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Dumaguete

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Flashfloods: 7 dead, P130M lost

THE AFTERMATH. Scenes like these totally devastated house lying in the middle of the river in Tambohangin, Amlan (left) the collapsed bridge connecting Camanjac-Calabnugan (middle) and the Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council meeting presided by Governor Emilio Macias II two days after the flashfloods underscore the need for disaster officials to review and assess our state of preparedness in dealing with future calamities of similar intensity and magnitude. BY DEMS REY T. DEMECILLO AND NEIL RIO

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even people were confirmed dead while two others were missing during the Feb. 7 flashfloods even as local disaster officials continue to assess the destruction caused by hours of continuous rains said to be the worst in recent memory.

Governor Emilio Macias II is poised to declare the province under a state of calamity after the official but partial reports indicate that the municipalities of Valencia, Tayasan, Amlan, Bacong, San Jose and the cities of Bais, Dumaguete and Tanjay

sustained considerable damage in infrastructure, agriculture and properties estimated at P130 million as of February 9. Based on the same partial summary report a total of 54 barangays were affected, 1, 168 houses were

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isappointed by the “utter ignorance and neglect of the local officialdom” to prepare the city in calamities like flashfloods despite previous similar occurences, several members of the academe and cause-oriented groups urged city officials to learn, wake up and formulate a concrete and long term strategy to minimize damage to lives and properties warning that the first two flashfloods are just prelude to bigger and deadlier ones. Dr. Angel Alcala, Director of the Silliman UniversityAngelo King Center for Research and Environmental Management deplores the fact that after the

New Year’s Eve flashfloods the local government officials have “practically done nothing to ensure the safety and welfare of the people.” Turn to page 18

damaged causing discomfort to some 2,454 families. Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council and Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer Mrs. Alicia B. Lagarde provided the following statistics: La Libertad Turn to page18

PDIC accepting small claims of closed banks epositors of the closed Pilipino Rural Bank and Rural Bank of Bais who maintains regular saving accounts amounting to P100,000 or less have started to process their claims since Friday, February 13, the Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation announced last week. Numbered claim forms have been distributed at the Turn to page 18

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Taclob posts P80K bail Avoids detention y virtue of the arrest warrant issued January 23 by RTC Branch 39 Presiding Judge Arlene Catherine Dato, lawmen were instructed to arrest Negros Oriental Electric Cooperative II General Manager Ephraim Taclob, who promptly posted bail for his temporary liberty before they could take him into custody, Monday. Taclob is charged for illegal possession of firearms after he was arrested along with eight other companions by members of an army unit led by 2Lt. Lusaylo Lunas on August 23 in Naiba, San Jose with seven firearms, five of them were not licensed to him. The soldiers flagged down Taclob’s car and after a search they discovered seven firearms and ammunitions. Seized were: one M16 rifle, a Glock cal. 40 pistol, four shotguns and the KG9 pistol machine gun and 42 ammunitions. It took a while before the case could be filed. After the preliminary investigation, Prosecutor Marites U. Flores-Macarubo ruled that Taclob could only be held liable for possessing the KG-9 pistol machine gun with ex- Engr. Ephraim Taclob stands trial for illegal pired license. possession of KG-9 machine gun.

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Joint RP-Vietnam marine study critical repor ting reporting in South China Sea goes public

HOW MEDIA SEES IT, AND NOT OTHERS

BY ELY P. DEJARESCO

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r. Angel C. Alcala (left of photo), Paper author and Editor of the “Proceedings of the Conference on the Results of the PhilippinesVietnam Joint Oceanographic and Marine Scientific Research Expedition in the South China Sea (JOMSRE-SCS I to IV)” signs one of the copies distributed to the participants during the book launching at Silliman University, Thursday. The book contains the results of the scientific studies on the South China Sea, especially the atolls of the Spratly Group of Islands of four expeditions by Filipino and Vietnamese scientists from 1996 to 2007. The 23 research papers are divided into seven groupings: Two papers in the first grouping give a summary of the overall research results, some management implications with respect to marine resources, recommendations on management and protection of biodiversity Turn to page 15

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Gary’s integrity pride of Negrenses he nationwide coverage of the controversial congressional investigation about the alleged withdrawal of billions of pesos worth of World Bank national RP road reconstruction projects has depicted the personalities of two prominent Negros Oriental former legislators. They are former congressman and Finance Sec. Margarito Teves, and former first district solon brothers Jerome and Jacinto Paras.

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To our pride, congressional inquiry led by Senator Miriam Santiago has explicitly exempted Gary Teves from any accountability. The Paras brothers have also expressed surprise together with ex-Rep. Propspero Pichay and Ex-Sen Barbers, and the First Gentleman Mike Arroyo, why their names were dragged into the controversy. Equally surprised were many Negrenses how the Paras brothers could be brought to the inquiry without reasons.

BY DEMS REY T. DEMECILLO

Holden released by BI, says he was framed up

ugar planters of Negros Oriental and Occidental and other big landlords who pay revolutionary tax to the Communist Party of the Philippines are making the Island of Negros a major source of funds to finance the anti-government activities of the underground communist movement. Negros Oriental Provin- Police has now been tapped cial Police Office Director P/ to aid the Armed Forces of Supt. Augusto Marquez said the Philippines in the anti-inthis case is not true in Cebu surgency campaign of the and Bohol provinces where government. there are no sacadas. The recent arrest of Turn to page 18 The Philippine National

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For this we doff our hats to Gary Teves, for his rare breed of public service , who despite the accolade given him and recently awarded as Asia’s best finance minister, has remained humble, yet brilliant and straight forward in his official doings. The Negrenses are proud of Gary Teves , who , during these hard times, and being the top financial manager of this country,

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fter spending forty-nine days inside the detention center of the National Bureau of Immigration, British National Richard Holden regains his freedom and vowed to seek redress for having been falsely accused of child abuse and running a cyber sex operation. Holden,40, a retired edly naked women to prove British Army officer and a that he was into cyber sex, resident of Escaño Beach, was a fabrication. Piapi,Dumaguete City It was supposedly claims the accusation by a meant to harass him after he certain T. Johnson, who charged a fellow alien of emailed the Bureau of Im- frustrated murder when the migration pictures of supposTurn to page 18

CHR exonerates Army inoldiers Canlaon bloodbath belonging to the 3rd Platoon Alpha of the

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11th Infantry Battalion headed by Lt. Col. Franco Nemesio Gacal have been cleared by the Commission on Human Rights from charges that they massacred a group of civilians in Barangay Panubigan, Canlaon City. Commission on Human diers from criminal liability. Rights Special Investigator He based his decision Jess Cañete declared that the from the testimonies gathJanuary 25 military operation ered and evidences collected that resulted to the death of from the scene of the en2 suspected members of the counter. Col. Gacal, who New People’s Army and the was visibly elated by the dewounding of three others was velopment, said “truth and a legitimate encounter and justice prevailed, which all Turn to page 18 cleared the concerned sol-

larmed by the recent spate of high profile kidnappings and the involvement of some prominent individuals to drugs, rape and murder, some lawmakers in the House of Representatives are suggesting the re-imposition of death penalty but it was immediately faced with objections by their colleagues. In fact, Negros not a deterrent to crimes but Oriental’s own district rep- a well equipped police force Sec. Margarito “Gary” Teves resentatives are divided on could. Asia’s Best Finance Minister rd the matter. Second District In contrast, 3 District Rep. George Arnaiz vowed Rep. Pryde Henry Teves to actively oppose the plan favors death penalty for hei- known for its culture of corruption, has remained steadfast in displaying honesty in public service. He ought to be an outstandif presented to the floor. He nous crimes like rape, mur ing Negrense awardee if capitol would like to set aside politics. insists that death penalty is Turn to page 18 Anyhow, the two former first district congressmen from Negros Oriental, brothers namely Jerome “Jerry” and Jacinto “Jing” Paras expressed surprise why their names were mentioned in a Newsbreak Report by Aries Rufo that they ,together with ex-Rep. Prospero Pichay, have been associated with the First Gentleman Mike Arroyo in alleged and purported collusion among construction firms to corner projects funded by the World Bank under the National Road Improvement and Management Program worth billions of pesos.

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18th PNP Day rites at Camp Fernandez Negros Oriental Provincial Police Office Director Sr. Supt. Augusto Marquez Jr. (left of photo) and Chief Supt. Lani-o R. Nerez, (center of photo) Deputy Director for Logistics, Camp Crame led the 18th PNP Day celebrations at Camp Fernandez Agan-an Sibulan, Friday. Awards and citations were handed to several individuals and units for their various contributions in the campaigns against crime and insurgency. Among the awardees are: Bayawan City Chief of Police Supt. Roy Abella as Best Senior Commissioned Officer for 2008; C/Insp. Rogelio Raymundo Jr. Operations Chief of the NOPPO as Best Junior Commissioned Officer for 2008; Dumaguete City Police Station as Best City Police Station of the Year (provincial level), award received by Chief of Police Supt. Leopoldo Cabanag (right of photo), Bais City Police Station, as Region 7 Best City Police Station; Pamplona PNP as Best Municipal Police Station of the Year (provincial level); Sta. Catalina PNP as Best Municipal Police Station of the Year for Region 7; Plaque of Appreciation and Medalya ng Kasanayan to S/ Supt. Rey Lyndon Lawas, former NOPPO deputy chief for operations; Plaque of Recognition to the 79th Infantry Battalion for assisting the PNP in its legal offensive

Anyhow, without touching on the merits of this controversial case, we list hereunder some of its latest highlights : WB RESUMES ROAD PROGRAM. 1. Newly installed Press Sec. Cerge Remonde announced that the World Bank has already resumed its Road Program Phase I contrary to reports that the WB dropped it due to collusion of corrupt constructors; 2. To disallow a deposition from any witness in a congressional investigation because such power is only vested on the courts. An affidavit may suffice; and against insurgency, award received by its Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Erwin Bernard Neri; Plaque of Recognition for invaluable service to the Dumaguete Shootist Association headed by Mr. Roy Cang and Medalya ng Kasanayan to S/Inspector Ric Marchan.

3. That journalists in testifying in any form of investigation is limited to his or her story, no more no less. Otherwise, asking him about his sources, and merits, in aid of legislation, will be considered undue interference in the media’s work, freedom and duty to inform t what the public needs or expects .


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he Supreme Court was once asked to legally resolve a problem regarding this universal emotion called love. This involved a May-December affair of a thirty year old grade six adviser who fell in love with her student fourteen years her junior. This happened in Bacolod City in 1976 at a Chinese school operated by Tay Hung High School, Inc. The story was about Evelyn Chua-Qua who was employed by the school since 1963. In 1976, Bobby Cua a sixteen year old student was enrolled in the school.

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Conventional vs guerilla warfare

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he military is obviously winning the physical war against insurgents in Negros island, with their superior war arsenal and their battalions of combatants. We hope they are also winning the hearts of people concerned. Yet after months of military offensives in the south, the battalions cannot seem to find 60 rag tag poorly armed insurgents whom we are sure are not enjoying this hide- andseek game. So who is winning the war?

tary is around, they cooperate. If the insurgents are around, they also lend a hand, of course, for fear of reprisals. If the civilians evacuate, they rebs also mix with them. Civilians are the most affected. They are usually considered the casualties of war. The civilians play the most difficult role because they can be caught in the cross fire any time. Most of all the civilians in the mountains do not even know the root causes of this war. We lend them our sympathies. They are all bothered and bewildered, even confused as they risk their lives everyday.

In short, this is conventional warfare versus guerilla warfare which is not methodologically jibing with each other. For the conventional warriors, so many bullets are fired and wasted, much people’s money are spent and time, while looking for 60 needles in the haystack. On the other hand, the insurgents who are on the run are running short of food, stamina, arms and ammo and less and less support from civilians.

Lest we forget, the root causes of this protracted war among others is a corrupt government, whose local officials are not seen or felt in the hinterlands with many exceptions of course , two kinds of justices, one for the rich and one for the poor, and many more. The solution can ONLY be a CHANGE of heart, good and better governance, government presence in the hinterlands, and the fair, just, and equitable impleCivilians on the other hand, are maxi- mentation of the rule of law, regardless mizing their balancing acts. If the mili- of creed, color and faith.

Philippine Presidents (1965-2009)

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Dateline Manila by Bingo P. Dejaresco

ike every man, all Philippine presidents (1965-2009) have their good and dark sides. President Ferdinand Marcos, a constitutional dictator, wanted a disciplined society to anchor the country’s economic growth. He started with the right foot but ended with the wrong one.

Marcos asked Filipinos to give up their freedom in order to have bread. Martial Law resulted in Filipinos instead not having both bread and freedom. His redeeming and eternal contribution was the cultivation of authentic Pilipino culture and arts that flourished in his era. Great cinematic showcases and the birth of original Pinoy music are just two landmark areas of achievement. Ferdinand Malakas almost always wore the barong Tagalog and Imelda Maganda the endear-

ing terno. In that area, the two walked the talk. Cory Aquino, meanwhile, gave back international respect to the Philippines through a bloodless People Power where Imelda would only imagine we had respect in her time. Cory, a transition president, restored “democracy in the ways of democracy” - and empowered the local governments. She broke up many cartels and monopolies that hindered the full blooming of the “free market.” With her vast powers, Cory

Aquino could have railroaded the Ninoy assassination case into a legal conclusion or have herself constitutionally reelected in 1992. But the modern political Joan of Arc - took the road less traveled. Fidel V. Ramos, the military man, made buzzzwords in his term - of “privatization” and “BOT” (Build Operate and Transfer) variants that resulted in robust economic growth and unprecedented record of budget surplus for some years. Turn to page 11

Since it was the policy of the school to extend remedial instructions to its students, Bobby was imparted such remedial lessons. In the course of these after-school remedial encounters, the couple fell in love. On December 24, 1975 the teacher-student romance culminated in holy matrimony in civil rites. It was followed by church ceremonies less than a month later. However, the school did not like what happened. On February 4, 1976, the newly weds faced their baptism of fire of marital tribulations when the school applied for clearance before the Department Labor to have the teacher-wife’s employment terminated. The ground was: “For abusive and unethical conduct unbecoming of a dignified school teacher and that her continued employment would be inimical to the best interest, and would downgrade the high moral values of he school.” The school however, was wanting in pointing specific acts of immorality between the two during those remedial sessions. Yet, Evelyn the teacher was fired. The case reached all the way to the Supreme Court. The high court ruled that termination of employment cannot be adjudged if the grounds are not substantiated. The court said: the avowed policy of rearing the school should not be capitalized on, to defeat security Turn to page 7

35 YEARS OF COMMUNITY JOURNALISM

ELY P. DEJARESCO Editor-Publisher ATTY. JAY I. DEJARESCO Associate Editor

MARLEN I. DEJARESCO Business Manager

GEROME JUMALON News Photographer

DEMS REY T. DEMECILLO Editorial Assistant

RUBEN G. LABARES Graphics

JENNY B. DECIAR Legal Publications Officer

Pioneer BI-WEEKLY Newspaper in Dumaguete City and Negros Oriental. Address: E.J. Blanco Drive, Piapi, Dumaguete City. News and Advertising: (035) 225-4760 Fax: (035) 225-4760 E-mail: negroschronicle@yahoo.com Entered as Second Class Mail Matter in Dumaguete City on July 1, 1973.

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Valentine Parable – A Day Late

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A Journey Through Cancer

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ance. The husband thought he was doing the noble thing but failed to communicate the real reasons of his actions and the wife persevered for fifty years, guessing, and sometimes even asking herself in agony why she had to deserve that. Even the purest of intentions can be misunderstood. Love is an unending journey of discovering one another. Both are innocent victims of love. They have loved each other so much that the wife was willing to take the

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powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, handsome, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We Turn to page 15

JENNY LIND ELMACO E-MAIL

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ONE Rescue

JAMES “KOJAK” HUGHS

E-mail kojak3238@yahoo.com

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SUPPOSE everyone is familiar with this phenomenon. In the face of something new, our immediate reaction hovers first in the level of our senses and emotions. Then it goes to our intelligence. Only with some conscious effort can we start reacting in a spiritual and theological way. We have to learn to react to our daily concerns such that it becomes an expression of our relationship with God. My experience with students confirms this observation. While they are still in school, relatively simple and innocent, and subject to a more controlled environment, they can behave very well. It’s when they get exposed to the industry, when they start doing their on-the-job training, and they experience new things, that they start behaving erratically in the spiritual and moral sense. Many find themselves unprepared, with their pants down, highly vulnerable in their new but confusing Turn to page 11

We do not want them to think that we are showing of or that we are selfcentered. In fact, we think about what other people think about us too much that we literally forget about what we want. We also think that wanting to satisfy our desires and taking care of ourselves first is not the good way to do things. But how can we take care of others if we do not spend time in making sure we take care of ourselves? As what Nelson Mandela said: “Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate, but that we are

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Footsteps and Fingerprints

Countering the desensilizing trend

We need to give more thought to this event so we can have a more appropriate response to it, especially when it involves something important in our life. We have to learn how to relate things to God, and to avoid getting stuck in the purely human and natural level. Very often, what we see are people materially aroused or enriched but spiritually made numb as they make the quest for progress and development. We should not be surprised by this turn of events. That’s just how our earthly affairs are. But neither should just stand by, doing nothing about it. We need to handle things in a manner truly commensurate to our real dignity. We are not only persons, already a big thing. We are children of God.

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Everyday Heroes

Love is ...

Her husband looked down on the piece of bread that he had given to his wife, and with sadness in his face, he quietly said, “ That part of the bread is my favorite . And I thought I am giving you the best part all these years that we we were married.” There was another door that was opened. More loving and intimate. So they loved each other more than ever before. This beautiful story of a long loving and persevering relationship has taught me many things like love, communication, patience and persever-

HER story

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Speak to us of LOVE

O FR. ROY CIMAGALA

ne of my favorite books is “The Prophet” by the Lebanese philosopher Kahlil Gibran. For this February month of love and Valentine’s Day this year I would like to share with you some of Gibran’s thoughts on LOVE as they are applicable both to our love for God our Creator and love for our spouses and sweethearts.

“When love beckons to you, follow him, though his ways are hard and steep. And when his wings enfold you yield to him, though the sword hidden among his pinions may wound you. And when he speaks to you believe in him, though his voice may shatter your dreams as the north wind lays waste the garden. For even as love crowns you so shall he crucify you. “Even as he is for your growth so is he for your pruning. Even as he ascends to your height and caresses your

tenderest branches that quiver in the sun, so shall he descend to your roots and shake them in their clinging to the earth. Like sheaves of corn he gathers you unto himself. He threshes you to make you naked. He sifts you to free you from your husks. He grinds you to whiteness. He kneads you until you are pliant; and then he assigns you to his sacred fire, that you may become sacred bread for God’s sacred feast. All these things shall love do unto you that you may Turn to page 11

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NANCY RUSSELL CATAN

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A diligent worker for quality & relevant public education email at: demcarl2003@yahoo.com

Industry, integrity, excellence and deep faith in God are the values she constantly display that made her the best choice to head the Negros Oriental Division of the Department of Education especially when such appointments are at times attended by controversies and power play. Being a product of the public education system and one who started her career as a classroom teacher in a remote village of Sta. Catalina, Dr. Milagros Velez fully understands the potentials and limitations of the system and is working to ensure that the needs of both students and teachers are satisfied to the extent possible. Velez, who completed her college, law and doctoral degrees at Foundation University (her Masters at Silliman University), thrives in new challenges and often leaves her mark wherever she is designated, making her one of the most sought after hands-on administrators. A firm believer in the golden rule of doing good to others at all times, this veteran mentor also knows when to assert her authority and impose discipline among those who work with her to ensure that goals are not compromised. As our guest this week, this exemplary servant-leader, a true Marian devotee discusses her lifelong work of providing the best quality and relevant education for every child enrolled in the public elementary and secondary schools.

DEMS: What is your philosophy of education?

ideas” are there— what’s needed is sincere and honest-to-goodness implementation.

Dr. Velez: Education is the sole key of living a meaningful and productive live.

DEMS: Does the noon-feeding program improve the students’ scholastic performance?

Dr. Velez: Reading is a task subject. As such, the “no read, no move/pass” policy should be enforced for when a child cannot read in Grade 1 it would be difficult for him to learn.

Dr. Velez: It is said that an empty stomach cannot stand upright. We noted that through this project initiated

DEMS: What is the government doing to correct errors in our textbooks?

DEMS: What is the greatest problem facing public education system today? Dr. Velez: That would be on how to inculcate values among the youth in an increasingly materialistic world.

DEMS: What is your impression of today’s youth? Dr. Velez: They are generally thirsty for education but are usually caught in a maze of societal, economic and moral concerns.

DEMS: What do you look for when you hire teachers?

by former 3rd District Rep. Herminio Teves and soon to be implemented in the entire province, school attendance has significantly

DEMS: How important is reading?

Dr. Velez: The Department of Education under Secretary Jesli Lapuz is doing it’s best to address this problem — through suspending the distribution of textbooks with errors and having a committee to review them. DEMS: Can a student refuse to take random drug testing? Why? Dr. Velez: No, because it is so provided for in Dep. Ed. Memorandum No. 7, s. 2009 dated January 19, 2009.

Dr. Velez: Our teachers must be educationally qualified, morally sound, with good emotional quotient and willing to stay in the Philippines within a decade.

DEMS: Do you favor an additional year in college and what does the proposal indicate?

DEMS: What characteristics separate the above-average teacher from the average teacher? Dr. Velez: The aboveaverage teacher performs more that what is expected while the average teacher performs or meets the minimum.

DEMS: Describe an ideal school. Dr. Velez: One that is clean, healthy and conducive to learning nestled in a child friendly community with committed teachers managed by empowered and highly-motivated administrators. .

DEMS: What “pet” ideas or innovations do you plan institute that would define your administration? Dr. Velez: There are too many in the field of education with quality badly in need. All the “pet

DR. MILAGROS VELEZ Schools Division Superintendent DepEd, Negros Oriental

Dr. Velez: No, this would only mean extra expenditures for parents to finance their children’s education. Moreover, this will curtail them to serve the country and contribute to the economy by joining the workforce.

DEMS: What gives you the most satisfaction as a teacher or administrator? improved. It also fosters strong community and school linkage when parents and teachers work together to prepare the food for the students affording them the chance to observe the performance of their children. Aside from boosting the morale of our pupils, the program also allows them to practice table manners, enables them to display the values learned inside the classroom while improving their health and nutrition.

Dr. Velez: When targets are met and goals are achieved. DEMS: How would you like to be known? Dr. Velez: A servant-leader committed to give the best quality education to each pupil in the public elementary and secondary schools in Negros Oriental.


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(From page 4) of tenure, specially when there is no clear proof to establish a valid cause for dismissal. The court also faulted the school for failing to show that the teacher took advantage of her position to court her student. The court also dismissed the inappropriateness of a May-December affair in school. The court said: “If the two eventually fell in love despite the disparity in their ages, and academic levels, this only lends substance to the truism that the heart has reasons of its own which reason does not know. The court also imparted that a teacher in her thirties falling in love with a teen-ager student should not automatically be deemed immoral. “But definitely, yielding to this gentle and universal emotion is not to be so casually equated with immorality,” the court noted. “The deviation of the circumstances of their marriage from the usual social pattern cannot be considered as a defiance of contemporary social moores ,” the court added. In the end, while the court ruled in favor of teacher Evelyn, and found her dismissal illegal, the court also recognized the strained relations between Evelyn and the school. Reinstatement of Evelyn would no longer be prudent, the court said. The court awarded Evelyn three years backwages and separation pay, and perhaps, wished they lived happily ever after.

NOTICE is hereby given that the estate of LUDIVINA VILLASECA ZAMORA, who died on October 11, 2001, at Dumaguete City, involving an undivided interest to Lot 307-B, situated at Tamisu, Bais City and covered by Transfer Certificate of Title No. T-550, is the subject of Extrajudicial Settlement of Estate executed by and among her, namely, Josephine Zamora Belen and Richard Villaseca Zamora, acknowledged before Notary Public Atty. Lionel J. Tayko entered on Page 32 of his Notarial Registry No. 29, as Doc. No. 152, Series of 2008. The Negros Chronicle Feb. 15, 22 & March 1, 2009

EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF EST ATE ESTA NOTICE is hereby given that the estates of AGAPITO J. ZAMORA and MODESTA D. ZAMORA, who died on March 31, 1995, and March 12, 2000, respectively, both at Bais City, involving Lot 307-B, situated at Tamisu, Bais City and covered by Transfer Certificate of Title No. T-550, is the subject of Extrajudicial Settlement of Estate executed by and among their heirs, namely, Marlon Zamora, Robert Ian Amaro, Jethie Russel E. Amaro, Arahmae Z. Amaro, Mark Adrine Z. Amaro, Josephine Z. Belen, Ludivina V. Zamora, Richaed V. Zamora, Cipriana Z. Prestin and Diosa Zamora acknowledged before Notary Public Enrico G. Garcia entered on Page 99 of his Notarial Registry No. XVII as Doc. No. 355, Series of 2001. The Negros Chronicle Feb. 15, 22 & March 1, 2009

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hen the Holy Spirit has come upon you, you will receive power and will tell people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8

Power from the Holy Spirit is not limited to strength beyond the ordinary. That power also involved courage, boldness, confidence, insight, ability, and au-

thority. The disciples would need all these gifts to fulfill their mission, if you believe in Jesus Christ as you Savior, you can experience the power of the Holy Spirit in your life.

TODAY’S

GOSPEL Mark 1:40-45

leper came to Jesus and kneeling down begged him and said, “If you wish, you can make me clean.” Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand, touched him, and said to him, “I will do it. Be made clean.”

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The leprosy left him immediately, and he was made clean. Then, warning him sternly, he dismissed him at once. Then he said to him, “See that you tell no one anything, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer for your cleansing what Moses prescribed; that will be proof for them.” The man went away and began to publicize the whole matter. He spread the report abroad so that it was impossible for Jesus to enter a town openly. He remained outside in deserted places, and people kept coming to

THE CHURCH THAT IS IN YOUR HOUSE “To Philemon, our dear friend and fellow-worker, to Apphia our sister, and to Archippus, our fellow soldier and to the church that meets in your house.” Philemon 1,2. (Part II) et me say this word especially to our young people. Loyalty to your home in the Lord is the first of Dr. PROCESO UDARBE your loyalties. Submission to the discipline of the home in the Lord is the first of the steps the sons and daughters take to a fuller life. Now, on the other hand, as far as parental responsibility is concerned, Khalil Gibran was way ahead of his time when he wrote: You may give your children your love but not your thoughts; for they have their own thoughts. You may house their bodies but not their souls. For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.

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him from everywhere. --------------------------Jesus asks the man He has healed of leprosy to keep quiet about His leading. This is impossible as he was once excluded from society and can now mix freely. He will be forced to tell the people what has happened to him. Jesus knows this and thus we need to look for another reason for His request. Perhaps He wants to try and avoid the attention that will come to Him because of this healing as it will give Him publicity. He would rather avoid if it means the authorities will try to restrict His movements. Which directly leads us to the truth that the home, like the church, is the seedbed of Christian character and a sense of spiritual values. My wife and I have often wondered how our own “preacher’s kids” have fared as a result of their upbringing. Then we were quite moved by a letter from our eldest who lives with his family abroad. Karl wrote: We continue to count our blessings daily. Our family, including all of you, count among the top of God’s blessings to all of us. Thank you (meaning us his parents) for taking so much care for us all these many years; even now we know you continue to think of us with real caring all the time. (Then addressing his sister and brother, he wrote: Let’s all take care of our family ties because they mean more to us even now than anything else.) The point is we are called to provide for our children the strong foundations upon which they build their own Christian character. And the test as to whether we’ve done well is when they live apart from us, and they’re on their own, or in the quality of their service to others. (To be continued)

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will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands.

David lifted his hands to God. The lifted hand is symbolic of surrender or submission. If someone put a gun in your back, by lifting up your hands you indicate you have surrendered to them. David stated that his life was surrendered to God. What is it to surrender to someone? It means we become their captive. They own us. We are subject to their whims. To become captive to mere man could be quite devastating. However, you always dwell in places of safety when you are a captive of God. David was a bondservant of God. A bondservant places himself in a position wherein the Lord has complete mastery over him. A bondservant is one who has the freedom of choice but chooses to continue to serve out of love. In Luke 2:29 we read of Simeon who said, “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you now dismiss your servant in peace.” The word Lord in this verse is not the typical word

PSALM 63:4

for Lord. It literally means authoritarian or dictator. Simeon looked upon himself as the servant of the Lord under His absolute mastery. The Lord was his complete master. Simeon was a mastered, subdued, and subjugated man. To think of the Lord as a dictator becomes negative only when we do not want to be controlled. David loved his God. He did not view being a bondservant as a negative thing because his desire was to be controlled by God. He submitted himself to God. He lifted his hands in surrender to his God. This is what separated David from most others. Today we don’t often understand such devotion. We tend to live for ourselves and to use God to get our way. We don’t see Him as the One who has complete mastery over us, yet we are quick to call Him Lord. Luke 6:46 says, “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?”

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Pamalandong sa HISTORICAL NOTES Death Penalty Bayawan established on 30 July 1891 (Part III)

iingon ang mga pabor sa death penalty nga kung tangtangon kuno ang death penalty usa kini ka bugalbugal sa atong kasamtangang balaod nga nagtugot sa silot sa kamatayon, My friends, it is not a mockery of our laws FR. GAMMY TULABING because it is even giving JCD, VG God’s law first priority. We obey God’s law first before men. Mao man gani nga ang Corte Suprema misugyot sa Congresso aron reviewhon ug i-reconsider kining balaod sa death penalty aron makita kung mao ba gyud kini ang kabubut-on sa Diyos. And what is wrong in re-examining our laws? We should even rectify or change what is wrong in our laws? And death penalty is one thing that is wrong in our laws. Sa telebisyon, sa mga pamantalaan, ug sa radyo ang hunahuna lamang sa mga tawong pabor sa death penalty ang kanunay nga atong makita,mabasa, ug madungog aron nga ipakita nga mao gyud kini ang singgit sa katawhan. Ang pangutana, kung ang gobyerno puedeng mopatay sa criminal, nganong dili man ako? Mao nga ang tendensiya mao nga ang katawhan mobutang sa balaod sa ilang mga kamot kay nganong maghulat pa man sila sa gobyerno nga maoy mopahamtang sa kamatayon nga puede man kahang patyon ang criminal mao nga sila na lang ang mopatay! Actually, it’s the people who make criminals. Unsa ma’y atong gibuhat sa mga drug lords? Wala kita’y pagpakabana sa atong palibot. Naa’y mga tawo nakaila kaayo sa mga drug pushers apan wala’y mi-report kanila ngadto sa mga otoridad. Ang Ginoo mas makakita og kadaugan, dili sa pagtan-aw sa criminal nga gipatay, tungod kay atong gipatay, apan diha sa pagtan-aw sa criminal nga nagbasol ug nag-bag-o. So ang paningkamot ug pakigbisog sa gobyerno dili unta diha sa pagpatay sa criminal apan anha unta diha sa pagsolbad sa criminalidad. Ang paningkamot naa unta diha sa prevention, ug alang niadtong mga criminal na, ang paningkamot anaa gyud unta sa justice and penal systems nga Cristohanon ug tawhanon. Turn to page 17

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n 2 April 1890, the Recollect parish priest of Tolong, Fray Juan de Dios Martinez, expressed that a plan to establish Bayawan as a town would contribute much to the religious and civilizing work of the religious in the service of the Church and the BY: REV. FR. ROMAN C. SAGUN. JR. State.

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Acting with dispatch, Interim Provincial Governor Manuel de la Reguera two weeks later on 19 April transmitted the petition to the Governor General, while even pointing out that the original settlers came from the Island of Panay in search of greener pastures in Southern Negros. After the administrative offices in Manila scrutinized the petition to erect a new town, by a decree of the Governor General on 30 July 1891, Bayawan came to become a separate and independent civil town. Ever since, the town has indeed improved by leaps and bounds. Despite being slandered in various history textbooks in the 20th century, the religious and civilizing work of the Recollect missionaries in the pueblo of Bayawan cannot be overlooked. By a decree of Jaro Bishop Mariano Cuartero on 2 July 1868, the mission-parish of Bayawan was established. The first Recoleto to make missionary tours was Fray Valentin Casamayor when Bayawan had only 291 inhabitants. Fray Eusebio Bastan in 1876-1879 was succeeded by Fray Pablo Garbayo in 1880-1882. Fray Angel Maestro took over in 1882 when the population rose to 614. As a new town in 1891, Fray Antonio Hernandez was parish priest until 1896 when the population doubled at 1250. Fray Carlos Ortuoste was parish priest from 1896 to 1898. The sudden increase of the population showed its bright prospects and great potentials. No wonder, as early as 1884, Telesforo Belloso, a native of Extremadura in Spain had already organized Hacienda San Ramon, the first hacienda in the extreme south of Negros, located on the river banks of the Bayawan. In less than one hundred and ten years in Turn to page 17


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Our rescue fam- to bring Filipinos and foreignCountering the ... ily is centered around a certain, the ers together, with mutual reeconomic mind but a poor poli- (Cimagala) (Kojak) (Bingo) ONE Rescue corporate secretary. spect, in a joint effort to improve From page 5 tician by heart - had grown the From page 4 From page 5 She dedicates endless hours of hard the quality of life in an adopted without the support of local phy- work bringing all these diverse ele- home. Where I have failed, it milieu. They find themselves facHe solved the energy crisis economy vertically from 2003Doctor Kenneth Coo and his ments together. If you want to be part looks like “Doctor Bill” has sucin the country - though his 2008 and fortified the interna- ing many crossroads, and they don’t sicians. associate Doctor Sy are a vital part of this important project you can con- ceeded. He and his partners in exactly which path to take. over-zealousness resulted in tional reserves to an all-time know This is obviously a great chal- of this innovative project. Both doc- tact her at and help save lives. ONE Rescue are my Everyday less than advantageous deals high of US$39 billion. tors not only provide professional lenge for any chaplain who tries to For several years I have tried Heroes. These economic statistics, for the nation. FVR also made be serious with his task of helping oversight but coordinate the link bestrong population growth con- however, failed to filter down to the students sustain their spiritual life tween the rescue unit and local mediRepublic of the Philippines trol statements - correctly see- masses such that the latest SWS as they move on in life. But it’s one cal facilities. REGIONAL TRIAL COURT (Social Weather Station) survey still All of these people have dothat carries its own rewards too. It’s 7 th Judicial Region ing the misery of having too all the sweat and blood in- nated time, money and hard work to BRANCH 63 many mouths to feed in a Third showed that 30 million Filipinos worth Bayawan City, Negros Oriental make “Doctor Bills” dream of saving volved. (28% of total of 90 million) are still World country. lives here in Dumaguete City a reFor certain, the first thing to be done IN THE MATTER OF CORRECTION OF Joseph “Erap” Estrada, on stalked by hunger. ality. Like every “family” there is a to keep the communication lines open. ENTRY IN THE CERTIFICATE OF In her long wake, RP was isEverything the other hand, showed that politihas to be done, like cultivatLIVE BIRTH OF GARILYN SALMORIN crowned as the “most corrupt ing real friendship with them, in order to cal charisma can beat organized PALACIO-HIMOYA BY CORRECTING is the skill to give practical pieces of HER SEX FROM MALE TO FEMALE politics. The actor-politician showed nation of Asia” while close to maintain contact with the students and to advice. One should not limit himself to AND CORRECTING THE NAME OF HER facilitate transparency. 900 extra-judicial killings had that the masses love a leader with MOTHER TO MARLYN PALACIO When the idea of spiritual di- condemning errors. He should offer sogotten the ire of international a high EQ (Emotional Quotient) rection is explained well, then ap- lutions to problems. human rights advocates. The SPEC. PROC. NO. 275 One basic advice, for example, more than the one with a high I.Q. preciated by the students and then Guinness Book of Records had implemented, the battle is already is to tell the students to always thank (Intelligence Quotient). GARILYN SALMORIN PALACIO-HIMOYA Petitioner. He was a swashbuckling RP’s 3,515 murders in the year half-won. It’s in an atmosphere of God for everything, no matter how that happens to him during crime-fighter and pulverized 2004 as the highest in the world confidence and loyalty that the labo- small, – versus – the day. This attitude will keep him rious and meticulous task of sorting (save war-torn countries). Muslim training camps in out things can take place effectively. in contact with God and set the Perhaps, the weakest link in THE LOCAL CIVIL REGISTRAR OF BASAY, Mindanao in an “all-out-war.” This point is, I think, crucial, pre- proper tone of the relationship. NEGROS ORIENTAL, Estrada began as a populist her armor is the issue of legitimacy cisely because one characteristic of the From here, he can start to deciRespondent. president devoted to bridging the engendered by an alleged fraudu- present scramble for new things is to pher the role the events of his day play x—————————————————————/ gap between the rich and the poor lent elections (2004) of which she make people lose confidence and trust in in the over-all plan or will of God for him. O R D E R and told Big Business to back off had responded obliquely by pam- others. The relationship hardly goes any This is a very tricky subject, requiring intimacy with God. his pro-poor policies. Humble pering the military, congressmen deeper than mutual exploitation of one great Of Petitioner of legal age, married to David Himoya, Jr., Filipino, and a course, one has to lead by another. People are reduced to objects. resident of Lopezville, Barangay Banga, Bayawan City, Negros Oriental, in enough to recognize his lack of and the local executives to thwart They lose their personhood. example. The counsels should be a her verified petition alleged that she was born on January 18, 1980 at preparedness for the presidency - any grab at power or impeachment. When the delicate part of clari- result not only of an intellectual exYardahan, Basay, Negros Oriental to parents Gaspar Palacio and Marlyn PGMA had tried to accel- fying things comes, the spiritual di- ercise, but also of a lived experi- Salmorin Palacio and her fact of birth was registered before the Local Civil he chose one of the most able and honest crew of Cabinet men in re- erate the infrastructure projects rector, acting more as friend, always ence. It’s only in this way, where we Registrar of Basay, Negros Oriental. However, her sex was entered as Male of Female and the name of her mother was unclearly entered to keep the Philippines to an has to be reassuring, encouraging can be sure of consistency and ef- instead cent memory. which have been Marlyn Salmorin Palacio, respectively. Thus, this petition. Estrada had activist Boy even keel with its ASEAN neigh- and positive. While he should call a fectiveness. This is the way of the saints. Many a spade, he should always Being sufficient in form and substance, let the above petition be Morales for DAR, ex-priest bors. However, many of the spade inspire the confidence that every- of them were ordinary mortals, whose heard at the Session Hall of the Court along Severino “Nene” Martinez (SVD) Edicio de la Torre for the mega projects like roads (World thing will turn out all right in the intelligence was average. But their truly Street, Bayawan City on March 6, 2009 at 8:30 in the morning. Interested persons are enjoined to appear on the aforesaid place, and time, and Peace Process, whistle-clean Bank issue), some irrigation end. holy lives, their living relationship with show cause why the petition should not be granted. Harriet Demetriou for legal ad- dams, the broadband network A lot of patience and understand- God, produced nothing less than divine Let this Order be published immediately for once a week for three (3) viser, Orly Mercado to (ZTE), a major airport terminal ing is needed. But even more important wisdom that shed true light to the world. consecutive weeks at a newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Oriental Negros and its five component cities, at the expense of the peti“civilianize” the Defense beat, (NAIA) and a high railway tioner. Republic of the Philippines professional banker Ed Espiritu (Luzon) have been wracked by Furnish copies of this order to the Solicitor General, the Local Civil REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF NEGROS ORIENTAL for Finance; 7 Judicial Region Registrar of Basay, Negros Oriental, The Office of the Provincial Prosecugraft-ridden scandals. Branch 32 tor of Negros Oriental, the petitioner and her counsel. La Salle Brother Andrew for Dumaguete City As the 2010 presidential elecSO ORDERED. the DepEd, spotless former justice tion draws near, it is worthwhile to SPEC. PROC. NO. 08-4734 In CHAMBER, February 6, 2009, Bayawan City, Negros Oriental. Cecilia Muñoz-Palma as head of reflect on each president’s individual IN THE MATTER OF CORRECTION (Sgd.) RODERICK A. MAXINO OF ENTRY AS TO SEX FROM MALE the often graft-infested PCSO, Bud- gifts of leadership and virtues. TO FEMALE AND SUPPLEMENTATION Acting Presiding Judge OF THE DATE AND PLACE OF MARRIAGE get Secretary Ben Diokno and, of The Negros Chronicle The better to know what kind OF PARENTS IN THE BIRTH RECORDS OF Feb. 15, 22 & March 1, 2009 course, Gloria M. Arroyo for of president we should vote for in BLANDINA KILNET ASONIO, DSWD, if one insists. BLANDINA KILNET ASONIO, 2010. Petitioner,

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know the secrets of your heart, and in that knowledge become a fragment of Life’s heart. “Love gives naught but itself and takes naught but from itself. Love possesses not nor would it be possessed; for love is sufficient unto love. When you love you should not say, “God is in my heart,” but rather, “I am in the heart of God.” And think not you can direct the course of love, for love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course.

“Love has no other desire but to fulfil itself. But if you love and must needs have desires, let these be your desires: To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night. To know the pain of too much tenderness. To be wounded by your own understanding of love; and to bleed willingly and joyfully. To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving; to rest at the noon hour and meditate love’s ecstasy; to return home at eventide with gratitude; and then to sleep with a prayer for the beloved in your heart and a song of praise upon your lips.” Happy Valentine’s Day to one and all!

AMENDED ORDER The verified petition respectfully prays of this Honorable Court that after due notice, publication and hearing, judgment be rendered: I. Ordering the correction of entry as to sex from MALE to FEMALE in the records of birth of the petitioner in the Office of the Local Civil Registrar, Siaton, Negros Oriental; II. Directing the respondent to make an entry in the appropriate space for the date and place of marriage of parents which are May 7, 1963 at Siaton, Negros Oriental in the records of birth of the petitioner in the Office of the Local Civil Registrar of Siaton, Negros Oriental; III. Directing the respondent to effect the judgment of correction by entering the decision of this Honorable Court in the records of birth of the petitioner in the Office of the Local Civil Registrar, Siaton, Negros Oriental; IV. Finally, affording the petitioner such other relief and remedy just and equitable under the premises. Finding the petition to be sufficient in form and substance, the petition is hereby set for hearing on May 11, 2009 at 8:30 o’clock in the morning, at the sala of RTC, Branch 32, located at Hall of Justice, E.J. Blanco Drive, Piapi, Dumaguete City, at which time and place any interested person may appear at the hearing and oppose the petition. This Order shall be published at the expense of the petitioner once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Negros Oriental, and its five (5) cities, namely: Dumaguete City, Bais City, Canlaon City, Bayawan City and Tanjay City, pursuant to Section 4 of Rule 108, Revised Rules of Court. SO ORDERED. Given this 11th day of February, 2009, Dumaguete City, Philippines.

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The reign of greed

BY REA LYNN D. REAL

(From the CHRONICLE Files)

THIRTY YEARS AGO

Prime Commodities shortage abound

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ebruary 18, 1979—Governor Lorenzo G. Teves issued a call on the Price Control Council of the province to reactivate itself in the wake of various shortages of various prime commodities and the spiraling of several prices of the same. He had set an urgent meet of the PCC.

This development came in the heels of the reported shortage of Liquefied Petroleum Gas and flour which has sent bakers and housewives scampering of whatever supply they can get from the markets. The governor stated that as chairman of the PCC, the council has to be convinced that the shortage is real and to take some solutions whether

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drastic, temporary or whatever is effective to alleviate the plight of the masses. A check with the NGA indicated that there has been no shipment of flour from General Millings or Pilsbury of Iligan according to Ricardo Fortich, officer-incharge of NGA.

TWENTY YEARS AGO

Land mines blast bantay bayans ebruary 19, 1989—One Bantay Bayan volunteer was killed while another was wounded as a mined area set up by the communist rebels exploded in Kakha, Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental. Lt. Col. Ricardo de Leon, Constabulary eas were Bantulinao, Gentalaukan and Provincial Commander of Negros Oriental, Payao-Payaopayaowan with over 100 said killed in action was Belinguer Cuevas armed rebels. Separate groups of rebels have split and the wounded was identified as Lorenzo Cantero. Col. De Leon disclosed that the in two directions as government troopers government troopers cannot enter three ar- have led a hot pursuit after the tragedy eas in the hinterlands of Sta. Catalina town befell on two bantay bayan volunteers in as these were heavily mined by the com- lower Kakha, Talalac in Sta. Catalina munist rebels. The three heavily mined ar- town.

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The political and social quagmire that the Filipino People find themselves in the present day Philippines is a manifestation of neglect on the part of the People to check the abscesses of governmental power and canalize its parameters to avoid it from overflowing. The reign of greed that we find ourselves today did not happen overnight. It is the product of a confluence of various cultural changes that begun right at the altars of worship and in the portals of learning. The market driven economy and the “prosperity and healing fellowships of churches” had gradually erased in the consciousness and subconscious of our people the fundamental virtues of righteousness. The culture that was ingrained is that we go to school and we worship God in order to prosper. There goes the bedrock of the reign of greed. The acceptance of that neglect and a courageous approach towards dismantling the social structures which allowed those maladies to be embedded is certainly a first step towards a tumultuous and arduous journey of change. A cultural revolution from within the Filipino Individual is an indispensable prerequisite of repairing and

curing the ills of the Philippine Society. Above all however, a leader has yet to be born to carry on the burden of so great an undertaking. A leader who is unmindful of the divides that is created by the “salvation bearing religions” which had brought the teachings of Jesus Christ, Mohammad and the other teachers of virtues to the pedestals of their own selfish motives rather than inculcating in their members the respect of the dignity of every freeman irrespective of his religious inclinations. He is a leader who could muster a large spectrum of support to carry on the task of breaking apart the oligarchy and the oligarchial tendencies in our society with a degree of uncoerced obedience amongst the subjects. He must be a leader who is satisfied of his temporal possessions not because of its abundance but rather because he is restful in the fulfillment of his human soul. He is certainly a leader worthy of emulation by his subjects. The collapse of the open-market economy that is manifested by the current global financial crisis is emblematic of the truth that abundance of material possession is confidently

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not the foundation of a rested heart. It is rather the fulfilled human soul that leads to a restful man irrespective of the scarcity of material possession. It is then and only then would the reign of greed be genuinely reversed. As the presidential election is fast approaching a leader who is apt to a SOLOMONIC CATEGORY is a must-choice. There is certainly nobody who is perfectly fit to occupy the position with faultless excellence but perhaps one who could approximate the requirements and perquisites of the High Office with a moral authority, and maybe Mr. Justice Renato Puno is the man of the hour. It is equally important however that a PEOPLE’S PARTY should begin to evolve to support a PUNO PRESIDENCY. Good day and God Bless the Filipino Nation. (email: jcobar@gmail.com)

TEN YEARS AGO

Masiao before, Suertres now ebruary 15, 1999—In the effort to scrape off all weeds of illegalities, Provincial Police Chief Supt. Pepito Banzon urged all local government units to ban the possession of tip sheets and any form of reading materials disseminating results of the illegal gambling numbers game called “masiao” or “bagdok”. Banzon said that during the Peace and materials containing masiao results in Order Council meeting, he urged all mutheir respective areas. He urged the nicipalities and cities in the province to come mayors’ league to get united on this up with resolutions or ordinance banning the move to give more strength to the efcirculation of tabloids and other reading fort.

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Amlan embarks on relief The sevenfold blessing efforts for flood victims cjomartinez

ike many other godmothers, I enjoyed my godchildren’s childhood and youth; it’s a joy to buy them toys and gifts and see them grow up; somehow the godchild’s marriage seem so far away. So, it was a surprise to be invited as sponsor to a godchild’s wedding. My first reaction is… Oh, my godchild is now getting married! Wasn’t it just a few years ago when I held the little baby in my arms?

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Amlan Mayor Bentham Dela Cruz (right) presides over the Municipal Disaster Coordinating Council meeting, Tuesday to assess the damage from the Feb. 7 flashfloods. Seven Barangays were affected with 272 houses damaged in Barangays Jugno, Tambojangin, Mag-abo, Bio-os, Tandayag and Poblacion. The local government has taken care of the hundreds of individuals affected and will further assist them in the rehabilitation of their dwellings.

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P The newly weds with their sponsors Love was in the air when I stood as sponsor at the wedding of my godchild Clint. In the Filipino tradition of close family ties, the wedding sponsors were relatives and close friends of the bride and groom. I was struck at the friendship and affection between the bride and groom on this very special day of their lives. They were always smiling, looking into each other, chatting and holding on to each other. The wedding arrangements were well planned and arranged, with the popular wedding coordinator Dingdong, brother of the groom, in charge. The Mary Immaculate Church along San Jose Street was spruced up fashionably with calla lilies, candles and tulle. Over two decades ago, I stood carrying the baby boy Clint, son of my classmate David and his wife Baby. David and his sister Cathy were my classmates from primary grade to high school and we had not lost touched through the years. Though we don’t meet yearly for the school reunions, Dumaguete City is small enough to meet friends and classmates every so often. Upon knowing Clint was getting married, my first question was: who is the bride? And surprise of surprise, the pretty bank teller I know through the years as Charlotte was going to be my god daughter by marriage! Clint and Charlotte are now a couple linked by the spirit of Love, a right timing as we enter into the Love month of February.

Their wedding rites ended with the seven fold blessing. May all newly weds and long married couples continue to be blessed by the sevenfold blessing of their marriage day… May the Lord bless you until the end of your days. May He unite your hearts in an enduring bond of pure love May God, the Almighty Father, bless you and your children and may the love that you lavish on them be returned a hundred fold. May the peace of Christ dwell always in your hearts and in your home. May you always have true friends to stand by you, both in joy and in sorrow. May you be ready and willing to help and comfort all who come to you in need. And may the blessings promised to the compassionate descend in abundance on your house. May you be blessed in your work and enjoy its fruits. May care never cause you distress, not desire for earthly possessions lead you astray, but may your hearts’ concern be always for the treasure’s laid up for you in heaven. May you reach old age in the company of your families and friends, and come at last to the kingdom of heaven. Let me share some Marriage quotes with you readers: Marriage is three parts

love and seven parts forgiveness of sins – Langdon Mitchell Love is grand; divorce a hundred grand – Author Unknown Marriage is a wonderful institution – but who wants to live in an institution - Groucho Marx Don’t marry for money; you can borrow it cheaper – Scottish proverb I first learned the concepts of non-violence in my marriage –Mohandas Gandhi “I am” is reportedly the shortest sentence in the English language. Could it be that “I do” is the longest sentence? – George Carlin Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, and half-shut afterwards. – Benjamin Franklin By all means marry; if you get a good wife, you’ll be happy. If you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher.-Socrates Many a man owes his success to his first wife and his second wife to his success. –Jim Backus I was married by a judge. I should have asked for a jury. – George Burns Ps - I got an email from Evelyn Wong Lasola about my article last Sunday on Fr. Joseph Wang. For the former students of Fr. Joseph Wang who wish to touch base with him, Fr. Wang is now staying at the Mary Queen of Peace Church convent in Bacolod City with Fr. Noli Que.

roviding shelter to some 38 families of Barangay Talalac, Sta. Catalina is apparently not enough, the army is making sure that they will learn how to cultivate the nearby arable land with vegetable seedlings provided by the Provincial Agriculturist’s Office. Elements from the 302nd Brigade under spective residential units by the Gawad Col. Cesar Yano are teaching the residents Kalinga Project of the Couple’s for of this former rebel lair the art of farming Christ. Turn to page 18 after they have also been awarded their re-

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abinay Mayor Piktoy Baldoza announced that a one-thousand-squaremeter lot has been donated for the construction of the new police station as the local government’s expression of support to the Philippine National Police. Recently, the local government also is satisfied with the performance of the turned over to the local police, one police local PNP. He also welcomed the promo Turn to page 18 car and several hand held radios. Baldoza

EDC leads Valencia clearing operations eavy equipments from the Energy Development Corporation promptly conducted clearing operations to remove tons of debris after minor landslides rendered several roads in the municipality of Valencia impassable. The clearing operations were undertaken emergency rescue teams are also kept in the villages of Palinpinon, Pulangbato, on alert and can be sent to assist the City Cambucad, Caidiocan and others. Mr. of Dumaguete, if needed. Dwight Maxino, Resident Manager of the Meanwhile, 302 nd Brigade ComEDC said the operations will continue until manding Officer Col. Cesar Yano under road safety will be assured. The company’s Turn to page 18

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Wastes litter Silliman Beach

Tons of trash littered the shores of Silliman Beach the morning after the flashfloods last February 7. Most of these wastes came from the drainage canals and other bodies of water: a clear indictment of our incapacity to manage our own solid wastes. A major clean up drive is scheduled today.


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HEALTH IS WEALTH

Marks of a Happy Marriage

BY DEMS DEMECILLO NEIL RIO

“The sweetest joy, the wildest woe is love.” – Baily ove is the breath of life and the most essential of all human emotions. God created man to love and be loved. It is man’s basic need like air, food and water. How tragic that people abuse and lose the magic and love-light glowing in their married life. Here are suggestions that or hidden agenda. Be comhelp couples achieve a long- pletely open and honest. This term happiness and satisfac- will help keep your love alive, tion in their marriage. encourage faith and builds 1. Start the day with a trust for each other. happy disposition. Have a 5. Don’t be unreasonably hearty breakfast together. jealous when your husband is Whisper to her, “I love you, watching the opposite sex. As sweetheart.” Kiss the back of Bishop F. Sheen said, “Lookher neck tenderly. She loves ing at a merchandize doesn’t it. Kiss her again when you necessarily mean intent to return from work, no matter buy.” Trust each other and how tired you are. don’t question his/her fidelity. 2. Strive to grow-up to6. Plan, discuss your misgether as a full human being. sion, and project or goal inInspire each other to become telligently. Share your finance the best person he/she can be. together. Monetary problems Compliment and strengthen may cause marital split-ups. each other’s weakness. To7. Be trusting and forgivtally accept each other and be ing. Settle your differences in tolerant of each other’s mis- a rational way. Solve your artake. Admit when you are guments and reconcile before wrong. Say “I am sorry the day ends. Don’t bring dear.” Love your spouse de- your problems in bed. spite his/her imperfections 8. Remember birthdays and faults. and anniversaries. Be con3. If you have an argu- cerned and supportive with ment, respect your wife’s each other. This is a tangible opinion, listen sympathetically sign of love. Make each other and discuss it calmly. Avoid happy despite crisis that may being emotional. Communi- happen in life. Always give a cate reasonably well. Don’t meaningful gift for each shout at each other unless other… a rose, chocolate, there’s fire! gold necklace, etc. 4. Avoid keeping secrets 9. Make an effort to get

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beautiful boat.” Next, Love saw Sadness passing by. Love said : “Sadness, please let me go with you.”Sadness sighed and replied in mournful tones: , “Love, I’m sorry. But I just need to be alone right now.” Then, Love saw Happiness. Surely, she will find room for me Love cried out : “Happiness, please take me with you.” But Happiness was so overjoyed. She didn’t hear Love calling out. Love started to sob.. Suddenly, she heard a voice say, “Come Love, I will take you with me.” It was an elder..Love felt so blessed and overjoyed that she forgot to ask the elder her name. When they arrived on land the elder alighted casually and walked away. Love realized how much she owed the elder. Love then found Knowledge and asked: “Who was it that helped me?” “It was Time,” Knowledge answered. “But why did Time help me when no one else would?” Love asked. Knowledge smiled and answered with deep wisdom and sincerity: “Because only Time is capable of understanding how great Love is.” This second email is only for those who love the “ambiguity of philosophy”. .If you’re one of those rare creatures, read on: .. 1. “Don’t sweat the petty

things. And don’t pet the sweaty things.” 2.“One scotch. Two scotch. Three scotch. Floor.” 3. “Atheism is a nonprophet organization.”4. Can an atheist get insurance against what lawyers call “Acts of God”? 5. “If man evolved from monkeys and apes, why do we still have monkeys and apes?” 6. “The main reason Santa is so jolly is because he knows where all the bad girls live.” 7. I went to a bookstore and asked the saleslady: ‘Where’s the self-help section?” She replied: “If I told you, it would defeat the purpose.” 8. What if there were no hypothetical questions?” 9. If someone ill with ‘multiple personalities disorder’ threatens to kill himself, would that be considered a hostage situation? 10. Is there another word for ‘synonym”? 11. What do you do if you see an endangered animal eating an endangered plant? 12. Would a fly without wings be called a walk? 13. If a turtle doesn’t have a shell, is it homeless? Or naked?14. If you try to fail, and succeed, which have you done? 15. How is it possible to have a civil war? 16. If one synchronized swimmer drowns, do the rest drown too? 17. If you ate both pasta and antipasto, would you still be hungry? 18. One of the nicest things about an egoist is he never talks about other people.19. Do they lock gasoline station bathrooms because they’re afraid someone will clean them? 20. Why do

DR. ANGEL V. SOMERA (Dr. Angel V. Somera) Fellow, Phil. Psychiatric Association Diplomate, Phil. Board of Psychiatry

away from the drudgery of life. Have a candlelight dinner in a specialty restaurant, escape to an out-of-town resort, take a pilgrimage, etc. Leave your cares behind and find a paradise where you enjoy alone together. 10. Have a great sense of humor. Share jokes and funny anecdotes with each other. Always view life from a positive angle. Remember the saying: “Laugh and the whole world will laugh with you! Cry and you cry alone.” 11. When you are in public, don’t be ashamed to show your affection. Touch and hold hands together. But don’t show embarrassing behavior. 12. Make him/her feel that he/she is needed and an indispensable person in your life. You are meant for each other until your hair turns white! This is your loving commitment until the end of our life. God bless and guide you. Happy Valentine! they call them ‘hemorroids’ instead of “asteroids”? 21. If you spin an Oriental man three times in a tight circle, does he become ‘disoriented’? 22. If the cops arrest a mute, do they still tell him he has ‘the right to remain silent’? 23. Whose cruel idea was it to write the letter “S” into the word “Lisp”? 24. Why is it called ‘tourist season’ if you can’t shoot them? This fellow’s hobby consisted of browsing thru gravestones in old cemeteries. Here are some interesting texts that he turned up: “Harry Smith of New York : Born 1903—Died 1942; Looked up the elevator shaft to see if the car was on the way down. It was.” In a Maryland, cemetery: “Here lies an Atheist, all dressed up and no place to go.” On a Nova Scotia gravestone: “Here lies Ezekial Aikle, Age 102. Only The Good Die Young.” In a Pennsylvania, cemetery: “Here lies the body of Jonathan Blake. Stepped on the gas instead of the brake.” A lawyer’s epitaph in England: “Sir John Strange. Here lies an honest. And that is strange.” In a cemetery in England: “Remember man, as you walk by. As you are now, so once was I. As I am now, so shall you be. Remember this and follow me.” Scribbled below was this comment: “To follow you I’ll not consent ...Until I know which way you went.” Have a great Sunday.

Members of the Special Weapons and Tactics and the Bomb Squad of the Philippine National Police remove the live grenade from the offices of Atty. Renato Cornelio, Wednesday afternoon. It was detonated in Camp Fernandez, Agan-an Sibulan, Friday afternoon. ension was palpable among students, employees and clients when they learned that a grenade with its pin already removed was thrown by the lone suspect who escaped on board a motorcycle at the office of Atty. Renato Cornelio located at the second floor of Infante building located just behind the offices of the Bureau of Internal Revenue 4:15 pm, Wednesday.

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Police officials had to request a bomb blanket from the Central Bank Dumaguete to contain the grenade before it was transported to

Camp Fernandez, Agan-an, Sibulan to be detonated. Investigators believe the motive is personal as they dismissed speculation that it was a terrorist act.

Murder suspect held for firing handgun awmen initially arrested him for firing a gun but later found himself deeper in a calaboose when it was learned that he is a subject of a warrant of arrest for murder. The suspect was identified as forty-six-year old Nilo Capino, who yielded a 357 handgun with four empty shells to S/Insp. George Badon and P03 Hermie Tacalan after they responded to police assistance from residents of the place early Tuesday morning in Barangay Cambangahan, Siaton

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Initial investigation showed that the suspect fired his gun while daring his brother to a fight. When brought to the Siaton PNP, it was learned that a standing warrant of arrest

for murder was issued against Capino by Judge Alfonso Briones. Additional charges of alarm and scandal and illegal discharge of firearm have been filed against him.

Cabanag:City has two drug financiers

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umaguete City Chief of Police Supt. Leopoldo Cabanag claims that there are no drug lords here but only two drug financiers and numerous drug pushers. But, he declines to reveal their names except that they are now being monitored and under surveillance.

Cabanag also identified only three barangays as seriously affected with the illegal drugs trade namely Barangay Looc, Cadawinonan and Lukewright of Poblacion 8. Meanwhile, two more drug pushers were arrested very recently in two separate buy bust

operations by Task Force 24. First to fall was 31year old Ely Jaeno of Zone 4, Barangay Looc on Feb. 8 and Josephine Vailoces, 40, who was nabbed at Purok 5, Barangay Batinguel last Thursday. Seized from them are three plastic sachets believed to contain shabu. Appropriate charges have been filed against them.

5 alleged NPAs charged

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Man lobs grenade at Cornelio law office

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The army presented five alleged members of the New People’s Army who have been conducting propaganda teach-ins for residents at the border shared by Tayasan and Himamaylan on Feb. 2. They were identified as Reneboy Moreno, Junior Moreno, Ronilo Balismo, Bundok Bilando and Ritchelyn Lozano. Seized from them were the following: one .38 caliber pistol with three live bullets, one .45 caliber pistol with 15 ammos, one M-16 magazine, one homemade shotgun, one unit handheld radio, NPA flag and subversive documents.


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BY SUSAN SUAREZ efore the Luce Auditorium’s completion in 1975, Shakespearean plays were regularly presented in the Amphitheater, and prestigious performing companies such as Le Grand Ballet Classique de France and such musical luminaries as pianist Susan Starr have performed in the Gymnasium.

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In the 1950s, the Cultural Affairs Committee was formed under the chairmanship of Mrs. Miriam G. Palmore, who was the former director of the School of Music and Fine Arts (now the College of Performing Arts). Among the famous performers in those early years of the Luce included the Taipei Children’s Choir, French concert pianist Nicole Delannoy, German violinist Denes Zsigmondy, American soprano Julia Finch, German harpsichordist Wilhelm Krumbach, Swiss pianist Nicole Wickihalder, Filipina pianist Cecile Licad, American violinist Stanley Plummer, and popular local singers such as Pilita Corrales who was then a singing superstar in Australia. Silliman’s own performers also dominated the cultural landscape, including the Men’s Glee Club under the baton of maestro Albert Faurot, the Silliman Young Singers and the Luce Choral Society under Mrs. Isabel Dimaya Vista, the Silliman Dance Troupe (now the Kahayag Dance Troupe) under Mrs. Lucy Jumawan, the Aldecoa Family Ensemble, and the Portal Players under Mr. Amiel Y. Leonardia. The Cultural Affairs Committee has continued its mission to bring to Silliman University and the Dumaguete community various cultural representations aimed at ex-

FOR POSTERITY. Newly inducted members of the St. Paul University of Dumaguete Alumni Association (SPUDAA) the are from left: City Councilor Tony Remollo – President SPUDAA; Sr. Ma. Nilda Masirag, SPC, SPUD President; Mrs. Juditha Mapue; Jennifer Suzanne Musa; Dr. Junabeth Credo; Johnny Roxas; Iris Indira Requiron; Rev. Fr. Ramonito P. Maata; Atty. Precy Ann Pareja; Mr. Andy Gregorio; Rowena Villarin and Col. Cuello.

MAESTRO ALBERT FAUROT posing them, especially students, to all the arts—with a subsidized fare, perhaps the most generous of its kind in the country, allowing students and the Dumaguete community to see cultural presentations by such national companies as Ballet Philippines, Ballet Manila, the Philippine Philhar-

Seasoned journalist Neil Rio and wife Ilyn led family and friends in welcoming his youngest daughter Lynie Nia to the Christian world during simple rites at the Silliman University Church on January 18, 2009. Among the sponsors are Susano Ruperto III, Jessica Jane Villanueva, Rodolfo Gonzalez, Jr., Jocelyn Limkaichong, Danilo Olegario, Janeth Blom, Henry Tam, Nestor Lim, Eric Jabel, Jed Goni, Bruno Bouffard III, Marnie Gramatica, Joel Alcala, Rodrigo Alanano, Jundith Vera-Arnaez, Archer Baldwin Martinez, Rolando Sabanal, Michel Gaudan, Edsel Enardecido, Marcelo Adanza and Kit Mark Adanza. Great Physician Occupational Therapist Charmaine Torres (right) and Rolando Villamero Jr, Coordinator, Process of Inclusive Education, Advocacy, Networking and Referral discussed mental retardation over DUMAGUETE TONIGHT Friday edition. The experts emphasize that mental retardation, a condition that prevents the brain from developing normally, is not a disease in itself. However, they urge people to be friendly with those who are afflicted with this malady.

monic Orchestra, the Madrigal Singers, Repertory Philippines, Tanghalang Pilipino, the Bayanihan National Dance Company, the Ramon Obusan National Dance Company, the New Voice Company, and other performers from such countries as the United Kingdom, the U.S., and Israel.

Official Statement of Silliman University on the Flooding in Dumaguete

Silliman Convenes Team for Joint your ... Assessment of Flood Vulnerabilities WhatFromispage 5 (Elmaco)

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illiman University extends its sympathies to those who have been af fected by the recent flooding in Dumaguete City and Negros Oriental. Some of our colleagues in the University and their respective families have not been spared from it. It was a disheartening sight to see the roads of Dumaguete, now being improved, in particular, covered with floodwaters. The stretch continued to neighboring municipalities. There has been an odd As an academic institu- sity is to help ensure higher change in the recent rain- tion, Silliman University rec- levels of preparedness fall patterns in Negros Ori- ognizes its responsibility to among us. It is also aimed ental. Over the past two facilitate sustainable devel- at developing mechanisms months, we have seen ty- opment and ensure the that we could use to mitiphoons entering the Philip- safety and welfare of its gate potential destructiveness of similar occurrences pine area of responsibility constituencies. at lower latitudes, and a We convened immedi- in both immediate and longmore West-Northwest ately on February 9 the fac- term. It is our prayer that we (WNW) direction, often ulty pool of the Civil Engitransiting the Central neering Department of the would be able to establish multi-sectoral collaboration Visayas. This has caused College of Engineering and extraordinary high precipi- Design and the Buildings and in preventing the exacerbaof the consequences of tation in our province. Grounds Department to do tion natural calamities. We need The continuous rains rapid assessment of the vul- to evaluate what we are dofrom the evening of Feb- nerabilities to flooding of the ing in our infrastructure and ruary 6 to the evening of Silliman campus. The same civil works, how we are doFebruary 7 were said to be assessment was requested ing them, and the extent that unusual, and when com- to be done on areas in while with good aims and bined with high tide events, Dumaguete where flooding intentions, they are not prethe flooding that it caused was reported to be at its cipitating unintended escawas considered the worst worst. lations of risks to life and in Dumaguete history. This move of the univer- property.

were born to make manifest the glory of God within us. It is not just in some; it is in everyone. And, as we let our own light shine, we consciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are all liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” When people see that you were able to fight for what you want, overcoming all odds and with God’s help, they will begin to realize that they can reach their own goals as well. They will find that they can do it too. Lots of us need a push, even a shove sometimes to get things done. And it always helps to know that someone else has finished crossing the tunnel first. It is, as what Mandela said, ‘liberating’ to do so. Not only for you but for the others who would like to follow. So, burn brightly. People need your light.

Joint RP ... From page 2 and lessons learned from the JOMSRE Program; seven papers deal with descriptions of the nature and status of the marine biodiversity, third group of four papers deals with marine planktons; two brief papers dealing with toxic chemicals accumulated by fish, shellfish and micro-al-

gae that could cause human poisoning when ingested; two papers reporting the geology of the Spratlys; the sixth grouping consists of four papers dealing with water circulation and three models of water movement and material circulation particularly in the Spratlys and the seventh grouping consists of two preliminary papers on certain aspects of chemical oceanography in the Spartlys.

EXTRA JUDICIAL SE TTLEMENT OF EST ATE WITH PPARTITION ARTITION SETTLEMENT ESTA NOTICE is hereby given that the heirs of the late IRENEO P. RAFAL have filed and executed an Extrajudicial Settlement of Estate With Partition on Lot No. 7565-D, Cad-07-03-000845, Identical to Now Lot 9089, Pls659-D, OCT No. FV-34700, with an area of 49,759 sq.m., and Lot 107, Pls847, with OCT No. FV-16369 with an area of 210 sq.m., respectively situated in Seit, Siaton, Negros Oriental and Sitio Lutuban, Mayabon, Zamboanguita, Negros Oriental, per Doc. No. 447, Page No. 90., Book No. XVI, Series of 2008 of Notary Public Atty. Orheim T. Ferrer. The Negros Chronicle Feb. 8, 15 & 22, 2009

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REAL ESTATE LOTS FOR SALE Contact: 0918-929-6047 REAL PROPERTIES FOR SALE:

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Lot NO. 5721, Situated at Apolong, Valencia, Negros Oriental, containing an area of 2,953 square meters. - price: PhP1.8M Neighboring residences are owned by foreigners - Clean title with only two registered owners. ———————————————

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2. One property, with two separate titles, being separated by a barangay road passing through them: LOT NO. 4529, Situated at Valencia, Negros Oriental, containing an area of 1,189 square meters and LOT NO. 4528, Situated at Valencia, Negros Oriental, containing an area of 633 square meters - price for the whole property: PhP1.6 M. With more than a hundred standing matured lanzones trees. - Clean title with only one signatory to the deed of sale. ———————--——————-

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3. BEACH LOT Situated at Dauin, Negros Oriental, containing an area of 7,081 square meters. - Negotiable Price: PhP 15.5M. - Only one signatory to the deed of sale LOT-D

4. LOT NO. 6805, Situated at Opao, Seit Siaton, Negros Oriental, containing an area of 22,432 square meters - Price: PhP60.00 per square meter. Elevated property with scenic view of Tambobo Bay where the Yachts can be seen being docked. Just a road away from the river - Clean title. With proper documents. ——————————------—— Contact: 0918-929-6047.

FOR SALE:

RUSH SALE

Estate Real Esta te Call: 0918-929-6047

1. Commercial Lot Location: Looc Area 194 sq.m. K-10 Clean title P6 M negotiable 2. House & Lot Location: Bantayan Area 1,852sq.m. K-11 6 bedrooms, garage, lawn huge sala, kitchen fence P10M negotiable Clean title

HOUSE & LOT FOR SALE 200 sq.m. P1M Mango Avenue Piapi, Dumaguete City

Contact: 0918-929-6047

FOR SALE Sprawling 4.1 Has. of land Ideal for Downtown Subd., Sulodpan, Bacong Contact:

0918-929-6047

FOR SALE

1 unit aircon Carrier Ultima with Timer 2 double deck steel beds. Contact Nos. 09298214829 09185003366 BODEGA FOR RENT

At Bagacay beside Bishop’s Palace.

Call: 09228201047

Call 0918-929-6047

(M1)FARM LOT Area: 1.6 hectare Location: Mayabon, Zamboanguita BEACHLOT – 2nd lot from seashore Area: 1497 sqmtrs. Location: Mayabon, Zamboanguita Rush Sale Package Price: P1.6M (M2)HOUSE FOR SALE –FULLY FURNISHED OLD Area: 1132 sqmtrs.S Location: Camanjac, Dgte. City Price: P3.7M (M3) BEACHLOT -W/ BEACH HOUSE Area: 1000 sqmtrs. Location: Campaclan, Sibulan Dgte. City Price: P5M

(M4) BEACHLOT (1) Area: 4 hectares@450/sqmtrs. (2) Area: 1 hectare@1500/sqmtrs. w/ seawall and w/right of way from highway to the Beach Lot. Location: Malatapay, Zamboanguita

(M5) LOT FOR SALE Area: 649 sqmtrs. Location: Highway, Camanjac Price: P900T

(M6) HOUSE & LOT Area: 365 sqmtrs. Location: Bogo, Dgte. City Price: P2.5M

OFFICE SPACE FOR RENT P5000/month Taft Street, Dgte. City

COMMERCIAL BUILDING FOR RENT -1ST Floor Only P20,000/month Taft Street, Dgte. City

STOCKS OCKS Contact 0918-929-6047 NEW ST HOUSE AND LOT (K 1) LOT FOR SALE (K 8) Area: 160 sqmtrs. Location: Casa Alicia Subd., Candau-ay, Dgte. City Price: P2.5M Description: 3 bedrooms, garage, lawn, with good neighbors.

HOUSE AND LOT (K 2) Area: 320 sqmtrs. Location: Casa Alicia Subd., Candau-ay, Dgte. City Price: P4M/ negotiable Description: 3 bedrooms, garage, lawn, with good neighbors.

HOUSE AND LOT (K 3) Area: 250 sqmtrs. Location: Casa Alicia Subd., Dgte. City Price: P4M Description: 3 bedrooms, garage, lawn, with good neighbors.

AGRI LOT

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Area: 14,700 sqmtrs. Location: 120 coconuts at Combado, Bacong, Negros Oriental, with Price: P4.5M negotiable Right of way and good neighbors.

HOUSE AND LOT (K 4)

Area: 900 sqmtrs. Price: P1.5M Location: Combado, Negros Oriental (Bacong) Description: Accepts 2 payments, 3 bedrooms, with underground, Garage, lawn, 3 rooms of piggery and respectful neighbors.

HOUSE AND LOT (K 5) Area: 1,200 sqmtrs. Price: P 2M Location: Upper, Cantil-e Description: 3 bedrooms, garage, lawn, right of way and good Neighbors.

AGRI LOT

(K 2)

Area: 2,280 sqmtrs. Price: P500 Thousand Location: Lutao, Bacong, Negros Oriental Description: 4 coconut trees and sources of wood trees.

HOUSE AND LOT (K 7) RUSH SALE

Location: Northern Junob, Four Bedrooms, Open style living area 2 CR’s (inc. ensuite to main bedroom) Sari-Sari Store possible fifth bedroom Under Cover Parking, approx 8 minutes to downtown (4 mins. to Lee Super Plaza)

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Northern Junob, Area: 4,908 sq.m. Products: 100 coconut, Hundreds of corn plantation Price: P4.9M. Accept 2 payments, with Clean Title

BEACH LOT FOR SALE (K 9) Location: Sibulan; Area: 400 sq.m.; Price: P2M (negotiable) Clean Title

LOT FOR SALE (K 10)

Lot : area 220 sqmtrs. , ideal for simple residence, near Silliman Heights subdivision, has a huge barangay road and there is a short cut roads if ever there is a road renovations someday, clean tilte, price ; 160, 000

HOUSE AND LOT (K 11)

House and lot : area : 200 sqmtrs. bungalow house, landscape, has a right of way, clean title, descent neighbors, price : P350, 000 still negotiable, place: Combado, Bacong, Negros Oriental, 15 minutes going to Dumaguete City.

BEACH LOT FOR SALE (K 12) Beach lot : area : 1,000 sqmtrs. place: Bacong, negros oriental , goodneighbor, price 2.5 m, ideal for mini resort, clean title

HOUSE AND LOT (K 13)

House and Lot : area 300 sqmtrs. near the beach, clean title, descent neighbors, very near to municipal public market, police stations, elementary and highschool area,

HOUSE AND LOT (K 14)

House and Lot , area : 500 sqmtrs. fenced, near health center, with huge right of way that can be accessible road that connects to Bagacay, Rosario Heights and even going to valencia, near highway, with two bearing mango fruits, huge garage, still have enough space for landscapes or even building a rest house, 3 bedrooms, clean title, price : 1.6 m but still negotiable.

HOUSE AND LOT (K 15)

House and lot, area 450 sqmtrs. bungalow house, 4 bedrooms, fenced, with garage and landscape, near daycare center, near highway, huge right of way, price: 2.6m, clean title and the price is still negotiable, it is 8 minutes going to Dumaguete City. Location: Northern Junob near Silliman Heights

HOUSE AND LOT (K 16)

House and Lot , 580 sqmtrs, 2 storey, with garage, landscape , in front of the way, 4 bedrooms, fenced, friendly descent neighbors, price 2.6 m, clean title. Location: Northern Junob near Silliman Heights

Call:

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——————The World Bank (WB), after conducting an investigation on this alleged rigging, submitted its official report to the Department of Finance (DOF) – the proper government department to receive the same. Senator Panfilo Lacson, however, was able to take hold of some documents which – as he himself admitted – is “ . . . not the World Bank report,” the official World Bank report being the full text submitted to the Department of Finance. ——————Be that as it may. In spite of the fact that he does not have the complete official copy of the report, he bared a lot with whatever information he has including, but not limited to the following: The World Bank (WB) conducted a probe and interviewed a number of Filipino, Japanese, Korean and Chinese contractors on the alleged rigging of bidding; Seven (7) contractors – three (3) Filipinos and four (4) Chinese – were sanctioned by the Bank. A Filipino contractor was barred permanently from participating in the bidding of WB funded projects; and A Japanese contractor and nine (9) Filipino contractors linked the First Gentleman to the bid-rigging of road projects. They identified several senior government offi-

Bayawan ...

(Sagun)

From page 8

2000 when it has acquired a new status as a city, Bayawan has been moving on from “the bucolic scenario of the growing and developing municipality into a bustling metropolis in the years to come.”

the full official report of the World Bank itself, it is very important in the interest of truth that the full report be made public in the appropriate forum. This is in fairness to all concerned especially those whose names are mentioned in the report. —————— Senator Miriam DefensorSantiago, Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Economic Affairs, wanted to get into the bottom of the alleged rigging of bidding. She asked for a copy of the investigation report. She failed to get an official copy when WB Country Director Bert Hoffman refused invoking “confidentiality”. Deeply frustrated she lamented thus – “This is a gross manifestation of the antediluvian mentality that all developing states are beggars to be ignored at whim.” ——————The national media really went to town to give this matter the widest coverage. This is a very serious matter affecting the honor and prestige of our country. And, of course, prominent names are mentioned which gives this matter a more sinister dimension. The national media even quoted alleged statements of some of those who testified in the WB probe. ——————Take, for example, the following. A Japanese contractor by the name of Tomatu Suzuka allegedly told WB investigators: “Money would have to be paid as high as the president, senior government officials and politicians in order to do any further business in the country. To win a contract would be necessary to pay the head of the bureau and politicians several million yen (several tens of thousands of US dollars).” He added that: “It was impossible to do business with the Philippine Government without bribing officials.” ——————— Very serious and damaging allegations. These put our country and our government deeper into the quagmire as a hotbed of grafters. Allegations such as these should be rebutted. These should be stopped dead on their tracks. These should not be allowed to go around in the free marketplace of public opinion without their validity tested, the credibility and probity of the whistle blowers passing through the litmus test against hearsay. ——————— The alleged involvement of the First Gentleman makes this matter a highly explosive issue. This is very unfortunate that the person closest to the president has been linked by

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witnesses to the rigging of bidding. With these recent allegations, the First Gentleman has just become the common denominator in three controversies involving graft and corruption. Remember ZTE Broadband Network and the Fertilizer scam? ——————The first Gentleman, like anybody else, has the presumption of innocence. He has not been proven guilty of any infraction under our laws. Let’s make this very clear lest some of us get carried away by the intensity of this national misfortune. What he is up against for the moment is – as defined in the dictionary - information received indirectly; common talk; rumor. Hearsay. ——————He feels that he has been unfairly dragged into controversies. He knows, of course, that this is one of the prices he has to pay for being the husband of the president, for being with certain people at certain times in certain places for certain reasons. He lives in a glass bowl. ——————— While he is not a public official he has a responsibility to our country most especially to the institution of the presidency which should be spared and sanitized from allegations of ugly magnitude such as these. He knows this. Now that the fat is on the fire, he must clear himself soonest of this cloud over his persona. Even as he feels that he is not guilty, he cannot just ignore or brush aside these allegations of his alleged participation in the rigging of bidding as simply hearsay. There is a demon out there. He must meet it head-on. ——————— What is happening to us? So small our nation yet so big our problems. Man-made and nature-induced disasters and calamities; fantastic corruptions in high places; complete break-down of morality among our officials; total absence of moral integrity among some; a culture of lying under oath using the name of God; economic deprivations of the marginalized; etcetera, etcetera. ——————Cry my beloved country!

LOTS FOR SALE

O1. overlooking lot for sale Location : Dauin, negros oriental, area : 2 hectares, possibly cutting for a maximum of 1 thousand sqmtrs., has a huge barangay road, possibly view the siquijor and apo island, ideal for subdivisions, hotel, mini golf or bar and restaurant businesses. O2. overlooking lot for sale Location : Valencia, negros oriental area: 1,000 sqmtrs, Price : 1,500 per sq. still negotiable, has a barangay road, a few minutes going to valencia p[ublic pool or tejeros, a walking distance to the cockpit and can possibly view the city of dumaguete. there is an access road going to the forest and even to the casaroro falls. O3. House and lot for sale locaion : Sibulan, negros oriental, 3 bedrooms, mini jacussi, 1,500 sqmtrs., landscapes with lemon trees. Price : 3.2 m Call: 0918-929-6047 1. House and lot for sale Location : Sac, sac Bacong negros oriental, 3 bedrooms,garage, landscapes, near SPI call center, near the beach, Price: 3.6 m, clean title, newly paint and huge , cemented barangay road. 2. Beach lot for sale Location : Dauin, negros oriental near el Dorado. Area: 1,000 sqmtrs . Price : 1.8 m, clean title and negotiable

Call: 0918-929-6047

The Dumaguete City Council will extend recognition to the members of the Dumaguete City Police Department and personnel from the 79th Infantry Battalion during its regular session on Thursday for their efforts to rescue hundreds of trapped flashflood victims on January 7 particularly in Barangay Candau-ay housing units. The personnel and officers are the following: Police Supt. LEOPOLDO ECHICA CABANAG, Team Leader; Police Sr. Inspector Edilberto B. Gravador; Police Inspector Rogelio Penida; SPO4 Bayani S Gordoncillo; SPO3 Marciano R Macasilhig; SP01 Louie Gubac; SPO1 Marlou D Sarvida; SPO1 Harold P Abuyabor; PO3 Jevy V Silva; PO3 Matias B Pangilayan Jr.; PO3 Expedito D Tuban; PO3 Roque E Zerna; PO3 Orlando E. Gonzaga; PO2 Stephen P Duran; PO2 Derek T Alcoran; PO1 Ezra Paulo Tonarez; PO1 Neil Sabac; PO1 Jonah Acal; PO1 Uri Guiller Sapequena; PO1 Vicente Querubin; PO1 Frixton Rex Vosotros; PO1 Edwin Bucol; PO1 Sherwin Barete; PO1 Joseph Albert Rafales; PO1 Bryan Ozoa; PO1 Dario Malayo; PO1 Rommel Comcom; PO1 Tristan Joseph Chua. List of 79IB personnel involved during Disaster Rescue and Relief Operations (DRRO) in Dumaguete City on 07 February 2009. Command group: LTC ERWIN BERNARD L NERI INF (GSC) PA; Sgt Eduardo S Valdemar (Inf) PA; Cpl Joel P Calmita (Inf) PA; Pfc Francisco P Palencia (Inf) PA; Pfc Cyrel J Lumaque (Inf) PA; Pfc Almer G Solis (Inf) PA; Team Alpha: 2LT ERNAN C CAPULONG (INF) PA; Cpl Dandy F Llorito (Inf) PA; Pfc Rex D Derramas (Inf) PA; Pfc John Arc N Bondoc (Inf) PA; Pfc Jeson C Catis (Inf) PA; Pfc Ryan P Ignacio ((nf) PA; Pfc Gerald G Espinosa (Inf) PA; Team Bravo: 2LT ERICK WYNMER F CALULOT (INF) PA; Cpl Dante J Bacatan (Inf) PA; Pfc Andrian L Bayot (Inf) PA; Pfc Mark M Lacorte (Inf) PA; Pfc Jose P. Bayas Jr. (Inf) PA; Pfc Warson D Alvarez (Inf) PA; Pfc Joel P Aguero Jr. (Inf) PA; Team Charlie: 1LT WINLOVE G BAG-AO (FA) PA; Cpl Neil Joseph P genis (FA) PA; Pfc Darius I Labaro (Inf) PA; Pfc Joseph C Salido (Inf) PA; Pfc Sotero I Tayabas Jr. (Inf) PA; Pfc Jolly M Meniel (Inf) PA; Drivers: Pfc Ricky F. Palencia (Inf) PA; Pfc Sunday s Golajer (Inf) PA; Pfc Roger M Tuares (Inf) PA.

tice, is killing the criminal the only way to achieve justice? Ang atong From page 8 lehislatura wala na ba gyud sila’y So the government can fo- laing mahunahunaang mga cus on conversion and renewal pamaagi wherein justice is meted of criminals. Kung ang Ginoo out to the victims other than killing vindictive pa, wala unta ta’y St. the criminal? Kung inyong Paul of Tarsus karon. mahinumduman, kadtong mga Nakasabot kita sa gibati sa mga congresista nga gustong ipa-imbiktima sa criminalidad apan peach kadtong walo ka mga Sunakasiguro kita nga kung sila preme Court Justices who delayed ang anaa sa lugar sa palatyon the execution of Leo Echegaray, by death penalty they would unsa kaha’y ilang nahimo isip mga also plead for mercy and forgive- mambabalaod, aron nga ness, and ask that death pen- mapakgang ang pagtaas sa alty be lifted. criminalidad sa atong nasud? Ang mga tawo nga pabor sa They were for Death Penalty, but Death Penalty moingon nga it is not they can’t even prevent criminala matter of “an eye for an eye” or “a ity. Kung ang gihimong kinatas-ang tooth for a tooth”, but a matter of jus- matang sa silot alang sa mga tice kuno. I say kuno, kay how can criminal nga guilty sa mga heinous one claim that he is for justice when crimes life sentence lang unta, mahe is killing a person? How can contento na man unta kining mga there be justice in killing? So biktima sa life sentence lang. Ug mobalik ra gihapon na sa “eye for kay gihimo mang Death penalty, an eye” or “a tooth for a tooth” men- mao nga ang mga tawo dili gyud tality—mao nga daghan na kaayong makontento kung dili patyon ang nangabuta. So I believe that it is criminal. really more on kaligutgot, ang Nagsunod ko ‘aning mga kasuko nga anaa sa kasing-kasing argumento niining mga pabor sa sa tawo. I don’t blame people if they Death Penalty, aduna lang gyud are angry, especially the victims of sila’y usa ka rason nga sige criminality and their relatives. But nila’g balik-balik: nga balaod na my point here is that Death Penalty man kuno na, so kinahanglan is really more on vengeance which ipahamtang gayod. Tanan is against our Christian principles. silang mga pro-death penalty, Mao man gud ‘ni nakuha gikan sa mga supposedly very nato sa mga sine, ug mga TV learned and well educated lawseries—nga kinahanglang yers, down to the ordinary makabalos gyud ang actor sa people nga pabor sa death pencontrabida. So the element of alty, mao ra gyud kini ang forgiveness is not present. It’s pinaka-argument nila, nga lost. Wala na’y gustong mopasaylo. Tanan gustong balaod na man kuno, mopatay. That is why it is very kinahanglang ipahamtang na hard indeed to become a Chris- gyud. We uphold so much the tian. A lot of people claim to be law of the land, and we put Christians but they are not act- aside God’s laws. We reject God’s laws. And rejecting ing like one. And even if we talk about jus- God’s law not to kill is rejecting God. To be continued) EXTRA JUDICIAL SE TTLEMENT OF EST ATE AND SALE EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT ESTA

Pamalandong ...

(Tulabing)

NOTICE is hereby given that Gaudencia C. Cabanas, the heir of the late MARCELO CREDO and POTENCIANO CREDO have filed and executed an Extrajudicial Settlement of Estate and Sale on Sublot No. 5592C, being a portion of Lot No. 5592, PLS-847, covered with OCT No. FV29636, situated at Maluay, Zamboanguita, Negros Oriental, containing an area of 735 sq.m., in favor to Maria P. Loreto per Doc. No. 517, Page No. 105, Book No. XI, Series of 2009 of Notary Public Atty. Oscar T. Bokingkito.

The Negros Chronicle Feb. 8, 15 & 22, 2009

A UCTION SALE AGENCIA BELEN Main Office Legaspi Street In Front of Holy Child Dumaguete City

All unredeemed and unrenewed expired items will be auction on March 12, 2009 at 9:00 a.m. at this office.

A UCTION SALE AGENCIA BELEN Branch I Noblefranca Street Dumaguete City

All unredeemed and unrenewed expired items will be auction on March 13, 2009 at 9:00 a.m. at this office.

A UCTION SALE AGENCIA BELEN

Branch II Cor. Perdices & Sta. Rosa Sts., Dumaguete City All unredeemed and unrenewed expired items will be auction on March 14, 2009 at 9:00 a.m. at this office.

A UCTION SALE AGENCIA BELEN Branch III Dr. V. Locsin St., Dumaguete City

All unredeemed and unrenewed expired items will be auction on March 16, 2009 at 9:00 a.m. at this office.

A UCTION SALE AGENCIA BELEN Branch IV Twin Arcade Bldg., Dumaguete City

All unredeemed and unrenewed expired items will be auction on March 17, 2009 at 9:00 a.m. at this office.


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Activists urge ... From page 1 “Many of our local officials are short sighted and bereft of any vision to prepare the city from this kind of disaster. They are slow to react, which makes me wonder what kind of people we are putting in the positions of power and authority,” an exasperated Alcala, a former DENR Secretary exclaims. Esther C. Windler of the Friend of Banica River says that the “vehemence of the recent floods so close to one another causing loss of lives, damage to property and environment left people asking why it was so bad this time when there was not even a typhoon but only heavy rains for 24 hours.” Windler continues that the landslides and soil erosion could have been minimized if only our forest cover retains its richness. She cited ignorance, greed and lack Two days after the flashfloods, the Okoy River in Palinpinon Valencia still makes it difficult for motorists to pass the spillway connecting Dumaguete City to the geothermal sites and plants of the Energy Development Corporation located in Barangays Puhagan, Caidiocan and Mala-unay.

Flashfloods ... From page 1 reports one casualty; Bais City 18 houses damaged, 21 families affected; Tanjay City, 1 casualty, 1,000 families affected; Pamplona, one casualty identified as 23year old Michael Dinapo of Cambagahan, Bais who was swept while trying to cross the river in Inalad, Poblacion; Bacong, 3 houses were washed out; Valencia, two casualties identified as cousins Susan and Judilyn Fernandez who died after they were buried in a landslide in Barangay Sagbang; Amlan 272 houses were damaged, one dead of drowning identified as 65year-old Felix Sajulla of Up-

Mabinay donates... From page 13 tion of officer Edilberto Deocades to the rank of Chief Inspector. He serves as the police chief of Mabinay. C/Inspector Deocades declares that the New People’s Army failed to establish any foothold in the town but that does not mean they are letting their guards down.

per Silab; one hundred families were affected in San Jose; Sibulan reports 48 houses damaged or washed out and the hardest hit Dumaguete City with 801 housing units damaged and 208 units completely damaged with estimated cost of damage to infrastructure and residential units pegged at P 25.9 million. It is also in the capital city, particularly in Barangay Cadawinonan that a family was swept by rampaging waters of the Banica River Saturday afternoon, February 7. The remains of 2-year old Bernie Mar Demecillo were recovered near the Batinguel Elementary school the morning after. Those of his parents namely Maricel and Bernie are still missing.

Meanwhile, the three district representatives of Negros Oriental Jocelyn Limkaichong (1st District), George Arnaiz (2nd District) and Pryde Henry Teves (3rd District) vowed to help in the relief and rehabilitation efforts after meeting with Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro Chairman of the National Disaster Coordinating Council. Teves said that he will soon secure some P 20 million from Teodoro’s office mainly for the rehabilitation of the water systems in Bacong and Dauin. Funds will also be allocated for the Valencia-Bacong Road that will serve as an alternative route if and when the national highway will again be rendered impassable during calamities.

Love is ...

love is. They say that life is a journey and love makes the journey worthwhile. The Scriptures say.... Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. —1 Corinthians 13:4-7

(Muffet)

From page 5

heel of the bread in fifty years rather than asking her husband why? If only she could have asked earlier. Silence is good, and it is golden. But sometimes it is also a blessing to break it and convey how we feel in a loving way. It is easy to fall in love but it takes a lifetime to know what

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From page 13 scores the need to reorganize the Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council after noting the slow response of the concerned agencies based on their performance in the two flashfloods that hit the province this year.

Farming lessons ... From page 13

Provincial Agriculturist Gregorio Paltinca assured that the produce that will be derived from the farms will be transported so they will be sold at Tabo sa PAO. On the other hand, the provincial government is also starting to repair the village’s water work’s system after it was allegedly destroyed by suspected members of the New People’s Army. The government hopes that by pouring attention and projects designed to ease the plight of the residents in the hinterlands the insurgency problem can be minimized significantly by 2010.

Holden released ... From page 2 latter allegedly attacked him with a bladed weapon months before he was seized by BI agents. Holden’s nemesis owns a joint at the Rizal Boulevard and is believed to have been aided by a number of foreigners in a conspiracy to destroy his name and reputation so he can be deported. However, throughout his ordeal, Holden’s family, friends and neighbors expressed solidarity with him and disputed the allegation that he is into certain illegal activities. Holden hopes that in time he will be able to completely restore his good name and prosecute those who were behind his incarceration. (With Neil Rio)

Plan to revive ... From page 2

of foresight for the degradation of Negros Oriental’s forest. Another green advocate, Arlene Delloso-Uypitching urges the government officials to exercise political will to relocate families who are residing along the riverbank of Banica to reduce their vulnerability during floods. Others are urging the local government to improve Dumaguete’s drainage systems which are found to be inadequate. Association of Barangay Councils President Raul Infante concedes that in his barangay alone Poblacion 8, some 100 families can be considered squatters since they are occupying dry riverbeds, which are now being reclaimed by Mother Nature. But he will not force them to transfer unless the city government can guarantee that a relocation site is already available. During Thursday’s regular session, the City Council passed a resolution authored by Vice-mayor Woodrow Maquiling for the city to look for lots where residents along the Banica River can be relocated.

Negros: NPA’s ...

PDIC accepting ...

From page 2

From page 1

Ramon Patriarca tagged as the New People’s Army Finance Officer and Head of the Taxation Bureau of the Komiteng Rehiyonal Sentral Bisayas based in Negros Oriental, the Armed Forces of the Philippines expects the operations of the underground communist movement to be paralyzed. However, Lt. Col. Erwin Bernard Neri believes that such paralysis will be shortlived as the CPP-NPA is expected to immediately fill the void by appointing Patriarca’s replacement. Patriarca was arrested by a joint team from the Cebu Police Provincial Office and AFP Central Command in Barangay Casili Consolacion while on board his motorcycle. He is charged with murder and multiple frustrated murder here in the province after figuring in two separate armed clashes in Sta. Catalina.

bank premises where these accounts were maintained. In order to get a claim form, depositors must present their original regular saving passbook to the PDIC representatives deployed at the closed banks’ premises. In an advisory, PDIC Executive Vice President Imelda S. Singzon, in charge of Claims, Receivership and Liquidation explains that to ensure an orderly payout, the claim forms have been numbered with each number corresponding to an appointment date for the processing of the depositor’s claim. Singzon added that PDIC is prioritizing the claims depositors with regular saving accounts of P 100,000 and below in keeping with state deposit insurer’s mandate to protect small, unsophisticated depositors. Nevertheless, as soon as examination of deposit records is completed the distribution of numbered claim forms for regular savings accounts with balances of P 100,000 and above as well as for time deposit; special savings account and current accounts will follow.

der, incest and big time drug pushing. He believes that it will serve both the victims and the convicts’ own family. “This will contribute to healing for the victims and peace of mind for the convict’s family. At least, From page 2 when the convict dies, the the more inspires the chapter is closed and they can all move on and start anew,” army to continue its quest to eliminate insurgency. stressed Teves.

CHR: exonerates...

Feb 15 2009  

VOL. 35 No. 36 Dumaguete City, Philippines, Sunday PDIC accepting small claims of closed banks term strategy to minimize damage to lives and...

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