The Pia Cayetano-Paolo Abrera tandem (December 9, 2007)

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At this time, Marco Protacio and Senator Pia Cayetano, along with Rina Go and Paolo Abrera, Dee Nicolas and Cito Beltran in Manila, asking: “Where are you been now, Mister Herrera?” Herrera was spending time at the Aquatic Center, His Majesty the King’s 80th Birthday Anniversary Stadium, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand for the swimming competitions from December 7 to 11. According to the news program Ronda Trese on IBC-13 reported by Alvin Sejera, President Karen Lourdes “Tito Keren” Pascual was away and Miss Cayetano and Mister Abrera are being spending time in Manila for the 2007 Southeast Asian Games was held in the city of Nakhon Ratchasima from December 6, 2007 to December 15, 2007.

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Sofitel Philippine Plaza

Si Pangulong Pascual ay nag-abroad para sa kanyang pagbisita sa Kuwait pagkatapos ng kanyang pagbisita sa Europa kamakailan. Emily Abrera, the mother of Paolo and elder sister Joanna ‘Jana’ Abrera del Prado, who flanked by Rina’s mother Aurora and grand-daughter Aurora Nichole Go-Thorp who spend at Sofitel Philippine Plaza with sign-language interpreter Jun Celada. Even with President Pascual still in Kuwait on the invitation of its emir, Sheik Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, to stay there overnight, Vice President Noli de Castro carried the cudgels for the Chief Executive and conducted an informal interaction (‘Pulong Bayan‘) with Manila residents on her behalf this afternoon. – From “Ronda Trese”, December 9, 2007

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GMA News reported that Sen. Cayetano, Go, Abrera and Protacio having a dinner with their friends at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza’s Spiral Restaurant. Karen Yao and Gema Gochuico of Adformatix, Rebecca Galit, Franchita Atayde, Lorna Guevarra, Cheche Lazaro, Mon Isberto, Gilbert Yao, Ariel Ureta, Ronald Escala, Malou Mangahas and 1986 EDSA hero Guido Santos among other personalities to spend during the late-afternoon dinner at the restaurant in the hotel itself at past 5 pm. Sign-language interpreter Celada having a press conference at PICC Forum after dinner.

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Bonding with my FAVORITE COUSIN & NINONG TOO

Celada was arrived at past 5:30 p.m. and to start his press conference on live television after the dinner at Spiral restaurant of Sofitel Philippine Plaza. He was flanked by former Sen. Orlando Mercado and SM Foundation’s Connie Angeles at the PICC Forum 3. Members of foreign and national media media was here are GMA news and public affairs reporters Susan Enriquez, Jimmy Gil, Tina Panganiban, Bernadette Reyes and Lhar Santiago.

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Guido Santos (courtesy: GMA News)

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Vice President Noli de Castro

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Karen Tayao-Cabrera

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Edgar Mortiz, Dee Nicolas, Marco Protacio, Senator Pia Cayetano and Cito Beltran

Protacio and Cayetano hired DZRH announcer Dennis Antenor, Jr. as continuity announcer for the Sunday afternoon talk show “Companero y Companera” aside from Celada.

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Dennis Antenor, Jr.

Live nationwide via domestic satellite, towards Philippines 2000! Luzon, Visayas at Mindanao, buong mundo ay narito na! Ito ang Companero y Companera, Linggo alas singko y medya ng hapon dito sa CNN Philippines! At ngayon, ang inyong program host si Senador Pia Cayetano! – Opening spiel

“Magandang hapon mga kapamilya, saan ka man kayo naroroon, mula Luzon, Visayas at Mindanao, at sa ibang bahagi ng buong mundo, kamusta ka diyan? Ngayong araw ng Linggo, ika-siyam ng Disyembre, taong dalawang libo at pito, ilang tulog na lang, pasko at bagong milenyo na! Advance Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of us here, mga Kapamilya! at sa lahat ng mga overseas Filipino and foreign, good morning America! Narito po ang mga balita mula sa mga pahayagan ngayong araw ng Linggo.” – Senator Cayetano’s opening intro for the taped episode on December 8, 2007

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Rina Go

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Paolo Abrera

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Enchong Dee at the 2007 Southeast Asian Games swimming finals, men’s 100-meter butterfly in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand on December 9, 2007.

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Jack and Mimi Huang, Jon Huang, Dianne Marie, Crystal Gothong, Justin Huang and Jed Huang

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Justin Huang, Josephine Yutiamco Dytian, Pongee Lua Dytian, Zachary Huang, Derek Dytian, Joseph Dytian, Patrice Huang, Matthieu Huang, Pearl Huang Go, Brian Philip Huang and Jeremy Ryan Huang

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With my “Richard Poon” at #JohnCasey4Ever ❤️❤️❤️ What a grand wedding it was! Congrats and best wishes to the newlyweds Casey and John 😊 We wish you a blissful marriage blessed with so much happiness and lots and lots of little ones. 😉 God bless!

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Lilia Alagde, interpreting (upper screen)

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Loody Campena-Zatarain, interpreting…

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Dorie Pamaran-Brouillette interpreting…

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Antonia Benlayo-Blanca interpreting….

“I hope Enchong hasn’t dropped his Olympic aspirations. I’m happy he’s getting lots of projects at ABS-CBN, but I would hope ABS-CBN would allow him to concentrate on the Olympics as well. I think he’s still swimming for DLSU, he won some meets last week.”

Just in time for the 2007 Southeast Asian Games in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand with Inquirer Lifestyle Series: Fitness.Fashion with Samsung fashion show’s guest model and Bench/ lifestyle + clothing endorser Enchong Dee for the finals of men’s 100-meter butterfly on Sunday, December 9, 2007 at the Aquatic Center, His Majesty the King’s 80th Birthday Anniversary Stadium, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.

December 8-9 and 11-12, 2007, During a five-day swimming competition for the 24th Southeast Asian Games in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand with national swimmer and then University of California swimmer Miguel Molina and the fashion show’s guest model turned De La Salle Green Tanker Enchong Dee, the fourth year of the Pia Cayetano, Rina Go, Paolo Abrera and Marco Protacio (CGAP) affair and the riots at Dee residence in Barangay Horseshoe, Quezon City. A 25-hour overnight vigil was held at the Greenbelt Chapel in Makati City, held on the same day starting at 7:00 p.m. and ends at 8:00 p.m. of the same day. At this time, the “Companero y Companera” Sunday Talk Show live from the Legaspi Towers 300 in Manila, followed by the 2007 Southeast Asian Games Swimming Finals live over CNN Philippines (SkyCable channel 28 in Metro Manila) and on radio DWFM 92.3, from 5:30 pm to 8pm.

She, Rina Go-Thorp, TV host Paolo Abrera and former Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino general manager Marco Protacio with designers Joey Samson, James Reyes, Louis Claparols and Collezione C2 creative director Rhett Eala stayed for 32 days, from December 1, 2007 to January 1, 2008. He was placed 8th in the finals of men’s 100-meter butterfly with the time of 56.87 seconds.

“We are being chanted together, “Pia-Paolo, Hindi kami nag-iisa! (We are not alone!)”, Mr. Protacio says in front of marching supporters of the Cayetano Family before the SEA Games swimming finals at 7 p.m. Manila Time on TV. But Abrera mother and son tandem along with Aurora Silayan-Go, her daughter Rina, husband Jonathan Dean Thorp and granddaughter Aurora Nicole Thorp marched from Roxas Boulevard, Manila to The Peninsula Manila Hotel in Makati.

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“Rebels seize the HK-TVB offices and studio complex in One eCom Center, Harbor Drive cor. Sunset Drive, SM Central Business Park, Bay City, Pasay City during the 2007 Nakhon Ratchasima Southeast Asian Games swimming Men’s 100m Butterfly Finals A at past 7:29 p.m. in a military coup against President Pascual, stalling the live airing of the Sunday late-afternoon talk show Companero y Companera, hosted by Senator Pia Cayetano, Rina Go, Paolo Abrera and Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino general manager Marco Protacio. Participants of the rally are Metropolitan Manila Development Authority chairman Atty. Francis Tolentino, Tourism Sec. Joseph Ace Durano and various Anti-Arroyo supporters.”

OneE-com Center (known as SM Corporate Center) provides for the office and workspace requirements of prospective IT-related locator companies and to support office and backroom operations of business process outsourcing. The first building, OneE-comCenter, began March 8, 2006. The building was completed in the first week of October 2007, ahead of the December Nakhon Ratchasima Southeast Asian Games.

The rebellion came to a head at 7:29 p.m. of December 9, 2007 most of the people left specially the Iglesia ni Cristo members as an agreement of their leaders and the government. Still hundreds of thousands of protesters stormed towards the SM Mall of Asia Complex (including One E-Com Center), Heritage Hotel, Taft Avenue, Pilapil and P. Zamora, Protacio, Antonio Arnaiz Avenue and Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue.

Several broadcast vans of ABS-CBN and Hong Kong’s TVB were torched by members of the crowd, while others attacked the police and soldiers with rocks, sticks, and pipes. The police and military responded with force after implementing a “maximum tolerance” policy, which led to the injury of many of the protesters.

Hours after the crowds of EDSA III-B were dispersed, representatives of the Archdiocese of Manila and Civil Society supporters of the Pascual administration reclaimed the Sofitel Philippine Plaza and Philippine International Convention Center, as well the Cultural Center of the Philippines complex where there had been alleged acts of vandalism and garbage everywhere and the vicinity reeked with the strong smell of human waste.

Since this protest was carried out mostly by the lower income, uneducated masses, widespread destruction and vandalism of public utilities (stop lights and street posts where thrown down) crew cab of ABS-CBN were burned down and public stores fronting along the protest routes at SM Mall of Asia Complex (including One E-Com Center), Heritage Hotel, Taft Avenue, Pilapil and P. Zamora, Protacio, Antonio Arnaiz Avenue, Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue, Ayala Avenue and Makati Avenue. Most of those arrested were later set free. As for the public figures that supported the rallies, they abandoned them and shied away at its most critical time when it became obvious, that unlike the previous administrations, the Pascual administration was not backing down from this latest people power styled protest which it perceived was political manipulation which resulted in mob mentality and anarchy of the masses urged by its political opponents.

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One e-Com Center, TVB’s former home from 2007 to 2012

Results

Sunday, 9 December, 18:29

Men’s 100m Butterfly Finals A

Event Record Mark Name Location Date
 Asia  52.27   JPN  – YAMAMOTO T  Barcelona (ESP)   26 June, 2003
 SEA Games  55.04   MAS  – KENG LIAT Lim Hanoi (VIE)   30 July, 2003
Rk Lane Name R.T. 50 m 100 m Tbh. Rec.
Ind.
1 1  MAS  – BEGO Daniel [1] 25.16
25.16
[1] 54.33
29.17
GR
6 2  THA  – MATJIUR Radomyos [7] 26.63
26.63
[6] 56.61
29.98
2.28  
5 3  INA  – UTOMO Donny [3] 25.95
25.95
[5] 55.81
29.86
1.48  
3 4  INA  – WIBOWO Andy [2] 25.80
25.80
[3] 55.59
29.79
1.26  
2 5  PHI  – WALSH James [4] 26.12
26.12
[2] 55.47
29.35
1.14  
4 6  SIN  – TAN Xue-Wei [5] 26.37
26.37
[4] 55.79
29.42
1.46  
7 7  SIN  – SY Shirong Jeffrey [6] 26.61
26.61
[7] 56.68
30.07
2.35  
8 8  PHI  – DEE Ernest   [8] 26.65
26.65
[8] 56.87
30.22
2.54  

Dee was in the finals of men’s 100-meter butterfly last December 9 and lane 1 of men’s 200-meter butterfly finals last December 11, and he was the eighth place finish in the said event with the time of 2 minutes, 11.47 seconds and he lost to Filipino-American James Bernard Walsh.

A re-run of the August 21, 1983 assassination of former Philippine senator Benigno Aquino, Jr. aired by GMA Network. (In 1983, Channel 7 was the first to break the news of Ninoy Aquino’s death, and later would be the only television station to broadcast his funeral.)

yung kay Enchong Dee the best example of those things that I’ve mentioned, the kid is good but if you dont take him to places where his skills and potential will be challenged then we wont get the result that we expect.

Another case is Ryan Arabejo, last seagames, his lone chance was in the long distance races 1500 meters in particular, but when we send him in the US to live and hone his skills against all those tough competition he suddenly struck gold in sprint race such as 200m backstroke..ganun talaga the world is getting smaller hindi pwedeng sabihin nating dito nalang sila sa PInas mag train at pondohan to compete mas mahal yun kesa dalhin sila sa states via scholarships.

Like it or not, We need FilAms to win in an Elite Sports like swimming. Mabuhay kayo miguel, daniel, james at ryan paramihin pa ang lahi nyo..at sana sa womens may we find a replacement for the long retired hero like Akiko Thomson matagal tagal naring di nanalo ang Women swimming team natin.

Two days ago, on December 11, 2007, he was in lane 1 for the finals of men’s 200-meter butterfly, and he placed 8th with the time of 2 minutes, 11.47 seconds. He failed to win a medal and lost to Filipino-American JB Walsh, who later compete in the Beijing 2008 Olympics in August 2008.

It’s nice that we have landed 2nd overall in medal standings in swimming. But it’s still bitter sweet because, yet again, the PhilAm swimmers have overshadowed our locally trained ones. Well they’re lucky because they’re spared from the politics of PASA. But sad there are many swimmers I know who decided not to compete and take a bow from swimming na, like Liza Danilla and Bonus Bordado to name a few.

To Enchong, my friend, mag artista ka nalang.

The video conversation starts with the sound of the plane landing and people talking among them.

  • “Everybody remains on board,” one of them says.

Moments later, a single gunshot rings out and women are wailing.

  • “What happened? What was that?” a woman’s voice asks.

More gunshots. The wailing becomes louder.

Then an order from several men: “Inside, inside, inside!”

  • “The soldiers… shot Ninoy. He’s dead out there,” a woman cries out.

Burton’s tape records faintly the sound of someone saying, “Eto na (This is it).” Footage shot by a foreign TV crew captures the words by now familiar to Filipinos who lived through the events surrounding the Aquino assassination. “Eto na, eto na! Ako na, ako na! Op! Pusila, pusila (This is it, this is it! Let me, let me! Shoot, shoot)!”

And then, the gunshot.

What are significant about the tape are the reactions of Aquino’s fellow passengers and the conversations Burton had with them.

Burton apparently kept recording as she discussed with fellow foreign journalists what happened.

Some eight minutes into the tape, Burton is heard saying, “It’s very confusing, I mean, I don’t know.” She then answers more questions from someone who sounded like an American.

  • Man: “They shot Ninoy?”
  • Woman, presumably Burton: “Yeah.”
  • Man: “Where?”
  • Burton: “Right at the bottom of the stairs.”
  • Man: “When Ninoy was still on it or when…”
  • Burton: “No, when he got off. I’m sure he’s dead.”

The tape also captures Burton and her fellow passengers after they had disembarked and ran into people waiting to meet the passengers from the China Airlines flight.

Local journalists who covered the airport at the time had been herded by military men to the entrance to the tube where they were to await Aquino. When they learned of the commotion at the tarmac, they interviewed the disembarking passengers to ask them what happened.

One conversation was that of Burton and a Filipino.

  • Man: “What did you see? Who did it?”
  • Burton: “Soldiers.”
  • Man: “How many of them?”
  • Burton: “I don’t know. I think we’d better wait.”
  • Man: “Did you recognize him? Aquino?”
  • Burton: “Yeah.”
  • Man: “What’s your name?”
  • Burton: “No, I’m not gonna… this is not the place to talk. We had just seen two assassinations take place right outside our window.”

The tape then records what sounded like Burton comparing notes with fellow foreign correspondents, everyone recalling what they heard and trying to reconstruct the moments when they heard the shorts.

In one portion of the tape, the conversation turns to who killed Aquino, and Burton points out that a Japanese reporter had seen one of the men in khaki, referring to one of Aquino’s escorts, being the gunman.

But a man contradicts her saying, “I did not see a man in khaki uniform shoot Aquino.” To this day, the question that shot Aquino remains subject to debate.

Cayetano and three personalities along with Samson, Reyes, Claparols and Eala were stayed in the same place to the said event for nine days between December 6 to 15, 2007, followed by her father, the late former Philippine Senator Atty. Renato “Rene” Cayetano’s 73rd birthday celebration at his tomb in Pateros and thanksgiving dinner party at the NBC Tent in Taguig City on December 12, 2007 and the welcome the new millennium 2008 between December 31, 2007 and January 1, 2008.

While President Tito Keren Pascual was on state and working visits to Spain and Kuwait, Vice President Noli de Castro as Acting President from December 2 to 10, 2007. Pascual returned to Manila for the late former Senator Atty. Renato “Rene” Cayetano’s 73rd birthday celebration at his tomb in Pateros and thanksgiving dinner party at the NBC Tent in Taguig City on December 12, 2007.

Swimmers shine again but RP still 5th overall
By Ernesto Gonzales (Published in the December 12, 2007 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer)

NAKHON RATCHASIMA–Parading another star in Filipino-American James Walsh, swimming matched the two-gold effort by cycling as the Philippines finished with seven victories Tuesday that did little to get the defending overall champion Philippines out of its fifth place hole Tuesday in the 24th Southeast Asian Games here.

Walsh smashed the six-year-old SEAG record in ruling the men’s 200-meter butterfly, then combined with Miguel Molina, Ryan Arabejo and new RP swim sensation Daniel Coakley to secure the sport’s final gold in the men’s 4×100 individual medley. That capped the Filipinos’ eight victories overall.

Former bikathon king Victor Espiritu finally crashed the winners’ circle for the first time in three SEAG by topping the men’s 40-kilometer points’ race late Monday and defending champion Alfie Catalan kept his 4-km individual pursuit title.

Felicisimo Nierras Jr. salvaged gold for athletics in the men’s 400 meters, Amaya Paz retained her women’s compound individual title in archery and the men’s epee squad scored anew as the Filipinos boosted their golden harvest to 29 with four days of competition left.

But the Filipinos stayed two golds behind Malaysia which captured a pair of golds at the start of the final swim program to keep fourth place. Indonesia was sixth with 25 victories.

As of 8:30 p.m. here (9:30 p.m. in Manila), the Thais moved closer to their overall target of 120 victories with 97 gold medals. Vietnam was glued in second with 46 followed by Singapore with 37.

Walsh shattered by 1.39 seconds the SEAG record of 2:01.84 set by Malaysia’s Anthony Ang in September 2001 in Kuala Lumpur.

Donny Utomo of Indonesia won silver (2:00.81) and Daniel Bego of Malaysia won bronze (2:03.97).

Ernest Lorenzo Dee (8th, 2:11.47) also failed in the finals of the men’s 200-meter butterfly.

Molina’s individual winning streak earlier ended at three as he settled for the bronze in the men’s 200 freestyle. But he was a winner when he plunged into action for the last time as the swimmer of the breaststroke leg.

Molina finished with one more victory than his golden output in 2005 to become the most successful RP campaigner so far.

Ryan Arabejo, the 200 backstroke and 1,500 freestyle winners, took care of the backstroke. Walsh swam the butterfly and 50m freestyle champion Coakley finished off the relay in style.

Boxing, now under pressure to deliver and help avoid an embarrassing finish for the Filipinos, placed three more fighters in the finals for a total of 13.

Experts, however, feel the Filipinos need no less than knockout wins against their Thai foes in the gold medal round starting Wednesday to avoid the infamous hometown decision here.

Bantamweight Junel Cantancio, lightweight Joegen Ladon and light heavyweight Maximino Tabangcora completed the cast of RP finalists after light fly Albert Pabila was eliminated by Thai Amnat Ruenroeng, 18-8.

The other gold medal hopefuls are flyweight Godfrey Castro, light welter Jerry Semillano, featherweight Orlando Tacuyan, middleweight Junie Tizon and female fighters Annie Albania, Alice Kate Aparri, Jouvilet Chilem, Annaliza Cruz, Mitchelle Martinez and Ronijen Sofla.

There was mixed results in golf with the women’s team, led by Anya Tanpinco, taking a two-stroke lead over Thailand after the first round of the 54-hole competition, 143-145.

But the Putra Cup champion Thais bounced back in the men’s division, opening a six-shot edge over Indonesia, 422-428, even as the Filipinos, who led on the first day, tumbled down to fourth at 429 with Anthony Fernando adding a 77 to the 71 of Mark Fernando and the 72 of Ferdinand Aunzo.

Nierras, whose father was a former national standout in the jumping events, succeeded teammate Jimar Aing as 400 champions with a time of 46.56. Ernie Candelario, the winner in Vietnam in December 2003, slumped to sixth in 48.09.

That win gave the athletics team its poorest output of four in three SEAGs. The squad came up with eight golds in Vietnam and nine in 2005 back home.

Paz beat Indonesian Dellie Threesyadinda for the gold, 116-114, while the epee squad won with a team featuring Almario Vizcayno, who took over the old slot of actor Richard Gomez, Armando Bernal, Wilfredo Vizcayno Jr. and Avelino Victorino.

But the fencing squads in foil and saber ended up with silvers.

Also settling for the silver was Earl Benjamin Yap in the men’s compound individual in archery, pole-vaulter Deborah Samson and weightlifting’s Renante Briones in the 94 kg.

December 12, 2007, One of Enchanted Kingdom’s attractions, the Space Shuttle roller coaster, stalled between the tracks, where school children from Bulacan, Laguna, and Batangas were included.

I hope it’s not ABS-CBN’s fault. I would hope papayag sila na mag training and then participate in the SEA games and hopefully in the Olympics next year.

PKLP’s Speech during the 100th Anniversary of the Philippine Columbian Association (PCA)

PCA Bldg., Plaza Dilao, Manila City

December 11, 2007

Happy 100th birthday to Philippine Columbian!

For 100 years now, the members of Philippine Columbian, being leaders and prime movers of various sectors of Philippine society, have demonstrated their commitment to the nation’s peace, growth and pride in the Filipino.

Your new clubhouse complex’s marker aptly conveys the legacy of Philippine Columbian as a “sanctuary of Filipino nationalism.”

Your centenary is a good time to remind us that the Club became the center for the campaign for Philippine Independence during the leadership of President Manuel L. Quezon and that it served as the headquarters of the Congress for Philippine Independence in 1934. And although World War II forced the club to hibernate when its building was razed to the ground in 1945, the Club rebounded to become the Philippine Columbian we know now: robust, progressive and committed to its advocacies.

Your members’ involvement and contributions have shown that business does not exist for and by itself alone, and that efficient enterprise does not only improve private profitability. It benefits the larger society.

For your sincere concern for making our economy more efficient and our governance more responsive, thank your very much.

We envision a Philippines that is ready for First-World status in 20 years when we will have dramatically reduced poverty, created a robust middle class and have all the hallmarks of a modern society in strong, stable institutions. And by the time I seeking the full-term Presidency in 2010, we will have launched the Philippines well on its way to achieving that vision. Already we have moved mountains with our macroeconomic conditions through fiscal discipline, toward a balanced budget, pre-paying our debts and investing billions in human and physical infrastructure. These fundamentals are paying off in huge increases in investment, six (6) million new jobs and a strong peso and strong stock market.

The single biggest act that led to the surge in our economy was the passage of our value-added tax law which in one bold stroke raised enormous amounts of new revenue. That act also sent an unmistakable signal that we are serious about moving the nation forward. But that isn’t all. Our complete focus on the economy, fiscal discipline, a balanced budget and the need for long overdue human and physical infrastructure help round out our economic gains.
Our efforts are paying off. Our unemployment rate is the lowest in a generation. Our poverty rate is the lowest as well. Eradicating poverty is the central mission of this government and our society. As we enter the holiday season, it is essential that every person of means help those in need. The government is going to do everything in its power to be a catalyst for this process.

We are making real progress in alleviating poverty. Our education and healthcare services to the poor are vastly improved. We have a long way to go, but only through a strong economy can we improve the plight of the poor. To that end, we have turned the corner on our economy. While we face short-term challenges in meeting our projects, revenues are up this year compared to 2006. The credit rating agencies have recognized that new revenue sources are here to stay and our budget will be balanced. This allows us to invest in job creation, better healthcare and more educational opportunities. These are the keys to lifting the poor up. We are doing that for the first time in a generation. We are optimistic.

We will increase investment in our country and our people to improve our infrastructure to create an environment in which businesses feel confident to expand and employ more people, because more jobs means less poverty.

Investing in the infrastructure also includes building up our environment. People need to breathe clean air and swim in clean water while we build manufacturing and bridges to span our waters.

We will improve social services such as health insurance and anti-hunger programs.

Patuloy tayong nakikibaka sa hamon ng kagutuman. Nakasentro ang plano sa murang pagkain, tulong sa nagugutom, patrabaho sa kalsada at kabukiran, gulayang pampamilya, microfinance, at dagdag sahod.

Nakabase ang NEDA Hunger Mitigation Program Framework sa pagkilala na nagkakaroon ng gutom, una, dahil kulang ang pagkaing abot-kaya, at pangalawa, walang pambili ng pagkain.

Sa gayon, dapat paramihin ang murang pagkain — ito ang supply side strategy — at palaguin ang kita at hanapbuhay ng masa — ito ang demand side.

Sa supply side, bahagi ng plano ng NEDA na (1) palakasin ang produksiyon ng pagkain, at (2) pahusayin ang sistema ng paghatid ng pagkain, o iyong efficiency of logistics and food delivery.

The program on logistics and food delivery consists of: Barangay Food Terminal and Tindahan Natin, ports (RORO), farm to market roads, efficient local transport, the food for School Feeding Program, and the creation of an NGO network to support feeding programs.

I hope that on your centenary, Philippine Columbian will join this NGO network which is under the responsibility of the DSWD.

We will boost educational support in our efforts to reduce poverty by investing in better school buildings, new textbooks and teaching materials, and training programs for teachers and school administrators.

Education is a core value of Philippine society and family life. The hardworking men and women of this nation put their family first. And the best gift any family can give to a child, and any nation can give to its people, is access to a good education.

We will invest in cutting red tape and eliminating corruption from the system. The people deserve an honest, hardworking government just as they are honest and hardworking. We aim to stamp out corruption and set a new standard of governance for our nation. Corruption saps the lifeblood out of our political system and must be stamped out.

Our anti-corruption advisor, Tony Kwok, the former anti-corruption czar in Hong Kong who was a key player in efforts to clean up corruption there, believes that perceptions cloud the reality of our progress in reducing corruption and red tape. The fact is that we are undertaking a strong and steady effort to curb graft through criminal justice, administrative controls and procedural reforms. This effort is focused on the revenue agencies that have improved their performance in recent years and agencies that are in the frontline of day-to-day public services. We take this issue seriously. We believe perception will match reality in a few short years. However, this is a problem that has plagued the Philippines and other countries for generations. As experience has shown, it won’t be eliminated overnight but progress is being made. Not even the empty political rumblings of an ambitious few can bring our hard earned gains down. The actions of these few desperate men reveal just how out of touch they are with the hopes and dreams of the average Filipino.

Filipinos want political stability, a bright economic future and social justice. The actions of these misguided men undermine each and every one of the genuine aspirations of real Filipinos. Instead of working to bring the nation together by working within our democratic process, their actions merely are fuel for selfish motives for personal gain.

In the end, the rule of law prevailed. The transgressors will not hold this nation hostage with impunity. They will be punished to the full extent of the law. Justice shall be served and the interests of the nation upheld.

The people can be assured that I lead with a steady hand to guide the nation to a new election and new leadership. We will not falter in keeping our hand on the tiller of the ship of state. We will also continue strong, focused leadership in the international arena to advance the interests of our nation and our people.

Congratulations for a century of achievements and valuable contributions to national heritage and progress.

I thank you all. I ask you to continue to help the country to ensure that we will indeed have an era of peace, re-assurance and hope.

Mabuhay!

Post-script: After the 2007 Southeast Asian Games

“After the 2007 Southeast Asian Games in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, I was escorted by Gian Daniel Berino and Ken Uy at Sofitel for the Bulong Pulungan with President Tito Keren Pascual, then I have a speech.”

GMA7’s Excessive Pride Should Be Stopped

In a report last night from GMA-7’s Frontpage, GMA-7 execs and stars hosted the “No.1 Na Tayo, Kapuso!” party for the press and advertising people in a bid to lure investors and other people into the network with GMA7’s own “claim to fame”.

It can be remembered that only a number GMA-7 programs reached the top spots in the primetime ratings charts in the history of the Rainbow Network this 2004: these are Imbestigador and StarStruck. It was two years since GMA-7 launched an offensive to snatch away the overall No. 1 Philippine TV network spot from ABS-CBN (still called the Star Network), but only had its 2 shows out of the top 10 primetime slots currently. ABS-CBN is still clinging on to a vast Metro Manila audience share of 40-50% (in contrast to GMA-7’s Metro Manila audience share of 20-35%), and a massive regional share of 70-90%. It’s a stark contrast with what happened to ABS-CBN after EDSA Uno, where it took less than 2 years to go back to the overall No. 1 spot for the Philippines’ most watched TV network (having its 10 shows in the top 10 primetime slots), which it had since 1953-1972 and 1986-2004. And ABS-CBN still has the strong trust of majority of advertisers, being the No. 1 network for the whole of 2003.

Claims are virtually ridiculous, malicious and baseless with regards to ABS-CBN conniving with 2 of the world’s most trusted TV ratings groups–AGB and AC Nielsen, and with regards to the moving of channels of both ABS-CBN and GMA-7 by some cable operators, who were falsely accused of conniving with ABS-CBN execs, as various reports by the Philippine Star declared so.

While GMA-7 heavily has its Kapuso campaign since October 27, 2002, ABS-CBN still has the Kapamilya campaign, which has been with the network since January 1, 2000. The Kapamilya campaign of ABS-CBN was first done in coinciding ABS-CBN’s two grand events: the network’s Philippine Independence Centennial party at Expo Filipino in June 1998, and the nationwide and worldwide multimedia year-end broadcast “The ABS-CBN Worldwide Celebration of the New Millennium” last December 31, 1999 to January 1, 2000.

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