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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 18, 2014 VOL. 32 NO. 169 ISSN 0116-3973 HHHHH


SENATOR Jinggoy Estrada

HDO out vs Enrile, Revilla


Task force vs colorum PUVs


Germany, US XIs win 14

US troops sent to Iraq


UNMINDFUL of the noise in this busy street in Davao City, a man is fast asleep in the comfort of his hammock tied between a tree and a pedestrian rail. (Photo by Alexander Lopez)

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Jinggoy prefers house arrest By HANNAH L. TORREGOZA

Senator Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada expressed yesterday his preference to be put under house arrest even if there is a slim chance the Sandiganbayan Fifth Division would allow it. In a televised interview, Estrada said that though he doesn’t mind where authorities choose to detain him, he prefers house arrest. “Kahit saan, wala naman tayo karapatan mag-dikta kung saan ko gusto makulong. Siyempre, kung ako masusunod eh di dito na lang sa bahay, house arrest. Eh imposible naman yatang WHISTLEBLOWER Benhur Luy (left) arrives at the Makati RTC to testify on the serious illegal detention case he filed against alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles.

Luy testifies in court vs Napoles “Pork barrel” scam whistleblower Benhur Luy finally testified yesterday on the trial of the serious illegal detention case he filed against his cousin, detained businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles, at the Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 150. The camp of Napoles tried by failed to postpone again the presentation of Luy as the last prosecution witness in the case by changing her legal counsel. Luy accused her cousin Napoles and her brother Reynald Lim of detaining him for three months. It was Luy who exposed the alleged misuse of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) of some lawmakers in fake nongovernment organizations owned by Napoles. During the hearing yesterday, Judge Elmo Alameda ordered Luy to testify despite the manifestation made by Atty. Bruce Rivera that he would take over as the lead counsel of Napoles in the case. Rivera presented to the court Atty. Alfredo Villamor’s notice of withdrawal as counsel with conformity of Napoles. At the same time, Rivera also appealed to the court to give him

time to review the court records before the resumption of the hearing proper. “I am asking for patience to allow me further time to familiarize with the case,” said Rivera, citing that he is handicapped in the case. Rivera’s manifestation came as a surprise even to Atty. Stephen David, who earlier filed an entry of appearance to handle Napoles’ case before the city court. “I have to confirm this with Ms. Napoles as this is also a surprise to me,” he said. However, prosecution lawyer Atty. Christopher Garvida argued that Luy’s presentation had been postponed several times already. Luy is the last prosecution witness before concluding the presentation of their evidence. He was supposed to testify on May 26, June 2 and June 9. Alameda then ruled that Napoles’ right to be represented is not violated because David is present in court. “I do not want the proceedings be controlled by parties of the case,” said Alameda, citing that, since there is no withdrawal, David is still the counsel. (Anna Liza Villas-Alavaren)

mangyari yun,” Estrada said. Estrada, however, said he has no plans to plead for a hospital arrest. “No, walang plano,” he said. Nevertheless, he said he is leaving it up to the Sandiganbayan to decide where he should be detained, whether at the PNP custodial center at Camp Crame or in an ordinary detention cell. Nevertheless, he said, his lawyers are already moving to file legal remedies to fight the proceedings. “We filed a petition for judicial determination for probable

cause. Siyempre aaksyunan pa rin ng Sandiganbayan ‘yun within 10 days ata, pagkakaalam ko. Kung ide-deny ‘yun eh malamang mag-iisue na ng warrant of arrest yan,” he said. Estrada also said he’s not bothered by the hold departure order released by the Fifth Division. “Mukhang SOP (standard operating procedure) yung ginawa ng Sandiganbayan Fifth Division pero sa aking palagay, sa akin naman, balewala naman iyun dahil wala naman akong balak umalis ng ating bansa. So ok lang,” he said.

HDO for Revilla, Enrile out After Senator Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada, Bureau of Immigration Commission Seigfred Mison ordered yesterday the enforcement of hold departure orders (HDO) issued by the Sandiganbayan against Senators Bong Revilla, Juan Ponce Enrile and several others implicated in the R10-billion pork barrel scam. The BI chief instructed immigration officers assigned at the country’s international airports and seaports “to familiarize themselves with the faces of the three senators, suspected pork barrel mastermind Janet Napoles and their co-accused who are placed

in derogatory list.” The other day, the Sandiganbayan’s Fith Division issued HDO against Estrada. The HDO prevents an individual from leaving the country. Under the law, government is empowered to prevent the departure of a person while the case is being tried by the court. Following the issuance of the HDO against him, Revilla reiterated yesterday his position that he would not elude arrest and would instead face head on the plunder and graft charges lodged against him before the Sandiganbayan arising from the controversial R10-billion pork

barrel (Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam. The constitutionally-created graft court has yet to issue arrest warrants against those linked to the scam that include the three senators. The charges were filed by the Office of the Ombudsman with the Sandiganbayan last Friday. “It was expected, lalo na at nauna nang lumabas ‘yung kay Senator Jinggoy kahapon. Wala naman akong balak umalis. As I have said over and over, I will face the accusations against me,’’ Revilla said. (Jun Ramirez, Mario Casayuran)

Bam: Speed up ‘pork’ trial Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV yesterday urged the government to expedite the trial of businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles so it can immediately go about recovering the billions of money stolen from the government. Aquino made the statement in light of the allegations made by Atty. Levito Baligod, ex-lawyer of the pork barrel fund scam whistleblowers that Napoles allegedly pocketed R15-billion from her illegal transactions with lawmakers. Recovering public funds, the senator said, should be the primary goal of the government. “We call on the government

to hasten the trial of Napoles so that we can pinpoint and recover the money she pocketed from the government, up to the last centavo,” Aquino said. Aquino said the R2- billion Napoles’ reportedly wants to return to the government is nothing compared to what she earned from her illegal transactions with the government. “This is more than the R10 billion that was stolen from the public due to the PDAF scam,” Aquino said. “The amount doesn’t include properties purchased by Napoles using the public coffers,” he stressed. According to Baligod, Napoles

earned almost R15-billion in the 10 years she transacted with government. With billions of funds in her disposal, Baligod claimed Napoles was able to acquire vast hectares of lands, condominium units, luxury cars and membership shares from exclusive clubs. Napoles has been charged with plunder and graft cases before the Sandiganbayan. Three senators – Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce-Enrile and Senators Ramon “Bong” Revilla, Jr. and Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada are likewise, facing similar charges. [Hannah L. Torregoza]



275 US troops sent to Iraq

About 275 US military personnel are being deployed to Iraq to help American personnel and protect the embassy in Baghdad, President Barack Obama said Monday in a letter to Congressional leaders. The force, which began deploying on Sunday, has been sent “for the purpose of protecting US citizens and property, if necessary, and is equipped for combat,” Obama wrote. “This force will remain in Iraq until the security situation becomes

such that it is no longer needed.” The move comes as jihadists of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) battle Iraqi security forces for control of a strategic northern town and Washington weighs possible drone strikes against the militants. The ISIL fighters have taken control of a swath of territory north of Baghdad in a drive towards the Iraqi capital launched a week ago. The White House said in a

statement that the US military personnel would help the State Department relocate some embassy staff from Baghdad to the consulates in Arbil and Basra, as well as Amman. It added that the embassy remained open, and that most personnel were to remain in place in Baghdad. The troops were entering Iraq with the consent of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s government, the statement said. (AFP)

Are threats on Facebook free speech? WASHINGTON (AFP) - The US Supreme Court said Monday it would rule on whether violent threats posted on social media could merit criminal charges, or whether they are protected as free speech. The nine justices of the nation’s top court said they would take on the case of Anthony Elonis, a Pennsylvania resident sentenced to four years in jail and three years supervised release over

Woman sings during throat surgery to save voice PARIS (Reuters) - A professional singer said on Monday she sang through a throat surgery carried out under hypnosis in France to ensure that doctors did not harm her vocal cords. Singer Alama Kante, 31, who is from Guinea and specializes in

threatening messages he posted on Facebook. The messages, including death threats against his ex-wife, were written in the style of rap lyrics. In the appeal, which will be taken up in the fall, the court said it will consider whether “conviction of threatening another person ... requires proof of the defendant’s subjective intent to threaten.” Elonis has said he never seriously

intended to make an attempt on his ex-wife’s life or carry out any of the other threats, without proof of such an intent, criminalizing his Facebook posts violates his First Amendment right to free speech. In the appeal to the Supreme Court, his lawyers explain that, after his wife suddenly left with their two children, Elonis, then 27, fell into a depression and was fired from the amusement park where he worked.

traditional African songs, revealed the operation more than two months after it took place in April, saying she was now fully healed. “I remember (during surgery) this voice singing all the time, my voice going around in my head because I said to myself it is out of the question that I lose my voice,” Kante, who lives in France and is the niece of Guinean singer Mory Kante, told Reuters. The procedure to remove her thyroid gland - whose cells had become enlarged and thus a cancer risk - was unorthodox. The operation is usually conducted

under anesthetic, with a tube inserted down the throat. Recognizing that any damage to vocal cords and important nerves by the tube, and during the tumor extraction itself could truncate Kante’s singing range, Dr. Gilles Dhonneur opted for medical hypnosis to allow the patient to remain awake and able to respond during the procedure. D h o n n e u r, h e a d o f anaesthesiology at the HenriMondor de Cretail Hospital outside Paris, has been perfecting the technique of medical hypnosis for two years.

Uganda tests out rubber band circumcision KAMPALA (AFP) - With trousers around his ankles, Justin Igalla awaits a tight rubber band for his foreskin, an innovative nonsurgical technique rolling out in several African nations to encourage circumcision and cut HIV infection rates. The simple device -- two plastic rings and an elastic band -- cuts off blood supply to the foreskin, which then shrivels and is removed with the band after a week. “I felt nothing, not even a little discomfort,” Igalla said after a procedure taking just minutes, noting there was no blood -- unlike traditional circumcision where the foreskin is sliced off by knife -- thus reducing the risk of infection.

Igalla, a father of two, said he opted to have his foreskin taken off for “health reasons.” Scientists have found that male circumcision can significantly reduce the chances of HIV infection because the foreskin has a higher concentration of HIV-receptors than the rest of the penis and is prone to tears during intercourse, providing HIV an entry point. As well as Uganda, the device is being used in Botswana, Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe and other subSaharan countries. All have been identifi ed by the World Health Organization as “priority” states where the risk of acquiring HIV is

high and male circumcision, and access to conventional surgical procedures, is low. Uganda hopes the device, called PrePex, will convince adult men to be circumcised as part of the battle against AIDS, now resurgent in the East African nation after years of decline, with as many as 80,000 people dying of the disease every year. The makers of PrePex boast that a man “can resume work and almost all daily activities shortly after the procedure,” with the device “designed to be placed, worn, and removed with minimal disruption,” although they should abstain from sex for six weeks afterwards.

WORLD NEWS Deadly twisters strike Nebraska PILGER Neb. (Reuters) - A swarm of tornadoes, some appearing two at a time, struck several farming communities in northeastern Nebraska on Monday, killing at least one person and injuring 16 others in one tiny town obliterated by a direct hit, officials said. The tornadoes, part of a super-cell thunderstorm system, appeared to be class EF-2 or EF-3 twisters, meaning they packed cyclonic winds of up to 165 miles per hour (265 kph), said Rich Thompson, the lead forecaster for the National Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma. The village of Pilger, a community several blocks wide and home to roughly 350 residents, appeared to bear the brunt of the storms and the heaviest concentration of casualties after one twister struck in late afternoon, local authorities said. “Pilger is gone,” said Sanford Goshorn, director of emergency management for Stanton County.

450-lb man hides drugs in stomach A central Florida man who weighs about 450 pounds faces multiple charges after sheriff’s deputies say he hid cocaine and 23 grams of marijuana under his “stomach fat.” A Volusia County sheriff’s deputy stopped a vehicle Friday after noticing that the passenger wasn’t wearing a seatbelt. Officials say 42-yearold Christopher Mitchell told the deputy that he’s too big to wear a seatbelt. The deputy says he requested a drug-detecting dog because MITCHELL Mitchell and the driver appeared nervous. The dog detected the presence of drugs in the vehicle. In addition to the drugs on Mitchell, deputies say they also found a handgun and $7,000 in cash in the vehicle. Mitchell and the driver were arrested. (AP)

Warning on washing chickens issued LONDON, England (AFP) – British authorities advised consumers on June 16, Monday, against washing chicken saying that, contrary to common belief, the practice could lead to food poisoning. The warning was aimed at the 44% of Britons who wash raw chicken before cooking it, according to a survey by Britain’s Food Standards Agency (FSA). Washing raw chicken can spread campylobacter bacteria, the most common cause of food poisoning in Britain – though just 28% of the 4,540 adults surveyed had heard of it. The most common reasons given for washing chicken were the belief that it removes dirt and bacteria, and because it was a family tradition. In fact, the practice can spread the dangerous bacteria on to hands, clothing and surfaces, the FSA said. Campylobacter can cause abdominal pain, severe diarrhea and vomiting, and in some cases death. Those most at risk are children and older people. Poultry is the main source of campylobacter, which can also cause Guillain-Barre syndrome, which can leave victims paralyzed.

Baristas get online college degrees NEW YORK, New York (AP) — Starbucks is giving its baristas a shot at an online college degree, an unusual benefit in an industry where higher education is often out of reach for workers. The coffee chain is partnering with Arizona State University to make an online undergraduate degree available at a steep discount to any of its 135,000 U.S. employees who work at least 20 hours a week. The program underscores the predicament of many workers who earn low wages, don’t have much job security and often hold down more than one job. It also highlights the stark disparities in advancement opportunities between the rich and poor, and how a traditional college education remains a near impossibility for so many. At an event in New York City on Monday, CEO Howard Schultz told an audience of about 340 Starbucks workers and their guests that the issue was personal because he was the first in his family to attend college. “I could care less about marketing. This is not about PR,” he said of the cynicism he’s already encountered about the program. U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan also appeared on stage to tell the crowd that education has become increasingly crucial to succeed, given the disappearance of blue-collar jobs that pay well. Duncan urged workers to show other companies why they should follow in Starbucks’ footsteps. “Think of the example you can set for the rest of the nation,” Duncan said. “If you guys can do this well … you’re going to change the trajectory of the entire country.”

Puppy drives car into pond

NEWS ROUNDUP Grand Lotto’s R170-M pot Chasing the Grand Lotto 6/55 has become more interesting as Wednesday’s jackpot was projected to reach R170 million, more or less. The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) said yesterday none of the scores of bettors hit the winning numbers in the draw on Monday, 54-19-02-21-14-44. PCSO Chairman Jose Ferdinand M. Rojas II said the 6/55 drawn combination carried the R157,907,252 jackpot. As a result the next jackpot for the June 18 draw was estimated at R170 million, depending on the ticket sales, Rojas said. (Edd K. Usman)

2 soldiers hurt in clash CAMP BANCASI, Butuan City – Two soldiers were wounded in a fierce gunbattle between government security forces and communist insurgents at Mount Ararat, Barangay Berseba in Bayugan City, a regional Army spokesman said yesterday. The wounded soldiers were identified as Cpl. Godofredo Navarez, Jr. and Pfc. Ricky Quia-ot, both of 26th Infantry Battallion (26th IB). Maj. Christian C. Uy, regional Army spokesman of 4th Infantry (Diamond ) Division (4th ID), said Cpl. Navarez and Pfc. Quia-ot, were both wounded in the left shoulder. He said the 26th IB troops were conducting security operations when they encountered New People’s Army (NPA) rebels at the vicinity of Mount Ararat at 6:30 a.m. “Our ground troops believed that undetermined number of NPA rebels were also wounded or killed during the almost 15 minute fierce firefight,” Maj. Uy said. (Mike U. Crismundo)

Wanted murder suspect falls CAMP JUAN, Ilocos Norte - A man long wanted for the slaying of a village councilor in Solsona, Ilocos Norte, was arrested Monday by police operatives in Apayao province. Supt. Gil Gempes, police community relations officer of Ilocos Norte Police Office, identified the arrested suspect as Robert Ballacu alias Ambot Angkuan, a resident of Sitio Sina, Barangay Manaltugan, Calanasan, Apayao. Ballacu was the prime suspect in the killing of village councilor Sia Martillano of Barangay Manalpac, Solsona, Ilocos Norte, several years ago. He was arrested by virtue of a warrant issued by Judge Charles Aguilar of Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 12 of Laoag City for murder. (Freddie G. Lazaro)

Man with cancer kills self INDANG, Cavite - A 66-year-old man, reportedly suffering from cancer, committed suicide last Monday noon by shooting himself inside his house in Barangay Buna Cerca, this municipality, police said yesterday, One Constancio Fello Crucena, was found in bed with a bullet wound in the left forehead by his wife Edelmina and other family members after a shot rang out in his room as they were having lunch in the dining area at 12:30 noon. Recovered near Crucena’s body was a .38 cal. revolver. Police said that during the fateful hour, Crucena refused to take his lunch meal and had preferred to stay in the room. A relative told police Crucena was cancer-stricken and had declined to undergo chemotherapy and other treatment since October last year. (Anthony Giron)

Man slain in front of house CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga — A 30-year-old man was shot dead by two unidentified gunmen outside his house in Barangay San Antonio, Mexico, Pampanga, at 12 a.m., Monday. Senior Supt. Neleson Aganon, Police Regional Office 3 (PRO3) spokesman, said the victim, Bryan Canlas Esguerra, was repeatedly shot in front of his house at Blk. 4, Sitio Lote, Barangay San Antonio Mexico. The victim’s mother, Nora, told probers that she tried to chase her son’s attackers but she stumbled on the ground. The victim sustained multiple bullet wounds in the body and was declared dead on arrival at the Mexico Community Hospital in Pampanga. (Franco G. Regala)



Task force vs colorum PUVs formed By KRIS BAYOS

Only agents of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DoTC), Land Transportation Office (LTO), and Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) are authorized to apprehend operators of colorum public utility vehicles (PUV) starting Thursday. LTFRB chairman Atty. Winston Ginez said they will form a task force to enforce the LTO-LTFRB joint administrative order (JAO) 2014-01, which hiked fines for operators of colorum bus from R6,000 to R1 million starting June 19. New fines for colorum trucks and vans will be R200,000; sedans, R120,000; jeepneys R50,000; and motorcycles, R6,000. Ginez said limiting the apprehending authority for colorum

operators is meant to deter erring law enforcers from coercing money from violators. “Only the DoTC, LTO and LTFRB have access to the database of franchises, hence they are knowledgeable to apprehend colorum violators,” he said. “By limiting the apprehending authority to DoTC, LTO and LTFRB, we are being accountable to our people and promising to remove from service anyone among our ranks who will commit bribery,” Ginez added. The official said local and national law enforcers can apprehend traffic and franchise violators based on the LTO-LTFRB JAO, except for colorum operators. Under the LTO-LTFRB JAO, a motor vehicle is considered operating as colorum if it is a private

vehicle that operates as a PUV without the necessary franchise; if it is a PUV that operates outside of its authorized route; if it is a PUV operating differently from its authorized denomination; if it is a PUV that continues operation despite a suspended or cancelled franchise; or if it is a PUV with expired franchise that has not been extended. Ginez urged militant PUV operators to ditch their threat of not plying their routes and paralyzing public transportation on the maiden day of implementing the LTO-LTFRB JAO. “We urge them to respect the process of law and wait for the Supreme Court to rule on the petition for a temporary restraining order against the implementation of the JAO,” he said.

Pre-trial of 9 Chinese fishers reset Due to the unavailability of an interpreter, a Palawan court deferred yesterday the pre-trial of nine Chinese fishermen accused of poaching off Half Moon Shoal (locally known as Hasa-Hasa Shoal), some 60 nautical miles from the province. Provincial prosecutor Allen Ross Rodriguez said Regional Trial Court Branch 51 Presiding Judge Ambrosio de Luna decided to reset the pre-trial for Wednesday. “Hindi natuloy kaninang umaga ang pre-trial dahil sa walang interpreter. Ipinagpaliban muna ng

korte bukas,” Rodriguez said in a phone interview when sought for update on the case. Rodriguez said the court has provided an interpreter for the proceedings but that the latter, whom he did not name, was absent in yesterday’s trial. “Hopefully, may interpreter na bukas para matuloy na ang pretrial,” the prosecutor added. A pre-trial is held before the start of the trial to clarify points of law and facts. Philippine authorities confiscated more than 350 turtles, some

of which are protected under the country’s environmental laws, from the accused fishing vessel when they were apprehended last May. The nine Chinese fishermen all pleaded not guilty to the charges for violation of Republic Act (RA) 9147 or the Wildlife Resources Conservation Act as well as RA 8550, specifically Section 97, for fishing or taking of rare, threatened or endangered species; and Section 87 for poaching in our territorial waters during their arraignment last month. (Leonard Postrado)

Cop shot to death in Batangas TANAUAN CITY – A police officer was shot to death by motorcycle-riding gunmen in the presence of his wife and children in Barangay Santor, this city, at about 6:30 a.m. Monday. Police identified the slain cop as PO2 Estratuto Bagsic, detailed at the Regional Support Group headquarters in Camp Vicente Lim in Calamba, Laguna. Reports said Bagsic was transporting his wife Agnes, and children to school on board a brown Mitsubishi L300 van when the suspects riding a motorcycle fired shots at him. As the van stopped on the shoulder of the road, the suspects approached the victim and finished him off with one more shot. Bagsic’s wife was also wounded during the incident. She was rushed by concerned citizens to the C.P. Reyes Hospital in

Tanauan City. Police investigators recovered from the crime scene three

spent shells from an unknown caliber firearm. (Vicky Aclan Florendo)




Kasangga Mo ang Langit Rey Langit

Total deployment ban imposed on Iraq, Libya L

AST Monday, I spoke to Hans Leo Cacdac, Administrator of the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency, over my morning radio program in DWIZ 882 AM about the current situation of our overseas Filipino workers in Libya and Iraq where an alert level 3 was raised recently by the Department of Foreign Affairs. On the basis of this alert level, Administrator Cacdad said that the POEA governing body has decided to impose a total deployment ban for OFWs in the two countries due to the worsening political and security situation in these two countries, albeit with exceptions. In Iraq, the northern area called Kurdistan is relatively peaceful, and is thus exempted from the ban. In Libya, the exemptions include sending government workers and employees of multinational companies as well as the Libya National Oil Company provided that they have a commitment to the safety of their workers and will cover their repatriation when necessary. These days, one of the easiest ways to get information is through social media. Not only do OFWs use it to connect to their loved ones in the Philippines, they also provide information and air their concerns about the situation in the countries they work in. Some OFWs

in Libya have been wondering at the alert level 3 status in the country because they have not seen any evidence of violence and everything appears to be peaceful. They said as much over Facebook and I asked for Administrator Cacdac’s thoughts on this. He explained that the decision to raise the alert status was made after evaluating the reports of DFA people on the ground and is really a preventive measure by the government. I agree with Administrator Cacdac when he said that it is perhaps prudent not to wait for violence to erupt onto the streets or for bloodshed to happen in one’s neighbourhood before encouraging our loved ones to come home. The deployment ban and the government’s campaign for voluntary repatriation will surely raise the number of workers coming homeand with it, concerns about unemployment. But Administrator Cacdac said that job orders do exist in other countries unaffected by the political turmoil in Libya and Iraq and may be checked out in their website: www. He cautioned jobseekers against illegal recruiters who apparently have a new modus operandi posing as “immigration or visa consultants” but are really just out for your hard-earned money.

Search on for peaceful settlement of South China Sea territorial claims T

ERRITORIAL claims between nations are very difficult to adjudicate in the absence of an authority both sides recognize. To this day in many parts of the world, many nations are at loggerheads, if not actually fighting, over such disputed pieces of land. Spain, for example, has long disputed Great Britain’s holding on to Gibraltar, as has Argentina over British occupation of the Falklands. In history, territorial boundaries have largely been determined by force of arms. There is fear that it may come to this – force of arms – in the current dispute between China and Japan in the East China Sea and between China and several Southeast nations, notably the Philippines and Vietnam, in the South China Sea. Philippine fishing vessels have charged that they were attacked with water cannons in the vicinity of the Scarborough Shoal or Bajo de Masinloc which is close to Zambales province. Vietnam has charged that one of its vessels had actually been sunk by the Chinese. Thus far, all sides have managed to avoid resorting to shooting war. China calls for bilateral talks with each of the other claimant nations. The Philippines has chosen to file a case with the Arbitral Tribunal in the Hague under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). In essence, the Philippine claim is that Scarborough Shoal is within its 200mile economic zone. If China only recognized the Arbitral Tribunal – or any other authority – in its dispute with the Philippines, it could try to substantiate its claim to the most of the South China Sea under the so-called Nine-Dash Line. It could perhaps claim that as far back as the Ming dynasty in the 15th century, Admiral Zheng He explored and discovered many of the lands around China all the way to the Indian Ocean. The Chinese diaspora reached out to Siam, Java, Sulu, and beyond. But against such historical claims would be documentary evidence such as maps of this part of the world that the Arbitral Tribunal, like any other court, would surely consider in assessing the claims. In a recent lecture, Justice Antonio T. Carpio of the Supreme Court said that ancient Chinese maps include Hainan Island as China’s southernmost boundary. If there is any contrary proof, the Arbitral Tribunal would be a good place in which to present it. But China has already announced that it will not participate in the hearings in The Hague. Thus the dispute with the Philippines will remain undecided. We can only hope that hotheads do not come to prevail on either side and that some mutually acceptable solution will be reached. It is said that the dispute is fueled partly by expectations of rich oil and gas reserves beneath the sea. Sometime ago, there was talk of joint exploration and development. That could be one area that could be explored to avoid an all-out clash that would benefit no one.


Of Trees and Forest Senator Manny Villar

Brighter prospects for agriculture


COUPLE of reports published recently by major newspapers caught my attention. One was about a plan by the local unit of the global food giant Nestlé to increase its coffee buying stations from nine to 12 this year. And the other was about a proposal to convert eight million hectares of lands into palm plantations. The expansion of the buying stations will allow Nestlé Philippines to increase its purchases of coffee

Reflections Today

Almsgiving, prayer, fasting Gospel Reading: Mt 6:1-6, 16-18 ESUS said to his disciples,] “Take care not to perform righteous deeds in order that people may see them; otherwise, you will have no recompense from your heavenly Father. When you give alms, do not blow a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets to win the praise of others. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right is doing, so that your almsgiving may be secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you. “When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on street corners so that others may see them. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you. “When you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites. They neglect their appearance, so that they may appear to others to be fasting. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward.


beans from local farmers to 70 percent in the next six years, from 30 percent at present. This is definitely good news for farmers in areas that cultivate coffee, such as out Cavite, Batangas and Cagayan in Luzon, Negros Oriental in the Visayas and several provinces in Mindanao. Nestlé is also reported looking at other crops like cacao and cassava, which are locally cultivated, but not in commercial quantities comparable to producers from other countries. The other report was about a proposal of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon Paje to convert eight million hectares of idle and denuded lands into oil palm plantations. The Philippines is already one of the world’s top producers of coconut oil. Getting But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you may not appear to be fasting, except to your Father who is hidden. And your Father who sees what is hidden will repay you.” Reflections IN ORDER THAT PEOPLE MAY SEE THEM. Jesus teaches his disciples to check their motivation with respect to the three “pillars” of piety practiced by Jews and Christians alike: almsgiving, prayer, and fasting. Even the Arabs see these as three ways of doing homage and service to God: by prayer with our souls, by fasting with our bodies, and by almsgiving with our possessions. Doing these practices of piety, we have to be careful to avoid hypocrisy that draws attention to ourselves rather than to God for whom piety is done and who alone gives true recompense. If we do these to win the praise of others, we may receive our “reward” in terms of being recognized, but our holiness is hollow and will not help us in our relationship with God. And this façade of holiness will fall when people will see us for what we are. Truth alone lasts; liars and hypocrites are unmasked in due time. *** How do you avoid hypocrisy in a world that glorifies fame, influence, and pleasure? *** SOURCE: “366 Days with the Lord,” ST PAULS, 7708 St. Paul Rd., SAV, Makati City (Phils.); Tel.: 895-9701; Fax 895-7328; E-mail:; Website:

a sizeable chunk of the palm oil market will be a big boost to the agriculture sector. These news reports brought to my mind the government’s report on the performance of the economy, which came out almost at the same time as the news about Nestlé’s plan and Secretary Paje’s proposal. The economy, as measured by the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) or total output of goods and services, grew by 5.7 percent in the first quarter of 2014, according to the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB). Among the three major sectors on the production side, services grew the fastest at 6.8 percent, up from 6.5 percent in the first quarter of 2013. The industry sector followed with a growth rate of 5.5 percent, down from 11.3 percent year-onyear. The agriculture sector, which includes agriculture, hunting, fishery

and forestry (AHFF), remained the laggard with a 0.9-percent negligible improvement in the first three months of this year, from the already slow 3.2 percent a year ago. In terms of contribution to GDP growth, agriculture also accounted for the least, at 0.1 percent, compared with 1.8 percent from the industry sector and 3.8 percent from services. This is lamentable, considering that agriculture also accounts for 30.7 percent of employment in the country as of April 2014, compared with 16.4 percent for the industry sector and 52.8 percent for services. In my view, the planned expansion of Nestlé’s network of buying stations, the proposed conversion of idle lands into productive and export-oriented oil palm plantations and the sorry state of the agriculture


sector are what we need. These activities of multinationals and those that could bring in large investors should be encouraged. We need big-ticket deals from the giant corporate players if we want agriculture to increase its contribution to the country’s economic growth. We are already producing bananas, pineapple, and to some degree mangoes, in commercial quantities, but we need to encourage commercial production of other crops. This will increase not only the agriculture sector’s contribution to the economy but also the incomes of our rural population, which includes the poorest among us. In the end, we may see the renaissance of agriculture in our country. (To be continued) (For comments/feedback email to: or visit

Gov’t warns rice hoarders Rice hoarders, beware. The government has activated its surveillance system against traders and others groups that may be causing an artificial shortage of rice and other market items. Presidential Communications Operations Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. maintained that the government does not tolerate hoarding of these food products that may affect their price and supply to the detriment of consumers. Those engaged in hoarding and other unfair trade practices would be held accountable before the law, according to Coloma.

“Government is exerting all efforts to ensure stable supply of rice, garlic and ginger. Surveillance is being carried out to discourage hoarding and other practices that could lead to artificial shortage,” Coloma said in a Palace press briefing. Coloma said the National Price Coordinating Council, led by Trade Secretary Gregory Domingo is closely monitoring price movements of basic goods. “While presently there are no suggested retail prices (SRPs) for these commodities, the Council may prescribe indicative prices, if needed,” he added.

He admitted that the government must address the food supply situation because “stable supply is the best deterrent to artificial shortage and unusual spike in prices. He noted that rolling stores have already been deployed to sell these food items. Asked if maximum penalty will be imposed on rice hoarders, Coloma said: “Kailangang ipatupad ang batas, at kung ano man ang igagawad na kaparusahan, pananagutin natin ang mga nagsasagawa niyan [We must enforce the law and whatever the penalty is, we will hold them accountable].” (Genalyn D. Kabiling)

NPA threatens Sarangani villagers Some 200 people, mostly members of a B’laan tribal community in Sarangani province, have fled their homes following threats by the communist rebels, the military said Tuesday. Capt. Rey Balibagoso, public affairs officer of the Army 1002nd Brigade, said the New People’s Army (NPA) has lost its mass base support in the area prompting the rebel group to harass the civilian community. Balibagoso said that after ab-

ducting two village officials last week, the NPA is now threatening the civilian populace to force them to leave Barangay San Juan in Malungon, Sarangani province. Last Friday, communist rebels seized two barangay kagawads, identified as Terso Manambay and Ballota Tamalon, whom the NPA used as human shield to evade government security forces conducting operation in the area.

The two were released unharmed less than 24 hours after they were forcibly taken by the rebels. “Nagpaputok ang mga NPA kagabi ng kanilang baril at kaninang umaga, pinagsabihan ang mga sibilyan na umalis sa lugar,” said the official. At around 8:00 a.m. yesterday, Balibagoso said some of the residents fled their homes and took temporary shelter at the barangay hall. (Elena L. Aben)



TV hostleelina sikat FEELING-ERA ang isang TV host (TVH). Naimbita ito sa isang event para mag-host. Imbiyerna ang organizer ng event dahil nag-inarte ang TVH. Ayaw daw nitong magpa-interbyu sa mga naroong press ------.....::~-....:=--1 people na nag-cover ng event. Siya na nga ang magkakaroon ng libreng publicity, nag-inarte pa . Wala namang interesadong mag-interbyu sa TVH dahil ang hinihintay ng press ay ' yung dalawang sikat na celebrities na imbitado rin sa naturang event. Nang dumating si Celebrity

1 (Cl), agad nagpainterbyu ito bago tawagin sa stage para magperform . Tilian ang audience pagkakita kay C1. Gano'n din ang nangyari kay Celebrity 2 . Super init ang pagtanggap ng audience at nagpaunlak din ng interbyu sa mga naroong press

people si C2 . Si TVH, nang lumabas sa stage, waley palakpakan mula sa audience. Waley reaction hanggang umexit ito. "Ang artearte niya. Bayad siya sa event na 'yun. Hindi naman siya sikat," sabi ng source. (Rowena Agilada)

Rose hopes for PH career Highspeed Ronald Constantino NFOUNDED FEARS - At the presscon for her album, Rose " Osang" Fontanes seemed initially bewildered and tense, perhaps wondering how the entertainment writers would treat her. Would they be kind or bitchy? Would they make fun of her looks and weight? Her fears - if she had such fears - were unfounded. The press liked her. Her powerful voice and disarming honesty. Rose opened the presscon by singing "My Way" and followed it up with "This is My Life" - earning a thunderous ovation .


• CANDOR - And then she took her seat for the Q&A (open forum), where Osang answered queries with candor. Yes, she's 47 and is into a longterm relationship with a woman (said to be around the presscon are but would rather remain private). Before working as a caregiver in Israel, she worked as a domestic helper in Egypt and Lebanon. Working abroad gave her family back home a good life. Rose (or Osang) regrets though that her mother was no longer around when she won the "X-Factor" singing contest . "My mother would have been very happy, proud of me."

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KIND EMPLOYER - Yes, she's aware that some Filipinos in Israel initially ridiculed her, saying, she had no chance of winning, "mataba, pangit." But then many " kababayan " were supportive ... and so were the Israelis, including her kind and understanding employer. Osang had a contract with the employer when she won "X-Factor Israel," but she was released from it. "Sana raw lalo akong sumikat, hahanap na siya ng bagong caregiver." Another Filipina, of course.


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original tracks are included in her album, " Rose Fontanes: My Way." They are "Ris" and "If This is Love." Rose recalled that an Israeli believer wrote the songs even before she won the contest . "Bilib daw sa akin." The album, produced by Star Records, is being distributed worldwide . So far she's performed in Australia, " Puno po naman ang teatro." Other cuts : "Rain," "Forever's Not Enough," "Bakit Ako Mahihiya," originated and popularized by the late lamented Didith Reyes .

• HOW SHE WISHED - Rose is back in Israel to fulfill singing engagements, tied to a three-year contract with a music company. But she hopes to settle eventually in the Philippines. "Sana magkacareer ako dito." Well, why not? She's got talents, loads of it. Heavyweight in more ways than one. Perhaps, Rose could also appear in movies and TV programs. Is her life good enough for "Maalaala Mo Kaya"?

Hindi kawala, sa Timing Rowena Agilada ABI ni Carla Abellana, hindi kawalan sa kanya kung hindi siya binati ng ex-boyfriend niyang si Geoff Eigenmann nitong nakaraan niyang birthday (June 12). Aniya, pumunta pa siya noong birthday (March) ni Geoff kahit break na sila noon. "Okey lang kung hindi niya ako binati," wika ni Carla na inaming hindi pa siya totally nakaka-recover sa break-up nila ni Geoff. Kunsuwelo na lang ni Carla na may magandang kapalit ang pagiging heartbroken niya. Maraming dumarating na trabaho sa kanya ngayon . Tatlo ang show RYAN niya sa GMA7, SAS ('Sunday All Stars''), "Ismol Family", at "My Destiny." Every Sunday ang "Ismol Family" na magsisimula sa June 22 pagkatapos ng "24-0ras Weekend". Malapit na ring mapanood ang " My Destiny" with Tom Rodriguez. Si Ryan Agoncillo ang kapareha ni Carla sa "Ismol Family" na first time ng Kapuso actress sa isang sitcom. "I love it," bulalas ni Carla . "Wala namang adjustments dahil galing ako sa 'So It's You,' comedy movie na ginawa ko with Tom Rodriguez. Hindi na ako nanibago sa 'Ismol Family'. Masarap katrabaho si Direk Dom Zapata. Nagkatrabaho na kami sa 'My Husband's Lover' pati si Ryan," saad ni Carla. Wish nga niya na magguest sa "Ismol Family" ang misis nitong si Judy Ann Santos.


Honeymoon Simple lang ang Father's Day celebration ni Ryan Agoncillo. Nagfamily dinner lang sa bahay nila ni



Juday na ang mommy Carol nito ang naghanda. 'Andun din ang brother at parents ni Ryan. Kinabukasan (June 16), umalis papuntang Singapore sina Ryan at Juday kasama ang dabarkads ng "Eat Bulaga." Ani Ryan, bale extension 'yun ng birthday celebration ni Vic Sotto at Father's Day celebration na rin . Hindi kasama nina Ryan at Juday ang mga anak nilang sina Yohan at Lucho. Ani Ryan, parang honeymoon na rin nila 'yun dahil gusto na nilang sundan si Lucho na mag-po-four years old na sa October. Three to four children ang gusto ni Juday, tatlo naman ang gusto ni Ryan na aniya, feeling niya'y excellent dad siya. Marami raw siyang natutunan mula sa kanyang daddy and still learning pa siya. "Hindi naman mahirap maging dad. I'm working hard to give the best to my children. Mapag-aral ko sila at mapakain. Good natured kids ang mga anak ko at importante kung sino ang mga taong nakapaligid sa kanila," words to that effect na

'Game of Thrones' draw! viewers for blood-filled 1 THE blood-filled finale of the fourth season of HBO's fantasy series "Game of Thrones" was watched by 7.1 million viewers, the network said on Monday, topping the 5.4 million people who watched last season's closing episode. The Sunday episode of "Game of Thrones," titled "The Children," concluded with many of the show's leading characters making pivotal decisions that will set their path for next season while a crucial few met

their demise. HBO said a gross audience of 9.3 million viewers watched the episode across live and replayed airings. The Time Warner Inc-owned premium cable network has not yet released the total viewership, which includes video on demand and mobile streaming. The show has surpassed " The Sopranos" to become HBO's most popular series ever, and 6.6 million viewers tuned into the season four premiere. The average gross audience

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ys Carla MMFF 2014 finalists known on June 21; stars'rates on 'teleseryes' revealed pahayag ni Ryan.


Si Marc Justine Alvarez ang gumaganap na anak nina Ryan Agoncillo at Carla Abellana sa "Ismol Family." Nagjoin siva sa "Talentadong Pinoy" (hosted by Ryan Agoncillo) noong six years old siva at nagpamalas / siva ng talento sa pag-arte. Nine years old na ngayon si Marc at nag-aaral sa Laong Laan Elementary School. Si Marc din ang ~bellana gum a 9 a nap n a adopted son nina Maricel Soriano at Dingdong Dantes sa "Ang Dalawang Mrs. Real." Ani Marc, parehong mabait sina Ryan at Dingdong. Pero ang favorite actor niya ay si Senator Bong Revilla na nakasama niya sa "Indio." Asked kung mabait ba si Maricel at kung masarap ba itong katrabaho, "Opo," sagot ni Marc. Nagtataray ba si Maricel sa taping nila? "Hindi po," sagot ng bagets. 0, hayan, hindi nagsisinungaling ang mga batao May intriga kasi na diumano, sa kit ng ulo ang Diamond Star sa set ng ''Ang Dalawang Mrs. Real." Pagtatanggol ng kanyang kampo, once or twice lang daw na-Iate ng dating si Maricel sa taping. Bakit daw hindi nasusulat na mas madalas ay maaga siyang dumarating? Ang tagal pa raw nito naghihintay bago makunan, pero hindi raw nagrereklamo ang Diamond Star. Clueless ang kampo ni Maricel kung sino ang nagkakalat ng negative stories about her para sirain ito.

Trailer Nestor Cuartero UST A THOUGHT: When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us. -Helen Keller


*** BY THE WAY ...The eight finalists in the 40th Metro Manila Film Festival that opens Dec. 25 of every year will be announced on Saturday, June 21. Thirteen entries are vying for the coveted Magic 8. Gerald Anderson is coproducer of Team U, a new sports show that he's hosting

with Piolo Pascual on ABS-CBN Sports Channel. Guess how much actors get paid on teleseryes that require almost 24 hours of work nonstop? Some big stars get paid 250,000 pesos per taping day. Others' rates are in the vicinity of 100,000 pesos per day. Of course, it follows that the bigger the star, the better his pay.

*** IT'S TIME FOR GERALD: Without a TV network or a recording company for a home studio, Gerald Santos is never giving up on his dream to make his star bigger. When we met up with him recently, we couldn't believe what we saw. Gerald, formerly slim as a reed, had beefed up.

-----------------------Richard lines up plans for Zion : I I

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Olympic athlete, basketball player at kung anu-ano pa, celebration ng anak na si Zion, Satanong kung papayagan nagpaunlak pa rin ng interview si niyang mag-artista si Zion, Richard Gutierrez. "Tingnan natin, one year old pa lang naman siya," sagot Sabi nito, mahirap daw palang maghanda ng birthday party, pero ni Richard. Ipinagmalaki ni Richard worth it ang pagod nilang lahat dahil na pinagdaanan niya lahat successful at star-studded ang triple ang napagdaanan ng celebration. Sila ni Sarah Lahbati ang in-charge brand-new fathers gaya sa games and prizes at ang inang niya. Nagpapalit siva ng si Annabelle Rama ang in-charge diapers, nagpapatulog at sa food. Pero tulung-tulong silang nag papa-burp. Ngayon niya nalamang kailangan ng buong pamilya, kaya naman, super pasensya ang pagpapasaya ang big party ni Zion. Ang daming kuwento ni Richard burp at kahit antok na antok na siya, kailangan niyang tungkol sa anak, marami na itong alam na tricks at madaling turuan. hintaying mag-burp ang Kapag tinuruan, uulit-ulitin nito ang anak. itinuro hanggang makuha. Matutuwa Wala pa rin sa immediate nga si Manny Pacquiao dahil ginagaya plan nina Richard at ni Zion ang pagsuntok-suntok niya at Sarah ang magpakasal watching the show across all platforms, at kung susundin nila si marunong mag-shoot ng bola. including delayed viewing, has been "Ang sarap ng feeling na finally, Annabelle, gusto nitong 18.6 million per episode this season. naamin na namin si Baby Zion. One mag-live-in muna sila at "Game of Thrones" is a medieval year din namin siyang hindi mailabas, saka magpakasal kung sure fantasy epic based on the best-selling ngayon, very proud kaming ipakita RICHARD Gutierrez with baby Zion. (Photo na sila sa isa't isa. Hindi books by writer George R.R. Martin nag-agree at nag-disagree at ipakilala siva. Nakakatuwa nga from Sarah Lahbati's Instagram account) about fictional families fighting for ni Richard, ngayon pa lang, iniisip na si Richard at "hindi natin dahil marami ang natutuwa at control of a mythical land, Westeros. nakakakilala sa kanya. Ang daming nila ni Sarah kung saang school nila masasabi" lang ang sagot. The show, which first aired in 2011, Ngayong nabinyagan at nakapagrequest ng photos at video niya," ipapasok ang kanilang anak. Ang stars Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, plano ni Richard sa anak, celebrate na ng birthday si Zion, daming natutuwang kuwento ni Richard. Emilia Clarke and Maisie Williams, one year pa lang si Zion, pero sabi gusto niyang maging astronaut ito, ang pagpo-promote ng "Overtime" and is sold to more than 200 markets l outside the United States. (Reuters)

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Thanks to countless hours in the gym. The 2006 Pinoy Pop Superstar champion is showing off his new form when he holds his third major concert, "It's Time,"on June 28 at the Skydome in SM North. He hopes his new look can fetch him new roles, specifically in the acting department. Gerald is a hungry actor. The singer, who turned 23 on May 15, is recording a new album of original songs, his fourth. One of his hit tracks is the love song, Pinakahihintay. His guests on "It's Time" are Jonalyn Viray, Faith Cuneta, Angelo Pineda and The Boyfriend, Good Vibes, and the Dance Squad. Angelo, by the way, is a son of Journey lead vocalist Arnel Pineda. Over-all director is Rommel Ramilo.


naman ang aasikasuhin ni Richard. Showing na sa July 2 ang movie, nakapag-presscon na, TV guesting at may mall tour sila ni Lauren Young para ipaalam na ipalalabas ang GMA Films movie. Ibang Richard ang mapapanood sa movie sa direction nina Wincy Ong at Earl Ignacio dahil lumabas siva sa kanyang comfort zone. Nagenjoy siyang gawin ang movie dahil may kasamang action at very in ang tema tungkol sa mga hacker. May one movie pa si Richard sa kontrata niya sa GMA Films na pagtatambalan nila ni Sarah Lahbati at si Elaine Lozano ang director. Wala pang idea ang aktor kung ano ang concept ng movie, pero excited na siva to be working with the love of his life and the mother of Zion. Kinumpirma rin ni Richard na may movie offer sa kanya ang Star Cinema, hindi pa lang niya magawa dahil sa kontrata sa GMA Films. Pero sinabi niya kay director Ruel Bayani na i-save ang script para sa kanya dahil gusto niyang gawin. Walang TV show si Richard ngayon, pero visible siya dahil nga sa sunud-sunod na interviews at sa reality show na "It Takes Gutz to be a Gutierrez."






Clint Eastwood reflects on age, America and acting

AHEAD of his Broadway adaptation “Jersey Boys” on Friday, Clint Eastwood, 84, shares his thoughts on how to stay young, his first time acting and why America is “floundering”: On directing late in life You have more experience as you get older. You have more to draw on, as long as you don’t lose your faculties. You can play on that if you’re lucky enough genetically or you take good enough care of yourself, or a combination of the two. You can go ahead and experiment with things. There’s so many different stories to tell out there. You can be 21 or 81. ... If you tell yourself, “I’m too old to do that” - bulls –. You’re not too old to do anything. On his first acting experience As a kid, I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I was forced to do a one-act play when I was in an English class. ... We had to put it on for the senior high school. This was junior high school. Jesus. We were all talking about cutting school and not showing up. And

I did the play and it was successful. Everybody kept going around saying, “Oh that was fun.” And I said, “Yeah, but I never want to do that again, ever.” I was adamant about it. And here I am. On America I think we’re floundering. Both of the last two regimes got into a spending spree that put us into a recession longer than any recession before. Everybody talks about living within your means, but nobody really wants to do it, at least in government. I have strong feelings about that because I was born in 1930. I was a Depression kid. It was a long time before my parents got stable. I lived with grandparents and various relatives while they were struggling, so it’s just engrained in me. On missing acting No, not particularly. There are less parts as you get older. But you can also do things like “Gran Torino” where you can experiment with some of your past things.

CLINT Eastwood (AP Photo) On casting Selling yourself as an actor is tough to do. You go in there, you do interviews. There’s 10, 15 guys your height, weight, everything and they all want the same thing. You’re going, “Oh, What are the odds?” The odds were against me for quite a few years, say from ‘53 to ‘59. I did a lot of other jobs other than acting, that’s for sure. That’s why when I’m casting, I always cast off-types for stuff. Otherwise, I’d hire everybody. Because I’ve been there. (AP)

Tracy Morgan now in fair condition after crash NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) – Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan has been upgraded to fair condition following the New Jersey highway crash that badly injured him and killed one of his friends, his spokesman said Monday. “His personality is certainly starting to come back as well,” spokesman Lewis Kay said. The 45-year-old former “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock” star suffered broken ribs and a broken leg in the June 7 crash on the New

Jersey Turnpike. The crash killed fellow comedian James McNair and seriously injured two other people. Prosecutors say Wal-Mart driver Kevin Roper’s truck hit Morgan’s limo. The Jonesboro, Georgia, resident has pleaded not guilty to death by auto and assault by auto charges. A criminal complaint alleges Roper hadn’t slept for more than 24 hours before the accident when he swerved to avoid slowed traffic on the turnpike and plowed into

Morgan’s limo. Wal-Mart Stores Inc., based in Bentonville, Arkansas, has not explained what Roper’s driving route was. It has said it believes he was in compliance with federal safety regulations. Morgan’s assistant, Jeffrey Millea, of Shelton, Connecticut, has also been upgraded to fair condition, Kay said. Hospital officials said comedian Ardie Fuqua, of Jersey City, remains in critical condition.

Julia, Enrique new endorsers of San Marino ABS-CBN’s fast-rising stars Enrique Gil and Julia Baretto have found what is right for their hearts – the San Marino Corned Tuna. Enrique and Julia were tapped as the newest endorsers of San Marino, know for its health benefits – less oil, no preservatives, rich in Omega 3, and easy to prepare. Mirabella’s leading man Enrique admitted that he became a fan of the corned tuna even before becoming its endorser when he decided to eat healthy food. “I love it! When they got me to endorse it, wow, it’s like a winwin situation,” says Gil. Meanwhile, Julia, a former junk food lover, is honored to follow Marian Rivera and Kris Aquino as San Marino endorsers. She was influenced by Quen to eat healthy

food when they worked together in the afternoon series. “I’m just very grateful, it could have been anybody. It could have been a different pair. But they trust Quen and I and coming from the past endorsers, it’s such an honor,” Julia shares.

JULIA Baretto and Enrique Gil

MTV Pinoy launches search for VJs MTV Pinoy, the local edition of the popular entertainment brand is in search of new VJs. These talented young people will be the faces of MTV in the Philippines and they will follow in the footsteps of MTV Pinoy’s first batch of VJs – Sam Pinto, Yassi Pressman, Andre Paras and Josh Padilla. Aspirants aged 16 years old and above are invited to join the nationwide search. Candidates should be articulate, witty, confident, clued in to pop culture, passionate about music and most of all, must be pinoy sa puso. As part of the selection process, participants will perform tasks such as reading a prepared spiel in English and Filipino and do interviews. They will also be asked to sing, dance or show off a special talent. The search will end with the an-

nouncement of winners on October 3. Those interested may visit the MTV booths in the following venues for auditions from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on specified dates: Ayala Center in Cebu on June 21; Centrio Mall in Cagayan de Oro (CDO) on July 5; MarQuee Mall in Pampanga on July 12; Glorietta in Makati on July 20; and Trinoma in Quezon City on August 3. MTV Pinoy is a partnership between Viacom International Media Networks, a unit of Viacom Inc., home of popular entertainment brands like MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, Paramount Channel and more. MTV Pinoy focuses on original productions, events, and programs geared specifically towards Filipino viewers.


Radio Pinoy honors singers, musicians MY Only Radio Pinoy Music Awards (MORPMA) will honor the greatness of OPM and Filipino musicians and performers in its annual awards night on July 11 at the Mall of Asia


Arena simultaneous to MOR 101.9’s first anniversary. The free show will gather some of the biggest names in Philippine music and honor the winners in different categories including Song of the Year, Album of the Year, Female Artist of the Year and Male Artist of the Year. The awardees will be based on text votes, MORPMA Awards Committee, and special group of judges composed of Asia’s Nightingale Lani Misalucha, Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mangaawit (OPM) vice president for special events Christian Bautista, and Filipino Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (FILSCAP) president Noel Cabangon.






PH paddlers win 2 golds in China The Cobra-Philippine Dragon Boat Federation paddlers celebrated Independence Day, June 12, with an impressive and fruitful harvest at end of the threeday International Dragon Boat Federation World Cup last week in Fuzhou, China. Surpassing their haul of one gold and two silver medals two weeks ago in the Asian Dragon Boat rowing meet, the Filipino paddlers powered by Cobra Energy Drink scored a bonanza by capturing two golds, one silver and a bronze on the final day of the competition. They capped their superb stint with a thrilling hairline victory over the Chinese, winning the 500-meter mixed premier standard boat race in two minutes and 3.6 seconds, just three-tenths of a seconds faster to the hosts’ time of 2:03.9. The Canadians (2:04.5) settled for the bronze. The squad earlier garnered the gold in the 100-meter mixed pre-

mier standard boat contest with a time of 23.44 seconds, besting Canada (23.82) and China (24.04), which copped the silver and bronze medal, respectively, in the 16-nation competition considered as the Olympics of dragon boat rowing. China foiled the Cobra-PDBF team’s bid to add a third gold, narrowly winning the 200-meter premier mixed contest in 48.59 seconds against the latter’s silver-medal time of 49.56 seconds. Canada once again took third (49.9). Coupled with the bronze medal they won in 400-meter small boat event for men and women, the Filipinos emerged second overall behind Chinese, who bagged three golds and one silver medal, and were on the podium in all of the four events they saw action in. “Like our stint in our Asian Dragon Boat competition in Macau, our team displayed a war-

rior’s spirit,” said PDBF president Marcia Cristobal. “We lived up to the ‘Lakas ng Pinas’ motto and showed it against our rivals.” “The outstanding performance of the Cobra-PDBF team shows what hard work, perseverance, discipline and dedication can achieve once we Filipinos set our mind to it,” said Cobra Energy Drink Senior Brand Manager Dan Ong. “That they made their achievements as we celebrated Philippine Independence day back home should serve as an inspiration to all of us in whatever task and challenges we face,” Ong noted. Hubert Tan, Asia Brewery Inc. Vice President for Marketing also lauded the accomplishment of the Cobra-PDBF team. “That team was composed of top notch paddlers from Philippine Airforce, Philippine Navy and the cream of PDBF paddlers. Our Cobra PDBF team showed the unity and deep pool of talent that we have in dragon boat rowing.”

PH jin off to Moscow

in the 1st Para-Taekwondo event in 2009 in Baku, Azerbaijan. Datu, now a taekwondo instructor at Fulbright Science School, is hopeful of winning another medal in the prestigious competition organized by the World Taekwondo Federation. The Para-Taekwondo tilt features male and female athletes under and over 30 years old who will vie for honors in kyorugi (sparring) and poomsae (forms). According to the Philippine Taekwondo Association, Datu’s

participation is supported by MVP Sports Foundation, SMART Communications Inc., PLDT, TV5 and the Philippine Sports Commission. The SMART national team is a regular participant in various international championships. Only recently, SMART’s national taekwondo bets competed in the Asian championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. The Filipinos won two gold, four silver and two bronze medals in poomsae and one silver and one bronze in kyorugi.

Gerard Datu, a former Don Bosco Makati jin, will leave today to represent the SMART national team in the 5th World Para-Taekwondo Championships on June 21-22 in Moscow, Russia. It will be the second time in five years that Datu will see action in the prestigious taekwondo paralympic event. He bagged a bronze medal when he competed

Answer yesterday

MEMBERS of the Cobra-PDBF squad show off the medals they won in the recent IDBF Dragon Boat World Cup held in Fuzhou, China.

Army spikers eye 3rd straight Games Today 2 pm – Generika-Army vs RC Cola-Air Force (w) 4 pm – PLDT Home TVolution vs Cignal HD (w) 6 pm – PLDT-Air Force vs IEM (m) Red-hot Generika-Army aims for a third straight win when it clashes with a revivified RC Cola-Air Force today in the 2014 PLDT Home-Philippine Superliga (PSL) All-Filipino Conference volleyball tournament at the Cuneta Astrodome. The Lady Troopers collide with the Raiders at 2 pm while Cignal HD hunts for its first win when it battles PLDT Home Tvolution at 4 pm in the women’s division of this premiere club tournament supported by PLDT Home DSL and backed by Mikasa, Asics, Mueller Tapes, Jinling Sports Equipment, LGR, Bench and Healthway Medical. Meanwhile, pacesetter PLDT-Air Force tangles with Instituto Estetico Manila at 6 pm, looking to remain immaculate in the men’s side of this competition organized by Sports Core with Solar Sports as official broadcast partner.

Champions in the past two conferences, the Lady Troopers had a sluggish start as they opened their campaign with a pair of sorry setbacks. But with veteran setter Tina Salak back in harness, Generika-Army regained its groove and scored impressive wins over Cignal HD and AirAsia, respectively. In their 25-20, 23-25, 25-20, 25-15 win over erstwhile undefeated Flying Spikers, Salak tallied a game-high 42 excellent sets to compliment the impressive performance of Jovelyn Gonzaga and Mary Jean Balse, who finished with 19 and 18 points, respectively. “Ibang-iba ang galaw namin kapag nadyan si Tina,” said Army coach Rico de Guzman, looking for another win that will improve their 2-2 win-loss card before the league goes into a two-week break to give way to the Cagayan Friendship Games this weekend. Action resumes on July 2 before the league flies to Cebu City on July 5 for its first-ever out-oftown game.


Gold; R6: Prelude/My Jopeng; R7: Sweet And Spicy/Tiger Zap; R8: Monalisa’s Smile/ Wise Decision. TIPSTER C - R1: Going West/ Walk The Talk; R2: C Tonet/My Bilin; R3: The Flyer/Grein Lexter; R4: Binirayan/Hansel; R5: Hidden Moment/Joeymeister; R6: Prelude/Mo Neck; R7: John’s Memory/Tiger Zap; R8: Good Fortune/ Monalisa’s Smile. BEST CHOICE - R1: Going West; R2: C Tonet; R3: The Flyer; R4: Hansel; R5: Hidden Moment; R6: Prelude; R7: Tiger Zap; R8: Monalisa’s Smile.

Today’s races (Metro Turf) Starting at 6:15 P.M. TIPSTER A - R1: Rogue/Going West; R2: Intelligent Eyes/C Tonet; R3: La Cienega/The Flyer; R4: Hansel/Tobruk; R5: Hidden Moment/Australian Lady; R6: Prelude/State Witness; R7: Tiger Zap/Batang Craig; R8: Monalisa’s Smile/Good Fortune. TIPSTER B - R1: Going West/Smart Guru; R2: Seri/C Tonet; R3: Remus/The Flyer; R4: Hansel/Mahiwaga; R5: Hidden Moment/Diamond’s




Germany, US alter scripts GHANA’S Daniel Opare, right, sits on the pitch as United States’ Aron Johannsson celebrates after his team’s 2-1 victory over Ghana during the group G World Cup soccer match between Ghana and the United States at the Arena das Dunas in Natal, Brazil. (AP)

Russia’s size advantage worries South Koreans CUIABA, Brazil (AFP) - South Korea say they are fully alive to the risk they face from Russia in dead ball situations in Tuesday’s World Cup Group H game in Cuiaba. ‘‘The Russians are a lot taller than we are,’’ Korean captain KooJa-Cheol told the pre-match press conference at the Arena Pantanal on Monday. ‘‘We’ve taken that into consideration. If it happens on the pitch we know what to do, how to defend ourselves against it the main thing is to focus on our concentration.’’ The 2002 World Cup semi-finalists go into this opening game under a cloud, a 4-0 drubbing by fellow finalists Ghana on top of a 1-0 loss to Tunisia hardly the best way to boost morale. But Koo says those defeats are behind them, and they are in an optimistic frame of mind. ‘‘Up to now our preparation hasn’t been easy, but we know

what we have to do, we’ve learnt our lesson.’’ The only previous encounter between the two sides ended in a 2-1 friendly loss to the Koreans in Dubai last November. Hong, who skippered Korea at the 2002 World Cup, reflected: ‘‘The Russian team was very different in Dubai, and although we lost we played a good game.’’ Asked whether he regarded Russia as favourites Hong replied: ‘‘They’ve got a world famous coach (Fabio Capello) as their leader but despite that I don’t consider us to be underdogs. ‘‘Both teams have an equal chance.’’ On his team’s worrying goal drought he said: ‘‘Up until now they’ve made a lot of effort but not scored, that’s true, I look forward to making goals tomorrow.’’ And as for the youthful nature of the 2014 Korean side Hong commented: ‘‘Our players are

very young, very energetic, but compared to their youth they don’t reach rash judgements, they make wise decisions. ‘‘Our player will lead the future of Korean soccer, they are the future.’’

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Germany was supposed to be a team that would melt in Brazil’s tropics, and the United States was supposed to be a team that can’t beat Ghana. Both teams flipped the scripts on Monday and find themselves tied atop Group G. In Salvador, Thomas Mueller scored a hat trick and Germany dominated Portugal — which played with 10 men after a red card in the 37th minute — 4-0, leaving German President Angela Merkel with a big smile. Clint Dempsey scored in the first minute and rookie substitute John Brooks scored in the 86th as the U.S. defeated Ghana 2-1 in Natal, with Vice President Joe Biden watching and giving the team a postgame pep talk. Ghana had eliminated the Americans from the last two World Cups. The two games helped the World Cup continue to deliver lots of goals — 44 in the first 14 games. Nigeria played Iran in the day’s other match, and neither team added to that tally. The teams played the first draw of this World Cup, finishing scoreless. Argentina defeated Bosnia 2-1 on Sunday in the other Group F match, and both will feel confident after watching Nigeria and Iran fail to produce. Two seeded teams — defending champion Spain and Uruguay — were upset earlier. That fate would not befall Germany on Monday. It was Germans’ 100th World Cup match, and they had it wrapped up by halftime. Mueller, who led the 2010 World Cup with five goals, scored on either side of Mats Hummels’ headed goal as Germany took a 3-0 lead at the break. He added his third goal in the 81st. “To score three goals in the World Cup opener against such an opponent is great,” Mueller

said. “After 20 minutes, we looked up at the clock and thought it was going to be a long day,” he added. “But we got into the match very well and when you lead by 2-0 in this heat and then even get the third, it was all over.” Cristiano Ronaldo started at Arena Fonte Nova despite some nagging injuries. The winner of FIFA’s best player award, he faded after threatening early in the match. He had a shot from a break that Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer blocked, but there was nobody from Portugal to pounce on the rebound. The United States scored at beginning and the end, but for most the match it was on the back foot as the Africans attacked, pushed the Americans deep into the box, but failed to finish in a physical match. Dempsey’s goal was the quickest ever by an American and one of the fastest in World Cup history. He’s the first American to score in three different World Cups. Brooks got the winner on a header in the 86th, just four minutes after Andre Ayew equalized. The 21-year-old defender was a second-half substitute and an unexpected addition to the American roster. He was overcome and fell to the ground as teammates piled on. He made his national team debut in August. “I said it to the bench minutes before, we’re going to get some chances still,” U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann said. “So we are still in the game after the equalizer, we just need to kind of push and push and grind it out. That’s what they did.” U.S. players ran onto the field to celebrate at the final whistle, jumping as supporters chanted “U-S-A! U-S-A!” “We have a great spirit,” Klinsmann said. “The U.S. team always has a great spirit and fights until the last second.”

Spain fights for life vs Chile MADRID (AFP) - Stunned by their heroes’ 5-1 humiliation by the Netherlands, Spaniards are already bemoaning the end of a glorious era and fearing the worst in La Roja’s life-or-death World Cup clash on Wednesday with Chile. Diego Maradona put the challenge in a nutshell. ‘‘So how are Spain going to recovery from this massive blow? Spain isn’t used to letting in five goals,’’ the Argentine legend told Latin American television station Telesur. On Friday night as Spain crum-

bled in the second half against the Dutch onslaught, some supporters still held out hope. ‘‘In 2010 we also lost the first match,’’ one female supporter said tentatively. ‘‘But this was not just a defeat, they crushed us,’’ said another fan. After a historic triple – Euro 2008, the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012 – Spaniards are suddenly facing up to the prospect of losing heavily, perhaps even falling out in the group stage. ‘‘I have the impression that it’s the end of an era. The cycle of

victories is over,’’ said Javier Gomez, sports presenter for the private television station La Sexta. He does not think Spain will make it to the quarter finals. ‘‘It is the end of a footballing model,’’ he said, the ‘‘tiki taka’’ trademark of Spain and Barcelona in which players make rapid-fire short passes aimed at frustrating the opponents by depriving them of the ball until the moment it ends up their net. It is a style that is now under challenge from a faster, more physical game, Gomez told AFP.




Football does all the talking

MHARK Fernando watches his approach on the sixth hole during the first day of the ICTSI Manila Masters at the Eagleridge Golf Club in Binangonan, Rizal. Fernando opened with a five-under par 67. (Photo by Bob Dungo Jr.)

NLEX’s move to buy franchise backed If and when NLEX, owned by Metro Pacific Investment Corp. (MPIC), turns to be successful in purchasing an existing PBA team, it appears that getting approval from the PBA Board of Governors will not be a problem. A few team officials, who are members of the board, hinted yesterday that they would not stand against the sale of an exiting franchise to another private company like NLEX, which needs the required two-thirds vote from the board for the transfer of team to get approval. Former PBA board chairman, Atty. Mamerto Mondragon of Rain or Shine, is one of the vocal officials who expressed that he will give his vote of approval to the sale of a current member team to NLEX. “If that’s what’s going to happen, that NLEX will instead buy an existing franchise, Rain or Shine will not oppose it. We’ll support the sale,” said Mondragon in a phone interview by the Bulletin.

Two other board members also shared their respective views, and they said they would also approve the sale. Both, however, requested not to be named since there is no announcement yet which PBA team NLEX will purchase. “I don’t see a problem,” said a board member. The other board member said that the team governors should still have to listen what is the reason behind the sale, but suggested that even if it comes to a vote, he said the board would eventually approve the purchase. “We’ll still see what’s on the table,” the source said. Last Monday, the second deadline asked by NLEX to decide on its PBA plans, the company informed the PBA Commissioner’s Office that it will instead pursue the purchase of an existing team rather than having an expansion ball club that was earlier approved by the board. (Waylon Galvez)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – In the buildup to the World Cup, the Brazilian football catchphrase of “Jogo Bonito’’ – The Beautiful Game – was drowned out by the bangs of frantic construction work and the shouts of angry protesters. Not now. The football – it’s been open, attacking and packed full of goals and great moments – is doing all the talking. Neymar kicked Brazil into gear, Robin van Persie soared and scored with one of the most spectacular headers you’ll see, and Argentina wizard Lionel Messi conjured up a little left-footed magic at the Maracana. On Monday, it kept coming: Thomas Mueller scored a hat-trick for Germany in a shock 4-0 rout of Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal and Clint Dempsey hit the net just half a minute into the United States’ World Cup in an end-to-end 2-1 win over Ghana. The first round of group games isn’t even done yet. It’s not just the big-name teams either. There was Costa Rica’s pulsating comeback to sweep past a highly-rated Uruguay and Switzerland’s last-gasp winner over Ecuador. “All the games we’re watching, there’s a lot of open play, there’s a lot of beautiful goals. It’s just wonderful to be here, isn’t it?’’ Netherlands fan Paul Rolleman said as he walked – with a partyinspired hangover, he confessed – under perfect blue skies along Rio’s famed Copacabana beach.

Half-expecting patched up stadiums and large street demonstrations, many worried that the return of the World Cup to the spiritual home of football after 64 years could be the most troubled in recent memory. But with a bunch of goals – 44 in 14 games so far – and no major backlash from protesters, it could turn out to be the best in over half a century. “High-scoring games, this is what fans are waiting for,’’ U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann said. “They want to see goals.’’ And they have. From Sao Paulo to Salvador, from Cuiaba in the vast Brazilian interior to the golden sands of Rio de Janeiro, the goals have flown in. The World Cup is averaging over three a game. At that rate, it will be the highest-scoring since Brazil began its great love affair with the tournament and – with a 17-yearold Pele up front – won the first of its record five titles in Sweden in 1958. There has been just one draw in those 14 games. Nigeria’s scoreless meeting with Iran drew boos from fans spoiled by the World Cup goal glut. Jogo Bonito, first made famous by Pele, is rubbing off on everyone, it seems. No one is “parking the bus,’’ as the Europeans say, or playing defensively here. “There’s none of that. No game has been boring,’’ German fan Andre Lien said, adding with a sulk that he had to head back home for work on Tuesday.

Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, previously defensive in his approach to howls of disappointment from home fans, is playing with three strikers at the World Cup. The Netherlands made a mockery of pre-tournament criticism of their formation switch with blisteringly fast, attacking play to blow away defending champion Spain 5-1. Even Bosnia, the World Cup debutant, aggressively took the fight to Messi and Argentina – as coach Safet Susic promised they would. “This is how we play football,’’ he said. “We don’t know any other way. And I don’t want my players to play any other way.’’ The fans have reacted by filling stadiums or fan fests and embracing the carefree culture: A group of middle-aged German men in super-tight swimming costumes and with bellies bulging played football on Copacabana Monday morning before heading for the big screen TV. Of course, it’s still early days. Organizers can’t let down their guard. There was a moment at Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo last week when Brazil’s opening night seemed to hang by a thread – or an electrical wire. One section of the floodlights flickered off, then on, then off again. Disaster loomed. The lights came back on, stayed on, and Neymar rescued Brazil with a double as the home favorite came back from 1-0 down to beat Croatia 3-1.

PSC suspends Wesley’s allowance The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) has suspended the monthly allowance of Grandmaster Wesley So effective this month following the chess whiz’s plans of moving to the United States Chess Federation. PSC chairman Richie Garcia said yesterday the board has arrived at that decision last week, adding that his allowance will be on hold until the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) and So settles the issue. The 20-year-old So, who is cur-

rently ranked No. 15 in the world and is studying in Webster University in Missouri, is receiving R40,000 a month from the PSC as one of the country’s priority athletes. “We’re not saying that we stopped it. We just put it on hold hanggang sa madesisyunan yung status niya. Kung talagang ayaw niya, hihinto na yun. Pero kung maglalaro pa siya para sa bansa, matutuloy naman yon,” Garcia explained during the PSA Forum at Shakey’s Malate.

Garcia clarified that they are not taking So’s decision against him, and the government sports agency just wanted to make sure that funds will be allotted properly. “Whether he wants to do it for his personal glory or whatever, we’re not taking it against him. He is still a Filipino as far as I’m concerned, and we’re happy that we have supported him, happy that he has contributed a lot to our country,” Garcia said. (Kristel Satumbaga)


PH paddlers win 2 golds


Editor: REY C. BANCOD • Assistant Editor: TITO S. TALAO


Germany, US win Story on Page 14

GERMANY’S Thomas Mueller, bottom, celebrates with his teammate Sami Khedira after scoring their fourth goal during the group G World Cup soccer match between Germany and Portugal at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil. Germany won, 4-0. (AP)

Swimming tops list of Asiad bets By KRISTEL SATUMBAGA Swimming, which has not produced a medal in nearly two decades, tops the list of National Sports Associations (NSAs) which submitted entries by number as the country expects a maximum of 248 athletes to participate in

the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea in September. The swimming association has allocated forty male and forty female slots for its athletes, although it may only end up with a handful of bets. Swimming last won an Asian Games medal in the 1998 Bangkok edition when Ryan Papa bagged two bronze medals in the 100-meter and 200m backstroke. The last time a Filipino swimmer won the Asian Games gold was in the 1982 New Delhi edition

courtesy of William Wilson in the 200m freestyle. Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) chairman Richie Garcia, also the Asiad chief of mission, said yesterday the number can still be trimmed down depending on the decision of the National Sports Association (NSA). They will submit the country’s entry by number to the organizing committee today. “Wala pa yang pangalan. Once we submitted the numbers to Korea, hindi na yan pwedeng madag-

dagan pero pwedeng mabawasan,” said Garcia during the PSA Forum at Shakey’s Malate. From the 248, 147 were given for men and 101 are for women. Softball submitted 15 slots, followed by basketball, bowling, rugby and taekwondo with 12. Athletics and boxing have nine; archery, shooting and triathlon have eight apiece; and golf and wrestling submitted seven each. Apart from the 249, the country allotted 54 slots for team officials.

The country will be participating in 25 sports namely archery, athletics, softball, basketball, bowling, tennis, soft tennis, triathlon, boxing, canoe-kayak, cycling, equestrian, fencing, weightlifting, wrestling, wushu, rugby sevens, sailing/windsurfing, shooting, swimming and taekwondo. “We’re expecting na mababawasan pa ito. Kasi for example, bowling. I think less than 12 lang yung ipapadala nila. They just want to be flexible in choosing athletes,” Garcia said.

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