A FAKE SHOW
MANILA, PHILIPPINES MONDAY, 19 NOVEMBER 2018
TASTY TREASURES FROM THE SOUTH
Senate to work
overtime for GAB
By Mario J. Mallari
PAGE 16 WORLD PAGE 4 COMMENTARY
PAGE 20 LIFESTYLE
PAGE 13 SPORTS
The Senate is willing to extend session
for a week and hold marathon meetings just
to avoid a reenacted budget and pass the
2019 proposed national budget, provided the
House of Representatives submits it soon.
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Ties ‘a notch higher’
Rody’s call President Rodrigo Duterte gets a warm welcome from Papua New
Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill prior to the start of the Asia Pacific Economic
Cooperation Business Advisory Dialogue in Port Moresby. Mr. Duterte championed
globalization that is inclusive and empowers smaller economies like the Philippines.
Solons open to longer ML
By Mario J. Mallari
Senators are open to the
possible extension of martial
law in Mindanao but said their
decision will largely depend on
the evidence and justification
DU30 bid deals
blow to Reds
By Mario J. Mallari
that the Armed Forces of
the Philippines (AFP) and
the Philippine National
Police (PNP) can come
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The number of
Chinese tourists to the
Philippines in the first
three quarters of 2018
has exceeded the
full-year total in 2017
Rody: PROC-PH relations hit apex
Chinese President Xi Jinping’s
visit to the Philippines will
bring relations between the two
neighboring Asian countries “a
notch higher,” President Rodrigo
Duterte told Chinese media
The current relations between
Open Up a New
Future Together for
President of the People’s Republic of China
I will soon pay a state visit to the Republic
of the Philippines at the kind invitation
of President Rodrigo Duterte. I am full of
expectations as I am about to set foot on this
beautiful land, an ever-growing nation and home
to an honest and friendly people. I wish to convey
my cordial greetings and best wishes to the
people of the Philippines.
China and the Philippines are neighbors
facing each other across the sea. The
exchange of ships and merchants between
our two countries began more than a
thousand years ago. Over 600 years ago,
Chinese navigator Zheng He made multiple
visits to Manila Bay, the Visayas and Sulu on
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Beijing and Manila have reached
an “apex” and are like a flower
in full bloom, Duterte said.
People’s Republic of China
have strengthened under
the Duterte presidency and
are gearing up for a stronger
development under joint efforts
of both countries.
The past two years have seen
frequent high-level exchanges
and dialogue and consultation
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President Rodrigo Duterte’s enhanced program
for rebel returnees had lured New People’s
Army (NPA) members to surrender in droves,
thus alarming the Communist Party of the
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Two awaited visitors are coming to the
Philippines this week. China’s President Xi
Jinping will be in Manila for two days from
20 and 21 November. Xi is visiting the country
for the second time after attending the Asia
Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting in
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Valued ally Chinese President Xi Jinping
underlines mutual trust among friends.
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Vol. 18 No. 245
Monday, 19 November 2018
Openness prevails Heads of state including President Rodrigo Duterte assemble during the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit that concluded yesterday. China and the Philippines led the call for an open global
Ties ‘a notch
Mr. Duterte urged fellow
heads of state to push
for globalization that is
inclusive and empowers
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mechanisms between the two
nations have been revived in
areas including foreign affairs,
defense, energy, economy and
trade, agriculture, fishery,
science and technology.
The Philippines is also reaping
the economic rewards of growing
trade with and investments from
China after Duterte’s government
decided to cultivate fruitful ties
with Beijing, according to state
news agency Xinhua.
Wider market seen
“It (PROC) is encouraging
us to send more what we can,”
Duterte said, adding that the
renewed ties resulted in the
lifting of the restrictions on
Figures from the Chinese
government show that the trade
volume between China and the
Philippines in 2017 topped $50
billion, which made China the
Philippines’ top trading partner and
import origin and the fourth largest
export market. Philippine exports to
PROC grew by 10.5 percent to 19.2
billion dollars in 2017.
The tourism sector also
benefited, with government
data showing a growing number
of Chinese tourist arrivals in the
past three years. From 490,000 in
2015 and 675,000 Chinese tourists
in 2016, the number posted a
significant increase in 2017 with
The number of Chinese
tourists to the Philippines in the
first three quarters of 2018 has
exceeded the full-year total in
2017, reaching over 972,000.
Moreover, PROC and the
Philippines have contributed
to regional stability by working
closely to combat illicit drugs,
terrorism and cybercrimes.
Duterte noted that China has
helped the Philippines deal with
terrorists without asking for any
favor, saying China has given
help and support wholeheartedly
with no strings attached.
“We will improve our
relationship in trade and
commerce. Second, close
(defense) relationship. Third,
a cooperation to improve the
conditions of our international
seas to eliminate piracy,” Duterte
More interactions needed
The President also stressed
the need to explore more peopleto-people
the bilateral relationship has
reached “a positive plateau,” and
he wants it to remain that way.
At the invitation of Duterte,
Xi is set to pay a state visit to
the Philippines on 20 to 21 Nov.
Duterte said he took great pride
in Xi’s upcoming visit, adding that
his little daughter Kitty is studying
Chinese as a foreign language, and
he might ask her to sing a Chinese
song for Xi.
Mr. Duterte also urged heads
of state to push for globalization
that is inclusive and empowers
smaller economies like
the Philippines at the
Asia Pacific Economic
in Port Moresby,
Papua New Guinea
T h e
retreat session as
well as the APEC
and Industry Secretary
Ramon Lopez said.
Open Up a New Future Together for China-Philippine Relations
Since President Duterte
took office, China and
the Philippines have
reengaged in dialogue
and consultation for the
proper handling of the
South China Sea issue
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his seven overseas voyages
seeking friendship and
cooperation. The King of Sulu
also made a goodwill visit to
China, bringing with him good
wishes to the Chinese people and
leaving behind touching stories
of China-Philippine friendship.
Many born on the southeast coast
of China sailed across the sea to
settle down in the Philippines
and have since lived in harmony
with the local community. The
ancestors of José Rizal, national
hero and founding father of the
Philippines, came from Jinjiang
of China’s Fujian Province. The
famed Chinese General Ye Fei,
who fought for the founding of
New China, was born in Quezon
in the Philippines. For both our
peoples, these are proud names
Trade liberalization and
economic globalization are
an unstoppable trend of
Since President Duterte took
office, China and the Philippines
have reengaged in dialogue
and consultation for the proper
handling of the South China
Sea issue. Our relations have
now seen a rainbow after the
rain. In just a little more than
two years, China has become
the Philippines’ largest trading
partner, largest export market
and largest source of imports
and the second largest source of
tourists. There has been a surge
of interest for private investment
in each other’s countries and
interactions between our cultural
groups have been frequent.
More and more Philippine fruits
are coming to the dining table
in Chinese households and a
growing number of Philippine
scenic spots are being included
in the itinerary of Chinese
tourists. China firmly supports
the Philippines’ fight against
drugs and terrorism and its postconflict
in Marawi, thus contributing to
peace in the country. In the face
of disasters, our two peoples
have stood together and come to
each other’s help, writing new
chapters of friendship between
our two countries.
President Duterte’s leadership,
the Filipino people are striving
to implement the 10-point
socioeconomic agenda and the
“Build, Build, Build” strategy,
making the country more and
more prosperous. The Chinese
people are working unremittingly
to fulfill their “two centenary
goals” and realize the Chinese
dream of great national renewal.
Our shared aspirations and
dreams have forged a close bond
between our peoples.
I am visiting this time mainly
to have in-depth discussions with
President Duterte on how to
elevate our all-round cooperation
under new circumstances and
make overall plans for greater
progress in our relationship
toward a higher level. There are
many things we need to do if we
are to achieve this goal.
— We need to deepen political
mutual trust to sustain the
growth of China-Philippine
relations. China wishes to
work with the Philippines to
draw up blueprints for our
future relations with a broader
perspective and strengthen
strategic communication on
bilateral ties and major regional
and international issues.
We need to properly handle
differences through friendly
consultations, enhance dialogue
and cooperation on maritime
issues and make the South China
Sea a sea of peace, friendship
and cooperation that truly
benefits our two peoples.
— We need to enhance
practical cooperation to
cement the foundation of
The Philippines, with its
advantage, is a natural
partner in the Belt and Road
Initiative. China wishes to
work with the Philippines to
renew the legacy of the ancient
maritime Silk Road. China will
work with the Philippines to
enhance synergy between
our strategies under the
Belt and Road Initiative,
deepen mutually beneficial
cooperation in business, trade,
tourism and other fields
and assist the Philippines in
carrying out more livelihood
projects so that through
our cooperation the people
of our two countries will
have a stronger sense of
fulfillment and happiness.
China will continue to
deepen cooperation with the
Philippines in defense, drug
and law enforcement to
foster a sound environment
for the development of our
two countries and peace and
stability of our region.
— We need to strengthen
people-to-people ties to keep
China-Philippine relations as
strong as ever. China and
the Philippines are very
close to each other in terms
of geographical location,
ancestral ties and cultural
exchanges between our two
peoples are an endless source
of strength for our relations.
As the saying goes, the flames
rise high when everybody joins
to add fuel. We need to promote
interactions among our
political parties, parliaments,
think tanks and at the local
level. We need to increase
exchanges on education,
science and technology,
culture and between the
youth. We need to encourage
broader participation in
our cooperation. This way,
the friendship between
our peoples will grow from
strength to strength and be
passed on from generation to
— We need to join hands to
deepen East Asia cooperation
for win-win results. This year
marks the 15th anniversary
of China-ASEAN strategic
partnership. The Philippines
successfully hosted the East
Asia leaders’ meetings last
year and has taken over
the noble and important
role and responsibilities as
the country coordinator for
China-ASEAN relations this
year. China firmly supports
the Philippines’ role as the
country coordinator and will
work with the Philippines
to upgrade China-ASEAN
relations and secure greater
achievements in East Asia
cooperation. China will
increase input in the BIMP-
EAGA initiative launched
by the Philippines, foster
new growth drivers for
cooperation with ASEAN
through closer cooperation
with the Philippines and
assist with the development
of Mindanao and other
regions in the country.
China started its reform
and opening-up four decades
ago. Since then, the Chinese
people have worked hard
with unity and perseverance
and written a great success
story in the development of
the Chinese nation. China has
grown into the world’s second
largest economy, the largest
the largest trader
of goods and the
holder of the
No light job Engineer employed by a Meralco contractor makes sure that a street lamp brightens up a road at night as peak vehicle traffic starts in the runup to the holiday
reserves. China now
contributes over 30 percent
of global growth and has
lifted more than 700 million
people out of poverty by the
UN standard. Now, China is
deepening reform across the
board and opening itself wider
and our effort in reform and
opening-up will never stop.
I am visiting this time
mainly to have in-depth
discussions with President
Duterte on how to elevate
our all-round cooperation.
Trade liberalization and
economic globalization are an
unstoppable trend of our times.
As a major responsible country
committed to win-win cooperation
and greater openness, China stands
ready to share with all countries
the opportunities and potentials
of its market. This commitment is
made abundantly clear by the very
first China International Import
Expo which was just concluded
successfully. China welcomes the
Philippines and other countries
on board the express train of its
development. China will work with
other countries to firmly uphold the
WTO-centered multilateral trading
system and promote the evolution
of the international political and
economic order in a fairer and
more equitable direction.
Several centuries ago, China’s
GDP already accounted for 30
percent of the global total, yet it
never engaged in aggression or
expansion. In the over 100 years
after the Opium War in 1840,
China suffered immensely from
repeated aggression, wars and
turmoil. Confucius once said,
“Do not do to others what you
do not want others to do to you.”
We Chinese believe that peace
and stability is the only way to
development and prosperity. This
is neither a choice of expediency
nor a diplomatic rhetoric. It is our
firm conviction and a guidance of
what we practice on the ground.
China will remain committed to
the path of peaceful development
and will always stay as an anchor
of peace and stability for the
Asia-Pacific and the wider world.
We need to properly
handle differences through
As a Philippine proverb goes,
“Seize today, or you will lose
tomorrow.” China will work
with the Philippines to seize the
opportunity and go along with
the trend of our time. Let us
work together to build upon the
Asian tradition of peace, credibility
and good neighborliness and further
consolidate the bilateral relations for
an even brighter future of the two
countries and of Asia as a whole.
(Editor’s note: Presidents Rodrigo
Duterte and Xi Jinping share the
same passion and commitment to
development for their respective
countries. With a converging
aim of peace and prosperity, the
relations of both countries have been
acknowledged as having reached a
golden age. The visit of President Xi
starting 20 November, thus, comes
during the most opportune period
of partnership of the two nations
in the most economically-dynamic
region of the world.)
Monday, 19 November 2018
MILF’s Murad visiting AFP headquarters
AFP chief of staff Gen. Carlito
Galvez Jr., along with other top
military commanders, went to
MILF’s Camp Darapanan in
By Mario J. Mallari
For the first time, Moro Islamic
Liberation Front (MILF) Chairman Al
By Elmer N. Manuel
Cyberspace is a relatively new frontier,
ushered in by the emergence of the World
Wide Web. The development of this technology
has made the world seem a much smaller
place because of the current span of
interconnectivity unimaginable hundreds
of years ago.
Cyberspace has become the preferred
avenue for almost all sorts of communications
because of speed and convenience. But the
very advantages it brings also pose potential
threats — especially to the youth today — and
the dangers are definitely real.
The advent of social media, be it Facebook,
Instagram or Twitter, had opened to the
youth a wonderful portal that allowed them
to share their thoughts and feelings without
having to reveal their real identities.
Such cloak of anonymity afforded by
cyberspace also allows crooks and criminals
to pose a threat to almost everyone who has
direct access to the Internet, especially the
Filipino youth who spend a lot of time online
using social media.
These are aimed at ensuring the
scope of child protection extends
to the cyberspace.
Last February, the UK-based consultancy
firm We Are Social reported that the Philippines
topped the world in terms of social media usage.
We Are Social said Filipinos spent an average of
3 hours and 57 minutes a day on social media
sites, mainly on Facebook.
In line with the lurking online threat
to the youth, the Department of Education
(DepEd) recently launched an educational
campaign to teach learners, parents, teachers
and school communities to keep children
safe as they traverse the electronic
Dubbed “#BeCyberSafe,” the
DepEd project is being implemented
in collaboration with Stairway Foundation
and the Internet and Mobile Marketing
Associations of the Philippines.
It is in line with the aim of the United
Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals
(SDG) — of which the Daily Tribune is a
media partner — which targets sustainable
and resilient technological advancement
in developing countries through enhanced
financial, technological and infrastructure
support. Tremendous progress has been made
internationally in accepting that international
law and the UN Charter apply in cyberspace.
The 17 SDG, otherwise known as Global
Goals, is a universal call to action to end
poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all
By Hananeel Bordey
The House of Representatives has
approved on second reading House Bill 7878,
otherwise known as the “Public Safety Act.”
The proposed measure mandates the
creation of a Department of Public Safety
(DPS) in every province, city and municipality
which will be under the direct control
and supervision of the head of the local
The bill seeks to promote public
order, ensure public safety and further
spur economic development through the
enhancement of local government capability
in addressing safety and security concerns.
As envisioned under the measure, the
task of the DPS is to implement public order
and safety laws and ordinances, help reduce
traffic and address the effects of man-made
and natural disasters.
The DPS is required to “operate a
fully-functional and responsive central
command and control system” as well as
an emergency response and management
Haj Murad Ebrahim will be setting foot
today on Camp Aguinaldo, the general
headquarters of the Armed Forces of
the Philippines (AFP).
Col. Noel Detoyato, AFP-Public
Affairs Office chief, said Murad’s
visit is a clear proof of the trust and
confidence now prevailing between the
MILF and AFP leadership.
Last month, AFP chief of staff Gen.
Carlito Galvez Jr., along with other top
military commanders, went to MILF’s
Shield on for kids in cyberspace
people enjoy peace and prosperity. It builds on
the successes of the Millennium Development
Goals while including new areas such as
climate change, economic inequality,
innovation, sustainable consumption,
peace and justice, among other priorities.
The DepEd project consists of three
major components: Project for Keeps,
Dalir-Eskwela and Chatbot. These
are aimed at ensuring the scope
of child protection extends to the
Aside from educating
young students on the risks
of befriending strangers online,
the project also offers a range
of educational materials, which
discuss key issues on cyber safety
from cyberbullying to online chatting, online
gaming and online pornography.
Recent studies conducted by Stairway
Foundation and the United Nations Children’s
Fund (Unicef), showed around 43.8 percent
or almost half of the respondents aged 13-18
have experienced cyber violence.
Recently, the UN concluded a forum
entitled “Internet of Trust” which brought
more than 3,000 participants from 143
countries together to confront issues ranging
from cybersecurity to ethics, fake news and
the spread of disinformation, hate speech,
data as a cross-cutting issue, regulation of
the internet and people’s rights online.
The forum highlighted trust in its discussion,
noting the fact that society, including a digital
one, cannot function without trust. It also
stressed the need for changes in approaches
to safeguard the public in support of the
Sustainable Development Goals, especially
in today’s landscape of rapid technological
“When it comes to governance, we
must be as creative and as bold as
those who first built the Internet. You
can count on my support in this journey
towards a prosperous, safe and fair digital
future,” said UN Secretary-General António
With over 71 percent of global youth having
online access today, issues such as the digital
divide, the need for increased education on
digital skills and literacy, hate speech and new
technology’s impact on future employment
opportunities dominated the conversations.
The commitment to the 2030 Agenda was
evident in the centrality of the Sustainable
Development Goals in the technology
discussions. Guterres said digital solutions are
transforming lives and can turbocharge our work
to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
He said harnessing the power of the Internet
and ensuring inclusive, equitable and transparent
development strategies are key principles for
reaping the benefits of new technology.
system connecting constituents who need
immediate assistance with the emergency
resources of the government.
Likewise, the department is mandated
to use the most appropriate technologies
and communications, with a fully-operative
call center and dispatch hotline manned
by well-trained staff and run in accordance
with national standards and best practices.
The proposed measure allows
adjacent local government units to enter
into agreements to establish a common
command and control center and emergency
management systems, particularly if some
municipalities and cities have no ability to
put up their own independent system.
In general, the DPS has the power to
prepare, integrate, coordinate and supervise
all plans, programs, projects and activities of
the local government relative to the promotion
Camp Darapanan in Maguindanao.
“It’s the first visit of Al Haj Murad to
GHQ and also his first time to make a
call on the CSAFP (chief of staff AFP),”
“The relationship of the MILF and
the AFP has evolved for the better,”
Detoyato cited Galvez’s stint as
former head of the AFP Coordinating
Committee on Cessation of Hostilities
(CCCH) as a huge factor in closer ties
between the AFP and MILF.
As AFP-CCCH head, Galvez served
as the “peacemaker” at the height of
the 2015 Mamasapano
incident where 44 Special
Action Force commandos
Abandoned by their Greek employer and
stranded in India for about five months, 15
of the 21 Filipino sailors have finally arrived
“The Department of Foreign Affairs
(DFA) welcomed home on Saturday 15 of
the 21 Filipino seafarers stranded in India
since June after they were abandoned by the
shipowner,” a statement from the DFA said.
Ambassador to India Ma. Teresita Daza,
informed the DFA home office in Manila that
the remaining six crew members of the MV
Evangelia M will be repatriated as soon as
their exit clearances are issued.
“The Embassy in New Delhi and the
Consulate General in Chennai worked
closely with Indian port authorities and
the Admiral Shipping Agency, the local
agent in India, for the resolution of the
case,” the DFA said.
By Kuhlin Ceslie Gacula
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol
on Sunday bared the government of Papua
New Guinea (PNG) has offered to facilitate
the use of its vast uncultivated lands for
rice farming by Filipino groups through
a crop-sharing agreement with the local
Piñol said such arrangement will not only
enable the Filipinos to help develop rice farming
in PNG, in accordance with the directive of
President Rodrigo Duterte but could also help
buttress the Philippines’ own rice supply.
“As agreed, the rice produced by the
Filipino agricultural groups will be sold
locally to satisfy the national rice
Sharing expertise Filipino farmers will share with the people of Papua New Guinea (PNG) their experience in rice farming.
President Rodrigo Duterte has inked an agreement with PNG for stronger cooperation on agricultural production. ROY PELOVELLO
Public Safety Act approved on 2nd reading
The proposed measure mandates
the creation of a Department of
Public Safety in every province,
city and municipality.
The DFA also coordinated with local
manning agency Evic Human Resource
Management Inc. for the payment of their
remaining salaries and the provision of legal
assistance to the seafarers.
While in India, the seafarers stranded in
Kakinada Port were provided with consular
and cash assistance by the Philippine embassy
The DFA gave assurance the department
will continue to look after and assist
distressed overseas Filipino workers (OFW)
in compliance with the directive of President
Under a memorandum circular of
the Philippine Overseas Employment
Administration, the repatriation of an OFW or
a seafarer shall be the primary responsibility
of the principal or agency that recruited and
deployed him abroad.
requirement of PNG of about 400,000-metric
tons,” Piñol said.
In August this year, 19 farmers
from North Cotabato were
deployed in PNG to start the
development of a rice demo farm.
PNG has a population of only eight million
and a land area of 48 million hectares, mostly
The Agriculture secretary added the excess
rice production in PNG could be shipped
back to the Philippines to fill up our national
requirements estimated at 1.2 to 1.5 million
President Rodrigo Duterte had earlier
directed the Department of Agriculture to
pursue the Rice Development Project between
the Philippines and PNG.
“The President personally gave me
instructions during the Filipino Community
Night in downtown Port Moresby on Friday,”
The Armed Forces of the Philippines said
71 former New People’s Army (NPA) rebels
from Misamis Occidental received financial
assistance from the government on Saturday.
Col. Bagnus Gaerlan, commander
of Army’s 102nd Infantry Brigade, said
Department of National Defense Secretary
Delfin Lorenzana led the distribution of
checks in a ceremony held at the Misamis
Oriental provincial capitol in Oroquieta City.
Gaerlan said each of the former NPA
rebels received P65,000 in check while
the rest, who are “Yunit Militia” members,
received P15,000 in check as part of the
Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration
“Sixty-nine out of 71 rebels who
surrendered were regular Communist NPA
terrorist members. The two others were Yunit
during a day-long firefight with MILF, Bangsamoro
Islamic Freedom Fighters and private armed
“As the former head of AFP CCCH, he (Galvez)
expressed his support for the Bangsamoro Organic
Law (BOL) during our visit to Camp Darapanan
last 6 October,” Detoyato noted.
The BOL was the result of the decades-long
peace negotiations between the MILF and the
Philippine government. President Duterte
signed the law last August.
“This reciprocal visit of Al Haj Murad is
to cement the trust that they have in the AFP
leadership and the government in general,”
During his visit to the MILF headquarters,
Galvez declared the war
between the AFP and
MILF was officially
Returning the favor Moro Islamic Liberation Front chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim is expected to arrive today at Camp Aguinaldo,
the headquarters of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), reciprocating the similar gesture of AFP chief of staff Gen. Carlito
Galvez Jr. who visited the MILF camp last month.
Sailors abandoned in India back home
and maintenance of peace and order and
the protection of life, liberty and property.
The department also has the duty to
secure the general public and maintain
public order in conjunction with the police
and other national law enforcement agencies
as well as to help auxiliary traffic services in
support of other agencies tasked to enforce
It can recommend the issuance of
temporary terminal permits to public utility
vehicles and manage public utility vehicles. It
has the authority to clear sidewalks, public
parks and other public areas of obstruction,
such as unauthorized structure or fixtures
and unlicensed vendors.
In addition, it is mandated to organize
plans for and undertake evacuation, rescue
and relief operations in times of disasters,
calamities and civil disturbances.
Once the measure is enacted into law,
existing offices within the local government
units whose primary functions were similar
to the DPS would be integrated and included
in the department.
Pinoys to till PNG rice farms
Within 48 hours from notice of the request
for repatriation, the concerned principal or
agency should provide the plane ticket or
the prepaid ticket advice to the Philippine
Overseas Labor Office or the Philippine
The remaining six crew members
of the MV Evangelia M will be
repatriated as soon as their exit
clearances are issued.
However, when the repatriation is
dependent upon the issuance of an exit
visa, the principal or employer has 15 days
from notice to secure such visa.
The global shipping industry, which
carries 80 percent of international trade,
employs about 1.2 million seafarers and
most of them come from the Philippines.
According to him, Duterte is optimistic
the project “will ensure the food security of
the future generations.”
Just recently, the two countries inked a
five-year agriculture cooperation through a
memorandum of agreement which would
allow both countries to boost their own and
each other’s agricultural production.
The agreement lays down the commitment
of both countries to expand and strengthen
cooperation in rice grains and industrial
crops production, aquaculture and inland fish
farming, livestock breeding and improvement
and agri-business development.
In August this year, 19 farmers from North
Cotabato were deployed in PNG to start the
development of a rice demo farm.
Piñol said the farmers have already
developed eight hectares out of the 25
hectares, with PNG farmers already starting
to participate in the farm work.
The first harvest in the demo farm is
expected in the last week of December.
71 ex-rebels receive financial aid
Militia (members),” Gaerlan said.
Misamis Occidental Gov. Herminia Ramiro
said the E-CLIP program has changed the lives
of former NPA rebels and has contributed
to the decrease in the number of rebels in
“To our former rebels, there is no turning
back, you are now our partners for peace and
development in our province,” Ramiro said.
Alias “Man-Man,” one of the former NPA
rebels, thanked President Rodrigo Duterte
for coming up with the reintegration program,
saying they had to endure hardship while
with the NPA.
“The promise of our government is
different compared to that of the NPA
terrorists. We fulfill our promise of good
governance, they (NPA) don’t,” Lorenzana
Life of peace Several former rebels in Misamis Occidental have decided to lay down
their arms and return to the fold of the law. As promised the government provided them
with financial assistance to help them start their lives anew.
4 Monday, 19 November 2018
WITHOUT FEAR • WITHOUT FAVOR
Crispin G. Martinez
John Henry Dodson
Jaimes R. C. Sumbilon
Publisher and President
A fake show
The holding of the annual Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation
(APEC) Summit in Port Moresby, which just like those that
preceded it were nothing but a social gathering of leaders, was
more memorable for its venue, which was a cruise ship rather
highlighted than any agreement that would help the global economy.
to the world Chinese President Xi Jinping was the only leader who made
yellow a significant statement urging APEC members to adhere to
Noynoy’s free trade amid the increasing protectionist policies of US
insensitivity President Donald Trump who skipped the gathering.
and APEC gatherings are, however, occasions for the host nation
incompetence. to pull out the stops in flaunting progress, imagined or real.
The Philippines last hosted the APEC in 2015 under Noynoy
and he did Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill
several notches better by putting Manila on a lockdown for
the duration of the meetings and ejecting homeless families
in Manila from its streets.
Some protesting Lumad minorities who were camped out
at the Liwasang Bonifacio were also ordered dispersed.
First to be swept off Manila were the street families who,
according to Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo, were
bribed with P4,000 each to leave Manila during the event.
The monies were made to appear as rent doleouts for use by
the homeless to temporarily shelter themselves elsewhere for
one week to clear them off the streets when the 21 heads of
state were arriving.
During Pope Francis’ visit earlier in 2015, Noynoy’s Social
Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman called street dwellers to a
seminar on the conditional cash transfer program.
The Lumad, who are now getting the full attention of
Rody, were simply evicted on orders of Noynoy from
their protest camp at Liwasang Bonifacio
to hide them from APEC dignitaries.
The tribal minority traveled all the way from Mindanao,
mostly on foot, to protest their being removed from their
ancestral domain and the assassination of their leaders.
The Palace exerted pressure on Manila Mayor Joseph
Estrada to clear the Lumad. Noynoy mouthpiece Abi Valte said
it was Erap’s responsibility to clear the streets of obstructions.
Estrada gave a permit well beyond the APEC Summit for
the camp out as a show of support by the city government
in improving the Lumad’s plight. The permit was shortened
due to Palace pressure as the police said the camp out may
interfere with the hosting of the APEC Summit.
As a show of total insensitivity, the Lumad were chased
out of Manila even as the minority group transferred to the
Baclaran Church compound.
In an absurd operation apparently directed
from Noynoy’s office, hundreds of policemen
ringed the church to contain members of the
tribal group. The policemen formed a barricade,
along with four passenger buses, to block the
gates facing Roxas Boulevard.
The tragic comedy goes beyond the police
forming a barricade outside the side gate of
the church compound, but also with some of
them confiscating the licenses of the drivers transporting
the Lumad and issuing them tickets because their jeepneys
were out of line.
The pastors and religious leaders of Baclaran Church even
came out to negotiate with the police, but they refused to let
the jeepneys pass.
The Lumad called their protest march Manilakbayan
because they came all the way from Mindanao to bring their
plight to Malacañang.
Aside from the harassment of the Lumad, Noynoy’s Palace
imposed a no permit-no rally policy, canceled some 1,000
domestic and international flights, imposed a no-sail policy
on Manila Bay, suspended classes and work in offices from 17
to 20 November and closed off roads that resulted in people
walking long distances to reach their destinations.
Soliman also defended the removal of homeless families
from the streets as being part of the Department of Social
Welfare and Development’s outreach program.
In all, Noynoy threw away a staggering P7.9 billion into the
The APEC hosting in 2015 only highlighted to the world
yellow Noynoy’s insensitivity and incompetence.
“It is still
vice presidents be
given a permanent
job if and when an
amendment to the
Constitution is made?
While it may sound
good to the present vice
president and other
hopefuls, taking away
the power and authority
of the president to hire
and fire any member
of his Cabinet or even those below
Cabinet rank and having his vice
president take on a permanent
Cabinet seat under an amended
proviso, will hardly be good for the
country’s political health. It may
even be a bad idea, even if both
presidents and vice presidents are
elected jointly, for several reasons,
chief of which is that the party
system in this country is a joke and
will remain a joke for many more
years to come, since political parties
in this country are merely used as
vehicles that politicians utilize to run
for elective offices.
What this translates to is the fact
that institutional party loyalty hardly
exists in this country.
It is a fact that on almost every
presidential election year, political
parties that hardly ever had strong
power, as well as political parties
on paper hastily put together for
one’s presidential run, suddenly
become the ruling group during one
president’s tenure. On the other
hand, the previous ruling party under
a different president suddenly loses
all its members both in the Senate
and in the House of Representatives.
The reason for the party
membership loss? Simple. The same
members of the previous regime
all swear allegiance to whoever
is elected to sit on Malacañang’s
A vice president, then, even
if elected together with the
president, can, when
the right election
time comes, be
Oftentimes, couples who are
mired in failed marriages try to find
ways to get out of their doomed
marital relationships. However, to
their disappointment, they quickly
realize that there aren’t too many
easy options available for them in
order to achieve such end. The reason
is obvious: marriage is sacrosanct and
no less than the Constitution protects
its sanctity. Therefore, the law has put
in enough safeguards to ensure that a
marriage remains inviolate, no matter
how imperfect it may be. That is not
to say, however, that there are no legal
(and moral) remedies available to undo
the marriage. For instance, apart from
the usual grounds (i.e. lack of essential
and/or formal requisites), a marriage
may legally be declared void and
consequently dissolved on the basis of
Psychological incapacity, as a
ground for the declaration of nullity of
marriage, is governed by Article 36 of
the Family Code. The provision states
that “a marriage contracted by any party
who, at the time of the celebration, was
psychologically incapacitated to comply
with the essential marital obligations
of marriage, shall likewise be void
even if such incapacity becomes
manifest only after its solemnization.”
In an innumerable number of cases
decided by the Supreme Court (SC)
relating to this provision, it has been
consistently ruled that an individual’s
psychological incapacity is confined to
the most serious cases of personality
disorders, clearly demonstrative of
an utter insensitivity or inability to
give meaning and significance to the
marriage. It contemplates downright
incapacity or incompetence to take
cognizance of and to assume the basic
marital obligations — not merely the
refusal, neglect or difficulty, much less
ill will, on the part of the errant spouse.
In the doctrinal case of Republic vs
Molina (268 SCRA 198), the High Court
has laid down definitive guidelines for
the interpretation of Article 36. These
are: (1) The burden of proof to show
the nullity of the marriage belongs to
the plaintiff-spouse; (2) The root cause
of the psychological incapacity must
be medically or clinically identified,
alleged in the complaint, sufficiently
proven by experts and clearly explained
VP slot a dead end
the administration party
and can jump on to
another political ship,
even when that vice
president continues to
be a permanent Cabinet
member who cannot be
fired by the president,
since he has been
divested of his power to
fire his vice president.
There are more
reasons for the president
to have the power to
appoint and fire a vice president,
especially since, as a permanent
Cabinet member who can’t be
fired by the appointing power, he
will always be privy to whatever
plans are being cooked up by the
More often than
not, even a chosen vice
president or one foisted
on the administration
through election or
selection (as it happened
during the Arroyo regime
with then unelected
vice president Teofisto
Guingona) hardly ever gets along after
the so-called honeymoon period — and
even throughout a president’s six-year
term — especially a president who
wanted another six-year term (such
as what happened under the Ramos
presidency who tried getting the
term limits lifted through a bogus
People’s Initiative). Then President
Ramos did all he could to destroy
the election chances of his then
very popular vice president, Erap
Estrada, whom he detested. He failed.
Estrada was elected president
in a landslide. Ramos also
played a major role, along
with the traitorous
in the decision; (3) The
incapacity must be proven
to be existing at the time
of the celebration of
the marriage; (4) Such
incapacity must also be
shown to be medically or
clinically permanent or
incurable; (5) The illness
must be grave enough to
bring about the disability
of the party to assume
the essential obligations
of marriage; (6) The
essential marital obligations must be
those embraced by Articles 68 up
to 71 of the Family Code as regards
the husband and wife, as well as
Articles 220, 221 and 225 of the same
Code in regard to parents and their
children; (7) Interpretations given by
the National Appellate Matrimonial
Tribunal of the Catholic Church of the
Philippines, while not controlling or
decisive, should be given great respect
by courts and (8) The trial court must
order the prosecuting attorney or fiscal
and the Solicitor General to appear as
counsel for the State. No decision shall
be handed down unless the Solicitor
General issues a certification briefly
stating therein his reasons for his
agreement or opposition, as the case
may be, to the petition.
the issuance of these
guidelines in 1997, there
had been at least three
or clarifications made
which had significantly
affected cases involving
declaration of nullity
of marriage on the
ground of psychological
First, in 2003, the SC promulgated
A.M. 02-11-10-SC which removed
the mandatory nature of an OSG
certification. Thus, while the
appearance of the prosecuting attorney
as counsel remained a requirement;
the Molina guideline on the matter of
certification has been dispensed with
(Padilla-Rumbaua vs Rumbaua, 596
SCRA 157, 2009).
Second, recent decisions of
the SC instruct that the evidence
of psychological malady need not
yellows and the traitorous chief justice
Hilario Davide and his justices in the
unconstitutional ouster of Estrada,
which made Gloria Arroyo president
when the coup succeeded.
After the presidential elections
which saw Rodrigo Duterte — who
ran under the Partido Demokratiko
Pilipino, then a virtual paper party
that is today’s ruling party — seated
in Malacañang, the yellow Liberal
Party (LP) vice president Leni
Robredo was appointed by Duterte
as the Housing chief.
It didn’t take long for her and
her yellow LP to start attacking
Duterte even when she must have
known that, as a Cabinet member,
she shouldn’t criticize the President
publicly. The place to do it was
during Cabinet meetings or a private
Despite her and her yellows’
denial of wanting to succeed Duterte,
whether through death, permanent
incapacitation, resignation and a forced
ouster, but not through impeachment
since the numbers aren’t there, she
and the LP are certainly eyeing the
presidency at this time knowing that
she has no chance of ever being elected
But it didn’t take long either for
Duterte to ease her out as his vice
Truth is, Leni, with her abrupt
removal from Duterte’s Cabinet and
her appointed post, had it coming.
Once out, she continued with her
political attacks on Duterte, here
at home and, worse, abroad doing
the country a disservice by coming
up with false statements, such
as inflating the drug war toll to
make the country appear much too
dangerous for travel and making sure
that Duterte is painted black as a
dictator with her non-stop negative
As for giving the vice president a
permanent position, not even if the
American model is followed, which
gives the vice president the position
of Senate president, the parroty US
Vice President Mike Pence’s is only
needed when there is a tie in the
Senate vote between the majority
and minority, something which does
not come too often.
Pence, as vice president, is
reduced to his unelected job of
heaping almost daily praise on
The vice president can do away
with the daily praise for a president,
but no VP can be a tie-breaker, since
majority of the members of both
Houses are all aligned with Duterte.
Too bad for the yellows. But they
can try, try again and fail, fail again.
Musings on psychological incapacity
necessarily come from
the afflicted spouse
but can come from
the aggrieved spouse
himself/herself or from
related to the spouses,
i.e., relatives and close
friends who could
clearly testify on the
spouse’s condition at
or about the time of
marriage. In other
words, even the lack of personal
examination and interview of the
incapacitated spouse will not per se
invalidate the findings of the experts.
Third, notwithstanding the
Molina guidelines, an expert opinion
is not absolutely necessary and
may be dispensed with, if the
totality of the evidence shows that
psychological incapacity exists and
its gravity, juridical antecedence and
incurability can be duly established
(Del Rosario vs Del Rosario, 818
SCRA 83, 2017). In fact, the Rule
on Declaration of Absolute Nullity
of Void Marriages and Annulment
of Voidable Marriages provides that
“the complete facts should allege the
physical manifestations, if any, as are
indicative of psychological incapacity
at the time of the celebration of the
marriage but expert opinion need not
As before, it is still quite a hurdle
to prove in court the elements of
psychological incapacity. To be sure,
statistics show that most nullity cases
based on this ground have been
denied. This is only because the State
(and the Church) presume that the
marriage is valid and the love that once
permeated the marital relationship can
be reignited if all efforts are put into it.
And as a consequence, the mindset is
to preserve, not to destroy the marital
union. But, at least in the cases where
the legal (and moral) grounds exist to
dissolve the marital union, spouses
can somehow be comforted in the
thought that the above jurisprudential
clarifications alleviate the difficulty
that they may face once their cases
go to court.
A DOSE OF LAW
Dean Nilo Divina
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Monday, 19 November 2018
For decades, our country has
been plagued with a formidable
disease and that is the problem of
illegal drugs. It is an affliction that
has been slowly destroying our
families, communities, institutions
and our beloved country. And
for years, no one else has boldly
taken a step towards stopping this
disease — not until now.
When President Rodrigo Duterte
took the position as the father of
this country in 2016, he waged a
relentless campaign against illegal
drugs. He strongly pushed for programs that quickly
turned the heads of many people, especially the
opposition. I am happy that the President made this
as a focus of his national governance agenda because,
as far as the numbers show, it gained widespread
acceptance and approval as it has drastically
protected and changed many lives.
Although millions of Filipinos are now living clean
and drug-free lives after turning themselves in and
vowing to never use illegal drugs again, the battle
is far from over. The President still needs help in
sustaining the campaign against illegal drugs and
ensuring the perpetrators will be punished to the
fullest extent of the law.
This issue comes to the fore as we observe this
year’s Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Week.
The observance reiterates the need to continue the
It did not come without a warning.
But with less emphasis compared with President
Rodrigo Duterte’s threat and eventual closure of Boracay,
owners of business establishments in Coron and El Nido
in Palawan welcomed news of the rehabilitation of the
islands considered as the country’s last frontier.
Boracay was an overkill.
The military had to be deployed during the initial
stages of the Boracay rehab, surprising if not baffling
not a few who never saw such number of battle-ready
soldiers storming the island paradise’s white beach like
the allied forces did in Normandy.
It was a sight my generation saw only in Vic Morrow’s
and Rick Jason’s Combat or to the younger set maybe
in Band of Brothers. We’ve never seen that number of
soldiers deployed to oversee the plugging of sewage
pipes. Philippine Army Brig. Gen. Pio Diñoso said then
about 200 from the Army, Navy and the Citizen Armed
Force Geographical Unit (CAFGU) were tapped to
maintain peace and order and provide support to police
assigned to handle the island’s security.
There could have been more soldiers deployed for
that operation. They had their days in the sun for sure.
There were boats and choppers and sticks and helmets.
Violent dispersal of protests was also been simulated.
None of these feared events happened, though. There
seemed to be a wide approval of the Boracay rehab.
Boracay was not the cesspool as described by
the President. It could have been exaggerated by Mr.
But it was in the stages of early decay. Its waters
had long been contaminated and showed high levels of
fecal coliform bacteria. Its local government, both past
and present, allowed that to happen in exchange for
high tourism revenues.
Thankfully, tourism areas in Coron and Palawan have
yet to reach that stage. However, intervention is needed
now before they turn into what Boracay experienced
when its popularity grew and grew.
Government seemed to have learned, too, that no
drama of the Normandy kind was needed to emphasize
the need for the rehabilitation of the Palawan islands.
Department of Environment and Natural Resources
(DENR) Secretary Roy Cimatu had seen and later
administered Boracay’s rehabilitation. Now, he declares
there is no need for the closure of Palawan’s tourist spots
for their recovery.
Instead of soldiers and the CAFGU, Cimatu said
DENR men will be present during the rehabilitation of
Coron and El Nido.
“We’ll dedicate a large portion of the DENR presence
in Palawan. We have to maintain Palawan as the last
ecological frontier of the country,” he said.
Only those with building, business and easement
violations will be closed down, according to the DENR
chief, giving owners and proprietors of the other business
Building a drug-free future
fight against illegal drugs and
this week’s activities focuses on
the protection of our children.
So, how do we make sure that
our children are living in a safe,
healthy, secure and drug-free
Whenever I go around the
country, I see many of our
children wasting their free time
in unproductive vices while
there are others who do not even
go to school because they cannot
afford it. I have also seen some
children begging in the streets and looking for ways
to earn a living just to fill their empty stomachs.
These are the conditions that make them susceptible
to exploitation as well as expose them to crimes
vices and illegal drugs.
That is why when I decided to pursue my
candidacy for the Senate, one of the priority
legislative agendas I will be pushing is to provide
funding for free school supplies, uniforms and
equipment in schools as well as free school buses in
far-flung areas so that our children and their parents
need not to worry about them anymore.
I will also be pursuing legislative measures that
will establish sports and youth development centers
in every locality. These centers will not only have
instructors, equipment and sports clinics but will
also provide mentoring and training programs to help
Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go
Who’s worried about President Rodrigo Duterte’s power naps
when former President Benigno “PNoy” Aquino was asleep for his
entire six-year term?
There is absolutely nothing wrong with power naps
when done in the proper context. For those who do
not know, and for those who pretend not to know, the
definition of a power nap is that it is a short session of
sleep, lasting from 10 to 30 minutes, done for the
purpose of revitalizing one’s mental alertness
to prepare and equip him for the rest of the
tasks to be done in an unfinished day. Power
naps are done by professionals during the
day, as they understand that there is
more remaining to be done and
a temporary break, short enough
before one enters a deep prolonged
sleep, shall be more effective than a cup of coffee.
What is clearly wrong is “Noynoying,” equated to
sleeping on the job. This is even an offense for public
officials who do not do anything, since this is a form of
corruption, a waste of taxpayer’s money. We all know that the
root of this now household term is PNoy — finally, he got to achieve
something. In fact, if you search “Noynoying” on Google, definitions
are aplenty, from Wikipedia to Urban Dictionary, pointing to the
humiliating state of one’s unconcerned slouched posture,
inactivity and mental unawareness when there is so much
needed to be done.
PNoy is a natural in doing nothing. Even his colleagues
in the House of Representatives when he was a
congressman could attest that PNoy can be caught
napping during sessions and committee hearings.
Those in Malacañang during his administration can
also talk about his perennial habit of sweeping everyday
problems under the rug, leaving the decision making to
his Cabinet, composed of underwhelming and conniving
idiots. Those in the military can attest to how PNoy took
his time in making decisions, leading to the death of our
soldiers, laying the seeds of more terrorist groups, endangering
the lives of the Filipinos.
As a master of inaction, even when PNoy appears to be doing
something, he is still not doing anything. The media can attest to how
establishments a reason to heave a sigh of relief.
He also revealed the DENR’s Environmental
Management Bureau will check the water quality in El
Nido, like it did in Boracay.
El Nido’s carrying capacity is being checked.
Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat also assured
control of tourist inflow on both groups of islands.
In an exclusive Daily Tribune interview of Bangko
Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Deputy Governor Diwa
Guinigundo last week, he said these islands in Palawan
filled the slack left by the six-month closure of Boracay
from July to October.
His statement also held true for the
is no need
other tourist beach destinations scattered
all over the country.
In charge of the Monetary Stability
Sector of the BSP, Guinigundo said
tourism money also helped keep the
Philippine peso in strong fighting form
somehow. This was despite Boracay’s
The Tourism Congress of the Philippines
(TCP) also now sees an influx of foreign
tourists next year. It based its projection
from the positive feedback received by the country during
the recent World Travel Market in London.
TCP president Jose Clemente revealed the group
pushed the previously less-visited tourist attractions in
the Philippines. The recently reopened Boracay is still
the top attraction among foreign travelers.
This is a boon to Philippine tourism seeking to
rebound from the ugly images of kidnappings and
terrorism in the South, top reasons for the negative
travel warnings issued by several countries against the
Philippines in the past.
Other than Palawan, Panglao Island in Bohol and
Siargao in Surigao del Norte are also next on the DENR
list for possible rehabilitation.
They may no longer create much noise like Boracay
did, but we should continue glancing at these projects
with critical eyes.
our children develop their athletic skills and abilities.
I will also lead efforts to amend the Juvenile
Justice Law so that minors will not be used for
illegal activities, especially drug running, by criminal
syndicates. I will also be pushing for the funding of
free rehabilitation and reformation centers for drug
addicts and users and harsher penalties for crimes
involving illegal drugs.
Of course, I am an advocate of
proper and quality health care service,
such as the Universal Health Law
and the Malasakit Center, a one-stop
center where all the government
agencies will be pooled in to provide
financial aid to patients. I will also
push for a zero-billing policy and free
medicine for all. These measures will
help keep our children healthy and
If we provide these kinds of
program to our people, especially the
youth, I am sure they will choose to stay away from
bad influences and opt not to be contaminated by
the disease that is illegal drugs. Indeed, keeping
them away from drugs boils down to ensuring the
availability and accessibility of programs that will
help them become productive citizens and keep
them away from dangerous vices.
I have always believed in the Filipino
people — their ability to change, adapt
and, most importantly, understand as well
Power nap vs ‘Noynoying’
absentminded PNoy was during his press conferences, never veering away
from his script, talking like a trained lackey. This led to his unconscious
way of saying things that he himself does not comprehend or has no
knowledge of, faking it but, unfortunately, never making it.
Anyone who has been on an international summit would know how
tiring and demanding the schedule is for the head of the delegation,
especially if you’re the President of the Philippines. Unlike
all the other country heads in the
summit, President Duterte had the
added responsibility of meeting
with the local Filipino
communities, so he can
inspire and elicit patriotism
from our overseas Filipino
power naps are
Dinah S. Ventura
On the hullabaloo that was the Boracay closure, three
things arise out of the cesspool, to borrow that muchmaligned
description used by President Rodrigo Duterte.
First, the strong words, the perceived overreaction
(both on government authorities side and that of
concerned parties) and “extreme” measure taken of
closing the whole island were just what we needed.
Duterte’s move was a kick in the behind, if we are to
be crass about it. If he hadn’t gotten things going, who
knows what Boracay would be like now?
The last time I was there, which was just a few weeks
before its closure, conditions were already deplorable
in my view. Having seen the island before it became a
tourism magnet, I knew it had become so abused and
taken for granted.
The beach had receded, no longer the vast (and I
mean vast!) powdery, white paradise where one could loll
around all day long. The roots of the few coconut trees
lining the beach were woefully exposed. At high tide,
the waters reached the lounge areas of resorts, which
had never happened before. During rainy season, the
island would get flooded. At any time of day, it felt like
there were always too many people.
Many Boracay residents would talk about how the
island had become so ugly. Most times, I thought so,
too, when I would have to watch my step each time we
took a walk because the ground had become lumpy and
sometimes muddy, a sure sign of neglect.
The Boracay situation shows us on a micro level how
things are in the Philippines.
We have bountiful natural treasures. In that realm,
we are blessedly rich. What happened, then, that we
got so poor?
This brings me to the second point: reminders and
warnings about keeping our natural treasures alive have
been given since we can all remember. Did we listen?
Was it poor management on the part of local
leaderships? Plain ignorance of what should be done to
preserve our resources and let it flourish? Or greed —
ignoring or circumventing laws to line one’s pockets by
giving in to capitalists eager to cash in on opportunities?
as support programs for the betterment
of this country. If we want our vision for
a progressive and safe Philippines with
Filipinos being responsible humans who look
after themselves and others to materialize,
then we must continue the battle to stop the
abuse of drugs.
Blast from the past: On 19 November 1850,
Isabelo Tampingco, renowned sculptor, carver and
artist, was born in Binondo, Manila. He traces his
lineage to Binondo-based Filipino-Chinese carvers
and Rajah Lakandula, the last lakan of pre-colonial
He is well-renowned for his works as a talented
carver and sculptor. He won medals and accolades
at the Philippine General Exposition held in Madrid
in 1887, the Universal Exposition of Barcelona in
1888, the Philippine Regional Exposition in Manila
in 1895 and the Saint Louis World Fair in 1904.
His famous works can be seen at Santo Domingo
Church, Laoag Cathedral, San Agustin Church
and the Old Senate Session Hall at the National
Museum in Manila.
Isabelo Tampingco is just one of the many
Filipino artists who made their mark in the field of
art, proving that we have no shortage of world-class
talents here in the country. Let his example inspire
present generation of Filipinos to remain committed
to their art and continue pursuing their passions.
undoubtedly justified if you look at what he achieved in his trips to Singapore
and Papua New Guinea. In Singapore, during the Association of Southeast
Asian Nations (ASEAN), his mere presence and comments on the West
Philippine Sea shook geopolitics, leading to China and the US trading words
on this. Meanwhile, halfway across the world, the Balangiga bells, which are
in Wyoming, were finally and ceremoniously turned over to the Philippines.
Who gained the upper hand? The Philippines.
Also, in Singapore, President Duterte and his
Cabinet signed several memorandum of understanding,
entered into agreements and attended bilateral
meetings like clockwork. He interacted and conversed
with leaders of the ASEAN region and met renowned
leaders from participating countries such as Russian
President Vladimir Putin, Japanese Prime Minister
Shinzo Abe, US Vice President Mike Pence and Chinese
Premier Li Keqiang. Anyone who witnessed these would
say the President was not merely a wallflower in these
powerful get-togethers but a strong, emphatic and
charismatic voice, causing leaders to gravitate
This is how we lost mangroves and forestlands. This
is how our mountains became bald or hollow and why
we are distressed by floods and landslides.
This is why Boracay was ordered closed for six
months and probably why government forces expected
a great resistance to the move. It seems we, Filipinos,
know too well how we tend to resent being told how to
I can imagine the inter-agency task force led by the
Department of Environment and Natural Resources
(DENR) trying to investigate the root of Boracay’s
degradation. An investigative show on television
managed to get interviews with some of the controversial
figures in the Boracay mess. The province’s leaders were
defensive and, in my opinion, downright disgusting, while
one of the businessmen whose resort was torn down on
national TV blustered and puffed about how he only went
ahead with it because he had gained permission to do so.
If I were a great white shark and if I could swim in
tropical waters, I would go straight for these fattened
This, then, brings me to the third point.
For all the drama and sighs of relief,
on a micro
are in the
the root of
PNoy — finally,
he got to
At the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation in Papua New Guinea,
President Duterte and the Philippines’ attendance likewise
attracted attention, especially now that Chinese President Xi
Jinping was present. China and the USA again exchanged
words on the West Philippine Sea. As we all now, the
Chinese President, who will be visiting the Philippines
in a few days, has become an ally of our country — a
political strategy employed by President Duterte,
too complicated for simpletons, such as those
accustomed to “Noynoying,” to understand.
President Duterte capped off his Papua New
Guinea visit with another lively talk with the
Filipino community that welcomed him again like
a rock star, shouting his name as if he were Freddie
Mercury at Wembley Stadium. Filipinos there, like
those in all the other countries he has visited, had to be
subdued and be reminded to calm down, so the President can
deliver his no-holds-barred speech which included his branding of
the Magdalo Group as the ISIS of Aquino’s time. He is correct — the
problems we now face were all planted while our previous President
this Boracay situation has been a stark
reminder to all our local governments
to be careful and more mindful of their
DENR’s plan to replicate the socalled
Boracay model of rehabilitation in
Palawan province and other top tourist
destinations in the country is getting a
thumbs-up from many of us Filipinos.
Perhaps the departments
of environment, tourism and local
government working together can also serve as a model
for our country’s leaders who tend to want to go solo on
matters that in reality affect all of us anyway.
If government can help keep our beautiful islands
in tip-top shape — and our local leaders, too, in the
process — we salute it.
It can start with the popular ones — El Nido and
Coron in Palawan, then Panglao Island in Bohol and
Siargao in Surigao del Norte. They have about 7,101
reasons to keep going, if we want to go full blast.
Is this an overreaction? I don’t think so. The Philippine
islands had been abused and neglected long enough.
“Since we have already started in Boracay, let’s
continue these rehabilitation efforts for the sake of the
Philippines and the Filipino people, so that they can have
something to be proud of,” DENR chief Roy Cimatu said.
Beyond the tourism bragging rights and the economic
gains that these measures will bring, I feel that
developing a strong and effective system that ensures
we take care of our natural resources is more important.
The most sustainable thing our leaders today can do
is to teach the Filipino people to truly love their own.
Monday, 19 November 2018
Senate to work overtime for GAB
From page 1
The Senate is scheduled to go on a
break after its 12 December session.
However, Senate President Vicente
Sotto III said senators are ready to
extend sessions for another week or until
19 December to pass the 2019 national
Sotto admitted if the House fails to
pass the general appropriations bill
(GAB) today, Congress will have a very
tight time line to pass the national
“As of now, if they fail to submit it on
Monday, we might run out of time. But if
they submit it on Monday… it will still be
tight, but we can target to have it signed
by the President by 30 December,” Sotto
said over the weekend.
We are quite apprehensive over
the time line.
The Senate President said the
possible extension of session would
only be decided by the Senate and the
House of Representatives.
“We only need to request the House
not to adjourn since it has not yet been
approved in the bicameral,” he explained.
Lead time needed
He cited the long process of
deliberations, interpellations and the 10-
day printing period prior to the bicameral
From page 1
Philippines-National Democratic Front of the
Philippines (CPP-NDFP) leadership.
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana
theorized the success of the Duterte
administration’s Enhanced Comprehensive
Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) under
From page 1
November 2015. The visit is expected
to boost the warming ties of the two
countries and reciprocates President
Rodrigo Duterte’s three visits to China
The other visitor is not a person, but
nonetheless is expected to command a
reception as strong as that prepared for
the Chinese leader. Today, 19 November,
great cormorants are expected to
arrive in Paoay Lake in Ilocos Norte
for their annual winter migration.
Awaiting these black seabirds with
matted feathers are hundreds of local
and foreign birdwatchers who are
already positioned with their cameras,
binoculars and telescopes in view decks
around the 387-hectare lake to have a
closer look at the awesome cormorant
and other bird species that will feed on
The great cormorant is the star
migratory bird in Paoay Lake. Locals
even held a festival for the bird in
2008 that had made since then the
lake’s view deck in Nagbacalan village
a favorite destination for birdwatchers.
Having a captured audience in
Ilocos Norte, the feathery visitor to
Paoay definitely steals the show in
this part of the country from the
very important person Malacañang is
hosting on Tuesday and Wednesday.
conference committee approval.
Sotto, however, downplayed a possible
reenacted 2019 national budget as he
banked on the assurance personally given
to him by the House majority last week.
The Senate was expecting to receive
the bill from the House before Congress
went on a break on 11 October to be able
to set a bicameral meeting on the first
week of December.
“We are willing to conduct marathon
sessions so that we can proceed with
the interpellation period, but there is a
possibility that we extend for one week the
session up to 19 December,” he explained.
“We are quite apprehensive over the
time line,” he added.
Reenactment not good
Sen. Chiz Escudero echoed Sotto’s
sentiments, stressing that passing
the budget act is part of the duty of
lawmakers. That is why they have to do
it even if it means extending the session.
“That is part of the job. It is our duty
to finish it. That is the most important
law that we need to pass,” Escudero
said. “If we need to go on a special
session or an extended session, we will
do that. Reenacted budget is not good
to the country’s economy.”
Sen. Joseph Victor Ejercito, for
his part, said the budget hearings are
already delayed as the Senate could not
do anything about the GAB being passed
Manna from sea Fishing hobbyists bag a huge catch in Laguna de Bay that secures their lunch for the day.
Solons open to longer ML
From page 1
Vicente Sotto III said security officials
need to convince lawmakers on the need
to extend military rule in Mindanao.
“Why extend it? They have to convince
us what are the reasons and details of
such an extension. What do they need to
do? We are open-minded. They just need
to explain why,” Sotto said.
“If the explanation is clear and the
necessity is justified, then Congress would
have to extend it,” he added.
Sen. Chiz Escudero said he does not
see the need for the extension of martial
law but stressed he is open to listen to the
AFP and PNP and see what evidence they
will be presenting.
Escudero said those who are opposed to
the measure should also be heard.
“Right now, I don’t see the need or
justification for it, but I am open. Let’s
wait for the evidence to be presented by
the AFP and PNP,” Escudero said.
For his part, Sen. Joseph Victor Ejercito
cited the positive sentiment of Mindanaoans.
“The people in Mindanao are content
with the implementation of martial law,
particularly in the campaign against
private armed groups and loose firearms,”
On Friday, AFP chief of staff Gen.
Carlito Galvez cited the gains of martial
rule in terms of peace and order and
economic development in Mindanao,
DU30 bid deals blow to Reds
Task Force Balik Loob has prompted CPP
founding chairman Jose Ma. Sison to order
NDFP negotiators Luis Jalandoni and Fidel
Agcaoili to talk to the President.
The CPP-NDFP realized the government’s
current localized campaign for peace
talks espoused by Mr. Duterte is working,
E-CLIP was belittled by Sison as a scam, but
Lorenzana said it has succeeded in benefiting
thousands of former rebels, providing them
and their families with livelihood, free housing,
medical care, free education for their children
and skills training.
“They want to stall this successful program
by their overtures for the resumption of formal
talks. It is for this reason that Mr. Sison is
sending both Mr. Jalandoni and Mr. Agcaoili
back to the Philippines,” Lorenzana said.
Presidential Adviser on the Peace
Process Jesus Dureza had said localized
peace talks with rebels will continue until
by the House.
“So as not to waste time, we conducted
Mr. Duterte gives clear guidelines for the
Local government units may continue
with the conduct of negotiations in their
respective areas, he added.
Bad faith evident
Lorenzana explained the communist
rebels, and not the government, acted in bad
faith that led to the scuttling of peace talks.
The NDFP had sent feelers for the
reactivation of the stalled negotiations.
“The NDFP was the one guilty of bad
faith since the beginning for the simple
reason that, for them, the peace talks are
just a tool to pursue their armed rebellion,”
“(CPP founding chairman Jose
Maria) Sison has been explicit
about this on many occasions,
explaining the primary
objective of the
budget briefings in preparation for the
GAB,” Ejercito said.
NDFP is armed struggle, and anything that
would advance it, including peace talks, was
welcome,” he added.
Lorenzana recalled “a period in the late
’80s until the early ’90s when the Armed
Forces of the Philippines (AFP), through
its ‘Lambat Bitag’ campaign, was able to
decimate the CPP-New People’s Army from
a high of 25,000 active fighters to about
5,000, forcing them to come to the
The AFP had warned Malacañang
about the real motive of the two
NDFP negotiators, Agcaoili and
Jalandoni, in seeking to talk
with President Rodrigo
Duterte to revive peace
The Duterte administration proposed a
national budget of P3.757 trillion for 2019.
China takes trump hand Leaders assemble for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit. US President Donald Trump skipped
the annual event which proved positive for Asian nations that rallied behind China’s fight against protectionism and unilateralism. AFP
particularly in the tourism sector.
Galvez toured Mindanao last week as
part of consultations among stakeholders
before the AFP makes its recommendation.
The AFP chief hinted at what the
military would recommend when he said,
“It is imprudent to stop at this time. A lot
more is left to be done.”
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana
cited two major events in Mindanao next
year that are crucial in the military’s
apparent support for martial rule.
These are the January plebiscite on the
Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) and the
2019 midterm polls in May.
Mr. Duterte declared martial law on 23
May last year after members of the Islamic
State-inspired Maute terrorist group laid
siege in Marawi City. The conflict lasted
for five months and ended with the killing
of more than 1,000 terrorists, government
troops and civilians.
The people in Mindanao
are contented with the
implementation of martial law.
Initially, the martial law declaration
only covered six months, but Congress
approved its extension for one year which
is set to expire this 31 December.
Currently, the AFP and the PNP are
conducting assessment and consultations
in Mindanao on whether to extend military
rule. The recommendation is expected to
be announced soon.
Peace not an aim
“Since then, several agreements were
signed with them. Why have we not signed
a final agreement that would end the
communist insurgency? Three decades of
talks and the end is nowhere in sight. It is
not hard to figure out why: they don’t want
peace, except on their terms,” he added.
Lorenzana said that striking a peace
deal with the communists has been elusive
because of their negotiators who did
“nothing but constantly put forward
outrageous demands,” thus allowing them
For several decades, the peace talks
were used by “communist terrorists
to recoup their losses, regroup from
military setbacks and recruit
more into their fold with lies
“We all know that
what they ultimately
want is not peace
but a complete
the government. This
objective by the
never changed,” he
Play feeds ingenuity With a lot of plastic sacks lying around, a group of creative children set up an improvised tent to shield them from the scorching heat of the afternoon sun. RAFAEL TABOY
Monday, 19 November 2018
Daily Tribune NATION
Making something out of nothing A homeless man checks some of the items he earlier had collected in Manila Bay to see if he can have something that would help him see
through another day.
parole officer to slammer
However, on 9 January1990, Fuentes executed
an affidavit before the National Bureau of
Investigation regional office and admitted to
stealing the money
By Hananeel Bordey
It might have taken 29 years but justice has finally caught up with
a former parole officer, after the First Division of Sandiganbayan
found him guilty of malversation of public funds amounting to
Former Parole and Probation Administration (PPA) Region 10
officer Celso Tan Fuentes was convicted by the anti-graft body after
pocketing the said amount representing the unclaimed salaries of
his fellow employees in their agency.
As a result, Fuentes will serve a minimum of two years and four
months to maximum of seven years and four months in prison.
The case stemmed from a complaint filed by the Office of the
Ombudsman on 24 November 1989, stating that Fuentes, who was
then the disbursing officer II of their office in Cagayan de Oro City,
“take away, embezzle and misappropriate P51,481.99” while performing
his public duties.
The anti-graft court explained that all the elements
required to convict Fuentes of malversation of funds
were sufficiently proven.
It was gathered a fellow employee discovered that the safety vault
where the fund was supposedly kept was forcibly opened and Fuentes
confirmed that P51,481.99 was missing.
However, on 9 January 1990, Fuentes executed an affidavit before
the National Bureau of Investigation regional office and admitted to
stealing the money.
He, however, promised to return it and on 23 January 1990, he
handed over P34,000 as partial payment before giving the remaining
balance of P17,481.99 on 15 February 1990.
In a resolution dated 26 February 2018, Sandiganbayan denied
Fuentes’ challenge questioning the evidence of the prosecution, citing
that a prima facie evidence will sustain a guilty verdict against him,
unless rebutted by the defense.
In its ruling, the anti-graft court explained that all the elements required
to convict Fuentes of malversation of funds were sufficiently proven.
“In unequivocal terms, the accused confessed to having used or
malversed the government fund of his office. The sworn statement
likewise contained the accused’s act of partially restituting the fund
in the amount of P34,000 and his promise to turn over the balance of
P17,481.99 on or before 15 February 1990. To the mind of this court,
the accused’s confession leaves no room for doubt as to his guilt of
the crime charged against him,” the verdict read.
However, there are no civil liabilities assessed against Fuentes
since he had already restituted the full amount of P51,481.99.
The 23-page decision promulgated last 16 November was penned
by First Division Court chairman Efren de la Cruz with Associate
Justices Geraldine Faith Econg and Edgardo Caldona concurring.
By Rico M. Osmeña
Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Paz Radaza yesterday
urged her constituents to be more vigilant and
immediately report to the police the presence of
suspicious individuals in their respective localities.
Radaza’s call came after she reportedly received
intelligence reports that members of an obscure
terror group Ameerbahr Rajah were spotted in
The lady mayor told reporters that Ameerbahr
Rajah is mainly composed of former secessionist
rebels who broke away from the Moro National
Liberation Front and opted to continue fighting
Radaza specifically pinpointed the villages of
Basak and Pajac as the places where the suspects
are believed to be operating.
“We have it investigated and this is not a joke!”
she told reporters.
This developed as she instructed barangay
officials in Basak and Pajac to be more vigilant and
identify everyone, especially the strangers, who are
coming in and going out of their villages.
The information about the presence of terrorists
in her city came shortly after the local police figured
in an encounter during a drug buy-bust operation
with unidentified gunmen last 26 September in
The encounter resulted in the death of seven
suspects who were all believed to be members of
The National Police Commission (Napolcom)
has promoted to one rank higher eight
policemen for displaying exceptional bravery
against more than 200 New People’s Army
(NPA) rebels who attacked and tried to burn
their post on 3 December 2017 in Binuangan,
It might have taken more than a year in
coming but the cops would savor just the same
the sweet taste of their promotion, even as the
Napolcom also expressed its deep appreciation
for their heroism.
Promoted to the next higher rank are
Senior Insp. Dante Hallazgo, SPO 4 Lorimer
Cabil, SPO1 Ramonito Zambas, PO3 Alberto
Bernadas, PO3 Crispin Dalugdug, PO2 Necil
Japuz, PO1 Josua Satur and PO1 Laila
the terror group.
“I have checked with my sources from the
intelligence community and they told me that
the members of this terror group also dabble in
drug dealing activities apparently to finance their
operations,” she explained.
Lapu-Lapu City Police Office chief Senior Supt.
Limuel Obon, however, said they are still verifying
the information provided by Radaza.
Meanwhile, two suspected members of the
notorious Kuratong Baleleng gang who were
tagged as the principal suspects in the killing of
a barangay captain in Ozamis City were arrested
over the weekend by the police in Liloan, Cebu
The suspects were identified as cousins Richard
Cabrellos Obagan alias Richie, 48, and Jacinto de
la Cruz Obagan, 29, both natives of Ozamis City.
Radaza’s call came after she
reportedly received intelligence
reports that members of an obscure
terror group Ameerbahr Rajah were
spotted in their city.
The two are the main suspects in the murder
last year of village councilor Jerry Salvador of
The arrests were made through the warrant of
arrest issued by Ozamis City Regional Trial Court
Branch 35 Judge Roy Murallon.
Napolcom vice-chairman and executive
officer Rogelio Casurao announced their
special promotion after the commission en
banc chaired by Interior and Local Government
Secretary Eduardo M. Año approved Resolution
2018-569 dated 22 October 2018.
The police officers were recognized for their
steadfast dedication to duty in standing their
ground despite being greatly outnumbered and
outgunned by their enemies.
In recognition of their heroic acts, they
also received Gallantry Award during the 53rd
founding anniversary of the commission last 7
“While the Napolcom remains committed to
continuously cleanse and professionalize the
PNP, we also take cognizance of the outstanding
accomplishments of our police officers by
Cebu provincial board members
aligned with 3rd District Rep. Gwen
Garcia expressed suspicion over
what they described as “extremely
high” the P1.34 billion health budget
proposal by the capitol for next
It is already bad when you
use government money for
your own benefits but it
is worse when you use it
to further your personal
This developed as they vowed
to question and thoroughly
scrutinize the proposed health
budget, noting that it is more
than 30 percent of the P4.5 billion
suggested total budget of the
provincial government for 2019.
They also raised the possibility
that the capitol could be planning
to use the unusually huge budget
to earn political points and ensure
the victory of incumbent Vice
Gov.Agnes Magpale in next year’s
“We will definitely scrutinize the
proposed health budget because
we have it on good accounts that
the current leadership will use the
same in their bid to secure the
win for Vice Governor Magpale,”
one board member who requested
“It is already bad when you
use government money for your
own benefit but it is worse
when you use it to further your
personal political ambitions,”
Local political observers say
Magpale is a heavy underdog
against Garcia in their battle for
the gubernatorial post, but she
could pull off a surprise if she can
utilize the government resources
in her favor.
Dr. Rene Catan, the chief of the
Provincial Health Office, however,
explained that the proposed
budget is divided into three major
components namely: 47 percent
for provincial government-owned
hospitals, 44 percent for PHO
operations and 9 percent for annual
investments. Rico M. Osmeña
Napolcom honors, promotes 8 hero cops
promoting those who truly deserve career
advancement in the police service,” Casurao said.
While the Napolcom remains
committed to continuously cleanse
and professionalize the PNP, we also
take cognizance of the outstanding
accomplishments of our police officers.
Section 38 (b) of RA 6975, as amended
by Section 33 (b) of RA 8551, states that any
uniformed member of the PNP who has exhibited
acts of conspicuous courage and gallantry at the
risk of his/her life above and beyond the call of
duty shall be promoted to the next higher rank,
provided, that such acts shall be validated by
the commission based on established criteria.
Killings put La Union
in poll hotspot
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is
seriously considering proposals by some groups
and sectors to declare La Union as an election
hotspot following the spate of killings of several
local officials by unidentified armed men.
The latest victim Vice Mayor AlFred Concepcion
of Balaoan town was killed in an ambush on
Wednesday that also left his aide dead.
The vice mayor’s daughter incumbent Mayor Aleli
Concepcion was also wounded during the attack
staged by still unidentified assassins.
Prior to Concepcion’s murder, Mayor
Alexander Buquing of Supiden was also
killed by unknown gunmen on 1 October while
former congressman Franny Eriguel was also
slain last 12 May.
All the killings which were believed to be politically
motivated are yet to be solved by the police.
Joel Gines, Comelec provincial supervisor, said
placing La Union under Comelec control would
ensure the presence of security forces and safety
For his part, Noli Pipo, Comelec regional
director, said they are waiting for the
recommendation of the Philippine National
Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines before
making their recommendation.
Earlier, La Union Reps. Pablo Ortega and Sandra
Eriguel said they are also in favor of declaring La Union
as an election hot spot to ensure peace and order in
rains in CARAGA,
Tropical depression “Samuel” has entered the
Philippine area of responsibility (PAR), according to
Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical
Services Administration (PAGASA).
As of 10 a.m. on Sunday, “Samuel” was estimated
at 980 east southeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur
and is moving west southwest at 15 kilometers per
hour with maximum sustained winds of 55 kph and
gustiness of up to 65 kph.
Typhoon warning signals will be raised by
PAGASA on Eastern Visayas and Mindanao today.
Everyone is advised to take precautionary
measures as moderate to heavy rains will pour on
the areas of CARAGA region, Davao Oriental and
Compostela Valley starting Monday.
The other tropical storm outside PAR with an
international name “Toraji” which is just 945 km west of
Puerto Prinsesa, Palawan is expected to move southwest
towards Southern Vietnam. It will have no direct
effect on the country. Kathleen Mae Bulquerin
Old style A horse-driven cart loaded with various merchandise used to be one of several ways entrepreneurs
market their products to customers.
John Henry Dodson, Editor
Monday, 19 November 2018
Go goes pulse-gauging
By Miguel Paolo Togonon
Former Special Assistant to the
President Christopher Lawrence “Bong”
Go revealed yesterday that he has many
friends in the private sector supportive of
his outreach programs.
Go issued the statement as he came
from a visit to fire victims in Tondo,
Manila and Barangay Viente Reales in
About 130 families were affected in the
Tondo fire while 15 houses were destroyed
in Valenzuela City, leaving 25 families
“I have friends who are really willing
to help. Instead of spending money
on stuff, I’ve asked them to
chip in to this worthy cause,”
Go said in Filipino.
Says he’s not averse to risks
Go said that while some people had
expressed concern for his safety in going to
slum areas, he stressed he pays no mind to the
risks because he wants to help those in need.
Likewise, he said going around poor
communities helps him to really feel the pulse
of the masses as he seeks a Senate seat in
next year’s midterm elections.
With his friends, Go provided clothes, relief
goods, meals and cash assistance to families
affected in the Tondo and Valenzuela fires.
those who need
assistance to visit Malasakit Centers that
cater to all Filipinos who cannot afford to
avail of medical treatment and medicines.
The Malasakit Center is a one-stop shop
program of President Rodrigo Duterte to
hasten the delivery of medical services and
give indigent patients access to free medicines.
Go vowed to coordinate with national
government agencies to further assist the
victims as he also offered free transportation
to those who wish to go back to their respective
Go’s supporters will also donate construction
materials to help victims rebuild their houses.
If elected to
the Senate, Go said he will legislate laws that
will focus on improving evacuation centers
and fire safety measures across the country
to prevent loss of lives and properties.
Former Duterte assistant cites
need for fire safety legislation.
Go shared a meal with tricycle drivers
of Valenzuela to listen to their concerns. He
also encouraged them to contribute to nationbuilding
staying away from illegal
Touching base For Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, the only way to determine the needs of the masses is to talk to them directly in rural and urban communities.
By Sundy Locus
The two primary water
suppliers in Metro Manila have
thrown their supportfor the
P12.2 billion New Centennial
Water Supply Project of the
Water and Maynilad issued
separate statements over the
weekend in backing the Kaliwa
Dam undertaking that will add
600 million liters of water daily
to the National Capital Region
China-funded project to
add 600 million liters daily
to ANCR’s water supply.
Manila Water president
and chief executive officer
Ferdinand M. dela Cruz cited
the need for the Metropolitan
Waterworks and Sewerage
System to develop a master
water supply plan for both
East and West Zones.
He said ample supply of
water is mandatory to sustain
national development, “given
the 96 percent dependency of
Metro Manila on Angat Dam.”
“We underscore the urgency
of building new water sources,
including the already approved
D a m
By Francis Earl Cueto
An Asian utility vehicle (AUV) reportedly driven by the
father-in-law of Sen. Grace Poe yesterday fell from the
third floor of a parking building in Greenhills, San Juan.
The driver, Dr. Teodoro Llamanzares, 83, was brought to
the Cardinal Santos Medical Center at around 10 a.m. following
the accident which happened as he was parking the AUV.
Llamanzares came from a church service. He was
subjected to a CT scan and other medical tests.
San Juan City police chief Senior Supt. Dindo Reyes
said witnesses recounted seeing the black Toyota Innova
moving fast up the parking structure.
The AUV rammed and went through the railings of
the parking area. It fell to the ground and turned turtle,
Jaw repair up
Roger Herrero, the man who survived an alleged summary execution
attempt by four policemen in Agdangan, Quezon, is scheduled to
undergo an operation today in an undisclosed hospital in Manila.
Doctors will repair his jaw bone shattered by a bullet allegedly fired
by one of the policemen in close range after telling him to
Gun-toter on CCTV
A man in Bacoor, Cavite brandished and fired a gun over a parking
misunderstanding with a neighbor. The incident involving the gun-toting
Rommel Alonzo was caught on closed circuit television footage. Alonzo
was pacified by relatives in front of the house of Megdonia Bermudez,
but not before poking his gun on Bermudez’s sister, Sharrie Gabriel.
Jeepneys and UV Express units
will be mandated to make a stop at
the Parañaque Integrated Terminal
Exchange to pick up passengers of
provincial buses coming from
the Coastal Road and Cavitex,
according to Daily Tribute
Poe in-law hurt in AUV fall
startling people around the area. The vehicle and the
parking railings were badly damaged.
Witnesses said they feared the car would explode
because it emitted thick smoke. Police officers and mall
staff responded immediately. No one else was injured.
Meanwhile, the Pasig City Traffic and Parking
Management Office (TPMO) said yesterday they are
strongly considering prohibiting trucks from plying Pasig
Boulevard going to C5 Road.
Mar Lugto, head of TPMO District 1, said they are
mulling the truck ban after a 22-wheeler truck went over
a center island and hit the C5 Pasig flyover last Saturday.
The accident blocked two lanes of C5 and Pasig
Boulevard southbound, resulting to heavy traffic that
lasted eight hours.
AUV can’t fly The black Toyota Innova driven by Dr. Teodoro Llamanzares (top photo) lies crumpled on its roof
after the long drop from the parking structure.
P.4M pot seized outside mall
Accounting PO2 Daniel Ebon inventories the shabu seized from suspected drug dealers Van del Rosario
and alias Jon-Jon following their arrest in a buy-bust operation yesterday in Pasay City.
By Gladys Mae Ablon
Authorities seized over the weekend
P400,000 worth of high-grade marijuana
from six individuals outside a mall in
Mandaluyong City. The drugs came from
abroad and were peddled through the
Internet, the police said.
The suspects were nabbed by police
operatives in a buy-bust operation which had
an asset buying 255 grams of the weed in foil
“We made a Facebook account and then the
buyers contacted us,” one of the suspects said.
The group’s buyers included students and
foreign nationals. They said they earned between
P500 and P2,500 per transaction, according to
Six dealers trading online collared.
The suspects were aged 18 to 30 years old.
They blamed life problems like poverty and having
broken families for their choice to deal drugs.
Police identified the suspects as Michael
Dangkil, Andrei Pilpil, Tyrone James Reyes,
Anthony Padua, Franz Sumera and Rona
Jun Vallecera, Editor
Monday, 19 November 2018
MUSHROOM cultivation in China contributes to the sustainable agriculture and food security objectives of its government
while helping empower some 25 million farmers.
Act to open
Finance officials vowed on Friday
to build on the strength offered by
the three-month old Personal Property
Security Act and magnify the impact of
the Financial Infrastructure Development
Network (FIDN) which seeks to create
an interconnected financial ecosystem
that will support both the micro, small
and medium enterprises (MSME) and the
The act was signed into law by
President Duterte only last August,
allowing the MSME to offer movable
assets as machineries, accounts receivable
and inventories as eligible collateral for
purposes of obtaining a loan.
The law bears huge potential to
accelerate the growth of MSME.
With the law in place, the FIDN
is a step closer in furthering its aim
to facilitate MSME participation
in cross-border trading and other
According to Finance Secretary
Carlos Dominguez III, the law was
in accordance with the need for
government to sustain its growth
momentum while attaining financial
inclusion for all.
“The law bears huge potential to
accelerate the growth of MSME,”
“Its effective implementation will
mark a big leap to sustainable, robust
and a truly inclusive economic growth.
It will help the Duterte administration
grow the middle class, ensure financial
inclusion and transform the country
into an upper middle-income economy
by 2022,” he added.
Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP)
Deputy Governor Chuchi Fonacier likewise
said they are pleased to witness the
significant milestones in achieving the
goal of more inclusive economic growth.
“The BSP strongly supports
game-changing reforms in the area
of credit access and shall continue
to provide an enabling regulatory
environment for businesses, especially
MSME, to flourish,” Fonacier said.
X and Y are so madly in love. They
could not take their eyes off each other
that they decide to tie the knot. They
rush to city hall and say their vows
before a notary public. Then with hands
clasped together, they happily hop out
of city hall and introduce themselves as
Mr. & Mrs. to the general public.
Getting married is not that easy.
There are certain essential and formal
requirements that should be complied
with before a couple is considered
validly and legally married. As to
essential requirements, the parties, first
and foremost, must be male and female
and have the legal capacity to say “I do.”
Yes, one should be male and the other
female. As of this writing, same-sex
marriages are not yet sanctioned in the
Philippines unlike in other jurisdictions.
Also, both must be at least 18 years old
with no legal impediment to be able to
marry. Thus, even if both are above 18,
if one is currently married, said partner
cannot take his (or her) marital vow
with the other. Even if he (she) does, the
marriage is void. In addition, consent
of both parties must be freely given in
the presence of the solemnizing officer.
Even though all formal requirements
of marriage are observed, if one of the
parties did not consent freely, then that
makes the marriage voidable. And as I
wrote before, voidable means a valid
marriage until declared annulled on
ground of vitiated consent.
To add to the above, there are formal
requirements on the check list as well.
First, the solemnizing officer must have
authority to officiate marriages. The
Family Code enumerates the persons
authorized to do so. A notary public,
who is a lawyer, is certainly not one
of them. So, in the example above, the
marriage is void. The ceremony must be
performed by any incumbent member
of the judiciary within his territorial
jurisdiction. He may be a judge or a
justice (of the Supreme Court or Court
of Appeals) or the solemnizing officer
may be a priest, rabbi, imam or minister
duly authorized by his church or sect to
perform marriages. If performed by said
religious official, one of the spousesto-be
must be a member
of said church. It makes
no sense if neither of the
parties is a member of the
sect. In case parties are
abroad, they may appear
before a consul at the
Philippine consulate of
the place where they are.
Said officer can maritally
bind them together. Other
persons authorized are a
ship captain, airline chief
or military commander (in
the absence of a chaplain).
But these persons’ authority is limited
only under one condition, where one of
the parties is about to die. This is what
is called in law a marriage in articulo
Next, a valid marriage license is
necessary. The parties must apply for
this before the intended ceremony. It
is like a driver’s license. A person must
have a license before he can drive.
Unlike a driver’s license, though, it
will only have a 120-day validity from
issuance. Parties must marry within
the said period.
There are exemptions though from
the license requirement. There are two
Tying the knot — the essential and formal requisites
One seemingly innocuous oversight might mean a lifetime of
regret, as the marriage may turn out to be void
Publicly-listed international seafood
company Alliance Select International Inc.
reported year-to-date net income after tax
of $3.3 million, almost six times higher
than 2017 year-to-date and only $30,000 shy
of beating its highest recorded full year
net income since inception.
Year to date sales increased by more than
39 percent to $74 million while net income
margin increased by 3.6 percentage points
to 4.5 percent.
The third quarter results contribute
positively as the company recorded net sales
of $26 milion and net income of $1 million.
“I am very pleased with the results,” said
Alliance Select president and CEO Raymond See.
‘PH will regain growth momentum’
We remain among the strongest economies in Asia. We
are poised to recover our growth momentum, aided by
investments in modernizing our infrastructure and strong
inflows of foreign direct investments
By Joshua Lao
There is no doubt that the
Philippines, despite the economic
headwinds both local and overseas,
should weather the buffeting and
rebuild the growth momentum lost the
past several quarters.
This was learned from Finance
Secretary Carlos Dominguez III who
on Friday gave assurance recapturing
the lost momentum is best indicated by
the surge in foreign direct investments
(FDI) and the aggressive disbursement
of public funds in support of the
massive infrastructure program of the
According to Dominguez, the economic
headwinds, particularly the stubbornly
elevated inflation, is only temporary
as domestic supply-side issues as well
as other external factors driving the
phenomenon are not permanent.
“We remain among the strongest
economies in Asia. We are poised to
recover our growth momentum, aided
by investments in modernizing our
infrastructure and strong inflows
of foreign direct investments,”
This relates for the most
part to local output
growth measured as the gross domestic
product that has since steadily slowed
from 6.6 percent in the first quarter to
only 6.2 percent in the second quarter
and only 6.1 percent in the third.
Much of the deceleration, Dominguez
and other key personalities making up
the Cabinet economic cluster of President
Duterte state, is owed to what many
analysts suspect as a deliberate effort to
disrupt supply-side efficiencies translating
to substantially higher inflation, particularly
Food accounts for more than half of
the components making up the consumer
price index the Philippine Statistics
Authority regularly surveys to measure
inflation. Price adjustments in the food
component, regardless of size, necessarily
tell on headline inflation.
Nevertheless, the Finance chief said
Mindanao counts as among the biggest
beneficiaries of the
Seafood firm delivers
initiative and has started receiving
big-ticket infrastructure investments
signifying a complete turnaround from
chronic official neglect of the South
in the past. The steady buildup of
infrastructure in Mindanao is key to
unlocking the island’s growth potential.
I trust in the diligence and
industriousness of the people of
Zamboanga. I am sure you will
seize the opportunities offered by
our growth strategy.
The Mindanao Railway System, the
first of its kind in the region, should help
unlock massive economic opportunities
in addition to new power plants that
will help boost Mindanao’s industrial
investments and generate jobs for its
Also, an extensive road and
bridge network is eyed for the
Northwestern Mindanao area that
should help boost the logistical
requirements of the island’s
agricultural sector, among others.
“We are ready to grow. Be
assured that regardless of shortterm
challenges, this administration
is determined to push through
SPECIALLY prepared rice cakes or bibingka begin to appear at food stalls around Metro Manila as the country rushes headlong into the
extended Christmas holidays.
instances: those who have
been living as husband and
wife, without impediment
to marry, for at least five
years prior to marriage. All
they need do is execute an
affidavit to that effect. The
other instance is, again, a
marriage in articulo mortis.
(It would be quite absurd
for a couple to be required
to present one when one of
the parties is already about
to breathe his last).
Finally, there must be
a marriage ceremony where both
parties personally appear before the
solemnizing officer and take their vows
as husband and wife in the presence of
at least two witnesses of legal age (i.e.,
at least 18 years old).
All the requirements above are found
in Articles 2 and 3 of the Family Code.
Now, take special note of what Article 4
mandates, “(T)he absence of any of the
essential or formal requirements shall
render the marriage void ab initio....”
As you can see, getting married is
not as easy as 1-2-3. Rushing to city
hall and asking a judge (not a notary
public) to help the parties recite their
“We are continuing to see the fruits
of our collective hard work and the solid
strategy implemented by our team. We
would really like to achieve a steady and
sustained growth for the company and our
shareholders,” he added
Alliance Select Foods International
Inc. is a homegrown international seafood
It operates in General Santos City,
Philippines and has subsidiaries
in Indonesia, New Zealand and the USA.
The company’s brands sold in Philippine
retail outlets include Akaroa Salmon, Prime
New Zealand, Gold Standard and the recently
launched Bay of Gold Select Tuna.
with its strategy for economic growth,”
Dominguez said. He quickly added parallel
strategies taking advantage of the growth
opportunities in larger regions.
Moreover, Dominguez urged members
of the La Hermandad Zamboangueña
Foundation to help their city realize its
potential as an “important nexus of our
country’s economic progress.”
The foundation, which was
organized almost six decades ago by a
residing in Metro Manila,
can assist in mobilizing private
investments and help boost the city’s
“I trust in the diligence and
industriousness of the people of
Zamboanga. I am sure you will seize
the opportunities offered by our
growth strategy. I am confident you
will effectively lead in the economic
development of this area,” Dominguez
marital vows will not be availing if the
requirements are not complete.
Getting married is not as easy as
The requisites above clearly
prove that marriage takes maturity,
awareness of what one is getting
into and planning. Hopefully, as one
actually goes through the exercise
above, he (or she) will realize that
marriage is not merely a Mr. &
Mrs. title, but rather a whole new
chapter in one’s life; bringing with
it a world, not only of bliss, but of
responsibilities. If one is not yet that
dead set on tying the knot, the whole
exercise of complying with these
requirements might make him realize
that marital responsibilities might not
yet be for him. Add to this the actual
planning for the ceremonial venue,
reception, invites, sponsors, wedding
gown and entourage and the list goes
on and on and on.
So, the couple must plan well. They
should be mindful of all the requisites.
For one seemingly innocuous oversight
might mean a lifetime of regret, as the
marriage may turn out to be void.
Monday, 19 November 2018
APEC leaders divided
after US, China spat
SEN. Grace Poe (fourth from left), chairman of the Senate Committee on Public Services, spoke
at the first Aviation Safety Day that the Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA) organized.
Poe called for better public-private sector partnerships to move the country forward in terms of
air transport facilities. Also in photo are (from left) Kurt Edwards, International Business Aviation
Council director general; Gary Moran and Phil Balmer, AsBAA vice chairmen; Donaldo Mendoza,
Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines deputy director general and Benjamin Lopez, AsBAA
Philippine Chapter chairman and INAEC Aviation Corporation president. Aviation Safety Day on
13 November and Pilots’ Day on 14 November were made possible by the following sponsors:
ACTSI, Embraer, Hawker Pacific (now a Jet Aviation company), the Malampaya consortium
Partners, AON, MedAire, Aerolink, Universal Weather and Aviation, Ascent Urban Air Mobility
Inc. and Inaec Aviation.
Building condos in Bulacan
For many hardworking Filipino families and
professionals dreaming of purchasing their own
home, a place not far from the workplace is
ideal. This makes condominium living a smart
investment to make.
Top-of-mind property developer Amaia Land
Corp. makes this dream attainable for more
Filipinos by offering quality yet affordable
condominiums in Mega Manila, one of which is
Amaia Steps Altaraza.
Strategically located on Quirino Avenue
corner Governor Halili Avenue in Barangay
Tungkong Mangga, San Jose del Monte, Bulacan,
Amaia Steps Altaraza is Amaia Land’s first
affordable mid-rise condo development in
Altaraza Town Center, a 55-hectare township
project where urban lifestyles complement the
laidback charms of community life.
Amaia commits to build sustainable
communities that support comfortable
lives today and for years to come.
With Ayala Land’s expertise in building
communities, Altaraza Town Center is seen
as the next growth complex in northeastern
Manila. This urban community, ensconced
within a vast spread of residences and
commercial spaces, is set against a picturesque
backdrop of the Sierra Madre mountains. It is a
small wonder why Amaia Land chose it as the
site of Amaia Steps Altaraza.
The Steps Altaraza will rise near commercial
establishments like SM City San Jose del Monte,
The District by Ayala Malls, Waltermart and
Puregold Tungko; educational institutions
like STI College, Colegio de San Agustin and
APEC Schools; transport hubs like the MRT
and nearby developments like Colinas Verde
Residential Estate and Country Club.
Future residents of Amaia Steps Altaraza
will enjoy leisurely weekends at its first-rate
amenities: a large swimming pool, landscaped
areas, a children’s play area and a cozy
Amaia commits to build sustainable
communities that support comfortable lives
today and for years to come. Amaia CARES for
life, the living and the spaces around it.
slows in October
Portfolio funds, more know as “hot” or
speculative money, continued to flee the
country on net basis in October, albeit at a
sharply diminished rate of 85 percent to only
According to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas
(BSP), the flight of foreign capital the previous
September totaled $440.30 million also on net
The bulk of funds exiting the country
were withdrawn from placements made at
the Philippine Stock Exchange aggregating
$301 million. Less than $1 million worth of
funds invested in various peso-denominated
government securities were taken off the
domestic bond market, the BSP said.
BSP data show $1.02 billion in gross portfolio
funds were pulled off the domestic bond and
equities markets in October that contrasted
sharply against gross inflows of only $952.6
This sustained a similar month-ago out-migration
of foreign capital in September gross inflows
totaled only $743.31 million against gross outflows
aggregating $1.18 billion.
As a result, portfolio funds invested in peso
bonds and equities issues totaled less than
$100 million in the first 10 months this year as
$12.319 billion fled the Philippines and went
elsewhere were the returns were larger and the
risks substantially more manageable.
In that 10 month period, the gross inflows
stood at only $12.412 billion, the BSP said.
“Registered investments for the month of
October 2018 amounted to $953 million, reflecting
a 28.2 percent increase from the $743 million
figure in September. In contrast, this represented
a 31.2 percent decline from the $1.4 billion level
recorded during the same month a year ago.
Best of all, owning an affordable superior
quality condo is a dream being brought closer
to hardworking Filipinos through Amaia
Land’s easy payment options: cash, deferred
cash and bank financing.
16 NOVEMBER 2018
PHILIPPINE STOCK EXCHANGE
NAME OPEN HIGH LOW CLOSE VALUE (P)
ASIA UNITED 58.05 59.5 58.05 59.5 2,081,912
BDO UNIBANK 118 124 118 124 356,521,832
BANK PH ISLANDS 85.25 89.3 85.25 88.9 442,561,958.50
CHINABANK 28 28 27.7 27.7 6,281,415
EAST WEST BANK 10.38 10.8 10.38 10.66 1,801,458
METROBANK 69.55 70.9 69.55 70.3 668,731,561.50
PB BANK 11.08 11.1 11.08 11.1 25,516
PHIL NATL BANK 39 40.7 39 40 1,525,875
PSBANK 73 73 71.5 71.5 118,816
PHILTRUST 105.2 105.2 105.2 105.2 3,156
RCBC 27.95 28.1 27.9 28.1 3,332,950
SECURITY BANK 139.2 146.1 139.2 140 253,211,923
UNION BANK 65.85 65.9 65.85 65.9 119,854.50
OTHER FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
BRIGHT KINDLE 1.53 1.55 1.48 1.55 90,050
BDO LEASING 2.35 2.35 2.33 2.35 23,460
COL FINANCIAL 15.66 15.66 15.2 15.2 51,492
FERRONOUX HLDG 3.86 3.96 3.75 3.96 405,500
IREMIT 1.39 1.45 1.38 1.45 354,750
MEDCO HLDG 0.475 0.48 0.455 0.475 257,400
MANULIFE 835 835 835 835 41,750
NTL REINSURANCE 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.8 3,200
PHIL STOCK EXCH 183 184.8 175 184 443,031
ELECTRICITY, ENERGY, POWER & WATER
ALSONS CONS 1.23 1.25 1.23 1.25 152,600
ABOITIZ POWER 31.7 31.7 31.4 31.65 83,778,205
BASIC ENERGY 0.223 0.227 0.223 0.226 439,450
FIRST GEN 16.94 17.68 16.9 17.38 91,555,682
FIRST PHIL HLDG 63.9 64.85 63.9 64.35 14,651,098
PHIL H2O 4.5 4.64 4.42 4.55 364,430
MERALCO 381.6 388 376.6 376.6 117,669,404
MANILA WATER 25.5 25.85 25.5 25.7 11,193,050
PETRON 8.13 8.23 7.8 7.84 22,510,337
PETROENERGY 4.07 4.07 4.04 4.05 382,110
PHINMA ENERGY 0.93 0.93 0.91 0.93 394,690
PHX PETROLEUM 10.58 11.06 10.56 11.06 1,937,874
PILIPINAS SHELL 49.95 50 48.5 48.5 65,900,925
SPC POWER 5.25 5.3 5.2 5.27 9,677,510
FOOD, BEVERAGE & TOBACCO
AGRINURTURE 17 17.5 17 17.36 15,017,466
AZUCARERA 16 16 16 16 16,000
CENTURY FOOD 13.4 14.1 13.4 14 10,597,088
DEL MONTE 7 7 7 7 13,300
DNL INDUS 10.92 11 10.74 10.8 14,704,492
EMPERADOR 6.99 6.99 6.9 6.92 1,938,231
SMC FOODANDBEV 84 84 83.35 83.95 454,371,950
ALLIANCE SELECT 1.04 1.08 1.02 1.07 9,243,480
GINEBRA 23.5 24 22.8 22.8 1,576,760
JOLLIBEE 284.8 284.8 280 282 145,383,724
MACAY HLDG 8.62 9.8 8.62 9.8 10,580
MAXS GROUP 10.6 10.86 10.5 10.5 634,592
PEPSI COLA 1.46 1.52 1.45 1.49 335,170
SHAKEYS PIZZA 10.04 10.04 9.99 10 628,066
RFM CORP 4.65 4.66 4.6 4.66 13,910
ROXAS HLDG 3 3 3 3 3,000
SWIFT FOODS 0.121 0.121 0.121 0.121 2,420
UNIV ROBINA 129 133.5 128 131 102,528,191
VITARICH 1.39 1.44 1.37 1.43 5,972,480
VICTORIAS 2.33 2.33 2.33 2.33 116,500
CONSTRUCTION, INFRASTRUCTURE & ALLIED SERVICES
CEMEX HLDG 1.96 2.01 1.96 1.99 10,578,960
EAGLE CEMENT 15.2 15.4 15 15.4 4,907,716
EEI CORP 8.88 8.9 8.84 8.84 176,600
HOLCIM 6.21 6.21 6.21 6.21 621
MEGAWIDE 17.3 18.3 17.02 17.6 131,513,416
PHINMA 8.3 8.5 8.3 8.5 28,420
TKC METALS 0.87 0.89 0.85 0.88 5,190
VULCAN INDL 1.5 1.54 1.47 1.48 7,177,250
CHEMPHIL 171.8 171.8 171.8 171.8 8,590
CROWN ASIA 1.47 1.47 1.39 1.39 102,200
LMG CHEMICALS 4.7 4.7 4.65 4.65 60,550
MABUHAY VINYL 3.3 3.33 3.3 3.33 19,830
PRYCE CORP 5.12 5.45 5.12 5.2 44,027
ELECTRICAL COMPONENTS & EQUIPMENT
CONCEPCION 35 35.2 34.95 35.2 270,490
GREENERGY 1.64 1.64 1.6 1.62 11,982,960
INTEGRATED MICR 8.45 8.9 8.4 8.66 68,213,846(37
IONICS 1.5 1.5 1.46 1.48 250,880
PANASONIC 6 6 6 6 14,400
SFA SEMICON 1.3 1.3 1.22 1.24 237,750
CIRTEK HLDG 36.85 37 36.5 36.9 3,034,580
ABACORE CAPITAL 0.445 0.48 0.445 0.475 11,106,250
ASIABEST GROUP 22.5 23.25 21.5 22 721,025
AYALA CORP 898 915 898 905 367,103,355
ABOITIZ EQUITY 46.5 46.95 45.1 46.3 92,896,345
ALLIANCE GLOBAL 10.42 10.72 10.3 10.7 124,134,826
ANSCOR 6.26 6.26 6.2 6.2 295,190
ATN HLDG A 1.48 1.48 1.4 1.47 29,929,700
ATN HLDG B 1.47 1.49 1.43 1.47 8,263,310
BHI HLDG 1,489 1,507 1,489 1,507 97,165
COSCO CAPITAL 7.07 7.07 7 7.03 10,348,910
DMCI HLDG 12.7 12.88 12.66 12.7 45,326,182
GT CAPITAL 730 815 730 807 250,702,265
JG SUMMIT 45.6 46 44.5 45 114,717,505
LODESTAR 0.52 0.52 0.5 0.51 4,120
LOPEZ HLDG 3.8 3.8 3.74 3.75 7,873,740
LT GROUP 15.98 16.02 15.84 16 29,467,800
MABUHAY HLDG 0.53 0.53 0.51 0.52 920,980
METRO PAC INV 4.55 4.57 4.49 4.5 187,103,200
PACIFICA 0.034 0.034 0.033 0.033 138,400
PRIME ORION 2.42 2.44 2.4 2.44 1,696,270
PRIME MEDIA 1.16 1.16 1.16 1.16 91,640
SOLID GROUP 1.34 1.34 1.28 1.28 114,280
SYNERGY GRID 540 697 496 570 5,012,505
SM INVESTMENTS 890 908 878 890 361,282,490
SAN MIGUEL CORP 169.2 170 168.5 168.5 34,434,507
WELLEX INDUS 0.21 0.219 0.209 0.213 453,810
ZEUS HLDG 0.194 0.194 0.194 0.194 1,940
Asia-Pacific leaders failed Sunday
to bridge gaping divisions over trade at
a summit dominated by a war of words
between the US and China as they vie for
For the first time, APEC leaders were
unable to agree on a formal written
declaration amid sharp differences
between the world’s top two economies
over the rules of global trade.
Chinese foreign ministry official
Zhang Xiaolong denied the
incident, telling reporters: “It’s
not true. It’s simply not true.”
“You know the two big giants in the
room. What can I say?” said host and
Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter
O’Neill, conceding defeat.
Canada’s Prime Minister Justin
Trudeau admitted the failure came
down to “different visions on particular
elements with regard to trade that
prevented full consensus.”
Sources said going into the meeting
the United States had pressed for the
leaders to issue what amounted to
a denunciation of the World Trade
Organization and a call for its wholesale
ARTHALAND CORP 0.52 0.54 0.52 0.54 385,030
AYALA LAND 39 39.7 39 39.35 638,610,775
ARANETA PROP 1.8 1.8 1.78 1.78 3,580
BELLE CORP 2.19 2.3 2.18 2.23 874,550
A BROWN 0.76 0.78 0.75 0.77 1,698,130
CITYLAND DEVT 0.84 0.88 0.84 0.88 744,610
CROWN EQUITIES 0.21 0.22 0.206 0.22 1,692,940
CEB LANDMASTERS 3.79 3.8 3.7 3.8 7,861,290
CENTURY PROP 0.415 0.415 0.4 0.415 1,082,550
CYBER BAY 0.325 0.34 0.325 0.34 107,300
DOUBLEDRAGON 17.3 18.1 17.2 18.1 22,925,220
DM WENCESLAO 7.55 7.65 7.55 7.6 1,189,615
FILINVEST LAND 1.43 1.47 1.43 1.47 12,575,730
GLOBAL ESTATE 0.99 1.01 0.99 0.99 2,432,990
8990 HLDG 7.19 7.3 7.18 7.3 1,327,856
That demand was a step too far
for Beijing, which would likely get
less preferential treatment under any
O’Neill indicated the WTO had been
a sticking point in agreeing a joint
“APEC has got no charter over the
World Trade Organization. That is a fact,”
he said. “Those matters can be raised at
the World Trade Organization.”
The spat ramps up the stakes for
a crunch meeting between presidents
Donald Trump and Xi Jinping at a G20
summit in Argentina at the end of the
O’Neill denied it was a humiliation for
his poverty-hit country, which was hosting
the annual gathering of the 21 nations for
the first time.
As tensions boiled over, police were
called when Chinese officials attempted
to “barge” into the office of PNG’s foreign
minister in an eleventh-hour bid to
influence a summit draft communique,
three sources with knowledge of the
situation told AFP.
Chinese foreign ministry official
Zhang Xiaolong denied the incident,
telling reporters: “It’s not true. It’s simply
NAME OPEN HIGH LOW CLOSE VALUE (P)
IRC PROP 2.35 2.48 2.35 2.44 40,129,160
CITY AND LAND 0.78 0.85 0.78 0.85 331,000
MEGAWORLD 4.51 4.65 4.35 4.35 64,212,770
MRC ALLIED 0.345 0.36 0.34 0.35 11,370,250
PHIL ESTATES 0.45 0.45 0.44 0.44 514,000
PRIMEX CORP 3.6 3.6 3.58 3.6 2,764,630
ROBINSONS LAND 20 20.75 19.9 20.4 29,709,205
PHIL REALTY 0.37 0.37 0.36 0.36 29,200
ROCKWELL 1.94 1.94 1.91 1.93 80,940
SHANG PROP 3.15 3.15 3.15 3.15 3,150
STA LUCIA LAND 1.14 1.14 1.14 1.14 5,700
SM PRIME HLDG 31.9 32.65 31.75 32.65 1,087,232,225
STARMALLS 4.02 4.18 4.02 4.15 967,090
SUNTRUST HOME 0.71 0.71 0.71 0.71 710
VISTA LAND 5.2 5.2 5.16 5.2 9,812,973
ABS CBN 19.8 19.9 19.7 19.86 485,768
GMA NETWORK 5.22 5.27 5.22 5.27 278,067
MANILA BULLETIN 0.39 0.39 0.36 0.36 91,200
MLA BRDCASTING 16.46 16.46 16.44 16.44 21,380
GLOBE TELECOM 1,897 1,929 1,893 1,925 156,467,055
PLDT 1,190 1,225 1,165 1,165 129,507,880
APOLLO GLOBAL 0.037 0.039 0.037 0.039 50,100
DFNN INC 7.51 7.65 7.51 7.65 2,868,210
IMPERIAL 1.87 1.87 1.87 1.87 1,870
ISLAND INFO 0.091 0.098 0.091 0.097 472,370
ISM COMM 7.75 8 7.53 7.81 367,397,600
JACKSTONES 3.44 3.46 3.27 3.45 47,160
NOW CORP 3.01 3.3 3 3.1 26,303,460
TRANSPACIFIC BR 0.335 0.365 0.335 0.36 20,868,900
PHILWEB 3.07 3.29 3.07 3.14 2,149,860
2GO GROUP 10 10.38 9.58 9.65 924,230
CEBU AIR 63 65.75 63 65.25 56,997,916.50
CHELSEA 7.75 7.75 7.5 7.64 30,520,866
INTL CONTAINER 92.3 94 92.3 94 136,303,912
LBC EXPRESS 14.38 14.4 13.84 14.36 49,478
LORENZO SHIPPNG 0.69 0.7 0.68 0.7 96,990
MACROASIA 14.52 14.64 14.14 14.38 30,409,078
METROALLIANCE A 1.12 1.22 1.11 1.21 83,510
PAL HLDG 7.99 8.35 7.99 8 142,799
HARBOR STAR 3.45 3.54 3.21 3.29 13,847,450
HOTEL & LEISURE
WATERFRONT 0.465 0.48 0.46 0.47 560,550
CENTRO ESCOLAR 7.8 7.8 7.8 7.8 191,100
STI HLDG 0.6 0.61 0.58 0.58 1,481,530
CASINOS & GAMING
BERJAYA 1.58 1.7 1.58 1.67 3,255,960
BLOOMBERRY 7.64 7.79 7.3 7.33 114,466,956
PACIFIC ONLINE 10.26 10.86 10.24 10.24 267,214
LEISURE AND RES 2.69 2.88 2.58 2.78 2,030,550
MANILA JOCKEY 5.66 5.66 5.35 5.5 134,659
MELCO RESORTS 7.14 7.15 7.13 7.13 15,772,041
PREMIUM LEISURE 0.65 0.68 0.64 0.64 2,613,740
TRAVELLERS 5.14 5.14 5.12 5.14 1,375,539
METRO RETAIL 1.95 2.05 1.93 1.98 849,130
PUREGOLD 41.9 42.4 41.9 42 50,363,150
ROBINSONS RTL 75.45 77 75.45 77 42,188,346.50
PHIL SEVEN CORP 110 110 107.5 109.5 151,115
SSI GROUP 2.68 2.74 2.65 2.72 5,344,710
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APC GROUP 0.365 0.365 0.35 0.36 372,900
EASYCALL 5.4 5.4 5.1 5.29 960,734
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SBS PHIL CORP 6.82 6.82 6.79 6.79 84,316
MINING & OIL
Even before the summit started,
tensions between the two big hitters
came to the fore with Xi and US Vice
President Mike Pence crossing swords in
competing major policy speeches.
That demand was a step too far
for Beijing, which would likely
get less preferential treatment
under any changes.
Pence warned smaller countries
not to be seduced by China’s massive
Belt-and-Road infrastructure program,
which sees Beijing offer money to
poorer countries for construction and
The “opaque” loans come with strings
attached and build up “staggering debt,”
Pence charged, mocking the initiative as
a “constricting belt” and a “one-way road.”
In a speech to business leaders just
minutes before Pence, Xi insisted the
initiative was not a “trap” and there was
no “hidden agenda” — amid criticism that
it amounts to cheque book diplomacy in
Xi also lashed out at “America
First” trade protectionism, saying it
was a “short-sighted approach” that was
“doomed to failure.”
ATOK 13.62 15.9 12.6 15.78 600,404
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ABRA MINING 0.0021 0.0021 0.0021 0.0021 12,600
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MARCVENTURES 1.12 1.12 1.12 1.12 16,800
NIHAO 1.01 1.01 0.99 1.01 3,010
NICKEL ASIA 2.37 2.37 2.29 2.3 9,662,200
OMICO CORP 0.52 0.52 0.52 0.52 3,120
ORNTL PENINSULA 0.91 0.92 0.87 0.9 750,860
PX MINING 2.85 2.9 2.75 2.76 8,958,930
SEMIRARA MINING 25.85 26.25 24.85 26 72,562,960
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PHILODRILL 0.011 0.012 0.011 0.011 72,300
PHINMA PETRO 4.11 4.19 4.08 4.08 1,231,540
PXP ENERGY 18 18.26 17.98 18.06 46,924,704
AC PREF B1 465 465 465 465 4,650
AC PREF B2 487 487 487 487 9,740
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LR PREF 1.03 1.03 1.03 1.03 72,100
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PCOR PREF 2B 1,001 1,001 1,001 1,001 50,050
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SMC PREF 2G 75 75 74.8 74.8 77,796
SMC PREF 2H 73 73.8 72.4 73.8 550,246
SMC PREF 2I 73.5 73.5 73.5 73.5 77,910
PHIL. DEPOSITARY RECEIPTS
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LR WARRANT 1.69 1.79 1.62 1.72 406,080
SMALL, MEDIUM & EMERGING
ITALPINAS 4.1 4.41 4.1 4.29 5,840,070
XURPAS 1.19 1.22 1.16 1.2 1,617,670
EXCHANGE TRADED FUNDS
FIRST METRO ETF 104.9 106.5 104.9 106.5 668,665
Monday, 19 November 2018
Cybersecurity in a networked world
As the dangers mount, current approaches
aren’t working. Cyberrisk management needs a
Until recently, financial firms
and governments were the primary
targets of cyberattacks. Today, with
every company hooking up more
and more of their business to the
Internet, the threat is now universal.
Consider the havoc wreaked by
three recent events. From 2011 to
2014, energy companies in Canada,
Europe and the United States were
attacked by the cyberespionage
In May 2017, WannaCry
ransomware held hostage public
and private organizations in
Also in 2017, NotPetya
ransomware attacked major
European companies in a wide
variety of industries. And in
2018, Meltdown and Spectre were
exposed as perhaps the biggest
cyberthreat of all, showing that
vulnerabilities are not just in
software but hardware too.
Little wonder, then, that risk
managers now consider cyberrisk to
be the biggest threat to their business.
According to a recent McKinsey
survey, 75 percent of experts consider
cybersecurity to be a top priority.
That’s true even of industries like
banking and automotive, which one
might think would be preoccupied
with other enormous risks that have
emerged in recent years.
But while awareness is building,
so is confusion. Executives are
overwhelmed by the challenge. Only
16 percent say their companies
are well prepared to deal with
cyberrisk. The threat is only getting
worse, as growth in most industries
depends on new technology, such
as artificial intelligence, advanced
analytics and the Internet of Things
(IoT), that will bring all kinds of
benefits but also expose companies
and their customers to new kinds
of cyberrisk, arriving in new ways.
Business units had
put pressure on the IT
department to prioritize
changes they favored.
So what should executives do?
Keep calm and carry on? That’s
not an option. The threat is too
substantial, and the underlying
vectors on which they are borne are
changing too quickly. To increase
and sustain their resilience to
cyberattacks, companies must adopt
a new posture — comprehensive,
strategic and persistent. In our
work with leading companies across
industries and in our conversations
with leading experts, we have seen
a new approach take root that
can protect companies against
cyberrisk without imposing undue
restrictions on their business.
A global insurance company’s
experience indicates the potential.
It budgeted $70 million for a
program. One year later, only a
fraction of the planned measures
had been implemented. Business
units had put pressure on the IT
department to prioritize changes
they favored, such as a sales
campaign and some new reports, at
the expense of security measures,
such as email encryption and
multifactor authentication. The
business units also took issue with
the restrictions that came with
cybersecurity measures, such as
the extra efforts that went into
data-loss prevention and limitations
on the use of third-party vendors in
And despite all the new
defenses, companies still
need about 99 days on
average to detect a covert
To get its cybersecurity program
back on track, the company
took a step back to identify
the biggest “crown jewels.” It
also established a new model
of governance for cybersecurity
that empowered the central team
to oversee all cyberrisk efforts
across the enterprise. Because
business owners were involved in
the analysis, they warmly welcomed
the required initiatives. Not only
did the crown-jewels program
increase buy-in and speed up
implementation, it also led to a
substantial cost savings on the
Spinning their wheels
Even after years of discussion
and debate, the attacks continue
and even escalate. Most companies
don’t fully understand the threat
and don’t always prepare as well as
they might. We don’t claim to have
all the answers, either, but we hope
that this recap of the problems and
the pitfalls will help companies
calibrate their current posture on
More threats, more intense
The US government has
identified cybersecurity as “one
of the most serious economic
and national security challenges
we face as a nation.” Worldwide,
the threat from cyberattacks is
growing both in numbers and
intensity. Consider these figures:
some companies are investing up
to $500 million on cybersecurity;
worldwide, more than 100 billion
lines of code are created annually.
Many companies report thousands
of attacks every month, ranging
from the trivial to the extremely
serious. Several billion data sets
are breached annually. Every year,
hackers produce some 120 million
new variants of malware. At some
companies, 2,000 people now report
to the chief information security
officer (CISO) — and he or she in
turn reports to the chief security
officer (CSO), who has an even
Paradoxically, most of the
companies that fell prey to the
likes of NotPetya and WannaCry
would probably have said that they
were well protected at the time of
the attacks. Even when a company
is not a primary target, it’s at risk of
collateral damage from untargeted
malware and attacks on widely used
software and critical infrastructure.
And despite all the new defenses,
companies still need about 99 days
on average to detect a covert attack.
Imagine the damage an undetected
attacker could do in that time.
Growing complexity makes
companies more vulnerable
While hackers are honing their
skills, business is going digital — and
that makes companies more vulnerable
to cyberattacks. Assets ranging from
new product designs to distribution
networks and customer data are now
at risk. Digital value chains are also
growing more complex, using the
simplicity of a digital connection to tie
together thousands of people, countless
applications and myriad servers,
workstations and other devices.
Companies may well have a
state-of-the-art firewall and the
latest malware-detection software.
And they might have well-tuned
security operations and
incident-response processes. But
what about third-party suppliers,
which might be the weakest link
of a company’s value chain? Or
the hotshot design studio that has
access to the company’s intellectual
property (IP)? They may have
signed a nondisclosure agreement,
but can companies be sure their
cybersecurity is up to snuff? The
entry point for cyberattackers can
be as trivial as a Wi-Fi-enabled
camera used to take pictures at a
corporate retreat. Some prominent
recent cases of IP theft at media
companies targeted third-party
postproduction services with
Billions of new entry
points to defend
In the past, cyberrisk has
primarily affected IT. But as the
IoT grows and more companies
hook their production systems up to
the Internet, operating technology
(OT) is coming under threat as well.
The number of vulnerable devices
is increasing dramatically. In the
past, a large corporate network
might have had between 50,000 and
500,000 end points; with the IoT, the
system expands to millions or tens
of millions of end points.
Worldwide, the threat from
cyberattacks is growing
both in numbers and
Unfortunately, many of these
are older devices with inadequate
security or no security at all and
some are not even supported
anymore by their maker. By 2020,
the IoT may comprise as many as
30 billion devices, many of them
outside corporate control. Already,
smart cars, smart homes and smart
apparel are prone to malware that
can conscript them for distributed
By 2020, 46 percent of all
Internet connections will be
human operators and this number
will keep growing. And of course,
billions of chips have been shown
to be vulnerable to Meltdown and
Spectre attacks, weaknesses that
must be addressed.
Corporate cybersecurity is
struggling to keep up with the
blistering pace of change in
cyberrisk. We’ve seen the following
three typical problems:
Delegating the problem to
IT. Many top executives treat
cyberrisk as a technical issue and
delegate it to the IT department.
This is a natural reaction, given
that cybersecurity presents many
technical problems. But defending
a business is different from
Defending a business requires
a sense of the value at risk,
derived from business priorities;
the business model and value
chain; and the company’s risk
culture, roles, responsibilities and
governance. IT alone cannot tackle
Throwing resources at the
problem. Other companies try
to spend their way to success,
assuming that the threat will go
away if they persuade enough
high-profile hackers to join the
company’s ranks. But even the
finest hackers don’t stand a chance
at anticipating and fending off tens
of thousands of attacks on millions
of devices in a complex network.
Treating the problem as a
compliance issue. Some companies
introduce new cybersecurity
protocols and checklists seemingly
every other day. But these efforts
often bring about an undue focus on
formal compliance rather than real
resilience. Even when all boxes on
the CISO’s checklist are ticked, the
company may be no less vulnerable
to cyberattacks than before.
A new posture
To ready global companies
for an age of all-encompassing
connectivity, executives need a
more adaptive, more thorough,
and more collaborative approach
to cyberrisk (Exhibit 1). We have
observed the following principles
used by some of the world’s leading
cybersecurity teams at global
Cyberrisk needs to be treated
as a risk-management issue, not
an IT problem. Cyberrisk is much
like any other complex, critical,
nonfinancial risk. Key elements
of its management include the
prioritization of relevant threats,
the determination of a company’s
risk appetite (its willingness to
accept some risk) and the definition
of initiatives to minimize risk.
Additionally, companies need to put
in place an organizational structure
and a governance approach that
bring transparency and enable
real-time risk management.
Companies must address
cyberrisk in a business context.
Technical experts cannot solve the
problem without understanding
the underlying commercial and
Companies tend to overinvest in
technical gadgets and underinvest
in complexity reduction and
consistent coverage of their whole
value chain, such as vendor risk
management. The result is an
Companies must seek out
and mitigate cyberrisk on many
levels. Data, infrastructure,
applications, and people are
exposed to different threat
types and levels. Creating a
comprehensive register of all
these assets is tedious and timeconsuming.
take advantage of automated tools
to catalog their assets, the better
to focus on those at most risk.
Adaptation is essential. Sooner
or later, every organization will
be affected by a cyberattack.
A company’s organization,
processes, IT, OT and products
need to be reviewed and adjusted
as cyberthreats evolve. In particular,
companies must fine-tune business
continuity and crisis-management
structures and processes to meet
changes in the threat level.
Cyberrisk calls for comprehensive,
Traditionally, many companies
distinguish between physical and
information security, between IT
and OT, between business-continuity
management and data protection,
and between in-house and external
security. In the digital age, these splits
are obsolete. Scattered responsibility
can put the entire organization
at risk. To reduce redundancies,
speed up responses and boost
overall resilience, companies need
to address all parts of the business
affected by cyberthreats — which is
to say, all parts of the business, and
suppliers and customers too. While
it may be hard — or even impossible
— to protect a company against the
most advanced attacks, systematic
governance is the best insurance
against the bulk of everyday attacks.
Some companies introduce
new cybersecurity protocols
and checklists seemingly
every other day.
Companies that adhere to these
principles tend to be much more
resilient to most attacks than their
peers. A defense ministry set out
to ramp up cyberresilience across
its entire organization. Scenario
exercises helped increase cyberrisk
awareness and instill a sense of
urgency, by focusing on the mind-set
of potential attackers and the concept
of the weakest link in the chain of
Through an extensive training
program, this kind of thinking was
rolled out to the entire agency,
making sure skills were passed on
from expert to expert. Throughout,
the intelligence unit acted as the
stronghold of cybersecurity expertise
and the catalyst of change. In parallel,
the institution reviewed and adjusted
its IT architecture to increase
resilience against destructive attacks,
such as those that corrupt current
data and backups, leading to a
The new approach also makes
better use of cybersecurity resources
and funds. Just refocusing investment
on truly crucial assets can save up to
20 percent of cybersecurity cost. In
our experience, up to 50 percent of
a company’s systems are not critical
from a cybersecurity perspective.
We’ve also seen that the cost of
implementing a given security solution
can vary by a factor of five between
comparable companies, suggesting
that many companies are missing out
on considerable efficiencies.
McKinsey Global Institute
19 November 2018
storm surge tossed
this new SUV like a
toy and deposited it
into the chaotic mass
Safe refuge The Tacloban City Convention Center,
also known as the “Astrodome,” served as a safe haven
for many terrified city residents when typhoon “Yolanda”
struck and later, as a temporary shelter for the homeless.
By Roy Pelovello
Overwhelmed by death “Yolanda” left so much
death and destruction authorities were unable to
properly collect remains of the victims that many body
bags were left in the streets a week after the super
typhoon struck Tacloban.
Five years ago, a storm of apocalyptic proportions tore into the Eastern Visayas early in
the morning of 8 November. With gusts of winds exceeding 305 kilometers per hour, typhoon
“Yolanda” (international name: Haiyan), is one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever
The powerful winds drove a storm surge, a wall of water up to 24 feet high, into
densely populated coastal areas like Tacloban City sweeping away everything in
its path — people, animals, houses and vehicles — leaving a nightmarish and
tangled mess of death and destruction.
“Yolanda’s” wrath left more than 7,360 people dead or missing and more
than 27 people injured. It damaged over one million houses, displacing
more than four million people.
Over the years, the survivors have grieved for their lost loved
ones and started their arduous and lonely journey to rebuild their
lives notwithstanding the unfulfilled promise of the previous
administration for speedy rehabilitation.
A few signs of “Yolanda’s” wrath are still visible but,
undoubtedly, the terrible tribulation must have left an
indelible imprint on the minds and souls of the survivors.
Loving remembrance A mother and her child inscribe
the name of their deceased family member on a wooden
cross among the hundreds of similar markers in the mass
grave where unidentified bodies of victims of typhoon
“Yolanda” were laid to rest in Tacloban City.
Unfamiliar place Another ship was
deposited inland after the tsunami-like
storm surge driven by howling winds
Street patrol The deluge deposited
this police vessel for sea patrol into the
street of Tacloban City.
Aldrin Cardona, Editor
Monday, 19 November 2018
BUTLER SCARS WALKER’S 60
Jinxed by Jimmy
I wanted it to stop at 60
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — JJ Redick jokingly
bet new 76ers teammate Jimmy Butler on the bench
that he wouldn’t call “game” on the final shot.
Butler responded with “bet.”
Butler, in his third game with his new team,
drained a three-pointer as time expired in overtime
and Philadelphia overcame an NBA season-high 60
points from Kemba Walker to beat the Charlotte
Hornets 122-119 on Saturday night.
“As much as I wanted the shot to go in to win the
game, I also wanted it to go in because I didn’t want
Kemba to give me 70,” Butler said with a laugh.
“I wanted it to stop at 60.”
Walker’s 60 points were a career high and topped
Klay Thompson’s 52 for Golden State against Chicago
on 29 October for most in the league this season.
But the two-time All-Star was noticeably upset after
the game about the team’s third loss this season to
the 76ers, two of which have come in overtime.
“I’m still proud, that’s an unbelievable thing to do
right there,” Walker said of scoring 60 points.
“I’m just mad that we lost. I’m a competitor. It
would have been even better with a win.”
Philadelphia coach Brett Brown called Walker’s
effort “amazing and incredible.”
“We tried double-teaming him, we tried hard-hedging
him,” Brown said.
“The reality of it is, is that you have Joel (Embiid)
and Jimmy in that situation a lot and he is doing that
against two all-league defensive players. He is just
hard to guard and he is really unique. Sixty points in
an NBA game against a pretty good defensive team
is a remarkable effort.”
Walker had 37 and 30 points in his previous two
games against the 76ers, but only shot a combined
This time he was making everything, including
banking in a three-pointer to give the Hornets the
lead with 44 seconds left in regulation after they had
trailed by 17 earlier in the game.
Walker held up his palms and shrugged his
shoulders after the ball went in, similar to that famous
gesture by Hornets owner Michael Jordan many years
ago with the Bulls.
Walker finished 21 of 34 from the field and had
six three-pointers. He made all 12 foul shots and had
seven rebounds and four assists.
But while Walker had the big numbers, Butler made
the big plays.
I’m just mad that we lost. I’m a competitor. It
would have been even better with a win.
Along with his game-winner, he also blocked
Walker’s shot on a drive with 15 seconds left and
then saved the ball from going out of bounds. Walker
thought he got fouled, but it wasn’t called.
“That was an incredible 20 seconds of Jimmy Butler,”
Said Butler: “I didn’t think (Walker) would settle for
a jump shot in that moment. So he did what I wanted
him to do (and drove). I just got a piece of the ball.”
As for the game-winner, he said it’s a shot he practices
often, and worked on it 50 times earlier that morning.
Butler scored 15 points and said he is adapting well
to his new teammates.
“Basketball is basketball to me,” he said.
“We play basketball the right way. We guard and
we are in it together. We are going to have practice
time (coming up) and I will pick up quicker sooner
rather than later.”
Warriors remain solid
That’s not going to happen
DALLAS, Texas — Golden State’s Stephen Curry
knows that the rift between Kevin Durant and Draymond
Green might be viewed as something that can doom the
To them, he has a message.
“That’s not going to happen,” Curry said.
Curry spoke publicly Saturday night for the first time
about the testy exchange between Durant and Green — they
went at each other late in what became an overtime loss
to the Los Angeles Clippers last Monday night, and the
fallout has been a major talking point around the NBA
since — and lauded both players for the way they’re handing
“I think the way we’ve handled it as a team, the way
Draymond’s handled it, the way KD’s handled it, it’s been
nothing but professionalism,” Curry said.
Green is getting the weekend off; the Warriors held
him out of their game in Dallas on Saturday because
of an ongoing issue with a toe on his right foot, and he
isn’t expected to play when the two-time defending NBA
champions visit San Antonio on Sunday.
It’s been a rocky couple of weeks for Green.
He hurt the toe against Memphis on 5 November,
missed Golden State’s next two games, returned for the
game against the Clippers — the one where he had the
Ronaldo still with Portugal
There are no questions to ask. Ronaldo is part of this team, just read
the post he wrote today
dustup with Durant — and was suspended by the Warriors
for their next game, against Atlanta on Wednesday.
Green then played in Houston the next night, on a
minute-restriction because of the toe and went scoreless.
“We decided to give him
some time off,” Warriors coach
Steve Kerr said.
“We don’t know how long it
will be, but the toe has been
lingering, the injury has been
lingering. He felt and we felt and
our training staff felt that we’re
spinning our wheels a little bit
if we keep playing him. We’ve got
to get him better.”
Curry missed his fifth
straight game on Saturday with
a strained left groin, and is likely
to miss at least another week
before he’s cleared to return.
He wasn’t in Los Angeles for the
“It’s been different. It’s been
tough,” Curry said.
“Obviously it sucks not being
able to play, sucks when you’re not
with the team and something like
MILAN, Italy — Portugal coach Fernando Santos insisted Saturday
that superstar Cristiano Ronaldo remains a key part of his national
team despite being left out of his Nations League squad after
the European champion became the first team to advance to the
semifinals of the competition.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner spent much of last month
vehemently denying allegations of rape and was dropped
by Santos for the Nations League internationals amid
accusations by former model Kathryn Mayorga that
Ronaldo raped her in 2009, just before he joined Real
Madrid from Manchester United.
“There are no questions to ask. Ronaldo is part
of this team, just read the post he wrote today,”
said Santos, referring to the message the Juventus
player sent to wish his teammates good luck via
Portugal booked their ticket to the semifinals
next June after holding Italy to a 0-0 draw at
the San Siro on Saturday.
They progressed top of Group A3 with
one match to play, dashing Italy’s hopes
in the process.
“The qualification confirms the quality
of our football,” said Santos.
“I thought it would be a great match
and instead especially in the first half
we had a lot of difficulties.
“After the break I explained to
them what was happening, and the
game became more balanced.”
Portugal host relegated Poland in three
days in Guimaraes, in a match that has no significance
for either side.
KEMBA Walker of the Charlotte Hornets reacts to a play during overtime against the Philadelphia
76ers at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.
GOLDEN State Warriors’ Kevin Durant (right) talks with Draymond Green
after a turnover during the second half of an NBA basketball game against
the Houston Rockets in Houston.
Ogier rules world rally
It’s been an incredible season, so tough and this is
COFFS HARBOUR, Australia — Dominant Frenchman Sebastien
Ogier clinched his sixth world rally title Sunday in a gripping final
race of the year at Australia, denying Belgian Thierry Neuville and
Estonia’s Ott Tanak maiden crowns.
In one of the closest seasons of recent times, the M-Sport Ford
driver came to Coffs Harbour with a three-point cushion over
Hyundai’s Neuville and 23 in front of Toyota ace Tanak.
All he needed to do was stay ahead of the Belgian and in touch
with Tanak over the three days of frantic driving along dusty and
The experienced campaigner and his co-driver Julien Ingrassia
did just that, getting an early edge when Neuville lost 40 seconds
on day one after blowing a tire.
When Neuville swiped a bank and ripped a wheel from his car
and Tanak clipped a tree, forcing their retirements as they took
risks in a desperate bid to make up time on Sunday afternoon,
the title was his before the rally finished.
Toyota (368 pts) won the constructors championship ahead of
Hyundai (341), M-Sport Ford (324) and Citroen (237). AFP
(Sunday in Manila)
L.A. Clippers 127, Brooklyn 119
Indiana 97, Atlanta 89
New Orleans 125, Denver 115
Orlando 130, L.A. Lakers 117
Philadelphia 122, Charlotte 119, OT
Utah 98, Boston 86
Houston 132, Sacramento 112
Toronto 122, Chicago 83
Dallas 112, Golden State 109
Oklahoma City 110, Phoenix 100
W L Pct GB
Toronto 13 4 .765 —
Philadelphia 11 7 .611 2½
Boston 9 7 .563 3½
Brooklyn 7 10 .412 6
New York 4 12 .250 8½
Orlando 8 8 .500 —
Charlotte 7 8 .467 ½
Miami 6 9 .400 1½
Washington 5 10 .333 2½
Atlanta 3 13 .188 5
Milwaukee 11 4 .733 —
Indiana 10 6 .625 1½
Detroit 7 6 .538 3
Chicago 4 13 .235 8
Cleveland 2 12 .143 8½
Memphis 9 5 .643 —
New Orleans 9 7 .563 1
Houston 8 7 .533 1½
San Antonio 7 7 .500 2
Dallas 7 8 .467 2½
Portland 10 5 .667 —
Oklahoma City 10 5 .667 —
Denver 10 6 .625 ½
Utah 8 8 .500 2½
Minnesota 7 9 .438 3½
Golden State 12 5 .706 —
L.A. Clippers 10 5 .667 1
L.A. Lakers 8 7 .533 3
Sacramento 8 8 .500 3½
Phoenix 3 12 .200 8
Monday, 19 November 2018
ZVEREV SAYS SORRY
ROGER Federer of Switzerland looks dejected after
losing a point to Alexander Zverev of Germany in
their ATP World Tour Finals singles tennis match at
the O2 Arena in London.
LONDON — After pulling off one of the
biggest wins of his career, Alexander Zverev
was left apologizing for an unforced error
he didn’t make.
Zverev denied Roger Federer a shot at a
100th career title by beating the Swiss great
7-5, 7-6 (5) at the ATP Finals on Saturday to
advance to the championship match against
Federer was leading the second-set
tiebreaker 4-3 and in the ascendancy of a
rally on a Zverev service point when a ball
boy at the back of the court dropped a ball.
Zverev immediately signaled for the point to
be stopped and the umpire ordered the point
to be replayed.
The ball boy dropped the ball so it’s
in the rules that we have to replay the
Zverev served an ace before going on to
close out the match moments later.
“I want to apologize for the situation in the
tiebreak,” said Zverev, who was booed by some
of the crowd during his on-court interview. “The
ball boy dropped the ball so it’s in the rules that
we have to replay the point.”
“I’m a little bit upset about the whole
situation because this is not how I wanted
it to end.”
Zverev is the youngest player at 21 to
reach the final since 2009 and the first from
Germany since 1996. He will face five-time
champion Djokovic, who defeated Kevin
Anderson 6-2, 6-2 to extend his semifinal
win-loss record at the tournament to 7-1.
Federer, 37, was seeking a record-extending
seventh title, but was unable to cope with
the pressure created by Zverev’s power and
precision at the O2 Arena.
“He (Zverev) apologized to me at the
net,” Federer said. “I was like, ‘Buddy, shut
up. You don’t need to apologize to me here.
Congratulations on a great match and a
great tournament so far. All the best for
the finals.’ And you move on.”
An inspired series of shots earned
Zverev the first break points of the
match in the 12th game and Federer
sent a forehand wide to fall behind.
Federer willed himself to a break
for 2-1 in the second set, but Zverev
quickly composed himself to hit
straight back in the following game.
Zverev overcame the freak
interruption to establish a 5-4 lead
in the tiebreaker, and Federer
netted the simplest of forehand
volleys to bring up match point.
He saved the first, but
Zverev confidently put away a
backhand drive volley to set up a
shot at the biggest title of his career
and leave Federer waiting until next
season for his 100th title.
“Overall, I’m happy how the season
went,” said Federer, who picked up his
20th Grand Slam title at the Australian
“There are many positives. So I’m
excited for next season.” AP
Federer plots 2019 season
(Pete) Sampras once upon a time said, “If you win
a Slam, it’s a good season”
LONDON — Roger Federer
trained his sights on next
season after a disappointing
defeat in the Last Four at the
ATP Finals brought his 2018
campaign to a premature halt.
The 7-5, 7-6 (7/5) loss to
Alexander Zverev at London’s
O2 Arena means Federer must
wait until 2019 for a shot at his
100th title — a year in which he
will turn 38.
However, the Swiss was
positive about his season and
Thompson in control
MIAMI, Florida — Lexi
Thompson fired a four-under
par 68 on Saturday to take
a commanding three-shot
lead over Nelly Korda in the
LPGA’s season-ending Tour
Championship in Naples,
Thompson made four of her five
birdies on the back nine at Tiburon
Golf Club to put herself in position
for a first win of 2018.
“Golf is all about momentum,”
said Thompson, who can expunge
the memory of a missed two-footer
that cost her victory here last year.
“I just tried to keep the same
attitude as I did the last two days,”
said Thompson, adding that having
her brother, Curtis, on her bag had
kept things relaxed.
“He’s always cracking jokes out
excited about returning to the
court next year.
The 20-time Grand Slam
champion was out of the blocks
in sensational style this season,
defending his Australian Open
title and at the age of 36
becoming the oldest world
number one in the 45-year
history of the ATP rankings.
“(Pete) Sampras once upon
a time said, ‘If you win a Slam,
it’s a good season,’” he said.
He started the year with a
there,” she said. “It’s been a nice,
relaxing week just having him on
the bag and having all my family
and friends out here supporting
A victory would extend
Thompson’s streak to six straight
LPGA seasons with at least one win.
Golf is all about momentum.
Her 16-under total of 200 put
her three clear of Korda, who had
eight birdies in her five-under 67. It
was a further three shots back to
Spain’s Carlota Ciganda, who had
three birdies without a bogey in her
World number one and defending
champion Ariya Jutanugarn goes
into the final round 10 adrift, but
she’s still in position to claim the
career-best 17 straight wins,
winning in Melbourne and
Rotterdam before losing to
Juan Martin del Potro in the
final at Indian Wells. Two other
titles followed in Stuttgart and
But there were also major
disappointments — at Wimbledon
he lost to Kevin Anderson
after leading by two sets and
squandering a match point and he
departed early from the US Open.
“So I started great. I played
super well in Australia again.
So obviously I can’t wait to
go back there in a couple of
months. The second half of the
$1 million bonus for winning the
LPGA’s Race to the CME Globe
season-long points chase for the
second time in three years.
The 22-year-old from Thailand,
whose three titles this year
include her second major at the
US Women’s Open, is already
assured of claiming Player of the
Year honors. She’s also closing
season could have been better
maybe. I also have high hopes
to always do well.
“I’m happy I gave myself
opportunities again in that
second half of the season.
I maybe lost a couple (of)
close matches that could have
changed things around for
me a little bit. I don’t know,
Paris or Wimbledon, whatever
“I’m here now. So I’m a little
bit disappointed there because I
believe I was close. Being close
makes me believe I can keep
going, I can win again. That’s
uplifting in some ways.” AFP
LEXI Thompson lines up a putt on the 18th green during the third round of
the CME Group Tour Championship golf tournament at Tiburon Golf Club in
in on the Vare Trophy for lowest
scoring average in 2018.
“I did a pretty good job,” Ariya
said after a round that featured
five birdies but was marred by a
double-bogey six at the 11th.
“I didn’t think about that at
all,” she added of the Globe race.
“Yesterday I (thought) about that too
much, worrying about that.” AFP
Flames torch Oilers
CALGARY, Alberta — Elias Lindholm scored twice, including the
tiebreaking goal midway through the third period, and the Calgary Flames
rallied from two down to beat the Edmonton Oilers 4-2 on Saturday night.
After deflecting Noah Hanifin’s point shot into Mikko Koskinen’s
pads, Lindholm knocked in the rebound at 9:10 of the third. He added
an empty-netter for his 11th goal of the season — his career high is 17.
Sean Monahan, with a goal and an assist, and Derek Ryan also
scored for Calgary.
Connor McDavid and Alex Chiasson scored for Edmonton,
which has lost five of six.
Down 2-1 entering the third period, Calgary tied it at 2:40 when
Monahan rattled home a rebound of Travis Hamonic’s shot.
It was the sixth time the Flames have come back to win
when trailing after two periods, most in the NHL.
They were down 2-0 until late in the second. Calgary
cut its deficit in half at 16:23 on its fifth power play
when Ryan scored on a backhand, his second goal of
the season and first in 15 games.
Until then, the Flames’ listless power play had given
up just as many shots as it had generated, with two of
the three allowed being breakaways.
Standing tall in net was David Rittich, who improved to
6-1-0. Included in his 24 stops were three breakaways — two
for Leon Draisaitl and one by Jujhar Khaira. AP
Hunger fires up NU
By Donnawel Maturingan
Hunger served as motivation
for National University in
clinching the University Athletic
Association of the Philippines
(UAAP) cheerdance title before a
banner crowd over the weekend
at the Mall of Asia Arena.
NU pep squad head coach
Ghicka Bernabe said her
wards competed with chip on
their shoulders after their bid
for five consecutive titles was
denied by Adamson University
Dancing to their rendition of
Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos,
or Day of the Dead, the Bulldogs
came up with a near-flawless
performance to emerge with 711
points, leaving Far Eastern University
and Adamson University settling for
the second and third places with
655.5 and 638.5 points, respectively.
Bernabe said their hunger and
teamwork fueled their victory.
“We never used the word ‘I,’
we always say “we,’” said Bernabe
following their triumphant
performance witnessed by more
than 20,000 spectators.
“They were really hungry to
bounce back this year.”
Bernabe said their
fourth-place finish last year
served as a wakeup call that
fired them up to do better.
“There were questions on
why we lost. So we healed
ourselves first and accepted
everything before moving on,”
Aside from the overall title, NU
also cornered the Group Stunts
award while University of Santo
Tomas captured the Best Toss
Howell hangs tough
WASHINGTON — Charles Howell kept his bid to end an 11-year PGA
Tour title drought on track Saturday, firing a two-under par 68 for a
one-stroke third-round lead in the RSM Classic.
Howell started the day with a three-shot cushion and pushed the
lead to five with two early birdies.
But two back-nine bogeys on the par-70 Seaside course in Sea
Island, Georgia, left him little breathing room.
His 16-under par total of 196 put him one clear of veteran Jason
Gore and rising rookie Cameron Champ, who both carded four-under
Webb Simpson carded a 63 to share fourth along with Ryan Blaum,
who signed for a 65.
Howell is a two-time winner on the PGA Tour, but his most recent
trip to the winner’s circle came at Riviera in 2007.
Since then he has notched 53 top-10s and six second-place finishes.
It has been even longer since 44-year-old Gore claimed his lone
PGA title, in 2005. Since then he has seen his career disrupted by
back trouble, but he is making the most this week of a sponsor’s
exemption and played the back nine on Saturday in five-under with
three birdies and an eagle at the par-five 15th.
Champ, the big-hitting 23-year-old who won his first title at the
Sanderson Farms Championship last month, seized his share of second
place with a birdie at 18, where he stuck his second shot less than
three feet from the pin.
His seven birdies on the day included four in a row from the
seventh through the 10th and a birdie from a greenside bunker at
EDMONTON Oilers’ Darnell Nurse (right) fights with Calgary Flames’ Sam Bennett during
the first period of an NHL hockey game in Calgary, Alberta.
Monday, 19 November 2018
FEU CLINCHES PLAYOFF
Tams, Archers dogfight
The Soaring Falcons offered little
resistance to the Tamaraws, who
will meet La Salle in a playoff
for the No. 4 spot
By Joel Orellana
Game on Wednesday
(at the Araneta Coliseum)
4 p.m. FEU vs. La Salle
Far Eastern University (FEU) clinched a
playoff for the last Final Four seat after whipping
semifinalist Adamson University, 82-56, in the
final day of the elimination round of Season 81
University Athletic Association of the Philippines
(UAAP) men’s basketball tournament Sunday at
the Mall of Asia Arena.
Already assured of the No. 2 spot and the
twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four, the
Soaring Falcons offered little resistance to the
Tamaraws, who will meet La Salle in a playoff
for the No. 4 spot on Wednesday.
Wendell Comboy led FEU’s balanced attack
with 11 points while Arvin Tolentino and Hubert
Cani each had 10 markers for the Tamaraws, who
finished the season with an 8-6 win-loss mark,
same with University of the Philippines and the
But the Fighting Maroons grabbed the No.
3 spot due to a superior quotient and will face
the Soaring Falcons in the Final Four, leaving
FEU and La Salle in a dog fight for the last Final
“Finally, we got the breaks as this was a big
game for us with them missing (Jerrick) Ahanmisi
and (Sean) Manganti. We have one game to play
to make it to the Final Four,” said Tamaraws head
coach Olsen Racela.
Adamson coach Franz Pumaren opted to rest
his 1-2 punch Ahanmisi and Manganti as the game
had no bearing for the Falcons.
FEU took advantage of their absence and
PH gets help
Yeng Guiao is set to field
14 players out of his 20-man
national training pool
jumped to an early 21-8 lead after the first period
and stretched it to 46-22 entering the break.
The Tamaraws continued to pound on the
Soaring Falcons in the third canto and erected
a 70-40 advantage entering the final period then
Racela rested his starters in the final frame.
Jerome Lastimosa led Adamson with 11 points
while Jonathan Espeleta and Kristian Bernardo
each had eight for the Soaring Falcons, who
ended their elimination round campaign with a
second-best 10-4 slate.
Adamson coach Franz Pumaren opted
to rest his 1-2 punch Ahanmisi and
Manganti as the game had no bearing
for the Falcons.
Ahanmisi (sore throat) and Manganti (minor
sprain) were rested due to minor injuries but will
be ready on Saturday against UP.
In the opener, National University ended its
season with a 79-71 win over University of the
East behind the solid games from graduating
players Troy Rike and Issa Gaye.
Rike capped his one-and-done season with
the Bulldogs with a career-high 17 points and
13 rebounds while Gaye had his best game of
the season with 12 points and career-tying eight
blocks as NU finished with a 4-10 win-loss mark.
“You always like to end the season with a
win but the funny feeling is you end up with the
win but you don’t celebrate. Any win will put a
smile on your face,” said Bulldogs head coach
“I’d rather lose than win because you were
there with your target which is the Final Four.
But we want to keep moving forward,” he added.
Alvin Pasaol led the Red Warriors with 20
points in what could be his final game for UE.
“I’m still undecided. We will talk with the
management next week,” said Pasaol, who has
two years left for the Red Warriors but is mulling
to apply for the rookie draft in the Philippine
Pasaol finished the season with a league-best 24.4
points per game, the highest for a local student-athlete
since the league started computerizing the stats in 2003.
Chris Conner added 19 points and 13
rebounds for the Red Warriors, who finished
dead last in the team standings with 1-13 slate.
All out, all heart
Michele Gumabao kept reminding me that
it was okay to be competitive even if I was
still a rookie
volleyball players, are
competitive in nature.
I’m not an exemption.
When I was a rookie for
De La Salle University, my
teammates and coaches
kept reminding me that I
should give my all once I
step on the court.
It wasn’t easy at first.
I was just a newbie
and battling the big girls
of the league from tough
schools like Ateneo de
Manila, University of
Santo Tomas and Far Eastern University gave me chills.
But my teammates were there for me. One of them was
Michele Gumabao who kept reminding me that it was okay
to be competitive even when I was still a rookie. She kept
on saying that I should not get intimidated and play our
opponents with all my heart.
It was really heartwarming to hear those motivations,
especially from veteran teammates.
Later on, I developed my competitive nature.
My teammates would say that my competitiveness
rubbed off to them when they see that I’m playing with fire,
confidence and fighting spirit.
I believe that it’s a must to celebrate every single
point — whether it’s my own point or that of my
teammates. It squeezes out the best from us, it makes
us give the extra push and puts us in the zone and the
rest will follow, including the victory.
My favorite parts of being competitive are the trash talking
For this, I couldn’t forget Remy Palma.
She used to be the middle blocker of FEU and we had a
lot of memorable encounters inside the court. She was the
best in the UAAP in giving staredowns and talking trash to
get into your head and throw you out of your rhythm.
Fans loved it.
And coaches would remind us that there should be no
hard feelings and we should keep our focus because what
she’s doing was just part of their game plan.
But after the game, Remy becomes different.
She would shake my hands and hug me, saying: Nice
The funniest thing is that Remy, that brave and fierce
blocker whom we loved to hate for her competitiveness and
mind games when we were still in college, is a sweet and
very polite girl who is now my teammate at Petron in the
By John Bryan Ulanday
Team Pilipinas gets its first test as a
newly-built national squad when it hosts
Jordan in a friendly game today at the
Meralco Gym in Ortigas, Pasig City.
Action begins at 8 p.m. with the Nationals
testing Jordan as part of the preparations for
their respective matches in the upcoming fifth
window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian
The Philippines is in Group F and is
currently preparing for its crucial games
against Kazakhstan on 30 November and Iran
on 3 December while Jordan, which is in Group
E, also builds up for an Asia-Oceania trip with
road games against New Zealand and Korea
on the same dates.
It will be the first of four scrimmages
scheduled for Team Plipinas before its official
games as it is also set to meet Jordan again
on 21 November then with Lebanon on 23 and
We’re thankful to Jordan and
Lebanon for coming here just to play
tune-up games with us. It will be
helpful to both teams.
Head coach Yeng Guiao is expected to field
14 players out of his 20-man national training
pool after a first couple of training sessions
June Mar Fajardo and Jayson Castro are
tasked to spearhead the squad together with
Christian Standhardinger, Arwind Santos,
JP Erram, Beau Belga, Troy Rosario, Gabe
Norwood, Matthew Wright, Marcio Lassiter,
Alex Cabagnot, Stanley Pringle, Kai Sotto and
“We’re thankful to Jordan
and Lebanon for coming here
just to play tune-up games with
us. It will be helpful to both
teams,” said Guiao.
“We’re going to play each of
them twice. Good for us, at least
we don’t have to go abroad and
play tune-up games.”
Though they are not expected to
suit-up yet owing to lack of practice
this past week, six players in Japeth
Aguilar, Greg Slaughter, LA Tenorio
and Scottie Thompson of Ginebra
together with Ian Sangalang and
Paul Lee of Magnolia are already
anticipated to show up with the
Philippine Basketball Association
Governors’ Cup semi-finals coming
to an end.
The pro-league now enters a
two-week break to pave way for
the preparation of the national
team before the Finals match-up
between Alaska and Magnolia on
ADAMSON University defender Jed Colonia (left) harasses Far Eastern University’s Richard Escoto during
their UAAP match at the MoA Arena.
A good menu spoiled
Prior to the conference, a
Ginebra-Meralco trilogy was seen
By John Bryan Ulanday
After Magnolia kicked two-time champion
Ginebra San Miguel out of its throne the other
day, Alaska knew it had to do its part in spoiling
what was an expected ending to the Philippine
Basketball Association (PBA) Governors’ Cup.
When the semifinals smoke cleared, the Aces
dispatched the Meralco Bolts in four games
with a narrow 99-92 win late Saturday night to
arrange an unlikely championship duel with
the Hotshots for the season-ending conference
Prior to the conference, a Ginebra-Meralco
trilogy was seen as imminent. But Alaska and
Magnolia shattered that prediction with a
convincing four-game series triumphs to set up
their first Finals face-off since 2010.
Alaska coach Alex Compton could not be any
prouder of this feat by his wards who had to fight
until the last sweat against the Bolts in a series
highlighted by just a 5.25-point winning gaps.
“I’m just a little emotional right now. I’m just
so proud,” said the teary-eyed Compton who finally
towed the Aces back in the championship since
the 2016 Commissioner’s Cup Finals.
ALLEN Durham (right) drives for the Meralco Bolts against Alaska
import Mike Harris.
“I’m so honored to be a part of this team and
this franchise,” he said.
The series victory was no easy job for the Aces
as they had to stand on the way of the rampaging
Bolts who made an astounding run of seven
straight victories all the way to the semi-finals
from a dismal 1-6 start in the elimination round.
“Meralco did one hell of a job. Ranidel De
(Ocampo), Cliff (Hodge) and Jared (Dillinger) are
foundational pieces for them. They didn’t play,”
“And yet, there wasn’t a single game that they
laid out and die. They fought the whole time.
They just had some injuries and we were able to
close it out.”
The Aces didn’t escape the damages of a gritty
war with the Bolts as they had some casualties,
too, losing Vic Manuel, Chris Banchero and import
Mike Harris at some points — before pulling off a
close series win.
That explained why Compton is embracing
the much-needed break for them to regenerate
especially without a single Alaska player in the
With the semis over, the PBA now enters
a two-week break to support Team Pilipinas
on its upcoming stint in the fifth window of
the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers.
“We don’t have anybody on the national
team so hopefully we can heal up. We’ll
be cheering for them, that’s for sure but
hopefully we can rest a little bit,” he said.
“It’s kind of weird to have a break (going
into Finals) but we have some banged up guys.
I’m glad that there’s a break and the league
is supporting the national team.”
For the third year in row, two-time Best Import Allen
Durham failed to win his dream first championship in the
Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).
What made it worse was he hadn’t had a chance to
power Meralco against Alaska, losing in four games of
their PBA Governors’ Cup best-of-five semi-final series
late Saturday night.
It was not the ending Durham was expecting especially
as he was a consistent finalist in his first two years with
“It was hard to swallow but Alaska, it played hard.
I can say that maybe we used to talk trash in college
because playing for your school in the UAAP was way
different than in the professional ranks and international
tournaments. Also, the crowd plays a crucial role in providing
an intense atmosphere and adding spice to the match.
It’s really a great feeling to play with an electric
atmosphere and having your friends, classmates and fans
cheer for you is a good energy-booster.
I think I’m also like Remy.
My teammates would say that my competitiveness
rubbed off to them when they see that I’m
playing with fire, confidence and fighting spirit.
For those who know me well, they can attest that I may look
competitive on-court but I’m really soft-spoken outside volleyball.
I’m the type of person who will be super shy to talk to you if
you don’t make the first move to approach me. Well, at least I
already improved in that aspect and I became a little friendly
in person nowadays (LOL!).
But yeah, honestly, people see me as a little intimidating
just because I’m tall or because I do talk trash or stare down
I respect their opinions.
I know playing with a competitive spirit gives me confidence,
fire and motivation to work hard inside the court.
It fuels me to uplift my teammates and let them know that
I’m here for them no matter what.
Volleyball has been so good to me.
And I vowed to play every game as if it is my last — all out,
Downer for Durham
It was hard to swallow but Alaska, it
played hard. It won three games in a
row, it is very deserving of where it is
VOLLEYBALL has been so good to me. So, I promised to repay
it by being extra competitive and celebrate each point as if it
is our last.
It won three games in a row, they’re very deserving of
where it is right now,” a dismayed Durham said. His 31
points and 14 rebounds went down the drain in their
92-99 Game 4 loss.
“It’s not how we wanted to go out but I wish Alaska
The 30-year old Durham also refused to blame
fatigue and injuries of their key local guys as a factor
in their foiled campaign, saying Alaska had the same
“We can’t really come up with excuses. Injuries
happen to key players and that’s no excuse,” he added,
referring to Meralco’s key guys Jared Dillinger, Cliff
Hodge and Ranidel de Ocampo who went down with
injuries at different points all conference long.
“There’ a little bit of fatigue because we played so
many games every other day and stuff but Alaska had the
same thing. That’s no excuse.”
Monday, 19 November 2018
‘Rambo’ on trial
center,” said ICC spokesman Fadi El
Those who think they can claim an
Abdallah of the former army officer, who was
amnesty are mistaken
the target of US sanctions in 2015 for suspected
attacks against Muslims, civilian deaths, and for
THE HAGUE — A former Central African Republic
using child fighters.
militia leader nicknamed “Colonel Rambo” arrived
After being elected to parliament in 2016,
on Saturday in The Hague, where he will stand trial
Yekatom, 43, was arrested in October for opening
for war crimes and crimes against humanity at
fire inside the legislature while its new president
the International Criminal Court.
was being elected.
Currently a lawmaker, Alfred Yekatom’s
ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda welcomed
extradition was the first of its kind from
the extradition, saying it “advances the cause of
justice in the Central African Republic” and promising
that she would continue to pursue her “quest for
arrived in the
truth and justice.”
Pierre Brunisso from the International Federation
of Human Rights watchdog added that it sent “a strong
message to the leaders of armed groups.”
“Those who think they can claim an
amnesty at the negotiating table are
mistaken,” he said.
The ICC said Yekatom would be
tried for “alleged war crimes and
crimes against humanity” carried out
by so-called anti-balaka militias.
The court launched an investigation
in September 2014 into crimes
committed in the country since 2012.
A three-judge bench of The
Hague-based court’s pre-trial
chamber issued an arrest warrant
against Yekatom last Sunday. AFP
Something to hold on to Children wearing masks watch the motorcade of US President
Donald Trump as he drives to view damage from wildfires in Paradise, California.
‘This is very sad to see’
PARADISE — President Donald Trump expressed sadness
Saturday after visiting the wreckage of a California town burned
to the ground by a devastating wildfire.
“This is very sad,” Trump said after surveying the remains
of Paradise, where nearly the only people out on the road were
emergency services workers, surrounded by the twisted remains
of the incinerated town.
Nearly 1,300 people remain unaccounted for.
“They’re telling me this is not as bad as some areas; some
areas are even beyond this, they’re just charred,” he added after
looking at a street lined with melted cars, tree stumps
and the foundations of wrecked houses.
Nearly 1,300 people remain unaccounted
for and the death toll from the
country’s deadliest wildfire
in a century
Argentina ‘lacks means’
to rescue submarine
BUENOS AIRES — After
announcing the discovery of an
Argentine submarine lost deep in
the Atlantic a year ago with 44 crew
members aboard, the government
said Saturday that it is unable to
recover the vessel, drawing anger
from missing sailors’ relatives who
demanded that it be raised.
Defense Minister Oscar Aguad
said at a press conference that the
country lacks “modern technology”
capable of “verifying the seabed”
to extract the ARA San Juan,
which was found 907 meters deep
in waters off the Valdes Peninsula
in Argentine Patagonia, roughly
600 kilometers from the port city
of Comodoro Rivadavia.
Earlier in the morning, the navy
said a “positive identification” had
been made by a remote-operated
submersible from the American
company Ocean Infinity. The company,
commissioned by the Argentine
government, began searching for the
missing vessel 7 September.
It remained unclear what the
next steps could be.
In a statement to The Associated
Press, Ocean Infinity CEO Oliver
Plunkett said authorities would
have to determine how to advance.
“We would be pleased to assist with
a recovery operation but at the
moment are focused on completing
imaging of the
he said. AP
climbed to 76,
authorities said Saturday.
Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea
pleaded with fire evacuees to check the
roster of people reported as unreachable by
family and friends and to call in if they are
safe. Deputies have located hundreds of people
to date, but the overall number keeps growing
because officials are adding names, including those
reported as missing during the disaster’s chaotic early
hours, Honea said.
“It’s really very important for you to take a look at the list
and call us if you’re on the list,” he said.
The remains of five more people were found Saturday,
including four in the decimated town of Paradise
and one in nearby Concow, bringing the number
of dead to 76.
AFP and AP
ATHENS — At least 12,000
Greeks took to the streets of
Athens on Saturday to mark
the 45th anniversary of a
1973 student revolt against a
US-backed junta, police said.
The march was held
amid tight security with
more than 5,000 officers
deployed and drones and a
police helicopter hovering
over the central Syntagma Square, which
has often become a battleground in previous
Some marchers held banners with slogans
denouncing fascism, imperialism, NATO and US
foreign wars as well as austerity. AFP
XI’AN — When Chinese explorer Zheng He commanded
expeditionary voyages and opened up the Maritime Silk
Road about 600 years ago, it was the stars that helped
him navigate his fleet through the boundless oceans.
The ancient Chinese invented astronavigation and
Zheng He was among the first to use it during many
of his voyages. The position and course of his
fleet were determined by observing the stars
and constellations such as the Big Dipper, the
Southern Cross and the Lyra constellation.
Inhabiting the northern hemisphere,
Chinese people on land also used to
navigate by observing the Big Dipper.
Nowadays, the navigation
On your feet A camel performs during the annual Pushkar Camel Festival in India where livestock are traded.
FREDERICKSBURG — Two
people were killed when a
vintage World War II fighter
plane crashed into the parking
lot of an apartment complex in
Fredericksburg, Texas Saturday,
a state police spokesman said.
Texas Department of
two people were on board the
P-51D Mustang. He did not identify
The Mustang was first built
in 1940 and was used by the US
military in World War II. AP
Lost and found Undated and unlocated photo released by Noticias Argentinas of the ARA San Juan submarine which wreckage was found after being
missing for a year.
Techies assemble Over 60 delegations from more than 40 countries, regions and international organizations
participate in the 20th China Hi-Tech Fair, which opened in Shenzhen on Wednesday, bringing more than 1,000 new
products and technology to the five-day event.
China’s BeiDou to serve B&R nations
developed by China is called BeiDou, the Chinese word
for the Big Dipper.
The BeiDou system opened to China in 2000 and
the Asia-Pacific region in 2012. When the system
is completed in 2020, it will be the fourth largest
global satellite navigation system after the US
GPS system, Russia’s GLONASS and the European
As one of the core providers of global navigation
services, the BeiDou system hopes to cooperate with
other global satellite systems, providing free research
and being used in rescue services around the world. It
has been recognized by the International Civil Aviation
Organization, International Maritime Organization and
3rd Generation Partnership Project. Xinhua
Chinese theme park
SHANGHAI — China is slated to become the world’s
largest theme park market by 2020, when the number of
tourists is expected to exceed 230 million, according to a fresh
report by US engineering firm AECOM.
The number of tourists to Chinese theme parks have seen
an average annual growth of 13 percent in the past decade
and reached 190 million in 2017. The number is expected to
keep the double digit growth in the following years, according
to the report.
The number of tourists reached 190 million.
The report attributes the rapid growth to
Chinese consumers’ rising income that sparks
greater demands on leisure activities, as well as
more convenient public transportation systems.
Despite the large
number of total
attendance, the report
also finds that China
has a markedly lower
compared with developed
demonstrate a significant
opportunity for future
growth in the Chinese
market,” said Chris Yoshii,
vice president for Asia
and global director for
Leisure and Culture with
AFP AECOM. China Daily
Stung by stingray
SYDNEY — A swimmer has died after a stab
to his stomach in a suspected stingray attack off
an Australian beach, in a rare fatal encounter
with the fish.
The 42-year-old’s death came more than a
decade after world-renowned “Crocodile Hunter”
Steve Irwin was killed when a stingray barb
punctured his chest while he was filming on the
famed Great Barrier Reef.
The man was in waters
off Lauderdale Beach in
the southern island state of
Tasmania on Saturday when he
“sustained a puncture wound
to his lower abdomen... possibly
inflicted by a marine animal,”
By VICTOR C. AVECILLA
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G.R. No. 217301, June 6, 2018 /
Second Division / Reyes, Jr., J.
Labor Law; Job-contracting; Labor-only contracting.
— Job contracting is deemed legitimate and permissible
when the contractor has substantial capital or investment,
and runs a business that is independent and free from
control by the principal. It is required that the agreement
between the principal and the contractor or subcontractor
assures the contractual employees’ entitlement to all
labor and occupational safety and health standards,
free exercise of the right to self-organization, security of
tenure, and social welfare benefits. The absence of any
of these elements results in a finding that the contractor
is engaged in labor-only contracting. (VOLUME I NUMBER 91)
Monday, 19 November 2018
another great reason to watch this acclaimed production.
The artistic team, actors and production staff have been actively involved
in the process of creating a brand-new type of theater practice through
workshops, rehearsals and discussions. Lastly, the set design is also a
collaboration by an acclaimed Japanese set designer, Itaru Sugiyama and
select theater practitioners and students in Manila.
To make sure that the Japanese material
communicates well with Filipino audience, Palanca
Hall of Fame writer Rody Vera has been working with
Hirata on the adaptation together with the 20 leading
Tanghalang Pilipino (TP) and the Japan
Foundation, Manila, in partnership with the
Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP)
present Manila Notes, a Philippines-Japan
theater collaboration, staged as a TP 32nd
season production from 30 November to
16 December 2018, Fridays, Saturdays
and Sundays, at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., at the
CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little
The play is the adaptation of Tokyo
Notes, written by internationally acclaimed
Japanese playwright and director Oriza
Hirata. The play is one of the most critically
acclaimed works of Hirata, which has been
translated into 13 languages for productions
in many cities around the world. It has also
created artistic collaborations and cultural NEOMI Gonzales.
exchanges through adaptations such as Seoul
Notes (2004), Taipei Notes (2017) and Bangkok Notes (2017).
To make sure that the Japanese material communicates well with
the local audience, the Palanca Hall of Fame writer Rody Vera has been
working with Hirata on the adaptation together with the 20 leading
Filipino actors. Hirata introduced to the actors his acting style called
“contemporary colloquial theater theory,” which is entirely different
from Western acting techniques.
This technique, created by Hirata to counter the traditional loud
theater seen in Japan, has been received by the world to great acclaim.
This, apart from the stellar cast and artistic staff, gives the audience
NEA Crossword Puzzle
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8 Hear a case
12 Clay target
18 Tropical melon
20 Political upsets
22 Almost grads
23 This, in Latin
24 Garlic juicer
27 Unruly mob
31 State, in Paris
32 Fictional rafter
33 Agent, for
34 Matter, in law
35 Fall mo.
36 One, in Berlin
37 Fine homes
41 Some MDs
42 Columbus’ port
48 Gobbled up
51 Package shipper
The story and people behind the play
Adapted from Tokyo Notes — which was inspired by Yasujiro Ozu’s film
Tokyo Story — the story of Manila Notes takes place in the lobby of an
art museum in Manila sometime in the near future. A major war is being
waged in Europe and many paintings have been moved to the various
cities in Asia. In front of such paintings, family members, friends and lovers
continue their fragmentary conversations on taking care of their aging
parents, inheritance, future careers and love, among others.
With the backdrop of a distant war, the
play clearly portrays how Filipinos live their
everyday lives, which reveal a whole range
of problem and crisis of our modern society.
Born in 1962 in Tokyo, Hirata is a
playwright and theater director. He is the
leader of the Seinendan theater company,
as well as the artistic director of the Komaba
Agora Theater and Kinosaki International
Arts Center. He is also a research professor
at Tokyo University of the Arts Center of
Innovation and a visiting professor at Osaka
University and Shikoku Gakuin University.
He is one of the most influential figures in
contemporary Japanese theater, working
regularly with international artists, notably
in France, with Frederic Fisbach, Arnaud
Meunier and Laurent Gutmann.
Born in 1962, in Tokyo, Prof. Oriza Hirata is a playwright
and theater director.
As a propagator
of the contemporary
colloquial theater in
Japan, he wrote nearly
30 plays — among them
Tokyo Notes (1995
Kishida Kunio Drama
Award) and Citizens
of Seoul. Among many
other awards, he was
honored by France’s
Ministry of Culture
with the insignia of
Chevalier of the Order
of Arts and Letters
Manila Notes boasts some of the most versatile performers on the
Philippine stage today: Meann Espinosa, a Philippine Educational Theater
Association actor, and Mayen Estanero, a TP Actors Company alumna, lead
the cast, which also include some of theater’s finest: former TP artistic
director Dennis Marasigan, Gie Onida, Ian Segarra, J-Mee Katanyag,
Neomi Gonzales, Wenah Nagales, Kathlyn Castillo, Randy Villarama and
Together with them are some of the members of the TP Actors
Company: Jonathan Tadioan, Marco Viaña, Lhorvie Nuevo, Antonette Go,
Joshua Tayco and Manok Nellas. The young, talented actors from different
53 Hagen of
56 Lick up
57 Pole explorer
58 Time period
3 New Age
6 Sweater letter
7 Up till now
8 “Swan Lake”
9 Host’s plea
10 Roll call votes
21 Harvest moon
24 Pierre’s parent
28 Viking name
29 Actress –
30 Went quickly
32 Units of
36 Latin I verb
38 PFC mail
39 Tack on
42 Old Roman
43 James or Kett
44 Tide type
50 Pen point
52 Mexican Mrs.
Answer to previous puzzle
by Ramon Lorenzo
Write a numeral from 1 to 9 in each box so that each
appears only once in each row, column and 3 x 3 box.
Answer for yesterday’s puzzle
universities, Micah Musa
from the University of the
Manuel Tinio from De La
Salle University (DLSU)
and Manjean Faldas from
the DLSU-College of Saint
Benilde, complete the
cast. These actors were
carefully selected after
an open audition last
September, conducted by
Prof. Hirata himself.
The play is presented
in Filipino. English
subtitles are available
on the 30 November to 2
Alyas July, the contemporary adaptation based
on National Artist for Literature Bienvenido
Lumbera’s Filipino translation of The Bard’s
masterpiece, will be presented by Dulaang
Through the years, the question of right from wrong and the
constant balance of actions taken always bring a conflict within
society. This study of characters and human behavior will once again
rise onstage, as one of the most renowned historical tragedies of all
time, Julius Caesar, by England’s national poet William Shakespeare,
takes on a modern reimagination.
Alyas July, the contemporary adaptation based on National Artist
for Literature Bienvenido Lumbera’s Filipino translation of The Bard’s
masterpiece, will be presented by Dulaang Filipino, the resident
theater group of De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, from 26 to 28
November at the Black Box Theater.
Written by Carlos Palanca Memorial award-winning playwright
Eljay Castro Deldoc and
directed by Riki Benedicto,
Alyas July shares the story
of the theater group Klasiko
Entablado, just some hours
before the critic’s night of their
play Julio Cesar. July, who
left the production during the
early parts of the rehearsals,
is once again invited by the
assistant director to portray
the main character. This
causes conflicts between some
of its members, particularly
Turbo and Asyong, who believe
that the actor is full of himself.
While everyone’s busy with the
final touches of the play, Turbo
and Asyong, through an evil pursuit, are determined to dispose of
the main actor. With flickering lights and ill-fitted costumes, will the
drama still be a success?
Benedicto wishes that the audience is still familiar with the original
story, though the adaptation focuses on a different approach on
Shakespeare’s piece. “I just hope that watching this version would elicit
interest not just for Shakespeare, but classic literature in general.”
Both the director and the playwright veered away from the
prevalent political approach of plays which reflects the current
situation of the country. “I don’t want my stage to be a propaganda
platform. I want to present a literary piece focusing on the behavior
of the characters,” Benedicto noted. “Why are we doing the things
we are doing? We keep on looking for someone to blame to justify
our unjust actions.”
Alyas July will premiere on 26 November at 7 p.m. The show will
then have Tuesday and Wednesday stagings on 27 and 28 November
at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Tickets are priced at P150. For ticket reservations, call +63 230- 5100
local 1528 or 1603 or contact firstname.lastname@example.org. The Black
Box Theater is located at sixth floor of De La Salle-College of Saint
Benilde, School of Design and Arts Campus, 950 Pablo Ocampo (Vito
Cruz) Street, Malate, Manila.
D A I L Y G O S P E L
Monday of the Thirty-second week in Ordinary Time
As Jesus approached Jericho
a blind man was sitting by the
roadside begging and hearing
a crowd going by, he inquired
what was happening.
They told him,“Jesus of Nazareth
is passing by.”
He shouted,“Jesus, Son of David,
have pity on me!”
The people walking in front
rebuked him, telling him to be
silent, but he kept calling out
all the more,“Son of David, have
pity on me!”
Then Jesus stopped and
ordered that he be brought to
him; and when he came near,
Jesus asked him, What do
you want me to do for you?
He replied, “Lord, please let
Jesus told him, “Have sight;
your faith has saved you.”
He immediately received
his sight and followed him,
giving glory to God. When
they saw this, all the people
gave praise to God.
Brother vs brother,
siblings vs supercop
Monday, 19 November 2018
People will always pit you against
each other. Like I said, I don’t
want to be sidetracked by that
By Kathleen Llemit
Two brothers are going to fight each other
and an “invincible” cop.
Dingdong Dantes and Dennis Trillo are
not only going to outdo each other in the
“family drama with lots of action” show
premiering tonight after 24 Oras on GMA-7.
They are also expected to sway audiences
to their side.
Cain at Abel is butting heads with
ABS-CBN’s FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano which
has been running for three
Viewers have been joking
about the Coco Martin show
running until he gets as old as
Eddie Garcia and Juan Ponce
Enrile. To the actor’s credit,
his character Cardo Dalisay is
no longer just a fictional hero
but an enduring meme and pop
culture reference. Even more so
these days as it is facing serious
charges of tarnishing the image
of the Philippine National
Police because of its depiction
of the police body in the show
(as baffling as this may seem,
this is really happening).
It has become a running joke among TV
viewers and a humblebrag for ABS whenever a
GMA show is ending and a new one is premiering
on the same primetime slot.
Expect the same memes to surface after
Alden Richards’ show, the Thor-inspired Victor
Magtanggol, ran for almost only five months.
The director of Cain at Abel, however,
chooses not to be sidetracked with the
pressure of achieving a decent, or even high
rating, for his show.
“People will always pit you against each
other. Like I said, I don’t want to be sidetracked
by that. Of course, who wouldn’t want their
show to rate, to be number one? I have
to be honest that’s the goal – to beat the
competition. But at the same time, I don’t
want to lose focus on delivering a solid story
and a solid show,” answered Don Michael
Perez, show director, to the Daily Tribune.
He is quite excited with the promise of
the show that he confessed that it was the
“first time in a long time, it’s a material that
I didn’t write that I really want to do.”
Written by John Roque, Cain at Abel tells
the story of brothers, Daniel and Miguel,
who grew up in two very different worlds. As
children, they were separated by fate. Daniel
(Dingdong Dantes) was raised comfortably in
the city by his father. Miguel (Dennis Trillo),
on the other hand, was taken by his mother
who later changed his name to Elias. They
relocated to a poor fishing village where they
struggled to make ends meet.
Years later, Daniel and Miguel/Elias were
drawn together by their mutual affections:
the father who brought them apart, the
mother they yearn for and the woman they
The show is an obvious reference to the
story of the biblical brothers but is treated
as soap material for obvious reasons.
Perez is fresh off the unexpected success
of Kambal Karibal, also a show that tackled
sibling rivalry. It was a sleeper hit that starred
Bianca Umali, Kyline Alcantara and Pauline
Mendoza. The youngsters were regularly involved
in soap staples of catfights, bawling scenes and
dialogue-heavy encounters on top of dealing with
a pesky ghost who developed a habit of possessing
unwilling bodies in her aim of living her borrowed
time on earth.
With Cain and Abel, however, Perez
thinks they have a show that would treat
viewers to contrasting acting styles.
“You will see that Dingdong specifically has
really matured as an actor if you compare it with his
previous works. I call it calm, assertive, understated
aggression. He can project strength, anger that he
does not need to do over-the-top acting. Of course,
Dennis is a bravado actor but he can still do subtlety
and nuances,” Perez shared.
Playing vital roles in the lives of the
brothers are Solenn Heussaff as Abigail, the
bold, sophisticated and adventurous lover
of Daniel and Sanya Lopez as Margaret,
the principled, responsible and inspiring
girlfriend of Miguel/Elias.
Also part of the ensemble are: Eddie
Gutierrez as Antonio, the shrewd father and
the founder/chairman of business conglomerate
Destileria Larrazabal; Chanda Romero as Belen,
a loyal homemaker and a loving mother to Daniel
and Miguel/Elias and Dina Bonnevie as Precy, the
seductive and scheming home wrecker who stole
Antonio from his original wife.
Joining them are Ronnie Henares as
Gener, Abigail’s father and the
corrupt city governor who is also
Antonio’s best friend/business
associate; Tommy Abuel as
William, Belen’s mental health
doctor; Bing Pimentel as Linda,
Governor Gener’s wife; Renz
Fernandez as Louie, a Senior
Police Officer; Ervic Vijandre as
Alex, the unscrupulous Senior
Police Officer who does all of
Governor Gener’s dirty work; Marc
Abaya as Ramon, Elias’ enemy
inside prison; Carlo Gonzales
as Ronald, Daniel’s best friend
and confidante; Boy 2 Quizon as
Juancho, Elias’ best friend; Pauline Mendoza
as Pat, Margaret’s younger sister; Vince
Vandorpe as Rafael, Daniel’s half-brother;
Shyr Valdez as Tina and Leandro Baldemor
as Darius, parents of Margaret and Euwenn
Aleta as Sammy, the son of Miguel/Elias and
Featuring in special guest roles are the
following: Yasmien Kurdi as young Belen;
Diana Zubiri as young Precy; Gio Alvarez
as young Gener; Rafael Rosell as young
Antonio; David Remo as young Daniel; Seth
dela Cruz as young Miguel/Elias and Ashley
Cabrera as young Abigail.
The creative team of the TV series
is composed of headwriter John Roque
with writers Anna Aleta A. Nadela, John
Paul J. Bedia, and Brylle Tabora; and
brainstormers Rhoda Sulit-Marino and
Patrick Louie Lim Ilagan.
Leading the team are creative director Roy
Iglesias, senior creative consultant Suzette
Doctolero and creative head Dode Cruz.
Created by the GMA Drama group, this
original series is headed by the SVP for
Entertainment Group Lilybeth G. Rasonable, VP
for Drama Redgie A. Magno, AVP for Drama
Cheryl Ching-Sy, senior program manager
Cathy Ochoa Perez and executive
producer Michelle Borja.
Known action director
Toto Natividad guest
directs. Show is
under the helm of
Perez and Mark
See Jeju Island with Wanna One
Join Wanna One as
they embark on a special
two-day trip together to
Jeju Island. See the dorky
and cute sides of the
members of Wanna One
in Wanna Travel, where
they travel together for
the first time as a whole
group in a variety show,
a happy, healing journey
that Wanna One always
wanted. Watch them play
PHOTO shows (from left) Solenn Heussaff, Dingdong Dantes, Dennis
Trillo and Sanya Lopez.
DANTES and Trillo are
set to star in a show
about sibling rivalry.
Their show will be pitted
against the long-running
airing in ABS-CBN.
Wanna Travel is a 12-episode, travel variety show
with the members of Wanna One
go-kart, eat good food, drive
around, playing games, be
goofy in their interactions,
fish, have fun at a theme
park and more.
Wanna One is a South
Korean boy band formed
during the 2017 survival
competition Produce 101,
Season 2. The group is
composed of 11 members:
Kang Daniel, Park Ji-hoon,
Lee Dae-hwi, Kim Jae-hwan,
Ong Seong-wu, Park Woo-jin,
Lai Kuan-lin, Yoon Ji-sung,
Hwang Min-hyun, Bae Jinyoung
and Ha Sung-woon.
Out of an initial 101 trainees
agencies, the final 11 were
chosen through audience
voting and announced via a
live television broadcast.
Wanna One, a project
group unlike other groups,
became one of the most
popular idol groups in
Korea. In the latest group
reputation ranking, Wanna
One is in the top three, and
With Cain and Abel, however, Perez
thinks they have a show that would
treat viewers to contrasting acting
member Kang Daniel ranks
top among individual idols
for 11 consecutive months.
Wanna Travel airs on
K-Plus, Saturday and Sunday
at 9:15 p.m. K-Plus is seen on
channel 11 on Easy TV. Visit
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A STILL from the film “Kaming Mga Nakakulong.”
Benilde alumni lead
The short film tells the story of a man who
struggles to face the reality of the present as he
goes on a journey to find peace by reconciling with
the horrors of his past
Capstone projects from
the Digital Filmmaking
program of De La Salle-
College of Saint Benilde
recently dominated the
Urduja Film Festival (UFF)
held at the Sison Auditorium
in Lingayen, Pangasinan.
Film alumnus Michael
Joshua Pagaduan’s Kaming
Mga Nakakulong paved the
way for Benilde by bagging
Best Film and Best Actor for
lead star Matt Daclan. The
short film tells the story of
a man who struggles to face
the reality of the present
as he goes on a journey to
find peace by reconciling
with the horrors of his
past. Fellow thespians
Lui Manansala and
provided support to
previously got the
Best Student Short
Film at the Guild of
and Students Hiyas
ng Sining awards; Best
Film and Best Director
at the 2017 CineMapúa
Student Film Festival,
Performance by an
Actor for Daclan in the
“DELTA” by James Garcia and Eluigi Macalintal. of CineSB7: The Main
Meanwhile, Delta directed by Benilde film alumnus James Fuentes
Garcia and Luigi Macalintal won Best Cinematography for director of
photography Geo Cahoy; Best Supporting Actor for Jemuel Satumba and
Best Supporting Actress for Chin Jongko.
In Delta, Satumba plays Marco who brings his younger brother,
Lucas, to the river for a
weekend without their
parents to celebrate
his birthday. As they
bond together, Marco
shares with Lucas his
plan to explore the
end of the river. Out of
curiosity, Lucas heads
out to the river alone.
another Best Actor
trophy for Ross Pesigan
and Best Actress for
Elora Españo while
Kim Timan’s Caramel
Child nabbed Best
Actress for Sue Prado
and Best Young Actress
for Angelica Ulip.
Also winning UFF
trophies are actors
Tracy Quila for
Binihag by Regina
Aceron and CJ Villa;
LEONARD, the main character in the film
struggles with the recurring nightmares of
a childhood memory.
“KAMING Mga Nakakulong” by Michael Pagaduan.
Anna Luna for Saglit by Dev Angeo and Tin Medenilla; Dylan Ray Talon
for Ang Mga Turo ng Gabi (The Lessons of the Night) by Christian Rae
Villanueva; Bobby Tamayo for Benny’s Confession by Anderson Co;
Veronica Reyes for Tayo by Ron Dulatre and Elaiza Rivera and Anton
Collantes for Theo by Summer Castro.
Timan, Aceron, Villa, Angeo, Medenilla, Co, Dulatre, Rivera, Castro
and the two Villanuevas are also graduates of the Benilde film program.
SOUTH Korean boyband Wanna One.
Monday, 19 November 2018
Giving more to the human experience
through digitized processes
Any organization that still
insists on its applicants or
potential members doing
their business in person,
when almost everything can
be done via the Internet,
should close down
“I like to waste money on bus fare,
sit for six hours in traffic and stand in
queues only to be told at the end that my
papers aren’t complete and my money
isn’t enough,” said no one ever.
Any organization that still insists
on its applicants or potential members
doing their business in person, when
almost everything can be done via the
Internet should close down. Seriously.
This includes banks, government
agencies, schools — any entity with
forms to fill out. (By the way, putting up
a PDF online, requiring people to still
print it out, manually fill it up, scan and
send it back does not count. I’m looking
at you, BIR).
Imagine the relief of the maritime
community, then, when the Maritime
Industry Authority (Marina) launched the
Marina Integrated Seafarer Management
Online (Mismo) System earlier this
month. Now, seafarers can apply for
and receive their seaman’s books, pay
for assessments and certifications and
verify documents online.
There are around 400,000 Filipino
overseas, who remit about
$5.8 billion annually.
It’s just right that these
unsung heroes of the
Philippine economy get
some concessions when
looking for employment.
In Metro Manila
alone, there are some
agencies. Every day, every
one of them welcomes
seafarers from far and
near looking for gainful employment.
Only one of them, however, has Embark,
a “global initiative” to improve the
delivery of its crewing service through
tech and digitized processes. This is
V. Group, a leading global provider of
maritime support services, including
crew management and recruitment, ship
management and technical services.
I recently had the opportunity to tour
their facilities and experience Embark
Three things stood out for me. First
was when Allen Falkenberg, group
managing director crew management
of V. Group, credited as the visionary
for this program, said that the idea isn’t
wholly theirs. “To be responsive to clients
needs globally, you have to reach out to
other industries and see what we can
learn from them.” He singled out the big
airlines, who have had for many years
now the technology to manage hundreds
of movements and staffing
within their organizations at
any given time. “Here (the
maritime industry), we are
(still) quite manual in some
of those processes. Whereby
the airline industry and
others have invested in such
optimization and technology.
This is what we’re doing
now and what we’re excited
about — it’s better for long
term planning and (catching)
It was just refreshing for me to
hear a leader acknowledge that such
a groundbreaking program was by
no means original, but influenced by
existing, working systems.
Imagine the relief of the
maritime community, then, when
the Maritime Industry Authority
(Marina) launched the Marina
Integrated Seafarer Management
Online (Mismo) System earlier
Second was the V. Group’s unique
“seafarer’s journey”: a jobseeker or
recruit can search for openings or
assignments in person or online that
match their rank and skillset, complete
the application online at home or using
one of the office computers, and — this
is the most impressive — completing the
rest of his application with the V. Crew
Connect mobile app. This mobile app,
made available with a unique ID, will be
the seafarer’s “digital support system”
so to speak, throughout his employment.
“For seafarers,” says Falkenberg,
“this means they can manage their
lives better — (know what they
need to) be fully ready to be
deployed, know where
they’re going next, what
kinds of vessels they’ll
be deployed to.” V. Ships
has 1,700 vessels and
44,000 seafarers — 4,000
of whom are Filipinos.
of V. Group.
The mobile app also includes a payroll
module, which eliminates the need of
having to go through the shipmaster,
agency, bank or recipient, to check on
one’s balance or earnings. “Once it’s there,
you can follow your money in real time — is
it processed, has it been remitted,” says a
representative from V. Ships. “We will be
giving our seafarers accessibility over their
earnings and transparency to see where
their money goes.”
The module will likewise store
historical data of the seafarer’s payroll
in PDF form — very convenient for
those needing the document.
The V. Crew Connect mobile app will
be introduced in phases, with a first
rollout in India this month, and will
go live in other regions in April 2019.
Third is that V. Ships, through a
feedback feature on the app, will be
ALLEN Falkenberg, group managing director crew management
actively seeking “ratings” from its
seafarers about this service. “We are
interested in how we are delivering this
service to them,” says Falkenberg. “We
don’t see our seafarers as customers,
but sometimes (you have to treat it
that way). A highly trained captain can
choose from any of the agencies here
in Manila, but if he has to go there just
to scan a passport and take a bus for
six hours and back again, he will start
looking around and ask if someone can
make the journey a bit better for him.
Our motto is ‘We care’ — it’s kinda corny,
but absolutely true. We look into that
experience for our seafarers so they
can go back to their families and enjoy
Feedback is welcome at vivalogos@
PUERTO Galera’s famous white beach. Tourists flock to this destination for a quick beach getaway.
Search on for Mindoro’s next outstanding venture
This MCCI program will focus on early
stage investment and provide a seed
fund for and mentorship to a unique,
innovative and sustainable business
that finds its roots in Mindoro Island
The Mindoro Chamber of Commerce and Industry
(MCCI) launches the Mindoro Outstanding Ventures
(MOVE) program, a search for youth entrepreneurs
and enterprises from Mindoro. With the vision
of helping develop an innovative, thriving and
sustainable environment of enterprise and business
in Mindoro province and for Mindoreños, the
STOP and appreciate the breathtaking beauty of Tamaraw Falls in Puerto Galera.
program provides young entrepreneurs a chance
to realize their enterprise dreams.
Being the seventh largest island of the Philippines
with a substantial land area for produce, Mindoro is
well known for its thriving agricultural industries.
This is a good complement to its strategic location
on the southwestern coast of Luzon, making it a
teeming bridgeway of sorts between Luzon and
Mindoro ventures, dreams realized
The MCCI, however, sees that Mindoro teems
with so much potential — beyond agriculture,
beyond the usual. Through the MOVE program,
it seeks to harness innovative local talent and
give potential business
ideas the resources to
scale. MOVE is a funding
and mentorship program
that will discover local
businesses and give them
the tools to level up and
reach their maximum
This MCCI program
will focus on early stage
investment and provide
a seed fund for and
mentorship to a unique,
innovative, and sustainable
finds its roots
A STATUE of the tamaraw greets arriving visitors at San Jose Airport in Occidental
Island. For this program, the MCCI will
select a promising micro venture and will
lead investment rounds to get it off the
ground, taking a board seat to mentor it
to growth and success.
A chance to get seed funding
For this program, the MCCI is seeking
to invest in promising, innovative,
profitable and sustainable business
ventures across any of these market
sectors: Information technology, agritech,
hotel and restaurant, supply chain
and logistics, health, wellness and
pharma, environment, green tech and
sustainability, social development and
arts and culture.
In order to support the economy of
Mindoro, the MCCI-funded programs
will require that the awarded ventures
be headquartered in Mindoro, which
includes Mindoro Oriental (Baco,
Bansud, Bongabon, Bulalacao, Calapan,
Gloria, Mansalay, Naujan, Pinamalayan,
Pola, Puerto Galera, Roxas, San
Teodoro, Socorro and Victoria) and
Mindoro Occidental (Abra de Ilog,
Calintaan, Looc, Lubang, Magsaysay, Mamburao,
Palauan, Rizal, Sablayan, San Jose, Sta. Cruz and
Being the seventh largest island of the
Philippines with a substantial land area
for produce, Mindoro is well known for its
thriving agricultural industries.
The MOVE program search is open to Filipino
Mindoreño students or young professionals (or with
Mindoreño roots) ages 18 to 35 or students enrolled
(or have studied) in a Mindoro-based school or
university. After a series of pitch and screening
session, the MCCI will select an outstanding venture
that will receive a seed investment of P1 million to
jumpstart the business venture. The search runs
from 10 September to 30 March 2019.
Entries may be submitted from 1 October 2018
to 15 January 2019. Submit filled-up form found
in www.mcci.com.ph to MCCI office at Plaza
Building, Paras Street, Ibaba East, Calapan City,
Oriental Mindoro. Interested parties may fill up
the online form found at www.mcci.com.ph and
email it to email@example.com.
For more information, log on to www.mcci.com.
ph or email inquiries at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dinah S. Ventura, Editor
Monday, 19 November 2018
LOCON ala Zamboanga.
PALM Grill is solidifying its position with its niche market. After almost two years of operation, there are plans of
opening a new branch in the Bonifacio Global City area.
Paying homage to the abundance of
coconuts and spices in the food of
Mindanao, the restaurant was named
Palm Grill, with the coconut being a
type of palm tree and the grill being
the usual mode of cooking
By Malou E. Rosal
Photos by Analy Labor
It is not often for Metro Manila foodies to be treated
to the flavors of Mindanao. Most likely, they enjoy such
dishes only during the food festival season or at hotel
events. Or when relatives and friends from the South visit
and delight everyone with their cooking. But since Jose
Miguel “Miggy” Moreno opened his restaurant, Palm Grill,
on Tomas Morato Avenue, Quezon City, almost two years
ago, the delectable experience of Mindanao cuisine has
not been as few and far between.
“I put this restaurant up about a year and seven
months ago, because I want to paint the South in a
different light,” Miggy says, adding that sadly, Mindanao
has almost always been associated with violence, tourism
and other negative connotations.
Born in Jolo, Sulu, Miggy spent most of his school life
there, as well as in Zamboanga, Basilan, and Tawi-Tawi;
he finished his studies in Zamboanga City.
“I feel that growing up in these islands and these
areas has been a blessing to me, even up to now. And I
would like to be able to share the food and specialties of
the Tausug, Sama, Badjao, Yakan, Zamboangueño, and
Chabacano — flavors that I grew up with — as well as
their culture and heritage, which unfortunately not a lot
of people know about.”
In fact, Miggy reveals the local Mindanao cuisine
dates back to as far as the 13th century, long before the
Spanish colonizers reached the
country’s shores. There was no
Republic of the Philippines then, but
there was the Sultanate of Sulu and
other sultanates around the area.
The spice trade flourished, which
explains why many of the dishes
cooked and consumed in these
islands had similar flavor profiles
with the cuisines of Malaysia, Sabah,
Indonesia and Singapore.
This also accounts for the spicy
palate of people from down South.
Be that as it may, at Palm Grill,
diners are given an option regarding
level of spiciness, as the restaurant’s
feasibility study revealed that people
in Manila are not overly fond of
Another distinction of Mindanao
cuisine is its being savory, as opposed
THE Knicker iced treat which is
Palm Grill’s version of the famous
Zamboanga fruit halo-halo.
CHICKEN pyanggang (Green chicken) with turmeric rice and cucumber salad.
MIGGY Moreno shares Mindanao cuisine through his
restaurant, Palm Grill.
to the sweeter preference of the country’s other regions.
Southern cooking uses a lot of natural ingredients that
are medicinal at the same time, like coconut milk, fresh
coconut meat, ginger and turmeric, which have known
Paying homage to the abundance of coconuts and
spices in the food of Mindanao, the restaurant was
named Palm Grill, with the coconut being a type of
palm tree and the grill being the usual mode
This is most exemplified by
portions are “slow cooked
in coconut milk and seven
Asian spices, then grilled to
perfection.” It was inspired by the
traditional Tausug dish. It is made green
by the seven spices that are mixed to it with
coconut milk and toasted coconut bits. It is
cooked for an hour and 30 minutes with the
spices and the coconut milk, then grilled
to produce the smoky charred taste. The
sauce is reduced and that becomes the
chicken’s topping. The dish is served with
turmeric rice and cucumber salad.
Miggy explains: “Majority of our side
dishes are vinegar-based because most of
our food here are really strong in taste.
So, to cleanse your palate, we
have the side dishes that we
While it is a common
staple in Jolo households,
chicken piyanggang is also
tedious to prepare; that is why
it is served only on special
occasions. At Palm Grill, it is
a hands-down bestseller.
Next to try was the tiyula
itum, a beef stew also of the
Tausug. Considered to be the
black bulalo of the South, its
color comes from the infusion
of toasted coconut. Giving it a
modern twist is the addition of
a large torched bone marrow.
Not to forget the seafood
which are plentiful around the
Southern islands, a hefty serving of locon ala Zamboanga
followed. The stars of this dish are fresh large shrimps
cooked in garlic, aligue (crab roe) and coconut milk.
And finally, the Knicker iced treat, which is Palm
Grill’s version of the famous Zamboanga fruit halohalo.
Not as cloying as the usual halo-halo filled with
sweetened beans and other ingredients, this dessert is
delightful and refreshing.
While it is a common staple in Jolo
households, chicken piyanggang is also
tedious to prepare; that is why it is
served only on special occasions. At Palm
Grill, it is a hands-down bestseller.
The rest of the menu is a colorful mix of favorites like
curacha, beef kolma and chicken satti, as well as tributes
to Miggy’s grandmother, local historian Oswalda Cabel
(Oswalda’s Fried, fried chicken the way grandma used
to make), and sister Chabby (Doc Chabby’s Slaw that
uses fruits, turnips and cucumber instead of cabbage,
with apple cider vinegar dressing). But because its diners
also look for the more familiar, the restaurant also serves
pasta and other beef and chicken dishes. There is no pork
on the menu, though, in keeping with Muslim tradition
and halal practices.
The steady road to success
Miggy looks back at Palm Grill’s early days and
confesses, “At first, I was afraid that people from Manila
may have a negative impression because the images
one associates with Mindanao are not really favorable.
But thank God, the reception is really good. I am very,
The restaurant is solidifying its position with its
niche market, which is composed mostly of families on
Saturdays and Sundays. The Friday crowd is mixed,
while weekdays draw in the office crowd working
the Morato area. With a total seating capacity
of 110, Palm Grill has room enough to host a
number of events like birthdays, debuts,
gender reveals and weddings. There
are also blog-cons and presscons
GIVING tiyula itum
a modern twist is the
addition of a large torched
from nearby TV networks.
Of course, there are plenty of other restaurants on
that popular foodie street, but Miggy says: “I would like
to believe that we are the only ones that specialize in
Southern cuisine at the moment. There are a lot of
Filipino restaurants out there but I am not sure if there
are any that actually serve what we serve.”
“We are now working on our BGC (Bonifacio Global City)
branch,” he continues. “We chose BGC because the biggest
population of Muslims in Manila is in Maharlika Village (in
Taguig City) and situating our branch in BGC will be very
good for them. They are our target clients, like the Chinese
families from New Manila.”
As Palm Grill continues to carve a name for itself
in the restaurant industry, Miggy attributes its ongoing
steady climb to success to three important factors.
He says, “First, I think anybody can open a restaurant
but the number one secret to the success of your
restaurant is having that strong concept that is new and
fresh. So, I’m taking advantage of the fact that I am the
only one at the moment offering this kind of cuisine.
TIYULA itum, the black bulalo of the South.
“Second, I think, are passion and dedication to
your craft. More than anything, I have really worked
hard for this.
“And third, I will not be this successful, of course,
without the grace of God and the support of my
family…And the people I work with here are my
partners, so without them I will not really succeed.
I think that’s what keeps things at a go. In the near
future, all we can do is really plan; but at the end of
the day, it’s all up to Him.”
Palm Grill is located at 179 Tomas Morato Ave. corner
Scout Castor, Diliman, Quezon City, Metro
Manila. For inquiries, call (02)
373-1668, or visit https://