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VOL. 34

No. 48

Dumaguete

Church rejects army pullout

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APRIL 27, 2008

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PRESIDENT ARROYO TOURS the Sidlakan Tourism Village with host Gov. Emilio Macias and Arts and Culture guru BM Mariant Escano-Villegas, together with municipal mayors, shortly after the village inauguration last Friday by the President. BY DEMS REY T. DEMECILLO

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resident Gloria Macapagal Arroyo last Friday defended the government’s policy of rice importation because of cost and environmental factors that make importation cheaper as of today than entailing high cost of production.

In a two-in-one interview with the media, President Arroyo cited that there is not

enough Riceland area due to the rocky nature of our soil , and that we do not have enough rivers to irrigate our

KAMPI CHAIR RETURNS

lands, not to mention the fact that our Asian neighbors have better Turn to page 3

t was a “Solomonic” decision among all feuding sectors to end the protracted pier strike by giving each party a piece of the pie in that they all accepted the conditions with a happy compromise.

The written agreement was signed by the big bosses of the parties who are mostly Manila-based. They are Rommel A. Ibuna, General Manager and President of Prudential; Atty Democrito Mendoza, National President ALU TUCP; and Oscar Padilla, PPA general manager. But that is the first part. The second part which is not yet implemented is the resumption of cargo handling which is yet done in Tampi wharf until such time that the parties will so agree and declare themselves ready and fit

for 100% cargo handling and delivery. The compromise solution was reached, and signed by the top people in Manila who were not able to pacify the front liners in Dumaguete but had to agree on the following highlights: 1. All 118 striking workers of the ALU-TUCP, workers of the old defunct CISAI arrastre, were to be absorbed by the new Manila-based arrastre Prudential Customs Brokerage and Services Inc starting Monday; 2. That Prudential shall recognize the Union as the

collective bargaining agent of all qualified workers and shall negotiate for a CBA within 30 days after 21 April; 3. Members of the Union will report to Prudential for work at the port of Dumaguete and that the workers will lift its picket lines and advise all members to report for work immediately; 4. All civil and criminal cases filed against each other will be dropped without any retaliatory action of any sort against each other or anyone in the future in relation to the port issue; Turn to page 21

President graces

Jing Paras appointed Lolo Meniong’s 88th t was one birthday bash far from the ordinary. It PNOC-EC chairman was because it happened in 2008, and it was the

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88 birthday of a political legend whose special guest rom staunch oppositionist to chairman of the was no less than the President of the land. board. Incumbent KAMPI chairman of Negros Oriental, ex-Rep Jacinto Jing Paras, Well, at least it didn’t hole golf spree regularly. But were it not for the was just appointed last week as PNOC-EC happen in any of our local chairman. KAMPI is the official political politician’s birthday, not perfect weather at the even during the time of Tubataha Reef, Pres Gloria party of President Arroyo.

There are certain political undertones in the recent appointment by President Arroyo of then staunch op-

positionist ex-Rep. Jing Paras as chairman of one of the Energy Turn to page 2

Senator Lorenz Teves, the late elder brother of celebrator Herminio , former legislator and now a retired farmer, who still runs an 18-

Arroyo said she would have wanted to stay overnight in Dumaguete. The Meniong The 88-yr old political legend Meniong Teves, blew just one celebration was at 7pm candle during a birthday luncheon Friday , guested by PresiTurn to page 21 dent Gloria Arroyo herself before she flew to Tubataha Reef.

“SHARING THE GOOD NEWS ALSO MEANS LEAVING OUR COMFORT ZONES AND EVEN OUR SECURITY.”


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Town info officers briefed on insurgency

HOW MEDIA SEES IT, AND NOT OTHERS BY ELY P. DEJARESCO

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amp Leon Kilat, Tanjay City – 302 Infantry (Achiever) Brigade conducted an Insurgency Awareness Symposium for the Association of Negros Oriental Public Information Officers (ANOPIO), considered as a vital mechanism in the province’s counter-insurgency campaign. The activity aimed at enlightening the information officers on the nature, ers from the different city deceptive strategies, and municipal LGUs and armed and legal struggle of government line agencies the Communist Party of actively participated in the the Philippines/New symposium held at the Boy People‘s Army/National Scout Building on Democratic Front (CPP/ NPA/NDF). Twenty five Public Information OfficTurn to page 21

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KAMPI CHAIR RETURNS

Jing Paras appointed PNOC-EC chairman (From page 1) ARMY 302nd brigade commander COL CESAR YANO tells local media reporters how the Army is now assimilating itself into the mainstream of the masses, just like what the rebels are trying to do. But the difference, he said, is that the government has goods to deliver, the rebs, only false hopes. This,the LGUs should follow because that is their main job, not the army’s, he said.

TOP OF THE WEEK

BY DEMS REY T. DEMECILLO

Drug pusher wants to Church rejects call join ma, pleads guilty for military pull-out

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aybe she really missed her mother terribly, but a lady drug pusher changed her not guilty plea to guilty for illegal possession of 0.01 gram of methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu. Court records show that accused Mayflor

Garcia aka “Lovely” pleaded not guilty during her previous arraignment. However, on Friday she informed Regional Trial Court Branch 30 Presiding Judge Crescencio Tan Jr. that she intends to withdraw her not guilty plea to enter plea of guilty to the offense. The government prosecutor raised no objection and Tan immediately issued a guilty verdict sentencing her to 12 years imprison-

ment and a fine of Php 300,000. Also issued was a commitment order for her to be remitted at the Correccional Institution for Women in Mandaluyong City where her mother is also imprisoned for the same misdemeanor. Meanwhile, Judge Tan also handed down two Turn to page 3

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t appears that the demands of the groups accused to be “legal fronts” of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) for the total pull-out of army troops from Negros Oriental is not acceptable to the Roman Catholic Church. Msgr. Gamliel Tulabing, vicar general of the Diocese of Dumaguete, thinks Mantikil and Kapunongan that the demands of these Alang sa Ugma sa groups to pull out all mili- Gagmayng Mag-uuma sa tary troops in the province Oriental Negros-Kilusang is not possible especially Magbubukid sa Pilipinas because the alleged human (KAUGMAON-KMP) derights abuses cannot be in- manded for the pull out of dependently confirmed. the 11th IB, 15th IB, 78th IB Earlier, Karapatan-Cen- and 79th IB practically all tral Visayas, Promotion of military units assigned in Church People’s Response (PCPR), Nagkahiusang Mag-uuma sa Barangay Turn to page 3

Bio-fuels do not Arnaiz: House probe reduce rice lands on PPA port closure xperts disagree with the assertion of Kapunongan Alang sa Ugma sa Gagmayng Mag-uuma sa Oriental Negros-Kilusang Magbubukid sa Pilipinas (KAUGMAON-KMP) that jatropha production reduces rice lands which “aggravates rice and food crisis.” One agriculturist asserts The government has that there is no reason to link also disallowed the converthe current cultivation of sion of corn and rice lands tuba-tuba to rice shortage into farms to produce biosince the type of land in fuels like jathropa and ethaTamlang Valley has never nol. Officials would like to been suitable for rice pro- use millions of hectares of duction because it is not ar- “denuded idle lands” for able. In fact, one can not bio-fuel production. even grow corn there unless Siaton Vice-mayor the farmer is willing to use Rowel Gabo echoes the expensive fertilizers which same observation saying that diminish profitability. Turn to page 3

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econd District Rep. George Arnaiz will ask the House of Representatives to conduct an inquiry on the culpability of the Philippine Ports Authority for arbitrarily shutting the Dumaguete port down following a bloody clash between the strikers and the police on March 29. The solon alleged that PPA committed grave abuse of discretion in order- certain whether the PPA has ing the closure of the port the power to shut down the from passenger and cargo country sea ports. Arnaiz operations which gravely believes that the PPA affected the economy of the merely wanted the public to city and the province of direct the blame to the strikNegros Oriental. ing stevedores adding that “What the PPA did was there was no compelling unjust, they did not even reason for the agency to bother to consult local gov- take such a drastic action. ernment officials,” said Arnaiz. The inquiry would asTurn to page 3

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Gloria at Dumaguete Bigasan Center….

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resident Arroyo literally crossed the national highway along E.J.Blanco road from the Sidlakan tourist village, to the bigasan center across the street where P18.25 NFA rice were sold and made sure it reached the masses of people, who were already flocking hours before the president made her drop by. Foto shows PGMA conversing with rice sellers inside the bigasan center which is actually the worship area of the Provider Ministries Fellowship Inc.

Exploration Corporation of the Philippine National Oil Company, or PNOC-EC. As Paras ended his term in June, and his wife defeated in the first district congressional polls, his recent acquittal as brains in the infamous March 9 Manluminsag ambush in La Libertad with 7 killed and 4 wounded; and his very recent appointment as chairman of the board of the big PNOC-Exploration Corporation, signals his apparent return to the political mainstream of government. Political realignments and securing political boarders are important factors in posturing for future political positions in that Paras, even though he was one of the most vocal critics of President Arroyo, has somehow managed to swing back his political direction by returning to the Arroyo administration and with open arms apparently. How sincere, only they can tell.

The return of KAMPI

TOO SOON TO BE FORGOTTEN, this political file foto depicts KAMPI chairman for Negros Oriental Jing Paras, with wife Olive, during the campaign. Now, JSLimkaichong has pledged loyalty to JDVenecia. So what happens? It will be recalled that Paras’ running through his wife in last election was demolished by Rep Josy Limkaichong in the first district last May. But when things went bad between Arroyo and Speaker de Venecia, Josy Limkaichong announced that she pledged loyalty on the side of JDV, being a Lakas party member , her political mentor and backer, without perhaps meaning to abandon the Arroyo camp. Could this have soured the feelings of PGMA, in that she brought back Paras to the virtual mainstream? Justifiably perhaps, (no official word) since politics was the issue against JDVenecia, of Lakas, it could be logical that Arroyo and her party would post a KAMPI leader in Negros Oriental after all it was Limkaichong who pledged her allegiance to JDVenecia during those critical moments. What can the iron woman do instead? Maybe Paras’ appointment as chairman of the board of the power-packed PNOC-EC speaks for itself. Why should Arroyo bring a staunch critic back to power?—if not for KAMPI . Ahh, politics, we can only surmise, but never get to play the game. No permanent friends, only permanent interests. SO WHAT’S PNOC-EC? PNOC-EC covers exploration, like the big Malampaya Gas and Oil exploration. Our Palinpinion PNOC-EDC is different because it is the “energy development corporation” aspect of PNOC. Turn to page 19


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Drug pusher ... From page 2 decisions finding a certain Ferdinand A. Tanamor guilty and Julius F. Torillo innocent for possessing and selling shabu. Tanamor, who was caught in the act on December 2005 at Looc, Dumaguete City by agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) of illegally possessing 0.02 gram of shabu failed to convince the court of his denials which are unsupported by strong evidence of non-culpability. The court sentenced him to 12 – 14 years imprisonment and a fine of Php 300,000. In contrast, the special drugs court acquitted Torillo who was accused of selling .01 gram of shabu to a civilian poseur buyer during a buy bust operation on February 22, 2006 at Upper Luke Wright, Dumaguete City. In acquitting Torillo, the court pointed out the following grounds: failure of the prosecution to sufficiently establish the chain in custody of the dangerous drugs; failure of the prosecution witnesses to identify the photographs offered as evidence and failure of the lawmen to produce the civilian poseur buyer for his testimony. The court noted that the version of the defense was more believable since the government failed to “present its case with clarity and persuasion to the end that conviction becomes the only logical and inevitable conclusion.” Both Tanamor and Torillo tested positive for use of Methampetamine as reported by the PNP Crime Laboratory.

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Church rejects ... From page 2 Negros. However, Tulabing said that for as long as the military continues with its undertakings designed to uplift the lives of the people in the hinterland barangays, then they deserve unqualified support. “The Church is willing to look into alleged human rights abuses. If there are reports, we can always investigate but until now no serious grievances have been brought to our attention,” Tulabing declares.

Bio-fuels ... From page 2 since time immemorial farmers in Tamlang Valley do not plant rice because the soil is not rich enough to cultivate the said staple. Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri also defended the bio-fuels law which some militant groups wanted repealed. The neophyte senator declares that “not one square meter of rice land was converted for biofuels.”

PGMA defends ... From page 1 land suited for rice. She said the better rice varieties which were tested in the Philippines are now produced in Vietnam and Thailand, whose rice technicians learned of the best variety from the Philippines. There is established in Los Banos, the International Rice Institute which conduct year-round research on how to produce and experiment on quality rice production. But sadly, our Asian neighbors get to mass produce them. GROWING POPULATION. Citing a growing population, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Friday defended the country’s

dependence on imported rice saying food security cannot be resolved overnight. The practice is chiefly meant to stabilize prices while the government is working at long term measures that would enhance the country’s self-sufficiency levels in rice production. The Philippines since time immemorial , has been importing rice. Today imported rice comes from Thailand, Vietnam and the United States which are sold to the poorest of the poor at Php 18.25 per kilo. President Arroyo visited Dumaguete city and the province to inaugurate the Sidlakan Tourism Village and attend the noon-time

88th birthday celebration of former 3 rd District Representative Herminio Teves. She missed the evening affair at the convention center because good weather prevailed at the Tubbataha Reef where she sailed from Dumaguete. The RPS Mindoro was waiting for her rendezvous at high seas after she helihopped from Dumaguete. Arroyo admitted the need to construct more irrigation facilities to “expand rice cultivation using highyielding rice varieties.” At present, only about one fourth of the country’s 4.27 million hectares of rice area or about 1.58 million hectares are physically irrigated. CHEAPER TO IMPORT . The government is not

resolute in dissuading farmers from planting high value commercial crops or converting them into commercial use because of the high cost of production. She even said that it is cheaper to import than produce commercial rice today. But when the organic fertilizers will be institutionalized, that could be time to produce better quantity of commercial quality. President Arroyo said that commercial rice is more profitable to the farmers but injurious to the government’s food security program due to sustainability. The Department of Agriculture and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources are also devising alternatives that would sig-

nificantly improve the livelihood of farmers who opt to continue planting rice. She credited her administration for increasing rice production in the past years after increased spending in irrigation, seed technology and post harvest facilities. FUMIGATION IS SAFE…… The President also brushed aside fears that imported rice is unsafe because of the chemicals being applied to the staple while being transported to the country. Arroyo said that the treatment is done to “destroy any infestation caused by pests and prevent their entry to the country.” She assured that the fumigation processes have met the highest standards set by the World Health Organization.

Arnaiz ... From page 2 Alliance of Labor Union-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALUTUCP) District Coordinator Felizardo Calimpong welcomes the possibility of a House inquiry. “We will make ourselves available should our presence be required during the course of the investigation,” he said.

President Arroyo’s visit was cut short when she left aboard the presidential chopper after lunch and did not push through with her scheduled appearance at Barangay Tinago where hundreds of people were waiting to meet her.


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Perdices and prior restraint

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he pier fiasco has finally ended with everybody winning in certain and many ways. The formal lifting of the picket lines at 1pm April 22, Tuesday has brought back the status quo plus, meaning, back to where it started, plus the entry of the new arrastre company. What does it mean? It means that Prudential, the new arrastre, will absorb 118 ALU-TUCP union workers of the defunct CISAI arrastre, with full recognition of its union, together with the Prudential appointed workers numbering around 101 workers and that would make the pier stevedoring personnel soar to almost three hundred in a matter of time. Aside from these, the Memo Agreement which is to be signed by both Union and Management Prudential will start collective bargaining nego-

tiations or CBA within 30 days after, and that should be in the last week of May. Moreover, the PPA will review the contract for cargo handling services provided the workers will report for work and lift permanently all picket lines. And here’s the final clincher: all civil and criminal cases against workers, strikers and management will be dropped by both parties. Industrial peace has been restored at the waterfront. For how long, that will depend on the parties themselves. All these provisions to restore peace in the waterfront, were agreed in Manila by the big bosses, namely by ALU- TUCP boss Atty Democrito Mendoza; Prudential General Manager Rommel Ibuna and PPA Gen. Manager Atty Oscar Sevilla. All these upon the Turn to page 19

Rice crisis: Predictive and response failures W

Dateline Manila by Bingo P. Dejaresco

et me give an update of the defamation case filed by Mayor Perdices against the Australian Dindo P. Generoso. Mayor Agustin Perdices has foreclosed any settlement of his defamation case against Dindo Generoso during last Thursday’s preliminary conference.

Perdices told the court there wasn’t any settlement because according to him, Dindo Generoso did not comply with his demand that Dindo submit to him a pre-publication draft of Dindo’s column where Dindo was to admit he was wrong. When I heard this from the mayor, I almost choked. I thought I would collapse in the courtroom. Seriously, Perdices may not have realized this but, with all due respect to him, what he demanded was precisely what is abhorred by our constitution. Our constitutional system prohibits what is called prior restraint. Prior restraint is an official restriction on free speech prior to publication. The state, which includes its officials, including mayor Perdices of course, is prohibited from exercising prior restraint. But this is exactly what Perdices wanted to do. Censorship. You may not believe it. I couldn’t. But it actually happened. Perdices wanted a newspaper columnist to submit to him a draft of his article prior to publication! My goodness. Perdices wanted to play the role of newspaper editor, and attempted to take over the job editor-publisher publisher Ely P. Dejaresco. Perdices wanted to make a prepublication review of the draft of a columnist and see if it meets his approval. The problem is, even if Perdices applies as editor of the Negros Chronicle., he will not be hired because he is not qualified. Therefore Perdices, even if he is mayor, and no matter how mighty he thinks of himself, has no business making pre-publication reviews of any article in the Negros Chronicle. Hands off, Mr. Mayor. Frankly, I never realized the mayor’s ignorance of the role of a free press in our democratic system. The last time the state imposed screening restrictions on the press, it was during martial law. Back in the feudal days where kings ruled, if there had been newspaper men already, then it could have been allowed. But we live in a different system now. It is called democracy. And a mayor is not king. He is supposed to be a “servant of the people” (This is how politicians inaccurately portray themselves during elections: sulugu-on sa haring lungsod ek ek nimo). I don’t want to say this but I think Perdices’ battery of legal advisers should at least give him a crash lecture on the concept of prior restraint. Perdices, the client, sounded so funny in court that day. He did not know what he was talking about. I really feel sorry for him.

e are adherent to that school of thought that: food (rice), medicines (health insurance and cheap ones) and shelter should be every government’s primary lookout in welfare economics.

Unfortunately, it seems many administrations looked the other way – and misprioritized its mandate for government. Moreover, it had failed in its predictive calculus to find that the rice shortage could happen. Food riots recently exploded in four countries and Haiti’s Prime Minister Jacques Alexis had to resign because of it. There seems no quick fix in sight for the staple (rice) problem and may really take two years for anything to stabilize (if at all). But as early as 2005, the United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced: as near as 2006, rice stocks will drop by 30%. By 2007, global rice consumption hit 429 million metric tons from 418 million metric tons in 2006. USDA likewise forecast that by 2006 the rice stock: user ratio will plummet from 18.4 15 years back to a dangerous

level of 10.6. Was our economist – President and her bright boys sleeping on this one? After all, it doesn’t take a Wharton whiz kid to figure out that the Philippines, small as it is, was the 8th largest consumer of rice in the world as late as 2003 behind China, India, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Thailand and Burma. The difference was that most of them (above RP) were nearly self – sufficient or were even exporting rice abroad. Not us. Let’s face it, the fast four administrations (Aquino, Ramos, Estrada and Arroyo) never sufficiently planned for this one grave thought for this obvious need for a stable supply of rice which is a staple food for about 89 million Filipinos. This in spite of the fact that the Philippines is blessed with hectares of rich agri-

cultural land. In fairness to Ferdinand Marcos, in 9 of his 12 years rule, the Philippine even exported more rich than it imported (1968 to 1970) and (1978 – 1983). There was no danger the that RP would have insufficient rice supply. In those years, in fact, agriscientists from abroad came over to Los Baños to study our hybrids seeds and manner of rice plantation and propagation. In the years after Marcos (1986 – 2007) RP exported only 177,000 metric tons of rice and imported a whooping 15.8 million metric tons. Today, in fact – believe it or not – RP is the biggest rice importer. In the GMA era of 2002 – 2007, the country imported 8.5 million metric tons of rice and

exported only 1% of that total.

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34 YEARS OF COMMUNITY JOURNALISM

ELY P. DEJARESCO Editor-Publisher ATTY. JAY I. DEJARESCO Associate Editor

MARLEN I. DEJARESCO Business Manager

GEROME JUMALON News Photographer

DEMS REY T. DEMECILLO Editorial Assistant

RUBEN G. LABARES Graphics

JENNY B. DECIAR Legal Publications Officer

Pioneer BI-WEEKLY Newspaper in Dumaguete City and Negros Oriental. Address: E.J. Blanco Drive, Piapi, Dumaguete City. News and Advertising: (035) 225-4760 Fax: (035) 225-4760 E-mail: negroschronicle@yahoo.com Entered as Second Class Mail Matter in Dumaguete City on July 1, 1973.

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The Story of Stuff

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NIFFING an opening in our current rice problem, clearly behaving like opportunistic parasites, rabid promoters of an unconditional, free-for-all approach to population control are escalating their campaign for the government to get “real” in this issue. Some of them, generally well from some alien powers who are now known and respected in our society, demanding results after giving whophave openly called on the government ping monetary support. to defy the Church. They are now abanThey seem to hone their skills doning civility in pushing their cause. in infusing panic and alarm by citAre they now running out of ing biased and partisan statistics, valid arguments? It seems that to numbers that are actually at best them, moral considerations are a questionable. If they have to be luxury we cannot afford anymore. believed, the world would have alAnd as if on cue, their massive ready exploded long time ago. propaganda machinery involving all sorts Fortunately, many people are of human and material resources, hard- now aware of the politics involved in ware and software, etc., seems now to this issue. Many now know there’s a be in an all-systems-go mode. sinister global plot to subvert the Even Erap, for whom I and many Church making use of the population others are praying, is joining their issue, among other things. hysterics, by practically becoming a Sorry, this is an angle we cancondom endorser. Oh, politicians! not ignore, as pieces of evidence One thing is to tolerate one’s weak- worldwide mount and point to this nesses. Another is to justify them. target. This is no paranoia. It’s getI don’t know whether they really feel ting more and now the allegedly unbearable burden of Turn to page 13 our “overpopulation,” or some pressure

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HISTORICAL NOTES

Malolos Republic

DIMENSIONS OF A VALID LIFE

BY: REV. FR. ROMAN C. SAGUN. JR.

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his is to situate Dean C. Worcester in the variety of readings that describe the Philippine-American War at the turn-of-the 20th century. Among others, there are two opposing schools of thought that shape our understanding of Philippine history. It is said that among white American authors, notably Charles

B. Elliot and William Cameron Forbes, Dean C. Worcester represents an imperialist school of historiography. Like many Americans, they did not recognize the Malolos Republic as a legitimate government. They saw the Filipino struggle against imperial expansion as merely a Tagalog “insurrection.” However, it is instructive to note that there are texts by Americans that challenged this mentality. Among them is James H. Blount’s The American Occupation of the Philippines 1898-1912 that imperial writers simply ignored if not derided. In strengthening Blount’s position, Stewart

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Creighton Miller’s Benevolent Assimilation was published by Yale University Press in 1982. In this regard, here is what Rodney J. Sullivan wrote in his book that was critical of American occupation in the Philippines. As already mentioned, the book is titled Exemplar of Americanism: The Philippine Career of Dean C. Worcester, published by the Center for South and Southeast Asian Studies, the University of Michigan. What Sullivan wrote deserves to be quoted at some length:

“This book (by Blount) sought to rebut and replace. His version brought together much mate- claimed that no promises had been made rial that challenged the domi- to Aguinaldo and that there was no de facto nant rhetoric of benevolent alliance between American and Filipino assimilation with allegations forces prior to the outbreak of the Philipthat treachery, misrepresen- pine-American War. The war, he maintation, self-delusion, brutality, tained, began with a ‘premeditated insurand incompetence were the gent attack,’ and on the American side was hallmarks of America’s colo- waged ‘with a degree of humanity hitherto nial enterprise. Details in- unprecedented,’ while the Filicluded the dishonored prom- pino troops ‘violated every rule ‘ability to command popular pine Islands and people needs ise of independence made to of civilized warfare.’ The Philip- support’ in a movement for in- a hard look by Filipino students Aguinaldo by American con- pine Republic he dismissed as dependence was suppressed. of history. sular officials and military anarchical, corrupt, and bloody.” Miller also documents numerSullivan also comments ous atrocities committed by personnel in the Far East; the brutal war waged to destroy on Miller’s Benevolent As- American soldiers against the nascent but promising similation: “Drawing on an Filipino troops and civilians First Philippine Republic af- impressive range of primary ter Aguinaldo and his forces sources, Miller maintains that as well as attempts by the War had been used as de facto there was a de facto alliance Department to suppress inforallies to contain Spain’s insu- between the American forces mation concerning them.” That there was the best of lar army; and the implacable and Aguinaldo, that American Filipino resistance to Ameri- reinforcements were able to times does not imply that to be can rule, which continued to land because Aguinaldo’s large-minded enough, we recost lives, despite regular troops were defeating the main “in historical darkness” in claims of pacification, until at Spanish army, that Americans the worst of times. Worcester’s least the end of 1906. deliberately provoked the “This was the interpreta- Philippine-American War, and “authoritative knowledge” from tion of events that Worcester that evidence of Aguinaldo’s which to learn about the Philip1234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789 1234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789 1234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789 1234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789 1234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789 1234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789 1234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789 1234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789 1234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789

ecause our biblical passage is about the rich young ruler, it is a great text for young people. And the reason we would like to speak directly to the young is that the young are Dr. PROCESO UDARBE now poised to look towards their future and decide what lifestyle they wish for themselves. But, my fellow older ones, it is never too late to search for what is vital, what is of great value. As a matter of fact, it seems that the challenge of Jesus to the young man is most pertinent also to those who have succeeded in life, those who have acquired possessions, or those who occupy positions of power and influence. While the young man in the story comes to Jesus seeking eternal life, there is no question but that he is seeking a valid life for himself now. What should he do to inherit life that has a ring of genuineness to it? There is a painting of the confrontation between the young man and Jesus. At one point, Jesus says: “Well, young man, you have kept the commandments, so you claim. Could you make Turn to page 12

TODAY’S

GOSPEL Jesus promises His disciples that He will send the gift of the Holy Spirit upon them when He returns to His Father in heaven. The Spirit makes up for the loss of the physical presence of Jesus in the world. It also serves as the basis of our lives as disciples. Without the Holy Spirit, the world will easily lure us into its ways and beliefs. But with it, we can stand firm and know that we will never be defeated as long as we live by God’s grace. —————————————————John 14:15-21 (or John 17:1-11a) f you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to be with you always, the Spirit Turn to page 12

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ko lang usbon kadtong ato nang napasabot: I was saying that Social Apostolate, without catechesis towards maturity in the faith, will become activism and can easily fall into the danger of being guided by unchristian ideologies rather than by the Gospel. Without worship and prayer, social apostolate will lose its source of strength. Catechesis, without social of God, redeemed by Christ and apostolate, will lack the power of sharing in God’s life. So liberation Christian witness and will not be frees man from hunger, disease, credible, especially in a situation of ignorance, lack of housing, inhuinjustice and poverty. Without man poverty, injustice, etc. catechesis, worship will become Sa ato pa diay, lahi ‘ning practices and ceremonies that are atong pagsabot niining duha ka devoid of their rich meaning and pulong sa iningles nga salvadominated by superstition and a tion, ug kining liberation. magical mentality. On the other Kining salavation, mao ang hand, catechesis without worship kaluwasan sa kalag ug kining will just be mere acquisition of liberation, mao ang kaluwasan knowledge, without practicing it and sa lawas. Sumala sa giingon na without the strength that worship nato dinhi, ang salvation mao brings. ang pakighiuli ug pakig-hiusa Worship, without social nato ngadto sa Dios diha sa apostolate, will turn into wor- atong pagdawat kaniya ug ship divorced from life, espe- diha sa atong pagdawat sa cially in a country like the Phil- Iyang gasa sa kaluwasan diha ippines , where there is wide- sa tagsa-tagsa nato sa spread poverty. kinabuhi. Ug kining maong Now, it is good to have a more pakighiuli sa Dios moresulta or less clear idea of salvation and kini siya diha sa atong liberation. Salvation is reconcilia- pagkagawasnon ug sa atong tion or communion with God by ac- pagsalikway sa sala ug sa cepting Him and His gift of redemp- panulay. Mientras ang liberation in one’s life. This reconciliation tion mao ang atong kaluwasan results in freedom from, and rejec- gikan sa mga butang nga tion of, sin and the devil. Libera- nagpakunhod sa dignidad sa tion is freedom from whatever, ex- tawo ug sa mga butang nga cept sin, dehumanizes or op- nagdaog-daog kaniya ug presses man, freedom from what- nakapahimo niyang makaluluoy ever, except sin, goes against dinhi sa yuta. Ang liberation Turn to page 13 man’s dignity as an image and child mao ang atong kaluwasan

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False Christ and false prophets will arise, and will show signs and wonders, in order, if possible, to lead the elect astray (Mark 13:22). ou can identify a false prophet by the fact that not all his prophecies come true. Deuteronomy 18:22 instructs us not to believe the prophet whose prophecies fail. But Deuteronomy 13:1-3 also warns us about the false prophet whose signs and wonders do come true: “If a prophet or a dreamer of dreams arises among you and gives you a sign or a wonder, and the sign or wonder comes true, concerning which he spoke to you, saying ‘Let us go after other gods (whom you have not known) and let us serve them, ‘you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams; for the LORD your God is testing you to find out if you love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.” (See also Matthew 24:4-11, 23-25; Revelation 13:11-14). Many Christians have become conditioned to think that anything relating to the miraculous automatically verifies that God is involved. God can still use signs and wonders to confirm the Word, but the Bible also warns that false Christs and prophets will arise seeking to lead believers astray with their “signs and wonders.” Satan can also perform signs and wonders, but he only does so to direct our worship away from God to himself. Deuteronomy 13:5-11 reveals the seriousness of attributing to God the activity of Satan. Persons who were involved in it were to be executed even if they were relatives. We are to love God, obey His Word, and test all signs, wonders and dreams, Isaiah wrote, “When they say to you, ‘Consult the mediums and the wizards who whisper and mutter,’ should not a people consult their God? Should they consult the dead on behalf of the living? To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because they have no dawn” (8:19,20). Lord, I affirm my commitment to know Your Word and be led by Your Spirit. I ask for discernment and wisdom to test all things.

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was told of the bribe offer; 2. Whether Neri was directed to give it priority, and 3. Whether she had ordered him to approve the deal after she was told of the bribe. -----------------------The Supreme Court is a highly respected institution of our government. It is composed of men and women admired, respected, and looked up to in the legal profession. But its decision is this – the Neri vs. the Senate committee – is fraught with questions begging for answers. Shock waves of protests are building up nationwide. Prominent men and women in the legal profession are airing their views against the majority’s decision. -----------------------For what this is worth in the Motion for Reconsideration filed by the Senate, MEDIA reported that Chief Justice Reynado Puno did not concur with the majority. Two justices did not cite their reasons why they concurred with the majority. One justice participated in the voting even if he was not yet a member of the Court when the deliberations were held. ----------------------Then from out of the blue comes this. Last April 9, 2008 in his address before the World Bank – sponsored forum on good governance, former Chief Justice Artemio Panganiban called upon his former colleagues in the Supreme Court “x xx x to reconsider their decision.” “The Constitution primarily upholds transparency and accountability. This is the rule. Any exception to the rule must be proven and secrecy is an exception.” ----------------------Since decisions of the Supreme Court form part of the law of the land, its final ruling on this issue at bar will have farreaching effects in our fight against graft and corruption, on transparency and the policy of full public disclosure of government transactions as complemented by the right of access to information of public concern in the Bill of Rights and on the constitutionally enshrined accountability of public officers. -------------------Let us wait and see whether executive privilege shall render nugatory all of the above and it shall become the law of the land.

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Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF NEGROS ORIENTAL 7th Judicial Region Branch 36 Dumaguete City BENITA CALINGACION, FAUSTA DISTRITO, ANGELITA GRAVADOR, HERMINIA C. LLESOL, TERESITA RUSIANA FLORES, SOLEDAD CALINGACION LOCARIO, INOCENCIA CALINGACION, MARIANITA C. VEÑALIS, BALTAZAR CALINGACION, RICARDO CALINGACION, RAMON CALINGACION, ANGEL CALINGACION, TOMAS APLICADOR, WILSON APLICADOR, HENRIETO APLICADOR, LYDIA APLICADOR, ROSITA APLICADOR, NILO APLICADOR, RUBEN APLICADOR, JOVITO FORTUITO, ALICIA F. EUMAGUE, JUSTINIANA F. REMOLLO, MARCELO FORTUITO, CEFERINA R. TORRES, RUFINO ARAÑAS, ANTONIO ARAÑAS, FRANCISCO ARAÑAS, BENJAMIN ARAÑAS, JAIME ARAÑAS, LOLITA ARAÑAS, OFELIA ARAÑAS, NORMA A. CABUHAY, and RUFINO ARAÑAS, JR., VIRGILIO VALENCIA, EDNA VALENCIA ESPIRITU, ANTONIETA VALENCIA CUEVAS, VICENTE VALENCIA, JR., SHERLIT VALENCIA, NELSON VALENCIA, RODOLFO VALENCIA, MERLINITO VALENCIA, ALEXANDER VALENCIA, VIVIAN V. SANGANGBAYAN and DAVID VALENCIA, Plaintiffs, CIVIL CASE NO. 2007-14055 - versus FOR: RECONVEYANCE, RECOVERY OF REAL PROPERTY AND DAMAGES RICARDO REGALADO, ADONIS REGALADO, MARTIN REGALADO, JR., ABRAHAM REGALADO, EVELYN R. PIS-AN, MILA R. SIPLON, PEDRITO REGALADO, MERCY REGALADO, MINDA REGALADO, DANTE REGALADO, ANTONIO REGALADO, GILBERT REGALADO, KATHLEEN REGALADO, CATHERINE REGALADO, HECTOR REGALADO, and CONSTANCIA REGALADO, Defendants. X--------------------------------/ AMENDED COMPLAINT PLAINTIFFS, by and through the undersigned counsel, before this Honorable Court most respectfully allege that: 1. They are of legal age, Filipinos and residence of and with postal address as herein below indicated opposite their names: a. Benita Calingacion, Fausta C. Distrito, Angelita C. Gravador, Herminia C. Llesol, Teresita Rusiana Flores, Soledad C. Locario, Inocencia Calingacion, Marianita C. Vañales, Baltazar Calingacion, Ricardo Calingacion, Concepcion Aplicador, Tomas Aplicador, Wilson Aplicador, Lydia Aplicador, Rosita Aplicador, Nilo Aplicador, Ruben Aplicador, Jovito Fortuito, Alicia F. Eumague, Justiniana F. Remollo, Marcelo Fortuito, Ceferino R. Torres, Rufino Arañas, Antonio Arañas, Francisco Arañas, Benjamin Arañas, Jaime Arañas, Lolita Arañas, Ofelia Arañas, Norma Cabuhay Rufino Arañas, Jr., Virgilio Valencia, Antonieta Valencia Cuevas, Merlinito Valencia, Alexander Valencia, Vivian V. Sangangbayan and David Valencia ———— Sibulan, Negros Oriental; b. Ramon Calingacion ————————————— Dauin Negros Oriental; c. Angel Calingacion —————————————— Cebu City; d. Henrieto Aplicador, Edna Valencia Espiritu, Vicente Valencia, Jr., Sherlit Valencia, Nelson Valencia and Rodolfo Valencia ———————————————————— Manila. 1. Defendants are likewise of legal age, Filipinos and residents of Poblacion Sibulan, Negros Oriental, where they may be served with summons and other court processes in connection with this case. 2. Felipe Calingacion was the owner, and his capital properties, of several parcels of land known as Lots Nos. 3277, 688, 661, 3342, 1037, 668, 502, 3276,and 493 all situated in Sibulan, Negros Oriental, and which parcels are more particularly described and bounded as follows: TRANSFER CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. 14025 “A parcel of land (Lot No. 3277 of the Cadastral Survey of Sibulan, Cad. Case No. 15, L.R.C. Cad. Rec. No. 358), with the building and improvements thereon, situated in the Barrio of Looc, Municipality of Sibulan, Province of Negros Oriental. Bounded on the NE., by Lot No. 3276; on the SE., by Lots Nos. 3274 & 3271; on the SW., by Lot No. 3278; and on the NW., by a road. Containing an area of Twenty Thousand Two Hundred and Ninety One (25,291) Square Meters, more or less., Declared for taxation purposes under Tax Declaration No. 99-17-009-0800 with an assessed value of P29,400.00.” TRANSFER CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. T-3841 “A parcel of land (Lot No. 688 of the Cadastral Survey of Sibulan), with the improvements thereon, situated in the Barrio of Magatas, Municipality of Sibulan. Bounded on the NE., by Road and Lot No. 689; on the SE., by Lots Nos. 690, 1836, 1837, 691 and 899; on the SW., by Lots Nos. 901, 687, 685 and 686; and on the NW., by Lots Nos. 901 and 687. Containing an area of Eighteen Thousand and Forty Four (18,044) Square Meters, more or less. Declared for taxation purposes under Tax Declaration No. 99-17-010-0064 with an assessed value of P14,040.00.” TRANSFER CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. T-3843 “A parcel of land (Lot No. 661 of the Cadastral Survey of Sibulan), with the improvements thereon, situated in the Barrio of Magatas, Municipality of Sibulan. Bounded on the NE., by Lots Nos. 660 and 663; on the SE., by Lots Nos. 665 and 666; and on the SW., and W. by the Okoy River. Containing an area of Two Thousand Eight Hundred and Seventy-Seven (2,877) Square meters, more or less. Declared for taxation purposes under Tax Declaration No. 2007-16-010-1771 with an assessed value of P1,730.00.” TRANSFER CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. T-20203 “A parcel of land (Lot No. 3342 of the Cadastral Survey of Sibulan, Cadastral Case No. 15, LRC Cad. Rec. No. 358), with the improvements thereon, situated in the Barrio of Looc, Municipality of Sibulan. Bounded on the N., by Lots Nos. 3345 & 3346; on the SE., by Road; and on the NW., by Lot No. 3343. Containing an area of Six Thousand Seven Hundred and Eighteen (6,718) Square meters, more or less. Declared for taxation purposes under Tax Declaration No. 2006-16-009-1469 with an assessed value of P5,510.00.” ORIGINAL CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. O.V. 6432 “A parcel of land (Lot No. 1037 of the Cadastral Survey of Sibulan, Cadastral Case No. 15, LRC Cad. Rec. No. 358), with the improvements thereon, situated in the Barrio of Looc, Municipality of Sibulan, Province Of Negros Oriental. Bounded on the NE., by Lot No. 1032; on the SE., by Lot No. 1038; on the SW., by Lots Nos. 1038, 1042, 1043 and 1036; and on the NW., by Lots Nos. 1036 and 1035. Containing an area of Ten Thousand Six Hundred and Twenty-Seven (10,627) Square meters, more or less. Declared for taxation purposes under Tax Declaration No. 99-17-009-0854 with an assessed value of P7,200.00.” TRANSFER CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. T-3842 “A parcel of land (Lot No. 668 of the Cadastral Survey of Sibulan), with the improvements thereon, situated in the Barrio of Magatas, Municipality of Sibulan. Bounded on the N., by Los No. 667; on the E. by Lot No. 669; on the SE., and SW., by a road; and on the NW., by Lot No. 666. Containing an area of One Thousand One Hundred and Fifty (1,150) Square meters, more or less. Declared for taxation purposes under Tax Declaration No. 2007-16-010-1772 with an assessed value of P690.00.” ORIGINAL CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. 16299 “A parcel of land (Lot No. 502 of the Cadastral Survey of Sibulan), with the improvements thereon, situated in the Poblacion, Municipality of Sibulan. Bounded on the N., by Lots Nos. 506 and 503; on the E., by Calle P. A. Paterno; on the S., by Lots Nos. 500 and 501; and on the W., by Lots Nos. 501 and 508. Containing an area of One Thousand Five Hundred and Ten (1,510) Square meters, more or less. Declared for taxation purposes under Tax Declaration No. 99-17-001-1373 with an assessed value of P25,220.00.” TRANSFER CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. T-20203 “A parcel of land (Lot No. 3276 of the Cadastral Survey of Sibulan, Cad. Case No. 15, L.R.C. Cad. Rec. No. 358), with the improvements thereon, situated in the Barrio of Looc, Municipality of Sibulan, Province of Negros Oriental. Bounded on the N., by Lot No. 1030; on the E., by Lots Nos. 1030 & 1616; on the SW., by Lot No. 3277; and on the NW., by a road. Containing an area of Sixteen Thousand Five Hundred and Thirty Two (16,532) Square Meters, more or less. Declared for taxation purposes under Tax Declaration Nos. 99-17-009-0782, 99-17-009-0788, 99-17-009-0787, 99-17-009-0786 with

an assessed value of P30,240.00, P340.00, P2,510.00 and P1,080.00, respectively.” TRANSFER CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. 16298 “A parcel of land (Lot No. 493 of the Cadastral Survey of Sibulan, Cad. Case No. 14, L.R.C. Cad. Rec. No. 357), with the improvements thereon, situated in the Barrio of Campaclan, Municipality of Sibulan, Province of Negros Oriental. Bounded on the N., by Lot No. 494; on the E., by Lots Nos. 470 & 474; on the S., by Lots Nos. 490 & 491; and on the W., by Lot No. 498 & Calle P. A. Paterno. Containing an area of Seventeen Thousand Forty Nine (17,049) Square Meters, more or less. Declared for taxation purposes under Tax Declaration No. 99-17-001-1010 with an assessed value of P31,480.00.” 3. Upon the death of Felipe Calingacion he was survived by his legitimate children, Julio, Estanislao, Valentin and Lucia, all surnamed Calingacion, who, pursuant to the law on intestate succession, inherited that above-described real properties. 4. Julio Calingacion got married to Alfonsa Basubas and they were childless. 5. After the death of Julio Calingacion his surviving spouse, Alfonsa Basubas, got married again to Pedro Regalado. 6. Estanislao Calingacion died without any issue, while Valentin and Lucia Calingacion were survived by the herein plaintiffs. 7. Defendants are the surviving heirs of the late Alfonsa Basubas and Pedro Regalado. 8. While Alfonsa Basubas was already married to Pedro Regalado she filed cadastral answers for the aforementioned lots without the knowledge and consent of the surviving children of Felipe Calingacion by alleging among others, that she is one of the surviving heirs of the late Felipe Calingacion, when in and in fact she was not. Copies of the Cadastral Answers are hereto attached as Annexes “A”, “B”, “C”, “D”, “E”, “F” and “G”. 9. Titles were issued pursuant to the above-mentioned Cadastral Answers in favor of Alfonsa Basubas, Valentin Calingacion, Estanislao Calingacion and Lucia Calingacion over Lots Nos. 3277, 688, 661, 3342, 1037, 668, 502, 3276 and 493. 10. The act of Alfonsa Basubas in filing the cadastral answers for the subject lots and in including herself as one of the surviving heirs of the late Felipe Calingacion and the consequent inclusion of her name in the titles as one of the registered owners is unwarranted. She is, therefore, deemed to hold in trust for the plaintiffs the portions of the above-described properties. 11. Defendants are in possession of the ¼ shares over the above-described parcels of lands and they have been enjoying the income thereof for quite sometime already. 12. Following the principle of reserva troncal, the above-described parcels rightfully belong to plaintiffs. Defendants are merely holding said properties in trust for the plaintiffs. 13. Plaintiffs demanded from defendants to reconvey to them the ¼ shares over the abovestated properties but notwithstanding repeated demands, defendants have failed and refused to reconvey the ¼ shares in question. 14. As a consequence of the unjustifiable refusal of defendants to reconvey the said 1/4 shares over the above-described parcels of lands, plaintiffs suffered tremendous worries, several sleepless nights, anxiety, wounded feelings and other similar injuries which defendants should be held liable to pay plaintiffs the sum of not less than P200,000.00 as moral damages. 15. In order to deter others from doing a similar act or the public good, defendants should be held liable to pay the sum of P50,000.00 as exemplary damages. 16. Plaintiff was constrained to engage the service of the undersigned counsel in order to initiate this suit to recover the ¼ shares from defendants, and they have agreed to pay the sum of P50,000.00 as attorney’s fees plus P2,000.00 appearance fee for every appearance of counsel in this case. 17. Plaintiffs have incurred initial litigation expenses in the sum of P20,000.00. PRAYER WHEREFORE, it is most respectfully prayed that judgment be rendered in favor of plaintiffs and against defendants: 1. Ordering defendants to reconvey to plaintiffs the 0ne-fourth (1/4) shares of the abovedescribed parcels of lands. 2. Directing defendants to pay, jointly and severally, to plaintiffs the following sums: 2.1 – P200,000.00 – as moral damages; 2.2 - P 50,000.00 – as exemplary damages; 2.3 - P 50,000.00 – as attorney’s fees plus P2,000.00 appearance fee for every appearance of counsel in this case. 2.4 - P 20,000.00 – as initial litigation expenses. Plaintiffs further pray for such other reliefs and remedies as are consistent with law, justice and equity. Dumaguete City, June 10, 2007. DUPIO AND DUPIO Counsel for Plaintiffs Claytown-Daro, Dumaguete City By:

(Sgd.) ARTURO M. DUPIO Dumaguete City PTR NO. 6898702 1/2/2007 IBP OR NO. 652329 12/29/2006 Roll No. 28526 Dumaguete City

VERIFICATION AND CERTIFICATION OF NON-FORUM SHOPPING

CEFERINA C. VALENCIA GRAVADOR Affiant Affiant

FAUSTA DISTRITO

ANGELITA

BENITA

Affiant

SOLEDAD C. LOCARIO Affiant

INOCENCIA CALINGACION Affiant

BALTAZAR CALINGACION CALINGACION Affiant Affiant TOMAS APLICADOR Affiant

NILO RAMOS APLICADOR

ALICIA F. EUMAGUE

CEFERINA R. TORRES

Affiant

ANTONIO ARANAS Affiant

Affiant

JAIME ARANAS Affiant

Affiant

NORMA A. CABUHAY Affiant

RAMON

Affiant WILSON APLICADOR

MARCELO FORTUITO Affiant

MARIANITA C. VEÑALIS

RICARDO CALINGACION

Affiant

FRANCISCO ARANAS

LYDIA APLICADOR Affiant

Affiant

RUBEN APLICADOR

JUSTINIANA F. REMOLLO Affiant RUFINO ARANAS Affiant BENJAMIN ARANAS Affiant

LOLITA ARANAS Affiant

OFELIA ARANAS

RUFINO ARANAS, JR. Affiant

SUBSCRIBED AND SWORN to before me this ____ day of June 2007 at the City of Dumaguete, Philippines. (Sgd.) DON ADA DUPIO Notary Public Until December 31, 2007 PTR NO. 8698701 1/2/2007 Roll No. 51430 Dumaguete City Doc. No._______: Page No._______: I: Book No. Series of 2007.

The furnished: Negrso Copy

Chronicle April 13, 20 & 27, 2008

1. Atty. Richard Enojo Dumaguete City

ANTERO JAPIN, SR. Applicant/s. x—————————————————/

N O T I C E Applicant is a grantee a Certificate of Public Convenience to operate a PUJ Dual service on the line: Bais City – Mabinay and vice versa with the use of two (2) units which said CPC was granted under case no. 07-03-1444 dated July 10, 2003. Applicant in this application requests authority to extend the validity of his CPC with the use of the same unit and to charge the rate authorized by the Board for this type of service. This application will be considered by the Regional Board on May 09, 2008 at 8:00 a.m. at its office, Kiwanis Bldg., Dumaguete City on which date applicant/s shall formally submit his/her evidence. At least ten (10) days prior on the above date applicant/s shall publish this Notice on one (1) newspaper of general circulation in Cebu/Visayas and served by registered mail, copy of the application and this Notice to all operators affected, as appearing in the attached list. Parties opposed to the granting of the application, must file their written opposition supported by documentary evidence on or before the above date furnishing a copy of the same applicant/s and if they so desire to appear on said date and time. This application shall be acted upon by the Board on the basis of its record, and the documentary evidence submitted by parties, unless the Board deem it necessary to receive additional documentary and / or oral evidence. WITNESS, the HON. ROMULO V. BERNARDES,, Regional Director, this 23rd day of April 2008. (Sgd.) ATTY. EVELYN CARMELITA G. MISAL Hearing Officer IV ATTY. JOSE DOUGLAS R. SANSON C.T.D.O. The Negros Chronicle April 27, 2008

Republic of the Philippines Department of Transportation and Communications LAND TRANSPORTATION FRANCHISING AND REGULATORY BOARD Regional Office No. 7, CEBU CITY CASE NO.: 07-08-1497 (07-03-1443) ANTERO JAPIN, SR. Applicant/s. x—————————————————/

N O T I C E Applicant is a grantee a Certificate of Public Convenience to operate a PUJ service on the line: Dumaguete City – Mabinay and vice versa with the use of one (1) unit which said CPC was granted under case no. 07-03-1443 dated July 10, 2003. Applicant in this application requests authority to extend the validity of his CPC with the use of the same unit and to charge the rate authorized by the Board for this type of service. This application will be considered by the Regional Board on May 09, 2008 at 8:00 a.m. at its office, Kiwanis Bldg., Dumaguete City on which date applicant/s shall formally submit his/her evidence. At least ten (10) days prior on the above date applicant/s shall publish this Notice on one (1) newspaper of general circulation in Cebu/Visayas and served by registered mail, copy of the application and this Notice to all operators affected, as appearing in the attached list. Parties opposed to the granting of the application, must file their written opposition supported by documentary evidence on or before the above date furnishing a copy of the same applicant/s and if they so desire to appear on said date and time. This application shall be acted upon by the Board on the basis of its record, and the documentary evidence submitted by parties, unless the Board deem it necessary to receive additional documentary and / or oral evidence. WITNESS, the HON. ROMULO V. BERNARDES,, Regional Director, this 23rd day of April 2008. (Sgd.) ATTY. EVELYN CARMELITA G. MISAL Hearing Officer IV ATTY. JOSE DOUGLAS R. SANSON C.T.D.O.

Republic of the Philippines 7th Judicial Regions REGIONAL TRIAL COURT Branch 64 City of Guihulngan, Negros Oriental SP PROC. NO. 08-06-G FOR: CORRECTION OF ENTRY IN THE MATTER OF THE CORRECTION OF ENTRY IN THE BIRTH RECORDS OF DIONESIO SADAGNOT MONTEALEGRE, THE ENTRY SEX AS MALE INSTEAD OF FEMALE; THE SPELLING OF FIRST NAME OF PETITIONER FROM “DIONESIO” INTO “DIONESA” IN THE RECORDS OF THE CITY CIVIL REGISTRAR OF GUIHULNGAN CITY, NEGROS ORIENTAL, DIONESA SADAGNOT MONTEALEGRE, Petitioner, -versusThe OFFICE OF THE CITY CIVIL REGISTRAR OF GUIHULNGAN CITY, NEGROS ORIENTAL and the NATIONAL STATISTICS OFFICE (NSO), Respondents. x——————————————————/

O R D E R

TERESITA RUSIANA FLORES

Affiant

JOVITO FORTUITO Affiant Affiant

CASE NO.: 07-08-1498 (07-03-1444)

Affiant

HERMINIA C. LLESOL CALINGACION Affiant Affiant

ROSITA APLICADOR Affiant Affiant

Republic of the Philippines Department of Transportation and Communications LAND TRANSPORTATION FRANCHISING AND REGULATORY BOARD Regional Office No. 7, CEBU CITY

The Negros Chronicle April 27, 2008

WE, BENITA CALINGACION, FAUSTA DISTRITO, ANGELITA GRAVADOR, HERMINIA C. LLESOL, TERESITA RUSIANA FLORES, SOLEDAD CALINGACION LOCARIO, INOCENCIA CALINGACION, MARIANITA C. VEÑALIS, BALTAZAR CALINGACION, RICARDO CALINGACION, RAMON CALINGACION, ANGEL CALINGACION, TOMAS APLICADOR, WILSON APLICADOR, HENRIETO APLICADOR, LYDIA APLICADOR, ROSITA APLICADOR, NILO APLICADOR, RUBEN APLICADOR, JOVITO FORTUITO, ALICIA F. EUMAGUE, JUSTINIANA F. REMOLLO, MARCELO FORTUITO, CEFERINA R. TORRES, RUFINO ARAÑAS, ANTONIO ARAÑAS, FRANCISCO ARAÑAS, BENJAMIN ARAÑAS, JAIME ARAÑAS, LOLITA ARAÑAS, OFELIA ARAÑAS, NORMA A. CABUHAY, RUFINO ARAÑAS, JR., VIRGILIO VALENCIA, EDNA VALENCIA ESPIRITU, ANTONIETA VALENCIA CUEVAS, VICENTE VALENCIA, JR., SHERLIT VALENCIA, NELSON VALENCIA, RODOLFO VALENCIA, MERLINITO VALENCIA, ALEXANDER VALENCIA, VIVIAN V. SANGANGBAYAN and DAVID VALENCIA, all of legal age, Filipinos under oath, hereby depose and say: That we are plaintiffs in the above-entitled case; That we have caused the preparation of the above-complaint; That we have read all the allegations of the foregoing complaint and they are all true and correct to the best of our own personal knowledge. That we have not commenced or initiated any other action or proceeding involving the same issues in the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals, or any other different division or thereof, or any other tribunal or agency, nor is there any such action or proceeding pending before the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals or any other tribunal or agency. That we undertake to notify this Honorable Court of any similar action or proceeding which may filed or pending before the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals or different divisions thereof or any tribunal or agency within five (5) days from knowledge of the same. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, WE have hereunto affixed our signatures below this ___th day of June 2007 at the City of Dumaguete, Philippines.

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Petitioner, through counsel, filed a verified petition for correction of entry in the birth records of Dionesa Sadagnot Montealegre appearing in her birth records in the office of the City Civil Registrar of Guihulngan, Negros Oriental, praying that after due notice, publication and hearing, the Civil Registrar concerned be ordered to correct the MALE sex entry to FEMALE and the spelling of petitioner’s first name from “DIONESIO” INTO “DIONESA”. WHEREFORE, finding the petition to be sufficient in form and substance, and in compliance with the jurisdictional requirement of publication, let this Order be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Negros Oriental once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks before the date of hearing, at the expense of the petitioner. Any interested party is hereby directed to appear on July 15, 2008 at 8:30 o’clock in the morning at the Session Hall of this Court and show cause why the petition should not be granted. SO ORDERED. April 21, 2008, Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental, Philippines. The Negros Chronicle April 27, May 4 & 11, 2008 TRINIDAD

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HEALTH IS WEALTH

Warning on – HERBAL MEDICINES

“Even (the innocuous) water when taken too much will become harmful (water toxicity).” 2 Anonymous

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pparently, there is truth to the above saying when applied to taking things indiscriminately without any control at all or without proper regulations. When medical doctors prescribe medicines, they see to it that the dose must be properly determined or regulated to be truly effective and can really cure the disease. Hence, medical authorities warn people in the indiscriminate use of herbal medicines in place of the ethically approved and prescribed pharmaceutical medicines.

Today, there are a growing number of Filipinos who are taking blindly herbal medicines. Probably, because of the rampant advertisements over the mass media (radio, T.V. magazines, etc.). However, people should realize that these herbal products are still unregulated and no one is assured of its safety and quality especially when its package has a very limited content information. Not because it is natural or herbal means it is already safe. No Sir. Herbal supplements are just supplements and they do not provide the proven therapeutic properties. Get this straight please. Medical reports warn that the long range intake of herbal medicine may bring serious damage especially to the liver and kidney functions as bared by the National Kidney Institute of the Philippines. In 2004, there were 5,900 Filipinos who underwent dialysis. These figures, as

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reports further claimed, has continually increased in the past four or more years by 10%. Herbal medicines may bring damage to one’s Kidney. This could lead to dialysis which is very expensive at 25,000 php or more a month or a Kidney transplant which averagely costs half a million pesos. Hence, herbal medicines must be studied carefully first (wait for verified and confirmed results of research) before purchasing and taking them indiscriminately. Some Kidney symptoms induced by herbal medicines include hypertension, kidney stones, urinary retention, urinary tract carcinoma, among others, as reported factually. Nowadays, a lot of people are using mostly the common dietary herbs which have been used safely for quite sometime, such as spices i.e. onions, ginger, garlic, and the

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well-known, green tea, tomatoes, grape-seed extract, honey, oils and other essential extracts from fruits and vegetables. These are all approved supplements. However, authorities are questioning the newer, exoteric-termed herbal preparations, using strange and funny sounding names. Herbal manufactures are apparently using paid charlatans who blurt all over the radio, convincing innocent and gullible people of their (so-called) “cure all” products from tumors to cancers. Can you believe these blatant claims? Preposterous! Some say this is “Faith Healing” (due to purely psychological effect) or “Fake Healing.” Well, you be the judge! In this country, when you die, whether you take herbs or not, nobody will ever question. It’s always your own choice, man. (“Democrazy?”)

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pril 30, 1978 —- Just like workers in private firms, even elected city councilors want a pay increase in an effort to meet the needs of the time. Members of the Dumaguete City Council were near unanimous in asking for increase in per diem from Php 125 to Php 200 per session. Only one registered his strong objection to the move of the near complete majority for a pay increase. Kagawad Jose Ancheta raised his main objection to the proposal during the session.

Ancheta’s cited budgetary limitations as the main reason for his opposition to any move increasing their per diems. He said that the city government could not even afford to fiancé urgent projects like the resectioning of the central market. However, Kagawad Jose Montebon countered by saying “ let us give diginity and justice to the office of the Kagawad who

performs enormous sanctioned and responsibility for sound legislation. Montebon recalled that in the now defunct Council, they were receiving a fixed amount of Php 650 and Php 300 allowance and free telephone fee monthly. Now with the high demands of the New Society, is it not fair that we receive a little more?

TWENTY YEARS AGO

City Public Market now open finally!

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ay 1, 1988 —-After four long years of waiting with four mayors administering, Building 1 of the controversial Dumaguete City public market will finally be inaugurated and open for business today. Although falling short of 30 days as promised, City Mayor Agustin Perdices feels that today’s inauguration is not only to his credit but to all those who contributed to make this long drawn project, a reality. Msgr. Angel Lagdameo, adjutor, Diocese of Dumaguete will be celebrating mass that will be attended by city officials and citizens. In sum, the building has entailed Php 8 million when finally completed by this administration. and P 30 a day. Most of the The Project Management Commitawardees are fire victims of the old tee was headed by Engr. Juanito market on the condition that they Tubongbanua. The wet market will will pay the rentals or risk losing house 268 fish, meat and poultry their rights. stalls and 49 dry goods stores. Rentals are Php 184.00 monthly

TEN YEARS AGO

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Erap’s rally was by far touted to be the biggest political gathering since the campaign period began. Pandemonium broke lose as the crowd surge forward hoping to get a good view of the popular presidential candidate. He was joined by long time showbiz pals Fernando Poe Jr

and Nora Aunor. Vice-President Estrada also claims that a lot of crooked public officials are afraid of his victory because he has vowed that there will be a mass exodus of corrupt men in Muntinlupa. Estrada’s candidates for the Senate also showed during the rally.


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gikan sa mga butang o mga structura ba hinuon nga nagpakunhod sa kalidad sa kinabuhi sa tawo isip hulagway sa Dios ug Iyahang anak, nga gitubos na ni Cristo ug nakaambit na sa kinabuhi sa Dios. Mao nga sumala sa atong definition sa social apostolate sa pagsugod pa niining atong gipaambit karon, ang liberation mao ang tumong sa atuang social apostolate. Mao nga ang social apostolate mao ang usa sa mga butang nga naglangkob niining integral evangelization nga magpahimutang unya aron nga makab-ot nato ang liberation. Karon, sumala sa atong definition sa salvation ug liberation, atong makita nga kining duha diay lahi apan suod kaayo ug duol kaayo ang ilang link. Lahi, tungod kay dinhi sa atong kinabuhi ang usa ka tawo pwedeng maluwas, o pwedeng mahiuli sa Ginoo ug mahiusa kaniya, apan nagpabilin siyang dili gawasnon sa mga butang nga nakapakunhod sa iyang dignidad isip tawo dinhi sa kalibutan ug isip anak sa Dios. Sa laing pagkasulti, ang tawo pwedeng maluwas, kay nahiusa man siya sa Dios, bisan pa ug giantos niya ang inhustisya (ang pagkawalay hustisya), o bisan pa siya nagpuyo sa kawad-on ug tumang kapait. Sa laing bahin, ang usa ka tawo pwede nga liberated siya, pananglitan karon, dato siya ug walay makadaug-daug kaniya, apan wala siya mahiuli sa Dios ug wala siya mahiusa sa Dios. Mora’g mas lami isulti sa iningles. Now, in this life, one can be saved without being liberated. A man can be saved, can be united with God, even if he suffers injustice or lives in destitution. On the other hand, someone can be lib-

erated, i. e., rich and not at all oppressed, but is not saved, not reconciled with God. Sa ato unyang apostolado sa katilingban, let us always aim for both liberation and salvation. But salvation and liberation one closely linked because integral salvation includes liberation and integral liberation includes salvation. Sa langit unya, kining duha, salvation ug liberation, usa ra. Ingon nga ang sala mao ang gamot niining tanang giantus sa tawo sa kalibutan, kining tanan nga iyang giantus, mawagtang ra unya didto sa lugar nga wala na’y sala- ang langit. Sa encyclical letter ni Papa Juan Pablo II, “Redemptoris Missio”, Nos. 58 & 59, miingon ang Santo Papa nga evangelization promotes integral human development, not so much by offering technical know-how or solutions or by contributing materially to development, but primarily, by changing the hearts and minds of people by Gospel values, by forming their conscience. Miingon siya nga “Man is the principal agent of development, not money or technology.” If men are imbued with the right values, they will surely work for development and the right “model of development.”Miingon pa siya nga “Through the Gospel message, the Church offers a force for the liberation which promotes development precisely because it leads to conversion of heart and of ways of thinking, fosters the recognition of each person’s dignity, encourages solidarity, commitment and service of one’s neighbor, and gives everyone a place in God’s plan, which is the building of his kingdom of peace and justice, beginning already in this life…” (Redemptoris Missio, 59) Five levels of Social Apostolate Ang atong apostolado ngadto sa katawhan ug sa katilingban usa ka importante kaayong tipik sa

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Ebanghelisasyon. Miingon usab kita dinhi nga ang panlantaw sa Simbahan sa Pilipinas mao nga mamahimo gyud kitang katilingban sa mga nagatoo ug sumusunod ni Cristo ug nga unta mapuy-an nato ang modelo sa Simbahan sa Pilipinas nga Simbahan sa mga kabus or Church of the Poor. Mao nga ang atong misyon mao ang integral evangelization. Ug ang mga buluhaton nga naglangkob niining gitawag natong integral evangelization mao ang catechesis, ang worship ug ang social apostolate. Sa ato pa diay, ang mga butang nga naglangkob niining integral evangelization mao ang mga pagtulon-an ug mga doctrina sa Simbahan, ang atong pagsimba, ug ang atong apostolado. Ug ato usab nga gipasabot pag-ayo dinhi nga ang atong apostolado isip main component niining integral evangelization kinahanglan nga tumanon nga dunay suod kaayong kalambigitan sa laing duha ka components, namely catechesis and worship.

Stuck with ...

(Roy)

From page 6

more apparent that dark forces are cleverly pulling strings to advance their agenda. As I’ve said so many times before, this attitude towards the population issue is stuck with the numbers. It’s what I call the technocratic syndrome, where people, especially when they are poor, are just statistics, seen mainly as consumers and wasters of resources. They see the problem in purely technical terms, detached from other considerations like the cultural, spiritual and moral. Or at best, they make the numbers the dominant factor in resolving this problem. Everything else takes a back seat. Everyone knows that numbers also play a part in any problem-solving. But when these numbers are people, then we have to be more careful and more wholistic in our approach. We cannot just see them as numbers. Who in his proper mind can say that in his family, so-and-so is unwanted and should not have been born? Even if in a moment of pique, we may think that way, we know we just cannot treat that fellow that way. Who is the bright guy who can say that we should limit our family size at two or four children each? What doctrine or dogma would be the basis for this? And to top it all, to achieve this we can use even the immoral means? We have to leave the couples to decide on the size of their families. They have to be encouraged to be generous, not parsimonious. And they have to be given the proper means and support, all moral to say the least, to attain this end. It’s amazing how some people can openly talk about following the one-child policy of China , when in fact China has admitted its mistake in that regard and has all

Food within ... (Nancy) From page 6

calcium as milk, and three times the potassium of bananas. It also is high in beta carotene, which is good for the eyes and effective against cancer, and has twice as much protein as yoghurt. A PIA report published August 19, 2007, even claims that this wonder food can help rebuild weak bones, enrich anemic blood, strengthen one’s immune system, and help control blood pressure. It can also be used to treat diabetes, skin infections, and arthritis pains. The good thing here is that this is a plant that grows anywhere, in most every kind of soil, does not require much care, and the more you harvest the leaves, the more they grow! What more can we ask for? Another miracle food available throughout the Philippines is the camote, or sweet potato. Did you know that the common camote far exceeds the nutrition and health values of rice? Rice converts to sugar in the body and adversely affects diabetic conditions, while camote is higher in nutritive value than rice and helps lower hypertension, bad cholesterol and even blood sugar when eaten as a substitute for rice. It is high in fiber and is one of the best foods we can eat to prevent cancer! Not only the root can be eaten, the leaves are delicious in many food preparations, too. And it is certainly cheaper than rice and more filling in the stomach. Again this is a crop that can be grown almost anywhere, including our backyards, in pots or empty drums, even in soilfilled empty tires. I am sure you know of many other common plants that abound in this country that can be used for food. Why do we always depend on rice? Let us use our creativity and be more aware of the many wonderfully abundant God-given food resources available around us. but lifted that wrong policy. In this, it would be good to scrutinize well the China experience. I believe we can learn precious lessons from the mistakes of others. The authorities have admitted their approach was not right and they are now correcting it. The Church is concerned with the population issue. It is never insensitive to it. It is open to all suggestions and proposals to handle this problem, as long as they are within the purview of morality and human rights and dignity. It only intervenes directly precisely when these basic requirements are trampled upon, when people are emptied of their spiritual life and diverted from their moral duties. In this regard, the Church invites and encourages all to help and to contribute in any way they can, instead of doing things that clearly would undermine our dignity as persons and children of God.

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NOTICE is hereby given that the heirs of the late Spouses BENIGNO AGUS and MAGDALENA AGUS have filed and executed an Extrajudicial Settlement of an Agricultural Property With Sale on Lot No. 2107, PLS-146 covered by OCT No. H-V 504, situated in Cambagahan, Bais City, Negros Oriental, containing an area of 91,504 sq.m. in favor to Spouses Dennis Glenn A. Tirambulo and Leslie Claire P. Tirambulo per Doc. No. 559, Page No. 17, Book No. VII, Series of 2008 of Notary Public Atty. Jose V. Carriaga.

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ORDER A verified petition having been filed by petitioner through counsel and it appearing that the same is sufficient in form and substance. Set the hearing of this case on MAY 21, 2008 at 8:30 in the morning at Session Hall of this Court, Regional Trial Court, Branch 45, Bais City, inviting any interested person to appear on said hearing and to show cause why the petition shall not be granted. Let this Order be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Negros Oriental and the Cities of Bayawan, Dumaguete, Tanjay, Bais, Guihulngan and Canlaon once a week for at least three (3) consecutive weeks before the date of hearing. Furnish copy of this Order to the Local Civil Registrar of Bindoy, Negros Oriental and to the Office of the Solicitor General with address at 134 Amorsolo St., Legaspi Village, Makati City. SO ORDERED. Bais City, Philippines, March 14, 2008. (Sgd.) ISMAEL O. BALDADO Judge The Negros Chronicle April 13, 20 & 27, 2008


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BY DEMS DEMECILLO

Operatives of the PNP and PDEA conduct the inventory of the items taken from the three drug suspects Horace Rota of Dipolog City, Rene Antique and Rose Anlap of Bayawan City. They were seized Wednesday night for selling shabu to a policeman posing as buyer. About 18 grams of the illegal substance in four sachets were recovered. Supt. Leopoldo Cabanag, Chief of Police of Dumaguete City credited Inspector Virgilio Pineda, chief of the intelligence section, for this significant development in the war against illegal drugs.

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oint elements of the Dumaguete PNP and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency arrested three persons believed to be “big time” drug pushers, Wednesday night at Barangay Looc. Police Supt. Leopoldo Cabanag, Chief of the Dumaguete PNP, identified the suspects as Horace Rota of Dipolog, Rene Antique and Turn to page 19

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olice and Army officers arrested four men who were allegedly carrying three handguns and dozens of ammunitions in Basay town. Authorities identified the suspects as Rene, Antonio, Jerry and Catalino all surnamed Bolano. Seized from the four suspects are: one .45 caliber pistol with 2 magazines and 5 Turn to page 19

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armed. They were very professional. They watched the crowd and wasted no time in idle chit-chat. They went deliberately and rapidly to their assigned respective posts. They were disbursed in a loose perimeter and did not bunch up. Their eyes were never on the President but always covering their assigned sector of the crowd. I commented on their professionalism to a Filipino dressed in civilian clothes standing near me. Turns out he was the Air Force colonel in charge of Presidential security. He had the security detail deployed in layers. Half were in uniform while a second detail was disbursed throughout the crowd dressed in civilian attire. From experience I watched and was able to identify several other members of that covert detail. I was even more impressed. I met several high ranking military officers in the crowd. Many were airborne and our common experience gave us a place to start our conversation. While all were impeccably dressed they had the air or true professionals not “parade” soldiers. President Arroyo was very gracious. She greeted many people by name and seemed very familiar with Oriental Negros and its people. Her demeanor was friendly and “real”, not “plastic” as I have seen in other politicians. All in all it was an enjoyable adventure. I man happy this puppy tagged along.

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Newly designated Commander of the 79TH Infantry Battalion Lieutenant Colonel Erwin Bernard Lim Neri assured the public that contrary to the allegations of the militant organizations, the military is implementing several projects in the hinterland barangays particularly those deemed to be influenced by communist rebels. The livelihood projects are meant to improve their lives and win them back to the government side without bloodshed. He also lashed out at the human rights group Karapatan and labeled it as a legal front of the New People’s Army which explains why it has been so critical to the presence of the military in Siaton and Sta Catalina towns.

Bizmen to grant non-wage perks

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ollowing a spirited appeal by no less than President Gloria MacapagalArroyo to businessmen to grant their employees some non-wage benefits that would ease their hardships in the face of increasing prices in food stuffs and oil, the Negros Oriental Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NOCCI) vowed to seriously consider the suggestion. Knowing that the Regional Tripartite Wage and Productivity Boards have just granted salary hikes months earlier, the President thinks that employers should

VM breaks tie in favor of admin dad

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t seldom happens that the presiding officer of the Dumaguete City Council would have the opportunity to cast his vote to break a tie between his known political allies and party mates of his previous rival Mayor Agustin Perdices. However, Vice-mayor Woodrow Maquiling surprised many observers when he cast his vote in favor of Perdices’ party mates. The issue at hand was the inflex-

(Civic clubs and organizations are welcome to submit their articles and pictures about their services and activities. It is free of charge. Deadline for submission is Wednesday. You may send by email to: elydejaresco@yahoo.com – EDITOR)

Epitome of Womanhood

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hat makes birthdays special? It is the remembrance and celebration of family and friends that makes the occasion so special. The venue and the food might add flavor to the celebration, but the best ingredient that brightens the birthday is the affection expressed by the loved ones.

One occasion I would not like to miss is Ma’am Monching’s birthday. Loved by everyone for her graciousness, she is the epitome of Filipina womanhood who has achieved the ultimate in life: a loving family and a community that acknowledges her contributions.. This year, her 89th birthday brought her family and friends, the “Lions” and the “Girls” and many others together to another celebration of her life. Success is sweeter when the family is very supportive. A very successful businesswoman and active leader in the tourism

Birthday celebrant Elsie Lee joins guests Carmen Cabrera, Jinga Paras and Lerma Martinez for a ladies chat.

member how she grew from a little baby to the successful young woman she is now!

ible position of his ally Councilor Rotelio Lumjod that the city must purchase the Turn to page 19

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Drunk soldiers face dismissal

“Nothing good in PGMA visit”

or drinking inside a military camp and indiscriminately firing their guns, two army soldiers belonging to the 302nd Brigade are in hot water and maybe dismissed from the service. The two soldiers who are currently confined to quarters are identified as Private First Class Arnold Sales, 32, married, of Tagbilaran, Bohol and SSgt. Percival Pabular, 42, married of Iloilo City. Lieutenant Colonel Erwin Bernard Lim Neri reported that Sales and Pabular held a drinking binge inside a military camp in Cabrera Farm, Siaton Turn to page 19

hat was the visit all about anyway,” asks a visibly annoyed tricycle driver. “She is just wasting time and money just to drop by in Dumaguete without any major activity accomplished except some photo ops and taking lunch,” he continued. Msgr. Gamaliel Tulabing, vicar-general of the Diocese of Dumaguete, also echoes the same sentiment. “With all the resources mobilized and money spent for her presidential visit, the people expected something but she brought Turn to page 19

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Jamie Martin, her heart is planted firmly in serving the Lord and her family, and her ministry here has blessed so many people in Dumaguete and the neighboring towns. A very pretty Italian American who is here with her husband missionary and two sons, she has blended into our Filipino culture and ways and is one of the “Girls”. Her birthday this week is celebrated with a happy intimate gathering of her family and their missionary friends. So, to the many birthday celebrants for March and April, may your birthdays be joyfilled and may blessings fill your days !

Taken during her 89th birthday, celebrant Ma’am Monching Magbanua is seated with Ruth and Margiem while the other BIRTHDAY QUOTES: “Girls” pose happily behind. industry and community work, Mrs. Elsie Lee is very much loved by her family. Every year, her children plan an intimate party to celebrate her special day and invite close families and friends to share this day with her. The family prepares special dishes that compete with the happy company of friends to liven up the affair. As a godmother, I feel as proud as the parents with the success of my godchildren. At last count, I have three CPA Birthday girl Jill poses with her mom Arly Llosa and Titas: (certified public accountants) Dina, Jovita, Fe, Lele, Luz and Tikay. godchildren. It is always a joy to be part of their birthday party. Around to join her family in And in the end, it’s not the My godchild Jill Llosa, a suc- celebrating her birthdays were years in your life that count. cessful CPA working with her mom’s friends, who enjoyed It’s the life in your years. Silliman University, celebrated the celebration as much as the – Abraham her birthday last week and I re- birthday girl. Lincoln joice with her parents when I reI thank God for my friend With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come. – William Shapespeare

You’re not forty; you’re eighteen with twenty two years of experience. Anonymous Heralded as the most modern race track in the country today, the 19-million rubberized track of the Governor Mariano Perdices Coliseum will soon be opened for public use. It will also be available when the province hosts the Philippine Olympics Visayas Elimination this coming July. The eight tracks are to be used for actual competitions while the ninth track can be used by the public with a fee.

Jeff Martin tenders an intimate birthday dinner for his wife Jamie (third on the left): seated- Jeff, Lele, celebrant Jamie, Irene, Rene, Teresa, Lou, Mary Jane, Judy, Kyle and Roger.


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made. Their reactions were monitored including those who thought the strangers paid them a compliment. These two kinds of rewards triggered activity in the area of the brain which is reward related. Compliments are powerful and amazing. We can change people’s feelings from bad to better and from better to best. We have the power to make them smile and see the world differently. Kind words can strengthen relationships. We can’t help feeling happy as we give people honest and sincere compliments. Even if others feel uncomfortable in receiving compliments, giving them a sincere praise can make a difference. If we are not used to accepting compliments, we can start by saying a simple “Thank you.” Today, countless individuals are walking down the streets of life with a problem or a heavy heart. They cannot see the flowers or hear the birds. They have been battered by storms and ugly words. Their doors are locked by bitterness and hate. The world is full of strangers. But we have a chance to unlock it and spread colors like the rainbow. Everyone deserves a compliment. If we have nothing to give like money or time, a compliment or a smile can change the world. Our God equipped us to be encouragers. Give that gift today.

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Still NO TOILET !

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uite a number of people have reacted to our column last week on the lack of toilet facilities at the Dumaguete boulevard grounds. Apparently this complaint is not new. Mostly from boulevard users and others from the business and civic sectors even ordinary folks on the street have expressed agreement to our asking the city administration to build one more toilet facility in the area. There is one though, near the press club building.

Some minority members of the city administration also believe it’s about time we have toilet facilities in the area as it is long overdue. An underground toilet facility (which is ideal as it will not obstruct the view) was even proposed a long time ago to no avail. Its either the city administration is unwilling to do this or it is not technically feasible. But wouldn’t that be a flimsy excuse? To date, the city

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I knelt to pray but not for long, I had too much to do, Must hurry off and get to work, For bills would soon be due. And so I rattled a hurried prayer, Jumped up from off my knees. My Christian duty now was done, My soul could be at ease. All through the day I had no time, To speak a word of cheer. NO TIME to speak of Christ to friends, They’d laugh at me I feared. NO TIME, NO TIME, so much to do, That was my constant cry. NO TIME to give to those in need; At last, t’was time for me to die…. And when before the Lord I came, I stood with downcast eyes, With his hands He held a book, T’was the BOOK OF LIFE. He looked into the book and said, “Your name I cannot find, I once was going to write it down

ity is a simple but very important thing in the area. If the city administration can’t even address that why should the top honcho even dream of becoming governor of the province! I would like to hear an explanation from the city mayor or at the very least the city administrator why this facility is impossible to build in the area. Have a nice day everyone!

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administration has refused to build that important facility at the boulevard and also refused to accept an offer from a civic club to build one, so I heard. It is indeed indicative of the mentality of the city administration in dealing with necessities- IT CAN’T, which is only consistent with its inability to deal with crime, drugs, traffic and many other crucial community issues.

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Catch @random Three-in-one with PGMA

Watch out for the new episodes of Catch @ random on its new airtime schedule now on Fridays at 9:30 pm and Saturdays 8:00pm at Channel 6, Fil Products Cable Television.

DTI’s Favila on Rice

A substantive interview with President Arroyo by three broadcasters namely Roy Bustillo, DYSR station manager and KBP President; Argee Cruz of ABS-CBN and Glynda Descuatan, Sky Cable Area Manager. The three-in-one was held at the Sidlakan Showroom.

QYOSKO gets a facelift Dauin displays crafts

Secretary Peter Favila of the Department of Trade and Industry explains why the government has chosen to import rice rather than produce the commercial rice supply in the country due to the environment and high cost of production.

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yosko, the premiere 24- hour restaurant and bar in Dumaguete City, has introduced its Expresso Bar and tapped into the creative minds of CARLOS & ANTIQUE ARCHITECTS for a more stylish and highly spaceefficient concept fit for a casual restaurant setting and cate!

Looking magnificently well, Third District Rep. Pryde Henry Teves joined Governor Emilio Macias II in welcoming the President during the latter’s three hour visit in Dumaguete City on the occasion of Meniong Teves birthday bash held at the convention center.

Retrofitted by Arch. Ned Carlos, principal Architect of CARLOS & ANTIQUE ARCHITECTS, Qyosko introduces a modern point of view to its dining space and cafe. Ultimately, the Qyosko makeover design’s objective is to delight Qyosko customers by enriching its dining

and coffee drinking experience through design and s pace innovations. Qyosko is open 24 hours and located along Sta. Rosa St. fronting OK Pension Hose in Dumaguete City. For inquiries, one may visit http:// carlos.antique.arch.googlepages.com.

BIR lauds Acabal performance here

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evenue District 79 Officer-in-charge Atty. Arturo Acabal received plaudits for leading his office recognized recently by the Bureau of Internal Revenue as second best in Revenue Region 12, the Bacolod district office was first place.

His revenue district exceeded its collection target for the month of March by about 16.28 percent. Based on the figures, the office managed to collect Php 82.73 million last March way above its target

collection of Php 71.147 million. It was also higher by Php 22.9 million or 38 percent for the same period last year which yielded Php 59.7 million in tax collecTurn to page 21 tion.

Atty. Arturo ACABAL Revenue District Officer

Colorful homemade crafts and products by Dauin’s cottage industry were viewed with admiration by President Arroyo and Governor Emilio Macias II on Friday during the Sidlakan inauguration.

Activities Lined Up for the National Heritage Month Celebration

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everal activities have been lined up for the celebration of the National Heritage Month in May. To be spearheaded by the Negros Oriental Child Advocacy Network (NegOrCAN), the first activity is the Collaborative Painting Competition of Myths and Legends in Negros Oriental which will be on April 25, from 8 AM to 5 PM. Each group will be provided with a tent and lunch. Governor Macias and other provincial and municipal officials will grace the affair.

The Earth Day Fun Run on April 27 which is a part of the opening salvo of the National Heritage Month celebration will start and end at the Quezon Park. It is sponsored by Foundation University (FU), Metro Dumaguete Roadrunners Club (MDRC), Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) and other government agencies. The Kabilin Fun Run will be on May 18 with Paul Tom Paras of MDRC as the main coordinator. The Kabilin Traditional Games will be on

May 30, from 1:30-5:00 PM at the Freedom Park. To be participated by adults and children, some of the games will be Kayukok, Marathon, Siatong, and Bulanbulan. Prizes of the games will be provided by the Heritage Foundation. All activities related to the celebration of the National Heritage Month will have the name NegOrCan, signifying the sponsorship of the Negros Oriental Child Advocacy Network (CAN). Thus, NegOrCan Run as the title for the FunRun and NegOrCanGames for the Games.


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Rice crisis: ...

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Republic of the Philippine REGIONAL TRIAL COURT 7th Judicial Region BRANCH 63 Bayawan City, Negros Oriental N.A.NO. 008 PETITION FOR RENEWAL OF COMMISSION AS NOTARY PUBLIC FOR BAYAWAN CITY AND THE MUNICIPALITIES OF STA. CATALINA AND BASAY, ALL IN THE PROVINCE OF NEGROS ORIENTAL FOR THE PERIOD STARTING JANUARY 1, 2008 TO DECEMBER 31, 2009 JAIME RO. MIRAFLOR, Petitioner. x————————————————————————x

NO TICE OF HEARING NOTICE

Notice is hereby given that a summary hearing on the petition for notarial commission of ATTY. JAIME RO. MIRAFLOR of Burgos Street, Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental Philippines will be held on May 2, 2008, 2007, at 8:30 in the morning, at the Session Hall of the Court along Severino “Nene” Martinez Street, Bayawan City, Negros Oriental. Any person who has any cause or reason to object to the grant of the petition may file a verified written opposition thereto received by the Executive Judge before the date of the summary hearing. April 18, 2008 at Bayawan City, Negros Oriental. The Negros Chronicle (Sgd.) RODERICK A. April 27, 2008 MAXINO Acting Executive Judge

Republic of the Philippines CITY OF BAIS BIDS AND AWARDS COMMITTEE

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Meantime, rampant “rice smuggling” has been observed through our rugged, jagged shorelines of more than 7,000 islands. Why did this administration allow this to happen? Didn’t it calculate the horrible damage that a rice – dependent nation who imports a lot of it can be afflicted with during food shortages that we are now experiencing globally? Were we purposely allowed to deteriorate into a rice import – dependent status by unseen hands? Or if we are so poor in our predictive analysis – despite the advancement of econometrics science – what shortage we will fall prey to. Fertilizer? Water? Corn? What’s next? Thirty percent of the cost of producing palay comes from fertilizer. Now the giant China which supplies 20% of inorganic fertilizer of the world recently slapped a 100% increase in tariff, making it absolutely, resoundingly expensive. RP retaliated by trying a ban on exportation of sulfuric acid and sulfur (by products of copper smelting) – which are important inputs for the manufacture of fertilizers. Ca we really win this pissing war for long against the economic giants? Where is WTO? What about water supply? com supply? Has anybody really told us what to expect next? But worse than predictive myopia, is the anemia in the response to the rice crisis by government. Everyone and his driver know by now where the P700 – million fertilizer of Mr. Jocjoc Bolante went to in the election year of 2004. Every businessman and economist know NEDA through then secretary Neri said there are many overpriced irrigation damps currently built in the country ( around P3 billion to 4 billion in overprice) and he tried to stop one in Bohol overpriced by over a billion pesos. Whoa. Now government building more of the same. Palace barker Cerge Remonde gleefully announced there will be P4 billion more spent for mega irrigation dams this year and hear this: another P3 billion will be used to rehabilitate other dams in the country. “Rehabilitate” simply means, some of the dams already overpriced – could not even function without billions of funds for rehabilitation again. This is pure injury added to injury. Are the Malinao and Bayongan dams part of these inefficient, ineffective dams build on loans to be paid by the Filipino people for generations? These days, we hear of government tactical moves to curtain the horrifying effects of a possible rice shortage. That is fine and we should all support them, if sound and good for the majority of Filipinos. But in strategic terms, we believe one can address the rice problem over the long term by addressing it both from the demand and the supply side. For instance, there are just too man mouths to feed in this country at 89 million folks – and 100 million by 2010, my goodness. the population growth rate of 2.1% (2007) though an improvement from 2.5% is still the highest in the far East. We need Government to place its heart at the movement to stop population growth. Finally, it’s really not so much of a rice shortage as it is a shortage of income, as they say. Beyond the NFA rice which is only 20% of total supply sold in the market, many cannot afford a P25 per kilo of rice everyday in their wretched lives. The knee jerk reaction of government was to increase government employee wages by 10% and asking the Regional Wage Boards to legislate salary hikes in the private sector. Banks like the Standard Charter had warned this can cause a serious “homegrown inflation spiral” (notice the shocking 6.4%inflation rate for March 2008)and can add more misery to all (especially the poor) because this will raise the prices of all other goods aside from rice. The all – time high of US$117 per barrelof oil price and the impending USA recession are no help either way Employees are ranging for over P100 a day hike in wages. But an economist – professor from the University of the Philippines had aptly warned that the overheated economy can only sustain a P25 a day hike in wages – beyond which companies can collapse – causing more unemployment. Pushing us from frying pan to the fire, good gracious. This is no longer political noise as GMA had often complained. This is one dragon of an economic problem that the Economist – President has to slay fast furiously. GMA is already short of political capital as her latest SWS acceptance rating of 26% has so eloquently stated. Adding another major malady – like a full – blown rice crisis - can threaten even her stay in the palace. Prime Minister Jaques Alexes of Haiti, remember? For Comments: email to bingo_dejaresco@yahoo.com.ph or bohol–rd@mozcom.com

INVITATION TO APPLY FOR ELIGIBILITY AND TO BID The City Government of Bais invites interested bidders to apply for eligibility and to bid for the supply and delivery of the following items, for hereunder requirements: ITEM

APPROVED BUDGET FOR THE CONTRACT (ABC)

1. PR #

282-08 – various const. & electrical materials for Maint. of Parks, Plazas and Monuments to be taken from Gen Fund. 2. PR # 283-08 - various electrical materials for Electrification of Bais City High School Cantugot Computer Room to be taken from the SEF Fund. 3. PR # 297-08 – various electrical materials for Energization of Sitio Halas, Brgy. Cambagahan to be taken from 20% Development Fund. 4. PR # 327-08 - various electrical materials for Maint. Electrification Power and Energy Structure to be taken from Gen. Fund. 5. PR # 354-08 – various electrical materials for Improvement of Lighting System along National Highway and City Proper to be taken from 20% Development Fund. 6. PR # 356-08 – various electrical materials for Sitio Lawayan Lateral Line Extension, Brgy.Cambaguio to be taken from 20% Development Fund. 7. PR # 375-08 – various electrical materials for Rehabilitation of City Hall Annex Bldg. to be taken from the Gen. Fund. — --------TOTAL

P 113,412.50

33,162.00

669,218.76

328,909.33

1,003,972.10

183,905.00

236,450.00 --------------P 2,485,712.36

============ Bids received in excess of the ABC shall be automatically rejected at bid opening. In order to qualify, bidders should conform to the eligibility criteria as prescribed under Sec.23.11 of the IRR-A of R.A. 9184. Bidding will be conducted through open competitive bidding procedures using non-discretionary “pass/fail” criteria as specified in the IRR-A of R.A. 9184. As such nonsubmission of the required documents will result in the disqualification of the bidder. All other particulars relative to the procurement process shall be govern by the Implementing Rules and Regulations of RA 9184 otherwise known as the Government Procurement Reform Act. Bid documents can be obtained upon payment of a non-refundable fee equivalent to the total amount of the ABC of the items in which interested bidders intend to bid, in accordance with the following rates: Below P50,000.00 - 0.5% but not less than P100.00 P50,000.00 but not more than P100,000.00 - 0.45% but not less than P250.00 P100,001.00 but not more than P200,000.00- 0.4% but not less than P450.00 P200,001.00 – P350,000.00 - 0.35% but not less than P800.00 P350,001.00 – P500,000.00 - 0.3% but not less than P1,225.00 P500,001.00 –P1,000,000.00 - 0.2% but not less than P1,500.00 P1,000,001.00 and above - 0.1% but not less than P2,000.00 and not more than P10,000.00 Bid documents can be obtained at the BAC Secretariat c/o Office of the City Mayor or Office of the City General Services, this city, Tel. Nos. (035) 402-3182, or 4028115, anytime during office hours; and can also be inquired for further information or particulars. The bidders shall drop their duly accomplished eligibility, technical, and financial documents each in separate sealed envelopes duly marked as such as in the bid box at the Conference Room at the Office of the City Mayor on May 2, 2008 at 1:30 P.M. at which place, date and time said envelopes shall be opened in the presence of the members of the BAC, the attending bidders, the observers, or their duly authorized representative. Late bids shall not be accepted. The City Government of Bais reserves the right to accept or reject any bid, and to annul the bidding process and reject all bids at anytime prior to contract award, without thereby incurring any liability to the affected bidder or bidders. (Sgd) CARMELINO L. MORALES (City General Services Officer) BAC Chairman The Negros Chronicle April 27, 2008

Republic of the Philippines CITY OF BAIS -o0oOffice of the Mayor LIST OF VACANT POSITION 1. CITY GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT HEAD I (City Engineer I), SG-25, Item No.339; Educational Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in Civil Eng’g. Experience: 5 years experience; Training: none required; Eligibility: RA 1080; and a resident of Bais City 2. SENIOR ACCOUNTING PROCESSOR A, SG-12, Item No. 179 & 180 Educational Requirements: Completion of 2 years in college; Experience: 2 years relevant experience; Training: 8 hours relevant training; Eligibility: CS Sub Prof. Prepared by: WONG

(Sgd) AWING T. Supervising AO (HRMO IV) APRROVED BY:

The Negros Chronicle VILLANUEVA April 27, 2008

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Bizmen ... From page 15 provide their workers with non-wage benefits like rice, canned goods, shuttle service and others. NOCCI President and Dumaguete City Councilor Manuel Sagarbarria vowed to present the proposal to his members during their meeting scheduled on May 3. He said this is a better alternative than giving employees salary increases. Some business groups including foreign chambers of commerce opposed the calls for wage hikes reasoning that

Police character ... From page 14 Limpahan was brought to the Holy Child Hospital by several concerned citizens. But the victim died a few minutes later. Six empty shells from the 9mm pistol were recovered from the crime scene. After shooting the victim, the suspects escaped towards Colon St heading to the Boulevard. Efforts are being made to establish the identity of the suspects.

the prices of oil and other basic commodities would go down next month. Such move would also make the country less attractive to foreign investments due to the rising cost of labor.

VM breaks ... From page 15 Php 2.5 million wheel payloader from Japan alone on the ground that it offers the highest quality of heavy equipment. However, Councilor Manuel Sagarbarria, who is perceived as a protégé of Mayor Agustin Perdices and Chairman of the Committee on Finance insist that the bidding should be open to all interested companies and allow the Bids and Awards Committee to determine the winning bidder. The city government is planning to purchase a reconditioned pay loader since a brand new equipment would cost some Php 8 million. When the voting was called, it resulted to a tie. Joining Lumjod were councilors Nilo Sayson, Antonio Remollo, Raul Infante and Athena Duran. However, five other councilors identified with Mayor Perdices voted against the motion of Lumjod resulting to a tie.

Republic of the Philippines PROVINCE OF NEGROS ORIENTAL City of Bais INVITATION FOR A NEGOTIATED CONTRACT JBIC loan PH-200 SECONDARY EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT AND IMPROVEMENT PROJECT SCHOOL FACILITIES DEVELOPMENT 1. The government of the Philippines (GOP) through the department of Education has received an official development Assistance (ODA) Loan from the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) towards the financing of the Secondary Education Development and Improvement Project (SEDIP) last December 28, 1999. It is intended that part of the proceeds of this loan, together with the GOP counter part funds, will be applied to eligible payment under the contract for the construction of school building in the City of Bais herein below described. Project Description One Storey, Science Laboratory Bldg

School Location Bais City NHS – Calasgaan NHS Brgy. Calasgaan, Bais City

2. Disbursement of the ODA Loan from JBIC will be subject, in all respects, to the terms and conditions of Loan Agreement PH-200. No party other than the Department of Education shall derive any rights from the Loan Agreement or have any claims to the Loans proceeds. 3. The Local Government Unit of Bais City now invites sealed bids from eligible bidders to enter into a negotiated contract, due to a failure of bidding for the second time, based on award for the Construction of School Building at Brgy. Calasgaan, Bais City, which is envisioned to be completed within sixty-five (65) calendar days. 4. The Negotiated contract will be conducted in accordance with the provisions as described in the IRR-A of RA 9184. 5. A complete set of Bidding Documents may be purchased by interested bidders upon submission of the letter of intent (LOI) and payment of non-refundable fee of Php2,000.00 of said project, from the SEDIP – NPMO, DepEd Division of Oriental Negros and the BAC Office of Bais City. The Bidding Documents shall be received personally by the bidder or his authorized representative, which will be issued on April 28, 2008 and not later than May 09, 2008. 6. Eligible Bidders must submit their Bids at the BAC Office, Bais City on or before May 27, 2008 at 1:30 PM. All Bids must be accompanied by a Bid Security in either of the following forms: cash, certified check, cashier’s check, bank draft, irrevocable letter of credit or a bank guarantee in an amount equivalent to as follows: School Project Description Bais City-Calasgaan NHS One Storey, Science Laboratory Bldg.

Bid Security Php 32,500

7. Late Bids will not be accepted. The Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC) will only be disclosed by BAC after the opening of Bids in accordance with the Instruction to Bidders. Bids will be opened in the presence of the Bidder or its authorized representatives who choose to attend the opening of bids. 8. JBIC requires all Bidders and Contractors, as well as the LGU and DepEd – SEDIP, shall observe the highest standard of ethics during the procurement and execution of contracts in pursuance of this polity, JBIC; a) will reject a proposal for award if it determines that the Bidder recommended for award has engaged in corrupt or fraudulent practices in competing for the contract in question. b) Will recognize a Contractor as eligible, for a stated period of time if it, at any time determines that the Contractor has engaged in corrupt or fraudulent practices in competing for, or in executing another contract financed in part from JBIC ODA Loans or other Japanese ODA. 9. The BAC Bais City reserves the right to accept or reject any Bid, to annul the bidding process, and to reject all Bids at any time prior to contract award, without thereby incurring any liability to the affected Bidder or Bidders. (Sgd.) CARMELINO L. MORALES BAC Chairman Telephone No. 402-8115 & 402-3182

The Negros Chronicle April 27, 2008

Drunk soldiers ... From page 15 town last April 19. The two were sent there by 302nd Brigade Commander Lt. Col. Cesar Yano based in Tanjay City to augment the troops in the town. After the incident, they were briefly detained at the local police jail and transferred to the 302nd Brigade in Camp Leon Kilat, Tanjay City. Some army officers said that the dismissal of the two is a certainty especially after Col. Yano made a statement to that effect. “The proceedings are mere formality,” quips one officer. Col. Neri hopes that the incident will not be repeated since discipline in the rank is non negotiable.

Infamous ... From page 14 dried marijuana leaves. The suspect also reportedly owned up to robbing PO1 Francisco Benarao of his service firearm which was traded with several grams of shabu in Barangay Looc, Dumaguete City. Supt. Leopoldo Cabanag, Chief of the Dumaguete City PNP has asked those who have been victimized by the suspect, who resides at San Jose Extension of this city, to file additional charges against him so that he cannot be easily released from detention at the Bajumpandan City jail.

3 ‘Big time’ ... From page 14 Rose Anlap of Bayawan City. Supt Cabanag told newsmen that Rota came to Dumaguete after a policeman who posed as a buyer managed to close a deal with him. When Rota arrived at the Dumaguete port from Dipolog City on board an Ocean Jet vessel, Anlap and Antique were on hand to meet him. When the police undercover handed the marked money worth Php 11,000 to Rota lawmen nabbed the three suspects who yielded some 18 grams of shabu in four sealed sachets. The preliminary investigation is scheduled on Tuesday, April 29 at the City Prosecutor’s Office. EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF AN AGRICULTURAL PROPERTY NOTICE is hereby given that the heirs of the late SPOUSES TOMAS CADALLO, SR. and URSULA BACO CADALLO have filed and executed an Extrajudicial Settlement of an Agricultural Property on Lot No. 986, covered by OCT No. HV-196, situated in the Municipality of Mabinay, Province of Negros Oriental, containing an area of 107,167 sq.m., per Doc. No. 163, Page No. 32, Book No. II, Series of 2007 of Notary Public Atty. Felipe R. Pareja. The Negros Chronicle April 27, May 4 & 11, 2008

Nothing good ... From page 15 nothing.” Tulabing surmised that the only reason why she was here and attend the birthday of former 3 rd District Rep Herminio Teves is to ingratiate herself to one of the most influential figures in Negros Oriental. Reminded that the President checked on the distribution of NFA rice under the faith-based scheme, Msgr. Tulabing dismissed it as a means to influence and use the Churches for her political ends. Look at how she managed to “divide and conquer” the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines? “She is fun of using the Church but I refused to be used.” Negros Orienatal Bayan Muna Secretary General Roy Danielles believed that the visit would only afford the President another venue and opportunity to lie again about the real state of the nation.

The Story ... (Jenny)

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continue the way we live, we won’t be able to live. The documentary explains that from the time we take resources to create our stuff, to producing the stuff then to the way we distribute, the way we consume and finally the manner of disposing, we are not only unsustainable but also damaging. The system is in crisis because we do not have a proper system in the first place. The video is available online at http://www.storyofstuff.com/. I would suggest watching it to get the full grasp of this important phenomenon that we are all doing. From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a fastpaced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. It exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. Hopefully it makes us think and act towards a sustainable and just world. The documentary is not meant to rebuke or to scare us but to remind us that there is an alternative way – a way where we can make use of resources that will ensure not only our survival but the next generations’. After all, to paraphrase a proverb: we do not own the land, we borrow it from our children.

Four men ...

From page 14 bullets; one 38 Caliber revolver with 31 bullets; a Caliber 22 and 2 Smith and Wesson magazines for 357 with 48 ammos. The suspects are now detained at the Basay PNP for further investigation. Meanwhile, a 45-year old farmer was shot to death by his neighbor in Barangay Basak, Guihulngan City, Thursday morning. Police identified the victim as Jesus Karakot while the suspect was Naldo Cela Rama who escaped. The victim was merely taking his meal inside his house when the suspect broke in and shot him in the head which caused Karakot to die instantly.

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Editorial Status Quo Plus... (From page 4)

intervention of President Arroyo and everybody thereafter, toed the line. This is what we call leadership. It could not have been solved in the local level because the policy makers are in Manila. This, again, is the price of a centralized form of government. Everything is cooked in imperial Manila. President Arroyo comes to Dumaguete on Friday, on condition that everything will be patched up. And indeed, it has been patched up, permanently we hope. And the winners are, the workers who finally got their jobs back; the Prudential which can now proceed with their arrastre contract; the PPA which can now proceed with port management; the Coast Guard which will guard the peace in the waterfront, and most of all, the general public because it can now have free and regulated access to the pier without fear of any further disruption, interruption, or inconvenience. It is our hope that the pier fiasco will be a thing of the past, a good learning experience and our guide for future pier expansion and development.

critical repor ting reporting

HOW MEDIA SEES IT, AND NOT OTHERS

KAMPI CHAIR RETURNS

Jing Paras appointed PNOC-EC chairman (From page 2)

Paras was said to have taken over Rafael del Pilar or Atty Melo Hus, who is said to be COMELEC chairman. The PNOC-Exploration Corporation is one of the country’s biggest corporations. It has assets no less than P15billion pesos . Notable of its asset is the Malampaya Gas and Oil Deposit , two larget oil companies in the United States. Last year it made a net profit of around P4-billion. PNOC-EC is also engaged in various oil explorations in partnership with China’s CNOOC and that of France plus other Asian companies. PNOC-EC produces coal and markets it to the NAPOCOR and various power plants and cement factories in the country. Soon it will run the business of providing natural gas fuel to big buses in Metro Manila and the countrysides. According to Paras’s political office here: “His appointment by Pres. Arroyo shows the President’s utmost confidence in Paras’ capability as a professional manager, a strong political leader and a trustworthy party mate.” “He is still a political leader to reckon with in the first district, being a close ally of now Speaker Nograles, with respectable friends like Gov. Macias, Rep Arnaiz and Vice Gov Baldado,” his PR office said.


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Justice vs. Legalism

I learned from my Masonic and Christian lessons that justice is the standard or boundary of right which enables us to render unto every man his just due without distinction and complications. Justice as a virtue is not only consistent with divine and human laws but it is the very cement and support of civil societies such as ours. Justice, in a great measure is what constitutes a true God-fearing society, so should all human endeavors be pursued without deviating from the minutest principles thereof, it being the sacred and solemn duty of every man to each other under the blessing and grace of an Almighty Father. Justice reflects the goodness of the human heart. Legalism or the RULE OF LAW on the other hand is a set of rules which have the appearance of wisdom with self imposed obedience. By the rule of law, righteousness is obtainable through the smart usage of the technicalities of law and evidence. Truth is therefore relative because it depends much on the application of a set of man-made but, of course, imperfect laws, rules and regulations. Under such principle of truth and righteousness, it is difficult, if not

impossible, to cement people into a society where they could best work and best agree. It is sad that such doctrine or culture pervades the present world and thereby keeps us from truly enjoying a blessed life. Apostle Paul even cried out saying: “Have I now become your enemy because I tell the truth?” (Galatians 4:16). Humility that emanates and radiates from a JUST HEART is unknown in the modern world. Arrogance and pride is the prevailing character. What is even worst is that people glorifies and honors the arrogant and the proud. The world today is no longer the world that was willed by its creator. Even the WORD OF GOD – the bible – is seen by many as merely a man-made law when in truth it is a LIVING, PULSATING AND LOVING WORD that is sharper than the double-bladed knife which can cut open the human heart and expose its iniquities. Within the context of the foregoing discussion, justice is not equated with the rule of law. Justice is TRUTH no matter who gets hurt and irrespective of its consequences; while RULE OF LAW is a standard of convenience and compromises

Town info ... April 17, 2008. Col JOHN S BONAFOS of the Philippine Army‘s 302nd Infantry Brigade also discussed that the thrust of the military in Negros is centered on touching base with the populace, especially those in the remote communities, and educating them about the country‘s 40-year old insurgency problem, which has slowed down our nation’s progress. He stressed that an enlightened populace can strongly resist CPP/NPA/NDF recruitment using deceptive techniques, infiltration and manipulation of the masses and various sectors of the society. Likewise, Col BONAFOS emphasized that all units under the 302nd Infantry Brigade will closely coordinate and co-

operate with other local government agencies, NGOs, POs and other groups to attain convergence of efforts in carrying out an LGU-led counterinsurgency campaign. He also emphasized that the military leadership gives primary importance to discipline of soldiers, as he described it as something that is non-negotiable. Jenny Tilos, Public Information Manager of PIA and the Association of Negros Oriental PIOs appreciated and acknowledged the massive information drive of 302nd Infantry Brigade as one of the vital tools in the government’s counter-insurgency campaign and assured that her group will be a partner to the military in the insurgency awareness effort.

BIR lauds ... Acabal who accepted the recognition in Bacolod City paid tribute to the dedication of his colleagues in revenue service as evidenced by their exemplary performance by ex-

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President GMA graces Meniong’s 88th B-Day

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that determines the TRUTH depending upon the circumstances of the dispenser of justice. Why! Oh Why! could we not live by and under the time honored code of truth and justice? Why cannot TRUTH prevail? Truth is a divine attribute and the foundation of every virtue. To be good and true is the first lesson we are taught as toddlers. Upon the character of truth we contemplate and by its dictate we endeavor to regulate our conduct. Hypocrisy and deceit are unknown; instead, by a good heart and a pleasant tongue, we join in promoting each other’s welfare, rejoining in each other’s prosperity and ever thankful that all things are by the grace of God including, and most importantly, the salvation of the Human Soul. (e-mail: jcobar@gmail.com)

Pier absorbs ... and 5. From that PPA will1 review page its contract for cargo handling services executed with Prudential considering the increased traffic conditions in the port area and additional port workers who will now be under Prudential. The public lauded this development in that normal access to and from the pier will be observed. But what is anticipated is the final resumption of cargo handling in Duamgeute city .

Celebrator and political legend Herminio G Teves is honored during his 88th birthday bash at the provincial convention center. Pres. Arroyo center led the well wishers who at the same time were briefed on Meniong’s latest biofuel craze via jatropha . Among those in the foto are Rep. George Arnaiz, Bebot Teves-Laurel, Finance Sec. Gary Teves, PGMA, Victoria and Meniong Teves. Behind them are local jatropha investors and Arnie Teves.

President graces ... From page 1 convention center where everybody wore red. Indeed they painted the town red that night. Tubataha Reef, now the 7th candidate as one of the world’s new 7 wonders, needed her promotion and presence. The President was to dive there if only to invite the whole world to Tubataha Reef, which is off the Palawan waters. In Dumaguete, Pres. Arroyo was shown a video at the nd 2 Floor plenary hall of the convention center on various projects now implemented in Tamlang Valley including jathropa and vermin culture initiated by private groups in cooperation with the province of Negros Oriental by Former Rep. Heminio Teves. Thereafter, President Arroyo witnessed the signing of an agreement for joint venture between the European Firm Global Tree Trust and the Herminio Teves Company,

Inc. on Jathropa Biofuel. Tamlang Valley which is about an hour and half travel by land from Dumaguete City and located within the boundaries of the municipalities of Valencia, Sta. Catalina, Siaton and Dauin in Southern Negros Oriental used to be a hotbed of insurgency. It covers an approximate area of 24,116.989 hectares nestled on a valley surrounded by mountainous terrains, slope and rolling hills in the Negros Oriental southern hinterlands. There are four barangays situated in the area: Barangays Talalak in Sta. Catalina; Mantiquil and Apoloy in Siaton and Dobdob in Valencia. With intensive government efforts to finally bring peace in the area, the valley is now known as the Tamlang Valley Zone of Peace. It comprises some 7,379 hectares of thick forests, 16, 266 hectares of grasslands and 471.63 hectares for cultivations. Of these large tracts of lands, the forests have been preserved, protected and maintained. Proposed for land use in-

clude 8, 579.91 hectares for rubber and agroforestry; 2,316.91 hectares for reforestation; 3,122.93 for surghom plantation. Of these, 300 hectares have been tilled for multi-cropping for jathropa and cassava. A Korean investment firm Biogreen already invested in the plantation site. A cassava food processing an jathropa plant facilities have been constructed at the site. Former 3rd District Rep. Herminio Teves spearheaded massive planting of jathropa for biofuels to expand to some 17,000 hectares through a lease agreement involving P 5 million with the DENR. The province of Negros Oriental has been at the forefront in complementing government efforts for energy supply sufficiency for the country particularly in the field of geothermal and biofuels (alternative fuel from jathropa and ethanol from sugarcane) where the province is rich in these resources.

Pictorial Highlights . . .

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ceeding their target collection. BIR Revenue District 79 based in Dumaguete City covers 31 cities and municipalities of Negros Oriental and Siquijor provinces.

BAIS FIRST FAMILY of Mayor Tata Villanueva with PGMA and children Edu and Karen and their aunt. Behind is Gov Macias.

Rep Henry Pryde Teves introduces to Pres Arroyo his investors to the province which include the executives of the joint venture parties of the European Firm Global Tree Trust and the Korean firm called Biogreen.


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