and sales supervisors, respectively. The sales representatives visit homes in their assigned area three times daily to collect bets for the three daily draws. While the implementINGRULESSTATETHATg.OBETMUSTBE ACCEPTEDFROMMINORS u)HEARDTHAT ushers ask children in the homes they VISITgWHATSYOURNUMBERu+IDSGROW up with STL being part of everyday life, and they imitate adults. Betting stations – STL substations – are sprouting in the communities. A friend told me that there are three within walking distance from her house. Illegal gambling operations continue but all in all, the campaign of

the government to place authorized STL operators all over the country, come up with better rules and regulations, and closely coordinate with law enforcement has reduced illegal GAMBLINGACTIVITIESSIGNIkCANTLY4HE CONlICTWITH'LOBALTECH-OBILE/NLINE#ORPWHICHOPERATESg0ERYAHAN NG "AYANu ON AN EXPIRED $EED OF Authority causes some confusion though. The Court of Appeals last January 15 told PCSO to stop its raids on Globaltech’s outlets, continue to send a representative to Globaltech’s draws, and submit to arbitration. The authority from the PCSO is SUFkCIENTFOR34,OPERATORSTOOPERATE legally. They are not, unlike other businesses and organizations, required to secure business permits from the local government. Note that a local radio station must secure a business permit and pay local tax even if the broadcast corporation which owns the local station operates by virtue of a national franchise and permits granted by the National Telecommunications Commission. Cities, municipalities, provinces and congressional districts—as well as the Philippine National Police—all get their share from STL sales. Based on the STL implementING RULES AND GUIDELINES /CTOBER  FROMGROSSSALESOF0MILlion, a city or municipality receives 0  APROVINCE0 AND a congressional district P25,000. However, due to the growing

reach of STL, questions raised about the selection of AACs—are the grantEESTHEWELL CONNECTEDFAVOREDFEW —and the call of the times for further decentralization of governance ANDgJUSTSHARINGuOFREVENUESAND resources between national and local governments, mayors across the archipelago are demanding a say in regulating STL operations. Furthermore, STL could be made transparent and less susceptible to corruption allegations by opening it to free competition. The government, local as well as national, could increase earnings while bettors would get more value for their money if STL was no longer restricted by exclusivity or monopoly. At the end of the day, no matter how well managed STL is, no matter how much money it raises for medical assistance and other charitable undertakings, gambling is never good and should not be glorified. STL, more than other forms of gambling, siphons off what could have been the meager savings of cash-strapped Filipinos. $R*OS¼2IZALSAIDITINHISSARCASTIC way in Noli Me Tangere. Using COCKkGHTINGASHISEXAMPLE 2IZAL WROTETHATgVICEPAYSFORITSFREEDOMuWHENgMAGNIkCENTSCHOOLS rise [and] bridges and highways AREBUILTuBYTHEGOVERNMENTWITH ITSSHAREOFGAMBLINGREVENUEg;"= lessed be the vice which produces SUCHBOUNTIFULRESULTSÜu


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intermittent drought that leads to enormous crop failures and the loss ODAY, April 22, we mark the of livestock. Also, the elderly are annual celebration of Earth becoming victims of heat stroke. The Philippines has advocated Day, organized 49 years ago in 1970 through the initiative of US Sen. keeping the temperature rise at Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin. It 1.5°Celsius for the survival of was on April 4, 2000, when the archipelagic and small island national participation of the Philip- states. The 2019 celebration of life pines in Earth Day was established is focused on protecting our biodithrough a resolution I sponsored in versity of species. Accordingly, in the Senate to celebrate Earth Day to Santiago, Isabela, we linked the protect the abundance and promote RElECTION ON (OLY 7EEK DURING Palm Sunday with a techno-arts the beauty of the Earth. Earth Day is now observed by all workshop with a culminating 194 countries, to save Mother Earth presentation by the Earthsavers from ultimate disaster—climate Unesco Artist for Peace, with change— unless mankind can reduce DepEd and NCCA partnership, ANDkNALLYREMOVECARBONDIOXIDE about the “Agony, Death and Res(CO2) and other greenhouse gases urrection of the Forests and Seas� at the St Francis of Assisi Church. (GHGs) from the atmosphere. Earth Day must be a consciousSince 200 years ago, when man started to use machines, we have been ness awakening to protect life, to burning fossil fuels – coal and oil – to reduce CO2 that is causing the produce electricity for our develop- overheating of the Earth. To avoid climate catastrophe, ment and comfort. The process of producing electricity has produced governments, communities, inCO2, methane, black carbon from dividuals, must all join hands to diesel, and other GHGs which last for reduce CO2. Rapid carbon cuts at least 150 years in the atmosphere. are the only way to stop the severe From the report of the United impact of climate change. We reduce CO2 by using more Nations science body, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change clean and renewable sources of en(IPCC), there is now a concentration ergy. We reduce GHGs by managing of 3,100 billion metric tons of GHGs our garbage, stopping the pollution in the atmosphere that brought of our rivers and lakes, growing trees about the overheating of the Earth to and mangroves along our coastal 1.3°Celsius, higher than before the areas, by reducing the wasteful and industrial revolution. This overheat- excessive lifestyle and consumption ing of the Earth is the cause of melting by man. Governments should proof the North Pole and the South Pole, mote a dramatic shift in policy to use the rising of the oceans, and severe alternative fuels systematically after and more frequent typhoons and RATIkCATIONOFTHE0ARIS#LIMATE!GREEstorms, intense drought, including the ment and create the infrastructure to widespread vector-borne diseases – connect a wide range of action for dengue and malaria – of which there climate justice and actualization of the is currently an alarming increase in the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Earth Day is dedicated to saving number of cases in the Philippines. Unless we reduce CO2, the heat- future generations from the deing will continue and if it reaches structive impacts of climate change 2°Celsius mankind cannot stop this due to global warming. I hope to be a distinct voice in overheating anymore that will see the gradual death of corals and reduction Congress to provide legal protection, OFkSHLIFE4HEREDUCTIONINTHEPRIN- advancement of new policies to slow cipal source of protein for the human down species extinction, encourage brain could mean the certain destruc- changes in consumer behavior and climate resilience through inclusive tion of human civilization. Climate change is a threat mul- lifelong learning while countering tiplier. It is undermining the eco- deforestation habitat, wildlife and nomic and political stability of underwater heritage loss. It is heroic nations. And ecological disasters to save our ailing mother earth. “Let us make Earth day everyday.� are wreaking turmoil in many societies to the point where huge numbers of people are being dis- The author served as a senator, placed, becoming “environmental congressman, ambassador, Concon delegate and secretary in the migrants� or “climate refugees.� Deforestation, removal of vegeta- cabinet for agrarian reform, environtion and exploitative agriculture ment, climate change and overseas have degraded lands, whipping Filipinos. He is the chairman of the up typhoons and tropical storms advisory board of Climate Instithat are becoming more intense, tute and is founding chairman of exacting a higher toll on lives Earthsavers. He is also a PDP-Laban and properties. In Mindanao and candidate for congressman for the Cagayan Valley, we have suffered an fourth district of Isabela. BY HEHERSON T. ALVAREZ

by a dubious website that rooted for Yellow “Otso Diretso� candidates. The video hosted by one “Bikoy� was distributed first by anti-Duterte writer Ellen Tordesillas, known since many years ago to be Sen. Antonio Trillanes’ most loyal and noisy apologist, and disseminated by three news websites here funded by US neoliberal entities—Tordesillas’ “Vera Files,� Rappler.com and the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ)—as well as by the leftist National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL). The video was largely ignored by netizens, with viewers for each of its four “episodes� not exceeding 2,000. It was so amateurish and its allegations clearly fabricated that it bored or turned off people. Netizens for instance quickly pointed out that the deposits allegedly made by drug lords to the bank accounts of Duterte’s children were made on holidays, when banks are closed. Obviously copying from B-movies, the video claimed that Duterte’s former special assistant and senatorial candidate Bong Go had a dragon tattoo on his back, which ostensibly links him to narcotics syndicates. Go simply took off his shirt at a press conference and showed he had none. The videos got Duterte’s goat, however, as it made vicious allegations against his children. It even alleged that his 14-year-old daughter Kitty, the apple of his eye, is a drug addict. If it had any impact at all, the video demonstrated that the Yellows will resort to the dirtiest, most immoral tactic to throw dirt at the President in a desperate attempt to sell its senatorial candidates to the people.

ties. This technology was nearly perfected by Western intelligence services to track down the source of jihadist videos, in response to the worldwide outrage against THEHORRIkCBEHEADINGVIDEOSBY the Islamic State. The Yellows should have consulted with their jailed comrade Leila de Lima who had bragged when she was justice secretary that the National Bureau of InVESTIGATIONHADIDENTIkEDTHEUPLOADEROFTHEHORRIkCMASSACREOF police troopers at Mamasapano using such techniques, The cyber-crime experts found the “Bikoy� video to have been kRST UPLOADED TO 9OU4UBE BY A website www.metrobalita.net. Metrobalita.net does not disclose who created or manages it. It pretends to be a news site focusing on celebrity news, e.g., “Gretchen Ho, napikon kay Mayweather.� It first went onLINEON!PRIL ORWHENTHEkRST part of the video was uploaded into the worldwide web. It was last updated April 15, when the “Bikoy� video’s “4th episode� was released. Since then though it has not been updated at all. Whoever is responsible for it couldn’t resist the temptation of rooting for the Yellows (or perhaps the Yellow financiers demanded their money’s worth) that it had a prominent flashing ad for the so-called “Otso Diretso� senatorial candidates. Two were devoted solely to candidate Romy Macalintal, whose claim to fame has been his defending Vice President Leni Robredo from charges of massive cheating in the last elections. The site even had a “news article� titled “Look: Atty. Macalintal, napaiyak sa aklay na kanta ng mga PWDs para sa kanya.� That “news� was not reported anywhere else in media, and appears to be totally made up.

I had been told this many years ago when I was then President Arroyo’s chief of staff in the 2000s, by military intelligence who briefed me on her very close association with Trillanes. She was even at the Manila Peninsula a day before the hotel was invaded by Trillanes’ gang in 2007. She has never written in her blog or in her Malaya column a single piece critical of Trillanes. In fact, she wrote glowing pieces on him, with one article in 2013 titled “Sa Puso ni Trillanes ang Kapakanan ng Sundalo.� My military sources even jested that her reference to “puso ni Trillanes� was a slip of the tongue for the smitten Tordesillas. The cyber-crime experts—who were called in as the videos clearly violated the Cyber-libel Law— claimed their link analysis showed that it was Tordesillas who distributed the “Bikoy� video to the PCIJ (where Otso candidate Chel Diokno is a board member), to her Vera Files, to Rappler, PCIJ, and to the National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL) another Duterte-hating organization. These websites then sent it to as many email addresses as they could. (See cyber-crime expert's graphics on page 1.) If you don’t think that the use of the word “people’s� in its name is a neon sign that NUPL is a communist-linked organization nearly as much as the “New People’s Army,� consider the following. Its chairman for many years has been Neri Colmenares, the Red-front Bayan Muna’s party-list representative in Congress for three terms, who has the gall to run for the Senate in the coming elections. Its president is Edre Olalia, who for decades has been communist ideologue Jose Ma. Sison’s OFkCIAL attorney.

Link analysis

Cheap shot

According to the cyber-crime experts’ “link analysis,� Vera Files head Tordesillas, who is also a columnist of the Malaya newspaper, first accessed the video using her personal website www. ellentordesillas.com and that of the newspaper she has a column in, www.malaya.com.ph. Tordesillas has long been known to be Trillanes’ apologist.

The “Bikoy� video is just another cheap shot of that unholy alliance against Duterte now: the Yellows, the Reds, and Trillanes’ gang of mutineers as well as internet media companies funded by US entities which think they can mold the minds of Filipinos and remove Third World leaders that they don’t like. The PCIJ, an entity funded since its creation by US entities

Morons The Yellow morons apparently were oblivious to the fact that uploaders of videos to social media sites like YouTube, and those who actively distribute these, can be traced using rudimentary methods available to ordinary netizens. There is also a more advanced technology such as “Link Analysis� that law enforcers use to track down uploaders who meticulously try to hide their identi-

like the Asia Foundation and in recent years by the Washingtonbased National Endowment for Democracy a few weeks back undertook its own black-propaganda offensive against Duterte and his children by claiming that they had “big spikes in wealth, CASHWHILEINPUBLICOFkCEu"Eneath that screaming headline though is its own data showing that Duterte’s wealth indeed increased—from P1 million to P28 million in 19 years, hardly a “spikeâ€? compared to the rise in his predecessor Benigno Aquino’s wealth from P15 million to P55 MILLIONAFTERJUSTAYEARINOFkCE Last year, the PCIJ also published former police sergeant Arturo LascaĂąas’ purported diary exposing the “bloody exploits of the Davao Death Squadâ€? and then Davao Mayor Duterte’s alleged complicity in the group’s murders. I have conclusively proven that diary to be a total fake (“Trillanes, using PCIJ, taking us for fools with LascaĂąas’ obviously fake journalâ€?). Few believed in that PCIJ yarn, and no newspaper published it. Tordesillas though went to town on it, claiming that LascaĂąas had been told by God to reveal the truth. It wasn’t God though behind LascaĂąas but Trillanes, who even organized the press conference in which the “diaryâ€? was made public. It turned out to be the preliminary phase of Trillanes’ Yellow-funded plot to get the International Criminal Court to investigate the President for alleged human rights abuses. The NUPL followed Trillanes’ cue and, led by #OLMENARES kLEDLASTYEARASECOND case at the ICC against Duterte for his war against illegal drugs. This “Bikoyâ€? video is so obviously from that Yellow-Reds’ worn-out playbook, this time for its desperate attempt to win votes next month for that hateful eight called the Otso Diretso. It is an opportunity though to throw into jail the kind of people fond of cyber-libel, who cowardly try to hide their identities in this new form of media.

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Let’s talk about insurance What you need to know: The Insurance Commission of the Philippines Commission by chronicling its establishment and ensuing ANY Filipinos still consider development in the Philippines. Before the Spanish colonizainsurance as an extra cost rather than as an investment tion, the concept of insurance as that could lessen potential losses we know it today was unheard of resulting from dangers and di- INTHE0HILIPPINES!NYkNANCIAL sasters that may affect lives or losses brought about by disasters properties. There is a sense of were either shouldered by the hesitation among Filipinos in individual or shared with the placing their hard-earned money family or the tribe which the famINAkNANCIALINSTRUMENT SUCHAS ily was a member of. Insurance an insurance policy. They believe was then introduced to Filipinos this to be useless unless some- when Lloyd’s of London, a European insurance market, appointthing bad happens. Aside from the low average ed Strachman, Murray & Co., Inc. incomes and high costs of basic to set up in the Philippines. The needs in the Philippines, the growing insurance-related activireluctance to invest in insur- ties necessitated the adoption of ance may also be rooted on the the laws on insurance found in general public’s inadequate the Spanish Civil Code of 1889. knowledge of how the insurance Strachman, Murray & Co. Inc.’s system works for their benefit. domestic operation set in motion There may also be a lack of the arrival of more foreign insurawareness of the insurance in- ance companies which brought dustry’s institutional safeguards, the life insurance (Sun Life Assuch as the governing laws on surance of Canada in 1898), INSURANCE AND RELATED kNANCIAL and non-life insurance (Yek Tong instruments and the Insurance Insurance Company in 1906) Commission, the regulatory into the country. Not long after, agency mandated to oversee the in 1910, the first homegrown insurance sector, promote its domestic life insurance company growth and sustainability, and was established (Insular Life Asprotect the rights and interest of surance Co. Ltd.). Four years later, the governboth insurer and insured entities. To help reduce this insurance ment opted to promulgate inawareness gap, this piece, a first surance laws tailored to the in the forthcoming series of ar- regulatory needs of the local ticles on “Let’s talk about insur- environment. In 1914, the Insurance,� introduces the Insurance ance Act (Act 2427) was enacted BY RANDY B. ESCOLANGO

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and took effect on July 1, 1915, repealing and revising the adopted Spanish insurance laws. The Insurance Division of the Bureau of Treasury supervised the insurance business with the Insular Treasurer, designated as Insurance Commissioner exOFkCIO ATITSHELM4HEREGULATORY OFkCELATERFUNCTIONEDUNDERTHE Bureau of Banking, which was EVENTUALLYRENAMEDASTHE/FkCE of the Insurance Commissioner (by virtue of RA 275) when the Central Bank of the Philippines formally opened in 1949. Due to the changing needs of the insurance sector, the Insurance Code of the Philippines was instituted via PD 612 on Dec. 18, 1974, and repealed the Insurance Act of 1914. Among the several presidential decrees which later amended PD 612 and transformed it into the Insurance Code of 1978, a Presidential Decree (PD 63) renamed the Office of the Insurance Commissioner as the Insurance Commission in 1972. On Aug. 15, 2013, Republic Act 10607, otherwise known as the Amended Insurance Code, was signed into law by then President Benigno S. Aquino 3rd. At present, the Insurance Commission operates as an attached agency under the Department of Finance and is tasked to regulate and supervise the

insurance sector, including life and non-life companies, mutual benefit associations, and trusts for charitable uses. Because the insurance business is charged with public interest, the Insurance Commission guards the public from potential abuses by issuing licenses to insurance agents, general agents, resident agents, underwriters, brokers, adjusters and actuaries. It also authorizes the suspension and revocation of such licenses. The enactment of RA 9829, or An Act Establishing the Pre-Need Code of the Philippines, on Dec. 3, 2009 placed the pre-need sector under the regulatory supervision of the Insurance Commission. Under EO 192 s. 2015 issued by President Benigno Aquino 3rd, the regulation and supervision of health maintenance organizations (HMOs) were transferred from the Department of Health to the Insurance Commission. The next column will shed light on another relevant aspect of the insurance industry and its dynamic environment. If you have questions, comments or suggestions, feel free to contact the author.

Randy B. Escolango, Ph.D. is the Deputy Insurance Commissioner for Legal Service, appointed in August 2017. He may be contacted at: rb.escolango@yahoo.com.

Women in Ethiopia still struggle despite leadership in government BY BETHLEHEM MENGISTU ADDIS ABABA: Following 2018 elections in Ethiopia, a record-breaking number of women now hold leadership positions in the country’s government. But women still struggle to rise up the ranks in other sectors. I am thrilled to witness the fantastic changes that have taken place in Ethiopia over the recent months, with women assuming leadership positions at the highest levels of government. The best part of this narrative is that little Ethiopian girls will now see a woman president or minister as the new ‘normal’, and NO LONGER THE EXCEPTION ) kND this quite inspiring! "UTINMYkELDOFWORK‡THE water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector — we are yet to see a sensible percentage of women in leadership roles. The participation of women is most often seen in community water supply management frameworks, where women are included within the team that manages the water supply system. This is important as the intenTIONISTOSUSTAINTHEBENEkTSOFTHE system by both genders, but also

ensure both men and women are equally engaged. However at sector level (i.e. where policy, resourcing and planning are usually discussed and decided upon) there are very few female decision-makers.

Where are the women? I am often one of the only women leaders in the meetings I attend. And when the question "why aren’t there more women present?" is raised, the response is ofTEN�THEREARENTENOUGHQUALIkED women out there." This is not an accurate response. There are qualified women out there, but we need a reform in the sector’s approach to reaching those women professionals. For example, organizations like CARE Ethiopia have achieved good results through reforming their entire recruitment process. CARE regraded all their job descriptions, re-advertised positions 1 to 3 times if no women applied, head hunted, instituted a competency-based assessment system with written examination (coded so the panel does not see which applicant

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Death and resurrection of a visa petition

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HERE is no death without life. Then there is the afterlife, a resurrection, if you will. In terms of US immigration, a US visa petition is born when A QUALIkED FAMILY MEMBER GETS THEOFkCIALACKNOWLEDGMENTTHAT the petition was received by the SPECIkC53#ITIZENSHIPAND)MMIGRATION3ERVICES/FkCE Simply putting the documents and fees in an envelope and MAILINGTHEENTIREPACKAGEDOES not assure birth. Until the documents are received, evaluated for completeness and given a receipt number, the visa petition remains in the conception stage. Aa a guide to the Three Kings, the birthplace of petitions has changed. The petition delivery room used TOBETHEDISTRICTOFkCEWITHJURISdiction over the petitioner’s place OFRESIDENCETHENTHE53#)3MIDWIVESMOVEDTOADJUDICATIONCENters, later renamed service centers. 4OKNOWWHENANDWHEREYOUR PETITIONWASBORN CHECKTHE53#)3 RECEIPTNUMBERg7!#uMEANSIT ISWITHTHE7ESTERN!DJUDICATION

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Saudis grapple with ever shifting ‘red lines’ RIYADH: Two Saudis vent their opinions publicly. One is detained, the other is acquitted after the right to free speech ISINVOKED3UCHINCONSISTENCIESARE PROVOKING CONFUSION OVER THE KINGDOMSEVER SHIFTINGgREDLINESu Sex, religion and politics were once clearly delineated as no-go areas in Saudi Arabia, part of an UNWRITTEN BUT WELL KNOWN SOCIAL code of conduct for staying out of trouble in the absolute monarchy. But as fast-paced social reforms SHAKE UP THE PETRO STATE AND AGGRESSIVE NATIONALISM TAKES ROOT  inconsistent state responses to perceived transgressions are muddying public understanding of where the boundaries lie. This month, a criminal court in Jeddah acquitted an unnamed Snapchat influencer accused of insulting fellow Saudis, saying evERYCITIZENHADTHERIGHTTOEXPRESS his opinion, local media reported without offering specific details. The much-hyped case, which followed a broad government CRACKDOWNONDISSENTERSANDCRITics, drew both cheers and bewilderMENTINTHEKINGDOM g&REEDOMOFEXPRESSIONGUARANTEED u screamed a headline in bold red letters in the pro-government /KAZ daily. That freedom did not appear to be guaranteed to academic Anas al-AZROU WHOCAMPAIGNERSSAYWAS detained last month after he voiced SOLIDARITYWITHJAILEDWOMENACTIVists during a panel discussion at THE2IYADHBOOKFAIR Saudi Arabia’s media ministry did not respond to a request to explain the contradiction, one of MANYACROSSTHEKINGDOM )N&EBRUARY ACOMEDIANWASSUMmoned by prosecutors and apparENTLYFORCEDTOAPOLOGIZEFORPOKING fun at the now-toothless religious police. But observers say other comedians have gotten away with it.

‘Push and pull’ One Jeddah cafe was recently shut down by authorities for not enforcing gender segregation. But that prompted perplexity among the managers of other venues, where in recent years the sexes have been allowed to mingle. ,ASTYEAR OFkCIALSARRESTEDAHOTEL WORKER WHO APPEARED IN WHAT THEY DESCRIBEDASANgOFFENSIVEuVIDEO EATINGBREAKFASTWITHAFEMALECO WORKER 4HAT LEFT OFFICE WORKERS WHO routinely share meals scratching their heads. “The system is full of contradictions. It has no definite shape, AND WE DONT KNOW WHAT IS RIGHT ANDWHATISWRONG uSAID.OAHAL Ghamdi, a civil engineer. “Maybe you do something spontaneous and one official doesn’t LIKEITANDDECIDESTOCRUSHYOU u he wrote on Twitter. Saudi political cartoonist Jabertoon recently captured the sentiment in a CARTOON DEPICTING A PUZZLED CITIZEN

BOXEDINBYZIGZAGGINGREDLINESAND BEINGGRILLEDBYANOFkCIAL All this has raised questions OVERWHATISACCEPTABLEAS#ROWN Prince Mohammed bin Salman carRIESOUTASWEEPINGLIBERALIZATION drive, which one official said aims TODRAGTHEKINGDOMgKICKINGAND SCREAMINGINTOTHESTCENTURYu The overhaul, popular with the youth, has ended decades-long bans on women driving and cinemas, and allowed mixed-gender concerts for the first time—at the RISKOFRILINGHARDLINERS )T HAS SO FAR NOT PROVOKED ANY MAJORBACKLASH BUTOFFICIALSWARN that reforming a society steeped in conservatism is fraught with peril. The inconsistencies underscore A gPUSH AND PULL STRATEGYu AS THE KINGDOM ATTEMPTS TO ROLL OUT REforms without sowing turmoil, said Ali Shihabi who founded Arabia &OUNDATION APRO 3AUDITHINKTANK Often the government reaction depends on social media reactions, observers say. If an act goes viral online and creates a scandal, ITSTANDSTHERISKOFACRACKDOWN g9OU KEEP ON PUSHING THE ENvelope while being very alert of PUBLICPUSHBACK ANDREACTACCORDINGLY u3HIHABITOLD!&0 “Public and social media reaction has an impact, as it should, and it shows that the government is pushing forward while treading CAREFULLYATTHESAMETIMEu

‘Gray zone’ (OLDING CITIZENS TO DIFFERENT OR vague standards, however, could prove unsustainable in the long run. “The Saudi government has gone to great lengths to forward its soCIALMODERNIZATIONPROJECT u%MAN Alhussein and Sara Almohamadi wrote in a report for the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington. “However, without setting clear parameters for what is acceptable, the GRAYZONEISLIKELYTOSTRETCHFURTHER ANDCOULDJEOPARDIZESOCIALREFORMu Most baffling perhaps is Saudi !RABIASCRACKDOWNONLIBERALSIN THEMIDSTOFALIBERALIZATIONDRIVE This month campaigners said NEARLYADOZENWRITERS BLOGGERSAND academics were swept up in a new wave of arrests without any public explanation by the government. 3UCH ARBITRARY CRACKDOWNS ARE amplifying public fears as Saudi Arabia appears to pivot from austere religion to a form of hypernationalism that promotes veneration of rulers. In a televised debate last year, 3HURA #OUNCIL MEMBER !BDALLAH AL &AWZANSAID3AUDISHADTHERIGHT TOBRANDSOMEONEAgTRAITORuIFTHAT person fails to defend the country or chooses to remain silent. Such rhetoric and confusion over red lines has prompted many liberals to shut down their Twitter accounts – including those engaged constructively in critiquing the reforms. AFP

ample, between two parents one OFWHOMISA53CITIZENANDTHE other a green card holder, the US CITIZENMUSTBETHEONETOkLEFOR a minor child and the only parENTWHOCANkLEAPETITIONFORA married son or daughter. -INORCHILDRENARENOTSUBJECT to quota. Therefore, the waiting PERIOD m FROM kLING TO VISA ISSUANCEmISAPPROXIMATELYJUSTA YEAR COMPAREDTOTOYEARS of waiting if the petitioner is a lawful permanent resident. After approval, the newborn PETITIONISSENTTOTHE.ATIONAL6ISA #ENTERFORMONITORINGANDRELEASE to the parents. The delivery date IS ACTUALLY THE kLING DATE m COMMONLYKNOWNASTHEPRIORITYDATE !PETITIONTAKESITSPLACEINTHE kVEQUEUESFOR&AMILY SPONSORED categories; released on a first COME kRSTCOMPLETEDBASIS4HE preference categories are: &IRST &  m UNMARRIED SONS ANDDAUGHTERSOF53CITIZENS&! – spouses and children of permaNENT RESIDENTS &" m UNMARRIED SONSANDDAUGHTERSYEARSOFAGE

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Media landscape marked by ‘climate of fear’ BY THARANGA YAKUPITIYAGE UNITED NATIONS: Journalists around the world are increasingly seeing threats of violence, detenTION ANDEVENDEATHSIMPLYFORDOINGTHEIRJOB  a new press index found. )NTHE7ORLD0RESS&REEDOM)NDEX THE 2EPORTERS7ITHOUT"ORDERS23& HASFOUNDA worrisome decline in media freedoms as toxic anti-press rhetoric have devolved into violence, triggering a climate of fear. “The scene this year is fear. And the state of JOURNALISMANDPRESSFREEDOMAROUNDTHEWORLD is declining… but also in the traditional press freedom allies—countries in Europe and here in THE5NITED3TATES uSAID23&S%XECUTIVE$IRECTOR 3ABINE$OLANDURINGTHELAUNCHOFTHEINDEX 23& 3ECRETARY 'ENERAL #HRISTOPHE $ELOIRE echoed similar sentiments about the dangers of declining press freedom, stating: “If the political debate slides surreptitiously or openly towards ACIVILWAR STYLEATMOSPHERE INWHICHJOURNALists are treated as scapegoats, then democracy is in great danger…Halting this cycle of fear and intimidation is a matter of the utmost urgency for all people of good will who value THEFREEDOMSACQUIREDINTHECOURSEOFHISTORYu /FCOUNTRIESEVALUATEDIN23&SINDEX  ONLYPERCENTWERECLASSIkEDASgGOODuOR gFAIRLYGOODuCOMPAREDTOPERCENTIN

‘Most dangerous area for journalists’ 4HE -IDDLE %AST AND .ORTH !FRICA -%.!  region continues to be the most dangerous AREAFORJOURNALISTSASTHEYFACEVIOLENCEDUETO ONGOINGCONlICTSWHILEALSOBEINGDELIBERATELY TARGETED IMPRISONEDANDKILLED &OREXAMPLE %MIRATIBLOGGER!HMED-ANSOORWASSENTENCEDTOYEARSINPRISONAFTER CRITICIZING THE 5NITED !RAB %MIRATES 5!%  government on social media. He was accused of “publishing false informaTION RUMORSANDLIESuWHICHWOULDgDAMAGE THE5!%SSOCIALHARMONYANDUNITYu 4HEPERSECUTIONOF-%.!SJOURNALISTSHAS even extended past its own borders as seen through the brutal murder of Jamal KhashogGIINTHE3AUDI#ONSULATEIN4URKEY 3UCHACHILLINGLEVELOFVIOLENCEHASPROVOKED FEAR AMONG THE REGIONS JOURNALISTS  CAUSING many to censor themselves. But of all the world’s regions, it is the Americas that has seen the largest dip in its press freedom score. .ICARAGUAFORINSTANCEFELLPLACESTOTH  MAKINGITONEOFTHESTEEPESTDECLINESWORLDwide—and with good reason.

Q The state of journalism and press freedom around the world is declining, according to a new press index by Reporters Without Borders. IPS What started as protests against controversial FORJOURNALISTS u$OLANSAID social security reforms has turned into one of !CCORDING TO THE #OMMITTEE TO 0ROTECT THEBIGGESTCRACKDOWNSONDISSENTANDMEDIA *OURNALISTS #0*  OVER  PERCENT OF THE INTHE#ENTRAL!MERICANNATION PRESIDENTSTWEETSHAVEINSULTEDORCRITICIZED .ICARAGUANSCOVERINGDEMONSTRATIONSHAVE JOURNALISTSANDNEWSMEDIA been treated as protesters or members of the opIn reference to a particular tweet by Trump POSITIONANDHAVEBEENSUBJECTTOHARASSMENT  WHICHSTATESTHATITISgDISGUSTINGuTHATTHEPRESS arbitrary arrest, and death threats. can write whatever they want, former White Some have been charged with terrorism, (OUSE#ORRESPONDENT"ILL0LANTENOTEDTHATTHE INCLUDING-IGUEL-ORAAND,UCIA0INEDA5BAU  53ISINAVERYgDANGEROUSPLACEuNOW JOURNALISTSFORTHENEWSAGENCYg.OTICIASu “It is one thing to steer news coverage, by putTINGTHINGSOUTTHEREORLEAKINGCERTAINSTORIES US media climate ’problematic’ or trying to avoid coverage of other things—it’s entirely another to threaten reporters and to say &URTHERNORTH THE5NITED3TATESMEDIACLIMATE THATNEWSCOVERAGESHOULDNTBEALLOWED uHESAID 4HISRHETORICHASNOTONLYIMPACTEDJOURNALISNOWCLASSIkEDASgPROBLEMATICuASARESULTOF ists in the US, but has also spilled over abroad as an increasingly toxic anti-media rhetoric. /VERTHELASTYEAR MEDIAORGANIZATIONS WORLDLEADERSFROM6ENEZUELATOTHE0HILIPPINES across the country received bomb threats USETERMSLIKEgFAKENEWSuTOJUSTIFYHUMANRIGHTS ANDSUSPICIOUSPACKAGES INCLUDING#..  VIOLATIONSANDCRACKDOWNSONPRESSFREEDOM forcing evacuations. )N*UNE AFTEREXPRESSINGHISHATREDFOR ‘Not all bad news’ the #APITAL'AZETTE newspaper on social media, *ARROD2AMOSWALKEDINTOTHENEWSROOMAND But it is not all bad news. KILLEDFOURJOURNALISTSANDASTAFFMEMBER %THIOPIAMADEANUNPRECEDENTED PLACE -OST RECENTLY  #OAST 'UARD LIEUTENANT JUMPINTHE)NDEXAFTERNEW0RIME-INISTER!BIY #HRISTOPHER0AUL(ASSONWASARRESTEDFOR !HMEDTOOKSWIFTSTEPSTOIMPROVEPRESSFREEDOM  PLANNINGATERRORISTATTACKTARGETINGJOURNAL- INCLUDINGTHERELEASEOFALLDETAINEDJOURNALISTS ists and politicians. While such progress is promising, there is a Such anti-media sentiment is partially fueled long way to go to secure press freedom globally, BY530RESIDENT$ONALD4RUMPWHOHASCALLED especially as it seemingly regresses. JOURNALISTSgENEMYOFTHEPEOPLEu “The only weapon we have is truth. The prob“When this becomes constant, it’s almost lem is that in today’s media environment along NORMALIZED AND IT PERCOLATES TO LARGE SEG- with social media, we can be overwhelmed. So, ments of the population. And this is how it we have to come out there with more effort than has contributed to create this climate of fear EVERTOGETTHETRUTHOUT u0LANTESAID IPS

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Women in Ethiopia WROTEIT ANDASSESSEDANDRECONkGUREDTHE interview questions using a gender lens. 4HIS HAS BROUGHT THE ORGANIZATION closer to meeting parity.

Lessons from a (woman) leader However, getting women a seat at the table IS NOT ENOUGH ,EADING IN A SECTOR THAT IS traditionally male-dominated comes with a distinct set of challenges, as I soon found out: — I was and still am the youngest female in MOSTSECTORMEETINGS&ORSOMETIMEAFTER)ASsumed the directorship, most assumed I was in an administrative or a support role rather than a leadership role (until I corrected them). It’s not enough to be in a role or to sit at the table. ‡3PEAKINGUPCONkDENTLYISCRITICAL)HAVE ACOLLEAGUETHATISFONDOFTHESAYING@FAKEITTILL YOUMAKEIT 4HEGREATESTBARRIERTHAT)AND

MOSTOFMYFEMALELEADERFRIENDSFACEINSPEAKINGUPISFEAROFBEINGOSTRACIZEDORSCORNED – the dreaded ‘imposter syndrome’. — I have learned that respect comes when one’s voice is heard. I have seen how our voices can help shape policy and perspective. ) CHOOSE TO ENSURE MY PRESENCE IS KNOWN as a leader and that it’s to be regarded as a CONTRIBUTORFORGOOD.EARLYTHREEYEARSINTO my current role as director, my voice is now SOUGHT AFTER  AND ) CAN CHOOSE TO BE PICKY about how I collaborate with others. — Trusting my voice by learning to control SELF DOUBTWASQUITETASKING BUT)SOONLEARNT to spot patterns of negative thought, identify them for what they were and train myself to TRUSTMYEXPERTISE4HISLEDTOSPEAKINGUP more at meetings, ensuring I usually always sat at the front and participated. ‡#ELEBRATINGUNAPOLOGETICALLYISNOTASEASY as it sounds. I always found it interesting that many women in meetings, when introducing themselves, state their name and then their

familial status while the men state their name ANDTHENTHEIRTITLE4HISISLINKEDTOTHEFACT that the type of accomplishments that are given weight by society is what we sub consciously align ourselves with to garner acceptance. ‡&INDINGASISTERHOODTOLIFTANDCELEBRATE one another has been paramount to my CONkDENCE 'IVEN THAT MOST OF THE ISSUES WEFACEASWOMENAREPARTLYSIMILAR )kNDIT very helpful to surround myself with women LEADERSWHOAREONASIMILARJOURNEYANDWITH similar moral values. One of my mentors is a woman whom I deeply admire, and she provides me with invaluable support. I am thrilled that this past year has been the year where barriers have been shattered, and we are seeing better gender balance in leadership. We are invited to the party, but it is important for the rules of engagement at the party to be equally accessible. IPS

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Regions 7 dead as dump truck plunges into ravine ˜ The Manila Times

MONDAY April 22, 2019

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ABUK CITY, Kalinga: Seven people died, while 15 others were injured after a fully-loaded dump truck they were riding suffered engine trouble while ascending the road then plunged into a five-meter deep ravine at Sitio Binongsay, Barangay Malina-awa, on Saturday.

Police said dead on the spot were Crisenta Casirayan, Lucita Mangagom and Doming Matalang, while declared dead on arrival in different hospitals were 'HELYN+HIM'ALLEMA 2UkNA Limto Dawagon, 49; Jules Mangagom Aldester, 7; and Edmund Lagwingon Mangagom, all residents of New Tanglag, Tabuk City. The injured were identified

as Luming Gallamoy, 48; Gaspar Edoc; Willy Salida; Cecilia Balangui; Stallon Mangagom, a minor; Purinomo Galamto; Divine Mangagom, 18; Elvira Otal Simangon, 27; Aprilyn Otal, 25; Basilio Baydon; Dominador Casirayan, 52; Corazon Matalang, 54; Kiefer Gallamoy Simangan, 1; Nelia Malawis Sabaway, 50; and Jeniffer Malawis

P18-M shabu seized from Nigerians in Naga LEGAZPI CITY: Two Nigerians were arrested with P18 million worth of illegal drugs in separate buy busts over the weekend by antinarcotics operatives of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Naga City. Chief Supt. Arnel Escobal, Bicol police director, identified the suspects as Azubuike Obiagjanwa Onwigbolu, 32, a businessman and resident of Angeles City, Pampanga and Mbaneto Sopuluchukwu, alias “Hermann Kurt Philip,� 22, residing at Acacia Estage, Manila. Onwigbolu was nabbed at Zone 3, Triangulo, Naga City at about 2:15 a.m. on Sunday. He arrived in the city on Thursday. A Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-Camarines Sur poseur buyer and an informant were able to buy 200 grams of shabu worth P400,000 from Onwigbolu . The operatives also recovered

a plastic ice bag secured with a knot that contained shabu estimated by the Dangerous Drugs Board at P1.36 million. During the inventory, about P16 million worth of shabu were seized from Onwigbolu. Escobal said prior to Onwigbolu’s apprehension, Sopuluchukwu and Judith Balaquiao Camacho, 46, of Barangay San Jose, Bombon, Camarines Sur were arrested in separate operations on Black Saturday in Barangay Dinaga, Naga City. Seized from Sopuluchukwu and Camacho were P680,000 worth of shabu. Recovered from the suspects in the separate operations were a total of P18-million shabu. PNP-Bicol is conducting an investigation to determine if the two Nigerians are members of bigtime drug syndicates operating in the country. RHAYDZ B. BARCIA

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Residents and local tourists cool themselves on the waterfalls of Wawa Dam in Rodriguez, Rizal to beat the summer heat. PHOTO BY ROGER RANADA

Ecozone to break ground for multi-billion peso hub SANTA ANA, Cagayan: The Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA) is set to break ground this month for its multi billion peso Global City, which comprises the ecozone’s corporate center and commercial center to be constructed on an 11-hectare property that opens into a stunning view of this coastal town’s white sand beaches. Secretary Raul Lambino, CEZA Cagayan administrator and chief executive officer, said the two buildings would be ready for occupancy by early next year. “The centers will also fill the demand for offices of the Cagayan Special Economic Zone and Freeport’s first 26 Fintech (Financial Technology) principal licensees,� Lambino added. Meanwhile, local commercial banks and a fresh batch of business locators in the tourism and manufacturing sectors are also setting up offices in the corporate and commercial centers. CEZA is also now undergoing rehabilitation and improvement of dilapidated structures at Port Irene. “We are now constructing at least six warehouses due to great demand for space by port users importing construction materials and supplies and a variety of loose cargoes,� Lambino said. He added that Cagwei, a Chinese company, is in need of workers in its recently finished paper-recycling plant that could produce tons of regular and special papers for domestic use and for export to several countries in the AsiaPacific region.

Parks development CEZA had sought permission and authority from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to work with local government unit and various people’s organizations to begin development of parks. Lambino said the proposed Nangaramoan Eco-Tourism Park and the Palaui Island Eco-Tourism Park had been strongly endorsed to boost tourism in this town and nearby Palaui Island with emphasis on their unspoiled natural beauty. “We have to protect and preserve these natural tourism havens from commercial abuse. We will allow Santa Ana and Palaui Island to breathe, not to be choked by exploitation,� he added. CEZA, according to Lambino, would pursue its goal of development but “will not sacrifice the pristine environment for unplanned and unregulated tourism growth.� An existing RoRo (roll on-roll off) Port at San Vicente is currently expanding its causeway and wharf to service not only inter-island and fishing vessels but foreign cruise ships, as well later. Lambino said tourists marvel at the Spanish-era Cape Engano Lighthouse on Palaui Island, home to 21 commercial species of fish, including the blue-fin tuna. “Palaui is endowed with glorious white sand beaches and was even tagged by CNN Travel magazine as one of the top 10

Court junks plea of exSurigao Sur lawmaker THE Sandiganbayan Seventh Division has denied the motions for LEAVE OF COURT kLED BY A FORMER Surigao del Sur Rep. Peter Jed Paul Falco and the municipal treasurer of Lingig town for lack of merit. Charged for graft, Falco and municipal treasurer Ibrencio InDOYON kLEDSEPARATEMOTIONSTO leave court to file demurrer to evidence over an alleged misuse of P18.93-million “pork barrel� funds on “ghost� communications equipment. In his motion, Falcon asserted that the prosecution failed to prove that the funds for the purchase of the equipment were sourced from his Priority Development Assistance Fund, as the delivery receipt and sales invoice were undated and not properly IDENTIkED BY THE PERSON WHO ALlegedly noted them.

He claimed that the memorandum of agreement was only notarized after payment had already been received by the supplier, insisting that it was inconsistent with the suballotment advice and testimony of Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) director Ester Aldana that the source of fund was THE$),' /FkCEOFTHE3ECRETARY Indoyon, on the other hand, claimed that he only signed the disbursement vouchers certifying that funds were available as part of his duty, after the municipal ACCOUNTANTCERTIkEDTHECOMPLETEness of the document. But the anti-graft court noted that the motions were “bereft of merit,� as the prosecution was able to establish that funds were disbursed even if the equipment were not delivered to the municipality of Lingig. GLEE JALEA

beaches of the world and number one in southeast Asia,� he added. Located between the famous Pozo Robo and Anguib beaches, the Nangaramoan Eco-Tourism Park will service local tourists and foreign backpackers to enjoy year-round warm sea water, powdery white-sand beaches, coral reefs, among others. Nangaramoan Park, located in the northeastern part of Santa Ana overlooking the vast Pacific Ocean, would be managed by CEZA in coordination with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the local government unit. Lambino said the local community would be tapped to operate the various facilities, including an infinity pool, a canopy walk, stilt cabanas and an extended zip line.

New advocacy CEZA’s new advocacy includes promoting medical tourism, facilitating private investments and developing retirement villages and aligned tourism facilities and putting in place best practices, international compliance, quality standards, building codes and environmental safeguards. “We have commissioned a local company to prepare a master development plan of the entire 54,000-hectare special economic zone and freeport as well as feasibility studies including financial viability for the different projects the CEZA board has approved,� Lambino said. LEANDER C. DOMINGO

Sabaway, 13. The ill-fated dump truck was driven by Mark John Sumal Lazaro, 20, of Mosimos, Dupag, Tabuk City, Initial investigation showed that the dump truck was heading towards Barangay Balawag. Upon reaching the ascending portion of the road, its engine stopped, then it slid backwards and fell into the

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ravine. Police investigators are still determining the real cause of the accident. The front portion of the dump truck was heavily damaged and its windshield was broken. Lazaro, who voluntarily surrendered, was under custody of the Tabuk City 0OLICE/FkCEANDAWAITINGTHEkLing of appropriate charges.


News QC approves P3.1-M Heat indices in 15 areas investment plan reach ‘danger’ level A8

˜ The Manila Times

MONDAY April 22, 2019

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EAT indices in 15 areas across the country reached the “danger� level on Saturday, the state weather bureau said.

The highest heat index or highest level of human discomfort was recorded in Dagupan City, Pangasinan at 47.6 degrees Celsius (C), resulting from a temperature of 35.5 C and relative humidity of 62 percent at 2 p.m., the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said on Sunday. 4HEkGURE HOWEVER ISSTILLLOWER than the highest registered heat index during the dry season of 51.7 C

also in Dagupan City, Pangasinan on April 9. Pagasa also recorded danger levels in Aparri, Cagayan at 43.9 C; Sangley Point, Cavite at 43.8 C; Tuguegarao, Cagayan at 42.9 C; Cotabato City, Maguindanao at 42.8 C; Cuyo, Palawan at 42.7 C; San Jose City, Occidental Mindoro at 42.3 C; Ambulong in Batangas, Masin in Southern Leyte and Roxas City in Capiz at 42.2 C; Virac, Catanduanes at 42.0 C;

Calapan, Oriental Mindoro at 41.8 C; Casiguran, Aurora at 41.7 C; Tayabas City, Quezon at 41.4 C; and Infanta, Quezon at. 41.3 C. Metro Manila’s 38.1 C heat index at the Science Garden weather station in Diliman, Quezon City was in the level of “extreme caution,� falling within 32 C to 41 C. Pagasa said the danger heat indexes from 41 C to 54 C would likely cause heat cramps and heat exhaustion and probable heat stroke with continuous activity. Pagasa advised against outdoor activities between 12 noon to 4 p.m. Sun protection, light-colored clothes and keeping hydrated by drinking lots of water was also

advised. Pagasa weather specialist Gener Quitlong said that high temperature, humidity and heat index were brought about by the prevailing easterlies in the weather system, which would bring winds from THE0ACIkC/CEAN Other factors such as longer daytime and exposure to the sun during the dry season, nearness to the sea, and lack of trees also contribute to the heat, Quitlong said. Quitlong said that hotter temperature, humidity and heat index were expected to reach their peak in May, when “two or three [Celsius] may be added to the prevailing 37 C we are experiencing now.�

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angels removing the black veil covering the image of the Virgin Mary during the traditional Catholic rite, ‘Salubong,’ at the Heart of Jesus and Mary Parish in Quezon City on Sunday. PHOTO BY RUY L. MARTINEZ

peace in our families and communities and foster greater harmony and understanding wherever and whenever it is most needed,� the President added. Duterte said Easter was an “occasion of hope and inspiration� for all Christians as it commemorates the death and resurrection of Christ. Also on Easter Sunday, Vice President Maria Leonor Robredo called on Filipinos to have hope in THESACRIkCESOF*ESUS#HRISTANDTO NOTBEAFRAIDINkGHTINGFORTHEIR well-deserved democracy. In her video message, Robredo also urged the public to use Jesus Christ’s resurrection in committing TOTHEIRDAILYENDEAVORSANDRElECTing on what could be done better. “I hope we are inspired by His resurrection to do good in our daily endeavors by applying His word. This is also a good chance TORElECTOURDEEDSANDMISTAKES that could be corrected,� she said. Easter Sunday, she said, “serves as a reminder that in the end, in SPITEOFTHEDARKNESSANDDIFkCULties, kindness and love will still prevail.� RALPH U. VILLANUEVA AND GLEE JALEA

THE Quezon City (QC) Council has approved a resolution adopting the Annual Investment Plan (AIP) for 2019 to fund various programs and projects of the city, its maintenance and other operating expenses. The Annual Investment Plan is a legal instrument by which a local government unit annually manages and financially supports its Local Development Plan and Local Development Investment Plan. The AIP constitutes the total resource requirements for all programs, projects and activities for the fiscal year 2019, including the annual capital expenditures and the regular operating requirements of the local government unit. According to City Resolution 7747-2019, introduced by Councilors Raquel Malaùgen, Franz Pumaren, Godofredo Liban 2nd and Alexis Herrera, the City Council allotted the amount of P3,110,545,444 for the city’s AIP. The city government under Mayor Herbert Bautista proposed a budget of P21.5 billion for fiscal year 2019. Meanwhile, Quezon City’s contractual public health workers were set to receive their hazard pay, according to an ordinance recently approved by Bautista. Ordinance SP 2816-2019, spon-

sored by Liban, approves the granting of hazard pay to contractual public health workers of Novaliches District Hospital, Quezon City General Hospital and Quezon City Health Department in accordance with Republic Act 7305. The law, also known as the Magna Carta of Public Health Workers, mandates the giving of hazard pay to “all persons engaged in health and healthrelated work, employed in all hospitals, sanitation, health centers and other health-related establishments, owned and operated by the government or its political subdivisions, regardless of their employment status.� The law also provides that public health workers in hospitals shall be compensated hazard allowances equivalent to at least 25 percent of the monthly basic salary of health workers. Under Department of Budget and Management and Department of Health Joint Circular 1, series of 2016, hazard pay may be granted to public health workers if the nature of their duties and responsibilities, their actual services and location of work expose them to great danger, occupational risks, perils to life and physical hardships, as determined by the secretary of health or by the head of agency or the local chief executive.

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tion. Arrayed before the steps of the altar was a row of cardinals, wearing ivory robes. Behind them in the pews sat diplomats with their spouses and thousands of rankand-file Catholics, tourists and pilgrims. Among those in the basilica were eight adults who were baptized by the Pope during the Mass. The Vatican said these new faithful were from Italy, Albania, Ecuador, Indonesia and Peru. From a shellshaped silver dish, Francis poured holy water over the bowed heads OFTHETHREEMENANDkVEWOMEN  after they walked up to him, one by one, and listened to him calling THEIRkRSTNAMES On Sunday, Francis celebrated Easter Mass in late morning at St. Peter’s Square and delivered the “Urbi et Orbi� (to the city and to THE WORLD  SPEECH  RElECTING ON the world’s war-ravaged and other tense spots, while paying tribute to Catholics’ practicing their faith sometimes in the face of persecuTIONOROTHERDIFkCULTIESAP

Pope For Christians, Easter is a day of joy and hope, as they mark their belief that Jesus triumphed over death by resurrection following CRUCIkXION “Sin seduces; it promises things easy and quick, prosperity and success, but leaves behind only solitude and death,� the Pope said. “Sin is looking for life among the dead, for the meaning of life in things that pass away.� Encouraging the faithful, Francis said: “Why not prefer Jesus, the true light, to the glitter of wealth, career, pride and pleasure?� At the start of the ceremony on Easter’s eve, Francis, dressed in white robes, slowly carried a lit candle up the aisle of a darkened St. Peter’s Basilica. At the chant in Latin for “light of Christ,� the basilica’s lights were suddenly switched on in a dramatic tradi-

Support for illegitimate child whose father did not sign birth certificate Dear PAO, I had a long-time partner for 10 years. We never got married since we were just happy being together even if we had some financial problems. During our relationship, I bore a child, with him as the father. However, he forgot to SIGN OUR CHILDS BIRTH CERTIkCATE When our relationship turned sour and we eventually parted ways, the father of my child also stopped providing for monthly support. Can I oblige him to provide for monthly support despite the fact that he did not sign our CHILDSBIRTHCERTIkCATE)HOPEYOU can assist me on this matter. Mirasol Dear Mirasol, Article 165 of the Family Code

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Hidden looks like a small school except that it has tall bars, fully gated doors and windows with bars; and security guards stationed at every entrance and exit point. The facility remains operational until the new and bigger building in Payatas is fully furnished, according to Marisol Casabuena, OFkCER IN CHARGE OF THE -OLAVE Residential and Rehabilitation Division. With a budget of at least P30 million per year, the Galing Pook Foundation earlier recognized Molave in 2005 as one of the Top 10 Most Innovative Programs among local government units. It also garnered an Award for Continuing Excellence in 2015 for maintaining numerous social

DEAR PAO PERSIDA ACOSTA clearly provides that, “Children conceived and born outside a valid marriage are illegitimate.� Relating thereto, your child is considered an illegitimate child because he was born outside of a valid marriage. It is well settled that illegitimate children are entitled to receive support from their parents, but unlike a legitimate child who is automatically entitled to receive support from his father, an illegitimate child NEEDSTOBEDULYRECOGNIZEDkRSTBY

services catering to youth offenders undergoing rehabilitation. But how is life really like inside the facility? Minors who spend weeks, months or even years inside Molave take part in basic and special education programs, undergo household training, are provided medical and dental services, recreational services, and values formation apart from custodial care. “We offer diversion, intervention programs and activities by collaborating with the local government and other organizations TO HELP THE CHILD FULkLL REQUIREments of the local court as part of its assessment in his or her pending case,� Casabuena told The Manila Times in mixed English and Filipino. But with only a 250-standard capacity, Molave houses almost 400 minors, separated according to gender and age. With its 17 small dormitories (16 for boys,

the biological father before he/she may be entitled for support. While the act of the father in signing an ILLEGITIMATECHILDSBIRTHCERTIkCATE is the best way of recognizing such child as his own, the same is not the only way in which an illegitimate child may prove his illegitimate kLIATION It is well to note in Article 172 in relation to Article 175 of the FamILY#ODETHATPROOFOFkLIATIONMAY be established by an illegitimate child, to wit: g!RTICLE  4HE kLIATION OF LEgitimate children is established by any of the following: “(1) The record of birth appearING IN THE CIVIL REGISTER OR A kNAL judgment; or “(2)An admission of legitimate

kLIATION IN A PUBLIC DOCUMENT OR a private handwritten instrument and signed by the parent concerned. “In the absence of the foregoing evidence, the legitimate filiation shall be proved by: “The open and continuous possession of the status of a legitimate child; or “Any other means allowed by the Rules of Court and special laws. (265a, 266a, 267a).� “Article 175. Illegitimate children may establish their illegitimate kLIATION IN THE SAME WAY AND ON the same evidence as legitimate children.� However, if the father of your child unjustly refused to recognize YOURCHILD YOUMAYkLEANACTION for compulsory recognition and

support against him before the Family Court of the place where you or the father of your child resides. 4HISMAYBEkLEDONLYDURINGTHE lifetime of the child, in light with Article 173 in relation to Article 175 of the Family Code, to wit: “Article 173. The action to claim legitimacy may be brought by the child during his or her lifetime and shall be transmitted to the heirs should the child die during minority or in a state of insanity. In these cases, the heirs shall have a period OFkVEYEARSWITHINWHICHTOINSTItute the action.� “Article 175. The action must be brought within the same period SPECIkEDIN!RTICLE EXCEPTWHEN the action is based on the second paragraph of Article 172, in which

and only one for girls), each room guarded by a house parent, it can only provide a maximum of 10 double-deck beds, built-in cabinets, and supposed comfort rooms which are not entirely separated by proper windows and doors. The Times was allowed a tour the facility, but only in selected parts of the building — the adMINISTRATIVEOFkCES THECOMMON room, the girls’ dormitory, and the laundry room. Almost a year after he was released from Molave, 18-year-old John Carlo Gambito, only recalls the tough side of his 10-day stay in the facility. “When you’re outside, it looks like a school, but around 45 people are made to fit inside a dorm. You will not notice that more and more people are brought to the room every night. I couldn’t sleep. There are no beds. There is ONLYTHElOORANDABLANKET ONLY

when our ‘big brother’ lends us one,� Gambito said. “You are supposed to do chores or else they will punish you. You should do an Indian-sit for a week, face down. That’s why you can only follow what you are told, or else your record will be ruined in the log book. They will give it to the judge and your evaluation might not turn out good,� he added. Initially accused of using drugs, Gambito was turned over to the Barangay Council for the Protection of Children in Barangay Culiat, Quezon City. He has since continued studying after the local court cleared him. But for Casabuena, such kind of evaluation was only normal, especially for a child who had only stayed in Molave for a few days or weeks. “He was only here for 10 days so it’s usually like that. For those

who have stayed for less than two weeks, not everyone can fully understand and appreciate our programs and services because they want to be released immediately. But for those who stayed longer, they do appreciate our programs which educate and offer basic skills that can help them start over,� she said. In the past three years, theft and physical injury are the top offenses committed by CICL, according to the Philippine National Police. Theft cases reportedly decreased from 3,905 in 2016 to 1,813 last year. Cases of physical injury also decreased from 2,331 to 1,086. Although not considered a top offense, violation of Republic Act 9165 or the “Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act,� is also listed among the crimes mentioned above. In 2017 and 2018, Molave admitted children at least 12 years

case the action may be brought during the lifetime of the alleged parent. (289a)� Once your child’s illegitimate kLIATIONHASBEENDULYESTABLISHED  the court shall issue an order compelling the father of your child to recognize the latter, and to provide FORkNANCIALSUPPORT We hope that we were able to answer your queries. Please be reminded that this advice is based solely on the facts you have narrated and our appreciation of the same. Our opinion may vary when other facts are changed or elaborated.

Editor’s note: Dear PAO is a daily column of the Public Attorney’s OfkCE1UESTIONSFOR#HIEF!COSTAMAY be sent to dearpao@manilatimes.net of age who have used illegal drugs, apart from those who were accused of theft, robbery and malicious mischief. On January 28, lawmakers apPROVED ON THIRD AND kNAL READing House Bill (HB) 8858, an amended bill which lowers the minimum age of social responsibility to 12 years. HB 8858 mandates the Department of Social Welfare and Development to fund and oversee Bahay Pag-asa centers which provide short-term residential care for CICL aged 12 to 17 who are committed for rehabilitation or are awaiting court disposition of their cases. House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo previously sought passage of the proposed measure initially tagged as one of the priority bills under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.


MONDAY APRIL 22, 2019

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THE Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) IS SET TO kLE A TAX EVASION CASE THIS week against an alleged manufacturer of fake cigarettes in Pangasinan. g7EWILLkLETHECASEON!PRIL It’s a big case. Actually its basis will be the fake internal revenue stamps we DISCOVERED;LASTYEAR=w u")2OFkCER Remedios Advincula Jr. told reporters last week. Advincula was referring to a raid conducted in November against a illegal cigarette factory in Barangay Portic in Bugallon, Pangasinan. At least P2 billion worth of cigarettes packed and imprinted with unregistered tax stamps, along with fake brand labels, was seized during the raid. Authorities later discovered that the factory had been given a barangay permit to operate as a piggery. !ROUNDWORKERS INCLUDINGkVE

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HEGOVERNMENTINCURREDADEkCITIN-ARCHAND also missed its expenditure targets as a budget impasse continued to limit its capability to spend.

The P58.409-billion shortfall was narrower than the P76.373 billion posted in February, Treasury bureau data released over the weekend showed. It fell short of the P119.423 billion targeted for the month and was also

LOWERTHANTHE0 BILLIONDEkCIT recorded a year earlier. Government revenues rose by 13.1 percent to P228.918 billion, from P202.360 billion last year, while expenditures fell by

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THE stock market is likely to continue trading sideways this week following a Holy Week break, with investors expected to be in wait and see mode ahead of the upcoming May elections. Diversified Securities Inc. trader Aniceto Pangan forecast thin trading volumes leading up to the May 13 polls, a view echoed by Eagle Equi-

ties Inc. research head Christopher Mangun who said “investors [will wait until] after the election before THEYSTARTTOCONSIDERGETTINGBACKINu Factors that could potentially move the market moving forward, said Pangan, are fresh first quarter earnings RESULTS INlATIONDATADUETHEkRSTWEEK of May and developments in trade

negotiations between the United States and China. The bellwether Philippine Stock Exchange index grew 0.11 percent or 8.69 points to close at 7,835.15 on Wednesday, while the broader All Shares rose 0.18 percent or 8.54 points to end at 4,836.68. ANGELICA BALLESTEROS

Growth to hit target despite H1 dip PHILIPPINE economic growth could marginally accelerate this year, to 6.3 percent from 6.2 percent in 2018, on the back of higher household spending, anING Bank Manila economist said. “Growth this year will likely settle in the 6.0-7.0 target set by the government, although I note that 1H (first half) performance will likely see a dip before an eventual rebound in the last six months of the year,� ING Bank Manila senior economist Nicholas Antonio Mapa told The Manila Times.

“Household final consumption which is roughly 65 percent of the economy will be back with inflation sliding nicely back within the target. Last year, we saw how consumption had taken a back seat, especially in the second half after inflation peaked,� he added. Above-target inflation, which to 6.7 percent in October, prompted the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipas to raise key rates five consecutive times last year. Consumer price growth has since eased to 3.3 percent as of March, within the BSP’s

2.0-4.0 percent target. Risks to growth, Mapa said, include delays in the 2019 national budget and a widening trade gap.   “Given this landscape, we still expect growth to be challenged in the first half,� Mapa said. Last week’s resolution of the budget impasse, along with expected policy rate cuts and reserve requirement reductions, will contribute to the second semester rebound, he added. ANNA LEAH E. GONZALES

M Investments Corp. (SMIC) portrays the public as holders of 533.577 million SMIC common shares, or 44.30 percent of 1.205 billion outstanding SMIC common shares as of March 31, 2019. As the company’s public stockholders, their 44.30 percent holdings should have entitled them to even a directorship. Yet, they are not. It seems SMIC, which is the listed holding company of the group, which businessman Henry Sy Sr. and his family own, prefers the appointment of three independent directors, namely, Joseph R. Higdon, Tomasa H. Lipan, and Alfredo E. Pascual. A public ownership report (POR) listed Lipana as direct holder of 150 SMIC common shares, Pascual, 10 SMIC common shares and Higdon, 187 SMIC common shares. If they were regular directors, they would have needed at least 133,842,541 SMIC common shares to qualify as members

of the board. As a listed stock, SMIC reported on the website of the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) 1.205 billion outstanding SMIC common shares, which are ALLLISTED)TCLASSIkEDPERCENTAS ITSgFREE lOATLEVELu WHICHWOULDBE equivalent to 925.386 million SMIC common shares. !gFREE lOATLEVELuOFPERCENT would mean SM Investments’ public STOCKHOLDERSARETHECOMPANYSSIGNIkcant stockholders but are not entitled to a seat in its nine-person board. On April 17, 2019, SM common shares opened trading at P940, hit a

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Tower sharing business limited to 10 firms – DICT O BY LISBET K. ESMAEL

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While the government continues to ink memorandum of understanding (MoU) and entertain potential tower providers, the market will be limited to only 10 companies, acting DICT chief Eliseo Rio Jr. said. Once tower companies (towercos) secure a business transaction with a telco

carrier, the DICT will sign a memorandum of agreement under which it will provide support in terms of facilitating government approvals. “As far as trying to get all interested tower companies to sign an MOU with DICT is concerned, there is no limit. But all those who signed MOUs with DICT

will be vetted on their capability to get BUSINESSFROMTHETELCOS uHESAID g7EAREkNALIZINGTHEPOLICYGUIDELINES for the common towers by the end of April, where there is a proof of concept involving at least 1,000 common towers, where only the top 10 towercos able TO GET BUSINESS WILL BE REGISTERED u 2IO added. The common tower initiative already has 20 possible towercos — ISOC Infrastructures, Inc.; ISON ECP Tower Pte. Ltd.; IHS Holding Ltd. (IHS Towers); edotco Group Sdn Bhd; China Energy Equipment Co. Ltd.; RT Telecom Sdn Bhd.; Aboitiz InfraCapital, Inc.; MGS Construction, Inc.;

Frontier Tower Associates Management Pte. Ltd.; the consortium of Global Networks, Inc. (GNI) and JTower, Inc.; American Tower Corp. (ATC); J.S. Cruz Construction and Development, Inc.; Desarrollos Terrestres (DT Towers); Taimon Industrial Service Corp., Crei Management Services Fze; Tiger Infrastructure Private Unlimited; UA Withya Public Co. Ltd.; and Wing-An Construction and Development Corp. and China Construction First Group Corp. Ltd. Opening the industry to more players is seen to hasten the deployment of 50,000 cell sites across the Philippines. The country currently has less than 20,000 towers.

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Will the price high of P943, fell to a low of P925 and closed the day’s session at P930. The stock peaked at 30-day high of P980 and dropped to a month’s low of P901.

Gotianuns’ FDC The Gotianuns own Filinvest Development Corp. (FDC), which has as outstanding 8.648 billion FDC common shares. Its issued common shares total 9.320 billion of which 7.717 billion common shares are listed. While having more than 8.648 outstanding FDC common shares, FDC’s public stockholders account for 10.70 percent, which, when computed, equals 925.386 million FDC common shares. They should have accumulated at least 1.235 billion FDC common shares to qualify to a seat in the company’s seven-person board. A public ownership report (POR) as of March 31, 2019 listed A.L. Gotianun Inc. as direct holder of 7.588 billion FDC common shares and indirect ownership of 61.827 million FDC common shares for total holdings of 7.65 billion FDC common shares, or 88.45 percent. It also listed Team Gladiola Inc. as direct holder of 123,000 FDC common shares and indirect ownership of 3.583 million FDC common shares, for total holdings of 3.706 million FDC common shares. As principal stockholders, according to the same POR, A.L. Gotianun and Team Gladiola had combined holdings of 7.653 billion FDC common shares, or 88.45 percent. When computed, the percentage was 88.494 percent. Apparently, the Gotianuns’ computations resulted in FDC having 8,652,748,921 outstanding common shares and not 8,648,462,987 as reported in POR. On April 17, 2019, FDC common shares opened the trading session at P14.72, peaked at P15, dropped to a low of P14.58 before closing at P14.98. The stock recorded a month’s high of P16.30 and a 30-day low of P13.84.

Cos are Puregold’s owners Lucio P. Co and wife Susan P. Co, owners of Puregold Price Club Inc. (PGold), which has 2.87 billion outstanding common shares of which 32.61 percent of OUTSTANDINGISFREE lOATLEVEL4HESTOCKHAS0PAR value and was last traded at P44.40 on April 17, 2019. In a definitive information statement (DIS), Puregold said it will hold on May 14, 2019 its annual stockholders’ meeting at Acacia Hotel, Alabang, Muntinlupa City. “Stockholders of record as of the close of business on April 16, 2019 are entitled to notice of, and vote ATSUCHMEETING u0'OLDSAIDINITS$)3 In a POR as of March 31, 2019, PGold reported having 19.981 million treasury shares. It listed two principal stockholders with combined holdings of 9.155 million PGold common shares. These were Camille Clarisse P. Co as direct holder of 8.155 million common shares and Katrina Marie P. Co who also directly owned more than one million common shares. As chairman of PGold’s nine-man board, Lucio, the patriarch, directly held 211.086 million common shares, or 7.36 percent of outstanding common shares. His wife, Susan, on the other hand, directly held 178.243 million PGold common shares, or 6.21 percent. In the DIS, Lucio and Susan disclosed their nomination of two independent directors, who, according to them, “have no relation with the nominated independent directors nor are they employees or CONSULTANTSOFTHECOMPANYORANYOFITSAFkLIATES

Compensation Lucio and Susan, vice chairman, are among PGold’s kVEHIGHESTPAIDEXECUTIVES4HEOTHERSARE&ERDINAND Vincent P. Co, president; Antonio Delos Santos, headoperation and Teodoro Polinga, comptroller. PGold paid the three Cos and two other executives P15,855,129 in 2017; and P15,870,417 in 2018. In 2019, the company said it would pay them P16,130,417. In is DIS, which serves as the company’s call for fellow stockholders to attend PGold’s annual meetING gALLOTHEROFkCERSASAGROUPUNNAMEDuWERE paid P105,887,063 in 2017; and P122,246,637 in 2018. This year, it would pay the group P132,026,368. “All directors receive per diem of P50,000 per board meeting and P20,000 per committee meetING u0'OLDSAIDINTHE$)34HECOMPANYADDED THATgTHEY uREFERRINGTOTHENINEDIRECTORS gRECEIVE no salary or compensation from the company other than the directors’ fees when they attend board or COMMITTEEMEETINGSu Like other listed companies, PGold also said “the company has no other arrangement related to renuMERATIONOFITSEXISTINGDIRECTORSANDOFkCERSASIDE FROMTHECOMPENSATIONRECEIVEDASABOVESTATEDu As in other companies whether listed or not listed, 0'OLDSAIDITSEXECUTIVEOFkCERSAREENTITLEDTORECEIVE RETIREMENTBENEkTSINACCORDANCEWITHTHETERMSAND conditions of the company’s retirement plan and OTHERBENEkTSPRESCRIBEDBYLABORLAWS On April 17, 2019, PGold common shares opened trading at P44 and hit a high of P44.55 but fell to a low of P44 before closing the session at P44, which happened to be the stock’s opening price. With its price hitting a 30-day high of P50.30 but fell to month’s low of P43.70, when will PGold peak again? Just asking.

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Shareholders’ Equity

P/E

P/E growth

ratio

(%)

ratio

Apr. 15

12.9231

-

1.2618

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Price to book

100,514,342,283

67,009,069,764

33,505,272,519

2017

109,076,668,278

69,291,088,912

39,785,579,366

Apr. 16

12.5692

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1.2273

2018

129,391,482,516

89,289,349,237

40,102,133,279

Apr. 17

12.7692

1.59

1.2468

Apr. 18

-

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-

Apr. 19

-

-

-

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AVERAGE

Year

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Date

Close

Date

Close

Apr 17, 2019

83

Mar 25, 2019

81.15

Apr 16, 2019

81.7

Mar 22, 2019

84.15

Apr 15, 2019

84

Apr 12, 2019 Apr 11, 2019

84 87

Mar 21, 2019 Mar 20, 2019 Mar 19, 2019

83.15 81 80.75

Apr 10, 2019

85

Mar 18, 2019

80.75

Apr 08, 2019

84.8

Apr 05, 2019 Apr 04, 2019

86 83.5

Mar 15, 2019 Mar 14, 2019

81.6 83.5

Mar 13, 2019

81.85

Apr 03, 2019 Apr 02, 2019 Apr 01, 2019

81.85 82.7 81.4

Mar 29, 2019

82.95

Mar 12, 2019 Mar 11, 2019 Mar 08, 2019 Mar 07, 2019

81.5 82.35 85 84.8

Mar 28, 2019 Mar 27, 2019

82 81.45

*amounts in peso

Mar 06, 2019

81.4

Mar 25, 2019

81.15

*amounts in peso

Return on Equity (%)

Debt to Equity ratio

Common ratio

2016

9.70

29.11

2.0000

0.5445

2017

7.25

19.88

1.7416

0.7417

2018

3.03

9.78

2.2265

0.7476

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Cosco Capital sets 2019 capex at P5.8B BY ANGELICA BALLESTEROS

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UCIO CO-led retail holding firm Cosco Capital Inc. has set a 4-percent increase in 2019 capital expenditures (capex), to P5.8 billion from P5.6 billion last year, to be primarily used for expansion.

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Steel Asia expansion to boost employment A SUBSTANTIAL number of jobs is expected to be created as Steel Asia Manufacturing Corp. continues to expand capacity amid growing construction sector demand, the Trade department said. “With the expansion of Steel Asia, jobs in the steel industry are expected to double from the present 10,500 personnel to around 21,000. Job multipliers in support industries will also result in creating 52,500 more jobs, doubling the support industries job output to around 126,000,� Steel Asia President Benjamin Yao was quoted as saying in a statement. “Once the HBIS (Hebei Iron and Steel Group) integrated steel facility becomes operational along with the revival of the

flat segment, steel industry jobs and its related industries could also potentially double up to 300,000 personnel,� he added. The steel manufacturer has an ongoing five-year P105-billion expansion program, P66 billion of which is registered with the Board of Investments. Steel Asia’s expansion projects are “in varying degrees of construction, commissioning or full-operational,� the Trade department noted. Last December, Steel Asia, HBIS, Huili Investment Fund Co. Ltd., the Trade and Defense departments inked a deal for a $4.4-billion integrated steel facility inside the Phividec Industrial Estate in Misamis Oriental.

The Mindanao steel facility will produce “major intermediate steel products� including billets and slabs that are currently only sourced from imports, the Trade department said. The Steel Asia chief said that the firm’s bid to expand capacity was in a response to rising demand for steel amid the government’s “Build Build Build� infrastructure program. “The steel industry has been keeping pace with our strong GDP (gross domestic product) growth. This year, industry forecasts that steel consumption will rise by about 6 percent to around 11.1 million tons. Last year, steel consumption topped 10.5 million tons,� Yao said. TYRONE C. PIAD


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Protect our species A call to educate and raise awareness about the accelerating rate of extinction of millions of species

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L I M AT E c h a n g e , d e f o r e s t a t i o n , unsustainable agriculture, pollution and pesticides — these extreme human activities have caused harm and danger not only to humans, but also to other living species, such as plants and animals, taking shelter in this planet called Earth.

)NTHELASTMILLIONYEARSSINCE the extinction of dinosaurs, which are believed to have inhabited the PLANETPRIORTOHUMANCIVILIZATION  SCIENTISTSESTIMATETHATTHEPLANET ISFACINGAMASSIVEEXTINCTIONRATE OFAVASTNUMBEROFSPECIESACROSS the globe. !T A NORMAL RATE  SCIENTISTS explained that between one and kVESPECIESGOEXTINCTONANANNUALBASIS(OWEVER THISNUMBER HAS REACHED ALARMING RATES AS the planet now loses species at AROUND   TO   TIMES THENORMALRATE Not only that, the decline in species have also declined its habitat, variation and biodiversity, AMONGOTHERPRESSINGISSUES AND it is all said to be heavily affected BYHUMANACTIVITY MOSTNOTABLY  since the industrial revolution. As it celebrates 49 years of the MODERNENVIRONMENTALMOVEMENT today, April 22, the Earth Day organization, Earth Day Network, honors the planet’s habitants, with ITSTHEME CAMPAIGNANDBATTLECRY focused on “Protect our species.� 4HECAMPAIGNAIMSTOEDUCATE and raise awareness about the accelerating rate of extinction of MILLIONSOFSPECIESANDTHECAUSES and consequences of the pheNOMENON ACHIEVE MAJOR POLICY victories that protect broad groups of species as well as individual speCIESANDTHEIRHABITATSBUILDAND ACTIVATE A GLOBAL MOVEMENT THAT

EMBRACES NATURE AND ITS VALUES and encourage individual actions such as adopting plant based diet and stopping pesticide and herbicide use.

Global species decline Data posted on the Earth Day Network’s website listed 10 facts on the current situation of the PLANETSMASSEXTINCTION COVERING SPECIESACROSSANIMALSANDPLANTS $UE TO THE CURRENT gNORMALu extinction rate the planet faces today, scientists fear that with the MULTIPLE EXTINCTIONS HAPPENING DAILY  MULTIPLE SPECIES MAY HAVE likewise disappear before given the chance to be studied or learned OF THE BENEkTS THEY BRING TO THE PLANETANDITSENTIREECOSYSTEM Meanwhile, a new study suggested that the insect population IN 'ERMANY HAVE DECREASED BY MORETHANPERCENTINTHELAST YEARS AFFECTINGPERCENTOFWILD plants that rely on these insects FORPOLLINATIONANDPERCENTOF bird species that rely on insects as source of food. 3CIENTISTS POINT THIS MASSIVE decline to habitat destruction, EXPLOITATION AND CLIMATE CHANGE as the driving forces for the loss OFHALFOFTHEWORLDSWILDANIMAL population. Included in the declining speCIES IS THE PRIMATE POPULATION  which is facing an extraordinary

THREAT AS ABOUT  PERCENT OF ITS 504 species is facing extinction while 75 percent is in severe population decline. /N TO MARINE LIFE  MORE THAN  MARINEMAMMALSAREANNUALLYCAUGHTORSERIOUSLYINJURED BYkSHINGGEARWORLDWIDE PRIMARily declining the whale population THAT IS COMPOSED OF  KNOWN whale species. In fact, over the last 20 years, 75 percent of all toothed whale species (such as dolphins, porpoises AND  PERCENT OF BALEEN WHALE SPECIES ALONGWITHPERCENTOF pinniped species (sea lions) have been affected through bycatch in kSHINGOPERATIONSWORLDWIDE Even the world’s bird species have declined by 40 percent, while  IN  BIRDS IS THREATENED WITH global extinction. ,AND MAMMALS  TOO  ARE EXperiencing a crucial decline in population. Around the world, big cats such as tigers, leopards and cheetahs are exploited for body parts and SKIN WITH#HINAREMAININGASTHE WORLDS LARGEST MARKET OF THESE endangered species along with the black rhino and other species. 3CIENTISTSFEARTHATMANYOFITSSPECIESMIGHTBECOMEEXTINCTBYTHE next decade.

Moreover, the lizard population has also been affected, with a RECENTSTUDYPROJECTINGPERCENT OFLIZARDSPECIESBECOMINGEXTINCT BY ,ASTLY  THE !MERICAN "ISON  ONCENUMBEREDINMILLIONS NOW occupy less than one percent of its original habitat, with existing HABITATSBECOMINGSOCOMPACTAND tightly controlled. 4HESE SHORTLISTED ANIMALS AND PLANTSAREONLYAMONGTHELARGER NUMBEROFLIVINGSPECIESTHATARE facing either threat or extinction OWINGTOTHEHUMANCIVILIZATION Good news, however, because the decline in species can be altered by slowing it down until the species can recover itself, which is why the Earth Day organization CALLSFORAUNITEDGLOBALMOVEMENT TODEMANDIMMEDIATEACTION "IRTHOFMODERNENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENT The observance of the annual Earth Day traces its roots to the sociopolitical landscape of the United States in 1970. !TTHETIME MAINSTREAM!MERIca was facing the height of counterCULTURE MOURNINGOVERTHEDEATH OF ROCK SENSATION *IMI (ENDRIX and the release of the last Beatles ALBUM ANDENGULFEDINTHERAGING WARIN6IETNAM

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AND $EMOCRATS  RICH AND POOR  CITY NATIVES AND COUNTRY FARMERS as well as business tycoons and labor leaders. By the end of the year, it had led to the creation of the United States %NVIRONMENTAL0ROTECTION!GENCY and the passage of the Clean Air, #LEAN7ATERAND%NDANGERED3PEcies Acts. After two decades of observance, IN ENVIRONMENTALISTSURGED (AYESTOORGANIZEACAMPAIGNFAR bigger than US alone that enabled Earth Day to go global. /NTHEWORLDSTAGE (AYESWAS ABLE TO MOBILIZE  MILLION people in 141 countries to give CONCERNONENVIRONMENTALISSUES By 1992, the United Nations Earth $AY 3UMMIT WAS HELD AT 2IO DE Janeiro, Brazil. !S THE NEW MILLENNIUM CAME  (AYES ORGANIZED ANOTHER CAMPAIGNFOCUSEDONGLOBALWARMING ANDAPUSHFORCLEANENERGY MOBILIZING ENVIRONMENTALGROUPS INCOUNTRIESWORLDWIDE‡AND with the advent of the Internet, he was able to organize activists online. By 2020, the Earth Day obserVANCEMARKSITSTHANNIVERSARY  WITHANEWSETOFAMBITIOUSGOALS THAT IS AIMED TO SHAPE THE ST CENTURYENVIRONMENTALISM

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156 killed in Sri Lanka explosions C OLOMBO: At least 156 people were killed, including 35 foreigners, in Sri Lanka on Sunday, when a total of eight blasts ripped through high-end hotels and churches as worshippers attended Easter services.

6ARIOUS NUMBER OF FATALITIES ANONYMITY SAIDATLEASTHAD has been recorded as a police of- BEEN KILLED &ORTY TWO OF THOSE kCIAL  SPEAKING ON CONDITION OF KILLED WERE IN #OLOMBO  WHERE

three hotels and a church were hit. !NOTHERPEOPLEWERECONkRMED dead in the town of Batticaloa, east of the country, where another church was targeted. There were also reports of casualties in a blast at a church north of the capital and the toll was expected to rise. The nature of the blasts was

NOTIMMEDIATELYCLEARANDTHERE WERE NO IMMEDIATE CLAIMS OF responsibility. President Maithripala Sirisena in an address said he was shocked by the explosions and appealed for CALM&INANCE-INISTER-ANGALA 3AMARAWEERA  WRITING ON HIS verified Twitter account, said THEATTACKSHADKILLEDgMANYIN-

nocent people� and appeared to BEAgWELL COORDINATEDATTEMPT TOCREATEMURDER MAYHEM;AND= anarchy.� The first explosions were reported at St. Anthony’s Shrine, A CHURCH IN #OLOMBO  AND 3T Sebastian’s Church in the town OF .EGOMBO JUST OUTSIDE THE capital.

Trump legal team declares victory WASHINGTON, D.C.: First they cooperated. Then they stonewalled. Their television interviews were scattershot and ridiculed, their client mercurial and unreliable. But President Donald Trump’s legal team, through a combination of bluster, legal precedent and shifting tactics, managed to protect their client from a potentially perilous inperson interview during special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. His lawyers are taking a victory lap after a redacted version of  Mueller’s findings  revealed politically damaging conduct by the President, but drew no conclusions of criminal behavior. “Our strategy came to be that when we weren’t talking, we were losing,� Rudy Giuliani, one of Trump’s lawyers, told The Associated

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Press in a recent interview. Given that Mueller could not indict a sitting president, Giuliani said, the team kept its focus on Mueller’s “capacity to report, so we had to play in the media as well as legally.� The aftershocks from the Mueller report released Thursday will help shape the next two years of Trump’s administration. But while the report may cause some Democrats to take a renewed look at impeachment despite long odds of success in Congress, the legal threat to Trump that seemed so dangerous upon Mueller’s appointment in May 2017 has waned. At the outset, that appointment led Trump to predict “the end of my presidency.� The White House struggled to recruit top Washington attorneys, many of whom were reluctant

to work for a temperamental, scandal-prone president who repeatedly claimed he would be his own best legal mind. The initial strategy of the Trump legal team, including White House attorney Ty Cobb and personal defense lawyer John Dowd, was to be as cooperative as possible with Mueller’s prosecutors and ensure that investigators got access to the documents they requested and the witnesses they wanted to interview. The Trump lawyers hoped to bring about a quick conclusion to the investigation. Believing he could exonerate himself, Trump initially expressed a willingness to sit for an interview with Mueller’s team. A date was set for that to take place at Camp David. But then the President’s lawyers moved away from the plan,

in part by arguing that the special counsel already had gotten answers to his questions. “It became the most transparent investigation in history,� Jay Sekulow, one of the President’s personal lawyers, said in an interview. Still, there was internal tumult along the way, including the March 2018 departure of Dowd, a veteran and experienced criminal defense attorney, and the additions of Giuliani and the husband-wife team of Martin and Jane Raskin. Even as the legal team professed cooperation with Mueller’s prosecutors, the lawyers expressed impatience, frustration and skepticism in a series of private letters that challenged the credibility of the government’s witnesses and the demands to interview the President. AP

Sri Lankan security personnel keep watch outside the church premises following a blast at the St. Anthony’s Shrine in Kochchikade, Colombo yesterday. Explosions have hit three churches and three hotels in and around the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo, killing 156 people and wounding more than 400 others.

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Worldinbriefs QUEEN ELIZABETH TURNS 93 LONDON: Britain’s Queen Elizabeth has turned 93 and said she would continue her reign despite over 80 percent of Britons who have not experienced life under any other monarch. Having not been born when Elizabeth ascended the throne on Feb. 6, 1952, the Queen reigned over 14 prime ministers, coming to the throne during the tenure of Winston Churchill. She has also met with 11 of the 12 US presidents in office and signed more than 3,500 bills into law. On her birthday, the Queen will be 11 years and four months older than any British monarch in history, and at 67 years and 74 days, will be the longest serving by three years and 224 days. AFP

1 KILLED IN EBOLA CENTER SIEGE BUTEMBO, Congo: Militia members attacked an Ebola treatment center hours after another attack killed a staffer with the World Health Organization, a Congolese official said Sunday. Butembo city’s Deputy Mayor Patrick Kambale Tsiko told The Associated Press the attackers armed with machetes tried to burn down the center in Katwa district overnight. Military and police guarding the center killed one militia member and detained five others, he said. Such violence has deeply complicated efforts to contain what has become the second-deadliest Ebola virus outbreak in history, with the number of new cases jumping each time treatment and prevention work is disrupted. AP


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Fruits of labor SM Foundation continues to advocate sustainability as it holds the Harvest Festival of batch 188 BY MAYLENE STEPHANIE S. VIRAY PHOTOS BY J. GERARD SEGUIA

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OR the past 12 years, SM Foundation Inc. (SMFI), the corporate social responsibility arm of the SM Group, has been helping the lives of thousands of Filipinos in different communities through its Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan Farmers’ Training Program (KSK-FTP), launched in 2007. Initially intended for rural communities, it aims to bring back hope in farming, farmers are taught with updated agricultural knowledge, effective backyard planting and small-scale farming techniques for high value crops fruits and vegetables. In turn, it improves the quality and quantity of crops that farmers can use to provide for their family, while the company links farm cooperatives with local markets and SM suppliers for a more stable source of income. In its continued mission to bring back hope in farming, 195 farmer-trainees of the foundation’s KSK-FTP batch 188 reaped the fruits of their labor as it held its Harvest Festival on April 12. In cooperation with the local government unit (LGU) of Calamba City, the festival was held in its laboratory farm site at Brgy. Sampiruan, Calamba, Laguna, the 188th batch HADkNISHEDTHEIR WEEKTRAINING with SM Foundation, which was

launched on January 16. “We call this our laboratory wherein the farmers will come over for 12 weeks, once a week, to learn techniques that they can apply in their own homes,” said Cristina Angeles, SM Foundation’s assistant vice president for Livelihood and Outreach Program. At the farm site, which sits at a 5,000 square meters of land, farmers were able to plant and harvest vegetables and crops such as zucchini, bitter gourd (ampalaya), chili, upland kangkong, tomatoes, cabbage, patola and watermelon, among other produce. For 12 weeks, farmer-trainees from nearby villages (barangay) were taught of farm education from land preparation to cultivation by SM Malls. Moreover, the KSK training also taught business values and financial literacy on savings and simple bookkeeping, with the latter being taught by SM’s banking arm, Banco de Oro Foundation. Further, batch 188 became the

QFarmers of Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan Bacth 188 reaps the fruit of their labor as they hold their Harvest Festival at Brgy. Sampiruan, Calamba, Laguna g on April p 12.

Q SM Foundation Executive Director Debbie Sy (center) joins farmers at the Harvest Festival.

QFarmers harvest their grown onions during the Harvest Festival.

QAt the farm site, farmers harvest vegetables and crops such as zucchini, bitter gourd (ampalaya), chili, upland kangkong, tomatoes, cabbage, patola and watermelon, among other produce.

QFor 12 weeks, SM Malls teaches farmer-trainees on farm education from land preparation to cultivation.

pioneer batch of farmer-trainees who were taught of the 14 life principles of SM Founder Henry Sy Sr., who was fondly called “Tatang” (father). “We brought down the business values and the 14 principles of Mr. Henry Sy Sr. for them to revisit these values and look up to Mr. Sy’s life story for inspiration,” Angeles said. “Actually, Tatang really wanted his life principles to be taught,” added Earth Olazo, SM City Calamba’s assistant mall manager. “He wanted his ideas, vision, objectives in life be the same objectives of ordinary farmers such as those who will graduate tomorrow.” The 195 farmers of KSK-FTP batch 188 not only harvested their hard-earned crops, but also graduated the program the following day, April 13.

Partnering with stakeholders As it continues to uphold sustainability throughout its established farms, SM Foundation has partnered with various agencies as stakeholders of the KSK program to help uplift the livelihood of its graduated farmers. “The highlight of the program is the Sustainability Stakeholders Forum,” Angeles said. “Here we have the Department of

Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), cooperatives, Department of Agriculture and SM Markets.” The foundation has also partnered with Harbest Agribusiness as the rural training program’s service provider, while the program is also conducted in cooperation with local government units. 3INCE VARIOUSkELDANDREGIONAL OFkCESOF$37$HASBEENINPARTNERSHIP with SM Foundation by providing agricultural farm technology on high-value CROPS FOR BOUNTIFUL HARVESTS TO BENEkT its Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) and Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. On the other hand, DA has always been a partner from the start. It renewed its commitment with SMFI last year to PROVIDEINTENSIkEDTRAININGTOFARMERSTO ensure better crop production. Formalized by Agricultural Secretary Emmanuel Piñol and SMFI Executive Director Deborah Sy, DA’s High Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP) will be responsible for identifying possible locations that will serve as training farm sites. For its part, Harbest Agribusiness provided the training plan and course outline on vegetable planting while SMFI did the comprehensive project plan along with the calendar of activities.

Meanwhile, the local government unit OF#ALAMBACANALSOBENEkTTHEPROGRAM through the city’s Agricultural Services Department that provides subsidized inputs, transfer of technology and establishment of trials, therefor encouraging farmers cooperatives/organizations and regular extension of technical assistance. SM Markets, on the other hand, through its concessionaires, will be eyeing potential harvest produce which will eventually be sold to SM Supermarkets. Put together, these stakeholders will be extending aid to the farmers’ sustainability plan. The sustainability plan was drafted by each group of farmers, which will be then presented at their graduation. g4HE $!  CITY AGRI OFkCE AND $37$ clustered the farmers according to their proximity to form an association,” Angeles explained. “This allows the DA to know who plants what crops, when will they harvest it and how many produces can they harvest, at least two weeks before its target harvest season.” Right now, we have four sustainability plans made by the farmers, Angeles said. “In the process of training from day one, we aim to create a very very strong public-private partnership so that the program will not stop at being a training service,” she added.


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August 8, 2009, PALECO conducted a competitive selection process (“CSPâ€?) for the appointment of a New Power Provider (“NPPâ€?) that will provide a portion of its present DQGIXWXUHSRZHUUHTXLUHPHQWVLQDFFRUGDQFHZLWKWKH'HSDUWPHQWRI(QHUJ\ Âł'2(œœ  Circular No. 2004-01-001. The CSP concluded with the signing of a Power Supply Agreement on February 6, 2009 for the supply of an Estimated Deliverable Energy of 4,583,333 kWh/ month or 55,000,000 kWh/ year or a Maximum Deliverable Energy of 6,000,000 kWh/ month or 72,000,000 kWh/ year for a Cooperation Period of ten (10) years from Commercial 2SHUDWLRQV'DWH DVWKHVHFDSLWDOL]HGWHUPVDUHGHÂżQHGLQWKH36$  WKHÂł2OG36$´  (QHUJ\ZLOOEHWUDQVPLWWHGWKURXJKWKH3$/(&2RZQHGN9WUDQVPLVVLRQOLQHZLWK the billing meter located within PALECO’s substation.

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21. However, the effectivity and term of this Addendum is dependent upon a provisional or ÂżQDODXWKRULW\IURPWKLV+RQRUDEOH&RPPLVVLRQ  5XOH6HFWLRQRIWKH+RQRUDEOH&RPPLVVLRQÂśV5XOHVRI3UDFWLFHDQG3URFHGXUH allows the issuance of Provisional Authority, even prior to the conduct of a hearing on an application. Thus: “Section 3. Action on the Motion. - Motions for provisional authority or interim relief may be acted upon with or without hearing. The Commission shall act on the motion on the basis of the allegations of the application or petition and supporting documents and other evidences that applicant or petitioner has submitted and the FRPPHQWV RU RSSRVLWLRQ ÂżOHG E\ DQ\ interested person, if there be any.â€?

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After due notice and hearing, the Old PSA was approved in a November 9 , 2009 Decision of the Honorable Commission.

10. Several years after the approval of the Old PSA, PALECO foresaw a need to secure additional power to cope with the increase in load in its franchise area. Accordingly, PALECO conducted another CSP (the “2nd CSP�) for the appointment of a New Power Provider to provide a Guaranteed Dependable Capacity of 20.0 MW in accordance with the same DOE Circular No. 2004-01-001.

23. For the foregoing reasons, in the interest of keeping whole the Old PSA, the Applicants MRLQWO\ VHHN WKH LQGXOJHQFH RI WKLV +RQRUDEOH &RPPLVVLRQ IRU WKH LVVXDQFH RI D Provisional Authority for the Addendum. IV. Compliance with Pre-Filing Requirements  7KH$SSOLFDQWVMRLQWO\PDQLIHVWFRPSOLDQFHZLWKWKHSUHÂżOLQJUHTXLUHPHQWVXQGHU5XOH  6HFWLRQ  H  RI WKH ,PSOHPHQWLQJ 5XOHV DQG 5HJXODWLRQV RI WKH (3,5$ DQG 5XOH RIWKH(5&5XOHVRI3UDFWLFHDQG3URFHGXUHDVHYLGHQFHGE\WKHIROORZLQJ documents:

11. The 2nd CSP resulted in the signing of a Power Supply Agreement with Delta P on March 18, 2016, having been declared as the winning bidder of the CSP (the “New 36$´ 7KLVWLPHWKHFDSDFLW\LVWREHPDGHDYDLODEOHWKURXJKWKHN9RI3$/(&2 RUN9WUDQVPLVVLRQOLQHRIWKH1DWLRQDO3RZHU&RUSRUDWLRQ Âł13&´   7KHUHDIWHU RQ$SULO   3$/(&2 DQG 'HOWD 3 ÂżOHG D -RLQW$SSOLFDWLRQ IRU WKH DSSURYDORIWKH1HZ36$ZLWKWKH+RQRUDEOH&RPPLVVLRQZKLFKZDVGRFNHWHGDV(5& &DVH1R5&DQGHQWLWOHG“In the Matter of the Application for Approval of the Power Supply Agreement Between Palawan Electric Cooperative, Inc. (PALECO) and Delta P Inc. and New Power Provider-True Cost Generation Rate (NPP-TCGR), with Prayer for Provisional Authority, Palawan Electric Cooperative, Inc. (PALECO) and Delta P Inc., Applicants.â€? 13. On January 9, 2018, the parties, through their legal counsel, received an Order for ,QWHULP5HOLHIJUDQWLQJSURYLVLRQDODXWKRULW\WRWKH1HZ36$ 14. At the time of the execution of the Old PSA on February 6, 2009, the parties did not contemplate that another power plant will use the same transmission line, that there will be a need to allocate system loss that will arise and which party shall bear the cost of the system loss. With the execution of the New PSA, even as the same supplier is involved, the parties saw the need to clarify the treatment of the system loss through an Addendum. Salient Provision of the Addendum To the Power Supply Agreements 15. The Addendum was signed on October 10, 2018 solely for the parties to implement a formula to allocate the system loss resulting from two (2) power plants using the same N9WUDQVPLVVLRQOLQH 16. The formula is as follows: EOTt

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Banatao conferred Doctor of Science honoris causa DIOSDADO â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dadoâ&#x20AC;? Banatao, the top countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s technological luminary and pride in Silicon Valley, California, USA, was conferred a Doctor of Science honoris causa by Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan in Cagayan de Oro City. He is being recognized for his visionary work as a successful entrepreneur and philanthropist. Banatao is the working force BEHIND7AVE#OMPUTING A6# backed company that is revolu-

tionizing artificial intelligence with its data flow-based chips, systems and software.

Owndays launches cases for change

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ETROPOLITAN Bank & Trust Co. (Metrobank) is chosen as one of the Local Equity Fund Managers (LEFM) of Pag-IBIG Fund. As part of the governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s efforts to diversify its investment portfolio, Pag-IBIGFund announced last year that they will be looking for LEFMs. According to Pag-IBIG Fund Chief Executive Officer Acmad Rizaldy Moti, Pag-IBIG will invest a total of P 5 billion in local equities, broken down into five P 1 billion lots. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pag-IBIG Fund continues to grow, breaking performance records year after year. In 2018, our total assets breached the P500 bilLIONMARKFORTHEkRSTTIME7EOWE it to the 14 million Pag-IBIG Fund members who trust us to manage and grow their savings. Thus, we are tapping Metrobankâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s expertise,

Q Pag-IBIG Fund officers (from left) Mariline Acosta, deputy chief executive officer, Home Lending Operations Cluster; Alexander Hilario Aguilar, deputy chief executive officer, Member Services Cluster; Reynaldo Malaya, OIC, Financial Services Sector and vice president, Fund Management Group; Atty. Robert John Cosico, officer-in-charge, Support Services Cluster and Chief Legal Counsel; Acmad Rizaldy Moti, chief executive officer; Leandro Antonio Santillan, head, Trust Banking Group MBTC; Ma. Jizzelle Lee Beltran, head, Trust Sales & Marketing Division MBTC; Mitzi Robles, head, Trust Sales South Metro Manila Department, MBTC. sound policies, and effective fund THEBID SECUREDONEOFTHEkVELOTS and investment experience, along g7E ARE PRIVILEGED TO WORK with our award-winning fund manmanagement strategies to manage part of our equity fund to help WITH0AG )")'&UNDINTHEIRkRST agers, ensures that the investment is us sustain the Fundâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s growth that foray into the stock market,â&#x20AC;? in good hands,â&#x20AC;? he continued. Pag-IBIG Fund remains as one of WILLREDOUNDTOTHEBENEkTOFOUR said Dondi Santillan, Metrobank senior vice president and head of the strongest government institumembers,â&#x20AC;? Moti said. tions today with P533.72 billion in Metrobank, along with four Trust Banking Group. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our over six decades of banking total assets as of December 2018. other LEFMs who participated in

Muntinlupa LGU to construct public columbarium, viewing chapel

Q During the launching (from left) Anna Hashim â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Cabrera, executive director of Philippine Animal Welfare Society, Dan Ramirez, Communications and Media Manager of World Wide Fund For Nature Philippines, Vohne Yao, Managing Director of OWNDAYS Philippines, Mr. Jun Godornes, Resource Development Director of World Vision Philippines. /7.$!93 IS ALWAYS LOOKING for ways to give back to society. In 2011, they started giving out glasses to those in need through Eye Camp. Owndays has again marked another milestone by embarking on a noble campaign called Cases For Change that PARTNERS WITH NON PROkT ORGANIzations supporting causes they believe in. As an eyewear retailer, Owndays aims to make the world LOOK MORE BEAUTIFUL 7ITH THAT GOALINMIND /7.$!93CREATED Cases For Change and partnered WITH 0HILIPPINE !NIMAL 7ELFARE 3OCIETY  7ORLD 7IDE &UND &OR

.ATURE 0HILIPPINES AND 7ORLD Vision Philippines to create three uniquely designed eyewear cases. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At Cases For Change, our goal is to give back to society by allowing our customers to support THEIRCAUSES7EHAVECHOSENTHESE NON PROkT ORGANIZATIONS TO HELP them promote animal welfare, environmental protection and CHILDEMPOWERMENT7EREAIMING to raise up to a million Pesos for EACH OF THEM u SAYS 6OHNE 9AO  managing director of Owndays Philippines. For more information, visit www.owndays.com/ph.

WTCMM offers 7-day certificate in international trade program THE7ORLD4RADE#ENTER-ETRO-ANILA74#-- ISOFFERINGA DAY #ERTIkCATION 0ROGRAM ON )NTERNAtional Trade (CIT), a professional trade designation program allowing ONE TO EARN THE #ERTIkED )NTERNAtional Trade Professional (CITP) designation by completing courses ANDREQUIREMENTSSETBY74#-- 0ATTERNEDAFTERTHEPROGRAMSOF74# $ENVER  74# -UMBAI AND 74# 7INNIPEG THE#)40DESIGNATIONIS designed to be granted to one who has acquired a comprehensive set of skills enabling him to assess and evaluate the global opportunities available, as well as risks associated with international trade. The 7-day CIT Program is a combination of selected courses from the Export Operations Track and the International Business Track. Each of the courses will equip one with the required knowledge and credentials needed to succeed in a globally competitive marketplace. To BEA#ERTIkED)NTERNATIONAL4RADE0ROfessional (CITP), one must complete 80 credit hours of classroom training coupled with engaging discussions

on real life cases. The designation is valid for three (3) years and must be maintained by taking the required continuing professional development COURSESOFFEREDBY74#--OFATLEAST eight (8) credit units on the year the designation expires. In a globally competitive market place where trade activities are multi-faceted, CITPs will be recognized by peers, colleagues, employers, and clients as a professional with competencies in international trade of the highest standards and backed by a credential to prove it. CITPs can apply their professional skills in a wide-array of organizations, from small- and medium-sized enterprises to large manufacturing environments, to public sector and trade organizations. Common ground is all these organizations are active in global trade and recognize the value of KNOWLEDGE AND CERTIkCATION IN A highly competitive environment. To inquire and register in the #ERTIkCATION0ROGRAM PLEASECONTACT 902-0000 extension 601 or 201, or email wtcclub@wtcmanila.com.ph.

REMITTANCES by Overseas Filipino 7ORKERS/&7S REACHEDBILlion in 2018, an all-time high record according to data from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. Remittances consistently account for 10 percent of the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gross domestic product, but information solutions provider TranS5NIONSAYS/&7SCANPARTICIPATEIN the local economy more when crossborder data sharing, or the exchange of credit information between states, becomes institutionalized. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cross-border data sharing will asSIST/&7SINPARTICIPATINGINTHECREDIT economy of their resident country and even after they decide to come home for good. It will help open up more opportunities to access credit for purposes like entrepreneurship,

obtaining mortgages and personal loans, or accessing the rental housing market, which can translate into more income for remittance, expenditure, or investment,â&#x20AC;? said TransUnion Philippines President and CEO Pia Arellano. TransUnion is also currently exploring opportunities to permit consumers to request online that their report be provided directly to a lender in another country. TransUnion has also participated in government-industry forums to promote discussions on how best regulators and the industry can work together to provide Filipinos access to their credit information no matter where they are in the world. For more information, visit https:// www.transunion.ph.

THE City Government of Muntinlupa is set to construct a public crematorium, columbarium, and viewing chapel in Muntinlupa City Public Cemetery for indigent residents. Muntinlupa Mayor Jaime Fresnedi led the ground breaking ceremony for the threestorey columbarium amounting to P39.7- million last April 17 together with other local officials. Initially, the columbarium will have at least 7,200 slots. The local exec said the columbarium will improve the burial assistance of the local government. He added that the project aims to provide opportunity for indigent residents in Muntinlupa to have a decent burial for their dead. Fresnedi noted that the City Governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s thrust is to deliver

Q Mayor Jaime Fresnedi and other local officials led the groundbreaking ceremony of the three-storey columbarium amounting to P39.7- million on April 17. services from â&#x20AC;&#x153;womb-to-tombâ&#x20AC;? concerns from infancy to death. torium will also be constructed A viewing chapel and crema- in the 6,705 sq.m facility. as public programs addresses

The search is on for the grandest Scent Ambassadors of the Philippines 2019 AUGUSTUS Scent Ambassadors of the Philippines 2019 is the biggest and grandest model search this year. The nationwide search will begin after Holy 7EEK  !PRIL  &IRST 3CREENing), May 3 (Second Screening) and May 11 (Final Screening/ Official Photoshoot). Grand winners will receive 100 thousand pesos in cash to be awarded during the grand finals.The grand coronation will be held at Teatrino Greenhills this coming August 19. The Pageant Segment includes National #OSTUME  #ASUAL 7EAR AND

Designerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sexy Sportâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wear. There will be No Question and Answer portion and the criteria for judging will be based on the following, Face and Beauty, Body, Photographic Appeal and X Factor. The Search is open to all Male and Female, ages 16 to 30 years old, Filipino citizen or dual citizenship, with good moral character, 5â&#x20AC;&#x2122;5 in male and 5â&#x20AC;&#x2122;2 in female.Over half million worth of cash and prizes to be given away for the lucky winners. For more information, email at richardhinola@ yahoo.com.

QFrom left: Luther John Lim (national director) Richard Martin (Augustus marketing head) Richard Hinola (overall project director);(from left bottom) Barmae Chua (Augustus celebrity endorser, Miss Amore Philippines 2019), Jack Jakosalem, CEO / president Augustus Perfumes; William Thio, news anchor UNTV and Damayan Ngayon, Augustus celebrity endorser

AMA Group Holdings signs MoU with Manila Water AMA Group Holdings Chairman Amable Aguiluz V signs a Memorandum of Understanding with -ANILA7ATER0RESIDENT&ERDINAND de la Cruz for an initial 50mld bulk water supply to its franchise area utilizing the AMA water right of 300mld granted by the Laguna Lake Development Authority. Photo SHOWS FROM LEFT  -ANILA 7ATER #//6IRGILIO2IVERA -ANILA7ATER President Ferdinand de la Cruz, AMA Group Holdings Chairman Operations Leonor Cleofas, AMA Administrator for Innovation & !MABLE!GUILUZ6 -733$EPUTY Group Holdings VP & COO Charles Technology Gen. Romeo Roderos. Administrator for Engineering & $ANTER3ULLIVANAND-733$EPUTY The MOU stipulates construction of

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Bayer, Philippine OB Gyne Society partner to provide family planning TransUnion: Cross-border credit data and responsible parenthood counseling link between unchecked pop- the same as Thailandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s around 36 sharing, a boon to economy, OFWs THE ulation growth poverty and other million, and South Koreaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s around economic issues was one of the key topics of the Family Planning #ERTIkCATION AND &ORUM ON 2Esponsible Parenthood, organized by the Philippine Obstetrics and Gynecological Society (POGS), and Bayer Philippines. Speaking at the forum NCR Regional Director for the Commission on Population and Development (PopCom), Lydio Espanol introduced the concept of economic dividend. This is what occurs when population growth is kept to reasonable levels. He shared some eye opening statistics into our more prosperous neighbors Thailand and south Korea: â&#x20AC;&#x153;In 1969, we had a population of around 35 million, almost

32 million. In 2018, after 49 years, the Philippines had tripled its population to 107 million, Thailand just doubled, South Korea less than double.â&#x20AC;? In light of the urgency and timeliness of the issue of overpopulation, and its many consequences. Bayer, a global life science company, in partnership with the Philippine Obstetrical and Gynecological Society (POGS), the largest medical organization of practicing OB-Gynes in the COUNTRY  CONDUCTED THE kRST EVER &AMILY0LANNING#ERTIkCATIONAND Forum on Responsible Parenthood on March 27 at Seda hotel in Quezon City. )TISTHEkRSTOFASERIESOFEXPERT

Q In photo (from left): Christine Cervera, product manager, Contraception/ GT; Dr. Bryan Christopher Uy-Barreta, medical advisor, Dr. Mario Bernardino, POGS president, Dr. Carmela Pagunsan, country medical director, Bayer Philippines, Inc.; and Dr. Pilar Lagman-Dy, head of Reproductive Health, POGS. led talks on the need for responsible parenthood, and contraception counseling among healthcare providers. It seeks to equip doctors with the basic techniques in

contraceptive counseling and to inform them of the different methods of contraception and their application to womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s individual reproductive needs.


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HE sun is up and summer SIZZLEISkNALLYHERE $URINGTHISTIMEOFTHEYEAR ,AS Casas Filipinas de Acuzar adds a MODERNlAIRTOITSPATRIOTICPREMISE!LLGEAREDUPTOBETHEPERFECT GO TO ESCAPADE THIS SEASON  ,AS #ASAS WELCOMES ITS GUESTS WITH INCOMPARABLE&ILIPINOHOSPITALITY  UMPTEENOPTIONSOFEXCITINGACTIVITIES ANDTHIRST QUENCHINGDELIGHTS .ESTLEDONTHETIPOF7EST0HILIPPINE3EA ,AS#ASASTAKESPRIDEOF ITSPRIVATEBEACHWHEREGUESTSMAY TAKEPLEASUREOFITSkNESAND SERENEWATERS ANDPICTURESQUEVIEWS 4O KEEP OUR GUESTS ADRENALINE PUMPING ASELECTIONOFWATERSPORTS ACTIVITIES ARE MADE AVAILABLE 4HIS INCLUDES JETSKI  BANDWAGON  5&/  BANANABOAT KAYAK ANDlYINGkSH &ORTHEFAINTHEARTED WORRYNOMORE ASYOUMAYUNLEASHYOURINNERCHILD THROUGHOURINlATABLEPLAYGROUND ORSIMPLYOPTTOBASKINTHEAFTER-

Q Bask in the waters of Umagol River aboard our kayak while appreciating the unique architectural treat of Las Casas. NOON SUN WHILE DIPPING INTO OUR $ELUXETHEMED ACCOMMODATION A THING  ,AS #ASAS OFFERS A DIVERSE CHOICEOFWATERACTIVITIESFORTWO  COLLECTION OF THIRST QUENCHING BATIS INSPIREDSWIMMINGPOOL 4RANSFORM YOUR DULL VACATION  MINUTETRADITIONALMASSAGEFOR DELIGHTSMADEPERFECTFORSOLOADINTOAFUN kLLEDONEWITH,AS#A- TWO ANDFREEACCESSTOTHERESORTS VENTURERS  ROMANTIC COUPLES  AND EVENFEASTSFORFAMILIES SAS@"EATTHE(EATTREAT'ROUPSOF HERITAGEWALKINGTOUR &OR MORE INFORMATION  VISIT !DULTSANDKIDSSUREGETHUNGRY FOURMAYAVAILTHEIRSUMMERPACKAGINCLUSIVEOFONE,ARGE3UPERIOR AFTER A LONG EUPHORIC DAY 'OOD WWWLASCASASkLIPINASCOM

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Q UnionBank President and CEO Edwin Bautista leads the Bankâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s officials in receiving their five awards from The Asset in a ceremony at the Four Seasons Hotel in Hong Kong. With him are (from left) UnionBank Vice President for Corporate and Media Affairs James Ileto, Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Experience Officer Ana Delgado, Customer Experience Designer AJ Atienza, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer Dennis Omila and Customer Experience Designer Ron Batisan. BRANCHES AND-OST)NNOVATIVE INTERNALPROCEDURALGUIDELINES  7INNERSARECAREFULLYSELECTEDBY 4HE!SSET4RIPLE!$IGITAL!WARDS 4HE!SSETSBOARDOFDIRECTORSWHO %MERGING 4ECHNOLOGIES 0ROJECT FOR ITS INTERNALLY CREATED ISASETOFAWARDSTHATRECOG- COLLECTIVELY HAVE SEVERAL DECADES BLOCKCHAIN BASEDSYSTEMFORAR- NIZE THE BEST IN !SIA THAT HAVE WORTH OF EXPERIENCE EVALUATING CHIVING'ENERAL#IRCULARSFROM EMBRACEDDIGITALASTHENEXTSTEP INDUSTRYAWARDSINTHE!SIA 0ACIkC REGULATORY BODIES AS WELL AS TO BETTER SERVE THEIR CLIENT BASE ANDTHE-IDDLE%AST

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Cadbury Dairy Milk Bubbly leads the future of snacking

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The secret to Spursâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; success BASKETBALL SLEUTH MICHAEL ANGELO B. ASIS

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T felt strange.â&#x20AC;? This was the reaction of most BASKETBALL FANS WHEN 4ONY 0ARKER kRST wore an NBA uniform which did not have â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spursâ&#x20AC;? on it. Parker was drafted by the San Antonio Spurs in 2001, 29th overall as a 19-year old French professional player. While they were not, by any chance, the pioneers of the European revolution in the NBA, they did sway the curiosity of the rest of the NBA scouts in the years to come.

The best model is success Tony Parkerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first year out of a Spurs UNIFORMISALSOHISkRSTTIMETOMISSTHE playoffs. In a league where 14 out of 30 teams, almost half the league, will fail to make the post season, the streak of making the playoffs for 22 straight years is absolutely incredible. Sure, the Philadelphia 76ers, dating back to when they were the Syracuse Nationals also had 22 years of playoff participation, but making the playoffs with just 8 teams in the league is not the same as for 30 teams. There are just four teams in your division and only the worst gets eliminated. The Spurs have survived retirements, season-ending injuries, free agency transfers and whatever transpired with Kawhi Leonard. All of these are part of professional sports, and while any of the above incidents could be a valid excuse for missing the post-season for other teams, the Spurs have risen above that standard.

The anti-process Former Philadelphia 76ers GM Sam Hinkie was known to have coined the term, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Process,â&#x20AC;? which merely abused the draft system of rewarding the worst records. The Sixers put on a brazen tanking strategy to get the best draft picks. The NBA Commissioner hated him for it, and Hinkie eventually lost his job. But his vision has come into fruition. The Sixers are now a playoff team, an actual contender build behind The Processâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; direct fruits, Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. This has led other teams--the Suns, Lakers, Knicks, Magic, Hawks among others, to conclude that tanking is necessary. Which proves that the San Antonio Spurs are true geniusesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;an outlier from the rest of the NBA. There is a debate on whether they tanked in 1997, the draft that got them Tim Duncan. That is an entire column in itself, but even if they did, 1997 is a long time ago. They havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t missed the playoffs even after Duncan retired. The Spurs have never had one lottery pick since Tim Duncan. Not even Kawhi Leonard, whom they traded for, is in the top 14. The Spurs have made stars out of 28th-29th picks. They have attracted free agents recentlyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;breaking the â&#x20AC;&#x153;small marketâ&#x20AC;? barrier. LaMarcus Aldridge and Pau Gasol, the latter no longer at an elite level, chose the Spurs over glitzier options.

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Despite a third-quarter incident that saw two players ejected, the 76ers seized A LEADINTHEkRST ROUNDSERIESAGAINST the Nets and could advance in the Eastern Conference best-of-seven matchup with a home victory Tuesday. In the other Eastern Conference game, +HRIS-IDDLETONkNISHEDWITHPOINTS and nine rebounds as the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks put the Detroit Pistons on the brink of elimination with a 119-103 win. The victory give the Bucks a 3-0 lead and they can wrap up the series with a win on the road in the Motor City on Monday. Philadelphia, down by 10 points early in the third quarter, battled back most of the second half before taking the lead on a run of eight points by Embiid, who missed game three with a sore left knee. A slam dunk and layup by Embiid gave THE ERS THEIR kRST LATE LEAD AT   but, after an exchange of layups and threepointers as well as turnovers, fell behind 108-107 on a basket by Brooklynâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Joe Harris with 25 seconds remaining. On the next 76er possession, Embiid lIPPEDTHELASTOFHISSEVENASSISTSTO-IKE Scott, whose corner three-pointer put Philadelphia ahead to stay 110-108 with 19 seconds remaining. Australian Ben Simmons â&#x20AC;&#x201D; who added 15 points, eight rebounds and eight assists for the 76ers â&#x20AC;&#x201D; stole the ball from Brooklynâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jarett Allen and Tobias Harris sank two free throws for the last of his 24 points to clinch the triumph.

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Stay cool and not reactâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Caris LeVert led the Nets with 25 points while Brooklyn had 21 points each from

Allen and Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Angelo Russell. Cameroon star center Embiid was isSUED A lAGRANT FOUL IN TOUCHING OFF AN altercation 4:18 into the third quarter that saw Philadelphiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jimmy Butler Brooklynâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jared Dudley ejected. Embiid, who had elbowed Allen in the face in game two, was whistled for a hard foul on Allen that prompted Dudley to rush at Embiid, taking down the Sixers big man. Butler swung his left arm at Dudley, who wound up in the front row seats with Simmons at one stage, to earn his ejection. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I know these guys are going to go at me because they want me to retaliate, so Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to be mature when Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m on the court and just stay cool and not react,â&#x20AC;? Embiid said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Today I could have reacted but I felt like my team needed me more than they needed Jared Dudley, so Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve just got to stay cool and mature and do my job.â&#x20AC;? In Detroit, Brook Lopez tallied 19 POINTSANDHADSEVENREBOUNDSANDkVE blocked shots and Eric Bledsoe scored 19 points for the Bucks. Giannis Antetokounmpo delivered 14 points and 10 rebounds for his third straight double-double in the series and Nikola Mirotic chipped in 12 points. $ETROITSHOBBLEDSTAR"LAKE'RIFkNHAD 27 points in 31 minutes after he missed the kRSTTWOGAMESOFTHESERIESWITHASOREKNEE 'RIFkNWASCLEAREDWITHHISLEGHEAVILY wrapped but it didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t change the outcome. The Pistons have now lost 13 straight

QJoel Embiid (No. 21) of the Philadelphia 76ers heads for the net as Jarrett Allen (No. 31) of the Brooklyn Nets defends at Barclays Center on Sunday in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. AFP PHOTO playoff games dating back to 2008.

Jokic spurs on Nuggets In the Western Conference, the Denver Nuggets â&#x20AC;&#x201D; led by game highs of 29 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists from Serbian playmaker Nikola Jokic â&#x20AC;&#x201D; pulled level with San Antonio at 2-2 in their opening series with a 117-103 road triumph over the Spurs. Denver posted the second-best regular-season record in the West this season but it was Spurs that could have pushed

Recharged RoS eyes to pull away further in Game 4

The new project Most everyone thought the Spursâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; playoff streak will end this season with the entire Big Three of Parker, Duncan and the retired -ANU'INOBILIALLOUTFORTHEkRSTTIME4HEY found new building blocks, like Dejounte Murray, another 29th pick. He gets injured, ACL, an athleteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nightmare, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s out for the season. You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t say the Spurs are luckyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; they have had their fair share of this. So they push another 29th pick, Derrick White, who spent more time in Division II basketball, and he drops 36 points in game 3, averaging 23 points in the playoffs. Spurs are leading the 2nd seeded Denver Nuggets at 2-1. DeMar DeRozan has been consistent and played more games than Kawhi Leonard, and heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not leaving San Antonio at the end of the season. So who really won that trade with Toronto? The Spurs have been handed all sorts of curveballs; Kawhiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bizarre tirade was even unprecedented. But the team of Coach Gregg Popovich, GM RC Buford and owner Peter Holt have found a way to survive without stinking. Other teams play the game. Some, like Hinkie, may have even aced the game. But the Spurs is the team that truly changed the game. Their secret will remain undiscovered, as none of the other 29 teams could even come close.

the Nuggets to the brink of elimination with a victory. Instead, the Nuggets hit 15-of-31 points from three-point range and snapped a 14game losing streak in San Antonio dating to March 2012, with Jokic and Jamal Murrayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 24 points leading the way. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t won here in a while. That was on our minds,â&#x20AC;? Murray said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now we go back home 2-2. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll bring the same defensive energy and get the job done.â&#x20AC;? The series continues with game five Tuesday in Denver. AFP

QGabe Norwood of Rain or Shine attempts a score against Rafi Reavis of Magnolia while Kris Rosales of Rain or Shine (No. 1) looks on during Game 3 of their best-of-seven semifinals series in Season 44 PBA Philippine Cup game on Tuesday at the Araneta Coliseum. PBA MEDIA BUREAU PHOTO

A REJUVENATED Rain or Shine will try to stretch its lead to 3-1 against Magnolia when they clash at 7 p.m. tonight in Game 4 of their BEST OF SEVENSEMIkNALSSERIESIN3EASON Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup at the Araneta Coliseum. The Elasto Painters won Game 1 (84-77) and Game 2 (93-80) but the Hotshots took Game 3 (74-85) on Tuesday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is basketball, I think both teams have enough time to rest and make adjustments and get ready for tomorrowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s game but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m CONkDENT IN US 7E ALREADY GOT TWO AND then we can get another one,â&#x20AC;? said Gabe Norwood, who praised Magnoliaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stellar Game 3 performance. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Magnolia just showed why they are a championship caliber team. They came out and played hard in all quarters. Down the stretch, we just didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make the plays that needed to be done. So kudos to them for playing hard all the way through.â&#x20AC;? Rookie Javee Mocon emerged as Game 3 hero with 18 points and nine rebounds supported by Beau Belga with 12 points and seven rebounds. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We only earned a good chance of tying the series. What is good here is the players were able to rest and get fresh legs and mind although both teams have their chance tomorrow,â&#x20AC;? Magnolia coach Chito Victolero told The Manila Times on Sunday. The Hotshots returned to practice on Friday after a two-day break. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s already Game 4 and by now the players have already know their strength and weaknesses. But they are also coming from a vacation. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure Rain or Shine has prepared new strategies for tomorrowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s game,â&#x20AC;? added Victolero. )AN 3ANGALANGS EIGHT POINTS IN THE kNAL canto proved crucial to Magnoliaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s victory IN'AME(EkNISHEDWITHPOINTSTOTAL plus 11 rebounds. Paul Lee also contributed 16 points in that game. JOSEF T. RAMOS


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Casimero blasts Franco for WBO interim title Q Johnriel Casimero throws a left hook against Ricardo Espinoza Franco of Mexico during their fight for the WBO interim world bantamweight title on Sunday in Carson, California. PHOTO COURTESY OF JHAY OTAMIAS

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OHNRIEL Casimero took the World Boxing Organization (WBO) interim world bantamweight belt via 12th round technical knockout win over Mexican Ricardo Espinoza Franco on Sunday at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California. Casimero came out lethargic in the opening round but regained his rhythm in the fourth round, peppering the  YEAR OLD &RANCO   WIN LOSSRECORDWITHKNOCKOUTS  with crisp combinations.

4HE/RMOC#ITYNATIVElOORED &RANCOWITHASOLIDRIGHTHOOKAT the end of round six. The blow HURT&RANCOBADLYTHATTHE-EXICAN resorted to hugging Casimero to stop further punishment in later rounds.

#ASIMEROS VICIOUS COMBO IN THETHPROMPTED!MERICANREFEREE 2UDY "ARRAGAN TO CONDUCT A MANDATORYEIGHTCOUNTBUT&RANCO refused to surrender. 4HE&ILIPINOSUSTAINEDTHEPUMmeling until the referee halted the

bout in the waning seconds to save the Mexican from severe injuries. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just proved that there is still a LOTOFPOWERLEFTINME u#ASIMERO told The Manila TimesIN&ILIPINO via overseas call. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My opponent is durable and he fought hard, so

Crawford stops Khan to retain WBO title NEW YORK: American Terence Crawford retained his WBO welterweight title Saturday (Sunday in Manila), stopping Amir Khan in the sixth round when the Englishman was unable to continue because of an accidental low blow. Crawford, who was making the second defense of his title, had little trouble controlling THEkGHTANDWINNINGBYATECHNICALKNOCKOUT against the overmatched Khan. Crawford has now won nine of his last 11 kGHTSBYSTOPPAGEAND3ATURDAYSSURPRISE ending happened after he hit Khan with a hard left to the groin 47 seconds into the sixth round at Madison Square Garden in New York. Khan buckled and was in obvious pain as he went over to his corner. During the inJURYSTOPPAGE +HANSTRAINER6IRGIL(UNTER asked his boxer if he wanted to continue and Khan said no. Khan could have taken AkVE MINUTEBREAKTOREGAINHISCOMPOSURE but chose not to. Crawford denied it was a low blow but the referee saw it differently. g)TWASNTALOWBLOW u#RAWFORDSAIDg) was rushing a little. Trying to box more and CATCHHIMINTHETRENCHESu Three division world champion Crawford improved to 35 wins and no losses. Crawford, who is considered one of the BESTPOUND FOR POUNDkGHTERSINTHEWORLD  SENT+HANTOTHECANVASINTHEkRSTROUND with an overhand right followed by a left TOTHETEMPLE(EDELIVEREDASIMILAROVER-

hand punch Q Terence Crawford punches Amir Khan during in the last 10 their WBO welterweight title fight at Madison seconds of the Square Garden on Sunday in New York City. round which AFP PHOTO WOBBLED+HANS legs again. The next couple of rounds saw the 146-pound Crawford t h r ow i n g a l most all his punches at +HANS HEAD By the fourth round, Crawford was in complete conTROLAND+HANS s wo l l e n f a c e was showing We are going to make it happen, sooner the marks of getting hit with clean punches. ORLATERu Crawford started going to the body in THEFOURTHANDINTHEkFTHHEGOTHISJAB â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I am a warriorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; WORKINGAGAIN POPPING+HANSHEADBACK with a series of quick shots. Khan defended his decision to not continue +HANWASNT#RAWFORDSkRSTCHOICE(E ORTAKETHEFULLkVEMINUTESOFTHETIMEOUT WANTEDTOkGHT)NTERNATIONAL"OXING&EDg)AMAWARRIOR uHESAIDg)WOULDNEVER eration champ Errol Spence and reiterated GIVEUPINAkGHTLIKETHIS that on Saturday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was in pain. I could feel it in my stomg4HEONLYONEkGHTTHEYARETALKINGABOUT ACH-YLEGSSEIZED)COULDNTCONTINUE9OU IS3PENCE7HENEVERHEISREADY )AMHERE u HAVETOKNOCKMEOUTFORMETOGIVEUPu said Crawford. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The only thing I can do is &OR+HAN THE/LYMPICSILVERMEDALkGHTTHE PERSONTHEYPUTINFRONTOFME list, it was another disappointing world title kGHT(EIS INHISLASTFOURkGHTS Three years ago, he was brutally knocked out by Canelo Alvarez in a MIDDLEWEIGHTTITLEkGHT3ATURDAYS kGHTDROPPEDHISRECORDINWORLD TITLEkGHTSTO OVERALL "ETWEEN THE !LVAREZ kGHT AND 3ATURDAYS 4+/ LOSS  +HAN WON two straight bouts against lesser opponents. AFP

)JUSTLETHIMMOVEINkRSTBEFORE )HITHIMu It was a great comeback for Casimero who lost by unanimous decision to compatriot Jonas Sultan in Cebu on September  

The victory improved CaSIMEROSRECORDTO WITH knockouts. Casimero was a former InterNATIONAL "OXING &EDERATION LIGHT flyweight and flyweight world champion.

Nadal crashes to Fognini in Monte Carlo shocker MONTE CARLO, Principality of Monaco: Rafael Nadal crashed out to F3abio Fognini in the Monte Carlo Masters semifinals on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) with the Spanish star admitting his 6-4, 6-2 loss was his â&#x20AC;&#x153;worst clay court match in 14 yearsâ&#x20AC;?. The shock result leaves Italian 13th seed Fognini facing unseeded Serb Dusan Lajovic in Sundayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unscripted final. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I played one of my worst matches on clay in 14 years,â&#x20AC;? said Nadal. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s difficult to find any positives â&#x20AC;&#x201D; I deserved to lose.â&#x20AC;? Fognini, who beat Nadal twice on clay in 2015, stopped a 25-set win streak in the principality for the world number two. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The vision is clear,â&#x20AC;? added 32-year-old Nadal who was playing his first tournament in a month after opting to rest his troublesome knees. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I played a very bad match against a good player. In that situation, you have to lose. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I had a bad feeling, it was a tough day. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m coming from low moments in terms of injuries, and in terms of the mental side it has not been easy to accept all the things that have been going on during recent weeks. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everything was wrong. I always expect the best. But you have to be ready to accept the negative things and today was a negative day.â&#x20AC;? For 31-year-old Fognini, based just over the border in San Remo, it was a fourth career win over Nadal and third on clay. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I had a really good week, did some good work,â&#x20AC;? said the Italian. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was born near here, I know how to play on clay. This will be the final that no-one expected, I just hope to recover well and be ready. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Plus Lajovic is trained by my ex-coach â&#x20AC;&#x201D; we laughed about that in the locker room.â&#x20AC;? Fognini, cheered by thousands of compatriots on Centre Court, broke Nadal three times in a 55-minute opening set. Nadal saved three match points while trailing a set and 5-0 as he broke Fognini in a last-gasp effort.

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I really want the titleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; But the 13th seed would not be denied, earning another pair of chances in the eighth game and claiming victory with a forehand winner down the line. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m calm, I want to enjoy my victory,â&#x20AC;? Fognini said after reaching his first final at the Masters 1000 level. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve beaten Rafa on clay, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m really happy, it was windy and tough to play. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Of course itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a surprise to play Lajovic, but heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s playing good.â&#x20AC;? Fognini trailed 3-1 early in the opening set before giving himself a mental scolding: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I told myself to calm down and play. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All of that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t matter now â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m in the final. It was difficult, you need more than 100 percent concentration to play Rafa on clay. I really want to win this title now.â&#x20AC;? Lajovic, ranked 48th, will be playing his first ATP final after seeing off Russian 10th seed Daniil Medvedev â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the conqueror of Novak Djokovic â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 7-5, 6-1. That match was also played in distracting, swirling conditions, with Lajovic making a recovery from 5-1 down after changing strategy when Medvedev had the upper hand. Lajovic ran off 10 straight games to claim the opening set in an hour and take a 4-0 lead in the second. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was completely out of rhythm, to start. It was the worst nightmare, being 5-1 down,â&#x20AC;? Lajovic said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m still unaware of reaching the final, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m enjoying it,â&#x20AC;? added the player who has not dropped a set all week. AFP

QItalyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fabio Fognini (right) shakes hands with Spainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rafael Nadal after he won the semi final tennis match of the Monte-Carlo ATP Masters Series tournament in Monaco on Sunday. AFP PHOTO

Cheng claims 1st WPA Players crown .%6%2-say-die Taiwanese Kevin Cheng ROSEFROMTHEGRAVETOOUTLAST&ILIPINO #ARLO"IADO   INEXTRARACKAND CAPTURETHE&IRST7ORLD0OOL!SSOCIATION70! 0LAYERS#HAMPIONSHIPON &RIDAYNIGHTATTHE'RIFFS"ILLIARDIN,AS 6EGAS .EVADA Trailing, 5-8, in the race to 9 exciting kNALE  #HENG TOOK ADVANTAGE OF THE &ILIPINOWORLD BALLCHAMPIONS uncharacteristic four-ball miss in what could have been a decider for Biado to clinch the title. Displaying his well-known warfare mentality Cheng proceeded to win the next four racks, and then slugged IT OUT IN A TENSION kLLED  MINUTE stretch with Biado in the win-by-two format, until the pair reached the limit of 11-all standoff needing another rack to decide. (AVING HIS SECOND WIND  THE 4AIwanese proved steadier in the pivotal extra period to earn the distinction of BECOMINGTHEkRSTWINNEROFTHESERIES THE70!PLANSTOMAKEAREGULARkXTURE in its annual calendar. 4HE VICTORY CAPPED A TERRIkC WEEK for the Taiwanese sharpshooter, who showed that not only is he one of POOLSNEWESTANDHOTTESTCUEARTISTS  but also that he is a resilient, never-sayDIEkGHTERTHATCANGRINDITOUTWITHTHE best of them. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I was down 8-5 and he is

shooting at an open table, I already KNOWTHAT)MGOINGTOLOSE uARELIEVED and delighted Cheng said after he was QUOTEDBY0HILIPPINE BASED70!MEDIAOFkCER4ED,ERNER â&#x20AC;&#x153;Then when he missed that fourball, I can play without stress and I played really good. â&#x20AC;&#x153; Cheng said. g4HELASTFEWRACKSWEREVERYDIFkCULT ANDTHATSWHEN)GOTNERVOUSAGAIN) think I got lucky, but I also hit some very good shots at the end to take the MATCHANDTHETOURNAMENTu g/VERALL  )M VERY HAPPY WITH THE way I played this week. It was a great TOURNAMENT  WITH A GREAT kELD  AND THISGIVESMEALOTCONkDENCEHEADING INTOTHE53/PEN u#HENG WHOALSO pocketed the $10,000 top purse of the $65,000 series added. Earlier in the day, Biado beat Chang 9U,UNG   INTHEOTHERHALFOFTHE !LL &ILIPINO !LL 4AIWANESE SEMIkNAL matchups to arrange a title showdown with Cheng. )NTHEkRST&INAL&OURCONTEST #HENG TOOKTHEMEASUREOF"IADOSCOMPATRIot Johann Chua in a similar 9-6 count. The race to nine, win-by-two gold medal encounter between Biado and Cheng was everything one would expect between two of the best not only of their respective countries, but in the entire world of professional pool. !FTER SPLITTING THE kRST EIGHT RACKS 

THE&ILIPINOTOOKCONTROLOFHISGAME winning the next two to take the upper hand, 6-4. Cheng got one back, but then Biado showed off his amazing potting and cue ball skills to regain the edge, 7-5. Cheng looked tense missing the four-ball in the next frame, which allowed Biado to clear the table and move one away from the title. And it certainly looked like it was all OVERINTHENEXTRACKWITHTHE&ILIPINO at the table and a fairly straightforward clear right in front of him. Until he himself missed the four-ball in the side. #HENGWONTHENEXTkVERACKS INCLUDING two break and runs, to go up 9-8. "UT "IADO ISNT THE WORLDS THIRD ranked player for nothing as he stormed back to take the next two to lead 10-9 and move, again, one rack away from victory annexing the crown. The pool gods, though, conspired AGAINSTTHE&ILIPINOASHEBROKEDRYIN the next frame and allowed Cheng to clear to tie at 10-10. A safety battle ensued, and in the next rack, the Taiwanese left a safe open, and Biado cleaned up the colors. Tied at 11-11, the match and the title went to a one rack decider. Biado consoled himself by bringing home the $7,000 second prize with Chua winning $5,000. EDDIE G. ALINEA


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Pagunsan, Que eye record TCC Invitâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;l win JUVIC Pagunsan hopes to snap a two-tournament slump while Angelo Que tries to rebound from a missed cut abroad as they resume their chase for a record fourth crown in The Country Club Invitational which unwraps tomorrow (April 23, Tuesday) in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. The smooth-swinging Pagunsan lost momentum after dominating the PGT (Philippine Golf Tour) Asia Riviera leg last month, missing the cut in the Solaire Philippine Open the following week and ending up tied at 22nd in the ICTSI Luisita Championship last weekend. The power-hitting Que, on the OTHERHAND kNISHEDJOINTTHIRDIN the Phl Open but failed to advance in the Token Homemate Cup of the Japan PGA Tour last Friday, his abbreviated stint giving him MORETIMETOkGUREOUTHISGAME in time for the TCC Invitational also known as the Don Pocholo Razon Memorial Cup. Pagunsan and Que share the most number of titles at three apiece in what has long been regarded as one of the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s MAJORCHAMPIONSHIPSFORITSPRIZE fund (P5 million) and stellar cast (featuring the top 30 of the 2018 PGT Order of Merit ranking) with the demanding Tom WeiskophDESIGNEDLAYOUTPROVIDINGAkTTING challenge for the best of the best. But the rest are also coming into the event brimming with CONkDENCEANDARMEDWITHGAMES honed by stints in the last two bigtime tournaments, guaranteeing four days of battle of shotmaking, iron play, short game, putting and wits at one of the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s toughest courses. Micah Shin, for one, sets out for a rare back-to-back feat after the young Korean-American

stunned fancied and 2017 champion Miguel Tabuena in last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s finale to become the first nonFilipino winner of the event put up by ICTSI chairman Ricky Razon to honor the memory of his father and ICTSI founder Don Pocholo. Former champions Tony LascuĂąa and Frankie MiĂąoza are also in the fold with the former out to end a long title spell and duplicate his romp in 2004 and the latter hoping to re-display the vintage form he dished out in ruling the event in 2013. Clyde Mondilla and Jobim CarLOSALSOAIMFORABIGkNISHINTHE 72-hole championship organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc. with the former seeking to make it two-in-row at TCC after topping the Phl Open and the latter hoping to bounce back from SO SOSTINTSDUETOHANDINJURY Though Tabuena is out to heal ABACKINJURY THEkELDREMAINSAS talent-laden as ever with PGT leg winners Jhonnel Ababa, Korean Kim Joo Hyung, Dutch Guido Van der Valk, Jerson Balasabas, Jay Bayron, Aussie Tim Stewart, Justin Quiban, Joenard Rates, Elmer Salvador, James Ryan Lam and Albin Engino along with American ,EXUS+EONINH 0ETER3TOJANOVSKI of Macedonia, Michael Bibat, Reymon Jaraula, Zanieboy Gialon, Arnold Villacencio, Nico Salahog, Rene Menor, Keanu Jahns, Mhark Fernando and Anthony Fernando. -EANWHILE THESELECTkELDTESTS the TCC layout one last time in todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (Monday) novel pro-am where two pros team up with two OFkCIALSANDGUESTSOFTHEEVENTS chief backers.

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APOLEI, Hawaii: Brooke Henderson successfully defended her title in the Lotte Championship on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) to tie Sandra Postâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s record for LPGA Tour victories by a Canadian with eight. The 21-year-old Henderson closed with a 2-under 70 at windy Ko Olina Golf Club for a fourstroke victory over Eun-Hee Ji. g7HEN)WASYOUNGERITWASJUST a goal to be on the LPGA Tour, to WIN MY kRST EVENT u (ENDERSON said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And when that happened AND)WONMYkRSTMAJORTHEYEAR AFTER THINGSKINDOFJUSTSTARTEDTO fall into place. I knew the record was eight. Just kept creeping toward it the last three years, which was really exciting. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And then I think starting last year I sort of saw that it was within my reach if I had two good seasons. Last year put me

into great position, and coming back this year itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been on the back of my mind every week that I tee it UP)MJUSTREALLYHAPPYTHAT)HAVE kNALLYDONEIT,OOKINGFORWARDTO overtaking it now.â&#x20AC;? George Knudson and Mike Weir share the Canadian mark on the PGA Tour, also each winning eight times. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really amazing to even be mentioned in the same sentence as Mike Weir, George, and Sandra,â&#x20AC;? Henderson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This week was really special. I always love coming to Hawaii. Last year was such an incredible week for me, to be able TO HOIST THAT TROPHY FOR THE kRST

time. Coming back I knew I knew the golf course really well and I have so many great memories pretty much on every hole, which is a great feeling.â&#x20AC;? Nelly Korda, tied with Henderson for the third-round lead, finished with a quadruple-bogey 8 for a 77 that left her seven strokes back at 9 under. She hit into the water twice on 18, then threw her ball in after finishing. The 20-year-old American also had a double bogey on the par4 seventh. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pretty bad,â&#x20AC;? Korda said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I mean, it was a tough day, but I ended really poorly and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m pretty disappointed in that. ... It was AN UNFORTUNATE kNAL ROUND  BUT there is nothing I can do about it anymore.â&#x20AC;? Henderson rebounded from a BOGEYONTHEPAR kRSTWITHBIRDies on the par-4 third and par-5 kFTH  ALSO BIRDIED THE PAR  TH and closed with seven straight pars

National match play unwraps

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7 PH riders vie in Asian Road Cycling SEVEN Filipino riders led by upand-coming Daniel Ven Carino will vie in the 2019 Asian Road Cycling Championships in Chorvoq, Uzbekistan each hoping to become the next Rustom Lim or Rex Luis Krogg who have won medals in the annual continental race. Carino, 21 and the Best Young Rider of the 2018 Le Tour de Filipinas from Mangaldan (Pangasinan), is competing in his first of two eventsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the 40-kilometer Men Under-23 individual time trial (ITT) on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. (6:30 p.m. in Manila). Earlier on Wednesday at 1 p.m., 18-year-old Marc Ryan Lago, of Taguig City, starts his own challenge in the 30-km Men Junior ITT hoping to kick off the campaign of the team sent here by PhilCycling President Abraham Tolentino and Secretary General Atty. Billy Sumagui. The teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s campaign is bankrolled by Go For Gold, one of kVE 0HIL#YCLING STAKEHOLDERS THAT include Standard Insurance headed by Judes Echauz. Coached by Ednalyn Hualda, also the team manager of continental team Go For Gold, the Men Junior squad of Lago, Efren Reyes Jr. (18) AND %AN #AJUCOM   WILL CAMpaign in the 105.6-km Men Junior

Q Brooke Henderson of Canada watches her drive on the 17th hole during the final round of the LOTTE Championship at Ko Olina Golf Club on Sunday in Kapolei, Hawaii. AFP PHOTO

individual road race that starts and ends at Gazalkentâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;each setting a goal of duplicating or surpassing THESILVERMEDALkNISH+ROGGACCOMplished in the 2018 championships in Myanmar and the bronze Lim bagged in Thailand in 2011. Carino will again head the Under 23 squad in the individual road race that covers 148.40 kms also in an out-and-back course in Gazalkent with the Filipino riders contending not only against crack teams from Asia but also against the mountain courses and cold and biting temperature that breaks 14 degrees Centigrade at its lowest. Ismael Gorospe Jr., Joshua Mari Bonifacio and Jerico Lucero complete the Under 23 roster hailed by the Philippine Sports Commission, headed by Chairman William Ramirez, as the potential future of Philippine cycling. The PhilCycling will also submit its bid to host the Asian BMC Championships for 2020 during the Asian Cycling Confederation Congress that will be held on Friday at the International Hotel Tashkent. A new International Cycling Unionregulation BMX track is nearing completion in Tagaytay for the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hosting of the 30th Southeast Asian Games.

THE Philippine Amateur Open Match Play Championships reel off today with a spirited battle up among the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top and rising players in the ranks in the 36-hole stroke play elims at the Luisita Golf and Country Club in Tarlac. After staging the Philippine Golf Tour Asia qualifying tournament and a PGT event the last three weeks, the Robert Trent Jones, Sr.designed layout hosts the future STARSINAkVE DAYTOURNAMENTTHAT WILLSHOWCASETHEkELDSSKILLS TALent and endurance in medal and match play events. Carl Corpus banners the cast chasing the top 16 spots in the

knockout phase starting Wednesday while Rianne Malixi hopes to ride the momentum of her big, surprise victory in the Phl Junior Amateur Open (Stroke Paly) as she leads the title hunt in the girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; side of the event sponsored by the MVP Sports Foundation. Boosting the boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; roster are Kristoffer Arevalo, Tim Avramidis, Leandro Bagtas, siblings Aldo and Paqo Barro, Perry Bucay, Dylan Castillo, Zachary Castro, Dan Cruz, Jeffrey Gabe, Joaquin Gomez and David Guangko while young guns Josh Jorge and Sean Ramos are also expected to crowd the favorites in the event organized and

conducted by the National Golf Association of the Philippines and backed by the PLDT Group, Cignal AND-ETRO0ACIkC Completing the cast are Luigi Guerrero, Elmer Jayloni, Ricardo Manotoc, Masaichi Otake, Don Petil, Roberto Poblete, Gilbert Purcia, Jacob Rolida and Paolo Wong. Also out to spoil the locals are Koreans Ha Tae Won, Kim Tae Hoon and Kim Tae Soo. Malixi, on the other hand, faces the likes of Laurea Duque, Laia Barro, Kristine Fleetwood, Kim Ga Yeon and Bang Hee Yeon in what PROMISESTOBEAkERYCHASEFORTHE girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; crown.

Martirez scores PPS twinkill ALTHEA Rose Martirez pulled off a pair of thrillers over France Lorin Idjao to clinch the MVP plum while Allen Rombawa and Benedict Santiago shared top honors in the boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; side of the PPSPEPP Gov. Alfonso Umali Cup national age-grouper at the Pinamalayan Tennis Courts in Oriental Mindoro recently. Martirez thwarted Idjao, 6-4, 6-4, in the girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; singles 16-U finals then the rising star from Central Philippine U in Iloilo rallied from a set down to hack out a 3-6, 6-3, 10-5 decision in the 18-U championship and emerge the lone â&#x20AC;&#x153;doubleâ&#x20AC;? winner in the Group 1 tournament presented by Dunlop and sponsored by Gov. Alfonso Umali and the provincial government of Oriental Mindoro. Rombawa, from Lipa, Batangas, overpowered Jann Guillano from Roxas City, Capiz, 6-0, 6-2, to bag the 16-U title while Santiago, also from Iloilo, survived Jeff Jimenea, 6-4, 7-5, for the 14-U plum in the event sanctioned by

the Unified Tennis Philippines made up of Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala, Cebuana Lhuillier, Wilson, Tobyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Dunlop, Slazenger and B-Meg. Up next is the PPS-PEPP juniors meet in Pulilan, Bulacan on April 22-27 while Zamboanga del Norte will host another age-grouper on April 24-27. Listup is ongoing. For details, call 09154046464. Other winners in the event which also served as prelude to the Umali Cup Open, which featured the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top male players, were Margaurette Mejos from Semirara (10-unisex), Guillano (boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 12-U), Angelo Mates from Lipa, Batangas (boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 18-U), local bet Diana Jalbay and Ma. Sophia Moreno, also from Lipa. Mejos trounced Reden Escultor in a duel of unfancied bets, 4-0, 4-1; Guillano toppled Nidrick Luara, 6-4, 6-0; the unranked Mates wore down No. 3 Leyton Portin, 5-7, 6-4, 10-8; the unseeded Jalbay stunned top seed Moreno, 4-2,

4-1, in the semis then held off Myzel Dumaplin, 6-0, 6-4, for the girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 12-U crown; and Moreno got back at Jalbay, 6-4, 6-4, in the 14-U finals. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Reversal continue to be the norm in the circuit, keeping the seeded bets wary of the new faces armed with determination to gain ranking points and hopefully make it big someday,â&#x20AC;? said Palawan Pawnshop president/CEO Bobby Castro. Idjao, meanwhile, teamed up with Rose Ann Malaluan to beat Ivan Ladaga and Martirez, 8-3, for the 18-U doubles crown with Rombawa and Jose Buenaventura taking the boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; plum via an 8-6 decision over Mates and Portin. Elayne Abreu and Moreno took the 14-U title via an 8-3 romp over Jonah Lopez and Shiene Martiinez with Jimenea and Santiago bagging the boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; crown via an 8-1 rout of Bryll Laceda and Cris Salamat while Escultor and Mejos capturing the 10-U title by crushing Jaimee dela Cruz and Joy Lopez, 8-1.

TOkNISHAT UNDER â&#x20AC;&#x153;To come in today tied with the lead with so many amazing players TIEDWITHORJUSTBACKOFME WAS I knew it was going to be a tough task with the wind blowing as strong as it was,â&#x20AC;? Henderson said. g)TDEkNITELYWASREALLYDIFkCULTu Ji opened with rounds of 64 and 65 to take the second-round lead, then shot 74-73. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I play really good first two rounds and I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t play well last two rounds,â&#x20AC;? the Southern Korean player said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;First two rounds doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a lot of windy, but last two rounds was really windy out there. Playing a lot differently than kRSTTWOROUNDS SOTHATMAKESIT little hard.â&#x20AC;? Ariya Jutanugarn (73) and 2016 WINNER -INJEE ,EE   TIED FOR third at 11 under. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Obviously, the wind was pretty tough today,â&#x20AC;? Lee said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Probably the windiest out of all the days.â&#x20AC;? AP

Jr. bowler Tan wins gold in Kuching JUNIOR bowler Merwin Tan won the gold medal in the boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; singles event of the 20th Asian Youth Tenpin Bowling Championships on Saturday at the Megalanes S a r awa k , B a t u Kawa i n Kuching City, Malaysia. The 19-year-old Tan tallied 1,352 pinfalls in six rounds to beat Australian William Clarkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1,334 and South Korean Park SangHyeokâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1,326. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a blessing for me since Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m playing now my last Asian youth championship. My performance will also give me a great chance in this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s SEA Games,â&#x20AC;? Tan told The Manila Times via overseas call. Tanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s feat has ended the Philippinesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; seven-year title drought in the Asian Youth Tenpin Bowling Championships. Alexis Sy was the last player who won gold in the tilt in 2012, in Cairo, Egypt. Meanwhile, Kenzo Umali finished tenth in the boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; singles with 1,261 pinfalls and Alyssa Ty 18th in the girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; singles with 1,092 pinfalls. The competition runs from April 17 to 26. JOSEF T. RAMOS


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Ronaldo makes history as Juventus claims 8th successive title

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BARCELONA ON CUSP OF LA LIGA TRIUMPH Phil Foden fires Man City back to top LONDON: Phil Foden fired Manchester City back to the top of the Premier League as the young midfielder sealed a vital 1-0 win over Tottenham, while Brighton improved their survival prospects with a goalless draw at Wolves on Saturday. Pep Guardiolaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s side are one point clear of second-placed Liverpool after Fodenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fifth-minute header exacted a measure of revenge for Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Champions League quarter-final exit against Tottenham on Wednesday, a result that ended their bid to win an unprecedented quadruple. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We could have lost the Premier League today â&#x20AC;&#x201D; after Wednesday it was really tough. As a footballer, I could not have done what my players have done today,â&#x20AC;? said Guardiola. Liverpool can regain pole position if they win at struggling Cardiff on Sunday, but City have won their last 10 league matches to keep the destiny of the title in their own hands because the champions will hold a game in hand on Jurgen Kloppâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s men.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was very important for the race for the Premier League. We know we cannot drop points. It was tight, Tottenham had more chances than the previous two games,â&#x20AC;? added Guardiola. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have been playing for the Premier League every three days for 10 months, you can feel the pressure. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The title is still in our hands. We are fighting until the end.â&#x20AC;? As well as Fodenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s crucial contribution in only his second Premier League start, Guardiola was indebted to City goalkeeper Ederson for a series of fine saves as the champions gave a nervous display at the Etihad Stadium. The only frustration for Guardiola was an injury to Belgium midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, who limped off again just before the break. De Bruyne, only recently back from a knee problem, is unlikely to play in the midweek derby at Manchester United. â&#x20AC;&#x153; We will see tomorrow b u t I t h i n k the next game he will be out,â&#x20AC;? Guardiola said. AFP

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QBarcelonaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal (center) falls down beside Real Sociedadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Spanish defender Aritz Elustondo during the Spanish league football match at the Camp Nou Stadium in Barcelona. AFP PHOTO

Kante warns Chelsea to curb second half slumps

Q Manchester Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s English midfielder Phil Foden (right) takes on Tottenham Hotspurâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Belgian defender Jan Vertonghen during the English Premier League football match at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England. AFP PHOTO

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A last minute encounter with The Avengers S

EOUL extension! Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what suddenly fell on In the Knowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lap before the Holy Week break ASWEWEREWRAPPINGUPOUR.ETlIXCOVERAGE IN3OUTH+OREA!LASTMINUTEINVITATIONTO THE HISTORICAL g!VENGERS %NDGAMEu !SIAN JUNKET CAME THROUGH SO REBOOK OUR TICKET we did, pronto! Off we went with the Marvel Philippines media contingent for an awesome experience of getting to chat with Captain Marvel Brie Larson herself, and the comeback king of the Avengers, Hawkeye, aka Jeremy Renner. And oh! By the way, the godfather of the Marvel Cinematic Universe was also there, Robert Downey Jr. who danced his way across the stage during the media conference after which he looked back at his almost 11-year stint as Iron Man saying, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am glad I get to be part of witnessing this culture of the moment. I would not have it any other way. I remember the time [producer] Kevin [Feige] and I were running down Iron Man and hoping that things would work out and look how big this family has become. â&#x20AC;?

Q Robert Downey Jr. looking dapper as his character Tony Stark

IN THE KNOW MJ MARFORI During the three-day junket, we HAD kRST DIBS WATCHING A SPECIAL  MINUTEPREVIEWOFTHEkLMCONclusion of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that left us all choked up with a host of emotions. In the Know then had a personal chat with Jeremy Renner who told us just like everyone else from the MCU that heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll only get to watch Endgame when it opens on April 26 in the US. Of course, we informed Hawkeye that the movieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opening in the Philippines earlier on April 24.

Q Renner happily engaged with the Marvel Cinematic Universe fans.

Q 'Captain Marvel's' Brie Larson Q The 'Avengers: Endgame' stars with (from left) directors Joe and Anthony Russo and Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige at the Seoul Fan Event in Korea. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Why not just come back to the Philippines and watch it there kRSTuHEJOKEDg9OUKNOW)LIVED THEREFORkVEMONTHS7HEN)GO to a place, I always stay long and ATTHATTIMEITWASFORTHEkLMING of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Bourne Legacyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; so I extended. I love it there! I take pride in being THEkRSTACTORTOGETTOSHOW-ANILA as Manila and not as Vietnam or some other place.â&#x20AC;? $ONT YOU JUST LOVE HIM "UT wait, hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more love from Jeremy. g4HE0HILIPPINESISSPECIkCALLY is one of those places in my heart that I love so much just because of the people and how gracious and thoughtful, and giving and compassionate they are. There is also a great divide in poverty and wealth in the country, but everyone regardless has a smile on their face and giving. I have never seen anything quite like it in all my travels around this planet and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a beautiful, beautiful, beautiful place.â&#x20AC;? The A-List Hollywood actor then CLARIkEDRUMORSTHAT(AWKEYEWILL be getting his own show in the Disney streaming service to be

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launched late this year, declaring, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nothing is written in stone yet.â&#x20AC;? He also shared how he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feel left out with Hawkeye absent from THEg)NkNITY7ARuINSTALLMENTAND even feels like his return to the most anticipated movie of the year is the best thing to happen. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am so glad I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t in it [InkNITY7AR=@CAUSEALOTOFPEOPLE turned to dust!â&#x20AC;? he quipped. Meanwhile MCU newcomer Brie Larson aka Captain Marvel came in into our interview in such an energetic mood, even telling us about her grocery shopping list in Seoul. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I bought so many flavored almonds and I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop eating street food!â&#x20AC;? she confessed. She then told us how she instantly felt welcome and a part of the MCU family despite coming in at the second to the last installment of the 22-title movie franchise. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel really, really lucky and I feel like I came in at a really special time because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like this 10-year ANNIVERSARYANDMYkRSTDAYWAS at the 10th year anniversary photo shoot. So I got to be around ev-

eryone and to have that time to connect and talk to everybody from this family before I went off on my own to make the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;CapTAIN -ARVEL SOLO kLM WAS REALLY SPECIAL)kLMED%NDGAMEBEFORE Captain Marvel.â&#x20AC;? Just as feisty as her Captain Marvel character, Brie went on to say just how much her character Carol Danvers grew on her and how it transformed her through the process. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s true that if I start working too much in this character for too long, the only time I get to be myself is when Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m dreaming which is odd! So I always take big breaks in between movies and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s my TIMETOKINDOFkGUREOUTWHAT) want to keep [because] sometimes there are things from the character you want to hold on to.â&#x20AC;? Finally, she humbly addressed CRITICS WHO STILL kND IT DIFkCULT TO accept her as the next face of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, saying, â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is more than just me. She is a symbolism of representation â&#x20AC;&#x201D; of the importance of representation â&#x20AC;&#x201D;

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OMB, top telco rally youth to combat online piracy AS part of their intensified campaign to combat piracy in the Philippines, the Optical Media Board (OMB) and Globe Telecom have zeroed in on the youth to increase their awareness on the perils of accessing illegal digital content and torrent sites. OMB partnered with Globe, through the latterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s anti-piracy advocacy #PlayItRight, to hold a series of events and seminars for over 2,500 high school students and about 100 law students regarding the impact of online piracy to the economy and the lifeblood of the film industry. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s youth consume content mostly online and most of them find nothing wrong about downloading and streaming through torrent sites and illegal streaming devices (ISDs). Such a widespread mindset will hurt not just the Philippine entertainment industry but will also affect thousands of livelihood. This shows the urgent need to inform young people about what is legal and what is not in a fast-developing online world. Not to mention the considerable dangers and risks around cybersafety when accessing illegal sites,â&#x20AC;? said Yoly Crisanto, Globe chief sustainability officer and senior vice-president for corporate communications. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As a leader of Filipino digital lifestyle, it is important that we do what we can, alongside with all stakeholders, to help foster greater awareness of piracy and legal alternatives for consumers.â&#x20AC;? Globe and OMB conducted a schoolwide information campaign in Puerto Princesa, Palawan to discuss the perils of engaging in movie, TV or music piracy. One of the issues tackled was how accessing content through illegal means, like ISDs, exposes viewers to various threats such as viruses and malware that can steal private information. They also held an intellectual property de-

Q OMB and Globe Telecom hold the 1st Great IP Debate at the Lyceum of the Philippines University-Makati campus. Participating schools were Ateneo Law School and San Beda Law School.

Q The information dissemination campaign against piracy at Palawan National School. bate among students from Ateneo Law School and San Beda Law School. For these initiatives, the OMB gave Globe Telecom The Kalis (a sword used by tribes) Award at the recent OMB VIP Appreciation Night for their joint crusade against piracy. Latest from Alexa data analysis showed streaming pirated content online soared by 75 percent between 2017 and 2016. The Philippines alone has a total of 22 million visits to infringing websites in 2017, according to the same source. It was in 2017 when Globe launched its award-winning advocacy campaign #Play-

ItRight to help the entertainment industry curb piracy and protect intellectual property rights. Since then, the company has blocked about 2,500 illegal sites that hosted lewd content and child pornography. Organizations like the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) and the Coalition Against Piracy (CAP) have also expressed support for #PlayItRight. The telco has further joined the Asia Video Industry Association (AVIA) to strengthen its mandate in fighting piracy across Asia through effective enforcement and disruption of intermediaries in the piracy chain.


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ÂťHOROSCOPE Todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Birthday (04/22/19). Strategize for shared gain this year. Lay careful plans to advance your education and travels. Creative communications flower this summer, revealing a different fork in the road. Travel and studies especially flourish next winter, shifting your research and writing. Keep an open mind and heart. To get the advantage, check the dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging. ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19) -- Today is a 7 -- Handle practical details before dashing off. Create back up plans and review alternate routes to your destination. Explore options and research their costs and benefits. TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20) -- Today is an 8 -- Review financial agreements, and handle obligations. Postpone buying treats. Decide in favor of good structure. Build solid foundations for future goals drop by steady drop. GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20) -- Today is a 7 -- Talk to work out practical details with your partner. Schedule actions for later, after determining what needs doing and who will do what.

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Q(From left) Jerry Chuang, director of press division, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in the Philippines; Jacky Chen, general manager of China Airlines Philippine Branch; Michael Hs, representative of TECO; Ritchie Tuano, president of Philippine Travel Agencies Association; and Shih-pi Chou, director of Taiwan Tourism Bureau Kuala Lumpur Office.

Taiwan promotes small town charm in Manila THE Taiwan Travel Fair showcased authentic Taiwan small town decorated stalls with fun games such as ring toss, pinball, beanbag toss, kSHING UP THE BOTTLE  AND MANY more on April 13 at the Glorietta Activity Center. Visitors were able to enjoy and win prizes at the same time from the Taiwan Tourism Bureau. By promoting Taiwan through fun games in the travel fair and online games, the Taiwan Tourism Bureau hopes to attract Filipinos with its small town charm and delicious food. Visitors were all enthusiastic about games and activities of Taiwan. Programs were held and guests were invited to come onto the stage for match-play and prized Q&A. The event was open all day for visitors to experience Taiwan local specialties. During the event, came to ask

lIGHTORTOURPACKAGESTO4AIWAN which made the event a huge success in terms of promoting Taiwan as Filipino’s next destination. For those who plan to visit Taiwan, pass by the Taiwan Tourism Information Center to redeem exclusive freebies with a roundtrip electronic ticket and a twonight accommodation. Or simply mail the necessary documents together with your home address in a stamped envelope, includingpostage fee to receive your freebie. The Taiwan Tourism InformaTION#ENTER-ANILAOFkCEISLOCATED at Tower 1, 8th Floor, Highstreet South Corporate Plaza, 9th Avenue corner 26th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City, Philippines. It is open from Monday to Friday 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., providing Filipinos and other tourists with updated tourism information about Taiwan.

QThe Taiwan Travel Fair’s authentic Taiwan Small Town decorated stalls.

Japan turns over emergency vehicles THE Japanese Embassy, led by Second Secretary Shintaro Ichiki, has turned over emergency vehicles and equipment from the City of Nanjo in Okinawa, Japan to the City of Victorias in Negros Occidental on April 10. Also in attendance were Mayor Francis Frederick Peralta of Victorias City, Mayor Chobin Zukeran of Nanjo City, and Chochu Awa, Executive Director of NPO Lequio Wings. The donation project amounting to approximately P1.6 million is funded through the Grant Assistance for Japanese NGO Projects of the Government of Japan. It has been implemented through the non-profit organization Lequio Wings of Okinawa Prefecture where the donated vehicles and equipment originated from. Given the limited capacity of the hospitals in Victorias City which can provide intensive emergency

medical care, this project will benEkTPATIENTSINNEEDOFTRANSPORTAtion to other hospitals in neighboring cities, approximately more than 20 kilometers away. The projECTALSOINCLUDESkRSTAIDTRAINING for the emergency response staff of Victorias City. It is hoped that this will improve its emergency rescue and relief systems, particularly in the mountainous areas. The Grant Assistance for Japanese NGO Projects started in the Philippines in 2002. Since then, the Japanese Government has made contracts for 50 projects in the Philippines under this scheme amounting to approximately ¥1.2 billion in total. Japan believes that this project will not only strengthen the friendship between the peoples of Japan and the Philippines but will also bolster the existing strategic partnership between the two countries.

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HE US Embassy launched new English Access Microscholarship programs in Quezon City and Taguig which provide 13 to 20 year-old students from low income communities a foundation in English during two years of afterschool instruction and intensive summer learning activities.

Working in partnership with the University of the Philippines Diliman Research Institute for Islamic Social Sciences, Inc., the Embassy launched the Access Program in Quezon City on April 6 for 44 students. The Embassy launched the second program, for 50 students, in partnership with Taguig National High School on April 12. The Embassy has sponsored Access Programs in the Philippines since 2007 and 1,756 Filipino students have received scholarships to date. The new students, many from Muslim communities in Quezon City and Taguig, are among the 134 students currently enrolled in Access programs throughout the Philippines. On April 10, 50 students graduated from the Access Program at Leyte National High School in Tacloban City. Since its inception in 2004, approximately 150,000 students in more than 80 countries have participated in the Access Program.

QStudents celebrate the launch of the English Access Microscholarship Program at Taguig National High School.

Germany joins Viva Europa 2019 THE German Embassy Manila joins the Delegation of the European Union in the Philippines and its member-states in celebrating “Viva Europa 2019”. Viva Europa is a series of cultural events within the months of April to June highlighting European culture and arts. It aims to highlight European culture, promoting socio-cultural dialogue and awareness, and most importantly, experiencing a unique cultural journey. Viva Europa is also a collaborative effort of the EU Delegation in the Philippines and its member-states, including the European cultural institutes in Manila. On May 7, the second installment of the “Euro-Pinoy Concert” will be held at The Ruins in Poblacion, Makati City. As the EU “goes techno” for Viva Europa 2019, the German Embassy Manila joins the Euro-Pinoy Concert with a well-known DJ, who is half-German and half-Filipina. DJ Badkiss is one of the leading female DJs in Manila, known for her edgy look and mesmerizing music. Her roots in funk, soul and R’n’B allow her to conjure a unique MIXOFlAVORSFROMDIFFERENTMUSICGENRESTHAT keeps everyone dancing to the beat all night. She has a rock solid reputation for a quality music selection that transcends genres, trends and generations which also allowed her to share

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her outstanding talent with the world - from going on a nationwide tour with Philippine telco giant, Globe, to playing launches and instore parties as resident DJ for Louis Vuitton. DJ Badkiss performs in different clubs in Manila including Time, Club XX XX (20/20), Chotto Matte, Café Curieux and The Belle and Dragon. The German Embassy Manila is also pleased to be part of “Lakbayin Natin ang EU” for the third consecutive year. This event, organized in coop-

eration with Museo Pambata for eleven years and counting, to be held on May 23 , is a children’s festival designed for less privileged children who come from children centers or NGOs around Metro Manila. It serves as an opportunity for the children to learn about the European Union and its member-states through creative activities including games, country presentations, storytelling and more. This year, the children’s festival will highlight the theme of “environment”. The German Embassy Manila hopes to share ideas about Germany’s renewable energy and environment policy with the children in an engaging and interesting manner. Other joint EU activities supported by the German Embassy Manila include the EU’s “Schuman Cup”, a friendly football match that seeks to expose children from disadvantaged communities to the sport and promote camaraderie and teamwork. The German Embassy Manila is pleased to support “Musica FEUropa 2019”, the annual choral competition organized by the Far Eastern University in cooperation with the EU Delegation and member-states. Running on its 11th year as well, the Musica FEUropa is open to choral groups around the country and seeks to engage these groups in performing both local and European songs as a testament to cultural exchange.

French Embassy, CCP present ‘Baka Naman Hindi’ THIS month for Les Jeudis culturels (Cultural Thursdays), the Embassy of France to the Philippines and the Cultural Center of the Philippines present “Baka Naman Hindi,” a Filipino theater adaptation of French playwright Georges Feydeau’s “La Puce à l’oreille” (“A Flea in Her Ear”) from April 25 to 29 at the CCP’s Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater). Adapted to Filipino by Virgilio “Beer” Flores and starring Ricky Davao, Randy Villarama, and Lou Veloso, this play will be presented as part of the 6th edition of Cultural Thursdays. The Embassy of France is pleased to extend its cultural program to its institutional partners

to reach a broader and more diverse audience for French art and culture. Baka Naman Hindi is a classic farce kLLEDWITHINNUENDO PHYSICALCOMEDYAND snappy dialogue. Dealing with jealousy, love and lust between long time couples and new friends, it is a humorous tale set amidst the French “belle époque” of the early 1900s. Tickets are priced at P1,000 and P1,200 (with a 50-percent student discount and a 20-percent senior citizen, PWD, and government employee discount), and may be PURCHASEDATTHE##0"OX/FkCEORTHROUGH TicketWorld.

ILO WAGE SPECIALIST MEETS LABOR SECRETARY

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