MANILA, January 29, 2005 (STAR) The Department of Agriculture (DA) has imposed a temporary ban on the importation of live cattle and beef from Canada, following reports of two new incidence of mad-cow disease in Alberta this month.

The Philippines, along with other countries such as US and Japan, closed their door on Canadian beef imports in May 2003 after Canada discovered its first home-grown case of the brain-wasting disease. Earlier this month, Canada confirmed two cases of mad cow disease.

The DA, through the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) later allowed Canada to resume its beef exports to the Philippines last year, but the doors were opened only to 30-month-old cattle that were slaughtered and processed. Older animals were banned.

Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap noted in a memorandum order that there is increasing evidence that a new variant of Jakob disease in humans could probably be transmitted by eating mad cow or bovine spongiform encephalopathy- (BSE) affected animals.

The ban also includes the shipment to the Philippines of sheep and goats, their meat and meat products; bovine embryo; meat and bone meal, and other feed ingredients derived from said animals from Canada. Ė Rocel Felix

Businessman details fraud in deal with Bro Eddie The Philippine Star 01/29/2005

Bro. Eddie Villanueva has been charged with estafa by businessman Benito Araneta because he sold his TV company to him and received millions of pesos in return in spite of the fact that he earlier sold the network to another firm.

This was the essence of the complaint-affidavit filed by Araneta against Villanueva before the Mandaluyong prosecutorís office on Oct. 11, 2004.

In his reply-affidavit filed in January 2005, Araneta reiterated his charges that there was fraudulent misrepresentation on the part of Villanueva when he sold Zoe Broadcasting Network, Inc. (ZBNI) to Entertainment Network Ltd. (Enter-Net), of which he (Araneta) is the chairman.

Published reports said the evangelist received more than P30 million from Araneta as advance payment for the sale of the network while ZBNI also got P70 million, in staggered basis, for operation expenses from Enter-Net.

Araneta revealed that Villanueva deliberately kept the fact that ZBNI had a live contract with VTV Corp., which is owned by businessman Carlos "Bobong" Velez, when they signed the memorandum of agreement (MOA) on March 29, 2001 and the joint venture agreement (JVA) on June 15, 2001 for the transfer of management and control of ZBNI-Channel 11 to Enter-Net.

Court documents would show that the memorandum of understanding (MOU) between ZBNI and VTV Corp. was dated Feb. 28, 1999.

According to Araneta, as late as June 17, 2003, ZBNI was still demanding VTV to comply with its obligations under the MOU. The ZBNI demand was contained in a letter, which Araneta submitted to the Mandaluyong prosecutorís office as evidence.

Araneta said ZBNI and Villanueva terminated its MOU with VTV only on July 28, 2003 in a notarized letter sent to VTV. Araneta also submitted the notarized letter of ZBNI and Villanueva to VTV dated July 28, 2003 on the termination of the MOU to the Mandaluyong prosecutorís office as evidence.

"Evidently, the letters show that the VTV MOU was still in effect until it was terminated by ZBNI on July 28, 2003. Thus it is clear that when negotiations between me and Villanueva began and prior to and during the execution of the MOA and JVA, the VTV MOU was still in effect," Araneta stressed in his reply-affidavit.

He said had he known that ZBNI and Villanueva had a live contract with VTV, he would not enter into negotiations with ZBNI regarding Channel 11, much less execute any agreement.

When Villanueva signed the MOA and JVA in 2001 and received the cash advances, Araneta said, Villanueva knew that he or ZBNI could not fulfill or had no intention of fulfilling their obligations under the agreements.

Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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