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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
ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam: Secretary of
State Hillary Clinton will announce new
support for the Philippines and flood-hit
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
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
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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