Sen.Binay, Villar POEA against hostage-takers’ VP bigseeks showbiz namescrackdown guest of honor in 6th‘passport Puregold ‘Sari-Sari’ Convention
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For giving Filipinos chance to start own small business
VP Binay hails Puregold
VICE PRESIDENT BINAY
VICE PRESIDENT Jejomar Binay has hailed Puregold Price Club for helping Filipinos, especially migrant workers, start their own small business through its “Tindahan ni Aling Puring” Program. “Malaki ang pasasalamat natin sa Puregold sa pagkakaroon ng ganitong programa na makatutulong sa ating mga kababayan na magkaroon ng sariling sari-sari store,” Binay said in his speech during the opening of the 6th “Tindahan ni Aling Puring” Sari-sari Store Convention at the World Trade Center. Binay emphasized that Filipinos can earn extra income that they can use for their education and other needs from their own small business. “Malaki ang ginhawang naidudulot ng sari-sari store dahil sa kaunting kapital lang ay magkakaroon na tayo ng dagdag na kita na puwede nating gamitin sa pangaraw-araw na buhay,” Binay said. The Vice President also underscored the importance of micro-small-medium enterprise to the economy, saying they contribute three million jobs, or 60 percent of employment generated by all kinds of business in the country. Binay also thanked Puregold for giving importance to overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the four-day convention, saying the event helps migrant workers start
STAR-STUDDED AFFAIR -- “Eat Bulaga” hosts Vic Sotto, Joey de Leon, Jose Manalo and Ruby Rodriguez entertain thousands of participants during the 6th Puregold Tindahan ni Aling Puring Sari-Sari Store Convention at the World Trade Center in Pasay City from May 18-21, 2011.
their own business and earn extra income. “Dagdag kita rin ito para sa ating OFWs na naghihirap sa ibang bansa upang mabuhay ang kanilang pamilya,” said Binay, also the Presidential Adviser on OFW Concerns. Binay said that with Puregold’s help, in the future, going abroad will be a choice and not a necessity. “Sa pamamagitan ng sari-sari store, magkakaroon na tayo ng trabaho sa Pilipinas at hindi na natin kailangan pang mangibang-bayan,” he said. Binay also led the ceremonial ribboncutting before thousands of “Tindahan ni Aling Puring” members, who met the country’s No. 2 official with great enthusiasm.
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YOU ARE GOLD: In recognition of their loyalty, some 500 members of Puregold’s Tinadahan ni Aling Puring Club got upgraded during the launching of the Puregold Gold Card during the 6th Puregold Tindahan ni Aling Puring Sari-Sari Store Convention at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.
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Erlinda Jandoc, a postal teller, poses while holding stamps with images of Pope John Paul II during his visit to the Philippines on World Youth Day in 1995, in Manila. Pope John Paul II was beatified on May 1, 2011, at Saint Peter's Square. The stamps will be released on May 30, 2011.
P-Noy spearheads cluster vs corruption TO DRIVE home his seriousness and determination in fighting corruption, President Benigno S. Aquino III has put himself at the helm of the Cabinet Cluster on Good Governance and Anti-Corruption. “Kung walang corrupt, walang mahirap means that good governance will be our overarching strategy in pursuit of inclusive development. It also means that the President will be leading the charge against corruption,” Budget and Management Secretary Florencio B. Abad said. “The President is serious and determined in stamping-out corruption through transparent, accountable and participative governance. In the next five years, we intend to strengthen government institutions by opening these more to the people,” he said. President Aquino has recently issued Executive Order No. 43, which organizes the Cabinet into five Clusters according to five key result areas of the Aquino Social Contract; the first of which is the Good Governance and Anti-Corruption Cluster. The Cluster is tasked to promote transparency, accountability, participatory governance and the strengthening public institutions. In particular, it will pursue the following goals: 1. Upholding transparency in government transactions and the administration’s commitment to combating graft and corruption; 2. Strengthening the capacity of government institutions to link their respective budgets with performance outcomes and enabling citizens and civil society to evaluate these; 3. Building a professional, motivated and energized bureaucracy with adequate means to perform their public service missions; 4. Improving public sector asset and resource management and revenue performance; and 5. Establishing an improved policy and regulatory environment that will reduce the cost of doing business in the country and improve competition. The Cluste’s members are Secretary Abad, Finance Secretary Cesar V. Purisima, Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse M. Robredo, Justice Secretary Leila M. de Lima, Trade and Industry Secretary Gregory L. Domingo, Presidential Legislative Liaison Office Head Antonino P. Roman and Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Eduardo V. de Mesa. Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa, Jr. and Presidential Management Staff Chief Julia Andrea R. Abad will participate as regular members of all Clusters. Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda and Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Secretary Ramon A. Carandang have been tasked to attend the meetings of all Clusters. The Department of Budget and Management will serve as the Cluster’s Secretariat.
SENATOR Ferdinand "Bongbong" R. Marcos,Jr., chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Government, received the eleven members of the House of Regional Representatives of the Republic of Indonesia, who called on him and whose main interest is to discuss the experiences of the Philippines in regulating and developing the whole local government system, including the Barangay as a community and public administrative unit. The visit also served as a manifestation of potential expansion of diplomatic relations and hopes to further develop common interests between the two countries and their legislative bodies, particularly in the areas of local governance, which could only promise a fruitful future relationship. Having been Governor of Ilocos Norte for nine (9) years, Sen. Marcos shared his knowledge and experiences on local government which could serve as reference for the drafting of village laws by the Indonesian legislators. Sen. Marcos highlighted the role of the local government units, the devolution of powers, functions and resources and budget sharings in the internal revenue allotment. He also briefed them on the different territorial and political subdivisions, with an animated discussion on the barangay structure system. Head of the Indonesian Delegation, Mr. H. Dani Anwar, thanked Sen. Marcos and the Philippine Government for the warm accomodations and for the informative briefing that the senator gave.
Villar seeks POEA crackdown vs ‘passport hostage-takers’ SENATOR Manny Villar called on the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) to crack down on licensed recruitment agencies that demand money in exchange for the retrieval of passports and other documents by job applicants. The pro-OFW legislator said that his office has received reports about certain licensed agencies that withhold their passports and refuse to return them despite several months of waiting for their deployment to push through. "I urge the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration to immediately investigate the "passport hostage-taking scheme" of some licensed agencies," Villar stressed.
The senator pointed out that under Republic Act No. 10022 which amended the Migrant Workers Act of 1995, a licensed recruitment agency is guilty of illegal recruitment when it withholds or denies travel documents from applicant workers before departure for monetary or financial considerations. An agency's failure to deploy a contracted worker without valid reason is also considered an act of illegal recruitment. "It is unfortunate that while we have OFWs being held hostage in Somalia by pirates, here in the Philippines we have job applicants whose passports are being held hostage by their own recruiters," Villar added. In one case that was
6th Puregold Sari-Sari Convention a huge success A HUGE success! In a nutshell, this was how Puregold marketing manager Kelvin Kuan, described the recent 6thPuregold Tindahan niAling Puring Sari-Sari Store Convention held last May 1821 at the World Trade Center. Kuan said the event’s mission of giving people a chance to have their own small business, avail discounted products and gain knowledge on how to expand their livelihood through seminars were all accomplished. “Masasabing mission accomplished dahil natupad lahat ng goals ng convention,” said Kuan, who added that thousands of Tindahan ni Aling Puring members and non-members alike flocked to the convention to participate and also enjoy the free samples from more than 200 trade partners and 350 booths. “Napakasaya dahil sa loob ng apat na araw aynapakaramingtaoangdumatingatdinumog ang ating mga booths at seminars,” he said. Puregold also launched its Gold Card during the convention where the top 500 members of the Tindahan ni Aling Puring were recognized by awarding each of them a gold card. The four-day event which carried the theme “SIKAP - Sari-sari Store, Itaguy-
od Kasama ang Puregold” is expected to equal, if not top, last year’s record of 35,000 attendees. Attendees were also treated to a starstudded affair with celebrities like Vic Sotto, Joey de Leon, Ruby Rodriguez, Jose Manalo, Boy Abunda, Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo, KC Concepcion, Mara Clara teen stars Kathryn Bernardo and Julia Montes, singer Jonalyn Viray, Giselle Sanchez and Suzy Abrera. Providing the entertainment during the Appreciation Night were Allan K, Julia Clarete, Aicelle Santos and Sitti. Kuan is hoping that participants can implement what they’ve learned during the seminars and sessions led by some prominent names in the business sector, including Dr. Francisco Colayco, Chinkee Tan, Francis Kong, Lloyd Luna and Jojo Baldo. Also a hit during the convention was Puregold’s special booth for overseas Filipino workers and their families, according to Kuan. “Binigyan din natin sila ng kaalaman sa pagnenegosyo kahit kaunti ang kapital pero kung gusto nila ng malaking puhunan ay inilapit natin sila sa Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI),” said Kuan.
Submarine for PH Navy planned THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said it is planning to buy a submarine for the Philippine Navy (PN) to strengthen and improve its for national security and capability. AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Eduardo Oban said the Navy’s Philippine Fleet is doing a study about the acquisition of such a submarine. It is conducted by the fleet’s office of plans and programs under Lt. Cmdr. Merlito Martinez. The AFP chief stressed, however, that they are looking at the long-term prospects of acquiring a submarine for the Philippines because the vessel costs billions of dollars. Oban said the PN is now meeting with international counterparts to assess the plan’s feasibility. He said the Navy may acquire the submarine not later than 2020, depending on the political and administrative atmosphere. Oban said Navy needs to patrol the country’s territorial waters undetected, thus the need for a submarine.
brought to the attention of "Bantay OFW", a public service program on DZXL, a job applicant was being forced to pay Php 12,000 in exchange for the return of his passport after the said applicant decided not to push through with
his deployment. Said applicant changed his mind after being asked by the licensed agency to sign a waiver stating that the OFW will bear all the blame in case he decides to terminate his contract prior to expiration.
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RH bill debate intensifies THE debate on the Reproductive Health Bill has intensified last week, with Sen. Panfilo Lacson exchanging barbs with some members of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP). Lacson said it is better for Catholic Church leaders to hold a dialogue on the features of the bill rather than pose objection in the pulpit during Mass. But some Catholic bishops took exception, saying the senator has no right to dictate them what to do. For his part, Sorsogon Bishop Arturo Bastes said it is the Church's obligation to inform the public about the ill effects of the bill to health and morality. Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao also got in the mix when he expressed support behind the Catholic bishops, angering Sen.Miriam Defensor-Santiago, who challenged the boxing champion to a fistfight. It was a sad day for media, as another member of the fourth estate was claimed by a reckless driver along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City. Veteran journalist Lourdes “Chit” Estella-Simbulan when a speeding bus rammed the taxi she was riding in. Meanwhile, Lacson has stirred another controversy by reviving national identification system, saying it’s about time that each Filipino should have singular ID that would help in solving criminality and tax evasion in the country. Lacson said the criminals usually use too many identifications and even aliases just to escape the law but with the national ID system, every Filipino will only carry one identification. Lacson is hoping that a counterpart bill would be filed at the House of Representatives to hasten the passage of the national ID system under the 15th Congress. Last week, Vice President Jejomar Binay announced that he will make a decision on whether former President Ferdinand Marcos should be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani by the first week of June. Binay earlier said that he will submit his recommendation to President Benigno S. Aquino III this May, but due to numerous e-mails and text messages his office has been receiving, he will need more time to assess the public's views. At least 216 members of the House of Representatives have signed House Resolution No. 1135, initiated by Sorsogon Rep. Salvador Escudero, which is urging President Aquino to allow the burial of the remains of late strongman at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Meanwhile, a controversial "Black Book" seized by authorities from a raid on a property owned by car and big bike dealer Lynard Allan Bigcas in Bukidnon earlier this month revealed big names, including several government officials and local executives whom he allegedly had business transactions. Bigcas, at the hearing of the committee on ways and means of the House of Representatives on Monday, claimed that the list in the black book included names of people who purchased motorcycle parts from him. Among the people listed in the black book as Bigcas' clients for motorcycle parts were a certain "Governor Jalosjos," "Mayor Dimaporo," "Mayor Ali," and "Colonel Pimentel." He, however, did not disclose how the people listed in the book became his clients. In Malacanang, President Aquino has signed an executive order which formally establishes the five Cabinet clusters that will address key priority areas, Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr. said on Monday. Ochoa said that under Executive Order No. 43 signed by the President on May 13, the five Cabinet clusters are Good Governance and Anti-Corruption; Human Development and Poverty Reduction; Economic Development; Security, Justice and Peace; Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation. The clusters are primarily based on the proposals submitted by the Executive Secretary and the Cabinet to the President during a workshop held at the beginning of the year. The cluster system was subsequently adopted during the first LegislativeExecutive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC) meeting. Subsequent Cabinet meetings have been organized along this line, consistent with the President’s policy of convening the Cabinet in clusters.
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UN names Makati as ‘model’ in campaign for resilient cities THE United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) has named Makati City a ‘Role Model City’ in its global campaign to make cities resilient to disasters, including those brought about by climate change. Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin S. Binay said the recognition came as a ‘pleasant surprise’ to the city government since it was their duty as public servants to exhaust all possible means to minimize the impact of disasters on the lives and properties of city residents and other stakeholders. “We have been enthusiastic in creating and implementing resiliency measures to soften the impact of disasters on the lives and properties of our people, and all stakeholders of the city, simply because it is the right thing to do,” the mayor said in his acceptance speech delivered by City Councilor Arnold Magpantay. The awarding ceremony was part of the 50th founding anniversary of Plan International Inc., a partner of UNISDR
in its resilient cities campaign also engaged in humanitarian efforts to promote children’s rights. Binay also said it seemed providential that Makati has received such distinction as it was about to host the United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) Refresher Course last May 16, until May 20. The city government is hosting the UNDAC Refresher Course, the first to be held in the country, in partnership with the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Geneva.. Binay welcome over 60 local and foreign participants and 13 OCHA facilitators and presenters led by Terje Skavdal, secretary of Field Coordination Support Section (FCSS) of OCHA, and Arjun Kartoch, head of the Emergency Services Branch. The Refresher Course aims to update UNDAC regional teams on the latest methodologies on team deployment and mobilizations, developments in humanitarian response system, as well as enhance the practical skills in the use of UNDAC mission kit.
BJMP gets 167 TB medicine kits THE Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) said it received from the Department of Health some 167 kits of medicines against Pulmonary Tuberculosis (PTB) inside its jails. BJMP officials said the medicines were donated by the regional office of the DoH-National Capital Region (NCR), one of the many agencies who have waged war with the disease common among inmates. BJMP Chief Jail Director Rosendo M. Dial said PTB remains the second leading cause of death among inmates in Philippine jails, next to cardio respiratory arrest. “That is why we need to employ all means, tap all stakeholders to help BJMP in containing PTB within our jails,” added Dial. He said the bureau’s TB Directly Observed Treatment Short Course Strategy (DOTS) program which puts PTB patients under direct observation and close monitoring has resulted in significant decline of PTB cases in jails. Dial said the program has now expanded from NCR jails into other detention homes under BJMP’s management with the continuous assistance and support of the DOH.
LIKE A CAN OF SARDINES -- Congested jail cells often result to diseases like tuberculosis among inmates.
Outdoor advertisers pledge to cooperate with MMDA AN OUTDOOR advertising group has pledged its cooperation to the ongoing billboard campaign of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), adding to the increasing public support the agency has been gaining since the start of the renewed crackdown against structurally unsafe billboards. The Makati-based Outdoor Advertising Association of the Philippines (OAAP) signed a Memorandum ofAgreement (MOA) with the MMDA signifying the organization's active participation in the agency's mandate to regulate commercial billboards along the major roads of Metro Manila. "We are grateful that OOAP has come forward to actually help us in this endeavor. This program will have a greater impact if all advertisers and billboard operators cooperate with us," MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said. He reiterated that the billboard drive is not meant to put advertisers out of busi-
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ness but to safeguard public safety by implementing the provisions of the National Building Code (NBC). The MOA was signed by MMDA-Traffic Engineering Center (TEC) and Traffic Discipline Office officer-in-charge Neomie
Recio, acting on behalf of the Chairman, and OAAP President Edberto Acosta. With over a hundred members, OOAP is an umbrella organization of outdoor advertisers that serves as the self-regulatory body for outdoor advertising practitioners nationwide. Under the MOA, OAAP agreed to comply with the terms and conditions of the MMDA's audit and inspection of billboards along Edsa, which started on May 4. This includes the rolling down of advertisements on billboard structures to be inspected. If the billboard owner is present during the inspection to receive the Notice of Violation, the advertising sign will be rolled back up, except in cases that the operator has no permit. The Notice of Violation requires billboard operators to rectify their violations within 15 days; otherwise, the subject billboard will be permanently dismantled by the MMDA.
Mayor orders inspection of Caloocan dorms, boarding houses as school opening nears CALOOCAN Mayor Enrico “Recom” Echiverri has ordered the inspection of all dormitories, boarding houses and similar buildings in the city as a means of looking after the safety of students who will be moving in to their temporary homes upon the opening of classes this June 6. Based on Executive Order (EO) No. 12-11 issued by Echiverri, a task force for the inspection of such building will be formed, to be led by City Administrator Russel Ramirez; Fire/Supt. Roel Jeremy Diaz will serve as deputy team leader; Engr. Reynaldo Reyes, co-deputy team leader; Engr. Rolando Eduria, Atty. Melanie Soriano-Malaya, Yolanda Plata, Dr. Raquel So-Sayo and Erwin Patrick Cruz as members. The order said that the task force will conduct daily inspections before forwarding their report to the mayor’s office, which, in turn, will implement the necessary steps once
violators of the national and local building code as well as the fire code are found. Information dissemination on local residents regarding the activity will be handled by the Public Information Office (PIO); Community Relations Office (CRO) and Barangay Secretariat Office, the order said. According to Echiverri, it is the local government’s responsibility to ensure the safety and security of students by inspecting dormitories and boarding houses in time for the reopening of classes. Only by carrying out these inspections, Echiverri pointed out, would there be peace of mind among the parents of these students. The mayor likewise appealed to the owners of dormitories and boarding houses to cooperate with the local government in its program of protecting students.
Navotas launches ‘balikeskwela’ program NAVOTAS Mayor John Rey Tiangco said the city government is now putting the finishing touches on its contingency measures for the opening of classes on June 6. According to Tiangco, the ongoing preparations also involve the local Police Department, City Traffic and Parking Management Office (CTPMO), Engineering Department, Public Information Office (PIO), Barangay Operations Center (BOC), Health Department, and the School Division. As part of the preparations, Tiangco ordered the deployment of traffic enforcers, including barangay tanod as force multiplier, at all intersections along major routes leading to different schools. Senior Supt. Florendo Quibuyen, the city's police chief, was also directed to increase police visibility to prevent criminal elements from taking advantage of the “Balik Eskwela 2011” Program. The Engineering and Health departments are likewise given the go-signal to immediately implement various health and sanitation activities that include fogging operation in all public and private schools, de-clogging and cleaning of all esteros, canals, and waterways, and activation of the Barangay Anti-Dengue Team to monitor and coordinate all reports of dengue cases and other related diseases in all 14 barangays. Tiangco assured parents that the city government, through the Local School Board, has allocated funds to ensure the accommodation of all students this coming school year. “The Balik Eskwela Program aims to ensure the safety and convenience of our students and all concerned for this school opening. We want to see to it that everything is set and all programs and projects concerning education are properly executed,” Tiangco said.
5 gov’t agencies ink MOA for safety of construction workers THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has signed an inter-agency Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on strengthening inter-agency coordination and linkages to promote the welfare of the construction workers and the growth of the construction industry. Among the signatories of the inter-agency MOA are the Departments of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Interior and Local Government (DILG), and the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC). “Recent accidents in construction sites call for a need for more safety awareness in the construction sites, strict implementation of the Contractor’s License Law and the monitoring of construction safety and health measures,” DTI Consumer Welfare Undersecretary Zenaida Maglaya said. “The forging of the MOA intends to address these concerns as it aims to strengthen the inter-agency coordination and harmonize policies and programs to ensure safety and health of construction workers and at the same time promote the advancement of the construction sector,” she added. DTI Construction Industry Authority of the Philippines (CIAP) Executive Director Jesus L. Motoomull said, “An inter-agency Action Plan has been crafted to properly implement the MOA.
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Recto wants GOCC governance body to decide on MRT-LRT privatization plan SENATOR Ralph Recto appealed on Sunday to Malacanang to defer the bidding for the P15-billion management contract of the bundled Metro Rail Transit– Light Rail Transit (MRT-LRT) systems until Congress enacts the law setting up the Governance Commission for GOCCs (GCG). Recto said among the powers of the proposed GCG is to review the operations of government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs) to determine if they should be abolished or privatized subject to the approval of President
Benigno S. Aquino III. The GCG will also have the power to review the performance of the GOCCs and professionalize the membership of the GOCC boards. Recto said the government should allow the GCG a first crack at the MRTLRT privatization plan under its privatepublic partnership (PPP) program via a thorough scrutiny. “This PPP project should not go to market while the GOCC probers are setting up camp,” Recto stressed. The GCG bill has already passed the
bicameral conference committee and would soon be enacted into law as what the main author, Senator Franklin Drilon, has expected. The bicameral committee report will be submitted to both houses of Congress -- the Senate and the House of Representatives -- for ratification before it is submitted to the President for signature. The MRT-LRT contract is slated for bidding on July 11. Under the proposed law, the GCG will be created to supervise the 157 existing government corporations.
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THE Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) said it plans to bid out the common ticketing system for the country's three mass rail systems by June. "We will bid out the automatic fare collection system for Metro Rail Transit (MRT) 3, Light Rail Transit (LRT) Lines 1 and 2 by June. Right now, we're looking at the cost structure," Ruben Reinoso, DOTC undersecretary for planning and project, told reporters.
To cost about P330 million, the Common Ticketing System Project aims to integrate the fare collection system of the existing MRT 3 and LRT 1 and 2 lines. At present, the government is in the process of bidding out the P14-billion operation and maintenance contract of the LRT Line 1. Some 45 companies, including San Miguel Corporation's Optimal Infrastructure Development Inc., Ayala Corporation, Pangilinan group's Metro Pacific Light Rail Corporation, Lopez-led First
Balfour and Romero's Ecorail Transport Services Inc. and North Port (Manila North Harbor Port Inc.) have expressed interest to join the bidding. Foreign firms that submitted interest include Indra, Bombardier Transportation Sweeden AB, Sumitomo Corporation, Siemens, Strategic Industries Alcatel-Lucent, Mitsubishi Corporation, and Marubeni Corporation. Reinoso said the pre-bid conference for the operation and maintenance of LRT1-
MRT3 is scheduled on May 18, while the opening of the bids is on July 11. "We expect the notice of award in July... We want the winning bidder to be on board for a six-month transition. By January 2012, we hope it can start the operation," Reinoso said. The LRT Line 1 stretches 15 kilometers on elevated tracks, servicing the Taft Avenue to Rizal Avenue route between Baclaran, Pasay City, Bonifacio Monument in Caloocan City up to Roosevelt in
Bidding for MRT-3, LRT fare collection system slated Quezon City. The MRT 3, on the other hand, runs from Taft Avenue, Pasay City to North EDSA in Quezon City. The LRT Line 2, also known as the Megatren, traverses five cities in Metro Manila — Pasig, Marikina, Quezon City, San Juan and Manila — through the major thoroughfares of Marcos Highway, Aurora Boulevard, Ramon Magsaysay Boulevard, Legarda Street and Recto Avenue.
WORLD RAILWAYS UPDATES Indian railway introduces non-stop goods trains INDIAN Railways has introduced non-stop goods trains for the first time across the country. The special feature of these goods trains is that the load combination of two goods trains is amalgamated to carry more freight from one major station to another. According to a Railway Board official, Railway Board chairman Vivek Sahai has taken the decision to run nonstop goods trains with their load increased from the normal 58 wagons to 116 or 80 wagons. The main objective behind it was to increase railway revenue as well as expedite transportation of freight consignments, he said. According to ECR CPRO Dilip Kumar, the ECR has been successfully running five such goods trains from Dhanbad division on an experimental basis. Three such non-stop goods trains are originating from Barwadih and one each from Gomoh and Asansol stations.
Soaring petrol prices boosted rail travel in early 2011 SOARING petrol prices have boosted train travel, according to the Association of Train Operating Companies. ATOC is attributing a 4.8 per cent increase in passenger numbers in part to the rising cost of road fuel. The new increase means that growth over the twelve months to March was 6.6 per cent. The new figures have been released as the Department for Transport prepares to publish the McNulty report into railway costs, which is said to include proposals for major staff reductions and has already triggered opposition from rail unions. ATOC's statistics show that 316 million journeys were made in the first three months of 2011 – compared with 301 million a year earlier.
QUEUE Commuters line up to buy tickets as a security guard with a bomb-sniffing dog intently observing.
DOTC UPDATES DOTC fast-tracking completion of new Mindanao airport A NEW and modern airport will soon serve passengers coming from and going to Northern Mindanao. Transportation Secretary Jose "Ping" P. de Jesus said the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is fast-tracking the completion of the Laguindingan Airport Development Project (LADP). "We are fast-tracking the completion of the Laguindingan Airport which will serve as the new gateway to Mindanao," De Jesus said. The target completion date for the LADP is January 2012, he added. The project, which was started on Jan. 18, 2008, will put in place a new major trunkline airport that meets international standards in Barangay Moog, Laguindingan, Misamis Oriental. When it begins operations, the Laguindingan Airport will replace the existing Lumbia Airport in Cagayan de Oro City, De Jesus said. The new airport, according to the DOTC chief, is already in its final stages of construction, with 80% of the civil works completed.
will eventually boost the government’s tourist generation efforts. Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) General Manager Jose Angel Honrado, who was also present during the event, said that Etihad’s flight expansion would also increase the number of passengers they would bring into the country every year. He added that the Chief Executive expressed gratitude for the said development. Hogan, for his part, said that the topics tackled during the meeting with the President include the possible developments in the country in terms of the economy, inbound tourism and the role that they play while operating in and out of the Philippines.
Tiger Airways ordered to discontinue selling domestic flights in Philippines
THE Philippine Civil Aeronautics Board has ordered Singapore-based budget airline Tiger Airways to stop selling seats on its website for flights between Manila and two domestic routes for its local partner Seair. The board's Executive Director Carmelo Arcilla said Thursday the order was issued pending final action on allegations by local airlines that Tiger Airways and Seair were circumventing air traffic rights restrictions through an aircraft lease and marketing agreement. Tiger Airway's has been selling Seair flights for July between Manila and KEY officials of United Arab Emirates (UAE) national airline paid a courtesy central Cebu city, and Manila and southern Davao city through its website. call to President Benigno S. Aquino III on Thursday at the Yellow Room of MalaArcilla said several airlines filed a joint complaint in November on SEAIR's cañang, where they discussed issues concerning the improvement of the econo- aircraft lease deal with Tiger Airways and their agreement allowing Tiger Airmy, tourism and infrastructure, among others. ways to market on its website SEAIR flights using leased Tiger Airways aircraft. During the call, the President, together with other government officials, welHearings on those consolidated cases were completed in April. Arcilla said comed James Hogan, chief executive officer of Etihad Airways and his party. pending the board's decision, Tiger started offering the Manila-Cebu and ManilaThey talked about the group’s proposal to increase the number of their flights that Davao seats on April 19, eliciting a new flurry of complaints from local airlines.
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CHR's days as 'toothless tiger' soon to be over FOR quite some time now, the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has been described as a toothless tiger. Kumbaga sa aso, puro kahol pero walang kagat. Why? The commission only has investigative powers to look into cases of human rights abuses but E D I T O R I A L has no power to prosecute those found guilty of violating the rights of others. Soon this all will change if the bill of Sen. Francis "Chiz" Escudero will be enacted into law. Under Sen. Escudero's bill, the functional and structural organization of CHR will be strengthened by giving it prosecutorial powers and functions. Escudero, chairman of the Senate committee on justice and human rights, has sponsored Committee Report No. 37, which seeks further amendment to the CHR’s current charter and equip it with prosecutorial powers similar to that of the Department of Justice (DoJ) over cases involving human rights violation. Escudero said under its present mandate, the CHR is neither a judicial nor a quasi-judicial body and its jurisdiction is limited only to civil and political rights. "CHR is restricted by the Constitution to preventive measures only such as initiating applications in court for judicial writs and orders, conducting investigation and receiving evidence of violations of human rights, among others. I wanted to empower the commission by granting them quasi-judicial powers," he said. At present, CHR is restricted by the Constitution to preventive measures only such as initiating applications in court for judicial writs and orders, conduct investigation and receive evidence of violations of human rights, among others. The senator said the commission will be more empowered, thus rendering it more effective and authoritative if its jurisdiction includes quasi-judicial power. "The mandate of the CHR is vital in ensuring that it enacts the state policy to secure, protect and guarantee the dignity of its citizens and to ensure the fulfillment of such citizens' human rights. Therefore CHR could no longer be regarded as a toothless tiger," Escudero said. The same bill also grants CHR visitorial powers to all detention cells all over the country to monitor the state of the facilities and detainees. In addition to the CHR's empowerment, any arrests made by any of the law enforcement agencies should be reported to the CHR within 48 hours. At present, police and military can keep under their custody arrested persons as long as they want. Now, human rights violators will have something to be scared of. The Metro Express is published weekly by SANZIBAR INC. with office address at Unit 2410 Cityland 10 Tower 1 Condominium, H.V. Dela Costa St., Salcedo Village, Makati City with tel. no. 470-3762. For press and photo releases as well as adverttising inquiries, text or call mobiles 09089874708 and 09175437729 or Hotlines Globe 0915-5517486 and Smart 0919-5794784. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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FIGHT HUNGER! The government must do all necessary means to alleviate poverty and hunger in the country.
‘We can only hope’ ARMED Forces chief Gen. Eduardo Oban, Jr. is optimistic that China would abide on the existing code of conduct that govern the claimant countries on the Spratlys to avoid the use of force in settling conflicts or differences. China has announced that it will deploy an additional 36 ships in the South China Sea within a five-year period. Beijing actions will only ‘militarize’ the area. Other claimant countries who have a military capacity to increase its forces in the contested area will definitely follow suit, like Vietnam, reportedly has acquired a submarine from Russia. What about the Philippines? We can only hope that China will behave as a good neighbor. -ooo-
Voice of the News I like to believe that Beijing is sending a signal to all stakeholder because the announcement was made after the conclusion of the 18th ASEAN Summit in Jakarta where the regional bloc, which the Philippines is a member – agreed to work hard in achieving ‘one community
by 2015.’ As a bloc, ASEAN will play a major role in the ASIA Pacific Region where China’s interest and influence dominates. Responding to a question on China’s naval build-up, Oban said: “I think...they will be true to their word in abiding by the code of parties in the South China Sea.” What if a similar incident like the Reed Bank incident happened again? Well, Manila will send again a Note Verbale to Beijing. With the military limited resources and capability Oban said the Philippine Navy, including the Philippine Coast Guard as instructed by President Aquino will continue to protect the country’s territorial integrity. Read full article on www.metroexpressnews.yolasite.com
People power vs. a popular president? LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh…” (Romans 13:1313, the Holy Bible). -oooIS PEOPLE POWER POSSIBLE AGAINST A POPULAR PRESIDENT? Is it really possible to oust a hugely popular president via another people power this time, as retired Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Oscar Cruz is saying? Well, if we look back at our own history, particularly in the case of former President Estrada, the answer is yes, it is possible. Will the people who voted the highly popular president allow their choice to be kicked out of office? The answer is also yes, based on what happened to President Estrada who, before President
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Kakampi Mo Ang Batas Aquino, managed to get the highest vote ever for a Philippine president. Is there a legal basis for people power in our Constitution? Well, I have already written about this before, and my answer then, which is still my answer now, was yes, there is. Two presidents already proved people power is legally permissi-
ble, especially now with the people power provisions of the present Charter. -oooWHY IS PICHAY BEING SINGLED OUT? The preventive suspension of former Surigao congressman and Local Water Utilities Administrator Prospero Pichay by the Ombudsman presents an interesting issue: is the Ombudsman really sincere in its effort to weed out corruption in government? If so, why does it appear that Pichay is being single out as he is the only one being prosecuted here in connection with the case of the Express Savings Bank, Inc.? Did Pichay do this alone? -oooVIP PRISONERS AN OLD ISSUE: The issue of “VIP prisoners” at the National Penitentiary in Muntinlupa City has been with us since ages ago, and yet, it is something that will never go away. Read full article on www.metroexpressnews.yolasite.com
Too little, too late PRESIDENT Aquino's order to crack down reckless drivers is a case of "too little too late". Had Malacanang ordered it earlier, several lives could have been saved, including that of journalist Lourdes Simbulan, better known in the media industry as Chit Estrella, whose taxi she was riding been was rammed by a bus along Commonwealth Avenue. But lives have already been sacrificed and now, P-Noy’s move is seen as a “knee-jerk” reaction to a problem that could be solved by just implementing the proper traffic rules and regulations. The accident happened despite Metro Manila Development Authority’s 60-kilometer-per-hour imposed speed limit along Commonwealth Avenue , which has been dubbed “killer highway” because of many accidents that occurred there. -oooGood news for residents of remote areas within the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. Soon, they will be linked globally following the launching
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Better Late Than Never of the P1.5 billion telecommunications project that aims to set-up some 2,000 community e-centers around the region. Initiated by EA Trilink Corporation, the project is the single biggest investment registered in the history of the ARMM Board of Investments, according to Atty. Ishak Mastura, chair of ARMM BOI. "This is a clear indication of confidence and a strong message that ARRM is very much open for business," Mastu-
ra said during the project launch at the Asian Institute of Management in Makati City . The e-centers will serve as public facilities where people can have one-stop access to different ICT services like web resources, e-mail, and voice calls. -oooSuch access to information technology in the far-flung areas of Mindanao will provide its people with the opportunity to learn much about the benefits of ICT, enhance communication linkages and obtain wealth of information resources, among others. ARMM Governor Ansaruddin Adiong has expressed confidence that with this huge investment, "the time is ripe to business in ARMM." "We take pride in this project and in our continuing efforts to bring progress in the Autonomous Region," he added. Meanwhile, the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), which has been partnering with ARMM on a number of major peace and development initiatives has lauded the launching of the telecoms project.
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NEW SHIPS -- Vice President Jejomar Binay and Ms. Cecille Cauwe, sponsor for the container ship M/V Mineral Manila, cut the rope during the ceremonial naming of the ship at the Hanjin shipbuilding complex in the Subic Bay Freeport. (Right) Owners of newlybuilt container vessels M/V Mineral Subic, M/V Mineral Manila, and M/V Lake Dolphin pose for pictures with Vice President Jejomar Binay and Gov. Hermogenes Ebdane Jr. (center) during the formal shipnaming ceremony.
Hanjin unveils 3 new vessels SUBIC BAY FREEPORT – Three newly-built bulk carriers were unveiled by Hanjin Heavy Industries Corporation-Philippines (HHIC-Phil) during a vessel-naming ceremony held at its shipyard in this free port. The event, which was attended by Vice President Jejomar Binay, marked the first time for Hanjin to name three newly-built vessels one after another. The naming ceremony was also attended by Zambales governor Hermogenes Ebdane Jr., shipping conglomerate CMB Group managing director Marc Saverys, Bocimar International managing director Benoit Timmermans, and Delphis NV managing director Alexander Saverys. Catherine Cauwe, Michele Lyttle and Florence Zajac served as sponsors of the three vessels. The vessels, which were named M/V Mineral Manila, M/V Mineral Subic and M/ V Lake Dolphin, each has a capacity of 180,000 deadweight tons and a net tonnage of 59,082 tons. All three are 292 meters long, 45 meters wide and 24.75 meters deep. M/V Mineral Manila was purchased by Bocimar International, while M/V Mineral Subic
and M/V Lake Dolphin were acquired by Delphis NV. Both companies are subsidiaries of CMB Group, a conglomerate based in Belgium with high stakes in shipping. In his keynote address, Binay said that the naming of three new ships built in Subic is proof of the country’s progress in shipbuilding. “Today’s ceremony is a concrete manifestation of how far the domestic shipbuilding industry has advanced and how it is making a mark in our national development,” he stated. Binay noted that it was only a few years back that the government made the decisive step in creating the legal environment to let foreign investors invest in joint ventures with local shipyards. He also noted that the aggressive programs initiated by the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority complemented government efforts in moving the local shipping industry toward the right direction. “By the end of 2010, it was projected that the Philippines will have ranked fourth in the world in ship building.
Exports up 4% in March, says NSO EXPORTS of Philippine-made goods in March grew by 4 percent to $4.35 billion from last year's $4.18 billion, the National Statistics Office (NSO) reported. For the first three months of the year, exports rose by 7.8 percent to $ 12.215 billion from $11.33 billion in the same period last year. Electronics exports fetched $ 2.38 billion in March, up from $ 2.015 billion in February. Sales of coconut oil, including crude and refined, amounted to $ 183.19 million, up by 78.5 percent compared to last year's $ 102.62 million. Exports of apparel and clothing accessories recorded a 1.9 percent increase to $ 148.81 million from $ 146.0 million recorded in March last year. Woodcrafts and furniture sales amounted to $ 142.34 million from the year-ago level of $ 94.35 million. Rounding up the list of the top 10 exports for the month of March were cathodes and section of cathodes, of refined copper amounting to $ 135.85 million; followed by ignition wiring set and other wiring sets used in vehicles, aircraft and ships, $ 95.69 million; petroleum products, including refined petroleum products, manufactured from crude petroleum oil imported on consignment basis, $ 76.43 million; metal components, excluding brakes and servo-brakes, $ 68.13 million; other products manufactured from materials imported on consignment basis, $ 45.17 million; and bananas (fresh), $34.53 million. Total receipts from the top 10 exports reached $ 3.169 billion, or 72.8 percent of the total exports. Japan, including Okinawa, emerged as the country’s top destination of exports with revenue amounting to $ 760.64 million, higher by 11.4 percent from $ 682.67 million recorded a year ago.
BUSY DAY -- Customers walk past meat stalls at a market in Manila. The Philippine central bank announced it had raised interest rates for the second time in six weeks in an effort to tame inflation. The government said also that consumer prices in April rose by a higher-than-expected 4.5 percent, up from 4.3 percent in March.
BUSINESS BRIEFS Globe posts P2.99B net income in Q1 GLOBE Telecom Inc. said its net income inched up in the first quarter of the year driven by strong revenues from its broadband and mobile businesses. Owned by Ayala Corp. and Singapore Telecom, the Philippines’ second biggest mobile phone service provider said its first quarter earnings went up by 1 percent to P2.99 billion from P2.95 billion in the same period last year. Quarter-on-quarter, Globe's net income was higher by 30 percent. Excluding foreign exchange and mark to market gains and losses as well as non-recurring items, Globe's core net income was 6 percent higher than to P2.96 billion. The company's consolidated service revenues in the first quarter grew 8 percent to P16.5 billion from P15.2 billion last year.
PLDT's revenue hits P10.7B THE country’s largest telecom company on Tuesday announced that earnings in the first quarter fell mostly because of weak sales from traditional businesses amid slower economy and stiff competition. In a briefing, Napoleon Nazareno, president and chief executive officer of Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT), said the company’s net income dropped 6 percent to P10.7 billion in the first three months of the year from P11.4 billion in the same period last year.
Cebu Pacific named world’s most sociable airline THE Philippines’ largest national flag carrier, Cebu Pacific (PSE:CEB) was named the most sociable airline in the world recently by Planely.com, an air travel-focused social networking site that saw 142 airlines joining its contest. Planely’s service allows passengers to register their flights, and the website shows them who they will be flying with so they can meet and help pass the time, network or taxi-share. Nick Martin, founder and CEO of Planely said, “We’re delighted to see how the fun concept of connecting people as they travel was received by both airlines and passengers. It brings us one step closer to helping the friendly skies become even friendlier.” According to Newsweek Budget Travel blogger Rachel Mosely, “All flights registered on Planely between April 13 and April 20 were tabulated, and after a Twitter campaign that corralled their more than 150,000 followers, Cebu Pacific, the participating airline with the most flights registered (an impressive 913), was crowned the winner....” Other participating airlines include JetBlue, Lufthansa, SAS Scandinavian Airlines, SWISS, Virgin Atlantic, American Airlines and Delta. “CEB is grateful for the tremendous support from our community in Facebook and Twitter. We are very proud to be recognized as Planely.com’s Most Sociable Airline, and we look forward to providing more fun ways for our passengers to communicate and connect, aside from offering our trademark low fares,” said CEB VP for Marketing and Distribution Candice Iyog.
Its core profit, which exclude foreign exchange gains or losses and other nonrecurring income, reached P10.6 billion, up a percent than the P10.5 billion last year. PLDT, partly owned by Hong Kong’s First Pacific Co. Ltd. and Japan’s NTT group, said consolidated service revenues fell by 4 percent to P34.6 billion from January to March compared to P36 billion in the same period last year.
Smart wireless broadband grows SMART Communications, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT), posted continuous gains in mobile internet with five percent increase in its earnings in the first quarter of 2011. “Despite the lower revenues, our margins actually improved as we continue to manage our cash expenses closely and prudently. Mobile subscriber take-up remains surprisingly resilient but revenues are under pressure as a result of lower volumes in both voice and text – the number of SMS sent in fact decreased this quarter,” said Napoleon L. Nazareno, President and CEO of PLDT and Smart. Smart cornered subscriber base of 1.4 million at the end of March 2011, with 973,000 of whom were on SmartBro’s prepaid service. Wireless broadband revenues, inclusive of mobile Internet revenues, continued to grow, up 5 percent to P2.0 billion, compared with the P1.9 billion recorded in the first quarter of 2010. Moreover, mobile Internet usage has been growing at a fast clip, with revenues increasing by 40 percent, from P169 million in the first three months of 2010 to P236 million in the first quarter of 2011. Wireless broadband revenues now account for 9 percent of wireless service revenues, he said.
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Zsa Zsa gives Karylle blessing to wed ZSA ZSA Padilla has given eldest daughter Karylle the blessing to marry her boyfriend, Spongecola lead vocalist Yael Yuzon. "Si Karylle naman is of age na to make her own decisions. 'Pag kailangan niya ng advice, that's when I get in," she said. "I think kasi alam mo, 'yung mga anak mo, 'pag nag-turn na ng 18, ako ganun ang feeling ko ha as a parent," she added. However, Padilla believes that her daughter is not yet ready to walk down the aisle. "I think right now, they're just enjoy-
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ing themselves," she said. In November 2010, Padilla already gave her approval to Karylle and Yuzon's alleged romance. Two months after, Yuzon's younger brother, Yani, confirmed the young couple's relationship. Karylle’s last known relationship was with actor Dingdong Dantes but it ended bitterly after the latter was linked to Marian Rivera. Dantes later admitted his relationship with Marian. Yuzon, on the other hand, used to date television sportscaster Lia Cruz.
Lorna Tolentino to leave ABS-CBN ANOTHER big name is set to join TV5.
Piolo, KC going strong WE ARE STILL very much together! Actor Piolo Pascual has denied rumors that he and girlfriend KC Concepcion have broken up. “Huwag naman nating pangunahan, bago lang kami. Hindi naman kami hiwalay, hindi naman,” Piolo said. “Hangga’t hindi nanggagaling sa amin. We’re good,” he added. While insisting that all is well in their relationship, Piolo admitted that they don’t get to spend much time together now because both of them are busy. “Her movie is gonna be shown soon, in June. They are almost done, shooting almost everyday ang trabaho nila... Mas busy pa siya sa salitang busy,” Piolo explained. For his part, Piolo said that he and actress Angelica Panganiban have already started shooting for their upcoming romantic-comedy movie. “Almost everyday ang shoot namin. I’ve
waited more than 2 years for this project and finally I’m doing another movie with Angelica. The last movie that I did with her was “Mangarap Ka” pa,” he said.
METRO HAPPENINGS Trans Sport Show -- Trans Sport Show is a biggest automotive & sport cars trade shows in the Philippines. Trans Sport Show is also the ideal venue for the automotive industry with its trade and retail section on automotive and services. It will many visitors & exhibitors from Philippines. Venue: SMX Convention Center, Pasay, Philippines. Schedule: May 25-29, 2011 3 Ring Motor Show -- May 26, 2011 - May 29, 2011 Time:10am - 9pm Venue: SMX Convention Center. This event incorporates the 20th Trans Sport Show, the 4th MSCC Councours d Elegance, and the 1st Philippine Nostalgic Motor Show. For information about this event, please visit www.tradeshow.com.ph. Starzan's Jeniz -- May 21 and 22, 2011 3:00PM. CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater) KENNY G IN CONCERT -- May 23, 2011 8:00pm, PICC Plenary Hall KENNY LOGGINS IN CONCERT -- May 22, 2011 8:00PM, SMX Convention Center MAROON 5 LIVE IN MANILA 2011 -- May 23, 2011 8:00PM Monday. SMX Convention Center BEAULDER (Bouldering Competition) -- May 28-29, 2011, Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City
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Actress Lorna Tolentino is set to transfer to the Kapatid Network after her contract with ABS-CBN expires. In her official Twitter account, Tolentino said her manager Lolit Solis met with TV5 executives last May 12 about her possible transfer. “My manager Nay lolit will have meeting with tv5. Then we will talk about the offer. Im already old so what is best po sana. Thank you,” she said. According to Tolentino, nothing is final yet about the negotiation but she is hoping for the “best offer” since she’s not getting any younger. “I guess with senior actors ang pinakamaganda na offer na ang titignan. We are not young anymore. Nothing is definite yet,” Tolentino told one of her followers.
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LONGEST CAREER AS AN ENTERTAINMENT NEWS HOST GUINNESS World Records is officially recognizing television personality, Mary Hart with the “Longest Career as an Entertainment News Host” for her tenure of 29 years as the host of CBS Television Distribution’s Entertainment Tonight. The record accomplishment comes on the heels of her announcement of her final episode on May 20, 2011. Guinness World Records classifies the genre of an entertainment television show as “shows which encompass a primary focus on breaking and exclusive news stories in music, television, film and interviews with high profile talents and celebrities.” Researchers assessed the record on an international scale, looking at this genre in comparison with other territories and referring to official bodies such as the British Film Institute, American Film Institute and the Cinematheque Francais.
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All eyes on Torre, Antonio in Tagaytay zonal ASIA’S First Grandmaster Eugene Torre and 12-time national open champion GM Rogelio “Joey” Antonio Jr. will lead a contingent of Filipino wood pushers to the Asian Zone 3.3 chess championships on May 24-30 at the Tagaytay Convention Center in Tagaytay City. “Matagal tagal na din akong di nakapaglaro sa World Chess Champi-
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onships na World Chess Cup na ngayon. Sana maganda ang maging performance natin sa Tagaytay,” said the 59years-old Torre, who is best to remember winning the 1982 Inter-Zonal in Tolluca, Mexico and a quarter-finalists in the World Chess Championships in 1983. “Nais kong marating ang 2600 elo mark,”said Antonio in an interview, who
hold an Elo rating of 2589. However, country’s top rated player GMs Wesley So and Jayson Gonzales opted not to play in the week-long event to be held simultaneously with the Asian Zone 3.3 championship is the Asian Zone 3.3 women’s zonal, served as qualification tournament for the World Chess Cup, formerly FIDE knock-out World Chess Championships
There’s life after LeBron for Cleveland Cavaliers get No. 1 pick in NBA Draft Lottery
SEACAUCUS, New Jersey -– The Cleveland Cavaliers, who lost 2003 NBA Draft top pick LeBron James to free agency 10 months ago, have won the NBA Draft Lottery to claim the top selection in next month's draft. With a pick obtained from the Los Angeles Clippers that had only a 2.8 percent chance of landing the top spot, the struggling Cavaliers claimed the top pick and will make their own choice fourth overall. "I am very excited for the fans of Cleveland, who have been through a very, very rough year," Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert said. "They deserve it more than anybody and they have some good hope now." The Cavaliers faded from a 61-21 title contender to a 19-63 season after James, who played seven seasons near his Ohio hometown of Akron, departed for the Miami Heat to unite with fellow stars Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh. Gilbert vowed after James made his departure that the Cavaliers would win a title before the NBA Most Valuable Player who turned his back on Cleveland. "We'll be right back there and be competitive and build this franchise going forward," Gilbert said. While Miami is playing Chicago for a berth in the NBA Finals, the Cavaliers can only hope to rebuild quickly and having two of the first four selections of the available unclaimed talent next month can only help. The only cautionary note is that the NBA's collective bargaining agreement between players and club owners expires one week after the June 23 draft, setting up the possibility of an uncertain off-season without a new deal.
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