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Alfred Romualdez supports PNoy’s senatorial candidates By JOEY A. GABIETA, Staffwriter

TACLOBAN CITY - Reelectionist Mayor Alfred Romualdez of this city has vowed to support the senatorial candidates of President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino. Romualdez, who is seeking for another term as mayor of this city in next week’s midterm elec-

tions, made this vow during the visit of officials of the Nacionalista Party, led

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ALL OUT SUPPORT. So says Nacionalista Party stalwarts on the reelection bid of Tacloban City Mayor during the party’s grand rally last Wednesday held at the astrodome with thousands of supporters. NP national president Sen. Manny Villar together with Sens.Allan Peter Cayetano and Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos joined the city mayor and his wife, Councilor Cristina G. Romualdez in a press conference. (TOTEX ARCUENO)

PNoy’s taped message endorsing Bem Noel’s mayoralty bid goes viral

TACLOBAN CITY— President Aquino’s taped message endorsing Bem Noel for city mayor has gone viral on social networking sites.

The video message put up by the presidential staff was played during last Wednesday’s political rally of the local Liberal Party at the Leyte Park Hotel.

The rally was also attended by House Speaker Sonny Belmonte, Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales II and LP president Sec. Emilio Abaya.

The video showed the President wooing voters to vote for Noel so that he could walk with him the “straight path” and deliver the needed basic services to the people of the city. Right after the message was played, netizens immediately uploaded it on YouTube, and others shared it on Facebook. On Facebook, one posted a comment: “It takes an exceptional person, one with a vision for a “daang matuwid” to get the endorsement of the President of the Philippines. And the President even made an effort to speak in the local dialect, Waray!” “His Excellency, the President of the Republic of the Philippines - Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino Jr. proudly endorses my mayor, your mayor, our mayor – Mayor Bem Noel.

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Taboso sacked as Tacloban’s top cop TACLOBAN CITYBarely two days before the conduct of the May 13, 2013 elections, the police director of this city was sacked from his post, an act that surprised residents of this city. Police Senior Superintendent Romulo Cleve Taboso was removed from his post and was transferred to the Regional Personnel Holding and Accounting Unit (RPHAU) of the regional Philippine National Police (PNP) headquarters. Taboso, who has been the police director of Tacloban for more than two years now, has been rumored to be relieved from his post since last week. Taboso was allegedly relieved from his post as a result of a complaint from presidential sister Kris Aquino that she was not given police escorts when

she came to Tacloban last May 3.    Aquino was in the city to personally campaign opposition candidate Florencio “Bem” Noel, who is running as an independent against reelectionist Mayor Alfred Romualdez. But Inspector Romuel Nacar, spokesperson of the PNP-8, said that Taboso was relieved from his post as city police director as he was shown to have displayed partisan politics. Nacar, however, declined to provide details except to say that police personnel are strictly prohibited to engage, directly or indirectly, to any partisan activities except to vote. Taboso was replaced, in an officer-in-charge capacity, by S/Supt.Teodoro Basa, who is currently the deputy director for operations at the PNP-8.

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Independent Bishops support Villar’s senatorial bid Efraim Perez, president of the Independent Bishops Conference of the Philippines (IBCP), said they have picked Villar due to her track record, competence and leadership as shown in her nine years stint in Congress. Villar served as President of the Lady Legislators of the House of Representatives in the 12th, 13thand 14th Congress. “I personally believe that Madam Cynthia (Villar) is the ‘secret weapon’ in the success of her husband,

The senatorial bid of former Las Pinas Rep. Cynthia Villar has earned endorsement of the country’s Catholic and non-Catholic independent bishops, citing the candidate’s poverty alleviation advocacy. In a simple rites on Wednesday at Club Filipino in Greenhills, San Juan. Rev.

Senator Manny Villar,” stressed Perez, who personally endorsed Villar to his colleagues. For her part, Villar said she is elated with the latest endorsement coming from our independent bishops. “This pledge of support is another boost to my senatorial candidacy, and I’m very thankful for the vote of confidence,”

she said. The outgoing senator, whose term ends in May 2013, was a Speaker of the House of Representatives and Senate President. The lady legislator was instrumental in the passage of landmark bills upholding the welfare of women, children and families. These include the Magna Carta of Women, Anti-Trafficking of Women and Children, Anti-violence against Women, Protection of children in the workplace; Juvenile Justice System and the two versions of the Senior Citizens Act (2003 and 2010), among others. She was also chairperson of the House Committee on Higher & Technical Education and the Congressional Spouses Foundation from 1998 to 2000 and President of the Senate Spouses Foundation, Inc. from August 2006 to December 2008. After the end of her term

Courts, PAO offices open on Election Day TACLOBAN CITYWhile employees in public and private offices are largely on a vacation today to utilize the ample time to cast their votes, judges and clerks of courts in lower courts and all public attorneys and staff of Public Attorney’s Office across the archipelago are duty-bound to serve not in the polling precincts but in their respective courts and offices. In separate circulars issued by Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez and Chief Public Attorney Persida Rueda-Acosta on April 25, 2013 and April 29, 2013 respectively, both stated the need to ensure that free legal assistance will be provided to public school teachers who may be harassed while in the performance of their election duties. Marquez in OCA Circular Number 56-2013 cited the interest of an “efficient administration of justice and speedy disposition of election related cases” and the resolution of the same “with utmost caution and dispatch”

as bases. The executive judge or in his absence the vice executive judge or any of the presiding judges in multisala courts and the judges in case of single salas, and clerks of courts of the regional trial courts, metropolitan trial courts and municipal trial courts in cities are mandated to hold duty on Election Day, May 13. “The Clerk of Court in the Office of the Clerk of Court shall maintain a skeletal force in the office to attend to the collection of court fees,” stated the circular, which is for strict compliance. Rueda-Acosta, in the Office Order Number 057-2013 she issued, underscored the necessity to provide free legal assistance to public school teachers “who may be harassed by complaining adverse parties during the performance of their election duties.” She however stressed that the directive is “issued only for the purpose of ensuring the availability of legal assistance to said teachers during the election period subject to merit and indigen-

cy test.” PAO Office Order Number 137 series of 2010 describes an indigent as one whose net monthly pay is P14,000 or less in Metro Manila, 12,000 in cities and 12,000 in towns after deduction of the GSIS, SSS, PagIbig and Philhealth premium contributions and mandatory deductions which are loan payments to government institutions. PAO OO No. 057-2013 mandates that in order to ensure that “all PAO offices will be properly manned, all PAO employees shall be at their respective poll precinct before its opening time to cast their votes early, after which all shall report for office duty from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM at the nearest PAO regional or district office.” The Regional Office Monitoring Team is likewise mandated to do the random on-the-spot-inspection in their nearby district offices. Far-flung district offices, however, will only be checked thru landline or cellphones. The PAO election di-

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as congresswoman, Villar has since then sat as managing director of the Villar Foundation. She earned the moniker of “Misis Hanepbuhay.” Perez commended the former congresswoman and her equally-competent husband have proven that poverty is not a hindrance to success. Ipinakita at pinatunayan nila na ang isang mahirap na Pilipino ay pwede ring umangat sa buhay,” Perez added. “She has a clear vision which is touchable and reachable,” further stated Perez adding that President Noynoy would not include Villar in his ticket if he does not believe in her ability. The ICBP is composed of Catholic and non-Catholic bishops nationwide. The following are the officers of ICBP: Bishop Ephraim Perez, President; Bishop James Antioquia, Vice President; Rev. Reynaldo Mapanoo, Secretary; and Rev. Fr. Jun Bernal, Secretary General. (PR)

NMP honors employees during its 35th anniversary program today TACLOBAN CITY-In observance of its 35th founding anniversary in May 1, the National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP) is set to give awards to deserving NMP employees during the Awards Rites which is part of the commemorative program tonight (May 10) at The Oriental Hotel in Baras, Palo, Leyte. NMP has always put premium on the agency’s manpower resource and gives credits and recognition to their vital contributions. For the year, sixteen (16) employees will be conferred Loyalty rective stemmed from the memorandum of agreement between the Commission on Elections, PAO and the Dept. of Education signed on April 11 this year. These three agencies have agreed to “setup a system whereby smooth communication between public school teachers and board of election inspector members who are in need of legal assistance” and “immediately attend to and inform of the availability of free legal assistance of the PAO during Election Day.” ( EILEEN B. NAZARENO-BALLESTEROS)

Incentive Award. A Loyalty Incentive Award is granted to employees who have rendered continuous and satisfactory service to NMP for 10, 15, 20, and 25 years. Plaque and cash incentive will be handed to each awardee, namely (25 years) Arnel Alicabo, Erma Montebon, Armando Montoya, Sarah Penalosa; (20 years) Ismael Baliat, Joel Caimoy, Jose Romualdo Denzon, Pastor Palana, Patricio Saludar; (15 years) Edgar Amoin, Erlette Mendoza; Eric Samuel Salvo, Januario Agravante, III; (10 years) Teodorico Cafranca, Joel Marcelino Campo and Telesforo Sambalilo. Certificates of Recognition will also be given to 17 employees who have finished additional degrees without financial support or scholarship from NMP. This is in accordance with the agency’s Program on Awards and Incentives for Service Excellence (PRAISE) under the Career and Self-Development Incentive Rewards which provides that “recognition is granted to an individual who has satisfactorily completed a

course or degree within or outside the country at one’s own expense. Anyone who graduated with honors may reimburse the tuition fees spent during the study”. The awardees are Grace Adlawan, Eufemia Balangbang, Joel Caimoy, Evelyn Canono, Ma. Melba Esquibel, Monette Forosuelo, Evelyn Futol, Adela Gagarin, Lilibeth Go, Remegio Gunabe, Penafiel Flor Legua, Renato Majadillas, Erlette Mendoza, Erma Montebon, Lydia Pacheco; Tomas Tamayo and Paulito Tuazon. Another five (5) NMP trainors will be granted Certificates of Recognition for acquiring a license and upgrading their licenses which is invaluable in the practice of their profession and in the effective discharge of functions as faculty members. The awardees include ECE Januario Agravante III, Master Electrician Arturo Arcena, CM Chito Go, Engr. Gonzalo Manadong and

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PNoy endorses Bem Noel’s candidacy for Tacloban mayor TACLOBAN CITY— President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino wooed voters of this city through a taped message of endorsement to vote for Florencio “Bem” Noel for mayor during Wednesday’s grand rally of the local Liberal Party (LP) candidates at the Leyte Park Resort gymnasium. Aquino said he needs local officials who will walk the “straight path” and deliver services to the people and will not look after their own interests. “Papayag ba kayong magpatuloy ang kahirapan sa inyong lungsod, o’ pipiliin ba nyong tumahak sa tuwid na daan at mag-punla ng pag-asa at kaunlaran sa buong Tacloban? Kayo na po ang humusga. Sa tagal na nag-hari ang isang pamilya sa lungsod, may nakamit ba kayong kaunlaran?” Aquino said in his video message played before an audience composed of barangay chairmen and council members, Sikap Buhat and Barangay ni Nanay area coordinators

and leaders, and Kabataan han Bag-o nga Tacloban. “Sa halip na maulit ang lumang tugtugin at mga sintonadong pangako, bakit hindi tayo pumanig sa tinig ng pagbabago. Oras na po ng reporma. Adi na an magtitikang hin bag-o nga Tacloban… si Bem Noel,” Aquino said. “Subok na po siya sa paglilingkod bayan bilang kinatawan ng An waray party-list. Siyam na taon niyang ipinaglaban hindi lang ang kapakanan ng mga Taclobanon, kundi magin ng buong Leyte. Mahigit walong daang libong may sakit ang kinalinga ng kanyang medical assistance program; at mahigit apat na libong kababaihan ang nabigyang lakas ng kanyang proyektong barangay ni nanay, tinatayang siyam na raan ang napaaral ng libre sa mga kolehiyo at sa mga vocational courses. Ganyan po ang serbisyong Bem Noel,” Aquino added. “Kung ang inaatupag lang ng lokal na pinuno ay kontrahin ang mga plano natin sa mahirap, iisa po


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ang panata namin ni Bem, aatahun naton it corruption, bubuliugan naton it pobre,” he said. “Ang tagumpay ni Bem sa halalan ay tagumpay para sa kinabukasan ng Tacloban.Kamo an maghihimo hine nga magmalinangpuson ha matadong nga dalan, kamo an pwersa nga magios tipakadto hin maupay nga Tacloban,” the President added. Present during the event were House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr., Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales II, and LP president Joseph Emilio Abaya. Aquino was scheduled to visit the city on May 6 to inaugurate the P285-million worth of water project of the Leyte Metropolitan Water District (LMWD) but was cancelled due to health reasons and to give him enough time to repair perceived problems in the administration coalition. Last week, the President personally sent her celebrity sister Kris Aquino to campaign for Noel, a three-term congressman representing the An Waray party-list. Noel is challenging incumbent Mayor Alfred Romualdez. Two other candidates—Ranulfo C. Feliciano and Francisco Joseph S. Mercado, Jr. are also eyeing for the mayoralty post of this city of about 109,027 registered voters. (REYAN L. ARINTO)

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Fire caught regional prison facility TACLOBAN CITYA big fire that lasted for about three hours hit the regional penal colony in Abuyog town, Leyte Thursday early morning. The chief of the arson investigation of the Abuyog Fire Station says that a short circuit problem that developed at one of the prison buildings appeared to be the cause of the fire. Senior Fire Officer 1 Arnold Tesado, arson investigation officer, said that the fire at the Leyte Regional Prison started at 12:15 early morning last Thursday with their office receiving a fire call 15 minutes after the blaze started. The fire was controlled at 3:30 a.m. At least six buildings were burned down, namely, the facility’s infirmary, chapel, visiting hall and Building I which was divided into three prison cells (A, B and C). It was at Building I-B where the fire was said to have originated. It is in this building were inmates serving maximum

sentences are detained. Only one out of the more than 1,000 inmates at the Leyte Regional Prison was injured due to the blaze. The inmate, who was not identified by Tesado, was said to be physically weak and was sleeping at the time of the incident reason why it took sometimes for some of his inmates to get him out from the cell. He was at Building I-B. At the time the fire started, the inmates were outside their cells for the mandatory headcount. “It was good thing that they were outside their cells. Otherwise, many could have been trapped and killed due to the fire incident,” Tesado, reached on the phone, said. “The Leyte Regional Prison is about 18 kilometers away from our station and it took us about 30 minutes to arrive there. And when we arrived in the area, except for its infirmary, all of the buildings were already burned down,” Tesado added.

He also said that some of the inmates confined at the colony’s infirmary were rescued by their coinmates and jail officers on duty at that time. The fire official, however, could not provide as to how many inmates were confined at that time but said not all of them were accounted for. Tesado said that the fire spread so fast to the other buildings as these were old buildings and made of light materials. He also said that several combustible materials inside the prison building like bed foams and worn clothes owned by the inmates could have ignited further the fire. The damage was placed at more than P1 million by the fire investigators. The Leyte Regional Prison was established January 16, 1973 during the time of former President Ferdinand Marcos and sit at more than 10 hectares located in between the villages of Cagbulo and Mahagna. (JOEY




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Vote- buying, the final showdown


eciding who we want to lead our coun- for the best platform anyway. Even meetings try’s Senate, House of Representatives held by candidates during the campaign do and our localities is the best blessing of not anymore attract the curiosity and interour democracy. We enjoy the free exercise of our est of the voters. People would attend to listen sacred right to vote for those who deserve the only if they are given the best consideration trust and confidence of our people to run the af- for their presence. We can only find a few who fairs of government. The choice must be based voluntarily go to meetings as a manifestation on ideal parameters that would produce officials of responsibility. Most do not anymore care who possess the qualification, capability, integ- to listen and just decide on choices without rity to perform the functions of the office being knowing well the personalities and issues. Calls to regain our moral bearings had reaspired for. There too is a need to examine the peatedly been issued by concerned civic, replatform or advocacy that a particular candidate is pushing for that would be a good yardstick of ligious and cause oriented groups. Such apwhat one will do once elected. But all these are peal to resort to conscience and fight every mere ideals of bygone days when elections were temptation and influence of money, guns and truly clean and honest in all aspects, including power ought to be heeded by all and sundry. the voter’s respect to his dignity and honor as a The call is very timely as people appear to have lost its moorings on morality and the insovereign and rationale being. It is indeed unfortunate that elections are dependent and free exercise of his sovereign nothing more than commercial transactions with will. We really need to reexamine ourselves the sacred vote as commodity of the deal. Can- and try answering basic questions regarding didates no longer worry formulating a program to page 5 of government for voters no longer care asking

PCOS source code Will coming Monday election be credible without source code? Will losers accept whatever figures come out of the machines? Lately 33 persons filed a complaint before the United Nations Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) because they doubted the credibility of the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines. Mikha Flores of VERA Files, in the Internet wrote “PH gov’t sued in UN rights body.” She quoted Lawyer Harry Roque, lead counsel for the complainants, “In reality, Comelec has no ability to implement an automated election. You can see it in the glitches and when mishaps happen, they always turn to Smartmatic for technical support.” In the petition to the UNHRC, they claimed “as a

party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), the Philippines has the ‘obligation to ensure the authors’ rights to free expression of their will as electors.’” The article further stated: “The Philippine government also compromised

votes when it entrusted both public and private security keys to Smartmatic. Having access to the keys would make Smartmatic capable of rigging election results, the complainants said. “Under the law, Roque said, the private key should be entrusted to an entity like

Smartmatic but the public keys should be given to Board of Election Inspectors. The lack of a source code review also makes the PCOS machines vulnerable to fraud, the complaint said.” With two days to go from now before Election Day, will the complaint, if acted upon by the UNHRC contribute to the peace of mind of the Filipino voters? It may be an exercise in futility, but it will either contribute to the authenticity of the machine or be a cause to justify shouting “I am cheated!” Reading the other side

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Working, writing in real time

One op-ed of New York Post confides that it is critical to construct a Chinese wall between work and writing. When you are at work, there should be no writing and vice-versa. Writing a 250-words column whether tight or relaxed needs focus and discipline. This I do by setting aside what is on cue and convince myself what management Guro Covey says, “begin with the end in mind.” My goal is to write and complete the story, and so be it. I guess, this is one thing that a multi-


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of the story written by Flores, “Final PCOS tests show accurate results, minor glitches” may give comfort to those doubting the honesty of the machine. The report: “The automated machines correctly counted the votes during the final testing and sealing (FTS) in precincts in Pasay City’s first district 11 days before the May 13 elections. In other words, the automated count tallied with the manual count of the test ballots. “‘Mas handa kami. Second na, nakita na namin yung mga depekto nung 2010. Nakita na namin yung deficiencies (We are more prepared. This is the second time and we already saw the deficiencies in 2010),’ said Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes, referring to incidents during the country’s first automated elections in 2010.” Analyzing the statement “we already saw the deficiencies in 2010” gives the reader the doubt for the accuracy of the past presidential election. The word “deficiency” could be understood as: “After the test voters were fed in the PCOS machines, the Board of Election Inspectors (BEI) printed copies of election returns (ER) of the FTS. The ERs were later compared to a manual tally of the BEI.

tasker would find difficult to do all at the same time. Even the most productive writers cannot wash dishes and write at the same time. Because most writers employ the – the mind, hands, mouth and even the heart - are all synchronized to be able to write. But this is how I do it. I look forward to deadlines. Once in a while, there are emergency situations and even deadlines are suspended for reasons like meetings, conferences and domestic emergencies - unless I have back up stories which “The inspectors initially saw a discrepancy between the machine count and the manual count for the city councilor position. A recount showed the BEIs still counted an ‘overvote’, an instance where a voter exceeds shades in an elective position. “The PCOS voids all votes when it detects an ‘overvote’. “Brillantes said the BEIs are not exactly trained to do a manual count since there is a separate team doing the random manual audit (RMA). “‘They are not really that trained but they already know how to count manually. Yung audit team namin…hindi magkakamali yun ng mga overvote (Our audit team…they won’t make mistakes in an overvote),” Brillantes said.” So, the discrepancy is between the PCOS automatically voids where there are more oblongs shaded than the required number of position to be elected. That is nice! However, the report entitled “Glitches in PCOS expected – Brillantes” may not be satisfactory to completely trust the machine. “‘There will always be problems. Hindi naman pwede ma-perfect yang FTS. Kapag na-perfect yan, kakabahan na ako,’ he said. ‘Kapag na perfect yan ibig sabihin parang naluto yan... there has to be some deficiencies,’ added Brillantes.” Brillantes statement that if the machine is perfect

to me is “infidelity.” Infidelity because, it is like lipsinging before a live audience. Personally, real time writing as a columnist is responsibility and accountability. All other genres in literature like short stories, novels, or poem takes time and eternity to complete. During unproductive time such as waiting moments – like waiting for a friend to show up, bus terminal trips, airport lounges, restos among others are perfect time and venues to think and write. These are funny moments too. People scurrying, irate customers, passengers loaded with baggages and squabbling toddlers, the airport information booth pager is off key not only technically but grammar-wise. All these can be hilarious moments to write. The ordinariness of these themes in life make writing more youthful, cheerful, delightful and enlivening to the soul. “ibig sabihin parang naluto yan”, it means it is already cook. That statement may be mind conditioning the result of the election will be imperfect. Hence, there is good reason for the 33 individuals to question the acts of the Comelec commissioners. “Roque said they brought the case before the international body since they have exhausted all legal remedies available in the country. This legal challenge against the country’s election system, he pointed out, is ‘unprecedented’ in the UN body.” Roque is joined by Information Technology expert Joey Pengson, Renato Reyes of Kontra Daya, former Vice President Teofisto Guingona Jr., former Comelec Commissioner Augusto Lagman and former Comelec officials Melchor Magdamo and Ernesto Del Rosario. RA 9369 or the Automation Law, Comelec is mandated to conduct a random manual audit in at least one precinct for every legislative district. Is it complied? After Election Day will determine if the result will be peacefully admitted by losing candidates and be accepted by the Filipino people. Come Monday, the fate of the nation will be known, so, as the saying goes “hope for the best” or “keep your fingers cross.” (Feedback welcome, g_duna@yahoo. com)

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This election is a heartbreaker ences. We’ve had enough of those politically- motivated and election-related crimes. The Maguindanao massacre still within us. Come election day, may we all maintain the highest virtue of decency , civility, and respect for each other – particularly in exercising our freedom to choose candidates whom we believed will help us determine the future of this country. Voting is personal. Period. After election, may we all let go of our political differences and come back as the same person--peaceloving, sane and rational-to our family and friends-. (Comments at

I wrote about this before, now I’ll write it again: Philippine election is the worst heartbreaker. Our election causes us more harm than good. It brings us to our knees instead of uplifting us. Once politics reared its ugly head, everybody became its victim, then its host. Until we all became suspicious of each other, accusing each other of this malady. Our election is lethal. Like a cancer, it eats our judgment and saps our ability to love. It destroys relationships, severs family

ties, and corrodes the very core of our humanity. I’ve come to understand that our kind of election is for the “sub-humans” since its ways are stupid, heartless and heinous. If we are at the peak of our civilization now, then we must avoid every opportunity to hurt each other for petty reasons like political differ-


Jesus said to his disciples: “I tell you truly: you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices; you will grieve for a time, but your grief will be turned into joy. When a woman is in labor she is sad that her time has come. When she has borne her child, she no longer remembers her pain for joy that a man has been born into the world. In the same way, you are sad for a time, but I shall see you again; then your hearts will rejoice with a joy no one can take from you. On that day you will have no questions to ask me.”

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our moral values that ought to guide us in the exercise of our sacred right to vote. Unfortunately, we have seen in the recent past how money plays a crucial role in winning elections. Voters had been used to receiving tokens, pennies and small bills from candidates who want their names written in the official ballot. These candidates pretend to be generous givers to the least of their brethren. They try to downplay vote buying as mere acts of kindness and sharing their riches to their constituents who are expectantly waiting for the election money. Those who have the riches have the decided advantage to win over the poor and unknown candidates. But upsets are always possible if voters will only decide to defeat the evil influence of money by voting wisely no matter the bribe.

May 10, 2013 - Friday, 6th Week of Easter Acts 18:9-18; Ps 47; Jn 16:20-23


THORNS IN ROSES The pearl-oyster in the sea has to endure a great deal of trouble, because anything that gets into it, such as a small fish or a grain of sand, becomes a source of irritation to it; and this irritation results in the creation of beautiful pearls. It is through pain and irritation that beautiful pearls come into being. Similarly, through pains and sufferings we grow into spiritually mature Christians. It is not God’s will that we run away from sufferings. Jesus linked sufferings to our following of him. He encouraged us to accept sufferings, for they will not only be forgotten later, but will prove very worthwhile. So, after saying, “You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy” (Jn 16:21), he gave the example of a woman who gave birth to a child (Jn 16:21). The allusion is particularly apt because the pain of childbirth lead to anew life, and the sufferings of a Christian lead to spiritual flowering and to eternal life in the end. St. Paul had his share of sufferings. When he was in Corinth preaching for 18 months, “the Jews made a united attack upon Paul and brought him before the tribunal” (Acts 18:12). However, he accepted these trials in union with Christ, and his loving submission to sufferings led to glory for him, as it did for Christ. As long as we are in this world as followers of Jesus Christ, we have joys and sorrows. The bee not only gathers honey; to serve a particular purpose, it also carries a sting. It is not without reason that beautiful fragrant roses are accompanied by thorns. In the same way, it is necessary for us to go through experiences of suffering, for the fulfillment of a final and eternal purpose. (His Word is Life by Vima Dasan, S.J., published by Paulines. Visit us at or at Paulines Media Center, Real St., Tacloban City, Tel. #321-3195) Sower’s Thought: “If devotion to Mary is morally necessary in order to live as good Christians, then it is even more necessary in order to be apostles and priests.” -Blessed James Alberione, SSP, S.Th.D., Founder of the Pauline Family



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NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Cresente M. Almeria, Sr. extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over 3 parcels of land, described as: Parcel 1, Lot No. 11244, Case 13, Cad 407, contaning an area of 5,416 square meters, more or less, covered by O.C.T. No. P-30800; Parcel 2, Lot 5992U-1, situated at Sagkahan, Tacloban City covered by T.C.T. No. T-3158, containing an area of 601 square meters, more or less; Parcel 3, Lot No. 447, Cad. Case No. 20, situated in the City of Tacloban, covered by T.C.T. No. T-158, containing an area of 271 square meters, more or less. That heir Leonor M. Almeria, the widow of Cresente Almeria hereby waive, her rights, interest and participation for the above-described properties in favor of her children and divided in equare shares; per Doc. No. 498, Page No. 100, Book No. XLVII, Series of 2013 of Notary Public Atty. Wilfredo T. Pascua. LSDE: May 10, 17 & 24, 2013


Notice is hereby given that the following companies/employers have filed with this Regional Office application/s for Alien Employment Permit/s. Name and Address of Company/Employer PASAR CORPORATION LIDE Isabel, Leyte


NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Gavino Carvajal extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a parcel of land, located at So. Anajao, Brgy. Locso-on, Borongan City, Eastern Samar, covered by O.C.T. / OCT No. P-12983, Lot No. 7308, Case 8, Cad-434, under ARP No. 08-033-00870, with an area of 3,138.38 square meters. A Deed of Sale was executed a portion fo 264 square meters from the above-described property in favor of Sps. Joseph Anector & Evelyn Anector as vendee; per Doc. No. 376, Page No. 77, Book No. 11, Series of 2013 of Notary Public Atty. Pablito M. Go. LSDE: May 10, 17 & 24, 2013



NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Manuel M. Bakunawa extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a conjugal 1/2 share of a parcel of land Lot No. 591-B, situated in Poblacion, City of Tacloban, Province of Leyte, containing an area of 151.72 square meters, more or less, and heirs/children hereby waive renounce and quitclaim all their rights, interest and participation over the above-descrived property in favor of their mother, Luz Cleta Bakunawa; per Doc. No. 21, Page No. 72, Book No. XXVIII, Series of 2013 of Notary Public Atty. Bienvenido G. Say. LSDE: April 26, & May 3 & 10, 2013 NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Trinidad G. Sorono and Dionesio Sorono extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over 2 parcels of land located at Brgy. Garganera, Calubian, Leyte described as: Residential land, Cad. Lot No. 133 with Assessor’s Lot No. 005, containing an area of 1,382 square meters, more or less, under A.R.P. No. 09004-00095 under Property Index No. 044-09-004-01-005, market value of P198,407.81 and assessed value of P39,680.00; Parcel 2, Residential land, containing an area of 203.43 square meters, more or less, under A.R.P. 0900400096, under Property Index No. 044-09-004-01-006, with a market value of P36,922.95. A Deed of Sale was executed in favor of Wilfredo Uyvico married to Mariane Uyvico as vendee for a portion of 1,000 square meters from the abovedescribed property; per Doc. No. 415, Page No. 84, Book No. XIV, Series of 2002 of Notary Public Atty. Antonio S. Lopez, Jr. LSDE: April 26, & May 3 & 10, 2013

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NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Francisco V. Macuto extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a parcel of land situated at Brgy. San Roque, Hilongos, Leyte under Tax Dec. No. 05-14037-00232 R-12 with Cad. Lot No. 12896, Cad 566-D, containing an area of 1.5096.52 has., actual survey area of the land is only 5,017 square meters. A Deed of Sale was executed in favor of Sps. Narciso P. Mcuto and Norma D. Macuto as vendee; per Doc. No. 785, Page No. 57, Book No. 22, Series of 2009 of Notary Public Atty. Rico E. Aureo. LSDE: April 26, & May 3 & 10, 2013



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Sale was executed in favor of Volunteer for the Visayans, Inc. as vendee for a portion of 222 square meters from the above-described property; per Doc. No. 386, Page No. 79, Book No. XII, Series of 2013 of Notary Public Atty. R.O.M. Reposar. LSDE: April 26, & May 3 & 10, 2013


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NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Visitacion B. Rosillo extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a parcel of land, situated at Brgy. Cangumbang, Palo, Leyte, designated as Lot No. 5250 under Tax Dec. No. 00448, containing an area of 4,316 square meters. A Deed of

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Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT Eighth Judicial Region Branch 16 Naval, Biliran RURAL BANK OF NAVAL, INC. Petitioner/mortgagee -versusSPS. JOSE VICTORIOSO and BENIGNA ENRIQUEZ VICTORIOSO Respondent/mortgagor x- - - - - - - - -x NOTICE OF EXTRA JUDICIAL FORECLOSURE UNDER ACT 3135 AS AMENDED

Upon Extra-Judicial Petition for sale under Act 3135, as amended filed by RURAL BANK OF NAVAL, INC., of Naval, Biliran Province, mortgagee against JOSE and BENIGNA VICTORIOSO, mortgagor, of legal age, Filipino and residents of Naval, Biliran Province to satisfy the mortgage indebtedness in the amount of TWO HUNDRED TWENTY THOUSAND (Php 220,000.00) PESOS, excluding interests, penalties, charges, sheriff’s fees, legal fees and expenses of foreclosure sale as of NOVEMBER 15, 2012. The undersigned will SELL at PUBLIC AUCTION to the HIGHEST BIDDER for CASH in Philippine

Currency on MAY 23, 2013 at 9:00 o’clock in the morning or soon thereafter at the Office of the Clerk of Court of this Branch Court, Justice Hall, Larrazabal, Calumpang, Naval, Biliran Province, the following real properties, to wit: TAX DECLARATION NO. 00540 A parcel of agricultural land and all existing improvements thereon located at Poblacion Alameria, Biliran bounded as follows on the lot 593-P; NORTH: (593-P-)-01 sec. 002 (606).60; SOUTH: (109)-03, (107)-16; EAST: (110)04, (109)-03, sec. 002; WEST: (593-P) Provincial road containing an area of 0.726205 has., more or less, with assessed value of Php 21.810.00 declared in the name of BENIGNA ENRIQUEZ. Prospective buyers/bidders may investigate for themselves the title to and encumbrances on herein describe real property, if any there be. All sealed bids must be submitted to the undersigned on the above-stated date and time. In the event the public auction should not take place on said date, it shall be held on JUNE 6, 2013 on the same time and place without further notice. Naval, Biliran this 23rd day fo April 2013.

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credits to the presidential staff who put the video together for the people of Tacloban,” said by another Facebook user. “An Tagumpay Ni Bem Noel ay tagumpay ng mamamayan ng Tacloban. The President Endorses Bem Noel #3 for Tacloban City Mayor. An Magtitikang han Matadong nga Dalan para han Bag-o Na Tacloban! Mga Taclobanon ayaw na pagruha-duha pa, yana nga Lunes Numero 3 Bem Noel Mayor han Tacloban,” said one comment posted also on Facebook. Meanwhile on YouTube, the “PNoy Endorses Bem Noel” video was also one of the most viewed posts yesterday. As of this writing, the video has reached about 2,000 hits and is expected to score more views before the May 13 elections. (REYAN L. ARINTO)

by party president Senator Manny Villar, last Wednesday afternoon. “We are all here to campaign and support the entire Team PNOY’s senatorial candidates,” Romualdez, in a press conference, said. Romualdez is running under the NP banner, which is in coalition with the ruling party of the Liberal Party. The city mayor, in turn, was endorsed by a group of drivers and operators of motorcycle-for-hire (MCH) which count more than 700 members. Aside from Villar, who campaigned for his wife Cynthia, also present during the NP’s grand rally held at the Tacloban Convention Center, were reelectionist Allan Peter Cayetano and Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, cousin of the city mayor. The Romualdezes and the Marcoses are political enemies of the Aquinos. This open support made by Romualdez was welcomed by Cayetano, saying that it was good of the former to set aside his own political agenda for the sake of the welfare of the people of Tacloban. “He is not only supporting us (NP candidates) but the entire Team PNOY. Pagdating sa ekonomiya, tulongtulong ang ibang kulay. Yun naman ang sabi ni Presidente na sa pulitika, pwede tayo na iba-iba pero pagdating sa ekonomiya, tulong-tulong tayo,” Cayetano said. For his part, Sen. Marcos said that the entire NP is giving their full support to the reelectionist bid of his cousin

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The transfer of power at the Tacloban City Police Office was sanctioned by the Commission on Elections and was effective on May 8, Nacar added. But the dismissal of Taboso from his post as chief of the close to 300 police personnel of the City Police Office surprised the residents of this city. His removal from his post was clearly politically motivated as claimed by supporters of Mayor Romualdez who has remained sober and confident in the wake of the sacking of the city police director. The city mayor, by virtue of the alliance forged with his Nacionalista Party and the Liberal Party, can be considered to be a political ally of the President. Mayor Romualdez had even pledged to support all the senatorial candidates of the Team PNOY. (DAYDEE A.




NOTICE is hereby given that Dindo Raul A. Baquilod the heir of the late Rosa A. Baquilod executed an affidavit of Adjudication over a parcel of land, situated at Brgy. Songco, Borongan, E. Samar covered by O.C.T. No. RP-100/14197) Lot No. 1315, Case 2, Cad 434-D, with Tax Dec. No. 08-049-01284, with an area of 2,620 square meters, more or less. A Deed of Sale was executed in favor of James Martin C. Caspe married to Annie C. Caspe as vendees for a portion of 194 square meters known as Lot 13158 from the above-described property, per Doc. No. 201, Page No. 42, Book No. VI, Series of 2013 of Notary Public Atty. Byron M. Suyot. LSDE: May 10, 17 & 24, 2013

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NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Eustaquio M. Noblejas legal heir of late Bernardina Moron executed an amended Deed of Extrajudicial Settlement and Partition over a parcel of land situated at Brgy. San Jose, Municipality of Palo, Leyte, designated as Lot 7281, under Tax Dec. No. under Tax Dec. No. 00563, containing an area of 5,719 square meters; per Doc. no. 41, Page No. 8, Book No. III, Series of 2013 of Notary Public Atty. Teresita J. Calleja. LSDE: May 10, 17 & 24, 2013

MOTHER KNOWS BEST ------House Assistant Minority Leader and Leyte (1st dist) Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez (center) with his mother Mrs Juliette Gomez Romualdez (left) share a light moment with Naval Bishop Filomeno Bactol (right) after the Mass celebration at St. Michael Church in honor of Tolosa’s town fiesta.Bishop Bactol thanks Rep. Romualdez and his mother Juliette for supporting the Catholic Church against the RH Law and the proposed divorce bill. PHOTO BY VER S. NOVENO

whose wife, former actress Cristina GonzalesRomualdez, is also seeking for another term as a councilor. The reelectionist city mayor had in the past said that he is giving his support to the administration of Mr. Aquino and even grateful that despite of not a political ally, still manages to provide projects for Tacloban like the funding of the Daniel Z. Romualdez (DZR) Airport’s rehabilitation.


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REE Tomas Tamayo. Not only regular employees will receive awards but Job Order Workers (JOWs) as well. NMP will bestow Certificates of Appreciation to 16 JOWs for their contribution to the achievement of the agency’s mission and objectives. These JOWs who have served NMP for five years or longer, may have worked under a no employer-employee relation but they have undoubtedly contributed to what the NMP is today. They aptly deserve the recognition from NMP especially on the occasion of its milestone celebration. Among the JOWs to be recognized are Joel Sevillano, Roberto Tiozon, Pio Carabuena, Ramil Ibarra, Joselito Bacalla, Evangeline Penaflorida, Joseph Pagaduan, Ramon Sosa, Mardonio Timbobolan, Amador Veloso, Ethel Pagdato, Michelle Talle, Judith Barrantes, Edmon Cabugawan, Rico Espinosa and Lolita Manlunas. (MARIA SANDRA M. GALLARDO)


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Is Kris reason of Taboso’s ouster ? Tacloban City – Persistent talks circulating this city blames presidential sister Kris Aquino as the reason behind the sudden relief of Tacloban City chief of police Sr. Supt. Romulo Clave Taboso four days before the midterm election. According to reports, Taboso failed to give ample security cover when Ms. Aquino came to Tacloban City last Friday, May 3, 2013 to endorse the candidacy as mayor of out-going An Waray Rep. Florencio “Bem” Noel. “Taboso caught the ire of Kris because she was not satisfied with the security arraignment of Tacloban City PNP and somebody whispered to her that Taboso was supporting Mayor Alfred Romualdez, hence, his sudden relief,” a police official, who asked not to be named, said. But the PNP Regional Office 8 belied the report and said that Taboso was relieved of his post because of complaints that he is partial to a certain candidate. Sr. Ins. Romuel Nacar, spokesperson of PNP Regional Office 8 (PRO8), in an interview, said that several complaints were received by their office accusing Taboso of favoring incumbent Mayor Alfred Romualdez. “To preserve the integrity of the PNP organization we have to recall Taboso to the regional office so that the upcoming election would not be tainted with accusation of irregularity.” Nacar said. But Nacar, in an interview with PRTV 12, a local TV station here, last Monday, May 6, 2013, said that there is no truth to the rumor that Taboso was ousted as police chief of Tacloban City. “As of now and as far as I know, there is no order coming from this office relieving Sr. Supt. Clave Taboso as chief of Police of Tacloban,” the spokesperson of PNP Regional Office said during that interview. Four days after, Taboso was transferred to PNP Human Resource and Holding Office 8 in Camp Ruperto Kangleon, Campetik, Palo, Leyte. (MARVIN T. MODELO)

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Alfred Romualdez supports PNoy’s senatorial candidates