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iving up to its name as rustic yet sophisticated, all Dumaguete city schools will start classes in June and one will accommodate on-line enrolment. Thus, unlike their counterparts in Manila, the universities and colleges in Dumaguete City will continue to adhere to the old academic June-March school calendar. In fact, new and continuing stu- Malayang, president, thru his in- crowded and often chaotic dents for Silliman University can formation officer Mark Raygan scenes during registration for enroll online as early as mid-April. Garcia. thousands of students starting “In this manner, students especially Foundation University, to a mid-May after the summer outside the University town need certain degree, is also implement- classes were concluded. Stunot come personally to complete the ing automated enrollment to speed To page 17 enrollment process,” said Dr Ben up the process and avoid the

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hile on their way to negotiate the surrender of three more NPA insurgents Saturday,, a Charlie team of the 79th army infantry, was met with a volley of fire in So. Makasakasa, Bgys Makasakasa and Ylalan Pamplona, which resulted in a firefight, and the death of two rebels, wounding a number of them who ran and left the area leaving voluminous firearms and subversive documents. The Armed Forces of gents. The 302nd brigade the declaration of Negros approved by the POC the Philippines in Negros under Brig Gen Francisco Oriental as a “conflict man- headed by Gov. Oriental claimed it has Patrimonio has recom- ageable and development RoelDegamo. scored anew in efforts to mended to the Peace and ready” province by April One section of Charlie clear the province of insur- Order Council (POC) for 25, 2014. This was also To page 17

t’s payback time. Those government offices which gave its workers huge and fat allowances plus bonuses in the past will have to return the excess of what the law allows. This is now the The good news is, pay“surge” of the pork barrel back is by monthly scam which has contami- installments, salary deducnated so many national tions and with zero interest. agencies who also tried to It was just like enjoying the “enjoy” fat bonuses but To page 3 are now stopped.

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TWO REBELS KILLED in an encounter in Makasakasa and Ylalan, Pamplona as army soldiers carry the 2 rebels dead; two more were wounded; several heavy weapons were left behind.(Photos on page 2) Photo by Choy Gallarde

Tropical storm “Domeng” to hit Dgte Tues? eather Advisory #1 for Tropical Storm “Domeng” TS Peipah (11am 05Apr14) @ 10am yesterday Saturday: The tropical storm was located South of Caroline Islands with international name Peipah locally called “DOMENG” was estimated at 1,470 km East of Southern Mindanao (4.1N 140.3E) with max winds/gust 65 kph/80 kph. Forecast 2 move WNW @ 20 kph. Tropical Storm DOMING TS Peipah is expected to enter Philippine Area of Responsibility today Sunday aftrnoon It will not yet To page 3

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he Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) identified six proposed projects for the three major ports of Negros Oriental worth P 183 million, which were recently endorsed by the Provincial Development Council for implementation in 2015. Four of the six projects lion RC pier to accommowill be implemented at the date fast crafts and separate Dumaguete Port biggest passengers from cargo opamong them would be the To page 12 construction of a P 50 mil-

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

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No special treatment? Presumed innocent … ow can 3 senators if indicted and if issued arrest w arrants by the Sandiganbayan not be given special treatment when their supposed mastermind in the pork barrel scam who is Janet Napoles is even given VIP treatment at the place where she is detained, how much more if the senators are formally charged before the sandiganbyan if and when.,. -O0OOf course they will be given special VIP treatmkent,because that is how the people treat them as VIPs. Just look at the long line of security escorts once Napoles goes in and out of her detention cell. How much more the three supposedly top honorable men in thesenate? -o0oThe Office of the Ombudsman Tuesday reported that it found probable cause to file plunder and graft charges against Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada and Ramon Revilla.. -o0o-

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PRESENTED TO MEDIA were the armaments captured during the So. Makasakasa, &Ylalan Pamplona encounter (refer Headline page 1) .It was not clarified whether the assault rifles, guns and ammo came from certain enforcers service. Among those present were Col Christopher Estella, deputy 302nd army brigade commander; Col Mariano NatuelJr, PD of PNP; Provl. Atty. Richard Enojo, Lt Col Harold Pascua, 79th IB Cmdr; Major Rey Tiongson, PA officer; PCInsp Helen Pusoy,SOCO chief; Capt. Cres Gargar CMR officer; Jess Cañete, Com Human Rights rep. (Photo by Jenny Deciar)

TOP OF THE WEEK People disfavor one-Negros revival fter ten years of slumber, the provincial governments of Negros Oriental and Occidental abruptly revived the concept of a One Island Negros Region, which was not fully realized under the previous Capitol administrations amid strong public reservation. Its sudden return as a ment units from the priority also revived the long barangays up to the provinheld opposition to the con- cial level, the people will cept as unrealistic and eventually appreciate the costly. However, Board advantages of forming one Member Erwin Macias is region for all Negrenses. optimistic that if proper and NegOr board memcomprehensive consultation To page 17 involving all local govern-

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Counter insurgency scouts train rescue BY JENNIFER C. TILOS

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UMAGUETE CITY, April 2 (PIA) The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC) has facilitated a five-day Special Counter-Insurgency Operations Unit Training or (SCOUT) for the 129 policemen of the Philippine National Police in the province. The participants were tor Lorenzo Teves Aqua subjected to a short course Center, Dumaguete City. on Search and Rescue PDRRMC executive (SAR) Training at the SenaTo page 17

Women abuses cases increase in 2013 BY: ROI LOMOTAN

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UMAGUETE CITY, Apr. 3 (PIA) – The Women and Children’s Protection Desk (WCPD) of the Dumaguete City Police noted an increase in the number of reported cases on physical abuse against women in 2013. SPO1 JinkyAlalong, ents who undergone inquest. WCPD Chief of the City The figure is 153 cases PNP disclosed in a Kapihan higher than the 130 reForum here that cases of corded in 2012 with 54 physical abuse against persons arrested, 15 cases women rose to 283 last filed in courts and 5 reyear with 91 persons ar- spondents who underwent rested, 17 cases filed to To page 17 court and seven respond-

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EGROS ORIENTAL, April 2 (PIA) The local government of Negros Oriental conducted recently series of medical-dental missions in the hinterland barangays of the province. According to Capitol of Negros Oriental. information officer Adrian Degamo said the proSedillo, Governor vincial government will conRoelDegamo led the series tinue to bring the basic of medical-dental-surgical To page 15 missions to the various parts

NOPH wants oxygen plant bidding here egros Oriental Provincial Hospital, local health authorities are far from relieved despite assurances that the P 100 million grant from the Department of Health was not entirely withdrawn and remains to be earmarked for the purchase of medical equipment for the new central block building of the Provincial Health Of- meanwhile, submitted their nautilus for the Obstetrics fingertip pulse oximeter for ficer Dr. Henrissa M. priority medical equipment and Gynecology depart- the renal unit Calumpang reiterates the for procurement that in- ment; transcutaneous elecBoard Member Erwin need for the bidding proper cluded but not limited to: trical simulator and portable Macias stressed that it does of the controversial oxygen microtome with complete combination ultrasound and not matter who handles the generation plant for the histopath set and fully au- electrotherapy unit for the bidding so long as it was P350 million hospital build- tomated blood bank ma- PT department; transparent and done within ing be handled and con- chine for the laboratory sec- aenomedShangrila 590 Ven- the capitol building before ducted here to ensure that tion; brand new EENT di- tilator for the medicine de- the eyes of the public witthe piping and other ameni- agnostic for the dental sec- partment; pulse oxymetry nesses. ties needed for the installa- tion; mobile diagnostic x- and suction unit heavy duty Calumpang confirmed tion of the plant, housing ray machine for the x-ray type, pediatrics department; that the bidding for the purand backup system con- department; ECG machine laparospic set tower and chase of medical equipment form with the specifications for the OPD Section; Ob- proctosigmoidoscope set duly proposed by the 10 and floor plan of the central stetric delivery and operat- fiber optic in case for the Turn to page 15 block building. ing table and external fetal surgery and anesthesia deTen department heads, monitor with FMD and partment and ECG machine,

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Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Ramon Revilla Jr. (from left). INQUIRER FILE PHOTOS The anti-corruption agency said the basis was the plunder complaints filed by the National Bureau of Investigation last September 2013. But since then no actual case has yet been filed even as the 3 legislators were given 5 days to answer their charges, -o0oSo they can still flee and get out of the country for good. I don’t think they will avail of this “flight means guilt” principle. The pork barrel scam is an elaborate scheme of siphoning lawmakers’ PDAF to questionable NGOs for non-existent projects. These funds were instead converted to kickbacks among the senators, their personnel, and Napoles. Who is currently detained at Fort Santo Domingo -o0oRecommended charged w ith plunder were: * Revilla who was alleged to have received kickbacks amounting to P224.5 million * Revilla who was alleged to have received kickbacks amounting to P224.5 million * and Enrile some 250M. -o0oWE hold the three senators with high esteem were it not for these charges. They are still presumed innocent until proven otherwise. This is the time they can use their brilliance as a lawyer or as one who can afford to hire a top caiber legal honcho. With their vast experiences in both the legislative and legal professions, they should know how to swing the gavel to innocence. -o0oImagine, their precious PDAF being squandered by fake NGOs without their knowledge? So they never got the kickbacks, huh. That’s possible. But is that credible? Yes, because they like Brutus, are honorable men! Et tu Brutei? -o0oTurn to page 17

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Return... From page 1 money and returning it later. Funny but that’s how this government works, said some impartial stakeholders. All government workers in the national, local, judiciary, congressional offices and agencies were ordered to return the excess amount of the allowable Productivity Enhancement Incentive (PEI) or extra cash gift pegged at P 5,000.00 only. This in total adherence to the directive of President Benigno Aquino III duly adopted by the Department of Budget and Management through its Memorandum Circular. In the past years, government workers used to receive fat bonuses that earned the ire of ordinary Filipinos who resent it as being extravagant and unconscionable. They range from P

10,000 up to P 100,000 or more depending on the savings of every department, office or agency from its personel services. In fact, regular government workers in the province of Negros Oriental, City of Dumaguete, Municipality of Valencia and other “wealthy” Local Government Units including barangays used to receive P 25,000-P 35,000 each every yearend until the directive was implemented. However, most of the regular employees actually receive less than the amount due them as they contribute a portion of their bonuses for the job order and casual workers. The Commission on Audit has disallowed most of the extra bonuses and ordered for their return. In fact, some of the Local Government Units including provincial government workers have refunded the disallowed bonuses said Bacong Mayor Lenin Alviola.

NOTICE Notice is hereby given that a Declaration of Heirship has been executed by Jeff Rey C. Jalandoni is his personal capacity as the only legal heir to the Estate of the late Mercedes Alforte consisting of parcels of land, namely: a parcel of land (Lot 1, Block 2, of the subdivision plan (LRC) Psd-159294, being a portion of Lot 2-B-1, described on plan Psd-33598, LRC Record No. 133) covered by TCT No. T-312, situated in the Barrio of Panubigan, City of Canlaon, (NOW), Island of Negros, containing an area of Three Hundred Ninety-Six (396) square meters, more or less; a parcel of land (Lot 2, Block 2, of the subdivision plan (LRC) Psd-159294, covered by TCT No. T-313, situated in the Barrio of Panubigan, City of Canlaon, (NOW) Island of Negros containing an area of Four Hundred (400) square meters, more or less; a parcel of land (Lot 4, Block 2, of the subdivision plan (LRC) Psd159294, being a portion of Lot 2-B-1, described on plan Psd-33598, LRC Record No. 133, covered by TCT No. T-315, situated in the Barrio of Panubigan, City of Canlaon, (NOW), Island of Negros, containing an area of Four Hundred (400) square meters, more or less; a parcel of land (Lot 5, Block 2, of the subdivision plan (LRC) Psd-159294, being a portion of Lot 2-B-1, described on plan Psd-33598, LRC Record No. 133), covered by TCT No. T-316, situated in the Barrio of Panubigan, Canlaon City, (NOW) Island of Negros, containing an area of Four Hundred (400) square meters, more

or less; a parcel of land (Block 10-D, of the subdivision plan, Psd-07-03007023 being a portion of Block 10 (LRC) Psd-159294 covered by TCT No. T-619 containing an area of Ten Thousand Eight Hundred SeventyThree (10,873) square meters, more or less; a parcel of land (Block 10-F of the subdivision plan, Psd-07-03007023 being a portion of Block 10 (LRC) Psd-159294, covered by TCT No. T-621, situated in the Barrio of Panubigan, Municipality of Canlaon, Island of Negros, containing an area of Ten Thousand Eight Hundred Seventy-Four (10,874) square meters, more or less; a parcel of land Block 10-G of the subdivision plan, Psd-0703-007023, being a portion of Block 10, (LRC) Psd-159294, covered by TCT No. T-622, situated in the Barrio of Panubigan, Municipality of Canlaon, Island of Negros, containing an area of Ten Thousand Eight Hundred Seventy-Four (10,874) square meters, more or less; a parcel of land Block 9, Open Space, of the subdivision plan (LRC) Psd159294, being a portion of 2-B-1, described or plan Psd-33598, LRC Record No. 133, covered by TCT No. T-426, situated in the Barrio of Panubigan, City of Canlaon (NOW) Island of Negros, containing an area of Two Thousand Five Hundred (2,500) square meters, more or less; the document having been acknowledge before Notary Public Atty. Dax Malony P. Montenegro as Doc. No. 280, Page No. 56, Book No. IV, Series of 2013.

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On the hand, Board Member Erwin Macias claimed that most employees were pleased even if the bonuses were later ordered refunded through monthly salary deduction considering it as some sort of a lending scheme without any interest imposed at a time when they needed to spend during the holidays. COA observed that due to the practice of some agencies to declare huge savings from their personal services for conversion to PEI at yearend, many government agencies purposely leave some positions vacant depriving the citizenry with the quality and prompt services due them as taxpayers. (Demecillo)

Drugs: six... From page 1 chets of dangerous drugs and paraphernalia. He along with his cousin Derek Joseph Lumaya, who was also sentenced to life as an accomplice were arrested on March 4, 2013 at Taclobo, Dumaguete City. The third man convicted for illegal drugs sale was Jose Marie Vincoy, who was also sentenced to life imprisonment with a fine of P 500,000.00. Two other men, Ferdinand Fonollera and JojiemarJanipin were likewise sentenced to life imprisonment for selling shabu to poseur buyers in Barangay Cadawinonan and Poblacion 2 Dumaguete City on June 8, 2012 and January 23, 2013, respectively. Fonollera was also handed an additional 12-14 years jail term for illegal possession of dangerous drugs. Both were found positive of illegal drugs use and fined a total of P 1.4 million. Gandailah Jean Molao, of LoocDumaguete City, was also sentenced to life and additional 14 years imprisonment for selling and possession of 7 sachets of

shabu and fined P 900,000. The special drugs court rejected the bare denials and claims of frame-up by the accused who were all arrested in a buy bust operation. However, George Bacon of Canday-ong, Calindagan, Dumaguete City was acquitted after the court ruled that the arresting policemen violated the constitutional rights of the accused rendering the evidence taken from the suspect as inadmissible. He was subsequently ordered released from the city jail. (Demecillo)

Tropical... From page 1 affect any part of the country within 24 hrs. PAGASA-DOST. TUES APR 8. However, on Tuesday, April 8, if it does not change direction and speed, TROPICAL STORM DOMENG or PEIPAH O5W could traverse Tagbilaran 12 noon April 8 and DUMAGUETE by 11pm Tuesday April 8 and may accelerate with Maximum sustained winds 111-

The Negros Chronicle Mar. 23, 30 & Apr. 6, 2014

NOTICE OF STOLEN ACR CARD Last March 22, 2014, I, Ulrika Sofia Kroon of legal age, Swedish National, Single, and a resident of Maayong Tubig, Dauin, Negros Oriental, was taking my lunch at Jollibee in Robinson with my daughter Lilja Sofia Kroon Reed. We placed our bag on the chair and when it was time to leave the bag was missing . We contacted the guards and the police and with due diligence tried to locate the bag but no avail. The bag contained on Iphone 4s, a wallet 10,000 pesos, my driver’s license with no. G0210002728 and my daughter’s ACR with no. F0000153711,issued by the Bureau of Immigration. I have a Police Certification and an Affidavit of Loss. If any of these objects are located, please contact 09177221049

Uirika Kroon

The Negros Chronicle April 6,13 & 20, 2014

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Mysteries of GRIEF By Mel Erickson

ote: This column is an introduction to the concepts of Grief from the US based expert, Mary Ellen “Mel”Erickson of Griefworks USA. She will be the main resource speaker for EPCALM’s UNDERSTANDING GRIEF: The Healing Journey 2, slated May 9-10,2014 at the SILLIMAN HALL. Mel Erickson first shared her insights in grief last year when EPCALM held UNDERSTANDING GRiEF 1 at Henry Sy auditorium, St. Luke’s Medical Center Global City. Those who came found the seminar an enriching journey and clamored for more. Recognizing that everyone goes through some form of grief, Mel will review basics of grief for this year’s conference. Knowing what we have gone through during the recent disasters that hit the visayas, Mel will introduce for the first time, Emotional First Aid at the time of a crisis (based on the CISM model) and Critical Incident Stress Management. Watch the date: May 9-10, 2014. -O0OGrief is certainly better understood and more talked about than it was just half a century ago. Yet it retains aspects of mystery. How can deep emotional pain and anguish yield to peace, joy and purpose for living? Though it is especially difficult to grasp from the depths of despair, the process of grieving is actually healing. Grief is a mind-set and a series of experiences and emotional exercises that contain the potential for more than surviving: for healing, personal growth and thriving. Hard to grasp? You bet! Is it really possible to heal from profound loss? A “yes!” answer must be followed by a big “IF” which defines the mindset and willingness to do the painful work of grief by the griever. The “yes!” answer is not automatic. It is a goal to be patiently worked towards and painfully experienced over a much longer period of time than anyone would choose. There is no quick fix. But there comes the day when the heart ache has diminished, when a person can remember without overwhelming pain, and when a person has energy to invest in living and loving again. Sounds impossible. The truth of the mystery remains. It is possible. But, it is work. A closer look teaches us that grief is our

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ost if not all universities and colleges here in Dumaguete have decided to revert to the old June school year opening instead of September for practical reasons. a degree in the Phlippines, in an excluSecondly, those September advosive manner , by “internationalizing” cates merely want to attract foreign our school opening, meaning to jibe, students to study here so they can augwith the school openings around the ment income , in order too, to compenglobe . sate for the loss of college income when However, that is the bulk of the reathe K-12 is operational, meaning two sons for the richer sector and the tourmore years of high school. ism industry.. But the majority of the What is new is that the city’s prelocals opt to continue to start in June mier institution Silliman Unviersity and because it is now part of our culture soon Foundation University and St and uniquely Filipino. All we need is to Pauls University will start on-line enrolimprove and strive for is quality not ment this June meaning, students from quantity education. all over the country and the world can The top oppositor of the September enroll and pay tuition at Silliman U , school-opening “Internationalization” using the internet. plan is the Commission on Higher EduAs mentioned among the main faccation CHED itself. tors being considered for the revert is While transferring school opening to that with the implementing rules of the September is a dollar earner. It attracts K-12 additional two years in high foreign students to study here. That’s school, colleges will tend to lose money education-tourism for you. But the main potential college freshmen and jority of Filipino students will suffer insophomore tuition fees. convenience especially those in the At the same time, by synchronizing country sides. Climate change, harvest school opening of colleges and univertime, rainy season, cost of transportasities to September, together with other tion and food, board and lodging costs, nations which have long adopted this are to be considered a major issue for system of opening of classes, the Philmiddle income families. ippines can now refocus its full potenMoreover, the majority of our midtial for education-tourism. Just imagdle income sector sees this Septemberine, rich students abroad to study here school opening as incongruent with the because they want to spend money in present erratic climate, the culture,and tropical paradise country and at the orientation of our educational system same time, earn as diploma! and could cause ramifications to stuEducation tourism is giving foreigndents and faculty alike. ers the world class opportunity to earn

WHAT’S THE FUSS ABOUT MINDANAO? he country is clebrating the signing of the (CAB) - Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro last week -as if we had another peaceful EDSA Revolution? Why? Even in the midst of the gut-wrenching search for the lost Malaysian airline Beoing 777 globally, why did Malaysia’s Prime Minister take time to be here in Manila o honor the signing of the historic agreement? Why? After 46 violence-riddled years and 17 bee-hive hairdo - that Mindanao was a reyears of erratic negotiations under four Philgion “under control”- the military controlled ippine presidents, the CAB was finally some areas; the Muslim controlled the othsigned - perhaps ending one of the longers. est separatist movements in the world and Blessed with rich soil, Mindanao is not unlock the vast economic potential of the strictly speaking in the normal “typhoon “Land of Promise”. belt”-and exports agricultural products deTwelve thousand armed MILF rebels spite the intermittent violence. will lay down their arms -paving the way for Much can be done with agriculture the normalization and the sharing of power there- where the land is lush with fruits and and wealth between the National governvegetables and the seas like those near ment and the current ARMM area. General Santo teeming with world-class It used to be not too long ago -while To page 15 Imelda romped on her thousand shoes and

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U.S. Student Visas No - No S BY ROBERT L. WOLFF

tudents from the Philippines wishing to study in the United States (U.S.) often want to visit several Universities or Colleges before they select the college they want to attend. Typically, the prospective student will use a B-2 visa to visit the U.S., which are not freely given out by the U.S. Because it is difficult to obtain a B-2 visa, the student may be inclined not to disclose their intent to visit colleges in the U.S. to determine which college they wish to attend. This is a big no-no . Someone admitted un- approve a change of status, tus, with two exceptions- The der a B-2 non-immigrant visa USCIS must believe that at first exception is you made it is able to change their status the time you originally en- clear when you applied for the to that of a student, but only if tered the U.S. you truly in- B-2 visa that you were enterthey state their intent to study tended to fulfill the terms of ing the U.S. to look for a colin the United States when they your visa. That you were not lege to enroll in; The second initially apply for admission. just using the visa as a way exception, you made it clear They must also present any I- to get into the U.S. so that when you applied for the B-2 20 forms they may have been you could apply for a differ- visa that you already were acissued. USCIS inspectors will ent type of status. By not cepted as a student in a U.S. be required to note that the al- indicating on the applica- school and that you wanted to ien is a “Prospective Student” tion for the B-2 visa the in- enter the U.S. more than 30 and make the proper notation tent to attend collage in the days before the start of your on the alien’s I-94 form. If this U.S., the student has mis- course in order to be a tourist. is not done, then typically if the lead the USCIS. individual wants to attend a Because it can be more The bottom line, if you University or college in the U.S., difficult to get a student visa are applying for a B-2 visa they will have to leave the U.S. than a tourist visa, USCIS pre- and planning to visit unithen obtain a F-1 visa stamp sumes that any request to versities or colleges in the at the U.S. consulate in the change status from B-2 to a U.S., you need to tell the Philippines and reenter the student visa indicates a fraudu- USCIS when applying for a U.S. as an F-1 visa holder. lent use of the B-2 visa at the B-2 visa. Failure to do so Here is the problem. time of entry to the U.S. There- may mean no F-1 student Overall, the USCIS does not fore, as a general rule, the visa later on, even though favor change of status ap- USCIS will almost always deny you may qualify for a F-1 plications. In general, to the request for change of sta- student visa.

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By Dr. Cecile Genove n estimated 2,000 people gathered at the newly refurbished Tejero Highland Resort and Adventure Park in Apolong, Valencia, Negros Oriental — dubbed as the province’s first world-class resort and adventure park — when it held itssoft opening last Saturday, March 29as a fitting way to kick off the summer season.

Negrenses remember fondly a favorite family getaway many years ago, known as Tejeros, with its icy-cold waters flowing freely coming from a river pond, thus, ensuring clean waters to bathe in the whole year round. However, nature played an unfortunate twist on Tejeros in December 2011 when it was one of the structures that was badly devastated by typhoon Sendong. Out of the initiative and gung-ho attitude,not to mention the creative and adventurous spirit of Negros Oriental’s prime developer, Philsouth Properties and Development Corporation, a memorandum of agreement was forged between the latter and the municipal government of Valencia for a public-private partnership (PPP) meant primarily to rehabilitate Tejeros, thus, bringing it back to its heyday – and more. It was on April 17, 2013, to be exact, when the local government unit of Valencia, Negros Oriental represented by former Mayor Enrique Gonzales and Mr. LuisitoTijing, general manager of Philsouth Properties and Development Corporation, signed a memorandum of agreement to start the dream project. Today, as the saying goes, the rest is history as Negros Oriental witnessed the soft opening of the resort-cum-adventure park last Saturday, reprising fond memories of yore while, at the same time, relishing and basking in the amenities to go with the discriminating taste of domestic and international tourists.

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The soft opening event, aptly titled “Get Wet Summer Pool Party,” featured A-List DJ and FHM model, Arra, from Manila together with top-caliber DJs from Cebu. Among others, people who witnessed the event enjoyed thetwo largeswimming pools, the bar, a function balcony,as well as an innovation inthe homey “balay,” cogon-roofed cottages, that can accommodate from 8 to 25 persons. Guests can bring their own food free of corkage fees. Not too far from the resort’s entrancesis the adventure park’s all-terrain vehicle (ATV), and Zegwee obstacle course and training facility. The ATV, a four-wheeled offroad vehicle and Zegwee, a two-wheeled motorized offroad vehicle, are now available for rent starting at P 300 and P 200, respectively. The F1 dual race zipline, bungee trampoline (the first in the province), including the aquazorb and pool slides, will be available within the summer. Moreover, the province’s first eco team-building facility, a children’s playground, and guided coaster tours — all patterned to suit international standards — are in the pipeline. But, despite its luxurious ambience, the resort aims to make all amenities affordable to everyone. The resort,divided into the left and right wings, has entrance fees of P30 and P60, respectively, including pool use. Children below 12, senior citizens, and Valencia residents will get discounted rates.

The resort is among the most ambitious projects of Philsouth Properties and Development Corporation as it aims to provide a facility that would target both domestic and international tourists. “We envision Tejero Highland Resort and Adventure Park to become the Sentosa (in Singapore) of the Philippines,” Tijing said. Likewise, incumbent Valencia Mayor Edgar Teves views this development with optimism. “This is the type of cooperation we all need, a partnership between the local government unit and the private sector. In the end, it is the people of Valencia and Negros Oriental who will benefit from this through livelihood opportunities, tourism investment, and a healthy economic climate,” remarked Mayor Teves. This existing PPP likewise conceived Valencia’s new tourism tagline, “Visita Valencia,” a tourism promotions offering that aims to take people from local to international levels to experience the adventure that only Valencia could offer. As the resort’s tagline suggests —”Your Adventure Starts Here” — Valencia and Tejero Highland Resort and Adventure Park will work together to promote tourism and investments in the naturally gifted town. For more information and updates, you may contact (035) 400-3977 or visit theTejero web pages at www.facebook.com/tejeroresort or its official website www.tejerohighlandresort.com.

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FOOTSTEPS AND FINGERPRINTS APPRECIATING LIFE t is so wonderful to be here at home after spending nearly nine days in the hospital! It is so refreshing to be able to breathe in the fresh air, while marveling at the wide range of green colors of the leaves in our mango tree as the sun warms the breeze that stirs the air. Breathe It all began about three weeks ago with a very sore throat and no voice that developed into a severe deep dry cough that kept me awake day and night. Initially diagnosed as acute bronchitis/pre-pneumonia, the doctors finally decided that it had originated as an atypical allergic nasal sinus infection. I am now at home feeling much, much better but NANCY RUSSELL under “house arrest” for another week to be sure that I C ATAN fully recover. It seems that we tend to take for granted our health … thinking that with a good sleep and a cup of freshly ground coffee, everything will turn out ok. The fallacy of this has been clearly pointed out to me during my confinement. My condition was most likely caused by 1) trying to do too much, in other words stressing myself more than necessary although I was enjoying at the same time, and 2) dehydration. Did you know that every time you cough graduates as an Industrial Engineer. Plus our or sneeze or blow your nose your body office is right in the thick of audits preparing loses a bit of its water? That even though for income taxes. you may not be directly exposed to the sun, I believe the Lord is telling me to slow because of the heat of the air around, you down a bit, so I can better appreciate the imperceptibly perspire? That to combat everyday moments of blessings and the joy the ever-increasing temperature and hu- of being alive. I have realized that always midity of our environment, we need to being busy and on-the-go doing many drink at least 3 to 4 liters of water every things (even though these activities are day? fruitful and satisfying) is not what life is I asked myself, “Why now at this time all about. I am reminded that I should when I have a lot of activities and work lined focus more on “being” than on “doing” up?” so that I can more fully appreciate life – During my confinement I missed my long- my life, the life of my family and friends, awaited Lenten weekend retreat with Sis. the life of our company, the life of the Carmeli in the mountains of Bais at her Farm world around me. School. I also missed our parish recollection Appreciate life. This is my Lenten reflecand the day-long recollection of our Thursday tion and message not only to you, my dear discussion group with Fr Pio. As I write this, readers and friends, but most of all to me. I am missing the college graduation ceremo- Appreciate life. Enjoy its blessings. And thank nies tonight of Boni, our granddaughter, who God for being alive!

uppose you had 364 million bucks to burn. . No. Top that to a billion pesos instead. . How would you blow that? Don’t ask Imelda and Ferdinand Marcos Jr. The Supreme Court, this week, “affirmed with finality its 2012 ruling forfeiting P1.8 billion, stashed in the Panaman corporation Arelma. In 1972, President Ferdinand Marcos secretly depoisted $2million. That balooned into into over $40 million today. Ferdinand Jr and Imelda claimed that as their own. That belongs to Juan Q. Taxpayer, the court affirmed. Government, meanwhile, plans to bankroll a billion pesos, through Department of Environment and Natural Resouces, for mangrove replanting. That will be a building block in efforts to rise from Supertyphoon Yolanda ru-

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ins. Mangroves are among are among most productive of ecosystems that Providence lavished. . Worldwide, they sprawl over 15.2 million hectares of tropical coasts. They are habitats for wide varieties of fish and plants and buffer against storms. “A mangrove stand of 30 trees per 0.01 hectare with a depth of 100 meters can reduce the destructive force of a To page 12

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Raising leaders ET’S give due attention to this need of raising and training leaders. We cannot and should not take this for granted. We should not think that leaders would just come out of the blue, whether we like or not, whether we do something about it or not. We have to look for them, those with potentials, and train and form them to be such. While it’s true that God’s grace can make leaders out of the commonest of persons, it’s also true that grace requires human cooperation not only from those directly called to be leaders but also from all of us who in varying degrees are involved in raising and training leaders. Yes, St. Paul once said that God often chooses the weak, the foolish and base things of the world to confound the strong, the wise and the proud. Or if we want to be more graphic, God can, as the Bible says, lift up the poor from the dung-

f people are surprised at the keen interest of the Malaysian government in the passage of the Bangsamoro,we have to go back to history. It all started when a blood relative, the Sultan of Brunei, ever grateful to his cousin the Sultan of Sulu for helping him quash a rebellion in his Kingdom, bequeathed to the latter a vast expanse of land now known as Sabah – peopled mostly by Tausugimmigrants from the Sulu archipelago. At that time the Sulu Sultan, only surrounded by warriors, did not have a clue about what to do with his sprawling empire that comprised of the Sulu archipelago and this huge property in Borneo. Sensing this, Alfred

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CANCER hen I was diagnosed with throat cancer, dozens of friends and even casual acquaintances compassionately offered their personally guaranteed “cures”. “My cousin was cured in three weeks” . These cures were rejected by the medical profession because, “doctors make more money from treating than they can curing” or “It is a natural cure and no one can make money from something you can get free”. These are powerful and convincing, even logical arguments. But are they really that powerful or logical? Aspirin, something Bayer has built a fortune by selling, is from tree bark. Exlax is also made from tree bark and as a child I made money harvesting it “free” from an Oregon mountain side. How come these companies made and still are making a

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hill so he can sit with princes. (cfr 1 Sam 2,8) Just the same, these divine affirmations do not preclude the necessity for some leadership training to be done by us. Christ himself, insofar as he is man, submitted himself to the rearing and care of Mary and Joseph to become later on the supreme servant-leader of God’s people tasked for the salvation of mankind. He had the reputation of Turn to page 10

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fortune on things you can go into your backyard and pick. Why couldn’t a drug company make a fortune for a cancer pill, even one made from a common free source? Did they not make money from treating polio? If so, why did they cure it? Why has Bill Gates spent billions eradicating polio in India when he would have To page 12


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I created all things for My pleasure he backdrop to today’s promise is found in the throne room of God as described by the Apostle John in Revelation 4. What an amazing sight! Rainbow colors flashing, angels crying holy, and the four and twenty elders falling on their faces worshipping the Lord God Almighty. I can’t wait for the day when I experience this amazing sight face to face. As the elders are worshipping ated because you wanted it. (MSG) God, they are declaring that everyThe reason that you were created thing that God created was made for is because God wanted you! He creHis pleasure! Think about that for ated you to make Him happy! Not as a minute. You and I are part of His a servant, but as His beloved child. My amazing handiwork and the reason prayer today is that this reality would He created us was for His own pleasgo deep into our hearts. We were all ure!  The Message Paraphrase says wanted. We were all planned. We were today’s Scripture verse this all created by a loving God who made way... Worthy,  O  Master!  Yes,  our us in His own image so that we could God! Take the glory! the honor! the make Him smile! What a wonderful power! You created it all; It was creGod we have!

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he sisters of Lazarus sent word to Jesus, saying, “Master, the one you love is ill.” When Jesus heard this he said, “This illness is not to end in death, but is for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So when he heard that he was ill, he remained for two days in the place where he was. Then after this he said to ”Could not the one who opened the eyes his disciples, ”Let us go back to Judea.” of the blind man have done something When Jesus arrived, he found that so that this man would not have died?” Lazarus had already been in the tomb So Jesus, perturbed again, came to the for four days. When Martha heard that tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay Jesus was coming, she went to meet him; across it. Jesus said, “Take away the but Mary sat at home. Martha said to stone.” Martha, the dead man’s sisJesus, ”Lord, if you had been here, my ter, said to him, ”Lord, by now there brother would not have died. But even will be a stench; he has been dead for now I know that whatever you ask of four days.” Jesus said to her, ”Did I God, God will give you.” Jesus said to not tell you that if you believe you will her, ”Your brother will rise.” Martha see the glory of God?” So they took said, ”I know he will rise, in the resuraway the stone. And Jesus raised his rection on the last day.” Jesus told her, eyes and said, ”Father, I thank you ”I am the resurrection and the life; for hearing me. I know that you alwhoever believes in me, even if he dies, ways hear me; but because of the will live, and everyone who lives and crowd here I have said this, that they believes in me will never die. Do you bemay believe that you sent me.” And lieve this?” She said to him, “Yes, Lord. when he had said this, He cried out in I have come to believe that you are the a loud voice, ”Lazarus, come out!” Christ, the Son of God, the one who is The dead man came out, tied hand coming into the world.” He became perand foot with burial bands, and his face turbed and deeply troubled, and said, was wrapped in a cloth. So Jesus said ”Where have you laid him?” They said to them, ”Untie him and let him go.” to him, “Sir, come and see.” And Jesus Now many of the Jews who had come wept. So the Jews said, “See how he to Mary and seen what he had done loved him.” But some of them said, began to believe in him.

PAKATI CARRYING OUR CROSS REV. DR. LOURDINO A. YUZON f anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me” (Luke 9:23). What did Jesus mean when he said that if we want to be his disciples, we each must carry our cross? A cross is a sign not of life, but of death. When St. Luke wrote his gospel, the church was severely persecuted by the same Roman Empire that killed Jesus. Except for Judas who took his own life, the rest of the original twelve disciples each died a martyr’s death. Andrew died on the cross. Simon was crucified. Bartholomew was skinned alive. James (son of Zebedee) was beheaded. James, the son of Alpheus, was beaten to death. Thomas was run through with a lance. Matthias was stoned and then beheaded. Matthew was slain by the sword. Peter was crucified upside down. Thaddeus was shot to death with arrows. Philip was hanged. Carrying our cross? “How much does it ing religious,” the patient said, “is that you cost us to follow Jesus?” If we belong to the have to give up too much.” Just what is the middle class in a “Christian” society such as cross that we each must bear? What is the ours, chances are that the cost of discipleship “too much” that we have to give up? There is minimal. We suffer no persecution. Perhaps, are those who say that physical illness, probothers may lightheartedly make fun of us, but lems with difficult relatives, failures in atthat is not much of a price to pay. taining desired goals, or falling short of exA pastor tells a story of a hospital To page 12 patient he visited. “The trouble with be-

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FACE OF GOD his theological reflection focuses on the challenge of affirming one’s Christian identity as implicit in the short story reviewed in past issues of this column. Through the Indwelling Spirit, man has strength and power for becoming a fully actualizing Christian.

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Confident that his Christian identity involves great dignity and vocation, Bobby reaches the highest affirmation of his life through the integration of Christian values by the power of the Holy Spirit. In the holy book, Paul writes: “The Spirit himself gives witness with out spirit that we are children of God. But if we are children, we are heirs as well: heirs of God, heirs with Christ.” The apostle continues, “if only we suffer so as to be glorified in him” (Rom. 8:1617). Hence, young Christians affirm this life in the Spirit by becoming what they are in themselves according to God’s gracious will. This takes place to the extent that they firmly promote and guard authentic Christian values even at the cost of a great sacrifice against the existing disvalues that run contrary to the Gospel. Growing as God’s children, young Christians are called to embrace the value of simplicity in their way of life. The Lord Jesus himself affirms: “Life is more than food and the body more than clothing” (Lk. 12:23). The better things in life cannot be “cars and refrigerators and all those gadgets”; man is “so superior and above gadgets.” These beliefs are drawn from one of the remarks of Mr. Henson, the most interesting of the barkada’sfathers, whom Bobby apparently considers worth listening to. Christ further warns: “The unbelievers of this world are always running after these things” (Lk. 12:30). Hence, young Christians are called to follow a way of life in simplicity as they strive to overcome the growing materialistic and consumerist mentality today. They are to build “character” that is based on the superiority of “being” over “having.” With the bond of friendship and solidarity in Christ, young Christians should cherish the values of peace and reconciliation. Bobby’s friend, Pete, sick of violence in teenage gang wars, has this admonition: “It’s two months now since the Vampires and the Vultures have made peace and formed an alliance, thank God. You want to destroy all that.” “Pakikisama, guy,” pleads Rene. Perhaps touched by this, Bobby, despite wanting to get revenge with Pompoy Morel, who badly beat him in a fist-fight, approaches, shakes hands with and is reconciled with Pompoy Morel during his sister’s birthday party when “God had the face of Pompoy Morel.” Young Christians today are called to effectively promote peace and reconciliation within a growing violent society and self-destructive world. As the Blessed Pope John Paul II once said: “peace [and reconciliation] and the youth go forward together.”


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WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS: We are living in a very dangerous day of violence and there is a real need of a Standard. It seems everybody is doing what is right in their own eyes. I am sure many are holding to values they were taught by their Church or by their Parents. Yet, many go away from these values and form their own ideas and values. The things our Parents, many will hold fast through out life. Others we do not think they are as valuable but still have respect for them. Many today think it old fashion and maybe not with modern times to go and read the Bible. Many today will watch the 10 Commandments in a Movies but regard the 10 Commandments as some antique or old and out of the date for our modern generation. If a city went back and held them up as important or the present government of today, then many of our Crimes today would be less. Many people have a respect for the Bible and would acknowledge them. The Eighth Commandment says “Thou shalt not commit adultery”. The Question is where are the boundary today. Is not the fabric of our society breaking down because very few people are regarding the Bible or the 10 Commandments. Romans 3:18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes”. The Respect for Marriage and the Home have almost gone. Where is the Church, the City Officials and even the Government in standing up and promoting the Home? I am sure there are individuals that will stand up but we need people to voice their respect toward the home. One of the sad things about our Society is that people have disregarded Marriage and without shame live together. Proverbs 6:32 “But whoso committeth adultery with a womanlacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul” Vs. 33 “A wound and dishonor shall he get; and his reproach shall not be wiped away” Adultery applies to married people. Fornication applies to people out side of marriage.

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he Negros Oriental Office Managers Association, composed of students of Office Management/ Office Systems Management in universities offering such in Negros Oriental (Foundation University, Negros Oriental State University, and Silliman University), was organized recently. Spearheaded by the students of Office Management 44 (Events Management) of Silliman University, the assembly was held at Science Complex 110 and attended by close to 200 students with their advisers coming from the three universities. Theme of the one-day pany should solidify all event was “Celebrating Di- these differences,” she versity, Embracing Unity.” quipped. She likewise focused BY CECILE M. Guest speaker was Ms. Eva Luz Barrera Aba, branch on unity because “I believe GENOVE manager of the Philippine that this is the goal of every National Bank in Dumaguete workplace—to attain ganization, she said. “The and the second top achiever unity.” The U in unity You or the people who make in terms of deposits recently could stand for a number of things, but the most the company run smoothly. in Region 7. In her inspirational important U is the YOU, the It is the people who serve message, Ms. Aba under- people involved in the orTo page 14 scored that wherever there are people, there is diversity. “Expect diversity of opinions and managing styles, expect disagreements that sometimes lead to non-compliance and disharmony in the workplace in any situation where there are people, “she said. “The more diverse the group, the more challenges there are,” she continued. Emphasizing that “unity is synonymous with harmony,” she likewise added that there is harmony only when people are happy with what they are doing. “Workers come from different backgrounds, but the mis- From left, Dr. Ma. Stella Lezama, guest speaker sion and vision of the com- Ms. Eva Luz Aba, and this columnist.

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From page 8 pectations are their “crosses to bear.” But these are misfortunes, not the kind of cross Jesus wants us to carry. In fact, one can bear these burdens without following Jesus. Neither is our cross similar to the physical cross that a flagellant carries and onto which he is nailed. The cross Jesus wants us to bear involves

the decisions we make in following Him and the willingness to pay even a high price for it. The cross we have to bear can be more fully understood in relation to the cross that Jesus carried and to which he was crucified. That was the consequence of Jesus’ freewill decision to obey God’s will for him to die on the cross so that sinners like you and me shall live. This suggests that there are things in each of us that must die so that we may be free to experience the joys as well as the costs of follow-

ing Jesus. We must crucify not only our low, but also our high desires if and when they clash with the claims of Christ on us. We must freely allow God’s grace to work its transforming power in us so that we can empty ourselves of selfcenteredness, greed, pride, hatred and unforgiving spirits and so receive God’s promise of human life in all its fullness. This can, and should, happen not only in high moments of worship but also in the ordinary events of our daily life. It must also be pointed out that indeed

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son is usually the real reason”. These cures are not on the market for a simple reason; THEY DO NOT WORK. Why am I writing this? A good friend of mine took health advice from one of these compassionate, well meaning “natural health gurus”. He went off his expensive doctor prescribed medicine and went to one of these free natural cures. He now may very well die from that “good” (?) advice, and that natural health expert will go on blithely giving out potentially deadly advice not supported by science. His free advice has a high price and he does not pay the bill or even feel guilty. I am not advocating you “blindly” follow doctors or anyone else. I am advocating you do the research. Much of the free advice I got on my cancer, I researched and quickly found most of it was worthless and in some cases even deadly. Careful, that free advice maybe too expensive.

Looking to... (Yuzon)

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From page 6 its oil, we also need a constant supply of everything that we need from God who made us, especially a spiritual nourishment that sustains our journey in life. We can be in a desert of spiritual dryness in the midst of overflowing material wealth. Our own strength can fail us. We grow old and our memory is not as good as it used to be. Our health is as unpredictable as the world’s economy. We get easily discouraged, and most often, we are the worst critic of our own selves. Fear of what we cannot do and what people say can paralyze the task that God has prepared for us to do. Many times, we feel useless, beaten and driven to do things to merely survive. So a day can become a dreary routine of living a life of mediocrity in God’s standards. We are often caught in the hastiness of the day that we forget to spend time in prayer, a quiet time with our God who anticipates our every need. We can be the wick that gives off light, but we need to get that unlimited supply of oil from our faithful provider, who is God. His oil never runs dry. His love never fails. The hope that comes from His promises is the living water that we draw our strength from. We need to pray to see people

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made more money selling them artificial lung machines? Sorry, I do not believe these miracle cancer cures are not marketed because of greed in the medical profession. The medical profession wants to cure cancer more than anyone else, not necessarily because of “compassion” but more importantly, the person or company that comes up with a cure for cancer will make BILLIONS and become world famous. Accum’sRazor , “the simplest rea-

and circumstances through His perspective. Like the wick, we need a little bit of trimming and pruning once in a while to remove the blackened edge to give way to a fresh start. A fresh appreciation to people who have been part of our daily lives --they became too close that we barely see them or their value. The question is are we willing to go through the process to give light? It requires time, availability and sacrifice. We need to immerse and soak ourselves in His presence. We should allow that oil of love, hope, kindness, mercy, forgiveness, patience, encouragement to flow through so it can become light for others to see. We can be vessels of these wonderful virtues if we are dipped into the ultimate and inexhaustible source who is God. Not by your might or power, but by His Spirit.

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3 ports... From page 1 erations at Pier 3. A transit shed costing P 45 million will also be constructed to store cargoes while awaiting shipment inside the pier along with a P 6.1 million 3 sets of breasting dolphin berths for cargo vessels. Also included in the line-up of projects is the 16 meter wide P 12 million access road at the back up

there is great joy in carrying our cross. To follow Jesus is to enter into friendship with him. Moreover, it means sharing in the “creativeness of his death… for the cross brings forth harvest from a sown (and dying) seed” (Interpreter’s Bible, Vol. 8, p. 260). In the cross Jesus took upon himself the punishment for our sins and so restored us to right relationship with God. Through Jesus’ death, God passed his judgment over us, and bestows upon us the gift of eternal life. And when God raised Jesus from the dead, we have the assurance that life, not death, is our ultimate destiny. In this sense, there is indeed incomparable joy in following Jesus. Alongside his promise of life’s ultimate joy, however, Jesus confronts us with sharp demands. Unlike peddlers of a prosperity gospel, Jesus invites us not with these words, “Come follow me, and you will have success and peace of mind.” Instead, Jesus confronts us with this command, “If you really want to be my disciple, you must be ready to take up your cross, sacrifice if necessary, all that is dearest to you, and come, follow me.” To willingly accept these conditions is to take a very significant step in our journey towards being a true follower of Jesus in our time and place.

area of the pier will be implemented for the exclusive use for incoming and outgoing cargo vehicles to help decongest traffic at the Dumaguete pier area. Meanwhile, the Tandayag wharf in Amlan damaged by the February 6, 2012 earthquake will undergo massive repair along with reclamation for the RORO ramp to cost P 50 million. Guihulngan port will also be subject to a P 45 million pier extension and reclamation to increase its berthing capacity to include long hulled vessels and. (By Dems Demecillo)

Mysteries... (Mel Erickson)

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internal response to separation and loss. Carl Jung taught that every change is a loss and every loss must be grieved. When you think about it, you realize that at every life transition, expected or unexpected, small or tragically overwhelming, when one thing ends, som ething new begins. Small changes – positive or negative — we take in our stride. Large and complicated change can knock us for a loop, pulling the rug out from under us and turning our world upside down. Small or large, we make the choice to adjust and heal – or not. So, what does this healing grief process look like? Not pretty. Especially in the beginning. There may be shock, numbness,

disorientation, anguish, confusion, anger, guilt, fear and physical symptoms like appetite extremes, sleep extremes, head or body aches, surges of pain and tears, memory loss, brain fog and m any others. (Finding a good list of “normal” grief experiences can be very helpful to a grieving individual because so many symptoms are not thought of as a part of “normal” grief.) It is essential to educate oneself about the healthy grieving process. Indeed, if it weren’t for the reality of profound loss, some of the symptoms of our grief response would be cause for serious concern. The context of grief, however, means that we are most likely in a process that will evolve given time and intentional focus. This kind of selfeducation

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Malaysian... (Romero) From page 6 of opportunity. Through Baron Von Overbeck, a long time resident of Sabah, cajoled the commerciallynaive sultan to lease the vast property for the paltry sum of a few thousand pounds which was religiously paid by the British up to this time (through Malaysia after the annexation). From that time on the commercial interests of Great Britain poured in capital to develop the rich petroleum deposits and the fertile lands for plantation crops. Obviously the British overlords of the Malaysians could not easily let their hugely profitable commercial interests go that easily. It is not surprising therefore that despite the agreement among Malayan Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra AlHaj,President Sukarno of Indonesia and President Diosdado Macapagalthat the question of the ownership of Sabah would be put on hold during the Manila accord of 1963 which we reproduce below: “The Philippines made it clear that its position on the inclusion of North Borneo in the Federation of Malaysia is subject to the final outcome of the Philippine claim to North Borneo. The Ministers took note of the Philippine claim and the right of the Philippines to con-

tinue to pursue it in accordance with international law and the principle of the Pacific Settlement of Disputes. They agreed that the inclusion of North Borneo in the Federation of Malaysia would not prejudice either the claim or any right thereunder. Moreover, in the context of their close association, the three countries agreed to exert their best endeavours to bring the claim to a just and expeditious solution by peaceful means such as negotiation, conciliation, arbitration or judicial settlement as well as other peaceful means of the parties’ own choice, in conformity with the Charter of the United Nations and the Bandung Declaration”, the British on their own initiative and with the consent of the Malaysians annexed this vast land and made it part of the Malaysian Federation. Possession is 90% of the law as the saying goes. To fortify their claim to the property the Malaysians used the Crimean formula (that we witnessed of late as applied by the Russians). The result was not surprising as the majority of the TausugSabahans opted to stay with Malaysia. Can we blame them given that their quality of life was superior to that of their poor cousins in the Sulu archipelago? Ever since Sabah’s’ illegitimate annexation, our ASEAN neighbor has been keenly interested in Bangsamoro affairs. In the face of secessionist tendencies in the region fuelled by the perception that they are getting a raw deal from the central government which pockets most of the wealth of the

Sabahans and the unrelenting claim of the Sultanate of Sulu of their perceived homeland, Malaysia is making sure that the Sabah claim of the Sultanate of Sulu will be consigned to the dustbin of history. Today Malaysia, which has continued to pay the heirs of the Sultan a paltry sum of a few thousand ringgits which can hardly cover the airplane tickets to their homeland, has adopted a two-track approach to the issue – a combination of force and diplomacy, a carrot and stick approach, both designed to marginalize the claimants to Sabah namely the Tausugs led by the Sultanate of Sulu. The use of overwhelming force to quell the Lahad Datu incursion by forces of the Sultanate and the signing of the framework agreement at the end of the month goes into the heart of the strategy. The Malaysians have not shied away from the use of force in settling the Sabah issue. Thus far Malaysia has not been held to account for some of the problems in the south. In an act of self-preservation following the Jabidah massacre in the seventies, she armed and trained Misuari’s group and the breakaway MILF to the teeth during the armed confrontation between the secessionists and the Philippine government – a move which boomeranged when the same training and arms were used by the Tausugs to try and reclaim their homeland of late, a move which was met with overwhelming force by Malaysian military. Of late the federation has found a more effective approach to the problem. Apart from scuttling Tausug armed efforts to retake their homeland by the use of force, it has tried the diplomatic approach getting theMaguidanaos and the Maranaws and other tribes to their side by brokering the so-called peace process. Fortunately for the Malaysians this has worked for them thanks mostly to the active cooperation of this administration to marginalize the Tausugsin the creation of the Bangsamoro. Indeed Malaysia and this administration have conspired to place the Sabah issue in the backburner hoping that the claim will die a natural death. Indeed both governments have deliberately ignored the Manila accord in 1963 and are bent to dismiss rather than settle the issue. It must be emphasized that the framework agreement with the MILF has nothing to do with the Sabah claim. These are two different issues! While this country is grateful for the arbitration efforts of Malaysia which incidentally does not exactly fit the description of the honest broker given its vested interest in Sabah and its clandestine support, official or non-official, of the secessionist movement in

Mindanao in the past, be that as it may her support of the framework agreement can never be considered as a trade-off for the Sabah question. Why has Malaysia gone out of the way to fast track the Mindanao peace process and what can she gain from it? The answer is plenty. In the first place, the framework agreement serves as a distraction which Malaysia hopes to place the Sabah issue in the dustbin of history. The fact that the presidential visit to Kuala Lumpur did not substantially touch on the question was victory for the Malaysians. Moreover the creation of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region run by non-Tausugs and non-claimants to Sabah and beholden to Malaysia who reportedly will “train” its civil servants and “develop” its economy will surely reinforce the hold of the federation in this Central Mindanao region as it inculcates a culture of economic dependency on its newly discovered benefactor. This will effectively create for Malaysia at most sub/vassalstate and at the very least a friendly ally who will cooperate with its newly-found benefactor in muting the Sultanate claim on Sabah.We will then have an enlarged Muslim federation stretching from Borneo to Central Mindanao. When this happens we pray that this will not produce a kulturkampf or Prof. Huntington’s conflict of civilization when two people with different cultures share the same borders. If the small minority

of Muslims in Mindanao has generated so much violence in that island – how much more an energized Muslim minority backed up by a stronger Muslim confessional state which has marginalized Christian minorities in her home state? In fact it is prohibited for less than half-a dozen Christians to meet without permission from the government and the use of Allah by non-Muslim is now being considered as a criminal act! The other day obviously

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14 Diversity... (Genove) From page 10 as the key to achieving unity.” The second meaning of the U in unity is uniqueness which is the root of all creative endeavors, Ms. Aba said. “This trait of uniqueness is vital to organizations for them to maintain its brand, to make it stand out, capture the world and make a difference. People who possess creative and unique ideas serve as foil that keep the spirit of the company alive. Uniqueness is part of unity.” She exhorted those present to embrace the uniqueness of every individual because “it is only when we understand and accept people’s differences that unity will be realized.” The third U stands for uniformity. “We are all unique, but when we belong to an organization, we should learn to blend in, understand the mission-vision of the company, and know what ac-

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tions are expected from us as part of whole body. We have to be in synch with others although I do not mean total surrender of one’s personal freedom. There are limitations to everything. For example, if you are one person who could not be made to wear a corporate attire, then you would never fit into certain companies that require its employees to work in their uniform. The uniform does not only serve as the company’s identification, but it is also integral to its image. Wearing one does not diminish our uniqueness as individuals,” she shared. “Good office management also results from proper delegation of roles and tasks and tapping the potentials of your own people. This is where unity starts—a manager who knows and who exercises fair judgment. Some office managers may fail, but there is always room for improvement provided the communication lines are open. Everything should be geared towards the im-

April 6, 2014 provement of the quality of everyone’s quality of life. All our efforts and brilliant ideas should be aimed beyond personal goals, over and beyond the company’s mission-vision, but also reaching out to the good of the society as a whole.” The elected officers who will serve in school year 2014-2015 are: Mark Van Lester Celis (NORSU), president; Aimee Yocor, vice-president (SU); Marivic Mejuar, vice-president (FU); Analyn Danag, vice-president (NORSU); Louise Dejaresco (SU), secretary; Princess Faye Bebero (SU), treasurer; Lanie Maquiling (SU), auditor; and Freyanne Barrera (SU), PRO. Members of the organizing class are: Lineth Avanzado, Jenny Philnes Generoso, Grace Lastimado, Angelique Floric Danila Macambac, and Phil Currenton Ricarte. Also present to give their support were Dr. Ma. Stella Lezama, dean of the SU College of Business Administration and Annabelle Azuelo, faculty member of the Office Management Department.

HEALTH IS WEALTH

GUILT FEELING “True guilt can be a healthy stimulant, a quick painful jolt to make us change.” Martin R. Padovan

n College Literature, we learned about a serious example of guilt complex manifested by the “washing mania of Lady Macbeth,” one of Shakespeare’s tragedies. The Lady tried to repress her guilt feeling of murder but unconsciously she was relentlessly tortured and was forced to compulsively wash her hands several times a day to ritualistically remove her guilt. “I saw spots of blood in my hands!” (Guilty conscience). Authorities say that guilt someone. The Holy Scripture is a fact of life. It is therefore a says, “Even the just man normal experience for every- fails seven times a day!” one, guilty of anything wrongly The problem with most peodone. We have a normal con- ple is how they handle each science, a censoring force guilt feeling makes a big difgiven by God to discern our ference whether their emosense of moral values whether tional or spiritual self is healthy right or wrong. We call it as or unhealthy. “superego” the moral self or In Psychiatry, the “conscience”. It functions sociopath or antisocial when we truly commit sin or personality disorder when some people act (criminally inclined peragainst good values or convic- son) feels no remorse of tions. Every responsible and conscience, or experience morally straight person feels no guilt feelings at all; they guilty when he really offends are already callous.

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The connection... (Tulabing) From page 8 love. They were told that active sexual lives with a number of partners would be psychologically healthy, perfectly normal, and perfectly moral. Now, largely because of the spread of AIDS and the devastations of teenage pregnancy, even Planned Parenthood puts a value on abstinence. Yet they have no confidence that young people can and will abstain from sexual intercourse, so they advocate “safe” sex, “responsible” sex, whereby they mean sexual intercourse wherein a contraceptive is used. Sex educators assume that young people will be engaging in sexual activity outside of marriage (a self-fulfilling assumption in some respects); thus the chief goal of their programs is to get them to use contraception. Planned Parenthood thinks that sex education will reduce the number of pregnancies and thus the number of abortions. But, again, all the studies show that sex education programs inspired by Planned Parenthood lead to more sexual promiscuity, more teen pregnancy, and more abortion. Young people do not need sex education of the Planned Parenthood type; they need to learn that sexual intercourse can be engaged in responsibly and safely only within marriage. Rather than filling young people’s heads with false notions about freedom, and filling their wallets with condoms, we need to help them see the true meaning of human sexuality. We need to help them learn self-control and self-mastery so that they are not enslaved to their sexual passions. They need to learn

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that sexual intercourse belongs within marriage, and that with the commitment to marriage comes true freedom; the freedom to give of one’s self completely to another, the freedom to meet one’s responsibilities to one’s children. There are two cornerstones on which education for sexual responsibility should be built–cornerstones that are both corroded by contraceptive sex. One cornerstone is that sexual intercourse is meant to be the expression of a deep love for another individual, a deep love that leads one to want to give of oneself totally to another. Most individuals hope one day to be in a faithful marriage, to be in a marital relationship with someone one loves deeply and by whom one is loved deeply. One of the major components of that deep love is a promise of faithfulness, that one will give oneself sexually only to one’s spouse. For many it seems odd to speak of the need to be faithful to one’s spouse before marriage, but such is the case. In a sense, one should love one’s spouse before one even meets him or her. One should be preparing to be a good lover, a good spouse, one’s whole life. This means reserving the giving of one’s self sexually until one is married– for in a sense, one’s sexuality belongs to one’s future spouse as much as it does to one’s self. A few generations ago, it was not uncommon for young people to speak of “saving themselves” for marriage. It is a phrase scoffed at today, but one that is nonetheless indicative of a proper understanding of love, sexuality, and marriage. One should prepare one’s self for marriage and one should save one’s self for marriage. Much damage can be

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We are concerned with the majority of the common people who experience ordinary guilt in life. Psychoanalysts explain that guilt is a form of self –punishment. Extreme and uncontrolled guilt can lead to suicide. Hence, repent sincerely, confess your sins, and ask for God’s mercy and forgiveness. As Catholics, we believe that one sincere confession absolutely makes one’s soul as white as snow! Never doubt my friend! God loves you immensely!

done to the self through sexual intercourse outside of marriage; many come to feel that they have been exploited and that they have exploited others; many experience great alienation and lose the ability to trust another completely. Or the sexual pleasure they are experiencing hinders their ability to get to know the true character of their sexual partner and they make bad judgments about who to marry. We should try to help young people see why they should not take the easy, foolish, and selfdestructive path of partaking in meaningless contraceptive sex before marriage. Contraception severs connection between sex and babies The other cornerstone for a sex education program should be the refrain that if you are not ready for babies, you are not ready for sexual intercourse, and you are not ready for babies until you are married. Most people want to be good parents; they want to provide for their children and give them good upbringings. Contraception attempts to sever the connection between sexual intercourse and babies; it makes us feel responsible about our sexuality while enabling us to be irresponsible. Individuals born out of wedlock have a much harder start in life; have a much harder time gaining the discipline and strength they need to be responsible adults. Single mothers have very hard lives as they struggle to meet the needs of their children and their own emotional needs as well. Those who abort their babies are often left with devastating psychological scars. The price of out of wedlock pregnancy is high.


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Negros Oriental Launches Tourism Roadmap By Jennifer C. Tilos

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he Negros Oriental Tourism Road Map was recently presented to about 100 stakeholders here to ensure support to the development of tourism as guide for sustainable and inclusive economic growth in the province last March 25. With this blueprint, Governor Roel Degamo said his administration is bent on using tourism industry as the main component for creating both livelihood and employment opportunities for Negrenses. Negros Oriental placed second in tourist arrivals in Central Visayas, next to Cebu province, Montecillo said.The top ten foreign tourist visitors recorded in

the province were Americans, Germans, French, Canadians, Britons, Australians, Chinese, Koreans, and Swiss nationals.With the growing number of tourist arrivals or markets, the DOT director said the tourism action plan will also have to align with the National Tourism Development Plan (NTDP) and identify the priority tourism development areas in the country.

PAG-Ibig fund Dumaguete plans to ink MOU with Gov’t agencies for JO deductions, remittances By Roi Lomotan he PAG-Ibig Fund Branch here plans to ink a memorandum of understanding with local and national government offices in Negros Oriental to help their job order (JO) employees become active members of PAG-Ibig Fund.

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Member Services Officer of PAG-Ibig Fund Dumaguete City Branch Perlie Boy Rosal said, the MOU will allow job order employees to pay their contributions to PAG-Ibig. Presently, job order or contractual employees are exempted from PAG-Ibig Fund deductions because of the “no employer-employee relationship” clause stipulated in their

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contracts.With this initiative, contractual employees can expect that part of their salary goes to the payment of their PAG-Ibig contributions. Rosal explained that once government institutions tie up with PAG-Ibig Fund for the member contribution of contractual employees, P200 will be deducted from their salaries. These deductions will be directly remitted to PAG-Ibig.

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health services to the door steps of the people especially in the hinterland barangays. With the support from different line agencies, organizations and institutions from the private sector, the free medical services was first held at Barangay Tambo in Ayungon town as one of the main activities during the barangay’s observance of the annual fiesta. Ayungon municipal mayor EdcelEnardecido thanked the provincial government through Gov. Degamo for initiating the program that greatly benefited the barangay residents who have limited access to hospital facilities.

department heads/units of NOPH will now be handled by the DOH Central Office Bid and Awards Committee. Besides, the move is to alley fears that P50M versus P35M price difference might get influenced if the bidding will be held outside the ambit of local stakeholders from this province. However, the bidding and procurement of the oxygen generation plant requires that those in charge in the planning, design and specifications of the building be included for practical reasons. Dr. Calumpang said that the three suppliers that expressed interest to join the bidding in the DOH Central Office Bids and Awards Committee have not yet secured the detailed ing and installation of the floor plan and design of the oxygen plant. ( Demecillo) building for the proper pip-

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Notice is hereby given that Benedicto Stanley M. Alcantara, Roberta Pamela A. Yap, Zita A. Tabasa, Sylvano M. Alcantara, and Justine A. Limbaga, heirs of the late Spouses Alexander B. Alcantara and Ramona Mercader-Alcantara, have executed an Extrajudicial Settlement of Estate of Alexander and Ramona Mercader-Alcantara, consisting of real properties, namely: a) a parcel of land, Lot-3035-A of the subdivision plan, Psd07-03-007841, being a portion of Lot 3035 Tanjay Cadastre, covered by TCT No. T-22718, situated in the Barrio of Candangki, Municipality of Tanjay, Province of Negros Oriental, containing an area of Forty-Six Thousand One Hundred and Forty (46,140) square meters, more or less; b) a parcel of land, Lot 6752-A, of the subdivision plan, Psd-07-03-004752, being a portion of Lot 6752, Pls-147covered by TCT No. HT-2063, situated at in the Barrio of Mangoto, Municipality of Pamplona, Province of Negros Oriental, containing an area of Seventy-Five Thousand Seven Hundred Eighty-Three (75,783) square meters, more or less; c) a parcel of land, Lot-4767-B, of the subdivision plan, Psd-07-03-007625, being a portion of Lot-4767, Tanjay Cadastre, covered by TCT No. T-22654, situated in the Barrio of Bantolinao, Municipality of Pamplona, Province of Negros Oriental, containing an area of ThirtyFive Thousand Eight Hundred Sixteen (35,816) square meters, more or less; d) One-Sixth (1/6) portion of a parcel of land, Lot-4461 of the Cadastral Survey of Tanjay covered by TCT No. T15684, situated in the Municipality of Tanjay, containing an area of Five Thousand Seven Hundred Thirty-Five (5,735) square meters, more or less; the document having been acknowledged before Notary Public Atty. Telesforo Y. Diao, Jr. as Doc. No. 16, Page No. 4, Book No. XII, Series of 2014. The Negros Chronicle Mar. 30, Apr. 6 & 13, 2014

NOTICE Notice is hereby given that Letecia Lizada Mahinay, Dolorosa Mahinay Garcia, Ana Liza Mahinay Y. Cabios and Master L. Mahinay Heirs/Declarants of the late Pedro Mahinay have executed a Deed of Declaration of Heirship/Extra-Judicial Settlement With Adjudication of Estate on a parcel of land covered by Original Certificate of Title No. F-1343 (Lot 150-A, CSD 1343-D) containing an area of ThirtyFour Thousand One Hundred TwentyFive (34,125) square meters, more or less, the document having been acknowledged before Notary Public Atty. Rodolfo Mahilum as Doc. No. 785, Page No. 157, Book No. L, Series of 2013. The Negros Chronicle Mar. 30, Apr. 6 & 13, 2014

Cancer (Kojack) From page 13 able a number to dip into the Cash-for- Work scheme” Primavera and fellow scientists say it is imperative to share the on-the-ground findings with decision-makers before that one billion bucks is released. As currently drafted, the DENR plan will anchor post-Haiyan mangrove rehabilitation program on good intentions without being grounded in science. “We are presently drafting: ( 1) Criteria for Mangrove Damage and Recovery Assessment, and ( b) Guidelines for Mangrove Cleaning, both for people’s organizations and scientific groups A postYolanda Workshop II for other local stakeholders is scheduled for 13-14 May 2014 in Tacloban City. A “Call ToActiion” earlier was issued by a University of the Philippines workshop on “Mapping Yolanda’s Impact on Philippine Mangroves: Impacts and Recovery” late March. It is a race to see how 364 million bucks — . No. Top that to a billion pesos instead — can be put to good use or wasted . What are the odds for the scientists — and Mr Juan Q. Taxpayer?

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tuna and marine life. RP is one of the richest in mineral resources and much of them are inside the untapped bowels of Mindanao. Mindanao produces half of the country’s gold output and the country is the world’s top 20 gold producers. It has manganese, copper, iron, zinc and others. Reports are rife that there is a underwater artery extending alll the way from the Middle East through Palawan into the Sulu sea where billions of barrels of unmined gas and oil reside. In the Philippine deep near Surigao lies dormant a mineral -which if zealously developed can be an alternative to oil. Fiction? The USA is interested that the CAB succeed under a government allied with Washington rather than a Mindanao torn by war supported by hostile (to the USA) Muslim nations. An economically vibrant Mindanao will the make the Muslims’ secession from the republic a foolish proposition A politically peaceful Mindanao allows the US a land area for a possible military base as a springboard to protect the wide geographic corridor leading to

Southeast Asia (fastest growing region) and opulent Australia, another US staunch ally. The alleged presence of oil allows both OPEC countries and even western countries (especially American oil companies) to separately or jointly develop the vast oil fields under water. A progressive Mindanao raises the GDP and the per capita GDP of the nation, saves the government billions of pesos spent on an otherwise useless fratricidal war and burnishes the image of the nation as a haven for future FDI (freign direct investments). An economically healthy Philippines weakens the cause of the other insurgency group- the Communist Party- which uses

poverty as a fulcrum to argue that capitalism does not work. Malaysia is here for obvious economic interest in Mindanao. We are not privy to backroom talks whether the Sulu sultanate claim on Sabah, annexed by the Malaysia, was an “off-therecord-deal” between Manila and Kuala Lumpur. It appears that legally the Philippines represented by the sultanate has a legitimate titular claim over the island of Sabah with an incredible output of US70-B (annually) -almost equal to the entire annual Philippine budget of P2.7 Trillion. Was there a side-deal done- exposing the true intent behind the inordinate To page 16

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interest of Malaysia on a sovereign issue like the secessionist movement in Mindanao? Will the denouement unravel in Pnoys term up to 2016? Of course, the champagne bottles will remain unopened for now. Afterall, the CAB will still has to certified urgent by the president for Congress to pass into Law with enabling acts and the Supreme Court to stamp its finality if legal questions are tossed to its chambers. But considering the odds, the CAB by ityself (a mere agreement) is already more than a modern half a miracle. Praise be God or Allah- or are they One and the Same and only with different names coined by worshippers? The Chinese say “there is no prosperity in anger”.

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So, it is. The other angered secessionist movements involving Muslims in four other countruies are not doing their citizens any good. Violence is answered with counter violence from the other in an almost mindless spiral of escalating mayhem. The Russians bombed the Muslims in Chesncya in 1994, the Chinese and the Muslim-Chinese in the eastern border facing Russia (in China) are killing one another; the conflict between the minority Muslims versus ethnic Chinese in volatile Thailand is legendary and the generally peaceful Myanmar is laced by periodic violence between the Muslims and the local Buddhists. Isn’t that a reason enough to toast in the interim that RP is no longer in that turbulent, war-like crowd with the recent CAB? If the CAB succeeds -it

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Mysteries... (Mel ERICKSON)

From page 4 some of the mystery of grief by removing fear of the process itself, enabling one to lean into the process rather than resist it. To deny or resist the grieving process adds to its timeline. Initially, after profound loss, it is imperative to make the conscious choice to will be one large feather in the cap of Pnoy’s balding scalp (pardon the irreverence as we are merely carried by the euphoria, Mr. President) and those who put blocks against its implementation we consider as traitors to both peace and our sense of noble history. Shalom! For comments: email to dejarescobingo@yahoo.com or bohol-rd@mozcom.com

heal e.g. to not stay in the profound grief mode indefinitely. This choice reflects a mindset of hope and intentional effort to reach the goal of “grieving clean.” This is not a place where w e have forgotten lost loves or stopped loving them. As mentioned, the goal is to remember w ithout overw helming pain and have energy to invest in living and loving. The mystery is that healing is a choice, not to be taken for granted. If we think of grief as a wound, it needs tending to heal w ell. It might need the expertise of a professional when the loss is beyond the experience of our normal every day existence. (Concluded next Issue )

impressed by the promised robust political and economic development support of Malaysia of the fledgling Muslim Autonomous Region, a fullpage ad announced the support of alleged MNLF leaders led by the influential and politically entrenched Alonto clan for the peace agreement. This will surely isolate even more the Sultanate and their armed adherents led by Misuari’s group. With this development the Sultanates claim to Sabah becomes dimmer and dimmer. What if the Bangsamoro follow the example of their Sabahans cousins and vote to join the Malaysian federation Crimeastyle? Will this not make the Sultanate of the Sulu the “palaman” in the sandwich made up of two strong Malaysian Vassal States? In the meantime, the Malaysian federation despite pressures from local groups political and academic circles continues to enjoy the natural resources of the disputed territory pumping no less than 300,000 barrels of oil a day which has earned her billions of ringgits every year plus the billions earned from the production of some 2.5 million tons of precious palm oil per annum. In a way the Sultanate can only blame itself for the botched Sabah deal between the Sultanate and the East India Company. If the few thousand pounds handed to the former was meant to be rental the amount was ridiculous. If it was meant to be amortization it was an insult to their intelligence. Be that as it may it must also be said that the good lord knows what would have happened to the people of Sabah, mostly of Tausug origin, had they been under the Sultanate. If we go by the track record of the Sultanate the Sabahans would probably be wallowing in the same level of economic distress as their cousins in Sulu. Thanks mostly to the British colonizers who discovered and developed the vast expanse of land the Sabahans today enjoy a quality of life which can only be the envy of the Suluanons the very reason that they opted to stay with the federation. Does this justify the illegitimate annexation by the AngloMalaysians of Sabah in 1963? Of course not! Only just compensation can rectify the situation. Obviously there is a connection between the Malaysian excessive interests in Bangsamoro. There is the promise of development of Malaysian palm oil plantations (which are now discouraged in Malaysia and Indonesia because of some economic and environmental concerns as both nations are perceived to have reached the outer limits of industry expansion); the expansion of Malaysian banks purportedly as financial conduits to the inflow of Malaysians direct investments etc. Parenthetically today a Malaysian Willmar dominates the lauric trade, importing most of the palm oil needs of this country which

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is sourced from its vast plantations in Sabah and the Malaysian territories even as it is the major player in the coconut trade crushing a substantial amount of copra in its controlled mills. This group, the Kuok group, is also now a big player in the hotel business with its Shangri-La chain. Even as we write this piece a Malaysian company reportedly agreed to invest in a banana plantation which will insure a lot of employment opportunities. Other projects are in the offing such as the Mindanao Halal Institute of Science and Technology, motor pool and warehouse, clinic and hospital, places of worship, food processing complex, the development of fruit trees and value crops plus recreational projects for children and adults. In brief the Malaysians are now poised to fully develop Central Mindanao which has suffered greatly from the benign neglect of its leaders and this government!What follows next, is the eternal gratitude of the Muslim Mindanao’s to their newly encountered benefactors and the strengthening of sociocultural and economic ties between Muslim brothers. What’s next? For Bangsamoro to join the Malay federation like their Tausugbrothers in Sabah? When this happens we only have ourselves to blame! So okay, all these trade developments are good for the economy and will spill over to Mindanao improving the lot of the Maguindanaons. So why not extend the same benefits to the Tausugs also whom the Malaysians owe a considerable amount of money for the Sabah annexation? Perhaps this can be accomplished within the context of the Asean Economic Community specifically the development of the BIMP-EAGA? One thing sure is that no less than a comprehensive solution to the Moro issue can promote peace and prosperity in Mindanao. This country does not need a foreign country to solve its domestic problem rooted in the benign neglect of the Muslim areas. Federalism that is genuine – one with fiscal autonomy, authentic decentralization and devolution and the accelerated development of the island of Mindanao, can go a long way in promoting lasting peace in the region. Moreover any peace process must be inclusive. It must include all the tribes be this Tausug Maguinndanaons, Manobos, and other indigenous elements such as the Lumadswho as we write are now quite concerned about the future of their vast ancestral domain, some of which has been transformed into MILF camps, under a Bangsamoro governance. Conversely an exclusive settlement as we have today under the framework agreement which will only solve the interest of certain parties here and abroad might just exacerbate the problem in Mindanao. Indeed formal agreement must now give way to a more comprehensive and substantial one. We leave these to the solons to resolve. In the days of Martial Law the Jaja group used to chant “justice for one, justice for all”. Today we continue the mantra – partial justice for a few is injustice for many!


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sia, will be joining the debate tournament which includes a special seminar on pressing environmental issue. Apart from which, former Philppine senator and presidential Adviser on Global Warming and Climate Change Heherson Alvarez will also be the keynote speaker for the event. Yasi added: “The idea was to bring together college students from all over the ASEAN region to talk, discuss and debate about current and critical environment issues in the area. True, a lot of conventions about the environment have been organized and they have been more than helpful in solving problems in the region, but we thought that it would also be great to hear ideas coming from students who aren’t necessarily part of the “environmentalist clique.” Interested individuals may visit the group’s official website www.aseanecodebates.org/ or visit their Facebook page for more details.

a wonderful example for whatever the speakers in the tournament might talk about, considering how in sync Silliman is with current efforts,” Yasi said. Aside from the actual debates, a visit to wildlife sanctuaries is also planned to make way for an activity which would serve as a stepping stone for the debaters in coming up with tangible solutions for areas with similar environmental issues. A tour on the province’s ecotourism site, Apo Island, will also be conducted. “The top eight teams of the tournament will be brought to Apo Island to learn more about the efforts that the locals and the scientific community has been doing in the area. This would serve as their source od information for the tournament’s quarter-final round (which they have qualified for),” he said. Around 100 participant’s from all over Southeast Asia, which inFrom page 1 clude the Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietbelonging to the nam, Singapore, Company th Myanmar, Laos, Cambo- 79 IB headed by 2Lt John dia, Brunei, and Indone- Tumamao was sent to sitioMakasakasa of barangayBalayong in Pamplona early Saturday \April 3, morning to negotiFrom page 1 ate for the surrender of at dents who are required to least five armed combatants take the entrance examina- who were inside the residence of Felix Rabor, but to tions must come in person. Whereas Saint Paul no avail. Instead, the NPA comUniversity-Dumaguete will start their classes on June batants fired back which re16, 23 and 30 for the grade sulted to the death of two school, high school and ter- NPA members, identified only as KaAndoy and Ka tiary levels, respectively. On the other hand, Jury. The third was seriously Negros Oriental State Uni- wounded later identified as versity will not likely follow Jessie Dacal-dacal, who has the foremost state Univer- a pending murder and rebelsity of the Philippines, which lion charges in court. The two others were decided to begin classes on August. However, NORSU able to slipped through the Information Officer Marx army troopers, but were beIturralde said that Board of lieved to be wounded due to Regents will still meet on the presence of blood stains April 12 to decide on the in the area, leaving behind their issued armalite rifles. matter. Earlier, UP along with ARMS RECOVERY Ateneo De Manila UniverRecovered from the sity and University of Santo Tomas adopted new sched- crime scene were four ules for the opening of their armalite rifles with grenade classes for 2014 and 2015 launchers, and one armalite academic years to be in ac- rifle with an attached M203 cord with their counterparts tube, subversive documents with high intelligence value, in the South East Asia. However, the Commis- and personnal belongings. 302 nd brigade comsion on Higher Education has taken a firm stand mander BGen Patrimonio against a shift in the aca- disclosed the encounter is a demic calendar. The agency result of reports coming does not see any over- from civilians and residents whelming reason to change in the area about the presthe opening of classes from ence of armed men asking June to August or Septem- for food and supplies. Immediately after the ber. CHED maintains that encounter, the Scene of the the universities must instead Crime Operatives (SOCO) focus on improving the qual- were dispatched to the area, ity of its facilities and instruc- even as the Commission on tion to ensure that they pro- Human Rights field officer duce graduates at par with Jess Cañete also went to the international standards. encounter site to investigate and to determine if laws of (Demecillo)

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Frown CARP... From page 18 eficiaries As a gesture of goodwill, Meniong Teves gave his Manaba properties to Caranoche for free, and gave the farmers thereat forms of fertilizer to be repaid upon harvest without interest. Finally, in his letter to Pres Aquino dated March 25, HGT I proposing that a law bepassed that factory and industrial workers be given profit sharing equal to the cost of labor to the oveall cost of operations of said industry. Assuming that labor costs 20% of overall expenses of factory and industry,the workers should be awarded 20% of the yearly profit of the said industry or factory or sugar mill, Miniong Teves suggested to the president in his March 25 letter to President PNoy Aquino. engagements are followed particularly the international humanitarian law. Dacal-dacal was immediately brought to the provincial hospital by a military ambulance on orders of Gen Patrimonio. DECENT BURIAL The 302nd brigade has also coordinated with the local government unit of Pamplona for the necessary assistance in providing for a decent burial of the two rebels. Patrimonio said the Dacal-dacals are season NPA leaders in the area, it has a big influence in their area of jurisdiction, and has the respect of their members. And that his capture will be considered a big blow to the organization. It might cause demoralization on some members, Patrimonio pointed out. He called on the rest of the armed components to come down and abndone the armed struggle because government will be too much willing to extend the necessary livelihood, and cash assistance to them and given a second chance to live a good life in society. PASCUA DENIES For his part, 79th Infantry Batallion commander Lt Col Harold Pascua vehemently denied earlier reports that four of his army troopers were killed in the encounter. According to Pascua, the army initiated operation went on smoothly, giving the NPA members enough time to surrender through one long hour of negotiation. He stressed, elements of the army battalion are continuing with its operatioin for the capture of the two wounded NPA combatants, in directing the intelligence unit to scour possible areas where the two are holed up, including the hospitals. BGen Patrimonio said

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No special... Three Dumagueteños (Critical reporting) From page 2 Region 7’s top students agbilaran city, Bohol, Philippines –Three outstanding students from Dumaguete schools have made it to the regional finals of the TOSP next month. Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines Region VII (TOSP Region VII) released the roster of finalists who will vie for a place as one of this year’s awardees for TOSP Region VII.

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They are :Namocatcat, Rona Marie S., Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology, Silliman University and Caminos, Dardamie M., Bachelor of Secondary Education Major in English, St. Paul UniversityDumaguete city; and Sumagaysay, Jenny Rose S, Bachelor of Sec-

People... From page 2 bers went to Bacolod recently upon the invitation of Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Maranon Jr. Governor RoelDegamo failed to honor the invitation due to prior engagements. Degamo seems to frown on the one-Negros concept as one could take advantage over the other.The distance, language barrier, (Cebuano/Ilonggo) budget constraints, regional office distribution, are among the major concerns tobe an obstacle. Board Member Edmund Dy said that it was the encounter is a positive indication that the public is rejecting them. Definitely, this is a negative indication for the NPA. He said the army is now dictating the situation, and managing the conflict not the other way around. REBEL LOOT The recovery of five high powered firearms, the death of two acting vice squad commanders, and the capture of a squad commander, and the wounding of two, whom Patrimonio considered as out of the picture already, leaves the NPA with 17 firearms from the Sentro De Gravidad of the Southeast Front of the New Peoples Army. The recent development strengthens the position of the army of being on top of the situation of having the conflict manageable on the government’s favor. Patrimonio said the recent encounters in Bahian, Tanjay City and in Balayong Pamplona are indications that the NPAs are on the run, because the army has permanently occupied their guerilla base in Sta. Catalina. They were forced to go out in other areas where they have no hold to establish their mass base. But unfortunately for them, their presence have been reported by residents because the area is not within their comfort zone.JG

ondary Education Major in English, Foundation University. From all the nominees sent, the 13 finalists who will represent their respective institutions to the said search during the TOSP Region VII Formation Week on April 2327, 2014 in Tagbilaran City, Bohol.

also agreed that a Technical Working Group will pursue a study on the feasibility of creating the One Island Negros Region. It will also explore the possibility of putting up a regional centers preferably in Kabankalan and Mabinay. Most Cebuano-speaking Negrenses (who mostly cannot talk Illonggo) do not favor an Occidental-dominated structure. “Let them come to us, why should we go to them,” one concerned stakeholder commented,. BM Macias acknowledged that the concept might be a tough sell; especially

Women... From page 2 inquest proceedings. On the other hand, the number of women who experienced psychological abuse in 2013 was reported to be at 162 cases with 38 persons arrested, seven cases filed to courts and one respondent who went through inquest. Alalong said physical and psychological abuses are the most common in-

Counter... From page 2 officer Adrian Sedillo said the province assisted in the short course SAR training by providing the venue and for tapping the expertise of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) as the facilitators of the said training. The SAR training is now introduced by the PNP hierarchy as part of the 45day SCOUT Training to provide the PNP personnel with the basic knowledge and skills necessary for SAR operations. This would be the first batch of the SCOUT trainees that have been required to undergo the SAR training particularly on Basic Life Support (BLS), swift water and open water rescue, among others.

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Imagine their signatures were faked? They should hire detectives to find out who faked their signatures. You mean with their being noted brilliance, they can fall into this amateurish schemes of their enemies? They should expose their enemies f or scheming against them. -o0oThe anti-corruption agency said the basis was the plunder complaints filed by the National Bureau of Investigation last September 2013. that it will involve taking a part of Central Visayas and a part of Western Visayas into one which might necessitate an amendment to the constitution. But it is worth exploring. Budget constraints also is an obstacle. There are difficult barriers to overcome like the language and culture but we also have to accept the fact that we share a common boundary and concerns united to a vision of an island adhering to the organic farming practices for sustainable agriculture and food security, Macias stressed. ( Demecillo)

cidents of abuse against women reported to the WCPD. However, she clarified that the figures went up because more women are empowered and became informed about their rights and the laws that protect them from such abuses. “These cases did not happen within 24 hours. The incident already happened in the past days, months or years before they decided to report it. The 283 figure I mentioned were because many women went out since they already know the laws that protect them,” Alalong said. Sedillo said the conduct of the SAR training is the realization of the agreement between Governor RoelDegamo and PNP Regional Director DaniloConstantino for the provincial government through the PDRRMC to provide SAR skills to the PNP undergoing the SCOUT training. Gov. Degamo for his part immediately responded to the request as it is within the ambit of the serious efforts of the provincial government in cooperation with various agencies and private organizations to lay down mitigation measures and preparedness for various types of disasters.


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Frown CARP extension A&D lands to farmers hy give prime and developed private lots to agrarian reform beneficiaries when there is no assurance that such beneficiaries can have the resources and management skills to equally maintain its original productivity? In fact these are among law, the CARPER Law the reasons why CARP has cannot be extended after failed because productive June 4, 2014. It is useless private lands given to ben- to allocate P20.4-Billion for eficiaries mostly degener- CARP extension if money ate into unproductive lands only goes for salaries and because of poor manage- wages of DAR personnel ment, lack of resources and since there is no more land some technical incapabilities to distribute; of the beneficiaries. 2. Wrongly, the DENR These were the obser- released 14,207,581 hecvations of former legislator tares of alienable and disand chair of the House posable lands (A&Dlands) ways and means committee to richer private farmers, Herminio G. Teves, who instead of distributing the even up to this day contin- same to the landless workues his research on what is ers at minimal costs to the good for public welfare this, government; Instead being part of his life as a A&Dlands were sold to lawmaker for three dec- richer private farmers; ades. 3. NegOr DENR deIn fact, Teves who turns clared 263,762 hectares as 94 this April 25, still actively A&Dlands and 250,538 participated in the CARP hectares as forestland but forum in Manila conducted are already loggedover arby the University of the eas which in the future will Philippines. become A&Dlands anyway After such forum Teves (see map thi page) Then it wrote President Aquino will be easy for DAR , and made the following rec- DENR, DA and DSWD to ommendations: make a similar map and in1. Without an enacting form thepublic on what

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Herminio G. Teves lands are available as A&D’ 4. And out of the 5.4million CARP benificiaries, how many have actually succeeded in farming and issued CErtifidates of Land Ownership Acquisition CLOA? How many of them have repaid the Land Bank as amortization of their lands given by CARP; 5. From 2007 to 2013, DAR and DENR’s land distribution accomplishment is only.59 hectares given to 1.23Million CARP benTo page 17

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SU to host ASEAN Eco-Debates Apr. 7-12 By katrin Anne A. Arcala n international debate competition on environmental issue is geared on Silliman University this summer. The Great ASEAN Eco-Debates, which will be held on April 7-12, aims to engage debates from top Universities in the ASEAN in an Asian parliamentarystyle debate on critical environmental issues. All the

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Robbie Yasi Overall Head motions will be focused on prominent environmental issues. The event was launched in Bangkok, Thailand last September 2013. Currently on its first year, organizers decided to bring it to the city of gentle people considering SU’s environmental inclination. The project head, William Robert Yasi, is a Silliman alumnas himself. “Silliman would serve as To page 17


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