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Holiday truce observed among political camps BY DEMS DEMECILLO

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he provincial government will be possibly operating on a reenacted budget starting January 1, 2013, after the members of the Provincial Board failed to pass the provincial budget last Friday, which was the last day of office for the year 2012. The board members, by a vote of 6:5, decided to return the proposed budget to the governor “for further adjustments.” The oppositors questioned “what adjustments? The governor has already made the adjustments and the SP is supposed to be specific on the needed adjustments but it failed to specify.”

But the most controversial proposal of the governor is his P10million intelligence fund for which he is not accountable, except to COA Manila. Another controversial appropriation is the glaring increase of job orders (casuals) on this elec-

tion year from P3M to P8M. By hiring more casuals, more will be hired on useless positions, but such act can get more votes on May 13, from those who may appreciate the casual jobs given them. Senior Board Member Sal

Erames admitted that it was a Sanggunian failure to enact the budget for 2013. If the provincial board continues not to enact the budget in the next 90 days, then the provincial government will have to To page 2

Feb. 6 EARTHQUAKE is TOP STORY OF 2012

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Political stalwarts of the 2nd District L-R: Reelectionist Rep. George Arnaiz; VM Alan Gel Cordova; BM Erwin Macias; Mayor Manuel Sagarbarria; and 2nd district bet Bais Mayor Karen Villanueva, as if amused by what their guests could be talking about. They will again be hot on their campaign trail by next week.

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his time, a ceasefire is called not between insurgents and military, but between the feuding political camps and their mouthpieces and propagandists, who tried their best to observe their self-imposed truce in the spirit of the Yuletide season.

For more than a week, the public was relieved that the unprecedented fad of name-calling and mudslinging have somehow declined in vehemence and frequency. However, the public and

pundits are bracing for an all-out propaganda war between the major political camps after the holidays. The various paid programs are expected to go on a major propaganda offensive to malign To page 2

Hospital alert for pyro victims ospitals throughout the province will be on alert to accommodate firecracker victims, especially on New Year's Eve up to January 1. All doctors, nurses and other medical personnel will be in their stations or on-call for any emergency in the next 48 hours.

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Separate wards have been set up to treat the victims, while medical supplies, sterile instruments and anti-tetanus vaccines have been readied. The Department of Health launched an aggressive campaign against firecracker use,

but it remains to be seen if this has been effective. There has been a considerable drop in the number of firecracker-related injuries in the last several years. Most of the To page 2

PNP-AFP nab top Gubernatoriables cite gains in 2012 NPA w/ P5M bounty

BY DEMS DEMECILLO

n the run-up to the gubernatorial election this May, involving Governor Roel Degamo, Former Finance Secretary Margarito "Gary" Teves, and 1st District Congresswoman Jocelyn Limkaichong, for the Capitol highest elected post, the bets cited their respective achievements, GARY TEVES REP. JOSY LIMKAICHONG not only as their personal gains, but for the peo- GOV. DEGAMO ple of Negros Oriental, as well. To page 2 NEGROS ORIENTAL FORMER FINANCE 3RD DISTRICT, NEG.OR. SECRETARY

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oint elements from the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police captured the 6th Most Wanted official of the New People's Army with a bounty of P5 million during a joint PNP-AFP operations on Christmas Day (December 25) in Barangay Tubod, Manjuyod. identified the top rebel officer

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“GOD IN JESUS TOOK FLESH IN OUR MIDST TO SHOW US THE HUMANITY OF ONENESS IN THE MIDST OF DIVISIONS.”

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BY ELY P. DEJARESCO

HOW MEDIA SEES IT, AND NOT OTHERS (email:dejaresco_ely@yahoo.com)

Too much politics, less qualified men

B The City Government of Dumaguete joins the nationwide 116th Rizal Day celebration. The monument of Dr. Jose Rizal at the Quezon Park stands as a mute witness to the strides which the nation experienced in the last century.

Guv-BMs ... From page 1 reenact the old 2012 budget again. Under a reenacted budget, only appropriation for contractual obligations pertaining to salaries and wages, maintenance and operating expenses of 2012 shall be allowed for disbursement. Voting 6-5, the majority members of the Provincial Board returned to the Office of the Governor the P1.4-billion proposed budget for the year 2013 until the executive shall be able to make certain adjustments that will address the various concerns of the provincial Board Members. Citing procedural and fundamental disagreements with the proposed annual appropriations and spending, the slim majority is willing to wait until the first regular session of the year on January 8, 2012 on whether to approve this single most important measure any chamber ought to deliberate and pass. Board Members Jessica Villanueva Koppin,

Mellimoore Saycon, Edmund Dy, Liland B. Estacion, Georgita Martinez and Peve Ligan joined Vice-Governor Jun Arnaiz in expressing their collective concern that certain procedures in the budgetmaking process were not observed. However, five of their colleagues, BM’s Saleto Erames, Rodrigo Alanano, Angelo Teves, Fritzie LumjodZanoria and Association of Barangay Councils President Arnie Teves underscored the need to pass the annual budget so that Capitol employees shall be able to finally get the last tranche of their salary increases. The majority quickly replied that the budget's eventual approval is a certainty and that the employees will still get their salary increases upon approval of the budget. Estacion also assured the Governor that she will be voting in favor of the budget once it shall be put to a vote on January 8. Saycon and Koppin have taken issue on the fact that the Governor decided to increase

Gubernatoriables ... From page 1 Degamo prides himself of having steered the province as it recovers from the devastation of Tropical Storm Sendong, the 6.9 magnitude earthquake, and Typhoon Pablo. Yet, Negros Oriental missed in receving the Seal of Good Housekeeping, the Gawad ng Pamana ng Lahi Award, and the Seal of Disaster Preparedness, all from the Department of Interior and Local Government. Various school building programs, the upgrading of the 6 community hospitals; upgrading of Bayawan and Guihulngan district hospitals at P36.4M were also completed; job creation and the successful bid to host next year's Palarong Pambansa were also listed as among Degamo's achievements. GARY TEVES Gary Teves continued his own medical assistance program and province-wide sports tournaments under the G. Teves Cup supported by

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his own pocket. He was also instrumental in bringing various housing projects and relief assistance through San Miguel Corporation, of which he serves as Independent Member of the Board of Directors, to help Sendong and earthquake victims rebuild their homes and lives. In a statement emailed to the CHRONICLE, Gary Teves said: “It is time to help those who suffered from recent calamities and comfort those who survived personal tragedies. “This season is not about gifts we receive, but about the love we can give to others in need. “In the midst of darkness, let us become the light for others to follow by finding the light of the Lord.” LIMKAICHONG Perhaps Limkaichong's greatest achievement this year is her assumption to the Chairmanship of the Ap-

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the amount intended for the wages of job order employees from P3 million to P8 million, even as his appropriation for the confidential and controversial intelligence fund stands at P10 million. The Board Members considered the twin appropriations as excessive. Philippine Councilors League President Erwin Macias and Sangguniang Kabataan President Scott Wayne Husain were absent. The Provincial Board, in reviewing the annual budget, does not have the power to increase appropriations proposed by the Governor. But it can reduce the appropriations or realign allotments for as long as the total amount remains the same. The Provincial Administrator defended the proposed 2013 annual budget and maintained that contrary to the assertions of the Governor's critics, the measure was proposed, deliberated and approved through numerous consultations of the concerned agencies. The provincial budget in 2011 was P1.1 billion, while it dipped at P1.06 billion in 2012. (By Dems Demecillo)

Hospital ... From page 1 victims are children. But local health authorities are optimistic, considering there have been no reports of major injuries attributed to the use of firecrackers during the Christmas celebrations. propriations Committee that promptly passed the P2.006 trillion General Appropriations Act for 2013. As a lawmaker, she sponsored 15 bills and co-sponsored 88 other proposed measures, including the conversion of La Libertad National High School into a national technical-vocational high school; creation of an additional branch of the Regional Trial Court in the 7th Judicial Region to be stationed at Guihulngan City; and curiously, granting Philippine citizenship to one Beatriz Berta Olgado Roxas, a known philanthropist who exhibited "unparalleled love for the Philippines by setting up various companies engaged in exporting Philippine-made products." (By Dems Demecillo)

efore anything else, let me greet all of you and all of us a HAPPY NEW YEAR! In one sentence, the year that passed in Negros Oriental was one disaster-prone year. Most people have not fully recovered from the two major typhoons and one big earthquake that hit this island in 2012. -o0oAs we enter another New Year on Tuesday, this booming city of Dumaguete will be experiencing new ways of life in the city, like newly elected officials in May, more unqualified men in government; increased sin taxes; more youth using contraceptives; higher prices; perhaps even an abortion law. This government is fast getting into the trap of other countries’ interests. If we can only think Filipino, perhaps we can be in a better condition than where we are now. Trouble is, we think colonial, most of us. Don’t look at me, I’m not exactly colonial. -o0oThe reason why there is an impasse in both city and provincial governments is because the executive and the legislative branches are not united. We cannot help but remember the shuttle diplomacies of past local leaders, like the late governors and mayors Lorenzo and Meniong Teves; Joe Pro Teves; Dodo Macias; and Tuting Perdices, and even former governor George Arnaiz. -o0oWe admire these men on the aspect of instituting the art of “shuttling diplomacy.” By shuttling, we mean, they go the extra mile, reach out to oppositionists under their administration, compromise, give and take, pat on the shoulder s of oppositionists ---all for the sake of unity even though how temporary. -o0oIn his world, there is no such thing as free lunch. One has to give in order to take. One has to deny oneself in order to gain. The Bible says, to die is to gain. There is victory in total surrender. We hope our political leaders will spend some quiet time with their God so they can reflect on

their ways on a higher plain. -o0oLook at our city and provincial councils and their executive counter parts. No image of unity. They want to win over the other. Thus, there is chaos. There is tyranny in numbers. No tyranny in people’s interests and public welfare. Of course, with a few exceptions. Nobody wants to give in. Like in marriage, if one does not give in, there will be 40 years of chaos. It’s about time somebody gives in in order to gain. Somebody has to surrender in order to gain victory. By gaining victory in surrender, we attain freedom and peace. -o0oLook at our provincial budget. Just read our headline. The next thing that will happen is that the province will revert to the old budget because they were not able to enact a new budget for 2013 because of disunited thoughts. It’s time we change some of them in May 13, otherwise, we will continue to have discord, disunity, disharmony. The ultimate losers are us, the taxpayers. Why? Because they are using our money to fight each other. -o0oWe blame the Comelec for allowing early campaigning. It may not be written, but the unwritten policy of the Comelec is that every candidate is now using EPAL to project his candidacy in one way or the other. EPAL, as you know, is projecting oneself even thru tarpaulins, exposing their faces, exposing their goodwills, without exposing their brains, if they have any, as one joke on you-know-who goes. Paid drumbeaters are now voicing out their ignorance without knowing that they are destroying their own political masters’ credibility. We should not elect such masters. Most of all we, have ignorant voters whom politicians want to remain as such so that they can be bought with money every election. Mind you, this sector comprises 60% majority among us. So how can they lose? As one of their kind said, “in a democracy, there is freedom of spit, so you can spit anywhere.” Want officials like that? Go ahead!

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the images of the candidates with some propagandists, showing they can always go to a new low in negative campaigning as if their patrons' chances of winning and political life depended on it. There are also indications that some political camps may institute legal charges against their political enemies, not necessarily to advance the cause of transparency and accountability, but merely to besmirch the good name of their opponents. (By Dems Demecillo)

rant of Arrest issued against the alleged communist leader for robbery in band and rebellion. Maj. Gen. Jose Mabanta of the Central Command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines hailed the arrest of Mendres as a triumph of the rule of law, even as he underscored the fact that while the military is upholding the unilateral ceasefire, law enforcement operations will continue. Mendres is tagged as the

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Commanding Officer of the Regional Strike Force of Negros Island, a major NPA Unit responsible for a number of raids of army detachments. He was also Front Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communists in Central Visayas. Mendrez led various NPA violent actions, and the most significant was the raid of the Pulopangyan Detachment in Brgy. Bug-ang, Toboso, Negros Occidental on August 28, 2010, wherein he was directly involved in the planning and execution.


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1. BIGGEST EARTHQUAKE KILLS 105; 63 MISSING It came like a thief on broad daylight. At about past 10am of Feb 6, 2012, the biggest earthquake, 6.9 in the Richter scale, hit Negros Oriental like a giant meteor crushing into earth. For about 30 seconds, the earth shoke as the epicenter was in Tayasan north of Dumaguete. Our Feb 12 issue covered the disaster and history will show that 105 were dead mostly via landslides and 63 are missing until today. This taught people a lesson to be prepared and when typhoon Pablo came two weeks ago, Dumaguete had zero casualty, with 33,000 affected people. 2. 40 EXTRAJUDICIAL KILLINGS RECORDED. With the latest assassination of city tourism volunteer officer Aries Alvarez of Ka Waway fame in October, no less than the city vice mayor Alan Gel Cordova noted down that so far, some 40 extrajudicial killings have happened in the city of Dumaguete which is quite unprecedented. Mayor Sagarbarria says that this is “part of a growing city” , but commented, it is not with this kind of impunity. The police have filed chargers against suspect of about 20 cases but suspects are still at large. Guns for hire were arrested in Bayawan last first week of February. After that, the killings seem to have subsided. Could the mastermind be just among the people mixing with the crowd? 3. DOTC SETS HELMET LAW ENFORCED JAN 1 Could it be possible that 30,000 single motorcycle owners in Dumaguete will be wearing the prescribed helmet on New Year’s day? This is the day which the DOTC in Manla have reset the implementation of the Helmet Law authored by Sen. Bong “Helmet” Revilla. This after stiff opposition from the public stated that not all people can afford this expensive helmets and that a family of five feels discriminated because they will have to spend a fortune to buy several helmets. Let’s see if the DOTC will make good its word on Jan 1 New Year’s Day.

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4 RH DIVIDES THE NATION The controversial Reproductive Health Bill passed the House and the Senate and will soon become a law. This means that even minors will be legalized users of contraceptives just to prevent pregnancy. This will also promote promiscuity and sex outside marriage. This is the most controversial part of the bill. Rep Limkaichong voted yes, while Rep Arnaiz and Rep Teves of Negros Oriental voted No. to the RH bill. 5 POLITICAL ISSUES ARE TOP STORIES OF THE DAY With election year just around the corner this coming May 13, the airlanes and the boob tube are starting to be filled with paid political broadcasts even on cable TV. Among the major issues this local election are: the controversial Sendong funds of P960Million still unfinished; the P1Billion calamity earthquake fund released by Malacanang has not yet arrived almost one year after the P100M DOH and P350M loan from the DBP by the provincial government to build a new outpatient department of the NOPH.

Banica river swells at Sendongs fury; Brother rescues younger brother in the river

6. 12 LEGAL LOTTOS CLOSED; SUEING THE CITY Some 12 legal lotto franchisees in the city gave non encouraging words to the local administration because the City has made it a policy not to allow even legalized lotto outlets of the PCSO here. They said, if not, then illegal suertres will proliferate. However, city policy makers defended the fact that the mission and vision of the city is to make Dumaguete a gambling free city. Fine, but still thousands flock at the city cockpit every Sunday so how does it jibe with this gambling-free city.The 12 Lotto outlets have filed a class suit and it is still pending at the RTC. 7. NATIONAL GAMES LAST MAY; PALARONG PAMBANSA IN FEB? Yes, after the National games with 5000 athletes playing here last May, the national Palarong Pambasa will be held here in February 2013 with about l5,000 athletes seeing action in Dumaguete. Good tourism too. But with the onslaught of typhoons Sendong and Pablo, plus that big earthquake in Feb 6, the delayed rebuilding and rehabilitation of infrastructures and bridges might cause the games to be transferred to Occidental Negros. But venue wise, we have world class track and field, Olympic size swimming pool and world class archery ranges among many other traditional game venues. 8. PNOY PICKS JOSY; BINAY BACKS GARY; PEPING LIKES DEGAMO

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The country’s big political guns are backing up our major standard bearers of political parties. President Aquino named Rep Josy Limkaichong as LP standard berer; Vice Pres Binay has chosen Gary Teves as his man in Negros Oriental and Peping Cojuangco, seem to like Gov Roel Degamo as his man in the province. All the three are running for governor. May the best man or woman win. 9. MOST AMBITOUS MEDICAL CITY FACILITY The P1billion South Seas Medical Center Inc founded by former Sen. John Osmena, is now on its ground works and will be projected to be finished after three years. This is yet the most ambitious medical city project and medical tourism venture outside Manila. It is a 100-bed tertiary hospital, 200-room resort, 2 condominium buildings, wellness shops, vacation villas with pools, and even a helipad.

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10. FIRST MEDIA OMBUDSMAN OUTSIDE MANILA The NEGROS CHRONICLE and its sister enterprise radio arm DYEM STAR ENERGY FM, has appointed the first media ombudsman in this province in the persons of IBP Chapter Pres. Atty Arturo Dupio and former executive Judge Terry Chiu . The volunteer role of the media ombudsman is to act as mediator in complaints made by the public about media’s performance and would recommend appropriate action for positive development. This is the first of its kind in Negros island and first outside Manila and Cebu.

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New Year, New Hope he New Year is a time for optimism. No matter how bleak or how low life sometimes brings us, the New Year always ushers hope for much better, happier days ahead. That is the reason why we greet each other a "happy" new year. Let me offer my prayers for a bountiful new year for everyone. For those wo lost practically everything due to natural calamities, here is a sincere prayer and hope that the new year will allow them to recover and rebuild. For those who lost their jobs this year, here's hoping that in the new year, you find work, or work finds you. For those who oppose the freshly minted law on Reproductive Health, I hope that the new year will provide another opportunity to ventilate and advance their cause in clamping down this piece of legislation, this time, in the courts of law. For those who have felt dissatisfaction on the poor performance of their incumbent political leaders, the new year certainly brings hope and opportunity to re-assess, and if warranted, choose others to run the affairs of government, 2013 being an election year. For those living in the crossfires of war, we hope the new year will bring peace. For those who have been injured, we hope the new year brings healing. For us, we experienced a "low" as the year ended since Jacob, our son, was hospitalized, so there is much reason for us to hope and pray that the new year will usher healthier days ahead. As we welcome the new year, let us all be filled with hope that despite the odds, life will be better, happier. I remember my favorite movie, "Shawshank Redemption," when Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) left a letter to fellow prisoner Red (Morgan Freeman): "Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies" There is always good reason to be hopeful. Happy New Year!

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Editorial Here comes the sun ow quickly the year shall have passed by Tuesday. We, as a province, have not yet even fully recovered from the last two typhoons and the big earthquake of Feb 6. But big thanks, really, to the private sector, who have filled our victims with donations in cash and in kind, even LGU’s from far-flung provinces and cities. We are still recovering, and yet, “here comes the sun,” as the song goes. The irony is that the national government, while quick to respond by showing their faces and flying on jets to our beleaguered island, the over one billion fund intended for rehabilitation have not yet been released. Thanks to the culprit named politics. Everybody seems to dip their finger on the cookie jar so much so that the cookies are still stucked up in the jar and even in the nasty hand of politics. We admire the guts and perseverance of our local leaders who have gone

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out of their way in helping the victims. Christmas and New Year is bleak on our side of town because of the past disasters. But the most beautiful thing in us is that we CAN STILL AFFORD TO SMILE in the face of darkness, hunger and poverty. No nation as resilient as ours have displayed so much contentment, even in the face of darkness and want. This is what makes us withstand the tests of time. We are like the bamboos, as the foreigners describe our people. We bend and blend with the wind. The writer, Ecclesiastes, will be extremely happy with this kind of resilience. Anyhow, let us brace ourselves for yet another year. Another set of challenges, from new sets of officials come May 13 to the proliferation of contraceptives with the approval of the RH Bill into law; more taxes from sin and sin tax; and maybe lesser number of babies and a lowered population to our future regret. Good luck everybody and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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he ancients spent endless time to look at the sky for the Star of Bethlehem- a celestial omen of the birth of the King of Kings. While the Star did appear A wise rejoinder later followed When everyone had each and led the Three Kings toward saying: Life is like ice cream - a cup of coffee - the ProfesBethlehem - no one expected if you do not eat it now, it will sor, true to form, said: the Savior to be born in a man- melt away forever. Enjoy life "The expensive-looking ger. The birth date of Jesus yes- the Here and Now - like a true cups are gone and the ordinary terday, sans all the gifts and hedonist. ones left untouched. The choice hooplah, was what we celBut we discovered a sam- of cups is what is troubling you ebrated (Christmas) for. ple of the "What if Life" series in and causing you stress. You alYet, the idea of a God - a short story from the Spiritual ways keep on looking for the best giving up his citizenship in Box of Short Stories that postu- for yourselves. You look at your Heaven - to be a man like us, lates: Life is Like a Cup of Cof- cup and examine if you got the born to humble beginnings fee. Just how? best one - and then look around and crucified like a common The story is told of a your neighbors to see if their criminal - sometimes get lost group of great, accomplished cups were better than yours. from our perspective as we professional-alumni who Sometimes, the happiest watch the fireworks and deck gathered for a class reunion. people do not have the best the halls with boughs of holly, Invariably, the discussion things in life. so to speak. turned to the stress of work The cups represent the The commercialization of and life that strained them money, the work and the posiChristmas is such that Jesus is everyday. tion you hold now. They are probably complaining today that The Professor, the host, not the most important thing people expect Santa Claus more welcomed them with a pot of hot Life is. than Him during his own birth- coffee. Sometimes, in concetrating day. How sad, indeed. On the table, of course, on the cups - we fail to savor the Just how are we leading were various cups of coffee, por- coffee. Coffee represents Life. All our lives? celain, plastic, glass and clay - we wanted was really coffee Tom Hanks in "Forest some expensive, others ordinary and none of the cups did add or Gump" said: Life is a like a looking. The professors asked diminish anything of the coffee box of chocolates - you will the alumni to help themselves to because they were so. The more never know what one will get. coffee. To page 13

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As 2012 comes to a close, let us celebrate our blessings while keeping in mind the lessons learned from experiences that challenged our spirit. Let us help those who suffered from recent calamities and comfort those who survived personal tragedies. This season is not about the presents that we receive, but the love that we give to others. In a world filled with regret, we must still dare to dream. In a world filled with despair, there is always reason to hope. And in a world filled with darkness, let us all find light in the Lord.

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Crossing the Line

all Street Journal first published this editorial in its Christmas issue in 1948. It has been republished every year since then.

When Saul of Tarsus set out on his journey to Damascus, the whole of the known world was in bondage. There was one state, and it was Rome. There was one master for it all, and he was Tiberius Caesar. Everywhere, there was civil order for the arm of the Roman law was long. Everywhere, there was stability, in government and in society, for the centurions saw that it was so. But everywhere, there was something else, too. There was oppression – for those who were not the friends of Tiberius Caesar. There was the tax gatherer to take the grain from the fields and the flax from the spindle to feed the legions or to fill the

hungry treasury from which divine Caesar gave larges to the people. There was the impressor to find recruits for the circuses. There were executioners – to quite those whom the Emperor proscribed. What was man for but to serve Caesar? There was the persecution of men who dared think differently, who heard strange voices or read strange manuscripts. There was enslavement of men whose tribes came not from Rome , disdain for those who did not have the familiar visage, and most of all, there was, everywhere, a contempt for human life. What, to the strong, was one Turn to page 14

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JOHNNY MERCADO

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Gracegrowers

ome time ago, Mr. Allen White wrote a letter to the editor. In this letter, he complained it was “racism” for foreigners to be charged P100 to enjoy our beautiful Twin Lakes Recreational Area while local Filipinos are only required to pay P10.

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wo prisoners looked out of the window. One saw the bars and the other saw the bars and the other saw the stars. I loved the pearls. They came in different arrays of colors like white, pink, blue or the rare ones, which are the black pearls. They are magical and feminine, and the only gems which come from a living organism, which is an oyster.

But these lovely gems started as “irritants.” These irritants are mostly sand that gets inside the oyster shells. To protect itself, the oyster tries to cover these foreign bodies with layers of pearly substance known as “nacre,” which gives the pearl its unique appearance and iridescent glow. As time goes by, these so-called irritants become pearls. In life, we meet people or trials that may irritate us, yet somehow, they produce lifeenduring values like patience, love, long-suffering humility and faith. I borrowed the term “gracegrowers” from someone who also borrowed this term

from another. Gracegrowers refer to people or circumstances that are hard to understand or love, yet they mold us positively or negatively depending on what we are made of. I’m sure you have met this person sometimes, somehow, or you may have encountered trials or problems beyond compare. Whether we like it or not, they are part of our daily existence. They may be fleeting occurrences or someone you have to live with for the rest of your lives. Have you breathed these words, “This person brings out the worst in me” or “I wish this ordeal ends”?

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go about it. We’re still as clumsy as a babe in the woods in this regard. We need to infuse the world with the spirit of love, of truth and justice that can come only from God, not from us, not from any man-made ideology, no matter how brilliant it may sound or successful it so far has been. For this to take place, we have to understand that an indispensable requirement is that we be vitally united with God. It’s not enough that we be smart or popular or powerful or rich. Unless these qualities spring from a living union with God, they can only give a very limited success, at best. What’s more likely is that Turn to page 14

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At first glance, one might think Mr. White was correct, but let us take a second, closer look. First off, “foreigner” is not a “race,” so it can not technically be “racism;” a more accurate term would be simply “discrimination.” Still, even discrimination does not sound like a good thing, certainly not a fair thing. One needs to look still a little closer. Obviously, it cost money to maintain the Twin Lakes Recreational Area, and charging an access fee would seem to be a good way to generate those needed funds. If everyone was charged the same P100 entrance fee, very likely local residents, who have trouble keeping food on their family table, could never afford to enjoy their own

countries scenic wonders. If we charged everyone P10, it is doubtful the facility could pay the gate guards much less the other employees. These beautiful lakes would quickly deteriorate, become polluted, and possibly be destroyed. As unjust as this pricing system would seem to be, it would seem to be the only practical system under the circumstances. Obviously, the system is not “fair,” but is the system unique to the Philippines? I do not know much about Australia, but I do know of pricing systems similar to this in America. Take for instance tuition fees at state colleges. Local state residents are

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Footsteps and Fingerprints

F we are dead serious in following Christ, we have to expect misunderstanding and persecution. This goes with the territory. Christ himself said so. If he himself had to suffer such, then his followers, that’s us, cannot expect anything different.

We have to be ready for these unavoidable situations. The world cannot understand the things of God. That’s one thing for sure. It needs man’s intervention for it to reconcile itself with its Creator. Aside from its natural limitations with respect to the supernatural reality of God, its Creator, the world has been damaged by our sins, whose effects the world has absorbed. Thus, its inability to appreciate God’s wisdom is further aggravated. But it is our responsibility, always with God’s grace, to infuse the world with the spirit of God. We need to be more aware of this responsibility because we often take it for granted. Besides, we really need to know how to

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re we going the way of Europe and developed nations where the grey waves of secularism hold sway? Having read history and watched the slow decay of the mighty Roman empire ending in the excesses of the Roman emperors, the likes of Caligula and his descendants, and the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, I feel with a lot of apprehension that unless we reverse course, the decline and fall of our modern civilization and our own culture is imminent. Following closely the de- pleasures in life must be bates surrounding the controver- avoided at all costs. If, for exsial RH Bill, it would seem that a ample, babies get in the way lot of Filipinos –scholars, busi- to a higher quality of life, prenessmen, media practitioners, vent conception, and worse professionals and students, still, terminate the life of the mesmerized by materialism and fetus; if one’s sex preference consumerism --are now trying to is of the same sex, by all purge the divine from their lives. means, legalize same sex marThe symptoms are lack of re- riage; if one is tired of mospect for the teachings of the nogamy, allows changing Church and churchmen, and partners by simply notifying worse still, lack of respect for life. the courts of law; and finally, if It seems that the pursuit one is tired of life or cannot stand of happiness is primordial, any more pain, terminate life. and anything that lessens the Turn to page 9

Desiderata: Guideline for Life’s Resolutions very New Year, there is the urge to draw up a list of resolutions to guide us through life in the coming year. Last year, I received a pocket calendar with the poem Desiderata on its cover. I remember having to memorize it long ago in school, but it was just words at that time. Now it seems to be even more relevant to our times than ever, and I have decided to make it my New Year’s guide for my life resolutions. For those of you who have forgotten the wealth of wisdom it contains, let me refresh your memory. If we all observed its wisdom, surely our lives and our world would be better for it. pare yourself with others, you DESIDERATA Go placidly amid the noise may become vain and bitter; and haste, and remember what for always, there will be greater peace there may be in silence. As and lesser persons than yourfar as possible, without surrender, self. Enjoy your achievements, be on good terms with all per- as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own sons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, career, however humble; it is a even the dull and the ignorant; real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise cauthey, too, have their story. Avoid loud and aggres- tion in your business affairs, for sive persons, they are vexa- the world is full of trickery. But Turn to page 15 tions to the spirit. If you com-

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Mr. Speaker: Three months from now, I will be marking my 27th year of uninterrupted service as an elected pubFR. G AMMY TULABING lic official. JCD, VG In formulating my final vote in this House, I drew mainly upon my experience as mayor for 12 years and provincial board member for six. For in my years here, that has always been my way of appraising proposals: to imagine the “implementability” of policies in a grassroots setting. That is the best test because what I have discovered is that what is good on paper is not necessarily good in practice; what is good in the Batasan, is not always good for the barrios. So far here are my conclusions: All the purported things that this bill will do are already covered by a multitude of laws. Thus, it is not a matter of legislation but implementation. A barangay council can buy pills and even distribute them like confetti, but no barangay chairman will tell you that the same pills will cure poverty. He will tell you instead that in the hierarchy of his constituents’ needs, schools, books, roads, water, and livelihood are far more important to them. Sa bawat araw na ginawa ng Diyos, kadami-dami ang natatanggap kong sulat at text na humihingi ng tulong, mga resolutions na nakikiusap ng pondo, pero ni minsan hindi po ako nakatanggap ng sulat na humihingi sa akin ng condom o pilduras o IUD. In many areas of my District, the best form of contraception is not the one that is unsheathed, but one that is switched on—and that is electricity. There are good provisions in this bill, I admit, like the improvement of health facilities, but these are mere reiterations of what a government must do, so whether a government is pro-, anti-, or deadma on RH, it is dutyTo page 9

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context in the first chapter of the gospel, the theme of God’s graciousness is already introduced as insignificant persons are chosen for the greatest privileges. Zechariah and Elizabeth become the parents of John the Baptist, the forerunner of the Savior. Mary becomes the mother of REV. FR. ROMAN C. the Son of God. As a matter SAGUN , JR. of fact, she has a lowly background and comes from an insignificant place in “a city of Galilee named Nazareth.” In short, nothing but God’s free choice to favor and bless can explain his gracious actions for men. Comparing the annunciation stories and the births of John, the Baptist and Jesus, Son of the Most High (vv. 5-25; vv. 26-38), we observe certain contrasts which underlie Mary’s privileges. At the appearance of the angel, Zechariah does not receive any greeting (v. 12), whereas Mary is addressed in exalted language. In the presence of the angel, Zechariah is perplexed, confused, and afraid (vv. 12-13); Mary though apparently troubled, really considers and ponders the angel’s word of grace with openness and faith (v. 29). Zechariah is struck dumb (v. 22), while Mary professes her humble faith (v. 38). Though more important, John is born to parents already in old age (v. 24), whereas Jesus is born of a virgin (v. 27). It is evident that Mary has a more privileged position in the mind of Luke. Furthermore, the passage in Lk 1:28-29 forming an important part of the annunciation story concerning the birth of Jesus has two parts. The first part is found in verse 28 and deals with the appearance and greeting of the angel Gabriel, who has an important message to communicate. In fact, verse 28 corresponds to and explains the following verses 30-33, where Mary is favoured by God with an explicit reference to her bearing a child who will be the Messiah, the Son of the Most High. Verse 29 introduces the second part and shows the attitude and reaction of Mary to the angel’s word of grace. This verse also corresponds to the progressive personal response of Mary to the Word of God in verses 34 and 38: “Behold, I To page 9

Sunday Thoughts THE LAND OF BEGINNING AGAIN “You have all my sins behind me… I will sing… all the das of my life.” Isaiah 38: 17, 20 There are thousands of ways by which we welcome the coming of the New Year. A businessman-friend of mine whose business has suffered a downturn prays that it will be better for him in the year ahead. Teachers vow to do better, more diligent in their work. The highest officials of the land resolve to be more attentive to the needs of the people. I think the words DR. PROCESO UDARBE from King Hezekiah in our text from Isaiah are the words some of us could say of ourselves today. Stricken as he was by a lifethreatening illness, and experiencing miraculous healing, he was thankful to God, and said: “You have put all my sins behind me… I will sing all the days of my life.” He had now come into the land of beginning again. What aspects of our lives do we lay as our shabby old jacket at the door and never to be put on again? For one thing, it could be an overused jacket of a deep sense of guilt, owing to some unforgiven sin. Hezekiah exalts: “God has placed my sins behind me!” What an exhilarating thought to be able to say these words at the beginning of the year! The thought that the slate of our moral and spiritual life is wiped clean, and that the pronouncement of pardon is made by God. Of course we must be remorseful if we are to begin with a clean

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slate. Psalm 51 is the best example in the Psalms of what it is to be sorry for one’s sins: Purge me with hyssop and I shall be clean; Wash me and I shall be whiter than snow. For the coming year, let us hear our Lord say: “Go and sin no more,” and we obey. In the land of beginning again, are we loaded with gratitude for God’s blessings? Are we able to exalt like Hezekiah: “I will sing to the Lord for as long as I live.”? One of the striking things about the Old Testament is the way its authors burst into songs of joy and thanksgiving over small triumphs. In the book of I Chronicles, there is a long account of struggle and conflict. As victory appears to be near the writer bursts into a song of thanksgiving: “O give thanks to God, call on his name!” Then comes the refrain: “Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice… The Lord reigns.” If we have been suffering from a deficit of thanksgiving, let us fling off the old jacket of ingratitude in the land of beginning again. And finally, let us drop the jacket of irresponsibility, as we come to the New Year, especially with respect to what can be done to improve the texture of our soci-

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WELCOME 2013, GOODBYE 2012! A happy New Year! Grant that I may bring no tear to any eye When this New Year in time shall end. Let it be said I've played the friend, Have lived and loved and labored here, And made of it a happy year. -Edgar Guest Two more days and we will turn the calendar to a new year; 2013 is coming to us, ready or not. As we say goodbye to 2012 we remember what it has brought to our doorsteps. The superstorm that visited Visayas and specially Mindanao three weeks ago has brought loss and grief to many in the affected areas. The two fires in Manila affected thousands of families. 2012 brought us earthquakes and storms. The financial crisis continues to haunt many countries. Through all these, people all over the Philippines celebrated Christmas with joy and faith. Everyone is getting ready to say goodbye to 2012; let us greet the new year 2013 with hope that it will be a better year for all! I hope these poems and quotes bring joy and hope into our hearts as we look forward to a fresh start for the new year. "Another fresh new year is here . . . Another year to live! To banish worry, doubt, and fear, To love and laugh and give! This bright new year is given me To live each day with zest . . . To daily grow and try to be My highest and my best!

I have the opportunity Once more to right some wrongs, To pray for peace, to plant a tree, And sing more joyful songs!" – William Arthur Ward. The object of a New Year is not that we should have New Year. It is that we should have new soul. – G. K Chesterton We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day. – Edith Lovejoy Pierce Drop the last year into the silent limbo of the past. Let it go, for it was imperfect, and thank God that it can go. Brooks Atkinson "An optimist stays up until midnight to see the New Year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old Year leaves." – Bill Vaughan

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am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be done according to your word.” From all these considerations, Christians then discover that God’s graciousness alone accounts for the fact that Mary is chosen as the Mother of God. By reason of God’s grace, Mary, the young woman of Nazareth, also becomes the Queen of heaven through her divine maternity. There is nothing, then, that constrains God from freely bestowing on Mary the highest privilege and a unique role in salvation history. Whom God so honored, Mary is to be honored by men.

bound to provide these services. So whether a woman is carrying a baby on purpose or by accident, through artificial insemination or by immaculate conception, she deserves to have access to the best medical care which should be provided—without the need for an RH bill. Mr. Speaker: I vote NO to this measure, and Mr. Speaker, please allow me to cite my last reason for it is also the most important reason for me. I know that a lawmaker’s religious beliefs must not solely guide his vote. But I will take the risk of allowing my final vote as a congressman to be shaped in part by the teachings of my Church, not because I believe that they are infallible, but because my final act should be in fidelity with what my Church stands for. This is also an act of soli-

darity with my Church as it has come under attack as regressive, as archaic, and as antiquated. But its past and its present belie this slander. This is the Church that fought against tyranny, ousted a dictatorship, struggled against repression, and defended human rights. This is the Church which continues to educate our young, heal our sick, shelter our homeless, and comfort our poor. This is a Church that treats people as the most important resource of a community. Unlike those pushing for this bill who treat them as liability. Let us never forget that the most precious capital of all is HUMAN CAPITAL. This is the Church whose teachings form our social glue, provide our moral anchor, and whose celebrations, including Christmas, strengthen our bond as a community. So pray, tell me my friends, with this heritage and record how can I vote against it? I vote NO to this measure.

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In brief do away with sacrifice, commitment and pain. The above scenario is to describe modern society today. While the situation seem tempting to most the empirical data show that today’s modern living has only brought more income to psychiatrists and increased the number of suicides even among the disillusioned younger set. Why is this so? There are many reasons. First off is lifestyle. Unfortunately we have inherited the social mores of the decaying society of the west which is propagated by media which now invades even our most private quarters through the cellphone and internet. Nothing is sacred anymore, not even bodies which are considered holy and made for the propagation of the human race. Even sub-teens are exposed to pornography. This deadens the sense of sin and respect for the opposite sex. The result is unwanted pregnancies, rape, divorce and

other evils. And then there is consumerism and conspicuous consumption, the product of materialism which tempts the public servants from the lowly policeman, customs and BIR employees to the highest offices in congress, the executive and judiciary and even elements in the private sector to commit graft and corruption just to keep up with the joneses. With the passage of the RH bill congress will legislate permissiveness. If you cannot lick the forces of evil join the evildoers seem to be the message. First of all teach the young generation sex. When they have learned enough give them condoms and abortifacients. This will avoid unwanted pregnancies. So let the youth have their fun with this legislative license in aid of promiscuity. As far as couples are concerned throw abstinence out of the window and give mister unbridled “safe and satisfying sex” to use the language of the RH bill. How about the distaff side? Do they have a say in all these? The long and short of the RH bill is that with its passage

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congress has crossed the line – the Rubicon. Next will be a bill for divorce. Just wait and see. As for us who have lived for a long time in developed countries that have legislated everything from abortion to divorce to euthanasia, the only thing we have observed are promiscuous kids that enter into marriage with overused and abused bodies and divorce-minded couples half of whom lead separate lives not long after tying the knot .we have also seen a population wallowing in pornography and satiated with drugs and a sick society many of whose members have opted to end their lives through euthanasia (which is permitted) or suicide. A sick scenario, yes indeed and in our case the symptoms are already there. For example Dumaguete is no longer a city of gentle people judging from the proliferation of crimes against persons and property – a situation that can only escalate given the drug scene unfolding before our very eyes.

PRAYER TO THE HOLY SPIRIT Holy Spirit, thou who make me see everything and show me the way to reach my ideal. You, who give me the divine gift to forgive and forget the wrong that is done to me, and who ever in al instances of my life, with me. In this short dialogue, I want to thank you for everything and confirm once more that I never want to be separated from you, no matter how great the material desires may be. I want to be with you and my love ones in your perpetual glory. Amen Pray the prayer 9 times for 3 consecutive days. Ask 3 favors or wishes to the Holy Spirit as intention for the prayer our favors will be granted no matter how difficult. (P.U.M.)

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Republic of the Philippines Local Civil Registry Office Province Eastern Samar City/Municipality: Guiuan

NOTICE FOR PUBLICATION In compliance with Section 5 of R.A. Act No. 9048, notice is hereby served to the public that Catalina P. Ramos has filed with this Office a petition for change of first name from “Maria Georgia Deebra” to “MARIA GEORGIA” in the birth certificate of Maria Georgia Deebra Lara Abuda who was born on February 22, 1976 at Guiuan, E. Samar and whose parents are Ferdinand R. Abuda and Elizabeth O. Lara. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than_____________. (Sgd.) Lilia L. Machica City/Municipal Civil Registrar The Negros Chronicle Dec. 30, 2012 & Jan. 6, 2013

December 30, 2012 Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF NEGROS ORIENTAL 7th Judicial Region Branch 63 Bayawan City IN THE MATTER OF CANCELLATION OF CERTIFICATE OF LIVE BIRTH WITH LCR NO. 98-617 AND CORRECTION OF ENTRIES IN CERTIFICATE OF LIVE BIRTH WITH LCR NO. 399 (F-80) AS TO MIDDLE NAME OF THE PETITIONER FROM PEPTO TO PEPITO, FIRST NAME OF THE MOTHER FROM BENIDICTA TO BENEDICTA, MAIDEN FAMILY NAME OF THE MOTHER FROM PEPETO TO PEPITO, BIRTHPLACE OF THE PETITIONER’S FATHER FROM LODYONG, TANGOD CITY TO MAHAYAG, PAGADIAN CITY, ZAMBOANGA DEL SUR, DATE OF MARRIAGE OF PARENTS FROM MAY 12, 1962 TO MAY 30, 1970 AND INDICATING THE MIDDLE NAME OF THE FATHER AND MOTHER AS TIATSO AND SUPANG RESPECTIVELY IN THE RECORDS OF BIRTH OF LUCIO PEPITO ANTIPOLO a.k.a. LUCIO PEPITO ANTIPOLO,

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DEED OF EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT Notice is hereby given that the heirs of Rico Bual Saycon, namely, Estela Saycon Cuello,of legal age, widow, Filipino citizen, and with residence at Banilad, Dumaguete City; Mercia Saycon-Smeets, of legal age, widow, Australian citizen, and with a residence address at Upper Cantil-e, Dumaguete City; Freshtille May Saycon Cuello niece, legal representative for Editha Bual Saycon of legal age, single, Filipino citizen, and a resident of Banilad, Dumaguete City; Gideon Bual Sayconf legal age, married, Filipino citizen, and a resident of Pamplona, Negros Oriental; Samuel Bual Saycon,of legal age, married, Filipino citizen, and a resident of Upper Cantil-e, Dumaguete City; and 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; 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. The Negros Chronicle Dec. 23, 30, 2012 & Jan. 6, 2013

Petitioner, in his verified petition, alleges that he was born on December 19, 1971 at Basay, Negros Oriental and his fact of birth was registered twice. One, before the Office of the Local Civil Registrar of Basay, Negros Oriental under Local Civil Registrar No. 399 (F-80) registered on June 4, 1980 and second, before the Local Civil Registrar of Mahayag, Zamboanga del Sur under LCR No. 98-617 registered on June 26, 1998 as a delayed registration. Petitioner is using the Birth Certificate under LCR No. 399 (F-80) registered at Basay Local Civil Registrar which was the first registration and in said records of birth of the petitioner there are erroneous entries as to his middle name, Pepto instead of Pepito; first name of petitioner’s mother, Benidicta instead of Benedicta; maiden family name of petitioner’s mother, Pepeto instead of Pepito; birthplace of petitioner’s father, Lodyong, Tangod City instead of Mahayag, Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur; and date of marriage of parents, May 12, 1962 instead of May 30, 1970 and prays for the cancellation of the second registration of his Certificate of Live Birth registered at the Local Civil Registrar of Mahayag, Zamboanga del Sur under Local Civil Registrar No. 98-617. Thus, this petition. The petition being sufficient in form and substance, let the same be heard on March 26, 2013 at 8:30 o’clock in the morning at the Session Hall of this Court along Severino “ Nene” Martinez Street, Bayawan City. Interested parties are hereby enjoined to appear on the aforesaid date, time and place and show cause why the petition should not be granted. Let this order be published immediately, at the expense of the petitioner, for once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks at a newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Negros Oriental and its five component cities. Furnish copies of this order to the Office of the Solicitor General, the Local Civil Registrar of Bayawan City, Negros Oriental, the petitioner and her counsel. SO ORDERED. Given in Chamber this 6th day of December 2012 at Bayawan City, Negros Oriental, Philippines. (Sgd. ) ANANSON E. JAYME Executive/Presiding Judge The Negros Chronicle Dec. 30, 2012, Jan. 6 & 13, 2013

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1) Are Firecrackers illegal? Firecrackers, as well as other types of explosives are not considered illegal contraband material but are regulated and controlled. It is the manufacture, sale, storage, and use of firecrackers that are subject to laws including safety requirements for manufacture, the requirement of a permit to sell or store, or restrictions on the use of firecrackers primarily because of safety issues. 2) What are the Prohibited Types of Firecrackers and Pyrotechnic Devices in the Philippines? The manufacture, sale, distribution and use of firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices of such explosive content that could endanger life and limb, such as atomic big triangulo and super lolo and their equivalent are prohibited. The determination of what constitutes prohibited firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices is vested with the Director-General of the Philippine National Police. Watusi or the “dancing firecracker”, Piccolo, Super Lolo and Atomic Big Triangulo, Mother Rockets, Lolo Thunder, Pillbox, Boga, Big Judah’s belt, Big Bawang, Kwiton, Goodbye Philippines, and Kabasi are the firecrackers prohibited for sale and manufacture in the country by the Department of Health and the Department of Trade and Industry. Other banned firecrackers include the “Atomic Bomb,” Five Star, Pla-pla, Og, Giant Whistle Bomb, and unlabelled firecrackers. 3) What are allowed firecrackers and fireworks under RA 7183 to be sold in the Philippines? Baby Rocket, Bawang, Small Triangulo, Pulling of strings, Paper caps, El Diablo or Labintador, Judah's Belt, Sky Rocket or Kwitis, Sparklers, Luces, Fountain, Jumbo regular and special, Mabuhay, Roman Candle, Trompillo, Airwolf, Whistle Bomb, Butterfly, all kinds of pyrotechnic devices (pailaw) and other types equivalent to the foregoing devices. 4) Are there any Qualifications for Manufacturers or Dealers? A license or permit to manufacture or to deal in wholesale or retail of firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices shall be issued only to: (a) Filipino citizens of good moral character; or (b) entities duly registered with the Bureau of Commerce of the Department of Trade and Industry(DTI) or the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), one hundred per centum (100%) of the capitalization of which is owned by Filipino citizens. 5) How can a person desiring to manufacture, sell or distribute fireworks and other pyrotechnic devices secure a license? Any person desiring to manufacture, sell or distribute fireworks and other pyrotechnic devices shall file his application for the issuance of license or business permit with the Chief of PNP, through the provincial director of the province where the business or project is located. Applicants from Metro Manila shall submit their application through the Commanding Officer of the Firearms and Explosives Unit, Headquarters, PNP. Reasonable fees may be charged. 6) What are the penalties for violation? Any person who manufactures, sells, distributes or uses firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices in violation of the provisions of RA 7183 shall be punished by a fine of not less than Twenty thousand pesos (P20,000.00) nor more than Thirty thousand pesos (P30,000.00), or imprisonment of not less than six (6) months nor more than one (1) year, or both such fine and imprisonment, at the discretion of the court in addition to the cancellation of his license and business permit and the confiscation by the Government of his inventory or stock. 7) How can one recognize an illegal firework? Look for a manufacturer's name on each item or on the box in which they were packaged. Firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices shall bear labels indicating the name and address of their manufacturers and warning instructions written in Filipino and English. Each device should also list instructions for proper use and have cautionary labeling. The manufacturer's name and cautionary labeling are required by law. Fireworks without this information are probably illegal and, therefore, to be avoided.

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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

Price

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

Contact: 0918-929-6047

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700 SQUARE METERS, NEAR THE ROAD, NEAR FATIMA SUBDIVISION REASONABLE PRICE, NEGOTIABLE HEDRIANA ENTRANCE, PIAPI, DUMAGUETE CITY IF INTERESTED, CONTACT ELY DEJARESCO, TEL. NO. 0918-929-6047 OR ROSE BASELERES, TEL. NO. (Globe cp#) 0906-457-4857

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RUSH SALE Price: Negotiable Call: 09189296047

OCEAN VIEW LOTS FOR SALE Balili, Valencia Neg. Or. 20,575sqms, w more or less 130 fruit bearing sweet mango trees, w electricity and water access, along the road, clean title @ P500/ sqm only Liptong, Valencia Neg. Or., 911sqms, w 2-storey cottage, situated 650 feet above Dgte City, overlooking, w electricity and water access, along the brgy road, clean title @ P1.2M only Liptong, Valencia Neg. Or., 910sqms, situated 645 feet above Dgte City, overlooking, w electricity and water access, along brgy road, clean title @ P900K only San Antonio, Sibulan Neg. Or., 16,279sqms, located 700 feet above Dgte City, ocean view, with road right of way, w electricity and water access, clean title @ P400/sqm Palimpinon, Valencia Neg. Or., 975sqms, located 700 feet above Dgte City, near Tiera Alta, ocean view, with water, electricity, internet, cable and phone access, along the road, clean title @ P2M only Palimpinon, Valencia Neg. Or., 1,111sqms, situated 780 feet above Dgte City, near Tiera Alta, ocean view, w electricity, water, cable, phone and internet access, along the road, clean title @ P1,500/sqm Palimpinon, Valencia Neg. Or., 2,220sqms, situated 780 feet above Dgte City, near Tiera Alta, ocean view, w electricity, cable, water, internet and phone access, along the road , clean title @ P1,500/sqm Ugahong, Valencia Neg. Or. 3.2hectares, located 400 feet above Dumaguete City, along the road, two sides attached to the road, w electricity and water access, clean title @ P500/sqm only Ajong, Sibulan Neg. Or., 1,000sqms, overlooking, along the national high-

way, clean title @ P3,000/sqm only

Contact: 0918-929-6047

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

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 NEW LOTS FOR SALE  Daro, Dgte City 300sqms. along the road, accessible to transfortation at P2,500/sqm.  Bacong Negros Oriental located at the National highway, wide frontage, 1,308 sqms at 1,300.00/sqm  Dgte.City 600/sqms. suited for apartment and commercial spaces, at P2,500/sqm. only

RESIDENTIAL LOT FOR SALE IMMEMDIATELY 500 SQUARE METERS, NEAR THE ROAD, NEAR FATIMA SUBDIVISION REASONABLE PRICE, NEGOTIABLE HEDRIANA ENTRANCE, PIAPI, DUMAGUETE CITY IF INTERESTED, CONTACT LUGEN CONDE

CELL NO. 09173143876

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

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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LOCATION

PRICE

Motong, Dgte. City Fatima Village, Dgte. City Bong-bong, Valencia Neg. Or Jawa, Valencia Neg. Or. Jawa, Valencia Neg.Or. Jawa, Valencia Neg. Or. Jawa, Valencia Neg. Or. Jawa, Valencia Neg. Or. Jawa, Valencia Neg. Or. Bong-aw, Valencia Neg. Or. Talay, Dgte. City Daro, Dgte City Junob, Dgte City Junob, Dgte City Bagacay, Dgte City Bagacay, Dgte City Batinguel, Dgte City Bagacay, Dgte City West Balabag, Valencia East Balabag, Valencia East Balabag, Valencia Pob. Valencia Neg. Or. Bacong, Neg. Or. Bacong, Neg. Or. Bacong, Neg. Or. Bacong, Neg. Or. Bacong, Neg. Or. Bacong, Neg. Or. Bacong, Neg. Or. Daro, Dgte City Daro, Dgte City Daro, Dgte City

P2,500/sqm P4,500/sqm P500/sqm P1,600/sqm P1,300/sqm P1,900/sqm P1,900/sqm P1,900/sqm P1,900/sqm P3M P2,000/sqm P750K P2,000/sqm P2,000/sqm P2,500/sqm P2,500/sqm P1,500/sqm P900K P1,000/sqm P1,000/sqm P1,200/sqm P1,300/sqm P450/sqm P450/sqm P450/sqm P450/sqm P450/sqm P450/sqm P450/sqm P4,500/sqm P4,500/sqm P4,500/sqm

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Call 522-0521 Wifi Active

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For Lease

BODEGA Ideal for storing stocks. Bantayan, concrete road Fully fenced lot, all concrete Good parking space, with 24/7 resident guards. Call 0918 929 6047

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NEW Broadcasters officers

HEALTH IS WEALTH

The local KBP chapter, after 4 long years, finally, has elected the following new officers: Yes-FM manager Michael Palma, chairman; DYRM manager Sherlyn Abella, vice-chairman; Radyo Natin Bais Aldwin Gravador, secretary; DYLT Magic FM Tanjay Alvin Amada, treasurer; DYGB assistant manager Procs Balatayo, performance officer.

The Real Spirit of Giving “ It is more blessed to give than to receive.” – ACTS XX-35 hen Christmas Season comes around, there is something in the air that makes people’s hearts leap with joy and gladness. It is the very moment when the floodgates of love are opened. And as the song goes, “God and sinners reconcile,” the Angels from Heaven gladly proclaim, “Peace on Earth to men of good will for today is born the Savior of the World!” It has been said that the fulfillment and joy, as well as essence of true giving does not attracting so much blessings expect anything in return. The that can truly lead to success ultimate altruistic spirit of in all forms in life. generosity is that it must come However, today, there are from a heart of unselfish self. people in this too materialisUnless a person has this char- tic world who proudly maniacteristic attitude, he cannot fest greed. It is quite ironic receive the abundance that that most of them are very rich God has promised. Man, if and have amassed wealth and possible, should be gratefully even profess to be Christians, and steadfastly connected to and yet, they are too selfish. the very Source Who gives They readily rationalize that him life. they became rich because they Giving is truly a positive worked so hard and blame the aspect of one’s human nature. poor people for being lazy. This is the reason why, when Greed is also known as one does it, one finds avarice. It is defined as an

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Christmas ... (Bingo)

From page 8 expensive ones, in fact, are heavy to carry and often hide the view of the coffee from us. The lesson is to give less focus on the things that merely hold what is essential to us -- life itself. So live simply, speak kindly, care deeply, and love generously. See what it does to you - and your person.

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In this season of giving, we can start knowing life at Christmas by visiting people we know who are too sick to enjoy Christmas the way we do. If we do not know of anyone, visit the prisoners and share our gifts of presents and presence to them. For all we know, some of them are merely unjustly imprisoned there in their cells. And for everyone else, at least this season -- smile. A smile is something that even kings and taipans are none

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DR. ANGEL V. SOMERA

Fellow, Philippine Psychiatric Association

inordinate and excessive desire to acquire or possess more than what one needs, especially with regard to material wealth. For example, people who hoard and never share what they have. A wise man says, “the Bird of Paradise alights only upon the hand that does not grasp.” The Church considers greed as a mortal sin of excess against God. In Dante’s Inferno, the author described: “The greedy souls were bound and laid their faces down on the ground for having concentrated too much on earthly thoughts and activities.” Charles Dicken’s “Christmas Carol” described Scrooge as a person who did not feel the true spirit of giving. Hence, the deprived ghosts of their selfish past haunted him and made him realize the great significance of generosity, especially during Christmas time. too rich as to fail to appreciate it or none too poor so as not to be able to afford to give one -- freely. So what is life to you -- a box of chocolates, ice cream, or a cup of coffee? Choose wisely - for we are a product of the choices that we make. Merry Christmas to all! For comments: Email to dejarescobingo@yahoo.com or bohol-rd@mozcom.com

Sunday ... (Udarbe)

From page 8

ety. There is a clear implication in the Hezekiah story that the man, having been cleansed of his sin, having recovered from his illness, and therefore, grateful, is bent on doing something good for the common life. A litmus test of a deep sense of responsibility is stated in Philippians 4:8 in which St. Paul instructs not only the Philippians but also the Filipinos to be excellent in whatever is gracious, fair, true, anything of good behavior. Our hope in our country is that the new powers that be will not repeat the mistakes of those who have been trusted with high office but have bungled it, and thereby, have been shamed. For the words of Proverbs are true to life: “Pride (and let me add, greed and immorality) proceeds the fall (from grace).” We think of coming to a new year as a going into the land of new beginnings. Yet, isn’t it true that we allow the New Year to pick up precisely where the old year ends. But let it be different this time as we go into a year full of danger, yes, but also full of possibilities for good. Let us fling off that old jacket of the burden of guilt, of ingratitude and of low spiritual norms and be guided by whatever is honest, whatever is patriotic, whatever is genuinely true, whatever it is that exalts a nation. And by the way, as the Bible puts it, the judgment of God begins with those who profess to be God’s people.

NOTICE OF AUCTION All unredeemed pledges left during the month of August 2012 of the ff CEBUANA LHUILLIER PAWNSHOP branches will be sold at Public Auction on January 4, 2013 at Aguinaldo St., Bais City (8:30 am) • Aguinaldo St., Bais City • Roxas St., corner Mabini St., Bais City, Negros Oriental            • National Highway corner Aglipay St., Bais City • 499-E National Highway, Public Market, Tanjay, Negros Oriental • Magallanes St., Tanjay, Negros Oriental • Poblacion Amlan, Negros Oriental • Public Market, Sibulan, Neg. Or. • L. Aguilar St., Pamplona, Negros Oriental • Roxas St. corner Mabini St., Bais City at South Road, Tabuctubig, Dumaguete City (8:00 am) • 57 Silliman Ave., Brgy 6, Dumaguete City • 149 Gov. Perdices St., Brgy 5, Dumaguete City • Cervantes St., Dumaguete City • Level 1, Bldg.5, Dumaguete Public Market Complex, Dumaguete City • Noblefranca cor Sta. Catalina St., Dumaguete City • Cor. Mabini & Pinili Sts., Dumaguete City • Unit B, G/F Bricktown Center Bldg., North cor Aldecoa Drive, Brgy Daro, Dumaguete City • Rizal Boulevard,

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Dumaguete City • corner Maria Cristina & Legaspi St., Dumaguete City • Cor Perdices Sta Rosa St., Brgy 3, Dumaguete City • San Jose St., Dumaguete City • South Road, Tabuctubig, Dumaguete City at Poblacion, Basay, Negros Oriental (8:00 am) • National Highway, Zamboanguita, Negros Oriental • National H-way, Siaton, Neg.Or. • Juan Luna Street., Brgy Poblacion, Sta. Catalina,Negros Oriental • 1160 Rizal St., Tinago, Bayawan, Neg.Or. • Claro M. Recto St., Bayawan City • Poblacion, Basay, Negros Oriental at Catamboan, Lazi, Siquijor (8:30 am) • North Poblacion, Larena, Siquijor • Atad Street, New Public Market, Siquijor • Catamboan, Lazi, Siquijor at S. Villanueva M.L. Quezon, Guihulngan Cty (8:30 am) • Pob. Mabigo, Canlaon City • S. Villanueva M.L. Quezon, Guihulngan Cty • National H-way Pob. Jimalalud. Neg. Or. • Door #3 Public Market, Tayasan, Neg. Or. • Poblacion Bindoy, Negros Oriental • Poblacion Manjuyod, Negros Oriental • National Highway, Poblacion Ayungon, Negros Oriental at Lumbangan Mabinay, Negros Oriental (8:30 am) • Lumbangan Mabinay, Negros Oriental


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(Cimagala)

From page 6

they can pose a great danger to us, since objectively excellent qualities not grounded on God have graver effects than mediocre qualities, also not grounded on God. Thus, we have to see to it that our God-given talents and other endowments are engaged with God. This is a real challenge, since we kind of automatically consider our talents and endowments simply as our own, to be used completely at our own dispositions, with hardly any reference to God and his laws. We need to correct that attitude, so embedded in the mind and culture of the men and women today. Then we should try to master the doctrine of our faith, the teaching left by Christ and deposited in the Church for perpetual transmission to all. We should master it in such a

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way that we feel at home with it, have a global grasp of it and would know what part of it is relevant to the issue or question raised at the moment. We should also learn the skill of spreading this doctrine, actively proclaiming it more than just using it to react to a controversy. With all the information technologies we now have at hand, this task should be made easier. But we cannot deny the fact that we will always find problems, people who resist to believe or who, while considering themselves as believers, are consistent with their faith. In the gospel, we are made familiar with the possibility that those who appear close to God or to the Church can be the ones who can give the biggest problems. We should be ready for these eventualities. Christ assured us that we should

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not worry when things can get so bad that we as believers can be persecuted. “Beware of men, for they will hand you over to courts and scourge you in their synagogues, and you will be led before governors and kings for my sake as a witness before them and the pagans,” he said. “When they hand you over, do not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say. You will be given at that moment what you are to say." (Mt 10,19-20) Still we have to understand that despite God’s assurance that we will be taken care of by him, we need to prepare ourselves. God’s grace never takes away our human responsibilities, our duty to study and do whatever is humanly possible to spread and defend our faith. As to the difficulties that can include the misunderstandings and persecution, let’s just be game about them. We should not allow them to hinder us in our duties. Besides they are a clear sign we would be doing God’s work, since if Christ suffered these things, we, his followers, should not expect anything different. We just have to be patient and optimistic. What also helps is to have a good sense of humor.

The Voice ... (Mercado)

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man more or less in a crowded world? Then, a sudden, there was a light in the world, and a man from Galilee saying :. Render unto Caesar the things that are God’s. .. And the voice from Galilee , which would defy Caesar, offered a new Kingdom in which each man could walk upright and bow to none but his God. Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. And he sent this gospel of the Kingdom of Man into the uttermost ends of the earth. So the light came into the world and the men who lived in darkness were afraid, and they tried to lower a curtain so that man would still believe salvation lay with leaders. But it came to pass for a while in diverse places that the truth did set man free, although the men of darkness were offended and they tried to put out the light. The voice said: “ Haste

ye. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness come and one knoweth not wither he goeth” . Along the road to Damascus the light shone brightly. But afterwards Paul of Tarsus, too, was afraid. He feared that other Caesars, other prophets might one day persuade men that man was nothing save a servant unto them, that men might yield up their birthright from God for pottage and walk no more in freedom. . Then might it come to pass that darkness would settle again over the ‘lands and there would be a burning of books and men would think only of what they

should eat and what they should wear, and would give heed only to new Caesars and to false prophets. . Then might it come to pass that men would not look upwards to see even a winter’s star in the East, and once more, there would be no light at all in the darkness. . And so Paul, the apostle of the Son of Man, spoke to his brethren, the Galatians the words he would have us remember afterwards in each of the years of his Lord: Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hsas made us free and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

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given a lower tuition fee than “out of state” residents. This is doubly unfair because out of state students already have a heavier financial burden than local students. This is only one of many examples of discrimination common in many countries. Mr. White, one last thought. In your country there is a scenic wonder called Ayers Rock. It is visited by an estimated 400,000 visitors every year. Each visitor must pay $25 to enter the park. Ayers Rock, or as the natives call it “Uluru”, is sacred to the Pitjantjatjara Aborigines’. These natives often hold religious services on the Rock. As I recalled your government does not charge the natives anything to enter the park. Would seem Australia discriminates even more than the Filipinos.

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hat is it about Christmas or the Yuletide season that brings out the best in many people? All throughout the year, there would be all sorts of differences, misunderstandings and squabbles, only to be relegated to the backseat when the season of merrymaking comes. All of a sudden, as if some magic wand cast a spell on earthlings, mankind becomes a little more kind, more generous, more solicitous, more gentle, and more patient. Gone – well, at least temporarily – are the frayed nerves, the rantings when we do not get what we want or when we do not have our way, the insensitive comments that create hurt feelings, and the many obnoxious situations that usually get people in trouble because of their own making. But once December creeps into our lives, the world suddenly changes for the better – with or without the threat of the world ending supposedly nine days ago, if we go by the Mayan calendar! The world, or at least the community that we revolve in, is transformed into a better, more peaceful place, and we can only sigh and wish that the euphoria would last forever. Such is not the case, of course, as we have known it. As we bid the year that has passed before our very eyes very fleetingly, we likewise welcome the brand new year with much enthusiasm and a deeper resolve to do good or outdo ourselves to be better. Even if we do not know what the new year and the coming years would bring, our Christian faith teaches us that so long as there is life, there is hope. It is hope that inspires us to move on and make a difference in other people’s lives. It is hope that tells us that despite the diffi-

culties and challenges we face, it is still a beautiful world to live in. It is also hope that makes us cling to whatever is left of us as we grapple with life’s vicissitudes. How do you elucidate hope on victims of calamities and disasters that have plagued the country lately, including our province? How do you explain hope to people in Compostela Valley that have even resorted to killing their own kin in the mad scramble for food and other relief items? Truly, is hope in the offing for people who have remained unemployed and have not managed to extricate themselves from the rut they are in? If we go by the spirit of the Christmas season, which is awaiting the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, then that is hope. What better way to equate life’s difficulties than to think and wait for eternal rewards from our Savior and Redeemer. Side by side with hope is a strong faith

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in God and a positive outlook. It has been advised many times over by experts that adapting a positive attitude helps you cope with life in a better manner. Whatever the coming year may bring, we take solace in the thought that we have undergone and overcome the things that have come our way this past year. There are always lessons learned from every situation, good or bad, and if we come out whole and unscathed, then hope springs eternal. Let’s count our blessings and focus on the good things that we have experienced and learned from. If there were hardships – and they can come in various degrees and no one is exempt – let them be pillars of strength from which we can draw important lessons to guide us by. You, dear readers, have

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let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere, life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment, it is as perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore, be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations. In the noisy confusion of life, keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy. May you all enjoy a fruitful and blessed New Year 2013!

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