VOL. 37 No. 34 Dumaguete City,
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Sunday, February 6, 2011
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BY DEMS REY DEMECILLO
aw enforcers and city legislators have pooled their minds in funding a Closed Circuit TV monitoring system (CCTV) in crowded areas so that it can help in deterring crimes, and act as eye-witnesses in case crimes are committed within its signal range.
This developed as most heinous crimes are dropped or , do not even reach the courts, because of lack of credible witnesses If at all. Just like the Palawan expe-
rience, the assassin was seen by the CCTV monitors and recorded. It led to the asrrest of the suspect who cannot deny identificiation. Faced with this dilemma
of rising incidents of crime and indifference of both victims and suppo sed w itnesses, policymakers and businessmen are united in pushing for the use of Close
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With roots in Maria , Siquijor, this brave soldier Sgt Zainah C Creamer, 28, of the U.S. forces in Afganistan, died of improvised bomb explosion by terrorists. Her remains arrived and is buried in Siquijor.
BY BEVERLY LINAO
“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” – John 15:13
nother bomb hoax victimized many people in the Hall of Justice last Thursday, and later at a local college. Again, after a quick response and though check by bomb squads, no bomb was ever found.
SWAT team and a bomb squad scour the Hall of Justice with their canine dogs but did not find any bomb. The prankster might have a hot case pending.
Pranksters seem to have fun in what they are doing – faking a bomb threat and watching the security people go gaga searching for the so-called bombs said one employee of the Hall of Justice.. Their latest victims, just this week, were the Hall of Justice and Turn to page 20
(Photo by Florence Baesa)
Army enters “robinhood” lairs BY FLORENCE BAESA
or Sgt. Zainah C. Creamer, it was more than friendship that made her fight the battle — it was her love for her country. “Sgt. Creamer selflessly dedicated her life to the service of others,” Chargé Bassett stated in a US Embassy – Manila press release. Creamer will be buried with f ull U.S. Militar y honors and will be awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the Purp le Heart Medal, the NATO Medal, and the Meritorious Service Medal by the U.S. government represented by United States military of-
BY DEMS DEMECILLO
he court has declared incumbent Sibulan Marcela Grampon Bartoces winner in the 14-vote controversy over former vice mayor Manuel Diputado.
Af ter a pain stak in g
Mayaposi and Bagtic, are not only illegal settlers of the public and private lands there but are also involved in
robbery, homicide extortion and murder.. The there seem to welcome the ragtag group of
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RTC says: It’s Marcela!
he Philippine Army has now been tasked to enforce law and order in two barangays of manual recount presided by Mabinay which are considered too critical even for the mayor and the local police to Regional Trial Court Branch 40 Judge Gerardo Paguio Jr. handle.
O ff icials claim that many supposed members of the Negros Farmers Organization in Barangays
ficers and the Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Man ila, Leslie Bassett. The Bronze Star Medal is a United States Armed Forces individual military decoration awarded for
the f in al r esults are: Grampon 9, 594 votes to Diputado’s 9, 552 votes. Theref ore, he ruled that
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“THERE IS A ROLE FOR ALL OF US IN THE WORK OF SALVATION PRAY THAT WE DISCOVER AND PERFORM IT WELL.”
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Press Club head rallies for unity critical reporting
ust-elected Dumaguete Press Club president Indira Requiron, 35, anchor of Radyo Bandilyo at the Diocesan radio DYWC, has called for unity among different local media groups saying that “we owe it to our listeners, viewers and readers.” At the same time, she stressed that under her watch she will strive to conduct seminars and workshops for working journalists, designed to enhance their professionalism and media skills. She vowed to sanitize the air lanes by making sure that only accredited KBP announcers will be allowed to go on air. The Journalists Code of Ethics will also be emphasized, she said. The Dumaguete Press Club, Inc, now on its 20th year, held its annual directors’ meeting at the Bethel Guest House last Thursday Feb 3, and elected its new sets of officers. The key officers are Ms Requiron, presiden t; Ms Joy Perez, head of
masscom school of the NegOr State University, vice president; Raffy Duhaylungsod, external affairs officer of St. Paul University, secretary; Manuel Sagarbarria, owner of Metro Post treasurer (he owned the newspaper long before he became mayor of this city); and Vic Camion, GMA news correspondent as auditor. Directors of the press club are all managers, editors and heads of different media outlets here comprising print, radio , TV and cable television. Th ey ar e: Flo rence Baesa, DYEM FM, immediate past presi-
HOW MEDIA SEES IT, AND NOT OTHERS BY ELY P. DEJARESCO
“TODAY IS YESTERDAY”
Cairo: nation in transition; PH: no change after 25 yrs.
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TOP OF THE WEEK Greencore cannot Political turncoats stop brownouts for convenience
That in effect is the gist of the explanation of Green Core Geothermal Incorporated and the Negros Oriental Electric Cooperative 2 in trying to address hundreds of irritated consumers, who were greatly inconvenienced by several and prolonged power outages last week. Based on the assurances chronic lack of supply of of b oth en tities that power will be a thing of br ow no uts, d ue to th e Turn to page 13
Four medals ... (From page 1)
bravery, acts of merit, or meritorious service. The Purple Heart Medal, on the other hand, is awarded in the name of the President to militaries wounded or killed while serving with the US Military starting April 5, 1917 or after. The NATO Medal is an international military decoration awarded to various militaries of the world under the authority of the North Atlantic Treaty O rgan isatio n (NATO) . Lastly, the Meritorious Service Medal is a militar y award presented to members of the United States Armed Forces who distinguished themselves by outstanding meritorious achievement or ser vice to the United
Plunder: Carlos Garcia, freed on plea bargaining; Webb: freed on reasonable grounds; Double murder: : Sen.Ping Lacson, freed by CA on still gr ounds not of ficially r eleased; Massacre: Ampatuans, still on prelim after the killings; Headline PDI : General involved in carnappings; Corruption in the military: nobody is jailed so far;
“Walang mahirap kung walang corrupt.” But today the scenario is still: Corruption padayun, walay napriso, walay nahimo.” P-Noy is doing his iberal Party’s most trusted recruiter, First District Rep. Jocelyn “Josy” Limkaichong admits some best. But now he knows its easier said than done. -o0opoliticians, who recently abandoned their political parties to join LP are not doing so with the purest PEOPLE POWER MONTH of intention or based on principles. The lady solon yields the main objective of the On Feb 23, it will be EDSA Revolt’s silver annithat she is aware that some party is to keep growing and versary. Its been 25 long years of waiting, nothing recent LP converts are join- become a colossal and powing merely for convenience erful party it was once many much has changed. Poverty, corruption, injustice, killings, insurgency, over population. Try to gauge and for political survival. decades ago. Nevertheless, she is not disif we have moved up a bit. Has the country improved turbed in the slightest, since Turn to page 13 on these aspects since 1986? You be the judge. Four presidents have come and gone. Please note th e ch an ges an d emai l me: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cops scored for Consumers retain arresting minors NORECO 2 BODs
ndoubtedly, more and more minors are engaged forcibly or willingly, in criminal activities yet some sectors of the community and the laws have rendered them almost beyond reach. Many feared this would lead juvenile delinquents to become bolder in committing crimes. Only recently, a police engaged policemen, who official and his subordinates were then pursuing possible had to defend themselves leads to solve a theft incifrom a public outcry fueled dent whose victim is a relaby the complaints of the par- tive of a prominent political ents and relatives of a minor clan, in a heated argument who was investigated for be- with the former accusing the ing in company with a noto- latter of exposing their son rious thief. to shame The parents of the minor Turn to page 13
he honeymoon between P-Noy and the media is almost over. The media has been very extra-supportive of P-Noy hoping that dent; Jenny Tilos PIA and Rachelle his dreams for a “walang corrupt” PhilipNessia, PIA –Dumaguete Star Informer; pines will gain some big fishes. Sad to say, Alex Pal NBN TV10 and Metro Post; Glynda Descuatan, Sky Cable; DX Lapid the big fishes are the very ones being re(representing Prox Balatayo) DYGB; leased. Rene Genove, Visayan Daily Star;
INDIRA REQUIRON JOY P EREZ PRESIDENT VICE PRESIDENT
BY DEMS REY DEMECILLO
o amount of sufficient or excess electric power can stop a falling tree.
ember-consumers of Negros Oriental Electric Cooperative 2 have practically re-elected three members of the Board of Directors amid loud criticisms of alleged poor management and excesses of their officials and employees. Apparently, the three ous accusations including will have no rivals as other mismanagement, graft and member-consumers decided corruption and incompetence not to present themselves as among employees. alternative candidates thereAs of press time, District fore, the BOD will be com- 2 BOD Chairperson James Y. posed of the same members Fontelo for Sibulan and San who were taken to task by Jose faces no serious conconsumer advocates and tender leading to the even by the House of Representatives in the past for variTurn to page 18
EGYPT 10th DAY!
Philippines toppled the 26-yr dictatorship in three days with just one killed. In Cairo Egypt, since Jan 26, It has been ten days of stand off, (foto) they are still in the streets of Tahrir Square, still hoping to topple the 31-year rule of Pres. Mubarak. Over 200 have been killed, more are injured. The issue is the same: corruption, injustice, militarization, plunder, abuse of power. Maybe the Egyptians want some help from Fiipinos on how to topple a dictator without shedding much blood. -o0o-
States subsequent to January 16, 1969. Sgt. Creamer, 28 years old, died in Kadahar province, Afghanistan last January 12, when insurgents attacked her unit with an improvised explosive device while conducting route and building clearance for an air assault mission, part of the Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan which started early this month, the press release said. A Filipino-American soldier assigned to the 212t h Military Police Detachment Headquarters Batallion at Fort Belvoir, Creamer left
President P-Noy lamented that instead of highlighting the P29-billion worth of government owned and controlled corporations’ dividend that went into the country’s coffers last week, media chose to “speculate about whether I will have a date this Valentine’s Day.” “It was discouraging,” the President said. “What our country asks of us is simple: that the media remain fair, that the people work hard while maintaining their calm demeanor, and that our public servants do their jobs with honesty and competence. These are very challenging things,
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Spousal communications privilege alentines Day is just around the corner. It might be timely to discuss spousal relationships, although we digress from love and romance. The family is the cornerstone of society. It is deemed sacred and protected not only by religion but even by civil law, and the legal system. The constitution, devotes an entire chapter on the family and eloquently spells clearly how the family is regarded in society. “The state recognizes the Filipino family as the foundation of the nation,” the constitution states. The state shall strengthen the solidarity of the family and actively promote its total development, the constitution also states. “Marriage is an inviolable social institution,” the constitution provides. The Supreme Court has crafted rules that is designed to enforce the constitutional mandate. One of these, is the rule on “privileged marital communications”. According to this rule: “The husband or the wife, during or after the marriage, cannot be examined without the consent of the other as to any communication received in confidence by one from the other during the marriage” Thus based on this rule, whatever confidential communications is transmitted by one spouse to the other, and vice versa, will remain an eternal secret between the spouses. The spouse who received confidential communication from the other spouse cannot be called in court to testify to reveal the confidential communication, without the other spouse’s consent. Therefore, if a military general tells his wife in confidence that he stole P300-million from public coffers, the wife cannot be called to testify in court about her husband’s revelations. Even if the wife puts these confessions in writing, the husband has the right to object to the admissibility of such written statement, by
Editorial Real time eye-witnesses
here seems to be a favorable public response to the call of the city government to install closed circuit TV monitoring systems in vital public and even private installations in order for both sectors to help monitor the incidence of crime and traffic problems. Not only that, the proposed ordinance which was discussed in a public hearing last Tuesday also enables the public, private firms and shops to install closed circuit TV monitors if only to help in the anti-crime drive, as real time eye- witnesses. According to its concept paper, the closed circuit TV monitors installed in public places is in response to the incidence of growing unsolved criminal cases which are due to the failure to provide witnesses to the crime obviously for fear of reprisals. The closed circuit TV monitors will be the answer to that problem of lack of witnesses in a criminal case. Well, not anymore, with the installation by the city government of closed circuit TV monitors in markets, parks, bus terminals, and in major artery roads. The idea is for the public to be able to monitor these incidents and record the same automatically even without the presence
of policemen who cannot be in all places all the time. The private sector can also install their own CCTV in their firms and even private residences. The advantage of a closed circuit TV monitoring system is that it records everything in real time 24/7. Should the need arise, it can be replayed and all the events that happened which are captured by the eye of the camera are recorded and replayed, nothing escapes the CCTV except what it did not see. If approved, the CCTV will also mandate installations in banks, department stores, school campuses , piers, airports, parks even radio stations and private homes, and in as many as those who would want to protect their homes and establishments from lurking criminals even before they strike. Most of all, the usually one-time expense for these gadgets will be tax deductible , meaning, it can be used as legitimate expense in one’s income tax returns. We support the closed circuit TV project of the city. This is the public’s own way of helping monitor the presence of would-be felons. The cameras are builtin eye-witnesses in actual cases of incidence at the crime scene.
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To porsche or not to porsche as it wise for President Noynoy Aquino to buy his P4.5-Million “third hand” Porsche 911 Turbo Carrera sportscar or not? To answer that, one must understand two things. That P-noy is a 50- year old bachelor who led an unusual teen life and that the “unico hijo” of the fabled Aquino family is by himself- independently rich. He spent his high school rest of his life-Noynoy played This may have placed and college at the Ateneo Ninoy to Cory and older brother Aquino in a time warp that while his famous dad Ninoy to his four sisters.. partly perhaps explains his was jailed by Mr. Marcos for It is written by authorita- bachelorhood -today at 50 bepolitical expediency.Noynoy tive sources that the entire reft of wife and children to take had to be extra careful in his Aquino family was verbally care of. behavior those times as the turned over by the ailing Ninoy Surely, a man punished to Aquinos were then at the to son Noynoy for him to take such limits deserves his little luxuwrong end of the political care of through time and ries in life: fun at the gun club, fence. Chances are, his was climes. pretty women in tow, relaxed therefore not a normal teen Noynoy stood by his mother smoking and yes, fast cars. The life. in the coup-infested reign of last one explains why the Noynoy was thrown to Bos- Cory. Before he could check his Porsche after he sold his old ton for Ninoy’s exile, came home receding hairline, Noynoy was BMW for that flashier car. to bury an assassinated father suddenly Tarlac congressman, Noynoy financed the car and campaigned for her mother two-time senator -and as fate by selling his car, his savings in the 1986 snap polls leading to would have it - president of the and paying the balance by EDSA 1.Being the only son-the republic. To page 14
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A step sidewards
Proposed revision of the constitution
he difference between a hero and a coward is a step sidewards,” we’re told. State Auditor Heidi Mendoza refused to shuffle sidewards. She led instead a Commission of Audit team that sifted through Armed Forces comptroller records, only to be told: “Back off.” She didn’t. “Calculations never made a United Coconut Planters Bank hero,” Blessed John Henry account for an “AFP InterNewman wrote. Mendoza Agency Transfer Fund”. He dedidn’t count the cost. She re- posited the UN check in three signed from COA, where her chunks, Vera Files Yvonne Chua bona-fides earlier caught and Ellen Torrdesillas reported: former Ombudsman Simeon “AFP Inter-agency TransMarcelo’s eye. He had Mendoza fer Fund “.got P50 million. audit Comptroller Gen. Carlos Then, P100 million was Garcia’ s books. plunked into Premium Savings The Comptroller’s office Deposit 1743. Finally, P50 milplundered AFP funds, lion was shoved, “without Mendoza said in her final re- deposit slip into a passbook port. That included a P200 carrying a different serial million reimbursement number (347266 )” check from United Nations “All three transactions hapfor Filipino peacekeepers. pened in a single day”. Issued by A Nov. 21, 2002 memo UCBP Alfaro branch, this shows Garcia opened a Turn to page 7
BY: JOHNY M ERCADO
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Unfortunately all these protectionist policies enjoyed by our industrialists did not trickle down to the Filipino families some 40% of whom still wallow in dire poverty on account of the high level of unemployment and low incomes. On the other hand, we have Filipino industrialists some of whom have joined the magic circle of the super rich and many more enjoying much affluence secured by high walls in plush urban villages. Accordingly, we propose the following amendments to the economic provision of the Constitution of the Philip-
A Journey Through Cancer
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ahºiº (Turkish / Persian) cubierto (Argentinal) bakshish(Albania) napojnica, manèa (Croatia) Pourboire (France) Trinkgeld (Germany) þjórfé (Iceland) la mancia (Italy) bacºiº (Romania) propina (Spain) The story going around is tunately many places now autothat the word “TIPS” is an acro- matically add a service charge. nym meaning “To Insure Often that service charge rePrompt Service” but the truth is wards bad service and negates “tips” more likely originated from the entire concept. In addition, it 16th century criminal slang mean- is likely these service charges ing to “to give; to hand or to are used to justify lower wages pass”. for the already underpaid emTipping seems to be more ployees. In many countries you of a western custom. China, are not required to pay these Japan and many other Asian service charges but most peocountries feel uncomfortable ple never bother to protest and with tipping. In some coun- consider it part of the bill. tries people may even take Since I came to the Philipoffense if you offer a tip. In pines I have developed a new South Korea it is more likely tipping philosophy. While the that restaurant will “tip“ you Philippines has a minimum with a small snack or drink to wage law, few businesses acshow appreciation for your tually pay it. Most people here loyal patronage. are “temporary” employees I see tipping as a way to im- and are paid almost slave prove customer service. People wages. Rather than reward work harder if their extra efforts people are likely to be rewarded. UnforTurn to page 11
JAMES “ KOJAK “ HUGHS U.S. Army
Cpt ( ret )
Footsteps and Fingerprints
T least in ancient, biblical times, the false idols were easily recognized. They were clearly man-made, graven images of gold or silver. They had mouths that did not speak, ears that did not hear, eyes that did not see. Though they managed to mesmerize people for a while, it did not take long to expose them to be false. Today’s gods are more subThey can bring us to certain tle. They are not objects that one lengths of discoveries and invencan see and touch. They too tions, loading us with blinding exappear to be spiritual. They seem citement and awe. They can bring to have mouths that speak, ears us to great heights of exhilaration. that hear and eyes that see. We now have such capaBut really, they are nothbilities, and they are growing in ing other than figments of our exponential pace, thanks to our imagination, projections of new technologies and the glutwhat we want. In short, today’s ting data and info we are gods are we ourselves. They amassing these days. These are us, lodged in our minds harden us more in our tendency and hearts. Thus, they appear to make ourselves our own god. to be spiritual because the They effectively lead us to beoperations of our mind and lieve that we are omnipotent. heart are mainly spiritual. The effect is that instead of These gods can manage to going beyond ourselves to look for engage us in substantial diathe God who created us, we are logue, usually in terms of what is practical, what is popular, what brings wealth, power and fame. Turn to page 9
BY AMB. JOSE V. ROMERO JR., PH.D
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. “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 feeling occurrences or someone you have to live with for the rest of your lives. Have you breathed these words,” This persons bring out the Turn to page 19
pines: Sec. 1. The goals of the national economy are expanding productivity as the key to raising the quality of life for all, especially the underprivileged and more equitable distribution of opportunities, income and wealth. Sec. 2. The State shall, by legislation, promote fair trade and healthy competition in the economy. No combinations in restraint of trade and unfair competition shall be allowed. Sec. 3. The State shall provide an environment where Turn to page 10
“Gracegrowers” 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
ater on these protectionist policies embedded in the constitution were reinforced by such executive fiat as the Filipino First Policy.
I FR. ROY CIMAGALA
have just completed facilitating a 3-day workshop on Steward Leadership: A Course in Transformational Christian Leadership. One of the participants commented on the evaluation sheet at the end of the course that he wished that the Training could be given to our national, political and military leaders, who in his opinion as based on recent news headlines, greatly needed a transformation of their value systems together with a transformation of their leadership styles.
In the Steward Leaders Training course, SLT, we discuss in detail the differences between worldly leadership and steward leadership. Worldly leadership flows from power and riches, is authority-centered rather than other-centered, and is characterized by the need to feel important, self-empowered and in control. Steward leadership on the other hand is empowered by the example and spirit of Jesus and flows from service and dedication to the welfare of others with the
steward leading through example of life, with personal integrity and genuine love for others. The worldly leader orders: “Do what I tell you”. The steward leader says: “Follow me and do what I do.” The results? The worldly leader becomes stressed out, makes enemies and adversaries, experiences aloneness (no friends!) and leads a life of inner turmoil that he tries to hide Turn to page 17
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WALKING THROUGH HISTORY
have always loved hearing war stories, specially about how World War II was fought in our own shores here in Negros Oriental and Dumaguete City. I know our veterans are now old and tired, many in their eighties and nineties, and many of their stories have been forgotten as the new generation hurry into the new millineum and into new technology. It was a s much for myself as it was my desire to share some Philippine war history, specially the Japanese wartime here in Dumaguete city with J ohn Kinzinger, a Vietnam war veteran and Greg Detmer, a re tire d Ma rine , John Kinzinger takes down notes as he and Greg listens to Prof Earl who were here last Jude Cleope gave his talk on the Japanese occupation of Negros Orienweek as mission tal team members of the First Presbyterian Church of Ann time. Our time with Earl was Osmena. He told us where Arbor visiting Dumaguete a walk into history with per- the Americ ans la nded in City. Prof. Earl Jude Cleope sonal stories of heroes, living Sibulan and Dumaguete to had acceded to my request to and dead that many of our start the liberation of the give us a short briefing and young now do not e ve n province. We went up to Vatour of the history of world know. Those young men dur- lencia to visit the Cata-al War war II specially in Silliman ing the war who are now in muse um whe re J ohn and University, Dumaguete City their eighties and nineties, Greg walked among the war and Negros Oriental. Earl is their comrades who died in memorabilia of Japanese soldiers left after the war. Mama bombs, guns, swords, food canteens and medical supplies were silent witnesses to the events of war. We then hied to Zamboanguita to where the remaining Japanese forces surrendered to the Americans. Earl pointed out the route the Japanese took from Valencia to Zamboanguita. I can only share here what I can remember and you dear readers will have to forgive me for any details I miss. Earl gave us a very detailed and comprehensive of John, Earl and Greg in a picture of the historic surrender of the war stories of our city and province during the Japanese the Japanese forces in Negros Oriental frozen in time. oc cupa tion, s tarting from when the Japanese landed in Dumaguete and spread out a professor in History and the duty or after the war are no through the province until Dean of Education at Silliman longer remembered. Prof their surrender; one must reUniversity and his love for Earl brought history into the ally sit down with him to hear history makes him the best present as we toured Silliman him put history together and resource person in the World campus and he showed us piece them all into what we war II history of Negros Ori- where the Japanese head- now celebrate as victory and quarters, garrison, officers freedom. ental. As a high school of col- qua rters and the drea ded lege student, I have not read Kempetei (Japanese police) any history of the Japanese consc ripte d the diffe re nt occupation in Negros Orien- Silliman buildings. Earl told tal or Dumaguete. The little us a US submarine plied our bits and pieces of wartime Tanon Straits to pick up Pres. stories that I heard had stirred Quezon a nd Vic e Pres . up my interest to know more about this particular history. I had spent years as a college student and later as faculty among the different campus buildings around Silliman University and it wasnt until recently that I learned so much history is written in blood and tears at Silliman during wartime. Prof Cleope gave us a very interesting briefing complete with pictures, maps, original books and diaries. Silliman Library is a very rich source of history with rare Cataal grandson Alexander toured guests Earl, John and Greg and valuable books on pre among the many war memorabilia of his grandfather and war, war time and post war Father.
A step ... From page 2 passbook “bore tampered entries”. .Mendoza traced the acco unt to UCPB bra nch on Tordesillas Street. Alfaro certified “ AF P In ter- Agen cy Trans fer Fund… did not exist in its system.” By then, P200 million had vanished. .. Asian Development Bank signed up the 48-year old mother of three for it’s good governance project. From there, “Mendoza could only watch from the sidelines as Garcia entered a plea bargain,” Inquirer noted. . But “now, Mendoza may find the vindication that she deserves as a modern day hero.” Mendoza’s vindicator came in a wheelchair. A stroke patient, retired budget officer Lt. Col. George Rabusa told the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee of his participation in institutionalized pillage of AFP funds. He personally delivered a P50 million buen viaje gift for retiring AFP chief of staff Angelo Reyes. An annual discretionary pot of about P480 million is creamed from command directed activities”. AFP top brass help themselves to most of it. The rest trickles down the line.. Reyes doesn’t suffer from Alzheimers. “I don’t remember,” he says. Was it T.S. Eliot who wrote: “:Footfalls echo in the memory / Down the passage we did not take/ Towards the door we never opened.” Among doors still to be opened are: Why did then COA Chairman Guillermo Carague deny he authorized the audit. He signed, in October 2004, an or-
der detailing Mendoza’s team to Ombudsman. Marcelo. Ombudsman, Merceditas Gutierrez couldn’t care less. Her main cncerns is protecting interests of the former President. and family. Central Bank watchdogs didn’t bark over UCPB’s role. Nor in Jose Velarde” infamous account either. Rules of court allow plea bargains only before trial starts. Despite strong fraud evidence and lack of consent by the aggrieved party, Sandiganbayan inexplicably ok’d Garcia’s plea Will this “invalid plea bargain” be reversed?, former Chief Justisce Artemio Panganiban wonders. Why were prosecutors willing ”to take a dive? “My dear,” Senator Frank Drilon cri sply to ld Pros ecut or Wendell Sullit: “This is not a collective bargaining agreement.”. This is about plunder. We’ ve neve r me t M s. Mendoza. But she reminds one of Clarrisa Ocampo. Remember the banker who held the country spellbound as she coolly testified at the impeachment trial: Pr esid ent Jos eph Estr ada signed papers for P500 million loan as “Jose Velarde”. “I refused to certify it,” she responded to a question from then Rep. Simeon Marcelo. “You want a yardstick to gauge if government means bus ines s ab out curb ing sleaze?,” Viewpoint asked ( PDI/ May 23, 2008) “Check if it protects—or harasses – ”whistle blowers”: men and women who risk jobs, ostracism, and sometimes their lives, to expose crime. “Governments must create an environment that encourages, instead of penalizing, citizens who
denounce venality,” declared 135 countries attending the 9th International Anti-Corruption Conference in Durham, South Africa. The Philippines dutifully signed that document. “Half a decade after Durham, “the kind and extent of support that a legitimate whistle blower should be able to expect (remains) unclear,” says the Asian Institute of Management study: “Whistle Blowing in the Philippines: Awareness, Attitudes and Structures.” Many countries recognize the societal value of whistle-blowers. They adopt measures to ensure that whistle-blowers have institutional protection against retaliation. But protection of whistle blowers here from retaliation is spotty. Pu blis hers pu mmel ed Ma rian Sch ool Supe rvis or Antonio Calipo Go with fake charges after hedocumented seriously flawed textbooks. Some columnists smeared the . Marian School supervisor “Every failure to recover proceeds of corruption,” the Durham State ment warn s, “ feed s its growth.” The new Aquino administration should, therefore, differentiate itself from the Arroyo administration. Acsa Ramirez revealed Land Bank tax scams. NBI agents shoved Ramirez into a police lineup of crooks while cameras panned on President Gloria Macapa gal Arroyo’s smile. GMA never apologized. The Philippines needs “an explicit policy that will govern whistle blowing,” the AIM study asserts. That should help dismantle a culture where the powerful “dream of being honest cowards”. Like most of us?
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Strength out of weakness
For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’swisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength. –– I Corinthians 1:25 ou’re probably too young to remember the Charles Atlas ads in the old comic books. They are where we get the phrase “ninety-seven-pound weakling.” Here’s this droopy little skinny guy at the beach with a fairly neat girl. Along comes a guy built like a professional wrestler on steroids. He deliberately kicks sand in the skinny guy’s face. The girl hops up and walks off into the sunset on the bully’s arm. Don’t let this happen to you, the ad says. Charles Atlas sold body-building. His philosophy was the stronger you were, the less sand you would have to wash out of your eyes.
he greatest among you must be a servant. But those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” Matthew 23:11-12
Jesus challenged society’s norms. To him, greatness comes from serving——giving of yourself to help God and others. Service keeps us
aware of others’ needs, and it stops us from focusing only on ourselves. Jesus came as a servant. What kind of greatness to you seek?
The Bigger Picture
GOSPEL Matthew 5:13-16
“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill
Weakness is unacceptable. Few, if any of us, enjoy being weak. Actually, we hate it. When it comes right down to it, most of us will do anything we can to avoid appearing weak. “Be strong,” “Look confident,” and “Never let them see you sweat,” are just a few of the things we tell ourselves and others most days. Underneath it all is the horribly mistaken notion that to acknowledge weakness is a sin. In our culture there is such a tremendous emphasis on being strong that we have become a culture of cover-up artists who put on the makeup of “I’m strong” when the real truth underneath is “I’m weak but I’m just too afraid to admit it.” When was the last time you honestly let someone know how weak you were in a given area of your life? Was there ever such an occasion? Most of the time, weren’t you trying to put your best foot forward with others so that you could impress them? The best foot
cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
Sunday Thoughts YIELD NOT TO TEMPTATION (Part IV) Which leads us to our final word. If we are to battle effectively, it is of highest importance that we are in the right company. Many years ago, as a high school student, I worked in a drug store of my aunt. There was an elderly pharmacy clerk who kept drumming into my ears the well-known adage “Tell me who your friends are, and I will tell you who you are.” These same words have been most helpful to me, and I’m sure to thousands of people—for we find it to be true in our human relationships. The “barkada” system is good as long as it fosters ideals, goodness, decency. But it seems that many “barkadas” have been involved in questionable acts, including heinous crimes. Young people, avoid “barkadas” that will ruin your character. Of course the greatest company we have is with our Lord himself, tempted at all points yet without sin. You and I love the hymn: I need Thee every hour, most gracious Lord;
Temptations lose their power when Thou art nigh I need Thee, Oh, I need Thee. Every hour I need Three. O bless me now, my Savior I come to Thee. This reminds me of Ulyssses in the story “Spartacus.” The man with other sailors was on the sailing ship Argonaut. As they passed a certain island inhabited by seamaidens, Ulysses had to be tied to the mast to prevent him from being beguiled by the singing of the sea-maidens. However, on the ship was the sweetest singer of antiquityOrpheus-who could attract the birds and the beasts by his singing. Because of his singing, the singing of the sea- maidens lost their power to beguile or seduce. This suggests for us this truth: one main secret of our overcoming temptation is that we have on board our ship of life Jesus, whose voice drowns out all that is unworthy, all that is of the devil. Therefore, we must be captives of Jesus, as the hymn puts it: Turn to page 17
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forward includes eliminating any hint that you have a weakness or soft spot. Maybe, like me, you expend a lot of effort trying to appear to be something you are really not—strong ….. My moments of greatest personal weakness came when I was trying to pretend I was self-sufficient and strong, and my moments of greatest personal strength were when I was able to admit to being needy and weak. Maybe that has been true for you as well. Christ wants to use those experiences to teach us to depend on Him rather than ourselves for the power to do what we do. When Paul depended on Him, the lives of thousands were changed. That can be true for us as well. We can have that kind of influence on others if we let Christ do it through us. Are you a weak person trying to pretend you are strong, or are you a strong person because you know how weak you are?
a.) The Philippines is FR. GAMMY TULABING a democratic and repubJCD, VG lican State. Yet the bill seems to assume we are a centrally planned economy or a totalitarian State, which controls the private lives of its citizens. Truth is, there are certain activities of man as man where the individual is completely autonomous from the State. Just as the State may not tell a politician or a journalist how or when to think, write or speak, it may not enter the bedroom and tell married couples how or when to practice marital love. b.) Article II, Section 12 of the Constitution says: “The State recognizes the sanctity of family life and shall protect and strengthen the family as a basic autonomous social institution. It shall equally protect the life of the mother and the life of the unborn from conception. The natural and primary right and duty of parents in the rearing of the youth for civic efficiency and the development of moral character shall receive the support of the Government.” The use of “sanctity” makes State obedience to God’s laws not only a solemn teaching of the Church, but also an express constitutional mandate. Now, when the State binds itself to “equally protect the life of the mother and the life of the unborn from conception,” it necessarily binds itself not to do anything to prevent even one married woman from conceiving. A state-funded contraceptive program is an abomination. 4. OPPRESSIVE OF RELIGIOUS BELIEF The bill seeks to tell the Catholic majority
ith my by-line, here’s a continuation of the work by Fr. William M. Abbott, SJ in 1971: “The tragedy of all this lay in the fact that, within a REV. FR. ROMAN C. few months, between 8,000 SAGUN, JR. and 9,000 Spanish soldiers, government officials, and friars fell into the hands of hostile Filipino rebels. “Perhaps, had they foreseen the length and hardship of their captivity, the Spaniards might have put up a more determined resistance. As it was, the rank and file of the Spanish colonial forces paid a high price for their leader’s mediocrity and self-interest. “About 400 Spanish priests and religious brothers were taken prisoners during the Philippine revolution. They constituted a little less than 5% of the total number captured, numerically few but in many senses war prisoners. Aguinaldo seems he was more concerned about them than about the other 95%. “The friars were kept incommunicado, assigned special guards, more directly harassed, or excluded from consideration in the negotiations to release the prisoners. Likewise, their treatment while in captivity has served historians as a norm with which to judge Filipino attitudes towards their enemies. “In 1898 prior to its downfall, the Spanish government supported close to 1,000 regular clergy in the Philippines. A few hundred of these were engaged in educational work, but the majority were scattered around the country as parish priests or missionaries. “Idolized by some, detested by others, these ‘friars’ had borne the brunt of Spanish colonization for the past three and a half centuries. By the end of the 19th century, they were considered by both Spaniards and Filipinos as the main prop of Spanish control of the islands. “Four common traits made them unavoidably perhaps inimical to the revolutionary cause: their
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entering more deeply into ourselves to make ourselves our own creator, a process that from the point of view of logic alone is already absurd. These days, more and more people, especially the more intelligent ones who have lost their simplicity, find it hard to get in touch with the original, transcendent God, the real God. In fact, many would find such concern as already useless, completely irrelevant. It’s true that, thanks to God, while there are still sectors who have managed to retain their simplicity and humility, and thus also their faith, hope and charity in God, and even express them in colorful popular piety, there is also a creeping part of our society that is heading toward athe-
ism, or at least agnosticism. This part is getting worldly and secularized, their morals governed mainly by pragmatism and relativism. A supernatural God, an eternal God, a God outside of ourselves has no more place in its culture and lifestyle. We need to do something about this disturbing phenomenon. First of all, without question, what we need to do is to intensify our prayers and sacrifices. We have to use the spiritual and supernatural means to make God’s grace get a more favorable reception in the free will of the people. But together with these spiritual and supernatural means are the human means that need to be established and developed, if possible, to maturity. We need to learn how to pray, how to discern the presence of God everywhere,
and how to enter into vital dealing, a moment-to-moment relationship with God. This is not a utopia. It may be a mystery, but that’s because we are dealing here with a reality, a truth that usually surpasses, but not violates, our natural powers. Our human mind and heart can capture this reality. They have the disposition, and if we allow ourselves to be so disposed, we can enter into the world where God and other spiritual and supernatural realities are. We are not left to our own devices, stuck in the purely human, natural and material world. We don’t allow our spiritual faculties to cruise and drift in some empty and open space with hardly any idea of where they are supposed to go
and to get engaged with properly. This is the challenge we have these days. It is how to show God in everything, not the god of our own making, but the real God who created us and who is a loving, understanding and forgiving God to all of us. For this, we have to realize that everything in our life, including the purely material things as well as our spiritual powers that have infinite possibilities, come from God. They contain God. God is there and is waiting for us to find him and to deal with him and to love him. We are actually made for this. If not corrupted by our own selves and other factors, we actually have a natural longing for God that needs to be pursued and developed.
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and natural resources bears a social function and all economic agents shall contribute to the common good. Individuals and private groups shall have the right to own, establish and operate economic enterprises, subject to the duty of the State to promote distributive justice and to intervene when the public interest so requires. Sec. 5. The State, shall, by law, provide the manner and extent by which foreign ownership, management and control of the enterprises described in the following provision of the Constitution may be acquired or increased beyond the existing restrictions provided in the Constitution. Sec. 6. The power of the judicial review under Article VIII, Sec. 1, with respect to the matters provided for in the herein Article, shall be exercised only upon a showing that the gave abuse of discretion by the government instrumentality resulted from gross and manifest error.
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sitting on the sidewalk; I tip people who work. I tip everyone who works. I tip waitresses and waiters and all the usual people but I also tip gas station attendants and other hard working people. I even tip the people in the post office. If they do an especially good job; I tip even more. TRUE STORY: There is a quiet young Filipino. He is one of the “invisible” people; someone you see every day yet never really “see”. He tends the motorcycles outside a local fast food restaurant. Once in a while his beautiful
young wife brings him a snack and spends a few minutes brightening his day. He speaks almost no English and spends most of his day quietly doing his job. One of the American customers discovered, quite by accident, that the young man had a handicapped son. As it was Christmas the American tipped him P500 to get a present for his son. The young man was at a loss for words; the grown man had no way to express his feelings and collapsed on the curb in tears. Look around you. Instead of complaining about things you cannot change; why not change the things you can. Share your gifts with those that have less.
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From page 8 patriotism, their influence on colonial policy, the abuses attributed to them and their popularity with the common people. “It is a gross understatement to describe the friars as patriotic. To them, Spain was the bulwark of Christianity and culture. This set them on a collision course with all that the Philippine revolution stood for. “An article from the Spanish El Imparcial described them as ‘Spanish of an active militant patriotism. Their love for Spain is a feeling as strong as their love for religion. Perhaps that love has caused them to fall into some extreme positions.’” (More next week)
IN THE MATTER OF CORRECTING THE ENTRY OF THE BIRTH RECORD OF GLENN BALAURO ROMANO IN THE OFFICE OF THE LOCAL CIVIL REGIS TRAR OF MABINAY, NEGROS ORIENTAL, GLENN BALAURO RO MANO, Peti ti oner, – versus – HERMI NIA M. P ERAS in her capacity As the LOCAL CIVIL REGISTRAR of Mabi nay, Negros O riental Respondent. x——————————————————/
ORDER Before this Court is a verified petition for Correction of Entry in the Birth Record of GLENN BALAURO ROMANO, fi led through counsel, Atty. Wilhelmo M. Degamo dated January 12, 2011, praying that after due notice, publ icati on and hearing, an order shall issue directing the O ffi ce of the Municipal Civi l Regi strar of Mabinay, Negros Oriental , to correct the entry referring to the petitioner’s gender from MALE to FEMALE; to correct the maiden surname of the petitioner’s mother from NALAURO to BALAURO ; and to direct herein respondent to make the necessary correction i n the above-mentioned birth record before its offi ce. Fi ndi ng the petiti on to be sufficient in form and substance, the court sets the initial heari ng thereof on April 13, 2011 at 8:30 o’clock in the morning, at the Session Hall of this Court at which date, time and place, all i nterested persons may appear and show cause, if any, why the petiti on shoul d not be granted. Let this Order be publ ished i n a new spaper of general ci rculation in the Province of Negros Oriental and its com ponent cities once a week for at least three (3) consecuti ve weeks, before the date of hearing. Peti tioner is hereby directed to furnish the Local Civil Registrar of Mabinay, Negros Oriental to this Order with a copy of the peti tion and its annexes and to the Offi ce of the Solicitor General w ith address at 134 Am orsol o Street, Legaspi V illage, Makati City and show proof of servi ce thereof. SO ORDERED. Bai s Ci ty, P hili ppines, January 18, 2011. (Sgd.) CANDELARIO V. GONZALEZ Judge The Negros Chronicle Jan. 30, Feb. 6 & 13, 2011
EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT WITH SALE NOTICE is hereby given that the heirs of the late Meliton Filosofo and Julieta Llera have filed and executed an Extrajudicial Settlement With Sale on Lot No. 180-B of the subdivision plan (LRC) being a portion of Lot No. 180, situated in the Municipality of Bais (now City of Bais), containing an area of 264 sq.m. in favor to Spouses Herminio B. Malicay and Sergia M. Malicay per Doc. No. 880, Page No. 175, Book No. II, Series of 2010 of Notary Public Atty. Adrian C. Borromeo. The Negros Chronicle Jan. 23, 30 & Feb. 6, 2011
DEED OF EXTRA JUDICIAL SETTLEMENT WITH SALE
I knelt to pray but not for long, I had too much to do, Must hurry off and get to work, For bills would soon be due. And so I rattled a hurried prayer, Jumped up from off my knees. My Christian duty now was done, My soul could be at ease. All through the day I had no time, To speak a word of cheer. NO TIME to speak of Christ to friends, They’d laugh at me I feared. NO TIME, NO TIME, so much to do, That was my constant cry. NO TIME to give to those in need; At last, t’was time for me to die…. And when before the Lord I came, I stood with downcast eyes, With his hands He held a book, T’was the BOOK OF LIFE. He looked into the book and said, “Your name I cannot find, I once was going to write it down But never found the TIME.”
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NOTICE is hereby given that the heirs of the late Spouses EUDOXIA V. VILLARIN and NICASIO VILLARIN have filed and executed a Deed of Extrajudicial Settlement With Sale on one fourth (1/4) of Lot No. 701, with TCT No. T-358, with an area of 8,213 sq.m., situated in Capiñahan, Bais City, in favor to Madelyn Silva-Ruskan, married to Ronald Jan Ruskan per Doc. No. 694, Page No. 138, Book No. II, Series of 2010 of Notary Public Atty. Adrian C. Borromeo. The Negros Chronicle Jan. 23, 30 & Feb. 6, 2011
Mayor cracks down on Sibulan “hubo-hubo” bars BY DEMS REY DEMECILLO
he Mayor of Sibulan has responded to public criticisms regarding the irony of this town of devoted religious followers yet, it has the most number of motels and night spots with alleged lewed shows being shown uabated. “So where is its parish priest? What is the pastoral council doing about it? Why are these given permits to operate in Sibulan and not in Dumaguete? “Asked several taxpayers in Sibulan. Interviewed by STAR ENERGY FM, Mayo r Marcela Grampon Bartoces said she will personally start the crack down on violators of the municipal and national laws. She warned law enforcers to effect their arrests legally , once evidence warrants otherwise the case will be dismissed, and only for the suspects to go back to this unpopular kind of business. In addressing the complaints against the entertainment bars, Mayor Marcela
Bartoces guaran-teed to close down entertainment bar in her town once the law prohibiting vulgar shows is violated by the operators. In her meeting with at least seven entertainment bars operators and managers, Bartoces pointed out that she wants to impose a dress code for the employees of entertainment bars, especially the ladies. This is a way of encouraging entertainment bars to have decent shows. Moreover, Bartoces said that waitresses can still wear sexy, but decent, attires, in order to gain respect from the customers despite the nature of their jobs. Bartoces said she is serious in implementing the law after her office received
SU law offers unique program
ith the mission to “teach its students not just the correct understanding of legal provisions and principles but also their ethical implementation to society and people,” the College of Law has established Special Programs that would further encourage students to excel in their academic performance as aspiring lawyers. According to Atty. Mikhail Lee Maxino, Dean of the College of Law, the said programs are designed to augment and enhance learning, and to help law students become exceptional in their chosen fields of law. “I’m looking forward to our college producing top quality lawyers committed to serve God and fellowmen,” he said. The Special Programs come in two forms. First is the bar excellence program or “The Eagle’s Nest” (TEN); second is the mentoring program. “Perhaps an Honors Program is not the first, but the way it is being conceptualized is probably the first… it’s the first of its
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various complaints against these entertainment bars. She hopes that operators and managers agree on her plan in order to help preserve the image of her town – Sibulan.
BM Sal gives NOHS seven computer sets
n order to cope with the digital technology age, Board Member Saleto Erames recently donated seven computer sets — including multimedia speakers, printers, computer tables, chairs, and other computer accessories — to Negros Oriental High School (NOHS). According to NOHS Principal Ronald Tenorio, the school needs more computer units for the students since the present computers donated by JAICA in 1989, are already faulty and slow due to the great number of students using them. The said computer sets will be used exclusively for students’ encoding and research works. Opening of pornographic sites in the internet and playing of games is strictly prohibited.
February 6, 2011
RDC-7 gives posthumous award to governor Perdices
Cebu Pacific quells bad crash rumors T C
BY: M INERVA BC NEWMAN
BY: RACHELLE M. NESSIA
ebu Pacific has quelled rumors that one of its planes bound for Manila crashed Wednesday when it left the Dumaguete Airport this morning.
Rommel Saga, lo cal Ceb u Pacific operations manager, said that the Control Operations Center at the Manila airport has verified that the plane landed safely at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport at around 9:50 a.m today. Dumaguete Airport Control Tower in an interview confirmed that the plane – an Airbus 319 with flight no. Cebu626 – arrived at the Dumaguete Airport on 8:15 a.m. and then left for Manila at 8:50 a.m. with no untoward incidents. Saga said his office was swamped with calls this morning from various people asking if the circulating text messages saying that the plane crashed on its way to Manila was true. “All these talks are just rumors. We called up the Control Operations Center in Manila and they confirmed that the plane landed in Manila safely and on time,” he said. Travel time from airborne to touchdown takes
approximately an hour for plan es f lyin g th e Dumaguete-Manila route, said Saga. He said that the plane crash rumors have also been widespread in Zamboanga, Davao and Manila. “This is not only happening here. It seems that this is nationwide,” said Saga. Saga assured that all Cebu Pacfic flights are normal today. Th e airp or t co ntro l tower in Manila has earlier issued to the Dumaguete airport control tower a visual flight rules operation advisory suspending flights from 6:37 a.m. until 10:55 am today due to visibility and cloud coverage falling below the minimum standard. According to Air Traffic Controller Rafael Dolfo, said advisory puts the visibility at less than 5 kilometers and the “ceiling” or cloud coverage at less than 1,500. “Instrumental flight rules indicate that if visibility and cloud coverage are less than the
Republic of the Philippines Province of the Negros Oriental MUNICIPALITY OF PAMPLONA -oOo-
OFFICE OF THE MUNICIPAL CIVIL REGISTRAR NOTICE OF PUBLICATION In compliance with Section 5 of R.A. Act No. 9048, a notice is hereby served to the public that Maricel Repe has filed with this Office a petition for change of name from “Joven Buco Llera” to “Joven Donato Llera” who was born on March 1, 1962, at Sta. Agueda, Pamplona, Negros Oriental and whose parents are, Pedro Llera and Petrona Buco. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this with this office not later than February 2, 2011. (Sgd.) BEATRIZ V. BANLAYGAS Municipal Civil Registrar The Negros Chronicle Feb. 6 & 13, 2011 Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF NEGROS ORIENTAL 7th Judicial Region Branch 44 Dumaguete City SPEC. PROC. NO. 2011-4933 IN THE MATTER OF CORRECTION OF ENTRY AS TO SEX FROM MALE TO FEMALE AND CORRECTION OF DATE OF MARRIAGE OF PARENTS FROM JANUARY 1993 TO JANUARY 27, 1994 IN THE RECORDS OF BIRTH OF LEOREGINE ELUMIR RODRIGUEZ LEONILA E. RODRIGUEZ, Petitioner, – versus – THE LOCAL CIVIL REGISTRAR OF DUMAGUETE CITY, Respondent. x————————————————————/
minimum 5 kilometers and 1,500, respectively, then it can suspend flight operations,” he said. However, the suspension does not cover airlines whose aircrafts are equipped with a navigation system called VOR. “Airplanes that have a VOR equipment can navigate the skies in this kind of inclement weather and their pilots are instrument-rated, so they are allowed to fly under this kind of weather condition,” said Dolfo. Accor ding to wikipedia.com, VOR is short for Very High Frequency Omnidirectio nal Radio Range which is a type of radio navigation system for aircrafts that is standard of instrument flight. Dolfo said flight operations resumed to normal after the suspension was lifted at 10:55 a.m. Wednesday.
Bayawan plans to form “TFK”
ue to the in c r e a s in g criminal rates in the southernmost part of Negros Orietnal, Bayawan City Mayor Rene Gaudiel is planning to form a task force similar to that of the Tas k Forc e Kasaligan (TFK), formed by the late Gove rnor Agustin R. Perdices, which is responsible in the incarceration of individuals involved in the opration of illegal drugs. Gaudiel and Bayawan City Councilor Dan Aurelia discussed with Task Force Kasaligan commander Miguel Dungog on the possibility of forming a satellite office of TFK. The plan was proposed due to the criminality that transpired in the southernmost part of Negros Oriental, including Bayawan City.
ORDER In her verified Petition filed on 12 January 2011, petitioner Leonila E. Rodriguez through counsel, prays this Court to order the Local Civil Registrar of Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental and the National Statistics Office, Manila to correct the erroneous entries in the records of birth of her minor child Leoregine Elumir Rodriguez (Leoregine), pertaining to the latter’s sex, i.e., from MALE to FEMALE; and the date of marriage of parents, from JANUARY 1993 TO JANUARY 27, 1994. Petitioner alleges that upon examination by a physician, Leoregine is found to be a female; and that she (petitioner) was married on 27 January 1994 as shown in the Marriage Certificate attached as Annex “E” to the petition. Being sufficient in form and substance, set the hearing of the Petition on March 29, 2011 at 8:30 o’clock in the morning, before the sala of this Court, at which time and place, any interested person may appear and show cause why this Petition should not be granted. Let this Order be published once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Negros Oriental, duly chosen by raffle, at the expense of the petitioner. Post a copy of this Order at the main entrance of this Court. SO ORDERED. 14 January 2011. (Sgd.) NECIFORO C. ENOT Judge The Negros Chronicle Feb. 6, 13 & 20, 2011
DECLARATION OF HEIRS AND SPECIAL POWER OF ATTORNEY NOTICE is hereby given that the heirs of the late PAULINO GUTIB, namely, Felicitas G. Bumongcag, Rosalinda G. Tubio, Rogelio Gutib and Virginia G. Pajunar, Heirs Principal, have filed and executed a Declaration of Heirs and Special Power of Attorney named, appointed and constituted Virginia G. Pajunar, HeirAgent to be our true and lawful Attorney-in-fact on Lot No. 2292, Pls. No. 404, with TCT No. HV3014, situated in San Miguel, Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental, per Doc. 230, Page No. 47, Book No. 51, Series of 2010 of Notary Public Atty. JAIME RO. Miraflor. The Negros Chronicle Feb. 6, 13 & 20, 2011
he Regional Development Council (RDC-7) in Central Visayas gave a posthumous recognition today to the late Negros Oriental Governor Agustin Ramon Perdices who succumbed to cancer last year. The posthumous award to Perdices is in recognition for his setting an example in good governance through honestto-goodness public service and prudence in local fiscal administration. Perdices was an active member of the RDC from 1989-1998 and 2001-2010. As Negros Oriental Govern or, Pr esid en t Benign o Simeon Aquino III appointed him as RDC Chairperson for 2011-2013. Perdices was well-loved for his honesty, unwavering principles and tireless commitment to public service and he was instrumental in improving Dumaguete’s infrastructure facilities and in promoting the city as one of the major education and IT hubs in Central Visayas .
The RDC-7 acknowledged his loss as a great ally in promoting anti-corruption practices, cost-effective development projects and the efficient dispersal of basic services and in du stries w ithin Central Visayas . Acco rding to the RDC, Perdices is a true, dedicated and compassionate leader. The people who have the opportunity to serve him and those that have benefited from his long government service will sorely miss him, including his colleagues at the Central Visayas, RDC. “While we will miss the opportunity to work with him again in the RDC, we entrust Gov er no r Agustin Ramo n Perdices to his Maker,” the posthumous award reads.
GOV. PERDICES Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo received the award in his behalf with some mayors of the province and officials of the Regional Development Council. (PIA7/MBCN)
February 6, 2011
“HOPE” plus incompetence
BY: DEMS DEMECILLO BLAS LIBATON
he Filipino people elected Noynoy Aquino as President because they were hoping that the corrupt officials of the previous administration would be held accountable and eventually punished and sent to jail. But that hope is slowly eroding because President Noynoy Aquino seems to be incompetent in Prosecuting these corrupt officials and as Chief Executive he has not even filed charges against the corrupt officials of the previous administration. The time is running out and the Filipino people are getting frustrated at the seeming inaction on the part of the President. It is time for the President to act and the time is NOW. He cannot continue to appear to be helpless against the corruption in the government. What has he done on his promises. Has he delivered? What is he doing as President? Mr. President, the Filipino people does not want a weak President. The Office of the President is the most powerful position in the government and as the head of the state and commander
Greencore ... From page 2 the past, consumers were willing to swallow the expected increase of their electric bills after NORECO 2 decided to seal the multi-million deal to buy power from Greencore. However, the consumers were again subjected to long brow nouts an d this time NORECO 2 officials blamed the all too familiar culprits: vegetation and inclement weather. Incredulous consumers are asking why residents of Barangay Puhagan, in Valencia town, Greencore’s very host for its geothermal power plants, had to endure the inconveniences of having no electricity for more than one week. James Fontelo, Chairman of the Board of Directors of NORECO 2, said that they are cognizant of the problem and are forming additional maintenance crew to augment the existing force so they can cover larger areas especially during bad weather. Apparently, numerous power lines were disrupted by th e fallin g or tou ch in g branches of trees aggravated by strong winds and heavy downpour forcing power outages. (By Dems Demecillo)
Illegal settler held for unlicensed rifle BY: ATTY. FRANCISCO D. YAP
in chief, you have awesome governmental powers at your command. The issue during the election was that Noynoy Aquino does not know anything about
running this country. If elected he would not be competent to manage this country. IS THIS NOW BECOMING A REALITY?
Cops From page 2 scored... and ridicule to their
rather than the solution. Against this backdrop, Regional Trial Court Judge Rafael Crescencio Tan Jr. deplores the rising trend of minors and women engaged in drug trafficking. Policemen also noted that most robbery and theft incidents are committed by minors but are directed by syndicates who are exploiting the law which effectively prohibits the incarceration of suspects in crimes who are below 18years-old. Most of those arrested blamed poverty as the main reason that forced them to engage in illegal activities but Judge Tan believes most of the criminals are just indolent but ca pric ious . (By Dem s Demecillo)
neighbors for questioning their son. Citing this instance, lawmen also blame parents for being part of the problem
Political ... From page 2 She stressed, that in politics one must be practical in order to survive amid changes in political tides. Apparently, she is resigned to the fact that many po liti cians jo in her party, albeit belatedly, to seek the conveniences of being in the administration party. But LP is all too willing to accept, so that the roster of members will increase in the hope of earning political stocks and gain comfortable majorities to push for their preferred legislation. Onl y recent ly, several mayors, some of whom were opponents of Limkiachong and former Bais City Mayor Hector “Tat a” Villanueva, have defected from the Nationalist People’s Coalition and Lakas-Kampi-CMD party to join LP. The mayors are ex-NPC members Zamboangui ta Mayor Kit Marc Adanza and St a. Catal ina Mayo r Leon Lopez. Among the former members of Lakas-KampiCMD who recently abandoned Lakas-Kampi-CMD are Mayors Edsel Enardecido of Ayungon, Oming Baldado of Manjuyod, Valente Yap of Bindoy, and Jimmy Clerigo of Canlaon City. (By Dems Rey Demecillo)
NOTICE OF LOST ID CARD issued by Philippine Bureau of Immigration to Per Forsberg has been lost in Zamboanguita. If found plea se bring to Zamboanguita Police Station. The Negros Chronicle Feb. 6 & 13, 2011
Law enforcers tagged Roberto Carcuevas as a possible rebel recruit, and armed with an unlicensed carbine. But Negros Farmers Council convenor Eugene Quirante (inset) denies such allegation as if he knows the man whom he claims is not a sympathizer of the underground but an ordinary felon, who is allegedly a squatter in Mabinay.
oldiers arrested a farmer for illegal possession of firearm in Barangay Bagtic, Mabinay last Tuesday following increased patrols against alleged armed settlers some of whom are tagged as robbers, murderers and thieves.
Policemen and even Mayor Ernie Uy admitted that they are helpless against the armed members of the Negros Farmer Council, of which Carcuevas is supposedly a member, prompting them to ask the Philippine Army to deploy troops in the vast land owned by the government
but is illegally occupied by hundreds of families. The Army vowed to restore order in the two barangays and facilitate the entry of the local government that is determined to introduce livelihood opportunities and possible transfer of the settlers.
Man shot dead for stealing CAFGU gun
aramilitary troopers shot to death a civilian who entered their camp and allegedly stole one of their firearms and grenade before trying to flee in Barangay Linantuyan, La Libertad.
Authorities identified the alleged intruder as Jay Villarin of Barangay Aya, La Libertad. He managed to enter the
detachment unnoticed by guards until he carted away a rifle and a hand grenade. (From page 19)
Ma hacks daughter over unknown feud festering feud between a mother and the daughter resulted in the serious injury of the latter after she was hacked by the former in an incident that shocked their neighbors in Barangay Cangcawas, San Jose town.
Authorities identified the victim as Cheriegil Ramirez, 19, who was brought
to the Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital after her mother Dolores hacked (From page 19)
Fire chief still on fire over sex raps The sexual harassment case filed against Dumaguete City Fire Chief Sr. Insp. William Tacaldo may have been downgraded by prosecutors amid objections by the victim’s family to unjust vexation but his legal and administrative woes are far from over as the victim and her family are mulling filing more
cases before the Office of the Ombudsman. The victim’s family is not pleased with the slow pace of the case, the decision of the city fiscal to downgrade the charges to me re u njus t ve xati on a nd Tacaldo’s continued stay in office. The Fire Chief was accused of touching the private parts of the wife of one of his fire officers during a drinking session while in a party.
9, 2011 2007 February 6, 14September
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installment. Certainly not any centavo from the Philippine’s public coffers. From his salary, small businesses and dividends from Hacienda Luisi ta,nob ody do ubts Noynoy Aquino can afford to buy a Porsche. Can we not allow our president-elect some clean fun for after all, all work and no play makes Juan a dull boy, is it not? Why make a big fuss about his little toy- when that is “petty cash “ in value compared to the mansions, yachts, land, condominiums and corporations built by corrupt officials and cronies from Marcos to GMA -just one of the item costing five times the value on Pnoy’s poor third hand vehicle? Freudian psychiatrists point to cigarettes as phallic symbols- displaying its availability by the smoker to the opposite sex; that sportscars are status symbols of men who want short-term flirtations. But our president is a bachelor and he has every right to make him look “sexy” to those he will eventually lead to the altar- or elsewhere if he likes- as long as it is not people’s money he is using. While it is perfectly legal for the president, was this Porsche Move sensitive to the call of the times and the image that Pnoy is trying to register in the minds of people? To our minds, the Porsche Thing was ill-conceived and bad timing. While the mantra of “walang mahirap , kung walang corrupt” resonates like magic among the 15 million who voted Aquino to power and those added fans who were willing to give him the benefit of the doubt after election- so far those have just been words. SWS says 30% of our people are still hungry, no Big Corrupt Fish has been jailed (even letting a fat cat called General Garcia off the hook on a legal acrobatic) and the anti-graft reforms short-circuited by Mercie the Ombudsman, the Arroyo Supreme Court and GMA’s Lower House jesters chiming in unison to “save the queen”-and her coterie. We see people running after buses and jeepneys in Manila for a ride on rainy days– soak wet after a hard day’s work just to get a ride home and see little food on the table. There is rising criminality of those affecting both the rich and the poor: murder, ambuscades, carnapping, kidnapping, robbery, fraud and the terrorists making mischief in Mindanao. And hey the HK Chinese are still mad over the Luneta fiasco. In other words, the change has not been felt even if NEDA’ s Dondon Paderanga is about to declare a whooping 7% GDP RP gro wth i n 201 0. I t may be “Yupee!” for the exporters, the Ayala and Ortigas boys, the stock market players, the call center industry, the OFWs. But the majority of the Great Unwashed is not happy - they are still angry and hungry. They felt that because of their woeful condition, the country is still in a state of emergency- and it is therefore unlawful for public officials to flaunt their wealth- regardless if they were legally earned. The Great Unwashed (D and E market) who voted Noynoy to power cannot relate to the Porsche Club of the Philippines. There are only 58 such members owning 174 Porsche cars in the country. That means each of them own at least 3 Porsche cars or about P 15 Million worth of Porsche cars alone for one Turn to page 16
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Around Negros BY DEMS DEMECILLO
HEALTH IS WEALTH
Battered Child Syndrome
George vs. Gary T in 2013 polls? Congressman George Arnaiz, has vast experience both as a legislator and an executive. While former Congressman Gary Teves ascended to the national consciousness as Finance Secretary under the administration of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and cited as most outstanding among his counterparts worldwide. GARY TEVES
GEORG E A RNAIZ
he election for provincial governor is still more than two years away, but political pundits and even plain folks are now seeing a potential George Arnaiz and Gary Teves clash for the Capitol’s highest post.
Both Arnaiz and Teves have excellent experience and performance as legislators. They are also outstanding in their chosen professions as a lawyer and banker, respectively. Both are also members of prominent political clans that are recognized and respected even by Presi-
dents. Arnaiz never hid his desire to return as Governor of the province while Teves has long been considered yet the best governor we never had. The former is considered strongest in the second district Turn to page 17
Army gets office, staff at Capitol
etermined to make itself accessible to the public, the 302nd Brigade of the Philippine Army has requested and will be getting an office plus staff in the provincial Capitol for efficient coordination between the civilian government and Armed Forces of the Philippines.
Both Governor Roel Degamo and 302nd Brigade Commander Col. Manuel Ochotorena agreed to strengthen the part-
nership of the provincial government and the AFP to deliver joint security and Turn to page
RTC says: It’s ... (From page 1)
Canvassers proclaimed Grampon as the winner of the mayoral contest by garnering 9, 535 votes over Diputado’s 9, 521 votes or a difference of just 14 votes. Diputado’s camp through legal counsels Mark Christoffel Banquerigo and
Jose Cempron protested arguing that if all the rejected ballots of the PCOs machines in the eight precincts were to be counted, the former vice-mayor would
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Pranksters told to stop bomb threats Judge Rafael Cresencio Tan of the Regional Trial Court Branch 30 has urged the prankster to cease from disrupting work at the Hall of Justice through bomb threats. Policemen had to scour Wednesday, the offices of judges and prosecutors of any explosive and found the threat to be negative. It was the fourth time that the Hall of Justice received a threat. Tan did not join his colleagues in the evacuation and preferred to continue with the hearings as he is certain it was just another practical joke. (Photo by Rachelle Nessia)
(Child Abuse) his topic is very important especially for the would-be-parents as well as to give a strict warning to abusive parents who could potentially abuse their children.
Battered child syndrome or also known as child abuse, is a group symptoms indicating that a child has been injured usually by parents, guardians or other family members. The injury may be ph ysical, emotio nal, o r sexual. This is also closely related to child neglect, in which the parent or guardian fails to provide for the nutritional, emotional, physical or health needs of the child, even if these health needs are available. The major cause of child abuse is a failure of self-control by the parent or guardian. Authorities have identified four main reasons for this: • Inadequate Parents – these parents did not receive much love and affection from their own parents and may, th emselv es, have b een abused. They lose their temper so easily resorting to and are easily frustrated, thus, harsh punishments. Some abusive parents are found to be mentally disturbed themselves. • So me child ren ar e “difficult” or “over active,” irritable, or so demanding that they drive a parent to unacceptable behavior such
that they strike out and inflict injuries to the child. The parent may punish the lazy child for his “failure” or “defiance” (stubbornness) either with blows or hurtful words. Some mentally retarded children may suffer the same fate. • Lo nely or isolated family “without close friends or relatives nearby to help out or talk to become overburdened and without outlet may lose easily their tempers; impatiently hurting their children as displacement of their repressed anger. • So me u nexp ected “emergency” event, for instance, when a child happens to break something valuable or defying or talking back to the strict or oversensitive parent, may trigger the parent to strike out in a blind rage. The physical symptoms of abuse include old or new bruises; scars from cuts and burns; serious injuries to the eyes, mouth, or internal organs; and evidence of x-ray pictures of bone fractures in different stages of healing. Usually, parents cannot give plausible explanations for the child injuries. Some signs of emotional
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pendesal and cheese, Noy’s overall humble demeanor and pro-poor language —will go down the drain for this one silly car that overpseeds at 150 km per hour on its way to Hacienda Luisita. One scribe even describes the Porsche -exaggeration included that the Porsche is a “symbol of opulence, of risky behavior and youthful adventurism - all anathema to being president of the country.” It may not really be the kind of image Juan de la Cruz wants of his leader of hope. We are most afraid of the “failure of rising expectations” at this time when the nation most wants the President to
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person. It is the club of the “creamiest of the crop” of which Noynoy will soon belong. The problem with that is -it is not congruent with the image of the Champion that the Filipino had found in Noynoy. Holding hands with the Porsche Club members only serves to emphasize the difference of two worlds - of the great divide that separates the Haves from the Have Nots. We are just afraid that sadlythe anti wang wang, New York hotdog stand lunch, the bike around the Palace grounds, the Pala ce Chr istmas party of
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abuse are more difficult to detect. In babies, failure to put on weight even without illness is present. Children who are “too good” or “anxious” to please the adults, and mistrustful, may be victims of emotional abuse. Parents who give threats or ridicule are showing signs of emotional abuse. Sexual abuse is fairly common especially in far barangays. This abuse is hardest to detect for there are no external physical signs. Although venereal disease is ground for suspicion. The child is too embarrassed to tell especially if the father has established a mutual relationship with the child. The child might tell her mother who then reports the information especially if the child becomes pregnant. Any physician is required by law to report any child abuse to the authorities, i.e. DSWD. The victim will have to undergo a long treatment plan of psychological maneuver to be able to live a normal life in her future.
succeed. We have been deafened by the saying that :so much is asked from one to whom much has been given. What is its relevance in this issue? Pnoy Aquino has just been given a rousing electoral mandate and even higher approval rating by Filipinos at the bark of the gun at the oval race. This is no time to disappoint the wideeyed fans at the Roman arena. This could be a painful sacrifice for the playfiul side of our president- bachelor but will be immensely appealing to the teeming masses.No pain, no gain - applies not only in the gym work-out. Our unsolicited advice is for the president to re-sell the Porsche and settle for a similarly- priced one as his old BMW. Anyway, anyone who deserves to be Noy’s First Lady in Malacanang wouldn’t care less if Pnoy drives a Porsche or his bike to her home and bring three lovely flowers saying “I Love You”. If she does care, then she does not deserve to be in the Palace. One Imelda is enough.,Said, in jest, of course.
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Steward ... From page 6
through arrogance and abuse of power. Such people are prone to ulcers, strokes, heart attacks, migraine attacks, etc. But the steward leader has many true friends and embraces a life of fulfillment, joy and inner peace. What then is the definition of a steward leader? A steward leader has access to the possessions (life, skills, talents, resources, opportunities) of the owner and is tasked with the responsibility of managing those possessions according to the mind of the owner to achieve desired results. He nourishes, improves and strengthens these possessions so that he will be able to return them to their
owner in better condition than when he received them at any time the owner desires an accountability. The good leader should therefore be a person of integrity, competence, and possesses the courage to stand up for the right and the good. His life’s principles and value system must be in place and be the basis for his decision-making. He should have genuine concern for the welfare of others with the desire and willingness to apply the Golden Rule in his life and in all areas of responsibility. He should be proactive rather than reactive. Do our national, political and military leaders measure up to the high standards of Christian Steward Leadership? We must also ask ourselves this same question … for their leadership is only as strong as the persons they lead!
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George vs. ... From page 16 while the latter is seen as most formidable in the third district and competitive in the first district, which might be a battleground district if and wh en Rep . Jo celyn Limkaichong decides not to join the fray or would stay neutral. However, others caution that it would be foolhardy to even suggest that sitting Governor Roel Degamo is out of the picture given the fact that he is practically all over the province 7 days a week determined to deliver even the most basic services up to the farthest b ar an gays. (By Dems Rey Demecillo)
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not to listen to the Church and to listen to anti-Catholic politicians instead. It seeks to establish a program which Catholic taxpayers will fund in order to attack a doctrine of their faith. Is there a worse despotism? Would the same people do the same thing to the followers of Islam or some politically active religious pressure group? The pro-RH lobby claims surveys have shown that most Catholic women want to use contraception, regardless of what the Church says about it. It is a desperate attempt to show that right or wrong can now be reduced to what you like or dislike. The truth is never the result of surveys. Contraception is wrong not because the Church has banned it; the Church has banned it because it is wrong. No amount of surveys can change that. 5. DESTRUCTIVE OF PUBLIC MORALS The bill seeks to impose a hedonistic sex-oriented lifestyle that aims to reduce the conjugal act to a mere exchange of physical sensations between two individuals and marriage to a purely contraceptive partnership. Not only is it hedonistic, it is above all eugenicist. It seeks to eliminate the poor and the “socially unfit.” While it neither mandates a two-child family nor legalizes abortion, it prepares the ground for both. In 1974, the US National Security Study Memorandum (NSSM) 200, entitled “Implications of Worldwide Population Growth for US Security and Overseas Interests,” launched the two-child family as a global population policy to be achieved by 2000. But “no country has reduced its population growth without resorting to abortion,” said that document. Now you know what’s next, and where it’s all coming from. (to be continued)
Sunday ... (From page 8) Make me a captive Lord, And then I shall be free; Force me to render up my sword, And I shall conqueror be; I sink in life’s alarms When by myself I stand, Imprison me within Thine arms, And strong shall be my hand.
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La Niña phenomenon hits Region VII n line with the La Niña phenomenon declared by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Service Administration (PAG-ASA) is the infestation of wet-season diseases to occur in the province this summer and the possibility of landslides and flashfloods, press releases said. Dr. Socrates Villamor, Department of fall is three times compared to the normal Health (DOH) Negros Oriental chief, said level of rainwater. that the stagnant water caused by the conTh e po ssib le lan dslides an d tinuing rain can cause the infamous dis- flashfloods might occur in the upland eases during rainy season. These diseases places of the region which is composed include dengue fever, diarrhea, leptospiroof four provinces—Cebu, Siquijor, sis, and upper respiratory infections. PAG-ASA Central Visayas has also Negros Oriental, and Bohol. Moreover, the DOH is closely moniwarned the public especially the people toring these diseases as rains continue to living in Region VII, to be vigilant of posfall, giving mosquitoes more place to sible landslides and flashfloods as the rainbreed.
CHED reminds HEIs to observe simple grad s the graduation for schools in the country is fast approaching, the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) has reminded both private and public Higher Education Institutions (HEI) to observe simple graduate rites in view of exercising austerity measures. The CHEd memorandum order no. attires.” 5 reminded all HEIs all over the counThe memo of the commission advised try to “refrain from conducting graduaall private and public tertiary schools to tion rites in extraordinary and luxurirefrain from “requiring the students to ous venues, organizing spendthrift propay for contributions and the purchase grams, requiring the students to attend of expensive memorabilla and the ceremonies in special or ostentatious Turn to page 19
PNP holds 1st incident writing public speaking n order to determine the officers’ potential skills in writing for the PNP publication and speaking skills for its television and radio programs, the Philippine National Police (PNP) held its 1st PNP Incident Writing and Public Speaking at the PNP Provincial Headquarters in Agan-an, Sibulan, Negros Oriental. In line with the 20th PNP Day cel- send representatives. Furthermore, certifiebration, the event was participated cates and cash prizes were awarded by mostly by the different Community Rela- PNP Provincial Director, Senior Supt. Rey tions Office of the police stations in the Lyndon Lawas, after the flag-raising cerprovince. emony last Monday, January 31. The winners of the said event are the In order for the community to become following: Incident writing: 1st -SPO3 more aware, Lawas presented his plan of Candido Pacalan (Jimalalud); 2nd – PO2 a quarterly publication presenting events John Soreno Galo (Sibulan); 3rd – PO3 and happenings of the PNP stations in the Hilarona Villanueva (Zamboanguita). province, as well as the different programs Public speaking: 1st – SPO3 Candido and projects of the PNP. Pacalan (Jimalalud); 2nd – PO2 John This, he said, will help create a closer Soreno Galo (Sibulan); 3rd — PO2 Novo relationship between the PNP and the comCarros (Bais City). munity and would cater a firm foundation Among the 25 police stations, only towards strengthening the peace and orValencia, Basay and Mabinay failed to der program of the province.
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US Embassy donates books to City Library BY:
Time frame for projects
overner Roel Degamo mandated all department heads, during the regular meeting held at the capitol, to always put time-frames in every program and project in the provincial government. The governor added that he will keep his office and communication line open to suggestions from various sectors and for direct communication. These are the first and immediate policy that Degamo pushed to his officers.
Kasaligan vehicles unused
ecause of the absence of drivers, the Transpo rt Ka saliga n vehic les in t he Provincial Agriculture procured for the upland farmers remain unused. According to Provincial Agriculture officer Gregorio Paltinca, the two dump trucks and cobra vehicles are not in use because the office of the provincial government is yet to hire drivers. Thus, farmers are not benefiting from these vehicles as of press time. The four vehicles were purchased through the program of the late Governor Agustin Perdices to encourage the upland farmers to plant more in spite of the burden to transport the products and the high fare of vehicles. Nonetheless, Degamo assured that the program supporting the agricultural development will be continued.
Roads rehabilitation in NegOr gird up he 2 nd Engine ering D istrict o f the D epartment of P ublic Wo rks and Highways (DPWH) has slated a couple of road construction and rehabilitation in the 2 nd District of Negros Oriental under its 2010 infrastructure projects after funds were released December 23, last year. A total of P 254,370 million is being appropriated for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the BaisKabankalan road, North and South roads of Dumaguete, and all parts of the Western Nautical Highway. Negros Oriental 2nd District Representative George P. Arnaiz, through his Priority Development Assistance Fund, has also allocated at least P 40 million for the construction and rehabilitation of roads in the upland barangays of the second district.
he United State s Embas sy in Manila on Thursday donated 50 reading materials to the City Public Library here.
The collection of books, magazines and digital video discs about American culture were personally turned over by Assistant Cultural Affairs Officer Joseph Tordella of the US Embassy. The materia ls will be added to the growing collection on the “American Shelf” inside the library which the US Embassy has been filling up with res ourc es from t h e T h o m a s Jefferson Information Center. Tordella in an interview said their donation of resources are among “the many ways we try to increase the sharing of knowledge about United States with the Filipinos.” City Libra rian Gima Cornelia said that the US Embassy has been regulary donating books to the library since 2005. “These materials a re a bout the Ame rica n economy and their culture,” she said. Cornelia said the library needs more resources in view of the number of people who use the library for research, despite the availability of information on the Internet. “Students still come here because teachers require them to research from books, text-
books, magazines and periodicals. In the Internet, there is no source cited there, no page number or volume, no copyright information. So they still turn to books,” she said. Library records show that an average of 55 people use the city library. “Not all of them are students. We also have senior citizens who come here to read our newspapers while some are mothers who research for their children,” said Cornelia. For this reason, the city librarian is grateful to the US Embassy for their donations. “It is really a big help to us,” she said. The US Embas sy has more tha n 30 Ame rica n shelves and 14 American corners in various libraries across the country. “American corners, such as the one inside the Silliman University Libra ry, are broader cultural centers with print and online resources,” said Tordella. Tordella also handed over another set of reading materials to the library in the Ramon M a gs a y s a y E l e me nt a r y School. (RMN/PIA-7 Negros Oriental)
Press Club ... Consumers ... From page 2 Sherlyn Abella, DYRM; Niel Rio and Girli Bernardez, FilProducts; Fr Ram Maata, DYWC; Steve Gabriel, city info officer; Vic Camion, GMA news bureau; Choy Ga llarde, past pres ident; Edmund Sestoso, past president; Roy Bulstillo, DYSR;Mike Palama DYMY; Charlow Teves, DYLNBayawan; Ma rlon Salva , DYLT Tanjay; Jun Ablir, RNatin Bais; Academe: Dr Cecile Genove, SU; and Ely Dejaresco, chairman emeritus. The office rs of the Dumaguete Press Club will be formally sworn in on Tuesday, Feb. 8, by RTC presiding Judge Roderick Maxino. Dejaresco, club founding president, gave a report of the press club activities of the year while outgoing president Florence Baesa also delivered a report on projects under her watch. Treasurer Sagarbarria reporte d that funds of P400,000 of the press club building will be used to fix the damaged sea wall of the compound plus forthcoming city support to refurbish the building. The second floor which is reserved for the
From page 2 scheduled February 19 elec tion. BOD Members Lennie Joy A. Alviola of District 6 (Bacong, Dauin and Valencia) and District 8 (Sta. Catalina) Marie Cheryl T. Nalam are also practically running unopposed. Their critics believed that the elections should be a time of reckoning for their alleged sins either by commission or omission. They stressed that me mber-c onsume rs mus t take this opportunity as a means to hold the NORECO 2 officials accountable. But with the absence of any interested member-consumer who will serve as an alternative, the sought for change and accountability will not be realized by those who simply talk and dream about it without necessarily laboring for it.(By Dems Rey Demecillo)
press club activities is temporarily being used by the human resource office of the city while portions of city hall are under renovation. Two inve stors one a Dumaguetena now a successful businesswoman in England and her partner, wants to lease a portion of the building for a decent family restaurant. The City Council last Dec 28 interposed no objections and requested a copy of the proposed lease contract for their deliberation and action.
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* Globe Seminar 2pm-4pm Agape * Globe Seminar 2pm-4pm Jordan 2 ----------------------------------------------------------* SU Early Childhood Fine Dining 11am-1pm Jordan 1 * Globe Seminar 2pm-4pm Jordan 2 * Globe Seminar 2pm-4pm Agape ----------------------------------------------------------* PLDT Seminar 8am-5am Jordan 3 * PRE-Development Orientation of RN Health Trainees 9am-6pm Jordan 1 * SU Early Childhood Fine Dining 11am-1pm Jordan 1 * Rozanne Abugan @ 18 6pm-10pm Joshua 1&2 * Solidrock Mid-Week Service 6pm-8pm Jordan 3 * Living Word 7pm-9pm Agape ----------------------------------------------------------* PRE-Development Orientation of RNHealth Trainees 7am-5pm Jordan 1 * PLDT Seminar 8am-5am Jordan 3 * Globe Seminar 4pm-6pm Agape * SHARP Phils. Seminar 6pm-9pm Joshua 1 * PADI Asia Pacific Seminar 6pm-10pm Joshua 2 ----------------------------------------------------------* Simon Montessori Fine Dining 10am-12pm Joshua 1 * Globe Seminar 4pm-6pm Agape * San Miguel High School JS Prom 6pm-10pm Jordan 1&2 * Full Gospel Businessmen’s Fellowship 7pm9pm Agape ---------------------------------------------------------* NOSBA Victory Rally 10am-12am Joshua 1 * Holy Cross High School JS Prom 6pm-11pm Joshua 1&2 * Negros Medical Society Fellowship Night 6:30pm-9:30pm Jordan 1&2 ----------------------------------------------------------* PMA & United Laboratories Regional Assembly 8am-5pm Jordan 1&2 * Living Word 3pm-5pm Jordan 3 * Solidrock Worship Service 5:30pm-7:30pm Jordan 3 * Jesus is Lord 5:30pm-7:30pm Agape
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CCTV pushed ... (From page 1) favored during a public hearing last Tuesday on this matter. On ce app ro ved an d funded, the CCTV will be installed in markets, parks, public places, major intersections, and crowded areas. Later on, the private sector will be enjoined in the proposed ordinance to install it in schools, banks, hotels, piers, airports, churches, even on selected tricycles who will be roaming the city. CCTVs are expected to provide the authorities with solid and unadulterated evidence to prosecute the suspects without the need to coax and cajole victims and potential witnesses, who are either intimidated to silence or compromised. The Negros Oriental Bank er s Asso ciatio n (NOBA) President Gary Rosales shared his experience saying that most banks are already equipped with CCTV cameras, but the proposed measure by Councilor Manuel Arbon to install the same gadgets in all other commercial establishments and in the streets would definitely boost the security of the banks and their immediate environs. However, Negros Oriental Chamber of Commerce and I nd ustr y Pr esid en t Edward Du aired his concern that many owners of small and medium size businesses cannot afford to purchase the required CCTVs. He said the solution is for them to pool their resources and have different areas of mon itoring and share in the cost. Arbon replied that his proposed ordinance will categorize the business establishments according to their capital to determine the owners who will be required to install CCTVs. Furthermore, Du is also unconvinced if the Bureau of Internal Revenue would consent if owners would considered the cost of the purchase of CCTV as tax deductible expense since this gadget is considered as assets of the companies. The neophyte-lawyercouncilor will propose for the granting of tax benefits or privileges to those establishmen ts to encou rage and lighten the burden of the companies in complying with the requirements of the ordinance.
Man shot ... From page 13 However, the guards accosted him as he was about to flee and ignored their instructions and warning shots forcing them to shoot Villarin dead. An investigation is ongoing to determine how Villarin managed to enter the camp undetected.
Army enters ... (From page 1) daily sustenance. The people even allegedly feed the bandits, just like the story of Robinhood in the sheerwood forest. Mabinay Mayor Ernie Uy said that there were several attempts made by his office to penetrate the area only to be rebuffed by the armed illegal settlers. The town’s Chief-ofPolice, Sr. Insp. Edilberto Deocades said there are about 800 families who are illegally occupying a 320-hectare public land in Mayaposi and 225hectare private land owned by the Dia z He rmana Landholdings. However, officials of the Negros Farmers Council vehemently denied the assertions of government officials. The organization’s Convenor Eugene Quirante maintains that the only activity that is ongoing in the two barangays that are deemed illegal is the continued cutting of trees for charcoal-making. He blamed poverty as the main culprit why most settlers are forced to commit such illegal act. With the entry of the Philippine Army, local and police officials hoped that law and order will be restored and the rampant illegal activities in the two barangays halted.
Ma hacks ... From page 13 her in the head using a bolo. Investigation showed that the two were on their way to work in a sugar cane plantation when an argument broke out. The victim reportedly resurrected an old issue which so enraged her mother who pulled out her bolo and h acked her daughter. Charges have been filed against the mother, who is detained at the town police station.
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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 those who are hard to love. Trials produce fortitude, courage, endurance, and faith. Gracegrowers may produce peals someday. They say that success is not the real test of character, but give a man failure and you will know who he is.
CHED ... From page 17 from requiring the students to submit non-a ca de mic projects as graduation requirement.” The presidents of Local Universities and Colleges as well as State Universities and Colle ges, which inc ludes Negros Oriental State University, to be reminded of the Administrative Order no. 103 which orders government offices including public-run schools for “Directing Continued Adoption of Austerity Measures in the government.”
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he contingent of Cluster 6, comprising the Barangays of Paniabonan, Abis, Bato and Bulibulihan emerged Champion of Mabinay’s Langub Festival 2011 held last Monday, January 24, on the eve of the Municipal Fiesta of Patron Señor Santo Niño. Senior Tourism Operations Officer Myla Mae B. Ab ellana said Mabinay Mayo r Ernie T. Uy welcomed Provincial Governor Roel R. Degamo and the large number of dignitaries and important guests who graced the festival, among them Vice Gov er no r Ap olin ario P. Arnaiz Jr, Board Members Melimore
Saycon and Arnie Teves, DOT-7 representative Ms. Judilyn Quiachon with DOT7 documentation staff, and the officers and members of the Sidlakang Negros Association of Tourism Officers (SINATO). Abellana served in the Festival Panel of Judges along with former Board
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have erased Grampon’s lead and be declared a winner. But, Grampon filed a counter protest and prayed that if the court would also count the rejected ballots in the 26 precincts; she would prevail and increase her winning margin. Sibulan Mayor Marcela Grampon-Bartoces has not only proven that she won in the last May 2010 elections but has in fact increased her winning margin following a court decision that is expected to end all questions and doubts on the legitimacy of her administration. Meanwhile, supporters of former Vice-mayor Maning Diputado suffered another heartbreaking setback after learning of the decision. They were hoping that after the interce ss ion of the c ourt, Diputado will be able to surmount the 14-vote advantage of Grampon, in one of the closely contested elections last year. Atty. Edwin Abil, Grampon’s counsel, said that her victory is simply an affirmation of the sacred will of the people of Sibulan and must be respected. Nevertheless, he expressed his readiness to face future challenges to her client’s victory. “They already
for Afghanistan on October 26, 2010 together with her canine partner, Jofa. According to Folt Belvoir s poke sperson Don Ca rr, Creamer had been in the Army for six years and three months [since 2004]. “This was her third deployment, but her first as a Military Working Dog handler,” Carr said. She also served in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Free dom where she wa s awarded with the Iraq Campaign Medal with Bronze Se rvic e Star. Othe r recognitions and awards she received during her six years in service were the Afghanistan Service Medal with Bronze Service Star, the Global War on Terrorism Medal, the Combat Action Badge, the Expert Rifle Badge, the Army Commendation Medal, and the Army Achievement Medal.
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lost twice before the Municipal Board of Canvassers and the Regional Trial Court, they will have to study their legal options as the ball is now in their court, but we are always ready,” declares the low-profile Atty. Abil.(By Dems Demecillo)
SU Law ... From page 11 kind – to me it’s not a regular honors course program,” he said. TEN, which will be launched late January or early week of February, aims to help students who show high academic achievement excel in the study of law by providing them with an exceptional educational experience, and the motivation to participate in the challenging academic experience. In this program, participants would be able to enhance their skills and learning. “We are hoping the program can contribute to the dream of every law student to excel in the bar examinations,” Maxino explained. This program is open to law students who display excellent credentials and has a cumulative grade point average of 3.0. On the other hand, the mentoring program, which started June 2010, offers aca-
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claiming that it is covered under this spousal privilege. This privilege lasts even upon termination of the marriage, either by death or annulment. The following are the requirements for this rule to be enforceable: First, the spouses must be legally married. If a man gives confidential information to his mistress, or girlfriend, this rule cannot be invoked. Second, the communication must be given in confidence. If the spouse gives the information in the presence of the househelp, and any other person, then the spouse privilege cannot be invoked. The know n presence of third persons obviously negates the confidential nature of such communication. This rule also cannot be invoked in a civil case by one spouse against the other. This rule cannot also be invoked in a criminal case for a crime committed by one spouse against the other. According to noted author Ricardo J. Francisco, the reason for this rule is that society has a deeply-rooted interest in the preservation of peace of families. He said the strongest safeguard of the family “is to preserve with jealous care any violations of those hallowed confidences inherent in, and inseparable from the marital status.” So spouses can safely share in confidence each other’s secrets, and skeletons in their respective closets, without fear that the other may squeal later on.
critical reporting HOW MEDIA SEES IT, AND NOT OTHERS BY ELY P. DEJARESCO
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demic assistance and enhancement to law students who might feel the need to augment their learning. It gives students, who receive below passing grade (2.0 and below), the chance to perform better in subjects covered by the bar examinations. Furthermore, the College of Law shall establish a legal updates program, alongside TEN, that will allow legal luminaries and experts in various fields of law to conduct regular special lectures to law students and the law faculty in the College. Atty. Maxino hopes that these programs, among other programs, would enlighten the law students to work harder and help improve the quality of lawyers produced by the University, whose perspective in life aligns with the College’s battle cry: “Law with a Conscience”.
but if we hold strong and remind ourselves of our dreams of this country reaching its actual potential, then what can we not do?” PNoy added. Good words. But where is the action? -------------------------------------------------------o0oUNFINISHED BUSINESS: The City Development Council (General Assembly) REs. No. 2010-24, approved the plans, programs and activities to be funded from Dumaguete’s General Fund for 2011 as part of the CY 2011 Annual Investment Plan, broken down as follows: · General Public Services……… P169,796,269.00 · Economic Services…….........… 180,708,408.10 · Social Services…………………… 97,796,902.00 · Sub-Total…..................………… P448,301,580.00 · 20% IRA…………..………………. P 51,000,000.00 Grand Total………...................….P499,301,580.00 That’s how much Dumaguete will spend your taxes this year in government. That excludes the private expenditures of over 100,000 people here. Small wonder, we have 33 commercial banks here.
20 BOMB: Wala From page 1 Colegio de Sta. Catalina de Alejandria (COSCA). It all started with a phone call in one of the judges’ sala. Immediately they dialed the
police hot line and got a quick response only to fine n o bo mb . On e ju dge quipped: if you received a call “warn in g”ab ou t a planted bomb, the chances are, it is a false alarm. The
February 6, 2011 analyst said “why announce that there is a bomb? It means, announcing it is intended only to panic. In most likelihood, it is a false alarm. The Hall of Justice, for the fourth time, received a
call last Thursday call about a bomb planted within the building, which ended as a pr an k. Jud ge Raf ael Cresencio Tan, a local regional trial court judge of Branch 30 at the Hall of Jus-
tice has appealed to pranksters to stop the bomb threats and let court employees continue with their work, press release said. Three judges interviewed w er e Ju dges Rod er ick Maxino, Cresencio Tan Jr, and Neseforo Inot. They lauded the quick response of the SWAT team. They intimated that although there was no bomb found, responding to the threat is saying:”b etter safe th an sorry.” O n th e other hand , COSCA, located right in the heart of the city, suspended all its classes for the rest of the day after information regard in g a bo mb thr eat reached their office. An esti-
mated 600 to 700 grade school, high school and college students, faculty and staff were told to leave the premises of the Catholic-run school at about 2 p.m. after the police had been informed of a text message that said bombs were planted in the school premises. For Hall of Justice, it was a prank call saying that there was a bomb inside the Hall of Justice, while for COSCA, it was a text message saying ‘As early as this afternoon COSCA will be rained for blood many students will be killed. Bombs are anywr’.
ter ranean w on ders o f Mabinay, also popularly dubbed as the Cave Town of the Philippines. Nine (9) barangay clusters participated in this year’s Festival streetdance and showdown competitions of what is acknowledged as one of the most rapidly-developed of Negros Oriental’s emerging festival attractions. Also in the morning of the Festival day SINATO co nv en ed its f ir st 2011 monthly meeting to evaluate the previous year’s activities and draft action plans for 2011, Abellana added. (bfv)
(From page 19) Member Marian t Escaòo Villegas, Tourism Operations Assistant Bobby F. Villasis, SINATO President Andrey Noel Tumulak, Negros Occidental Provincial To ur ism Of ficer Jennylind Demerre Cordero, SPUD Director for External Aff airs Raf ael Duhaylungsod, and eminent Negros Occidental artists Rudy Reveche and Ismael Java. Abellana said Langub Festival celebrates the sub-