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VOL. 38 No. 36 Dumaguete City, Philippines Sunday, February 12, 2012 P12.00

President Aquino, Governor Degamo, DPWH Sec. Singson and other cabinet members (see foto below) inspected the typhoon-striken areas in Guihulngan.

39 dead, 66 missing PNOY spends 52nd BDAY at quake site 1300 after shocks BY DEMS REY DEMECILLO

(Details on page 19)

P1B estimated total damage to properties P665M damaged roads, bridges and infras PNOY releases P10.3M from government P10,000 each for direct kins of dead victims Waterworks, power down in Gui-LaLi-Jim-Tay 66 missing almost given up as dead by rescuers Choppers, Coast Guard boats bring relief

and still counting


he Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seis mology (Phivolcs) has recorded over l,300 af tershocks since Monday’s 6.9 magnitude earthquake which rocked the entire Negros Island with the epicenter somewhere between Tayasan and Cebu Island, and below the Tanon Strait. Aftershocks are lower in magnitude fro m th e main shock. These after shocks average between 4 to 5 magni-

tude on the Richter scale. Phivolcs also said that the aftershocks could last or a (To page 19)

CABINET MEMBERS and NegOr mayors brief Pres Aquino on the status of rehabilitation work in north Negros after he himself flew to empathize with the earthquake victims. BY DEMS DEMECILLO

o less than birthday boy President Benigno Aquino III ordered the arrest and prosecution, Tuesday, of those responsible in spreading false text messages warning of a tsunami to hit following the 6.9 magnitude earthquake that rattled northern Negros Oriental sending thousands of people from the affected areas up to the Capital City of Dumaguete, some 70 kilometers away, into mass hysteria. (To page 19)



ormer Finance Minister Margarito “Gary” Teves laments over the report that the national government has not yet remitted Internal Revenue Allotments to the provinces with unpaid IRAs now soaring to a P449-million high.

VP Binay also flew in, brought K9s and goods

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Dumaguete at Magnitude 6.9


OVP sends K9 units to aid retrieval efforts


he Office of the VicePre side nt and Makati city government has dispatched a K9 and rescue team to assist in the retrieval efforts in Guihulngan, Negros Oriental.

Downtown Perdices main street at past 12 noon in Dumaguete, people went out of buildings fronting Lee Super Plaza, Jolibee and Union Drug, one of the city’s biggest and busiest intersection, looked like a mini Times Square in New York where people refused to ride but preferred to walk for fear of after shocks, just after the magnitude 6.9 earthquake shook the city. Foto courtesy of Facebook Kasikas sa Dumaguete. At right is the empty Robinsons mall main lobby after people just walked out of the building.

The two K9 teams are composed of 6 extrication experts, 2 dogs and 4 handlers from the Philippine Search and Rescue Foundation and Makati K9/ Rescue Unit. They are equipped with a search camera and portable hydraulic equipment. The team had participated in retrieval operations in other calamity-hit areas, among them the landslide in Guinsaugon, Leyte last 2006. They arrived Dumaguete Friday via C130 aircraft provided by the Philippine Army and are now helping in the retrieval operations in Brgy. Planas, Guihulngan City. The Vice-President also said that relief goods are also en route to Negros Oriental.

V-Pres. Jejoemar Binay with Guihulngan Mayor Ernesto Reyes at the Earthquake site. (Foto by Florence Baesa)

To date, the Office of the Vice-President have sent 292 boxes of water each to the provincial government of Negros Oriental and the local government of Guihulngan. 50 sacks of rice were also distributed in Guihulngan and 15 sacks were distributed in Jimalalud. The Vice-President, on Tuesday, flew to Negros Oriental to extend his condolences to the victims of

Monday’s earthquake and assess the damage to the province. Binay conducted an aerial inspection of the affected region and met with Dumaguete Mayor Manuel Sagarbarria, Governor Roel Degamo of Negros Oriental, Guihulngan Mayor Ernesto Reyes and Central Command chief, Lt. Gen. Ralph Villanueva.



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RP territory: Bigger by 13M hectares n April this year, the Philippines will become bigger by 13 million hectares, equivalent to the combined size of the entire Luzon plus Samar and Leyte, thereby re-configuring by expansion the country’s national territory.



Like a thief at high noon


t was an earthquake to remember. The 6.9 magnitude earthquake –never before to happen in this part of the globe —— shook the entire Negros island at ll:49 noontime of Monday, February 6, just when most people were preparing for lunch. Little did thousands of Negrenses know that at that very moment, various parts in the country and the world, which belonged to the “Pacific Ring of Fire” also experienced the same tectonic shock. A tectonic shock is a movement of the earth’s crust that causes ground dislocations both on the surface and underground. This time, the epicenter was underwater, at the Tanon steight some 40 kilometers below, and between the town of Tayasan and the island of Cebu. Ge olog ists say it was an unmonitored trench which physicists believe was relatively new and made its first major movement on February 6. They say it won’t come back after a number of years, we don’t know. UNPREPARED.

Hardly anyone, especially those in the local governments, took disaster preparedness seriously until the real one came at high noon of February 6. The unpreparedness of the people was the real disaster itself! If the people were prepared, as they should have been, and as even mandated by law which was almost ignored, the damages could have been minimized, but never eliminated. How much more the small sleepy towns which were hardest hit? Even the Phivolcs in San Antonio and La Castellana didn’t seem to know what hit Negros island. Was it bumped by an i nvis ible spacesh ip from Siquijor? The rescue, relief, rehabilitation and retrieval operations have now become a serious nightmare because everybody wants to help but all acts are not seemingly synchronized nor synergized. But let us blame no one. This is a great lesson learned. Let us learn from our mistakes and come out victorious and better prepared should another one come along many years from now.

This was announced by Department of Environment and  Natural Resources Secretary  Ramon Paje Jr. when he keynoted the first of a series of roundtable discussions of the Pimentel Institute for Leadership and Governance (PILG) at the University of Makati last January 31. In April, the United Nations will finally award to the Philippines its eight-year long claim of the so-called “Benham rise” or the “Benham plateau,” a vast tract of land located on the northeastern portion of the Philippines, Paje announced. Paje said he will personally go to the United Nations to formally claim the country’s entitlement and ownership of the “Benham rise.” The only thing is, the land is still submerged underwater. The shallowest portion of the Benham rise is 50 meters, which can potentially be subject of reclamation. RP claims bigger land. “The Benham rise is what is called extended continental shelf,” he noted. There is land on the north side of the Philippines which is bigger than Luzon, Paje informed. The trouble is, the land is underwater, he said. However, Paje explained that the land underwater always rises above water over time. Also, it is not impossible to reclaim the Benham rise. The shallowest point of the Benham rise is 50 meters, Paje said. In the Mall of Asia in Pasay City, 40 meters of water is reclaimed, he added.It is good that the Philippines has earned the right to claim land below the sea, because this will be beneficial to future generations. Nobody else is claiming the Benham rise, Paje said. The United Nations will definitely recognize the Benham rise as territory belonging to the Philippines, he said. The Philippines was able to prove ownership after eight y ea rs o f surv ey ing the area , Pa je a dded. Paje announced he will go to the United Nations in April to formally receive the entitlement of the Benham rise. New era: Waterworld. Why should the Philippines b e in te re sted in la nd loc ated b elow the s ea ? The era of the “waterworld” ——once merely a fiction of movie-makers’ imagination— will come sooner than people think. By 2025, the Philippines is estimated to have a population of 200 million, Paje noted. The Philippines will not have enough space where its people can live, Paje warned. Only 15% of RP’s land is livable. The only livable place in the Philippines is 15 percent of its total land mass. Pa je d is clos ed the follo wing fig ures : Of the 30 million hectares of land, 15 million is forest land which is inalienable. That is around 53 percent that cannot be owned or alienated. Half of the remaining land is agricultural which also cannot be livable otherwise the country will lose one of its main food sources. Remove the geo-hazard areas, the industrial areas; what will be left is only 15 percent for people to live. With an explosive population, there will be a scramble for land within which to live, Paje said. The livable land is

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Betrayal of public trust


Dateline Manila by Bingo P. Dejaresco

ebster’s meanings connected- “betrayal of public trust” means violating by unfaithfulness a presumed integrity assigned by the public to a person. Taking that definition, did Chief Justice Renato Corona, by the evidence presented in the senate court, betray the public trust and therefore deserves to be impeached? Do the documents and the occupant than that of the said party enriched himself in witnesses so far presented Chief Justice –since public office office? constitute a quantum mass is a public trust. Maybe taken in isolation, enough to produce- not guilt What good is that defective SALNs may pass beyond reasonable doubt- but office,then -if the public no longer scrutiny. Taken together cona preponderance of evidence believes his word? textually, however, with the that Corona does not deserve Legal mavericks twist the review of the ITR (Income Tax to sit on the throne of the chief spirit of the law and say that a Returns), Real Estate Titles justice of the land that re- “perjurious SALN” (untruthful and Deeds of Sale of Properquires the “highest moral fit- Statement of Assets and Li- ties and bank statements of ness” from its occupant? abilities) is not by itself an Deposit Accounts – would reThe Supreme Court is the impeachable offense. Oh, re- veal if there is prima facie evihighest body to interpret the law ally? dence of graft and corruptionand to the Chief Justice, thereBut isn’t it that the SALN of and therefore a clear betrayal fore –to whom much power is public officials must precisely be of public trust. given, so much is also asked? truthful, timely and complete as The Defense ‘ moves beNo public office perhaps exacts a public document so that the trayed their real intent. They To page 12 a more demanding integrity from public may know whether the


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Blistering summer ahead

Demographic free fall


loods from abnormal cloudbursts like Typhoon “Sendong” have ebbed evacuation centers for flood victims are now drying out. Front pages and TV screens are now crammed with the technicalities-clogged impeachment of Chief Justice Renato Corona. “Dig  the well before you get water vapor in the clouds thirsty,” Chinese sages counsel. and heavier rainfall, cautions Summer  2012 could be long and th e re port “St ate of t he blistering given weather changes. Oceans.” “Typhoon Ondoy, for exam So, did anybody use cisterns ple, dumped in one-day rainfall as required by the Rainwater equivalent to one month. In the Catchement Law (RA 6716)? first two weeks of August last Cebu City, for example, year, typhoons Kabayan and splurged P142 million for a legLando consecutively hit us islative building. That ensured causing widespread flooding.  upholstered chairs and air-conNow is the time to prepare for ditioning for city councilors. water shortages that will surely But it didn’t put in the mandacome. Future summers will be hot- tory rainwater cistern. So, when ter —and permanent, as the equa- the water agency falters, toilets torial “band of rain” shifts, altering won’t flush —until the fire deweather, cautioned University of partment sends over a tanker. Nationwide, the record is just as Washington scientists. As ocean surface tempera- sloppy. National government here set four demonstration rainwater colture rise, the rate of evaporation up lectors of the 100,000 that RA of seawater is faster. This results in greater condensation of Turn to page 13

opulation tinkerers take note, when you go against natural law, there is a price to pay. Take heed of this – the latest official figures show that Japan’s population is projected to fall by 30% to below 90 million by 2060. Those age 14 or under will be less than 8 million, compared to 35 million aged 65 or older. The fertility rate, that is the expected number of children born per couple, is expected to reach 1.35 in 2060 from 1.39 in 2010, well below the 2.08 needed to keep the population from shrinking. What are the dire conse2. Japan’s rapidly aging quences of a demographic freefall population will require a serious that the Malthusians and anti- overhaul of its social security and natalists in our country conven- tax systems. iently leave out in the discussions? 3. While in 1960 one Japa1. In the next 5 years, all of nese retiree was supported by the 18 developed countries ac- 2 workers and in 2010 by almost cording to Deutsche Bank will 3 workers, in 1960 one retiree experience a decline in their will be supported by just one working age population ratios. worker. This has dire consequences for Other countries are contheir respective economies be- fronted by the serious “grey dawn” cause a combination of fewer phenomenon – that is a rapidly people in the workforce and greying population in the face of a high levels of indebtedness below-replacement fertility rate leads impact negatively on the brought about by a contraceptive economy. Turn to page 11



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A Journey Through Cancer

Web of life

Learn to say NO t is not only drugs that you have to say NO to, but you have to say NO to “time stealers” to stay healthy and keep a balanced life. These time stealers can be your favorite computer games, cellphones, laptops, television, hobbies, friends and people who want you to join meetings on selling health products or work-related activities. Time is essential to build strong homes and a close relationship with God. A husband and wife need Love and patience spell time. It quality time with each other and is not easy for parents who their children to make them feel leave their family to find work loved, important and valued. Par- in other countries to provide for ents need to spend time with their their families. young children while they still cling Being in a foreign country is to them and beg for attention. hard enough plus the pain of sepaThere is a time to mold them and ration from loved ones. there is a time to let them go. In today’s economy, it is Someone once wrote that hard to put food on the table if there are no delinquent children both parents don’t work. And if there are no delinquent par- work, we must. But most of the ents. I would like to use “absen- times, our working hours take tee” rather than delinquent. One so much of our time away from of the many reasons can be, as our families. parents, sometimes we think We have valid reasons. We that if we provide the basic want to provide our family with needs of our children like food food, education and a better fuclothing and shelter, we have ture. We are building a better comdone our job as parents. But munity, or a better country. Turn to page 10 parenting is more than that.

ot long ago, a woman from Occidental Negros was caught smuggling over one hundred poisonous snakes and reptiles out of this country. She was taking them to Malaysia to be sold for a variety of uses. The reptiles were in little plastic bottles in her luggage. Many of the poor reptiles had died during the short suffocating trip from Bacolod to Manila.




Thanks for music


from the body and from the world, allowing it to go to different places and ages, and even to knock at the door of the infinite and eternal, thereby preventing our material dimension to be completely swallowed by purely earthly and temporal laws. It’s a wonderful abiding companion. It provides a good setting even to your private thoughts. With it, you seem to be guided in an invisible track, you get a sense of rhythm and measure, helping you to avoid the extreme and bizarre reactions of a purely intellectual or emotional understanding of things. In short, you don’t get off-road. Music seems to connect abstract ideas of the mind with the feelings and passions of the heart. It dresses them and humanizes them, without diminishing their spiritual and even Turn to page 10

I am sure some of you are shivering and saying, “Good, Lets ship all of the little nasty creatures out of the country. Who the hell needs them?” Actually, we all need them. They are an important part of the web of life and help keep a very delicate balance. Surprisingly, they probably indirectly save hundreds of lives here every year. They may have saved your life. While it is true a few of these poisonous reptiles do injure people; they do so only in self-defense. Their normal prey are rats or mice. In fact, there are many homes in Korea that keep snakes in their garden to control rodents. While a few thousand people around the world die from poisonous reptiles, literally billions of people die or have died from rats and mice. Rats carried the plague that

wiped out half of Europe. Just a few years ago, rats carried a hemorrhagic fever in the four-corner area of Arizona, killing several people before we got it under control. Rats and mice carry rabies which can cause an excruciating death. Arabid rat will hunt and attack you. Even normal rats will bite sleeping babies, especially around the mouth. Snakes want nothing to do with you; but mice and rats will eat and poop in your food. Many of you are afraid of snakes and lizards. Everybody is afraid of something. Learn to deal with your fears. Knowledge is power. Knowledge conquers fear. When you remove the snakes and lizards from the web of life, you allow the rats and mice to breed unchecked. You upset the Turn to page 10

JAMES “KOJAK” HUGHS U.S. Army, Cpt (ret)

Footsteps and Fingerprints

HIS piece may sound like it’s about me. It’s not. It’s about something that I hold dearly, that has helped me a lot, and for which, together with all the talents involved in its making, I am now most thankful. It’s a tribute thing.

Aside and to gether with prayer and other spiritual exercises, what keeps me going, alive and kicking, in spite of all the inspites-of in this world, is music. Something in it makes my life a kind of heaven here in this vale of tears. They say that music has charm. That, to me, is a huge, very poor understatement. It’s almost an ugly lie. Music must be divine, for how else can you describe something that has given me the following effects? It has great soothing and relieving effects. Whatever harshness that tiredness, boredom, tension, emptiness, etc., can bring is somehow softened and even sweetened by music. Music turns the drudgery of prosaic daily life into lyrical poetry. It brings out the beauty of the most ordinary and insignificant events of our life. It helps the spirit to escape


Love: Softside & hardside s we recover from the aftermath of Sendong and the recent earthquakes and aftershocks, we need to look for occasions to show our love to our family, friends and neighbors, even to those whom we do not know. How can we do this? By lending a helping hand, a listening ear, a shoulder to cry on. By playing with the children, fixing a meal for the homeless, by finding ways and means to lessen another person’s or another family’s stress. And as Valentine’s Day rolls blossom’s glory; they protect the around this coming week, we can rose from predators who seek to also show others we care and are destroy its beauty. concerned for them with the simRoses are a sign of love and ple gift of a flower or two to remind caring, even though they are them, even just for a little bit, that surrounded with thorns, just as there remains beauty in the world. life is a sign of God’s love and Roses, a traditional Valen- caring, even though there are tine’s gift, are admittedly one of typhoons and earthquakes. the most beautiful things that The rose shows us that love has God ever created; they capture two sides: the soft side – the and show off to perfection the velvety softness of the petals, colors of the rainbow. The pet- and the hard side – the thorns als are baby-skin velvety soft, that tear and scratch the unbegging to be touched, and wary. they fill the room with such a Softside love is the tendersensuous fragrance. ness of unconditional love that But roses also have thorns. takes time to listen and understand Turn to page 10 The thorns don’t detract from the






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AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Real St., Independence St. Dumaguete City All unredeemed pledges from Sept. 1–30, 2011 will be sold to public auction on February 15, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office -----------------------------

AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Lupega Bldg., Dr. V. Locsin St., Dumaguete City All unredeemed pledges from Sept. 1–30, 2011 will be sold to public auction on February 15, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office —--------------------------

AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Dumaguete V Branch Ang Tay Bldg., Dumaguete City

All unredeemed pledges from Sept. 1-30, 2011 will be sold to public auction on February 15, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office ------------------------------


Aldea Bldg., San Juan cor. Perdices St., Dumaguete City All unredeemed pledges from Sept. 1-30, 2011 will be sold to public auction on February 15, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office —----------------------------

AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Magallanes St., Tanjay City All unredeemed pledges from Sept.1-30, 2011 will be sold to public auction on February 15, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office —----------------------------

AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Quezon Street, Bais City All unredeemed pledges from Sept. 1-30, 2011 will be sold to public auction on February 15, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office ------------------------------

AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS H. Villanueva St., Siaton, Neg. Or. All unredeemed pledges from Sept. 1-30, 2011 will be sold to public auction on February 15, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office -----------------------------


SHOPS Guihulngan Branch Quezon St., Pob. Guihulngan, Neg. Or. All unredeemed pledges from Sept. 1-30, 2011 will be sold to public auction on February 15, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office —-----------------------------

AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Sta. Catalina Branch P. Villanueva St., Sta. Catalina, Neg. Or. All unredeemed pledges from Sept. 1-30, 2011 will be sold to public auction on February 15, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office —-----------------------------

AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Canlaon Branch Blk. 3 New Bus Terminal Canlaon City All unredeemed pledges from Sept. 1-30, 2011 will be sold to public auction on February 15, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office —----------------------------

AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Corner Pinili & Mabini Sts. Dumaguete City All unredeemed pledges from Sept. 1-30, 2011 will be sold to public auction on

February 15, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office —----------------------------

AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS North Poblacion, Jimalalud Negros Oriental All unredeemed pledges from Sept. 1-30, 2011 will be sold to public auction on February 15, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office —----------------------------

AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Tanjay Branch 2 Nono, Limbaga Drive Tanjay City All unredeemed pledges from Sept. 1-30, 2011 will be sold to public auction on February 15, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office —----------------------------

AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Sibulan National Highway Negros Oriental All unredeemed pledges from Sept. 1-30, 2011 will be sold to public auction on February 15, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office

AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Manjuyod Branch Nat’l. Hi-Way Poblacion,

Manjuyod All unredeemed pledges from Sept. 1-30, 2011 will be sold to public auction on February 15, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office -------------------------------

AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Nat’l. Hi-Way Poblacion, Zamboanguita All unredeemed pledges from Sept. 1-30, 2011 will be sold to public auction on February 15, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office ------------------------------

AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Poblacion, Mabinay Negros Oriental All unredeemed pledges from Sept. 1-30, 2011 will be sold to public auction on February 15, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office ------------------------------

AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Bais II Branch, National Highway Barangay Hangyad, Bais City, Negros Oriental All unredeemed pledges from Sept. 1-30, 2011 will be sold to public auction on February 15, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office


AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Bayawan, Branch II Tangente Building, JP Rizal St., Barang ay Boyc o, Bayawan City, Neg.Or. All unredeemed pledges from Sept. 1-30, 2011 will be sold to public auction on February 15, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office -----------------------------

AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Canlaon 2 Branch FATC Bldg., Mabini St., Brgy. Mabigo, Canlaon City All unredeemed pledges from Sept. 1-30, 2011 will be sold to public auction on February 15, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office

AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Poblacion Pamplona Negros Oriental All unredeemed pledges from Sept.1-30, 2011 will be sold to public auction on February 15, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office



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Finding our life in him We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who, through faith and patience, inherit what has been promised. – Hebrews 6:12



you love me, keep my commands. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be[c] in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20 On that day, you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21 Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I, too, will love them and show myself to them.”  22 Then Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, “But Lord, why do you intend to show yourself to us and not to the world?” 23  Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will 28  “You  heard  me say,  ‘I  am  going obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and away and I am coming back to you.’ If you we will come to them and make our home with loved me, you would be glad that I am them. 24 Anyone who does not love me will not going to the Father, for the Father is greater obey my teaching. These words you hear are not than I. 29 I have told you now before it hapmy own; they belong to the Father who sent me. 25 pens, so that when it does happen, you will  “All  this I  have spoken  while still  with believe. 30 I will not say much more to you, you. 26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom for the prince of this world is coming. He the Father will send in my name, will teach you has no hold over me, 31 but he  comes so all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you; my that the world may learn that I love the peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world Father and do exactly what my Father has gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do commanded me. not be afraid. “Come now; let us leaven.”


GOSPEL 1 Corinthians 13:1-13

1 If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If  I have  the gift  of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.  4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It  does  not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love

does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when co mpleteness comes, what is i n part disappears. 11 When I  was a  child, I  talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For  now, we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.  13 And now  these three  remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

nal life begins now- now while we are alive. Did not Jesus say:”I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me shall never die”? Not too long ago, a friend of mine- a great singer, professor, and a church member died. And we held a memorial service for Elmo Makil. I learned from his wife Lorna that when Elmo died on January 1, 2003, they found in his wallet a card on which were printed the words: I carry this cross in my pocket a simple reminder to me of (Part 11) the fact that I am a Christian, no inally, the most important reason matter where I be. This little cross why we believe in life everlasting is is not magic. Nor is it a good luck that Christ, in his Resurrection, is charm. It’s not identification for the the first fruits of them that slept the world to see. It’s simply an underfirst one to go ahead to life in standing between my Savior and heaven, for he himself said to his me. When I put my hand in my disciples: “Where I go, I shall prepare a place to bring out a coin or a key, for you. Then I shall return and take you to DR. PROCESO UDARBE pocket the cross is there to remind me of myself where I am you shall also be.” the price He paid for me. It reminds me too to be thankful for my blessWhile there are poetic portraydo with it to its ultimate goal for its ings day by day and to strive to als of the life hereafter in the book of completion and fulfillment. This is serve him better in all that I do or Revelations, life with God is not put in enough to live by and by which we say. It’s also a daily reminder of the black and white. But every leaf of the die. peace and comfort I share with all New Testament trembles with unOne great theologian who, bewho know my Master and give speakable hope. St. Paul, in his letter cause of his brilliance, we thought themselves to His care. So, I carry to the Philippians, says in anticipation would provide us with specifics when a cross in my pocket reminding no of his own death: “For me, to live is we asked him about heaven, he said one but me, that Jesus Christ is Christ and to die is gain…whether we quite humbly (and this for everyone Lord of my life, if only I’ll let Him live or whether we die we are the of us to say): be. Lord’s.”In my book Biblical FoundaMy knowledge of that life is One of the greatest saints of the tions of the faith, I quote a Christian small, Church, Henry Nouwen, has written believer who says with respect to life The eye of my faith is dim, (and here he spells out our belief in in heaven: It is enough for me that Christ eternal life according to the New TesGod will do with my life and knows all, tament): with every life what an infinitely And I shall be with Him. (To page 13) wise and caring God can and will Of course our hope in eter-



t is the highest stage of manhood to have no wish, no thought, no desire, but Christ—to feel that to die were bliss, if it were for Christ—that to live in penury, and woe, and scorn, and contempt, and misery, were sweet for Christ—to feel that it matters nothing what becomes of one’s self, so that our Master is but exalted—to feel that though, like a mere leaf, we are blown in the blast, we are quite careless whether we are going, so long as we feel that though, like the diamond, we must be exercised with sharp tools, yet we care not how sharply we may be cut; so that we may be fit brilliants to adorn his crown… I do think that one of the worst sins a man can be guilty of in his world is to be idle. I can almost forgive a drunkard, but a lazy man, I do think, there is very little pardon for. I think a man who is idle has a good reason to be penitent before God as David had been when he was an adulterer,

for the most abominable thing in the world is for a man to let the grass grow up to his ankles and do nothing. God never sent a man into the world to be idle. And there are some who make tolerably fair profession, but who do nothing from one year’s end to the other.

Cathedral PPC resolution Narrow escape from death n holy Monday, an acagainst gambling cident happened to


T. CATHERINE OF AEXANDRIA CATHEDRAL PARISH DIOCESE OF DUMAGUETE PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL Dumaguete City Excerpt from the minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Parish PastoralCouncil of St. Catherine of Alexandria Cathedral Parish held on June FR. GAMMY TULABING 5, 2011, 1:30 PM at the JCD, VG Marian Priests’ Center, Cathedral Compound, Dumaguete City.  RESOLUTION NO. 01 Series of 2011   A RESOLUTION EARNESTLY REQUESTING HONORABLE GOVERNOR ROEL R. DEGAMO, ALL CITY AND MUNICIPAL MAYORS, ALL PROVINCIAL BOARD MEMBERS, ALL SANGGUNIANG PANLUNGSOD/BAYAN/ PAMBARANGAY MEMBERS, AND ALL BARANGAY CAPTAINS IN NEGROS ORIENTAL –   TO BAN OR STOP THE OPERATION OF ‘SWERTRES’, BINGO MILYONARYO, AND ALL FORMS OF GAMBLING IN ALL CITIES, MUNICIPALITIES AND BARANGAYS IN THE PROVINCE OF NEGROS ORIENTAL. WHEREAS, the Parish Pastoral Council of St. Catherine of Alexandria Cathedral Parish, a Catholic Christian community of faith  composed of the different chapels and religious organizations  (mandated, Marian, devotional, and renewal), is committed to  the service   pursuing total Christian liberation, living in God’s righteousness and holiness, and evangelizing families and communities for social transformation; WHEREAS, the tidal wave of gambling in our country and the province of Negros Oriental has left in its wake pain and destruction in the lives of countless people, especially the children, the poor and the elderly; WHEREAS, Lotto, “Swertres” and Bingo Milyonaryo are currently operating in Negros Oriental; WHEREAS, Bingo Milyonaryo, a numbers game, similar to lotto, operated via the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes (PCSO) after it was recently To page 10


Pigafetta: he fell into the sea but was rescued. He attributed his narrow escape from death through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin. anno li capili negri(ss)imi fina a La cinta et anno dague cortelli lan(s)e fornite de oro targoni facine arponi et rete da pe(s)care come Rizali le (s)ue barche (s)onno como no(s)t(re) REV. FR. ROMAN C. They have very black SAGUN, JR. hair that falls to the waist, and use daggers, knives, and spears ornamented with gold, large shields, fascines, javelins, and fishing nets that resemble rizali; and their boats are like ours. NeL luni (s)ancto a vinticinq? de mar(s)o giorno de La n(ost)ra donna pa(ss)ato mezo di e(ss)endo de hora in ora p(er) leuar(s)i anday abordo de la naue p(er) pe(s)care et metendo li piedi (s)opra vna antena p(er) de(s)cedere nela mesa degarni tiõe me slizegarono p(er) era pioue(s)to et co(s)i ca(s)tai neL mare q(ue) ninguno me vi(s)te On the afternoon of holy Monday, the day of our Lady, March twenty-five, while we were on the point of weighing anchor, I went to the side of the ship to fish, and putting my feet upon a yard leading down into the storeroom, they slipped, for it was rainy, and consequently I fell into the sea, so that no one saw me. et e(ss)endo qua(s)i (s)umer(s)o me venne ne La mano Sini(s)tra La (s)cota de La vella magiore q(ue) era a(s)co(s)a ne lacqua me teni forte et Comen(s)ai agridare tanto q(ue) fui ajutato cõ Lo batelo nõ credo Ja per mey meriti ma p(er) la mi(s)ericordia di q(ue)lla fonte de pieta fo(ss)e ajutato. When I was all but under, my left hand happened to catch hold of the clew-garnet of the mainsail, which was dangling [ascosa] in the water. I held on tightly, and began to cry out so lustily that I was rescued by the small boat. I was aided, not, I believe, indeed, through my merits, but through the mercy of that font of charity [i.e., of the Virgin]. neL mede(s)imo Jorno piglia(ss)emo tra iL ponente et garbi infra quatº y(s)ole cioe Cenalo hiunanghan Jbusson et abarien That same day we shaped our course toward the west southwest between four small islands, namely, Cenalo, Hiunanghan, Ibusson, and Abarien. Joue a vinti octo de marzo p(er) hauere vi(s)to la nocte pa(ss)ata fuocho in vna y(s)ola ne la To page 10


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Cathedral PPC ... (Tulabing)

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turned over the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR), has been introduced in Negros Oriental purportedly to reduce the illegal numbers games “swertres” in the province; WHEREAS, making illegal legal is an open admission of government, the PNP and other law enforcement agencies that they are WEAK; WHEREAS, law enforcement agencies, such as the PNP, are being paid by taxpayers’ money to enforce the law; and not being able to eradicate “swertres” and other illegal gambling is just a waste of money from taxpayers who are paying for their salaries and cost of operation; WHEREAS, local governments by tacit or expressed ap-

proval of the so-called benefits of gambling become a predator rather than a protector of its constituents; WHEREAS, the national and local government units must always respect the integrity of public morality and take into account both the common good and the dignity of individuals. The government cannot and should not sacrifice the morale of its citizens in the name of economic development; WHEREAS, government efforts be focused on more productive and moral means to attain economic growth. Those that destroy public morality should not be implemented. Gambling of any sort destroys public morality; therefore, it should not be permitted; WHEREAS, those who have been mandated to run public offices should make the people

aware of the evil which gambling brings to each life; BE IT RESOLVED, AS IT HEREBY RESOLVED, to earnestly request the Honorable Governor Roel R. Degamo, all City and Municipal Mayors, all Provincial Board Members, all Sangguniang Panlungsod/ Bayan/Pambarangay Members, and all Barangay Captains in Negros Oriental to ban or stop the operation of “SWERTRES,” BINGO MILYONARYO and all forms of gambling with audacity and to execute them with might, without fear or favor in all cities, municipalities and barangays in the province of Negros Oriental. RESOLVED, FURTHER that copies of this resolution be furnished to all concerned. UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED

Love: Its ...


Thanks for ...


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another’s feelings, that reaches out to hug someone who is hurting. Some characteristics of soft love are patience, empathy with the other, compassion, sensitivity, willingness to lend a helping hand, and an encouraging, hopeful outlook in life. The other side of love is the hard side. This is being able to do what’s best for the other person regardless of the cost. It’s the ability to discipline, to protect, to challenge and correct without harming the relationship. In the hardside of love, we see the strength of a person to stand up for what is right and just, the courage of a person to tell the truth, and the ability of a person to be strong enough to forgive. In life, it is the hardships, challenges and difficulties through which God tests and strengthens our faith and trust in Him. Love should be composed of both a hardside and a softside. The hardside keeps the soft side from becoming over-emotional and unstable, while the soft side prevents the hard side from becoming stubborn and hurtful. Roses fade and die; love should never fade or die, just as God’s love never fades or dies. We can keep love alive by balancing the two sides of love so we will be able to meet life’s challenges, and improve our relationship skills in growing stronger marriages and families, more harmonious work places, a closer relationship with God, and a sense of contentment and fulfillment in our lives. We can keep love alive in our community by reaching out, helping and caring for those affected by the storms in life. As we do this, our love becomes even stronger and healthier. And God’s love in us sustains us and gives us hope!

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supernatural character. It makes them more understandable, accessible and transmissible. Music is like sugar that makes the medicine go down minus the cholesterol. With music, you seem to be always accompanied, never feeling alone. In fact, it facilitates further explorations of insights and thoughts, making the whole process pleasant in spite of the rigor of the process. It intensifies and makes more vivid whatever good thought or discovery you may make.  I believe that music aids prayer a lot. In any event, I can’t pray without music playing at least in my head. And I thank St. Augustine for I think he was the one who said that when you pray singing, you pray twice. To me, music never detracts from the solemnity of a public liturgical act nor from the intimacy of a personal meditation. It’s a great tool to ward off temptations and bad thoughts! I thank God for giving me a big appetite for music. Since kiddie days, I have been exposed and assimilating all sorts of music, from nursery songs to classical music to liturgical hymns— Gregorian chants, polyphony and the modern English and local versions—and all kinds of pop— jazz, rhythm and blues, etc. My parents wanted me to learn piano, but I discovered after a few days, I was not cut out for it. But I love to listen to piano. I also love to sing, though I’m not sure if singing loves me. Some say I can, others give me a polite smile. So I restrict my singing to the bath-

Learn to ... (Muffet)

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These are all noble tasks and need commendation, but to whose expense? Who we are and whoever we become, our foundation always starts in the smallest society we call a family. Prestige, honor, wealth, positions, awards, etc… are all useless if we failed in this important calling. Even this modern technology that brings my article to you can become a ruthless master if we allow them. I can be glued to my laptop for hours and missing quality time with my family. I can bring a paradise to life in my canvas, and find the balance, harmony and the right color for my paintings but lost my own health. Computer games can be the greatest time stealers of our kids’ time today. Most often, our conversations are interrupted with text messages or calls. How much interruptions can a family take today? How much stress can our bodies endure? Each one of us need to be reminded to say No if we are lo sing bal ance . Ou r re al friends who care for us will understand. We only live once. Horace Mann wrote, “Lost yesterday, somewhere between sunrise and sunset, two golden hours, each set with sixty diamond minutes. No reward is offered for they are gone forever.”

room and when alone driving. I hate karaoke because it forces you to sing according to a particular form and standard and I often deviate from those criteria. Music is a very personal thing to me. It springs fresh from the heart. In fact, every rendition I make of a song is always different from the previous one. So if forced to s ing in karaoke in a get-together, I often stop at the beginning of the song when my score is still in the 90s, because towards the end, it usually goes down to the 50s. Yes, music also makes you a contemporary with any generation. Lately, I surprised many of my friends because I sang an Adele song, masculinizing the very feminine character of her songs. They thought I am only good with Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole. I wish to thank the many artists who have made my life and work very exciting. To mention a few, Burt Bacharach, Michael Buble, Michael Franks, Jobim, and now Adele. I also would like to mention Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin, Saint Saens, Tchaikovsky, Debussy, etc. Oh, there are many of them!

Web of ... (Kojak)

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balance of nature and endanger us all. If there is a poisonous snake or lizard near your home, try to safely move it or have it moved to a new home; you should kill it only as a last resort. God left us as custodians of this wonderful world. We need to learn to do a better job. Be an Everyday Hero, live in harmony with nature and each other.

Narrow ... (Sagun)

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matina (s)urgi(ss)emo apre(ss)o de que(s)ta vede(s)emo vna barcha picola q(ue) la chimano boloto cõ octo homini dentº ap(er)pincar(s)e nela naue Ca pitanea On Thursday morning, March twenty-eight, as we had seen a fire on an island the night before, we anchored near it. We saw a small boat which the natives call boloto with eight men in it, approaching the flagship. Vno (s)chiauo deL capº gñale q(ue) era de zamatra gia chiamata traprobana li parlo ilqªlle (s)ubito inte(s)eno venero ne L bo rdo de la n aue nõ vol endo int rare den tº, ma (s)tauano vno pocho di(s)co(s)ti vedend o eL capº q( ue) nõ voleuano fidar(s)i de nui li buto vn bonnet ro(ss)o et altre co(s)e ligate (s)upª vn pezo de taula. A slave belonging to the captain-general, who was a native of Samatra [i.e., Sumatra], which was formerly called Traprobana, spoke to them. They immediately understood him, came alongside the ship, unwilling to enter but taking a position at some little distance. The captain seeing that they would not trust us, threw them out a red cap and other things tied to a bit of wood.

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Bais helping victims

Mayor Karen F. Villanueva interviewed by a reporter during the delivery of food and water in Tayasan. In response to their call, Bais City Mayor Karen F. Villanuena immediately extended the needed help to the affected areas. On the evening of February 7, 2012, the lady mayor with the help of LGU employees delivered ten (10) sacks of rice to each affected area as well as potable water taken from the city’s ozonized water depots.

BY TED BURGOS ast Monday, February 6, 2012, a 6.9 mag nitude earthquake shook the archipelago hitting the northern part of Negros Island the hardest which caused landslides, huge cracks on roads and even rendered bridges impassable. Luckily, the City of Bais, once again, was spared from the devastations caused by the earthquake. However, neighboring towns and a city were greatly affected.


Officials from these towns and city could only ask for help especially the town of Tayasan, Ayungon, and Jimalalud. Tayasan was the epicenter of the earthqu ak e. Th e city o f Guihulngan reported more fatalities and missing persons compared to the other towns. In response to their call, Bais City Mayor Karen F. Villanuena immediately extended the needed help to the affected areas. On the ev en ing of Febr uar y 7, 2012, the lady mayor with the help of LGU employees

delivered ten (10) sacks of rice to each affected area as well as potable water taken from the city’s ozonized water depots. It could be remembered that during the TS “Sendong” calamity, Mayor Karen said it is better to extend help than to be the recipient of such help and even in the aftermath of the recent tragic earthquake, she still lives up to her words. The Mayor also donated the budget allocated for this year’s LGU Valentine’s Party to the victims of the earthquake.

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Demographic... (Romero)

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mentality. In Taiwan President Ma YingJeou recently warned the nation of a serious national threat posed by the country’s lack of children. While in 1951 the average Taiwanese’s woman had 7 children in 2010 the fertility had dropped drastically to less than 1. While today 14% of the population is over 65 it is expected that this number could double to a third of the population causing a serious stress on Taiwanese pension funds and tax take. While today seven Taiwanese support one retiree by 2045 only one and a half will be taking care of one. The Oxford Institute of Population Ageing projects that by 2050 pension costs in Europe will escalate by 23% causing a serious strain on government budgets. It is important to note that while in Europe it took a long time for its population to fall, the Oxford study shows the developing countries in Asia and Latin America, thanks to aggressive population control measures, which was orchestrated by the Kissinger report during the presidency of President Gerald Ford and backed up stoutly by international organizations like the US Aid and the World Bank, institutions heavily influenced by the US, these developing countries will experience a demographic free fall experience much faster than we are seeing in places like China, Singapore and Brazil today. In the meantime this country is enjoying our demographic dividend – a term used by demographers for countries with that “middle age spread” (a large portion of its population joining the labor force). This has allowed this country to export its surplus labor about ten percent of its population to find employment abroad. Our OFWs in turn have religiously remitted some 50 billion pesos a month which is responsible in keeping this economy afloat. Not that this is the optimum situation if you consider the enormous social cost of this Diaspora. The fact remains however that no household in Europe or the Middle East can do without domestic help from Filipinas nor can a decent hospital in theses places do without healthcare provided by our countrymen. It is said that every time a ship sinks you will find Filipino sailors aboard. Here at home some 500,000 places in the business outsourcing industry are occupied by Filipinos making this country probably the biggest BPO provider in the world. No James, don’t blame our population for the tales of woe in this country. Look rather at the inept governance and a business sector that has failed to provide employment to our countrymen despite our rich natural resource endowments. Look rather at the corruption which is still hitting the headlines, the crony capitalism practiced by a rent-seeking, protectionist and monopolistic private sector that is cuddled by a graft ridden governance that hopes to provide condom and pills instead of jobs to the army of unemployed because this is much cheaper. In the meanwhile, in the wings waiting with bated breath are the pill pushers in congress and media whose pens and bills are


P.E.P. (People, Events, Places)

Be strong, take courage eminiscent of the disaster movie “2012,” Monday’s Intensity 6.9 temblor felt in Negros Oriental, including Dumaguete, has left us with thoughts of what could have happened if the events did not turn out the way it was when it happened. For us, in particular, since it was the first working day of the week, we met it with much enthusiasm and anticipation of an expectedly busy schedule, little knowing that the university would be giving us the half day off to attend to our families because of the impending calamity. Some high school students were ecstatic with at least a half day of leisure time and would have wanted to go malling until they were told by their elders that it was not a very good idea because the mall structure itself, owing to the literally earth-shaking incident, would be closed for the rest of the day for inspection and assessment to possible damage. Thus, with many commercial will be with us wherever we go.” establishments also closing shop, Unfathomable, but true, if we have Dumagueteños spent Monday after- unwavering faith in God. noon out in the streets and in the Some people are strong physiboulevard for a tsunami watch cour- cally, but are weak em otionally. tesy of the Phivolcs Level 2 alert, There are people we know who may which it would later lift by 2:30 in the both be strong physically and emoBY CECILE M. same afternoon. Ironically, it was the tionally, but m ay lack spiritual G ENOVE streets that were filled with vehicles strength because of their quest for and some people on foot trekking to profound answers to some of their higher grounds, with the threat of a more profound questions. But, it is tsunami reaching some of our friends precisely during these trying moand relatives in Manila and Cebu. It ments in our life do we realize what would turn out to be an almost im- we are capable of doing after all. Not possible occurrence, according to only do we gather the strength to be But, God in His wondrous physics professor Francisco Ablong able to move m ountains, so to Jr., who said in a radio interview that speak, but we also muster the cour- ways still continues to give us His a tsunami is unlikely to happen here age to finish what we had started up blessings. He accepts us for who we are, regardless of our social because of many islands surround- to the very end. ing us. Dumaguete by late afternoon At times, after having suc- status, our mental abilities, our was like a ghost town, but the moun- cessfully hurdled an extraordi- strengths, our weaknesses, and tainous area of Valencia, Negros narily difficult task, we marvel at our faults. Because each and everyone of us has been created in Oriental became a virtual hub of ac- our own selves, thinking how in tivity. Conversely, som e the world were we able to do all His likeness, we ought to live by Valencianons m otored dow n to those things, given our weak- His ways, too and, like Joshua, be strong and courageous because Dumaguete to see for themselves nesses and frailties. Only much what a tsunami is, camping in the later, after the trials and difficul- that was what He commanded. As boulevard with some seemingly out ties or the so-called “storms” in Isaiah 42: 6 displayed, “I am the on a picnic. Such is the Filipinos’ re- our life have subsided do we look Lord, I have called you in rightsilience and creativity of making back and say, it is our ultimate eousness. I will also hold you by something good, and even fun, out trust in the Lord that has enabled the hand and watch over you.” In the midst of trials, difficulties, of an otherwise unfavourable condi- us to live through life’s vicissiand challenges as a student, as a tion. tudes. teacher, as a child of this earth, as The temblor came on the Some people are wont to ask: heels of the celebration of the Uni- Why are we subjected to another ca- stewards of God’s creation, as members of the Christian community of versity Christian Life Emphasis lamity? Hardly have we picked up faith, let us take solace and comfort Week at Silliman University the pieces after the devastation whose theme this year, “Be wrought by Sendong, with help and in God’s assurance that He will never Strong and Take Courage,” from donations still coming and are still fail us, even if we often fail Him. 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2.1 hectars 4 hectars 6,287 sqms 8,000 sqms 9,000 sqms 7,413 sqms 10.4 hectars 1,900 sqms 615 sqms 1,500 sqms 800 sqms 500 sqms 2,000 sqms 1,000 sqms 450 sqms 500 sqms 2,287 sqms 1,725 sqms 1,744 sqms 2,551 sqms 1,000 sqms 2,873 sqms 6 hectars 417 sqms 3,000 sqms 1,500 sqms 6,000 sqms 1,800 sqms 2,017 sqms 330 sqms 1,040 sqms 5,000 sqms 2 hectars 3,020 sqms 800 sqms 4.5 hectars 400 sqms

Batinguel, Dumaguete City Zamboanguita, Neg. Or. Motong, Dumaguete City Batinguel, Dumaguete City Candau-ay, Dgte. City Candau-ay, Dgte. City Zamboanguita, Neg.Or. Dauin, Negros Oriental Motong, Dumaguete City Batinguel, Dumaguete City Batinguel, Dumaguete City Batinguel, Dumaguete City Batinguel, Dumaguete City Tub-tubon, Sibulan, Neg.Or. Tub-tubon, Sibulan, Neg.Or. Tub-tubon, Sibulan, Neg.Or. Bagacay, Dumaguete City Junob, Dumaguete City Bagacay, Dumaguete City Bagacay, Dumaguete City Bagacay, Dumaguete City Candau-ay, Dumaguete City Candau-ay, Dumaguete City Valencia, along brgy. road Valencia, Negros Oriental Bantayan, Dumaguete City Candau-ay, Dumaguete City Bajumpandan, Dgte. City Zamboanguita, Neg.Or. Banilad, Dumaguete City Banilad, Dumaguete City Balugo, Valencia, Neg.Or. Talay, Dumaguete City Balugo, Valencia, Neg.Or. Bajumpandan, Dgte. City Zamboanguita, Neg.Or. Motong, Dumaguete City

21M 8M 5.029M 6.4M 11.7M 9,636M 6M 1.33M 992.5K 2.25M 1.2M 750M 2.2M 1.5M 450K .5M 5.75M 3.504M 2.616M 3.826M 1.5M 2.873M 33M 625.5K 4.5M 7.5M 3.9M 2.16M 1M .6M 1.2M 6M 12M 1.5M 8M 2.5M 1.2M

500 sqms 1,832 sqms 2 Hectars 1,525 sqms 765 sqms

Cangmating, Sibulan, NegOr. Bacong, Negros Oriental Zamboanguita, Neg.Or. Zamboanguita, Neg.Or. Ajong, Sibulan, Neg.Or.

2.5M 5.5M 16M 3M 2M

5,576 sqms 942 sqms 1,000 sqms 4,000 sqms 40 hectars

3.5M .95M .95M 8M 120M

5,025 sqms 825 sqms 900 sqms

Jawa, Valencia, Neg.Or. Bong-ao, Valencia, Neg.Or. Jawa, Valencia, Neg.Or. Bacong, Dumaguete Bayawan, Neg.Or. 15 hectares rice field, 25 hectares coconut plantation Siaton, Neg.Or. planted with various fruit bearing trees Balugo, Valencia plain area Cadawinonan, Dgte. city Plain suited for subdivision site Junob, Dumaguete City residential area Talay, Dgte. City Along Valencia road Calangag, Bacong, Neg.Or. Combado, Bacong, Neg.Or. Boloc-boloc, Sibulan, Neg.Or.

700 sqms

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146,606 sqms 4 hectars 8 hectars

742 sqms 1,500 sqms

30.00 per sqm only 550.00 per sqm only 550.00 per sqm only 700.00 per sqm only 1,500.00 per sqm only 1.5M .4M 800.00 pe sqm only 1M

HOUSE AND LOT FOR SALE Pulangtubig, 360 sq.m., 3BR, 2CR, with garage, a nice lawn and a good-looking fence @ P3M Motong, 359 sq.m., 2-storey, 3BR, 2CR, uses hardwood floor, with garage (newly renovated) @ 4M Junob, 300 sq.m., 3BR, 2CR, with garage and a concrete fence @ 2M Junob, 450 sq.m.,2BR, 2CR with a big lawn @ 1.7M Bantayan, 300 sq.m., 3BR, 2CR with garage including a car @ 3M Cantil-e, 880 sq.m., 4BR, 3CR, with garage and a nice and pleasing lawn facing the East @ 7M

HOUSE AND LOT FOR SALE Pulantubig, 360 sqms, 3BR, 2CR, with garage, a nice lawn and a good looking fence @ 3M Motong, 359 sqms, 2-storey, 3BR, 2CR, uses hard wood floor, with garage (Newly Renovated) @ 4M Junob 300 sq.m., 3BR, 2CR, with garage and a concrete fence @ 2M Junob, 450 sqms,2BR, 2CR with a Big Lawn @ 1.7M Bantayan, 300 sqms, 3BR, 2CR, with garage including a car @ 3M Cantil-e, 880 sqms, 4BR, 3CR, with garage and a nice and pleasing lawn facing the East @ 7M Pulangtubig, 225 sqms. With road right of way, clean tittle @ 1.3M only Bantayan, 2 storey house, 5BR w/maids Quarter, 3CR, 2nd floor uses hard wood flooring, 210 sqms lot area, clean tittle @ 2.2M only Candau-ay, 259 sqms lot area newly built house, 3BR, 2CR, Semi furnished, clean titles @ 3M only

New Stocks

CALL: 0918-929-6047 * Along the road * Aircon, cable-ready * Fenced with garage * Hot & Cold shower Price: P5M negotiable Call: 0918-929-6047

LOTS FOR SALE Around Negros NEW STOCKS • Sta. Aguida, Pamplona, 10 hectares @ P30.00 per sq.m. • San Jose, 29 hectares with coconut trees and sugarcane plantation @ P50.00 per sq.m. • Sta. Catalina, 4.3 hectares with sugarcane plantation ready for harvest @ P25.00 per sq.m. • Northern Junob, Dgte City, 19,900 sq.m. @ P1,500.00 per sq.m. • Candau-ay, Dgte City, 12,782 sq.m. @ P500.00 per sq.m. • Junob, Dgte City, along the road with fruit-bearing coconut trees @ P2,000.00 per sq.m. • Jimalalud, Neg. Or. 6,844 sq.m. with fruit bearing, coconut trees P60,000.000 only

CALL: 0918-929-6047 NEW LOTS FOR SALE  Bayawan City, located in the heart of the city, near City Hall, 349 sqms at 3,500.oo/sqm  Bacong Negros Oriental located at the National highway, wide frontage, 1,308 sqms at 1,500.00/sqm  Meciano Road, Dgte City, interior lot, suited for boarding house and restaurant, 525 sqms at 1,500.00/sqm

LOT FOR SALE Motong-4,118 sq.m. @ 1,100/sq.m., clean title, along the brgy. road with 5 0 ful l g rown sweet mangoes, 34m frontage Contact: 0918-929-6047

FOR SALE Residential Lot 2,500 sq.meters at Bong-ao, Valencia, Negros Oriental Price: affordable and negotiable



Lot adjacent to SUMC P14M, negotiable 859 sq.m. (CHET)


Call: 0918-929-6047

HEIDI’S PAWNSHOP “The Pawnshop with a Heart” Along Sta. Rosa St., Dumaguete City Tel. No. 422-7735 & their Newest Branch at Silliman Ave., Dgte. City Tel. #422-9002

Call: 0918-929-6047

LOT FOR SALE 2,297 sq.m. @ P1,800/m2 Junob/residential/ 1 block fronting Silliman Heights

Call: 0918-929-6047

COMMERCIAL LOT FOR SALE Airport Area, 1,744 sq.m., clean title, 20 meters from the highway, suited for apartment and commercial spaces P2,200 per sq.m. only

Call: 0918-929-6047

COMMERCIAL LOT FOR SALE Banilad, Dgte. City, 2,772 sq.m., clean title, fronting the highway, wide entrance, suited for apartment, gasoline station and commercial spaces, P2,000 per sq.m. only

Call: 0918-929-6047

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Betrayal ...


From page 4

were against the presentation of the SALN, the ITRS and the Bank Deposits of the accused and his relevant partners in the senate court. The subsequent turn of events would explain why. Enumerating the statements below, would Juan de la Cruz say then that the Chief Justice can no longer be trusted to be the primus inter pares among the highest magistrates of the land? The BIR head Kim Henares revealed the non or mis-declaration of Corona of his real estate assets from 2003 to 2010, his networth (how rich he really is) were. In 2003 it should have been P 14M not P 7M (as declared); 2004 P21M and not P 7-M;2006 P 31-M not P 8-M; 2007 P20-M and not P 11-M; 2008 P 25-M not P 13-M and 2009 P 52-M not P 14-M. The Bellagio unit, the 7 Marikina lots, Ayala column and a Diliman property were involved in the discovered discrepancy. The Prosecution had been upheld by the senate to subpoena 14 Corona bank accounts in PSBank and the BPI Aya la b ranc h. T he SALN claimed that Corona only declared the following cash position in the following years: (2002):P 2.7M, (2003-2005) P 3.3 M; (2006-2009)P 2.5M and (2010) P 3.5M yet Corona checks numbering four all paid for real estate properties during the period were shown in the total amount of about P 20-M.

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February 12, 2012

Blistering ...


From page 6

b16 mandated. That’s 0.004 percent of target. Not a single pork barrel centavo went for cisterns although. 66 out of every 100 lack water. Indeed, “the law hath not been dead, though it hath slept,” Shakespeare wrote. Yet, water could whittle infant mortality rates, hovering at 52 per 100,000. Compare that to Thailand’s 17. “These are preventable deaths,” this column noted four years back (Dec. 6, 2006). “The most fractured human right in this country is that of a child to celebrate his first birthday.” “There is flooding when excess water have no receptacle,” Magsaysay Awardee Antonio Oposa has pointed. “Solution? Find

or make a receptacle. This is a nobrainer. ‘Yet, if you ask Government people what is the solution to floods, they will give you a multi-billion response that needs elaborate pumps, massive construction works and maintenance —which we Filipinos do not seem capable of. Look at the Manila International Airport. The problem persists year after year after year after year. We never learn.” Since then, there’s been an initial but still fragile reversal of nearblanket infraction of RA6716. We have “a more responsive government this time,” Oposa says. Local Government secretary Jesse Robredo and Public Works secretary Rogelio Singson signed, on June 6, a little noticed but significant Memorandum of Agreement to implement the moribund rainwater collections systems law.

Sunday ...


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From page 8

What about life after death? When we live in communion with God, when we belong to God’s own household, there is no longer any “before” or “after”. Death is no longer the dividing line. Death has lost its power over those who belong to God, because God is of the living, not of the dead. Once we have tasted the joy and peace that come from being embraced by God’s we know that all is well and will be well. “Don’t be afraid, ”Jesus says. “I have with me and know that where I am your God is”

Breathing Space

RP territory ... (Jay)



From page 4

getting smaller while the population growth is exponential, he said. But in the future, though, Paje believes technology will advance that will allow people to live anywhere, even underwater. In fact, he said it is about to happen. In the next five years the country will witness the first underwater hotel in Coron, Pa je announced. How big is the Philippine territo ry? Paje com pute s. Just how big is the Philippine territory? Department of Enviro nment and Natural R esources Secretary gave a computation of the extent of the Philippine territory when he guested the first roundtable discussion of the Pimentel institute on Leadership and Governance last January31. Paje noted tha t the Philippines is a signatory of the United Nations Convention of the Law of the Sea. The Philippine territory extends 200 miles to the right, left, to th e no rth and south.Thus, the Philippines is 240 million hectares of water and 30 million hectares of land. Paje described the Philippines as a country of water with a few land on it. Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF NEGROS ORIENTAL 7th Judicial Region Branch 63 Bayawan City SPEC. PROC. 409 (Former Spec. Proc. No. 410) IN THE MATTER OF CORRECTION OF ENTRY AS TO SEX FROM FEMALE TO MALE IN THE RECORDS OF BIRTH OF EDCEL HERNANE CAÑAMO, ANECITA H. CAÑAMO, Petitioner, - Versus THE LOCAL CIVIL REGISTRAR OF SANTA CATALINA, NEGROS ORIENTAL, Respondent. x—————————————————————————————/

Petitioner, in her verified petition, alleges that her son, EDCEL HERNANE CAÑAMO, was born on JULY 7, 1999 at Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental and his fact of birth was duly registered before the Office of the Local Civil Registrar of Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental. However, in his records of birth, the entry as to his sex was erroneously entered as FEMALE instead of MALE. Thus, this petition. The petition being sufficient in form and substance, let the same be heard on June 05, 2012 at 8:30 o’clock in the morning at the Session Hall of this Court along Soverino “Nene” Martinez Street, Bayawan City. Interested parties are hereby enjoined to appear on the aforesaid date, time and place and show cause why the petition should not be granted. Let this order be published immediately, at the expense of the petitioner, for once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Negros Oriental, the petitioner and her counsel. SO ORDERED. Given in Chamber this 18th day of January 2012 at Bayawan City, Negros Oriental, Philippines. (Sgd.) ANANSON E. JAYME Executive/Presiding Judge The Negros Chronicle Feb 5, 12 & 19, 2012


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Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF NEGROS ORIENTAL 7th Judicial Region Branch 44 Dumaguete City



ORDER In her 29 November 2011 verified Petition, petitioner Michelle Sechico Baniga prays for the issuance by this Court of an Order directing the Civil Registrar General, Manila and the Local Civil Registrar of Dauin, Negros Oriental to correct the erroneous entries in her record of birth pertaining to: her name from Michael Sechico Baniga to MICHELLE SECHICO BANIGA; her gender from male to FEMALE; and her parent’s date of marriage from April 5, 1978 to APRIL 1,1978. The petitioner alleges that the fact sought to be entered are the true and correct ones, hence, the instant petition. Being sufficient in form and substance, set the hearing of the Petition on 21 May, 2012, at 8:30 o’clock in the morning, before the sala of this Court, at which time and place, all interested persons may appear and show cause why this Petition should not be granted. The petitioner is hereby directed to publish this Order once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Negros Oriental and its component cities, dully chosen by raffle, at the main entrance of this Court, and on the bulletin board, Office of the Clerk of Court, Hall of Justice, Dumaguete City. SO ORDERED 9 January 2012 (Sgd.) NECIFORO C. ENOT Judge The Negros Chronicle Feb. 5,12 & 19, 2012



February 12, 2012

Arnaiz backs ...

the CIVIC circle From page 16


BY LELE MARTINEZ (Civic clubs and organizations are welcome to submit their articles and pictures about their services and activities. It is free of charge. Deadline for submission is Wednesday. You may send by email to: – EDITOR)

Real Love “Take away love and our earth is a tomb.”

February 11, world day for the sick


ith Sendong and the very strong earthquake still very fresh in our minds, our hearts go to those who died, the wounded and the suffering during these calamities.

February 11 is celebrated as the feast day of our Lady of Lourdes. This date marks the first apparition of the Blessed Mother in 1858 to Bernadette Soubirous in Massabielle in  the  village  of Lourdes, France. The message of Lourdes is a call to personal conversion, prayer and charity. Lourdes is about faith and generosity of spirit, giving time and loving service to the sick and those in need. Many consider Dumaguete’s Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto by the Lourdes as a place of peace and side of the Dumaguete Campanario tranquility surrounded by prayers of supplication, thanksgiving and service. The ambience of the place is one of peace and joy where people’s hearts reach out to God through the Mother of Christ. February 11 is also known as the World Day of the Sick as instituted by Pope John Paul II 19 years ago, honoring the sick and the suffering who seek spiritual and physi-

by volunteers of all ages and races who come to Lourdes purposely to serve the sick. Many of these volunteers come from all over the world who spend a few days or weeks volunteering in the hospice in the Shrine and in the processions of the sick. There is a nightly procession where the Holy Rosary is recited and hymns are sung in different languages.   Here in Dumaguete, we have a beautiful grotto with a statue of Our Lady of Lourdes that was renovated by Bishop John Du a few years ago that is now regularly visited by the faithful. It stands right beside the Dumaguete Cathedral.  The  faithful A cheerful volunteer and her patient wait in line in front drops by any time of the of the Shrine of our Lady in Lourdes, France. day or night to light a candle or say a prayer to the cal healing in this small French village of Blessed Mother. The grotto is always Lourdes.  Pope  John  Paul wanted  this  day decked with fresh flowers offered by to be “a special time of prayer and sharing, the faithful. Amidst the hustle and of offering one’s suffering for the good of bustle of the city, this shrine stands the Church and of reminding everyone to out as a symbol of the faith of the see in his sick brother or sister the face of people.  What  simple  joy  there  is  in Christ.” Lourdes has become a place of pilgrimage and healing, but even more of faith. To people of faith, they see it as a continuation of Jesus’ healing miracles—now performed at the intercession of His mother. One of the highlights of a pilgrim’s visit to The afternoon procession with their volunteers for the Lourdes is the afternoon sick in Lourdes, France procession where the faithful, including the sick, join the procession that ends with a those who put their faith and hope in Eucharistic celebration. A sight to see durGod, especially in these trying times. ing the procession is the sick in carriages As we pray for protection from all and wheelchairs being carried or pushed calamities and disaster, may we remember the sick and the suffering and do our share to help them in whatever way we can. SUNDAY GEM   “For those who believe in God, no explanation is necessary. For those who do not believe, no explanation is necessary.” -   Franz  Werfel - Prologue –  Song of Volunteer men and women pull the carriages of the sick during the procession in Lourdes, France. Bernadette


Robert Browning

uring this “Day of Hearts,” we focus ourselves on the beautiful thoughts of love. Great writers, dramatists and song composers have emphasized the subject of love on its dramatic, classical and poignant forms.

Let us quote some great writers on their impressions on this thing called Love. Sir Walter Scott said: “Love is loveliest when embalmed in tears.” Plato said: “Love is a grave mental disease.” A spiritual connotation on love is . . . . . “love each other deeply because love covers a multitude of sins.” (Peter I 4:8) As Christians, we know that the greatest symbol of love is the cross. Christ died for all of us as a supreme manifestation of His infinite and immeasurable love for the sinful man. He opened the “Gate of Heaven” for all of us. Psychologists comprehensively define love as “a complex yet basically uniDEED OF EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT, WAIVER AND PARTITION Notice is hereby given that the heirs of Agustin Tinagan; heirs of Leonila Balbuena- Vilos; heirs of Damian Balbuena;heirs of Clarita Balbuena-Fonollera; heirs of Adela Balbuena-Zamora; heirs of Emilio Balbuena; heirs of Rommel Balbuena; and heirs of Toribio Balbuena have filed and executed a Deed of Extrajudicial Settlement, Waiver and Partition on Lot No. 3734 per OCT No. 1662-A situated in the Municipality of Dumaguete containing an area of 9,368 sq.m. more or less under Doc. No. 430, Page No. 86, Book No.11 Series of 2010,notarized by Atty. Cynthia M. Sulit-Portugaleza.

fied, as well as a feeling of empathy; the ability to enter into the feelings and experiences of one; pleasure in activity devoting thought, energy, time and all resources to the love one; and full of acceptance of the uniqueness and individuality of the one being loved”. Every righteous man in this world always seek and crave for real love for love is the essential energy that nurtures growth, the balm that brings healing when he is broken and succors him when he is downtrodden. When man receives the unconditional love of God, he begins to love himself and to love others. Love will not save us from the pain of this life nor

DR. ANGEL V. SOMERA Fellow, Phil. Psychiatric Association

will it protect us from the sorrow of death. However, love is the power of God within us that transcends pain and sorrow. The power of love creates beautiful things to lift the spirit of the world. For the sake of love, we should be prepared to sacrifice in every way. Let us recall the real qualities of a loving person. He is patient, kind, not envious, not proud, not rude, not self-seeking, not easily angered, keeps no record of wrongs, not happy with evil, and rejoices with the truth. These traits are the best passport to Heaven. Dur in g th is “Day o f Hearts,” we focus ourselves.

AFFIDAVIT OF SETTLEMENT AND ADJUDICATION Notice is hereby given that the sole heir of ANGELITA BOLTIADOR-FYRI named VIRGILIA BOLTIADOR SOSA has filed and executed an Affidavit of Settlement and Adjudication on standing deposit bearing account no. 1470-12192-6 at the Allied Banking Corporation, Carcar Branch, Carcar Cebu City, Philippines under Doc. No. 62; Page No. 14, Book No. II, of Notary Public ATTY. PETER PAUL F. RENACIA The Negros Chronicle Jan. 22, 29 & Feb. 5, 2012

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DEED OF ADJUDICATION BY SOLE HEIR WITH SALE Notice is hereby given that the sole heir of the late JOSE ROTEA, Sr. and JUDITH J. ROTEA has filed and Executed A DEED OF ADJUDICATION BY SOLE HEIR WITH SALE on lot No. 195 located at Bais containing an area of 69 square meters per Certificate of Title No. 5577 as Notarized by Atty. Adrian C. Borromeo Per Doc. No. 140 Page No. 23 Book No. 44 Series of 2012 The Negros Chronicle Feb. 5, 12 & 19, 2012

DEED OF EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT, WAIVER AND PARTITION Notice is hereby given that the heirs of the Leonila Balbuena Vilos; heirs of Damian Balbuena; heirs of Julian Balbuena and Clarita Balbuena-Fonollera;heirs of Adela Balbuena-Zamora; heirs of Emiliano Balbuena; heirs of Rommel Balbuena; heirs of Toribio Balbuena have filed and executed A Deed of Extrajudicial Settlement, Waiver and Partition of Lot No. 5880 per OCT No. 2155-A situated in the Municipality of Dumaguete containing an area of 5,944 sq. m. per Doc. 429 Page No. 86, Book No. 11 Series of 2010 notarized by Atty. Cynthia M. Sulit-Portugaleza. The Negros Chronicle Feb. 5, 12 & 19, 2012

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AFFIDAVIT OF SELFADJUDICATION BY SOLE HEIR Notice is hereby given that the sole heir of the late EDITH B. HORNBY has filed and Executed an AFFIDAVIT OF SELF-ADJUDICATION BY SOLE HEIR on Lot No.4E(LRC) PSD-273663 situated at Turno, Dipolog City containing an area of THREE HUNDRED FORTY SIX (346) square meters covered by Transfer Certificate of Title No.T35282 as notarized by Feliciano M. Maraon Per Doc. No. 28 Page No. 92 Book No. 95 Series of 2012 The Negros Chronicle Feb. 12, 19 & 26, 2012

EXTRA-JUDICIAL SETTLEMENT WITH DEED OF ABSOLUTE SALE Notice is hereby given that Teresita Villanueva-Yap and the heirs of Jose M. Villanueva, Jr. namely: Lourma R. Villanueva, Antonio M. Villanueva, Gerardo M. Villanueva, Fe M. Villanueva- Gillera, Augusto M. Villanueva, Eligio M. Villanueva, Jesus M Villanueva and Carmen Villanueva, all of legal age, have filed and executed an ExtraJudicial Settlement with Deed of Absolute Sale on Lot No. 41 A situated in Poblacion, City of Bais Neg. Or. covered by TCT No. T-12803 per Doc. No. 58 Page No. 12, Book No. 80 Series of 2012 notarized by Atty. Roberto C. Leong. The Negros Chronicle Feb. 12, 19 & 26, 2012

DEED OF EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT, WAIVER AND PARTITION Notice is hereby given that the heirs of the Late Leonila Balbuena Vilos; heirs of Damian Balbuena; heirs of Julian Balbuena and Clarita Balbuena-Fonollera;heirs of Adela Balbuena-Zamora; heirs of Emiliano Balbuena; heirs of Rommel Balbuena; heirs of Toribio Balbuena have filed and executed A Deed of Extrajudicial Settlement, Waiver and Partition of Lot No. 4603 per OCT No. 2784-A situated in the Municipality of Dumaguete containing and area of 1,172 sq. m. more or less Per Doc. 431; Page No. 87, Book No. 11 Series of 2010 notarized by Atty. Cynthia M. Sulit-Portugaleza.

AB & S MULTI-BUILDING PRODUCTS, INC. Block 4 Lot 2 Isabella Grand Country Tanjay City, Negros Oriental Satellite: Building 1 Door 1 Khan Commercial Arcade, Tubtubon, Sibulan, Negros Oriental NOTICE OF GENERAL STOCKHOLDERS MEETING 21 January 2012

Please take notice that there will be a General Stockholders meeting on Sunday, February 29, 2012 at the principal place of business of AB & S MULTIBUILDING PRODUCTS INC. at 3:30 in the afternoon. AGENDA: Dissolution and Liquidation of the Corporation Please do not fail to attend. Very truly, (Sgd.) JEAN ELECTRAS S. ASO Acting Corporate Secretary

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AD PAWNSHOP No. 13 San Juan St., Dumaguete City All unredeemed pledges wh ose terms have expired will be auctioned on February 29, 2012 at our place of business.


Supreme Court of the Philippines Judicial and Bar Council Manila

ANNOUNCEMENT Conformably with Section 1, Rule 7 of the Rules of the Judicial and Bar COUNCIL (JBC), as amended, a public interview will be conducted at the Training Room, Ground Floor, Centennial Building, Supreme Court, of the following candidates for the position of ASSOCIATE JUSTICE OF THE SANDIGANGBAYAN (vice Hon. Francisco H. Villaruz, Jr., who was appointed Presiding Justice of the Sandigangbayan on 05 October 2011). 17 January 2012 (Tuesday) 9:00 am-12:00 noon 1.ALARAS Selma P. 2.ALHAMBRA, Reynaldo A. 3.DESLATE, Esperanza Isabel, P. 4.DIY, Maria Elisa Sempio

2:00-500pm 1. DAMASING, Henry B. 2. ECONG, Geraldine Faith A. 3. FERNANDEZ, Teodoro C. 4. FARRALES, Josefina D. 5. MARTIN, Ronaldo B.

18 January 2012 (Wednesday) 9:00am-12:00noon 2:00-5:00p 1. FEISTIN, Gemmy Lito L. 1. CORPUZ- MAÑALAC 2. FIEL MACARAIG Maryann E. Geraldine C. 2. GOMEZ-ESTOESTA,Ma. 3. ITURRALDE, Philbert I. Theresa Dolores C. 4. LAUREA, Emmanuel D. 3. MENDOZA-ARCEGA, Ma. Theresa V. 4. PAMPILO, Silvino Jr. T.

19 January 2012 (Thursday) 9:00 am- 12:00 noon 2:00-5:00pm 1.POBRE, Isidoro T. 3. ROXAS, Robert Reynaldo G. 1. LIBAN, Maria Belen R. 3. TANGUANCO, Eduardo I. 2.ROS, Reynaldo G. 4.TACLA,Esteban Jr. A. 2. SALVADOR, Tranquil Jr. P. 4. VIBANDOR, Joselito DJ The following are also candidates for the said position but were already interviewed in on 18-20 January 2011 1.CABOTAJE—TANG,Amparo M. 4. POZON, Benjamin T. 2.MACAPAGAL, Aida Estrabelle 5. SANTOS, Edgar D. 3.PAUIG,Vilma T. 6. SANTOS, Maria Nena J.

7. SINGH, Maria Filomena D. 8. TIMBANG, Salvador Jr. V. 9. TRINIDAD FE-AGUIRRE,Thelma C.

The JBC likewise announces that the following are applicants for judicial positions : REGIONAL TRIAL COURT (RTC): REGION III OLONGAPO CITY (BR. 74), ALEJANDRO, Joel Amos P., BALGUA, Mariano B., BERNABE, Purification B., CHUA, Marifi P., CRUZ, Raniel S., DE LUNA, Ambrosio, B., DE VERA, Andy S., HILARIO, LOGRONIO, Gemma Theresa B., JABALDE, Roline G., LIGAYA, Merinissa O., MADDELA, Tomas Eduardo III, B. PADAEN, Lily Ann M. PARCO, Peter Z. RAFA, Dinnes J. IBA ZAMBALEZ(BR.70): ALEJANDRO,Joel Amos P. BALGUA, Mariano B. CHUA, Marifi CRUZ,Raniel S. DE VERA,ANDY, S. JABALDE, Roline G. LIGAYA, Merinnisa, O.PARCO Peter Z. REGION IV: CAVITE CITY (Br. 17): CANTERO, Ma Antonia L. CAVITO,Terisita N. CHUA, Marifi P. DANGUILAN, Crisostomo J. DE LUNA, Ambrosio B. DE VERA, Andy S., DIMAYACYAC, Demosthenes S. FRANCISCO, Michael V. GAHOL, Angel P. GELUZ, EmilyA. GRAFIL, Evangeline Y. GUILLERMO, Gilda E. GUMARANG, Manolito y LLADOC, Victor P. MATIENZO, Napoleon E. PADAEN, Lily Ann M., PARCO, Peter Z., PETILLA, Eligio P. RAFA, Dennis J., REDOÑA,K Pedro M. ROQUE, Luvina P. SORIANO, Leonard Jacinto A; TAGAY, REYES, Maila V. TUVERA, Dean Reed, E; REGION XI: DAVAO CITY (BRS. 9& 10) & KIDAPAWAN CITY, NORTH COTABATO (BR 17): PALMONES, Francis Jr. E. MUNICIPAL TRIAL COURT IN CITIES (MTCC), REGION III OLONGAPO CITY (BRS. 3&4): AMBAIT,Roland O., AQUINO, John D., CRUZ, Raniel S. DE VERA,,Andy S. FERNANDEZ, Vicente Jr. S., GINEZ-JABALDE, Roline,JUNGCO-ABRIGO, Rosalind R., MATIONG, Zamita T., MOLINA, Roland Dennis G. PALMA, Giovani E. PANTUA, Maria Cecilia T., ROBLEDO, Roderick P., TRIMOR, Pastor Jr.,J., ZARSADIAS, Ramon P; REGION IV CAVITE CITY (BR. 1): AMBAIT, Roland O., ANIÑON, Kirk M. ARAGO, Franco-Paulo R.,CORMINAL, Dante R. DAÑGUILAN, Crisostomo J., FERNANDEZ, Vicente Jr., S. FRANCISCO, Michael V., GUERRERO, Ma Christine I.Z. F, GUMARANG, Manolito, Y., JALAMBO Jupihir U, JAPZON-FERRERAS,Zharone F., JARLOS, Oscar, R. JUMRANI, Aliakhbar A. LABARDA, Lily D. MAGAYANES, Sharon M. MANGALINDAN, Mederlyn A., MATONG. Zarmita T.,MAYNIGO, Edwin B. ANASTACIO MENDINUETO, Nerina, Casandra N. MOLINA,Roland Dennis G.,MONZON, Carlo DL. PALMA,Giovanni E. PANTUA, Maria Cecilia T.,PETILLA,. Eligio P. PLATON, Bernadette P. RAFOLS Maria Teresa I., RAMOSO, Ian P., ROBLEDO, Roderick P., ROCIO-CARVAJAL, Minnelli B., SALVADOR,Barry Boy A., SORIANO, Leonard JACINTO A; TAGAY-REYES, Maila,V., TEAÑO, Jordan I., TRIMOR,Pastor Jr., ZARSADIAS, Ramon P. MUNICIPAL TRIAL COURT (MTC) IIILCAKLR FIELD PAMPANGA: CANLAPAN,Christine P., CANTERO, Ma. Antonio L.CHAN LUGAY, Peter; DE VERA, Andy S., DELA CRUZ, Rene M.EVANGELISTA,Richard G., FERNANDEZ, Vicente Jr. S. FORTALEZA Eric S., GONZALES, Ruby R., GONZALES, Suwerte O. HABAN , Ronald Leo T. MATIONG Zamita T., MAYNIGO,Edwin B., MOLINA Roland Dennis G.,MORALES-FABRO Marianne Hazel M., PAGALING, Eriza P. PALMA, Giovanni E., PANTUA, Ma. Cecilia T., PORMENTO Evilio, RAMA-CHAVEZ, Rowena H. Ramoso. Ian P. RAÑOLA Juan Jr. G., ROBLEDO, Roderick P. RODOLFO, Ma. Arabella E. SANTOS, Maila V. CONCEPCION-SORESCA, Arlyn B., SORIANO, Leonard Jacinto., TAGAY-REYRES, Maila V., TOBILLO Cecilio N. TOPICO, Arni P. TY, Rolando Dazzle E.,SAN FELIPE, ZAMBALES: AQUINO,John D.BALDERAS-DAVID,Esmeralda D., FERNANDEZ,Vicente Jr., S., JUNGCO-ABRIGO,Rosalind R.,MATIONG, Zamita T.,MOLINA,Roland Dennis G. ,PANTUA, Ma Cecilia T., ROBLEDO,Roderick P. REGION IV KAWIT CAVITE AMBAIT Roland O. ANIÑON,Kirk M. ARAGO,Franco Paolo R.,CANTERO, Ma. Antonia L., CORMINAL, Dante R.,DAÑGUILAN, Crisostomo J., DELA CRUZ, Rene M., FERNANDEZ, Vicente Jr. S., FORTALEZA, Erick S.,FRANCISCO Michael V.,GUERRERO, Ma. Christine I.Z. F.,GUMARANG, Manolito Y.,JALAMBO,Julpihir U., JAPSON-FERRERAS,Zharone F.,JARLOS, Oscar R.,JUMRANI,Aliakhbar A.,LABARDA, Lily D., MAGAYANES, Sharon M., MANGALINDAN Mederlyn P. MARONG, Zamila T. MAYNIGO, Edwin B., ANASTACIOMENDINUETO, Nerinna Casandra N., MOLINA,Roland, Dennis G.,MONZON, Carlo DL., PALMA Giovanni,E. PANTUA, Maria Cecilia T.,PETILLA, Eligio P., PLATON , Bernadette P.,RAAGAS Angelo M., LEE-RAFOLS, Maria Teresa L.,RAMOSO, Ian P. ROBLEDO, Roderick P. ROCIO-CARVAJAL, Minnelli B., SALVADOR, Barry Boy A., SORIANO Leonard Jacinto A.TAGAY-REYES,Maila V., TEAÑO,Jordan I. MUNICIPAL CIRCUIT TRIAL COURT (MCTC): REGION III VICTORIA LA PAZ , TARLAC BALMORES-LAXA Regina,D. FERNANDEZ, Vicente Jr. S. GONZALES,Suwerte O.,MATIONG Zamita T., MAYNIGO, Edwin, B., MOLINA,Roland Dennis G., PANTUA,Maria Cecilia I., Roderick,P., YAP-EVANGELISTA, Jane T., The public may submit to the JBC sworn complaint report of opposition in (ten legible copies) against any of the aforesaid applicants not later than 10 January 2012(Tuesday). Applicant with incomplete or out of date documentary requirements are reminded to submit the m as soon as possible to the JBC otherwise they would not be intervened for nomination . 29 December 2011. (Sgd). ENREQUETA ESGUERRA-VIDAL Clerk of Court &ABC Ex-Officie Secretary



February 12, 2012

GRIM faces of uncertainty WAITING FOREVER. AS to who will provide them with food, water and shelter. These grim faces of seven women and children speak louder than words, in expressing the sentimen ts of ear thquake victims in the fou r ba dly stricken towns of Negros Oriental: Guihulngan, A y u n g o n , T a y a s a n , Jim alal ud, La Li bertad a nd Vallermoso. As of last count, 39 are



Full scale legal battle: Faura VS. Senate Court


confimed dead, 66 are still buried in landslides; 23,031 families of five are affected; 316 homes are totally damaged and 640 partially collapsed. (Kasikas sa



here are now two courts in the country who want to be above each other. The Supreme Court vs. the Senate Impeachment Court. They are short of saying: they are above the law. Whatta court! (SC is sometimes called Faura because they are along Padre Faura Street in Manila.) -o0oThe issue is: Can the Supreme Court stop the impeachment trial when individual rights and other laws are allegedly violated? Legal experts say YES. But the Senate impeachment court says NO: because how can impeachable officers like supreme court justices tell the impeachment court what to and not to do? -o0oThis scenario is approaching possible Constitutional Crisis! If it escalates, it could turn into economic crisis, and then to political crisis, and then chaos, and then military take over. God Forbid.

Ipe’s Clark boosts Capitol open 11 hrs record high growth with no lunch break P10.3M Cash for Work

o r m e r Dumaguete City Felipe Antonio B. R emollo , no w president of the Clark Development Corporation, steered the state-run firm to historic record high in exports, employment, investments and gross income by the end of 2011. In his report to President Turn to page 19



n compliance to the directive of the Civil Service Commission, the Provincial Government will implement the so-called flexible working hours that would ensure that all offices will be able to serve the public from 7:00 AM to 6:00PM or eleven hours with no lunch break.

Daisy Vamenta, Capitol Human Resource Officer, confirmed that Governor Roel Degamo has already or dered all Department Heads to submit their respective work schedules of

their personnel in accordance to the CSC directive. Employees will work in three 8-hour shifts as follow s: 7:00AM- 4:00PM; 8:00AM-5:00PM an d Turn to page 17

Alabastro has two ABC leads drive to combat-ready aides amend helmet law wo policemen from the Negros Oriental


Police Provincial Office have been providing Bayawan City Councilor Victoriano Alabastro with security 24/7 since the alleged slay attempt against him inside the campus of a State University, Supt. Alet Virtucio, Deputy Provincial Director, confirmed. Hence, with or without the Barangay Auxiliary Police, Alabastro still appears to have adequate security. This led so me o f Alabastro’s critics to score him for allowing himself to

be portrayed in public as a man whose life is in grave danger after a Barangay Auxiliary Police assigned to him was recalled by the local government. Turn to page 17

aking the cudgels of their constituents, the Association of the Barangay Councils passed a resolution urging the House of Representatives through Congressman Pryde Henry Teves to amend the National Helmet Law to address the concerns of motorcycle users in the countryside.


ABC Provincial President and Board Member Arnulfo “Arnie” Teves said that th e reso lu tion is grounded on the basic principle that “helmet usage

must be proportionate to speed limit in any given locality.” Hence, motorcycle users in roads with speed limit Turn to page 17

Pres. Aquino & cabinet meet NegOr mayors

President Aquino presides during a cabinet meeting at the Sibulan-Dumaguete airport arrival area, together with North Mayors of Negros Oriental with Rep. Limkaichong and Mayor Sagarbarria. (Foto credit: Jamie Tan)

Gov. Degamo holding the P5.7 million check handed over to him by Pres. Noynoy Aquino. Mayor Sagarbarria and diminutive Dinki Soliman of DSWD look on. The others, P3.3M given to Mayor Reyes of Guihulngan; P1.3 to La Libertad mayor Lawrence Limkaichong: TOTAL: P10.3M The checks were called : Cash for Work. This means, these are to be spent for earthquake-related purposes ONLY. (Foto by JAMIE TAN)

-o0oStakes at impeachment Is a big-time P10B business Don’t ever look at the 16th-day impeachment trial as merely about “ accountability.”…Yes, it is, but it is also a big-time business deal in our opinion. -o0oOnce, if and when CJ Corona is impeached, Hacienda Luisita (owned by PNoy’s family), we believe, will eventually be paid P10 billion. Yes, P10 billion in people’s tax money, instead of just P5 billion as decided by the Corona Supreme Court. -o0oRemember, there is now a pending motion in the supreme court, seeking reconsideration that the Aquino-owned Hda. Luisita which was adjudged in CARP to be awarded to 6,000 farmers will have to be paid by government P5 billion as just compensation. But on M.R., the Aquinos want it to be P10 billion based on the current market value since malls, stores and restobars are proliferating there. This big-money deal is sure To page 19


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ABC leads ...

Alabastro ...

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Members o f th e Barangay Auxiliary Police, as the title denotes are supposed to serve their respective barangays, but they receive less training than regular policemen. Alab astro ostensibly survived two attempts to his life, the very recent being an incident at a parking lot in Negros Oriental State Univ er sity-Sta. CatalinaBayawan campus. However, his critics in Bayawan expressed doubts whether his life was indeed in danger and accused the legislator of engaging in a drama to gain public sympathy, particularly the alleged incredible assassination attempt by 4-5 men armed with M-16 rifles, recently. Vir tu cio said that Alabastro has been given

9:00AM-6:00PM. Vamenta said that this will ensure that clients from towns and cities far from Dumaguete can still avail of the services of the provincial employees. At present, the offices of the Capitol open at 8:005:00PM with noon breaks. The Department heads are asked to submit the final working schedules of their personnel to the office of the Governor for approval and shall be implemented starting February 15, 2012 or in the case of some offices, next month, Vamenta said.

of 40KPH or below, helmet use shall be optional. BM Te ve s explaine d that the amendment would address the question of practicability of helmet use even in barangay or interior roads. On the othe r ha nd, Dumaguete City Vice-Mayor Alan Gel Cordova continues to prefer asking for declaratory relief from the court in a bid to suspend the imposition of the helmet law scheduled this June. Congressman Teves has earlier branded the law as overkill and expressed readiness to sponsor an amendment to the law authored by Senator Bong Revilla once he will be in receipt of any petition to do so. His brother, BM Teves said that the formal written resolution suggesting the amendment to the law will be formalized in the next regular meeting of the ABC. (By Dems Demecillo)

Republic of the Philippines 7th Judicial Region REGIONAL TRIAL COURT Branch 64 City of Guihulngan, Negros Oriental FC SP. PROC. NO.11-08-G IN THE MATTER OF PETITION FOR DECLARATION OF MATERNITY OF MINOR SUNSHINE GANTALAO DECATORIA, Petitioner, FREDELYN G. DECATORIA, -VersusCITY CIVIL REGISTRAR OF CANLAON CITY. Respondent x—————————————————————————/ ORDER Petitioner, through counsel, Atty. Remegio Torres, filed a verified petition for declaration of maternity of minor Sunshine Gantalao Decatoria in the office of the City Civil Registrar of Canlaon City, Negros Oriental, praying that after due notice, publication and hearing, the civil registrar concerned be directed to render judgment as follows: 1. Declaring petitioner as the biological mother of the minor Sunshine Gantalao Decatoria and to declare as null and void the filiation of

Republic of the Philippines 7th Judicial Region REGIONAL TRIAL COURT Branch 64 City of Guihulngan, Negros Oriental SP. PROC.NO.11-24-C IN THE MATTER OF THE INTESTATE ESTATE OF NATIVIDAD V. BAUTISTA, BERNANDO V. BAUTISTA, Petitioner, FOR: LETTERS OF ADMINISTRATION, SETTLEMENT AND PARTITION OF ESTATE, ETC. x————————————————————————/

ORDER Finding the verified petition dated September 5, 2011 filed by petitioner through counsel, Atty. Dax Malony P. Montealegre, which alleges, among other things: That petitioner is the legitimate son of the deceased, Natividad V. Bautista, who died intestate in Canlaon City sometime in October 10, 2010; the deceased, Natividad V. Bautista, during her lifetime, acquired real properties in the City of Canlaon, Municipality of Vallehermoso and the City of San Carlos which are yet to be inventoried. No one is currently managing and controlling the estate, thus, there is a

Republic of the Philippines 7th Judicial Region REGIONAL TRIAL COURT Branch 64 City of Guihulngan, Negros Oriental CAD. CASE. NO. 12-01- G RURAL BANK OF BACOLOD CITY, INC., Petitioner, -versusFOR: CANCELLATION OF ADVERSE CLAIM POLARIS MARKETING CORP., and OFFICE OF THE CITY ASSESOR OF GUIHULNGAN CITY, NEGROS ORIENTAL, Respondents. x—————————————————————————/

ORDER In a verified petition filed by the petitioner through counsel, Atty. Romeo Carlos M. Ting, Jr., praying to order the respondent, Office of the City Assessor of Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental, to cancel the annotation of Adverse Claim by respondent Polaris Marketing Corporation in the Tax Declaration No. 24-0290 under the name of the petitioner,



Fiscal grills Escora for flip-flopping

two security escorts armed with long firearms on orders by Negros Oriental Police Provincial Office Director Sr. Supt. Edward Carranza immediately after the incident up to the present.

petitioner’s parents of the minor; 2. Directing the Civil Registrar of Canlaon City and the National Statistics Office to: 2.1 Change the name of minor from Sunshine Gantalao Decatoria to Sunshine Decatoria; 2.2 Reflect petitioner as the mother of the minor; 2.3 Delete the entries pertaining to petitioner’s father and mother; and 2.4 Change the entry in the birth order from “Fourth’’ to” “First’’. WHEREFORE, finding the petition to be sufficient in form and substance and in compliance with the jurisdictional requirement of publication, let this Order be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Negros Oriental once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks before the date of hearing, at the expense of the petitioner. Any interested party is hereby directed to appear on 22 May, 2012 at 1; 00 o’clock in the afternoon at the Session Hall of this Court and show cause why the petition should not be granted. SO ORDERED. January 13, 2012, City of Guihulngan, Negros Oriental, Philippines. (Sgd).FE LUALHATI D. BUSTAMANTE Acting Presiding Judge The Negros Chronicle Jan. 29; Feb. 5, & 12, 2012 need to appoint an administrator by this Honorable Court, to preserve the property sought herein to be divided among her legal heirs in accordance with the law. That petitioner, Bernardo V. Bautista, wishes to serve as regular Administrator of the Estate. He possesses all qualifications and none of the disqualifications to serve as such Administrator and is willing to post bond in such amount as the Honorable Court deems proper, it is hereby ordered that the same be set for hearing on 27 March, 2012 at 1:00 o’clock in the afternoon before this Court. WHEREFORE, finding the petition to be sufficient in form and substance, and in compliance with the jurisdictional requirement of publication, let this Order be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Negros Oriental and the cities of Dumaguete, Bais, Guihulngan and Canlaon at the expense of the petitioner, once a week for three (3) Consecutive weeks before the date of hearing, at the expense of the petitioner and copies thereof served upon any and/or all the known heirs and creditors of the decedent, and any other persons believed to have interests in his estate. Any interested party, by filing a written opposition, contest the petition on valid ground and may appear on the date, hour and place set forth above in order that he may be heard. SO ORDERED. November 28, 2011, City of Guihulngan, Negros Oriental, Philippines. (Sgd). FE LUALHATI D. BUSTAMANTE Acting Presiding Judge The Negros Chronicle Jan. 29; Feb. 5, & 12, 2012

Rural Bank of Bacolod City, Inc. Finding the petition to be sufficient in form and substance, let this case be set for hearing on 8 May 2012 at 1:00 o’clock in the afternoon. Any person(s) having or claiming interest under the entries sought to be cancelled, within fifteen (15) days from notice of this petition or from the last day of publication of the Order, file his opposition thereto. At the expense of the petitioner, let this Order be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Negros Oriental and its component cities once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks. Furnish the Register of Deeds of the Province of Negros Oriental and counsel for the petitioner. SO ORDERED. Given this 13th day of January, 2012, at the Hall of Justice, City of Guihulngan, Negros Oriental, Philippines. (Sgd). FE LUALHATI D. BUSTAMANTE Acting Presiding Judge The Negros Chronicle Jan. 29; Feb. 5, & 12, 2012


pparently confused and in fear, Herman Escora (right) finds difficulty in responding to the questions of Associate Provincial Prosecutor Rav Rocamora in an attempt to confirm the statements in his Affidavit of Recantation made in front of another provincial prosecutor. Escora essentially recanted all his earlier assertions as to who were responsible in the alleged slay attempt o f Bayawan Cou ncilor Victo rian o Alabastro claiming that his earlier admissions were extracted after he was mauled by his captors and aggravated by the news that his

wife and daughters were missing. They were later found to be alive and well and sought the assistance of Bayawan Councilor Abaydan Aurelia, who presented his family for reunion in h is detention quarters. However, Deputy Provincial Director Supt. Alet Virtucio said that they

are ready to summon certain media personalities who interviewed Escora following his arrest to strengthen their case against the suspects recently arrested in connection to the Alabastro slay try. He believes that positive identification will overcome the impact of Escora’s recantation.

American hit & run suspect paid victim


stensibly out of fear of being manhandled by relatives and bystand ers of his victim, an American national fled after the speeding pickup truck he was driving ran over a teenager in Tugas, Tanjay re-


The impact sent the 16year old teenager flying before crashing down to the paved road to the shock of bystanders most of whom are on their way home after attending a benefit dance. Most of the witnesses tho ught the victim was

dead, as he lay motionless. Nevertheless, the boy was rushed to the hospital where he was revived. The culprit, 68-year-old Lewis Edward Lanpher decided not to stop after hitting the victim for fear of his life; instead he stepped on the gas and sub-

mitted himself to the Amlan Police Station. He was briefly chased by angry bystanders but gave up only after they took note of the plate number of his Nissan Pick-up truck FDP 995.

Hungry quake victims loot for food, drinks

n angry Ernesto Reyes, the long-time city Mayor of Guihulngan, warned looters that they will be held accountable if they continue to defy the authorities by robbing stores of their supplies following the 6.9 magnitude earthquake, Monday.


Even women were seen to have taken foods and drinks from abandoned stores and delivery trucks in broad daylight, an indication that government food aid is extremely needed after supplies are running low and the sorry conditions of

the roads and bridges make it extremely difficult for traders to bring in more supplies from the cities of Bais and Dumaguete. Th e earth quake may have taken the lives of more than 30 people and instilled fear among the local popu-

lace, b ut the autho rities must ensure that there is no breakdown in law and order ev en as th ey mu st race against time to deliver all the needed support to the hungry, thirsty and terrorstricken victims.



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Full scale legal battle: ... (From page 16) to die at the supreme court with CJ Corona there. So, he has to be out, and the sooner the better. The anti-Coronas criticize Arroyo for appointing Corona close to midnight just before the end of her term. -o0oSo, here’s why the Aquinos are oozing to ease out Corona : once Corona is gone, a new PNoy-appointed chief justice will take over. And presto! PNoy-appointed associate justices will soon dominate the Supreme Court and that marks the death-anew of judicial independence. They will favor the P10-billion motion for reconsideration by the Aquino family. So even if PNoy has no more share, this will be his biggest “utang na loob” to everybody in the family for sacrificing to make PNoy win the 2010 elections. So alam nyo na ang game plan so to speak. -o0oNot only that lady Justice in our country is weak and gentle, it is also most obedient and subservient to whom their loyalties are reposed. A PNoy-loyal Supreme Court will lose its independence, and soon believe you us, more killings will delivered. So who is going to have a big big party?

PNOY: arrest ... From page 1 TRUTH IS : There is now a machine which can predict an earthquake. The rumor mongers fooled the mountain people, but not the city people. The Silliman Physics Dept under Dr Hope Bandal and with Prof Kookie Ablong said that there are three kinds of shocks: the fore-shock, the main-shock and the aftershock. After the main shock, the magnitude of intensity always goes down. Just as what happens. If there is a tsunami, it will occur in less than l5 minutes after the main shock. Not hing happened. Tsunami or tidal wave is most unlikely here because we are surrounded by the islands of Cebu, Bohol, Siquijor and NorthMindanao. A magnitude of 7 produces tidal waves of a meter high only. These are some facts gi ven by Prof. Ablong who went on air over DYEM STAR ENERGY FM which conducted a marathon coverage of the earthquake starting from DAY ONE, until the present. Authorities cited the unnecessary tensions suffered by the victims of the earthquake who refused to return to the pobl acion centers of t heir towns and cities preferring to spend cold nights in the mountains. The strong aftershocks, which were felt up to last Friday convinced many of the terror-stricken victims to stay in the uplands. Immediately aft er t he earthqu ake, text messages warning of a tsunami spread like a virus and caused thousands of residents along the coastal cities from Guihulngan to Dumaguete City to panic and join the mass exodus to the mountains bringing along with them their most basic provisions. In Dumaguete City, wellheeled matrons with their pets and maids, professionals and students in their uniforms, ordinary folks, even policemen and some local officials on foot

Ipe’s Clark ...

1300 after ... From page 1 month or two coming in at different intervals. Most of the mass of people in Dumaguete, Negros, and even Cebu over reacted on the incidence of the 6.9 magnitude earthquake which rocked the entire Pacific Ring in what was the first of its kind in Dumaguete which expe rience d the s tronge st earthquake here ever. Many people thought that a tidal wave or tsunami was to follow. Scientifically that is correct, because geologists and physicists say, in the vicinity of the epic center, of a quake over the magnitue of 5 up , in ten minutes following the tremor, a tsunami is usually expected. But Negros island is surrounded by islands and that geophysical position saved this island province of Negros from a possible tsunami. This is in contrast to a situation where this island had we been situated in an open sea area like Hawaii or the Spratleys.

From page 16 Benigno Aquino III, Clark’s exports increased by 161% or from   US$ 1.453 billion to US 3.912 billion, the highest since its inception. Electronics ($ 3.1B), tires ($ 298M) and garments ($227M) are among the top three exporting sectors of Clark. The rejuvenated business climate in the economic zone translated to thousands of additional jobs with the number of

and on wheels joined the mad dash to Valencia town ignoring well-meaning advisories from media outlets of the incredibility of the text message. However, some curious and perhaps, brave souls, decided to camp along the boulevard allegedlyto witness firsthand if the tsunami is real and comes howling to swallow the city. Indeed the government issued a tsunami alert Level 2 in the aftermath of the quake but it simply denotes for people to “keep watch.” Alert Level 3 woul d signal an organi zed evacuation. Barely a day after the hoax tsunami warning, numerous text messages were also shared about an 8.5 magnitude earthquake that will hit the province soon. Many sadly believed it, never mind if the fact remains that no one, even the agency with the most advance science can predict specifically when or where an earthquake occurs and of what magnitude. It is not yet clear how the authorities would carry out the instruction of the president to identify, charge, prosecute and jail whoever was responsible for spreading those foolish messages. But it is more important for local officials to begin educating the public on how to react when disaster strikes so as to spare us all the embarrassment, inconvenience, stress and possible injuries for our gullibility. (By Dems Demecillo)



CONTACT # CELL. 09062971625 09267567903 personnel ballooning from 60, 162 in 2010 to 64,055 by the end of 2011. In a vote of confidence to Remollo’s fine leadership, 207 new investments worth P 23 billion were signed under his watch which will translate to additional 8,000 j obs upon the ir realization.   Visitor arrivals  in Clark also rose from 1, 385, 097 million in 2010 to 1, 435, 894 million in 2011. Finally, Clark will remit to the national treasury P 100 million representing 50 percent of its annual net income to the government. The economic zone earned P 200 million in 2011, which is higher than the P 176 million income realized in 2010. CDC Presidents has no fixed terms as they serve at the pleasure of President Aquino, who appointed Remollo upon his assumption to highest post of the la nd. (By De ms Demecillo)

Gary laments ... From page 1 Teves revealed that this amount constitutes the Value Added Tax collections of the Bureau of Customs which is due the LGUs in IRA as provided by law, but has been kept away from the reach of local governments for reasons unknown. According to the records, these uncollected IRAs from the Bureau of Customs covers the period of ten years from 1989 to 2009. The congressmen’s contention in the lower house also supported Gary’s findings that the VAT collected by the BOC, 40% of these should go to the local government IRAs as their share per law. The BIR mandates that the Bureau of Customs will collect the VAT for such purpose, as a collection agency of sorts. “VAT collected by the customs is not recorded as BIR collection, and yet the VAT paid to the customs is accepted by the BIR as input VAT which the said imported items are sold locally used by vatable firms,”


39 dead, 66 missing BY DEMS REY DEMECILLO

egrenses were not yet able to recover from the P1 billion devastation of typhoon Sendong when 51 days later, the unprecedented 6.9 magnitude earthquake shook its way from way below 60 feet under the Tanon Strait near Tayasan and rocked the whole Negros Island into a major scary state last Monday at around 11:49


Fifty-one days after Typhoon Sendong inundated hundreds of villages in the second and third districts, the province of Negros Oriental absorbed its second albeit most crippling natural disaster to date, after a 6.9 magnitude earthquake hit its northern towns and cities, Monday at 11:49AM demolishing homes, buildings, roads and bridges. It also sent thousands of panic residents to the uplands fearing tsunamis and the aftershocks. The earthquake originated from a previously unknown “blind fault” for it was never included in the map as among the active fault lines in the country. Governor Roel Degamo reported thirty-nine people dead and 66 others missing. He pegged the over-all damage at P 655 million. Some 13 bridges and the north national road from Ayungon, Jimalalud, La Libertad, Bindoy, Tayasan and Guihulngan sustained major damages requiring the immediate construction of replacements by the Department of Public Works and Highways. CASUALTIES: As of press deadline, 39 persons were confirmed dead. The PNP and Army submitted the partial list bel ow. The NDRRMC national chief Brig Gen Benito Ramos that held base in the epicenter area said the direct kins of the dead are to be given P10,000 each upon presentation of death certificate just to confirm their affinity and identities. FATALITIES: Reported dead were 16 in Guihulngan; 8 in jimalalud; 8 in La Libertad; 3 in Tayasan; and one each i n Ayungo n, Bindoy, and Manjuyod. MISSING persons were reported as 26 in P lanas, Gu ihul ngan and 40 in Solongon, La Libertad mostly buried by landslides. DAMAGE could reach P1 bil lion mark said Gov Degamo. But so far, of the P665M partial total damage in affected areas, Gov Degamo sai d t he bridges suffered P208M in damages; P85M in public works; P242M roads damaged and waterworks systems damage was worth P130M. ON AGRICULTURE: The DA report ed t o Pres Aquino that 2,190 hectares of crops and plantations were damaged ; P37M on rice crop and P 19M in corn products. HARDEST HIT: The you ng city of Gu ihul ngan, t owns of La Libertad, Jimalalud, Tayasan and Ayungon were hardest hit aside from Vallehermoso and partly Canlaon city. Teves said. The VAT collected by the customs from 1989 to 2009 is around P1billion and the 40% IRA amounts to P449million, and overdue to the local governments. Teves urged the LGUs to the BOC pressure to have these very important revenue released to them.

Some 23,031 families with an average of 5 members each or easily 115,159 persons were affected; 316 houses were totally damaged and 640 were partially down. The GSIS is offering P60,000 loan to totally damaged houses for rehabilitation. President Benigno Aquino III, who opted to spend his 52nd birthday in company of terrorstricken victims in Guihulngan Ci ty and La Libertad on Wednesday, distributed more than P 10 million under the cash-for-work program including the to wns Jimalalu d, Bindoy and Tayasan. Rescuers, mostly members of the Philippine Army, who are deprived of adequate heavy equipment, continue to dig for survivo rs i n Barangay Solonggon, La Libertad were 42 people are believed buried when a landslide hit the village, the same is true for Barangay Planas in Guihulngan with Mayor Ernesto Reyes estimating that almost 29 people are still missing with no signs of life detected underneath the rubbles. FATALITIES, And MISSING (PER repo rts of NDRRMC, Army 302nd, and PNP figures as of Feb 10) Guihulngan City Fat alities: Bet ty Yap Manzano; Aljun Sabando; Gilbert Evardo; Maricar Naraco; Eric Benigay; Cherry Pagao, A certain “Kabang” of Brgy. P. Zamo ra; and a certain “Montebon” of Bgy. P. Zamora Missing: 29 persons more or less estimated; Injured: 100 more or less Municipality of Jimalalud: Fatali ties: Anafe Est rabella; Anastacia Gerodiaz; and Bandoy Beto; Injured: wounded more or less 12 persons Municipality La Libertad: Missing: estimated 42 persons missing at Sitio Bloke 2, Brgy. Solonggon, La Libertad Sheila Mae Magalso; Cristil Jane Magalso; Lorna Magalso; John Mark Magalso; Jerra Mae Magalso; Charity Joy Magalso; Dyna Batuto ; Wensebel Batuto; Maria Fe Dinulan; Modesto Dinul an; Estelita Pocong; Harry Callora; Jovie Amaro; Angie Amaro; Jolie Magalso; Jolie Bolo; George Pocong; Susan P ocong; Jeo frreyPocong; Presel Pocong; Dyan Pocong; Charita Lisondra; Anaclito Lisondra; El izabeth Calaga; Shendy Lisondra; Rolly Lisondra; Lo reta Lisondra; Ronel yn Lisondra; John Llyod Cruz;

Rezel Lisondra; Reban Lisondra; Jason Lisondra, Jr.; Jason Lisondra; Cecil Lisondra; John Lee Lisondra; Lory Pabol; Charmayne Grace Pabol; Angelica Alum; Jarale Vergara; Lorna Sanoy; Jeca Sanoy; and Argie Sanoy Municipality of Bindoy: Fat alit y: Mori to Amorganda Vailoces, Municipality of Tayasan: Fat alit ies: Bernadeth Raydan; Ramon Ganti; and Maggi Lastio Bais City: Fatality: Acebes Palumar y Florencia Also, Among those reported dead are: Betty Yap Manzano, 62 years-old; Aljun Sabando, 14; Gilbert Evardo, 13; Maricar Naraco, 37; Eric Benigay, 7; Cherry Pagao, 23; a cert ain “Kabang,” “Montebon,” Anafe Estrabella, 12; Anastacia Gerodiaz, 60; Bandoy Beto, 70; Bernadeth Raydan, 9; Ramon Gant i; Maggi Last io, 53; Acebes Pal umar and Marito Amorganda Vailoces; Milagros Narciso ; Marina Geberola; Esmeralda Bolozon; Dominga Balansag. As of Friday, the Army 302nd brigade thru its civil relations department reported that: Ably assisting Brig Gen Benito Ramos in the rescue and relief operations were Makati Rescue groups including those from Bicol, MMDA, Baguio, Toledo rescue teams; Cebu pro vincial Rescue; Dr Webenna heads the medical team from Cebu and the Cebu Rotary Club. Albay Gov Salceda sent 41 doctors nurses and volunteers who were transported by helicopter to the site for medical mission work; Relief goods from GMA Kapuso Foundation arrived Guihulngan Port, and hauled by 302nd troopers of the army on board a navy patrol gunship The Department of Social Welfare and Development said that more than 6,000 food packs, bottled water, sleeping mats and kitchen utensils have been sent to the affected areas via Toledo, Cebu. The United Nations will be sending two huge tents for Guihulngan to serve as emergency hospitals. On the other hand, the Department of Agriculture initially reported that 1,500 hectares of corn land and more than 800 hectares of rice farms have been affected. The agency will distribute palay, corn and vegetable seeds to the farmers affected and will rehabilitate the irrigation facilities once the reports have been validated.

A rarity these days: thanks to CRISTOBAL B. DE DIOS, driver of Cab No. 1985, of Isogan, Bacong returned the cellphone left in his cab and owned by Chantal Daarol of Dipolog City, SU student. We hope Cristobal’s tribe will increase.



February 12, 2012

Most roads fail in “structural integrity”


rig Gen Benito Ramos National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council Executive Director (NDRRMC) (left) and Phil Information Agency Gen Manager Jose Favia, (right) maintain that most roads hit by the earthquake were in the first district because they were very near the epicenter below the Tanon strait near Tayasan. At the same time, the quality of most damaged r oads, Ramos said, “failed in coming up with he standard structural integrity.” The roads as pictures will show are just three inches thick of asphalt and six inches of cement. Construction experts say that concrete roads especially in earthquake prone areas should be ten inches thick. Also, the cemented roads should be well reinforced with big steel bars so that during a

tremor, the roads will not fall off. In fairness, he said, nobody knew (until now) that there was a new line fault developing in the area. For 20 years, the fault was silent until it made its first move on Feb. 6 that caused the 6.9 magnitude earthquake. Rec ommendati ons: Gen Ramos said that henceforth, roads in the area must conform with “standard structural integrity,” and that a citizens group must help monitor that the roads are sturdily constructed.

The Negros Chronicle February 12, 2012 issue  

The Negros Chronicle February 12, 2012 issue

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