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rovincial Board Members will be returning to hold its 6th consecutive hearing of next year’s provincial budget on December 27, 2012, preferably after a meeting with the governor on some highly contentious items of the annual budget.

For 2013, the annual budget of the province of Negros Oriental will be P1,418,644,712, a notable increase from the current budget of P1.06 billion and 2011’s P1.11 billion. Board Member Liland

Bustamante-Estacion, Chairman of the Committee on Health, said that, basically, the provincial hospital, district hospitals and community hospitals were given at least a 6 percent increase in To page 19

Bets withdraw bids on last hour

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wo congressmen who voted NO to the RH Bill could lose their P70-million each pork barrel next year as their ‘prize’ from the administration. This was revealed by Rep. Pryde Henry Teves who personally witnessed two top Malacañang officials in the Batasan lobbying for Yes-votes. They even asked many NO-congressmen to leave the halls, perhaps for a price just to miss the voting. “So where is the matuwid na daan displayed here?,” Teves asked. (To page 19)

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onfirming earlier reports, Dr. Felix Sy has substituted for his nephew, Jayson Saga Sy, who withdrew his Certificate of Candidacy to allow his uncle to run for Mayor of Manjuyod under the Liberal Party against former Governor Jose “Petit” Baldado.

Former Governor Baldado said he was long expecting that his progressive chief of a government hospital would easily afford to run the financial requirements of running for public office, like the mayorship of Manjuyod.

In Pamplona, Councilor Inocencio T. Alba confirmed that municipal council bet Nikki A. Lara, under the PDP-Laban of Governor Roel Degamo, has also withdrawn her COC and was substituted by a certain Randy To page 19

Gary lauds new SIN Tax

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ormer Finance Secretary Gary Teves lauds the signing of the landmark sin tax bill or Republic Act 10351 (An Act Restructuring the Excise Tax on Alcohol and Tobacco), which is expected to generate more revenues for the government while curbing the prevalence of smoking and alcoholism among Filipinos. The new sin tax law, which President Benigno S. Aquino signed on Thursday, is expected to raise an additional P33.96 bilTo page 19

P2-TRILLON national budget was approved, Wednesday, by P-Noy, as he thanks his key people. The only lady in the photo is Rep. Josy Limkaichong, who is chair of the House Committee on Appropriations and is the LP standard bearer for Negros Oriental in 2013. Others in photo are Speaker Belmonte, Rep. Andaya, Exec. Sec. Paquito Ochoa & Sec. Emilio Abaya.

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egros Oriental’s Liberal party titular head Rep. Josy Limkaichong disclosed that the recently-approved national budget dubbed as “empowerment budget” of P2.006-tril lion for 2013 would fuel the country’s economy next year.

Rep. Josy is chairman of the powerful House Committee on Appropriations, which harmonized its senate version as Pres. Aquino signed the National Budget Bill into law last Wednesday. Limkaichong said the budget measure, which includes allocation for the controversial Repro-

ductive Health Bill that is expected to be enacted before year-end, was approved by the President without any line being vetoed. Rep. Josy voted Yes for the RH bill. She said that the “bottom-up budgeting” process was done for the first time in crafting the general appropriations To page 19

“HE IS OUR PEACE. IN JESUS CHRIST’S BIRTH , THE BROKENNESS OF THE WORLD IS RESTORED TO WHOLENESS.” To page

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he Depart ment of Transportation and Communications in Manila has ordered an immediate underdeck survey of the port of Dumaguete to determine its worthiness after being battered by surging seawaters and waves as a result of the strong winds of Typhoon Pablo. Dumaguete port manager Annie Lee Manese said her office will be submitting to GM Juan Sta. Ana and DOTC Secretary Abaya the program of work within the week, as well as the detailed engineering for immediate To page 11

TOP OF THE WEEK

BY DEMS REY DEMECILLO

Freedom Park now Church outraged by an amusement park Josy’s Yes RH vote ot everyone is happy, albeit temporary,

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that the splendid greenery at the Freedom Park has now turned into an amusement park. Obviously, this is temporary for the Yuletide season.

The Ninoy Aquino Freedom Park is now a carnival complete with dazzling lights, merry music, rides, and food and dry goods stalls. Provincial Board Member Jessica Villanueva-

Koppin queried Provincial Administrator Arnel Francisco as to the alleged lapse in the observance of rules over the establishment of a carnival without the knowledge and consent of the To page 17

ven allies of 1st District Congresswoman Jocelyn Limkaichong are of the opinion that the Roman Catholic Church has been provoked by the lady solon’s Yes vote to pass the Reproductive Health Bill, which has since been signed into law by President Benigno Aquino III.

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However, they also urged the lady solon to reach out to the members of the Catholic clergy and the more conservative members of the

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

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IGHT SENATORS and eight congressmen are currently meeting as a bicameral committee and onwards until they can harmonize their own versions of the RH Bill, which both houses recently approved with a slim margin, this week.

At least, the RH Bill as amended, by both houses, is now faith-oriented, in that the different churches and religious denominations of this largely Catholic country are now given a stake in the implementation of the RH Bill. The oversight committee, which will monitor its implementation will oppose future possibilities of abortion, even though how legal, because this is not the policy of the State, therefore, unconstitutional, if abortion is pursued. Another significant amendment is that the bill, when it becomes a law, will be subject to review every 3 years, but at no time can it be amended to favor abortion in the future. An inter-faith group will be part of the oversight committee; the World Health Organization has lost its exclusivity on the bill; and that the Dep’t of Health, Dep’t of Education and the Phil.

Romancing the RH BILL

SU’s Briones: NegOr’s Gov’s P10M intel and questioned lone partylist nominee P8Mf theJ.O. P1.4 billion proposed provincial

onvinced that the advocacy for more transparency and accountability in all government transactions must be brought before Congress, former National Treasurer Professor Leonor “Liling” Magtolis-Briones will be joining next year’s partylist elections as the first nominee of Kaakbay Partylist, as the only nominee from Negros Oriental.

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Briones, currently Chairman of the Silliman University Board of Trustees and Lead Convenor of Social Watch Philippines, proudly shared that Kaakbay partylist is one of the 19

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budget (compared to last year’s Pl.B), the controversial items are the P10 million intelligence funds of the governor, which is non-accountable but to ManilaCOA, and the P8 million (from last year’s P3M only) allotted for job orders, which is suspected to be an indirect item for electioneering. The two contentious items of the 2013 Annual Provincial Budget have, so far, caused delay, forcing the Sangguniang Panlalawigan to convene its 6th budget

hearing this Thursday after a meeting with the Governor to possibly reconcile their differing positions of the executive and majority of the Board Members. To page 11

Guns, mental illness and military people

n America, the place does not tell the entire story. Newtown, Connecticut was an idyllic residential town of 27,000 people where neigbors "kept their house doorlocks open and everyone knew the names and cars of their fellow residents." Sandy Hook Elementary School was the place no caring parent would think twice placing their kids there for education. It was peaceful and quiet. Last Friday onwards, with their bodies, were killed. tim was to be an angel in a Newtown will never be the same They were all shot (close playlet before Christmas, an again. range) several times -including 8-year old boy was to celebrate his first football goal, Adam Lanza, 20 years old, a child which bore 11 bullets. plagued by a kind of autism and Adam, a briliant but anti-so- and another girl was to rearmed with an assault rifle and cial kid, still had a hundred bul- ceive her first Holy Communtwo semi-automatic pistols (be- lets left, but killed himself when ion --all dead Friday. What is happening to Great longing to her mother), stormed the police tried to corner him. He into the elementary school and had earlier killed her own mother, America? In the last 11 non-war started firing scores of bullets. stole her guns and car, and did a recorded massacres from 2009Twenty children (ages 6- "Slaughter of Innocents" before 2012, eight of them occurred in America, all with automated 7) years old and six adults, in- December 28. cluding the principal and a President Barack Obama weapons in use. To page 10 teacher who shielded the kids wept on national TV. A girl-vic-

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If only Filipinos can think and feel together instead of engage in dilatory tactics, maybe we can move faster as a nation. Don’t you agree?

National Police will be part of those who will help the citizens monitor the implementation of the forthcoming RH law. It is also emphasized that there is a free choice, meaning, all married couples will be allowed to make their own choice of spacing the advent of their children, either by NATURAL or artificial means. The problem is the unmarried couples. The greatest moral risk of the soon RH law is that even unmarried couples, even adolescents, if not even minors, are not prevented from availing of contraceptives. It is feared that although unwanted pregnancies may be avoided, the use of contraceptives raises the issue of immorality and promiscuity, about sex outside marriage, which would seem to be the most uncontrollable malady that can happen to the Philippines after Congress will have passed the Reproductive Health Act of 2012. It is not so much of an issue among married couples, but moreso on the promiscuity issue of the UNMARRIED COUPLES, teenagers,and even minors, availing of the soon to be passed RH Law.

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conduct s-senior citizens who Among the 15 widow L-R: Fe Atmosf era, Lourdes weekly Bible studies. Nocete, Antonia Sar ne, Tessie Ferrolino, Mau & Itoc , and Isabel Cañones. Olpoc, Lazarina Lasola

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t could not be exactly the most beautiful gifts for the Filipino people this Christmas, but our leaders have opted to adopt the controversial Reproductive Health Bill and decided to raise the taxes for cigarettes and alcoholic drinks, both for “better health” among Filipinos. First, not all people in this predominantly Catholic nation have appreciated its approval. But, we should also be grateful to the RH oppositors since they have managed to amend the bill to become faith-oriented in its final bicameral form. This means that the RH bill will be implemented, monitored, and evaluated by an oversight committee , participated by the religious sectors, seeing to it that the RH future law will not offend the docCITY COUNCILORS

trines, teachings and traditions of religious affiliates. This is victory enough. Although they have harmonized the RH bill in principle, let us see to it that as a people, we will help monitor its proper implementation as amended. Civil society should be vigilant enough to raise issues when public and moral interests are at stake. Finally, on the SIN tax law, the pressure groups among cigarettes, tobacco and liquor manufacturers have somehow succeeded in minimizing the rocket high increase in taxes of these two health-threatening products. We hope that by increasing the SIN taxes, fewer people will buy cigarettes to smoke, thus abort any upsurge of lung disorders due to smoking, and liver disorders as a result of excessive drinking.

eports I received are that a lot of distractions have been muddling the message and spirit of Christmas, specially in masses in the Roman Catholic Church. One parishioner told me she has been attending the misa de gallo at dawn. Instead of hearing inspiring messages of the meaning of Christmas and the joy of celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, the homilies have been filled with condemnation on the passage of the Reproductive Health bill. The Catholic Church, as we know, has been staunchly opposing the RH Bill, but it has been voted favorably by both houses of Congress and is certain to become law. Here in Negros Oriental, priests, and even a bishop, according to the report I received, have been attacking not only the RH Bill, but also its proponents. The attacks have reportedly become personal, through namelabeling. According to a parishioner I talked to, Rep. Josy Limkaichong is being vilified for having voted in favor of the RH Bill. She is one of PNoy’s chief political lieutenants in the House and is running for governor. Based on reports, with the elections forthcoming, the Catholic Church is sternly committed to urge their flock not to vote for candidates who pushed for the passage of the RH Bill. It’s as if a candidate is defined by his or her position on the RH Bill. In my opinion, I think discussing the RH Bill and taking political swipes is a distraction from the focus on the meaning of Christmas. The parishioner I talked with said this is a time to reflect on Christ’s birth, God becoming man, in order to save us from our sins. Christmas is supposed to focus on peace on Earth and goodwill to men. Instead, what was heard were words of condemnation, political attacks, discussing terms like “semilla,” “condom,” and “abortion.” I asked the parishioner I was talking to how the RH Bill issue came into the homily in the mass she attended. She related that the scripture in that misa de gallo was about the meeting of Elizabeth and Mary carrying Jesus in her womb. In Luke 1:39-45, a part of which said: “And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy spirit, and she exclaimed with a loud cry, ‘Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb!” This instinctively became an entry point of the priest to inject To page 13

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For broadcasting non-stop 24/ 7 using its own emergency power during the height of Typhoon Pablo on December 4 under a total power blackout, Station DYEM Star ENERGY FM 96.7mhz, was able to provide the public and government the needed linkage in responding to the public’s need in areas of disaster, emergency, rescue and evacuation measures to food supply. Passed through mass motion, under Resolution No. _______, the City Council, last December 19, presented its formal commendation to the NEGROS CHRONCILE and DYEM STAR ENERGY FM 96.7 mhz. (Commendation text was published last week) See photo ABOVE (L-R): Councilors Macias, Esmena, Aquino, Arbon, Remollo and Arbas; VM Codova; Councilors Imbo, Sayson, deJesus and Leon. BELOW: Commendation was read and formally presen ted to DYEM newsteam (L-R) Jasper Garcia, Rex Cornelio, Florence Baesa and CHRONICLE Editor Ely Dejaresco.

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Christmas a Festival of Surprises! BY: FR. HORACIO

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t the meeting in Malacañang, President Aquino announced to the invited legislators that had he been in congress, he would have voted for the RH Bill. His reason the poor must have the option to limit their family even with the use of contraceptive means to be provided by the state. Needless to say, this runs smack against the doctrine of the Catholic Church which decrees that the procreative act must be open to life, ergo any artificial means to prevent conception is a no no.

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hristmas is when we celebrate the unexpected; it is the festival of surprise. This is the night when shepherds wake to the song of angels; when the earth has a star for a satellite; when wise men go on a fool’s errand, bringing gifts to a Prince they have not seen, in a country they do not know.                                   This is the night when one entering, find a mother who is small donkey bears on its back, a virgin and a baby who is God. Chesterton said it for us all: the weight of the world’s desire, and an ox plays host to the Lord The only way to view Christmas of heaven. This is the night properly is to  stand on  one’s when we are told to seek our head. Was there ever a home king, not in a palace, but in a more topsy-turvy than Christmas, the cave where Christ stable. Although we have stood was born? For here, suddenly, here, year after year, as our in the very heart of earth, is fathers before us, the wonder heaven; down is up, and up is has not faded nor will it ever down; the angels look down on fade; the wonder of that mo- the God who made them, and ment when we push open that God looks up to the things he little door and enter, and upon made.

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The police arrived and arrested the foreigner, handcuffed him. At the police station, the arresting officer hit the foreigner with his gun and told him to shut up, broke a tooth. There is a lot more, but this is the tip of the iceberg. The arresting officer has a long record of abusing people, but no one did anything. The foreigner was reluctant to file a complaint due to possible retaliation in the form

of gunfire. The female investigator saw the video tape of the altercation, which clearly showed the Filipino as the aggressor, and questioned several police officers and determined how the unprovoked assault took place, but she refused to testify because she was not there. This looks like a lot of Filipinos against a foreigner...and justice is lost.

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

Footsteps and Fingerprints

HERE’S a little, handy booklet entitled, Handbook of Truths Behind the RH Bill, which, I think, is good to have for the campaign to clarify this delicate issue that is now swamped with all sorts of confusing arguments. our first freedom, the most intimate freedom we have is religious freedom, on which is based our sense of morality, among other things. It is not freedom of speech and assembly, nor even freedom to live, since all these rights and freedom are based on our religious freedom. I feel urged to make that clarification because when I read the arguments used by some of our congressmen who voted on the issue in the second reading, I now understand why many of them took what I consider as wrong positions regarding the issue. Their idea of our first and ultimate freedom can be reduced to freedom to be oneself, as expressed in some allegedly absoTurn to page 16

foreigner was walking with his wife on a trail. A Filipino riding on his motorcycle passed them, then parked his bike obstructing the path. When the foreigner complained, he was verbally assaulted. Seeking some justice, the foreigner decided to report the man to the local police. To support his complaint, he decided to take pictures. He was then physically assaulted and his camera was taken. In a struggle to get his camera, some property damage was done and police were called. The struggle continued and the Filipino succeeded in destroying the man’s wife’s cellphone by smashing it on the floor.

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It focuses more on the medical, economic, demographic and legal aspects of the issue rather than on its morality. And so, it is good for those who want to reach out to those who are a bit allergic to religious arguments but are more open to its more secular, scientific or empirical perspectives. I, of course, believe that the issue is first of all moral— the reason why the Church is very much involved in it—before it is a medical, economic or legal issue. But since people have different sensitivities and attitudes, it would be good if they, too, can get hold of some clarificatory materials that satisfy their preferences. This handbook does that. First of all, I wish to say that

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There are abuses from foreigners... There are abuses from Filipinos...

The Best Prayer Position Phil 4:6 NKJV “Be anxious for nothing, but with prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be known to God.” veryone was astonished when a six-year old boy, suffering from extreme pain in his head caused by a unique kind of disease, prayed for other patients, including the doctors and nurses in the hospital and made a request for his own healing as the last. The boy was healed, and he does for his own self. It is God took care of everything from strange to suffer and be grateful. finances to doctors’ fees. All of It is strange that even trials can his doctors, except for one, be used to bless other souls. made their services free for his But that’s what happens when entire one-month stay in a we trust God despite of unpleasant circumstances. hospital in Metro Manila. What happens when we J-boy’s life is a great blessing to me and to others pray? Usually, we come to God because we have our who know him. He has grown with deep understanding of own concerns, rarely for God responds in what faith is. As a young others. ways. He sees the teenager, his empathy for many intention of the heart. Most of others is extraordinary. His the time, it is the right position parents are more blessed to of the heart that He is looking have a son like him. at, not so much on our Sometimes, true stories are outward physical position like stranger than fiction. It is strange kneeling or sitting down. for a suffering six-year old to be He honors a grateful and concerned of others more than trusting heart.

In fairness to the president, he did not coerce the guest into voting for or against the bill. He did ask them to follow their respective consciences. This advice would have been acceptable to the church, but the obiter dictum that he would have voted himself for the bill was compelling or, should we say, persuasive for many congressmen who are noted for their pavlovian instinct of following blindly the master’s whims and caprices e.g. the Corona Impeachment

How can you make Jesus happy this Christmas? ne Christmas gift that I treasure and display yearround is a cross-stitched depiction of the Christmas message contained in a simple picture frame. Many years ago, my Mom, then 78 or 79, labored over this with her arthritic hands, sewing her love into each tiny stitch. Its Christmas message is stitched in large, intricately designed letters in bright red threads: Christmas is a season of the heart! I would like to share with you a story that, to me, demonstrates Mom’s Christmas message. In a far-away mission school the manger in your picture? for orphans, after sharing the tra- There should only be one ditional Christmas story with her Baby Jesus.” young students, the teacher The young boy looked shyly asked them to draw and color a up to the teacher and said, picture of how they imagined the “While I was drawing the picture birth of the Baby Jesus. Many last night, I talked with Jesus. I unique and beautiful pictures asked him if he had been lonely, were submitted to the teacher with only the animals standing the next day. All the pictures, around in the cave. He anexcept one, were faithful to the swered, ‘No, not really, I was biblical account of the birth. warm and comfortable together Teacher called the young with my loving parents.’ boy aside and asked him, “Then he asked me about “Why are there two babies in Turn to page 16

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Evil does not know reason (Part 2) s Tinio explains, “As in the impeachment trial of (CJ) Corona earlier this year, lawmakers were told: ‘If you are not with President Aquino on this, you are against us.’ ” Thus, if his colleagues in the LP and other members of the majority coa- FR. G AMMY TULABING JCD, VG lition would continue to defy P-Noy’s clear position on the RH Bill, continued the ACT representative, “they find themselves without projects to show their constituents and their voters.” But not only that, “those who would openly go against the President’s position would find their pork barrel released after the election ban has been lifted”— after the May 2013 elections are over. But they badly need the funds for their election campaign. From the above accounts, the RH voting appears, in many cases, less a matter of conviction or conscience and more of getting the funds they need to get elected. It’s difficult for us who are not politicians to moralize on solons who’ll vote to get the pork they need; but surely, one has to admire—beyond belief—those who are running for reelection in their respective districts but who will still vote against the RH Bill this Wednesday—because they realize it’s harmful for the country and our people. It is these solons, especially in the House, whom we should all campaign for and help get elected. It’s they who make us proud as Filipinos and give us hope for our country. This weekend, I read line by line through the “substitute RH Bill,” HB 4244, a copy I obtained courtesy of a House member. He calls it the “Malacañang version” as it was what was given out during the luncheon last Monday hosted by P-Noy. To be able to comment fairly, I read the 27-page bill and will treat some crucial provisions in the next few days. But as an opener, let me quote from Page 3, lines 3-5, which read, “The State shall also promote openness to life, provided that parents bring forth to the world only those children that they can raise in a truly humane way.” I quote the To page 16

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Sunday Thoughts THE IRRESISTIBLE CHARM OF CHRISTMAS (Part III) “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light…” Isaiah 9:2 When we look back in our childhood, it is clear to us that Christmas marked the birth of something new and transforming and inspiring. Christmas brought a vision of human nobility and people ploughed the depths of life’s DR. PROCESO UDARBE spiritual meaning. However, Christmas has become matter-of-fact, an ordinary yearly occurrence, much of the spiritual significance having been eroded. We have somehow lost the meaning of Paul’s exuberant words: “In Christ, old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” For us to rediscover the basic truths of the Bethlehem event, we should do what modern technology does with the old, old movies. It transforms the old black and white movies into vivid living color. And so we can now view the old movies, such as Ben Hur, Gone With the Wind, Jesus of Nazareth, and others in live, splendid, glowing color. What we sorely need this Christmas is a spiritual process by which a spiritually drab celebration can assume brevity in motion

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and long on meaning. We want a season alive in living color. The papers report that the duration of our celebration is the longest in the world. We began in the late October, and we finish in the so-called Feast of the Three Kings in the first week of January. How may we experience Christmas in living color so that its charm is once again irresistible? The charm of Christmas, first of all, is attributed to its theme of selflessness. It had its origin in the heart of God, “for God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son and that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” This is regarded as the central theme of the Bible; it speaks of God’s generosity in the coming of One who was in the form of God and came as a lowly slave. Selflessness is portrayed in the story of the Nativity: Joseph, confused and bewildered, not quite knowing what was happening, stood by as protector of Mary and a child; To page 9

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veals that the Revised Standard Version translation given in Lk 1:28 seems to follow a fairly accurate Greek text. Compared to translations in some modern Bibles, this vernacular translation does not include the Greek words eulogemene en gunaixen present in some manuscripts. Most likely, copyists REV. FR. ROMAN C. inserted those words from SAGUN , JR. verse 42 of the same chapter, where they are firmly attested. Bruce Metzger argues that if the clause had been original in the present verse, there is no adequate reason why it should have been omitted from a wide diversity of early witnesses (including B L W). In its wider context, the prologue (chapters 1 and 2) forms one block of material in the whole gospel of Luke. Many exegetes dispute whether this specific material was composed before the account of Jesus’ ministry beginning in chapter 3 and the whole of Acts, or after them. Whichever, this material, as it appears in the present form of the gospel, provides a true introduction to Lucan theology. A prominent theme in Lucan theology is the graciousness of God, his gospel even being referred to as the gospel of God’s grace. (cf. Acts 20:24). A fundamental characteristic of the graciousness of God is His free choice to favor and save. Everything is dependent upon the initiative of God. Man has no claim on the sovereignty and freedom of God, on His goodness and blessings. The merits of man do not entitle a human person to be found worthy and pleasing in the eyes of God. It is God, above all, who is pure graciousness towards man. In a significant manner, poor men in Luke are considered the special recipients of God’s grace (cf. Lk 6:20-21; 16:20ff.). Samaritans, the heretics of the Jewish faith, are chosen as heroes (cf. 10:25-37; 17:11-19). Women, also second-class citizens among the Jews and Gentiles, receive special importance (cf. 8:1-3; 24:10). Sinners obtain God’s forgiveness and peace (cf. 15:8-32; 23:39-43). Hence, God’s grace is freely available to all (cf. 2:32; 18:918; 19:1-10); but only as a gift. It can thus be said of Mary that she is uniquely the “favoured one” of God. And this is essentially related to God’s loving free choice, To page 16


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BY LELE MARTINEZ

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

cjomartinez@yahoo.com

A KASADYA EXPERIENCE

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ilipinos hold the longest Christmas celebration in the world, and we celebrate Christmas with much passion: gifts and parties abound, specially in December. There is a frenzied celebration almost every day of December. In the midst of these all, I sometimes have a jaded view of the Christmas celebration – the usual parties, food and exchange gifts.

The joyful Christmas spirit reigns over a simple gathering of members of Magdalena with their children and relatives. Weeks before December, I met my friend Leodel, a community organizer, and she told me about a Christmas party for underprivileged prostituted women and their children. These women belonged to a group called MAGDALENA. The group holds regular meetings, awareness orientation trainings, and avail of free medical services. I met these women years ago when Leodel invited me to speak to these girls/women about livelihood opportunities. Magdalena was organized in 1998 by Dr. Fe Sycip-Wale and Maria Leodel Sorote, community organizer, for the girls and women in prostitution in Dumaguete City. This was part of the Silliman University Extension Program through Marina Health Clinic to reach out to these women in its HIV/AIDS education project established in 1997. The Marina Health Clinic was established through the initiative of Don Daniel Sycip in 1972 in remembrance of his wife who died giving birth. In my interaction with the members of MAGDALENA, I heard and learned of their struggles through poverty, illiteracy, abuse, unwanted pregnancies and sickness; they talk of the stigma of their profession and their hopelessness, yet one can see the joy in their faces when they see visitors who accept them. My initial interaction with them led to many more get-togethers with us sitting under the acacia tree in front of Bethel on Sunday afternoons, sharing life stories after a short Bible reading and sharing. It was good to see them, young girls and

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women of all ages let down their guard and be themselves, a group of struggling women who knew and accepted their weaknesses and fate, trying to hope for a better life, and for that few hours be normal women with no condemning words or looks directed at them. We did these every Sunday for almost three years. It was with memories of the time I spent with these girls/women that I drove to Marina Clinic in Dauin to join the Magdalena women for their Christmas party last Saturday. I bought a big bag of chicharon, one of my favorite food to share with the group’s simple lunch. Women and children, numbering over 50, were already in the Center; it was a happy atmosphere amidst the austere provisions. A simple Christmas fare was set and there were some gifts – food, used clothing and used items – to be given away. They had a simple program where the

gether for a very simple banquet. The women and children lined up for their spaghetti feast with tabios (black beans cooked with pieces of sliced pork and fat). I was humbled when the leader called up that each gets one chicaron; I never had to limit myself to one piece of my favorite chicharon. This is one occasion where the word KASADYA (joyful) describes the ambience of the occasion. For some hours, the worldly burdens were forgotten, everyone was living in the present – laughter, food and gifts – the spirit of friendship, sharing and caring was visibly present. Dr. Fe Sycip – Wale, who heads the Marina Health Clinic, London-educated daughter of the gentleman farmer Don Daniel Sycip, was in the little native kitchen with other staff preparing the simple meal for the participants and guests. At the simple party, aside

With the women advocates: Marlyn Pepino of the Visayan Forum; Leodel Sarote, community organizer; and Dr. Fe Sycip-Wale, Outstanding Dumagueteña 2012 Magdalena members showed off their talents, shared their life stories, shifting suffering to joy for this occasion to come to-

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(Udarbe) From page 8 Mary, embarrassed by being pregnant with a child out of wedlock, says to the angel: “Be that as it may, I submit to the will of God.” Three wisemen from the East, risking their fortunes, future and friendships, going through the dangerous days of travel, hasten to go in search of the child, shepherds forgetting their sheep grazing under the stars and going to worship the baby born to be the Good Shepherd. All of these echo what the Master was to say in Galilee: “He who would find his life shall lose it. . . If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself. . .” From the World War II comes the story from a man whose experience had all the shapes of tragedy. He was lying

in a hospital bed in a German enemy camp. He had lost one of his eyes forever. The whole atmosphere was full of hatred; he was feeling the depth of agonizing loneliness. Then into that crude shelter came a small group of carolers singing “Stille Nacht” (Silent Night). Deeply moved by the sentiments of the song, the suffering soldier extended his hand to the enemy soldier who had kicked his eye. From a handshake, they embraced and wept together. We covet that story for our own broken lives and relationships, as a nation, yes, but also in our families and in our communities. For us ,Christmas must become not only a symbol but a reality of “peace on earth.” And the prayer for each one is expressed in a song we have kept singing: “Let there be peace on earth . . . and let it begin with me.”

The charm of Christmas, most important of all, lies in the truth from our own experience that God is available to us when we seek Him. One line of an anthem calls us to accept this truth, even if it’s not a Christmas hymn. “Seek ye the Lord while he may be found; call ye upon him while he is near.” As we all know, the coming of God into human life was the answer to the yearning of mankind for completion, for wholeness, for health, for peace, for consolation. And this human craving was brought into focus in that manger where Jesus was born. Christmas makes known to us God’s revelation of himself, that he is Immanuel- God with us available, God mighty to save. That is why amidst all the Christmas décor, the exchange of gifts, the feasting on the noche buenas, we must reflect on God as known, as loved, as needed.

JOB OPENING POSITION OF ONE (1) FULL-TIME ASSISTANT ENGINEER FOR JARCON CONSTRUCTION Location: Sibulan, Negros Oriental

Qualifications: 1. 2.

Male, Must be between 18 to 25 years of age Must be at least college level, preferably Civil or Mechanical Engineering course 3. Knowledgeable in AUTOCARD and MS OFFICE 4. Must be computer-savvy 5. Must have good communication skills (English, Tagalog, Visaya) 6. Must be willing to supervise sales or rental of equipment 7. Must have a driver’s license, can drive 4-wheel vehicle or motorcycle 8. Must be an open-minded person with a high degree of self-motivation and drive 9. Must have the willingness to learn new skills w ith adaptability to changing needs 10. Must be honest, trustworthy, hardworking, fast-learner 11. Must be obedient and have the ability to cooperate and work with the team. For interested applicants, please have your resumes ready and call Tel. no. (035) 419-9222 or (035) 225-2274 and ask for Lourdes or Esmelin between 8:30am to 4:30pm to arrange for job interviews.

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Dumaguete Science HS students win first prize at Philippine Nuclear Science Quiz BY SEAN ADRIAN T. GUARDIANO, DOST-NEGROS ORIENTAL PSTC

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UMAGUETE CITY. A pair of students from Ramon Teves Pas tor Memorial Dumaguete Science High School (DSHS) emerged as the champion in the Philippine National Science Quiz (PNSQ) held last December 13, 2012 at the Nido Fortified Science Discovery Center, SM Mall of Asia in Metro Manila. Alec Benjamin G. Ramirez and Hannah Jael M. Cadusale, senior and junior students, respectively, of DSHS, bested teams from 20 other secondary schools all over the country. They represented Region 7 after having won in the regional

qualifying round. They were coached by Ms. Lourdes Lee, a DSHS teacher. The DSHS team took home the First Prize of P30,000 cash, a medal of recognition for each team member, a trophy for the school, and a plaque of rec-

ognition for the coach. Garnering the second and third prizes were students from Philippine Science High School (PSHS)Western Visayas Campus and PSHS-Southern Mindanao Campus, respectively.

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The problem in America is there has been no serious gun law in the country since 1994. The Democrats want stricter gun controls (now), especially on ownership of assault weapons; the Republicans and gun manufacturers, however, say this is violative of a constitutional right to bear arms. In many US areas, one who can sign his name can already own a gun. Adam Lanza had high-powered guns which could contain 30 bullets in a fast clip. That the guns were owned by a divorced woman (Adam's mother) with no known enemies exposed such liberality in terms of gun ownership there. But there is yet another problem. With the USA recession and budget deficit, the medical attention given to mental patients is receding -many are walking as "untreated mental patients" in America. It is said that one out of four, at one time, exhibits a form of psychological aberration spurned by circumstances. In Connecticut itself, 17% of hospital beds for mental illnesses were reportedly removed. This is sad since Lanza was considered an "untreated mental patient" as borne by his estranged brother, Ryan (New Jersey based), who he had not spoken to in the last two years. The stressful and secular character that engulfs American society, schools and many of their homes today have pushed many people to the edge. To have three high-powered guns accessible to an autistic guy who could go out of control at any given time is an accident waiting for its time to happen. In all American massacre cases, automatic weapons were involved; 3 of the 8 killers had shown early signs of mental debilitation and 4 of the 8 took their lives after the massacre. That, by themselves, are disturbing.

LAW EACH WEEK SILLIMAN UNIVERSITY A public service of the Sen. Jovito R. Salonga Center for Law and Development

Christmas Bonus With Christmas Season just around the corner, never ending shopping lists coupled with Christmas party and reunions take a toll on one’s budget. Hence, one could not help but think of their 13th month pay and Christmas bonus that is given as an additional income on top of their salary. But what exactly comprises this year-end gratuity? Who are entitled to receive such benefits? And can one equate Christmas bonus with 13th month pay? What is the difference between a bonus and a 13th month pay? • A bonus is an amount granted and paid to an employee for his industry and loyalty which contributed to the success of the employer’s business and made possible the realization of profits (pinoyBusiness.com) while a 13th month pay is a form of monetary assistance provided for by law (Presidential Decree No. 851) equivalent to one month basic compensation received by an employee, prorated according to the number of months within a year that an employee has rendered service to an employer (basic monthly pay / 12 x number of months actually worked). Is the giving of Christmas bonus mandated by law? • No. While 13th month is mandated by law, the granting of Christmas bonus depends solely on the generosity of such employer and the availability of funds to grant such additional benefits. However, there are instances wherein a bonus may become demandable, such as when the granting of bonus have already become a long-standing practice or policy, the employer can no longer withdraw, and to do so is tantamount to a diminution of benefits, which is prohibited under the Labor Code. Who grants Christmas Bonus? • For employees under the national government, such incentive lies within the president’s prerogative; for local government employees, their bonuses are subject to local funds; those of government-controlled corporation employees draw from their corporate budgets; and for private employees, it lies within their employer’s discretion. Can the Commission on Audit regulate t h e local government’s budget in granting Bonuses to its employees? • Yes. COA can regulate the granting of bonuses if it exceeds the limits provided for in section 325 of Republic Act 7160, which states that “the total appropriation must not exceed 45 percent of the total annual income from regular sources realized in the next preceding fiscal year.”

HEIDI’S PAWNSHOP “The Pawnshop with a Heart” Along Sta. Rosa St., Dumaguete City Tel. No. 422-7735 & their Newest Branch at Silliman Ave., Dgte. City Tel. #422-9002

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Residential Lots for Sale Total Lot Area 503 sqms 337 sqms 421 sqms 600 sqms 520 sqms 1,205 sqms 1,300 sqms 1,000 sqms 300 sqms 346 sqms 321 sqms 305 sqms 150 sqms 268 sqms 250 sqms 336 sqms 402 sqms 400 sqms 306 sqms 225 sqms 600 sqms 240 sqms 250 sqms 243 sqms 251 sqms 252 sqms 5,000 sqms 279 sqms 1072 sqms 936 sqms 1000 sqms 1200 sqms 3020 sqms 6270 sqms 1270 sqms 472 sqms 468 sqms 400 sqms 500 sqms 600 sqms 1000 sqms 3020 sqms 1000 sqms 1000 sqms 2000 sqms 3000 sqms 500 sqms 1,000 sqms 2,000 sqms 3,375 sqms 1,000 sqms 1,500 sqms 2,000 sqms 296 sqms 1,000 sqms 500 sqms 987 sqms 3,500 sqms 363 sqms 477 sqms 1,037sqms

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LOCATION

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St. Paul’s Area, Dgte. City Villa Amada, Dgte. City Villa Amada, Dgte. City E. J. Blanco Ext. Dgte. City E. J. Blanco Ext. Dgte. City Balugo, Valencia, Neg. Or. Balugo, Valencia, Neg. Or. Daro, Dgte City Daro, Dgte City Daro, Dgte City Fatima Village Dgte City Fatima Village Dgte City Piapi, Dgte City San Jose St. Dgte City Hibbard Ave., Dgte City Hibbard Ave.,, Dgte City Hibbard Ave., Dgte City Hibbard Ave., Dgte City Talay, Dgte City Junob, Dgte City E.J. Blanco Ext. Dgte. City Junob, Dgte City Junob, Dgte City Locsin, Dgte City Locsin, Dgte City Locsin, Dgte City E.J. Blanco Ext. Dgte City Bantayan, Dgte City Batinguel, Dgte City Motong, Dgte City Motong, Dgte City Motong, Dgte City Balugo, Valencia Neg. Or. San Jose St., Dgte City Cadawinonan, Dgte City Balugo, Dgte City Balugo, Dgte City Batinguel, Dgte City Batinguel, Dgte City Batinguel, Dgte City Batinguel, Dgte City Balugo Valencia, Neg. Or. Palimpinon Val., Neg. Or. Bong-aw Valencia, Neg. Or. Bong-aw Valencia, Neg. Or. Bong-aw Valencia, Neg. Or. Balugo, Valencia Neg.Or Balugo, Valencia Neg. Or. Balugo, Valencia Neg. Or. Talay, Dgte City Jawa, Valencia Neg. Or. Jawa, Valencia Neg. Or. Jawa, Valencia Neg. Or. Junob, Dgte. City East Balabag, Val. Neg. Or. West Balabag, Val Neg. Or. Bantayan, Dgte City Bantayan, Dgte City Bantayan, Dgte City Bagacay, Dgte City Valencia, Neg. Or.

P2.2M P5,000/sqm P5,000/sqm P2,500/sqm P3,000/sqm P1,700/sqm P1,700/sqm P3,000/sqm P2,500/sqm P5,000/sqm P1.5M P4,500/sqm P850K P1.6M P5,700/sqm P5,700/sqm P5,700/sqm P5,700/sqm 400K P2,300/sqm P2,500/sqm P2,300/sqm P850K P6,000/sqm P6,000/sqm P6,000/sqm P3,000/sqm P7,000/sqm P1,120/sqm P1,000/sqm P1,200/sqm P1,400/sqm P1.2M P5,000/sqm P1,500/sqm P1,500/sqm P1,500/sqm P2,500/sqm P2,500/sqm P2,500/sqm P2,500/sqm P500/sqm P800/sqm P450/sqm P450/sqm P450/sqm P500/sqm P500/sqm P500/sqm P800/sqm P1,900/sqm P1,900/sqm P1,900/sqm P2,000/sqm P800/sqm P1,000/sqm P4.5M P3,500/sqm P7,000/sqm P2,500/sqm P2M

Contact: 0918-929-6047

Commercial Lots for Sale E.J. Blanco Ext. Dgte. City E.J. Blanco Ext. Dgte City Piapi, Dgte City Piapi, Dgte City Hibbard Ave., Dgte City Hibbard Ave., Dgte City Hibbard Ave., Dgte City Hibbard Ave., Dgte City Hibbard Ave, Dgte City E.J. Blanco Ext. Dgte City Villa Amada, Dgte. City Bantayan, Dgte City Piapi, Dgte City Piapi Beach, Dgte City Piapi, Dgte City Villa Amada, Dgte. City Locsin St., Dgte City Bantayan, Dgte. City Near Ceres Term. Dgte City Meciano Rd., Dgte City Bantayan, Dgte City Bantayan Dgte City St. Paul’s Area, Dgte City San Jose St., Dgte City San Jose St., Dgte City Sibulan highway, Neg. Or. Banilad, Dgte City Banilad, Bacong Neg. Or. Banilad, Bacong Neg. Or. Taclobo, Dgte City San Jose St., Dgte City Real St., Dgte City Colon St., Dgte City North Natl Highway Pob. Valencia, NegOr. Pob. Valencia, NegOr. Pob. Valencia, NegOr.

400 sqms 520 sqms 1,149 sqms 1,150 sqms 250 sqms 336 sqms 402 sqms 400 sqms 250 sqms 600 sqms 337 sqms 363 sqms 3,336 sqms 1,400 sqms 150 sqms 421 sqms 116 sqms 279 sqms 169 sqms 306 sqms 642 sqms 2,423 sqms 503 sqms 6,270 sqms 268 sqms 5,222 sqms 1,104 sqms 672 sqms 650 sqms 1,179 sqms 1,205 sqms 951 sqms 1,325 sqms 4,300 sqms 400 sqms 1,037 sqms 1,000 sqms

P2,500/sqm P3,000/sqm P5,000/sqm P5,000/sqm P5,700/sqm P5,700/sqm P5,700/sqm P5,700/sqm P5,700/sqm P2,500/sqm P5,000/sqm P7,000/sqm P10,000/sqm P15M P850K P5,000/sqm P3M P7,000/sqm P5M P4M P4.5M P15M P2.2M P 5,000/sqm P1.6M P12M P5,000/sqm P1.5M P1.2M P7M P35M P50M P40M P20M P1.8M P2M P2M

Contact: 0918-929-6047

Subdivision Sites for Sale Location

Lot Area 1.5 hectares 5.5 hectares 12 hectares 4.7 hectares 1.4 hectares 1.3 hectares 1.6 hectares 4.9 hectares 2 hectres 4.1 hectares 1.7 hectares 5.8 hectares 2.3 hectares 1.2 hectares 3 hectares 3.2 hectares 1.6 hectares 2.1 hectares

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Cantil-e, Dgte City Cantil-e, Dgte City Cantil-e, Dgte City Banilad, Dgte City Tubtubon, Sibulan Neg. Or. Bong-aw, Valencia Neg. Or. Bong-aw, Valencia Neg. Or. Candau-ay, Dgte City Junob, Dgte City Isugan, Bacong Neg. Or. Isugan, Bacong Neg. Or. Isugan, Bacong Neg. Or. Talay, Dgte City West; Balabag, Valencia Palinpinon, Valencia Ugahong, Valencia Neg. Or. San Antonio, Sibulan Neg. Or. Balili, Valencia Neg. Or.

P800/sqm P800/sqm P800/sqm P500/sqm P800/sqm P350/sqm P600/sqm P400/sqm P1,500/sqm P400/sqm P400/sqm P400/sqm P12M P400/sqm P500/sqm P500/sqm P400/sqm P500/sqm

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funding. Manese said Sec. Abaya and GM Sta. Ana would not want to be complacent about the safety of port users. The underdeck survey costs P20 million more or less, to make sure the roro ports are still in good condition. Initial surveys showed two pilots of the roro ports are cut due to the surging seawaters. Meanwhile, mobilization work has started with regard to the repair and rehabilitation of Pier 1, which was damaged when an interisland vessel rammed on it last year. In lieu of this development, Pier 1 will be completely closed with only a small portion for smaller vessels to use, Manese pointed out.jg

A soldier from the Army’s 302nd Brigade facilitates the distribution of gifts during the gift-giving activity dubbed as “Wish Upon a Star” to more than 200 underprivileged children held at Robinson’s Place, Dumaguete City on December 17, 2012 at 02:00 P.M.

LOTS FOR SALE Around Negros NEW STOCKS • Timbanga, Bacong, 5,000 sqms.corn & coconut plantation, along the road at P100/sqm. only (all-in) • Timbanga, Bacong, 2.8 hectares, corn & coconut plantation, along the road at P100/sqm. only (all-in) • Sta. Catalina, 4.3 hectares with sugarcane plantation ready for harvest @ P20.00 per sq.m. • Northern Junob, Dgte City, 19,900 sq.m. @ P1,500.00 per sq.m. • Candau-ay, Dgte City, 12,782 sq.m. @ P500.00 per sq.m. • Junob, Dgte City, along the road with fruit-bearing coconut trees @ P2,000.00 per sq.m. • Jimalalud, Neg. Or. 6,844 sq.m. with fruit bearing, coconut trees @60K

CALL: 0918-929-6047 HOUSE AND LOTS FOR SALE Tubtubon, Sibulan, 1,311 sqms, 4 BR, 2 CR and bath, spacious lawn, with car garage, fully fenced, with road right of way, clean title at P2.5M only Bolocboloc, Sibulan, 500 sqms. 4 BR, 2 CR and bath, spacious lawn, with garage, fully fenced, along the road, clean title, at P2.5M only Batinguel, Dg te. City, 346 sqms. 6 BR, 2 CR and bath, with car garage, along the road, fully fenced, clean title at P2.2M only Talay, Dgte. City, 500 sqms. lot area, 200 sqms. floor area, 3 BR, 2 CR and bath, with road right of way, well-maintained lawn, fully fenced, clean title, at P2M only Junob, Dgte. City brand new house finished just recently, 225 sqms lot area, 2BR, CR and bath car garage can accomodate 2 cars, well maintained lawn, fully fenced, clean title @3M only Pulangtubig, Dgte City, 211sqms lot area, 1BR, 1CR, fully fenced, w car park, w road right of way, @ P1.1M only Batinguel, Dgte City, 321sqms lot area, 3BR, 2 CR and bath, with garage, well maintained lawn, with 6m wide road right of way, clean title @ P2.3M only Pulangtubig, Dgte. City, 360sqms lot area, 3BR, 2CR and bath, spacious living rooms both at the 1st floor and at the 2nd floor, w garage, fully fenced, spacious lawn, along the road, clean title @ P3.2M only. Bantayan, Dgte. City, 300sqms lot area, 3BR, 2CR and bath, fully fenced, w garage with road right of way, clean title @ P3.2M only Junob, Dgte City, 250sms lot area, 3BR, 2CR and bath, w extended dining area, fully fenced, w car garage, wash area, along the road, clean title @ P1.7M only Bantayan, 210sqms lot area, 2 storey, spacious living room, 5BR, 3CR and bath, maids quarter, dirty kitchen, 2-wheel vehicles passage only, clean title @ P2.2M only Cantil-e, Dgte City, 1,000sqms lot area, 240sqms floor area, spacious living room, dining area, kitchen, w native living room, 1MBR, 2BR, 2 CR and bath, maids room, CR outside, fully fenced, well maintained spacious lawn, w car garage, phone line, cable ready, high-speed broadband, w road right of way, clean tile @ 5.5M only Camanjac, Dgte City, 300sqms lot area, 2BR, 2CR and bath, maids quarter, w covered car garage, house built w native design, situated in an interior but cool place, w road right of way, clean title @ P2M only. Bagacay, Dgte City, 800sqms lot area, 1MBR, 2BR, 2CR and bath, maids quarter, laundry area, spacious lawn, w car garage, w road right of way, clean title, @ P6.5M only Junob, Dgte City, 80sqms lot area, 2BR, 2CR and bath, fully fenced, along the road, clean title @ P800K only Cantil-e, Dgte City, 890sqms lot area, 1MB, 3BR, 2CR and bath, maids quarter, CR outside, spacious living room, well-designed garden, spacious lawn, car garage, fully fenced, along the road, clean title @ P8M only Bacong, Neg. Or., 1,235sqms lot area, 200sqms floor area,1MB, 2BR, 2 CR and bath, maids quarter, w garage, spacious lawn, along the road, clean title @ P4M only Bacong, Neg. Or. 278sqms lot area, 3BR, 2CR and bath, w garage, lawn, along the road, clean title @ P2M only. Bacong, Neg. Or. 262sqms lot area, 3BR, 2CR and bath, w garage, lawn, along the road, clean title @ P2M only. Bacong, Neg. Or. 250sqms lot area, 3BR, 2CR and bath, w garage, lawn, along the road, clean title @ P2M only Pulantubig, 64sqms 1BR, 1CR and bath, with road right of way, at 300K only Batinguel, 133sqms, 2 storey house, 2BR, 2CR and bath, with road right of way, clean title at 1M only Silliman Heights 80sqms., Brand New House 2BR, 1CR and bath, house presentable, along the road, fully fenced, clean title @ P1.5M only Cantil-e, Dgte. City 200sq.m floor area; 1000 sq.m lot area; 5 bedrooms; 3 aircon; 3 bathrooms; 1 Storage room, covered parking lot; fully fenced; landscaped lot; fully furnished P5.8M

Contact: 0918-929-6047

Gov’s P10M ... From page 2 Some Board Members are highly suspicious of the P10 million appropriation for the Governor’s intelligence fund and the P8 million budget for the hiring of job order workers in the wake of the May 13 elections. It cannot be justified, some Board Members admitted. BM Jessica VillanuevaKoppin said that the amount intended for the intelligence

fund of the Governor is too much, while another BM said that the appropriation for job order workers has also significantly increased from P3 million in 2012 to P8 million. The Commission on Audit said that the Governor is entitled to an intelligence fund at 3% of the total annual budget or 30% of the total Peace and Order Appropriation, whichever is lower. Intelligence funds shall To page 18

PRIME LOT SALE: El Pueblo 475 sq.m., clean title, near the new club house, has a good view of Mt. Talinis Two sides adjacent to good neighbors, two sides free, negotiable

Call: 0918-929-6047 Residential Lots for Sale Total Lot Area 1,310 sqms 305 sqms 6,998sqms 1,400sqms 1,000sqms 845sqms 425sqms 135qsms 198sqms 2,884sqms 2,004sqms 300sqms 295sqms 296sqms 300sms 477sms 280sqms 300sqms 500sqms 1,000sqms 600sqms 1,000sqms 415sqms 498sqms 500sqms 629sqms 630sqms 417sqms 1,000sqms 332sqms 320sqms 340sqms

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ages ‘truism: “Life is like a wheel, today you are on top, but tomorrow you are down.” The recent downfall of our boxing icon, Manny Pacquiao, is a good example of an unpredictability of winning or losing a boxing bout.

The former British champion, Hutton never thought that he would be knocked out by a lucky punch thrown by Pacquiao in the first round. During Pacquiao’s early professional fights, he also experienced a knock down when a Thailander hit his midsection. At any rate, Filipinos would still credit Manny Pacquiao when he meritoriously placed our country on top of the world for winning the most coveted crown of the 8-Division Championship Title in international boxing, an extremely difficult record to accomplish by any world boxer. Besides, his life is an example of a poor Filipino who fulfilled himself from a pedicab driver to a Congressman of Sarangani province. Leading sport writers

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here and abroad have their own commentaries on the latest 4 th fight between Pacquiao and Marquez. There are important factors that have contributed to his defeat. • AGE. Pacquiao is 34 years old. Many good boxers retire at this age. But some boxers still fight to earn more, win or lose. • TRAINING. Definitely, Marquez trained more, much longer and harder than Pacquiao. Marquez appeared more muscular and agile. Pacquiao emphasized only in running, sit-ups and punching the ball. His rapid punching was for a “show.” • GAME PLAN. Marquez studied well Pacquiao’s stereotype boxing style. When Pacman attacked Marquez with rapid

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punches, the left side of his chin was wide open and Marquez hit this area with a hard right cross and bang! Pacquiao went down unconscious for a minute. Marquez’ counter-punching paid off well. • MENTAL SET. Pacquiao is too preoccupied with so many conflicting interests. He is said to be serving too many masters at the same time. He lacks focus or concentration on his practice. • CHANGE OF FAITH. Pacquiao’s change of religion from Catholicism to a Born-Again Christian led to his uneventful downfall. Before, he used to make the Sign of the Cross, a powerful ritualistic act before each round, but in this fight, he abandoned this important spiritual protection.

Focus on the ... (Jay)

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the RH Bill discussion in the homily. In my opinion, I don’t think this is a time to be hearing rising passions on the RH Bill, specially in church gatherings and celebrations. It’s a distraction. It distracts us from our focus of trying to find the real meaning of why we mark that glorious event when God descended to Earth as man, in order that we are saved from our sins. We hope we leave discussions of the RH Bill and other controversial issues for another day. Let’s give everyone a break. I, too, have my own objections to the RH Bill, but just like the parishioner, and perhaps many others, I don’t think I want to hear the RH Bill discussion as a source of inspiration this coming Christmas. Let’s keep ourselves focused. Let’s be thankful of the blessings, particularly the greatest blessing, which is Jesus Christ coming to us to save us. Have a blessed, peaceful, merry Christmas!

Reader’s Views District II, Dauin, Negros Oriental May 10, 2011

HON. SONNY BELMONTE Speaker house of Representative Quezon City “Subdue the Earth” Dear Hon. Belmonte, Sir, it is now pending in your Chamber --House Bill (Reproductive Health Bill) --for deliberation. If you have time to read the First Book of the Holy Bible, Chapter 1, Verse 28 (Reading)-- “And God said to the first couple, be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth and subdue it.” Mr. Webster has a good understanding of the word subdue, meaning “to reduce to have control.” Almighty God, in His infinite and omnipotent wisdom, has already made a decree to control the population. To debate about it, we are debating against the plan of God from the beginning. (URSULO ARRIOLA)

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CERTIFICATION TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: This is to certify that NILOGEN BOT-AY MACAY, of legal age, single and a resident of Sitio Lugta, Barangay Pal-ew, Tanjay City, Negros Oriental, Philippines was born on May 26, 1979 to spouses Nilo Cortez Macay and Letecia Sambilad Bot-ay. That at the time of her birth she was attended by a traditional midwife (hilot) who negligently failed to register her birth at the Local Civil Registry Office of Tanjay City on time as reflected on the Affidavit of Delayed Registration at the back page of her Certificate of Live Birth. That her birth was registered last June 1, 1994 at the Local Civil Registry of Tanjay City by her mother, Leticia Bot-ay Macay. That since her birth and up to the present she has been carrying and using the name NILOGEN BOT-AY MACAY and has been known in the community as such. That this certification is issued to comply with the requirement of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in the Philippines and for whatever legal intents and purposes this may serve her. GIVEN this 10th day of December 2012 at Tanjay City, Philippines. The Negros Chronicle Dec. 16 & 23, 2012

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Guns mental ... (Bingo) From

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Two of the eight cases (2009-2012) in America involved men from the military --many of who are prone to post-traumatic disorders resulting from too much war violence experienced. It is confirmed by Newsweek Magazine that more soldiers die by committing suicide coming home to America than those who were killed in actual combat in Afghanistan and Iraq. That's a major alarm bell clanging for attention. Almost all are done without provocation and without rhyme or reason for the killings. In terms of impact, the latest Sandy Hook Massacre should be the most heartrending because many of the victims were innocent children. That they should be so brutalized in a school for learning knowledge and values is all the more tragic. By recent American law, they have removed prayers and all forms of worship inside all their schools in the name of liberal, unadulterated secularism and separation of church and state (sic). We just remembered in our unaffected elementary days at the College of the Holy Spirit then, that thrice daily did we pray to the "Guardian Angel" led by the SSps sisters. The prayer goes this way: "Angel of God, my Guardian Dear, to Whom His love commits him here, (You) ever be at our side, to light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen." It was a prayer for protection and surrender to the celestial beings. Just a thought in this recent tragedy that took the lives of two earthly angels. Shalom!

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Dear Editor, Last week, I was written by Fr. Pat O’Connell, C.Ss.R., a companion of the late Fr. Patrick Shiels who died last month at the age of 88. You featured both of them 3 years ago, when we celebrated the Redemptorist’s Golden Jubilee. Many readers, especially Seniors, of course, would find it interesting and would remember him. He knows I am giving this to you. Just some information on our Christmas masses. Aguinaldo masses daily at 4:30 am. NO 6 am mass on Sundays December 16 and 23. Christmas mass December 24 at 10 pm. New Year’s Eve mass, December 31 at 8 in the evening. No 6 am mass on December 25 and January 1. Our first mass on this day is at 8am. You are welcome, but probably, you are not interested in those days. I would welcome notifications of which masses above you might wish to cover, so we can be prepared. Many FR. PATRICK SHEILS thanks. (4:30 am masses daily, and 8 am on Saturday and New Year’s Day.) Meanwhile, thanks for your continued service in bringing our regular 6 am mass to your listeners. On behalf of the community, Superior Fr. Leo Aranda, and the whole Redemptorist Family of Perpetual, a very happy Christmas to all of you, the staff and families of Energy FM. More power, and thanks for the marvelous coverage of the recent typhoon.

The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. (RAFI), through its School Rehabilitation Program (SRP), turned over 15 classrooms to the teachers and school administrators of four public elementary schools in Asturias recently. This school building of Tagamakan Elementary School is now good as new after it has been rehabilitated. Inset: Romualdo Abella, DepEd Cebu Province Division Physical Facilities coordinator; Iris Mae Echavez, RAFI audit head; Anthony Dignadice, RAFI Education Development Unit executive director; Eliseo Leones, Agtugop Elementary School and Agbanga Primary School head; Etan Rallos, Asturias councilor; and Jovelyn Leones, Agtugop Elementary School head teacher lead the turnover ceremony of repaired classrooms of Agtugop Elementary School in Asturias, Cebu last Nov. 10.

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member of Social Watch Philippines says it is imperative to check on the population growth of the country, in expressing support of the Reproductive Health Bill. Prof. Leonor Briones, who is also chairman of Kaakbay and former national treasurer, said with more than 96 million Filipinos, it is more than the carrying capacity of the country. She, likewise, called on lawmakers in both the House of Representatives and the Senate to pass the Freedom of Information Bill (FOI). Briones said everybody

pay value added tax, and it is high time that taxpayers know where their taxes went. With elections forthcoming, it gives more reason for the FOI to pass, so accounting of trillions of pesos in national budget for next year will be available to the public. Briones disclosed that normally, after elections, finances of government dwindle due to overspending.jg

Truths behind ... (Cimagala)

-The RH bill is harmful to Filipino society because its intent to control population is based on wrong facts and wrong economics, and naive to the negative social effects that will come in its train. -It implies that a rapidly growing population causes hunger and shortage of resources. It does NOT. -It neglects the fact that societies that have aggressively pushed for contraception are now suffering from a “demographic winter.” -The RH bill is harmful to Filipino society because it violates the Philippine Constitution and seeks to enshrine into law forced and artificial ‘rights’ that may even threaten more basic and genuine human rights. Let’s hope that this handbook can contribute to a more meaningful discussion and dialogue with everyone regarding the issue. We need to be open-minded but clear about our views and positions that are supposed to be grounded on well-established principles and assumptions. Let’s hope that this dialogue continues and leads us to its proper end.

From page 6 lute freedom to life, expression and assembly, right to liberty, etc. To me, it sounds like a freedom that does not talk about where it came from and how it used to be exercised. It is presumed to be self-generated or spontaneously created that, in the end, is like saying that we, too, in our life, in our very being, are self-generated and spontaneously created. That’s, of course, a ridiculous presupposition. In short, they are saying that there is no creator for us. There is no God. This is a form of atheism that may be considered as practical atheism, not so much the theoretical one, since it may not be formally professed but is simply practically and consistently lived. This, I think, is a point that needs to be ventilated more widely, since this is not yet fully appreciated by many. That’s why we have an understanding of democracy, supposedly based on freedom, that is actually weak and vulnerable to be exploited by those who have power in one form or another. Going back to the handbook, it is a well-written piece by a team of experts in the area of economics, demography, education and law. It takes the issue to its deeper and wider implications, exposing the hidden but clear maneuvers of powerful groups and ideologies averse to supernatural faith and religion in general. It is written by competent authors who are very much into the intricacies of this issue. They are Dr. Bernardo Villegas, economist; Miss Rosa Linda Valenzona, demographer; Jo Imbong, lawyer; Roberto de Vera, economist; Raul Nidoy, educator; and Robert Cortes, educator. Among the points taken up and developed, supported by relevant studies and researches, are the following: -The RH bill is harmful to the Filipinos because it endorses drugs and other family planning supplies and techniques that have serious deleterious effects to their physical health and to the environment. -Pills and the IUD kill the human embryo. -Pills cause serious environmental problems.

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Population ... (Romero) From page 6 Malacañang tenant be enough the controversial bill? Of course, it will be enough for the blind followers and God knows there is quite a few of these yellow shirted solons. My take, however, is that P-Noy is just walking the tightrope doing a Judas and washing his hands in front of the mob, saying crucify him but let not his blood be in my hands. The fact that he did not do a Gloria and distributed early Christmas presents means that he wants to play it safe. His parting statement, however, about his voting inclination gave him away and removed the fig leaf. This, for sure, did not escape the attention of the anti-RH group. Going fast forward, assuming the RH Bill passes, will there be a catholic backlash? The lady Miriam and some others are definite that there is no catholic vote. Perhaps not, but the fact is beside the lapsed Catholics with their deformed consciences who do not consider the RH bill as a sin. There are quite a number of “catolicos cerrados” who are under the beck and call of parish priests, who responded robustly to

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How can you ... (Catan) From page 6 my family. I told him I don’t have a mama and papa, I am all by myself here. I have some friends but they aren’t the same as having a mama and papa to love me. ‘I love you,’ Jesus told me. ‘If you come to me, I will always love you and comfort you, I will be your mama and your papa.’” The teacher listened intently as the boy continued his story. “So that is why there are two babies in the manger. I decided to go to Jesus and be with him so I would be always loved and cared for. The second baby in the manger with Jesus is me! I want to stay with him and make him happy, just as He promised to make me happy.” Teacher hugged the boy, and with tears in her eyes, said, “I think your picture is the best of all for now you have Jesus in your heart.” Doesn’t this story tell us the true meaning of Christmas? That we should hold the Baby Jesus close in our hearts and not just look at him as a small part of the Christmas belen in the church. That the celebration of His birth should not just be for one or two days, but a life-long celebration of life with Him. That our birthday wish for Jesus should be to make him happy. How can we make Him happy? By reaching out to those in need with compassion, concrete help, and Christian care and love. Especially as we have just experienced devastation by Typhoon Pablo, we have so many opportunities now to make Jesus happy. The little boy in the story wanted to make Jesus happy by befriending him in the manger; we can also reach out and be-

the call of Cardinal Sin to go to EDSA who might very well act as a mighty swing vote. Even if only less than half of these will follow their pastors, this vote is still bigger than even the Iglesia vote and those of the denominations. In a very tight race that we expect in most congressional districts, this catholic vote, no matter how much discounted by the cynics, could turn the tide, so let us just wait and see. But above all, lest we forget, there is somebody up there who is bigger and more powerful than even the most popular tenant of the big house by the Pasig.

Still looking at their prime, both being now at 87, when asked what is the secret of their long life, Maxino said: “I am an active boy scout until now. I don’t eat anything green, even vegetables.” Amor says: “I didn’t stop smoking. I play mahjong. Fortune (cigarette) is my loyal MAXINO AMOR companion.” Very paradoxical and very non-traditional, both Maxino and Amor are still active members of the Board of the Philippine Red Cross. (Picture taken Dec. 20 during the PRC board meeting.)

Civic Circle ...

Hall, o favoured...

(Martinez)

From page 9 months training this month. Rev. Jeremias Lagahit, who gave the short spiritual message to the Magdalena participants, told me he was touched by the stories and sharing of the Magdalena members, saying in the dialect, “nakapahinuktok ko sa ilang estorya.” A positive note of the gathering was the presence of members of the Visayan Forum headed by Marlyn Pepino, who announced their organization’s interest to provide a sewing livelihood to these women, providing the materials and assistance in marketing finfriend those who have lost their loved ones, or lost their homes, or their source of livelihood. To make Jesus happy should be our Christmas wish, translated into positive, compassionate, caring love in action. This is what that little orphan boy was saying when he joined Jesus in the manger. This is what my mom was telling me with her cross-stitch. This is what each of us needs to carry with us throughout the year. We can have the joy, the peace, and the blessings of Christmas every day of the year if we keep Christmas in our hearts and share our blessings with those around us.

(Sagun)

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to God’s prerogative in bestowing on Mary a great privilege, not on account of her merits. Mary’s great privilege rests on her being chosen by God to be the mother of Jesus, the Son of God, the Messiah, the Savior (Lk 1:30ff.). It is God’s own good pleasure to enter definitively through Mary into salvation history in the person of Jesus. The focus is certainly not on her merits. (More next week)

ished products. Christmas holds many faces: The Christ Child, son of God lying in the manger, big Christmas party tables overflowing with food and gifts, women health advocates coming together to put a simple Christmas party for women in prostitution (survivors or still in prostitution), their children and relatives, the child beggars in our streets, they all long for the joy that Christmas promise. For one brief moment, with the Magdalena women, I witnessed true kasadya, the simple joy of sharing a simple feast; filling a room with laughter over simple games, and receiving gifts, used or new. It does not matter, because for a few hours, worldly burdens are

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From page 8 word “humane” directly from my copy, but I note that in some write-ups, the word “human,” instead, appears. “Humane” or “human,” I find this provision very oppressive, dictatorial and discriminatory, as, obviously, there’s no “openness to life,” as it clearly states that parents can only bring forth into the world those children they can raise “in a truly humane way.” Obviously, this provision is referring to the poor and marginalized, but in the first place, who decides the standards of a “truly ‘humane’ or ‘human’ way” of raising children? Is it P-Noy? Rep. Janet Garin and the pro-RH cabal in the House? DSWD Secretary Soliman? What entitles whoever to decide this issue for 92 million Filipinos?

laid aside; what matters is capturing the joy, the kasadya of the Christmas season; joy, the true spirit of Christmas. I really admire the work of Dra. Fe and Leodel; they took the long road of reaching out to these women who are invisible to the Dumaguete mainstream community. They helped provide medical services, emotional and spiritual support, and gave back to these women a sense of acceptance and support.

OMALAHOKAN

“The liberation of the poor” ith the sure incoming passage of the Reproductive Health Bill, it signifies the liberation of the poor, because with government support, they can now limit the number of children. This is the triumph of the poor because those who are not poor are already practicing family planning, but the poor, either through ignorance or through sheer poverty, cannot even afford to buy pills. The passage of the Repro- the Filipino women have reductive Health Bill is likewise ceived from the government. the triumph over the Catholic Thanks to Congress and to Bishops who were opposing the President. the passage on religious The Filipino people should grounds, in spite of the fact that not vote for any Sotto or any majority of their followers be- Enrile who has conspired lieve in family planning. against the interest of the FiliIt’s the greatest gift that pino people.

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Freedom ... From page 2 Sangguniang Panlalawigan. Francisco replied that he will be asking the Provincial Attorney to look into the legality and validity of the use of the park as an amusement center, at least for the duration of the yuletide season. WHAT CONTRACT? Department of Interior and Local Government Officer-in-Charge Provincial Director Farah Gentuya said that the use of a public plaza for amusement by a private group needed a contract, and thus, requires the Governor to secure authority from the Sangguniang Panlalawigan for an authority to sign the contract in behalf of the provincial government. In contrast, Assistant Provincial Legal Attorney Casiano Lumotos opined that the granting of permit for a private group to set up a carnival at the Freedom Park is purely an executive function, even if the people, not the governor, owns the park. It should need the consent of the Board Members as representatives of the people being the owner. It was also learned that the food stalls are selling P80.00 worth of value meals and the rides are operated by Triple M Carnival, which

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Church ... From page 2 terparts in the 2nd and 3rd Districts, Cong. George Arnaiz and Pryde Henry Teves delivered emphatic “No” votes in the 2nd and 3rd reading of the measure. Some of Josy’s allies are also hopeful that the Church’s fury would recede before the May 2013 elections, especially many priests, even in the first district, her own bailiwick, have collects a minimum fee of P30.00 per person. In the absence of the contract, there is no stipulation on whether the government will get a share from the incomes of the said private group. The carnival will stay until the first week of January 2013 as part of the province’s “Pasko sa Capitolyo” program. Francisco appealed for the members of the Provincial Board to be less technical on this matter in the spirit of Christmas and allow the people to have fun in the midst of a crisis. However, he expressed his intention to cooperate with the legislature. Provincial Attorney Richard Enojo was told to validate and legalize the operations of the carnival, if truly necessary. (By Demecillo)

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nspite of the damages incurred as a result of Typhoon Pablo, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) in Dumaguete will celebrate Christmas by letting others happy.

Dumaguete customs collector Dr. Medolita Cabanag said white gifts will be distributed   to  more  than  100 families in Barangay Looc, which were affected by surging sea waters at the height of Typhoon Pablo, funding of which will come from the budget allotted for the Christmas Party of BOC employees. The white gifts will con-

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openly criticized her stand on the RH Bill. The conservatives were especially outraged that Limkaichong, PNOY’s bet for governor of Negros Oriental, prefaced her ‘yes’ vote with a declaration that she is a practicing Catholic but as a public official could not impose her personal and religious views. She also claimed that she has consulted her constituents about her YES vote for the RH Bill. WHAT’S IN THE BILL? Among the salient features of the new RH law included: Adolescents between 10 and 19 years old would be given access to “age- and development-appropriate” RH education in public schools. The Department of Education was tasked with coming up with the curriculum for public schools, which private schools may adapt; the national government and LGU’s would share responsibility in the implementation of the RH law. “Financial and technical support” would be given by the national government to the LGU’s; and minors could avail themselves of artificial birth control methods, pills, condoms and contraceptives in health centers and government hospitals, only if they present written parental consent. The only

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DEED OF EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS: I/We: a. Estela Saycon Cuello, of legal age, widow, Filipino citizen, and with residence at Banilad, Dumaguete City. b. Mercia Saycon Smeets, of legal age, widow, Australian citizen, and with a residence address at Upper Cantil-e, Dumaguete City. c. Freshtille Mae Saycon Cuello, niece-legal representative for Editha Bual Saycon of legal age, single, Filipino citizen, and a resident of Banilad, Dumaguete City. d. Gideon Bual Saycon, of legal age, married, Filipino citizen, and a resident of Pamplona, Negros Oriental. e. Samuel Bual Saycon, of legal age, married, Filipino citizen, and a resident of Upper Cantil-e, Dumaguete City. f. Glenn Reyes Saycon, a legal representative of Galileo Bual Saycon (deceased) brother of the late Rico Bual Saycon, of legal age, married, Filipino citizen, and a resident of Pamplona, Negros Oriental. Notice is hereby given that the heirs of Rico Bual Saycon, namely, Estela Saycon Cuello; Mercia Saycon-Smeets; Freshtille May Saycon Cuello; Gideon Bual Saycon; Samuel Bual Saycon; and Glenn Reyes Saycon; have executed a Deed of Extrajudicial Settlement on SA Account No. 3443008053 and CTD Account No. 1443021645 with Metro politan Bank and Trust Company (METROBANK) Dumaguete Branch; per Document No. 245, Page No. 49, Book III, Series of 2012, duly notarized by Atty. Ricarte R. Valencia.

exception would be minors who already have children or young females who have suffered miscarriages. REACTIONS ALL: Msgr. Gamaliel Tulabing, the Vicar-General of the Diocese of Dumaguete, scored Limkaichong for taking the Church for a ride when she earlier declared her opposition to the RH measure only to turn into an advocate to follow the wishes of President Aquino and the Liberal Party. However, there were unanimous texts messages claiming to be the “silent clery” who were in favor of the RH Bill. They could not be identified properly. Former Board Member Litoy Paras added that “the people of the first district were not consulted by Rep. Limkaichong about our stand on this kind of legislation that involves our faith and morals and the results it can cause, we oppose. We are not privy to the Liberal Party's hidden political agenda. Dumaguete City Administrator William Ablong, currently the president of the Diocesan Organization of Renewal Movements and Communities in Negros Oriental with 15 member or-

ganizations and the Diocesan Council of the Laity composed of 80 Parish Pastoral Councils, said that various faith-based groups will continue to mobilize and actively oppose the RH law and will only support candidates who have been loyal to the teachings of the church. “As members of the laity, it is our moral obligation to oppose the RH law, and our battery of lawyers will exhaust all legal means to challenge the new law up to the Supreme Court. These politicians have been saying that there is no Catholic vote, but come 2013, we will prove them wrong,” Ablong declared. This early, Catholic Vote Philippines, a new religiousbased political alliance, has emerged as an offshoot of the RH debates, which includes the biggest lay organizations in the country: El Shaddai, Knights of Columbus, Couples for Christ, Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas, Dominican Network Institute of Teaching Lay Missionaries, Federation of National Youth Organizations, Youth Pinoy, National Youth Ministry, St. Thomas Moore Association, Educhild Philippines, Families Against RH Bill, Filipinos for Life, Doctors for Life, Alliance for the Family, ProLife Philippines,

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SU Briones ... From page 2 She enumerated the factors that won them the unanimous consent from the Comelec to join the May election: outstanding track record of upholding the advocacy for transparency, any malicious intent for joining the race, its fierce independence and lack of connection to any political dynasty. If Kaakbay wins enough votes for a seat in Congress, Briones would be the first in her distinguished family to be elected into a political office. (By Dems Demecillo) and the Jericho Community. They have committed to educate lay Catholics as to who would be the ideal candidates to be voted upon in the 2013 midterm elections. However, all is not lost for Limkaichong. She will be able to retain significant vote among the most conservative Catholics if she might heed Cong. Teves counsel: “one can vote no or yes to RH without much impact, regardless of one's vote, the congressman must be able to explain the justness and humaneness of his action, that would make all the difference.” (By Dems Demecillo)


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Gov’s P10M ... From page 11 be used to purchase information, payment of rewards, rental and maintenance of safe houses, purchase of supplies and ammunition,

provision of medical and food aid, and payments of incentives or expenses for traveling relative to the conduct of intelligence and confidential operations. The Governor’s critics and even auditors said that the lack of transparency in

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the use of intelligence fund by the local chief executives is, indeed, a cause of concern. The LCE’s are merely required to issue a certification evidencing the use of funds for a project, which is truly confidential, and if reTo page 19


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South Sea Medical City first in the Country

Fo rmer Sen . Jo hn Osmeña (cen ter) is founder and chairman of the Board of Directors of the Dumaguete South Seas M edical Center, Inc., which laid down its capsule last Dec. 19 at the site beside South Sea Resort Hotel. Its vice chair is Architect Arnold Antonio, project manager; Dr. Grace Valdez, treasurer; and Dr. Bong Rosario, board secretary.

2 solons to lose ... From page 1 “While the good bishops, priests, nuns and other anti-RH citizens were praying in the gallery to convince more congressmen to defeat the measure on second reading, Department of Budget and Management Secretary Butch Abad and Department of Interior and Local Gov-

Gary lauds ... From page 1 lion in 2013, P23.4 billion of which would come from the tobacco sector. Under the new law, low-priced cigarettes will be taxed P12 per pack in 2013 while the most expensive cigarette brands will be subjected to P20 per pack. The tax will gradually increase until a unitary tax of P26 is slapped on both low- and high-end brands by 2017. Alcoholic drinks will also be subject to increasing tax rates. “Liquor and cigarettes can take away household resources for food, health care and education. This poses a threat to meeting a family’s education and health requirements, among other basic needs,” said Teves, who is a strong supporter of the bill, together with current and former Cabinet Secretaries. “Its passage and implementation means protecting Filipinos, especially the poor, from smoking and drinking and the healthcare costs they would incur if they fell ill from these vices,” Teves said, noting that the generated funds will be used to expand healthcare facilities and services, as well as aid tobacco farmers and workers in the alcoholic drinks industry to shift to alternative livelihoods.

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P1-billion hospital resort is set to rise in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental next year. It is an all systems go for the construction of the project, as officials laid down the capsule, December 19, bearing important documents of South Sea Medical City, the first in the country. The laying of the time Dumaguete Medical City Dumaguete, Cebu, capsule was done in the lo- Wellness Promotion com- Calabarzon, Subic/Clark and cation of the soon-to-be hos- posed of doctors and busi- Manila. pital South Sea Medical nessmen. Founder and “They recognized Center. Chairman of the Board is Dumaguete because this is a South Sea Medical City former Sen. JOHN “Sonny” place of cost-friendly living is a complex of buildings Osmeña. where everyday is a wise exconsisting of a 100-bed terDr. Grace Valdez, Li- pense of a getaway to get tiary hospital, two condo- censing and Medical Con- some well-deserved R&R.” minium buildings for mixed sultant, said the project is a Valdez said, quoting the texts use (ground and second realization of a plan con- in RHC’s website. Engr. Arnold Antonio, floors for medical offices of ceived several years ago, medical practitioners, and mainly to put not just a hos- Project Manager, said the the upper floors as condo- pital but a wellness hub, in construction of the hospital, minium units for residences), consonance with the thrust clinics and condominiums and the South Sea Resort, of the Philippine government will start simultaneously. As early as now, there which has been a landmark on medical tourism. already inquiries from in Dumaguete for the last 40 Valdez said they were all are years. The resort will be up- the more inspired when an Dumaguete residents and from neighboring provgraded to a 200-room hotel international institution com- even on the condominium overlooking the Southern posed of several business inces units. Tanon seascape. chambers identified Antonio said the project This will be a facility Dumaguete as one of the top will provide employment to that will attract patients, five retirement destinations qualified local residents. both domestic and interna- in the country. The hospital obtained its tional, who will be seeking According to Valdez, Permit to Construct Number elective medical attention. Retirement and Healthcare 12631 from the Department South Sea Medical City Coalition International iden- of Health on November 13, is a project of the tified the top five places: 2012.

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ernment Secretary Mar Roxas were at the House’s South Lounge closely monitoring the voting and convincing the mostly anti-RH congressmen not to show up at the plenary while others were also told to go home,” Teves said. So, if they did go home and not attend the session to vote, was there anything given in exchange? asked so many congressmen.

Marathon ... From page 1 their budgets, but there could be no significant change expected of the facilities and equipment as most of the hospital management allotted the bulk of their budget increase for salaries and wages of the medical personnel. It was learned that for salaries and wages for the medical staff in NOPH alone allotted was P82 million in 2011; P96 million in 2012; and P105 million for 2013. However, NOPH also generates income annually pegged at P92 million for 2013 up from P65 million in 2011 and P85 million in 2012. P40 million was allotted for the purchase of medical and dental supplies taken from the annual budget and hospital income. Meanwhile, the tourism office, which will be running the Palarong Pambansa with l5,000 athletes, had its budget slashed from P4M to just one P1M to the surprise of its people. Reports say that some private group might be interested in handling the Palarong Pambansa tours and promotions, that its rightful budget might have been slashed from its rightful department in favor of

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From page 1 Siray. his nephew. Francisco said The two managed to that there is a big difference beat the deadline for substi- in the benefits that Dr. Sy tution due to withdrawal last will be entitled for having December 21, 2012. The resigned than opting for names of Dr. Felix Sy and early retirement. He has alRandy Siray will now offi- ready instructed his staff to cially replace those of study Sy’s case and deterJayson Sy and Lara, respec- mine all the benefits as protively. vided by law and befitting Former Governor Jose his fine service to the NOPH. Petit Baldado of the (By Dems Demecillo) Nacionalista Party expressed no surprise over the last-minute substitution and From page 18 has long been prepared of vealed, may endanger nathis moment. Nevertheless, the jovial tional security, but the suppolitician, who has occupied porting documents are kept the mayorship of Manjuyod in confidential file. Same and who was eventually able certification shall also indito win a seat of the Provin- cate that the intelligence cial Board, captured the funds were not used for salaVice-Governorship, and ries, wages and other combriefly served as transition pensation or purchase of Governor, is confident that his track record of performance will prevail come election time. Provincial Administrator Arnel Francisco said that Dr. Sy is indeed a big loss to the Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital, considering that he is the second highest ranking doctor in charge of administration, but that his decision must be respected. However, since his office has failed to receive any notice for resignation or early retirement, Dr. Sy has been deemed resigned after filing his COC to substitute

From page 1 for next year, adding that 595 poorest municipalities were allowed to identify projects to be included in the budget. According to a report, social services will get the biggest chunk of the budget as the Department of Education (DepEd) will receive P232.6 billion; Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), P56.3 billion; and Department of Health (DoH), P51.5 billion.

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some others. However, some reported that certain department heads failed to religiously follow-up on their proposed budgets that these were subjected to cuts without their knowledge and consent, as in the case of the provincial tourism office. (By Dems Rey)

equipment. Cong. Pryde Henry Teves has proposed to open for public scrutiny all the expenditures of the intelligence, except those that would pose danger to national security. (By Dems Demecillo)

The government’s infrastructure program, meanwhile, will be bankrolled with a whopping P155.5 billion, while overall capital outlay is increased by 17.3 percent to P325.5 billion. Allocation for the conditional cash transfer (CCT) program is at P44.2 billion, 12 percent higher from this year’s CCT budget. Under the program, poor families were given P2,500 a month upon meeting specific criteria. Five principles were applied to the crafting of the 2013 national budget: deepening the social contract with the Filipinos; fast-tracking the implementation of priority programs; strengthening accountability of public institutions; empowerment, and designing the budget with the people.

This is the Church Activities of Christ Jesus our Life Church with in Isugan, Bacong, Negros Oriental. Our Annual Celebration is on December 23,2012. We are extending our invitation to all our friends to witness the differnt games and activities starting 9:00 am to 12:00 noon. Praying for peace and good things of joy in Christ Jesus our Life Church, trusting always to Jesus whatever things we do in Proverbs 3:5-6 in the Bible. “To God be the Glory” (By Pastor Diony Dela Peña)

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