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Dumaguete City, Philippines,

Suspected terrorists charged

Sunday November 13, 2005 P8.00

again?

BY EDWARD LOPEZ

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he Dumaguete City prosecutor’s office formally charged Monday for possession of explosives and flammable substances two brothers arrested on board Super Ferry 2 bound for Dumaguete City from Manila. Its route after Dumaguete was Dipolog, General Santos, Cagayan de Oro , Bacolod, and back to Manila. Fourth Assistant City Prosecutor Angelita Alcoran set the bail at P200,000 for the temporary liberty of Daniel Bobila of St. Mary Village in Camarin, Caloocan City, and his brother Editho Bobila of Sikatuna Village, Quezon City. Both, with the provincial address at Sitio Timaylanda,

Two Bobila brothers arrested , detained and charged with simple crimes in the absence of an antiterrorism law.

municipality of Kabasalan in Zamboanga-Sibugay, are presently detained at the Dumaguete City police detention center. Asst. Prosecutor Alcoran said the charge was based on the findings of the Philippine National Police (PNP) command’s labora Turn to page 14

FIRE 11AM NOV. 6, Sunday Perdices St.

Skydeck-view of the post-P15-million fire which leveled several firms along Locsin St. last Sunday Nov. 6. Inset photo by JUDY FLORES-PARTLOW.

MR filed at Ombudsman on Kag. Dicen

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he deputy Ombudsman in Cebu has been asked to reconsider its ruling dismissing the graft and falsification charges against Dumaguete City councilor Samuel Dicen.

Arson angle strong: CFD F

Family, homeless reports:

A respectable family in Dumaguete who lost everything in that Nov. 6 fire is set to issue a sworn statement that the fire started on the ground floor of the building they were renting and their The deputy ombudsman testimonies are corroboof Cebu ruled that the Mazda The police and the intel- son, certainly, the arsonist rated by several witvehicle was assigned to ligence community are start- would want probers to disnesses. Samuel Dicen on August 28, 2001, thereby legitimizing Samuel Dicen’s use of the Mazda vehicle beginning September 2001. The ombudsman based its finding on the list of vehicles with the General Ser Turn to page 15

BY E DWARD LOPEZ

ire probers continue to sift through burnt rubbles as of press time to determine whether the cause of the fire last Sunday past 11am, was accidental or arson. The fire leveled some P15 million worth of properties along Locsin street, one of Dumaguete City’s busiest downtown commercial districts .

ing to make a thorough report on those who might have insured their building and how much. They are mostly attracted to one businessman who seem to indicate his presence minutes before the fire erupted. But if the fire were ar-

count arson because the fire occurred during day time, and that nobody was supposed to be in the building where it was reported to have started. Fire insurance probers and adjusters from Manila Turn to page 15

This should give arson probers at the City Fire Department, and the Insurance Adjusters who are also probing the case, a welcome respite as to where to start the investigation rather than stick to the old and now almost Turn to page 2

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KERYGMA FEAST

HOW MEDIA SEES IT, AND NOT OTHERS BY ELY P. DEJARESCO (email: elydejaresco@yahoo.com)

Family homeless report (From page 1) incredible fire-culprit which is the usual “faulty electrical wiring.”

Born-again Catholic Charismatic Christian organizations jampacked the LLMC Sports Centre

listen to International Youth Preacher BO SANCHEZ sponsored by the Lingkod Ng in Dumaguete. Yesterday, Bo Sanchez was the main speaker at the First BCBP Bo Sanchez toPanginoon Joint Sectoral Breakfast held at the Jordan room of the Bethel Guest House.

Tourism Cruise ship to island-hop CV BY MICHAEL O CAMPO

BY E DWARD LOPEZ

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entral Visayas tourism chair BM Mariant Escaño Villegas announced that one of her priorities is the launching of a cruise ship for tourists, local and foreign, which will island-hop the provinces of Central Visayas, namely, Bohol, Dumaguete , Cebu and Siquijor. The newly elected officers of the Central Visayas Regional Tourism Council (2005 – 2007) met Wednesday at the Waterfront Hotel at Lahug, Cebu City. to discuss plans and programs for the year 2006. Of these, the cruise ship that will visit all the Central Visayas provinces will be one of them. According to Villegas, the cruise ship plan has already been approved in principle by the Governors of Central Visayas and the Re-

gional Development Council. Also a feasibility study has already been conducted by the University of the Philippines and was concluded to be viable. The council has invited Patrick Gregorio and Edgardo Nicolas for their next meeting to be held in Dumaguete City on December 10 to give more insights regarding this matter. RTC Director Macrina Funtes suggested that a “Visit Pass” good for one month at a discounted rate be given to Turn to page 3

Titoy finally gets a lawyer; pleads guilty

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saac Titoy, the pauper litigant who was reported to have languished in jail for so long awaiting trial, finally got a lawyer on May 27 last year , in the person of Atty. Joel Obar, even as he pleaded guilty to a lesser offense. Accused of rape, Isaac Titoy y Gador, was indicted before Family Court Judge Fe Lualhati Bustamante under Crime Case No. 16947 for rape. He then pleaded guilty to a lesser offense of acts of lasciviousness. That was last October ll this year. Immediately Judge

SANCO insists fire started in 2nd floor

Bustamante had the accused arraigned, conducted pre-trial, and presented the first witness on April 14, 2005. After applying for probation being a first-time offender, Titoy was granted temporary liberty by Judge Bustamante, subject to all the conditions of a probation grantee.

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he owners of the burned down SANCO Commercial along Locsin street, Dumageute City insisted that last Sunday’s P15 million fire that gutted several shops in the city’s commercial district did not originate from their store. Dr. Rebecca Santiago, one of the owners of L & L Santiago Optical and SANCO Commercial, clarified to reporters the stories that appeared in other local media outlets, not in this paper. Dr. Santiago said the reports disturbed her. She explained that SANCO Commercial rented only the first floor of the building, not including the second floor where the fire was detected before it spread and swallowed Pastor and Lu Pega buildings. Santiago said the second floor was rented out to the Santillan-Badon family that owned RSB Optical Clinic.. But Badon in his statement said that he personally saw smoke oozing upwards coming from beneath their kitchen, which was actually the mezzanine of Sanco Commercial. Sanco says they have no mezannine, but the building owners say that their building had a mezannine in both RSB clinic and Sanco. Badon asked why Jun Santiago of Sanco Commercial claimed the fire

started on the second floor. Was Santiago there before the fire? In the case of Badon, the entire family was in the second floor about to take lunch when everybody saw smoke oozing from below through the second floor, and the oozing smoke came directly where the Sanco mezzanine is. Police probers said that Badon is a first-hand witness, while Jun Santiago can only be first-hand witness if he was there before the fire started, thus he can substantiate his claim. It is now up to independent fire probers and insurance adjusters to gather enough evidence. Badon said his rented house and clinic was not insured at all. There are police and fire department reports that SANCO Commercial store was insured by Standard Insurance. Flor Temblor, the manager of Standard Insurance has yet to confirm or deny the police report. FIRE SUPER TANKER Meanwhile, Dumaguete City Mayor Agustin Perdices Turn to page 3

The family of Ruben S. Badon, branch manager of the Central Bank in Ozamis who rents a house along V.Locsin St. consisted of the RSB Optical Clinic managed by his wife Rosalie Santillan-Badon. They are ready to jointly testify that the fire on Nov. 6 started on the first floor of their building owned by the Pastor Family. And that the fire did not start in their clinic either, but in its adjacent section which is rented by SANCO Commercial. Fire probers including the legal department of the City Government should take part in getting to the truth about how the fire started and if possible seek the aid of expert forensics to help the city probe this nth fire which until today, has only been blamed on “faulty electrical wiring.” Mr Badon is ready to be called by any of the fire probers to shed light on the investigation. If a mouse is intentionally strapped around a faulty wire inside the building and would eventually scrape its wire insulation, it would trigger a short circuit, and yet such could be branded by non-expert probers as caused by faulty electrical wiring. Arson is ruled out. How amateurish. The following is part of the sworn statement which Mr. Badon has set to be notarized. Those who disagree are free to submit their similar sworn statement, if only to help the fire investigators, get into the bottom of similar incidents. This is part of the citizens’ initiative in helping government probers arrive at the truth. The fire on November 6, 2005 – First hand Account by Mr. Ruben S. Badon, Husband of Dr. Rosalie S. Badon, of RSB Optical Clinic.

On November 6, 2005, my family: Rosalie S. Badon, Wife; Children – Riezelle Martha, Rubee

RUBEN AND ROSALIE BADON with children Rubee, a senior pharmacy student of USC; Rojan, sophomore nursing SU; Rizal, senior high school who are now “refugees” in the house of a friend owned by Bebe and Lorna Opada a businessman from Ayungon, and their house help who saw the fire below them. The Badons have nothing after everything was burned. Notice Ruben, Central Bank Ozamis branch manager, barefoot.

rose Maudette, Rojan Marku and Rizal Martin, attended the Sunday Holy Mass at Perpetual Church at 10:00 A.M. My two sons rode in our family motorcycle, while the four of us rode a tricycle. Right after the mass, we went straight home: my two sons arrived around 11:07 a.m. more or less, while we followed in a tricycle and reached home around 11:10 a.m. more or less. At home, my wife went straight to the kitchen to check the food for lunch: grilled fish and eggplant which were all ready except for the eggplant that needs salad dressing, set by our househelp. Few seconds later my wife changed clothes and immediately thereafter checking and knowing everything was ready, my wife rushed to the ground floor at the Optical Clinic to get money for our daughter’s fare (Rubeerose) who was to leave for Cebu at 3:00 . in the afternoon of November 6, 2005. Rubeerose Maudette is enrolled at San Carlos University, now in her senior year, taking up BS Pharmacy. My wife and Rubeerose stayed there for around 7 minutes more or less. While my two sons and I were lying down on the floor at the sala watching TV together with my other daughter, Riezelle Martha, a 2005 nursing graduate at Silliman University now undertaking her review class at SU.

REGIONAL TOURISM COUNCIL

Standing: SECRETARY Myla Abellana - Oriental Negros Provincial Tourism Officer - DIRECTOR Macrina Fuentes - Orientwind Travel. TREASURER Erwin Biano – Ocean Jet , PRO Peter Dejaresco – Angels’ Wings Travel & Tours, DIRECTOR Marco Protacio – Waterfront Hotel, DIRECTOR Milagros Espina, AUDITOR Agnes Gupalor – Cebu Pacific, GRACE PAULINO Sitting: DIRECTOR Sylvia Uy – Air Philippines, CHAIRPERSON Mariant Escaño Villegas – BM Oriental Negros, DOT DIRECTOR Dawnie Roa, VICE CHAIR PROMOTIONS- BM Agnes Magpale, VICE CHAIR STANDARDS – BM Corazon Galbreath

When my wife and daughter, Rubee rose, came upstairs, my wife signaled that everybody should proceed to the dining table for lunch, although the eggplant needs dressing yet. At that very moment around 11:45 a.m. more or less, our helper was about to get rice when she shouted Turn to page 11


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Hello Dumaguete here we COME ! Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF NEGROS ORIENTAL 7th Judicial Region Branch 41 Dumaguete City HEIRS OF EDUARDO M. SUELA, ET AL., PLAINTIFFS, CIVIL CASE NO. 12602 FOR PARTITION ——VERSUS——— ROLANDO A. SUELA, ET AL., DEFENDANTS, x——————————————————————/.

INVIT ATION TO BID INVITA The undersigned court-appointed commissioner hereby set for sale on 30 November 2005 the land subject of this case which is located along San Jose Street, Dumaguete City, and more particularly described as follows: TRANSFER CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. T-2508-A

A parcel of land, Lot 1085, Dumaguete Cadastre, situated in the Poblacion, City of Dumaguete, Island of Negros. Bounded on the S., along line 1-2 by San Jose Street; on the W., along lines 2-3-4-5 by Lot 1084; on the N., along line 5-6 by Lot 1086; and on the E., along line 6-1 by Lot 1088. Containing an area of TWO HUNDRED AND EIGHTY FIVE (285) SQUARE METERS, more or less. All interested parties must submit their sealed bid on the given date between 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. at the GEOSCAPE Survey Services, 48 Rizal Avenue, Dumaguete City. The commissioner reserves the right to reject any or all bids to accept such bid which is most advantageous to the heirs. Dumaguete City, 7 November 2005 (Sgd.) RILT RENART G. DORADO Court Commissioner

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Pumpkin Tourism ... No Bird Flu here. Showdown!

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his November, may the Best Pumpkin win! SKYCable, the Biggest Show on Air livens up Halloween with a special pumpkin design contest exclusive to SKYCable Iclub kiddie members! Major prizes and lots of consolation prizes courtesy of Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon await all the winners. This nationwide Pumpkin Design Contest is open to I-club members from ages 5 to 12 years old. It is further divided into three categories: first category for 5-6 years old; second category for 7-9 years old, and the third category for 10-12 years old. Each contestant has to use his or her creativity in coming up with the best design using only paper, cardboard and other recycled materials. The entries are judged according to creativity, excellence of design and choice of colors used. Joining up is easy! Just submit the pumpkin entries together with your name, account number, telephone number and age to the nearest SKYCable office. Deadline for submissions is on November 12, 2005.

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Ocean Jet for the four provinces of Central Visayas. She was appointed as project coordinator for the familiarization tour this coming April in Siquijor. Also discussed was a Central Visayas jingle to be commissioned, coordinated by RTC Directors Mila Espina, Peter Dejaresco and Marco Protacio. DOT Director Dawnie Roa presented to the body the need for additional training for Homestay Programs for Bohol, Oriental Negros and Siquijor due to the lack of hotel rooms and accommodations in these provinces. Her office will be coordinating with the different provincial tourism offices regarding the program.

SANCO ... From page 2 accepted the request of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) for a super water tanker. The city’s BFP requested the tanker in the wake of Sunday’s fire when its fire trucks experienced problems with their water supply to douse and stop the flames from spreading to

too ...wala ! “There is no bird flu in Escalante, no truth to those baseless text messages and there’s no reason to panic,” assured Mayor Santiago G. Barcelona, Jr. He appealed to the public that whoever received unconfirmed text messages saying that there is bird flu in Escalante, should not entertain them and just ignore those irresponsible allegations. He urged them to stop its proliferation by not passing the messages to others, as it will only add to the confusion. After an ocular inspection, verification and interview with local residents yesterday including barangay and city officials and employees, NDB environmentalists confirmed that everything was noted and it was business as usual in that progressive city. Others said it is a “kuryente balita” designed to create chaos and fear among Escalante folks and other buildings. Mayor Perdices has asked the BFP to give the tanker’s specifications including its cost so the city government could act on the

Mayor BARCELONA of Escalante City

cause economic sabotage to slow down a fast developing city. The Crisis Management Team of Escalante City had a 24-hour close watch and monitoring launched in the city’s 21 barangays, complete with facilities, which can detect, identify and report easily situations related to the bird flu scare. But as of the moment, the Mayor assured that there’s nothing to worry about. * (Jun de los Reyes) request. He explained that the city would look for a source of funds to buy the tanker if its coffers did not have the money.


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Editorial The Bigger the city, the Bigger the fires better the equipment t took at least three major conflagrations until the city mayor literally jumped from his seat and approved the request to improve the city’s firefighting capabilities and equipment simply because the city is now getting bigger side by side with population, and with no control as to its growth in sight. I

There is no more time to hurl the blames on our city officialdom because we already know how slow or how fast they act on matters which sometimes to them do not merit enough urgency. We also acknowledge that asking, soliciting and receiving donations are what our city officials are good at. They do not have the prowess of harnessing their own resources to secure much-need equipment for progress, one of which are improved fire- fighting units.

MR. MAYOR –

Please improve the City’s Fire Fighting Equipment, Sir

We hate to hear our leaders telling reporters that they are again planning to ask ask, ask and Fire Prevention department spokesman ask Mr. Politician in Manila to share a portion of SFO2 Daniel ABAD lamented that the city which his kitty for this and that.. Don’t our local leaders has a population of over 18,000 households, has ever grow up? only about five medium firefighting units respondWhen we say we now live in the era of ing to several fire calls, cyberspace, we mean they setting aside all those manual typewriters and switch to computers, let Who are the known consistent donors of such firefighting facilities? We have the PAGCOR, then our top leaders become computer literate if they the Phil. Charity Sweepstakes Office, the Ramon still want to lead because it is now such an ineviAboitiz Foundation, and mind you, there are hun- table partner in governance. Of course city hall can choose to sit like condreds of donors from abroad, waiting to be tapped tented cows. But in this capital city in this so-called by legitimate local governments. university town, we should be able to enter a section wherein city hall is busy scouring the world CITY RESEARCH DEPT. Which brings us to our long advocacy that the over, every day in search of new technologies. city government should put up a research depart- Nothing doing there in city hall, nor at the capitol ment whose main job is to daily scour the world- except for some few volunteer assignments. wide web for possible donors to projects, equipThe governor is now even in China like Marco ment, advocacies, and all kinds of governmental Polo of old, in search of new ethanol technology, needs which others are just too willing to give. when they could get all the knowledge from the

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ever underestimate the youth today – they are already politicized, although maybe not yet radicalized. But their time will certainly come.

Dateline Manila by Bingo P. Dejaresco

We enhanced upon an essay of a youthful high school senior of an exclusive school regarding two questions: (a) Cite the reason why the Government is hinting at Martial Law and Emergency Powers these days and (b) Do you agree with them and why/why not. She cited her perception as to why Government is reacting this way. One – Rallies and protests in the streets are not good for the economy because they are driving away investors from the Philippines. Two – A certain procedural gridlock is obtaining at the Senate that could lead to government paralysis. The Senate has insisted on pursuing their sponsored investigations into anomalies (corruption) and irregularities (electoral) despite a new executive order banning government cabinet secretaries and the military from testifying without prior approval from the Palace. Some senators, in apparent

retaliation, promised to scrutinize under the microscope all administration pet bills and appointees emanating from the Palace and had publicly challenged the wisdom of a Charter Change, a GMA top advocacy. Three – Once the global price of oil goes heavenwards, this will dramatically alter the prices of commodities and impoverish Juan de la Cruz all the more – which in turn can lead to social unrest. Thus the government is contemplating a new executive order for a possible government takeover of the oil, power and transportation industries, in case of emergency (which can be determined by the Executive). Four – There are serious threats of military restiveness among the military junior officers in tandem with retired generals and could lead to a coup d’ etat or a civil war when the AFP becomes seriously divided. Five – After the recent Bali

bombing, four Asian terrorist leaders (with Muslim leanings) had reportedly entered the Philippines and are set to maximize havoc and mayhem in the country with a series of terrorist acts. There is also a cessation of peace talks with the rebel group of the New People’s Army. The youthful evaluation of the moves and her reasons are as follows: One – DISAGREE with Government. Rallies are symptoms not causes of a malady. Banning rallies is treating the cancer growth rather than the cancer cells – and this will not cure the sickness. Government should address the root causes of discontent like corruption, electoral fraud and poverty (due to government inefficiency). Besides, most rallies have been peaceful – and proof positive to the world that democracy thrives in the country. Two – DISAGREE with

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internet, develop contacts, communicate with them, and even hold video teleconference from one nation to another. Aha, they love the junket, and the luxury of traveling, well, that’s different now. Anyhow, Mr. Mayor, our firefighting boys need new equipment, Sir. You already lost your COA office and all crime records in the prosecutors office, in a fire that was just next door to your fire department. What if you lived next door of that city fire station! And forensics, we need professional laboratory analyzers instead of this guesswork business as to the cause and avoidance of fire. We continue to have boarding houses that are fire hazards. And thanks for approving the purchase, donation, or whatever, of a new super tanker firefighting unit. We also need to update our rescue operations. The latest fire on Nov. 6 would tell you all. Need we say more?

Government. The essence of the democratic presidential form of government is the existence of a triumvirate who are supposed to provide the “check and balance” for each other’s excesses. Without that mechanism, abuse and intolerance will become the rule of

the day. As a participatory democracy, both departments should coalesce for a joint national agenda, instead. Three – DISAGREE with Government. In a capitalist economy, “less government” is Turn to page 11

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Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT 7th Judicial Region Branch 43 Tanjay City Stationed at Dumaguete City EXTRA-JUDICIAL FORECLOSURE REAL ESTATE MORTGAGE UNDER ACT 3135, AS AMENDED BY ACT 4118 NO. 25 RURAL BANK OF TANJAY, INCORPORATED, Mortgagee, – versus – WINFREDO TEVES for himself and as Atty-in-fact of Samuel Teves, Venancio Teves and Marilyn Teves Rodriguez Mortgagor. x——————————————/ NOTICE OF EXTRAJUDICIAL SALE Upon extra-judicial petition for sale under Act 3135, filed by RURAL BANK OF TANJAY, INCORPORATED (Mortgagee), against WINFREDO TEVES for Himself and as Atty-in-fact of Samuel Teves, Venancio Teves and Marilyn Teves Rodriguez, with residence and postal address at Barangay Bio-os, Amlan, Negros Oriental (Mortgagor) to satisfy the mortgage indebtedness which as of May 16, 2005, the mortgagor is indebted to the mortgagee in the sum of TWO MILLION FORTY TWO THOUSAND FOUR HUNDRED THIRTY NINE & 43/100 ONLY, (P2,042,439.43) PESOS ONLY, excluding expenses of foreclosure, the undersigned will sell at public auction on February 3, 2006 at 9:00 o’clock in the morning until 4:00 o’clock in the afternoon at the main entrance of the Municipal Hall of Amlan, Negros Oriental, Philippines to the highest bidder for cash or manager’s check, and in Philippine Currency, the following property with all its improvements, to wit: Transfer Certificate of Title No. T-25208 A parcel of land, Lot 3106-I, of the subdivision plan, Psd07-02-009978, being a portion of Lot 3106, Ayuquitan Cadastre, situated in the Barrio of Bio-os, Municipality of Amlan (formerly Ayuquitan), Province of Negros Oriental, Island of Negros. Bounded on the NW., along lines 1-2-3 by Lot 3106-H, of the subdivision plan; on the NE., along lines 3-4-5 by Lot 3107, Ayuquitan Cadastre; on the SE., along lines 5-6-7-8-9-10 by Lot 3106-J; on the SW., along line 10-11 by Lot 3196-F, along lines 11-12-13-14-15 by Lot 3106-B, all of the subdivision. This Notice of Extrajudicial Sale shall be posted at three public places in the Municipality of Amlan, Negros Oriental, where the property is situated and such notice be published once a week for at least three (3) consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation of the Province of Negros Oriental, and in the Cities of Dumaguete, Canla-on, Bais, Tanjay and Bayawan. All sealed bids must be submitted to the undersigned on the above stated time and date. In the event the public auction should not take place on the said date, it shall be held on February 10, 2006 at 9:00 o’clock in the morning until 4:00 o’clock in the afternoon at the main entrance of the Municipal Hall Building of Amlan, Negros Oriental, Philippines, without further notice. Dumaguete City, Philippines, November 8, 2005.

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(Sgd.) PRIMO P. ALBESA, JR. Clerk of Court VI & Ex-Officio Sheriff

EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF ESTATE OF DECEASED PERSONS NOTICE is hereby given that the heirs of the late FLORENTIMA ABORDO, ESTANISLAO PUZON and FRANCISCO PUZON have filed and executed an Extrajudicial Settlement of Estate of Deceased Persons on Cadastral Lot No. 462, Cad. 112, Assessor’s Lot No. 843, covered by TD No. 5-565, situated at Looc, Bais City, Neg. Or., containing an area of 1.2819 has., per Doc. No. 42, Page No. 10, Book No. XIV, Series of 2005 of Notary Public Atty. Reynaldo Piñero. The Negros Chronicle Nov. 13, 20 & 27, 2005

DEED OF EXTRA-JUDICIAL SETTLEMENT AND WAIVER OF RIGHTS NOTICE is hereby given that the heirs of the late GERTRUDES LUMINES VELASCO have filed and executed a Deed of Extra-Judicial Settlement And Waiver of Rights on OCT No. HV173, PLAN H-V 27000, situated at Cambagahan, Bais City, Negros Oriental, containing an area of 101,392 sq.m. per Doc. No. 848, Page No. 85, Book No. XX, Series of 2005 of Notary Public Atty. Neil Ray M. Lagahit. The Negros Chronicle Nov. 13, 20 & 27, 2005

DEED OF EXTRA-JUDICIAL SETTLEMENT AND WAIVER OF RIGHTS NOTICE is hereby given that the heirs of the late GERTRUDES LUMINES VELASCO have filed and executed a Deed of Extra-Judicial Settlement And Waiver of Rights on OCT No. HV173, PLAN H-V 27000, situated at Cambagahan, Bais City, Negros Oriental, containing an area of 101,392 sq.m. per Doc. No. 848, Page No. 85, Book No. XX, Series of 2005 of Notary Public Atty. Neil Ray M. Lagahit. The Negros Chronicle Nov. 13, 20 & 27, 2005

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mails & e-mails Change Defective Political System BY ROLLY CAVAN (via email)

Dear Editor: The political system used to govern the people is defective. Checks and balances is boxed and disabled. It could no longer sustain what it is supposed to do. The laws are crafted in such a way that it becomes difficult to enforce and impossible to use against bureaucrats and politicians. Filipino politicians and department heads are driving luxury cars, titled to themselves. These bureaucrats’ salaries are only 50,000.00 pesos per month, some less. How could they afford these luxury cars? Furthermore, look at their houses, where did they get the funds to build these mansions? How can anyone afford these house, if you gross 50,000.00 pesos per month? All these acquisitions, by

Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF NEGROS ORIENTAL 7th Judicial Region BRANCH 37 Dumaguete City SP. PROC. NO. 4373 IN THE MATTER OF THE ADOPTION OF THE MINOR UZZIEL GENE MALAHAY AND FOR CHANGE OF NAME OF MINOR FROM UZZIEL GENE MALAHAY TO UZZIEL GENE MALAHAY FUENTES, SANDE R. FUENTES and NOELLE MALAHAY-FUENTES, Petitioners, x——————————————————————/ THE OFFICE OF THE CIVIL REGISTRAR OF CEBU CITY, Respondent. x——————————————————/

O R D E R In a Verified Petition, petitioner-spouses Sande R. Fuentes and Noelle Malahay-Fuentes, through counsel, Atty. May S. Aguilar, prayed that after notice, hearing and publication, a judgment be entered to: 1. Declare UZZIEL GENE MALAHAY to be the legally adopted son of herein petitioners SANDE R. FUENTES and NOELLE MALAHAYFUENTES, and thereupon vest on him all the rights of a legitimate child; and 2. Order the Office of the Civil Register of Cebu City to change the name of the minor UZZIEL GENE MALAHAY to UZZIEL GENE MALAHAY FUENTES. 3. Such other reliefs as are just and equitable under the circumstances. Finding the petition to be sufficient in form and substance, let the petition be set for hearing on December 6, 2005 starting at 9:00 o’clock in the morning at the Session Hall of RTC Branch 37, Hall of Justice, EJ Blanco Drive, Dumaguete City, at which date, time and place, all parties interested are hereby ordered to appear, file their opposition, if any, and show cause why the petition should not be granted. Let a copy of this Order be published at the expense of the petitioner once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation in the cities of Dumaguete, Canlaon, Bais, Tanjay, Bayawan, and in the Province of Negros Oriental, duly chosen by raffle. In the meantime, the Social Worker assigned at the Office of the Clerk of Court, is directed to prepare and submit a child and home study report, as well as to conduct counseling sessions with the biological parents on the matter of adoption of the adoptee, at least five (5) days before the scheduled hearing. Furnish the Office of the Solicitor General through the City Prosecutor and the Social Worker at the Office of the Clerk of Court with copies of this Order. SO ORDERED. Dumaguete City, Philippines, November 2, 2005. (Sgd.) FE LUALHATI D. BUSTAMANTE Acting Presiding Judge The Negros Chronicle Nov. 13, 20 & 27, 2005

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government employees and politicians are beyond their means - and, check and balance is paralyzed, since the enforcer themselves are guilty of same corrupt practices. These bureaucrats and politicians indulge in a lifestyle, possible only, with a disposable income of 500,000.00 to 2,000,000.00 pesos per month. Where did these bureaucrats and politicians get the funds to support their lavish lifestyle? In conclusion, Charter Change shall be given top priority. Free all mechanism to enhance per capita production and encourage competition. In other words, open the market for globalization and seek an industry that Filipino assets and talents could gain absolute advantage against other nations. Bureaucrats and politicians who are unable to justify the sources of their income to build mansions and buy luxury cars shall be incarcerated for life, their assets turned over to the government, for later disposition.

Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF NEGROS ORIENTAL 7th Judicial Region PALACE OF JUSTICE BUILDING Ground Floor, E.J. Blanco Drive, Piapi, Dumaguete City OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF COURT & EX-OFFICIO SHERIFF NOTICE OF EXTRA-JUDICIAL SALE Upon extra-judicial petition for sale under Act No. 3135/ 1508 Filed by RURAL BANK OF SIATON (NEG. ORIENTAL) INC. against SPS. ERNESTO LAPERA AND TERESITA LAPERA of BAGACAY, DUMAGUETE CITY to satisfy the mortgage indebtedness which as of AUGUST 22, 2005, amounts to P606,544.92/100 excluding/including penalties, charges, attorney’s fees and expenses for foreclosure, the undersigned or her duly authorized deputy will sell at public auction on DECEMBER 7, 2005 at 9:00 o’clock A.M. to 4:00 P.M. at the Office of the Clerk of Court, 1st Floor, Hall of Justice, Piapi, Dumaguete City to the highest bidder, for cash or manager’s check and in Philippine Currency, the following property with all its improvements, to wit: TRANSFER CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. 34427

“A parcel of land (Lot 2694-E-2 of the subdivision plan, Psd-07-058442, being a portion of Lot 2694-E, Psd-07-03003099), situated in the Barrio of Bagacay, City of Dumaguete, Island of Negros. Bounded on the NE., along line 1 to 3 by Lot 2684-D; Psd-07-03-003099; along line 3 to 4 with Environmental Protection by Banica River; on the SE, along line 4 to 7 by Lot 2694-E-1 of the subdivision plan; on the SW., along line 7 to 8 by Lot 2693 of Dumaguete Cadastre; and on the NW., along line 8 to 1 by Lot 2694-B of Psd-07-030003099. Containing an area of ONE THOUSAND ONE (1,001) SQUARE METERS, more or less.” All sealed bids must be submitted to the undersigned on the abovestated time and date. In the event the public auction should not take place on the said date, it shall be held on December 9, 2005 without further notice. Dumaguete City, November 7, 2005. (Sgd.) ATTY. MARIA ANTONIA L. BULADO Clerk of Court VI & Ex-Officio Sheriff By: (Sgd.) ANGELITO C. BARBA Sheriff IV & Executing Sheriff The Negros Chronicle Nov. 13, 20 & 27, 2005


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PRESIDING JUDGES: (L-R) upper row: Antonio T. Estoconing, MTCC Branch I; Cesar Manuel V. Cadiz, Jr., RTC Branch 36; Jesus D. Tinagan; Rogelio C. Carampatan, RTC Branch 31; Victor C. Patrimonio, Executive Judge, RTC Branch 35; Candelario V. Gonzales, RTC Branch 44; Roderick A. Maxino, RTC Branch 32. PRESIDING JUDGES: (L-R) lower row: Ananson E. Jayme, Acting Judge, MTCC Dumaguete City, Branch 2; Rosendo B. Bandal, Jr., RTC Branch 34; Herardo A. Paguio, Jr., RTC Branch 40; Teresita A. Galanida, RTC Branch 38; Fe Lualhati D. Bustamante, RTC Branch 33; Araceli S. Alafriz, RTC Branch 41; Rafael Crecencio C. Tan, Jr., RTC Branch 30; Armando Ricafort; Neceforo C. Enot; not in foto Hon. Orlando Velasco.

REASON: the best guide for issues without law “REASON MUST RULE IN LAW.” Thus stressed Chief Justice Hilario G. Davide, Jr., in a speech he delivered during the 22nd Biennial Congress of the World Jurist Association (WJA) on the Law of the World held in Beijing and Shanghai, China from September 4-10. “We need not look any the increasing international in the jurists’ congress, can further than the standard of character of commercial be achieved. The WJA congress, parreasonableness, in order that transactions, and trans-border ticipated in by some 1,500 tribunals play the proper rule migration. in ensuring the primacy of the The Chief Justice cited a jurists from over 60 countries, urged the participating rule of law, be it on a munici- 1948 Philippine Supreme pal or international scale,” Court decision in Araneta, countries to undertake bilatChief Justice Davide said. He Inc. et. al v. Rodas which eral, regional, and multilateral and trust-building gave this suggestion as he ruled that when the law does confidence and to develop pointed out during talk on the not provide a rule or norm for mechanisms, conflict prevention mechasubject, “Law, Rule of Law the court to follow in resolv- nisms which can jointly safeand the Court,” that there are ing a controversy, the judge guard regional and world controversies wherein the “must decide the question, peace and security. It also resolutions of which “do not not in accordance with law urged leaders in legal educafall squarely not totally within for there is none, but in con- tion and the legal profession any singular written law.” formity with justice, reason to enhance exchanges in proAmong these are acts of vio- and equity.” He said that rea- moting legal education and lence committed by extrem- son is the means by which improving the judicial systems ists, terrorism, genocide or “Harmony International Soci- fort he realization of social genocidal acts, trade disputes, ety,” a commitment set forth equity and justice. the environment, the internet, Ink Refilling Station

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NOTICE is hereby given that the heirs of the late CERILO TILOS have filed and executed an Extrajudicial Settlement on parcel of lands known as Lot No. 7245, Cad. 903-D, C16, covered by OCT No. FV39882, with an area of 7,649 sq.m. and Lot No. 8438, Cad. 903-D, C-16 covered by OCT No. FV 39881, with an area of 787 sq.m., both situated at Sagbang, Valencia, Negros Oriental per Doc. No. 358, Page No. 73, Book No. 21, Series of 2005 of Notary Public Atty. Raymund J.A. Mercado.

NOTICE is hereby given that the heirs of the late ORLANDO HILADO have filed and executed a Deed of Extrajudicial Settlement of Estate on one half (1/2) conjugal share of Orlando T. Hilado, over Lot 1, Block 1, Pcs-231744, , covered by TCT No. 12906, TD No. 93-018-2800, situated in Camanjac, Dumaguete City, containing an area of 330 sq.m. per Doc. No. 368, Page No. 76, Book No. XXXVII, Series of 2005 of Notary Public Myra S. Triplitt.

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The Aura Not The Prefix

ell, here we go again. One more time. With your kind indulgence.

———————— Why are we so engrossed son for whom it is prefixed? Or is it with the subject of ‘Honor’ and its merely a salutation of respect and concomitant aura called the ‘Hon- esteem we afford some people? orable’? For very cogent reasons We have quoted the foregoing defiwhich bear squarely on the integ- nition from the dictionary because rity and stability of government in- the word ‘Honorable’ nowadays is stitutions and the respect, trust, and given an operational meaning confidence due the men and which can send wrong messages women of these institutions. to our highly sensitive public. —————————————————— Honor is the spring from On the subject of ‘Honorwhich flow the revelations of able’, I had my first personal our values. It is a highly inter- encounter with the word in nalized human quality of which 2001. After the election, I began we hope and pray, our leaders to receive communications and still posses within themselves greetings with the ever-present – not as a badge for public adu- prefix ‘Honorable’ before my lation – but as a low-profile, sin- name. It was the first time in my cere commitment to get things life that I was formally addressed done without any fanfare. as such. I have never held elec————————tive public office in the governThis is the essence and value ment before and I thought the of honor. As a phenomenon of the prefix came in with the position. human spirit it does not thrive in the I learned later that all of us in glare of public attention but stays the Provincial Board were adviable in the inner depths of one’s dressed as ‘Honorable’. sincerity and worth. In fact as you ————————can see, the truly ‘Honorable’ I have been used to being among our people are always greeted simply by people. When I turned-off and embarrassed when was General Manager of their being such are highlighted and NORECO I and II, I was adgiven undue attention. dressed as ‘GM’. Every now and ———————— then, people would call me ‘AttorWhat is ‘Honor’? It is de- ney’ or simply by my nickname. I fined as “ Respectful regard; a welcome these simple, descriptive, nice sense of what is right; that respectful salutations. to which respect is due; a cause ————————of esteem. A title used to adBut ‘Honorable’! I must dress judges, mayors, used with confess this prefix makes me the possessive pronoun – His uncomfortable. As it does many Honor, the mayor . .” of my colleagues in the Board. Accordingly, when you ad- Not that we are not honorable, dress a Judge, a Mayor or a mind you. I asked those who Governor as ‘Your Honor’ it is had the privilege of serving in an appropriate salutation of re- the Board earlier as to who spect and esteem which these started lumping-up members officials are entitled. together and calling each and ————————everyone ‘Honorable’. Nobody ‘Honorable’ means “Worthy could provide the answer. Exof honor, in any degree from simple cept by saying that it has always respectability to eminence, credit- been the practice even before able, estimable, illustrious. Consis- they came in. tent with or acting in accordance ———————— with the principles of honor, conIt has been a matter of tradiforming with the code of honor.” tion. Old-timers in government told In this context, is the word me that local legislative bodies al‘Honorable’ descriptive of the per- ways follow and stick to traditions. It AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Real St., Independence St. Dumaguete City

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AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Lupega Bldg., Dr. V. Locsin St Dumaguete City

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AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Aldea Bldg., San Juan cor. Perdices St., Dumaguete City

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AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Magallanes St., Tanjay City

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June 1-30, 2005 will be sold to public auction on November 15, 2005 at 9:30 A.M. at this office.

AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Claro M. Recto Street Bayawan City

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has been the tradition to call every member of the Board as ‘Honorable’. This has been the practice through the years by different administrations. ———————— Nobody ever played the devil’s advocate to question whether the prefix is appropriate and proper and that it would not open the proverbial can of worms of jokes, ridicule, sarcasms and indignities for some members who are particularly vulnerable. ———————— This tradition of addressing every member of our Sanggunians as ‘Honorable’ is very risky. Not to mention, unnecessary. It assumes too much : that all members are honorable. Which is not true, with due respects. Most of us are honorable. But a good member, unfortunately, are not. And here lies our discomfort on how our people would view us in this context. ———————— In our jurisdiction, it appears that the prefix ‘Honorable’ is used as an arbitrary label or tag by tradition and practice. Nobody ever thought of the complications and misconceptions it would generate in the Turn to page 14 9:30 A.M. at this office.

AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Canlaon Branch Blk. 3 New Bus Terminal Canlaon City

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All unredeemed pledges from June 1-30, 2005 will be sold to public auction on November 15, 2005 at 9:30 A.M. at this office.

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AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS

All unredeemed pledges from June 1-30, 2005 will be sold to public auction on November 15, 2005 at 9:30 A.M. at this office.

All unredeemed pledges from June 1-30, 2005 will be sold to public auction on November 15, 2005 at 9:30 A.M. at this office.

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GOSPEL Matthew 25:14-30 or 25:14-15, 19-21 What have you done with your talents?

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Tool of the Master’s Hand So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the Lord came upon David in power... –– 1 Samuel 16:13

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as the Spirit of the Lord rested on your life? Can you cite the time when God’s Spirit began demonstrating His power through you? David knew the day the Spirit of the Lord began a special work in him. That Spirit was different from most leaders. Instead of seeking power and control, he led in response to a need. Instead of being a perfect person, he learned from mistakes and acknowledged them among those he led. Instead of placing confidence in his own abilities, he sought wisdom from the only real Commander in charge.

The title of this reflection is put in quotes because it is the way it is written in the King James Version of the Bible. We have been brought up quoting from this 1611 version. It is a phrase we often spontaneously utter when we undergo some sad occurrences in our lives, such as an accident, failure in love or in business, or the loss of a loved one in death. We say it as a word of comfort. “Don’t worry too much about it,” we say, “all things work together for Turn to page 10

David never lost a battle through his many years of leading Israel. He failed God by sinning with Bathsheba and by numbering the troops, but he learned from those failures, and he had to pay a price for them. However, God’s Spirit never left David. He never left because of David’s willingness to keep a soft heart toward God, even when he failed. God wants to do the same in you and me, but He will not allow that Spirit to rest on us if we seek to control outcomes and manipulate out of our need for power. Servant leaders know that they are only a tool in the Master’s hand. They do not value themselves more than they ought. David’s heart was fully the Lord’s. Is your heart fully the Lord’s to do with what He wills?

Sex and gender

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f the title baffles you, it may be because you are still happily unaware of the questionable moves some radical feminists are making in many places nowa-

FR. ROY CIMAGALA The parents, of course, were alarmed. A mother complained why such fuss was raised over this matter, when it is quite clear that in the Bible, God is referred to as Father or Son or Holy Spirit. This, to me, already sounds like a radical feminist paranoia, that tries to undo well-entrenched historical and cultural elements with an arbitrary and abrupt move. There are other manifestations of the same paranoia. Another feminist group, now banding themselves as an NGO in Bohol, is busy teaching young girls about the different techniques of safe sex, including a “taste test” of the different flavors condoms now have. The problem with the radical feminist movement is that while it raises legitimate questions and issues worthy of pub-

days. This may still be a good thing to have, but I must hasten to say that we cannot and should not be naive and complacent with this development. Though it affects more the advanced countries, it is actually also affecting us in our own country. Even in my native Bohol, once a sleepy place but now, thanks be to God, bustling with life due to tourism, these disturbing maneuvers are taking place. Imagine, in a supposedly Catholic school run by nuns, the little girls are taught not anymore to address God as Father, because according to them God has no sex and gender. Similar efforts to neuter Jesus Christ are reportedly being made too. lic attention and concern, it also pursues and promotes an ideology that not only is antiChristian, but also is clearly anti-human. Thus, its proponents deftly use nice words and concepts, such as reproductive health, responsible parenthood, and the like, while at the same time rewriting moral law by promoting contraception, sterilization, even abortion. They can talk about rights of women over their own bodies, taking this to mean that women have the absolute right to do anything with their bodies because these are theirs. In short, the Church should not pontificate on this matter. Let the women be absolutely free with respect to their bodies! Now, in many international conferences, radical feminists not only make a distinction between sex and

gender, between the natural differences between men and women and the cultural and historical attitudes related to these natural differences. They are separating them, detaching gender completely from sex, and making gender a purely cultural thing with no relation to the sexual nature of the person. Thus, because of this emphasis on gender, as defined and understood by them, any person can be anything he or she likes— masculine, feminine, homosexual, bisexual, etc., irrespective of one’s natural sexual condition. Every socalled sexual orientation chosen by a person would just be all right. This is the kind of mentality that is being propagated by some feminist groups these Turn to page 10

by Dr. PROCESO UDARBE

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esus told this parable to his disciples, “Imagine somen e who, before going abroad, summoned his servants to entrust his property to them. He gave five talents of silver to one, then two to another, and one to a third, each one according to his ability; and he went away. (...) After a long time, the master of those servants returned and asked for a reckoning. The one who received five talents came with another five talents. (...)’ “Then the one who had two talents came and said: “Lord, you entrusted me with two talents; I have two more which I gained with them.’(...) “Finally, the one who had received a talent came and said: ‘Master, I know that you are an exacting man. You reap what you have not sown and gather what you have not invested. I was afraid, so I hid your money in the ground. Here, take what is yours.’ But his master replied: ‘Wicked and worthless servant, you know that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I have not invested. Then you should have deposited my money in the bank, and you would have given it back to me with interest on my return. “Therefore, take the talent from him, and give it to the one who has ten. For to all those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who are unproductive, even what they have will be taken from them. As for that useless servant, throw him out into the dark where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”’ THE parable of the talents (silver) and someone giving money to invest before they go away. Each is given according to their perceived ability. The first two do well and double their investment; the last digs a hole for safe keeping. Upon his return, it’s judgment. The first two are rewarded as good and faithful servants and share their master’s joy. The last describes his master as hard, and basically a thief!! And the master is furious and takes his talent (money) and gives it to the one who made the most profit for the master. “To those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who are unproductive, even what they have will be taken from them.” And the useless servant is thrown out into the dark. Harsh parable. What if the ruthless master is not God but Jesus is describing how the world works? Because the very next line reads...when the Son of Man comes ... and it is the judgment of the sheep and the goats—the way God in Jesus will judge. Do we live our lives like those in the world or following our Master who is not like those of the world?

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HISTORICAL NOTES

Fray Juan Felix De La Encarnacion BY: REV. FR. ROMAN C. SAGUN. JR.

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ehind the grand reception for Fray Juan Felix de la Encarnacion in his installation as parish priest beginning 1 July 1867 was a statement of the obvious. It went without saying how gentle in nature were the people of Dumaguete and how their warmth and affection for the priests could not be matched.

Before coming to Dumaguete, Fray Juan Felix had been offered for several times the bishopric of Cebu and even that of Manila, but he humbly refused to take such an office. By accepting his recent assignment, he knew in his heart that the religious town was the ideal place to age gracefully. Earlier in Manila, he had been elected Recollect provincial in 1849-1852, and in 1861-1864, then made superior of San Sebastian Church. His stint in the Capital City of Manila had given him the opportunity to produce in 1851, besides the famous Diccionario, another book entitled Estadistica de la Provincia de San Nicolas de Tolentino de P.P. Agustinos Recoletos de Filipinas. Aside from treatises on their missionary work in Siquijor and Negros, he had also written devotional reading materials in the vernacular. Such a pastor of great stature had also an engaging personality. It was a quality so well known for some 23 years to his dear Siquijodnons and those in the vicinity of Dumaguete. For the next twelve years until 1879, he was never absent from the parish, except on few occasions when he was called to Manila. In spite of his old age, he “fulfilled his obligations as parish priest with great zeal, indefatigable in the preaching (of the gospel) and the administration of the sacraments.” Never giving in to the aches and pains of a veteran missionary, he immediately repaired the dilapidated roofing of the entire imposing church and large convento. Then, he renovated the flooring of the church utilizing the best available kind of wood, arranged in artistic designs. Being practical-minded, he installed the three existing buttresses of the older watchtower to give more support to the additional

Diccionario,1883 two cuerpos (levels or stories) of the present massive campanario of Dumaguete. He also made improvements on the altar with all its embellishments. “Asi mismo concebio este Padre la idea de reformar gradas, tabernaculo, frontal, candeleros, varas de palio, cruz y ciriales, para lo que aprovechando toda la plata antigua ( 1750’s) de dichos objectos, mando dar nueva forma a todas esas cosas.” With these pieces of work done by skilled workers from Manila, nothing was wanting in the spiritual uplifting of the faithful. Because of a debilitating ailment, the veteran pastor had to be transferred by end of April 1879 to the convent of San Sebastian in Manila. On 22 November 1879, he rested in peace.


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HOW MEDIA SEES IT, AND NOT OTHERS (From page 2) “There is FIRE downstairs below the kitchen”. This caught all our attention. I stood up from bed and proceeded to the kitchen. The seven of us saw oozing dark black smoke followed by fire coming out from the holes of the floor. Without delay, I took a towel and soak it with water at the wash bowl near our dining area and placed the towel at one of the holes. However our helper alarmed me that the fire is fast spreading and voiced-out to abandon the house. My son, Rojan Marku called-up the Fire Department, my other son, Rizal Martin shouted alarmingly to our neighbors while my daughters told us to go down

fast. My wife got her bag with keys purposely to get documents and few cash in the clinic. With presence of mind at the height of the turmoil, our children forced us to go down right-away. I was the last one to get down after taking my bible and rosary accompanied by my son Rojan Marku. Downstairs, my wife tried to get into the clinic to get important documents, but we prevented her forcibly from going inside the clinic. In less than one minute, the fire ate-up the frontage of the Pastor Building when we were already outside the building near the steel gate. I was trembling in my home short and sando-shirt in barefoot. All my family members were sobbing and I tried to calm them though I was very tense. Immediately, the seven of us was able to get a tricycle ride and we proceeded to the residence of my brother-in-law, Dr. Augustus Caesar L. Santillan.

always better than “more government.” The law of supply and demand should be allowed to march without impediment – after all when prices become too prohibitive, Juan de la Cruz will simply have to reduce his consumption. Besides the record of government running businesses are awful like what happened to Meralco, PLDT, The Philippine National Railways, the NAPOCOR, PAL, The Water Sewerage System and some of the media communication during the rapacious Martial Law years. Four – DISAGREE with Government. This talk of military war or take-over is more apparent than real. Government had always claimed in media that the AFP and the PNP are deeply loyal to the GMA and the chain of command. Then why should they use this as a reason to give emergency powers to the president? Besides, the last two forced removals of presidents Marcos and Estrada could not have been effected by the military without very strong acknowledged public support for their common cause. Fifth – DISAGREE with Government. The boldness and unpredictability, not to mention great funding, of the terrorists worldwide should create a quick-radical response from the Government including certain emergency, though temporary, powers. Likewise, the continuing guerilla and urban partisan warfare waged by the New People’s Army calls for an ironfisted response from government. In sum, it is the terrorist threat alone that the youth acknowledges as heeding a strong-armed policy from Government. All other reasons for emergency powers are considered flimsy and are deemed calibrated responses to current mild civil unrest obtaining in the country. Apparently, the youth (based on the above) can still distinguish the ailment from the medicine. It is a good start for a matured political discernment. What about us?

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We have witnessed heroism when people risk their own lives to save someone. Calamities like tsunamis, earthquakes, and other life and death situations bring out man’s innate goodness to reach out and help someone. We see people around the world defy race and color and distance just to help homeless earthquake victims in Pakistan. We watch on our television screens how donations, provisions and services flood tsunamis ravaged areas and those who have been affected by floods and hurricanes. Heroes come out during severe testing. I was a recipient of kindness from many people here and across the globe when I underwent two surgeries and chemotherapy treatment. I cried when my son told me that a boy sacrificed his lunch money to raise funds for me in the school where I teach. We don’t know someone’s capacity to love and share until opportunity comes. But the sad thing about recognizing their kindness is when we don’t have time left

to let them know how grateful we are and how they have affected our lives. During our three day family retreat with the Pastoral Training of Asia at the Santa Monica Beach resort this week, we were asked to affirm some people we know, how they have affected our lives and the positive things that we see in them. Pastor Jay Grant from Calvary Chapel Laguna Lake, California, said that affirmation is to speak good about someone. I realized that if we really pause and think, and analyze what good qualities we see in an individual, we could go on and on with so many good things to say about a person. Although no one is perfect, yet no one is short of admirable traits either. Most often, we don’t tell that person how we appreciate him, and we wait for another time to say it, until we forget all about it or we will never get another chance. When cancer struck me, I thank God for the positive things it has done in my life. I realized that I have so

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A. The fire started at the store space occupied by SANCO COMMERCIAL. B. The fire was no ordinary fire which gutted our area very fast. C. The fire could not be attributable to electrical defects as there was neither smell nor signs of having been caused by such fire.

Post evaluation at the fire scene: A. The hollow-block wall dividing the Sanco Commercial and RSB Optical – The wall leaned towards RSB Optical. This would prove that the power/force of the fire started at SANCO Commercial. B. All the goods at SANCO COMMERCIAL were all turned to ashes, while at RSB Optical Clinic, there are still items in their original form although destroyed, like the steel doors, roll-up, optical chair and some items. C. The presence of the cooking gas for sale at SANCO COMMERCIAL which has an advertisement at the back further made the fire big.

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a. Dr. Wilson Tan, Optometrist, owner of Tan Optical Clinic, saw the manager of SANCO COMMERCIAL 35 minutes more or less before the fire; b. House helper of Okay-okay Store owned by Josephine located at the back of the Pastor Building, saw that the manager of SANCO COMMERCIAL rode in a motorcycle hurriedly passing through the road beside the Fortune Mart Store, driven by the son of the manager of SANCO COMMERCIAL; c. Road-side sellers at the side of Fortune Mart road also saw the manager of SANCO COMMERCIAL. d. Dr. Wilson Tan, of TAN OPTICAL claimed his business area as well as his optical equipment nor the optical goods are not covered by any fire insurance. Likewise RSB Optical Clinic is not under any insurance coverage. e . SANCO COMMERCIAL, as information gathered from an insurance company today, is covered by two insurance contracts. (Sgd.) Mr. Ruben S. Badon

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Training held Blue Dolphins Swim Team share honors at Gov Cup on feminist Lawyering…..

Atty. Evalyn Ursua, trustee of Women’s Legal Bureau and Ms Jelen Paclarin WLB program officer take turns in discussing areas of sexual violations, and the psychological aspect of violence against women, linking law and other disciplines and women’s welfare.

Carlos on board for 3-storey elementary bldg. Arch. Ned Carlos, managing partner of CARLOS & ANTIQUE ARCHITECHS, has agreed to design the new Grade School Building for St. Paul University of Dumaguete.

The architecture firm’s design, which will include 24 classrooms from Nursery to Grade 6, is a threestorey structure that will be built parallel to the old elementary building in the

campus. Construction of the 3,500 square meter buulding is expected to begin Summer 2006 with completion in 2007. For inquiries, one may email at carlos_antique_arch@yahoo.com.

Silliman-High wins Nat’l Public Speaking second year high school student of Silliman University was the champion in the public speaking finals of the Inquirer Inter-School Debating Championship (IISDC) held November 4 to 8 at the Ateneo de Manila University. The IISDC is an annual debate tournament in the British parliamentary format for high school students in the country that features public speaking as another category. IISDC public speaking tests the debaters’ humor and logic. Karlo Villas bested five other public speaking finalists who were selected from over 30 contestants coming from different schools, including another Silliman high school sophomore, Turn to page 13

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They had the height. The joke made them “invisible” behind the podium. But that did not deter Karlo Villas and Stephanie Celeste (both second year high school students at Irwin Silliman) from Stephanie CELESTE LEE conquering the stage of the Irwin Lee champion from outside Theatre at the Ateneo de Luzon. Silliman was the Manila University on No- only school that had two vember 8 for the Public contenders in the finals. Speaking Finals. Karlo Villas was adjudged the champion—first

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Golf and Country Club (NOGCC); 9th place – Iloilo Team; 10th place – Tangub City Aqua Flyers, Misamis Occidental; 11 th place – Panaad Swimming Club, Bacolod City; 12th place – Negros Occidental Aqua Hurricanes, Bacolod City; 13th place – Bohol Dolphins, Tagbilaran City and 14th place – Cebu International School Dragons, Cebu City. During the recent 10th Governor’s Cup Age-group

Invitational Swimming Competition held on November 4 and 5, Oriental Negros Blue Dolphins Swim Team ranked 3rd in the overall standing among 14 participating swim teams from all over the country. With 53 swimmers, Oriental Negros Blue Dolphins Swim Team ripped 16 GOLD, 25 SILVER AND 17 BRONZE medals. (Sgd. Mrs. Nancy P. Bito-on, President, Oriental Negros Blue Dolphins

Rosales, Briones at SU forum AKBAYAN Party List Rep. Loretta Ann Rosales and Prof Leonor Brioines, co-convenor of Social Watch Philippines Friday held a public forum on “Breaking Out from the Crisis and Immediate Strategic Options,” held at the Silliman audio visual theater attended by the academe and the community at large. They seek a dynamic economy with sustainable development equitable distribution of income, robust and fair

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Suspected ... (From page 1) tory test of the incendiary substances confiscated aboard SuperFerry 2 and believed to belong to the two brothers. The substances included an undetermined amount of what is believed to be ammonium nitrate, a can of lighter fluid, four cans of phospine gas, and four cans of the fumigation gas “Detiagas”. Recovered from the suspects were nails, crystalline granules, a lighter, and a fine wire. Phospine gas is a volatile substance that is highly poisonous and highly flammable when it comes into contact with air or other oxidizing agents. Alcoran said the filing of a case against the two brothers was hampered by the absence of an anti-terrorism law. PO3 Delmundo Manuel, team leader of Task Force Sea Marshall aboard the ship plying the Manila-CebuDumaguete-Dipolog-BacolodManila route, said the vessel was heading for Dumaguete City one o’clock Sunday morning when his men were alerted by a crew over the suspicious movement of Daniel Bobila. The crew, whose name was not immediately available, told the sea marshals he saw the suspect enter a prohibited area of the ship.He immediately reported the matter to the sea marshals on board the ship, who consequently made the arrest.

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Coast Guard Dumaguete Station Commander Edwin Mercader said investigations had failed to find out how the suspects smuggled in the incendiary materials despite strict security measures at the Cebu port. During investigation, Edito denied the allegation that he and his brothers were members of a terrorist group planning to bomb SuperFerry 2. He said he was only escorting his brother Daniel back to Kabasalan because of the latter’s mental state. Edito admitted that the nails were found in Daniel’s possession although he did not know how his brother came to have them. He maintained that Daniel was mentally sick since he was young. Daniel, likewise admitted the alleged bomb components was his. Moreover, he said, he had wanted to use the nails for a poultry project and the other chemicals for fertilizer. More than that, he said, he wanted to use the chemicals against “bad people”. Police still doubted the story of the duo and sent pictures to the central office in Manila thru Sec. Angelo Reyes for verification as to whether their faces and names are cleared. Later in the day, when the ship left for Dipolog, four more suspected terrorists believed to be with Bobila brothers were collared in Dapitan city by the intelligence community.

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t’s been more than two weeks since we brought up the subject on prostitution and directly asked the Vice-mayor’s reactions. Until now he hasn’t reacted to it. Does he read this paper like everybody else? Or has he stuck his head in the sand? What’s up brother William? I promised I am going to ask again, and again…so here I am. Are you guys in the administration just going to turn your heads the other way same as you have with the sewerage issue? Thanks to the long inaction, we don’t only have a boulevard we can no longer swim and enjoy we also now have a great possibility of sexually transmitted diseases spreading like wildfire. ministration has created a “Tourism Council”. I thought there was one existing already. I believe I once attended one of their meetings at the mayor’s office last year. But it’s good news anyway for at least we know the city is interested in tourism. That’s the way!

crime issue a few weeks back but he has fallen back to sleep on that one again. We just had another shooting in Looc by bonnet wearing, motorcyle riding shooters! So who’s watching the criminals? Surely not the police otherwise we would have seen ar* * * rests already. So who With the next elec- is going to wake the tions looming in the vice-mayor up on the horizon, will our poli- prostitution issue? ticians be able to con- Anybody? How about centrate on their work, Kagawad Rothelio if any, for the next few Lumhod or even bet* * * months? Well, what ter, Kagawad Urbano It was quite surpris- have they been up to Diga! So what’s up, ing to say the least, anyway? We woke bros? Have a nice when I read the city ad- the mayor up with the day, everyone! * * * Speaking of wildfires, didn’t we just have one big fire, huh? Thanks to readers who sent me the pics even when the fire was still smoldering. Well, we needed that one to wake the fire department up didn’t we? We have yet to hear the final findings of the last big fire at the department’s backyard. I am wondering what has happened to that invest i g a t i o n . Hmmmmm……!

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Arson angle ... are piecing together evidence that could lead them to the real cause of the conflagration which gutted at least ten buildings. No one was injured in the fire, the worst to hit the city this year since the burning of the old city prosecutor’s office at City Hall last April. Chief Inspector Arnulfo Sayson, head the Dumaguete City Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), said initial investigations into the two-hour noonday fire that gutted nine shops and offices determined the conflagration started on the mezzanine floor of Sanco Commercial. But the exact cause has remained unknown, said Chief Inspector Sayson. He said investigations about a reported explosion before the disaster that was believed to have triggered the fire to spread swiftly are continuing. Gobbled up by the fire were Po’s Marketing, RSB Optical, Sanco Commercial, Tan Optical & Bicycle Supply, and Lu Pega building that housed M. Lhuillier Pawnshop, PS Mart,

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Cecile Furniture, Dreamland Travel and Tours, Flying High Tours, Rel Invest Lending, Intertrade Credit Corporation, Coraf Lending, Ybanez Energy Saver, the office of the Bureau of Immigration, and a book rental. Fire trucks from Bayawan City, Sta. Catalina, Siaton, Valencia, Bais City, Tanjay City, San Jose, Sibulan, the Chinese Fire Volunteers, Silliman University Volunteers, and one from businessman Nicholas Solon rushed to help the city fire trucks contain the fire. The burned section is part of the block that is occupied and rented by the following firms whose stalls were spared by the fire. They are: Ong Ming Glass and Aluminum Supply, Fortune Mart, Abian Shoe Repair Shop, a dress shop, and Lee Super Plaza along Perdices street, Cang’s 2, and an open air restaurant, among others along Maria Cristina street.

MR filed at ... (From page 1) vices office which listed Samuel Dicen as the “user” of the Mazda vehicle with plate number SCP-808. According to the ombudsman in its ruling, the list also indicated that the vehicle was assigned to Dicen on August 28, 2001, thereby legitimizing the use by Dicen of said vehicle. However, in its motion for reconsideration, complainant Elmar Jay Dejaresco pointed out to the ombudsman that the date August 28, 2001 found in the GSO list of vehicles is not the date the Mazda vehicle was assigned to Dicen. Rather, the date (August 28, 2001) refers to the date of annual renewal of the Mazda vehicle. Moreover, Dejaresco in

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asking the ombudsman to reconsider its patently erroneous findings, the Mazda vehicle was NEVER ASIGNED to Samuel Dicen. If ever the vehicle was assigned to Dicen, then it should have been properly covered in a Property Issuance Slip, just like the official assignment of the vehicle to the office of senior citizens affairs on July 2, 2001. Records at the General Services Office reveal there was no Property Issuance Slip which assigned the vehicle to Samuel Dicen. The use by Samuel Dicen of the vehicle was illegal from the very beginning. Dejaresco also pointed out that Dicen has expressly admitted that while he was driving the Mazda, Dicen had an expired driver’s license. Dicen was violating Republic Act 4136 which mandates that every driver must have a valid driver’s license.

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Lessons ... From page 16 them to respond to a fire incident after the station is informed. But the question is, how soon will they reach the fire scene, considering traffic, lack of enough firefighting units, water pressure problems, lack of enough fire hydrants, and most of all, poor CROWD CONTROL. Fact is, the fire vicinity should be EFFECTIVELY cordoned form curious onlookers who have nothing to do, except block the road to the fire scene, or, looting. With less personnel, PNP and other volunteers should help in CROWD CONTROL. As what happens in most fires, the road is blocked mostly by onlookers, thus delay the entry and exit of fire trucks. Do not panic. Abad relates that mostly, cases of fire incidents are reported to their station in the Flame Stage or the Heat Stage already where it is rather late or difficult to handle.

Put Off the Main Switch Attend the fire If the fire is still manageable, do your best to attend the fire by turning off the electricity’s main switch. This will prevent the fire from spreading. Abad shares that short circuit or old wirings are usually one of the major causes of fire. Even the City Government buildings are FIRE HAZARDS and many city hall offices need to improve their fire exits, install more fire extinguishers, need for more fire drills, and implement the same to private houses and buildings. “We can never be sure about our appliances no matter how new it is,” Abad said. He explains that it is essential that we keep an eye on children, avoid using undersize wires and doing the octopus circuit. It is also a must to comply with the annual inspection conducted by the City Engineer’s Office for our safety.

Save Yourself Take the Nearest Exit Stay alert and know the nearest exit. Staying low as much as possible in making way out of the building will save us from the suffocating smoke. Also, do not attempt to go back to a burning building in order to save someone. This is usually the case of death or injuries according to Abad. Getting inside a burning building needs expertise and it should never be attempted by anyone who doesn’t have the knowledge and the skill to do so. TWO MORE TANKERS, AN AMBULANCE ARE NEEDED: Meanwhile, the Fire De-

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CONTACT: TANIQUE SAYSON 225-6691, 225-6363 and cellphone: 0919-585-7133 partment of the City of Dumaguete is proposing for the procurement of two additional tankers and ambulance. Abad relates that the engines currently being used “are insufficient” since the city is now growing. If only city hall has enough contacts with the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) then the city of Dumaguete should have new fire trucks by now. Even JAICA of Japan donates ambulances and so does the PCSO. But is the city doing the initiative? The City of Dumaguete has only four engines some of which date back as far as World War II. “Having [these tankers] will help us in carrying out the initial FIRE attack,” Abad said. Most of all, the need for a MORE ALERT City Fire Department which should be able to respond fast, ESPECIALLY IF THE FIRE IS JUST NEXT THEIR DOORS! ———how much more if the fire is kilometers away! Presently, there are 16 firemen-personnel working in every shift at the fire department ready to take your call in cases of fire. They shift every 24 hours. So don’t be hesitant. Make that call.

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November 13, 2005

Lessonsfrom the LastFIRE BY MARLEI DAWN E. CONSERMAN

City firemen called it a “success” , but many disagree. he City Fire Department described the fire (firefighting) activity last Sunday Nov. 6 as a “successful operation”, but sadly admitted that the fire which gutted their next-door office of the COA—and others— recently as a “failure” .

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So what makes a fire operation “successful?” Fire Prevention Division chief SFO2 Danny Abad says successful fire operation in the sense that the fire department was able to prevent the fire from spreading beyond one block. Firemen successfully “blocked” the fire from spreading. Firemen call it a success. But not maybe those affected. It was sure failure for the firemen to prevent their stalls or houses from being hit.

LESSON 1: let the government secure more , and bigger fire trucks with better fire fighting facilities because Dumaguete is a fast-growing city and fire fighters must KEEP PACE........

LESSON 2: let the city gov’t decongest the old downtown area soon and fast, otherwise, it will be overtaken by new settlements uptown, and soon, the old city will be a thing of the past, like Cebu’s Colon area or Manila’s Quiapo or old Legaspi.

The other fire next-door of the fire department was a “failure” because the firemen were not able to successfully prevent from burning to ashes, a very important pubic building , which houses important records and documents such as the COA and the offices of the fiscals and the courts FIRE STAGES: According to SFO2 Danny Abad, Chief of fire Prevention Section, there are four stages when fire occurs : the Incipient Stage, the Smoldering Stage, the Flame Stage and the Heat Stage. And the one that took place about noon last week was already in the Heat Stage wherein “dili na motuo ang tubig sa kalayo” (water can no longer control the flame). In addition, SFO2 Abad explains that during this Heat Stage, they could only do as much as stopping the flames from spreading to adjacent or nearby building by bombarding the surrounding area with water. FIRE LADDER OF RESPONSIBILITY: The Ladder of responsibility in the City Fire Station are handled by the following: Chief Fire Inspector Arnulfo D. Sayson, chief fire marshall of the city; SFO4 Repalino Borling and one clerk, for administration and investigation; Finance and Logistics is handled by Ramiro S. Eran and one clerk; Fire Prevention section is headed by SFO2 Danny Abad of Zamboanguita; OD-Shift A : SFO1 Michael Eran and his counterpart in the next 24-hour shift is headed by OD SFO1 Danilo Lazola With these, Abad is encouraging the community to be vigilant enough to know how to deal with fire incidents and

calamities. Here are some steps: Call the Fire Station Immediately The sooner, the better. Their Telephone Numbers are: 160 HOTLINE Cruztelco; 225-3445 Cruztelco; 422-9672 Globelines. It is important to call the fire department immediately when there is suspected fire since the initial attack is the most critical stage in controlling fire. “It only takes us less than a minute,” says Abad for Turn to page 15

LESSON 3: let the city engineer order its electricians to rid the city with old DANGLING wires. Here, 500 telephone lines were cut. Let’s put all old wires underground, or, put them high above the current city skyline because they are the city’s BIG EYESORE.......

SF02 Danny ABAD

Fire Prevention Division

“SAVE the best for last . . . .”

LESSON 4: let there be effective CROWD CONTROL. See, if the crowd is held at bay, the fire fighters can work efficiently. A few minutes after this shot was taken, the crowd that entered became almost uncontrollable. What are people doing near the fire?

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