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CANDLE FOR PEACE . Tacloban City Mayor Alfred S. Romualdez and Councilor Cristina G. Romualdez spearheaded the lighting of the candles and prayer for peace with the attendance of Archdiocese of Palo communication director Rev. Fr. Amadeo Alvero, City Hall department heads, City Hall employees, the Phil. National Police, the Armed Forces of the Philippines 802nd Brigade, media, Sangyaw Foundation Officials, barangay officials and Taclobanon during the prayer and candle for peace rites held September 30, 2013 at the Kanhuraw City Hall Grounds. (PHOTOS BY: ALEX ALAMOS-CIO / GAY GASPAY-TISAT)

Governor Tan asks police authorities to hasten probe on ex-brgy leader murder By: JOEY A. GABIETA

The governor said that TACLOBAN CITY- Samar Governor Sharee Ann Tan has called it is good for the family for a speedy investigation on the killing of a former barangay chair- of slain Filomeno Cabarman as police authorities admitted that they has yet to established riban to be given justice if those behind his murder what could be the motive behind the slaying. would be arrested and

Burial assistance among Leyte solons items on their pork barrel

TACLOBAN CITY – Leyte congressmen included burial assistance in this year’s pork barrel menu, one of the socalled soft projects that cost multi-million peso. Electronic-fund release records of the De-

partment of Budget and Management main office, revealed that Leyte 1st district Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez spent at least P1 million

for burial aid in Tacloban City. The amount released exclusively for burial on May 15, 2013 was not the to,page 7

charged in court. “Yes, I am calling for our police authorities to speed up their investigation on the killing of Mino (the victim’s nick-

name). This way, justice will be served to him and his family,” Tan, in a phone interview, said. Still unidentified to,page 6

DOH assigns 18 new doctors for doctor-less Samar provinces

TACLOBAN CITYLack of doctors in the region is being slowly addressed by the Department of Health.

In fact, 18 new young doctors are to be assigned in the three Samar provinces, where dearth of doctors is more felt, says

Jose Llacona, Jr., of the Department of Health. The new doctors are part of the “Doctors to the Barrios to,page Program” 6 of


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Scholars of the Leyte Sports Academy welcome Senator Benigno “Bam” Aquino (left) upon arrival at the Leyte Sports Center in Tacloban City, September 26. (Right Photo) Leyte Sports Academy executive director Ruben Tamayo (left) shows Sen.Aquino (right) a plan of the academy as Leyte Vice Governor Carlo Loreto and businessman Eugene Tan look on. (Vino R. Cuayzon)


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555 cops in EV receives brand new guns CAMP KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte- Eastern Visayas top police official Police Chief Supt. Elmer R. Soria and Police Director Gil J. Hitosis, director for logistics of the Philippine National Police, personally led the distribution of new handguns to police personnel in the region without issued sidearms. In a ceremonial distribution held at the Police Regional Office 8 Matapat Hall Monday, the top police officials handed over some 72 brand-new Glock 17 Generation 4 safe-action 9mm pistols to policemen who were pre-selected to receive the new service firearms. “Our law enforcers, especially those who are deployed in the field and at the forefront of combating crime, can now better serve and protect the citizenry,” Soria said. He informed that those with the ranks of Police Officers 1 to 3 were prioritized in the distribution after passing the training on firearms proficiency and

maintenance conducted by the PNP Training Service – Regional Special Training Unit 8. The PRO8 received 595 brand-new pistols under the PNP’s Capability Enhancement Program (CEP) from the initial 22,603 units distributed to police units nationwide as part of the first tranche of delivery which will be completed in April next year. Forty of the new guns were used as training pistols while 555 were distributed to the different police offices in the region. “The recent and future distribution will enable all active-duty personnel and future police recruits joining the PRO8 to be issued with service short firearms,” Soria informed. Prior to the distribution of new handguns, only 2,929 out of 6,193 police personnel in the region have issued short guns. Soria added that the acquisition of the Glock pistols is considered the biggest procurement proj-

ect in PNP history with 74,879 Glock guns for distribution to police units nationwide. The Glock 17 has a market price of P40, 940.00 market price, but with the transparent conduct of the bidding process, the PNP got a better deal with the distributor that sold the guns for only P16, 659.94 purchase price. This saved the PNP an amount of P200, 082.954.24 from the original P1.198 billion allocation that was used in buying additional 15,000 pieces of the same brand. The Glock 17 pistol is the service firearm used by at least 65 percent of police forces and law en-

forcement agencies in the world including the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation and Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Swiss Army Special Forces. It is the same weapon issued to British troops in Afghanistan in January for their personal protection and as a second armament in case their SA80 rifle fails. Some 3,103 pairs of patrol shoes were also distributed to different provincial and city police offices to be used in patrol and crime-fighting activities by PNP field personnel. (PINSP ROMUEL

NACAR Media Relations Officer, PRO8)

Gov. Petilla vows to give more health cards to poor people in Leyte TACLOBAN CITY – The province of Leyte may have enrolled the most number of indigent families under the PhilHealth sponsorship program. However, there is still the need for a massive informa-

PCSupt. Elmer R. Soria, PRO8 director,(left) assisting PDir. Gil J. Hitosis of the PNP Directorate for Logistics (3rd from left) and Baybay City Mayor Carmen L. Cari (2nd from left) in handing over brand-new Glock 17 pistol to a police recipient.

tion drive to enlighten the sponsored members that they can benefit from the government’s health insurance program. Leyte Governor Leopoldo Dominico Petilla stressed this in a press gathering to culminate the celebration of the Development Policy Research Month of the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS), which pushes for health to be more inclusive in a growing Philippine economy. It was learned that the provincial government of Leyte remains to have the most number of sponsored indigent residents under the PhilHealth’s Sponsored Program. The province of Leyte enrols about 250,000 indigent families. Gov. Petilla said that there is still a need to make people aware of the benefits that await them for registering in the National Insurance

Health Program and who are qualified to such benefits. “Some still do not know that they are enrolled with PhilHealth and are entitled to its benefits once they get hospitalized. We still have several such cases in the hospitals run by the province,” Petilla said. He added that there is the need to promote public awareness of PhilHealth’s importance, responsibilities and benefits, and more importantly, to encourage the enrolment of the poorest of the poor in the country as identified by DSWD through the National Household Targeting System (NHTS). Studies have shown that only 50 percent of Philhealth members who enter private hospitals actually use their Philhealth cards while 24 percent of those who enter public hospitals and health centers do so.

The sponsored program is being made possible through the partnership of PhilHealth and sponsors such as local governments (LGUs), private individuals and corporations and members of Congress, among others. The national government (through PhilHealth) and the abovementioned sponsors jointly pay the annual premium for each enrolled family. PhilHealth provides subsidy for room and board, drugs and medicines, laboratories, operating room and professional fees for confinements of not less than 24 hours. Day surgeries, dialysis and cancer treatment procedures such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy in accredited hospitals and freestanding clinics are also covered by the health insurance. (AHLETTE C. REYES)


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Erap’s vice mayor to address today’s regional vice mayors gathering TACLOBAN CIT YManila Vice Mayor Francisco “Isko” Moreno will speak today in a gathering attended by the region’s vice mayors. Baybay City Mayor Michael Cari, president of the Vice Mayors League of the Philippines-Eastern Visayas Chapter, bared this. The Manila vice mayor is the main guest speaker during the two-day regional gathering of vice mayors

which started yesterday. Aside from Moreno, officials of Leyte led by Governor Leopoldo Dominico Petilla attended the gathering held at the Oriental Hotel in Baras town, Palo here in Leyte. During yesterday’s opening attended by the region’s 143 vice mayors, they were given information on the executive-legislative agenda by the Department of the Interior and Local Government.

Moreno, who is the vice mayor of Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada, will lead in the oath- taking and induction of new officers, together with Gov. Petilla and Director Pedro Noval of the DILG. Vice Mayor Michael Cari is gunning for his second term as the regional president of the league and he is hoping that will run unopposed. (LIZBETH ANN A.


Arteche police chief, two others killed in NPA-initiated ambuscade TACLOBAN CITY- A town police chief and two of his men died when alleged members of the New People’s Army in Arteche town, Eastern Samar waylaid their service vehicle where they were on board Saturday night. Killed in the ambush was Police Inspector Alberto Ayad, chief of police of Arteche; PO3 Glorioso Nebril and PO1 July Juliata. Ayad and Juliata died on the spot due to the various bullets wounds they sustained to their bodies and heads while Nebril died while being treated in a hospital in Borongan City Sunday morning. Ayad and his two policemen were on board of their service vehicle conducting their mobile patrol when they were peppered with bullets from the waiting armed men who were located in a dark portion of the Arteche Central Elementary School, just within the town proper. Town Councilor Roland Boey Evardone said that based on the initial police investigation, the incident took place at around 9 p.m.

and was over in less than 10 minutes. The alleged rebel members fled from the crime scene towards the back of the school where there was a mountain, Evardone said. It was not known yet if the policemen were able to fire back during the ambuscade which occurred as the C ommission on Elections-imposed gun ban started due to the forthcoming barangay elections. “We are shocked on this incident. (And in) behalf of the municipal government, we express our deepest condolences and sympathies to the bereaved families of the slain policemen,” Evardone, reached on his mobile phone, said. According to him, the municipal government, whose mayor Roland Evardone is the councilor’s father, will provide financial assistance to the murdered policemen. Ayad, who is from the neighboring town of Dolores, only assumed his post last month. The two other policemen were from Arteche, more than 200 kms

away from the provincial capital of Borongan City. With the death of its chief of police and two policemen, Arteche’s police personnel was depleted to 18 serving its more than 17,000 people spread on its 20 barangays. Arteche has been identified by security forces in the region to have still presence of the rebel group. Members of the 14th Infantry Battalion based in Oras town, also in Eastern Samar, has conducted its pursuit operations against the rebels responsible on the killing of Ayad and his two policemen. Inspector Romuel Nacar, spokesperson of the Philippine National Police, said that they condemn the “treacherous” killings of the three policemen. “Inspector Ayad was a good man and noble police officer and a loving family man. Troops are now pursuing the perpetrators and we will let them face the consequences of this evil action and we will bring justice to the victim’s families,” Nacar, quoting Police Regional Director Chief Supt. Elmer Soria, said. (JOEY A. GABIETA)

Tacloban City Mayor Alfred S. Romualdez (center) signs a deed of usufruct with Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) Chairman Emmanuel Santiaguel (center,right) allowing CDA to construct its regiona office at the city government-owned lot located at Barangay Abucay. CDA Regional Director Alexander Patac (far left) and City Administrator Tecson John Lim were also present to sign the document last week that gives CDA the authority to use the 380 square meter lot for a period of 50 years. The CDA Regional Office since its inception more than a decade ago has been renting out a building and the deed signing effectively provides its clientele with a permanent and accessible location. During the signing CDA Chairman Santiaguel acknowledged the invaluable support of Mayor Romualdez to the CDA and local cooperatives, saying the city government’s generous effort will go a long way. (Text: HENRY JAMES G. ROCA, Photo: ALEX D. ALAMOS)

Soria vows justice for police chief killed in Saturday evening ambush in Eastern Samar town CAMP KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte-- The top police official in Eastern Visayas vowed justice for the two slain policemen, including a police commissioned officer, killed in an ambush by suspected members of the New People’s Army (NPA) Saturday night. Chief Supt. Elmer R. Soria, chief of the Police Regional Office 8 (PRO8), condemned the incident, labelling it as “senseless and treacherous.”  “This is a desperate act of the rebels to show that they are still a force to reckon with so they can justify their extortion activities especially with the coming barangay elections,” Soria said.   Soria immediately ordered pursuit operations to capture the fleeing rebels.   PInsp. Alberto Ayad, police chief of Arteche town in Eastern Samar, and two policemen were conducting mobile patrol operations when ambushed by undetermined number of suspected rebels at around 9:00 p.m. Saturday at the vicinity of Brgy. Central Elementary School.  Ayad sustained multiple gunshot wounds on different

parts of his body and was killed in action. Another policeman, PO1 July Juliata, also perished in the attack while PO3 Glorioso Nebril was critically wounded and was initially brought to Eastern Samar Provincial Hospital in Borongan City. He was later transferred to a hospital in Tacloban City who died Sunday.   The suspects failed to cart away the victims’ issued firearms, two M14 rifles and 2 9mm pistols, as they retreated upon sensing the arrival of responding policemen.   “PRO8 not only lost one of its most decorated officers but his family also lost a good husband and father,” the police regional chief added.  The slain police chief, a bemedalled cop, joined the Philippine National Police in 1995 and was commissioned

as officer via lateral entry as member of “Rubasan” class of 2010. Arteche is a third class town situated at northern part of Eastern Samar, some 130 kilometers from the provincial capital Borongan City and few kilometers away from the boundary to Northern Samar.   The ambush was perpetrated while the province was celebrating the 112th Balangiga Encounter Day that highlighted the heroism of Balangiganon against the American forces.  The attack transpired on the first day of election period as the police have started the implementation of the gun ban and intensified the conduct of operations against lawless elements that might disrupt the peace and order situation in Eastern Visayas. (INSP ROMUEL NACAR, MEDIA RELATIONS OFFICER, PRO8)


NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Marcelo Kuizon extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a parcel of land, situated at Brgy. Iniguihan, Bato, Leyte, under Tax Dec. No. 06000300161, with Cad. Lot No. 2211-A, containing an area of 618 square meters. A Deed of Sale was executed in favor of Sps. Sydney Rey R. Aguilar and Ma. Trisky R. Aguilar as vendee for a portion of 100 square meters designated as Lot No. 2211-A and another sale in favor of Sps. Eulogio, Jr. and Susan R. Villacorte as vendee for a portion of 150 square meters, designated as Lot No. 2211-D, from the above-described property; per Doc. No. 454, Page No. 91, Book No. 26, Series of 2012 of Notary Public Atty. Rico E. Aureo. LSDE: Sept. 17, 24 & & Oct. 1, 2013



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here seems to be an avalanche of evidences now pointing to the massive corruption that has been rooted in Philippine society. They used to be hidden from public view, but now, in a series of revelations, the truths are coming out, divulged by the masterminds of irregularities themselves. At first, we were shocked to know that a huge amount totaling ninety billion pesos has been plundered through the pork barrel scam that was engineered by Janet Lim Napoles. But as we continue to watch closely, we learn from Senator Jinggoy Estrada, who is himself one of those senators allegedly involved in the conspiracy, that it’s not just ten, but more than sixty billion pesos is missing from government coffers. That, indeed, is staggering, thanks to the privilege speeches and all that uncover anomalies in high places. Revelations come after the

other, and we now see for ourselves how much money has been squandered from the people’s hard-earned taxes. We, too, are coming to realize that corruption, of all things, is the main cause of poverty in this backward country of ours, for if only those stolen amounts were spent for basic services, life for the people would have been better off. The thick layer of secrecy has now been broken and the innards of graft are glaringly showing. Indeed, no secret remains hidden for life. Somewhere along the way, your sin will find you out, as what the Bible says. So much dirt is buried in this mud of corruption, and we are only seeing the tip of the iceberg. In the coming days, as things unfold, we will see more of what has been siphoning our economy to the pockets of the few. May these scams and schemes rest in peace soon.

This genre called essay I’ve been writing for writers in the past columns I have had, and this time, let’s do the essay. This genre and the creative nonfiction share many things in common and could be referred to as one and the same. It is extensive and encompassing, inclusive of forms like newspaper columns, magazine articles, political commentaries, book review, historical trivia, personal reflections, cooking tips, and the like. Creative nonfiction treats the essay as nonfiction prose utilizing the techniques and strategies of fiction writing. It requires the combined skills of storyteller and reporter. It has a personal voice, distinct tone, clearly defined point of view, vivid descriptions of local color, suspenseful treatment of plot, and en-

hanced characterization. To write the essay, you should first select a topic. This can be found everywhere, both local and universal, both timely and enduring. It would be well to choose one that you are familiar with, interested in, and curious about. Then, try to determine your audience. This will aid in doing the next step, which is research, or the gathering of information you would need in developing the piece. If you have immersed yourself enough into the subject mat-

ter you are writing about, you are likely to come out with a better output. The following strategies should be taken into account—approach, or how a writer handles his subject and the angle used; point of view, or perspective from which the piece is written, usually first person; tone and voice, or the writer’s attitude toward his subject; structure, or how the work is organized; beginning, or starting with a strong, dramatic incident; rhetorical techniques, or the use of

devices like comparisoncontrast, etc.; characterization, or the development of characters; the use of evocative details; the creation of dramatic scenes; and the use of a convincing ending. The types of essay include the following: magazine feature article, biographical and autobiographical narrative, newspaper column, review, interview story, personal/ familiar essay, and character sketch. With these forms and style, one is afforded with so many options as to what essay one is inclined to write. This choice is determined by the subject written about. Other factors such as the purpose for writing, who the readers are, and many others, may of course come into play,

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Let your hair down!

I missed dinner last night. But viewed Rapunzel instead. While watching the video together with four-year old Xusha and two-year old Zian, I realized that the child- in- me button was on. I was mesmerized with Rapunzel’s magical long hair, nutty at the be-witched queen who stole Princess Rapunzel from her royal family. For eighteen years she was locked in the tower, and could only see light with the periodic visit of her bogus mother.

As a video-buff, I am a late bloomer. At my golden age, the song that struck me “ Mother knows best.” was quite dis-arming. Looking at my girls and how independently they make decisions, experience tells me that my opinion nor my counsel is no longer necessary. And if ever solicited, my ten cents worth of wisdom does not matter anymore. I think this situation is also felt by maturing families. Should I say, that sort of choicelessness occurs when we become


Breaking from parental support is a matter of many factors more than age and civil status. Our laws recognize the age of majority as the beginning of emancipation. But such age is quite off from reality as it still is within the schooling age level. The empirical legislative determination of such age is very evident from such law. It does not coincide with related laws regarding schoolgoing age and the minimum age for professionals. Children are required to be seven years of age to start schooling at grade one. If the child will pursue schooling continuously until college, that would make the child a college graduate by about twenty-one on a four-year course or at twenty-two if one takes a five-year course. The graduate has still to spend another year in review for licensure examinations and countless years more to find a gainful employment. In some cases where the person pursues education in accelerated mode and graduates from college years

earlier, he would be halted to stagnation until the age of twenty-one when he can qualify to become a licensed professional. This brings us to the age of twenty-one as the mean age for a leap into professional life. But such age is not in any way equivalent to the real and actual age when the person finally practices his profession by employment for such is too remote and unrelated from any age level. Quite surprisingly, the same law allows people to enter into marriage at the age of emancipation. As discussed above, that still is within the school-going age level when the person is too far from becoming a professional and still much farther having gainful employment. Although the age of emancipation and that of marriage are the same and way above the age of reproduction, the same does not afford emancipation in the real sense. In most cases, the person who enters into marriage by mere age qualification is still dependent from parental sup-

OPINION mere recipients of our children’s choices; and not as stakeholders anymore. When Rapunzel let down her beautiful hair and the witch swung on it, I am inclined to believe that I might as well behave like Rapunzel, surrender my “parental choicelessness” till the time comes when the situation changes and becomes more challenging. Is this not quite alarming for worrier-parents. I guess, I need refreshing materials, video materials and games to include, that would cater to my imagination. Or, should I improvise a repertoire of patience and love instead of imposing my ways of doing things. I can become lazy too, disempowered for a time, and languish in unnecessary worrying. Possibly, a mix of all that. Or, cut my hair again, so that parental pressures are oddly ignored and suspended, till the time comes that I can grapple with it. port. But there are those who, even if married, still opt to stay with parents. The decision to stay is not much because of dependence on parents but to live with and give care to aging parents. While to some extent children still share in the graces for living with parents, such is just natural as both parties share in the obligation to support each other. Emancipated, grown up and financially independent children who choose to live with parents do so not much to benefit from parental graces but to provide support and intimate care only kin could offer. Under our social setup, it is not uncommon for children and even down to grandchildren live with parents, often due to dependence caused by the late real emancipation discussed at the outset. But there are those who stay with parents for good, not out of dependence from parents but to give genuine love, support and care for aging parents who at times even ask their children to stay and live with them. This is a great sacrifice on the part of children who heed the plea of their aging parents instead of being free to find greener pasture and better fortune away from home. In such cases, emancipation could not be measured on a person’s choice to stay and live with parents for such decision may in reality be an act of love to serve as caregivers to aging parents. Comments to alellema@

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JCI-Tacloban elects new officers Came a time when JCITacloban was led by a pool of elected officials of Tacloban City. There were former councilors namely Dante Crisostomo and Rolando Hidalgo who served as past presidents, with their local chief executive, the Mayor Uldarico Mate (also a JCI Senator) actively supporting the JCI-Tacloban events. The other year, Tacloban’s incumbent Mayor Alfred Romualdez and his first lady Councilor Cristina Romualdez were inducted as associate members of JCI-Tacloban together with then Phil. Drugs Enforcement Agency regional director Julius Napoles. This time, another local chief executive and a city councilor glisten up the list of leaders of this pioneer Jaycee organization in Eastern Visayas. Mayor Cheeryl Enrica “Cheekay” Letrondo-Esperas of San Miguel town in Leyte, who is sweetly called by Energy Sec. Jerico Petilla, Leyte Gov. Leopoldo Dominico Petilla and ViceGov. Carlo Loreto as their youngest (“puto” in the vernacular) is to take over the helm of leadership of JCITacloban for development year 2014. Though young as a local chief executive of a quaint but promising town and as a member of the JCI, she is optimistic she could give her best in both worlds. Like she is into as a head of the local government of San Miguel, that is attend-

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but the writer is in the best position to make such decision. It’s his piece and he is entitled to choose what he thinks is best and appropriate. Once a particular style is chosen, the writer should stick to it, applying its principles and techniques that are unique to its creation. It would be inappropriate for one to editorialize when one is simply writing a character sketch. The conventions demanded by each genre should be followed so as not to confuse the readers, or to impair ideas. Writing is made easier when its principles are followed, not messed up. If you haven’t tried your hand at writing the essay following the above principles, try it now. Your ideas are begging to be penned, without your knowing it.

ing multifarious trainings and workshops, Mayor Esperas, who was into Law school, will have to beef up her knowledge and further hone her leadership skills, but in the Jaycee way. Initially she is advised to attend the JCI Philippines Presidents Academy, a training for incoming local organization (chapter) presidents. There she will have the opportunity to meet the incoming members of the national board of other national officers of JCI Philippine to be headed by JCI Sen. Christine Garcia of JCI Baguio City, the 2014 national president. This year’s Academy is slated to be conducted this coming weekend at Casa Pilar Beach Resort in Boracay, Malay, Aklan. The week following is the JCIP National Convention where all chapters are expected to

be represented chiefly by their respective officers. In the Natcon is where the best of the bests are recognized and awarded as a chapter or individually. The outgoing presidents are expected to join the plenary sessions which mainly use the parliamentary procedure, a mark of Jayceeism. Parliamentary procedure is no strange thing to Mayor Cheekay, she having served as a member of the Sangguniang Bayan of her town before being elected to the mayoral seat. Neither is it “Greek” to Tacloban City councilor and JCI Mem. Jom Bagulaya who has been into Sangguniang Kabataan in his younger years and now a duly elected member of the City council. The parliamentary procedure is

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THE POOR HAVE A TREASURE Like every human organization, the Church also is in constant danger of corruption. As soon as power and wealth come into the Church, manipulation, exploitation, misuse of influence, are not far away. How do we prevent corruption in the Church? It is by serving the poor. Whoever is prepared to spend his or her life in serving and helping the people who do not matter much in the eyes of the world, is serving Jesus and his Father. This is what he wanted to convey when he said, “Whoever receives this child receives me” (Lk 9:48), for children did not count for anything in Jewish society of his time. Therefore, the true people of God serve the poor. This is the people of God Zacharia saw in his vision, filling the city of God; and God proclaimed: “They shall be my people and I will be their God” (Zach). One of the reasons why we neglect the poor is that we think that they don’t offer us anything in return. But the truth is different. The poor have a treasure to offer us, precisely because they can’t return our favours. By not paying us for what we have done for them, they call us to inner freedom, selflessness and generosity. Their repayment is spiritual. It is joy, peace and love of God that we so much need, as an antidote for corruption in the Church. (His Word for Today by Vima Dasan, SJ, published by Paulines. Visit us at or at Paulines Media Center, Real St., Tacloban City, Tel.#321-31-95). Sower’s Seeds: “All graces come to us from the Holy Sacrifice. Therefore, more devoutly attended Masses, days that are a continuous preparation and thanksgiving for the greatest act of piety.” - Blessed James Alberione, Founder of the Pauline Family



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armed man who was said to have three accomplices gunned Cabarriban, 47, down last Sunday at around 11:10 a.m. while watching a cock fight on their village of Lagundi. The former chairman was hit at the back with the bullet exiting to his upper chest. Two empty shells of Caliber 45 were recovered from the crime scene. Gov. Tan said that it is “unfair” that her family is being dragged into the killing of Cabarriban, a known political supporter of former Catbalogan mayor and now councilor, Coefredo “Tekwa” Uy. “We have nothing to do with this incident. What we will get, for example, if we will do that? His presence is not affecting us, after all,” Tan said. “It’s really unfair that our family is being implicated on this killing,” she added. Cabarriban earlier exposed of an alleged “ghost project” on their village funded by the pork barrel of Tan’s mother, Rep. Milagrosa “Mila” Tan worth P11.35 million. The governor denied this allegation of Cabarriban adding that they would not dare harm Cabarriban as they would immediately be suspected to be responsible. “We will be the immediate suspect. Look, this early, we are being implicated to his murder. We are not capable of doing it,” Tan said, referring to the killing of the former barangay leader. Meantime, police investigators in Catbalogan have

yet to establish the motive on the killing of Cabarriban despite of arresting one of the alleged suspects who is now in their custody. SPO3 Manuel Ricalde, officer-on-case, said that they are finding some difficulties in extracting information from the arrested alleged suspect on the killing of Cabarriban. Thus, he said, they could not give much information, to include the motive of Cabarriban’s killing. His death came at a time that the Commission on Elections has imposed a gun ban relative to the forthcoming barangay polls this October 28. The suspect is now detained at the Catbalogan City lock-up jail after he was arrested Sunday evening. “He is hostile to us. He is not giving us any information about the incident. What he gave us was his personal circumstances like his name, age and where he lives. Other than these informations he keeps mum,” Ricalde, in a phone interview, said. According to Ricalde, the suspect gave them his personal information as 26 years old, married and a resident of San Andres in Catbalogan. He was of medium built and brown complexion. The police officer, however, declined to name the alleged suspect. “We are still in the case build up stage. Once we have the evidences, we will file a murder charge against him,” Ricalde said. Ricalde said that the suspect was arrested outside his house located at the outskirt of Lagundi at past 7 p.m. Sunday.

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“He did not resist when he was arrested,” the police officer said adding that he was arrested by virtue of the statements of some witnesses on the murder of Cabarriban. It was not known yet what was the detained suspect’s participation on the killing of the former chairman of Lagundi, 4.5 kms away from the city proper. (with JAZMINE BONIFACIO)


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the Department of Health which aims to address the lack of doctors in the countryside, Llacona said. Experts often call the lack of doctors in the rural or remote areas as an “invisible problem” because the shortage of doctors in the region is not much talked about as job losses. However, doctors in remote towns are seeking assistance from DOH to address the “nonmedical and more politics-related” problem which serves as a barrier for these idealistic doctors to become more effective with their work in the community. The Leyte Samar Daily Express learned that there is this so called “color coding” of patients in some municipalities in Samar. That is when medicines procured by the local government units are kept in the mayor’s office, and are only given if the patients attended to by the doctors are known allies of the mayor. If patients, who are mostly poor, are not political supporters of the sitting mayors, chances are, they would not be given medicines by giving an excuse that they have ran out of supplies. According to some bar-

rio doctors, who refused to be named, `partisan politics’ should have no place in health care delivery, especially in impoverished areas wherein the people have no other way to gain medical access except through the help of the rural health unit.



NOTICE is hereby given that Rutchel Lois A. Holderman executed a Deed of Absolute Sale over a parcel of land Lot 2892-A, Psd-08-027353-D, situated in Brgy. Caibaan, City of Tacloban, Province of Leyte, embrace by T.C.T. No. 122-2011000552, containing an area of 400 square meters, more or less in favor of Lemuel Rex G. Abella as vendee; per Doc. No. 1232, Page No. 124, Book No. XXI, Series of 2013 of Notary Public Atty. Alfredo C. Verona. LSDE: Sept. 17, 24 & & Oct. 1, 2013


NOTICE is hereby given that Leovigildo M. Dayoja, heir of late Angeles Maico Dayoja married to Wenceslao Badiable Dayoja over a parcel of agricultural land situated at Brgy. Inayupan, Javier, Leyte, under Tax Dec. No. 1742, with an area of 26,480 square meters, A Deed of Sale was executed in favor of Jocelyn L. Son as vendee for the above-described property; per Doc. No. 85, Page No. 79, Book No. 02, Series of 2013 of Notary Public Atty. Prisco Bar Santos, MNSA. LSDE: Sept. 24, Oct. 1 & 8, 2013



The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 8 would like to call the attention of the relatives of Mikaela Angeline Mendaño Tabontabon. Said child is approximately six months old when she was entrusted by her biological father to the custody of Evangeline Mendaño Tabontabon, on July 2006, at Nula-Tula, Tacloban City. The said child’s biological parents are now both deceased. In this connection, the relatives or any interested party of the child are requested to see a Social Worker of the Alternative Parental Care Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 08, Magsaysay Blvd. Tacloban City or call telephone number (053) 321-1176 to discuss plans for said child. Failure to appear at the DSWD Field Office 08 for a period of twenty-one (21) days from the time of publication, will serve as basis for filing a Petition for Adminstrative Declaration of a Child Legally Available for Adoption. LSDE: October 1, 8 & 15, 2013

NOTICE is hereby given that Manolito C. Pasagui executed an affidavit of Loss of Insurance Policy of Loyola Plans with Contract No. 349794 and Certificate of Full Payment No. 1001065, said policy was fully paid Nov. 29, 1999, and despite efforts to look for said Certificate of Full Payment but in was to no avail; per Doc. No. 203, Page No. 11, Book No. III, Series of 2013 of Notary Public Atty. Crispin Simoun P. Cercado. LSDE: Oct. 1, 8 & 15, 2013


NOTICE is hereby given that Pablo Lobrigo married to Semeona Rubin executed a Deed of Absolute Sale over a parcel of Agricultural land, Cad. Lot No. 5902, Pls-788, containing an area of 3,743, covered by O.C.T. No. P-17991 in favor of Sps. Edgar Agullo and Jovelita A. Agullo as vendees for the above-described property; per Doc. No. 486, Page No. 83, Book No. X, Series of 2000 of Notary Public Atty. Arturo F. Aguinalde, Sr. LSDE: Sept. 24, Oct. 1 & 8, 2013


NOTICE is hereby given that Marilyn Daga-Bandong heir of late Dominador Daga and Fortunata S. Daga executed an affidavit of Adjudication over a parcel of residential house, Lot No. 60, located at Brgy. San Fernando, Palo, Leyte, assessed value of P18,000.00; per Doc. No. 321, Page No. 65, Book No. 18, Series of 2013 of Notary Public Atty. Samuel C. Lagunzad. LSDE: Sept. 24, Oct. 1 & 8, 2013


NOTICE is hereby given that Marivic Villacorte Decio heir of late Victoria Cornejo Villacorte executed an affidavit of Self-Adjudication over a parcel of land, located at Sta. Cruz, Palo, Leyte, containing an area of 307 square metrers, more or less, and covered by Tax Dec. No. 005-30-006-00398; per Doc. No. 493, Page No. 99, Book No. 16, Series of 2013 of Notary Public Atty. Samuel C. Lagunzad. LSDE: Sept. 17, 24 & & Oct. 1, 2013

NOTICE is hereby given that Elpedia P. Cobelo heir of late Luis Cobelo executed an affidavit of Self-Adjudication over a parcel of land situated at Brgy. Odiongan, Abuyog, Leyte, covered by O.C.T. No. P-8830, containing an area of 59,529 square meters, more or less and sold a portion of 21,785 square meters in favor of Ricardo Cobilo sometimes last July 8, 2010 and heir hereby confirm and affirm the said sale, a portion of 21,785 square meters from the above-described parcel; per Doc. No. 13, Page No. 03, Book No. LXXII, Series o 2013 of Notary Public Atty. Edwin Y. Chua. LSDE: Sept. 24, Oct. 1 & 8, 2013


NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Sps. Mauricio Gerez and Leonarda Barado extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a parcel of land, Lot No. 2990 with the improvements found thereon situated in Brgy. Caibaan, now Calanipawan, Tacloban City, containing an area of 728 square meters, more or less and covered by O.C.T. No. 19417. A Deed of Sale was executed in favor of Anieway V. Aballe as vendee for the above-described property; per Doc. No. 101, Page No. 21, Book No. IX, Series of 2013 of Notary Public Atty. Teodoro Alianza. LSDE: Oct. 1, 8 & 15, 2013


NOTICE is hereby given that Ma. Salud A. Cinco heir of late Lucio Advincula executed an affidavit of Self-Adjudication over a parcel of agricultural land, Cad. Lot No. 345, situated at Brgy. Quilao, Tolosa, Leyte, under Tax Dec. No. 00030-R13, with an area of 3,621.25 square meters, more or less. A Deed of Sale was executed a portion of 110 square meters from the above-described parcel in favor of Sps. Romeo C. Cumpio and Blesilda Petilla-Cumpio as vendee; per Doc. No. 141, Page No. 029, Book No. XLVIII, Series of 2013 of Notary Public Atty. Wilfredo T. Pascua. LSDE: Oct. 1, 8 & 15, 2013


NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Miguel Roldan extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a parcel of land, located in Villalon Calubian, Leyte, Survey No. 5778, Lot No. 051, under ARP No. 08-08052-00250, containing an area of 99 square meters, more or less. A Deed of Sale was executed in favor of Marvin Tinapay Cahayagan as vendee for the above-described property; per Doc. No. 97, Page No. 20, Book No. 48, Series of 2013 of Notary Public Atty. Redentor Villordon. LSDE: Oct. 1, 8 & 15, 2013

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from page 1 first disbursement of its kind this year. On March 13, at least P10.6 m was released for social services such as aid for medical, transportation, education, disaster, among others. Burial assistance for different municipalities also got a share of the pie. In San Isidro, Leyte, the office of 3rd district Rep. Andres Salvacion released P1 million for burial services of indigent families. There could have been more priority development assistance fund (PDAF) spent for burial but it was not specified in the report. For instance, Leyte 2nd district Rep. Sergio Apostol used a big chunk of his P35 million pork barrel for social services. All were released three months before the May 2013 elections. In the social services category, Leyte 4th district Rep. Lucy TorresGomez spent her PDAF for medical assistance and sports development.


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Other than infrastructure projects, Leyte 5th district Rep. Jose Carlos Cari used a big share of his pork barrel for medical assistance for poor families. Solons insisted that concerned local government units implemented all funds from pork barrel. All Leyte solons received P35 million pork barrel this year except Cari who got an additional P20 million for San Miguel, Leyte Mayor Cheeryl Enrica Esperas is flanked by officers and members of JCI-Tacloban led by regional continuing appropria- vice president Dionisio Balintong Jr and chapter president Peluchi Jessamine Sinaca and some past presidents and JCI senators in a photo op at her office over the weekend. Mayor Esperas is the incoming president of JCI-Tacloban tion. for development year 2014. (Photo by JCI-Tacloban) Earlier, the Supreme Court ordered to stop tong-treasurer, Albert affiliate of the Junior around the world. EvMulles-Auditor, and Chamber International ery JCI member “shares the release of PDAF af- JCI-Tacloban... Jeff Kenneth Monge(JCI), a worldwide or- the belief that in order ter the news of multifrom page 5 PIO. For the board of ganization of Young Ac- to create lasting posibillion pork barrel scam broke out. (SARWELL being adopted during directors, elected were tive Citizens Creating tive change, we must



from page 8 der situation is good. We are the melting pot of the region and Tacloban is its fastest growing city; the only highly urbanized city in Eastern Visayas. Without peace, you cannot have those...” Romualdez said. Romualdez yesterday lead in the closing of the celebration of Peace Month held at the grounds of the City Hall attended by City Hall department heads, employees and representatives from different sectors. (JOEY A. GABIETA)


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TACLOBAN CITY-So far, so good. Thus said Mayor Alfred Romualdez on the performance of Senior Superintendent Dominador Cabillan, the newlyassumed city police director. Romualdez said that his being a native of the city could have work well on his favor because he is familiar with the “terrain” of Tacloban. “(I am) satisfied because they are doing their best but there are still long way to go,” the city mayor said. Cabillan was named as officer-in-charge of the city police station early this month, replacing S/Supt.Teodoro Basa, himself appointed to the post in an officer-in-charge capacity. Cabillan is from the city but was the provincial director of Capiz police station. “He is from here; he studied here. He knows the terrain and that’s his advantage,” Mayor Romualdez said. Asked if he would seek for Cabillan to permanently take the post as city police director, the city mayor did not give a categorical answer. “There are challenges which he is not running away. In fact, he is

Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez poses with representatives of various sectors and employees of the City Hall during yesterday’s culmination of the Peace Month celebration. Among those who joined him were wife, Councilor Cristina G.Romualdez, City Police Director, Supt. Dominador Cabillan and Dalmacio “Massey” Grafil, publisher of Leyte Samar Daily Express. (PHOTO By : ALEX ALAMOS-CIO/ GAY B. GASPAY –TISAT)

studying and reflecting the different strategies (to solve the challenges) …” Mayor Romualdez said. He described his relationship with Cabillan as “good.” “He is a professional which is a good start,” Romualdez said. Meantime, Romualdez said that the peace and order situation of Tacloban is stable noting that people coming from different parts of the region continues to come and visit the city. Most notable, he said, is that investors continue to invest as well in Tacloban. “Our peace and orto page 7

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