National culture of poll cheating
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Poverty hinders VAW charges
MEV qualifies for board seat02
Mariant E. Villegas Placing political future in God’s hands
PNP-NBI charge 9, BM in slay-try; accused denies raps n an unprecedented move in the fight against criminality in this province, no less than the provincial director of the Philippine National Police and the agent in charge of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) have filed frustrated murder charges against nine (9) persons, including an ex-officio provincial board member.
BY DEMS REY DEMECILLO
This is in the matter of the frustrated murder of Bayaw an ’s No. l city councilor, who is also the city’s former legal officer. The victim survived two assassination attempts recently. Complainants for the f ru strated mu rd er o f
ubernatorial timber former finance minister Margarito Gary Teves is keeping his options open to any viable political party who will carry his gubernatorial slate in 2013. In an exclusive CHRONICLE intereview, Teves said right now, he belongs to Lakas party, and under coalition with NPC. He says, the Liberal party is the party to reckon with in 2013.
Stressing that sincere public service does not require one to belong to a political party, former finance secretary Margarito “Gary” Teves is keeping his options open to any party in his first
ever bid to become the next governor of the province. He said, he can even form his own party. A scion of the influential Teves po litical clan, Gary said that it does not
matter whether he will be running under the opposition Lakas-Kampi CMD Party, of which he and his family have long been associated with, or to a separate To page 19
Fiscal Trinidad (left) urges suspects to seek their own lawyer.
Fiscal resets probe GARY TEVES DOJ assistant provincial prosecutor Constantino Trinidad gives the extra mile for due process to suspects, Herman Escora and Anthony Eleuterio, to produce counteraffidavits in their controversial mission in Bonawon, Siaton. Preliminary investigation on this non-bailable offense of grenade possession resumes on December 12.
Sojor’s 2 loves: academe or politics for 2013
he longest running president of the Negros Oriental State University (NORSU) is considering three major options as soon as his term expires in July of 2012. He can either go to any of his two loves: the academe, or politics. Or he could take his much-deserved rest and tour the world upon his retirement in 2012. This week, he will be in South Africa for a speaking engagement. DR. HENRY SOJOR
Bayawan City Councilor Victo rian o “Ching” Alabastro are Police Sr. Sup t. Edw ar d Esperat Carranza, acting PNP provincial director; and Atty. Dominador Cimafr anca, National Bureau of Investigation agent-in-charge. This To page 19
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on governor slay-plot By JUANCHO RODRIGUEZ
uspects in the alleged attempt to assassi-nate the governor revealed they were hired to kill a Bingo Milyonaryo coordinator in Bonawon, Siaton, who happens to be the neighbor of Gov. Roel Degamo. No plans (instructions) to assassinate the governor, they asserted. But right now, their charges are for illegal possession of firearms and a grenade which makes the offense nonbailable. To page 19
Gun-toting Korean jailed
Korean national is facing charges in court for violating Philippine laws, particularly RA 1866, as amended by RA 8294, of the illegal possession of firearms, as well as grave threats for pointing his gun at employees of a motorcycle dealer in Dumaguete. The gun-toting Korean is identified as Kang Kyong Soo, temporarily residing in Daro, Dumaguete City, who got mad when a collector of Motor Ace called him early in the morning to collect his monthly amortization for a
motorcycle he got from the motorcycle dealer. The branch manager, Mar k Percy Abjelina, is readying the charges against the Korean n ational for grave threats for pointing his To page 19
“MOURNING WITH A PURPOSE IS WHEN JESUS SAW THE SIN AROUND HIM AND IT BROKE HIS HEART.”
December 4, 2011 Dumaguete City delegation led by Mayor Manuel Sagarbarria ( seating 4th from right) witnessed the games of the Central Visayas Regional Athletic Ass o c i a t i o n (CVIRAA) Meet held last Monday, November 28, at the Carlos P. Garcia (CPG) Sports Complex, Tagbilaran City, Bohol. Also in photo are different officials from Central Visayas and the Department of Education.
TOP OF THE WEEK Macias siblings MEV qualifies as ponder LP offer NPC BM nominee BY DEMS REY DEMECILLO
x-Officio Board Member Erwin Macias cautions the idea of the Liberal Party in inviting his doctor brother, Mark Macias, into the 2013 provincial board slate as this could split the erstwhile solid Macias vote. The LPs are considering the doctor Macias who could replace his late father who was also a doctor-turnedpolitician.
Macias, w ho is th e President of the Philippine Councilors’ League Negros Oriental Chapter, said that the offer is further testimony of his family’s fine legacy in public service of which he is determined to
keep. However, the LP offer needs to be thoroughly assessed considering that the family has long been associated with the NPC, headed by 2nd District Cong. George Turn to page 17
Dy eyed as next PB Rules Chair
he lone member of the majority bloc in the Provincial Board with no committee chairmanship, Atty. Edmund F. Dy, is likely to be elected by his peers as the next Chairman of the Committee on Rules following the death of Board Member Rotelio Lumjod, who was elected by the same body after veteran lawmaker Saleto Erames resigned in protest middle of this year. Dy, who was absent during the reorganization of the chairmanships of the provincial legislature at the instance of the majority
bloc perceived to be opposed to Gov. Roel Degamo, expressed his readiness to assume the rules committee Turn to page 17
he may have informally exited from the NPC when she ran for vice-governor under the Lakas -Kampi-CMD party. But Mariant Escaño Villegas has not resigned from NPC, therefore, is still an NPC, and thus, qualified for nomination to take the slot vacated by the late BM Rotelio Lumjod.
Villegas, who is one of the three possible nominees of NPC to the vacant PB seat, clarified that she was merely adopted by LakasKampi-CMD Party with the blessings o f 2nd District Cong. George Arnaiz, con-
sidering that the then NPC ch ieftain Go v. Emilio Macias II h an dp icked fo rmer Bayaw an City Mayor German Sarana as running mate. “I have never resigned
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EDC, LGU: Settle tax shares row amicably
fficials from the Energy Development Corporation and the Local Government Unit of Valencia are currently negotiating the terms that will amicably settle the long running dispute on the right amount of real property tax and royalties due to the former as hosts and avoid possible litigation that will not serve the best interest of the public they both claim to serve. Valen cia Mayo r enjoyed by the communities Enrique Gon zalez urged h osting the geo th er mal EDC officials to come to the plants mainly in Barangays negotiating table for talks Caidiocan, Malaunay and brokered by the Department Puhagan. of Energy last Friday in the Valencia Treasurer Rohope of forging an amicable lando Obaniana claims that settlement so as not to jeop- in January 2009, the EDC ardize the ongoing projects Turn to page 19
BIR’s Oplan KANDADO imposed
wo establish ments were padlocked today under Operation Kandado of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) in its efforts to collect revenues due the government.
BIR Revenue District 79 chief Cresencio Agad (left) supervises the padlock operations of tax-delinquent stores with taxpayers service division chief Joe Senador (center).
Padlocked were a pizza store located in Piapi Beach, and a sister company selling Havaianas slippers inside Robinsons Place owned and operated by a couple. Today’s Oplan Kandado were personally undertaken by the regional director of the Bureau of Internal RevTo page 16
critical reporting HOW MEDIA SEES IT, AND NOT OTHERS BY ELY P. DEJARESCO
Vindictiveness can be well disguised as simple accountability
sing the half-full-half-empty principle, revenge or vindictiveness can be looked upon and described as “plain accountability” depending on who is the actor and who is the receiver of the action. But there is a whale of a difference between the two terminologies: vindictiveness is getting back at one, even without enough justifiable reasons, just to get even with the other person. While accountability goes with the territory: one is under obligation to settle things as part of one’s duties and responsibilities. Accountability follows a process, in contrast to vindictiveness whose attacker can fast-track the whole matter. So how do you judge the process in the Arroyo-Aquino controversy? Of course, it depends on whose side the person is. -o0oIn covering the news, one media can defend its claim of impartiality, but in reality, the slant or perception of the story by its readers or viewers is what determines everything. -o0oA journalist could do a case study of a story as to how much space is devoted to each side of the controversy. Notice how many issues now, and even on TV, is the side of the beleaguered Arroyo family being treated with “token” slants. -o0oBut notice the PNOY administration side; it mostly occupies more than half the story. Just try to back-track and read past issues of national broadsheets and compare their stories. You will know who is really bias and paranoid! -o0o“PUT THE LITTLE GIRL TO SLEEP” Regardless of whether or not the report to kill former president Gloria Arroyo is true or false, it is the responsibility of this government to protect its fomer head of state as a matter of protocol and statesmanship. There is a report that hotter heads are out to assassinate the former president at the airport tarmac in case the Supreme Court decides to allow her to leave for abroad with finality. Some say by simple doses of toxic chemicals, either by food, by injection or by inhalation. This report about an Arroyo assassination was revealed by her spokesperson, Elena Horn, who based the story on an uncontroverted report by a PDI columnist of which plan is called Oplan: Put the Little Girl to Sleep. The plan to kill the former lady president was exposed on Bonifacio Day, November 30. Malacañang, of course, denied it as one that is a total fabrication and urged Elena Horn to go see a psychiatrist. A statement from Butch Abad elicited Mrs. Horn’s reply saying Abad can join her in seeing a St. Lukes psychologist. The threat, we believe, is serious, and should not be taken lightly. But as to whether it will be carried out now that it is exposed, we doubt it very much considering that the PNOY administration, by command responsibility, will be the prime suspect if anything happens. But if true, the plot has been aborted and won’t probably happen. Be that as it may, the clear option is to tighten security, isolate possible suspects, and counter offense thru psy-war tactics.
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National cheating culture
loria Arroyo is now being persecuted (legally) as if she is the only election cheater in the Philippines. Don’t get us wrong; we are for accountability. And every past president has been doing it. While it is good for this government to go after cheaters and plunderers, perhaps it is wise for us to get the cue from the story of the adulteress in the Bible wherein the Lord did not stop the accusers, but simply asked them to “cast the first stone.” And even if stoning to death was their culture, nobody dared to do it because they knew EVERYBODY was as guilty, if not worse, as the adulteress. Trouble is, this administration is not God-centered, we believe. We are not judging, but just observing. We can be wrong because only God sees the heart. But we can see that for starters, PNOY favors the RH Bill, which is a classic choice between worldliness and Godliness. This only indicates that Christianity in this Government does not take the front seat. PNOY continues to let others cast the first stone, but himself. But the reality is: HE GIVES THE OR-
DER. Let us stop kidding ourselves. This quest for accountability is motivated by envy, greed and vindictiveness. Just look: this government is again moving all hell to spare a drug mule from death sentence in China. Here are publicity and vote-seekers who try to play hero and spare the guilty from the guillotine. China even rebuked us publicly---not to make fun of the law: guilty is guilty, period. The obvious hypocrisy is this administration wants a death sentence of the drug mule (in China) commuted to life, while this SAME government is virtually casting all the stones it can muster to an accused who is still presumed INNOCENT, who is still to be proven otherwise! What else do you call that? The stupidity is obvious. So let’s talk about solutions: let Congress amend the law that no president, henceforth, will appoint justices to the Supreme Court. This is the only way our highest tribunal will REALLY be independent. Let no politician recommend the appointment of judges and fiscals anymore. Leave it to the Judicial and Bar Council. That is if we are really serious in not MAKING A BIG JOKE ABOUT OUR JUSTICE SYTEM. End of story.
lease allow me to promote a nice way to have a vacation in Panglao Island, Bohol, stayin g between ren owned resorts Eskaya and Bohol Beach Club for as low as P550 per night. My Uncle Bingo has opened his family rest house, now called “Casa De Mare,” to groups who may want to spend a vacation in Panglao island at very affordable rates. It’s a rest house so its occupancy is preferably suited for groups (maximum of 16 beds) who may go on a team-building activity, office bonding or planning sessions, or a large family outing. The nice thing about renting a rest house is you have the entire 300-square meter fenced compound all for yourselves while you are staying. The location is quite cool. Facing the sea, Eskaya is on the right; Bohol Beach Club is on the left. The rest house has two bedrooms on the ground floor each having two beds. Two baths on the ground and one upstairs. It has facilities for cooking with a refrigerator, so the meals can be on a budget. Meals don’t come cheap in Panglao, especially if you are in a large group. On the second floor is a large airconditioned space that has twelve beds. Uncle Bingo says “CASA DE MARE” beach house may not be five star in accommodation but offers a unique competitive edge. It’s definitely inexpensive in the sense that for a party of 10 to 16, they can enjoy the same world class seawater and sand as the two resorts without having to pay expensive rates. This can be computed as anywhere between P550 to P650 per head per night depending on the total number of persons staying. For a 3-day/2-night stay in Casa de Mare, a group of 10-16 can avail of the following low rates: For ten persons staying, the rate is P7,000/night for the entire rest house and amenities, or P14,000 for two nights. Computed individually, the rate is only P1,400 per person for two nights plus transfers. The rates go down if there are more than ten persons staying. For a group of 16 persons, the additional 6 persons (in addition to the ten persons) will only be charged P400 per person per day or an additional P2,400 per night. Thus, for 16 persons, the rate would be P9,400 per night (P7,000 + P2,400). Individually, it would translate to only P587 per person per night, or only P1,175 per person for two nights, plus transfers. Unlike hotels and resorts where movements can be restricted (out of courtesy for other guests), staying in the beach house will afford one a “place of their own” where they can do as they please till the wee hours of the morning without disturbing anyone. The garden beside the house can be an ideal To page 18
Presidents must rule with mind and heart e uphold the thesis that the best president is the one with the mind of an economist but with the heart of a politician. By economist, to mean, knows how to enlarge the economic pie. By politician, to mean, he makes sure the growth is “equitable” to both rich and poor and charismatic enough to let people listen to him with earnest about the goal of his presidency. And to back him up all the way.
W Dateline Manila by Bingo P. Dejaresco
GMA, the workaholic economist, recorded impressive economic indicators like interest rates, foreign exchange rate, foreign reserves, inflation, international credit rating and banking stability. However, much of that success rested on a 12% new Value Added Tax (VAT) which democratized and spread misery to Filipinos-- but stabilized all else. Over 2,000 people were killed or disappeared in her wake and she is now accused of rigging both the 2004 and 2007
elections. Human rights violations and election cheating, we must recall, were the very elements that gave birth to EDSA I that threw the dictator out. It is not surprising, therefore, that GMA is acknowledged to be the most unpopular president after Marcos. Besides, her economic program was not huge enough. The 7% per annum GDP growth for 7 consecutive years (self-imposed and studied target) --to bring Filipinos out of poverty--
never happened. Thus, there were more people poorer and hungrier in 2010 than when GMA started nine years earlier. While many view GMA as a transactional president, PNoy is presenting himself as a transformational one. Aquino has great “communication connect” with all sectors which explains his incredible acceptance rating and the overwhelming backing he got in the midst of the GMA controversy. But one and a half years into the presidency, at best, his To page 9
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Reasons for falling birth rate worldwide
Burnishing “Bona Fides”
n Sunday’s Inquirer, Columnist Randy David recalled the “Mang Pandoy” tragedy. On a 1992 TV show with 11 squabbling presidential contenders, this dirt-poor gardener offered a startling swap: his life for cash. His kids could then finish studies and break free of poverty that sapped his own life.
The nation was haunted by a man whose unspeakable despair stood as an indictment of the sharp inequalities and poverty in our society, David wrote. President Fidel Ramos hired the gardener as his anti-poverty program icon. Mang Pandoy’s circumstances never improved. He died as poor as he was before plucked from anonymity. Multiply Mang Pandoy by thousands of “lumads.” There are roughly 12 million plus of indigenous people in 19 provinces. Many of these 18 tribes cluster in conflict-torn Mindanao: from the B’laan in Davao del Sur and South
Cotabato, the Manobos in Agusan del Sur, Davao and Bukidnon, to the Suban-ons in the Zamboanga peninsula. There, they assert—or used to—native title over swathes of land as their ancestral domain. Waves of migrants spurred by resettlement programs over the years, shoved “lumads” into eroded uplands with thin forest cover. Their predicament is carved into “Timbang Tungkay’s” face. He heads a T’boli village of 14 families by the Allah River in South Cotabato. “Hunger defines Turn to page 13
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he worldwide total fertility rate (TFR) – the number of children the average woman will have during her lifetime – fell from 5.0 in the mid-1960s to 2.7 today, a decline of some 50%. This has caused 59 countries, with 44% of the world’s population, to have below-replacement birth rates. Specific countries like Italy, France, and Singapore have birth rates well below replacement.
To what can we attribute this demographic phenomenon which can have dire consequences on the social and economic landscape of these countries affected? We can point to the following: abortion, contraception, divorce and unmarried couples living-in; children born out of wedlock; the quest for small families; and finally, homosexuality and same-sex marriages. This departure from conventional social mores and traditional Christian teachings
A Journey Through Cancer
he Spartans at Thermopylae knew they faced certain death but they never wavered. When told that, “…Persians’ arrows will blot out the sun,” the Spartan commander Leonidas responded, “Good; we will fight in the shade.” These warriors faced five to one odds, yet slaughtered tens of thousands before being betrayed and butchered. Their sacrifice is a tribute to courage and honor and is respected around the world. There have been two ma- enemy before they were over jor blockbuster movies about the run and butchered. Their sacgallant battle for freedom at the rifice is a tribute to courage Alamo. Two hundred eighteen and honor and is respected Texans held Santa Anna’s 6,100- around the world. man army mired in blood and There has never been a battle for thirteen days. Those movie about the Battle of Tirad thirteen precious days gave Sam Pass. A young 24-year old FiliHouston time to gather an army pino boy named Gregorio Del and eventually defeat the Mexi- Pilar commanded a sixty man can invasion. platoon of volunteers. His misThe Texans at the Alamo sion was to prevent the 3,000knew they faced certain death man troop 33rd Infantry Regibut they never wavered. The ment (Texas) from capturing cry “Remember the Alamo” President Aguinaldo and crushhas been an American call for ing the Philippine struggle for bravery and courage ever freedom and independsince. These warriors faced ence. twenty seven to one odds yet Facing certain death, slaughtered thousands of the To page 11
on’t forget to smell the flowers. Its fragrance can make most people happy and romantic. Experiment revealed that a room with floral scents may trigger more happy thoughts compared to the non-scented room. Experts say that floral scents promote a better mood, thus produce happy memories. These plants can be natural fragrances from your garden or bottled ones that may come in handy. They say that the positive feelings that we derive from them make us propagate them more profusely in our gardens. Smell is powerful. about aromatherapy, essential oils and emotional response says, “It is interesting to note that the olfactory cells are the only place in the human body where the central nervous system is in direct contact with the external environment. When we detect the smell of something, there is a direct contact between the molecules of scent and our own receptors.” Scents that are known to have uplifting or refreshing effects are mint, eucalyptus, Turn to page 11
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Spirit of Advent
JAMES “KOJAK” HUGHS U.S. Army, Cpt (ret)
Footsteps and Fingerprints
HE season of Advent is once again with us. The preparation for Christmas is now entering its final stretch. But Advent means much more than just decorating our houses and offices with the frills of December. Advent, more than any- meant to participate in God’s thing else, is a reminder for us very own life. While God created all that we need to prepare for us without us—to paraphrase St. the second and final coming of Augustine—he cannot complete Christ. It reminds us that we that creation without us. God have to look forward to that com- does not impose his love and ing, with efforts to make Christ goodness on us. We need to “all in all” in us, or “everything to correspond to it, too. everyone.” This religious dimension This is the more impor- and purpose of our life needs tant meaning of Advent. We to be re-emphasized again have to rescue this liturgical and again, since we tend to season from the dustbin of forget it or take it for granted. obscurity and oblivion into As a result, many have already which many of us have thrown developed an anti-God or antiit. We need to remember that religion mentality, perhaps not our life here on earth is a pil- so much out of malice as of grimage, a work in progress, ignorance, confusion and erwhose destination and com- ror. pletion is Christ, the Alpha Let’s hope the media can and Omega. help in this effort to remind and We have been created in clarify things in this regard. It’s his image and likeness, and with understandable that they go full his grace made children of his, Turn to page 11
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Our olfactory receptors bring the smell sensation to that primordial part of our brain called the limbic system first before it reports the message to the cortex, where recognition occurs. The name of the fragrance comes only after that deepest area of our brains has been stimulated, awakening some poignant and pleasant memories in our childhood, or from the deep recesses of our past. The limbic system is believed to be the seat of all emotions. D.S. Braun, who wrote an article
began in the United States and was followed by many countries, like the Philippines, in the sixties with the introduction of oral contraceptives. This was accompanied in many countries, especially in the United States, with the legalization of divorce and abortion in the seventies, which gave rise to cohabitation, illegitimacy and single-parent families to the legalization of same-sex marriage in recent years. Indeed, it has been a Turn to page 19
Contentment Despite Confusing Contradictions ife has many confusing contradictions. We want to give our children more than the little that we had. We scrimp and save to send those to better schools, and then wonder why they do not appreciate our ‘sacrifices.’ It is what we owe them, they say. We let them stay at home while in their first job, so they can save money toward their own home, then wonder when they ask for even more money because they feel they need a better wardrobe to impress their bosses. What has happened to gratitude? Why does it seem that people are less satisfied with what they have, are less contented today than when I was young?
FR. ROY CIMAGALA
Growing up on a small farm in rural and mountainous Vermont, USA, we lived a simple life. We never had much, but we never lacked for what we really needed. When I graduated from high school, my dad, with tears in his eyes, took me aside to explain that he could only give me $300.00 for my college education; it was the only money he could spare. So I worked my
way through a 2-year college that cost me about $2,200/year. How did I do it? I begged for a personal loan from my aunt, I worked a minimum of 20 hours a week in the college library, I babysat for faculty members, I ran errands, I worked full time during summer break. Did I begrudge giving up my spare time and weekend To page 11
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Godly passion For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore, all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves, but for him who died for them and was raised again. –– II Corinthians 5:14-15
elieve me, the time is coming when it will no longer matter whether you worship the Father here or in Jerusalem. You Samaritans know so little about the one you worship, while we Jews know all about him for salvation comes through the Jews. But the time is coming and is already here when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for anyone who will worship him that way. For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” “God is Spirit” means that he is not a physical being limited to one place. He is present everywhere, and he can be worshiped anywhere, at any time. It is not where we worship that counts but how we worship. Is
GOSPEL Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11 Comfort, give comfort to my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her service is at an end. Her guilt is expiated; indeed, she has received from the hand of the LORD double for all her sins. A voice cries out: In the desert, prepare the way of the LORD! Make straight in the wasteland a highway for our God! Every valley shall be filled in,
your worship genuine and true? Do you have the Holy Spirit’s help? How does the Holy Spirit help us worship? The Holy Spirit prays for us, teaches us the words of Christ, and tells us we are loved. every mountain and hill shall be made low; the rugged land shall be made a plain, the rough country, and a broad valley. Then, the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all mankind shall see it together; for the mouth of the LORD has spoken, go up unto a high mountain, Zion, herald of glad tidings; cry out at the top of your voice, Jerusalem, herald of good news! Fear not to cry out and say to the cities of Judah: Hear is your God! Here comes with power the Lord GOD, who rules by his strong arms; here is his reward with him, his recompense before him. Like a shepherd, he feeds his flock; in his arms he gathers the lambs, carrying them in his bosom, and leading the ewes with care
Sunday Thoughts ROOTEDNESS, FRUITFULNESS AND LEAFINESS “He is like a tree…” – Psalm 1:3
he Psalmist speaks not only of rootedness and fruitful ness, but what we may call leafiness, for want of a better word. DR. PROCESO UDARBE The Psalmist speaks of leaves that would not wither, leaves that would remain green and lovely. Is there such a thing as leaves that do not wither? Well, we could speak of the process of photosynthesis. When the leaves of a tree turn upward toward the sun, the leaves take all the photons out of the sun, and by a miraculous process, convert them into glucose that provides everything for the tree. This is a shortened description of the process. It is only an analogy for the Psalmist intends it to be a symbol. The point is when our lives are turned toward the Son Jesus Christ, the phenomenon leads on to his dwelling in us and enriching our leafiness. That is, our living reflects the miracle of his indwelling. And when we talk like this, we think of people. I do not wish to embarrass my friend, but I believe one whose
leaves of dedication do not wither is Elman Caguindangan. To be specific, we gave an award to Elman some two or three years ago for his enduring commitment to church music. Here we can use the phrase “in season and out of season.” Elman is the tireless organist of the church. He is available in playing the organ beyond the call of duty. He sings with the congregation as he plays the organ. How many he was won to Christ by his playing of the organ cannot be numbered for he has been an organist of the church for more than twenty years. To summarize, may I repeat the words of our text (Psalm 1:1-3) that invite us to be rooted, fruitful and leafy: Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the Lord and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.
t takes God to love God. It takes a progressive revelation of God’s infinitely satisfying love, His exuberant affections and His indescribable beauty to awaken the church and compel her to give herself wholly back to Him. Like Paul, believers will be compelled by this knowledge of God’s love…
Some believers look at others who have high energy personalities and say, “If I were wired with 220 volts like you, I’d be filled with zeal and passion for God, too. But I have a totally different temperament. I’m one of those 110-volt folks.” Passion for Jesus is not a personality trait. You can have the gentle human makeup possible and still be consumed with the fire of God. You may not express your passion in the same way a “220-volt” type of personality
does, but that fiery devotion will be there, and it will be just as real. It doesn’t matter how much human energy or natural zeal we possess. Passion for Jesus is the fruit of recognizing His dedication to us—not the fruit of our dedication to Him. We will walk in a life of commitment to Him because He is committed to us. When we stand before God, not a person on earth will be able to say, “I gave more to You than You gave to me.”
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usan Yoshihara, vice-president for research of C-FAM, the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, shares something that would strengthen our claim that the RH Bill includes abortion. In Washington last week, U.S. secretary of FR. GAMMY TULABING JCD, VG state Hillary Clinton announced that the United States would engage in a massive funding push over the next five years to promote “reproductive health care and family planning” as a “basic right” around the world. Clinton has previously stated for the record that this includes abortion. The plan includes potentially siphoning off funds currently directed towards fighting HIV/AIDs, tuberculosis, and malaria. Commemorating the fifteenth anniversary of the controversial International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo, Clinton said there were only five years left to achieve ICPD’s goal that “all governments will make access to reproductive health care and family planning services a basic right.” Last April, in testimony before the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, when asked whether the United States’ definition of “reproductive health” includes abortion, Clinton replied that, “We happen to think that family planning is an important part of women’s health and reproductive health includes access to abortion that I believe should be safe, legal, and rare.” In her remarks last week, Clinton specifically emphasized the importance of the abortion component of the Obama foreign policy by saying, “One of President Obama’s first actions in office was to overturn the Mexico City policy, which greatly limited our ability to fund family planning programs.” The 1984 Mexico City Policy required all non-governmental organizations that receive federal funding to refrain from performing or promoting abortion services as a method of family planning in other countries. In fact, notwithstanding Clinton’s assertions, the ICPD outcome To page 13
n creating the new Diocese of Dumaguete, the Bishop was under strict instruction by Pope Pius XII to establish a seminary. The instruction in Latin was the following: Cum praeterea sacerdotes sint christiani populi rectores, iisque Ecclesia sancta maxime opus habeat, venerabilis Frater Episcopus, cui nova Sedes REV. FR. ROMAN C. SAGUN, JR. gubernanda contigerit, omnes curas impendat ut in suo territorio seminarium saltem elementarium exstruatur, pueris excipiendis iisque educandis, quos divina bonitos ad sacerdotii munera vocaverit. That henceforth there be priests as pastors of the Christian people, and by their efforts, the holy (Catholic) Church carries out the work in a very outstanding way, the venerable Brother Bishop, to whom the new See to be governed will have fallen on, must exert all efforts that in his district at least a minor seminary may be built, for boys to be accepted and for them to be educated, whom the divine goodness will have drawn on to the priestly functions. E quorum numero lectissimos quosque suo tempore Romam mittet, ut philosophicis et theologicis veritatibus in Pontificio Collegio Piano Latino Americano imbuantur et erudiantur. From among their number, he will send in his own good time the most learned to Rome, so that they may be instructed and educated in the philosophical and theological truths, (while residing) at the Latin American Pontifical College. Mandamus denique ut ea acta et documenta quae ad novam dioecesim respiciant, cum primum fas erit a Curia Bacolodensi ad Curiam Dumaguetensem rite mittantur, ibidem religiose custodienda. We finally order that those acts and documents, which may pertain to the new diocese, be duly transferred whenever it will be allowed from the Curia in Bacolod to the Curia in Dumaguete, where they are to be preserved conscientiously.
December 4, 2011
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economic program is yet a work in progress. It can be described as a little anemic, sputtering even. Just take the Gross Domestic Product measured by the value of Government (G) , Investments (I ) and Consumption (C), for instance., which slid to 3.2% last quarter from the 7.0% comparative quarter last year. While OFW remittances kept Consumption bullish at all times, Government expenditure has been slowtamed by the universal fear of PNoy’s government about tainted deals in the marketplace. Investments (domestic) are okay but the foreign investors still maintain a jaundiced eye viewing the country. They are still testing the full taste of an Aquino presidency-especially with respect to corruption, the legal system and inept bureaucracy. The defining moment of Aquino’s presidency is made up of two parts of an equation. First, he has to jail the corrupt (past) and stop corruption in his (present) own wake. Second, there must be relative prosperity for the majority of people, otherwise, the “boss” will conclude that the election Aquino Formula was wrong.Poverty must be caused by something else, not corruption. The task can be daunting. We recall how then president of America Bill Clinton then lost control of both houses of Congress and had little foreign policy brilliance as there were no “major” overseas crisis to act upon as US
president. This was during his first term in office. People thought that Clinton would thereby lose his reelection bid. But the former Arkansas governor did something novel. He cancelled welfare privileges of many Americans but only to give in a surprising turn to the 60% of those displaced with real jobs. That gave them a sense of self and security. Clinton won the reelection bid in 1996 by giving fish rods instead of fish. Somewhere down the road, President Aquino must really find out if the “cash transfer” directly given to the poorest of the poor. P21 billion is not just an expanded “Mang Pandoy experiment” that is bound to fail in the long run. The social scientists must start talking to the economic technocrats before it is too late. The mind of the economists and the heart of the real politicians must converge. Newsweek reported last week about names of presidents and prime ministers who were certified moneycrats out to solve the financial crisis of countries but failed. They are Lucas Papademos (Greece), possibly the new (Italian head) Mario Monti, Egypt’s then head Hosni Mubarak and his financial gurus, and Pakistan’s Perez Musharaf who leaned on rich ex-Citibanker (finance minister) Shaukat Aziz down to Pakistan’s perdition. They applied all the learned theories of economics and forecasting matrices, but Greece and Italy remained as Europe’s
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main headaches, and Egypt and Pakistan in deep trouble, still. But Newsweek also cited two other techocrat-leaders who prospered their economies: India, under PMeconomist Monnahar Singh, and Colombia, under Londoneducated finance Juan Manuel Santos. There must be somewhere a science to all these. “Bread and freedom” today are the masses’ co-equal concerns. Thus, only a president who thinks like an economist and feels like a benevolent politician will ever soundly succeed. It’s not all about just numbers. For comments: email to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
“Equality before the law” o warrant of arrest shall be issued except upon probable cause to be determined personally by the judge after examination upon oath or affirmation of the complainant and the witnesses he may produce, and particularly describing the person to be seized.” This is BY: the Constitutional requirement for any issuance of a warrant of arrest. ATTY. FRANCISCO D. YAP In the case of Former Presi- the judge, on the basis of the Indent Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, formation and supporting docuthe information was filed with the ments before him, personally shall be given simply because RTC of Pasig City against her for evaluated the information and she is a former President of the electoral fraud which is punish- the supporting documents Republic of the Philippines. She able with life imprisonment to whether the accused is probably should be treated just like any death. The Supreme Court, in guilty thereof and issued a war- other detention prisoner. Soliven vs. Makasiar, ruled that rant which was served on Gloria The RTC should set her the judge is not required to per- Macapagal Arroyo who had her- arraignment now that personally examine complainant self admitted at St. Luke Hospi- sonal jurisdiction has been and his witnesses. tal in Taguig, Quezon City. Thus, acquired over the person of The Supreme Court fur- the RTC Judge who issued the the accused. She will be inther stated that “following es- warrant of arrest has the juris- formed of the charges against tablished doctrine and proce- diction to determine where she her and the information will be dure, he shall (1) personally should be confined since it has read by the Clerk of Court and evaluate the report and the personal jurisdiction over the she will be asked if she undersupporting documents sub- accused, in the meantime that stood the information and mitted by the fiscal regarding the case will be heard. Gloria what is her plea. Of course, the existence of probable Macapagal Arroyo, through her she will be plead “NOT cause, and on the basis lawyers, have filed a motion re- GUILTY,” and after that, the thereof, issue a warrant of ar- questing that she be placed un- Prosecution will present their rest.” der house arrest. In a democ- evidence against the accused. Thus, after the filing of the racy, and under our Republican She may petition for bail on complaint or information for elec- form of government, everybody the ground that the evidence toral fraud, and the case was should be treated equally before of guilt is not strong. The raffled to RTC Branch 1 of Pasig, the law. No special treatment To page 13
December 4, 2011
PA clash in Carabalan with arson suspects
cKinley, Guihulngan – The group believed to be behind the series of arson incidents in Himamaylan City engaged with the military in an encounter, recently. The clash between the 11 th Infantry (Lapu-Lapu) Battalion of the Philippine Army patrol, led by Cpt. Edval Pendon, and suspected members of the New People’s Army (NPA) ensued with no casualty.
The 3:00am dawn firefight in Sitio Tara, Brgy. Carabalan lasted for about two (2) minutes, after which the rebels scampered to different directions leaving behind a homemade shotgun and a caliber .45 pistol loaded with seven (7) live ammunitions. Several hectares of sugarcane and a tenwheeler truck were torched by rebels during the last two weeks. The
cost of damaged properties is yet to be determined by authorities. Lt Col. Ram il M. Bitong, the 11th IB Commander, believes the rebels in Himamaylan City do not enjoy the support of the residents there because they now resort to arson. “What the people need and want is genuine peace, security and development, and not the culture of violence that the arsonists are espousing,” Lt. Col. Bitong LT. COL. RAMIL M. B ITONG declared.
Lucky Terminal champs in Sandurot Open Fiesta Invitational Basketball tourney
Grade 4 pupil of Silliman Uni versity School of Basic Educa tion led the winning members of the Dumaguete Shooters Association (DSA) after receiving a special award as t he young est la dy sho ot er during the Asia-Pacific GLOCK Invitational shootfest held on November 25 to 27 at the Cebu Pistol and Rifle Association (CPRA) International Firing Range in Mactan, Cebu. The event was participated in by practical shooting aficionados from all over the Philippines and the Asia-Pacific. Nicole Marie “Cola” Dicen Tagle, who is only 10 years old, was recognized for her form and precision du ring the tou rn amen t which celebrates CPRA’s 30th founding anniversary. She was honored with a brand new GLOCK safe action pistol that contains factory engraving of her name by GLO CK Asia-Pacific
Limited managing director Sven de Souter and Trust Trade Fir earms an d Ammunitio ns president Girme Gutierrez. Awarded together with Tagle were Roger Abugan (Super Senior Category) and Rowgun Fausto who topped in the Production Division. Also, P/Sup t. Cr isaleo Tolen tino o f
Dumaguete Police Station won 1st runner-up in Rifle Open-Lawmen Category. DSA is one of the country’s active associations of shooting enth usiasts. Its members include professionals, businessmen, judges and law enforcers, among others. Heading DSA as pr esiden t is Mr. Roy T. Cang.
Rule of law must prevail
HE Bill of Rights enshrined in the Constitu tion, past and present, of the Republic of the Philippines, takes precedence over all other provisions thereof. Every public official, before he assumes his duties, takes an oath to “preserve and defend the Constitution,” not in prosecution.
erseverance and having the heart of a champion were the keys as Lucky Terminal ended up victorious in the Sandurot Open Fiesta Invitational Basketball Championship held November 21 at the Dumaguete City Multi-Purpose Gym as they defeated the Sta. Catalina team in the final game, 85-75. In the first minutes of the 1st quarter, Lucky Terminal had the lead. But during the last minute, Sta. Catalina hounded, thus having a 3point lead, 22-19. Lucky Terminal players redeemed themselves in the 2nd quarter as they were 8 points ahead from their opponent. Sta. Catalina team got even weaker as they were 16 points behind, 67-51, by the end of the 3rd quarter. By the start o f th e 4th quarter, however, Sta. Catalina got back in the
game as they caught up with Lucky Terminal, with the latter only 6 points ahead by the last 3 minutes and 50 seconds. Yet, in the last few minutes of the last qu arter, Lucky Terminal strengthened their defense and completely beat Sta. Catalina. O n th e other hand , Bayawan City bagged the 3rd place as they defeated SL Enterprise with a final score of 86-79. Joe Guirit, city sports consultant, said that the 1st place received P30,000;
2 n d plac e with P20,000; 3rd place with P15,000; and 4th place with P10,000. All of them also received trophies. City Mayor Manue l Sagarba rria hande d the prizes and trophies along with Vice-Mayor Alan Gel Cordova and Councilor Franklin Esmeña. Guirit also expressed his gratitude to the people who witnessed the said event, which was also in relation with the 63rd Charter Day and Fiesta Celebration of the City of Dumaguete.
The trouble with government lawyers is they forget that all persons, before conviction, are as a matter of right, presumed innocent. This is the rule of law. The provisions of the Bill of Rights are self-executing and are demandable anytime. It is for the party who argues against the enjoyment and exercise of these rights to prove that there is urgent need for their curtailment. As public officials, the president and the justice secretary should be the first to set an example in protecting and defending the individual rights guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. It is ironic that the son of Ninoy Aquino, who fought and died for these individual rights, now leads in violating the Bill of Rights. Almost 80 years, an author of the 1935 Constitution, Claro M. Recto, commented on violations of constitutional guarantees: “Isolated infractions, if left uncorrected, may in time become a chronic condition. If the constitution is allowed to be violated in one provision, it will easily be violated in another provision. If constitution is suspended as to one group of citizens, it can be usurp the powers of another, so can it invade the totality of power.” Recto then admonished: “None of us can be sure that he will have no need of the constitution; it behooves us all, therefore, to protect and preserve it for an evil day. The persons who now defy the constitution or allow it to be subverted and undermined without protest, may themselves cry out for its protection tomorrow, and bewail the loss of the guarantees that they themselves destroyed or denied to their enemies. . .” And then, he wound up his speech with serious foreboding expressed in the follow-
ing language: “ Neither in the toils of the day nor in the vigils of the night can the sentinels of the constitution “relax their vigilance. Let us all be wary and stand up by our arms, set by culpable tolerance or by criminal negligence, our country should, in some forbidding future, become a desolate Carthage, wherein only the naked ruins of our republic shall remain, fallen monuments of the past in those debris our descendants, by then forlorn bondsmen of some corrupt despot, shall in vain endeavor to decipher the language of the constitution, inscribed as in forgotten hieroglyphs, on the sarcophagus of our dead freedoms.” Today is that evil day. I join the eight justices who voted for the issuance of the temporary restraining order. -HECTOR REUBEN D. FELICIANO 1614 San Lazaro St Sta. Cruz Manila
Hey, its just accountability At the start of the case against the Chun, President Kim Young-sam pushed for the enactment of the special law to punish those responsible for the Kwangju case. The bribery scandal involving Roh was said to have given Kim the opportunity he needed to show that his administration and its leader could clear away the painful legacy of the past. Similarly, the arrest and detention of Arroyo is giving the President Aquino the opportunity he needs to show that this administration can fulfill its promise to punish the government officials who plundered state coffers and ordered the commission of human rights violations. Let there be no special extraordinary treatment for Arroyo. If ever, she should be confined in a government hospital like the National Orthopedic Hospital or Veterans Memorial Medical Center where her predecessors, Estrada, was detained while facing an impeachment trial and after he was sentenced to prison for plunder. As the President’s spokesperson has stressed, the case against Arroyo is not about vindictiveness, it is about accountability, she has to answer for her alleged crimes against the Filipino people.
December 4, 2011
Solon presses CHR probe on gun-slay-try suspects
hird District Rep. Pryde Henry Teves has called on the Provincial Internal Affairs Office of the Philippine National Police and the Commission on Human Rights to investigate what he believes are possible violations in the handling of the pieces of evidence upon two suspects held in connection with the alleged plots on the life of Gov. Roel Degamo. The 3rd district solon said he was intrigued with photographs taken by a local mediaman that shows the initials of the suspect Anthony P. Eleuterio on the Ingram machine pistol allegedly recovered from his possession during a foiled attempt on the life of the governor. Teves said no ind ividual in his right mind, moreso a hired killer, would carve his initials (APE) on the firearm which he intends to use in commiting a crime. That is plain stupidity, Cong. Teves pointed out. At first, Cong. Teves only dou bted about the truthfulness of the accusations, but with this development, he said it is possible
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Gregorio wrote in his diary, “…I realized what a terrible task that has been given to me and yet I feel this is the most glorious moment of my life. What I do is done for my glorious country. No sacrifice can be too great.” There were no thick walls or any narrow pass. The “boy general” and his men gallantly held off the invading army on an empty hill top for six hours. Eventually, he was shot in the neck and died amid the bodies of his fallen comrades. The Filipinos at Tirad pass knew they faced certain death but they never wavered. Gregorio rallied his men with the cry, “We will die fighting; not fleeing like cowards”. These warriors face fifty to one odds, more that the Alamo or Thermopylae, yet they fought bravely to the last man. Their sacrifice is a tribute to courage and honor and is UNKNOWN outside of the Philippines. Lieutenant Dennis Quinlan of the 33rd Infantry Regiment honored his brave adversary by placing a marker on the grave which read, “An Officer and a Gentleman.” This is high praise and respect from your enemy.
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blast into mundane issues like politics, business, culture, etc., but they should not leave religion and faith behind. Ignoring faith and religion invariably leads us to paths of trouble, conflicts, misunderstanding and hatred, and all forms of abuses of our freedom and rights. That’s simply because ignoring faith and religion in our earthly affairs takes away the source and purpose of freedom. Let’s remember that freedom comes from God. We did not generate it on our own. It’s a gift, the highest gift God gives us, since it is what resembles us with him, and enables us to love and be responsible for all our actions, and in fact, for our whole life. This freedom is shown in its best form in the life of Christ who did nothing other than to do the will of his Father, no matter what the cost. Let’s hope that this truth of our faith gets a fair hearing in us, individually and collectively, especially in the media, since they are a powerful force of influence in society. Let’s bring this truth of faith about our freedom to its practical manifestations, freeing it from a mainly theoretical understanding. In our daily concerns, as well as in the big political and socio-economic issues that confront us, we need to highlight how we ought to live our freedom well, always referring it to God. At the moment, we find ourselves in such confusion that many of us don’t know anymore where to go. The logizers. God is amazing. He thought about big things like the universe and little things like flowers and fragrances. The all-knowing Creator thought about nights when our hearts are heavy, as we take that badly needed walk in the garden or in the park, the heavily scented air of sweet perfumes can sooth and calm our souls. Fragrance was made by God for man to appreciate His love.
CHR REACTION: In urging CHR special investigator Jess Cañete to investigate the case, Teves said human rights is not only for good people, but for bad people as well, and that police officers should not play God by putting the future of suspects in their hands. For his part, Cañete said his office will only look into whether the arrest was legal and whether the injuries incurred by the suspects are justified or not. About the firearm, Cañete said it is a matter of defense by the suspects and would not want to comment on the merit of the
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pleasures for work? No, because I knew even then that it was up to me, and no one else, to make the best out of my life that I could. This was a gift that my parents had given me — the desire to be the best I could be whatever the circumstances were. I should not blame others for my difficulties and inadequacies, nor should I get angry or bitter when things did not happen the way I thought they should. cal political squabbles, the world economic crisis, the social unrest in many parts of the world just don’t have purely political or socio-economic causes. These causes would not be radical enough if they are not referred to how they violate the use of our freedom as given to us by God. The real germ of the problem would elude detection when the spiritual and moral roots of these causes are ignored. The real culprit is when we misuse or abuse our freedom to do not God’s will but simply ours, in whatever level or way that will of ours can manifest itself. The real culprit is when we do our own will in opposition to God’s, cleverly using our talents, resources, and the imperfections of our political and legal systems. In the media right now, for example, there is so much expression of nothing short than the sheer law of Talion, the eye-for-an eye type of justice, a primitive kind long considered to be inhuman. It’s amazing that this kind of mentality still prevails. There’s quickness to get angry, to get even, to gloat at one’s misfortunes, to judge and condemn. Criminals are not anymore considered human
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case Teves suspects that the police officer who submitted such evidence could be the same police officer who tampered with the evidence, in seeking answers from the Internal Affairs Office. “I’d like to appeal to political leaders like me-- if we want to lo ok goo d, d o good,” Teves said. He also quoted the famous Bishop Toto of South Africa who said, “If you see an injustice done and you opt to remain neutral, then you already took the side of the oppressor,” he quipped../jg And I should try to match my desires with my needs. Then, my parents said, I would find contentment. I learned how to be contented. The definition of contentment that I constructed is this: “Contentment is making grateful, faithful, fruitful and joyful use of what you have, little or much.” In this statement, I can clearly see the footprints of my parents as they journeyed through their lives, showing me the way. When I am confronted with one of life’s many confusing contradictions, I pause for a moment and try to look at the situation in terms of “contentment.” I ask myself: What is there in this situation that I can be grateful for? In working through this contradiction, how can I live out my faith in God’s goodness? How can I bear good fruit despite the confusion around me? Will my decisions in this situation give me a joyful heart? Where is God’s loving hand in this situation? Contentment is a gift wrapped in beautiful cloth that is woven with multi-colored strands of gratefulness for whatever and however much or little you have faithfulness to God and self, the fruitfulness of creative, honest work, and the joy of sharing with others and knowing that you did your best. I know now that a contented life is an abundant life wherein we have everything we need, and if we persevere in doing good excellently and sharing whatever we have with those in need, that even what we desire will eventually come our way. and are therefore placed in a kind of hell here on earth. This was never the example of Christ. He was quick to forgive and to understand. He was quick to heal. Let’s hope we truly understand the spirit of Advent!
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Barangay Waterworks System
he water problem in the country has been around in a long time. Although, as an archipelago, we may be surrounded by oceans and oceans of water, we are plagued by the oft-repeated remark, “water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink.” Ironic as it may seem, such is the plight of many waterless communities in the country, including Negros Oriental which, as of the latest Social Watch survey, is ranked among the poorest provinces in the country. Nationwide, though, more than half of the total population remains waterless. By waterless, as defined by social scientists, the people either have insufficient water supply or do not have access to potable water. “When we say waterless, the word may connote the total absence of water. But by how we define it, waterless means that an area has less than 50 percent water supply coverage. Otherwise, people will just die,” clarifies Kathleen Mangura, consultant of the National Economic and Development Authority on projects of the Millennium Development Goals that try to address sustainable development, including access to safe, drinking water for all Filipinos by 2015. There are, however, certain areas in the country that can be credited for their best practices, which could then be regarded as good examples worthy of emulation by other localities. A case in point is in the province of nearby Cebu where the people in one barangay found that they did not have to walk on water to
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present evidence to prove that their evidence is strong. The defense will also be given a chance to present evidence in support of their motion for bail on the ground that the evidence is NOT strong. All the evidence presented will be considered as evidence presented as part of the main case. Thus, the hearing of the case will be expedited. The sad thing is that there is no sympathy shown by the public on Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. The Filipino people wants corrupt officials to be placed behind bars. President Noynoy Aquino has started to deliver on his political promise. MORE POWER TO YOU PRESIDENT NOYNOY AQUINO. THE PEOPLE ARE BEHIND YOU. IN FACT, IN
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(From page 6) our lives,” this father of 24 children told researchers from Environmental Science for Social Change at Ateneo and United Nations. Many of his children died from coughs, fevers and bad stomachs, his interview says in the book “Forest Faces: Hopes and Regrets of Philippine Forestry.” Before, there were “many months that we were hungry. Now, it is seasonal.” Landless Hilongo migrants came to settle. They did not have money, so the T’Bolis let them use the land, which the migrants now claim as their own. The T’Boli were elCRIMINAL CASES, IT IS ENTITLED “PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES VS. GLORIA MACAPAGAL ARROYO.”
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AFFIDAVIT OF CLAIM WITH WAIVER OF RIGHTS Notice is hereby given that the only surviving heirs of deceased depositor Epifanio A. Amorganda, namely: Elsa A. Matabalan, Edna A. Amorganda, Leah A. Galera, Eduardo A. Amorganda, Ike A. Amorganda, Epifanio A. Amorganda, Jr. have filed and executed an Affidavit of Claim with Waiver of Rights to their Savings Deposits with Philippine Veterans Bank 0047 Dumaguete under SA 346314-100 amounting to P21,733.93 only per Doc. No. 161, Page No. 33, Book No. 01, Series of 2011 of Notary Public Atty. Odyssa A. Dueñas. The Negros Chronicle Nov. 20, 27 & Dec. 4, 2011
EXTRA JUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF ESTATE OF THE LATE MANUEL Y. GONZALES Notice is hereby given that the compulsory heirs and/or successors-in-interest of the late Manual Gonzales y Ibarra, namely: Luz Eltanal-Gonzales, widow; Aitor E. Gonzales, single; and Jose Ignacio E. Gonzales have filed and executed an Extra Judicial Settlement of Estate on their deposit with Philippine National Bank bearing an Account No. 288833400023 & 28883340003 with remaining amount in the sum of P220,863.58 & P15,057.02 per Doc. No. 108, Page No. 23, Book No. XII, Series of 2011 of Notary Public Atty. Cyrus C. Riconalla. The Negros Chronicle Nov. 20, 27 & Dec. 4, 2011
bowed into plowing remaining areas not occupied by migrants. “The need is for children to go to school,” Timbang Tungkay adds. How they continue as T’Bolis is not clear. There is a need for our children to “be conscious they are T’Bolis.” Today, “lumads” find their future teetering again in the jerky peace talks process between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). “If and when a settlement is reached, thorny questions about protecting the (lumad’s) distinct identity and land, (must be) addressed,” the Brussels-based International Crisis group cautioned last week. Ignoring overlapping claims will be a shaky foundation for peace and stoke
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document likewise rules out abortion as a method of family planning. Despite the economic downturn, Clinton announced that “The U.S. Congress recently appropriated more than $648 million in foreign assistance to family planning and reproductive health programs worldwide...the largest allocation in more than a decade.” The “centerpiece” of the Obama foreign policy, she said, would be the Global Health Initiative. She said the initiative “commits us to spending $63 billion over six years.” This will link the reproductive rights agenda to high-profile global health concerns. Launched by the World Economic Forum in 2002, the initiative is supposed to focus on HIV/AIDs, tuberculosis, and malaria. The plan to link abortion rights to the Global Health Initiative through the issue of maternal and child health was announced at the 2007 U.N.-spon-
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here is full of violence inflicted espe cially upon poor women by their partners, but poverty hinders 80% of them from hailing their violent attackers to Court. For the richer women-victims of violence, they keep quiet because of “their reputation and status in society,” which also hinders them from suing their partners in bed. On the last day of the l8-day campaign on violence against w omen, Atty. Janette Icao, senior in-house counsel of Gender Watch Against Violence and Exploitation (G- WAVE), described violence against women (VAW) as having “the face of poverty.” Citing figures, Icao said the G-WAVE served a total of 1,210, 78% of whom are indigents, clients between Jan uary 2007 to October 2011, most of which involved domestic violence or 823 cases followed by rape including incest, statutory, rape under RA 7610, and attempted rape with 135 cases.
SPO4 Josef a Lacandula of the Women’s and Children’s Concern Desk (WCCD) at the Dumaguete City Police Office said the number of their VAW clients who actually file cases against their abusers are even lower than G-WAVE’s. The PNO women’s desk cited only a few of their clients only go to the WCCD to h av e th eir cases recorded for future reference, mostly for annulment and legal separation. She said still Filipinas are “mahinhin” --a little persuasion by their husbands and they easily forgive, only to be tr aumatized when the
further claims of injustice. “Lumads” will benefit from a political settlement that’d end armed rebellion, MILF asserts. On surface, it seems natural that Moros and lumads would share common interest. Both were pushed off their land as Mindanao was incorporated into the Philippine state. This solidarity barely masks differences among tribes. Some see themselves as distinct. They resolutely oppose being included in an expanded Bangsamoro homeland. Others are resigned to their fate. In practice, relations are uneasy, notes Asia Report No. 213 released by the group’s Jakarta office. Tribal leaders sored “Women Deliver” conference by abortion-rights groups, such as International Planned Parenthood and Center for Reproductive Rights, as well as th e U. N. Popul atio n Fu nd (UNFPA). At that time, these groups also called for linking abortion rights to the Millenniu m De velo pmen t Go als (MDG) by inserting a target for “universal access to reproductive health” under MDG 5 on maternal health. Critics see this as a stratagem to dip into funds previously directed to fights AIDS and other diseases. Last week, Clinton pledged U.S. commitment to the reproductive health target saying, “We have pledged new funding, new programs, and a renewed commitment to achieve Millennium Development Goal Five, namely a [three-fourths] reduction in global maternal mortality, and universal access to reproductive health care.” That target has never been accepted by the General Assembly in open debate, and was soundly rejected the last time it was raised in 2005.
next violence occurs. Most victims need psychological appeasement and tests. Most of the cases involving violations of Republic Act 9262, or the Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act, that were reported to the city’s WCCD are physical abuse, followed by psychological and emotional abuse and economic abuse. (RMN/PIA Negros Oriental)
recall enslavement by some Moros. Will lumads be better off under a Moro sub-state? Many doubt it, especially if it will not respect existing land titles. And other indigenous rights in national legislation could be curtailed. Lumads are also frustrated by the government’s flawed implementation of the 1997 Indigenous People’s Rights Act. In any case, IPRA does not apply in the sleaze-bugged Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao, now being overhauled by President Aquino. Since PNoy took office, GRF and MILF held consultations with lumad leaders. But these efforts have neither dispelled the fears of lumads, nor have they reassured them that their rights will be guaranteed
after a settlement. Both GRP and MILF must address the issue of land because it is the bedrock of tribal identity and self-governance. The Aquino administration ought to prioritize implementing indigenous rights in ARMM. Specifically, applications for ancestral domain titles from tribes, who live in areas that may be included in an expanded Bangsamoro homeland should be processed without further delay,” the Group said. MILF should clarify whether IPRA would apply in a Bangsamoro sub-state that would dispel suspicions. How will overlapping ancestral domain claims be resolved?. “The issues at stake cut to the heart of many concerns about how democratic a sub-state would be.
Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF NEGROS ORIENTAL 7th Judicial Region BRANCH 44 Dumaguete City SPEC. PROC. NO. 2011-5012 IN THE MATTER OF CORRECTION OF MIDDLE NAME OF PETITIONER’S MOTHER FROM SILCA TO SILVA AND CORRECTION OF ENTRY AS TO SEX FROM FEMALE TO MALE IN THE RECORDS OF BIRTH OF REMY JAN MACOLBACOL ISUGAN REMY JAN M. ISUGAN, Petitioner, -versusTHE LOCAL CIVIL REGISTRAR OF SIATON, NEGROS ORIENTAL, Respondent. X————————————-————/
ORDER In his September 16, 2011 verified Petition, petitioner Remy Jan M. Isugan alleges that he was born a male on 18 January 1993 at Balastro, Casalaan, Siaton, Negros Oriental, to parents Reynaldo Jalloren Isugan and Mercedes Silva Macolbacol, but that in his records of birth on file with the office of respondent Local Civil Registrar of Siaton, Negros Oriental, his sex was erroneously recorded as female and that the middle name of his mother was likewise erroneously entered as Silca. Thus, the present petition. Being sufficient in form and substance, set the hearing of this Petition on January 25, 2012 at 8:30 in the morning, before the sala of this Court, at which time and place, all interested persons may appear and show cause why this Petition should not be granted. Let this Order be published once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Negros Oriental, duly chosen by raffle, at the expense of the petitioner. Post a copy of this Order at the main entrance of this Court. SO ORDERED. 23 SEPTEMBER 2011. ( Sgd) NECIFORO C. ENOT Judge The Negros Chronicle Nov. 20, 27 & Dec. 4, 2011
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YATTA takes on teen issues
Kaluwasan sa Damgo ni Greta cast members (L-R): Benjie Kitay, Marvelyn Lado, Hochi Benitez, Jhoewelyn David, John Lumapay, Nikki Cimafranca, Earnest Hope Tinambacan. (by Dessa Quesada-Palm)
n a united effort to help in the government’s fight against drug and other substance abuse, a small group of pastors and their support group has again mounted a series of drug abuse lectures and movie showing in seven high schools in the municipality of Dauin and Apo Island. Started last year by a group of pastors coming from different denominations, the Drug Education and Information Campaign series coincided with the recent National Drug Awareness Week celebration and was well-received by high school students coming from the different barangays. It got the nod from Dauin Municipal Mayor Neil Credo, the respective barangay captains led by the Chairperson of the Liga ng mga Barangay Captains Brgy. Capt. Peter Enojo, principals of the high schools headed by Mrs. Carmelita Alcala, and the Chief of Police of Dauin P/Insp. Romulus Delfin. The pastors belong to the Dauin Ministerial Circle (DMC) presently led by its President, Pastora
Daylinda Dequito of the Throne of Grace and Mercy. Formally organized in 2010, the DMC aims not only to educate high school students about the dangers of abusing drugs and other substances like tobacco and alcohol, but also to inspire them to be spiritually motivated. The group, using their own funds and bringing their own equipment even to the hinterlands of the town and across the sea to the neighboring island of Apo, also showed the documentary film entitled “Taghoy sa Dilim”, which has actor and singer Ogie Alcasid as the narrator. The movie features former drug addicts and other substance abusers and not only explains the reasons or origins of the drug problem but also offers alter-
native solutions. For the film showing and lecture at the Apo Island High School, the Dumaguete Chapter of Gideons International led by its President Ed Dequito joined the group, distributing Bibles to the teachers and students. The DMC is also composed of the following pastors: Ptr. Merjun Austero (Throne of Grace and Mercy, Ptr. Gary Fondren (AbbaChild Ministry, Inc.), Chap. Andy Legaspi (Wayside Ministries, United Church of Christ in the Philippines), Ptra. Irma Saranillo (P resbyterian Church, Apo Island), Ptr. Danilo Torres (World International Ministries), Ptr. Cesar Tuballa (Jesus is Lord), and Ptr. Emelene Rusil (P resbyterian Church, Dauin).•
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he Youth Advocates Through Theater Arts embarks on a cultural cam paign to raise critical awareness of youth issues and promote responsible behavior among teens. Dubbed Youth Think and Act, this campaign will be launched through an informance called Kaluwasan sa Damgo ni Greta, which explores issues such as teen sexuality, gang culture, violence and choices that young people take. The play, written by Aiza Pagbonocan, directed by Nikki Cimafranca, with music by Earnest Hope Tinambacan, will be performed for Kalauman Development Center at the Chapel of the Evangel on December 10 at 10am, and at the Little Children of the Philippines in Daro on December 11 at 10am. Other components of sponsibility. An integrated the United Evangelical Misthe cultural campaign in- theater arts approach will be sion through the United clude a 4-day workshop for utilized with participants teens that will combine life producing their own advo- Church of Christ in the Philskills such as visioning, so- cacy pieces towards a festi- ippines. For more informae-mail cial mapping, debate and val of original youth plays. tio n, discernment, inputs on genThe Youth Think and firstname.lastname@example.org, der sensitivity, rights and re- Act project is supported by or text 0915-8141-444.
Camella makes dreamhouse into visual reality
(L-R): Negros Oriental Chamber of Commerce president Edward Du, Dumaguete City Mayor Hon. Manuel Sagarbarria, and Camella Dumaguete General Manager Joseph Sison cut the ceremonial ribbon. umaguete residents experience the city’s first-ever model houses. Camella is the first developer to transform a dream home into a visual reality. Last November 26, Camella Dumaguete once again made history when it opened the city’s only model house made possible by the country’s largest homebuilder. Just within five months after its groundbreaking, Camella provided the buyers a true all around experience of what a Camella home and community is all about.
For Women in Science (FWIS) organized by L’oreal and UNESCO, meet Friday with local international program that seeks to promote scientific research women scientists. The program rewards women scientists for their outstanding work and commitment to their chosen field through fellowship grants. (L-R): Mr. Christian Cayaba; Dr. Laura T. David and Ms. Polly Malacad.
Showcased are Carmela, Drina and Elaisa model houses that are the best selling units of Camella Dumaguete with its remarkable space, functionality and affordability. Highlighting the event are no less than the city mayor of Dumaguete Hon. Manu el Sagarbarria and Negros Oriental Chamber of Commerce president Edward Du. Buyers flocked to the site to be the first to view and experience the unique model houses complete with professional interiors and lush landscape desi gn. The model houses give future homeowners a glimpse of what their dream homes actually look like and enable them to know how to create their own picture-perfect homes. Camella Dumaguete General Manager Joseph Sison shared,
“Our showcase area is the first and only model house that any buyer can see and experience. This is our commitment to our buyers who want to make sure they get real value from their money, not just on paper, but on what they can actually see in our model houses.” Aside from the individual home units, Camella offers a wide array of amenities that homeowners would need, such as the Pavilion, a picnic grove, pocket parks and meditation ponds, a children’s playground, a basketball court, and jogging trails. Added to these are 24/7 security, a grandiose gate and a perimeter that has a CCTV system, street lights and a shuttle service for everyone’s convenience. Countryside charm and the comforts of urban living are
blended together, where future residents will experience a refreshing sight and scent of Carribean pine trees surrounding the entire subdivision, coupled with a magnificent panoramic view of the famo us Negros Oriental Twin Peaks. Camella Dumaguete is part of the largest homebuilder in the Philippines, Vista Land & Lifescapes, Inc., that has built over 250,000 houses in 26 provinces in 48 cities and municipalities. For inquiries, send yo ur e-mail to email@example.com or log on to www.camella.com.ph. Also visit Camella Dumaguete office at G/F Plaza Milagros Bldg., Gov. Perdices St ., Dumaguete City, or call numbers (035) 421-0911 or 0917563-3603.
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December 4, 2011 NOTICE OF AUCTION All unredeemed pledges left during the month of July 2011 of the ff CEBUANA LHUILLIER PAWNSHOP branches will be sold at Public Auction on December 10, 2011
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he Negros Oriental provincial government has set aside initial funds to equip the Bayawan City District Hospital with a Comprehensive Emergency Obstetrics and Newborn Care (CEMONC) equipment.
The CEMONC equipment can boost the Bayawan City District Hospital’s efforts to reduce the maternal and child mortality rate in the province while improving the health services of the hospital itself. Data from the Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) show that the number of infant deaths slightly rose in 2010 with 153 deaths or 6.26% from the 145 or 5.75% recorded in 2009.
Maternal mortality, on the other hand, dropped from 29 deaths or 115.7% in 2009 to 24 or 98.17% in 2010. Gov. Roel Degamo, in a recent medical mission in Bayawan City, disclosed that the construction of the said facility worth P18 million will start soon. He led the recent mobile surgical and medical mission at the Bayawan To page 19
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The Family 1. What is a family? According to the Family Code, as enshrined in the present (1987) Constitution, family is defined as being the foundation of the nation, it is a basic social institution which public policy cherishes and protects. As a result, family relations are governed by law, and no custom, practice or agreement which shall harm the family shall be recognized. 2. What constitutes a family? A family is composed of: 1.) between husband and wife, 2.) between parents and children, and 3.) brothers and sisters, whether of full or half-blood (stepbrother or step-sister). 3. What is a family home? The Family Code provides that a family home is constituted jointly by the husband and wife or by an unmarried head of the family, is a dwelling house where they and their family reside, and the land on which it is situated. 4. When is the family home deemed constituted? It is deemed constituted on a house and lot from the time it is occupied as a family residence, as written in a provision in the Family Code. 5. Who are the beneficiaries of a family home? The beneficiaries of a family home, which is provided in the Family Code, are: 1.) the husband and wife, or an unmarried person who is the head of a family, and 2.) parents, ascendants, descendants, brothers and sisters, whether the relationship be legitimate or illegitimate, who are living in the family home and who depend upon the head of the family for legal support. Additionally, beneficiaries must be of legal age. 6. What are the privileges of a family home? As specified in the provision of the Family Code, the family home shall be exempted from execution, forced sale or attachment, except for the following: 1.) for payment of taxes, 2.) for debts incurred prior to the creation of family home, 3.) for debts acquired by mortgages on the premises before or after the creation of family home, and 4.) for debts due to laborers, mechanics, architects, builders, material men, and others who have rendered service or furnished material for the construction of the building. 7. What will happen to the family home if one or both spouses die(s)? The general rule is that the family home continue, but if there is a minor beneficiary, the court has the sole discretion if the court finds compelling reasons. (Val Magno Contributor)
Pizza parlor ... (From page 2) enue ba sed in Bacol od City Perfecto Aranas, assisted by the assistant regional director Atty. Aynie Mandajoyan, along with Revenue District 79 chief Crescencio Agad, and taxpayers service division chief Joe Senador. In an interview, Aranas said more establishments will be padlocked before the year ends if they continue to violate the internal revenue code, defy orders, as well as notices coming from the bureau. The closed establishments were found to have violated Section 115 of the National Internal Revenue Code of 1997 for non-issuance of receipts, failure to register as a VAT taxpayer, and for under declaration of more than 30% of its gross receipts. During the investigation, it was found out that the two establishments have an undeclaration of more than P8 million for one-and-a-half years depriving the government of P1.3 million in taxes. Revenue Dis t. 79 chief Agad explained Oplan Kandado was taken as a last resort, following the conduct of surveillance, investigation and assessment for more than ten days, after which concerned establishments were given the chance to refute their findings, then a fiveday VAT compliance notice was issued before a decision was reached to padlock the establishments. Agad said the closure order will only be lifted by the commissioner once the amount is settled or paid a partial amount, which is 5% of the undeclared amount.jg
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Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF NEGROS ORIENTAL 7TH Judicial Region Branch 63 Bayawan City SPEC. PROC. 381 IN THE MATTER OF CORRECTION OF ENTRY AS TO SEX FROM FEMALE TO MALE, AND INDICATING THE MAIDEN MIDDLE NAME OF THE MOTHER LATO AND MIDDLE NAME OF THE FATHER VESTES IN THE RECORDS OF BIRTH OF ELVIN PARING VENTURA, ELVIN PARTING VENTURA, Petitioner -versusTHE LOCAL CIVIL REGISTRAR OF STA. CATALINA, NEGROS ORIENTAL, Respondent. x———————————————————-———————————/
ORDER Petitioner, in his verified petition, alleges that he was born on March 8, 1990 at Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental and his fact of birth was duly registered before the Office of the Local Civil Registrar of Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental. However, his sexwas entered as Female instead of Male, and to indicate the maiden middle name of the mother Lato and the middle name of the father Vestes. Thus, this petition. The petition, being sufficient in form and substance, let the same be heard on December 6, 2011 at 8:30 o’clock in the morning at the Session Hall of this Court along Severino “Nene” Martinez Street, Bayawan City. Interested parties are hereby enjoined to appear on the aforesaid date, time and place and show cause why the petition should not be granted. Let this order be published immediately, at the expense of the petitioner, for once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Negros Oriental and its five component cities. Furnish copies of this order to the Solicitor General, the Local Civil Registrar of Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental, the Provincial Prosecutor of Dumaguete City, the petitioner and his counsel. SO ORDERED. GIVEN IN CHAMBER this 15th day of September 2011 at Bayawan City, Negros Oriental, Philippines. The Negros Chronicle Nov. 20, 27, & Dec. 04, 2011
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Phobia – Irrational Fear “Some men are mad if they behold a cat.” – W. Shakespeare ll of us have a share of phobia towards animals, insects, and some situations. Nobody is spared from fear of any kind. Of course, there are realistic or normal universal fears, like experiencing an earthquake or tsunami, or facing a hungry lion and other ferocious man-eating animals. Most people are not afraid of domesticated animals like dogs (unless they are mad dogs) and cats. If the fear is slight, then it doesn’t bother at all. However, when the fear is in a discernable degree that it interferes and adversely affects our lives, then that is something strange. Surprisingly, even Brad Pitt, the famous masculine Hollywood star, is terribly afraid of sharks; Steven Spielberg fears reptiles. Other well-known world personalities like Howard Hughes, the American airplane tycoon, is fearful of germs. Former President Ronald Reagan dreads flying during his acting career (aerophobia). Even Sigmund Freud, the father of modern psychoanalysis, suffered from “cardiac neurosis” (Thanatophobia or fear of death).
Nowadays, some people here in Dumaguete and anywhere are fearful of the thought of leaving the safety of their house and become agoraphobic, as well as pyrophobic (fear of fire). They feel insecure for some reasons: presence of hired killers, robbers, thieves, and
even helpers with hairy hands, for they might steal their belongings. Phobia is defined as an unreasonable fear. It is an irrational fear of a particular object or situation. Once the phobia is fully developed, the individual will do anything in his power to avoid
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coming into contact with the feared object or situation, or anything that has become strongly associated with that object or situation. This is known as “Phobic Disorder” in psychiatry. When the individual restricts the freedom of his action, and as long as he avoids and focuses on the source of his phobia, he remains relatively comfortable. The symptom varies from mild uneasiness to panic reaction. Symptoms include: fast heartbeat, sweating, tremors, lump in the throat, stomach cramps, shortness of breath, overwhelming need to flee – “I’ve got to get out of here quickly.”
There are over 500 phobias listed, but the common ones are: Simple phobia – involves fear of animals or some objects Social phobia – fear of being scrutinized by others Agoraphobia – fear of leaving home or open spaces Aculophobia – fear of the dark Acrophobia – fear of heights Treatment: You have to see a trained Algophbia – fear of pain expert (i.e. clinical psychologist or psychiaAquaphobia – fear of water trist) to treat this psychic malady. Otherwise, Astrophobia – fear of lightning you suffer from “useless anxiety” and beBrontophobia – fear of thunder come a permanently nervous-wrecked perCynophobia – fear of dogs son and never be at peace in your life. Cancerophobia – fear of cancer Mysophobia – fear of germs Pyrophobia – fear of fire Thanatophobia – fear of death Triskaidekaphobia – fear of the No. 13 Xenophobia – fear of strangers Zoophobia – fear of animals
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non-stock, non-profit corporation called the Tabok Rural Waterworks System, Inc. (TARUWAS) to manage the waterworks system of the barangay. TARUWAS is run like a private enterprise that follows systems and practices, such as holding monthly board meetings, daily collections, and monthly internal audits that allow the review of monthly collection and records, system meter reading and billing. At the helm of the new corporation is the barangay captain who serves as the chief executive officer. The barangay council and various sectors in the community are also repre-
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From page 2 Arnaiz that is inclined to endorse former finance secretary Gary Teves for governor while the a dminis tration party is pushing for 1st Distric t Congre ss woma n Jocelyn Limkaichong for the top Capitol post. Dr. Mark Macias has reportedly meet with Cong. Limkaichong in private to discuss the offer of LP to field him as the lady solon’s vice-gubernatorial tandem or a slot in the provincial board line-up of LP. (With Florence Baesa)
chairmanship should he be elected by the majority. However, he maintains that the absence of a committee chairmanship does not prevent him from participating actively during floor deliberations of all pending measures in the Provincial Board. Traditionally, the Chairman of the Rules Committee is
sented. The corporation’s goals include providing safe potable water for domestic use at a lower cost; adhering to the promotion of better water conservation; minimizing utilization by centralizing waterworks; maintaining a waterworks system that is environment-friendly; and providing easy monitoring of water quality. The newly formed corporation entered into an agreement with the barangay council to adopt a socialized water pricing scheme. Those who consume more subsidize those who consume less. TARUWAS charges a minimum of P5 per cubic meter, one of the cheapest in Mandaue City.
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preferably a lawyer. Currently, Erames and Dy are the only lawyers left in the provincial board. Erames, who is currently the Vice-Chairman, said that he would like that an election be held for the purpose of choosing the next Chairman of the Committee as he expressed his readiness to reassume the post he resigned in protest of the maj orit y’s perceived bi as against the initiatives of the Office of the Governor. (By Dems Demecillo)
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Panglao vacation... (From page 4) place to bond or play games, and the front side before the beach – for a late night bonfire happening. One can actually save on the meals as they are usually a bit pricey in Panglao resorts since the house called Casa de Mare has cooking and barbecue facilities, a refrigerator and a hot-and-cold water dispenser for usage. Pre-ordered meals can also be prepared. Side trips to Bohol’s wondrous sites like Loboc River, Chocolate Hills, tarsier site, dolphin watching, Danao adventure trip, and island hopping, etc. can also be arranged. If you have groups of friends, relatives, or office mates who want to enjoy Panglao at reasonable rates, this place is recommended. Call Bingo at +63918-9131766/+63922-8454745. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. DEED OF EXTRA JUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF ESTATE, ABSOLUTE SALE, CONFIRMATION OF SALE AND SUBDIVISION PLAN, PARTITION AND PETITION Notice is hereby given that a Deed of Extra Judicial Settlement of Estate, Absolute Sale, Confirmation of Sale and Subdivision Plan, Partition and Petiti on was executed by and among BERNABE T. TAGBAR; NILA TAGBARFONOLLERA; NORMA L. TAGBAR; MARINOR L. TAGBAR; ELEANOR L. TAGBAR; MICHAEL L. TAGBAR, JR.; M ARI SHELLE T. CABUG; ALM A F. TAGBAR; ALWINA F. TAGBAR; JERELL F. TAGBAR; LUCRESIA GRAVADOR; DEMETRIO A. GRAVADOR; ROLANDO A. GRAVADOR; LUCITA A. GRAVADOR; RIC A. GRAVADOR; ALI CE G. SIÑALAN; TERESITA G. RUBLI CA; TEODORO BALDADO, JR.; SPOUSES HERSON BACONG, JR. and JENNIE BALASABASBACONG; FELIPE CAINGLES; and VIRGINIA S. CALIBAT over a parcel of land, Lot 1441 covered by OCT No. 15459 containing an area of Seventeen Thousand and Ninety (17,090) square meters, per Doc. No. 132, Page No. 27, Book No. XL, Series of 2011, Notary Public Atty. ELIZUR V. UMBAC.
DEED OF EXTRA JUDICIAL SETTLEMENT, PARTITION, CONFORMITY OF SUBDIVISION PLAN, TWO DEEDS OF ABSOLUTE SALE AND DONATION INTER VIVOS Notice is hereby given that heirs of LEOPOLDO DI AM OLA, namely: EULALIA D. TINAMBACAN, Heir Vendor; EUTIQUINA D. GAJUNERA, VICTORIA C. CANALES, Heir Donor; for herself and on behalf of ERLINDA C. CALUNOD; ELISA C. APDUHAN; CLARI TA C. BOOK; ERNESTO D. CASIO; HERM ELITA C. DEGAMO; HERLINE GAYLE O. CASIO; ARTEMITA C. DEGAMO; LOURDES C. TOLEDO; VI CTORI A C. CANALES; WILLI AM D. CASI O; and AI DA D. CAYUDONG, heir, for herself and on behalf of BENEDICTA DIAM OLA, hei r, ADELINA D. AGUILO; DI ONESI A D. RAPON; DEMETRIO DI AMOLA, JR.; JOHNY DIAMOLA have executed a Deed of Extra Judicial Settlement, Partition, Conformity of Subdivision Plan, Two Deeds of Absolute Sale and Donation Inter Vivos on a parcel of land known as Lot No. 7491 Pls-659-D under OCT FV30555 containing an area of FIVE THOUSAND ONE HUNDRED THIRTY FOUR (5,134) SQUARE METERS per Doc. No. 527, Page No. 106, Book No. IX, Series of 2010, as notarized by Atty. KIM P. DIOCOS.
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EXTRA JUDICIAL SETTLEMENT AMONG HEIRS Notice is hereby given that the sole heirs of Stewart S. Campos have filed and executed an Extrajudicial Settlement Among Heirs namely: Jarma V. Campos and Juanito G. Campos, over the Shares of Stocks with Philippine National Bank with principal address at Macapagal Blvd., Pasay City, Manila, Philippines, more particularly described as follows: Stock Certificate No. Par Value Per Share No. of Shares Total Value 1.) 391051 100 11 1,100.00 2.) 348708 100 30 3,000.00 Total 41 P4,100.00 ========================== Notarized by Atty. RAMON Q. CARBO Per Not. Reg. No. 054; Page 12; Book No. 01; Series of 2011. The Negros Chronicle Dec. 4, 11 & 18, 2011
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from NPC; Lakas adopted me as their vice-gubernatorial bet based on the fact the two parties have forged a coalition in the election year of 2010,” the indefatigable Villegas said. The two others identified as among the choices of Cong. Arnaiz for nomination to the vacant PB seat aside from Vi llegas are former Dumaguete City Councilor Rommel Erames and Lumj od’s daughter Frit zie Lumjod-Zanoria. There are other interested personalities but their names have not been bared, including one that is willing to serve the unexpired term of Lumjod sans the salary and other benefits. However, sources within the party claim that Rommel Erames is definitely out in the running as Cong. Arnaiz is not inclined t o nominate an Erames to the provincial legislature that will work in tandem with Atty. Saleto Erames. One factor working against Lumjod’s daughter is the possible negative public reaction to the nomination percei ved to be made on solely on account of her being an offspring of the later Board Member, even if majority of the party mates are sympathetic to the family’s economic status at present. Despit e being a no nmember of NPC, Zanoria can still be appointed provided she applies for membership and admitted to the party before the nomination. This can also be the course that Villegas will have to take should her adoption by Lakas in 2010 be considered a resignation from NPC then. Ultimately, the decision will be made by Cong. Arnaiz in due time after consultations, and Villegas is asking everyone to respect the prerogative of the solon as party chief to make the nomination that will be submitted to the Office of President Benigno Aquino III for the proper appo intment. (B y Dems Demecillo) EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT CONFIRMATION OF SALE AND PARTITION Notice is hereby given that the heirs of Andres Gajelloma and their representati ves, namely, LAI LA G. OBORDO; EDRIL GUIROY; PROCESA G. ELLOREN; VENECI O P. GAJELLOM A; RENERIA G. RAFAL; WEVINA G. GAJELLOMA; RONALD G. GAJELLOMA; AUREA M. GAJELLOMA, Vendee, herein represented by Elvira G. Gajo, have executed an Extra Judicial Settlement Confirmation of Sale and Partition on a parcel of land known as Lot No. 7303, Pls-659-D, containing an area of TWENTY TWO THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED (22,500) square meters per OCT No. FV-34140 per Doc. No. 338, Page No. 68, Book No. XXVII, Series of 2008, notari zed by Atty. Eli zur V. Umbac. The Negros Chronicle Nov. 27, Dec. 4 & 11, 2011
DEED OF HEIRSHIP AND SALE Notice is hereby given that Cristina Sastre Magalso, the sole heir of the late Teresita Inoferio, have filed and executed a Deed of Heirship and Sale on Lot No. 5301 situated in the Municipality of Sibulan (now Dumaguete City) as evidenced by OCT-3503-A, containing an area of 416 square meters in favor of Tesima Jaluag, per Doc. No. 124, Page No. 67, Book No. 37, Series of 2011 of Notary Public ATTY. VICENTE T. REAL. The Negros Chronicle Nov., 27, Dec. 4 & 11, 2011
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re you doing anything on Sunday night, say around seven or eight o’clock? Join us on the radio. Every Sunday evening on 96.7 ENERGY radio, we have animated and interesting discussions about a wide variety of topics. Various local personalities exchange views on issues that are or will eventually impact all of us. Last week, we had Tourism planner Dindo Generoso, exchanging views with myself and the editor of the Negros Chronicle, Ely Dejaresco. Not only will you hear provocative discourse but you can join the discussion on the computer and the telephone. You might even get invited to join the panel live on the air. The topics range from the mundane, such as Philippine Independence Day and its significance, to highly volatile subjects, like the Reproductive Health Bill or the movement to legalize divorce in the Philippines. This last week, I
was taken to task by Dindo and two Filipino callers. They felt the Spratly Islands were not an important issue even though the Philippine government sent their largest battleship there to protect our interests. They believed if China wants the Spratly Islands; just let them have the Spratly Islands. Obviously, I do not agree. Not only are the Spratly Islands geographically and historically part of the Philippines, but they are a potentially vital part of our dwindling fishing industry. We can not let China, or any other country, violate Philippine sovereignty. We are most interested in topics you want to talk about.
Are you concerned about the Reproductive Health Bill and how it will impact our lives? Are foreign Dirty Old Men a benefit or a blight in our community? We have, by one count, over 300 “ladies of the evening” working the boulevard area. How do we deal with this problem? Do we need a free or lowcost Sexually Transmitted Disease Clinic? Are pollution levels in our rivers, streams and ocean being properly monitored? Do not let your silence make you part of the problem. Speak out and become part of the solution.
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Richly expressive in any language
he Philippine National Anthem Lupang Hinirang is sang in the official language, Tagalog, though many of us will remember singing the Spanish and English version of the Philippine National Anthem decades ago. As th e nation cel- students had to memorize it. ing the American occupaebrated Andres Bonifacio I had no problem memoriz- tion , th e Filipinas was Day last Wednesdy, Novem- ing it in Spanish as I love banned, and by the comber 30 (which is the birth- the fervor and beauty of the monwealth era, the English day of that gr eat hero , flow of words of the Span- version called the Philippine An dr és Bon if acio y d e ish version. My childhood National Anthem, written by Castro [November 30, 1863 memo ry o f the English Camilo O sias and A. – May 10, 1897]), we re- versions was the flow of the L.Lane, was used. The lyrics of Philipmember him as th e su- words as expressions of pine National Anthem origipremo, a nationalist and love of country. revolutionary, the supreme The Lupang Hiriirang nally in Spanish was transleader of th e Katipunan (official national anthem in lated and used in English movement which fought Pilipino), as sung today, is and into what we now sing for the independence of the as eloquently expressive, so as Lupang Hinirang on these dates in hisPhilippines from Spanish let me share with you read- chronological tory. colonial rule that started the ers all the three versions of · 1898 : National AnPhilippine revolution. Part the anthem and some infor- them - Marcha Nacional of the revolution was the mation on its history. Filipina without lyrics first flag and the first naThe Philippine Na- Julian Felipe tional hymn. tional Anthem was played · 1899 : National AnLike many of my gen- during the first flag raising them in Spanish : Filipinas eration, I learned the Eng- of the Filipino flag by Gen. - Jose Palma lish version of the Philip- Emilio Aguinaldo. It was · 1934 : National Anpine National Anthem in called the Marcha Filipinas them in English : The Philprimary grades and it was melody without lyrics. For ippine Hymn -Camilo Osias the only version we sang more than a year, it re- & A Lane during that time. With 24 mained without any lyrics · 1956 : National Anunits of Spanish courses in until Jose Palma wrote the them in Filipino: Lupang college, the anthem, which poem Filipinas in Spanish, Hinirang - Ju lian Cru z was known as Filipnas, was which became the original Balmaceda and Ildefonso taught in Spanish, and we words of the anthem. Dur- Santos.
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Gary’s party options ... Gun-toting ... From page 1 party he might organize in the local level. Time and again, Gary recognizes the fact that his more than a decade service in the national government has caused him to be removed from the local political scene, hence, the need for him to “reintroduce himself to the people of the province and determine if he is acceptable as a candidate for the highest elected political position in Negros Oriental.” There is also a strong possibility that a coalition b etween Lak as-KampiCMD and the Nationalist People’s Coalition would materialize before the 2013 elections. He also acknowledged that Second District Con gr essman Geo rge
Arnaiz, party chairman of the NPC, would play a major role in his campaign. The Teves camp is particularly strong in the 3rd District despite the defections of some mayors to the Liberal Party considering that majority of the vicemayors, the members of the Sangguniang Bayan and Barangay Captains have remained with Lakas-KampiCMD. While Teves is now set to contest the governorship, his camp is choosing between incumbent Vice-Governor Jun Arnaiz or retiring Negros Oriental State University President Dr. Henry Sojor, who has been a faithful ally of former Cong. Meniong Teves since the 80’s.
at th e pro per time. But sources say he loves to be city mayor of Dumaguete if given the opportunity. Records of the provincial board disclosed that Sojor was elected by the entire province (not just a district) as the number one provincial board member before accepting the offer to beco me p resident o f NORSU, which was former ly the Central Vis a ya s P o ly t ec h n i c College or CVPC. Sojor said there are a lot of things to consider, foremost of w hich is th e resources. He said it’s a problem for anybody who is considered to be very popular but without money, on how can he convert the same into votes. “I know my limitations, but the good Lord works in mysterious ways,” he said.//jg
From page 1 Specifically, Dr. Henry Sojor’s triple options are: the presidency in another state college or university, or a seat in the provincial board, maybe as vice-governor; or take his ages-long desire to take it easy doing nothing by. Un der th e NO RSU charter, the board of regents may decide to extend his term until a replacement is found, but Sojor said he is going to serve his term up to July 2012 only. Sojor confirms several quarters are pushing for him to take a crack at the vicegovernorship of the province of Negros Oriental. Knowing his limitations, the NORSU president said he will have to respond to it
Reasons for ... (Romero)
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slippery slope from contraception to same-sex marriage. The sexual revolution of the sixties has certainly been followed up by the steady erosion of moral values in subsequent decades. Today, there are approxim ately 115,000 abortions a day, or 42 million babies killed inside the womb annually. This is a casualty rate exceeding that of all the wars in the last two centuries. What could be the underlying causes for the above? Obviously, it is the loss of faith and the sense of sin. This is dramatically demonstrated in the drop in religious observance especially in developed countries. As chief of mission in Italy in the nineties, I used to observe that in most churches in Rome, there were as many Filipinos at mass as Italians, meaning to say that there were many dropouts among the natives from church services. Empirical data will show that there is a strict correlation between increasing secularization, especially in Europe and the United States, and dropping birth rates. In Western Europe, weekly church attendance is only 5% and the birthrate at 1.5%, well below a replacement-levelbirth-rate, which is 2.1%. In the US, where churchgoing has dropped by half, the birth rate is 2.06% which is slightly below the
Bayawan ... From page 16 District Hospital. The fo ur-day medical mission, held November 16 to 19, 2011, brought vari ous health services, not only to Bayawan City residents, but also to tho se from the nei ghboring t owns of Sta. Catalina and Basay.
replacement level. It would seem therefore that empty churches equal empty cradles! To the neo-Malthusians and antinatalists, empty cradles must be good news. How come, therefore, that the countries with falling birth rates like the countries above are in a state of panic? Simply because the scourge of the “grey dawn,” a demographic state characterized by old folks outnumbering the young ones, has serious consequences on economic productivity and social security. One can imagine the problems spawned by a society where each wage earner has to support two or more old folks as is now happening in countries like Japan. It will be recalled that Japan conquered the world economy in the thirties because of an abundance of highly trained young people in industry. Today, Japan has lost this competitive age with almost half of its population retired or retirable. And what about markets with few marriages and fewer children who will buy houses, cars and groceries? Old people prefer to stay at home and keep to themselves. If the Philippines today is still growing at a decent 5-7% growth, this economic expansion is supported by the demand for goods and services by an expanding population with a rising middle class that now supports the growth of urban areas from Aparri to Jolo. Check out the malls! The Diaspora, which admittedly has social costs, is driven by the “middleage spread” in the demographic profile – the demographic dividend in the language of the economists, not always appreciated by the layman, the victim of foreign propaganda. For those pinning the blame on Philippine birth rate (which incidentally is trending towards replacement levels) for the level of poverty in this country, please watch the senate corruption hearings to find out how much money could be made available for health, education and welfare. Alternatively, find out how much money is spent on elections every three years.
From page 1 gun to him and his employ-
ees and even slapped his face. After calling for help, city PNP chief P/Sup t Crisaleo Tolentino sent his quick response team, and in minutes, subdued the suspect in possession of an unlicensed firearm. There and then, the Korean national was disarmed with his Para Ordnance Cal. 45 pistol with one magazine containing seven live ammunitions. He is temporarily detained at the city detention cell.jg
EDC, LGU; ... From page 2 ought to remit P313.2 million in royalties to the host LGUs but only remitte d P195 million to DOE, thus, a collectible of P117 million, which to this date the EDC failed to remit, asserting that there was in fact over remittance by almost P137 million in 2009. His colleagues, Assessor Anabelle Dante, Municipal Attorney Katrina Gonzalez and Municipal Planning and Development Officer Fredo Anqui, echoed the position of Obaniana and pointed out that EDC only offered to pay P27 million in real property tax for their power plants and facilities way below the assessment made by the Municipality pegged at P128 million. Gov. Roel R. Degamo also suggested pressuring the EDC to pa y for all the collectibles so that the delivery of basic services will not be compromised. The provinc e, munic ipality and barangays hosting the EDC plants and facilities divide all the proceeds from the real property remittances of the company while the National Government gets 60 percent of the total royalties remitted by EDC with 40 percent to be divide d among the LGUs. The dispute arose in the wake of the full implementation of Republic Act 9513, also known as The Renewable Energy Act of 2008, which offered hefty incentives and tax holidays to investors in renewable energy projects but which severely reduced the financial benefits that the host communities used to enjoy under P.D. 1442 and the EPIRA Law. Gonzalez and Puhagan Brgy. Ca pt. Leonarda T. Sarita expressed anxiety that the continued stalling of remittances of the shares in real property and royalties would jeopardize the ongoing projects of the LGUs designed to subsidize the cost of electricity, boost food security, increase livelihood opportunities, better health services and quality infrastructures for their constituents. (By Dems Demecillo) Is the RH Bill a solution? For what? As far as we can see, it is based on wrong economic premises that carry the right prescription for a demographic disaster now afflicting developed countries. It is matuwid na daan leading us downhill!
Fiscal resets ...
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But their testimonies were given in the absence of a lawyer. Handling Prosecutor Constantino Trinidad urged the suspects to secure a counsel of their own. He ordered the prelims reset on December 12. He quipped that if they indeed own an expensive gun , like an au to matic Ingram and a 45 caliber, then they can afford to hire a good lawyer. Herman Escor a an d Anthony Luterio told newsmen before the scheduled preliminary investigation, Friday, before assistant prov in cial p ro secu to r Constantino Trinidad, that they were hired by a certain Bo bo ng Tan asan o f Bayawan City to allegedly liquidate Mauricio Sioco in the amount of P100,000. Both Escora and Luterio said the firearms confiscated from their possession, an Ingram machine pistol, a 45 caliber pistol and two hand grenades, were provided by Tanasan. They further explained that the governor’s residence was in the sketch, because there is no other landmark in the mark. It was made as a reference point, they told the prosecutor. WIFE & KIDS MISSING Escora shed tears when he told newsmen that his wife and three children were missing only this week after visiting him at his detention cell at the provincial headquarters. It was confirmed by police deputy director for operations P/Supt Alet Virtucio that Escora’s family is indeed missing and the police is tracing their whereabouts. Escora identified a certain Pacito Libron as the possible person who would have knowledge as to the whereabouts of his three kids, aged 10, 8 and 6 years old, and wife Elvira. Accor ding to him, b oth Tan asan and Libron are known to each other. Escora had earlier identified who the mastermind is, but in the absence of a legal counsel, such information still tantamounts to hearsay unless written and under oath. Police needs evidence to link the suspect’s testimony to the alleged mastermind. The two suspects had cooperated with the police in saying, even if they will not (cooperate), their lives are still in danger. So they decided to cooperate. They refuted earlier pronouncemen ts b y Co ng. Pr yd e Henry Teves who believes that th e firear ms w er e planted and were tampered. Asst. provincial prosecutor Trinidad had given both suspects a non-extendable two days to submit counter affidavits for him to resolve the issue. He said preliminary investigation will resume on December 12.
complaint was filed under oath by both Carranza and Cimafranca before Prosecutor Ulyssses Andora dated December 2, Friday. Accused by the PNP and NBI charge sh eet dockeed in the Department of Justice provincial prosecutors office as V-IIL0073 are the following: “JASPER TANASAN a.k .a. “BOBONG TANASAN,” “JASPER SULAIMAN,” GK Village, Bayawan City, Negros Oriental; Arnulfo Teves a.k.a “Arn ie,” Bar an gay Malabugas, Bayawan City, Negr os Or ien tal; ALEX MAYAGMA a.k .a. “ALEX,” San Roq ue, Bayawan City, Negros Oriental; RIO SIASON a.k.a. “SITONG,” Ch av an an , Basay, Negros Oriental; JOMAR NICOR a.k .a. “KETOT MAGBANUA,”
Chavanan, Basay, Negros O rien tal, REMY DEO CARES, Ban ga, Bayawan City, Negros Orien tal, and HERMAN ESCORA y LORA a.k.a. “RICKY ESCORA,” San Roq ue, Bayawan City, Negros Oriental. Alabastro sur vived gunshot wounds when he was shot inside the Negros Oriental State University in Bayawan City-Sta. Catalina campus in Caranoche, Sta. Catalina on June 24, 2011 at about 7:30 p.m. The charge sheet bore no details of the complaint even as Teves quarters denied the charges as preposterous, a demolition job, and politically motivated. When asked by media reporters to air his reaction, Teves said, “No comment.” The dates for the preliminary inv estigation s have yet to be set and raffled among prosecutors.
Republic of the Philippines Province of Negros Oriental Municipality of Dauin BIDS AND AWARDS COMMITTEE INVITATION TO APPLY FOR ELIGIBILITY AND TO BID FOR SUPPLY OF MATERIALS ON THE FOLLOWING PROJECTS DELIVERY OF LABOR & CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS NAME OF PROJECT * For delivery of Construction Materials only 1. Construction of Day Care Center -GF (Magay, Tunga-tunga, Dauin, Neg. Or.) 2. Electrification Project for Brgy. Lipayo Dauin, Neg. Or. * For labor & construction materials contract, ABC 1. Road concreting of 100 meters at -20% Panubtuban, Dauin, Neg. Or. 2. Road concreting of 110 meters -20% Libjo, Dauin, Neg. Or. 3. Road concreting of 110 meters -20% Tugawe, Dauin, Neg. Or.
P500,000.00 P500,000.00 P500,000.00
The Municipal Government of Dauin, Negros Oriental, through the General Fund (GF) and 20% EDF, intends to apply the sum listed above being the Approved Budget of the Contract (ABC) to payments for the delivery of labor & construction materials of the above listed projects. Bids received in excess of the ABC shall be automatically rejected at Bid opening. The Government of Dauin, Negros Oriental now invites sealed Bids from eligible bidders for the delivery of labor and construction materials for the above projects. Delivery of the same is required by the winning bidder/s. The description of an eligible Bidder is contained in Section II of the Bidding Documents, ITB. Bidding will be conducted through an open competitive bidding procedure using non-discretionary pass/fail criteria as specified in the Implementing Rules and Regulations PART A (IRR-A) of Republic Act. No. 9184 (RA 9184), otherwise known as the Government Procurement Reform Act, and is restricted to organizations with at least sixty percent (60%) interest or outstanding capital stock belonging to citizens of the Philippines, as specified in Republic Act 5183 (RA 5183). Only Bids from Bidders who pass the eligibility check will be opened. The process for the eligibility check is described in Section II of the Bidding documents ITB. The bidder with the Lowest Calculated Bid (LBC) shall advance to the post-qualification stage in order to finally determine his responsiveness to the technical and financial requirements of the project. The contract shall then be awarded to the Lowest Calculated and Responsive Bidder (LCRB) who is determined as such during the post-qualification procedure. Interested bidders may obtain further information from the Municipal Government of Dauin, Negros Oriental and inspect the Bidding Document at the address given below during office hours from 9:00 in the morning up to 5:00 in the afternoon. A complete set of Bidding Documents may be purchased by interested Bidders from the address below and upon payment of a non-refundable fee in the amount of (per project cost). The method of payment will be in cash. The prospective Bidder or his authorized representative shall receive the Bidding Documents personally on December 14-16, 2011 during office hours. Bids and eligibility requirements must be delivered to the address below on or before December 19, 2011. All Bids must be accompanied by a Bid Security in the form of cash and in the amount of (per project) or an equal equivalent in a freely convertible currency. Late Bids shall not be accepted. Bid opening shall be on December 19, 2011 at 2:00 in the afternoon at the Municipal Conference Hall, Dauin, Negros Oriental. Bids will be opened in the presence of the Bidders’ representative who chooses to attend at the address below. The Municipal Government of Dauin, Negros Oriental reserves the right to accept or reject any bid, and to annul the bidding process and reject all bids at any time prior to contract award, without thereby incurring any liability to the affected Bidder or Bidders. MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT OF DAUIN, NEGROS ORIENTAL BIDS AND AWARDS COMMITTEE (Sgd.) ROMER A. DELFINO BAC Chairman Municipal Government of Dauin, Negros Oriental Tel. No. (035)400-5272/09173005887 email @email@example.com
December 4, 2011
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