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Oil drilling new
front in sea row
By Rey E. Requejo
THE Supreme Court is expected to
decide today whether Congress will
get one or two seats in the Judicial
and Bar Council, which vets the can-
didates for the Judiciary.
On Thursday, the Court heard oral
arguments from the lawyers from
both chambers of Congress who
questioned its July 17 ruling in fa-
vor of former solicitor general Frank
Chavez, who had argued that the
Constitution granted Congress only
one seat and not two as had been
practiced since 2001.
The Courts decision gained ur-
gency because the council is sched-
uled to deliberate on the short list of
candidates for the next chief justice
on Monday, Aug. 6.
Appearing as a lawyer for the
Senate, Senator Joker Arroyo as-
serted that Congress should have two
votes on the council and questioned
the substitution made by the repre-
sentatives of the other two co-equal
branches of government in delibera-
tions for the chief justice post.
Arroyo asked the justices why they
would not allow two representatives
MALACAANGs lawyers
are helping Justice Secretary
Leila de Lima resolve an out-
standing issue with the Ju-
dicial and Bar Council over
a pending disbarment cases
against her, President Benigno
Aquino III said on Thursday.
Beijings state-owned China Na-
tional Offshore Oil Corp was said to
have invited foreign rms in late June
to bid on nine oil and gas blocks that
overlap a territory also being explored
by Vietnam. The giant oil exploration
rm had put up 160,000 square kilo-
meters of water on offer.
An industry source said Beijing
had told oil companies they had until
next June to decide if they would bid
for the nine blocks.
Chinas oil exploration efforts are
described by analysts as the third front
in Beijings three-wave offensive, the
rst being the diplomatic offensive
and the second the exing of its mili-
tary muscles.
By Florante S. Solmerin,
Gigi Muoz-David,
Jonathan Fernandez,
Joel E. Zurbano and
Orlan Mauricio
TYPHOON Gener cut a path of
destruction across Luzon and
parts of Visayas in the past ve
days, leaving at least 23 dead
and thousands of hectares of
agricultural land under oodwa-
ters as it moved out of the coun-
try toward Taiwan, rescue and
disaster coordinating ofcials
said on Thursday.
About 180,000 people ed
their homes in Manila and in
27 provinces as the typhoon un-
leased torrential rain that caused
widespread ooding in Luzon
and the Visayas.
The casualties were report-
ed in the provinces of Bataan,
Bulacan, Negros Occidental,
Iloilo, Negros Oriental and
Misamis Oriental, said Ben-
ito Ramos, executive director
of the National Diaster Risk
Reduction and Management
Council.
At least 21 people were in-
jured and 125 more, including
seven Koreans, had been rescued
from the sea and other ooded ar-
eas, Ramos said.
By Maricel V. Cruz
A FORMER ally of Pampanga Rep.
Gloria Arroyo on Thursday criticized
the former President for opposing
the reproductive health bill despite
having used contraception when she
was a young mother.
Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman, the
main proponent of House Bill 4244,
said Arroyos rejection of the mea-
sure is a departure from her admis-
sion that she used contraceptive pills
when she was a young mother, pre-
sumably to limit the number of her
children and for birth spacing, Lag-
man said in a statement.
She made this candid admis-
sion in March 2003 at a luncheon
VICE President Jejomar Binay
on Thursday said he believed
President Benigno Aquino III
was not involved in the political
demolition plan reportedly set in
motion by the on-going audit of
all the Vice Presidents projects
during his term as Makati Mayor.
He urged Commission on
Audit Commissioner Heidi Men-
doza to come clean on the issue,
saying her silence is totally out
of character.
I dont think President Aqui-
no would do that, Binay said in
a statement.
I believe he is not involved.
Binay said he appreciated the
statement of Audit Commission
chairman Grace Pulido-Tan, but
it should be Commissioner Men-
doza who should come out and
explain her actions.
Commissioner Mendoza
should explain her obsessive
interest in Makati, particularly
the programs during my term as
mayor. She should come clean,
Binay said.
He said the Makati Friendship
Suites project now being audited
had been checked and cleared by
the Audit Commission during the
previous administration. Despite
the political animosity between
him and then President Gloria
Macapagal-Arroyo, no case was
led against him over the matter.
Binay made his statement even
as Malacaang said the Audit
Commission should ensure its in-
vestigation of the alleged misuse
of the Makati Friendship Suites
was politically insulated.
Presidential spokesman Edwin
By Willie E. Capulong
and Joel E. Zurbano
SUBIC BAY FREEPORT
The deputy administrator of the
Subic Bay Metropolitan Au-
thority on Thursday denied that
he acted as a go-between for
an Indian company accused of
smuggling 420,000 bags of rice
into the country and a consignee
based in the free port.
Stefani Sano said that, con-
trary to the testimony given at
the Senate Wednesday, he did not
broker a meeting between Amira
C Foods International of India
and Metro Eastern Trading Corp.,
a Subic Bay tenant.
In a statement submitted to the
ofce of SBMA chairman and
administrator Roberto V. Garcia,
Sano said that, on March 20, Vi-
cente Cuevas, a registered free port
For repro-
ductive
health.
Members of the
Catholics for
Reproductive
Health led by
Risa Hontiveros
((4th from left)
light candles
as they call on
Congress to
pass the RH
bill. MANNY
PALMERO
Switched on. President Aquino leads the ceremonial switching on of the Sitio Electrication Program of
the Philippine Rural electric Cooperatives Association. Shown with the president are Energy Secretary Jose
Rene Almendras (right) and cooperative president Wilfred Billena.
Disputed territory. This map shows the area in the West
Philippine Sea (inside the red line) that China has offered to
foreign companies for joint oil exploration.
Baywalk
promenade.
Photos at left
show the archi-
tectural design
and artists rendi-
tion of the new
baywalk along
Roxas Boulevard.
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Manila
SC rule on Congress
seat in JBC out today
Palace aids
De Lima on
disbar case
Subic exec denies role
as broker in rice fiasco
Binay clears Aquino
of link to audit issue
Bribe money
shared every
3 p.m. Friday
at Customs
Arroyo, House allies slammed
for opposing RH measure
Chinas 3rd wave offensive on as it bids out 9 blocks
Gener leaves
23 dead, wide
destruction
across Luzon
investor, invited him to a restau-
rant inside Subic to meet Indian
businessmen who were interested
in setting up logistics facilities.
He said that when he arrived
at the restaurant, he saw Cuevas,
Cesar Bulano of Metro Eastern,
and a group of Indian business-
men who introduced themselves
as representatives of Amira
Foods.
Protik Guha, who introduced
himself as the head of the Indian
delegation, said America was
one of the biggest grain traders
in India and was interested in in-
vesting in Subic.
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Ex-Solicitor General Frank Chavez Senator Joker Arroyo
CHINA
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PHILIPPINES
LAOS
THAILAND
CAMBODIA
BRUNEI
GAS/OIL FIELDS
South China Sea
South China Sea
By Joyce Pangco Paares and Sara Susanne D. Fabunan
BEIJING on Thursday pressed its claim to the
South China Sea with a new offensive that could
spark another row between China and its neigh-
bors, and following reports it had started to bid
out service contracts for the joint exploration of
the islands with foreign oil companies.
Bloomberg, quoting Chinese stud-
ies cited in 2008 by the US Energy
Information Energy, said the South
China Sea could be holding 213 bil-
lion barrels of oil or 80 percent of
Saudi Arabias reserves.
The South China Sea has also a 50-
percent chance of having at least 3.79
trillion cubic meters of undiscovered
conventional gas, which is equivalent
to 30 years of Chinese consumption,
according to the same study.
At the height of the spat in the
South China Sea that led to the non-
issuance of a joint communique in
the 45th Asean foreign ministerial
meeting in June, Beijing insisted on
bilateral talks with the other claimants
and suggested that they join China in
jointly exploring for oil and gas in the
disputed islands.
By Sara Susanne
D. Fabunan
DESPITE government efforts to
institute reforms in the Bureau of
Customs, the 3 oclock habit
or practice of collecting and dis-
tributing bribe money to corrupt
among the bureaus personnel re-
mained unabated, Senator Panlo
Lacson said on Thursday.
Lacson told a weekly forum
at the Senate that the distribution
of tara or bribe to Customs
employees was still being held
at 3 oclock every Friday after-
noon when employees gathered
in the Customs zone.
The practice persists until now.
I dont know why, Lacson said.
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Binay...
Lacierda said the admin-
istration wasnt involved in
the investigation because
the commission was an in-
dependent body. He down-
played speculations the
probe was part of a demoli-
tion job against Binay.
He said the Palace was just
as surprised to learn that Men-
doza had initiated the probe of
the buildings, which the city
government had originally
bought as part of a housing
program for the informal set-
tlers in Makati but supposedly
were converted into a hostel for
visiting ofcials.
It behooves upon [the
Audit Commission to en-
sure that any audit is politi-
cally insulated, Lacierda
said.
The administration is
not involved...The audit is
being done by a constitu-
tional body separate and in-
dependent from the Execu-
tive branch.
Binay had previously
said that Mendozas audit
was part of a demolition
campaign against him by
those who saw him as a
threat to their political am-
bitions in 2016.
Joyce Pangco Paares
Bribe...
He said he had discussed the
matter with former Commissioner
Lito Alvarez, and that Alvarez had
told him that he was initiating re-
forms in the Bureau but the 3 p.m.
habit had yet to be addressed.
Lacson said the bribe money
could amount to billions, and
that the money was being col-
lected from importers or their
brokers.
This involves large amounts
of money and they are given ac-
cording to rank, Lacson said.
I dont know how high the
bribe goes, but it used to be orga-
nized in a way that even the top
ofcials, including the commis-
sioner, are given their share.
The bribe is distributed on top
of what should be paid as Cus-
toms duties.
Lacson however, said he was
sure that Customs Commissioner
Ruffy Biazon was not involved in
the 3 oclock habit.
I trust Commissioner Bi-
azon, he said.
I know him personally and I
know that he will not condone
organized corruption. I know hes
trying his best to stop it.
But Lacson said that if you were
new in the job as Customs commis-
sioner, the old timers in the bu-
reau would test your mettle. Biazon
needed a strong political will to
implement reforms in his agency.
Lacson also appealed to au-
thorities to summon a Vicente
Bong Cuevas for formal in-
vestigation on the issue of the
smuggled rice. Reports said
Cuevas allegedly boasted that
he could facilitate the release
of an import permit within six
to seven days after the 430,000
sacks of smuggled rice were
unloaded.
If he has been identied, he
should be summoned for a formal
investigation, Lacson said.
Lacson said Cuevas might
have also been involved in
smuggling during the past ad-
ministrations.
Involvement per se is not ille-
gal, but his name has consistently
cropped up in several issues, so I
became curious, he said.
Customs agents seized the rice
shipment worth P500 million for
lack of an import permit from the
National Food Authority and had
it stored in the Subic port. With
Joel E. Zurbano
Oil...
On Thursday, though, Manila
said it would be difcult to enter
into a joint oil exploration agree-
ment with the other claimant-
countries until a binding Code of
Conduct to govern the territorial
disputes in the region was in place.
While we may be open to
some way of jointly exploring
those areas, the rst thing that
has to be done is to have a bind-
ing code of conduct, Presidential
Communications Development
Secretary Ramon Carandang said.
He made the statement even as
Taipei said it intended to join the
discussions of the Association of
Southeast Asian Nations on the
drafting of the Code of Conduct.
Taiwan also claims ownership
of some of the islands, includ-
ing the highly-disputed Scarbor-
ough Shoal that in April sparked
a standoff between Beijing and
Manila.
If Taiwan is not able to take
part in the discussions, any results
achieved will be incomplete and
regrettable, Deputy Director-
General of the Ministry of For-
eign Affairs James Chou said in
a report aired over theFocus Tai-
wan News Channel.
Still, any discussions on the is-
sue between Taipei and the Asean
could be censured by Beijing
because of its One-China Policy,
which forbids Taiwan from dis-
cussing foreign affairs with other
countries on issues involving the
mainland.
But Chou said Taipei would
make sure its voice was heard
by the international community
through different channels.
Taiwan stands rm on its sov-
ereignty on the islands in the re-
gion and adheres to the principles
of safeguarding its sovereignty,
shelving disputes, rationality and
peace, and joint exploration.
Unlike Beijing, Taipei is in
favor of resolving the territorial
disputes in the South China Sea
through multilateral talks with
other claimants.
Carandang asked Beijing not
to increase the tension by bid-
ding out the territories outside its
jurisdiction in compliance with
the Declaration of the Code of
Conduct, which Beijing and the
Asean signed in 2002.
We remind our friends, not
just China, that in the spirit of the
Code of Conduct, it might be bet-
ter not to take actions that might
raise tensions, Carandang said.
He said the service contracts
being offered by the Philippines
were in the areas that were not
under dispute and well within the
Philippines exclusive economic
zone.
We will exercise our right as
a sovereign country to bid out li-
censes, Carandang said.
And if those people who have
licenses need protection, we will
provide it to the best of our abil-
ity. With Bloomberg
Palace...
Our legal staff is helping her,
Mr. Aquino said without elaborat-
ing.
Deputy presidential spokes-
woman Abigail Valte earlier said
Malacaang would respect the
councils prerogative if it decid-
ed to exclude De Lima from the
short list of nominees for the next
chief justice because of the pend-
ing disbarment cases against her.
She made the statement after the
Integrated Bar of the Philippines
dismissed De Limas petition to set
aside the disbarment cases against
her for defying a Supreme Court
order to allow former President
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to trav-
el abroad and calling impeached
Chief Justice Renato Corona a
lawless tyrant.
De Lima had appealed to the
council not to automatically ex-
clude her from its short list because
of the two cases, but IBP spokes-
woman Trixie Reyes-Angeles said
the groups governors had re-
solved to deny her petition.
Earlier, Senator Francis Escu-
dero said a JBC rule disqualifying
applicants with pending cases be-
fore the Supreme Court, the Of-
ce of the Ombudsman or the IBP
would apply to De Lima.
He said there would be a conict
of interest in the event that De Lima
was picked to replace Corona.
The IBP recommendation on
the disbarment cases against de
Lima would eventually be decid-
ed on by the high court of which
she might be part of.
In the past, former Solici-
tor General and Justice Sec-
retary Agnes Devanadera was
disqualified because of an
unresolved complaint against
her before the Ombudsman.
Joyce Pangco Paares
Arroyo...
with pro-family planning legisla-
tors in Malacaang.
Lagman made his statement
even as Senator Panlo Lacson
said he was condent the Re-
productive Health bill would be
passed into law on Aug. 7.
He called on the Senate to to nal-
ly vote on the bill after some mem-
bers of the House of Representatives
said they would push for a vote on
the same measure on Aug. 7.
I think it will pass, Lacson
said during a weekly forum at the
Senate.
Its time it was brought to the
oor for a vote.
Lagman said Arroyos opposi-
tion to the RH bill amounts to
depriving Filipino women of the
same right she herself enjoyed
and the choice of availing them-
selves of non-abortive contracep-
tives.
If a woman of means has the
right to contracept, why should
she deny other women, particu-
larly those in the marginalized
sectors, from using contracep-
tives to meet their fertility goals
and desired family size? he said.
Lagman also criticized his for-
mer colleagues in the minority
bloc for withdrawing their sup-
port for the measure.
It is a mere partisan support
for former President Gloria Ma-
capagal-Arroyos opposition to
the controversial measure, Lag-
man said.
Many of those who withdrew
as co-authors are long-stand-
ing RH advocates like [minor-
ity leader] Representative Danilo
Suarez [of Quezon] who has been
a consistent and vocal co-author
for three Congresses dating back
to the 13th Congress.
Lagman, however, dismissed
what he called the much-bally-
hooed withdrawal, saying it was
not crucial to the nal outcome
which the RH advocates will win.
With Sara Susanne D. Fabunan
Subic...
Sano said Guha wanted to
know if Metro Eastern was a
registered company authorized
to handle importations.
Guha also inquired about the
SBMAs policies on transship-
ment and logistics operations,
activities that Sano said the
SBMA wanted to promote.
Sano also said he was not at
the Senate hearing Wednesday
despite newspaper reports that
attributed statements to him.
I was in Subic and was sur-
prised when informed by Chair-
man Garcia about the allega-
tions made by Bulaon linking
him with the rice importation
asco, Sano said.
He admitted meeting once
more with Amira ofcials at the
Edsa Shangri-La in Mandaluy-
ong on March 22 with Cuevas,
but not with Bulaon. At that
meeting, the Amira ofcials
again expressed interest in set-
ting up operations at the Subic
free port, he said.
He was accompanied at the
meeting by Ivy Alipoon from
the SBMAs logistics depart-
ment, who was appointed ac-
count ofcer for Amiras proj-
ect.
On May 21, Amira submitted
a letter of intent signifying its
plan to set up a business inside
the Subic free port, and said it
was looking for a one-hectare
site to set up its logistics facili-
ties.
Sano, who is scheduled to
appear before the Senate panel
investigating the rice shipment
on Tuesday, said he would be
denying any role in its process-
ing or that he helped nd the
warehouse to store the grain.
Also on Thursday, the Bu-
reau of Customs said the Indian
rice shipment was originally
430,000 bags, but 4,000 bags
were lost to pilferage, leaving
only 426,000 bags.
A memo from X-ray Inspec-
tion Project eld ofcer Filemon
Obejas Jr. said 430,000 bags of
rice consigned to Metro Eastern
arrived in bulk, but they could ac-
count for only 426,000 bags be-
cause of pilferage from the ware-
house where it was stored.
It was unclear, however, why
only 420,000 bags were eventu-
ally reported.
Customs Commissioner
Ruffy Biazon said the shipment
from India arrived on April 4
aboard the vessel Vinalines
Mighty.
Biazon said his men got
suspicious when the importer
failed to produce the needed re-
quirements for rice importation
such as the allocation and im-
port permits from the National
Food Administration.
Metro Eastern said the real
consignee of the shipment was
Amira, and that the rice was
originally destined for Jakarta
but its import permit there had
lapsed because of the delays in
its shipment.
But Subic ofcials said the
shipment was really destined
for delivery to the Philippines
based on its bill of lading.
A packing list and commer-
cial invoice from Amari also
identied Metro Eastern as the
consignee and Subic as the port
of discharge.
Without doubt, this is a case
of large-scale attempt to smug-
gle rice into the country. Had we
not stopped this illegal rice im-
portation, it could have caused
tremendous damage to our local
farmers, said Biazon who or-
dered the shipment seized.
Amira later led an appeal
to have its shipment released.
With Othel V. Campos
Gener...
The typhoon left the Philip-
pines Thursday night and was
last seen 405 kilometers north of
Basco, Batanes. The country may
expect good weather by Friday,
the weather bureau said.
Weather forecaster Jori Loiz said
a low- pressure area was spotted in
the Pacic Ocean on Thursday and
could enter the Philippines, but it
was expected to curve away.
A Coast Guard ship rescued
seven Koreans from a tugboat
drifting off Capones Point after it
received a distress alert from the
Maritime Rescue Coordinating
Centers of Korea, Madrid, Hong
Kong and Guam, a Coast Guard
spokesman said.
Even if the sea was rough,
BRP EDSA sailed out to perform
a search-and-rescue mission, Lt.
Cdr. Armand Balilo said.
The Coast Guard also rescued
22 shermen off Semirara Island
in Antique when their boat was
battered by strong winds and big
waves and capsized.
In Ilocos Sur, the Coast Guard
sent out a general alarm to vessels
and coastal villages to watch out
for an outrigger that was reported
missing with two people aboard.
In Navotas, Mayor John Rey
Tiangco ordered residents to
stack sandbags along the Malo-
bon-Navotas River and in the
coastal areas facing Manila Bay
to prevent ash oods after he
declared a state of calamity.
In Malolos City, two people
drowned in separate incidents
in the ooded towns of Obando
and Marilao while swimming in
swollen rivers.
An ofcial said 11 villages in
Obando, 16 villages in Hagonoy,
and 12 villages in Calumpit were
still under water, and up to ve
feet deep in some areas.
Bulacan Gov. Willy Sy-Alvarado
sent relief and rescue teams to the
ooded areas, and the Army sent two
trucks to pick up stranded people.
JBC...
from Congress when they allowed
the Supreme Court and the Palace to
designate substitute representatives
to the council in contravention of the
Constitution.
Earlier, the Court allowed the
Palace to designate Undersecretary
Michael Musngi to take the place of
Justice Secretary Leila de Lima on
the council after she inhibited herself
from its deliberations because of her
own bid to become chief justice.
The Court also designated Associ-
ate Justice Diosdado Peralta as acting
chairman of the council to replace act-
ing Chief Justice Antonio Carpio, who
also inhibited himself from the pro-
ceedings for the same reason.
If the Supreme Court stuck to the
letter of the Constitution, Arroyo
said, these substitutions were also
unconstitutional.
For instance, the Constitution spe-
cically assigns the chief justice as the
ex-ofcio chairman of the council and
the Justice secretary as a member, and
makes no provision for substitutions.
It is the chief justice that presides
over the JBCthe chief justice and
no one else, Arroyo saids.
But the Court decided to have
someone else preside over the JBC.
Now when we do that, there is a
problem created because the Consti-
tution said that it is the chief justice
that should preside. Arroyo also
said that Musngis assignment to
the council was a problem because
he was not the secretary of Justice as
the Constitution required.
Those substitutions had caused
one problem after another on the
council.
Arroyo reiterated the contention that
the framers of the Constitution made
an oversight in assigning only one rep-
resentative to the bicameral Congress.
However, Associate Justice Jose
Perez, one of the seven justices in the
majority ruling that granted Chavezs
petition, disagreed with Arroyo, noting
that Congress claim of inadvertence
in writing the provisions on JBC can-
not be proven by direct evidence.
Even assuming there was inad-
vertence, Perez said, the Constitu-
tion had already been ratied by the
people and should be respected.
In response, Arroyo said that the
eight-member composition of the
JBC, with two representatives from
Congress, had been sanctioned by
eight previous chief justices. Why,
he asked, should the Court change
the long observed practice because
of the opinion of one person?
Arroyo said Congress could not
be represented by just one person
in the JBC since a representative
from the Senate could not speak
and vote for both houses.
Besides, he said, Congress would
be underrepresented in the JBC if it
had only one vote, explaining that the
President already had four appointees
and a representative in the council.
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FIRST METRO MANILA ENGINEERING DISTRICT
Westbank Road, Manggahan Floodway,
Brgy. Rosario, Pasig City
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Scope of Work: Construction of Health Center
Approved Budget for
the Contract (ABC): Php7,839,920.51
Contract Duration: 150 Calendar Days
4. Contract ID: 0120B0173
Contract Name: Dredging/Deepening of Napindan River along Napindan Hydraulic
Control, Pasig City
Contract Location: Pasig City
Scope of Work: Proposed Dredging/Deepening
Approved Budget for
the Contract (ABC): Php49,499,956.62
Contract Duration: 120 Calendar Days
5. Contract ID: 0120B0174
Contract Name: Construction of Slope Protection along Maricaban Creek, Taguig City
Contract Location: Taguig City
Scope of Work: Construction of Slope Protection
Approved Budget for
the Contract (ABC): Php46,160,133.57
Contract Duration: 150 Calendar Days
6. Contract ID: 0120B0175
Contract Name: Improvement/Construction of Gravity Wall at Intermittent Section along
Taguig-Labasan River, from Sta. 0 + 847 to Sta. 0 + 000 (Right Side
Facing Downstream), Taguig City
Contract Location: Taguig City
Scope of Work: Improvement/Construction of Gravity Wall
Approved Budget for
the Contract (ABC): Php17,737,822.35
Contract Duration: 120 Calendar Days
7. Contract ID: 0120B0176
Contract Name: Clearing of Hyacinths and Dredging of the Lower Marikina River
besides EFCOS Master Plan Control Station to Mouth of Rosario Weir,
Rosario, Pasig City
Contract Location: Pasig City
Scope of Work: Dredging
Approved Budget for
the Contract (ABC): Php14,999,915.33
Contract Duration: 120 Calendar Days
8. Contract ID: 0120B0177
Contract Name: Improvement/Construction of Gravity Wall (with Gabions as
Foundation) at Intermittent Section along Munting Dilao River, Sta.
1+850 to Sta. 3+600, Antipolo City, Rizal
Contract Location: Antipolo City, Rizal
Scope of Work: Improvement/Construction of Gravity Wall
Approved Budget for
the Contract (ABC): Php14,662,723.45
Contract Duration: 120 Calendar Days
9. Contract ID: 0120B0178
Contract Name: Improvement/DEsiltation Works at Drainage Channel along Lakeshore
Dike from Acacia to Connection Road, Sta. 0 + 000 to Sta. Sta. 0 + 380
and from Tapayan Pumping Station to Evacuation Dike, Sta. 0 + 000 to
Sta. 1 + 540, Taytay, Rizal
Contract Location: Taytay, Rizal
Scope of Work: Improvement/Desiltation Works at Drainage Channel
Approved Budget for
the Contract (ABC): Php7,081,526.98
Contract Duration: 90 Calendar Days
10. Contract ID: 0120B0179
Contract Name: Construction of Bridge at Maricaban Creek, Taguig City
Contract Location: Taguig City
Scope of Work: Construction of Bridge
Approved Budget for
the Contract (ABC): Php5,887,183.65
Contract Duration: 120 Calendar Days
11. Contract ID: 0120B0181
Contract Name: Maintenance/Repair of Gravity Wall along Intermittent Section of cainta
River from Sta. 5+422 to Sta. 5+940, Cainta Rizal
Contract Location: Cainta Rizal
Scope of Work: Maintenance/Repair of Gravity Wall
Approved Budget for
the Contract (ABC): Php6,262809.34
Contract Duration: 60 Calendar Days
Procurement will be conducted through open competitive bidding procedures in accordance
with R.A. 9184 and its Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations.
To bid for this contract, a contractor must submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) together with their
Class A Documents and must meet the following major criteria: (a) prior registration with DPWH,
(b) Filipino citizen or 75% Filipino-owned partnership, corporation, cooperative, or joint venture with
PCAB license applicable to the type and cost of this contract, (c) completion of similar contract
costing at least 50% of ABC within a period of 10 years, and, (d) Net Financial Contracting Capacity
at least equal to ABC, or credit line commitment for at least 10% of ABC. The BAC will use non-
discretionary pass/fail criteria in the eligibility check and preliminary examination of bids.
Unregistered contractors, however, shall submit their applications for registration to the
DPWH-POCW Central Offce before the deadline for the receipt of LOI. The DPWH POCW-Central
Offce will only process contractors applications for registration, with completes requirements, and
issue the Contractors Certifcate of Registration (CRC).Registration Forms may be downloaded at
the DPWH website www.dpwh.gov.ph.
The signifcant times and deadlines of procurement activities are shown below:
1. Receipt of LOI from Prospective Bidders August 03 - 16, 2012
2. Issuance of Bidding Documents August 03 - 23, 2012
3. Pre-Bid Conference August 10, 2012 at 2:00 PM
4. Receipt of Bids August 23, 2012 until 10:00 AM
5. Opening of Bids August 23, 2012 at 2:00 P.M.
Prospective bidders may download the LOI Forms from DPWH website: www.dpwh.gov.ph.
(allowing the flling of Letter of Intent free of charge and prescribing fxed costs of bidding documents
as per D.O. No. 52 dated October 03, 2012).
The BAC, will issue hard copies of Bidding Documents (BDs) at First Metro Manila
Engineering District, Westbank Road, Manggahan Floodway, Rosario, Pasig City, upon
payment of a non-refundable fee of TEN THOUSAND PESOS ONLY - TWENTY THOUSAND
PESOS ONLY (Php10,000.00 Php20,000.00). Prospective bidders may also download the BDs,
if available, from the DPWH website. Bidders that will download the BDs from the DPWH website
shall pay the said fees on or before the submission of their bid documents. Bid must be accompanied
by a bid security, in the amount and acceptable form, as stated in Section 27.2 of the Revised IRR.
Prospective bidders shall submit their duly accomplished forms as specifed in the BDs in
two (2) separate sealed bid envelopes to the BAC Chairman. The frst envelope shall contain the
technical component of the bid, which shall the eligibility requirements. The second envelope shall
contain the fnancial component of the bid. Contract will be awarded to the Lowest Calculated
Responsive Bid as determined in the bid evaluation and the post-qualifcation.
Interested contractors are also required to present the original copies of the following
documents for authentication and issuance of Bid Documents: (PCAB License; b) Contractors
Registration Certifcate; c) Certifcate of Materials Engineer Accreditation; d) Latest Copy of
Authorizing Offcer; e) Certifcate of Safety Offcer Seminar from Dole, f) Phil-Geps Order Form
(Documents Request List), g) 2011CPES Rating.
The First Metro Manila Engineering District assumes no responsibility whatsoever to
compensate or indemnity bidders for any expenses incurred in the preparation of the bid.
The First Metro Manila Engineering District reserves the right to accept or reject any bid
and to annul the bidding process and reject all Bids at any time prior to contract award, without
incurring any liability to the affected bidders or Bidders.
Approved by:
(Sgd.) MARIO E. ALCANTARA
OIC-Chief, Maintenance Section
Engineer III/BAC Chairman
NOTED
(Sgd.) ROBERTO S. NICOLAS
District Engineer
(MST-AUGUST 3, 2012)
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Cebu call center unplugs;
600 workers up in arms
Ozamis inmates surrender
IN BRIEF
Govt witnesses get facelift
Amid eviction threat, Jusmag residents appeal to Aquino, Binay
Appeals court clears Ampatuan clan
Endangered turtles home
Partido Manggagawa chair-
man Renato Magtubo said the
Direct Access Corporation, a
locator in the Asiatown IT Park
in Cebu City, shut down without
due notice last July 30.
Magtubo said the Labor
Department and other agencies
should not be complacent that
all was well for workers in the
BPO industry.
He said BPO industry prides
itself with above-standard
systems but actually are
substandard practices common
in other businesses.
PM-Cebu spokesman Dennis
Derige said the teleconference
scheduled on Aug. 2 between
leaders of the Direct Access
workers and the US-based owner
was reset for Aug. 3.
He said that no agreement
was reached at mediation called
yesterday by the National
Conciliation and Mediation
Board, and a meeting with the
Cebu tripartite industrial peace
council.
Direct Access workers
welcome the offer of
employment at other BPO
companies even as they press
for their demands with the
different institutions that are
intervening. They demand
justice for workers, the payment
of some P6.4 million in wages
and other emoluments, and
the companys culpability
for violations of labor laws,
Derige insisted.
Magtubo also called for health
and safety concerns specic to
the BPO industry, especially due
to the graveyard working shift
prevalent in call centers.
BPO companies must provide
health insurance that is on top
of the mandatory Philhealth
membership and guarantees
wider coverage and better
benets that especially address
call center-specic health issues
and afictions.
Meanwhile, the Labor de-
partment suspended the ac-
creditation of a Kuwait-based
placement agency after a Fili-
pino domestic jumped from
the second floor of her em-
ployers house.
Labor attache to Kuwait
David Des Dicang was ordered
to look into the case of the
Filipino, Margie Pontanillas
who suffered injuries trying
to escape from her allegedly
abusive empployer.
The Labor ofce brought her
to nearby Mubarak Al Kabir
Hospital and later transferred
her to Al Razi Hospital where
she was recuperating.
By Vito Barcelo
A LABOR group on Thursday called
on the government to enforce labor
standards in the business process
outsourcing industry following the
abrupt closure of a call center in Cebu
City which left more than 600 workers
jobless, with unpaid wages, benets and
unremitted social security contributions.
By Rey Requejo
THE members of the Ampatuan clan have
been cleared of committing the alleged
crime of rebellion in connection with the
massacre of 57 people including 32 journal-
ists in Maguindanao three years ago.
In a resolution penned by Associate
Justice Elihu Ybanez, the CAs former
Special Seventeenth Division affirmed
its decision dated December 15, 2011
upholding the order of Regional Trial
Court of Quezon City Judge Vivencio
Baclig that junked the rebellion case for
lack of probable cause.
The CA denied the motion for reconsid-
eration led by the Ofce of the Solicitor
General for lack of merit because it failed to
present new arguments that would warrant
the reversal of its decision.
Despite the dismissal of the rebellion case,
the accused led by the clans patriarch Datu
Andal Ampatuan Sr. will have to remain in
jail pending the resolution of the 57 counts
of murder charges
led against them
before the QC RTC
in connection with
the Maguindanao
massacre.
After a care-
ful and judicious
evaluation of the
arguments raised by
petitioner People of
the Philippines, we
see no compelling
reason to modify,
reverse, or set aside
our decision, the
same being appo-
sitely supported by
law and jurispru-
dence, the CA ruled.
The issues raised are mere reiteration
of the previous arguments which have
already been duly considered and passed
upon by this Court, it said.
In its Dec. 15, 2011 decision, the appellate
court blamed the prosecution for the weak
case against the accused.
It held that the DOJ was not able to prove
its claim of rebellion against the Ampatuans
and their followers.
Apart from Ampatuan Sr. and former
Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao
Gov. Zaldy Ampatuan, also cleared were
Datu Anwar Ampatuan, Datu Sajid Islam
Ampatuan and Datu Akmad Tato Ampatuan.
Meanwhile, a police colonel on Thursday
pleaded not guilty before the Quezon City
regional trial court on his alleged role in the
Maguindanao massacre.
Col. Abdulwahid Pedtucasan, former dep-
uty chief of the provincial mobile group in
Maguindanao, was arraigned before Judge
Jocelyn Solis Reyes of branch 221.
By Ferdie Fabella
A GROUP of active and retired military
personnel has turned to President Aqui-
no and Vice President Jejomar Binay in
their ght against the Bases Conversion
and Development Authority, which has
threatened to evict them from a sup-
posedly government-owned lot in Fort
Bonifacio, Taguig City.
In a letter to President Aquino, the
Consular Area Residents Association,
Inc. led by retired Col. Benjamin Zabat
complained of harassment and intimida-
tion by BCDA representatives until they
voluntarily gave up their properties from
the disputed land.
These soldiers, retired veterans and
their families put their lives at risk in the
service of their fellow Filipinos. Clearly,
this is not the way to treat the soldiers
and retired veterans who have chosen
to serve and defend our country, Zabat
told Aquino.
On July 20, BCDA president Arnel
Casanova issued a notice to the remain-
ing 21 families in Jusmag area to peace-
fully vacate their houses pending a forced
demolition of all structures in the property.
Zabat, however, said the Diplomatic
and Consular Area where they are re-
siding is not part of Jusmag as provid-
ed under Proclamation No. 423, which
established the Fort Andres Bonifacio
Military Reservation.
He added they are willing to negotiate
with BCDA ofcials to settle this matter in
a more humane manner so that legal options
can be discussed to protect their interests.
In a separate letter to Binay, who is
the concurrent chief of the Housing and
Development Coordinating Council,
CARAIs legal counsel Howard Calleja
questioned Casanovas authority to or-
der a demolition and evict the residents.
Mr. Casanovas appointment is under
serious question. It is highly anomalous
and irregular that Mr. Casanova should
purport to act as president when the law
has clearly and expressly given the posi-
tion to Mr. Felicito Payumo, Calleja said.
The group pointed out that the threat of
an improvident and precipitate demolition
of the structures belonging to the soldiers,
retired veterans and their families residing
at the Diplomatic and Consular Area
is contrary to the purposes sought to
be served by BCDA and Republic Act
7279, otherwise known as the Urban
Development and Housing Act of 1992.
Amphibian. A Navy vessel brims with passengers eager to go home amid ooding in most
parts of Navotas, Metro Manila. DANNY PATA
THE merchants of Venus including
boob-job experts such as Vicki Belo and
Manny Calayan may do well to prepare
for a House bill giving state witnesses en-
rolled in the protection program the right
to change their identities or looks, even.
Approved on third and nal reading,
House bill 5714 seeking amendments to
the Witness Protection Law intended to
boost the anti-crime efforts and plug the
loopholes in the law. Cosmetic surgery is
allowed at the states expense under the bill.
Aurora Rep. Juan Edgardo Angara and
several congressmen authored the pro-
posed law and sought to provide a wit-
ness and his/her family the right to have a
secure housing facility and relocation.
FOUR inmates who bolted the Ozamis City
Jail in Misamis Oriental surrendered last
Wednesday to Mayor Nova Princess Paro-
jino-Echavez, who turned them over on the
same day to Chief Diony Mamaril of the Bu-
reau of Jail Management and Penology.
He said Angelo Bacus and Jomar Pel-
ago are held on drug charges, Frevilito
Gabigas Jr. for robbery, and a minor
whose name was withheld.
Mamaril said they were among the 12
inmates who escaped at the height to Ty-
phoon Gener last Sunday by sawing off
the iron bars of their cell.
He said tracking teams managed to re-
arrest four on Monday in Tubod town in
Lanao del Norte.
Mamari identied them as Angelito
Pepito, Ronnie Tumapon, Wilfred Giolen
and Jojie Pabingwit.
He said four remain at large: Wilfedo Pan-
ongalinga Jr., who is charged with murder,
Mario Elumbaga with theft, Harry Alfeche
and Roger Felicilda both on drug violation.
Mamaril ordered Insp. Arnel Nacasabug
to replace Warden Murphy Podyog while
reminding jail staff to be vigilant and faith-
ful to their duty in minding the offenders
under their custody. Jonathan Fernandez
THIS time, its the endangered reptiles
that are the smugglers target.
The Customs bureau, Ofce of the Trans-
portation Security, Police Aviation Security
Group and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic
Resources are keeping a tight watch at the
Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
Airport authorities launched a campaign
to prevent smuggling of Philippines en-
dangered reptiles, with Hong kong and Tai-
wan as trans-shipment points.
Hongkong authorities found several
plastic bags of the rare species of forest
turtles hidden in a luggage of a 22-year
old passenger last June 14. The turtles
were returned on Wednesday to the
DENR. The smuggler was sentenced to a
six-week prison term. Eric Apolonio
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COMMISSION ON ELECTIONS
Intramuros, Manila
EN BANC
IN THE MATTER OF: (1) THE
AUTOMATIC REVIEW BY
THE COMMISSION EN BANC
OF PENDING PETITIONS
FOR REGISTRATION OF
PARTY-LIST GROUPS;
AND (2) SETTING FOR
HEARING THE ACCREDITED
PARTY-LIST GROUPS OR
ORGANIZATIONS WHICH ARE
EXISTING AND WHICH HAVE
FILED MANIFESTATIONS OF
INTENT TO PARTICIPATE IN
THE 2013 NATIONAL AND
LOCAL ELECTIONS
BRILLANTES, S.S. Jr.
SARMIENTO, R.V.
TAGLE, L.N.
VELASCO, A.C.
YUSOPH, E.R.
LIM, C.R.S.
Chairman
Commissioner
Commissioner
Commissioner
Commissioner
Commissioner
x--------------------------------------x
Promulgated: August 2, 2012
RESOLUTION NO. 9513
WHEREAS, a pursuant to Section 2 (5), Article IX-B of the Constitution, the
Commssion on Elections shall exercise the power and function to:
(5) Register, after suffcient publication, political parties,
organizations, or conditions which, in addition to other requirements,
must present their platform or program of government...
WHEREAS, the supreme Court, in Ang Bagong Bayani-OFW Party v.
Commission on Elections
1
, emphasized that:
In the end, the role of the Comelec is to see to it that only
those Filipinos who are marginalized and underrepresented become
members of Congress under the party-list sytem, Fiipino-style.
WHEREAS, the Supreme Court, in the same Ang Bagong Bayani case, laid down
guidelines called from the law and the Constitution to assist the Commission in determining
whether parties and organizations comply with the requirements of the law, to wit:
First, the political party, sector, organization or coalition must
represent the marginalized and underrepresented groups identifed in
Section 5 of RA 7941...
Third, ...that the religious sector may not be represented in the
party-list system...
Fourth, a party or organization must not be disqualifed
under Section 6 of RA 7941, which enumerates the grounds for
disqualifcation...
Fifth, the party or organization must not be an adjunct of, or a
project organized or a entity funded or assisted by, the government...
Sixth, the party must not only comply with the requirements of
the law; its nominees must likewise do so...

Seventh, not only the candidate party or organization must
represent marginalized and underrepresented sectors; so also must
its nominees...
Eighth, ...while lacking a well-defned political constituency,
the nominee must likewise be able to contribute to the formulation
and enactment of appropriate legislation that will beneft the nation
as a whole...
WHEREAS, in BANAT v. Commission on Elections
2
, the Supreme Court,
by a vote of 8-7, decided to continue the ruling disallowing major political parties from
participating in the party-list elections, directly or indirectly;
WHEREAS, it is necessary and indispensable for the Commission En Banc
to review and affrm the grant of registration and accreditation to party-list groups
and organizations in view of its role in ensuring that only those parties, groups, or
organizations with the requisite character consistent with the purpose of the party-
list system is registered and accredited to participate in the party-list system of
representation;
WHEREAS, Section 4, Rule 1 of the Commissions Rules of Procedure
authorize the suspension of the Rules or any portion thereof I the interest of justice
and in order to obtain the speedy disposition of all matters pending before it; and
WHEREAS, Section 19 of the Commissions Rules of Procedure on Motions
for Reconsideration should be suspended in order for the Commission En Banc to
fulfll ts role as stated in the Ang Bagong Bayani case.
NOW THEREFORE, in view of the foregoing, the Commission on Elections,
by virtue of the powers vested in it by the Constitution, the Omnibus Elections Code,
and the Republic Act No. 7941 or the Party-List System Act, hereby RESOLVES to
promulgate the following:
(1) In all pending cases where a Division grants the Petition for
Registration of a party-list group or organization, the records shall
be forwarded to the Commission En Banc for automatic review
within fve (5) days from the promulgation of the Resolution without
need of a motion for reconsideration. It shall be understood that
a party-list group or organization shall not be deemed accredited
without affrmation from the Commission En Banc of the Divisions
ruling. For this purpose, the provisions of Rule 19 of the 1993
COMELEC Rules of Procedure shall be suspended.
(2) To set for the summary evidentiary hearings by the Commission
En Banc, for purposes of determining their continuing compliance
with the requirements of R.A. No. 7941 and the guidelines in the
Ang Bagong Bayani case, and, if the the non-compliant, cancel
the registration of the following:
(a) Party-list groups or organizations which are already registered
and accredited and will participate in the May 13, 2013
Elections, provided that the Commission En Banc has
not passed upon the grant of their respective Petitions for
Registration; and
(b) Party-list groups or organizations which are existing and
retained in the list of registered Party-list Parties per Resolution
No. 9412, promulgates on 27 April 2012, and which have
fles their respective Manifestations of Intent to Participate in
the Party-List System of representation in the May 13, 2012
Elections.
Let the Clerk of the Commission implement the Resolution.
The Education and Information Department of the Commission shall cause
the publication of the Resolution in two (2) daily newspaper of general circulation.
SO ORDERED.
SIXTO S. BRILLANTES, JR.
Chairman
RENE V. SARMIENTO LUCENITO N. TAGLE
Commissioner Commissioner
ARMANDO C. VELASCO ELIAS R. YUSOPH
Commissioner Commissioner
CHRISTIAN ROBERT S. LIM
Commissioner
1
G.R. Nos. 147589 and 147613, 26 June 2001
2
G.R. Nos. 179295, 21 April 2009
(MST-AUGUST 3, 2012)
Opinion Adelle Chua, Editor
ManilaStandardToday
mst.lettertotheeditor@gmail.com AUGUST 3, 2012 FRIDAY
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RICE smuggling in the Philippines, it
seems, has been going on for decades,
and unless the Bureau of Customs
gets to the bottom of it and catches
the big sh, the activity will persist.
No major cases against rice
smugglers have been exposed by the
government because the purported
activity remained just talk that
eventually died down. But talk of rice
smuggling has become the norm, be it
in Batangas, Cebu or the other major
ports. Customs has neither denied nor
conrmed the chatter because there
are no complainants to begin with and
no formal investigations to pursue.
The cases of the allegedly
illegal shipments of rice in the
Subic Freeport, as recent initial
investigations indicate, appeared
to be outright smuggling because
the importation was done outside
the prevailing stringent rules of the
National Food Authority. Because
of the sensitivity of the commodity
to farmers and consumers, the NFA
allows only three modes of rice
imports: government-to-government,
shipments by the private sector and
purchases made outside of the so-
called minimum access volume.
In all three modes, all rice shipments
are governed by the NFA. The agency
requires traders in foreign nations to
make an offer in an auction under the
rst procedure to get the best possible
price for the commodity. The NFA
in the second mode also conducts
an auction with foreign suppliers
and awards the imports to private
companies and farmer-groups. The
private sector group, prior to the
bidding, undergoes a qualifying
process to obtain NFA accreditation.
Rice shipments made outside the
MAV, meanwhile, are slapped a
50-percent import tariff compared
with 40 percent from those purchased
by the NFA for the private sector,
making it costlier to buy abroad.
The rice shipments impounded in
the Subic Freeport could not have
come from the NFA and, thus, were
clearly smuggled. State agencies
like the Customs and the Subic Base
Metropolitan Authority should set
aside their turf war and, instead, work
together to root out the major problem.
The Senate investigation, too,
must ferret out the truth and
pinpoint a possible syndicate behind
rice smuggling. Otherwise, rice
smuggling will remain idle talkone
that continues to enrich a few.
Rice smuggling
EDITORIAL
Do we really care about the Constitution?
Conclusion
UNDER the Constitution, constitu-
tional amendments or revisions may
be proposed directly by Congress or
by a constitutional convention called
by Congress or by the people. Amend-
ments may also be proposed directly by
the people on a petition of at least 12
percent of all the voters, provided every
district is represented by at least three
percent of all its registered voters.
As we all can see, the President has
no role to play in any of the above. That
notwithstanding, he or she always tries
to call the shots. This has been our ex-
perience for years.
Toward the end of his term (1992 to
1998), Fidel V. Ramos tried to have the
Constitution amended so he could run
for another term. Many supported the
idea, but Ramos did not want to come
out in the open even after it had become
known that he was behind the private
initiative.
In 1999, President Alberto Fujimori of
Peru told me on the sidelines of the APEC
summit in Auckland that during the 1996
APEC summit in Subic, FVR had asked
him how he was able to change the Peru-
vian Constitution in 1993 to allow him to
run for reelection in 1995.
Fujimori narrated the story with
some amusement, but it was FVR who
had the last laugh. He never got to run
again, but he left Malacanang looking
like a statesman while Fujimori fell
from power after winning a third term
in 2000. He ed to Japan where he lived
for ve years, was arrested in Chile, ex-
tradited to Lima and is now in prison.
In his time (1998-2001), Estrada put
together a group of academics to study
possible constitutional reform. But he
was ousted after a little over two years.
Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (2001 to
2010) tried to arrange a shift to parlia-
mentary government so she could stay
on as prime minister. Her allies tried to
push this through peoples initiative, but
this too failed.
On June 30, 2010, Arroyo relinquished
the presidency to Aquino III. He is telling
the Congress leaders now not to be too
hot in their desire to amend the Constitu-
tion. So unless he changes his mind, no
constitutional change will occur.
What will it take to change his mind?
A promise to limit the proposed change
to a provision allowing foreigners to
own real property and have a bigger say
in the exploitation of natural resources
and the operation of public utilities in
the Philippines?
But why should that be? If the Con-
stitution is to be touched at all, should it
not go into the heart of the most pressing
generational, millennial, and civilizational
questions? And should it be done, can it
be done, by the present Congress, which
so many of us are looking forward to see
it passing by, or even by the next Con-
gress, which is likely to be made up of the
same raw materials?
For the needed constitutional change
to have a lasting impact, it should be
made in a free and open convention by
delegates elected solely for that purpose
by the Filipino people. The nation must
make sure that whatever solutions the
convention will offer will not be coming
from those who constitute the problem.
If we must talk about the economy,
we must talk not only about attracting
foreign investors, which need not even
go into the Constitution. We must talk
above all of the social contract between
the present and the future---what the
present owes the future generations.
We must talk of our national patri-
mony. Given the recent maritime ten-
sions in our area, we need to secure our
national territory physically and legally,
through the Constitution. The denition
of our national territory has undergone
some sea-change. We must reopen the
discussion.
According to the 1973 Constitution,
the national territory comprises the Phil-
ippine archipelago, with all the islands and
waters embraced therein, and all the other
territories belonging to the Philippines by
historic or legal title, including the ter-
ritorial sea, the air space, the subsoil, the
sea-bed, the insular shelves, and the other
submarine areas over which the Philip-
pines has sovereignty or jurisdiction. The
waters around, between and connecting
the islands of the archipelago, irrespective
of their breadth and dimensions, form part
of the internal waters of the Philippines.
In 1986, however, Corys concom
deleted the words all other territories
belonging to the Philippines by historic
or legal title from Article I of the Con-
stitution. Arturo M. Tolentino, one of
the greatest Filipino legal minds that
ever graced the scene---one of the most
eloquent voices heard in the UN Confer-
ence on the Law of the Sea---denounced
that deletion as a mistake.
For him, that amounted to our virtu-
ally dropping our Sabah claim, and our
right to over 90 million hectares of ter-
ritorial waters under the Treaty of Paris
and related treaties. The Spratlys and
Scarborough Shoal were not yet our
concerns then. They are now.
Some concom commissioner sim-
ply brushed aside Tolentinos concern
as amusing. But that contemptuous
put-down does not amuse anyone now.
It would be to the Presidents eternal
credit if he could help reopen that dis-
cussion now.
fstatad@gmail.com
A policy of arrogance
WHAT are we in power for, the cyni-
cal question attributed to Jose Aveli-
no, the third Senate president and a
founder of the Liberal Party, asks. In
the take-no-prisoners political envi-
ronment engendered by the assump-
tion to the presidency of the relent-
lessly vindictive Noynoy Aquino, the
answer could very well be: Why, to
make life a living hell for our ene-
mies, among other things, of course.
The Aquino administration talks
a lot about making criminal offend-
ers associated with its predecessor-
in-ofce answer for their crimes. But
apparently, it is not above persecuting
even those whose only crime is as-
sociation with the previous govern-
ment that did not immediately convert
itself into undying loyalty to the cur-
rent occupant of Malacaang Palace,
once it had taken power.
In other words,
it doesnt matter if
you never stole a
centavo from the
government dur-
ing the Arroyo ad-
ministration you
will be punished
if you are criti-
cal of the current
government. By
the same token, if
you took every-
thing you could
lay your hands on
in the past regime
but managed to re-
cycle yourself into
a Yellow fanboy,
you will be forgiven and amply re-
warded.
Thats douchebaggery as govern-
ment policy, as one of my favorite
bloggers, the business consultant Ben
Kritz, calls it. Or, in the words of Bud-
get Secretary Florencio Abad Jr., the
admission that political realities
prevent the release of pork-barrel
funds to members of Congress per-
ceived to be opponents of the Aquino
administration.
Its already hard to argue against
Abads being a D.B. when practically
his entire family found work in the
Aquino government in sensitive,
high-level, purse string-holding posi-
tions, no less. But when Abad went to
Congress this week to defend Presi-
dent Noynoy Aquinos proposed P2-
trillion national budget for next year,
he proved that he will take on anyone
who may want to challenge him for
the title of Biggest D.B. of Them All.
Grilled by Zambales Rep. Milagros
Magsaysay about the withholding of
P140 million that represents her Prior-
ity Development Assistance Fund for
two years running, Abad could only
say that the buck stops with me. Even
the tears of Magsaysay, a erce critic of
this administration, failed to move the
stone-faced Abad enough to make him
explain why most congressmen (all of
the Yellow persuasion) get pork while
a select few (who arent so politically
jaundiced) dont.
* * *
I certainly disagree with Abads
claims that the withholding of the
PDAF of Magsaysay and a handful of
other congressmen who still fail to see
the Yellow light was entirely his idea,
no matter how laudable that sentiment
is. Indeed, a lot of Aquinos men can
learn from Abads example of laying
all the blame on himself, instead of
putting their boss on the spot when
things get, shall we say, hairy.
But the well-implemented cam-
paign to make a few lawmakers look
bad to their constituents and in so
doing end their political careers
has all the nicotine-stained nger-
prints of Aquino himself. Even if
you argue that Aquino is often clue-
less about the nitty-gritty of gov-
ernance and did not hatch this evil
political plot himself, it obviously
has his wholehearted (and revenge-
minded) approval.
The list of congressmen who
have not received their P70 million
annual PDAF allocation, after all,
reads like the Aquino administra-
tions Most Wanted, House version:
Magsaysay, Ang Galing Pinoy Par-
tylist Rep. Juan Miguel Mikey Ar-
royo, Camarines
Sur Representa-
tive Diosdado
Dato Arroyo,
and Iloilo Rep.
Augusto Syjuco.
But there is a
very important dif-
ference between
Magsaysay and the
two sons of former
President Gloria
Macapagal Ar-
royo in the House
and Syjuco, the
Arroyo-era head
of the Technical
Skills Develop-
ment Authority:
The younger Arroyos, like their moth-
er, can be expected to spend as much
time in courts of law as in the halls
of Congress, as they answer various
complaints that they enriched them-
selves during the previous administra-
tion. The same holds true for Syjuco,
who is currently facing a multi-bil-
lion-peso plunder charge.
Magsaysay has never been charged
with anything, not even with beating a
red light. And because she is not rich
(by Congress standards, of course),
her PDAF is all that she can bring
home to her Zambales constituency.
And thats why Abad should ex-
plain, Magsaysay said, to the people
who voted her into ofce, why they
can no longer go to college, can no
longer have a skills training program,
money for their hospitalization, and
hope to improve their lives all be-
cause of politics. Abad, being a D.B.,
would not reply.
Stonewalling, of course, is an-
other component of the D.B. policy.
For instance, after the Big D.B. in
the Senate, Franklin Drilon, was
called out by the congresswoman
for practically calling her a fake
Magsaysay for having merely
married into the illustrious family
of the late President, Drilon never
said anything again on the matter.
I guess, as the current idiom goes,
thats just how DBs roll.
Aquino must be insanely happy.
And that old LP founding father,
Senator Avelino, would also have
been so proud.
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TATAD
FIRST THINGS FIRST
The campaign
to make a few
lawmakers look
bad to their
constituents has
all the ngerprints
of Aquino.
A5 Opinion Adelle Chua, Editor
ManilaStandardToday
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THE Catholic Bishops Conference
of the Philippines and all the pro-life
non-government organizations have
scheduled an anti-reproductive health
bill protest rally this weekend, ahead
of the scheduled plenary session on
the bill next week at the House of
Representatives.
The anti-life advocates in
Congress have been emboldened
because President Benigno Aquino
III mentioned
r e s p o n s i b l e
parenthood during
his State of the
Nation Address.
This is a
euphemism, of
course. Reponsible
parenthood sounds
nice, but it is the
same reproductive
health bill. Its the
same dog with a
different collar.
I have written
against this bill so
many times. The bill raises so many
issues: Maternal deaths, unwanted
pregnancies, family planning
supposedly to give families the
opportunity to space their children
for a better future.
The bottom line is that it is still
population control. Maybe Aquino
thought that as long as he did not use
the term reproductive health, he
would not be taken to task. Baloney,
no matter how thinly you slice it, is
still baloney.
Actually, the RH advocates among
us are the products of a well-funded
American lobby of not only of the
multinational pharmaceutical giants
that push for the sales of condoms and
other articial family planning devices.
This lobby coincides with the policy of
the United States government to control
the population in many underdeveloped
countriesincluding the Philippines
to protect and promote Washingtons
own interests.
The US wishes to monopolize the
natural resources of the these countries.
If these countries have big populations,
it would be hard for the Americans to
be in control. Anation of a big, young
population is so much more difcult to
control than a graying one.
In exchange, there are many
ways to entice these countries
participation, because they are
dependent on aids and grants.
We may not know it, but theres
plenty of moneyand dollar
denominated, no less!being passed
around to have the bill enacted.
People should not take the stand
of the Catholic Church for granted,
even though surveys say 70 percent
of Filipinos want the bill passed.
I do not like the idea that I, as a
Catholic, would be paying my taxes
to be used for something I do not
believe in. If I do not practice what
I believe, or do not believe what my
religion tells me, I better stop calling
myself a Catholic.
The same is true for members
of Congress who call themselves
Catholics yet advocate contraception.
My gulay, thats plain hypocrisy!
Yes, theres no such thing as a
Catholic vote during elections. But
there is such a thing as a negative
Catholic vote. Bishops and priests
use their pulpits to campain against a
certain candidate they believe unt to
be a public servant.
And many Catholics still listen to
the advice of their religious leaders
especially when it comes to the moral
tness of candidates. They will not
vote for somebody
who they believe
is not t to govern.
***
T h e r e s
s o m e t h i n g
basically wrong
with what
President Aquino
said during the
25th anniversary
of ABS-CBNs
TV Patrol. It is
clear he does not
understant what
press freedom,
or even freedom, means. He gave
a sermon that media should avoid
reporting the bad news.
The President added that there
must be more good news in order
to present the Philippines in a better
light in the international community.
This way, foreign investors and
tourists will be entuiced to come here.
In the United States and the United
Kingdom, pornographic magazines
are allowed because publishers are
free to sell them to the people. Why
do you think tabloids outsell other
newspapers like the New York Times,
the Washington Post and Los Angeles
Times? Its because people read
them, and thats their choice.
Here, tabloids also fare better
than broad sheets. This is because
Filipinos are free to choose what they
want to read.
The President does not have the
power to tell us in media what should
and should not be done. Unless he
wants to suppress freedom of the
press.
An exception to this is broadcast.
Networks must have a congressional
franchise and permit to operate. As
such, broadcast is bound by the
guidelines and parameters of their
franchise.
But this does not include
conttrolling what newscasters and
anchor people sayunless they
commit libel and go out of bounds.
I get scared when the President
tells media what to do. Shades of
dictatorship!
The President reminds me of his
mother, who was averse to criticism.
In contrast, his father, the late senator
Ninoy Aquino, thrived on criticism
because they provided him the
opportunity to explain himself and
prove his critics wrong.
My gulay, the President truly is his
mothers son!
The Presidents
ignorance
The other side of the coin
IN THE court of public opinion, for-
mer Palawan governor Joel Reyes has
already been adjudged guilty of the
murder of environmentalist and radio
broadcaster Gerry Ortega.
For several months in the running,
the former governor was the target of an
intense media campaign holding them
accountable for the murder of Ortega in
a used-clothing store in Puerto Princesa
city on January 24, 2011.
The family of Ortega cannot be
blamed for their effort to try to get jus-
tice for the cold-blooded killing of the
advocate. That is not only their right; it
is their obligation.
The predicament of ex-governor
Reyes is that the wife of the victim, Pa-
tria Gloria Ortega, believes he is behind
the murder of her husband.
This belief is anchored on the fact that
the assassinated Ortega had been hitting
Reyes incessantly in his daily program in
a local Puerto Princesa radio station.
But for sure, Ortega must have hit
others. As an environmental activist, he
must have also been critical of compa-
nies and individuals involved in mining
which is a controversial issue in Pala-
wan until now. The Ortega family, how-
ever, will not consider other suspects.
For them Reyes is the mastermind.
In a way, Reyes must share part of
the blame for his conviction in the
court of public opinion. He did little
to counter the vilication campaign
against him.
Reyes fully trusted the assurance of
his lawyer that the evidence against
him was weak and would be dismissed
by the government prosecutors.
The only witness against Reyes
was a certain Rodolfo Edrad Jr. alias
Bumar who had surfaced and di-
rectly implicated Reyes to the Ortega
murder.
Edrad, the key prosecution witness,
claimed that Reyes, through his brother,
Coron Mayor Mario Reyes, had given
him P500,000 to carry out the murder.
Edrad claimed he was a bodyguard of
Reyes. This claim was denied by Reyes
who said Edrad indeed applied to be part
of his security but was turned down.
Even after Edrad surface as a witness,
Reyes lawyers advised the ex-governor
not to worry because Edrads statement
was uncorroborated and was no other
independent evidence, direct or circum-
stantial, to support Edrads allegations
implicating Reyes to the murder.
The lawyers were right. A panel
of prosecutors which investigated the
Ortega murder issued a resolution on
June 8, 2011 nding no probable cause
and recommended the dismissal of the
charges against Reyes.
Reyes celebration was premature.
Under intense public pressure, in-
cluding an inuential personality from
a major media entity, Justice Secretary
Leila de Lima ordered a reinvestigation
of the case and created a new panel of
prosecutors.
His lawyers assured Reyes that the
reinvestigation ordered by de Lima is
not meant to set aside the June 8 resolu-
tion clearing him but was meant merely
to assess the admissibility and weight of
the additional evidence.
They were wrong. On March 12 this
year, the new panel of prosecutors re-
versed the ndings of the previous panel
and said there was probable cause in l-
ing murder charges against Reyes.
The Regional Trial Court of Puerto
Princesa City acted quickly. It proceed-
ed with the murder case against Reyes
and issued a warrant of arrest against
him and the other co-accused.
Reyes, believing that he would not
get a fair trial, has gone into hiding.
This move unfortunately served to rein-
force the public opinion about his guilt.
Reyes, through his lawyers, has
sought the inhibition of Presiding Judge
Angelo Arizala of Branch 52 of Puerto
Princesa who he said has shown bias in
favor of the prosecution.
At the Court of Appeals 15th Division,
Reyes lawyers have also sought the inhi-
bition of Justice Angelita Gacutan for her
failure to act on his petition for certiorari
and injunction in the past seven months.
This is already beyond the reglementary
period within which the justices were sup-
posed to resolve pleadings.
It is an uphill battle for Reyes but he
must be getting some glimmer of hope
from what happened to Senator Panlo
Lacson who went into hiding to avoid
unjust imprisonment when he was im-
plicated in the old Dacer-Corbito case
based on imsy and uncorroborated evi-
dence of a witness who executed a new
afdavit just to implicate Lacson.
The new afdavit contradicted an old
afdavit which cleared Lacson.
Lacson said that he went into hiding
because he did not want to go to prison
for a crime he did not commit.
It was a long wait for Lacson but he
nally got a fair decision from the Court
of Appeals and it was only then that he
resurfaced.
Reyes must be hoping that the same
thing happens to him and that eventually,
he would get a fair hearing of his case.
EVERYMAN
AUGUST 3, 2012 FRIDAY
Chinese attitude to gold-only winning shifts
Does Mr.
Aquino not
know what press
freedom is? What
he is doing smacks
of dictatorship!
By Adam Minter
ON Monday, shortly after winning an
Olympic silver medal in mens weight-
lifting, Chinas Wu Jingbiao broke
down during a live interview for the
CCTV network. Im ashamed for dis-
gracing the motherland, the Chinese
weightlifting team and all those who
supported me, he snifed. Im sorry!
As the stunned interviewer reached
out to console him, Wu bowed in a dra-
matic expression of guilt and remorse
for committing what has long been a
cardinal sin in Chinese sports: failing
to achieve gold in an Olympic event in
which you are heavily favored.
Wus meltdown was well-timed, land-
ing in the midst of an intense public de-
bate over whether China is too obsessed
with winning Olympic gold medals -- and
only gold medals. On one side is a Chinese
public increasingly impatient with state-
run media that promote an aging view of
Olympic success that values a gold medal
as the only achievement worth noting. On
the other side is that same state-run media
and its unerring desire -- nicknamed gold
fever by some -- for tangible, countable
results. Of Chinas state-run newspapers,
none is more enthusiastic about gold med-
als than the hyper-nationalist, Communist
Party-owned and operated Global Times.
On Monday, it ran merely its latest edi-
torial against those who would denigrate
the all-important pursuit of rst place:
The Chinese public does indeed pay
attention to the medal count, in part be-
cause they have no choice. Since Sat-
urday, no Olympic telecast, website or
sports page has been complete without
a small table showing just how many
more gold medals the Chinese team
has accumulated than the competition
-- and specically, than the U.S.
And what of the silver and bronze
winners? Theyre mostly forgotten.
On Saturday, CCTV viewers watching
the womens 10-meter air-rie competi-
tion witnessed an interviewer brush past
Yu Dan, the Chinese bronze medal winner,
to get to Yi Siling, the gold medal winner.
Chinas microbloggers picked up
on the egregious example of gold
fever. This warm and quiet girl
sensibly left without a fuss, tweeted
a user of Sina Weibo, Chinas most
popular microblog. You paid for
this nations fragile vanity.
During the 2008 Beijing Olympics,
its unlikely that gold fever would have
been denounced in such explicit terms.
But this year, at least, theres consider-
able evidence that people dont care. On
Sunday, for example, the well-known ac-
tor Chen Kun tweeted a photo of himself
and 2011 French Open champion Li Na.
Li, as Chens followers certainly were
aware, had just been knocked out of
the rst round of the Olympic womens
tennis singles competition.
The caption: A gold medal isnt ev-
erything! Athletes represent the nation,
themselves, and us, when they take part
in games, no matter whether they can
win a gold medal; no matter whether
they win a medal or not, they deserve
our encouragement. Their full-hearted
struggle deserves our applause. Dont
hurt these brothers and sisters who prac-
tice hard in training rooms from a very
young age! We the audience should be
their warmest supporters!
Chinas rst-place obsession dates
back three decades, at least to the 1984
Los Angeles summer games - mainland
Chinas rst since 1952. Among the Chi-
nese participants was Zhu Jianhua, the
nations rst international track-and-eld
star. Zhu was widely expected to win gold
in the high jump, but he managed only a
bronze. Meanwhile, back in Shanghai, an
angry mob smashed the windows of his
home. Hands were wrung over the act, but
its underlying message remained: Olym-
pic gold enhances national prestige.
A gold medal means youve won
honor for the country, and only a gold
medal deserves such notice, wrote the
Jing Bao, an independent Shenzhen
newspaper on Monday, in a mocking
take-down of the attitude. Silver and
bronze mean failure and regret.
These days, the direct and implied
expression of that attitude comes almost
exclusively from the state-run media.
In fact, before the London Olympics
even the bureaucrats who run Chinas
state sports administration went out of
their way to make public statements that
reduced pressure on athletes. Mean-
while, among Chinas microblogging
masses, theres almost universal sup-
port and sympathy for Wu Jinbiao and
his weightlifting silver medal. Crowds
didnt appear to smash the windows
of his home, and if they did, theyd be
widely condemned on the Internet.
Most remarkably, Chinas microblog-
gers have started condemning state me-
dia and others who criticize the countrys
athletes for not earning gold. Predictably,
Chinas state-owned sports networks
have avoided the subject of incompetent
state-run sports bureaucracies in favor of
more gold medal fanfares. CCTVs end-
less Olympics coverage remains xated
on gold-medal winners, even though most
of Chinas online population doesnt seem
particularly impressed anymore.
In todays world, nobody will show
more or less respect to the Chinese on
the basis of how many gold medals they
earned in the Olympics, tweeted a self-
identied nuclear scientist in Sichuan
Province. I dont care about Olympic
gold medals, either, because I know
theyre irrelevant to our national power,
the peoples daily life and their health.
Bloomberg
By Val Abelgas
CHINA has been bullying the Philip-
pines over their dispute on some islets
and reefs in the West Philippine Sea for
decades now, and it is obvious the coun-
trys leaders have not gured out how to
stop the bullying. The Chinese have in
the past few weeks intensied its bully-
ing, and it seems our leaders are hoping
strong words would scare them away, or
worse, they are hoping the country would
outgrow the bullying just as a scared kid
would. And lick the wounds later.
Unfortunately, whats at stake here
is not just wounded pride but the very
future and security of the country. The
disputed islands are less than 200 miles
away from the countrys shores and
having a hostile and reckless next-door
neighbor would denitely pose a very
serious threat to the Philippines security.
By allowing the Chinese to occupy the
islets and reefs that are rightfully ours,
as President Aquino described them in his
State-of-the-Nation Address, the country
is virtually surrendering its sovereignty,
thereby slowly losing its rights over vast
oil and gas deposits and the rich shing
grounds in the area. Once the Chinese
have succeeded in their evil desires in the
West Philippine Sea, whats to stop them
from claiming and taking Palawan, too, or
perhaps the entire Philippines?
There is no doubt that the Chinese are
ready to use force to push their invalid
claim over the disputed islands, because
there is no other way they can legally
occupy them. The Chinese know they
cannot win a case before an international
court because those islands are within the
countrys 200-mile economic zone and
well within the Philippines jurisdiction
under the United Nations Convention on
the Law of the Sea. Thats why they re-
fuse to bring the case for arbitration be-
fore any international body.
The Chinese used force twice to settle
disputes with former ally Vietnam over
the Paracel Islands, killing scores of Viet-
namese soldiers in the process. In 1974,
Chinese troops killed 74 Vietnamese mili-
tary personnel during an armed conict
that resulted in China occupying the Para-
cels. In 1988, the Chinese gained control
of the Johnson Reef in the Spratlys Islands
Group after a naval battle that resulted in
the death of 70 Vietnamese soldiers. At
least the Vietnamese can claim with pride
that they stood up to a bully.
In 1995, China built structures in the
Mischief Reef, which is well within the
Philippines 200-mile economic zone,
but apparently the countrys leaders let it
go. There was peace and quiet for some
time until March 2011 when Chinese
vessels harassed a Philippine oil explo-
ration ship in the Reed Bank, which was
well within Philippine territorial waters.
The Philippines also protested the ring
of warning shots at Filipino shermen
and the laying of buoys by the Chinese
in Philippine-claimed islets.
But the Chinese ignored the protests
and in April this year, sent frigates to stop
a Philippine Coast Guard vessel from ar-
resting Chinese poachers and seizing their
illegal catch near the Scarborough Shoal.
Since then, the Chinese have repeatedly
provoked the Philippines by sending Chi-
nese battleships and providing naval es-
corts to eets of Chinese shermen illegal-
ly hauling protected corals and sea turtles.
These provocations were capped
with a declaration by the Chinese that
it is claiming a small island in the Ka-
layaan Group, renaming it into Sansha
City, and that it would build a military
garrison on the island. The intent was,
of course, to establish physical and mili-
tary presence in the disputed territories
to further boost its claim.
Amid all these provocations, all that
the Philippine leaders could do was lodge
protests that are blatantly ignored by the
Chinese and unheeded by the UN. The
Philippines did not send even a token op-
position to the latest provocations, as if
signaling surrender to the Chinese.
Even in the diplomatic front where it
is expected to show more aggression, the
Philippines meekly surrendered to Chi-
nese bullying in the foreign ministers
meeting of the Association of Southeast
Asian Nations. While the Foreign Secre-
tary uttered strong words by protesting
Chinas duplicity and intimidation, the
country has not even made a move to
bring the case before the United Nations.
After threatening for months to bring
the dispute to international courts, not a
single case has been led.
By their inaction, Philippine leaders
are slowly losing its valid claim by de-
fault.
Despite being the closest to the dis-
puted islands, the Philippines occupies
only nine islets in the Spratlys Group,
with military presence and civilian pop-
ulation on Pag-asa island, the second
largest in the group.
China occupies only seven in the
Spratlys, but occupies all of the Paracels
Group. Vietnam occupies 20 islets in the
Spratlys, the most by the claimants. Tai-
wan occupies Taiping, the largest island
in the Spratlys, and has a military garri-
son and an airstrip on the island. It said
it would deploy long-range artillery in
its garrison. Malaysia occupies three is-
lands in the Spratlys, while Brunei does
not occupy any island.
The country cannot afford to lose its
claims over these island groups. They
are simply too close to the country and
can pose a serious security threat if oc-
cupied by hostile countries. Neither can
the Philippines afford to lose access to
the rich oil and gas reserves and the vast
shing grounds in the area.
The country has to have a rm short-
term and long-term plan to assert its
claim. The bullied has at least four op-
tionsstand aside, stand his ground,
call his bigger brother to protect him
against the bully, or bargain with the
bully. Which one will it be?
Mr. Abelgas is a former managing
editor of Manila Standard.
Which option will the bullied take?
News
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A6
Seawall renovation eyed
Manila Bay throws back metro garbage

IN BRIEF
Ex-city ofcial
admits hazing
was at his farm
Workers of the Metro Manila Development Authority
brave the waves on top of the wave deectors at
Manila Bay as they collect garbage that were thown
back to land by a storm surge. DANNY PATA
By Joyce Pangco Paares and Rio Araja
PRESIDENT Aquino is studying the
proposal of Metro Manila Development
Authority Chairman Francis Tolentino
to build a second seawall at Manila Bay
to lessen the effect of a storm surge after
Roxas Boulevard was again ooded at the
height of Typhoon Gener.
The proposal involves building another seawall parralel to
the wave deflector that was built by the Department of Public
Works and Highways after a storm surge caused by Typhoon
Pedring destroyed a 1.5-kilometer stretch of the seawall in
2009.
Another storm surge caused by Typhoon Gener proved that
the P90-million wave deector seawall worked as intended and
remained undamaged, despite the tons of garbage, including tree
trunks and other big debris, that hit and overtopped the structure
during the storm surge.
Public Works Secretary Rogelio L. Singson has ordered gov-
ernment engineers to re-inspect the seawall although it had
just been inspected the day before Typhoon Gener entered the
country.
Singson said the earlier inspection showed that there were
cracks on the design topping of the wave deector at the section
facing the Rajah Sulayman Park in Malate, but that did not affect
the structure itself and the contractor can still repair the cracks
since the structure is covered by a one-year warranty.
Tolentino, for his part, said the DPWH may be more receptive to
his proposal to build a tourist-oriented two-kilometer double sea-
wall and will take up the matter with Palace ofcials this week.
The seawall could shield Roxas Boulevard even before strong
waves could have hit the baywalk area, he said,
The rst seawall will be the rst layer of defense from powerful
waves, while the second layer with accessibility to bridges will
serve as a tourist site from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., he said.
Tolentino said the MMDA has already submitted a design plan
and the project can be nished in eight months.
He said the design is similar to seawalls in Galveston, Texas and
Vancouver, Canada and includes promenades and shing decks.
By Jonathan Fernandez
THE storm surge that ooded Rox-
as Boulevard in Manila on Tuesday
created a two-kilometer-long gar-
bage dump that highlighted urban-
ites deplorable mentality of indis-
criminate trash disposal, according
to the environmental group EcoW-
aste Coalition.
The sea sent back the garbage
from the land as if telling off pig-
headed people that whatever you
throw will return to you, said
EcoWaste coordinator Edwin Alejo
as he appealed to the public to take
an active part in the implementa-
tion of Republic Act 9003, or the
Ecological Solid Waste Manage-
ment Act.
Alejo said EcoWastes Basura
Patrol found plastic bags, food wrap-
pers, polystyrene materials, slippers,
cigarette butts, plant, and wood dis-
cards as among the most visible in
the garbage piles.
Discarded plastic bottles and oth-
er recyclable plastic and tin contain-
ers were quick to disappear from the
piles as enterprising wastepickers
collect and even sh them out of the
sea with their improvised net trap,
the group noted.
Alejo lamented that despite the
onslaught of Typhoon Ondoy and
Pedring in 2009, most Filipinos have
yet to unlearn the bad habit of indis-
criminate disposal.
Improper waste disposal any-
where is a threat to human health
and the environment everywhere.
Its more than an eyesore. Its a pre-
cursor for other societal problems
such as poor hygiene and sanitation,
infectious diseases, chemical expo-
sures, contamination of surface and
ground waters, marine pollution,
bleak tourism and even economic
losses, he said.
He described the chaos in Roxas
Boulevard due to monsoon surge,
ood and garbage as Mother Na-
tures indictment of throw-away cul-
ture that runs through all levels of
the society.
He said a shift to ecological waste
management will reduce the nations
burgeoning waste estimated at nearly
13 million tons every year.
A report from the National Solid
Waste Management Commission
disclosed that the whole country
produces some 35,000 tons of waste
daily, of which 8,400 tons come from
Metro Manila.
Of the 12,775,000 tons of waste
generated annually, some 40 to 70
percent are collected and thrown in
1,205 waste disposal facilities, of
which 55 are sanitary landlls and
1,172 are open or controlled dump-
sites long forbidden under RA 9003.
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Republic of the Philippines
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAYS
OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY
DPWH Compound, Bonifacio Drive, Port Area, Manila
Special Bids and Awards Committee (SBAC) for
Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Projects of the DPWH
NAIA EXPRESSWAY PROJECT
INVITATION TO PRE-QUALIFY TO BID
(MST-July 20, 27 & Aug. 3, 2012)
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) of the Republic of the Philippines
is inviting local and international companies to pre-qualify to bid to fnance, design, construct,
operate, and maintain the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Expressway Project (Project).
The Project consists of:
a) Phase I Adjustment Works
adjustments to the 0.6 km Phase I viaduct, starting from Skyway Stage 1 at km
0+810 to km 1+398.27 including ramps, to achieve operations and maintenance
standards comparable with standards to be set for Phase II that would enable
seamless operations;
b) Phase II Works
i design and construction of approximately 4.83 km 4-lane viaduct extension from the
existing Phase I near NAIA Terminal 3 to Roxas Boulevard and Diosdado Macapagal
Boulevard, over the existing roads of Sales Road, Andrews Avenue, Domestic Airport
Road and NAIA Road;
ii design and construction of a minimum of 6 on and 6 off ramps to Terminals 1, 2 and 3
and other strategic locations;
iii design, construction and provision of toll plazas, plus additional toll operating equipment
and safety facilities for the DPWH-constructed Phase I to standards compatible with
those of Phase II;
iv reconstruction and widening of affected at-grade public roads (Sales Road, Andrews
Ave., Domestic Airport Road, and NAIA Road) due to Phase II construction; these roads
shall remain public and maintenance thereof shall be the responsibility of Government;
c) At-Grade Entertainment City Works
construction of approximately 2.22 km 6 to 8-lane at-grade roads and a 300
meter 2-lane service road within the Entertainment City, and a 4-lane access road
connecting New Seaside Drive to Macapagal Boulevard, based on the detailed
design specifcations to be provided; the maintenance and operations of this
section shall be turned over to the Government upon completion; and
d) Operations and Maintenance
operation and maintenance of the entire NAIA Expressway (Phase I and Phase II,
but not including the At-Grade Entertainment City Works) as a tolled expressway.
The Government will facilitate the arrangement of debt fnancing on concessional terms from
a reputable fnancing institution of up to Six Billion Five Hundred Million Philippine Pesos
(Php6,500,000,000.00). This debt facility the Infrastructure Support Facility ( ISF ) will be
made available to all bidders. The terms of this debt facility will be made known to Pre-Qualifed
Bidders by means of a bid bulletin once they are fnalized. Bidders will be asked to submit fnancial
proposals showing the amount they propose to borrow from ISF, and the Bidder whose technical
proposal is passed and whose fnancial proposal requires the lowest amount to be borrowed from
the ISF will be designated as the highest ranking bidder.
The international competitive public bidding for the Project will be conducted in accordance
with the procurement rules and procedures for public bidding set out in the Philippine BOT Law
(Republic Act No. 6957, as amended by Republic Act No. 7718) and its Revised Implementing
Rules and Regulations (2006) ( Revised IRR ).
The Development Bank of the Philippines ( DBP ) and the International Finance Corporation
( IFC ), the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, have been appointed by the DPWH to
act as its transaction advisors for the international competitive Bidding.
The Two-Stage/Two-Envelope System for the open solicitation of bids under the BOT Law will
be applied. In this process, Bidders are frst pre-qualifed based on minimum legal, technical
and fnancial requirements set by the DPWH. Only Bidders who pre-qualify shall be permitted to
submit their bids for the Project.
The Instructions to Prospective Bidders and the Information Memorandum will be available at the
Offce of the Secretariat of the Special Bids and Awards Committee ( SBAC ), 5
th
foor, DPWH
Building, Bonifacio Drive, Port Area, Manila, Philippines, for distribution to interested parties for a
non-refundable fee of Seventy Five Thousand Philippine Pesos (Php75,000). Only persons who
have purchased the Invitation Documents shall be allowed to participate in the Bidding Process.
Interested parties must submit all Qualifcation Documents to the DPWH Special Bids and Awards
Committee for Public-Private Partnership Projects on 18 September 2012, between 9:00 a.m. and
4:00 p.m., at the 5
th
Floor, DPWH Main Building, Bonifacio Drive, Port Area, Manila, Philippines.
The DPWH reserves the right to reject any or all Qualifcation Documents, declare a failure of
bidding, and not award the contract for any justifable and reasonable ground where an award
will not redound to the beneft of the DPWH or the Government of the Philippines.

(Sgd.) RAFAEL C. YABUT
Undersecretary for PMO Operations
and Chairman, SBAC for PPP Projects
INDEPENDENT REALTY CORPORATION
REQUEST FOR EXPRESSI ON OF
I NTEREST
_____________________________________________________
The Independent Realty Corporation is inviting property
consultants who will provide valuation and marketing
advisory services in the Privatization of IRCs 18.5 has.
Ortigas Property located at the corner of Ortigas, Meralco
and J ulia Vargas Avenue, Ortigas Center, Barangay Ugong,
Pasig City.
For further inquiries, please call Darwin C. Altea at Tel.
Nos. 721-2849/ 725-7134.
MMIIDEO-DPWH-NCR IN ACTION
TO RESTORE THE SCHOOL BUILDING
AFFECTED BY FIRE CAUSED
BY AIRPLANE CRASH
Pursuant to the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) dated January 19, 2012 entered
into by and between Hon. Rogelio L. Singson, Secretary, this Department and Hon.
Armin A. Luistro, FCS, Secretary of DepEd wherein the Metro Manila II District
Engineering Offce has been authorized by Hon. Rogelio L. Singson to implement the
Project for the CONSTRUCTION OF SIXTY (60) CLASSROOM, 15 ANCILLARY OF
THE ROOMS INCLUDING SITE PREPARATION AND DEVELOPMENT AT LEAST
60 SEATERS TOILETS AT , F. SERRANO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ANNEX 35,
BRGY. DON BOSCO, PARAAQUE CITY, M.M. to replace the Building that was
totally damaged by fre due to Plane Crash last December 10, 2011.

The District Offce committed to complete the project soonest for the beneft of the
displaced students thus obliged the Contractor to work double time and even having
experienced inclement weather condition during the early stage of construction. To
date the project is already 86.15% accomplished which is 10.40% ahead of schedule.
This maybe attributed to the close monitoring and supervision of the District as well
as having a competent Contractor.
More or less than 3,300.00 elementary students will be accommodated on or before
August 1, 2012 having planned to partially turned over Forty (40) Classrooms as
requested by the School Principal on that date.
ARD Nicasio G. Tambal, DE Arleen D. Beltran, ADE Francisco N. Garces, Engr.
Edwin F. Rovero, Chief of Construction Section during site inspection.
(MST-Aug. 3, 2012)
(Paid Ad)
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Republic of the Philippines
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAYS
OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY
DPWH Compound, Bonifacio Drive, Port Area, Manila
Special Bids and Awards Committee (SBAC) for
Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Projects of the DPWH
NAIA EXPRESSWAY PROJECT
INVITATION TO PRE-QUALIFY TO BID
(MST-July 20, 27 & Aug. 3, 2012)
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) of the Republic of the Philippines
is inviting local and international companies to pre-qualify to bid to fnance, design, construct,
operate, and maintain the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Expressway Project (Project).
The Project consists of:
a) Phase I Adjustment Works
adjustments to the 0.6 km Phase I viaduct, starting from Skyway Stage 1 at km
0+810 to km 1+398.27 including ramps, to achieve operations and maintenance
standards comparable with standards to be set for Phase II that would enable
seamless operations;
b) Phase II Works
i design and construction of approximately 4.83 km 4-lane viaduct extension from the
existing Phase I near NAIA Terminal 3 to Roxas Boulevard and Diosdado Macapagal
Boulevard, over the existing roads of Sales Road, Andrews Avenue, Domestic Airport
Road and NAIA Road;
ii design and construction of a minimum of 6 on and 6 off ramps to Terminals 1, 2 and 3
and other strategic locations;
iii design, construction and provision of toll plazas, plus additional toll operating equipment
and safety facilities for the DPWH-constructed Phase I to standards compatible with
those of Phase II;
iv reconstruction and widening of affected at-grade public roads (Sales Road, Andrews
Ave., Domestic Airport Road, and NAIA Road) due to Phase II construction; these roads
shall remain public and maintenance thereof shall be the responsibility of Government;
c) At-Grade Entertainment City Works
construction of approximately 2.22 km 6 to 8-lane at-grade roads and a 300
meter 2-lane service road within the Entertainment City, and a 4-lane access road
connecting New Seaside Drive to Macapagal Boulevard, based on the detailed
design specifcations to be provided; the maintenance and operations of this
section shall be turned over to the Government upon completion; and
d) Operations and Maintenance
operation and maintenance of the entire NAIA Expressway (Phase I and Phase II,
but not including the At-Grade Entertainment City Works) as a tolled expressway.
The Government will facilitate the arrangement of debt fnancing on concessional terms from
a reputable fnancing institution of up to Six Billion Five Hundred Million Philippine Pesos
(Php6,500,000,000.00). This debt facility the Infrastructure Support Facility ( ISF ) will be
made available to all bidders. The terms of this debt facility will be made known to Pre-Qualifed
Bidders by means of a bid bulletin once they are fnalized. Bidders will be asked to submit fnancial
proposals showing the amount they propose to borrow from ISF, and the Bidder whose technical
proposal is passed and whose fnancial proposal requires the lowest amount to be borrowed from
the ISF will be designated as the highest ranking bidder.
The international competitive public bidding for the Project will be conducted in accordance
with the procurement rules and procedures for public bidding set out in the Philippine BOT Law
(Republic Act No. 6957, as amended by Republic Act No. 7718) and its Revised Implementing
Rules and Regulations (2006) ( Revised IRR ).
The Development Bank of the Philippines ( DBP ) and the International Finance Corporation
( IFC ), the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, have been appointed by the DPWH to
act as its transaction advisors for the international competitive Bidding.
The Two-Stage/Two-Envelope System for the open solicitation of bids under the BOT Law will
be applied. In this process, Bidders are frst pre-qualifed based on minimum legal, technical
and fnancial requirements set by the DPWH. Only Bidders who pre-qualify shall be permitted to
submit their bids for the Project.
The Instructions to Prospective Bidders and the Information Memorandum will be available at the
Offce of the Secretariat of the Special Bids and Awards Committee ( SBAC ), 5
th
foor, DPWH
Building, Bonifacio Drive, Port Area, Manila, Philippines, for distribution to interested parties for a
non-refundable fee of Seventy Five Thousand Philippine Pesos (Php75,000). Only persons who
have purchased the Invitation Documents shall be allowed to participate in the Bidding Process.
Interested parties must submit all Qualifcation Documents to the DPWH Special Bids and Awards
Committee for Public-Private Partnership Projects on 18 September 2012, between 9:00 a.m. and
4:00 p.m., at the 5
th
Floor, DPWH Main Building, Bonifacio Drive, Port Area, Manila, Philippines.
The DPWH reserves the right to reject any or all Qualifcation Documents, declare a failure of
bidding, and not award the contract for any justifable and reasonable ground where an award
will not redound to the beneft of the DPWH or the Government of the Philippines.

(Sgd.) RAFAEL C. YABUT
Undersecretary for PMO Operations
and Chairman, SBAC for PPP Projects
INDEPENDENT REALTY CORPORATION
REQUEST FOR EXPRESSI ON OF
I NTEREST
_____________________________________________________
The Independent Realty Corporation is inviting property
consultants who will provide valuation and marketing
advisory services in the Privatization of IRCs 18.5 has.
Ortigas Property located at the corner of Ortigas, Meralco
and J ulia Vargas Avenue, Ortigas Center, Barangay Ugong,
Pasig City.
For further inquiries, please call Darwin C. Altea at Tel.
Nos. 721-2849/ 725-7134.
MMIIDEO-DPWH-NCR IN ACTION
TO RESTORE THE SCHOOL BUILDING
AFFECTED BY FIRE CAUSED
BY AIRPLANE CRASH
Pursuant to the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) dated January 19, 2012 entered
into by and between Hon. Rogelio L. Singson, Secretary, this Department and Hon.
Armin A. Luistro, FCS, Secretary of DepEd wherein the Metro Manila II District
Engineering Offce has been authorized by Hon. Rogelio L. Singson to implement the
Project for the CONSTRUCTION OF SIXTY (60) CLASSROOM, 15 ANCILLARY OF
THE ROOMS INCLUDING SITE PREPARATION AND DEVELOPMENT AT LEAST
60 SEATERS TOILETS AT , F. SERRANO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ANNEX 35,
BRGY. DON BOSCO, PARAAQUE CITY, M.M. to replace the Building that was
totally damaged by fre due to Plane Crash last December 10, 2011.

The District Offce committed to complete the project soonest for the beneft of the
displaced students thus obliged the Contractor to work double time and even having
experienced inclement weather condition during the early stage of construction. To
date the project is already 86.15% accomplished which is 10.40% ahead of schedule.
This maybe attributed to the close monitoring and supervision of the District as well
as having a competent Contractor.
More or less than 3,300.00 elementary students will be accommodated on or before
August 1, 2012 having planned to partially turned over Forty (40) Classrooms as
requested by the School Principal on that date.
ARD Nicasio G. Tambal, DE Arleen D. Beltran, ADE Francisco N. Garces, Engr.
Edwin F. Rovero, Chief of Construction Section during site inspection.
(MST-Aug. 3, 2012)
(Paid Ad)
By Florante S. Solmerin
THE owner of the Cavite farm where
21-year-old law student Mark Andrei Mar-
cos was allegedly subjected to fraternity
hazing admitted that there was indeed an
initiation rite held at his ve-hectare prop-
erty in Dasmarias City.
Cavite police director Senior Supt. John
Bulalacao said on Thursday former city
councilor Ethan Velus personally appeared
at the provincial police headquarters on
Wednesday afternoon to answer questions
about the involvement of his son Gian An-
gelo Velus in Marcos death.
[The former city councilor] mentioned
that he provided the place where [members
of the Lex Leonum fraternity] could hold
initiation rites, Bulalacao said.
He tried to change his initial statement
when he realized that his son was being
placed in a compromising position, but we
have other witnesses who have testied that
there was indeed an initiation rite held at that
place, said the police chief, adding that the
forcer city councilor may be held criminally
liable under the Anti-Hazing Law.
Among the witnesses are Velus family
maids Soledad Sanda and Marlen Guadayo
as well as the guard of the De La Salle Uni-
versity Medical Center where Marcos was
brought for treatment on Monday.
He said they also have a video footage
showing that the younger Velus and Marcos
together with some of the fratmen at a bar
hours before the supposed initiation rites.
But Bulalacao stressed that Gian has not
appeared before the police for questioning
although he is one of the principal suspects
because he was an ofcer of the fraternity.
Bulalacao said Gian is nowhere to be
found but his father told him that he will
convince his son to surface and be inter-
viewed by investigators.
Fireman hurt in Makati
A FIREMAN was injured while
battling a re that gutted a two-storey
commercial building in Makati City
Wednesday night.
City Fire Marshal Ric Perdigon said
Senior Fire Ofcer 4 Edgar Novales was
hurt after debris fell on his right foot.
Novales was among the rst responders
to the blaze that hit Guadalupe Arcadia
building in J.P. Rizal Street at 9:30 p.m.
Perdigon said the re started at the
unit being occupied by Golan Siomai,
then spread to the rest of the building,
gutting another seven establishments.
The cost of damage to properties was
placed at P1.5 million.
Tax raps vs Japanese rm
THE Bureau of Internal Revenue on
Thursday led tax evasion cases worth
P99.53 million against a local unit of a
Japanese electronics rm.
The tax agency led criminal charges
against Toshiba Plant Systems and Ser-
vices Corp. and its General Manager
Akio Sugawara for failing to pay taxes
for taxable year 2007.
The BIR is seeking the payment of P58.11
million in deciency taxes from Toshiba.
After several assessment notice became
nal and executory, the BIR garnished
Toshibas accounts in ve local bank includ-
ing Banco de Oro, Bank of the Philippine
Islands, China Banking Corporation, Met-
ropolitan banking Corporation, and United
Coconut Planters Bank to collect taxes.
However, the BIR was only able to
collect P136,363.47 from BPI as other
banks claimed the rm had no existing
accounts with them.
Upon audit of the Toshiba plant in Bet-
ter Living, Paraque, the BIR discovered
that it failed to record P20.18 million in
sales for 2007. Further examination of
the manufacturing rms certicates of
creditable tax revealed an accumulated
sales amounting to P58.74 million.
OLYMPIC boxer Mark Anthony Bar-
riga has to be unrufed now that boxing
is slowly being dragged to its perennial
controversy of dubious decisions.
The sports credibility is once again
in question after its governing body re-
cently overturned a decision that hand-
ed Japanese bantamweight boxer Sa-
toshi Shimizu a victory many thought
he deserves.
Shimizu, who was trailing by seven
points entering the last round, oored
Magomed Abdullhamidov of Azerbai-
jan six times in that round, but still lost
on points.
The Japanese camp protested the
decision, which was loudly booed by
those in attendance and after a few
hours, the sports governing body AIBA
overturned the result, stating that Ab-
dullhamidov should have been given at
least three standing eight counts.
Under amateur boxing rules, a ght-
er who is given three standing- eight
counts automatically loses the bout.
Barrigas trainer and Olympic bronze
medalist Roel Velasco should be aware
of the sports inconsistencies and use
it as their inspiration in doubling their
training efforts.
Velasco, who won the bronze in the
1992 Barcelona Games, was also a vic-
tim of numerous scoring controversies
in in the past.
And who could forget the experience
of Velascos younger brother Mansue-
to during the 1996 Barcelona Atlanta
Olympics?
Good thing this controversy happened
during the early part of the tournament
as this would make the judges to do
better in the coming days, knowing all
AUGUST 3, 2012 FRIDAY
A7 Sports Riera U. Mallari, Editor
ManilaStandardToday
sports_mstandard@yahoo.com
Lascuna to lead PH charge
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Mimicking the king
DENNIS PRINCIPE
SPORTS CHAT
IN BRIEF
Milo Little Olympics reset
A NEW date has been set for the rst regional
leg of this years Milo Little Olympics, the
premier nationwide junior interschool league
for elementary and high school student-ath-
letes, following the ofcial schedule of na-
tional periodic examinations.
Milo announced that the 2012 Little Olym-
pics National Capital Region eliminations,
originally set for Aug. 3 to 5 and 11 and 12,
is now scheduled on Aug. 10 to 12 and 18 and
19 at the Marikina Sports Park, Marikina City.
The event will commence with opening
ceremonies and other fun side events such as
the cheer dance competition, the selection of
Miss Little Olympics NCR and many more.
According to the Department of Education,
the national periodic examinations for el-
ementary and secondary students were moved
to Aug. 2 and 3 in lieu of cancelled class days.
In the true spirit of Milos partnership with
Dep-Ed, we are moving the opening ceremo-
nies of the Little Olympics to make way for
this signicant development, said Robbie de
Vera, Milo sports executive, Nestle Philip-
pines. Milo furthers its commitment to nd-
ing the next generation of Filipino sports he-
roes by encouraging todays student-athletes
to excel and persevere not only in the court or
eld but also in the classroom.
Now the most recognizable and sought-
after interschool league in the country, the
Little Olympics offers student-athletes a
chance to showcase their athletic excel-
lence, determination and drive in the nation-
al arena as the rst step towards achieving
greatness in international leagues like the
South East Asian Games, the World Youth
Cup and the Asian Junior Track Meet.
For more information, please log on to: http://
www.nestle.com.ph/milo/little_olympics/.
Gesta ready for Barnett
UNDEFEATED Mercito Gesta, the hard-
hitting southpaw, is ready to counter what-
ever Ty Barnett does when they clash on
ESPNs Friday Night Fights at the Texas
Station Casino in Las Vegas on Aug. 3.
Whatever he ( Barnett) tries to do, well do
better than him. We expect him to come out
and go toe-to-toe or box, so we are prepared
for both, Gestas trainer and co-manager
Vince Parra told the Manila Standard from
the Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas.
Whatever he wants to do, its up to him. We
are not looking to adjust to Ty Barnett, were go-
ing to make Barnett adjust to Mercito, added
Parra of Gesta, who was shedding off a couple
of pounds of water, but we are right on schedule.
The weight (for the ght) is at 137 and weve
been nishing off steadily, its 138-139 so weight
is not going to be an issue.
He said Gestas condition looks great.
Hes been in the gym for a while. We had
a couple of letdowns with the (Juan Man-
uel) Marquez ght falling through but hrs
stayed focused and did a lot of mountain
running. Ronnie Nathanielsz
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Sison, Park rule Abalos Cup
GENE Sison shot a 67.2 in the double
Peoria format and Park Jung-soo had
the best gross of 72 to capture the over-
all net and low gross championship
titles, respectively, in the Mayor Ben-
hur Abalos Golf Club at the Wack Wack
Golf and Country Club.
Raul Paras (Class A) and JR Cama-
cho (Class B) also emerged victorious
in the event presented by SM and MGC
with DDT Konstract, Wack Wack,
Smart, San Miguel Corp., Bingo Bo-
nanza, Greeneld Development Corp.,
3D and Bens Burjer.
Mel Sotto and Vangie Omlang won
the Class C and Ladies plums in the
affair supported by SMDC, Meralco,
Globe, PAGCOR, St. Francis Square,
DMCI, Expedition Services, Tracsom
Builders, Unilab, The Address@WW
and Coppertone.
MGC called the fth edition of the
Mayors Cup a huge success as it was
able to raise a total of P4 million, which
was turned over to the Ciara Marie
Foundation president Charisse Abalos.
Sytengco Phils., Aqua Residences,
Radiowealth Financing, WOW Vid-
eoke, Litton and Company, Metropo-
lis Const., Hotel Sogo, Goldilocks,
Eterton Multi-resources, Cong. Boy-
et Gonzales, VRP Tieza, Labelmen
Enterprises, Lancaster Hotel, Ma-
nila Water, Copylandia, Avida Land,
Dowell Container and Packaging, Ace
Promotion, San Marino Corned Tuna,
Bibo Hotdog, and Eaglecor were the
other backers.
Bulldogs
nip Tams
By Jeric Lopez

BOBBY Ray Parks shrugged
off a bad shooting night to score
eight of National University
s last 11 points in the clutch,
leading the Bulldogs to a 61-
57 come-from-behind win over
erstwhile unbeaten Far Eastern
University in the 75th Univer-
sity Athletic Association of the
Philippines at the Smart-Araneta
Coliseum yesterday.
Parks nished with 17 points
as he made a living from the free
throw line, where he scored 13
(from 17 freebies). He only shot
2-of-9 from the eld and his rst
eld goal didnt come until there
was only 4:37 remaining in the
contest.
Rey Mark Belo had a chance
to give the Tamaraws the lead
back, but he missed his two
free throws with 28.2 seconds
left and Parks, several seconds
later, knocked down two more
from the line to make it 60-57.
Not to be outdone, second-
running Ateneo shook off a le-
thargic start to dodge an upset
bullet from University of the
Philippines and ink a 76-70
come-from-behind victory for
its third straight win.
As a result, the Tamaraws,
who saw their four-game
streak halted, and the Blue Ea-
gles, who had won their third
straight, are now tied at the top
with identical 4-1 cards each,
while the Bulldogs moved up
to fourth at 3-2. The hardluck
Fighting Maroons lost their
fourth straight to fall to the
doormat at 0-4.
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th
UCAA season opens on Saturday
DEFENDING champion Philippine
School of Business Administration starts
its title-retention bid on Saturday when
the 11th Universities and Colleges Ath-
letic Association (UCAA)
mens basketball tourna-
ment reels off at the Ateneo
Blue Eagle gym in Katipu-
nan Ave., Quezon City.
The Jaguars, who are one
of six varsity teams entered
in this two-month cagefest supported by
Mikasa and Molten Balls, clash with the
Central Colleges of the Philippines Bob-
cats in the opening tiff at 10 a.m.
Last years nalist, the Olivarez Col-
lege Sea Lions, ght the De La Salle-Das-
marinas Patriots at 11:30 a.m., while the
Manuel L. Quezon University Stallions
take on the Emilio Agui-
naldo College-Cavite
Vanguards at 1 p.m.
Quezon City Mayor
Herbert Bautista will
make the ceremonial
toss during the 9 a.m.
opening ceremony, while UCAA presi-
dent Tisha Abundo of host PSBA will
declare the opening of the season. For-
mer National Youth Council Chairman
Bam Aquino is the guest of honor.
The CCP Pep Squad, a four- time na-
tional champion and the overall Grand
Champion for 2009 World Cup Cheer and
Dance, will perform a special number.
The Jaguars, under coach Philip Cezar,
won their rst-ever crown last year follow-
ing a 114-106 beating of the Sea Lions.
But this time around, veteran cager
Vic Manuel has graduated and will
not be around to give the Jaguars a
helping hand. The Jaguars will now
be banking on players like Mark de la
Cruz, BJ Erol Role and Justine Puno
to get them on track.
Proponents of the 11th UCAA link hands using the leagues ofcial balls (Mikasa and Molten) during simple launching rites at
the Central Colleges of the Philippines. They are (from left) La Salle-Dasmarinas Gerry Sergio, Olivarez Colleges Cesar Hagos,
EAC-Cavites Nomar Isla, CCP President Atty. Crispino P. Reyes, UCAA president Tisha Abundo of the PSBA, CCPs Zaldy Fortunado
and MLQUs Sherman Crisostomo. ROMAN PROSPERO
With a new work ethic, Lascuna
hopes to continue to ash the form
he showed in the rst eight legs of the
ICTSI Philippine Golf Tour, winning
twice and posting one runner-up and
four top 5 nishes to emerge the Or-
der of Merit frontrunner.
I think Ive got a big chance
here. My ball striking is quite solid
and Im playing with much con-
dence, said Lascuna, who ended a
two-year title drought with a victory
at ICTSI Eagle Ridge Invitational
last May. He followed it up with an-
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release from prison
LAS VEGASFloyd Mayweather Jr. is due for release
from a Las Vegas jail by the weekend after serving two
months in a domestic battery case.
Records show the 35-year-old undefeated champion
is due for release Friday from the Clark County Deten-
tion Center.
Las Vegas police Ofcer Jose Hernandez said Wednes-
day that Mayweather was granted time off his 90-day sen-
tence for work and good behavior.
Mayweather surrendered for jail June 1 after pleading
guilty in December to misdemeanor charges in a Septem-
ber 2010 scufe with his girlfriend, Josie Harris, while two
of their children watched.
The plea deal avoided a trial on felony charges that
could have gotten Mayweather up to 34 years in prison.
Mayweather promoter Leonard Ellerbe didnt respond
this week to messages. AP
TONY Lascuna and Mars Pucay head a strong
roster of local stars out to keep the Aboitiz In-
vitational Presented by the International Con-
tainer Terminal Services Inc. crown at home,
both condent of their title chances against a
stellar international eld in the $65,000 Asian
Development Tour event unfolding Aug. 8 at
the Cebu Country Club.
other win at Manila Southwoods and
a second place effort in Iloilo.
Ive been training regularly
now and I always think positive
and these helped change my game
for the better, said Lascuna.
Pucay also saw his game go a
notch higher when he won the ICT-
SI Iloilo Challenge two weeks ago,
closing out with a bogey-free 66 at
Sta. Barbara to end a two-year spell
for the Asian Tour campaigner.
Heading to Cebu, Pucay said the
battle for the top $11,375 purse in
the event presented by ICTSI and
sponsored by Aboitiz Equity Ven-
tures, Inc. remains wide-open but his
recent victory has put him among the
early list of contenders that includes
ve of the Top 10 players on the
ADT Order of Merit derby.
The win was indeed a big
condence booster for my
campaign but it will be anybodys
game at CCC where chip-and-putt
will be key, said Pucay, hinting at
a nine-under winning card for the
tournament organized by Pilipinas
Golf Tournaments Inc.
Jay Bayron, who leaned on a clos-
ing six-under 64 to beat Marvin Du-
mandan by ve last year, will still
be the marked man as the defending
champion although no fewer than 50
other Filipino players will be in the
foldall eager to achieve success on
home soil and fuel their respective
Asian Tour bids.
Games Saturday
(The Ateneo Blue gym)
10 a.m. PSBA vs CCP
11:30 a.m. La Salle-Dasmarias
vs Olivarez College
1 p.m. MLQU vs EAC-Cavite
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eyes will be on them after the Satoshi
controversy.
Meantime, Barriga returns to action
tomorrow against fellow lightyweight
aspirant Birzhan Zakhypov of Kazakh-
stan in their Round-of-16 knockout en-
counter, which will be shown live via
AKTV on IBC-13.
LIKE PACMAN. For boxing coach
Ronald Chavez, the penchant of Mark
Anthony Barriga to mimic pound-for-
pound king Manny Pacquiao could be
helping him in his Olympic campaign.
According to Chavez, Barriga is fond
of mimicking the style and attitude of
Pacquiao during training.
After Barriga saw Pacquiao train a
few times in Baguio city, the Filipino
Olympian has been trying to copy Pac-
quiaos regimen and mannerisms.
Napansin ko lang pagbalik naming dito
sa Rizal (Memorial Center), sumisigaw-
sigaw na din siya pagkatapos ng punch-
mitts. Yung typical na nakikita namin kay
Manny, parang ganun, said Chavez.
Barriga is coming off the biggest
win of his ring career when he scored
a 17-7 win over Manuel Cappai of Italy
in their 3-round Olympic lightyweight
bout in London.
In that ght, Barriga showed a lot of
improvements in Barrigas skills, most
notably his counter-punching, side-to-
side movements and stinging jabs that
are all similar to Pacquiaos.
NO MERCY IN ACTION. Tomorrow,
another Filipino will continue his quest of
becoming the next boxing superstar.
California-based Mercito No Mer-
cy Gesta battles Washington DC na-
tive Ty Barnett in a 10-round non-title
ght that will headline ESPN 2s Fri-
day Night Fights show.
In an interview with well-known
boxing writer Dennis D Source
Guillermo, Barnett said he is out to ex-
pose Gesta as just a Pacquiao wannabe.
The 29-year-old Barnett (29-2-1, 13
knockouts) has been sparring with former
world champion Demarcus Chop Chop
Corley and a good number of up-and-
coming ghters as he knows a win over
Gesta would will boost his stock.
Gesta, 24, has slowly built a good
following after his last few ghts were
shown in television.
The undefeated southpaw Gesta has
a record of 25-0-1 with 13 stoppages.
PROSPECTIVE SPORTS. Among
the sports that AKTV aired in their
comprehensive coverage of the ongo-
ing London Olympics, Archery and
weightlifting seems to be the sports that
Filipinos may easily appreciate.
As it is now, basketball, football, box-
ing and billiards are the sports that are
enjoying huge following in our country.
This is because these sports get im-
mense television coverage for the lon-
gest time.
Archery and weightlifting, with its
very simple scoring system and un-
complicated format, has the potentials
of getting at least a decent following if
given the proper television exposure.
SPORTS CHAT. The Olympic fever
will last until the whole of next week
and Sports Radios Sports Chat is lining
up personalities with Olympic experi-
ence in that same week.
Telephone interviews with our very
own Olympians and ofcials are on
tap, giving our sports fans a feel of the
Games as it happens.
Sports Chat is heard Monday to Fri-
day from 6 to 8 a.m. via dzSR Sports
Radio 918kHz.
AUGUST 3, 2012
The bout will be telecast live
by AKTV IBC 13 at 8:45 p.m.
Barriga sparred with the Ka-
zakh ghter two or three times
in the Asian Qualifying tourna-
ment, where the Filipino didnt
compete because he had already
qualied for the Olympics.
He said they had very excit-
ing sparring sessions, even as
Barriga bloodied Zhakypovs
nose during one exchange.
However, Barriga was quick
to point out that it was no indica-
tion he will have an easy time in
Saturdays Round-of-16 battle.
The 19-year-old declined to be in-
terviewed by the media after his win
over Manuel Carrai in his opening
bout on Tuesday and issued a state-
ment explaining his actions.
Please forgive me for not giving
you an interview. I was shocked at
the sudden attention after only my
rst victory. There is a long way to
go before we win a medal. Tough
opponents are waiting for me that
is why I dont wish to celebrate just
yet. I want to focus on training,
Barriga wrote in Filipino.
Barriga added: We are study-
ing the tape of my Kazakhstan
opponent. I believe it will be a
good ght because we sparred
before and he is good and strong.
He greeted me before my ght
against the Italian. He told me
I could beat him and I told him
he too could beat the Italian. But
when we ght it will be a war. He
is kind, but when we meet I will
do everything possible to win.
Barriga will continue his quest for
a medal, which the Philippines last
FRIDAY
By Ronnie Nathanielsz
LIGHT yweight medal hopeful Mark
Anthony Barriga knows he needs to be at
his best to beat Kazakhstans 28-year-old
Birzhan Zhakypov when they clash for
a quarternal berth in the 30th Summer
Olympics boxing competition at the
ExCel Arena in London on Saturday.
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ARTHUR AT Tuason ashed
top form at the time it was needed
most as he captured the Formula
Cadet Expert crown for the TRS-
Castrol Racing Kids Team recent-
ly in the Philippine leg of the 2012
Asian Karting Open Champion-
ship at the Carmona Racetrack.
Unlike his past races, the nine-
year-old Tuason nally found the
right groove and winning character
as he swept both the Pre-Final and
Final races of the Formula Cadet
class to deliver the lone champion
trophy for the TRS-Castrol Racing
Kids Team powered by Castrol,
Bridgestone, Standard Insurance,
C! Magazine, OMP, Coke Zero,
Oakley, Aguila and Toptul.
Weve been waiting for that
distinct champion character to
come out from AT. And his big
win in this prestigious internation-
al event boosted his condence
to come up with bigger feats in
future karting races, said multi-
awarded race car driver Mike Tua-
son, who is personally supervising
the rigid training and preparations
of the TRS-Castrol Racing Kids
Team, under the Tuason Racing
School Race Career Management
Program.
Groomed to continue the
legacy of his multi-titled racing
champ father JP Tuason and his
iconic racing legend grandfather
Arthur, AT displayed near-aw-
less driving and strategy to ward
off his rivals and grab the lime-
light from the perennial winners
of the said division.
He wrapped up the 15-lap nal
heat in 15 minutes and 23.170 sec-
onds, eight seconds ahead of the
other karters in the combined race.
The TRS-Castrol Racing Kids
Team also bagged a third-place tro-
phy behind AKOC Macau kickoff
champion Flynn Jackes in the Mini-
ROK class and a fourth-place nish
from Wils Casequin in the Formula
Cadet Expert division.
For more info about the TRS-
Castrol Racing Kids, email www.
tuasonracing.com or at info@tua-
sonracing.com, visit Tuason Rac-
ing School fanpage on facebook,
or call the TRS secretariat, c/o Ai-
leen Urgelles or John at 820-4203.
Tuason delivers for TRS-Castrol
THE Letran Knights drew clutch
baskets from two ailing players
as they held off the challenge of
the Lyceum Pirates, 70-60, yes-
terday at The Arena in San Juan.
Kevin Alas and Jam Cortes, who
should not have played at all because
both were suffering from the flu, tal-
lied 16 and
14 points
respectively,
to lead the
Knights to
their third
consecutive
win in the
88th Na-
tional Collegiate Athletic Association
mens basketball tournament.
Their efforts saw the Knights
improve their record to 4-3,
good enough for fourth place.
Gusto kong i-commend sila.
Easily, pwede ko silang ipahinga
para magamit yung iba. Pero,
gusto nilang manalo nang back-
to-back-to-back, said Knights
coach Louie Alas.
Mark Cruz had 11 points, in-
cluding seven points in the third
period. Kevin Racal, who was also
not well, contributed seven points,
along with Jonathan Belorio. Cruz
and Alas joined hands for a deci-
sive 11-2 run, which handed the
Knights 48-38 advantage in the
last 3:22. Peter Atencio
2 ailing
Knights
lift team
By Jeric Lopez

B-MEG is still hanging around,
but according to Rain or Shine
coach Yeng Guiao, its only a
matter of time before his Paint-
ers wrap up the crown.
After failing to nish off the
Llamados and secure the title,
the Elasto Painters try again to-
day at 6:45 p.m. in Game 6 of
the Philippine Basketball As-
sociation Governors Cup at the
Smart- Araneta Coliseum.
Still holding a 3-2 best-of-seven
series lead, Rain or Shines con-
dence wasnt shattered a bit, even
if its lead was cut by B-MEG.
In fact, Guiao once again deliv-
ered a message that the champion-
ship is really theirs for the taking.
Na-delay lang pero sa amin pa
rin ito, vowed a condent Guiao.
The Llamados, despite sitting
out Marc Pingris, who is still
nursing a sore nape, stayed alive
by bouncing back in a must-win
Game 5 Wednesday night as they
hammered the Elasto Painters,
91-81, to once more show some
of their resiliency.
James Yap, the seasoned play-
off veteran that he is, saved the
day and the conference for B-
MEG by pouring 30 points to
ensure that they will play at least
one more game.
Our focus is just strictly win
the next game. Thats it. Were not
thinking ahead. Were just thinking
about the next game and its Game
6. Thats what we all care about,
said B-MEG coach Tim Cone.
Cone is proud of how resilient
his team is. In fact, that Game 5 win
made B-MEG 5-0 in elimination
games the last two conferences.
Guiao specied the things his
Elasto Painters need to work on
for them to nally be able to real-
ize their dream of winning their
rst championship.
Painters try again; Llamados eye equalizer
won in Atalanta in 1996
when Mansueto Onyok
Velasco settled for a silver
medal also in the light y-
weight division, but he will
do so in the midst of allegations
of xed results, the overturning
of a decision by AIBA and former
heavyweight champion Lennox
Lewis expressing concern over
the fairness of the judging.
Frances light yweight
Jeremy Beccu, who dropped
a controversial 17-18 deci-
sion to Kazakhstans Birzhan
Zhakypov has cried foul.
Beccu couldnt hold back the
tears as he spoke to the media
after his heartbreaking loss to
Zhakypov on Tuesday.
Its really unfair. I should have
won. Nobody can convince me
otherwise, said Beccu.
The 21-year-old Frenchman
was leading by one point going
into the third and nal round
before losing by a point in the
nal tally by the judges.
Beccu lamented: I dont un-
derstand it. The rst round was
given 6-6 and I clearly won it.
Beccu blasted the AIBA
appointed boxing judges say-
ing, I knew I also had to
ght against the judges.
Hoshina
takes on
63 rival
LONDONOn a cold, rainy
Monday morning, judoka To-
mohiko Hoshina bustled through
a souvenir store teeming with
Olympic Village tenants and
greeted a handful of Japanese
athletes with a vow and a smile
before walking away.
Will he be ashing that same
smile after his Olympic outing
on Friday morning?
The answer will be known
when Hoshina, son of a Japanese
national married to a Filipina
from Malolos, Bulacan, battles
South Korean Kim Sung Min in
one of the matches kicking off
the heavyweight division as judo
action comes to an end.
They will mix it up at 10:15
in the morning, with the 58,
270-pound Filipino-Japanese ju-
doka going up against a 63
280 pounder from Gyungki, Ko-
rea, who steps onto the mat of
Excel arena armed with impres-
sive credentials, including stints
in the world and Asian champi-
onships.
Hoshina said this is the rst
time hell play the Yongin Uni-
versity student, adding hell do
his best to make his rst Olym-
pic stint a memorable one.
If he survives the Korean,
Hoshina will meet one of the
two tallest judokas in the divi-
sions in the Round of 16. They
are Slovenias Matjaz Ceraj
and Stanislav Bondarenko, both
standing 66 and who will col-
lide later in the program.
But the biggest star in the
division and acknowledged as
the face of the sport at present
is no less than Teddy Riner of
France, who goes into action
as a favorite, having won ve
world titles. He will open his
rst Olympic bid against Ja-
nusz Wojnarowskcz of Poland
in the rst of 16 matches.
Hoshina, a high school teacher
who earns $3,500 a month, made
it here through what is called con-
tinental allocation. He secured
the slot after garnering 27 rank-
ing points during the 2011 world
championship in Paris and 2011
Asian tournament.
By Peter Atencio
THE Miami Heat are embarking on a new
journeyto win a second National Basket-
ball Association title.
It will be a difcult task. But for now,
helping Philippine basketball at the grass-
roots level is something Miami Heat coach
Erik Spoelstra would like to do, while taking
a break from his hectic schedule.
Spoelstra, who promised to visit the coun-
try yearly after the conclusion of an NBA
season, expressed his desire to help Filipino
kids develop their game.
The 41-year-old Fil-American coach, who
is on his fourth visit to the country, traces his
roots to San Pablo, Laguna. He arrived in
Manila Wednesday for a week-long visit and
talked of this desire in a huddle with selected
scribes at the Marriott Hotel in Pasay City.
His visit to the country comes a week be-
fore the Miami Heat begin pre-
paring for the next NBA season.
What I would like to be in-
volved in is the grassroots part of
basketball, and to build interest in
the sport, said Spoelstra, whose
visit is part of the NBA Trophy
Tour, an activity where the Larry
O Brien trophy won by the Mi-
ami Heat as NBA champions two
months ago, is shown to fans.
Spoelstra said that when he goes back to
the United States, the Miami Heat will give
themselves a good chance to win another
crown by preparing well.
When the team gets together next week, the
Big 3 of Miami Heat, Chris Bosh, Dwayne
Wade, and Lebron James will be back, along
with the rest of the players like Udonis Has-
lem, Mario Chalmers and Joel Anthony.
He said the Miami Heat would love to bond
with two new acquisitions, former
Boston Celtic Ray Allen and ex-
Washington Wizard Rashard Lewis.
Fans of Miami Heat, according
to Spoelstra, are watching out for
the 65 Allen, who has won their
respect.
Spoelstra caught a glimpse of
Philippine basketball on Wednes-
day evening, and said he had only
one word to describe Game Five
of the PBA Governors Cup nals between
the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters and the B-
MEG Llamadosphysicality.
He recalled the time when he almost
played as an import in the PBA, but was not
able to sign up for any team because of an
ankle injury. Spoelstra said he was reminded
of how physical games were back then.
The game of James Yap impressed Spoelstra
and he described Yaps performance as terric.
Spoelstra vows to build interest in basketball
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LONDONAsked to make a choice, respected
Cuban coach Raul Liranza didnt bat an eyelash
in picking Filipino Mark Barriga over Birzhan
Zhakypov of Kazakhstan when they mix it up
on Saturday in the light-yweight division of
the 30th Olympic Games boxing competitions.
Liranza, one of the coaches of the highly-rated
Cuban squad competing here, was simply
amazed with the way Barriga beat Italys
Manuel Cappai, 17-7, on Tuesday afternoon
before a huge crowd at the ExCel center.
Sports
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A8
AT Tuason raises his hand after winning the Formula Cadet
Expert plum in the Philippine leg of the 2012 Asian Karting
Open Championship
Barriga must
be at his best
Spoelstra
Games Tomorrow
(at the Arena in San Juan)
10 a.m. Perpetual Help
vs Letran (jrs)
12 nn EAC vs LSGH(jrs)
2 p.m. San Beda
vs JRU(jrs)
4 p.m. EAC vs CSB (srs)
6 p.m. San Beda
vs JRU(srs)
B-MEGs Marqus Blakely (right)
challenges the defense of Rain or
Shines Beau Belga in Game 5 of
their teams PBA Governors Cup
showdown at the Smart-Araneta
Coliseum. The Llamados won,
91-81, but still trail the series, 2-3.
LINO SANTOS
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SC stops Subic coal
power plant project
3 groups interested
in PNOC power bid
Calata
falls; SEC
probe on
LandBank posts P5.7-b profit
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PNB award. The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas awarded Philippine National Bank the Top Commercial
Bank in Generating Remittances from Overseas Filipinos in a ceremony at the central banks headquarters
in Manila. Shown are (from left) Monetary Board member Felipe Medalla, outgoing PNB president
and chief executive Carlos Pedrosa, PNB executive vice president Joven Hernandez and Bangko Sentral
Governor and Monetary Board chairman Amando Tetangco Jr. PNB has the biggest and most expansive
international network among local banks with its 97 branches, ofces, remittance centers and
subsidiaries covering Europe, the Americas, Middle East, Canada and the Asia Pacic.
By Anna Leah G. Estrada
STATE-RUN Land Bank of the
Philippines said Thursday net income
in the rst half rose 3.8 percent to P5.7
billion from a year ago.
Our solid performance for
the rst half of the year is driven
primarily by the consistent upward
trend in our revenues from loans
and investments, said LandBank
president and chief executive
Gilda Pico.
This also reects the banks
prudent management of operating
costs and increased focus on
strengthening other areas of
protability to better serve our
priority sectors, she added.
The bank said its capital improved
to P72 billion as of end-June from
P64.1 billion last year, while total
assets reached P599.2 billion.
Deposits, however, declined to
P461.9 billion from P479.8 billion
during the same period.
The bank said investments
amounted to P230.2 billion while
loan portfolio, including inter-bank
loans, stood at P249.9 billion.
LandBank posted a capital
adequacy ratio of 20.81 percent as
of end-June, much higher than the
minimum regulatory requirement
of 10 percent. Return on equity
reached 16.1 percent.
These strong capital ratios
attest to LandBanks sound
nancial position and reect its
capacity to aggressively expand its
loan portfolio to its priority sectors
including farmers and sherfolk
cooperatives, microenterprises
and SMEs, agribusiness, local
government units and rural banks,
Pico said.
By Alena Mae S. Flores
THE Supreme Court has issued a Writ
of Kalikasan against the planned 600-
megawatt coal-red power plant of
Redondo Peninsula Energy Inc. at the
Subic Bay Freeport.
The high court in a July
31 ruling restrained the
company from proceeding
with the construction of the
coal power plant after Party-
list Rep. Teodoro Casio
complained against the
expansion of the power plant
complex from its original
capacity of 300 MW.
RP Energy obtained an
environment clearance
certicate from Environment
Department for the rst phase
of the project involving 300
megawatts.
RP Energy is a joint venture
among Meralco PowerGen
Corp., a unit of Manila Electric
Co., and Therma Power Inc. of
the Aboitiz Group and Taiwan
Cogeneration International
Corp. Meralco PowerGen owns
a 50 percent plus two shares in
the joint venture while Therma
Power and Taiwan Cogeneration
hold the balance.
The Supreme Court also
remanded the case to the Court of
Appeals for further hearings and
judgment.
RP Energy said it was
reviewing its legal options after
the high court gave it 10 days to
respond.
We respect the process and
are mindful of the rights of
those who led the petition.
Although we cannot discuss
the merits of the case, RP
Energy reiterates its strong
adherence to the laws that
govern us in implementing the
project such as the Department
of Environment and Natural
Resources ECC process, RP
Energy said.
Our records show that we
have not violated or reneged on
our commitment to safeguard
the environment and the
communities around us, it
said.
RP Energy president Aaron
Domingo earlier said the
company was hoping to get
the environmental clearance
certicate for the second 300-
MW unit of the 600-MW
project by the fourth quarter.
RP Energy aims to complete
the coal project by 2015.
We have advanced the
development signicantly.
The site preparation is almost
complete were actually
mobilizing people already. The
ECC is a underway, Domingo
said.
The proposed Subic project
will utilize two 300-MW units
utilizing the latest clean coal
technology. The entire project
is estimated to cost $1.28
billion.
Meralco, meanwhile, is
pursuing an aero-derivative
combined cycle power plant in
Calamba, Laguna.
We have secured the site.
We have an ECC and were
continuing multi-partite
monitoring process. The site is
available for putting up peaking
capacity should Meralco need
it, he said.
Domingo said Meralco
PowerGen is also looking
at liquefied natural gas and
coal projects with a capacity
of 300 to 500 megawatts
each.
THREE foreign and local
investors have expressed interest
in teaming up with PNOC-
Exploration Corp. for 200-
megawatt coal power projects
in Zamboanga Sibugay and
Isabela.
At least three [expressed
interest] but we are not at
liberty to disclose as [there is]
no commitment yet. These are
domestic and foreign rms,
PNOC Exploration vice president
Joseph Omar Castillo said.
Castillo said PNOC
Exploration was set to select on
Aug. 6 the transaction advisor
who would help the company
select joint venture partners for
the development of mine-mouth
power plant projects.
The two mine-mouth coal
power plants are estimated to
cost $400 million.
Castillo said more companies
were expected to express their
interest in the projects once
the joint venture terms were
nalized by the transaction
advisor.
Crafting lucrative joint
venture terms will be part of
work of our transaction advisor,
he said.
The technical advisor will be
given 135 days to select PNOC
Explorations joint venture partner
for the two coal projects.
We just want minority [stake
in the joint venture] so PNOC
ECs [interest] is up to 49 percent
only, Castillo said.
He said PNOC Exploration
was optimistic it could nd a
competent joint venture partner
for the power projects.
There are many prospective
partners and competitive bidding
is best way to get the best deal,
he said, adding the company
may select a joint venture
partner within 100 days from
the selection of the transaction
advisor. Alena Mae S. Flores
By Jenniffer B. Austria
THE stock of newly listed
Calata Corp. dived 26 percent
Thursday after the Securities
and Exchange Commission
conrmed it is probing the
company for possible price
manipulation.
Calatas share price closed
P5.70 apiece, down from the
previous days close of P7.70.
SEC chairman Teresita
Herbosa conrmed in a
text message the corporate
regulator was conducting an
investigation into the case.
Matter is under investigation
and condential, she said.
SEC commissioner Juanita
Cueto said in a separate text
message the SEC investigation
was prompted by a report
submitted by the Capital Market
Integrity Corp., the audit,
surveillance and compliance
unit of the Philippine Stock
Exchange.
Cueto said the Enforcement
and Prosecution Department
of the SEC was evaluating and
reviewing the case.
The investigation of Calata
for possible price manipulation
came after the stock price of the
company skyrocketed as much
as three times its IPO price of
P7.50 per share.
Calata, a combined
distributor of agrochemicals,
feeds, fertilizers, veterinary
medicines and other agricultural
products, was listed under the
second board of the PSE in
May.
The IPO generated P270
million in proceeds from
the sale of 36.01 million
shares. The offering was
oversubscribed by 1.7 times
on the back of strong demand
from institutional investors.
Calata said it would use
proceeds from the offering
for an expansion program
that would allow it to retail
agricultural products directly
to end-consumers, farmers
and other dealers in the
Philippines.
Calata president Joseph
Calata earlier said the company
was aiming to open 100 retail
outlets annually over the next
three years to boost revenues
and prots.
Calata currently has 115
outlets and intends to expand
its coverage to other remote
areas in Northern Luzon.
TRADI NG SUMMARY
SHARES VALUE
FINANCIAL 22,060,496 1,440,608,095
INDUSTRIAL 388,923,373 1,321,487,246.89
HOLDING FIRMS 155,943,326 962,520,542.95
PROPERTY 123,248,950 664,392,666.02
SERVICES 137,784,786 863,709,439.95
MINING & OIL 812,997,577 250,427,894.226
GRAND TOTAL 1,640,958,508 5,503,145,885.04
FINANCIAL 1,335.33 (up) 11.56
INDUSTRIAL 7,887.79 (up) 7.93
HOLDING FIRMS 4,428.79 (up) 0.89
PROPERTY 1,990.36 (down) 26.84
SERVICES 1,800.58 (down) 1.69
MINING & OIL 23,063.13 (down) 343.48
PSEI 5,293.4 (down) 5.32
All Shares Index 3,504.46 (up) 5.5
Gainers: 75; Losers: 94; Unchanged:45; Total: 214
Mart falls; Tanduay
advances 50% again
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AUGUST 3, 2012 FRIDAY
B2
52 Weeks Previous % Net Foreign
High Low STOCKS Close High Low Close Change Volume Trade/Buying
MST BUSINESS DAILY STOCKS REVIEW
THURSDAY, AUGUST 2, 2012
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FINANCIAL
70.50 46.00 Banco de Oro Unibank Inc. 63.25 64.55 63.25 64.00 1.19 3,436,340 15,405,387.50
76.80 50.00 Bank of PI 73.90 74.60 73.90 74.50 0.81 2,931,440 5,509,486.00
1.82 0.68 Bankard, Inc. 0.71 0.71 0.71 0.71 0.00 1,000
595.00 370.00 China Bank 478.00 478.20 476.00 477.00 (0.21) 27,950 (10,120,830.00)
1.95 1.42 BDO Leasing & Fin. Inc. 2.08 2.12 1.88 2.02 (2.88) 274,000
23.90 12.98 COL Financial 22.50 22.95 22.95 22.95 2.00 700
20.70 18.50 Eastwest Bank 18.92 19.70 18.98 19.54 3.28 4,670,800 9,205,304.00
22.00 7.56 Filipino Fund Inc. 10.24 11.10 10.28 11.10 8.40 2,800
89.00 50.00 First Metro Inv. 72.00 74.95 71.50 71.50 (0.69) 3,910
3.26 1.91 I-Remit Inc. 2.44 2.45 2.04 2.45 0.41 337,000 470,870.00
681.00 450.00 Manulife Fin. Corp. 445.00 450.00 430.00 450.00 1.12 200 (12,900.00)
98.00 60.00 Metrobank 100.20 100.20 98.50 99.95 (0.25) 1,539,300 29,225,326.00
3.06 1.30 Natl Reinsurance Corp. 2.03 2.09 1.98 2.03 0.00 405,000
77.80 41.00 Phil. National Bank 74.55 76.55 74.60 75.00 0.60 561,640 (5,778,600.00)
500.00 204.80 PSE Inc. 372.00 372.00 368.00 370.00 (0.54) 4,480
45.50 25.45 RCBC `A 44.00 44.25 44.00 44.10 0.23 3,569,800.00 623,175.00
155.20 77.00 Security Bank 143.30 149.80 143.30 149.80 4.54 1,965,080 103,628,834.00
1240.00 890.00 Sun Life Financial 902.00 900.00 893.50 900.00 (0.22) 390 (8,935.00)
140.00 58.00 Union Bank 101.00 101.90 100.40 100.50 (0.50) 14,660 (41,729.00)
2.06 1.43 Vantage Equities 1.73 1.73 1.73 1.73 0.00 28,000
INDUSTRIAL
35.50 26.50 Aboitiz Power Corp. 34.40 34.60 34.20 34.45 0.15 1,146,400 10,640,660.00
13.58 8.00 Agrinurture Inc. 8.80 8.80 8.62 8.66 (1.59) 61,800
23.90 11.98 Alaska Milk Corp. 19.80 19.70 19.50 19.70 (0.51) 2,600
1.70 0.97 Alliance Tuna Intl Inc. 1.39 1.42 1.40 1.40 0.72 223,000
1.65 1.08 Alsons Cons. 1.42 1.41 1.38 1.41 (0.70) 1,956,000
Asiabest Group 27.00 27.45 25.50 26.50 (1.85) 95,300 (3,140.00)
138.00 45.00 Bogo Medellin 52.00 51.00 51.00 51.00 (1.92) 10
26.55 12.50 C. Azuc De Tarlac 15.00 15.00 13.00 15.00 0.00 4,900
2.96 2.12 Calapan Venture 2.35 2.38 2.38 2.38 1.28 10,000
3.07 2.30 Chemrez Technologies Inc. 2.50 2.55 2.50 2.55 2.00 187,000
7.00 4.83 Energy Devt. Corp. (EDC) 5.98 6.02 5.97 5.98 0.00 14,391,300 (31,604,399.00)
6.75 2.80 EEI 7.15 7.15 7.01 7.03 (1.68) 1,527,700 (3,248,523.00)
3.80 1.00 Euro-Med Lab. 1.68 1.71 1.71 1.71 1.79 1,000
18.00 12.50 First Gen Corp. 19.02 19.14 18.76 18.76 (1.37) 1,800,100 (2,855,682.00)
78.55 51.50 First Holdings A 77.50 79.00 77.40 77.75 0.32 68,490 448,744.00
30.90 22.50 Ginebra San Miguel Inc. 20.00 20.50 20.00 20.00 0.00 2,500
0.02 0.0099 Greenergy 0.0140 0.0150 0.0140 0.0150 7.14 220,100,000
12.36 7.80 Holcim Philippines Inc. 12.00 12.10 12.04 12.06 0.50 1,268,900 5,546,016.00
7.40 3.80 Integ. Micro-Electronics 4.25 4.25 4.24 4.25 0.00 12,000
2.35 0.74 Ionics Inc 0.650 0.640 0.630 0.630 (3.08) 218,000
120.00 80.00 Jollibee Foods Corp. 100.00 102.60 101.40 102.10 2.10 347,290 8,011,874.00
Lafarge Rep 9.00 9.00 8.50 8.80 (2.22) 73,700
8.40 1.04 LMG Chemicals 2.00 2.08 2.00 2.00 0.00 311,000 (2,190.00)
1.90 1.11 Mabuhay Vinyl Corp. 1.46 1.46 1.46 1.46 0.00 15,000
3.20 1.05 Manchester Intl. A 2.52 2.70 2.70 2.70 7.14 2,000
3.19 1.08 Manchester Intl. B 2.58 2.57 2.57 2.57 (0.39) 5,000
26.00 18.10 Manila Water Co. Inc. 26.20 26.25 25.75 25.80 (1.53) 578,600 (3,878,665.00)
15.30 8.12 Megawide 16.50 16.50 16.50 16.50 0.00 55,700 1,650.00
295.00 215.00 Mla. Elect. Co `A 265.00 270.00 264.80 265.00 0.00 228,050 (19,165,536.00)
12.20 7.50 Pancake House Inc. 10.88 10.50 10.50 10.50 (3.49) 1,700
3.00 1.96 Pepsi-Cola Products Phil. 3.27 3.50 3.27 3.42 4.59 23,943,000 5,319,970.00
17.40 9.70 Petron Corporation 10.24 10.24 10.06 10.20 (0.39) 2,155,400 2,040,700.00
13.70 10.20 Phinma Corporation 10.90 10.52 10.52 10.52 (3.49) 100
14.94 8.05 Phoenix Petroleum Phils. 8.58 8.80 8.50 8.60 0.23 29,700 (8,780.00)
3.78 1.01 RFM Corporation 3.30 3.46 3.29 3.34 1.21 1,720,000 (1,330,750.00)
2.49 1.10 Roxas and Co. 2.25 1.51 1.51 1.51 (32.89) 1,000
6.50 2.90 Salcon Power Corp. 5.30 5.20 5.10 5.10 (3.77) 16,500
33.00 26.50 San Miguel Brewery Inc. 34.10 34.40 34.00 34.20 0.29 107,000 (113,520.00)
132.60 110.20 San Miguel Corp `A 111.40 112.10 111.00 111.40 0.00 256,700 12,185,912.00
1.90 1.25 Seacem 2.25 2.30 2.23 2.28 1.33 21,363,000 4,113,500.00
2.44 1.80 Splash Corporation 1.81 1.80 1.78 1.78 (1.66) 501,000 30,600.00
0.250 0.112 Swift Foods, Inc. 0.134 0.140 0.133 0.133 (0.75) 3,310,000 (158,700.00)
5.30 3.30 Tanduay Holdings 7.65 11.46 9.00 11.46 49.80 56,078,700 (401,511.00)
3.00 1.99 TKC Steel Corp. 2.18 2.16 2.10 2.12 (2.75) 98,000
1.41 0.90 Trans-Asia Oil 1.20 1.19 1.17 1.17 (2.50) 1,956,000 (17,550.00)
69.20 37.00 Universal Robina 59.55 60.65 59.50 59.70 0.25 2,594,840 22,449,800.00
5.50 1.05 Victorias Milling 1.38 1.48 1.36 1.38 0.00 29,740,000 (4,208,910.00)
1.12 0.310 Vitarich Corp. 0.590 0.590 0.580 0.580 (1.69) 288,000
18.00 2.55 Vivant Corp. 9.21 8.80 8.51 8.80 (4.45) 2,100
1.22 0.70 Vulcan Indl. 0.96 0.96 0.96 0.96 0.00 30,000
HOLDING FIRMS
1.18 0.65 Abacus Cons. `A 0.94 0.95 0.91 0.91 (3.19) 12,104,000 (46,000.00)
59.90 35.50 Aboitiz Equity 48.95 49.00 48.85 49.00 0.10 678,800 14,614,265.00
0.019 0.014 Alcorn Gold Res. 0.0170 0.0170 0.0170 0.0170 0.00 27,400,000
13.70 8.00 Alliance Global Inc. 11.38 11.38 11.28 11.30 (0.70) 17,253,600 (53,255,798.00)
2.97 1.80 Anglo Holdings A 2.00 2.01 2.00 2.00 0.00 11,200
5.02 3.00 Anscor `A 4.69 4.72 4.72 4.72 0.64 26,000
6.98 0.260 Asia Amalgamated A 5.00 5.12 5.00 5.00 0.00 482,500 (2,200,000.00)
3.15 1.49 ATN Holdings A 2.65 2.71 2.55 2.69 1.51 567,000
4.16 2.30 ATN Holdings B 3.43 3.52 3.32 3.45 0.58 950,000 3,470.00
485.20 272.00 Ayala Corp `A 425.00 429.00 425.00 426.00 0.24 478,200 (67,418,666.00)
64.80 30.50 DMCI Holdings 58.00 58.20 57.80 57.80 (0.34) 2,016,160 15,660,721.50
5.20 3.30 Filinvest Dev. Corp. 4.31 4.33 4.22 4.22 (2.09) 323,000 (85,600.00)
0.98 0.10 Forum Pacic 0.250 0.250 0.210 0.240 (4.00) 330,000
520.00 455.40 GT Capital 551.00 551.00 548.00 548.00 (0.54) 132,570 1,521,840.00
5.22 2.94 House of Inv. 5.00 4.95 4.85 4.95 (1.00) 217,000 970,150.00
36.20 19.00 JG Summit Holdings 32.50 34.10 32.37 32.65 0.46 815,200 (2,572,045.00)
6.21 4.00 Lopez Holdings Corp. 5.56 5.65 5.53 5.57 0.18 3,587,400 (6,692,450.00)
1.54 0.61 Lodestar Invt. Holdg.Corp. 1.09 1.09 1.06 1.07 (1.83) 4,218,000 401,570.00
0.91 0.300 Mabuhay Holdings `A 0.480 0.480 0.435 0.480 0.00 90,000
3.82 1.790 Marcventures Hldgs., Inc. 2.38 2.40 2.33 2.35 (1.26) 630,000 35,380.00
4.65 2.56 Metro Pacic Inv. Corp. 4.18 4.21 4.17 4.20 0.48 7,400,000 6,010,020.00
6.24 2.55 Minerales Industrias Corp. 5.38 5.38 5.24 5.38 0.00 85,900
7.50 1.22 MJCI Investments Inc. 5.40 6.44 5.80 6.44 19.26 40,500
0.0770 0.045 Pacica `A 0.0550 0.0560 0.0540 0.0540 (1.82) 15,230,000
2.20 1.20 Prime Media Hldg 1.500 1.500 1.500 1.500 0.00 1,000
0.82 0.44 Prime Orion 0.460 0.465 0.465 0.465 1.09 150,000
4.10 1.56 Republic Glass A 2.10 2.19 2.19 2.19 4.29 4,000
2.40 0.91 Seafront `A 1.55 1.55 1.48 1.55 0.00 27,000
0.490 0.285 Sinophil Corp. 0.335 0.335 0.330 0.330 (1.49) 230,000
750.00 450.00 SM Investments Inc. 753.00 760.00 749.00 752.50 (0.07) 231,450 69,662,855.00
1.78 1.00 Solid Group Inc. 1.58 1.60 1.54 1.60 1.27 1,467,000 470,500.00
1.57 1.14 South China Res. Inc. 1.16 1.17 1.16 1.17 0.86 15,000
0.620 0.620 Wellex Industries 0.3200 0.3200 0.3050 0.3100 (3.13) 1,060,000
1.370 0.185 Zeus Holdings 0.440 0.440 0.410 0.425 (3.41) 1,580,000 (105,600.00)
P R O P E R T Y
48.00 18.00 Anchor Land Holdings Inc. 20.45 20.65 20.00 20.65 0.98 1,600 30,385.00
0.83 0.38 Araneta Prop `A 0.580 0.580 0.580 0.580 0.00 50,000
0.218 0.150 Arthaland Corp. 0.184 0.175 0.175 0.175 (4.89) 50,000
22.85 13.36 Ayala Land `B 22.50 22.35 21.80 21.95 (2.44) 12,086,400 98,997,620.00
5.62 3.08 Belle Corp. `A 4.99 5.01 4.89 4.90 (1.80) 4,398,000 1,532,420.00
9.00 2.26 Cebu Holdings 5.62 5.62 5.60 5.60 (0.36) 56,200
5.60 2.00 Cebu Prop. `A 4.91 5.04 4.86 5.04 2.65 90,000
5.66 0.80 Century Property 1.46 1.46 1.42 1.42 (2.74) 9,119,000 (1,004,800.00)
2.90 1.20 City & Land Dev. 2.50 2.56 2.56 2.56 2.40 40,000
0.127 0.060 Crown Equities Inc. 0.075 0.076 0.076 0.076 1.33 10,000
1.11 0.67 Cyber Bay Corp. 0.81 0.84 0.80 0.80 (1.23) 1,969,000
0.90 0.54 Empire East Land 0.870 0.890 0.870 0.870 0.00 13,833,000 8,700.00
0.310 0.10 Ever Gotesco 0.203 0.202 0.190 0.200 (1.48) 2,520,000
3.06 1.63 Global-Estate 2.00 2.05 1.96 2.00 0.00 2,436,000 1,010,830.00
1.44 0.98 Filinvest Land,Inc. 1.34 1.35 1.32 1.32 (1.49) 18,219,000 (6,053,280.00)
3.80 1.21 Highlands Prime 1.80 1.70 1.69 1.69 (6.11) 25,000
2.14 0.65 Interport `A 1.27 1.25 1.21 1.25 (1.57) 110,000 24,400.00
4.50 1.50 Keppel Properties 2.31 2.55 2.55 2.55 10.39 7,000
2.33 1.51 Megaworld Corp. 2.25 2.26 2.22 2.23 (0.89) 27,673,000 2,890,130.00
0.42 0.168 MRC Allied Ind. 0.1590 0.1610 0.1580 0.1590 0.00 4,520,000 (11,200.00)
0.990 0.080 Phil. Estates Corp. 0.6700 0.6700 0.6500 0.6600 (1.49) 2,479,000 6,600.00
0.71 0.41 Phil. Realty `A 0.465 0.440 0.440 0.440 (5.38) 20,000
38.10 12.50 Phil. Tob. Flue Cur & Redry 14.58 14.58 14.58 14.58 0.00 100
3.50 2.08 Primex Corp. 3.38 3.37 3.37 3.37 (0.30) 10,000
18.86 10.00 Robinsons Land `B 19.36 19.50 18.60 18.60 (3.93) 2,031,500 133,848.00
7.71 2.51 Rockwell 3.14 3.09 3.05 3.09 (1.59) 255,000 18,480.00
710.00 360.00 San Miguel Prop. 500.00 550.00 450.00 550.00 10.00 60 (29,000.00)
2.70 1.80 Shang Properties Inc. 2.60 2.60 2.53 2.60 0.00 51,000
8.95 6.00 SM Development `A 6.34 6.42 6.35 6.36 0.32 1,776,900 396,160.00
18.20 10.94 SM Prime Holdings 13.90 14.28 13.86 14.06 1.15 12,272,600 63,187,406.00
1.03 0.64 Sta. Lucia Land Inc. 0.75 0.76 0.74 0.75 0.00 300,000
4.55 1.80 Starmalls 4.10 4.10 4.01 4.10 0.00 68,000
0.80 0.45 Suntrust Home Dev. Inc. 0.520 0.520 0.510 0.510 (1.92) 129,000
4.50 2.60 Vista Land & Lifescapes 4.400 4.500 4.400 4.460 1.36 6,238,000 (3,587,440.00)
S E R V I C E S
42.00 28.60 ABS-CBN 33.00 33.00 30.10 30.40 (7.88) 310,100
18.98 1.60 Acesite Hotel 1.51 1.50 1.43 1.50 (0.66) 1,353,000 8,610.00
0.78 0.45 APC Group, Inc. 0.630 0.630 0.610 0.610 (3.17) 1,600,000
10.92 7.30 Asian Terminals Inc. 9.00 8.85 8.85 8.85 (1.67) 600
102.80 4.12 Bloomberry 10.14 10.26 10.06 10.06 (0.79) 7,136,000 9,113,552.00
0.5300 10.2000 Boulevard Holdings 0.1200 0.1200 0.1130 0.1130 (5.83) 11,960,000
24.00 6.66 Calata Corp. 7.70 7.69 5.20 5.70 (25.97) 8,696,500 (4,393,014.00)
86.90 62.00 Cebu Air Inc. (5J) 68.40 68.95 68.00 68.00 (0.58) 202,960 353,558.00
10.60 8.20 Centro Esc. Univ. 10.20 10.20 10.20 10.20 0.00 2,500
9.70 5.40 DFNN Inc. 6.18 6.24 6.10 6.24 0.97 166,700
1270.00 831.00 Globe Telecom 1125.00 1140.00 1115.00 1135.00 0.89 43,320 7,257,340.00
11.00 6.18 GMA Network Inc. 10.18 10.34 10.22 10.30 1.18 1,047,600
77.00 43.40 I.C.T.S.I. 71.20 73.00 71.00 72.00 1.12 168,640 911,628.50
0.98 0.36 Information Capital Tech. 0.420 0.425 0.410 0.420 0.00 450,000 4,250.00
6.80 4.30 IPeople Inc. `A 6.60 6.70 6.60 6.70 1.52 1,300
4.70 2.00 IP Converge 2.28 2.22 2.10 2.20 (3.51) 484,000 2,200.00
34.50 0.036 IP E-Game Ventures Inc. 0.041 0.042 0.041 0.041 0.00 61,200,000 (147,600.00)
3.87 1.00 IPVG Corp. 1.02 1.03 1.02 1.03 0.98 781,000
0.0760 0.042 Island Info 0.0500 0.0500 0.0470 0.0500 0.00 3,430,000
5.1900 2.550 ISM Communications 2.9400 2.9900 2.9400 2.9900 1.70 114,000
3.79 1.62 JTH Davies Holdings Inc. 2.55 2.60 2.50 2.50 (1.96) 437,000
11.12 5.90 Leisure & Resorts 8.75 8.75 8.40 8.53 (2.51) 1,331,400 (257,415.00)
3.85 2.60 Liberty Telecom 2.77 2.80 2.75 2.80 1.08 206,000
2.35 0.92 Lorenzo Shipping 1.89 1.83 1.83 1.83 (3.17) 1,000
3.96 2.70 Macroasia Corp. 2.93 3.00 2.85 2.85 (2.73) 468,000 (559,150.00)
0.84 0.57 Manila Bulletin 0.76 0.79 0.75 0.79 3.95 291,000
3.15 1.10 Manila Jockey 2.33 2.65 2.26 2.55 9.44 9,119,000 (7,386,820.00)
9.60 6.50 Metro Pacic Tollways 6.51 6.51 6.51 6.51 0.00 100
22.95 14.20 Pacic Online Sys. Corp. 13.80 14.00 13.80 13.98 1.30 190,400
8.58 4.60 PAL Holdings Inc. 7.32 7.30 7.25 7.25 (0.96) 70,700
3.32 1.05 Paxys Inc. 3.00 3.27 3.00 3.27 9.00 8,563,000 (1,019,470.00)
60.00 18.00 Phil. Seven Corp. 62.00 63.95 62.00 63.10 1.77 239,090 6,116,170.00
17.88 12.10 Philweb.Com Inc. 15.52 15.70 15.50 15.70 1.16 1,332,100 (15,230,652.00)
2886.00 2096.00 PLDT Common 2770.00 2792.00 2744.00 2764.00 (0.22) 49,075 68,915,970.00
0.48 0.25 PremiereHorizon 0.320 0.325 0.320 0.320 0.00 220,000
30.10 10.68 Puregold 26.80 27.50 26.40 27.15 1.31 9,282,400 (119,821,025.00)
4.75 3.30 Touch Solutions 3.53 3.54 3.54 3.54 0.28 10,000
3.30 2.40 Transpacic Broadcast 2.95 2.96 2.73 2.90 (1.69) 31,000 (2,960.00)
0.79 0.27 Waterfront Phils. 0.455 0.440 0.430 0.430 (5.49) 430,000 (22,000.00)
MINING & OIL
0.0083 0.0038 Abra Mining 0.0040 0.0041 0.0040 0.0040 0.00 57,000,000
6.20 3.01 Apex `A 5.00 5.00 4.90 4.91 (1.80) 290,000
6.22 3.00 Apex `B 5.00 5.10 5.10 5.10 2.00 2,100
25.20 14.50 Atlas Cons. `A 17.36 17.40 17.36 17.36 0.00 160,300 1,024,920.00
48.00 20.00 Atok-Big Wedge `A 28.00 27.95 26.00 27.95 (0.18) 2,600
0.380 0.148 Basic Energy Corp. 0.255 0.255 0.250 0.250 (1.96) 1,880,000
30.35 19.98 Benguet Corp `A 23.25 24.95 24.95 24.95 7.31 40,000
34.00 14.50 Benguet Corp `B 23.20 25.00 23.90 25.00 7.76 7,400 172,550.00
2.51 1.62 Century Peak Metals Hldgs 1.28 1.30 1.27 1.27 (0.78) 506,000 (63,960.00)
61.80 5.68 Dizon 29.55 30.45 27.25 28.50 (3.55) 586,200 37,685.00
1.21 0.50 Geograce Res. Phil. Inc. 0.59 0.60 0.56 0.57 (3.39) 15,322,000 96,960.00
1.82 0.9000 Lepanto `A 1.280 1.280 1.230 1.230 (3.91) 13,798,000
2.070 1.0200 Lepanto `B 1.370 1.330 1.300 1.330 (2.92) 8,648,000 4,217,410.00
0.085 0.042 Manila Mining `A 0.0680 0.0680 0.0660 0.0670 (1.47) 82,570,000
0.087 0.042 Manila Mining `B 0.0710 0.0680 0.0670 0.0670 (5.63) 60,460,000 (134,640.00)
36.50 15.04 Nickelasia 27.30 27.50 26.30 26.75 (2.01) 826,400 (7,747,835.00)
12.84 2.13 Nihao Mineral Resources 9.75 9.80 9.48 9.69 (0.62) 3,511,000 242,763.00
1.100 0.008 Omico 0.6900 0.7000 0.7000 0.7000 1.45 1,000
8.40 2.99 Oriental Peninsula Res. 5.020 5.060 4.940 5.020 0.00 1,852,200 (28,484.00)
0.032 0.012 Oriental Pet. `A 0.0180 0.0180 0.0170 0.0180 0.00 19,500,000
0.033 0.014 Oriental Pet. `B 0.0190 0.0190 0.0190 0.0190 0.00 500,000 9,500.00
28.95 18.50 Philex `A 22.00 22.00 21.50 21.60 (1.82) 1,809,300 (5,698,100.00)
48.00 3.00 PhilexPetroleum 38.50 39.10 38.00 38.50 0.00 397,600 2,553,650.00
0.062 0.017 Philodrill Corp. `A 0.051 0.051 0.049 0.051 0.00 335,410,000 504,800.00
69.00 46.00 PNOC Expls `B 40.00 41.00 41.00 41.00 2.50 300
257.80 161.10 Semirara Corp. 222.80 232.00 222.00 227.00 1.89 180,770 (3,310,080.00)
0.029 0.014 United Paragon 0.0160 0.0170 0.0160 0.0160 0.00 207,400,000 16,000.00
PREFERRED
47.90 27.30 ABS-CBN Holdings Corp. 30.00 30.50 28.45 28.50 (5.00) 4,030,300 (43,614,715.00)
First Gen F 101.00 103.00 103.00 103.00 1.98 5,730
First Gen G 103.00 103.70 103.70 103.70 0.68 5,000
11.02 6.00 GMA Holdings Inc. 10.26 10.30 10.20 10.28 0.19 2,330,100 613,640.00
116.70 107.00 PCOR-Preferred 110.90 111.00 111.00 111.00 0.09 9,000
80.00 74.50 SMC Preferred 1 75.10 75.10 75.10 75.10 0.00 1,000
1050.00 1000.00 SMPFC Preferred 1023.00 1025.00 1025.00 1025.00 0.20 500
6.00 0.87 Swift Pref 1.06 1.14 1.13 1.14 7.55 51,000
WARRANTS & BONDS
1.31 0.62 Megaworld Corp. Warrants 1.24 1.24 1.21 1.23 (0.81) 383,000 152,890.00
0.210 0.00 Omico Corp. Warrant 0.0670 0.0600 0.0600 0.0600 (10.45) 40,000
Total (Toyota) recall
UH-OH. Toyotas announcement of a voluntary
safety recall for 760,000 RAV4 utility vehicles
(2006 to early 2011 models) and about 18,000
Lexus HS 250h hybrid vehicles (2010 model year)
is not going to be happy news for customers who
bought their vehicles in the US. Toyota explained
that failure to tighten the nuts on the rear suspension
arm during rear wheel alignment could cause the
arms to loosen or separatewhich puts the vehicle
at risk of a crash. The car manufacturer admitted
it has not yet developed a remedy for the problem
(which involves rust formation that could lead to
wear of the defective part), but assured customers
that it will send notication letters by rst-class
mail once they gure out a x for the problem.
In the last three years, Toyota has had to issue
three instances of recall after receiving reports
that a number of vehicles bought in the US had
displayed unintended accelerationa condition
that was initially traced to the possible incorrect
placement of oor mats that get caught in the
foot pedal. The defect was later determined as the
mechanical sticking of the accelerator pedal. Over
5.2 million vehicles were recalled for the oor mat
problem, plus 2.3 million more for the accelerator
pedal problem.
Two months ago, the US National Highway
Trafc Safety Administration launched an
investigation into the rear suspension failure for
almost half a million RAV4 units from between
2006 and 2008. According to a spokesperson, there
have been nine crashes and three minor injuries
in the US allegedly related to the rear suspension
defect. In Canada, some 99,000 RAV4s and 1,000
Lexus HS 250h units are also being recalled. To be
fair though, Toyota has already launched its own
investigation ahead of the NHTSA probe. The car
manufacturer also announced that once a remedy
is determined, owners may set appointments with
authorized Toyota or Lexus dealers to have their car
serviced free of charge. That certainly comes as
happy news.
However, a Happy Hour cabal member endowed
with a suspicious nature and unusual imagination is
asking why the recalled vehicles are mainly those
manufactured in the US. During the onset of the
2008 recession, the big three in the US auto industry
GM, Chrysler, and Fordwere among those on
the brink of economic demise, to the point that they
had to y to Washington to beg for a $34-billion
bailout fund. Throw in the fact that more and more
US customers have been showing preference for the
gas-friendly Asian vehicles instead of the American
guzzlers. Is there a conspiracy somewhere? the
beer guzzling friend posited.
Pinoy pride
Mark Anthony Barriga must be feeling the
weight of the world on his shoulder, with Filipinos
pinning their hopes on the Pinoy Olympic boxer to
end the 16-year medal drought that has been a cause
of so much disappointment. Tomorrow, Barriga will
be facing his Kazakh opponent Birzhan Zhakypov
(an Asian Games silver medalist whose close win
against French Olympic bet Jeremy Baccu was
roundly booed by spectators) as he tries to remove
one more hurdle in the search for the elusive
Olympic medal. The Davao del Norte native may
be diminutive at 5-foot-2, but his very convincing
win against his much taller Italian opponent with a
score of 17-7 has made him a towering presence.
Demolishing his Kazakh opponent on Saturday will
make Barriga advance to the quarternalsand one
more win will bring him to the medal round. Should
that happen, the lone Pinoy boxer stands to receive
at least P1 million (courtesy of RA 9064 that sets the
rewards for Olympic medalists) plus a bonus (amount
undisclosed yet) from the boxing Congressman
Manny Pacman Pacquiao himself.
Hopefully, the above incentives should be enough
to motivate the 19-year-old boxer whose rst win
was already salve to the wounded sentiments of
Filipino boxing fans, many of whom could only
shake their head at receiving reports that the boxing
contingent was so understaffed, the Nigerian teams
coach had to assist in Barrigas corner. Quite a shame
for a country that has produced such boxing greats
as Flash Elorde, Pacquiao and Nonito Donaire,
commented Happy Hour sources.
Barbecue king and queen return
to Food Network
Birthdays, weddings, christenings, graduation,
estaall these celebrations are occasions where
Filipinos get some time for family bonding and
indulge in one of their greatest passions: eating.
Which is why many will probably welcome the
return of Pat and Gina Neely the king and queen
of barbecue to Food Network Asia in season 4 of
Down Home with the Neelys. The couple was here
recently to promote their new season premiere,
sharing cooking secrets and tips to food lovers.
The genial couple is known for their barbecue and
down home Southern-style cooking, and just like
most ordinary Filipinos, they believe that food is
family and that eating is a great way to slow down
and enjoy time together.
While most foodie shows make everything look
complicated, the Neelys light, conversational banter
and back-to-the-basics style make them endearing
to audiences who appreciate the tasty, hearty family
meals that they dish out in very show. Even their
books, like The Neelys Celebration Cookbook,
come in a very light, readable presentation with a
hearty dose of anecdotes written in such a manner
that you could almost hear the couple talk as you
read through the pages. The new season will feature
13 episodes with menus ranging from four-course
comfort food feasts to slimmer meals with a
twist. Down Home with the Neelys Season 4 will
start making kitchens sizzle on Tuesday at Food
Network Asia aired on Cignal Digital TV (HD
Channel 102).

For comments, reactions, photos, stories and related concerns,


readers may e-mail to happyhourtoday2012@yahoo.com.
STOCKS fell for the second straight
session Thursday, following overnight
losses on Wall Street over disappointment
on the Federal Reserves inaction to
provide further monetary easing.
The Philippine Stock
Exchange index, the 30-
company benchmark, declined
5 points, or 0.1 percent, to close
at 5,293.40, dragged down
by mining and oil as well as
property sectors.
The heavier index,
representing all shares,
however, gained 5 points, or 0.2
percent, to 3,504.46, even as
losers outnumbered gainers, 94
to 75, with 45 issues unchanged.
Value turnover reached P5.5
billion.
Tanduay Holdings Inc.
climbed 49.8 percent to a
13-year high, following the
previous days 50-percent gain.
The stock closed at P11.46, two
days after the announcement of
the conversion of the company
into a holding rm of billionaire
Lucio Tan.
Calata Corp. plunged 26
percent to P5.70, following
reports the Securities and
Exchange Commission was
probing the company for
possible price manipulation.
Security Bank Corp. rose
4.5 percent to P149.80, on
anticipation the bank would
disclose strong prot in the
rst half. The bank earlier said
loans grew 29 percent year-
on-year during the six-month
period.
East West Banking Corp.
added 3.3 percent to P19.54,
a day after it announced the
Bangko Sentrals approval of
its universal banking license.
Other banks also rose
Thursday. Bank of the
Philippine Islands gained 0.8
percent to P74.50 while BDO
Unibank Inc. added 1.2 percent
to P64.
Meanwhile, Asian stock
markets were mostly lower
Thursday after the US Federal
Reserve took no new action
to boost the US economy
and investors awaited
announcements from the
European Central Bank after
its president vowed to keep the
euro currency union intact.
Attention is now squarely
focused on Thursdays meeting
of the ECB. Global markets were
boosted the past week after ECB
president Mario Draghi vowed to
do whatever it takes to keep the
euro intact as Spains nancial
situation deteriorated.
Japans Nikkei 225 stock
average was up 0.6 percent at
8,689.67 while Hong Kongs
Hang Seng dropped 0.7 percent to
19,690.46. South Koreas Kospi
shed 0.3 percent to 1,873.64 and
Chinas Shanghai composite was
0.6 percent lower at 2,110.58.
Markets in Singapore, India
and Indonesia fell.
On Wall Street, the Dow
Jones industrial average fell
37.62 points to 12,971.06 on
Wednesday and broader indexes
also closed down.
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ManilaStandardToday extrastory2000@gmail.com AUGUST 3, 2012 FRIDAY
B3
IN BRIEF
SM readies $1.5-b expansion
SMDCs profit
climbed 38% in
rst semester
Republic of the Philippines
ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION
San Miguel Avenue, Pasig City
IN THE MATTER OF THE
APPLICATION FOR APPROVAL OF
THE POWER SUPPLY AGREEMENT
(PSA) BETWEEN MANILA ELECTRIC
COMPANY (MERALCO) AND SAN
MIGUEL ENERGY CORPORATION
(SMEC)
ERC CASE NO. 2012- 087 RC
MANILA ELECTRIC COMPANY
(MERALCO),
Applicant.
x- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -x
NOTI CE OF PUBLI C HEARI NG
TO ALL INTERESTED PARTIES:
Notice is hereby given that on July 5, 2012, the Manila Electric Company (MERALCO) fled an application for the
approval of the Power Supply Agreement (PSA) it entered into with San Miguel Energy Corporation (SMEC).
n the said application, MERALCO alleged, among others, the following:
1. t is a private corporation existing under the laws of the Republic of the Philippines, with principal offce located
at Lopez Building, MERALCO Center, Ortigas Avenue, Pasig City;
2. t has a legislative franchise to operate and maintain a distribution system in the Cities/Municipalities of Metro
Manila, Bulacan, Cavite and Rizal and certain Cities/Municipalities/Barangays in Batangas, Laguna, Quezon
and Pampanga pursuant to Republic Act No. 9209, including the economic zones located therein, and is
authorized to charge all its customers for their electric consumption at the rates approved by the Commission;
3. On June 25, 2012, it executed a PSAwith SMEC for the purchase of 200 MW contract capacity until December
25, 2012, which will thereafter be increased to 500 MW contract capacity, of the Sua Power Plant (Unit 1),
a coal-fred power generating facility in Barangay Pangascasan, Sual, Pangasinan;
4. SMEC is a private corporation engaged in the generation of power and is the ndependent Power Producer
(PP) Administrator of the Sual Power Plant;
5. ts PSAwith SMEC, a copy of which was attached to the application as Annex "B and made an integral part
thereof, contains the following salient features:
2.2 Term of Agreement
2.2.1 Subject to Article 3, this Agreement shall become effective on the Effective Date.
2.2.2 The term of this Agreement (the Term ) shall commence on the Effective Date and shall
expire on the date falling seven (7) years from such Effective Date, unless terminated earlier
in accordance with the terms of this Agreement or extended by the application of Section 2.2.3
or Section 14.3.2.
2.2.3 After the ffth (5
th
) anniversary, but no later than the sixth (6th) anniversary date of the Effective
Date, the Parties shall enter into good faith negotiations to decide on whether to extend
the Term; provided that any extension of the Term may be up to the expiration of the PPA
Agreement; provided further that, except for the Term, the same terms and conditions of this
Agreement shall govern the extension. The duration of the negotiations for extension shall
not exceed ninety (90) Days from the start thereof. f the Parties fail to agree to an extension
within the ninety (90) Day period, this Agreement will be non-extendible and expire on the
date falling seven (7) years from Effective Date.
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3.3 Effective Date
3.3.1 f the ERC Final Approval is issued within the frst twenty fve (25) Days of a month, the date
of effectiveness of this Agreement shall be on the twenty sixth (26th) Day of such month in
which the ERC Final Approval was issued. f the ERC Final Approval is issued after the twenty
ffth (25th) Day of a month, the date of effectiveness of this Agreement shall be on the twenty
sixth (26th) Day of the month immediately succeeding such month in which the ERC Final
Approval was issued. MERALCO shall immediately notify Power Supplier of the issuance of
the ERC Final Approval as soon as it receives said ERC Final Approval.
3.3.2 Prior to and until December 25, 2012, the TSC will govern the supply to MERALCO of power
frorn the Plant in an amount up to 200 MW. For this purpose, MERALCO, with the consent and
cooperation of Power Supplier, undertakes to perform any and all commercially reasonable efforts
to maintain the effectivity of the TSC up to Decernber 25, 2012; provided that, if this Agreement is
approved prior to December 25, 2012, the rights and obligations of the Parties in respect of each
other under or arising from the TSC shall forthwith be superseded by this Agreement.
3.3.3 Notwithstanding that (i) the ERC Final Approval has not been issued by December 25, 2012,
and (ii) the documents under Section 3.2 of this Agreement have not been delivered before
December 25, 2012, the Effective Date shall nevertheless occur on Decernber 26,2012.
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4.1 Supply of Power
4.1 Subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement:
4.1.1 From the Effective Date until the expiration or earlier termination of this Agreement, Power
Supplier shall:
(a) make available to MERALCO, and MERALCO shall purchase from Power Supplier, at the
Price determined in accordance with Appendix D, the Contract Capacity of the Plant; and
(b) sell to MERALCO, and MERALCO shall purchase from Power Supplier, at the Price
determined in accordance with Appendix D, the Associated Energy of the Plant, to the
extent of MERALCO's relevant day-ahead nominations.
4.1.2 The Contract Capacity and Associated Energy shall be dedicated exclusively to MERALCO for
so long as this Agreement is in force and effect. Notwithstanding this, MERALCO acknowledges
that the Power Supplier is required to offer any portion of the Plant's capacity not nominated
by MERALCO pursuant to the "must offer rule under the WESM Rules.
4.1.3 Unless otherwise expressly permitted by this Agreement , Power Supplier shall provide
MERALCO with capacity and/or electrical energy exclusively from, the Plant.
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7.1 Outage Allowances
7.1.1 Power Supplier is allowed Outages not to exceed sixty (60) Days for each Contract Year
( Annual Outage Allowance Days ) of the Term, during which times reduced or no supply
of Contract Capacity or Associated Energy will be available to MERALCO; provided that
Power Supplier shall be allowed an outage of thirty (30) days for Major Maintenance ( Major
Maintenance Outage Allowance Days ), in addition to the Annual Outage Allowance Days,
once every fve (5) year interval reckoned from the last Major Maintenance in 2011. Unutilized
Annual Outage Allowance Days or Major Maintenance Outage Allowance Days, as the case
may be, shall not be carried forward to any subsequent Contract Year.
7.1.2 Any reduction in capacity from the Plant, whether due to an Outage, Major Maintenance
Outage, Events of Force Majeure or otherwise, shall be allocated pro rata among MERALCO
and its assignees, based on their Contract Capacity at the time of such reduction.
7.2 Replacement Electrical Output During Outages
7.2.1 During (i) Outages within the Annual Outage Allowance Days and, (ii) when applicable, Outages
and Major Maintenance Outages within the Full Load Equivalent Outage Allowance Days,
Power Supplier shall supply MERALCO with replacement Contract Capacity and replacement
Associated Energy at the WEP; provided that, during Scheduled Outages within the Annual
Outage Allowance Days and Major Maintenance Outages within the Major Maintenance
Outage Allowance Days, MERALCO shall have the option to procure replacement Contract
Capacity and replacement Associated Energy from the WESM.
7.2.2 f during any Contract Year, (i) the actual Outages exceed the Annual Outage Allowance
Days and, (ii) when applicable, the actual Outages and actual Major Maintenance Outages
exceed the Full Load Equivalent Outage Allowance Days, the Power Supplier shall procure,
at its own cost, such quantities of electrical energy from third parties (including the WESM) to
satisfy the relevant day - ahead nominations of MERALCO. Power Supplier shall indemnify
and hold MERALCO harmless from any loss, cost, expense or penalty incurred or paid by
MERALCO as a result of Power Suppliers failure to so procure such quantities of electrical
energy for MERALCO.
7.3 Scheduling Outages
By no later than October 31 of every year, Power Supplier shall inform MERALCO of the Scheduled
Outages and if any, Major Maintenance Outages, of the Plant for the succeeding calendar year as
submitted to the System Operator. Power Supplier shall keep MERALCO informed of any revisions
thereby approved or initiated by the System Operator at least thirty (30) Days prior to the start of such
revised Scheduled Outage and, if any, Major Maintenance Outages.
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Article 8 Implementation of Open Access and Retail Competition
8.1 Commencement of Open Access and Retail Competition
The Parties acknowledge that Open Access and Retail Competition shall be implemented in phases
in accordance with the guidelines to be issued by the ERC, and upon implementation, the amount of
Contract Capacity and Associated Energy may be adjusted for each phase in accordance with the
terms hereof.
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8.3 Assignment or Transfer of Contract Capacity Due to Open Access and Retail Competition
Upon the implementation by the ERC of Open Access and Retail Competition, MERALCO shall also
be entitled to assign, transfer, designate, delegate or allocate (as determined by MERALCO) to any
of its Affliates, or to any of its business segments, to the extent allowed by Law, or to any third party
acceptable to Power Supplier (which express written consent shall not be unreasonably withheld),
its right to purchase such portion of Contract Capacity and Associated Energy reduced as a result of
Open Access and Retail Competition.
For the avoidance of doubt, in no case shall the reduction contemplated in Section 8.2 or the assignment
or transfer contemplated in Section 8.3 relieve or otherwise excuse MERALCO from payment for
the full Contract Capacity and Associated Energy except as otherwise assumed by the assignee or
transferee. MERALCO shall then be relieved from paying for, and from any liability pertaining to, such
portion of the Contract Capacity and Associated Energy assigned, transferred, designated, delegated
or allocated.
8.4 Any capacity that the Power Supplier reacquires from any Affliate or business segment of MERALCO
shall be taken by MERALCO under the same terms and conditions (including the Price) as contained
in this Agreement for the unexpired portion of the Term. This portion of capacity that MERALCO takes
shall be added to, and treated as "Contract Capacity " for the purposes of this Agreement.
Article 9 Billing and Payment
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9.2 Payments
9.2.1 MERALCO shall pay the entire amount indicated in the Final nvoice (subject to Section 6 of
Appendix G) when due and payable, provided that MERALCO shall not be required to make
payment on any nvoice that is manifestly in error or apparently invalid.
9.2.2 f MERALCO disputes all or any portion of a Final nvoice for a reason other than a manifest
error in, or the apparent invalidity of, such Final nvoice, MERALCO shall nonetheless pay the
full amount of such nvoice (subject to Section 6 of Appendix G). Any payment by MERALCO
under this Section 9.2.2 is without prejudice to MERALCO's right at a later date to dispute,
protest or question any amount so paid. Xxx
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Article 12 Covenants
12.2 ERC Approval
12.2.1 MERALCO shall use reasonable best efforts to secure ERC Final Approval in form and
substance satisfactory to the Parties on or before the Longstop Date.
12.2.2 For any positive difference between the Price under the ERC Final Approval and the rate
previously paid by or invoiced to MERALCO, MERALCO shall pay such difference to Power
Supplier. For any negative difference between the Price under the ERC Final Approval and
the rate previously paid by or invoiced to MERALCO, and only for the period of December
26, 2012 to June 25, 2013, Power Supplier shall refund such difference to MERALCO. Power
Supplier shall also pay for the period of December 26, 2012 to June 25, 2013, any penalty or
other costs imposed by the ERC as a result of the implementation of this Agreement for the
said period. The reimbursement or other adjustment shall be on such terms and conditions
required by the ERC. f the ERC does not specify such terms and conditions, then the
reimbursement or adjustment shall be amortized over such period equivalent to the number
of Billing Periods from Effective Date to the date the ERC Final Approval was implemented,
or on other terms as reasonably determined by the Parties.
12.2.3 f the ERC's Final Approval requires an amendment of any provision herein, including
provisions on amounts payable under this Agreement, or subjects such approval to any
material term or condition that is not acceptable to either Party, acting reasonably ( ERC
Conditional Approval ), the Parties shall cooperate in good faith to resolve the required ERC
amendment(s) or to address the material term or condition. The Parties may:
(a) Within ffteen (15) Days after the receipt by the Parties of the ERC Conditional Approval,
seek a reconsideration of the ERC Conditional Approval; or
(b) within sixty (60) Days after receipt by the Parties of the ERC Conditional Approval, revise
and fle an amended Agreement for approval by the ERC, or if the Parties fail to agree
on the amendment of this Agreement within the period prescribed in this Section 12.2.3,
terminate this Agreement;
provided that if the motion for reconsideration is denied by the ERC, or the amended Agreement
is disapproved by the ERC, or approved by the ERC but still with any material term or condition
that is not acceptable to either Party, acting reasonably, either Party may terminate this
Agreement upon thirty (30) Days prior written notice to the other Party
6. The Payment Structure, as provided in Appendix D of the PSA, shall be as follows:
2 PAYMENT STRUCTURE
The payment to be made in each Billing Period during the Term for Contract Capacity and Associated
Energy shall consist of a Capacity Payment and Energy Payment. The Capacity Payment consists of
Component A1 (MCP
USD
), Component A2 (MCP
PhP
), and Component B (MFOM), and the Energy Payment
consists of Component C1 (MFP
USD
), Component C2 (MFP
PhP
), Component D1 (MVOM
USD
), Component
D2 (MVOM
PhP
), and Component E (RPP). Thus, the payment for Contract Capacity and Associated Energy
for each Billing Period shall consist of:
MCP
USD
+ MCP
PhP
+ MFOM + MFP
USD
+ MFP
PhP
+
MVOM
USD
+ MVOM
PhP
+ RPP
6.1 The Capacity Payment (Components Aand B) consists of the Capacity Payments in Philippine Peso
and US Dollars and the Fixed Operations and Maintenance Cost (MFOM); and
6.2 The Energy Payment (Components C to E) shall be based on the cost of the fuel utilized by SMEC
to generate the energy provided to MERALCO during the relevant period.
7. A sample calculation of the contract price under the PSA, under given assumptions, is shown below:
Sample Calculation of Contract Price per kWh under the PSA between MERALCO and SMEC
(May 2012 Supply Month)
BILLING COMPONENT UNIT BILLING RATE CPI Adj Factor BILLING DETERMINANT AMOUNT (PHP)
A. Capacity Payment
US Dollar Portion (USD/kW-yr)
Peso Portion (Php/kW-yr)
B. Fixed O&M Fees
Peso Portion (Php/kW-yr)

C. Energy Payment

Peso Portion (Php/kWh)
D. Variable O&M Payment
US Dollar Portion (USD/kWh)

Peso Portion (Php/kWh)
91.97
7,901.74
1,200.00
2.2282
0.00150
0.00830
1.0000
1.0567
2.0290
500,000
500,000
500,000
288,000,000
288,000,000
288,000,000
(kW)
(kW)
(kW)
(kWh)
(kWh)
(kWh)
193,849,783.92
387,340,419.80
50,000,000.00
641,730,224.83
19,628,812.64
4,850,086.96
TOTAL PAYMENT (Php)
Effective Rate at Plant Gate (Php/kWh)
1,297,399,328.15
4.5049
Effective Line Rental Rate (Php/kWh) 0.3100
Effective Delivered Rate (Php/kWh) 4.8149
Effective Rate at NPC TSC* (Php/kWh) 6.0454
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Savings / (Increase) over NPC TSC (Php/kWh) 1.2305
Savings / (Increase) over NPC TSC, PHP 354,384,018.10
Meralco Energy Requirement, kWh 3,127,831,972.55
Generation Cost Reduction, PHP/kWh 0.1133
Assumptions:
(1) Capacity Payments based on Contract Year 2013 Capacity Fee rates (in the absence of Jan-Jun 2012 rates in
the Schedule 3)
(2) Average Feb-Apr 2012 Newcastle index = USD 109.29/MTon ; USD Freight cost = USD 12.48/MTon
(3) Contract Capacity of 500 MW
(4) Effective line Rental rates based on actual May 2012 WESM Preliminary bill.
(5) *NPC TOU rates inclusive of DAA, FPPCA, FxA and FBHC Adjustments based on May 2012.
(6) 80% Plant Ca paclty Factor; Equivalent Heat Rate = 2,492 kCa/kWh
(7) CP Adj Factor for Fixed O&M based on Apr 2012 PH CP (2006=100) = 129.40
(8) CP Adj Factor for Variable O&M based on Japan Export ndex = 99.5, US Export ndex = 124.1, European Export
ndex = 91.32 and PH Export ndex = 154.0
(9) Forex rate at PHP43.0/USD
8. The resulting average rate under the PSA is PhP4.5049 per kWh;
9. For the simulated month of May 2012, the effective rate under the Transition Supply Contract (TSC) would
be PhP6.0454 per kWh. Assuming that its PSAwith SMEC had been approved by said simulated month,
resulting in the corresponding reduction of the contracted energy under its TSC with the National Power
Corporation (NPC),
1
its generation charge for the simulated month is expected to be reduced by about
PhP0.1133 per kWh. Thus, it is essential and urgent that the instant application be approved in order to
immediately afford end-users the benefts resulting from implementation of the PSA
10. lt bears emphasis that the PSA provides for a longstop date of June 25, 2013, within which the fnal
approval of the Commission should be secured, otherwise, the PSA may be terminated;
11. MERALCO and SMEC have recognized that there is a paramount relevance and necessity to implement
the subject PSA immediately upon termination of the TSC on December 25,2012 in order to ensure
continuous and reliable electricity for its customers. The implementation of the subject PSA will clearly
redound to the beneft of the end-users as it will shield them from the detrimental impact of the expiration
of the TSC that may constrain it to source replacement energy (up to the 500 MW that would otherwise
have been sourced from the Sual Power Plant) from the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM),
which would likely increase prices therein;
12. Section 3.3.3 of the PSA provides for its immediate implementation starting December 26, 2012, even
pending the Commission's fnal approval of the instant application, until June 25, 2013;
13. ln support of the instant application, the Judicial Affdavit of Mr.Ciprinilo C. Meneses, its Senior Manager
and Head of Energy Sourcing Offce, was attached to the application as Annex "C; and
14. t prays that after hearing on the merits, a Decision be rendered approving its PSA with SMEC.
The Commission has set the application for initial hearing, expository presentation, pre-trial conference and
evidentiary hearing on August 22, 2012 (Wednesday) at ten o clock in the morning (10:00 A.M.) at the ERC Hearing
Room, 15th FIoor, Pacic Center BuiIding, San MigueI Avenue, Pasig City.
All persons who have an interest in the subject matter of the proceeding may become a party by fling, at least
fve (5) days prior to the initial hearing and subject to the requirements in the ERC's Rules of Practice and Procedure, a
verifed petition with the Commission giving the docket number and title of the proceeding and stating: (1) the petitioner's
name and address; (2) the nature of petitioner's interest in the subject matter of the proceeding, and the way and manner
in which such interest is affected by the issues involved in the proceeding; and (3) a statement of the relief desired.
All other persons who may want their views known to the Commission with respect to the subject matter of the
proceeding may fle their opposition to the application or comment thereon at any stage of the proceeding before the
applicant concludes the presentation of its evidence. No particular form of opposition or comment is required, but the
document, letter or writing should contain the name and address of such person and a concise statement of the opposition
or comment and the grounds relied upon.
All such persons who may wish to have a copy of the application may request the applicant, prior to the date of
the initial hearing, that they be furnished with a copy of the application. The applicant is hereby directed to furnish all
those making a request with copies of the application and its attachments, subject to reimbursement of reasonable
photocopying costs. Likewise, any such person may examine the application and other pertinent records fled with the
Commission during the usual offce hours.
WITNESS, the Honorable Chairperson, ZENAIDA G. CRUZ-DUCUT, and the Honorable Commissioners, MARIA
TERESA A.R. CASTAEDA, JOSE C. REYES, ALFREDO J. NON, and GLORIA VICTORIA C. YAP-TARUC, Energy
Regulatory Commission, this 16th day of July, 2012 at Pasig City.
ATTY. FRANCIS SATURNINO C. JUAN
Executive Director
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whereas clause in the Memorandum of Agreement (for the Extension of NPC/PSALM-MERALCO Transition Supply
Contract (TSC) and Memorandum of Agreement for the Customer Choice Program) provides that, "the volume of contracted
energy under this extension will be reduced by the volume allocated to a SGC upon the effective date of the PSA between
MERALCO and such SGC
(MST-Aug. 3 & 10, 2012)
SM DEVELOPMENT Corp. said net
income in the rst half grew 38 percent to
P2.7 billion, on the back of higher home
sales.
The property unit of the SM group said
home sales in the six-month period surged
85 percent to P19.8 billion. The company
sold 8,007 units, up by 72 percent from
only 4,655 units a year ago.
Revenues from real estate rose 73.6
percent to P11.9 billion. Net income from
real estate reached P2.5 billion.
We are highly gratied by the warm
response that the market continues to give
to SMDCs products. Our homebuyers
encourage all of us to work even harder to
match their expectations or even exceed
them in terms of quality, lifestyle and
convenience, said SMDC vice chairman
and chief executive Henry Sy Jr.
SMDCs residential condominiums are
being designed and developed to cater to
the Filipinos growing need for privacy,
sophistication, and greater access to retail
and home-related services which offer
greater convenience and time for families
to live a more balanced life, he added.
SMDCs residential projects are
conveniently located near malls, transport
hubs and schools and provide amenities
such as swimming pools, hotel-like lobbies
and function rooms which, in the past
decades, were beyond the reach of mid-
range homebuyers.
FTI auction delayed
THE government postponed by a week the
public auction of 74 hectares of the 103-hectare
Food Terminal Inc. complex in Taguig City to
Aug. 14 to allow bidders more time to evaluate
their positions.
The Privatization and Management Ofce said
in a statement it decided to move the bidding,
which was originally scheduled on Aug. 8, to
accommodate investor requests for an extension
of the due diligence period.
The bidding date which was rescheduled by
four business days will also allow the bidders
ample time to study additional information about
the agro-industrial asset.
Supplementary documentation was made
available to bidders in response to queries
raised during the July 20 pre-bid conference
for the property, PMO chief Karen Singson
said.
Bidders have until 11:30 a.m of Aug. 14 to
submit their proposals to the PMO bids and awards
committee in Makati City.
Seven big property developers earlier qualied
for the auction, including Robinsons Land Corp.,
Empire East Land, Ayala Land Inc., Rockwell
Land Corp., Century Properties Group Inc., SM
Land Inc. and Filinvest Land Inc.
Maria Bernadette Lunas
CebuPac opens Kalibo hub
CEBU Pacic, the countrys largest budget
carrier, started operating direct ights from Davao
to Kalibo and Puerto Princesa Thursday to link the
three tourism destinations.
Both routes will be available as a four times
weekly service every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
and Sunday, using the airlines brand-new Airbus
A320 aircraft eet.
Starting [Thursday], two popular tourism
destinations, Puerto Princesa and Boracay, will be
within easy reach of Dabawenyos and vice versa.
Providing accessibility across the Philippine
islands continue to be one of Cebu Pacics top
priorities, and is evident in the rest of the new
routes we are launching later this year, said Cebu
Pacic vice president for marketing Candice
Iyog.
Kalibo will be CebuPacs sixth hub. Other hubs
are Manila, Cebu, Clark, Davao and Iloilo. The
budget airline currently offers 63 domestic routes
to 32 domestic destinations.
Cebu Pacic is set to launch Cebu-Coron,
Tacloban-Legazpi, Davao-Butuan, Davao-
Dipolog, Taclban-Iloilo and Cagayan de Oro-
Zamboanga routes in the second half.
Iyog said the airline would also launch new
routes such as Iloilo-Hong Kong, Iloilo-General
Santos, Iloilo-Singapore, Iloilo-Puerto Princesa,
Cagayan de Oro-Bacolod. Lailany P. Gomez
BILLIONAIRE Henry Sys shopping
mall developer plans to spend P63 billion
($1.5 billion) in the next three years to add as
many as 18 shopping malls at home and in
China as consumer spending rises.
SM Prime Holdings Inc.,
the biggest Philippine retail
developer, plans to build
four to five malls a year in
the Southeast Asian nation.
Its also targeting a shopping
center in China every year,
said company president Hans
Sy, the billionaires son.
The expansion will help sustain
prot growth, the company said,
forecasting a 16-percent increase
in earnings this year after a 15-
percent gain in 2011.
SM Prime shares rose 1.1
percent to P14.06 Thursday,
the highest since March 19.
The gain pushed the stock 33
percent higher this year, beating
the Philippine Stock Exchange
indexs 21-percent advance,
the best performance among
Southeast Asian benchmark stock
measures in 2012.
I am quite positive that we
can accelerate our earnings
growth, Hans Sy, 56, said in
an interview on July 31. There
are still plenty of opportunities
in the Philippines and in
China. We believe consumer
spending in both countries are
sustainable and will continue
to grow.
New malls in China will also
extend its revenue base beyond
the 108 million population in the
Philippines to the worlds fastest-
growing major economy. Sales in
its home market made up more
than 90 percent of revenue last
year, according to data compiled
by Bloomberg.
SM Prime may face the risk
of declining funds sent home by
Filipinos working abroad, while
a sharp economic slowdown
in China may make it longer
for the companys expansion to
bear fruit, according to Astro del
Castillo, managing director at
First Grade Finance Inc.
SM Prime has its own set
of risks, Del Castillo said.
The stock is deemed a safe
haven because SM Primes
management is conservative and
the Philippines has a resilient
consumer market.
Remittances from more than
9 million Filipinos overseas
account for about a 10th of the
$225-billion economy, with
citizens abroad sending home a
record $20 billion in 2011.
The value of those inflows,
which helped fund property
purchases, may be eroded
as the peso strengthened 4.8
percent this year, the most
among Asias most-actively
traded currencies, according to
data compiled by Bloomberg.
The Philippines ranked 130th
of 142 countries in the World
Economic Forums latest survey
on the cost to business of
terrorism; and 112th in terms of
crime and violencethe worst in
Southeast Asia.
The expansion in China also
comes as the Chinese economy
shows sign of easing. The
nations manufacturing teetered
on the edge of contraction in July,
signaling a rebound in economic
growth has yet to take hold.
That hasnt stopped other Asian
developers from seeking retail
property ventures in the country.
In China, SM Primes president
said he would focus on less-
afuent or second-tier cities
such as Zibo. It plans to open a
mall in Chongqing by the end of
the year, its fth in China. Last
year, it added a mall each in the
Philippines and China.
The new Philippine malls
will be located in areas outside
Metro Manila, which includes
the capital and 16 neighboring
towns and cities, said Sy, whos
the fourth of the billionaires six
children. The company plans to
open ve malls in the country
this year, adding to its network of
41 outlets.
SM Primes future growth in
the Philippines will come from
its expansion in provincial areas,
said Alex Pomento, strategist
at the Manila unit of Macquarie
Group Ltd. Its venture in China
is slowly building up and looks
very promising. Bloomberg
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We are very proud that in our
own small way, we have been
contributing to the Philippines
for the past 15 years through the
local assembly of 90% of our
products. We are creating more
jobs and continuously supporting
our local parts manufacturers.
Because for Isuzu, the Philip-
pines is not just another selling
opportunity, but rather a growing
economy that we would like to be
a part of, states Yamazaki in his
speech before the packed Rizal
Ballroom of the hotel. We are
also practicing our core values of
dependability, reliability, durabil-
ity, cost efciency, responsibility
and excellence, which are exem-
plied by our vehicle line up,
adds Yamazaki.
Over the years the company
reversed the perception on diesel
engines by introducing innovative
and fuel-efcient power plants
that comply with strict European
Text and photos by Dino Ray V.
Directo III
IN ITS bid to corner a much larger piece of the
consumer pie, Mitsubishi Motors Philippines
Corporation (MMPC) rehashed one its best sell-
ing nameplates to meet the demands of the local
market for fuel efcient vehicles. A week after
the exclusive media sneak peek of the new Mi-
rage, Mitsubishi strategically reintroduced a new
Lancer variant in tune with the times.
Mitsubishi provided the participating media
men the opportunity to really test the fuel ef-
ciency of the 1600cc Lancer EX by way of a
drive and ride event that started from the Mi-
crotel Hotel at the SM Mall of Asia, all the way
to the Pico de Loro leisure resort in Nasugbu,
Batangas. Tested were the base model GLX
with a four speed A/T and the top-of-the line MX
version also with A/T. According to Hikosaburo
Shibata, President and CEO of MMPC, The
new Lancer EX with the all new 1600cc MI-
VEC engine will denitely appeal to buyers of
both the sub-compact and compact sedan market
who are looking for a balance between power
and fuel economy, he says.
I drove an Orion Black GLX variant which
was powered by a 117 bhp 4A92, 16-valve
DOHC MIVEC engine. For the uninformed,
the MIVEC technology is Mitsubishis elec-
tronic valve timing control that provides opti-
mal engine performance across the rev range
by adjusting the timing of the intake camshaft.
Adjusting or retarding the cam timing alters
the distribution of power and torque through-
out the useable rev range. MIVEC technology
stabilizes the combustion without compro-
mising the fuel efciency and emissions pro-
duced by the engine, explains Arlan Reyes,
marketing and communications lieutenant of
MMPC. The Lancers four-speed INVECS
II transmission is intelligent enough to not
go gear hunting when driving the car aggres-
sively, and provides the proper power needed
to propel the car during cruise mode.
The exterior of this 1600cc variant is simi-
lar to the jet ghter inspired front end of its
sportier sibling, the 2.0 liter Lancer GTA. My
ride was equipped with Multi-reector halo-
gen headlamps, while the higher end MX ver-
sion had HID lamps.
For a car targeted towards a market in need
of a fuel efcient ride, this 1600cc Lancer is
well equipped starting with the three-spoke
leather wrapped steering and a touch sensitive
multi-media entertainment system which fea-
tures DVD, MP3, GPS Navigation and iPOD
connectivity. These functions can be con-
trolled via an eight-inch touch monitor located
at the center console of the dashboard. This
feature proved itself useful during our drive
to Nasugbu, of which the organizers plotted
a course that took us around the back roads
of Cavite towards our destination down South.
As the dust of competition died down, Ron
delos Reyes of Business Insight got the best
fuel efciency gures by garnering 17 kilome-
ters per liter. This writer faired considerably
well with a fuel efciency rating of 13.9 kilo-
meters per liter.
The new 1600cc fuel efcient Lancer EX
retails for P825,000 for the M/T variant to as
high as P930,000 for the MX version. Both
the EX and the GT-A Lancers are locally man-
ufactured in Mitsubishis Cainta facility.
1M Blue is the catchphrase for
1 Million Eco-Safe Drivers un-
der the framework of Clean Fleet
Management Program.
1M Blue echoes Hondas glob-
al environmental slogan, Blue
Skies for Our Children, adopted to
express its commitment to the real-
ization of this environmental vision
through expanded environmental
initiatives. It represents a passionate
and unwavering effort to help pre-
serve the environment for the next
generation and at the same time
seeks one million drivers who will
commit to practice eco-safe driving
in the Philippines to help address
air pollution, climate change and
energy sustainability.
With the growing concern over
problem on
global climate
change, Honda,
as a company
pursuing a glob-
al mobility busi-
ness, is striving
to be the worlds
leader in environmental and energy
technologies through its product
development, production, and oth-
er activities.
Having embraced the goal of
becoming a company that society
wants to exist by sharing joy with
the people of the world based on the
Honda philosophy, Honda is pursu-
ing a range of corporate activities in
order to create new value, expand
value, and fulll our commitment
to the future while cultivating the
freedom of associates to seek out a
better way, a willingness to rise to
the challenges of the future, and a
spirit of collaborative creativity.
By purposefully pursuing these
directions in its activities, fullling
social responsibility, and commu-
nicating effectively with all Honda
stakeholders, including custom-
ers, dealers, suppliers, associates,
shareholders, investors, and local
communities, it is Hondas inten-
tion to help bring about a sustain-
able society.
Utilizing CSR as the platform,
Honda has launched and imple-
mented in the Philippines the Eco-
Safe Driving
and Clean Fleet
Management
Program in
October 2010
through the
partnership of
Honda Founda-
tion, Inc., Philippine Business for
the Environment, Clean Air Initia-
tives for Asian Cities and the De-
partment of Energy. The said pro-
gram has engaged more than 400
administration and eet personnel
from 43 Government agencies by
providing them with classroom and
hands on training on fuel-efcient
and safe driving practices.
Text and photos by Dino Ray V. Directo III
EARLY this week, the Philippines au-
thority in diesel technology celebrated
15 years of doing business in the coun-
try. Held last July 30 at the Makati
Shangri-La Hotel, the nights festivities
were led by corporate bigwigs Fernando
Zobel de Ayala, President and COO
of Ayala Corporation and Helen Dee,
Chairman of the Yuchengco Group of
Companies. Also on hand to receive the
guests were Isuzu Philippines Corpora-
tion (IPC) executives headed by IPC
President Ryoji Yamazaki; and visitors
from Japan Yoshinori Ida, former Chair-
man of Isuzu Motors Ltd; and Morikazu
Chokki, SVP of Mitsubishi Corpora-
tions Business Division.
emission standards. The compa-
nys Light Commercial Vehicle
(LCV) lineup in 1997 consisted
of the Isuzu Trooper SUV, Isu-
zu TF Series Fuego pickup and
the bestselling Isuzu Hi-Lander
AUV. The Trooper secured the
Isuzu brands prestigious image,
the Fuego the companys reputa-
tion for workhorse vehicles, and
the Hi-Landerwhich had con-
sistently topped its segment
endeared Isuzu to a large per-
centage of the market.
In 2001, the Hi-Lander
bowed to the new Crosswind,
which featured a more mod-
ern body, improved mechanical
parts and updated features. From
its introduction, the Crosswind
transformed into several mod-
els that vary in trim level, with
some gaining many class-lead-
ing features while retaining the
vehicles functionality.
The TF Series Fuego evolved
into the D-MAX in 2003. Like
the Crosswind, the D-MAX pro-
duced several variants that could
suit businesses or personal use.
Almost a decade since its intro-
duction, the D-MAX remains as
one of the best-selling pickups
in the country.
The Troopers elegance and
luxury paved the way for the
Alterra, which debuted in 2006.
Like the Trooper, the Alterra
served as Isuzus agship mod-
el, and is equipped with numer-
ous premium features that best
its competitors as well as models
that belong to a higher segment.
Over the 15 years that Isuzu
Philippines Corporation has been
operating, we have introduced
vehicles that Filipinos have
counted on for their business use
and personal enjoyment, says
Yamazaki.
Besides posting signicant
sales gures and addressing the
varied transportation requirements
of the Philippine auto market,
IPC has earned many accolades
and awards, as well as several
global citations, given by leading
organizations and media outts
for its efforts and initiatives that
impact management processes,
the environment, and various lo-
cal communities. The companys
Corporate Social Responsibility
programs, in particular, have been
effective in uplifting societal and
environmental concerns.
Isuzu executives (from left) Helen Dee, chair of Yuchengco Group of Companies; Morikazu Chokki of Mitsubishi Corporation; Takashi Tomita
EVP of IPC; Ryoji Yamazaki, IPC President; Yoshinori Ida, former chair of Isuzu Japan and Fernando Zobel de Ayala, President and COO of Ayala
Corporation; offer a toast marking the company's 15th anniversary
Less is more
1m Blue campaign
for eco-friendly driving
Mitsubishi's baby rocket
Mivec: Innovative engine
Motoring
Manila Standard TODAY
Ramon L. Tomeldan, Editor mst.daydesk@gmail.com
AUGUST 3, 2012 FRIDAY
B4
Isuzu's best seller, the Crosswind
Isuzu
marks a
milestone:
15 solid
years
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Dinna Chan Vasquez, Assistant Editor
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Each bite of Mango
Trees delectable
dishes is like a party
in the mouth.
TODAY
Manila Standard
food crawl
Little dippers for kids
Good things come in small packages,
and this has certainly never rung truer
than with Mister Donuts newest offering,
the Donuts n Dip Junior. This mouthwa-
tering creation is an experience not to be
missed, especially when tamang-tama
ang tamis! Scrumptiously glazed donut
sticks served with velvety Belgian Choc-
olate dip. Go ahead and experience what
Ngiting Mister Donut is all about through
this unique treat. Parents and kids will
soon be smiling at each other once they
taste that delicious chocolate matched
with a perfectly made donut.
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Wireless leader Smart
Communications, Inc.
(Smart) has just made
it easier for Filipinos
to avail of the best
wireless services in the
country, with the Smart
Postpaid Freedom
Plan.
Quite simply the
easiest, lightest, and
the most hassle-free
postpaid plan ever
created, Freedom
plans let you pay only
for what you use or
consume. There is no
fxed monthly fee, no
lock-in, no obligation,
and plans start at the
unbelievable price of
zero Pesos.
It is the only product
of its kind in the
Philippines which lets
you connect to over 97
million mobile users in
the Philippines making
it the perfect Postpaid
Starter Kit for people
from all walks of life.
College students,
for example, can now
avail of their very
frst postpaid plan by
walking into any Smart
Store. They simply
need to present one
valid ID (school IDs
are welcome), pay
the P250 one-time
application fee, and
they can go home with
a Freedom SIM pack.
The same goes for
parents who would like
to get their kids their
frst mobile number.
In a matter of minutes,
they can register for a
Freedom plan under
their name and keep
tabs on their childrens
usage via the electronic
bill sent through email
or by registering their
account on http://
my.smart.com.ph.
Budget - consci ous
users, meanwhile who
are accustomed to
prepaid subscriptions
will enjoy the selection
of the 15 most popular
service buckets
available to Freedom
plan subscribers 24/7.
They can choose
from packages such as
Trio Talk 150 which
offers 150 minutes of
calls to Smart, Sun,
and Talk N Text
subscribers good
for 15 days for only
P150, and All Text 200
which includes 2000
texts to all networks
and 150MB of mobile
surfng good for 30
days for only P200.
Whats more, a
default monthly credit
limit of P600 ensures
that you will never
encounter unexpected
call, text, and data
charges.
And last but
defnitely not the least,
mobile users from
other networks who
would like to test the
waters, so to speak
can now get a postpaid
plan faster than they
could terminate their
existing subscriptions.
For more information
on Smart Postpaid
Freedom Plan and to
view the complete
roster of service
buckets, please call
1-800-10-LIVMORE
(1-800-10-5486673) or
visit www.smart.com.
ph/freedom.
Smart gives
you Freedom
Ice cream treats
Marks & Spencer finally brings its
mouthwatering ice cream collection to
the Philippines! Marks & Spencer unveils
13 exciting tub flavors that you can spoon
your way through. It brings in its Ultimate
Ice Cream with flavors such as The Ulti-
mate Madagascan Vanilla Ice Cream and
The Ultimate Chocolate Ice Cream along-
side its Cornish Clotted Ice Cream made
from fresh Cornish milk and clotted cream
whose flavors include Rum & Raisin, Mint
Chocolate, and Vanilla.It also brings in lus-
cious flavors such as Strawberry Cheesecake
Indulgent, Millionaires Shortcake Indulgent,
Rocky Road Loaded, Triple Chocolate Deca-
dent, Blueberry Cheesecake Bliss, Caramel Pecan
Crunch, Molten Chocolate Brownie, and Cookies Cake and Cream.Each
flavor brings your palette a distinct satisfaction from their unique assort-
ment and all of their velvety richness.
Marks & Spencer also satises cravings for quick pick-me-ups of refreshing
decadence that everyone needs by unveiling their Belgian Chocolate Ice Cream
Bars as well. These ice cream bars come in delectable avors namely Belgian
Chocolate & Vanilla, Belgian Chocolate & Honeycomb, Belgian Chocolate &
Peanut Butter Crunch, and a nger-licking variant of Belgian Chocolate Ices.
Marks & Spencer Ice Creams are now available at M&S Glorietta 4,
Greenbelt 5 and Shangri-la stores.
Break
KANTO way
your fast,
the
By Dinna Chan Vasquez
"I've always wanted these
breakfast items and many others in
our house. These are the things I
love to eat for breakfast but it's not
always possible," said Juanta.
Thanks to Juanta's playful
imagination, their breakfast fare
is now available 24/7 at a very
accessible location and at rea-
sonable prices.
Kanto Freestyle Breakfast
takes "hole-in-the-wall" to a dif-
ferent level. Juanta together with
his brother chef Archie Juanta
also owns the famous Lime 88
restaurant.
Nothing above P100
The restaurant, which Juanta
co-owns with Ian Ocampo and Eu-
gene Claravall, offers the ufest
pancakes in town, one of the best
takes on beef tapa and many other
breakfast fare. Best of all, nothing
on the menu is over P100.
The most expensive items on
the menu are those that fall into
the Kanto Boy Breakfast category
at P80-P90. A choice of Spam (the
real kind and not the local meat loaf
that other restaurants call Spam),
tuyo and kesong puti, honey gar-
lic chicken (a bestseller), tinapang
PANCAKES with blueberries, French toast
with bacon and eggs Benedict were some of
the items on Vinz Juantas dream breakfast
menu as a child.
galunggong, sh and chips, Batan-
gas beef tapa, Pampanga tocino,
crispy pork belly, bacon and egg,
corned beef hash, omelette on
toast, breaded pork chop and Vigan
longganiza are usually served with
garlic rice, pesto tomatoes and two
freestyle eggs (meaning cooked
according to your specications).
Under the Pancakes/Wafes
and French Toast category (prices
range from P50 to P90) are pan-
cakes, bacon and egg pancakes,
banana pancakes, mixed berry
pancakes, wafes, wafes with ba-
con and egg, French toast with ba-
con and egg and Kanto super club.
The Kanto Eggs Benedict is
priced at P90, Pinoy club sandwich
at P80 and BLT sandwich at P60.
For dessert, there's a choice of deep
fried Cloud 9 (P45) or deep fried
Oreo (P40).
The servings are quite gener-
ous. An order of deep fried Oreo,
for instance, gives you not just one
but three pieces while the Batangas
tapa is lling enough for a hearty
eater. But what's great about Kanto
is that some of the items like Spam,
bacon, pancakes, eggs, sh llet
and others are offered individually
so you can create the breakfast of
your dreams.
So how is Kanto able to keep
its prices below P100, consider-
ing that the food is plated ex-
quisitely and the wait staff and
kitchen staff are in uniform? The
Kanto set-up is that of a typical
carinderia. The place is so popu-
lar that people in swanky auto-
mobiles dine side by side with
people from the neighborhood.
Dining al fresco
That description aside, dining at
Kanto means dining on the street
or the sidewalk, depending on how
full it is. You eat your gourmet
breakfast while stray dogs and cats
are walking around and the neigh-
bors are going about their business.
"I want people who eat at Kanto
to have fun and they do," says Juan-
ta, who consulted his New Zealand-
based brother Archie on the menu.
"But it's not only about fun. We
take our food very seriously here,"
he adds.
Getting to Kanto at 549 San
Joaquin Street, Barangay Plain-
view, Mandaluyong City is an ad-
venture of sorts and that is part of
the restaurant's appeal. Along Bon-
ifacio Avenue, turn right at Maysi-
lo Street and turn right on the sec-
ond street, go straight ahead, Kanto
is on the left side.
Strawberry and Blueberry Pancakes
Pancakes with bacon and eggs
Batangas beef tapa
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56 Brit of Fox News
57 Shake!
58 Most draftable
59 Fortitude
6 0 C a r d i o l o g i s t s
concern
61 Cold War initials
62 Year, on monuments
63 Small fry
Down
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2 Butterlike products
3 Bohr of the Manhattan
Project
4 Ancient Roman poet
5 Hemming and hawing
6 Apply more varnish to
7 __-garde
8 Waters between Great
Britain and Europe
9 Fawns mom
10 Chick flick subject
11 Dangerous bottom
feeders
12 DVR pioneer
13 Battle reminder
18 Wrinkle remover
21 Personal ad abbr.
Across
1 As yet
6 At l a s Shr ug g ed
writer Ayn
10 WWII carriers
14 60s-70s Twins star
Tony
15 Sauting acronym,
la Rachael Ray
16 Ear-related
LOS ANGELES
TIMES
CROSSWORD
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19 __ Zapata!: Brando
film
20 Har bi nger of l ower
temperatures
21 Man on a misin
22 Biblical mount
23 More than hesitant
24 Sign of puppy love?
25 Ben & Jerrys purchase
26 Spi ce gat her ed by
hand from crocus flowers
30 L ea v e no es c a pe
route for
33 Aquamarine, e.g.
34 Carol syllables
35 Af t er on, r el yi ng
mo s t l y o n h o p e i n
desperate circumstances
39 Stinky
40 Floor cleaner
41 __ fit: tantrum
4 2 5 0 0 r a c e -
sanctioning group
44 Boxer Max
46 Fed. property agency
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savings
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52 Creep
2 5 S c h o o l y a r d
handshake
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28 Cheers for a torero
29 Not a one
30 Mata __
31 Obi-Wan portrayer
32 Psychological tricks
33 Econ. yardstick
36 Org. wi th a much-
quoted journal
37 L i k e b e e r c a n s
before recycling
38 Dimming gadget
43 Lo-__: lite
44 Mackerel-like fish
45 Pre-med subj.
48 Repl ace a dancer,
perhaps
49 Paper-pusher
50 Gold rush storyteller
Bret
51 Dont get any __
52 Dy n a s t y d u r i n g
Confucius time
53 Legs it
55 Hail in a harbor
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organizer, for short
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Gianna Maniego, Editor
Dinna Chan Vasquez, Assistant Editor
ManilaStandardToday
KIDS enjoyed football fever
as Soccer Mania returned for
its 5th year for another round
of football clinics, games and
prizes. A game was recently
held at select SM Supermalls,
where children ages five to
13 years old were invited to
participate in free soccer lessons
conducted by The Futkaleros.
In each clinic, participants
learned the foundations of
football by going through
different exercises and drills
prepared by the instructors.
Soccer Mania 2012 was held
in cooperation with Enervon
Syrup, multivitamins for Kids.
Being true to its successful
E n e r g i v e , E n e r g u a r d
campaign, Enervon Syrup
gave away free multivitamin
s a mp l e s t o t h o s e wh o
registered their kids for the
event. Enervon saw it as the
perfect opportunity for kids to
become even more active by
playing real sports with the
THE organizers of The Phantom
of the Opera in Manila have
extended its run until Sept. 30 at
the CCP Main Theater, adding
16 more shows.
The Phantom of the Opera
is the longest-running musical
on Broadway, and is in its 26th
year in Londons West End.
Acclaimed as the worlds most
successful musical, Andrew
Lloyd Webbers masterpiece
has been seen by more than
130 million people worldwide.
With 130 cast, crew and
or chest r a member s, j aw-
dropping scenery, breathtaking
special effects and more than
230 costumes by international
desi gner , t he l at e Mar i a
Bjrnson, The Phantom of the
Opera delivers a world class
production.
This touring production
Reading
between the
discounts
By Ed Biado
IT is a widely accepted belief
and an accurate one, actually
that buying a bigger package of
certain products can save you
money. This mostly applies
to grocery items. And if you
want more savings, you go for
bulk sales. Retailers know that
the more is more principle is
something we all agree with and
they sometimes use it to take
advantage of that innate desire
to get the most of our money.
Take P99 and P88 stores,
for example.
Everythings
c h e a p a n d
e v e r y b o d y
loves a bargain.
Bef or e you
know it, you
have a basket full of things and
trinkets and, at check-out, they
total more than P1,500. You get
home and realize that most of it
is junk. Because, no, you dont
need 12 folders, a clay pot, a
pair of uncomfortable slippers,
a dubiously designed shower
caddy, an ashtray and imsy
hangers.
At supermarkets, its usually
a good idea to purchase bundled
products, as long as theyre
items you actually consume
and that theyre not nearing
their expiration dates. Six packs
of instant noodles with a free
pack of crackers; good. Six
cans of soda with a free novelty
bag; good. Two big packs of
spaghetti with free pasta sauce;
also good. But do the math to
make sure that the supposedly
free items are actually free.
Whats not a good idea is
to buy three loaves of bread
for the price of one because
youre never going to be able to
consume that much bread before
it expires, unless youre inviting
a dozen of your friends for high
tea tomorrow.
Then, there are buy-one-
get-one deals. Do we really
need two of the same thing?
If its underwear or something
basic, maybe. But kettles? Air-
conditioning units? Shoes?
And the worst part is that not
all BOGO deals let you have
the second item for free. Half
the time, its only discounted.
So you end up paying as high
as 170 percent for one item (if
the second item is at 30-off) and
you have another one of that in
storage, taking up space and
gathering dust.
The bottom line is that
retailers exploit the impulsive
behavior of consumers and
entice them with seemingly
great deals that are now or
never. Its wise to be guarded
against that tactic. If youre
set on going on a shopping
spree, then, by all means, hit
the sales to get your x. But
if you think you should be
frugal, then avoid the temptation
altogether because those ever-
present marketing lures were
perfected to change your mind.
Remember, there are sales and
promos all the time.
Whens the right time to
brave the shops during economic
times? Try end-of-season so that
you can nally buy that jacket
youve been lusting after for a
fraction of its original price. Eye
on the prize, though. Stay away
from the other racks.
The Phantom
of the Opera
run extended
of The Phantom of the Opera
is as ne as any version you
might see in the West End or
on Broadwayit is the same
superb design, and we invest
a great deal to ensure it is of
the highest standards. said
Tim McFarlane, managing
director of The Really Useful
Company Asia Pacic.
Tickets are available at
TicketWorld 891-9999. For
information, log on to www.
ticketworld.com.ph.
Soccer mania hits Manila
aid of essential vitamins in the
form of B Complex for energy
and Vitamin C to protect kids
from sickness.
Soccer Mania 2012 was
presented by Enervon Syrup
Multivitamins and Smart in
cooperation with Solar Sports,
Geror Taraex, SM Supermalls,
Crush Communications Inc. ,
Home Radio 97.9 and Radio
High 105.9.
Kids were treated to football clinics and other games.
Were talking about a place where
you can awaken your senses with the
best of Thai flavors infused in each bite
of every delectable dish of your choice,
served with cocktails or wine for that
added bliss. Were talking about the
world-renowned Thai restaurant
Mango Tree located at Bonifacio High
Street Central in Taguig.
From Bangkok, Dubai, London,
Tokyo, Hong Kong and Doha,
Mango Tree has nally arrived here
in the Philippines to give you an
experience of Thai cuisine you will
never forget and I can attest to that
with no hesitation.
Taking my cue from the
restaurants marketing director Eric
Teng and their courteous wait staff,
my friend and I accepted the challenge
of ordering a number of dishes they
have suggested as we embarked on a
flavorful journey of Thai cuisine.
A culinary journey
To jumpstart the journey we
had the Yum Sum O (P380) and
the Miang Kham (P300). The Yum
Sum O is a pomelo salad with fresh
prawns and grated coconut. It is
bitter yet salty at the same time, but
the lightness in avor and texture
from the pomelo and the prawns
balanced it all out, making it a
refreshingly delightful salad.
One of their signature dishes,
Miang Kham consists of crispy
coconut, savory herbs with green
bitter leaves and tamarind sauce. This
dish is such a ritual to eat, as you would
have to take a leaf, insert a little bit of
every topping served, and then you
drizzle some tamarind sauce before
finally enclosing the leaf carefully as
you enjoy a mouthful of it all.
Every bite seemed to ignite a
party in my mouth because of all
the contrasting avors highlighted
all throughout the process of just
nishing a leaf full of toppings.
Moving towards our entrees,
we had the Gai Hor Bai Toey
(P380) which is simply marinated
chicken thigh wrapped in pandan
leaves served with sweet tamarind
sauce simple, straightforward but
still very avorful because of the
pandan and the sauce.
Together with the Gai Hor Bai
Toey we also had Gaeng Phed Pad
Yang (P700), roasted duck with
fresh pineapple in red curry served
in an adorable pineapple bowl.
Overall this dish is sweet because of
the pineapple and also because the
taste of the curry used is very mild,
though there is an option to spice it
up. The duck was well cooked and
the skin was still crunchy, in spite of
Before anything else let me make this clear
were not literally talking about a mango
tree here.
the fact that the sauce was savory.
Unforgettable revelations
The Phad Thai Goong (P450)
was a revelation. In every Thai
restaurant Ive visited I have never
failed to order Pad Thai because
its truly one of my favorite Asian
dishes, and I must admit that Mango
Trees version is unforgettable.
Artistically presented and served
with tiger prawns, Mango Trees Pad
Thai Goong was cooked just the way
it should be, but it looked, smelled,
and tasted much better than any other
Pad Thai Ive ever had. Maybe its
the fresh ingredients, but I think
it was because of the condiments
served with it that made it more
A taste of
Thailand
words by Bettina Zaragoza Bernabe
images Nadine Leoncio
wonderful to indulge in because you
can customize your serving of Pad
Thai Goong in spite of how avorful
it already is, making it a dish worth
coming back for.
Sweet ending
To end sweetly, we had the
Kow Niew Ma Muang (P250)
for dessert. The comforting
combination of warm, sticky rice
topped with coconut sauce and
chilled sweet taste of the perfectly
ripe mangoes gives this dessert
an undeniable fusion of textures
and sweet avors in your mouth,
perfectly complementing the
strength of the previous dishes.
Experience Thai cuisine at its
best at Mango Tree restaurant. For
reservations please call 217-2367.
Mango Tree is open from Sundays
to Thursdays at 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; 5:30
p.m.-11:30 p.m. and from Fridays-
Saturdays at 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; 5:30
p.m.-11:30 p.m.
Kow Niew Ma Muang, sticky rice with mangoes Gai Hor Bar Toey, chicken wrapped in pandan leaves
Gaeng Phed Ped Yang Roasted duck with fresh pineapple in red curry.
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Republic of the Philippines
Depart ment of Publ i c Work and Hi ghways
OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT ENGINEER
Cebu 2
nd
District Engineering Offce
Lawa-an, City of Talisay, Cebu
July 31, 2012
INVITATION TO BID
The DPWH, Cebu 2
nd
District Engineering Offce, through its Bids and Awards Committee (BAC),
invites contractors to apply to bid for the following contract(s):
Contract ID: 12 HE - 0018
Contract Name: Cluster E
1. Repair/Maintenance of Natalio Bacalso Avenue
Flood Control at Tina-an, Naga City
2. Repair/Maintenance of Naga Uling River Control at
Mainit, Naga City
Contract Location: Naga City, Cebu
Scope of Work: Flood Control
Approved Budget for
the Contract (ABC): Php 4,000,000.00
Contract Duration: 45 calendar days
Cost of Plans &
Bid Documents: Php 5,000.00
Source of Funds: Priority Development Assistance Fund, FY 2012
Contract ID: 12 HE - 0019
Contract Name: Construction of Multi Purpose Building (Construction of Park and
Amenities) @ Lawa-an
Contract Location: Talisay City, Cebu
Scope of Work: Construction of Multi Purpose Building
Approved Budget for
the Contract (ABC): Php 3,600,000.00
Contract Duration: 45 calendar days
Cost of Plans &
Bid Documents: Php 5,000.00
Source of Funds: Priority Development Assistance Fund, FY 2012
Contract ID: 12 HE - 0020
Contract Name: Cluster F
Improvement/Construction/Repair/Rehabilitation of Multi Purpose
Buildings of the following barangays in Talisay City (Cadulawan, Dumlog,
Lagtang, Lawa-an I, Lawa-an III, Maghaway, Manipis, Mohon,
Poblacion, Pooc, Tabunok,Tangke, San Isidro and Camp IV)
Contract Location: Cebu Province
Scope of Work: Improvement/Construction/Repair/Rehabilitation of Multi Purpose
Buildings
Approved Budget for
the Contract (ABC): Php 2,800,000.00
Contract Duration: 90 calendar days
Cost of Plans &
Bid Documents: Php 5,000.00
Source of Funds: Priority Development Assistance Fund, FY 2012
Contract ID: 12 HE - 0021
Contract Name: Cluster G
1. Repair/Rehabilitation of Barangay Road of Tina-an, Naga City, Cebu
2. Improvement/Construction/Repair/Rehabilitation of Multi Purpose
Buildings of the following barangays in Minglanilla (Poblacion Ward
I, Poblacion Ward II, Poblacion Ward IV, Vito and Pakigne)
3. Improvement/Construction/Repair/Rehabilitation of Multi Purpose
Buildings of the following barangays in Sibonga (Abugon, Bae,
Basak, Cagay, Can-aga, Dugo-an, Libo, Magcagong, Simala and
Sayao)
Contract Location: Cebu Province
Scope of Work: Improvement/Construction/Repair/Rehabilitation of Multi Purpose
Buildings
Approved Budget for
the Contract (ABC): Php 2,000,000.00
Contract Duration: 90 calendar days
Cost of Plans &
Bid Documents: Php 5,000.00
Source of Funds: Priority Development Assistance Fund, FY 2012
Contract ID: 12 HE - 0022
Contract Name: Traffc Engineeriing (Pavement Markings) along Natalio Bacalso Avenue
Contract Location: km. 8+534 km. 56+093 with exceptions
Scope of Work: Traffc Engineering
Approved Budget for
the Contract (ABC): Php 810,632.52
Contract Duration: 15 calendar days
Cost of Plans &
Bid Documents: Php 1,000.00
Source of Funds: Regular Infra GAA 2012
Contract ID: 12 HE - 0023
Contract Name: Traffc Engineeriing (Pavement Markings) along Cebu South Road
Contract Location: km. 10+428 km. 16+372 ascending and km. 15+259 km. 11+598
descending w/ exceptions
Scope of Work: Traffc Engineering
Approved Budget for
the Contract (ABC): Php 3,706,058.15
Contract Duration: 20 calendar days
Cost of Plans &
Bid Documents: Php 5,000.00
Source of Funds: Regular Infra GAA 2012
Contract ID: 12 HE - 0024
Contract Name: Traffc Engineeriing (Pavement Markings) along Sibonga Dumanjug
Road
Contract Location: km. 51+782 km. 62+837 w/ exceptions
Scope of Work: Traffc Engineering
Approved Budget for
the Contract (ABC): Php 1,110,733.73
Contract Duration: 10 calendar days
Cost of Plans &
Bid Documents: Php 5,000.00
Source of Funds: Regular Infra GAA 2012
Procurement will be conducted through open competitive bidding procedures in
accordance with R.A. 9184 and its Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations.
To bid for this contract, a contractor must submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) and must meet
the following major criteria: (a) prior registration with DPWH, (b) Filipino citizen or 75% Filipino-
owned partnership, corporation, cooperative, or joint venture with PCAB license applicable to the type
and cost of this contract, (c) completion of a similar contract costing at least 50% of ABC within a period
of 10 years, and (d) Net Financial Contracting Capacity at least equal to ABC, or credit line commitment
for at least 10% of ABC. The BAC will use non-discretionary pass/fail criteria in the eligibility check and
preliminary examination of bids.
Unregistered contractors, however, shall submit their applications for registration to the
DPWH-POCW Central Offce before the deadline for the receipt of LOI. The DPWH POCW-Central
Offce will only process contractors applications for registration, with complete requirements, and
issue the Contractors Certifcate of Registration (CRC). Registration Forms may be downloaded at
the DPWH website www.dpwh.gov.ph.
The signifcant times and deadlines of procurement activities are shown below:
1. Receipt of LOI from Prospective Bidder July 31 - August 07, 2012
2. Issuance of Bidding Documents July 31 August 20, 2012
3. Pre-bidding Conference August 07, 2012 @ 10:00 am
4. Receipts of Bids August 20, 2012 @ 8:00 am
5. Opening of Bids August 20, 2012 @ 10:00 am
6. Venue BAC Offce, Cebu 2
nd
DEO
The BAC will issue hard copies of Bidding Documents (BDs) at Cebu 2
nd
District
Engineering Offce, Lawa-an, Talisay City, Cebu upon payment of a non-refundable fee. Prospective
bidders may also download the BDs, if available, from the DPWH web site. Prospective bidders that
will download the BDs from the DPWH website shall pay the said fees on or before the submission of
their bids Documents. Bids must be accompanied by a bid security, in the amount and acceptable form,
as stated in Section 27.2 of the Revised IRR.
Prospective bidders shall submit their duly accomplished forms as specifed in the BDs
in two (2) separate sealed bid envelopes to the BAC Chairman. The frst envelope shall contain the
technical component of the bid, which shall include the eligibility requirements. The second envelope
shall contain the fnancial component of the bid. Contract will be awarded to the Lowest Calculated
Responsive Bid as determined in the bid evaluation and the post-qualifcation.
The DPWH Cebu 2
nd
District Engineering Offce reserves the right to accept or reject any or
all bid and to annul the bidding process anytime before Contract award, without incurring any liability
to the affected bidders.
(Sgd.) HELEN GRACE B. YAP
BAC Chairman

Approved by:
(Sgd.) DAISY B. TOLEDO, D.M.
District Engineer
(MST-AUGUST 3, 2012)
Republic of the Philippines
Department of Public Works and Highways
OFFICE OF THE REGIONAL DIRECTOR
Region XI, Davao City
Tel. No. (082) 226-4459, Fax. No. (082) 226-9310
INVITATION TO BID
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), XIth Regional Offce, Davao
City, through its Bids and Awards Committee (BAC), invites contractors to apply to bid for
the contract:
1. Contract ID : 12LO-0025
Contract Name & Location

:
Improvement/Upgrading (Gravel to Concrete) of
Island Garden City of Samal Circumferential Road
(Eastside), Davao del Norte
Scope of Work :
Concreting; gravelling; construction of drainage
structures; installation of coconet/coco log; traffc
services/control
Estimated Project Cost : Php 118,800,000.00
Source of Fund : CY 2012 DOT-DPWH Convergence Program
Contract Duration : 269 calendar days
2. Contract ID : 12LO-0026
Contract Name & Location :
Improvement/Upgrading (Gravel to Concrete) of
Junction-Menzi-Dahican-Lawigan Road (Dahican-
Lawigan Section), Mati, Davao Oriental
Scope of Work :
Concreting; construction of drainage structures;
traffc services/control
Estimated Project Cost : Php 94,500,000.00
Source of Fund : CY 2012 DOT-DPWH Convergence Program
Contract Duration : 237 calendar days
Procurement will be conducted through open competitive bidding procedures in
accordance with R.A. 9184 and its Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations.
To bid for this contract, a contractor must submit a Letter of Intent (LOI), purchase
bid documents and must meet the following major criteria: (a) prior registration with
DPWH, (b) Filipino citizen or 75% Filipino-owned partnership, corporation, cooperative,
or joint venture, (c) with PCAB license applicable to the type and cost of this contract,
(d) completion of a similar contract costing at least 50% of ABC within a period of 10
years, and (e) Net Financial Contracting Capacity at least equal to ABC, or credit line
commitment at least equal to 10% of ABC. The BAC will use non-discretionary pass/
fail criteria in the eligibility check and preliminary examination of bids.
Unregistered contractors, however, shall submit their applications for registration
to the DPWH-POCW Central Offce before the deadline for the receipt of LOI. The
DPWH POCW-Central Offce will only process contractors applications for registra-
tion with complete requirements and issue the Contractors Certifcate of Registration
(CRC). Registration Forms may be downloaded at the DPWH website www.dpwh.gov.ph.
The signifcant times and deadlines of procurement activities are shown below:
1. Receipt of LOI from Prospective Bidders August 3, 2012 to August 27, 2012, until 5:00 p.m.
2. Issuance of Bidding Documents August 3, 2012 to August 30, 2012
3. Pre-Bid Conference
August 16, 2012 @ 2:00 p.m. DPWH-XI Conference
Room, R. Magsaysay Avenue, Davao City
4. Receipt of Bids until 2:00 p.m. on August 30, 2012
5. Opening of Bids August 30, 2012 @ 2:00 p.m.
The BAC will issue hard copies of Bidding Documents (BDs) at BAC Secre-
tariat, DPWH, Region XI, R. Magsaysay Avenue, Davao City, upon payment of a
non-refundable fee of P 40,000.00 for Item No. 1 and P 30,000.00 for Item No. 2,
for the bidding documents. Prospective bidders may also download the BDs from
the DPWH website, if available. Prospective bidders that will download the BDs from
the DPWH website shall pay the said fees on or before the submission of their bids
Documents. Bids must accompanied by a bid security, in the amount and acceptable
form, as stated in Section 27.2 of the Revised IRR.
Prospective bidders shall submit their duly accomplished forms as specifed in
the BDs in two (2) separate sealed bid envelopes to the BAC Chairman. The frst
envelope shall contain the technical component of the bid, which shall include a copy
of the CRC. The second envelope shall contain the fnancial component of the bid.
Contract will be awarded to the Lowest Calculated Responsive Bid as determined in
the bid evaluation and post-qualifcation.
The DPWH, Region XI, Davao City, reserves the right to accept or reject any
or all bid and to annul the bidding process anytime before Contract award, without
incurring any liability to the affected bidders.

(Sgd.) TOMAS M. RODRIGUEZ
Assistant Regional Director
BAC Chairman
(MST-AUGUST 3, 2012)
Republic of the Philippines
Department of Public Works and Highways
OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT ENGINEER
Iloilo 2nd District Engineering Offce
Balabag, Dumangas, Iloilo
INVITATION TO BID
The Iloilo 2
nd
District Engineering Offce through its Bids and Awards Committee (BAC),
invites contractors to apply to bid for the following contract(s):
Contract ID: 12GG0053
Contract Name: Asphalt Overlay/Rehabilitation and Improvement of Iloilo-
Capiz Road (New Route) K0046+146-K0046+766, w/exceptions,
Net Length 620.00 L.M.
Location: Passi City ,Iloilo
Brief Description: Asphalt Overlay of Road (T=100MM), with Shouldering and
Pavements Marking as per approved POW, plans and standard
specifcations.
Approved Budget for
the Contract (ABC): P 9,900,000.00
Duration: Thirty (30) Calendar Days
Cost of Bidding Documents: P 10,000.00
Procurement will be conducted through open competitive bidding procedures in accor-
dance with R.A. 9184 and its Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations.
To bid for this contract, a contractor must submit two (2) copies of Letter of Intent (LOI),
purchase bid documents and must meet the following major criteria: (a) prior registration with
DPWH, (b) Filipino citizen or 75% Filipino owned partnership, corporation, cooperative, or joint
venture, (c) with PCAB license applicable to the type and cost of this contract, (d) completion of
a similar contract costing at least 50% of ABC within a period of 10 years, and (e) Net Financial
Contracting Capacity at least equal to ABC, or credit line commitment at least equal to 10% of
ABC. The BAC will use non-discretionary pass/fail criteria in the eligibility check and preliminary
examination of bids.

Unregistered contractors, however, shall submit their applications for registration to the
DPWH-POCW Central Offce before the deadline for the receipt of LOI. The DPWH-POCW
Central Offce will only process contractors applications for registration with complete require-
ments and issue the Contractors Certifcate of Registration (CRC). Registration forms may be
downloaded at the DPWH website www.dpwh.gov.ph.

The signifcant times and deadlines of procurement activities are shown below:
BAC Activities Schedule
1. Issuance of Bidding Documents Aug. 01 to August 21, 2012
2. Pre-Bid Conference Aug. 08, 2012 @ 10:00 AM
3. Deadline of Receipt of LOI from Prospective Bidders
August 16, 2012 not later than
12:00 noon
4. Receipt of Bids
August 21, 2012 not later than
10:00AM
5. Opening of Bids August 21, 2012 @ 10:00AM
The BAC will issue hard copies of Bidding Documents (BDs) at Iloilo 2
nd
District
Engineering Offce, Balabag, Dumangas, Iloilo, upon payment of a non-refundable fee of the
corresponding Cost of Bidding Documents for each contract. Prospective bidders may also
download the BDs from the DPWH website, if available. Prospective bidders that will download
the BDs from the DPWH website shall pay the said fees on or before the submission of their bid
Documents. Bids must be accompanied by a bid security, in the amount and acceptable form,
as stated in Section 27.2 of the Revised IRR.

Prospective bidders shall submit their duly accomplished forms as specifed in the BDs in
two (2) separate sealed bid envelopes to the (BAC) Bids and Awards Committee. The frst envelope
shall contain the technical component of the bid, which shall include a copy of the CRC. The second
envelope shall contain the fnancial component of the bid. Contract will be awarded to the Lowest
Calculated Responsive Bid as determined in the bid evaluation and post-qualifcation.
The Iloilo 2
nd
District Engineering Offce, pursuant to Section 41 of R.A. 9184 and its
Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations, reserves the right to reject any and all bids,
declare a failure of bidding, annul the bidding process anytime before Contract Award, or not
award the Contract without incurring any liability to the affected bidders, in the following situ-
ations: a) If there is a prima facie evidence of collusion between appropriate public offcers or
employees of the procuring entity, or between the BAC and any of the bidders, or if the collusion
is between or among the bidders themselves, or between a bidder and a third party, including
any act which restricts, suppresses or nullifes or tends to restrict, suppress or nullify competition;
b) For any justifable and reasonable ground where the award of the contract will not redound to
the beneft of the GOP, as follows: (i) if the physical and economic conditions have signifcantly
changed so as to render the project no longer economically, fnancially, or technically feasible,
as determined by the Head of the Procuring Entity; (ii) if the project is no longer necessary . as
determined by the Head of the Procuring Entity; and (iii) if the source of funds for the project
has been withheld or reduced through no fault of the procuring entity.

(Sgd.) TOMAS B. DEPRA
Engineer III
BAC Chairman
NOTED:
(Sgd.) NILO B. GAVIA
OIC-District Engineer
(MST-AUGUST 3, 2012)
The City Government of Makati, through its Bids and Awards Committee (BAC), invites suppliers/
manufacturers/distributors/contractors to apply for eligibility and to bid for the hereunder projects:
NO. NAME OF PROJECT AND BRIEF DESCRIPTION LOCATION APPROVED BUDGET
1 Medical X-Ray Films and other supplies for the use of
Ospital ng Makati
OSMAK P2,255,010.00
Prospective Bidders should have experience in undertaking a similar project with an amount of at least 50%
of the proposed project for bidding. The Eligibility Check/Screening as well as the Preliminary Examinations
of Bids shall use non-discretionary pass/fail criteria. Post-Qualifcation of the Lowest Calculated Bid shall
be conducted.
All particulars relative to Eligibility Statement and Screening, Bid Security, Performance Security, Pre-Bidding
Conference(s), Evaluation of Bids, Post-Qualifcation and Award of Contract shall be governed by the pertinent
provisions of R.A. 9184 and its Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR).
The complete schedule of activities is listed, as follows:
ACTIVITIES SCHEDULE
1. Pre-Bidding Conference at BAC Conference Room, 9th Floor August 14, 2012 (02:00 P.M.)
2. Opening of Bids at BAC Conference Room, 9th Floor August 28, 2012 (02:00 P.M.)
Bidding Documents will be available only to Prospective Bidders upon payment of a non-refundable amount
of ______________________to the City Government of Makati Cashier.
(fee for Bid Documents) (Procuring Entity)
The City Government of Makati assumes no responsibility whatsoever to compensate or indemnify
(Procuring Entity)
bidders for any Expenses Incurred in the preparation of the bid.
The City of Makati reserves the right to disqualify any or all proposal, to waive any defects or informalities
therein and to accept such proposal as may be considered most advantageous to the Government.
Approved by:
(Sgd.) MARJORIE A. DE VEYRA
Chairperson

Bids and Awards Committee
J.P. Rizal St. corner F. Zobel St., Makati City
Tel. No. 870-1000 Fax No. 899-8988
www.makati.gov.ph
INVITATION TO BID
REPUBLIKA NG PILIPINAS
LUNGSOD NG MAKATI
(MST-August 3, 2012)
BPI BIOSAFETY DR 011
PUBLIC INFORMATION SHEET FOR IMPORTATION FOR
DIRECT USE AS FOOD, FEED, OR FOR PROCESSING
PROPOSAL FOR THE IMPORTATION OF
Event 5307 Maize (Corn) for
Direct use as food, feed, or for processing
1. Applicants name, Address, Telephone Number, Facsimile Number, E-Mail address
SYNGENTA Philippines, Inc.
12/F Two World Square, #22 Upper McKinley Road,
McKinley Town Center, Fort Bonifacio, 1630
Taguig City, Philippines,
Tel: +632 3702623; Fax: +63 2 8569259
c/o jose. valmayor@syngenta.com
2. Name of Responsible Offcer/Authorized Representative
Jose L. Valmayor, Commercial Unit Head
3. Description of the Regulated Article for Importation
Deskripsiyon ng produktong aangkatin:

Corn with event 5307 was genetically modifed : using Agrobacterium tumefaciens-mediated transformation. It contains two novel genes. The frst, cry3.1Ab gene is a
fusion of a modifed cry3Agene (mcry3A) derived fromBacillus thuringiensis subsp. tenebrionis and cry1Ab gene fromB. thuringensis subsp. kurstaki. The second gene,
pmi is present as a selectable marker and encodes the enzyme phosphomannose isomerase derived fromEscherichia coli.
Com Event 5307 is a viable option for insect management in corn production areas. Event 5307 corn plants confer resistance to rootworm, a destructive pest of
corn.
Ang mais na 5307 ay nilikha sa pamamagitan ng makabagong bioteknolohiya sa tulong ng bakteryang Agrobacterium tumefaciens. Taglay nito ang dalawang naiibang
genes. Ang una, cry3.1Ab, ay pinagsamang mcry3A galing sa Bacillus thuringiensis subsp. tenebrionis at cry1Ab na galing sa B. thuringensis subsp. kurstaki. Ang
pangalawa ay pmi na galing sa Escherischia coli. Ito ay gumagawa ng isang panandang protinang phosphomannose isomerase.
Ang mais na 5307 ay isang mabisang alternatibo sa mapamuksang pesteng ugat ng mais. Ang 5307 na mais ay nagtataglay ng resistensiya laban sa ilang pesteng ugat.
4. If to be Imported, Country(ies) of Origin of the Regulated Article
(Kung aangkatin, pangalan ng bansa 0 mga bansang pangagalingan ng produkto)

USA (EstadosUnidos)
5. Brief Summary of Potential Effects on Human Health and the Environment (Maikling buod ng mga potensyal na epekto sa kalusugan ng tao, hayop at kapaligiran)

Direct use of 5307 corn as food and feed will not result in harmful effects on human or animal health or to the environment. Forage and grain from 5307 corn are
similar in composition to forage and grain of conventional corn. Feeding study on broiler chicken demonstrated that there were no adverse effects on chickens
consuming diets prepared with 5307 corn when compared to those fed with conventional corn grain. No toxicity to mammals was observed following exposure to
high doses of eCry3Ab protein, and the properties of this protein do not indicate allergenic potential. Exposure of non-target organisms as a result of import for
food and feed use of 5307 will be extremely low, localized and limited in time and will not impact those organisms.

Ang paggamit ng 5307 na mais ay di magdudulot ng masamang epekto sa kalusugan ng tao o hayop o sa kapaligiran. Ang taglay na nutrisyon nito ay kapareho
lamang ng ordinaryong mais. Batay sa pag aaral na ginawa sa pagpapakain sa manok, napatunayang walang masamang epekto ang 5307 na mais sa kalusugan
ng hayop. Ang protina na nasa 5307 na mais ay ligtas, di ito nakakalason 0 nakaka allergy. Ang pagkalantad ng ibang organismo sanhi ng pag-angkat ng 5307
na mais ay napakababa, pangsamantala lamang at di makakaepekto sa kanila.
6. Brief Summary of Potential Benefts
(Maik/ing buod ng mga potensyal na benepisyo)

Event 5307 corn hybrids have the ability to resist damage against rootworm insects. The use of this technology can reduce insecticide applications, thus, reducing
cost of production and increasing grain yield per unit area. Reduced use of pesticide is benefcial to the environment.

Ang 5307 na mais ay may kakayahang labanan ang paninira ng ilang mapamuksang pesteng ugat mais. Ang pag-gamit ng teknolohiyang ito ay makakabawas sa pag-gamit ng
pestisidyo na makapagpapababa ng gastusin sa bukid, habang pinapataas ang ani. Ang pagbaba ng gamit ng pestesidyo sa bukid ay makabubuti sa kapaligiran.
7. Countries where Approvals have been granted (for FFP)
(Mga bansa na may pahintulot sa paggamit ng produktong 5307 na mais)

Event 5307 was approved in the US by FDA (for food and feed).

Ang 5307 na mais ay aprobado sa Estados Unidos ng FDA (para sa pagkain ng tao at hayop).
The public is hereby invited to submit their comments to the BPI Director (within 30 days from the date of publication) on the Proposal for the Importation of Event 5307
corn for direct use as food and feed, or for processing.
Ang publiko ay inaanyayahan magsumite ng kanilang kumento sa opisina ng Direktor ng BPI (sa loob ng 30 araw mula sa petsa ng pagkalathala) tungkol sa panukalang
pag-angkat ng 5307 mais para pagkain ng tao at hayop 0 pang-proseso.
Director
Bureau of Plant Industry
San Andres, Malate, Manila
Telephone Number 525-7857
Fax Number 521-7650
E-Mail: buplant@yahoo.com
Approved for Publication (SGD.) CLARITO M. BARRON, CESO IV
Director
Bureau of Plant Industry
July 25, 2012
(MST-Aug. 3, 2012)
NOTI CE
Not i ce i s hereby
given that the estate
of LIBERTAD E. LUZ
was extra-judicially
settled among heirs
as per Doc. No. 451;
Page No. 91; Book
No. I; Series of 2012
before Notary Public
Atty. Abel ardo E.
Rogacion of Makati
City.
(MST-July 20, 27 & Aug. 3, 2012)
Republic of the Philippines
Province of Zamboanga del Sur
Municipality of Tambulig
Agrarian Reform Communities Project 2 (ARCP2)
ADB Loan No. 2465 & OFID Loan No. 1225P
Invitation to Bid
Rehabilitation of Gabunon-Tuluan-Libato-Bag-ong Tabugon FMR
(Gabunon-Tuluan-Libato-Bag-ong Tabugon, Tambulig, Zamboanga del Sur)
August 3, 2012
The Republic of the Philippines has received a Loan from the Asian Development Bank and OPEC Fund
for International Development (OFID) toward the cost of Agrarian Reform Communities Project 2 (ARCP 2),
and it intends to apply part or the proceeds of this loan to payments under the contract for the Rehabilitation
of Gabunon-Tuluan-Libato-Bag-ong Tabugon FMR under, the contract no. AlRR-071210-N027-01-THC-
ZDS-R009.
The Municipality of Tambulig now invites bids for Rehabilitation of Gabunon-Tuluan-Libato-Bag-ong Tabugon
FMR under the contract no. AIRR-071210-N027-01-THC-ZDS-R009. Completion for the Works is required
within 180 calendar days from the date of the offcial start of the subproject. Bidders should have completed
in the last ten (10) years a contract for works that are similar to the works that are to be undertaken under the
Contract that is the subject of this bid invitation. The description of an eligible bidder is contained in the Bidding
Documents, particularly, in Section II. Instructions to Bidders.
Approved Budget
for the Contrad (ABC) : Php 15,180,887.59
Project Duration : 240 Calendar Days
Minimum Bid Security : Php 379,522.19
Bid Closing : Date August 30, 2012
Description of Works
Item No. Scope of Work Quantity Unit
I. Implementation Phase
1. Direct Cost
A. Earthworks
100 Clearing and Grubbing 229.00 trees
102 Roadway Excavation 26,882.57 cu.m.
103 Structure Excavation 296.00 cu.m.
104 Embankment (from excavated mtls.) 9,843.92 cu.m.
105 Subgrade Preparation 61,429.50 sq.m.
B. Surtace Coarse
200 Aggregate Sub base Coarse 7,706.61 cu.m.
201 Aggregate Base Coarse 5,128.54 cu.m.
C. Drainage & Slope Protection Structure cu.m.
500 Reinforced Concrete Pipe Culvert 98.00 ln.m.
505 Grouted Riprap 728.00 cu.m.
Minimum Equipment Required: Bulldozer (2 units}-leased/owned; Road Roller Vibratory Compactor (9 ton
min. 1 unit}-leased/owned; Road Grader (1 unit)-leased/owned; Loader (1 unit)-leased/owned; Dump Truck (4
unlts)-leased/owned; Water Truck (1 unit)-leased/owned; Backhoe/Excavator (1 unit)-Ieased/owned; survey
instruments-(leased/owned).
Bidding will be conducted in accordance with National Competitive procedures, and is open to bidders from
eligible source countries of the Asian Development Bank.
Interested bidders may obtain further information from the LGU-BAC of Tambulig, Province of Zamboanga
del Sur and inspect the Bidding Documents on August 3-30, 2012 at the address given betow from 8:00 AM
to 5:00 PM.
A complete set of Bidding Documents may be purchased by the interested bidders on August 3-30, 2012
from the address below and upon payment of a non-refundable fee for the bidding documents in the amount
Php 5,000.
It may also be downloaded free of charge from the website ofthe Government Policy Board (WNIN.gppb.
gov.ph) provided that bidders shall pay the non-refundable fee forthe Bidding Documents not laIerthan the
submission c1 their bids.
The bidder may request that the Bid Documents be sent to them by mail or courier, and for this, the bidder
shall pay the amount in Philippine Peso to cover the cost of mail or courier delivery. The fee for obtaining a
copy of the Bid Documents and the cost of mail or courier shall be paid by the bidder thru a Cashiers Check
or Managers Check issued in favor of the Municipality of Tambulig.
The Municipality of Tambulig will hold a Pre-Bid Conference on August 17, 2012 at the Conference Hall,
Municipal Hall, Municipality of Tambulig, Province or Zamboanga del Sur, which shall be open to all interested
parties.
Bids must be delivered to the address below on or before 10:00 A.M. of the 30th day of August at the Offce
of the BAC, Municipality of Tambulig, Province of Zamboanga del Sur. All bids must be accompanied by a bid
security in the form of Bank Guarantee and in the amount of Php 379.522.19.

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. The deadline for the submission of bids must not be later than August 30,
2012. The opening of bids will proceed immediatety after the time set for the deadline of submission of bids
as indicated above.
Bids without original documents such as Business Permits, DTI Permits BIR Financial Statements, Certifcate
of Non Inclusion in the Blacklists, TIN Numbers Organizational Structures and etc are not accepted.
The Municipality of Tambulig reserves the right to accept or reject any bid, to annul the bidding Process, and
to reject all bids at any time prior to contract award, without thereby incurring any liability to the affected bidder
or bidders. The Invitation to Bid is not an integral part of the bidding document.
For further information, please refer to:
Engr. Bienvenido C. Suco
ARCP2-LGU-BAC Chairperson/Infrastructure
Municipality of Tambulig Province of Zamboanga del Sur
Telephone No. 09464311826
(SGD.) ENGR. BIENVENIDO C. SUCO
Municipal Engineer
ARCP2-LGU-BAC Chairperson/Infrastructure
(MST-AUGUST 3 & 9, 2012)
REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAYS
NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION
NORTH MANILA ENGINEERING DISTRICT
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Nagtahan, Manila
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NORTH MANILA ENGINEERING DISTRICT: (Three) Heavy Equipment Operator
I. SG-4, Item Nos. HEO1-30001-2012, HEO1-30002-2012, HEO1-30003-2012
Qualifcation: Education: High School Graduate or Completion of relevant/Vocational
Trade Course, relevant to the job: no experience required, training: no training
required: Eligibility: (MC 11, s 96-Cat 1)
(MST-August 3, 2012)
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Manila Standard TODAY
ISAH V.
RED
SIMPLY RED
Ricky Reyes
In the island province of Masbate,
a province in the Bicol region, the
Masbate Community Broadcasting Co.
Inc., (MCBC), which operates a com-
munity TV (dyME channel 10), AM
radio (dyME 783 khz0 and FM radio
(dyME 95.9 mhz), is taking the lead in
talent discovery.
When dyME TV started its telecast
early this year via channel 5 on Mas-
bate Cable, Inc. an amateur singing
contest was also launched. The staff
of the community broadcasting en-
tity called it Patiribayan sa Pagkanta
2012. The contest was open to all Mas-
bateos who can carry a tune from age
15 to a hundred, naturally all of them
must be amateurs.
And much to the surprise of the
staff, the studio barn of the broadcast
facility had more than enough the
weekly scheduled auditions.
Weekly, contestants would belt out
on the air, watched by their fellow
Masbateos in anticipation for the -
nals scheduled in June. We were invit-
ed to judge the nals by Maloli K. Es-
pinosa-Supnet, president and general
manager of the broadcast company.
She said, Patiribayan sa Pagkanta
has awakened Masbateos love for
music, particularly singing, and dyME
denitely provided a venue to discover
talent.
Weekly winnersa least three of
themcompete in the monthly nals.
So, there are six nalists battled it out
during grand nals held on June 16
at Punta Terazza in Barangay Tugbo.
Each of the singers belted out a tune
of their choice to impress the judges,
namely Viva recording star Anja Agu-
ilar, actress Andrea del Roasario,
Masbate City Mayor Socrates M. Tu-
ason (who chaired the board), Jaymie
(vocalist of a band that played nightly
RICKY Reyes traveled to
Germany and shares its diverse
culture that attracts tourists
from all over the world.
With its historical land-
marks and structures and state
of the art lifestyle, it is no won-
der many Filipinos who can
afford to travel in Europe take
two or more days in a city in
Germany.
The show takes us to a small
town an hour and a half away
from Frankfurt, Edenkoben,
where one can you breathe in
the cold breeze and bask under
the sun till 10 in the evening.
For wine lovers, it is a must
to visit the vineyards and well-
known distillers of white wine.
The Germans brew some of
best liquors!
The show takes us to a side
trip to Paris that is only four
hours away from Mannheim,
Germany via bullet train for
a view of the famous Eiffel
Tower. We got a whole day
tour of Paris and admiring
the towers undeniably amaz-
ing and impressive beauty at
night was the climax, said
Ricky.
Life and Style with Ricky
Reyes airs Saturdays at 10 a.m.
on GMA News Television.
Radio station
leads talent discovery
In Masbate
Germany in Rickys world
IN places far from pop culture hub that is
Metro Manila, residents look forward to local
events spearheaded by the local government,
or in special cases by the hometown broadcast
company.
at the venue), and myself.
The six (nalists were Kathleen Kaye
Malapitan, Kimberly Clark Pepito, Peter
Cabatingan, Nhinoy Seachon, Mary Jean
Masamoc, and Mia Collen Muez.
After the performances, the judges chose
the winner. Although, it wasnt unanimous,
Nhinoy Seachon was declared the grand win-
ner and he received P10, 000 and a perform-
ing contract at Punta Terraza.
Do you think the search for talented Mas-
bateos ended in Patiribayan grand nals? Al-
ready, another contest is now on the planning
board of dyME, and it will be launched soon.
Anyone in Masbate for Talentong Masbateo?
People
are talking about
Nora Aunor
THY Womb by Brillante Mendoza is competing at the Ven-
ice International Film Fest. Additionally, the iconic Himala is
also competing in a special section dedicated to restored mas-
terpieces. So who says Ate Guy has a failed comeback?
Alden Richards
He auditioned in PBB Teens and StarStruck years ago and
both reality shows snubbed him. But that didnt stop the teen
actor. Alden is now one of GMA-7s big stars.
Jessy Mendiola
After Sabel, the 20-year-old actress will do another daring
series. She topbills Isla, an afternoon soap alongside Matteo
Guidicelli. Is it a remake of Celso Ad Castillos classic erotic
island drama?
are not talking about
Kris Bernal
Kapuso Network has been calling the petite actress as a rising
star for six years now and yet no visible progress is happening
in her career. Philippine showbiz is not like Hollywood where
some stars are rediscovered only after a decade of hard work.
Artista Academy
It is offering the biggest cash prize on Philippine television,
P20 million prize package for the winner in this reality show.
But after Artista Academy ends, will the winner have the genu-
ine chance to make it big in showbiz? TV5 stars can hardly
make their presence felt, what more with the newcomers?
Sarah Geronimo
People are wondering why despite being successful in enter-
tainment world her love life is always zero, or at least she is not
vocal about it. Most 24-year-old women in this country are already
given freedom by their parents to choose whomever they like to be
with, it seems that poor Sarah doesnt have that privilege.
The 2012 Patiribayan Sa Pagkanta nalists: Kathleen
Kaye Malapitan, Kimberly Clark Pepito, Nhinoy Seachon
(inset, the grand champion), Peter Cabatingan, Mary
Jean Masamoc and Mia Collen Muez
Actress Andrea del Rosario Maloli Espinosa and husband Mark Supnet
The Lady of Masbate:
Ludivina Espinosa
Anja Aguilar onstage
The judges: (from left) Band vocalist Jaymie, Anja, Mayor Socrates Tuason, Andrea and author