EXPECT RAINS AS 'GLENDA' NEARS

The tropical depression was estimated at 2,110 kilometers east of Southern Luzon at around 10 a.m. yesterday. It is expected to enter the PAR this evening (Sunday) or tomorrow morning, PAGASA weather forecaster Glaiza Escullar said. ‘GLENDA’ Once inside the country’s vicinity, the tropical depression will be named “Glenda,” the second tropical cyclone to enter PAR this month, and the seventh this year, Escullar said. If it maintains its present speed and track of 20 kilometers per hour west-northwest, the tropical depression will make landfall over Northern Luzon on Wednesday, she added. MONSOON RAINS She said monsoon rains will be felt as early as Tuesday in some parts of Luzon, as the weather disturbance enhances the southwest monsoon. The cyclone may still intensify before its landfall as it draws strength from the Pacific Ocean, she noted. * READ MORE...

ALSO: Vatican calls for global ceasefire during World Cup final 

The Vatican on Friday called for a truce in wars around the globe during Sunday’s World Cup final, taking to social media with the hashtag #pauseforpeace as a conflict in the Gaza Strip escalates and killings continue in Ukraine. “Adherents are asking for a moment of silence around the Sunday, July 13 match to remember those stricken by wars and unrest worldwide,” the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Culture said in a statement. The statement said that some people were asking for a moment of silence at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro itself, although there has been no official announcement on this from FIFA. “A still, small voice of silence,” Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, the Vatican’s culture minister, said in a statement. Melchor Sanchez de Toca y Alameda, undersecretary of the Pontifical Council for Culture, said: “Sports were born around religious festivities. Sporting events were moments of peace, when wars ceased, as for the Olympic truce.” The tradition of calling for an Olympic truce lasting so that athletes and spectators can travel to the Games dates back to the 9th century BC, and the International Olympic Committee has continued the custom and promotes peace initiatives around the world. “Why not for the World Cup, why not a pause, a moment of silence, a truce for peace?” he said. The face-off in Rio will be between football-mad Pope Francis’s native Argentina and Germany — the homeland of his predecessor Benedict XVI. The Vatican has played down the prospect of the two popes settling down to watch the match — Benedict XVI is known more for his love of theology and piano music — but has said Francis might follow it. A Vatican source on Friday said he “excluded categorically” the prospect of pope emeritus Benedict XVI watching the final. “It’s really not his thing, he is not a fan. “It would be like inflicting an infinite penitence on him at the age of 87,” the source said, adding: “He has never been able to watch a football match from beginning to end in his life”. THIS IS THE FULL REPORT...

ALSO: A sad but loving farewell for Aureo

Aureo Alonzo is visited in his new home by author Frannie Jacinto as he regales her with his kwentos. Dressed formally for a wedding and wanting to kill time, I decided to say hello to Aureo Alonzo in his new home that Marilou Magsaysay, Ping Valencia and I had just moved him into a few weeks prior. The five-story residence in Malate was set up by a congregation composed of compassionate Spanish and Filipina nuns (Religious Servants of Jesus of Charity) for seniors and the aged. With spacious private rooms, a beautiful chapel and a mini gym, it is a lovely place for those who are alone or who have nowhere to go to in the twilight of their years. Upon quietly entering the air-conditioned room and wanting to test his eyesight — Aureo had been recuperating from a cataract operation, I asked him from afar, “Auring, kilala mo ako?” (Auring, do you know me?), and he immediately replied with a smile, “Frannie Aguinaldo.” Automatically we held hands and with his keen eyesight, he asked why I was in a gown and alajada, even complimenting my dangling earrings that reminded him of Spain. With his artistic eye giving me a once-over, he smiled with approval. * READ MORE...

ALSO: Seized garlic to be tested for diseases, consumption quality 

Emerson Palad, DA undersecretary for Operations, said they have collected samples from five out of 24 seized containers vans for sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) testing by the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI). “The laboratory test usually takes three days, then we will turn over the result and the samples to the BOC for their final disposition,” Palad said. Customs confiscated the shipments at the Manila International Container Port after the consignees failed to provide the necessary import permits. The cargo is estimated at around 125 metric tons and worth P37 million. “An SPS clearance is imperative for all agricultural imports to protect local consumers and to make sure that there will be no threat on local agricultural produce,” Palad said. He commended Customs’ intensified drive against the illegal entry of agricultural products, which he said both is beneficial to the government and the farmers.
Palad said that if the garlic passed the SPS testing, it may be sold or distributed through the DA’s Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Service (DA-AMAS), which is facilitating the farmers’ garlic caravans in markets in Metro Manila. The “final disposition of smuggled items, though, is BOC’s call,” he said. Should the garlic end up in the local market, it shall further boost the domestic supply and could further influence downward trend in prices, as we expect of the coming in of legal importations in weeks to come,” he added. Garlic seized earlier at the Port of Batangas tested free from pests and diseases. Customs Commissioner John Sevilla said the smuggled garlic will go through the standard forfeiture procedures. READ MORE...

ALSO: PNoy’s ratings drop after DAP ruling —Pulse Asia 

President Benigno Aquino III's approval and trust ratings plunged after the Supreme Court (SC) declared his administration's Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) as partially unconstitutional, pollster Pulse Asia said Monday. Even with the arrest and detention of senators in connection with the alleged pork barrel scam, the President's approval ratings dropped to 56 percent from 70 percent last March, Pulse Asia said. Aquino's trust ratings also fell to 53 percent from 69 percent four months ago, according to the polling body. The Pulse Asia survey was conducted on 1,200 Filipino adults from June 24 to July 2 this year, covering the period of Senators Ramon Revilla Jr. and Jinggoy Estrada's arrests on plunder charges, as well as the SC ruling on the DAP. On July 1, the SC announced that it has declared certain acts under the government's DAP as unconstitutional, including the declaration of unobligated and unprogrammed funds as savings, the transfers of savings from one government branch to another, and the funding of projects not stated in the national budget. Malacañang has repeatedly said that the DAP was undertaken in good faith to boost the country's economic performance. Similarly, pollster Social Weather Stations also reported that Aquino's satisfaction rating dropped to an all-time low during the second quarter of 2014, based on a survey conducted before the DAP ruling. THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Cabinet execs, justices take home millions in pay, perks 

MANILA - Cabinet members and justices of the Supreme Court (SC), Sandiganbayan and the Court of Appeals take home millions of pesos in basic pay and allowances, a Commission on Audit (COA) report on salaries, allowances and other benefits shows. In fact, SC justices are among the highest paid officials in the country. They receive higher pay than Cabinet members. They get allowances from the high court and the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), which is the entire SC itself. Six of them receive additional allowances from the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) and the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal (HRET), in which they sit as members. SC justices earned between P3.5 million to P5.7 million in 2013, or from around P300,000 to P475,000 a month. Their basic pay was P1.1 million a year and the bulk of their income came from allowances. Sandiganbayan justices took home between P2.2 million and P2.7 million, while appellate justices received P1.8 million to P2.5 million. * READ MORE...
 


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Expect rains as ‘Glenda’ nears

MANILA
, JULY 14, 2014 (MANILA BULLETIN)
 by Ellalyn De Vera -


A tropical depression looming outside the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) will likely make landfall over Northern Luzon on Wednesday, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

The tropical depression was estimated at 2,110 kilometers east of Southern Luzon at around 10 a.m. yesterday. It is expected to enter the PAR this evening (Sunday) or tomorrow morning, PAGASA weather forecaster Glaiza Escullar said

‘GLENDA’

Once inside the country’s vicinity, the tropical depression will be named “Glenda,” the second tropical cyclone to enter PAR this month, and the seventh this year, Escullar said.

If it maintains its present speed and track of 20 kilometers per hour west-northwest, the tropical depression will make landfall over Northern Luzon on Wednesday, she added.

MONSOON RAINS

She said monsoon rains will be felt as early as Tuesday in some parts of Luzon, as the weather disturbance enhances the southwest monsoon.

The cyclone may still intensify before its landfall as it draws strength from the Pacific Ocean, she noted.

* PALAWAN AND MINDANAO

Meanwhile, the intertropical convergence zone will continue to affect Mindanao today, Sunday.

Palawan and Mindanao will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and thunderstorms.

METRO MANILA

Metro Manila and the rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms.

WIND DIRECTION

PAGASA said moderate to strong winds coming from the southwest to south will prevail over Luzon, while light to moderate winds blowing from the south to southwest will persist over the rest of the country.

COASTAL WATERS

The coastal waters of Luzon will be moderate to high, while the rest of the country will have slight to moderate seas.

Vatican calls for global ceasefire during World Cup final by AFP
July 12, 2014

The Vatican on Friday called for a truce in wars around the globe during Sunday’s World Cup final, taking to social media with the hashtag #pauseforpeace as a conflict in the Gaza Strip escalates and killings continue in Ukraine.

“Adherents are asking for a moment of silence around the Sunday, July 13 match to remember those stricken by wars and unrest worldwide,” the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Culture said in a statement.

The statement said that some people were asking for a moment of silence at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro itself, although there has been no official announcement on this from FIFA.

“A still, small voice of silence,” Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, the Vatican’s culture minister, said in a statement.

Melchor Sanchez de Toca y Alameda, undersecretary of the Pontifical Council for Culture, said: “Sports were born around religious festivities. Sporting events were moments of peace, when wars ceased, as for the Olympic truce.”

The tradition of calling for an Olympic truce lasting so that athletes and spectators can travel to the Games dates back to the 9th century BC, and the International Olympic Committee has continued the custom and promotes peace initiatives around the world.

“Why not for the World Cup, why not a pause, a moment of silence, a truce for peace?” he said.

The face-off in Rio will be between football-mad Pope Francis’s native Argentina and Germany — the homeland of his predecessor Benedict XVI.

The Vatican has played down the prospect of the two popes settling down to watch the match — Benedict XVI is known more for his love of theology and piano music — but has said Francis might follow it.

A Vatican source on Friday said he “excluded categorically” the prospect of pope emeritus Benedict XVI watching the final.

“It’s really not his thing, he is not a fan.

“It would be like inflicting an infinite penitence on him at the age of 87,” the source said, adding: “He has never been able to watch a football match from beginning to end in his life”.

FROM PHILSTAR

A sad but loving farewell for Aureo PERSONAL CHOICE By Frannie Jacinto (The Philippine Star) | Updated July 13, 2014 - 12:00am 0 565 googleplus0 4


Aureo Alonzo is visited in his new home by author Frannie Jacinto as he regales her with his kwentos.

Dressed formally for a wedding and wanting to kill time, I decided to say hello to Aureo Alonzo in his new home that Marilou Magsaysay, Ping Valencia and I had just moved him into a few weeks prior. The five-story residence in Malate was set up by a congregation composed of compassionate Spanish and Filipina nuns (Religious Servants of Jesus of Charity) for seniors and the aged. With spacious private rooms, a beautiful chapel and a mini gym, it is a lovely place for those who are alone or who have nowhere to go to in the twilight of their years.

Upon quietly entering the air-conditioned room and wanting to test his eyesight — Aureo had been recuperating from a cataract operation, I asked him from afar, “Auring, kilala mo ako?” (Auring, do you know me?), and he immediately replied with a smile, “Frannie Aguinaldo.”

Automatically we held hands and with his keen eyesight, he asked why I was in a gown and alajada, even complimenting my dangling earrings that reminded him of Spain. With his artistic eye giving me a once-over, he smiled with approval.

As we chatted and reminisced, he mentioned that he was somewhat disappointed with certain family members and friends he had helped. These people had turned a blind eye on his failing health and dwindling funds, which he needed for regular dialysis, blood transfusions, medications and daily nursing care.

Realizing that he had spoiled so many who had lived and worked with him, he took it all in stride despite the extreme hardships he had to endure, especially when he finally lost his Malate house due to a longstanding loan and his utilities were permanently cut off.

The last show he attended was the ill-advised fashion tribute in November that was put up by his office assistant and several of his former apprentices. It was supposedly to raise funds for his medical bills. Alas, he was lucky to get a month’s supply of groceries, medical supplies and treatments because what they gave him was a pittance compared to what was tallied from the ticket sales and sponsors.

Aureo complained that he felt used because his faithful clients and friends were tapped to attend and even be part of the show, yet he hardly received anything substantial after the so-called accounting was done.

Being a gentle, sweet soul, he was not one to dwell on the negative and regaled me with kwentos about various personalities without being mean or gossipy.

He proudly stated that all the First Ladies had been his clients, starting with Luz Magsaysay up to Loi Ejercito. Luz was his favorite — she always made it a point to wear an Aureo Alonzo terno for every Magsaysay Awards event until she passed away in 2004.

With his birthday a little more than a month away, he reminded me that he wanted our group to organize a simple celebration on July 19 with Marycel, his adopted son’s wife.

This was a yearly tradition and we had gotten the nuns’ approval for a merienda cena in their spacious dining room. He further mentioned how pleased he was with the ongoing room decoration that Mila Wales, Malou and Elaine Villar had done with small furniture pieces, curtains, bed linens and appliances that were gifted to him since he had only brought minimal clothing and personal effects after he had to leave his residence.

As I bade him goodbye that evening, I realized how he had such a deep faith in God despite the difficulty he was having struggling to survive and enduring life’s many twists and turns. He kissed my hand gently, smiled sweetly and softly whispered in my ear, “I love you.”

Aureo Roldan Alonzo was one of the troika that took over the Philippine fashion scene with the passing of the legendary icon Ramon Valera.

Together with Pitoy Moreno and Ben Farrales, each of them was dubbed with a royal-sounding title: Pitoy was the Fashion Czar, Ben was the Dean of Philippine Fashion and Aureo was the Fashion Emperor.

They were the top choices of the moneyed and social set when they needed travel ensembles and jackets, debutantes’ gowns, bridal dresses and formal dresses. Ready-to-wear clothing or RTW was not yet an option, nor was it readily available.

Aureo was a favorite not only of the best-dressed Filipinas but he also had a roster of clients that included European and Arabian royalty and nobility, heads of state, diplomats and international female A-listers.

Born not with a silver spoon but with a sewing needle, at an early age he opted to go into the beauty arena instead of finishing his schooling. Adept at hairstyling and makeup, he was a whiz at illustrating, designing, cutting and sewing the dresses he envisioned.

During various European fashion trips in the mid 1960s to the 1970s, models Babygirl Baluyot Fricke, Marilou Kahn Magsaysay and Geny Baltao saw for themselves how the heavily beaded evening gowns they had just paraded on the catwalk would be bought on the spot by the German, Spanish and English clients in the audience.

Since most of these women were many sizes bigger than the models, Aureo would work feverishly overnight to rip the clothes and sew them back in the exact size of the new customers. Missing beads would be replaced with the same pattern as the original. With his excellent workmanship, there was nary a sign that these gowns had just been swiftly adjusted from a size 4 to the buyer’s size 8 to 12 and the new owner would be delighted with her purchase the next day.

His muse was the quintessential model, Ping Valencia. She stood out with her elegant grace on the ramp and was the signature model in all his shows from 1967 onwards. When she married violinist Rony Rogoff and was based in Paris, Aureo once again needed her to be with him as he set off to compete for the prestigious 1975 Camel Award in Cervinia, Italy. He bested nine other finalists (all Europeans) by showing four outstanding gowns that he conceptualized from beginning to end — cutting, sewing and embellishing them himself.

One criteria for evaluating quality included turning the dresses inside out to look for the slightest flaw in workmanship. As he won the award, fashion icon and judge Yves Saint Laurent complimented Aureo by stating, “Here is a man who knows his business.”

Bringing honor and glory to the Philippines was one of Aureo’s greatest feats. By presenting fashion shows that always included Philippine songs, dance and fabrics (embroidered piña, jusi and hablon), together with rich satins, intricate laces, lightweight silk jerseys, versatile cottons and linens, he proudly showed the world our rich culture and artistry. The terno and Maria Clara would always be included on the ramp in different stylized versions.

Aureo Alonzo passed away on July 7 at Makati Medical Center, a week-and-a-half short of turning 86 years old.

Upon hearing about his passing, Aureo’s former models sent the messages below.

Margie Moran Floirendo: I particularly like Aureo’s fit and the fine workmanship of his beadwork. His terno sleeve was one of the best constructed. Aureo was a humble person despite his greatness … a loving person that fueled his passion in everything he did and in everyone he mentored.

Ana Arambulo: I remember Aureo for his sunny, pleasant disposition. His favorite expression was “fabulosa.” He was the life of the dressing room and was never mean to anyone. The one thing I admired about him was his kindness to the ladies who helped us look pretty and beautiful for his show.

Anda Carmona: Aureo discovered me. I was a gawky 19-year-old when he came and plucked me out of my comfort zone and introduced me to Tita Conching Sunico. That was the start of my modeling career.

Trina Yujuico Kalaw: In the year or two that I had a chance to model for Aureo, I never heard him raise his voice. One time he was so frustrated with me because, at 90 pounds, I could not gracefully wear a heavy, bejeweled headdress. I was so sure that I would lose my balance and fall off the ramp. But there was petite Aureo holding my hand for security with his famous smile while I modeled the whole outfit without any incident.

Elsa Payumo: An artist of the highest caliber. Compassionate to all.

Jojo Kierulf Zabarte: Auring, as we used to call him, had an eternal smile. He will be remembered for his gentleness and kindness. He made exquisite beaded clothes for his clients.

Zen Lopez: What a kind and gentle soul he was.

Techie Ysmael Bilbao: We traveled a lot with mama Chona, together with the other designer friends. He took my brothers (Ramoncito and Louie) and me around town, shopping and treating us to meals, fashion show breaks in Europe and the US. I will miss him terribly.

Marina Benipayo: I would best describe Tatang as a generous soul — both in heart and in mind. His falling ill shocked most of us because we all remember him as an energetic and expressive person, never failing to think about others all the time.

Toni Serrano Parsons: Aureo … he was kind-hearted, charitable and honorable! In other words, he was a real great friend. Hard to find a gem such as him!

Conchitina Sevilla Bernardo: Auring, as we called him, was a gentle soul. He was endearing and caring. No one has yet equaled Aureo’s mastery of beadwork. Philippine couture has lost an icon.

Beng Poblete: Thank you, Aureo Alonzo, for giving me the opportunity to model for you and travel the world with my dear friends. Because of you, I have loads of fond and cherished memories that I will treasure forever. My prayers for your eternal peace, Tatang.

Patty Betita: I remember Tatang, as he was fondly called, as mahilig magkwento whenever we went to his shop for fittings. One time I arrived and saw him busy attending to a customer in his “beauty parlor” then multitasking, giving instructions to his “angels” (wardrobe assistants, mananahi). I did his very last show in October 2013 and am proud and honored to have been part of that show. Will miss Tatang. He’s one of a kind.

Celine Magat-Lopez: He had such a welcoming aura. He treated me like I was one of his own. Such a wonderful man with great talent.

Izza Gonzales-Agana: In spite of his achievements, Tatang remained simple, down to earth with a good heart.

John Gaddi: Rest in peace, Tatang Aureo Alonzo. Thank you for sharing your talent and the wonderful memories.

FROM THE MANILA TIMES

Seized garlic to be tested for diseases, consumption quality July 13, 2014 8:53 pm by James Konstantin Galvez


The Department of Agriculture (DA) will test garlic shipments from China earlier seized by the Bureau of Customs to find out if it is disease-free and safe for human consumption.

Emerson Palad, DA undersecretary for Operations, said they have collected samples from five out of 24 seized containers vans for sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) testing by the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI).

“The laboratory test usually takes three days, then we will turn over the result and the samples to the BOC for their final disposition,” Palad said.

Customs confiscated the shipments at the Manila International Container Port after the consignees failed to provide the necessary import permits. The cargo is estimated at around 125 metric tons and worth P37 million.

“An SPS clearance is imperative for all agricultural imports to protect local consumers and to make sure that there will be no threat on local agricultural produce,” Palad said.

He commended Customs’ intensified drive against the illegal entry of agricultural products, which he said both is beneficial to the government and the farmers.

Palad said that if the garlic passed the SPS testing, it may be sold or distributed through the DA’s Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Service (DA-AMAS), which is facilitating the farmers’ garlic caravans in markets in Metro Manila.

The “final disposition of smuggled items, though, is BOC’s call,” he said.

“Should the garlic end up in the local market, it shall further boost the domestic supply and could further influence downward trend in prices, as we expect of the coming in of legal importations in weeks to come,” he added.

Garlic seized earlier at the Port of Batangas tested free from pests and diseases. Customs Commissioner John Sevilla said the smuggled garlic will go through the standard forfeiture procedures.


Customs Commissioner John Sevilla and Agriculture Undersecretary Emerson Palad inspect garlic seized by the Bureau of Customs at the Manila International Container Port. PHOTO BY RUY MARTINEZ

*
Consumers can expect garlic prices to significantly drop when the first batch of additional imports starts to arrive by next week.

Palad told reporters the BPI has issued sanitary and phytosanity permits to garlic importers to supply some 14,000 to 16,000 metric tons of garlic.

“We have already issued about 280 SPS permits as of Thursday last week. Starting next week, these shipments will arrive,” Palad said.

BPI’s Plant Quarantine Service is in charge of issuing import permits for plant products.

He also said prices of garlic have started to stabilize even before the arrival of additional imports.

“Based on our monitoring, prices have gone in some areas. There are even reports of P100 to P150 per kilo,” Palad said.

He did not elaborate whether the price range was for local or imported garlic.

“There may be moves by these hoarders and speculators to unload their stocks since there are new imports that will come in,” he added.

Amid rising prices of garlic, Palad reiterated that there is an adequate supply of the commodity in the market.

“It’s a matter of price, not supply,” he said, justifying earlier reports that traders and speculators may have been manipulating garlic prices.

FROM GMA NEWS NETWORK

PNoy’s ratings drop after DAP ruling —Pulse Asia July 14, 2014 10:02am 11 1 0 20 Tags: Benigno Aquino III , Pulse Asia

President Benigno Aquino III's approval and trust ratings plunged after the Supreme Court (SC) declared his administration's Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) as partially unconstitutional, pollster Pulse Asia said Monday.

Even with the arrest and detention of senators in connection with the alleged pork barrel scam, the President's approval ratings dropped to 56 percent from 70 percent last March, Pulse Asia said.

Aquino's trust ratings also fell to 53 percent from 69 percent four months ago, according to the polling body.

The Pulse Asia survey was conducted on 1,200 Filipino adults from June 24 to July 2 this year, covering the period of Senators Ramon Revilla Jr. and Jinggoy Estrada's arrests on plunder charges, as well as the SC ruling on the DAP.

On July 1, the SC announced that it has declared certain acts under the government's DAP as unconstitutional, including the declaration of unobligated and unprogrammed funds as savings, the transfers of savings from one government branch to another, and the funding of projects not stated in the national budget.

Malacañang has repeatedly said that the DAP was undertaken in good faith to boost the country's economic performance.

Similarly, pollster Social Weather Stations also reported that Aquino's satisfaction rating dropped to an all-time low during the second quarter of 2014, based on a survey conducted before the DAP ruling.

FROM PHILSTAR

Cabinet execs, justices take home millions in pay, perks By Jess Diaz, The Philippine Star Posted at 07/14/2014 9:21 AM | Updated as of 07/14/2014 9:21 AM

MANILA - Cabinet members and justices of the Supreme Court (SC), Sandiganbayan and the Court of Appeals take home millions of pesos in basic pay and allowances, a Commission on Audit (COA) report on salaries, allowances and other benefits shows.

In fact, SC justices are among the highest paid officials in the country. They receive higher pay than Cabinet members.

They get allowances from the high court and the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), which is the entire SC itself. Six of them receive additional allowances from the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) and the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal (HRET), in which they sit as members.

SC justices earned between P3.5 million to P5.7 million in 2013, or from around P300,000 to P475,000 a month. Their basic pay was P1.1 million a year and the bulk of their income came from allowances.

Sandiganbayan justices took home between P2.2 million and P2.7 million, while appellate justices received P1.8 million to P2.5 million.

* Presbitero Velasco Jr., HRET chairman, is the highest paid member of the high court. He received P5.572 million last year – P3.3 million from SC, P1.6 million from HRET and P822,000 from PET.

Following him is Lucas Bersamin, who earned P5.520 million – P3.2 million from SC, P1.5 million from HRET and P822,000 from PET.

In third place is another HRET member, Diosdado Peralta, who was paid a total of P5.357 million – P3 million from SC, P1.5 million from HRET and P822,000 from PET.

Antonio Carpio came in fourth, with P5.297 million – P3.2 million from SC, P1.3 million as SET chairman and P822,000 from PET.

Teresita de Castro, another SET member, followed Carpio with P4.920 million – P3 million from SC, P1.1 million from SET and P822,000 from PET.

Arturo Brion, the third SET justice-member, took home P4.813 million – P2.8 million from SC, P1.154 million from SET and P822,000 from PET.

The SET has no case to resolve until the next elections in 2016 because there is no pending protest against any senator.

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno earned P4.211 million – P3.4 million from SC and P846,000 from PET.

The lowest paid justice was Roberto Abad, who recently retired. He was paid P3.538 million – P2.7 million from SC and P822,000 from PET.

The poorest justice in terms of wealth based on his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN) for 2013, Marvic Leonen, received P3.789 million that year – P2.9 million from SC and P848,333.32 from PET.

Leonen’s net worth went up by just P143,000 to P1,817,706.75 from P1,674,623.22 in 2012 despite his P3.8 million gross pay.

The richest SC member, Mariano del Castillo, earned P3.9 million – P3.1 million from SC and P822,000 from PET. He was worth P122.2 million in 2013, based on his SALN.

Martin Villarama Jr. received P4.005 million – P3.2 million from SC and P822,000 from PET. Bienvenido Reyes took home P3.906 million – P3.1 million from SC and P822,000 from PET.

The other justices and their 2013 earnings are Jose Mendoza, P3.945 million (P3.1 million from SC and P822,000 from PET); Estela Perlas-Bernabe, P3.872 million (P3 million from SC and P822,000 from PET), and Jose Reyes, P3.854 million (P3 million from SC and P822,000 from PET).

Like the Senate tribunal, the SC, functioning as PET, has no case to resolve since there is no protest against the victory of President Aquino in the May 2010 elections.

Midas Marquez, court administrator who served as impeachment spokesman of ousted chief justice Renato Corona during the early part of the latter’s Senate trial, pocketed P2.758 million. His deputy, Raul Villanueva, received P2.344 million.

Clerk of court Enriqueta Vidal earned P2.739 million. SC spokesman Theodore Te, who has the rank of an assistant court administrator, was paid P1.962 million.


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