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irst district Rep Josy Limkaichong has debunked claims that the government is not putting all efforts as expected in restoring the major bridge in the North of this province even as tong collections by private detour-land owners are getting into the nerves of bus and vehicle commuters in Dayoyo Point, Pangaloan Bridge, Jimalalud.

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In fact, as of Friday, the Ceres Bus Liner, the biggest Negros Island transport company, has been allowed access to the detour road made by private owners and for all vehicles alike. There is an estimated 150 daily passing the north detour road. Ceres Manager Ricardo Granada negotiated with the land owners to gain access through the detour area. The private toll fee has been set uniformly at P30 for big buses and down to P20 for cars and SUVs; motorcycles are free. No price increase is imposed on bus fares. A detour through a private road has been opened from the national highway because the major bridgelink has been split into two by the Feb 6 earthquake

of 6.8 magnitude. (See photo above) Expropriation? Or Negotiation? Rep Josy Limkaichong has raised the issue of negotiation, or expropriation, of the temporary detour road if things cannot be settled diplomatically. However, with her speedy initiative, the lady solon was able to swing and allow the Ceres buses to be accepted by the detour road owners and charged P30 per passage. Same rate with other vehicles. Apparently, the issue of expropriation has fizzled out. The provincial attorney’s office under Atty Richard Enojo is coordinating with Gov Degamo for the speedy flow of legal

papers for Jimalalud bridge. NEW BRIDGE DPWH has condemned the old Pangaloan Bridge in Jimalalud and has alloted P60 million to build a new one, but with no definite date yet. Rep. LIMKAICHONG Papers and plans are still being processed in the Cebu Regional Office. A new re- Office negotiating for an early regional director, Engr Ador lease of funds. The engineering Canlas from Region 3, has district office is now transferred just assumed. to the DPWH lot in Bindoy. The The local DPWH can earthquake damaged its only approve projects be- Guihulngan office. She has deslow P50 million. DPWH ignated Engr. Nilo Cadooc to folregional director Ador low up the Capitol for back up Canlas needs the signature support to speed up the job. of DPWH Sec. Singson for The provincial assessor was a negotiated contract for alerted on the real estate tax paythe new bridge. ment record of detour-land ownRep Limkaichong was ers should expropriation proceedexpected to follow this up ings be filed in case negotiations so that the release of funds failed. Non-payment of real escan be facilitated. tate taxes can be charged to the First engineering dis- sum of any just compensation set trict Engr Ramie Doroy is by the Court. now in the Manila Central

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Gary backs Binay on LP hypocrisy ubernatorial aspirant former Finance Secretary Gary Teves has joined Vice-President Jejomar C. Binay in slamming the “hypocrisy” issue of some officials of the Liberal Party (LP) for their “desperate attempt” to link the Vice-President to detained former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

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Binay rebuked certain administration officials for sowing intrigue between him and the President yet these same o fficials wer e once rabid supporters of Arroyo. Teves is reportedly being groomed by Binay to contest the governorship against LP provincial standard bearer 1st Distr ict Co ngresswo man Jocelyn Limkaichong. Binay is forming United GARY TEVES Nationalist Alliance (UNA) as an alternative to the administration Liberal Party. Many of those joining Binay’s alliance include officials identified with former President Arroyo, including Teves. Another Arroyo ally, Second District ConTo page 15

5000 athletes to play 98 teams build victims’ GK houses national games here By Choy Rodriguez

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he Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) made it clear it is spending only for sports-related activities in this year’s Philippine National Games (PNG) co-hosted by Dumaguete City and the Provincial Government of Negros Oriental.

The clarification was issued by PSC Commissioner Jolly Gomez in today’s final briefing with city and provincial officials. Gomez wanted to do away with expenses to be incurred during opening ceremonies, parade, fireworks and other unnecessary expenses to save on costs. But if the host local government units would

shoulder the same, it is very much appreciated, the PSC official pointed out. Mayor Manuel Sagarbarria, however, said as host LGU together with the province, they will have to shell out certain funding to be more accommodat- Some 98 teams composed of civilian and government military volunteers are now building ing, like hosting dinner for offi- 50 of the 100 pre-fabricated GAWAD KALINGA houses for victims of December 17’s tyTo page 15 phoon Sendong and those in the last Earthquake of February 6. (More details on page 10)

“THE KEY TO BE A LIVING WITNESS OF THE GOSPEL IS TO ACTIVELY PUT OUR FAITH INTO ACTION.”


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Sagar-Cordova tandem now moot

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t’s all water under the bridge now. The much anticipated tandem of the city’s two highest incumbent officials will no longer be realized after Vice-Mayor Alan Gel Cordova turned down the offer made by Mayor Chiquiting Sagarbarria to be his running-mate in the 2013 local elections. In a Chr on icle inter view, Sagarbarria admitted offering the vice-mayoral slot to Cordova, who sought some time to consider the idea. He returned call days later to inform the Mayor that he is not joining the Sagar team for it might compromise his independence. With this development, Mayor Sagarbarria will now team up with his erstwhile bitter rival, former ViceMayor Woodrow Maquiling, whom

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

the former defeated by more than 50 votes in 2010. The maverick partyless vicemayor was elected to his present position by defeating former City Cou ncilors Myrish Cadap anAntonio of the Liberal Party and Rommel Erames of the Nationalist People’s Coalition. However, after his election, he is increasingly becoming identi- MAYOR SAGARBARRIA To page 15 DUMAGUETE CITY

TOP OF THE WEEK Vice-mayor sues Mayor for abuse, misconduct he conflict over the appointment of the Sec-

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ret ary of t he M unic ipal C ounc il o f Jimalalud has reached the provincial Capitol with the Vice-mayor lodging an administrative complaint versus the Mayor for alleged oppression, misconduct in office and abuse of authority. V i c e - M a y o r application of one Roy Christopher Ampong ac- Estorco, a law graduate of cused his erstwhile ally and Silliman University. mentor, Mayor Reynaldo Furthermore, when he Tuanda, of pressuring him finally signed the appointto ap point his nephew, ment papers of Estorco, all Arvin Vidal, who has been the staff assigned to the a resident of the municipal- Municipal Council were ity for only two months, as withdrawn, on orders of SB Secretary. He informed Mayor Tuanda, thereby the Mayor that he has de- “crippling the legislative cided to act favorably on the To page 15

Oil deregulation law ineffective - Arnaiz

or failing to stem the rising cost of fuel, several lawmakers, including 2nd District Congressman George Arnaiz, have decided to introduce amendments or will move for the repeal of the Oil Deregulation Law.

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Arnaiz deplored the fact that there is an absence of genuine competition among players of the oil industry. He noted that while the number of oil companies have increased, yet the cost of fuel continue to rise, which defeats the very purpo se of the law, which aimed at leveling the playing field to encourage more companies to compete, resulting in lower prices.

How ever, the so lon observed that even with the presence of 20 oil companies, genuine competition is absent with the suppliers colluding in setting gas prices to the detriment of the general population. The administration of President Fidel V. Ramos pushed for the passage of the Oil Deregulation Law amid objections by conTo page 15

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Provincial dads clash on Napao appointment

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rovincial Board Members clashed anew on the appointment of Juvilo Napao as Disaster Risk Reduction Management Officer by Governor Roel Degamo. Board Member duction and Management Mellimoo re Sayco n an d Officer. However, Board ABC President Arnie Teves Member Rodrigo Alanano objected to Napao’s appoint- cited the legal opinion of men t, con sidering that Provincial Attorney Richard fo rmer Board Member Enojo, which stated that the Arturo Umbac was already Local Disaster Risk Reducap po in ted by Gov er no r tion Officer has three staff Degamo to the same posi- members responsible for adtion. ministration and training, Saycon said that under research and planning, and the law, a province can only operations and warning. have one Disaster Risk ReTo page 15

2 Looc minors duped, raped by ‘drug user’

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olice operatives nabbed a jobless man following a complaint by two minors against him for rape after they were enticed to use illegal drugs. The victims accused the suspect, identified as Vicente Generoso Chavez of Zone 2 Looc, Dumaguete City, of duping them into coming to his house with a certain “Tonton,” also a resident of the same place. Case investigator SPO1 cal harm, the victims manJincky Alalong reports that aged to escape when the susthe victims were first shown pect was deep in slumber sex videos before being ca- and proceeded to the police joled to use illegal drugs. station to seek assistance. Later, the victims were re- The authorities assembled a from the intelligence peatedly raped by the suspect team section and maritime police for approximately two days and swooped down on the that they were kept in his suspect’s home. Chavez was house. arrested and booked for Despite threats of physi- rape.

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econd District George Arnaiz, Chairman of the House Committee on Local Governments, said that the national law on helmet usage by motorbikers as mandatory is a good law, but with many “impracticabilities” in the Dumaguete setting.

However, the lawyer-solon added that amending a national law, which has been implemented fo r years in many cities, and in fact, accepted all over the world, might make it an uphill battle for Dumagueteños. “We will see if the court favorably acts on the position of the petitioners advocating for making the mandatory use of helmets as optional.

Cong. Arnaiz is pessimistic because the advocates for an optional helmet law are not attacking the constitutionality of the Republic Act as authored by Sen. Bong Revilla. The least Congress can do, he said, is to amend the law. But the problem is how to implement it only in Dumaguete? This could become class legislation. “The helmet law is a good

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law, but has many impractical pro visi ons in t he Dumaguete situation. So how will they segregate the implementation of a national law onl y in Dumaguete?” he asked. The proponent s of the class suit have yet to give details if and when will they finally file such class suit before the Regional Trial Court.

t may be a small matter, at least, when it started several resolutions ago by the City Council. But this business of making resolutions just for themselves as lawmakers, meaning,-- not to include their mayor, may speak of independence, but there are other ways to express separation of powers, we believe. -o0oFor instance, in the matter of the City Council commendation on Dumagueteño Admiral Monett Yap as Coast Guard national commander, the city council, thru a resolution authored by Councilor Nilo Sayson, was sufficiently passed without needing the mayor’s signature, ----but with the concurrence of the mayor’s allies in the council? All of them? -o0oBe that as it may, we asked for a copy of the resolution, which created quite a minor stir (in the absence of anything else) in the air lanes, but until now, VM Cordova has not given us a copy as promised (maybe later). We would have wanted to know how the councilors voted on such resolution or was there any votation at all? But why did the pro-Sagar councilors allow this to happen? -o0oOK. Bottom line is that VM Cordova wanted to prove a point: that the City Council can pass a resolution with the majority, without consulting their mayor all the time. Cordova assails: why do councilors allied with the mayor have to consult, how Sagar stands on an issue to be voted upon. Let the council decide and let the mayor do his part, VM wants to stress. -o0oAnyhow, the point is: this city council leadership wants to break tradition in being able to vote on matters as independent-minded legislators even without consulting the mayor beforehand, all the time. Can this be achieved by a pro-Sagar council majority? Let us see in future council actions. -o0oSorry VM, but in a democracy, majority wins. And the majority happens to be pro-Sagar while 4 are in the opposite fence: Tony Rems, Arbas, Arbon, and now, Nilo, plus the VM (vice-mayor), who is so concerned on remaining as an independent. -o0oHELMET BILL (again!) The forthcoming class suit soon to be filed --say tomorrow Monday ---by the people of Dumaguete through representations of different sectors, and even individuals, which is directed to seek amendments to the Helmet Law, making it optional, rather than mandatory, is a welcome move. -o0oThis forthcoming class suit is an indication that democracy is very much alive in Dumaguete and that people here do not just embrace all laws hook, line and sinker without first voicing their sentiments. In the first place, the helmet law was rammed into the throats of people, especially in the provinces, who were not called at all to a public hearing by its main author, Sen. Bong Revilla, erstwhile a man of the masses, but failed to consult the masses about his law on the wearing of motorbike helmets. -o0oThis is an indication that while legislators call themselves men of the masses, we cannot really be sure if they are just pretending to be men of the masses. Revilla’s action would speak louder than words and it would seem that his action in not consulting the masses, especially the motorcycle riding public, is a grave omission on his part and could even make the law unconstitutional. -o0oRep. George Arnaiz says that the helmet law is good. And unless this is being declared unconstitutional, it is presumed to be legal and its many impracticabilities be resolved on the table among sectors for a possible law amendment.


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A permanent injunction -vsLTO helmet regulation am inclined to seek a permanent injunction against this LTO regulation (AHS-2008-015)because, it seeks to ram through our throats certain provisions which are not only unclear, but absurd, illogical, impractical, and not applicable to local conditions. This LTO regulation was crafted without consulting a cross section of Philippine society, particularly the economically marginalized. Take for example the requirement for helmets. The LTO regulation states that: “Standard helmet” shall mean the protective helmet approved by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) with PNS-UNECE 22 marking. Now what animal is this “PNS-UNECE 22? Does any one know what this mean? I myself didn’t know this, until I had to research its meaning in the internet. PNS means “Philippine National Standard” UNECE means “United Nations Economic Commission on Europe” According to an article from the Business Mirror: “The PNS/ UN ECE 22:2007—Uniform Provisions Concerning the Approval of Protective Helmets and Their Visors for Drivers and Passengers of Motorcycles and Mopeds—specifies the standard requirements and test methods for protective helmets for motorcycle and mopeds drivers and passengers with or without sidecar. It also applies to visors fitted to such helmets or intended to be added to them.” This regulation is rammed through our throats without a deliberative process so all stakeholders can participate. This is undemocratic. Look at the provision on “protective devices”: “Protective devices” shall include helmet, goggles, leather boots and protective clothing such as heavy pants, heavy jackets, leather gloves and rain suit. What is meant by “heavy pants”? What is meant by “heavy jackets”? Do we have to weigh our outfits—pants and jackets— before we drive our motorcycles, so as to be compliant with the LTO regulation? And there is an addition: “rain suit” So try to imagine yourself, complying to the letter with this absurd LTO regulation. Try imagining yourself wearing a helmet, goggles, heavy pants (is the regulation endorsing Levi’s jeans?), a heavy jacket, leather gloves and leather boots, plus a rain suit. How would you look? There is another LTO provision that requires motorcycle drivers to turn on the headlight anytime of the day while in the highway (Section VIII). Why will you turn on the headlight at high noon? Can somebody explain that? Next, there is a provision in the LTO that says: “Any modification of the original standard design of a motorcycle or scooter shall first be subject to the approval of LTO and the DTI.” Isn’t the motorcycle private property? I have to ask permission from the government if I want to do something to my private property? Suppose I want to place a basket on the front of my motorcycle below the headlight, where I can place books, grocery items, so I wouldn’t be holding them while driving. Do I have to ask permission from the government/LTO? Suppose I want to install an anti-hand perspirant around the motorcycle grip, because my hands easily sweat. Do I have to ask permission from government/LTO? Suppose I want to install a muffler to lessen the noise of the motorcycle. Do I have to ask permission from the government/LTO? No, I still won’t call this LTO regulation stupid.

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Editorial Negotiation or Expropriation? he Department of Public Works and Highways is now tasked to solve, as soon as possible, the private daily toll fee collection of P5 to P30 from all public and private buses and vehicles, which pass through the detour point at Pangaloan, Brgy. Dayoyo in JImalalud, the scene of a collapsed bridge, which links the north of Negros Oriental down to Dumaguete. However, only last Friday, the Ceres buses which are the biggest passenger carrier in this province , have just been allowed to pass the detour road apparently because they have agreed with the price to pay the detour-land owners. So Ceres and hundreds of passengers daily, no longer have t o get down at t he cut Pangaloan bridge and walk to transfer to the waiting Ceres buses at the opposite end, including cargoes. What is the government in the first district doing? 1. The DPWH is still processing the new-bridge plans costing over P60Million before region 7’s new director Dir. Ador Canlas who just assumed. When finished, they will submit this for approval by Sec. Singson of DPWH. We suggest Congresswoman Limkaichong expedite this with the secretary, if not with President Aquino who has appointed her as the LP standard bearer in Negros Oriental; this is pogi points for the LPs if done fast, and

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bad, if over-delayed. It’s been two months since the Feb. 6 earthquake that cut the bridge in half (see page one). When will DPWH Sec.Singson sign the work papers on Pangaloan? Nobody knows. 2. While under process, Negotiations, or Expropriation proceedings should be initiated by the legal department of the Governor’s office because this is a matter of public interest. If the owners refuse to negotiate in helping the government, then let expropriation proceedings proceed ASAP --meaning the provincial government will have to petition the court, pay just compensation to the owners, based on assessed land value with a down payment of 10%, whichever makes it faster. Now, DPWH District-1 Engr. Ramie Doroy has assigned Engr. Nilo Cadooc to negotiate and provincial atty Richad Enojo is moving, but we don’t know how fast, if at all. When will this negotiation or expropriation last? Nobody knows. In our humble observation, the government is moving, But not at a pace that is fast enough as it is urgently needed. The snail-pace bureaucracy is moving . Patience among commuters is being sought , but diminishing. And as the virtual leader in the First District, it is a duty-call on Rep Josy Limkaichong to prove her worth as the standard bearer of the administration party for Negros Oriental. The lady solon has all our support.

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38 YEARS OF COMMUNITY JOURNALISM

Philippine Population still a problem here were 92 million Filipinos officially counted by the National Statistics Office (NSO) as of 1992. Extrapolating that, RP should have about 97-98 Million people by end of 2012 –given the 2.0% annual population growth rate.

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One Voice by Bingo P. Dejaresco

Statistical projections tell RP will have 103-Million people in 2015 and in 40 years we will be 180 million –almost double in less than half a century. That is certainly a lot of mouths to feed. In 1978, an economist Thomas Malthus in his “Essay on Population” dismally forecast that since population would grow geometrically and food production arithmetically- the world will be in trouble. Technology and food production productivity had foiled that event- there is enough food for everyone- but it is the distribution of wealth, resources and

opportunities that have made millions starve while others throw up from eating and drinking too much. Verily, the economists would generalize that the “per capita income” of the world had in fact risen but the social scientists say some countries have better “per capita” than others –that is why there are First and Third World countries. There are even unconventional economists like Steven E. Landsburg ,author of “The Armchair Economist”, postulating that more population means that more problems can be solved. He says further that twice

as many population will produce twice as many geniusesand the greater the population, the better incentive is there for the geniuses to excel and be rewarded for their efforts to help humanity. Even those of us with lesser talents will try to exceed our limits since there is a large population out there to serve. For instance, simplistically, lawyers will have a bigger market with a higher population- Steven argues. In fact the Industrial Revolution that saw the blooming of new modern technology and appliances took time before it proTo page 13

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AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Real St., Independence St. Dumaguete City All unredeemed pledges from November 1-30, 2011 will be sold to public auction on April 16, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office ----------------------------AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Lupega Bldg., Dr. V. Locsin St., Dumaguete City All unredeemed pledges from November 1–30, 2011 will be sold to public auction on April 16, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office —-------------------------AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Dumaguete V Branch Ang Tay Bldg., Dumaguete City All unredeemed pledges from November 1-30, 2011 will be sold to public auction on April 16, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office -----------------------------AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Aldea Bldg., San Juan cor. Perdices St., Dumaguete City All unredeemed pledges from November 1-30, 2011 will be sold to public auction on April 16, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office

AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Magallanes St., Tanjay City All unredeemed pledges from November 1-30, 2011 will be sold to public auction on April 16, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office —---------------------------AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Quezon Street, Bais City All unredeemed pledges from November 1-30, 2011 will be sold to public auction on April 16, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office -----------------------------AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS H. Villanueva St., Siaton, Neg. Or. All unredeemed pledges from November 1-30, 2011 will be sold to public auction on April 16, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office ----------------------------AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Guihulngan Branch Quezon St., Pob. Guihulngan, Neg. Or. All unredeemed pledges from November 1-30, 2011 will be sold to public auction on April 16, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office —----------------------------AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Sta. Catalina Branch P. Villanueva St., Sta. Catalina, Neg. Or. All unredeemed pledges

from November 1-30, 2011 will be sold to public auction on April 16, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office —----------------------------AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Canlaon Branch Blk. 3 New Bus Terminal Canlaon City All unredeemed pledges from November 1-30, 2011 will be sold to public auction on April 16, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office —---------------------------AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Corner Pinili & Mabini Sts. Dumaguete City All unredeemed pledges from November 1-30, 2011 will be sold to public auction on April 16, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office —---------------------------AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS North Poblacion, Jimalalud Negros Oriental All unredeemed pledges from November 1-30, 2011 will be sold to public auction on April 16, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office —---------------------------AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Tanjay Branch 2 Nono, Limbaga Drive Tanjay City All unredeemed pledges from November 1-30, 2011 will be sold to public auction on April 16, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office

AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Sibulan National Highway Negros Oriental All unredeemed pledges from November 1-30, 2011 will be sold to public auction on April 16, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office --------------------------------AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Manjuyod Branch Nat’l. Hi-Way Poblacion, Manjuyod All unredeemed pledges from November 1-30, 2011 will be sold to public auction on April 16, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office ------------------------------AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Nat’l. Hi-Way Poblacion, Zamboanguita All unredeemed pledges from November 1-30, 2011 will be sold to public auction on April 16, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office -----------------------------AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Poblacion, Mabinay Negros Oriental All unredeemed pledges from November 1-30, 2011 will be sold to public auction on April 16, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office -----------------------------AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Bais II Branch, National

Highway Barangay Hangyad, Bais City, Negros Oriental All unredeemed pledges from November 1-30, 2011 will be sold to public auction on April 16, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office --------------------------------AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Bayawan, Branch II Tangente Building, JP Rizal St., Barangay Boyco, Bayawan City, Neg.Or. All unredeemed pledges from November 1-30, 2011 will be sold to public auction on April 16, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office ----------------------------AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Canlaon 2 Branch FATC Bldg., Mabini St., Brgy. Mabigo, Canlaon City All unredeemed pledges from November 1-30, 2011 will be sold to public auction on April 16, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Poblacion Pamplona Negros Oriental All unredeemed pledges from November 1-30, 2011 will be sold to public auction on April 16, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office

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AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Tayasan Branch Fabugais St. Pob., Tayasan All unredeemed pledges from November 1-30, 2011 will be sold to public auction on April 16, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office ----------------------------AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Basay Branch Valencia Drive Pob. Basay All unredeemed pledges from November 1-30, 2011 will be sold to public auction on April 16, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office ________________

AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Robinson Branch South Road Calindagan All unredeemed pledges from November 1-30, 2011 will be sold to public auction on April 16, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office ------------------------------AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Valencia Branch South Pob., Valencia Neg. Or. All unredeemed pledges from November 1-30, 2011 will be sold to public auction on April 16, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office


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EASTER THOUGHTS

ou’re very another na", youngsters quip. This quaint “Taglish” expression resonates in Easter, notes Catalino Arevalo of Loyola House of Studies. After the resurrection, Jesus passes thru barred doors, then vanishes, Luke and John recount.... Few recognize him immediately. Time and space are no longer constraints. Jesus,

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Luke and John observe.. "He had become another.” Traumatized disciples locked themselves into the Upper Room. They recoiled in fright when Jesus appears. “Touch me. And see for yourself that a ghost has no flesh and bones, ” he said, displaying nail-pierced hands and side. “You’re very another na." Mary Magdalene wept outside the empty tomb. She thought the gardener asked “Who are you looking for”? After Jesus calls “Mary”, she “turns and (says)… Master.” In Emmaus village, he vanished after two disciples recognized him in “breaking of

the bread”. “You’re very another na." Would you know it is Easter from the newscasts? Supreme Court chief justice Renato Corona demands his unexplained dollar accounts remain unexplained. Fugitives Jovito Palparan and Joel Reyes thumb noses at the cops. One out of three kids go hungry, Unicef reports. North Korea prefers nukes over wheat for its food-short people. Over 9,000 civilians have been killed since Syrians demanded greater liberties a year ago, UN estimates. Iran and its allied Lebanese force, Hezbollah, cheer the slaughter. Like Syria ’s president Basha al Assad, Turn to page 9

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hat is the best place in the world? They say that there is no place like home. My father said a home is where your heart belongs, a place where memories were built. Home was a corner where my mother sat on a wooden chair sewing old

dresses after arriving from school. The kitchen was alive with helping hands, adjacent to it was the dining room where food was served and stories were told by my father about "kapre" (a very tall figure disguised as a man in dark shady places under the trees when the moon was full), including all other tales that sometimes kept us awake at night, waiting for shadows on the wall to form like those images. The bedroom was where we woke up with butterfly kisses from my mother. It was always a good morning. Home spelled love, laughter and chores and so much fun!

It was also an art gallery from the receiving room down to the kitchen. No room was spared from drawings on the walls of beaming ladies in long gowns. But my favorite was the blank pages of my mother's lesson plans. My mother was my die hard fan and best teacher in art. My sister, who also draw so well, and I filled our summer days with designing clothes for our paper dolls. The moonlit nights were like bright sunny days where fun was made out of used cans. There were no computer games that would keep us awake till dawn. The huge veranda was my hiding place, eating banana dipped with guava jelly that my godmother, my dear maninay Teray, made. I would Turn to page 7

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This, I think, is what is happening now. Many people have a shaky sense of morals, one that is basically based and oriented towards oneself, towards one’s or a group’s interests and their own, very individualistic idea of what is good and bad. It’s a sense of morals that is highly relativistic, made worse by the creeping mentality of a dangerous sense of democracy where people just want to be indiscriminately tolerant of anything. There’s now a craze on terms and slogans like respect for the plurality of cultures, one is absolutely free to form his own opinions, preferences, options without as much considering those of others. If one or a group wants contraception, abortion,

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Used tires as artificial reefs may not be effective says research from page 15 as jack and barracuda also appear, waiting for their prey to venture out. Over months and years, the reef structure becomes encrusted with algae, tunicates, hard and soft corals, and sponges. Environmental concerns According to The Ocean Conservancy, a Washingtonbased environmental group, the Osbourne reef may be an indication that the benefits of artificial reefs need to be re-examined. Jack Sobel, a senior scientist at the group, has said, “There’s little evidence that artificial reefs have a net benefit”, citing concerns such as toxicity, damage to ecosystems and concentrating fish into one place (worsening overfishing). Osborne Reef Osborne Reef is an artificial reef off the coast of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. In the 1970s, the reef was the subject of an ambitious expansion project utilizing old and discarded tires. The project ultimately failed, and the “reef” has come to be considered an environmental

disaster—ultimately doing more harm than good in the coastal Florida waters. With the Broward County Florida approval, the artificial reef project was launched: more than 100 privately owned boats enthusiastically volunteered to assist with the project; accompanied by the USSThrush, thousands of tire bundles were simultaneously dropped onto the reef. TheGoodyear Tire and Rubber Company provided equipment for the auspicious undertaking; even supporting the project so far as to drop a goldpainted tire from a Goodyear Blimp to christen the site. The culmination of the project was the

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Failure The really good idea was to provide habitat for marine critters so we could double or triple marine life in the area, [...] It just didn’t work that way. I look back now and see it was a bad idea. Ray McAllister, founder of BARINC, in a 2007 interview. Turn to page 10

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what morality means. It seems that the sense of morals is getting extinct. Many do not make the effort to study and understand it well, and much less to incarnate it in their lives. They can have a vague idea that it has something to do with their actions, with their behavior, whether they are good or bad. But they

would not know what makes an action good or bad, or what ultimate, universal law, if any, to follow to guide them in their actions. At best, they just follow what others do, what is popular or in fashion at the moment, what their culture or some social or political consensus somehow would indicate. If not, they just follow their own fleeting feelings or estimations in a given situation. So what happens as a result is a generalized sense of morals that is badly founded and oriented, and therefore prone to be shallow, reductive and diminished, given to appearances only, erratic and inconsistent, deceptive and vulnerable to be manipulated.

nly in the Philippines” is a beautiful saying that covers a multitude of our sins! The most scandalous happenings, as well as the funniest incidents, are dubbed “only in the Philippines”. Dismissed with that knowing smile, and perhaps a shrug of the shoulders, that is supposed to be the end of the matter whatever it is. The phrase is not necessarily pejorative. It can also indicate the resilience of the Filipino, his resourcefulness and even ingenuity. His ability to adopt, adapt and improvise is legendary. AMB. JOSE It’s probably because of our hybrid culture that makes it easy V. ROMERO, JR., PH.D. for us to adopt things both from East and West. Catholicism we inherited from the Spanish conquistadors has become a splitlevel folk religion in the words of the Jesuit, Fr. Bulatao. Our politics is hybrid with the most powerful president in the world and a two chamber legislature, copied from the US sans the federation of states that US Senators are supposed to represent. We have a feudal system with monopolies and oligopolies that mimic an open capitalist economy. We have a highly structured society of plebeians and publicans rubbing elbows in church but separated by high walls in strategic hamlets heavily protected by security agencies. Indeed, it is more fun in the Philippines! Pre-Easter and post-Easter is vacation time in our folk Amb. J.V. Romero receives a service award Christianity. Lent is a time for deep reflection preferably in from DFA Secretary Alberto del Rosario Boracay, Baguio, and Batangas where the madding crowd for his opinions as expressed in his Turn to page 11 columns.

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y memories of Easter Sundays are many. In the States, as I was growing up, special morning church services with all of us children receiving a small pot of spring flowers, signifying new life, that we were to nourish and grow into fully blooming bushes; Sunday afternoon rides with Dad and Mom around the Vermont countryside looking for areas where spring greening was happening, and all too often seeing patches of trekking off with family and friends persistent snow hugging the to see different places and tourist ground beneath trees and sites, always remembering to visit hedge rows. One Easter, I nearby churches for moments of enjoyed coloring egg shells for meditation. the Easter Egg Hunt at a local Jun and I usually spend Holy center for handicapped Week quietly at home, as we children. did this year, attending our Here in the Philippines, the several parish services, catching up on days’ vacation during Holy Week our readings and prayer life, is a time for slowing down one’s our correspondence and letter pace of life, given either to deep writing, and taking time out to reflections on the Passion and rest from the busyness of life. Death of Jesus Christ and We enjoy the quietness as a celebration of his Resurrection, or good time for us to take stock to taking a vacation away from of the many blessings that God one’s regular daily activities and has showered us with. And to Turn to page 10

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watch the moon hide in trees until my eyelids drooped. Today, a smell of sugarcane field is like a time machine bringing back childhood memories in my father's farm. The wide expanse of green sugarcane fields with the backdrop of Canlaon volcano in it's glory was my home. I was born in a place my grandparents called Ubay, in Odiong, Moises Padilla. Ubay is a small sugarcane farm with an orchard beside the river. I would love to recreate the past, the happy childhood days when flowers bloomed and kindness abounds. Everyone knew each other and called each one by his first name. Violence was a strange word. The river where my siblings

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praise God that you bear that name. 17 For it is time for judgment to begin with God’s household; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God? 18 And, “If it is hard for the righteous to be saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?”[a] 19 So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.

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e have to state clearly the importance of a Catholic School for the future of the Church and Society. We have to be reminded that Catholic Schools should provide “an education that no other school can ULABING supply—excellent FR. GAMMY TJCD, VG academics imparted in the context of Catholic teaching and practice.” (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops). Part of our vision for Catholic Schools is to make Catholic Schools distinctly Catholic. Schools are distinctly Catholic if their teaching is based upon the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Scripture, Catholic virtues and moral values. Schools are distinctly Catholic if doctrine and tenets of the faith are well taught and deeply integrated throughout the curriculum. Doctrine and Faith must be evident in all aspects of school life. Schools are distinctly Catholic if they provide regular opportunities for prayer, worship, and reception of the Sacraments of Eucharist and Reconciliation. Schools are distinctly Catholic if a vibrant faith community is present at them and that community is connected to and relates well with the parish community . The school is distinctly Catholic if it is an effective vehicle of evangelization and ongoing faith formation. The school is distinctly Catholic if the centrality of the family is recognized. Efforts are made to evangelize parents and to support and involve them in the spiritual and academic formation of their children. The Catholic School must be guided by a clear mission that is Catholic and Christ-centered. The entire school and the parish community understand this clear mission that is Catholic and Christ –centered and work together to carry it out. Graduates know and understand the teachings of the Catholic faith. Their world view is shaped by Catholic teaching and moral principles. Teachers and administrators have a strong personal faith whereby they give witness to the Christian life and integrate Catholic teaching into To page 10

n a hurry to submit this column piece, herewith is the sequel of Pigafetta’s account of the first voyage around the world: Dopo di(s)nare torna(ss)emo tucti in gioponne et anda(s)semo in(s)ieme cõ li duy Re neL mezo di in cima deL piu alto monte q(ue) fo(ss)e Quando ariua(ss)emo in cima Lo cap° genneralle li REV. FR. ROMAN C. di(ss)e como li era caro SAGUN, JR. hauere (s)udato p(er) loro p(er) che e(s)endo iui la croce nõ poteua (s)inon grandame(n)te Jovarli After dinner we all returned clad in our doublets, and that afternoon went together with the two kings to the summit of the highest mountain there. When we reached the summit, the captain-general told them that he esteemed highly having sweated for them, for since the cross was there, it could not but be of great use to them. et domandoli qªL porto era migliore p(er) victuuaglie dice(ss)ero q(ue) ne erano tre cioe Ceylon Zubu et calaghann ma che Zubu era piu grande et de meglior trafico et (s)e profer(s)enno di darni piloti q(ue) ne in(s)egniarebenno iL viag° On asking them which port was the best to get food, they replied that there were three, namely, Ceylon, Zubu, and Calaghann, but that Zubu was the largest and the one with most trade. They offered of their own accord to give us pilots to show us the way. Lo cap° gñale li rengratio et delibero de andarli p(er) q(ue) cu(ss)i voleua la sua infelice (s)orte. po(s)ta la cruce ognuno dice vno pater no(s)ter et vna aue maria adorandola co(s)i li re fecenno poy descende(ss)emo p(er) li (s)ui campi Lauorattj et anda(ss)emo doue era lo balanghai The captain-general thanked them, and determined to go there, for so did his unhappy fate will. After the cross was erected in position, each of us repeated a Pater Noster and an Ave Maria, and adored the cross; and the kings did the same. Then we descended through the cultivated fields, and went to the place where the balanghai was. Li re feceno portare alquanti cochi acio (s)e To page 9

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t age thirteen, I was required to take metal shop in junior high school. I shall never forget one particular project. The teacher asked us to make a metal box from a sheet of metal. It could only be eight inches square. After we were finished, the teacher had the entire class line up with the box in hand in front of Years later, at age twenty eight, I bought an old house. The his desk. place was basically He then took each box in turn from uninhabitable, but my wife and us as we move through the line, I knew we could m ake it looked at it, graded it, and handed charming. Unfortunately, we it back. My box had some didn’t have enough money to problems. Though the right length finish fixing the place up and I (eight inches square), solder had was forced to do many things clumped in a couple of corners, myself. I can still remember and the sides didn’t fully align. Still, friends coming into that house to admire my work. “You’re it looked acceptable, if less than doing a good job, Jim. Keep at perfect. When the teacher saw my it.” As my friends sincerely box, he took one look at it, threw it admired what I was doing, my into the trash, and wrote an F in whole perspective on myself as his grade book. To a young an incom petent builder teenager, in front of his peers, that changed. Now I realized that I was devastating. From that point could work with my hands. onward, I never thought I could Friendships are like that. Once we have friends as part of our make anything, or work with my lives, we are no longer the hands. same. a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame.”[b] 7 Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe, “The stone the builders rejected 1 Peter 2: 1-25 has become the cornerstone,”[c] New International Version (NIV) 8 and, “A stone that causes people to herefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all stumble deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every and a rock that makes them fall.”[d] kind. 2 Like newborn babies, crave pure They stumble because they disobey the spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your message—which is also what they were destined salvation, 3 now that you have tasted that the Lord for. is good. 4 As you come to him, the living Stone— 9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you to him— 5 you also, like living stones, are being built may declare the praises of him who called you into a spiritual house[a] to be a holy priesthood, out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10 Once offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God you were not a people, but now you are the people through Jesus Christ. 6 For in Scripture it says: of God; once you had not received mercy, but “See, I lay a stone in Zion, to page 9 events of the passion of our Lord. Being secret disciples and admirers of Jesus, they did not come out into the open as committed followers of the Lord until after the crucifixion. The amazing things is that, FROM COWARDICE TO after Jesus had been crucified COURAGE (and there is no doubt they knew what was going on), the Resurrection Afterglow two men threw all their John 19:38-42 cowardice to the winds, and fter the events of the Cross and they became fearless; their the resurrection, let us reflect on cowardice gave way to two personalities who had roles courage. to play with respect to the holy One question we could ask is: events--- Joseph of Arimathen what made Joseph of and Nicodemus. Arimathea and Nicodemus so According to the Gospel of timid, so apprehensive in the John, it was Joseph of DR. PROCESO UDARBE first place? So timid that they Arimathea who donated the did not make their faith public tomb for the burial- place of the until after the crucifixion? body of Jesus. On my visit to Of course, the case of Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus was Nicodemus himself brought a that during the ministry of Jesus Jerusalem many years ago, my mixture of myrrh and aloes forty they were worried about the guide took me to the Garden pounds in weight. The two men unpopular social stigma they Tomb. According to wrapped Jesus body in would earn for being disciples of a archeologists this could be the expensive linen cloths and simple carpenter of Nazareth. We very tomb in which our Lord’s anointed it with costly spices. recall that the due to Nicodemus’ body had been buried, or very What the men did have to do with cowardice, he had chosen to see much something like it. The the burial; the resurrection had not Jesus under the cover of point is that by 33 AD yet happened. standards, it was an elegant darkness. It was all so human of The thing to consider about those him, wasn’t it? We, too, act the tomb. 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few of us think of our deaths – and what lies beyond. Yet, Easter offers a “Lazarus moment “ to all, whether buried in a pauper’s grave or airconditioned mausoleum. “Lazarus, come forth”, Christ cried into a Bethany grave, two miles from Jerusalem . The tomb’s stone cover had been rolled away on his insistence. “I am the resurrection and the life,” Jesus told Lazarus’ sisters: Martha and Mary”. Whoever believes in me,. though he die, shall live. Lazarus emerged, after being entombed for four days. “His hands and feet (were) bound with linen strips and his face wrapped in a cloth,” John records. “Untie him and let him go,” Jesus said. We, too, will be untied from our inevitable burial shrouds and let go. All will have our “Lazarus moment”. “The hour is coming when all those lying in the tombs will hear my voice and come out,” Christ says. “Those who’ve done good shall rise to live and those who have done evil shall be condemned. ” Coconut levies, overpriced police helicopters, even Lichtenstein bank accounts won’t matter then. But mercy will, Matthew teaches. Easter’s bottom line is about sharing our food with the hungry, clothing the naked, soothing the sick and reaching out to prisoners. . “Whatever you did to the least of my brothers, you did it to me.” For Christ, “the deepest hurts, were those delivered from his own select group: Judas' betrayal with a kiss and Peter's trio of denials”, says a note from Alfredo Roces in Australia . “We have all felt the sting of betrayal.from the trusted.” Yet, Christ’s first request after rising is: “Tell Peter….” “There are many Easter stories, writes Irish theologian Eammon Bredin "But they all express the same message: God did not allow Him to be held in death". This is not some kind of "His cause goes on.”. . Rather, they assert: Jesus has been brought, through death --- into God’s future. That experience "brought Peter the Rock out of Simon the betrayer and a crucified Paul out of a crucifying Saul.” It also forged a church of martyrs from scattered disciples. The roll includes Lorenzo Ruiz of Binondo, martyred on Japan ’s Nishizaka Hill in 1637 and Pedro Calungsod of the Visayas. In 1672, Calungsod was hacked to death in Guam while protecting his comissionary: the Jesuit Diego de San Vitores. He will be canonized at Piazza San Pietro on Oct 21. In the Easter appearances, Paul and others use a different language.. They do not say: "We’ve seen Jesus again", but "we have seen the Lord and worshipped Him." Those who proclaim Easter in their lives, like Mother Teresa of Calcutta or Blessed John Paul II, sometimes stammer to articulate its meaning. After Easter, Christ was “seen by some, but not by others’, notes Oblate columnist Ron Rolheiser. The Resurrection accounts form “an almost perfect parallel “ along those of the first Christmas. The Child was real, not a ghost. The shepherds saw him. But “experts of the law” did not.. Some got the meaning and this changed their lives.” Thus, the Magi “returned to their home country by another way”. Other massacred every child below two in Bethlehem. Many passed by Calvary only to mock the crucified. The good thief asked only “to be remembered” and won quarter-of-midnight entry into the kingdom. Herod and Caiphas “hardened their hearts.” What enables some to see while others do not? Mary Magdalene and some women go to the tomb at dawn of Easter. Peter and John race to the tomb when told it is empty. “Others remain as they are, locked inside their own worlds”. “Whether we see or not, depends upon what's going on inside our own hearts,” Rolheiser adds. “The miraculous doesn't force itself on us.” In Easter 2012, one can reach out, across 6,000 years to a man who spoke of the resurrection as itaga sa bato. Deaths had decimated Job’s family and flocks then. . His friends had long vamoosed. And skin cancer gnawed at him . “I know that my Redeemer lives,” Job insisted. .”And In the end, He will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God.”

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now you have received mercy. 11 Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul.12 Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us. 13 Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority,14 or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. 15 For it is God’s will that by doing well you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people. 16 Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a coverup for evil; live as God’s slaves. 17Show proper respect to everyone, loves the family of believers, fear God, and honor the emperor. 18 Slaves, in reverent fear of God submit yourselves to your masters, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh. 19 For it is commendable if someone bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because they are conscious of God. 20 But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. 21 To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example that you should follow in his steps. 22 “He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.”[e] 23 When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. 24 “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” 25For “you were like sheep going astray,”[f] but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

Sunday thoughts... from page 8 myself,” we often say, “until it becomes safer to come out into the open.” As to their cowardice, it is of interest to us, that on the night when Jesus’ fate hung in the balance before the Jewish Supreme Court, Joseph was absent. Was he conveniently absent? And yet, according to the record, he had disagreed with the decision of the court. He had been so afraid to express his personal opinion in public. Aren’t we essentially like Joseph and Nicodemus? Imagine how much it would cost us to be too open with our faith and loyalty to Jesus. The second part of our reflection today has to do with the courage of Nicodemus and Joseph after the crucifixion of Jesus. Why do they now pluck up courage to do something quite unpopular but really beautiful for Jesus? Why do they now come out into the open and declare themselves indeed that they have been disciples of the crucified Lord? There are three steps in their journey from cowardice to courage. To begin with they share with us humans the usual tendency to express in word and deed our deep indebtedness to one who had been a benefactor to us in his lifetime of unselfish service only after that person is gone. In the case of Nicodemus and Joseph their indebtedness to Jesus was for introducing to them a glowing faith, although it was a secret faith for the moment. We are witnesses to this phenomenon at funerals and memorials. Somehow our memories are sharpened at the sentimental occasion of a funeral service. And we recall the deeds of those who had been a blessing to us. And we express our admiration for the dead in our eulogies. From the sense of deep indebtedness, there also was the strong effect of Jesus on them, particularly in the way he died. Sensitive in spirit as these two were, they could not help but be won by the captivating influence of the man of the cross. They had known the claim of Jesus: “I, if I be lifted up, shall draw all men and women to me.” It is not only in the way a man lives, but also in the way he dies, isn’t it, that casts a mighty influence on our own attitude towards the person. On the final in the journey from cowardice to courage is theological conviction. Nicodemus and Joseph, keen in intellect, sensitive in spirit, could not but

Cross planted... from page 8 rinfre(s)ca(ss)imo Lo cap° li domando li piloti p(er) che la matina (s)equente voleua partir(s)i et q(ue) li tratarebe como (s)e mede(s)imo La(s)andoli vno de li n(ost)rj p(er) o(s)tagio The kings had some cocoanuts brought in so that we might refresh ourselves. The captain asked the kings for the pilots for he intended to depart the following morning, and [said] that he would treat them as if they were the kings themselves, and would leave one of us as hostage. ri(s)posero q(ue) ogni ora li vole(ss)e eranno aL (s)uo coma(n)do ma nela nocte iL p(ri)mo re (s)e mudo dopigniõe La matina quando eramo p(er) partir(s)i eL re mando adire aL cap° generalle q(ue) per amore (s)uo a(s)pecta(ss)e duj giornj fin q(ue)face(ss)e coglire el rizo et alt(r)i (s)ui menuti The kings replied that every hour he wished the pilots were at his command, but that night the first king changed his mind, and in the morning when we were about to depart, sent word to the captaingeneral, asking him for love of him to wait two days until he should have his rice harvested, and other trifles attended to.

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all subject areas. While maintaining a strong Catholic identity, Catholic Schools welcome students of other faiths. Schools across the Diocese serve a diverse population in terms of economic status, background, ability. Enrollment reflects the diversity of the parishes and local community served by the school. Ideally, all parishes value schools as an important ministry of the Catholic Church of the Diocese and accept their responsibility to support Catholic school education. Parishes and schools need to work collaboratively in a strong supportive relationship. Ideally, students and their families are active and involved in their local parish. Another part of our vision for Catholic Schools is to make Catholic Schools academically excellent schools. Our schools should provide a superior comprehensive academic programs. Now, please allow me to delve into some of our ideals, though we know very difficult to achieve, but not impossible, if only we can put things in place, with God’s grace, in due time. Part of our ideals is for all teachers and administrators to be certified and demonstrate excellence in their profession and are faith-filled role models committed to the mission of the school and the mission of the Church. We can also dream of up-to-date technology and current educational resources to be used effectively by all teachers to enhance teaching and learning. It’s okay to dream, wala man nay bayad, but we can also work hard together to achieve the ideal. We also to page 10 grasp the persuasive force oftheological understanding. One tremendous passage in the story of the crucifixion is about the centurion who, having witnessed the crucifixion to the near end, having end the words for the cross, having seen how Jesus died, shouted for all to hear: “Truly, this was the son of God!” And of course Jesus’ words on the cross had such impressive theological meaning that this could not escape the sensitivity of the men. To hear those words replete with theological significance, could the confessions of faith of a pagan soldier escape their own theologicalperspective minds? The cross event itself reminded the two men of what they had already known from the teaching of the Jesus of Nazareth. Now in the event of the cross they had come to know that what the Master had said was Truth. May we replicate in our own faith and life the journey from cowardice to courage as we recall the events ofJesus’ passion that our cowardice gives way to gratitude to Jesus for what he has been and done for us in our lifetime, that we have such a deep understanding of the meaning of his death for our salvation that in our lives “proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes;” and that our minds and spirit continue to be theologically sensitized, for our belief leads to selfless serving of the Lord in our daily life.

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

Five Things to do in Dumaguete

1 Dream, 3 Schools, 1 Goal

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n a trailblazing effort to achieve a convergence of future office managers in Dumaguete City, junior students taking Bachelor of Science in Office Management at Silliman University successfully pulled off what could have been regarded as a lofty, almost impossible undertaking that could have remained an elusive dream. Not until all the role players have arrived and all the attendant details finally threshed out did everyone gasp that, finally, the long-planned event would unfold, at last. A day before the 99th Commencement of Silliman University, almost a BY CECILE M. hundred students combined coming from the Negros Oriental State GENOVE University and Silliman University met for a half-day fellowship and first cmgedcon@yahoo.com organizational meeting at the Uytengsu Foundation Computer Studies Hall, Silliman University. Dubbed “One Dream, Three Schools, One Goal,” the event was organized and spearheaded by OM 38E (Advanced Personality Development) students revolving on the theme, “Unity Amid Diversity.” The only other school that also offers a similar degree program, Foundation University, was unable to join the pioneering venture because of earlier commitments of its students. They will, however, be constantly involved in future activities of the organization in the coming school From left, NORSU OSM student, Lineth Avanzado, Lou Shien Ban Pisan, Jorgielyn Ferrer, Divina Pinili, and year. Keynoting the event was no Rizzel Martizano less than the president of one should never stop learning Business and Accountancy; Negros Oriental State because education and the Prof. Jane Annette Belarmino, University, Dr. Henry A. Sojor, acquisition of knowledge have dean of the SU College of whose engaging discourse no age limit. Business Administration; and, and charismatic appeal as a On the other hand, Roberto Ms. Annabelle Pascualpublic speaker served as an Estoconing, faculty member of the Azuelo, faculty member. It was actual demonstration of sorts Office Management Department also an opportune time to to the awe-struck students. (formerly Associate in acknowledge the presence of Prodded to reveal some Commercial Science) of the the pioneering BSOM secrets of success, Dr. Sojor Silliman University College of graduates of Silliman said matter-of-factly: “There Business Administration, referred University, with two are no secrets, otherwise we to himself as a living example that graduating magna cum laude will miss out on the lessons “poverty is not a hindrance to – Jean Jesel Davis and Marie learned if we keep them as a success.” Graduating Claire Rodriguez with Manilyn secret. But, seriously, the valedictorian both in the elementary Pancho, Reynaldo Guardario, ingredients or requirements and secondary levels in a public and Amy Jane Quibedo. for one to succeed are simple, school, Estoconing shared that he President of the NORSU yet difficult to do if you do never entertained the idea to act in Junior Office Systems not have a goal or focus. an inferior manner while he was Managers Association, Divina These are hard work and growing up just because he comes Pinili, who also graduated, led perseverance.” An epitome of from a poor family. “On the her schoolmates in expressing the compleat teacher, Dr. Sojor contrary, I became actively their appreciation and likewise challenged the involved in many school activities. commitment to sustain the faculty members who were I made it a point to join contests to objectives of the endeavour. present to “walk the talk,” just expose myself and to build my self- Elected officers, who will serve as he himself had been doing confidence,” he said, with a stern starting the coming school year, in the decades that he had reminder that these should be are: Lou Shien Ban Pisan, SU, been teaching. “The teacher done not in a brash, brusque president; Jorgielyn Ferrer, is the library,” emphasized Dr. manner but with humility, NORSU, vice-president; Lineth Sojor, reminding the mentors consciously thinking of how your Avanzado, SU, vice-president; that although teachers cannot actions and speech may affect and, Rizzel Martizano, SU, claim to know everything, others, whether positively or secretary. The rest of the officers great effort should be negatively. will be elected in time for the expended to improve To break the ice and to facilitate opening of classes, even as the themselves to be worthy of the orientation process, group officers would already plan for their their students’ emulation. He dynamics was led by Hera forthcoming activities. said that the four key elements Tocmo-De Guia, guidance The other members of OM 38E, to success are: personality, counsellor of the SU College who are incoming seniors, are: communicative ability, human of Business Administration. Jo Vanne Alojado, Lera Mae relations, and character. “You Present to give their support Berlan, Rosel Erames, Jasper can learn how to learn,” Dr. were Dr. Silveria Ochotorena, Jordan Fabe, Nelly Jane Gajetos, Sojor said, short of saying that dean of the NORSU College of Nikki Jean Garcia, Emily Jade

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look for the meaning in the difficulties we have and are experiencing in our lives ... as well as in the alarming things happening in the world around us. As our souls undergo this Lenten and Easter process ofreflection and renewal, we remember that because of Jesus’ suffering, death, and resurrection, there is hope for the future. That because of the way we deal with life’s challenges, we shape our future. That because we have experienced difficult times, we treasure the good times even more. That because we have been blessed with encouraging and inspiring friends, we should strive to share this encouragement and be an inspiration to others. I am always reminded of these lines penned by Sister Mary Gemma Brunke, entitled “Because”. She writes: “Because I have received kindness, I have been spurred on

to be kind. Because I have caught the smile on another’s lips, I have found myself smiling. Because I have known the joy of receiving, I rejoice in giving. Because I have felt pain, I know what pity is. Because I have tasted humiliations, I know what consideration is. Because I have seen Christ suffer, I have had the courage to go on.” I would like to add to Brunke’s lines: Because Jesus loved and died for us, for me, and was resurrected in joyous love, because I have experienced what it is to be loved, I can reach out to others in love. A most Happy, Blessed and Joyous Easter Season to you all … just because …

Used tires... from page 6

You get down about 20 feet and it starts to come into sight, it’s actually really— it’s like the moon or something.

It’s weird, it doesn’t look like anything you could imagine, it’s just tires for as far as you can see down there. Army Diver Jason Jakovenko Ultimately, little marine life has been successful in latching onto the manmade reef and the majority never even had the opportunity to do so. When deposited, while a few tires were individual loose entities, the majority were bound together with nylon or steel clips (or bands). As there were no exceptional efforts made to ensure the non-corrosivity of the steel restraints, they summarily failed—resulting in the loosing of over two million individual, lightweight tires. This newfound mobility destroyed any marine life that had thus far grown on the tires, and effectively prevented the growth of any new organisms. Furthermore, the tires were now easily subject to the tropical winds and storms that frequent the east coast of Florida and continue to collide (at to page 11

One. Admire Culture. View the Silliman Hall, a relic of American architecture built in 1903, the oldest structure in Silliman University that houses an ethno-anthro museum with archaeological artifacts dating back 2000 years. Two. Soothe the Spirit. Enrich your soul at the Dumaguete Cathedral, Negros Oriental’s oldest stone church built in the 17th century and see the Campanar io de Dumguete, a belfry completed in the 1760’s that houses the oldest and biggest bell dated 1818. Three, Delight in Delicacies. Savor the mouthwatering goodness of Sans Rival pastries and delightful Panda Fried Ice Cream. Also discover savory dishes at a row of restaurants such as the Casablanca Delicatessen and Restaurant by the boulevard, the Spanishthemed Cafe Antonio built within a heritage house and the Kri that offers exciting modern fusion cui-

Catholic... from page 9 have to include the need for each school to have an effective school board whose members have the necessary expertise and training to provide leadership and support for the school, school administration, and pastor. Also part of our vision is to have Fiscally Stable Schools. This can be translated to school facilities that are of high quality and fully sufficient to support a superior educational program. Each school campus must be safe, attractive, clean, and in good order. There’s also need for the revenue for schools to improve to sustain a vision for superior education. Here, increase in enrollment is seen to be of great

Larena, Lani Ann Macabinguil, Albritz Matta, John Rey Pagador, Cherry Quibedo, Maria Christina Quijom, and Jay Elora Villahermosa.

sine. Four. View beautiful homes. Visit Dumaguete City’s newest tourist attraction and premier address Camella Dumaguet e nestled along Palinpinon Road. This picturesque community is dotted with Carribean pine trees, lush gardens, pocket parks and medit at ion ponds set against a magnificent view of the Cuernos de Negros, a majestic mountain range. Completing the picture are model houses, a gr andiose gate wit h CCTV security system, jogging trails, basketball court, children’s playground and Pavilion. These extr aordinar y amenit ies will make Dumaguete City not just a dest ination hub but more so as a pleasant environment to retire in

and settle. Camella Dumaguete is a par t of Vista Land & Lif escapes Inc. , the countr y’s largest homebuilder with 250,000 houses in 21 provinces in 48 cities and municipalities. Visit Camella Dumaguete office at G/F Plaza Milagros Bldg., Gov. Perdices St., Dumaguete City (035) 4210911 www.camella.com.ph. Five. Jump off to adventure! From Dumaguete, r ide a f ew kilometers away to amazing adventure destinations – Apo Island, a 72-hectare volcanic islet known to be one of the ten best dive sites in t he wor ld; Casaroro Falls, roaring water plunging 100 meters into a pool; and dolphin and whale watching in Bais City along the scenic Tanon Strait.

help. Catholics should remain affordable for parishes and for parents who desire a Catholic School education for their children. Ideally, all parishes contribute to the financial support of diocesan Catholic schools. And to add more ideals, stewardship should be well understood and practiced in local faith communities. Stewardship is far more than a means of funding ministry; it is life-changing commitment of time, talent, and treasure. The school needs to maintain an enrollment capable of supporting a high quality program. Then, if this is effectively done, teacher compensation can be made sufficient to attract and retain qualified, excellent teachers. Then, ideally again, the school should operate with a balanced budget and practices good business

management. Lastly, we need to remember that Catholic schools don’t focus solely on “measurable outcomes, or even helping students learn essential facts and marketable skills that prepare them for employment”. But rather “Catholic schools exist for a supernatural purpose”. Catholic schools are “about the formation of men and women in all aspects of life and living. Each student must be what God intends him or her to be. They must be helped toward their eternal salvation” God is first, and when we put Him first, the other entire good things find their proper place. Like what Pope Benedict XVI said “I pray that in our Catholic schools --from early childhood to college - we will be forming saints. Through obedience to the Holy Spirit, and His light entrusted to the Apostles, may our pupils and students begin to be more like Christ to the glory of the heavenly Father”. Amen

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Easter.... from page 6 is. These are where one leaves behind all those resolutions if any. One can say however that this is better than the pagan rites celebrated in secular Europe which seems to be ashamed of its Christian roots. How the world is rushing back to the Roma n ci vili zati on pre serv ed o nly by t he cru mbli ng walls of the Coliseum. Indeed we have more fun in the Philippines! Our non-principled politics sans ideology is indeed sui gen eris . Pa rtie s ar e bu ilt around charismatic leaders. Its personality politics without phi loso phy run by t he ec onomical ly entr ench ed political elite who buy one’s right of suffrage for a mere pittance come election time. Yes pare, we cannot wait for next year’s elections when all that cash generated by proceeds from pork is spread around like sun shin e. So wh o wa nts constitutional reforms? The elite never had it so good. Yes Ba y it ’s more fun in t he Philippines! We are a third world economy with first world pretensions. Conspicuous consumption in this country outdoes that of developed economies which explains the low savings rate and slow capital formation. This situation, in turn, creates a high level of unemployment and the highest rate of poverty even in this part of Asia. Yes Veronica the poor never had it so bad but the rich never had it so good which makes it more fun in the Philippines (for the upper class that is). So who cares. will not the conviction of Gloria and Corona get rid of graft and corruption in t he cou ntry? With t his happening before the end of the yea r (e ven if t his administration resorts to using plumbers, Watergate-style, to produce “evidence “against the ac cuse d) t his cou ntry ’s economy will automatically end

Used tires... from page 10 times with tremendous force) with other natural coral reefs only 70 feet (21 m ) away: compounding their uselessness with environmentally damaging side-effects. Lastly, the concern of adjacent coastal areas is that the tires are not remaining within the boundaries of Osborne Reef. In 1995, Hurricane Opal managed to spread over 1,000 tires onto the Florida Panhandle, west of Pensacola; and in 1998, Hurricane B onnie deposited thousands of the tires onto North Carolina beaches. This project is not the only one of its nat ure to f ail; Indonesia and Malaysia mounted enormous tirereef programs in the 1980s and are now seeing the ramifications of the failure of tire reefs, from littered beaches to reef destruction. Jack Sobel, The Ocean Conservancy’s director of strategic conservation said in a 2002 interview that “I don’t know of any cases where there’s been a success with tire reefs.” That year, The Ocean Conservancy’s International C oastal Cleanup removed 11,956 tires from beaches all over the world. Cleanup In 2001, Dr. Robin Sherman of Nova Southeastern University was awarded a US$30,000 grant by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric

the boom-and-bust character and bring it into self-sustaining growth. Yes Maria it’s more fun in the Philippines! Let me end my Easter thoughts with the upbeat observation th at d espi te the flawed character of our people, this country which up to this time of writing is the last country to resist reproductive health, divorce, abortion, euthanasia and same-sex marriage, even as its missionaries continue to spread the Kingdom of God all over the world, will survive by the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and his beloved mother, the patroness of this beautiful archipelago.

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Administration (NOAA) to begin a tire removal program. She was able to coordinate the removal of only 1,600 tires from the reef, and at a cost estimated at $17 a tire. In 2002, Florida and Brow ard County environmental officials began t he long and arduous process of setting into motion a plan to rem ove the tires. An original estimate of between $40 and $100 million led the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to plan to arrange a deal with those companies w hose construction damages the seabed and reefs. Where t hey w ould previously mitigate their destructive construction with replacement constructs for reefs, the state would require them to make their amends by removing tires from the Osborne Reef. This plan faced criticism by environmental groups who felt that this would only hasten the destruction of m ore m arine habitats. Florida did not follow through on these plans. US military involvement In 2007, Broward County contacted the United State Secretary of Defense. Beginning in June 2007, the United States military and Coast Guard began a com prehensive clean up program, and “recover the maximum number of tires possible from day one.” The Florida government will have to allocate $2 m illion to cover transport and recycling of the tires. Ken Banks with the Florida DEP estimated the project to take three to five years. While they won’t be able to remove all the tires, it should mitigate the m ajority of the dam age they’re causing to the corals and coastline though Banks predicted it could take decades for the reefs to rebuild.

Rooting.... from page 6 same-sex unions, euthanasia, etc., let them have it. It’s their right. Democracy in this frame of mind w ould just be an exercise of a freedom that is not firmly rooted on a basic, universal law that would govern all of us in spite of our unavoidable dif ferences in tem peram ent s, backgrounds, cultures, etc. In fact, many people now claim

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Col. Francisco M. Patrimonio, Commander of the Army’s 302 Brigade, hands over simple birthday greetings to members of the brigade, who will celebrate their birthday this month of April 2012, during the flag raising ceremony at Headquarters, 302nd Brigade in Camp Leon Kilat, Tanjay City, Negros Oriental. April celebrants are Col. Francisco M. Patrimonio, Cpt. Anacito C. Naz, 1Lt Mark Nester S. Mondia, Pfc Reynald D. Lumbay, Pfc Joemarie A. Fermaran and Pfc Roderick C. Villegas. there is no such ultimate, universal law that can guide all men in all places, times and situations. At best, we can just have some kind of consensus. In short, we make ourselves our ultimate source of law, of what is good and bad. There is nothing to look beyond ourselves. As if we made the universe and everything in it, including what is good and bad. This is the reason why we have to undertake a serious and sustained effort to study the true essence of morality, and to actively teach and propagate it. There obviously w ill be difficulties, conflicts, discussions, etc. These are

normal occurrences that should not deter us from that effort. I like to believe that these difficulties can only serve to clarify matters and issues, and even to correct errors that can assume theappearances of being right and good, and can count on a w ide supportof public consensus. Truth is morality cannot simply be focused on actions without considering the kind of persons we are. And it cannot just talk about kinds of persons without considering where we came from—that is,w ithout considering the unavoidable question of God and religion. This is where the real problem lies. It’s about people not wanting to go all the way to tackle the question of God and religion. They shy away from these. They get contented simply with what is practical and popular. This is not to mention the fact that there are people w ho already claim that morality has nothing to do with God,

because in the first place they do not believe in God. While no one is forced to believe or not to believe in God, we just have to clarify and determine the truth about God, his existence, his providence, his will and laws, etc. This is fundam ent al and indispensable because with this question hanging in the air, the inevitable consequence would be a sense of morals that is largely vague and inconsistent. We need to tackle the question of morality as being based on God more seriously and persistently. This is a question that is more important than the social and political issues that we like to flood ourselves with. The question of God should not just be confined to displays of popular piety that thanks to God we also have aplenty. It should be made to bear on the need to develop a consistent sense of morals.

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duced multi-billion earnings for firms because they had to wait for a large chunk of population to be alive to serve on earth to produce a critical mass of market for their products and services. A Harvard economist Michael Kremer,meantime, studying a million years of history, declared that population rise drives technology to prosper even more. To prove our improved productivity- they cite that housewives used to spend twelve hours daily to cook, wash, iron clothes and sew- carrying buckets of water and coal. Today, it is three hours with faucets, power, electric iron, sewing machines and vacuum cleaners. A few years ago, we struggled with 3 channels-black and white TV and electric typewriter with the ancient “delete” mechanism. Today, we have cable colored TV with live satellite news and multi-tasking computers. One hundred years ago, only 26% of men retire at age 65; today it is 90%.We work less and produce more and better goods. It is hard to argue against that. The contrarians even want to go

CORRECTION The names Charlou R. Ballowvar and Keixiah Charm M. Ballovar appearing in the ORDER, SPECIAL PROC. NO.5020, in issues dated March 18, 25 & April 1, 2012 were inadvertently misspelled and should have been CHARLOU R. BALLOVAR and KEIZIAH CHARM M. BALLOVAR, respectively. Our apologies - Ed.

further and say that the world is not overpopulated. If we create simple two-storey houses for two families in all of Texas (without gardens etc- and anything else)- we can actually put the entire 6 billion people on earth inside the state of Texas. Facetiously, they say that 27% of New Yorkers claim (during surveys) that they want to leave the Apple City- but none of them ever does. The conclusion is that huge crowds (population) support the Broadway shows, good jobs, plush restaurants, pricey bars and signature clothes-that keep them there. That’s why the bitching New Yorkers do stay because if they “can make it there, they can make it anywhere” or so Sinatra croons. How difficult to argue. Their final argument is that when a family gets a third child- the pie is reduced by one-third but only for that family. It does not make the other families any more destitute with the third child’s birth. It is only particular to that family. But that is only true in theory in most First World milieu. Not in the Philippines where 80% of the population is poor and only 20% rich. Any new child impoverishes the nation in a large sense since most of the people are poor. And given the finite and debt-driven resources of government for “free” social services- one baby more is always a fiscal burden. That is why the United Nations and 43 other member states (including the Philippines) signed a Millennium Development (8) Goals (in 2000) especially zeroeing on in the reduction of poverty. In many poor countries – the issue of GDP growth is sometimes secondary to “inclusive growth”or how it affects all sectors of society, not just the affluent. (Of course, one can argue, you have to increase the

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pie first or the arithmetic “dividend” before one can impact the “divisor.”) Thus for the Philippines,the 2015 goal (one year before President Aquino steps down) will be to reduce the number of those Filipino families earning below US$1 (P42) per day to 27.7% or close to just one fourth of the population. Let us recall that it was just 20 years ago in (1991) when those below this threshold of poverty was an enormous 45.3% of the population (almost half were poor). By 2009, this was reduced to a meaningful 32.9% which means the administrations from Ramos, Estrada and GMA did something right to alleviate poverty. The so-called “poverty gap” ratio targeted at 6.5% by 2015, improved from 19% in 1991 to 7.7%. The other measure is that the last quintile of the population has increased its national consumption from 4.7% share in 1991 to a modest but good 4.8% since the UN MDG goal in this aspect is merely to keep that share “increasing” rather than “decreasing”-as another measure of inclusive growth. But why are we having this sense that, despite these statistics, there are still many who are poor? The answer is –we continue to add 2 million new, unproductive mouths to feed every year at about 2% per annum population growth. That is why the road map is cut out f or President Aquino to f ind ways to journey through successfully till 2015. It has to be a combination of GDP growth and an increasing share of the “have nots” of the national pie so as to somehow correct the mal-distribution of wealth in the country and combine this with a reduction of a runaway population growth which is already one of the world’s highest.

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AFFIDAVIT OF SELFADJUDICATION Notice is hereby given that the heir of the late Rogelio B. Kong, namely, Caridad F. Kong, has filed an Affidavit of Self-Adjudication, upon two parcels of land both situated in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, to wit: (1) Lot No. 586-D-1-A covered by Transfer Certificate of Title No. 12763, containing an area of 222 sq. m. more or less and (2) Lot No. 586-D-1-B covered by Transfer of Certificate of Title No. 12764 containing an area of 200 sq. m. more or less per Document No. 284, Page No. 58, Book No. XXIX, Series of 2012 notarized by Atty. Neil Ray M. Lagahit. The Negros Chronicle April 1, 8, & 15, 2012

Petitioner, single, Filipino, of legal age, a resident of Bantayan, Dumaguete City, and having all the qualifications and none of the disqualifications to adopt, filed an amended petition to formally adopt minor Carlo Christopher Luis L. Bollos and for the change of the child’s name to Carlo Christopher Luis Locsin. The Amended Petition is set for hearing on September 26, 2012 at 8:30 o’clock in the morning at the session hall of this Court in the Hall of Justice, E. J. Blanco Drive, Dumaguete City. Any interested person may appear on said date, time and place and show cause, if any, why the petition should not be granted. The Court Social Worker to whom this petition is assigned is directed to conduct a child and home study and submit a report thereon at least one month before September 26, 2012. Furnish copies of this Order to the Petitioner, the Solicitor General, and the City Civil Registrar of Dumaguete City at their given addresses. SO ORDERED. Given this 27th day of March 2012 in the City of Dumaguete, Philippines. The Negros Chronicle April 15, 22 & 29, 2012

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sychologists define motivation as a specific personal drive that induces and influences the fulfillment of a desire of every human behavior. This reasonably delves into the question of why and what

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basic needs before we can advance to level 2. (Except perhaps, sex which could be fulfilled later on in adult life or maturity.) 2. Safety needs: Protection from harm. We find ways to live in a safe and secured environment. We advance to level 3. 3. Lo ve a nd belongingness needs: Every person is entitled to love and to be loved as well as the freedom to belong to a group. (affiliation) 4. Esteem needs: Achievement, co mpetency, gaining approval and recognition. We turn our energies to level 5. 5. Self actualization: (self-fulfillment) Fulfillment of one’s unique potential. This is the highest need of every human being on earth. Here are some motivating Sparks of Wisdom that influence human behavior. • Earth has no sorrow

that Heaven cannot heal. (St. Thomas Moore) • Prayer is the foundation of the spiritual life. (Bishop N. Van Tuan) • Ask, and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and it will be opened to you. (Luke 11:9) • There is no real joy in anything unless we share it. (Anonymous) • I am the Way, the Life, and the Truth. (Jesus Christ) Every Filipino is truly proud of our own MANNY PACQUIAO who places our country on top of the world map. He comes from a poor family from Gen. Santos. He consistently trains himself to become an international (8-division) boxing champion, an exceptional record which is extremely hard to break by any boxer. Most certainly, successful individuals in this planet earth have “aimed high and hit their mark.”


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Arnaiz backs ...

Travesty of Human Justice

the CIVIC circle From page 16

BY LELE MARTINEZ

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GO HEALTHY!!!! generation of our city is into healthy habits; in recent years, we Theseenew gyms, spas and wellness centers all over the city.

Time was when the in-thing was walking in the Rizal Boulevard, the Capital grounds or the Oval. Now, healthy dancing is all over the place. With summer now here, sport activities are the in-thing. Friends told me that the Provincial Government has sponsor ed f ree healthy dancing for the public at the lobby of the Convention Center. There, I saw women of all ages in sporty or casual attires sweat it out in aerobics and dancing to f ast paced music.  Many  are  off ice able for the participants. as they can see the instrucworkers who work out after Even men and young kids tor and the exercises done office hours. The healthy join the ladies of all ages from up in the kiosk. One dancing is open to the pub- and sizes in the stretching can have the choice of just lic from 5:30 pm till about exercises and the aerobic doing the regular stretching 7 pm on weekdays. dancing. Some park visitors exercises or continue with Lately, healthy dancing gather around the group the modern dance exercises 7 pm. is also held at the Quezon spread out in the park just untilThis new phenomenon Park every afternoon, Mon- to watch; others find the of interactive exercise and days to Fridays. As early as music too tempting and end dancing sports is a positive 5 pm, women start gather- up joining the group exer- development and is good for ing in the open area around cise. Little girls and boys en- the community. People now the park kiosk. When in- thusiastically join in and do not do strenuous activistructor Jing Fer nand ez everyone enjoy the fresh air ties. Healthy dancing is a climbs up the stairs of the and the positive energy from good way to stay healthy and kiosk and the sound system the trees in the park. There happy.  The  adrenalin  rush starts, the sports enthusiasts are men who seriously do of the exercise relea se s start taking their places the exercises and there are endorphins that gives one the around the kiosk. men watching on the side, feeling of well being. Choose your exercise This is a democratic ac- maybe waiting for their a nd this summer! tivity open to everyone; wives or girlfriends. Partici- Therevenue are free activities one there are no reserved spaces pants enjoy the freedom of can join to stay healthy and and the whole park is avail- space anywhere in the park happy! Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF NEGROS ORIENTAL 7TH Judicial Region Dumaguete City

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I admit I’m not familiar with the ancient Hebrew legal system nor am I an expert in ours. Although I do know about the basic principle of Presumption of Innocence and the concept that every person accused with a crime must receive a fair and impartial treatment of the law. However, as we all know just because something is fundamental doesn’t mean it is assured, at least not in the case of Jesus. In Jesus’ time there were three types of courts: The Great Synhedrion, The Lesser Synhedrion, and the Court of Three. (Mendelsohn in “Criminal Jurisprudence of Ancient Hebrews” p. 87) The Great Synhedrion’s authority was supreme in all matters: civil, political, social, criminal, and religious. (Mendelsohn in “Criminal Jurisprudence of Ancient Hebrews” pp. 88-89) Today that would be equivalent to a dictator or a super-branch of government that not only has legislative, executive and judicial powers but religious as well. While having our usual late afternoon snacks after our Easter Sunday fellowship, our light conversation touched on the suffering and death of our Lord Jesus Christ. Apart from the unimaginable physical pain He endured after being severely flogged before He was crucified, Jesus also put up with the travesty of human justice. As every believer knows, the charges brought against Jesus before the Sanhedrin was “blasphemy against Jehovah” while “treason” was the criminal charge brought against Him before Pilate. Let us examine some of the violations committed during Jesus trial: Violations • The Prejudice of the judges Matthew 26:59 tells us that Jesus, accused of “blasphemy” which was a capital offense, was tried by Sanhedrin. This passage also shows us that the accusers were the judges themselves, thus, a violation of their own laws which states “…Nor must there be on the judicial bench either a relation or a particular friend, or an enemy of either the accused or the accuser...” (Mendelsohn in “Criminal Jurisprudence of Ancient Hebrews” pp. 109-110). The members of the Sanhedrin sat as judges during His trial with hearts tainted with vindictiveness.

SP. PROC. NO. 2012-5057 IN THE MATTER OF CORRECTION OF ENTRY AS TO SEX FROM MALE TO FEMALE IN THE RECORDS OF BIRTH OF MILQUE BOBOTAN SABROSO,

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

MILQUE S. PACULANANG, Petitioner, -VersusTHELOCAL CIVIL REGISTRAR OF ZAMBOANGUITA, NEGROS ORIENTAL, Respondent. X———————————————————————————————/

TADEO C. LAPEZ., Mortgagor, X ----------------------------------------------------- / NOTICE OF EXTRAJUDICIAL SALE Upon extrajudicial 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:

ORDER Filed before this Court is a verified petition for correction of entry of the gender from MALE to FEMALE in the certificate of Live Birth of Milque Bobotan Sabroso. Finding the petition to be sufficient in form and substance, the petitioner is directed to cause the publication of this Order in a newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Negros Oriental and in the Cities of Dumaguete, Bais, Tanjay, Canlaon and Bayawan, at least once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks, pursuant to section 4, Rule 108 of the Rules of Court. The petitioner is likewise directed to furnish a copy of this petition together with its annexes to the Office of the Solicitor General and the Local Civil Registrar of Zamboanguita, Negros Oriental. The Local Civil Registrar of Zamboanguita, Negros Oriental or any person having or claiming any interest under the entry where correction and change is sought, may file an opposition within fifteen (15) days from notice of said petition, or from the publication of said notice. Any interested person may appear before this Court at the scheduled hearing of this case on June 7, 2012 at 8:30 o’clock in the morning and show cause why the instant petition should not be granted. SO ORDERED. Dumaguete City, Philippines, March 19, 2012 The Negros Chronicle April 1, 8, & 15, 2012

(Sgd.,) GERARDO A. PAGUIO, JR. Presiding Judge

TRANSFER CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. 41311 “A parcel of land (Lot 2542-B-1-A, of the subdivision plan, Psd-07-077254, being a portion of Lot 2542-B-1, Psd-07-048341, situated in the Barrio of Camanjac, City of Dumaguete, Province of Negros Oriental, Island of Negros. Bounded on the SW., along line 1-2 by Lot 2542-J, Road Lot, (LRC) Psd-104418; on the NW. along line 2-3 by Lot 2542-B-1-D, Road (3.00 M. wide); on the NE., along line 3-4 by Lot 2542-B-1-B, both of the subdivision plan; on the SE., along line 4-1 by Lot 2542-B-3, Psd-p7-048341. x x x containing 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.

The Negros Chronicle April 1, 8 & 15, 2012

trial of cases involving capital punishment on the eve of the Sabbath. Pronouncement of guilty verdict on the first day of trial was also unlawful. Jesus, however, was arraigned, tried, judged and sentenced within one day. However, even on a Sabbath the court might sit in judgement of a criminal case, and if the pronouncement of a guilty verdict was necessary on the first day of trial they could not proceed with the execution of the convict since executions on a Sabbath was also unlawful. • Pe rjury (Matt. 26:59; Mark 14:56) Although witnesses were not required to take an oath to confirm their testimony, Jewish leaders considered the divine prohibition of bearing false witness sufficient enough to compel witnesses to state only the truth. • Procee dings The accounts of Jesus’ trial in the four gospels show us the desperate attempts by the high priest to lead Jesus on to incriminate Himself. Yet another clear violation of their law which states “”No attempt can be made to lead a man on to self-incrimination…” (Mendelsohn in “Criminal Jurisprudence of Ancient Hebrews” p. 133) The prosecutors were also unmistakably unprepared during the trial and conducted a “fishing expedition” of their own. Mark 14:55 says “The c hief pri ests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death, but they did not find any.” One does not have to be a legal expert to understand that fishing for information in the middle of a trial is a clear violation of one’s right to due process. These are few of the many appalling violations blatantly committed by the Sanhedrin during the trial of Jesus. Let this serve as a warning to all of us to remain watchful for the emergence of modern day “Sanhedrin”. The gospel provides sufficient cause for us to be wary of how seriously distorted and rotten human justice can potentially be. (Proverbs 28:5 Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the LORD understand it fully.)

Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF NEGROS ORIENTAL 7th JUDICIAL REGION BRANCH 40 DUMAGUETECITY

OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF COURT & EX-OFFICIO PROVINCIAL SHERIFF YUSAY CREDIT & FINANCE CORPORATION, Mortgagee,

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Sagar-Cordova ... 5000 athletes... Gary backs ... From page 2 fied with the LP bloc in the City Co unci l co mpo sed of Councilors Antonio Remollo, Manuel Arbon and Joe Kenneth Arbas in his positions relative to administration-sponsored measures and initiatives. Under his stewardship, the vice-mayor has consistently asserted the chamber’s independence on at least two occasions: he sought an end to the practice of securing the signature of the mayor on the approved barangay bu dget s, maintaining that the power to review is lodged exclusively with the Council and does not need the imprimatur of the Mayor; secondly, on matters of resolutions expressing the collective sense of the members of the Council, Cordova maintains that these also do not require approval of the Local Chief Executive, except when sou ght by t he autho rs themselves.(B y Dems Demecillo)

Vice-mayor ... From page 2 branch.” Finally, Ampong also accused the Mayor of libeling his good name and reputation by calling him “a snake in the grass and a traitor in disguise” in a reply letter of the Mayor to DILG Provincial Director Jofralito Lorico in relation to a complaint filed by one Paul S. Mobalik over the designation of one Janet P. Suico as SB Secretary. However, an unfazed Mayor Tuanda indicated his willingness to face the allegation squarely before the Provincial Board that is hearing the administrative case. Tuanda said that he is no

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cials maybe. Provincial Administrator Arnel Francisco, who represented the governor, stressed that as what had been agreed upon in their first meeting, the provincial government will allow the use of all the sports facilities of the province and to shoulder the expenses for the fireworks display. Commissioner Gomez said all they wanted from the ho st LGUs are their medical support, security and the venues. The PSC is investing more than P32 million for this year’s PNG, P25 million w ill be spent in Dumaguete and Negros Oriental, and the remaining for sports not played here, including water sports, gymnastics, boxing, among others. A total of 4,280 athletes are participating with more o r less 500 o ff icials, coaches, and referees. Of the amount, P4.2 million is for the acquisition of sporting equipment, P2.2 million for mattresses to be used by athletes, P5 million for transportation expenses, P2 million for the shipment of equipment, professional fees for technical men, stipend for 200 student-volunteers, uniforms, the bulk of which goes to food.

longer stranger to situations when his vice-mayors turn against him during election season.

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Writ of Kalikasan and Writ of Continuing Mandamus 1. What is a Writ of Kalikasan? It is a remedy available to a natural or juridical person, entity authorized by law, people’s organizations, non-governmental organization, or any public interest group accredited by or registered with any government agency, on behalf of persons whose constitutional right to a balanced and healthful ecology is violated, or threatened with violation by an unlawful act or omission of a public official or employee, or private individual or entity without involving environmental damage of such magnitude as to prejudice the life, health or property of inhabitants in two or more cities or provinces. 2. What is the basis of the Writ of Kalikasan? It rests in Article II, Section 16 on the Declaration of Principles and State Policies of the 1987 Constitution, which states that, “The State shall protect and advance the right of the people to a balanced and healthful ecology in accord with the rhythm and harmony of nature”. 3. What is the important feature of this writ? The magnitude requirement with regards to the destruction or imminent destruction which is sought to be prevented must be present. 4. What is a Writ of Continuing Mandamus? It is writ issued by a court in an environmental case directing any agency or instrumentality of the government or officer thereof to perform an act or series of acts decreed by final judgment which shall remain effective until judgment is fully satisfied. It is filed by one who is personally aggrieved. (Contributor, Ihra Faith C Magno) 5. Summary of difference and similarities of Writ of Kalikasan and Writ of Continuing Mandamus

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gressman George Arnaiz also indicated his intention to support Binay in his future quest for the presidency. The Vice-President defended the formation of UNA and the inclusion of Arroyo allies saying that they were chosen based on their competence and sincerity to serve.

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Share 4Ps P9B fund to Jetropha propagation

Oil deregulation ... From page 2 sumer groups. Before, there were only 3 major players in th e industry, n amely Shell, Petron and Caltex. However, since the deregulation of oil industry, the number of players did increase, but did not translate to lower gas prices as anticipated. Hence, Arnaiz stressed the need for substantial government control in the industry by repealing the present law.

Provincial ... From page 2 Alanano added t hat Napao’s appointment with a monthly salary of P22,000.00 is for administration and training while Umbac’s was for research and planning. Considering the objection of Saycon, a motion to put the matter to a vote was put forward before the members went on recess. When the session resumed, Saycon withdrew his objection paving the way for the concurrence of Napao’s appointment.

MENIONG, the all-season farmer, speaks about Jetropha propagation in Negros Oriental, before national executives of the Phil. Crop Insurance Corp with VP Norman Cajucom; R7 director Jun Delegero, Jr.; Carmen Hutaba, head of aquarial dept and Leonardo ARO of BFAR.

etired Rep. Herminio “Meniong” Teves has proposed to DBM Sec. R Florencio Abad to set a portion of the P9-Billion poverty alleviation fund to Jetropha production because this ready source can help augment the fuel needs of Mindanao, which is now experiencing severe power crisis. Aside from the ready fu nd s fr om the 4Ps, Jetropha can be mass produced in 14.2 million hectares of public alienable and dispo sable lands, aside from those lands given to 4.4 million CARP beneficiaries, who can be major Jetropha producers. If each of the 4.4 million CARP beneficiaries will plant just one jetropha tree (which is too conservativ e) , th e 4.4 millio n jetropha trees can produce

4.4million liters of bio-diesel oil per year starting on the 5th year after planting. Savings wise, this will mark P204 million per year at P47.50 per liter, which is the lowest fuel cost a person can buy today. Teves said , an other benefit would be earnings from carbon credit approximated at $176,000 or P7.5 million pesos per hectare of 2,500 trees for carbon dioxide sequestration. Menion g co nclu ded

that if the government can set aside P2 billion to fund anti poverty projects, CARP beneficiaries P2 per tree plan ning totalin g P8,800,000 on their own pr ivate lan ds, then th is would be a great deal for them. MEANWHILE, turning 93 this April 25, Meniong Teves’ main guest is VicePresident Jejomar Binay, who is also an avid jetropha enthusiast, he said…

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Used tires as artificial reefs may not be effective says research BY K OJAK

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ocumented research show that used tires are not exactly effective nor good artificial reefs because these are sub ject to the harsh movements of underwater currents and are usually swept away; strong underwater currents may only damage the young marine life inside these tires; these tires bump each other underwater due to strong under currents, thus damage or kill young life building within; and lethal predators are just waiting for the inhabitants inside these reefs to get out and eat them. This grave concern thru this researched article may be sounded off to propagators of used tires as artificial reefs now and in the future. They may just be wasting time and effort in fairness to them. Consider the following facts: Artificial reef Tires being placed in an array to investigate their effectiveness as a fish habitat. An artificial reef is  a human-made underwater structure, typically built to promote marine life. History Artificial reefs to increase fish yields have been used at least since 17th century Japan, when rubble and

r ocks w er e used to grow kelp, while the earliest recorded construction of artificial reef in the United States is from 1830s, when logs from huts were used off the coast o f So uth Carolina to improve fishing. Since at least the 1830s, American fishermen used interlaced logs to build artificial reefs. More recently, castaway junk, such as old refr iger ator s, sho pp in g carts, ditched cars, out-ofservice vending machines

replaced the logs Development Artificial reefs tend to develop in more or less predictable stages. First, where an ocean current encounters a vertical structure, it can create a plan kton -r ich upwelling that provides a reliable feeding spot for small f ish, such as sardines and minnows,

wh ich dr aw inp elagic p r ed at o r s l ik e b lu ef in tuna and sharks. Next come creatures seeking protection fr om th e o cean’s leth al openness—hole and crevice dwellers, such as grouper, snapper, squirrelfish, eels, and triggerfish. Opportunistic p redato rs such as jack and barracuda also To page 6


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The Negros Chronicle April 15, 2012 issue  

The Negros Chronicle April 15, 2012 issue