Dumaguete City Boulevard waters is a beneficiary of the artificial reef project of VG Arnaiz, who initiated its installation in order to revive the once vibrant coral reef community underwater. (More on page 9)
VOL. 38 No. 43 Dumaguete City, Philippines Sunday, April 1, 2012
Macias bloc splits; LP picks JL’s vice BY D.R. DEMECILLO
major conflagration on graduation eve, Tuesday, which consumed the main building of Mabinay’s biggest public high school, totally burning all student records in the registrar’s office, did not deter the over 230 seniors from holding their commencement exercises, Wednesday, ironically under a To page 15
Royalty issue hot in Valencia polls BY DEMS DEMECILLO
magine the municipality of Valencia, prime host of the multi-billion geothermal plants and whose residents have been enjoying monthly electric subsidy since early 1990’s, suddenly losing it all in 2014? Whether the politicians like it or not, one of
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nother scion of the Macias political clan is ex pected to join politics via the administration Liberal Party as the most likely vice-gubernatorial running mate of First District Congresswoman Jocelyn Limkaichong, who will be running for the Capitol’s top post in 2013. Dr. Mark Macias, a physician of St. Luke’s Medical Center, who decided to manage the 2010 re-election campaign of his late father, former Governor Emilio Macias II, is now actively joining the lady solon in her town sorties and is being
introduced as somebody “ who is ready to serve the province of Negros Oriental.” Judging the body language of Josy and Mark, it is certain that a Limkaichong-Macias tandem for the Capitol next year is
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More cities to rise when law amended ore component cities will rise in Negros Oriental and elsewhere in the country (despite the lament of existing ones) if the Senate will give due course to a recently House-approved bill of allowing lowly towns to become cities if they have an income of P220 million annually for three years.
Under the recently Houseapproved consolidated House Bill 5620, which virtually amends relevant sections in the Local Government Code, this new amending provision of the LGC will be sufficient to ex-
empt such town from gaining the required 150,000 population and a land area of one hundred square kilometes. In short, the above requirements are no longer mandated so long as the
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Photo by Gerome Jumalon
Despite the 6.5M-dawn fire at the Mabinay National High School, happy faces of the senior graduating class can be seen as they marched on stage to receive their diplomas the following day.
“GOD CAN DO ALL THINGS, BUT DOES NOT USE DIVINE POWER TO OVER RIDE OUR FREEDOM OF CHOICE.”
April 1, 2012
Fire Bureau: Negligence is critical reporting major cause of fires Past noisy Cebu media has now gained maturity N T
HOW MEDIA SEES IT, AND NOT OTHERS
BY ELY P. DEJARESCO
BY RACHELLE M. NESSIA
egligence of household members is one of the major causes of fire incidents, in cluding candles left burning after a power outage.
This was revealed by City Fire Marshall William Tacaldo, Jr. during a recent forum held by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) here. Misuse of electricity is also among the top causes of fire alarms here, he said. The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) has stressed fire prevention rather than suppression in its information drive this month to mark Fire Prevention Month. “We are conducting lectures in elementary and secondary schools to teach the students fire-safety consciousness. We are putting more effort in prevention,” said Tacaldo. The city fire marshall said that in their line of work, only 15% is allotted to fire-fighting. “The government is pushing for the prevention program to make more people observe measures that will avoid fire To page 12
Fire rescue team of the City simulates an emergency situation at the Lee Super Plaza. The “victim” is transported from the rooftop to the ground by rescuers.
TOP OF THE WEEK
BY DEMS REY DEMECILLO
ime there was when you speak of Cebu media, broadcast media specially, we refer to noisy, senseless, name-calling, shouting, lewd, free-for-all medium --not anymore. Cebuanos are now fed up with the noise, Cebu media, in general, have gained maturity. Of course, there are still exceptions, but hardly anyone listens to the noisy ones anymore. -o0oThere was so much noise in Cebu airlanes in the past years, so much so that people switched to FM music listening, because they were already annoyed by noisy commentators and blocktimers, who do mostly damaging and inaccurate information geared towards promoting the financier of the blocktimer and damaging the reputations of his opponents in the political arena. Does this sound familiar in Dumaguete? You can answer that, maybe. -o0oMedia take time to evolve. It goes thru times of political immaturity, and eventually evolves into something more professional and mature, worthy of listening to and learning from. What is media maturity?
Despite disasters Fritzy assumes pa’s Pillars of CEBU media National Games on BM seat this June
ore than three months after Typhoon Sendong and eight months after the 6.9 magnitude earthquake hit the northern towns; Governor Roel Degamo and Mayor Chiquiting Sagarbarria are sending a clear message to the nation: the province and the capital city are back in business. Both officials dis- play host to the Philippine played their firm resolve to National Games slated from honor its commitment to To page 13
Arnaiz to mediate P56M pork feud eeking to bridge the widening chasm between the Governor and some members of the Provincial Board, Vice-Governor Jun Arnaiz sought his colleagues’ patience as he tries to play peacemaker between the hostile factions. Board Members Councilors League PresiEdmund Dy, Peve Ligan, dent Erwin Macias have Association of Barangay long been demanding for Councils President Arnie their just share in the pork Teves and Philippine To page 15
arring any last minute hitches, by June 2012, Fritzy Lumjod will be formally appointed by President Benigno Aquino III to finish the rest of the term of her father, former Board Member Rotelio Lumjod, until June 30, 2013.
Lumjod, a long time member of the Nationalist People’s Coalition, died last
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NOPH extension hits “fire” snags ne of the main reasons why the much awaited multi-million central block building of the Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital conceptualized during the time of former Gov. Emilio Macias II remains in limbo is the fact that it failed to follow the requirements of the Fire Safety Code of the Philippines.
The center block building is expected to relieve the overcrowded NOPH. However, City Fire Chief
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Coops compete in international markets
ormer Finance Secretary Margarito Teves has cited the need for increased business efficiency among cooperatives to compete in the international markets, and at the same time, encourage additional memberships to contribute in nation building.
Teves issued the statement during the 33rd General Assembly of the Negros Oriental Electric Cooperative II (NORECO 2) on Sunday before 10,000 membersconsumers, who attended the activity. Teves also emphasized the need for good governance in the cooperative industry to maintain the trust and confidence of its members. On the same occassion, Gov. Roel Degamo assures cooperatives all over the province of his full support of their endeavors. In particular, the provincial government has allotted P21 million last year to two electric cooperatives in Negros Oriental for the energization of far flung barangays.
The governor said there’s no need for experts and economists to be able to run the province. What is important, Degamo said, is for a governor to do his job, know the actual situation in the grassroots level and deliver the basic services directly to the beneficiaries. The governor said, for the last 14 months of his incumbency, many things had happened to the province. First, it ranked No. 4 as top performing province all over the country and has won the Seal of Good House Keeping award for proper use of government funds, among others.jg
GARY TEVES Former Finance Secretary
CEBU CITIZENS PRESS COUNCIL meeting en banc last Thursday at the Marcelo Fernan Press Center. Standing (L-R): Atty Elias Espinosa, president Cebu Media Legal Aid, Sun Star columnist; Atty Ed Barrita, columnist Sun Star; Atty Lucky Malicay, law dean presiding; Atty Pacheco Seares, executive director, editor-in-chief Sun Star Cebu; Mayett Tabada, columnist SStar; Cherry Ann Lim , asst executive director; Eileen Mangubat, editor-in-chief Cebu Daily News; Seated (L-R): Nene Cabaero, SStar columnist; Ely Dejaresco (council guest) chair emeritus Dumaguete Press Club; Bobby Nalzaro, KBP board and GMA super radio anchor; Johnny Mercado, director Press Foundation of Asia. MEDIA MATURITY, in our humble belief, is the ability to handle controversial situations with grace, sobriety, dignity and respectability, worthy to earn public credibility and respect. Has the Dumaguete media reached this stage? You can answer that again. But definitely, we are going in that direction, and we will get there in time. -o0oCEBU media has matured Led by editors of its five dailies, managers of major radio and TV stations have formed the now-functioning Cebu Citizens Press Council. A professional group of editors and broadcast managers of the KBP, PLUS a representative each from the civic, legal, religious and academic sectors to represent the CITIZENS, as media readers and listeners—COMPOSE the Cebu Citizens Press Council. -o0oThe CCPC promotes awareness and professionalism in the conduct of respective media outlets with much responsibility on the owners and managers to discipline their people in order to serve with QUALITY. At no time can the CCPC sanction erring broadcasters and journalists, but rather, they are left to their respective managers, editors and publishers to do the disciplining --and it has worked. -o0oThe CCPC has its headquarters called the Marcelo Fernan Press Center. It is income-generating and self-sufficient because it holds a variety of special events. We were glad and honored to be invited as among special guests of the pillars of Cebu Media during their To page 15
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“F” to “M” in a birth certificate client consulted me about her daughter’s birth certificate. The client said that instead of the letter “F” for “Female” on the “sex” portion in the birth certificate, the letter “M” was erroneously typed. I told the client in jest that perhaps the mistake was done by the nurse in the hospital who wrote the wrong “sex” of the newborn. Perhaps, the nurse mistakenly saw something protruding in your daughter’s private part when she was born. That might explain the mistake, I quipped. The mother vehemently denied this suggestion and said this might have been a simple typographical error. I told the client that an interchange of the letters “F” and “M” on the sex portion of the birth certificate is not considered a typographical error. It is a substantial error that requires one to bring it to the court, in order that it may be changed. It is asking the Court to change the letter “M” to “F” in the birth certificate. That is a substantial change in the birth certificate because it changes the person’s gender. A substantial change requires a court proceeding. The mother was a little naughty because she asked a hypothetical question: What if the wrong letter typed in the birth certificate is, for instance, the letter “N”? Will that not be a typographical error, considering it is neither “M” (for male) nor “F” (for female)? I said it is still a substantial (not mere typographical) mistake because “N” might mean “None of the above.”
Editorial “Facebook girls” didn’t march he Regional Trial Court has ruled, through a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO), that despite a pending disciplinary action against a graduating student, and that for as long as he or she does not have any failing grade, the graduating senior is not to be barred from joining the graduation march. Then, after the graduation rites, the probe may continue, otherwise, the issue can become moot.
But the big but is, the school defied the TRO and still disallowed the three senior high school girls from joining the graduation march last Friday. The legal battle could be one for the books as it rages on. This was the fresh TRO ruling last Friday by one RTC presiding judge of Cebu concerning the case of the socalled “Facebook Girls,” l6 years old, who were graduating from high school last Friday, but were barred from joining the march by the school as their punishment for “posing and uploading pictures in the internet that entail ample body exposure.” One photo showed one of them “engaging in dirty dancing and kissing lips to lips in public” and seen worldwide via
the internet. Their school disciplinary board described it as “offensive to the virtues of modesty and temperance as taught by the Cathechism of the Catholic Church.” The girls alleged that when investigated, they were humiliated when they were called “sluts,” “addicts,” “drunkards” and “cheap.” The school, invoking “academic freedom,” said that it had the right to sanction students who violate the rules of their college handbook, which they agreed and conformed to when they enrolled. In fact, when sanctioned, their parents signed “conforme” to the punishment imposed by the school. This case has much relevance in this university town of ours. The Court ruled in favor of the girls, saying they were minors and deserve to be treated with kindness and civility; protection from verbal abuse in violation of RA 7610, which can leave a trauma that will haunt them for the rest of their lives; that Facebook is only for selected friends and not for everyone; and that they were entitled to due process before being unjustly barred from joining the graduation march.
Automated cheating in 2013?
Dateline Manila by Bingo P. Dejaresco
et us all be watchful as the Senate Committee on Electoral Reforms investigates the COMELEC for insisting on the renewal of the contract of the discredited Purchase Smartmatic International Precinct (PCOS) for the 2013 elections. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, national tally seemed valid, he date getting a new entrant a 2007 “dagdag bawas”” victim was not as “comfortable” in other than Smartmatic. But and now committee chair- will some local election poll re- Brillantes was COMELEC grill COMELEC Chairman Sixto sults. chair since last year- so why Brillantes who endorsed and The other dissenter was did he not violently object durwon a 5-2 COMELEC en banc Commissioner Christian Lim, ing the Congressional budget vote to buy P1.8-billion worth of who pointed out the expiry date hearings? 80,000 PCOS machines. for COMELEC to decide is over That is the reason who the The two dissenting votes (December 30, 2011) and COMELEC –Smartmatic deal came from tech-savvy former seemed to suggest that the se- has been described by many IBM man Commissioner ries of expiry “roll-overs” were cause-oriented groups as “illeAugusto Lagman, who re- designed to favor Smartmatic. gal, exclusivist and risky.” called the numerous glitches Brillantes claimed that That should mean (illegal) in the last and first automated Congress is to blame since for the lapsed expiry date, elections in 2010. The compu- the P7-billion budget is too (exclusivist) since the budget ter man alleged that while the small to possibly accommoTo page 13
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Police holds 45day counterinsurgency war games
BY JUANCHO RODRIGUEZ t’s not that the Army’s role is lacking. But the police is also doing its part in counter insurgency operations so that they can ably assist the army if the situation warrants.
More tractors for uplands sez Degamo
he provincial government is eyeing the purchase of more tractors to bolster the food security program being an agriculture-based province.
A 45-day Special Counter-Insurgency Operations Unit Training (SCOUT) is going on for the first time in the province under the auspices of the Negros Oriental Provincial Police Office headed by PSrSupt Edward Carranza. ACCREDITATION As this developed, a group of policemen who have undergone Scout training in the past but were not
declared as graduates of the special course, are vouching the idea of filing a case before the proper venue. The policemen, most of them are now senior police officers, are merely asking for accreditation of the training they have acquired in 1996, 1997 and 1998, at the training camp in Guihulngan before WARNING A warning is also is-
Union-Mgmt at Holy Child sign agreement
Dauin-centro drug den raided
inal Agreements to stave off a strike that would paralyze operations of the Holy Child Hospital , was successfully conducted, with both parties agreeing on specific terms. The agreement was reached following a series of round table discussions between the Holy Child Hospital Employees Labor Union (ELU-ALU-TUCP), the management and the Department of Labor the past days. Associated Labor Union-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines district officer Felizardo Calimpong disclosed the compromise agreement was duly signed by management represented by the legal counsel Atty Franklin Esmena, the administrator Sister Gloria Ebalio and the nurse supervisor. For the independent union, it was signed by union president Noreen Nuico, the vice president Jombi Patajo, and Calimpong. To page 15
sued to trainors not to bleed the 151 trainees with forced purchases which are not intended. Garbo issued a marching order to the trainors headed by P/SInspt Dexter Calacar and police officials in the province not to indulge in business activity by taking advantage of the 151 trainees. Such malpractice which is a no-no are that that To page 12
, Celso Cofino and Joel Sison. Allegedly confiscated from Sison were eight sachets and other illegal drug paraphernalia, three more sachets were confiscated from the possession of Fernando Flores, 25, single, resident of Purok Santan, Taclobo, one sachet from Randy Reyes, 44, married of Villa Allegre, Batinguel and one match box containing dried marijuana leaves from Nickson Larena, 28 years old, single of Purok Kalubihan, Daro. All the five suspects are
detained except for the owner of the alleged drug den Cuizon who eluded arrest. Also arrested inside the socalled drug den are four individuals who claimed they were only playing cards, namely, Arvin Toledo of Tinago Bayawan City, Saandoni Lawi of Pob 8 Dumaguete, William Cadena Jr of Ecoville Subd. Junob and Honorio “Boy” Sayre, 64 years old, married, resident of Talay, Dumaguete City . They were accused of violating provisions of RA 1602 as amended.jg
State university president challenges graduates to “explore the world” BY RACHELLE M. NESSIA
egros Oriental State University President (NORSU) Dr. Henry Sojor challenged the university’s graduates this year to “explore the world.”
“Success is a matter of choice, not a matter of chance. So go and explore the world,” Sojor told the graduates during the university’s 54th Commencement Exer-
cises held March 23, 2012 at the Lamberto Macias Sports Complex in Dumaguete City. The ceremony marked the 6th commencement exercise that Dr. Sojor delivered
NGO on guard vs illegal recruitment in disaster areas
n the aftermath of the two natural disasters that hit Negros Oriental last year and early this year, local anti-human trafficking groups are strengthening linkages in the neighboring Negros Occidental province in expectation of increased illegal recruitment activities. The Visayan Forum Foundation (VFF), a nongovernment organization, is beefing up its network in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental closely monitor possible illegal recruitment victims coming from disasterhit areas in Negros Oriental. San Carlos, along with Vallehermoso town in the Negros Oriental side, straddles the border lines of the two provinces. “ We were not lucky enough to have good connections in the San Carlos area so we’re working on it right now,” said Romualdo Seneris of VFF here during a March 27 forum in Dumaguete City. There is a possibility that trafficked victims will be rerouted to San Carlos following the heightened watch against human trafficking in some of the major ports in
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suspected drug den in Dumaguete was raided Thursday night by intelligence operatives that yielded 15 sachets containing suspected shabu granules, and illegal gambling paraphernalia.
Before the search warrant was served, a buy-bust operation was conducted that led to the arrest of a certain Celso Cofino, 45 years old, married, resident of District 3 in Poblacion Dauin, Negros Oriental. Recovered from Cofino were three sachets of shabu and the P500 marked money. Almost simultaneously, the search warrant was served , the subject of whom are Winniefredo Cuizon who owns the house in Upper Lukewright, Dumaguete City
Negros Oriental. VFF has earlier noted a link between climate-caused disasters and an increase in illegal recruitment. “We noticed that during disasters, while the government and other organizations are busy handing out relief goods and assistance, illegal recruiters would also take advantage of the situation by stepping up their recruitment,” said Marlene Pepino of the VFF in the same forum held by the Philippine Information Agency. Pepino said the illegal recruiters would target the women and young people. “They are the most vulnerable to trafficking because they are easily convinced by the illegal recruiters in view of their situation,” said Pepino. After Typhoon Sendung
struck on Dec. 17 last year, a task force from the Provincial Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (PIACAT) immediately launched a watch against illegal recruiters in flood-hit areas where government agencies are extending relief assistance. When the 6.9-magnitude earthquake jolted the province on Feb. 6, this year, the task force again carried out an operation against human trafficking activities in quake-hit areas. “Our team also made an ocular inspection two days after the earthquake. We saw in the evacuation centers of affected areas how vulnerable the victims were to possible illegal recruitment,” said Seneris. (RMN/PIA Negros Oriental)
a speech for the entire NORSU system, which is composed of two main campuses and five satellite campuses in the province, said NORSU Information Officer Joy Perez. Reymil Cadapan, NORSU registrar, said there were an estimated 2,700 graduates from NORSU this year. Of the total, 1,200 are from the two main campuses in Dumaguete City. NORSU has satellite campuses in Mabinay, Guihulngan City, Bais City, Bayawan-Sta. Catalina, and Siaton. Perez said honor students received medals and tokens from former Finance Secretary Margarito Teves who was assisted by his father, former District III Representative of Negros Oriental Herminio “Meniong “ Teves. (RMN/ PIA Negros Oriental)
DR. HENRY SOJOR NORSU President
A police officer on file foto is seen practicing his target during one of the past counter insurgency operational training by police men in order to assist the army during appropriate occasions.
NEWS BRIEFS NORSU expands Colleges
he Commission on Higher Education (CHED) has authorized the only state university in Negros Oriental to offer an Expanded Tertiary Education Equivalency and Accreditation Program (ETEEAP) for three academic degrees in the coming school year. The Negros Oriental State University (NORSU) in Dumaguete City will start offering the ETEEAP in three academic degree programs, namely: Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication, Bachelor of Science in Criminology, and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. The program will be valid for five years, starting school year 2012-2013, said NORSU Information Officer Joy Perez. ETEAAP is an educational scheme implemented by CHED which allows authorized schools to grant college degrees after assessing and giving credit to an individual’s knowledge, skills and prior learning gained from non-formal and informal educational experiences, such as work and seminars.
School helps school as quake victims
tudents in two schools in quake-hit Tayasan town in Negros Oriental received relief goods from the Bacong Holy Family High School Alumni Association recently. The association handed out about 400 packs of relief goods to almost 400 students of Tayasan National High School and Tayasan Science High School. Each pack contains two kilos of rice, two cans of sardines, three packs of noodles, one bar of laundry and assorted used clothing, said Nanette Tindoc, president of the alumni association and the provincial focal person of the Public Employment Services Office (PESO) in Negros Oriental. After the relief goods distribution, Tindoc gave a lecture for the graduating high school students of the two schools on Child Labor and Republic Act 9208 or the Anti-Human Trafficking Act.
School aid for poor
he city government here is now accepting in-school and out-of school youths aged 15 to 25 years old who are interested to avail of the Special Program for the Employment Students (SPES). Dumaguete City PESO Officer Socorro Mira said they are prioritizing students from public high schools who belong to families whose income does not exceed the national poverty threshold level set by the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA). “For inschool applicants, we are choosing those high school graduates who are entering college level,” said Mira in an interview with Philippine Information Agency. SPES is mandated under Republic Act No. 9547 which aims to help poor but deserving students pursue their education by providing income or augmenting it through employment during summer.
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GOOD FRIDAY PEOPLE
(“Looking for a book that will carry you beyond Palm Sunday?,” we asked a few Lents back. Written by Dr. Shiela Cassidy, “Good Friday People” looks at broken men and women – and the grace that shines through them. She was jailed and tortured by the Chilean military for treating rebels. Dr. Cassidy is a UK hospice medical director — JLM)
ood Friday people is a phrase I coined for those who find themselves called to powerlessness and suffering,” she writes. “(These) are men and women, broken in body and assaulted in mind — deprived not merely of things we take for granted.” God calls them to watch the Gestapo execute a walk the same road His Son child. trod.... I have no clever “Where is God? Where answer to the eternal ‘Why’ is He now?,” someone behind of suffering. But whatever me asked. Weisel recalls in his its cause and outcome, it is book: Night, “And I heard a never without meaning.” voice within me answer him: Nobel laureate Elie ‘Where is He? Here He is —He Wiesel captures this “sense is here hanging on this gallows.. of the absence of God”, “Never shall I forget Cassidy notes. Then 14- these moments which murdered year-old Weisel was forced, my God and turned my dreams along with other Jewish into dust, “ Weisel added. prisoners at Auschwitz, to Turn to page11
A Journey Through Cancer
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We celebrate Holy Week in the Philippines in the most elaborate ways. In fact, Holy Week events, like the nailing on the cross and self-flagellation of some faithfuls (fanatics?) in Pampanga has become a tourist attraction. Less of a tourist procession of the Blessed attraction but more popular Sacrament, which is brought to among the faithful because of a side altar called “the altar of its liturgical content during repose,” which usually attracts holy week celebrations is the a huge crowd. Good Friday carrying of the “palaspas,” celebrations include street which are blessed by the priest processions reciting “the way of on Palm Sunday, and the the cross.” In the Churches, the “pabasa” during Holy Week, “seven last words” is the theme which you see less of in central of the sermons of the priest who urban areas. Popular also pause to kneel at exactly 3PM to among families is the “visita commemorate the death of the iglesia” or church visitations redeemer. The Holy Week which serves as an outing for celebration is capped by the these families on Holy “salubong,” where the large Thursday. The washing of the statues of Jesus and Mary are feet of the “Apostles “ on the brought in procession, usually same day, inside the Churches, around the town plaza, as part of the last mass before simulating the reunion of Jesus, Easter, is followed by a Turn to page 11
Meet my Giants
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Outgrowing the carnal man
JAMES “KOJAK” HUGHS U.S. Army, Cpt (ret)
Footsteps and Fingerprints
HIS is everyone’s war, a universal struggle. We all need to overcome our carnality and sensuality to allow reason, and eventually, our faith, to take root and dominate in us. This is because we are meant to be spiritual men, not carnal men. Reason, will, faith, hope, charity—all these make up the spiritual character of our life. We have to Much less is he a purely acknowledge the true material being, completely dimensions of our life, the imprisoned in time, space and range and scope of our worldliness, and detached from humanity. We are not meant God, the eternal, supernatural, to be animals only, ruled by perfect being, who created him to instincts and the senses, nor be God’s image and likeness, as even rational animals, which what some Marxist doctrine is how our classical teaches. philosophers define man to There is something be. That’s already a lot, but spiritual in man, because he not quite enough. can think, judge, reason, love, We have to be etc.,-- operations that transcend careful with the many the material dimension of our ideological definitions and life. Since operations are descriptions of man that determined by nature (operare can contain certain sequitur esse), then he must be elements of truth but still spiritual because he is capable miss the core point. Man of spiritual operations. is not just a social, Since our spirituality is economic or political being. not self-generated or self-created, He is a lot more than then we must understand that it these. Turn to page 11
ome things are difficult to see unless you are focused and looking for them. Last month, two thieves tried to steal my motorcycle. Why they would want that piece of rusting junk is beyond me, but they did try. The attempted robbery took place at two in the morning outside my home. If it had not been for my security lights. He did not ask neighbor, they might have me to pay my share of the succeeded. My neighbor cost for this new security became suspicious of their light. He did not ask me to furtive behavior and ran share the electric bill. He just quietly took steps to make them off. The next day, my sure I and my property were neighbor did something very safe. My neighbor and I unusual. He erected a tall pole in the vacant lot between our have never met. I do not even two homes. He then mounted know his name. Why he an electric light so that it should voluntarily take these shines on both our yards. He extra security measures did not need this light. He caused me to pause. Maybe has plenty of security lights it is a Filipino thing I do not around his house and they yet understand. If it is a are on all night. In addition, Filipino thing, it is a very good he has several dogs in his thing. What I do know is he high-walled yard. This new is a better neighbor than I light was obviously for my am. I am embarrassed by his protection. He did not ask me generosity and concern for a why I do not turn on my Turn to page 11
e is like a tree planted by the streams of water which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers. Psalm 1:3 I thank God for your life! Have you heard this phrase or anything that sounds like it? If you receive this compliment, it creates a whole new perspective of your very own purpose or what you thought your purpose should be. There are many and energy boosters. God uses people around us whose lives to propel us when we are existence or presence down and exhausted. We have our alone make us thankful own giants whom we admire. One that He or she was born. of them is a friend who has a son Whether we like it who has been in coma for years, or not, our fellow human yet day after day, she holds on to being can boost our energy dear life, hoping and praying for a power or deplete everything cure and watching her cope with in us. Difficult people are life and touch other people’s lives easy to find but an as well is something I deeply encourager is a rare diamond admire. I would like to hug her in the rough. Life is made of and tell her you are a blessing. thorns and roses. Most Another is someone who can often, thorns dominate our barely walk, stays in her room rose gardens and we wonder most often, but her unseen why and when will the buds strength powers a newspaper that reaches millions of readers. And come out. We need inspiration most of all, my best friend and Turn to page 11
AMB. JOSE V. ROMERO, JR., PH.D.
LIFE IS AN ADVENTURE
FR. ROY CIMAGALA
s I continue my Lenten reflections with Joyce Rupp in her book, Walk in a Relaxed Manner: Life Lessons from the Camino, I am struck by her unquenchable spirit of adventure. Despite daily hardships along the Camino trail, she remained fully alive to the experience. She approached the pilgrimage as an adventure more than as an accomplishment, looking at each day as a precious gift “holding countless possibilities of growth and newness.” Being a religious tiredness, and replenishing sister, Joyce had been taught her joy of being alive. The to be attentive to the Spirit, Camino became for her, not but it was while she walked just a pilgrimage, but an the Camino that she learned opportunity to be aware of that she also had to be the beauty of all of God’s attentive to her body, to its creation. Her life began to take complaints, to its energy level, to its ability to gain on new meaning as she was strength in the simple influenced by the kindness of along the exercise of walking. She strangers found that beauty sustained way. One pilgrim gave her her during the challenging ointment and advice on how moments, relieving her to cope with recurring Turn to page 11
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Cebu Citizen’s Press Council leading for responsible media
GK Bayani challenge 2012 reels off Apr9-14 in Amlan
The Cebu Citizen’s Press Council has become a model of responsible media in the biggest city of the South. Aside from editors and broadcast managers, the CCPC Board is also composed of civic, religious, legal and academic leaders in the community.
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BY LELE MARTINEZ
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HOLY WEEK THOUGHTS John 15: 13 “There is no greater love than this: that a person would lay down his life for the sake of his friends.” While reading a book I came across one name: RAOUL WALLENBERG Who is this man? There is a monument dedicated to him across the United Nations Headquarters in New York and a designated Raoul Wallenberg Walk there. As we approach Holy week, his life story would be interesting to read as he and many others live the often heard verse John 15:13. waved palms to welcome him. Today is I wish to share his heroic actions as also known as Passion Sunday, marking written by Tom Veres. Raoul Wallenberg the passion of Jesus that will culminate on was a Swedish Diplomat who worked in the Cross on Good Friday, when He gave Budapest, Hungary during World War II. His life for the salvation of Man. From July 1944 to January 1945, he risked There will be many ways to spend his own life going to train stations issuing Holy Week. Some will go on holidays to protective passports and housed several the beaches or fun destinations; others will thousand Jews, saving tens of thousands spend the week quietly in meditation and from certain death. In the last days of the reflection, resting from the hectic rush of war, the Nazis prepared to exterminate the the daily grind, to look inward and reflect last large population of Jews alive in on the message of the Holy Week. Europe, those in Budapest. As Tom Veres wrote, what Wallenberg did for thousands Gems for today: of men, women and children will always be remembered. I do not know anyone who goes I t was described that Wallenberg through life without some wounding of the went to the trains stations and handed out heart. Sometimes, we take a little shower protective passes to those about to be at Calvary rather than let God deeply cut shipped out to gas chambers and helped and wash away the hurts with His atoning as many as he could. Those he saved were not his friends, blood. - Cindy Jacobs these people whose lives he saved were simply his fellow human beings. He stood up and risked his life to save the lives of strangers. There is a strange twist to the story of Wallenberg’s life. I t is still unknown whether he is alive. He was arrested on January 17th 1945, when the Soviet troops liberated Budapest and was never seen again ---a hero without a grave Today is Pal m Sunday, commemorating the triumphant entry of Jesus to Jerusalem w here the crow ds
All heaven is interested in the cross of Christ, all hell terribly afraid of it, while men are the only beings, who, more or less, ignore its meaning. - Iowa Chambe The Gospel is good news of mercy to the undeserving. The symbol of the religion of Jesus is the Cross, not the scales. - John R. W. Stott
Over 250 graduating high school seniors proceeded to hold a memorable commencement rites last Thursday in Mabinay despite the fire that burned down their main school building the dawn before.
e g r o s Oriental is hosting the Gawad Kalinga (GK) Bayani Challenge 2012 from April 9 to 14 in the Municipality of Amlan. The GK Bayani Challenge is a 5-day test of courage, endurance and love for the country that Gawad Kalinga has been staging annually since 2006. Teams of 15 people go on an adventure to plant hope on ground by building sustainable communities, fostering friendships, and transforming lives that are critical to nation-building. Anchored on the theme, “PILIPINAS, NGAYON NA!”, this year ’s GK Bayani Challenge will gather volunteers from various parts of the country and abroad in the province and in the areas of Cagayan de Oro, Iligan, Masbate, and Occidental Mindoro. Hometown activities that would take place during the 5-day Bayani Challenge are: Building of homes – Build an actual home for a family and experience
GK advance workhorses: Brayan Gapasin, team leader GK Bayani Challenge 2012; Verna Lopez-Esmeralda, tri media coordinator; and Joseph Ceriales, program head, GK projects. everything from laying the foundation, attaching the roof, painting the walls, and landscaping; Paraisong Pambata – Create an environment of fun and learning for children aged 6 to 10 years old through feeding programs, storytelling lessons, games, and a Sports Clinic; School Build – Make public schools conducive to learning by refurbishing rooms, painting
walls, landscaping gardens, and repairing tables and chairs; Environment – Be a hero for the environment by planting trees and organizing clean-up drives; and Community Health – Share the importance of health by conducting a nutrition program, medical check-ups and health consultations among the different barangays.
Camella Dumageuete launches WOW SUMMER NA! campaign
TEJEROS swim pool no more
umaguete City’s premier address, Camella Dumaguete, shone bright with the vibrant summer feel with the launching of the Wow Summer Na! campaign. Camella Visayas Operations Head Atty. Pamela C. Gako, Camella Dumaguete General Manager Joseph Y. Sison and Dumaguete City Tourism Officer Woodrow Maquiling, Jr. heralded the campaign’s official beginnings with the unveiling of the Wow Summer Na! signage. Camella Dumaguete, which is nestled along Palinpinon Road, will soon be the city’s newest tourist attraction. This picturesque community is dotted with Carribean pine trees, lush gardens, pocket parks and meditation ponds set against a magnificent view of the Negros Oriental Twin Peaks, or Cuernos de Negros – a majestic mountain range.Completing the picture is a grandiose gate with CCTV security system, jogging trails, basketball court, children’s playground and Pavilion. These extraordinary amenities will make Dumaguete City not just a
destination hub, but moreso as a pleasant environment to retire in and settle. Camella team members, partners and homeowners gathered for this festive occasion. Upon arival, guests were given a cold drink of lemonade and garland and were entertained by a lively Jamaican Band to up the summery feel. None other than the ecstatic Camella Dumaguete homeowner Liya Langevin hosted the event, and Camella dancers kept the beat going with a dance number to the tune of "Gising Na," a Camella jingle. Dumaguete City Tourism Officer Mr.
Woodrow Maquiling, Jr. emphasized during his inspirational message how Camella Dumaguete can easily become the city’s newest tourist spot. After which, Camella GM Joseph Y. Sison gave a powerful speech on what to expect for the next few months from the leading developer in the city. Camella Dumaguete is a part of Vista Land & Lifescapes, Inc. the country’s largest homebuilder with 250,000 houses in 21 provinces in 48 cities and municipalities. Visit Camella Dumaguete office at G/F Plaza Milagros Bldg., Gov. Perdices St., Dumaguete City (035) 4210911 www.camella.com.ph.
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AN EASY YOKE And Jonathan had David reaffirm his oath out of love for him, because he loved him as he loved himself. I Samuel 20:17
T Galatians 2: 19-21
or through the law, I died to the law so that I might live for 20 God. I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live Re: DIOCESAN ADMINISTRATOR
nder the code of canon law, an interim diocesan administ rat or must be appointed to oversee the affairs of the diocese when the diocese becomes vacant. A diocese FR. GAMMY TULABING becomes vacant JCD, VG whenever the diocesan bishop dies, resigns, or is transferred from or deprived of his see by the Roman Pontiff. With the transfer of Bishop John Du as Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Palo, Leyte, the Diocese of Dumaguete will soon become vacant. There are two ways in which the interim diocesan administrator is appointed. He must be a priest or bishop. He can be elected by the body of diocesan priests known as College of Consultors. The Pope also can appoint the diocesan administrator, and in that case, he is known as the Apostolic Administrator. In general, the diocesan administrator, whether he is elected by the Consultors or appointed by the Holy Father, is subject to the same obligations and possesses the same powers as a diocesan bishop. However, there are certain limitations on the power of the administrator that hinge upon his status. Thus, an administrator who is not a bishop may not perform functions that by their nature are reserved to bishops, such as ordaining priests and deacons for the diocese while an administrator who is a bishop has the authority to ordain. The law itself denies the administrator the power to perform certain actions that are permitted to the diocesan bishop. For example, Church law allows the administrator to issue letters authorizing the ordination of diocesan priests or deacons (known as dimissorial letters), but states he can only do so with the consent of the College of Consultors. The Code of Canon Law prohibits the To page 10
by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 21 I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!” FIRST MASS IN THE PHILIPPINES
vidence needs constant reexamination. To shed light on the raging controversy about the site of the first mass in the Philippines, Pigafetta himself narrated as follows: (s)alta(ss)emo in terra li dui re abra(ss)arono lo cap° gñale et Lo REV. FR. ROMAN C. SAGUN, JR. me(ss)eno in mezo de loro anda(ss)emo in ordinanza fino aL locho con(s)acrato non molto longi de la riua. We landed; the two kings embraced the captain-general, and placed him between them. We went in marching order to the place consecrated, which was not far from the shore. Jnanzi (s)e comen(s)a(ss)e la me(ss)a iL cap° bagno tuto eL corpo de li dui re con hacqua mo(s)ta da Se ofer(s)e ala me(ss)a Li re andorono aba(ss)iare la croce como nuy ma nõ ofer(s)eno. Before the commencement of mass, the captain sprinkled the entire bodies of the two kings with musk water. The mass was offered up. The kings went forward to kiss the cross as we did, but they did not offer the sacrifice. Quando (s)e leuaua lo corpo de n(ost)ro s(eñor) (s)takuano in genoquiuoni et adorauanlo cõ le mane gionte le nave tirarono tuta La artigliaria in vno tempo quando (s)e leuo Lo corpo de x° dando ge Lo (s)egnio de la tera cõ li (s)chiopetj finita la me(ss)a alquanti deli no(s)t(ri) (s)e comunicorono. When the body of our Lord was elevated, they remained on their knees and worshiped Him with clasped hands. The ships fired all their artillery at once when the body of Christ was elevated, the signal having been given from the shore with muskets. After the conclusion of mass, some of our men took communion. Lo cap° generale fece fare vno ballo cõ le (s)pade deque le re hebenno gr(an) piacere poi fece portare vna croce cõ li quiodi et la corona alaqªL (s)ubito fecero reuerentia li To page 10
ake my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. – Matthew 11:29-30 His yoke is easy because his yoke is my yearning. It gives me the very thing I’m made for—creative activity. When I surrender to him, it is the same surrender a wire, unattached and noncreative, makes when it surrenders to a dynamo: it throbs with light and power.
The same surrender which paint makes when it surrenders to an artist: mere color becomes a living picture, which ink makes when it surrenders to a writer; mere color becomes words that burn and bless and enlighten. When you surrender to Christ, you surrender to the most creative and dynamic Person on this or any other planet. You begin to be alive with his life, enlightened with his light, loving with his love. You have surrendered to creativity. Therefore, his yoke is easy, for you are made by the Creator for creation. His yoke fits you. You are made to belong, and when you belong to him, you know instinctively that this is the right belonging. When Jesus came to the disciples as they were distressed in rowing, bucking a heavy headwind and getting nowhere,
they were frightened, thinking he was a ghost—something alien. But finally, after his assurance, “It is I,” they gladly took him into the boat; and “immediately, the boat was at the land whither they were going.” They were going nowhere until they took him in, and then the boat was “immediately at the land whither they were going.” You strive to get to the land of self-realization and can’t, and then you take Jesus in as Lord, surrender to him, and immediately you are at the land whither you were going—the land of self-realization. You have been striving to get to the land of total meaning and can’t get there. You take Jesus in, and immediately you are at the land whither you were going— you’ve found the land of total meaning, the Kingdom of God. You have arrived at the land of fulfillment when you are in him. You don’t have to travel—you’re here!
GOSPEL Ephesians 2: 1-10 New International Version (NIV)
Made Alive in Christ 1 As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our
flesh[a] and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. 4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Sunday Thoughts THE CRY OF ABANDONMENT Part II
ave you ever stopped to think that in the biblical passages, where there are references to thick darkness, it is symbolic of the awesome power of God’s loving presence? After the cry of abandonment, Jesus utters a loud cry. DR. PROCESO UDARBE And the Greek word for cry is not the weeping of the hopeless but the cry of
the head of an army who calls his men to do battle because victory is assured. And then, look at the things hat happen after he utters a loud cry. One, the curtain of the temple is torn in two. Jesus’ death effects the total breakdown of the barriers that separate man from God. Two, the centurion, a pagan, watching all that is happening and hearing the cry, shouts of amazement: “Surely, this was the Son of God.” Being pagan, you could not expect him to say: “Surely, this is the Son of God.” But the soldier is quite impressed by the way Jesus dies. The feeling comes from the heart that this man crucified between two thieves is not only completely innocent but immensely brave and lordly. And of course, you add to all these the fact that the last words of Jesus on the cross are not the cry of abandonment, but a cry of commitment and fulfillment. That
last word of Jesus on the cross are: “It is finished!” and “Father, into thy hands, I commit my spirit.” So how do we view Jesus’ cry of abandonment? We truly affirm that it is the most important evidence from his words on the cross that Jesus truly and really suffered under Pontius Pilate. We affirm that this cry of abandonment w a s t h e cry of a lost soul suffering desolation, b u t r a t h e r a c r y o f trust in the ultimate victory of God over evil. We affirm that the centurion was right; but we only need to Christianize his faith to say: “Truly, this is the Son of God.” In this season of Lent, for us who feel deeply the need for a Savior, the cross of Jesus is our fixed center. It strengthens our faith that Jesus went all the way to Calvary to bring us back to God. His cry of abandonment calls our own lostness, not his, for he was bruised for our transgressions; He was wounded for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that made us whole, and with his stripes, we are healed.
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P.E.P. (People, Events, Places)
2011 McLuhan Prize Awardee
t is an irony that the peace negotiations in Mindanao have been going on for the past 38 years, and after six presidential administrators and nine presidential advisers on the peace process. Moreover, while there are three Ateneo universities in Mindanao, with eminent scholars and professors teaching there, many of the textbooks about Mindanao are written by authors coming mostly from Metro Manila. However, there is still no light at the end of the tunnel for peace to be attained in Mindanao, with stories of injustice and conflict plaguing the socalled “Land of Promise.” On the contrary, Mindanao has always been referred to as a war zone. “ The conflict in Mindanao is not over religion. It is about resources and the injustice inflicted on its people. After all, no one fights over barren land,” expressed Carol Arguillas, 2011 Marshall McLuhan Prize Awardee, who is editorin-chief of Our Mindanao and chair of the Mindanao News and Information Cooperative Center, who breezed into town recently to speak before Mass student journalists, this must Communication students of be exciting times for you. Dumaguete City. With her You get a front seat view of were Jamie Christoff, history as it unfolds. You can political and economic go to places which you have relations counsellor of the just read about. However, Embassy of Canada and there are many risks that you Carlo Figueroa, public have to face and journalism is not about you and it means affairs officer. Until today, despite hard work,” she challenged, the rich natural resources in articulating that one gets Mindanao, her people are still better training as a journalist marginalized. The dominant in the provinces because you images people read and hear study a diversity of issues, about Mindanao are violence meeting the nameless, and conflict, which, as faceless majority. “ If teachers can pass on their
Arguillas emphasized, is very sad. “But it is the one that sells, thus, it is also the one that people would expect to read,” Arguillas lamented. She continued, “Mindanao has 26 provinces out of a total of 80 nationwide and 33 cities out of 138 all over the country. It is where Mt. Apo, the country’s highest peak, is located. It is a fact that it is home to more than half of the country’s Armed Forces, to all Moro National Liberation Front members with the largest concentration of Communist guerrillas and the Abu Sayyaf. But, people hardly know or may have forgotten that Mindanao is richest in her natural resources with a glorious pre-colonial past, home to peace-building initiatives, multicultural efforts, and paradise for her 21.5 million residents.” She equated journalism and education as needing one another because, in a way, both professions share almost similar vision and mission. “For our
ignorance and biases to at least 40 elementary and high school students per class, so can journalists,” Arguillas cautioned, saying that one must read, read, and read and spend sleepless nights doing research to get a better perspective and understand all angles to an issue. Also in attendance were media practitioners who gave their reactions to Arguillas’ presentation, as well as shared their own experiences. They were: Jennifer Catan-Tilos, manager of the Philippine Information AgencyInfocen Provincial Office; Sher lynInfante -Abe lla, manager, DYRM-AM; and Romulo Amarado, anchor, DYGB-FM and correspondent, Philippine Daily Inquirer. The McLuhan Forum on Responsible Media provides an avenue for the McLuhan Prize winner to exchange ideas and share experiences with media practitioners. Now on its 15th year, Dumaguete has always been part of the Embassy of
BY CECILE M. GENOVE
Canada’s itinerary together with Cebu, Puerto Princesa, Baguio, Iloilo, and Manila. Each year, the McLuhan Prize is awarded to a Filipino journalist who exemplifies the ideals of the Canadian journalist, Marshall McLuhan, who received worldwide acclaim following his brilliant theories about the impact of media on society, coining the phrase, “global village” in the 1960s, little knowing that the phenomenon would become a reality many years later because of the connections among media, technology, and man. “The Philippines has a remarkably vibrant media, thus, the Embassy of Canada initiated the McLuhan Prize to recognize local excellence in journalism and also to acknowledge the importance of McLuhan’s contribution to media,” remarked Christoff.
First Mass... from page 8 di(ss)e per Lo interprete como que(s)to era il vessilo datoli daLo imperator(e) (s)uo (s)ignore acio in ogni parte doue anda(ss)e mete(ss)e que(s)to (s)uo (s)egnialle. The captain-general arranged a fencing tournament, at which the kings were greatly pleased. The he had a cross carried in and the nails and a crown, to which immediate reverence was made. He told the kings through the interpreter that they were the standards given to him by the emperor his sovereign, so that wherever he might go he might set up those his tokens. et che voleua meterlo iui p(er) (s)ua vtilita p(er) che (s)e vene(ss)eno algune naue dele n(ost)re (s)aperianno cõ que(s)ta croce noj e(ss)ere (s)tati in que(s)to locho et nõ farebenno de(s)piacere aloro ne ale co(s)e et (s)e piglia(ss)eno alguno de li (s)oi (s)ubito mo(s)trandoli que(s)to (s)egnialle le la(ss)erianno andare et q(ue) conueniua meter que(s)ta
Re: DIOCESAN... from page 8 administrator from removing from office either the judicial vicar or adjunct judicial vicars but allows him to remove the chancellor or other notaries from office as long as he has the consent of the college of consultors. There are certain functions that the administrator may perform only after the diocesan see has been impeded or stood vacant for more than one year. For example, the administrator may grant incardination or excardination to priests and deacons only if the diocese has been vacant for a year. The administrator cannot name pastors for parishes unless the diocese has been without a diocesan bishop for at least one year. Finally, Church law prohibits the administrator from taking actions which may prejudice the rights of the diocese or its bishop. This would include suppression of parishes and relegation of churches to profane use. Apart from such croce in cima deL piu alto monte que fo(ss)e acio vedendola ogni matina La adora(ss)eno et (s)eq?(s)to faceuano ne troui ne fulmini ni tempe(s)ta li nocerebe in co(s)a alguna. [He said] that he wished to set it up in that place for their benefit, for wherever any of our ships came, they would know that we had been there by that cross, and would do nothing to displease them or harm their property. If any of their men were captured, they would be set free immediately on that sign being shown. It was necessary to set that cross on the summit of the highest mountain, so that on seeing it every morning, they might adore it; and if they did that, neither thunder, lightning, nor storms would harm them in the least.
limitations, the administrator enjoys powers and has obligations equivalent to those of a diocesan bishop in all respects. For example, he is required to reside in the diocese and to celebrate the Mass for the people of the diocese. Furthermore, with regard to selling of ecclesiastical property, the administrator needs to obtain the consent of both the College of Consultors and the diocesan finance council
when the value of the property to be alienated falls within the minimum and maximum amounts set by the episcopal conference. In general, the diocesan administrator, whether elected by the college of consultors or appointed by the Holy Father, maintains the necessary day to day functioning of a diocese but does not make any structural changes that would truly be innovations in the particular diocese.
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husband, Andrew, who is a constant encourager and allows me to grow as a person, and despite of many challenges in life, he serves God more and more regardless of circumstances. The only explanation I know is that these people are deeply rooted in the river of life, planted by the streams, which roots take nourishment from an everlasting source, who is God.
Lenten... from page 6 and his mother, Mary, after his resurrection. The midnight mass is an elaborate affair, which is usually a standing room in most churches. As ambassador to Rome in the nineties I always looked forward to this midnight, mass which was officiated by the Pope himself. This outward manifestations of the piety of the faithful during Holy Week, especially in the rural areas, is indeed commendable and continue to remind us that this nation, despite the onslaught of imported secular and liberal tendencies, continue to be faithful to the cross – the hallmark of our faith. Let it be said, however, that these pious Lenten practices are not nearly enough. The Lord, himself, addressing the hypocritical scribes and Pharisees – the “white sepulchers,” bluntly told them that he was not appeased by “burnt offerings” of lambs and cattle, which was supposedly to erase the sinfulness of the offerors. The Lord wanted much more – self immolation and dying to oneself, albeit not literally, but in the sense of repentance, penance and mortification (killing of the
senses). In short, offer oneself and not use animals as a proxy. In an environment of conspicuous consumption driven by excessive advertisement in the media, people have become captive of the senses. This has become a society which tries to maximize pleasure and minimize pain. Accordingly, the objective of the Lenten season as a time for penance and prayers have given way to pleasures and pastimes. Let us try to reverse the process! I recall that during Holy Week, the scions of hacienderos and friends would spend the week hunting wildlife in Lapay with high-powered guns and/or try to outdo each other in the consumption of beer and liquor in the beach. The incidence of liver ailments, which decimated these friends over time, was indeed, the stiff price to pay for this unholy folly over holy week.
Focus.... from page 6 foreign stranger he has never met. Having never encountered a situation quite like this, I was at a loss to know how to respond. An inappropriate response could be embarrassing. Finally, my wife and I purchased a nice bottle of wine and a small cake and presented it to our neighbor. We told them how much we appreciate their concern for our safety and hope one day to properly return their kindness-- “Utang Na Loob.” Interestingly enough, I still do not know their name. The brief presentation was not conducive to an exchange of names. But in that, my neighbor represents a Filipino spirit and culture I can not help but admire, they are my “Everyday Heroes” for this week.
Life is an... from page 6 blisterson her sore feet. Another went out of his way to help them (Joyce and her companion) find better lodgings for the night. Joyce comments, “The kindness of strangers on the Camino became a constant teacher for me. Each gesture of goodness stood out as a lesson in love. Each opportunity to receive an unexpected gift of care was an occasion to grow in both amazement and awareness of how powerful these simple gestures can be. They not only provide for a need, they also bring hope to the heart.” “Footsteps and Fingerprints,” my column title, was originally meant to focus on people and happenings that had made a difference in my life. The reflections of Joyce Rupp now add a fresher perspective to this phrase. I should not only include those who had made significant differences in my life, but also remember those people whose simple acts of kindness and concern brought hope to my heart. Many times, kindness, caring and concern are present in the people around us but we (and that includes me) are so busy with our own activities, our unending schedules, our own life, that we can easily, as Joyce says “ignore the goodness extended to me by another.” She continues, “How much each of us misses when we overfocus on life’s busyness. Kindness…lifts our spirit when we are consumed with activity, gives us hope in our discouragement, reminds us someone loves us when we feel ragged and torn inside, and helps restore our belief in the goodness of others.” Truly, life is an adventure. I realized now, as I
reflect on my life, how in every stage of my journey, at every turning of the path, I was blest to encounter others, who, through their kindness and caring, gave me the strength and hope to continue on when I was reluctant to venture into the unknown future. When I now look at every day as an adventure because it is new, I find that adventure is not so much about what I do in my life, but how I approach and embrace it. Each day becomes a time to share kindness and the sense of adventure with others, to realize that today, and every day, is an adventure daring me to be fully alive!
Outgrowing... from page 6 must understand that it comes from an eternal spirit whom our reason alone can start to identify as God. We actually have some inkling of God, which we should try with God’s grace, to develop and cultivate as fully as possible. That’s why we are said to be a naturally religious being that we should bring to maturity. That’s the natural consequence of being spiritual. FromGod, ourspirituality can never be detached, although it can choose to cut away from its creator and preserver. In its objective reality, our spirituality is always bound up with God. It now depends on us to conform our spirituality in its subjectivity to this objective reality. That’s the reason why St. Paul talks about the spiritual man, which we should try to develop out of our being simply carnal man. This is the challenge and task for all of us. And we just have to help one another in this. This will involve some war because our carnality and sensuality will resist the spirituality proper to us.
Remember St. Paul saying, “I am delighted with the law of God according to the inward man, but I see another law in my members, fighting against the law of my mind, and captivating me in the law of sin, that is in my members.” (Rom 7,22-23) In the school where I work, I try my best to help the young boys overcome their sensuality. With prayers and sacrifice, with the insights and lessons I get from my personal prayers and study, as well as the experience of my own personal struggles, I give them tips, suggestions, pieces of advice, admonitions, etc. on how to wage this war. I often tell them to pray and be generous with sacrifices, to link their mind with God and with others, not allowing them to go empty and idle but rather fired up in love and desire for the good. Chastity is more a matter of affirmative action of love than that of denying oneself. I tell them to be wary of pride that can come from one’s privileges in looks, health, talents, intelligence, etc., things the young are most vulnerable to, as well as gluttony and laziness. These are where the devil can gain a foothold on us. Temptations should, as much as possible, be ignored, and if not, then tackled while still far from one’s heart. I also tell them to be highly disciplined in their thinking and imagination, to keep close, if discreet, guard on their senses, especially the eyes and the touch, to minimize unnecessary “pa-cute and pacharming” with the girls. And when the sting of the flesh manages to come, then one has todowhat comesnaturally and supernaturally, including intense prayers and sacrifices. Saints have done extraordinary things like wrapping themselves with thorns, rolling on snow, whipping with spikes, etc. One
can do what the Spirit inspires him. Recourse to the sacraments and devotion to our Lady, Mother most chaste and Mother of Fair Love, helps a lot. Take it from the saints.
Good friday... from page 6 “Never shall I forget even if I am condemned to live as long as God Himself never.” Weisel had the look of a “Lazarus, risen from the dead yet still a prisoner… stumbling among shameful corpses,” recalled Catholic philosopher Francois Mauriac. In his foreword to Night, Mauriac wrote: ”And I, who believed that God is love, what answer could I give my young questioner whose dark eyes still held the reflection of that angelic sadness, which appeared on the face of the hanged child? “Did I speak to him of that other Israeli, his brother — the Crucified, whose cross conquered the world? Did I affirm that conformity to the Cross and suffering was, in my eyes, the key to that impenetrable mystery whereon the faith of his childhood had perished..? “We do not know the worth of one single drop of blood, one single tear. All is grace. If the Eternal is the Eternal, the last word for each one of us belongs to Him. This is what I should have told this Jewish child,” Mauriac adds. “But I could only embrace him weeping.” In her book, Cassidy accompanies “Good Friday people” — from El Salvador ’s Oscar Romero, the timid priest who emerged into a fearless defender of thedescamisados, sick people, Maryknoll nun Eta Ford, to Marxist folk singer Victor Jara. to be continued next issue..
April 1, 2012
Dumagueteño passes Real Estate Brokers Board Exam
omegrown Dumagueteño and one of only six pioneering graduates in 2011 of the degree, Bachelor of Business Ad-
ministration Major in Economics, at Silliman University, George Michael Madronial Genove, passed the Real Estate Brokers Licensure Examination given by the Board of Real Estate Service of the Professional Regulation Commission on March 18, 2012 in Cebu City. The results of the exam were released on March 26, 2012. Genove, who is at of 4,801 who took the exam present a property consultant in testing centers in Baguio, of Federal Land Inc., Marco Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, MaPolo Residences, Cebu City, nila, Davao, Legazpi, and joins 3,192 examinees who Iloilo. successfully hurdled the This is the second year licensure exam out of a total that the Professional Regulation Commission has administered the licensure exam. Prior to this, the Department of Trade and Industry faciliFrom page 5 trainees are forced to buy tated the exam for many years would allow the licensfrom their trainors, aside that ing of real estate brokers. from their issued supplies, Genove was items like energy drinks, uni- Sangguniang Kabataan chair forms and the like, whose prices are jacked up and even of Poblacion Barangay 6, Dumaguete City in 2007doubled. Garbo explained that 2010.
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cases. Through prevention, we can avoid the loss of lives and damage to property,” he said. Tacaldo said the fire incident that razed two houses in Brgy. Calindagan this month, with damages pegged at P300,000, was due to unattended lighted kerosene lamp. According to Provincial Fire Marshall C/Insp. Arnulfo Sayson, since January this year, the BFP here responded to 22 fire alarms across the province. Damage to property is pegged at P3M. (RMN/PIA Negros Oriental)
creasing population and that the farm mechanization program would greatly help improve the yield of farmers. In using carabaos, a farmer would finish plowing one hectare in one week, but with the use of a tractor, it will only take him 45 minutes, Degamo pointed out. This developed as two brand new tractors had arrived for use by farmers cooperatives and organizations in the province, the system of which is being worked out by the provincial agriculture office.
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Camp Crame had allotted funds for two batches only for this year but for the police regional office-7, it wanted to conduct SCOUT training for eight batches. The specialized training started\ Thursday at the former Philippine Constabulary camp in Nagbagang Sta. Catalina, which was refurbished by the provincial government , situated on a lot donated by citizen German Carballo Jr. PNP regional director P/ CSupt Marcelo Garbo said the training is the first in Negros Oriental and the 2nd for the entire region. He said the PNP is making history at a historical place since the Camp in Nagbagang, Sta. Catalina was attacked and overran by New Peoples Army rebels in 1988..jg
AFFIDAVIT OF ADJUDICATION Notice is hereby given that the heirs of the late Lydia Pyponco Jomao-as, namely, Alden Pyponco Jomao-as and Regan Pyponco Jomao-as have filed and executed an Affidavit of Adjudication over Philippine National Bank Dumaguete Branch Savings Account No. 331957600015 per Document No. 52, Page No. 12, Book No. 32, Series of 2012 notarized by Atty. Edmund F. Dy. The Negros Chronicle April 1, 8, and 15, 2012
April 1, 2012
Separation of power
nder our Constitution, we have a Republican Form of government, sovereignty resides in the peo ple, and all government authority emanates from them. History has shown us that absolute power corrupts absolutely. Hence, we have separation of powers wherein the three branches of government is divided into the Executive, the Legislative and the Judiciary. Each is co-equal, and supreme within each own sphere. The President and Vice-President, and the members of the Supreme Court cannot be removed from office except through impeachment. The members of Congress can be removed only by two-thirds vote of all the members of Congress. The President and VicePresident and members of the Supreme Court and the member of the Constitutional Commission, such as the members of the Commission on Elections, the Commission on Audit and the Commission of Civil Service can be removed only by impeachment.
Impeachment can be initiated by a complainant with the assistance of a member of Congress, wherein two-thirds of all the members of the Houses of Representatives can initiate the articles of impeachment and the senate shall act as the impeachment court. One hundred eighty eight (188) members of Congress endorsed and filed the Articles of impeachment against Chief Justice Corona. Two thirds on sixteen members of the senate are needed to impeach Justice Corona, hence, we have the ongoing impeachment trial. In the end, what counts is that at least sixteen (16) senators would vote for his impeachment and that would be FINAL
ple Empowerment in Government, Automated Election Systems, and the Philippine Computer Society. Other issues brought forth are the lack of information of source code, no digital signatures, counting done outside of the machine mechanism, lack of clarity in the instructions and the flash desks; sub-issues like warehouses where the computers were stored before the actual polls, the substitutability of the flash cards and others. Strange occurrences also have been noted. What were 60 PCOS machines doing in an unauthorized warehouse in Antipolo? Were they substituted with fake ones? A witness of a former Manila mayor said counting was already done before the May 10, 2010 elections. Stranger still were votes found in Mindanao coming from a Latin American country (Argentina?) and some PCOS machines printed thermal paper containing the logo of a famous Philippine credit card company. How did it get there? In the local scene, former vicemayor Toto Veloso, along with a few other mayors (also elsewhere in the
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was designed for renewal rather than entertain a new provider (other than Smartmatic) and (risky) because of the well-known glitches. Remember those exposes made by Robin Hood about the electronic rigging of some of the election results in 2010? Brillantes said that Smartmatic had already made “corrections, enhancements and modifications” of the old system since last year as the same outfit was to have been used in the postponed ARMM elections. Brillantes should make a point to point presentation of these reforms, otherwise, it’s better to have no elections than a flawed one that rewards the “non-winners”. Already DOTC secretary Mar Roxas, who lost by a slim margin to Vice-President Jojo Binay in 2010, claimed that 3 million votes were not counted and effectively disenfranchised a huge number of voters. Reviewing the location of these votes, Roxas claims- counting “them could have made a difference.” Among the faults found in the PCOS are their inability to authenticate or verify votes, the “high rejection rate of good ballots” and the “lack of ultra violet mark censors on the election returns”. The re-entry of Smartmatic into the picture has stirred a veritable hornet’s nest that technical and progood governance groups are raising their fists in protest. That includes LENTE (Legal Network for Truthful Elections), Movement for Good Governance, Center for Peo-
GEORGE MICHAEL MADRONAL GENOVE BY: ATTY. FRANCISCO D. YAP AND UNAPPEALABLE, not even subject to review by the Supreme Court. The decision of the senate as an impeachment court is a political question and cannot be reviewed even by the Supreme Court because it has absolute discretion to exercise such power under the Constitution. In the final analysis, this absolute power to impeach lies with the sixteen (16) or more senators who will vote to impeach the Chief Justice. The effect of impeachment is only the removal from office with the disqualification to hold any other government office. Once removed from office, he can be criminally charged as an ordinary official. I predict that Chief Justice Corona will be impeached. However, he revealed that some local officials were luckier in getting a favorable result when a recount was made using the actual ballot votes outside of the machine- which were contrary to the official machine count. No automated cheating? Stranger than fiction?- ask the COMELEC. Senator Koko Pimentel and company owe it to the public to clean up the electoral process before we launch into another automated polls in 2013. The sanctity of the 2013 poll results is so important- it can tell the story of what would happen in the 2016 presidential election. With so many salivating for the presidency- and other elective posts-it behooves the COMELEC to come clean on this one. Rampant cheating there was in the manual counting. The Automated election was supposed to solve that. But if machines- hardware- and software are made by man- is it not theoretically true that man can therefore also alter it to results that some sinister criminals would devoutly wish and die for?
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country), lodged a protest in COMELEC. It is an expensive one and could be overtaken by the event of a 2013 mayoralty election, Veloso said.
Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT 7th Judicial Region Branch 45 Bais City SPL. PROC. NO. MY-11-44 IN THE MATTER OF CORRECTING THE ENTRIES IN THE CERTIFICATE OF LIVE BIRTH OF ELIZABETH G. MONTECINO IN THE OFFICE OF THE MUNICIPAL CIVIL REGISTRAR OF MABINAY, NEGROS ORIENTAL, ELIZABETH G. MONTECINO Petitioner, -versusHERMINIA M. PERAS, in her capacity As the MUNICIPAL CIVIL REGISTRAR Of Mabinay, Negros Oriental, Respondent. x——————————————————————————/ AMENDED ORDER Before this Court is a verified petition for correction of entry in the Birth Record of ELIZABETH G. MONTECINO, filed though counsel, Atty. George Christian A. Cabrido on September 1,2011, praying that after due notice, publication and hearing, an order shall issue directing the Office of the Municipal Civil Registrar of Mabinay, Negros Oriental, to correct the entry referring to the petitioner’s middle name from GUNDAO to MORENO; to correct the entry referring to the maiden name of petitioner’s mother from ROSITA M.GUNDAO to ROSITA MORENO and, to direct herein hearing respondent to make the necessary corrections in its office. Finding the petition to be sufficient in form and substance, the court sets the initial hearing thereon on May 16, 2012 at 8:30 o’clock in the morning, at the Session Hall of this court at which date, time and place, all interested persons may appear and show cause, if any, why the petition should not granted. Let this Order be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Negros Oriental and its component cities once a week for the last three (3) consecutive weeks, before the date of hearing.
SO ORDERED. Bais City, Philippines, January 31, 2012 (Sgd.) CANDELARIO V. GONZALEZ The Negros Chronicle March 18, 25; & April 1, 2012
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FOR SALE Nissan Power Eagle Good condition Porter Hyundai for Cargo Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT 7th Judicial Region Branch 45 Bais City SPL. PROC.NO.BY-10-50 IN THE MATTER OF CORRECTION OF ENTRY IN THE BIRTH RECORDS OF ANGELITO LERIO AND ANGELA LERIO BEFORE THE OFFICE OT THE LOCAL CIVIL REGISTRAR OF BINDOY, NEGROS ORIENTAL, represented by their mother VILMA C. LERIO. ANGELITO LERIO AND ANGELA LERIO Represented by their mother VILMA C. LERIO Petitioner -versusMRS. REMEDIOS BY TENDERO in her capacity as the LOCAL CIVIL REGISTRAR OF BINDOY NEGROS ORIENTAL Respondent X ——————————————————————————————- /
SECOND AMENDED ORDER Before this court is a verified petition for Correction of Entries in the Birth Record of ANGELITO LERIO AND ANGELA LERIO represented by their mother VILMA C. LERIO, filed through counsel, Atty. Benjamine H. Lajot, Jr. on October 8, 2012, praying that after due notice, publication and hearing, an order shall be issued directing the Office of the Local Civil Registrar of Bindoy, Negros Oriental to make the following correction, viz: 1. Ordering the correction of entries in the birth certificate of ANGELITO LERIO: A.) In the name entry from ANGELITO LERIO DUMAM-AG to ANGELITO LERIO; B.) In the father’s name entry from ROMERO LOMOLJO DUMAM-AG to UNKNOWN; C.) Date and Place of Marriage of Parents entry from May 05, 2000 – Novaliches, Quezon City to NOT APPLICABLE. 2. Ordering the correction of entries in the Birth Certificate of ANGELA LERIO: A.) In the name entry from ANGELA LERIO DUMAM-AG to ANGELA LERIO; B.) In the father’s name entry from ROMEO LOMOLJO DUMAM-AG to UNKNOWN; C.) Date and place of Marriage of Parents entry from May 05, 2000 – sauyo Navaliches, Quezon City to NOT APPLICABLE. 3. Directing herein respondent to make the necessary corrections in the above-mentioned birth records in its office. Finding the petition to be sufficient in form and substance, set this case for initial hearing on May 29, 2012 at 8:30 o’clock in the morning, at the session hall of this court at which date, time and place, all interested persons may appear and show cause, if any, why the petition should not be granted. Let this Order be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Negros Oriental and its component cities once a week for at least three (3) consecutive weeks, before the date of hearing. Petitioner is hereby directed to furnish the Local Civil Registrar of Bindoy, Negros Oriental of this order with a copy of the petition and its annexes and to the Office of the solicitor General with address at 134 Amorsolo Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City and show proof of service thereof. SO OREDERED. Bais City, Philippines, March 1, 2012 The Negros Chronicle March 25, April 1, & 8, 2012
(Sgd.) CANDELARIO V. GONZALEZ Judge
Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT 7th Judicial Region Branch 45 Bais City SPL. PROC. NO. 11-59 IN THE MATTER OF CORRECTION OF THE ENTRY IN THE BIRTH RECORD OF HANEL C. GUALINGCO AT THE OFFICE OF THE MUNICIPAL OF CIVIL REGISTRAR OF MABINAY, NEGROS ORIENTAL, HANEL C. GUALINGCO, Petitioner -versusCATALINA L. GARCES in her capacity as the ICO-MUNICIPAL CIVIL REGISTRAR of Mabinay, Negros Oriental, Respondents x———————————————/
ORDER Before this Court is a verified petition for Correction of Entry in the Birth Certificate of Hanel C. Gualingco, praying that after due notice, publication and hearing, an order shall issue directing the Office of the Municipal Civil Registrar of Mabinay, Negros Oriental, to correct the entry in the birth record of herein petitioner particularly of the sex or gender from MALE TO FEMALE; and to direct herein respondent to make the necessary corrections in its office. Finding the petition to be sufficient in form and substance, set this case for initial hearing on April 25, 2012 at 8:30 o’clock in the morning, at the Session Hall of this court at which cause, if any, why the petition should not be granted. Let this Order be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Negros Oriental and its component cities once a week for at least three (3) consecutive weeks, before the date of hearing. SO ORDERED. Bais City, Philippines, December 27, 2011. (Sgd.) CANDELARIO V. GONZALEZ Judge The Negros Chronicle March 25, April 1 & 8, 2012
Despite ... From page 2 May 26 to June 3 with over 5,000 athletes competing in 38 sports disciplines. Their declaration debunked an earlier report that the Philippine Sports Commission has negotiated with the province of Laguna to host the annual grassroots program of the government. Said report cited a letter from the Dumaguete City government, which formally withdrew the commitment of the “university town” to host the games as it is still recovering from the calamities. However, Mayor Sagarbarria said that the hosting of the national sports event would require minimum funding on the part of the LGU since the bulk of the expenses will come from the Philippine Sports Commission. In partnership with the Provincial Government, the required sports facilities and accommodations can be met, the mayor stressed. DEED OF EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT, PARTITION AND SALE OF A PORTION OF A REGISTERED AGRICULTURAL LAND Notice is hereby given that Atilano Acebron, Baldomero Acebron, heirs-vendors, and Peter A. Kadusle, heir, of the late Nicolas Acebron and Alejandra M. Acebron have filed a Deed of Extrajudicial Settlement, Partition and Sale of a Portion of a Registered Agricultural Land in favor of Charito Laurente Flueckiger upon a parcel of land known as Lot No. 1222-A covered by Original Certificate of Title No. FV22158, situated in Salong, Manjuyod, Negros Oriental containing an area of 33,579 sq. m. more or less per Document No. 375, Page No. 75, Book No. XLI, Series of 2012 notarized by Atty. Elizur V. Umbac. The Negros Chronicle April 1, 8 and 15, 2012
AFFIDAVIT OF CLAIM WITH WAIVER OF RIGHTS Notice is hereby given that the heirs of the late Conrado Q. Quinkito, namely, Evelia K. Palalon, Dositia K. Francisco, Euberto M. Kinkito, Senorina K. Pama, and Gemma K. Ragay have filed and executed an Affidavit of Claim with Waiver of Rights over Philippine Veterans Bank Dumaguete City Branch Savings Account No. (PIN) 8038 with a balance of P40,045.60 per Document No. 395, Page No. 80, Book No. I,Series of 2012 notarized by Atty. Edric P. Torremocha. The Negros Chronicle March 25, April 1 and 8, 2012
April 1, 2012 AFFIDAVIT OF SELFADJUDICATION
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Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF NEGROS ORIENTAL 7TH Judicial Region Dumaguete City OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF COURT & EX-OFFICIO PROVINCIAL SHERIFF YUSAY CREDIT & FINANCE CORPORATION, Mortgagee,
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EJFREM Case No. 2012-3140 For: EXTRAJUDICIAL FORECLOSURE OF REAL ESTATE MORTGAGE (Under Act 3135 as Amended by Act No. 4118)
HEALTH IS WEALTH
Notice is hereby given that the heir of the late Rogelio B. Kong, namely, Caridad F. Kong, has filed an Affidavit of Self-Adjudication, upon two parcels of land both situated in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, to wit: (1) Lot No. 586-D-1-A covered by Transfer Certificate of Title No. 12763, containing an area of 222 sq. m. more or less and (2) Lot No. 586-D-1-B covered by Transfer of Certificate of Title No. 12764 containing an area of 200 sq. m. more or less per Document No. 284, Page No. 58, Book No. XXIX, Series of 2012 notarized by Atty. Neil Ray M. Lagahit. The Negros Chronicle April 1, 8, & 18 , 2012
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TADEO C. LAPEZ., Mortgagor, X ----------------------------------------------------- /
TRANSFER CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. 41311 “A parcel of land (Lot 2542-B-1-A, of the subdivision plan, Psd-07-077254, being a portion of Lot 2542-B-1, Psd-07-048341, situated in the Barrio of Camanjac, City of Dumaguete, Province of Negros Oriental, Island of Negros. Bounded on the SW., along line 1-2 by Lot 2542-J, Road Lot, (LRC) Psd-104418; on the NW. along line 2-3 by Lot 2542-B-1-D, Road (3.00 M. wide); on the NE., along line 3-4 by Lot 2542-B-1-B, both of the subdivision plan; on the SE., along line 4-1 by Lot 2542-B-3, Psd-p7-048341. x x x containing and area of NINE HUNDRED FIFTY THREE (953) SQUARE METERS, more or less x x x .” All sealed bids must be submitted to the undersigned on the above-stated time and place. (NOTE: In the event that the public auction should not take place on the said date, it shall be held on May 11, 2012 without further notice.) Dated this 16th day of March, 2012 in Dumaguete City, Philippines.
The Negros Chronicle April 1, 8 & 15, 2012
(Sgd.) ATTY. MARIA ANTONIA L. BULADO Clerk of Court VI & Ex-Officio Provincial Sheriff RTC, Negros Oriental By: (Sgd.) JOZALRI K. CHIU Sheriff IV
Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF NEGROS ORIENTAL 7th JUDICIAL REGION BRANCH 40 DUMAGUETE CITY SP. PROC. NO. 2012-5057 IN THE MATTER OF CORRECTION OF ENTRY AS TO SEX FROM MALE TO FEMALE IN THE RECORDS OF BIRTH OF MILQUE BOBOTAN SABROSO, MILQUE S. PACULANANG, Petitioner, -VersusTHE LOCAL CIVIL REGISTRAR OF ZAMBOANGUITA, NEGROS ORIENTAL, Respondent. X———————————————————————————————/
ORDER Filed before this Court is a verified petition for correction of entry of the gender from MALE to FEMALE in the certificate of Live Birth of Milque Bobotan Sabroso. Finding the petition to be sufficient in form and substance, the petitioner is directed to cause the publication of this Order is a newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Negros Oriental and in the Cities of Dumaguete, Bais, Tanjay, Canlaon and Bayawan, at least once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks, pursuant to section 4, Rule 108 of the Rules of Court. The petitioner is likewise directed to furnish a copy of this petition together with its annexes to the Office of the Solicitor General and the Local Civil Registrar of Zamboanguita, Negros POriental. The Local Civil Registrar of Zamboanguita, Negros Oriental or any person having or claiming any interest under the entry where correction and change is sought, may file an opposition within fifteen (15) days from notice of said petition, or from the publication of said notice. Any interested person may appear before this Court at the scheduled hearing of this case on June 7, 2012 at 8:30 o’clock in the morning and show cause why the instant petition should not be granted. SO ORDERED. Dumaguete City, Philippines, March 19, 2012 The Negros Chronicle April 1, 8, & 15, 2012
(Sgd.,) GERARDO A. PAGUIO, JR. Presiding Judge
(Spiritual Health) “There can be no real and abiding happiness without sacrifice” -H.W. Sylvester DR. ANGEL V. SOMERA
he whole Christendom is now celebrat ing the Holy Week, a very solemn time for all faithfuls to offer sacrifices and repentance for there sinful ways. Historically, the people of Nineveh were spared by God from destruction when they repented by wearing sackcloth and ashes (Gospel). This is a clear indication that God would want all of us to atone for our sins. However, there are people in our society who hide behind the false mask and deny their sufferings and pretend they are not there. The result is loneliness and hypocrisy. For proud and hostile people who like some individuals to suffer because of their vindictive attitude, they will also doubly suffer for their evil deeds and intentions. These double-faced persons who appear to be friendly outside but actually want to destroy you by ridiculing, criticizing and putting you
Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT 7TH Judicial Region Branch 35 Dumaguete City
NOTICE OF EXTRAJUDUCIAL SALE Upon extra-judicial petition for sale under Act. 3135, as amended by Act No. 4118 filed by YUSAY CREADIT & FINANCE CORPORATION (mortgagee) against TADEO C. LAPEZ (mortgagor) with address at Greenville Homes Subd., Camanjac, Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental to satisfy the mortgage indebtedness which as of March 9, 2012 amounts to EIGHTY THREE THOUSAND NINE HUNDRED FIFTY-NINE PESOS & 98/100 (P83,959.98), excluding interest and penalty charges, sheriff’s expenses and fees and attorney’s fees the undersigned or her duly authorized deputy will sale at public auction on MAY 4, 2012 AT 9:00AM until 4:00PM at the 1st Floor, Hall of Justice Building, Piapi, Dumaguete City, Philippines to the highest bidder, for cash or manager’s check and in Philippine Currency, the following property with all its improvements, to wit:
The value of suffering
SPECIAL PROC. NO. 5020 IN THE MATTER OF CORRECTION OF ENTRY OF BIRTH YEAR FROM 2002 TO 2006 IN RECORDS OF BIRTH OF THE MINOR, KEIZIAH CHARM M. BALLOVAR, REPRESENTED BY HER FATHER, CHARLOU R. BALLOVAR. Petitioner, -VersusTHE LOCAL CIVIL REGISTRAR OF DUMAGUETE CITY, NEGROS ORIENTAL. Respondent. x———————————————————————————————/
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down to shame are known as the “modern Pharisees”- the real hypocrites. A good spiritual advice from a holy person:” Be silent in the face of false accusation. Show love to a friend who betrays you and do not retaliate for these are the opportunities for selfsacrifice and sanctification. Cardinal Richard Cushing of Boston, U.S.A. has a beautiful Morning Prayer that touches on suffering. He prays:…” My dearest Lord, what do you send me today? Humiliations, contradictions, physical sufferings, bad news which I do not expect, an aching hearth, a failure? Shall I see myself misjudged, insulted, wrongly suspected, and despised? If I am discouraged, raise me
up. But through it all teach me to say, “THY WILL BE DONE” Amen. There are still people in this world whose characters and basic human attitudes are pillars of strength and steadfastness despite all the miseries of life. These are the people who are solid in their faith. They know the true value of suffering that cleans, heals and brings love, peace and joy. To quote the Vietnamese Archbishop Nguyen Van Tuan: “Sacrifices is the true proof of love.” This has been exemplified by the greatest and ultimate suffering of Jesus Christ on the Cross-a Redeeming Love of All. Remember: “If you expect to avoid suffering, then, do not expect to become a saint.” (A holy person)
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ORDER A verified amended petition has been filed with this Court by petitioner CHARLOU R. BALLOVAR, thru his counsel Atty. Louie A. Rastica, praying that a Judgment be rendered by ordering the correction of entry of birth year of petitioner’s daughter, KEIZIAH CHARM M. BALLOVAR, from 2002 to 2006; and directing respondents Office of the Local Civil Registry of Dumaguete City to effect the correction by entering the decision of this court in the records of birth of petitioner’s daughter on file with the Local Civil Registrar of Dumaguete City and in the National Statistics Office. Initially, the original petition was ordered dismissed last November 4, 2011. Acting on the Motion for Reconsideration, this court issued another order dated January 18, 2012 setting aside the former order. In the Amended Petition, petitioner CAHROU R. BALLOVAR alleged that her daughter Keiziah Charm M. BALLOVAR is a mainor, and he is representing his daughter in this petition; that petitoner is of legal age, Filipino, married and a resident of Tiguib , Ayungon , Negros Oriental; that in the records of birth of his daughter Keixiah Charm M. Ballovar, the enty as to the year of birth was erroneously dated as 2002 instead of 2006 (Annex ‘A’); that her daughter Keiziah Charm M. Ballovar, was born on March 18, 2006 at SUMC Foundatiion, Dumaguete City and such fact of birth was correctly reflected on her Certificate of Dedication/Baptismal Certificate issued by Ptra. Caryl C. saren of Tiguib Foursquare Gospel Church ( Annex “B”); that the said erroneous entry in the birth records was visible to the eyes and obvious to the understanding because her Birth Certificate was prepared and dated by informant-mother Gelia V. Ballovar on March 24, 2006, cerfified by attending obstetrician Verna T. Reyes on March 24, 2006, prepared by Medical Record Head Loreta S. Batiancila on March 24, 2006, received by Dumaguete City Civil Registrar Ruperta G. Baguasan on March 31, 2006, and the series number of Certificate of Live Birth is 2006-1452; and that the correction of the said erroneous entry in the records of birth can only be made through a judicial order, hence the filing of this petition which is intented to avoid confusion and to make the records straight. Finding the said petition to be sufficient in form and substance, the hearing of the same is set on April 24, 2012 at 8:30 o’clock in the session hall of this Court located at the Hall of Justice, E.J. Blanco drive, Piapi, Dumaguete City at which date,time and place any interested person may appear and show cause why the Petition should not granted. After raffle and at petitioner’s expense, let this Order be published once a week for three consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Negros Oriental and in the Cities of Dumaguete, Tanjay, Bais, Canlaon, Bayawan. SO ORDERED. Dumaguete City, January 27, 2012. The Negros Chronicle March 18, 25, & April 1, 2012
(Sgd.) JESUS B. TINAGAN Judge
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More cities ... From page 1 town hits P220 million annually for two consecutive years and thereafter. Under the present law, the requirement is only P100M gross income but it has to have a population of l50,000 and a land area of l00 square kilometers. According to Rep. George Arnaiz, chair of the Committee on Local Governments, many small towns will prosper as a component city if they know how to utilize their added Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA). His co-authors of this amdended bill are Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, 2D of Cagayan; Rep. Roy Loyola, Cavite; and Rep. Ireneo Malikso, 3D of Cavite. “If the other town officials are enterprising enough, they will generate more business this year, so that if they hit gross sales of P220 million annually for two consecutive years, they can become elevated as a candidate in becoming a
Union-mgnt... From page 5 Among the pertinent provisions of the compromise agreement is for both parties to immediately withdraw all cases filed in court either quasi or regular relative to the notice of strike, since the hospital management has also filed a case against the union before the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC) regarding the implementation of the collective bargainng agreement (CBA). As a result of the compromise agreement, the notice of strike filed by the employees union due to alleged management interference and unfair labor practices was also dropped in order to maintain a harmonious relationship with management. According to Calimpong, both parties have agreed to respect an existing CBA which was not yet registered with the Department of Labor for lack of mandatory provisions and to expedite the processing of documents for its eventual registration, and the Holy Child Hospital management has agreed to respect the decision of the employees union to affiliate with ALU-TUCP. And for the employees labor union, it has agreed not to interfere in the normal operations of the Holy Child Hospital as well as respect management prerogative and policies, unless personnel action is undertaken such as suspension, termination, and the like.JG
component city. If a town wants to progress, he has to strive to reach the income goal, so that the LGU department in Manila can easily qualify them as a new component city candidate. It is, therefore, now, the town’s initiative to progress, and not be a consistent receiver of doleouts, he said. A barangay or three can form a cluster and rise up to become a town, and eventually, a city, if they meet the requirements. That is progress, he said. Arnaiz also added that when a town becomes a city, the volume of trade and commerce will increase, and so, will their per capita income.
Macias bloc ... From page 1 a done deal. The physician has established residence near the Japanese Shrine in Barangay Sagbang, Valencia, where he stays whenever he is in the province. In 2010, after taking a leave, he took his entire family, including his architect-wife, to Dumaguete City to personally oversee the re-election campaign of his father. He was described as a hands-on campaign operator. Mark has reportedly resumed his duties at St. Luke’s Medical Center but only three times a week (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays). The doctor is meeting some of his family’s long time allies ostensibly as part of the loyalty check if they would also support his candidacy, as well as that of Limkaichong. It has a significant ramification to the family, which has long been associated with the Nationalist People’s Coalition of Danding Cojuangco. His father, Dodo, was the most reliable NPC man in the province. His brother, Provincial Philippine Councilors League President Erwin Macias, remains an active member of NPC and a close ally of Second District Cong. George Arnaiz, now the Provincial NPC Chairman. Both his younger brother and Arnaiz are supporting former Finance Secretary Gary Teves, who is expected to contest the governorship bid of Limkaichong. NPC support to Teves is also underscored by the fact that his nephew, 3rd District Cong. Pryde Henry Teves, formerly with the LakasKampi-CMD, joined the Cojuangco party early last year. Limkaichong is strong in her district but needs to gain a foothold in the 2nd District, which is dominated by NPC mayors owing allegiance only to Arnaiz. However, with Mark Macias formally joining the Liberal Party to become Limkaichong’s running mate, it is deemed a grand master stroke of the lady solon, who could now draw significant support of the Macias clan (despite Erwin’s loyalties) and their allies, which shall minimize the impact of the NPC’s endorsement of Gary Teves. But Mark’s brother, Erwin, said that he is not ready to
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huge tent on a rainy afternoon. It was a big dawn fire followed by heavy afternoon rain. School Principal of some 2,000 public high school students of the Mabinay National High School is Lucrecia Nicolas. In tears when interviewed over DYEM FM’s Good Morning Dumaguete, the school principal said that God has a good reason behind this fire because nothing happens without a good reason behind it. Damage was estimated at P6.5 million. All students’ records were burned down. Luckily for graduating seniors, their records were kept by their advisers so these were salvaged. However, the undergrads’ thousand and one records were burned. Ms. Nicolas said that the DepEd asssistant, Supt. Dexter Aguilar, assured them that a DepEd certification on the students’ proof of schooling and graduation, plus good moral character, would be sufficient to make it part of the students credentials. The 21-year-old building’s electrical wirings were due for replacement. In fact, Ms. Niclocas had already purchased most of the electrical replacements. These, too, were burned down. Also burned were the administration office, science laboratory, registrar’s office, library, two computer labs, and two classrooms. Not a single computer was salvaged. They welcome donors to replace their totally wrecked computers. The school has nine other separate buildings in campus. They have 41 teachers. The CHRONICLE sent a special team to document the post-conflagration situation. Congressman George Arnaiz is expected to help in the reconstruction of Mabinay’s biggest high school building this year through his PDAF funds of P70-million allocation annually. He is also expected to help rally for fund release from the DepEd to rehabilitate this strategically located high school in the hinterland of Negros.
the main issues they have to confront in the 2013 elections is the projected end by 2014 of the electric subsidy enjoyed by their constituents for the last ten years, which made Valencia a haven for foreign and local retirees. Politicians must explain how the funds derived from the Royalty tax shares of the town, which peaked at approximately P300 million before is now down to just P77 million with no fresh funds yet coming in. The incumbent officials, particularly the Gonzalezes, who ruled Valencia for the past 11 uninterrupted years, must explain why it utilized the 80% component of the Royalty Tax for infrastructure projects like the Industrial Park in Palinpinon and the concreting of roads while remaining quiet, when the Renewable Energy Act, which guarantee that private enterprises will earn tax holidays and pay negligible Royalty Tax shares to the Local Government Units for hosting their plants and facilities, was deliberated and passed into law. Mayor Enrique Gonzalez and his brotherpredecessor Rodolfo Gonzalez Jr. must explain to their constituents, why if left un-replenished, the people of Valencia will no longer enjoy the P 800.00 monthly electric subsidy while the Energy Development Corporation and its subsidiary, the Green Core Geothermal, Inc., continue to reek in profits in billions of pesos for exploiting our natural wealth. The Gonzalez family, which dominated the municipality (aside from Mayor Enrique Gonzalez, other family members currently at the helm are: uncle Procopio, ABC President; brother Freddie, incumbent councilor; and Municipal Attorney Katrina Gonzalez); are expected to render their constituents adequate explanation for the inevitable demise of the electric subsidy. Councilor Romeo Alviola, Chairman of the
Arnaiz to ... From page 2 barrel allotments similar to those given to their counterparts in other districts. ` For 2012, each Board Member is entitled to P4 million pork barrel funds to be released quarterly. There are 13 board members plus the vice-governor. However, the staffs of the four members of the provincial legislature complained that their shares in 2011 have been withheld without justification to the detriment of their constituents, who are seeking medical assistance and improvement of water works system or rural elecmake any pronouncements on whether he will join his brother’s flight to LP, except to confirm that he remains with NPC up to the moment. (By Dems Demecillo)
trification projects. BM Dy wanted that all Board Members must unite and ask Governor Roel Degamo to release the pork barrel allotments simultaneously, but was rebuffed by BM Ikay Villanueva, who maintained that her projects are already delayed and she can no longer afford to wait for the other BMs. She urged the four Board Members to seek an audience with the Governor on their own. Arnaiz, whose pork barrel allotment was released by the Governor, appealed for the Board Members to give him the opportunity as head of the chamber to have a dialogue with the Governor.
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Past noisy Cebu media ... (From page 2) regular meeting at the Fernan Press Center. We appreciated and learned a lot from the road the Cebu media has trekked throughout the years of growing towards maturity. They have gone a long way, but not without trials. They, still, are growing. We in the Dumaguete Press Club, Inc. have our own press center, built ahead, and similarly as in Cebu. We hope to learn from their experience towards the road to media maturity as an industry. -o0oNot only that, the rank and file in both print and broadcast have formed the Cebu NEWS WORKERS Multipurpose Cooperative. Here, even the lowest in rank practice the value of thrift and saving, PLUS economic opportunities to loan money for the family, like as simple as in a rice loan, emergency loan, or even an educational loan for the tuition of the newsman’s children. The NEWS-COOP, as they call it, hopes to come to Dumaguete and share their experiences so that newsmen and journalists here can be given their dignity and due respect. Maybe Cebu News Coop can open a branch or we can create our own cooperative among news and media people. Committee on Finance, confirmed that the municipality used to receive an average of P120 million annual royalty shares from the then PNOC-NPC, both government-owned and controlled cor por ations. However, upon their privatization and the passage of the Renewable Energy Act with nary a voice of dissent from Mayor Gonzalez, Valencia, which has not received any royalty since 2010, stands to receive, if at all, at least P15 million annually, which would not be sufficient to fund the electric subsidy of the residents requiring P30 million a year. The host barangays are also hard pressed, for like the municipality and province, they have not received royalties since 2010. Proceeds from the Real Property Tax, which replaced the royalties, could not, in any way, fill the void left by the massive reduction of the
NOPH ... From page 2 safety clearance of the proposed facility as it lacks the required rescue ramps that must be part of the building’s feature. Project proponents tried to ask for reconsideration especially that the plan was approved by the Department of Health along with the P100 million funding pledge to which Tacaldo refused to budge. Recently, the project was also stalled after the Provincial Board balked at the thought of the province contracting a loan without exhausting other means of securing grants from Asian Development Bank and European Union. It was also agreed to construct the central block building phase to phase than the provincial government paying high amortization for the loan. (By Dems Demecillo)
royalty tax. However, while the burden is upon the current administration, the opposition must also present a viable alternative on how to recover the loss of the royalty, or at the very least, help prepare the public to accept the inevitable. Both the administration and opposition must treat this concern delicately and effectively channel their messages to the electorate for they may stand or fall on this issue alone. It will be a deciding factor whether the Gonzalezes will be given that opportunity that seldom comes, prolonging their 12year rule for another 3 years or provide the opposition the perfect opening to take over the administration. (By DemsDemecillo)
Fritzy ... From page 2 has been running the day-today operations of the office. Second District Congressman George Arnaiz, who is the NPC Provincial Chairman, has reportedly forwarded her nomination to the Office of the President. The solon ignored several personalities who wanted the post and lobbied for it. It appears that since the seat was won by a Lumjod, it will be occupied by the next of kin. However, after the term ends in 2013, the party will again decide whether to give this Lumjod a slot in the NPC slate. At present, she has been busy giving graduation talks and touching base with her soon to be constituents. Nevertheless, the Lumjod-Umbac clan is also mulling the possibility of Fritzy running as candidate for Dumaguete City Councilor, where his father also served for three consecutive terms before running for a Provincial Board seat.
April 1, 2012
Register with CDA, gain big tax exempts
t is most advantageous if electric cooperatives be registered with the Cooperative Development Authority because they can save millions of pesos in tax exemptions. C O O P / N AT C C O partylist Rep. Crescente Paez confirmed that Negros Oriental II Electric Cooperative (NORECO 2) is already enjoying tax exemptions on distribution, metering, supply and systems loss. However, he said, NORECO 1, covering Bindoy up to Canlaon City, north of Negros Oriental, is not yet registered with the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA). There are still other electric coops all over the country that are not yet CDA-registered. Having registered with the CDA, NORECO 2 saved P48 million last year in EVAT for distribution, supply, metering and systems loss. Paez reiterated his call for the rest of the cooperatives to register with CDA to save millions of pesos in taxes. MEANWHILE, Lawmakers are eyeing possible amendments to the Electric
Power Industry Reform Act of 2001 (EPIRA) so that electric cooperatives all over the country will not only be exempted from paying value added tax on distribution, supply, metering and systems loss, but also on the power generation aspect. C O O P / N AT C C O partylist Rep. Crescente Paez, vice-chairman of the Committee on Cooperatives in Congress, was instrumental in the exemption of electric cooperatives from paying the Expanded Value Added Tax (E-VAT), especially coops registered with the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA). In his speech during the 33rd general assembly of the Negros Oriental II Electric Cooperative (NORECO2) in San Jose , Negros Oriental on Sunday, Rep. Paez said millions of pesos can be saved annually in E-VAT. jg