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Vol. XXVI No. 70 16 Pages, 3 Sections
P18.00 WEDNESDAY, May 9, 2012
By Maricel V. Cruz
THE House ways and means commit-
tee on Tuesday committed to approve
the proposed changes to the taxes on
cigarettes and alcoholic products be-
fore Congress adjourns on June 7, but
the bills opponents vowed to block
its approval.
We will do our best to pass the
sin tax reforms measures before we
adjourn sine die on June 7, Davao
City Rep. Isidro Ungab, the panel
chairman, told the Manila Standard,
He said his panel will today resume
the discussion on House Bill 5727 au-
thored by Cavite Rep. Joseph Emilio
Abaya, secretary general of the admin-
istrations Liberal Party. The so-called
sin-tax bill seeks to restructure the
By Alena Mae S. Flores
BEIJINGChinas rst deep-water oil drill is ready to start pro-
duction in the South China Sea amid an ongoing standoff with the
Philippines in another section of the contested waters.
The ofcial Xinhua News Agency says China National Off-
shore Oil Corp.s rig will start operations Wednesday in an area
320 kilometers southeast of Hong Kong. It will drill at a depth of
1,500 meters, Xinhua said in a report Tuesday.
The area where the platform will be stationed does not appear
to be under dispute, but southeast of it, ships from China and the
Philippines continue a standoff over Scarborough Shoal.
That dispute has been going on since April 10, when the Phil-
ippine Navy accused Chinese boats of shing illegally. Both
countries claim the shoal.
By Joyce Pangco Paares
PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino
III has ordered a comprehen-
sive security plan for the 2013
midterm elections by May 21,
Interior and Local Government
Secretary Jesse Robredo said
Tuesday.
The plan, he said, would in-
clude a course of action to dis-
mantle some 80 private armies
across the country, most of which
were operating in Mindanao.
It will be a comprehensive
security plan. It will include
election hot spots and a list of
contending parties, Robredo
said.
We hope to be able to dis-
mantle these 80 private armies
before next years elections,
or [at least] remove their in-
uence.
Last month, Mr. Aquino or-
dered the police to work double
time to dismantle private armies
ahead of the mid-term polls.
Records showed 28 private
armies had been dismantled
with 106 suspects arrested last
year. As of Nov. 30, the police
had listed 86 private armies with
1,781 members nationwide in
their watch list.
By Christine F. Herrera
MALACAANG on Tuesday
stepped in to prevent a ve-day
pork and chicken holiday after
ordering Agriculture and Cus-
toms ofcials to hold a six-hour
emergency meeting with hog and
poultry growers on Monday.
The members of the Swine
and Development Council and the
United Broiler Raisers Associa-
tion said Tuesday they will hold
off a planned pork and chicken
holiday for two weeks to allow
the government to take measures
to eliminate smuggling and the
over-importation of meat that
they say have killed 20 percent of
the backyard industry.
We hope this could lead to
something more solid, and that
our demands will be acted upon as
soon as possible without our hav-
ing to resort to a nationwide pork
and chicken holiday, said Daniel
Javellana Jr., council director and
chairman of the National Federa-
tion of Hog Farmers Inc.
Finance Secretary Cesar
Purisima called Mondays meet-
ing on the orders of President
Benigno Aquino III.
This was the rst time that
the pork growers and poultry
raisers met with the Finance,
Agriculture and Customs of-
cials in one meeting, said
council director Edwin Chen,
president of the Pork Producers
Federation of the Philippines.
We have agreed to hold in
abeyance the mounting of a
nationwide ve-day pork and
chicken holiday because Agri-
culture Secretary Proceso Alcala
promised to put in place the cor-
rective measures in two weeks,
said Agap Rep. Nicanor Briones,
a director of the council.
Briones said while he was
impressed with the three Cabinet
ofcials sitting down with them,
By Florante S. Solmerin
THE Philippines bought two
Hamilton-class cutters from the
United States to improve its na-
val capability in the middle of
the saber-rattling face off with
China at the Panatag Shoal, but
ofcials said Tuesday the Amer-
icans had stripped the two ves-
sels of their weapons.
Navy Flag-ofcer-in-Com-
mand Alexander Pama said the
US Coast Guard removed all the
weapons from the rst ship be-
fore turning it over to the Phil-
ippines. They will do the same
to the second vessel, which is
expected to arrive in the country
before the end of the year.
Pama said he joined a group
of Philippine ofcials led by For-
eign Affairs Secretary Albert del
Rosario and Defense Secretary
Voltaire Gazmin that traveled to
Washington recently and asked
the Americans to restore the can-
nons, guns, and radar system on
the two ships, but up to now the
request still hangs.
CHINAS Foreign Ministry on Tuesday
said it had summoned a top Philippine
diplomat in Beijing to complain over the
standoff in Scarborough Shoal, adding
Beijing would act in case of any escalation
of the conict over it.
The Chinese side has made all prepa-
rations to respond to any escalation of
the situation by the Philippine side, Vice
Foreign Minister Fu Ying told Charge
Daffaires Alex Chua.
Fu said the Philippines was increasing
the tensions and making it more difcult to
reach a negotiated settlement to the stand-
off, the ministry quoted her as saying in
a statement read on state televisions na-
tional noon broadcast.
I have summoned you twice last month,
urging the Philippines to calm down, and
to stop any actions that will expand and
complicate the issues, Fu told Chua.
But its obvious that the Philippines
hasnt realized they are committing a seri-
ous mistake.
Philippine and Chinese ships have been
locked in a month-long standoff over the
island in the South China Sea, which the
Philippines calls the Scarborough Shoal
and China calls Huangyan.
In Manila, two lawmakers on Tuesday
said the Philippines should quit playing the
By Rio N. Araja
ITS going to be hot until the start
of the rainy season in the second
week of May, and Metro Manilas
residents should expect oods
from June to August when the full
impact of La Nina coincides with
WEATHER
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Beijing ready for any escalation of standoff
Aquino orders comprehensive security plan for 2013 elections
House panel
assures okay
of sin tax bill
PH gets weaponless
cutter again from US
China to start oil production off shoal
Palace intervenes;
meat holiday out
Rains, floods
soon upon us
Ombudsman, other hostile witnesses subpoenaed
Corona to testify
Under oath. Sheriff Joseph Bisnar of a Quezon City regional trial
court appears as a witness during the impeachment trial of Supreme
Court Chief Justice Renato Corona.
Weaponless presence. This is the second Hamilton-class cutter
acquired by the Philippines from the United States Coast Guard,
which is another gunboat without guns
Burn, burn, burn. Abner Afuang, former mayor of
Pagsanjan, Laguna, burns a Chinese ag outside the
Chinese Embassy in Makati City to protest the intrusion
of Chinese ships in the West Philippine Sea. EY ACASIO
Chinese property. This
photo released by Xin Hua
news agency shows the Chi-
nese deep-water drilling rig.
New commander. President Aquino congratulates Gen. Jessie Dellosa after taking his oath in Malacanang as the new Armed Forces Chief
of Staff. Inset shows the new generals and ag ofcers during the oath-taking ceremony. Beside the President is National Defense Secretary
Voltaire Gazmin.
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Chief Justice Renato Corona
At Tuesdays hearing in his
impeachment trial, Coronas
counsel Jose Roy said the chief
justice wanted to face Carpio-
Morales in court after she pub-
licly accused him of having $10
million in bank deposits.
Chief Justice Corona will
testify when the matter of the $10
million bank account is raised
under oath, Roy told the Senate
impeachment court.
He wants to face those who
have been attacking him outside
the trial under oath.
Roy said Corona had long
wanted to answer the allegations
against him fair and square, rath-
er than in a word war.
We will present the chief jus-
By Maricel V. Cruz
CHIEF Justice Renato Corona will
testify in his impeachment trial after
his accusers, including Ombudsman
Conchita Carpio-Morales, are subpoe-
naed, his lawyers said Tuesday.
tice along with other witnesses
after the persons cited have n-
ished their testimony, Roy said.
He asked the Senate impeach-
ment court to subpoena Carpio-
Morales and Akbayan Rep.
Walden Bello, who had led a
complaint with the Ofce of the
Ombudsman against Corona over
his alleged dollar accounts.
The other hostile witnesses
subpoenaed included former Ak-
bayan Rep. Risa Hontiveros and
Harvey Keh.
Senate President Juan Ponce
Enrile granted the defenses re-
quest and welcomed the move to
present the chief justice.
We are happy that you are now
cooperating with us, Enrile said.
Senate President Pro Tempore
Jinggoy Estrada assured the de-
fense panel that the chief justice
would be treated properly and
with due respect.
Roy said that, apart from the
purported $10 million account,
the chief justice would also testi-
fy on his peso and dollar accounts
at the Philippine Savings Bank.
When the chief justice testi-
es those questions will be an-
swered, Roy said.
He assured the court that Coro-
na will not invoke the bank secrecy
law on foreign currency deposits,
which prohibits the disclosure of a
persons bank accounts, and that he
will disclose everything about his
bank accounts.
There is a strong possibility
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Republic of the Philippines
COURT OF APPEALS
Manila
INVITATION TO BID
For supply and Delivery of 320 sets of personal computers,
320 units UPS and 314 units of laser printers
1. The Court of Appeals, through the Continuing Appropriations Fund intends to apply the sum
of P23, 880,000.00 being the Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC) to payment under
the contract for the Supply and Delivery of 320 sets of personal computers and UPS and
314 units of non-impact monochrome printers. Bids received in excess of the ABC shall be
automatically rejected at the bid opening.
2. The Court of Appeals through its Bids and Awards Committee now invites bids for the Supply
and Delivery of the following items describe as:
320 Sets Personal Computers and UPS:
Perform the necessary operations to complete the supply and delivery of 320 sets of
personal computers and UPS. These include but not limited to the following:
Supply and delivery of 272 sets of Personal Computers and UPS to CA-Manila
Supply and delivery of 24 sets of Personal Computers and UPS to CA-Cebu
Supply and delivery of 24 sets of Personal Computers and UPS to CA-CDO
Project Duration: 45 Days
314 Units of Non-impact Monochrome Printers:
Perform the necessary operations to complete the supply and delivery of 314 units of
non-impact monochrome printers. These include nut not limited to the following:
Supply and delivery of 266 units of non-impact monochrome printers to CA-Manila
Supply and delivery of 24 units of non-impact monochrome printers to CA-Cebu
Supply and delivery of 24 units of non-impact monochrome printers to CA-CDO
Conduct of users orientation at CA-Manila, CA-Cebu and CA-CDO
Project Completion 45 days
Bidders should have completed, within three (3) years from the date of submission and
receipt of bids, a contract similar to the Project.
3. Bidding will be conducted through open competitive bidding procedures using a non-
discretionary pass/fail criterion as specifed in the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR)
of Republic Act (RA) 9184, otherwise known as the Government Procurement Reform Act
Bidding is restricted to Filipino citizens/sole proprietorship, partnerships, or organizations
with at least sixty percent (60%) interest or outstanding capital stock belonging to citizens
of the Philippines, and to citizens or organizations of a country the laws or regulations of
which grant similar rights or privileges to Filipino citizens, pursuant to RA 5183 and subject
to Commonwealth Act 138.
4. Interested bidders may obtain further information from the BAC Secretariat, c/o Offce of
the Clerk of Court and inspect the Bidding Documents at the address given below during
offce hours.
Acomplete set of Bidding Documents may be purchased by interested Bidders starting May
9, 2012 from the address below and upon payment of a nonrefundable fee in the amount
of P7,500.00 for the bidding Documents for personal computers and UPS; P2,500.00 for
non-impact monochrome printers.
5. The Court of Appeals through its Bids and Awards Committee will hold a Pre-Bid Conference
on May 28,2012 at 2:00PM at the CA Auditorium, Ground Floor, Centennial Building, Ma.
Orosa St., Ermita, Manila which shall be open only to all interested parties who have
purchased the Bidding Documents.
6. Bids must be delivered to the BAC Secretariat, c/o Offce of the Clerk of Court, Room 101,
Main Building, Ma. Orosa St., Ermita Manila on June 11, 2012, from 8:00AM-12:00 NOON.
All bids must be accompanied by a bid security in any of the acceptable forms and in the
amount stated in ITB.
Bid Opening shall be on June 11,2012 at 2:00 PM at the CA Auditorium, Ground Floor,
Centennial Bldg. Bids will be opened in the presence of the Bidders' representatives who
choose to attend. Late bids shall not be accepted.
7. The Court of Appeals reserves the right to reject any or all eligibility documents or proposals
without offering any reason, waive any defect or formalities contained therein, accept any
proposal which is considered most advantageous to the government or annul the bidding
process prior to contract award.
8. The Court of Appeals assumes no responsibility whatsoever to compensate or indemnify
bidders for any expenses incurred in the preparation of the bid.
9. For further inquiries, contact the BAC Secretariat, c/o Offce of the Clerk of Court at 523-21-
13 or 524-12-41 loc. 219, 315, telefax 526-58-34
Approved by:
(Sgd.) J. JUAN Q. ENRIQUEZ, JR.
Chairperson
Bids & Awards Committee on
Purchase and Acquisition of Court
Facilities, Equipment and Supplies
( MST- May 9, 2012)

Republic of the Philippines
DEPARTMENT OF AGRI CULTURE
NATIONAL TOBACCO ADMINISTRATION
Scout Reyes Street, corner Panay Avenue, Quezon City
Tel. No. (02) 374-3987 Fax No. (02) 374-2505
I NVI TATI ON TO APPLY FOR ELI GI BI LI TY AND TO BI D
( MST- May 9 & 16, 2012)
The National Tobacco Administration (NTA) through its Bids and Awards Committee
(BAC), invites interested contractors to apply for eligibility and if found eligible, to bid for
the hereunder project:
Contract ID: PB 2012-04
Name of Contract: Construction of the NTA AgriPinoy Tobacco Farmers Food
Processing Plant and Trading Center Complex
Location: Brgy. Nanguneg, Narvacan, Ilocos Sur
Brief Description: This Project includes the construction of a Main Food Processing,
Slaughter House and Chicken Dressing Plant.
Approved Budget
for the Contract: PhP 46,844,535.14 Corporate Funds. Bids received in excess of
the ABC shall be automatically rejected at Bid opening.
Project Duration: 150 calendar days
The BAC will conduct the public bidding in accordance with RA 9184 and its Implementing
Rules and Regulations Part A.
To bid for this contract, a contractor must submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) signed by the person
authorized in the Contractors License issued by the PCAB. The LOIs shall be submitted by
the Authorized Liaison Offcer as specifed in the Contractors Information (CI). Submission of
LOIs by persons with a Special Power of Attorney, who are not specifed in the CI, shall not
be allowed. The contractor must purchase bid documents and must meet the following major
criteria: (a) Filipino citizen or 75% Filipino-owned partnership, corporation, cooperative, or
joint venture with PCAB license applicable to the type and cost of this contract, (b) completion
of a similar contract costing at least 50% of ABC within a period of ten years, and (c) Net
Financial Contracting Capacity at least equal to ABC, or credit line commitment for at least
10% of ABC. The BAC will use non-discretionary pass/fail criteria in the eligibility check and
preliminary examination of bids.
Schedule of BAC Activities:
BAC Activities Schedule
1. Deadline for the submission of Letters of
Intent (LOI), including application for
Eligibility and issuance of Eligibility Forms
May 22, 2012
2. Deadline for submission of Eligibility
Requirements
May 25, 2012
3. Notice of Results of Eligibility Check May 28, 2012
4. Issuance of Bid Documents May 29, 2012
5. Pre-bid Conference June 01, 2012 at 10:00 a.m., at the 3
rd

Floor NTA Bldg.
6. Receipt and Opening of Bids June 14, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at the 3
rd

Floor of NTA Bldg.
The BAC will issue Bidding Documents only to Bidders declared by the BAC to be eligible for
the bidding upon payment of a non-refundable Bidding Fee in the amount of Fifteen Thousand
Pesos (PhP15,000.00) to the NTA Cash and Fund Management Division.
Prospective Bidders shall submit their duly accomplished form as specifed in the BDs
in two (2) separate sealed bid envelopes to the BAC Chairman. The frst envelope shall
contain the technical component of the bid, which shall include the eligibility requirements.
The second envelope shall contain the fnancial component of the bid. Contract will be
awarded to the Lowest Calculated Responsive Bid as determined in the bid evaluation and
the post-qualifcation.
The NTA reserves the right to reject any or all bids without offering any reason, waive any
required formality and award the contract to the bidder, whose proposal, as evaluated, is
the most advantageous to the NTA.
The NTAassumes no responsibility whatsoever to compensate or indemnify the bidders for
any expenses or losses that may be incurred in the preparation of bids, nor does it guarantee
that an award will be made.
The NTA BIDS and AWARDS COMMITTEE (BAC)

Rains...
the peak of the southwest mon-
soon, the weather bureau said
Tuesday.
will start affecting
the country in the next three
months, aggravating the south-
west monsoon to bring heavy
rain, according to Susan Espin-
ueva, head of the Hydrometeo-
rology Division of the Philip-
pine Atmospheric, Geophysical
and Astronomical Services Ad-
ministration.
La Nia will worsen the rainy
season, Espinueva said.
Brace for serious oods in
Metro Manila and landslides in
other parts of the country.
The wet season starts in June,
peaks in July to September and
peters out in October. Sometimes
the rain arrives late and the down-
pours last until December.
The weather patterns are dic-
tated by the prevailing winds, and
the southwest monsoon prevails
from May to October. The north-
west monsoon or the dry season
takes over from November to
early May.
Espinueva says Metro Manilas
low-lying areas such as Marikina
City, San Juan City and the towns
and cities along the Pasig-Mariki-
na River will experience heavy
rain caused by tropical storms and
thunderstorms.
About 52 percent of the oods
in Metro Manila are caused by ty-
phoons, and 48 percent by local-
ized thunderstorms, she said.
She says from May to August
excessive rainfall will cause land-
slides and ash oods in Zam-
bales, Abra, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos
Sur, the Cordillera Administra-
tive Region, Benguet, Cagayan,
Iloilo, Zamboanga, the Cotabato
provinces and the mountainous
regions in the western part of the
country.
But parts of Southern Luzon in-
cluding Aurora, the Quezon prov-
inces and Isabela will be spared,
Espinueva says.
Corona...
that he will disclose everything,
Roy said.
The court said it will resume
its hearings on Monday, May 14,
after granting a defense motion
for a 48-hour continuance to pre-
pare for new witnesses.
Justice Secretary Leila de Lima
said she will appear again before
the Senate as a hostile witness in
the impeachment trial once she
received a subpoena.
On Monday, the court granted
the defense request that she testify
as a hostile witness on the Supreme
Courts decision last year to grant
a temporary restraining order to
allow former President and now
Pampanga Rep. Gloria Arroyo to
seek medical treatment abroad, an
order she refused to carry out.
De Lima said she preferred not to
have to testify again, but Enrile on
Monday denied a prosecution motion
to quash the subpoena issued to her.
The prosecution had presented De
Lima to support its allegation that Co-
rona showed partiality in granting Ar-
royo a temporary restraining order so
she could travel abroad.
The prosecution on Tuesday ques-
tioned a writ of execution in favor of
Coronas wife Cristina in a dispute
over the ownership of a family corpo-
ration, Basa-Guidote Enterprise Inc.,
with her late uncle Jose Basa.
At the hearing, private prosecu-
tor Winston Ginez said the ruling,
which gave the Corona couple
access to the companys funds,
should not have been carried out
because Basa was dead when the
decision was issued.
The prosecutors, meanwhile,
said they were ready to le a new
impeachment case against Co-
rona after a year once the Senate
acquitted him this time around.
Denitely, we will le again,
said Rep. Juan Edgardo Angara, a
prosecution spokesman.
He said a the new case would be
stronger and reveal more irregu-
larities involving the chief justice.
Enrile on Tuesday said there was
no reason for Senator Edgardo An-
gara to inhibit himself from the im-
peachment trial even though his son
was working for the prosecution.
Why should he inhibit him-
self? His son is an adult. He is not
a dependent of Senator Angara,
Enrile said after the defense ques-
tioned the senators impartiality.
Defense counsel and former
Justice Seran Cuevas said the
mere participation of Represen-
tative Sonny Angara in any aspect
of these proceedings places Sena-
tor-Judge Angara in a position of
potential conict.
What seems to be missed in all
this is that Representative Sonny
Angara is the son and direct descen-
dant of Senator-Judge Angara.
The senator said he would not
inhibit himself from the proceed-
ings. With Rey E. Requejo and
Joel Zurbano
PH...
Asked if the second ship to ar-
rive this year would also be weap-
onless like the rst ship, the BRP
Gregorio del Pilar, Pama said: It
is the same as the BRP Gregorio
del Pilar unless they change their
minds.
The 378-foot high-endurance
cutters were previously armed
with a compact gun system, two
25 mm bushmaster cannons, a
modern 76 mm 62 caliber weap-
on, and SPS-40 air search radar.
The cutters ight deck and
hangar can accommodate HH-
60J Jayhawk SAR helicopters. It
is equipped with harpoon ASM
launchers and Mk 15 Phalanx 20
mm CIWS or close-in weapon
system.
Pama said the Americans were
expected to turn over the second
ship to the Philippines on May 23,
but the ship would undergo repairs
for several weeks and could be
commissioned by December.
It needs repairs, and while
were doing this we will also train
our men who will be assigned to
the ship, Pama said.
He said the Philippines rushed
the acquisition of the second ship
following the standoff with China
at the Panatag Shoal, although
the BRP Gregorio del Pilar had
been recalled and replaced by two
maritime ships from the Philip-
pine Coast Gard and the Bureau of
Fisheries.
Highly-placed sources in the
military said the withdrawal of
the BRP Gregorio del Pilar was a
stategic move by the Philippines
to avoid escalating the tension
and a possible shooting war with
China.
The sources said BRP Gregorio
del Pilar was a gunboat, and it was
likely that China would match it
by sending their own gunboats in
the area, which would be embar-
rassing for the Philippines because
the del Pilar had no weapons.
Asked by reporters if the Coast
Guard vessels at the Panatag Shoal
had arms, one of the sources said:
Yes, they have pistols.
Aquino...
The ofcer-in-charge governor
of the Autonomous Region in
Muslim Mindanao, meanwhile,
warned that next years elections
would be tainted with allegations
of cheating again if no new vot-
ers registration was held.
We want to address the per-
ception that the ARMM is the
cheating capital of the country
and the way to do that is through a
general registration to cleanse the
voters list, Hataman said after
the newly appointed members of
the regional legislative assembly
took their oath Tuesday.
There will again be doubts on
the outcome of the elections in the
ARMM, especially after the recent
census which showed that the pop-
ulation went down, so there should
also be a signicant decrease in the
votersregistration.
Hataman said the rst agenda
of the newly appointed legislative
assembly members was to pass a
resolution requesting the Elections
Commission to conduct a general
registration in the ARMM.
The Comelec earlier rejected
Malacaangs appeal for a new
registration in the ARMM, except
in Maguindanao.
On Tuesday, 18 senators signed
a resolution urging the Comelec
to conduct a new general registra-
tion of voters in all municipalities
and cities in the region to ensure
clean and honest elections.
Those who signed the resolu-
tion were Senators Franklin Dril-
on, Aqulino Pimentel III, Jinggoy
Estrada, Vicente Sotto III, Ed-
gardo Angara, Ferdinand Marcos,
Jr., Antonio Trillanes IV, Pia Cay-
etano, Francis Escudero, Sergio
Osmena III, Ralph Recto, Manuel
Lapid, Gregorio Honasan, Panlo
Lacson, Allan Peter Cayetano,
Teosto Guingona III, Francis
Pangilinan, and Loren Legarda.
Data from the National Statis-
tics Ofce showed the ARMM
population had bloated to 4.1
million in 2007---the same year
when allegations of massive elec-
tion cheating surfaced. That gure
was reduced to 3.3 million after a
revalidation in 2010.
Drilon said if the voters lists
were not cleansed, the election
results would be suspect.
The anomaly in the ARMM
has national ramications be-
cause these ghost, ctitious and
double, some are triple, registrants
constitute the so-called com-
mand votes or controlled votes
wielded by political warlords that
could decide the winner not only
in local but most importantly the
national elections, Drilon said.
The members of the ARMMs re-
gional legislative assembly who took
their oath at the Palace Tuesday were:
Nurjay Sahali, Rodolfo Ba-
wasanta and Carlum Jumaide for
the lone district of Tawi-Tawi
7Juni Ilimin, Jarah Hamja and
Rajam Akbar for the lone district
of Basilan
Satrina Tulawie, Nedra Bura-
han and Mahendra Madjilon for
the 1st district of Sulu
Bhydir Sarapuddin, Abdel
Anni, Irene Pungutan-Tillah for
the 2nd district of Sulu
Ziaur Adiong, Rasol Mitmug
Jr., and Majul Gandamra for the
1st district of Lanao del Sur
Yasser Balindong, Sittie
Norhanie Lao and Alexander
Menor for the 2nd district of La-
nao del Sur
Arafat Kusain, Suharto Ibay,
and Romeo Sema for the 1st dis-
trict of Maguindanao;
Bassir Utto, Rahima Alba,
and Khadafeh Mangudadatu for
the 2nd district of Maguindanao
Yasir Naga, Samira Gutoc,
Deonato Mokudef as sectoral rep-
resentatives. With Joel E. Zurbano
Beijing ...
desperate American Boy and
start shifting its diplomatic strat-
egy through a more vigorous
pursuit of bilateral talks with
China end the saber-rattling be-
tween the two nations.
Ang Kasangga partylist Rep.
Teodorico Haresco and Western
Samar Rep. Mel Senen Sarmiento
said the United States would al-
ways remain a valuable Philippine
ally, but playing AmBoy would
not only look bad for the country
but would also aggravate its es-
trangement with China.
Haresco, vice chairman of the
House Committee on small busi-
ness and entrepreneurship devel-
opment, said what the Philippine
government should do was cre-
ate a joint China-Philippines
study commission, with the
Philippine panel possibly led
by Transportation and Commu-
nication Secretary Mar Roxas,
which would conduct explorato-
ry bilateral talks focused mainly
on how both countrys could re-
solve the Spratlys issue.
We have to rally behind Presi-
dent Aquino and urge Foreign Af-
fairs towards establishing a joint
Philippines-China Study Com-
mission with the primary objec-
tive of strengthening our bilateral
ties, Haresco said in a statement.
Sarmiento, vice chairman of
the House national defense com-
mittee, said It is either Amboy
or we end up as Chinaboy.
He said the US would always
be a Philippine ally,
But we should show some
restraint in playing AmBoy es-
pecially because China has be-
come a key trading partner,
Maricel Cruz, with AP and
Bloomberg
House...
excise tax system for alcohol and
tobacco products by adopting a
unitary tax system.
Ungab made his statement after
Malacaang on Monday renewed
its call to Congress to pass the bill
after the collections of Customs
and Internal Revenue fell below
target in the rst quarter.
He was optimistic that the bill
would pass despite the strong op-
position from some of his panels
members.
Administration lawmakers be-
longing to the Northern Luzon
Alliance and their supporters in
the House have vowed to oppose
the sin tax reform bill because
it will kill the cigarette industry
and encourage the smuggling and
counterfeiting of cigarettes.
They say that since cigarettes
will no longer be within the reach
of ordinary or poor consumers if
the bill is passed.
COOP NATCCO party-list
Rep. Jose Ping-ay, chairman of
the House committee on coopera-
tives development, says imposing
a single tax rate on low-grade and
high- or premium-grade cigarettes
will kill the tobacco industry.
It will denitely kill the lo-
cal industry because nobody will
buy the local class Virginia leaves
anymore, he said.
Quezon City Rep. Vincent Crisolo-
go, vice chairman of the House ap-
propriations committee, raised the
issue on cigarette smuggling.
Was the possibility of smug-
gling contended with? he said.
La Union Rep. Eufranio
Eriguel, vice chairman of the
House committee on the North
Luzon Growth Quadrangle, ear-
lier asked what would happen if
the tax reform bill became law.
What will be the effect on
our farmers, our stakeholders?
Eriguel said.
Ilocos Sur Rep. Ryan Singson,
an administration ally, said he
feared for the tobacco farmers in
the Ilocos, a tobacco-producing
region. The National Tobacco
Administration says about 2.7
million families depend on the to-
bacco industry.
Presidential spokesman Edwin
Lacierda says the pending bill
indexing the taxes on tobacco
and alcohol products to ination
should bring in as much as P60
billion a year in revenues.
Palace...
former President Gloria Macapagal-
Arroyo had met with the industry
twice because their business involved
food security and public health.
Purisima, who sent word that he
was not feeling well after a week-
long Asian Development Bank
conference, sent Undersecretary
Carlo Carag in his place.
Present in the meeting were
Carag, Alcala and Customs Com-
missioner Runo Biazon, Briones
and Durian Tan for the Swine De-
velopment Council, and lawyer
Elias Jose Inciong, vice president
of the United Broiler Raisers As-
sociation for the poultry industry.
Yes, their demands are not just
doable. Most I already did before
the meeting, Biazon said.
The others we just need to ex-
plain to them. It was a good friend-
ly meeting. Just as I said before,
lets talk instead of trading accusa-
tions through the media.
Biazon told the hog and poultry
growers that he had already started
a revamp in his bureaus importa-
tion section.
Commissioner Biazon and
Secretary Alcala agreed to jointly
purge the list of existing importers
and scrutinize the new set of appli-
cants, Tan said.
Briones said some of the top 10
importers had ctitious addresses
and owners, while the top importer
only had P31,000 in paid-up capital
but was able to import P650 million
worth of frozen meat.
We have nothing against the le-
gitimate importers, Briones said.
What we are fighting are the
smugglers that flood the wet markets
with imported frozen meat that was
being passed off as fresh meat and un-
fairly dragging down prices because
they do not pay the correct tariff.
Briones said some P3.7 billion
in revenues were being lost each
year to smuggling and the over-
importation of meat.
Javellana said Alcala and Biazon
were considering bringing back to
the 2007 level the 40-percent tariff
on offal, skin, fat and rind.
The government brought the
rate down to 5 percent after the US
government pressured the Philip-
pines and lobbied the World Trade
Organization to bring down the
levy in exchange for favorable ac-
tion on the quantitative restriction
on rice, Javellana said.
We nd it a bit unfair that we
are being used as a bargaining chip
for the QR on rice, Chen said.
Alcala and Biazon also agreed to
increase the reference price for swine
to $2.10, $2.12 and $2.97 a kilogram
from $0.80 and $0.97 and $1.23 a ki-
logram for chicken from $0.54.
The two ofcials assured the
stakeholders that they would be
more vigilant in conscating
smuggled pork and chicken meat,
and that they would hold regular
dialogues with the industry.
The meat importers on Tuesday
kept up a campaign to defend their
business.
To stop pork imports in these
times of short supply is truly disas-
trous and equivalent to an act of
economic sabotage, the Philippine
Association of Meat Processors Inc.,
Meat Importers and Traders Asso-
ciation Inc., and the Cold Chain As-
sociation of the Philippines Inc. said
in a joint statement.
The position that the hog rais-
ers have argued is misleading, in-
accurate and malicious. Only the
Filipino consumers will suffer. We
ask the government to be better
balanced.
The three industry groups were
responding to the call made by lo-
cal hog raisers for the government
to stop or limit the importation of
meat products.
China...
In Manila, Philex Mining
Corp., majority shareholder
of Forum Energy plc and
China National Offshore Oil
Co., Chinas state-owned oil
and gas rm, are in talks for
a possibile joint development
of the Recto Bank in the West
Philippine Sea, an ofcial
said Tuesday.
Philex Mining chairman
Manuel Pangilinan told report-
ers he went to Beijing last week
on the invitation of CNOOC,
Chinas largest producer of
offshore crude oil and natural
gas and one of the largest inde-
pendent oil and gas exploration
and production companies in
the world.
I was in Beijing last week and
met with CNOOC, thats as far as
I can go at this stage, he said.
Yes, we discussed SC 72,
that was the principal subject
matter of CNOOC. With AP
News
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Counting
machines
are fixed,
govt says
Tourist arrivals hit 1.1m,
on track to reach 4.6m
By Macon Ramos-Araneta
TOURIST arrivals to the Philippines hit an all-time high of 1,148,072
during the rst three months of the year, posting an increase of
16.03% versus last years arrivals of 989,501 for the same period,
according to Tourism Secretary Ramon R. Jimenez.
During this period, visitors to the Philippines increased by 16
percent to hit almost 1.15 million. From this record, we have now
achieved 25 percent of our international visitor target of 4.6 million
for this year, noted Jimenez.
He said Korea, USA, Japan, China, and Taiwan remain the top ve
tourist-generating countries.
The Korean market maintained its big lead over the other producers,
contributing 265,031 visitors for a share of 23.08% of the total tourist
arrivals during the quarter. This is a 16.04% increase compared to
last years arrivals of 228,398 visitors.
The US market captured 15.64% of the total arrivals, or 179,561
visitors, growing at 6.35% compared to last years gures of 168,847
during the same period.
Visitors from Japan numbered at 104,558, or 9.11% of the total
visitors, an increase of 3.85% from last year.
The fourth and fth biggest generating markets are China and Taiwan,
which consequently got the biggest double-digit growth rates of 77.53%
and 37.49% respectively, compared to last years gures. China and
Taiwan registered 96,455 and 57,745 visitor arrivals this year compared
to last years gures of 54,332 and 42,000 visitors respectively.
The other fast-growing markets include Australia with 47,651
arrivals for a share of 4.15%, Canada with 36,517 arrivals at 3.18%,
Singapore with 35,975 arrivals at 3.13%, United Kingdom with
31,700 at 2.76%, Hongkong with 28,800 at 2.51%, Malaysia with
24,327 at 2.12%, and Germany with 21,106 at 1.84% share.
Overseas Filipinos contributed 4.65% to the total tourist trafc at
53,404 arrivals. This segment grew by 4.98% compared to last years
volume of 50,871 visitors.
The DOT chief noted that our international exposure on CNN,
promotional efforts in key markets, policy reforms to ease entry
and enhance market access, and ongoing improvements in road and
airport infrastructure will help bring in more warm bodies.
Therefore, we see no reason why we wont hit our target of 4.6 M
this year, he said.
He stressed the world is now starting to see that Its More Fun
in the Philippines is not just a bunch of words on a streamer, but
a competitive argument for choosing the Philippines as one of the
worlds top tourist destinations.
During the resumption of oral arguments on the petition to nullify
the deal between the Comelec and Smartmatic, Jardeleza stressed that
the glitches that were found when the precinct count optical scan ma-
chines (PCOS) were used in the 2010 elections have been corrected.
They have been xed, Your Honor... The record will show that
Smartmatic continued doing the xes and enhancement at no addi-
tional costs, Jardeleza said, replying to the query made by Associate
Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno.
The chief state lawyer argued that the deal between Comelec and Smart-
matic was legal and above board, saying that the Comelec itself would be the
one to operate the 82,000 PCOS machines in next years polls.
The exercise of the option to purchase is legal because the option
is valid. And even arguing that the period (to exercise the option) had
expired, it was extended by the parties. Theres absolutely nothing
illegal with that extension, the Solicitor General said.
We understand that they can run the system given their experience
in 2010. Theyll have the comfort level when they receive all docu-
mentation, Jardeleza added.
However, Sereno pointed out that SysTest Labs, a US rm that
certies voting software and which the Comelec chose to review
the source codes, reported a problem of documentation about the
PCOS machines during the 2010 elections.
I am very, very concerned about the nding in 2010 that there is
a problem of documentation. In other words, the hope that Comelec
can run the entire system is negated by this documentation decien-
cy, Sereno disclosed. You will have a problem of dependency.
But Jardeleza said that Smartmatic had provided Comelec with all
the procedure books needed to run the machines.
The technical evaluation committee of the Comelec will not ap-
prove the contract until all documents are in, he said.
Smartmatic executive Cesar Flores accused civil society groups
who questioned the contract before the high court of spreading mis-
leading information.
Its important to tell the public that some of these groups here
have given erroneous information... even claiming glitches that are
not existent. For example, some groups told the public that digital
signatures were disabled in 2010. That is completely incorrect,
Flores told reporters during a break at the hearing.
Digital signatures were used in 2100. That is something we can
prove scientically to the public. It is important that the court can nd
out what the glitches really are and what are misrepresentations and
basically misleading ideas from the complainants, he added.
On the other hand, Jardeleza said that the Comelec would still have
to bid out the management of the transmission of the elections results
and the transmission facilities.
By Rey E. Requejo
SOLICITOR General Francis
Jardeleza assured the Supreme Court
on Tuesday that glitches in the counting
machines the Commission on Elections
is buying from Smartmatic for P1.8
billion have been xed and the poll body
is preparing to operate them in next
years elections.
Republic of the Philippines
Department of Finance
Securities and Exchange Commission
SEC Building, EDSA, Greenhills, Mandaluyong City
SEC MEMORANDUM CIRCULAR NO. _2_
Series of 2012
GUIDELINES ON SECURITIES DEPOSIT OF BRANCH OFFICES
OF FOREIGN CORPORATIONS
SECTION 1. POLICY STATEMENT
Pursuant to Section 126 of the Corporation Code of the Philippines, the Commission
resolved to adopt this set of guidelines to provide reasonable assurance that branch
offces of foreign corporations duly licensed to do business in the Philippines shall
be able to settle their obligations incurred within the Philippines, and to ensure their
compliance with investment requirements.
SECTION 2. COVERAGE AND SCHEDULE OF POSTING
This Circular shall apply to all branch offces of foreign corporations duly licensed
to do business in the Philippines that are mandated to deposit securities with the
Commission in accordance with the following schedule:
a. Within 60 days after the issuance of its SEC license, securities within
an actual market value of at least P100,000.00;
b. Additional securities shall be deposited within six months after the
end of the fscal year indicated in the Financial Statements (FS) in
the following situations:
i. If the licensees gross income within the Philippines for that
fscal year exceeds P5,000,000.00, additional securities
with an actual market value equivalent to two percent (2%)
of the increase in said gross income; and
ii. If the actual market value of the securities deposited has
decreased by at least ten percent (10%) from the time it
was deposited, additional securities with an actual market
value that would cover the decrease.
Thereafter, the Commission shall issue a Certifcate of deposit of
additional securities.
The following corporations are not required to post securities deposit:
a. foreign banking corporation including offshore banking units;
b. foreign insurance corporation;
c. foreign non-stock corporations including foreign religious corporations;
d. foreign corporations which have established representative offces
in the Philippines;
e. regional or area headquarters of multinational companies; and
f. operating regional headquarters of multinational companies.
SECTION 3. DEFINITION OF TERMS
3.1 Commission means the Securities and Exchange Commission.
3.2 Gross Income as contemplated under Section 126 of the Corporation
Code and consistent with the defnition of Revenue under Paragraph
7 of Philippine Accounting Standard (PAS) 18, shall mean the gross
infow of economic benefts during the period arising in the course
of the ordinary activities of an entity when those infows result in
increases in equity, other than increases relating to contributions from
equity participants. No deductions shall be allowed from the gross
amount of income or revenue, except those direct cost and expense
items that may be allowed by the Commission.
3.3 For ei gn Cor por at i on refers to licensee-foreign corporation
(Philippine Branch) as defned under Section 123 of the Corporation
Code of the Philippines.
SECTION 4. ITEMS DEDUCTIBLE FROM THE GROSS INCOME COMPUTATION
OF CERTAIN TYPES OF BRANCH OFFICES
4.1 Sales Returns, Allowances and Discounts
A contra revenue account that reports (1) merchandise returned by a
customer, and (2) the allowances granted to a customer because the
seller shipped improper or defective merchandise. These will reduce
the sellers accounts receivable and are subtracted from sales (along
with sales discounts) to arrive at net sales.
4.2 Direct Costs and Expenses Incurred with Foreign Entities and
Related Parties
The following direct costs and expenses incurred with foreign entities
and related parties are allowable deductions from Gross Income:
a. Cost of sales incurred with foreign suppliers;
b. Direct costs of services attributable to related party
transactions outside the Philippines;
c. Direct cost incurred attributable to foreign non-related
party supplier;
d. Depreciation and amortization of tangible and
intangible assets used directly for its manufacturing
operations can be deducted from Gross Income
provided the following conditions are met:
i. These expenses form part of the foreign
corporations direct costs or cost of sales;
ii. These expenses relate to assets that were
imported or purchased from foreign vendors;
iii. These expenses relate to assets that had
been paid in full by the foreign corporation;
and
iv. These expenses relate to assets that
are not subject to any mortgage, lien, or
encumbrance.
e. Other foreign related direct cost and expense items.
4.3 Documentary Requirements
The deductions under Sub-Section 4.2 above shall be allowed
subject to the submission of branch offce Audited Special or Annual
Income Statement showing separately the amounts of direct cost
and expenses actually incurred with foreign entities and foreign
related parties.
4.4 Other Requirements
4.4.1 The solvency ratio of the foreign corporation-Philippine
Branch should indicate that it has suffcient assets to
cover its obligations which include accrued expenses and
payables arising from cost of sales or services entered into
with Philippine residents and Government of the Republic of
the Philippines. Therefore, if the branch of licensee foreign
company is not solvent and not in sound fnancial condition,
the Commission shall not allow the deductions of the items
under Sub-Section 4.2 above; and
4.4.2 The Property and Equipment should consist of large,
permanent, and non-mobile items. The buildings,
equipment, and facilities that make up these assets may
be deemed as immovable property, as they are attached
to the ground.
SECTION 5. MODIFIED FORMULA FOR BRANCH OFFICES OF FOREIGN
AIRLINE COMPANIES
5.1 In the case of branch offces of foreign airline companies, a modifed
formula in the computation of their security deposits shall be adopted
given their cross border operations, as follows:
Revenue Allocated to Philippine
Operations =
Total Direct Operating Cost
& Expenses Incurred in the
Philippines
Direct Operating Cost Incurred
f or t he Ent i r e Phi l i ppi ne
Operations
= Rate Derived Above x Gross
Revenue in Philippine Operations

Amount of Security Deposit = Revenue Allocated to Philippine
Operations x 2%
5.2 In order to adopt the foregoing formula, the branch offce should
submit the following:
5.2.1 A branch offce Audi ted Speci al or Annual Income
Statement showing separately the amounts of direct cost
and expenses actually incurred in the Philippines and
direct cost incurred for the entire Philippine operations;
5.2.2 A notarized certifcation of the company on the extent of
its operation in the Philippines; and
5.2.3 The solvency ratio of the branch offce of foreign airline
company should indicate that it has suffcient assets to
cover its obligations which include accrued expenses and
payables arising from cost of sales or services entered into
with Philippine residents and Government of the Republic
of the Philippines. Therefore, if the branch offce of foreign
airline company is not solvent and not in sound fnancial
condition, the Commission shall not allow the adoption of
a modifed formula under Sub-Section 5.1 above.
SECTION 6. TYPES OF ACCEPTABLE SECURITIES
The following securities or any combination of these kinds of securities are
acceptable as deposit to the Commission under Section 126 of the Corporation
Code:
6.1 Government Debt Inst rument s - Bonds or any Evidence of
Indebtedness of the Government of the Philippines, its political
subdivisions and instrumentalities, or of government-owned or
controlled corporations and entities; and

6.2 Equity Instruments
1. Shares of stock in registered enterprises
under the Omnibus Investments Code of 1987
(Executive Order No. 226);
2. Shares of stock in domestic corporations
registered in the stock exchange;
3. Shares of st ock i n domest i c i nsurance
corporations under the supervision and regulation
of the Offce of the Insurance Commissioner; and
4. Shares of stock in banks licensed by the Bangko
Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).
Cash, money market placement, time deposits and bank guaranty or standby letter
of credit and similar instruments other than those falling in the foregoing enumeration
shall not be acceptable as securities deposit.
SECTION 7. PROCEDURES IN THE ACCEPTANCE OF DEPOSIT
The following procedures shall be observed in the submission and acceptance of
securities deposit:
a. A written application to deposit securities mandated by law shall be fled
with the Commission, signed under oath by the resident agent or a duly
authorized representative of the licensee-foreign corporation;
b. A monitoring fee equivalent to one-tenth of one percent (1/10 of 1%) of
amount of securities deposit but not lower than Five Thousand Pesos
(P5,000.00) but not exceeding Fifty Thousand Pesos (P50,000.00) per
year shall be charged by the Commission upon fling of said application
to cover payment of space in the vault within the Commissions secured
premises at the Financial Management Department Treasury Division;
c. The Commission shall determine whether or not the securities deposited
are acceptable, and its actual market value is at least P100,000.00;
d. The securities submitted to the Commission shall be indorsed in blank;
e. The Commission shall issue a Certifcate of Acceptance of Deposit
containing an inventory of such securities; and
f. The branch office shall ensure that securities accepted remain
unimpaired during the period that the foreign corporation engages/
transacts business in the Philippines.
SECTION 8. SUBSTITUTION OF SECURITIES
Upon proper application, the Commission may allow the licensee-foreign corporation
to substitute other securities for those already on deposit as long as the licensee is
solvent. Upon compliance with the requirements on the acceptance of deposits,
the Commission shall issue a Certifcate of Substitution of Securities Deposit.
SECTION 9. RELEASE OF SECURITIES
Upon proper application by the foreign corporation, the Commission may release
part of the securities deposited by the licensee under the following circumstances:
9.1 If there is more than 10% decrease in gross income of the licensee-
foreign corporation; or
9.2 If the actual market value of the total securities deposit has increased
by more than 10% of the actual market value of the securities at the
time they were deposited.
The Commission shall issue a Certifcate of Partial Release of Securities.
However, the current balance of the security deposit should be maintained in the
following circumstances:
9.3 If gross income is equal to allowable deductions under Section 4; or
9.4 If the gross income after allowable deductions under Section 4 would
result to a negative amount.
SECTION 10. INTERESTS OR DIVIDENDS
During the period of time that the securities are on deposit with the Securities
and Exchange Commission, the branch offce of the licensed foreign corporation
(Philippine Branch) shall be entitled to collect the interest or dividends on the said
securities.
SECTION 11. RETURN OF SECURITIES
Whenever a foreign corporation decides to withdraw from business in the
Philippines, the Commission may return the securities deposited by such foreign
corporation, subject to the following conditions:
11.1 A written application must be made therefore and signed under oath
by its resident agent or by a duly authorized representative upon
payment of a fee; and
11.2 It has ceased to do business in the Philippines by submitting a
resolution of the Board of Directors of the foreign corporation to
effect that they desire to withdraw the license to do business in the
Philippines and that said company has no liabilities to the Government
of the Republic of the Philippines, to the public or private corporations,
Philippine residents and or citizens.
The Commission shall thereafter issue a Certifcate of Return of Deposit.
SECTION 12. FINES AND PENALTIES FOR NON-COMPLIANCE

12.1 Failure to post the required amount of security deposit within the
prescribed period shall subject a foreign corporation to a daily penalty
of equivalent to 1/100 of 1% of the amount of security deposit which
should have been additionally posted until the requirement is fully
complied.
12.2 A license granted to a foreign corporation shall be suspended or
revoked for failure to post securities deposit despite notice and
hearing.
12.3 The fnes and surcharge for late deposit of securities shall be as
follows:
Initial Securities Deposit Additional Securities
Deposit
1
st
violation Basic fne of P10,000.00;
and surcharge of P500.00
per month of delay
Basic fne of P7,000.00;
and surcharge of P500.00
per month of delay
2
nd
violation Basic fne of P10,000.00;
a n d s u r c h a r g e o f
P1,000.00 per month of
delay
Basic fne of P7,000.00;
a n d s u r c h a r g e o f
P1,000.00 per month of
delay
3
rd
violation Basic fne of P10,000.00;
a n d s u r c h a r g e o f
P1,500.00 per month of
delay
Basic fne of P7,000.00;
a n d s u r c h a r g e o f
P1,500.00 per month of
delay
A fraction of a month shall be considered as one month for purposes
of computation of the surcharge.
12.4 The above-mentioned penalties shall be without prejudice to the
fling of criminal charges against the persons responsible for the
violation, as provided for in Section 144 of the Corporation Code of
the Philippines, which states that:
Section 144. Violations of the Code. - Violations of any of
the provisions of this Code or its amendments not otherwise
specifcally penalized therein shall be punished by a fne of
not less than one thousand (P1,000.00) pesos but not more
than ten thousand (P10,000.00) pesos or by imprisonment
for not less than thirty (30) days but not more than fve (5)
years, or both, in the discretion of the court. If the violation is
committed by a corporation, the same may, after notice and
hearing, be dissolved in appropriate proceedings before
the Securities and Exchange Commission: Provided,
That such dissolution shall not preclude the institution of
appropriate action against the director, trustee or offcer of
the corporation responsible for said violation.
SECTION 13. REPEALING CLAUSE
This Circular supersedes the Guidelines for the Investment Requirement of Foreign
Corporation under Section 126 of the Corporation Code of the Philippines dated
April 27, 1982. All other related rules and/or regulations of the Commission, which
are not consistent herewith are hereby repealed or amended accordingly.
SECTION 14. EFFECTIVITY CLAUSE
This Circular shall take effect on 30 May 2012.
Signed this 7
th
day of May 2012, Mandaluyong City, Philippines.
FOR THE COMMISSION:
TERESITA J. HERBOSA
Chairperson
(MST-May 9, 2012)
Opinion Adelle Chua, Editor
ManilaStandardToday
mst.lettertotheeditor@gmail.com MAY 9, 2012 WEDNESDAY
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FILIPINOS are enamored with celebrity.
This explains the attention given by the
media to two incidents over the weekend
involving prominent people involved in a
fairly common eventa brawl.
A young actor was allegedly beaten up
by the friends of his former girlfriend by
whom he sired a child. A television anchor
and newspaper columnist was mauled by
a show business couple and their friends
inside the airport.
On this second incident, many issues
may be explored. The practice of some
airlines of ofoading baggages to the
dismay of passengers. The response to
such inconveniences as an indicator of
breeding. The responsibility of a journalist
to document the misbehavior of public
gures. The non-functioning closed circuit
television cameras in the airport. The
role of security personnel in breaking up
ghts. The trading of counter-accusations,
threats, and faux apologies.
The absurdity of it all.
It is no doubt a source of entertainment.
The public is entertained at the thought of
famous people getting into scrapes and
doing silly things that ordinary people may
nd themselves in. It is an almost human
instinct: we delight in the sordid details
of others predicament, especially if they
make an effort to present themselves in an
entirely different light.
Some government ofcials have used
the incident for their own purposes.
A congressman and a senator have
denounced the malfunctioning security
cameras in the airport. The airport
manager has not stopped giving
excuses since then. Other lawmakers
have decried the infringement on press
freedomeven if they could not muster
to pass a measure as basic as the freedom
of information bill. Even the Palace has
felt compelled to speak on the matter,
denying that the assault on the columnist
was an assault on press freedom.
In the grander scheme, the brawls were
not the most earth-shaking things to have
taken place this week. All over the country,
baggage get lost, people get beaten up,
egos get bruised.
Instead, a key witness to a high-
prole crime was killed even as he was
supposedly under the witness protection
program of the Justice Department. Where
is the protection?
An international conference held
in Manila gave rise to numerous
tarpaulins about how it is more fun in the
Philippines. Alas, these tarpaulins also
covered the unsightly squatter colonies
in Manila, betraying the governments
tendency to deny their existence and
acknowledge the huge problem. Talk
about window dressing. What were the
main resolutions of the conference? How
will these meetings affect the plight of
the poor?
And then we wonder why Filipinos
remain in this rut, unable to even train our
eyes on solid issues, sustainable growth
and principle-driven politics. In choosing
our leaders and dealing with the daily
issues of governance, we must behave less
like fans and more like participants.
Star-struck
Regarding Tulfo
YES, impeached Chief Justice Renato
Corona should testify in his own
defense, if only because he promised
to do so at the proper time. Well,
there is no better time than the present.
On the other hand, Corona should
not testify just to satisfy a Senate
impeachment court that is all of
a sudden in a hurry to decide the
case. Or, for that matter, to meet any
self-imposed deadlines that may be
behind the ill-disguised move to tell
the defense panel how to do its job,
after letting the prosecution basically
do whatever it liked for months to
make its wobbly
charges stick in the
name of, as one
prosecutor said
memorably last
Monday, trying
our luck?
After all, if the
Senate had really
wanted a quick end
to the impeachment
trial, perhaps they
should not have
taken a month off
from conducting it.
And if the senators
had just continued
the trial, the instigators of Coronas
impeachment in Malacaang would not
have had all the opportunity to turn
senators who may still be very publicly
trying to make up their minds because
they have not yet been convinced by the
evidence presented to them.
My modest proposal remains the
same: Let the Senate dispense with the
trial right now and vote on the fate of
the chief justice, especially if Corona
cannot be convinced to testify.
If Corona doesnt testify, thats his
right. And the Senate canand should
decide this case as soon as possible,
with or without his testimony.
* * *
You may not like Ramon Tulfo. I
personally know a lot of people who
dontjust like I know people who do.
But unless you are also in favor of
clamping down on the peoples right to
know and the freedom of the press, you
will have to accept that Tulfo has a job to
do. And that he got beat up for doing it.
On the other hand, when people
make a spectacle of themselves in
a public place, they have already
forfeited their right to privacy. The
whole point, after all, of the dressing
down given by actress Claudine
Barretto to the ground personnel of
Cebu Pacic at Manilas Terminal 3
last Sunday was to publicly humiliate
them for leaving her luggage behind in
Caticlan airport.
As a friend of Tulfo and a colleague
of his, I feel obligated to take his side
in the celebrated airport beatdown. If
taking pictures of known personalities
making fools of themselves in public
is now wrong, then we are really in
worse trouble than we thought.
How different, after all, is exposing
the anomalies committed by public
ofcials from documenting celebrities
behaving badly? If a self-righteous
politician steals from the treasury and a
goody-goody actress swears in public
like a stevedore, they both deserve to
be exposed for lying to the public by
the press, whose duty is to do just that.
The matter of who started the
melee is best left to the authorities to
decide. Both parties in the controversy
are not known to be saints, and it will
take some time and a lot of impartial
investigating to determine how an
unfortunately routine airport snafu
and the presence of a journalist turned
violent.
What seems clear, however, is that
Tulfo grabbed his camera phone and
started taking pictures of Barretto as
she was berating the ground crew. This
was resented by
Raymart Santiago,
the actress actor-
husband; when
Tulfo refused to
hand over his
camera to Santiago,
thats when things
started to get ugly.
If a
newspaperwoman
had not had the
presence of mind to
take out her camera
and snap pictures of
presidential adviser
Ronald Llamas
buying pirated DVDs at a down-
market Quezon City mall, would we
ever have heard of it? And if Llamas
armed bodyguards had seen the
journalist taking pictures of their boss
surreptitiously and demanded that she
hand over her camera, would we not
be outraged?
But this is Manila, after all. And
what should be a debate about the right
of Tulfo to do his job is quickly being
buried under tangential matters that
include allegations that the Inquirer
columnist is an arrogant, violent
person and that Barretto is basically,
well, a female version of him.
If public ofcials and celebrities do
not want the press to catch them acting
badly, then they should take measures to
avoid being seen or heard. They cannot
demand that the media only present them
in their best light after theyve already
been captured as all too human.
Thats like President Noynoy
Aquino telling the press to report
only the good news about him and
his administration. The only way
to do that is by muzzling the press
altogether, like the government did
during military rule.
I dont always agree with Mon Tulfo
and I have long ago decided to ignore
his advice to me years ago, long before
any of his brothers enthusiastically did
so, to follow closely in his footsteps
when I was just starting out.
But I will defend Tulfos right to
do his job. The alternativethat of
keeping silent when any journalist is
attacked for portraying the people we
should supposedly admire, respect
and obey as less than perfectis
what ultimately led to the Ampatuan
massacre.
EDITORIAL
Acts of mob thuggery
OVER the weekend the public was
witness to two separate acts of violence
involving celebrities. In both incidents,
thuggery at its ugliest were unleashed
on two men outnumbered by their
attackers.
The rst one, wannabe actor but
dont-wannabe dad Albie Casio,
who had allegedly fathered the child
of actress Andi Eigenmann, was
perpetrated in the dimly lit parking lot
of a popular Makati bar. He ended up in
the hospital. The suspects were reported
to be friends of the actress.
The more brazen onebecause it was
in full view of other people and caught
on camerainvolved well-known
columnist and radio host Ramon Tulfo.
Showbiz couple Raymart Santiago and
Claudine Barretto, and a supporting cast
of six men ganged up on Tulfo at the
arrival area of NAIAs Terminal 3.
The attack on Tulfo was so brutal
and so savage that what happened could
hardly be called a brawl. One man
behind Tulfo had a headlock on him,
choking the columnist as his cohorts
relentlessly rained punches and kicks
on their fallen foe.
Claudine was also shown getting in a
few licks of her but got kicked in the leg
by a ailing Tulfo even as he was held
down on the oor.
The incident was triggered by Tulfo
who took pictures with his cell phone
camera of a ranting and raving Claudine
at the arrivals desk of Cebu Pacic
airline. The actress was venting her
spleen on a hapless Cebu Pacic arrival
agent because her luggage was left
behind in the resort island of Boracay
where family and friends had spent the
weekend.
Tulfo had arrived in a separate
Cebu Pacic ight from Davao but
the conuence of events worthy of a
movie script and characters from central
casting would have them cross paths .
In a scene straight out of a she says,
he says blame game as to who started
the melee, husband and wife accused
Tulfo of throwing the rst punch. Tulfo
claimed he merely pushed Raymart
away when the actor accosted him and
tried to grab his phone camera.
Santiago and ve of the couples
male friends then ganged up on Tulfo
and the rest is live lm coverage
that went viral on TV screens and the
Internet.
Appearing on TV with a blacked eye
and a swollen face, Tulfo said he was
merely exercising his right as a journalist
when he took pictures of Claudine at the
Cebu Pacic counter. Ironically, he said
he took the picture to complement his
stories on several complaints against the
airlines frequent ofoading of baggage.
But Tulfo said he felt sorry for
the girl at the complaints counter as
Barretto berated and threatened to have
her red The actress claimed to know
the Gokongweis, Cebu Pacic Airs
owners. The two airline employees have
accused the actress of verbal abuse .
Newly elected National Press Club
president Benny Antiporda was not
overreacting or exaggerating when he
remarked that the assault on Tulfo was
an infringement on press freedom.
No matter whose side youre on,
Tulfos action of taking pictures of
public gureswhich Claudine and
Raymart arein a public place is
certainly in pursuit of his profession as
a journalist.
The sickening airport scene Sunday
showed grownup men acting as a mob
pouncing on one man and beating him
to submission.
We condemn the attack on Tulfo as
we do the Casio mauling in the Makati
nightclub. Mindless violence does not
have a place in a civilized society.
If true that Cebu Pacic often
ofoads baggage at Caticlan airport
without telling passengers, then the
airline is liable to suits. It must share
the blame in the NAIA 3 incident for the
rankled nerves that triggered the Tulfo-
Santiago fracas.
The Santiagos complained that
the luggage left behind contained the
medication for their childs asthma
ailment. The airline claims some
baggage had to be ofoaded because
of load safety factor during takeoff on
Caticlans short runway. If so, Cebu
Pacic should limit passenger capacity
on these ights and not be driven by the
overriding prot motive to ll as many
butts on seats.
Houston, we have a problem, so
goes the line that has become popular
after a series of foul-ups at the US
National Aeronautical Space Agency.
ALEJANDRO
DEL ROSARIO
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celebrities do not
want the press to
catch them acting
badly, they should
avoid being seen or
heard.
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I HAD wanted to keep off the NAIA
3 brawl between my colleague Mon
Tulfo and celebrity couple Raymart
Santiago and Claudine Barretto.
But I saw the video clips of Tulfo
being ganged up on by the Santiago-
Barretto group. I saw how even
Claudine participated in the scufe,
holding Tulfo by the throat when he
was already down.
I believe Tulfos only mistake was
to take photos of a woman berating
two teary-eyed airline employees.
That woman just happened to be
Claudine.
The celebrity couple was obviously
offended by Tulfos actions. Raymart
then wanted to get hold of Tulfos
cell phone. But
what right did
Raymart have to
stop Tulfo from
taking pictures
of Claudine
berating the
Cebu Pacic
e m p l o y e e s ?
Claudine was
a celebrityI
would have done
the same.
Video clips
show that
the Santiago-
Barretto group
started it all.
This is the problem with movie
and television personalities. They
think they are special people.
Tulfo was simply doing what any
journalist must do. Now the group of
the celebrity couple, who ganged up
on Tulfo, showed the mentality that
celebrities have: Do you know who
I am?
The National Press Club said
the attack of Santiago on Tulfo was
also an attack on freedom of the
press. Tulfo may be many things to
many people, but as a journalist, he
was simply exercising his right. The
people involved were celebrities.
***
First it was Ombudsman Conchita
Carpio Morales who sought an
explanation from Chief Justice
Renato Corona for his alleged $10
million (P430 million, more or less)
in the bank.
Now some people calling
themselves members of civil society
claim to have documents showing the
chief justice and his wife having $2
million in some banks. They sent the
documents to Senate President Juan
Ponce Enrile.
My gulay, the demonizing of the
Chief Justice simply doesnt stop.
This is to inuence the 23 senator-
judges, who are also politicians, to
convict Corona.
But the alleged millions are
irrelevant to the impeachment trial.
In fact, the impeachment court has
already disallowed evidence of
alleged ill-gotten wealth.
So what is the purpose of all these?
To help convict Corona, thats what!
***
The Liberal Party has come out
with an initial list of names for its
senatorial lineup. Many have said
that these names are either discredited
or recycled politicians or simple
wannabes.
The view is that the administration
bench is so shallow that Malacaang
has to include re-electionists Francis
Escudero, Alan Peter Cayetano and
Antonio Trillanes in the list.
But many are wondering why the
LP has not included the Presidents
rst cousin, Paolo Benigno Bam
Aquino, in its lineup.
Bam is the son of Paul Aquino,
brother of the late Ninoy Aquino.
This young man has impressive
credentials, is eloquent, a even talks
and sounds like his uncle, the late
Ninoy.
Bam is an Atenean. After giving
up his post as National Youth
Commission chairman, he has been
devoting his time in expanding the
Hapinoy concept of helping thousands
of sari-sari store owners.
If Malacaang needs a fresh face
in politics, Bam
Aquino is one
to whom youth
voters can relate.
***
Heres good
news for a
change: In an
effort to revive
the 10-year old
r ehabi l i t at i on
plan for the
cleanup of the
badly polluted
M a r i l a o -
Me y c a u a y a n -
Obando River
Systemcalled one of the most
polluted rivers in the world by New
York-based think tank Blacksmith
Institutethe World Banks funding
help is being tapped.
In fact, Blacksmith experts were
in the country recently to meet with
Bulacan Gov. Wilhelmino Sy Alvarado,
who heads the MMORS water quality
management governing board.
Blacksmith director for operation
John Keith and technical adviser
Jim Darling were briefed about the
program. They were also brought
to the lush mangrove nursery of
Ecoshield at Barangay Salambao,
Obando town, where a state-of-the-
art engineered sanitary landll is
being built with the full endorsement
of local and national ofcials.
Ecoshield also donated a one-hectare
property in Meycauayan to serve as
the site for a septage treatment facility
where toxic waste scooped out of the
river could be treated. Ecoshield has
also pledged to dedicate 37 percent of
its landlled capacity to accommodate
the toxic river waste.
Jenny Amparo, Blacksmith country
coordinator based in UP Los Baos,
said that the Institute was looking at
an initial $50 million loan grant from
World Bank.
What I can say is that Ecoshields
commitment to the rehabilitation of
Bulacan rivers is commendable and not
surprising since its founding chairman,
Ambassador Tony Cabangon Chua,
considers himself a true Bulakeo. In
fact, he has been ofcially declared an
adopted son of Meycauayan.
All these are happening
despite efforts of some self-styled
environmentalists and business
opponents to stop the Ecoshield
sanitary landll project.
World Bank funds
river cleanup
Recycled issues
THERES a column that I write every year,
like clockwork. Except for very few minor
revisions, the essence of that column has
remained the same all these many years
that I have writing for this paper.
Its about the problems of the
educational system. Its about the long,
long list of embarrassments and woes
that blows up on our faces in the month
of June but which magically disappears
soon after as if we simply conjured
the problems for the sole purpose of
wrecking havoc on the opening of
classes! Because these problems do not
really get discussed at any other point
during the rest of the year, they do not
get solved. Like this particular column
for today, they get recycled once a year,
during the opening of classes.
This year, I have decided to write it a
few weeks ahead of schedule hoping that
by doing so there would be less chaos
and pandemonium come opening of
classes on June 4.
But as an aside, let me rst commend
the Education Department for the wise
decision to open classes earlier than
usual. Classes get suspended many
times during the school year due to
natural and man-made calamities. As a
result, the number of school days gets
reduced signicantly because there is
just no time to make up for lost school
days. Starting early means giving some
allowance for days when classes will
have to be canceled due to force majeur.
Its bad enough that our students dont
have access to cutting-edge learning
technologies and materials. We dont
have to shortchange them by reducing
the number of days spent learning.
Theres still three weeks to go before
the opening of classes, but it seems the
signal for the pandemonium to start has
been unleashed.
People have started talking again
about the severe shortage of classrooms
in this country. Our leaders have not
come to an agreement on just exactly
how many classrooms we need - as if it
requires superior intelligence to gure
out that we need as many as we can build.
In case we have forgotten, the powers-
that-be encourage people to have as
many children as they can have and this
means more school children every year.
Besides, lets not forget that classrooms
in this country also serve many other
purposes. They are converted into
emergency living quarters for victims
of re, ooding, volcanic eruption, and
other tragedies. They are also used as
precincts for elections, etc, etc, etc.
Out media networks have started
showing investigative reports on the
decaying state of many public school
buildings most of which pose physical
hazards to students. They tell us we are
terribly in need of more teachers, more
toilets, more libraries, more auditoriums,
more school supplies, etc. The list of
our shortages goes on and on. In fact,
it seems the only things we have in large
quantities are whiners.
And then theres going to be a lot of
caterwauling from parents about how
much more expensive this matter of
sending kids to school has become as
if the opening of classes was a surprise
sprung upon them rather than an annual
occurrence. In fact, we can all be sure
there will be parents who will bellyache
about tuition increases and about being
assessed certain fees by the Parent
Teachers Associations. People will
complain about lack of books, teachers
will gripe about low salaries and about
not having been paid certain allowances,
jeepney drivers will bewail the fact that
they have not been allowed to increase
fare, etc, etc, etc.
Oh, the kind of spectacle we create
during school opening! What a circus we
make of our problems and our collective
inability to address them with long-term
solutions! We are a people who like
embarrassing ourselves in public. We seem
to think that screaming about our problems
already constitutes part of the solution.
But like I said, a few weeks
afterwards, everybody will rely on his or
her natural ability for diskarte (make do
with what is there). We will forget about
the problems even if these contribute
directly to the declining quality of our
educational system. We forget that kids
cannot learn effectively if they cant
even move their arms inside a classroom
without hitting a classmate; that teachers
cannot teach effectively if they dont
have blackboards or chalk or books.
Parents will grin and bear the additional
expenses this year. Media will nd
something else to focus their cameras
and attention on. And we will all move
on with our lives until next year.
EVERYMAN
MAIL MATTERS
Invisible women
COMPARED to the rest of the world, the
Philippines is not a laggard on womens
issues. In fact, we rank eighth in the
global gender-gap index survey, which
means we are at par with countries like
Iceland, Norway, Finland, Sweden,
Ireland, New Zealand, and Denmark in
terms of gender equality.
This is not to say its always more fun
to be a woman in the Philippines.
Its not fun, for instance, if you
are poor and working in the so-called
informal sectoras a piece-rate worker,
on-call labandera, or vendor.
Leonida AntonioKa Nidais
treasurer of the Pambansang Tagapag-
Ugnay ng mga Mangggagawa sa Bahay.
The group is not exclusive to females,
but women outnumber the men anyway
because it is the women who are less able
to nd work in the formal sector, with
xed wages, regular working hours and
more or less secure working conditions.
It is the women who must, on top of
helping their husbands eke out a living,
cook and clean and care for the children,
and nd ways to stretch resources when
they are, and they always are, scarce.
We are essentially a mothers
organization, Ka Nida says. Patamaba
now has more than 17,000 members.
***
Concepcion delos Santos, or Ka
Mary, is a sewer from Bulacan who
works at home, sometimes for 16 hours
on end, juggling her sewing with her
responsibilities as wife, mother and
grandmother. Her work is subcontracted
by factories who then sell their goods
pajama bottoms, for instanceto
vendors in Divisoria and Baclaran. She
cannot demand higher wages because
the people who give her the job would
simply nd others willing to do the work
for the same low rate.
But sewing is not her main
preoccupation these days. Ka Mary is
president of the Pambansang Koalisyon
ng Kababaihan sa Kanayunan, an
umbrella organization composed of 426
organizations in 42 provinces. Patamaba
is one of the organizations under this
coalition. Now Ka Mary commutes to
Manila practically every day, lending her
voice to the causes her organization is
advancing.
The work also takes Ka Mary and
Ka Nida to far-ung provinces in the
country, talking to women about their
rights.
For example, the law on violence
against women and children may be
fairly common to us urban dwellers, but
it is still a foreign concept to those in
remote provinces. Some women believe
it is all right for their husbands to beat
them up or demand sex any time they
want. When some of them go as far as
complaining about these to barangay or
municipal ofcials, the latter refuse to
intervene, believing it a family affair.
Some areas dont even have womens
desks.
Access to government health facilities
is also a problem. Sure, health services
and medicine may be available for free.
But some women have to travel great
distances to the clinics, shelling out P50
to P100 just for the trip, something they
could not afford.
On reproductive health, the problem
is not just access to contraceptives but
plain information. Poor families from
the provinces have no idea about the
politics determining the fate of the
RH bill in Congress. What they know
is what they hear from the priests who
proclaim from their pulpits that RH bill
supporters are evil and that choosing to
plan your family through articial means
is tantamount to abortionan act that
would merit the ire of God and the res
of hell.
Alas, these women have no means to
know better.
In turn, having too many children
amid a lack of ability to provide for their
needs breeds poverty and desperation,
fueling violence within the family.
Those eleven mother dying daily due to
pregnancy-related causes? The number
could be bigger because so many cases
go unreported, adds Ka Mary.
She also talks about the unjust
practice of marrying off girls as young as
nine years old. This is rampant among
indigenous peoples in many parts of the
country. These children get married and
bear their own children at a young age.
Their minds, much less their bodies, are
not prepared for this, Ka Mary says.
Both women say going around and
talking to women from all over is not easy.
Getting wives and mothers to leave their
responsibilities for even a few hours has
tremendous consequences, translating to
income lost or chores left undone.
Some husbands, they share, also
do not like allowing their wives to
attend these meetings. Even Ka Marys
and Ka Nidas own husbands had their
misgivings in the beginning.
But what keeps these two women
going is the look of enlightenment in
the faces of the womenand yes, their
husbandsas they are made aware of
what is and what should be.
Its a long way to go before invisible
women, those belonging to the informal
sector and those in remote rural areas,
are recognized and given their due.
Awareness is a start, though. Towards
this goal, Ka Mary and Ka Nida are not
about to stop going around anytime soon.
adellechua@gmail.com
Media should
do their part
LAST 18 April, Mr. Arnold Clavio alluded to me in his radio program
over DZBB as the buyer of two condominium units in Twin Oaks at Shaw
Blvd., Mandaluyong City, amounting to seven million pesos each. This was
the same subject of the column of Mr. Jojo Robles in Manila Standard on the
same day and the radio program of Mr. Deo Macalma on 19 April.
In response to these obviously well-orchestrated and malicious reports
masquerading as blind items, I hereby categorically deny that I have bought
a unit or units at the Twin Oaks Condominium. I further state that I do not
have any property not declared in my Statement of Assets, Liabilities and
Net Worth.
Finally, I have been one of the foremost advocates of a free and independent
media as an instrument for transparency in governance. Towards this end, I
am the principal author of the freedom of information bill in the Senate. I
also led a bill that will expand the condentiality of media sources, and I
openly pushed for the decriminalization of libel. Moreover, I am one of those
who publicly condemned the killing of media men.
Media, however, as an institution, should also do their part in promoting
responsible journalism.
Be assured, though, that this unfortunate incident will not discourage me
from vigorously pursuing this advocacy.
SENATOR ANTONIO TRILLANES IV
EMIL
P. JURADO
TO THE POINT
BONG C.
AUSTERO
ARE WE THERE YET?
ADELLE
CHUA
CHASING HAPPY
By Ric M. Pinca
I LIVE in an eight-story condominium
with very few neighbors. Like most
condominium dwellers, my contacts
with neighbors are mostly just nodding
occasionshi, hello, how are youand
were off to our own things. We meet mostly
at the elevator or the building lobby. This
eeting hi-and-hello relationship is a most
convenient arrangement for us. I presume
other condominium dwellers, on the run
most of the time, also nd this convenient.
Despite the minute acquaintances though,
the rule in condominium neighborhoods
is to exercise common courtesies.
It is totally different in rural
communities where almost everyone
knows everybody. In my wifes hometown
of Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya where
we usually hie off for vacations,
neighbors from a kilometer away are
close friends. They share stories, drink
together, exchange food and basically
know each others life circumstances.
Theres a negative side to this though that
sometimes people tend to over-stay their
welcome. An invitation for a cup of coffee
turns into a lunch cum dinner affair; and
nodding occasions become hours of
kwentuhan. And as the saying goes
familiarity breeds..tsismis!
Yet the call of the province keeps
luring me back. Its not just the greens and
the mountains and pristine rivers, but the
peace and the calm and most of all, the
common courtesies among people. I nd
this waning and wanting in condominium
communities. Call me old-fashioned, but
I still prefer the ways my mother taught
me - treat people right and be courteous
at all times, especially to those who have
less in life.
I say this as I recall a most
disappointing experience I had last
week with a neighbor. It was around
eight in the morning and I was about
to leave for the ofce. A few meters
ahead towards the elevator was my
neighbor who lives two units away on
the opposite side of the building. He too
was elevator-bound and following his
wife. Because he was facing me, I knew
he saw me. I was readying myself to say
the usual Hi, Hello and How are you as
I was expecting to be with them in the
elevator. Yet, to my surprisedismay
the elevator door closed even if I was
just a few small steps away.
Maybe those small steps were too
much for them to wait for. And yet they
were my neighbors who have always
been recipients of my greetings every
time we meet.
As there is only one elevator in the
building, I had to wait for it to return
up. It took only a few minutesno big
deal, really. But as I waited, I could not
help but feel bad for what I believe was
an obvious discourtesy. If I were in their
place, I would have waited for them. It
is but common courtesy, something my
mother did not even have to teach me.
In the building where I work where no
operator runs the elevator, I even press
the button to keep the door open for other
passengers. It is but common courtesy.
And quite often, I receive appreciative
thank yous from people who know
common courtesy.
I reached the parking area as my
neighbors were about to board their
van. They saw me approaching yet
they couldnt look at me, obviously
embarrassed that I caught up with them.
Yes, this neighbor they closed the door
on is right there with them. I watched
them board their vehicle with their
heads down.
As they left, I vowed to one day get
back at them. Yes, I will get back at them.
I will one day dart ahead for the elevator,
keep the door open as they approach, and
let them in. I will say Hi, Hello, and How
are you? Then I will press the door open
at the ground oor and allow them to
leave ahead as I keep the door open. I will
show them common courtesy hoping that
someday they will practice it too.
Mr. Pinca is a public relations
practicioner.
This, despite
opposition to
the Ecoshield
project
Common courtesies
News
ManilaStandardToday
mst.daydesk@gmail.com MAY 9, 2012 WEDNESDAY
A6

IN BRIEF
Manila now carjacking capital
Oil pipeline now safe, experts testify
Senate sets probe of Panamanians rape case
De Lima washes hands of Mendiola slay
Airport ght shows
video cams dont work
IF theres any redeeming value to the
beating incident between journalist
Ramon Tulfo and the group of actress
Claudine Barreto, it is the revelation
that there was no functioning closed
circuit television (CCTV) camera at
baggage conveyor area of Ninoy Aquino
International Airport Terminal 3.
NAIA General Manager Angel
Horado himself admitted the security gap
which led Tulfos lawyer Jovito Barte to
publicly ask whoever has a video of the
rst round of the scufe between Tulfo
and the group of Barreto and her actor-
husband Raymart Santiago to release
whatever footage they have.
Barte said that is the only way to prove
who between his client, Santiago and his
wife Claudine Barretto really started the
stght at the airports baggage carousel
area.
Were hoping that someone could
have recorded the rst moments of the
incident. That should be made public,
Barte said.
Santiagos camp alleged that the
59-second You Tube video only showed
the round 2 of the brawl, which
allegedly started after Tulfo kicked
Barretto twice in the leg.
Santiago had said he merely retaliated
after Tulfo hurt his wife and punched
him after he had politely asked Tulfo
while he was taking pictures of Barretto
berating a ground staff of Cebu Pacic.
Tulfo has denied hitting Barretto,
although he earlier admitted having
kicked the actress in the leg while he was
defending himself from the punches and
kicks of Santiago and his companions.
Tulfo has led physical injury and
grave coercion charges before the Pasay
City Prosecutors Ofce against Santiago
and Barretto. The grave coercion
complaint is for Santiagos alleged
demand that Tulfo hand over his cellular
phone. Rhowela Mari Codizar
Navotas Citys 5
th
most
wanted fugitive nabbed
NAVOTAS Citys fth most wanted
criminal has nally fallen into the hands of
the authorities after six years in hiding.
Combined forces of the Criminal
Investigation and Detection Group-
Northern Metro and the local police by
virtue of a warrant of arrest collared
Rodolfo Dimacali, 45, at his hiding place
in Quezon City around 6 a.m.
CIDG-Northern Metro head Chief
Insp. Manolo Salvatierra and Navotas
city police commander Senior Supt.
Florendo Quebuyen led the arrest at
Filinvest, Barangay Bgong Silangan in
Quezon City. Dimacali was wanted for
several murder charges.
Salvatierra said a team surveilled
Dimacali for one week before they nally
captured the suspect, but Dimacalis
brother Wilfredo, who was implicated
with him in a murder case in 2006, was
able to escape. Rhiza Flor Camus
By Joyce Pangco Paares
and Rey Requejo
MALACAANG has ordered the De-
partment of Justice to strengthen proto-
cols for the Witness Protection Program
following the murder of Alfred Mendio-
la, a state witness against the leaders of a
notorious car theft syndicate.
Deputy presidential spokesperson
Abigail Valte admitted on Tuesday
that Mendiolas murder was a rst
for the witnesses under the WPP, but
the government has already taken
measures to secure other witnesses
covered by the program.
Perhaps it is the rst time that an
incident like this has happened. So it
deserves a closer look which is again
already being done by the Secretary of
Justice, Valte said.
But the Department of Justice washed
its hands of the incident and said it had
no liability in the killing of Mendiola,
a state witness in the criminal cases
against alleged carjacking ring leaders
Raymond and Roger Dominguez for the
murders of Emerson Lozano and Ven-
son Evangelista last year.
Justice Secretary Leila de Lima
stressed that the WPP performed its
obligations to Mendiola, but he deed
rules and did not want to be guarded
all the time.
He didnt want restrictions. He
wanted to go out and roam around.
Weve been telling him we could not
allow that because he was a high-risk
witness, De Lima said.
According to her, the slain wit-
ness had violated several WPP rules
so his coverage was already set to be
terminated.
One of the conditions in the con-
tract of WPP with its witnesses is that
they are not allowed to bring in people
other than their family. He was with his
boyfriend all the time, she said.
Lawyer Martin Menez, director of
WPP, supported the DOJ chiefs claim.
He said Mendiola was really courting
trouble while under their custody.
The witness last left WPP safehouse
last April 27 and said he would go to
a nearby province with his boyfriend.
The two, along with their driver, were
found dead last Sunday in Dasmarias
City, Cavite.
The DOJ ofcials made the state-
ment following a closed-door meeting
with lawyer Oliver Lozano and Arsen-
io Evangelista, fathers of the victims of
the Dominguez syndicate, along with
Dante Jimenez of Volunteers Against
Crime and Corruption.
In the same press conference, Evan-
gelista recalled receiving a text mes-
sage from Mendiola at around 8 a.m.
last May 3.
Mukhang kumikilos na ang pro-
tektor in uniform ng Dominguez, read
Mendiolas message.
Meanwhile, the police recovered on
Tuesday the vehicle believed to have
been used by unidentied men who
abducted and killed a state witness in
the Venson Evangelista murder case,
Alfred Mendiola.
The Southern Police District (SPD)
said the Toyota Grandia van (TBO
299) was found abandoned in front of
RAF Mansion along Roxas Boulevard
in Baclaran, Paraaque City.
Field trip. A group of Korean students from Far East University in Chungcheong province and
their Filipino counterparts display placards as they march to Manila Bay where they cleaned up
garbage as part of school outreach activities. AP
By Florante S. Solmerin
MANILA has overtaken
Quezon City and has gained the
dubious distinction of being the
countrys carjacking capital in
the past four months.
Manila and Quezon City topped the list of
carjacking-prone areas in Metro Manila with seven
and six cases, respectively, followed by Paraaque and
Makati each posting two cases of stolen motorcycles,
PNP spokesman Senior Supt. Generoso Cerbo Jr. said.
Cerbo said there were 39 carjacking incidents all
over the country in April, down from the 123 cases
recorded in April 2011.
But there were 102 cases reported in January and
February and 84 cases in March, for a total of 225 car
theft cases from January to April, an average of 56
carjacking incidents every month this year or more
than a stolen vehicle for every day of the month.
But Cerbo maintains that is already an improvement
from the past.
Mainly through the efforts of the PNP Highway
Patrol Group (HPG), a signicant 68.3 percent
decline in recorded carjacking cases was posted in
April, he said. The HPG is currently led by Chief
Supt. Leonardo Espina.
HPG data showed that a total of 327 carjacking
incidents were recorded during the rst four months
of 2012, dropping 28.9 percent from the 460 cases
recorded during the same 4-month period in 2011.
The 4-month downtrend in 2012 is expected to
continue and further slump carjacking cases to an
all-time low towards the remaining months of the
year, Espina said.
Citing statistics generated from the automated
HPG Vehicle Information Management System
(VIMS), Espina said the 39 motor vehicles stolen in
April were made up of 25 motorcycles and 14 four-
wheeled vehicles.
He said the bulk (79 percent) of carjacked vehicles
in April 2012 were stolen while parked, seven cases
(18 percent) were forcibly taken and one case (3
percent) failed to return.
The police said most vehicle thefts still occur in
Metro Manila, with 87 percent of carnapping cases in
April while 13 percent were recorded in Calabarzon.
Cerbo explains that there has been a big downtrend
in carjacking incidents involving organized crime
groups because of stepped-up police operations against
organized crime groups engaged in car theft.
Aside from aggressive anti-carjacking
operations, the HPG is also stepping-up market
denial operations to eliminate trafcking in
stolen vehicles and cannibalized car parts in the
underground market, he said.
Espina claried that the HPGs carjacking data do
not include cases that were reported as carjackings, but
were actually instances of owners pawning their vehicles
to casino loan sharks or vehicles taken by spouses in a
marital conict and similar circumstances.
By Joel E. Zurbano
THE Senate will look into the
purportedly questionable release
of a Panamanian national who
was accused of raping a Filipina
last year.
The Senate committees on for-
eign relations and on justice and
human rights have been tasked to
investigate the case.
Senate Majority Floor Leader
Vicente Sotto III asked why the
Department of Foreign Affairs al-
lowed the release of Erick Schcks
Bairnals, a technical ofcer of the
Panama Maritime Authority, on
the basis of diplomatic immunity.
Senators Loren Legarda and
Francis Escudero, chairs of the
committees on foreign relations
and on justice, respectively, sec-
onded Sotto.
Why is the Philippines so
accommodating of this rapist?
said Legarda. Even if he is a
diplomat, at least he should be
haled to court.
Escudero, for his part, said
the government should extend
all assistance to the rape victim,
in accordance with the provi-
sions of Republic Act 8505, or
the Rape Victim Assistance and
Protection Act of 1998.
He said Schck is not covered
by diplomatic immunity. That is
clear under the Vienna Conven-
tion. But while this is still being
debated upon, I urge the victim
to proceed to seek for damages
by ling a civil case in court to
include actual, moral and exem-
plary damages, Escudero said.
Escudero said this action is al-
lowed and should be done consid-
ering that the victim will be ling
the case as a private complainant.
The defense of diplomatic
immunity may extend to even
civil and administrative cases but
there are practices as well where
courts deny immunity in a civil
case, Escudero explained.
Escudero cited the case of for-
mer International Monetary Fund
(IMF) Chief Dominic Strauss-
Kahn, who was accused of sexu-
al assault by a hotel maid in May
2011. A New York judge denied
his petition for diplomatic immu-
nity from civil suits on grounds
that the IMF head was not on of-
cial business at the time the al-
leged assault took place.
Amidst this controversy, the
Panamanian government, as a
manifestation of good faith, should
opt to prosecute its erring diplomat.
This is so because they are claim-
ing exclusive jurisdiction over the
said ofcial, the senator said.
Escudero added the Philip-
pine government should declare
the diplomat persona non grata
without explanation.
By Rey E. Requejo
THE Lopez-owned First Philippine Indus-
trial Corporation (FPIC) declared that an oil
pipeline can continue to operate over an in-
denite period for as long as it is properly
maintained and appropriate safeguards are
put in place.
During a hearing held last May 4, 2012
on the petition for a writ of kalikasan led by
residents of West Tower Condominium, FPIC
engineer Einstein Chiu debunked claims that
THEIR 117-kilometer Batangas-to-Manila
white-oil pipeline has become unsafe for op-
eration following a leakage two years ago.
The case was initiated after it was dis-
covered that the pipeline was the source of
the oil that had leaked into the basement
of West Tower Condominium in Barangay
Bangkal, Makati City, forcing its residents
to vacate the building.
The residents, through their lawyer, Lor-
na Kapunan, complained that the pipeline
should have already been replaced given the
wear-and-tear problems linked with its age.
The FPICs pipeline is already 43 years old.
Chiu together with FPICs Operations
and Maintenance Division chief and senior
vice president Ireneo Raule Jr. and Electri-
cal Maintenance and Anti-corrosion Divi-
sion head Engineer Anthony Cepillo were
presented by FPIC through its lawyer Justin
Mendoza during the appellate courts hear-
ing on the issue last week.
Chiu testied that the US Code of Fed-
eral Regulations, which is being used by
the FPIC as its reference for its pipeline
operation and maintenance, does not men-
tion any particular life expectancy for a
fuel pipeline on the ground.
According to him, the indenite use of the
pipeline is dependent on its proper mainte-
nance that is why the FPIC has put in place
all the necessary safeguards to maintain its
structural integrity.
For his part, Raule said several mea-
sures are being undertaken by the company
in order to assure and enhance the integrity
of the white oil pipeline.
CA Associate Justice Fernanda Lam-
pas Peralta, presiding ofcer, asked Raule
what is the standard measurement of an oil
pipelines wall thickness.
Raule replied that the minimum thick-
ness for safe commercial operations is 2
millimetres, noting that the FPIC pipelines
original thickness was 8.7 millimetres.
Republic of the Philippines
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAYS
Regional Offce No. IV-A
CAVITE DISTRICT ENGINEERING OFFICE
Trece Martires City
Tel. No. (046) 419-0058 / Tel. Fax No. (046) 419-0694
I NVI TATI ON TO BI D
(MST-May 9, 2012)
The Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) of the DPWH-Cavite District
Engineering Offce, through the (stated below), invites contractors to bid for
the aforementioned projects:
Contract ID: 12DF0067
Contract Name: Construction of Multi-Purpose Building at
Brgy. Granados; Virata and Memije, G.M.A.
Contract Location: G.M.A., Cavite
Scope of Work:
Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC): Php 9,000,000.00
Contract Duration: 100 calendar days
Cost of Bidding Documents: PhP 10,000.00
Contract ID: 12DF0068
Contract Name: Repai r/Rehab./Improvements of Mani l a-
Cavite Road, Km. 26+400 Km. 28+200,
Intermittent Section
Contract Location: Noveleta, Cavite
Scope of Work:
Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC): Php 9,900,000.00
Contract Duration: 30 calendar days
Cost of Bidding Documents: PhP10,000.00
Contract ID: 12DF0069
Contract Name: Repai r /Rehabi l i t at i on of Imus-Mul t i -
Purpose Building in Imus Plaza, Imus
Phase III
Contract Location: Imus, Cavite
Scope of Work:
Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC): Php 19,000,000.00
Contract Duration: 120 calendar days
Cost of Bidding Documents: PhP 10,000.00
The BAC will conduct the procurement process in accordance with the
Revised IRR of R.A. 9184. Bids received in excess of the ABC shall be
automatically rejected at the opening of bid.
To Bid for the contract, a contractor must submit a Letter of Intent (LOI),
purchase bid documents and must meet the following criteria: (a) prior
registration with DPWH, (b) Filipino Citizen or 75% Filipino-owned partnership,
corporation, cooperative, or joint venture, (c) with PCAB license applicable to
the type and cost of this contract, (d) completion of a similar contract costing at
least 50% of ABC within a period of 10 years, and (e) Net Financial Contracting
Capacity at least equal to ABC, or credit line commitment at least equal to 10% of
ABC. The BAC will use non-discretionary pass/fail criteria in the eligibility check
and preliminary examinations of bids, evaluation of bids and postqualifcation.
All interested bidders should present the original copy of their PCAB License,
Two (2) valid IDs, CRC, Tax Clearance, PhilGEPS Certifcation to the BAC
Secretariat, DPWH-Cavite District Engineering Offce, Trece Martires City for
authentication.
Unregistered contractors, however, shall submit their applications for
registration to the DPWH-POCW Central Offce before the deadline for the
receipt of LOI. The DPWH POCW-Central Offce will only process contractors
applications for registration with complete requirements and issue the
Contractors Certifcate of Registration (CRC). Registration Forms may be
downloaded at the DPWH website www.dpwh.gov.ph.
The signifcant times and deadlines of procurement activities are shown below:
BAC Activities Schedule
1. Issuance of Bidding Documents May 8, 2012 June 1, 2012 until 9:00 A.M.
2. Pre-Bid Conference May 15, 2012 at 10:00 A.M.
3. Deadline of Receipt of LOI from
Prospective Bidders
May 25, 2012 until 10:00 A.M.
4. Receipt of Bids June 1, 2012 at 10:00 A.M.
5. Opening of Bids June 1, 2012 at 10:30 A.M.
The BAC will issue hard copies of Bidding Documents (BDs) at DPWH-
Cavite District Engineering Offce, Trece Martires City, upon payment of
non-refundable fee of (stated above). Prospective bidders may also download
the BDs from the DPWH website, if available. Prospective bidders that will
download the BDs from the DPWH website shall pay the said fees on or
before the submission of their bids Documents. The Pre-Bid Conference shall
be open only to interested parties who have purchased the BDs. Bids must
accompanied by a bid security, in the amount and acceptable form, as stated
in Section 27.2 of the Revised IRR.
Prospective bidders shall submit their duly accomplished forms as specifed
in the BDs in the BDS in two (2) separate sealed bid envelopes to the BAC
Chairman. The frst envelope shall contain the technical component of the bid,
which shall include a copy of the CRC. The second envelope shall contain the
fnancial component of the bid. Contract will be awarded to the Lowest Calculated
Responsive Bid as determined in the bid evaluation and post-qualifcation.
The DPWH-Cavite District Engineering Offce reserves the right to accept
or reject any bid, to annul the bidding process at any time prior contract award,
without thereby incurring any liability to the affected bidder/s.


Approved by:

(Sgd.) TEOFILO A. AYON
BAC Chairman

NOTED:
(Sgd.) OSCAR U. DELA CRUZ (SGD.)
District Engineer
CYAN MAGENTA YELLOW BLACK
Republic of the Phillipines
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAYS
Region IV-B MIMAROPA
OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT ENGINEER
Marinduque Engineering District
Boac. Marinduque
BID BULLETIN NO. 2,s.2012
May 4, 2012
(MST-May 9 & 11, 2012)
Subject: REVISION IN THE BILL OF QUANTITIES, AMOUNT
OF ABC, CHANGE OF PROJECT NAME & REVISED
SCHEDULE SATE OF BIDDING FOR CONTRACT ID
NO. 12EA0002/CONSTRCUTION OF SPORTS OVAL,
STA. CRUZ, MARINDUQUE.
This is to inform all concerned contractors on the changes of
quantities, amount of ABC & change of project name for contract
ID. No. 12EA0002 to suit actual feld condition and that revised
schedule date of bidding will be on May 16, 2012. This is also to
invite all participating bidders for another pre-bid conference on
May 8, 2012.
ORIGINAL PROJECT NAME = Construction of Sports Oval,
Sta.Cruz, Marinduque
REVISED PROJECT NAME = Const ruct i on of Drai nage
Ca n a l / Fl o o d Co n t r o l
Structure, Baliis, Sta.Cruz,
Marinduque
ORIGINAL ABC = 4,990,761.37
REVISED ABC = 5,000,000.000
FROM
Item No. Description Unit Estimated
Quantity
Unit Bid
Cost
Total Bid
Cost
Total Bid
in Words
104 Embankment Cu.m. 2,027.30
506 Stone Masonry Cu.m. 1,309.82
TO
Item No. Description Unit Estimated
Quantity
Unit Bid
Cost
Total Bid
Cost
Total Bid
in Words
104 Embankment Cu.m. 3,328.00
506 Stone
Masonry
Cu.m. 425.70
SPL Mod./Demob L.S 1.00
(Sgd.) ARISTEO L. LINGA
BAC-Chairman
NOTED:
(Sgd.) TUBURCIO L. CANLAS
OIC-District engineer
ORIENTAL MINDORO ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE, INC.
(O R M E C O)
Simaron, Calapan City

I NVI TATI ON TO BI D

All interested parties are invited to participate in the actual bidding for this two (2) LOT listed below:

LOT - I Supply of Full Turned Key FM Radio station - Approved budget of P 2,200,000.00
Brand New FM Stereo transmitter, all transistorized, modular, design both RF and power supply,
adjustable power output from 0-2,000 watts or higher, at least 60 to 70 % province covered.

Bidding Date : May 23, 2012 at 2:00pm

LOT - II Computerization of ORMECOs Billing Collection and Tellering System

Pre-qualifcationDate: May 24,2012 at 10:00am
Bidding Date : May 24, 2012 at 2:00pm

GENERAL GUIDELINES

1 Interested parties may secure BID DOCUMENTS / INFORMATIONS from the Procurement Section, ORMECO,
Inc., Simaron, Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro. Anon-refundable fee of Php 10,000.00 shall be collected as payment
for BID DOCUMENTS.

2 SEALED PROPOSALS will be received at 2:00 p.m. of May 23, 2012 for LOT - I and at 2:00 p.m. of May 24, 2012
for LOT - II, the said proposals will be opened during the actual bidding in the presence of the attending bidders.

3 ALL BIDS must be accompanied by a BIDBOND payable to ORMECO in the form of CASH, CASHIERS CHECK,
MANAGERS CHECK or BANK DRAFT issued by a reputable bank equivalent to FIVE PERCENT (5%) of the
BID. No Bid Bond in the form of Surety Bond shall be accepted.

4 The winning bidder shall issue an additional FIVE PERCENT (5%) in the form of CASH, CASHIERS CHECK,
MANAGERS CHECK or BANK DRAFT from a reputable bank, representing the PERFORMANCE BOND.

5 If the bidder who submitted the best offer refuses to push through with his / her proposed BID during and after the
bidding, his / her Bid Bond shall be forfeited, and failure of bidding shall be declared.

6 ORMECOreserves the right to accept or reject any Bid, to annul the bidding process, and to reject all Bids at any time
prior to award, without incurring any liability to the affected bidder or bidders. ORMECOalso assumes no responsibility
whatsoever to compensate or indemnity bidders for any expenses incurred in the preparation of their bids.

ORMECO, INC.



ROMEO N. CUASAY
General Manager
I NVI TATI ON TO BI D
Republic of the Philippines
CAVITE STATE UNIVERSITY
(CvSU)
Don Severino de las Alas Campus
Indang, Cavite
Tel. (046) 415-0010 / 415-00011 Fax (046) 415-0012
www.cvsu.edu.ph
( MST- May 9 & 15, 2012)
Cavite State University, through its Bids and Awards Committee (BAC), invites all interested
bidders to bid for the CONSTRUCTION OF FOUR-STOREY STUDENT DORMITORY BUILDING,
PHASE III. The Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC) is PhP 25,086,881.80.
Subject to the phase-completion as indicated in the project, the project will be implemented
on a deferred payment scheme or installment basis to be paid within a period of two (2) years. As
such, contractors who are not willing to enter into contract based from the above scheme need not
apply. Award of the project shall be subject to the approval of the CvSU Board of Regent.
Prospective bidders should have completed, within ten (10) years from the date of submission
and receipt of bids, a contract similar to the project. The description of an eligible bidder is contained
in the Bidding Documents, particularly in Section II, Instruction to Bidders.
Bidding will be conducted through open competitive bidding procedures using nondiscretionary
pass/fail criterion as specifed in the Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic
Act 9184 (RA 9184), otherwise known as the Government Procurement Reform Act. Bidding is
restricted to Filipino citizens/sole proprietorships, partnership, or organizations with at least seventy
fve percent (75%) interest or outstanding capital stock belonging to citizens of the Philippines.
Bidding Documents may also be downloaded from the website of the Philippine Government
Electronic Procurement Systems (PhilGEPS) and CvSU Website, provided that bidders shall pay
the fee for the Bidding Documents not later than the submission of their bids.
The schedule of activities is listed as follows:
1. Issuance of Bidding Documents May 9, 2012 May 31, 2012
2. Pre-bid Conference May 14, 2012, 2:00 PMat S.L. Lasap Hall, CvSU, Indang, Cavite
3. Submission and Opening of Bids May 31, 2012, 2:00 PMat S.L. Lasap Hall, CvSU, Indang, Cavite
All particulars relative to Bid Security, Performance Security, Pre-Bidding Confernce(s),
Evaluation of Bids, Post-Qualifcation and Award of Contract shall be governed by the pertinent
provisions of R.A. 9184 and its Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR).
Interested bidders may purchase a complete set of Bidding Documents from the address
below upon payment of non-refundable fee amounting to PhP 18,815.00.
Pre-bid Conference shall be open only to all interested bidders who have purchased the
Bidding Documents. Bids must be delivered to the Offce of the BAC Chairman, Administration
Building, CvSU, Indang, Cavite on or before the above-mentioned date and time. All bids must
be accompanied by a bid security in any of the acceptable forms and in the amount stated in ITB
Clause 18. Bids will be opened in the presence of the bidders authorized representatives who
choose to attend the bidding. Late bids shall not be acceptable.
Cavite State University assumes no responsibility whatsoever to compensate or indemnify
bidders for any expenses incurred in the preparation of the bid.
Cavite State University reserves the right to accept or reject any bid, to annul the bidding
process, and to reject all bids at any time prior to contract award, without thereby incurring any
liability to the affected bidder or bidders.
(Sgd.) MA. AGNES P. NUESTRO, Ph.D.
BAC Chairman
1F Administration Building
Don Severino delas Alas Campus
Cavite State University
Indang, Cavite
(046) 862-0806 / 862-0853 / 415-0014 loc. 270- or 209
( MST- May 9, 2012)
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THE racing industry has a
long tradition of performing
benevolent deeds, specically
through the holding of charity
races that raise funds for a
beneciary individual or
organization.
According to horseowners
association Klub Don Juan de
Manila past president Lamberto
Jun Almeda Jr., their group
will sponsor a one-day racing
festival on May 13, a Sunday,
at the Manila Jockey Clubs
San Lazaro Leisure Park.
Dubbed Tulong sa
Mowelfund, the proceeds
from the 11 or 12 races that will
be held on that day will benet
needy movie industry workers.
A lot of movie stars will
be attending, said Almeda.
Lorna Tolentino will be there
with Philip Salvador to present
the trophies for the Rudy
Fernandez Cup, in honor of
the late actor, and sponsored
by Mayor Leonardo Sandy
Javier Jr.
He added that Dingdong
Dantes and Marian Rivera
might also attend the event.
KDJM is still soliciting
sponsors for all the races they
plan to have, and are grateful
to those whove already come
on board, among them fellow
horseowner Manny Santos.
* * *
Almeda also revealed that
elections for new ofcers of the
KDJM took place last April 16,
with the new president being
Antonio Tonyboy Eleazar.
Not only a long-standing
horseowner, Almeda is also
deeply involved in industry
matters and reiterates the need
MAY 9, 2012 WEDNESDAY
A7 Sports Riera U. Mallari, Editor
ManilaStandardToday
sports_mstandard@yahoo.com
Ginobili was 0 for 8 from beyond the arc
in the rst three games. After Utah pulled
within 61-58 with 3:18 left in the third,
he hit consecutive 3-pointers then added
another as the Spurs regained control,
taking a 76-58 lead early in the fourth.
The Jazz went scoreless for more than 8
minutes during a 15-0 Spurs run and trailed
by 21 points in the fourth quarter. Utah
made a furious charge late and was within
83-79 on Al Jeffersons putback with 49
seconds left. But Ginobilis layup after a
Mowelfund Race
Spurs sweep Jazz in 4 games
SALT LAKE CITYManu Ginobili scored
17 points to lead San Antonio to an 87-81 victory
over Utah on Monday night and a sweep of their
rst-round Western Conference series.
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IN BRIEF
Eagles in Las Vegas camp
ON his nal year with the Ateneo Blue
Eagles, coach Norman Black is making
sure that the Loyola dribblers will be
able to defend their mens basketball title
in the coming 75th University Athletic
Association of the Philippines season.
Black, who could be replaced by
Olsen Racela at the end of the season, is
leaving on Sunday with the Blue Eagles
for the two-week Joe Abunassar Impact
Summer Camp in Las Vegas.
Not expected to return for another season,
Black will take over the coaching chores of
Talk N Text in the Philippine Basketball
Association when the collegiate season is
over in October. Chot Reyes will be handling
the Gilas II national team by then.
Members of the alumni have Racela
in their short list of candidates for the
Ateneo coaching job. Peter Atencio Foreign teams hire PH softball bets
By Lito Cinco

ASIDE from basketball, softball is the
only other sport where Filipino athletes are
imported by foreign commercial ball clubs
to help them win games and improve the
skill levels of their local players. In fact,
many Blu Boys and Blu Girls have accepted
the job offers coming their way.
In the recent 2012 Cebuana Lhuillier
Summer Grandslam National Softball Open,
four foreign teamsthree Indonesian and
one from Bruneiare playing and two of
them have Filipino players in their lineup.
Most notable is Apol Rosales, a longtime
national player, who was signed up to play
for Kensei-Brunei for this tournament. He
has played for other Indonesian and Brunei
teams the past seven years.
Maganda rin naman para sa amin dahil bu-
kod sa hanapbuhay, exposed kami sa magagal-
ing na pitchers galing Canada, Australia, at New
Zealand. Natututo kaming mag-adjust sa kanila.
Tapos yung mga
local teammates na-
man namin, natututo
naman sa amin. Mas
maraming tourna-
ments kaming na-
lalaruan sa Indonesia
kaysa sa Brunei,
said Rosales, who
was described by
his Kensei Canadian
pitcher teammate Jef-
frey Farion as capable of playing in North Ameri-
can softball leagues.
Also playing for a foreign team is the duo
of Blu Girls Dione Macasu and Esmeralda
Tayag, who anchor the Papua Province team
from Indonesia.
Idols kami dun kaya kailangan naming
magpakita talaga. Na-i-inspire kami ng
teammates namin pag naglalaro kami sa
Indonesia or Brunei. Yun nga lang, mas
nakikinabang sila kaysa sa amin dahil
natututo sila sa amin, said Macasu.
UE coach and Blu Girl Joy Lasquite also
has been playing abroad for the past few
years, mostly in Indonesia.
Napataas namin ang level nila kaya nga
siguro palagi kaming pinapabalik dun.
Actually, parang bakasyon ito sa amin dahil
lalaro ka lang mga once week. Kikita ka na,
libre pa board and lodging at uniforms namin.
Yocel Aguilar played in Indonesia and
Brunei for two years. She said Filipino
players raise the quality of the games in
countries where they play. Malaking tulong
sa mga teams na pinaglalaruan namin
yung paglalaro namin dun. Kami naman,
nakaka-scout din kami ng mga makakalaban
namin sa SEA Games o sa Asian Games.
Other Filipino players who are regulars
in Brunei and Indonesia are Jasper Cabrera
and Jancid Abello, who were cited by Farion
as among the best Filipino softball players,
together with Rosales. Maybe they just
need to be seen by American ball clubs so
they can be recruited there, said Farion.
Shotgun ace aims high
SHOTGUN expert Brian Rosario,
the Philippines lone hope for
shooting in the coming London
Olympics, yesterday vowed to do his
best in order to win that elusive gold.
I will do everything to win
the gold, said the 29-year-old
Rosario in yesterdays Philippine
Sportswriters Association Forum
at Shakeys UN Avenue, where
he talked about his chances.
Team Philippines Chef De Mis-
sion Manny Lopez readily welcomed
the entry of the young, but veteran
shooter as part of the countrys del-
egation to the Summer Games.
We are very proud to have
Brian in our team. We know he
has the talent to compete against
the best of them as he shoots for
that very elusive Olympic medal,
said Lopez in a statement. Rosario
made it to the London Olympics
set July 27 to Aug. 12 by virtue
of a quota place (wild card) slot
courtesy of the International
Shooting Sport Federation.
Philippine National Shooting
Association head Mikee Romero
said Rosario has a strong chance
of winning for the country. He
said Vincent Hancock of the
United States, who won the gold
in Beijing, advanced to the nals
with 121 points, and in the shoot-
off hit 24 of his last 25 targets.
So, it means that statistically,
there is a chance. Brian has hit 122
a couple of times. And I believe
he can do it in the Olympics, said
the PNSA president in the session
presented by Smart, Shakeys,
and the Philippine Amusement
and Gaming Corporation.
Cancer survivor to
cover Pacman ght
WENDELL Rupert Alinea, who was
diagnosed with leukemia three years
ago, but is now cancer-free, was granted
a US Visa to cover the title bout between
Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao
and undefeated American Timothy
Bradley on June 9.
Alinea, a senior photographer of
sportsmanila.net, recently assisted his
father sportswriterEddie Alinea during
Pacquiaos Baguio camp and Manila
training before the Peoples Champ ew
to LA last Saturday.
The Alineas will cover the ght
with Robbie Pangilinan and Sports
Communicators Organization of the
Philippines Chairman JB Baylon.
steal by Tony Parker sealed it.
Top-seeded San Antonio advanced to
the second round and awaits the winner of
the Memphis-Los Angeles Clippers series.
The Spurs are on a 14-game winning
streak. The Jazz have lost eight straight
playoff games.
CLIPPERS 101, GRIZZLIES 97, OT
LOS ANGELESChris Paul scored
eight of his 27 points in overtime and Los
Angeles moved to the brink of its second
playoff series victory in 36 years by taking
a 3-1 series lead.
Blake Grifn had 30 points and seven
assists before fouling out with 2:26 left
in overtime for the Clippers, who blew
a 10-point lead in the nal 4 1/2 minutes
of regulation.
Mike Conley scored a career playoff-
high 25 points and Rudy Gay had 23 on
8-of-25 shooting for the Grizzlies.
Game 5 is Wednesday night in
Memphis, with Game 6 back at Staples
Center on Friday if necessary. AP
JENNY
ORTUOSTE
THE HOARSE WHISPERER
Lady Altas reach quarters
PERPETUAL Help survived Southwestern
Universitys gritty stand in the last two sets as
it carved out a 25-14, 25-23, 25-22 victory to
clinch the fth quarternal berth in the ninth
Shakeys V-League Presented by Smart at
The Arena in San Juan yesterday.
Sandra delos Santos and Thai import
Pornpimol Kunbang combined for 30
hits while Honey Tubino and April Sartin
tossed in nine points apiece for the Lady
Altas, who improved to 2-1 and joined
Group A mates Ateneo (4-0) and FEU
(2-1) and Group B leaders San Sebastian
(3-0) and UST (3-0) in the Last 8 phase.
The Lady Cobras kept the game close
in the last two sets but just couldnt shake
off the Altas, bowing out of the race in the
season-opening conference sponsored by
Shakeys Pizza and backed by Mikasa
and Accel with a 0-4 card.
Jr. NBA All-Stars. After three days of a boot camp jointly conducted by NBA Legend and
former Chicago Bull Luc Longley, US Jr. NBA Clinician Chris Clunie, the Alaska coaching staff,
led by Jojo Lastimosa, Aljun Jay Melecio, Camillus Altamirano, Patrick Ramirez and John
Roald Mayor from the Manila Regional Training Camp; Lui Besa, Felixberto Jaboneta and
Arnie Padilla from the Cagayan de Oro camp; Paul Dagunan from the Puerto Princesa camp;
Antonio Jeffrey Coronel from Pampanga and Regille Kent Ilagan from the Alaska Power Camp
in Manila outshone the competition and emerged as this years Jr. NBA All Stars.
to encourage the entrance
of new players.
We would like
everyone interested in
owning a horse to join
us in investing in this exciting
sport. We need more owners,
and more horses, especially
with the third racetrack soon to
open.
There are two racetracks at
present, both in Cavite SLLP
in Carmona and the Philippine
Racing Clubs Santa Ana Park
in Naic.
The third one is the
Metro Manila Turf Club in
Malvar, Batangas, a project
spearheaded by horseowner-
breeder and businessman
Norberto Quisumbing Jr.
A trial workout was set for
April 28, complete with use
of the starting gate for practice
jumpouts.
This shows that MMTCs
inaugural race may not be too
far off.
* * *
As for those interested in
acquiring horses, Almeda
suggests that they attend the
Magic Millions horse auctions
in Australia from May 30 to
June 10. This is when the great
big National Sale will be held,
along with sales of broodmares,
stallions, and yearlings.
Many Filipino horseowners
buy from Australia and New
Zealand where costs are
cheaper, from the price of the
horses to shipping fees. In
addition, these countries have
not only their own bloodstock
but also desirable lineages
from the US, thanks to genetic
material from American shuttle
stallions that stand stud there
during breeding season.
* * *
Email: jennyo@live.com,
Blog: http://jennyo.net,
Twitter: @gogirlracing
Sports
Manila Standard TODAY
WEDNESDAY
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VFF users relate experiences
MORE and more Filipinos are
beginning to appreciate the
benets of wearing Vibram
FiveFingers, the most innovative
and benecial footwear ever to
enter the market.
Now, VFF fans have more
reason to celebrate their
newfound appreciation for the
brand as it introduces its 2012
Spring/Summer Collection in
a recent launch that was well
attended by the whos who of
Philippine showbiz and sports.
Held at the Sky Lounge that
overlooks the cosmopolitan en-
vironment of Bonifacio Global
City, the Brazilian-themed exclu-
sive event gathered famous per-
sonalities who were there to see
the latest models of the footwear.
Barefootwear Inc., the
Philippine franchise holder of
Vibram FiveFingers, through its
President and Chief Executive
Ofcer Carlos Abad, and staff
welcomed the various guests,
who were there to witness the
unveiling of the newest collection.
Television host and sports
enthusiast Rovilson Fernandez
hosted the afternoon affair,
which gathered athletes, movie
and television celebrities, and
select health, sports and fashion
media personalities.
Noted Philippine athletes and
famous adventure sports and
tness personalities also graced
the launch, such as members
of the Philippine Dragon Boat
Team, triathletes from Team
Endure, Powerade Tigers coach
Julio Veloso, Petron Blazers
Rob Reyes, runner Col. Mike
Logico, commercial model and
surfer Paolo Soler, and other
well-noted names in the eld of
capoeira, kettlebell, zumba and
other sports.
Long-time VFF users also
related their experiences with
the footwear. The world record-
holding Philippine Dragon
Team even spoke of how VFF
takes care of their feet during
training and on actual race days.
Aside from the testimonials,
those in the event were also
treated to a demoof the Brazilian
mixed martial art capoeira, led
by experts Joseph Pagulayan and
Nina Gomes de Reis.
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Laoag City
hosts All-Star
Weekend
2 Big City bets make splash at start of swim events
SMBeermen in playoff mode
SAN Miguel Beer eyes to end the elimination round on
a winning note going into the playoffs as the Beermen
face Saigon Heat in the Asean Basketball League at the
Tan Bihn Stadium in Vietnam.
The Beermen are perched at the top
of the eight-team ABL eld with a 16-4
record and hold the home-court advantage
in the seminals against either the
Malaysian Dragons or the Indonesia Warriors.
We are not putting our guard down even against
Saigon. As Ive said before, any team can beat any
team in the ABL on a given night. Plus, we want
to be in a playoff mindset in time for the semis,
said coach Bobby Parks, whose team is seeking a
seventh straight victory.
Interestingly, the winning streak came after a
66-63 loss to the Heat (7-12) last March 24. Back
then, the Beermen had imports Jarrid
Famous and Dalron Johnson.
But since the recruitment of former
Philippine Basketball Association import
Nick Fazekas and Duke Crews, along with
the re-entry of Fil-American guard Chris Banchero, the
Beermen have strung up six straight wins.
Fazekas and Banchero were major factors for SMBs
recent wins. In the 91-77 win over Bangkok, Fazekas
had 25 points and 15 rebounds, while Chris Banchero
had 22 points, four assists and seven steals.
By Peter Atencio

DAGUPAN CityThe National Capital
Region nally made its mark on the third
day of the 2012 Palarong Pambansa.
Two former Southern Tagalog
standouts Catherine Bondad and Delia
Cordero swam in unfamiliar conditions
with Axel Ngui, but still won two gold
medals apiece at the start of the swimming
competitions, with Cordero smashing two
meet marks.
Cordero, an incoming University of
the Philippines freshman, rst broke a
14-year-old mark in the secondary girls
200-meter buttery action.
She clocked 2:26.16, which was
6/100ths of a second faster than the
time of NCRs Althea Lim in Bacolod
City. Later, she joined teammates Ana
Bartolome, Joy Rodgers and Roxine Kee
in breaking a four-year mark by NCR
(2:09.30) in the 4x50 meter medley relay
(2:09.9)
The 18-year-old Ngui, who is not used
to the pool condition, rst claimed the
400-meter freestyle gold in the secondary
boys action in four minutes, 19.02
seconds.
Ngui, a high school graduate from
Xavier, was 13 seconds ahead of Region
IIIs Dexter John Lacuna to come up with
with his personal best time in taking the
100-meter backstroke in 1:03.58.
Maalon kaya mataas ang time ko sa
400-meters, pero nakuha pa rin best time
ko sa 100 meters. Yung sa 100 meters,
hindi ako nag-expect ng gold dahil no. 7
po ako nung preliminaries, said Ngui,
who wants to be a doctor someday.
ALL roads lead to Laoag
City as participants in the
2012 Philippine Basketball
Association All-Star weekend
depart for the Ilocos Norte
capital starting today.
Commissioner Chito Salud and
chairman Mamerto Mondragon
head the main batch of delegates
leaving late in the afternoon via
Philippine Airlines, a day before
this years edition of the annual
extravaganza comes off the wraps
in the bustling northern city.
Making up the bulk of the
contingent are members of the
Rookies-Sophomores-Juniors
squad that square off against
their Veteran counterparts in the
main offering of the All-Star
classic this Sunday at the Ilocos
Norte Centennial Arena.
JV Casio, the years top rookie
pick, will be at the forefront of
the RSJs campaign. He will
be backed by Marcio Lassiter,
Chris Lutz, Dylan Ababou, Josh
Urbiztondo, Japeth Aguilar, Rabeh
Al-Hussaini, Mac Baracael, Rico
Maierhofer, Marc Barroca, Chris
Ross and Paul Lee.
Coaching the young group is
Powerades Bo Perasol.
Two-time Most Valuable
Player James Yap leads the cast
of Veterans, along with Arwind
Santos, Gary David, Marc
Pingris, JC Intal, LA Tenorio,
Alex Cabagnot, Ranidel de
Ocampo, Gabe Norwood and
Sonny Thoss, with Meralco
coach Ryan Gregorio calling
the shots.
The City of Laoag, led by
Mayor Michael V. Farinas and
the province of Ilocos Norte
under Gov. Imee Marcos, are
expected to roll out the red carpet
for the entire PBA family as it
hosts the event for the second
time in the last seven years.
WORLD Boxing Council president Don Jose
Sulaiman has offered to mediate between
pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao and
undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr. to help
stage the ght the world wants to see.
I am offering myself to talk to both ghters
because I believe they are my friends and I
admire them and I believe they both respect
me. I want to be a leader to try to explore
the possibility of that ght (Pacquiao vs.
Mayweather) because the world wants that
ght, Sulaiman, who was at ringside of the
Mayweather-Miguel Cotto super welterweight
title ght, told the Manila Standard.
He added: They are committed to give the
world what the world wants because the world
has given them the glory totally to them.
The WBC president indicated he is prepared to
offer my goodwill and services to be a mediator,
not on the business side, but in every other aspect.
Responding to Mayweathers constant demands
that Pacquiao take a blood test despite the fact
that the Filipino had already assured him during a
telephone conversation some time ago that he was
prepared to take the test, Sulaiman emphasized
the WBC will not allow any other test that is not
accordance with the WBC rules and regulations.
Sulaiman said that there is no organization
in the world that truly complies with the
anti-doping regulations.
There is no need for any other anti-doping
tests other than the one what the WBC has in
its rules, said Sulaiman.
The WBC president said his organization is
under Don Catlin, MD, who served for some
25 years at the UCLA Olympic Analytical
Lab, and grew it into the worlds largest testing
facility of performance-enhancing drugs.
Pacquiao himself told ABS-CBN in Los
Angeles that that he was prepared to make a
sacrice and allow Mayweather to get a bigger
share of the ght revenues. Ronnie Nathanielsz
WBC to mediate between Pacman, Floyd
Hard grind
starts for
Pacquiao
With ve weeks of intense
training ahead of him, Pacquiao
began the day with a 6:45 a.m.
run from Grifth Park up the
Hollywood Hills to the landmark
Hollywood sign, cutting a minute
from his personal best time in
the 5.63-kilometer distance and
nishing in 22 minutes.
Pacquiao worked out for a total
of three hours in the afternoon,
going 10 brisk rounds on the
punch-mitts with trainer Freddie
Roach and another two hours
of conditioning exercises with
strength and conditioning coach
Alex Ariza, punching the heavy
bag and honing his reexes on the
speed ball.
Roach described the workout as
a good session.
Its now time for the hard work
and the strategy, said Roach.
On the other hand, Arum said:
Manny worked hard, but looked
tired and thats usual after a long
ight.
The promoter noted that Pacquiao
has plenty of time this time around,
and that the problem with his ght
against Juan Manuel Marquez was
that he peaked too early.
We are holding him back now,
so he peaks at the right time, said
Arum.
Pacquiao will defend his World
Boxing Organization welter-
weight title against undefeated
world junior welterweight cham-
pion Timothy Bradley at the
MGM Grand Garden Arena on
June 9.
Freddie and I had a good camp
in the Philippines and we are ready
to work very hard in preparation
for Timothy Bradley. Bradley is
strong, undefeated and young. I
have a great deal of respect for his
talents and his accomplishments,
Pacquiao said.
By Ronnie Nathanielsz
TOP Rank promoter Bob Arum, who
was at the Wild Card Gym on Monday
to watch pound-for-pound king Manny
Pacquiao on his rst day of workouts
since arriving from Manila over the
weekend, said the Filipino champ was
ne, but a little jet-lagged.
Riera U. Mallari,
Editor
MAY 9, 2012
SPURS 87, JAZZ 81
CLIPPERS 101, GRIZZLIES 97, OT
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Olympic-bound. Shooting president Mikee Romero (right)
congratulates shotgun ace Brian Rosario, who was given a berth to
the London Olympics. PSA Forum story on A7 SONNY ESPIRITU
Joseph Pagulayan and the Capoeira Team from Escola, Brasile.
Semis boost. Junior Powerades Mikee Reyes (left) wards off Cebuana Lhuilliers Marvin Hayes in an effort to protect the ball in a Philippine
Basketball Association D-League Foundation Cup game at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City. The Gems used a strong rst quarter to win,
90-64, and boost their bid for a seminal seat.
Games Today
8 p.m. San Miguel Beer
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(Tan Bihn Stadium)
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By Bernadette Lunas
THE government plans to propose
a record budget of P2 trillion
in 2013, up 11 percent from the
current expenditure of P1.82
trillion, Budget Undersecretary
Laura Pascua said Tuesday.
As far as Im concerned, the
P2-trillion gure is the ceiling
for next years budget, but it may
still go down, said Pascua.
She said the bulk of the
proposed 2013 budget would go
to the social services sector such
as education and health, which
consistently gets the biggest share
of the general appropriations, and
infrastructure investments.
Pascua said the government
would try its best to fully use
the 2013 budget to achieve
growth, fund education
following the implementation of
extended school years and build
infrastructure projects to boost
the countrys competitiveness.
As of now, we are conducting
the multiple-program budgeting
until June. We are meeting with
different departments and were
hearing proposals from them,
Pascua said.
Meanwhile, the budget ofcial
said the governments budget
decit in April was likely within
the program on increased public
spending and improvement in
revenue collections.
The government posted a
decit of P28.62 billion in
March, pushing the rst quarter
budget gap to P33.9 billion.
The [Bureau of Internal
Revenue] is condent that well
be able to hit the rst trillion
collection over. Customs just
went up by another 12 percent,
so we can see that the revenue
program looks good, said
Budget Secretary Florencio
Abad.
Abad said spending in April
was likely higher than in March
due to payments for public works
and the conditional cash transfer
program.
I gure there will be
signicant additions to payment
this April. Because of the cash
management, disbursements for
March went to April, he said.
Pascua said she expected
higher spending as part
of governments move to
accelerate it.
By Othel V. Campos
THE government may consider
a so-called windfall prot
sharing scheme with mining
companies on top of the current
50-50 revenue deal.
A copy of the proposed
amendments to the controversial
mining policy showed the
government would conduct
a three-month review of the
proposed windfall prot
sharing upon the effectivity of
the mining policy.
A mining company gets to
keep the prot under the windfall
scheme. But the government can
collect its share when the prot
reaches a certain level based on
sales or volume.
The minutes of a recent
consultation meeting with large-
scale miners held at the Tower
Club in Makati City on April
26, 2012 showed that once
approved, [the review] may lead
to [another] legislation.
Mining companies led by
Sagittarius Mines Inc. earlier
proposed the scheme to the
Environment Department,
which rejected it, citing
governments rightful share.
A government mining ofcial
said the government stood to
receive just small if not token
revenues from the windfall
scheme.
It will only reinforce the
thinking that we are selling the
national patrimony, said the
ofcial.
Despite opposition from
mining companies, the
government is still pushing ahead
with plans to create more mineral
reservation sites to collect more
royalties from contractors.
It also plans to enforce state
ownership over all valuable
mineral resources, including
mineral wastes such as mine
tailings, and get government
dues when required without
prejudice to liabilities of mining
contractors.
The proposed mining policy
that will be signed by the
President shortly is based on
a six-point agenda aimed at
promoting responsible mining.
The government wants to
adopt international best practices
to promote good governance
and integrity in the sector.
It is also seeking a fair,
adequate and equitably-shared
economic benet for the country
and the people.
By Elaine Ramos Alanguilan

MALAYSIAN lender CIMB Group
Holdings Bhd. has signed a deal to acquire
60 percent of Bank of Commerce from
two units of San Miguel Corp. and other
shareholders for P12.2 billion.
The transaction involves 58
percent of BoC shares owned
by San Miguel Properties Inc.
and SMC Retirement Plan
and 2 percent owned by other
shareholders. BoC is the 16
th

largest bank in the Philippines.
Yes, P12 billion for 58
percent, San Miguel president
and chief operating ofcer
Ramon Ang said in a text
message, conrming a statement
of CIMB Tuesday.
Kuala Lumpur-based CIMB
said in a disclosure to the
Malaysian stock exchange it
had entered into conditional
share purchase agreements
with San Miguel Properties
Inc., SMC Retirement Plan and
other minority shareholders for
the acquisition of 60 percent of
BoC.
The Philippines has been
the missing link in CIMBs
Asean footprint, CIMB chief
executive Nazir Razak said.
San Miguel is a strong partner
with an impressive range of
businesses and network of
business partners.
The stake sale will get San
Miguel out of the banking
business and help fund its
expansion beyond its traditional
food and drinks business. The
company is in talks to make
several big acquisitions after
buying almost half of Philippine
Airlines Inc. and low-cost afliate
Air Philippines Corp., president
Ramon Ang said last month.
CIMB is Malaysias second-
largest bank and one of Southeast
Asias leading universal banking
groups. It operates through
CIMB Bank, CIMB Investment
Bank and CIMB Islamic.
CIMB agreed to acquire the
BoC shares at P181.25 per share,
or for P12.2 billion in cash.
BoC was valued at a price
to book of 1.14x as of end-
December, but this should
improve to 1.30x upon full
alignment with CIMB Groups
accounting and provisioning
policies.
CIMB has also started talks to
acquire more of Royal Bank of
Scotland Group Plcs banking
assets in the Asia Pacic. Nazir
said the group, which last month
agreed to acquire most of RBSs
cash equities and investment
banking operations in the
region, was negotiating to buy
a 50-percent stake in Brisbane-
based brokerage RBS Morgans
Holdings Pty.
The Malaysian bank said
earlier it would pay 88.4 million
pounds ($143 million) for RBSs
operations in the region and
pump in a further 85.5 million
pounds into the business. The
purchase will help it compete
for investment banking and
corporate advisory deals in Asia.
The SMC Retirement
Plan will remain the largest
minority shareholder of Bank of
Commerce with 27 percent.
As an Asean universal bank,
this extension to the Philippines
is a very natural one. I believe
we are entering this market at the
right time, with the right deal and
right partner, said Nazir.
With Bloomberg
World Bank executive. President Aquino welcomes newly-appointed World Bank vice president for East Asia and the
Pacic Region Pamela Cox during her courtesy call at Malacaang Palace. Cox visited beneciaries of the governments conditional
cash transfer program, Pantawid Pamilya. Launched in 2008, the program has benetted about 2.3 million households, including
children up to 14 years old.
Govt seeking record
budget of P2t in 13
Manila Waters prot up 64%
MANILA Water Co. Inc. said Tuesday net
income in the rst quarter increased by 64 percent
to P1.34 billion from P816 million a year ago.
The water concessionaire said in a report to the
stock exchange revenues in the January-March
period rose 28 percent to P3.42 billion from
P2.67 billion in the same quarter a year ago.
Revenues from the east zone of Metro
Manila went up 22 percent to P3.25 billion
while sales from new businesses jumped
173 percent to P164 million. Its new water
businesses are located in Laguna, Boracay,
Clark and Vietnam.
The company said billed volume in the rst
quarter went up by 7.1 percent to 107.7 million
cubic meters in the rst quarter from 100.5
mcm a year earlier.
Manila Water and its parent rm Ayala
Corp. announced last month they had won the
right to buy a 10-percent stake in Ho Chi Minh
City Infrastructure Investment Joint Stock Co.
and a 49-percent stake in Kenh Dong Water
Supply Joint Stock Co. in Vietnam.
Ayala Corp. president and Manila Water
chairman Fernando Zobel de Ayala said the
investment would support the expansion of
Manila Water as it gradually builds its presence
in Vietnam. Jenniffer B. Austria
Hondas sales rebound
HONDA Cars Philippines Inc. said
sales rebounded with a 5-percent year-on-
year growth in April, fueled by the strong
performance of its passenger cars and
introduction of new models.
HCPI group head of marketing and sales
division Mitch Malto said in an e-mailed message
the company sold 1,186 units in April, up by 58
units from 1,128 vehicles sold a year ago.
She said of the total April sales, Honda City
accounted for 598 units, with the 1.5 variant
with automatic transmission as the highest-
selling variant.
The Civic and CR-V also registered 65
percent and 119-percent sales increase in
April, respectively, due to their full model
change introduction, Malto said.
Malto said sales in the rst four months
were still down 27 percent to 3,510 from 4,823
units year-on-year, because of the impact of the
natural calamities in Thailand that disrupted
parts and vehicles supply. Julito G. Rada
GLOBE Telecom Inc. reported Tuesday
rst-quarter net income fell 10 percent
to P2.7 billion from P2.99 billion a year
ago, owing to higher capital spending.
The Ayala-led mobile phone operator
said core net income was also down 7
percent to P2.74 billion in the January-
March period from P2.961 billion during
the same period last year, despite an
increase in revenues.
We are pleased with our results this
period, and the way we have built on and
sustained the momentum of the last six
quarters. Despite intense competition, we
continue to make gains in our mobile and
broadband businesses. This reinforces
our commitment to our transformation
agenda to better serve our customers,
Globe president and chief executive
Ernest Cu said.
The announcement pulled down the
stocks of Globe by 0.8 percent to P1,105
Tuesday.
Consolidated service revenues soared
to an all-time high of P20.2 billion in the
three-month period, up 6 percent from
P19.1 billion recorded a year earlier.
Globes mobile subscriber base
increased 14 percent year-on-year to 31
million as of end-March. It was also 3
percent higher than the previous quarter.
The industry is entering a new
phase, and we see 2012 as a year of
investments in our customers, in our
networks, and in our systems and
processes. We expect to emerge from
this investment period with signicantly
improved capabilities, well-positioned
to grow and deliver enhanced value to
all our stakeholders, Cu said.
Capital expenditures reached P4.8
billion in the rst quarter, driven by the
continued investments in the companys
broadband and mobile networks.
Alena Mae S. Flores
By Alena Mae S. Flores
CONSUMERS of Manila Electric
Co., the countrys biggest power
distributor, will experience a
decline in their May billing after
a reduction in the generation
charge by P0.0638 per kilowatt-
hour.
Meralcos power generation
charge dropped to P5.5983 per
kWh in May from P5.6621 per
kWh in April.
This means consumers with an
average monthly consumption of
200 kWh will see the generation
component of their electricity
bills go down by P12.76.
Meralco said the reduction
would have been higher if not for
the increase in rates of National
Power Corp.
The Energy Regulatory
Commission earlier allowed
Napocor to increase rates in Luzon
customers by P0.69 per kWh
starting May following an increase
in the generation rate and higher
currency exchange conversion.
Meralco said the increase in
Napocors rates was tempered
by downward adjustments in
the charges of the Wholesale
Electricity Spot Market and the
independent power producers.
The company said WESM prices
were moderated by the increased
output of coal-red power plants
and support from power imported
from the Visayas grid.
Charges from WESM, which
contributed 4.3 percent to
Meralcos power requirements, fell
P0.94 per kWh month-on-month.
Rates of the IPPs to Meralco
dropped P0.21 per kWh mainly
due to the improved utilization
of Quezon Power Philippines,
whose dispatch rose 71 percent
from 47 percent.
Bank of Commerce
sells 60% for P12.2b
TRADI NG SUMMARY
SHARES VALUE
FINANCIAL 31,471,447 1,995,199,649.70
INDUSTRIAL 236,797,779 1,063,016,387.90
HOLDING FIRMS 77,941,270 893,886,258.16
PROPERTY 251,245,183 843,465,238.04
SERVICES 135,613,467 768,498,976.22
MINING & OIL 764,724,454 600,580,002.10
GRAND TOTAL 1,497,793,600 6,164,646,512.12
FINANCIAL 1,279.83 (UP) 5.00
INDUSTRIAL 7,924.69 (UP) 34.53
HOLDING FIRMS 4,602.50 (UP) 56.34
PROPERTY 1,920.68 (DOWN) 21.63
SERVICES 1,717.75 (DOWN) 7.08
MINING & OIL 25,852.26 (UP) 183.30
PSEI 5,242.06 (UP) 12.53
All Shares Index 3,467.14 (UP) 12.66
Gainers: 104; Losers: 71; Unchanged: 35; Total: 210
Market climbs; RCBC,
Marcventures advance
Business
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52 Weeks Previous % Net Foreign
High Low STOCKS Close High Low Close Change Volume Trade/Buying
MST BUSINESS DAILY STOCKS REVIEW
TUESDAY, MAY 8, 2012
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FINANCIAL
70.00 46.00 Banco de Oro Unibank Inc. 65.45 66.60 65.25 65.45 0.00 1,928,530 (20,218,842.00)
76.80 50.00 Bank of PI 71.05 71.90 70.85 71.45 0.56 2,925,270 (54,338,333.00)
1.82 0.69 Bankard, Inc. 0.74 0.73 0.72 0.73 (1.35) 505,000
512.00 370.00 China Bank 530.00 545.00 530.00 539.00 1.70 16,830 2,700,000.00
1.95 1.42 BDO Leasing & Fin. Inc. 1.84 1.78 1.76 1.76 (4.35) 91,000
23.90 12.50 COL Financial 22.80 23.00 22.80 23.00 0.88 205,700
Eastwest Bank 19.78 19.98 19.62 19.72 (0.30) 9,201,300 (33,462,054.00)
22.00 7.56 Filipino Fund Inc. 11.00 11.50 10.92 11.40 3.64 6,700
3.26 1.91 I-Remit Inc. 2.34 2.33 2.21 2.22 (5.13) 19,000
29.00 3.00 Maybank ATR KE 28.15 28.75 27.90 28.75 2.13 165,900
93.50 60.00 Metrobank 90.00 90.95 89.85 90.00 0.00 13,746,070 (23,790,532.50)
3.06 1.30 Natl Reinsurance Corp. 2.07 2.07 2.07 2.07 0.00 1,000
126.00 35.00 Phil Bank of Comm 80.00 76.50 75.00 75.00 (6.25) 1,080
16.85 41.00 Phil. National Bank 75.80 75.95 74.50 74.95 (1.12) 279,370 1,363,631.50
85.00 57.70 Phil. Savings Bank 81.30 82.00 82.00 82.00 0.86 410
539.00 204.80 PSE Inc. 360.00 375.00 364.00 375.00 4.17 19,500 5,549,308.00
44.40 25.45 RCBC `A 43.15 44.90 43.15 44.90 4.06 1,051,500.00 (4,332,555.00)
151.50 77.00 Security Bank 149.60 148.80 145.20 148.40 (0.80) 948,590 (97,442,476.00)
1390.00 950.00 Sun Life Financial 1005.00 989.00 989.00 989.00 (1.59) 75
140.00 58.00 Union Bank 104.90 107.50 104.50 105.00 0.10 58,030 (492,950.00)
2.06 1.43 Vantage Equities 1.88 1.88 1.87 1.87 (0.53) 300,000
INDUSTRIAL
35.50 26.50 Aboitiz Power Corp. 34.60 34.90 34.05 34.60 0.00 2,408,800 (13,009,435.00)
13.58 7.32 Agrinurture Inc. 12.00 12.00 12.00 12.00 0.00 13,600 (100,800.00)
23.50 11.98 Alaska Milk Corp. 23.60 23.65 23.55 23.60 0.00 1,235,700 (21,066,120.00)
1.86 0.97 Alliance Tuna Intl Inc. 1.51 1.55 1.54 1.55 2.65 94,000 120,120.00
54.90 26.00 Alphaland Corp. 30.00 30.60 28.50 30.50 1.67 2,600
1.65 1.08 Alsons Cons. 1.38 1.39 1.38 1.38 0.00 722,000
Asiabest Group 41.45 43.00 40.00 41.50 0.12 120,300 42,900.00
138.00 45.00 Bogo Medellin 62.05 68.00 68.00 68.00 9.59 170
102.80 3.02 Bloomberry 9.60 9.98 9.70 9.75 1.56 36,206,600 (144,381,144.00)
26.55 12.50 C. Azuc De Tarlac 19.00 14.10 13.00 13.00 (31.58) 8,600
2.88 2.24 Calapan Venture 2.30 2.30 2.30 2.30 0.00 10,000
144.00 36.00 Conc. Aggr. `A 67.00 66.00 66.00 66.00 (1.49) 700
3.07 2.30 Chemrez Technologies Inc. 2.65 2.66 2.64 2.65 0.00 359,000 211,600.00
8.33 7.41 Cirtek Holdings (Chips) 8.20 8.20 8.10 8.20 0.00 9,700
7.06 4.83 Energy Devt. Corp. (EDC) 5.99 6.01 5.95 5.97 (0.33) 4,997,100 2,276,916.00
6.28 2.80 EEI 6.08 6.38 6.08 6.37 4.77 3,267,000 7,894,543.00
3.80 1.00 Euro-Med Lab. 1.97 1.90 1.80 1.90 (3.55) 17,000
25.00 5.80 Federal Chemicals 12.02 11.90 11.80 11.80 (1.83) 9,300
15.58 12.50 First Gen Corp. 14.00 13.98 13.70 13.96 (0.29) 1,034,700 (4,405,332.00)
67.20 51.50 First Holdings A 64.30 65.00 64.30 65.00 1.09 341,720 790,607.00
31.50 22.50 Ginebra San Miguel Inc. 22.40 22.40 22.40 22.40 0.00 8,000 (179,200.00)
0.10 0.0095 Greenergy 0.0160 0.0160 0.0150 0.0160 0.00 164,100,000 1,600,000.00
13.50 7.80 Holcim Philippines Inc. 12.02 12.06 12.02 12.06 0.33 183,200 1,423,168.00
9.00 4.71 Integ. Micro-Electronics 4.80 4.90 4.80 4.80 0.00 586,000 9,600.00
2.35 0.95 Ionics Inc 1.480 1.480 1.340 1.470 (0.68) 567,000 (4,410.00)
120.00 80.00 Jollibee Foods Corp. 111.00 111.00 107.80 111.00 0.00 231,920 (7,278,949.00)
8.40 1.04 LMG Chemicals 2.80 2.84 2.67 2.82 0.71 269,000 (16,440.00)
24.70 17.94 Manila Water Co. Inc. 25.00 25.20 24.90 24.90 (0.40) 2,804,900 (12,378,880.00)
6.95 0.75 Mariwasa MFG. Inc. 3.49 3.99 3.99 3.99 14.33 2,000
15.30 8.12 Megawide 16.50 17.22 16.52 17.20 4.24 349,700
295.00 215.00 Mla. Elect. Co `A 259.60 260.00 257.80 259.80 0.08 95,440 (4,610,846.00)
11.00 7.00 Pancake House Inc. 12.00 9.00 9.00 9.00 (25.00) 100
3.00 1.96 Pepsi-Cola Products Phil. 2.77 2.78 2.76 2.76 (0.36) 274,000 13,860.00
17.40 9.70 Petron Corporation 10.66 10.66 10.60 10.66 0.00 2,311,900 (7,332,622.00)
14.00 10.30 Phinma Corporation 11.00 11.20 11.20 11.20 1.82 2,000
15.24 9.01 Phoenix Petroleum Phils. 9.22 9.40 9.20 9.30 0.87 568,900 2,778.00
9.50 5.25 Republic Cement `A 9.14 8.88 7.34 8.88 (2.84) 3,200
2.55 1.01 RFM Corporation 2.63 2.70 2.64 2.67 1.52 565,000 1,198,830.00
3.49 2.01 Roxas Holdings 2.86 3.30 2.30 3.10 8.39 99,000 23,000.00
6.50 2.90 Salcon Power Corp. 3.85 3.85 3.80 3.80 (1.30) 11,000
33.00 27.70 San Miguel Brewery Inc. 29.80 29.85 29.50 29.80 0.00 10,000
132.60 105.70 San Miguel Corp `A 112.40 113.80 112.10 113.50 0.98 601,690 6,393,428.00
1.90 1.25 Seacem 1.76 1.76 1.74 1.76 0.00 423,000
2.50 1.85 Splash Corporation 1.88 1.95 1.87 1.89 0.53 149,000 9,450.00
0.250 0.112 Swift Foods, Inc. 0.134 0.134 0.133 0.133 (0.75) 2,300,000
5.46 2.92 Tanduay Holdings 3.80 3.80 3.76 3.80 0.00 286,000
3.62 1.99 TKC Steel Corp. 2.37 2.35 2.35 2.35 (0.84) 91,000 (63,450.00)
1.41 0.90 Trans-Asia Oil 1.26 1.28 1.26 1.28 1.59 2,336,000
68.00 36.20 Universal Robina 66.40 68.00 65.10 67.90 2.26 3,693,950 34,691,660.50
1.12 0.285 Vitarich Corp. 0.700 0.700 0.650 0.660 (5.71) 2,893,000
18.00 2.55 Vivant Corp. 11.00 12.36 11.00 12.36 12.36 1,100
1.22 0.68 Vulcan Indl. 1.02 1.03 1.02 1.03 0.98 71,000
HOLDING FIRMS
1.18 0.65 Abacus Cons. `A 0.73 0.75 0.74 0.74 1.37 162,000
59.90 35.50 Aboitiz Equity 53.10 53.00 50.20 52.75 (0.66) 1,191,060 12,924,866.00
0.019 0.014 Alcorn Gold Res. 0.0160 0.0160 0.0160 0.0160 0.00 5,600,000
13.48 8.00 Alliance Global Inc. 13.02 13.28 13.08 13.10 0.61 6,181,000 5,249,610.00
2.97 1.67 Anglo Holdings A 2.10 2.12 2.08 2.08 (0.95) 166,000
4.60 3.00 Anscor `A 4.95 4.90 4.80 4.80 (3.03) 105,000 (9,720.00)
6.98 0.260 Asia Amalgamated A 4.26 4.32 4.26 4.27 0.23 25,000
3.15 1.49 ATN Holdings A 1.69 1.79 1.65 1.79 5.92 3,000
437.00 272.00 Ayala Corp `A 448.00 459.00 441.20 458.80 2.41 478,430 37,125,570.00
59.45 30.50 DMCI Holdings 62.05 64.40 61.00 63.05 1.61 1,898,950 (4,108,644.50)
5.25 3.30 Filinvest Dev. Corp. 4.65 4.65 4.25 4.34 (6.67) 1,242,000 58,340.00
GT Capital 500.00 506.00 500.00 503.00 0.60 182,320 1,270,470.00
5.22 2.90 House of Inv. 4.61 4.75 4.63 4.75 3.04 23,000
34.80 19.00 JG Summit Holdings 34.00 35.10 34.10 35.00 2.94 1,875,600 (690,870.00)
4.19 2.27 Jolliville Holdings 2.40 2.36 2.30 2.36 (1.67) 15,000
5.17 2.30 Keppel Holdings `A 3.50 4.00 4.00 4.00 14.29 4,000
6.95 4.00 Lopez Holdings Corp. 5.53 5.60 5.50 5.52 (0.18) 2,559,100 (12,201,270.00)
1.54 0.61 Lodestar Invt. Holdg.Corp. 1.18 1.23 1.18 1.22 3.39 5,522,000
0.91 0.300 Mabuhay Holdings `A 0.630 0.630 0.630 0.630 0.00 1,000
3.82 1.500 Marcventures Hldgs., Inc. 3.210 3.450 3.210 3.430 6.85 6,047,000 85,410.00
4.45 2.56 Metro Pacic Inv. Corp. 4.49 4.64 4.46 4.60 2.45 22,977,000 3,704,460.00
6.24 2.10 Minerales Industrias Corp. 5.00 5.05 4.81 5.05 1.00 209,300
0.0770 0.054 Pacica `A 0.0570 0.0570 0.0560 0.0560 (1.75) 10,410,000
2.20 1.42 Prime Media Hldg 1.500 1.500 1.500 1.500 0.00 50,000
0.82 0.44 Prime Orion 0.510 0.500 0.500 0.500 (1.96) 270,000
2.40 0.91 Seafront `A 1.41 1.41 1.40 1.40 (0.71) 40,000
0.490 0.285 Sinophil Corp. 0.350 0.350 0.350 0.350 0.00 1,120,000
699.00 450.00 SM Investments Inc. 691.00 705.00 677.00 700.00 1.30 138,370 (32,415,600.00)
1.78 1.00 Solid Group Inc. 1.45 1.48 1.42 1.42 (2.07) 162,000
0.420 0.099 Unioil Res. & Hldgs 0.2600 0.2650 0.2600 0.2600 0.00 390,000
0.620 0.056 Wellex Industries 0.3700 0.3900 0.3700 0.3850 4.05 8,370,000 38,000.00
1.370 0.178 Zeus Holdings 0.590 0.610 0.580 0.600 1.69 519,000
P R O P E R T Y
39.00 11.00 Anchor Land Holdings Inc. 41.45 48.00 33.50 46.50 12.18 7,200 4,650.00
0.75 0.31 Araneta Prop `A 0.790 0.750 0.740 0.740 (6.33) 58,000
22.40 13.36 Ayala Land `B 21.90 21.60 21.15 21.30 (2.74) 4,179,400 (60,407,145.00)
6.12 3.08 Belle Corp. `A 4.88 4.91 4.88 4.89 0.20 5,781,000 (3,332,560.00)
9.00 2.26 Cebu Holdings 7.60 7.60 7.42 7.45 (1.97) 869,100 (22,587.00)
5.60 2.00 Cebu Prop. `A 5.20 5.00 5.00 5.00 (3.85) 10,000
5.66 0.26 Century Property 1.68 1.68 1.66 1.67 (0.60) 1,038,000
2.85 1.20 City & Land Dev. 2.30 2.44 2.25 2.44 6.09 21,000
1.65 1.07 Cityland Dev. `A 1.28 1.30 1.29 1.30 1.56 5,000
0.127 0.060 Crown Equities Inc. 0.081 0.083 0.081 0.082 1.23 2,770,000
1.16 0.67 Cyber Bay Corp. 0.87 0.87 0.85 0.87 0.00 4,454,000
0.90 0.54 Empire East Land 0.780 0.800 0.780 0.790 1.28 10,425,000
3.80 2.90 Eton Properties 3.30 3.32 3.30 3.30 0.00 50,000
0.310 0.10 Ever Gotesco 0.181 0.181 0.181 0.181 0.00 200,000
3.06 1.76 Global-Estate 2.10 2.12 2.05 2.08 (0.95) 2,370,000 1,816,090.00
1.35 0.98 Filinvest Land,Inc. 1.36 1.40 1.36 1.37 0.74 16,281,000 8,980,560.00
3.80 1.21 Highlands Prime 1.70 2.25 1.71 2.11 24.12 316,000
2.14 0.65 Interport `A 1.18 1.19 1.15 1.19 0.85 70,000
4.50 1.50 Keppel Properties 1.98 2.00 2.00 2.00 1.01 2,000
2.48 1.51 Megaworld Corp. 2.14 2.23 2.14 2.20 2.80 136,424,000 37,554,260.00
0.80 0.215 MRC Allied Ind. 0.2010 0.2050 0.2010 0.2030 1.00 2,080,000
0.990 0.072 Phil. Estates Corp. 0.6500 0.7400 0.6500 0.7400 13.85 38,755,000 (331,810.00)
0.71 0.41 Phil. Realty `A 0.510 0.520 0.520 0.520 1.96 21,000
4.77 1.80 Polar Property Holdings 3.40 3.49 3.45 3.49 2.65 36,000
3.34 2.08 Primex Corp. 2.41 2.40 2.40 2.40 (0.41) 9,000
18.86 10.00 Robinsons Land `B 18.18 18.38 18.18 18.20 0.11 3,198,000 11,075,856.00
710.00 360.00 San Miguel Prop. 590.00 590.00 472.00 566.00 (4.07) 150
2.70 1.74 Shang Properties Inc. 2.60 2.60 2.56 2.56 (1.54) 302,000
9.47 6.50 SM Development `A 6.97 7.08 6.98 7.00 0.43 1,774,000 (4,952,548.00)
18.20 10.90 SM Prime Holdings 16.20 16.20 15.80 16.00 (1.23) 16,868,400 (172,266,482.00)
1.14 0.64 Sta. Lucia Land Inc. 0.73 0.75 0.74 0.74 1.37 216,000
0.80 0.45 Suntrust Home Dev. Inc. 0.570 0.570 0.560 0.560 (1.75) 150,000
S E R V I C E S
2GO Group 2.00 1.91 1.88 1.91 (4.50) 4,000
43.00 28.60 ABS-CBN 38.50 39.50 38.40 38.40 (0.26) 22,600
14.76 1.60 Acesite Hotel 9.78 9.90 9.10 9.75 (0.31) 644,300 (950,870.00)
0.80 0.45 APC Group, Inc. 0.660 0.670 0.660 0.660 0.00 221,000
9.30 7.30 Asian Terminals Inc. 9.20 9.30 9.20 9.30 1.09 71,700 220,890.00
0.5300 0.0660 Boulevard Holdings 0.1790 0.1800 0.1770 0.1770 (1.12) 3,940,000
98.15 62.50 Cebu Air Inc. (5J) 69.50 70.10 69.30 70.00 0.72 611,030 (8,096,030.50)
9.70 5.40 DFNN Inc. 7.20 7.40 7.01 7.05 (2.08) 159,300
5.90 1.45 Easy Call Common 3.20 4.80 3.15 4.50 40.63 196,000
1172.00 11.70 Globalports 34.00 34.00 32.00 33.50 (1.47) 800
1270.00 825.00 Globe Telecom 1114.00 1105.00 1102.00 1105.00 (0.81) 72,745 (35,503,405.00)
10.34 6.18 GMA Network Inc. 9.97 9.95 9.75 9.82 (1.50) 308,000
69.00 43.40 I.C.T.S.I. 74.05 74.30 73.05 74.30 0.34 1,723,840 (16,418,753.00)
0.98 0.34 Information Capital Tech. 0.440 0.450 0.405 0.405 (7.95) 110,000
4.29 2.20 IP Converge 3.19 3.26 3.06 3.22 0.94 667,000 12,360.00
34.50 0.123 IP E-Game Ventures Inc. 0.074 0.083 0.075 0.078 5.41 102,650,000 (927,190.00)
3.87 1.16 IPVG Corp. 1.14 1.14 1.12 1.13 (0.88) 1,241,000 (617,220.00)
0.0760 0.040 Island Info 0.0560 0.0530 0.0520 0.0520 (7.14) 3,890,000
5.1900 2.900 ISM Communications 3.0000 3.1000 2.8800 3.0000 0.00 566,000
3.79 1.58 JTH Davies Holdings Inc. 2.33 2.50 2.32 2.50 7.30 215,000
11.68 5.90 Leisure & Resorts 7.00 7.18 7.00 7.18 2.57 508,700 (710,250.00)
4.28 2.65 Liberty Telecom 2.80 2.82 2.80 2.82 0.71 24,000
3.96 2.70 Macroasia Corp. 3.00 2.99 2.81 2.98 (0.67) 285,000
0.84 0.57 Manila Bulletin 0.71 0.74 0.71 0.74 4.23 52,000
3.00 1.00 Manila Jockey 1.53 1.55 1.53 1.55 1.31 2,060,000 624,510.00
9.60 6.50 Metro Pacic Tollways 6.80 6.80 6.00 6.00 (11.76) 1,000
21.00 17.20 Pacic Online Sys. Corp. 21.00 21.55 21.00 21.00 0.00 2,900
8.58 4.50 PAL Holdings Inc. 7.48 7.90 7.48 7.80 4.28 1,131,900 777.00
3.32 1.05 Paxys Inc. 2.51 2.58 2.47 2.58 2.79 1,570,000
10.00 4.60 Phil. Racing Club 9.00 9.05 9.00 9.05 0.56 30,000 261,450.00
17.18 14.50 Philweb.Com Inc. 17.50 17.50 17.00 17.26 (1.37) 223,500 814,848.00
6.90 3.80 PLDT Comm & Energy 4.08 4.09 3.98 3.98 (2.45) 83,000
2886.00 2096.00 PLDT Common 2552.00 2550.00 2536.00 2536.00 (0.63) 126,940 (111,880,840.00)
0.48 0.23 PremiereHorizon 0.365 0.360 0.350 0.355 (2.74) 1,570,000 10,650.00
23.75 10.68 Puregold 23.85 25.20 23.90 24.90 4.40 4,251,400 9,759,105.00
Touch Solutions 3.53 3.53 3.53 3.53 0.00 17,000
0.79 0.26 Waterfront Phils. 0.500 0.510 0.490 0.500 0.00 3,021,000 65,000.00
MINING & OIL
0.0083 0.0036 Abra Mining 0.0053 0.0052 0.0052 0.0052 (1.89) 5,000,000
6.20 3.01 Apex `A 5.10 5.15 5.10 5.15 0.98 21,000
6.22 3.00 Apex `B 5.05 5.20 5.05 5.20 2.97 630,300 75,900.00
25.20 14.50 Atlas Cons. `A 18.68 19.20 18.74 18.84 0.86 731,500 (1,104,370.00)
31.00 20.00 Atok-Big Wedge `A 28.00 31.90 28.50 29.85 6.61 2,000 42,000.00
0.380 0.148 Basic Energy Corp. 0.280 0.290 0.275 0.280 0.00 3,760,000 (285,000.00)
30.35 15.00 Benguet Corp `A 27.00 27.50 26.40 26.40 (2.22) 73,800
34.00 14.50 Benguet Corp `B 30.35 30.50 26.50 26.50 (12.69) 146,000 (624,165.00)
2.51 1.62 Century Peak Metals Hldgs 1.67 1.70 1.68 1.70 1.80 219,000
50.85 4.35 Dizon 48.50 50.00 47.65 50.00 3.09 2,430,100 (624,250.00)
1.21 0.50 Geograce Res. Phil. Inc. 0.85 0.88 0.85 0.88 3.53 21,191,000
1.82 0.5900 Lepanto `A 1.350 1.370 1.350 1.360 0.74 9,927,000
2.070 0.6700 Lepanto `B 1.440 1.470 1.420 1.420 (1.39) 18,220,000 (21,547,110.00)
0.085 0.035 Manila Mining `A 0.0680 0.0680 0.0670 0.0680 0.00 132,870,000
0.087 0.035 Manila Mining `B 0.0670 0.0690 0.0670 0.0680 1.49 163,770,000
34.80 15.04 Nickelasia 32.80 33.00 32.35 33.00 0.61 1,321,800 (7,020,805.00)
12.76 2.08 Nihao Mineral Resources 10.12 10.62 10.08 10.56 4.35 5,871,800 (627,152.00)
1.100 0.008 Omico 0.7900 0.7600 0.7600 0.7600 (3.80) 171,000
8.40 2.12 Oriental Peninsula Res. 6.740 6.970 6.760 6.970 3.41 4,361,600 (206,215.00)
0.032 0.012 Oriental Pet. `A 0.0210 0.0220 0.0210 0.0210 0.00 73,200,000
0.033 0.013 Oriental Pet. `B 0.0220 0.0230 0.0230 0.0230 4.55 100,000
7.14 5.10 Petroenergy Res. Corp. 6.40 6.34 6.34 6.34 (0.94) 1,000
28.95 17.08 Philex `A 24.50 24.80 24.25 24.55 0.20 5,079,600 (3,993,885.00)
14.18 3.00 PhilexPetroleum 27.15 28.40 26.50 28.35 4.42 2,290,200 3,644,525.00
0.058 0.013 Philodrill Corp. `A 0.051 0.054 0.052 0.053 3.92 312,400,000 556,940.00
252.00 161.10 Semirara Corp. 251.80 256.00 252.20 256.00 1.67 155,410 (3,350,664.00)
0.029 0.013 United Paragon 0.0200 0.0210 0.0210 0.0210 5.00 600,000
PREFERRED
47.90 27.30 ABS-CBN Holdings Corp. 40.00 39.50 37.50 37.50 (6.25) 72,000 (2,328,000.00)
570.00 520.00 Ayala Corp. Pref `A 543.50 545.00 545.00 545.00 0.28 140
11.02 6.00 GMA Holdings Inc. 9.90 9.90 9.80 9.90 0.00 3,266,000 (9,122,690.00)
116.70 106.20 PCOR-Preferred 115.20 115.50 115.30 115.30 0.09 36,370
80.00 74.50 SMC Preferred 1 76.00 76.00 76.00 76.00 0.00 6,000 114,000.00
1050.00 990.00 SMPFC Preferred 1034.00 1034.00 1030.00 1030.00 (0.39) 3,570
WARRANTS & BONDS
1.35 0.62 Megaworld Corp. Warrants 1.19 1.23 1.18 1.21 1.68 1,206,000 240,000.00
0.210 0.00 Omico Corp. Warrant 0.0600 0.0900 0.0710 0.0900 50.00 130,000
GERRY GERONIMO
THE TRUST GURU
The call of Adrian
IT WAS not the ritual I grew up with. For us, the
hoi polloi Tondo, it was outwardly marked by
no more than a mere return, particularly by the
women, to the wearing of clothes of everyday
colors, and by the men, to the resumption of louder
laughter and more frequent expletives at which
nobody takes offense. The church goers exhale
a prayer or two, commending in whispers to the
Almighty the departed loved one. And those who
stay outside during Mass, wear a public a smile
that nevertheless fails to hide the anxiety over an
unknown future, henceforth to be lived without the
one who had unexpectedly gone.
Others, such as those who bear right of birth or
savor the reward of personal achievement, I was to
notice later, do it differently. They gather family
and friends to a feast, as in the debut of an eldest
daughter. Together, they dutifully recall, complete
with video clips, the happy times they had with
the one who had gone, and, in somber tones, recite
their belief in the departeds relief from this lifes
pains and expenses, as was committed by the good
book and promised by the prayer beads.
But last April 29, I experienced a babang luksa
like no other. It was a denitive rite of passage, a
grand closure to a full year of grieving and a clear
inaugural of a new season of moving on. It was
the launching at the Turf Room of the Manila Polo
Club of a book entitled Adrian Calling, a liberating
lift-off to orbit of the memory of Adrian Hernandez
powered by the thrust of the love of his father
Eduardo and the Montinola-Hernandez family.
Adrian Calling is unique, if not sui generis, in
the terms literary sense before that Latin phrase
was recently debased by the clowns at the Corona
impeachment trial. As written at the back of the
title, it ...is a privately published book and not
intended for commercial sale and, as unabashedly
admitted by Eddie H., a repository of all the
thoughts and feelings of our family in absorbing
the loss of our beloved Adrian. It is intended solely
for free distribution to our friends and families.
Just as unique was Eddie Hs nal eulogy which
was marked by his adaptation of Adrians favorite
poem written Henry Scott Holland. He entitled it,
What is death? Where is life? and I reproduce it
hereunder, in toto, his annotations in italics:
Death is nothing at all. It does not count.
Adrian simply slipped away into the next room.
Nothing has happened. Everything remains exactly
as it was.
I am I. You are you and Adrian is still Adrian.
And the old life that we lived so fondly together
with Adrian is untouched, unchanged. In another
dimension, he continues to live at the Romulo law
ofce, live in the sugarcane elds of Dingle and
live in the Mahogany and coffee trees which he
planted in Paga, Iloilo.
Whatever we were to each other, that we are still.
Call me by my old familiar name, duke, dukie, or
dude. Speak of me in the easy way you always used.
Put no difference into the tone of your voice.
Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes
we always enjoyed together. Life means all that it
ever meant. It is the same as it ever was. What is
death but a negligible accident?
Why should Adrian be out of mind because he is
out of sight? I do not think of Adrian everyday. But
every moment of everyday.
He is but waiting for us, somewhere every near.
Somewhere just around the corner. All is well,
nothing is hurt. Nothing is lost.
One brief moment and all will be as it was before.
How we shall laugh with Adrian at the trouble
of parting when we meet again. This will all be
at another me, at another dimension, at another
place so beautiful and heavenly.
For then, we will meet with Adrian as beautiful
angelsas we will all be Angels of the Lord.
Actually, Adrian did not wait for his
transformation to do angelic work. Continued
Eddie H:
A few weeks before Adrian died, I told him that
the prices of sugar suddenly shot up and for him not
to worry about his medical expenses. We could go
anywhere. But Adrian did not say anything except
to mention that we double the free nutritious food
to our 300 children. Then he told me that most of
these kinds will not get to high school but if they
knew computers and English, they have a chance
to improve their lives.
Then a few days before he died, Paco Sandejas,
his classmate at Southridge High School at Alabang
talked to him about putting up a computer room
for his students. Within the year since Adrian left
us, I am happy to announce: Firstly, we put up the
Adriano M. Hernandez Computer Center, a room
with 34 brand new computers at Southridge High
School. Made possible by his funds and his close
friends at Southridge....[Secondly] Westbridge
in IloiloChapel renovated in the name of
Adrian.
Finally, and this is most exciting for me.
Ade had a little money with which we nished
the construction of a 50-square-meter building
to house the Adriano and Raymundo (Adray)
Community Center in the farm to service about
300 children (babies up to age 11). About 2/3 are
children of our laborers. We give them nutritious
food, teach them English and computers, watch
educational TV materials, sewing lessons for the
girls. Westbridge boys will teach English...
The work of Adrian, as his fathers book of
him, remains to be in process and in progress.
Incidentally, explains Eddie H the book is
entitled Adrian Calling because during World
War II when we were evacuees in the guerrilla
occupied territory, we sent coded messages to
Australia. It always started with Bohol (or Leyte)
calling... I was fascinated when nally Australia
will reply in coded message through the darkness
of the night. I hope that Adrian continues to call
through the darkness of our feelings.
I too expect Adrian to be calling from time to
time. And so do the rest of Adrians friends, we
with whom he had once walked, both in the warm
beaches and the air conditioned hallways, in casual
pavement and stiff boardroom, in bright sun light
and in the shadows of neon and starlight.
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STOCKS rebounded Tuesday, snapping a
two-day decline, as concerns over election
results in Europe faded and investors
placed their bets in blue chips that posted
income growth in the rst quarter.
The Philippine Stock
Exchange index, the 30-company
benchmark, rose 12 points, or
0.2 percent, to close at 5,242.06.
Holding rms and mining
companies led gainers.
The heavier index representing
all shares also advanced 12
points, or 0.4 percent, to 3,467, as
gainers outnumbered losers, 104
to 71, with 35 issues unchanged.
Some P6.2 billion worth of shares
were traded Tuesday.
Rizal Commercial Banking
Corp. rose 4 percent to P44.90,
after dropping 3.1 percent
Monday. The bank sold P1.15
billion of so-called certicate
of deposits that will mature in
ve-and-a-half years, documents
on the sale show. The bank said
net income grew 49.5 percent to
P1.5 billion in the rst quarter.
Marcventures Holdings Inc.
advanced 6.9 percent to P3.43,
snapping a three-day, 14 percent
slide. The company said its
mining unit has started shipping
nickel ore and that it will start a
major drilling and exploration
program this year.
Philippine Long Distance
Telephone Co. fell 0.6 percent to
P2,536, the lowest level in more
than four months. The countrys
largest telecom company said net
income declined to P10.1 billion
in the rst quarter from P10.6
billion a year ago, on higher
expenses.
We are pursuing further
rationalization measures which
may be somewhat adverse in
the short term, PLDT chairman
Manuel Pangilinan said. The
earnings were in line with
our expectations that industry
stability would return in gradual
but quite certain terms.
Nickel Asia Corp., the nations
biggest producer of the metal,
rose 0.7 percent to P33, despite
booking a lower prot. The
company said rst-quarter net
income fell to P285.4 million
from P428 million a year ago.
Meanwhile, Asian stock
markets staged a modest
recovery Tuesday as the initial
shockwaves from election
results in Europe faded. Trading
is expected to remain volatile
as Greece struggles to form a
government after voters punished
pro-austerity parties.
Japans Nikkei 225 index
edged up 0.7 percent to 9,179.68,
a day after closing at its lowest
level in three months. South
Koreas Kospi added 0.5 percent
to 1,965.34 while Australias
S&P/ASX 200 was narrowly
higher at 4,304.05.
Benchmarks in Taiwan,
Indonesia and Singapore also
rose. But Hong Kongs Hang
Seng fell marginally to 20,525.95.
Key indexes in mainland China
also slipped.
Markets were thrown into a
tailspin after weekend elections
in France and Greece led to
a sharp shift in the political
landscape. In France, President
Nicolas Sarkozy was thrown
out of ofce by voters opposed
to his belt-tightening program.
Investors are worried that a
changing of the guard in Europes
leadership could jeopardize its
plans for ghting a two-year debt
crisis. With Bloomberg, AP
FORMER Philippine Communications Satellite Corp. executive Enrique
ELL Locsin was arrested by operatives of the Criminal Investigation and
Detection Group on the strength of a warrant issued by the Sandiganbayans
Second Division. Locsin, brother of former Makati Congressman Teddyboy
Locsin, was arrested at the lobby of the Tuscany Condominium in Ayala
Avenue and brought to the CIDG ofce at the Fort Bonifacio Global City in
Taguig, where he had to pose for the customary mug shot and perform the
ngerprint piano routine. Bail was set at P30,000.
Locsin, along with Manuel Andal, were indicted for graft allegedly for
collecting grossly exorbitant salaries of P300,000 a month both from
Philcomsat and Philippine Overseas Telecommunications Corp., and other
benets and fees during their stint with the PCGG-sequestered corporation.
Locsin reportedly received P15 million between 2003 and 2005 in
unexplained reimbursements. Both Locsin and Andal, however, claimed
that their actions were in keeping with their status as legitimate shareholders
of the corporation, saying they were not government nominees/appointees to
the Philcomsat board and, thus, could not have violated Memorandum Circular
40, which places a ceiling of P180,000 on the salaries of board members of
sequestered companies. Besides which, the two argued, the expenses they incurred did not redound to their personal
benet but to the companys.
If one can recall, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, whose family owns substantial shares in Philcomsat,
delivered a privilege speech in 2008 brazenly titled Alibaba and the Forty Thieves, where he accused several
individuals of wanton and unjustiable looting, pillaging and plundering of P56 million worth of Philcomsats
resources.
Among the alleged 40 relatives of Alibaba named by Senator Enrile were Locsin and Benito Bomboy
Araneta, cousin of former First Gentleman Mike Arroyo. The Senator accused Araneta of chairing the Executive
Committee that approved, authorized and issued a check all on the same day a P125-million loan to a family
corporation without any collateral and only on the basis of a promissory noteall without the ratication of the
Philcomsat board. According to Enrile, Araneta failed to liquidate millions in advances and received compensation
and allowances amounting to P5.2 million, including a $10,000 travel allowance.
Last year, the Bureau of Internal Revenue led a complaint before the Justice Department against Araneta for three
counts of attempted tax evasion and failure to supply accurate information for tax years covering 2003, 2004 and
2005. Araneta was one of those named by a condential informant as among several former Philcomsat executives
and directors who allegedly did not report their benets and compensations. Aside from the millions allegedly
dissipated by Locsinwho at some point refused to vacate his position despite orders from then President Gloria
Arroyowhat apparently got the ire of Enrile was the discovery that Locsin had reportedly charged the cost of
a P180,000 hearing aid to Philcomsat, a laptop, leather case and a walletall of which prompted the Senator to
remark that the company was being treated as a private alkansiya (piggy bank).
Maritime milestone
With over 280,000 Filipinos graduating from maritime schools every year, its no longer surprising that the
Philippines has become a major source of workers for the global maritime industry. According to industry sources,
Filipinos account for 30 percent of the estimated 1.5 million seafarers worldwide who supply manpower in tankers,
cruise ships, oil rigs, passenger vessels and the like. However, the European Maritime Safety Association was not
too happy to nd that several maritime schools were decient in facilities, training, curriculum and other systems
which could adversely affect the employment of Filipinos and consequently, the economy.
One good news, however, is the recent announcement made by Philippine Ambassador to Spain Carlos Salinas
that President Noynoy Aquino has nally signed an Executive Order designating a single entity under the
Transportation Department through the Maritime Industry Authority that would oversee the implementation of the
International Convention on Standards of
Training, Certication and Watchkeeping.
The announcement was made by Salinas at
an event held at the International Maritime
Organization headquarters in London.
According to the Ambassador, the signing
of the EO reiterates the Philippines
readiness and commitment to comply with
the STCW code, in particular the aspects
of safekeeping, as well as strict monitoring
of the education, training and competence
of maritime professionals and the
registration and control of both Philippine
domestic and international eet. Hopefully,
Congress will pass the legislation that
would institutionalize the central maritime
authority.
Happy Hour Nibbler: Snake attack
Residents of North Oklahoma were
rudely awakened by alarm clocks when
a snake decided to seek shelter inside
an electrical substationand touched a
switch that caused the power to trip. The
unfortunate snake, which only wanted to
keep itself warm through the transformers,
crawled through the substation and got
electrocuted in the process, causing a
blowout that resulted in a power outage
that lasted for more than an hour. Animals
have been known to cost electric companies
millions in terms of repairs for affected
facilities, not to mention the inconvenience
to consumers.
Last year, a jellysh attack forced a
power station in Hadera, Israel to shut down
after a horde of the sea creatures clogged
the seawater supply which the plant uses
for cooling purposes. The same thing also
happened in a nuclear facility in Scotland
last year, and in the Philippines way back in
1999, when a school of jellysh invaded a
power facility in Sual, Pangasinan, causing
a massive blackout that lasted for several
hours.
According to scientists, climate change
is increasing the acidity of the ocean and
causing a population explosion among
jellysh since the acidity drives away the
ubby creatures natural predators.

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ManilaStandardToday extrastory2000@gmail.com MAY 9, 2012 WEDNESDAY
B3
PLDTs profit down to P9.3b
Enrique Locsin arrested
By Alena Mae S. Flores
PHILIPPINE Long Distance
Telephone Co., the countrys
largest telecommunications
company, said Tuesday
consolidated core net income
in the rst quarter of the year,
excluding exceptional items,
declined 12 percent to P9.3
billion from P10.6 billion year-
on-year.
PLDT disclosed to the Philippine Stock
Exchange that core net income fell as a result of
higher expenses that reduced service revenue
gains, a lower equity share in the earnings of
power distributor Manila Electric Co. and higher
provision for income taxes.
PLDT said net income for the rst three months
declined 6 percent to P10.1 billion from P10.7
billion a year ago due to the decline in core net
income and higher net foreign exchange and
derivative gains.
First quarter results show quarter-on-quarter
gains indicating early signs of stabilizing conditions
resulting from PLDTs initiatives that aim to create
the platform for return to growth, which include
the Digitel acquisition and PLDTs network
modernization program, PLDT president and
chief executive Napoleon Nazareno said.
PLDT chairman Manuel Pangilinan said the
company expects a core net income of P39 billion
this year, or the same level as last years.
We expect the third-quarter net income to
be trending toward P9 billion to P9.5 billion,
Pangilinan told reporters.
CYAN MAGENTA YELLOW BLACK
Manila
Standard
TODAY
CYAN MAGENTA YELLOW BLACK CYAN MAGENTA YELLOW BLACK
Assets
International Reserves P 3,013,661,887,432.03
Deposits with foreign banks 324,592,843,123.89
Other cash balances 313,467,631.74
Investments 2,315,597,540,567.75
Gold 323,983,591,717.61
International Monetary Fund special drawing rights 49,174,444,391.04
Investment in government securities 242,728,958,393.25
Loans and advances 116,530,584,585.45
Other fnancial assets 93,035,952,215.43
Acquired assets held for sale 108,270,297.08
Investment property 9,847,240,325.17
Bank premises, furniture, fxtures and equipment 12,598,938,219.49
Other assets 17,875,940,132.11
Total P 3,506,387,771,600.01
Liabilities and capital
Liabilities
Currency in circulation P 516,438,728,157.78
Foreign currency borrowings 22,186,999,326.13
Government deposits 290,009,295,607.36
Deposits of banks and other fnancial institutions 673,112,585,927.53
Securities sold under agreements to repurchase 256,310,251,800.00
Special deposit accounts 1,511,641,543,238.76
Allocation of special drawing rights 56,611,651,937.97
Revaluation of foreign currency accounts 32,862,854,379.58
Other fnancial liabilities 19,828,182,982.86
Other liabilities 6,195,979,164.02
Total 3,385,198,072,521.99
Capital
Capital 10,000,000,000.00
Surplus 80,522,102,700.67
Unrealized gains/(losses) on investments (10,038,839,558.73)
Capital reserves 78,041,172,114.30
Undivided profts/(loss) from operations (37,334,736,178.22)
Total 121,189,699,078.02
Total liabilities and capital P 3,506,387,771,600.01
Other information :
Revaluation of foreign currency accounts is presented in the liability section in
accordance with Section 45, R.A. 7653 of the New Central Bank Act.
For the COMMISSION ON AUDIT:
(Sgd.) MA. TERESITA R. GOJUNCO (Sgd.) WILLIE S. ASTO
SA V - Supervising Auditor Managing Director
(Sgd.) AMANDO M. TETANGCO, JR.
Governor
GENERAL BALANCE SHEET
As of July 31, 2011
CYAN MAGENTA YELLOW BLACK
(MST-May 9 & 16, 2012)
Republic of the Philippines
ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION
San Miguel Avenue, Pasig City
IN THE MATTER OF THE APPLICATION
FOR APPROVAL OF THE RECALCULATED
MAP FOR REGULATORY YEAR 2013 AND
THE TRANSLATION INTO DISTRIBUTION
RATES OF DIFFERENT CUSTOMER
CLASSES FOR THE THIRD REGULATORY
YEAR OF THE ERC-APPROVED ANNUAL
REVENUE REQUIREMENT FOR DAVAO
LIGHT AND POWER COMPANY,
INCORPORATED (DLPC) UNDER THE
PERFORMANCE BASED REGULATION
(PBR) FOR THE REGULATORY PERIOD
JULY 1, 2010 JUNE 30, 2014
ERC CASE NO. 2012-052 RC
DAVAO LIGHT AND POWER
COMPANY, INC. (DLPC),
Applicant.
x - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - x
NOTI CE OF PUBLI C HEARI NG
TO ALL INTERESTED PARTIES:
Notice is hereby given that on March 29, 2012, Davao Light and Power Company, ncorporated (DLPC) fled an
application for approval of the recalculated maximum average price (MAP) for regulatory year 2013 and the translation
into distribution rates of its different customer classes for the third regulatory year of the ERC-approved annual revenue
requirement (ARR) under the performance based regulation (PBR) for the regulatory period July 1, 2010 - June 30, 2014.
In the said application, DLPC alleged, among others that:
1. It is a corporation duly organized and existing under and by virtue of the laws of the Philippines, with principal
offce address at C. Bangoy, Sr. St., Davao City.
2. It is the holder of an exclusive franchise issued by the Congress of the Philippines to operate electric light and
power services in Davao City, Panabo City and the Municipalities of Carmen, Dujali and Sto. Tomas in Davao del
Norte.
3. Under the Rules for Setting Distribution Wheeling Rates for Privately Owned Electricity Distribution Utilities
Entering Performance Based Regulation (Third Entry Point) (RDWR) applicable to it, the PBR-entrant distribution
utility will be given an ARR which will be used to derive the MAP. Said MAP shall then be allocated by the
distribution utility in setting the rate schedule for its distribution, supply and metering charges for each customer
class or segment.
4. Thus, on June 15, 2009, it fled an application (docketed as ERC Case No. 2009- 041 RC) for approval of its ARR
and performance incentive scheme (PIS) covering the second regulatory period from July 1, 2010 to June 30,
2014 in accordance with the provisions of the RDWR. In the Final Determination as contained in the Decision
dated March 8, 2010 of the Commission, its ARR for the third regulatory year of the second regulatory period is
approved as follows:
Building Block 2013 (PhP Million, Nominal)
Return on Capital 1, 087.4
OPEX 825.4
Regulatory Depreciation 347.3
Corporate Income Tax 0.0
Other Taxes 4.8
Sub-total 2,264.9
GSL Allowance 11.3
TOTAL ARR 2,276.2

5. The smoothed MAP (SMAP) for the third regulatory year (RY 2013) as approved under the Final Determination is
PhP1.3559/kWh.
6. In accordance with the RDWR, it has recalculated the MAP for RY 2013 of the second regulatory period to be
PhP1.3870/kWh. This resulting MAP for RY 2013 is calculated below without the application of side constraints:
MAP
2013
= [MAP
2012
x { 1 + CWI
2013
X}] + S
2013
K
2013
+ ITA
2013
MAP
2013
= [1.2688 x {1 + 0.0426 - (-0.0336)}] + 0.0314 (0.0099) + 0
MAP
2013
= PhP1.3870/kWh
7. Based on the Final Determination dated March 8, 2010, it has converted the
MAP
2013
in to a distribution rate structure as follows:
DISTRIBUTION SUPPLY METERING
CUSTOMER TYPE PhP/
kWh
PhP/
kW
PhP/
kWh
PhP/
Cust./Mo.
PhP/
kWh
PhP/
Meter/Mo.
Residential 1.9036 - 0.2436 - 0.1922 5.00
Secondary Retail 2.1 1.9036 - 0.2436 - 0.1922 5.00
Secondary Retail 3.1 0.3348 219.08 - 346.45 - 1,175.10
Primary Ratail 4.1 0.1411 168.11 - 3,087.15 - 1,382.94
69 kV-A - 249.17 - 360.34 - 23,065.20
69 kV-B - 57.09 - 7,450.80 - 39,012.19
Streetlight 1.4432 - - 96.38 - -
The conversion was effected in accordance with the Uniform Filing Requirements (UFR), the relevant sections
of the RDWR, as amended and the methodology described in the Distribution Services and Open Access Rules
(DSOAR). It used in its calculations the information contained in the Final Determination of March 8, 2010.
8. The Side Constraint calculation for the second regulatory period which was approved by the Commission is CWl
t
+ SC
t
. The value of the said Side constraint is 6.36% while CW1
2012
has been calculated to be 4.26%. thus, SC
20l3

is 10.62%.
It has determined that the resulting MAP
2013
and the converted distribution rates are within the Side Constraints
per customer class pursuant to Section 6.4 of the RDWR, as amended, to wit:

(1.3289 1.2247)/1.2247 < (4.26% + 6.36%)
8.51% < 10.62%
9. In support of this application, it has attached the following documents:
Schedule Information Provided
A1 Revenue Requirements
A2 Class Allocation Factors
A3 Operating and Maintenance Expenses
A4 Regulatory Asset Base
A5 Regulatory Depreciation
A6 Other Taxes
B Proposed Rate Schedules
C Side Constraints Simulation
D1 Calculation of Financial Indices
D2 Calculation of Correction Factor and MAP
2013
D3 Calculation of S-Factor

10. The approval of this application will allow it to fulfll its obligations under PBR to implement in a timely manner
its capital expenditure program and its operating and maintenance programs for the second regulatory period,
specifcally, for RY 2013 and avoid irreparable losses which will ultimately result in the deterioration of its services,
to the damage, and prejudice of the public, in general, and its consumers, in particular.
11. Thus, it prays that the instant application be approved, authorizing it to adopt the proposed:
11.1 Recalculated MAP of PhP1.3870/kWh for the RY 2013; and
11.2 Distribution-related rate structure and rate schedules summarized as follows:
DISTRIBUTION SUPPLY METERING

Customer Classes
PhP/
kWh
PhP/
kW
PhP/
kWh
PhP/
Cust./Mo.
PhP/
kWh
PhP/
Meter/Mo.
Residential 1.9036 - 0.2436 - 0.1922 5.00
Secondary Retail 2.1 1.9036 - 0.2436 - 0.1922 5.00
Secondary Retail 3.1 0.3348 219.08 - 346.45 - 1,175.10
Primary Ratail 4.1 0.1411 168.11 - 3,087.15 - 1,382.94
69 kV-A - 249.17 - 360.34 - 23,065.20
69 kV-B - 57.09 - 7,450.80 - 39,012.19
Streetlight 1.4432 - - 96.38 - -
The Commission has set the application for initial hearing, expository presentation, pre-trial conference and evidentiary
hearing on May 29, 2012 (Tuesday) at two o'cIock in the afternoon (2:00 P.M.) at the ERC Mindanao FieId Ofce,
Mezzanine Floor, Mintrade Building, Monteverde corner Sales Sts., Davao City.
All persons who have an interest in the subject matter of the proceeding may become a party by fling, at least fve (5)
days prior to the initial hearing and subject to the requirements in the ERC's Rules of Practice and Procedure, a verifed
petition with the Commission giving the docket number and the title of the proceeding and stating: (1) the petitioner's name
and address; (2) the nature of petitioners interest in the subject matter of the proceeding, and the way and manner in which
such interest is affected by the issues involved in the proceeding; and (3) a statement of the relief desired.
All other persons who may want their views known to the Commission with respect to the subject matter of the
proceeding may fle their opposition to the application or comment thereon at any stage of the proceeding before the
applicant concludes the presentation of its evidence. No particular form of opposition or comment is required, but the
document, letter or writing should contain the name and address of such person and a concise statement of the opposition
or comment and the grounds relied upon.
All such persons who may wish to have a copy of the application may request the applicant, prior to the date of
the initial hearing, that they be furnished with a copy of the application. The applicant is hereby directed to furnish all
those making such request with copies of the application and its attachments, subject to reimbursement of reasonable
photocopying costs. Likewise, any such person may examine the application and other pertinent records fled with the
Commission during the usual offce hours.
WITNESS, the Honorable Chairperson, ZENAIDA G. CRUZ-DUCUT, and the Honorable Commissioners, MARIA
TERESA A.R. CASTAEDA, ALFREDO J. NON, and GLORIA VICTORIA C. YAP-TARUC, Energy Regulatory
Commission, this 10
th
day of April, 2012 at Pasig City.
ATTY. FRANCIS SATURNINO C. JUAN
Executive Director III


CYAN MAGENTA YELLOW BLACK
Beware of cooking gas regulators
Subic exceeds
revenue goal
Malaysian prince joins Isabela Day
By Cecille Garcia
SUBIC BAY FREEPORTCustoms collector Errol
Albano said the Port of Subic posted a P2.08 billion income
in the rst four months of the year, surpassing its target of
P2.05 billion by P33.7 million.
By Jessica M. Bacud
ILAGAN-Isabela Governor
Faustino Dy III said a member of
the Malaysian royal family has been
invited to keynote the provinces
156th founding rites on May 10.
He said Prince Tunku Naquiyuddin
ibni Tuanku Jaafar, son of the late
10th King of Malaysia, Tuanku
Jaafar, was chosen as principal
guest of honor for his diverse
advocacies particularly on curbing
dengue in a joint project launched
last year.
Lawyer Eduardo Cabantac,
executive director of the 156th
Isabela Day festivities, said the dignitary is
set to join the cultural activities in the two-day
commemoration.
Prince Tunku spearheaded
CounterStrike Lamok, an
integrated mosquito management
program involving the government,
the business sector, and
communities.
In his Stop Dengue Mission,
he underscored the REAP strategy
on reduction of the mosquito
population, education, awareness,
and prevention of mosquito bites.
A former diplomat, Prince
Tunku founded Yayasan Tunku
Naquiyuddin, a global non-profit
organization that has widened its
advocacy into fighting dengue and malaria.
In a report submitted to Subic Bay
Metropolitan Authority, he said the cash
collection from January to April went up by
1.64 percent from the bureaus set goal.
Albano said April alone accounted for a 17
percent increase from P534 million last year
to P625 million, or P90 million.
He said the income came from customs
tariff and duties on transshipment
operations, ship calls, and importation of
various products such as petroleum, oil
and lubricants; motor vehicles, and other
general merchandise.
The port also eked out a 93% increase on
non-cash collections of P197 million derived
from intergovernment transactions for the
same period.
According to Albano, Customs-Subic and
SBMA are teaming up to get more shipping
lines to take the Subic Freeport route to
service the port users in Central and Northern
Luzon including Clark Freeport in Pampanga,
Luisita Economic Zone in Tarlac and the
Baguio Economic Zone.
He said the bureau was also working with
Subic Bay International Terminal Corp. of the
ICTSI Group to open the direct China-Subic,
and SingaporeSubic routes to prospective
shipping lines to make Subic a transshipment
hub in Asia.
DIPOLOG CITYAn inter-
agency group is warning
consumers against sellers of
liqueed petroleum gas regulators
that have not passed re-safety
tests.
The urgent notice came from
the Department of Trade and
Industry, Bureau of Internal
Revenue, city licensing ofce,
Consumers Watch Group
and the Dipolog Chamber of
Commerce and Industry amid
the sale of high-priced LPG
accessories.
The advisory noted that vendors
were going house-to-house on the
pretext of inspecting the LPG tank
to sell a regulator worth P3,000 to
P4,000 a piece.
In practice, consumers should
demand proof of a business permit
or license issued by city and the
home solicitation permit from
DTI and if legitimate, an ofcial
receipt.
Franklin P. Gumapon
Dress code. Henry Timuyog, of the Mangyan Tauwid tribe, tries a Canon digital camera to track tamaraws
at the Mt. Iglit-Baco Sanctuary in Mindoro. DANNY PATA. Inset shows a tourist on a raft at Burot Beach
resort in Calatagan, Batangas. JOE ARAZAS
Manila Standard TODAY
MAY 9, 2012 WEDNESDAY
B4
Provinces
Edited by Leo A. Estonilo
CYAN MAGENTA YELLOW BLACK
(MST-May 9, 2012)
Schedule of Activities:

Pre Bid Conference - May 16, 2012 @ 10:00 A.M.
Cafeteria, LRTA Line 2-Depot, Santolan, Pasig City
Submission and Opening of Bids - May 30, 2012 @ 9:00 A.M.
Cafeteria, LRTA Line 2-Depot, Santolan, Pasig City
Technical Specihcations:
TYPE: EW1 PART No.: I16205
DIMENSIONS:
a: 154 0.2 mm e: ISO 288 G 1/8 i: 82 0.15 mm m: 35 0.15 mm
b: 73 015 mm f: ISO 288 G 3/8 j: 41 0.15 mm n: 65 0.15mm
c: 14 0.1 mm g: ISO 288 G 3/8 k: 13 0.1 mm
d: 14 0.1 mm h: 11.5 0.1 mm l: 70 0.15 mm

The complete technical specifcation is available in the Bidding Documents.
The Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA), through its Corporate Budget for the Calendar Year 2012,
intends to apply the sum of TWO MILLION ONE HUNDRED NINETY FOUR THOUSAND NINE
HUNDRED TWENTY PESOS ONLY (PhP 2,194,920.00) being the Approved Budget for the Contract
(ABC) to payments under the afore-mentioned contract. Bids received in excess of the ABC shall
be automatically rejected at bid opening. Contract period is required on or before six (6) months
upon receipt of Purchase Order.
LRTA now invites bids from Prospective / Interested Bidders with the following details:
Description Approved Budget
for the Contract
Bid Security:
Cash/CC-MC
Bank draft/ guarantee
or ILC (2%)*
Security:
Surety bond
(5%)*
Cost of Bid
Documents
Supply of 24
pieces Automatic
DrainValve EW1
(A3 or A5)
Php 2,194,920.00 Php 43,898.40 Php 109,746.00 Php 1,000.00
*only those issued by universal or commercial banks
Bidding will be conducted through open competitive bidding procedures using a non-discretionary
"pass/fail criterion as specifed in the Revised mplementing Rules and Regulations (R-RR) of Republic
Act (RA) 9184, otherwise known as the Government Procurement Reform Act.
Bidding is restricted to Filipino citizens/sole proprietorships, partnerships, or organizations with at
least sixty percent (60%) interest or outstanding capital stock belonging to citizens of the Philippines.
Acomplete set of Bidding Documents may be purchased by interested Bidders commencing on May
9, 2012 until not later than the deadline for the submission and receipt of bids at the address
below and upon payment of a nonrefundable fee for the Bidding Documents in the amount of Php
1,000.00 only.
Only prospective bidders who have secured bidding documents will be allowed to participate in the
Pre-Bid Conference.
Submission and Opening of Bids will publicly be opened in the presence of the Bidders authorized
representatives who choose to attend. Late bids shall not be accepted. All Bids must be accompa-
nied by a bid security in any of the acceptable forms and in the amount stated in the Instructions to
Bidders and the Bid Data Sheet.
LRTA reserves the right to accept or reject any and all bids, to annul the bidding process, and to
reject all bids at any time prior to contract award, without thereby incurring any liability to the af-
fected bidder or bidders.
For further information, please refer to:
Mr. Eduardo A. Abiva
Head, BAC Secretariat
Administration Bldg., LRTA Cmpd., Aurora Blvd. Tramo, Pasay City
Tel. No. 853-0041 50 loc. 8314
Email Address: bacsec_LRTA@yahoo.com
Facsimile No. 853-0041 50 loc. 8417
(Sgd.) Mr. LUTGARDO C. NAVARRO
Chairman, Bids & Awards Committee

INVITATION TO BID
For the Supply of 24 pieces Automatic DrainValve EW1 (A3 or A5)
under ITB No. 1204-040-01/ PR No. RS1-0212-084
(MST-May 9, 2012)
Schedule of Activities:

Pre Bid Conference - May 16, 2012 @ 10:00 A.M.
Cafeteria, LRTA Line 2-Depot, Santolan, Pasig City
Submission and Opening of Bids - May 30, 2012 @ 9:00 A.M.
Cafeteria, LRTA Line 2-Depot, Santolan, Pasig City
Technical Specihcations:
Magnet Valve p/n: I69777/110
Magnet Valve Includes:
1) Magnet Coil 110V
2) Washer
3) Anchor Tube w/ Anchor
4) Anchor
The complete technical specifcation is available in the Bidding Documents.
The Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA), through its Corporate Budget for the Calendar Year
2012, intends to apply the sum of FIVE MILLION SEVEN HUNDRED TWENTY THOUSAND
PESOS ONLY (PhP 5,720,000.00) being the Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC) to payments
under the afore-mentioned contract. Bids received in excess of the ABC shall be automatically
rejected at bid opening. Contract period is required on or before 60 Calendar Days upon
receipt of Purchase Order.
LRTA now invites bids from Prospective / Interested Bidders with the following details:
Description
Approved Budget
for the Contract
Bid Security:
Cash/CC-MC
Bank draft/ guarantee
or ILC (2%)*
Security:
Surety bond
(5%)*
Cost of Bid
Documents
Supply of 88 sets
Complete Magnet
Valve
Php 5,720,000.00 Php 114,400.00 Php 286,000.00 Php 4,5000.00
*only those issued by universal or commercial banks
Bidding will be conducted through open competitive bidding procedures using a non-discretionary
"pass/fail criterion as specifed in the Revised mplementing Rules and Regulations (R-RR) of
Republic Act (RA) 9184, otherwise known as the Government Procurement Reform Act.
Bidding is restricted to Filipino citizens/sole proprietorships, partnerships, or organizations with
at least sixty percent (60%) interest or outstanding capital stock belonging to citizens of the
Philippines.
A complete set of Bidding Documents may be purchased by interested Bidders commencing
on May 9, 2012 until not later than the deadline for the submission and receipt of bids at
the address below and upon payment of a nonrefundable fee for the Bidding Documents in the
amount of Php 4,500.00 only.
Only prospective bidders who have secured bidding documents will be allowed to participate in the
Pre-Bid Conference.
Submission and Opening of Bids will publicly be opened in the presence of the Bidders autho-
rized representatives who choose to attend. Late bids shall not be accepted. All Bids must be
accompanied by a bid security in any of the acceptable forms and in the amount stated in the
Instructions to Bidders and the Bid Data Sheet.
LRTA reserves the right to accept or reject any and all bids, to annul the bidding process, and
to reject all bids at any time prior to contract award, without thereby incurring any liability to the
affected bidder or bidders.
For further information, please refer to:
Mr. Eduardo A. Abiva
Head, BAC Secretariat
Administration Bldg., LRTA Cmpd., Aurora Blvd. Tramo, Pasay City
Tel. No. 853-0041 50 loc. 8314
Email Address: bacsec_LRTA@yahoo.com
Facsimile No. 853-0041 50 loc. 8417
(Sgd.) Mr. LUTGARDO C. NAVARRO
Chairman, Bids & Awards Committee

INVITATION TO BID
For the Supply of 88 sets Complete Magnet Valve
under ITB No. 1204-037-01/ PR No. RS1-0312-104
(MST-May 9, 2012)
INVITATION TO BID
For the Complete Repair of 10 units of Compressor Motor Armature
and 10 units of Compressor Motor Assembly
under ITB No. 1204-035-06/ PR No. RS1-0212-082
Schedule of Activities:
Pre Bid Conference - May 16, 2012 @ 10:00 A.M.
Cafeteria, LRTALine 2-Depot, Santolan, Pasig City
Submission and Opening of Bids - May 30, 2012 @ 9:00 A.M.
Cafeteria, LRTALine 2-Depot, Santolan, Pasig City
TechnicaI Specications/ Scope of Contract:
The scope of the contract is the complete repair of compressor assembly including
shaft rebuilding, commutator replacement, labor and materials as required.
The complete details and requirements are available in the Bidding Documents.
The Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA), through its Corporate Budget for the Calendar Year
2012, intends to apply the sum of FIVE MILLION TWO HUNDRED TEN THOUSAND PESOS
ONLY (PhP 5,210,000.00) being the Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC) to payments
under the afore-mentioned contract. Bids received in excess of the ABC shall be automatically
rejected at bid opening. Contract period is required on or before six (6) months upon receipt
of Purchase Order.
LRTA now invites bids from Prospective / Interested Bidders with the following details:
Description Approved
Budget for the
Contract
Bid Security:
Cash/CC-MC
Bank draft/
guarantee or ILC
(2%)*
Security:
Surety bond
(5%)*
Cost of Bid
Documents
Complete Repair of 10
units of Compressor
Motor Armature
and 10 assemblies of
Compressor Motor
Assembly
Php 5,210,000.00 Php 104,200.00 Php 260,500.00 Php 4,000.00
*only those issued by universal or commercial banks
Bidding will be conducted through open competitive bidding procedures using a non-discretionary
"pass/fail criterion as specifed in the Revised mplementing Rules and Regulations (R-RR)
of Republic Act (RA) 9184, otherwise known as the Government Procurement Reform Act.
Bidding is restricted to Filipino citizens/sole proprietorships, partnerships, or organizations with
at least sixty percent (60%) interest or outstanding capital stock belonging to citizens of the
Philippines.
A complete set of Bidding Documents may be purchased by interested Bidders commencing
on May 9, 2012 until not later than the deadline for the submission and receipt of bids at
the address below and upon payment of a nonrefundable fee for the Bidding Documents in the
amount of Php 4,000.00 only.
Only prospective bidders who have secured bidding documents will be allowed to participate in the
Pre-Bid Conference.
Submission and Opening of Bids will publicly be opened in the presence of the Bidders autho-
rized representatives who choose to attend. Late bids shall not be accepted. All Bids must be
accompanied by a bid security in any of the acceptable forms and in the amount stated in the
Instructions to Bidders and the Bid Data Sheet.
LRTA reserves the right to accept or reject any and all bids, to annul the bidding process, and
to reject all bids at any time prior to contract award, without thereby incurring any liability to
the affected bidder or bidders.
For further information, please refer to:
Mr. Eduardo A. Abiva
Head, BAC Secretariat
Administration Bldg., LRTA Cmpd., Aurora Blvd. Tramo, Pasay City
Tel. No. 853-0041 50 loc. 8314
Email Address: bacsec_LRTA@yahoo.com
Facsimile No. 853-0041 50 loc. 8417
Mr. LUTGARDO C. NAVARRO
Chairman, Bids & Awards Committee

CYAN MAGENTA YELLOW BLACK
CYAN MAGENTA YELLOW BLACK
Gianna Maniego, Editor
sha.re/
Manila Standard TODAY
Dinna Chan Vasquez, Assistant Editor
standardlifestyle@gmail.com
home work relationship WEDNESDAY
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DISNEY JUNIOR HIRES EXPERTS
Disney Junior has announced that a
newly formed council of academic
advisors will guide the global channels
learning and development curriculum
to make their programming even more
educational and benecial to viewers
ages two to seven.
IVE always enjoyed having easy
access to the world-famous golden
sunset at Manila Bay, thats why
I established my residence along
the 7-km Roxas Boulevard, which
is lined by graceful coconut trees,
further highlighting the glorious
shades of gold and amber painted
across the sky every late afternoon.
To me, driving along the boulevard
is the best way to start and end a
working day.
Not too long ago, I had an
opportunity to get involved with
some activities in the area. Ive
never had it so convenientthey
were practically just next-door!
The Grand Dame
One long weekend, I decided
to use my new Privilege Card
from Manila Hotel which entitled
me to all kinds of perks in room
accommodations, in their food
and beverage outlets and in their
facilities. I just wanted to get
away from it all during the long
weekend, yet, I didnt want to have
to suffer through humongous trafc
jams along the highways on the way
back home, which is a common
scene after long weekends.
My three-day stay at Manila
Hotel was certainly an antidote to
stress. The 17th-oor de luxe room
they gave me had a breathtaking
view of Manila Bay, and the bed
was so comfortable, I had such
a hard time trying to extricate
myself from the uffy pillows and
the super-soft comforter. You can
imagine how much time I spent in
bed during my
three-day stay,
just reading,
watching TV, or
just dozing off to
dreamland!
The buffet at
Caf Ilang-Ilang
is so long, and
offers so many
choices. In fact,
it took quite
some time for me
to decide what to
eat. I didnt want
BOB
ZOZOBRADO
For Party
Animals Only
MAY 9, 2012
Anita Magsaysay-Ho died
on Friday, May 4, at the age
of 97. She was well-known
for her abstract paintings of
women going about their
daily lives.
THE PASSING OF ANITA
MAGSAYSAY-HO
W
H
A
T

S
I
N
S
I
D
E
SAYING I love you to our mothers is something we are
not comfortable with.
Pia Acevedo of the Love Institute says that when a
child tells his or her mother these three simple words, she
has earned it.
Love starts from infancy.
Nurturance and the environment
you provide for your child while
he or she is growing up are very
important, says Acevedo during
a Mothers Day luncheon orga-
nized by Toblerone.
In general, Acevedo says
boys nd it more difcult to say
I love you. She explains that
each person has a unique way
of showing or saying I love you
through the ve love languages:
words of afrmation, quality
time, giving gifts, acts of service
and physical touch.
Event co-host Tessa Pr ieto-
Valdes jokingly says that gift-
from the daily grind. For sure,
I will be doing it again soon
because I still have so many other
freebies and perks that came
with my Manila Hotel Privilege
Card. Im just waiting for another
long weekend.
Bay Suites
The Admiral BaySuites, of
Anchor Land Holdings, Inc.
(ALHI), is a 53-storey residential
condominium adjacent to the
famous Admiral Hotel along Roxas
Boulevard. The company recently
appointed New York-based Bona
Tierra Realty, headed by Corazon
Rivera, as its accredited sales and
marketing agency in the US, as
the outt has been doing business
in the Manhattan area for over 20
years.
The residential condomin-
iums sales team, joined in by
ALHI president Beth Ventura,
has embarked on an international
property roadshow this month,
selling the condos luxurious
units to interested parties in New
York, Las Vegas, San Francisco
and China. The couture design
of the units, with furniture pieces
and xtures done in elegance,
makes the property easy to sell,
especially because it sits on such
prime location as Roxas Boule-
vard.
More information on
Admiral BaySuites may be
obtained from 888-9999 or www.
anchorlandholdings.com.
Bulletin Board
Summer Beach Party at Jade
Vine. After its successful series
of ballroom dancing events, the
legendary Jade Vine will have
a Beach Party theme for its
next ballroom dancing session
scheduled for May 20, from
7p.m. to midnight. Guests are
encouraged to wear beach attire,
and ladies interested to join the
Ms. Mayower Search can wear
wrap-around skirts. Tickets, for
only P400 each, include dinner,
and may be obtained through
5248601-5 care of Gloria, Denise
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By the bay
Manila Bay sunset as seen
from my 14th oor room
The hotels lobby orchestra playing the hits of yesteryears
BobZ working on his tan at the pool
What could be more comfortable than these
The at-screen TV by the rooms entrance
to stuff myself too much because
I had plans to spend some time in
the pool. It was always a difcult
process for me every meal time!
Of course, I didnt want to
end my stay at a luxury resort-
type property without soaking in
the sun and working up a golden
tan. When I wasnt enjoying the
comforts of my bed, I was at the
pool, trying to shed off some extra
pounds, and roasting myself into
an attractive bronze.
It was a most enjoyable respite
Emmanuel Danion and his lovely wife Linda Rosario Ablang, fashion designer and textile technol-
ogist Anthony Legarda, Zen Coronado and Keanlley
Tamargo
Linda Danion, Cora Rivera, Beth Ventura and
Bona Tierra Realty vice president for marketing
International Division Tiffany Simeon
By Dinna Chan Vasquez
MOM
I LOVE YOU,
Its time to say
Lulu Tan Gan and daughter Jessica
(From left) Cecilia Revilla-Schulze and Georgia, Frannie Jacinto and RJ, Lulu and Jessica and
Fortune and RJ Ledesma
giving is her way of showing her love to her
kids while RJ Ledesma shares to show his
mother Fortune how much he loves her, he
named his daughter after her!
J essica Tan Gan, whose mother is de-
signer Lulu Tan Gan, admits that she is
not really very demonstrative when it
comes to love.
But we work together so I show her my
love every day, says Jessica, who is the vice
president of her mothers company.
Wife, mother and model Geor gia Schul-
ze-Del Rosar io says her mom has different
love languages for her and her two sisters.
My mom loves to bake and shes very
good at it. Im the only one who bakes so
that is our bonding, says Georgia.
RJ Jacinto says expressing ones love for
a parent is a matter of different strokes.
Its hard to open up and be vulnerable. It
takes a lot of practice, says Acevedo.
She has a piece of advice for parents and
kids: When you say I love you, expect the
worst response or no response at all.
As a surprise to the guests, Toblerone ar-
ranged for Lulu Tan Gan (Jessicas mother),
Cecilia Revilla-Schulze (Georgias mother),
Fr annie Jacinto (Jacintos mother) and For-
tune Ledesma (RJ Ledesmas mother) to ap-
pear toward the end of the discussion.
The discussion was timely, and built on
Toblerones Say it Sweeter with Toblerone
campaign. Now, with Mothers Day just
around the corner, Toblerone encourages ev-
eryone to give their moms the perfect gift,
not a bar of chocolate, but an I love you
said sweeter with Toblerone.
This Mothers Day, Toblerone is also in-
viting young adults to say I love you with
their online promo. Join the promo and you
stand a chance to win an overnight stay for
four in Hotel H20 Aquarium Room with Spa,
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winners stand to win an overnight stay for 2
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can win a 100g Toblerone bar.
For more information, please contact the
Toblerone customer hotline at 8202866.
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Dinna Chan Vasquez, Assistant Editor
ManilaStandardToday
She was married to shipping magnate
Rober t Ho of Hong Kong. In 1999, she
set a record high for a living Filipino
artist when her work In the Market-
place was sold for the equivalent of
P15 million at Christies Singapore.
Known as the "female Amorsolo,"
Anita was born on May 25, 1914 in the
Paco mansion of her grand uncle Don
Fer nando Teodor o Rafael Yangco, a
shipping tycoon and philanthropist.
Her parent s were Ambr osi o Ma g-
sa ysa y, an engi neer, and Ar mi l l a
Cor pus. Anitas first cousin was Ra-
mon Magsaysay, who served served
as President of the Philippines from
December of 1953 until his death in
a 1957 plane crash.
At the University of the Philippines
School of Fine Arts she studied with
Fabian de la Rosa, Vicent e River a
y Mir and also Fer nando and Pablo
Amor solo. She also studied at the UPs
School of Design where her instructors
The passing of
Anita Magsaysay-Ho
RENOWNED Filipino artist Anita Magsaysay-Ho
died on Friday, May 4, at the age of 97. Anita was
well-known for her abstract paintings of women going
about their daily lives. In 1958, she was named one of
the six most outstanding painters in Philippine history.
included Vict or io Edades and Enr ique
Ruiz. Among her schoolmates were Bo-
t ong Fr ancisco, Vicent e Manansala,
Galo Ocampo and Cesar Legaspi.
In the 1930s, Anita went to the
United States where she continued her
studies at the Cranbrook Academy in
Michigan. She also took courses in oil
painting and drawing at the Art Stu-
dents League in New York City.
Because of her husbands work,
Anita lived in Brazil, Canada, Hong
Kong and Japan. She actually moved 40
times in her lifetime and had 5 children.
She was labeled the female Amorsolo
because in the 1930s, her works showed
the inuence of Fernando Amorsolo both
in subject matter and luminosity.
In my works I always celebrate the
women of the Philippines. I regard them
with deep admiration and they continue
to inspire metheir movements and
gestures, their expressions of happi-
ness and frustration; their diligence
and shortcomings; their joy of living. I
know very well the strength, hard work
and quiet dignity of Philippine women,
for I am one of them," said Anita in
Alfredo Roces' "In Praise of Women."
One "controversy" in Anita's life was
that she became ineligible for the Na-
tional Artist Award because she was a
Canadian citizen. Dinna Chan Vasquez
DISNEY Junior has announced that a newly formed council of
academic advisors will guide the global channels learning and
development curriculum to make their programming even more
educational and benecial to viewers ages two to seven.
The advisors are comprised of experts in the fields of trans-
media, storytelling, early education, language development,
emotional learning, digital trends, literacy and diversity.
We are thrilled to have assembled this prominent group of lead-
ing academics, the best in their elds, who will share with us their
research, innovation, trends and knowledge in childhood education,
said Nancy Kanter, senior vice president, Original Programming and
general manager of Disney Junior worldwide.
Harping on childrens increasing access to
digital technology, the advisory board will
provide counsel on expanding storytelling
through off-air experiences, and will of-
fer insight into both the historical role of
storytelling and the use of digital advance-
ments as learning tools. They will advise on
key trends in early education and new learn-
ing initiatives used in the classroom and offer
insight into bi-lingual language development,
diversity, literacy and emotional learning.
In the Philippines, Disney Junior
can be seen on local cable provid-
ers such as Sky Cable (Channel
38) and Global Destiny Cable
(Channel 49) among others.
Disney Junior invites moms
and dads to join their child in
the Disney experience of mag-
ical, musical and heartfelt sto-
ries and characters, both classic
and new, while incorporating
specic learning and development
themes for young minds.
Catching chickens
Two girls with fruit baskets Girl with roosters Banana sellers
AS the back-to-school season
draws near, parents are once
again faced with rising costs of
tuition and other school-related
expenses. As always, managing
expenses has become a chal-
lenge to some parents as they
find ways to cover all school
opening expenses without using
up all their savings.
With this in mind, Citibank,
the countrys leading credit card,
again takes the lead in helping
its cardholders cope with back-
to-school expenses with lighter,
easier payment schemes under
Citibank PayLite.
For the enrollment season,
use your Citibank Credit Card
in over 30 partner schools and
universities, and manage your
familys budget to what you
can comfortably pay in equal
monthly installments. Settle
your childs tuition fee balance
through Citibank PayLite to en-
joy longer and lighter payments.
Citibank PayLite was de-
signed to help our cardholders
settle big-ticket purchases over
convenient payment terms.
When launched, it was popularly
used for appliance and furniture
purchases but later on, we found
that it was useful for nearly any
JINKY Fe Aguilar , Hotel and Restaurant Management graduate,
Class 2012, of the College of International Tourism and Hospi-
tality Management of the Lyceum of the Philippines University,
Manila campus, recently nished her practicum training at the
Mandarin Orchard Hotel in Singapore. While working at the
hotel, Aguilar showed consistently excellent performance of her
duties, rating very high in work attitude, sociability and reliability,
completing her assigned tasks with much passion and enthusiasm.
Her exemplary performance merited the hotels highest form
of employee recognition, the STAR Award, which Aguilar won
a total of ve times during her 5-month stint at the hotel. Photo
shows Aguilar receiving one of her awards from the hotels
general manager, Chr istoph Symanski.
Information on other CITHM programs offered by LPU-
Manila may be obtained through 527-2744 c/o Mar ie Yulo or
527-8251 c/o Communication and Public Affairs Department.
By Ed Biado
WE already know that Filipinos
have a very strong grasp of the
English language. We take pride
in being able to converse with
foreigners. Sure, not everyone has
perfect grammar and intonation,
but we all use English on a daily ba-
sismostly in the form of Taglish,
the product of code-switching be-
tween Filipino and English.
But did you know that the
Philippines ranks number one in
Business English? As reected
in the GlobalEnglish Business
English Index, Only the Phil-
ippines attained a score above
7.0, a BEI level within range of
a high prociency that indicates
an ability to take an active role
in business discussions and per-
form relatively
complex tasks.
This is particu-
larly interest-
ing because the
Philippines, a
count ry wi t h
one-tenth of the population of
India, recently overtook India
as a hub for call centers. Joining
the Philippines in the top ve
were Norway (6.54), Estonia
(6.45), Serbia (6.38) and Slove-
nia (6.19).
Malaysia, India, Lithuania,
Singapore and Canada were
ranked six through 10 respec-
tively. The absence of the United
States and the United Kingdom in
the top 10 is worthy of note.
Business English is English
language related to international
trade. It focuses on vocabulary,
terminology and topics used in
business, nance and international
relations. It is a set of workplace-
specific communication skills,
which are needed to execute
business communications. This
meansand this is evident in the
GlobalEnglish BEIthat native
English speakers are not neces-
sarily procient in this branch of
the English language.
According to GlobalEng-
lish, [it] is not surprising that
both the Philippines and Nor-
waythe only two countries
in the top five in both 2011
and 2012are improving their
economies, based on the latest
GDP data from the World Bank.
The increased Business English
capability for global workers
from these two countries is an
indicator of continued economic
growth and business success.
GlobalEnglish is a provider
of solutions to improve Business
English communication skills that
they call Enterprise Fluency. To
view the complete BEI ndings,
accompanied by infographics
and related facts and gures, go
to www.globalenglish.com/busi-
ness_english_index.
Not just
English, but
Business
English
expense over P3,000, related
Bea Tan, Credit Payment Prod-
ucts head of Citibank.
Citibank began offering the
PayLite Installment option for
tuition fees more than a decade
ago, initially in selected schools
in Metro Manila. With PayLite,
cardholders have the exibil-
ity to determine their payment
terms, where they can choose a
shorter tenor of 3 months or as
long as 24 months.
Take advantage of Citibank
PayLites 0.75 percent add-on
rate per month for 9, 12, 18 and
24 month tenors. So for a tuition
fee worth P30,000, you pay
only P2,724.99 per month for
12 months with the 0.75 percent
add-on rate. You can also enjoy
lighter payment options with
PayLites 1.00 percent add-on
rate for 6 and 3 month install-
ment terms.
For a complete list of partici-
pating schools and educational
institutions, call the 24-Hour
CitiPhone at 995-9999 or visit
www.citibank.com.ph.
Tuition made easy with Citibank
DUNKIN Donuts shares the gift of life as it continues
its commitment in promoting corporate social responsi-
bility through its annual bloodletting dubbed as Dugong
Alay... Dugtong ng Buhay in partnership with Philippine
Red Cross.
The Dunkin Donuts Bloodletting project, which was
held April 20 at the Development Academy of the Philip-
pines (Mandaluyong), was well received and participated
by Dunkin employees, walk- in volunteers and its fran-
chise operators. There were about 486 volunteers.
Dunkin Donuts is proud to share their love for the
community with 295 bags of blood which is certain to
make a big difference and save more lives.
295 bags of blood from DunkinDonuts
ETON International School in
Malate, Manila introduces the
countrys rst ever 3D curriculum
in Math, Biology, Physics and
Chemistry. Studies showed that
the use of technology in education
makes students learn effectively
and efciently. 3D education will
be integrated into Etons preschool
to high school international cur-
riculum. For more information on
Eton, call 526-2995 or 536-1511.
First 3D
curriculum
Lyceum-Manila student gets
excellence award in Singapore
RIOJAS most illustrious wine, the
stand-out Castillo Ygay Gran Reser-
va from Marques de Murrieta is
becoming more exclusive and nite
as rave reviews and brisk sales are
pushing this wines recent release,
the much anticipated 2004 vintage,
into oblivion. The winery produces
roughly only 200,000 bottles of this
wine (less than the French Gran Cru
wines) and on very select excellent
years. The 2004 came at the heels
of a hugely successful 2001 vintage,
as Marques de Murrieta decided to
pass up 2002 and 2003 vintages
due to less than perfect winegrow-
ing conditions. Because of Ygays
extremely strict quality control,
the next Castillo Ygay vintage, the
2005, will not be available till mid
2013, leaving a huge demand gap.
Price as a consequence has gone up.
While Marques de Murrieta and
Castillo Ygay date back to 1852,
the direction of the winery made
a smooth transition from the old
to the modern times after the 1983
purchase of the winery and vineyard
property by the Count of Creixell
family of Vicente Cebrian-Segar-
riga. Vicente Cebrian was credited
for the large rehabilitation of the
property, and huge investments on
the winery to save the estates and its
old wine library. The untimely death
of Vicente Cebrian Sr. in 1996, left
the winery in the hands of the two
children, Vicente Dalmau Cebrian-
Segarriga, the present Count of
CHEW on this: what you dont
know can hurt your beloved
pets. Human medication, in-
sect control products, stuffed
toys with plastic eyes, string,
rubber bands or even dental
floss and animal flea drops
accidentally spilled or left on
the oor can affect the body
functioning of your animal
companions.
The average home today
contains over 60 to 100 toxic
chemicals. Look under the
sink in your kitchen, bath-
room, or laundry area where
you keep cleaning supplies,
and in your backyard, where
fertilizer and plant food may
be accessible and prove fatal
to unsupervised pets.
Update your knowledge on
things that can be dangerous
or even fatal to your furry
friends. The latest issue of
the Bow & Wow Times offers
helpful tips for a lifetime of
good health for your pet. Read
Common Household Dangers
for Pets to protect your pet.
Adequate knowledge will go
a long way.
Reduce health risks by
ensuring a good diet that will
not cause overweight, obese,
and ill pets. Prevent parasites
by discussing measures with
your veterinarian, and use
natural flea control products
properly. Neuter male pets
to prevent aggressive be-
havioral problems animals
from going into heat and spay
females to prevent them from
going into heat and also to
prevent uterine infection and
other ailments. Learn more
through the article entitled
10 Things Veterinary Pro-
fessionals Want You to Know
About Pet Care featured in
the Bow & Wow Times.
Other useful pet safety
reminders are to make sure
your four-legged home com-
panions will not manage to
open cupboards and cabinets.
Go over the informative ar-
ticle, Pet-Proof Your Home
for reminders and tips to keep
your pets safe and healthy. To
be ready when untoward and
unexpected circumstances
like heat stroke, poisoning,
broken limbs and shock oc-
cur, know what to do. Peruse
the article, Handling Emer-
gencies for Cats and Dogs.
As the scorching summer
heat continues, remember not
to overlook your pets health
condition. A wide range of
summer hazards can plague
canines and felines. Peruse the
articles Dog Summer Health
Concerns and Help Your Cat
Beat the Heat. If you have pet
companions, it is important
to acquaint yourself with nor-
mal and abnormal vital signs
of your furry friends. Glean
useful information from the
guide to Vital Signs of Cats
and Dogs.
Check out the top picks
from Bow & Wow, which
offers the widest range of
organic/natural dog & cat
food, accessories and groom-
ing supplies. Bow & Wow
branches are located at level
5 of Shangri-La Plaza Mall,
and at the lower ground oor
of Greenbelt 5, Makati City.
For more information, visit the
Bow & Wow Website at www.
bowandwow.com.ph.
Whats your pet chewing on?
Experts to develop
curriculum for kids
Scarcity of Rioja Icon Wine Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva
Creixell and his sister Cristina.
Vicente Dalmau and Cristina
represent a generational shift in the
running of a traditional winery. More
changes began at Marques de Mur-
rieta when Vicente Dalmau inherited
control from his father nearly sixteen
years ago. While stopping short
of claiming any desire for a move
towards the New World style, the
winery has since taken a more fruit-
driven approach. This quiet evolution
that has been taking place in Rioja's
oldest bastion came to fruition with
the start of vintage 2000. Many of
the exceptional new vintages and
styles that signal the beginning of a
new era in quality wine-making at
Ygay Estate, are from the works of
talented young winemaker, Maria
Vargas. Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva
Especial is the icon wine of Marques
de Murrieta, and remains for over
a century as one of the very nest
Spanish wines. The Castillo Ygay
2004 got a 92-95 point rating from
the wine demigod Robert Parker.
The recent Castillo Ygay stock
situation has prompted the owner,
the present Count of Creixell Vi-
cente Dalmau to address concerned
importers all over the world. Cas-
tillo Ygays steady growth in the last
decade forced us to slow down sales
in the future. Increasing volume
is impossible due to strict internal
quality control. We have during the
last few months carefully studied
the prices to meet the available
volume of Ygay, not only the cur-
rent vintage but for future vintages.
Vicente even added that the suc-
ceeding vintages of Castillo Ygay
will be on strict allocation only, with
present importers getting access to
stocks based on historical sales.
New buyers will be entertained by
invitation only.
In another new marketing move
meant to assuage the Castillo Ygay
stock situation, Marques de Murrie-
ta recently released its rst Murrieta
Gran Reserva red wine. Murrietas
Gran Reserva red wine is normally
reserved for the Castillo Ygay
brand only, but this time around, the
winery will release it also under the
Murrieta name. This will follow the
same Gran Reserva classication as
Castillo Ygay, but on a totally new
label and winemaking concept. It
is positioned to be the second label
or `petite version of the Castillo
Ygay. In fact, the unique and time
tested Castillo Ygay logo is in the
backdrop of the aesthetically ap-
pealing black label of the Murrieta
Gran Reserva. Price of the new
released Murrieta Gran Reserva
will be roughly half the price of
its prestigious elder brother wine.
I have had the opportunity to taste
this wine, and the 2004 vintage is
absolutely delicious. The color is
intense brooding red, the nose full
of dark fruits, complex bouquets of
coffee beans and mocha, the mid
palate has supple tannins and it has
a long cedary nish.
T h e r e
you have it.
Owning one
of Spains
best wines in
Castillo Ygay
may become
scarce very
soon. But
there is an al-
ternative wine
in Murrieta
Gran Reserva
to consider. Though initially, quan-
tities of the Murrieta Gran Reserva
will be 40,000 to 50,000 bottles
only, but to build up over time. So,
the next time you chance upon a
bottle or two of either Castillo Ygay
or Murrieta Gran Reserva, buy it
immediately as there might not be
much to go around anymore. After
all Castillo Ygay is considered by
many experts as one of the few
truly Spanish Grand Cru wines
recognized the world over.
Castillo Ygay and other
Marques de Murrieta wines are
proudly distributed locally by
Philippine Wine Merchants. You
can reach them at tel. #s (02)853-
0940 or (02)513-9676.
For comments, inquiries, wine
event coverage, wine consultancy
and other wine related concerns,
please e-mail me at protegeinc@
yahoo.com. I am a proud member
of the Federation Internationale des
Journalists et Ecrivains du Vin et
des Spiritueux or FIJEV since 2010.
You can also follow me on twitter at
www.twitter.com/sherwinlao.
The New Murrieta Gran Reserva
2004 is to be the `2nd label
of Castillo Ygay
Castillo Ygay owns
oldest and most
recognized wine logo
in Spain
Painting by Anita Magsaysay-Ho
Vicente Dalmau,
the face of the modern
Marques de Murrieta
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7 St. Teresas city
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9 Wicked
10 Lunes o martes
11 Perps story
12 Eye color
13 Shaq Diesel rapper
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22 Beiruts country
25 Licks, as a stamp
26 One way to play
28 Cat breed
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1 Picket line crosser
5 Arrange, as a vacation
9 Washington neighbor
14 Splendor in the
Grass director Kazan
15 Gutter site
16 La Scalas city
17 Top banana
19 Mayan corn crop
20 Observation after
too many wrong turns
LOS ANGELES
TIMES
CROSSWORD
21 Dirty Harry
composer Schifrin
23 Dont __ stranger
24 Like a dogs hind leg
25 A low-flow
showerhead will help
lower it
27 Enzyme ending
29 Online auction site
30 50 cents, in slang
35 After get, gain an
advantage
39 Attending a Lakers
game, say
40 Ski resort named for
a tree
42 Longest river entirely
in Switzerland
43 Inning half
45 Bakers container
47 Dedicated works
49 Taylor of fashion
50 Hit generating four
71-Across
54 Horizontal punctuator
58 Hold up, as a bank
59 Yogi, for one
60 Wheel cover
62 HI hello
64 The Iron Horse,
30 White lie
31 Dedicatee of
Lennons Woman
32 Final: Abbr.
33 Inform against
34 Sunblock letters
36 Gift of the
garrulous?
37 Ocean State sch.
38 Pilot product
41 Jason with a record
63-yard field goal to his
credit
44 Weirdo
46 Like inappropriate
influence
48 Picabo Street race
50 Its plotted in math class
51 Loggers game
52 Scrub the launch
53 Like a cheering
crowd
55 Cant stand
56 Use elbow grease on
57 Part of Hispaniola
60 52, 63, etc.: Abbr.
61 Some major golf
tournaments, informally
63 Move it
65 Employ
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She was married to shipping magnate
Rober t Ho of Hong Kong. In 1999, she
set a record high for a living Filipino
artist when her work In the Market-
place was sold for the equivalent of
P15 million at Christies Singapore.
Known as the "female Amorsolo,"
Anita was born on May 25, 1914 in the
Paco mansion of her grand uncle Don
Fer nando Teodor o Rafael Yangco, a
shipping tycoon and philanthropist.
Her parent s were Ambr osi o Ma g-
sa ysa y, an engi neer, and Ar mi l l a
Cor pus. Anitas first cousin was Ra-
mon Magsaysay, who served served
as President of the Philippines from
December of 1953 until his death in
a 1957 plane crash.
At the University of the Philippines
School of Fine Arts she studied with
Fabian de la Rosa, Vicent e River a
y Mir and also Fer nando and Pablo
Amor solo. She also studied at the UPs
School of Design where her instructors
The passing of
Anita Magsaysay-Ho
RENOWNED Filipino artist Anita Magsaysay-Ho
died on Friday, May 4, at the age of 97. Anita was
well-known for her abstract paintings of women going
about their daily lives. In 1958, she was named one of
the six most outstanding painters in Philippine history.
included Vict or io Edades and Enr ique
Ruiz. Among her schoolmates were Bo-
t ong Fr ancisco, Vicent e Manansala,
Galo Ocampo and Cesar Legaspi.
In the 1930s, Anita went to the
United States where she continued her
studies at the Cranbrook Academy in
Michigan. She also took courses in oil
painting and drawing at the Art Stu-
dents League in New York City.
Because of her husbands work,
Anita lived in Brazil, Canada, Hong
Kong and Japan. She actually moved 40
times in her lifetime and had 5 children.
She was labeled the female Amorsolo
because in the 1930s, her works showed
the inuence of Fernando Amorsolo both
in subject matter and luminosity.
In my works I always celebrate the
women of the Philippines. I regard them
with deep admiration and they continue
to inspire metheir movements and
gestures, their expressions of happi-
ness and frustration; their diligence
and shortcomings; their joy of living. I
know very well the strength, hard work
and quiet dignity of Philippine women,
for I am one of them," said Anita in
Alfredo Roces' "In Praise of Women."
One "controversy" in Anita's life was
that she became ineligible for the Na-
tional Artist Award because she was a
Canadian citizen. Dinna Chan Vasquez
DISNEY Junior has announced that a newly formed council of
academic advisors will guide the global channels learning and
development curriculum to make their programming even more
educational and benecial to viewers ages two to seven.
The advisors are comprised of experts in the fields of trans-
media, storytelling, early education, language development,
emotional learning, digital trends, literacy and diversity.
We are thrilled to have assembled this prominent group of lead-
ing academics, the best in their elds, who will share with us their
research, innovation, trends and knowledge in childhood education,
said Nancy Kanter, senior vice president, Original Programming and
general manager of Disney Junior worldwide.
Harping on childrens increasing access to
digital technology, the advisory board will
provide counsel on expanding storytelling
through off-air experiences, and will of-
fer insight into both the historical role of
storytelling and the use of digital advance-
ments as learning tools. They will advise on
key trends in early education and new learn-
ing initiatives used in the classroom and offer
insight into bi-lingual language development,
diversity, literacy and emotional learning.
In the Philippines, Disney Junior
can be seen on local cable provid-
ers such as Sky Cable (Channel
38) and Global Destiny Cable
(Channel 49) among others.
Disney Junior invites moms
and dads to join their child in
the Disney experience of mag-
ical, musical and heartfelt sto-
ries and characters, both classic
and new, while incorporating
specic learning and development
themes for young minds.
Catching chickens
Two girls with fruit baskets Girl with roosters Banana sellers
AS the back-to-school season
draws near, parents are once
again faced with rising costs of
tuition and other school-related
expenses. As always, managing
expenses has become a chal-
lenge to some parents as they
find ways to cover all school
opening expenses without using
up all their savings.
With this in mind, Citibank,
the countrys leading credit card,
again takes the lead in helping
its cardholders cope with back-
to-school expenses with lighter,
easier payment schemes under
Citibank PayLite.
For the enrollment season,
use your Citibank Credit Card
in over 30 partner schools and
universities, and manage your
familys budget to what you
can comfortably pay in equal
monthly installments. Settle
your childs tuition fee balance
through Citibank PayLite to en-
joy longer and lighter payments.
Citibank PayLite was de-
signed to help our cardholders
settle big-ticket purchases over
convenient payment terms.
When launched, it was popularly
used for appliance and furniture
purchases but later on, we found
that it was useful for nearly any
JINKY Fe Aguilar , Hotel and Restaurant Management graduate,
Class 2012, of the College of International Tourism and Hospi-
tality Management of the Lyceum of the Philippines University,
Manila campus, recently nished her practicum training at the
Mandarin Orchard Hotel in Singapore. While working at the
hotel, Aguilar showed consistently excellent performance of her
duties, rating very high in work attitude, sociability and reliability,
completing her assigned tasks with much passion and enthusiasm.
Her exemplary performance merited the hotels highest form
of employee recognition, the STAR Award, which Aguilar won
a total of ve times during her 5-month stint at the hotel. Photo
shows Aguilar receiving one of her awards from the hotels
general manager, Chr istoph Symanski.
Information on other CITHM programs offered by LPU-
Manila may be obtained through 527-2744 c/o Mar ie Yulo or
527-8251 c/o Communication and Public Affairs Department.
By Ed Biado
WE already know that Filipinos
have a very strong grasp of the
English language. We take pride
in being able to converse with
foreigners. Sure, not everyone has
perfect grammar and intonation,
but we all use English on a daily ba-
sismostly in the form of Taglish,
the product of code-switching be-
tween Filipino and English.
But did you know that the
Philippines ranks number one in
Business English? As reected
in the GlobalEnglish Business
English Index, Only the Phil-
ippines attained a score above
7.0, a BEI level within range of
a high prociency that indicates
an ability to take an active role
in business discussions and per-
form relatively
complex tasks.
This is particu-
larly interest-
ing because the
Philippines, a
count ry wi t h
one-tenth of the population of
India, recently overtook India
as a hub for call centers. Joining
the Philippines in the top ve
were Norway (6.54), Estonia
(6.45), Serbia (6.38) and Slove-
nia (6.19).
Malaysia, India, Lithuania,
Singapore and Canada were
ranked six through 10 respec-
tively. The absence of the United
States and the United Kingdom in
the top 10 is worthy of note.
Business English is English
language related to international
trade. It focuses on vocabulary,
terminology and topics used in
business, nance and international
relations. It is a set of workplace-
specific communication skills,
which are needed to execute
business communications. This
meansand this is evident in the
GlobalEnglish BEIthat native
English speakers are not neces-
sarily procient in this branch of
the English language.
According to GlobalEng-
lish, [it] is not surprising that
both the Philippines and Nor-
waythe only two countries
in the top five in both 2011
and 2012are improving their
economies, based on the latest
GDP data from the World Bank.
The increased Business English
capability for global workers
from these two countries is an
indicator of continued economic
growth and business success.
GlobalEnglish is a provider
of solutions to improve Business
English communication skills that
they call Enterprise Fluency. To
view the complete BEI ndings,
accompanied by infographics
and related facts and gures, go
to www.globalenglish.com/busi-
ness_english_index.
Not just
English, but
Business
English
expense over P3,000, related
Bea Tan, Credit Payment Prod-
ucts head of Citibank.
Citibank began offering the
PayLite Installment option for
tuition fees more than a decade
ago, initially in selected schools
in Metro Manila. With PayLite,
cardholders have the exibil-
ity to determine their payment
terms, where they can choose a
shorter tenor of 3 months or as
long as 24 months.
Take advantage of Citibank
PayLites 0.75 percent add-on
rate per month for 9, 12, 18 and
24 month tenors. So for a tuition
fee worth P30,000, you pay
only P2,724.99 per month for
12 months with the 0.75 percent
add-on rate. You can also enjoy
lighter payment options with
PayLites 1.00 percent add-on
rate for 6 and 3 month install-
ment terms.
For a complete list of partici-
pating schools and educational
institutions, call the 24-Hour
CitiPhone at 995-9999 or visit
www.citibank.com.ph.
Tuition made easy with Citibank
DUNKIN Donuts shares the gift of life as it continues
its commitment in promoting corporate social responsi-
bility through its annual bloodletting dubbed as Dugong
Alay... Dugtong ng Buhay in partnership with Philippine
Red Cross.
The Dunkin Donuts Bloodletting project, which was
held April 20 at the Development Academy of the Philip-
pines (Mandaluyong), was well received and participated
by Dunkin employees, walk- in volunteers and its fran-
chise operators. There were about 486 volunteers.
Dunkin Donuts is proud to share their love for the
community with 295 bags of blood which is certain to
make a big difference and save more lives.
295 bags of blood from DunkinDonuts
ETON International School in
Malate, Manila introduces the
countrys rst ever 3D curriculum
in Math, Biology, Physics and
Chemistry. Studies showed that
the use of technology in education
makes students learn effectively
and efciently. 3D education will
be integrated into Etons preschool
to high school international cur-
riculum. For more information on
Eton, call 526-2995 or 536-1511.
First 3D
curriculum
Lyceum-Manila student gets
excellence award in Singapore
RIOJAS most illustrious wine, the
stand-out Castillo Ygay Gran Reser-
va from Marques de Murrieta is
becoming more exclusive and nite
as rave reviews and brisk sales are
pushing this wines recent release,
the much anticipated 2004 vintage,
into oblivion. The winery produces
roughly only 200,000 bottles of this
wine (less than the French Gran Cru
wines) and on very select excellent
years. The 2004 came at the heels
of a hugely successful 2001 vintage,
as Marques de Murrieta decided to
pass up 2002 and 2003 vintages
due to less than perfect winegrow-
ing conditions. Because of Ygays
extremely strict quality control,
the next Castillo Ygay vintage, the
2005, will not be available till mid
2013, leaving a huge demand gap.
Price as a consequence has gone up.
While Marques de Murrieta and
Castillo Ygay date back to 1852,
the direction of the winery made
a smooth transition from the old
to the modern times after the 1983
purchase of the winery and vineyard
property by the Count of Creixell
family of Vicente Cebrian-Segar-
riga. Vicente Cebrian was credited
for the large rehabilitation of the
property, and huge investments on
the winery to save the estates and its
old wine library. The untimely death
of Vicente Cebrian Sr. in 1996, left
the winery in the hands of the two
children, Vicente Dalmau Cebrian-
Segarriga, the present Count of
CHEW on this: what you dont
know can hurt your beloved
pets. Human medication, in-
sect control products, stuffed
toys with plastic eyes, string,
rubber bands or even dental
floss and animal flea drops
accidentally spilled or left on
the oor can affect the body
functioning of your animal
companions.
The average home today
contains over 60 to 100 toxic
chemicals. Look under the
sink in your kitchen, bath-
room, or laundry area where
you keep cleaning supplies,
and in your backyard, where
fertilizer and plant food may
be accessible and prove fatal
to unsupervised pets.
Update your knowledge on
things that can be dangerous
or even fatal to your furry
friends. The latest issue of
the Bow & Wow Times offers
helpful tips for a lifetime of
good health for your pet. Read
Common Household Dangers
for Pets to protect your pet.
Adequate knowledge will go
a long way.
Reduce health risks by
ensuring a good diet that will
not cause overweight, obese,
and ill pets. Prevent parasites
by discussing measures with
your veterinarian, and use
natural flea control products
properly. Neuter male pets
to prevent aggressive be-
havioral problems animals
from going into heat and spay
females to prevent them from
going into heat and also to
prevent uterine infection and
other ailments. Learn more
through the article entitled
10 Things Veterinary Pro-
fessionals Want You to Know
About Pet Care featured in
the Bow & Wow Times.
Other useful pet safety
reminders are to make sure
your four-legged home com-
panions will not manage to
open cupboards and cabinets.
Go over the informative ar-
ticle, Pet-Proof Your Home
for reminders and tips to keep
your pets safe and healthy. To
be ready when untoward and
unexpected circumstances
like heat stroke, poisoning,
broken limbs and shock oc-
cur, know what to do. Peruse
the article, Handling Emer-
gencies for Cats and Dogs.
As the scorching summer
heat continues, remember not
to overlook your pets health
condition. A wide range of
summer hazards can plague
canines and felines. Peruse the
articles Dog Summer Health
Concerns and Help Your Cat
Beat the Heat. If you have pet
companions, it is important
to acquaint yourself with nor-
mal and abnormal vital signs
of your furry friends. Glean
useful information from the
guide to Vital Signs of Cats
and Dogs.
Check out the top picks
from Bow & Wow, which
offers the widest range of
organic/natural dog & cat
food, accessories and groom-
ing supplies. Bow & Wow
branches are located at level
5 of Shangri-La Plaza Mall,
and at the lower ground oor
of Greenbelt 5, Makati City.
For more information, visit the
Bow & Wow Website at www.
bowandwow.com.ph.
Whats your pet chewing on?
Experts to develop
curriculum for kids
Scarcity of Rioja Icon Wine Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva
Creixell and his sister Cristina.
Vicente Dalmau and Cristina
represent a generational shift in the
running of a traditional winery. More
changes began at Marques de Mur-
rieta when Vicente Dalmau inherited
control from his father nearly sixteen
years ago. While stopping short
of claiming any desire for a move
towards the New World style, the
winery has since taken a more fruit-
driven approach. This quiet evolution
that has been taking place in Rioja's
oldest bastion came to fruition with
the start of vintage 2000. Many of
the exceptional new vintages and
styles that signal the beginning of a
new era in quality wine-making at
Ygay Estate, are from the works of
talented young winemaker, Maria
Vargas. Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva
Especial is the icon wine of Marques
de Murrieta, and remains for over
a century as one of the very nest
Spanish wines. The Castillo Ygay
2004 got a 92-95 point rating from
the wine demigod Robert Parker.
The recent Castillo Ygay stock
situation has prompted the owner,
the present Count of Creixell Vi-
cente Dalmau to address concerned
importers all over the world. Cas-
tillo Ygays steady growth in the last
decade forced us to slow down sales
in the future. Increasing volume
is impossible due to strict internal
quality control. We have during the
last few months carefully studied
the prices to meet the available
volume of Ygay, not only the cur-
rent vintage but for future vintages.
Vicente even added that the suc-
ceeding vintages of Castillo Ygay
will be on strict allocation only, with
present importers getting access to
stocks based on historical sales.
New buyers will be entertained by
invitation only.
In another new marketing move
meant to assuage the Castillo Ygay
stock situation, Marques de Murrie-
ta recently released its rst Murrieta
Gran Reserva red wine. Murrietas
Gran Reserva red wine is normally
reserved for the Castillo Ygay
brand only, but this time around, the
winery will release it also under the
Murrieta name. This will follow the
same Gran Reserva classication as
Castillo Ygay, but on a totally new
label and winemaking concept. It
is positioned to be the second label
or `petite version of the Castillo
Ygay. In fact, the unique and time
tested Castillo Ygay logo is in the
backdrop of the aesthetically ap-
pealing black label of the Murrieta
Gran Reserva. Price of the new
released Murrieta Gran Reserva
will be roughly half the price of
its prestigious elder brother wine.
I have had the opportunity to taste
this wine, and the 2004 vintage is
absolutely delicious. The color is
intense brooding red, the nose full
of dark fruits, complex bouquets of
coffee beans and mocha, the mid
palate has supple tannins and it has
a long cedary nish.
T h e r e
you have it.
Owning one
of Spains
best wines in
Castillo Ygay
may become
scarce very
soon. But
there is an al-
ternative wine
in Murrieta
Gran Reserva
to consider. Though initially, quan-
tities of the Murrieta Gran Reserva
will be 40,000 to 50,000 bottles
only, but to build up over time. So,
the next time you chance upon a
bottle or two of either Castillo Ygay
or Murrieta Gran Reserva, buy it
immediately as there might not be
much to go around anymore. After
all Castillo Ygay is considered by
many experts as one of the few
truly Spanish Grand Cru wines
recognized the world over.
Castillo Ygay and other
Marques de Murrieta wines are
proudly distributed locally by
Philippine Wine Merchants. You
can reach them at tel. #s (02)853-
0940 or (02)513-9676.
For comments, inquiries, wine
event coverage, wine consultancy
and other wine related concerns,
please e-mail me at protegeinc@
yahoo.com. I am a proud member
of the Federation Internationale des
Journalists et Ecrivains du Vin et
des Spiritueux or FIJEV since 2010.
You can also follow me on twitter at
www.twitter.com/sherwinlao.
The New Murrieta Gran Reserva
2004 is to be the `2nd label
of Castillo Ygay
Castillo Ygay owns
oldest and most
recognized wine logo
in Spain
Painting by Anita Magsaysay-Ho
Vicente Dalmau,
the face of the modern
Marques de Murrieta
Anita Magsaysay-Ho
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Coco Martin and Julia Montes cast as lovers in Walang Hanggan
With Kantars national panel
size of 1,370 homes and 7,535
individuals that are statistically
representative of total Philip-
pine TV population, reported
that overall, ABS-CBN enjoyed
the highest audience share in to-
tal day among all TV networks
with 35.1 percent of Philippine
households watching its shows.
ABS-CBN hit an average audi-
ence share of 42.1 percent nation-
wide last month, excluding the
Holy Week, on primetime from
6 p.m. to midnight when most
Filipinos spend time watching TV
and advertisers put their invest-
ments to reach more consumers
efciently. The rating was higher
by 12.7-points than its rival net-
work GMAs 29.4 percent.
In Metro Manila, ABS-CBNs
average audience share for prime-
time reached 35.4 percent, beating
GMAs 32.6 percent.
Across other territories, ABS-
CBN remains to be the network
of choice by most Filipino homes
on primetime as it again topped
in Balance Luzon (areas in Lu-
zon outside Mega Manila) with
45.4 percent share vs GMAs
30.4 percent. ABS-CBN ruled
the Visayas with 55.8 ppercent
share vs GMAs 18.7 percent
and pulled away further in Min-
danao with 59.4 percent share vs
GMAs 15.5 percent.
ABS-CBNs primetime lead-
ership is still driven by the suc-
cess of its top-caliber drama se-
ries. Its primetime series Walang
Hanggan topped all programs
in Metro Manila, Mega Manila,
and national TV ratings. It aver-
aged 34.6 percent in terms of TV
ratings across the country.
Recently concluded eBoy
(30.2 percent) came in second
while newly launched royal
drama especially shot in Bhutan,
Princess and I, instantly rose to
the third spot with an average
national TV rating of 28.8 per-
cent after debuting last April 16.
Maalaala Mo Kaya or MMK
remains to be the most watched
program on weekends and rank-
ing fourth in overall tally with
28.6 percent, while the 25-year-
old agship primetime news
program TV Patrol is still the
no.1 newscast in the country
with 22.9 percent in TV ratings.
Overall, 11 out of the top 15
programs in April were produced
by ABS-CBN. Other Kapamilya
shows in the list include Dahil sa
Pag-ibig (24.7percent), Wansa-
panataym (23.6 percent), Rated
K (20.5 percent), Kapamilya
Deal or No Deal (20.1 percent),
Toda Max (19.1 percent), and
Sarah G Live (18.5 percent).
ABS-CBN garnered an aver-
age audience share of 35.1 per-
Stars sing for
Mother Earth
ON the eve of Earth Day celebration
pop artists Christian Bautista, Zia
Quizon, Juris, Jed Madela and Kyla
performed at the Evoliving Center
Dockside at the eco-city Nuvali in Sta.
Rosa Laguna.
These music stars united in an eve-
ning of music and entertainment to hon-
or Mother Earth through their songs that
tell how beautiful the world is and what
we can do protect and preserve it.
Called Green Freedom Concert, the
music event served as the highlight of
a two-day celebration that kicked off
with a green market and capped by a
fun run and a bike race.
Sidelights
Christian, Zia, Juris, Jed and Kyla
jumped up and down the stage singing
their own hits and performing a couple
of covers. Christian, in particular, el-
evated the crowed when he performed
songs popularized by U2 and Michael
Jackson. But the real darling of the
crowd was Dolphy and ZsaZsa Padil-
las youngest daughter. The 19-year-old
singer received nothing but applauses
when she sang 70s hits and her own
record Ako Na Lang.
After the hour-long concert, the sing-
ers went backstage and readied for a
couple of interview with the press. At the
same time, they were also asked to do au-
tograph signing to meet their eager fans.
From what we have observed, Christian
and Zia were the performers who had to
stay longer because their fans queued in
a long line, or probably, they are the only
singers present that night who had their
latest CDs up for sale.
Its easy to assume that the biggest
stars of that night were the Christian
and Zia. In fact, several bodyguards
had to form a human cordon so the lat-
ter could leave the venue.
Christian on love and career
People cant have the best of both
worlds but it seems that this clich does
not work for pop sensation Christian
Bautista. The 30-year-old crooner has a
successful musical career, after a string
of platinum records he has just recently
launched a new album that will be re-
leased in Asia, at the same time he has
a blooming love life.
In an interview with the Standard
Today, Christian admitted that he feels
fortunate for nally nding a new inspi-
ration through his new girlfriend, Singa-
pore-based actress Carla Dunareanu.
Weve been together for two months
now, we became ofcially together on
Valentines Day and so far we are do-
ing great, admitted Christian who has
already introduced Carla to his family.
The two met each other on the set
of the Pan-Asian TV series The Kitch-
en Musical where Christian plays one
of the main characters and Carla a re-
curring role.
Breaking up is hard to do
Guess who needed space and called
it quits? These famous celebrities are
singles once more, or are they really?
After weeks of speculations, long-
time couple Derek Ramsay and An-
gelica Panganiban shocked their
fans when the actor conrmed that
they have decided to give each others
space and time to think about their own
personal life in the moment (read cool
off). Incidentally, we also have anoth-
er controversial couple John Lloyd
Cruz and Shaina Magdayao that de-
cided to part ways. Coincidence? Your
wild guess is as good as ours.
We heard on the grapevine that
these celebrity split-ups are no coinci-
dence at all. Rumors have that Derek
has been seeing someone else and the
reason why Shaina broke up with John
Lloyd is because the actor is having an
affair with Angelica.
Although these stories sound more
of a movie plot for the next Star Cin-
ema movie, they will just remain as
hearsays until the involved parties di-
vulge the real reason of their breakup,
which in the realm of showbiz, is un-
likely to happen.
In our previous interview with Der-
ek, the now Kapatid contract star said
that their secret to strong relationship is
that they let each other grow and their
relationship does not always rely on
what people think of them as a couple.
It is more of on how they can keep
the romantic res burning even after
years of being together. So what went
wrong? Have they decided to grow
someone elses arms?
Cheap brawl
Actor Raymart Santiago and tele-
vision host Mon Tulfo had an episode
which appeared to be a continuation of
the tough bout between Floyd May-
weather Jr. and Miguel Cotto. They
happened on the same day only the lat-
ter happened in a legitimate boxing ring
while the rst scandalously occurred at
the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
According to ABS-CBN News on
May 6, Tulfo saw Claudine Barreto
going ballistic over her missing bag-
gage. The couple arrived at the NAIA3
after a vacation in Boracay and Clau-
dine was reportedly pissed-off and start-
ed scolding and cursing a Cebu Pacic
staff. Because of his instinct as a report-
er, Mon Tulfo, who came from Davao
on the other hand, grabbed his phone
and started recording the incident. Ray-
mart approached the TV host and col-
umnist and before anyone could blink
their eyes, a stght started, which ac-
cording to reports, also involved Clau-
dine and the couples entourage.
On that same day, the couple
appeared on Showbiz Central for an
interview so the couple could give
their side of the story. The interview,
which showed the couple in the same
clothes they were wearing when they
arrived at the airport belied all the
other reports which are untoward to
them. They said Mon started the ght.
Mons version is different, of
course. He said Raymart wanted to
take his cellphone that he used in tak-
ing pictures of Claudine shouting at an
airport staff.
Meanwhile, theres a video that is
now widely circulated on the Internet.
Judge for yourself.
Kantar Media says
Kapamilya
still TVs primetime
leader nationwide
cent in total day with rival GMA
Network placing second with
33.7 percent share.
ABS-CBN registered a net in-
come of P2.4 billion for the full
year 2011, while news media
reported that GMA Network net
income plummeted P1.72 billion
in the same period.
Kantar Media, a multinational
market research group that special-
izes in audience measurement in
more than 80 countries, has 22 TV
networks, ad agencies, and pan-re-
gional networks subscribing to its
ratings services. Among its current
subscribers are ABS-CBN, NBN,
Sky Cable, J. Romero and Associ-
ates, Adformatix, Starcom, OMD,
PhD, Mediacom, Mindshare,
MEC, Maxus, Universal McCann,
and Wellmade Manufacturing Cor-
poration. They also include pan-re-
gional networks likes CSM Media
Inc., Fox International Channels,
Star HK, Discovery, AXN, HBO,
MTV, and Sony Pictures Televi-
sion International.
ABS-CBN shifted to Kantar
Media/TNS after ling a case
against AGB Nielsen Media Re-
search for failing to comply with
its request to investigate alleged
cheating and data tampering in
TV ratings. The case is still pend-
ing in court contrary to claims by
GMA, which is not a party to the
case, that it has been resolved.
Ruffa G takes
the high road
Ruffa Gutierrez confesses
she recently became emotional
when she read and heard unfa-
vorable comments about her and
her family. But Ruffa G realized
soon enough she should not pay
attention to people who dont
matter to her and that she should
not go down to their level.
From hereon, she opted to take
the high road and concentrate on
productive and fullling profession-
al and personal endeavors. For one,
Ruffa has a movie coming up, The
Mommy Returns, Regals Mothers
Day offering, opening today.
Directed by Joel Lamangan,
The Mommy Returns is family en-
tertainment, comedy with a touch
of horror. Ruffa G shares stellar
billing with Gabby Concepcion,
Gloria Diaz, John Sweet Lapus,
Jillian Ward, and Pokwang.
Ruffa recalls she and Gabby
co-starred in several movies and
that theyve always worked well
together. She says its an honor
and a pleasure to work with Diaz,
who she admires. Her daughter
Isabelle Daza and niece Georgi-
na Wilson are her good friends.
Gloria and Ruffa are beauty
queens, Miss Universe and Miss
World runner-up, respectively.
Apart from being an actress
and movie queen, Ruffa G is also a
TV host, fashion icon, and product
endorser. And more importantly,
she is mother to Lorin and Venice
and advocate of child welfare and
womens rights. With such creden-
tials, Ruffa says she has neither the
inclination nor energy to engage in
petty feuds with bashers. I have
more important concerns to attend
to, says Ruffa said.
Ruffa says shell surely accom-
pany her daugthers Lorin and Ven-
ice when they watch The Mommy
Returns, urging other parents to
also do so. The whole family will
enjoy The Mommy Returns and
learn a lesson or two, she says.
Maternal love is the underlying
theme of the movie as shown by the
roles of Pokwang and Ruffa G. The
mother (Pokwang) who refuses to
leave her children behind and the
woman (Ruffa) who yearns to ll in
the void left by a mothers death.
Ruffa looks forward to doing
more lms, be they drama or com-
edy or whatever...as long as they
bring out the best in her. Remem-
ber shes taking the high road.
GMAs new Korean
period drama
After introducing Filipino
viewers to the journeys of Queen
Seon Deok, Jumong, and Jewel
in the Palace, GMA-7 presents
Chuno, another enthralling Ko-
rean period drama that is set to
captivate the hearts of late-night
audiences. The show piloted on
May 7, after I-Witness.
Set during the Joseon Dynasty,
Chuno is about Lee Dae Gil, a
noble by birth, who falls in love
with one of his familys slaves,
Un Nyun. Displeased by his sons
choice, Dae Gils father punishes
Un Nyun, which causes her brother
to burn down their masters house
and runs away with her.
Meanwhile, Tae Ha, a former
military ofcer who becomes
a slave, is on a mission to nd
and reinstate the rightful Crown
Prince to his position. On his
journey, he meets and develops
feelings for Un Nyun, and even-
tually nds himself as a target of
Dae Gil, who now lives as an em-
bittered slave hunter dedicated to
seeking revenge and nding the
woman he loves.
How will Dae Gil move past
the difculties as a slave hunter?
Who among Dae Gil and Tae Ha
will Un Nyun choose and give
her heart to? Can love still heal
wounds caused by many years of
bitterness and anger?
Filled with both drama and
suspense, follow the gripping
story of Chuno starring Jang
Hyuk, Oh Ji Ho, and Lee Da
Hae, weeknights on GMA-7.
ABS-CBN Corporation, the countrys
largest multimedia conglomerate, keeps
its stronghold on primetime TV, the
most important part of the day for both
viewers and advertisers, last April, based
on data from the global industry-trusted
multinational audience research group
Kantar Media.
The Princess and Is Khalil Ramos, Enrique Gil, Kathryn Bernardo and
Daniel Padilla
Ruffa Gutierrez in Regals The
Mommy Returns
Chunos Oh Ji Ho