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VOL. 35

No. 37


Multiple angles on DOC’s slay BY DEMS REY DEMECILLO & NEIL RIO


s the jig-saw puzzle on the murder of Pediatrician Dr Ami Madamba digs deeper, investigators are exploring various possible angles such as failed business relations, love triangle, medical malpractice case, and private relations.




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City under siege: wage war vs. crime

But the foremost angle is the strained business relations concerning his part in a Tanjay Lending Business with partner Tanjay councilor Ray Concepcion.

Three motives are being eyed by the joint investigation team of the PNP and National Bureau of Investi-

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Seven killed this week S

even people were killed in separate incidents this week mostly by motorcycle-riding men who shoot their victims at close range. It started with the Valentine’s Day murder of 41-year old Reinheart Fortuito, an electronics and communications engineer faculty of Negros Oriental State University. He was shot to death by about 10 in the morning in two unidentified men while Campaclan, Sibulan. The supervising the fencing of his suspects first stabbed the sand and gravel factory at Turn to page 14

Fighting lady lawyer BY: DRT DEMECILLO easoned trial lawyer and columnist, Katrina Legarda, reminded anew media practitioners that they are servants of the citizens thus should remain fair and honest amid increasing pressures from powerful competing interests that are attempting to manipulate media and public opinion. Legarda, who addressed students of the College of Law and Mass Communications at Silliman University’s Luce Audito Turn to page 15


SOCCO elements examine evidence near the sprawled body of Dr AMI MADAMBA minutes after he was gunned down near Sta. Monica beach resort last Sunday. (PNP file)

City allots P5M to fight crime


he City Council is fastracking the release of P5-million from every available resource in the city in order to fund a massive campaign against criminality the details of which is forthcoming within the week. The Commission on Audit has confirmed earlier that the City government has an allocable fund in time deposits close to P200-million.

This developed as the spate of extra-judicial killings has risen to its peak this week with at least 7 recorded killings although in separate places and incidents, but with much bearing on the control of the peace in this capital city. Authored by Councilor Rommel Erames the urgent measure came in the heels of an irate citizenry whose various sectors have reacted to the brutal murder of civic leader and pediatrician Dr Ami Madamba, brother of then

APEC party list Rep. Sonny Madamba. Madamba as you know, was murdered Sunday evening Feb 15, as he was about to board his car at the Sta Monica after a failed meeting with as business partner whose folder about money investment in their lending business seem to lead police investigators into a possible business transaction angle as the cause of the murder. In a privilege speech pre-

ceding a unanimously approved motion on first reading, Kagawad Erames declared that “this city is under siege” by criminals whose murderous trade if not stopped will make this city into a ghost town with no more new investors, and students who will be transferring to other safer places to study. Lately, aside from drug personalities, the killings have started to include judges, law (Turn to page 6

Kag. ROMMEL ERAMES Anti Crime Logistics




February 22, 2009

Publishers, bench & bar meet halfway critical repor ting reporting


ourt-accredited newspapers and their publishers met with judges and the IBP board who requested that rates of legal notices on special proceedings at least be adjusted because of hard times.

The publishers , meeting at the chamber of the executive judge at the Hall of Justice Friday, explained that rates of legal notices are governed by law and not by men. Thus, all are abiding by the legal rates which are 80% of their published commercial rates as set forth by PD 1079 and with Supreme Court setting the Implementing Rules. What needs to be amended in the publications law is the publication by internet, the multiple situs of publication due to electronic printing, the responsibility of internet bloggers, the public bidding on the internet among others. These are not yet included in the present laws on legal publication. The publishers met halfway with the bench and bar’s request by setting a minimum fixed tariff on pauper litigants’ cases which are handled by the PAO, and so long



Hard times could be spurring these killings

as their lengths are fixed too. On publication of special proceedings, the publishers asked that the judges shorten their orders so as to lower the cost. But the papers stood pat on their published rates. The judges and lawyers accepted the proposal. The foreclosure notices will be handled by the banks themselves. Among those attending were: Executive Judge Fe Bustamante, Judge Jose Paguio, Drugs Court Judge Mary Rose Inocando-Paras, Clerk of Court Anne Bulado, IBP president Samsodin Tahir, PAO lawyers Glenda Yee; Publishers Alex Amor, Alex Pal, Celso Cahambing, Geovanni Nessia and Ely Dejaresco.


PNP shares tips on how to avoid rape


ity anti-disaster officials were undeniably caught flatfooted during the series of flash floods that hit Dumaguete City and frustrated city councilors including Vice-mayor Woodrow Maquiling are demanding for a workable scheme that would mitigate the destruction to lives and properties when such events occur in the future. However, the city dads that Dumaguete has no vidid not get their desired an- able action plan when actual swers from Ranulfo Saldua, disaster such as flash floods Disaster Action Officer of the strike. Saldua’s presentation, as City Disaster Coordinating Council after it was learned Turn to page 7

o remind the womenfolk, the Philippine National Police issues a timely list of tips for women to avoid being sexually assaulted. Last month alone, about five rape cases were recorded by the Dumaguete City PNP but all were kept under wraps in accordance with the law. However, it was brought to public attention when the alleged gang rape of a nursing student of one of the universities here came to light. The suggested anti-rape actual situation, do not panic tips are the following: Avoid and use all your power to wearing revealing clothes; defend yourself kicking, refuse offers of ride by uni- pinching, biting your attack Turn to page 7 dentified persons; when in


Green activists share statement of concern ore than a dozen of individuals representing different sectors of the Dumaguete community have come up with a statement of concern in the wake of two destructive flashfloods that hit not only the capital city but several parts of Negros Oriental. The signatories are not only the usual vocal green activists but also members of the academe, bar, youth, theater and arts who are united by a single purpose of urging the community to work together in caring for our environment. The statement of con- deaths, displacement, and cern reads: The vehemence terrible damage to property of recent floods occurring so and the environment has left close to one another (De- many speechless with disbecember 31, 2008 and Feb- lief and dismay. Why were ruary 9, 2009) causing Turn to page 17

illage chieftains are not supposed to issue Barangay Protection Orders several times upon request by women who claim to have been physically abused by their husbands, common law partners, boyfriends and other men whom they had intimate relations in the past. That was what promi“Barangay Protection nent lawyer Katrina Legarda Order is issued as an emerclarified in an assembly gency measure when a hosted by the City Social barangay captain personally Welfare and Development sees that the woman asking Office and OCLAS during for it has been evidently her Thursday visit at the physically assaulted,” she Women’s Center in said. Turn to page 7 Dumaguete City.


Bishop meets top army brass at home Top officers of the Philippine Army in Negros Oriental who are waging an all-out offensive against insurgency, paid a courtesy call on Bishop John Du, expressing their concerns for human lives, but at the same time , their bigger concern to end the protracted war on communism which does not abide by Church teachings and the continued damage and instability which the rebels have done to the civilian populace. Meeting with Bishop Du were: (see photo ) Brig Gen Vicente

f you look at the circumstances surrounding the recent spate of killings at least in Dumaguete and surroundings, one can glean that the commonality is money, and or livelihood and hot altercations. Could hard times be spurring these spates of killings? One commented that when bagdok or masiao were prevalent and everybody was tolerating it, people, meaning the masses ‘had money’ and could hope of some money by betting a few pesos and the winners were just too willing to share it with neighbors although how small. Killings were not part of the agenda when everybody was making some money or two. Although how artificial, the local economy was moving and as I said, everybody seemed to have a peso or two at anytime. Heads were cooler then. Not anymore today when the tide has changed. There seems to be a race to stop jueting, bagdok, masiao, but only to evolved into another betting monster called suertres. Then the legalized gambling has minimized illegal bookies although there are still some of them. The point is there is no longer much economic movement as during the bagdok days.





Porto, 3rd Infantry; Col Cesar Yano, 302nd brigade; Lt Col Erwin Bernad-Neri, 79th IB; and their staff offices meeting at the bishop’s palace.

PEOPLE SENSITIVE. During hard times, people are sensitive. Quick to anger and slaughter. In the news, six were killed this week although in separate incident without much of a pattern. The engineer killed in Sibulan was reportedly killed because he blocked certain neighbors from access to a small lot. The neighbors stabbed him and shot him with his own .45 caliber. Then we have the doc killed in Sta. Monica. The SOCO found a folder about close to a million debt which he was supposed to discuss with a borrower or partner who never came, instead, some killers were awaiting on the same restaurant. Most people say it was a set up. We don’t know. GAMAY LANG SIKIL… The three others, the NORSU student killed in Bacong, the DA retiree killed in Ayungon, and another police file man were all slain because of anger which could have been avoided maybe if times were not as hard. These days, people are just too sensitive when their livelihood is affected, and or disparaged or endangered. -o0oAt long last, before they leave earth, already in their past eighties, USAFFE guerillas and fighters registered with the US army are now beneficiaries of a $198-million U.S. dollar humanitarian recognition for their gallantry in WWII. The veteran says, —what? He’s too old to remember his war sacrifices and risks. Most of them have to be assisted by next of their kins who will be the ultimate beneficiaries to a law just signed by President Obama. Elsewhere in this issue is the story… -o0oSTOP THE BLAME GAME. Councilor Rommel Erames berated Vice Mayor Woodrow Maquiling who blamed Pag-asa in his privilege speech during the city Council’s regular session last week, for failing to warn the people tat a big flood was coming to Damaged. Rommel admonished “Can we expect Pag-asa to predict the volume of rainfall that will fall from the sky? Let us stop the blame game. Let us work!” Watch this lawyer who used to sleep in the houses of cocheros and pedicab drives in his boyhood days. He might be the answer to the City’s worsening problem of criminality. Many think Chiquiting made the right choice. -o0oFUNDS FOR BANICA During its regular session on February 12, 2009, the City Council on motion of Councilor Manuel “Chiquiting” Sagarbarria, Finance Committee Chairman, approved the appropriation of P800,000.00 and P693,000.00 to rechannel the Banica River and to construct boulder dikes along its Mother Rita Section, respectively. It also appropriated, upon motion of Councilor Rommel Erames, the amount of P163,500.00 for the rental of heavy equipment to be used for the purpose. We caution him to monitor its fund releases that everything will go to the purpose intended. === ======================== PEOPLE POWER YEAR 23 President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has declared tomorrow Monday, February 23, as special holiday for all private and public schools at all levels throughout the country in observance of the 23rd anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution. This is under Proclamation 1728. CONGRATULATIONS! To the passers in the last nursing board examination. FU’S first batch had 100% passing (complete list on page 19). Silliman’ U had 98% passing of its 375 takers, 368 passed with FIVE TOP NOTCHERS from Silliman University. Dean Tessie Sinda promised to give the details next issue.

February 22, 2009

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Voice from the grave


Covered and sprawled body of Dr. Ami Madamba (PNP Photo)

Editorial Pool


Broken windows: Does rule of law exist here?

ife in this city , as not a few people have observed, has become so cheap in this “City of Gentle People.” This past week alone, four people met violent deaths, either by the barrel of a gun or the knife.

Motives range from personal grudge, business rivalry, land dispute, love triangle, or involvement in the illegal drugs trade, almost at the slightest provocation. Could it be because of hard times? Eliminating one’s adversary with the use of a gun appears to be the preferred express mode of settling a dispute in Dumaguete. Does the rule of law still exist in this city of supposed gentle people? But regardless of the motive, we in media think that killers are so emboldened because they probably think they’ll never get caught. OUR CITY AUTHORITIES HAVE YET TO PROVE THEM WRONG! The question is when? And likely so. We don’t need to look far. The list of unsolved killings these past several years should be more than enough to prove that statement. And what can our law enforcers say? —-And do? CALL IN THE INFANTRY? Our knee-jerk reaction is to buy firearms for our barangay tanods, allow private citizens to carry firearms, or call in the infantry. We think of big things, forgetting that we can also address the problem as effectively with small and simple solutions —to start with doable things. New York City, in the 1980s, was gripped with a crime epidemic, reaching its peak in 1990. Then the crime rate rapidly went down. Murders dropped by two-thirds and felonies were cut in

half. Why? Because authorities started enforcing the small rules, like traffic, graffiti, squatters, curfew, jaywalking, making an impression that this city means business and the law is enforced. From small things to big things. Once criminals believe that THIS CITY MEANS BUSINESS, then would-be criminals will have second thoughts of committing crime. But not with this apparent conditions prevailing in Dumaguete. BROKEN WINDOWS THEORY. Two NY authorities on crime George Kelling and James Wilson, formulated the “Broken Windows Theory”, which goes that if a window is broken, passersby will think no one cares or no one is in charge. Soon, there will be more broken windows and a sense of lawlessness will prevail in the street fronting the building. Broken windows invite crime. The City of New York didn’t field death squads. They simply cleaned up the city by fixing its “broken windows.” They ran after the jaywalkers, QUICKLY painted over graffiti and arrested those who jumped the turnstiles in the subways. The message was simple—we will not tolerate even a simple misdemeanor. And it worked. We have several broken windows in our community which we can fix. We have problems with traffic, drugs, informal settlers, graffiti and the environment, to name a few. We don’t have to think of very big and complicated solutions. We can solve this epidemic by fixing one broken window at a time. Trouble is, our local authorities do not seem to know where and when to start. Here’s a tip: start fixing simple broken windows --- say inside City Hall!

hirty two (32) years ago today, a gruesome murder of a Dumaguetena thousands of miles away unexpectedly sparked what became a hotly debated legal issue around the world: Can there be a murder conviction on the basis of “voices from the grave”? The Negros Chronicle returns to a nearly forgotten history three decades ago involving the killing of a 47year single woman belonging to a prominent family in Dumaguete City, Teresita Basa. The late Teresita Basa had a sister in Dumaguete, Lourdes Basa Calumpang who also died some time ago. There is still that Basa family house along Colon Street in front of the East City Central School. The late Teresita Basa was also a music teacher who conducted music lessons at Guy Hall of Silliman University. The Negros Chronicle exhumes this fascinating story for three reasons: One, it involved a member of a prominent family in Dumaguete. Second, the incident greatly impacted the legal discussion on reliance upon “ghosts” or “spirit voices” as evidence or basis to pronounce a judgment in a criminal trial. Third, the story is simply and uniquely interesting. The story revolved around Allen Showery (suspect) a Dumaguetena, Teresita Basa, then a hospital worker in Chicago who was murdered in her condo unit by an unknown assailant one February evening. The Chicago police never had any sufficient or reliable leads to solve the crime. But not long after the murder, strange things began to happen. One Filipina, Mrs. Chua, who also worked in the same hospital with the late Teresita Basa, began acting weird while at work, reports said. At home, her husband was concerned because his wife went into a trance. It sounded and appeared like some other spirit went inside the body of his wife. To use a more common expression: The lady appeared “possessed”. This spirit began to talk and pleaded for help in solving a murder. Teresita Basa The spirit inside the Turn to page 16

“Uncle Sam” & “G.I. Joe”

he Americans have long been an important player in the nation’s history. Such part is the story of Uncle Sam and G.I. Joe. Uncle Sam gave us democracy in lieu of Japanese fascism and 400 years of Spanish repression. He gave education to substitute for ignorance, subservience and inferiority complex. soldiers are now buried six feet Along with that, Uncle Sam inside. brought chocolate bars, blue The story line of Uncle Sam underground or their memory seal cigars, pop culture, rock then was he needed the tug bases afflicted by senility. Sixty three music and western liberality. to contain the risk of communism in (63) years after, Uncle Sam wakes up from a deep slumber (inOf course, that did not come free Asia. Well and good. - for there is no such a thing, as Uncle Sam earlier asked Fili- duced by Melatonin) and Americans think, as a “free lunch.” pinos to fight their war against granted a lump sum $198-million You will have to pay for Starbucks the Axis powers (Japan, Ger- to Pinoy war veterans. The 12,000 veterans in coffee and dessert after his “paid- many and Italy). US President for” meal. Franklin Delano Roosevelt America will get US$15,000 RP therefore gave Uncle promised the Pinoys they will (roughly P750,000) and the 6,000 Sam free reign to exploit our have the same rights and ben- living in RP US$9,000 (roughly P450,000). natural resources here (but not efits as the Yankee soldiers. This was part of the “Stimuthe Filipinos for America) in the With the war won, Uncle Sam Party Rights. Along with the developed amnesia and promul- lus Package” of US$800 million Laurel Langley Agreement was gated the Recession Act of 1946 of the Democrats’ President Barthe erection of two American placed Pinoy war veterans as sec- rack Obama. It was obviously part of a campaign promise to bases - Clark and Subic - where ond-class beneficiaries. Uncle Sam had virtual authority Many of the 250,000 Filipino Turn to page 6


Dateline Manila by Bingo P. Dejaresco


ELY P. DEJARESCO Editor-Publisher ATTY. JAY I. DEJARESCO Associate Editor GEROME JUMALON News Photographer RUBEN G. LABARES Graphics

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A deficit of decency

and CM Pancho Construction Inc. “Public officials took a managing role” as a Department of Public Works “corrupted to the core…arranged contracts be awarded in exchange for bribes” the report said. The cartel enjoyed “support at the highest level of the Philippines…even reaching the President’s husband,” wire agencies reported. Reps. Roger Mercado, Milagros Magsaysay, Elpidio Barzaga and other House public works committee members protested. In a rushed-one

sion. Not content, they insisted the blackballed firms continue to land contracts. Nor did they craft remedial legislation. That jettisoned the role of hearings as “aid to legislation”. The committee turned “ laundromat” an Inquirer editorial said. These tax-funded circuses have near-zero credibility. Goodhousekeeping seals of pproval, by thieves, is ignored by inter

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A Journey Through Cancer

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

what we are made of. I’m sure you have met this person sometime, somehow, or you may have encountered trials or problems beyond compare. Whether we like it or not they are part of our daily existence. They may be fleeting occurences or someone you have to live with for the rest of your lives. Have you breathed these words,” This person brings out the worst in me.” or “ I wish this ordeal ends.” Sometimes, these irritants are vital in our growth. God seems to allow them in or lives for some purpose. We only learn to be more patient with people who stretch our patience. We learn to love unconditionally to those who are hard to love. Trials produce fortitude, courage, endurance and faith. Gracegrowers may produce pearls someday. They say that success is not the real test of character, but give a man failure and you will know who he is.

And what of the Filipinos living here? Especially those who are too young to remember EDSA? Whose recent memories are those not of leaders advocating change but spearheading confusion, not of pristine beaches but of a damaged ecosystem? What of those who were born in foreign lands, who speak a differ-

ent tongue, who have inculcated an adopted land’s culture as his own? How can someone who lives in a globalised, interconnected, borderless world have a passion and a loyalty to the Philippines? How can one talk about the loss of past? A lack of historic Turn to page 20






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have often written about what people have given to the Philippines. I talk about Jack and Penny who give a home and an education to Filipino orphans. You met Mike who supports schools and orphanages. Frequently I mention Chuck and Joe gave a library to a local school and support dozens of local students in their quest for an education. I wrote about the Norwegian doctors who, along side of Filipinos, provide wheel chairs to crippled children. Then there is Diane and her husband who challenge the local children to develop and use their creative talents. I honored the Rotary Club that provides free medical services to those who are in need among a host of other worthwhile projects. While the lists of Everyday Heroes is long and growing everyday. I have never written about what the Philippines have given us. ten had no shoes for school and I can not speak for the others; sometimes it was days between I can only speak for myself. The Philmeals. I joined the Army at a tenippines have greatly improved the der age and in thirty years surquality of my life and probably saved vived two wars. This hard life left me from an early grave. To fully apmany scars both outside and inpreciate the impact the Philippines side. I often was not a nice man. had had on my life, both physically When I retired from the service I and mentally, you must know about began to slowly dissipate physically. I my life before I came here. got fat, lazy and had no social life. I I started life, as we say in resigned myself to being celibate and America, “Without a pot to pee never getting married. When I first came in and no window to throw it to the Philippines I weighed over 310 out of.” We were dirt poor. Our pounds. I had a long list of medical water came from a stream and we had no bathroom (CR). I ofTurn to page 17



Footsteps and Fingerprints

Obama’s views on religion

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OMEBODY forwarded to me a YouTube of Obama’s speech on religion. My computer didn’t have the audio when I viewed it, but it was dubbed in Spanish. So I read it more than heard it, which was actually better for me. unstable, adolescent mindset My immediate reaction was one of and ways. A lot of precious concern. I considered his views as havthings are at stake. As much as ing the marks of what is known as agpossible, we have to be adult nosticism, with elements of irenicism and and mature, as well as truly sciyoism, a kind of religion that is openentific and professional, not susourced and consensual, a man-made perstitious and amateur. religion rather than faith-based. After going through that Obama In our increasingly complicated speech, I thought that the phenomtimes, we need to speed up in gainenon is also quite understandable. ing literacy not only in technical matHis views echo those of a great ters, but also in the spiritual and relimass of people who simply cannot gious issues. Like it or not, we navideny the need for religion, and try to gate in these waters. We just have to have some semblance of it, but who learn how to cruise properly. have not mastered it past its pedesThat’s why, the idea of really giving trian level. due attention to our doctrinal and religious What Obama said was formation has become more relevant and equivalent to saying that the more urgent, in fact. We need to be savvy question of God, faith and relitoo in issues related to faith and religion. gion is better left not taken seriWe cannot afford anymore to be ously. It can be at best a purely a babe in the woods in this regard, Turn to page 15 stuck in the infantile stage or the


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

The Filipino’s Past


Everyday Heroes

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Fasting vs Feasting


he season of Lent is upon us. For many it is a period of fasting, of making small sacrifices (i.e. giving up ice cream, or not watching TV, etc.). And many times it seems that these small sacrifices and good intentions fall by the wayside as do most of our New Year’s resolutions. Fasting, then, has many negative connotations if we just deprive ourselves of some of our favorite foods or pastimes without doing something good to fill up the empty void.


Seeing how lightly this Lenten fasting was observed, I didn’t used to take it seriously. I either ignored it, or fasted when I felt like dieting and needed to lose a bit of weight. My intentions for fasting usually lacked purity of motive! Then some years ago I received over the Internet a short article that changed my attitude from one of fasting to one of feasting. You say, feasting in Lent? Isn’t that wrong? Not if you feast on the positive aspect of what you are fasting from. It

works like this: Fast from judging others; feast on Christ dwelling in them. Fast from discontent; feast on gratitude. Fast from complaining; feast on appreciation and thankfulness. Fast from bitterness; feast on forgiveness. Fast from anger; feast on patience. Fast from discouragement; feast on hope. Fast from always finding problems Turn to page 17






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Dumaguete’s modern-day Florence Nightingale delivers!

When Foundation University applied for accreditation to open a nursing school in 2004 the administration could not have chosen the best person to head the newest nursing school of this university town by offering the job to seasoned nursing mentor Nenita Tayko, who more than fifty years ago committed herself to the profession and whose experience is marked by excellence and integrity. As administrator, she makes sure that only students who can withstand the rigors, demands and trainings of the course will be allowed to pass and take the board examination. Not surprisingly, four years later the pioneering batch composed of thirty six young men and women out of the original one hundred eighty eight enrollees met all high expectations by posting a perfect passing rate, a rare feat for any newly established nursing schools in the country that elevates Foundation University to the national consciousness of the academic community. Certainly, the college still has to do more before it can earn its rightful place as among the country’s best school for nursing, but Dean Tayko, who vowed to stay as long as needed and able, assures that through hard work and lots of prayers they will repeat their success. This week, before the well deserved celebration died down, let us join the passionate quintessential modern-day Florence Nightingale Dean Tayko as she shares her lifelong work, her efforts to help her students achieve their dreams and her re-affirmation of producing only the best Foundation University-trained nurses to serve the community.

DEMS: How does it feel receiving the news that Foundation University posted a 100 percent passing rate in the nursing board examination? Dean Tayko: Of course, I was so happy that after the long wait we finally received the welcome news and we are so thankful to God. We solicited prayers from our friends and supporters here and abroad including religious communities together we stormed the heavens. DEMS: To whom do you attribute this success? Dean Tayko: We attribute this to everyone who had a role in our endeavor: the students and faculty for their industry and devotion; parents for their sacrifice and the administration and our stakeholders for their full support. DEMS: What does this feat mean to you and the university? Dean Tayko: It is a big honor to me and the University, we are now recognized nationally for being ranked number one under Category B (those nursing schools with 33-100 examinees). Take note that there are now 470 nursing schools nationwide but we managed to put Foundation University on the map and people are taking notice. Soon, President Mira Sinco and I will fly to Manila to receive a certificate that would acknowledge Foundation University as among the top three nursing school in the country today. DEMS: What kind of preparations did the graduates make before they took the board examination? Dean Tayko: The students followed a rigid course of instruction and practice and even when they graduated we still closely monitored their progress. The students took their review in Silliman University; took the comprehensive examinations and some voluntarily underwent a second review here and in Cebu. The department made sure that the climate is a positive one and we encouraged all of them to take the examination with their batch mates, no one should be left behind because the support of the group is so important. For those who complained that they are financially strained, we asked the University administration to partially subsidize their review and expenditures for the examination. DEMS: Did you have your share of skeptics? Dean Tayko: Oh yes, we had quite a number. But I was able to prove them wrong. I feel vindicated.

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Fil-Ams that had to be fulfilled. Better late than never? Let’s not fall all over ourselves and praise Uncle Sam unabashedly. The remaining 20,000 veterans is less than 10% of the 250,000 original Pinoy volunteers in World War II. That’s a lot of dollar savings or about US$1.5-billion savings. Uncle Sam is therefore both good and bad. “Badder” guy is G.I. Joe in US Marine Lance Corporal David Smith who in 2005 - thought Pinays are easy lays - and raped instead “Nicole” in a van somewhere in Subic Freeport Area. Smith was convicted but the “lib-

eral” interpretation of the VFA (Visiting Forces Agreement) caused G.I. Joe to be held under American custody. He allegedly lives in an airconditioned container van - not to leave the US embassy premises but otherwise, acting like a free man. In Okinawa, Japan, three US Marines convicted of raping a Japanese girl are now serving their jail in a Japanese prison. The same with those in Thailand. President Obama, meantime, padlocked Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba because the Yankees there maltreated prisoners and suspects. Their human rights were violated and the Democrats don’t want that. Well. What about the human rights of our “Nicole?” In RP, our highest judicial body, the Supreme Court recently ruled that G.I.

DEMS: What are the attributes of a good nurse? Dean Tayko: Nurses are supposed to be caring; advocates on behalf of their patients needs; altruistic, which means they should put the needs of others than their own and must go out of their way to deliver; competent and skillful, since they are dealing with lives of patients errors can compromise their comfort and safety and of course they must be honest. DEMS: Briefly tell us your academic background. Dean Tayko: Twice I was refused admission in Borkenshire Memorial Hospital-Davao and Silliman University on account of my age being just fifteen years old despite the fact that I took and passed the entrance examination. I came to Dumaguete in 1956 and waited for two years before I was finally admitted to the SU College of Nursing. I completed my Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1961 at Silliman University and Masters of Arts in Nursing at the University of the Philippines in 1978. I passed the board exam in 1961 while working as a staff nurse at the Silliman University Medical Center. I retired from the SU College of Nursing on Sept. 20, 2004 and Foundation University hired me on October 1, 2004. DEMS: Do movies and television programs present accurate portrayal of the nursing profession? Dean Tayko: I observe some inaccuracies in their portrayal but in the United States of America most movies and programs show the actual roles of nurses. DEMS: What was the most difficult episode of your deanship?

Dean Nenita Tayko Foundation University College of Nursing

DEMS: Do you think the global financial crisis will affect the healthcare industry? Dean Tayko: The reality is that the supply of nurses is more than the demand. Few nurses can actually get a job, therefore some of them work in other fields then volunteer for hospital duties every weekend since this experience is needed when they process their papers for abroad.

Dean Tayko: It was during the first year when there was a threat to close down the college. We went to Cebu and Manila to meet the officials of the regulatory bodies and argued that we met all the requirements. Our college even maintains a minihospital.

DEMS: Is nursing a calling or simply just another job?

DEMS: Does Foundation University have scholarship programs for nursing students?

DEMS: Having achieved a 100 percent passing rate among your graduates, what else do you want to accomplish as Dean?

Dean Tayko: We have the following: University academic scholarships, Diosdado and Paz Scholarship and that of the Commission on Higher Education. I together with my sister Debita ParrenaCacdac, a US-based nurse, put up a loan fund so that students can borrow certain amounts to pay for their immediate needs including the enrollment fees. Joe Smith should be locked in Muntinlupa for rape is a heinous crime. There he should exchange libidinal stories with a convicted porky public official Rep. Romeo Jalosjos - both of them incapable of “Zipper control.” But G.I. Joe remains in the US embassy today. The Palace seems meek as a lamb in maintaining the status quo. The usually loquacious and feisty Justice Secretary Raul Gonzales (for a moment) suddenly becomes mute - which should be an item for the Book of Guinness Records. Is RP afraid of Uncle Sam that we cannot make G.I. Joe toe our legal line? Are we still “desperately seeking” Obama’s attention or anxious not to embarrass the visiting diplomat Hillary Clinton (wife of GMA’s classmate Bill - former US Presi-

City allots ... From page 1 yers, businessmen, and now a doctor. “When will this end, if not now,” said kagawad Erames. Without fund to fight crime, the city will not only lose the fight, the officials will also lose the people’s confidence and their political leadership is dent)? But if the Democrats - as their name suggests - champion democracy - Uncle Sam and G.I. Joe should not only adhere to the tenets of democracy - they must also practice it.

Dean Tayko: It is a calling, a life of service to others just as what Florence Nightingale did during her time. Students should not go into nursing if their prime reason is to go abroad.

Dean Tayko: We already reached the top and we must never lower our standards. The first three board examinations are crucial, authorities will be watching, so it is crucial. But I am confident that with my experience and expertise derived from many decades of study and service in two centers of excellence in nursing education, UP and SU, and with equally competent faculty members, we will repeat our success. finished. The P5Million proposed ordinance was unanimously approved on first reading. This is to augment the meager P800T which the SP appropriated (but still even pending) for its auxillary police unit. Peace and Order Committee chair Kagawad Alan Cordova is supporting the Erames poposed ordinance, saying that the city should preserve and restore its image as a city of gentle people. Finance Com chair Kag. Manuel Sagarbarria said he will co-sponsor the Earmes move on second reading. Kagawad Tony Remollo said that the Bantay

Katilingban should be incorpo-

rated in this ordinance. This means that the money will not only be used to fight physical force with arms, but it should also augment intelligence funds to gather information, organize the monitoring of intelligence data to be headed by West Pointer kag. Cordova and to fund qualified barangay captains with communications equipment. There is a strong suggestion that the chief operational chairman should be Kagawad Cordova who is well trained in the art of war, of intelligence gathering and special opera Turn to page 20

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ers while screaming on top of your lungs; when cornered try to con the would be rapist by claiming to have highly contagious diseases like AIDS and Hepatitis B; when able to free from your attackers keep screaming for help, run towards a crowded and lighted place and finally, avoid going home very late; when there is a need for overtime wait until its morning before venturing out.

The BPO will keep the husband or his hostile relatives away from the couple’s dwelling for the next 15 days and would enable her to file a case before the family court and seek a permanent protection order in accordance to Republic Act 9262 or the law on Violence Against Women and their Children, Legarda added. Under the law, the husband will be ejected from the family’s dwelling once the BPO has been issued and enforced by the Barangay Captain, for a period of fifteen days, just enough time for the woman to file appropriate charges against her abuser.

City has ... From page 2 well as that of Sr. Insp. William Tacaldo of the Bureau of Fire Protection was reduced to submitting the long delayed wish list of materials needed to conduct an adequate search and rescue operations. With only P 200,000 allocation for the city disaster coordinating council, some observers agree this is not enough to prepare a decent anti-disaster plan that would have included a 24-hour communications center for easy coordination among various agencies to deal with emergencies. Maquiling has criticized the officials of the City Engineer’s Office and the City Planning and Development Office for failing to provide adequate protection to flood prone communities. He also urged Mayor

Agustin Perdices, being the local chief executive and the chairman of the city disaster coordinating council, to lead the way in coming up with a viable plan to strengthen our capability to respond to calamities. About 247 houses were partially damaged and 182 were totally damaged during the February 7 flash floods in the city of Dumaguete alone. The city council approved the P 1.5 million worth of relief to flood victims. Total damage to private and government infrastructures in the city during the February 7 flash floods was pegged at approximately P 26 million with three casualties.



EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF EST ATE ESTA 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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he Good News about the Kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, so that all nations will hear it; and then, finally, the end will come.” Matthew 24:14

Jesus said that before He returns, the Good News about the Kingdom (the message of salvation) would be preached throughout the world. This 1234567890123456789012345678901212345 1234567890123456789012345678901212345 1234567890123456789012345678901212345 1234567890123456789012345678901212345 1234567890123456789012345678901212345 1234567890123456789012345678901212345 1234567890123456789012345678901212345 1234567890123456789012345678901212345 1234567890123456789012345678901212345 1234567890123456789012345678901212345 1234567890123456789012345678901212345 1234567890123456789012345678901212345 1234567890123456789012345678901212345

was the disciples’ mission – and it is ours today. Jesus talked about the end times and final judgment to show his followers the urgency of spreading the Good News of salvation to everyone.

MARITAL ONENESS n this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. After all, no one ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church… Ephesians 5:28-29

Husband, take positive steps to meet your partner’s emotional needs. Your wife longs to be encouraged, built up, and praised. She wants to feel close to you emotionally. This will come as you love her in the way the Bible describes. A husband can always meet his wife’s deepest needs by loving her as Christ loves us, and as a wife begins to respond to that love, she is ready to respond sexually. The husband’s love has been compared to a warm coat he wraps around his wife. As long as she feels encircled and sheltered in his love, she can give herself completely to him. In this safety, she can accept herself as a woman and value her femininity. Then she will be able to entrust herself to her husband in the sexual relationship as the bird gives it-

self to the air or the fish to water. We husbands may not be able to fully appreciate the deep longings that influence our wives, but if we love them with the sheltering love that is described in Ephesians 5:28-29 we will see results! Our wives reflect the love or lack of love we have provided. As you move toward each other physically and emotionally, you should also move closer in the spiritual dimension of marriage. Sharing in warm personal Bible study and prayer together will help prepare the way for sexual fulfillment as a natural result of the spiritual union that is occurring daily. Then you will find that your sexual union can bring you still closer to God, so that you often want to pray together after making love. Love produces love in all directions!

TODAY’S Pamalandong sa HISTORICAL NOTES GOSPEL Death Penalty Miguel Lopez de Legazpi Mark 2:1-12

(Part IV) ora ba’g wala na’y luna ang Ginoo sa kasing-kasing sa tawo karong panahona as far as this issue is concerned. Ang nagpatigbabaw sa kasing-kasing sa tawo kana gyung panimalos. Kana gyung kaligutgot. Wala na’y luna ang pasaylo, wala na’y luna ang FR. GAMMY TULABING JCD, VG Balaod sa Dios. Moingon kita nga we should uphold our Laws. Yes, of course, I am for upholding our laws. But how about God’s Laws? Ato rang ipadaplin? We should obey God first rather than men. Mao nga ako, bisan pa tingali og uyon ko sa Death Penalty personally, I would rather, and I would always uphold God’s Law. Mao nga kita sa Simbahang Katoliko we are for reclusion perpetua or life sentence, but not for Death penalty. In the eyes of God, killing a person regardless of that person’s dispositions, whether the person is a sinner or a saint, killing is a crime, and killing is a crime against humanity, and I can’t imagine the government itself committing a crime to punish the criminal. Kay kung mao kana, I just wonder who is in a better position now or who is worse: the criminal person? Or the criminal government? We are for life, and we are for upholding life. Ang criminal is just incidental in this issue. Whoever is the convict, it is immaterial kay wala man ta’y laing gilabanan ani kung dili ang sanctity of life. There are people who preach forgiveness, yet they can’t even forgive. Si kanhi Presidente Erap Estrada, niadtong nagtinguha pa lang siyang modagan sa pagkapresidente unya nahimong issue and iyahang moralidad sa iyang personal nga kinabuhi, nangayo siya’g pasaylo, gipasaylo siya sa mga tawo, ug gipili siyang presidente. The people elected him. Si Flor Contemplacion niadtong bilitayon siya, ang tibuok nasod nag-ampo nga unta siya makapauli sa Pilipinas nga buhi. Now, why can’t we act the same for our criminal convicts? And we are not even saying that criminals go unpunished. We are just saying NO to Death Penalty. The criminal should be punished, but not with death. Ug para sa mga tawo nga buot patyon ang


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or history buffs who do not read archaic Spanish manuscript, the advice is to consult “Blair and Robertson!” In it, almost four years since starting a Spanish town in Cebu, Miguel Lopez de Legazpi in the year 1569 gave an account, stating in part BY: REV. FR. ROMAN C. SAGUN. JR. that “The land is fertile, and abounds in all provisions common to this region.” “If at times some places lack the necessaries of life, it is because the natives are the laziest people in the world… They are satisfied with what is necessary for the present, and are always more ready to rob their neighbors of their possessions, than to work and cultivate their own land. “More or less gold is found in all these islands; it is obtained from the rivers, and, in some places, from the mines, which the natives work. However, they do not work the mines steadily, but only when forced by necessity; for because of their sloth and the little work done by their slaves, they do not even try to become wealthy, nor do they care to accumulate riches. “When a chief possesses one or two pairs of earrings of very fine gold, two bracelets, and a chain, he will not trouble himself to look for any more gold. Any native who possesses a basketful of rice will not seek for more, or do any further work, until it is finished. Thus does their idleness surpass their covetousness. “In spite of all this, we see that the land possesses much gold; for all men, whether they be chiefs or not, whether freemen or slaves, extract and sell gold, although in small quantities. Then, too, many ships come every year to these islands, from Bornei and Luzon laden with cloth and Chinese goods, carrying back gold with them; yet, with all this regular withdrawal of gold, the natives have always gold enough with which to trade.” (At the time, another account listed exports from the Philippines such as was, cotton, cotton-seed, tortoise shells, and buffalo horns. The imports included provisions, buffaloes, live hogs, and wine, silks, por


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hen Jesus returned to Capernaum after some days, it became known that he was at home. Many gathered together so that there was no longer room for them, not even around the door, and he preached the word to them. They came bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. Unable to get near Jesus because of the crowd, they opened up the roof above him. After they had broken through, they let down the mat on which the paralytic was lying. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Child, your sins are forgiven.” Now some of the scribes were sitting there asking themselves, “Why does this man speak that way? He is blaspheming. Who but God alone can forgive sins?” Jesus immediately knew in his mind what they were thinking to themselves, so he said, “Why are you thinking such things in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise, pick up your mat and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority to forgive sins on earth” he

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 III) had watched a TV program sometime ago. Some well-known persons were being interviewed about their mothers. Senator Juan Flavier was Dr. PROCESO UDARBE tearful when he told about his mother buying cheap old clothes (when he was a student), fixing them up and selling them so Johnny could take a medical course. This helped make Flavier the servant of God that he is in the field of medicine and legislation. Since the Christian home is one in which dwells the Spirit of Christ, we speak of love as being practiced in it. We may characterize a home with love in it in this way: a loving hand on a child’s hot forehead, a simple family celebration for a graduation, a birthday or anniversary; open lines of communication,


said to the paralytic, “I say to you, rise, pick up your mat, and go home.” He rose, picked up his mat at once, and went away in the sight of everyone. They were all astounded and glorified God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this.” ——————— There is nothing in this world that has the power to keep us apart from God except our own free will. God has overcome every other obstacle to our salvation and given us His victory. All that remains as a stumbling block are the choices we make. God loves us so much that He does not want our love for Him to be a command, but our own choice to respond to His love for us. Mark 2:1-12

the practice of sharing what each one has, and of course, mutual faithfulness whether it be between husband and wife or among the children. I heard one comment years ago that the duty of a husband and a wife to their children is for them (husband and wife) to be loyal to each other. And let us not forget this: our continuing respect and love for our grandparents. But our caring goes beyond our family. Regarding our caring that goes beyond caring for our loved ones, there is the story about John Greenlead Whittier, the great hymn-writer. When he was a child, his mother took him on her visit to a sick woman quite unloved and ignored in the community. The woman had a bad reputation. Whittier witnessed his mother speak lovingly to the woman, bathe her and offer her medical treatment. The boy was quite touched by the ministrations of his mother, and he said to himself: “That God up there must be like my mother.”

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Kita dinhi sa tal and drug distribution center It is also at odds with its own recent penings associated with life – the wrong. Pilipinas aduna’y Death Penalty of Asia . Now, we also carry history during which efforts have life that God breathe unto all of us – ——————— nining panahon kanus-a the ignomity of being the death been made to restore respect for human and non-human alike. Life, Anne Frank, a 14-year old kadaghanan sa mga nasud nag- capital of the world. The ex- human rights. as we all know, is God’s greatest Jewish girl, kept a diary of her life in abolish na niini. The state-sanc- ecutions would have no proUg sa katapusan mga gift to us – the most precious. 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Policies are der, and taught our children – our being led to the gas chamber to be evolved by governments to tamper What is clear is that as we ex- kining mosunod nga mga it in accordance with His will. future leaders—to meet violence ecuted Leo Echagaray even the pangutana: ——————— killed. with the gift of life with the imprimatur with violence by inculcating in them newspapers today show more But have we? Let’s look ——————— of those who would like to play God 1. Ato bang mapadangat ang And yet this Anne Frank with the unborn. lunsay nga hustisya ngadto sa mga back in time and recall how Republic of the Philippines ——————— biktima sa heinous crimes pinaagi mankind treated this gift of life who had seen so much horror REGIONAL TRIAL COURT The children of this world 7 th Judicial Region sa pagpatay sa criminal? Ang even to this day as we write in the concentration camp, so BRANCH 63 these lines. As we retrace the much suffering, so much pain, have a special place in the heart pagpatay ba sa criminal makaBayawan City, Negros Oriental prueba nga ang bugtong ug mao dark annals of history, we shud- so much dying, so much inhu- of our Lord Jesus Christ. “Let der every step of the way recallmanity had this in her diary bethe children come to me and la’y tinuod nga solusyon sa IN THE MATTER OF CORRECTION OF ENTRY IN THE CERTIFICATE OF criminalidad mao ang pagpatay sa ing man’s open defiance and fore she died of typhoid fever. don’t stop them, for the KingLIVE BIRTH OF GARILYN SALMORIN criminal pinaagi sa Death Penalty? total disregard for the preser- “In spite of everything, I still dom of God belongs to such as PALACIO-HIMOYA BY CORRECTING believe that people are really these.” “Truly, I tell you, whoNatagbaw na ba ug nagmalinawon vation of life. HER SEX FROM MALE TO FEMALE ——————— good at heart.” AND CORRECTING THE NAME OF HER ever does not receive the Kingna gyud kadtong mga tawo nga MOTHER TO MARLYN PALACIO Recall the following, among ——————— dom of God like a child will not biktima sa criminalidad tungod sa others: from the first murder perToday the threat to life continenter it.” kamatayon sa criminal? Can we SPEC. PROC. NO. 275 ———————now assume that all potential hei- petrated by a brother to the mas- ues unabated. In fact it has attained GARILYN SALMORIN PALACIO-HIMOYA Reproductive health, anyone? nous criminals - those among us sacre of the innocents; from the ex- a new dimension, a new sophistiPetitioner. and those yet to be born — will termination of the Jews in gas – versus – surely be dettered by the Penalty of chambers to the total obliteration of NegrosOriental.Com/DumagueteCity.Com Death? Ang Death Penalty ba two major Japanese cities by THE LOCAL CIVIL REGISTRAR OF BASAY, Increase your online visibility online with weapons of mass destruction; from nakahimo sa Pilipinas nga usa ka NEGROS ORIENTAL, and visit us in our office Respondent. crimeless nation, usa ka nasud nga the killing fields of Cambodia to x—————————————————————/ located at Specialty Mart, Pastoral Bldg. Perdices St., karon gawasnon na gikan sa mga places with strange sounding Dumaguete City. nagkalain-laing heinous crimes? names traumatized by terrorist O R D E R Unsa man sa inyong hunahuna? bombings – these and many more put mankind before the tribunal of Petitioner of legal age, married to David Himoya, Jr., Filipino, and a resident of Lopezville, Barangay Banga, Bayawan City, Negros Oriental, the Most High on judgment day. in her verified petition alleged that she was born on January 18, 1980 at EXTRAJUDICIAL ——————— Yardahan, Basay, Negros Oriental to parents Gaspar Palacio and Marlyn # 70 RIZAL BOULEVRAD, DUMAGUETE CITY SETTLEMENT OF In this forest of madness, Salmorin Palacio and her fact of birth was registered before the Local TEL #: (035) 225-9028 / TEL FAX #: (035) 422-9210 Civil Registrar of Basay, Negros Oriental. However, her sex was entered EST ATE AND SALE let’s zero in on a tree. During ESTA CEL #: 0919-840-2069 as Male instead of Female and the name of her mother was unclearly the Second World War more EMAIL: entered which have been Marlyn Salmorin Palacio, respectively. Thus, NOTICE is hereby given that than 4-million Jews were gassed this petition. Gaudencia C. Cabanas, the heir and exterminated in Auschwitz, Being sufficient in form and substance, let the above petition be of the late MARCELO CREDO and heard at the Session Hall of the Court along Severino “Nene” Martinez Poland. Many of them children POTENCIANO CREDO have filed SERVICES: INTERNATIONAL / DOMESTIC Street, Bayawan City on March 6, 2009 at 8:30 in the morning. Interested – emaciated, sick, hungry, cold, and executed an Extrajudicial persons are enjoined to appear on the aforesaid place, and time, and TICKETS FAST CRAFT Settlement of Estate and Sale on longing for mama’s warm emshow cause why the petition should not be granted. TICKETS/BOAT TICKETS Sublot No. 5592-C, being a porLet this Order be published immediately for once a week for three (3) brace. They lined up, naked and PASSPORTING/VISA tion of Lot No. 5592, PLS-847, consecutive weeks at a newspaper of general circulation in the Province freezing in the rain, the innocovered with OCT No. FV-29636, of Oriental Negros and its five component cities, at the expense of the ASSISTANCE LOCAL TOURS/ HOTEL cents unknowing why they situated at Maluay, petitioner. RESERVATIONS Furnish copies of this order to the Solicitor General, the Local Civil Zamboanguita, Negros Oriental, have to enter the chamber. They VAN / CAR RENTALS Registrar of Basay, Negros Oriental, The Office of the Provincial Prosecucontaining an area of 735 sq.m., could not understand why the tor of Negros Oriental, the petitioner and her counsel.


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SO ORDERED. In CHAMBER, February 6, 2009, Bayawan City, Negros Oriental.

The Negros Chronicle Feb. 15, 22 & March 1, 2009

(Sgd.) RODERICK A. MAXINO Acting Presiding Judge

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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. (Sgd.) RODERICK A. MAXINO Judge The Negros Chronicle Feb. 15, 22 & March 1, 2009

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ebruary 25, 1979—Governor Lorenzo Teves strongly denounced several sub-standard roads along the national highways stating that he would unravel the causes of its existence to higher authorities unless the Ministry of Public Highways in the province do something positive about it. Mincing no words to District Engineer roads which develop mudholes a few Jose Sayson during the inauguration of the months after paving. new provincial hospital dormitory, Gov. Teves Engr. Sayson reasoned out that he told Engr. Sayson to improve the quality of had to make use of limited funds in realthe national highway roads otherwise he izing the project. However, Teves counshould answer why many portions of the na- tered that even if it is only five meters of tional highway got destroyed after a few road, they have to make it last and make months of paving. He questioned the thick- it well, otherwise, 20 kilometers of subness and quality of the asphalt used in many standard roads will mean nothing if it gets national roads describing them as “lipstick” destroyed after a few months.



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ebruary 26, 1989—Over 1, 200 board feet of illegally cut logs were apprehended by PC authorities while 32 persons were arrested in 23 operations during the month of January according to Lt. Col. Ricardo de Leon in a report to Camp Crame. At the same time, some 12 persons Manjuyod. Smuggling of barter goods were allegedly liquidated and harrased by which did not pay their customs duties were suspected rebel elements in the hinterland also recorded against six persons. Four 38 barrios of Sta. Catalina, Bayawan, Basay caliber revolvers were recovered from and Guihulngan based on complaints filed five persons while six persons were arby relatives of victims. The illegal logging apprehensions of 8 rested for illegal gambling. Two were colpersons happened in Dumaguete City and lared for cattle rustling.




Before the Court is the verified Petition filed by Estrella V. Tale, thru counsel, praying that an Order be issued by this Court, directing the Register of Deeds of the Province of Negros Oriental to issue new owner’s duplicate copies of Original Certificate of Title No. 18354 and Transfer Certificate of Title No. T-22015, in lieu of said certificates which were allegedly lost, upon payment by petitioner of the prescribed legal fees. Petitioner Estrella V. Tale averred that she is the daughter of the late spouses Antonio Tale and Anatolia Villa Tale, co-owners of two (2) parcels of land known as Lot No. 3854, containing an area of 2,661 square meters and covered by OCT No. 18354, and Lot No. 2208, containing an area of 7,009 square meters and covered by TCT No. 22015. Petitioner further alleged that before her father died in 1977, he turned over to her the above-described certificates of title for safekeeping. However, sometime in the month of July, 2006, when she was about to process the necessary documents for the subdivision and partition of the subject parcels of land, she discovered that the said certificates of title could no longer be found despite diligent efforts to find the same. Finding the instant petition to be sufficient in form and substance, the same is given due course. Set the initial hearing of this case on March 16, 2009 at 8:30 o’clock in the morning. Any interested party may appear and show cause, if any, why the petition should not be granted. Let this Order be published at the petitioner’s expense, in a newspaper duly selected by raffle, of general circulation in the province of Negros Oriental, for three (3) consecutive weeks. The Sheriff assigned to this Court is directed to post copies of this Order at the entrance door of this Court and in the bulletin boards of the Capitol Building and in the Municipal Hall of Bacong, Negros Oriental. SO ORDERED. Given this 20th day of October 2008 at Dumaguete City, Philippines. The Negros Chronicle Feb. 22, March 1 & 8, 2009

(Sgd) ROSENDO B. BANDAL, JR. Presiding Judge

PRA YER TO THE HOL Y SPIRIT PRAYER HOLY O Holy Spirit thou make me see everything and show me the way to reach my ideal. You who give me the divine gift to forgive and forget the wrong that is done to me and who are in all instances of my life with me, I, in this short dialogue, want to thank you for everything and confirm once more that I never want to be separated from You no matter how great the materials desires may be. I want to be with You and my loved ones in your perpetual glory. Amen. A person must pray this 3 consecutives days without stating one’s wish. After the 3rd day your wish will be granted no matter how difficult it may be. Promise to publish this as soon as your PRAYER TO THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

(Never Known To Fail) O Most Beautiful Flower of Mount Carmel, Fruit Vine, Splendor of Heaven, Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin assist me in my necessity. O Star of the Sea help me and show me here you are my mother. O Holy Mary Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth, I humbly beseech you from the bottom of my Heart to succor me in my necessity, (make request). There are one that cam withstand your power. Oh show me herein. You are my Mother.\Oh Mary conceived without sin. Pray for us who have recourse to thee (3x). Thank you for your Mercy toward me and being mine. Thank you Mama Mary for answering my prayers. Amen. (This prayer must be said for three days and after three days, your request will be granted and the prayer must be published. A PRA YER TO ST PRAYER ST.. JUDE THADDEUS Most Holy Apostle, St. Jude Thaddeus, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, the name of the traitor who delivered your beloved Master into the hands of his enemies has caused you to be forgotten by many. But the Church honors you, and I invoke you as the special advocate of those who are in trouble and almost without hope. Help me to realize that through our faith we triumph over lifes difficulties by the power of Jesus who gave his life for us. Come to my assistance that I may receive the consolation and succor of heaven in all my needs, trials, and sufferings, particularly (here make your request) and that I may praise God with you and all the saints forever. St. Jude, apostle of the Word of God, pray for us. St. Jude, follower of the Son of God, pray for us. St. Jude, preacher of the love of God, pray for us. St. Jude, intercessor before God, pray for us. St. Jude, friend of all in need, pray for us. St. Jude, pray for us, and all who invoke your aid. Thank You Saint Jude for answering my prayers.

Squatters’ exodus all set


ebruary 22, 1999— Thorough orientation of every family member about their new environment by the city social services and planning departments is the main cause of the delay in the total relocation of over 2000 Looc squatters to some 364 low-cost houses in Cadawinonan.

This was explained by City Planning Officer Josie Antonio in a lengthy dialogue with Looc and Cadawinonan barangay captains and residents. There are 217 houses ready for occupancy courtesy of the Philippine Ports Authority which gave P20 million, the Regina Carmeli Organization of Germany which gave P17 million and the Consuelo Zobel Algiers Foundation that gave P2.4 million who were the direct sponsors of materials while the city and the National Housing Authority pro-

vided the lots for lease-to-own and easy terms for 30 years. According to Josie Antonio of the Planning Office said what the city wants to avoid is a future social problem that might ensue due to change of environment and unknown and new neighbors of squatters. She explained that with their understanding, there is a need to orient them on how to live harmoniously with a new environment and neighborhood.



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Around Negros Hot logs seized in Tanjay

Congratulations, John Last week, I heard this good news. John Kinzinger, 2009 Citizen of the Year - The Ann Arbor News Sunday February 08, 2009

nn Arbor is a city in far away Michigan State; however, the Philippine task force of the First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor is well known to the Habitat for Humanity community here in Dumaguete City for the various projects they support in the city.


About 145 pieces of newly sawn coconut lumber with estimated market value at P 14, 770 were seized by P03 Rowino Bayona of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, Roperto Sitchon of the Philippine Coconut Authority, SP02 Junil Calama, P02 Camilo Barot and P01 Eugen Cornillo of the Tanjay PNP Tuesday past 4:00pm in Barangay Azagra, Tanjay City. Authorities are still trying to establish the identities of those who cut the trees illegally.

Army beefs up forces D

etermined to reduce to insignificant level the strength of the New People’s Army here in Negros Island, the Philippine Army will send an additional battalion to northern Negros. Brigadier General Vicente Porto of the inces of Cebu and Bohol. rd Porto lauded the all out support of 3 Infantry Division said that the assignment of the 62nd Battalion will augment the gov- the local officials of Negros Oriental ernment forces battling communist rebels which is the main reason why the rebels’ who are retreating in the hinterlands of movements are severely limited. He also Negros after they were driven from the provTurn to page 17

John Kinzinger - A veteran and a community worker, standing proud with his country’s flag nated by readers of The News. So it did not come as a Kinzinger. He and his wife Jane The newspaper is donating surprise when I read that John work closely together on his $1,000 to the community orgaKinzinger was awarded the 2009 many community projects. He nization of Kinzinger’s choice.” Citizen of the Year in Ann Ar- showed me his many activities, The paper also mentioned bor this month. John, who is showing me the MIA/POW “his organizational and the co-chairperson, had visited (missing in action/prisoner of fundraising skills extend - along our city many times through the war) flag flying beside the with some good, old-fashioned years with other members of the American flag in the Ford Com- manual labor - to his church and PTF to help build Habitat pany grounds, where he had its Habitat for Humanity houses in the various Habitat worked till his retirement. We projects in the Philippines. visited the Veteran’s Memorial villages here. As commander of the Ann Together with other mem- where the names of the Vietnam Arbor VFW Post, he supervises bers of the Philippine Task war dead from Ann Arbor and a group of people packing with Force of Ann Arbor, John and Ypsilanti are written and remem- - the Support Our Troops care his wife Jane were here again bered. He took me to the package program and the similast January 2008 to build one Veteran’s Hospital where he is lar programs “care packages” to Habitat house and visit the vari- a regular visitor to the injured send to members of the U.S. milious projects the team support: military soldiers. I saw his pas- tary with local ties on duty in scholarship for the Habitat sion and love for country and Iraq and Afghanistan The group has been doing this for six years, sending 1,562 boxes so far. Kinzinger, who retired from Ford Motor Company in 1997, has helped fund and build the county’s Vietnam memorial in Ypsilanti Township, and has led Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome support groups for Vietnam vets. He and his wife, Jane, are editors of the national award-winning newsletter for the local chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America.” What else can I add? It is enough privilege to meet such a man with a passion for service and love of country. This Building a Habitat house in Bajumpandan, Dumaguete City side of the world, in far away City, Philippines, Jane (in front) and John (in the back) Kinzinger and other Dumaguete John Kinzinger iss known permembers of the Ann Arbor PTF team sonally by the Habitat scholars, Habitat homepartners and the youth, the daily breakfast for concern for war veterans and Habitat Board as one of the the patients at the Talay Men- soldiers on duty, aside from his members of the First Presbytetal Rehabilitation Center, a feed- concern for community rian Church of Ann Arbor Philing program for a depressed city projects for Habitat for Human- ippine Task force who has given much to the Habitat program. day care Center in Calindagan, ity in Dumaguete City. The Ann Arbor paper a Children’s clinic at the The Ann Arbor News Women’s Center and other wrote that “Kinzinger’s tireless wrote that Roy Hall, a local vetprojects. contribution to others is the eran who nominated Kinzinger In a visit with the Philip- basis of his selection today as for Citizen of the Year, offers this pine Task Force members in the Ann Arbor News Citizen of simple description: “I do not Ann Arbor, I was privileged to the Year. He was chosen from know of a person that does so see a personal side of John among several finalists nomi- much work for no pay.”

Flood victims get relief


enators Manny Villar and Francis Escudero provided aid to February flash flood victims in Tanjay City, Bacong, Valencia, Sibulan and Dumaguete City through their representatives. Hundreds of affected residents in five Salma who heads the local chapter of barangays in Tanjay City received blankets Villar’s Nacionalista Party. The victims, from Villar. He was represented by Neil Turn to page 17


Scouts plant 20,000 trees

ithout much fanfare, officers and members of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines managed to plant a total of 20,000 trees in Dauin, Zamboanguita, Bayawan City and Amlan. The tree planting activity which started in earnest last year was avidly supported by the province’s three district representatives Jocelyn Limkaichong (1 st District), George Arnaiz (2nd District) and Pryde Henry Teves (3rd District). BSP Chairman Retired Judge Victor 9,000 in Zamboanguita and Dauin. He Patrimonio provided the breakdown: 4,000 added that this will become a regular trees in Amlan, 7,000 in Bayawan City and Turn to page 17

“Katas ng VAT” reaches NegOr

Bais City officials, teachers, barangay captains, Barangay Power Association members converged at the City’s Cultural Center recently to discuss the P500 assistance from Pres. Gloria Arroyo’s Katas ng VAT for poor power consumers and the NORECO 1’s board of director district elections. A similar activity was held previously at La Libertad Session Hall. “The Katas ng VAT is the national government’s effort to give poor power consumers a reprieve from the high costs of electricity,” said NORECO I OIC-General Manager Edmund Nochefranca. (Photo by PIA)



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Crisis Intervention


“Crisis, when it occurs, has at least this advantage: it forces us to think.” – Jawaharlal Nehru ecently, I was invited to talk on “Crisis Intervene” by a group of pastors and lay clinical pastoral education participants at Silliman University Medical Center. Today, we are often be- tion, it could prevent the deset by different crisis in our velopment of a serious lifelives – rice crisis, energy cri- time disability as well as help sis, personal crisis, etc. the individual maintain a good Hence, the word “crisis” is level of equilibrium than bealready a part of our national fore the crisis. Social scientists speak of life. The dictionary defines crisis as a “time of acute dan- crisis intervention as a conger.” Most trained counselors ceptual model for underare concerned with human standing human adjustment, crisis. This entails basically family dynamics and even orwith a good knowledge of ganizational development. human behavior derived from Community mental health the works of Sigmund Freud, workers view crisis intervenE. Erickson, V. Frankle, S. tion as a strategy for the preRado, G. Caplan and others. vention of mental disorders A crisis is fundamentally and psychiatric hospitalizasynonymous to “emergency” tion among the vulnerable inwhich is defined as a sudden dividuals. Expectedly, there are unforeseen, isolated incident which if unresponded, will three factors to consider in a result in life-threatening or crisis situation: 1. Perception of the psychologically damaging event. What does the event consequence. The origin of crisis was mean to him? Will it affect taken from the Chinese char- his future? Is it serious?, etc. 2. Situational support. acters which means both danger and opportunity. Danger, Are there people in the envibecause it threatens and ronment who can help him overwhelms the individual or like relatives or friends? What his family and may result in is to be done? 3. Available coping. suicide or mental breakdown. An opportunity, because if Any self-coping skills? His exprompt and skillful interven- perience before? What can be


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done to reduce the stress? The major aim of crisis intervention is to seek not only to resolve the present problem and to relive symptoms, but also to help the client develop more adaptive mechanisms to cope with future crisis and maintain adjustment. The common uses of crisis intervention are on: child and family crisis, impaired marital relationships, psychiatric emergencies (rape victims, youth offenders, i.e.), bereavement or grief reaction, homosexuality, accident victims, natural catastrophic disaster victims, and many others. So, it pays to know and prepare oneself when sudden critical events come and to be able to survive the devastating crisis. Hence, be sure to e a “victor” than a “victim”, my friends.

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New tact vs. illegal drugs


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

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For the first time, law enforcers conducted a symposium dubbed “Alis Droga” in Barangay Looc, long tagged as the haven for the illegal drugs trade. Dumaguete City Chief of Police Supt. Leopoldo Cabanag (with microphone) led speakers that include Dumaguete PNP Deputy Chief of Police C/Insp. Rosalinda Abellon, PDEA Chief SPO1 Manuel Sanchez, City Drug Abuse and Prevention Council Chair Fernando Martinez, Barangay Peace and Order Council Chair Kagawad Merlando Tamayo, City Health Officer Dr. Sarah Talla, Jerome Villegas a former drug dependent and Atty. Dominador Cimafranca of the National Bureau of Investigation. They discussed pertinent laws against illegal drugs, harmful effects of illegal drugs, crimes related to use of illegal drugs, etc.

Seven killed this week ... (From page 1) victim before shooting him five times using the victim’s own gun causing his immediate death. The following day, Madamba a pediatrician was also killed this time by two unidentified motorcycle-riding hit men outside the Sta. Monica Beach Resort in Dumaguete City. In Bayawan, 49-year old Francisco Romeo Aligalo was shot at close range in front of Landbank by a

lone gunman on board a motorcycle about 10:40 Monday morning. On Wednesday, a farmer was also gunned down by two unidentified men in the presence of his wife and 4-year old daughter. The victim identified as Francisco Hulanero of Nagbalaye, Sta. Catalina was riding a motorcycle with his family when he was shot in the head past 1:00 pm. Turn to page 17

Multiple angles ... Beach Resort. Negros Oriental Police Provincial Office Director Sr. Supt. Augusto Marquez Jr. said investigators are looking into the malpractice suit filed against the slain physician, his alleged involvement in an illicit affair and lending business. However, Investigators are appar-

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ently focusing more on the business angle and Dumaguete City Chief of Police Supt. Leopoldo Cabanag promised to gather more evidence that would warrant the filing of charges against Tanjay City Councilor Rey Concepcion who was established to be the last person whom the late physician talked to and argued with moments before he was Turn to page 17

Man rapes minor girlfriend


pparently, it was supposed to be a date but it turned out her boyfriend was plotting to rape her. A fifteen-year old lass from Sta. Catalina sought police assistance after she was reportedly sexually abused by her boyfriend who was many years older than her. The victim is now under the protection of the Philippine National Police and the Department of Social Welfare and Development. Meanwhile, three Korean Nationals are 32 and Kyung Ahkim, 28. They were last reportedly missing as of Saturday. The three, two males and a lady, were identi- seen on Wednesday past 1:00pm disemfied as Bokyung Jeon, 51, Donghuan Ro, barking at Scooby’s Poblacion, Tanjay.

Alleged NPA cadre charged


harges of illegal possession of firearms, explosives and ammunitions have been filed against an alleged member of the underground New People’s Army Thrusday who was arrested by elements of the Philippine Army. Col. Erwin Bernard Neri Commanding Officer of the 79th Infantry Battalion identified the suspect as 23-year old Ramil Batal (see photo) of Maningco, Sibulan. Seized from him were seven ammos for M 16 rifle, 2 bullets for a 12 gauge shotgun, one grenade and one improvised shotgun. Batal, reportedly admitted he is a ranking officer of the Ivory Platoon but refused to identify the other leaders. He also claims to have been part of

the rebels who engaged the army in two armed encounters last year in Malungkay Zamoboaguita where three rebels were slain and in Sitio Avocado, Talalac Sta, Catalina.

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Katrina speaks: ‘Media & Law Stacy Danika: SU’s top student

Lawyer Katrina Legarda (right photo) answers questions from the audience compose of students from the College of Law, College of Mass Communications and College of Education during the academic convocation held Thursday at the Luce Auditorium, Silliman University. The leading advocate for women’s rights said that judicial decisions must be sound so that when media reports and discusses the same, the judiciary will get a favorable review that would help restore our confidence in the justice system of the country.


Silliman University Outstanding Student Stacy Danika Alcantara, as main Honor’s Day Speaker, beams with parents Danny and Stephanie Alcantara and Silliman University President Dr. Ben Malayang honoring the following students: Kristi Allen (Psychology), Cristy Mae Balbon (Psychology), Jhay-Ar Book (MassCom), Camilo Cadapan Jr. (ComEngr), Ayla Calumpang (Arts), Sherly Joy Credo (Education), Hannah Lyn Creencia (MassCom), Jason Ray Crispo (Physics), Roland Dicen (MassCom), Joemar Endam Kisha Katrine Ulpoc, a (Mathematics), Marvin Flores (Physics), KenGrade 6 pupil of the neth Generoso (Arts), Jin Tae Jeong (BusiABC Learning Center ness), Maria Lourdes Lee (Physics), Kay Marie under the tutelage of Martinez (Physics), Ginalyn Orillana (EducaMr. Leonardo Sicat, Jr. won 5th place during tion), Eliel Paglinawan (Physics), Karen Joy the National Patayon (Psychology), Roland Rodriguez Jr. Schools Press (Nursing), Ronmel Ross (Physics), Ednie Love Conference for Serino (Business), Liezley Jen Sieras Sports Writing. (CivilEngr), Mario Trinidad (Arts).

5th Placer National Sports Writing contest

Incoming President of the Rotary Club of Dumaguete South Dodo Bustamante, with the new members of the Different committees and board of directors and past presidents. In photo are Joe Nacao, Raul Dumalag, Ely Escorial, Tropp Ochavillo, Raffy Basas, Terry Orbeta, Greg Uymatiao, Joe Chiu, (Neil Rio) among others.

RADIO CLINIC When to grant: Barangay Protection Order Dr. Shiela Marie LooFlores, an expert in Pediatrics-Hematology/ Oncology answered questions thrown on air by the listeners of the program Radio Clinic over DYEM Energy FM’s Dumaguete Tonight. Dr. Flores holds office at the Silliman DR. SHIELA MARIE FLORES Medical Center.

Human Rights Lawyer Atty. Katrina Legarda briefs Dumaguete Barangay Captains on the crucial role of granting barangay protection order to battered and abused women who often want to secure BPOs as often as they want. Rule is: BPOs are only granted only once and for emergency purposes only. BY SUSAN SUAREZ heater is not simply a finished artistic product. From curing an asthmatic kid, to reinventing one’s identity, to exploring solutions to a social problem, theater has had an amazing way of creating spaces for change processes to commence and evolve in a personal and social way. In this presentation, Dessa QuesadaPalm shares her stories and reflections on how theater has reclaimed senses of safety, spontaneity, agency and power for various groups, contributing to their dynamic engagement with the world inside and around them. The stories are testimonies to how theater has become a powerful language, process and rehearsal for change. A senior artist-trainer of Theater Arts (YATTA), a the Philippine Educational group of high school and uniTheater Association, Dessa versity students which has has been involved in educa- produced educational perfortional theater since 1978. Af- mances on issues such as vioter traveling extensively for lence against women and chilher theater and NGO work in dren, solid waste managethe U.S., Asia, Africa, and ment, children with disabiliparts of Europe, Dessa has ties, and the life of Leon Kilat. finally settled in Dumaguete Dessa has also performed and City. Since 2002, she has directed for the V-Day prowritten and directed plays for ductions of The Vagina the Silliman University Divin- Monologues and A Memory, ity School, as well as orga- A Monologue, A Rant and a DESSA Q. PALM nized and facilitated the Prayer. More recently, Dessa Lambigit Youth Theater helped organized Gihay Art- Doctoral Program of the Workshops every summer. ists in Action (GAIA), a Silliman College of Education. She focuses her time these group of artists coming from Her lecture will be at the Aupast three years mentoring the various disciplines in the arts. dio Visual Theater on JanuYouth Advocates Through She is also enrolled in the ary 13, 2009 at 10am.


Obama’s ...


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personal, individual affair, with hardly any social manifestation, and much less, political consequences. This is a typically agnostic position. Agnosticism means that though there may be a God, knowing him for sure is not possible. It’s an attitude that diminishes the role of supernatural faith, given to us as a gift, and relies more on our reasoning, our consensual and cultural understanding of things. It goes beyond distinguishing faith and reason, the natural and supernatural orders, and puts them in conflict. With it, reason enjoys the upper hand, making it the primary guiding principle, since faith can be divisive. It is averse to anything mysterious and very vulnerable to anything that appears practical. Practicality, in fact, becomes the beall and end-all of this religious aberration. Thus, agnosticism with its stress on practicality can be overwhelmingly seductive to politicians, who usually are pressured, sometimes at all costs, to come out with practical solutions to social problems. That Obama professes it should not be completely surprising. In fact, we have to credit him for that, since he admits it openly, unlike many other

politicians who publicly do not say so, but practice and live it 24/7 and, worse, try to appear as good Christians. Of course, now we really have to be more scientific in handling this challenge. Agnosticism is actually not a radical form of religious mentality. It can be only a stage to something extreme, a clever cover to hypocrisy and spiritual lukewarmness, or worse, to atheism. It’s like marijuana vis-à-vis shabu. One logical consequence of agnosticism is irenicism. This is mixing things together for practical purposes regardless of their incompatibilities in their essences and religious origins. It’s a notoriously promiscuous attitude that does not respect any absolute laws. It can play around with anything. Everything is relative. Its guiding motive is practical self-interest. It lends itself easily to deceit, to Machiavellian tactics, etc., much like what we see nowadays with all the massive financial scams we have here and abroad. We have to be wary of these hidden forces played on us at present. The Reproductive Health Bill and the Magna Carta for Women now deliberated upon in Congress are good examples of this phenomenon. I read recently that their authors

Fighting lady ... (From page 1) rium during an academic convocation on Mass Media and Law Thursday, acknowledged that some media organizations have unfortunately resorted to gossips in order captivate their listeners, viewers and readers. She declares that the only way to keep media practitioners from harm is to always adhere to fair, truthful and balance reporting. Legarda who has been at the forefront on legal issues concerning women and children, dismisses notion held by some she is a feminist, pointing out that she is a humanist, one who believes everyone has equal rights regardless of sex. were challenging the bishops to point out which provisions there are anti-God, antifamily, anti-life. Of course, the bills would not openly say these things. But all the dots are there, and it only needs a kid to draw the line linking those dots, and what we’ll see is agnosticism reigning supreme together with its bizarre company.



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Voice from the ... (From page 4) Filipina’s body began to give out details about the killing, including the name of the killer, and other details that nobody else could ever know. Because of the repeated trance-visitations of the spirit to the wife’s body, the husband, a Chicago doctor was constrained to report the matter to the police. The police investigated this “voice from the grave” and found out factual details which they couldn’t afford to ignore or dismiss. Eventually, because of these constant visiting “voices from the grave” the murder was solved, and the accused eventually confessed to his crime. The visiting voices from the grave was largely credited to the solution of this crime of peculiar aftermaths. This event was covered locally by the Negros Chronicle when it happened. The Chronicle story was reprinted in the “Retro News” section of this paper a few weeks ago. It caught my attention and I began surfing the internet about the story by “Googling” Investigator Statuchula (ever heard of this word?): “Teresita Basa”. The Google search led me to a host of articles, write-ups, even books about this incident, which I realized, became a highly debated legal issue not only in the United States but in the United Kingdom and other parts of the globe. Can a “voice from the grave” be part of legal evidence in court? I chanced upon an article published in one of the most prominent African American magazines in the U.S., named Ebony Magazine (now written by John O’Brien and Edward Baumann, who went on to write a book on the bizarre story. The article can be accessed on the web at this address:http://

the Central Philippines , where she now lies buried. She was the only child of Judge Pedro Basa and wife Socorro. Miss Basa came to the United States in the mid 1960s, after graduating from St. Scholastica College, an exclusive convent operated by an order of German nuns in Manila . She earned a master’s degree in music from Indiana University , and studied inhalation therapy in Chicago. While working days at Edgewater Hospital she took university courses at night, and was preparing a thesis for a doctorate in music. She gave piano lessons in her apartment and, friends said, was writing a book. Those who knew Teresita Basa described her as a “straight person: who did not drink but who kept beer and good Scotch whisky on hand for visitors. She reportedly dated a number of men and occasionally entertained male visitors in her 15th floor apartment, but at age 48 was still a virgin. Her death resulted in one of the most inexplicable murder cases over recorded in Chicago, and because of the highly unusual circumstances-one that was widely discussed even among police and prosecutors. Homicide investigator Joseph Stachula, who eventually brought about Showery’s arrest last August says: “To this day I’m not quite sure whether I believe how the information was obtained. Nonetheless everything here is completely true.” Despite Officer Stachula’s assurances, many will find the Teresita Basa murder story difficult to believe. Based on Chicago police reports here it is: Miss Basa got off work at Edgewater Hospital at 3 o’clock on he afternoon of Feb. 21, 1977. As she was putting on her coat she commented to Showery, who had become a close friend, that her television set wasn’t working. At about 7:10 p.m. another friend, Dr. John Abella, telephoned to discuss tickets that he and Miss Basa were supposed to sell for a forthcoming concert. During the course of the conversation, Miss Basa excused herself for a moment to answer the door. She told Dr. Abella she had company-someone who might buy a ticket. At about 7:00 p.m., Ruth Loeb who worked with Miss Basa of the hospital, telephoned Miss Basa’s apartment. The two women chatted for about 20 minutes. Miss Basa mentioned having a male visitor but did not identify him. At 8:40 p.m. Mario and Katherine Knazze, who lived down the hall from the Basa apartment, smelled smoke. They notified Petro Lulusa, the janitor. He alerted other residents of the building and called the fire department. When firemen arrived, they found the

was found.” In Miss Basa’s diary, police found a note she had written to herself: “Get tickets for A.S.” They attached little significance to this at the time, but as the days went on it became their only clue. The Basa case hung in limbo until last August when police in suburban Evanston queried Chicago police as to whether they had any information on one Allan Showery, an employee at Edgewater Hospital . Stachula’s close-cropped hair fairly stood on end as he noted the routine inquiry.

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This article was written while the incident was awaiting trial in 1978. Here is that article of a one-of-a-kind incident that happened thirty two long years ago today:

ACCUSED OF MURDER BY A VOICE FROM THE GRAVE Bizarre case in Chicago involves claim that victim ‘spoke’ through living person to help solve crime By: John O’Brien and Edward Baumann ALLAN SHOWERY, 32 sits in Chicago ’s crowded Cool Country Jail awaiting trial for murder, armed robbery and arson in a bizarre case in which police say, he was fingered by a voice claiming to be the victim’s ghost. There seems to be no other explanation in the extraordinary case

Edgewater Hospital in Chicago where Basa worked which is expected to end in one of the most widely publicized criminal trials in years in Chicago , where the unusual is often the norm. Police investigators are the first to proclaim they do not believe in the occult or the supernatural, but the facts in the Teresita Basa murder case are a matter of record. A voice identified as that of Miss Basa, the murder victim buried halfway around the world in the Philippines emanated from the comatose body of an Evanston III, housewife and named Allan Showery as the killer. The voice gave detailed information in the case that even police did not know. • Confronted with the information given by the “voice from beyond the grave.” Showery gave police a full statement. • Showery, a native of New York City, studied at New York University, Rutgers, and Utah State (he majored in Psychology and sociology), and he has a criminal arrest record – but no convictions-dating from 1964 for burglary, possession of stolen mall, petty theft and rape. He was divorced 10 years ago, and moved to Chicago in 1989. In June 1976 he took a job as a $3.66-an hour respiratory technician at Edgewater Hospital on Chicago ’s northwest side. Teresita Basa, a Filipina, was working in the same hospital as a respiratory therapist. Miss Basa was born in Dumaguete City , on Negros Island in

The fire had burned most of the hair from her head and had badly singed the right side of her face. In the exact center of Miss Basa’s chest was a large kitchen knife embedded to the wooden handle. Firemen sprayed water from a portable extinguisher on the smoldering clothing and backed off. Four patrolmen who had gone into the building with firemen called their superiors. Stachula and his partner, Investigator Lee R. Epplen were assigned to the case. “The apartment had been ransacked,” Stachula says. “It looked right off like we had ourselves a rape-murder, with the victim’s clothing piled atop her body and set afire to wipe out the evidence.” The rapemurder theory was discounted, however, when a pathological examination disclosed that Teresita Basa had not been sexually molested. The following weeks were spent interviewing friends and acquaintances of the slain w o m a n . Stachula and Epplen learned all they could about her background, talked to former boyfriends and coworkers, and tracked down relatives. “One person might know little that could help us but would refer us to someone who else knew the victim, and we would interview that person ,” Stachula says. “But by the end of April we were no closer to solving this murder than on Two residents of the apartment who first the night the body uncovered smoke in Basa’s unit

Front view of the apartment where Basa resided hallway filled with smoke billowing from under the door of Miss Basa’s apartment. Lulusa let them into the locked apartment with a pass key. The acrid smoke was coming from a pile of clothing and a mattress smoldering on the bedroom floor. The apartment was in disarray, and appeared to be empty. Fire Lt. Warren Whelan kicked the burning clothing aside-and uncovered a dead body. Teresita Basa was lying on her back. Her sightless eyes stared at the ceiling. She was naked. Her NOVENAPRAYER TO legs were spread wide apart at SAINT JUDE the knees but her ankles were touching. Her arms were bent upO, Holy St. Jude the apostle and ward at the elbows, and her hands martyr, great in virtue, rich in miracle, were near her head. near Kinsman to Jesus Christ, faithful intercessor of all who invoke your special patronage in time of need. To you I have recourse from the depth of my heart and humbly beg great power to come to my assistance. Help me in my present and most urgent petition. (Make your request). . . . In return, I promise to make your name known and cause your name to be invoked, St. Jude, pray for us and all who invoke thy aid. Amen. Pray this 9 times a day for 9 consecutive days, On the eight day your prayers will be answered, for this Novena has never known to fail. Publish this once your wish is granted. /E.Y.B.

NOVENA PRAYER TO SAINT JUDE O, Holy St. Jude the apostle and martyr, great in virtue, rich in miracle, near Kinsman to Jesus Christ, faithful intercessor of all who invoke your special patronage in time of need. To you I have recourse from the depth of my heart and humbly beg great power to come to my assistance. Help me in my present and most urgent petition. (Make your request). . . . In return, I promise to make your name known and cause your name to be invoked, St. Jude, pray for us and all who invoke thy aid. Amen. Pray this 9 times a day for 9 consecutive days, On the eight day your prayers will be answered, for this Novena has never known to fail. Publish this once your wish is granted. /E.Y.B.

“Allan Showery.” “A.S.” “ Edgewater Hospital .” Stachula contacted Evanston police, who seemed deliberately vague in discussing the matter, and Stachula would soon discover why. The Evanston authorities referred Stachula to Dr. Jose Chua, a native of the Philippines who lived with his wife Bronibias in the suburb just north of Chicago . Dr. Chua worked as a surgical assistant at Chicago ’s Franklin Boulevard Community Hospital . His wife, also a Filipina had formerly worked with Allan Showery at Edgewater Hospital as an inhalation therapist. “At first, the Chuas were reluctant to talk to me, and indicated they did not want to get involved.” Stachula says. The doctor acted embarrassed over our conversation. So I finally put it right on them. I told then we had been notified that they possessed certain information. Dr. Chua then asked me if I believed in the occult or in exorcism. He said that being a physician he was trained to accept many things he couldn’t explain, but he said, what he was going to tell me was so bizarre that it had prevented him from coming forward prior to this. He then paused and tried to (Concluded next issue) read my face.

NOTICE OF LOSS Wilkris Appliance Corporation Official Receipts Series Nos. 25201-25250 was lost during a field collection activity in Brgy. Tambojangin, Amlan, Negros Oriental. Holder of the official receipt is Jaddie Lubguban. Wilkris Appliance Corporation will not be liable for any transactions made using this OR Nos. 25209 – 25250.


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Multiple angles ... From page 14 gunned down. Apparently, Madamba and Concepcion, associates of a lending business in Tanjay City, have disagreements involving a large sum of money. Madamba, a pediatrician at the Holy Child Hospital was supposed to meet Concepcion at Sta. Monica restaurant but, after receiving a call, cancelled his orders and abruptly left. However, when he stepped outside the establishment, two motorcycle-riding men appeared and shot the physician twice before escaping. Madamba sustained two gun shot wounds in the chest and died on the spot. Cabanag claims the hired killer has already been identified but refuses to name him. On the other hand, Concepcion vehemently denies any involvement in Madamba’s slaying and claims that he is as much interested as the Madamba

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in everything; feast on finding creative helpful solutions instead. Fast from thoughts that weaken; feast on promises that inspire. Fast from friends and activities that distract you from your family; feast on the blessings of having a family, feast on your children’s smiles and laughter, on the encouragement of parents and relatives. Fast from problems and disasters that overwhelm, and from negative, pessimistic thoughts; feast on prayer that sustains, on positive, optimistic thoughts and on expectant faith in God and in the goodness

Miguel Lopez ... (Sagun)

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celains, benzoin, and musk.) Legazpi did not also mince words by noting: “All these things permit us to infer that, if the mines were worked steadily and carefully by Spaniards, they would yield a great quantity of gold all the time. Nevertheless, in some places where we know that mines exist, the natives do not care to work them; but, on the arrival of the foreign vessels for purposes of barter, they strike a bargain with those foreigners and allow them to work in the mines for a period agreed upon. From this it is clearly evident how slothful these people are. “There are places in these islands where pearls can be found, although they are not understood or valued by the natives; therefore they do not prize them, or fish for them. Cinnamon is also to be found here, especially in the island of Mindanao, where a large quantity of it is gathered on the headland called Quavit (Cauit, a point in N. E. Mindanao), and in Samboaga and other parts of the said island. In some places we have seen pepper trees and other drugs which the natives do not value or cultivate – from which, with care and cultivation, they might derive and obtain profit.” In understanding our cultural history, we cannot have as much options as to stress industry in farming, maximization of farmland and expectations that people should normally be engaged in farming.

family to see that the culprits will be arrested. Concepcion admitted that he was the last person whom Madamba was talking to on the night the doctor was killed. Madamba was inviting Concepcion for dinner at 7PM but since he had to attend a birthday party of a relative at 6PM he was to arrive late. Madamba apparently refused to accept his excuse, turned furious and abruptly cancelled the meeting. Past 10pm, Supt. Cabanag called him up using Madamba’s cellular phone and told him about the shooting incident. He was then instructed to come to Dumaguete City for some queries. But following his friend’s advice Concepcion did not oblige. Madamba’s family has also declined to issue a detailed public statement except for the doctor’s elder brother APEC party list Rep. Sunny Madamba who expressed hope that justice will be served. of our fellowmen. Fast from emphasis on differences; feast on the unity of all life. Now I look forward to the Lenten period as a time for me to slow down my busyiness, to forego frivolous meaningless activities, and to look for ways to be positive in the virtues that count. One Lenten season I fasted from impatience, and feasted on patience. Another time I fasted from complaining and finding fault, and feasted on searching for the goodness in other people. This Lenten season I intend to fast from worry, and feast on God’s providence as I recognize His loving hand and power in my life.

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national agencies. The World Bank, in this case, refused to sign more checks. This farce, the acerbic columnist Solita Monsod wrote, is “surreal.” That’s inevitable with hollow men who no longer blush since they can’t differentiate lies from truth. Such people act as if “Ignorance is strength. Freedom is slavery. And war is peace,” George Orwell wrote in his novel: “1984”. Yet, congressional hearings were, “once upon a time,” a valuable tool. That required legislators of integrity. But where we had a Lorenzo Tanada, today there’s Miriam Santiago. Besides an Emmanuel Pelaez, Jinggoy Estrada shrivels to pygmy statute. Bong Revilla couldn’t hold a candle to a Jovito Salonga. So, why do these taxfunded circuses still run despite almost-zero credibility? They don’t aid legislation. Nor do they seek truth, let alone justice. Welcome to a post-graduate tutorial in Propaganda 401. Behind parliamentary immunity’s skirts, ill-prepared legislators browbeat witnesses. They smear recklessly as they preen before cameras. They hew to the “Alice in Wonderland’ rule : “What I tell you three times is true.” Don’t our honorable legislators hear decent citizens retching? Recall the witch-hunting Senator Joseph McCarthy at the June 1954 Senate Army hearings. “Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last?” Joseph Welch asked McCarthy. “Have you no sense of decency left?” Welch’s remark resounded in the 67-to-22 vote that stripped McCarthy of his committee for stomping on truth and fairness. “I didn’t want to get into a pissing contest with that skunk,” aides

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who come from the four poblacion barangays and San Isidro asked the senator to provide them with construction materials so they could rebuild their homes Meanwhile, Escudero’s staff also came recently to distribute five kilos of rice for each family to victims of flash floods. They come from Dumaguete City, Valencia, Tanjay, Bacong and Sibulan. Both senators Villar (Nacionalista Party) and Escudero (Nationalist People’s Coalition) are considered presidential timbers for the coming 2010 national elections.

activity of the BSP including the summer camp until they can attain their target of planting one million trees at the year end. To ensure the trees will survival, farmers in the area are asked to cultivate the newly planted trees.

for claiming “en flagrante delicto” spot arrest. Police did not know exactly what crime was committed at the time of Solon’s arrest. During the custodial investigation, Solon was not represented by a lawyer even as “the right to counsel” from start to finish of a custodial investigation, as required by law. Judge Maxino said “Casting the regulated substance confiscated from the accused as evidence (in the face of an illegal arrest), are insufficient, feeble and ineffectual to sustain Mark Solon’s conviction.” In fairness to the police

Seven killed ... From page 14 Hours later, the suspect in the killing of a Negros Oriental High School and Taekwondo athlete during last year’s shootout between robbers and policemen at Villa Amada, died after he was himself gunned down at San Jose Extension, Taclobo, Dumaguete City past 11:00 pm. The victim identified as Harvy Lumjod sustained multiple gunshot wounds and was declared dead on arrival at the hospital. Police recovered one slug from a .45 caliber pistol and two empty shells, Lumjod’s skateboard and motorcycle. Two other deaths were reported elsewhere. A retirable Dapartement of Agriculture employee was also allegedly slain in Ayungon and a certain Oliver Bandolis of Negros Oriental State University was reportedly stabbed to death by his cousin in Bacong. quoted President Dwight Eisenhower as saying. Ours is a country, where “everything seems infinitely negotiable,” Dr. Alran Bengzon told the Ateneo-Wisconsin University conference on “Memory, Truth-Telling and the Pursuit of Justice. Truth becomes whatever pleases the powers that be.” All too often, truth-tellers here end up as the accused. Acsa Ramirez denounced corruption in the Land Bank. The NBI shoved her into a line up of criminals. Rodolfo “Jun” Lozada confirmed massive corruption in the ZTE broadband scandal. He now faces a slew of charges. Pampanga governor collected correct quarry taxes and stomped on jueteng. He is harrassaed with a recall petition. For bucking the cartel, the World Bank is pilloried. This is a deficit of decency. Citizens, however, resent the patent truth-blurring. People care about integrity, the processes by which tax money is used or officials are elected. Credibility of institutions safeguard our way of life. That anxiety is reflected in statements of concerns, whether by the Catholic Bishops or citizen groups. They come in leaflets or full-page ads : from schools, civil society to overseas workers. If the country is to survive as a humane free society, access to truth must be ensured.Otherwise, today’s slow slide into chaos will speed up. “My way of joking is to tell the truth,” George Bernard Shaw once said. “It’s the funniest joke in the world.” Filipinos often stumble into a “state of denial,” the Ateneo sociologist John Carroll notes. Moral outrage is followed by willingness to forget massive crimes, as in martial law. . “These reflect a weakness of the common conscience,” Fr Carroll

Army beefs ... From page 13 cited the performance of the 79th Infantry Battalion under Col. Erwin Bernard Neri for having the most number of encounters with the rebels last year.

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who had no ill-motive, such innocent gesture cannot cure the defect and the illegality of the arrest, and the warrantless search on Mr. Solon. Unfortunately the illegal drugs which were seized from Solon, which was described as the “fruit of a poisonous tree” were ordered confiscated in favor of government and are to be disposed of in accordance with law, like burning it. Maxino concluded: “It is everyone’s concern to support the drive against illegal drugs. But in achieving the goals, the process should not undermine the fundamental rights of every citizen as enshrined in the Constitution.”

From page 2 the consequences of this weather event so severe this time when it was but a depression, not a typhoon that caused heavy rainfall for about 20 hours? Is this going to happen more frequently? Are the housing projects on dry riverbeds safe given the fact that the course of rivers change and that dry riverbeds are now being reclaimed by nature? The very few forest trees left in our watershed can no longer absorb the volume of rain thus, resulting to erosion and landslides. The loss of Negros Oriental’s forest cover has been dramatic. The old forest cover has dwindled to patches leaving us today with only 5% of forest area as compared to that in 1875. (1992 statistics DENR) During the floods, many trees by the river banks fell and more are at risk of falling with every flood as their roots are now exposed. The Candau-ay dumpsite by the Banica River lies along the path of floods strewing garbage, mostly plastics, all along warns. Unless basic values, like truth and integrity, are reaffirmed, the country may wander forever “in the wilderness of valueless power plays among the elite.” Both administration and opposition, meanwhile, seem perfectly satisfied with today’s muddle. Joseph Estrada is no better than Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. Thus, it is vital for citizens to insist on full access to truth. To give up would allow today’s deficit of decency to deepen even more. ( E-mail: )

the banks up to the sea. The Valencia open dumpsite garbage also was carried by the flood waters to Dumaguete City. The critical importance of watersheds has long been known. What attention have past and present administrations paid to protecting watersheds? What significant efforts were made to reforest? We are told that generally, only about 10% of trees planted in reforestation programs survive because replanting is not accompanied by effective monitoring and support efforts. It is also important to be mindful of energy development, agricultural and mining activities that encroach into our precious forests and even into protected areas bringing high risk of damage to the already fragile environment. Much environmental damage can be irreversible and therefore solutions are of utmost urgency, but we see no evidence that the urgency is understood and acted upon. One of the basic rights in our Philippine Constitution is the Right to a balanced and healthful ecology. We need to be working together to address the challenges posed to our common watersheds. The time is

now for civil society groups and government agencies to come together to map out a comprehensive plan for environmental protection and rehabilitation. “Prosperity built on the despoliation of the natural environment is no prosperity at all. It is only a temporary reprieve from future disaster.” (Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary General) Among the signatories are: Dr. Angel Alcala, Silliman Univeristy; Bing Camacho and Roderic D. Zosa of the Justice and Peace Center, S.U.; Trelly Marigza, Citizen Alliance for Responsible Development; Dessa Q. Palm, Youth Advocates through Theatre Arts; Apolinario Carino, PENAGMANNAKI, Mt. Talinis Peoples Org. Fed. Inc.; Deo Salem, Consumer Advocates Inc.; Dr. Perrie Mequi and Paultom Paras Foundation University; Sr. Joselyn Lasalla, St. Paul University, Jean Utzurrum, Philippine Biodiversity Conservation Foundation Inc. and Esther Windler, Inday Kl. Koerkamp, Cecilia Hofmann, Arlene Uypitching, Leo Mamicpic, and Atty Gary Tabios of Friends of the Banica River and the Environment, Inc.


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Upon extra-judicial petition for sale under Act No. 3135/1508 Filed by FIRST CONSOLIDATED BANK (Formerly the FIRST CONSOLIDATED RURAL BANK, (BOHOL), INC.), DUMAGUETE BRANCH, Highway, Junob, Dumaguete City against SPS. JOSEPHINE A. GANDIONCO and EARL T. GANDIONCO, at 10A Dr. Meciano Road, Dumaguete City to satisfy the mortgage indebtedness which as of December 15, 2006, amounts to P226,134.23, excluding, including penalties, charges, attorney’s fees and expenses for foreclosure, the undersigned or his duly authorized deputy will sell at public auction on March 26, 2009 at 9:00 o’clock A.M. to 4:00 P.M. at the Office of the Clerk of Court, 1st floor, Hall of Justice, Piapi, Dumaguete City to the highest bidder, for cash or manager’s check and in Philippine Currency, the following property with all its improvements, to wit:


problems and bad hygiene. My purpose in coming here was to pay off a lifetime of debts, write a book and live a quiet solitary life. For the first year in the Philippines, I never even though about dating a woman or becoming part of the community. Then a chance meeting with a young Filipina changed everything. I will save the story of our romance for another time, but it suffices to say she changed my life. It took me four years to win her heart. She has made me a better man and given me a new life. I have lost over one hundred pounds. My personal hygiene problems have disappeared.Any of my doctor says he wishes he was as healthy. Beyond those physical improvements, my mental and emotional condition has also improved. I no longer have those nightmares and ugly flashbacks of the horrors of war. I am no longer filled with anger and rage. I take joy in helping others. I have grown and learned so much since moving here. My doctor says I should live to be 100; If that is true I have the Philippines to thank. For the first time in my life, I am part of a real family; I am part of a community. Thank you Dumaguete for giving me a home and a new life.

TRANSFER CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. 31441 A parcel of land, Lot 10, Block 9, of the consolidation subdivision plan, Pcs-07-004046, being a portion of lots 4518, 4524 and 4538, Dumaguete Cadastre, situated in the barrio of Junob, City of Dumaguete, Island of Negros. Bounded on the N., along line 7-1 by Lot 11, Block 9; on the E., along line 1-2 by Lot 9, Block 9; on the S., along lines 2-3-4-56 by Road 10; on the W., along line 6-7 by Road 2, all of the consolidation subdivision plan. Containing an area of ONE HUNDRED THIRTY FOUR (134) square meters, more or less. All sealed bids must be submitted to the undersigned on the abovestated time and date. In the event the public auction should not take place on the said date, it shall be held on April 15, 2009 without further notice. (Sgd.) MA. ANTONIA L. BULADO Clerk of Court VI & Ex-Officio Sheriff (Sgd.) IKE M. LAJATO Sheriff IV & Executing Sheriff The Negros Chronicle Feb. 22, March 1 & 8, 2009


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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.



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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:



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 (K 1) 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.


(K 1)

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


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.


(K 2)

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


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)


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 : 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 : 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 : 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 , 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, 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 , 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



PRIME LOTS FOR SALE • CADAWINONAN • BANILAD Z2 Z1 3,210 Sqm. or more 9,821 Sqm. @P800/ @P3,000/Sqm. (along Sqm. (along the the National Highway) barangay road, with with concrete wall all 91 meters around the property frontage)

Call: 0918-929-6047

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Foundation University Congratulates the

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Illegal arrest leads to shabu acquittal City allots ... From page 6 tions, as he himself is a graduate of West Point , the no. l Military school in the United States. Cordova got out of the army special forces , because he was disillusioned over the politics inside the military. If as legislator he cannot be executive officer, then at least Cordova’s talent and knowledge should be used for the people’s welfare even as chief adviser in the overall fight and WAR against criminality in Dumaguete city… Bike Patrol by the police will also be encouraged just as motorbike patrols will be added as motorbikes and quickly respond, and can race to arrest and or\ raid criminal elements’ lair. Tanods deserving and qualified will be armed with guns, surveillance and integlligence gathering , more police outposts, and night patrol equipment will be earmarked out of this appropriation which will be under the

US grants NegOr Veterans payment for war service


urviving Filipino World War II veterans here in Negros Oriental estimated to be around 1,000 will soon get a tax-free, one-time lump sum payment from the United States government under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 otherwise known as the $ 787-billion US economic stimulus package. The United States Em- claim no later than February 16, bassy said that this is to show 2010. They can file their claims the country’s great respect and at the AFP Central Command service of the Filipino veterans auditorium at Camp Lapu-lapu, for their partnership with the Lahug Cebu City and must US military in defending free- present the following: two dom. Under the stimulus pack- forms of Identification cards; age, US-based Filipino WW II VA claim number; Service Numveterans are granted $15,000, ber; Philippine Veterans Affairs while those living in the Philip- Office Number; Philippine Vetpines will get $9,000. erans Affairs Office Pension In accordance with the bank account number and US new law, for an individual to be Passport (if a U.S. citizen). eligible for payment, the US Department of Veterans Affairs must receive the individual’s (From page 5) consciousness, personal and disposal of the mayor. Until now, however, the collective; of positive rememmayor has not issued any of- brances, filled with pictures and naras something shared and ficial statement nor has called ratives, common, as a ground for a cultural for a press conference despite identity, which could serve as base the rise of street killings. for the future?

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Bayawan Presiding RTC Judge Roderick Maxino (left) listens as his 22 page decision is read before accused Mark Solon (right) acquitting him of illegal drugs possession because his arrest was ruled as illegal.


AYAWAN CITY — The Bayawan Regional Trial Court judge could not help but acquit a businessman accused of possessing l7 grams of shabu and four kilos of marijuana inside his car, because the judge ruled that the accused was illegally arrested by some elements of the Bayawan city police force.

No amount of contraband found in his possession, can convict an accused if the latter was arrested illegally by the police. That is how strongly the law protects the Constitutional rights of every citizen. Acquitted on constitutional grounds in his 22-page decision, by Presiding Judge Roderick Maxino last Friday Feb 20, was Mark Solon, scion of a rich family in Dumaguete whose arrest with l7 grams of shabu and 4 kilos of marijuana, on board his Toyota Hilux way back in Dec. 11, 2006, was declared an illegal arrest. The episode of Ciminal Case 595, started when Solon, who runs a quarry business, was on his way to Bayawan when he side swept a tricycle. He called his father by cellphone to settle the matter

and proceeded without stopping. He did not know that the PNP radioed for a check point, until he reached Bayawan. CONFLICTING STORIES. The police claimed that Solon did not heed the police signal to stop and reportedly hit the blocking point, forcing the police to open fire and hit the back tire until Solon was forced to stop. However, the Judge noted that the head lamps of the Hilux were hit with bullets and the front grill hit with shotgun pellets. Judge Maxino said, it meant that the police opened fire in front with Solon not knowing why, and whom they were shooting, even as some of the PNP were allegedly wearing short pants most likely , prompting Solon to think that

he was ambushed by lawless elements, so he did not stop. After his car was hit, this forced him to stop. He was arrested immediately. Then the search followed which produced the l7 grams of shabu and 4 kilos of marijuana. Judge ruled: search must first be made, before the arrest, in order to have a basis for a warrantless arrest But the reverse happened, thus the “stopand-frisk” method was not applied properly. When arrested, he was not also informed of his crime. The police did not even know what exactly was the crime committed earlier, nor were they sure of his identity, they simply relied their basis of arresting Solon, on a vague radio message. Thus, the police had no basis Turn to page 17

The Silliman University community extends its condolences to Silliman President Dr. Ben S. Malayang III and his family on the passing away of their brother.

ENGR. JED S. MALAYANG (July 7, 1955 – February 18, 2009)

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