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MAKATI CITY –  Senator Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao, fresh from his knockout win over Argentinian champion Lucas Matthysse in Kuala Lumpur, seems to be still in cloud nine.


This as he disclosed acquiring a new multi-million peso mansion in another posh village in Makati City.


The fighting senator, who years ago acquired his first mansion in Forbes Park, the home of the country’s wealthiest and elite also in Makati for over P500 million, gave a preview of his new home with a tour accompanied by his wife Jinkee and their children.


According to reports, the second Pacquiao mansion in Makati is located in Dasmarinas Village which is adjacent to Forbes Park.


A video of the Pacquiao family’s tour of their mansion has gone viral, it was reported.


Pacquiao, the only boxer with eight different divisions world title, appeared very happy with his wife Jinkee and children at their new home, as blessings just keep on coming for the family, KAMI reported.


KAMI reported that the tour of the mansion came just a few weeks after Pacquiao won his boxing match in Kuala Lumpur.

In a recent report by KAMI, Manny took his family to play and have fun at the arcade, with his son Jimuel impressing him with his punching power.


Pacquiao  won his fight against  Matthysse with a seventh-round TKO victory. With this win, he also captured the WBA Welterweight Title and his 60th victory as a professional boxer.


The fighters that he could possibly fight next are Terrence Crawford, Vasyl Lomachenko, Mikey Garcia and Amir Khan.


Earlier, Pacquiao, who is also an actor, turned to showbiz again.


This time, however, Pacquiao entertained his supporters by appearing in the country’s top noontime shows – “It’s Showtime” on ABS-CBN and “Eat Bulaga” on the GMA Network – and exchanged jokes with the hosts.


Both networks later played up their reports on the world boxing icon’s visit which took place on the same day, July 24.


At GMA, “Eat Bulaga” mainstays Vic Sotto and Joey de Leon welcomed the fighting senator. Pauleen Luna-Sotto and Pia Guanio were also there, among others.


Sen. Vicente Sotto has taken a leave from the show since assuming the presidency in the Senate and so he was not in the show during the world champion’s visit.


"Maraming-maraming salamat sa inyong lahat sa walang-sawang pagsuporta, lalong-lalo na sa pagsuporta ninyo sa Eat Bulaga," Pacquiao told his audience and followed it with a joke thathe will be replacing his fellow senator in the show.


"Sabi ni Tito Sen, 'Ikaw na muna ang papalit sa akin.' Manny, Vic and Joey!" he said as reported by GMA News..


Before guesting in “It’s Showtime,” Pacquiao met with ABS-CBN officials as he visited the network’s facilities.


 In “It’s Showtime,” the fighting senator noted his guesting experience seemed to have been incomplete as he was not able to meet his favorite host, Vice Ganda. 


Pacquiao said he had hoped to meet Vice Ganda who, he said, he and wife Jinkee follow everyday in the show.


 “May kulang kayo na gusto ko makita. May gusto ako makita at ma-meet,” Pacquiao told the show’s hosts. 


The studio audience easily got who the “People’s Champ” was referring to and shouted Vice Ganda’s name.


“Ako at saka ‘yung asawa kong si Jinkee, lagi kami nanonood, araw araw,” Pacquiao admitted. 


Karylle explained that Vice Ganda was not feeling well so he was not at the show when Pacquiao came in. 


Pacquiao then asked that he be invited him again when Vice Ganda is feeling better. 


During the show, the boxing champ gamely showed his funny side as he exchanged banters with Ryan Bang, who was tapped by the new WBA welterweight champion to be his translator when he visited Korea, ABS-CBN reported.


Pacquiao was then asked by Vhong Navarro if he understood Bang's translations.


“Minsan,” Pacquiao said in laughter. “Minsan sabihin ko na lang sa kaniya, i-English mo na lang.”


Bang also didn’t miss the chance to invite Pacquiao to be his special guest for this year's Magpasikat Week. 


“Lahat nanalo. Ako ni isang beses hindi pa. Malas [ako]. Pero sana, sama kayo para manalo ako,” Bang told Pacquiao. 


The eight division world champion, however, declined the Korean’s request. “Kinabahan ako kasi baka masama ako sa talo,” Pacquiao said in jest. 


On the same day later, the Senate formally congratulated Senator Pacquiao for defeating World Boxing Association welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia last July 15.


The Senate commendation was expressed through Senate Resolution No. 788, authored by Senate President Vicente Sotto III, in consideration of Senate Resolution No. 789, introduced by Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri, and Senate Resolution 799, which was introduced by Senator Juan Edgardo Angara.


According to Sotto, Pacquiao displayed prowess in the boxing ring despite the undisputed record of his younger opponent, who held a total of 39 wins, 36 of which were knockouts.


On the other hand, Pacquiao has 59 wins, six losses and two draws.


The Filipino ring icon defeated his Argentinian opponent by knocking the latter down three times, which earned him the WBA welterweight crown and his 11th world championship title.


"In his entire professional career in international boxing, Sen. Pacquiao was able to capture championship title belts in different weight divisions such as the WBC Flyweight, WBC Super Welterweight, IBF Super Bantamweight, Ring Featherweight, WBC Lightweight, IBO Light Welterweight, WBO Welterweight and WBC Super Featherweight," Sotto said in his resolution.


The resolution also noted that aside from boxing, Pacquiao also displayed his leadership in public service, "where he upholds in the highest esteem his constitutional duties as an elected legislator, for productively steering his chaired committees and actively participating in various committee hearings and plenary deliberation."


"The astounding feat of Filipino boxing great Sen. Manny Pacquiao over Matthysse, has once again delivered pride, joy and glory to the hearts of the Filipino people cheering in the midst of the economic and political turmoil," Sotto said.


For his part, Zubiri said Pacquiao was the only boxer in history, who holds the distinction of having world titles in eight different weight divisions, and the first boxer to win the lineal championship in five different weight classes.


"By winning this fight, Pacquiao has once again reminded the world the indomitable spirit of the Filipino. He deserves to be recognized and commended for bringing honor, pride and inspiration to the Filipino people," Zubiri said in his resolution.


Meanwhile, Angara said Pacquiao's latest accomplishment “was even more astonishing" given that Matthysse was a younger, taller and heavier fighter with a penchant for stopping bouts early.


"Despite the obvious advantages of the Argentinian boxer, it posed no threat to Pacquiao as he put on display his veteran experience. This victory, a testament to the grit, perseverance and indomitable spirit of Pacquiao serves as an inspiration, not just to our country's boxers and athletes, but also to all Filipinos to persevere and work hard for a better future, especially in these trying times," Angara said in his resolution. 

PHL, US get ready for free trade plan talks

Published in Business

MAKATI CITY – The Philippine and United States governments are now making internal preparations ahead of formal talks on a possible expansion of trade relations.





Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Undersecretary Ceferino Rodolfo said the longtime allies will be engaging in discussions for a possible free trade agreement (FTA).


“What I can confirm is that talks are ongoing, both the talks between the US and the Philippines and the internal processes of both sides. We do not want to preempt the processor and the result. But the intention is to come to a decision whatever will that be -- on whether to start an FTA negotiation or not,” added Rodolfo.


United States Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer, in his opening statement during a Senate hearing, said that his office is “actively engaging in efforts to commence new trade agreements”.


“We are speaking with a number of countries in Southeast Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa,” Lighthizer said.


Last May, a USTR delegation led by its representative for Asia Jeffrey Gerrish visited the Philippines and met with Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III, DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez, and Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol.


During the meeting, both DTI and the USTR reaffirmed their interest for exploratory discussions for a possible FTA.


The Philippine government has raised to US President Donald Trump its interest to have a free trade deal with the US during Trump’s visit in the country when it hosted the 31st ASEAN Summit in November 2017.


The Philippines’ suggestion was then welcomed by Trump.


“With this ongoing uncertainty in global environment where there are more protectionist measures being instituted by both sides and there is fear in escalation of trade war, I think it is imperative for us to discuss and to ensure that our exporters will continue to have good access to key markets and that include also the US,” Rodolfo noted.


“Some of our products that go to other countries as part of the value chain end up in the US. Preserving and securing and enhancing market access to the US is very important. It can come by way of the FTA, or some other ways. But what is important is that we are looking closely at it and closely discussing it with the US,” he added.


Bilateral trade between the two countries last year reached US$20 billion.


Saving on SPA Authentication

Published in Health and Wealth

Last week, Benefrida Oreta Mistica from Union City, California (satisfied client since 2016) called MOBILE SIGNING SERVICES for help and assistance in the notarization and authentication of Special Power of Attorney (SPA) involving their building and property located in Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila.


Benefrida said that in addition to her husband, two more of her siblings and their spouses residing in Union City and San Jose, California need to sign the SPA in front of an accredited Notary Public and then follow-up the notarized SPA for authentication at the Philippine Consulate Office in San Francisco, California. Benefrida explained that the three couples are not available during regular office hours.


After consultation with her siblings and their spouses, Benefrida requested if I could meet the three couples on Sunday afternoon by 4:00 pm to notarize the SPA. As evangelist at the GOLDEN GATE CHURCH OF CHRIST in San Francisco, California, I am not happy and comfortable getting appointments on Sundays because Sunday is for my family and for the church. At present, I am handling and facilitating the series of Evangelism 101 Bible Class (workshop style) every Sunday morning 10:00 am at the GGCC Fellowship Hall, which started later part of June, 2018 until early part of September, 2018. As an old and satisfied client, I agreed to the request of Benefrida and her siblings and their spouses. I instructed Benefrida and her siblings and their spouses to prepare three copies of the SPA and three copies of their ID (e.g. California Driver's License or U.S. or Philippine Passport).


By God's providence, Benefrida called Friday morning before Sunday and informed me that the meeting will be re-scheduled Saturday by 4:00 pm in her home in Union City, California. I met the three couples Saturday afternoon by 4:00pm. After some pre-liminaries, I had the three couples signed the three copies of SPA. I also had the three couples signed my Journal of Notarial Acts and put their right thumb marks. My beloved wife Virginia Jimenez Madlaing (who was with me) signed the three copies of SPA as witness to the signatures.


After notarization, I explained to Benefrida and her siblings and their spouses that as accredited Notary Public by the Philippine Consul General, they don't need to go to the Philippine Consulate Office I San Francisco to follow-up the authentication of the notarized SPA. The authenticated SPA will be mailed by Priority Mail.


Last Tuesday, July 17, 2018, I went to the Philippine Consulate Office in San Francisco. After passing through the security in the lobby, I took ticket and proceeded to the Front Desk (2nd Floor) for review of the documents. After the SPA review (about one hour waiting), I went to the Cashier (6th Floor)and paid $25 (in cash) for authentication fee. The Cashier issued a receipt with note that the authenticated SPA can be picked-up by 4:30 pm (after 4 hours waiting) at the Release Counter adjacent to the Cashier. By 4:45pm, I was able to pick up the authenticated (with red ribbon)SPA. The following day, Wednesday, I sent the authenticated SPA (with red ribbon) by Priority Mail to Benefrida in her home address in Union City, California.


With the special arrangement made by Benefrida, the three couples from Union City and San Jose,California got the following savings and benefits: 1. AVOIDED TAKING OFF FROM WORK - Because the SPA was notarized by accredited Notary Public, the three couples don't need to go personally to the Philippine Consulate Office; 2. SAVINGS ON GAS AND MILEAGE - Instead of taking three trips, the accredited Notary Public took only one trip which gave savings of $120 for extra gas and mileage; 3.SAVINGS ON PARKING FEES AND OTHER EXPENSES – Because the three couples didn't personally go to the Philippine Consulate Office in San Francisco, they saved about $150 on parking fees and $150 or more for lunch and other incidental expenses. 4. CONVENIENCE AND PEACE OF MIND – There is total convenience and peace of mind with the services of accredited Notary Public and follow-up of document authentication through our MOBILE SIGNING SERVICES.



For immediate help and assistance in the notarization and authentication of Affidavits, SPA and other documents needed in the Philippines and in California, call: (650)438-3531 or (415)584-7095 or email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


(ART GABOT MADLAING is a commissioned Notary Public and licensed Real Estate Broker (BRE#00635976) in California since 1981. He is accredited Notary Public by the Philippine Consul General in San Francisco. Art is the founder of FITNESS FOR HUMANITY (aka FITNESS FOR CHRIST) and ACAPINOY. He is active Evangelist with the GOLDEN GATE CHURCH OF CHRIST in San Francisco, California.)


‘Darker times are ahead’

Published in On Distant Shore

The issuance of arrest orders against four former progressive lawmakers last week showed that there would be no let-up in the crackdown against critics of the Duterte administration. After basically suppressing the political opposition with the detention of Sen. Leila de Lima, the ouster of Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, and the continuous threats to Vice President Leni Robredo and other members of the Liberal Party, the administration has now turned its sights on the leaders of the country’s progressive bloc.


In a totally unexpected move, Nueve Ecija Judge Evelyn Turla of the Regional Trial Court Branch 40 of Palayan, Nueva Ecija issued warrants of arrest against four former members of the Makabayan bloc in the House of Representatives -- former representatives Satur Ocampo and Teddy Casiño (Bayan Muna), Liza Maza (Gabriela), and Rafael Mariano (Anakpawis) for the alleged murder of two Bayan Muna critics in Palayan, Nueva Ecija in, take note, December 2003 and May 2004, respectively.


The case was filed in April 2006, or more than 12 years ago based on a complaint filed by the widows of the alleged victims – Jimmy Peralta and Carlito Baduyang. The charge sheet claimed that the four accused met at a Bayan Muna meeting in 1998 to plot the killings. A lawyer of Bayan Muna pointed out, however, that the claim of the witness could not be true because Bayan Muna was only organized two years after the alleged meeting.


In early 2007, the widows of Peralta and Baduyang, joined by the widow of an alleged third murder victim, filed a disqualification suit against the party list Bayan Muna, Gabriela and Anak Pawis before the Commission on Elections, alleging that Ocampo, Maza and Mariano were involved in the murder of their husbands with the help of “intelligence groups” and a “liquidation squad.”


The Comelec dismissed the charges for lack of evidence.


Judge Turla, who noted that the complaint was not sworn to before a public prosecutor, ruled in July 2008 that there was no probable cause for the filing charges. The judge said: “From the gathering of evidence until the termination of the preliminary investigation, it appears that the state prosecutors were overly eager to file the case and to secure a warrant of arrest of [petitioners] without bail and their consequent detention.”


The judge remanded the case to the prosecutors.


In February last year, the Supreme Court ordered the Nueva Ecija judge to act “with due haste and deliberate dispatch” on the murder case against the four former lawmakers. This was 11 years after the case was filed. More than 17 months after the order by the high tribunal, no action was done.


Suddenly, just a few days after the proclamation of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo as the new Speaker of the House, Judge Turla turned around from her 2008 ruling, without announcing new evidence, and issued arrest warrants against the four militant leaders.


Although militant leaders admitted that they could not prove that Arroyo, under whose administration the charges were filed, had a hand in the issuance of the arrest warrants, they said the timing was highly suspicious. The progressive bloc led massive protests against Arroyo in 2004 that nearly toppled her if not for the intervention of former President Fidel Ramos after the “Garci” tape scandal, wherein she was heard instructing then Comelec Commissioner Virgilio Garcillano to make sure she won by at least one million votes over the late actor Fernando Poe Jr.


The Makabayan coalition, in a statement, warned that “darker times are ahead” as attacks against groups critical of the Duterte government are increasing. “These attacks are highly condemnable and we will continue to oppose the anti-people and anti-poor policies of the Duterte administration,” the Makabayan Bloc said.


After flirting with the Left in the first year of his presidency, Duterte, who claims to be a socialist, distanced himself from his leftist allies in successive actions. He threatened to scuttle the peace talks with the communists and ordered an all-out war against the New People’s Army. He abandoned the three leftists in his Cabinet, including Mariano. He declared that after defeating the ISIS-backed Maute Group in Marawi, his next goal was to wipe out the communists in Mindanao. He revoked the security clearances of NDF consultants and threatened to arrest them and bring them back to jail.


In October, he heightened his crusade against the Left and the political opposition by alleging that the Liberal Party and the communists were plotting to destabilize his administration. He lumped into one the so-called Yellows and Reds as plotting to oust him, which the Communist Party, the legitimate Left and the Liberal Party all denied.


“It appears that such claims aim to set the stage to clamp down on the political opposition and all other forces standing up against moves to establishing Duterte’s authoritarian rule,” the CPP said. The CPP added “what Duterte claims to be a ‘conspiracy’ is, in fact, the broad community of various political and social groups which have been roused to make a stand and act against relentless killings by police, soldiers and vigilantes, aerial bombardment against communities, militarization and threats to bomb Lumad schools, suspension of the writ of habeas corpus and martial law in Mindanao, heightened campus repression and other acts of fascist tyranny of the Duterte regime.” 


Sen. Francis Pangilinan, LP president, described Duterte’s allegations as a “fake ouster plot.” He added: “They’re (administration) just looking for something to divert attention of media and the public from the controversies of corruption, drug smuggling of the Davao group, and the ineffective war on drugs that only resulted in killings every day.”


With Arroyo joining Duterte at the helm of the government and the imminent return of the Marcoses in the corridors of power, it is almost certain the harassment of both the political opposition and the militant Left will go to a crescendo.


The photo showing Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos and former President now Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo smiling broadly last Monday during the thank you party on the election of Arroyo as House Speaker speaks volumes on what lies ahead for our country.


Indeed, darker times are ahead.


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