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VOL. 38 No. 44 Dumaguete City, Philippines Sunday, April 8, 2012

Optional, not mandatory.


his is the popular clamor of Dumagueteños in a forthcoming class suit by most of the 20,000 or so city motorbikers on the implementation of the mandatory wearing of helmets using a specified type, under pain of a heavy financial sanction.

Slated to be filed before the Regional Trial Court after the Holy Week break is a class suit, which is now being passed around for a possible mass signing at Robinsons Place since this public signing is mandated in such class suit and representing identifiable sectors. The simple prayer is to make this helmet wearing optional and not mandatory, especially within the city limits. Supporters of this cause is appealing to motorists and all sectors alike to set aside politics, and for once, consider the general welfare of this motorbike-riding city. GROUNDS to declare portions of the law unconstitutional are anchored on the following: 1. A victim of accident who did not wear a helmet is penalized, instead of those who caused the accident; 2. Helmet law does not consider

other causes of motorbike accidents, such as drunk driving, stray dogs crossing, potholes and overspeeding; 3. It is one’s personal right to wear or not to wear a helmet not of his choice, after all, the purpose does not affect others’ rights, but simply the owner ’s safety, which is a personal choice; 4. No government stickers on helmets is a violation; old helmets cannot be used; a violation of human rights; 5. There is no distinction between city driving and highway driving; big or small bikes; long or short-distance drives; on good or bad roads; 6. Not wearing a helmet is penalized P1,500, but wearing the WRONG kind of helmet is penalized P3,000. This smells corruption, many say; 7. Helmets protect only the head; To page 15

Dgte lass 9th at Real Estate Brokers exam


native of D um a g ue t e City, Rhe a Ange la Die z Tan-Tago, th place d 9 during the 2 n d Re al Es tate Broke rs Lice ns ure Examination given last March 18, 2012 by the Board of Real Estate Service of the Professional Regulations Commis sion. Tan-Tago graduated from Ateneo De Manila University with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Management major in Legal Management. She was formerly a Marketing Supervisor of Ayala Center Cebu. Rhea Angela joins To page 15


16 P-boat pax rescued as it conks out near Apo


ix teen pas seng ers, mo stly Ho l y We ek vacationists, on board a pumpboat from Siquijor to Apo Island, were safely towed to shore after their loaded vacation boat conked out at mid sea past 10 a.m., Holy Tuesday. It was drifting towards the Mindanao sea.

The victims were mostly foreigners, some Filipinos and four children on board the ill-fated pumpboat named “M/B Esmeralda del Mar.” The Coast Guard Commander, Agapito Bibat, confirmed that he responded to the distress call, mobilized his people, and called upon Navy Patrol BRP Jose Andrada to respond and tow the drifting pumpboat safely to the shores of Apo Island.

All arrived safely, early afternoon, with a complete headcount of the passengers, without any major injury. The four crew members on board, together with their captain, told Navy Captain Lt. Jr. Grade Foilan Villaviza that their arrival came just on time before they have been already drifted farther to the high seas. Marine accident invesTo page 2

6 university students And then there were three: airlines! among R-7’s BEST By: Rolando C. Villamero Jr.

umaguete City, Philippines – Six top students from various Dumaguete universities are among the 20 finalis ts a s Ce ntra l Vi saya s’ TEN OUSTAN DING STUDENTS OF PHILIPPINES, who will vie for the national coveted TOSP awards this year.


They are: IT, MATH AND SCIENCES AMPARADO, Mark Anthony P., Silliman University, BS in Mathematics DOMEN, Joshua Eleazar P., St. Paul University Dumaguete, BS in Information Technology DURAN, L Athena Gene E., Silliman University, BS in Information Technology MEDICINE AND HEALTH-RELATED To page 15

or many Dumagueteños like us, who used to fly th e grueli ng four-hour Manila flight on board fan-co nditioned WWII vintage DC3 planes way back in the 60s, that evolved into YS-11’s and Hawker Sydely’s, it was then unthinkable that in the 21st century, the same Dumaguete Airport, now expanded, is just about ready to service a third airline, the balik-Air Philippines, on a total of six roundtrip flights to and from Manila daily,


together with two other airlines, the Cebu Pacific Air and Philippine Airlines! Notice how the Air Transportation Office (ATO) is rushing the completion of an expanded tarmac in order to accommodate the increasing number of flights to the commercial centers of the country, including a daily morning flight to Cebu. Air Philppines was supposed to fly The third major airline will start here:Air Philippines, side To page 15 by side with Cebu Pacific Air and Philippine Airlines.


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Pinoy should open a “National Fuel Authority” HAPPY RESURRECTION DAY! DUMAGUETE’S PRIDE, one of the winners in ABS-CBN’s Showtime Weekly Finals, was congratulated by Mayor Sagarbarria as they made a courtesy call on the city mayor. They are proudly composed of different members from the Skip Dance Crew, Tightbeat and Kabilin Dance Troupe, all Dumagueteños, who gave the city nationwide exposure.



PB okays P12M aid Julio, Sylvia among for Sendong victims PH’s top taxpayers

fter incurring delay due to discrepancies in the figures submitted by the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office, the Provincial Board approved the P12 million rehabilitatio n fund sourced from outside financial pledges received by the provincial government to help the victims whose houses were destroyed by the December 17, 2011 killer floods.


Vice-Governor Jun Arnaiz, who earlier returned the proposed appropriation measure after the number of victims did not correspond with the

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hile some high-profile personalities, including the world famous pound-forpound king Sarangani Congressman Manny Pacquiao, are being prosecuted by the Bureau of Internal Revenue for alleged tax evasion, two local business leaders were cited for their faithful and honest reporting of their personal incomes and for correctly paying their taxes due to the government. Negros Oriental business tycoon and philanthropists Julio Sy and construction magnate Sylvia Uy were ranked 194th and

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uch as I would like to say the unsual Happy Easter greeting, I will not be giving Christendom justice, because there really is no such thing as Easter, which connects to Christ’s resurrection in the BIBLE nor anywhere, except that Easter connotes a paganistic ritual in the pagan world, which invokes on the fertility gods, that is why the easter egg. Why is Vatican even calling it Easter Sunday? You mean the Papacy nor Msgr. Du don’t know it? It’s possible. So personally, even if it is a lonely voice, I ask you to join in this campaign that Easter should not be associated anymore with the too significant event of Christ’s Resurrection, which we all commemorate today. If you want more details, why don’t you try to go to Google and find out. So, everybody, greet each one a Happy RESURRECTION SUNDAY!

National Fuel Authority The only way for the government to combat the unabated increase in fuel prices is for the government itself to become one

National Fuel Authority Unlided P62.47 Premium 62.82 Diesel 51.02

Gov-PB never met 150 teams ready to on pork priorities? build 120 GK houses


pparently, there was no chance for Governor Roel Degamo and the Board Members to agree on the priority programs that would be funded by the so-called pork barrel funds of the latter, when they never had the chance to meet and deliberate on their priorities. In response to the pub- ness to meet with the lic call of the Governor Governor to deliberate that the four “complain- which programs he has ing” Bo ard Memb ers identified as vital to his must meet with him be- district that are in consofore he would consent to nance with the priorities the release of their pork of the Governor. BM barrel funds, one of them, Erwin Macias did not reBoard Member Edmund ply to requests for his Dy, expressed his readiTo page 15

rganizers of the six-day Bayani Challenge Gawad Kalinga House Build 2012 are calling for more volunteer builders as more than 70 teams have already signified their interest to take part in building 120 houses for the benefit of the victims of Typhoon Sendong in the municipality of Amlan. Mayor Bentham Dela kn owle dged Gaw ad Cruz said that the site will Kalinga for choosing his be at B aran gay town as one of the five Tambohangin. A lot has sites for the GK been purchased by the Bayanihan Challenge this go vern ment with t he year. Gawad Kalinga providing Joseph Ceriales, Profor the houses to relocate gram Committee Chairthe residents in flood risk man, said that the target is areas of the town. He acTo page 15


16 passengers to Apo rescued (From page 1) tigators found out that the propeller of the boat was damaged at mid sea, four kilometers from the nearest Apo shoreline. Immediately, coast guard civilian rescue operators sounded the alarm to seafarers to take extra precautions because of the rough unpredictable seas during summer. This is bolstered by the fact that the negros and Mindanao waters is laded with tectonic fault- lines which could trigger another possible disaster underwater. Upon arrival in Apo island, the vacationists were welcomed and given a warm and hospitable accom- AERIAL VIEW OF APO TOURIST ISLAND, courtesy of marine envimodation, especially those with mi- ronmentalist Laurie J.H. Raymundo of Silliman University, to where the ill-fated pumpboat was towed by a navy patrol boat. nor injuries.

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of the players of the industry. Otherwise, it cannot prote ct the public from appare nt wanton rise in the prices of fuel, because apparently, our fuel supplies have formed a virtual fuel cartel. - o0o For us in Dumaguete, there is an ongoing construction of an import fuel depot of FILOIL, which can hopefully lead in selling cheaper fuel in Negros Oriental, because it can stock enough fuel in its own depot in Amlan, which are delivered by suppliers direct from the source. - o0o FIL OIL Bu sine ss Manag e r Je r om e Villegas, who covers the entire Negros Island, Oriental and Occidental FILOIL stations, is now finishing FILOIL’s import fuel de pot in Amlan, and perhaps, this depot could cushion the impact of fuel price increases, at least in Dumaguete and to all gas stations which FILOIL will supply from its forthcoming fuel depot. As of last count, diesel fuel in Dumaguete now costs P51.02 per liter; premium gasoline in Dumaguete now costs P62.82, and the unleaded gasoline is sold at P62.47. If it is highe r than Cebu, it’s because of the high cost of fuel transport, and nobody is selling lower than that, which means a virtual fuel cartel. - o0o To page 15

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Green energy priority over LGU’s royalties


n its zealous drive to entice investors to ex plore, utilize and produce green renewable energy, the national government made it abundantly clear that it was willing to trade the genero us royalties used to be enjo yed by the barangays, towns and provinces hosting the powergenerating plants to achieve this main goal. To the dismay of the host communities of the existing plants, RA 9513, or the Renewable Energy Act of 2008, allowed the massive reduction of the royalty tax shares of the LGU’s and hiked, albeit in modest terms, the rates imposed on the real property tax for the plants, facilities and equipment of RE developers, like the Energy Development Corporation or EDC. As earlier observed by members of the Association of Geothermal Energy Producing LGUs (AGEPL), which includes the municipality of Valencia, hosting some four power plants primarily located in Barangays Puhagan and Malaunay, the “law seems to be advantageous only to the investors but not to the LGUs and consumers.” AGEPL, an alliance composed of the cities of Ormoc, Kidapawan (North Cotabato), Sorsogon (Sorsogon), and the towns of Kananga (Leyte), Valencia (Negros Oriental), Sto. Tomas (Batangas), Manito and Tiwi (Albay) have been

asking the Aquino administration to exempt existing RE owners and operators like EDC from the tax holidays and incentives embodied in RA 9513. Already the reduced royalty tax is causing anxiety among the host LGUs, particularly the town of Valencia, with the residents fearing that in two years time, the monthly electric subsidy of P800.00 they have enjoyed since the early 1990’s will be gone. Allies of Mayor Enrique Gonzalez defended the administration spending the royalty tax in the past years. They pointed out that while the original law mandated that 80 percent of the royalty tax shares derived from the EDC plants must be utilized for the lowering of the cost of electricity in the form of subsidies or rebates, a General Appropriations Act under the administration of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo allowed the utilization of the same for the construction of farmto-market roads and the establishment of an industrial

park in Barangay Palinpinon, all intended to stimulate the local economy. Local officials never had any inkling then that the royalties will be subject to massive reduction as a sacrifice to attract more investors to pour money in the

establishment and operations of RE plants. However, it was noted that in lieu of the royalties, the LGUs was allowed to levy and collect real property tax on the plants and facilities owned by the EDC to at least compensate the

reduction of the royalties. In fact, the P34 million RPT collected from the EDC in 2010 alone went directly to the General Fund of the province, municipality and barangays, thus, allowed the LGUs more elbow room to appropriate the

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Awesome Power of Prayer ‘When good people pray, the Lord listens.” – Proverbs 15:28 DR. ANGEL V. SOMERA


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heologians all over the world assert that prayer is the most important aspect of any religion. Through the ages, it has taken various forms as an expression of worshipping, praising and thanking God.

What is a praye r? Prayer is simply defined as an earnest request or a plea to God. It is synonymous with s upplication or e ntreaty. Prayer is our direct communication with our Savior. Gre at me n have their beautiful concept of prayer. “Prayer is the voice of faith.” (Herne); “Prayer is not asking. It is the language of the s oul.” (M ohandas Gandhi); “Prayer is my journey towards God.” (Fr. Le o Booth). Why do we pray? Reasonably, we are all created by God with a good purpose. God has saved us from the eternal damnation in hell by dying ignominiously on the Cross. We owe God our very life. All martyrs and saints have lived prayerful lives. Jesus is the most prayerful person. Re spons ible parents have emphasized the importance of prayer to their children and taught them how to pray. It was the late

American Rev. Fr. Patrick Peyton, who propagated the well known “Family Rosary Crus ade” with its slogan: “The family that prays together, stays together.” This motto de finitely s trengthened the bond of family solidarity throughout the world. P ersonally, I have always prayed to my Guardian Angel. Undoubtedly, he saved me from a number of horrifying near-death-experiences in my life. Dr. Albert Shiebert, in his book, “Survivor Personality,” attested that all survivors (believers and non-believers) who underwent near-death-episodes truly claimed that praye r definitely helped them survived. “God certainly had a hand in making us alive.” The Lord’s Prayer is the bes t known Christian prayer of all times. It contains the sum-total of religious principles for righteous living. Prayer is a precious gift from God. When do we pray?

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When we pray, we tell God our troubles and feelings. When we find work, we say a prayer of thanksgiving; when we get sick, we say a prayer of healing; when in trouble, ask God for help; when sad due to heavy burden, ask God to lighten the load; when faced with a problem, pray for wisdom and understanding; when we have sinned, pray for forgiveness; when weary and weak, pray for strength; we have to pray for others, for our basic needs, for peace, etc. The re are es se ntial things to re member when we pray. First, we need to have a close and deep relationship with God. Second, we must sincerely and humbly open up to God from our heart. Thirdly, we have to be specific in our prayer and request. And finally, firmly believe that our prayer will be answered, “Thy will be done, oh Lord.” Pray fervently and unceasingly to reassure our sanctity.



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Easter Reflections:

Celebrate life appy Easter! For many of us in the Christian world, Easter is a celebration of life. On Easter, Christians commemorate the resurrection of the Lord, Jesus. Easter marks the defeat of death and the victory of life. In my personal reflections of Easter, I hope continually that life, precious as it is, will continually be celebrated and upheld. Those who aim to defeat life should be condemned. Unfortunately, reality paints a different picture. It seems there are quarters who anion to defeat life, instead of upholding it. For instance, in Davao City, the mayor there appears to be on the defensive in wake of a string of condemnations by human rights institutions against the so-called Davao Death Squads (DDS). Nobody has directly accused the Davao mayor of being behind these death squads in Davao since 1998. There are now unavoidable calls for a thorough investigation into there mysterious killings in Davao. Leading the calls is the Commission on Human Rights, and even international human Rights groups, like the New York-based Human Rights Watch. Even before Holy Week, the Roman Catholic church urged prayers and enlightenment against the continued extrajudicial killings, which aim to defeat life. Sadly, there are sectors who condone extrajudicial killings. Even politicians see salvaging as a convenient way of complying with their legal mandate to “maintain peace and order.”It is not surprising that local politicians- for their political and personal reasons- turn a blind eye to summary executions. Dumaguete City is not far behind Davao City, when it comes to the proliferation of extrajudicial killings. The Commission of Human Rights should also investigate the summary killings in Dumaguete City, if only to do justice to those who have been summarily killed. There is no need to stress that extrajudicial killings, summary executions, salvaging-- no matter how they are called-are illegal. The legality of summary executions is not debatable; it should not have any room in a civilized society. But why do local politicians turn blind and deaf when it comes to summary executions? The reason is obvious; it covers their inability and incompetence to maintain peace and order in a lawful manner. It is to the politicians’ political (and personal) advantage to “see no evil and hear no evil” when it comes to extrajudicial killings. Their principle is: If someone else sweeps the streets of dirt, why stop it? The big problem is that salvaging and summary executions always target the poor. Haven’t you noticed? There are so-called drug pushers, criminals (already Pre-judged as such) made targets of summary killings, that always belong to the economically disadvantage. Many of them are people



A gentle Revolution: a change of Heart

very year, on Easter, we proclaim that Jesus Christ was triumphed over suffering and death. Alleluia! Every year, we so proclaim, as if, or it is because, nothing has happened with us in the past.


IIs it because we fall to rise from our “ tombs” a nd help othe rs to “Easter” in their life? We need to do something to celebrate the dream of a better Philippines in our lives and in the lives of fellow countrymen around us. To celebrate that dream of a better Philippines is to make changes for the better in our own lives, and to see of help that change also happens in others. Consider what change that might be all about. We can only build a better nation if all of us will do all we can all the time. We, alone, can build a better nation, but no one can build it alone. No one group can build a better country in contraposition with other groups, neither the executive alone, nor congressmen alone, nor senators alone,

nor the Supreme Court alone, nor any group of civil society alone, nor church people alone. They need to affirm and confirm the potential of one another. Together, we can proclaim that Easter is being realized. We can do this by commemorating the good that others have done in support of truth versus lies; by consecrating our presence in the works of justice and peace; and by celebrating the small acts of victory in the campaign to build a better nation. And so, it can be said that Jesus Christ did not rise from the dead alone, but that our country is on the path of a gentle revolution that leads to Easter. The heart of change is the change of heart for the common good.

ANGEL N. LAGDAMEO Former CBCP President Former Bishop of Dumaguete April 8, 2012

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The WORD In other words


By: Fr. TONY PERNIA (Superior General Rome)

“Ecce Homo, Ecce Deus”

esterday, we contemplated Jesus hanging on the cross on Calvary. As we did so, we hear an echo of the words of Pontius Pilate when he presented Jesus to the crowd: “Ecce Homo’’ (“Behold the Man”). The man, indeed! For Jesus on the cross represents every human being. His Crucifixion epitomizes the deepest abyss that the human being can fall intobetrayal and abandonment, injustice and violence, failure and downfall, pain and brokenness, suffering and death. Jesus on the cross also reveals the Father. We do seem to hear the words: “Ecce

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Deus” (“Behold God”). And on the cross, God is revealed not as the unreachable, unconcerned, unchanging god of Greek-Roman philosophy, majestic in his distant throne on Mt. Olympus. Rather, God is revealed as someone who loves the world that he gave his only Son (Jn 3k,16) so that the world may have life and have it more abundantly (Jn 10,19). The renowned Rabbi Yitxak of Ukraine tells the story about how he learned the meaning of love from two drunken peasants. One time, he entered a tavern in a village in Ukraine. And there in the tavern, he saw two peasants, Ivan and

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CARVED IN STONE o Visitors Allowed,” the hospital room sign read. The wife pressed me gently forward. So, we tiptoed in. Hooked to tubes, the gaunt man on the bed was a friend for many years. His kindnesses to me were many. After annointing, the priest gave him communion as Viaticum — Latin for the “way with you. ” My friend would not cros s the passageway alone. Hindi siya mag-iisa. you’re not even sure of one “I’m fighting,” he day.” gasped. He was one never Easter infuses death-to wallow in self-pity. A tear and resurrection --with the light trickled down as he gripped my hand. “Good of you to of Christ’s crucifixion and rising, but pre-conceived ideas come.” At a loss for words, of Easter trap many of us, I s quee ze d his ha nd. notes Irish theologian Eamonn Goodbye can be said in Bredin. Some assume Easter many ways. is “little than the simple As we closed the resuscitation of a larger-thandoor at the visit’s end, life Jesus.” They lump His Thomas a’ Kempis words resonated. “Man is here rising with that of Lazarus, startling though that was. today and gone tomorrow. If that be the case, You’re a fool if you assume you’ll live long, when Turn to page11



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ome time ago, I got a letter from a Filipina lady in which she claimed that the “little girls” who marry foreigners are not “true” Filipinas. She said, “Look at how they dress”. I became curious. approa ch the conundrum As they say in America, “Is from a different angle. I the tail wagging the carabao started asking foreigners if or is the carabao wagging they told their wives and the tail” Could I tell a “real” girlfriends how to dress. All Filipina from a “foreigner- but one confessed they had influenced” Filipina merely absolutely no influence on by how she was dressed? how their partner dressed. I s pe nt many But maybe the influence was pleasant hours studying subliminal. Ma ybe the young F ilipinas in attention the Filipina got Robins on’s P lace . I when she dressed a certain c ompare d them to the wa y trigge re d he r style wives and girlfriends of the choices. many foreigners I know. I I then asked the could reach no definitive ladies, and predictably, I c onclus ion. T he y all was told that her dress dressed pretty much the style was “her” style. I same . In fac t, many still had no definitiv e Filipinas, far too young to conc lus ion. The n I hit be wives or girlfriends, upon an even different seemed to dress like their approach. older sisters. I researched So, I dec ided to Turn to page 11

The holiest of weeks

Footsteps and Fingerprints

If Tomorrow Never Comes


HE Holy Week is, of course, not just like any other week. It is THE week, the mother of all weeks, the most important week in the liturgical year, when we end the long penitential preparation of Lent and celebrate nothing less than the climax of Christ’s re de mptive work with his pas sion, de ath and resurrection. intelligence can grasp. That is When we sa y “celebrate,” we are referring why we have to work out our to a liturgical celebration faith. Otherwise, we would be where the events celebrated hanging in the air. It is this passion, death are not simply remembered, but are ac tually made and resurrection of Christ, also present. This is the essence known as the Paschal or Easter of liturgy, as taught by the mys te ry, that s umma rize s Church that in turn received everything that our Lord taught this truth from C hris t and did for the sole purpose of saving us, and giving us a way himself. to reconcile ourselves with our In the liturgy, we become contemporaries of Creator and Father, the way to Christ and direc t say yes to God’s will for us. It is in Christ’s passion witnesses of the events. That’s how the reality and death that all the sins of portrayed by our faith is. men, past, present and future, I t is a reality that, of are as sume d by Chris t course, goes far beyond himself, dying to them so that what our s ense s can all these sins would be dashed c apture and what our to nothing, and then resurrect. Turn to page 11


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          The Tomb is Empty his is the good news. The tomb is empty. The burial clothes were arranged and folded up. There was no sign of robbery, because Jesus is not dead. He is alive. In fact, He has died ONCE and FOR ALL.  He has risen on  the third day. Yet until today, our salvation or give money some people keep on looking for it, then woe to those who for Him inside the tomb. The are helpless and are poor. If empty tomb mea ns tha t we can save ourselves, then Jesus has conquered death, Jesus died for nothing. We that He has nailed our sins won’t stop looking inside the on that cross and He waits tomb. There are many things for us to believe that. Believing that we that we believe in. We believe are saved by grace through that the sun sets everyday and faith is not easy. The we have 24 hours a day no world’s concept that there matter what. Many still believe is no such thing as free that to be happy is to own much lunch has been ingrained money and properties. We also in many of us. Some even believe that based on our good work so hard to be education and high intellect, we saved.  We  can’t  simply can solve our own problems and accept that salvation is we can control our lives. We turn free.  We  don’t  pay  our to God if nothing works. Others believe that Jesus way to heaven, because it is not a place for is only for the holy. If one feels Turn to page 10 bribery.  If we can work on

he impeachment trial covered the first quarter of the year effectively derailing urgent legislative agenda. Thus far the results have been frugal, with the prose cution resting its case after whittling down the articles of impeachment from eight to just three, even as it drastically cut down the list of allegedly acquired assets of the Chief Justice from thirty-four real estate properties to about half-a-dozen. But even a s the withhold its verdict until defense rolls back its sleeves the defense winds up its to try a nd demolis h the cas e. For our part, we charges leveled at its client, cannot say for certain that mainstream media already the defendant is guilty as bannerlined the alleged guilt charged, but for sure, we of the C hief J us tice . will not jump into Following close behind are conclusions until after we surveys purporting to convey hav e he ard the whole massive public support for story, so to speak. the conviction of the chief Oka y, I c an go justice. along with exit polls taken at P rude nc e and a the finish line, but to rely on s ense of justic e would the alleged public pulse demand that the public Turn to page 11

JAMES “KOJAK” HUGHS U.S. Army, Cpt (ret)



his past week, Holy Week, in addition to reflecting on Jesus Christ’s Passion, Death, and Resurrection, we grieved with the family of one of our key marketing directors in our company, who suddenly succumbed to a heart attack at age 33 in the prime of his life, plus one of our family members is faced with serious cancer. With these happenings, death becomes an urgent reality. I re ce ived this soul to keep. “If I knew it would inspirational message over the ne t that s ets our be the last time that I see you relationships with others into walk out the door, I would a more loving, caring and give you a hug and kiss and divine perspective. The call you back for one more. “If I knew it would message touched me, and I pray that you will also pause be the last time I'd hear for a moment and read it your v oice lifted up in twice . Here it is: “If praise, I would video tape each action and word, so I Tomorrow Never Comes.” “If I knew it would could play them back day be the last time that I'd after day. “If I knew it would see you fall asleep, I would tuck you in more tightly be the last time, I could spare and pray the Lord, your Turn to page 11



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A tourism tip for Negros Oriental ere’s a big dollar-earner tourism tip based on a success story from our friendly neighborhood: How about a super annual homecoming of Dumagueteños, Negrenses, and different school reunions, with a super treat to our balikbayans! Let’s choose the right marketing date for this super event.


TOURISM: Bohol’s flagship industry gets one more shot in the arm as thousands of Boholanos from all over the world come home for the traditional once-every-threeyears provincial homecoming called “Tigum Bol-anon sa Tibuok Kalibutan” or TBTK on May 8-15. Now on its fifth observance since 2000, the TBTK has been a phenomenon in provincial homecoming that then Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Richard “Dick” Gordon urged all provinces to replicate the successful tourism experiment. No province, however, has come close in terms of participants and events celebrated, according to the DOT. An institutionalized global get-together, which started with just participants from the United States and Canada, TBTK now includes the European countries, Middle East, Asia and Australia, virtually the four continents. Not only the expatriates and their offspring join the TBTK, but Boholanos from other provinces as well. It will be SRO (Standing Room Only) for Bohol tourism since the event, which was traditionally observed in the month of July, has been moved (this 2012) to May, Bohol’s “fiesta month.” May is the unique fiesta month for Bohol, wherein almost

everyday, a town observes a happy, well-attended “fiesta” - giving rise to the so-called “professional fiesta–goes.” Marketing budget in May is oftentimes saved ahead of time for transportation to as many towns observing their special day. TOURISM BOOST Already one of the most preferred tourist destinations in recent years, Bohol and its famous island resorts are expected to be “fully booked” during the TBTK — even though at least one new resort is opened every month in the fabled island, headed by the Panglao Island, globally renowned for its azure blue waters and white sandy beaches. Diving and snorkeling in the famous sites, such as Balingcasag and Pamilacan, will again be a preferred activity, although dolphin-watching with an island-hopping tour has been gaining ground, even among local tourists. The most popular “countryside tour” featuring the famous Chocolate Hills, the Loboc River Boat ride, man-made forest, tarsier watch, the famous markers of heroes and the century-old churches continue to be a source of fascination, even for those who had already savored the package tour. Potentially, Bohol can bring in over 5,000 tourists per day, assuming full capacity of the nine daily Manila-Bohol flights of Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, Zest Air and Air Philippines and a slew of fast crafts from Cebu and nearby islands. The “new kid in the tourism block” for the balikbayan, however, has to be the rise of the socalled E.A.T. (Extreme/Educational Adventure Tour) in the once obscure fourth class municipality of Danao (some 95 kilometers northeast of Tagbilaran) headed by Mayor Tom Gonzaga. The Danao folks took the cue from the fantastic rise of Camarines Sur as the No. 1 tourist spot in the country on the basis of its active, water-based activities. They sensed that there is a growing “tourism



market segment,” who finds it more “fun in the Philippines” if they are participatory rather than passive visual observers of the beautiful sites in the country. Danao’s mountainous terrain gave rise to high adventure rides like the zipline (one-half kilometer, RP’s longest and tallest), skyride, suislide and the breath-taking “plunge” patterned after the thrill ride in New Zealand. Wahig River now is the site of kayaking, trekking and canoeing, while the mysterious caves and sloppy hills give much room for the adventurous for wall climbing, camping and a village tour, including an educational section of organic farming. Boholanos are keenly awaiting the jumbo boost that the completion in three years of the P7-billion Bohol Panglao International Airport will do to its tourism flagship industry. But for now, the thousands of balikbayans will be more than content to savor all there is for the May 2012 TBTK homecoming. Among the enduring positive traits of Boholanos has been their fabled attachment to their home province — making the TBTK a homing instinct, a bird to its nest event — that “stokes the inner Boholano fire deadened by the ordinariness of daily life in a foreign land.” It is the main reason all past four TBTKs have been a resounding success. The “May Fiestivities” begin on May 1, the big fiesta of the provincial capital, Tagbilaran City. The balikbayans will be escorted by Bohol officials led by Governor Edgar Chatto on a courtesy call on P resident Benigno S. Aquino III at Malacañang on May 8, signaling the beginning of the week-long celebration of TBTK 2012. It is expected to be the biggest TBTK delegation ever to visit Malacañang Palace. (PNA)

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Godly Passion And Jonathan had David reaffirm his oath out of love for him, because he loved him as he loved himself. I Samuel 20:17

or Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore, all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves, but for him who died for them and was raised again. –– II Corinthians 5:14-15 It takes God to love God. makeup possible and still be It takes a progressive revelation consumed with the fire of God. of God’s infinitely satisfying love; You may not express your passion His exuberant affections and His in the same way a “220- volt” type indescribable beauty to awaken of personality does, but that fiery the church and compel her to give devotion will be there, and it will herself wholly back to Him. Like be just as real. It doesn’t matter how Paul, believers will be compelled by this knowledge of God’s love. much human energy or natural Some believers look at zeal we possess. Passion for Jesus others who have high energy is the fruit of recognizing His personalities and say, “If I were dedication to us—not the fruit of wired with 220 volts like you, I’d our dedication to Him. We will be filled with zeal and passion for walk in a life of commitment to God, too. But I have a totally Him because He is committed to us. different temperament. I’m one When we stand before God, not of those 110-volt folks.” Passion a person on earth will be able to for Jesus is not a personality trait. say, “I gave more to you than you You can have the gentlest human gave to me.”


John 11: 17- 27


n his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. 18 Now Bethany was less than two miles[b] from Jerusalem, 19 and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them in the loss of their brother. 20 When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home. 21 “Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But I know that even now God will give you whatever you

ask.” 23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” 24 Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” 27 “Yes, Lord,” she replied, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.

Norms for General Absolution


1.General Absolution can be given outside the danger of death whenever there exists great necessity, that is, given the number of penitents , there are not e nough confessors available to properly hear the individual confessions at a given time, so FR. GAMMY TULABING JCD, VG that, without fault of the ir own, the pe nite nts are de priv ed of the sacramental grace of Holy Communion for a lengthy period of time. These conditions may be verified in the cas es that follow, according to the judgment of the diocesan bishop: a) When priests go once a year, or very seldom during the year, to remote barrios or islets or to other places where there is a se rious diffic ulty in the acc ess to the sacrament of confession on the part of the faithful on account of distance or geographical or climatologically reasons. b) On Christmas, Paschal Triduum, local religious fiestas, popular missions and school graduations; whenever the conditions set above exist. 2.On these occasions, the priests may be granted to give the General Absolution, only after having undertaken all means to give opportunity to the penitents to make their individual confession. For example, making a sc he dule for individual confession during some fixed hours during the Mass, in such a way the priests who are available can help one another in hearing individual confession, and so, are be ing de priv ed of the sacramental grace of Holy Communion. The priests, before giving General Absolution, shall help the penitents to be properly disposed to receive it by making a sincere act to contrition, and to remind the penitents of their obligation to confess each of the grave sins which can not for the moment be thus confessed, as s oon as possible, when the opportunity occurs, before To page 10

oth king Colambu and King Siaui of Butuan had been in attendance at the morning E as te r Mass on 31 March 1521, where the firs t mass in the Philippine s was ce le brated on a hunting island. lo ringratiorno molto et q(ue) farebenno REV. FR. ROMAN C. ogni co(s)a volentieri SAGUN, JR. ancho li fece dire (s)e eranno morj ho gentili o inque credeua(n)o alt° (s)inon al(s)auano le mani guiunti et la faza al ciello et q(ue) chiamaua(n)o Lo (s)ua dio Abba. They thanked him heartily and [s aid] that the y would do ev erything willingly. The captain-general also had them asked whether they were Moros or heathen, or what was their belief. They replied that they worshipped nothing, but that they raised their clasped hands and their face to the sky; and that they called their god “Abba.” p(er) laqªL c o(s)a lo cap° hebe grande alegre(ss)a vedendo que(s)to eL p(r)imo re leuo le mani aL ciello et di(ss)e q(ue) voria (s)e fo(ss)e po(ss)ibille farli veder(e) iL (s)uo amore ver(s)o de lui. Thereat, the captain was very glad, and seeing that, the first king raised his hands to the sky, and said that he wished that it were possible for him to make the captain see his love for him. Lo interprete ge di(ss)e p(er) qªL cagiõe haueua quiui co(s)i pocho da mangiare re(s)pose q(ue) nõ habitaua in q?(s)to Locho (s)e nõ qua(n)do veniua a La caza et a vedere Lo (s)uo fratello ma (s)taua in altª y(s)ola doue haueua tuta la (s)ua famiglia. The interpreter asked the king why there was so little to eat there. The latter replied that he did not live in that place, except when he went hunting and to see his brother, but that he lived in another, island where all his family were. li fece dire (s)e haueua Jnimici Lo dice(ss)e


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Philippians 3:10-25 New International Version (NIV) 10 I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead. 12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

15 All of us, then, who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. 16 Only let us live up to what we have already attained. 17 Join together in following my example, brothers and sisters, and just as you have us as a model, keep your eyes on those who live as we do. 18 For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things. 20 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.

Sunday Thoughts THE DIVINE GIFT OF THE RESURRECTION He is Alive! John 20:1-18 wo ques tions have bee n raised with me in these days of the Holy week: one is why did God have to go through all the trouble of ac complishing his redemption of us through a cross? Thick volumes have DR. PROCESO UDARBE been written on the answer to that question. The other question has to do with Easter: “If God intended to grant us eternal life, did he have to do it the empty-tomb way?” Perhaps by dealing with the subject— the Divine Gift of the Resurrection—we can get at the answer to the question. The amazing thing about the resurrection is that God gives us the beautiful gift of day-by-day companionship with him. From the daybreak of the resurrection, we are no longer alone. It is true to say that the Mary Magdalene story is the most splendid recognition scene in all literature. Mary Magdalene goes to the tomb of Jesus when it was still dark before dawn. She sees the figure of a man near the tomb, and she concludes it is the gardener. She thinks it is this man who has taken away the body of Jesus


from the tomb. Then the man calls her by name, “Mary!” and her spontaneous answer is “Rabboni,” (“My Master”). In tha t instant, Mary Magdalene comes to know in her inner being the divine gift of a “love that will not let her go,” a companionship with C hris t that is redeeming, overwhelming, animating. Do you s ee that Mary is like all of us? Sometimes , we do not recognize Jesus because we are blinde d by our tears ; we s o ofte n ge t overwhelmed by our grief, by our deep anxiety, by our fears. And often we don’t re cognize Je sus because we are facing the wrong direc tion. Mary doesn’t recognize Jesus bec ause her e ye s are focused on the open grave with her back to Jesus. Isn’t this true with us so often? But the wonderful thing about Easter is that God insists that we have comradeship with him in any To page 10

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A HUNTING .... from page 8 p(er) cio andarebe cõ que(s)te naue ade(s)trugerli et faria lo hobedirianno Lo rengratio et di(ss)e q(ue) haueua benne due y(s)olle nemiche maque alhora nõ era tempo de andarui. The captain-general had him a sked to declare whether he had any enemies, so that he might go with his ships to destroy them and to render them obedient to him. The king thanked him and said that he did indeed have two islands hostile to him, but that it was not then the season to go there. Lo Cap° li di(ss)e (s)e dio face(ss)e q(ue) vnaltª fiatta ritorna(s)ce in que(s)te parte conduri a tanta gent e q(ue) farebbe p(er) for(s)a e(s)erli (s)ugette et que voleua andare

adi(s)nare et dapoy tornarebe p(er) far pore la croce in cima deL mo nte ri(s)po (s)ero eranno Contenti facendo(ss)e vn bata glione cõ (s)caricare li (s)quiopeti et abra(s)ando(s)i lo cap° cõ li due re piglia(ss)emo li(s)entia. The captain told him that if God would again allow him to return to those districts, he would bring so many men that he would make the king’s enemies subject to him by force. He said that he was about to go to dinner, and that he would return afterward to have the cross set up on the summit of the mountain. They replied tha t they were satisfied, and then forming in ba ttalion and firing the muskets, and the captain having embraced the two kings, we took our leave.

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P.E.P. (People, Events, Places)

Easter Hope


umility and ho pe a re the underlying virtues permeating in the Lenten Season. As we “wait in joyful hope for the coming of our Savior Jesus Christ” and reflect on His teachings on this Sunday of Easter, we – in this mortal world – draw strength and inspiration from people who have hurdled trials and obstacles in life. Although at times, they may have been bruised and scathed, all has turned out well for a number of these individuals. One such woman, diminutive but feisty, whose story of struggle has brought her to the hinterlands of the country, is Jurgette Alviola Honculada. An epitome of a migrant child, with her father hailing from Bohol and her mother tracing her roots in Negros Oriental, Honculada has made Manila as her home bas e toge ther with he r husband, Atty. Iba rra Malonzo, who is with the Soc ia l Se curity Sys te m Commission. Bong, as he is fondly called, shares her advoca cies , be ing he r sweetheart during the First Qua rter Storm in the seventies. For Jurgette , the bottomline of all he r decisions in life was her love of country. She said “it is non-negotiable” and e quates her s ituation, then and now, to hero Andres B onifacio, who wrote the poe tic song, “Pag-ibig sa Tinubuang Lupa.” As Jurgette recalls, “F or me, it me ant je ttisoning all plans of doing master’s in the US, although truth be told, it was initially for love of a man – who made it quite c le ar that he had no thoughts of living in the US, short or long term. Soon enough, love of boyfrie nd bec ame indis tinguishable from love of country.” She gra bbed a t the chance of making all things new, of having fres h beginnings, which, incide ntally, are the ingredients in the checkered lives of NGO activists, labor organizers, gender advocates, and yes, crusading journalists. Before all these advocacies came into Jurgette’s life – or, pe rhaps, the se were juxtaposed as she traversed certain chapters of her life – she became the first summa cum laude graduate of the

The tomb... from page 6 so holy that he is already in heaven, then he can’t be used here on earth. There are maybe hundreds of things that we believe in, but we should not miss the point. The death on the cross means that God so loved the world that He gave his only Son that whoever believes in Him shall not pe rish but hav e everlasting life. The tomb is empty.  He is  nearer than  a text away, for He can live inside our he arts as we invite  Him today.

then School of Journalism and Communications (now College of Mas s Communication) in Silliman University. Her first job offer was from a Manila radio station writing up radio features, “not the most e xc iting thing in the world.” In 1970, she moved to another job as associate editor at the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) he adquarters in E DSA, Quezon City. It was at that time that she went into what s he c alle d was a special relationship with a law student-activist at the UP, who eventually became her husband. Together with him, she joined rallies and demonstrations during that period, and in 1971, left her editing job for something more exciting – putting out a tabloid of the ne wly radicalize d Student Christian Movement of the Philippine s name d Breakthrough, whic h focused on analytical pieces critic al of the establishment. As the writer-e ditor rolled into one, she did a fe ature story on MV Karagatan, a sea vessel with an arms shipment for the CPP-NPA from China, which was interce pted by the government. She likewise had a lengthy interview with Ka Bert Olalia , grand old patriarch of the KMU. The paper also had a front page editorial cartoon by painter Da nny Da le na with the Philippine Islands abloom with arms – M16 and the like. “It was quite prescient,” she would say today, “because in about a year or less, Marcos would declare martial law.” By that time , he r activist boyfriend, turned activist lawyer husband, was under house arrest in Zamboanga after as she says, she was vacillating for

Norms for... from page 8 receiving another General Absolution, unless a just re as on interve ne s, a s prescribed in cc. 962 and 963. Signs of intention to Re ce iv e Ge ne ral Absolution. The sign whereby pe nite nts signify their intention to re ce iv e Ge ne ral Absolution in penitential celebrations is le ft to the pres iding minis te r; he invite s participants, for example, to bow their he ads, to kneel or to give some other signs.


a few months, but finally decided to join him there in early 1973. Thus, while doing so, she chose “above ground work” – open legal work, tha t is – a mong rubbe r tappers in Basilan, pantalan stevedores and coco oil mill employees in Zamboanga, banana plantation workers in Davao and Cotabato, and open pit mining workers in Sipalay. “By this time, my husband ha d plunge d headlong into trade union organizing regardless of the constraints of house arrest,” she explains. Her s truggle continues to this day as she calls on those who have the means and the c apac ity to make a difference to “bear witness.” In her present job as a member of the Philippine government’s panel negotiating peace with the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front, among other involvements, she emphasizes that “when journalis ts fail to be ar witness, or when they bear false witness, then heaven help us. And let me tell you, there are many ways of bearing false witness – envelopmental journalism, for one, quietly killing a story, for another.” With individuals like Jurgette Honculada taking the c udge ls for the many conc erns pla guing our country today, hope is alive and well, not only in this se as on of Le nt, but all throughout our lives . A BLESSEDANDHAPPYEASTER TOALLOURREADERS! Commentary: Individual confession and absolution are still regarded the ordinary and ideal way for the faithful to be reconciled to God and the Church (c.960) The prac tice of general or group absolution is merely an exception to the rule, and may be resorted to only in case s of e me rgency or necessity under certain conditions. The spec ia l situations that could justify the administra tion of collective absolution will arise--aside from the cases of da nger of de ath-whenever on account of a

death of confessors coupled with a la rge number of penitents, it will be impossible to properly hea r the confession of each individuals within a suitable time with the res ult that the penitents , through no fault of their own, would be forced to do without sacramental grace or holy communion, (c.961,2). It is not considered a c as e of nec es sity if confes sors c an not be readily available only bec ause of the great number of penitents as can occur on the occasion of some gre at feast or pilgrimage. Neither has the religious felt need of the penitents to receive holy communion during important festivities like Christmas, Aguinaldo Mass es , the P as chal Triduum, local religious fiestas, academic graduations and popular missions a sufficient reason to impart general absolution if the re are c onfe ss ion available or if the faithful can avail themselves of the sacrament of holy communion in another place and occasion within a reasonable period of time. It dissolves on the local bishop, in consultation with his fellow bishops, to decide whether the circumstances obta ining in a given c ase warrant the administrator of general absolution (c.961,2). When a serious need arises for general a bs olution and recourse to the bishop is not possible, the priest will do well in applying those principles of moral theology, which are applicable in similar situations. Finally, it is to be

stressed again that in normal cases, there is no substitute for an individua l re concilia tion with God through a private confession to his minister. Certainly, in this age of rank individualism, a collective and impersonal absolution is but a makeshift or occasional expedience that can hardly give entire fulfillment and peace of mind to a Christian.

The Divine.... from page 8 given situation in life we find ours elve s in —it is a comradeship that endures, that will not let us go, or let us off, or let us down. One gift of the resurrection that, for us, is inescapable is that we are given a task in the world to cherish and to perform. “Do not touch me,” says Jesus to Mary Magdalene. We’ve been wondering why Jesus says that, until we realize that Jesus is saying to her: “Do not cling to me. Do not savor this experience as if you were to remain in this garden.” He tells the women to “go and tell your brethren what you have seen. Do not cling to me, you have work to do, go and tell.” Wome n spea k today of the command of Jesus as his upholding of

the sacredness of the feminine species, and rightly so. We rejoice with them tha t a woman was the first to announce the greatest news that has enchanted the whole world ever since. There was this woman! Yes, we agree there was this Mary Magdalene given the awesome task to go and tell the news. But the gift of a task is for all of us. And it’s not only “go and tell.” It’s also to do all things that Je sus commands us to do. It is going into all the world of everyday life to perform our tasks in the Name of Jesus, not only to tell but to do! Fina lly, from the view tha t C hrist is alive forevermore, the gift of God to us is that we have a life to live. Paul, with all the thought of an empty cross and an empty tomb, exalts: ‘Now I live, yet not I, but Christ who lives in me.” F or us, as Christians looking beyond the grave , there is no never. This is no vocabulary of our Christian faith, for we hear the words of Jesus, “Because I live, you shall live also.” The wonderful gift of the resurrection bids us to say “I believe in life everlasting.”

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CARVED.... from page 6 then “we have no hope,” Bredin writes in “Re disc overing Jesus.” That’d be a reprieve, before falling back into death. “If for this life only we hoped in Christ,” Paul wrote,”we are, of all men, most to be pitied.” Today, four out of every 10 teenagers (aged 1319) do not believe in l ife beyond death, a survey of 1,300 urban students by Philippine Jesuits found (Social Weather St ati on’s Mahar Mangahas disagrees. SWS surveys found believers are the majority, he says). “Those who believe ‘there is no resurrection’ are majority of the young around us,” Lo yola School of Theology’s Catalino Arevalo, S.J. writes. What do the empty tomb and folded burial shroud mean to these kids? Like the women on Easter morning, will they futilely “seek the living among the dead?” Luke and John came close to a physical description of Jesus after his crucifixion. Time and space no longer bind Him. He comes and vanishes, even if doors are shut, nor do they recognize Him immediately in the Upper Room or on Lake Galilee. They encounter Him in a new way. “He had become another,” Fr. Arevalo notes. “I think of that quaint expression pe ople sometimes use in Taglish: “You are very another na.” “Their eye s we re opened,” the evangelists add, “and they recognized Him in the breaking of bread”— description of the Eucharist since Pilate’s time. The disciples were not from society’s upper crust. They came from what we call to day the D and E soci al

classes. Judas betrayed sold Master. Except for John, the rest fled. Ea ster “broug ht Peter the Rock out of Simon the betrayer, or a crucified Paul out of a crucifying Saul, or the church of martyrs out of the scattered disciples.” “We Filipinos use the idi om ‘itaga mo sa bat o’ (‘anchor to a rock’) to assert our utmost confidence,” Pastor Lino Pantoja writes. And 2,500 years before Easter, a man spoke of the resurrection in “words engraved in rock.” As Easter’s “unrecognized prophet,” Job uttered his primitive theology of the resurrection: “Oh that my words were engraved in rock forever...I know that my Redeemer lives. Andin the end, He will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh, I will see God,” (Job 19:25-27). The experience of Job and the discipl es has been refracted to u s over t he centuries. Those who lived out the implications of Easter — Mother Teresa or John Paul II

Thoughts.... from page 6 composed of some 1,200 respondents, a motley group of informed, uninformed and malformed, halfwaythrough the impeachment proceedings is like relying on a quack doctor to diagnose a disease and recommend therapy or on a fortune teller no matter how clairvoyant he/she may appear to be. The wonder of it all is why the Impeachment Court to lera tes these surveys, obviously designed to try and influence it and that of public opinio n, when it has continuously warned both the spokespersons of the prosecution and defense panel, as well as the media, from

discussing the merits of the case. In the United States, juries are sequestered and prevented from access to media during the trial of the case to prevent them from being unduly influenced. The sa me practice sho uld be imposed in this country if only to protect the Impeachment Court from bias. Hopefully, at the reopening of the trial next month, the fiery senator from Iloilo will sue for contempt the survey groups and both the spokespersons of the prosecution and defense for trying to influence the court and public opinion. Which brings us to the topic of Lent, a period calling for prayer, repentance and mortification. For those who have willfully maligned peo ple and poli tici ans regardless of party affiliation or color, it behooves them (o urselves included) to examine our respect ive conscience and ask ourselves if we have engaged in muckraking, rumor-mongering, rash judgment, gossiping etc. – sins agai nst the ei ght commandments that forbids the bearing of false witness against one’s neighbor. Incidentally, the tenet also demands that whoever maligns a person must make up for it. The question is will the prosecutors and their media comrades apologize to the defendant for the false charges, if any? Were they not cloaked with immunity, could they have been sued in court for libel?

Not Filipina.... from page 6 these magazines laying around. I ignored the Filipina fashion articles because they reflect a life style no one in Dumaguete City lives daily. They reflect the exception, not the rule. Instead, I looked at

The holiest.... from page 6 What we are invited to do is to somehow share in Christ’s passion and death, so that dying with him, we too can resurrect with him. Christ takes up what is ours so that we can take up what is his. A liturgical hymn describes this as a “happy exchange.” There is no sin too big or grave enough that cannot be part of Christ’s passion and death. The only sin that can elude this universal mercy of God is the sin against the Holy Spirit, when we precisely reject this truth of God’s omnipotent mercy. Now all these events of the passion, death and resurrection of Christ is made into the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist, instituted at the Last Su pper of the first Ho ly Thursday. It is this sacrament that makes present these saving events of the paschal mystery. These events are not simply recalled and dramatized by some ceremony. They derive their vital and perpetual character from our Lord’s words, “Do this in remembrance of me” (or “in memory of me”). the advert isement s. Advertisers want to appeal to the general public; therefore, the image they usually project is that of thei r po tent ial customers o r ho w their potential customers “want” to be perceived. I fou nd t he common image was consistent with what I saw in the mall. My conclusion was there is no “foreigner" Filipina dress style; style is large ly influenced by economics. When a Filipina can afford better clothes, she chooses her own style. I am afraid my Filipina critic is allowing her antiforeigner prejudice to make her see what does not exist.

When Christ said these words, he said it not as man only, subject to time and space, and therefore, unavoidably swallowed up in the past, in history. But being our redeemer, he said them also as God who is eternal. Therefore, these words acquire an eternal value where all things are made present. Eternity is not simply a vague sense of having no beginning and no end. Eternity is also about maki ng everythi ng present. What happens in time with its flow of past, present and future becomes all present in eternity. Eternity transcends time. This is the very lofty, mysterious truth that is at play when we celebrate the liturgy, especially the Mass, that has its beginni ng i n the Last Supper that in turn anticipates and perpet uates what happened in the first Good Friday and the first Easter Sunday—our Lord’s passion, death and resurrection. That’s why the Holy Week culminates with the Easter or Paschal Triduum, starting evening of Hol y Thursday with the celebration of the Mass of the Last Supper then goes to the passion and death of Christ on Go od F riday, t hen to his resurrection Easter Sunday. There is a certain unity in the cel ebration of the East er Triduum, which we all should try to capture. That’s why we need to pause, reflect and meditate. We should be wary when we convert the Holy Week into mere holidays of fun and vacation. The way the world is evolving these days when we are pressured to be practical and to go for material and temporal goals, we need to apply the breaks to feed our soul and to strengthen our grip of the spiritual and supernatural realities in our life. The Holy Week is the


best time to form and strengthen the beliefs and convictions of our faith, that our efforts, always with the help of grace and the promptings of the Holy Spirit, would give us. It is also the best ti me for another conversion.

If tomorrow.... from page 6 an extra minute or two to stop and say "I love you," instead of assuming, you would know I do. “If I knew it would be the last time I would be there to share your day, well I'm sure you'll have so many more, so I can let just this one slip away. For surely, there's always tomorrow to make up for an oversight, and we always get a second chance t o make everything right. “There will always be another day to say our "I love you's", and certainly, there's ano ther chance to say o ur "Anything I can do's?" But just in case I might be wrong, and today is all I get, I'd like to say how much I love you and I hope we never forget tomorrow is not promised to anyone, young or old alike, and today may be the last chance you get to hold your loved one tight. “So if you're waiting for tomorrow, why not do it today? For if tomorrow never comes, you'll surely regret the day that you didn't take that extra time for a smile, a hug, or a kiss and you were too busy to grant someone what turned out to be their one last wish. “So hold your loved ones close today, whisper in their ear, tell them how much you love them and that you'll always hold them dear. Take time to say "I'm sorry," "please forgive me," "thank you" or "it's okay." And if tomorrow never comes, you'll have no regrets about today.” Source: Wishing you, my friends, a most blessed, happy, and loving Easter!



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Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT 7 th Judicial Region Branch 33 Dumaguete City



AMENDED ORDER A verified petition for the Issuance of separate Transfer Certificate ofTitle NO.14665 for Lot No. 1891-B, PSD-07-03-000987 Bacong Cadastre has been filed with the Court by Cerilo Vendiola, et al., who are represented herein by their attorney-in-fact, Fortunada P. Pajulas, praying for this Court, upon due notice and hearing, to direct the Registrar of Deeds of the Province of Negros Oriental to issue a Transfer Certificate of Title for LotNo. 1891-B, PSD-07-03-00987, upon payment of required fees. Finding the petition to be sufficient in form and substance, it is hereby ordered that said petition be heard at the session hall of this court on 3 May 2012 at 9:00 o’clock in the morning, at which place, date and time any interested person may appear and show cause why the prayer in the petition should be granted. At their expense, petitioners are hereby directed tohave this order published once a week for three(3) consecutive weeks in a newspaper ofgeneral circulation in the Province of Negros Oriental and its component cities, which publication should be accomplished at least a week before the scheduled date of hearing. Let copies of this Order be furnished the solicitor General, the Land Registration Authority, the Registrar of Deeds of the Province of Negros Oriental, and Ms. Fortunada P. Pajulas SO ORDER ED, Given in open court this 7 th day of December 2011 at the Hall of Justice, EJ Blanco Drive, Piapi, Dumaguete City, Philippines. The Negros Chronicle April 8, 15, & 22, 2012


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the CIVIC circle From page 16

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

HE LIVES! I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold, I am alive forever and ever! – Revelation 1:18 Today is Easter Sunday and Christians celebrate the Resurrection of Christ. The message of Easter is Hope and Salvation; this hymn and the quotes below say it all:


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He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today! He walks with me and talks with me Along life’s narrow way. He lives, He lives, salvation to impart! You ask me how I know He lives? He lives within my heart.

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I serve a risen Savior, He’s in the world today; I know that He is living, whatever men may say; I see His hand of mercy, I hear His voice of cheer, And just the time I need Him, He’s always near.


In all the world around me I see His loving care, And though my heart grows weary, I never will despair; I know that He is leading thro all the stormy blast, The day of His appearing will come at last.

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Rejoice, Rejoice, O Christian, lift up your voice and sing Eternal hallelujahs to Jesus Christ the King! The Hope of all who seek Him, the Help of all who find, None other is so living, so good and kind. – Alfred H. Ackley (1887-1960)


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We live and die; Christ died and lived!

Easter says you can put truth in a grave, but it won’t stay there. – Clarence W. Hall Soul, soul, there is a sequel to thy tale!

– Robert Mowry Bell

Let every man and woman count himself immortal. Let him catch the revelation of Jesus in his resurrection. Let him say not merely, “Christ is risen,” but “I shall rise.” – Phillips Brooks Tomb, thou shalt not hold Him longer; Death is strong, but Life is stronger; Stronger than the dark, the light; Stronger than the wrong, the right... On Easter Day the veil between time and eternity thins to gossamer. – Douglas Horton But from this earth, this grave, this dust, My God shall raise me up, I trust. – Walter Raleigh

Notice is hereby given that the heirs of the late Lydia Pyponco Jomao-as, namel y, Al den Pyponco Jomao-as and Regan Pyponco Jomao-as, have filed and executed an Affidavit of Adjudication over Phili ppi ne Nati onal Bank Dumaguete Branch Savings Account No. 331957600015 per Document No. 52, Page No. 12, Book No. 32, Series of 2012 notarized by Atty. Edmund F. Dy. The Negros Chronicle April 1, 8, and 15, 2012

DEED OF EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT, PARTITION AND SALEOF A PORTION OF A REGISTERED AGRICULTURAL LAND Notice is hereby given that Atil ano Acebron, Bal domero Acebron, heirs-vendors, and Peter A. Kadusale, heir, of the late Nicolas Acebron and Alejandra M. Acebron, have filed a Deed of Extrajudicial Settlement, Partition and Sale of a Portion of a Registered Agricultural Land in favor of Charito Laurente Flueckiger upon a parcel of land known as Lot No. 1222-A covered by Original Certificate of Title No. FV22158, si tuated i n S al ong, Manjuyod, Negros Oriental containing an area of 33,579 sq. m. more or less per Document No. 375, Page No. 75, Book No. XLI, Series of 2012 notarized by Atty. Elizur V. Umbac. The Negros Chronicle April 1, 8 and 15, 2012

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Peter, at a table.They were already by their tenth glass of wine. Then suddenly, Ivan asked Peter; “Peter, do you know what hurts me?” Peter, surprised by the question, shrugged his hands in the air and said: “How can I know what hurts me, how can you say love me?” With the cross of Jesus, God is telling us that he knows what hurts us --betrayal, abandonment, violence, suffering, death. His love for us is not just platonic or merely emotional. His love for us is for real --letting go of his Son, giving up the “only thing he has,” and thus, pouring out his very self for our sake. God knew what hurt us and sent his Son to heal the wound. Thus, the cross of Jesus is the sign of utter human pain, injustice and misery on one hand, and a sign of unconditional love, care, and concern on the other hand. “And they will look upon him whom they have pierced” (Jn 19, 37).

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– Phillips Brooks, “An Easter Carol”


“Ecce Homo,” Ecce Deus

Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT 7 th Judicial Region Branch 45 Bais City SPL. PROC.N O.BY-10-50

– John Stott

AFFIDAVIT OF SELFADJUDICATION Notice is hereby given that the heir of the l ate Rogeli o B. Kong, nam ely, Caridad F. Kong, has fi led an Affi davit of Self-Adjudication, upon two parcels of land both situated in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, to wit: (1) Lot No. 586-D-1-A covered by Transfer Certificate of T itl e No. 12763, containing an area of 222 sq. m. more or less and (2) Lot No. 586-D-1-B covered by Transfer of Certificate of Title No. 12764 containi ng an area of 200 sq. m. more or l ess per Document No. 284, Page No. 58, Book No. XXIX, Series of 2012 notarized by Atty. Neil Ray M. Lagahit. The Negros Chronicle April 1, 8, & 15, 2012

AFFIDAVIT OF CLAIM WITH WAIVER OF RIGHTS Notice is hereby given that the heirs of the late Conrado Q. Quin kit o , n amely, Evelia K. Palalon, Dositia K. Francisco, Euberto M. Kinkito, Senorina K. Pama and Gemma K. Ragay have filed and executed an Affidavit of Claim with Waiver of Rights over Philipp in e Veterans Ban k Dumaguete City Branch Savings Account No. (PIN) 8038 with a balance of P40,045.60 per Document No. 395, Page No. 80, Book No. I,Series of 2012 notarized by Atty. Edric P. Torremocha. The Negros Chronicle March 25, April 1 and 8, 2012

Before this court is a verified petition for Correction of Entries in the Birth Record of ANGELITO LERIO AND ANGELA LERIO represented by their mother VILMA C. LERIO, filed through counsel, Atty. Benjamine H. Lajot, Jr. on October 8, 2012, praying that after due notice, publication and hearing, an order shall be issued directing the Office of the Local Civil Registrar of Bindoy, Negros Orientalto make the following correction, viz: 1. Ordering the correction of entries in the birth certificate of ANGELITO LERIO: A.) In the name entry from ANGELITO LERIO DUMAM-AG to ANGELITO LERIO; B.) In the father’s name entry from ROMERO LOMOLJO DUMAM-AG to UNKNOWN; C.) Date and Place of Marriage of Parents entry from May 05, 2000 – Novaliches, Quezon City to NOT APPLICABLE. 2. Ordering the correction of entries in the Birth Certificate of ANGELA LERIO: A.) In the name entry from ANGELA LERIO DUMAM-AG to ANGELA LERIO; B.) In the father’s name entry from ROMEO LOMOLJO DUMAM-AG to UNKNOWN; C.) Date and place of Marriage of Parents entry fromMay 05, 2000 – sauyo Navaliches, Quezon City to NOT APPLICABLE. 3. Directing herein respondent to make the necessary corrections in the above-mentioned birth records in its office. Finding the petition to be sufficient in formand substance, set this case for initial hearing on May 29, 2012 at 8:30 o’clock in the morning, at the session hall of this court at which date, time and place, all interested persons may appear and show cause, if any, why the petition should not be granted. Let this Order be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Negros Oriental and its component cities once a week for at leastthree (3) consecutive weeks, before the date of hearing. Petitioner is hereby directed to furnish the Local Civil Registrar of Bindoy, Negros Oriental of this order with a copy of the petition and its annexes and to the Office of the solicitor General with address at 134 Amorsolo Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City and show proof of service thereof. SO OREDER ED. Bais City, Philippines, March 1, 2012 The Negros Chronicle March 25, April 1, & 8, 2012





Before this Court is a verified petition for Correction of Entry in the Birth Certificate of Hanel C. Gualingco, praying that after due notice, publication and hearing, an order shall issue directing the Office of the Municipal Civil Registrar of Mabinay, Negros Oriental, to correct the entry in the birth record of hereinpetitioner particularly of the sex or gender from MALE TO FEMALE; and todirect hereinrespondent tomake the necessary corrections in its office. Finding the petition to be sufficient in form and substance, set this case for initial hearing on April 25, 2012 at 8:30 o’clock in the morning, at the Session Hall of this court at which cause, if any, why the petition should not be granted. Let this Order be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Negros Oriental and its component cities once a week for at least three (3) consecutive weeks, before the date of hearing. SO ORDER ED. Bais City, Philippines, December 27, 2011. (Sgd.) CANDELARIO V. GONZALEZ Judge The Negros Chronicle March 25, April 1 & 8, 2012

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NOTICE OF AUCTION All unredeemed pl edges left during the month of November 2011 of the ff CEBUANA LHUI LLIER PAWNSHOP branches will be sold at Public Auction on April 13, 2012 at Aguinaldo St., Bais City (8:30 am) • Aguinaldo St., Bais City • Roxas St., corner Mabini St., Bais City, Negros Oriental            • National Highway corner Aglipay St., Bais City • 499-E National Highway, Public Market, Tanjay, Negros Oriental • Magallanes St., Tanjay, Negros Oriental • Poblacion Amlan, Negros Oriental • Public Market, Sibulan, Neg. Or. • L. Aguilar St., Pamplona, Negros Oriental • Roxas St. corner Mabini St., Bais City at South Road, Tabuctubig, Dumaguete City (8:00 am) • 57 Silliman Ave., Brgy 6, Dumaguete City • 149 Gov. Perdices St., Brgy 5, Dumaguete City • Cervantes St., Dumaguete City • Level 1, Bldg.5, Dumaguete Public Market Complex, Dumaguete City • Noblefranca cor Sta. Catalina St., Dumaguete City • Cor. Mabini & Pinili Sts., Dumaguete City • Unit B, G/F Bricktown Center Bldg., North cor Aldecoa Drive, Brgy Daro, Dumaguete City • Rizal Boulevard, Dumaguete City • corner Maria Cristina & Legaspi St., Dumaguete City • Cor Perdices Sta Rosa St., Brgy 3, Dumaguete City • San Jose St., Dumaguete City • South Road, Tabuctubig, Dumaguete City at Poblacion, Basay, Negros Oriental (8:00 am) • National Highway, Zamboanguita, Negros Oriental • National H-way, Siaton, Neg.Or. • Juan Luna Street., Brgy Poblacion, Sta. Catalina,Negros Oriental • 1160 Rizal St., Tinago, Bayawan, Neg.Or. • Claro M. Recto St., Bayawan City • Poblacion, Basay, Negros Oriental at

Catamboan, Lazi, Siquijor (8:30 am) • North Poblacion, Larena, Siquijor • Atad Street, New Public Market, Siquijor • Catamboan, Lazi, Siquijor at S. Villanueva M.L. Quezon, Guihulngan Cty (8:30 am) • Pob. Mabigo, Canlaon City • S. Villanueva M.L. Quezon, Guihulngan Cty • National H-way Pob. Jimalalud. Neg. Or. ‘ • Door #3 Public Market, Tayasan, Neg. Or. • Poblacion Bindoy, Negros Oriental • Poblacion Manjuyod, Negros Oriental • National Highway, Poblacion Ayungon, Negros Oriental at

Lumbangan Mabinay, Negros Oriental (8:30 am) • Lumbangan Mabinay, Negros Oriental



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hristendom is in the midst today of the celebration of our Lord’s resurrection. Though many may seem dolorous and remorseful, looking over the fact that we have made gods of material things and earthly honors, Holy Week is still celebrated because it is, indeed, a celebration.

We celebrate the greatest love there is of a Father who has sent His only begotten Son to suffer the pain and humiliation of death of a common criminal of Calvary-- all that to pay for a debt He never owed and a debt we can never repay by our puny selves. All of us who have children, let us begin to imagine what kind of sacrifice that meant. Those of us who have only one child to give --for others? --understand that kind of love even more. Holy Week, therefore, is that time of the year, when the Faithful must reflect just how deserving we can be of that love. How much of redemption are we truly worthy of? And the least we can do is to recognize the sinners that we all are and repent for the every lash, nail

and spit we inflicted on the suffering Jesus as we lead our daily sinful lives. As the theme from the movie, The Cardinal, had succinctly placed, we are like lambs that in the springtime (good times, interpretatively) wander from the fold, distracted by the ways and pleasures of this world. But as the darkness and the cold follow, as they always come to pass, we grow cold, weary and lost because we know that we have sinned. As the ro ad und erneath us trembles and buckles, we run for shelter and cry with the wind. And yet, we find, to our wonder, that every path leads back to the Lord. So we pray, repent and shout: “Stay with me, Lord. It is you that I need, the gods of this world never give me peac e in my heart. They are empty and vain.”

Those of us who suffer the slings and arrows of daily misfortune can likewise search and find the value in human suffering by taking an attitude of total surrender. For instance, we can offer our abject misery and painful circumstances in atonement for our many transgressions. We can participate in Jesus’ effort to atone for mankind’s sins. There, one find s a truly redemptive value in human suffering. Likewise, let us also see that when God drops needles and pins along our path in life, as they say, we don’t stray away. We pick them up and collect them. For they, too, were strewn for a purpose --to make us all stronger. So the essence of Holy Week is as much the redemptive po wer of Christ’s suffering from the

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EJFREM Case No. 2012-3140 For: EXTRAJUDICIAL FORECLOSURE OF REAL ESTATE MORTGAGE (Under Act 3135 as Amended by Act No. 4118)

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Mortgagor, X ----------------------------------------------------- / NOTICE OF EXTRAJUDUCIAL SALE Upon extra-judicial petition for sale under Act. 3135, as amended by Act No. 4118 filed by YUSAY CREADIT & FINANCE CORPORATION (mortgagee) against TADEO C. LAPEZ (mortgagor) with address at Greenville Homes Subd., Camanjac, Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental to satisfy the mortgage indebtedness which as of March 9, 2012 amounts to EIGHTY THREE THOUSAND NINE HUNDRED FIFTY-NINE PESOS & 98/100 (P83,959.98), excluding interest and penalty charges, sheriff’s expenses and fees and attorney’s fees the undersigned or her duly authorized deputy will sell at public auction on MAY 4, 2012 AT 9:00AM until 4:00PM at the 1st Floor, Hall of Justice Building, Piapi, Dumaguete City, Philippines to the highest bidder, for cash or manager’s check and in Philippine Currency, the following property with all its improvements, to wit:

Filed befor e this Cour t is a ver ified petition for cor r ection of entr y of the gender fr om MALE to FEMALE in the cer tificate of Live Bir th of Milque Bobotan Sabr oso. Finding the petition to be sufficient in for m and substance, th e petitioner is di r ected to cause the publication of this Or der in a newspaper of gener al cir culation in the Pr ovince of Negr os Or iental and in the Cities of Dumaguete, Bais, Tanjay, Canlaon and Bayawan, at least once a week for thr ee (3) consecutive weeks, pur suant to section 4, Rule 108 of the Rules of Cour t. The petition er is likewise dir ected to fur nish a copy of this petition together with its annexes to the Office of the Solicitor Gener al and the Local Civil Registr ar of Zamboanguita, Negr os Or iental. The Local Civil Registr ar of Zamboanguita, Negr os Or iental or any per son having or claiming any inter est under the entr y wher e cor r ection and change is sought, may file an opposition within fifteen (15) days fr om notice of said peti tion, or fr om the p ublication of said n otice. Any inter ested per son may appear befor e this Cour t at the scheduled hear ing of this case on June 7, 2012 at 8:30 o’clock in the mor ning and show cause why the instant petition should not be gr anted. SO ORDERE D. Dumaguete City, Philip pines, Mar ch 19, 2012 The Negr os Chr onicle Apr il 1, 8, & 15, 2012

“A parcel of land (Lot 2542-B-1-A, of the subdivision plan, Psd-07-077254, being a portion of Lot 2542-B-1, P sd-07-048341, situated i n the Barrio of Camanjac, City of Dumaguete, Province of Negros Oriental, Island of Negros. Bounded on the SW., along line 1-2 by Lot 2542-J, Road Lot, (LRC) Psd-104418; on the NW. along line 2-3 by Lot 2542-B-1-D, Road (3.00 M. wide); on the NE., along line 3-4 by Lot 2542-B-1-B, both of the subdivision plan; on the SE., along line 4-1 by Lot 2542-B-3, Psd-p7-048341. x x x containing an area of NINE HUNDRED FIFTY THREE (953) SQUARE METERS, more or less x x x .” All sealed bids must be submitted to the undersigned on the above-stated time and place. (NOTE: In the event that the public auction should not take place on the said date, it shall be held on May 11, 2012 without further notice.) Dated this 16th day of March, 2012 in Dumaguete City, Philippines.




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you how to fly, having learned our lessons in life well. How can we fret then over o ur sufferings? That is why Divine Friendship with Jesus is the only permanent one we can rely on in this earth, where relationships are usually built on expediency, mutual exploitation and materialism. The Lord, Jesus, Our One True Friend, is like the walls of our house. Sometimes, they hold you up. Sometimes, you may lean on them. But sometimes, it’s enough to know they’re just standing by. Does Jesus, our friend, love us enough? Hello, He just died for you. How many friends do we have like that?



Garden of Gethsemane onto the hills of Calvary, as it is the glorious resurrection on Easter Sunday, three days after his death. Therefore, our whole life should be a testament of faith and trust, whether in goo d days o r suffering times. So when we are at the edge of the cliff, we must trust God enough to let go. Because there are only two things that will happen as the text message relays. One is that Go d will catch us as we fall, for indeed, He will not test us beyond the limits of what we can bear. Trust that fully. Or two, He will teach

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why not require protection against neck or spinal injuries; this is selective and devoid of equal protection of the law. They are also appealing to our three congressmen, Limkaichong, Arnaiz and Teves, to initiate legislation for the amendment of the National Helmet Law, which is authored by Senator Bong Revilla. Arnaiz is the chairman on Local Governments, while Teves heads the Agrarian Reform Committee in the Lower House; Limkaichong is vice- chair of the Committee on Appropriations. Citizens and middleincome families, who rely on the economy in transportation costs by buying a small motor bike, will be taxed some more instead of less. It is discriminatory because tricycle drivers are not required to wear helmets, when they are more exposed to the dangers 24/7; and many more reasons aired by affected sectors. A major argument in favor of helmets is that in urbanized areas, helmets are required all over the world, and the public is accepting this rule. Why not Dumaguete? Finally, it is in the exercise of one’s human rights to or not to wear helmets, after all, in case of accidents, no insurance company will pay benefits to the insured if the motorists-victims of accident have also violated a valid (helmet) law in the process.

sought by the legislators was promptly passed last Tuesday’s regular session. Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer Alice Lagarde said that with this development, 1,200 victims whose houses were totally damaged by Sendong will each receive P 5,000 financial assistance, while the 2,500 families whose homes were rendered partially damaged will be receiving P2,500 each. However, the financial aid will be released starting April 10 after the observance of the Holy Week.

its maiden flight last March 22, then 26, and then only to be reset to another date. Cebu Pacific Air has three round trips to Manila and one to Cebu daily. Philippine Airlines has two roundtrip flights daily to and from Manila. This is not to mention the hourly ferry trips to Cebu, and for many, to catch up on the flights to other destinations in the country. Time there was when as we board the old planes, we used to know so many friends on board. Not anymore today. In ten flights, one gets lucky if he would meet old friends on board. This means that so many new people are flying the Manila- Dumaguete run, and we just don’t know what they are doing here. Well, in our usual journalistic instinctive interviews, we notice that we have tourists, investors, speculators, visitors, students, balikbayans and businessmen and hopefully not fugitives. These are the general categories of our plane passengers in Dumaguete. Automatically, this will translate into a growing economy. These people do not just land here without spending money here. The plane passengers are the paying and buying crowd. They could buy your land, your store, your school, your resorts, and anything they can lay their hands on, while the innocent native Negrenses are wondering what’s so nice about this place that people keep coming and going! When you live in the forest, you cannot see the trees. Most natives here live in the “forest” so they cannot see the trees, unlike our visitors, who surf the internet, and immediately, they can see the splendor of Dumaguete and Negros Oriental. Ask any foreigner, they will tell you that over and above the urban centers, they prefer Dumaguete because our standard of living are sophisticated enough, we have great schools for their children, we have such a rustic ambience not seen nor felt in other places. WE have an active social life, and most of all, the place is not so expensive as in Cebu or Manila, and you can go there anytime, six times a day! So, it looks like the new tourism slogan is catching fire as we say: “Come to Negros, it’s more fun here, naturally!”

MOSQUEDA, Felix III D., Negros Oriental State University, BS in Nursing YOUNG RICARDO, Angelica Dwayne C., St. P aul University Dumaguete, BS in Nursing HUMANITIES AND TEACHER EDUCATION ELMACO, Regina Clarina N., St. Paul University Dumaguete, Bachelor of Secondary Education - Values Education After a rigorous screening process done at PAREF Springdale School, Lahug, Cebu City, March 31, 2012, the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines Region VII (TOSP Region VII) releases the roster of finalists who will vie for a place as one of this year’s TOSP Region VII. The Top 20 Regional Finalists were chosen by a pool of screeners coming from various fields of specialization. The screeners were distributed to different clusters: MEDICAL AND HEALTH-RELATED Mrs. Michelle Embuscado and Justiano J. Medel, RN; HUMANITIES AND TEACHER EDUCATION (A) - Prof. Gina Fontejon-Bonior; HUMANITIES AND TEACHER EDUCATION (B) - Ms. Indira Iris Requiron; IT, MATH AND SCIENCES - Dr. Nestor P estelos; ENGINEERING AND MARITIME - Engr. Gregorio Paulo A. Narcise; and BUSINESS AND ACCOUNTANCY - Atty. John Titus Vistal. TOSP Region VII is an annual search, which recognizes the best and the brightest students in the provinces of Region VII, who have excelled in academics, leadership and social responsibility. In addition, this program aims at establishing role models, who will galvanize our young people into action and help bring about total human and economic development in the nation. The Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines program dates back to 1961, when businessman Jose Concepcion, Jr., then publisher of Student Life Magazine, envisioned an annual recognition of outstanding students. This vision was actualized on June 19, 1961, when TOSP was launched aptly on the 100th birthday of Dr. Jose Rizal. This year’s Search is a commitment of RFM Foundation, The Outstanding Students of the Philippines - Alumni Community (TOSPAC), and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), in partnership with the Provincial Government of Negros Oriental. (Rolando C. Villamero, Jr., Regional Representative TOSP Region VII )

Julio, Sylvia... From page 2 from the Bureau of Internal Revenue, Julio Sy, the father of First District Congressman Jocelyn Limkaichong, reported a personal income of P21,428,693.40 and paid P6,822,181.86 of income tax in 2010. Sylvia Uy reported a personal income of P17,338,445.61 and paid P5,513,302.60 of income tax for the same period. The two joined several famous personalities in the top 500, including celebrities Kris Aquino, Piolo Pascual and Sharon Cuneta. Julio Sy is an avid supporter of President Benigno Aquino III; Sy reportedly contributed some P3 million to the campaign funds of the then LP standard bearer in 2010. (By Dems Demecillo)

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Pinoy should open a ... (From page 2) But gas station owners say they are mere implementers of what is being quoted by their national hierarchy. Their mark up remains the same. - o0o Secondly, in order to cushion the impact of increases in price s of fuel oil, the national government can itself become a major player in the industry. It can establish the NATIONAL FUEL AUTHORITY, just like the NFA, or the National Food Authority, which stocks rice bought at suppliers’ prices and would sell it at the old rate, but only when prices go high in the market. - o0o This idea of a National Fuel Authority, which we are proposing, can function like the NFA, which may join the fuel distribution industry and will be there to protect the public from any sudden rise in fuel prices. The NFA will not sell unless prices go sky-high. Instead of amending the Oil Deregulation Act, THIS proposed National Fuel Authority can hasten and join the fuel race so that it can sell at old prices, and be able to control persistent fuel price increases. After all, the government is a non-profit public corporation.

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Dgte tops ..... From page 1 3,192 examinees who successfully hurdled the licensure exam out of a total of 4,801 who took the exam in testing centers in Baguio, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Manila, Davao, Legazpi and Iloilo.

Green... From page 3 the construction and rehabilitation of school buildings and the hiring of additional teaching staff upon t he d et ermination o f th e lo cal school boards. Owing also to the cord ial relations maintained by May or Gonzalez with EDC’s top honcho, Richard Baltazar Tantoco, the municipality of Valencia was gifted a P14 million modern rural hospital with enough facilities to handle basic health services by competent personnel. EDC ranked 57th among the top 500 corporations of the country with a gross income of P21.5 billio n in 2010 and paid t he Bureau of Internal Rev en ue P477 millio n in correspo nding t axes. Tantoco, the company’s CEO, was ranked 60th among the country’s top 500 income taxpayers with a repo rt ed inco me of P50,226,514.00 in 2010 and p aid P16,037,484.54 in income tax to the BIR. (By Dems Demecillo)


Binobohan loses 2nd brgy captain in alleged suicide


orty-six days after the killing of the elected Barangay Captain of Binobohan by a militiaman, the successor, Melkyada Fe Canumay Magno, was found dead hanging on a tree with a nylon cord around her neck last Tuesday. Magno succeeded vailed upon by the outraged Norberto Recabo, the elected villagers from assuming the Barangay Captain of the vil- post, which paved the way for lage known to be a hotbed of the lady barangay councilor, the communist insurgency, Melkyada Fe Canumay who was allegedly shot inside Magno, to assume the vathe chapel while giving in- cancy. structions to a pair of tanods Many thought that the guarding the relief goods by a village peace, despite the presmilitiaman last February 18. ence of a military detachment, The suspect, identified as which has been the subject of Cirilo Tejares, who voluntar- protests among the activists, ily surrendered days after the would be restored, but this was incident, claimed he merely de- shattered anew by the news of cided to shot Recabo to death Magno’s death last Tuesday. after he was also threatened The lady Barangay Capwith harm by the village ex- tain was the subject of a search ecutive if he fails to carry out by her relatives and another the assassination of the latter’s party led by Councilor Ricky nemesis. Silvano, who discovered the The killing triggered a lifeless body of Magno suspolitical uproar in the remote pended on the tree past 9:00 in village of Guihulngan City the evening. Police operatives since the father of the militia- are still piecing together the man-suspect was the number evidences and collecting testione village councilman, there- monies to provide a credible fore, eligible to assume the conclusion to the grieving relapost. tives and restless village resiHowever, the elder dents. (By Neil Rio and Dems Tejares was reportedly pre- Demecillo)

Easter Reflections: (From page 4) driven or forced to engage in illegal activities, because the government has failed to provide them decent jobs to feed their families. “Kapit sa patalim,” in other words. Have you ever heard of a millionaire drug lord being targeted for summary killing? In the city of Manila, those salvaged are small-time snatchers and petty thieves. But the big-time white collar criminals are never targeted. Why is that so? Those involved in big-time swindling of hard-earned people’s money invested on educational and pension plans are never targets of summary killings. Those corrupt government officials, who bleed our public offers dry by exacting fat commissions from government contracts, are spared. Government officials, who incur millions of pesos of unliquidated cash advances, are never targets of summary executions. Instead, they are heralded as “honorable.” My oppositions to summary killings are not only based on legalities, for that would be a no-brainer. My oppositions are based on social considerations. Extrajudicial killings only manifest and magnify our social inequities. I oppose summary killings because it is always aimed at the poor. I condemn summary killings because they aim to defeat life. As we mark Easter, please pray for the continued celebration of life, like we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

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comments on the Governor’s call. “I am ready to meet with the Governor for and in behalf of my constituents so that we can honestly examine whether the programs I identified as necessary to my district are in line with the administration’s priorities,” Dy stressed. Dy is one of the four Board Members, who have been asking the Governor to release their pork barrel shares pegged at P4 million per Board Member. The three others are BMs Peve O. Ligan (3rd District), Arnie Teves (President, Association of Barangay Councils) and Erwin Macias (President, Philippine Councilors League). Ironically, Dy and Ligan are partymates in the last 2010 elections when they run for the Provincial Board seats under the Lakas-Kampi-CMD

to form 150 teams with 15 members per team to build the 120 homes in 6-days, but GK assures that the homes with a floor area of 24-meters costing P110,000 each are sturdy to keep the occupants safe, even during inclement weather. (With Neil Rio)

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headed by 3rd District Cong. Pryde Henry Teves, the brother of ABC President Arnie Teves. Based on the previous years, the priority programs of the four Board Members appeared to be similar to those espoused and financed by the pork barrel funds of known Degamo allies BMs Jessica Villanueva-Koppin, Georgita Martinez and Liland Estacion. These include medical assistance to indigents, rural electrification and assistance for waterworks system. (By Dems Demecillo)



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“Katapusang mga Gutlo Kauban sa Barkada ni Jesus” FU offers something for everyone this Summer tudents, parents, and even retirees, who want Provincial Jail Inmates to learn something new are in for a treat dur


ing the Foundation Univers ity Summer Pro-



le nt en p lay e nt it le d “K at ap us an g mg a Gutlo Kauban sa Barkada ni Jesus” was presented last April 25, 2012 at the Negros Oriental De tent ion and Rehabilitat ion Cent er (NODRC) in Dumaguetre City under the initiative and sponsorship of the Provincial Rehabilitation Commission (PRC) and the support of the Provincial Government. With 22 inmates, guards and volunteers, the emotion -p acke d dr ama high ligh te d th e reenactment of the touching last moments of Jesus with his disciples and drew out the dramatic abilities of the inmates and other volunteer actors.

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Written and directed by PRC Chairman and founder, Rev. Joel B. Tabada, this drama has become a traditional annual Holy Week event in the life of prisoners, both here in Negros and in Mindanao jails. The first presentation was in 1973 in the Provincial Jail of Dumaguete City (now renamed the Negros Oriental Detention and Rehabilitation Center). Although the enactment is done yearly, the change of most of the actors (due to the release of previous actors) has sustained the excitement of the presentation. Several inmates have chosen to maintain the same roles through the years as they are either waiting for the Court’s decision or still serving sentences until now.

All colleges and units in the university, from the grade school up to graduate school, will offer six-week courses that may uncover one’s hidden talents, earn some college credits, or may become a stepping stone for a new career or an entrepreneurial activity. Children will have several choices, ranging from regular summer course offerings to electives, like creative reading or creative arts. There will be baking courses for children and adults. The College of Agriculture is offering courses on hydroponics and organic farming, which allows farmers to increase their yield using modern and practical technology. There will also be a Music Program, where students could learn to perform with the iPad band or enroll in piano, voice or play common band instruments. The College of Education will also be offering vocational courses, like sewing or theater arts, that could enhance one’s talent for self-expression. Modern computer pro-

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gramming or even Office Applications will be taught by the College of Computer Studies, which could either teach students computer basics or advanced techniques. Foundation University’s resident artists, Takeshi Muriyama and Hersley Ven Casero, will offer classes on pottery and basic digital photography, respectively, while classes on painting and art history will also be offered by the Department of Architecture and Fine Arts. There will be sports programs like rock/sport climbing and ball games. The College of Architecture will offer an introductory course on architecture by orienting students to the concept of a design studio where they learn the concepts of 2D and 3D designs. Engr. Marlon Tanilon, dean of the Office of Student Life, said there is something for everyone in FU’s summer offerings, which is another way by which the University actualizes its motto for its 62nd anniversary, “FU@62: It’s all about you!”

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