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‘Get it over with. Oust me!’ Duterte dares soldiers sympathetic to Trillanes to join coup plotters

VOL. XXXII • NO. 209 • 3 SECTIONS 16 PAGES • P18 • WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2018 • •

By Nat Mariano and Macon Ramos-Araneta


RESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte said Tuesday he has a record of conversations to prove a “loose conspiracy” to oust him, involving the opposition Liberal Party, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, and the communist rebels, and warned the Armed Forces of the Philippines against siding with them.

“We have the evidence and we have the conversation provided by a foreign country sympathetic to us,” said Duterte as he addressed the nation with his live dialogue with Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo Tuesday afternoon. “We do not have that sophis-

tication, but the connection will be shown maybe any day now,” said the President, emphasizing the groups were in contact with each other. “I asked that it be declassified, and we will show it [to the public],” he said, adding it might be Next page

Palace cites SC ruling to void amnesty order By Nat Mariano, Rey E. Requejo and Macon Ramos-Araneta PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday insisted that a President cannot delegate the power to

Filipina wins Miss Tourism World pageant ANOTHER Filipina stamped her mark in the international scene, this time by winning the inaugural Miss Tourism Worldwide held in Indonesia. Zara Carbonell bested 22 other candidates in the pageant that promotes “tourism and cultural exchange.” But unlike other pageants, the event carries with it a huge responsibility for the 25-year-old, who becomes the official ambassador of tourism for all the countries across the globe. Next page

grant amnesty to a Cabinet official, and that the amnesty granted to Senator Antonio Trillanes IV in 2011 was invalid because it was signed by

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PRESIDENTIAL DUOLOGUE. President Rodrigo Duterte fields questions from Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo during a conversation, beamed nationwide from Malacañang, Tuesday where he discussed a wide range of issues–‘loose conspiracy’ to oust him from power, the issue of amnesty, rice stocks, and martial law in Mindanao.

Martial law lessens criminality in Mindanao THE implementation of martial law in Mindanao—effective until December—has greatly lessened criminality in the area, President Rodrigo Duterte said Tuesday during a cozy interview, beamed nationwide, with Presidential Legal Adviser Salvador Panelo. “It has lessened criminality...And the only way to do that is to conduct a survey amongst the people of Mindanao,” said the President, adding the effectivity of martial law in Mindanao could be defended by asking the people in the South what they received with the emergency. “The political leaders, they can call Next page

3rd telco in PH up to Rody to decide PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte said on Tuesday that he would unilaterally decide by himself the country’s telecommunications issue if nothing happens on the planned entry of the third company by November or December. “Maybe late or early November if there is no decision yet, I will take over. I will put that under the Office of the President, and I will invite all the businessmen. I will decide in front of them,” said Duterte as he addressed the nation in a live dialogue with Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo Tuesday afternoon. The President, who vowed to handle the selection process himself, explained how he plans to decide on the third telco player. “Give me your position papers. I will read it, give me about 30 minutes then I’ll come back and tell them. Next page

Food agency chief resigns over rice lack By Nat Mariano, Maricel V. Cruz and Macon Ramos-Araneta NATIONAL Food Authority Administrator Jason Aquino has asked to be relieved amid mounting criticism of his inability to deal with rising prices of rice and its short supply in some markets, President Rodrigo Duterte said Tuesday. In a tête-à-tête with Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo, Duterte said he continues to look for Aquino’s replacement. “Jason Aquino has already requested to be relieved from office. I will scout for a new one,” Duterte said. The embattled NFA chief told the President that he was tired of the criticisms he Next page


Typhoon threatens PAR: Gov’t raises highest alert level House dumps impeachment vs justices By Maricel V. Cruz VOTING 23-1, the House of Representatives’ justice committee on Tuesday dismissed the consolidated impeachment complaint filed against seven justices of the Supreme Court, declaring the allegations insufficient in substance. The committee, led by Oriental Mindoro Rep. Salvador Leachon, decided to strike down the complaint filed by

OFFICIALS said they are bracing for the approaching Typhoon “Mangkhut” at the same level they would have for Super Typhoon “Yolanda,” which devastated Samar and Leyte in 2013. The typhoon, which will be called Ompong once it enters the country’s area

of responsibility on Wednesday, isn’t as powerful as “Yolanda” but it’s picking up strength and could yet become a super typhoon, said Edgar Posadas, spokesman for the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council. Disaster officials raised the highest alert

in a three-step system, as the storm is expected to bring heavy rains. Posadas said the typhoon will intensify the southwest monsoon and bring heavy rains to Cagayan, Isabela, Apayao, Kalinga, Abra, Ilocos Norte and Batanes. Next page

opposition lawmakers led by Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman on the motion of Siquijor Rep. Ramon Rocamora. The 23 committee members who voted against the motion said the complaint should be dismissed as the seven justices, including Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo-de Castro, merely performed their duty when they voted for the quo warranto petition to oust Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Next page

3 Taiwanese arrested for shabu haul THREE Chinese nationals were arrested along the coast of Infanta, Quezon, on Tuesday for carrying illegal drugs and raw chemicals for making illegal drugs, officials said. Excluding the raw materials, the seized shabu alone was considered the biggest haul in Calabarzon to date, the officials said. They did not say how much the shabu was worth. The suspects were identified as Jhou Tian-You alias Pempao, Wang ChingHuang alias Wang and Lin Ching-Wen

alias Awon, along with a Filipina named Kimberly de Vera. They were on board a motorized boat on the shoreline of Visayan Village in Dinahican when they were arrested. De Vera claimed she met Tian-You on social media and that they had been together for barely a month. She said she was unaware of her boyfriend’s illegal activities. The total haul included 23 containers and 10 sacks of shabu and some raw Next page

JITTERY WAIT. Farmers from La Trinidad, Benguet, the vegetable bowl of the Cordilleras, secure their farm plots across the valley with heavy duty plastics to protect their newly transplanted types of highland vegetables from the impending whip of two incoming storms predicted to hit land in the next few days. The highland province is under a state of calamity due to prolonged rain fall caused by the monsoons. Dave Leprozo



‘Safety nets’ sought to ease inflation impact SENATOR Nancy Binay on Tuesday slammed the Department of Trade and Industry for not providing safety nets to cushion the impact of high inflation as she hit the slow pace of distribution of dole to the poor, with only 5.3 million families receiving the financial aid so far. She also expressed dismay over the department’s lack of ingenuity to come up with quick-response mechanisms to provide consumers reasonably-priced basic commodities. Binay made her statement even as the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Tuesday warned the government that inflation might rise further if the global trade war escalated to affect Philippine exports to the United States. “Right now we see no evident negative impact yet on Philippine exports to the US. But later on, as the trade war unfolds even more, we might wake up and find some of our products laden with excessive duties,” group chairman Sergio Ortiz-Luis said in a briefing Tuesday. He said the trade war between China and the US carried gains and losses to countries with active trade relations with the two super economies. Binay said the Trade department has a commitment to ensure that consumers had access to reasonably-priced goods. “The last time we saw the [department’s] rolling stores was in Leyte during the height of Yolanda and the Marawi conflict,” Binay said. “I hope we are consistent. With inflation and skyrocketing prices, and let’s include typhoons and other calamities, what’s keeping government from redeploying state-run rolling stores?” Macon Ramos-Araneta and Othel V. Campos

Filipina... From A1 As title holder, Carbonell said she is tasked to promote “underrated places and protecting those which are already popular.” “I’ve always believed that the beauty in tourism isn’t in being a stranger in a foreign land but instead finding home in all the places you’re at and this is definitely something I’d want to share,” she said. But as a homegrown Filipina, Carbonell said she is including the Philippines in her plans. “This platform puts me in a good place to position the Philippines as the jewel that it is. I will help iron out misconceptions, and promoting the off beaten track places in our country,” Carbonell said. Although, the crown is her first international title, Carbonell has been a fixture in local pageants. Before her historic win, Carbonell has lost—and won quite a few titles. “The journey into pageantry was very eventful for me I had to take so much losses before getting to this win. My greatest takeaway would be that the process is far greater than the outcome because it’s what hones you, holds you, and heals you,” she said.

3FromTaiwanese... A1 chemicals for manufacturing illegal drugs. The operation was led by Police Supt. Reynaldo Ramos of the PNP Drug Enforcement Group, PCI Lowell Atienza of the Infanta Police and personnel from the PNP Maritime Group and PDEA Region 4.

House... From A1 The justice committee will meet on Sept. 18 to vote on the committee report affirming its decision to dump the impeachment complaint filed against the seven justices. Last week, the House’s justice panel found sufficient in form the consolidated impeachment complaint against De Castro and Associate Justices Diosdado Peralta, Lucas Bersamin, Francis Jardeleza, Noel Tijam, Andres Reyes Jr. and Alexander Gesmundo. Party-list Rep. Alfredo Garbin of AkoBicol, a lawyer, said the impeachment complaint failed to meet the standards on sufficiency in substance as the recital in the complaint did not constitute the offenses charged. Garbin, member of the House Minority Bloc, said the allegation on culpable violation of the Constitution had no basis. “At the outset, for purposes of impeachment, ‘culpable violation of the Constitution’ is defined as ‘the deliberate and wrongful breach of the Constitution’,” Garbin said. “Further, violation of the Constitution made unintentionally, in good faith, and mere mistakes in the proper construction of the Constitution do not constitute an impeachable offense. “It means willful violation and not violations committed unintentionally or involuntarily or in good faith or through an honest mistake of judgment.” Quoting the opinion of Manila Standard columnist Rannie Aquino, dean of the San Beda Graduate School of Law, Garbin said: “There is nothing ‘culpable’ in the actions of the Justices in exercising their constitutionally-mandated responsibility to exercise original jurisdiction over the petitions for quo warranto as stated in Section 5, Article VIII of the Constitution.”


Recto moves for TRAIN 2 debates

By Macon Ramos-Araneta

“I expect the committee to hold many hearings, to consult with various stakeholders. I support the objectives of TRAIN 2 to lower income taxes by rationalizing incentives, although I question the timing, Recto said. He made the statement even as Youth groups led by Anakbayan and the League of Filipino Students staged a protest action

in Trabajo Market in Manila to protest the approval of the TRABAHO bill. The TRABAHO Law or TRAIN 2 is the second package of the controversial Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion or TRAIN Law that critics claim is responsible for accelerating the inflation rate to 6.4 percent in August.

TRAIN 2, Recto said, may be inflationary because it increases the taxes on domestic industries such as housing, power and petroleum, among others. It will also increase taxes and cost of exporters and BPOs, and therefore reduce the incentives to invest in enterprises that earn foreign exchange that the economy needed badly. He said the reduction in corporate income taxes may not be enough to attract investment at this time considering the global economic events. Senator Bam Aquino called on President Rodrigo Duterte to directly address issues that affect the Filipino people, like the high prices of goods and not use politics to di-

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Duterte then hit Trillanes for not doing anything for the benefit of the soldiers. “You were a mess. You committed a ruckus in Makati. You went to jail, cursed all the people in the government. Now that you have been pardoned by President Aquino, and you were in government, what have you done? What have you done, even in little ways, that helped the soldiers?” asked the President, criticizing the senator for not showing up as the soldiers sacrificed their lives during the Marawi siege. “Did I ever have the occasion to see you there? You were not there. Your group is only for sympathy. But you never really cared for the poor soldier,” the President said. In his arrival speech on Saturday morning, Duterte said Trillanes, LP, and the Communist Party of the Philippines are “praying” for his ouster. Duterte warned the public to closely watch the three groups as they have been plotting his ouster. Magdalo Party-list Rep. Gary Alejano on Tuesday denied that Magdalo is involved in any oust plot against the President. “The Magdalo is performing its mandate as members of the opposition under the check and balance system of our democratic government. The essence of this is to strengthen democracy and not to destabilize it. Further, since the onset of the Duterte administration, the actions of Magdalo have shown respect of the Constitution and the legal processes it provides,” Alejano, a staunch Duterte critic and a former coup leader, said. “We continue to trust our government in-

stitutions despite being abused right now by certain leaders in order to advance their own interests,” Alejano added. He also dismissed the allegation that the Magdalo is behind the destabilization against the President and his administration, saying it was merely a product of the administration’s paranoia. “This is only meant to divert the attention of the people from the present economic woes they themselves have failed to address. If there is someone destabilizing the present government, they should not look beyond themselves for they are ones destabilizing it,” Alejano said. Senator Panfilo Lacson, meanwhile, said members of the AFP should maintain their allegiance to the Constitution and the people. “More than who authored the bills, the members of the AFP can best show their appreciation by serving the country and the Filipino people,” said Lacson, a member of the Philippine Military Academy Class 1971. Besides, he said the passage of such laws benefiting the AFP is not just a matter of authoring bills, but also taking part in other stages, including holding committee hearings and sponsoring the measure. Lacson cited the Revised AFP Modernization Act (Republic Act 10349), which stemmed not only of the efforts of Trillanes, but of Senator Ralph Recto and himself. Aside from authoring the bill that was consolidated into the measure, Lacson also delivered the sponsorship speech for the measure and defended it on the Senate floor.

Trillanes taunted Duterte, saying the President seemed obsessed with him, mentioning his name more than 100 times in his tete-a-tete. To counter the President’s assertion, he showed reporters a two-page copy of his amnesty bearing President Aquino’s signature. Trillanes also hit Duterte for casting aspersions on his mother for alleged deals with the Navy. “I can’t understand why he would drag my parents in this fight. Stick with me, Mr. Duterte,” he said. He denied any impropriety in his mother’s dealings. “They raised me properly. Maybe if they were corrupt, I would be too, but I’m not,” he said in Filipino. Trillanes also criticized the President for comparing what he had done for the military as the Chief Executive, as against what he as a senator had done. The Palace earlier hit back at former presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda for defending Gazmin’s involvement as a “lawful act” of a government official. In a press briefing, Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque cited the 1939 case of Villena v. Secretary of the Interior, where the court ruled that there are certain constitutional powers and prerogatives that must only be exercised by the Chief Executive of the mation in person. “No amount of approval or ratification will validate the exercise of any of those powers by any other person,” said Roque. “The power to grant amnesty, like the power to grant pardon, must be exercised by the President in person,” he said. On Saturday, Lacierda said Gazmin’s role was purely administrative, and that there was nothing irregular in his signature on Trillanes’ amnesty. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court denied Trillanes’ plea for a temporary restraining order to prevent his arrest, saying it was unnecessary. The Court took judicial notice of President Duterte’s categorical pronouncement that the senator would not be arrested, unless a warrant of arrest has been issued by a trial court. Nonetheless, the Court ordered respondents

from the executive department to file their comment on Trillanes’ petition within 10 days. Newly designated SC spokesman Gleoresty Guerra said the Court did not see the urgency to act on Trillanes’ petition as it considered the President’s “categorical pronouncement… that Senator Trillanes will not be apprehended, detained or taken into custody unless a warrant of arrest has been issued by the trial court.” The order for respondents to comment on Trillanes’ plea means the Court will still rule on the merits of the case. The Supreme Court ruling also means two Makati courts hearing the coup cases against Trillanes may proceed. Makati regional trial court Branch 148 is set to resolve the motion of Justice Department prosecutors seeking the issuance of an arrest warrant against Trillanes for continuation of promulgation of the case against him and also issuance of a hold departure order against him. The trial court earlier deferred acting on the motion until the Supreme Court had decided on the plea for a TRO. Branch 150, on the other hand, has already denied the DoJ’s motions for the issuance of an arrest warrant and an HDO, but still set a hearing to decide whether or not to reopen the rebellion case. Duterte’s Proclamation 572 nullified Amnesty Proclamation No. 75 issued by Aquino to absolve Trillanes of criminal liability in staging failed coup d’états against former President and now House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. Duterte’s proclamation declared “void ab initio” (from the start) the grant of amnesty to Trillanes for his supposed failure to file the official amnesty application form and expressly admit his guilt for the crimes he committed. Trillanes said the Supreme Court decision enabled Duterte to save face, but noted that the justices did not deny his petition outright, and instead asked government lawyers to comment on it. In a media briefing, Trillanes described the “carefully worded” SC decision as “an initial victory.”


ENATE President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto said Tuesday the TRABAHO Bill or TRAIN 2, which was approved by the House on third reading, remains an administration priority measure so it will be heard by the Senate ways and means committee.

“loose conspiracy,” but emphasized that the three groups are simultaneously planning it. “This is my message to the Armed Forces: Just be careful. Just be careful of your connivance with the Magdalo [group of Trillanes]. Because Magdalo is not all in agreement to destabilize or overthrow the government,” he said. “I said my clear stand on the matter. If the Armed Forces think that I am not competent, that I am not qualified to be sitting here as President, I have discussed this matter with them in a command conference. You are on your own,” he said. “If you want another President, fine. I will not allow you to fight your own soldiers... I would not allow my soldiers to kill another soldier or a policeman shooting another soldier. That’s crazy,” he added. He then called on the soldiers, who believe Trillanes fights for their welfare, to join the opposition senator. “To those who see that Trillanes made a difference for your well-being, go to them and stage a mutiny or revolution. You are free to do that. As a matter of fact, I am encouraging you, so we could end this,” Duterte said. “I am challenging Magdalo to start now. If you think the soldiers are yours, it’s fine. If the generals [think of the same], so be it. Let’s show the Filipino people what you really want.”

Palace... From A1 then Defense secretary Voltaire Gazmin. “An act of pardon or amnesty is an act of the State which cannot be done by a mere Cabinet member,” said Duterte in a tête-à-tête with Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo. At the time, President Benigno Aquino III designated Gazmin to form a committee to determine if Trillanes and others who had taken part in the 2003 Oakwood mutiny should be granted an amnesty. “And that committee came up with the resolution to grant amnesty... The problem is after recommending, Gazmin signed the amnesty itself,” Duterte said. Panelo said based on existing jurisprudence, in particular the decision of former Supreme Court Chief Justice Artemio Panganiban in the case of Constantino vs Cuisia, there are certain powers vested in the President that cannot be delegated to an alter-ego. “There are certain presidential powers which arise out of exceptional circumstances, and if exercised, would involve the suspension of fundamental freedoms, or at least call for the supersedence of executive prerogatives over those exercised by co-equal branches of government,” Panelo said, quoting Panganiban’s decision. Duterte said the criminal complaint of rebellion against Trillanes was “very serious.” “So… an act of amnesty is always an act of state that cannot be done by a mere Cabinet member. Especially, if that Cabinet member was one of those who investigated and approved the recommendation,” Duterte said. While Aquino was within his rights to authorize Gazmin to investigate the case, it was wrong to let him sign the amnesty, he said. “To authorize him to investigate, I will concede to that. But the act of granting amnesty with Gazmin and Congress concurring, it’s just baffling. I don’t know how to reconcile it,” Duterte said.

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them. The stations have contacts with them. Maybe they can conduct an interview. Or they can always ask their network there to do the survey. Let’s see,” said Duterte during the interview conducted in Malacañang. Duterte also said in the wide-ranging interivew he had no problem living in a war zone as the people could survive in a controlled condition, adding he needed to implement it as suggested by the military. “To me, it’s nothing. Now, it was the military’s [order] because of the uprising in Marawi... But by and large, it could give them the confidence of going around with a gun,” said Duterte. “You know my army does not have weapons, they don’t have sidearms. So, they go out naked. And I did not like it because my soldiers are being killed like dogs. So, I said, this cannot go on. If you have to go out, just watch for the Sparrow at the back but use it to kill, if you have to kill them,” he added. According to Duterte, he was the one who ordered the installation of police/military checkpoints. He added: “Those who are suspected of transporting illegal drugs, traveling to escape, or are in the wanted list of the government, they have to go down. And that is my order and I take full responsibility of (sic) it,” Duterte stressed. “Otherwise, this martial law would not be feared.” Palace officials like Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque had previously said the administration thought the talks to extend martial law in Mindanao were still premature, following the deadly bombing attacks in the region.

I will decide. That’s it and the line will be given,” he said. The Chief Executive had expressed frustration over the delay of the selection process. “You know, I’ve been waiting for that critical decision until now there’s nothing,” the President said. He said that he would rather pick a bidder with the best track record even with its expensive offer, instead of a company which offers the lowest possible price. “I don’t want to select just on the basis of the lowest bid,” Duterte said. In his third State of the Nation Address last July, Duterte said he expects the next major telco to provide the best possible Internet service at a reasonable cost. The President enumerated the characteristics of the next telco player as ‘reliable, inexpensive, and secure.’ “The terms of reference for the entry of a major industry player should be reasonable and comprehensive,” Duterte said in his speech. “The only condition is that the chosen entity must provide the best possible services at reasonable accessible prices,” he added. The President also said in his speech the administration targets to lower interconnection rates so as to “ensure that the solution to the telecommunication problems will be both meaningful and lasting.” The Department of Information and Communications Technology previously said the third telco may be named before the year ends. It is also expected to provide service in the country by 2019 if the selection process went smoothly. The chosen telco will then be subject to a five-year observation under the said department.

vert the public’s attention. Instead of politicking, Aquino said, Duterte must inspire government officials and the opposition to work together in finding solutions to pressing problems, such as the high prices of goods. “Let us have unity in looking for solutions that have been the clamor of the public,” Aquino said. Aquino has filed Senate Bill 1798, or the Bawas Presyo Bill, which aims to suspend the excise tax on fuel under the TRAIN Law when the average inflation rate surpasses the annual inflation target over a three-month period. He expects the President will suspend the excise tax in January.

Food... From A1 received as the price of rice continued to rise. “He says he is tired and he cannot cope up with the play there inside, which is always an ordinary happening,” Duterte said. Lawmakers blamed Aquino for rising rice prices, after he declared a supply shortage of cheap NFA rice and failed to buy enough palay from local farmers. Opposition Senator Francis Pangilinan said Aquino’s departure was a good step, but more needs to be done to arrest the rising prices of rice. “File charges against the NFA administrator. Don’t recycle him and reappoint him to another government position,” he said. “Acknowledge the rice crisis. What explains the high prices? Even if there are grains in the market, what the people need are those they can afford with their meager income. We need quick and concrete responses to this gut issue,” he said. Aquino and Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr., both appointed by the President to supervise the NFA, disagreed over how best to secure the country’s rice supply. Aquino wanted the agency to import rice from other countries through the government-to-government transactions, while Evasco batted for allowing private traders to import more rice and letting them shoulder the cost of importation. Evasco was later stripped of his powers over the NFA. In his departure statement before his visits to Israel and Jordan early in September, Duterte said he would not to dismiss any official for the rice situation, saying “no serious offense” was committed. “Maybe the laws are weak or are unenforceable. All we have to do is improve on those laws, not necessarily fire people,” Duterte said when asked if he planned to fire Aquino and Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol over their failure to handle the rice crisis. In the same speech, Duterte said the rice crisis was artificial and caused by “manmade manipulation,” and threatened to force open the warehouses of rice smugglers and hoarders. Duterte appointed Aquino as the NFA chief on Dec. 29, 2016. Senator Cynthia Villar, meanwhile, blamed the country’s 6.4-percent inflation rate on rice cartels. In an interview with ABS-CBN, Villar said Duterte’s economic managers overlooked the presence of rice cartels when they pushed for the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law, which raised excise taxes on fuel. “The excise taxes on gasoline had an effect on the rise in the rate of inflation, but they did overlooked the tendency of traders to speculate on prices,” Villar said in Filipino. “That’s what was not counted, and that’s big. In a country where there are cartels, it’s hard to factor in,” she added. With PNA

Typhoon... From A1 He added that the diameter of the typhoon measures about 600 kilometers, and could affect Metro Manila in the next few days. Under a red alert, all concerned agencies must prepare for the typhoon and send representatives to the NDRRMC headquarters. Food packs have been positioned in northern Luzon, which is expected to bear the brunt of the typhoon’s onslaught, Posadas told radio dzMM. Posadas also urged the public to cooperate with possible preemptive or forced evacuations. Mangkhut was 1,820 kilometers east of Southern Luzon at 8 am, packing maximum sustained winds of up to 170 kilometers per hour and 210 kph gusts, the weather bureau said in an advisory. Meanwhile, tropical depression “Neneng” is out of the Philippine area of responsibility, but its trough will continue to bring light to moderate rain showers and thunderstorms in Batanes, the Babuyan Group of Islands, and the regions of Ilocos, Cordillera, and Cagayan Valley. Residents in these areas, especially those living near river channels, in low-lying areas and in mountainous areas, are advised to take appropriate actions against possible flooding and landslides. The Philippine Coast Guard said it has alerted its districts and stations in Norther and Central Luzon to brace for Mangkhut. PCG Commandant Admiral Elson Hermogino directed all PCG district commanders in areas expected to be hit by the super typhoon to ensure the readiness of all assets and personnel to respond during emergencies and to coordinate with their respective Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council for possible rescue and related activities. Macon Ramos-Araneta, with PNA




Leni’s lawyer seeks probe on leaked audit logs

‘Proposed DDR to give country hope in face of disasters’ By Maricel V. Cruz

By Rio N. Araja THE camp of Vice President Leni Robredo has asked the Supreme Court’s Presidential Electoral Tribunal to investigate how the audit logs from Camarines Sur were leaked and came into possession of lawyer Glenn Chong. In a 35-page fourth manifestation of grave concern with urgent motion, Robredo’s lawyers asked the PET to look into how Chong came into possession of the audit logs from Ragay town in Camarines Sur. “Given the data and documents in the possession of Atty. Chong who claims that he is not a lawyer of, representative or in any way connected to protestant Marcos, there is a need for the conduct of an investigation,” Robredo’s lawyer Romulo Macalintal said. He said it was disturbing how someone like Chong, who claimed to have no apparent connection to the parties in this case, had been able to get a copy of the audit logs from Ragay. Last March 9, Chong, on his Facebook page, posted a portion of the audit logs, and even presented the audit logs to the Senate committee on electoral reforms during a July 31 hearing. Moreover, he “consistently” denied having been a representative of Marcos when Senator Franklin Drilon confronted him for having two letters from the Marcos’ camp authorizing him as one of the representatives on several occasions. Under oath, Chong also testified that he got the audit logs from the SET. But Macalintal said Ragay was not covered of the election protest filed by losing senatorial bet Francis Tolentino before the SET. The audit logs were not submitted by the Commission on Elections to SET. According to Macalintal, the camps of Marcos and Robredo were able to secure soft copies of the decrypted ballot images and audit logs from the 62 clustered precincts from Ragay. “Thus, if Atty. Chong were to be believed that he never represented protestant Marcos, where did he get the data from the municipality of Ragay, Camarines Sur which he presented to the Senate Committee on Electoral Reforms?” he asked.

IMPEACHMENT. House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (left) and Justice Committee Chairperson and Oriental Mindoro, First District Rep. Doy Leachon, lead the deliberation on the consolidated complaints for impeachment against seven Associate Justices of the Supreme Court filed by Representatives Edcel Lagman, Teddy Brawner Baguilat Jr., and Gary Alejano, on Tuesday (Sept. 11, 2018) at the Speaker Nograles Hall, Batasang Pambansa Complex in Quezon City. PNA

Comelec warns Congress not to defer filing of CoCs By Macon Ramos-Araneta and Vito Barcelo

Comelec spokesman James Jimenez issued the warning after both chambers of Congress on Monday adopted resolutions urging the Comelec to push back the deadline of CoC filing by a week, to Oct. 11 to 17 from Oct. 1 to 5. The Senate, for instance, has already adopted on Monday Concurrent Resolution No. 13 urging the Comelec to move the filing of the certificates of candidacy for the 2019 national and local elections from Oct. 1 to 5, 2018 to Oct. 11 to 17, 2018. Senate President Vicente Sotto III, who introduced the resolution, said Congress would be in session until October 12, 2018. “Concurrent Resolution No. 19 provides for the legislative calendar for the regular session of the Seventeenth Congress of the Philippines which provides that it shall hold its session on Aug. 28, 2018 to Oct. 12, 2018 and adjourn on Oct. 12, 2018 to Nov. 11,

2018,” the resolution said. At the moment, the resolution explained, the House of Representatives and the Senate of the Philippines are deliberating the proposed 2019 General Appropriations Bill and other priority measures that “require their utmost and undivided attention.” To enable members of the Congress to fully attend to their legislative duties and meet the deadline for the filing of the certificates of candidacy for the 2019 national and local elections, the resolution said it is imperative that the period for filing of the certificates of candidacy be moved from Oct. 1 to 5, 2018 to Oct. 11 to 17, 2018. Earlier in the same day, the House of Representatives adopted House Concurrent Resolution 20 resetting the date of the filing of certificates of candidacy for the May 13 midterm elections to Oct. 11 to 17, 2018. The resolution, authored by Speaker

Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, is intended to allow lawmakers to focus on their legislative work. Arroyo’s resolution “[urges] the Commission on Elections to reset to Oct. 11 to 17, 2018 from Oct. 1 to 5, 2018 the filing of the certificates of candidacy in connection with the May 13, 2019 national and local elections.” The House said that it sought the postponement “to enable the Members of Congress to fully attend to their legislative duties and meet the deadline for the filing of the certificates of candidacy for the 2019 national and local elections.” Jimenez earlier said that the Comelec had set the CoC filing in early October because it needs ample time to screen out nuisance candidates, print out ballots and distribute these across the country. All these activities will be pushed back if the filing of CoCs for the May polls is postponed. “Definitely malaking epekto niyan kasi uurong lahat ng activities. Parang domino iyan e, ‘pag itinumba mo iyung isa, tumba lahat,” he said in a radio dzMM interview. (That will have a big effect because all activities will be pushed back. That will have a domino effect; postpone one, the rest follows.)

THE time of stay in the hospital during detention while a criminal case is pending can not be applied to the time served in the prison sentence. Thus ruled the Sadiganbayan in denying the appeal of former Mayor Pedro Cuerpo of Rodriguez, Rizal, to include his confinement at the Philippine Heart Center in the service of his prison sentence. The anti-graft court’s Special Second Division voted 4-1 in denying Cuerpo’s motion for reconsideration. However, the court suspended the execution of judgment against Cuerpo and directed the PHC director to submit a medical report of his condition within

10 days upon receipt of its Sept. 5 resolution. The Sandiganbayan meted out a maximum imprisonment of six months to Cuerpo in 2012 to after it found him guilty of violating Article 213 of the Revised Penal Code. The court said Cuerpo failed to comply with a court order for him to assist in the issuance of the building permit application of the Samahang Magkakapitbisig. However, Cuerpo has yet to serve his prison sentence after arresting officers from the National Bureau of Investigation immediately brought him to PHC in November 2017 owing to his

poor health at the time. Cuerpo appealed to the Sandiganbayan to allow a hospital detention. But the court said there was “no compelling reason to reconsider” including his confinement as part of (the service of) his prison sentence. The court added; “He is free to leave the PHC if his confinement is no longer needed.” The chairman of the division, Associate Justice Oscar Herrera Jr. authored the resolution with the concurrence of Associate Justices Lorifel Pahimna, Sarah Jane Fernandez, Reynaldo Cruz. and Michael Frederick Musñgi. Maricel V. Cruz


HE Commission on Elections said on Tuesday that postponing the filing of certificate of candidacy will push back the printing of ballots.

NHA flagged for failure to finish ‘Yolanda’ housing projects Court says ex-mayor’s stay in hospital not part of sentence THE Commission on Audit has called the attention of the National Housing Authority for the failure of its contractor to build homes for the victims of Super Typhoon “Yolanda” at its target date of completion. In an audit report, state auditors said the NHA through its contractor was not able to deliver the project completion of 10 project sites worth P852.727 million, affecting the relocation of the typhoon victims under the ‘‘Yolanda’’ permanent housing program. They blamed the limited manpower and equipment of the contractor whose identity was not mentioned in the audit report for its failure to comply with the target completion date. They warned the contractor could face termination of contract. “Thus, the developer incurred negative slippages [delays] ranging from 15 to 91 percent which shall be the grounds for termination of the contract,” the report read. CoA cited Annex A of the Government Procurement Policy Board Resolution No. 018-2004 stipulating a contract can be terminated if an ongoing project would experience a delay of 15 percent from its target. “The said lists of manpower and equipment were not sufficient to undertake the 10 projects awarded to only one contractor for the construction of 2,559 housing units under the Yolanda permanent housing program,” it said. Under the terms of reference (ToR), a contractor must possess the sufficient experience and major construction equipment before it could be allowed to take part in the bidding process. Based on NHA’s Region 8 office in Leyte’s Tacloban City, site memorandum reports cited slow progress, minimal activities, few manpower and equipment on site. Rio N. Araja

LEYTE Rep. Yedda Marie KittilstvedtRomualdez has expressed hope that the enactment of the proposed Department of Disaster Resilience will drastically reduce the country’s vulnerability to natural hazards. Romualdez, one of the principal authors of the measure, pushed for the passage of the measure as another potential super typhoon will enter the country later this week and may make landfall in the Batanes and Cagayan areas over the weekend. “With the creation of the Department of Disaster Resilience, we can look forward to the future with hope, knowing that the government is ready, better equipped and committed to exert its best effort to reduce the risks that come with natural disasters, to empower local communities to rise above the different vulnerabilities that surround them and to ensure that in the years to come, such a tragedy will never happen again,” Romualdez, chairperson of the House committee on accounts, told her colleagues during her sponsorship speech Monday of the consolidated measure on DDR that would exclusively focus on disaster response. Romualdez’s Tacloban City was hit by Super Typhoon ‘‘Yolanda’’ in 2003—one of the world’s strongest storms on record. In appealing to her colleagues to immediately approve the Duterte administration-sponsored measure, Romualdez recalled the sufferings of many people, especially her constituents during and after the onslaught of Super Typhoon ‘‘Yolanda’’ due to the absence of a single agency on disaster response. “It is crucial to highlight that the struggle of our people did not only happen during that very day Haiyan made landfall; it continued even weeks after the typhoon has long left our region. Deadlock and delays caused by bureaucratic paralysis, and poor coordination by different agencies rendered Tacloban City and most of the first district of Leyte completely helpless,” Romualdez lamented.

DOTr chided for not consulting airlines By Macon Ramos-Araneta SENATOR Win Gatchalian has scored the Department of Transportation after transportation officials admitted they did not consult airlines in making the Greater Metro Manila Airport Strategy. The strategy, he said, seeks to develop three additional airports in the Greater Metro Manila area to solve the overcapacity problem of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. “Without consulting the airlines, how would this four-airport strategy become effective?” Gatchalian quizzed DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade during the continuation of the Senate Committee on Public Services inquiry into last month’s Xiamen Airlines runway mishap. The lawmaker was referring to Naia, Clark International Airport, and the proposed Bulacan and Sangley international airports. “What the airlines want are more flights in one airport so that passengers will have the option to choose the time of the flight they want. You already have four airports so if PAL [Philippine Airlines] has four flights, what will happen is they will have one flight per airport,” he said.

Jose V. Romero, 84

FILL IT UP. A gasoline station attendant fills up a tricycle at a gas station in Paco, Manila on Tuesday. Since the start of the year, the price of gasoline has gone up by more than P12 per liter, between P14 to P16 per liter on diesel and P12 to P18 on kerosene. Norman Cruz

JOSE V. Romero, a journalist and former Philippine ambassador to Italy, passed away on Monday, Sept. 10, in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. He was 84. Prior to his appointment by President Cory Aquino as ambassador, he was the chairman and CEO of the Philippine Coconut Authority. He was a co-founder of the United Coconut Association of the Philipppines, the Makati Business Club and the council of foreign relations. During the Speakership of Jose B. Laurel Jr. and Cornelio Villareal, he headed the Congressional Economic Planning Office. He also served as president of the Philippine Economic Society and was a professorial lecturer at the University of Asia and the Pacific. Romero was educated at Cambridge University and Georgetown University. He is survived by his daughters Roxanne, Annalisa and Beth and his brothers Rodolfo, Ernesto and George Albert and sister Raquel. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. He was the business editor of the Manila Bulletin and at the time of his demise was writing a column for the Manila Times.




Is Bong Go linked to DPWH anomalies? The PCIJ further said: “Two senior TO THE government officials and at least four POINT contractors privy to the procurement EMIL P. activities in Davao told PCIJ in separate JURADO interviews that backroom deals are hapIN THE wake of the controversy over pening in order for certain companies to the revocation of the amnesty granted corner contracts even though they do not to Senator Antonio Trillanes IV by have the capability to take on projects.” My gulay, I believe what the PCIJ former President Benigno Aquino III, now comes the issue linking Special reported because when I covered the Assistant to the President Christopher DPWH at one time when I was still “Bong” Go and his half-brother in the with The Philippines Herald, I knew procurement of awards and contracts in that the department was rotten to the core. So many projects were left unfinpublic works. I rely on the findings of the Philip- ished and yet completely paid for. My former classmate Vicente Jayme pine Center for Investigative Journalism linking Go to the contracts and was once assigned to the DPWH. He posing questions on his other involve- lasted only seven months. I asked him why, and he said he could not stand the ment in business. The pertinent questions: What role corruption there. The real scandal here, PCIJ reports, did Bong Go have in the multi-billion is that senior ofpublic works conficials and some tract awarded to contractors trace his father and the problem to half-brother? Did a strange situaGo exert some inThe department is tion in the region. fluence as special rotten to the core. Mostly the same assistant to thencontractors are mayor and now winning more President Duterte? and more conIn the same tracts than they breath, among the public works officials, who could be could finish within their capacity and held responsible for the approval of within deadline. This is why I believe there should these contracts awarded to CLTG (Go’s be an investigation, not only into Bong initials) Builders from 2008 to 2017? In fairness to Go and Duterte, how- Go’s alleged links to DPWH, but the ever, the contracts did not involve the whole anomalous practice in public Davao City government but other areas works. DPWH Secretary Mark Villar has a lot of explaining to do. in the Davao region. In the meantime, Trillanes should ask In fact, when the PCIJ sought Go’s if Go even filed his Statement of Assets, reaction, he denied everything. Trillanes plans to investigate Go. Go Liabilities and Net Worth. He is a public meanwhile offered to resign if allega- official, after all. And didn’t President Duterte call Go a billionaire, one time? tions against him are proven true. The probe would be likely because Here are some excerpts from the there is talk he would run for the Senate report: “In sum, CLTG has been awarded P4.6 next year. Go should be asked about his billion worth of projects, all from the academic credentials, qualifications, DPWH, in the past decade. It won more and program of government if elected. Is loyalty now a ticket to the Senate? than half of the total only last year.” *** Another portion of the report said: The President did not push through “In 2017, CLTG won DPWH contracts worth a total of P399,336,326.72. In the with addressing the nation and only same year, it won, through joint ven- spoke with chief legal adviser Salvatures, a total of P2,538,191,443.36 in dor Panelo. The main topic was the alleged oustDPWH contracts.” How lucky can some people get? It’s er plot against him. But how can he be like winning the lottery! Turn to A5

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A lost opportunity

HE ancient Greeks knew the value of dialogue as a tool for instruction and perhaps this is what the Palace had in mind when it suddenly canceled a press conference scheduled right after President Rodrigo Duterte was to address the nation at 3 pm, and replaced it with a “tete-a-tete” between the Chief Executive and his chief legal counsel, Salvador Panelo. But by going this route, the President lost the opportunity to address the people honestly and directly, in favor of what appeared to be a scripted exchange with an obsequious subordinate. In explaining the sudden change in format, Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque assured Palace reporters that their questions, which had been collected from them the night before, would be put to the President anyway, only by Panelo. But a scripted question-andanswer session is far cry from the true, open dialogue that a press

conference brings, where journalists can ask followup questions, seek clarification, or even test the President’s statements with contravening facts. Much speculation had accompanied the President’s announcement from Davao that he would address the nation Tuesday. Newspaper columnists with space to fill and broadcasters with time to kill suggested that Mr. Duterte would squarely address the rise in the rate of inflation, which hit a nine-year high of 6.4 percent in August, driven by rising food and fuel prices. Others suggested he would address his decision to revoke the amnesty granted to one of his most prickly critics, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, and suggestions that he was doing so merely to silence him. Still others felt he would expound on his revelation that the opposition Liberal Party, Trillanes and communist rebels were conspiring to oust him. Mr. Duterte covered all these bases in his tete-a-tete, but did not go beyond what we already knew. His statement that the economic managers were now working on the

problem of inflation gave us little reason for optimism, because it was these same officials who allowed prices to escalate in the first place. His assurance that the police would raid the warehouses of rice hoarders was old news. He had issued that warning several times before. Nor did he offer us any hope of true food security that is provided, not by imports, but by our own agricultural productivity. And except for citing unspecified intelligence resources, the President offered no new evidence of a conspiracy between the Liberals, Trillanes and the communists. If anything, the session offered us a glimpse of just how obsessed he is with Trillanes. Was there really a need to compare what he, as President, did for the military, with what Trillanes, as a senator, did? What we really needed from the President was a clear sign that he is on top of the situation and that he knows exactly how to lead us out of our current troubles. Sadly, he did not provide this—and being almost an hour late for his appointment with the nation hardly helped.

Convergence Supreme Court ruled to deny Senator Antonio Trillanes’ bid for a restraining order on Presidential Proclamation 572 revoking the amnesty granted him by former President Benigno Aquino III. ALEJANDRO The House judiciary panel on the other DEL ROSARIO hand voted to reject the impeachment THERE is a confluence of events that case filed against seven SC justices is building up into a social volcano. who voted to remove Chief Justice MaThe people are grumbling about rising ria Lourdes Sereno via quo warranto prices and food shortages. Grumbling proceedings. Another columnist in this newspacoming from the pit of the stomach is the hardest to ignore because one can per warned the situation might have say it is really a gut issue. Consumers reached a tipping point. He cited facts are blaming the government’s TRAIN and figures on the inflation, the pesoslaw, specifically the heavy excise tax dollar rate, etc. to support his contenon fuel, for the ripple effect on elec- tion that the country’s instability might tricity rates and just about everything have reached a tipping point. A tipping point or when a boiling else. The cartels are in control because the administration is more focused on pot of water overturns, however, needs the political factor mindless politics. to the economic These are statements of fact but hardship to comthe government plete the heady mix for a social does not take Grumbling coming upheaval. The kindly to critipeople around the cism. Quite of- from the pit of the President—his ten, this would be stomach is the hardest economic advistaken as insidious to ignore. ers and legal panremarks from the el—do NOT seem Liberal Party and to have a sense of the Communist Party of the Philhistory. ippines. The LP We are not foand the CPP, in case the administra- menting an upheaval against the govtion does not know it yet, are both al- ernment. That’s the last thing we need ready discredited and irrelevant in the in a volatile global economy. But then scheme of things on how Filipinos are the people in charge of providing basic food and services for the people must struggling to survive. Sensing a gathering storm (not the read up on history. The French people super typhoon heading towards the stormed the Bastille on July 14, 1789 country’s northern part) President Rod- when King Louis XVI’s wife Marie rigo Duterte said he would address the Antoinette uttered her now famous and nation Tuesday afternoon but canceled insensitive statement of “let them eat at the last minute. Instead he had a one- cake” in response to poor people proon-one interview with chief legal ad- testing the lack of bread in stores and on their table. This sounds eerily familviser Salvador Panelo. It is interesting to note that earlier iar to Filipinos complaining about the on the same day, two legal issues were scarcity and high price of rice. decided favoring Malacañang. The Turn to A5


Why the delay in SMC’s airport? VIRTUAL REALITY TONY LOPEZ NOW it’s official. Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez did indeed question the viability of San Miguel Corp.’s P750-billion airport in Bulacan, 27 kilometers north of the present Ninoy Aquino International Airport. He raised the issue of viability (and therefore, stymied the new airport project) because Sonny was worried the government would suffer the consequences if it turned out the SMC project would be unprofitable in the long run—

because of government actions. Dominguez’s objections are anchored on two issues: One, can San Miguel Holdings Corp., the airport proponent which is wholly owned by San Miguel Corp., afford the

The company has to suffer the consequences of bad decisions by previous governments in other projects.

P750-billion airport when it has only P60-billion equity (capital put in by owner SMC). Sonny wants the mother company, SMC, to guarantee all the liabilities of subsidiary, SMHC. Done, says SMC president Ramon S. Ang. SMC has P1.4-trillion resources (its food business alone is worth annually P650 billion, power business P270 billion, and Petron P266 billion), P420 billion equity, instant cash of P222.5 billion. Two, exemption for the government from liabilities or compensation “for force majeure and material adverse government actions” if a good project turns out to be bad because of Turn to A5

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A stress test for the Philippines?


Changes in available construction jobs Changes in available manufacturing jobs Changes in average weekly wage Costs and quality of life People without health insurance, per 1,000 residents; rate and change over time; overall and employer-based Population spending 25 percent of pre-tax income on health care; rate and change Public college tuition as a percentage of income; rate and change over time Bankruptcy, per capita; rate and change over time Foreclosures, per capita

more efficiently and cost-effectively. In light of the imminent passage of rice tariffication and the lifting of quantitative requirements on the imLITO portation of rice, the NFA’s present monopoly on rice importation will have to BANAYO go, save only for certification of phytoSOMETIME in early 2000, during the sanitary and quality control aspects. presidency of President Joseph Estrada, This is what our economic managers Ramon Ang and I were in animated are pushing—for the rice trade, as in conversation about Pagcor. He had a other commodities, to be in the hands scheduled audience with the president of the private sector, rather than a government monopoly which exacts huge and was waiting in the anteroom. We were talking about the reclama- debts for the government to shoulder. But the sudden shift from governtion area beside Manila Bay. Being then the general manager of the Phil- ment monopoly to full private sector ippine Tourism Authority, I was ex- importation by any tom, dick or harry ploring the idea of converting the huge can also create an imbalance in the area into an entertainment center with market, to the detriment of palay farmgaming, or casinos as main attraction. ers. It could cause a flood of cheap imI checked with then Public Estates Au- ports that would marginalize our still thority chairman, Mr. Frisco San Juan cost-uncompetitive rice sector, espeabout the possibility of converting their cially the farmers. It is given such a situation where Ra44-hectare property in the middle of the privately held areas of the Henry mon Ang’s proposal becomes a compliSy, Metrobank and Wenceslao business mentary private sector-led solution. In empires, acquired during the Ramos much the same way that RSA, as he is administration, into my concept of a often referred to, is likewise proposing to build an international gateway-cumtourist destination for Metro Manila. aerotropolis in The discussion Bulacan, Bulacan. veered toward This is what why Pagcor is I keep writing in the gambling about: that govbusiness. I recall Government will ernment will Mr. Ang saying, never be successful in never be success“alam mo dapat ful in running gawin ni Presi- running business given business given dente? Sell Pag- our bureaucratic and our bureaucratic cor to the big Las and auditing rules Vegas operators, auditing rules and and regulations. and maintain it regulations. Cost- ef f icie ncy purely as a regulais simply impostor of gaming.” sible if govern“Let’s assume ment undertakes the country gets 10 billion dollars for Pagcor. It can turn operations that profit-driven private around and borrow at least 10 times enterprise can do more creatively, more more with that kind of money. Imagine adroitly and more effectively. Take Duty Free. Privatize it. Take 100 billion dollars pumped into govNayong Pilipino, whose reason for beernment coffers”, he added. “President Erap can build a ing has become obsolete, but still owns superhighway from north to south of sizable real estate. Abolish it, and let Luzon, and finance other infrastructure government assign the real properties projects in Visayas and Mindanao that to another GOCC to sell, lease or go will not only provide instant employment into a joint venture with the private secin construction, but modernize our tor using such assets as capital. *** obsolete infrastructure. Ang daming Special Assistant to the President pwedeng gawin na projects, instead of government being in the business of Christopher Lloyd Go is being raked over the coals on account of a construction gambling itself,” Mr. Ang explained. I proceeded to plan together with firm put up by his father which was able Ka Frisco on the utilization of their to participate in DPWH-bid contracts. In the absence of details of such conpublicly held reclamation area, so that together we could present the concept tracts which Bong Go is very much willto then President Estrada. But as fate ing to have the Senate or any other body would have it, the political maelstrom to investigate, what his detractors are sparked by Gov. Chavit Singson’s capitalizing upon is the name of the con“jueteng-gate” discombobulated the struction firm—CLTG Construction, administration after the ghost month of which represent the initials of Bong. The poor guy is being crucified in that year, and led to its fall a few days before the lunar new year of 2001 un- the bar of public opinion simply befolded. Later, under the administration cause his father named a corporation of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, after his eldest son’s initials, long bePagcor’s Ephraim Genuino built the fore Duterte ever dreamed of becomso-called Entertainment City where ing president, under which prospective Solaire, City of Dreams, Okada and administration his son would play an important role in. soon Resorts World would locate. Come on, how many Filipino busiI recalled this encounter with Mr. Ang after reading about his proposal to nessmen name their enterprises after undertake rice warehousing and distri- themselves or their children? I put up bution as a private sector solution to the a corporation way back in the ’80s and named it after my grandmother. I have ailing National Food Authority. He proposes to build temperature and another registered corporate name ushumidity-controlled grain silos to store ing the first syllables of my children’s rice in bulk, whether locally sourced or names put together. But because Bong is close to the presiimported. With the market distribution reach of San Miguel Corp., the country’s dent, and because he is mentioned as largest food and beverage manufacturer, planning to run for senator, he is now behe could also bring the staple commod- ing pilloried by public perception because ity to the country’s consumer markets of his initials and his father’s business.


JONATHAN A. DE LA CRUZ (Part 2) LAST Monday, I noted that perhaps the time has come for the Philippines to have its own stress test to gauge the state of our country’s economic affairs and the impact of all the turbulence, contrived or otherwise, in and out of the country on the life of ordinary citizens. I suggested that the test protocol be patterned after the one used by non-government organization The Campaign for Americas Future, which successfully assessed the state of the economy in each of the US’ 50 states, checked on the problems affecting families and their communities, and proposed solutions moving forward. To better appreciate CAF’s work and its possible use in the Philippine setting, I am excerpting the main body of the research in this column. It is my hope that we will find this useful to help us make responsive and responsible answers to the conundrum we are all in, the measures needed to ease the pain and, yes, the apprehensions and the fears which will definitely slow down our efforts to lift us from out of the cycle of poverty and underdevelopment. Here goes: The Campaign for America’s Future Stress Test: A summary “The Stress Test” shows trouble across the board. It shows flat wages and rising costs. It shows more people without health insurance and the neglect of such established public responsibilities as state support for college education. It demonstrates overall economic mismanagement and it quantifies the general level of stress in this historically optimistic country. What “The Stress Test” Measures Jobs Unemployment rates and changes in unemployment rates Changes in the number of goods-producing and service-providing jobs

Why... From A4

decisions, policies, and laws made by the government itself. This is like saying San Miguel cannot run after or sue the government if government itself opts to be naughty later on and does all kinds of foolishness when the airport is operational. Sonny thinks SMC is so big and so rich anyway to absorb the consequences if government turns bad. RSA’s reaction: What! (expletive deleted). The Finance chief was worried because in Mactan airport, the government made substantial and liberal commitments to its proponents, Megawide and its Indian partners. Those commitments were made by the unlamented administration of President Noynoying Aquino III. Dominguez implied that the past administration made mistakes in making guarantees to the Megawide-Indian group now managing the Mactan Cebu airport. So now, he wants to be “meticulous” with the SMC airport. Interestingly, Dominguez allowed the superbody National Economic and Development Authority which is headed by President Duterte himself, to approve the SMC airport plan (last April 2018). Four months later, last August, with the XiamenAir accident, the DOF chief raised crucial questions that in effect negated the approval. Dominguez elaborated on government commitments to Megawide when he appeared before the hearing of the combined Senate Committees of Public Services and Economic Affairs. Public Services because an airport is a public service. Economic Affairs because an airport like the size that will soon replace the Naia contributes 9 percent to the economy, about P1.53 billion annually out of total GDP of P17 trillion. Which means that if the Naia, which

Convergence From A4

Cake, of course, in the time of King Louis and Queen Marie Antoinette, was only available at Versailles Palace. Flour for bread and the everyman’s baguette could not be found in stores. The present rice crisis reminds me of a subtle line of editor-poet G. Burce Bunao. With the closure of the Roces-owned Manila Times, Fred (for Godofredo) lost his job. He put up a bakery shop selling mostly pan de sal. On the front window pane of his store he pasted a sign which read: “Para magkaroon ng tinapay sa mesa, ang masa ay kailangang umalsa.” Translated in english, Fred Bunao’s words cannot be as much meaningful as they are

I reprint the summary of the research here.

Average price of gas, change over time The Solutions To relieve this economic stress, this report shows, we need a new economic strategy. We need to stop using tax dollars to bail out Wall Street bankers and start using public money to benefit the struggling middle class. This means the creation of new, good jobs here at home and a strategy for retaining knowledge and technology in America. We need to expand public investment in infrastructure as well as human capital in order to ensure the safety and well-being of all Americans. This includes investment in roads, bridges, education and health care. These reforms are the foundation for a new economy in which all Americans benefit. The elements of the new direction include: New Energy for America We should launch a concerted drive for energy independence, and put people to work building a green economy. A National Strategy in the Global

Economy We need a clear strategy for our nation in the global economy. The first step out of the hole we are in is to stop digging. No more NAFTAs, no more trade accords written by and for multinational corporations and banks. Invest in People and Basics that Work We need to ensure our children have access to the best education in the world: universal pre-kindergarten, smaller classes in earlier grades, challenging after-school programs, and affordable college or advanced training. Invest in repairing roads and bridges, sewage systems and school buildings, ensuring that the jobs created are good jobs. Health Care for All We need to revive the American Dream and help working families with the basics. We should start with health care reform, providing for all a guaranteed choice of health care, just as members of Congress have. Provide every business and individual with the option of either keeping their current private plan, if they like it, or the ability to buy into a high-quality public plan. Sharing Prosperity We need to correct the imbalance between the top floor and the shop floor to ensure that profits and productivity are widely shared. Raise the floor— increase the minimum wage, guarantee workers paid sick days and family leave. Empower workers to organize, pass the Employee Free Choice Act, turn the National Labor Relations Board back into a watchdog for workers. Pass comprehensive immigration reform, gain control of our borders and enforce fair labor standards so employers can’t exploit undocumented workers. Americans have a right to know how we can build a sustainable economy. Presidential candidates need to address the issues that are relevant to working Americans, refocusing national attention from the wants of Wall Street to the needs of Main Street. We can begin to relieve Americans’ economic stress by challenging candidates and elected officials to support and promote real solutions to real economic problems.

services 41-million passengers a year, were to shut down and there is no immediate replacement, as what happened when XiamenAir flight MF 8667 crashlanded midnight of August 1, 2018 disabling the Philippine gateway for nearly two days, the damage to the economy would be enormous—P5 billion or P2.5 billion per day. “Meticulous evaluation is necessary since in several instances, projects that were approved in the past by the Neda Board were more profitable than projections during the appraisal stage,” Dominguez explained to the senators. In the Mactan airport project, Sonny pointed out: • The government made the commitment that there will be no other competing airports in Mactan and Cebu. This, despite the fact that the MactanCebu International Airport is actually earning more profits than projected. In 2017, it registered a net income of P1.1 billion. This is 48 percent higher than the P752 million forecast in the financial model of the project. “This indicates that the actual returns of the concessionaire will be significantly larger than what was originally estimated,” noted Dominguez, himself a former banker and an astute businessman in his own right before joining the Duterte administration. Explained Dominguez: “In the Mactan-Cebu International Airport concession agreement, the government committed that if it causes to operate any international or domestic airport in the Mactan and Cebu Islands, it is considered the grantor in default—that’s the government—making us liable for termination payments. Essentially, it will cost us a tremendous amount of money to build a new airport in these areas even if there is an unexpected increase in passenger demand.” • “Should the government later on want to build a new airport in the area to serve OFWs and other tourists, we would be required to reimburse not just market value of the infrastructure

assets, but also all the future profits of the commercial business until the end of the concession. This means that we would have to reimburse the concessionaire in Mactan around P20 billion just to build another airport,” Dominguez explained. “While P309 billion is an alarming number, what is more worrying to us are the type of commitments we guarantee,” he said, talking about other projects. • “There are potential claims by water concessionaires (Manila Water and Maynilad Water) against the government, estimated at P80 billion, just because a Performance Undertaking was executed by a former DoF secretary guaranteeing that the government will not interfere or question water utility rates.” “These examples,” said Dominguez, “emphasize that the actions we do and documents we sign have ripple effects on the next generations.” He added: “The burden is upon my office to ensure that future generations do not suffer consequences from poor decisions of previous governments.” “Book IV, Title II, Chapter 1, Section 2 of the Administrative Code of 1987, and as reiterated in the Department of Justice Opinion Nos. 61 series of 2004 and 13 series of 2013, states that the issuance of the performance undertakings is within the discretionary power of the DoF, it being mandated by law to be primarily responsible ‘for the sound and efficient management of the financial resources of the Government, its subdivisions, agencies and instrumentalities’ and ‘for the formulation, institutionalization and administration of fiscal policies in coordination with other concerned subdivisions, agencies and instrumentalities of government.’” Question: Why does San Miguel have to suffer the consequences of bad decisions by previous governments in other projects?

in Tagalog. For his double entendre message, Fred landed in a military camp where he was detained a week for purportedly inciting the masses to rise against the martial law regime. But what is laughable is the ludicrous statement of Agriculture Secretary Manny Pinol that “there is no rice shortage.”Another joker, Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said prices of prime commodities, are exaggerated. Workers told Roque to go out and check market prices. The present economic condition accompanied by political turmoil seen in the government’s handling of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV’s case could be compared to the torrential flow of two rivers converging at some point which could result

in a people storm surge. I would suggest the government head off this converging river torrent lest it becomes too late to manage. This confluence of events was what stoked People Power into Edsa One and Two. There is apparently a feeling of hubris inside the Palace after the administration’s success in arresting and detaining Senator Leila de Lima and then ousting Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno via quo warranto proceedings. The draconian action against Trillanes is seen as part of that steamroller momentum to silence the President’s critics. But the legal team of Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, Solicitor General Jose Calida and Harry Roque who’s also a lawyer, might have overreached itself. What they are doing against the senator is


Is Bong... As far as the Magdalo group of Trillanes, I doubt that the Armed Forces would join them. I have been a journalist for so long and I have observed numerous coup attempts. Before any military takeover can succeed, there must be a people power component. While there are the problems of high prices and looming rice crisis, the people do not seem discontented and about to march on the streets. Not yet, anyway.

From the opposition, there is no credible leader who would inspire following among the people. Not Vice President Leni Robredo, not Trillanes. So what destabilization is the President talking about? *** One effect of the revocation of Trillanes’ amnesty is that the amnesty given to all 59 others may also be null and void. The question is whether the amnesty was really void from the start? Only the courts can rile with finality. But what about the other recipients of the amnesty who are now in government, like MMDA’s Danilo Lim and Undersecretary Nicanor Faeldon?

making Trillanes a symbol of persecution and a hero which he really is not. This is a big political blunder the Palace coterie did not seem to realize. The problem that arose in the Sereno and Trillanes cases is the making of former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino. He appointed Sereno who had no seniority nor court appearance experience which laid the ground for Calida and company to claim her appointment was ab initio or flawed from the start. This is the same basis for the presidential proclamation that the grant of amnesty to Trillanes was also flawed from the start since he allegedly did not apply for the amnesty. Trillanes though showed reporters documents that he did apply and was granted amnesty together with fellow coup plotters.

Malacanang officials are smug that Trillanes will not be able to whip up a storm among the people nor from certain officers in the military and police establishments. But the two People Power uprising showed us that the military need not do anything like harness their force against the people or the powers that be. They don’t have to do anything except withdraw support from the government and then watch how events unfold. A former Armed Forces chief, senator and congressman Rodolfo Biazon expressed his view that the withdrawal of the amnesty given to Senator Trillanes is without legal basis. “If the amnesty granted to Trillanes is void, then so the amnesty would be for former military rebels Danny Lim, Nicanor Faeldon, Gary Alejano, and the others.”

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ousted when he remains popular?






‘PH young can help end poverty’ By Macon Ramos-Araneta THE Philippines, of which 30 percent of its population are under 15 and the median age is 26, should take advantage of its young population to effect change and end poverty, said Titon Mitra, the country director of the United Nations Development Programme. Speaking during the Global Youth Summit in Mall of Asia Arena attended by almost 20,000 young people from different parts of the country and abroad last weekend, Mitra said the Philippines should take advantage of its young population to end poverty and the effects of climate change. The Global Youth Summit 2018 is the largest gathering of youth leaders for SDGs with almost 20,000 youth at the MOA Arena. Global Peace Foundation and SM Cares, the corporate so-

cial responsibility arm of SM Prime Holdings, organized the annual event. Mitra said there were 1.4 billion people 10 to 24 years old in the world and 87 percent of the young people were in developing countries. He said 700 million were in Asia-Pacific region and the Philippines had the third youngest people in the region. “That’s a lot of young people that can make the difference and I know most of you want to make a difference,” he said. He pointed out that the youth had a very important role in effecting change because the world has only 10 years left to implement the 17 Sustainable Development Goals adopted by 193 countries, including the Philippines, during the UN General Assembly in September 2015.








SUBJECT : ADDENDUM TO MEMORANDUM CIRCULAR NO. 005-17 FOR THE ADOPTION OF CORRIGENDUM NO. 1 TO ANNEX 3 AMENDMENT 77 REFERENCE: 1. Philippine Civil Aviation Regulations - Air Navigation Services Part 3, Issue 3 Amendment No. 3 2. ICAO Annex 3 Amendment 77 3. Memorandum Circular No. 005-17 4. CAAP Regulations Amendment Procedures 5. Board Resolution No. 2012-054 dated 28 September 2012 Pursuant to the powers vested in me under the Republic Act 9497, otherwise known as the Civil Aviation Authority Act of 2008 and in accordance with the Board Resolution No.: 2012054 dated 28 September 2012, I hereby approve the adoption of Corrigendum No. 1 to Annex 3 Amendment 77 as an addendum to Memorandum Circular No. 005-17, Series of 2017. ORIGINAL REGULATION SUBJECT FOR REVIEW AND REVISION: CAR-ANS Part 3 … APPENDIX 3.6. TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS RELATED TO SIGMET AND AIRMET INFORMATION, AERODROME WARNINGS AND WIND SHEAR WARNINGS AND ALERTS … 2. SPECIFICATIONS RELATED TO AIRMET INFORMATION 2.1 Format of AIRMET messages … 2.1.2 The sequence number referred to in the template in Table A3.6-1 shall correspond with the number of AIRMET messages issued for the flight information region FIR since 0001 UTC on the day concerned. The meteorological watch offices whose area of responsibility encompasses more than one FIR and/or CTA shall issue separate AIRMET messages for each FIR and/or CTA within its area of responsibility. … 2.1.4 In accordance with the template in Table A3.6-1, only one of the following phenomena shall be included in an AIRMET message, using the abbreviations as indicated below: At cruising levels below flight level 100 (or below flight level 150 in mountainous areas, or higher, where necessary): – surface winds - widespread mean surface wind speed above 15 m/s (30 kt)

SFC WSPDWIND (+ wind speed, direction and units)

– surface visibility - widespread areas affected by reduction of visibility to less than 5 000 m, including the weather phenomena causing the reduction of visibility

SFC VIS (+ visibility) (+ one of the following weather phenomena or combination thereof thereof: BR, DS, DU, DZ, FC, FG,FU, GR, GS, HZ, PL, PO, RA, SA, SG, SN, SQ, SS or VA)

Filipino health care workers can exploit UK’s lifted visas they are required to attain an International English Language Testing System score of 7.0 and pass a two-part competency examination comHE United Kingdom posed of Computer-Based Test, which is accesgovernment has lifted its sible in various countries, including Philippines. quota visas to nurses and Also, applicants must take the Objective Structured Clinical Examinations, which is doctors under its migration policy done in England. Tier 2, paving the way for the Based on the report from the Philippine Overentry of more Filipino professional seas Labor Office in London, the nursing prohealth care workers to that country, fessionals continue to dominate the deployment profile of Filipinos going to the UK, with 1,446 the Department of Labor and By Joel E. Zurbano or 94.9 percent out of the 1,524 OFWs deployed Employment said. for the year 2017. THE Metro Manila Development Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said TuesMeanwhile, the Philippine Overseas EmployAuthority on Tuesday commended day that more Filipino health care workers could ment Administration is discussing the hybrid three employees for their honesty now take advantage of the increasing labor mar- modes of deployment of Filipino health care in the line of duty after returning a CYAN MAGENTA YELLOW BLACK ket opportunities in the UK. professionals, based on the proposed draft bilatsling bag, containing $79,500 back “The British government sees the Philip- eral agreement provided by the Health Educato a road accident victim in Taguig pines as one of the best sources of world-class tion England. City. healthcare professionals, particularly nurses. We As of December 2017, there were 75,787 The three MMDA Road Emergency expect more Filipino nurses and doctors to take Filipino workers in the United Kingdom Group members were identified advantage of the increasing demand in the UK mostly composed of professionals and as Mariel Bacho, Kristopher Conhealth care sector,” Bello said. highly-skilled from the health care and cepcion, and Sheena Santillan who Prior to the entry of nurse-applicants to UK, engineering industries. brought the bag containing bundles of US dollars—equivalent to more than P4 million—to St. Luke’s Medical Center in Taguig City where victim Thomas Dichavez was rushed. It was around 4 am when the team responded to a road accident involving a sports utility vehicle and a truck that happened along the southbound lane of Circumferential Road 5. Upon arrival, Bacho said they found Dichavez inside a Mitsubishi Montero in an inclined position and immediately pulled him out of the damaged vehicle. Injured Dichavez was conscious but could not speak clearly, said Bacho. Upon looking for the victim’s identification card, a bystander who first responded at the accident scene handed them a sling bag which was found inside the victim’s vehicle. The team immediately secured the victim’s belongings and rushed him to the hospital. Bacho said it was only at the hospital when they learned the worth of the belongings. POINTLESS PENSION. Some 11 senior citizens, returning after claiming their monthly pension The bag was turned over to the from the government, are confirmed dead Tuesday when the vehicle they were riding fell off a ravine security personnel of the hospital to 200 meters deep in Barangay Dao-angan, Balbalan, Kalinga. Confirmed dead are Willie Camongas, make sure it would be returned to the Helen Benito, Leota Maday, Eliza Amoga, Lolita Salitan, Aguida Palangdao, Tunay Dammay, Rosario owner. Badoz, Palgui Banglagon, Anita Bagne and Benjamin Badong. Eight injured passengers are still

By Vito Barcelo

3 MMDA employees commended


undergoing treatment at a local hospital. Barangay Dao-angan LGU

… 2.1.6 Meteorological watch offices shall issue AIRMET information in digital form, in addition to the issuance of this AIRMET information abbreviated plain language in accordance with 2.1.1. 2.1.7 AIRMET if disseminated in digital form shall be formatted in accordance with a globally interoperable information exchange model and shall use extensible markup language (XML)/ geography markup language (GML). XML/GML. … 2.2.1 AIRMET messages shall be disseminated to meteorological watch offices in adjacent flight information regions and to other meteorological watch offices or aerodrome meteorological offices, as agreed by between the meteorological authorities concerned.


2.2.2 AIRMET messages shall be transmitted to international operational meteorological databanks and the centres designated by regional air navigation agreement for the operation of aeronautical fixed service satellite distribution systems, Internet-based services, in accordance with regional air navigation agreement. … — END — AMENDED REGULATION AFTER REVISION:

The Philippine Ports Authority, through the Corporate Budget of the Authority for CY 2018, intends to apply the sum of P 6,766,127.12 being the Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC) to payments under the contract for the Proposed Renovation of PPA Executive Lounge and Gym, PPA Corporate Building, South Harbor, Port Area, Manila (LFP NCS No. 033-2018). Bids received in excess of the ABC shall be automatically rejected at bid opening.

CAR-ANS Part 3 …

The Philippine Ports Authority now invites bids for A. Removal and Disposal Works B. Construction of PPA Executive Lounge and Gym. Completion of the Works is required in 90 calendar days. Bidders should have completed a contract similar to the Project. The description of an eligible bidder is contained in the Bidding Documents, particularly, in Section II. Instructions to Bidders.


Bidding will be conducted through open competitive bidding procedures using non-discretionary pass/fail criterion as specified in the 2016 Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act 9184 (RA 9184), otherwise known as the “Government Procurement Reform Act.”

2. SPECIFICATIONS RELATED TO AIRMET INFORMATION 2.1 Format of AIRMET messages … 2.1.2 The sequence number referred to in the template in Table A3.6-1 shall correspond with the number of AIRMET messages issued for the FIR since 0001 UTC on the day concerned. The meteorological watch offices whose area of responsibility encompasses more than one FIR and/or CTA shall issue separate AIRMET messages for each FIR and/or CTA within its area of responsibility. … 2.1.4 In accordance with the template in Table A3.6-1, only one of the following phenomena shall be included in an AIRMET message, using the abbreviations as indicated below: At cruising levels below flight level 100 (or below flight level 150 in mountainous areas, or higher, where necessary): – surface winds - widespread mean surface wind speed above 15 m/s (30 kt) – surface visibility - widespread areas affected by reduction of visibility to less than 5 000 m, including the weather phenomena causing the reduction of visibility …

SFC WIND (+ wind speed, direction and units) SFC VIS (+ visibility) (+ one of the following weather phenomena or combination thereof: BR, DS, DU, DZ, FC, FG, FU, GR, GS, HZ, PL, PO, RA, SA,SG, SN, SQ, SS or VA)

2.1.6 Meteorological watch offices shall issue AIRMET information in digital form, in addition to the issuance of this AIRMET information abbreviated plain language in accordance with 2.1.1. 2.1.7 AIRMET if disseminated in digital form shall be formatted in accordance with a globally interoperable information exchange model and shall use XML/GML. … 2.2.1 AIRMET messages shall be disseminated to meteorological watch offices in adjacent flight information regions and to other meteorological watch offices or aerodrome meteorological offices, as agreed between the meteorological authorities concerned. 2.2.2 AIRMET messages shall be transmitted to international operational meteorological databanks and the centres designated by regional air navigation agreement for the operation of aeronautical fixed service Internet-based services in accordance with regional air navigation agreement. …

Bidding is restricted to Filipino citizens/sole proprietorships, cooperatives, and partnerships or organizations with at least seventy five percent (75%) interest or outstanding capital stock belonging to citizens of the Philippines. Interested bidders may obtain further information from the Philippine Ports Authority’s Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) for Engineering Projects and inspect the Bidding Documents at the address given below from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday. A complete set of Bidding Documents may be acquired by interested Bidders on 12 September 2018 from the address below and upon payment of the applicable fee for the Bidding Documents, pursuant to the latest Guidelines issued by the GPPB, in the amount of TEN THOUSAND PESOS (P 10,000.00). It may also be downloaded free of charge from the website of the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System (PhilGEPS) and the website of the Philippine Ports Authority, provided that bidders shall pay the applicable fee for the Bidding Documents not later than the submission of their bids. The Philippine Ports Authority’s Bids and Awards Committee for Engineering Projects will hold a Pre-Bid Conference on 20 September 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at the PPA Function Room, 7th Floor, PPA Bldg., Bonifacio Drive, South Harbor, Port Area, Manila, which shall be open to all prospective bidders. Bids must be duly received by the BAC Secretariat at the address below on or before 9:00 a.m. of 04 October 2018. All bids must be accompanied by a bid security in any of the acceptable forms and in the amount stated in the bidding documents. Bid opening shall be on 04 October 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at the 7th Floor, PPA Building, A. Bonifacio Drive, South Harbor, Port Area, Manila. Bids will be opened in the presence of the bidder’s representatives who choose to attend at the address below. Late bids shall not be accepted. •

Required PCAB Registration:

Small B – Building and Industrial Plant

— END— i.

Separability Clause. - If, for any reason, any provision of this Memorandum Circular is declared invalid or unconstitutional, the other part or parts thereof which are not affected thereby shall continue to be in full force and effect. ii. Repealing Clause. - All orders, rules, regulations and issuances, or parts thereof which are inconsistent with this Memorandum Circular are hereby repealed, superseded or modified accordingly. iii. Determination of changes. – To highlight the amendments and/or revisions in the Memorandum Circular, the deleted text shall be shown with strikethrough and the new inserted text shall be highlighted with grey shading, as illustrated below: 1. 2. 3.

Text deleted: Text to be deleted is shown with a line through it. New text inserted: New text is highlighted with grey shading. New text replacing existing text: Text to be deleted is shown with a line through it followed by the replacement text which is highlighted with grey shading.

iv. Effectivity Clause. - This Memorandum Circular shall take effect fifteen (15) days after publication in a requisite single newspaper of general circulation or the Official Gazette and a copy filed with the U.P. Law Center - Office of the National Administrative Register. So Ordered. Signed this 28th day of August 2018, at the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, MIA Road, Pasay City, Metro Manila, 1301.

The Philippine Ports Authority reserves the right to reject any and all bids, declare a failure of bidding, or not award the contract at any time prior to contract award in accordance with Section 41 of RA 9184 and its IRR, without thereby incurring any liability to the affected bidder or bidders. For further information, please refer to: BAC Secretariat, Philippine Ports Authority 5th Floor, PPA Bldg., A. Bonifacio Drive, South Harbor, Port Area, Manila Telephone/Fax No. 527-47-35 527-83-56 loc. 539 PPA Website:

MARK JON S. PALOMAR Chairperson, PPA Head Office Bids and Awards Committee for Engineering Projects (HO-BAC-EP)


M. Standard – Sept. 12, 2018

BRP Gregorio del Pilar being inspected for grounding damage EXTENSIVE examination is still being conducted on the Philippine Navy flagship, BRP Gregorio del Pilar (FF-15), that ran aground off Hasa-Hasa (international name Half-Moon) Shoal in Palawan province last Aug. 29. “FF-15 is still undergoing extensive inspection prior [to] its dry-docking to determine the extent of repairs to be done,” Navy spokesperson Commander Jonathan Zata said when asked about the status of the frigate Tuesday. He added the US would help the PN in repairing the damaged ship. “The logistics support agreement provides us the means to source critical and highly specialized spare parts needed by our ships together with the technical expertise required,” Zata said. The BRP Gregorio del Pilar was towed clear of Hasa-Hasa

Shoal midnight of Sept. 3 and arrived in Subic Bay for inspection and repair on Sept. 7. Initial reports said the grounding caused the ship’s right propeller to detach but no major damage on the hull was reported. The BRP Gregorio del Pilar is one of three Hamilton-class cutters acquired by the PN from the United States Coast Guard and converted into frigates. Each ship has a gross tonnage of 3,250 tons, a length of 378 feet, beam of 43 feet, and draft of 15 feet while its propulsion systems consist of two diesel engines and two gas turbine engines, giving it a top speed of 29 knots. Each vessel has a cruising range of 14,000 miles and a sea and loiter time of 45 days, and is armed with a 76-mm. Oto Melara automatic cannon, 25-mm. and 20-mm. light cannons, and .50-caliber machine guns. PNA

PCSO brings home to ARMM PHILIPPINE Charity Sweepstakes Office has opened Monday its 64th branch office in Puluan District Hospital in Maguindanao. “This is the first PCSO branch opened at the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao [ARMM] in line with our mission to bring our services closer to the public and to be present in every province. That’s why our target is to put up one PCSO branch every province,” said PCSO General Manager Alexander Balutan who graced the opening ceremony. Maguindanao is home to tri-people—the Muslims, Christians, and Lumads. Balutan, a former Marine general who spent 20 years in Mindanao, revealed he knew exactly what the conflict-affected areas of Mindanao needed badly apart from infrastructures and education. “They need basic health services and immediate medical support from the government. They need to feel the government’s presence through PCSO,” said Balutan. Contrary to the general impressions that Mindanao has become unsafe for tourists, Assistant General Manager for Branch Operations Sector Remeliza Gabuyo shared otherwise. Gabuyo said they saw the potential of Maguindanao not only for charity services, but also for gaming. During the opening ceremony, PCSO main office gave P1-million endowment fund to PCSO Maguindanao Branch located in Puluan District. “It is a one-time assistance pero kapag na-liquidate immediately, we will again evaluate them for another assistance,” added Gabuyo. Gabuyo admitted that for now, only Davao province had At-SourceAng-Processing Desks in their hospitals, but the agency was planning to tie up with hospitals in Maguindanao through this endowment fund. CYAN MAGENTA YELLOW BLACK





Highlands golf to benefit Sisters of Mary THE Highlands Ladies Cup will feature not only an 18-hole fun-filled competition but also focus on the organizing Tagaytay Highlands Ladies Chapter’s social commitment with proceeds of the 13th staging of the Sept. 29 event benefitting the Sisters of Mary boys and girls town complex in Silang, Cavite. The THLC has been assisting the Sisters of Mary, with the mission of education for employment, for the past decade as part of its social commitment to help the underprivileged youth fulfill their dreams by way of allotting part of the proceeds of the annual event for the center. Another full-packed roster braces for a friendly but competitive tournament backed by Auto Nation Group, Inc., Pacific Online and W Group as Diamond sponsors. It will be played under the System 36 scoring format with big prizes at stake in various categories and in the raffle draw during awards rites. Three huge prizes will also be staked for hole-in-one feats, including a Royal Caribbean International cruise for two on No. 17 and the Kuala Lumpur and Coron trips on Nos. 3 and 6, respectively. In case no one scores an ace, all prizes will be raffled off. Powerball Gaming, San Miguel Corp. and Security Bank make up the Platinum sponsors list, Kaiser Health Group, Lucerne and Royal Caribbean Int’l are the event’s Gold backers while ComWorks Inc., HBC, New Golden City Builders, PLDT-SME, Regent Travel Corp. and SM Retail are Silver sponsors.

SYDNEY Ezra Enriquez enhanced a promising tennis career by posting two more victories in the Sindangan leg of the Palawan Pawnshop Palawan Express Pera Padala age group tennis circuit, completing a rare sweep of the three-leg Zamboanga Del Norte swing last Monday. The 16-year-old Enriquez, unranked in her age group, worked her way up with a string of lopsided victories then trounced Princess Gom-os, 6-2, 6-1, in the finals. The Salug, Zambo del Norte ace then repeated over Gom-os, 6-3, 7-5, to nail the 18-and-under crown, thus matching her feats in the Liloy and Salug stops of the Group 2 tournament presented by Dunlop. Enriquez capped her big week in the event hosted and sponsored by Mayor Nilo Florentino Sy by winning the girls’ 18-U doubles plum in partnership with Faith Virgo as they edged Gom-os and Angel Refaja, 8-6. “Enriquez’s hard work and determination should inspire the other youngsters and the year-long, nationwide PPS-PEPP circuit will continue to provide the stage for them,” said Palawan Pawnshop president/CEO Bobby Castro. Nilo Ledama also pulled off a three-title romp in the boys’ side of the event sanctioned by the Unified Tennis Philippines, made up of PPS-PEPP, Cebuana Lhuillier, Wilson, Toby’s, Dunlop, Slazenger and BMeg, beating Nash Agustines, 7-5, 6-2, in the 16-U finals and crushing John Baje, 6-0, 6-1, for the 18-U diadem.

Pablo Lorenzo, Davao favored THE Pablo Lorenzo National High School and Davao City National High School are High School division heavy favorites in the 2nd PSC Inter-Public Schools Volleyball Tournament set to open at 9 a.m. today at the DCNHS along F. Torres St., Davao City. PLNHS boys spikers play against Calinan NHS at 11 a.m. in pool A also composed of DCNHS and V. Nograles National High School. DCNHS takes on VNNHS in the 10 a.m. opening match. High School boys pool B consists of Doña Carmen Denia National High School, Catalunan Pequeño National High School, F. Bangoy National High School and Baguio NSAT. Meanwhile, multi-titled DCNHS girls team will open its bid at 1 p.m. against Daniel R. Aguinaldo National High School. Both teams are in pool B along with PLNHS and FBNHS. In pool A are Baguio District, Crossing Bayabas NHS, Tagakpan NHS and Sta. Ana NHS. Teams in each pool will play against each other in the group eliminations to determine the top two teams that will enter the semifinals. A coaches’ briefing was held Monday evening at a Davao City restaurant.



PVF to officiate in Batang Pinoy T

HE Philippine Volleyball Federation will provide technical officials in the coming Batang Pinoy National finals in Baguio City on Sept. 15 to 21, a development welcomed by the association, which is campaigning to regain its membership in the Philippine Olympic Committee. “We are happy to announce that the PVF is once again allowed to fulfill its mandate in the grassroots development of volleyball. This is one big step towards regaining our recognition as a working national sports association,” said PVF president Edgardo “Tito Boy” Cantada. Cantada also expressed gratitude to PVF secretary general Gerard Cantada, managing director Rustico Camangian and Philippine Sports Commission executive director Atty. Guillermo Iroy, who sealed the agreement following a meeting recently. “By allowing the PVF to participate in the officiating and conduct of volleyball in the Batang Pinoy, our association gets its long overdue recognition as a working NSA,” Cantada added.

INCREASE IN ATHLETES’ ALLOWANCE. Senate Finance Committee vice chair Sonny

Angara welcomed the Asian Games medalists in the Senate as his panel discussed the proposed 2019 budget of the Philippine Sports Commission. Angara renewed his call for bigger athletes’ allowance and urged the country’s sports officials to fast-track the rehabilitation of sports facilities throughout the country.

Perfect start for Fil-Chinese teams HAT YAI, Thailand—The Filipino-Chinese Veterans Basketball Association downed its rivals in the 60-and-above and 65-and-above divisions with nary a trouble in the opening of the 27th ASEAN Basketball Veterans Tournament Monday at the Prince of Songkla University gym here. Former PBA star Elmer Reyes and ex-La Salle standout Kenneth Yap started the day

right for FCVBA as they led the 60s to a 6040 thumping of Indonesia’s ASABA in the morning match. The 65s, on the other hand, leaned on a torrid start and a stellar performance from 72-yearold Zotico Tan to dump Bangkok, 42-31, for s perfect start for the delegation headed by Ironcon’s Jimi Lim, Rain or Shine’s Terry Que and Freego’s Eduard Tio.



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IN THE MATTER OF THE PETITION OF NEHA MOTIANI to be naturalized as Filipino citizen pursuant to Republic Act No. 9139.

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Names of Responsible Officer/Authorized Representatives Arun Mittal/Antonio Alfonso Bella Victoria Ermita


Description of the Regulated Article for Commercial Propagation TC1507 maize, also referred to as maize line TC1507 or Herculex I maize (OECD unique identifier: DAS-Ø15Ø7-1), was genetically modified to develop a type of maize that is resistant to Asian Corn Borer (ACB, OstriniafurnacalisGuenee). It contains the bacterial gene cry1Fderived from the soil bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis var. aizawai which expresses an insect-specific protein toxin, Cry1F. It also contains the pat gene derived from the soil bacterium Streptomyces viridochromogenes which expresses the enzyme phosphinothricin acetyltransferase (PAT), conferring tolerance to glufosinate-ammonium herbicides and was used as a marker to select transformed maize in laboratory. Both cry1F and pat genes were present in a DNA fragment that was delivered into maize by microprojectile bombardment.


If to be imported, Country(ies) of Origin of the Regulated Article TC1507 maize will be imported from countries that have authorized this event for commercial cultivation such as the United States and Canada.


Brief Summary of Potential Effects on Human and Animal Health and the Environment TC1507 maize is not expected to cause adverse effects when used as food and feed. It has been approved for use for food and/or feed and granted certificates of environmental safety in 23 countries worldwide. The potential for allergenicity and toxicity of TC1507 maize was evaluated by examining Cry1Fand PAT proteins expressed in TC1507 maize using bioinformatics, in vitro digestibility, glycosylation analyses, acute oral toxicity, and heat labilityanalyses. These assessments demonstrated that TC1507 maize as well as Cry1Fand PAT proteins, are unlikely to be allergens or toxins. A compositional equivalence assessment demonstrated that the nutrient composition of TC1507 maize grain and forage is comparable to that of non-GM maize with a similar genetic background, indicating that TC1507 maize is as safe and nutritious as non-GM maize for use in food and feed. Overall, the safety assessment of TC1507 maize has demonstrated that the introduced proteins (Cry1F and PAT) are not expected to cause adverse effects and that TC1507 maize does not pose a greater risk than non-GM maize varieties in food and feed. The genetic modification in TC1507 maize did not change its agronomic characteristics other than providing resistance to the Asian Corn Borer. The TC1507 maize does not exhibit characteristics that increase its fitness compared to conventional maize. Studies conducted on Cry1Fand PAT proteins showed low risk to non-target arthropods, aquatic organisms, soil invertebrates, and mammals.


Brief Summary of Potential Benefits Pioneer Hi-Bred and Dow AgroSciences have co-developed TC1507 maize to provide protection against the lepidopteran pest Asian Corn Borer. This protection is conferred by insertion of the Cry1F gene isolated from the common soil bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis var. aizawai. In the Philippines and other countries where ACB causes significant reductions in maize yield, TC1507 maize offers farmers with an economical and effective means to control this destructive pest.


Pursuant to the provisions of Republic Act No. 9139, petitioner hereby submits a petition for naturalization to become a citizen of the Republic of the Philippines and respectfully declares: 1. My full name is NEHA MOTIANI, but I have also been known since childhood as NEHA, or I have been judicially authorized to use the alias name(s) N/A . 2. My present place of residence is Icon Residences 26th St., 3rd Ave. Tower 2 Unit 14 DE, BGC City/Municipality of Taguig Province of Metro Manila ____,and all my former places of residence are (please indicate periods of residence): 40 Santa Rosa, Kapitolyo, Pasig (1995) Valle Verde 6 (2007-2015) 11 Santa Clara (1995-1997) Icon Residences (2015-2018) 12 Saint Martin (1997-2003) 18 E Brgy. San Antonio (2003-2009) 3. I was born on November 8, 1995, in 40 Santa Rosa Kapitolyo, Pasig, Philippines. I have been a resident of the Philippines since birth. At present, I am a citizen or subject of Pakistan. 4. My father's name is Narerdar Kumar Motiani and he was born on March 20, 1966, in Mirpurkhas, Pakistan. He is a citizen or subject of Pakistan. My mother's name is Pushpa Motiani and she was born on October 26, 1971 in Sanghar, Pakistan. She is a citizen or subject of Pakistan. 5. My trade, business, profession or lawful occupation is student and from which I derive an average annual income of P N/A , inclusive of bonuses, commissions and allowances. My wife's/husband's trade, business, profession or lawful occupation is N/A and from which she derives an average annual income of P N/A . (Where the above does not apply): I am exempt from the requirement of lucrative trade or occupation and from submitting income tax returns for the past three (3) years because I am a college degree holder [please state (1) degree obtained:_N/A_ , (2) name of school: __ N/A__ and (3) years graduated: ___ N/A___who cannot practice my profession (the practice of which requires a government licensure examination) by reason of my citizenship. 6. My civil status is Single, I was married on N/A in N/A My wife's/husband's name is N/A and she/he was born on N/A in N/A. She/he is a citizen or subject of N/A and presently resides N/A . (place of residence) 7. I am legally separated from my spouse; my marriage was annulled, per decree of legal separation/annulment dated N/A granted by N/A. (please indicate the particular court which granted the same). I am a widower/widow and my spouse died on N/A in N/A. 8. I have N/A child/children, whose names, dates and places of birth and residences are as follows: Name

Date of Birth


Place of Birth


Environment 2005 2008 2002 2007 2009 2005 2012 2013 2012 2001 2011 2016

Type of Authorization Food and/or Feed 2005 2003 2008 2002 2004 2006 (Food), 2006 (Feed) 2006 (Food), 2006 (Feed) 2015 (Food) 2002 (Food), 2003 (Feed) 2002 (Food), 2004 (Feed) 2013 2003 2003 2017 (Food) 2011 2002 2014 (Feed) 2003 (Food), 2017 (Feed) 2001 2011 2016

The public is hereby invited to submit their comments to the BPI Director (within 60 days from the date of publication) on the Proposed Commercial Propagation of TC1507 maize. Director Bureau of Plant Industry San Andres, Malate, Manila Telephone Number:404-0409 loc. 202/203 Approved for Publication

GEORGE Y. CULASTE Director Bureau of Plant and Industry Date:

9. I received my primary and secondary education from the following public schools or private educational institutions duly recognized by the Department of Education, Culture and Sports (DECS), where Philippine history, government and civics are taught and prescribed as part of the school curriculum and where enrollment is not limited to any race or nationality:

Name of School

Place of School Humpty Dumpty School 15 East Capital Drive, Kapitolyo, Metro Manila Creative Learning School 52 Sta Rosa St.,Bgy Kapitolyo, Pasig Our Own English High Muwailih, School UAE Saint Paul College, Pasig St. Paul Rd., Brgy Ugong, Pasig City University of the East 2219 Recto Ave., Sampaloc, Manila

Dates of Highest Grade Study Completed 2000-2001 Kinder 1


Kinder 2


Grade 1-Grade 2


Grade 34th Year High School


Bachelor’s Degree

10. I am able to read, write and speak Filipino and/or any of the following dialects of the Philippines: Filipino-Tagalog. 11. I have enrolled my minor children of school age in the following public schools or private educational institutions duly recognized by the Department of Education, Culture and Sports (DECS), where Philipine History, government and civics are taught and prescribed as part of the school curriculum and where enrollment is not limited to any race or nationality:

Name of Child

14. My character witnesses are Danielle Villanueva Bangato and Perla Dela Pena Jocson both Filipino citizens, of legal age, and residing at 7953 Teka St., San Antonio Village, Makati and 149 Scout De Guia, Brgy. Sacred Heart, Diliman, Quezon City respectively, who have executed sworn statements attached hereto in support of my instant petition, together with: (a) brief biographical data about themselves; (b) detailed statements on the dates they first came to know me, the circumstances of our initial acquaintance and the reasons and extent of our continuing familiarity; and (c) the number of times they have acted as character witnesses in other petitions for naturalization. 15. Attached hereto as annexes and made part of this petition are the duplicate originals or certified photocopies of the following documents (please check the appropriate box): [ / ] a. Petitioner's birth certificate [ / ] b. Petitioner's alien certificate of registration (ACR) [ ] c. Petitioner's native-born certificate of residence (NBCR) [ ] d. Petitioner's marriage certificate, if married [ ] e. Death certificate of his/her spouse, if widowed [ ] f. Court decree annulling his/her marriage or granting legal separation, if such was the fact [ ] g. Birth certificates of petitioner's minor children [ ] h. ACRs of petitioner's minor children [ ] i. NBCRs of petitioner's minor children [ ] j. Affidavits of financial capacity by the petitioner, duly supported by bank certifications, passbooks, stock certificates, or proof of ownership of other properties [ / ] k. Affidavits of at least two (2) credible witnesses who must be Filipino citizens of good reputation in petitioner's place of residence [ / ] l. Medical certificate from a government hospital stating that petitioner is not suffering from mental alienation or a user of prohibited drugs or otherwise a drug dependent and that he/she is not afflicted with acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), or any incurable contagious disease. [ / ] m. School diploma and transcript of records of the petitioner from the school/s he or she attended in the Philippines [ ] n. Certifications stating that petitioner's minor children are enrolled in public schools or private educational institutions duly recognized by the DECS, where Philippine history, government and civics are taught and prescribed as part of the school curriculum and where enrollment is not limited to any race or nationality [ ] o. Petitioner's income tax returns for the past three years [ ] p. Petitioner's receipts of payment of income tax for the past three years 16. Other documents submitted by the petitioner in support of his/her petition: Clearance (NBI, Barangay, MTC, RTC, Police, Office of Prosecutor) PRAYER WHEREFORE, it is respectfully prayed that petitioner be conferred Philippine citizenship pursuant to the provisions of Republic Act No, 9139. Dated at Makati City, Metro Manila, this 7th day of MARCH, 2017.

Countries Where Approvals Have Been Granted Country Argentina Australia / New Zealand Brazil Canada China Colombia European Union Honduras Indonesia Japan Korea Malaysia Mexico Paraguay Philippines Russia Singapore South Africa Switzerland Taiwan United States Uruguay Vietnam

I am not opposed to organized government or affiliated with any association or group of persons who uphold and teach doctrines opposing all organized governments. I am not defending or teaching the necessity or propriety of violence, personal assault or assassination for the success and predominance of one's ideas. I am not a polygamist nor a believer in the practice of polygamy. I have not been convicted of any crime involving moral turpitude. I am not suffering from mental alienation or from any incurable contagious disease. The country of which I am a citizen or subject is not at war with the Philippines and grants to Filipinos the right to be naturalized citizens or subjects thereof. 13. It is my true and honest intention to become a citizen of the Philippines and to renounce absolutely and forever all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state or sovereignty, and, particularly, to Pakistan of which at this time I am a citizen or subject. I will reside continuously in the Philippines from the date of the filing of this petition up to the time of my admission to Philippine citizenship.

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Tel: +63 2 8191986; Fax +63 2 8402352 Email address:

The PVF chief added that, along with the honor of serving the youth in the Batang Pinoy, “we look forward to meeting the new friends we’ve made under the PVF’s own program.” The PVF, through its chairman Mikey Arroyo and Tanduay Sports, have been going around the country to provide young volleyball players sport equipment. So far, the PVF has provided less privileged but young players, through their respective schools, some 50,000 volleyballs and hundreds of nets “so that even athletes from far flung areas will learn the basics of volleyball.” “We’ll meet again, in Baguio City, and there they will see how the PVF conducts a good volleyball competition,” added Cantada.

traditions and ideals of the Filipino people. I have all the qualifications and none of the disqualifications under Republic Act No. 9139.

001508 TODAY

Pioneer Hi-Bred Philippines, Inc. Dow AgroSciences Philippines 2.

Enriquez scores PPS Zamboanga tennis sweep


Name and Place of School

NEHA MOTIANI Name and Signature of Petitioner Address: Icon Residences 26th St., 3rd Ave. Tower 2 Unit 14 DE, BGC Telephone Number: 502-7182

Right Thumbmark of Petitioner

Petitioner's signature and right thumbmark

REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES) CITY/MUNICIPALITY OF MANILA) S.S. I, NEHA MOTIANI of legal age and a resident of Icon Residences 26th St.Tower 2, BGC, Taguig after being duly sworn, depose and say that I am the petitioner herein, that I have read the foregoing petition and know the foregoing petition and known the contents thereof, and that the same is true of my own knowledge. NEHA MOTIANI Name and Signature of Petitioner SUBCRIBED AND SWORN to before me at Pasig City, this 16 day of April 2018.

Date of Enrollment


(MS-SEPT. 12, 2018)

12. I shall never be a public charge. I am of good moral character. I believe in the principles underlying the Philippine Constitution. I have conducted myself in a proper and irreproachable manner during the entire period of my residence in the Philippines in my relations with the constituted government as well as with the community in which I am living. I mingled socially with Filipinos and have evinced a sincere desire to learn and embrace the customs,

(MS-SEPTEMBER 5/12/19, 2018)



Riera U. Mallari, Editor Reuel Vidal, Assistant Editor


GSIS Furies surprise Responders in UNTV Cup Games Sunday (Pasig City Sports Center) 2 p.m. – AFP vs DOJ 3:30 p.m. – Malacanang vs Ombudsman 5 p.m. – Judiciary vs NHA

THE GSIS Furies rode on the impressive all-around games of James Abugan and Rene Boy Banzali to stun the Philippine Responders, 87-83, in the 7th UNTV Cup held over the weekend at the Pasig City Sports in Pasig City. Abugan erupted for 31 points aside from grabbing 10 boards, while Banzali chipped in 27 points in leading the Furies to a big win in the annual tournament offering P4 million to the chosen charity of the champion and P2 million to the runner-up. With the duo scoring almost at will, the Furies erased a 65-60 deficit early in the payoff period on the way to tying the defending titlists the Senate Defenders for the early Group A in the event organized by UNTV president and CEO Daniel Razon. The loss was a bitter pill to swallow for the Responders, who led most of the game only to crumble in the crunch—no thanks to GSIS’s air-tight defense. Former University of the East player Ollan Omiping led the Responders with 21 points. In a Group B match, the Agriculture Food Masters spoiled the debut of PhilHealth Plus with a 105-95 win. The Food Masters of Sec. Manny Pinol started slow, but pulled their acts together to launch a massive run in the second half through the sniping of former UST start Emerson Oreta. Oreta banged in 23 points—the bulk coming in the fourth period that greatly helped change the momentum of the game.

Young guns star in Bike King Duathlon CLARK GLOBAL CITY—Philippine duathlon’s young guns raced head-tohead from start to finish of the Bike King Duathlon, participated in by some 850 athletes on Sunday. Male 18-24 age groupers Xy James Dacayanan (Team Podium BF Baguio) and Reymart Songco (Fit. ph) staged an exciting race as the two kept pace with each other in the 1st leg, a 6-km run through Clark Global City. Songco slid into the chute after the 60-km bike along SCTex faster than Dacayanan, but his extra seconds in transition and on the 4-km r un leg gave his rival a full minute’s advantage. Dacayanan claimed 1st place in his age group, and the top honor of being the fastest overall male with an astounding finish of 2 hours, 16 minutes and 46 seconds. Songco clocked in a full minute after to settle for 2nd place in his age group and as overall male finisher. Rounding the podium for 3rd fastest male was Ronald Molit (, also named the champion of the 35-39 age group. On the ladies’ side, Jayline Balatibat (Herbalife) blitzed in at 2:37:30 to claim overall fastest female honors and 1st place in the female 30-34 category. Second fastest overall female was Jennifer Soto (Tri Delta), who cruised to the finish two minutes after and took 1st place in her 40-44 age group. Fellow age grouper and national triathlon team coach Ani de Leon Brown, fresh from the Asian Games and preparing for her 3rd Ironman World Championship bid in Hawaii was hot on Soto’s heels to claim 3rd fastest overall female.

GSIS’ James Patrick Abugan (14) was hailed as the Best Player of the Game during the PNP Responders-GSIS Furies’ UNTV Cup game. Abugan put up a massive 31 points, 10 rebounds, 2 steals and a block to help playing coach Rene “Boy” Banzali notch its first win.

Monsour wants PH bets to prepare early By Peter Atencio


HE task of assembling a competitive Philippine national delegation will take place 14 months before the start of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. Makati Rep. Monsour del Rosario, who has been named as the Team Pilipinas’ Chef de Mission is all set to go into talks with various heads of national sports associations in the coming month. “Ang request ko at panawagan ko sa lahat ng mga officials ng NSAs ay magsama-sama sila at magtulungan sa pagkuha ng pinakamagaling na atleta,” said Del Rosario, who is currently the secretary general of the Philippine Taekwondo Association. He believes that there will enough time for the Philippines to prepare for games. The last time the Philippines hosted the games in 2005, it took the overall championship. “For the glory of the country, I hope to meet on the NSAs on the composition of the Philippine

delegation,” added Del Rosario. He said he will take on the task of assembling the Philippine delegation, while he is about to get busy with the 2019 national elections. Del Rosario was invited to run for Senator by officials of the PDP-Laban last Aug. 31. PDP-Laban party president and Senator Koko Pimentel and Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez have recently met with Del Rosario, asking him to join their ticket. He will ask two or three other NSA leaders to join him in supervising the formation and preparation of the national delegation when he does get involved in the coming polls this March. By next month, Del Rosario said he will be ready to plunge into a series of meetings and appoint sports leaders who can join him in monitoring the progress of the training and preparations of many athletes.

Subterranean Ideas’ Matt Ardina, project manager; Vittaya Viboonterawud, Director for Commercial Fuel and Lubricants, PTT Philippines; Piyapoom Seechang, Business Development Executive, PTT Philippines; and race director Glenndale Atmosfera display the running singlets to be used in the PTT Run for Clean Energy Year 2 on Sept. 16 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines Grounds. Peter Paul Duran

Tamaraws to bank on Stockton Games Today (Araneta Coliseum) 2 p.m. UST vs FEU 4 p.m. UP vs Ateneo

FOR a team that prides itself team defense, the Far Eastern University Tamaraws have found someone whom they can also rely on offense. And that’s sophomore wingmen Alec Stockton, who provided the needed plays that allowed the Tamaraws to keep their game close with the La Salle Green Archers before posting a 68-61 triumph last Sunday. The Tams will get to see how the 6’2” Stockton will fare when they meet the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers at 2 p.m. today in the 81st University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball tournament at the Araneta Coliseum. “Alec’s role is to provide energy off the bench. And he’s one of the guys we can rely on defense. But against La Salle, the spark came from his offense,” said FEU coach Olsen Racela. Stockton only had nine points in their game with the Green Archers. But his basket in the last 7:17 of the period kept FEU in the thick of the fight with La Salle as the score was tied at 50-all. Stockton, a Fil-Am cager from Queens, New York, will again be around to lend a hand to main men Arvin Tolentino, Ken Tuffin and Axel Inigo in their bid to claim their second straight win. The University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons will seek to add a second win to their record when they meet the defending champion Ateneo Blue Eagles at 4 p.m. The Maroons, who took charge under the boards in the third period and outplayed the University of the East Warriors, 87-58, hope to get more out of Juan Gomez de Liano and Nigerian big man Akhuetie Bright. De Liano led with 16 points and he took turns under the boards with Bright, who had 15 points and 16 rebounds. The Blue Eagles will try to pick themselves up from a 70-74 setback they suffered in the hands of the Adamson Falcons. Peter Atencio

Part of run proceeds set for PTT environment projects Rookie Draft listup now open AS part of its Corporate Social Responsibility efforts, the PTT Run for Clean Energy Year 2 is allotting a portion of its proceeds for the environmental programs of the PTT Philippines Foundation. This was announced by Vittaya Viboonterawud, Director for Commercial Fuel and Lubricants, PTT Philippines and Piyapoom Seechang, Business Development Executive, PTT Philippines during their guesting at the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum at the Tapa King Restaurant in Cubao, where they promoted their advocacy run set on Sept. 16 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines Grounds. “PTT plays an active role in the community and has been an advocate of efforts to preserve the environment. For years, we conduct mangrove planting and do livelihood assistance program thru shrimps and crabs dispersal as part of our community development program and environmental advocacies,” said Viboonterawud. “We’re glad that we can continue these advocacies with

the boost from the Run for Clean Energy.” Registration for the run is ongoing until Sept. 13 at Chris Sports Outlets at SM Manila, SM Mall of Asia and SM North Edsa. Onsite registration is also available an hour before the race categories. Interested runners may also call tel. nos. 09186002411 (Smart), 09953248315 (Globe) and landline 9759584 for more details. Backed by PTT Lubricants, Cafe Amazon, Wish 107.5, Chris Sports, Milcu, Leslie’s Corp., ChloRelief, Lubie, Coca-Cola, La Filipina, Emilio Aguinaldo College, Maynilad, Herbalife, Vegemore, Science in Sport, Medicard Foundation, Ripples Daily, Gold Seas, Maynilad, Business Mirror and Business Mirror Health and Fitness Magazine, Village Connect, Philippine School of Business Administration, Mariano Marcos High School Batch ‘91 and St. Dominic College, the run will have a Gadgets Galore Raffle, where runners have a chance to win smartphones, home camera, headphones, bluetooth speakers, watches and many more.

FIL-FOREIGN players eyeing to enter the coming PBA Rookie Draft will have until next month to submit their applications and requirements to become eligible for the Dec. 16 proceedings. The league has set Oct. 26 as the deadline for foreign-bred players to complete their papers, before the issuance of a preliminary list of prospective draftees and submission to member teams are made three days after. Contestability period on the eligibility of Fil-Am draftees will be from Oct. 30 to Nov. 29. Meanwhile, local born applicants take their turn submitting their respective applications and requirements by Dec. 3. On the same date, the league will also issue the final list of eligible Fil-foreign players to the draft. A week after, all applicants will participate in the traditional Draft Combine slated on Dec. 12 and 13. The final list of draft applicants for the league’s 45th season will be issued by Dec. 14. Commissioner Willie Marcial will preside over the ceremony in the first draft proceedings under his watch. Last year, Fil-German Christian Standhardinger emerged as the consensus no. 1 overall draft pick.


Meralco unit warns of tight power supply

MERALCO PowerGen Corp. warned of a possible tight power supply by 2024. Meralco PowerGen senior vice president Chrysogonus Herrera said, “without new builds, supply tightens by 2024” as ongoing construction of brownfield power plants could only meet demand until 2023. “Because hydro capacity thins out as demand peaks in the second quarter of each year, the exiting capacity is barely sufficient to meet demand by 2021,” Herrera said in a presentation during the recent PowerTrends 2018 forum. He said the ongoing construction of power plants such as the 500-megawatt San Buenaventura, 300-MW Masinloc and 600-MW Diningin coal-fired power plants would meet demand until 2023. “Really we need to get new builds started now,” he said. Herrera said about 25 power supply contracts for 3,640 megawatts of capacity were awaiting approval at the Energy Regulatory Commission. “Of the 89 PSAs submitted to ERC in March and April 2016, there remains 25 PSAs for 3,640 MW of contract capacity whose pending approval prevents the financing and construction of associated new projects,” he said. Alena Mae S. Flores


Solon leads Manila masterplan campaign

MANILA 6th District Rep. Sandy Ocampo launched the Manila Masterplan Movement which aims to address the inadequate infrastructure in the capital city. Ocampo said Manila was the nation’s most densely populated city, and the fourth most densely populated city in the world, based on the report of the World Economic Forum. Ocampo said the movement would be a comprehensive long-term initiative to address Manila’s most urgent and chronic issues through urban planning and strategic infrastructure rehabilitation and development. An architect by profession, Ocampo studied urban planning at UCLA. “I can’t do this alone. This is why we are launching the Manila Masterplan Movement. Through this social activism, we will harness the energy, goodwill, and vitality of all those who love Manila. We hope you will support us through the days ahead,” he said. The extreme overcrowding in the city has resulted in a host of problems such as traffic, crime, poor sanitation, pollution, difficult waste management, flooding, vagrancy, and many other problems that are the bane of all other highly urbanized areas of the world. “We need a masterplan that will rehabilitate roads and other essential structures, preserve and restore historic and heritage sites, and design and redesign Manila for optimum living,” Ocampo said.

THE Civil Aeronautics Board issued guidelines and matrix for the reimposition of airline fuel surcharge amid costlier jet fuel prices. The CAB said in a resolution the fuel surcharge for passengers of one-way domestic flights would range between P34 and P769, while those flying overseas would be charged P163 to P9,680, depending on the destination and the prevailing jet fuel prices. “The applicable fuel surcharge will be determined based on the two-month average of jet fuel MOPS prices in its peso per liter equivalent, and will be fixed for two months,” the CAB said. “If the two-month price average of jet fuel per liter falls below P21, no fuel surcharge will be collected,” it added.

SECURITY BANK LENDS P875M. Security Bank Corp. signs a P875-million, five-year fixed-term loan agreement with Phinma Group’s cement unit to partially fund the construction of PhilCement’s cement terminal in Mariveles, Bataan. Shown signing the agreement are (from left) Security Bank senior vice president Yvonne Joanna Marcelo, executive vice president and wholesale banking segment head Eduardo Olbes, president and chief executive Alfonso Salcedo Jr., PhilCement president and chief executive Eduardo Sahagun, chairman Victor Del Rosario and treasurer and drector Roberto Lavina.

Soaring imports push trade deficit to $22.49b S By Julito G. Rada

OARING imports and sluggish exports widened the country’s trade deficit to $3.55 billion in July and $22.49 billion in the first seven months, data from the Philippine Statistics Authority show.

The PSA said merchandise imports jumped 31.6 percent in July to hit $9.4 billion from $7.14 billion a year ago. Exports grew by only 0.3 percent to $5.85 billion in July from $5.83 billion in the same period last year. This widened the July trade deficit by 171 percent to $3.55 billion from $1.31-billion shortfall a year earlier. The trade deficit in January to July also hit $22.49 billion, significantly higher than $13.055-billion a year ago. The widening trade deficit was blamed for the country’s deteriorating balance of payments and the depreciation of the peso against the US dollar. Economic Planning Secretary and

National Economic and Development Authority director-general Ernesto Pernia cited the need for exports to catch up with imports growth. “As the global trade situation becomes less encouraging, improving the overall climate for export development becomes all the more indispensable. Thus, the government needs to fasttrack the crafting of the Ease of Doing Business Act’s implementing rules and regulations,” Pernia said in a statement. Data showed that total merchandise trade reached almost $100 billion in seven months, or 7.7 percent higher than the same period in 2017. This can be attributed to the 15.7-percent cumulative growth in imports, making up 61.2 percent of total trade, Pernia said. Merchandise imports grew by nearly a third in July, driven by import of capital goods, raw materials and intermediate goods, which posted hefty growth, indicating continuing investment for higher productivity. Exports continued its recovery, albeit minimally, as forest and mineral products propped up total exports growth. Pernia said the World Trade Outlook Indicator pointed toward a continued

Data from CAB showed that jet fuel prices went up by 25 percent to $85.16 per barrel in April from $63.66 a barrel in the same period last year. “Airline fuel surcharge is an optional fee, imposed and collected by airlines to recover fuel costs and stem losses caused by an upward spike in fuel cost,” CAB said. The agency said fuel surcharge is not a part of the basic airfare and may be reduced or removed depending on the price of jet fuel in the market, in accordance with prevailing international practice. It said jet fuel cost is the largest expense by an airline operator and as a global practice, airlines, “due to competition prefer to charge fuel surcharge separately rather than increase fares when fuel prices surge.”

The CAB resolution, which will take effect immediately, said that infants without seats are exempt from the fuel surcharge. The CAB suspended the imposition of fuel surcharge in all domestic and international flights in 2015 because of lower jet fuel prices. Cebu Air Inc., the company behind Cebu Pacific, earlier asked the CAB to approve a fuel surcharge amounting to P70 to P280 for domestic flights and $6 to $26 for international flights. Philippine Airlines asked the CAB to approve P282 worth of fuel surcharge each way for Luzon to Luzon and Visayas routes; P405 for Luzon to Mindanao routes; and P158 for Visayas to Visayas routes. PAL seeks to impose a fuel surcharge of P222 for Mindanao to Visayas/Mindanao routes.

slowdown in trade in the third quarter. The slowdown in activity was attributed to rising trade barriers, moderating growth in China, higher energy prices, and elevated policy uncertainty. He said the bilateral trade war between the US and China resulted in a growing coverage of tariff levies throughout the year, with both countries already imposing additional 25 percent tariff on $50 billion worth of goods each. “Trade war fears have weighed on business sentiment, and we now see softer global activity. With a resolution unlikely in the short term, the dispute is expected to dampen growth in both economies and drag down growth in the wider global economy,” he said. Pernia said to boost exports,there was a need to promote forward and backward linkages. This is through projects such as the Agribusiness Support for Promotion and Investment in Regional Expositions, which integrates marketing development support services to farmers, fisherfolk and MSMEs, and linking exporters to sources of export financing. He said the high cost of domestic and international shipping and cargo handling also needed to be addressed.

CROWNINVESTMENTS Holdings Inc. and Desco Inc. said Tuesday the investment and management contract with the Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative Inc. is now in full effect. Zamcelco proceeded with the general membership meeting that approved the P2.5billion bid of Crowninvestmetns and Desco. “With the contract now in full effect, Crowninvestments and Desco now manage the operations of the cooperative responsible for electricity distribution in Zamboanga City,” the parties said in a statement. Zamcelco has been saddled with debt and mismanagement issues that resulted in a power crisis in the city, with frequent rotating power outages and millions of pesos wasted in systems losses. “The Crown-Desco joint venture will be able to pay off the coop’s P1.5-billion debt, as well as upgrade electrical


facilities that caused 23% systems loss for years,” it said. The joint venture’s returns on the contract will depend on performance-based targets such as the National Electrification Administration-approved systems loss and collection efficiency ratings. “Through their approval of the contract, Zamboanguenos―especially the 20,000 in attendance at the general membership meeting―have made clear that the joint venture is welcomed in the city where the power crisis continues to affect 128,000 households with rotating brownouts,” it said. The joint venture said its bid to manage the operations of the Zamcelco was aimed at immediately solving the financial woes of the cooperative which handles the distribution of electricity in Zamboanga City. “The offer is really good for Zamcelco. An offer that perhaps you cannot refuse,” said NEA administrator Edgardo Masongsong earlier.

JAPAN’S Universal Entertainment Corp. prepares for the backdoor listing of its local subsidiary that operates integrated resort and casino Okada Manila, after acquiring a majority stake in listed company Asiabest Group International. Asiabest Group said in a disclosure to the stock exchange its shareholders signed a deal with Tiger Resort Asia Ltd. for the sale of two-thirds of the company for P646 million. Under the agreement, shareholders of Asiabest Group will sell 200 million shares to Tiger Resort by way of special block sale slated on Nov. 18. Tiger Resort, a unit of Universal Entertainment that operates the $2.4-billion Okada Manila, will conduct a tender offer prior to the closing date of the transaction. The Philippine Stock Exchange immediately implemented a trading suspension on Asiabest Group’s shares, as the deal was covered by the backdoor listing rule of the local bourse. “Given the foregoing, the exchange will implement a trading suspension on ABG shares effective at 9 a.m. September 11, 2018, pending the company’s compliance with the comprehensive corporate disclosure set forth in the backdoor listing rule,” the PSE said. From a 52-week low of P15.70 on Nov. 16, 2017, share price of Asiabest Group climbed to a 52-week high of P46 per share Monday. Okada Manila is the third integrated resort and casino to open in Entertainment City after Bloomberry Resort’s Solaire Resort & Casino and Melco Crown’s City of Dreams. Both Bloomberry and Melco were listed with the PSE through backdoor listing. Melco, however, announced plans to delist its shares from the local bourse. Universal Entertainment earlier said it was preparing to take Tiger Resort public in 2019 to accelerate its growth and raise its name recognition. Universal Entertainment also reported that Okada Manila posted net sales of 21.64 billion yen (P10.09 billion) and operating loss of 3.020 billion yen (P1.5 billion) in the first half.

Peso depreciates to 53.94 a dollar as global trade war spawns volatility THE peso plunged to a new 13-year low against the US dollar Tuesday, amid the country’s widening trade deficit and exacerbated by the current global trade war and other external developments. The peso lost six centavos to close at 53.94 a dollar, down from 53.88 Monday. It was the local currency’s weakest finish in almost 13 years, or since it settled at 53.985 on Dec. 7, 2005. Finance Undersecretary Gil Beltran said contributing to the weakness of the peso was the Federal Reserve monetary normalization that proped up the dollar against other currencies. “The Philippine peso has been moving in tandem with Asian currencies amid severe exchange rate volatility spawned by the global trade war, the Turkey-Argentina crisis and the Fed monetary normalization,”

Beltran said in an economic bulletin. He said year-to-date, the peso depreciated 7.39 percent, ranking third among 12 currencies of the fastest-growing Asian countries. The most depreciated currencies were Indian rupee which dropped 11.7 percent and Indonesian rupiah which declined 9 percent. Other Asian currencies which depreciated this year were the Chinese yuan (down 4.97 percent), Korean won (down 4.46 percent) and Taiwan dollar (3.46 percent). Beltran said that since July 31, emerging markets were the target of adverse hot money movements as contagion spread from problems in Turkey and Argentina. Beltran said the Philippine peso depreciated by 0.82 percent since then, ranking fifth among eight Asian countries whose currencies depreciated. Julito G. Rada

F OREIGN E XCHANGE R ATE Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas

Zamcelco approves P2.5-b capital infusion By Alena Mae S. Flores


By Jenniffer B. Austria

CAB approves higher fares for foreign and domestic flights By Darwin G. Amojelar

Okada operator acquires listed firm for P646m

PNOC eyes deal for Malampaya gas

STATE-RUN Philippine National Oil Co. said it is now eyeing a negotiated deal for the sale of the Malampaya banked gas, following two failed attempts to attract bidders. PNOC president Reuben Lista said he was authorized by the board to enter into comprehensive discussions/negotiations with prospective buyers of the banked gas at a rate below the Ilijan gas price. “The results of such discussions/negotiations shall be reported back to the board for guidance,” Lista said. The Malampaya gas project currently sells its natural gas output to the Ilijan power plant for $6.616 per gigajoules. PNOC earlier sought out bids for 97.67 petajoules of banked gas or unutilized gas from the Malampaya gas project. The PNOC board also approved the conduct of another round of publication without setting a specific deadline for the submission of offers. “This is to allow multiple offers to come in until such time that the proposal[s] with the most advantageous terms to PNOC is/are received,” Lista said. Lista said he was hoping that the negotiated sale would generate around $700 million for PNOC. Alena Mae S. Flores

Ray S. Eñano, Editor Roderick T. dela Cruz, Assistant Editor

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

BUSINESS MATCHING. The Department of International Trade Promotion in Thailand and Thai Trade Center in Manila brought 13 companies from Thailand to network with distributors, wholesalers and importers in the Philippines during Thailand-Philippines Business Matching Event and Networking on Aug. 23, 2018 at Dusit Thani Hotel, Makati City. Shown are (from left) Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines Inc. president Rommel Guittierrez, Thai Trade Center, Manila director Khankhanit Amphuprapa and Siam Mariwasa Ceramics Inc. vice president Jakkrit Suwansilp.



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Market extends losses; SBC rise


TOCKS fell for a fifth day, dragging the benchmark index to a month low, amid regional concerns over the trade war between the US and China.

The Philippine Stock Exchange index, the 30-company bellwether, dropped 78 points, or 1 percent, to close at 7,518.01 Tuesday. It was also down 12.2 percent since the start of the year. The heavier index, representing all shares, also tumbled 43 points, or 0.9 percent, to settle at 4,597.28, on a value turnover of P5.4 billion. Losers outnumbered gainers, 150 to 58, while 42 issues were unchanged. Only three of the 29 most active stocks ended in the green, led by Security Bank Corp. which climbed 1.5 percent to P193. Globe Telecom Inc. gained 0.8 percent to

P2,120, while power retailer Manila Electric Co. rose 0.3 percent to P380. Meanwhile, Asian investors trod uneasily on Tuesday as concerns over trade and emerging markets drag on confidence but the pound held on to gains after the European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator’s optimistic remarks. Donald Trump ramped up the ChinaUS tariffs row late last week by threatening to tax all imports from the Asian giant, sending equities further into the red Monday. While some investors are returning to pick up bargain stocks, the ongoing worry about a possible full-blown trade war between the world’s top two economies is keeping a lid on prices. Hong Kong fell 0.4 percent in the afternoon and is now almost 20 percent down from its record touched in January putting it close to a bear market. Shanghai ended down 0.2 percent around lows not seen since January 2016.

Singapore lost 0.4 percent and Seoul dropped 0.2 percent. Manila shed more than one percent. However, Tokyo rose 1.3 percent as exporters were supported by a weaker yen, Sydney was up 0.6 percent and Wellington surged two percent. In early European trade London, Paris and Frankfurt each fell 0.2 percent. Dealers are also awaiting developments in Argentina, which is holding talks with the International Monetary Fund on accessing bailout cash as it looks to avert an all-out crisis. The country’s troubles, along with worries in Turkey and South Africa, have led to concerns of contagion in other emerging markets or even the global economy. On currency markets, sterling held up after surging Monday on the back of comments from EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier that lifted hopes Britain will leave the bloc with some sort of di-

vorce deal. He said it was “realistic” to expect an agreement within the next eight weeks, with Britain slated to leave early next year. “Barnier’s optimism helped trigger a sterling relief rally as the markets were buying back volumes of short sterling position,” said Stephen Innes, head of Asia-Pacific trade at Oanda, adding that a deal could lead to a possible increase in interest rates. “This positive shift could have a significant central bank effect over the medium term as it’s thought that a Brexit deal is a big piece of the EU puzzle that has been keeping both Bank of England and the European Central Bank on a defensive back.” However, there is some unease about an ongoing row within the ruling Conservative party over Brexit that is causing uncertainty about Prime Minister Theresa May’s political future. With AFP




FINANCIALS 86.9 3,606,790 2.59 20,000 118 1,802,240 1.68 88,000 30.7 48,200 16.44 100 13.38 675,800 4.1 342,000 8.64 900 0.62 52,000 1.7 910,000 815 50 0.54 1,062,000 69 3,463,110 1 3,040,000 11.6 1,300 21 400 45.3 367,000 192 460 104.6 220 83.3 100 27.25 99,100 193 788,700 1,811 50 74 31,730 1.18 31,000

311,220,305 50,520 211,354,068 143,170 1,478,605 1,644 9,140,130 1,382,380 7,780 32,690 1,584,610 40,750 572,760 238,848,862.50 3,083,240 15,078 8,400 16,720,660 88,515 23,058 8,330 2,718,455 150,111,878 90,550 2,382,437.50 36,630

-106,309,621.50 -110,981,453 -34,620 -604,790 -1,912,864 21,060 -82,354,106.00 15,840 7,534,935 -1,119,705 10,040,831 1,542,175.50 -

36.2 16.7 1.07 1.18 0.216 3.02 13.8 33.9 17.2 42.85 68.2 88.95 1.78 5.15 7.38 10.08 15.62 9.38 7.27 7.04 16.1 64.65 29.85 7.12 11.96 2.11 275.2 50 4.87 3.1 23.95 11.84 17.18 375 6.67 2.04 3.9 8.98 5.35 7.95 0.98 11.2 53.65 5.95 4.8 2.4 3.05 1.68 12.2 93.1 5.61 0.124 1.02 148 2.45 2.16 20 2

INDUSTRIAL 36.6 1,144,100 16.88 404,000 1.13 58,316,000 1.23 485,000 0.224 910,000 3.04 3,678,000 13.8 429,600 34 1,172,600 17.9 30,600 42.95 1,433,100 68.2 650 90 540 1.8 41,000 5.15 5,000 7.38 10,100 10.12 1,125,500 15.62 214,100 9.45 18,700 7.27 90,600 7.06 5,660,800 16.16 1,228,600 64.65 270 29.95 688,800 7.13 68,100 12.14 3,322,400 2.12 477,000 276 358,670 50 205,700 4.87 5,000 3.15 53,000 24.3 702,900 11.92 256,400 17.2 555,000 380 199,780 6.68 16,100 2.06 367,000 3.94 84,000 9 1,116,400 5.45 112,000 8 6,900 1 3,880,000 11.2 25,004,200 53.8 185,130 5.96 37,000 4.83 11,000 2.41 143,000 3.05 20,000 1.68 108,000 12.48 1,381,300 94 512,310 5.68 35,400 0.13 2,420,000 1.02 328,000 149 1,463,310 2.45 26,000 2.26 20,692,000 20 400 2.04 64,390,000

41,609,100 6,797,642 65,855,840 585,820 199,190 11,326,120 5,961,452 39,951,570 543,420 61,622,650 44,356 48,291.50 73,900 25,750 74,571 11,409,842 3,355,012 176,185 662,294 39,958,482 19,837,362 17,516.50 20,606,015 486,135 40,183,010 1,018,670 99,197,660 10,285,000 24,350 164,680 16,974,855 3,058,148 9,573,384 75,750,020 107,533 755,920 330,470 10,049,170 611,333 54,942 3,858,750 280,047,086 9,950,093.50 220,520 53,100 344,410 61,030 182,360 17,206,376 48,147,801.50 200,309 302,560 336,570 218,219,836 63,700 46,451,180 8,000 138,656,820

23,394,635 514,702 -412,390 65,100 4,639,120 -55,586 98,750 -90,375 -900 12,740 -59,811 5,136,796 -761,682 -111,220 -63,426 -35,308,537 -6,402,748 -3,879 17,469,508 7,348,118 31,000 -1,294,750 488,340 -8,342,630 14,248,936 -2,040 -39,400 -479,760 -3,301,300 -3,359,571.50 -47,720 4,800 16,131,144 -3,070,761.50 107,574,220 36,750 1,014,130 289,340

0.42 52.1 13.12 6.02 1.39 1.37 914 6 12.68 7.18 6.5 889.5 5.9 57.25 5.06 0.7 5.03 16.54 0.65 5.35 0.038 1.17 2.65 2.6 175.9 2.59 950 1.44 414.8 298.8 0.335 0.202

0.405 50.85 12.84 6 1.28 1.3 895.5 5.93 12.18 7 5.3 870 5.8 54.6 5.06 0.62 4.81 16.14 0.62 5.11 0.037 1.15 2.6 2.6 172.5 2.59 925 1.4 375 285 0.305 0.201

HOLDING FIRMS 0.415 8,790,000 51 2,179,200 12.84 3,568,300 6.02 29,100 1.31 22,879,000 1.32 4,874,000 895.5 272,690 5.96 7,908,800 12.2 1,779,700 7.18 25,000 5.64 1,500 870 56,570 5.8 21,300 54.6 1,110,140 5.06 9,000 0.65 8,475,000 4.9 1,003,900 16.26 1,296,100 0.63 1,612,000 5.15 17,322,900 0.038 9,500,000 1.17 580,000 2.62 931,000 2.6 2,000 174 301,400 2.59 57,000 950 171,790 1.4 197,000 378 360 285 1,960 0.315 31,380,000 0.201 600,000

3,641,400 112,042,793.50 46,082,258 175,166 30,361,730 6,492,870 245,350,410 47,124,082 21,781,932 175,090 8,512 49,433,845 124,540 61,075,834.50 45,540 5,599,430 4,922,913 21,063,506 1,017,790 89,413,536 360,000 668,760 2,428,260 5,200 52,437,174 147,630 162,085,095 278,990 136,628 563,414 9,796,250 120,800

24,750 -19,767,016.50 511,868 170,366 359,670 -129,670,345 -45,340,258 -14,388,306 -6,578,235 -21,020,126 730,520 -2,917,004 10,880 -20,658,268 -172,700 -26,500 -8,640,649 46,966,050 -53,586 58,650 78,390

7.6 0.96 12.62 2.05 0.72 42.1 3.05 4.53 5.36 0.44 0.93 0.94 0.222 0.44 9 24.5 0.58 1.49 1.2 2.47 4.38 0.68 0.47

7.3 0.94 12.62 2.05 0.71 41.7 2.95 4.45 5.35 0.435 0.9 0.91 0.216 0.41 8.7 23.7 0.57 1.45 1.18 2.12 4.3 0.64 0.455

6,488,072 2,559,740 64,362 8,200 1,932,820 295,927,350 1,519,160 1,704,270 21,948 3,345,050 295,930 2,953,020 1,278,440 21,000 2,168,080 6,559,615 42,310 5,420,500 1,316,480 144,655,360 92,482,840 40,292,650 930,250

-1,509,650 19,170 -149,155,745 -484,140 -485,130 -739,250 -40,123 -1,032,095 -811,970 -11,800 344,760 -46,786,520 -175,690 -







87 2.5 119 1.62 30.8 16.44 13.74 4.06 8.64 0.63 1.72 815 0.54 70 1.02 11.58 21 46.25 197.5 105 83.3 27.85 194 1,811 75.25 1.19

87 2.59 119 1.68 30.8 16.44 13.74 4.12 8.65 0.63 1.84 815 0.55 70 1.05 11.6 21 46.25 197.5 105 83.3 27.85 194 1,811 75.8 1.19

86 2.48 116.6 1.62 30.6 16.44 13.32 3.97 8.64 0.62 1.68 815 0.53 68.5 0.99 11.58 21 45.3 192 104.6 83.3 27.25 189 1,811 73.75 1.18


36.25 16.96 1.07 1.2 0.216 3.14 13.96 34.3 19.26 43 68.35 88.95 1.78 5.15 7.49 10.18 15.8 9.39 7.29 7.05 16.18 65 30.2 7.12 12.56 2.11 278.4 50 4.87 3.11 23.95 12 17.46 379.2 6.71 2.04 3.9 9.04 5.65 8.01 1.02 11.38 54.5 5.95 4.8 2.42 3.06 1.69 12.54 95.3 5.78 0.124 1.03 151 2.45 2.18 20 2.19

36.6 16.96 1.18 1.25 0.229 3.14 13.96 34.6 19.26 43 68.35 90 1.82 5.15 7.49 10.2 15.8 9.78 7.39 7.06 16.3 65 30.3 7.14 12.56 2.19 279 50 4.87 3.17 24.4 12 17.48 380 6.71 2.06 3.99 9.05 5.65 8.01 1.02 11.38 54.5 6 4.83 2.42 3.06 1.7 12.54 95.3 5.78 0.13 1.05 151.2 2.45 2.32 20 2.3


0.405 52.1 13.1 6 1.37 1.37 914 6 12.68 7 5.3 889 5.8 57.25 5.06 0.62 5.03 16.54 0.65 5.35 0.038 1.16 2.65 2.6 175.9 2.59 938 1.44 380 293 0.335 0.202


7.59 0.96 12.62 2.05 0.71 41.9 3.05 4.47 5.35 0.44 0.9 0.94 0.222 0.42 8.91 24.5 0.57 1.49 1.19 2.33 4.35 0.66 0.455










0.46 3.93 21.3 1.99 3.2 37 1.17 7.12 6.25

0.47 4.3 21.3 1.99 3.2 37 1.17 7.12 6.3

0.455 3.86 20.5 1.96 3.19 36.1 1.12 7.03 6.23

0.47 4.19 20.95 1.96 3.2 36.5 1.14 7.04 6.3

1,210,000 5,321,000 1,586,200 131,000 117,000 3,316,200 1,232,000 925,300 1,458,700

558,550 21,652,280 33,136,340 257,720 374,270 121,127,600 1,383,910 6,540,117 9,159,697

-59,150 -1,980,700 -7,737,280 3,190 -58,672,880 57,000.00 -51,266 -4,112,453


13.4 22.65 0.475 0.045 2.48 9.2 0.062 74.1 6.14 6 8.9 23.05 900 2,110 5.5 303.2 3.26 2.11 91.55 12 7.83 0.122 2.89 3.45 14.7 3.92 1.01 18.82 0.435 5.19 6.95 2.7 1.99 1.8 16.34 7.73 10.54 8.9 3.62 109.2 5.05 1,404 0.92 0.4 45 80 8 2.29 0.78 0.6 5.16 0.78 10.6

13.4 23.25 0.485 0.046 2.48 9.22 0.065 74.2 6.14 6.1 8.99 23.9 900 2,120 5.5 315 3.26 2.11 92.5 12 7.83 0.123 2.89 3.77 14.88 3.92 1.03 18.82 0.435 5.24 6.96 2.77 1.99 1.96 17 7.8 10.98 8.9 3.62 109.2 5.05 1,405 0.93 0.405 45 81.75 8.14 2.32 0.78 0.6 5.18 0.78 10.9

13 22.25 0.475 0.045 2.26 8.99 0.062 72 6.14 5.94 8.5 19.02 900 2,104 5.4 303.2 2.65 2.11 91.55 12 7.83 0.12 2.74 3.41 14.68 3.82 1 18.34 0.43 5.02 6.92 2.7 1.66 1.75 16.34 7 10.54 8.8 3.5 106 4.8 1,392 0.89 0.39 44.3 78.6 7.88 2.2 0.75 0.55 5.09 0.76 10.6

SERVICES 13 22.25 0.48 0.045 2.31 8.99 0.064 72 6.14 5.94 8.9 20.8 900 2,120 5.44 315 2.75 2.11 92 12 7.83 0.12 2.81 3.69 14.88 3.85 1.02 18.52 0.43 5.1 6.94 2.74 1.66 1.96 17 7.08 10.98 8.8 3.5 106 4.92 1,392 0.89 0.395 45 80.95 7.88 2.21 0.76 0.56 5.11 0.77 10.8

10,500 92,700 3,660,000 54,600,000 4,782,000 9,264,100 45,930,000 226,060 300 571,700 168,600 223,300 100 57,675 86,200 2,430 12,398,000 3,000 1,849,680 3,300 12,600 2,220,000 9,782,000 78,000 17,100 987,000 524,000 691,500 1,190,000 118,600 3,212,000 255,000 910,000 152,000 500 9,699,000 5,000 1,500 82,000 1,030 772,000 44,420 13,526,000 1,640,000 85,200 161,290 210,500 12,642,000 12,825,000 57,360,000 355,800 1,919,000 2,585,800

138,570 2,133,910 1,745,600 2,462,000 11,160,850 83,900,808 2,924,240 16,315,294.50 1,842 3,426,164 1,484,672 4,631,171 90,000 121,986,380 467,892 762,838 35,530,340 6,330 170,086,929 39,600 98,658 269,570 27,210,230 273,910 251,318 3,800,590 526,650 12,770,882 512,900 606,406 22,296,627 697,630 1,602,310 270,060 8,434 70,367,948 53,932 13,320 288,650 109,484 3,752,940 62,003,045 12,176,590 648,850 3,830,010 13,030,097.50 1,668,077 28,579,740 9,811,240 32,775,270 1,817,171 1,467,170 27,731,760

6,700 58,200 -135,000 312,890 -42,841,386 37,800 -13,402,076.50 -5,990 -40,550 62,100 92,207,870 882,490 140,834,137.50 -6,030 -1,261,170 -877,270 -110,000 -6,646,012.00 -1,826,847 -21,860 -266,250 849,862 35,000 -176,640 -16,462,020 123,540 -11,850 -979,080 -2,965,138 -6,828,220 296,600 -55,970 48,941 -22,323,164


0.0025 1.51 3.4 19 1.2 1.93 7.6 1.96 0.24 0.121 0.128 0.0081 1.37 4.86 1.18 0.7 1.28 0.013 0.012 4.76 4.06 14.4 29.5 0.0079

0.0025 1.52 3.4 19.5 1.2 1.94 7.6 1.96 0.255 0.122 0.128 0.0081 1.38 4.86 1.18 0.75 1.3 0.014 0.012 4.76 4.06 14.44 29.5 0.0079

0.0024 1.5 3.26 18.5 1.2 1.92 7.29 1.94 0.24 0.12 0.127 0.0078 1.34 4.47 1.09 0.66 1.25 0.013 0.011 4.29 4.03 13.46 28.95 0.0075

MINING & OIL 0.0025 156,000,000 1.5 2,069,000 3.26 20,000 19.5 10,000 1.2 3,000 1.92 1,522,000 7.29 2,400 1.95 1,465,000 0.25 4,850,000 0.12 15,640,000 0.127 680,000 0.0078 20,000,000 1.34 241,000 4.48 2,181,000 1.14 75,000 0.66 8,787,000 1.28 3,917,000 0.013 26,400,000 0.012 36,100,000 4.48 600,000 4.04 658,000 13.68 2,285,900 29.1 1,004,400 0.0075 10,000,000

383,100 3,110,270 66,580 188,550 3,600 2,930,290 17,544 2,851,800 1,211,700 1,880,110 86,960 157,500 323,810 10,002,970 83,010 6,215,210 5,025,970 343,600 416,700 2,696,220 2,658,560 31,565,212 29,201,045 77,400

-3,260 -95,000 249,600 932,580 -1,835,160 -23,140 -163,800 92,460 -1,656,510 -817,288 -21,361,850 -


24 101.5 101.7 104.9 499 5.35 950 99.6 1.03 100 1,011 1,010 99.6 76.35 79.1 75 75.2 75.6 76

24 101.5 101.7 104.9 499 5.35 951 99.6 1.03 100 1,011 1,010 99.6 77.25 79.1 75 75.2 75.6 76

21.3 101.5 101.6 104.9 499 5.25 950 99.5 1.03 100 1,011 1,010 99.5 76.35 79.05 75 75.2 75.6 76

PREFERRED 21.4 212,900 101.5 4,900 101.6 40 104.9 80 499 20 5.25 55,600 951 2,020 99.5 2,650 1.03 64,000 100 760 1,011 500 1,010 520 99.5 1,240 77.25 900,130 79.05 10,220 75 8,690 75.2 29,580 75.6 39,000 76 400

5,005,370 497,350 4,065 8,392 9,980 294,400 1,919,020 263,685 65,920 76,000 505,500 525,200 123,480 68,725,042.50 807,896.50 651,750 2,224,416 2,948,400 30,400

-812,970 -289,150 -





WARRANTS 2.5 244,000




6.4 2.88 2.57

6.4 2.88 2.59

6.24 2.85 2.44

6.27 2.85 2.45

24,514,691 28,640 5,429,700

-747,537 -71,240











PROPERTY 7.6 0.94 12.62 2.05 0.71 41.85 2.95 4.53 5.36 0.44 0.93 0.93 0.222 0.44 8.73 23.8 0.58 1.46 1.18 2.34 4.3 0.66 0.455

860,300 2,713,000 5,100 4,000 2,719,000 7,072,700 511,000 379,000 4,100 7,620,000 326,000 3,208,000 5,830,000 50,000 244,900 274,300 73,000 3,700,000 1,108,000 63,204,000 21,429,000 60,773,000 2,030,000






















3,891,000 10,000 2,188,000

EXCHANGE TRADED FUNDS 112.6 6,940 10.1



VALUE 1,692.92 (down) 12.85 1,042,790,932.69 FINANCIAL INDUSTRIAL 11,227.99 (down) 91.04 1,377,065,139.24 HOLDING FIRMS 7,396.41 (down) 136.12 1,237,440,582.95 PROPERTY 3,728.90 (down) 13.93 SERVICES 1,510.32 (down0 7.37 807,013,737.12 MINING & OIL 9,447.46 (down) 212.43 806,661,085.28 PSEI 7,518.01 (down) 78.14 101,568,576.14 All Shares Index 4,597.28 (down) 43.43 5,403,297,313.72 Gainers: 58; Losers: 150; Unchanged: 42; Total: 250

SM Prime set to open biggest mall in Bicol By Jenniffer B. Austria

SM PRIME Holdings Inc., one of the largest integrated property developers in Southeast Asia, is set to open this Friday its 71st mall in the country in Legazpi City, Albay. SM Prime said in a disclosure to the stock exchange SM City Legaspi would be the company’s biggest mall in Bicol region with 88,000 square meters of gross floor area. “SM Prime joins the city of Legazpi in bringing fun and adventure to the picturesque province of Albay with the opening of SM City Legazpi. To date, this is the company’s biggest mall in the Bicol Region. Together with SM City Naga in Camarines Sur, this new lifestyle destination in Bicolandia will elevate the malling experience of both the locals and tourists with offerings from top local and global brands,” SM Prime president Jeffrey Lim said. SM City Legazpi will open with 85-percent of space lease-awarded. It has three levels of shopping, dining and entertainment offerings. The mall will feature green architecture, accentuated by a vast glasswalled SM Food Hall that overlooks the splendor of Mayon Volcano, where mall goers get to enjoy craveworthy food choices. The mall will also have SM Cyberzone and six SM Cinemas. SM Prime opened three other malls this year, including SM Center Imus in Cavite, SM City Urdaneta Central in Pangasinan and SM City Telabastagan in Pampanga. SM Prime will open another this year, SM Center Ormoc in Leyte. SM Prime targets to have 9.6 million sqm of shopping mall GFA by end-2018. SM Prime recently unveiled its 2020 Roadmap that involves the continued expansion of its mall, residential, hotels and office developments. It aims to have 10.8 million sqm of GFA of shopping space, 10 office towers of 793,000 sqm of leasable space, 2,460 hotel rooms from 10 projects and 82 residential projects by 2020. SM Prime currently has 1,279 hectares in its land bank in 139 sites.

Smart, Huawei complete first Wifi call in Cebu By Darwin G. Amojelar SMART Communications Inc. and technology partner Huawei Technologies Inc. successfully completed the first voice over Wifi call over a live network in Cebu. VoWifi or Wifi calling allows customers to make and receive calls and text messages over a Wifi connection, such as Smart Wifi and PLDT Home Wifi, by using their smartphone’s native dialer and without having to install a third-party app. Apart from improved calling and messaging experience, Wifi Calling also offers extended network coverage, as customers can make and receive voice calls, as well as video calls, wherever there is Wifi connection. “As we invest in future-proofing our network, we are continuously innovating to add more communication options for our customers,” PLDT and Smart senior vice president for network planning and engineering Mario Tamayo said. “We look forward to letting our customers make high-definition Wifi calls soon, especially via PLDT Home Wifi and Smart Wifi,” he said. Tamayo said this pioneering initiative was a key part of PLDT and Smart’s integrated efforts to continuously improve and evolve its voice services. He said Smart customers would soon be able to make voice over Wifi calls using VoWifi-capable smartphones. Smart also made the country’s first voice over long-term evolution or VoLTE mobile call, which used LTE or 4G, last year.







30,000 flee in Syria as UN fears its ‘worst’ crisis

IN BRIEF Kim seeks another meeting with Trump

WASHINGTON―US President Donald Trump has received a “very positive” letter from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un seeking a follow-up meeting after their historic summit in Singapore, the White House said. “It was a very warm, very positive letter,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said, adding that the message showed Pyongyang’s “continued commitment to focus on denuclearization” on the Korean Peninsula. “The primary purpose of the letter was to schedule another meeting with the president, which we are open to and are already in the process of coordinating,” she said Monday at the first White House press briefing in nearly three weeks. Sanders added that the letter was “further evidence of progress” in Washington’s relationship with Pyongyang. Trump and Kim held a historic summit in Singapore in June that raised prospects of a breakthrough on curtailing North Korea’s nuclear program. South Korea’s dovish President Moon Jae-in, who brokered the June meeting, vowed to continue playing the role of a mediator to facilitate dialogue between Trump and Kim. “The complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula is an issue that should fundamentally be resolved between the US and North Korea through negotiation,” Moon told a cabinet meeting on Tuesday. AFP

Russia launches biggest war games

CHITA, Russia―Russia on Tuesday launched what it has called its largest every military drills, with hundreds of thousands of Russian troops taking part along with Chinese soldiers in a massive show of force that has rattled the West. The week-long war games dubbed “Vostok-2018” (East-2018) “have kicked off” in far eastern Russia and on the Pacific Ocean, the defense ministry said in a statement. It released video footage of military vehicles, planes, helicopters and ships getting into position for the initial stage of the drills. The drills, which include the Chinese and Mongolian armies, have been condemned by NATO as a rehearsal for “large-scale conflict”. President Vladimir Putin is expected to attend Vostok-2018 after hosting an economic forum in Russia’s far eastern city Vladivostok where his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping is one of the prominent guests. The military exercises come at a time of escalating tensions between Moscow and the West over accusations of Russian interference in western affairs and ongoing conflicts in Ukraine and Syria. The Russian army has compared the show of force to the USSR’s 1981 war games that saw between 100,000 and 150,000 Warsaw Pact soldiers take part in “Zapad-81” (West-81)―the largest military exercises of the Soviet era. AFP

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70TH BIRTHDAY. Participants perform in a torch parade on Kim Il Sung square in Pyongyang on September 10, 2018. Thousands of North Koreans wielding burning torches and shouting slogans filled the square in celebration of the country’s 70th birthday. AFP

Over a million ordered to flee powerful storm C HARLESTON― Powerful Hurricane Florence was tracking towards the US East Coast Tuesday, prompting authorities to order upwards of one million people to evacuate the path of the extremely dangerous storm forecasters said could soon intensify.

Residents scrambled to flee en masse as the menacing Category 4 storm packing winds of 220 kilometers per hour bore down on the East Coast of the United States. “This is one of the worst storms to hit the East Coast in many years,” President Donald Trump warned on Twitter. “Please be prepared, be careful and be SAFE!” South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster ordered as many as one million

Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT National Capital Judicial Region Office of the Clerk of Court & Ex-Officio Sheriff Mandaluyong City


Date of activity

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Php 1,365,000.00

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Cavite, Laguna & Rizal Cluster

The DepED Region IV-A CALABARZON now invites bids for the Procurement of Board & Lodging for the Regionwide Training on the Enhancement of DAP ELLN and Inclusive Child-Centered Techniques for K to Grade 3. Delivery of the Services is expected for the Contract duration. Bidders should have completed, within five (5) years from the date of submission and receipt of bids, a contract similar to the Project. The description of an eligible bidder is contained in the Bidding Documents, particularly, in Section II. Instructions to Bidders. Only bidders from Quezon, Batangas, Cavite, Laguna are encouraged to participate.

(Sgd.) ATTY. ERWIN N. BARATA Clerk of Court VI (MS-Sept. 12, 2018)




The Province of Pangasinan, through the Capital Outlay – Hospitals, & Health Centers / Hospital Equipment (PR#2018-07-6643)2 intends to apply the sum of Forty-Four Million Eight Hundred Eighty-Eight Thousand Seven Hundred Pesos (P44,888,700.00) being the Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC) to payments under the contract for Delivery of of Various Hospital/Medical Equipment at Pangasinan Provincial Hospital, San Carlos City, Pangasinan. Bids received in excess of the ABC shall be automatically rejected at bid opening.


The Province of Pangasinan now invites bids for Supply and Delivery of Hospital/Medical Equipment.2 Delivery of the Goods is required Seven (7) Calendar Days. Bidders should have completed from the date of submission and receipt of bids, a contract similar to the Project. The description of an eligible bidder is contained in the Bidding Documents, particularly, in Section II. Instructions to Bidders.


Bidding will be conducted through open competitive bidding procedures using a non-discretionary “pass/fail” criterion as specified in the


2016 Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act (RA) 9184, otherwise known as the “Government Procurement Reform Act”. (i)

Bidding will be conducted through open competitive bidding procedures using a nondiscretionary “pass/fail” criterion as specified in the 2016 Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act (RA) 9184, otherwise known as the “Government Procurement Reform Act”. (i)

Interested bidders may obtain further information from Province of Pangasinan and inspect the Bidding Documents at the address given below during September 4, 2018 – September 25, 2018; 8:00 am to 5:00pm.


A complete set of Bidding Documents may be acquired by interested Bidders on September 4, 2018 – September 25, 2018 at the BAC office, 2nd Floor Malong Building, Lingayen, Pangasinan and upon payment of the applicable fee for the Bidding Documents, pursuant to the latest Guidelines issued by the GPPB, in the amount of Twenty-Five Thousand Pesos (P25,000.00). It may also be downloaded free of charge from the website of the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System (PhilGEPS) and the website of the Procuring Entity, provided that Bidders shall pay the applicable fee for the Bidding Documents not later than the submission of their bids.

Interested bidders may obtain further information from DepED Region IV-A CALABARZON (BAC Secretariat) and inspect the Bidding Documents at the address given below during office hour at 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday.


The Province of Pangasinan will hold a Pre-Bid Conference3 on September 13, 2018; 10:00am at BAC office, 2nd Floor Malong Building, Capitol Compound, Lingayen, Pangasinan, which shall be open to prospective bidders.


Bids must be duly received by the BAC Secretariat at the address below on or before September 25, 2018; 10:00am. All Bids must be accompanied by a bid security in any of the acceptable forms and in the amount stated in ITB Clause 18.

Note: (For lot procurement, the maximum fee for the Bidding Documents for each lot shall be based on its ABC, in accordance with the Guidelines issued by the GPPB; provided that the total fees for the Bidding Documents of all lots shall not exceed the maximum fee prescribed in the Guidelines for the sum of the ABC of all lots.).

Bid opening shall be on September 25, 2018; 10:00am at Conference Room 2nd Floor Malong Building, Capitol Compound, Lingayen, Pangasinan. Bids will be opened in the presence of the bidders’ representatives who choose to attend at the address below. Late bids shall not be accepted.

It may also be downloaded free of charge from the website of the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System (PhilGEPS) and the website of the Procuring Entity, provided that Bidders shall pay the applicable fee for the Bidding Documents not later than the submission of their bids. 4.

The DepED Region IV-A CALABARZON will hold a Pre-Bid Conference2 on September 11, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. to be held at the Bulwagan ng Karangalan, DepEd IV-A, Cainta, Rizal which shall be open to prospective bidders.


Bids must be duly received by the BAC Secretariat at the address below on or before September 24,2018 at 10:00 a.m.. All Bids must be accompanied by a bid security in any of the acceptable forms and in the amount stated in ITB Clause 18.


The DepED Region IV-A CALABARZON reserves the right to reject any and all bids, declare a failure of bidding, or not award the contract at any time prior to contract award in accordance with Section 41 of RA 9184 and its IRR, without thereby incurring any liability to the affected bidder ‘or bidders.


For further information, please refer to:

HILARIA J. CLAVERIA Provincial Budget Officer BAC Chairman Provincial Budget Office Finance Building, Capitol Compound Lingayen, Pnagsinan 075 5426574 EDWIN B. MENDOZA Supervising Admin. Officer BAC Secretariat BAC Office 2nd Floor Malong Building, Capitol Compound Lingayen, Pangasinan 075 6327840

Ann Geralyn T. Pelias DepED Region IV-A CALABARZON Gate 2 Karangalan Drive, Cainta, Rizal 6477487 & 6474914


(SGD) HILARIA J. CLAVERIA Provincial Budget Officer BAC Chairman 1


May be deleted in case the ABC is less than One Million Pesos (PhP1,000,000.00) where the Procuring Entity may not hold a Pre-Bid Conference.

(MS-SEPT. 12, 2018)

The Province of Pangasinan reserves the right to reject any and all bids, declare a failure of bidding, or not award the contract at any time prior to contract award in accordance with Section 41 of RA 9184 and its IRR, without thereby incurring any liability to the affected bidder or bidders.

10. For further information, please refer to:

Bid opening shall be on September 24, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at the Bulwagan ng Karangalan. Bids will be opened in the presence of the bidders’ representatives who choose to attend at the address below. Late bids shall not be accepted . 6.

Bidding is restricted to Filipino citizens/sole proprietorships, partnerships, or organizations with at least sixty percent (60%) interest or outstanding capital stock belonging to citizens of the Philippines, and to citizens or organizations of a country the laws or regulations of which grant similar rights or privileges to Filipino citizens, pursuant to RA 5183.


Bidding is restricted to Filipino citizens/sole proprietorships, partnerships. or organizations with at least sixty percent (60%) interest or outstanding capital stock belonging to citizens of the Philippines, and to citizens or organizations of a country the laws or regulations of which grant similar rights or privileges to Filipino citizens, pursuant to RA 5183.

A complete set of Bidding Documents may be acquired by interested Bidders on September 6, 2018 from the address below and upon payment of the applicable fee for the Bidding Documents, pursuant to the latest Guidelines issued by the GPPB, in the amount of Five Thousand Pesos (Php5,000.00) Only.

We shall inform you of the new date and time of the Annual Stockholders’ Meeting.

(MS-SEPT. 12, 2018)

INVITATION TO BID for Delivery of Various Hospital/Medical Equipment Solicitation No. PANG-2018-1439

Quezon & Batangas Cluster

Witness the Hon. Esteban A. Tacla, Jr., Executive Judge, this 10th day of September 2018 at Mandaluyong City.

Sincerely yours,

2nd Floor Malong Building, Capitol Compound Lingayen, Pangasinan Tel. No. (075) 632-7840 Website@biddingandawards.pangasinan, E-mail address:

The DepED Region IV-A CALABARZON, through the OSEC-4A-18-6936 fund intends to apply the sum of Two Million Nine Hundred Ten Thousand Pesos Only (Php2,910,000.00) being the Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC) to payments under the contract for the Procurement of Board & Lodging for the Regionwide Training on the Enhancement of DAP ELLN and Inclusive Child-Centered Techniques for K to Grade 3. Bids received in excess of the ABC per cluster shall be automatically rejected at bid opening.

Any person who has any valid reason or cause to object to the grant of the petition may file with the undersigned before the date of the summary hearing a verified written opposition thereto.

Notice is hereby given that the 2018 Annual Stockholders’ Meeting on the last Monday of September shall be postponed upon the approval by the Board of Directors. The reason for the postponement is that the Company’s finance department is still finalizing the financial statements and other reports necessary for the presentation, appreciation and approval by the stockholders.

Republic of the Philippines Department of Education REGION IV-A CALABARZON Gate 2, Karangalan Village, Cainta, Rizal




to aid in protection and recovery efforts. The US president said he had spoken with governors of threatened states, adding that the “federal government stands by, ready to assist 24/7.” Hurricane Florence has the potential to bring catastrophic flooding to areas of the eastern United States already soaked by heavy rain and it may be the strongest storm to hit the region in decades. A Category 4 on the five-level SaffirSimpson hurricane wind scale, Florence was 465 miles south-southeast of Bermuda and the center of the hurricane was forecast to pass between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Tuesday and Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in its 11:00 pm (0300 GMT) advisory. Forecasters expected some strengthening in the next 36 hours, as Florence marched west-northwest at around 13 miles per hour. AFP


Notice is hereby given that a summary hearing on the petition for Notarial Commission of ATTY. ANGELO MARTIN B. ARELLANO will be held on September 17, 2018, at 1:00 o’clock in the afternoon at the office of the Honorable Executive Judge, Session Hall of Branch 208, 2nd Floor, New Hall of Justice Building.


residents of the state’s eastern coast to leave their homes ahead of the storm’s possible arrival on Thursday. Schools in 26 of the state’s 46 counties were to close from Tuesday. The governor of neighboring North Carolina ordered an evacuation of the Outer Banks, barrier islands that are a popular tourist destination, and parts of coastal Dare County, while a state of emergency was declared in Virginia. “This is a very dangerous hurricane,” McMaster said, adding that the evacuation order for coastal counties was “mandatory, not voluntary.” “We do not want to risk one South Carolina life in this hurricane,” the governor told reporters. “We’re liable to have a whole lot of flooding.” Hours later Trump approved emergency declarations for both coastal states, a standard move allowing the release of federal funds and equipment

KHAN SHAYKHUN, Syria―Violence in northwest Syria has displaced more than 30,000 people this month alone, the United Nations said Monday, warning that a looming assault could create the century’s “worst humanitarian catastrophe”. Idlib province and adjacent rural areas form the largest piece of territory still held by Syria’s beleaguered rebels, worn down by a succession of government victories in recent months. President Bashar al-Assad has now set his sights on Idlib, and his forces have stepped up bombardment of the densely populated province since the beginning of the month. That has prompted an estimated 30,452 people to be displaced within Idlib and parts of adjacent Hama province between September 1 and 9, the UN’s humanitarian coordination agency (OCHA) said Monday. “We’re deeply concerned about this recent escalation of violence, which has resulted in the displacement of over 30,000 in the area. That’s something we’re monitoring very closely,” OCHA spokesman David Swanson told AFP. Many made a dash for Syria’s northern border with Turkey, with just under half seeking refuge in displacement camps and others living with local families or renting apartments. An AFP correspondent in Idlib has seen dozens of displaced families head towards the frontier in recent days to escape bombing elsewhere. On Monday, on the main highway running across the province, men on motorbikes headed north with their children on foot, herding dozens of sheep. Abu Jassim said he and his family were fleeing the latest bombardment near the southern town of Khan Sheikhun, after already having been displaced several times within the province due to the war. “They hit with four rockets so we escaped with our flock”, he said. “We go wherever it’s safe,” said the man in his 30s. AFP

2 3

In the case of National Government Agencies, the General Appropriations Act and/or continuing appropriations; in the case of GOCCs, GFIs, and SUCs, the Corporate Budget for the contract approved by the governing Boards; in the case of (LGUs, the Budget for the contract approved by the respective Sanggunian. (Section 5(a), R.A. 9184) A brief description of the type(s) of Goods should be provided, including quantities, location of project, and other information necessary to enable potential bidders to decide whether or not to respond to the invitation. May be deleted in case the ABC is less than One Million Pesos (PhP1,000,000) where the Procuring Entity may not hold a Pre-Bid Conference. (MS-SEPT. 12, 2018)





TODAY EXCERPT FROM THE MINUTES OF THE REGULAR EN BANC MEETING OF THE COMMISSION ON ELECTIONS HELD ON SEPTEMBER 5, 2018 Chairman Sheriff M. Abas Commissioner Al A. Parreño Commissioner Luie Tito F. Guia Commissioner Ma. Rowena Amelia V. Guanzon Commissioner Socorro B. Inting Commissioner Marlon S. Casquejo Commissioner Antonio T. Kho, Jr.




Jimbo Owen Gulle, Editor


wednesday, september 12, 2018


LGUs LocaL government units

This pertains to the two (2) Memoranda dated August 28, 2018 and September 4, 2018 of Atty. Abigail Justine M. Cuaresma-Lilagan, Acting Clerk of the Commission, relative to the recommendation for issuance of a Supplemental Resolution for Resolution No. 10411. The respective Memorandum of Atty. Lilagan reads: “This refers to Comelec Resolution No. 10411 promulgated on 31 July 2018 which directed registered political parties or coalition of political parties to submit a Sworn Information Update Statement (SIUS) not later than 31 August 2018 to ensure that its records contain the correct and updated information. Since the issuance of said Resolution, several registered political party groups under the party-list system have been calling this Office inquiring whether they also need to update their records. There is also one (1) political party group that was accredited after the promulgation of the afore-mentioned Resolution. Considering that there is a need to update the records of registered political parties under the Party-list system to ensure effective and accurate service of issuances by the Commission, the undersigned respectfully requests issuance of a supplementary resolution directing the following to likewise correct and update their records not later than 28 September 2018: I. Registered political party list groups under the party-list system No.














CONSTITUENCY Regional (NCR) Regional (NCR) Regional (NCR) Regional (Region III) Regional (Region XI) Regional (Region III)

GROUNDBREAKING. Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista (third from left), Quezon City jail warden Supt. Emerlito Moral, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology director Deogracias Tapayan, BMJP NCR jail chief Supt. Ignacio Panti, and other barangay officials lead the ceremonial groundbreaking for the new Quezon City jail at Bagong Silangan 2 in Barangay Payatas. Manny Palmero

57 QC junk shops closed By Rio N. Araja


Political Party registered after the promulgation of Resolution No. 10411.

No. 1




Regional (Region XI)

For your Honor’s consideration and appropriate action. “ xxx



“This refers to the undersigned Memorandum dated August 28, 2018 submitting recommendation for issuance of a Supplemental Resolution for Resolution No. 10411 enumerating therein the list of the registered political party under the party-list system. It was found out that the name of registered political party, HUGPONG NG PAGBABAGO PARTY (HNP) was inadvertently written as HUKBONG NG PAGBABAGO PARTY (HNP), hence, the undersigned requests that the said error be corrected. “ The Commission RESOLVED, as it hereby RESOLVES, to supplement Comelec Resolution No.10411 and hereby directs the following to correct and update their records not later than 28 September 2018: I. Registered political party list groups under the party-list system No.














CONSTITUENCY Regional (NCR) Regional (NCR) Regional (NCR) Regional (Region III) Regional (Region XI) Regional (Region III)

II. Political Party registered after the promulgation of Resolution No.10411. No. 1



HE Quezon City government has ordered the closure of 57 junk shops found illegally operating near the closed landfills in barangays Payatas and Commonwealth.

The closure order came from the Environmental Protection and Waste Management Department, and Business Permits and Licensing Office. Frederika Rentoy, EPWMD chief, recommended the closure of the junk shops after a series of dialogues with the affected parties and consultations among environmental management partners and other stakeholders. The city government found illegally stored and dumped garbage with an estimated volume of at least 12,000 cubic meters, or an equivalent of 800 trips of 10-wheeler trucks, and ordered them to be taken away in the clearing operations within two months.

Remelito Hirang, chief of the EPWMD’s monitoring, inspection and enforcement section, said the shops operated beyond the limits set in their business permit. Several of the junk shops failed to present business permits and clearances from the authorities. Meanwhile, the 37-member city council gave Mayor Herbert Bautista the green light to purchase 12 units of motor vehicles in a bid to improve the services, productivity and efficiency of projects and programs of various barangays in District 6. “The local government of Quezon City is committed to provide valuable basic ser-

Bataan LGUs, offices plant trees for CSC Sara solidifies By Butch Gunio MORONG—About 27 government agencies and local government units in Bataan planted 3,000 forest trees in Barangay Mabayo, this town, in celebration of Civil Service Commission’s 118th year anniversary on Friday. “Our activity must be called ‘tree-growing’ not tree-planting but since we have to make sure that trees we will plant today would surely grow,” said CSC Bataan Director Ed Cruz told participants during the orientation. Echoing the message of the CSC director,

Provincial Environment Officer Raul Mamac said: “It is actually apt to call the activity ‘treegrowing.’ I have already tasked Cenro Bagac to monitor the tree seedlings we will plant, and we will come back here after two months to check the condition of the trees.” Dinalupihan Community Environment Officer Gerry Fernandez oriented participants on the proper planting of trees. “Director Cruz asked our assistance for this activity. We scouted the site here in Mabayo, and we prepared the actual area to be planted. We also provided the seedlings mostly narra specie,” Mamac said.



Regional (Region XI)

The above-mentioned political party and political parties under the partylist system shall strictly comply with the provisions under Resolution No. 10411 . Let the Clerk of the Commission implement this Resolution by furnishing all the foregoing parties a copy of this Resolution at their registered address. The Education and Information Department (EID) of the Commission is hereby directed to cause the publication of this Resolution in two (2) daily newspaper of general circulation. SO ORDERED.


AL A. PARREÑO Commissioner


LUIE TITO F. GUIA Commissioner


SOCORRO B. INTING Commissioner


ANTONIO T. KHO, JR. Commissioner

Chairman All Commissioners Executive Director Deputy Executive Director for Operations Deputy Executive Director for Administration Office of the Clerk of the Commission (MS-SEPT. 12, 2018)

vices to the residents,” the resolution read. City Resolution 7446-2018, introduced by Councilor Donato C. Matias, states that the barangays in District 6 are in need of vehicles that will allow them to bring their services closer to the people. “The Local Government of Quezon City is committed to provide valuable basic services to the residents of QC,” the resolution read. The 12 units cost P16.2 million total, as each vehicle costs P1.35 million. The vehicle can accommodate up to 11 people. Pursuant to Administrative Order No. 1, amending Administrative Order No. 233 series of 2008, Bautista has already sought permission and authorization from the Department of the Interior and Local Government. He wrote to DILG Assistant Regional Director and concurrently QC Director Juan Jovian Inginiero, CESO IV, for the acquisition of the motor vehicles, which amount is included in the 2018 annual budget of the city government.

NEW FLAVORS. Bong and Weng Aspe (second and third from left), owners of the 1st Colonial Grill in Legazpi City, launch the six flavors of Bicol ice cream—Camarines Norte pineapple, Camarines Sur cacao, Albay sili, Sorsogon pili, Catanduanes latik, and Masbate carmelado during the 29th Philippine Travel Mart at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City. Norman Cruz

Davao sister-city pact with Kauai

By F. Pearl A. Gajunera DAVAO CITY—Mayor Sara Duterte on Monday visited Kauai County in Hawaii to sign a Friendship Certificate with the American city and show her commitment to the partnership. “This visit is an affirmation of the City Government of Davao of our mutual cooperation on matters of tourism and culture, agriculture, and trade and commerce,” Duterte said in her address. The mayor also underlined the deepening sisterhood relationship with Kauai because of shared similarities “that transcends boundaries, diversity of population and stand on development vis-à-vis the preservation of the gifts of nature.” Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr., meanwhile, declared Davao and Kauai’s sisterhood agreement “is strong and powerful” with common denominators on sense of family, dedication to build the youth and connection to their respective culture and heritage, and dedication to agriculture, tourism and other business and economic ventures. Carvalho came to Davao early in 2017 to establish a sister-city relationship. A year later, Carvalho returned and signed the agreement with Duterte, with an invitation for her to reciprocate the visit to Kauai, Hawaii.

Prudence Foundation-PRC pact boosts ‘Safe Steps’ First Aid IN CELEBRATION of World First Aid Day 2018, Prudence Foundation, the community investment arm of Prudential in Asia, has established a partnership with the Philippine Red Cross to strengthen “Safe Steps” First Aid awareness in the country.

Hosted by PRC, this year’s World First Aid Day celebration in the Philippines focuses on the enhancement of public awareness of the importance of first aid skills in relation to road accidents. According to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, in-

juries claimed 4.9 million lives in 2016, 29 percent of which were due to road traffic injuries. A regionally implemented program, Safe Steps First Aid aims to contribute to lowering these statistics by providing people with fundamental first aid information and knowledge,

enabling them to be less vulnerable in an emergency situation and help others in need. The program consists of videos, safety cards, posters, and other educational materials covering basic first aid topics, including burns, broken bones, choking, CPR, severe bleeding, and stroke.



fashion and beauty


65-year-old Tessie Singson, also known as Lola Androgynous, shows anyone can slay it at any age.

Bernadette Lunas, Issue Editor @manilastandardlife @MStandardLIFE wEdnESday, SEptEMBEr 12, 2018



ASHION truly has no age; this 65-year-old grandma is among those who are here to prove that people can slay it at any point of their lives.

Tessie Singson, also known in the world of fashion as Lola Androgynous, is the stylish grandma who knows how to sport edgy black on black outfits as much as the cool girl, bright-socks-andmary-janes look. Her androgynous and unapologetic style wows her more than 8,000 followers on Instagram, where she posts her “outfit of the day” and snippets of her life.

Fashion runs in the blood

Even before the dawn of social media and fashion influencers, Singson has always been fascinated with fashion, thanks to her mother. “My mom always enjoyed dressing me up since I was the only rose among the thorns. I grew up with three very butch brothers,” she shares. It was her son, fashion blogger JP Singson, who introduced her to genderneutral style. “My son introduced me to this world of fashion and we talk the same language in terms of fashion,” begins Singson. “He knows exactly what I like and what looks great on me. I look up to strong, stylish women like fashion blogger, Lyn Slater (Icon Accidental) and style icon, Iris Apfel. These women are not afraid to express themselves through fashion and inspire women like me to dress unapologetically. They are living examples that you can still have fun with what you wear, regardless of age.” Together with JP, Lola Androgynous began sharing her outfits online. “People started complimenting my style. Eventually, this led to chronicling my outfits on a fashion blog JP created. Now, my fashion diary is more accessible thanks to Instagram,” she shares.

The stylish grandma adds, “I’m really grateful for the people who appreciate my personal style. They inspire me to look my best, so in return I would be able to make them smile and inspire them to have fun dressing up as well.”

Style tips

When it comes to outfits, Singson believes a pair of good footwear has the power to pull an outfit together, while standing out as a statement piece. “Shoes are very important in my wardrobe because it can make or break an outfit,” she says. Singson has a collection of chunky shoes and high-heeled boots. But being a self-proclaimed mom on the go, she is drawn to Melissa’s low-maintenance and comfortable approach to stylish footwear. The Brazilian footwear brand is known for its jelly shoes in a variety of styles, from classic to avant-garde. Singson is one of Melissa Philippines’ Style Mavens, a group of passionate and successful women whose distinct and individual styles best represent the brand’s 2018 Open Vibes collection. For her Style Maven shoot, the Melissa She, the 65-year-old style inspiration has chosen Bend and Ulitsa Sneakers— signature Melissa pieces that blend with her personality and minimalistic approach to style. “I love the variety of styles that cater to every single woman in the planet. I’m absolutely sure there’s one, two, or more pairs that would suit any woman’s fancy. Melissa shoes are affordable, you don’t have to break the bank to look fabulous!” enthused the ever-fabulous Lola Androgynous.

Stylish at 65

Fashion blogger JP Singson introduced his mom, Tessie, to gender-neutral style. (Photos from @lolaandrogynous/Instagram)

Old school is cool Carly Hernandez plays it feminine with pinafore dress and floral prints.

AMErI AMErIcAN fashion retail giant Forever 21 brings old school back to school with retro pieces that get an A+ in the classroom. Young style seekers are treated to a range of ‘50s-inspired prints, retro collegiate stripes, pinafore dresses, casual-cool rugby tops, and mini to midi skirts, among others. Easy to layer pieces, such as sheers and knits, solids and stripes, cover-ups sudand camis, are perfect for when there’s a sud den change in temperature or for days when one likes to put much thought into their outfit. Add in a cabbie hat or a sassy beret for additional style points. Forever 21 recently launched its latest collection with its local #WeAreForever21 brand ambassadors, which include model Yanna cowper, actor and TV

Joaquin Manansala sports a casual-cool look.

host Joaquin Manansala, model and entrepreneur Patricia Henson, and UAAP volleyball players carly Hernandez of FEU and Katrina Tolentino of ADMU. Those who want to cop their style or get their hands on these new pieces can head over at Forever 21’s Megasale on Sept. 28-30 at SM Megamall’s Megatrade Hall 2, where shoppers can get up to 70 percent off on a wide selection of fashion finds. Forever 21 stores are at SM Megamall, SM Makati, The Block at SM City North Edsa, SM Mall of Asia, SM Aura Premier, SM City Fairview, and Robinson’s Magnolia in the Metro area; as well as at SM City Clark, SM Southmall, SM Seaside City Cebu, the North Wing of SM City Cebu, SM Lanang Premier, SM City Iloilo, SM City Bacolod, and SM CDO Downtown Premier in the provincial areas.

Katrina Tolentino is campus cool in collegiate stripes and denim jacket.

Patricia Henson in layered t-shirt and camisole and striped pants.



wednesday, september 12, 2018

Miss Universe Philippines 2018 Catriona Gray wears the ‘no-makeup’ makeup look.

Dearest creates jewelry that shows every client’s love story.

Jewelry designer shares tips on customizing love bands

How to pull off

the ‘no makeup’ makeup look i T DOEsn’T have to be difficult looking natural. A well taken care skin and a few makeup essentials are all it takes to sport the barely-there makeup look.

and blend upwards, fading as it gets closer to your brow. For cheeks, cream blush easily gives the natural-looking glow. With a synthetic brush or your fingers, apply blush on the apples of the cheeks and blend upward toward hairline. This makeup trick instantly makes you look youthful.

Homegrown cosmetics brand Ever concealer brush. However, for dark cirBilena shares these five tips to look cles, use your ring finger to pat on the naturally beautiful. concealer as it has the lightest pressure.

Cleanse and moisturize

To truly achieve the all-natural makeup look, forego the foundation. instead, prep the skin by cleansing it with your preferred facial wash, then exfoliate to brighten and smoothen your complexion. Finish off with a moisturizer and sunscreen to keep the face protected and fully hydrated.

Groom the brows and lashes

Put on nude lipstick

Brows frame the face thus it is important they are well groomed, this way, you only need to brush up the brow hair using a spoolie or brow mascara and you’re good to go. Add definition to the lashes with a few swipes of mascara.

The last step to complete the barely-there makeup look is a good nude lipstick. Ever Bilena offers a new line of matte nude lipsticks where each stick is infused with antioxidants and moisturizer so the lips feel soft, smooth, and supple despite the matte formula. Retailing at P165 each, it comes in six colors namely Dolce, Amore, Fia, Bellissima, Caramello, and Baci. Each shade is perfect for different skin tones.

Choose shades close to skin color

Conceal For bright, wide-awake eyes, apply The trick to a healthy and fresh com- eye shadow that’s close to your skin plexion is spot-concealing any blemish- tone. Your safest bet is light brown. es and redness using your concealer and gently apply shadow from the lash line

Male personal care brand honors ‘today’s man’ AmERiCAn male grooming products brand Old spice has scouted the nation in search for Filipinos who have spiced up their rides by going the extra mile in the things they are passionate about while looking good and feeling confident. Two standout men were recognized: noel Agra, who is not just a welltrained chef but also an avid obstacle course racer, and Christian Busby, a model whose passions include blogging and going on adventures. “As a fat kid, i have always loved food so i decided to become a chef. While for obstacle course racing, i did one with my dad two years ago and ever since, we got hooked and we wanted to share this love for obstacle course racing here in the Philippines,” shared Agra. meanwhile Busby, a Filipino-English model and travel-oriented blogger shared, “since i was young, i already love exploring new things, learning about new cultures. The thing that fascinates me is just seeing a different culture and trying to adapt.” For those who want to man-up and become a man’s man, Agra shared a memorable quote from Kung Fu Panda 3, “if you only do what you can, you will never be more than what you are now.” That, for him, has always

DEsignER germee Ronirose Abesamis believes one’s jewelry serves as an expression of one’s personality and taste. Hence her Dearest Jewelry brand specializes in customized wedding jewelry such as engagement rings and wedding bands. Founded on the idea that engagement and wedding rings are more than just accessories, Dearest Jewelry is made to reflect every client’s journey. “We work closely with couples to create exquisite rings that celebrate life’s most important moments. Because we believe that every ring tells a story, we can help you tell yours,” says Abesamis. Abesamis, who is trained in italy, helps clients create engagement and wedding rings that are as unique as their relationship and love story. Here are her design ideas and guidelines on how to customize love bands: Go for classic with a twist. Classic designs include an engraving of the couple’s names and the date of the wedding. Clients can put a little twist by having their initials etched on either side, or swap signatures in each ring, or have their thumb marks imprinted on the rings. Don’t focus on finding identical rings. Abesamis says wedding bands don’t have to match as most couples don’t always have the same personalities. she instead suggests to find a common element that will tie up their love story without compromising individuality to achieve a design that echoes their common ground: love. shared interests such as The Lord of the Rings or Star Wars can be an inspiration. Personalities can also be depicted in the color, shape, or finish. “For men’s rings, i love solid masculine ones with a little personalization on thickness, shape, finish—depending on their preference,” says Abesamis. Immortalize your secret. Wedding bands are more exciting and memorable if they include a secret story or a symbol that only the couple knows. Dearest Jewelry once made a ring inspired by “moon and stars,” a secret code by the couple that was incorporated in the design. Use cultural symbols. incorporating symbols from the client’s culture is a good idea. Dearest Jewelry has once designed a ring with three triquetra symbols.

Jewelry designer Germee Ronirose Abesamis

Or life inspiration. One groom decided to place five stones in the bride’s customized wedding ring by Dearest—symbolizing and giving honor to the five women who have served as her inspiration. Find a unique concept that you both love. Abesamis once created a personal ambigram logo that served as a symbol of the couple’s combined name, executed in Old English or calligraphy form. One wedding ring had a tiger’s eye and the groom’s birth stone integrated in his ring. Etch the things you love doing together. For those who love to travel, a plane, luggage, or a landmark of a memorable place can be the rings’ inspiration. One couple who loves to eat together had some squiggles and a fork designed into their bands. Pick specifications together. Abesamis suggests couples find the stone they both love and discuss the possibilities that could be created out of their mutual design and budget. “A unique stone, like Dearest’s latest design that is a triangle-shaped diamond on a wedding band, made one couple happy,” she shared. “Picking stones is both a science and an art. We can help find the perfect stone for you, maximizing your investment in wearable art.” Check out for more information.

Old Spice edition Ducati SuperSport motorbike

kept him growing and has always challenged him. Busby, on the other hand, has two secrets for success. First, one has to set goals that are really high and then reach for it. second, “You got to be confident in yourself. groom yourself well, put Old spice on you and smell good. Confidence is a huge key.” Agra and Busby are the example of men Old spice wants to honor in its spice

Up Your Ride promo, where a lucky guy gets to win an exclusive Old spice edition Ducati supersport motorbike. To join the promo, participants simply need to purchase any Old spice product and go to, where they will have to fill out personal information, contact details, and the receipt number of the purchased product. The promo runs until Oct. 31, and the draw is on nov. 5.

Create your own bridal jewelry and let your personality shine.

Entertainment From C4



HE Queen City of the South warmly welcomed Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Fernando when they attended the mall tour of their newest film, The Hows of Us at SM Cinema in SM Seaside Cebu. With thousands of attendees, the premiere of The Hows of Us in SM Seaside Cebu was one of the biggest gatherings that promoted the couple’s latest flick. Daniel and Kathryn also spread the kilig-vibes as they entertained the very excited Cebuano audience with their own rendition of “Hanggang Kailan (Umuwi ka na, Baby)”, one of the songs featured in the movie. The Hows of Us tells the story of young couple Georgina “George” Silva

DOWN 1 Sinbad’s transport 2 The Plastic — Band 3 Function 4 Attired 5 Heston title role (2 wds.) 6 Psychic 7 Cheapens 8 Vexed 9 Frilly 10 Pithiness 11 Spine-tingling 12 More wise 13 Hits the brakes 21 Towers over 22 Geologic periods

(Kathryn) and Primo Alvarez (Daniel) as they face several ups-and-downs of a real life relationship. Directed and written by Cathy Garcia-Molina, The Hows of Us also features actors Jean Garcia, Susan Africa, Darren Espanto, Juan Miguel Severo, Alwyn Uytingco, Ria Atayde and Kit Thompson. The Hows of Us is still in SM Cinema branches nationwide. Book your tickets through the website, or download the SM Cinema mobile app.

Young actor Jacob Tremblay triggers return of ‘THE PREDATOR’

Boyd Holbrook and Jacob Tremblay in a scene from "The Predator.'

FROM the outer reaches to the backwoods of southern Georgia, the hunt comes home in director Shane Black’s explosive reinvention of The Predator series. Now, the universe’s most lethal hunters are stronger, smarter and deadlier than ever before. And only a ragtag crew of ex-soldiers and an evolutionary biology professor can prevent the end of the human race. Young gifted child Rory (Jacob Tremblay), unknowingly triggers the return of “The Predator” to Earth when he tinkered with the package that contains alien technology his dad , Quinn McKenna (Boyd Holbrook), sent to their home from a recent mercenary mission. With the government attempting to cover up the extent of Predator incursions on Earth, a group of military veterans must figure out what is going on and how to save the world—or at least themselves—as the battle spreads from the depths of outer space to once-safe suburbia. Rory’s gift for solving puzzles helps him understand the Predator language. “He’s really good at figuring out the Predator,” Tremblay says. Shane Black directs an extraordinary cast from the script he penned with Fred Dekker. Boyd Holbrook heads the ensemble which also stars Trevante

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 48 Nut case 51 Monastic title 52 Stale 53 Beware! (2 wds.) 56 Field of study 57 Christina’s pop 58 Bite off too much 62 Hubble component 63 Neutral shade 64 Eavesdrop 65 To be, to Brutus 66 Stein filler 67 Sniff out


CROSSWORD PUZZLE ACROSS 1 Blushers 7 Feel crummy 10 She preceded Mamie 14 Marked down (2 wds.) 15 Car grill cover 16 Authentic 17 Strong-arm 18 Canine registry 19 Hence 20 Pilot’s vista (2 wds.) 23 Dillydallied 26 Wk. day 27 Landing places 28 Due 29 “Viva — Vegas” 30 Go bad 31 Herbal soother 32 Apiece 33 It may be stationary 37 Hirt and Gore 38 Sandy’s reply 39 Yuck! 40 John, in Glasgow 41 Boom boxes, e.g. 43 Yr. fractions 44 “C’est la —” 45 England’s Isle of — 46 Goof up 47 Company


Cebuanos warmly welcome

Simply... The Hopeful Romantic screens today If your entertainment fare is romantic comedy or rom-com as it is referred to nowadays, then The Hopeful Romantic is the kind of film you want to watch. It seems that many millenials are drawn to this kind of film. Do you wonder why its trailer had gone viral with nine million views less than three weeks since it popped in on social media? A comment from netizen said, “Ayos’yo ah. Basta hindi gwapong actor tapos ganito concept na movie, siguradong papatok.” Another posted, “Mas gusto ko ganitong movie, Matatawa na maiiyak, Mas nakaka in love ang ganito at nakaka excite.” Starring theater, TV, and movie actor Pepe Herrera and actress Ritz Azul, The Hopeful Romantic isn’t only a love story but also a movie that imparts some lessons in life and love. This is Ritz first project as a leading lady and she is very proud to be in this project. More comfortable with drama, this is her first digs at comedy. “Sobrang proud ako sa pelikulang ito kasi lahat pinaghirapan naming. Nakakailang revisions kami para mapaganda ang story, para maihatid yung message ng story na may matutunan sila. Tsaka maganda talaga ang istorya, kapupulutan talaga sya ng aral,” she declared at the press con of the film days before the opening day. Ritz also had to lose weight to effectively portray her role as a sexy gold digger. “Nahirapan ako kasi sobrang kabaligtaran ko ang role sa totoong buhay” Ritz said adding, “Naging kumportable ako sa mga katrabaho ko, kaya napa-swimsuit ako.” Meanwhile, this is also Pepe’s first lead role saying that he’s glad he was given the chance to explore comedy through a sexy movie. Whether he felt an attraction for Ritz or not Pepe said it’s inconsequential. “I felt the pressure of being Ritz’s leading man, and she is a very desirable woman 110 percent. Ang masasabi ko po ay lalaki din ako at nakakramdam ng karupukan.” Pepe is glad to learn that Ritz is easy to work with. “Cowboy si Ritz,” he said meaning his leading lady is down to earth. “Sa shooting sanay sya na i-maximize yung oras. Walang nasasayang na oras.” In the film, Pepe is a 33-year old valet parking attendant, Jess, and a virgin (sexually) who says she’ll only give himself to the “the one.” He meets Veronica (Ritz) at the hotel’s bar and one thing leads to another. In short, Veronica devirginizes Jess who now believes Jessica is “the one.” What happens later could be the most riotous scenes on screen as Veronical learns Jess is a pauper and Jess finds out that his “the one” is after men with thick pocketbooks. Now, if you want to see the details of the film directed by Topel Lee (he’s the son of Mon Lee, a classmate at the Graduate School of the UP Institute of Mass Communication), run to the nearest Cineplex now and enjoy the show.


23 Jots 24 Resided 25 Auto option 29 “Bad, Bad — Brown” 30 Total precision 32 Saffron dish 33 Unfair shake (2 wds.) 34 Polite 35 Walter Scott character 36 Other side 42 Let go 46 Weasel, in

winter 47 It has a canopy 48 Snake plate 49 Fast rodents 50 Levels off 51 Untamed 52 Blockbuster 54 Brit’s farewell (hyph.) 55 Divulged 59 I-70 60 Xmas time 61 Mich. neighbor

Rhodes, Keegan-Michael Key, Olivia Munn, Thomas Jane, Alfie Allen, Augusto Aguilera, and Sterling K. Brown. Quinn’s son, Rory, is on the autism spectrum. To help research his role, Tremblay and Black paid several visits to the Canucks Autism Network, a Vancouver-based organization providing sports and recreational programs for individuals with autism. “We made friends and got to hang out with some of the kids,” says Tremblay. “This wonderful little boy was probably the most dependable actor in the cast,” says Black about Jacob Tremblay, who plays Rory. “He’s a one-take wonder.” Black notes that when they were pressed for time, they never needed to worry about young Tremblay hitting his marks. “We’d get all three shots because he’d do every one perfect, the first take.” Jacob Tremblay has quickly established himself as one of the industry’s finest working young actors. Tremblay garnered international recognition for his breakout performance opposite Produced by John Davis,who brought the seminal Predator franchise to life, from 20th Century Fox, The Predator opens today in cinemas nationwide.

Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla greet the crowd at SM Seaside Cebu for the regional screening of their blockbuster film, 'The Hows of Us.'

An artist’s discipline By Robbie Pangilinan THEY say artists just go with the flow, waiting for inspiration or that spark of brilliance. But for this international tattoo artist, art takes discipline. “All artists dapat mag-apprentice so they could learn the discipline of tattoo as an art. When I became a member PhilTAG, sila Ricky at Junval binigyan ako ng guidance para ma-i-straight yung paniniwala ko sa discipline ng pagiging artist,” says Joseph Sino, a member of the Philippine Tattoo Artists Guild. He bunderwent apprenticeship at INKS Alabang. His inspirations were the artists in Cubao who made billboards. He started with caricatures, then became proficient in making portraits, tribal designs, both realistic and abstract. He then saw a Facebook post inviting artists to go to the British Virgin Islands. He was a tattoo artist there for two years, doing conventions in many countries such as Singapore and Taiwan. The 39-year-old Bicolano further learned about the discipline abroad, when he had the chance to work with foreigners. “When you’re PhilTAG member, you’re representing the whole nation. You need to show how disciplined you are as an artist, kung papaano ka kumilos international especially sa mga

Tattoo artist Joseph Sino

convention and seminar. Nakikita namin yung kaibahan natin sa foreigners, so dapat malinis tayo sa gamit,” Joseph shares. Even in his lifestyle, discipline is demonstrated. He saves his hardearned money and does not splurge on vices. For Joseph , tattooing is not only a job, but a vocation. He takes being a tattoo artist seriously. “First, you need to know how to draw at least if you’re a tattoo artist, hindi yung kokopya ka lang tapos ibabakat mo lang sa katawan ng tao, that’s not the process. Para kang bumubuo ng painting sa utak mo. Dapat customized lagi sa client. Marami ako nakikita artists sa paligid kapag nakabili na ng gamit, mag-tattoo na sila agad sa mga tao tapos pera agad iniisip nila. Dapat isipin nila gawin ang best nila o perfect work, hindi lang pera ang iniiisip mo o kaya yung kasikatan.” He also finds meaning in every art work that he does, saying that clients search for meaningful designs that have an impact in their lives. As an artist, Joseph he helps his clients chose designs that are perfect for them. Newly married, Joseph says he would like his child to also go into art—painting or tattooing—and he will guide him or her every step of the way.


Nickie Wang, Issue Editor




After almost two decades,


Businessman pursues his first love —singing EDHARSON Roman Quido is a selfmade man. He succeeded in making his life comfortable enough for him and his family by engaging in business that he himself built. While he and his family live now in comfort, he is still uneasy as his heart continues to yearn for something he once wanted to do… sing. Quido, now only known by his nickname, Erard, met members of the press weeks before the annual PMPC Star Awards for Music in which he was nominated in the New Male Recording Artist category for his debut album Walang Forever. “I am very grateful to the members of PMPC (Philippine Movie Press Club) for the honor they have given me for my debut album,” he said after he sang the title tune from his album. While he didn’t win the award last Sunday, he is still very thankful for the nomination. The Star Awards for Music was held at Resorts World Manila with the theme “A Decade of OPM Excellence.” “Singing has been my lifelong ambition and dream, a passion I would like to share with others. During my younger years, I was given the privilege to sing at church choirs, a few times at weddings and it brought me much joy seeing people appreciate the simple things I could do for them. Everything seemed to be in harmony and peace,” says Erard. Though he wanted to pursue a career in music, he thought of his family that needed his help. Putting aside his ambition to be a popular singer, he labored day and night to make his and his family’s life prosperous with the hope that, one day, when everything is already in place and he didn’t have to be bothered by family and financial problems he could pursue his first love. And pursue it he did as he asked his friends to write songs for him as he planned to produce an album. The result is Walang Forever, a digital album of six tunes (“Walang Forever,” “Mahal Kita,” “Nag-iisa,” “My Love Is Here,” “Hindi Ka Na Nya Mahal,” and “Patawarin Mo”) all downloadable from Spotify. Some members of the press asked why he chose ballads as the song form he took up in his debut as a recording artist, to which Erard said, “I like making those who listen to me happy. And ballads make many people happy as they are able to relate to the songs.” He said, “Music binds people, gives hope, shares joy and eases pain.” In pursuing his first love, Erard is simply sharing his happiness through music. “With God by my side, I have faith nothing is impossible. I thank my family and friends who believed in my capability and encouraged me. The opportunity granted unto me is a blessing from God and I proudly share it with each other and every one. Continued on C3 Erard Quido

is finally home

Dulce's performance is one of the highlights of the tribute concert.

CCP honors composer Bing Pimentel with tribute concert

By Nickie Wang


FTER 18 years as a talent of ABSCBN’s Star Magic, Rayver Cruz is back in the network where he began through the iconic youth informative show, 5 and Up.

In an interview with Manila Standard right after his contract signing with GMA Artist Center on Sept. 6, the 29-year-old actor was positive that his ties with the network will bring “new beginnings and fresh start.” Present in the contract signing were GMA Senior Vice President for Entertainment Group Lilybeth G. Rasonable, Senior Assistant Vice President for Alternative Productions Gigi Santiago-Lara, Senior Talent Manager Vic del Rosario and his co-manager Albert Chua. “I’m open to new challenges that I will do in GMA. It’s a new environment so I can only feel excited to start working with the people here,” he started. How he ended up back at the Kapuso network was the big question, and Rayver was quick to explain that it took him a year before making that “difficult decision.” “It was long process. I consulted with my friends, non-showbiz friends, with my family, of course, my manager, and we came up with the decision that it’s time to move on, and to explore new challenges and opportunities.” Rayver further said that at this point of his life, he’s more concerned about his future as an actor and he wanted to establish a more secure career in showbiz. While talking about how excited he is to fulfill new responsibilities as a GMA artist, the actor underscored his being grateful to his former network that made him the kind of person and artist he is today. “I think I’ve already done almost everything that an artist could do when I was in ABS-CBN, and I’m really thankful and really grateful for all the support that my former management gave me. I mean, I am what I am today because of them, I’m very thankful. They will always be my family,” Rayver stressed. Meanwhile, Rasonable also felt excited to work with the new Kapuso star, “We are very happy to welcome Rayver back to GMA, where he started. He will be starting to work on a soap and of course, we will continue to give him projects that will showcase his many talents.” Now that he is back home, Rayver looks forward to portraying challenging roles that GMA is known for highlighting on screen. In fact, he will be starring in the upcoming series alongside Kris Bernal and Thea Tolentino. “My character’s name is Gavin, and this is the first time na ang role ko

Rayver Cruz with co-manager Alfred Chua and GMA executives Lilybeth G. Rasonable and Gigi Santiago-Lara.

eh pag-aagawan ng dalawang babae so, napaka-gwapo ng character ko,” he quipped. Rayver also looked back on his early days at GMA and felt nostalgic seeing familiar faces. “I felt a little shy when I first saw the people here. But they welcomed me with open arms. They’re so warm. It’s a good thing that Rodjun is here, at least meron kaagad akong kakilala.” Early on in his showbiz career, R a y v e r ’s shows

HORROR movie The Nun was the top draw in North American movie theaters this weekend, extending a remarkable string of recent successes by Warner Bros., industry watchers said. The latest scary feature in the popular Conjuring series, took in an estimated $53.5 million for the three-day weekend, box office tracker Exhibitor Relations said. British director Corin Hardy had made his name with 2015 horror film The Hallow. The Nun stars Demian Bichir, Taissa Farmiga and Jonas Bloquet in a story about a young nun, an exorcist and a guide stumbling onto a dark secret deep in Dracula country: the Romania of 1952—Transylvania, no less.

‘THE NUN’ horrifies competition at box office 'The Nun' is touted as a jumpy but minimally scary extension of 'The Conjuring' universe.

included Best Friends, followed by 5 and Up and comedy series starring Joey De Leon entitled Kiss Muna.


Rayver is still thankful to A BS-CBN after cutting his ties with the network.

THE Cultural Center of the Philippines pays tribute to the legacy of songwriter Bing Pimentel in a one-night only concert titled Buhay…Pagibig…Dalangin: Mga Likhang Musika Ni Bing Ll Pimentel at the CCP Grand Lobby today, Sept. 12 at 7:00 p.m.. With Hermie Ranera as musical director and Dennis Marisigan, the concert features special performances Alvarez, Bo Cerrudo, by Isay Alvarez Paw Chavez, Tex Ordonez, Pimentel, and Dulce. Martin Pimentel Bing Pimentel is one the country’s most prolific songwriters with an amazing body of work that spans five prodigious decades. She has written almost 100 songs, which are mostly love songs, religious hymns, and inspirational ballads. Some of the unforgettable songs that Pimentel wrote include “Pag-ibig Sa Bayan,” which was recorded by Freddie Aguilar and was included in his full-length album Kamusta Ka – a song that she composed when her husband, former Pimentel, was Sen. Nene Pimentel imprisoned during the Martial Law era; “Hinahanap-hanap Kita” and “Only A Moment” which were recorded by Dulce; and “Bakit Kaya” and “Itay” which were recorded by Nora Aunor. The 80-year-old songwriter also created the libretto and songs of such original Filipino musicales as “Buhay Ay Isang Awit,” “Cory The Musicale,” “Huwag Pumayag Sa Dagdag Bawas,” and “Nasaan Si Jesus?” which were recently re-staged for the 80th time last Aug. 18 for the birthday of Brother Mike Velarde of El Shaddai. Buhay…Pag-ibig… Dalangan aims to honor the achievements of senior citizens and to encourage them to be part of meaningful projects. The concert also promotes one of Pimentel’s newest projects called “PasaLord,” a nonsectarian movement that advocates the power of prayer to unite the country with one goal: to pass all happiness, worries, sorrows, joys, failures, and victories to the Lord in order to glorify Him.

The horror film bumped another Warner product, Crazy Rich Asians, to second place after three strong weekends at the top. The glitzy rom-com, with its nearly all-Asian cast led by Henry Golding and Constance Wu, took in $13.6 million. Taken together with another Warner film, The Meg, the studio has now claimed the top two spots on the North American box office for four consecutive weekends, a feat no movie studio had accomplished in 25 years, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The Meg, starring Jason Statham as a rescue diver confronting a huge, prehistoric shark, placed fourth this weekend, taking in $6 million, behind new vigilante action film Peppermint, which grossed $13.3 million. In fifth spot was Sony thriller Searching, starring John Cho as a man desperate to find his missing teenage daughter. It took in $4.5 million. AFP

Manila Standard - 2018 September 12 - Wednesday  

The digital edition of Manila Standard: A nationally circulated newspaper published daily in the Philippines since February 1987.

Manila Standard - 2018 September 12 - Wednesday  

The digital edition of Manila Standard: A nationally circulated newspaper published daily in the Philippines since February 1987.