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Tarek Abu Laban, center, who lost four relatives, all victims of Thursday’s EgyptAir plane crash, attends prayers for the dead, at al Thawrah Mosque, in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, May 20, 2016.
CAIRO—EgyptAir flight MS804 sent automated messages signaling smoke onboard before plunging into the Mediterranean, the French aviation safety agency said Saturday, as search teams hunted for more wreckage. The Airbus A320 carrying 66 people had been flying from Paris to Cairo early Thursday when it plummeted and turned full circle before vanishing off radar, with some debris later found in the Mediterranean Sea. While the automated messages may offer clues, more wreckage including the black boxes will need to be found before investigators can piece together what happened.
ACAR, which stands for Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System, is a digital system that transmits short messages between aircraft and ground stations. Search teams were scouring the sea on Saturday for more parts of the plane and the black boxes for clues on why it came down.
An EgyptAir official said the search was focused on finding the bodies of the passengers and the flight recorders, which will stop emitting a signal in a month when the batteries run out. The disaster comes just seven months after the bombing of a Russian passenger jet by the Islamic State jihadist group over Egypt’s Sinai peninsula in October that killed all 224 people on board. Families of the passengers on the EgyptAir flight gathered at a hotel near Cairo airport after meeting airline officials as they struggled to come to terms with the catastrophe. On Saturday, EgyptAir Holding Company chairman Safwat Moslem told AFP that the priority was finding the passengers’ remains and the black boxes. French investigators met their Egyptian counterparts in Cairo, while a French patrol boat carrying equipment capable of tracing the plane’s black boxes was expected on Sunday or Monday. The plane disappeared between the Greek island of Karpathos and the Egyptian coast in the early hours of Thursday, without its crew sending a distress signal. It had turned sharply twice before plunging 22,000 feet (6,700 metres) and vanishing from radar screens, said Greek Defence Minister Panos Kammenos. Philip Baum, the editor of Aviation Security International Magazine, told the BBC that technical failure could not be ruled out.
Greek civil aviation chief Constantinos Litzerakos said the pilot had mentioned no problem in his last communication. Personal belongings and parts of the Airbus A320 were spotted by teams searching the sea off Egypt’s northern coast about 290 kilometers (180 miles) from the city of Alexandria, the military said. The passengers included 30 Egyptians, 15 French citizens, two Iraqis, two Canadians, and citizens from Algeria, Belgium, Britain, Chad, Portugal, Saudi Arabia and Sudan.
The European Space Agency said one of its satellites had on Thursday spotted an oil slick about 40 kilometers southeast of the plane’s last known location.
In October, foreign governments issued travel warnings for Egypt and demanded a review of security at its airports after the Islamic State group said it downed the Russian airliner over Sinai with a bomb concealed in a soda can that had been smuggled on the plane. IS has been waging a deadly insurgency against Egyptian security forces and has claimed attacks in both France and Egypt.
Presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori greets supporters as she campaigns in the San Juan de Lurigancho shantytown on the outskirts of Lima, Peru, on May 10. The preliminary probe was opened quietly in March but only became known Friday in a report by Lima-based newspaper El Comercio. Specifically, authorities are looking into a series of suspicious financial transactions and land deals worth nearly $1 million. The probe, initially opened for 60 days, is being led by the same prosecutor looking into money laundering accusations against Fujimori’s political enemy, First Lady Nadine Heredia. Fujimori on Friday accused Heredia of being behind the probe which she said was aimed at boosting her opponent, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, just two weeks before Peruvians go to the polls in what’s shaping up to be a close race. She called the accusations baseless and said she was confident her name would be cleared because all campaign contributions had been duly reported to electoral authorities.
News of the probe comes just two days after a congressman close to Fujimori resigned from his post as secretary general of her Popular Force party over an unrelated money laundering investigation. CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY—The New People’s Army (NPA) on Saturday admitted that it was behind the May 17 killing of Datu Benjamin “Otto” Omao, the indigenous peoples’ (IP) mandatory representative to the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Malaybalay City legislative council. In a statement, the NPA said Omao was targeted for “committing various crimes,” including land-grabbing.
Omao was inside his office in Barangay Casisang in Malaybalay City when shot dead by several armed men. Magbanwag said Omao was being coddled by the military since 1995 and had only became IP representative because he had coerced tribal leaders into voting for him. He said Omao was also active in recruiting members for the armed group Alamara in Cabanglasan and Malaybalay. Law enforcement personnel stand near the Ellipse south of the White House on Constitution Avenue, Friday, May 20, 2016 in Washington. WASHINGTON—The White House was placed on lockdown for more than an hour Friday (US time) and heavily armed Secret Service agents deployed around the building after a man brandished a weapon nearby and was shot. The incident prompted the White House doors to be locked and agents in full tactical gear and brandishing automatic and heavy-caliber weapons were deployed around the complex and Lafayette Square to the north. SAN PEDRO CITY–Police recovered 29 kilograms of shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride), worth P145 million, in a buy-bust operation in Imus City, Cavite province on Friday afternoon. Ozaeta said Ajido, a resident of Bacoor City, also in Cavite, was the subject of a joint anti-illegal drug operation by the AIDG and the Cavite police. During the transaction, Ajido sold a kilogram of shabu, worth P1 million, to undercover agents. Earlier this week, police also recovered 10.4 kg of shabu worth P20 million in a separate operation in Bacoor City. CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The power outage that had plunged most of the city in total darkness on Friday evening might have caused the major fire incident that left more than 1,000 persons homeless in Sitio San Isidro Labrador in Barangay (village) Lapasan here, the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) said Saturday. Chief Inspector Rommel Villafuerte, the district fire marshal for Cagayan de Oro, said the fire started at the house of one Lisa Camomot and spread throughout the neighborhood.
Based on account of a witness, a child was seen playing with a candle around the time the city experienced widespread power interruption, said Villafuerte.
The City Social Welfare and Development (CSWD) said a total of 123 families or 1,028 persons were displaced by the fire that persisted for nearly three hours. CSWD chief Teddy Sabugaa said the survivors were now sheltered at the barangay covered court in Lapasan and that they were given relief packages containing food packs, blankets, sleeping mats, mosquito nets, personal hygiene kits, and other necessary items.
The state weather bureau on Saturday said thunderstorm is expected to affect Metro Manila and neighboring provinces within the next few hours. Pagasa advised the public to take precautionary measures against heavy rains, strong winds, lightning, and possible flash floods.
The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has advised motorists to take alternate routes as the intersection of Quezon Avenue and Roosevelt Avenue in Quezon City will be closed to traffic starting Saturday, May 21.
In an advisory, MMDA said the closure was to give way to the construction of the Skyway Stage 3 project.
MMDA said traffic lights in the area will be in flashing mode and the U-turn slot will be opened for affected vehicles going to Edsa while the construction is ongoing. The Skyway Stage 3 project is an elevated expressway that will run from Buendia in Makati City to Balintawak in Quezon City. DAVAO CITY– Incoming Energy secretary Alfonso Cusi on Saturday said he was “humbled” by his appointment to the Cabinet of presumptive President-elect Rodrigo Duterte.
The former Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) General Manager vowed to “ensure reliable, steady and affordable power supply” in the Philippines. Besides heading the MIAA, Cusi also served as head of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) and the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA).
Cusi was appointed director general of the CAAP in March 2010 but resigned nine months later after public dispute over the appointment without his knowledge of senior management officials at the agency. In 2004, Cusi was implicated in alleged massive electoral fraud involving then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. A Thai well-wisher holds a portrait of King Bhumibol Adulyadej as people gather to celebrate his 88th birthday at the Siriraj hospital where the King has been staying for months in Bangkok on December 5, 2015. BANGKOK—Doctors treating Thailand’s hospital-bound monarch Bhumibol Adulyadej have drained excess fluid from his spinal cord and brain, the palace said in a statement late Friday.
The king, 88, is the object of an intense personality cult and his frail health is a subject of significant public concern. The wheelchair bound monarch has spent most of the past two years hospitalized for a series of ailments, with very few public appearances and speeches. The Royal Household Bureau said in a statement published late Friday night that doctors adjusted a tube used to drain excess fluid after they noticed facial twitching. Bhumibol is the world’s longest-reigning monarch and most Thais have never known life under another king. Anxiety over what will happen after his reign comes to an end is considered an aggravating factor in the country’s past decade of tumultuous politics as competing elites jostle for power and influence ahead of the transition.
Bhumibol last left Bangkok’s Siriraj hospital in early January for an hour-long trip by car to visit his palace and other royal projects, according to officials. The kingdom has one of the world’s strictest lese majeste laws, punishing any criticism of the monarchy with up to 15 years in prison. Use of the law has skyrocketed ever since royalist army generals seized power in a May 2014 coup with scores arrested and jailed, some for as long as 30 years.
When even your closest friends publicly disagree with you on your choices, perhaps you should pause and take stock. Evangelist Apollo Quiboloy, a longtime friend of Rodrigo Duterte, is not happy with the Cabinet appointments announced so far by the incoming president’s team. But, now, Quiboloy is miffed at Duterte and his team, apparently for having been left out of some crucial deliberations. Quiboloy may well just be suffering from injured  amor  propio—the self-sacrificing hometown friend who believes he did so much to help his buddy become, soon, the most powerful man in the country, only for dirty interlopers from Manila and beyond to elbow him out once Malacanang was won. That revelation compounds the unease that has met the announcement of Villar heading the Department of Public Works and Highways.
It’s understandable if Villar was flattered at the invitation to serve the incoming president and his country in so direct a capacity. Duterte’s Cabinet is purportedly patterned after that of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau—diverse, dynamic, competent, with more women and young people in it.
Predictably, a number of Duterte supporters are pushing back by saying that all the complaining is too much and too soon, that Villar should be judged once he has warmed his seat at the DPWH. A coalition government with the Communist Party of the Philippines has been proposed by presumptive President-elect Rodrigo Duterte with an offer of at least four Cabinet portfolios—agrarian reform, social welfare, environment and natural resources, and labor.
Duterte’s flirtation with Left politics began when he was a member of the Kabataang Makabayan and Bayan. Duterte’s proposed coalition with the Left differs from the European norm where coalition regimes are transacted by opposing political parties for lack of a dominant political party.
In this case, the Cabinet posts are being offered even as Duterte and his advisers know that the underground Left’s agenda of revolutionary reforms seek to alter the power structures in the country—dislodging the ruling oligarchs and financial elite and building a people’s coalition government. Offering the “hand of peace” to the Left as well as other cause-driven rebel forces, Duterte anchors his incoming administration on a healing presidency with a program of national unity, peace and development. In fact, the offer of Cabinet posts to the CPP reveals a Duterte ready to embrace the party’s national democratic program with a socialist perspective.
In principle, a true coalition government must include forming parallel coalition councils at the local levels. Which brings us to the important questions: If the Left comes on board, how will Duterte be able to balance and rein in a government of incongruent political forces—the Left armed with a progressive ideology and rightist groups representing neoliberal and pro-elite interests? Duterte understands the political influence of the armed Left—the extensive guerrilla zones they operate in countless barrios all over the country and now under revolutionary councils. Both Duterte and the Left will need mutual support and cooperation to sustain what may turn out to be the country’s first socialist experiment. Believe it or not, the new K-to-12 curriculum that takes effect beginning this school year in all elementary and high school classes discusses both Philippine and world history quite extensively. In fact, a close inspection of the K-to-12 curriculum guides, easily accessible at the Department of Education website, will show that the discussion of history and historical events can be found in the learning areas of practically every grade level.
The new K-to-12 curriculum shows that the DepEd is not averse to making the appreciation of history a core basic education competency, at par with English, science, math and Filipino. Existing global evidence likewise strongly suggests that a curriculum that consistently nurtures a deep sense of legacy is a key characteristic of high-performing education systems, regardless of whether a society is authoritarian or liberal. Singapore and South Korea did the same thing when they took a long hard look at their respective curriculums several years ago. Lately, social media has been abuzz with calls to rewrite history textbooks in the wake of Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s bid to put himself a heartbeat away from the presidency. Roscelle Cruz, the information specialist at the University of the Philippines Library who famously dared netizens and Marcos apologists to unfriend her on Facebook, pointed out that irrefutable evidence and accurate historical accounts of the atrocities during the Marcos dictatorship are readily accessible to anyone who cares to look.
Cruz raised an excellent point: All the information one needs to investigate any historical event dispassionately is readily available, online or in print.
In her paper titled “Making a Case for History In Basic Education,” Maria Serena Diokno wrote: “History serves numerous purposes, from the development of citizens as meaningful members of a larger community with which they identify, to the training of the mind in critical thinking and sound judgment. Now that the elections are over and a new administration is set to take the reins for nation-building, we begin the hard work of continuing major reforms, paramount of which is the K-to-12 program. Amid the commendations for the Aquino administration for finally paving the way for K-to-12, some critics remain cynical about the Philippines’ readiness for it, given various transition issues. Opposition to K-to-12 has focused on labor concerns, which, while valid, have already been tackled in multisectoral efforts.
For example, in filling senior high school (SHS) personnel posts, the DepEd has established a “green lane” for the priority hiring of displaced faculty and staff. For those who will not join the SHS ranks, the Commission on Higher Education has allocated a total of 15,000 scholarship slots (8,000 masters and 7,000 PhDs), apart from the 13,606 faculty and staff development grants and 100 school innovation grants—all lodged under the Tertiary Education Transition Fund. On the national policy front, while it is true that government spending on education remains below international standards, it has been steadily increasing in absolute value across the years. The transition issues surrounding K-to-12—and the criticisms they inevitably draw—merely underscore one challenge for us all: ensuring that the next administration will also put a premium on education by pursuing the full and effective implementation of K-to-12, among other critical reforms of recent times. Education Secretary Armin Luistro said it best: “One of the criticisms [for K-to-12] is ‘Why do you do it? Indeed, the battle for real and lasting change in Philippine education can only be fought one classroom, one teacher, one student at a time. Respect for rights.  Preeminent among the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations in 1948 is the right to life. Human Rights Watch and the Commission on Human Rights have documented the unsolved killings of over 1,424 people allegedly perpetrated by death squads in 1989-2015 in Davao City, as mentioned in the pastoral letter of Archbishop Antonio Ledesma, SJ.
People cannot take the law in their own hands, and these death squads, as well as self-styled vigilantes who operate with impunity in other localities, must be disbanded and held accountable. Moreover, the threat of the reimposition of the death penalty has again been raised, which, rather than inhibit, will certainly further promote a culture of violence.
Respect for women.  During the election campaign and now in countless articles in the global media including the Time cover story featuring the presumptive president-elect, mention is made of the attitude and the words of disrespect to women and to women victims of rape and abuse.
To say even in jest that it is all right to copy, or to cheat, or to be content with a 75 percent—that is, to be mediocre—provides a demotivating example to the young. Among the contributors to the presidential campaign are business people and financiers known to have vital interests in the extractive industries.
Respect for the people’s right to a just peace.  For countrywide development to be sustainable, the building of a just and durable peace, one that responds to our people’s needs and the aspirations of those on the margins of society, is required. The Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro and the Bangsamoro Basic Law were the fruits of rigorous peace negotiations and extensive consultations. As I see it, incoming President Rodrigo Duterte’s timeline so far has this feature: Three to six months into his term, he will have reduced criminality and corruption in the country by a substantial amount. Then we have a second feature: Within two years, he will submit his federalism proposal to either a plebiscite or a referendum. Duterte explains that within this period, he will create a commission (Commission to Study Federalism?), whose main task (quoting from newspaper reports, which may be dangerous) would be to start the discussion on how the country could effect the shift to a federal form of government. Reader, if you are now thoroughly confused with the words “parliamentary,” “presidential,” “federal” and “unitary,” let me try to dispel the confusion. The federal system is based on the principle of subsidiarity, which is basically the idea that a central authority should have a subsidiary (that is, a supporting, rather than a subordinate) function, with the central performing only those tasks which cannot be performed effectively at a more immediate or local level.
The votes of Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) members might matter for some contests, and some candidates.
In this contest, the INC instruction was critical, given Marcos’ current official deficit from Robredo of only about half a percentage point. In the 2010 vice-presidential race, it should be recalled, candidate Roxas, backed by the INC, was narrowly defeated by candidate Binay who surged in the homestretch.  The situation in 2016 is a photo finish again. The Senate race.  The INC slate was quite mixed, with three LPs (Franklin Drilon, Joel Villanueva, Ralph Recto), two NPCs (Vicente Sotto and Sherwin Gatchalian), four independents (Panfilo Lacson, Richard Gordon, Juan Zubiri, Francis Tolentino), and one each from UNA (Manny Pacquiao), Akbayan (Risa Hontiveros), and Lakas (Martin Romualdez).
In voting for senators, fully half of the INCs went for the complete recommended slate, and thus their median number of names was 12. Among the candidates endorsed by their hierarchy, there is still considerable variability in the INC vote, as seen in the table, which sequences the top 15 candidates according to their Comelec vote rank. Pangilinan and De Lima, despite not being favored by the INC hierarchy, won nonetheless.  Tolentino’s INC support was not enough to overcome De Lima’s ultimate 3-point margin over him.


To sum up, in 2016 the INC votes matter for the vice-presidential contest and for one of the seats in the senatorial contest.  When fighting for every fraction of a point, politicians have to take the INC into account. Encouraged by Duterte’s blunt ways, allow us to cut to the chase: He and his team—who should not only be the best and the brightest, but also the most patriotic and compassionate, especially with poor Filipinos—should first and foremost fully implement our environment laws as effectively as he has implemented the laws in Davao City. In his campaign speeches, Duterte repeatedly warned criminals, drug lords and the corrupt: “S-T-O-P. Can he say the same to “environment criminals,” the “pushers” and “coddlers” of illegal logging, quarrying, coal-fired power plants, mining and other environmentally destructive activities? Thus, it is vital for Duterte to include environmental protection and conservation in his top 5 agenda. If we are resource-conscious, our behavior would be reoriented for good, we would have more land space for reforestation and agriculture, clean water to drink, clean air to breathe. Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s landslide election to the presidency, by all indications, is, indeed, providential. Duterte is offering the group the powerful posts of agrarian reform, labor, social welfare, and environment and natural resources. Duterte, reportedly, was a student of exiled CPP head Jose Maria Sison at the Lyceum of the Philippines, one of the centers of student activism in the late 1960s through the 1970s. To conclude, Duterte, by the providence of the Unseen Hand, should understand the lifelong struggle of Jose Maria Sison; after all, as the latter’s student, he literally rubbed  elbows (and minds) with a great Filipino.
The robust economic expansion in the first quarter is seen sustainable throughout the year, prompting British financial giant Standard Chartered Bank to raise its full-year growth forecast for the Philippines to 6.4 percent. Separately, debt watcher Moody’s Investors Service said the Duterte administration’s plan to liberalize investment restrictions would augur well for growth in the next six years and could be positive to the country’s credit rating. The mine produced 12,779 ounces of gold and 61,085 ounces of silver, higher by 11 percent and 18 percent, respectively, than the 11,557 ounces of gold and 51,917 ounces of silver produced in the same quarter of 2015. Revenue for the quarter consequently shot up to a record P775 million, 17 percent higher than the revenue of P665 million posted in the same period last year.
The hike in revenues, however, was not enough to compensate for higher non-cash charges for depreciation of the equipment acquired last year, higher interest expense and lower foreign exchange gain.
Thus, the parent company’s consolidated net income amounted to just P39 million, 60 percent lower than the consolidated net income of P100 million in 2015. The company was nevertheless encouraged by positive movements in metal prices, with gold reaching a high of $1,304 per ounce.
Including profits attributable to minority interest, Megawide’s first quarter net profit rose by 55 percent to P573.16 million. Megawide posted a 119-percent or P3.21-billion increase in consolidated revenues compared to the same quarter last year, with core construction business contributing 93 percent. Megawide chief financial officer Oliver Tan said:  “The country’s property sector continues to be strong, buoyed by the growing demand for residential and especially office spaces primarily from the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry. The enhanced construction revenue was topped by P2.5 billion worth of new contracts for the year’s first quarter. Megawide has likewise started to unlock values from its diversification into infrastructure projects.
The government’s tax research arm supports imposing a national surtax on real property, seen as a feasible strategy to source additional revenues for pump priming the economy.
NTRC said owners of real property would find it hard to evade their duties since land, building and machinery were fixed. The agency expressed confidence the public would support a national surtax, noting how it has accepted local government units’ imposition of the real property tax (RPT). Studies cited by the NTRC showed the local RPT, while a top source of LGU revenues, remained underperforming since LGUs tend to delay or postpone revisions to the SMVs—interpreted as an increase in property taxes—for fear of losing their constituents’ support. The national government’s property tax effort during the same period, in comparison, was a lower 0.29 percent. Surtax on real property would also be “a tool to redistribute income and wealth” as it would improve tax equity, the NTRC said. In line with keeping the “ability to pay” principle, NTRC recommended to exclude from the proposed surtax’s coverage certain real properties below a threshold value or land area.
To easily administer the levy and protect taxpayers from a tax shock, it suggested the base of the surtax be equivalent to the RPT’s tax base.
The NTRC also proposed that the surtax be implemented through a new special law, rather than being incorporated in the Tax Code, to avoid confusion with the LGUs’ RPT under the Local Government Code. To easily administer, monitor and implement such surtax, the NTRC recommended using LGU databases so that the assessment and computation of the additional tax on real property would be simultaneous with the RPT. The State of Hawaii is exploring a possible collaboration with Lopez-led Energy Development Corp. Salaveria visited the Philippines from May 14 to 18 to learn how Hawaii could incorporate geothermal power to reduce the state’s dependency on fossil fuels and increase efficiency measures. During his Manila visit, Salaveria held a series of meetings with geothermal experts and top officials of EDC, which is acknowledged as a global leader in geothermal energy. The Filipino-American official said the trip   to Manila this month was initiated to gather information to support the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative (HCEI), which is a partnership between the State of Hawaii and the US Department of Energy that was launched in 2008.
Hawaii was especially interested in gaining a deeper understanding of geothermal energy and how this renewable energy (RE) source could help in achieving HCEI’s goal, Salaveria said.
EDC owns and operates 12 integrated geothermal power projects with an installed capacity of 1,169 megawatts (MW). Studies indicated that Hawaii could hold more than 1,000 MW of geothermal reserves on Maui and Hawaii islands, two of the eight main islands of the State of Hawaii. While Hawaii has other RE options such as wind and solar, these RE sources are intermittent and cannot be used to run baseload power plants. Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) is launching flights between Taipei and Osaka next month, increasing connectivity via the use of the country’s fifth freedom rights. PAL said in a statement that the route would be launched on June 25, 2016, using its Airbus A321 planes. The fifth freedom right allows a domestic carrier like PAL to fly from Manila to an international destination, then pick up passengers and cargo in that location and ferry these onward to a third and final international destination. PAL has 10 weekly frequencies between Taipei and Manila and 14 frequencies between Osaka and Manila. Bautista earlier noted that the carrier planned to increase fifth freedom flights for other routes to improve business prospects.
The Lucio Tan-controlled carrier is front and center of a row between the Philippines and Kuwait that erupted after the latter blocked PAL’s plan to use fifth freedom flights between Dubai in the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait City. In response, Kuwait Airways’ Bangkok-Manila fifth freedom privileges were suspended last March 27 after more than two decades of operation. PAL nevertheless called for diplomatic intervention, stating that the fifth freedom right was clearly granted under the Philippine-Kuwait Bilateral Air Services Agreement of 1977, as amended in April 1995 and February 2009.
PAL, in January this year, launched a four times weekly service between Manila and Kuwait (via Dubai).
While airlines were expected to do better in 2016 due to lower fuel prices, a significant component of operating costs, PAL’s operator PAL Holdings posted a decline in profits in the first quarter of the year.
Property giant SM Prime Holdings (SMPH) expects to complete this year up to 2017 three new business process outsourcing (BPO) towers outside Metro Manila to complement its shopping mall complexes in Clark, Pampanga, Sta.
SMPH has earmarked P2.42 billion in capital outlays in the second half of this year to complete these three new commercial buildings. SM Clark BPO Towers will be a commercial building adjacent to SM City Clark and will have a lot size of 6,090 square meters (sqms).
SM Iloilo Tower will be adjacent to SM City Iloilo and will have a lot size of 5,480 sqms.  It will also have a GFA of 45,000 sqms. The rating for SMPH’s outstanding bonds amounting to P39.99 billion was likewise maintained at “PRS Aaa,” the highest rating in Philratings’ scale. The consolidation of SM’s real estate properties made SMPH one of the biggest integrated developers in the Philippines. As of end-March, SMPH already has 56 malls operating in the Philippines, with a total GFA of 7.3 million sqms.
Local stocks saw a bloodbath Friday that dragged the main index to the 7,200 level as investors weighed the US Federal Reserve’s hawkish clues and presumptive President-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s choice of Cabinet members. A veteran stock market dealer said investors were bracing for another interest rate increase by the US Fed, which hinted of such hawkish move coming by June or July.
The day’s decline was led by the property counter, which faltered by 2.68 percent, while the financial, holding firms and services counters slipped 1 percent. MPI, Megaworld and GTCAP, which all slid more than 3 percent, while SM Prime, PLDT and BDO all declined by over 2 percent.
One notable decliner outside the PSEi was Alterra, which slid by 44.79 percent in heavy volume.
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Results showed that abnormal tissue was correctly diagnosed by pathologists 50 percent of time, a rather grim conclusion. Another JAMA article stated that the study is missing data regarding patient outcomes so there is no evidence that the experts actually made a correct diagnosis. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. The Airbus A320 plane was flying from Paris to Cairo with 66 passengers and crew when it disappeared early Thursday over the Mediterranean Sea.
The South American country is gearing up for a tight June 5th runoff between Keiko Fujimori, the daughter of jailed former President Alberto Fujimori, and former World Bank economist Pedro Kuczynski. It was later confirmed by Peru’s chief prosecutor, who said the investigation is ongoing.
Among them are campaign contributions allegedly collected at two Fujimori-hosted cocktail parties for donors and wire transfers to her campaign from a Delaware-registered company called LVF Liberty Institute. The older Fujimori is currently serving out a 25-year jail sentence for corruption and sanctioning death squads. Polls show the two right-wing candidates in a statistical tie with a slight edge for Fujimori. In a report last week by US-based network Univision, a former associate and alleged Drug Enforcement Administration informant accused him of bragging on a clandestinely-recorded tape about laundering $15 million on behalf of Fujimori’s campaign.
He was notorious in the area for his association with the bandit group Delamance,” said Ariel “Inda” Magbanwag, the NPA-South Central Bukidnon spokesperson.
A uniformed Secret Service officer shot a person who drew a weapon just outside the White House Friday afternoon, a U.S. Police believed the large amount of shabu would be delivered to other groups involved in the illegal drugs trade. This has resulted in an increase in left-turning traffic (average increase in the number of vehicles at 6,000 daily) and gridlock in the area,” it added. The toll-road is expected to cut travel time from more than an hour-and-a-half to about 15 minutes.
Thai King Bhumibol, the world’s longest reigning monarch who is regarded as a demi-god by many Thais and considered a unifying force in a politically turbulent nation, turned 88 on December 5, 2015. Last Saturday the palace said Bhumibol had been treated with antibiotics for a lung infection and knee inflammation.
He has made his displeasure known through his spokesman Mike Abe, who said there should be “a correct process” when it comes to choosing Duterte’s alter egos. Not only did he apparently agree to abandon his Las Pinas constituency just like that, mere days after being reelected as their representative; worse, his new job as overseer of the Philippines’ real estate poses a blatant conflict of interest given his family’s status as one of the country’s largest property developers. But the public also has reason to raise an eyebrow at the circumstances surrounding his appointment. But Duterte has just been elected on a platform of change, with over 15 million Filipinos handing him the nation’s highest office based on his extra-blunt promise to sweep clean the Augean stables of Philippine politics and society.
But conflict of interest has nothing to do with competence; it’s integrity that’s at stake—and the clean and transparent administration that Rodrigo Duterte has promised to bring to Malacanang. Thanking his former student for the “magnanimous offer,” exiled CPP founding chair Jose Maria Sison politely declined the Cabinet positions, clarifying, however, that the offer would be studied seriously. As mayor of Davao City, he staked his political career by accommodating the New People’s Army, and backing a ban on US armed exercises in the metropolis. Forged by compromise, these power-sharing coalitions eventually turn fractious because of incoherent policies and strategies. The posts at stake are as strategic and critical as they involve social services, employment, land reform, and protecting the environment from development aggression. He will lead and micromanage a hard-fist antidrugs and anticrime campaign, but national security will lose steam without a peace agreement signed with the Left and capped by comprehensive social, economic, and political reforms for a just and lasting peace.
Others may interpret it as an attempt to coopt the Left by using the peace process as a ploy for capitulation.
However, Duterte’s planned first moves as president converges with the Left agenda—an end to labor contractualization, rebuilding the national steel industry en route to industrialization, and tax reform, among others.
The support that Duterte expects from the Left in helping administer government affairs can be enhanced by a broad progressive movement’s representation in the local governments.
How will basic disagreements on policies and strategies be reconciled to assemble a coherent six-year program? Negotiations with the National Democratic Front, which were stalled in 2013, promise to rectify past mistakes of not honoring 10 peace agreements, with both sides now expected to accelerate the process as speedily as possible. Past regimes failed to defeat the NPA because of its mass base support and also due to the government’s inability to address the roots of rebellion.
Tuazon teaches at the University of the Philippines and is CenPEG’s director for policy studies.
As former education undersecretary Isagani Cruz pointed out last year, “The story of our country, as told in the K-to-12 curriculum, is a story of fighting for freedom, first against foreign invaders, then against local and foreign rulers. Cruz cited the teaching of Asian history in Grade 7, which deals with the struggles of various Asian countries against colonialism, imperialism and neocolonialism, and the teaching of European history in the context of imperialism in Grade 8. In fact, the study of history is the best way to nurture the discipline of critical thinking in learners, in much the same way that scientific inquiry becomes second nature to students through their science subjects. For instance, in Fidel Castro’s Cuba, education has always been a cornerstone of the Cuban Revolution. The learning approaches of these two countries differ greatly, but their education systems strongly emphasize national identity.
Is the study of who we are and where we came from of such low priority that we need to crowdsource the sentiment in order to heighten its importance?
And yet, it is disheartening to see how easily memes and viral videos derail intelligent public discourse, and not just among millennials. Much has been said about how this long-overdue reform in education can benefit the Filipino people. These include nationwide caravans by the Department of Education (DepEd) and regional dialogues by the Private Education Assistance Committee (PEAC), the Coordinating Council of Private Educational Associations (Cocopea), and Philippine Business for Education (PBEd). It has accommodated a total of 41,692 SHS faculty applications for 2016 alone, well beyond the 39,000 faculty members estimated to be displaced over a period of five years. Finally, the Department of Labor and Employment will facilitate the provision of financial and livelihood assistance to displaced personnel.
From P188 billion in 2010, the total education budget has nearly doubled to P371 billion in 2015, equivalent to a fifth of total new appropriations for the year. And the thing with such massive change is that the first few, wobbly steps are also the hardest. I have drawn these reflections from the contentious election campaign that I would now like to convey to presumptive President-elect Rodrigo Duterte.
In the next six years, it is imperative that we underline the message that life is sacred, and that the rule of law will prevail by putting a stop to all forms of killings, particularly summary political killings and extrajudicial executions.
The police and local authorities under whose watch these crimes have been committed must likewise be made to answer for these atrocities. Studies of Amnesty International over four decades have repeatedly discredited the argument that it serves as a deterrent.


In an imperfect justice system where unfair conditions may exist, those who are poor or marginalized, or who belong to minorities, are more likely to be sentenced to death; more often than not, it is those who have less in life who are unable to mount a proper defense. It is important to note that in politics as well as in life, “words do matter” whether said in anger or in jest. Balancing competing voices in any coalition (especially one with no clear program of government presented to the people during the campaign, and absent political parties with comprehensive platforms of government except perhaps the Communist Party of the Philippines) will present a monumental challenge.
Waging peace with the CPP, National Democratic Front and New People’s Army, on the other hand, has been a labyrinthine journey that now needs to be completed to ensure that peace will prevail nationwide. Ed Garcia cosponsored the provision abolishing the death penalty as one of the framers of the 1987 Constitution. After that, he would call for a constitutional convention (obviously through Congress, because the latter is the only one who can call it, by a vote of two-thirds of all its members).
Joaquin Bernas, SJ, categorizes our present system as a “mitigated unitarism” since 1987 because the new Constitution gives the local government some powers, such as the power of local taxation and the encouragement of local autonomy. Aside from dividing powers vertically, it will require the very ticklish problem of dividing our country into states.
There are quarters who say that the Constitution does not have to be amended, only the Local Government Code, and some laws, assuming that the main objective is more autonomy, and devolved powers and resources to the local government units.
The INCs are notoriously slow in deciding for whom to vote.  Last Election Day, 53 percent said they made their choice for president only sometime between May 1 and May 9 itself. Robredo’s advantage over Marcos comes from the very populous Catholics, and the Muslims, who are almost as many as the INCs.
The other 12 in the table, in bold type, were the INC’s recommendees; they got between 56 (Recto) and 68 (Drilon and Pacquiao) percent.
In that case De Lima would have moved up to 11th place, while Recto and Osmena would be in a tight battle for 12th. One or two or even a hundred of them may be killed, but there will remain a thousand other hungry stomachs that could turn to crimes to get themselves filled. Duterte impressed us when, after his final rally at Luneta, which gathered the biggest crowd among the presidential candidates’ rallies, he and his supporters left the place clean of garbage. Dumps all over the country are polluting and destroying our land, water and air resources, and harming public health. We invite the presumptive president-elect of the Philippines to join us in pursuing aggressively the use of renewable sources of energy—solar, wind, water—because air pollution kills.
Is it because the memory of computer operators walking out of the Philippine International Convention Center from the canvassing of votes in the 1986 snap presidential election—after they realized that they were being made to encode erroneous data to favor his father—is still fresh in his mind?
With the  mayor at the helm of the government after June 30, 2016, there is every chance that, for the first time in the turbulent history of our country and at a most crucial time, a true leader has arrived to steer a genuine government of the Filipino people, by the Filipino people and for the Filipino people. Investment in equipment and construction has reinforced the positive momentum in infrastructure development,” StanChart noted.
Revenues from operations of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) contributed P431 million. Unlike its local equivalent, the national surtax would be free from political intervention from local officials, which has stunted RPT collections in the past, it added.
The major obstacle in the implementation of the locally imposed taxes on property was political rather than administrative in nature. This indicated that while the growth of collection from property taxes remained very slow compared with economic growth, there was still room for improvement in collections and consequently, increase in revenues.
Citing the close link between wealth and real property ownership, “those who have more real properties would be taxed more while those who have less would be taxed less” under the proposal, it added. Salaveria, director of the US state’s Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT). In 2015, Hawaii passed a landmark legislation to make Hawaii the first state in the nation to set a 100-percent renewable portfolio standard for the electricity sector. EDC plans to pursue projects overseas, including opportunities in Latin America and Indonesia.
These are coveted by carriers since they improve flight utilization, making the route more profitable. This will enable the Japanese market to travel to Taiwan with ease, comfort and convenience,” PAL president Jaime Bautista said in the statement. This meant that PAL was not allowed to pick up passengers and cargo in Dubai headed to Kuwait. Rosa BPO and SM Iloilo Tower—are among the key projects in the pipeline to boost the company’s recurring earnings. Rosa were expected to be completed by the fourth quarter of this year while SM Iloilo Tower was slated for completion by the first half of 2017, SMPH said in a regulatory filing that also detailed a retail bond offering worth as much as P10 billion. SMPH operates four core businesses: malls, residential, commercial, and hotel and convention centers.
The company has likewise expanded its business outside the Philippines and currently operates six malls in China.
At the same time, the dealer said the market was jittery over Duterte’s choices of Cabinet members.
There were 56 advancers, which were overwhelmed by 140 decliners, while 42 stocks were unchanged. It is sometimes also referred to as “hyperandrogen anovulation syndrome” or “Stein Leventhal Syndrome”. Some of the symptoms will be visible to you, some only doctors can see with specialized tests. Polycystic ovaries are defined as 12 or more follicles in at least one ovary as seen by ultrasound.
This can lead to patients going through treatments that are too aggressive for some or too weak thus ineffective for others. Joann Elmore from the University of Washington explains that since approximately 160,000 U.S. In 3 percent of cases, samples were misdiagnosed as invasive cancer while 13 percent of cases were considered less serious than they actually were. At the Malaybalay City council, he chaired the ethnic and indigenous cultural communities’ development committee. That Quiboloy would air his disappointment in this way is startling: The two men are so close that Duterte has no qualms admitting that the evangelist regularly buys him shoes, and Quiboloy once said he was ready to lend his private jet gratis so his friend could fly home to Davao from Manila every day if necessary. Barely had the ink dried on the “coalition” agreement that Duterte’s party PDP-Laban had signed with the Nacionalista Party headed by Villar’s father, Manny Villar—the real-estate mogul, former senator and 2010 presidential candidate—than the congressman’s name was announced as the incoming head of the DPWH. His camp had fanned the expectations of a hopeful public, even those who didn’t vote for him but who quickly came to terms with his victory as the result of a vigorous democracy.
But in all other aspects, his appointment to the DPWH is a troubling throwback to the old-boys-club politics of self-interest and accommodation. Through the Marxist lens, it is more accurate to cast him as socialist-leaning and a nationalist with an unqualified sympathy for the poor. In short, they serve as key platforms for initiating basic social and economic reforms with socialist paradigms—issues that previous pro-elite regimes failed to address. A negotiated political settlement that will accommodate a progressive agenda opens the possibility of an alliance between Duterte and the Left, which may even solidify his socialist orientation. The basic social and economic reforms of a Duterte presidency should be grounded where community-based change-movers have long been struggling for grassroots empowerment. How, indeed, will expected resistance from the elite and diehard anticommunist elements be handled? The outcome of these talks will shape the final configuration of the coalition government and to what extent Duterte is determined to support it. The curriculum is designed to impress upon learners that they are duty-bound to use and improve their talents and skills for the common good. Singapore’s math and science curriculums are legendary, and its students practically dominate international assessment tests. I’ll give you all the records, documents and photos that I have [of] martial law,” she said. I’ve seen well-educated professionals sharing these sometimes humorous but poorly researched posts online, without even the benefit of cursory verification. But what remains contentious is how such a sweeping initiative can be sustainably implemented while also tackling its attendant challenges in the short term. While there is certainly merit in raising these issues, we must keep in mind that fundamental to any significant change are difficulty and confusion (think of the metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a butterfly, or the birth of a child).
A range of comprehensive support programs has been developed by government agencies in order to mitigate the adverse impact on labor and to leverage the opportunity to upgrade Philippine higher education. It is thus inaccurate to say that the government is just willing to leave our teachers languishing during the transition.
Moreover, from 461 elementary schools running on three shifts a day in 2011, we now only have 15 such schools in 2014. It is thus critical that we sustain the momentum and guarantee the optimal use of public funds.
Salazar and Dylan Dellosa are president and research director, respectively, of the Philippine Business for Education. In fact, AI concludes that “there is no evidence that the death penalty is any more effective in reducing crime than imprisonment.” A most effective deterrent against crime is the certainty of conviction and the effective administration of justice. Examples of prisoners sent to death row and later exonerated demonstrate that in matters of life and death, there is no room for error. It is our hope that our presumptive president-elect comes through with his renewed pledge to show a better example to our young people who are both impressionable and may easily be influenced by leaders who may seem larger than life.
Reassurance has been given that no concessions will be made to friends and funders alike as quid pro quo, which remains to be seen.
Diokno once put it, we have to address the underlying causes of the conflict, “jobs and justice, food and freedom.” It would also mean redressing historical injustices and ensuring respect for the dignity of the Bangsamoro and lumad  in Mindanao.
To silence the guns once and for all after nearly half a century will indeed be a lasting legacy to succeeding generations. He worked with the secretariat of Amnesty International and the London-based peace-building organization, International Alert. Duterte, tell us how we are to measure the success (or failure) of such an effort.  What will constitute “substantial”?  The number of shoot-to-kill orders carried out?
In a unitary system, the central government holds all (or most) of the power, and in a federal system, power is divided between central and local governments. Now if there are other objectives like staying in power indefinitely, that’s something else. This is 20 points more than the 33 percent of Catholics, 31 percent of Muslims, 30 percent of other Christians, and 32 percent of other religions, that said they decided at that time.
But Tolentino would still be out, at 14th.  Thus, the one winning senatorial candidate for whom the INC votes really mattered was Recto. Some say, however, that beyond the clean surroundings of Davao City, there are still dumps. The key to managing our wastes is in valuing all our natural and manmade resources so that nothing will be wasted, everything will have its proper place. For 30 years they have been carrying on a violent, bloody struggle to wrest control of the government, but they have never succeeded and never will they succeed. But, if they accept the offer, the first of its kind in 30 years, the insurgency can be put to an end, and the entire nation will be blessed to enjoy the benefits of true peace and untrammeled opportunities for prosperity. Together with Bangalore-based partner GMR Infrastructure Limited, the group took over operations of the MCIA in November 2014, using the public private partnership (PPP) framework. The anticipated political repercussions to schedule of market values (SMV) revision makes local officials reluctant to support such move,” the NTRC noted. The department, which is under the Office of the Governor, oversees the Hawaii State Energy Office, which has embarked on a strategic plan to position Hawaii as a proving ground for clean energy technologies. It was reported that several seats were earmarked for the Communist Party while the public works portfolio was given to a Villar scion, perceived to be part of a political horse-trading that might characterize the incoming administration as it seeks to gain support among lawmakers. I was told that I was just obese and should cut down on the amount I eat and exercise more. By the time I found a new gyno who was willing to do a complete hysterectomy (I’m 36 yrs old) my ovaries were the size of my entire uterus and cervix when you put them next to each other. Previous research has shown that mammograms are difficult to interpret and can result in insufficient or unnecessarily aggressive treatment. The arrangement came off as naked quid pro quo: the Villar-led NP pledging to support the fledgling administration in seeming return for a powerful government post that happens to have enormous implications on the Villars’ family business.
The C-5 controversy—a multibillion-peso highway project said to have been redesigned, at huge extra cost, to benefit the Villars’ housing projects—doomed his father’s presidential candidacy; now, his conflicted appointment will only cast a shadow at the very dawn of the Duterte presidency. These are the change forces that no Cabinet secretaries or political and business supporters of Duterte can promise.
Garcia’s “Filipino First” policy that is now enshrined in Article XI, Section 9 of the 1987 Constitution and on the Oil Deregulation Law in Grade 9, and discussions on same-sex marriage, the Reproductive Health Law and political dynasties in Grade 10.
Similarly, the DepEd’s voucher program ensures that all 3.9 million junior high school finishers will have equitable access to SHS in 2016, regardless of their school of origin. Moreover, the proposed medieval practice of hanging desensitizes people, reflecting the barbaric methods that were condemned in the past. To move the struggle from the field of battle into the parliamentary arena will remove guns out of politics, leading to a future truly different from the past.
He taught political science at the University of the Philippines and Ateneo de Manila, and now works at Far Eastern University Diliman. He also asserts that our presidential, unitary form of government has led to unequal distribution of wealth. So does that mean he ultimately wants a federal, parliamentary form of government, as opposed to our current unitary, presidential? The head of government (there are exceptions) is generally chosen among the legislators, and so is the Cabinet.  Hence my dismay. While a large part of the country suffers from the heat, some parts are experiencing heavy rains and floods. We know that we have “killed” some dumps and that we have set up instead barangay ecology centers for segregation at source (households and establishments), composting, and recycling. And he must really have such a fertile imagination to even think that the Liberal Party or specifically, Leni Robredo, cheated him while he was in sweet slumber after garnering a sizable lead in the early hours ofthe count. Their struggle has only resulted in countless deaths and suffering on both their side and government’s, without sparing civilians. Although the situation might not occur in real life conditions, the team says findings show how difficult it is to accurately interpret biopsied tissue under a microscope. Alan Peter Cayetano, Duterte’s running mate in the election, lobbied for Villar to get the post instead of the trade and industry portfolio for which he had been initially eyed.
The progressive movement can, and a reform agenda needs a strong and nationwide mass movement as a political backbone and development force. When they go abroad to study engineering, information technology and healthcare, they do so because they can bring back their world-class competencies for the benefit of national businesses and industries. This is why we need to talk about K-to-12’s early hurdles, if only to show that they do not warrant giving up the fight for a better basic education system for our youth. I was even told that nothing is wrong with me and that if I get married everything will be fine(!).
I have nearly every single symptom, and the weight, acne, mood swings, fatigue are all getting excessive. Then I started having severe pelvic pain and discovered I not only had 2 uterine tumors, but endometriosis. The jailing of Jojo Binay (you promised he would be the first one you would go after, remember)? Is the parliamentary form of government his actual objective, and he is only hiding behind federalism? I have excess hair on parts which are extremely embrassing, constant stomah cramps, very bad mood swings and im constantly tired I have no energy what so ever. As the abnormal cells have a potential of spreading, the usual treatment involves and radiation. Will we have three states (Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao), or five, or seven, or 11, or 15, or 80?
Poverty will worsen and those who would resort to robbery, theft, drug pushing, murder and the like will only grow in number. But a parliamentary form of government will mean no more term limits, more political dynasties, and more chances to keep feudalism alive and well. In other words, it will mean the triumph of  trapos  and their kin, the  buwayas  who have impoverished our country.



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