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VOL. 36

No. 30

Dumaguete City,

Philippines,

Sunday

JANUARY 10, 2010

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PNP NegOr. boss relieved !

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he Provincial Director of the Philippine National Police in Negros Oriental Sr. Supt. Augusto Marquez Jr., was (unceremoniously) relieved by orders of the DILG Interior Sec. Ronaldo Puno. Puno is the titular head of the administration Kampi political coalition with Lakas CMD.

The relief order spread quickly through the grapevine even as the written orders have yet to be formally transmited. The news also spread Thursday night through the internet from a political party email domain saying that those provincial directors who are not assets to the political administration are to be replaced. This, however, had no official confirmation. Shortly after announcing that a major revamp of town and city police chiefs is in the offing this week, the Negros Oriental Police Provincial Office Director, Sr. Supt. Augusto Marquez Jr. found himself as one of those, who will have to step down from top PNP post in the province.

Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Ronaldo Puno has reportedly ordered Marquez’s relief, which was met by protests among several sectors, including the media. Marquez has earlier announced that beginning next week, a revamp of police chiefs in several towns and cities will take effect to ensure that those police officials who have relatives and close associates seeking elective posts are re-assigned to insulate them from partisan politics. Although the list is not yet final, among those who will likely be relieved are the chiefs-of-police of Bais City and Manjuyod town. However, observers Turn to page 18

BY DEMS REY DEMECILLO

Arson investigators ruled out criminal intent in Tuesday’s P3.5 M fire at the old Ultra Cinema in broad daylight and even when operations were closed. This means the fire started by itself, say the fire investigators. (CHRONICLE Photo by Gerome Jumalon)

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ire investigators quickly ruled out arson and possible criminal intent in last Tuesday morning ’s P3.85million blaze which gutted the non-operational old ULTRA moviehouse along busy Real Street, but miraculously spared its ground floor rented stalls, stating that the fire could have been caused by rodents which tore the electrical insulators.

Total gun ban begins today W GUNS ARE SILENCED as the election gun ban starts today. However, the rules of engagement still hold true, meaning, fight when provoked. Army lady initials closed gun barrel in photo.

ill the guns be silent this election? Will politicians and their bodyguards lead the implementation of this law? Or lead in breaching it? Today is the start of the election gun-ban. All these uncertainties are back- dropped by the recent massacre of 57 innocent civilians including 27 journalists in Maguindanao in what was described as the most heinous election-related murders in history. Gun holders are warned anew that beginning today even those with licensed firearms will face prosecution if they bring them out Turn to page 17

The quick response of several fire trucks virtually prevented the downtown fire from spreading. Besides

Solon doubts full voting automation econd District Rep George Arnaiz, seasoned politician and lawyer-legislator, believes that there can be no 100% efficiency in poll automation because both organizers, candidates and voters are all first-timers and nobody is perfect. With P11.7 billion earmarked for the 2010 poll automation coupled with the decision of the Supreme

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Ultra theater had concrete walls in all sides. Did the building just burn by itself without outside insti-

gation? Fire investigators concluded that the Tuesday conflagra Turn to page 2

(Not) Alone in the dark! I

BY MICKEY YBAÑEZ

f I had to get ahead of myself, I’d say that once upon a brownout, I dined with my companions. I would also say that decisions were made at that dinner table, but that may be material for another writing.

Once upon a brownout, I found the meaning of discomfort. It is no small matter when chillers cannot carry their edibles, when bulbs don’t light our paths, when electric fans and airconditioning units don’t take the edge off the heat. No, it is not a thing to

laugh about, especially when it must be endured for all of some days and parts of a good many other days. The legendary Filipino ability to smile, and take a humorous, lighthearted view of adversity and difficulty, is put to a very sore Turn to page 11

“YOU CAN HAVE ANYTHING YOU WANT AFTER YOU DETACH YOURSELF FROM ALL YOUR EARTHLY POSSESSIONS.”


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Arson ruled ... From page 1

tion, which gutted down ULTRA Vision Cinemas, is most probably “accidental due to misuse of electricity” or a short circuit after rodents apparently tore the insulators thus exposing the copper wire which sparked when in close contact with light and combustible materials, thus, triggering the fire. These conclusions effectively ruled out arson as the main culprit of the midday fire which lasted for more than nine hours with damage estimated at P3.5 million and mounting. SFO2 Lyndon Patrocinio declares that there are no traces of arson on the site. Also valuables inside the 5storey building were all intact

unlike in arson cases when such items are removed before the actual conflagration. Patrocinio said that the building, which houses two cinemas, have ceased operations two months ago before the opening of Robinsons Place but the establishment’s air-conditioning system was undergoing some tests by technicians at the time of the incident since owner Eduardo L. Tan wants to reopen the entertainment house. He theorized that after a long hiatus the sudden burst of power when the caretaker opened all circuit breakers may have caused short circuit. He said that the fire originated just below the large picture screen of Ultra 1. Commercial establish-

January 10, 2010

critical repor ting reporting (Catan)

HOW MEDIA SEES IT, AND NOT OTHERS

BY ELY P. DEJARESCO

Silliman preferred asphalt road over long cement job FIRE PROBERS SF02 Lyndon Patrocinio and SF02 Danny Abad are unconvinced of rumors that the ULTRA fire was intentional and believes no one will probably be held responsible of the more than 9-hour fire that destroyed 90 percent of the province’s erstwhile loan movie theater.

ments are required to undergo fire safety checks by the Bureau of Fire Protection annually but a random

spot inspection was done in the 3 rd Quarter of 2009. However, SFO2 Danny Turn to page 18

TOP OF THE WEEK

“New cities can’t recoup lost IRA”

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ust because the Supreme Court reconsidered and re-instated the cityhood of sixteen local government units, including Negros Oriental’s Guihulngan City, does not mean they can recover their share in the Internal Revenue Allotment slashed on April 2009 after they lost their status as cities. Mayor Ernesto Reyes, while admitting that he is

working feverishly to process the papers so that the Department of Budget Management can release their recomputed and much higher

IRA share next month, believes his city can no longer recover the millions lost while they were still lock in Turn to page 4

(email: elydejaresco@yahoo.com)

BY DEMS REY T. DEMECILLO

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bserving the utter delay and the public exasperation of long delayed road cementing projects in various parts of the second district, Silliman University President Dr Ben Malayang got his way in asking the second district solon Rep. George Arnaiz to direct road contractor UyConDev, to just overlay

quality pre-mixed asphalt over the main Silliman Hibbard Avenue road instead of making the road as part of those long-delayed and overdue road cementing projects which have caused the public and the business sector, a lot of inconvenience and losses. It took only just about 2 weeks for the main Silliman road to get done . Hardly anyone even noticed the job since it was done during the Christmas break, vacation period and mostly during low traffic hours. Why can’t the rest of the projects of the second district be done with the same pace as what they did to the Silliman road? A matter of political will and logistical propensity of course.

rmed with documentary evidences establishing that he is indeed a legitimate lawyer, Attorney Pedro Medina De Leon Jr. through his counsel Atty. Anthony Ferrolino replied to the usurpation of authority charge lodged against him by Atty. Manolo Zerna before the Regional Trial Court Branch 43 and City Prosecutor’s Office. Hearing is set on January 13.

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Among the pieces of evidence submitted are: certification from the Supreme Court that De Leon is enrolled in the roll of attorney,

Of course cement is more durable than asphalt. But look , even America’s highways are mostly asphalt, not cement. Even airport runways are cemented

passport and other private documents establishing his credentials as a practicing lawyer and a graduate of Turn to page 4

Pyro injuries drop; but boy loses hand ommission on Human Rights Special Investigator Jesus Cañete has called upon the three leaders of militant organizations to make themselves available and answer charges of human rights violations lodged against them by a police officer, whom they allegedly mauled during the December 10 anti-government rally. Jose Luis Blanco, Favian of the Negros Oriental PoMagallanes and Joseph lice Provincial Office IntelliLagorra of the human rights gence Section. The alleged mauling ingroup Karapatan and PCPR have been charged for cident occurred at downtown physical injuries by SP03 Dumaguete at the height of Douglas Ferrer, a member Turn to page 17

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elieved health officials declare that the number of injuries caused by firecrackers during the New Year’s celebrations went down sharply compared in previous years’ figures. However, an eleven-year old boy saw his left hand severed after he picked up a firecracker which then exploded. Dr. Felix Sy, Provincial that were rushed to the Health Officer 1, said that Negros Oriental Provincial attending physicians had no Hospital, two of whom susother recourse but to detach tained only minor injuries the severely damaged hand unlike the eleven-year old boy, a resident of Bagacay, to avoid complications. There were only three Dumagute City. victims of firecracker blasts Turn to page 17

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Marina tests Georich seaworthiness Total engine failure caused the 35 yr old MV Georich to be towed by competing shipping vessel Cokaliong off the waters of Apo Island last January 2, which responded to the distress call of the ill-fated GP Lines vessel. The Georich was on its to Cebu via Dumaguete from Dapitan, when its engine conked out. M/V Georich on Wednesday has completed its voyage test from Dumaguete City to Cebu City to determine its sea worthiness. Some passengers have demanded that the 35year old ship be de-commissioned after the January 2 incident near

Apo Island with 452 passengers on board got stranded. Georich had to be towed by M/V Filipinas Ilo-ilo to Dumaguete port. Officials from the Maritime Industry, which also gave the ship a special permit to navigate, joined the voyage and will later assess if the ship will be allowed to sail again.

but overlayed with asphalt. It is because it causes less tire friction, less tire damage, and more comfortable for the riding publilc. But why oh why are they insisting in cementing these roads when, and until now, much is not yet finished. We fear that when elections come, and surely most administration co-terminous bureaucrats will be replaced, we fear, we may have so many unfinished highway roads in the second district. The more the public and business will suffer, while the politicians are now elected to their dream positions. This could become an election issue. Will the new Malacanang administration release thru DBM the funds that will finish cementing our roads after the elections? Not even George Arnaiz can be so sure. So how and when really, will those roads be finished, and when will the public inconvenience and business losses end? In those roads where the cementing is not yet finished, business is running very slow and most stores are losing. Many stores have closed shop. The dust that the unpaved roads create is a health hazard. Who is going to pay for these losses? The intention of George Arnaiz is good no doubt. But we are afraid the elections might catch up with the work. Although a continuing job, DBM might not release the road funds on time, as these might be needed somewhere else, you know. We foresee more , more delays in those road cementing projects. So who is to Turn to page 17


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January 10, 2010

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2. ENGINE OFFICERS

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Interested applicants may send their Application Letter, Resume with 2x2 picture and Transcript of Records to:

HR Department Lite Shipping Corporation

14 G.L. Lavilles St., cor. MJ Cuenco Ave. Brgy. Tinago, Cebu City Or Call Mr. Albert Ordoña Crewing Manager Lite Shipping Corporation Cell No. 09285059888/09228885945/09176315054 AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Real St., Independence St. Dumaguete City All unredeemed pledges from Aug. 1-31, 2009 will be sold to public auction on Jan. 15, 2010 at 9:30 A.M. at this office --------------------AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Lupega Bldg., Dr. V. Locsin St., Dumaguete City All unredeemed pledges fromAug. 1-31, 2009 will be sold to public auction on Jan. 15, 2010 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 Aug. 1-31, 2009 will be sold to public auction on Jan. 15, 2010 at 9:30 A.M. at this office ------------------------AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Aldea Bldg., San Juan cor. Perdices St., Dumaguete City All unredeemed pledges from Aug. 1-31, 2009 will be sold to public auction on Jan. 15, 2010 at 9:30 A.M. at this office -------------------------AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Magallanes St., Tanjay City All unredeemed pledges from Aug. 1-31, 2009 will be sold to public auction on Jan.15, 2010 at 9:30 A.M. at this office —------------------------AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Quezon Street, Bais City All unredeemed pledges from Aug. 1-31, 2009 will be sold to public auction on Jan.15, 2010 at 9:30 A.M. at this office ---------------------------AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Claro M. Recto Street Bayawan City All unredeemed pledges from Aug. 1-31, 2009 will be sold to public auction on Jan. 15, 2010 at 9:30 A.M. at this office

AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS H. Villanueva St., Siaton, Neg. Or. All unredeemed pledges from Aug. 1-31, 2009 will be sold to public auction on Jan. 15, 2010 at 9:30 A.M. at this office ----------------------------AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Guihulngan Branch Quezon St., Pob. Guihulngan, Neg. Or. All unredeemed pledges from Aug. 1-31, 2009 will be sold to public auction on Jan. 15, 2010 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 Aug. 1-31, 2009 will be sold to public auction on Jan. 15, 2010 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 Aug. 1-31, 2009 will be sold to public auction on Jan. 15, 2010 at 9:30 A.M. at this office -----------------------------AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Corner Pinili & Mabini Sts. Dumaguete City All unredeemed pledges from Aug. 1-31, 2009 will be sold to public auction on Jan. 15, 2010 at 9:30 A.M. at this office -----------------------------AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS North Poblacion, Jimalalud Negros Oriental All unredeemed pledges from Aug. 1-31, 2009 will be sold to public auction on Jan. 15, 2010 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 Aug. 1-31, 2009 will be sold to

Message of Thanks To Our Family and Friends

1. DECK OFFICERS

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public auction on Jan. 15, 2010 at 9:30 A.M. at this office --------------------------------AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Sibulan National Highway Negros Oriental All unredeemed pledges from Aug. 1-31, 2009 will be sold to public auction on Jan. 15, 2010 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 Aug. 1-31, 2009 will be sold to public auction on Jan. 15, 2010 at 9:30 A.M. at this office --------------------------------AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Nat’l. Hi-Way Poblacion, Zamboanguita All unredeemed pledges from Aug. 1-31, 2009 will be sold to public auction on Jan. 15, 2010 at 9:30 A.M. at this office ---------------------------------AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Poblacion, Mabinay Negros Oriental All unredeemed pledges from Aug. 1-31, 2009 will be sold to public auction on Jan. 15, 2010 at 9:30 A.M. at this office -------------------------------AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Poblacion, Siquijor All unredeemed pledges from Aug. 1-31, 2009 will be sold to public auction on Jan. 15, 2010 at 9:30 A.M. at this office ----------------------------AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Magsaysay St., Larena, Siquijor All unredeemed pledges from Aug. 1-31, 2009 will be sold to public auction on Jan. 15, 2010 at 9:30 A.M. at this office -----------------------------AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Tigbawan, Lazi, Siquijor All unredeemed pledges from Aug. 1-31, 2009 will be sold to public auction on Jan. 15, 2010 at 9:30 A.M. at this office

For your visit, prayers and loving touch, For your love gifts, For your kind words of comfort, For all you did to ease our burden and grief. We are truly grateful. Thank you so much. From the family of the late JOSE ALBA RAVELLO (1912-2009)

AD P A WNSHOP PA No. 13 San Juan St., Dumaguete City

All unredeemed pledges whose terms have been expired will be auctioned on January 31, 2010 at our place of business. PRAYER TO THE HOLY SPIRIT

Holy Spirit thou make me see everything and show me the way to reach my ideal. You who give me the divine gift to forgive and forget the wrong that is done to me and who are in all instances of my life with me. In short dialogue, I want to thank you for everything and confirm once more that I never want to be separated from You no matter how great the materials desires may be. I want to be with You and my love ones in your perpetual glory. Amen. (Pray this for 3 consecutive days without stating one’s wish. On the 3rd day it will be granted no matter how difficult it is. Promise to publish this prayer as soon as your wish is granted.)/ A.M.

HEIRSHIP AND SALE NOTICE is hereby given that the heirs of the late MARGARITA ABARCA, married to Alfredo Vallega, namely: Veronico Abarca Vallega and Andrea Vallega Silot have filed and executed an Heirship and Sale on Lot 2127-D, Psd-07-015929 being a portion of Lot 2127, with TCT No. T-24689 situated in Odiongan, Tanjay, Province of Negros Oriental, containing an area of 1,227 sq.m. in favor to Perla Abarca Villarante per Doc. No. 1, Page No. 2, Book No. IV, Series of 2005 of Notary Public Atty. Roy GS. Lozano. The Negros Chronicle Jan. 3, 10 & 17, 2010

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New cities can’t ... From page 2

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY CENTRAL AZUCARERA DE BAIS, INC. has immediate need for the folowing: • Graduate in Electronics Engineering • Licensed or Graduate in - Mechanical Engineering - Electrical Engineering

for cadet assingment in Process House Qualified parties are requested to bring the following: 1. Bio-Data 2. Transcript of Records 3. Police Clearance 4. Drug Test results 5. I.D. size picture Contact Person: ATTY. MARTINIANO T. CORNELIO Assistant Manager-Administration Bais Central, Negros Oriental or Mrs. Teofanis T. Vallega Thru PLDT ISLAPHONE

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(035) 541-5140 (035) 402-4230

Jan. 07, 2010, Bais Central, Bais City

CAB MANAGEMENT ‘Fake’ lawyer ... From page 2

Ateneo De Manila University. De Leon said that Zerna duped the Bar Confidant by using a typographical error in one of his pleadings to hu-

miliate him before the court presided by Judge Winston Villegas and mislead the public from the case at bar. De Leon, stood as counsel to petitioners Vicente B. Villarin, Edwin Mansueto Teves, Pablito Cena and Rogelio Cerina who asked

Republic of the Philippines Local Civil Registry Office Province of Negros Oriental City of Dumaguete

NOTICE OF PUBLICATION In compliance with Section 5 of R.A. Act No. 9048, a notice is hereby served to the public that VIVIAN D. ABELLA has filed with this Office a Petition for Change of First Name from “BERCHMANS” to “ALEXANDER” in the Certificate of Live Birth (COLB) of BERCHMANS LAGARDE GENEROSO, who was born on 26 NOVEMBER 1960 at DUMAGUETE CITY, and whose parents are JUAN VILANO GENEROSO and ADELAIDA SWAN LAGARDE. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his/her written opposition thereto with this Office, not later than JANUARY 4, 2010. (Sgd.) RUPERTA G. BAGUASAN City Civil Registrar The Negros Chronicle Jan. 3 & 10, 2010

the court to declare Ordinance 28 and Ordinance 40 certified urgent by Mayor Lawrence Teves as unconstitutional, therefore null and void. They believe that Ordinance 28, which gives authority to Mayor Teves to contract a loan of P 80 million for various infrastructure projects such as the construction of City Hall Annex Building, completion, construction of a seawall in Barangay 4 to 7 and the construction of a district jail was passed on July 10, 2009 without complying with the three reading rule, public hearing and non-inclusion in the annual investment plan.

legal war with the League of Cities, which vehemently opposed their conversion to city. From P 87 million prior to its conversion, Reyes saw his IRA share leaped to P 290 million in 2008 and P 330 million in 2009, but was abruptly slashed on April the same year following the adverse High Court ruling. Unperturbed, the 16 local government units twice lodged motions for reconsideration before the Supreme Court reversed itself and ruled that laws creating the new cities are constitutional. Reyes also lashed out against some city mayors who have been vocal in their opposition to Guihulngan’s cityhood pointing out that the IRA share of the older cities have not been reduced adding that the elevation of 16 new cities “merely cut the expected increase in their IRA share.” “Tanjay City may have lost P 2 million increase in their IRA share, but that is insignificant compared to the P200 million that Guihulngan received, which can be considered our gain, because our city is still part of Negros Oriental,” stressed Reyes. He identified Bais City Mayor Hector “Tata” Villanueva and Bayawan City Mayor German Saraña as among the most vocal critics of Guihulngan’s elevation as a city while the three other city mayors of the province were silent.

Ordinance 40 appropriating P53 million for various projects was passed during an October 21 special session without certification from the city treasurer of the actual availability of funds. Judge Villegas is expected to rule on the petition soon after studying the pleadings submitted by both parties. Charges of libel, illegal arrest, coercion, oral defamation, among others will be filed against Zerna and Tanjay City Legal Officer Arnel Vivar, who were instrumental in his arrest and subsequent public humiliation. De Leon will also sue for P 5 million in damages in Manila and will petition the Supreme Court to disbar Zerna and Vivar. Graft and corruption charges are also poised against city officials led by Mayor Teves. Zerna’s actions were deemed malicious by De Leon’s camp for he is also running under the ticket of Mayor Teves as a candidate for councilor and despite the knowledge that Atty. De Leon’s credentials as a legal practitioner have been established, Zerna continued to go on air particularly in a radio program hosted by a party mate and close political ally of Mayor Teves to “repeat his lies.”

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“FREE NOON MEAL SCHEME A HASSLE” E-mail : botyoko80@yahoo.com Comment: Nganong ihatag man gyod ang bugas ngadto sa bata para lung-agon sa ginikanan? Para makakaon pud ang ubang miembro sa pamilya? Unsaon na man lang tung bata nga nag eskuyla? Wala gihapon toy paniudto, kay nahurot man sa pamahaw!! Insakto nang free lunch meals, adto gyod sa eskwelahan pakan-on ang mga bata! Ang pagpreparar lang ang medyo sayop! Tinuod mas maayo man gyod unta nga dunay ginikanan motabang pagpreparar, pero nganong dili na man lang pud apilon ug budget sa nagpasiugda aning free lunch/meals ang pagpreparar? Sigun sa akong nadungog sa ubang ginikanan ug mga maestra, aduna man pud gyod silay patakaran nga kadtong ginikanan sa bata nga wala motabang, dili paapilon pakaon ang ilang mga anak, para mapugos gyod ang ginikanan pagtabang! Maayo man kini, pero nganong pugson man kadtong maglisod pag adto tungod sa ilang adlaw-adlaw nga trabaho! Apili na lang na ninyo sa budget ang tigluto! ============================

“P53 M VALENCIA LAND BUY TO CAUSE LAYOFFS” E-mail : tagajawa@yahoo.com Comment: The idea of having an industrial park is very good and in fact should be encouraged. While the acquisition and development phase will initially diminish the funds available from the LGU, the long term effect has to be considered. The multiplier effect to the local economy where industries are located is also a major factor! There will be more employment opportunities but not much really in terms of income taxes as most will opt for a tax holiday. However, the issues raised are valid. Can the LGU source its funds from the royalties earned? Is this allowed? I believe though, that there is no legal barrier for the LGU to take a loan with the royalty deposits as collateral! Can the LGU afford to sacrifice not to prioritize basic services for education, health, clean water, lowering the cost of electricity and other social services? I know and I saw several 1960 built schools that are already dilapidated but has not been repaired due to lack of funding, and here we are spending P 53M to acquire some land? Btw, who owns those lots that are supposed to be bought? ============================

“TEN TOP STORIES OF THE YEAR 2009” E-mail : bantaybayan@yahoo.com Comment: Daghang salamat The Negros Chronicle. “Happy new year to one and all”...With the guidance of our Lord Jesus Christ, bason na lamang ang mo sunod nga Mayor sa Dgte. batan-on(YOUNG). We need for a change, lots and lots of corrections here in Dgte. Masyado na kaayong gubota wa gyud sa ayos. We’re left behind sa ubang kasikbit nga lugar sa Oriental Negros. We need a mayor like Duterte man of action. May the Lord bless us all. ============================

“ZAMBO FOLLOWS AMLAN: BANS SMOKING IN PUBLIC” E-mail : leotifora57@yahoo.com Comment: GOOD MOVE. BETTER LATE THAN NEVER. WE MUST DO IT NOW.. SMOKING IS NOT GOOD FOR HEALTH.


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the CIVIC circle

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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: elydejaresco@yahoo.com – EDITOR)

cjomartinez@yahoo.com

Jose Rizal 113 years after

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midst the hustle and bustle of the Christmas holidays, one date stands out in the Philippine calendar at the end of the year. On December 30 morning the holiday celebration is put aside and the whole Philippines commemorate and remember its hero, Dr. Jose Rizal. His death by firing squad at the age of thirty five changed the course of Philippine history and inspired the revolt of the Filipinos against the Spanish colonizers.

The Dumaguete Science High School students in Filipino costumes who portrayed the life and execution of Jose Rizal in front of the Rizal monument at Quezon Park.

Dr. Jose Rizal, more known as the Philippine National Hero, was a brilliant Filipino: a botanist, scientist, sculpter, artist, ophthalmologist, zoologist, linguist, educator and martyr. On December 30, celebrated as Rizal Day, all government units all over the country celebrated the 113th anniversary of the martyrdom of Dr. Jose Rizal. Here in Dumaguete City, a celebration takes place at 7 am at the Quezon Park. All provincial and local were in full attendance. This year, the celebration took on a special flavor

Cleope who gave many interesting historical information about Dr. Jose Rizal. Dr. Cleope posed a reflective question at the start of his message. “Is Dr. Jose Rizal still the Philippine National Hero?” The situation where our country is now in calls for heroes not against foreign invaders but against internal corruption and greed. Rizal, who called our youth the hope of the Fatherland, would be saddened to see the state many of our young are in right now. The youth needs model heroes to inspire them. I saw some friends

Knights of Rizal, the Boy Scouts of the Philippines and the Girls Scout-Negros Oriental and Siquijor Council, the Department of Education and the faculty from NORSU and many others were in attendance. The program ended with the song “Bayan Ko”, the song of nationalism and freedom during the Martial Law years. All in all, it was a good occasion to reflect on the works of Rizal. His last work, “MI ULTIMO ADIOS” written just before he died embodies all: his love for country and the Filipinos.

The Freemasons of Mt. Kaladias Lodge 91remember Dr. Jose Rizal, a member of their organization as the students from the Ramon Dumaguete Science High School performed the reenactment of the execution of Rizal. They however, incorporated other aspects of Rizal’s life, like his family, his childhood, his life philosophy, his works and his death by firing squad. Everyone in attendance was one in their comment that the students did a well presentation. Undoubtedly their long preparation for this presentation inspired them with the ideals of the national hero. Guest speaker of the affair was Dr. Earl Jude Paul

who are members of the “Free and Accepted Masons of the Philippines ” or Freemasons for short. They are from the “Mt. Kaladias Lodge No. 91” or the 91st lodge created in the Philippines, which was chartered in 1924. Presently they have about 64 active members that include businessmen, professionals and retired private or government. Dr. Jose P. Rizal being once a member of the fraternity, every freemason deem it their duty to attend the Rizal Day celebration. Other groups like the

Jose Rizal’s famous quotations: “He who does not love his own language is worse than an animal and smelly fish.” “It is a useless life that is not consecrated to a great ideal. It is like a stone wasted on the field without becoming a part of any edifice.” “While a people preserves its language; it preserves the marks of liberty.” “There can be no tyrants where there are no slaves.” “He who does not know how to look back at where he came from will never get to his destination.” “The youth is the hope of our future.”

Our Pro-Life... (Tulabing)

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kung ilang malumpag ang spiritualidad ug ang moralidad sa katawhan, malumpag usab nila ang simbahan ug ang katilingban, ug maangkon dayon nila ang dugay na nilang gipangandoy nga global takeover (divorce, euthanasia, same-sex marriage). Aduna karo’y global force nga buot mo-dominar sa tibuok kalibutan pinaagi sa pagcontrolar sa tanang mga relihiyon ug politica. Giingon nga ang world politics gi-manipular pinaagi sa pagcentralize sa banking systems, sa mga negosyo, ug sa military. Buot sila magtukod og usa ka global religion diha sa pagtudlo nga si Hesus nga atong Ginoo parehas ra kuno ni Allah, Vishnu, Buddha, ug uban pang nagkalain-laing religious leaders. Ug ilang gi proclamar si Lucifer, the fallen angel, nga kinatas-an kuno sa tanang dios ug kaniya kuno nagagikan ang gahum sa mga conspirators, kaniya kuno nagagikan ang inspirasyon sa mga Conspirators, ug ang ilahang kahibalo. Ang ilang misyon mao ang pagtukod og usa ka gingharian- a kingdom of material prosperity - A One World Government… A New World Order, under Satan’s reign. Ang ilang mga hinagiban mao ang pito ka mga deadly capital sisns nga hinayhinay na karong milumpag sa Catoliko Romano ug ang Pamilya nga mao ang ilang giisip nga mga dagkong babag sa ilang giplano nga global takeover. Ug mao kini ang sukaranan ug ang hinungdan ngano nga dinhi sa Pilipinas, nga unta mao man kini ang the only Christian country in the Orient or in the Far East, anaa karon ang mga bills on D-E-A-T-H (Divorce, Euthanasia, Abortion, Termination of Birth by Artificial Methods, and Homosexual Marriages) — all to intend to destroy the institutions of marriage, Family, and Life. Ang kanhiay’ng Santo Papa, Juan Pablo II maoy nangulo niining maong colossal battle against the Conspirators. Ug ang matag tawo nga miila sa kasantos ug maunongon sa Kaminyoon, sa

Pamilya, ug sa Kinabuhi giawhag sa pagduyog sa Santo Papa niining atong pagpakig-asdang ug pagpakigsangka batok sa mga Conspirators against Life. Ug tungod lagi kay kita mga tawo lamang nga wala’y igong gahum ug katakos pagpakigsangka batok niining nahisgutang global force, mao nga ang atong gihimo dinhin sa Diosesis sa Dumaguete mao ang pagsangyaw wherein we shall promote the sanctity of marriage, family, and life. Since we cannot fight the devil heads-on, we simply DO GOOD WHERE WE ARE, and this is the best antidote against evil. We persist in doing good, and we participate in the colossal battle headed by Pope John Paul II by doing what is GOOD. Mga kaigsoonan, padayon kita nga moingon nga NO to Divorce, NO to Abortion; NO to Euthanasia or Mercy Killing; NO to Homosexual Marriages; Lotto, sa Pamilya Makaputo; Papa, Mama- Ayaw na Panugal- That’s Bad! Natural Family Planning is the Best – Mas Epektibo, no side effects; Obey God rather than Men; True Love Waits; Higugmaa ang mga anak; Seek First the Kingdom of God and Everything Shall be Given unto you; Divorce is Not Women’s Rights, it is Women’s wrong; the right thing about divorce is that there is nothing right about it; What is wrong about divorce is that everything about it is wrong; Abortion, Divorce, Euthanasia, and Same-Sex Marriage are unconstitutional; DEATH to the D-E-A-TH bills – kini pipila sa mga singgit sa Simbahan nga mao ang KATAWHAN. Ug ato karong gipalanog kining maong mga singgit ngadto sa mga Congresista, ilabi na sa atong mga Congresista dinhi sa Negros Oriental—Honorable Joy LimKaichong sa unang distrito, Honorable George Arnaiz sa ikaduhang distrito, ug Honorable Henry Teves sa ikatulong distrito. Dungga ninyo ang tingog sa Espirirtu Santo, ug dad-a ninyo ang singgit sa katawhan sa Negros Oriental nga nagpakabana – please be our allies in Congress- please vote NO to D-E-AT-H bills in congress, please vote NO to

Divorce, please vote NO to Euthanasia, please vote NO to Abortion, please vote NO to termination of Birth by artificial methods, please vote NO to Homosexual marriages. Please vote NO to the Reproductive Health Bill. Kami ang inyong mga constituents nga naghangyo kaninyo karon to lobby for us to STOP the promotion of the culture of death in Congress and in the whole country. Ug kami moingon: “When any human authority goes against the laws of God, then we have the obligation to follow God’s Law rather than the Civil Law. Mga kaigsoonan, there is no such thing as “silent disciples.” We must all be vocal disciples. Eighty nine (89) countries now including America , Australia , Canada and Africa are not replacing themselves. They are not producing because of this Conspiracy against life. There is now a Conspiracy Against Life. And we must fight the agenda of the Conspirators. In this conspiracy against life there is war between the powerful and the weak. And in this war, we have to know the enemy. In a war, we should know our enemy, because if we know the enemy, and we know ourselves, we don’t have to be afraid of a hundred battles. Mga kaigsoonan, this is a spiritual war. That is why in order to win this war, we need prayers and fasting. It is also an intellectual war, where we need to study and find strategies on how to protect our God-given gift of life. Mao na nga tungod kay ang kinabag-ang duot sa katawhan wala ma’y kahibalo kung unsa man ang nangahitabo karon, anaa ang Simbahan nga maoy nagagabay kanato, nagagiya kanato. Kay kung wala ang Simbahan, basin unya og magun-ob na sa hingpit ang katilingban. Mao nga sa makausa pa, ang atong hangyo sa atong mga Congresista, please be our allies in Congress. Please represent us in Congress. Please say NO and vote NO to D-E-A-T-H Bills. Thank you so much in advance. Daghang Salamat.


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The vote-rich provinces nyone who is running for public office must know the basic things.

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First, how many total registered voters are there? Second, How many do I need to get my self elected?

Third, Where will I get these votes? Those running for national elective posts like the presidency, vice presidency and senate know by heart the vote rich provinces and cities, and how many registered voters these provinces have. Common sense would dictate that by just landing consistently in the winning circle in these vote rich places, will increase the chances of getting elected.

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Sudden relief of PNP boss

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here is a massive round of protest against the sudden relief of PNP provincial director Sr Supt Augusto Marquez Jr by order of DILG Sec.Ronaldo Puno for the much politically circulated reason that Marquez is allegedly not a Kampi supporter.

to the relief order of Col. Junny Marquez. But what can the civilians do?

On the other hand, it is an established policy of government to reshuffle its police and army commanders during electiontide. While it is consistent with this policy, there should also be excepThis act of the DILG secretary vio- tions. The reason for the relief of comlates the government’s own policy of the manders must also be qualified and meripolice keeping away from politics. For torious and not arbitrary,and worse, pous in the media, we never observed even litically motivated. Marquez is still not due for relief an iota of politicking in the administration of the police director. If Sec Puno being assigned here only for one year, who is the DILG chief is the Kampi chair- after he took over Col Buenafe. Two of man, then there can only be a mental if his units are even contenders for a nanot political unison in politicizing the po- tionwide recognition award. So why is lice force with the Kampi official candi- Marquez being relieved? date which is in itself a self-violation of This relief of the local PNP director this government’s self-imposed apolitical of Negros Oriental without apparent role of all law enforcers. valid basis is one pathetic and unconUnless the PNP is playing politics, it scionable act of political tyranny and is time to relieve its commanders. But should be met with an equal if not more when the PNP and the Army for that mat- forceful opposition by the public, unless ter are doing their jobs in protecting the the powers that be who are responsible people and keeping the peace then there for the relief of Marquez will be able to is no reason why its top officers should sufficiently explain to the people —and be relieved. convincingly, that his relief is meritoriThere is widespread adverse reaction ous, justified, and policy driven.

Here is the list of total number of registered voters of the top twenty vote-rich provinces in the country, as per Comelec data as of December 14, 2009. This data is obviously prior to the extension of registration of voters last December 21, 2009 as directed by the Supreme Court. The order is from the highest number of registered voters to the lowest (twentieth): 01. Cebu 02. Cavite 03. Pangasinan 04. Negros Occ 05. Bulacan 06. Davao del Sur 07. Laguna 08. Nueva Ecija 09. Iloilo 10. Rizal 11. Batangas 12. Pampanga 13. Quezon 14. Leyte 15. Zamboanga Sur 16. Camarines Sur 17. Isabela 18. Misamis Or 19. South Cotabato 20. Bohol

Region VII Region IV-A Region I Region VI Region III Region XI Region VI-A Region III Region VI Region IV-A Region IV-A Region III Region IV-A Region VIII Region IX Region V Region II Region X Region XII Region VII

2,416,368 1,654,986 1,622,094 1,550,850 1,479,765 1,465,611 1,440,660 1,289,804 1,257,661 1,256,194 1,226,698 1,114,484 1,020,010 1,013,569 920,995 916,349 867,053 780,333 733,566 729,815.

Its is always helpful for a national candidate or campaign team to know the top vote-rich provinces. With this information, they will know where to “strike” (whatever electoral meaning you may attach to that). Expect in these vote-rich provinces, the concentration of campaign activities, like rikoreda, rallies, media Turn to page 17

Even the Church worries over environment

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Dateline Manila by Bingo P. Dejaresco

ope Benedict XVI calls the environment problem as “the most serious problem of our time.” Boholano priest, the Very Reverend Tony Pernia, the Superior General of the SVD world-wide, also recently brought the attention of his peers in a speech called: “What if Nature No Longer Sings? (Christmas and Climate Change).” Pernia recalled that the responded to His Coming in Isaiah greenhouse gases by mankind has increased the warming of the birth of Christ was not just a 35:1-7 “The desert and the earth, threatening the ecological human and historical event but a cosmic one - an integral di- parched land will exult; the balance and the health of humans. mension of Christmas. That time steppe will rejoice and bloom. Unbridled lifestyle emphasizing on - the air was cool and fresh, the They will bloom with abundant consumption and production of stars were shining brightly, the flowers and rejoice with joyful unnecessary tools for life have likeshepherds were able to graze song. Streams will burst forth wise created pressure on the entheir flock in open fields and of in the desert, and rivers in the vironment. With Christ’s second course the Earth (through the steppe. The burning sands will Coming, will Nature be ready angels) sang Hallelujah and become pools, and the thirsty to sing the same songs of celPeace on Earth to men of Good- ground, springs of water. The ebration 2,010 years ago in abode where jackals lurk will be Bethlehem’s manger? will. Christ’s birth was a moment a marsh for the reed and papy“What if Nature No Longer of celebration - and Nature a co- rus.” Sings as it once did?”- a rhetorical But because of man’s folly - but disturbing question addressed celebrator. Even the prophet Isaiah had much of Nature has been de- to all of us human beings. this prophecy on the advent of graded, its laws violated over time. The Catholic Church and The unabated emission of Christmas -how nature cosmically Turn to page 9

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Counting our blessings

Grace in a garbage dump

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Highlighting our positives

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Leadership unmoored, adrift...

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HERE are, of course, many bright spots insofar as leadership is concerned in the world today, be it in the field of politics, business, economics and finance, culture, social life, etc. That we are still a functioning world, despite errors and defects, can only bespeak of a leadership that’s still floating.

Leadership and the use of authority are a dynamic thing. They can have their ups and downs, their highs and lows, their boom and bust. We just have to understand that a lot depends on the kind of people involved in them, and especially on whether they understand the true nature, origin and end of power. And this is none other than that leadership, authority and power can only have their source in God, their purpose also in God, and the proper way to handle them in God as well. It cannot be any other way. The other way, which can only be by making ourselves the be-all and endall of power and authority, can spell disaster, trouble, endless strifes and rivalries, no matter how successful so far we may have been able to govern ourselves through different systems.

Leadership, power and authority cannot be other than our participation in the leadership, power and authority of God. They come from God. They can only be exercised in him, and for the purpose God has for them. This does not mean that we have to have a kind of theocracy as our form of government, or fanaticism and fundamentalism as a way of life. We know enough that God does not mean that, since human affairs can involve a wide variety of positions, ways and means that can even be conflicting with each other and that need to be respected. It simply means that in any ex Turn to page 14

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Attaining excellence begins with a frame of mind; a culture; a discipline. It is a complete paradigm shift. The prevailing culture as of today is at the level of mediocrity; barely passing mark; “ok-na-yan mentality”; as if making it to the meridian heights is alright. It is not alright my friends! What we need is a CULTURE OF EXCELLENCE. The world out there is a competitive world of knowledge and unless we develop a culture of excellence, we will surely be left behind. The next question is how.

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The moment I am elected into the City Council, my first major activity which I will try to introduce into the legislative mill and hope that my colleagues will accent is the creation of a LITERACY and EXCELLENCE COORDINATING COUNCIL which will consist, among others, of the key personalities in the different institution of learning in the city and other experts in the field. It will be the duty of the council to formulate policies, Turn to page 17

Atty. Joel Cadiogan Obar joel_obar@yahoo.com

Footsteps and Fingerprints

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My new year’s resolution: Desiderata

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PROMISES TO KEEP

A FIRM DECISION

Elijah went before the people and said, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.” 1Kings 18:21

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o you think you deserve credit merely for loving those who love you? Even the sinners do that! And if you do good only to those who do good to you, is that so wonderful? Even sinners do that much! And if you lend money only to those who can repay you, what good is that? Even sinners will lend their own kind for a full return.” Luke 6:32-34

Love means action. One way to put love to work is to take the initiative in meeting specific needs. This is easy to do with people whom we trust; but love means doing this even

to those who dislike us or hurt us. The money we give others should be a gift, not a high-interest loan that will put a burden on them. Give as though you are giving to God.

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ng kanhiay’ng Santo Papa, Juan Pablo II, ang kanhiay’ng Pangulo Supremo sa Simbahang Catoliko misulat og usa ka encyclical letter nga giulohan og Evangelium Vitae, Gospel of Life. Ug niining Evangelium Vitae, ang Santo Papa naghisgut ug nagpasabut kanato,ug gani nagabahad kanato nga FR. GAMMY TULABING JCD, VG aduna karo’y dako kaayong hulga alang sa kadaut sa katawhan—ug kining maong hulga gitawag sa iningles nga “Conspiracy Against Life”. Ug kay kini gitawag man nga Conspiracy, sa ato pa diay aduna’y panaghugpong sa kusog aron nga maguba ang mga hiyas ug mga birtud nga dugay na natong gipuy-an ug padayong gipalambo inabagan sa Simbahan. Kung molampos sila pag-guba niining maong mga hiyas ug mga mithi, mao na usab unya kini ang kalumpagan ug kaparutan natong tanan. Sa ato karong gipuy-an nga kalibutan, atong nasaksihan nga imbis palamboon ang kinabuhi, ang gipalambo mao ang kultura sa kamatayon (the culture of death). Aduna’y usa ka Belgian guest theologian sa Pontifical Council for Family Life, si Fr. Michael Schoogan, nagtawag niining maong dakong hulga, kining giingon nga Conspiracy Against Life nga usa ka all-out war nga mas grabe pa kay sa mga nangagi nang mga world wars,ug mas grabe pa sa mga kasamtangang nagkalain-laing giyera sa nagkalain-laing parte sa kalibutan nga gagamit sa armas de fuego ug uban pang mga conventional warfare. Kining akong gihisgutan nga all-out war against life naglangkob sa mga scientific, psychological, spiritual,moral, ug biological war. Aduna karo’y giyera nga nahitabo sa kalibutan, ug kining matang sa giyera mas grabe pa kay sa nahitabo tali sa Iraq ug sa U.S. Allied forces. Aduna karo’y giyera diin our enemy does not have to fire a gun. All our enemy does is not to allow us to be born (abortion, artificial methods of birth control). And those who are already born and living are made to kill and destroy each other by the destruction of virtues and values, by destroying people’s spirituality and people’s morality - kay ang atong mga kaaway, kaaway man sa kalag, ug nakabalo man sila nga Turn to page 5

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HISTORICAL NOTES

Churches as statements n May 25, 2009, writer and sociologist Lorna Peña-Reyes Makil commented: “Last Sunday’s topic on Mt. Canlaon is new to me – I mean I did not know it has another name (Malaspina). I’m an admirer of Fr. (Miguel A.) OMAN C. Bernad’s works also.” BY: REV. FRS. R AGUN. JR. The comment came with a book gifted to this good friend. The 133page book by Florentino H. Hornedo is entitled On the Trail of Dominican Engineers, Artists & Saints in the Cagayan Valley & Batanes (2002). In it is a section titled “The Churches as Statements.” Here are some pertinent passages: “It is not difficult to understand the psychological impact of a grand edifice upon a people used to seeing and living only in small houses of fragile materials. A building can objectify a builder’s capabilities and memorialize his power and pride. “It is a monument of achievement. But ‘some buildings are designed to make man feel his smallness and insignificance.’ Seen as achievement, the builders of the churches in the Cagayan Valley, as elsewhere, must have seen the churches as measure of their creative powers. The bigger and more splendid they were, the more proud they must have felt about the structures. “In a special way, the church and civil authorities who say the religious edifices as basically a contribution of Spanish missionary and colonial influence must have in some way regarded (if not outright intended) the grand edifices as an affirmation of dominion – a statement of power and authority. “And for the colonial people, the grandeur might have been the occasion for encounter with what Praeger has called the feeling of ‘smallness and insignificance.’ Though not ideal for developing Christian maturity, grand structures certainly fostered humility and subservience. The churches were certainly cultural and political statements. “It was natural, therefore, that with the decline and death of the colonial regime whose Turn to page 12

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Decisions never get easier “tomorrow.” Although when facing them, it always looks as though such will be the case. It takes courage to make hardnosed decisions between thorny options, to be decisive in the face of opposition. It takes courage to stand firm under pressure. It takes courage not to buckle under stress and adversity. It takes courage to chart an unfamiliar course. But in all situations, whether of everyday or crisis proportions, indecision leads to aimless wandering. This does not mean you egotistically assume that every decision you make is a wise one, but that you simply have confidence in yourself and in what you are trying to accomplish. You must acknowledge that sometimes making a wrong decision and then moving on in the Lord’s grace is better than to have made no decision and allow the work to grind to a standstill. While the average man or woman shies away from stressful situations and knotty decisions, the determined individual seeks them out. He tackles them head-on. A coach I once had instructed us, “When you’re in race and you come to a hill, pick up the pace. All the other runners will be slowing down to take it easy—that’s the time for you to pour it on.” That’s wise advice. Approach decisions like hills. When they confront you, pour it on. There will always be repercussions from the decisions you make. Pressure will exist both before and after. It is always easy to entertain doubts and think, “Did I Make the wrong choice?”

But you must not allow such thoughts to push you back into indecisiveness. You must keep moving ahead. Except in unusual circumstances, once you have made a decision, don’t vacillate and harbor second thoughts about what you have done. If you are living in daily obedience to God and have made the choice thoughtfully and prayerfully, then you can know that God will oversee your progress. In the spiritual realm, adversity signifies advance. If there are no problems, no tensions, no uncertainties, things are not functioning according to the biblical norm. The more you try to accomplish things and the higher you set your goals, the greater the pressure you’ll experience. This constant battle builds a fighting spirit. Such a wholeheartedness will keep you from being thrown off target, especially when you must make decisions. You must learn to slough off tension, failure, and doubts. You must be confident enough to tackle the most difficult problems with a sense of challenge. Sometimes, a roadblock will require a period of reflection and reevaluation; there you will stop long enough to weigh various alternatives before you proceed. Such periodic slowdowns can be a healthy investment of time. But when the assessment is complete, you must pick up the pieces, stand tall once again, and move out, confident that God’s faithfulness and the job He assigned you are still intact.

TODAY’S

GOSPEL Lk 3:15-16, 21-22

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he people were filled with expectation, and all were asking in their hearts whether John might be the Christ. John answered them all, saying, “I am baptizing you with water, but one mightier than I is coming. I am not worthy to loosen the thongs of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit

and fire.” After all the people had been baptized and Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”

Rootedness, Fruitfulness and Leafiness (Part 2)

“He is like a tree…” – Psalm 1:3 nother characteristic suggested by the Psalmist for our life in the church is fruitfulness. He says the plant bears fruit in its sea- Dr. PROCESO UDARBE son. He is talking about a tree that bears fruit at the time of the year that it should. Remember the time Jesus looked up at a fig tree? He saw that the tree was fruitless even though it was the season for it. Jesus decided that that tree would remain fruitless. Some lives could be fruitless. Remember that on that last night Jesus was with his disciples. He said to them: “Go and bear much fruit, and your fruit should remain.” The Psalmist speaks of a tree bearing fruit in its season. But it is now possible for a tree to be stimulated and sprayed into bearing fruit even when it is not in its season. In other words, we can now be expected as Christians to bear fruit in-season and off.

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We can be fruitful in various ways. I recently met a pastor’s wife at the wedding of her daughter. When I was introduced to her, she said: “I’m so glad to meet you. Your wife was my Sunday School teacher. She prepared me to become a minister’s wife.” What my wife did as a young teacher was fruitfulness. I have been meeting with class 1962 of the Silliman High School. My wife Leonora had been their Bible teacher. They speak of how dedicated and knowledgeable she was that they still recall some things they had learned. What does Jesus mean by the phrase ‘our fruit should remain’? It means that our lives should continue to bless others’ lives even after we are gone. The disciples to whom Jesus said, “Be fruitful,” wrote gospels and epistles; some of them traveled far to proclaim the good news. (To be continued)


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ing. It shames us.” Only did I notice a boy of 5 or so, near by, sucking his thumb. He didn’t ask for anything. Yet, he stared intently at the food. (“The number of food-poor Filipinos reached 12.2 million or almost 15% of the entire population…Proportion of families , experiencing involuntary hunger at least once in the past three months reached a record high of 4.3 million households in the last quarter of 2008.”) The older boy gently pulled the little one into the garbage dump. “Those kids make you cry,” the carenderia owner said. “They’re so well-behaved.” A stroke left a half-paralyzed father. The mother died from a heart attack. The kids scavenged to earn a few pesos for their food and father’s medicines. Moved, I bought P20 worth of bread and gave it to the children. But even the little boy politely declined. “Never mind, sir. We’ll buy some if we can sell something from what we’ve gathered.” (Well-off areas like Metro Manila, Cebu, Davao draw people escaping rural penury. Many end up in slums. Urban population is increasing at double national population growth rates. By 2010, six out of every ten Filipinos will cluster in urban areas. Many will be short of food, shelter, medical care, credit.) It started to drizzle. “Go home,” I said. And the girl replied, “We’re used to this.” If they got sick, no one would care of their father. They nodded and accepted the bread. But the older boy did not eat. “Don’t you like this kind of bread?” I asked. “It’s Sunday, sir,” the youngest interrupted. “If it’s Saturday or Sunday, he eats only in the afternoon. Only my sisters and I eat breakfast. But in the afternoon, we don’t eat. It’s only kuya who does so.” “But from Monday to Friday, because of classes, only kuya has breakfast. We eat in the afternoon. But if we earn more from our garbage picking, then we all can eat.” Their father, the little girl explained, wanted kuya to enter class with full stomach, so he’d catch up with the lessons. “When kuya works, we stop picking garbage. By the way,

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DCCCO inaugurates Guihulngan branch BUZ center opens at Bayawan booth

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umaguete Cathedral Credit Cooperative (DCCCO), one of the premiere lending institutions in Negros Oriental, inaugurated its new head quarters in Guihulngan last December 30 2009. It was well attended by its board of directors, members and staff and the local town officials. Designed by Ned Carlos, principal Architect of CARLOS & ANTIQUE A R C H I T E C T S (www.carlosantique.webs.com), the new DCCCO building is a makeover of an old house and transforming it into a DCCCO corporate space. The first DCCCOowned building outside of

Dumaguete City, the makeover revolved around the concept of branding the image of DCCCO and making it work with very contemporary touches, complemented with amenities like function rooms and guest rooms. Carlos started off by evaluating the existing space

as well as the existing structure and listing down the changes that would fit the needs of DCCCO employees and customer-members. DCCCO today is an iconic piece of Architecture in Guihulngan, inspiring the local residents and its members with its authentic design!

“Santa” feeds fried chicken to tots

Rotary club of Bais City president Frankie Ferrer feeds 106 indigent children up mountain side barangay Manlipac with fried chicken, rice & vetgetable soup and playing Santa Claus himself. Assisting him is Mother Santa Lilia Bermijo, Sto. Thomas Elementary School Principal responsible for gathering the kids.

Board Member Mariant Escaño-Villegas (left) led the opening of the Goodfaith Network Marketing Incorporated business center at the Bayawan Booth in Sidlakang Negros with Maricel Tagacay-Oracion, Senior Sales Marketing Executive. The company sells bio-magnetic jewelry products, photocatalyst and negative ion bulb, placenta soap, sanitary napkin and liquid supplements like tea, herbs, vitamins, coffee all formulated and designed to improve health and treat diseases.

CEB offers 50% off seat sale in Feb.-April

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he Philippines’ number one airline Cebu Pacific (CEB) celebrates the new year by offering a 50% off seat sale to any of its 14 international and 32 domestic destinations for travel this February 1-April 30, 2010. It is also set to fly its 40 Davao to Manila, Cebu, Iloilo, to starting 2010 with this 50% millionth passenger this Janu- Zamboanga and Cagayan de Oro. off seat sale. Passengers are enary 7, 2010—a significant mileIt also flies from Clark to couraged to plan in advance stone brought about by CEB’s Cebu, Hong Kong, Singapore, and book early to fully take advantage of our value fares and extensive network of destina- Macau and Bangkok. tions in the Philippines and “In 1996, CEB pioneered the convenient routes and frequenabroad. It has 27 direct domes- great value, low fare strategy that cies,” she added. Passengers can call (02) tic and 13 direct international gave a lot of opportunities for flights (including Osaka, Filipinos to fly. The fact that we 7020-888 or (032) 230-8888 for Incheon and Jakarta) from will soon reach our 40 million mark their booking needs, log on to Manila alone. is a fulfilling achievement, and an www.cebupacificair.com or visit agents nearest them. As for its other hubs, affirmation of our continuous ser- travel Those without credit cards can CEB has direct flights from vice to the traveling public,” said still book online and pay via Cebu to 20 domestic and 4 in- CEB VP for Marketing and Distri- CEB partner banks (Bancnet, ternational destinations bution Candice Iyog. Megalink, Metrobank, Banco (Singapore, Hong Kong, “We thank our passengers de Oro and Robinsons Savings Pusan and Incheon), and from for their support and look forward Bank).

“Not” Alone in the dark ! test by a long brownout, as imprecations set a pace that set them neck and neck with the flow of perspiration. Once upon a brownout, I learned the very large potential reality of business loss. In La Dolce Vita restaurant where I work daily, under chief Fabrizio Forlanini, power outages constantly threaten our chillers and freezers, and therefore our stocks of stored foods. And this is coupled with the loss of business from would-be guests of the restaurant who change their minds about patronizing our establishment, due not to a lack of quality in our offerings and services, but because they (understandable enough) do not look forward to dining in the discomfort and the dark. When a few brave souls do come in, it is

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g pa om (Fr the turn of our kitchen personnel to suffer through the ordeal of producing decent meals under candles and flashlights. Once upon a brownout, I took it upon myself to worry about beautiful Dumaguete City where I live, and the fair province of Negros Oriental of which this, my hometown, is the capital. In an ongoing, inspiring bid for progress, prosperity and recognition, we have, for some time now, presented ourselves as the wonderful destination for tourism, business and nice living that we’ve always naturally been. We’ve gone out of our way to fix our roads as best we may, spread information about our many natural attractions, provided the best incentives that we can for business and financial investment. All of this effort and dedication is in constant danger, because the length and frequency of brown-

outs make transactions just a little harder, tourism just a little slower, and life in general just a little more of a trial. But as I was starting to say, my companions and I managed dinner in the restaurant. And in the dark. We spoke of the loss of a dining group of over twenty persons the previous day due to the fact that power was out for several hours, again. We remarked on the fact that our hallowed electric cooperative was lightningquick to charge interests and penalties for late payments, but never seemed to be liable for the payment of damages for the losses and general financial and personal trouble caused by their seldom-announced brownouts. We were not alone for many like you and us, also suffered. And we, in our outrage and our distress, will continue not to be alone in our demand for better service from Noreco II. We intend to be heard, and we intend to be given satisfaction, once upon the end of a brownout.


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HEALTH IS WEALTH

How to Live Sensibly Well (2010)

BY DEMS REY DEMECILLO

“A useless life is an early death.” – Goetha

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he quality of our life and how long we live are to a great extent depends in our hands. It is important to plan and seek a proper perspective as to what is desirable to maintain and achieve an optimum health and wellness that will help us enjoy a much longer life span. As a doctor (psychiatrist), (burst) a blood vessel in their I know too well that many of brain. If the blood vessel afour Filipinos are suffering un- fected is large, then, most likely necessarily from various ill- they would instantly die or if nesses we call as “psychoso- the blood vessel is a small one, matic diseases” or the “mind- probably, they may still live but caused” disorders. The symp- become invalid due to paralytoms are physical (somatic) but sis. There are too many “psyare caused mainly by emotional chosomatic disorders” which or mental factors. Studies have are too numerous to mention shown that many of these here. physical symptoms are truly Inevitably, whatever state caused by the person’s failure of life we are in, whether we are to control his emotions. Plus the rich or poor, we are all predisemotional stresses can also posed to ill-health and death. contribute to the illnesses of But definitely, those people about 76 percent or even more who are too neglectful of their of all patients coming to well-being or health are the ones doctor’s clinic. Only a few are who often land in the hospital due to organic causes. or dies much earlier. Therefore, Dr. William James defined the law of PREVENTION is imemotion as “a state of mind that portant. manifests itself by sensible Below are wholesome sugchanges in the body.” These gestion to help everyone, unpleasant emotions such as young and old, live sensibly anger, anxiety, fear, grief, dis- well and therefore achieve a couragement, dissatisfaction, state of prime health. failures, etc. can harmfully over• Always live at the stimulate any organ or some of present moment. Don’t worry the endocrine glands that bring about your past or future. about symptoms or complaints. • Live simply and let go of To prove the above point, “extra baggage” of life. Your there are people who suddenly needs are important, not your develop heart attack or a stroke desires. during a fit of anger because • Have a positive attitude. their blood pressure increases This saves you a lot of trouble. to a high level that “blew” • Eat a well-balance diet

Counting our ... (Romero) From

page 7 When Manny Pacquiao kneels down in his corner to pray before and after a fight, I do not think that it is just for show. Neither is the prayer before cabinet meetings and the offering before some public meetings or social gatherings. We must not forget the heroes who gave their lives during the floods to rescue neighbors in distress. When you think that in developed countries like Europe

My new year’s ... (Catan)

From page 7 sons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful.

and the United States would like to ban religious practices in public and even removing crosses in the classroom, we thank our lucky stars that this country has not been swept away by the grey wave of secularism now engulfing the world. We must be thankful as a nation that we escaped the harshest effect of the economic malaise that swept the world in recent years. To have even registered positive growth when all around us produced negative rates proves the resilience of the local economy. Had we continued to be tied to the US market which we were in the past with the serious economic flu suffered by the US, we would have caught pneumonia. We thank our large domestic market for absorbing the shock of a disappearing external market. We thank our overseas foreign workers, the real heroes of the economy for keeping the economy afloat with their steady and even increasing inward remittance of precious foreign exchange. We must be grateful for the accomplishments of great sports figures like Manny Pacquiao and about half-adozen world- class Filipino pugilists who have placed this country in the forefront of the worlds boxing arena. We thank Charice Pempengco for making a big name for herself in the US musical world, for movie director Brillante Mendoza who has placed Philippine cinema in the eyes of the judges of international festivals and last but not the least, we thank Efren Penaflorida for winning that much coveted CNN prize for his humanitarian endeavor. As the saying goes there is a time to weep and a time for joy. While it is true that bad news sells more newspapers there must be a limit to a nation’s self-flagellation

DR. ANGEL V. SOMERA Fellow, Phil. Psychiatric Association Diplomate, Phil. Board of Psychiatry

with a lot of fresh vegetable and fruits. • A regular aerobic EXERCISE is a must for everyone to strengthen and protect cardio-vascular system. • Shun bad habits and vices—all are destructive to your health. • Love your WORK-your lifeline for success in life. • Be moderate in all your activities. • Avoid the “Hurry Disease”—the cause of your major tension and anxiety (stress). • Share your God-given TIME, TALENT and TREASURE to those who are in need. • Enjoy simple realities— laughter, relaxing music, wholesome recreations and profitable hobbies. • Never neglect your SPIRITUAL NEED—a Christcentered lifestyle. Your only reassurance to qualify for an Eternal Life. If I can’t see you “UP THERE” then, —you must be “DOWN THERE!” (Joke only.)

which should perhaps be limited to holy week celebrations where fasting, abstinence and the confession of sins should be the practice. This is not to say that we should be uncritical or simply wash all the dirt under the rug which we also do, but we must also accentuate the positive. True there is much graft and corruption but so has China, the United States and other countries and there are legal remedies in a democratic country like ours. Perhaps we have taken our democracy for granted. Many nations around us do not have elections, no matter how traditional and corrupt. Here we have freedom of religion unlike countries nearby that prevent the faithful to worship their gods. For all the flaws of our culture, we are still the first democracy in Asia with a high literacy rate, a Christian nation that does not discriminate against other religions, that has an extended family system that acts like a private social security system and occupies a very high ranking in the United Nations’ happiness index! For all these blessings we thank the Lord. A Very Happy New Year To All!

Bitong vows to carry on Gacal’s anti-Red gains

Completing his two-year stint as Commanding Officer of the 11 th Infantry Lapu-Lapu Battalion based in Mckinley, Guihulngan City, Lt. Col. Franco Nemesio Gacal formally relinquished his post to his successor Lt. Col. Ramil Bitong during the simple turn-over rites presided by 3rd Infantry Division Commander Maj. General Vicente Porto Monday, January 4. Among those who witnessed the ceremony were Lt. Col. Erwin Bernard Neri, CO, 79th Infantry Battalion; Col. Cesar Yano, CO, 302 nd Brigade; Sr. Supt. Augusto Marquez Jr. Director, Negros Oriental Police Provincial Office; Lt. Col. Ricardo Bayhon, CO, 61st I.B. and Lt. Col. Antonio Nafarete, CO, First Scout Ranger Regiment. In his farewell speech, Gacal enumerated his unit’s ac-

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complishments particularly the deaths and capture of several rebels and firearms. He asked his successor to preserve and sustain the gains in the anti-insurgency drive to neutralize the rebels operating from Canlaon City to Ayungon. A plead that was well-taken by his successor Lt. Col. Bitong. Gacal was awarded with a Military Merit Medal in recognition of his accomplishments.

tall tenants of the old Bais public market, who refuse to pay their rentals and fees on time may no longer be accommodated once the new P220 million city market complex is completed. The funding of the construction is sourced out from a Landbank loan released December of 2009.

Acknowledging that the lack of political will cause undue burden to the

finances of the city, Mayor Hector “Tata” Villanueva vowed to be strict when as-

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hile not thoroughly smooth and perfect, the nine-year partnership of Mayor Enozario “Pictoy” Baldoza and Vice-mayor Ernie “Jango” Uy proved to many of their constituents to be the most dynamic and innovative in recent memory. Baldoza’s fierce deter- enue Allotment to nearly are now recognized as mination to improve P100 million complemented among the well attended Mabinay’s status as a 3rd the equally strong desire of December-January events class municipality to 1st Uy to thrust the once sleepy in the province. class in less than nine years town into the national conUnder their joint leadwith the accompanying sig- sciousness by his bold tour- ership, which survived manificant increase in the ism initiatives: the Lingganay jor crises brought about share of the Internal Rev- and Langub Festivals which Turn to page 17

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Churches ... (Sagun)

From page 8 political power the buildings partially served, the splendor of the churches also eclipsed. “While it is true that Spanish talent may have conceptualized the structures, the immense labor that went into the realization of the buildings was Filipino labor. The churches are truly Filipino churches.” Our best wishes to a true friend like Lorna Makil for continued blessings of good health, peace and joy from the Almighty God as we start this

Mayor Pictoy Baldoza (left) and Vice-mayor Jango Uy managed to keep their partnership intact and strong even as they found a common leader in 2nd District Rep. George Arnaiz (right).


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Zamboanguita PNP vies for top honors

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As part of the validation and evaluation exercises, top officials from Camp Crame led by P/ Dir. Sukarno Ikbala Sr. and P/ Chief Supt. Francisco Manalo Jr. inspected the Zamboanguita Police Station Thursday morning. The unit is a national finalist for Best Municipal Police Station. PNP officials and residents credited P/Inspector Teodorico Picardal, the town’s Chief of Police and Mayor Kit Adanza for the feat.

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cting on a tip from a concerned habal-habal driver, members of the Ayungon Police arrested the prime suspect in the shooting to death of an 18-year old man and the wounding of 36-year old woman in Barangay Gomentoc on Tuesday, January 5, one day after the alleged shooting incident. The suspect was iden- arresting team. A 9 mm police report indicates that tified as Junnie Cristobal Ingram Caliber pistol was the suspect shot the 18-year alias Boboy, 31 years old also seized from the old victim in the chest causof Cawayan, Negros Occidental. SP02 Devey suspect’s possession. He is ing his instantaneous death accused of shooting to death while Baldomero was also Mahinay Romblon, P03 Jojo Zuniega and police Rommel Besagas and hit and brought to aide Benirando Bayola caused the wounding of Tita Dumaguete City for treatDelopyo composed the Ritchel Baldomero. Initial ment.

trollers who want to enjoy the sea breeze along Rizal Boulevard may have to think twice for their safety after two successive mauling incidents just minutes apart said to be committed by a group of three men were reported to the police, Wednesday. Two couples sought Krizyl Anne dela Cruz, a call Moments later, Lord police assistance when center employee were chat- Oxy Flores and wife Cerela they were separately at- ting while sitting on a con- Flores were attacked by the tacked by some men past crete bench when two men, same group of men. A momidnight of Wednesday. one of whom was wielding bile patrol car chanced upon The first couple Matthew a knife, suddenly assaulted the assailants but the third Cornelio, a student of Cornelio, both victims fled on suspect identified as Silliman University and foot. Turn to page 17

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ity, while a lot depends on us, the primary role of God should always be acknowledged, respected and defended. It’s not something to be afraid of or to be ashamed of. But this is what we are seeing these days. Religion, faith or any reference to God and to things spiritual and supernatural are often accused these days as divisive or as downright irrelevant to human affairs. At best, they are meant to be strictly a personal private affair of an individual. This goes precisely against the very nature of God who is God not only in our private life, but also in our public affairs. He is a God of everyone in all levels and aspects. This is the essence of the feast of the Epiphany of our Lord—Jesus wanting to manifest himself to the whole world. We just have to learn how to do this crucial aspect of our life properly, looking at the example of Jesus always whose theophany was done always in a discreet way. God cannot be a cause of division, since he is the principle of unity and the end of everything and of everyone. At least, this is what Christianity and practically all religions are all about. Christianity does this by showing the extreme of charity—to the point of dying for love of God and of souls. It upholds truth and justice, but it does this always in the context of understanding, compassion, quickness to forgive and forget, willingness to drown evil with an abundance of good. The only violence involved is the one inflicted on oneself rather than on others, of the kind that is more moral than physical. There are also those who think that an emphasis on religion in wielding power in our human affairs will make us awkward and even incompetent. This, of course, can happen precisely if religion is misunderstood and mishandled But it need by like that. In fact, it should not be like that. If anything, what an abiding relation with God does is to give us a greater sensitivity and firmer determination to identify, assess, solve our problems thoroughly. It would truly be funny, if not utterly dangerous, if we just rely completely on our own resources and devices, independently of God. We would have every reason to worry and fear, because no matter how smart and clever we can be, such qualities are nothing compared to the challenges we have to face. Even without mentioning our spiritual enemies, our natural and infranatural challenges alone can already be so daunting as to guarantee our defeat and failure. We need to hook our exercise of leadership, power and authority on God always! We just have to learn how to do it with naturalness.

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erhaps the long suffering wife found the opportunity to publicly beat and berate the woman she believes to be her husband’s younger girlfriend and did not let the opportunity pass.

And the poor girl, approximately fifteen years her junior sought police assistance and record the Wednesday spectacle inside one of the fast food chains in downtown Dumaguete.

The victim is a woman in her late thirties, while her assailant is in her late fifties, the former is physically stronger than the latter but was boosted with righteous anger while the younger woman was paralyzed by fear and

embarrassment thus failing to defend herself and avoid injuries. Per narration of the victim, she was waiting for her order past 10 am when the older woman suddenly ma Turn to page 17

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Both account for 40% of what’s environmentally wrong in the earth, for goodness sake. What should the world do with these two countries- their inaction causing climate damage to developing nations mostly? There indeed is a strong need to reeducate the world populace about the menacing environmental monster that might swallow humankind into utter misery. The grave implication of waves of human migration -from bad climate stricken countries to the lesser hit ones is a logistics nightmare in terms of food, shelter and transportation. Its overall implications are apocalyptic in dimension. It is little wonder, then, that the Church - the spiritual Leader has rediscovered Her prophetic role to voice the warning of climate change and for the faithful to heed the sounds of the church bells pealing. That bell tolls for all of us mankind. Let us listen and act-before it is too late.

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P800.00 per sq.m. P1.5 Million P900.00 per sq.m. P900.00 per sq.m. P1.5 Million

930 sq.m. 419 sq.m. 500 sq.m. 1,123 sq.m. 733 sq.m.

P1.4 Million P2,000 per sq.m. P1 Million P1.5 Million P2,000 per sq.m.

1,000 sq.m. 2,500 sq.m. 3,000 sq.m. 525 sq.m. 1,000 sq.m. 2,000 sq.m. 730 sq.m. 419 sq.m. 22 hectares 5,000 sq.m. 700 sq.m. 4,500 sq.m. 9,531 sq.m. 4,000 sq.m. 5,138 sq.m. 1,757 sq.m. 3,080 sq.m. 1,000 sq.m. 1,062 sq.m. 300 sq.m. 4 hectares 330 sq.m. 1,600 sq.m. 2,339 sq.m. 924 sq.m. 617 sq.m. 200 sq.m. 300 sq.m. 500 sq.m.

P500,000 P2,250,000 P2,700,000 P1,500,000 P850,000 P1,200,000 P1,800,000 P838,000 P15,400,000 P4,000,000 P3,500,000 P3,150,000 P4,765,500 P6,000,000 P7,193,200 P2,500,000 P4,620,000 P700,000 P5,000,000 P700,000 P24,000,000 P1,000,000 P1,600,000 P1,000,000 P1,386,000 P5,000,000 P750,000 P900,000 P1,500,000

Valencia going to Tajero, Apolong Apolong West Balabag West Balabag Poblacion (Valencia)

DUMAGUETE Cantil-e Mangnao Talay Camanjac Poblacion, Amlan (back of the municipal hall) East Balabag Val. Calayugan, Val. Calayugan, Val. Pob. Valencia Calayugan, Val. Calayugan, Val. Apolong, Valencia Mangnao, Dgte. City Camanjac, Dgte. City Balugo, Valencia Bantayan, Dgte. City Dauin, Highway Cangmating, Sibulan Junob, Dgte. City Camanjac, Dgte. City Dauin, Neg.Or. Junob, Dgte. City Bacong, Neg.Or. Banilad, Dgte. City Motong, Dgte. City Cangmating, Sibulan Motong, Dgte. City Cangmating, Sibulan West Balabag, Valencia Junob, Dumaguete City Sibulan, Highway Calobihan, Dgte. City Calobihan, Dgte. City Calobihan, Dgte. City

Call: 0918-929-6047

AREA

PRICE

500 sq.m. 660 sq.m. 1,000 sq.m.

P1.5 Million P3.5 Million P4,000,000

5,000 sq.m.

P5,500,000

700 sq.m.

P10,000,000

660 sq.m.

P7,500,000

400 sq.m.

P7,000,000

800 sq.m.

P6,000,000

1,005 sq.m.

P8,000,000

1,000 sq.m.

P4,000,000

3,000 sq.m.

P3,000,000

2,024 sq.m.

P12,000,000

500 sq.m.

P1,500,000

300 sq.m.

P2,500,000

880 sq.m. 2,000 sq.m.

P5,500,000 P7,000,000

1,000 sq.m.

P17,000,000

660 sq.m.

P3,500,000

300 sq.m.

P3,500,000

450 sq.m.

P7,500,000

300 sq.m.

P4,000,000

430 sq.m.

P8,000,000

400 sq.m. 397 sq.m. 1,000 sq.m.

P2,500,000 P2,200,000 P9,000,000

780 sq.m. 644 sq.m. 500 sq.m.

P6,700,000 P7,500,000 P4,500,000

Where in DUMAGUETE

Northern Junob Upper Pulantubig Cantil-e, Dgte. City 2 house, 3 bed rooms, 2 CR Esogan, Bacong, 4 Bed rooms, 2 CR Dgte. City, 4 Bed rooms 3 CR w/garage, nice garden Claytown, Dgte. City, 4 Bedroom, 2 CR w/garage nice lawn Piapi, Dgte. City, 4 Bedrooms, 2 CR, w/ carage Colon Extension, Dgte. City 3 Bedrooms, 2 CR, w/carage Poblacion Valencia, 4 Bedroom 2 CR, w/ garage Valencia, Hawa, 4 Bed room 2 CR, garage, nice garden Valencia, Bacong, 3 Bedrooms, 2 CR w/ garage Hawa, Valencia, Beautiful House, Nice garden, 6 Bed rooms, 3 CR, garage Sibulan, Neg. Or., 3 Bed rooms, 2 CR, w/ garage Motong, Dgte. City, 3 Bed rooms, 2 CR, w/ garage Bantayan, Dgte. City, 3 Bed rooms Banilad, Dgte. City, 4 Bed rooms, 3 CR, nice garden w/ garage Bantayan, Dgte. City, 5 ed rooms, 3 CR, car park, nice lawn Pulantubig, Dgte. City, 4 Bed rooms, 3 CR, w/ garage Candau-ay, Dgte. City, 5 Bed rooms, 2 CR, w/ garage Dumaguete City, 4 Bed rooms, 2 CR, 2 garage, spaceious garden Motong, Dgte. City, 3 Bed rooms, 2 CR, w/ garage Clay town, Dgte. City, 4 Bed rooms, 2 CR, w/ garage Pulantubig, Dgte. City, 3 Bed rooms, 2 CR Junob, Dgte. City, 3 Bed rooms, 2, CR Camanjac, Dgte. City, 4 Bed rooms, 3 CR, w/ garage Mang-gatos, Sibulan 4 Bed rooms, 2 CR Calindagan, Dgte. City, 4 Bed rooms, 2 CR Air Port Area, Sibulan, 3 Bed rooms, 2 CR

BEACH LOT 800 sq.m. 700 sq.m. 552 sq.m. 2,000 sq.m. 1,000 sq.m. 1,300 sq.m. 3,000 sq.m.

P1,200,000 P5,000,000 P1,500,000 P7,000,000 P3,500,000 P5,000,000 P13,000,000

Zamboanguita, Neg.Or. Sibulan, Neg.Or. w/ House Banilad, Dgte. City Ahong, Sibulan, Neg.Or. Ahong, Sibulan, Neg.Or. Dauin, Neg. Or. w/ House Dauin, Beach House

OVER LOOKING 8,000 sq.m. 2,000 sq.m.

P2,800,000 P800,000

Tampi, San Jose, Neg. Or. Bais City

Call: 0918-929-6047


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Deadline set for Filipino WW2 veterans to claim new, benefit BY: RACHELLE M. NESSIA

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he US Embassy’s Department of Veterans Affairs (USDVA) office has announced that all claims from Filipino WWII veterans for benefits created by the 2009 Filipino Veterans Equity Compensation provision under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 must be received by USDVA by February 16, 2010.

These one-time payments are the new benefits as provided for in the ARRA passed by the US Congress and signed by US President Barack Obama in February 2009. Said benefits are available to eligible veterans and widows of eligible veterans who applied before their birth. The US Embassy in a statement urged all veterans who feel they may be eligible are encouraged to apply immediately. The application process is free and simple and there is no need to pay anyone to assist applicants in completing the form which can be mailed to the US Embassy. Veterans who choose to send their applications by mail are encouraged to send them early enough to ensure its receipt by USDVA by the February 16, 2010 deadline. “Simply mailing the application by the deadline is not sufficient. It must be received by the USDVA by the deadline,” the press release from the US embassy stated. Veterans can also submit their application in person to the USDVA offices at the US Embassy or they may call USDVA at (632)

Delinquents ... From page 12

spaces available after the one-hectare, two–storey edifice will be ready for occupancy. “We will screen each applicant, particularly those who have been renting the old public market, if they are one of the delinquents, then they are not welcome,” stressed Villanueva. He assured that rentals and fees due to each tenant will be collected in an efficient manner to avoid the situation where the city government has to subsidize the operations of the market. The city public markets of Dumaguete and Tanjay have been operating at a loss for many years with the local administrations paying millions to keep the operations with the Commission on Audit strongly reminding local government units that these enterprises are supposed to be self-sustaining and earning profit for the city to gain, not the other way around. However, fear of losing precious votes and the usual padrino system prevent local chief executives and legislators from imposing strict regulations to ensure efficient collection of taxes, fees and rentals due the government.

528-2500 or toll free outside Metro Manila at 1-8001888-5252 for more information about this option. No appointments are necessary to file an initial application for this new benefit. The USDVA has assured that all applications are handled expeditiously so that qualified veterans will receive their payments as quickly as possible. Each claim is unique and decided on its own merits with no “master list” of eligible veterans for the new, one-time benefit. USDVA will also conduct an outreach activity at the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office in Cebu (located at CENTCOM, Camp Lapu-Lapu, Lahug, Cebu) on January 14, 2010 from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm to ensure that all eligible veterans in Visayas have an opportunity to apply. Veterans who have already applied for this new Turn to page 18

Arson ruled ... From page 2

Abad clarifies that the Fire Department’s inspection is limited only with assessing the building’s existence of fire fighting appliances and if fire exits are not blocked, while the City Engineer’s Office conducts the more rigid inspection of the electrical wiring system. The building’s fire wall had successfully contained the fire, but authorities said that the edifice and its foundations have been severely weakened by the nine-hour conflagration that it will have to be demolished and probably give way to a more modern theater in the coming days if not a much improved commercial complex.

Wife publicly ... From page 14

terialized in front of her and slapped her five times before punching her face twice. The older woman then announced to the shocked customers, that the victim is her husband’s other woman, who was too embarrassed to even offer a robust reply.

Couple attacked... From page 14

Michael Calugcugan, who is armed with the knife managed to escape. The two arrested suspects, who were later released were identified as Rene Peras, 18, and Al Cimafranca , 26, both of Barangay Calindagan.

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From page 7

(Obar)

programs and specific projects with the end in view of converting the populace of the city into a reading and learning community within the period of three (3) years. A simple example of a project that is immediately doable is by conducting QUIZ BEES (spelling, reading comprehension, arithmetic, debate and oration, arts and music) during Purok and Barangay Fiestas culminating with a grand final on the founding day of the City with scholarships as prizes among others. Perhaps, another project is the institution of a MOBILE CLASSROOM and a MOBILE LIBRARY. I have already introduced this advocacy to my political team and it shall form part of what we call the POLITICS OF OPPORTUNITY and INDUSTRY. As our political team has been formed with so much equanimity, professionalism and Concorde I am confident that a levelheaded and futuristic PROGRAM OF GOVERNMENT is to be gradually formulated. Barangay consultations are presently goingon to gather in-puts and basic information that are significant in drawing into the tracing board a long-

Pictoy, Jango ... From page 12

mainly by political intrigues, barangay health clinics and training centers for agriculture learners were established, more employees were hired as well as new government facilities were erected and equipment acquired. Unlike in the previous administrations and despite best efforts by their opponents, who saw their tandem too formidable and threatening to their own political fortunes, to pit them against each other by playing to their sense of insecurities, both Baldoza and Uy saw in their hearts the higher calling of public service and took a leap of faith with the Mayor allowing his Vice-mayor to have his own office, staff and more responsibilities, which the latter embraced wholeheartedly. In the past, vice-mayors were regarded as “mere presiding officers” they leave town after every session mostly heading to Dumaguete, where they actually reside. But not in their case. Both Baldoza and Uy clearly thrive and continue to learn from each as they try to prevail upon each others’ shortcomings and failings, together. After nine years amid various issues that nearly shattered their alliance, it is but expected that the vicemayor will be elevated to the apex of the town’s leadership, with the incumbent humbly stepping down to take on the number two position to give to a partner that has proven to be a reliable, sound and just ally. The May 2010 elections will be the ultimate test whether the people of Mabinay actually appreciated and felt the progress, which Baldoza and Uy continue to work hard for, which their constituents rightfully deserve. (Dems Rey Demecillo)

term sustainable program which will be the guide post of the slate should the public favor them with a vote come Election day on May 2010. The 21st century has shaken the world with the introduction of a new economic foundation. The human race has modernized by going through the stages of AGRICULTURE then to INDUSTRIALIZATION and NOW we are swiftly going through an undiscovered area of KNOWLEDGE –BASED ECONOMY. The Philippines has not completely graduated into the INDUSTRIAL-ECONOMY and, maybe by Divine Intervention, it has reserved most of its deep cultures for the third wave of KNOWLEDGE ECONOMY, Dumaguete City most specially. Many governmental programs in the present political leadership are overwhelmed by the industrial development of other countries unmindful or even ignorant of the fact that in next few years industrialization is only good for the museums and if we are stuck up with the culture of industrialization we will find ourselves befuddled as we wander in a cemetery of dead ideas. We have seen how the industrialized-first-world-countries suffered the present economic melt-down. A melt down that, in the past, is unimaginable for countries like the United States and most of the European Continent. The Agricultural wealth system was chiefly based on growing things; the industrial wealth system on making things; while the new KNOWLEDGE WEALTH SYSTEM is increasingly based on THINKING, KNOWING, SERVING AND EXPERIENCING. Without completely abandoning the agricultural and industrial systems, Dumaguete City being a University City, has the natural and built-in infrastructures that could be harnessed to service the NEW WEALTH SYSTEM that is founded on KNOWLEDGE. It is therefore important that local government policy directions and resources have to be restructured, refocused, decultured or even completely overhauled especially in the public educational systems. It is therefore important that government resources and policies are geared towards excellently hiring and training teachers in the fields of physics, chemistry, mathematics, English proficiency, natural sciences and the like. Policies of LAND USE, TAX INCENTIVES FOR EDUCATION, BUDGET ON TRAINING TEACHERS, SCHOLARSHIPS FOR EXCELLENCE, DORMITORY and HYGIENE ORDINANCES, PEACE AND ORDER, among others are to be revisited and accordingly made compliant and congruent to EXELLENT KNOWELDGE DEVELOPMENT. I wish to make emphasis on the matter of EXELLENCE as a key to future competitiveness because KNOWLEDGE WILL SURELY BE THE GOLD OF THE FUTURE and DUMAGUETE CITY should swiftly shift to become the KNOWLEDGE CAPITAL OF ASIA. This concept of KNOWLEDGE ECONOMY makes my

The vote-rich ... (From page 6)

boosts, among others. If a candidate lands in the winning circle in as many vote-rich provinces as possible, he has a good chance of making it In the last presidential elections, Cebu province (No. 1) solidly delivered for administration candidate President Gloria Arroyo. So did Bohol (No. 20) Whether the “delivery” was done cleanly is another story. So for national candidates, they know where to place their “operators”. By the way, Negros Oriental is number 22 with 714,761 registered voters as of December 14, 2009.

critical repor ting reporting (Catan)

HOW MEDIA SEES IT, AND NOT OTHERS BY ELY P. DEJARESCO

(email: elydejaresco@yahoo.com)

Silliman preferred ... (From page 2) blame? Take your pick.

VICE MAYORAL RACE There is more than what meets the eye in the city vice mayoral race. The Sagarbarria-Rommel Erames tandem has long prepared for the political battle. But along the way, they got politically estranged with godfather Mayor Tuting, so they switched loyalty to Dodo. The opposition really wanted West-pointer lawyer councilor Alan Cordova to be the running mate of Woodrow Maquiling. Most people also wanted that team to run. But it did not materialize. Why? Try some analysis. But now it looks like LP coordinator Ipe Remollo after all wanted and groomed Myrish Antonio, lawyer and youth leader, who of course knows a lot of parliamentary procedures. Independent-minded Cordova, tradpols perceive, could be a rising politician and could be a threat to the tradpols present and future. The story is that while Cordova was indeed personally invited by Ipe to run for vice mayor under the LP banner, Cordova could not decide until sunrise the next day. But when he did wake up the next morning, he was only told by LP mayoral bet Woody that they picked Myrish instead, apparently a decision was made while Cordova was sound asleep. Or did they prepicked Myrish already long ago? That’s what Cordova also got for not grabbing the pie while it was offered to him hot. Lawyer’s strategy? So Cordova is now running independent again. In 2007, he won as an independent. He stayed independent in the council. He always lost his advocacies like the auxillary police, to the majority. But the public elected him just the same. The clear message is: people want independentminded leaders, not pawns or robots of political godfathers. Will the people make the same decision again in 2010 polls? Yes or no, we don’t know. But the results will certainly tell us so.

Highlighting ... (Umbac)

From page 7

nies were filled with a rainbow of warm, dynamic, lively and inspiring human aura that we can see only among our young people. And in this Jamboree we were honoured and privileged as a Filipino nation – to interact and relate with God’s young people from all over – young global citizens of different races and culture, from different countries, large and small, but bound by the knot of love, understanding, goodwill, goodliness, friendship, honor. ———————— Even as these young scouts and scouters of the world had to spend the dwindling days of year 2009 and the early days of 2010 away from their loved ones, there they were in that beautiful mountain of green trees,

fresh air, inside tents of multi coloured uniform and attire – a beautiful rainbow of smiling young faces. A wonderful world of the young. ——————— It is sad to note however that this part of God’s beautiful world peopled by His wonderful young creations was limited to that mountain fastness and that so many did not know that there was such a gathering of young and idealistic scouts and scouters – the biggest convergence in the Asia-Pacific Region. ————————When can we ever give more emphasis on the many blessings and positives in our country for all of us to share, to anchor on, to be inspired and to be encouraged instead of being demonized by the negatives of our living daylights?


18 Pyro injuries ... From page 2

Sy, credited the Iwas Paputok campaign of the Department of Health considering it as effective unlike in other cities that register higher incidence in firecracker injuries. The Dumaguete City Fire Department reported just a single incident of fire caused by pyrotechnics but with damage too minimal placed at P 100.00. Some observers believe that the inclement weather and the prevailing financial crisis contributed to the scaling down of the New Year celebrations.

Deadline set ... From page 17

one-time benefit will receive an acknowledgement receipt from USDVA. There is no need to submit multiple applications, nor any need to obtain additional military service information unless requested by USDVA. Application instructions for the one-time benefits are on the U.S. Embassy website: http://manila.usembassy.gov. As of December 29, USDVA has approved the applications of more than 11, 300 eligible Filipino WWII veterans or their widows with pay outs totaling to nearly P6.4 billion. Around half of said amount in one-time benefits paid out so far has gone to Filipino WWII veterans with American citizenship and the other half to non-US citizen Filipino WWII veterans. (PIA/ rmn)

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Militants ... From page 2

a rally against alleged human rights abuses when the said leaders, accompanied by their sympathizers, reportedly confronted Ferrer, who was then taking pictures of the rally participants. The policeman sought refuge inside a department store but was followed by Lagorra and company before they physically assaulted him and even tried to grab his service pistol until his colleague rescued him. However, Lagorra, Magallanes and Blanco strongly denied the accusation and branded it a fabrication. Blanco insisted that at the time of the alleged mauling incident he was at the Hall of Justice assisting supposed witnesses of a strafing incident blamed on the military. Despite the denials, the Philippine National Police made good its promise to submit the case to the CHR for possible filing of a criminal charge. The trio suspects are asked to proceed to the office of the Philippine Information Agency to get their summons. DEED OF EXTRAJUDICIAL PARTITION, SETTLEMENT AND SALE NOTICE is hereby given that the heirs of the late Cristita Caluscusan-Ferrer and Teodoro Caluscusan Sr., have filed and executed a Deed of Extrajudicial Partition, Settlement and Sale on 1/6 share of Lot No. 43, OCT No. 16280, situated in Sibulan, Negros Oriental, containing an area of 293 sq.m. in favor to Rey B. Celo and Elizabeth A. Celo per Doc. No. 530, Book No. II, Page No. 6, Series of 2009 of Notary Public Atty. Obdulio Guy O. Villahermosa, III. The Negros Chronicle Jan. 10, 17 & 24, 2010

Solon doubts ... Total Gun ban ... From page 1

Court to extend the registration of voters, the 2010 presidential elections is a certainty, but 2 nd District Rep. George Arnaiz doubts if the voting will be fully automated. He cited numerous reports of delays in the delivery of the counting machines and printing of official ballots. Therefore, he is in favor of conducting a partial automation of the elections, which means voting in city and town centers is automated while in rural areas voting is manual with only the results being transmitted electronically. Meanwhile, Atty. Eddie Aba, Comelec Provincial Election Supervisor, said that the training of more than three thousand members of the Board of Elections Inspectors will commence on March 15 using two Precinct Count Optical Machines. (By Dems Demecillo)

PNP NegOr. ... From page 1

were surprised why Marquez is also facing the same prospect of being relieved when he has never been noted to kowtow to any politician at any point during his stay here. Marquez has been the NOPPO Director for more than a year after replacing Sr. Supt. Omar Buenafe, who is now with the Police Regional Office in Cebu City. Lakas titular head ex Rep Meniong Teves said that he will personally ask Pres. Arroyo to retain Marquez. It is not good for the administration to create ripples in the area. Most of the local leaders who are in the opposition said that a pro-admistration PNP is expected to cushion the impact of opposition votes.

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side of the residences following the total gun ban declaration by the Commission on Elections. Only on-duty members of the Philippine National Police, Armed Forces of the Philippines, National Bureau of Investigation, other state forces and private security personnel in official uniform will be allowed to carry firearms. To further insulate policemen from partisan politics, only two policemen will be assigned to each political candidate per agreement between the PNP and the Comelec. However, the PNP will try to ask the poll body to exempt off-duty officers so they can carry their firearms when emergencies arise. Meanwhile, Negros Oriental Police Provincial Office Director Sr. Supt. Augusto Marquez Jr., bared that there are 42 barangays now in the watch list where political violence might be imminent. However, the police and the military will sit down and conduct a re-assessment and come up with a uniform criteria as the bases to place one village in the watch list.

OBITUARY

Rodulfo

“Rudybucks”

Adanza LIGON (Sept 27, 1943 Jan. 1, 2010)

We wish to thank family and friends for their love and support. Wife: Candelaria D. Ligon Son: Jacho D. Ligon Wife: Christine C. Ligon Daughter: Marife L. Cordova Husband: Atty. Alan Gel S. Cordova Granchildren: Indira L. Cordova Nikita L. Cordova Tyler C. Ligon Dylan C. Ligon Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF NEGROS ORIENTAL 7th Judicial Region BRANCH 37 (FAMILY COURT DESIGNATE) Dumaguete City SP. PROC. NO. 2008-4708 FOR: ADOPTION OF JERICO T. ABELAR

Rep Josy Limkaichong asked why the administration gives in to a non-incumbent over the incumbent Lakas leader. Ex-Rep. Paras said that he has no hand in the relief order of Marquez which until yesterday was moving to and fro in the negative and positive aspects. LP coordinator Ipe Remollo said that the LP pursues the clear efforts of the administration to yank out those military officials who are not pro-administration.

IN THE MATTER OF THE ADOPTION OF MINOR JERICO T. ABELAR, SPOUSES ARISTARCO S. CU and SUSANA PERALTA-CU, Petitioners. x——————————————————————/

AMENDED

ORDER

Petitioner-husband, a Chinese national and his Filipina wife, of legal age and resident of St. Louis Village, Dumaguete City and claiming to have all the qualifications and none of the disqualifications to adopt, desire to adopt minor Jerico T. Abelar, who is presently living with them. The minor’s mother has given her written consent to this petition. The petition is set for hearing on February 5, 2010 at 9:00 o’clock in the morning at the session hall of this Court in the Hall of Justice, E.J. Blanco Drive, Dumaguete City. Any interested person may appear on said date, time and place and show cause why the petition should not be granted. 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. Likewise, let this Order be posted on the bulletin board of this Court, at petitioner’s expense for at least twenty (20) days before the hearing. Furnish copies of this Order to the petitioners, the Solicitor General, the City Civil Registrar of Dumaguete City and the City Prosecution Office of Dumaguete City at their given addresses. The Social Worker of the DSWD Provincial Office of Negros Oriental is directed to immediately conduct a case study on Susan Abelar of San Miguel Village, Ortigas Avenue, Pasig City, and submit a report thereon at not later than January 31, 2010. SO ORDERED. Given this 4th day of January, 2010 in the City of Dumaguete, Philippines. The Negros Chronicle Jan. 10, 17 & 24, 2010

(Sgd.) NOEL P. CATACUTAN Presiding Judge

REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF NEGROS ORIENTAL 7TH JUDICIAL REGION Branch 34 Dumaguete City CAD. PLDG. NO. 093638 IN RE: PETITION FOR ISSUANCE OF A NEW OWNER’S COPY OF ORIGINAL CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. FV-39917 IN LIEU OF THE LOST ONE, DR. ANGEL V. SOMERA, Petitioner. x———————————————/

O R D E R Before the court is the Petition filed by Angel V. Somera, praying that the owner’s duplicate copy of Original Certificate of Title No. FV-39917 be declared lost, null, and void, and that the Register of Deeds of Negros Oriental be directed to issue a New Owner’s Duplicate Copy of the alleged lost Certificate of Title. Petitioner alleged that his mother, the late Corazon Vda. de Somera, was the registered owner of Lot No. 5427, located at Ogahong, Palinpinon, Valencia, Negros Oriental, and covered by Original Certificate of Title No. FV-39917; that upon the death of petitioner’s father, Alejandro Somera, he and his siblings, and their mother caused the publication of a document entitled Extrajudicial Settlement of Estate, Quitclaim and Petition; then later on, petitioner and members of his family later learned that the owner’s copy of the Original Certificate of title No. FV-39917 reached the hands of Diosdada Talavera, who claimed to have purchased a portion of Lot No. 5427; that Diosdada Talavera and other persons were sued in court for Annulment of Deed of Sale, Quieting of Title and Damages, which now pends before Branch 36 of this court, docketed as Civil Case No. 13791 and that in said civil case, Diosdada Talavera alleged that the subject Certificate of Title was lost and could no longer be found, and that petitioner urged Diosdada Talavera to execute the corresponding Affidavit of Loss so that a replacement of the alleged lost Certificate of Title can be issued, but said request was turned down for no valid reason. Finding the petition sufficient in form and substance, petitioner Angel V. Somera is hereby detected to cause the publication of this Order for three (3) consecutive weeks, in a newspaper of general circulation in the province of Negros Oriental, selected by raffle, in three (3) public places, and to furnish a copy of his petition to the Registrar of Deeds of Negros Oriental and to Diosdada Talavera. Call this case for the hearing of the instant petition on January 22, 2010 at 8:30 o’clock in the morning. SO ORDERED. Given this 2nd day of December, 2009 in Dumaguete City, Philippines.

The Negros Chronicle Jan. 10, 17 & 24, 2010

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


Jan 10 2010