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                                                                                                           WEDNESDAY • NOVEMBER 16, 2011

Drama at NAIA
Immigration                                     BY MAYVELIN U. CARABALLO, JOMAR CANLAS AND JAIME PILAPIL REPORTERS                         Unfazed by a threat earlier issued by
                                                                                                                                        Justice Secretary Leila de Lima that the

                                                       ENSION and bedlam reigned at the                                                 government will not allow them to leave,

officials                                             Ninoy Aquino International Airport
                                                      (NAIA) when President Gloria
                                                                                                                                        Mrs. Arroyo arrived at the NAIA terminal
                                                                                                                                        1 at around 8:30 p.m on board an ambu-
                                                                                                                                        lance. She was then wheeled into the ter-

stop GMA                                        Arroyo and her husband Jose Miguel
                                                                                                                                        minal. However, immigration authorities
                                                                                                                                        prevented the couple from leaving. The
                                                                                                                                        Arroyos booked a Dragon Air flight KE 932
                                                                                                                                                                                            s Former President Gloria Arroyo, wearing neck brace and face mask,
                                                                                                                                                                                            arrives at Ninoy Aquino International Airport Tuesday night after the
                                                tried to leave for Hong Kong late
from leaving                                    Tuesday, hours after the Supreme Court
                                                                                                                                        to Hong Kong.
                                                                                                                                           Mrs. Arroyo’s son Rep. Mikey Arroyo was
                                                                                                                                        also seen at the airport, as well as the
                                                                                                                                                                                            Supreme Court blocked a government travel restraint. She came in an
                                                                                                                                                                                            ambulance and was accompanied by son Mikey. The ex-leader and her
                                                                                                                                                                                            husband Mike were scheduled to leave for Singapore .
                                                issued a ruling allowing them to leave.
                                                                                                                                                                       ➤DramaA2             PHOTO BY JESSIE LAURETA

CLINTON TO OFFER SUPPORT TO PHILIPPINES, THAILAND                                                                                                                                                                          LandBank
State Hillary Clinton will announce new
support for the Philippines and flood-hit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           lent P3.8B
Thailand as she shores up ties with key US
allies, officials said on Tuesday.
   Clinton was due at 5 p.m. also on Tues-
day in the Philippines and will head later
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           sight unseen
this week to Thailand, part of a renewed US                                                                                                                                                                                BY JEFFERSON ANTIPORDA REPORTER
focus on Asia.
   Hours after President Benigno Aquino                                                                                                                                                                                    OFFICIALS of state-owned Land Bank of
3rd’s arrival from the 19th Asia-Pacific Eco-                                                                                                                                                                              the Philippines (LBP) may find them-
nomic Cooperation forum in Hawaii, the                                                                                                                                                                                     selves in hot water for allegedly extend-
US State secretary arrived ahead of sched-                                                                                                                                                                                 ing a $90-million (P3.8-billion) loan to
ule at about 4:30 p.m. on board a US gov-                                                                                                                                                                                  a company that is not even registered to
ernment aircraft in Balagbag Area inside the                                                                                                                                                                               do business in the Philippines.
Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Pasay                                                                                                                                                                                     This was revealed on Tuesday by Sen.
City [Metro Manila].                                                                                                                                                                                                       Sergio Osmeña 3rd, who said that the
   Wearing a black suit, Clinton disem-                                                                                                                                                                                    LBP loan was part of a $180-million
barked from the plane at about 4:45 p.m.                                                                                                                                                                                   (P7.6-billion) syndicated loan obtained
and waved to members of the press before                                                                                                                                                                                   in December 2008 by offshore firm Glo-
boarding a service car from the US Embassy.                                                                                                                                                                                bal Air Services (GAS) and used to buy
   Despite heavy rains, tight security was                                                                                                                                                                                 Metro Rail Transit (MRT) securities.
imposed by the US Secret Service while wait-                                                                                                                                                                                  Osmeña further disclosed that GAS,
ing for the US top diplomat’s arrival.                                                                                                                                                                                     which is also being linked to business-
   Among those who welcomed Clinton was                                                                                                                                                                                    man Roberto Ongpin, with a capitaliza-
Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose                                                                                                                                                                                       tion of $2, was given the loan despite
Cuisia, Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Rafael                                                                                                                                                                              the absence of a loan application.
Seguis and US Ambassador to the Philip-                                                                                                                                                                                       A similar loan has also been extended
pines Harry Thomas Jr.                                                                                                                                                                                                     to the same company by the Develop-
   According to Cuisia, Clinton’s visit to the                                                                                                                                                                             ment Bank of the Philippines (DBP).
country was significant because it would                                                                                                                                                                                      Osmeña, who heads the Senate Com-
strengthen the ties between the US and                                                                                                                                                                                     mittee on Banks, Financial Institutions
other Southeast Asian countries particu-                                                                                                                                                                                   and Currencies, noted that GAS is con-
larly the Philippines.                                                                                                                                                                                                     sidered a non-existent company under
   Earlier, the visitor announced her plans to                                                                                                                                                                             Philippine laws since it is not registered
visit the Philippines upon the invitation of                                                                                                                                                                               to do business in the country.
Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario.                                                                                                                                                                                 Worse, the lawmaker said, the com-
   President Barack Obama was traveling                                                                                                                                                                                    pany’ s financial records showed it only
separately to Australia, another US long-                                                                                                                                                                                  has $2 in capital and $400,000 in losses.
time ally in the region.                                                                                                                                                                                                      Its owner, according to Osmeña, a cer-
   Officials accompanying Clinton, whose                                                                                                                                                                                   tain Josephine Manalo, a long-time sec-
plane had made a brief refueling stop in the                                                                                                                                                                               retary of Ongpin, and lawyer Rodolfo
US territory of Guam, said that she would                                                                                                                                                                                  Ponferrada are company signatories.
hold talks on Wednesday with President                      s US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton shakes hands with US Ambassador to the Philippine Harry Thomas Jr. upon her arrival at the                                “How can you get repaid? For one, GAS
Aquino and tour a warship, at a time of high                Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Tuesday to take part in the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the US-Philippine Mutual                            had only $2. Second, it is non-existent
                               ➤SupportA2                   Defense Treaty. PHOTO BY JESSIE LAURETA                                                                                                                                                           ➤LentA6

Marquez exposes chinks in Pacquiao’s armor                                                                                                                                                          More work needed
BY JUN MEDINA                                    pound-for-pound king Manny “PacMan”            against unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Jr.           Pacquiao on Saturday (Sunday in Manila).

WASHINGTON, D.C.: Juan Manuel
                                                 Pacquiao’s armor in their just concluded
                                                 fight, demystifying the seemingly
                                                 invincible Filipino boxing icon and raising
                                                                                                   Marquez, who took a flight back to
                                                                                                Mexico City at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, said
                                                                                                that he was “thoroughly frustrated” by the
                                                                                                                                                   He added that he will not be retiring
                                                                                                                                                any time soon and looks forward to a
                                                                                                                                                fourth fight with his Filipino archrival.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    to make Asia livable
                                                                                                                                                                                                    ASIAN countries, including the Philippines, need to make con-
“Dinamita” Marquez exposed chinks in             doubts about his chances in a super fight      judges’ majority decision verdict in favor of                               ➤ChinksA6               tinuous efforts to become livable, competitive, inclusive and
                                                                                                                                                                                                    environmentally sustainable, according to the Asian Develop-
                                                                                                                                                                                                    ment Bank (ADB).

    Calauit Island no longer a haven for African animals                                                                                                                                               “With approximately 80 percent of GDP [gross domestic
                                                                                                                                                                                                    product] today coming from urban areas, the quality and effi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                    ciency of Asia’s cities and their ability to innovate will deter-
    CALAUIT ISLAND: With a taste for                                                                                                                                                                mine the region’s long-term productivity and overall stability,”
    tropical fruit and a reputation as                         s In this photo taken in                                                                                                             Haruhiko Kuroda, ADB president, said in a statement.
    thieves, a herd of giraffes on Calauit                     September 2001, zebras and                                                                                                              GDP is the total value of goods and services produced in a
    Island is one of late strongman                            giraffes feed on grass at the                                                                                                        country in a year.
    President Ferdinand Marcos’ most                           Calauit Game Preserve and
    intriguing legacies.                                       Wildlife Sanctuary on Calauit
       The 20 giraffes, along with dozens
    of zebra and antelope, are descend-
    ants of a boatload of animals imported
                                                               Island. AFP PHOTO
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Philippines losing
    from Africa in
    the 1970s—        »feature
    supposedly in a Noah’s Ark-style effort
                                                                                                                                                                                                    fight vs. poverty
                                                                                                                                                                                                    THE Philippines is nearly a decade behind in achieving the
    to save them from extinction.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target of reducing pov-
       They were brought to the tiny                                                                                                                                                                erty incidence by half in 2015, according to the National Sta-
    island, where under a Marcos decree                                                                                                                                                             tistical Coordination Board (NSCB).
    the locals were moved elsewhere to                                                                                                                                                                 “With a very slight increase in poverty incidence among popu-
    make way for the strange new                                                                                                                                                                    lation between 2006 and 2009, the probability in 2009 re-
    inhabitants and bamboo forests were                                                                                                                                                             mained ‘medium,’” Romulo Virola, NSCB secretary general, said.
    cleared so the lowlands resembled the                                                                                                                                                              In 2003, the probability of achieving the poverty incidence
                                                                                                                                                                                                    target was “high,” but this has gone down to a “medium” prob-
    savannahs of Kenya.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    ability in 2006.
       Today, just over 100 African animals
    —roughly the same number as the
    original batch—roam the island.
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