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VOL. 39 No. 45 Dumaguete City, Philippines

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n estimated 12,000 athletes, coaches, delegation heads and visitors will make the City of Dumaguete spark with some more zest, as 57 sports events will see action tomorrow, Monday, and in the next seven days as the 2013 Palarong Pambansa reels off today, mainly at the Perdices Sports Oval and other venues.

President Benigno Noynoy Aquino III’s visit to Dumaguete last Thursday could have been timed today if not for the previously engaged political rallies in various parts of the country. Pres. Aquino was here to proclaim the LP candidates in mammoth rallies in Bais and Dumaguete To page 21

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ot to be outdone, the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), umbrella party of the major opposition parties will also bring their senatorial bets on Thursday, April 25, to Dumaguete and Bayawan Cities.

President Pnoy proclaims LR Mark Macias, for vice gov; Josy Limkaichong for governor, Manuel Iway for 1st district; Karen Villanueva for 2nd district and Butch Adanza for 3rd district at the Quezon Park last Thursday.

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resident Noynoy Aquino together with just three senatorial bets and various representatives of his party for the senate, barnstormed two major cities of the province, Bais and Dumaguete last Thursday. The President also proclaimed all the Liberal Party candi dates of this province led by Rep. Josy Limkaichong as the official standard bearer who is also running for governor. Earlier the President also proclaimed Bais City candidates in that sugar city, led by Mayor Karen Villanueva who is running for congress representing the second district. The President was accompanied by senatoriable Grace Poe, Sen. Koko Pimentel, and Sen. Chiz

Escudero, and the representatives of other senatorial bets from the LP. Campaign manager Sen. Franklin Drilon also graced the afternoon proclamation. In his speech, President Aquino urged the people to follow his dream of following what is right, in his “daang

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Led by Vice President Jejomar Binay, the UNA senatorial bets will be the timely special guests for retired Congressman Herminio G. Teves who will mark his 93rd birthday anniversary on the same day. To be proclaimed as special guests candidates are NPC stalwarts of the province, namely, reelectionist Rep. George Arnaiz of the second district; reelectionist Rep. Henry Pryde Teves of the second district; and Jerome Paras for the first district; former finance minister Gary Teves, standard bearer for governor; and the entire city slate of reelectionist City Mayor of Dumaguete Manuel Sagarbarria. Gary Teves told the CHRONICLE that while Vice President Binay will lead the UNA senatorial slate, the rest of the candidates will also barnstorm other towns and cities of

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GARY Teves

Mr. KINGMAKER TURNS 93! ot all nonagenarians get to celebrate their 93 rd birth anniversaries, much more, by a political king maker whose impeccable record shows that most To page 21

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“BE VIGILANT AT ALL TIMES AND PRAY, THAT YOU MAY HAVE THE STRENGTH TO STAND BEFORE THE SON OF MAN.”

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Degamo endorsed by pastors, clergymen at Freedom Park

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ome 10,000 friends and supporters of Gov. Roel Ragay Degamo and his team attended the proclamation rally of the PDP Laban candidates in the province held Sunday at the Freedom Park, Dumaguete City. Degamo and his running mate Dr. Henry Sojor were proclaimed by priests, pastors and leaders from different churches in the province including the Imam. The Pari Pastors Alang sa Pulitikanhong Kabag-ohan (PAPAPULKAB) also conducted a simultaneous caravan from Basay and Canlaon and ended up here in Dumaguete City. In his message, Rev. Everet Mendoza cited the reasons why Gov. Degamo gets the support of the majority of the Negrenses especially the masses. He said it is only now that the people see a governor who is sincere and who truly feels for the poor. Mendoza said 85 percent of the 1.5 million people in Negros Oriental belong to the poor. He added that Degamo belongs to the new breed of politicians while his opponents are traditional politicians. According to Mendoza, the upcoming political exercise is a battle between the poor and the rich. He criticized the reported vote-buying by some local candidates and compared it to products sold in the market in which the rich politicians wanted to buy it at

a bulk and cheaper price. Meanwhile, Degamo in his message cited his major accomplishments in his 24-month stay as governor in the province saying no other governor can surpass his records. He mentioned, among others the concreting of a 70 kilometer provincial road, improvement of hospitals and health centers especially in the remote barangays and the establishment of different public schools. He challenged his opponents especially former Finance Secretary Gary Teves to report to the people what he had done while the Teveses keep on occupying the congressional seat in the third district. As to Congresswoman Limkaichong, Degamo told the people that the lady lawmaker likened the province into a corporation where members of the immediate family run the business. It can be recalled that after the stint of Congresswoman Limkaichong as mayor in La Libertad, her husband succeeded

GOV. ROEL RAGAY DEGAMO the mayoralty post while her nephew En-en Iway was the vice-mayor. This coming election, Limkaichong’s brother-in-law Atty. Manuel Iway run for congressman in the first district. Degamo reiterated that he did not aspire to become a governor but he was chosen by God to occupy the governorship in order to stop the political dynasty in the province. (Choy Gallarde)

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midst all the confusion, the Supreme Court spokesperson clarified that the High Tribunal has issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) and not a status quo ante order (SQAO) against the implementation of the airtime limit on political advertisements insofar as the May 13, 2013 elections are concerned, a PNA report said. gency involved and to prevent irreparable injury that may be caused to the petitioners if respondent Commission on Elections (COMELEC) is not enjoined from implementing its socalled “aggregate time” contained in its Resolution No. 9615,” the SC en banc resolution released on Thursday said. Instead of unlimited air time under the SQAO, the TRO will implement the 2010 elections limit of 120 minutes

for television and 180 minutes radio airtime for candidates and political parties for a national elective position. The 60 minutes/ninety 90 minutes airtime limit per station for a local elective position will also apply. “Accordingly, let a Temporary Restraining Order issue enjoining respondent COMELEC from implementing Resolution No. 9615, amended by Resolution No. 9631, otherwise known as the “aggregate

time limit” rule. Consequently, the one hundred twenty (120) minutes/one hundred eighty (180) minutes airtime limit, per station, for candidates/registered political parties for a National Elective Position; LOCAL CANDIDATES “……and the sixty (60) minutes/ninety (90) minutes airtime limit, per station for a Local Elective Position, implemented in the 2010 To page 21

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thletes from different regions in the country have flexed their muscles in preparation for the Palarong Pambansa which opens today at the Gov. Mariano Perdices Memorial Stadium.

Defending champion National Capital Region (NCR) which has a total of 800 delegates come here more prepared and more determined to grab again the most medals. The Central Visayas region where the host Negros Oriental belongs also expressed confidence of winning the championship crown with the so called “home court advantage”. The Central Visayas region placed fourth in last year’s Palarong Pambansa.

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BY AMBASSADOR DR. MACATHUR F. CORSINO

Your finger’s act IS democracy’s signature

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Supreme Court clarifies: TRO not SQAO on poll ads issued

The case stemmed from the petitions filed against the Commission on Elections (Comelec) resolution on airtime limit on political advertisements by different election stakeholders including the media. “By a vote of 9-6 and after deliberation on the issues and the different opinions submitted pertinent to the consolidated petitions, the Court has decided to issue a Temporary Restraining Order in view of the ur-

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hen you closet yourself in secrecy and write/mark the name of your candidate(s) on the ballot on Election Day, you are performing a key act. You are granting legitimacy to political power. You are making democracy possible. You, the common man, are choosing persons you want to man the ramparts of government. You are granting a candidate the authority to rule over you and fellow-citizens. This little act of your fingers is an exercise of power. And it is in fact democracy’s signature. There was a time in history when you had no right whatsoever to select the man/ woman who would govern you. That was the time of autocratic rule, of dictatorship, or aristocratic dynasties. History has crafted modern democracy, enshrined in law, after centuries of warfare, revolutions and struggle. That era when a man would rule because of physical prowess, or “divine right”,lineage, or terror, or the naked might of his army, is past. Today, a man/woman shall rule (a nation,province, city, etc.) because the majority of the common people, in the silence of the precinct, wrote or indicated his/her name on a sheet of paper known as the ballot. Democracy will mean freedom of speech, the press, assembly, religion, etc. It will also mean right to life, liberty, happiness. But very importantly, it also means giving each citizen—high or low—equal power to decide peacefully who should rule over him. This sums up that constitutional credo, “Sovereignty resides in the people and all authority emanates from them.” Sacred therefore is your right to vote, have your vote read correctly, and the votes counted and added truthfully. And that is why you must never sell or bastardize your vote. Vote-buying, terrorism, dagdag-bawas and other practices that destroy the integrity of your vote are crimes against your own self, against the nation and against democracy. Do not be misled by money, narrow loyalties, interests, dictates, favors or false criteria (like name-fame or glamor). Vote on the basis of the candidate’s integrity, sincerity, incorruptibility, capability, performance, platforms and other solid credentials that will make for a good leader whose interests are the community or nation. Your vote is sacred.

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TRO not SQAO

he Supreme Court has issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) and not a status quo a nte ord er ( SQAO) against the implementation of the airtime limit on political advertisements insofar as the May 13, 2013 elections are concerned, an official Philippine News Agency report said. The case stemmed from the petitions filed a gain st the Comm ission on Election s (Comelec) resolution on airtime limit on political advertisements by different election stakeholders including the media. Among the petitioners who were granted the TRO are: ABC Development Corporation, Manila Broadcasting Company, Inc. and Newsounds Broadcasting Network Inc., Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) , ABSCBN Broadcasting Corporation and Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, “By a vote of 9-6 and after deliberation on the issues and the different opinions submitted pertinent to the consolidated petitions, the Court has decided to issue a Temporary Restraining Order in view of the urgency involved and to prevent irreparable injury that may be caused to the petitioners if respondent Commission on Elections (COMELEC) is not enjoined from implementing its so-called “aggregate time” contained in its Resolution No. 9615,” the SC en banc resolution released on Thursday said. Instead of unlimited air time under the SQAO, the TRO will implement the 2010 elections limit of 120 minutes for television

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and 180 minutes radio airtime for candidates and political parties for a national elective position. The 60 minutes/ninety 90 minutes airtime limit per station for a local elective position will also apply. “Accordingly, let a Temporary Restraining Ord er issue enjoinin g respon d en t COMELEC from implementing Resolution No. 9615, amended by Resolution No. 9631, otherwise known as the “aggregate time limit” rule. Consequently, the one hundred twenty (120) minutes/one hundred eighty (180) minutes airtime limit, per station, for candidates/registered political parties for a National Elective Position; and the sixty (60) minutes/ninety (90) minutes airtime limit, per station for a Local Elective Position, implemented in the 2010 elections shall be implemented instead in the 2013 elections pending resolution of the consolidated cases by the Court,” it added. Upoon his request to all media, we are quoting Supreme Court spokesperson Atty Theodore Te’s apology for the confusion created earlier: “My apologies for the delay (I was in a Philja lecture talking about media relations) and for the confusion re TRO/SQAO. I was told of the order and that the status quo as of 2010 was to be observed. I assumed, wrongly, that the SC was issuing a SQAO. That, later, the SC issued a TRO is certainly beyond my control. I apologize for the confusion and the error; the mistake is mine. May I request that you print this. Thanks,” SC Public Information Office Chief and Spokesman Atty. Theodore Te said in a text message.

Battle for rich RP resources

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YEARS OF COMMUNITY JOURNALISM

ELY P. DEJARESCO

he post World War II history of the country has been a story of the  secret battle for the country’s rich mineral resources. Wikileaks, the clandestine recorder of secret privileged communication of world leaders,exposed what Filipinos had long suspected. Of course, every one knows report of unconfirmed estimates America, China and the Arabthat after the Americans shelled of Philippines minerals ranging Muslim nations are salivating to have Manila to ashes to “liberate” us from from US$849-Billion to US$ 1- a piece of the action. the Japanese- they “gave” us west- Trillion. This consists of gold, Wikileaks says that in the ern education and democracy -in copper,nickel, manganese, Marcos era, Libya strongman exchange for “Laurel-Langley chrome, silver, zinc and iron core. Muhammar Gaddafi spent US$7Agreement” and two US bases in This excludes the rich lodes of oil M (a handsome amount then) to Clark and Subic. in the Spratlys area and within support the Muslim rebels in The “Laurel-Langley the Mindanao seas estimated to Mindanao as well as former Agreement” allowed the Ameri- equal that of the reserves of oil-  Sabah Chief Minister T. cans the right to exploit our rich Brunei. Mustapha. Malaysia was mennatural resources (without a The Mindanao “gold tioned as a very interested secret reciprocal right of Filipinos to mine” consists of the  so- participant since Sabah fell within do the same in America). So we called  Liguatan Marshland its territorial jurisdiction.The aim shipped sugar and got choco- (288,000 hectares controlled was to make RP quit its claim over lates ; copper,steel and iron and by the MILF)  that straddles Sabah -after Marcos was exposed bought cars and appliances Maguindanao, North to have masterminded an invaand we shipped gold and got Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat sion of the Sabah that was blown Goldfinger and Hollywood (pun -also known as the Cotabato wide open by the  Ninoy Aquino intended). This was the Cold Basin, the Davao-Agusan Ba- expose on the Jabidah Massacre War era. sin and the Tawi-Tawi-Sulu in 1968. To page 20 Post Cold War era, Wikileaks Basin.

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he Brotherhood of Christian Businessmen and Professionals, known more by its acronym, the BCBP, held its national anniversary in Iloilo last April 12 and 13. It was attended by more than 3,500 members coming from the different chapters from all over the country. This year’s theme was “Change the face of business” The theme was said to be more reflective of the organization’s mission which is to bring Jesus Christ to the marketplace. Last Friday, the BCBP members who had attended the national anniversary shared their thoughts and impressions of the event, focusing on the relevance of this year’s theme. Some of the reflections raised is that as Christ’s foot soldiers we are not going to just sit by, and do nothing besides talking about the faith. We have to go out and take bold actions, especially to evangelize, spread the Good News, and yes, help stop wrong doings. It dawned upon me that indeed, there is a need to take action against wrong doings, not only in the field of business, but also in the field of politics. What we see are the evils being committed to thwart the process of free selection of leaders in government. Candidates are freely committing election offenses, in their desperate bid to win by hook or by crook, and to win at all costs. I talked to one resident from the hinterlands in the north and reported to me that vote buying is so rampant in their place. She reported that one candidate is giving one sack of rice per “elector”. The consideration is to force a straight vote for the party of the candidate. Truckloads of rice are being deployed to buy the votes of the poor citizens in the hinterland areas. This candidate has been led astray. Instead of taking the straight path, this candidate has traversed the crooked path, which is a road that leads to perdition. Poor voters in the hinterlands are threatened, that should they vote for the opponents, harm will befall upon them. The Commission on Elections is helpless in curbTo page 12

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issue, was at the very least naïve and shortsighted and at worst created the suspicion that the Bangsamoro peace agreement was a ruse to drop the territorial claim which eventually resulted in the standoff. The rest is history. Desperate that the creation of the Bangsamoro would consign the Sabah claim to the annals of history, the Sultanate dispatched no less than a beloved brother with a band of hardy Tausugs to plant the emblem of the Sultanate in some remote village in a territory they call their homeland. Were these bands of Moros terrorists or propagandists? Were their possession of weapons only in consonance with the Moro custom of carrying a weapon, be this a Kris or an armalite as part of their dress code? The joke is that the Tausug warrior would even trade their wives for an armalite. Would they have fired at the Malaysian police first knowing how outnumbered they were and outgunned? Even the craziest juramentado would not be so foolhardy! The only reasonable conclusion to be drawn from this episode was that the Malaysians fired first with the objective of totally eliminating these “terrorist intruders”. The question then is: When is the use of overwhelming force as in this case justified? Is the use of fighter bombers, artillery and other heavy weaponry by an overwhelming force against a couple of hundred bodyguards of the Sultanate par for the course (in the words of the golfers)? Another description for such

action is massacre! According to the social doctrine of the Church violence is never a proper response. The question is: Did the Malaysians immediately adopt a search and destroy tactic rather than undertake maximum tolerance against a relatively small number of “intruders” whose motives at that point was still unclear and whose weaponry still undetermined? For the use of excessive force in the Sabah case (the use of bombers and heavy artillery) to be legitimate, we are again reminded by the same social doctrine that the damage inflicted must be “lasting and grave”. In the case of the Tausug intrusion, what damage was inflicted? The Sultanate bodyguards claimed selfdefense which resulted in the death of some half a dozen Malaysian policemen and double the number of the intruders. Given the above the use of overwhelming force perpetrated by the might of the Malaysian armed forces against the scattered remnants of the 200 bodyguards must have produced serious collateral damage which, because of the strict censorship imposed by the government, will never be ascertained. In the meantime we hope and pray that the Malaysian government exercise maximum restraint and the Sultanate bury their weapons and convert these into ploughshares in the interest of peace as we await the verdict of the United Nations which should consider the claims of both sides and come up with a ruling that is just and equitable. They can start by seriously studying the well documented claim of the Sultanate.

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he Sabah standoff and the violence that followed costing precious lives from both sides was a tragedy waiting to happen. It was the fruit of a series of miscalculations and diplomatic fatigue. The miscalculation in the form of the benign neglect of the historical claim of the Sulu Sultanate which had claimed countless lives in the past with less than a total peace offensive on the part of the government triggered the shooting war.

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’ve reached the point in my life when, if somebody tells me to wear socks, I don’t have to.” Scientist Albert Einstein’s wry comment is relevant the April conference on “Ageing in Asia Pacific: Balancing the State and the Family.” Convened in Cebu City, be called “mature”. In La Union, this 20th biennial conference average life spans exceeds 74 of the Association of Asian So- years. But it only 55 in Tawicial Science Research Councils Tawi. considered “myths about the In 2010, there were 6.4 milelderly” to new scientific tools, lion senior citizens. Ranks of the like “ALE”. “young once” are surging. , ALE — what? “Lolos” and “Lolas” , plus a few “The concept of active life ex- spinster aunts, “will account for pectancy or “ALE” is relatively new 7.8% of population when Presiin the Philippines ,” explains Grace dent Benigno Aquino’s term ends. Cruz of UP Population Institute. Come 2040 about 19.6 With fellow researchers million of what Associated Yashushiko Sato and Joesfina Press dubs “near elderly”, Nativid, she writes: ALE is mov- There’ll 141.7 million of us ing to policy front burners. then. Some will be justices, Filipinos today live longer. physicians, church leaders, “Former president Bill Clinton even newpaper columnists. dubs us ‘junior-senior.’ My But there’ll be many in surviving classmates prefer to Turn to page 20

JOHNNY MERCADO

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Neglect by previous administrations to peacefully pursue the claim after the Manila Accord signed by Malaysia, Indonesia and this country in 1962 when the Sultanate ceded its sovereign rights to the Philippine republic on hindsight, was at best poor diplomacy and at worst criminal neglect. If the benign neglect of the administration was intended to appease a neighbor that was wronged in the Jabidah massacre during the Marcos administration in order to facilitate the formation of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), this did not require

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Is the Church in crisis?

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My wife is a very special lady. In many ways, she is the perfect wife. Our tragedy has its roots in her childhood. When she was eight years old, her life was torn apart. Her father was murdered and her family was thrown into severe poverty. Basically, there was no family. She began working as a maid, but a more accurate description would be a “house slave.” She struggled all her young life, missed the joy of childhood, missed the excitement of young love and being a young, attractive single woman. She was always struggling to survive and get an education. Suddenly, she found herself married to an old foreigner. At first, this was alright. I provided the security and the future she longed for all her life. We had

a three year “courtship” and we both thought we had found true love, true happiness. As time wore on, the joy we shared began to fade. Being a proud Filipina, the ugly things many Filipinos say in quiet whispers began to hurt more. Watching her friends enjoying the adventure and magic of their single lifestyle began to hurt. She ached for the life she never had. It is not just the differences in our ages; it is not just the differences in our cultures-- it is also the life she thinks she has missed-- the fantasy of a life she has lost. One of the many things I love about my wife is her honesty. She is honest even when it is not in her best interest. She may not always Turn to page 12

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

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O give a quick, blunt reply, the Church has always been in crisis. That’s its character, it goes with the territory, since it has to deal with all kinds of people, some brilliant and faithful, others not so, etc. That it appears in crisis today is no breaking news. I suspect that the question is Church has to contend up to the raised today because of that sur- end of time will be lack of faith and vey that reportedly showed dwin- everything that follows it. dling numbers of churchgoers. But Try imagining persuading I consider that question moot and people about a supernaturally academic, with hardly any practi- mysterious God, about spiritual cal use other than to provoke or and supernatural realities like embarrass some people. faith, hope and charity, God Ok, there is some suppos- becomes man who is Christ, the edly serious reason why such role of the Holy Spirit, the nadecline is happening. But that’s ture and mission of the Church, precisely the reason why the etc. Church continues to be in To top it all, try imagining maksome trouble. Even with Christ, ing people understand about our there already was severe crisis. weakened human condition, the He had Judas and some Jews reality of the devil, sin and temptapestering him. He was crucified, tions, and the need for abiding remember, for carrying out his ascetical struggle, the developmission. ment of virtues, the recourse to the After him with the Church es- sacraments, etc. tablished, the crisis has not stopped But remember Christ and but continues to fester under differ- his apostles. Many times, ent forms and ways and in different Christ had to scold his apostles Turn to page 13 circumstances. The problem the

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any will be wondering why I would bare my soul and publish the minor tragedy that has become my life. My reason is simple --truth. Like it or not, my life and name are known by many. When the news of the events I am about to reveal begin to leak out, all sorts of nasty and ugly gossip will result. There is already gossip on the streets that is not true, not fair.

ne sunny afternoon, I was watching two kites flying while I was floating leisurely on the water at the beach. The summer breeze gently carried off the kites while the two boys at the distance tugged at the strings once in a while. The little pressure made the kites soared higher and higher above the coconut tree tops. As the boy of the black kite failed to pull the string, the kite slowly came down to the ground, while the blue one soared higher as its master took meticulous attention by applying the right amount of pressure on the string. His existence. But what we think does not change the fact that He is God, and we are puny little humans. Some talented, gifted individuals mock His existence. They think that they are smarter because of their little abilities and meager knowledge compared to their Creator. Others boast of their power and their wealth forgetting the truth that they were mere stewards of those privileges. Do you hurt today? Do you think that your Master pulled you a little harder this time? Wait and know that He knows what is best for you.

AMB. JOSE V. ROMERO, JR., PH.D.

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Sometimes God has to pull us back a little to make us soar higher to fulfill His plans. The tugging hurts, but the pressure is needed to drive us closer to Him. His ways are strange but perfect. He is always on time. His rapt attention is on every detail of our existence. When at times we go slack and careless, He draws nearer. God sees to it that we walk on the right path, calling our attention His way. Oftentimes we resent the process and wrestle with Him and ran away. There were times that we didn’t want anything to do with Him. During storms and trials that we go through, we doubt

consigning the Sabah claim to the archives. Territorial disputes between Indonesia and Malaysia resulting in some violence did not derail the ASEAN project. Neither have historic claims and territorial squabbles derailed the formation of international political and economic groupings elsewhere in the world. Getting Malaysia to broker the Bangsamoro peace process which effectively marginalized both the Sultanate and the Tausugs by snobbing the Sultanate who are, incidentally, entities most interested on the Sabah

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FR. ROY CIMAGALA

here is the Simplicity of Life? Why does life nowadays seem so complicated? And so problematic? So many choices to make everyday – everything we eat or want to buy or think about involves multiple choice decisions. We listen to the world-wide newscasts and are inundated with the happenings, terrorist bombings (the Boston marathon bombings that happened just this past week), disasters, wars, unrest and climate change. What will our future be like? When these things begin to widening circles around us. disturb my thoughts and my sleep- The tensions, conflicts and ing, I return to the small book by sufferings even in the outerAnne Morrow Lindbergh, Gift from most circle touch us all, reverthe Sea, that has been one of my berate in all of us. We cannot mainstays in my home library for avoid these vibrations. many years. Anne brings me back We are asked today to feel to the simplicity of living. Even compassionately for everyone in though she wrote these short es- the world; to digest intellectually all says way back in 1955, her words the information spread out in public prophetically speak of life today and print; and to implement in action certainly provide us better food for every ethical impulse aroused by thought than the day’s screaming our hearts and minds. … Modern headlines. communication loads us with more Anne writes: The world is problems than the human frame rumbling and erupting in everTurn to page 15

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he Commission on Elections in Dumaguete City Wednesday started removing the political campaign materials of some local and national candidates who violated the election law.

Several posters are placed and pasted on nonComelec designated poster areas in the city. Posters which occupy almost all the spaces in a designated poster area will also be removed. City Election Officer Atty. Jerome Brillantes disclosed that he has called the attention of a number of local candidates for violations of the Fair Elections Act. He added that notices were sent to remind them of the provisions of the law, otherwise they will be disqualified by the poll body. Operation Baklas will take away posters and streamers placed in trees,

public places not designated as poster areas and include political campaign materials posted in private residences but are over-sized. Brillantes reminded the candidates that what is allowed by law is a 2 x 3 poster

whether in the poster designated areas or in private establishments and residences. Several letter-notices were sent to private residences where big tarpaulins are hanged on the walls to remove them in three days upon

receipt of such notices. Brillantes made it clear that the prohibition applies also to private vehicles that are conducting “recorida” around the city promoting their respective candidates. They must also abide by the 2 x 3 rule.

Villareal Hall, Silliman University in Dumaguete City yesterday. As part of the security sector, the Army’s 302 nd Brigade under Col. Francisco M. Patrimonio,

the Brigade Commander together with its controlled units in the province is committed along with the different stakeholders and the people of Negros Oriental

for a Free, Credible, Honest, Orderly and Peaceful May 2013 national and local elections in the province of Negros Oriental.

NPA surrenders Policy of attraction in Tagak, Siaton high in agenda embers of the 79th Infantry Batallion of the Philippine Army led by Pfc Robert Dador recently apprehended a member of the NPA for alleged indiscriminate firing.

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Head of different stakeholders such as DepEd, Negros Oriental, COMELEC – Negros Oriental, PPCRV, Media, Negros Oriental Provincial Police Office, NORECO, Dr. Jovito R. Salonga Center for Law and Development of Silliman University and the Army’s 302 nd Brigade and the Diocesan Electoral Board (DEB) signed the Peace Covenant during the Inter-Agency SeminarWorkshop for the conduct of 2013 Elections initiated by the Dr. Jovito Salonga Center for Law and Development and the COMELEC of Negros Oriental at Moot Court, College of Law,

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Bayanihan Team of 11th Infantry Batallion under Cpl Melmer V. Pabalate. The rebel was identified as Victor Bordas alias Kain/ Pedro, 55, married and resident of sitio Cayaoyao, Brgy Inolingan, Moises Padilla, Negros Occidental. Bordas is a former Sandatahang Yunit Propaganda Member under LG1 of Central Negros Front. LTC Wilfredo V. Isaac, 11th IB Commander said that the battalion through the help of other stakeholders will continue to encourage rebels and their supporters to return to the folds of the law. He assures that support and benefits will be extended to NPA members who want to join the mainstream society.

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esidents in the hinterland barangays of Bayog and Lumapao of Canlaon City may now live peacefully and enjoy a normal life as it is now declared “insurgent-free and development ready”. This developed after members of the Philippine Army conducted a clearing operation of the said barangays. An Area Clearing Evaluation Report was issued and signed recently by the local government of Canlaon City, the Philippine National Police and Army’s 302nd Brigade at Mullti-purpose Hall, Panubigan, Canlaon City. Reportedly, these barangays had been frequented by the NPAs which affected the government’s development efforts. But the active support of the LGUs towards the Special Operations Teams (SOT) deployed at these barangays brought a positive impact on the community.

Col. Christopher C. Estella, deputy brigade commander of 302nd Brigade and the chairman of Area Clearing Evaluation Board (ACEB) said “peace and development is always two sides of a coin. As we declared the two barangays cleared from NPAs influence, we expect that development will flow to those areas”. For his part, Mayor Jimmy Jayme Clerigo of Canlaon City expressed his gratitude to the law enforcement agencies concerned. In related development, barangays Mayabon and Calango of Zamboanguita and barangay Tayak, Siaton were also declared as “inTo page 5

ive abandoned classrooms at the Amador Dagudag Memorial Elementary School (ADMES) were found to be very hazardous and susceptible to the occurrence of fire if not demolished, renovated or rehabilitated. While in the process of and other reading materials inspecting fire prone areas, and one classroom still has abandoned houses and build- a live electric connection. ings in Dumaguete City, a De Jesus disclosed the composite team from the city classrooms have been abangovernment composed of doned since assuming as the City Fire Department, principal in May of last year, City Engineer’s Office, City and was hit by typhoon Health Office, Sanitary Of- Pablo. fice, City Legal and City DiAccording to Saldua, if saster Risk Reduction Man- it were reported to the agement Council CDRRMC, the same could (CDRRMC) were brought have been repaired or rehainside the elementary school bilitated using the calamity in Looc and see for them- fund. selves what they consider a The principal said, she threat to lives and properties already submitted a report in case of accidents. on the status of the classAccompanied by village rooms to the city division of chief Angelita Ragay, the schools. team headed by Joey Abella Aside from the risk of of the City Legal Office and fire, the abandoned classMaj. Arnulfo Sayson of the rooms could also be unsaniCity Fire Department, and tary to school children and a Randy Saldua of CDRRMC breeding place for denguecame across the presence of carrying mosquitoes, five abandoned Bagong prompting the composite Lipunan classrooms in the team to recommend an impresence of the principal mediate action on the part of Bernadette de Jesus. DepEd, while the city would The abandoned class- be too willing to assist. rooms were stocked with The inspection was an damaged chairs, desks, To page 21 damaged computers, books

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inal testing and sealing of the Precinct Optical Machines (PCOS) is scheduled on May 4, 2013 in Negros Oriental, ten days before the elections in May 13. Provincial election of- ate the PCOS machines is ficer Atty. Juvenal Tuale said configured to be independent the PCOS machines will be from the other, which means exposed in their respective that the PCOS machine in polling places for ten days precinct one will not funcwith one policeman detailed tion if used in precinct two, unless the security key, to secure the machine. Tuale admits due to lack memory card and the offiof personnel, only one police cial ballot is also changed. Chiefs of police who atofficer can be assigned to guard the machine in each tended an inter- agency inof the 1,052 polling places tegration and coordination instead of the buddy system workshop held recently at which is required by the poll the Villareal Hall of Silliman University raised the conbody. The provincial election cern of securing the PCOS officer, however, assured machines for more than one political parties and candi- week due to lack of persondates as well as the elector- nel.

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A personal mission statement Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed. TODAY’S GOSPEL —

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or even I, the Son of Man, came here not to be served but to serve others, and to give my life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45

This verse reveals not only the motive for Jesus’ ministry but also the basis for our salvation. A ransom was the price paid to release a slave. Jesus paid a ransom for us because we could not pay it ourselves.

His death released all of us from slavery to sin. The disciples thought Jesus’ life and power would save them from Rome; Jesus said his death would save them from sin, an even greater slavery than Rome’s.

Does Smartmatic’s PCOS add value or problems to our elections?

Spurred by example

e knows whereof he speaks. As Recollect provinDoes Smartmatic’sPCOS cial, Fray Mariano add value or problems to our Bernad made a elections? canonical visitation of I’ve often wondered whether the parishes of Negros the Commission on Elections Oriental in December (COMELEC) ever asked itself 1891, and had another the following question: Why do canonical visitation of we want to automate our elecNegros Occidental in tions? May 1892. Here’s more To my mind, the reasons of the proposal of 6 Deare: REV. FR. ROMAN C. FR. GAMMY TULABING cember 1893 by the 1. To improve the ACCUSAGUN, JR. JCD, VG former pastor of RACY of the counting of votes Dumaguete of the and tabulation of results great need of establish2. To eliminate, or at least minimize, CHEATING ing new missions in Negros: 3. To make the process more, not less, TRANSAguijoneado el natural por el acicate del ejemplo, PARENT to the public quiso secundarle en esa lucha ennoblecedora del 4. To SPEED up the process trabajo, y peninsulares e insulares fueron disputando I intentionally put “speed” last because it obviously palmo a palmo aquel suelo las riquezas que en él se is the least important among the four. What’s the sense ocultan. in coming up with quick results if they’re not accurate? Spurred by example, the native enjoyed beOr, if the process were not transparent? To the wise, ing second in that ennobling contest of toil, this is truly a “no-brainer”. while the insulares and peninsulares were arguLet us now test Smartmatic’s PCOS (Precinct ing every inch which ground has riches which Count Optical Scan) against these four criteria. to the (missionary) are concealed. ACCURACY Insuficientes ya los antiguos pueblos para ofrecer • No mock election conducted by Smartmatic tierras a la constante inmigración, fundáronse otros, has produced an accuracy rate of 99.995% or better. y luego más, hasta que la costa vióse bordeada por • The Random Manual Audit (RMA) conducted nuevos pueblos o Misiones, pues de cada after the 2010 National and Local Elections resulted in agrupación que se formaba, salía siempre la voz only a 99.6% accuracy rate, despite the very lenient imperiosa de la necesidad pidiendo Misionero, voz methodology used. que fue siempre escuchada por los dignos • The July 24-25, 2012 mock elections in Con- antecesores de V. E. gress resulted in only a 97.215% accuracy rate. As the ancient towns were already insuffi• No official report yet on the last mock elections, cient for spaces due to the constant immigrathough the general feeling is that it could be worse. tion, while still others were being established, • During the 2010 elections, there were Final Test- and much later, the coastal areas found itself to ing and Sealing results that were erroneously trans- the point surrounded by new towns and mismitted for canvassing. sion areas, then from each social grouping just (The Terms of Reference, or TOR, require a created, the imperious cry of help was made ap99.995% accuracy rate. This translates to an allow- pealing as always for a Missionary, a cry heard able error rate of only ONE mark per 20,000 marks. always by the distinguished predecessors of 99.6% translates to 80 errors per 20,000 marks; Your Excellency. 97.215% translates to 557 errors per 20,000 marks.) La industria moderna, al entregar al hombre uno Did it, will it, prevent CHEATING? de sus más útiles inventos, las máquinas agrícolas, • The cases of Glenn Chong in Biliran, Josie dela ha centuplicado las fuerzas de éste y, agitándole con Cruz in Bulacan, Grace Padaca in Isabela appear to los mayores resultados que con ellas se obtiene, prove the opposite. hale empujado a mayores empresas sin permitirle • The CF cards found in the garbage dump in sosiego en sus aspiraciones ni dejar en calma sus Cagayan de Oro prove the ease by which the cards deseos, cual si el vapor, que en las máquinas es could be stolen. movimiento, en el hombre fuese nueva vida, Sólo así • The 60 PCOS machines found in the house of a puede explicarse el que ocupados los terrenos de la Smartmatic technician in Antipolo right after the elec- playa y puestos ya en cultivo, acometiera la empresa tions prove that even the machines themselves could de avanzar entre bosques hacia el interior, be hi-jacked. convirtiendo, en muy poco tiempo, en magníficas ha• In 2010, there was an open port in PCOS. ciendas miles de hectáreas de terreno, que estaban Through an open port, a techie with a laptop can con- cubiertas de maleza y que eran albergue del nect to the unit and tamper with the software and the CF malhechor. Pero fuerza es confesarlo, Excmo, Sr.. To page 14

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hat is your mission in life? Have you thought about it? Have you taken all your talents and experiences along with the desires of your heart and boiled them down into a concise understanding of the mission you are on? Would any friend or family member be able to accurately tell what mission you are on? Does anyone know your goals and how you are trying to accomplish them? Do you? If you responded with a lot of noes, it is time that you lay the cornerstone to the foundation of everything you are doing professionally and personally. That cornerstone is a personal mission statement that reflects who you are, what you are doing, and the way in which you are doing it. You may be caught up in the momentum of earning a living, fulfilling your roles as a spouse and a parent, nurturing friendships, and meeting obligations without having a conscious awareness of where you’re headed.

Luke 5:1-11 One day, Jesus was standing on the shore of Lake Gennesaret while the people pushed their way up to Him to listen to the word of God. He saw two boats pulled up on the beach; the fisherman had left them and were washing the nets. Jesus got into one of the boats—it belonged to Simon—and asked him to push off a little from the shore. Jesus sat in the boat and taught the crowd. When He finished speaking, He said to Simon, “Push the boat out further to the deep water, and you and your partner let down your nets for a catch.” “Master,” Simon answered, “we worked hard all night long and

You’ve never stopped to analyze what your life’s purpose is all about. You function, do your best, and hope and pray that everything comes out all right. A mission statement provides you with a compass. It states in black and white what you want to be, what you want to accomplish, and what your governing values are. It becomes both an anchor and a rudder. It is an anchor because it allows you to stay steadfastly in place while you decline offers and temptations that would distract you from your mission. It is a rudder because it helps you stay the course while you are moving toward your goals. A good mission statement can prevent a thousand failures and wasted effort. When you are confused by outside influences or internal emotional turmoil, the mission statement can be the solid rock that grounds To page 19

caught nothing. But if you say so, I will let down the nets.” They let them down and caught such a large number of fish that the nets were about to break. So they motioned to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. They came and filled both boats so full of fish that the boats were about to sink. When Simon Peter saw what happened, he fell on his knees before Jesus and said, “Go away from me Lord! I am a sinful man!” He and the others with him were all amazed at the large number of fish they had caught. The same was true of Simon’s partners, James and John, the sons of Zebedee. Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will be catching people.” They pulled the boats up on the beach, left everything, and followed Jesus.

Sunday Thoughts YEILD NOT TO TEMPTATION “Every temptation that has come your way is the kind that normally comes to people. But God keeps his promise, and he will not allow you to be tempted beyond your power to resist.” – I Corintians 10:13 We all agree that temptation is universal. From our text, it is explicit that the phenomenon of being exposed to temptation is common to all. But we declare what we already know: tempta- DR. PROCESO UDARBE tion itself is not sin. Jesus himself was tempted at all points but did not sin. At the Garden of Gethsemane, hewrestled with temptation; his sweat fell like blood upon the ground. We can imagine the devil whispering to him: What you are going through is foolishness. The sinful human race is not worth it. Let them suffer for their own sinfulness. Let them be judged and annihilated. Your life, Jesus, is more precious than all the damned sinners of creation. Of course we know that in answer to the tempter, Jesus said to his disciples: “ Arise, let us go…” meaning: Let us arise and do the Father’s will. We sometimes raise a question about the line in the Lord’s Prayer”And lead us not into temptation,” for does God intentionally lead us into temptation? Our answer is NO, as James (1:13) says pointedly that God does not tempt us. In one paraphrase of the prayer, which I accept, it is

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stated: “Do not allow us to be tempted beyond our capacity to resist.” So being tempted is not sin by itself. St. Augustine correctly said: You and I cannot keep birds from flying over our heads, but we certainly can keep them from building nests on our hair. What are the ways of escape open to us that we may not yield to temptation? One way is to avoid the prolonged look at the tempting object. The biblical example is Eve in the Garden of Eden: So when the women saw that the tree was good for food. (she rationalizes) and it was delight to the eyes, and that the fruit was to be desired… By that tim e, she could no longer resist the temptation; and Adam went along with her. Remember Jezebel? She kept looking at the lovely little vineyard of Naboth, and then longed to say “that is mine .” Finally, she had Naboth killed, and grabbed his vineyard. Or remember David? His eyes were focused on the woman Bathsheba bathing in the garden, and he could not control himself. One biblical example of not doing the prolonged look is that of Joseph in the Pharaoh’s place in

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make the right choices, but she is always honest. She has accepted the fact that she is the wife of an old man. She fullfills here role as my wife beyond expectations. I give her everything I possibly can, but she is still not truly completely happy. Her lost years and unfullfilled fantasies haunt me in her eyes. She smiles, but I know she would rather be laughing with her barkadas at Why Not. She sings, but I know she would rather be dancing at Labelled, feeling the admiring glances of younger men. With each passing month, the lost fantasy grows bigger and more desireable. Eventually, if not already, she will regret our life and wish she had made a different choice. When we fall in love with someone; we pray they will be happy with us, that we will be enough to complete their life. If we love them more than we love ourselves we even sacrifice for them. My wife is the perfect wife, the perfect lover.

Bais City Mayor Karen Villanueva shows Laban sign while Pres. Pnoy proclaims her as LP candidate for Congresswoman in the 2nd District during a rally at the Quezon Park last Thursday. I will always love her, and there will never be another for me , but I can not stand by and watch her grow old with her heart filled with regret. I

Change the ... (From page 4) ing these evils committed by politicians who are promising not only the moon, but this time, including the planet Mars. These candidates who are doing evil, buying votes, committing intimidation, threatening violence, should not be voted to office because if they are wrongly elected, they will do far worse than the evils that they did prior to the elections. They will have to recoup their illicit “investments” prior to the elections. That is why if we have to change the ugly

am moving out of our home. I will continue to support her; she is my wife after all. I will not divorce her unless she requests a divorce/

anulment. I, “the worm” (inside joke), am setting her free. She can finally have her fantasy.

face of politics, we must take action, and not sit idly by. Every little step towards cleansing the electoral process, will go a long way in attaining change in the way we elect leaders to run the government. One simple thing that you can do as a citizen, for instance, is to use technology, like your cellphone camera, to video tape these violations you see, and report them to the authorities, like the Comelec, and to the media so they can be exposed. As an ordinary citizen, your little decision of standing your ground and refusing to yield to the illicit demands of rogue politicians. Following this year’s theme of the BCBP, I think that indeed, there is still a strong need to change the face of politics.

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The Evil of Corruption “Corruption is the most infallible symptom of constitutional liberty.” – Edward Gibbon

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he good constituents of this nation are aware of the most pernicious practices of corruption prevalent among our politicians. Corruption is pervading and affecting the way of life in every known endeavor may it be in private or public transactions, etc. It has practically affected the very core of our family life. What is corruption? According to the OXFORD Encyclopedic Dictionary, corruption means decomposition, moral deterioration; use of corrupt practices; bribery etc.; perversion (of language etc.) from original state; ~ of blood, (hist.) affect of attainder on person attainted, by which he and his descendants lost all rights of rank and title, possession of land, etc. The real corrupt politicians in our country are callous or recidivists who are totally overwhelmed by the practices of graft or practices of dishonesty. They

cheat, they steal people’s money. They swindle and unashamedly commit all types of corruptions or any form of fraud. They are the “walang hiya” and always “play dirty.” They want to perpetuate power and do not hesitate to kill anyone who is a “threat” to them. These die-hard politicians want to perpetuate a dynasty to continue their evil scheme though hell should bar their way. Well, these corrupt politicians are truly captured by Satan in their existence on earth. They are already enjoying the 3 temptations that

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for their lack of faith even in the face of the obvious. Such will be our predicament. We just have to learn to live with it, and continue to do something about it, always with the help of grace. It’s an exciting life, what we have. The survey, I suspect, was clearly politically motivated. It came out all of a sudden. I’ll see if I have enough motive to bother to check who were behind it. It was meant to be like the North Korean threat, to pressure the Church to bend to the

preferences of some politicians. Remember that we are in an election campaign season, and the RH issue is kind of hot. Even some clerics put themselves at odds with the official Church stand on it and are twitting and facebooking their questionable views among which is precisely the claim that with the Church position on RH, many people are deserting the churches.

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here are three common ways your estate can be distributed- 1) by probate, 2) right of survivor ship or 3) by contract. You need to take the time to learn how each of these possibilities can affect the distribution of your estate. An important thing to know, for example, is that your will does not control assets that will pass pursuBY ROBERT L. WOLFF ant to a contract, such as an IRA or 401(k). Not understanding how a contract prevails over a will became a problem in the Kennedy case. The Kennedy Case inheritance her father had in his grave. (Kennedy V. Plan Adminis- intended to leave her, even A 401(k) is a contract, trator for DuPont Sav. and though his will gave the and as such it controls to Investment Plan (U.S., No. 401(k) to her. Why? A whom the 401(k) would be 07-636, Jan. 26, 2009)) be- 401(k) is treated as a con- distributed, even if the gan in 2001 when it was dis- tract, and the contract detercovered upon William mines who the 401(k) would descendant’s will may name another beneficiary. William Kennedy’s death that his ex- be distributed, not the will. Kennedy could but didn’t, wife was still listed as the The Kennedy case il- change the beneficiary of his beneficiary of his $402,000 lustrates the importance of 401(k). Mr. Kennedy’s will making sure your benefi- 401(k). Had Mr. Kennedy left the 401(k) to his daugh- ciary designations are up-to- simply changed the benefiter, Kari. But, when Kari date. In spite of the fact that ciary of the 401(k) to reflect claimed the death proceeds William Kennedy’s ex-wife his desire to have his 401(k) of the 401(k), the ex-wife had waived all her rights in to be distributed to his daughobjected and claimed the his 401(k), and she had re- ter, Kari, his ex-wife would death proceeds of the 401(k) ceived marital property, have received nothing. Don’t let this happen to as the named beneficiary of equal in value, to offset her the 401(k). interest in the 401(k), she got you. When a person gets diThe case went all the 401(k). As the named vorced, they need to review the way to the U.S. Su- beneficiary, she inherited the their will, insurance policies, preme Court. It was decided 401(k) because she was annuities, IRAs, etc. to insure January 26, 2009 in favor of named as the beneficiary. that the person they have Mr. Kennedy’s ex-wife. As This was an unexpected bo- named as their beneficiary is a result, Mr. Kennedy’s nus to her that probably the person they actually want daughter lost the $402,000 made Mr. Kennedy turn over as their beneficiary. Often the ex-spouse is the person that is named as beneficiary of these assets. Most likely that is the last person in the world the decedent intended to be their beneficiary. The bottom line is: you 0942-5612-029 Daro, Highway, Dumaguete City need to keep your designation of beneficiary on your retirement plans, annuities, life insurance policies, etc up to date. This will ensure that the person you want to receive the death benefits is the person who will receive the death benefits.

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ebruary is often associated as love month. We should also celebrate it as friendship month. A group of our friends celebrated Valentines Day with a hearty dinner together.    Good friends make up a big part of my life. These last two months, I have been busy seeing many of my friends who either came back or left Dumaguete.   

      My  friend,  Babes,  is  here  from Thailand for a visit with family and friends; Jeff and Jamie are back from the US Sabbatical; and Judge Fe and hubby are visiting a daughter abroad. We all have good friends and best friends; we make friends from childhood, from school, and at work. The years see the shifting of friendship; we make new friends and “lose” old ones, though no friend is ever “lost.” There are reasons and seasons of friendship; there are friends for a reason, friends for a season, and friends for all seasons. I remember my friends from childhood who I played Hide and Seek with, and seeing them now and then make me relive my childhood years. The high school friendships were full of fun, and every high school reunion bring out the teenage spirit despite our age. I had college classmates who have gone on their separate careers, so we don’t meet that often, but when we meet, the years just melt away and we relive the struggles and fun of college years. Colleagues at work become our daytime family as we spend 8 to 10 hours together. Our spiritual walk lead us to a different set of friends-- I have prayer partners as friends. Even affinity bring on a different friendship. I had a favorite cousin in Cebu I loved playing with as a child, and seeing her 3 decades after in a different setting in the US brought us back to our childhood bond. We spent two days together window shopping, chatting, eating out and just reminiscing. Now, many of my friends are grandmothers, but when we meet, we are back to our friendship time-- the years and wrinkles fade away, and we laugh, chat and share as though there is no tomorrow. Talk about friendships and you see smiles and laughter!

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cards in the machine. • There are many stories going around today about offers of sure wins through manipulated results. • Forget about external hacking, but truly, Smartmatic’s system is very vulnerable to internal tampering. TRANSPARENCY • Transparency is completely lost when precinct counting is automated (this is the reason why Germany, The Netherlands, Ireland, and some counties in the US went back to manual precinct counting). • We don’t know if our ballots were read properly and our votes counted accurately. • There was no source code review, as mandated by law. Despite requests, public documents were also not

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We have special names for our friends, I call my friend Eva, Bang. My friend Antonieta is nicknamed Diutay and I call her Diuts. SU Vice President Betsy Joy and I call each other Boss. My cousin Belen used to call me Tabs, and Executive Judge Fe is Judge Fe.  My very good friend Babes and I call each other ‘my friend’ in person or in emails. People ask why we call each other ‘my friend’ --I don’t have any answer. Perhaps that is what friendship is all about, we cannot pinpoint what is special about that person we call a friend, we only know that the person is a friend. Time, age and affinity make no difference. I toast to all the friends who have touched my life. They have filled my life with joy and laughter! They are there to hold my hands in good times and in difficult times. May your life be enriched with the love of friends too! MYFRIEND Myfriend, Mycompanion, Throughgoodtimesandbad, Myfriend, Mybuddy, Throughhappyandsad, Besidemeyoustand, Besidemeyouwalk, You’retheretolisten, You’retheretotalk, Withhappiness, Withsmiles, Withpainandtears, I know you’ll be there, throughout the years!             –    Anonymous

made available to stakeholders. • The incomplete data in Comelec’s public website made it next to impossible to check the accuracy of canvassing. • Comelec has been very secretive. SPEED • Results in 2010 were fast … so fast that Comelec was announcing partial results on the presidential fight as early as 6:00pm of election day – one hour before the close of voting – clearly a violation of election rules. • Comelec was also not supposed to canvass the

presidential and vice-presidential contests; only Congress could do that function – clearly, another violation, this time, of the Constitution. • At any rate, the results were readily accepted by the public because it was a landslide victory. • Because of that, PCOS was acclaimed to have been successful, but wait … • P-Noy was officially proclaimed June 9, 2010; Erap was officially proclaimed May 29, 1998 (the 1998 election was completely manual). • The key to speedy results, therefore, is not PCOS, but a landslide victory!

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TOSP Region 7 Finalists fter a rigorous screening process done in Tagbilaran City, Bohol early this month, the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines Region VII releases the roster of finalists who will vie for a place as one of this year’s awardees who will, in turn, compete with other winners from other regions in the country. From all the nominees sent, the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and 17 finalists who will represent their Commerce, Majors in Communicarespective institutions to the said tion and Marketing, University of San search during the TOSP Region VII Jose-Recoletos; Sean Timothy F. Formation Week on May 15-19, Salvador, Bachelor of Arts in Mass 2013 in Tagbilaran City, Bohol are: Communication, University of the Accountancy —Jerald C.Ambe, Philippines-Cebu Campus; InformaBachelor of Science in Accountancy, tion Technology —Robbie Austen University of San Jose-Recoletos; M.Vailoces, Bachelor of Science in Maximo J. Limbaga Jr., Bachelor of Information Technology, Foundation Science in Accountancy, University University; of Bohol; Business, Economics, InTeacher Education — Chrisdustry, and Entrepreneurship — tine Abigail P.Andoy, Bachelor Cherry Mae B.Gumapac, Bachelor in Elementary Education, Major of Science in Public Administration, in General Education, Holy Silliman University; Eduard Joseph Name University; Krizia A. V.Narciso, Bachelor of Business AdMagallanes, Bachelor of Secministration, Major in Management ondary Education, Major in EnMarketing, St. Paul University glish, Silliman University;Mary Dumaguete; Criminology and Law Lourdes L.Melloria, Bachelor of —JenithBrene E.Corpis, Bachelor Elementary Education, Major in of Science in Criminology, Negros General Education, Cebu NorOriental State University Main mal University; Jenifer A. RobCampus;Engineering, Architecture, les, Bachelor of Secondary and Maritime —Raymart G. Aurora, Education, Major in English, Bachelor of Science in Electronics Bohol Wisdom School. Engineering, University of San The top 17 regional finalists Carlos; Von Jovi B.Biala, Bachelor were chosen by a pool of screeners of Science in Architecture, Foundacoming from various fields of spetion University; Health Related Procialization. TOSP Region VII is an fessions —Stephen Bryan annual search which recognizes the Y.Bongcaras, Bachelor of Science best and the brightest students in in Nursing, Holy Name University; the provinces of Region VII who Humanities, Communication, and have excelled in academics, leadSocial Sciences —JhanikaRafelle ership, and social responsibility. In C. Almazan, Bachelor of Arts in addition, this program aims at esMass Communication, Major in tablishing role models who will galMedia Com munication, Saint vanize our young people into acTheresa’s College; Sonny tion and help bring about total huO.Boquecosa, Bachelor of Arts in man and economic development in Political Science, Major in Law and the nation. Policy Studies, University of San The Ten Outstanding StuCarlos; Elinore Jean A.Malagar, dents of the Philippines pro-

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gram dates back to 1961 when businessman Jose Concepcion Jr., then publisher of Student Life Magazine, envisioned an annual recognition of outstanding students. This vision was actualized on June 19, 1961 when TOSP was launched aptly on the 100th birthday of Dr. Jose Rizal. This year’s search is a commitment of RFM Foundation, RFM Corporation, Commission on Higher Education, National Bookstore, Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company, and The Outstanding Students of the Philippines - Alumni Community (TOSPAC). The regional representative of the 2013 TOSP Region VII is Rolando Villamero Jr., while Maria PurezaChatto is the chairperson of the executive committee of the regional search.

Reelectionist Senator Loren Legarda is warmly welcomed by the people of Bauang during her visit to the Province of La Union.

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can carry. It is good, says Anne, for our hearts, our minds, our imaginations to be stretched but body, nerve, endurance and life-span are not as elastic. She then asks: faced with this dilemma what can we do? Because we cannot solve our own problems right here at home, we talk about problems out there in the world. Can one solve world problems when one is unable to solve one’s own? Can one make the future a substitute for the present? She believes that the present is being passed over in the race for the future and that the ‘here’ is

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Notice is hereby given that Flo rida A. Sarabia, Non ito A. Sarabia, L anie S. Bong aitan, Jo seph A. Sarabia, Fe S. Had raqu e, Warlito A. S arab ia, Jr. Co nchita L . Garnic a, Evangeline L. G arsu la, and Ric ardo L. Cameon, sole heirs of Joseph L astimosa, have executed an Extraju dicial Settlement and Absolute Sale on a parcel of land, Lot No. 90, Pls330, located in O wacan, Jimalalud, Neg ros Oriental, containing an area of Fifty-Four Tho usan d an d Seventy-Th ree (54,073) square meters, covered by OCT No. F-V-2544 of the Registrar of D eeds of Negros Oriental, per Doc. No. 403, Page No . 81, Bo ok N o. XII, Series of 2009, d uly notarized by Atty. Carlo s M. Cain glet.

Notice is hereby given that Ro wela D. Baud isch , th e on ly legitimate and surviving compulsory heir of Maximilian Bau disc h, referred to as HeirVen dor has exec uted an Extrajudicial Settlement of Estate an d Absolute Sale in favor of Merlind a M. Pitulan , vendee, a parcel of land, Lot No. 2869-F of th e su bdivisio n plan P SD-07065946, being a portion of Lot 2869, D umag uete Cad astre, situated in Bgy. Taclob o, Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental con tain ing an area of O ne Hu ndred Th irty (130) square meters, more or less, covered by TCT No. 4099, per Document No. 445, Page No. 90, Book No. XXIX, Series of 2012, in th e no tarial reg istrar o f Atty. Neil Rey M. Lagahit.

Notice is hereby given that Digna N. Sarita, Nicolas N. Napatutan, Cresenciano N. Napatutan and Maruja N. Mamigo, Heir-Partitioners of Estefania Napatutan, have executed and Extrajudicial Settelement and Partition of Estate on three (3) parcels of land, covered by Original Certificates of Title No. FV21287 known as Lot No. 345, Pls-790-D situated in Tambacan, Pob. Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental containing an area of Six Thousand Four Hundred Twenty-Five (6,425) square meters, more or less; OCT No. FV-30153 known as Lot 356-B CSD-0703-000649, situated in Tambacan, Pob. Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental containing an area of Seven Thousand Seven Hundred Eighty-Five (7,785) square meters, more or less; OCT No. 15081 situated in Tambacan, Pob. Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental containing an area of Four Thousand Seven Hundred NinetySeven (4,797) square meter more or less; duly notarized by Atty. Jaime Ro. Miraflor, per Doc. No. 359, Page No. 73, Book No. 61, Series of 2013.

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todo este progreso adolece del propio defecto que algunos otros que honrarían a nuestro siglo: le falta de base moral, sin la cual el progreso material conviértese por necesidad en verdadera amenaza al bien público. Upon turning over to man one of his very useful inventions, namely, the agricultural machineries, modern industry has increased a hundredfold man’s vigorous activities, and in agitating him for greater successes, it has pushed him to bolder projects, offering him no contentment in his aspirations, nor calming down his desires, and in like manner that the

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being neglected in favor of the ‘there’. The individual is many times forgotten or dwarfed by the enormity of the ‘people’, of the ‘mass’. The good past is so far away and the near past is so horrible and the future is so perilous, that the present has a chance to expand into a golden eternity of here and now. She believes that we must learn to enjoy the present moment even if it means merely a walk in the garden, sipping a cup of coffee at a sidewalk

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steamer sets in motion its engines, it might bring man to new life. Thus it can only be explained that while the lands at the coastlands are occupied and presently cultivated, he might venture forth on projects in the woods towards the interior, converting into magnificent haciendas, in a very short time, the thousands of hectares of land, until then were covered by thicket and were dens of iniquity. Yet I must confess, Your Excellency, all this progress is deceptive which some might have to exalt in our century: the want for moral grounding, without which material prosperity may turn by necessity into a veritable menace to public good.

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café, or enjoying the cooling breeze on a seaside beach. What have I learned from Anne? That simplicity of life, while not one of the goals of most people today, should be what I strive for. That happiness and contentment is being grateful for whatever I have, whether it is little or much. Now I believe that simplicity of life for me is being able to enjoy the present moment, being able to see God’s loving hand in my life and the lives of those around me, being able to have the courage and faith to live each day one day at a time, and to welcome my tomorrows.

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or at the end of the day, when the final reckoning comes, the Great Legislator of the Heavens will ask, not whether you won or lost the political battle, but how honestly and well you have governed and served your People.

My legacy of transparency as a legislator and governor of this province of Negros Oriental, transcends time and space. For until today, even the people of the fading generation and the emerging ones share in recalling what I have left behind after I delivered my valedictory in the 11th Congress. So where did all my PDAF go? I would like to report , for posterity, how my Constitutents in Negros Oriental benefited from my Phlippine Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) for health assistance in the 3rd district of Negros Oriental during the11th Congress . My PDAF funds also went to the building and repair of public school buildings , plus the free noon meals of all elementary schools. This free noon-time feeding program at the public elementary level was adopted by the Dept of Education nationwide. Whoever changed the nutritious menu of vegetables and fish and turned it into an all-noodle menu should have a lot of explaining to do. Records will show that my PDAF has sent poor but deserving students, some l,500 of them to acquire a college education at the Negros Oriental State Unviersity whose charter I have

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humbly authored and approved in Congress. Through simple and honest frugality and prudence, my PDAF was able to repair 750 school buildings and the construction of 102 ones for public elementary students in the hinterlands., Ten million (P 10,000,000) pesos worth of Gabaldon buildings were constructed in Valencia worth P3,000,000; in Zamboanguita some P4,000,000; in Sta Catalina some P2,000,000 and in Dauin, P1,000,000 in all. In the same Congress, we built the new 3rd district engineering building worth P6,000,000 from my PDAF Funds. For the provincial hospital NOPH alone, the poor patients were beneficiaries of some P2,000,000 for their medicine and accommodation. Everybody in need was given regardless of personal or political affiliation. The art of providing sunshine and rain for everyone, rich and poor, is divinely inspired. When this representation helps, and lends assistance to anybody in need, my office never asks to what party one belongs. We simply give and give because they are in need, period.

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House of Representatives Listed below were the Countrywide Development Fund (CDF), now known as Philippine Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), initiated activities by Congressman Meniong Teves for the health assistance of his constituents of the 3rd District, Negros Oriental, during his first term: 11th Congress 1998-2001 1997-1998

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Philippine General Hospital P232,472.00 National Kidney and Transplant Institute P105,215.00 Note: Congressman Meniong Teves continued CDF activities for health assistance using the unutilized funds from the last term of former Congressman Gary Teves 1998-1999

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Philippine General Hospital P300,000.00

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National Kidney and Transplant Institute P200,000.00 Philippine Hearth Center P300,000.00 Philippine General Hospital P500,000.00 National Kidney and Transplant Institute P300,000.00 Philippine Hearth Center P500,000.00 Philippine General Hospital P500,000.00 National Kidney and Transplant Institute P300,000.00 Philippine Hearth Center P500,000.00 Philippine General Hospital P500,000.00 National Kidney and Transplant Institute P300,000.00 Philippine Hearth Center P500,000.00 Philippine General Hospital P500,000.00 National Kidney and Transplant Institute P300,000.00 Philippine Hearth Center P400,000.00 Philippine General Hospital P500,000.00 National Kidney and Transplant Institute P300,000.00 Philippine Hearth Center P400,000.00 Philippine General Hospital P500,000.00 National Kidney and Transplant Institute P300,000.00 Philippine Hearth Center P500,000.00 Philippine General Hospital P400,000.00 National Kidney and Transplant Institute P200,000.00 Philippine Hearth Center P400,000.00 Philippine General Hospital P400,000.00 National Kidney and Transplant Institute P200,000.00 Philippine Hearth Center P300,000.00


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Marcos was training young Muslims in an island with the unannounced objective of invading Sabah by force. Today, Sabah has been in the limelight once again -with one of the seven “heirs” of the Sultan of Sulu claiming  (by force) ownership over a vast area of rich Sabah. Another  ”heir” disclosed yo us that once upon a time the Sultan of Sulu was extremely rich-and that  the estate has pending claims over riches and cash  (globally) that is larger than the entire Philippine “debt”.  This latter fact -complicated as it is- was never openly discussed in the latest Sabah controversy. Wikileaks information seems to lead to the conclusion that the Americans are interested in the Mindanao oil as passionately as the Chinese are ardently desirous of the oil in the Spratlys area. It is a well-known fact that when their national interests dictate , Washington will support  any tyranny as  in the time of Marcos and  ignore the electoral fraud and corruption as in the GMA administration. With the American bases and anti-communist bogey , America sided with Marcos until President Ronald Reagan saw a potential civil War and asked Marcos to cut cleanly in 1986.

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America was pleased with GMA’s strong anti-terrorist stance (George Bush era) but was really interested in American oil companies developing the oil under the MILF-controlled areas in Mindanao and thus pushed for the MOAAncestral Domain (giving Muslims autonomy) with no less thanAmerican Ambassador Kristie Kenney flying to (the nation-in-interest) Malaysia to sign the deed. When RP saw the ploy was too lopsided pro-America, someone questioned the deal and the Supreme Court scuttled the MOA-AD arrangement. Earlier, the USA was foursquare for GMA, when in the heat of the Garci controversy, it made known its support for the Manila government during a crucial “Independence Day” 2005 incident.  But after the death of the MOA-AD , it was downhill for GMA thereafter. Wikileaks reported that in the controversial last few years of GMA where there was unrest and mutinies in the military, GMA had once allegedly thought of declaring Martial Law but was stared down by Washington. With an imminent loss in the 201o polls. GMA reportedly plotted ways of staying in power but president-elect Barack Obama placed his foot down and said that Washington was “expecting a peaceful transition of power” in 2010. GMA reportedly tried her best to get an invitation to the White House for an Obama chat  but never got even close to the  garden.

With China it was different. There were reported clandestine meetings between representatives of Beijing and Manila (2003-2008) where RP was to redefine its baseline geography to favor the Chinese claim on the Spartlys. There was, in fact, the joint seismic exploration agreement for oil in the area between China, Vietnam and the Philippines. GMA justified this as a compromise agreement -since RP could not defend our territory by force, anyhow. In exchange, RP was to get concessional loans and deals as the botched NBN ZTE - that was exposed to have fattened many in the Philippine bureaucracy and favored businessmen. It is therefore understandable that in a new Aquino dispensation, relations between Beijing and Manila had thawed with irritants spilling into warlike language over the Spartlys and the disastrous hostage -taking at the Luneta area. America has asked the Spratly claimants to observe international laws even as it brokered the cordial meeting between MILF spokesman Al Aji Murad and President Aquino that led to the new RP-Muslim Framework Agreement with Malaysia very much in the picture.At one point the PNOC (Philippine National Oil Corporation) and Malaysia’s  national oil company (Petronas)  had once done a joint oil exploration  in the Mindanao area- but

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ing homes, hospitals —— or begging on the streets and clustered in slums. All ask when did those same steps turn steeper? .And they’re likely to request : Speak louder please. “Don’t complain about growing old,” Justice Earl Warren wrote.. “Many people don’t have that privilege.” But “success in adding years to life does not necessarily mean adding life to years,” . In fact, longer lives can peter out in poor health and in crippling disability . Yet, little is known of ALE... What are differentials between socioeconomic groups? Anyone studied health transition patterns among older people? stopped due to the MILF and the extortion of local officials. In the meantime,, the USA has been actively supporting the RP fight against the Mindanao terror groups like the Jemaah Islamiyah and the Abu Sayyaf in order to secure peace in Mindanao- which is important for business to thrive. This whole tableau , therefore,means that by whatever name and cause it is called, many foreign countries will appear solicitous over Philippine interest -but is always secretly eyeing our natural resources as the real motivational target.


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It is very important to know this provision because “IGNORANTIA LEGIS NENINIM EXCUSAT” Ignorance OfThe Law Excuses No One. In summary the following shall be guilty of an election offense: 1. Vote buying and vote selling, 2. Wagering upon result of election, 3. Coercion of subordinates, 4. Threats, intimidation, terrorism, use of fraudulent devise or other forms of coercion, 5. Coercion of election officials and employees, 6. No employer or laborer

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shall be dismissed, nor a tenant be ejected from his landholdings for refusing or failing to vote for any candidate of his employer or land owner. So, “NO VOTE EBUT” is a criminal act. The landowner will go to jail. The head of the EL SHADDAI, came out in the open on T.V. that he is suggesting to all the members of EL SHADDAI, to vote for the list of candidates fro the senate who are supporting the stand of the church on RH Bill and Divorce. I wonder what the Comelec is doing. The Comelec should do something about this.

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offshoot to the fire early this year that razed to the ground at least 5 residences along Real Street, and that the source of the fire came from an abandoned residence where rugby boys used to gather. City Fire Marshal Maj Sayson said the team will also inspect closely-built areas in sitio Canday-ong, barangay Calindagan, barangay Daro, Piapi beach, Poblacion 8 where informal settlers are identified.

if not all major politicians started with him as their talent “discoverer”. Herminio “Miniong” Teves on his 93rd year, is relaunching his book updated and entitled “The Legacy of Transparency” (of a Traditional Politician). In this book which he authored is his full disclosure of how he as a three-termer congressman with 100% attendance, has spent his entire PDAF or Priority Development Assistance Fund which have benefited both his district and his province.

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From page 2 elections shall be implemented instead in the 2013 elections pending resolution of the consolidated cases by the Court,” it added. Among the petitioners who were granted the TRO are: ABC Development Corporation, Manila Broadcasting Company, Inc. and Newsounds Broadcasting Network Inc., Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) , ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation and Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, TE’S APOLOGY Upon his request to all media, we are quoting Supreme Court spokesperson Atty Theodore Te’s apology for the confusion created earlier: “My apologies for the delay (I was in a Philja lecture talking about media relations) and for the confusion re TRO/SQAO. I was told of the order and that the status quo as of 2010 was to be observed. I assumed, wrongly, that the SC was issuing a SQAO. That, later, the SC issued a TRO is certainly beyond my control. I apologize for the confusion and the error; the mistake is mine. May I request that you print this. Thanks,” SC Public Information Office Chief and Spokesman Atty. Theodore Te said in a text message. (PNA).

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Egypt. The wife of Potiphar tried to seize the young man who ran away from the woman; he did not look long enough to yield to her charms. There is a book I was a Monk by J.M. Tettener. He talks of how he left the monastery to teach. One evening at a garden party he saw an eighteen-year-old girl dance. She wore a dress of what we call today “see-through.” Every time she passed between him and the brilliant light, her graceful legs were sharply silhouetted. The man confesses in his book that he had taken such a prolonged look, and he violated the word of Jesus that one should not look at a woman with lust.

Under Section 261, (d) of the Revised Election Code, “Any head, superior, or administrator of any religious organization, who in any manner influence, directly or indirectly, any of his subordinates or members or parishioners, to aid, campaign or vote for or against any candidate or any aspirant” shall be punished with imprisonment of not less than one (1) year but not more than six (6) years and shall not be subject to probation.” WE CHALLENGE THE COMELEC TO ENFORCE THE ELECTION CODE.

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Read more about his transparency on page 17. In the succeeding editions, he will also share how the country’s free writers, wrote about him as a legislator. This next article was published in the Philippine Free Press. We know this to be true-to-life. A student looks at his seatmate’s test answer long enough and he yields to cheating. A leader of the country spots a pretty woman among the young women of his staff and he makes her a mistress. In our own city one sees where the motorcycle of his dreams is usually parked; and in one weak moment, he steals it. Whether it be money (as in the case of Judas), a car (lots of car thieves there are), a m an or a woman, a child that could be kidnapped, anything that is a delight to the eyes, we must restrain ourselves from the prolonged longing look lest we yield to temptation. For as our hymn puts, it, “I see the sights that dazzle, the tempting sound I hear.” To (To be continued)

A personal(From mission statement page 8) your decisions in reality. Writing a personal mission statement is, in a sense, the ultimate goal-setting exercise. Actually, it is the distillation of multiple goals into a central theme. If you haven’t thought concretely about the goals you can and would like to accomplish, now is the time to do it, especially before you compose your first draft of a mission statement. When goals of a mission are balanced and healthy, they include family priorities, not just business concerns. They incorporate values, not just ambitions. Goals on the way to a mission involves relationships, not just productivity. Words, especially written ones, have power. Writing a mission statement does not guarantee compliance with it, but the act of writing it out is almost like making a commitment to yourself and others. When you have composed yours, I think you will be surprised at just how much power is there to help you make good, solid decisions about today that will lead you to the tomorrows of your dreams.

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FORMER Las Pinas Rep. Cynthia Villar mobilizes women as prime movers in the creation and institutionalization of different livelihood programs.

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Cities. A long parade of athletes from all over the country’s 17 regions will add color and gaiety one day before the start of sports hostilities. Most of the 12,000 visitors estimated to grace and participate in the games have already arrived. The Region I is the biggest athletic delegation which has a total of 830 athletes, coaches, officiating officials, monitoring and support staff. It is followed by Central Visayas Region with 825 delegates and Region 6 or the Western Visayas Region, 824.. The smallest delegation is Region 2 which has 514 delegates based on the records of the Secretariat. The regional delegation and its respective billeting schools are as follows: ARMM, Silliman University; Cordillera Autonomous Region (CAR), Dauin Central School and Dauin National High School; Region 1, NORSU Bajumpandan Campus; Region 2, St. Paul University; Region 3, Junob Elementary School and Junob High School; Region 4-A, Amlan Central Elementary School and Amlan National High School; Region 4-B or MIMAROPA, South City Elem. School and St. Louis School Don Bosco; Region 5, Sibulan Central School and Magsaysay Elem. School; Region 6, West City Elem. School; Region 7, Negros Oriental High School; Region 8, COSCA; Region 9, Valencia Central School and San Pedro Academy; Region 10, Bacong Central School; Region 11, Valencia National High School and Bong-ao Elem. School; Region 12, San Jose Central School and San Jose Provincial High School; Region 13 or CARAGA, North City Central School and Piapi National High School; and the National Capital Region (NCR), Dumaguete City High School. Mr. Adolf Aguilar, Palarong Pambansa 2013

Negros Oriental. The vice president has not denied that he is running to become the next president of the Philippines in 2016. Binay has yet to confirm or deny that his running mate in 2016 will be Kris Aquino, the sister of the President who is both interested in politics and showbiz as well. But Gary Teves who sports and motto “Gugma ug Tabang” would not yet confirm the official list of which among the senatoriables are coming on April 25. A big rally will also be held in the evening this coming Thursday. events coordinator and head of the Secretariat said that this year ’s Palarong Pambansa is more colorful and vibrant as they also showcase the best of Negros Oriental through diverse activities, from cultural, business, and tourism. Tonight, the Silliman University will perform at the Ninoy Aquino Freedom Park dubbed as “SU Performs” which will start at 8 pm. The Palarong Pambansa 2013 will formally open this afternoon with a parade of athletes at Silliman University Campus. The

PNOY, Senators ... From page 1 matuwid,” the straight path to righteousness in all things. He also defended Malacañang in the controversial P480M release of calamity funds for the victims of typhoon Sendong. He said that being the one who released the check, he would have wanted a massive relocation of those living along river banks aside from concreting the river embankment to prevent future overflowing. Pnoy said that since his order was not fully implemented, he turned the second have to DPWH for full implementation. After his speech, the President left for Cebu to join the campaign sortie of Team Pnoy and endorse the Liberal Party candidates in the province. (With reports from Maribel Llena, Tiffany Acosta and Evangeli Anne Gonzales) opening ceremonies will follow immediately at Gov. Mariano Perdices Memorial Stadium. Tomorrow, April 22 is the start of the competition proper in respective playing venues. There will be also “Tikang for Peace” on April 26 at Sofia Soller Sinco Hall, Foundation University. The farewell ceremonies will be on Saturday, April 27.

Palaro visions From page 22 There are 17 delegations representing 14 different regions. The following the delegation heads will be housed at C&L Suites on Gove. Perdices St.: ARMM Atty. Jamar Kulayan CAR Dr. Ellen B. Donato Region 1 Dr. Teresita Velasco Region III Dr. Isabelita M. Borres Region IVA Dr. Diosdado M. San Antonio Region IVB Dr. Sinforosa A. Guinares Region V Dr. Orfelina O. Tuy Region VI Dr. Mildred L. Garay Region VII Dr. Carmelita Dulangon Region VIII Dr. Luisa Bautista –Yu Region IX Dr. Corazon P. Brown Region X Dr. Allan G. Farnazo Region XI Dr. Gloria D. Benigno Region XII Dr. Ma. Rosa C. Guitierrez Region XIII Atty. Albert T. Escobarte NCR Dr. Luz S. Almeda Only Region II headed by Dr. Lourdes Angolan is housed in Residencia Maximum on the Dumaguete Boulevard.

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V Off they go tomorrow.for the competition proper. (file foto 2012 Palarong Pambansa, Pangasinan.)

Gov Roel Degamo, Dep Ed Sec. Bro Armin Luestro and Supt. Salustiano Jimenez sign the MOA for the Palarong Pambansa to be hosted by Negros Oriental.

Gov Roel Degamo Provincial Goverment “It is my pleasure to welcome you all to this lovely province of ours. It is also fortunate for you to witness the eagerness of the people to elect their local officials as the election draws near. May you enjoy your stay and enjoy our hospitality.”

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Supt. Salustiano Jimenez Division Supt of Schools “Mens Sana in Corpore Sano” that is the bottom line of this weeklong sports extravaganza. We not only develop our minds and bodies but our characters as well. So may the best team win and do enjoy your stay.”

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ice Chairman of the Palaro Na tional Executive Committee and the Provincial DepEd Supt. Dr. Salustiano Jimenez envisions this year’s Palarong Pambansa to be the most memorable of all sporting events in the province. It has been a long wait, 19 years, since the last hosting of Negros Oriental on the national games. Thus this year’s event is a fulfillment of a dream by former Governor Emillio Macias that before he dies this event will be hosted by Negros Oriental. It was not until the present Governor Roel Degamo as the ExecutiveDirector made this dream a reality. The theme of the event is “Sports on Peace and Progress”. At the closing ceremony the largest human “peace sign” will be made out in the field to beat the Guinness Book of World Records of 6,000 people. It is foreseen that this time the Palaro will be hosted by the gentle people of Dumaguete where everyone is considered to be “kasaligan”. Accommodations will be assured to be beyond par and the sincerity, friendliness and helpfulness of the people will be noted. What is different this time is that there will be non-palaro events such as youth summit and Gawad Kalinga in Mabinay where the different chiefs painted the houses. Also this time, the playing field is now within 6.5 km rather than 20 km usual place.

Although the admission to the stadium will be free, there will be limited passes for spectators. The economic impact for the event will be first, change of image to a welcoming , progressive and favorable province. Finally, Oriental Negros will be treated not as part of Negros Occidental but as an independent province with distinct personality, attributes and profile. Second, more work and economic impact can be distributed to the lowest level of society like carpenters, laborers, cooks, washers and others. Lastly, there will be massive and free advertising exposure on TV and other media. Heading the coordination of this massive event is Mr. Adolf Aguilar – the Division Coordinator and Operations heading the Palaro Secretariat. With 600800 people per delegation which includes athletes , coaches and participants , it will be a great challenge for some 7,000 teacher volunteers to make sure logistics is done efficiently. It is foreseen that a total of 12,500 participants will be in by April 20,- Saturday. Opening ceremonies will start at 4:00 p.m. Saturday April 20 at the stadium.. The province has set aside P25M that were allotted to operations, food services, infrastructure of billeting quarters, transportation, refurbishment of playing venues, live streaming , opening and closing ceremonies and others.

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Carmelita T. Dulangon Deped Regional Director “In behalf of the Central Visayas Dept of Education, I welcome you all to this beautiful city of Dumaguete and the province of Negros Oriental. It has been a long preparation. Thank God it has now come. And May you all enjoy and benefit from your stay. Good Luck!”

ARCHERY is our best bet in Dumaguete. Let’s witness the games.

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