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Vol. XXVI No. 270 16 Pages, 3 Sections
P18.00 Tuesday, January 1, 2013 •

NEW HOPE By Anna Leah Estrada and Jenniffer B. Austria
Sunrise at Mt. Pulag, Benguet. DANNY PATA

Mensahe ng Kagalang-galang Benigno S. Aquino III THE year 2013 may shape up to become
Pangulo ng Pilipinas Para sa Bagong Taon 2013
a year of better tidings for the Philippines
[Ika-31 ng Disyembre 2012] following its mixed fortunes last year,
Kaybilis po talaga ng pa-
when the economy soared but Mindanao
nahon: Ito na po ang ikatlong was struck by a typhoon that killed over
bagong taon na ipagdiriwang a thousand people, affected millions
ng sambayanan sa tuwid na
daan. At hindi po maikakaila: more, sent hundreds of others missing
sinasalubong natin ang bawat and caused billions of pesos in damage to
pagpapalit ng taon, nang may agriculture, infrastructure and property.
matibay na pag-asa, at kompi-
yansang mas magiging maka- Indeed, analysts are predicting of them said so.
buluhan, at higit na makahu- a record year for the economy in And the political front is ex- Year of the Snake. A sales lady arranges a display of snake figu-
lugan ang mga susunod pang 2013—particularly for the equi- pected to heat up as a result of the rines in a store in Binondo, Manila. Feng shui experts said the Year
taon sa landas ng tapat at mab- of the Snake is the best time to start a new life, career or business.
ties and currency markets—as mid-term elections in May and
uting pamamahala. LINO SANTOS
more investors bet on the stock the continuing dispute between
Ang taong 2012 ay pare-
hong panahon ng pagsubok
market and support the peso in
anticipation of the Philippines’
the ruling Liberal Party and the
United Nationalist Alliance,
at tagumpay. May ilan mang
lubak sa ating paglalakbay; may mga pilit mang humadlang sa
ating mga positibong hakbang; nanaig pa rin ang adhika nating
debt receiving an investment-
grade rating.
An investment grade rating
which are at loggerheads as a re-
sult of Malacañang’s suspension
of Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia
Best time to start afresh
THE Year of the Water Snake, which begins on February 10, 2013,
ituwid ang baluktot na sistema, at baguhin ang dinatnan nating means Philippine debt is safe and for alleged abuse of authority. is the best time to start a new life, according to feng shui expert
kalagayan ng bansa. carries little risk, hence attracting Garcia has defied her six-month Marites Allen.
Kung dati, milyun-milyong tonelada ng bigas ang nabubulok more investors and, at the same suspension and lived inside her The United Kingdom-based Allen compares the year to a “reset
sa mga warehouse dahil sa maling pamamalakad, ngayon, dahil time, reducing the interest rate office at the Provincial Capitol button.”
sa tamang pamamahala, hindi na lamang rice self-sufficiency, that the country must pay for the since the order suspending her Thus, this is the year to start a new career or a business.
kundi ang pag-eexport ng matataas na klase ng bigas ang habol money it borrows abroad. was released on Dec. 19 and her “If you ask me, I’m back to zero all over again. I started Frigga
natin pagdating ng 2013. Adult Filipinos are also hope- replacement was announced. She (her feng shui-inspired clothing line). It’s a reset button for every-
Ang minana natin mula sa ating sinundan: 66, 800 na kaku- ful for this year as indicated by has asked the Court of Appeals to body,” she said.
langan sa silid aralan. Ang pamana ng tuwid na landas sa mga the results of a Social Weather step in and stop Malacañang. Compared to the Year of the Water Dragon, the Year of the Water
kabataan: sapat na classroom, sapat na mesa’t upuan, sapat na Stations survey for the fourth Both the peso and the stocks Snake brings good tidings. This is because the coming year has “a
aklat, para sa kanilang mas mayamang kinabukasan. Next page quarter last year, when 92 percent Next page complete set of elements.” Next page

World hails Pinoys greet

New Year 2013 with
with pomp, big ‘crackers
ceremony despite ban
CANBERRA—-From the time
the first sunrise of 2013 is seen By Francisco Tuyay,
on Kiribati in Central Pacific Maricel V. Cruz and
to sunset on Savali island, Sa-
moa, in the South Pacific, peo-
Dexter See
ple around the world welcome DESPITE stern warnings
the New Year with pomp and from the government, Fili-
ceremony. pinos “from all walks of life
In Sydney, eager revelers celebrated the New Year with
camped over Sunday night on traditional merrymaking, an
the shores of the harbor to get abundance of food on the table,
the best vantage points as some family gatherings, and yes, the
1.5 million are expected to see lighting of loud and “deadly”
the fireworks show centered on fireworks, most of whicSh
the Sydney Harbor Bridge. were sold illegally.
In Hong Kong, this year’s New Year revelry. A fireworks display despite the ban in a Manila street shows a contrast compared with a street party in New York’s Times A few resorted to firing of
12.5 million Hong Kong dollar Square (left) during the New Year’s Eve celebration. AP Next page
($1.6 million) fireworks display
was being billed by organizers
as the biggest ever in the south-
ern Chinese city. Police expect
No holiday in Cebu political dispute Oil firms start year with price hike
as many as 100,000 people to By Joyce Panares, Chris- while her supporters held street does not reflect the sentiments of By Alena Mae S. Flores
watch, local news reports said. tine Herrera, Jonathan rallies. the majority of the peace-loving
Magpale accused Garcia of im- and law-abiding population of the
In Seoul, the ceremonial Fernandez and Bart posing mob rule in Cebu to oppose province of Cebu,” Magpale said.
OIL companies raised pump prices by as much as 75 centavos a
15th-century bronze bell will
Ochea liter 6 a.m. Monday to reflect the movement of world prices.
ring to keep with the tradition the six-month suspension ordered About 5,000 Garcia support- In separate announcements, Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp.,
of ushering in a new year. by Malacañang on Dec. 19 for al- ers held a rally outside the capitol Total Philippines, Seaoil Philippines and Petron Corp. raised
Cityfolk are raring to dance THE political dispute in the Cebu leged abuse of authority, “but we during the weekend and marched prices by 75 centavos per liter for premium and unleaded gaso-
Gangnam style to a hit by Psy, provincial capitol simmered on are heartened that suspended Gar- down the main avenue in the heart line, 65 centavos for regular gasoline, 30 centavos per liter for
blending with the pyrotechnics Monday after the Malacañang- cia’s attempt to create trouble had of the city. The demonstrators in- kerosene and 20 centavos for diesel.
and street revelry. designated acting governor, Ag- largely been ignored by the politi- cluded health workers, members Petron said prices would not be raised, however, in Compos-
Japanese merrymakers will nes Magpale slammed suspended cally mature citizens.” of women’s groups and residents tela Valley and Davao Oriental, which were hit hard by recent
pay homage to their ancestors Governor Gwendolyn Garcia “It is mob rule that these groups from different towns and cities. typhoons. Next page
Next page are trying to espouse, which sadly Next page
locked herself inside her office



A2 TUESDAY JANUARY 1, 2013 ManilaStandardToday News

2013... Amando Tetangco Jr. had said.

“In order to help manage
volatilities in the exchange rate
to match, if not exceed, the more
than P200 billion raised through
that market in 2012.
House Speaker Feliciano
Belmonte Jr. vowed there would
be a more responsive Congress
there was still a need to fully
implement the environmental
laws and to improve disaster risk
rose on Friday last week, ending movements, the Bangko Sentral Justino Calaycay, a this year. management.
Matagal rin po tayong
trading this year on a positive maintained its presence in the stockbroker from Accord Capital “We intend to maximize our Environment Secretary
note. foreign exchange market and Equities Inc., said the PSEi was chamber’s efforts for the rest Ramon Paje urged the Filipinos binansagang “Sick Man
The peso gained 0.2 percent to built up its reserves to a record expected to rise to a range of of our term and hope to leave to learn from the past in order to of Asia.” Subalit dahil sa
close at 41.05 against the dollar $84 billion as of November 6,800 to 7,000 points, with a a mark as most responsive avoid a repeat of the destruction pambihirang arangkada ng
last week and 6.4 percent since 2012.” fighting target of 7,500. Congrees—one that has heeded triggered by natural calamities ating ekonomiya, sunud-
the start of the year to become Bangko Sentral Deputy “The momentum of 2012 the effectively represented the including that inflicted by sunod ang mga namumuhunan
Asia’s best performing currency Governor Diwa Guinigundo may be expected to carry voice of our people from all Typhoon “Pablo” in Mindanao. sa ating bansa. At mukhang
after South Korea’s won. said the strength of the peso over to 2013, with additional sectors of our constituencies,” he “We’re hoping for a hazard- magpapatuloy ang ganitong
The PSEi, the 30-company reflected the Philippines’ strong impetus from the mid-term polls said. free, disaster-free 2013,” Paje kompiyansa ng mundo sa atin:
benchmark index of the macroeconomic fundamentals, scheduled in May,” Calaycay “May 2013 be a new said. ang 7.1 percent na pag-angat
Philippine Stock Exchange, also including its external payments said. “The market will keep tabs beginning for each of us and for “We are calling on everybody ng GDP nitong 3rd quarter,
climbed, and by 17 points or 0.3 surplus and the capital inflows on the country’s ratings, pregnant our nation.” to be more prepared for stronger
ay higit sa inaasahang target
percent to close at 5,812.73 near attached to the country’s positive with anticipation of reaching Senator Teofisto Guingona typhoons that induce flash floods
a record level. The index had outlook. investment grade, or at the very III said the 2012 Framework and landslides so we can avoid ng mga dalubhasa, at siyang
jumped by 1,440.77 points or 33 “As we expect sustained BoP least hints of getting there.” Agreement with the Moro a repeat of Pablo and other pinakamataas sa buong Timog
percent since the start of the year. surplus next year, the peso will DA Market Securities sees the Islamic Liberation Front would destructive typhoons.” Silangang Asya.
The PSEi’s 33-percent gain remain firm,” Guinigundo said. PSEi hitting 6,750 on the positive pave the way for greater progress Pablo, the most powerful Hindi lang po rito
was the second best in Asia, next “The challenge to some economic outlook. especially in Mindanao. typhoon to hit the country in natatapos ang pagbuhos
to Thailand Stock Exchange’s economic sectors is to improve “Optimistically, end 2013, “That agreement will stabilize 2012, slammed into Mindanao ng mabubuting balita,
36.3-percent increase, according their efficiency and productivity there is a possible target of 6,750 our relationships and our on Dec. 4, killing 1,050 people, tagumpay at biyaya sa
to First Metro Investments Corp. so they can compete in the and support at 6,280 to 6,300 activities,” he said. injuring over 2,000 and sending bansa. Mula sa patuloy na
Economists and analysts see external markets. After all, a firm level,” the company said. “As we support the process 800 missing. pagangat ngall time high ng
the peso and the stocks sustaining peso helps reduce production BDO analyst Jonas Raveles towards peace, we must remain Pablo affected a total of 6.2 Philippine Stock Exchange,
their gains in 2013, when the cost.” said inflation would continue to vigilant that the products of the million people. Of the 168,227
country is expected to receive hanggang sa pagpapanday
\BDO analyst Jonas Ravelas be manageable and interest rates process will truly bring peace.” homes that Pablo damaged, over
an investment-grade credit predicted that the peso will low as the central bank would Senator Loren Legarda 65,500 were totally destroyed ng pangmatagalang
rating. Overseas funds invested fluctuate from 39 to 43.50 to the continue to protect the market welcomed a recent Pulse and the estimated value of the kapayapaan sa Bangsamoro;
in emerging markets with robust dollar in 2013 before settling from the volatility caused by the Asia survey that showed the property damage was $839 Mula sa pagliwanag ng libu-
economic performance such at 42.10 by the end of that global economic slowdown. Filipinos’ growing awareness million. libong mga sitio, hanggang
as the Philippines led to the year. President Benigno Aquino III of the importance of protecting Close to 12,000 people are sa pagkakapasa ng ilang
appreciation of the peso and the \Philippine Stock Exchange said this year would be much the environment and increasing still in 43 evacuation centers. makasaysayang batas; Mula
stocks. president Hans Sicat said he better than last year, and that approval of the government’s “The devastation was total,” sa pagpapantay sa timbangan
“The strong surges in inflows was confident about the stock it would be a critical stage in environmental programs. Disaster Council head Benito ng katarungan, hanggang sa
have resulted in considerable market’s continuing strong his administration’s crusade for But she said that although Ramos said. With Maricel V. kahandaan at bayanihan ng
appreciation pressures on the performance as he expected continuing progress and good meaningful strides had been Cruz, Macon Ramos-Araneta sambayanan sa harap ng mga
peso,” Bangko Sentral Governor capital-raising activities in 2013 governance. made to protect the environment, and Othel V. Campos
pagsusungit ng kalikasan,
pinapatunayan natin sa

Pinoys... eye injuries, and six victims

whose limbs had to be amputated.
It was another “deadly and
which emit deafening noise
and black powder smoke were
a common sight in several
reams and 13 packs of .piccolo,
and seized illegal firecrackers
from 35 .ambulant vendors.
replicasv according to Chief
Superintendent Benjamin B.
Magalong, regional director of
buong mundo: basta’t handa
tayong gawin ang tama’t
magsakripisyo para sa ating
guns to “ward off” evil spirits, bloody” New Year, for hard- communities, especially in They also intercepted and the Police Regional Office in the kapwa; basta’t sumasagwan
a practice strictly prohibited headed Filipinos who ignored residential and slum areas. seized a truckload and 2.pickups Cordillera.
tayo nang sabay sa ngalan
by law, but has continued to the government’s warning National Police chief Gen. loaded with illegal firecrackers The operation was led by
victimize innocent residents. against illegal firecrackers and Alan Purisima said police at around 10 a.m. In eastern the Baguio City Police Office ng sambayanan; walang
It was another “dea.dly and indiscriminate firing, the twin were monitoring the metro’s Manila, the police confiscated led by Senior Superintendent pangarap na hindi kayang
bloody” New Year, for hard- evils of The DOH added that slums because- of the threat two jeeploads of assorted illegal Jesus Cambay, Jr. Cambay abutin ang ating bansa.
headed Filipinos who ignored most of the casualties were of fire from stray fireworks. firecrackers and pyrotechnics. said the confiscated and Simula lamang po ito.
the government’ s warning aga. children aged 10 or younger who He added that so far, 8 8 NCRPO chief Leonardo destroyed firecrackers include Sa totoo lang po, ang kaisa-
inst illegal firecrackers and may be unaware of the dangers people have been- arrested Espina said the arrests resulted pla-pla, whistle bomb, super isang limitasyon sa tayog
indiscriminate firing, the twin of fireworks. It added that one for firecracker violations from 170 operations that the lolo, tiger, platinum, luces, ng ating mararating ay
evils of New Year revelry, Pinoy- person was wounded by a stray and nine were nabbed for police conducted against illegal big sparklers, Judas belt, pop ang ating ambisyon. Nasa
style. bullet. indiscriminate firing in the firecrackers. pops while the over 50 pieces pagtutulungan at tiwala
The Health Department But the police placed the National Capital Region. In Baguio City, the police of seized gun replicas include natin sa isa’t isa ang susi
said that since Christmas Day, number of injuries caused by The police also shut down confiscated and destroyed M.I Armalite rifle, Baby
firecracker- related injuries had ng tagumpay. Ang 2013 ay
fireworks at 454, as of late four stalls, which were found more than Pl50,000 worth of Armalite, shotgun, caliber
risen to 186, including 33 with Monday. It added that fireworks selling’641 boxes, 600 pieces, 12 illegal firecrackers and gun .9mm and .45 pistols. kritikal na yugto sa ating
krusada ng pangmatagalang
kaunlaran at tuwid na
pamamahala. Ngayong

Oil... World... The New Year firework’s

display at Taipei 101 has long
been among the world’s most
Spirits in the capital have been
further raised by the election of
US debt crisis was partly to
blame for a slowing Australian
bagong taon, mas maigting
na pagkakaisa ang kailangan.
On Dec. 24, the oil spectacular. This year, South a new, populist governor, who When revelers pack Times Umaasa akong magiging
companies raised kerosene in temples before joining a Korean electronics giant is pledging action in tackling Square for the annual New Year’s mapanuri ang taumbayan sa
prices by 60 centavos per family meal of soba noodles and Samsung Electronics Corp had the city’s massive infrastructure eve celebration on Monday night, pagkilatis ng mga itatalagang
liter, regular gasoline by 55 enjoying New Year shows. offered 40 million New Taiwan problems. police will observe a tradition of pinuno.
centavos per liter, premium The buoyant economies of dollars ($1.4 million) to light Sydney Lord Mayor Clover their own: giving them lots of Ang mga pinunong ito
and unleaded gasoline by 50 the Asia-Pacific are prepared to the building’s top stories with Moore said about 1.5 million company. ang tutugon sa panawagan
centavos a liter, and diesel by party with renewed optimism Samsung name and logo after the spectators were expected to Each year, the New York Police nating isulong ang dangal at
45 centavos a liter. despite the so-called fiscal fireworks. line the harbor to watch the 6.6 Department assigns thousands of katapatan sa paglilingkod-
Premium and unleaded cliff threatening to reverberate Increasingly democratic million Australian dollars ($6.9 extra patrols to the festivities —
bayan; Ang mga pinunong
gasoline is now sold at globally from the United States Myanmar will have a public million) fireworks display, while in ways seen and unseen — to
countdown for the first time. another 2 million Australians control the crowd and watch for ito ang aasahan nating didilig
P50.05 to P58.50 per liter, and the tattered economy of sa mga repormang ating
regular gasoline at P48.25 Europe. In Yangon, workers early among a population of 22 million any signs of trouble. Hundreds of
Monday were testing a giant would watch it on television. thousands of people from all over ipinunla.
to P54.55 per liter, kerosene Jakarta’s street party will
center on a 7-kilometer (4-mile) digital countdown screen with “This is really putting the world are expected to pack into Kaya naman mahalaga
at P48.18 to P55.43 per
liter and diesel at P39.70 to main thoroughfare closed to the backdrop of the revered Australia on the map in terms the streets in Midtown Manhattan ang ating paninindigan at
P42.70 per liter. all traffic from nightfall until Shwedagon pagoda. of welcoming people to the new to see the crystal ball drop and ring pagtitimbang kung saang
Prices on cooking gas, on after midnight. Workers were Arranged by local Forever year,” Moore told reporters at the in 2013. direksyon tutungo ang ating
the other hand, were rolled erecting 16 large stages along Media group and Index Creative harbor before the event. In Paris where fireworks are bansa: Sabay-sabay ba tayong
back P2 a kilo effective the normally car-clogged, 8-lane Village, a Thai major event Thousands lined the harbor banned, crowds will get a laid sasagwan patungo sa landas
midnight, the Liquefied highway through the heart of organizer, the celebration will shore in festive crowds back view of the Eiffel Towere kung saan nangingibabaw
Petroleum Gas Marketers’ the city. Indonesia’s booming be the first public New Year under a blue summer sky by and the Champs-Elysees.
ang kapakanan ng Pilipino?
Association said. economy is a rare bright spot countdown in Myanmar, a late afternoon, their number Dubai lines up the Gulf’s
country ruled for almost five undiminished by Australian centerpiece display at Burj O hahayaan lang natin
“Owing to the sustained amid global gloom and bringing na muling matangay ang
drop in the international prosperity--or the hope of it--to decades by military regimes that government warnings that the Khalifa, the tallest building in
discouraged or banned big public Washington deadlock on the the world. Pilipinas sa mga daluyong ng
contract price of LPG, we Indonesians.
panlalamang, pagkakanya-
are further reducing prices
by P2 per kilo, or by P22 for kanya’t kurapsyon?
every 11-kilogram cylinder,”
LPG-MA Rep. Arnel Ty said
Best... Allen said those who were
born in the Year of the Tiger
and the Year of the Ox will
the Rat, predicted to get the
energies of the “white star,”
which is associated with overall
January 19, 2013 at the Infinity
Ballroom of Best Western
Premiere F1 Hotel at Fort
Ang aking hiling ngayong
ngayong 2013: ituloy lang
natin ang bayanihan. Kapit-
“We see softer LPG prices gain wealth-related luck during success; and the Dog and Boar, Bonifacio Global City. After bisig tayong humakbang
in the weeks ahead. We hope “Things will be very good the Year of the Water Snake. said to have better “heaven the Manila event, she will hold tungo sa maliwanag at
this will just be the first of our because it has the presence Dragons and Snakes, on the luck” or karma. similar talks on February 16 in masaganang kinabukasan ng
price cutbacks for 2013,” the of two wood elements, two other hand, are seen to be On the other hand, Allen Monaco, March 23 in London, ating bayan.
group said. water, two earth, a metal and lucky in issues related to love, said the Rabbit, Rooster, Sheep March 31 in Tokyo, April 27 Muli po, kasama po ninyo
Refillers not aligned with a fire. So this is a complete set romance and education next and Monkey will not be as in Alaska, May in Iceland,
akong umaasa na ang ating
the big oil companies tend to of elements. are hoping to go year. fortunate during the Year of the July in Norway, August in
bagong taon ay di hamak na
sell LPG at prices up to 20 through a better time after so Other “lucky” animal signs Water Snake. Belgium, Spain and Malta, and
mas maganda sa nakalipas na
percent lower than branded many years of [hardship],” said include the Horse, which is Marites Allen will hold September in Denmark and
cooking gas. seen to have more “prosperity”; a feng shui convention on Sweden. taon.
Ty said the international
contract price of LPG has been rule of law, but Garcia’s defiance
steadily declining because
of weaker demand from the
No.... sition of the government is that
the decision of the Office of the
President is already final and ex-
and executory.
Magpale said she found it dis-
turbing that “in the season of peace
employing maximum tolerance
and patience,” Roxas said.
“Please recall that the viola-
was against the law.
Toby Tiangco, Secretary Gen-
United States and Europe.
Garcia’s staff also padlocked ecutory and, therefore, cannot be and harmony the followers of Gar- tion for which the suspended eral of the opposition United Na-
“The stronger peso has also
made it somewhat cheaper for the three main doors of the capi- overturned by a TRO,” Lacierda cia .... were agitating Cebuanos to governor is being sanctioned is tionalist Alliance (UNA) sneered
Philippine importers to buy tol following reports she will be said. take part in a politically motivated grave abuse of authority but until at Davide’s definition of rule of
LPG in dollars overseas,” said physically bundled out before the In the event that the CA will protest against a lawful order by now they are abusing their au- law whose father, former Su-
Ty. New Year. rule in favor of Garcia, the gov- the Office of the President.” thorities,” he said. preme Court Chief Justice Hi-
Meanwhile, amid the rash The police assigned to guard ernment will respect the TRO, “It was good that they were the Roxas was referring to the in- lario Davide, Sr., swore in Gloria
of accidental fires, Ty renewed the capitol were left outside the Lacierda said. ones who padlocked the gates. cident involving Garcia’s son, Arroyo as president despite the
his plea for the swift passage premises. “We just hope the CA issues a She locked herself in,” Magpale Pablo Garcia Codilla, who was unfinished impeachment of then
of a bill proposing to establish In Malacañang, presidential decision whether denying the pe- said. accused with two others for ass- president Joseph Estrada.
a one-time exchange program spokesman Edwin Lacierda said ition or granting the TRO as soon Sought for comment on the saulting a police officer for dis- “Clearly, it is useless to argue
for the benefit of consumers Garcia’s suspension is “final and as possible,” he said. controversy, Interior and Local mantling the tents put up by sup- with the namesake and Junior
possessing dilapidated LPG executory” and it cannot be over- Solicitor General Francis Government Secretary Manuel porters outside the capitol. of a person whose definition of
cylinders. turned by a Temporary Restrain- Jardeleza, in his petition to the Roxas said the police has been Hilario Davide Jr., who was rule of law is presiding over an
The 55-member House ing Order (TRO) that Garcia court, said Garcia failed to dem- ordered to exercise maximum picked to run as candidate for impeachment, where the pros-
committee on trade and sought from the Court of Appeals onstrate that there was “flagrant tolerance despite serious provo- governor of President Aquino’s ecutors were allowed to walk
industry previously endorsed (CA). abuse of the exercise of the pow- cations and even assault on its Liberal Party (LP) in elections out and despite the unfinished
the bill for floor debate and “The Office of the Solicitor er of suspension by the Palace,” uniformed personnel. in May against Garcia’s brother impeachment, swore Gloria
approval. – With Christine F. General has already submitted and the decision of the president “Notwithstanding the open de- John Pablo, said in a statement Macapagal Arroyo into office,”
Herrera and Maricel Cruz its comment to the CA. The po- in administrative cases is final fiance of a lawful order, we are the suspension was pursuant to Tiangco said.


RH law features informed choice

By Christine F. Herrera receive for free RH services and com- 6. Enhancement of services for 10. PhilHealth benefits for seri-
modities (Section 2 on Declaration of pregnant women and safe motherhood ous and life-threatening reproductive
Policy). is assured (Sections 5, 6 and 18). health conditions (Section 12).
PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III had signed the 2. The hallmark of the RH law is 7. Women suffering from post-abor- 11. The provisions on prohibited
Reproductive Health measure into a law as Re- freedom of informed choice, which tion complications shall be “treated acts and penalties have been retained
shall not be subject to any form of and counseled in a humane, non-judg- to assure compliance with the law
public Act No. 10354 “without congenital defects” coercion (Section 3-a of the Guiding mental and compassionate manner” (Sections 23 and 24).
because the authors made sure it was not watered Principles for Implementation).
3. Massive nationwide information
(Section 3-j).
8. Inclusion in the Philippine Na-
12. Private health facilities and
hospitals are mandated to provide
down when delivered and approved, Albay Rep. campaign on reproductive health and tional Drug Formulary of hormonal family planning services to paying
Edcel Lagman said on Monday. rights is assured (Section 20 on Public contraceptives, intrauterine devices, patients with the option to grant free
Awareness). injectables and other safe, legal, non- care and services to indigents (Sec-
Lagman, one of the principal au- provisions of the RH law are substan- 4. The implementation of the Act abortifacient family planning products tion 7).
thors, said only cosmetic and redun- tially attuned with the pristine formu- shall be the joint responsibility of the and supplies is mandated (Section 9). 13. Creation of a Congressional
dant amendments proposed by critics lations: national government and the local gov- 9. Mandatory age and development- Oversight Committee to monitor the
of the bill, which did not destroy its 1. The State is mandated to pro- ernment units with the latter receiving appropriate reproductive health educa- faithful compliance with the RA 10354
essence, were accepted. mote universal access to reproductive financial and technical support from tion is assured for adolescents enrolled (Section 22).
“Killer amendments were rejected health services and family planning, the national government (Sections 5, in public elementary and secondary 14. Funding support is assured in
outright and voted down,” Lagman including voluntary contraception, 6, 8, 16 and 20). schools with the curriculum prepared the 2013 General Appropriations Act
said. with priority to acceptors from poor 5. The principal elements of RH are by the Department of Education adopt- (GAA) and in the subsequent years’
Lagman said the following salient and marginalized sectors who shall intact and enhanced (Section 4-q). able by private schools (Section 14). GAAs. (Section 25).

paperless Coast Guard eyes revamp
THE Coast Guard will carry out a re-
By Rey Requejo shuffle p of key officers within the month,
Commandant Rodolfo Isorena said on
THE Supreme Court will start Monday.
enforcing its paperless filing He said this major reassignment is in
system on January 2, the first consonance with the rotation policy of the
working day of the year, after command for the officers’ career advance-
creating its new e-mail address ment.
for online filing of petitions. Since Dec. 9, the Coast Guard has
For the next six months, been on full alert until Jan. 7.
petitioners may opt to file “If we implement the reshuffle at this
their petitions in soft copy time, it might lead to confusion…So the
with the high court via e-mail reshuffle would take place after the New
through efile@sc.judiciary. Year so that we would not disrupt the ser- or still by the tradi- vices of the coast guard during this holi-
tional filing of hard copy of day season,” Isorena said.
petitions with the A board of officers would be assisting
address for online filing of the Commandant in drafting the list of re-
petitions, the high court said shuffled officials that would be proposed
in a statement issued by the to Secretary Abaya.
Public Information Office. Among those who might be affected
After six months or in July, the by the reshuffle are the 12 district com-
e-filing system will be made com- manders namely:
pulsory under the new Rule on Ef- RELIEF. A military helicopter airlifts goods and other relief items for typhoon victims in New Bataan, Compostela Valley, one of the National Capital Region and Central
ficient Use of Paper Rule (A.M. hardest hit by Pablo. DANNY PATA Luzon chief Rear Admiral Cecil Chen;
No. 11-9-4) promulgated by the Central Visayas Commodore William
high court last November 13.
The new rule requires par-
ties before the SC to submit,
Poor man’s magna carta okayed by Senate Melad; Eastern Visayas Captain Pablo
Gonzales; South Western Mindanao Com-
modore Ferdinand Velasco; and Palawan
simultaneously with their THE Senate has approved on third and fi- life through education and employment, According to Pangilinanan, 27 percent Commodore Enrico Efren Evangelista.
court-bound papers, soft cop- nal reading a bill which seeks to protect the merely on the basis of his or her social of Filipinos live in poverty without access Southern Tagalog Commodore Edu-
ies of the same and their an- rights of the poor by ensuring them equal standing. to food and shelter, employment, education ardo Gongona; Western Visayas Com-
nexes (the latter in PDF for- access to basic rights and basic government Once passed into law, Pangilinan said, and health care. modore Athelo Ybanez; North Western
mat) either by email to efile@ services. the state will ensure the protection of five He said farmers and fisherfolk suffer the Luzon Commodore Leopoldo Laroya; or by com- Senate Billl 3309, the proposed Magna basic rights of every Filipino, namely, the most with 37 percent and 35 percent respec- Eastern Luzon Captain Joselito dela Cruz;
pact disc (CD). Carta of the Poor, was introduced by Sen- right to food, employment, quality educa- tively living in poverty. He said 32 percent South Eastern Mindanao Commodore
It will be implemented in ate President Pro-Tempore Jose Ejercito tion, shelter and basic health services and of farmers and fisherfolk cannot even fend George Ursabia; Bicol Commodore Joel
and Senators Antonio Trillanes IV and Pia medicines. for themselves. Garcia; and Northern Mindanao Commo-
full blast by the SC manage-
Cayetano. “This measure seeks to ensure that pro- “As elected representatives of the peo- dore Elson Hermogino. Joel E. Zurbano
ment information system of- Senator Francis Pangilinan, sponsor of poor policies and programs will continue to ple and as officials of government, we find
fice in July, unless the high
court revises the rule and ex-
the proposed measure said the proposed
law seeks to ensure that no Filipino
be in place even after this administration’s
term is over,” said Pangilinan, chair of the
it unacceptable that large segments of our
population continue to live without their ba-
tends the voluntary period of would be denied his or her basic rights senate committee on social justice. sic needs. WE have to ensure that the rights meeting in Manila
implementation. and basic government services, and that He said that resources will continue to of these marginalized groups are upheld
For efficient use of paper, the no Filipino should be denied the oppor- be allocated for anti-poverty alleviation and protected,” he said. CLOSE to 300 parliamentarians from
new rule also requires that all tunity to improve his or her station in programs. Macon Ramos- Araneta six continents will troop to Manila from
pleadings, motions, and similar January 30 to February 2 to attend the
papers intended for the consid- 5th Global Organization of Parliamen-
eration of all courts and quasi-
judicial bodies under the super- Helmets must be Trade-certified, gov’t warns tarians Against Corruption.
The foreign participants will be
vision of the SC must be written Maglaya said in a text message. mation or breakage, crack and distortion joined by 144 Philippine lawmakers, the
in single space with a one-and-a- By Julito Rada largest contingent to the conference.
The department gave a one-time ex- are also checked.
half space between paragraphs, THE Trade Department will no longer tension on Dec. 28 and 29 to accom- Inspectors also look for traces of Senator Edgardo J. Angara, vice
using an easily readable font style extend the inspection of helmets of mo- modate motorcycle riders who were not paint, stickers, petrol and other solvents chairman of GOPAC Executive Com-
of the party’s choice, of 14-size torcycle riders. able to get their helmets inspected by or if brand name and size are still evident mittee and the Charter President of
font, and on a 13-inch by 8.5-inch Trade Undersecretary Zenaida authorities. Helmets are marked with ap- on the face of the helmet. the Southeast Asian Parliamentarians
white bond paper. Maglaya said motorcyclists caught wear- propriate stickers. Based on Republic Act 10054 or the Against Corruption (SEAPAC), said the
ing uncertified helmets will be penalized The inspection was held in SM Malls Motorcycle Helmet Act, any person Manila hosting of GOPAC 2013, a his-
toric first, is a vote of confidence on the
400-year-old starting Jan. 2.
“[There will be] no more inspection
of owner’s helmets. Enforcement starts
in Metro Manila, such as in SM Mall of
Asia, SM Megamall, SM North Edsa and
SM Manila.
caught not wearing the standard protec-
tive helmet shall be punished with a fine
of P1,500 for the first offense, P3,000 for
Aquino administration’s anti-corruption

Camarines Jan. 2 for no helmet, [or] helmets with-

out ICC [import commodity clearance]
Inspection is done to check if the
safety parts (shell, comfort paddings,
second, P5,000 for third, and P10,000
and confiscation of driver’s license for
President Benigno Aquino III will
keynote the four-day conference.
Macon Ramos- Araneta
stickers or with fake ICC stickers,” chin strap) are still intact. Dents, defor- the fourth offense.
church razed
A 400 year-old church was Carriers’ tax reform pushed
gutted by a fire early dawn
By Maricel V. Cruz HB 6022, otherwise known
Wednesday in a remote vil-
lage in Camarines Norte, as “An Act Rationalizing the
police said.
THE chair of the House commit- Taxes on International Air Car-
The National Police opera- tee on ways and means on Sun- riers Operating in the Philip-
tions center in Camp Crame said day asked the Aquino adminis- pines,” authored by Batangas
the church destroyed by the fire tration for the speedy enactment Rep. Hermilando Mandanas,
was the St. Peter the Apostle of a measure to rationalize the provides that international air
located at Brgy. Dos, Vinzons taxes on air carriers. carriers doing business in the
town in Camarines Norte. Davao City Rep. Isidro Ung- Philippines shall not be liable to
The reports also said ab, the panel chair, said that pay the Gross Philippine Bill-
that the fire, which has the proposals embodied under ings pursuant to the principle
reached third-alarm and House Bill 6022 and Senate Bill of reciprocity.
started at around 1:30 a.m. 3343 are “very similar” and that The grant of reciprocal
has completely destroyed there might not be a need for a exemptions to International
the church. bicameral committee to recon- air carriers shall enter into
Destroyed also were sev- cile them. force 30 days from the ex-
eral antique equipments, re- “There’s a possibility that change of diplomatic notes
ligious icons and sculptures. there won’t be (bicameral com- between the Philippines and
Cost of damage by the fire mittee meeting). With the Sen- the foreign jurisdiction con-
was placed between P8 to ate approving a similar version, cerned. Said diplomatic notes
P10 million, the reports said. I don’t foresee any further delay shall constitute the agree-
The St. Peter the Apostle as one chamber may adopt ei- ment between the two coun-
Church is regarded as one ther the House or Senate version tries, the bill stated.
of the oldest churches in the of the proposal, “Ungab said. Under the National Inter-
country. It was built by the The House passed on third nal Revenue Code, foreign
Franciscan Friars in 1611 af- and final reading HB 6022 on carriers are required to pay
ter establishing Tacboan town May 21, 2012, while the Sen- 2.5 percent gross Philippine
in 1581. ate approved its version on third billings tax (GPBT or a tax
An investigation is un- reading SB 3343 last December on income) and 3 percent
derway to determine the File photo of The St. Peter the Apostle Church in Camarines Norte, said to be the country’s 19. President Aquino earlier cer- common carriers tax (CCT or
cause of the fire. CBCP News oldest, which went up in smoke on Dec. 16. tified the bill as urgent. a business tax).
Adelle Chua, Editor Opinion

A self-fulfilling prophecy
OPTIMISM is always palpable We saw how our leaders translating only to popularity in and the continued involvement in protecting themselves than
on the first day of every year. could be so blinded by pride surveys and an inflow of portfolio of the public in the national exposing themselves to risk, that
2013 is no exception. and resentment that they would investments. Unemployment discussions on freedom of peace would be attained in the long
We look back to what happened devote their time and resources remains high and more people information, for instance, aided run, that Filipinos would have more
to our country and to our people in pursuit of a single objective count themselves poor, despite by social media. access to government documents,
in the past year. against their sworn enemies. stop-gap measures like the multi- The first day of 2013 is marked and that leaders would make
We have had our share of We saw how Church leaders billion peso dole program that by a sense of relief that we could decisions with only the public good
tragedies—natural and otherwise. attempted to imprison the nation in may soon be used to curry favor shed the not-so-good experiences —not revenge, acrimony, personal
We saw how typhoons and even an archaic mindset that promotes among the masses. we had last year while embracing gain—in mind.
monsoon rains could snuff out blind obedience to dogmatic Despite these, we saw great the promise of the days to come. Eleven days ago we proved
lives and destroy property and beliefs, even as their messengers things as well: the eventual We don’t know what will that the world was not coming to
livelihood. No matter how many cannot in any way claim to know passage of the reproductive happen, but we do know we all an end. Today we celebrate the
times these have happened before, what it is really like to be poor, health bill after more than a have a stake in making sure that opportunity to pick up from where
we still saw the scrambling of uninformed and powerless. decade of struggle, the forging of economic growth is felt not just we left off, or start afresh. Let us
local officials in providing relief There is the notion that all the a framework agreement of peace by those who understand what build success by committing to
and rehabilitation assistance as economic advances we boast of between the government and the GDP stands for, that those in low be wiser, more circumspect, more
though it were the first time. are at best superficial and fleeting, Moro Islamic Liberation Front, lying areas would see more benefit prudent and more involved.

Two messages
• As ever, the administration holds
out an investment-grade rating as the
GARY holy grail of its economic policy. And
OLIVAR yet it makes no sense to chase after

BYPASS the lower interest costs and greater li-

quidity from investment grade when
global interest rates are already so
HERE is the economics portion of the low and we are awash in hot money.
administration’s latest press release The foreign direct investors that we
on its achievements for the year 2012: really need will not be impressed by
“…a roaring economy, one that has our credit ratings. What they want,
experienced strong growth and stable first and foremost, is the assurance
inflation despite the uncertainties of that laws and regulations would not
the global economy. Philippine GDP change against them mid-stream and
growth for the 3rd quarter hit a two- the playing field would be kept level.
year high of 7.1 percent—the highest But no matter how many press
in Southeast Asia, and among the top releases the Palace churns out, this
performing economies in Asia. Mean- is not something investors are see-
while, the Philippine Stock Exchange ing from the President’s inaction to
index this year broke record high after date—on protected industries like
record high, soaring above expecta- logging and mining, or the need to re-
tions and breaching the 5,800 mark. spect legitimate projects even if they
The Philippine Peso also appreci- originated under his successor, or the
ated by as much as 6 percent this year need to consider Charter change if
and is projected to gain even more only to eliminate the vestiges of an
strength in the coming year. antiquated economic nationalism left
“These positive indicators are un- over from the previous millennium.
derpinned by an administration that ***
has maintained fiscal discipline, initi- For comparison now with the Pal-
ated reforms to ramp up quality public ace press release, consider the ex-
spending, and invested heavily in both cerpts below from the New Year’s
social and physi- message of former
cal infrastructure. President Arroyo:
This is manifested “We are ending
in the 2.006 trillion the year with our
peso General Ap- One is a Palace future brightened
propriations Act for
2013, 10.5 percent
press release; the by the continuing
vindication of over
higher than the 2012 other is a message a decade of hard
budget. The 2013 work by our coun-
GAA continues the from a former trymen and their
Aquino administra-
tion’s tradition of an
on-time passage of
the budget—elimi-
President. leaders….
“The New Year
2013 invites us to
continue unfinished
Unsolicited advice
nating leak-prone work even as we reconsideration. The major health- call for their ouster has been politically
reenactments and showing the determi- brace for new challenges. We are con- related issue in 2012 was the algebraic motivated and come from a very small
nation of government to ensure that ev- cerned that the slogan of anti-corruption increase in HIV/AIDS infections— circle of vocal critics. Not true at all.
ery peso of the budget is spent wisely.” still remains to be validated by mea- BONG C. we’ve more than tripled infection rates There were also calls for the ouster of
And here are just a couple of real- surable progress, and continues to be AUSTERO in the country and everyone else has Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz and
ity checks to keep in mind:
• It was in the previous decade that
mocked by the abuse of political power
to favor those on the inside while per- ARE WE THERE YET? raised the alarm. International agencies
have pressed the alarm button and local
even that of Bureau of Internal Revenue
Commissioner Kim Henares, among
the three pillars were laid for growth, secuting those on the other side. The AS I write, the whole neighborhood is activists have been shouting themselves others. Those calls have not been picked
low inflation, and a strong currency. promise of ideas like PPP remains to hoarse trying to get the government’s up by pundits because there is no doubt
surprisingly quiet. Around this time
One: “dollar-izing” the economy be realized by the actual start, let alone attention to address the rising rates that Baldoz and Henares may have critics
through the rapid expansion of the in the past, we would already be half-
completion, of new projects that will deaf and the dogs and cats in the house of infections. But Ona has remained but they are doing their jobs effectively.
overseas Filipino workers community improve upon the substantial infrastruc-
abroad and the business process out- would have already been whimpering oblivious. Not only has Ona failed to These two ladies have been fair and
ture we have already built.
sourcing sector at home. Two: stabi- in fear from the continuous explosion provide leadership in the fight against square in most of their decisions.
“The fiscal stability and macro-
lizing public finances through higher economic resilience that was first of firecrackers and the blare of HIV/AIDS, he has on many occasions Henares, however, need to listen to
E-VAT rates, which are now funding achieved on my watch still remains loudspeakers set at maximum decibels. displayed blatant lack of empathy and employers and the labor sector. The
the huge government budgets that the to be translated into more foreign di- It seems government has finally made understanding of the issues around National Tripartite Industrial Peace
press release is boasting about. And rect investments that will ultimately some headway in terms of regulating the HIV/AIDS. Council has been trying to dialogue
three: the continuing effectiveness of deliver the inclusive growth that the sale of firecrackers although it is still too The onset of a New Year is a good with the BIR commissioner in the last
the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas as the business sector and the impoverished early to make a definitive assessment. time to take stock of what really needs year. We need to seriously revisit the
country’s inflation watchdog. This is three million unemployed Filipinos We would know by midnight if we have to be done to move this country moving way income taxation is being done in
the momentum that President Aquino are still waiting for. To do this, we will finally succeeded in reducing casualties forward. The President can start by the country today; the current policies
was lucky to inherit, despite all his have to demonstrate a healthy respect from firecrackers. relieving Ona of his post and putting are just not in sync anymore with
manufactured moaning about the so- for contracts, a practical understand- It just takes political will and yes, in place someone who can do the job economic conditions.
called “problems” he was left with. ing of how free markets operate, and a providing healthy alternatives such as better. The President himself needs to
• The stock market boom is fu- willingness to adhere to genuine eco- designating areas where people can The other cabinet member that needs recognize that one of the key reasons
elled by “hot money”—portfolio nomic data and not just propaganda. go to watch government-sponsored to be relieved of his post is Agrarian why the economy has performed well
investments that can just as quickly “Most of all, we pray that true jus- countdowns and magnificent fireworks Reform secretary Virgilio de los Reyes. during his term is because of the high
melt away whenever risk-adjusted tice be administered to all without displays. I remain ambivalent about De los Reyes’s ineffectiveness in the level of industrial peace in the country.
yields abroad improve. There are two bias and prejudice. the wisdom of Department of Health post has become a matter of public Baldoz needs to be given credit for
questions we should really be asking. “These are the challenges that face record. He tried to fudge the facts this major accomplishment. But the
spokesperson’s Eric Tayag making a
One, what is the administration doing our leadership, even as the rest of us making it appear that 2012 was a banner efforts of both employers and the labor
to manage down the peso in order to spectacle of himself dancing Gangnam
hope that we may still reap the rewards Style in all his public appearances in year for the department, but even sector also deserve recognition. Sadly,
spare our OFW’s and exporters? And of the momentum for advancement that
two, what is the administration doing an effort to convince people that there the employees of the department are the President has not even deigned to
has brought us so far ahead over the last
to take advantage of the peso while it are other ways to greet the New Year contesting de los Reyes’s claims. The meet with the two sectors except for
decade. May Divine Providence bless
is still strong? This is the time when us with a New Year that will bring us in style; but hey, if his antics are truly performance of the department under his a token audience in last year’s Labor
dollar debt should be refinanced into to the realization of our hopes and the successful in getting people to sit up and watch has been dismal; even the Union Day celebration. During his first Labor
pesos, foreign direct investments prosperity of our country.” listen, I will be the last to complain. of the department has openly asked Day celebration as President, Aquino
should be flooding in, government *** One wishes Tayag’s boss, Health de los Reyes to “cut cleanly.” If the expressed his desire to meet with the two
should be spending on major infra- And a Happy New Year to you too, Secretary Enrique Ona, were more President is truly serious in keeping the sectors on a regular basis—he proposed
structure capex instead of politically dear reader! accessible and is actually seen doing promises he made during the campaign, a quarterly meeting. The employers and
motivated dole programs like condi- his job. In fact, Ona is one of two particularly on agrarian reform, de los the labor sector are still waiting for the
tional cash transfers. Cabinet members of this administration Reyes simply has to go. President to make good his promise.
whose appointment really needs Ona and de los Reyes claim that the Happy New Year!


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Adelle Chua, Editor Opinion TUESDAY JANUARY 1, 2013 A5

The law against Bucket list

money laundering DANILO
current monetary values and inflation.
The penalties are increased and it
also empowers Barangay Captains
are at the frontline of public service.
They all take the brunt of our
constituents’ complaints. They are the
first to rush to the scene in emergency
AML Council, several billions of of each locality so that they will be
pesos worth in value of Ongpin’s listed more accountable in securing Coconut situations. As a veteran politician, I
EMIL company stocks have vanished into thin trees in their area from illegal cutting. know firsthand the danger to life and
P. JURADO air. Freezing of one’s bank accounts is NEW Year is when we ring out the old, Coconut trees are at the heart of a limb that these frontliners are exposed

TO THE POINT regarded also by the Philippine investing and ring in the new. It is that time of vital Philippine industry. The coconut to. And yet, under the present Local
public as a serious matter. the year when we give thanks for the industry is a dominant sector of Government Code, barangay officials,
Still, I’m amazed at the resiliency of blessings of the outgoing year and pray Philippine agriculture. Consider that including tanods and members of
I AM surprised that outgoing Senator Ongpin as a businessman. He remains for divine favor for the upcoming year. of the country’s 12 million hectare the Lupon Tagapamayapa, are only
Joker Arroyo is opposing amendments bullish about the economy since he On this very day we reflect and plan, of farmlands, 3.1 million hectare is entitled to honoraria and have no fixed
to the Anti-Money Laundering Law continues to invest in high-end projects hence the proliferation of New Year’s devoted to coconut. Sixty-eight out monthly salaries. It pains me to see
which in its present form is prone to through Alphaland, which he chairs. resolutions. Some are humorous and of 79 provinces are coconut areas and hardworking people who have served
abuse, mainly for political purposes. The most preposterous accusation made with no intention of keeping them. 25 million Filipinos are directly or their communities well, some for thirty
An example of this is the freeze order, thrown at him is that his DBP loans Some come with the grit of experience indirectly dependent on the coconut or forty years, come up empty handed
issued on December 6, 2012 by the were behest because of his friendship and are made to improve oneself. Only industry. The industry is among the when their productive years are over. It is
Court of Appeals, on the bank accounts with former First Gentleman Mike time will tell if these are kept or not, and top five net foreign exchange earners, high time we recognize their dedication
of businessman Roberto V. Ongpin. Arroyo. In jurisprudence, a loan can recycled for the following year.
This is upon the ex-parte (one party) averaging almost $760 million per year to their work and their service to the
only be behest when it is in default, and While resolutions are kept and on the strength of our having 59 percent community. Kudos to Senator Marcos
petition of the anti-Money Laundering not been fully paid. But records show tossed by the young with nary a
Council. share in the world’s coconut exports. for sponsoring this measure on the
that Ongpin’s DBP loans were not only
To date, this freeze order against fully paid. They were in fact paid before
thought, we in the prime of our life seek Considering these statistics, our current Senate floor in record time.
accomplishments which will define law should be updated to protect the As I have already mentioned,
Ongpin and some 30 others, mostly maturity. DBP suffered no injury since, us for future generations. One of my tree at the center of this industry. If these two legislative proposals have
innocent people, stands despite appeals as I mentioned earlier, it even profited
from Ongpin’s lawyers and an open favorite movies is The Bucket List, this amendatory act is not passed passed the scrutiny of the House of
by some P1.4 billion. All this was made
court hearing on Dec. 18. possible by Ongpin. which stars Morgan Freeman and Jack immediately, there is a big chance that Representatives and are now pending
This is distressful That’s why I find it Nicholson. The film deals with a wish the entire industry will collapse. I have on second reading at the Senate. I
on the part of the surprising that Senator list before one “kicks the bucket.” In it on good authority that coco lumber is know in my heart of hearts that our
businessman, who has Arroyo should oppose a not-so-morbid setting, I also have a now the favorite substitute for hardwood counterparts at the higher chamber
been responsible for bucket list before I finish my third term and it is now the target of illegal logging also agree in principle at the policies
the entry of billions It is prone to the amendments to
the AMLA Law when as a legislator. I filed two bills which are in most provinces. behind my two bills. Only the nitty
of dollars worth of
foreign investments.
abuse, especially it is now being shown
that the AML Council
very close to my heart, both of which
were passed on third reading by the
The second, House Bill No. 137,
intends to set aside 1 percent from
gritty remains to be tackled. We only
have a total of six regular session
Most importantly, this for political has been abusing it House of Representatives. They are the Internal Revenue Allotment of days left before Congress adjourns
has resulted in “serious just to put down a now pending on Second Reading at the
reputational damage” purposes. businessman, whose Senate.
local governments to answer for the
Retirement Pay of all elected and
for the campaign period. My wish is
that these two bills be passed during
on Ongpin since he only crime is to be a The first one, House Bill No. 6131, appointed Barangay Officials, including the 15th Congress as a legacy gift for
also has businesses friend of the former intends to strengthen the original Barangay Tanods, Health Workers, and future generations.
outside the country. First Gentleman. Coconut Preservation Act (R.A. 8048) members of the Lupon Tagapamayapa. I wish everyone a productive and
Let’s rewind a bit on this case: The Ongpin in fact wrote a letter to Joker by updating the fees involved to reflect
Anti-Money Laundering Council on Dec. These barangay officials and employees successful 2013!
and gave copies to all the members of
6 in an ex-parte (without hearing Ongpin’s the Senate how the AML Council picked
side) petitioned the Court of Appeals to

Challenges in 2013
on him for harassment and persecution.
freeze his personal accounts as well as ***
the accounts of some people associated With the emergence of young
with him, including certain personnel senatorial aspirants this coming 2013
of the state-owned Development of the mid-term elections, it’s becoming
Philippines, who were clearly innocent continues to be a concern and officials, it is important to ensure that
clear that the next Senate would be DEAN TONY
bystanders to the never-ending saga of dominated by young blood. And Santa LA VIÑA impunity remains a problem. While this exercise is honest and credible

Ongpin’s alleged behest loans. Banana, gone are the likes of Joker the civilian government generally and conducted with the minimum
There is no basis for the freeze order, Arroyo, Edong Angara, Ping Lacson respects human rights, some security of violence. Once again, we will be
however, since Ongpin has not been and of course, Miriam Santiago. Senate forces, particularly the Philippine resorting to automation in this election.
charged, much less convicted, of any President Juan Ponce Enrile will also be IN A disaster-prone country, typhoon National Police and the Armed It is very important that this works and
crime! This is plain harassment, if you out of the Senate by 2016. Pablo stood out in the magnitude of Forces, continue to commit human in a way that is not questioned by the
ask me. The dominance of the young in the destruction and loss of lives. With rights violations. Long-standing electorate. But the major challenge
Strangely, though, the ex-parte Senate augurs well for the Senate, which more than a thousand casualties human rights concerns, including continues to be how our politicians
petition of the AMLC was signed by remains as the counter-balance of the accounted for and hundreds still forced disappearances, extrajudicial conduct themselves in the campaign
the Bangko Sentral’s deputy governor, executive department. This simply means missing, the effects of the catastrophic killing, torture and arbitrary arrests of and how we the people respond to
Nestor Espenilla. that new ideas will crop up. Indeed the typhoon will be felt for years to come leftist activists, journalists and petty them. Already, the election fireworks
This is the same Espenilla who stated young have the vision and idealism that especially in the affected areas. criminals, remain although arguably have begun with the Cebu events
in unequivocal terms during the Senate we need to craft newer and better laws. Rehabilitation will be hard, slow on a much lower scale as in previous involving Governor Gwen Garcia and
hearing on the Ongpin issue that the *** and painstaking. With the onslaught years. But one killing or unlawful her suspension from office.
loans from DBP, totaling P560 million, I predicted it from the start: That the of worsening climate change, arrest is one killing and unlawful A year-ender review would not
were not only above board but also two existing political coalitions will end the country will be facing more
profitable for the DBP. The bank in fact arrest too many. In general, the failure be complete without mentioning the
up quarreling with each other because of destructive climate disturbances.
made P1.4 billion from the transaction. to prosecute military personnel and Manny Pacquiao defeat at the hands
diverse interests. The challenge is to institute effective
In fact, the BSP and the Monetary For one thing, with the Liberal Party human rights violators implicated of Juan Miguel Marquez. It was a loss
Board approved the acquisition by mitigation and adaptation measures in such killings and abductions that grated painfully on the national
dominating with the most representation
Ongpin of the Philippine Bank of to prepare us for more erratic weather despite strong evidence against them psyche. For years, Pacquiao lorded it
in Congress, the choice of administration
Communications. This would not have candidates in the local level will create patterns that will spawn crisis after is a stain in the good record of this over his opponents which earned him
been possible if Ongpin had violated problems and intramurals. Even now, crisis. The threat of natural disasters administration. High profile fugitives, an aura of invincibility. He united and
banking laws. the Nacionalist People’s coalition is coupled with the poverty of many like General Jovito Palparan and inspired a nation, and lifted the sagging
Again during the hearing on Dec. 18, agitated because of the charges brought of our people is the most serous former Palawan Gov. Joel Reyes and spirits of the Filipinos whenever he
2012, the Office of the Solicitor General against NPC reelectionist Pangasinan challenge we face in 2013 and his brother, former Coron Mayor Mario was on the ring. Whether or not he will
admitted in open court that Ongpin Gov. Amado Espino for getting some probably beyond. Reyes, remain at large. Sadly, the arrest redeem himself at some future time,
didn’t owe the government a single P900 million in jueteng money. The With the approval by the Senate of the Reyes brothers was recently one thing is inescapable—all good
centavo since all his loans from DBP beneficiary against this charge against on last and final reading, the freedom overtaken by the Court of Appeals’ things must come to an end. Accepting
had been fully paid some years ago. And Espino is the Liberal Party candidate for of information bill enters a critical decision to invalidate the second panel this and moving on is going to tough
yet, Santa Banana, the gods of the AML governor, Hernani Braganza. stage. The challenge is to see the which was created to re-investigate the for the country.
Council and the Court of Appeals froze Then we have the suspension of Cebu final passage of the FOI bill that will murder of Gerry Ortega. High profile After all that is said and done, why
Ongpin’s accounts, plus the accounts of Governor Gwen Garcia whose father concretize the constitutional mandate cases also remain unresolved like the we should greet 2013 with joy and
many others. is House Deputy Speaker. To rub salt provided by Article III, section 7 of Dacer-Corbito murder case whose celebration. By and large, the year 2012
Insofar as Ongpin is concerned, I on the wound, Cabinet Secretary Rene the 1987 Constitution that recognizes prime suspect, former police colonel was a year fruitful one for us. It is a
know full well he can survive with the Almendra’s sister, Agnes Magpale, a “the right of the people to information Michael Ray Aquino, was allowed to year fraught with learning experiences
freeze order. Still, that order has caused Liberal, was appointed acting governor. on matters of public concern.” The bill walk free with his release from the —either from the good or from the bad.
him irreparable reputational damage There are two ways of looking was first introduced as early as 1992
in the Philippines since he was in the National Bureau of Investigation’s In the end, it is our people’s unwavering
at all these. One, Interior and Local by then-Pangasinan Rep. Oscar Orbos detention cell. Again, the challenge faith in the providence of the Almighty
middle of organizing investments close Government Secretary Mar Roxas, the
to $1 billion. The investors suddenly President’s pointman in these two cases,
and since then various lawmakers have for the present administration is to God and the firm belief in ourselves
withdrew for obvious reason. In filed several versions. The measure take credible measures to eradicate that enabled us to survive the travails
is preparing for the 2016 presidential
international business, the freezing of elections against Vice President Jojo
mandates that government agencies impunity and make significant progress of the past year and to confidently face
one’s bank accounts is a very serious Binay. Note that both Pangasinan grant access to information within in promoting human rights in the the challenges and savor the blessings
matter. It implies that the person and Cebu are vote-rich provinces. 15 days after receiving a request for country. of the coming year.
whose accounts have been frozen has Two, Malacañang is also aiming to it. Government agencies must also Perhaps, the most serious challenge Happy New Year to all!
committed or has been convicted of a control other vote-rich provinces, like explain before the courts why it would we face in 2013 is the coming mid-
serious criminal act. Pampanga, Cavite and Quezon. not release requested information. term elections this May. As we choose Facebook Page: Dean Tony La Viña
With this abuse committed by the So, what else is new? The human rights situation our next Congress and set of local Twitter: tonylavs

Letter to a dear friend
Dear Cynthia, the years, we would tell ourselves we said “Cynthia this is your year—you enough not to just come barging your mission in life and now God
were blessed. God was there and we survived cancer—we have doubled into your home when your wish has willed that you would start your
People say that souls have around agreed He would provide us with our your pay because you were given was to be left alone until you journey to eternal life. It was truly a
40 days before they finally leave this needs all the time. We prayed a lot for another project to handle and you have were well enough to see us. blessed life and 2012 a blessed year
earth and I believe so. I am writing the success of our office and you were regained all your hair.” There was another call you made for you.
you this letter in the hope that you can my number one prayer warrior. We did So we had a priest bless the office to your best friend in the office, Rest well now, friend. We will miss
still take a peek and feel happy that it Cyn, didn’t we? and to pray for thanksgiving for you Irene Tabalno, when you said you you but now we know we have an
you have reaffirmed our respect and We were two extremely different but you were very quiet. I didn’t see wanted to see both of us so you angel up there praying for all of us as
love for you. persons but we jived well—I would you happy or rejoicing then. I didn’t can hug us. Again, you wanted it we pray for your peace, down here.
I remember the first time you came have temper flare-ups but you were know—in fact no one among us who in your own time. And that time
to work for us. I had two partners always there to soothe me. You were were happy for you that day knew that never came. Love,
then and we were badly in need of a the cool one who was always there to you felt something going wrong inside Cynthia, farewell friend! We Sylvia
good accountant and, one day, you support me in everything I did. You you, Cyn. were hopeful you would come back
came in to work for us. You were very disciplined misbehaving staff and You disappeared from the office to us. When I said 2012 was your Sylvia Europa-Pinca is President
reserved, very prim and proper but taught them how to be honest and in October. There was a news year—I did not mean you would die and CEO of Europa Public Relations
along the way, we became friends. We trustworthy. black out. You did not want us to this year—I meant this was the year
would speak in our native tongue— One day you got sick of breast come see you. But I remembered you have attained life’s best. But
there were just the two of us who can cancer, lost all your hair but you tried two calls you made—one to come to think of it, Cyn, maybe in
speak Ilocano and I would speak to to be very upbeat. After your surgery, apologize for being absent which I our subconscious that was what that
you when I would rage against one of you would still come to the office said was okay with me. At the end statement meant—2012 was your JOJO
my partners. and leave in the afternoons for your of the call you said “I love you, year—the year you would meet our A. ROBLES
Then, one day, my husband and
I decided to put up our own agency
and I asked you to join me and you
chemotherapy and then voila, you
were very well again. You grew back
your hair and regained all the lost
Ms. Sylvs.” To tell you the truth,
I was alarmed then because you
were never an expressive person.
Creator because you have reached
life’s peak—Kris, your daughter, has
married a good man and Louie, your
immediately said yes. You were the weight. You were well for six months All of us wanted to come see you husband, knows how much you have
perfect finance officer for us and over and on your birthday in September I immediately—but I respected you loved him. I believe you have fulfilled

A6 TUESDAY JANUARY 1, 2013 ManilaStandardToday News

Another alien amnesty law eyed

By Maricel V. Cruz

FOREIGNERS who have stayed illegal-

ly in the country before June 30, 2000
may be granted legal residence status
under a proposed law amending Com-
monwealth Act 613, or the Philippine
Immigration Act of 1940.
If passed into law, it would be will be granted legal residence
the second time the Philippines status upon compliance with the
would grant an amnesty for il- provisions of the proposed act.
legal aliens after the passage of The bill seeks to define the
Republic Act 7919, or the Alien country’s immigration policy to
Social Integration Act of 1995. foreigners who wish to come,
House Bill 3591, authored by thereby legalizing their stay
former immigration commis- in the Philippines through a
sioner and incumbent Cagayan process that would be less ex-
de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, pensive, more practical, more
provides that foreigners who humanitarian and, in the long
have entered the Philippines pri- run, more mutually beneficial to
or to June 30, 2000 can avail of them and their host country.
the bill if enacted into law. Under the measure, the gov-
The measure, which had been ernment also stands to benefit in
pending before the House com- terms of revenues in the form of
mittee on justice, also seeks to application fees and other related
address the problem of illegal fees, which, in turn, can be used
aliens who are engaged in crimi- to support the numerous projects
nal activities in the country. and services of the government.
“The bill will also shield the The bill provides that those
Philippines from foreign crimi- who seek entry into the country,
Countdown to 2013. Workers put the final touches to a stage that was put up at the Ayala Triangle in Makati City for a New Year’s Ever nal elements using the country’s whether on a permanent or tem-
countdown that was held on Monday. SONNY ESPIRITU territory to engage in terrorism, porary basis, are subject to stan-
human smuggling and traffick- dards of admission, which do not

Metro Manila needs 224 new policemen ing and other criminal activi-
ties,” said Rodriguez, former
Immigration commissioner.
discriminate in a manner consis-
tent with internationally recog-
nized human rights and freedoms.
By Ferdinand Fabella ad hoc screening committees that will process Asis said the NCRPO and Luzon-based ap- Rodriguez, member for the major- “The purpose of this bill is to
the mandatory minimum requirements and oth- plicants should apply personally at the Office ity of the House committee on revi- mandate the immigration agency
THE National Capital Regional Police Of- er documents submitted by applicants. of the Regional Personnel and Records Man- sion of laws, said the bill promotes to run after undesirable aliens, who,
fice needs 224 new policemen to strengthen “We are looking forward to achieve the agement Division at the NCRPO headquarters international order and justice by de- because of their nefarious activities
its anti-criminality drive in Metro Manila ideal police-to-population ratio. These addi- in Camp Bagong Diwa, Bicutan Taguig City. nying aliens the use of Philippine ter- in the country, pose a clear and pres-
in 2013, according to Metro Manila police tional personnel will be a big help in field- Interested applicants must have appropri- ritory in promoting terrorist and other ent danger to national security, pub-
chief Director Leonardo Espina. ing more police officers in the streets and ate eligibilities for PO1 from the National criminal activities. lic safety, public health and national
Espina said the 224 vacancies for police of- keep the community safe,” the chief of the Police Commission, Professional Regulatory Under the bill, aliens who interest,” Rodriguez said.
ficer 1 will be filled up to satisfy the NCRPO’s 17,000-strong NCRPO said. Commission or the Civil Service Commis- stayed in the country illegal- Rodriguez said there is a need
supplemental quota for the last quarter of 2012. Recruitment for PO1 in the Philippine Na- sion, he added. ly and who have entered the to adopt clearer but stricter rules
Of the 224 slots, 100 are allotted for appli- tional Police is open to all qualified men and “Applicants must not have been dishonor- country prior to June 30, 2000, and regulations on immigration
cants who are residents of the National Capi- women who are not less than 21 but not more ably discharged from military employment excluding those who already to protect the security and safety
tal Region while 124 are for Luzon-based than 30 years old, holder of any baccalaure- or on AWOL or Dropped from rolls of the availed in good faith of the ben- of the Filipino people without
applicants, according to Espina. ate degree, and with good moral character, PNP service or dismissed for cause from any efits of Executive Order 324 and jeopardizing government efforts
Espina said the NCRPO has started its prepa- NCRPO Human Resources chief, Senior civilian position in the government,” Asis Republic Act 7919 whose appli- to attract foreign legitimate in-
ration for the activation of city and municipal Supt. Arthur Felix Asis said. pointed out. cation has been duly approved vestors and tourists.

DOJ report on pyramiding scam probe out Jan. 4 IN BRIEF

By Rey E. Requejo by victims against Amalilio and his men. attend the hearings and submit counter- hearings in this case was relatively Tire fire teams fielded
The criminal raps against Amalilio affidavit as a waiver of his right to an- faster than the earlier syndicated estafa THE Metropolitan Manila Development
THE Department of Justice is set to and other officials of Aman Futures swer the charges. complaints investigated by the DOJ. Authority on Monday fielded a fleet of
promulgate a resolution on January 4 was subjected to a preliminary investi- It took the panel just six weeks to com- President Aquino earlier directed the its own fire trucks to help the Bureau of
recommending the criminal prosecu- gation at the DOJ on Nov. 27 and Dec. plete the hearings after the preliminary DOJ to immediately file the case in Fire Protection contain fires caused by
tion of Filipino-Malaysian business- 27 and one in Pagadian City, where investigation was transferred to the DOJ court to be able to secure arrest war-
deliberate torching of tires in the streets.
man Manuel Amalilio and other of- most complainants and respondents re- from the Pagadian City prosecutor’s of- rants, which could be used to bring
side, last Dec. 17. fice. The investigation process, under Chairman Francis Tolentino said the
ficials of Aman Futures Group Phils. Amalilio back to the country and also
Inc. in connection with the P12-billion Amalilio, who is allegedly in Kota the law, should be completed in 60 days prevent other respondents from fleeing. agency’s fire trucks will be working
Ponzi scam that duped some 15,000 Kinabalu, Malaysia, failed to appear from the filing of the complaints. Apart from the resolution, which will with fire fighters to ensure the safety of
investors from Visayas and Mindanao. in any of the hearings to answer the Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said resolve whether or not there is prob- New Year’s Eve revelers.
A member of the DOJ panel of pros- charges despite notices sent to his ad- there was a “slight delay” in the investiga- able cause to indict the respondents in “We know BFP will have its hands
ecutors made the disclosure on Monday dresses, including his house in Cebu. tion because of late reply of Fernando Luna, court, the DOJ panel is also expected full in monitoring Metro Manila dur-
after the investigating body concluded its Prosecution lawyer Mark Roland Este- president of Aman and allegedly Amalilio’s to decide on the bids of Luna and other ing the New Year’s Eve revelries. Our
preliminary investigation into the initial pa, a member of the investigating panel, right-hand man, and his wife Nimfa. nominal executives of Aman to become fire trucks and trained personnel will be
set of syndicated estafa complaints filed said they considered Amalilio’s failure to However, she said the pace of the state witnesses. on 24-hour alert,” he said, reiterating
his appeal to the public to refrain from
burning tires in the street.

Father Jim goes Burning tires also damage road sur-

faces, especially asphalt, he noted. Aside
from its fire trucks, the agency’s Rescue
home to Maker Unit and Road Emergency Group was
also deployed on alert to respond to all
types of emergencies during the New
By Joyce Pañares Year’s Eve celebrations, Tolentino said.
AMERICAN Jesuit priest James B. Reuter died shortly Rio N. Araja
after noon of Monday due to multiple organ failure. He
was 95 years old and would have turned 96 in May.
Reuter, known as Father Jim to generations of Filipi-
Plastics ban starts today
nos, died at 12:51 p.m. at the Our Lady of Peace Hos- MAKATI City will start the full imple-
pital in Parañaque City. mentation of the citywide plastic ban
He was born in Pennsylvania on May 21, 1916 and starting Jan. 1.
first arrived as a 22-year-old seminarian in 1938. Re- Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr.
uter was imprisoned along with 2,000 other Americans said commercial establishments had un-
at a prisoner-of-war camp in Los Baños, Laguna dur- til Dec. 31 to use up all their remaining
ing the Japanese Occupation. stocks of plastic and polystyrene materials
He returned to the United States in 1945, but relo- before the city implements the ordinance
cated permanently in the Philippines in 1948 when that carries fines of up to P5,000.
he began a career in radio and television as a spiritual Once the plastic ban fully takes effect
guide and championed the Family Rosary Crusade of
in 2013, individual violators will be fined
fellow American priest Patrick Peyton.
In 1986, he was bestowed the Ramon Magsaysay Award for P1,000 or imprisoned for five days to 30
Journalism, Literature and Creative Communication Arts. days, or both, the city government said.
“From the time he first came to this country before On the other hand, an errant corpo-
World War II as a young Jesuit novice, to his passing after ration or establishment will be fined
a lingering illness today, Fr. James B. Reuter found happi- P5,000 or the owner may be imprisoned
ness and fulfillment in his priestly vocation in the Philip- Her’s to a bountiful new year. A vendor hangs fruits at his makeshift stall in Binondo, Manila on from 30 days to a year, or both at the
pines,” Malacañang Palace said in a statement. Monday to symbolize hopes of a better new year. LINO SANTOS court’s discretion.
Ordinance No. 2003-095 or the Solid
Waste Management Code of Makati

No casualties in Albay despite Quinta flash floods prohibits the sale, distribution and use
of plastic bags as primary and secondary
packaging for dry goods, or as second-
LEGAZPI CITY—Albay posted another during disasters, which are now widely updating, which served us well when the of typhoon advisories: no crossing, no ary packaging for wet goods.
Zero Casualty record by evacuating some adopted disaster risk reduction strategies. rains came in torrentially and unremit- sailing, avoid low lying areas, and prepa- Binay pointed out that the ban will
2,513 families out of harm’s way, when Rainfall reached a peak of 19.8 mm tingly, just when Quinta was supposed to ration for evacuation of families living also be imposed on the sale, distribution
torrential rains brought about by Typhoon within seven hours of continuous tor- be already far away,” he added. in identified flood prone areas, despite or use of polystyrene and other materi-
Quinta triggered landslides and flashfloods rential bursts, or “an accumulated “The result was that our people were Pagasa’s lifting of the storm signal. als with non-biodegradable components
in at least five towns in the province. 138.3 mm heaviest” towards the morn- well-informed of the possible scenarios Evacuation was carried out mainly that are being used as food, drinks, din-
Albay Gov. Joey S. Salceda said they ing of Thursday. Paradoxically, the and were not surprised when the unex- through local initiatives of town and ing utensils and beverage containers.
kept their Zero Casualty record through torrents came after Storm Warning # 1 pected torrents happened. They cooperated barangay officials. The Albay Public Since June this year, the city govern-
continuous public warning, hazards had already been lifted by Pagasa and smoothly when our local leaders decided Safety and Emergency Management ment has deployed 45 teams from the
monitoring and preemptive evacuation people thought the disaster was over. they need to evacuate. Thus, zero casualty Office responded only to specific re- Plastic Monitoring Task Force to check
initiated by communities themselves. Salceda said the climate had become was achieved,” the governor stressed. quests for assistance, particularly in on the compliance of establishments to
The governor has pioneered the Zero so volatile, mostly on the negative side Salceda said they insisted on the con- rescuing residents trapped by floods in the guidelines. Ferdinand Fabella
Casualty goal and preemptive evacuation of the spectrum. “We made continuous tinuous reiteration and implementation Legazpi City and in Polangui town.
Riera U. Mallari, Editor Sports TUESDAY JANUARY 1, 2013 A7

to train PH to host world skating meet
abroad for IN 2013, the Philippine Skating Union
will make an effort to develop budding
the Philippines has been desig-
nated by the ISU as the hub for
clinched the national senior
men’s and women’s champion-
will undergo further training
and be sent to other interna-

6 months
the development of the sport in ships, respectively, for the sec- tional competitions as well.
skaters at the junior level. the world,” said Veguillas. ond time last November. Bulanhagui, who will soon
Filipino American standouts The 22-year-old Caluza found move to Korea where she gets
By Peter Atencio PSU president Pocholo Veguil- years old and below. Christopher Caluza and Melis- little opposition from ailing lo- married next year, had the best
las said they will have the op- So far, 12 countries have sig- sa Bulanhagui will again see cal star Michael Martinez as he routine when she executed the
NATIONAL athletes from portunity do this after the Inter- nified their intention to join, and action for the Philippines in the ruled the men’s division with triple flip-double, toe-double
13 sports disciplines will national Skating Union granted most of them are from the South- Four Continents Figure Skating 187.28 points, while Bulanhagui loop combo in the long pro-
initially be sent abroad in them the hosting rights of the east Asian and the Latin Ameri- Championships in Osaka from showed consistent form in taking gram, which she did to the tune
the next six months to help World Developmental Figure can regions. Feb. 6 to 11. the top honors in the distaff side. of Rockmaninov.
them prepare for upcoming Skating Championships this Veguillas added that most of If they make it to the top 24 Caluza’s rival Maverick Clint She will be accompanied by
international meets. April. the participating nations are just in the rankings, the two will be Eguia will join him in Osaka, Fil-Italian Zhaira Costiniano,
Philippine Sports Com- Countries which are starting to beginning to have skating rinks able to see action in the World and so will Martinez. who once again settled for sec-
mission chairman Ricardo develop ice skating are joining. in their countries. Championships. Veguillas explained that the ond behind Bulanhagui with
“Richie” Garcia said this Most of the participants are 18 “We got the hosting rights after Caluza and Bulanhagui highest scorer among the three 98.34 points. Peter Atencio
as the agency stressed the
need to make national ath-
letes more competitive.
The athletes involved
will not only be exposed
Redskins win NFC East
to international competi- LANDOVER, Md.—“R-G-3!’’ Griffin, sporting a black baseball
tions, they will be there to was all Redskins fans needed to cap commemorating the title. “So
under intensive training as chant when they wanted to ex- I stand before you at 22, and the
well. press their love for Robert Griffin Redskins are the NFC East cham-
Garcia said the national III. For the lesser-known rookie, pions. To me, talking to Alfred af-
athletes belong to the sports they opted for his whole name: ter the game, it’s the first time the
of archery, bowling, futsal, “Alf-red Mor-ris!’’ Redskins have been champs since
gymnastics, karatedo, rug- It’s a new generation that has ‘99 and we came in and we did it
by, shooting, taekwondo, Washington atop the NFC East in one year. The sky’s the limit for
wushu and wrestling. for the first time this millennium. this team.’’
The agency is set to first There’s Griffin—the vocal lead- Griffin, gradually regaining his
fund the trips of national er, the first-round draft pick, the explosiveness after spraining his
athletes to China and Iran. Heisman Trophy winner, the team right knee four weeks ago, ran
Garcia said a budget of captain. And there’s Morris—the for 63 yards and a touchdown for
P400 million has been al- out-of-nowhere sixth-rounder the Redskins (10-6), who finished
located for the country’s from Florida Atlantic who merely with seven straight wins after
preparation this year. ran for 200 yards and three touch- their bye week. They became the
But, P500 million is downs in the division-clincher first NFL team to rally from 3-6
needed for the whole year. and broke the franchise single- and make the playoffs since the
And they will have to get season rushing record. Jacksonville Jaguars in 1996.
the additional P100 mil- “These,’’ cornerback DeAn- With the running game work-
lion through other means, gelo Hall said, “aren’t ordinary ing so well, Griffin didn’t have to
most likely from private rookies.’’ throw much. He completed nine
sources. The Redskins claimed their of 18 passes for 100 yards.
Sports officials noted first division title since 1999, Washington will host Seattle
that neighboring Southeast beating the archrival Dallas next Sunday, the Redskins’ third
Asia countries are already Golf opener. Baguio Country Club President Atty. Federico R. Agcaoili follows the line of his ball Cowboys 28-18 Sunday night consecutive playoff game against
preparing early for inter- after teeing-off on Monday in the 13th Nanoy Cup golf tournament at the Baguio Country Club hole in a winner-take-all finale to end the Seahawks. They lost at Seattle
national meets by sending number 10. The golfest has the theme “Commemorating Atty. Potenciano ‘Nanoy’ Ilusorio’s 100th the NFL’s regular season. as a wild-card team in the 2005
their athletes abroad. Birth anniversary.” RICK REYES “I was 9 years old in 1999,’’ said and 2007 seasons. AP

Thomas carries Kings past Celtics, 118 to 96 Djokovic, Ana

SACRAMENTO, California—With
the rest of the Kings’ backcourt banged
able to do is kind of give us a little injec- bench and Jason Thompson scored 20
as Sacramento won its fourth straight
forward Kevin Garnett said. “For some help Serbia
turn back Italy
tion of the steam that we need. He’s done reason, we’ve gotten away from that.
up, Isaiah Thomas is making the most that, plus he’s making his shots.’’ home game. So we’re going to have to go back to
of his opportunity to start. Thomas got the chance to start in “We played a great game as a team,’’ our origins to figure it out.’’
Thomas scored 27 points in his second part because Aaron Brooks (left an- Thomas said. “We were very unselfish. The Kings were in control for most
start in the past six weeks and made one kle) and Tyreke Evans (left knee) are That usually happens when you’re un- of this game and then pulled away with PERTH, Australia—Novak Djokovic
of Sacramento’s two four-point plays in sidelined. The Kings also lost Marcus selfish and you’re playing aggressive - their long-range shooting in the fourth showed little sign of fatigue as he de-
the second half as the Kings handed the Thornton to a sprained left ankle dur- things start to open up.’’ quarter. James Johnson and Jimmer feated Andreas Seppi 6-3, 6-4 on Mon-
Boston Celtics their third straight lopsid- ing the game but it didn’t hurt them as The Celtics are going in the other direction Fredette made 3-pointers early in the day to give Serbia a 2-0 lead over Italy
ed loss on a California road swing, 118- they had their second-highest scoring after handily beating Brooklyn on Christmas fourth and then Salmons’ 3-pointer mid- at the Hopman Cup.
96 on Sunday night. game of the season and had at least 28 Day. They followed that win with a trip to way through the quarter off a pass from Djokovic arrived in Perth less than
“That guy has an infectious personal- assists for the fourth straight game. California to face the Los Angeles Clippers, Cousins gave the Kings a 100-84 lead. 24 hours before he stepped on court,
ity,’’ Kings coach Keith Smart said. ‘’He DeMarcus Cousins, in his second Golden State and Sacramento and got out- Cousins found Thomas for a long- but still had a straight-sets win to add
has that magnetism that brings players game back from a team suspension, scored by 69 points in losing all three to fall range shot on Sacramento’s next trip to Ana Ivanovic’s earlier 6-0, 6-4 vic-
and people around to him. He brought made Boston pay for its double teams by two games under .500. while being fouled by Paul Pierce. tory over Francesca Schiavone, giving
that energy to start the game off right posting 12 points, 10 rebounds and 10 “The reason why guys came back Thomas added the free throw for the Serbia a win in the group-stage clash of
with him in the starting lineup. All our assists for his first career triple-double. is because of what we built here and four-point play that made it 104-86 the mixed teams event.
guards do a great job, but what he’s been John Salmons added 23 points off the that we are known to defend,’’ Boston with 5 minutes to play. AP The two teams are in Group A, where
Australia won the opening contest over
Germany on Saturday when Andrea Pet-

Jimenez breaks leg skiing kovic had to retire from the singles and for-
feit the mixed after suffering a knee injury.
Meanwhile, Venus Williams and John
MADRID—Spanish golfer Miguel ing for Sky Sports and traveling Isner led the United States to a 2-1 vic-
Angel Jimenez has broken his right the world, which is starting to tory over South Africa on Sunday.
shinbone and will be sidelined for take its toll. He worries about Williams rallied to defeat 60th-ranked
up to five months. the day when his attention span Chanelle Scheepers 4-6, 6-2, 6-3. After
Jimenez said in a statement is short or he doesn’t care as Kevin Anderson beat Isner 7-6 (0), 7-6
Sunday that he had surgery on much as he once did. (5), the match came down to mixed dou-
his leg after injuring it while ski- ‘’It’s not there, but it’s coming,’’ bles. Williams and Isner beat the South
ing Saturday. Jimenez says ‘’I he said. ‘’I will never step away. I’ll Africans 6-3, 6-2 to clinch victory.
was playing well, but you have always teach. I love to teach.’’ Williams took some time to settle in
to take life as it comes.’’ The next morning, he was against an opponent who rallied well and
Jimenez was a vice captain on on the range at Quail Hollow hit the ball deep. Scheepers broke Wil-
Europe’s Ryder Cup-winning waiting for Phil Mickelson liams at love to serve for the first set. But
team in September. In Novem- to arrive. Gary Christian , a after that, the seven-time Grand Slam
ber, the 48-year-old Jimenez be- 40-year-old PGA Tour rookie champion looked increasingly comfort-
came the oldest European Tour from England, walked over able and began to play more aggressively.
winner by capturing his third and introduced himself. Chris- Williams clinched the second set when
Hong Kong Open title. He has tian said he was fascinated to Scheepers double-faulted. She then won
19 career European Tour titles. watch so many Americans use the first four games of the third.
Meanwhile, Butch Harmon the leading edge of the club on Williams was playing for the first time
was talking retirement in the wedge shots. They chatted for since winning at Luxembourg in mid-
spring. He turned 69 this year. a few minutes and after Chris- Serena Williams of the U.S. plays a shot during her first round match against Varvaro Lep- October.
A Vietnam War vet, he has been tian walked away, Harmon chenko of the U.S. during the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane, Austra- “I was just trying to find some rhythm
teaching most of his life, work- said, ‘’Who was that?’’ AP lia, Sunday. AP out there,’’ she said. “She’s obviously a
really good player having maintained a
Serena opens season with comfortable victory top-40, top-50 ranking the last couple
of years. She played a match yesterday,
too, so had an extra advantage. It felt
BRISBANE, Australia—Ser- had my 2012 rep on the line,’’ to get an early start, so just Open will have that same beat Carla Suarez Navarro of good out there.
ena Williams joked that since she said. ‘’I really needed to win in case I did have any pain, I thought. I think there is no Spain 6-3, 6-4 and will next “I’m not expecting to be perfect now, but
the calendar still read 2012, today so I could finish the year could have tomorrow off. But way that Victoria (Azarenka) meet Russia’s Anastasia Pav- I’m thinking that my game will get better
she needed to maintain this with still just the four losses. So everything was fine.’’ or Maria (Sharapova) or may- lyuchenkova, who beat Lucie every match. I think the doubles will help
year’s dominant form. that was important for me.’’ Williams said she didn’t be some other players don’t Hradecka of the Czech Repub- as well to hone everything. More than any-
The 15-time Grand Slam The third-ranked Williams believe in New Year’s resolu- feel the same way. So I think I lic 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. thing I was just so excited to be out there
champion opened her 2013 sea- didn’t show any signs of the tions. Goals are a different sto- definitely feel that way.’’ In other matches, Australian playing, and I’m ready to go for it.’’
son Sunday, and Williams needed minor surgery on her big ry, and she’s aiming to sweep And if that doesn’t hap- wild card Jarmila Gajdosova Spain beat France 2-1 after Fernando
less than an hour to beat fellow toes that forced her to with- the major tournaments. pen, she plans to give herself beat 16th-ranked Roberta Vinci Verdasco and Anabel Medina Garrigues
American Varvara Lepchenko draw from an exhibition in She held all four Grand Slam a few more years to attempt 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 to set up a second- won the mixed doubles against Jo-Wil-
6-2, 6-1 in the first round of the Thailand. She moved freely championships at one point, it. Her experience at the Lon- round match against Sharapova. fried Tsonga and Mathilde Johansson.
Brisbane International. throughout the match against winning the 2003 Australian don Olympics made her want Urszula Radwanska of Poland Tsonga beat Verdasco 7-5, 6-3 in the
Williams won 31 of her last the 21st-ranked Lepchenko. Open after claiming the French, to keep playing until the 2016 beat Tamira Paszek of Austria singles, and Medina Garrigues defeated
32 matches during the 2012 Williams saved five break Wimbledon and US Open titles Games in Rio. 2-6, 6-0, 6-2, and Slovakia’s Johansson 6-3, 6-2.
season, including titles at Wim- points in the first game as she in 2002. But she’s never com- Eight of the top 10 women Daniela Hantuchova had a 7-5, On Monday, top-ranked Novak
bledon, the Olympics, the U.S. adjusted to a strong breeze. pleted a season slam. are entered in the Brisbane In- 6-2 win over Lourdes Domin- Djokovic and former No. 1 player Ana
Open and the WTA Champion- “I was a little nervous, but “I think for me, absolutely,’’ ternational, with Azarenka and guez Lino of Spain. Ivanovic represent Serbia against the
ships. She was 58-4 overall. I was completely fine,’’ Wil- she said of whether it was pos- Sharapova getting byes in the Australia’s Samantha Stosur Italian team of Andreas Seppi and Franc-
“Tomorrow is the last day of liams said. “The doctor said I sible in 2013. ‘“I think maybe first round. was headlining the night ses- esca Schiavone. AP
the year, so technically I still would be fine. I was excited whoever wins the Australian Sixth-seeded Petra Kvitova sion Monday. AP

DETROIT 96 Milwaukee 94 6/55 45-01-11-42-36-23
6/45 05-17-13-08-01-23
San Antonio 111 DALLAS 86
SACRAMENTO 118 Boston 96
LA CLIPPERS 107 Utah 96 4 DIGITS 5-0-2-1
3 DIGITS 1-6-0
Manila Standard TODAY
Riera U. Mallari, Editor 2 EZ2 10-30

Clippers win
17 in a row
LOS ANGELES—After their 17th they’re going to keep coming out
and keep playing the same way.’’
consecutive victory gave them a perfect Actually, it’s just the opposite,
month, the Los Angeles Clippers finally according to Griffin, who said the
last month ‘’is the most fun I’ve
paused to admire their achievement. ever had playing basketball.’’
‘’You don’t really think about it
‘’We got something extremely and nine assists helped his team that much. We’re having a blast,’’
magical going on,’’ said Caron maintain the league’s best record he said about the streak. ‘’It’s not
Butler after the Clippers beat at 25-6. like it’s one of these things where
the Utah Jazz 107-96 on Sunday Butler led the Clippers with 29 it’s so much pressure.’’
night to become the third team in points despite not playing in the Al Jefferson scored 30 points -
NBA history to record a perfect fourth quarter and made all six of one off his season high - to lead
month. (See related NBA story his 3-pointers, including five in Utah, which fell victim for the
below, A7) the opening period. Jamal Craw- third time during the Clippers’
‘’When we win we usu- ford scored 11 of his 19 points in streak. The Jazz lost 116-114 on
ally jump up and down once or the fourth quarter. Blake Griffin Friday when the Clippers rallied
twice,’’ coach Vinny Del Negro piled up five fouls and was held from 19 points down, and they
said. ‘’Tonight we let them jump to seven points after getting dou- were beaten 105-104 on Dec. 3,
and down three or four times, so ble-teamed. both times at home.
everyone had their fill.’’ ‘’That shows our depth,’’ Paul ‘’It’s frustrating,’’ said Gordon
The Clippers went 16-0 in De- said. ‘’Our bench stepped up Hayward, who had 16 points.
cember to join the 1995-96 San amazing. On any given night it ‘’Knowing that they’re a good
Antonio Spurs, which included can be another guy.’’ team and knowing that we’re
Del Negro, and 1971-72 Los An- The streak isn’t talked about always right there with them,
geles Lakers as the only teams to among the players and coaches. knowing that we need to keep on
go undefeated in a month. Their But it’s a popular topic among playing good for 48 minutes.’’
franchise-record winning streak everyone else. The Jazz lost their third in a
is the longest since Boston won ‘’That’s an incredible record row and seventh in the last nine
19 in a row four years ago. to have,’’ Utah’s Derrick Favors games.
‘’I am amazed because I said. ‘’They’ve got 17 straight ‘’We can’t make any mistakes
haven’t done it since I’ve been in wins and they’re playing hard. against them, especially on their
the league,’’ said seven-year vet- I know there’s a lot of pressure home floor because they make Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul (left) goes up for a shot as Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors defends
eran Chris Paul, whose 19 points on them to try to keep it up, and you pay for it,’’ Jefferson said. AP during the second half of their NBA basketball game, Sunday, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won, 107-96. AP

Big 3 help Spurs send Mavericks to 6th straight loss Capitol

DALLAS—Dirk Nowitzki grabbed a
loose ball in the backcourt and started
Antonio Spurs and their Big Three.
Tony Parker had 21 points and nine as-
The Spurs, who snapped a four-game
road losing streak, never trailed a week
before finally getting a basket on a driv-
ing layup. He finished with eight points on prevails,
the fast break himself, pulling up for a sists, Manu Ginobili had several key bas- after beating the Mavericks by 38 in San 3-of-9 shooting - and didn’t come close to
3-pointer just like the days before his first kets among his 20 points and the Spurs Antonio when Nowitzki made a surprise trying another 3-pointer. He did have five
knee surgery. handed the Mavericks their sixth straight debut earlier than expected. rebounds and three blocked shots.

to jungolf
The difference this time: The Dallas loss, 111-86 on Sunday night. ‘’I liked the focus of the team,’’ Parker said. ‘’He’s not Dirk Nowitzki, basically, one
Mavericks star threw up an airball. Two nights after his second 30-point game ‘’It’s never easy to play a team that we beat pretty of the greatest players that’s ever played,
Nowitzki will need more time to work his of the season, Tim Duncan had 10 in the sec- bad last week. From the get-go, we moved the so it’s going to take time for him,’’ Spurs
way back from a surgery that cost him the ond quarter before settling in for a more typical ball, took good shots and played great defense.’’ coach Gregg Popovich said. ‘’It’s very,
ED Rendon and Vicente
first 27 games of the season. Even then, it outing: 18 points and 10 rebounds for his 16th Nowitzki followed his first-half airball very difficult when you have a guy like
that out, and then he comes back.’’ AP Sumulong claimed top hon-
may not be enough to keep up with the San double-double to go with three blocks. by missing three more in the second half
ors in the members’ division,
while sisters Miya and Missy
Legaspi led the winners in the
Araña’s all-around expertise nets him Best Player of Week title jungolf event of the recent
2nd Chairman’s Cup at the
Capitol Hils Golf and Coun-
RYAN Arana’s worth is being proven in each game he Guiao of the former La Salle Green Ar- He spiked that output by stealing the ball try Club.
plays for Rain or Shine. cher, 12th pick overall in the 2007 draft. thrice, hauling down two rebounds and issu- Rendon captured the low
The Accel-Philippine Basketball Association Press “He has been known to be a scorer in his ing as many feeds that propped the E-Paint- gross award with his 61,
Corps Player of the Week showed that for the period amateur days, but here in the pros, he’s been ers’ drive to a 3-1 series lead. while finished with the low-
Dec. 24 to 30, when he helped the Elasto Painters rack doing a bit of everything, especially on de- That performance by Arana was eerily est net under the Double Peo-
up back-to-back wins that moved them within another fense,” added Guiao. “Iyung puntos darating at reminiscent of his exploits the game be- ria scoring system used for
win of making the Philippine Cup finals. darating sa kanya iyon, pero he’s now priding fore on Christmas Day, when scattered all the members and sponsors
The southpaw guard was doing it all in his team’s himself more on making the needed stops.” eight of his points in the second quarter that groups in the year-ending
semifinal duel with San Mig Coffee, scoring, assisting, The 29-year-old has indeed been stepping boosted them to a 51-32 halftime lead and event of the Ayala facility in
swiping the ball and making some hustle plays, while up in a team full of role players. into a 98-72 victory. Diliman, Quezon City.
taking his turn trying to shackle the likes of James Yap Araña shared the limelight with team- Arana went scoreless in Game 5 last Miya topped Class B with
and PJ Simon. mates Gabe Norwood and Ronnie Matias Saturday, a 67-79 loss that denied Rain or a 58 and Missy’s 63 gave her
“Si Ryan, he’s the kind of player who doesn’t com- in an 83-74 win in Game 4 of the best-of- Araña Shine outright entry to its second straight the Class D trophy in the jun-
plain about his playing time or the kind of role you seven series last Thursday, when he scored finals. But Guiao firmly believes Arana will golf side-event that was again
want him to play and that makes him very welcome 13 points, nine in the third quarter that helped Rain or bounce back in a big way on Game 6 Thursday. part of Capitol’s drive to pro-
in our organization,” said Rain or Shine coach Yeng Shine take a 54-36 lead that acted as cushion. “He doesn’t take too many days off,” said Guiao. mote youth golf development
in coordination with the Ju-
nior Golf Foundation of the

Black: We need the rest badly Philippines. The other boys

winners were Charles Cor-
puz in Class A, Aldo Barro in
By Jeric Lopez players advancing in age, Coffee Mixers resumes on Class B, Aidric Chan in Class
Talk ‘N Text plans to take Thursday at the Cuneta As- C while Ashia Nocum joined
AS expected, both the semi- full advantage of the four-day trodome. the Legaspi sisters in the ros-
final battles in the 2013 rest it will get, along with the The Mixers and the Aces ter of girls winners.
Philippine Basketball Asso- Aces to get itself fresh in its have the harder task of getting In the same event, Capi-
ciation Philippine Cup semi- bid to return to the finals. to the finals since they need to tol Hills general manager
finals are getting lengthy, Texters’ coach Norman win two straight to get there Joe Dagdagan turned over
given the competitive bal- Black knows exactly how with no room for error. a check representing Capi-
ance of the four remaining meaningful this vacation is for Meanwhile, San Mig Cof- tol’s contribution to the jun-
protagonists. his wards. fee is currently negotiating to golf program. Members and
After a week full of action “We definitely are the older bring back Denzel Bowles for guests at Capitol contribute
with both best-of-seven af- team here, so these couple of its campaign in the Commis- P5 to JGFP for every round
fairs’ alternating playdates, days’ off will help us more sioner’s Cup. of golf that they play and
Talk ‘N Text, Alaska, Rain than them,’’ said Black. “They Bowles reigned supreme also extends 50% discount on
or Shine and San Mig Cof- (Aces) have lots of young play- in last season’s version of the green fees for all junior golf-
fee will now have a couple of ers, so definitely they won’t second conference, where he ers up to age 17.
days’ off to gather themselves just give up and they are fresh- claimed the Best Import award, “We at Capitol are of the
heading to the homestretch of er. We need every advantage while leading the Mixers, then opinion that the only way for
their respective duels. we can get.’’ known as the B-MEG Llama- the golf industry to flourish
Through five games, the de- Talk ‘N Text can finish Alas- dos, to the championship in is to grow the game of golf.
fending champions Tropang ka off when they meet again in a classic seven-game finale All segments of the industry
Texters and the Elasto Painters Game 6 on Friday at the Mall against the Texters. must play a role here. This
found themselves holding 3-2 of Asia Arena as it continues its If negotiations go smooth, is a common ground where
leads, needing only one more bid of making history by trying expect the 6’10” inside op- collaboration instead of com-
win against their respective to win its third straight Philip- erator to once again don petetion should prevail and
TNT’s Jimmy Alapag (left) and Kelly Williams, shown here against foes to advance to the finals. pine Cup crown. the Mixers’ jersey, instantly we need to see as many peo-
Alaska’s against Dondon Hontiveros, will surely welcome the four-day Being the veteran squad The tug-of-war between making them yet another ti- ple as possible playing golf
rest of the Texters. that it is featuring seasoned the Elasto Painters and the tle contender. now to ensure golf’s future,”
said Dagdagan.

Manila Standard TODAY Ray S. Eñano, Editor

Roderick T. dela Cruz, Assistant Editor;

10 firms face trade suspension

By Jenniffer B. Austria Banking Corp., Alphaland Corp., Cosmos shares of listed companies that are not Several companies applied for delisting

TEN publicly-listed
Bottling Corp., Nextstage Inc., Southeast
Asia Cement Holdings Inc., PNOC-
Exploration Corp., Philcomsat Holdings
compliant with the public ownership rule.
The PSE said if a listed company
remained non-compliant after June 30, its
from the stock market because of their
minimal public float level.
The PSE earlier approved the delisting
Toll road
companies, including San Corp. and San Miguel Properties Inc.
Miguel Brewery Inc. and The companies will be given the six-month
trading suspension as a penalty for their failure
shares would be delisted effective July 1,
It will lift the trading suspension
of Eton Properties Philippines Inc., whose
public float stood at only 5.65 percent.
The PSE also approved the delisting
PAL Holdings Inc., face to sell more shares to the public.
The PSE said in a memorandum the trading
trading suspension starting suspension
imposed on the company’s shares if
the erring firm present sproof of com-
of First Metro Investments Corp., the
investment banking unit of Metropolitan offered to
will take effect on Jan. 2, the stock pliance with the public ownership re- Bank and Trust Co.; and Metro Pacific
Jan. 2, after failing to
comply with the 10-percent shares
market’s first trading day in 2013.
It said the trading suspension on the
The PSE requires publicly-listed firms
Tollways Corp., the tollways unit of Metro
Pacific Investments Corp.
end row
of non-compliant listed companies to have a minimum of 10 percent of their Other companies that opted to delist
minimum public float rule would cover not more than six months, or issued and outstanding shares, exclusive from the local bourse due to the public
By Lailany P. Gomez
of the Philippine Stock until June 30, 2013.
The Bureau of Internal Revenue
of any treasury shares, held by the public.
The rule aims to provide a fair and
ownership rule were Alaska Milk Corp.,
PLDT Communications and Energy
THE Transportation Depart-
Exchange. will also impose capital gains tax and a efficient facility for price discovery and Ventures Inc., Keppel Philippines
ment said the government of-
fered a compromise deal to
Other companies whose stocks will documentary stamp tax on every sale, ensure that sufficient liquidity exists in the Marine Inc. and Chinatrust (Philippines)
resolve the dispute between the
be suspended from trading are Allied barter, exchange or other disposition of stock market. Commercial Bank Corp.
proponents of separate major
road projects that will connect

IN BRIEF the South Luzon and North Lu-

zon expressways.
Transportation Secretary
Business missions up Joseph Emilio Abaya said the
compromise agreement was
THE Philippines received a record 487 something the “government
inbound business missions in the first 10 months think is acceptable to the par-
of 2012, up 57 percent from 311 visits during ties,” referring to Citra Metro
the same period in 2011, the Trade Department Manila Tollways Corp. of San
said over the weekend. Miguel Corp. and Metro Pacif-
“This influx of business missions is a strong
ic Tollways Corp. He declined
affirmation of the Aquino administration’s
economic reforms that have resonated to elaborate.
prominently to foreign investors worldwide,” Abaya said the Toll Regula-
Trade Undersecretary Cristino Panlilio said. tory Board would incorporate
These missions were composed of 147 the compromise in the supple-
individual company visits and 34 multi- mental toll operation agree-
company delegation missions, where each ment.
mission is composed of at least five corporations’ The TRB is a collegial body
executives. headed by the Transportation
The Trade Department also noted a 112.5- Department, with the Public
percent increase in multi-company delegations
from 18 last year to 34 in 2012.
Works Department as one of
Panlilio said the increase in inbound the members.
business missions could be attributed to the “The TRB shall then forward
revival of interest of markets such as United the STOA for presidential ap-
Kingdom, France and Canada, and the proval. Upon approval, a notice
growing interest coming from non-traditional to proceed shall be issued. In
markets such as Russia, Turkey, Oman, Iran, parallel, [Public Works] shall
Qatar, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates and proceed with the Swiss chal-
Nigeria. lenge on the other project,”
“Traditional markets such as Japan, US, Abaya said.
Taiwan, and Korea remained a major source of
foreign investor visits,” Panlilio said.
The government stepped into
Julito G. Rada the dispute when Citra and Metro
Pacific failed to reach an agree-
In recession. Women shop for fruit in the area of Little India in Singapore on Saturday. Singapore may grapple with elevated menton the common alignment
Construction up 8.2% inflationary pressures for a third year in 2013, reducing scope for the central bank to provide stimulus to an economy that probably
entered a technical recession this quarter. Story on B2. BLOOMBERG segment of the road project.
BUILDING constructions rose 8.2 percent Abaya earlier said the gov-
year-on-year in the third quarter of 2012,
based on the number of permits granted by
ernment wanted “to make sure
building officials.
The National Statistics Office said the
government granted 27,323 building permits
PH group, Malaysians eye oil palm tie-up that the common alignment is
available to other party who-
ever would not be construct-
for construction of new projects in the July- The potential partners have not yet suitable for oil palm production. At least ing it. I think those things are
September period, up from 25,255 permits
By Othel V. Campos implementable. What remains
identified a suitable oil palm plantation eight oil palm plantations operate in the
approved in the same period in 2011. an issue is the arrangement on
A GROUP of Filipino investors plans site. Oil palm is the tree from where the Philippines, all located in Mindanao.
It said permits for residential buildings the common alignment.”
rose 7.5 percent to 19,523 from 18,154 a year to tie up with a Malaysian company in oil, or palm olein, is extracted. The Philippine Palm Oil Development
oil palm propagation and later go into Arranza noted palm oil production Council Inc. said palm oil imports from Citra proposed to construct
ago, while applications for commercial and a P25.4-billion, 14-kilometer,
industrial building constructions increased 9.2 processing in the Philippines. might soon outpace coconut oil volume. Malaysia had steadily increased.
percent to 3,688 from 3,377. Jesus Arranza, president of the CIIF- A one-hectare palm plantation can The Philippines in 2009 imported six-lane tollway that will have
Additions, alterations and repairs of existing Oil Mills Group, said two Malaysian process 500 kilograms of oil, higher than just 119,229 metric tons of palm oil exits in Quirino, Manila and
structures also increased 10.4 percent to 4,112 companies expressed interest to team up the 450 kilos extracted from copra. from Malaysia, before nearly doubling Plaza Dilao, Aurora Boulevard,
from 3,724 a year earlier. with the Filipino consortium. “Coconut oil, though, has a premium to 204,731 MT in 2010 and increasing E. Rodriguez Ave., Quezon
The NSO said the value of these new “It is possible that the Malaysian over palm olein that makes it the to 543,000 MT in 2011 worth P28.03 Boulevard, Sgt. Rivera and
constructions also expanded 54.5 percent to investors will be coming over to discuss the best choice for high-end coconut oil- billion. Imports from Malaysia alone Balintawak in Quezon City.
P64.3 billion in the third quarter of 2012 from Metro Pacific seeks to con-
project. There had been preliminary talks. based products such as beauty soaps, could reach 597,000 MT in 2012.
P41.6 billion in the third quarter of 2011. struct a 13-kilometer connec-
Among regions, Calabarzon had the highest It’s now a matter of finalizing the talks to pharmaceutical products and other value- “Given these circumstances, the
get the project going by 2013,” he said. added stuff,” said Arranza. Filipino group, I learned, is looking at tor road for P22.95 billion. The
number of new building construction projects
Initial estimates put the cost of the The Southern Philippine Development displacing a hefty amount of palm oil connector road will run along
at 6,378 or 23.3 percent of the total, followed
by Central Visayas, Metro Manila, Central 80,000-hectare oil palm plantation at a Authority identified about 304,000 imports once it starts commercially,” the tracks of state-owned Phil-
Luzon and Davao. Anna Leah Estrada maximum of $100 million. hectares of land in Mindanao that are said Arranza. ippine National Railways in
Metro Manila.

30% of public vehicles to run on non-oil fuel Market rally expected

By Alena Mae S. Flores to achieve the goal by raising the
biofuel blend by up to 20 percent
of CNG buses.
The department, meanwhile,
in supporting the expansion of
mass transport systems. Again,
to be sustained in 2013
THE Energy Department plans by 2030, increasing the number of has pre-qualified seven this is another good opportunity were emerging as sweet spots
to require 30 percent of all
By Anna Leah Estrada
compressed natural gas and auto- companies to bid for the for the department to proactively for overseas investors.
public utility vehicles to run LPG vehicles plying the country’s government’s electric tricycle collaborate with various [local Ravelas said as the
THE stock market will continue
on alternative fuels by 2030 to major routes and massively project, which will be funded government units],” Petilla said. government focused on
to advance in 2013, driven by
promote energy security and deploying electric automotives by a $300-million loan from Petilla said the push for the use plugging the budget deficit
favorable economic outlook and
cleaner fuels. starting off with electric tricycles the Asian Development Bank of more alternative fuels for the through fiscal prudence and
strong investors’ appetite for
“In order to attain such goal, with assistance from the Asian to replace 100,000 gasoline-fed transport sector would have an strong revenue collection,
equities in emerging markets
we will be relentless in promoting Development Bank. tricycles in the country. impact on oil consumption from coupled with improving
such as the Philippines.
the use of clean and alternative The department has allowed “We will also be in constant 2012 to 2030 and show a clear infrastructure, foreign investors
BDO Unibank Inc. chief
fuels,” Energy Secretary Jericho state-owned PNOC Exploration collaboration with the [Metro departure from an increasing took notice of the country as an
market strategist Jonathan
Petilla said. Corp. to put up modular CNG Manila Development Authority trend in the Philippines’ Asean investment destination.
Ravelas said the Philippines and
Petilla said the government aimed stations to increase the number and Transportation Department] neighbor countries. The economy grew 7.1
other countries in Southeast Asia
percent in the third quarter

of the year, driven by robust
OREIGN E XCHANGE R ATE Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas
PESO-DOLLAR RATE consumer and government
Unit US Dollar Peso
Closing December 28, 2012
United States Dollar 1.000000 41.1920 Indonesia
Friday, December 28, 2012
Rupiah 0.000104 0.0043
LPG/11-kg tank IL Closing DECEMBER 28, 2012
spending, while inflation
continued to be manageable,
5200 Japan Yen 0.011621 0.4787 Thailand Baht 0.032637 1.3444 P47.15-P53.07
40 hitting the low-end of the
Unleaded Gasoline
4460 UK Pound 1.610100 66.3232 UAE Dirham 0.272279 11.2157
42 government’s target range of 3
3720 Hong Kong Dollar 0.129016 5.3144 Euro Euro 1.323800 54.5300
P38.40-P41.05 percent to 5 percent.
2980 Korea Won 0.000933 0.0384 44
Switzerland Franc 1.095170 45.1122
Diesel Ravelas said these helped
2240 China Yuan 0.160359 6.6055
Canada Dollar 1.004924 41.3948
46 the stock market achieve more
1500 Singapore Dollar 0.818197 33.7032 India Rupee 0.018203 0.7498
P40.30-P52.20 P41.050 than 35 record highs in the past
1200 Australia Dollar 1.035947 42.6727 Malaysia Ringgit 0.326904 13.4658
Kerosene 48 CLOSE 11 months. He said the stock
New Zealand Dollar 0.817127 33.6591
Bahrain Dinar 2.652661 109.2684 market’s rally had strong legs
5,812.73 Saudi Arabia Rial 0.266667 10.9845 Taiwan Dollar 0.034448 1.4190 P27.20-P31.00 HIGH P41.050 LOW P41.110 AVERAGE P41.078 supporting it, as the economy
17.84 Brunei Dollar 0.814863 33.5658
Source: PDS Bridge
Auto LPG was boosted by BPO revenues
VOLUME 677.300M
and remittances.


B2 TUESDAY JANUARY 1, 2013 ManilaStandardToday

Obama pushes Pacific trade deal

By Daniel Ten Kate and Margaret Talev for our goods, just as America said in an interview. rather than pivot. professor at the Singapore-
is a market for yours.” TPP ‘magnet’ Even before her speech, based S. Rajaratnam School of
Less than two years after “It is intended to serve as a Obama on his first trip to Asia International Studies, said by
MORE than a century and a half after Obama’s visit, Boeing Co. magnet,” Froman said, referring met leaders from Asean as a phone. “This is something that
Millard Fillmore dispatched an emissary confirmed a record 230-plane to the TPP. “It’s an open platform bloc, an unprecedented move almost no regional country wants
order valued at $22.4 billion at so over time other countries can for an US leader. In another first, to see.”
to Asia to transform commerce across the list prices from PT Lion Mentari join.” the president now attends the China superseded the US as
Pacific, a US president again sees a historic Airlines, a budget carrier in Froman, who served at the East Asia Summit--a forum of Asean’s top trade partner the
Indonesia, the world’s fourth Treasury Department under 18 nations that includes Asean, year before Obama took office,
opportunity to strengthen America’s role in most-populous nation. Robert Rubin during the Clinton China and South Korea and that and is championing a separate set
the region. “If you look at global administration, said that “what Obama wants to become the of trade talks to the TPP, known
Barack Obama sent his pose a threat. growth, obviously this region the rebalancing strategy is about “premier” structure to address as the Regional Comprehensive
secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, “The US is serious about its is where the action is,” Bill is the recognition of the critical regional security issues. Economic Partnership. If
to Asia for a record 86 days in his commitment to Asia and sees Asia Ford, executive chairman importance of the Asia-Pacific Military ties implemented without the TPP,
first term, including—for the first as the future in terms of economic of the second-biggest US region to the United States” in Beyond the response to the that deal would reduce US
time—stops in all 10 members of growth in the 21st century,” automaker, said in a response security and economic terms. TPP initiative, several East exports by $3.7 billion per year,
theAssociation of SoutheastAsian said Simon Kahn, chairman to questions while on a visit National security matters Asian nations have welcomed according to Petri’s calculations.
Nations. Obama himself became of the American Chamber of to Thailand, where he toured dominated US ties with Asia since the pivot from a security China’s muscle
the first sitting commander-in- Commerce in Singapore and a $450-million plant that the Japanese carrier planes bombed perspective. Indonesia in 2010 China also has shown
chief to visit Myanmar, a nation Google Inc.’s chief Asia-Pacific Dearborn, Michigan-based Pearl Harbor in 1941, with saw ties between its special willingness to use its wealth for
the International Monetary Fund marketing officer. “That has a
says may be the next economic very real impact in discussions
frontier in Asia. with business counterparts in
As in the wake of US terms of thinking about long- Condominium
Commodore Matthew Perry’s term investments.” blocks stand in the
1850s voyages to Japan, Personal history district of Orchard
American companies are seeking The connection is part personal Road in Singapore.
Negotiators from
greater opportunities, with for Obama, 51, who lived in
11 countries--
General Electric Co. and Ford Jakarta from 1967 to 1971. In Australia, Brunei,
Motor Co. backing Obama’s plan his second year in office, the Canada, Chile,
for an 11-country Pacific trade president returned to Indonesia’s Malaysia, Mexico,
deal that could bring in $108 capital, addressing an audience New Zealand, Peru,
billion a year. Instead of Perry’s of about 6,000 at the University Singapore, the US
gunships, what may propel Asian of Indonesia highlighting and Vietnam--will
nations toward Obama’s vision is prospects for deeper economic meet in Singapore
concern from Japan to Vietnam ties, “because a rising middle in early March for
that China’s ascendance may class here means new markets the 16th round of
the Trans-Pacific
Partnership talks

Ubuntu surprise
aimed at bringing
down tariffs,
patent protection
and allowing
greater access
WILL the to government
makers of contracts.
Ubuntu Linux CHIN WONG
really be
introducing a
top-secret new
DIGITAL LIFE company opened this year. The World War II leaving a legacy forces and the Pentagon restored foreign-policy purposes, with
product this
administration’s support for of American bases in Japan and 12 years after they were cut Japanese carmakers suffering a
US manufacturers has helped South Korea, and routine naval due to human rights abuses. boycott of their products earlier
Try as I might, I couldn’t find a single document from Canonical
Ford expand its exports of the patrols of Asia’s waterways. In This year, the US announced this year as frictions with China
to confirm the rumor that started out in Linux Insider, which was
Explorer sport-utility vehicle the 1960s and 1970s, four US plans to sell Indonesia weapons deepened over a disputed island
regurgitated on other blogs and forums.
to more than 90 nations, he presidents sent half a million valued at $1.5 billion, including chain. Toyota Motor Corp.’s
“Save the date: Jan 2—Ubuntu set to disrupt a new ecosystem,”
said. soldiers to counter the spread of eight of Boeing’s Apache China sales slid the most in a
wrote Katherine Noyce, presumably quoting Canonical sources.
Growth prospects Communism in Southeast Asia. attack helicopters, an amount decade during September and
“Ubuntu will announce a brand-new product.”
The IMF forecasts developing After a deepening in cross- exceeding total arms sales October, and Honda Motor Co.
Tux Radar attributed the rumor to “a rather cryptic e-mail from
countries in Asia to grow Pacific economic ties in the to the country from 1950 to and Nissan Motor Co. cut their
Canonical’s PR company.”
7.7 percent in 2017, almost 1980s and early 1990s, the US 2011, according to Pentagon full-year profit forecasts by a
“Canonical is kicking off the New Year with a bang, and
triple the pace of advanced under Bill Clinton and Rubin statistics. fifth.
launching a brand new Ubuntu product,” the online magazine
economies, increasing demand spearheaded financial bailouts The Philippines received a One risk is that fallout from
quoted the release as saying. “We’ll be holding an exclusive event
for everything from toothpaste during the Asian financial crisis. used US Coast Guard ship last territorial disputes between
hosted by Mark Shuttleworth, founder of the Ubuntu project, to
and automobiles to missile The ensuing Bush administration year, and anticipates more naval China and its east Asian
give full details of what we believe is the next generation of cross
systems as nations protect their shifted focus to the Middle East vessels and maritime radar. In neighbors undermines prospects
platform operating system.”
newfound wealth. and Afghanistan in the wake of June, Defense Secretary Leon for economic expansion. IMF
Without any official word from Canonical, speculation was
Asian stocks also demon- the 2001 World Trade Center Panetta became the highest- Deputy Managing Director
rife. Some of it focused on the launch of an Ubuntu tablet to take
strate the region’s lure, with attacks, before Obama in his first ranking official to visit Vietnam’s Naoyuki Shinohara said in
advantage of the operating system’s touch-enabled and mobile-
the MSCI Asia Pacific Exclud- term embarked on a “pivot” in Cam Ranh Bay, a former US October that an escalation of
friendly Unity interface. Others suggested that Canonical might
ing Japan Index climbing 100 attention back to Asia. military hub, since the Vietnam the China-Japan conflict could
be ready to introduce a gaming console in partnership with Steam.
percent since Obama took of- Asia first War. ultimately have global economic
Still others said it could be some kind of a cloud-based service
fice, a period when the MSCI Hillary Clinton became the first Vietnam reset ramifications.
that would work on multiple platforms, including smart phones,
World Index rose 56 percent. secretary of state to visit Asia on “We have been talking with the Another danger is that a deeper
tablets and personal computers.
Price-to-earnings ratios pres- an inaugural overseas trip since Americans and we will agree to Chinese slowdown sparks unrest
Will there be a really new, market-moving product, or will this
ent “no obstacle” to more the 1960s. Her 86 days touring further raising our relationship to and prompts leaders to redirect
turn out to be PR hype? We ought to know in a day or two.
gains, according to Nomura 21 Asia-Pacific nations are the a higher level,” Vietnam Deputy domestic anger, triggering a more
Until then, a recent Slashdot interview with Shuttleworth, as
Holdings Inc. equity strategists most in a four-year period for a Foreign Minister Pham Quang aggressive diplomatic stance. That
well as an entry from his own blog might give us a few clues.
led by Michael Kurtz in Hong secretary, according to records Vinh said in a Nov. 28 interview leaves the potential “for a new
“Let’s make one OS that runs on the phone AND on your
Kong. Kurtz’s team targeted posted on the State Department’s in Hanoi. “It is for our interests, stage of international disputes,”
supercomputer,” Shuttleworth told Slashdot. “We’re close to
530 for the MSCI Asia Pacific website, which don’t include the but also for the interests of the said Ding Xueliang, a professor
that now—we know Ubuntu makes a great cloud OS and a great
Excluding Japan Index in 2013 travels of Dean Acheson or most region and the interests of the at Hong Kong University of
server OS and a great desktop... So our focus now is to establish
in a note dated Dec. 3, marking top diplomats who served in the world.” Science and Technology who
a great story around Ubuntu and mobile form factors—the tablet
a 14 percent gain from current 19th century. Japan agreed in September teaches contemporary Chinese
and the phone—on which we can build deeper relationships with
levels. Clinton, who will be succeeded to host a second American anti- politics.
everyday consumers.”
Obama’s trade strategy is by Democratic Senator John ballistic missile radar facility, Maritime claims
Anyone expecting to run Android applications within Ubuntu,
built around the Trans-Pacific Kerry of Massachusetts in a move that would free up US Last year, Chinese ships
however, will be disappointed.
Partnership. Negotiators from Obama’s second term pending Navy ships to be moved around chased away a boat doing oil
“No OS ever succeeded by emulating another OS. Android is
11 countries—Australia, US Senate confirmation, began to the Pacific. The US has more and gas exploration work for the
great, but if we want to succeed we need to bring something new
Brunei, Canada, Chile, articulate the policy shift in 2010. than doubled spending on Philippines and cut the cables
and better to market,” Shuttleworth said.
Malaysia, Mexico, New She outlined a plan of “forward- military education and training of a Vietnamese survey vessel.
“If we said we aimed to run Android apps, then two things
Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the deployed” diplomacy in Asia to programs for Cambodia, Laos China, citing historical evidence,
would happen. Every developer that potentially cared about
US and Vietnam—will meet advance American economic and and Vietnam. claims a tongue-shaped swath of
Ubuntu would feel it was OK to just write an app for Android.
in Singapore in early March security interests. A year later, “A shared concern is that if the the sea delimited by nine dashes
And every bug that would be specific to our implementation of
for the 16th round of talks Clinton unveiled the pivot in a US doesn’t do anything to further that extends hundreds of miles
Android’s APIs would of course be a bug for us to fix, not a bug
aimed at bringing down tariffs, speech titled “America’s Pacific consolidate its strategic position south from Hainan Island to the
for the app developer. So, we won’t do that.”
strengthening patent protection Century.” The administration in East Asia, China will fill in that equatorial waters off the coast of
The Ubuntu founder also made clear in his own blog that
and allowing greater access to now uses the term “rebalancing” gap,” Li Mingjiang, an associate Borneo. Bloomberg
Canonical would work to gain acceptance on mobile platforms
government contracts.
this year.
Stepping up
“It... matters that we be relevant for the kinds of computing that
people want to do every day. That’s why Unity in 2013 will be all
about mobile—bringing Ubuntu to phones and tablets.”
“There are significant risks to
the US of being marginalized
in Asia if they do not step up to
Singapore likely entered recession
A particularly intriguing product demonstrated last year but
the trade plate,” said Deborah By Sharon Chen growth slows. The Monetary to stem inflation in a nation that
still in development is Ubuntu for Android, which will have Authority of Singapore tightened uses its exchange rate rather than
Elms, head of the Temasek
both operating systems running alongside each other on Android
Foundation Centre for Trade
and Sarina Yoo policy this year by allowing faster borrowing costs to manage prices.
phones or tablets. currency gains in an export- Instead, the Singapore dollar’s
& Negotiations in Singapore. SINGAPORE may grapple with
Both Ubuntu and Android can run at the same time without dependent economy at risk from an 6 percent rise in 2012 may be
“They have to be able to push elevated inflationary pressures
emulation or virtualization because they share the same Linux uneven US recovery and Europe’s weighing on the manufacturing
the TPP past the finish line.” for a third year in 2013, reducing protracted sovereign debt crisis. industry, said Kit Wei Zheng,
Japan, South Korea, Thailand scope for the central bank to “MAS faces twin challenges of an economist at Citigroup Inc.,
When the device is connected to a desktop monitor, it becomes
and the Philippines are all provide stimulus to an economy stubborn inflation and sluggish growth,” hurting an economy where total
a standard Ubuntu desktop PC with the Unity interface. This,
considering joining the TPP that probably entered a technical said Wai Ho Leong, a Singapore-based exports are equivalent to more than
in effect, gives smart phone users a full-blown computer recession this quarter.
talks—a move that, along with economist at Barclays Plc. The central one-and-a-half times its GDP.
that fits in their pocket, capable of running standard Linux- Gross domestic product
an entry by Indonesia and 11 bank may “continue to maintain a Non-oil domestic exports will
based desktop applications for Web surfing, word processing, contracted in the final three gradual appreciation stance, even in an probably rise 2 percent to 3 percent in
mostly smaller nations, could
spreadsheets and image editing, whenever it is docked to a months of 2012 from the previous environment of below-trend growth,” 2012, lower than a previous forecast of
bring the US annual income of
monitor and keyboard. quarter, according to five of 10 he said. 4 percent to 5 percent, the government
$108 billion a year, according economists in a Bloomberg News
I would love to have this functionality on my Samsung GT- Price gains have averaged 4.9 said last month. It predicts overseas
to Asia-Pacific Trade, a Web survey, where the median was for
i8150 but alas, Ubuntu for Android isn’t an application you can percent since the start of 2011, more shipments will climb 2 percent to 4
site whose contributors include an annualized expansion of 0.3 than double the 1.9 percent average percent in 2013.
simply download onto your smart phone—it has to be built into
Peter A. Petri, a Brandeis percent. A decline would lead to in the past two decades. The central Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
your phone’s firmware. That’s why Canonical is pitching the
University professor. the country’s first recession since bank forecasts an inflation rate may give some economic estimates
product to handset manufacturers, not end-users.
The US aims to complete the 2009. The report will be released higher than 4.5 percent this year and in his annual New Year message
Could this week’s announcement be an Android phone that also at 8 a.m. on Jan. 2.
TPP talks by the end of next in a 3.5 percent-to-4.5 percent range later Tuesday. The government
runs Ubuntu? Let’s wait and see. Elevated housing, transportation
year and have it take effect by in 2013. expects GDP to expand about 1.5
2015, Michael Froman, deputy and business costs have resulted in Currency gains percent in 2012 and growth of 1
Column archives and blog at:
national security adviser for one of the fastest inflation rates The third-best performing percent to 3 percent in 2013.
in the developed world even as Asian currency this year has failed Bloomberg
international economic affairs, ManilaStandardToday
Manila Business TUESDAY JANUARY 1, 2013 B3

Asian stocks decline

before fiscal cliff hits
BANGKOK—With just hours Some economists predict the
left before the US hits the “fiscal tax-and-spending effects of the
cliff,” stocks on the other side fiscal cliff could eventually throw
US Speaker of the world wilted as investors the economy into recession. If the
of the sold off riskier assets to lock deadline passes, politicians still
House John in profits just in case budget have a few weeks to keep the tax
Boehner negotiations fail in Washington. hikes and spending cuts at bay
walks to a American political leaders by repealing them retroactively
face a Monday night deadline once a deal is reached.
GOP caucus
as Congress
to reach an agreement before Still, the failure to adhere to the
meets to steep tax increases and spending deadline will be bad for investor
negotiate a cuts begin to take effect Jan. 1 confidence, according to Francis
legislative — this, at a time when the US Lun, managing director of Lyncean
path to avoid economy is still struggling to Holdings in Hong Kong.
the so-called recover from the last recession. “I think the market reaction to
‘fiscal cliff’ Democrats and Republicans that will be very negative. This
of automatic have failed so far to reach a budget means the U.S. will never be
tax increases deal despite intense negotiations. able to bring its house in order.
and deep Much of the impasse centers on And the deficit will continue
spending how to address the automatic to accumulate,” Lun said. “No
cuts that tax increases that take effect in meaningful reform and no
could kick in 2013. That’s when tax cuts first solution in sight. You can throw
Jan. 1., at the
enacted under President George confidence out of the window.”
Capitol in
W. Bush, and extended under The uncertainty drove down
AP President Barack Obama, are stock markets on the last trading
scheduled to expire. day of the year. Australia’s S&P/
That would drive taxes up for ASX 200 fell 0.5 percent to
nearly all Americans and deplete 4,648.90. Hong Kong’s Hang
the already fragile economy of Seng, trading for a half-day, was
$600 billion. And budget cuts of flat at 22,668.48. Benchmarks in
8 percent or 9 percent would hit New Zealand, Singapore and India
most of the federal government, also declined. Mainland Chinese
touching all sorts of things stocks rose. Markets in Japan and
from the military to weather South Korea were closed for the
forecasting. New Year’s holidays. AP

Fiscal ‘cliff’ deal proving elusive

WASHINGTON—A Capitol longtime friend, in hopes of breaking the impasse. At stake are sweeping tax hikes and across-the- to doctors and renew jobless benefits for the long-
Biden assumed the lead role for Democrats, board spending cuts set to take effect at the turn term unemployed should be financed with cuts
Hill deal to avert the “fiscal and a McConnell spokesman said the Kentucky of the year. Taken together, they’ve been dubbed elsewhere in the budget. Republicans also balked at
cliff” was proving elusive Republican and the vice president were expected to the fiscal cliff, and economists warn the one-two a Democratic proposal to use new tax revenues to
negotiate by telephone into the night. punch—which leaders in both parties have said shut off the across-the-board spending cuts, known
Sunday as a deadline to avert Rank-and-file lawmakers left the Capitol Sunday they want to avoid—could send the still-fragile as a sequester in Washington-speak.
tax hikes on virtually every night with hopes that their leaders would give them economy back into recession. Tax cuts enacted in President Barack Obama, in a televised interview,
something to vote on when they returned Monday 2001 and 2003 expire at midnight Monday, and blamed Republicans for putting the nation’s shaky
American worker and block morning. $109 billion in across-the-board cuts in federal economy at risk.
sweeping spending cuts set One sign of progress came as Republicans spending this year would also begin this week. “We have been talking to the Republicans ever
withdrew a long-discussed proposal to slow Workers could see more taxes withheld from since the election was over,” Obama said in the
to strike the Pentagon and future cost-of-living increases for Social Security their paychecks and federal agencies are likely interview that was taped Saturday and aired Sunday
other federal agencies grew recipients as part of a compromise to avoid the cliff. to soon receive warning of possible furloughs if on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” ‘’They have had
perilously near. Democrats said earlier Sunday that proposal had
put a damper on the talks, and Republican senators
lawmakers fail to reach a deal to avert the cliff.
The new Congress will be sworn in on Thursday
trouble saying yes to a number of repeated offers.”
“The mood is discouraged,” said Senator Joe
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., emerging from a closed-door GOP meeting said it and would inherit the problem if the current crop of Lieberman, a Connecticut independent who
and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell is no longer part of the equation. lame-duck lawmakers can’t find an answer before caucuses with Democrats. “The parties are much
remained at odds on such key issues as the income “I was really gratified to hear that Republicans have then. further apart than I hoped they’d be by now.”
threshold for higher tax rates and how to deal with taken their demand for Social Security benefit cuts off Senator Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said the two sides The pessimistic turn came as the House and
inheritance taxes, among other issues. the table. The truth is they should never have been remained at odds over the income threshold for Senate returned to the Capitol for a rare Sunday
McConnell complained that Reid had yet to on the table to begin with,” Reid said late Sunday higher tax rates and tax levels on large estates. session. Reid and McConnell had hoped to have a
respond to a GOP offer made Saturday evening afternoon. “There is still significant distance between Republicans said that Democratic demands for blueprint to present to their rank and file by mid-
and reached out to Vice President Joe Biden, a the two sides, but negotiations continue.” new money to prevent a cut in Medicare payments afternoon. AP

China manufacturing picks up

BEIJIN—China’s manufacturing HSBC’s chief China economist, export orders.
grew at its strongest rate in 18 in a statement. “Fewer export sales were
months in December but new Qu said the latest activity linked to weak demand in
exports fell from the previous should support growth of Europe, Japan and the US,”
month due to weak global about 8.6 percent in 2013. The HSBC said.
demand, a survey showed International Monetary Fund Beijing set a 10 percent target
Monday. and private sector forecasters for trade growth in 2012 but is
HSBC Corp. said its monthly expect growth of about 8 percent likely to fall far short of that.
purchasing managers’ index rose in 2012—strong by Western Demand for China’s goods is
to 51.1 percent on a 100-point standards but China’s weakest so weak that the government
scale on which numbers above expansion since the 1990s. has said exports will contribute
50 show expansion. That was up Factory production and nothing to 2012’s overall
from November’s 50.5 and the consumer spending are picking economic growth.
strongest growth since May 2011. up but export demand is weak. The commerce minister, Chen
The survey adds to data December trade data have yet to Deming, warned in November
showing China’s economy is be reported but November export that Chinese exporters face
recovering from its deepest growth plunged to 2.9 percent “relatively grim” conditions
downturn since the 2008 crisis over a year earlier from the in coming months and “many
but some industries are still previous month’s 11.6 percent. difficulties next year.”
weak. Companies responding to the Western export markets face
“Such a momentum is likely HSBC survey said total new uncertainties including the US
to be sustained in the coming orders grew at a faster pace in “fiscal cliff”—or impending
months when infrastructure December than the previous automatic tax and spending cuts
construction runs into full speed month but new export orders fell that could disrupt economic
A Christmas season poster is on display outside a fashion boutique as an employee (right) waits for customers
and property market conditions slightly. Just over 12 percent of growth—and the euro area debt
at a shopping mall in Beijing. China’s manufacturing activity rose to a 14-month high in December, adding to
stabilize,” said Hongbin Qu, companies reported lower new crisis. AP signs the world’s second-largest economy is recovering, but export orders weakened. AP

US Senate, House leaders reach deal to prevent doubling of milk prices

WASHINGTON—The top leaders expires Jan. 1. approved it in July. The Senate dictate production cuts when balked at bringing up a farm bill
in both parties on the House and Expiration of those dairy passed its version of a farm bill in oversupply drives down prices — is disagreement in his caucus over
Senate Agriculture committees programs could mean higher prices June. an idea that hasn’t gone over well how much money should be cut
have agreed to a one-year extension at the grocery store within a few The prospect of the higher with Boehner. from food stamps, vouchers that
of the 2008 farm bill that expired weeks. Agriculture Secretary Tom milk prices has motivated some In July, he called the current dairy are used by the poor to purchase
in October, a move that could head Vilsack said Americans face the action. The bipartisan extension program “Soviet-style” and said groceries, which make up roughly
off a possible doubling of milk prospect of paying $7 for a gallon also includes disaster assistance the new program would make it 80 percent of the half-trillion-
prices next month. (3.8 liters) of milk if the current to farmers affected by a lingering even worse. Large food companies dollar bill’s cost over five years.
Senate agriculture committee dairy program lapsed and the drought this year, along with that process and use dairy products House Agriculture Chairman
chairman Debbie Stabenow government returned to a 1948 extensions to other farm programs have backed Boehner, saying the Frank Lucas has unsuccessfully
indicated that the House could formula for calculating milk price that expired in October. program could limit milk supplies pushed his leadership for months
vote on the extension as early as supports. Instead of just extending current and increase their costs. to move on the legislation despite
Sunday evening, though House A spokesman for House Speaker dairy policy, the extension bill Stabenow blamed Boehner the disagreement over food aid.
leaders have not yet agreed to put John Boehner said Sunday afternoon includes an overhaul of dairy for getting to the point where Lucas said Sunday he hoped
it to a vote. In addition to the one- that Republican leaders had not programs that was in both the an extension is the only option. the extension would pass both
year extension that has the backing decided how they would proceed Senate and House committee bills. “The lack of action by the House chambers quickly as Republican
of the committees, the Republican- on the farm extension. Boehner The new dairy programs include a Republican leadership has put us leaders mulled their options.
controlled House is also has pushed back on passage of a new, voluntary insurance program in a situation where we risk serious “It is not perfect, no compromise
considering two other extension new five-year farm bill for months, for dairy producers. Those who damage to our economy unless we ever is, but it is my sincere hope that
bills—a one-month extension and saying there were not enough votes choose that new program would pass a temporary extension,” she it will pass the House and Senate
an even smaller bill that would to bring it to the House floor after also have to participate in a market said. and be signed by the president by
simply extend the dairy policy that the House agriculture committee stabilization program that could One of the reasons Boehner has Jan. 1,” he said. AP

Manila Standard TODAY


UN mission Hillary Clinton hospitalized with blood clot

no longer in WASHINGTON—Secretary of clot but said Clinton is being treated Clinton, 65, fell and suffered a Gholam Motamedi, a neurologist clots from forming, he said.
State Hillary Rodham Clinton was with anti-coagulants and would concussion while at home alone at Georgetown University Medical A clot in a lung or the brain is
East Timor admitted to a New York hospital
Sunday after the discovery of a
remain at New York-Presbyterian
Hospital for at least the next 48
in mid-December as she recovered
from a stomach virus that left
Center who was not involved in
Clinton’s care.
more serious. Lung clots, called
pulmonary embolisms, can be
DILI — The United Nations
blood clot stemming from the hours so doctors can monitor the her severely dehydrated. The Clots in the legs are a common deadly, and a clot in the brain can
ended its peacekeeping mission
concussion she sustained earlier medication. concussion was diagnosed Dec. 13 risk after someone has been cause a stroke, Motamedi said.
in East Timor on Monday,
this month. “Her doctors will continue to and Clinton was forced to cancel a bedridden, as Clinton may have Keeping Clinton in the hospital for
leaving the country without
Clinton’s doctors discovered the assess her condition, including trip to North Africa and the Middle been for a time after her concussion. a couple of days could allow doctors
any direct security assistance
clot Sunday while performing a other issues associated with her East that had been planned for the Those are “no big deal” and are to perform more tests to determine
for the first time since a spasm
follow-up exam, her spokesman, concussion,” Reines said in a next week. treated with six months of blood why the clot formed, and to rule out a
of political and ethnic violence
Philippe Reines, said. He would statement. “They will determine if The seriousness of a blood clot thinners to allow them to dissolve heart problem or other condition that
in 2006 almost overwhelmed
not elaborate on the location of the any further action is required.” “depends on where it is,” said Dr. on their own and to prevent further may have led to it, he said. AP
its shaky, post-independence

‘Somalization’ in Syria
In recent weeks, the last of a
force of 1,600 police and military
officers from countries around
the world have been leaving
the country ahead of the formal
end of the deployment, which

a risk to world security

is a significant milestone in the
country’s journey following its
independence from Indonesia in
The United Nations and
other foreign development
organizations will remain in
the country supporting its BEIRUT — The international
development for years to come. envoy seeking to end Syria’s
It has oil and gas-reserves, civil war warned Sunday that the
but these are not creating the failure of the government and
employment opportunities the rebels to pursue a political
needed for a country of 1.2 solution could lead to the “full
million, more than 60 percent collapse of the Syrian state” and
of whom are under 18. The threaten the world’s security.
education system is not Lakhdar Brahimi, who
supporting the development of represents the United Nations
people with the skills needed to and the Arab League, said that as
change this. many as 100,000 people could
“The Timorese people and its be killed in the next year as Syria
leaders have shown courage and moves toward “Somalization”
unswerving resolve to overcome and rule by warlords.
great challenges,” said Finn Brahimi has reported little
Reske-Nielsen, the head of progress in his mission to push
the mission. “As peacekeepers forward a peace plan for Syria
depart, we look forward to a first presented in June at an
new phase in this relationship international conference in
focusing on social and economic Geneva. The proposal calls for
development.” an open-ended cease-fire and
The United Nations organized the formation of a transitional
the 1999 referendum that government to run the country
resulted in an overwhelming until new elections can be held
vote for independence but and a new constitution drafted.
also violence and destruction But so far, neither the regime
by withdrawing Indonesian of President Bashar Assad nor
troops and their militia proxies. the scores of rebels groups
The world body directly fighting his forces across the
administered the country until country have shown any interest
2002, when it formally became In this Nov. 9, 2012 photo, gymnasts from Russian-speaking immigrant families warm up at a competition organized for Israel’s immigrant in negotiations.
a nation. AP community, in the southern resort city of Eilat. Most of Israel’s Olympic gymnasts are settlers from the former Soviet Union. AP The rebels’political leadership

IN BRIEF Ex-Soviet immigrants change Israel has called Assad’s departure a

prerequisite for any political
solution, and it is unlikely
that the opposition’s National
Whoops! Magazine
prints Bush obituary TEL AVIV-- In parts of Israel, it’s the sliver of land along the Medi- ing soldiers, but they are just as migrants like him has grown from Coalition could even stop rebels
hard to find a single Hebrew sign terranean that is the Jewish state. ubiquitous — maintaining habits a marginal force in politics to one on the ground from continuing
BERLIN — Germany’s re- in a sea of Cyrillic. Shopkeepers By virtue of their sheer numbers more suited to the “old coun- of its major powers. to fight.
spected news weekly Der Spie- address customers in Russian, in a country of 8 million people try” than their adopted Mideast The Russian-speaking com- Likewise, it is doubtful that
gel mistakenly published an and groceries are amply stocked and their tenacity in clinging to homeland, like wild mushroom munity also wields an outsized top members of Assad’s regime
obituary Sunday for former US with non-kosher pork, red caviar elements of their old way of life, foraging or winter dips in the influence in other aspects of Is- will voluntarily give up power.
President George H.W. Bush, and rows of vodka. Russian pop these immigrants have trans- Mediterranean, the closest sub- raeli life. Every fourth employee The Syrian government
hours after a family spokesman beats thump at bars, and in some formed Israel. stitute to frigid Siberian waters. in Israel’s flourishing high-tech has remained officially mum
said the 88-year-old was recov- homes, people will as likely be Israel has the world’s third- Today, Russian-speaking emi- industry is a Russian-speaking on Brahimi’s plan, which he
ering from illness. hunched over a chessboard as a largest Russian-speaking com- gres and their children occupy immigrant, as is every other has pushed in the past week
Bush was hospitalized in computer keyboard. munity outside the former Soviet virtually every corner of Israeli engineer. The world’s second- in meetings with Assad in
Houston Nov. 23 for treatment The Soviet Union crumbled 20 Union, after the U.S. and Ger- society, from academia and tech- ranked chess master, Belarus- Damascus, with top Russian
of a bronchitis-related cough years ago, and in the aftermath, many. Russian-speaking emigres nology to the military and politics. born Boris Gelfand, lives in Isra- officials in Moscow and on
and moved to intensive care more than 1 million of its citi- may not conjure up the same rec- A political party formed by Israel’s el, and about a quarter of Israel’s Sunday with the head of the
on Dec. 23 after he developed zens took advantage of Jewish ognition as the country’s black- recently resigned foreign minister Olympic coaches grew up in the Arab League in Cairo.
a fever. On Saturday, spokes- roots to flee that vast territory for hatted Orthodox Jews or gun-tot- to cater to Russian-speaking im- former Soviet Union. AP Speaking alongside Nabil
man Jim McGrath said Bush
Elaraby on Sunday, he estimated
was moved out of intensive
care into a regular hospital
room again after his condition
Ageing eye Car bombing targeting Shiites in Pakistan kills 19 that 100,000 people could be
killed if the 21-month conflict
continues for another year.
The unfinished obituary ap- and aspirin QUETTA—A car bomb target-
ing a bus carrying Shiite Mus-
lim pilgrims killed 19 people in
by radical Sunni Muslims target-
ing Shiites, whom they consider
heretics. The violence has been
hammed Ayan Danish, said the
attack was carried out by a sui-
cide bomber.
“Peace and security in the
world will be threatened directly
peared on Der Spiegel’s website
for only a few minutes Sunday investigated southwest Pakistan, officials and
eyewitnesses said.
especially pronounced in Bal-
uchistan province, where the latest
The bomber “rammed a small
car into the first bus, which con-
from Syria if there is no solution
within the next few months,”
before it was spotted by Internet OLDER adults who use aspirin Earlier Sunday, 21 tribal police- attack occurred. tained 43 pilgrims,” said Danish. he said. “The alternatives are
users and removed.AP regularly for 10 years or more may men believed to have been kid- In addition to the 19 people But Akbar Durrani, the home a political solution or the full
have an increased risk of developing napped by the Taliban were found killed in the bombing in Bal- secretary in Baluchistan, said the collapse of the Syrian state.”
Spanish cops nab an age-related eye disorder that can shot dead in Pakistan’s troubled uchistan’s Mastung district, 25 explosion was caused by a car Since meeting Assad early
17 voodoo pimps lead to vision loss, a study found. last week, Brahimi has given
northwest tribal region, govern- others were wounded, many of packed with explosives that was
MADRID — Spain’s Interior The risk of having wet age- ment officials said. them critically, said Tufail Ahmed, parked beside the road and deto- no indication how his plan was
Ministry says police have ar- related macular degeneration was Reports conflicted about whether a local political official. The blast nated by remote control. received. When asked Sunday if
rested 17 people on suspicion about twice as high for those who the car bombing was a suicide attack destroyed the bus and damaged a The pilgrims who were targeted there is any willingness among
of smuggling Nigerian women regularly took aspirin a decade or the device was detonated remotely. nearby bus also carrying Shiites. were headed to Iran, a majority Shi- the opposition to enter a political
into Spain and forcing them before researchers detected it in Pakistan has experienced a Ahmed and a person who was ite country that is a popular religious process, Brahimi said, “No, there
into prostitution using threats an eye exam compared with those spike in killings over the last year riding in the second bus, Mo- tourism destination, Ahmed said. isn’t. This is the problem.” AP
including claims they would who didnt take the medicine,
cast Voodoo spells on them if according to research today in the
they didn’t comply. Journal of the American Medical
An investigation began when
police detected in January that
About 19 percent of US adults
Japan detains Chinese boat
around 10 women had been
brought into the country illegally
take aspirin regularly for pain,
arthritis and to prevent heart attacks, amid tensions over islands
using a small boat. the authors wrote. People shouldnt JAPAN detained a Chinese fishing boat that entered its waters, bringing
Police said that following an stop taking the medication because the captain and two of the vessel’s crew members in for questioning,
investigation its raids seized its benefits are well known, said lead China’s official Xinhua News Agency reported.
computer equipment, mobile author Barbara Klein. Instead, more The boat’s captain, Lin Shiqin, admitted his vessel entered Japanese
phones, false identity and work studies are needed to understand waters, Xinhua reported. China sent a diplomat to visit the three crew
permit documents, as well as how aspirin may contribute to the members detained by the Japanese coast guard, Xinhua said, citing
objects which detectives said eye disorder, she said. the Chinese Consulate General in Fukuoka.
were allegedly used in “Voo- There are a lot of people who take The Dec. 29 incident comes amid a dispute between China and Japan
doo rituals.” aspirin now for cardio-protective over territorial claims in the East China Sea, with China asserting
Officers tracked down the sus- reasons, Klein, a professor of sovereignty over uninhabited islands that are administered by Japan.
pected pimps in cities throughout ophthalmology and visual sciences The detention of a Chinese fishing boat captain in September 2010 in
Spain and arrested 16 Nigerian at the University of Wisconsin the area of the islands -- known as Senkaku in Japanese and Diaoyu in
nationals and one Ugandan citi- in Madison, said in a Dec. 14 Chinese -- strained relations between the world’s second- and third-
zen, a statement released Sunday telephone interview. Should this biggest economies.
said. It was not clear when the influence their taking this medicine China asked Japan to ensure the sailors’ “safety and legitimate
arrests took place. AP to save their life? No, dont stop. rights,” Xinhua reported. BLOOMBERG Location of islands claimed by China and Japan.



Manila Standard TODAY
home work relationship TUESDAY
Gianna Maniego,
Dinna Chan Vasquez, Assistant Editor

Hot and not

Sen. Tito Sotto

By Ed Biado

Manny Pa

Pro-RH bill protesters

Former Chief Justice Renato Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago

Corona JUST like that, we wrap up yet another year of news, newsmakers and newsworthy events. The world did not end
in 2012, but it was basically a hot mess all throughout. Just like in recent years, social media played a big part in
shaping the world; and the Philippines is no exception. Many of us got involved, kept glued to TV, periodicals
and online news outlets to get our daily dose of buzz.
There were items we loved, and also tidbits we’d rather do with only bad acting, bad lighting, bad dialogue, mediocrity and
without. Standard Today Lifestyle is recalling the year that was, nudity to offer? Is Brillante Mendoza the only true filmmaker left
and listing down the moments that defined it, the people who in the country?
shaped it and the tools that made it all happen. Although, what we can’t have enough of are stories about
Because of social networking sites, Filipinos are more engaged misbehaving celebrities. We just hope that, in 2013, another
in current events. For perhaps the first time in history, we are actress is going to do a Claudine at the airport. Or maybe at
part of the larger discourse, with contributions coming in from the most crowded mall in the country. Then, we can all be
all socioeconomic classes and demographics. This is especially there to take videos of the incident and share them endlessly
true in politics, where almost every Pinoy Twitter and Facebook on Facebook. That would be fun.
user weighed in on three of the year’s most impactful political Actually, we don’t need a famous face to get all worked up.
Brillante developments—the impeachment of former Chief Justice All it takes is a grand gesture. We made a few people infamous
a Renato Corona (Twitter hashtag #CJonTrial), the great debate because they did things that we think aren’t appropriate and we
on the Reproductive Health bill (#RHBill) and the passage of the collectively lauded the “random karaoke girl,” who was plucked
Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012. out from obscurity to instant fame.
Due to the channels available for self-expression, it got However, the one thing that makes us put all our differences
increasingly evident that Filipinos are very opinionated and are aside is a tragedy of apocalyptic proportions. We definitely
more than willing to share their thoughts to the world. Some views won’t miss Typhoon Pablo that recently ravaged the Visayas and
are valid (“Why is the punishment for online libel more severe Mindanao and the enhanced monsoon that flooded the greater
than traditional libel?”) but others are misinformed (“Cybercrime Manila area in August. We’ve had enough calamities, but it seems
law is martial law!”). that it’s the only time that we help each other out. We won’t soon
We heard the voices of reason in Congress, but we also forget the tragedies of 2012, just like we’ll always remember
witnessed blind allegiance. We will remember dengue-stricken Ondoy, but we’ll also think of #ReliefPH and #RescuePH—the
Rep. Miro Quimbo casting his vote on the RH bill as a statement two hashtags that guided all of us in seeking and providing rescue
of his commitment in serving the Filipino people while we will and relief in times of disaster.
chuckle thinking about Rep. Manny Pacquiao, who cited losing The Internet has been an important tool in disseminating
a boxing match as a wake-up call to value life. The debates will information in a timely manner. It helped us live through those
be missed but not the outrageously desperate arguments of certain dark days. It gave those in need hope that someone will come for
groups, like the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, them; all they had to do was send out that tweet and help will
and individuals asserting religion as basis of legislation. arrive shortly. Many Internet service subscribers shared their
Without a shadow of a doubt, Senator Miriam Defensor connections via Wi-Fi for their neighbors to do just that. Mobile
Santiago is the person who made the most sense this year. Her communication factored significantly too. Carriers now even have
intellect and logic shone through the impeachment trial and the emergency text services that allow users to send out texts even
RH deliberations. She was always there to get everybody back with no prepaid balance. These are all fantastic developments in
on track and provide legal wisdom to virtually every ambiguity, the application of information and communication technologies in
disagreement and conflict in the Senate and beyond. Once she 2012.
leaves for the Hague to assume her post as an International What’s not so great? Bad, intermittent and slow Internet and
Criminal Court judge, her absence will definitely be felt. mobile connections, which were common problems in 2012,
The same can’t be said about those dramatic and comedic regardless of carrier and service provider. Seriously, we’re sick of
senators who have nothing to contribute to the political system dropped calls and failed page loads.
e Barre aside from hilarity, comic relief and theatrics. But maybe bad connections can be good sometimes. Because
Claudin IA incident Speaking of, we don’t care much for certain Metro Manila Film we’re also sick of Instagram pictures of every dish and every meal,
Tulfo N Festival entries either. Seriously, how long are they going to milk we’re done “liking” pages so that your cousin can win a contest and
those cash cows? Same plot, retold a dozen different ways. Isn’t we’re not too keen on seeing your check-in information every five
there any ounce of originality left in Philippine cinema anymore? minutes. Yes, netizens go overboard sometimes. Our unsolicited
We can’t compete with Hollywood’s 3D technology and special advice for 2013: moderation.
effects—all we have is story. But no, these producers simply have That also goes for insanely popular songs and dance crazes.
to assume that the market is dumb, and that their scripts should be Everybody loved Oppa Gangnam Style, but do we have to hear it
dumber. We can, however, take solace in the fact that Cinemalaya everywhere we go until now? Do we have to watch every gifted
MMFF 20 is still there to renew our faith in the industry on a yearly basis. child dance to it at every chance? Enough is enough, people. Let’s
But what’s with all those other so-called indie and digital films take it down a notch. Or eight.



Everyone’s favorite street Learn how a once stranger


fashion footwear injects new became part of a family

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the creative spirit and that

rockstar cool up a notch.




Gianna Maniego, Editor
Dinna Chan Vasquez, Assistant Editor dotcom
fashion beauty health wellness

New take
on a classic
By Marane Plaza

STREET fashion has never been exciting. So-

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The industry A showcase of 'getting active' campaigns

has two faces How do you get active?
Ask people that question,
and they would most likely
answer with the latest workout
was Polytechnic University
of the Philippines - CTHTM
Tours and Travel Agency
who bagged the Garnier Red
By Ed Biado truths. It’s bleak, dark and un- craze they’ve signed up for, or Rejuvenating special award
comfortable, sometimes to ex- a certain hobby they’re recent- for being the school with the
Most critics agree: Thy Womb ploitative levels, and begs the ly occupied with. most active voice in creative-
is sublime and genius; Si Agi- audience to share its bleakness, For the youth however, get- ly promoting their event.
mat, si Enteng Kabisote at si Ako darkness and discomfort. ting active takes on a different Their project called “It’s
is a lazy attempt to cash in on the With a majority of Filipinos meaning. Our Time to Shine” focused
lead stars’ mass appeal; Sister- living in poverty, most days are With college as an avenue on women empowerment
akas is yet another Vice Ganda already bleak, dark and uncom- for experiencing new things, through a campaign that
vehicle; Shake, Rattle and Roll fortable. Why would they pay developing brand new in- featured relevant talks and
14 is a tedious retelling of va- P180 to see a film that will only sights, and learning new les- activities headed by highly-
pid horror cliches; One More make them feel worse? We are sons, students are offered a esteemed individuals.
Try is just an okay drama; The an escapist society—moviego- spirited atmosphere for every Recipient of both the Garnier
Strangers has a few interesting ers want to forget about their kind of active pursuit. Blue Energizing special award–
twists but still formulaic; Sosy problems, if only for 95 minutes, Giving students recognition -for being the school with the
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a bunch of “it” girls cal and magical tions, Garnier, a leading Euro- tive Campus Challenge Winner
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Leon Flores III, Reese Fernandez, UM Representative Deborah Dia-
and El Presidente is well that ends well. solutions, held the awarding glaum, who took home a total
mante, Georgina Wilson, Major Masa
a worthy biopic with Juan Dela Cruz ceremonies for one of its most of P100,000 as grand prize for
commendable artistic has no interest in fruitful projects—The Garnier heard, Garnier started the Get of Technology, University of their campaign called Small
merit. deciphering Nora Get Active Campus Challenge. Active Campus Challenge with the Philippines-Diliman, and Spaces, Big Returns.
Of course, box of- Aunor’s painfully Through the Garnier Get one goal in mind: to ignite the Ateneo de Davao University. Their campaign served as
fice numbers prove subtle gazes; he Active Campus Challenge, youth’s passion, and have them The Garnier White Intensive a pro-active project that pro-
that Filipinos prefer slapstick lives and breathes painfully sub- youth groups from nine dif- realize the lengths through special award was given to St. moted the wonders of urban
over cerebral. Then again, what tle gazes. ferent schools all over the which they can achieve great- Paul University-Quezon City - container gardening, commu-
did you expect from a so-called This is why the Panday, En- country got to craft their own ness by giving them the power Biology Society for being the nity development, and envi-
film festival that recognizes the teng and Tanging Ina franchises campaigns, focusing on a wide to take care. school with the most active ronmental care. Through this
best float and gives out four work. This is why The Unkabo- range of causes, from health The nine finalists included: online reach. Their campaign, campaign, students from Uni-
“Star of the Night” trophies to gable Praybeyt Benjamin is the and wellness, to community St. Paul University-QC, As- The “G” Project, showed an versity of Mindanao had the
celebrities simply for being at the highest-grossing Filipino film of development, the environ- sumption College, University explosion of youthful talent, chance to work on their own
awards ceremony? all time. This is why Thy Womb, ment, women empowerment, of Sto. Tomas, Polytechnic creativity, and energy through a sustainable gardening project,
The sad fact is that, in Philip- as culturally- and socially-rele- and more. University of the Philippines, variety show, as well as sports and got educated on the impor-
pine cinema, critical acclaim and vant and finely-crafted as it is, is Promoting youth activeness University of Mindanao, Sili- and wellness activities. tance of using small spaces for
commercial success don’t go dead in these domestic waters. so that young voices can be man University, Cebu Institute Also taking the limelight helping the less privileged.
hand in hand. Some people say Philippine cinema is an en-
that there are two film industries dangered industry. Major studios
in the Philippines—the main-
stream and the independent. The
former caters to the masses and
will only finance the develop-
ment of concepts that have the
potential to make a profit. They
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How a namesake turned a stranger to family

THE accidental namesake turned to propose to him some ideas Sun Life policies, the first of to their gatherings which includ-
into a relationship to nourish. that could appeal to him in the them having the face amount of ed Atty. Sammy’s 80th birthday
In 1981, on her first year with future, if not now. To satisfy 5,000 pesos, bought when he had celebration.
Sun Life Financial, Marita her curiosity, she also recalls just started working. Looking back on that moment
Bagasao-Abellera was browsing asking, “Atty. Abellera, my From then on, Maritz kept in in 1981 when she was just brows-
through a broadsheet and came name and yours are spelled constant contact with Atty. Sam- ing through the papers and found
across a name that immediately the same. I wonder if it also my and it did not stop there as in a surname just like hers, Maritz
caught her attention. Atty. Samu- sounds like mine. Is it also the following years, several gen- has become more than an advi-
el O. Abellera, then president of pronounced A-bel-ye-ra?” erations of the family were also sor. “I am like a big sister to Ron-
an oil company, then and there, To her surprise, Atty. Sammy given Sun Life policies. nie and Gina and a tita to their
became the recipient of Maritz’s is also an Ilocano, like her hus- Maritz as well has become a children and grandchildren.”
phone call. band and herself. The ease of the constant part of Atty. Sammy’s Never mind the fact that the
Maritz told Atty. Sammy telephone conversation led to a life. While the Abelleras didn’t identical surnames were acciden-
that she was a Sun Life Finan- meeting where Maritz learned throw parties often, they made tal. She was already part of the
cial advisor and she would like that Atty. Sammy already had sure that Maritz would be invited family anyway.



MARLON C. MAGTIRA, Section Editor

JANUARY 1, 2013 C3

Pinoys embrace
mobile tech
Mobile technology will be more pervasive has been a steady increase since
in the succeeding years for more Filipinos 2009, and is greater among the
upper class, and younger-aged
as they become more digital-centric, groups.
according to “Media Atlas 2011-12 Based on the demographic
profile, 63 percent of the
Philippines: The Digital and Media Habits shoppers came from the ABC+
of Today’s Filipino Media Consumers” group followed by C- with 24
percent and D class, 13 percent.
recently conducted by Ipsos Media. The males were the bigger group
Carole Ann Sarthou, managing Other important mobile devices with 52 percent as compared to
director of Ipsos Philippines, for Filipinos are the digital the 48 percent of the females.
said the research indicated that camera (25 percent), MP3 Audio In the age grouping, the 25-
Philippines’ online penetration Playing (23 percent) and game 34 was biggest with 39 percent
rate is estimated to reach 40 playing (22percent), Filipinos followed by the 15-24 with 30
percent in 2015 from 30 percent figured prominently in social percent and the 35-44 with 16
in the 2012. Furthermore, media participation by being in percent.
the report said smartphone the eight spot with 26.9 million The Greater Manila Area had the
penetration in the country would members as of October 2012 heaviest online shopping activity
rise to 15 percent in 2015 from behind the United States (154. with 87 percent with Luzon and
the current 5 percent. 7 million), India (45.8 million), Visayas at five percent.
“Expect more Filipinos to use Brazil (44.1 million), Indonesia The research indicated 43
mobile technologies for their (43.5 million), Mexico (33.9 percent of the respondents said
communication needs as they million), Turkey (31.3 million) search for news and music
become more mobile-centric,” and the United Kingdom (30.1 followed by sports with 32
Sarthou said. million). percent and entertainment and
Ownership of laptops overtakes Furthermore, the Philippines Seizing mobile tech. education with 31 percent.
that of desktops while ownership also ranked eight among the top 20 With the multi-functionality of Despite the pervasive presence
of tablet among Filipinos is getting countries with Twitter accounts.
mobile phones, more Filipinos of digital media in the country,
can not live without it. the Ipsos research said the print
bigger, according to Sarthou. The accounts considered in the JUAN PAOLO MAGTIRA
“With the multi-functionality survey were created before 1 media still has niche especially in
of mobile phones, Filipinos say January 2012. On the top of the the older generation. Meanwhile,
that aside from TV, it’s their Philippines are the United States, the younger still likes the
mobile phones that they can’t Brazil, Japan, United Kingdom, traditional magazine.
live without and even plan to use Indonesia, India, and Mexico. The general population (28
this more often,” the research Sarthou observed that the percent) favored the newspaper
stated. research indicated that the fusion with 29 percent opting for the
The research indicated 81 of traditional and new media magazine.
percent used mobile phones resulted has become obscured. The ABC+ showed 47 percent
followed by laptops (70 percent) For instance, the development like the newspaper and 43 percent
and 33 percent for smartphones. of digital cameras has to internet cafes and 11 percent the home has become the top deployment of Filipino workers favored the magazine. In the 15
Moreover, 30 percent of the drastically changed the method accessed it at the workplace. place for Internet access. Forty- overseas has enabled the family – 24 age group, 21 percent said
respondents said they couldn’t of filmmaking. With a digital The top online activity for the three percent said they used members to buy these gadgets,” they liked the printed newspaper
live without the mobile phones camera, an aspiring filmmaker respondents among the Internet Internet cafes for accessing the said Sarthou. while 25 percent opted for the
while 21 percent plan to use it can develop a film with a users last month was visiting internet while 11 percent used Facebook emerged as the magazine. The 45-654 groups
more often. limited budget. Furthermore, the social networking websites with the workplace. most visited website for the showed a preference for the
“With the multi-functionality development of email has made 76 percent followed by email and “The affordability of laptops, respondents with 90 percent newspaper with 33 percent while
of mobile phones, Filipinos said communication faster and more chat (71 percent), information netbooks and tablets has enabled followed by Google and YouTube 17 percent chose the magazine.
that aside from TV, it’s their convenient. and search (48 percent), many Filipinos to access the with 69 percent each and Yahoo Sarthou said social media is
mobile phones that they can’t Sarthou said the research watching video (38 percent) and internet right in their homes. at 66 percent. changing consumer behaviors
live without and even plan to use showed Filipinos accessing the downloading and uploading (35 Furthermore, the increase in Although online purchase and expectations. In response,
this more often,” the research internet at home reached 60 percent). family incomes of millions of has still low acceptance in the companies must create time with
stated. percent while the 43 percent went With a 60 percent response, Filipinos mainly because of the Philippines, Sarthou said there consumers to determine their
needs and wants.

Global semicon revenues grow BYOD trend

SEMICONDUCTOR revenues worldwide IDC expects semiconductor inventories to
network infrastructure, and set-top
will see nominal growth this year at less than
1 percent reaching $304 billion according to
the year-end 2012 update of research firm
come into balance with demand in the second

second half of 2013.

“We expect lower, but positive global
box deployments will drive a healthy
quarter of 2013 with growth to resume in the
semiconductor growth cycle over the next
five years.
Other key findings from IDC include:
in 2013
IDC also forecasts that semiconductor GDP growth in 2013. Semiconductors for • Semiconductor revenues for the A RECENT report by research firm Ovum revealed that
revenues will improve by 4.9 percent to $319 smartphones will see healthy revenue growth
Computing industry segment will log year- “bring you own device” (BYOD) is becoming very popular
billion in 2013 and log a compound annual as appetite for data, multimedia processing,
over-year growth of 1.7 percent for 2013 among multinational corporations (MNCs) in Asia-Pacific.
growth rate (CAGR) of 4.1 percent from and multitasking will drive high-end and will show a muted CAGR of only 1.7 Over 70 percent of the surveyed companies already have
2011-2016, reaching $368 billion in 2016. smartphone demand in developed countries
percent for the 2011-2016 forecast period. policies to support approved employee-owned devices. Despite
Weakness in PC demand, DRAM and overall while an ongoing transition to 3G networks
Semiconductor revenues from mobile PC the large number of MNCs embracing this trend, however,
memory price deterioration, and semiconductor will accelerate smartphone adoption in demand will register 5.5 percent year- support is initially limited to certain areas and roles within the
over-year growth in 2013, after organization.
declining 7.7 percent in 2012.
Claudio Castelli, Ovum senior analyst for enterprise
• Semiconductor revenues for
telecoms, said:
the Communications segment
will grow 6.5 percent year “The growing acceptance of the BYOD trend by IT
over year in 2013 with a five- departments, and the greater need to mobilize data applications
year CAGR of 5.5 percent. and support a broader range of mobile devices, mean that chief
Semiconductor revenues for 4G information officers (CIOs_ are struggling to define their
phones will experience annual enterprise mobility strategy.
growth of 140.1 percent in 2013 “This is even more challenging for MNCs in Asia-Pacific,
and a CAGR of 103.4 percent for which have to cope with the various aspects of mobility across
2011-2016. a region that is extremely fragmented in terms of service
• Media tablets, e-Readers, set- availability, network quality, workplace practices, culture, and
top boxes, and blu-ray players, regulatory environment.”
will continue to see above average
Many companies’ IT departments frequently do not have the
semiconductor revenue growth.
ability or resources to meet the associated challenge in-house,
Sales of traditional devices such
as DVD players, DVD recorders, and are therefore considering providers’ help.
DVD players, portable media Managed mobility services offer an attractive approach to
players, and game consoles the issue, and are increasingly popular. Providers see this as
will continue to erode. Overall, a unique opportunity, and are launching a growing number of
semiconductor revenues for the solutions and services to support BYOD policies.
Healthy growth. Smartphones, mobile consumer devices including tablets and e-readers will drive a Consumer segment will record Over 60 percent of respondents identified the reduced cost
healthy semiconductor growth cycle over the next five years. KIN ENRIQUEZ year-over-year growth of 9.8 to the company in terms of purchasing hardware as a major
percent in 2013 and a 2011-2016 benefit of managing employee-owned mobile devices.
CAGR of 6.0 percent. Many mobile device management (MDM) providers cite
inventory rationalization, coupled with developing regions. PC demand will continue • Driven by strong global demand for innovation as another key benefit of supporting BYOD, but
continued global macroeconomic uncertainty to remain in a period of transition next year automobiles and increased semiconductor
most CIOs remain skeptical of this.
from lower global GDP growth, a slowdown in until more technology and design innovation content (i.e. applications such as in-vehicle
Less than a third of IT decision-makers believe innovation is
China, the Eurozone debt crisis and recession, begin to change the course of demand,” infotainment, automobile body electronics,
Japan’s recession, and ongoing fear of fiscal said Mali Venkatesan, research manager for and driver safety systems), semiconductor an important benefit of managing employee-owned devices.
cliff negotiations’ impact on IT spending by semiconductors at IDC. revenues for the Automotive segment is “The BYOD trend is driven primarily by employees’ desire
corporations have all been levers affecting Regionally, Japan and Europe continue expected to grow 5.9 percent (CAGR) for the to use their consumer mobile devices of choice at work.
global semiconductor demand this year. to be the two weakest regions. Although five-year forecast period. Although CIOs recognize that employee satisfaction and
Bright spots for the semiconductor market GDP growth has slowed in China, India, and • Regionally, Asia-Pacific will continue retention are important benefits of BYOD, they are pragmatic,
include smartphones, tablets, set-top boxes, Brazil, demand for smartphones, tablets, and to grow its share of semiconductor and are building the business cases around cost savings rather
and automotive electronics, which IDC automotive electronics remains strong. revenues, with year-over-year growth of than productivity gains,” concluded Castelli.
expects will continue to be key drivers of In the US, 4G phones, mobile consumer 5.5 percent in 2013 and a five-year CAGR
growth over the coming years. devices including tablets and e-readers, of 5.3 percent. Marlon Magtira




Manila Standard TODAY
Isah V. Red, Editor


just living it up, but, more importantly,
having a quality of life in which she
ISAH V. and those dear to her have the stron-
RED gest of connections at all times.
She knows it starts with herself. At
SIMPLY RED Will it be just like year, or not?
home, she doesn’t act like the superstar
that she is but joyfully assumes the role
of dutiful and loving wife and mother.
She bonds with Baby Nate by playing
THE entire local show- computer and online games with him,
posting pictures of themselves on Insta-
biz circle rings in the gram which brings a smile on the tot’s
face whenever she shows it to him, and
New Year today. they even watch videos on YouTube
together. She also researches via Inter-
Happy New Year! net on ways to take better care of Nate
Yes, a lot of them are hoping for the whether these are tips from mothers like
best. But not a few have raised eye- herself or expert advice.
brows in the thought that things will “When I got pregnant with Nate,
still be just like year. I don’t blame I did all my research on the Internet.
them. Many New Years had passed, I love reading about anything and
and showbiz has only gotten…well everything that could make me learn
not any better than many has hoped about pregnancy and babies. Parang
for. nanganak nga rin ako ng Ipad nung
In television, we will still be treat- ipinanganak ko si Nate,” she said
ed to fantasy or what the networks call laughing at the metaphor.
fantaserye or telefantasya. And if they For her loving husband Ogie, the
were straight dramas, we will still see diva prepares food that he simply can’t
the same plotline with lost or aban- resist. Knowing that Ogie gets to eat at
doned children rising to become busi- the finest restaurants on regular basis,
ness tycoons or something like that, she offers him delightful and homey
but networks throw in elements of alternatives by discovering how to give
love triangle, as if the Filipino people old favorites new twists; interesting rec-
have no other concerns but love. ipes that are out there in cyberspace that
Music has become so stale that last can be accessed with a few typewritten
year most recording companies turned words and several clicks.
out CDs of recycled music by some Regine also researches on possible
newbies or minor talents that instantly vacation destinations that she knows
became famous either because of their Ogie would want to visit if and when
looks or their family names. they would have that rare and precious
Do we think that will change? downtime. Sometimes, Regine would
Nah! It will continue because, as we purchase items that are only avail-
all know, the businessmen controlling able online to give as surprise gifts to
the recording companies have only her hubby since they both don’t have
one concern—the net income in the much time to go to malls.
sales ledger. Regine extends her love for Ogie
And in films? to his daughters Leila and Sarah in
Well, we all saw what’s happen- Australia by Skype-ing with the girls
ing in the recent Metro Manila Film regularly in order to update them on
Festival. A good film like Thy Womb is their father’s goings-on and vice-versa.
ignored at the box office, but the audi- She loves corresponding with Michelle
ence swarmed into theaters screening whom the former considers one of her
Sisterakas and Si Agimat, Si Enteng dearest friends. At times, Ogie, Regine
Kabisote, at Si Ako. The creative dif- and Baby Nate have animated conver-
ference between the first and the two GMA talents Chynna Ortaleza and Ryza Cenon sation with Michelle, Leila and Sarah
movies are lightyears away. Perhaps, regardless of differing time zones! Such
the Filipino movie audience will nev- Strongest Pinoy link read that “Down To Mars aims to Down To Mars ranked second to a high-
a happy, modern family, indeed.
er be ready for more serious, cerebral to K-Pop bridge differences thru their myriad ly established rock band and reached
But, of course, Regine’s fans re-
kind of film experience. And I am say- Down To Mars is solidifying its of music influences and interracial that high in spite of heavy competition
main on her list. So they feel connect-
ing…NEVER! hold as the country’s premier act with roots. They call themselves as Down from alternative rock groups.
ed with their idol at all times, Regine
legitimate credentials for music scene To Mars because “Down” serves as Down To Mars was also picked as
tweets about her activities and her
Chynna Ortaleza and domination. The group is alone in the their constant reminder to stay humble celebrity endorser of Chef Noodle, the
sentiments from time to time. In order
Ryza Cenon in 2013 Interpop music group brand, which while “Mars” means for them a world latest Korean franchise conquering
to give them the best with her every
that is unique and different.” the local food industry.
Celebrating birthdays are Chynna it earned by virtue of the fact that all The boygroup, composed of Kenji performance, the diva researches for
Ortaleza and Ryza Cenon’s way of of its members have interracial roots,
spending a pre-Christmas day bash with having Filipino blood as a com- Chua, Jang Seung Ri, Daisuke Hagi- At home, connected new songs to sing and new concepts
for her concerts. She also answers
that is also a perfect moment of reflec- mon denominator.
hara, Yheen Valero, Kiro Rivera, and complete their queries online or even just to ex-
Assembled by choreographer Geleen Sky Young, and Jeongwon Song, is Asia’s Songbird Regine Velasquez
tion for the closing year and the com- change pleasantries with them and ex-
ing one. got sick at a most inopportune time
early this month and it broke her press her gratitude for their unending
Both of them are looking forward to support and loyalty.
a lucky 2013 blessed with new projects heart how she couldn’t give her best
to her audience after undergoing ar- All these things and more, Regine
and other opportunities they deserve. couldn’t do without having the most
Ryza, on the one hand, is the Ulti- duous preparations for her silver an-
niversary concert. reliable internet connection that is
mate Female Survivor of StarStruck PLDT myDSL. With the Internet being
second edition. She has enjoyed a busy Regine is one artist who gives her
heart and soul when she performs mostly individualistic, PLDT myDSL
year with three programs to his credit-- changed the scenery by dramatizing
My Beloved, Luna Blanca, and the on- and the dedication she gives to her
audience is quite unparalleled. That’s how better connections at home can
going Aso Ni San Roque in which she is lead to rich shared experiences that
noticed for role as Grace Santos. why all eyes are trained on her as
she mounts the repeat of her “Silver” bonds the family even more.
She is set to appear in the film Ask Regine and she’ll tell you:
concert on Jan. 5 at the SM Arena,
where it all began, for free! A diva connected can celebrate the
Chynna, on the other hand, is beautiful life.
hailed for her loyalty after being one “I expected the audience to walk
of the few noted celebrities noticeably out, to boo me. I was prepared for the
vocal about keeping her network af- worst. But ironically, the complete op-
filiation intact. She has made her dent posite happened. They felt my pain and
as a pretty hot villain in several drama they sympathized with me. They were
series and her effective handling of one with me. Everyone was also very
her roles has always provided pluses Pinoy pop group Down To Mars members emotional that night as I was. I have
for the shows that she’s in. never felt more loved by my audience.
regularly seen on Kapuso Network’s That is the reason I wanted to give it
This year she was in three drama Eugenio who many years ago helped Party Pilipinas. The boys have Japa-
series: Sana Ay Ikaw Na Nga, Legacy, launched the Universal Motion Danc- back to them. Hold this repeat and give
and Luna Blanca. ers to stardom, Down To Mars is gain- nese, Chinese, and Korean blood. them what they truly deserve,” she said.
Having Filipino roots and mentality The big houses, the fancy cars, the
Both Ryza and Chynna are GMA ing grounds on the local music scene. provides the difference for Down To
Formed barely two years ago, the branded clothes, shoes and bags, trav-
Artist Center talents and members of Mars in relation to the countless K- eling around the world, running her
an all-female dance-and-sing group group already released a self-titled debut pop groups coming out these days. own businesses—name it, Regine has
album with one of their songs “Nandito
called SH. Ryza celebrated her birth- Filipino audiences, currently be- had it for many years now.
Lang Ako” used as theme for the GMA-
day on the 21st of December, while 7 Koreanovela, Smile Dong Hae. witched by the K-Pop phenomenon that But with the country’s top diva
Chynna observes her day of birth on Distributed by Polyeast Records, the has stormed the world over, have easily raising her own family—her baby
the 7th of the same month. album boasts tracks like the lead single embraced them with pride, being music Nate, her husband, singer-songwriter
For 2013, Ryza is set to star in “My Everything,” “Oh! Oh! Here We innovators that project Filipino artistry. Ogie Alcasid and his children with
GMA’s primetime drama, Indio and Are,” and “Fly, Fool’s Paradise.” In a social network survey for the Michelle Van Eimeren Morrow,
Chynna will be in Snow White. In their Facebook page, it can be most popular bands at the moment, Regine’s outlook has broadened to not Regine Velasquez-Alcasid

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