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Massive vote-buying noted in Tacloban BY DAYDEE A. CAIRO

TACLOBAN CITYAmid accusations of massive and rampant vote-buying, a former city official claimed that “the recent electoral exercise was the dirtiest and most expensive so far” in this city. This came after he learned that vote-buying was noted to reach up to the “third wave” with the actual payment done house-to-house and in front of the polling centers during the Election Day.

Taclobanon were shaken over the blatant show of cal-

lousness on the part of the opposition whose people were caught on cameras distributing cash and packed food right in front of temporary headquarters in the vicinity of the schools around Tacloban. The city has never experienced this kind of electoral exercise where the people waited until after receiving up to P3,000 for their 12-0 votes, promised to them after voting. Monitoring teams, however noted that despite the massive buying and selling activities, majority of the polling places were orderly and peaceful; even after a radio station in Manila announced that Mayor Alfred Romualdez to page 7

Comelec-8 encounters no major hitches during May 13 polls TACLOBAN CITY- With no major hitches encountered as of morning of the balloting, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) here in the region declared the elections as “generally peaceful.” This early, lawyer Vironico Petalcorin, Comelec acting regional director, said that the conduct of elections across the region was successful as no major problem was encountered especially on the functionality of the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines. He is giving credit to the full cooperation of both the PhilAll Vote In. Tacloban City incumbent MayorMayor Alfred Alfred S. Romualdez together with with his The Romualdezes, Tacloban City incumbent S. Romualdez together ippine National Police and the wife,Coucnilor Cristina G. Romualdez and incumbent 1st Leyte district Ferdinand First Lady Cristina G. Romualdez and incumbent 1st Leyte District Cong.Rep. Ferdinand Philippine Army for having a Martin G. Romualdez casted their votes separately at San Jose Elementary School and peaceful conduct of balloting. Martin G. Romualdez casted their votes separatelySchool at SanatJose Elementary School and Doña Remedios Trinidad Romualdez Elementary Tolosa, Leyte. (PHOTOS BY: Here in Tacloban, city elecTIMOTHY CANES Trinidad & VER NOVENO / GAY B.Elementary GASPAY) Doña Remedios Romualdez School at Tolosa, Leyte. (Photos by: tions officer Karin Cajipo said

that she has received at least two PCOS machines which stopped to function but were eventually fixed by the assigned technicians. Cajipo also said that 26 official ballots intended for Cabanatuan City were discovered to have been inadvertently shipped to Tacloban and found their way to a polling precinct at Barangay 83-C at San Jose Elementary School. “We have no idea why these ballots were shipped here in Tacloban. But we have already set aside these ballots and now under our care,” Cajipo said. She said that these ballots would not be used for Tacloto page 7


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2 slain in pre-election killings TACLOBAN CITY— Two persons were killed while two others were wounded in what the police say could be election related incidents in various parts of Eastern Visayas a day before the elections. In Calbayog City, a supporter of gubernatorial candidate Sharee Ann Tan was shot dead by still unidentified men in Barangay Canjumadac. Police Supt. Marvin Ordonia identified the victim as Romulo Dealagnon, of legal age, and a resident of nearby village of Tambalan. Ordonia said several empty shells of still undetermined firearms were recovered from the crime scene. “The victim was carrying a hand bag full of money. It was however

turned over to the police for proper disposition,” Ordonia said. In Hilongos, Leyte, a barangay kagawad was seriously wounded when unidentified armed men shot him around 1:00 p.m. on May 12. Police Insp. Shevert Allan Machete, Hilongos PNP chief identified the victim as Manuel Aniscal, 49, and a barangay kagawad of Barangay Protection in Hilongos. The victim was brought to Seventh Day Adventist Hospital in Hilongos, and later to OSPA Farmer’s Hospital in Ormoc City. He was transferred to the Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center (EVRMC) yesterday. In Catarman, Northern Samar, a former village council member sustained multiple gunshot wounds when unidentified assailants sprayed

bullets on his house in Barangay Libjo. The victim, identified as Arturo Gallano, was brought to Northern Samar Provincial Hospital but was later declared dead. Meanwhile, an explosion occurred early morning on May 12 in front of the house of Celso Malaguis, the village chairman of Barangay Conalum, Inopacan, Leyte. Police Insp. Allan Oliveron said two unidentified men riding in tandem towards the direction of Baybay City lobbed a still undetermined explosive on the house of Malaguis. No one was hurt in the incident. Meanwhile, police arrested Sunday four armed men suspected to be “hired goons” in a checkpoint in Naval. Biliran. Police Insp. Romuel Nacar, PNP-8 regional information officer, said re-

PRO8 assures peaceful polls CAMP KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte -- Eastern Visayas top cop Police Chief Superintendent Elmer Ragadio Soria assured the public that security measures in all polling centers in the region are in place and expects the midterm elections to be peaceful and orderly as Waraynons troops to different precincts to cast their votes . “The situation is manageable as we have not received any report of violent incidents since the voting started this 7:00 a.m.,” Soria said. PRO8 established security assistance desks to provide appropriate security with close to 5,000 policemen de-

ployed to render election duties while Reactionary Standby Support Forces (RRSFs) are ready to respond to any eventualities. Soria has been closely monitoring implementation of election security measures and electionrelated events at the PRO8 Regional Election Monitoring and Action Center (REMAC). A total of 2,576,250 registered voters troops to 3,773 voting centers with 17,328 established precincts and 5,135 clustered/grouped precincts today wherein there are 3,239 candidates vying for different local elective posts in the region. Meanwhile, Soria informed that 7 more persons were arrested by the

police in Naval, Biliran and Merida, Leyte for violation of the gun ban. At around 6:30 A.M. today, policemen arrested in Brgy. LIbas, Merida, Leyte three persons – Edito Gonzales, Rodigo Conchas and Jaime Roña – for carrying a M16 rifle with serial number RP129083 and a caliber .45 pistol with defaced serial number and several ammunition. On Sunday afternoon, joint police and army forces arrested Cepriano Homerez, Jr; Aljay Daga; Jerrylou Hijada and Gregorio Pore in Sitio Bagacay, Brgy. Haguikhikan, Naval in Biliran province for carrying one M16 Elisco rifle with serial number RP112988, a caliber .45 pistol with se-

covered from the suspects were one cal. 45, one M16 armalite rifle, assorted ammunitions and bladed weapons. The suspects were on Sitio Bagacay, Barangay Hagikhikan, a far-flung barangay of capital town Naval. Nacar said the suspects are now detained at Naval PNP. In Merida, Leyte, three persons wearing camouflaged uniforms on board an Isuzu pick-up were apprehended for violation of election gun ban and threats. The police confiscated from them an armalite rifle and one cal. 45. Police said the suspects will face appropriate charges their violations. They are now detained at the Merida police station. (REYAN L.


rial number 518492 and a bladed weapon with several ammunition. This brought to 158 the number of arrested persons for gun ban violation with a total of 131 assorted firearms, 954 ammunitions and 52 bladed weapons confiscated since the start of the firearms ban on January 13. The law enforcement official also called on the public to help them arrest individuals who will engage in vote buying even as he directed his men to conduct operations against vote-buying, and if necessary, entrap votebuyers and vote-sellers. The police also has been strictly implementing the liquor ban since Sunday to help prevent alcohol-induced incidents during the elections, Soria said. (PINSP


Political supporters gunned down in NS

CATARMAN, Northern Samar – Violence continues to rise as the elections gets hotter in this province, with the recent incidents killing two identified supporters of politicians here. Police identified the first victim as Ernesto Caparal, 40, a resident of Barangay Balnasan and known supporter of Jocelyn Curso, mayoralty candidate of the Liberal Party (LP) in San Roque town. Caparal was killed on Saturday at around 2:40 in the afternoon by still unidentified gunmen while he was going to attend a fiesta celebration in Brgy. Lawaan, San Roque, police reports said. It was reported that the victim was

back riding along with his companions driving 12 motorcycles when a group of about 15 armed men flagged them down as they reached Sitio Bukid bukid, barangay Balnasan of the said municipality, police reports said. Information gathered by the police revealed that the suspects were armed with long and short firearms, some of them wearing bonnets and black sweatshirts with PNP prints, some were barefoot and the others were wearing to page 7

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Comelec-8 encounters only ‘minimal’ problems during election TACLOBAN CITY – Despite malfunctions of few precinct count optical scanning (PCOS) machines, voting was pushed through in all areas of the region yesterday, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said. Comelec Regional Director Veronico Petalcorin said all villages in the region were able to hold elections, although voting was delayed in few areas of Samar Island due to defects of four PCOS machines.

The Comelec regional office has yet to receive reports of specific areas with machine’s failure problem. There are also reports of PCOS machine malfunctions in Tacloban City and Palo, Leyte but the election official said these are minor problems. “The problem is only minimal but and we were able to immediately replace those machines. The Philippine Army has also airlifted contingency PCOS machines to far flung municipalities of

Gamay in Northern Samar and Maslog in Eastern Samar as mitigation measures,” Petalcorin told Leyte Samar Daily Express. Petalcorin said the malfunctioning machines are just a tiny fraction of the total 5,135 PCOS machines sent to 4,390 barangays of Eastern Visayas. The Comelec has advised Board of Election Inspectors to proceed with the voting despite PCOS machine malfunction since other machines

are capable of scanning ballots from different precincts. The Comelec official estimated that 80% of the region’s 2,576,250 registered voters casted their votes yesterday. In Tanauan, Leyte power interruptions hit the villages of Binongtoan, San Isidro, and Licod after a power transformer exploded but power was restored after two hours, according to the Don Orestes Romualdez Electric Cooperative.


4 Filipino peacekeepers held in Syria freed MANILA (Updated) -- The Philippine government welcomed Sunday the release of four Filipino UN peacekeepers who were abducted last Tuesday in Al Jamla, Syria. The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), in a statement, said the peacekeepers were brought to the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force’s (UNDOF’s) base in the Golan Heights, Camp Ziuoani, for medical check-up and

stress debriefing. The DFA thanked the United Nations and “all those who have exerted and contributed to the collective efforts to effect the safe release of all four UNDOF members.” “The Philippines stresses the impartiality of UNDOF and its mandate to monitor the Disengagement of Forces Agreement between Israel and Syria, and strongly reiterates its call on all parties to respect the

freedom of movement and safety and security of peacekeepers in UNDOF,” the department said. It said the freedom of movement and safety and security of peacekeepers must be extended to all UN peacekeeping missions all over the world, “consistent with commitments and obligations under international law, it added.” DFA Secretary Albert del Rosario earlier said that he would recommend to President

Benigno Aquino III the pullout of the more than 300 Filipino peacekeepers in Golan Heights after the kidnapping last week. Some 21 Filipino soldiers, who were also part of UNDOF, were seized and held for several days by the Syrian rebels in the same area in March. They were freed after negotiations and pressure from the international community and the Philippine government. (SDR/


BIR 13 logs double-digit growth

BESIDES making their targets for the first quarter of the year, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) revenue region 13, which covers the provinces of Cebu and Bohol, managed to achieve double-digit growth for all its revenue districts. BIR-13 officer-incharge Hermeno Palamine told Sun.Star Cebu that it was the Cebu City North revenue district that posted the highest collection, growing 42.74 percent from its collection for the same period last year. Overall, BIR-13 collected P3.9 billion for the first quarter, up

28.91 percent from the P3.06 billion they collected in 2012. They exceeded their goal by 0.63 percent, collecting an addition of P24.8 million. Though there were some districts that did not meet the goals, Palamine believes this was because many companies wait until the deadline to pay their taxes. He noted that many pay their taxes through banks and that they often miss cutoff dates to include these in their target figures because the amounts have not yet been reflected in their systems. Settle early This is why he always requests companies to

settle their taxes early and not wait until the last minute, saying they often wait until the last day and end up complaining about the long lines, especially during the filing of income taxes. Still, he is happy with his region’s performance, saying Cebu’s vibrant economy allowed them to meet their target goal. The Cebu City North revenue district collected P1.6 billion, in excess of P505 million from what they collected last year. They also exceeded their goal of P1.5 billion by 11.79 percent. However, the four other revenue districts were not so lucky.

Cebu City South lacked P10.1 million to reach their P484 million goal, while Mandaue City needed P133 million more to meet the goal of P1.2 billion. Talisay City also missed P2.9 million while Tagbilaran City lacked P6.9 million. Although these districts did not meet their goals, Palamine pointed out that they all increased their collections from the same period last year. All districts also posted double-digit growth, which he said were still substantial. Cebu City South’s collection grew 22.76 percent to P474 million from P386 million. Mandaue City saw

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Comelec: Election generally peaceful TACLOBAN CITY – Election Day was generally peaceful in Eastern Visayas despite some “isolated cases” of violence two days before the midterm polls. Police Regional Information Officer Chief Insp. Eufronio Obong said the situation in six provinces as of yesterday afternoon has been manageable. “The situation in the entire region is manageable and under control. Although there were reports of violence days before elections, the actual day of voting is peaceful and orderly,” Obong told Leyte Samar Daily Express. Three shooting incidents in Northern Samar towns were reported in late Saturday night and Sunday leaving two persons dead and another wounded. In Catarman town, unidentified gunmen shoot to death Arturo Gallano, a former councilman of Barangay Libho. The murder that occurred Sunday, 9 a.m. is believed to be electionrelated because Gallano was a known political leader of former mayor Francisco Rosales Around 3 p.m. on

Sunday, in San Roque town, Nestor Surio, a leader of Liberal Party mayoralty bet Jocelyn Uy-Curso, was also shot dead. On Sunday dawn, a bomb exploded outside the house of village chief Celso Malangis, of Barangay Canalom, Inopacan, Leyte. Nobody was hurt during the incident. In Naval Biliran, policemen arrested Cepriano Homerez, Aljay Daga, Jerrylou Hijada, and Gregorio Pore for threatening residents in Sitio Bagacay, Barangay Haguikhikan. The four men believed to be a private army of a former solon were carrying firearms. Obong said these cases are isolated and just categorized as suspected election-related incidents. Of the 6,244 policemen in the region, 4,852 were deployed to polling centers region wide to safeguard the 5,135 precinct count optical scanning (PCOS) machines, secure board of election inspectors carrying election paraphernalia, and conduct checkpoints. (SARWELL

growth of 14.56 percent from P1.017 billion to P1.165 billion. Talisay City earned P327 million, up 36.08 percent from last year’s collection of P240 million. Tagbilaran City also saw growth of 24.18 percent from P232 million to P288 million this year. Though he cites the importance of meeting targets, Palamine said the most important for them is to meet the yearend target, which is P19 billion. Large target He admitted the amount, which is higher by 30 percent from last

year’s goal, is a large target and assured that they will do their best to meet the goal by December. Aside from taxes, collections also comprise penalties from delinquent tax payers. He assured that constant monitoring for violations by their staff and the cooperation of tax payers will allow them to meet their high target this year. Nationwide, the BIR collected P244.1 billion in tax revenues, up 6.56 percent from the same period last year. (SUN-






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Post election syndrome

andidates never lose during elections; they are just being cheated by their opponents. This is what politicians have in mind, explaining why election-related protests immediately follow, as if these were part of the electoral process. It is common knowledge among politicians themselves that, in order to win, various sorts of gimmickry and fraud have to be employed to win the votes of the electorate. But the application of these means varies in degree, and it is most often dictated by money. And so those who lack this element usually end up as losers, unable to beat their rivals. Come the proclamation of winners, then, losers resort to uproarious complaints instead of admitting defeat. This in part is caused by that knowledge that, just like they did, trickery has been employed, causing their defeat. As if they are not guilty of the same, they turn

against their victorious opponents using their knowledge on that cheating allegedly used by the latter. The truth of the matter is, they all are guilty of the same modus operandi, only that the winning candidates are enjoying an edge for being endowed with more, like more money, more resources, more influence, more supporters, etc. But as regards the employment of fraudulent schemes, they all have had their share, hence the dirty politics that we have. Now that the mid-term election is over, it is expected that, as usual, protests are going to surface. As they tend to proliferate, perhaps the issue that should be entertained is not whether the winners had cheated; it should be how intense their cheating was as against their defeated opponents.

Abused empowerment In the face of frequent violence committed against women, laws had been legislated to protect and empower these “weaker sex” against abusive men. This indeed is a commendable, heroic act coming to the women’s rescue, something that shouldn’t be ignored. But while these laws are there to protect women, we cannot deny the fact that some women of different breed, personality, and drives; women who are strong, malicious, and equally abusive, can actually use these same legislations to victimize weak and unsuspecting men who are just carrying out daily chores in good faith.

Why, when these pro-women laws were hatched, they imply as if only men are capable of savage and notorious treatment of women, making the men appear as the monstrous villains who should be guarded for their animalistic tendencies. Women, on the other hand, are portrayed as harmless, tender, and

spotless lambs not in any way capable of doing foolishness but are merely the objects of criminal offenses. In perceiving women as generally like this, lawmakers were overacting or showing off in their so-called heroic act of saving and protecting the female gender. They must have closed their eyes to

the fact that some notorious women, with family backgrounds as being spoiled brats, quarrelsome, and sore against, say, men for their perhaps ugly looks that turn men off, can actually make use of these laws to ruin the lives of the men they pick on. A slight, unintentional offense that a man does, say in his sleep, can be manipulated by a woman of this caliber just for sheer adventurism, sadistic vengeance, destructive intent, and attraction of people’s attention to herself, especially if the man has a to page 5


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Forgive with healed memories Is it possible to forgive and forget both at the same time? Theoretically the answer could be an affirmative adopting the dictum “forgive and forget.” However, for Rev. Fr. Nestor Caber, chaplain of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology in Eastern Visayas, the reply is an emphatic “No!” In his homily last Sunday in a mass he presided in Sto.Niño Church in Tacloban City, Fr. Caber explained his reason in a form of scenario. He said that while it may be true that

a person could forgive his nemesis for a while, but when the two quarrel again, the digging up of past faults could occur. It is when the scar of the past, he said, is gone that total forgiving comes. This, he added, only happens when the memo-

ries of such animosity is healed. Vendetta, as usually happening in political intramurals in developing countries like the Philippines, is the offspring of animosity that never heals – the forgiving with no forgetting. Is this not

Straightness Pity the president as he is put to compromise his popularity that run on his “Daang Matuwid” advocacy. The illustration of a smooth and straight road contrasted to the rough and crooked path that his predecessor journeyed proved as an effective message for the hopeless Filipinos to choose what is right after being submissive to the corrupt ways of a woman despot who stretched too much near yield point the patience of the people. The options were clear that voters would identify with the choice that brings hope to the hopeless after living in a hapless state. With the needed support and trust by the people, the president peaked in approval rating as he pursued to correct the iniquitous and anomalous catapulting of one Renato C. Corona to the top magistrate’s seat. The appointment made by her predecessor was a mockery of our constitutional tenets and principles. The fight to rid the judiciary of such an anomalous appointee who got the backing of the collegial tribunal, the president had to harness the support of the legislature to give

impetus to initiatives to impeach the chief magistrate. After the removal of the chief justice, people keep their hope that institutional reforms will soon follow, beginning with the prosecution of the then doubtful president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. The campaign was strengthened with the tapping of one incorruptible and tough woman to head the ombudsman. Suddenly, the inept and corrupted image of that office was reversed into one that enjoys the trust of the people. The prosecution of graft cases started moving after years of stagnation in the selective dustbin of voluminous piles clogging the nook of cases for investigation. Before the P-Noy administration could start the straight path campaign upon erring public officials in the various corners of government, the challenge to find allies that will help propel the reforms he had been

advocating. The promise of a straight path is somehow being carried to satisfy or even just get close to an acceptable approximation of the ideal that was envisioned at the outset of the presidential campaign in 2010. People have witnessed the reforms which to the mind of many could have caused positive desirable changes that could bring about the realization of their hopes and aspira-

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high-profile social status, someone that the woman could boast for as a “pursuer” of her actually nauseating “beauty.” Yes, not all women are harmless—lawmakers should have figured this out. Most perhaps are, even helpless against animalistic and brutal men. But some women are also brawlers and torturous of men. They are capable of creating stories based on lies. Just because they cannot get what they

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litical brawl: “May God bless those who were elected to any office that they may bring true service to our society. And for those who lost, may they still aspire to serve the people in many other ways. Let us work together for the betterment and progress of our country and our fellow countrymen.” If you were the losing candidate who thinks he deserves the coveted seat in the government’s hall of power, would you think the same way as Fr. Caber and Fr. Alvero do? If yes, you are a true Christian and the citizen that this world deserves to have. # # #

the perennial situation in the country’s political landscape, where guns, goons and gold rule? After the zarzuela of the poll fray, the bickering, though momentarily shelved, is dug up come next elections. With index crimes constantly escalating in stat charts, violence related to elections never ceases, just as what is going on in the Philippines this current election imbroglio. After the elections, as every would talk, candidates should kiss and make up, forgive and forget the squabbles that paint the country’s political tapestry. But while it is so, at most in philosophy, the pain remains and is harbored in the depths

of one’s bosom, waiting to burst once the occasion arises. In this case, there is really no forgiving because the memory stays. The scar is apparently as indelible as the ink dropped on a voter’s finger after casting his precious vote. Rev. Fr. Amadeo Alvero, the media coordinator of the Archdiocese of Palo and a parochial vicar of the Sto. Niño Parish in Tacloban, conveys this message to candidates now that new mandate is being given to the winning candidates. Optimistic about this entire political exercise, he extends this prayer to all who take part in the po-

tions. Many of those who were included in the administration slate in this midterm elections are people who are far from straight if not downright crooked. The accommodation of senatorial bets that fall short of the advocacy’s exacting standards would certainly compromise the campaign against graft and corruption. People are fully aware that some of the big names in the administration lineup are up in line for investigation and prosecution. The link between those who live the advocacy of the straight path with those that are identified wallowing in the crooked path will eventually cause crookedness in what once was an ideal straight line. It is a measure of straightness. Comments to

May 14, 2013 – Tuesday Feast of St. Matthias, apostles Acts 1:15-17, 20-26; Ps 113; jn 15:9-17

want could actually turn them into beasts, like they are starving sharks resolved to devour a prey of their choice. Just as not all women are tenderly harmless, not all men are also beastly as pro-women laws imply. In fact, some men are so gentle and harmless that they always end up brutalized by abusive women who are good at sensing cowardice. Because of their good-heartedness, these few men’s gentleness is taken advantage to apge 6


THE VINE AND THE BRANCHES [Jesus said to his disciples] “As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete. This is my commandment: love one another as I love you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends of you do what I command you, I no longer call you slaves, because a slave does not know what his master is doing. I have called you friends, because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father, It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you. This I command you: love one another.”

MATTHIAS, Apostle On October 16th, 1978, a plume of white smoke rose from St. Peter’s in Rome announcing the election of the Polish cardinal, Karol Wojtyla, as the new Pope, John Paul II. The election was carried out by the secret ballot of the cardinals of the Church. Before electing the new Pope, the cardinals spent a long time in prayer, reflection and discussion before each session of secret voting. In electing the Pope, prayer and politics combined. So it was with the election of Matthias. The Apostles were guided by the Spirit to fill the post left empty by the betrayal of Judas. They assembled the Church, one hundred and twenty disciples, and held discussions. Then they put forward the names of two men considered worthy to join the company of the Apostles. They left the final decision to the Lord and resolved the election by drawing lots. The lot fell to Matthias. The primary task of the newly-elected apostle was to be a witness to the resurrection of Jesus. There is no greater work for him to do. All the other tasks of the Church can be shared out among the entire community, from teaching to the caring of the poor, from community prayer to arranging missions. But the foundation of it all is the witness to the truth of the resurrection, and this experience was given, first and foremost, to the Apostles. We ourselves are today’s witnesses to the Lord. The Lord makes himself known to us, and chooses us. Let us take up our mission. (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: “Mary is also our wise counselor. Let us have recourse to her in times of uncertainty, perplexity and temptation. Look at the star, invoke mary.” Devotion to Mary Queen of Apostles, is a guarantee for the apostolate.” -Blessed James Alberione, SSP, S.Th.D., Founder of the Pauline Family


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No contractualization, says Digitel Digital Telecommunications Philippines (Digitel) said that there was no contractualization as alleged by some quarters when the company decided to implement a redundancy program following the migration of its landline subscribers to parent firm PLDT. Contrary to reports that “almost all of these redundant employees were offered jobs as contractual personnel with the same salary, same position, same job description and same work location”, PLDT and its subsidiaries or affiliate companies have actually hired a total of 388 employees from Digitel as regular, not contractual, employees. “More importantly, the facts show that the Digitel case is actually a situation where redundancy, not contractualization, has unfortunately become unavoidable,” Digitel Spokesperson Reuben Pangan said. After PLDT acquired Digitel in late 2011, it conducted a review of the operations of the different businesses of Digitel and its subsidiary Sun Cellular.

It found that Digitel’s landline network had reached its end-of-life stage. There are no more spare parts for these facilities, much of which were acquired from the old telephone network of the government dating back to the 1980s. Digitel had attempted to modernize its network in 2011, but only 5% of the facilities have been upgraded. “These facilities now have to be replaced, otherwise Digitel subscribers will have to endure progressively deteriorating service,” Pangan pointed out. “Given this situation, it is better from the standpoint of public service to retire the old Digitel network and migrate our customers to PLDT which has just completed its network transformation,” he added. “This way, Digitel customers would continue to be served at the same rates, with the same subscriber number, and with better quality and wider range of services.” He noted that Digitel sought and obtained approvals of the National Te l e c om mu n i c at i ons Commission (NTC) at every phase of the migration process.


Unfortunately, closing down Digitel’s landline network created a redundancy situation. The regular jobs in Digitel are simply no longer there because the Digitel network is being decommissioned and its customers are being migrated to PLDT. “Digitel has taken every possible step to cushion the impact of the redundancy program. It provided affected employees a generous redundancy package – about twice the value required by law plus medical benefits. The Company has also helped affected employees find alternative employment,” Pangan noted. “That is how 388 former Digitel employees were hired by PLDT, Sun Cellular and other affiliated companies, while others have been referred to service providers. We have also provided seminars and workshops for those interested in setting up small businesses,” he said. “In short, we have

done everything possible to deal with this difficult situation in a fair, responsible and humane manner,” he pointed out. Digitel also clarified that the Supreme Court did not order the reinstatement of the 13 dismissed employees in 2005. It did order the payment of compensation. As the SC said in its decision: “…We adhere to the oft-quoted doctrine that separation pay may avail in lieu of reinstatement if reinstatement is no longer practical or in the best interest of the parties. Under the doctrine of strained relations, the payment of separation pay is considered an acceptable alternative to reinstatement when the latter option is no longer desirable or viable. On one hand, such payment liberates the employee from what could be a highly oppressive work environment. On the other hand, it releases the employer from the grossly unpalatable ob-


NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Nicanor Tradio extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a parcel of Agricultural land, situated at Liberty, Bato, Leyte, covered by Tax Dec. No. 06002000140, Lot No. 4429 with an area of 10,1937 square meters, under O.C.T. No. 23014, Assessed value of P130,140.00. A Deed of Sale was executed in favor of Rowena Jabonero as vendees for the above-described property; per Doc. No. 500, Page No. 101, Book No. LXV, Series of 2012 of Notary Public Atty. Josefino G. Cinco. LSDE: May 7, 14 & 21, 2013


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ligation of maintaining in its employ a worker it could no longer trust…” Pangan noted that in fact, more than half of the 13 former Digitel employees who have sought intervention on their concern have accepted their separation pay as ordered by the high court. However, Pangan said that Digitel has been unable to commence negotiations for a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) as ordered by DOLE to implement the Supreme Court decision as there is simply no existing Collective Bargaining Unit for Digitel following the redundancy program which was completed last March 15.


of, resulting in their abuse and maltreatment by the women who pick on them. Women of this kind, though, are short of physical strength to subject their tortured men to literal spanking. So what they do is make use of the laws that back them up to subject their chosen men to mental and psychological anguish, without consideration and “forgiveness,” even if they know the “offense” is very light and negligible, just so they can enjoy and maximize women empowerment while getting the world’s attention to themselves as a beauty men cannot help but stumble upon.


NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Arturo L. Fornillos extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a parcel of land, located at Brgy. Tacuranga, Palo, Leyte, Lot 4494 under T.C.T. No. T-8322, with an area of 3,488 square meters. A Deed of Sale was executed in favor of Erwin A. Pedrosa as vendee for the above-described property together with the improvements existing thereon; per Doc. No. 22, Page No. 5, Book No. 16, Series of 2012 of Notary Public Atty. Samuel C. Lagunzad. LSDE: May 7, 14 & 21, 2013


NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Rufino Fariscal extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a parcel of land, Cad. Lot No. 5983, located at Brgy. Pikas, Barugo, Leyte, with an area of 1,7351 has., more or less, under Tax Dec. No. 05-0502900573 with an assessed value of P17,590.00. A Deed of Sale was executed in favor of Gwyn Edmondo A. Dumaguit married to Mary Rose W. Dumaguit as vendee for the above-describede property; per Doc. No. 85, Page No. 74, Book No. VI, Series of 2008 of Notary Public Atty. Enrique B. Alcaraz. LSDE: May 7, 14 & 21, 2013


NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Jinnei Perasol extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a one-half (1/2) conjugal share of a parcel of land located at Brgy. Salvacion, Palo, Leyte designated as Lot 1489-E-1, Csd-08-008159-D, containing an area of 300 square meters, more or less and embraced in Katibayan Ng Original na Titulo Blg. P-60691. A Deed of Sale was executed in favor of Leslie Ann E. Tan as vendee for the above-described property; per Doc. no. 397, Page No. 86, Book No. 11, Series of 2013 of Notary Public Atty. Samuel Lagunzad. LSDE: May 7, 14 & 21, 2013

NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Celestino Sabate, Sr. extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a bank deposit accounts at the Philippine National Bank, Borongan City Branch, Development Bank of the Philippines Borongan City Branch and China Bank Borongan City Branch; per Doc. No. 511, Page No. 104, Book No. V, Series of 2013of Notary Public Atty. Enrique C. Dala. LSDE: May 7, 14 & 21, 2013


NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Nicanor Tradio executed an amendment with Confirmation of Extrajudicial Settlement with Deed of Absolute Sale over a certain real property denominated as Lot 4429, situated at Brgy. Liberty, Bato, Leyte and Deed of Sale was executed in favor of Rowena Jabonero, Mark Anthony Jabonero, Wiljilyn Jabonero and James Jabonero as vendees; per Doc. No. 257, Page No. 52, Book No. XXXI, Series of 2013 of Notary Josenilo Marquez Reoma. LSDE: May 7, 14 & 21, 2013

Republic of the Philippines OFFICE OF THE CITY CIVIL REGISTRAR Tacloban City

Republic of the Philippines OFFICE OF THE CITY CIVIL REGISTRAR Tacloban City

Republic of the Philippines OFFICE OF THE CITY CIVIL REGISTRAR Tacloban City



In compliance with the publication requirement and Pursuant to OCRG Memorandum Circular No. 2013-1 Guidelines in the Implementation of the Administrative Order No. 1 Series of 2012 (IRR on R.A. 10172), Notice is hereby served to the public that ALBERTO VALLEJOS SAYAS JR. has filed with this Office a Petition for Correction of entry in sex from FEMALE to MALE in the Birth Certificate of ALBERTO VALLEJOS SAYAS JR. at Tacloban City and whose parents are Emma Vallejos and Alberto Sayas

In compliance with Section 5 of R.A. No. 9048, a notice is hereby served to the public that MARIDETH COMENDADOR ALUETA has been

In compliance with Section 5 of R.A. No. 9048, a notice is hereby served to the public that ANGELICA SUDARIO PINOTE has been

Certificate of MERDITA VILLACRUSIS COMENDADOR who was born on August 15, 1968 at Tacloban City and whose parents are Maria Villacrusis and Manuel Comendador

Certificate of ANGELIE TRINIDAD SUDARIO who was born on June 15, 1967 at Tacloban City and whose parents are Espiritu Yu Trinidad and Santiago Q. Sudario

Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than May 17, 2013.

Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than May 16, 2013.

Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than May 13, 2013.


(Sgd.) MISS JUDY H. BORJA City Civil Registrar LSDE: May 7 & 14, 2013

(Complete name of petitioner)

filed with this Office a Petition for Change of her First Name from MERDITA to MARIDETH in the Birth (First name to be changed)

(New first name to be adopted)

(Sgd.) MISS JUDY H. BORJA City Civil Registrar LSDE: May 7 & 14, 2013

(Complete name of petitioner)

filed with this Office a Petition for Change of her First Name from ANGELIE to ANGELICA in the Birth (First name to be changed)

(New first name to be adopted)

(Sgd.) MISS JUDY H. BORJA City Civil Registrar LSDE: May 7 & 14, 2013

Tuesday, 14 May 2013


Communist rebels free cop, soldier DAVAO CITY -- The New People’s Army (NPA) released on Saturday the police officer and a soldier , who were held captive for a month in Compostela Valley province, to Davao City Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and peace advocates. Senior Police Officer 1 (SPO1) Allan Pansoy was released in a hinterland village in Maco town in Compostela Valley at 12:50 p.m., followed by the release of Private First Class (PFC) Jesus Tomas, of the Army’s 71st Infantry Battalion, in the nearby village of Sangab in the same town at 1:45 p.m. The two prisoners of war (POWs) were placed under the custody of the NPA’s Guerilla Front 2. Tomas was turned over to Duterte, who had negotiated for the safe release of

the two POWs. The National Democratic Front in Southern Mindanao Region (NDFSMR) ordered the release of the POWs two days ago, in response to the humanitarian appeals by the prisoners’ families, representatives from local government units and peace advocates. Pansoy, a security escort of Compostela Valley Governor Arturo Uy, was abducted at a checkpoint at Sitio Malamudaw in Maco town. He was turned over to the International Committee of the Red Cross, local government officials and peace advocacy group Sowing the Seeds of Peace in Mindanao. Tomas was abducted at Elizalde village, also in Maco town. Tomas, accompanied by Duterte, arrived at the Naval Forces Eastern Mindan-

ao Command headquarters in Panacan at 2 p.m. Saturday. The soldier is now undergoing a medical checkup and stress debriefing. The abduction is not the first time that the vice mayor intercede for the release of POWs by the rebel group. On January 17, 2013, PFC Jezreel Culango of the 60th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army and PO1 Ruel Pasion of San Isidro Police Station were abducted in a road block at Laak, Compostela Valley. The two were released 34 days after their captivity upon the intercession of Duterte. On March 18, 2013, suspected NPA members abducted two police officers and a teacher in Nabunturan, Compostela Valley. PO1 Randy Masambong, PO3 Magno Nojapa Jr., and Romel Sumbilon were abducted in Nabunturan, Compostela Valley. Sumbilon was released the next day while Masambong managed to escape while in captivity.


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Nojapa was later released to Duterte on April 2, 2013 on humanitarian grounds. Recently, NPA rebels seized a mayoralty candidate for Baganga, Davao Oriental Ronie Osnan for his non-compliance to the group’s “permit to campaign” policy. (WITH

ban considering that these are “precinct specified.” Heavy turnout of voters was noticed in all polling centers across the city attributed to the “intense” mayoralty race between reelectionist Mayor Alfred Romualdez (Nacionalista Party) and outgoing An Waray Rep.Florencio REPORTS FROM JC OF SUPERBALITA DAVAO/SUN- “Bem” Noel, who is running as an independent NEX) but is backed by President Aquino. Tacloban has more than 109,000 registered voters. from page 1 Acting city police dihas allegedly threatened rector S/Supt. Teodoro to burn down a precinct. Basa said that based on Upon learning of such their initial assessment news, Mayor Romualdez during the morning balsent his lawyers immedi- loting, there was no unately to the local TV sta- toward incident reported tion, PRTV 12, to assure in Tacloban. At the Marasbaras Elethe public that he, being a mentary School, a 53 year peaceable and calm man, will never do such acts that old woman, only identiwill jeopardize the safety of fied as Senyang Alvaro, the people and the reputa- collapsed due to searing tion of the city which is heat while she was falling on line at their polling peaceful and serene. Braving the heat out- precinct. Members of a side, the Romualdez couple medical team assigned in Tacloban cast their votes in the area brought her at the their precinct in San Jose in Tacloban City Hospital. But massive vote-buythe afternoon accompanied by supporters while the ing was noticed practicalpeople were gaily rejoicing ly across the region. In Tacloban, it was a outside. Most of them were chanting “mayor,mayor” common sight that peowhile others were egg- ple loitering at the streets ing on the couple to go waiting for the money to on. The people were also be distributed by the reshouting “Mayor pa rin,” spective coordinators of the candidates. “Mayor pa rin.” The amount ranged The common feeling was jubilation with people believing that the mayor that he will win in this elecwill still be the one pro- tions, a candidate for counclaimed by the poll body cilor, replied saying, “God after the exercise. Al- is in our side; He will not though, there were a few allow the city to deteriorate who were yelling “12-0” under the hands of a man “12-0,” majority of the who has initiated divisivepeople were clearly seen ness among our people by to be for the mayor and dangling huge amounts of his slate. money that clearly insulted Asked if he is confident their pride and morals.


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slippers. The armed men shot and killed only Caparal who was going ahead of his companions. The others were only told to alight from their motorcycles but were allowed to leave the area, leaving behind the dead body of the victim. Unofficial sources say that Caparal was carrying a bag of money to bring to his fellow supporters in the said area but the police refuse to confirm

to this report. Investigators found in the crime scene 25 caliber 5.56mm fired cartridges and 2 pieces of caliber .45 fired cartridges on the ground, and 3 pieces of caliber .45 live bullets from the pocket of the victim’s short pants. The following day at around 10 a.m. on May 12, another political supporter, identified as Arturo Gallano y Domiquil, a former barangay councilor and supporter of mayoralty candidate Francisco Rosales Jr. of the National Unity Party


from P40 to P60 for those running for council seats and P100 for those seeking the vice mayoralty position and P800 up to P1, 500 for mayor. In Biliran province, vote-buying was also noticed with candidates running for various posts giving money to the voters from P20, those running for town council and P900 for governor. In Eastern Samar, PPCRV(Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting) volunteer Scarlet Ballete said that the conduct of elections in Oras town is peaceful at least during the morning balloting. “We have not monitored any untoward incident or problem except for voters complaining of long line or difficulties in finding their names at the voters’ lists,” she said. At the regional PNP headquarters, several individuals were apprehended for vote-buying. Inspector Eufronio Obong, police information officer of the PNP-8, said that one Rosalindo Go of Barangay Nueva Estrella of Pintuyan, Southern Leyte was arrested by police at her residence while in Rosario town, Northern Samar, one Basil Alnajar was arrested at his house in Barangay Poblacion last May 12 at 11 pm with 10 pieces of P200 bills seized from him. (JOEY A. GABIETA)

He further said that it is sad that it seems all the body of influence has particularly favored the other side: the President, the Comelec, PNP, military and even some of our own people but the love of the majority of our people especially the volunteers has prevailed.”

(NUP) was shot to death also by a group of unidentified armed men. The victim who bore multiple gunshot wounds was rushed to the Northern Samar Provincial Hospital (NSPH) in Catarman but expired a few hours later. Witnesses were able to identify the getaway car used by the assassins, a black Nissan Patrol with plate number 999. The authorities are still investigating to get the motive behind these two recent killings in the province. (RACHEL V. ARNAIZ) /


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Lakas Christian-Muslim Democrats Party president and Leyte (1st dist) Rep. Ferdinand Martin “FM” Romualdez with wife Yedda (left) cast their ballots at the polling precints of Dona Remedios Trinidad Romualdez Elementary School in Tolosa Leyte.Rep. Romualdez is unopposed for his 3rd term as congressman of the 1st district of Leyte. PHOTO BY VER S. NOVENO

19 PCOS machines in Leyte bog down during May 13 TACLOBAN CITY- At least 19 PCOS machines across Leyte were found to have developed some problems during the Monday’s balloting. However, the precinct count optical scan machines that have bogged down did not affect the conduct of the elections as balloting continues as these were later fixed, lawyer Richard Japzon, Leyte elections supervisor, said. These PCOS machines either stopped or did not read the ballots fed to the machines. The balloting machines that developed some problems were in the towns of Isabel(Barangay Apale and Matlang); Tanauan(Cabalaguan); MacArthur(District 2); Matalom (Alta Vista and Tag-us); Mahaplag(Maguganao); Barugo(District 4 and 5); Capoocan(San Joaquin,Gagad and Giuna diongan),Calubian(Poblacion,Gudlayun, Pula and Jubay);Palo(Buri,Guinapondan, Caloogan and San Antonio); Burauen(Tagadtaron); Leyte(Tadol) and in the city of Baybay (Villa Solidaridad). He also said that during the balloting, some marking pens in different precincts in Leyte also did not work. Japzon said that his office immediately provided marking pens used during their previous seminar. He also said that his office received some of massive vote-buying in Leyte but admitted that they could not act on them as no one has come to out to formally report the incident. Japzon said that these vote-buying incidents are only reported in the media and not at their office. But otherwise, the conduct of elections in the province, which has more than one million voters, was generally peaceful as no major incident was reported to his office.(JOEY A. GABIETA)


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