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VOL. 35

No. 46

Dumaguete

City,

Philippines,

Sunday

APRIL 26, 2009

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here will most likely be a major split between Mayor Agustin Perdices’ administration team and the Sagarbarria-Rommel Erames tandem in the city-mayoralty lineup for the 2010 elections because Gov. Macias and Rep. Arnaiz did not consider Perdices for vice governor.

As this developed, Gov. Macias, 75, still claiming he’s still healthy enough for another term, is choosing either BM Mariant Escano Villegas, 59, for vice governor, or, Bayawan Mayor German Sarana, 62, who recently underwent and recovered from a heart by-pass surgery. Perdices at 74, is then acceptable as vice governor of VG Petit Baldao who is running for governor. Baldado has been preparing for this top post after he claims, Macias promised him the governorship after one term. It ended with Macias denying making such promise, thus Baldado kept his word in running for the top capitol turf. ome 27 foreign and Philippine dance companies will perform Macias was earlier grooming Outreach Concerts in Negros Oriental as important compo- his son BM Erwin Macias for the nents of Dance Xchange, the 1st NCCA International Dance Fes- vice governorship, but apparently, tival which the province is hosting on April 28-May 1, 2009. BM Mariant Villegas has always been surpassing Erwin’s votes esFestival Manager Board Member be held in Amlan, Santa Catalina, pecially in Dumaguete. Mariant E. Villegas, Chair of the SP Valencia and Bais City on April What is significant is that with Committee on Tourism, Culture and the 28; Siaton, Zambaonguita and Arts, said the Outreach Concerts will Turn to page 19

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Perdices out from the Macias alliance, the Maquiling-Ablong tandem is welcoming the city mayor to their fold knowing that Perdices will bring a lot of barangay captains with him. This could also mean that it will be a possible reconciliation between ex-Mayor Ipe Remollo and Perdices if Tuting decides to join the Remollo camp. Ex-Mayor Felipe Remollo who is an all-time favorite for a mayoral come back can always step-in anytime but with due respect to old agreements with political alliances. Remollo wants younger brother Jopert, a lawyer and LTO regional top man, to be vice mayor. But many say, it’s too early for Jopert who might as well start as a councilor. Old-timer Esmena also wants to retire as vice mayor, but the political air seems cloudy for him. His plan B is to let his son Junior to run under the Macias camp.

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Church silently backs Disgruntled Road cementings cripple city traffic Woody-William team? rumor monger s the dominant Catholic Church lending an un-seen yet silent- moral support to their two favorite lay leaders Woody Maquiling and William Ablong? Very possible, based on the clergy’s body language. Vice Mayor now for City Mayor Woodrow “Woody” Maquiling, is the consistent comment on political allileader of the masa-religious ances as a matter of policy group called Samaria and said Bishiop John Du. But the lay ministers of the Dio- church insiders also would cese of Dumaguete. Ablong, not deny that there was a belongs to a family of priests clergy meeting weeks ago, and religious, who is a top which possibly considered man in the Couples for Christ giving a “whispering camgovernance, which could paign” support for Maquiling easily run to five thousand and Ablong who are very strong Church lay leaders and couples in the city. But the Church is offi- supporters. cially silent and would not Turn to page 2

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he Dumaguete Press Club is appealing to the good sense of an apparently disgruntled media fan or practitioner in Dumaguete who has been spreading poison text messages trying in vain, to destroy the good name of the Dumaguete Press Club even as such person claims not to be a member of the press club in

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There are a number of massive road cementing projects now going on such as this in Route 7, and all over the city. Thanks to this administration ending 2010. Surely, they have left a lasting legacy of an all-concrete road city.

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


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“Hand to Hand” crime combat needs no new city office

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ouncilors Chiquiting Sagarbarria and Rommel Erames are in favor of adopting an aggressive no-nonsense policy against crime. They call it “hand-to-hand combat” against criminal elements in the City. It is an all-out offensive, a departure from the present defensive type of dealing with crime and animals. The tandem has suggested to Police Chief Cabanag to create an eightman PNP team whose members are imbued with idealism, know-how, industry and “balls” to oversee a network of intelligence and information gathering down to the Barangay level, using the Tanods and Barangay Intel-

ligence Network for the purpose. Although Sagar and Rommel do not object to the appointment of Col. Nicolas Noble as Community Affairs Officer IV, they believe that Col. Noble should go slow in pushing for the organization of an auxiliary police and the creation of the so-called Pub-

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fficials of the militant group Karapatan and the Promotion of Church People’s Response or PCPR are asked to produce credible witnesses to substantiate their allegations that soldiers belonging to the 79th Infantry Battalion were responsible for the disappearance and deaths of two farmers from Nagbinlod, Sta. Catalina. Commission on Human Human Rights has given memRights Special Investigator bers of the PCPR led by Joseph Jesus Canete will archive the Lagorra until May 9 to provide case after Karapatan’s spokes- material witnesses and eviperson Vimarie Arcilla and other dences to support the same alofficials failed to appear before legations they made against the him to provide concrete evi- Philippine Army. Should they dence to support their allega- fail, Saycon warns that his comtions that the Philippine Army mittee will dismiss the charges. was responsible for the slaying Both Karapatan and PCPR of farmers Ronel Raging and allege that soldiers belonging Julito Quirante. to the 79th Infantry Battalion On the other hand, Provin- were the ones who abducted cial Board Member Melimore and killed Raging and Quirante. Saycon, Chair of the Commit- Their remains were unearthed Turn to page 19 tee on Peace and Order and

A Disgruntled media fan, rumor - monger

If this person is not or does not want to be a member of the Dumageute Press Club, then we appeal to the person’s sense of sanity to back off from the pack and leave the press club in peace. Rather than take pains in sending SAGARBARRIA ERAMES poison text messages to people who only know lic Safety and Civil Defense salaries, equipment, training too well the track record of the Dumaguete Office, considering that the of inexperienced personnel Press Club during the last l9 years since its continuing appropriation for Turn to page 18-B inception. BY DEMS REY T. DEMECILLO

Mentors told: Give report cards now

nformed that a number of public school teachers have refused to sign the clearances of a number of their students for failing to settle their financial obligations during school year 2008-2009, Negros Oriental Schools Division Supt. Dr. Milagros Velez ordered the concerned teachers to clear them and release the students’ report cards. Velez reminded her subor- children are out of school. Deped officials are now dinates that this is an inopportune time to deny the students conducting family mapping in different towns and cities detheir report cards because they to determine the exact would fail to enroll for school signed number of out of school chilyear 2009-2010 this June. The dren and their identities so they Department of Education reck- can be encouraged to enroll this ons that about 15-35 percent of June.

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The sad fact is that this person does not come out in the open even if we can smell from the tracks that the person is a disgruntled news fan. We appeal to the person’s sense of professionalism to respect the rights of others to get organized. If this person does not want to be a member of the press club, the least he or she can do is keep quiet and stop sending false and poison texts because the track record of the press club

fficials of the Department of Labor and Employment and the Tripartite Industrial Peace Council chaired by Governor Emilio Macias II are sponsoring a job fair and medical mission during the May 1 celebration of the International Labor Day.

The twin activities will be held at the Dumaguete City Hall Quadrangle from 8:00 o’clock in the morning until 5:00 o’clock in the afternoon. About ten recruitment agencies will join the job fair and those attending are instructed to bring their resumes and certificates of employment.

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Meanwhile, the Committee on Labor of the Provincial Board chaired by Board Member Melimore Saycon turned over a check of P 100,000 to the Department of Labor represented by Mr. Kenrick Villaluz to finance the annual activities of Labor Day.

R7 2nd highest in drugs rate conviction

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Meanwhile, the Capitol-backed city team Manuel Chikiting Sagarbarria and Atty. Rommel Erames appear unfazed by what they called “an imaginary threat” knowing that the Church will never dictate whom to vote in any election as a matter of policy by the CBCP, except the INK which both claim are with them. But what used to be a strong city administration team is now split, with Mayor Perdices, the city strongman, being eased out by the Capitol-backed team of Gov. Macias and Rep. Arnaiz. Capitol is to choose between BM Mariant Villegas or Bayawan Mayor Gerry Sarana who is still regaining his strength after a heart by-pass operation. Sarana even said, he now wants to retire and take it easy. This issue is how many barangay captains can Perdices bring along with him to the Maquiling-Ablong side who is welcoming the mayor with open arms. It could also mean the reconciliation between exMayor Ipe Remollo and Mayor Perdices,

BY ELY P. DEJARESCO

Dumaguete.

TOP OF THE WEEK

ith the National Power Corporation increasing the generation charge from P 2.9901 per kilowatt hour to P3.9085 per kilowatt hour, member-consumers of the Negros Oriental Electric Cooperative 2 or NORECO 2 should expect higher electric bills beginning this month. Stephen Salgado, Mem- P 5.7291 for irrigation/water bership Division Chief bares systems and P 6.2025 for high the new increased rates per kilo- voltage. NORECO 2 has 89,313 watt hour as follows: P 6.8159/ from Pamplona kwhr for residential; P 6.4645 for subscribers town to Basay consuming a tocommercial, P 6.9895 for indus- tal of 174,186,547.9 trial; P 6.9443 for public build- kilowatthours from January to ings, P 6.4748 for street lights; December in 2008.

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HOW MEDIA SEES IT, AND NOT OTHERS

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an act which many describe as a would-be political miracle. But Remollo apparently holds the purse for his LP partymates. Remollo is surely the bagman of Mar Roxas whose national headquarters claim, can double the stake of any presidentiable. Roxas belongs to the wealthy Araneta clan of Cubao. Sagar-Erames team for the city could also carry Manny Villar-Noli de Castro presidential team. This mighty national tandem combines both purse and popularity. It is a victory maker team, people say.

entral Visayas has the second highest conviction rate among all other regions in the entire country with 62 percent, while the National Capital Region has the most number of dismissed illegal drugs cases with conviction rate of only 20 percent. At present, however, some observers note that the pace of the resolution of drugs cases has significantly slowed down compared at the time when it was almost a weekly affair for Judge Cresencio Tan Jr. who was then presiding over the Drugs Turn to page 17

The Board of Directors, officers and some members of the Dumaguete Press Club yesterday met in an emergency meeting at the Press Club Building in order to streamline relationships, protocol and ethics among working journalists in Dumaguete. In foto are: Alex Pal, Ely Dejaresco, Judy Flores Partlow, Maricar Aranas, Indira Requiron, Roy Bustillo, Florence Baesa, Syril Repe and Glynda Descuatan.

and its members can speak for itself. We appeal to this person to please stop this rumor mongering because we believe that the person knows who are the circulators of false text messages are. We want to inform the public that everything is well within the DUMAGUETE PRESS CLUB, in fact, only recently, Mayor Perdices released P100T for the press club building fund in order to build ten concrete giant jackstones which will serve as a wave breaker. This is the first of its kind of wave breaker in this locality. We invite you to see this novel piece of wave breaker now at the press club building. Press Secretary Cerge Remonde is being invited and, is in fact, waiting for the appropriate time to come and induct the new 2009 officers of the Press Club. The officers are now performing their respective duties and held its second board meeting only last week. So what is this rumor monger talking about?


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he initial picture of major political realignments for the 2010 local and presidential elections are getting into shape although last minute changes can even overhaul what is today’s political scenario. So what is today’s political scenario:

and let his son Junior run as councilor under Dodo Macias. On the other hand, the SagarRommel tandem claims, they have the vendors. They are allied with Dodo Macias now, therefore, Sagar and Rommel will obviously not be with Perdices. That is why Sagar and Rommel look like they are frowning on the Noble anti-crime czar plan of Perdices. You can read between the lines of their statements.

It will be a Dodo-Mariant Villegas or Jerry Sarana Tandem as against a Petit Baldado-Tuting Perdices tandem. What is crucial for victory is where the greatest fund giver will come We also have the Umbac and cousin from. George Arnaiz is reportedly with the Dodo tandem. Is he with GMA or tandem, a member of one big family clan who so far has one councilor with NPC or both? them. We will not be surprised if there Perdices is hurt. What has he done will be more relatives in their line up. against Dodo that Dodo will not take him as vice governor? That is a quesBut remember, nationally, we have tion Dodo has to answer him, not the a Villar-Noli tandem, this is big money people. Petit Baldado who is the and huge popularity combined. No present vice governor who hails from admin candidate can joke with that. Manjuyod has the support of the Paras Then we have the other and Limkaichong camps in the north. Presidentiables like Loren Legarda, While, in the third district, Petit has Mar Roxas, Ping Lacson, Teodoro, the support of Meniong Teves. That is Binay, Bayani and youngest Chiz a mighty might. Escudero, Erap too. They all have the moneybag. If each of them have their As of today, Dodo seems confident ready billions, then you can imagine that with Arnaiz, who is a GMA man, how many mayors and governors will might get the nod of the iron lady in just run, if only to get a chunk of the Manila although GMA will no longer presidential funding. be running. Dodo is confident that he can win even without Meniong and Well, if you have a weak heart and Limkaichong. Dodo is an NPC of Danding Cojuangco, and so is George. a thin face, better not join this dirty But why is George with GMA when he game where money spells victory, not just one’s winnability. How we wish a is with NPC? Aha, ask him that. dream-team for the City will run, if only In the City, if the Church backs up to show to the people that there are a Maquiling-Ablong tandem, then the better qualified candidates even withSagar-Rommel tandem will not find it out money but who can offer this city a easy. Apparently, the Maquiling- better deal. All this dream team has Ablong camp appears to be strong, un- to do is offer its services, present their tarnished, and with a strong moral platforms and qualifications, and if the force in this very academic community. people will choose them, well and good Maquiling has the masa and Samaria for the city. group while Ablong has the religious, If the people won’t choose them, it’s Couples for Christ and academic community. Sagar has the business com- OK, they will just go back gladly to munity, while Rommel has the tricycle their businesses and professions. After all, this dream-team do not need drivers. Ipe Remollo, former city mayor the position. They are just sincere and wants brother Jopert for vice mayor concerned citizens who love to serve and so does Frank Esmena who if not and give the people a better brand of taken, will go back to private practice public service, period.

Supreme Court directive is causing a stir among practicing lawyers all over the country. I am referring to Bar Matter 2012, approved by the Supreme Court last February 10, 2009. The Supreme Court has directed that starting July, all court-practicing lawyers—the litigators—shall render mandatory legal aid to the poor, free of charge.

The directive mandates that lawyers must provide at least sixty hours per year(five hours a month) of litigation assistance. Failure to render such service would result in dire consequences like suspension from the practice of law. The voice of the gods at mount olympus have been met with opposition from practicing lawyers. Some have said this is a form of legalized slavery. Involuntary servitude, say others. On my part, I have a different take on this. My personal view is that being a lawyer, it is part of our system to assist those who cannot afford. We should balance things out between the poor and the rich, in terms of access to the courts. True, there is justice for the rich, and justice for the the poor. But we should not be stopped from working towards having equal justice for all, whether rich or poor. So fundamentally, I do not oppose the directive of the Supreme Court. Perhaps, there can be some modifications here and there, as the directive seems to be shockingly radical to many. Anyway, a lawyerMAY SAGA friend, May SagaAguilar, has written a piece giving her reason why she is against Bar Matter 2012. She is the former May Saga, fellow-announcer of DYEM-FM, and active student leader during our school days at Silliman. She presently litigates in Cebu, after years of corporate lawyering in Manila. She published her piece in her Facebook account. She permitted me to re-publish. Here it is: WITH ALL DUE RESPECT. I am in trial practice not for the money, but for the love of litigation, because if truth be told, there is no money in pure trial practice. I worked for Aboitiz and Company, Inc. for five years, then for SGV and Co., Inc. for almost two years. During those years, I was receiving salary higher than those of most people my age. Turn to page 16

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Dumaguete was my home for four years since the time I enrolled in Silliman University’s masscom program in 1994. In these years, I had known three dorms and a parsonage –all inside the campus – as my abode. Thus, “traffic” was a foreign concept to me. I even had no need to step into a tricycle to get to my classrooms. They were all a stone’s throw away from my habitat’s doorway. I owe to Silliman University my education, leadership, strength of heart, passion, and also my social graces. So, I made it certain that one of these days, I would have a chance to show my husband and kids the charm of Dumaguete and that of

Silliman. So, right before the holy week, we grabbed the airline’s promotional fares and headed our ways to Dumaguete. The visit was my husband’s second, and the first for my kids – aged 7 and 4. It’s a three-day vacation. The first on the itinerary, of course, was a tour of the Silliman campus. I didn’t know we had to show Silliman IDs to get inside. But of course, I’m not a reporter for nothing so I know how to make my way in. There are some structures that are new to me. For one is the Portal West. I should not also forget those artistic sculptures around Luce Auditorium that provided a bit of entertainment to my Turn to page 13

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f you are a smoker, you are not only killing yourself but the rest of those who are near you. They can be your co-workers, passengers, clients, or even your loved ones. Research shows that expo- asthma attacks in children. sure to second hand smoke also Secondhand smoke is also known called involuntary smoking or pas- as environmental tobacco smoke which sive smoking increases risk in adult is the combination of sidestream smoke lung cancer. or the smoke coming from the end of the A summary of medical news burning tobacco and the smoke which story as reported by MSNBC re- is exhaled by the smoker. veals that there are 900,000 If you are sitting right next to men and 380,000 women world- a person who does this, you can wide who are diagnose with either leave the place peacefully or lung cancer due to smoking tell the person politely that his cigaeach year. It also increases the rette is killing you. risk of cervical cancer, kidney, You might get a varied kind of reliver and stomach cancer. Re- sponses, from a simple nod or violent searchers said that passive reactions. smoking increases the risk by You are exposed to second hand 50% . smoke in restaurants, public places, Other sources revealed that cars, workplaces or even right inside secondhand smoke may increase your own home. Your very loved one the risk of breast cancer, nasal sinus or protector , or the same person who cavity cancer, Leukemia, lymphoma, is worried for you to get sick is the one brain tumors in children, and na- giving you this deadly killer. sopharyngeal cancer in adults. There are many people who Secondhand smoke causes dismiss this fact as a crap. But heart disease in adults and secondhand smoke can be measudden infant death syndrome sured by testing indoor air. An in (SIDS), ear infection and Turn to page 14

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My Mistake

• With a SEAL Detachment at Diego Garcia Navel Base, just a few miles away, what took the SEAL team so long to get on site? • Why did it take four days to solve a problem that should have been solved in four hours? • Why, when Captain Philips leaped into the ocean and was separated from his kidnappers, did the Navy not eliminate the pirates, boat and all? Something was wrong with the media story. To find the truth, I contacted a SEAL Detachment Commander I know in Virginia Beach. SEAL teams are trained to solve situations like the pirate kidnapping of Captain Philips. For some unanswerable reason, President Obama would not authorize the

deployment of a SEAL team even though the OSC (On Site Commander) specifically recommended and requested that option. After 36 hours of repeated request, President Obama finally relented and authorized the SEAL Team deployment. He restricted them by saying he wanted a “peaceful negotiated solution” and the team was not to do anything unless the hostages life was in “extreme danger.” This vague ROE (Rule of Engagement) in effect tied the hands of the SEAL Team. They could do nothing to effect the rescue of Captain Philips. When Captain Philips jumped into the sea and tried to swim to safety, the SEAL team had the kidnappers in their sights. Because the President had

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Footsteps and Fingerprints

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“Last March 1, 2009, my bag was stolen from our car at the church’s parking lot while Mom and I were hearing mass that evening. My bag had all my cards, my planner, my ipod, wallet, some cosmetics and other items in it. Then on March 4 a stranger called my cellphone and identified himself as Roy Ante, from Batangas. Some people had found my bag, reported it to Antonio Casas, the councilor in that area. Roy was helping his kumpare Tony contact all the victims. Apparently several bags had been dumped by the thieves after they had victimized many different churches from our parish in Sta Rosa to a church in

Nueva Ecija. I was requested to get my bag from Tony Casas in Batangas City. So Sunday, March 15, I let my brother Bryan accompany me, and together with our driver Kuya Bernard, we went to pick up my bag. I began to realize that I wasn’t as prepared as I thought I was when Bryan asked me if I had confirmed if this Mr. Casas was actually a councilor. I began to be nervous. When we arrived and met with Roy and Tony, they had my ID and ipod with them. I found it really strange that the thieves hadn’t taken my ipod … so of course, my nervousness increased. We followed their jeep to go to the house Turn to page 7

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OBITUARIES Rene Pinero, 54 Just after she availed of the early-retirement incentive of Philippipne National Bank where she worked for 30 years, bank executive Rene AngPinero, 54 succumbed to the big C leaving a legacy among her peers and family, as that lighthearted jolly pretty lady of Atty. Rolly Pinero, who is the Regional Trial Court Branch 31 clerk of court. Rene Pinero, active church leader of the First Baptist Church in Piapi was born in Oct 16, 1954, she died last April l8 at the St. Lukes Medical Center. Her remains was laid to rest yesterday at the Dumaguete Memorial Park. She is survived by husband Rolly, children Edison, Raymund, BPI operations officer; Roderick, a CPA and accounting professor at Silliman U and youngest Reicha, a senior UP student of tourism.

Steve Gervacio, 58 Born: Sept. 1, 1950 – Dumaguete City Died: April 19, 2009 @ 9:00 p.m. Age: 58 Course: BS Management Cum Laude Silliman University Profession: Businessman BCBP Member, He is a religious man Formerly a Protestant

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where my bag was. Then suddenly the jeep stopped and picked up another man in sando and shorts … with a huge bolo sticking out from under his shirt!! We started to get scared. As we continued in convoy, the jeep turned down a very small street, only one car wide, and we started to go deeper into the barrio. I called my mom and described to her where we were, just in case. Finally we came to the end of the street and had to walk to the pinakadulo na house, at the end of a farm. It turned out that the farmer had found the bags at the edge of the land he was working on. It seems the robbers were driving along the Star tollway and had just tossed the bags from their car onto the bank of the tollway. When the farmer brought out my bag, Councilor Casas and Roy asked me to inspect my things. Everything was complete except for my money, which really wasn’t much, about P30 in coins. I never really carry around much money with me; that must have really frustrated the thieves! I wanted to do something good for them. It so happened that Bryan had some cans of baby’s milk (he has a baby daughter) in the car, and seeing that the farmer and his wife had a small baby, I knew they needed milk. The farmer and his wife were very hesitant to accept the milk, but we insisted and they did eventually. But the coun-

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crease our population, because with less people, then more resources can one have. What a brilliant nonsense! Later on, sophisticated philosophical and even theological and moral rationalizations were cleverly formulated to undergird the disturbing phenomenon. With this anomalous thinking prevailing in many centers of influence, the slippery slope to abortion and other moral aberrations started to take place. This is how Pope John Paul II analyzed the situation in his encyclical Veritatis splendor that tried to overhaul the current sad state of moral theology: “Today, it seems necessary to reflect on the whole of the

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Church’s moral teaching…It is no longer a matter of limited and occasional dissent, but of an overall and systematic calling into question of traditional moral doctrine, on the basis of certain anthropological and ethical presuppositions.” (4) The Pope then identified some troubling trends: - rejection of traditional doctrine regarding the natural law, and the universality and the permanent validity of its precepts; - currents of thought that detach human freedom from its essential and constitutive relationship to truth. Freedom is made to be selfcreated and self-defining; - the questioning of the capacity of the Church Magisterium to intervene in matters of morality, limiting it only to ‘exhorting consciences’ and ‘proposing values’ while allowing the individual to decide on his case independently; etc. It’s thinking like this that has produced the reasoning that the conjugal act is not necessarily meant for procreation. It may be resorted only for its recreational, not procreational purpose. It’s just an act. It doesn’t have to affect our nature and dignity. Morality has no connection to the kind of person we are. Pope John Paul II in Veritatis splendor explains that people are detaching freedom from the nature of the body, leaving man in a divided and fractured form, his spiritual component separated from his material and bodily dimension, with no way for the two to become a single living entity. Many people nowadays do not anymore know how to properly determine and assess the morality of their actions. For them, morality is just a matter of what is merely practical, popular, and in some bizarre cases, what gives money. This is the reasoning, sad to say, of many public officials. I have asked some mayors why they were coming out with laws and decrees that clearly are not pro-life, and their usual answer is: “Don’t take it seriously, Father. We are there just for the money.” Unbelievable! I know that there are many NGOs heavily funded by foreign sources that stop at nothing to push the family planning and population control agenda. Even the Churchapproved natural family planning efforts are not exempted from this contamination. Thus, the global pro-life struggle is still very alive!

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he two disciples recounted what had taken place on the way and how he was made known to them in the breaking of the bread. While they were still speaking about this, he stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.” But they were startled and terrified and thought that they were seeing a ghost. Then he said to them, “Why are you troubled? And why do questions arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me and see, because a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you can see I have.” And as he said this, he showed them his hands and feet. While they were still incredulous for joy and were amazed, he asked them, “Have you anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of baked fish; he took it and ate it in front of them. He said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything about me in the law of Moses and in the prophets and psalms must be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures. And he said to them, “Thus it is written that the Messiah would suffer and rise from the dead on the third day and that

ON DISCERNING THE WILL OF GOD “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good, acceptable and perfect.” – Romans 12:2

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ome years ago, something Dr. PROCESO UDARBE horrible happened in Chicago in the USA which quite disturbed the whole world, particularly the Philippines. A man crept into a dormitory for Filipino nurses, and by a cruel strategy, systematically killed them one by one. Only one who hid under her bed survived to tell the gruesome story. On the arm of the murdered had been tattooed the words: “Born to raise hell.” Our Christian claim is there is no such one who “is born to raise hell.” As Catherine Marshall has put it, “When God drops an acacia seed to the ground, he intends for it to become an acacia tree.”

repentance, for the forgiveness of sins, would be preached in his name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. --------------------Jesus appeared to his disciples and others in various different settings and ways. This was probably to give greater credence to the resurrection; the more and varied the appearance, the harder it will be to discredit. Doubts will always assail us if we follow the path of discipleship. The devil will not leave us alone as he hates to see someone following Jesus. We are in a battle that will consume our entire lives, so we had better be ready for a battle. Let us pray for the grace to live the life God calls us to and call others to it as well.

But our point is there is no such one, “born to raise hell.” As someone has put it, “nothing walks with aimless feet.” There are two personalities in the Bible whose claim is most amazing. Jeremiah says about God’s call to him as a prophet: The Word of the Lord came to me, saying: Before I formed you in your mother’s womb, I (already) knew you; before you were born, I (already) set you apart to be a prophet to the nations Read the Epistle to the Galatians (Chapter 3) in which Paul tells of a similar call to him – that when he was still in his mother’s womb God had already called him to be an apostle to the nations. I believe we can make such a claim for ourselves by hindsight. And what Paul says in Romans 12:2 is the way it works: “Be transformed by the renewal of your mind that you may prove in practice that the will of God for you is good.” (To be continued)

FRIENDS AS BROTHERS t age thirteen, I was required to take metal shop in junior high school. I shall never forget one particular project. The teacher asked us to make a metal box from a sheet of metal. It could only be eight inches square. After we were finished, the shop teacher had the entire class line up with box in hand in front of his desk.

He then took each box in turn from us as we moved through the line, looked at it, graded it, and handed it back. My box had some problems. Though the right length (eight inches square), solder had clumped in a couple of corners, and the sides didn’t fully align. Still, it looked acceptable, if less than perfect. When the teacher saw my box, he took one look at it, threw it into the trash, and wrote an F in his grade book. To a young teenager, in front of his peers, that was devastating. From that point onward, I never thought I could make anything, or work with my hands. Years later, at age twentyeight, I bought an old house. The 1234567890123456789012345678901212345 1234567890123456789012345678901212345 1234567890123456789012345678901212345 1234567890123456789012345678901212345 1234567890123456789012345678901212345 1234567890123456789012345678901212345 1234567890123456789012345678901212345 1234567890123456789012345678901212345 1234567890123456789012345678901212345 1234567890123456789012345678901212345 1234567890123456789012345678901212345 he official title of House Bill 5043 is AN ACT PROVIDING FOR A NATIONAL POLICY ON REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH, RESPONSIBLE PARENTHOOD AND POPULATION DEVELOPMENT, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES, The short title is “Reproductive Health and Popu- FR. GAMMY TULABING JCD, VG lation Development Act of 2008.” In Sec. 3 b) we read, Reproductive health… is principally about health and rights,” and in Sec. 3 c) “Gender equality and women empowerment are central elements of reproductive health and population development.” It is clear that the health of women and their participation in the attainment of this health is central to the concern of this bill. It is with this purpose in mind that Sec. 10 provides: “Hormonal contraceptives, intra-uterine devices (IUD), injectables and other allied reproductive health products and supplies shall be considered under the category of essential medicines and supplies which shall form part of the National Drug Formulary and the same shall be included in the regular purchase of essential medicines and supplies of all national and local hospitals and other government health units.” Sec. 11 further provides “That the full range of family planning methods, both natural and modern shall be promoted.” For people to have the “freedom of informed choice” which must be fully guaranteed by the State (Sec. 3 f), people must be told the harmful effects of contraceptives. I am quite sure that when people are surveyed regarding the acceptability of contraceptives pills and other drugs and devices, they are not informed of the ill effects of these contraceptives. I am confident also that they will express a different opinion once they know of the bill effects of these contraceptives. I will not go into details and, since I am not a medical doctor, I will content myself with citing an authoritative and widely used book on this matter. I take as my source A Consumer’s Guide to the Pill and other Drugs (3rd edition, 2000) by John Wilks, the Director of the Drug Information Centre of Western Sydney. He has held positions as a researcher investigator involved in a variety of projects linked both with the University of Sydney and pharmaceutical manufacturers. In one summary Wilks gives about

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place was basically uninhabitable, but my wife and I knew we could make it charming. Unfortunately, we didn’t have enough money to finish fixing the place up and I was forced to do many things myself. I can still remember friends coming into that house to admire my work. “You’re doing a good job, Jim. Keep at it.” As my friends sincerely admired what I was doing, my whole perspective on myself as an incompetent builder changed. Now I realized that I could work with my hands. Friendships are like that. Once we have friends as part of our lives, we are no longer the same.

HISTORICAL NOTES

Worcester in the Philippines

he wonders of the internet give the opportunity to connect and interact with the rest of the world. In response to my inquiry about Dean C. Worcester Papers, the Archivo Historico Nacional of Madrid, Spain responded on December 16, 2008. BY: REV. FR. ROMAN C. The head of the referSAGUN. JR. ence department, Esperanza Adrados Villar emailed: “Estimado Señor: En los proximos dias saldran al correo las reproducciones solicitadas de la referencia: ULTRAMAR, 5288, exp. 39, en esta occasion libre de cargos.” Two days after, Esperanza Adrados Villar sent by post copies of the permission for Dean C. Worcester to engage in scientific explorations in the Philippines. As good as her word, the parcel arrived free of charge, gratis et amore. However, the legal property rights of the Archives in Madrid over the documents do not allow at this time to get them published. The product of Worcester’s scientific endeavors was the book titled “The Philippine Islands and Their People” (1898). In part, the thick volume reads: “An interest in the study of birds, as well as a desire to aid in the exploration of a little-known country, led three of (Dr. Joseph B. Steere’s) former students to join his expedition. “We arrived at Manila in September, 1887, and during the next eleven months visited (among others, Palawan, Mindanao, Panay, Negros, Siquijor, and Cebu). The expedition was unofficial. We were regarded with more or less suspicion by Spanish authorities, and on more than one occasion were seriously interfered with. “A year after our return (to the United States) we were making vigorous efforts to find ways and means for a second and more extended visit to the Philippines … We sailed in July 1890, intending to remain in the islands two years.” Permission by royal decree had been granted to Worcester’s party only on August 5, 1890. The contributor of this space has yet to see the specimens Dean C. Worcester collected in the Islands. They are supposed to be in the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C. and Bentley Historical Turn to page 10 Library of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

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restricted them, they could not fire. The pirates recaptured the Captain. Later, when they tried to provide supplies to the pirates, the pirates fired on the Zodiac (inflatable rubber boat). The pirates were fully exposed and could have been eliminated at that time. The SEAL

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HEALTH IS WEALTH DEPRESSION A Chemical Imbalance Leading to suicide

(Mercado)

“Untreated depression can be as much a killer as cancer.” – Fr. Andrew Page (A victim) or decades, a vast majority of our people always have the belief that depression is just a part of passing sadness in life. However, the research finding of depression points to the fact that it involves changes in brain chemicals (neurotransmitters). Hence, an uncontrolled and untreated depression could seriously devastate even the brightest individuals who suddenly commit suicide. In fact, I know of two (2) bright seminarians, three (3) clergies, a Bishop from Pakistan and even psychiatrists abroad who were severely depressed and even committed suicide. This shows that no matter how religious and bright a person is, he is still vulnerable to severe depression which leads to suicide.

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It pays to know depression as a serious illness so that we can identify, prevent its occurrence, and know what to do when it hits you. Depression is a common psychological condition characterized by sadness, gloom, dejection, and despondency which may lead to suicide if not timely intervened.

• Feel worthless, guilty, helpless, or hopeless (despondency) • Have trouble sleeping or sleep too much • Loss appetite or may over-eat (a cover-up) • Feel tired, weakened, and has low energy • Feel restless, anxious, and irritable • Poor concentration, forgetful, or unable to make a decision • Loss interest in sex • Think or talk about death (Any three of the above criteria means serious depression.) Plus, other physical

SIGNS OF DEPRESSION: People suffering from depression usually feel unhappy and lose interest in their work and hobbies, or in normal activities they used to enjoy. They also:

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the adverse effects on the pill on the health of women, he states: *The risk of breast cancer for young women is 200%-480% higher than for non-pill users. *The risk of cervical cancer for women aged less than 20 years is 280% greater; for women aged 20-24 years is 70% greater, and for women aged 25-29 years is 40% greater when compared to non-users. *The risk of DVT (deep venous thrombosis) from third generation progestagen versions of the pill is 600%-900% higher compared to non-users of the pill. Regarding DEPOPROVERA, Wilks reports that “As was the case with the pill, young women are the most ‘at risk’ group, notably in the areas of increased susceptibility to breast cancer.’ Also: “New Research is reaffirming that DMPA causes significant bone demineralization, notably in the lumbar area.” And, “Heavy bleeding, weight gain, depression, hair loss and headaches are the most frequent side effects”. Wilks reports on the harmful effects of NORPLANT: “…the rods are difficult to remove, weight gain and mood disturbances are significant, and menstrual irregularities are so extensive as to cause unacceptable levels of emotional, physical and marital distress.” Other health problems: visual impairment, severe headaches, ulnar nerve damage, and vomiting…” Those to whom these contraceptive drugs or devices will be given have a right to know these adverse consequences of what they are being given. They have a right to know what is being put inside their bodies. Further, they should be

117. Negros Occidental alone had 13. Himamalayan, for example, is a “city of only three barangays.” The total soared to 131 in June 2007. “Few perform as ‘engines of growth.’” When the court order came down, politicians had lined up 27 more towns to become cities, via Exemption Expressway. A city shingle can provide safety nets for fading political family dynasties. But windfalls for the 16 came by dipping unasked into pockets of other cities. Puerto Princesa’s IRA inched up by only P1.7 million instead of P146.7 million. “Since 1998, Cotabato City suffered a loss of P63 million because of the unabated creation of even undeserving cities,” the mayor griped in a Mindanao Cross ad. Shell cities “strained national government’s ability to finance these units,” World and Asian Development Banks warned as early as 2000. “The small size of LGUs prevent them from generating their own revenues.” Few bothered to listen. Congress watered down criteria it set. Local officials itched for status and key to the IRA larder. President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo obliged by allowing bills to lapse into law— without her signature. An avoidable mess spiraled into an inevitable muddle. “Painting over city sign boards is the least of their worries,” Sun Star daily said. “It’s the “R” word that terrifies them: “R”for refund. Must the 16 pay back what they drained from the IRA pool?” Carcar in Cebu will lose P120 million. “What do we do now?” wailed no-longer Bogo City mayor Celestino Martinez Jr. The once-again town mayors of Baybay in Leyte, Bayugan in Agusan del Sur and Naga in Cebu also mumble this jeremiad.

told that all of the aforementioned drugs and devices, plus the RU-486 and the IUD prevent the implantation of the fertilized ovum. Let them know that what has already been formed in the mother’s womb as an individual is prevented and killed by these drugs and devices. For a Filipino,it is a serious matter to terminate “ang isang buhay na nabuo na” ( a life that has only been formed) even abstracting from the question of whether that “nabuo” is already a human person or not. Given these adverse effects of the pill, Norplant and DepoProvera, should such modern methods of birth control be numbered among the list of essential medicines as the present HB 5043 wishes to provide? What kind of essential medicines are these? Should not prospective users of these drugs and devices be told, “The use of these drugs and devices is dangerous to your health,” as the government does with cigarettes?

“Revisit IRA redistribution” That’s the League of Cities’ call. Indeed, the IRA system is “horrendously complicated”, writes former Finance Undersceretary Milwilda Guevera. “(It is also ) grossly inequitable.” IRAs are national government grants. They’re not “begging bowls” for LGUs. They’re supposed to budge local officials into crafting sturdy tax structures. It hasn’t worked out that way. IRAs are blank checks without performance criteria. Officials are not held to account. Slabs from this defacto pork barrel go for junkets, honoraria, extra hires, fiestas, etc. A pittance is allocated for “unmet basic human needs.” Nine mothers die daily from pregnancy-related causes. Nutrition is given short shrift although 28 out of every 100 kids suffer from chronic hunger. Health care, safe water, sanitation rank low in disbursement whims. The Philippines and 182 other countries pledged to achieve, by 2015, Millennium Development Goals for health, education, poverty, among others. But “MDGs” elicit blank stares from most local officials, oblivious of the irony, they

could do most for the neediest. . “Local governments have become more dependent on grants,” Ms Guevara notes. “IRA accounts for about 64% of their total revenues compared to 39% before devolution. “There are no clear rules and no transparency in how (IRAs) are disbursed,” she adds. “Lack of an “efficient transfer system” insulates LGU officials from bearing costs of under-utilizing their taxing powers.” National Tax Research Center found that IRAs “tend to flow heavily to more developed regions like Regions 3 and 4, plus Metro Manila.” World Bank’s “Development Report” makes the same point. The system locks resources into theoretical “equal lots” regardless of actual need. The result is a paradox: IRA withers as an equalizer, Ms Guevarra observed. The system instead spawns “perverse incentives for LGUs to convert into cities to receive additional IRA.” “Cities are changing the social fabric and culture of nations,” Asian Development Bank notes. “It has the elements of unpredictability and chaos” – and opportunity, given statesmanship. (E-mail: juanlmercado@gmail.com ).

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While the agricultural and industrial cultures have not, as a tool of economic development, satisfactorily and adequately lifted the greater number of our people from the dungeon of drudgery and toil, it is about time that Dumaguete’s reason for its being be polished, expanded, cultivated and advanced to the limits of its global importance starting with a focus on improving the public school systems through RESEARCH OF ADVANCING INDIGENOUS RESOURCES and TRAINING PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS in specific specialized fields. In my previous article I spelled out the modus operandi by which this is to be accomplished and it is important to emphasize the necessity of a visionary City Leadership with full legislative support that are ready, willing and able to involve the key-organizations and individuals outside of the government structure in the pursuit of a mission of placing Dumaguete City in its proper place in the global arena of development. It is likewise significant to underscore that the provincial lead-

ership is equally indispensable and in this regard I entertain no doubt that the energetic and altruistic political principles of Congressman George Arnaiz and Governor Dodo Macias would make the aforesaid vision and mission doable and sustainable for the years and decades to come. The other component of the NEW POLITICS that is about to take form in the City of Dumaguete is the culture of voluntarism amongst our people. Understandably of course, voluntarism is a natural, logical and spontaneous consequence of a credible and free-thinking leadership as it serves a catalyst that fuels the engine of economic development that is founded on KNOWLEDGE and LEARNING. Such voluntarism has been recently demonstrated last April 24, 2009 in a medical mission that was conducted by the A R N A I Z - M A C I A S SAGARBARRIA POLITICAL TEAM in tandem with the Pru-

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dential Customs and Brokerage Services Inc. (PCBSI) and the Barangay Government of Looc, Dumaguete City. We acknowledge the unselfish services of the following: DR. DIAMOND ARCO (Internal Medicine), DR. VIRGILIO DE GUZMAN (General Cancer Surgery), DRA. LEAH VENDILLO, (Diabetes Specialist), DR. NOEL DE JESUS (Internal Medicine), DR. VIVIENA G. NERVEZ (NOPH), DR. ANTONIO REMOTO (NOPH) DRA. AIDELINE E. SISON (SUMCFI), MS. LOVELY R. VILLAS (RN), MS. ASTRA GODES (Volunteer), MS. JOANIE MARIE VILAS (Volunteer) NENENG CASTRO (Medical Secretary) and the Philippine Red Cross. We take off our hats in salutation of these individuals who were just willing to serve even under uncomfortable conditions of a burning summer heat and humidity. I am sure such display of voluntarism will Turn to page 19

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In the Negros Chronicle of April 5, 2009, at the bottom of page two, there was an item about the Annual Meeting of the General Assembly of NORECO 2, held on Sunday, March 29, 2009 in Basay, Negros Oriental. My inquiry had to do with the item “ADDITONAL ONE (1) YEAR TO THE BOD’S 2-YEAR TERM-GA RES. NO. 03/08” in the minutes of the previous Annual Meeting of the General Assembly held on March 30, 2008 in Sta. Catalina. I wanted clarification of the figures (1) and (2) in the resolution. I was astounded and taken aback by the vigorous reaction of the creation of the Board of Directors of NORECO 2, what was called a “CoPresiding Officer” in the “meeting.” After he had delivered a lot of words, he ruled me “out of order.” “Out of order” for asking for some clarification? Was the “order” for the meeting the running of a high speed railroad? Why railroad? Would the clarification have started to open up a can of worms? Had clarifications been made, these questions would not have come to mind. Is that what the writer considers as being “outvoted and outmaneuvered on the floor?” A pity. I concluded with my belief that there was something to hide about the “ADDITIONAL ONE (1) YEAR…” item and when I had the chance, I looked carefully at the minutes and guess what I found in that item-something to hide? Upon further “listening around” I also found some “reasons” for the need to have the “additional year.” Are those a lot of “somethings” to hide? Find out for yourselves, for no press release will ever let that out. As written, the press release made it appear as if Mr. Utzurrum was a “sympathizer” and “ally” of Atty. Obar. Let me make clear that I am neither a “sympathizer” nor an “ally” of Atty. Obar in what the release called the “Reform NORECO 2,” whatever that is, or any other entity. However, I do feel sorry for Atty. Obar for the

treatment he got in the hands of the “Co-Presiding Officer.” The “Co-Presiding Officer” very skillfully set about to establish and nail down, an indisputable fact that the Report in the booklet distributed to all of the members who attended the Annual Meeting of the General Assembly of NORECO 2 held at Basay, Negros Oriental on Sunday, March 29, 2009, was the genuine, true and only report signed by the Chairman and General Manager, and transmitted and submitted to the General Assembly of NORECO 2, was read, understood and APPROVED by them. Although there was a lot of speechifying, the gist was, “You admit that you read and understood the report so there is no more need to read the report and the report is approved.” Now let us see anyone try to upset such an overwhelming mandate. In the proceedings “Co-Presiding Officer” managed to condescendingly lecture me on the concept of democracy, in gist, thus. “Mr.——in a democracy the majority rules, and you, Mr.——, you are only one.” It is true that I am only one (1). Pity the hundreds of unwary innocents at the meeting, who heard and probably think that the deformed definition of democracy is correct. I met Manager Taclob after the meeting and asked him why no questions were allowed, which would have given him the opportunity to explain to the members the reasons for the tremendous loss. To be exact, that is from a PROFIT of 908, 575 Pesos in 2007, to a LOSS in 2008 of 42, 700, 186 Pesos or a total of 43, 608, 761 Pesos. Manager Taclob invited me to visit him at his office where I could ask him my questions. I hope to be able to take him up on that invitation, and maybe make some arrangements so that our conversation can be made available to our members. I am sure that he has all of the facts and can very adequately convey these to the members through our conversation. Thank You. Manuel Utzurrum, Jr. Noreco 2-member


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kids. New they may be, I still felt that sense of home inside the campus. It felt different, however, when we were walking around the streets outside the university. There are so many things new, I was no longer sure I know the place. There are new structures sprouting on every corner. Old houses have been transformed into cozy restaurants or convenient stores. There are much, much more foreigners than they used to be ten years ago that the streets remained busy even when the students had gone home for the summer. It made me wonder, how is Dumaguete’s security now that it has become busier? Gladly though, we met no trouble at all in those three days. The statues of the St. Paul sisters and the reclaimed area where the edifice of Dumaguete Press Clubs stands are a few of the new things at the Rizal Boulevard. But to my heart’s delight, it’s still the place I know. The sound of clear waters smashing on the seawall and the scent of the beautiful bay remain familiar. And that is the kind of familiarity that makes me feel at home.

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dividual who has been exposed to secondhand smoke if

tested can reveal the level of cotinine( a nicotine byproduct inside the body) in the blood, saliva or urine or body fluids. There are 4,000 chemicals found in secondhand tobacco smoke and 250 are known to be harmful. Fifty of these can cause cancer. These notorious chemicals are identified as arsenic which is a heavy metal toxin, chromium, a metallic element, cadmium, a metal used in bat-

teries, beryllium, a toxic metal, benzene, a chemical which is found in gasoline, ethylene oxide a chemical used to sterilize medical devices, vinyl chloride, a toxic substance used in plastics manufacture, nickel, another metallic element and plolonium-210 a chemical element that gives off radiation. The International Agency for Reasearch on Cancer, the U.S Envvironmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. National Toxicology Program (NTP) have classified secondhand smoke as a known human carcinogen or cancer – causing agent. It is sad that others are caught in the crossfire of smoking.

TREATMENT: • Seek early professional help before it’s too late (psychiatrists can judiciously prescribe effective antidepressant pills to stabilize the impaired mood. Plus counseling sessions to prevent recurrence. • May need hospitalization for severe causes. • Other sources of help. Don’t bottle-up but verbalize and confide your inner feelings (problems) to a levelheaded person like a close friend, family members, and mature neighbor. • Talk to your counselor, a priest, minister who may be trained in crisis intervention.

ted later that he and his wife had quarrel over a failed financial investment of the latter. He had assured her, however, that they can cope with the financial loss saying “Mama, we all come from a poor family, so we know how to deal with these things.” He consoled her. Reaching his house at 10:30 that fateful Wednesday morning, accompanied by a housemaid he found his wife in a pool of blood in the bathroom. He rushed her to the nearby New Era General Hospital in his Mitsubishi Pajero. At 8:30 in the evening of the following day she died. Comes now the police intrigued by the following: Ted Failon did not report the incident to them; this was done by the management of the hospital. The housemaids cleaned the bathroom of blood, the driver cleaned likewise the Pajero of blood. Pamela Arteche, sister of the victim, gave an interview

And this one is likewise very unfortunate. The police is trying very hard to get into the bottom of things, ended up being perceived by the sensationhungry public as aggravating the tragedy. Can the general public be blamed for its perception? The entire household members are now suspected of being criminals themselves! This is an insensitive and inhuman handling of the case in total disregard of the grief and sufferings of the members of the household. For his part Ted Failon did not help any in mitigating the effects of this highly-charged situation. On the contrary he claimed that “he and members of his household were being treated unfairly by the police in their investigation.” The daily Philippine Star reported: “Failon was mocked and teased by policemen while undergoing gunpowder tests while some of the maids were harassed with lewd remarks.” The grieving Failon ac-

cused the police investigators of getting back at him for his commentaries against police abuses. “Kung gusto nyong bawian ako sa mga balita at komentaryo ko sa DzMM, ako na lang. Kung maari ako na lang at huwag idamay nyo sila Pamela. (Pamela Arteche is Mrs. Failon’s sister who was present when the latter wrote her letter of apology to her husband.) It is, we repeat, very unfortunate that a new complexion is factored into the investigation. The situation involved a great deal of human sensitivity. Normal people being caught in the web of abnormal situations and circumstances; the police doing its level best to make do with what they have what with some evidence being wiped out; the griev

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3. BEACH LOT Situated at Dauin, Negros Oriental, containing an area of 7,081 square meters. - Negotiable Price: PhP 15.5M. - Only one signatory to the deed of sale LOT-D

4. LOT NO. 6805, Situated at Opao, Seit Siaton, Negros Oriental, containing an area of 22,432 square meters - Price: PhP60.00 per square meter. Elevated property with scenic view of Tambobo Bay where the Yachts can be seen being docked. Just a road away from the river - Clean title. With proper documents. ——————————------—— Contact: 0918-929-6047.

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1. Commercial Lot Location: Looc Area 194 sq.m. K-10 Clean title P6 M negotiable 2. House & Lot Location: Bantayan Area 1,852sq.m. K-11 6 bedrooms, garage, lawn huge sala, kitchen fence P10M negotiable Clean title

HOUSE & LOT FOR SALE 200 sq.m. P1M Mango Avenue Piapi, Dumaguete City

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L A ZI PRIME LLOT OT FOR SALE (Kong) • l,500 square meters, clean title, • Fronting the Siquijor State College Lazi Campus • Along the national highway • Walking distance from the Church,and and the Lazi Municipal Hall • Lot’s back portion is overlooking the mountains of Maria and onwards • Lot is very consducive to business like an internet café, ideal site for dormitory, restaurants and residences,

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Area: 160 sqmtrs. Location: Casa Alicia Subd., Candau-ay, Dgte. City Price: P2.5M Description: 3 bedrooms, garage, lawn, with good neighbors.

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Solon’s Amlan medical mission

Mandatory Legal Aid... From Page 4 But I was unhappy because I was not allowed to litigate. So I gave up my handsome pay, and in the next few years, I would wonder if my decision was right. Being in trial practice has not been financially easy. I pay for the rental of my own office. I pay for the salary and other benefits of my four staff. I pay for overhead expenses like electricity and telephone bills. My office spends non-revenue time preparing my clients’ monthly Statements of Account, and non-revenue time making follow ups for payment. And then we are lucky if we get paid 70% of our billings for the month. It is very common for clients to ask me to give them “discounts” on their bills. It is even more common for prospective clients to ask me for a reduction of my proposed fees prior to engagement. Honestly, considering that I have three children to support, I am amazed that I have lasted eight years on my own. If you ask me if I have become rich in those eight years, the answer is no, and my passbooks will attest to that. I have not been able to buy a house, and I have not been able to buy a new car. I still drive the same second hand car I acquired six years ago. People think that all lawyers are rich. They are sorely mistaken. The rich lawyers are the ones who work for big companies. Or those who work for big law firms. Or those who are engaged in tax consultancy. Or those who are into real property deals. The true-blue pure trial lawyers who practice on their own literally live on a day-to-day basis.

Hundreds of residents benefited from yet another medical mission brought this time in Silab, Amlan on April 19 by Second District Rep. George Arnaiz. A grateful Amlan Mayor Bentham Dela Cruz said that the beneficiaries come not only from Silab but also from other neighboring villages.

What fees does a trial lawyer expect from a case, and I mean the usual, normal case? Acceptance and appearance fees. Usually, time charges or hourly fees are absorbed by the acceptance fee – yes, you guessed it right – upon request of the prospective client. Contingent fee is usually done away with. Most cases simply do not give the lawyer enough basis to ask for this fee. The acceptance fee is paid at the inception of the case. The appearance fees are paid as the case progresses. In other words, after the case is filed in court, the trial lawyer cannot expect any more income from the case other than appearance fees.

espite being bothered by persistent reports of presence of armed men in the hinterlands of Amlan, Mayor Bentham Dela Cruz expressed confidence that the military will continue to patrol the town’s remote villages to keep the suspected rebels at bay. The local chief executive is concerned Local officials admit that the armed that the presence of these rebels will harm men believed to be members Turn toofpage 19 the unthe tourism development prospects of derground New People’s Army have been Amlan, which hosts four waterfalls in using the villages of Catagbacan and Silab Cantalina and Hanti anon.

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aving built farm to market roads and poured livelihood projects in the hinterland barangays, Bais City Mayor Hector “Tata” Villanueva turned his sights of ensuring food security among coastal communities through sea ranching in Barangay Okiot, North Bais Bay on April 21.

Barangay Olympia hosted the first sea sure food security and teach the fishermen ranch designed to produce lukot, balat, the value of cultivating and producing fishlambay, kinhason, danggit, nukos, etc. ery resources. The initial results have been encouraging. Villanueva instructed Aqua Technolo Villanueva explains that the aim is to enTurn to page 19

Halad goes to Pamplona

How many new cases does an average trial lawyer file in a month? Or to put it bluntly, how many new cases in a month can he afford to file or handle effectively? There are exceptional trial lawyers who seem to have no problem attracting new clients. But unfortunately, there are even more trial lawyers who are not as lucky, and the only reason they continue to do litigation work is because of their love for it. And here is the irony. While trial lawyers are not really earning that well, they are expected to look like they are. They must be well-dressed. They must at least drive a car. Having a house of their own is a plus. A trial lawyer who does not exhibit the form required will be thought of as unsuccessful and probably not good in trial practice. He will therefore attract less clients, and will therefore have less income, making him even more unable to comply with the form. And the evil cycle goes on and on. And now trial lawyers are required to render 60 hours of FREE legal services a year. If the trial lawyer is normally paid P2,000.00 per hour, that is P120,000.00 lost income in one year, on top of the non-revenue hours spent on billings, administrative work, MCLErelated activities, or simply doing nothing because there is no case to handle. And if the trial lawyer earns an average net income of, say, P50,000.00 a month, or P600,000.00 a year, the amount lost to free legal services is about 20% of the his annual income. I personally believe this is too stiff. This is punishing lawyers for being trial lawyers. This is tantamount to murder of the trial practice. When I passed the bar examinations, and when I took my oath as a lawyer, I did not swear to render FREE legal services. Indeed, it is not the obligation of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines as a group, or of the lawyers in their personal capacities, to provide FREE legal services. This is the obligation of the Government. Why shift the burden on the trial lawyers? Lawyers and lawyer groups have been rendering free legal services on their own. This is being done out of generosity, not out of obligation. This act deserves commendation and reward. I am disheartened that the thought of punishment even came into the picture. Why does the rendering of free legal services have to be mandatory? Why should anyone be punished for not doing something that is not his obligation in the first place? Is it not more in keeping with justice and reason to ENCOURAGE lawyers to render free legal services, rather than to PUNISH them if they fail to do so? Why don’t we have a program which will give lawyers CREDIT POINTS for rendering free legal services, credit points which they can use to their benefit? For instance, a lawyer who renders 10 free legal assistance hours in one year will be entitled to P100.00 discount on his annual IBP membership dues. Or, he can convert it into a coupon which he can use like money to pay for products and services purchased from selected stores and establishments.

Government medical workers participate in Friday’s Halad sa Katawhan in Pamplona along with personnel of other national and local agencies including the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police. Halad sa Katawhan, now on its 7th year, was created under the Office of the Presidential Assistant for Central Visayas headed by PA Felix Guanzon.

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I am sure there are one million ways of encouraging lawyers to render FREE legal services. But I am also very sure that making it mandatory is not one of them. Yes, they will comply, because they are lawyers and they have been wired to obey. But deep in their hearts they will feel that they have been shortchanged and subjected to injustice. And if justice is what we are all fighting for, then this is probably the biggest irony that the legal profession will create in this generation.

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the CIVIC circle BY LELE MARTINEZ

BY DEMS DEMECILLO NEIL RIO

(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)

April 26: A Day To Remember cjomartinez@yahoo.com

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Legal practitioners point out that some cases of illegal drugs were dismissed on technicalities and lapses in the observance of the Standard Operating Procedure by law enforcers who should know better. In the case of Mark Solon (right of photo), Bayawan Presiding RTC Judge Roderick Maxino (left of photo) had no recourse but to dismiss the charge against Solon after it was learned that his arrest on Dec. 11, 2006 for allegedly in possession and control of some 17 grams of shabu and 4 kilos of marijuana was illegally carried out. Solon was arrested before he was searched, was not informed of the crime he supposedly committed and was not represented by a counsel of his choice during custodial investigation.

R7 2nd highest ... From page 2 Court prior to his appointment as Supreme Court’s Regional Administrator for Central Visayas. Negros Oriental Police Provincial Office Director

Sr. Supt Augusto Marquez Jr., who recently completed a Seminar-Workshop on Dangerous Drugs for judges, prosecutors and personnel from the Philippine National Police, National Bureau of Investigation and Philippine Drugs Enforcement Agency

in Cebu City, bared that one of the reasons for the dismissal of illegal drugs cases are instances when arresting officer fail to testify on the witness stand. Marquez warns that any policeman who fails to attend his court duties will face charges of grave misconduct.

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or illegally taking possession of the service firearm of a policeman, a security guard detailed at the Sacred Heart Pharmacy, is now likely to face long prison term if convicted. Twenty-one year old Enrique Ytienza of Timbao, Bacong admitted to policemen that he took possession of the 9mm Glock pistol of P03 Manuel Estrope which was stolen from his motorcycle’s U-box while the lawman went jogging at the Freedom Park at 5:45 in the morning, April 19. Estrope immediately sought the assisto be grabbed and arrested by Estrope and comtance of the Dumaguete PNP. An entrappany. The boy from Ozamiz City readily admitment operation was conducted the next day ted responsibility of taking Estrope’s gun the with Estrope parking his car along previous day and told the lawmen he gave the Kagawasan Avenue and hid inside it while gun to his friend Ytienza, who was then on duty intelligence officers SP01 Dario Paquera and at the pharmacy. Confronted by the lawmen, the P02 Elmer Langcoyan monitored the vicinsecurity guard was brought to the Bacong PNP ity. After a while, a fifteen-year-old boy unand his mother arrived with the stolen firearm, locked the car’s door and went inside only he was then placed under arrest.

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ld grudge is being eyed as the possible motive for the stabbing to death of one Magno Tuanda Vilardo, a pedicab driver, in Guihulngan Public Market past 6:00 pm on April 19. Initial investigation showed that the suspect identified as Bienvenido Pialan approached the victim, who was then waiting for some passengers and stabbed him twice in the body. Vilardo was rushed to the hospital but was declared dead on arrival while the suspect was taken into custody by local policemen. Meanwhile, in Dumaguete City the follow- when the former was attacked. The suspect ing day, 20-year old Richard Sara of Buntod, immediately fled on board a red pick up with Bacong, suffered a stab wound after he was assaulted by an unidentified man. The victim two other men on board. Sara was rushed to and his companion were inside Frumento Café the Silliman University Medical Center for treatalong Silliman Avenue and were about to leave ment.

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our persons were arrested in Mabinay, Guihulngan and Bais City as the Philippine National Police upon the directive of Negros Oriental Police Provincial Office Director Sr. Supt. Augusto Marquez Jr., intensifies its crackdown on the illegal numbers game known as swertres. Suspected swertres runners Germelyn Ramos and Peter Pancho were nabbed during a mobile random checkpoint along the national highway of Barangay Tadlong, Mabinay past 4:00 o’clock in the afternoon. Approximately two hours later, a widow collecting bets at the Poblacion public maridentified as Maxima Adalid of San Jose, Bais ket. A total of about P 600.00 in bet money, City was arrested at the public market for the several tally sheets were confiscated from same offense. Finally, a minor from Barangay those arrested. Denayunan of Guihulngan was arrested for

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eighbors of the Amonera family in Manseje, Bindoy were shocked to learn about the hacking incident which resulted to the death of 31-year old Remin Amonera after he was hacked by his father Panfilo, who also injured his wife Avelina inside the family’s home. sponding barangay officials subdued the susInvestigation showed that the family was pect and turned him over to the local police. already preparing to sleep when Panfilo, usPrimary motive is believed to be the long ing a jungle bolo locally known as “pinuti,” standing feud between father and son. hacked his son and later his wife before re-

n the hustle and bustle of daily living, many of us are so engrossed in the present that we have not made time to listen to the past. Today, April 26 is the 64th anniversary of the Liberation of Dumaguete. April 9, 1942 is written in blood in the Philippine history by the surrender of Bataan, with many parts of the Philippines surrendering to the Japanese Imperial army thereafter. Dumaguete surrendered in May 26, 1942 but the resistance movement was alive in Negros Island through the war years. Dumaguete was liberated on April 26,1945 by the combined forces of the Filipino guerillas (75th and 77th Infantry Regiment) and the US Army (164th Regiment, American Division, 8th Army , United States of America. My generation knows very little about World War II. I remember bits and pieces of war stories from my parents about life during the war years. They also talked about the resistance movement and the liberation of Dumaguete, it was therefore a privilege to hear first hand from retired Justice Venancio Aldecoa interesting highlights of the war years in Dumaguete. Retired Justice Venancio Aldecoa relives As a young third year high school student, life has just started for this 17-year old Venancio in 1942. When the war days with his personal wartime the war broke out he was one of the many young men stories. who were drafted into 75th infantry regiment in the province. Many families, including the Aldecoa family left ness/ Everything to us denied. Yet we laugh at all these hardships/ We the city to escape the Japanese forces but young Venancio joined the resistance movement in the prov- can sing away our troubles/ We will carry ince, and as one who can type reports, he was assigned on the struggle/ Though we perish in the to intelligence reporting work. He later asked to be as- strife. For we’ve decided/ And we’re united/ signed to the field and he had many stories of fighting the Japanese in the outskirts of the city, the hard life of a To fight for freedom/ And our way of life. resistance fighter always on the run with almost no fireHe mentioned that the war honed his arms and no food provisions. He talked of the loneliness of missing home when their group stayed in the Christian faith as he faced danger and the forest and see the city lights at night, remembering the deprivations of war. He talked of the unwordings of the song “I see the lights of home”. He sung heroes, those civilians who shared shared with me “The guerillas Song” that was the favor- their provisions with the ragtag guerillas and protected them against the Japanese ite Resistance song among the freedom fighters: forces. Some civilians were killed by the Japanese for aiding the resistance fighters. Asked about the liberation, he emphasized that we who now live in Dumaguete should appreciate that Dumaguete was spared from destruction by the Japanese army, who was ready to burn and destroy the city. By allowing the Japanese forces to retreat to Valencia, where the Japanese forces made their last stand, Dumaguete was liberated with little damage on April 26, 1945. He expressed the great joy of the citizenry when Dumaguete was finally liberated from the oppressive Japanese army and the chance to resume a normal life. He then had a distinguished career, later beThe Liberation Marker in the Dumaguete Quezon coming President of Silliman University Park . and Associate Justice of The Court of Appeals. GUERILLA SERENADE As our war veterans and their families From up the mountain we view the lowlands/ Those lovely rolling plains which God has given us/ Thus, sadly celebrate the liberation of Dumaguete tostaring, our hearts are aching/Wishing and waiting for day, April 26, I hope the whole Dumaguete will rejoice with the War veterans and their these dark days to pass. We are not bandits, we are not brigands/ We are just families and remember the significance of men desirous to be free/ For though we suffer, and though this date, remembering those who were out in the war fields and the civilians who we perish/ Sweeter to us is death than slavery. If the hills could tell a story/ They would speak of helped the resistance movement during our privations/ How we struggled with starvation/ On those dark years. May we remember with grateful hearts their service to country in the lonely mountainside. How, with scanty arms and weapons/ We defied the helping win the war so that all may live in haughty Nippons/ How we groaned with cold and sick- peace and freedom.

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Meniong Turns 90 “A good leader can sail a ship amidst storms and difficulties and chart a good economic political course for its passenger, the people”

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t takes a great man’s foresight and vision to improve our lives and avoid inconveniences in the future. Our country is now beset with so many problems that could have been avoided had our leaders heeded suggestions of officials whose main concern is for the best interest of the Filipino people and country, not self interest.

HERMINIO (Miniong) TEVES, who celebrated his 89th birthday yesterday, is still physically and mentally strong. He is a POLITICAL LEADER worth emulating. He authored several House Bills and House Resolutions of National interest and some of these have been pushed into law while others were not taken up by the Senate, more particularly House Bills 282, 283 and 4322 despite having been approved by the Lower House and forwarded to the Senate. ON BANK SECRECY LAW Our country was one of the four countries blacklisted by the OECD, as the worst offenders of the new rules on financial transparency. They declared that the age of banking secrecy was over, and that they would no longer tolerate shady havens draining away badly needed tax revenue. Fortunately in April 7, 2009, we were removed from that list after promising that we will amend our bank secrecy law and tax law. Had OECD not removed the Philippines from the list of tax havens, our country would be at risk of not being able to access cheap loans and possibly bar our OFW’s from seeking work abroad. Now the Senate is rushing Senate Bill 3116 authored by Senator Gordon – seeking to LIFT the prohibition on the investigation of bank deposits of former and current government officials and employees by amending section 2 of Republic Act 1405, which was what former Congressman Herminio G. Teves proposed in his House Bill 282, in 2001. For the record, way back in 2001, then Congressman Herminio G. Teves, filed in the 12th Congress House Bill 282 aimed to repeal the “obsolete” most especially Sections 2 and 3 of RA 1405 or the Secrecy of the Bank Deposit Act of 1955. Teves said that “owing to the absolute secrecy of deposits, unscrupulous bankers have managed to manipulate financial reports to the detriment of the depositing public, and that uncheck fraudulent acts involving banks having undermined the financial system.” This Bill was passed in the Lower House but was never calendared by the Senate. Instead, Congress passed a “watered down” consolidated measures of HB 282 and HB 3083 in RA 9160, known as Anti-Money Laundering Act, which took them just six (6) days, to discuss, amend and sign into law (RA 9160) - just one day before the non-negotiable September 30, 2001 deadline of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) or face sanctions by the international banking and investment community, rendering the law, full of loopholes - that gave offenders the means of getting away with their money-laundering activities – drawing comment from Ana Marie Pamintuan (of Philippine Star) that the “watered-down” Anti-Money Laundering Act passed by Congress “is to protect their own assets in banks as well as those of jueteng lords, who are among the biggest contributors to election campaign in this country.” ON TAX TRANSPARENCY In line with tax laws, it is note-worthy to mention that since the 11th Congress, Former Congressman Herminio G. Teves have filed bills on Transparency in Tax Collection under House Bill No. 283 and House Bill 4322 which were actually approved by the House of Representative BUT it did not even reach deliberation stage in the Senate. Why? What could have been their reason why Senate did not even calendar the bills for three consecutive congress – from 11th Congress to the 13th Congress. Federico Pascual (April 19, 2009 issue of Philippine Star) urged the BIR to publish tax payment of top officials of the Philippines especially now that the filing of income tax return is over. He said “why should the tax payments of public officials be treated like state secrets?” The publication should be routine. He further mentioned that President Obama declared and made public his gross income for 2008. Maybe our Public officials should do so. In the issue of Marvin A. Tort of Business Mirror last April 21, 2009, he stated during the 7th Congress, submission to the Comelec of a copy of a candidate’s Income Tax Return was a prerequisite to filing of certificate of candidacy. This is exactly what Miniong Teves had been advocating for several years. His proposal is really quite simple and logical. Coordination is the key coupled with extra effort by government agencies. Teves’ suggestion was for the LTO and ROD to require the submission of a copy of income tax payment as a prerequisite to registration of cars and houses. How can a person, who cannot show Income Tax Payment, be able to buy a car and a house? The SEC or DTI and BIR need to coordinate with one another as to companies being registered and making the submission of Income Tax Payment of incorporators a prerequisite. A stock holder who cannot even afford to pay taxes cannot afford to pay his share of the capitalization. This way, the BIR can check if the companies are paying their corporate taxes yearly. In the same manner, public officials must submit their yearly Income Tax Payment together with their Statement of Assets and Liabilities. This will deter corruption among public officials because how can one be able to afford luxury cars, two or three houses and vast land-holdings, maintain high living standard, if their ITR shows low income. It is ABSURD why government employees, especially high

ranking officials, are required to declare their assets and liabilities but are not required to declare their income tax payments. We know that as Congressman during the 11th to 13th congress, Miniong Teves declared in his yearly income tax returns, all the allowances he received from Congress, and among the biggest taxpayer in his legislative district, the third highest individual tax payer and he topped both in individual and corporate income tax in Revenue District Office 79. This paper wants to ask the BIR whether other members of the House and Senate declared their legislator’s allowances in their income tax returns over and above their withholding tax in their salaries. Legally, even Board of Directors per diem is taxable. The people of Negros Oriental is proud of Miniong Teves when he was cited by Yvonne T.Chuan and Vinia M. Datinguinoo of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism, in their issue dated March 29-30, 2001 New Wealth emerges Dominant in the House as the only exception when they stated “ Rarely did congressmen indicate the monetary value of their business interest. The exception is Teves…..”. This is in consonance with what Miniong Teves had been advocating - that public officials should declare the value of their business interests. He wrote a book on “Ways and Means for tax collection efficiency” intended for the next generation of Filipinos whose future is determined by how responsible we are today in fulfilling our duties to our country by paying the right taxes and for the government to collect the potential taxes. The book even showed bench mark of industries’ yearly earnings. This led to Secretary Alberto Romulo’s comment “He (Miniong) has accomplished much in terms of identifying the institutional weaknesses in our current tax system and pointing out various approaches to expand the government’s revenue base.” Donald G. Dee, President of Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, commented that “He found that the proposal presented in Teves book will contribute immensely to the reduction of corruption and inefficiency in tax administration in the Philippines and encouraged Government agencies engaged in tax administration to adopt the suggestion presented.” His book indicated that for year 2004, a total of 655,258 individuals filed income tax returns. The tax paid by pure compensation or income earners or salaried employees totaled P84.289 billion or 85.52% while the self-employed sector only paid P4.8 billion or 5%. It is disconcerting that the middle or lower-income group carries the burden of taxation more than the rich or the professionals. Economic wealth remains in the hands of a very few families. World Bank reports said that “more than 52% of stockholdings of publicly listed companies is owned and controlled by only ten families.” Former Prime Minister Cesar Virata likewise stated years back that 90% of the wealth of our country is in the hands of 10% of our population. Contrary to the principles of democracy, the lower income groups contribute more in terms of tax payments while the upper income groups who control economic wealth pay less taxes. ONREFERENDUM Sometime in November 2006 , Miniong Teves, Chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means, filed House Resolution No. 1413 proposing the holding of a referendum, simultaneously with the mid term 2007 elections, to secure a clear people’s mandate to amend the 1987 Philippine Constitution, by asking the following fundamental questions: 1) Do the people favor Charter Change?; 2) If the people do favor to amend the Constitution, what will be the manner in carrying out said Charter Change? Will it be via constituent assembly or constitutional convention?; 3) Should we shift from a Presidential to a Parliamentary form of government? CONCERN FOR THE POOR Concerned about malnutrition which brought about low IQ of public school students, Meniong Teves started the free nutritious lunch to public school pupils of the 3rd District, which is now adopted by several Congressmen. Such feeding program is now nationwide. He pushed for the creation of NORSU to enable poor students to pursue college education in a University where hundreds of scholars were enrolled thru congress funding. He also authored the law allowing the Provincial Land Registration Office to issue land titles with an area of 5 hectares and below so that the poor need not go to Manila for such purpose. His sugar central, HTCI, is the only corporation in the Philippines giving yearly profit sharing to the employees and their share was over P3.5M in crop year 2004-2005; over P4M each for crop year 2005-2006, crop year 2006-2007 and crop year 2007-2009. It is no wonder he is well loved by his employees. WORLDBANK CRITICIZED ROAD PROJECT MPLEMENTATION When the World Bank criticized the Philippines on the DPWH implementation of road projects with their funding support, Miniong Teves defended the DPWH 3rd Engineering District and said that the quality of the World Bank funded projects in the Third District of Negros Oriental, had not been tainted with corruption. He pointed out

HERMINIO G. TEVES that the 3rd district’s Bacong-Basay road, stretching over 100 kilometers, which was built during his stint as Congressman, is still very good, and is considered a legacy not only for the third district but also for Negros Island. He praised the DPWH 3rd Engineering District for its accomplishments in both the regional and national levels and Engineer Flor Init (who passed away recently) as having been a regional awardee for five years and a national awardee once. MOST RESPECTED POLITICIAN While the family fortune is rooted in sugar, the family name is perpetuated in politics. He became a Congressman in the 7th Congress, cut short by Marcos Martial Law. He was appointed after the “people power” as Governor of Negros Oriental and later was elected and served as Congressman of the 3rd District of Negros Oriental in the 11th to 13th Congress. When Congressman Herminio Teves finished his term and made his valedictory address before Congress last February 5, 2007, Congressman Douglas R. Cacas of the First District of Davao del Sur manifested that he regards Congressman Herminio Teves as the Dean of all Legislators, not only because of his long years of service in Congress which started before martial law but because of his actual performance here during the nine years that he was privileged to be with him.” He further said “ Many of your colleagues here in Congress appreciate so much what you have done to us individually, as well as collectively. Individually you have taught us a lot of lesson, lessons in humility, hard work, deep study and devotion to office. I have tried to beat you in coming to Congress every morning, but every time I arrive you are always already there in the office. We have tried in vain to captivate everything that you did in Congress, but we are not armed enough to follow every footsteps that you have done.” As the most respected politician in Negros Oriental, it is not surprising that many politicians would seek his blessing and support for the position they wish to aspire, before throwing their hat inside the political arena. RETIREMENT To retire is not Meniong’s cup of tea. He is even more vibrant, committed and interesting, despite his age. To his credit, he established several businesses like the sugar central, rural bank, ice plant, sack factory, piggery, power house, vermin-culture and soon a retirement village, Bio-diesel plant and electric power from Jatropha (tuba-tuba), which definitely will create much needed job opportunities. Beaming, he explained the concept of BioFuel and Bio-energy - thru Jatropha seed oil for diesel fuel; waste of Jatropha such as husk hull, seed cake after expelling for turbine generator, to produce additional electricity in Negros Oriental. The Bio-fuel and Bio-energy concept will improve the economy, generate employment and protect the ecology by reducing global warming. “When I still think about starting a big business,” he says to explain what still motivates him, “it is no longer about the money, it’s more of a legacy that I can leave to the province and to the people and to my children, grandchildren and great grandchildren ” We have said and we say it again, MiNIONG TEVES is still the “man of political and ethical steel that even time cannot permeate”. We salute you sir, and Happy Birthday.


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Halad goes ...

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From page 16 government units that are having insurgency problems. Pamplona Mayor Apolinario Arnaiz Jr. expressed gratitude that his town was chosen to benefit from the services of Halad sa Katawhan but maintains that there is no serious peace and order problem in his locality except of some rebel sightings. The next Halad sa Katawhan will be staged in Zamboanguita town on May 22.

Unease over ... From page 16 as their transit points especially if they are being pursued by government troopers. However, De la Cruz clarifies that there are no rebel camps in his municipality. The 79th Infantry Battalion under Lt. Col. Bernard Erwin Neri has detailed its Bravo Company to set camp in Barangay Janay-janay in an attempt to monitor the activities of armed groups.

From page 1 Tanjay City on April 30. Among the expected participants who will be joining 18 Philippine dance groups are 10 dance companies from China, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka and England. Villegas said the Festival will showcase the wide variety of dance forms to enrich the experience of Oriental Negrenses

CHR ... From page 2 recently by forensic experts from the National Bureau of Investigation. Lt. Col. Erwin Bernard Neri, Commanding Officer of the 79th Infantry Battalion, who strongly denied the allegations, said he is not surprised that the CHR archived the case of the two dead farmers since his unit did not violate any laws and human rights. He also scored the militants for their alleged penchant to get false witnesses and inclination to seek media mileage to tarnish the image of the Army instead of going to the courts.

and visitors from all over the country. For audiences in Dumaguete, there will be concerts at the Negros Oriental Convention Center, Lamberto L. Macias Sports and Cultural Center, Sidlakang Negros Village and the Luce Auiditorium. The festival will also feature workshops conducted by eminent foreign and Philippine dance artists and choreographers on April 28-May 1. The festival is a project of the National Committee on Dance of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and the Provincial Government of Negros Oriental in partnership with the Negros Oriental Business Development Foundation, Inc., Villegas added.

From page 16 gist Daisy Teves to prepare for the third sea ranching activity in two months, this time in Barangay Kapinyahan. Teves said that the area where the cages containing the seeds of fishery resources are situated will be declared as “no take zone.”

Talk ‘N Text indulges loyal subscribers

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 # 04-09 13 units Ozonizers Portable-Multi-Purpose Ozonizer 2C, 220 Volts 960 liters/day minimum capacity 1 year warranty period. For the elementary & secondary schools of Bais City, to be taken from the SEF. 2. PR # 218-09 – 2 units Motorcycle with the following specs: 100,000.00 * Four stroke * 100 cc * Hand operated clutch system

Talk ‘n Text celebrity endorsers Tuesday Vargas (2nd from left) and Vhong Navarro (3rd from left) posed with members of the local media (left-right) Ms. Bing Aguilar, DYGB News Director; Florence Baesa, President, Dumaguete Press Club; Roy Bustillo, KBP President; Neil Rio, of Fil Products; Juancho Gallarde of Sky Cable and Dems Rey Demecillo of Negros Chronicle. Vargas and Navarro, along with Rufa Mae Quinto, entertained the huge crowd during the Talk ‘n Text Gaaniversary at the Quezon Ballpark last April 18. Talk ‘n Text subscribers were treated to a whole day of fun, games and freebies as the phone company’s way of thanking them for their continued patronage through the years.

The Unimagined ...

(Obar)

INVITATION TO APPLY FOR ELIGIBILITY AND TO BID and RE-BID

P 250,000.00

for the forestline survey, delineation demarcation, organization of Pos for proposed CBFM Areas & Project Implementation & Monitoring in relative to FLUP Project Development & Implementation (Forest & Forestland Management); to be taken from the 20% Development Fund.

100,000.00

3. PR # 245-09 – 1 unit LCD Projector Resolution : 1024 x 768 Additional Features: Eco-Mode technology, High-bandwith Digital Content Prof. Brightness : 4500 ANSI lumens Included Components : Speaker Light Source Power : 317 Watt Light Source Type : Max Screen Distance : 38 ft. Min. Screen Distance : 3 ft. Audio Output : Mono Speakers(s) : 1x mixed channel System Type : PC; Mac Video Standards : NTSC, SECAM, PAL, PAL-N, PAL-M, NTSC 4.43, NTSC 3

80,000.00

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multiply as the City Leadership and Local Legislation will gradually put in place the necessary ordinances that will see the City of Dumaguete hitting the ground running to a new age of development. Amidst a widening sentiment of hopelessness and helplessness, the NEW POLITICS is offering a deep and profound conviction, as in the minds of a few, that the traditional, antiquated and obsolete political strategies will soon be over but must have pleasant consequences as the lessons learned from life and suffering should purchase, not only an end to itself, but something else, something admirable, something of human worth and of human significance. The challenge is great because we are into an age of development that is unknown before. The ARNAIZ (Congressman)MACIAS (Governor) and Sagarbarria (Mayoralty candidate)-Erames (ViceMayoralty candidate) Leadership, together with the CITY LEGISLATIVE TEAM (NOEL DE JESUS, IDEON

EXTRA-JUDICIAL SETTLEMENT

for use Energization of Sitio Halas, Brgy. Cambagahan, Bais City in conn. w/ the Energization of various sitios (Economic Reserve 10%); to be taken from the Gen. Fund. 4. PR # 315-09 – 83 boxes Soloshot Autodisable Syringes .5 ml (box of 200) 99,600.00 For EPI program of City Health Office; to be taken from the Gen. Fund. 5. PR # 366-09 – various construction materials for the establishment and Maintenance of Aqua-Silvi Culture and Mangrove Reforestation Project to be taken from the Trust Fund 6. PR # 375-09 – various electrical supplies for the Concealing of the NORECO I, GLOBE TELECOM & PLDT dropwires serving the City Hall Building, Bais City, in connection with the Installation of Power and Lighting Facilities, to be taken from the 20% EDF 2009. 7. PR # 384-09 – various construction materials for the Water Supply System Dev’t. at Brgy. Panam-angan and Brgy. Cambuilao; to be taken from the 20% Dev’t. Fund. 8. PR # 385-09 – various construction materials for the Water Supply System Dev’t. at Brgy. Manlipac, Dansulan, Tamisu, Cabanlutan and Calasga-an, Bais City, to be Taken from the 20% Dev’t. Fund. TOTAL

71,602.00

444,732.00 281,740.00

266,565.00 ——————————P 1,694,239.00

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 non-submission of the required documents will result in the disqualification of the bidder. All other particulars relative to the procurement process shall be governed 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: - 0.5% but not less than P100.00 - 0.45% but not less than P250.00 - 0.4% but not less than P450.00 - 0.35% but not less than P800.00 - 0.3% but not less than P1,225.00 - 0.2% but not less than P1,500.00 - 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 402-8115, 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 in the bid box at the Conference Room at the Office of the City Mayor on April 30, 2009 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.

The Negros Chronicle April 26, 2009

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Sea ranching ...

Republic of the Philippines CITY OF BAIS BIDS AND AWARDS COMMITTEE

Below P50,000.00 P50,000.00 but not more than P100,000.00 P100,001.00 but not more than P200,000.00 P200,001.00 – P350,000.00 P350,001.00 – P500,000.00 P500,001.00 –P1,000,000.00 P1,000,001.00 and above

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(Sgd) CARMELINO L. MORALES (City General Services Officer) BAC Chairman

NOTICE is hereby given that the heirs of the late JOSE TENG have filed and executed an ExtraJudicial Settlement on Lot No. 233D-1-A, Psu-07-03-002388, being a portion of Lot 233-D-1 (LRC) Psd195848), TCT NO. 11598, with an area of 200 sq.m.; Lot 233-D-1-B, Psd-07-03-002388, (being a portion of Lot 233-D-1 (LRC) Psd-195848, TCT No. 11599, with an area of 306 sq.m., both situated in Piapi, Dumaguete City per Doc. No. 138, Page No. 28, Book No. XXVI, Series of 2009 of Notary Public Atty. Ray J. Moncada. The Negros Chronicle April 26, May 3 & 10, 2009

CATAN, DANDAN TEVES, JIJI ESMEÑA, JAVY IMBO, GEORGE VILLAMOR, ERWIN MACIAS and JOEL OBAR), are taking on the challenge ever mindful that the vision and mission they are about to undertake survives them beyond the grave. As the NEW POLITICAL TEAM is continually conducting consultations in the villages, Puroks and Barangays, complimentary programs in the areas of ENVIRONMENT, PEACE AND ORDER, AGRICULTURE, WOMEN AND CHILDREN, EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES, INFRASTRUCTURE and others will gradually evolve as a comprehensive PROGRAM OF GOVERNMENT is being formulated. The center piece though is LEARNING and KNOWLEDGE. This program of government is a modification of the old strategies because; first: its formulation is with the participation of the people and second, its implementation will be by the people. The City Government provides the over-all Leadership and, most importantly, the necessary legislation that builds the social and economic structures

through ordinances and perhaps by bilateral agreements with other units here and elsewhere around the globe. With the evolution of this NEW POLITICAL STRATEGY, it is hoped that the neighboring municipalities and cities will soon determine their own niche that will supplement the “UNIMAGINED DUMAGUETE” thereby creating a MASTERPLAN for the entire Province of Negros Oriental. Thus, as Dumaguete City have been founded by missionaries who came with the WORD OF GOD being their permanent guiding principle, so must we continue to pursue THE DUMAGUETE DREAM under the same unchanging guidelines and tolerant to the different religious beliefs. The WORD OF GOD did not establish a religion nor did it create a government, it established a RELATIONSHIP OF LOVE and BROTHERHOOD so must government continue to govern and its subjects continue to trust their leaders under the principle of “BROTHERHOOD AMONG MEN UNDER THE FATHERHOOD OF GOD”. Have a nice and pleasant day. Godbless us all.

Aggravating ...

The police is not a perfect organization as all government offices are not perfect. But it should have trained specialists in handling delicate and highly-charged situations especially when the Media is present and its coverage, in spite of its objectively, could be interpreted in as many ways as there are witnesses. “We are treading on thin line between doing our jobs properly and committing procedural mistakes along the way due to over-zealousness in accomplishing our job,” PNP Chief Director Jesus Verzosa said even as he ordered a fact – finding investigation into the incident. Extending his condolences to the Failon family, Press Secretary Cerge Remonde said: “It is never easy to lose a loved one, but it becomes even more difficult when attended by controversy and publicity. This is the moment when Ted and his family are entitled to grieve in private.” “Let us refrain from adding to their suffering.”

(Umbac)

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ing family feeling – rightly or wrongly – that the police want to get back at them; a general public who, apparently, are enjoying the spectacle because they are not directly affected anyway. The Quezon City Police Force maintained that the investigation was done objectively given the prevailing circumstances. And that Mr. Failon is wrong in his accusation. Our police force is one of the institutions of government which, by the very nature of its functions, is very vulnerable to public criticisms and scrutiny – whether rightly or wrongly. Figuratively speaking, police officers are damned if they do; damned if they don’t. Every which way our police officer who earn their living by offering their lives, find themselves every now and then in situations like the Failon case.


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