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Fiscal imposes media gag on GM guns issue

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hile the whole world already knows that the provincial prosecutor ‘s office has found probable cause to let Noreco II General Manager Ephraim Taclob face charges in court for the crime of illegal possession of firearms, Negros Oriental Provincial OIC Prosecutor Juditho Agan has refused to release the contents of the resolution which cites the reasons for its findings. The resolution was penned by prosecuting assistant fiscal Maritess Macarubo. OIC Provincial Prosecutor Agan has cited various reasons for not releasing the resolution to the public Among these reasons are: (1) The resolution cannot be released because, not being final, it can still be appealed to, and modified by higher authorities; (2) If they want, the public can procure a copy from Taclob; (3) The resolution cannot be said to be a public document; (4) Releasing of resolution to the public is discretionary. Here is the transcription of Prosecutor Agan’s re-

sponse to media’s request to release and divulge the resolution which cites the reasons for finding probable cause against General Manager Taclob. MEDIA: May we get a copy of the resolution regarding the case of illegal possession of firearm Against Noreco II GM Ephraim Boy Taclob? Prosecutor Agan’s response:

Resolution can be appealed: “Dili pa puede ka yang among resolution dinhi might still be appealed to the higher Turn to page 14

Dumagueteno invited to Obama inaugural –– see Page 2

Several bridges which link farm to market roads in the barangays were swept by flash floods like this one in Magatas, Sibulan thereby affecting people’s livelihood. Besides rehabilitating the bridges, RESCUE GROUPS which are funded by the LGU province and city, are urged to be reactivated to counter the devastating effects of global warming such as these.

Implement MOA: PPA dares Perdices T BY DEMS REY T. DEMECILLO

he Philippine Ports Authority has dared City Mayor Agustin Perdices to implement the provisions of its Memo Agreement between PPA and the City Government particularly in clearing the port zone of squatters. Way back in March 17, ing units for Looc Squatters 1997, LGU Dumaguete in in Cadawinonan. the MOA with PPA was The MOA also progiven P10 million to relocate vides that the LGU of this and build 150 to 200 hous- city will take charge in the

GARY TEVES: Asia’s best Finance Minister of 2008

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hey may have their Manny Pacquiao in the ring, but Negros Oriental has the lord of the ring who heads the financial coffers office of the country in the person of Finance Sec. MARGARITO “GARY” G. TEVES, who was adjudged this week by the London based The Banker as the best financial minister of the whole of Asia. The Bankers of London said Gary Teves has reduced the Philippine eocnomy’s vulnerability to the global financial crisis. He has risen Turn to page 3

“Big river bank”

Subangdaku on holiday

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he Rural Bank of Subangdaku (RBS) has declared a bank holiday effective January 5, 2009 Monday. The bank is located at corner San Jose and Ma. Cristina Streets, this city. According to Laila Ine Turn to page 17

final transfer of Looc squatters to their permanent place at the relocation site in Cadawinonan. The PPA said that if the squatters came back to the pier area, it is the duty of the city LGU to enforce the MOA regardless of whose administration it will

be under. During the Remollo regime, many squatters returned to the pier area. Now with Perdices back, he is asked to implement the MOA provisions.

Dumaguete City Mayor Agustin Perdices and Turn to page 18

RP stakeholders on climate change meet

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ENR Sec. Lito Atienza keynotes tomorrow the national convention of stakeholders for climate change adaptation , wetlands, and biodiversity conservation at Silliman University Hall up to Wednesday. The conference will set rapid climate and global the stage for the develop- changes where people are ment of a national policy on urged to adapt and adjust to wetlands and update the l993 biodiversity conservation. The stakeholders will National Wetlands Action Turn to page 14 Plan in view of the current

“WITH CHARITY NO MAN IS LOST; WITHOUT IT, NO MAN IS SAVED.”


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ting reporting The (most civilized) silent protest critical repor

HOW MEDIA SEES IT, AND NOT OTHERS

BY JAY I. DEJARESCO

(email: elmarjayd@yahoo.com)

The issue is: Transparency I

t has come as a shock to hear the decision of the good OIC provincial prosecutor Juditho Agan to refuse to release a copy of the resolution finding probable cause against Noreco II General Manager Ephraim Taclob. We are more shocked at the reasons he has cited for refusing to release the resolution.

No comment: silent protest. Just read placards (photo by: May Macapobre)

TOP OF THE WEEK

BY DEMS REY T. DEMECILLO

CHR vs. SOCO in probe of extra-judicial deaths

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ommission on Human Rights Special Investigator Jess Canete scored the Scene of the Crime Operatives or SOCO for its alleged lapses in the collection and preservation of evidences that would have helped investigators to know the causes of death and possibly unmask the perpetrators behind the summary execution of two known police characters namely Reggie Vesda, 23, and John Weir Baybay, 23, whose remains were found respectively on December 23 in East Balabag, Valencia, and Bulak, Dauin. Canete took the police SOCO”s lack of initiative to agency to task for its failure subject the cadavers to an to recover from the Dauin autopsy. crime scene empty shells However, SOCO head from 9mm pistol, failure to Major Josephine S. Llena recover of an empty slug explains that when the opfrom a .45 caliber pistol in- eratives from her office ar Turn to page 19 side the body of Vesda and Turn to page 9-A

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fter the flashfloods that destroyed and inundated millions worth of crops and property on New Year’s Eve, came two relatively mild earthquakes that shook the city of Dumaguete, Bacong and Valencia, Wednesday and Thursday morning. Engr. Agustin Molas nature originating from the science research analyst of Curenos De Negros area. On Thursday, a four the local PHIVOLCS based in Sibulan said that a 2 minute magnitude 4.5 tecminute earthquake measur- tonic earthquake originating ing intensity 2.8 in the Rich- from Anda, Bohol was also ter scale shook Dumaguete, felt at 11:37 a.m. However, Valencia and Bacong, at unlike the water disaster the 8:12 a.m. Wednesday two earthquakes did not morning and described by cause any damage to life PHIVOLCS as volcanic in and property.

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The constitution is the supreme law of the land and must be followed by all, specially public prosecutors. What does our constitution say? Section 7 Article III states that “The right of the people to information on matters of public concern should be recognized. Access to official records, and to documents, papers pertaining to official acts, transactions, or decisions,… shall be afforded the citizen, subject to such limitations as may be provided by law.”

espite its propaganda flaunting their supposed capacity to launch massive anti-government offensives, the military hierarchy here in Negros Oriental notes that the communist rebel movement was not able to establish guerrilla fronts in the province’s three congressional districts. Lt. Col. Franco nard Erwin Neri had 13 enNemesio Gacal, Command- counters with the NPA earning Officer of the 11th Infan- ing his unit the monicker of try Battalion said that the being a “fighting battalion” offensives carried out by the under the 3rd Division of the Army since last year re- Philippine Army. sulted to the weakening of However, military offithe local NPA forces here. cials are not certain of the Last year from May 27 whereabouts of the rebels who to October alone, the 79th are mostly escapees from the Infantry Battalion under the successful anti-insurgency command of Lt. Col. Ber- campaigns in Cebu and Bohol.

We are constrained to say that by withholding the release of that resolution, provincial prosecutor Agan has violated the sacrosanct command for all public servants to observe: Transparency.

Obar refutes Taclob, probe to continue

Prosecutor Agan reasons that the resolution cannot be released because, not being final, it can still be appealed to, and modified by higher authorities.

eading consumer advocate Atty. Joel Obar denied the claim of NORECO 2 General Manager Engr. Ephraim Taclob that the former has already examined the Book of Accounts of the electric cooperative and was apparently found to be in order. In fact, Obar is still wait- accountability amid allegaing for the approval of his tions of highly questionable letter-request to allowing him transactions entered into by access to documents that the electric cooperative. At the outset, the pertains to the transactions of NORECO 2. He challenged NORECO 2 leadership tried some NORECO 2 Board to stonewall and imposed Members to make good of conditions before Obar and their promise to cooperate in like-minded citizens could the fact-finding investigation. scrutinize the documents Obar, convenor of the mainly of its financial transReform the NORECO 2 actions. However, it relented Movement, is leading the only after strong public critisearch for transparency and cisms and pressure.

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Dumagueteno invited to Obama inaugural rimarily for his long exemplary service to youth development, Dave G. Saceda, becomes the only Dumagueteno, to be officially invited to the January 21 inauguration of Democrat Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States of America in Washington D.C. His invitation was made possible through the Presidential Classroom, the new partner organization of SYL in the field of youth leadership and social action. PC is an organization that provides the highest (Turn to page 17) civic education using Washington

Section 3 Article III also mandates that “No law shall be passed abridging the freedom of ….the press…”

Sadly, prosecutor Agan has chosen the road to secrecy rather than transparency. Let us now discuss, point by point, prosecutor Agan’s reasons for withholding the release of the resolution:

Our questions are: What law or rule can Prosecutor Agan cite which mandates that a resolution or decision by the prosecutor that is not yet final, cannot not be released to the public? If there is no such law or rule, why is Prosecutor Agan taking the law into his own hands? Are we a government of laws or of men? Why is it that a trial court decision, even if it is not yet final and is still appealable, is commonly released to the public? Why is it that a Court of Appeals decision, even if it can still be reviewed by the Supreme Court, is commonly released to the public? Why is it that a Supreme Court decision, even if it can still be appealed en banc via a motion for reconsideration, is commonly released to the public? Why is the good prosecutor treating the Taclob resolution differently, in matters of releasing the same to the public? According to prosecutor Agan, if the public wants, they can get a copy of the resolution from the party litigant, Ephraim Taclob himself.

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DAVE SACEDA

At the outset, allow us to remind OIC Provincial Prosecutor Juditho Agan that as a public servant of the people, he has made an oath to uphold the constitution and the laws of this land.

Our questions are: Why is Prosecutor Agan not following the constitutional mandate that the citizen should have access to government decisions? What if the party litigant refuses to provide the

BARACK OBAMA

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ASIA’S BEST ––

GARY TEVES FINANCE MINISTER OF 2008

(From page 1) to the challenges posed by the world financial turmoil. Most of all Teves, who hails from Dumaguete City and son of former Rep. Herminio G. Teves, has succeeded in handling the negative impact of the global crisis in the Philippines. Under Gary Teves, the government has improved revenue collection despite hard times, he has lowered public debt levels and stabilized the finances of state-owned enterprises. Teves, is among the top economists of the country.

THE BANKER The London-based monthly magazine The Banker has named Finance Secretary Margarito Teves as The Best Finance Minister fro Asia in 2008, citing his efforts in handling the negative impact of the global crisis on the Philippines. In its award, the magazine said Teves rose to the challenge of handling the impact of the global economic turmoil on the country. “It has been a tumultuous 12 months for the majority of the world’s finance ministers, with the impact of the credit crisis affecting almost every country to some extent. Here The Banker salutes those that have risen to the challenges posed by this fincial turmoil,” The Banker said. The Banker said the decision was the outcome of discussions among editors and staff of the magazine, and a survey of views among bankers and economists. “In particular, survey respondents mentioned that, thanks to progressive improvements in revenue collection, lower public debt levels and more stable finances at the state-owned enterprises, the Philippines has entered the current global credit crunch in a much less vulnerable position than during past financial crises,” Philip Alexander, The Banker’s Finance editor said. In an article regarding the award, The Banker noted Teves’ efforts to reduce the Philippine economy’s vulnerability to the crisis. These include deferring the balanced budget goal to have more funds to spend and putting in place measures to boost tax collections and to widen the tax base. Teves, for his part, said more needs to be done. “If we have support from Congress, we can rationalize taxes and revenue incentives and use the savings to invest more in infrastructure,” he said. The Banker is the premier monthly magazine on global finance since 1926, and part of the Financial Times group of publications. The finance minister awards are now in their eighth year. Teves assumed the Finance post in 2005. Prior to this, he was president and chief executive officer of the Land Bank of the Philippines since September 2000. He also served as Congressional representative of the 3rd District of Negros Oriental in 1987. He took up Bachelor of Arts at the Universidad Central de Madrid, Spain in 1961. He earned his diploma in Higher Education Diploma in Business Studies in 1985 at the City of London College in England. In 1968, he finished his master’s degree in Development Economics from Williams College Massachusetts, USA.

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Letter to Judge Gabriel T. Ingles December 23, 2008

Hon. Gabriel T. Ingles Branch 58 Presiding Judge Regional Trial Court Cebu City

Dear Judge Gabriel Ingles, Maayong Pasko.

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Then enter Senator Ramon Revilla, a fellow actor of Robin, who perhaps took pity on the sad state of a young promising colleague. Thinking that the law is just too harsh, Senator Ramon Revilla authored what is now Republic Act 8294, the current law against illegal possession of firearms. This law took effect July 6, 1997. I always regard R.A. 8294 as the “Robin Padilla law” because I cannot help but think—rightly or wrongly—that this law was for Robin Padilla. Or at least he was the law’s principal beneficiary. Because of this law, Robin Padilla is now a free man. And I think Robin has redeemed himself (so far) , as he has since shown himself to be a “responsible member of society.” The penalty for illegal possession of firearms had been drastically reduced. It is bailable. The penalty for simple possession

I write after reading the headline of Cebu Daily News (December 20, 2008) regarding a statement that Cebu judges are drafting a statement “condemning threats made by local government units to withhold allowances of judges who make decisions unfavorable to local officials.” Judge, if it is possible I would like to have a copy of this statement for circulation/publication in our local newspapers. Maybe you can email a scanned copy, if it is not too much to ask. I anticipate this to be a bold statement for judicial independence. I think, based on my experience in handling cases involving local government units and officials, it is very important to maintain the independence of the judiciary. I also think it is time that any form of allowance to judges by local government units should be discontinued. I commend and appreciate that conscientious judges like you, have waived allowances from local governments, as the news reported. This should be followed by all judges, not only in Cebu, but in the entire country. It appears that sometimes, there are some local officials who arrogantly evoke a posture of judicial invincibility everytime they are hurled in court, or everytime they harass a citizen to court. Some people cannot avoid but somehow think— rightly or wrongly—that this misplaced arrogance by some local officials has a connection with the public funds that are channeled to the local courts and to judges (and even city prosecutors) themselves, as reflected in the local government budget. Of course, no one is accusing that judges or prosecutors can be influenced by reason, or in consideration of the allowances that local government units provide for the local courts. But sometimes, one cannot help but be suspicious. Since judges are supposed to be beyond re

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The “Robin Padilla law”

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he law on illegal possession of firearms comes to light in the wake of the brief arrest-and-release of Noreco II General Manager Ephraim Taclob when the vehicle he was on board with eight men was flagged down by Philippine Army personnel.

The Army, purportedly acting on reports that rebels were in the area, held checkpoint and uncovered heavy firearms in the vehicle driven by Engr. Taclob. According to the local Philippine National Police, charges of illegal possession of firearms are going to be filed. Not very long ago, the law on illegal possession of firearms was very harsh. This was a product of those Marcos decrees designed to fight the so-called enemies of the state. For Marcos to ensure that those who ever try to mount an insurrection, or rebellion against the state received the full force of the law, he enacted Presidential Decree No. 1866. Those found guilty under this decree were meted a penalty of up to forty years in prison. That was the law then.

Robin Padilla episode

Then came Robin Padilla. If you recall, Robin Padilla was then the poster boy of the Ramos administration, and was once even regarded as a “role model” for the youth. But Robin had brushes with the law. Once, he figured in a hit-and-run while driving his Pajero. He was pursued by police, and eventually flagged down. He was found to have in his possession various firearms. To cut a long story short, he was convicted of illegal

possession of firearms under the harsh P.D. 1866. If you want to read this colorful episode of Robin Padilla, I refer you to the Supreme Court decision in Robin Carino Padilla versus Court of Appeals, G.R. No. 121917 March 12,1997. Robin was sentenced and spent jail term in the national penitentiary in Muntinlupa.

Ramon Revilla rescue

Another Environmental Hero

uper-architect Felino Palafox of the Palafox and Associates, is no accidental hero. Founder of the only Philippine ISO (international standard of excellence) accredited architectural firm and ranked now as the best in Southeast Asia, Palafox gave up US$1 million (P47 million) in architectural fee in protest over the planned cutting of 336 century-old trees in the Subic Bay Freeport Zone. This was to give way to the level no higher than prostitutes. He the first two of three pages of listing super-plush Ocean 9 Hotel and categorically defended his position of the trees. Afterwards, SBMA Casino (owned by the Korean before a group of SVD associates in claimed many of the trees were sick Grand Utopia) at the Moon Marina Christ the King Seminary where and too old. Behind an enclosed fence Area costing about US$120 million Palafox spent his formative years or P5.6 billion. and which shaped most of his val- (granted even without the requisite Environmental CompliPalafox said it is possible ues today. to construct the stupendous Palafox also decried that ance Clearance and the TransRest and Recreation paradise some executives in the Subic plantation Plan), the trees could while preserving the trees. He Bay Metropolitan Authority easily be poisoned and be rehad done so in many projects tried to extort 18% of the project ported sick. Yesterday, the Philabroad including trees that jut- cost in exchange for his winning ippine Star front-paged a picted out into the glass ceiling of over a short list of bidders. He ture of bulldozers ready to knock off the century-old Natularge lobbies. refused. Felino is an “environmental The SBMA first tried to classify ral Treasures in the name of urwarrior” of a special breed who said: the project as “urban forest” to justify ban development - including a accepting projects against our envi- the trees ‘ destruction. Then they gambling casino at that. Based on Palafox’s testimonies ronmental conscience just because tried to delude the public that there Turn to page 11 of the money puts us architects at a were only 100 trees by removing

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Dateline Manila by Bingo P. Dejaresco

35 YEARS OF COMMUNITY JOURNALISM

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

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Everyday Heroes

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Her Courage

ENOUGH

Suddenly there was a humped figure, bundled against the rain and cold, walking along the road. Often burns and hobos would sleep under the bridge where it was still dry. My father pulled to the side of the road. I watched as he got out of the car and trudge back through the rain to the shadowy figure. In the glow of the headlights, I saw him hand the man a couple of dollars, then he turned and walked back to the car. As we continued our home-

ward journey my anger built. Finally I could not hold it inside any longer. “I have holes in my shoes and do not have lunch money for school, how can you give away money to some burn you do not even know?” There was a long silence. The only sound the constant clacking of the wipers. I watch my fathers face in the glow of the headlights. There was a pained sadness in his eyes. Quietly he said. Turn to page 12

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JAMES “KOJAK” HUGHS

E-mail kojak3238@yahoo.com

Faith Not Despair

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Moral learning curve

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ny person who pursues human rights in Iran must live with fear from birth to death,” she once said in an interview, “but I have learned to overcome my fear.” As a human rights activist and protector of the rights of women, her life has always been on thin ice. But this hard truth has never stopped her. Shirin Ebadi Ebadi was born in 1947 and became a leading jurist and activist before the Iranian revolution toppled the monarchy and established an Islamic state in 1979. She was the first woman in the history of Iranian justice to have served as a judge. However, following the vic- her down. She applied for early tory of the Islamic Revolution in retirement but used her time of February 1979 with the the belief ‘unemployment’ to write sevthat Islam forbids women to serve eral books and had many aras judges, she and other female ticles published in Iranian jourjudges were dismissed from their nals. She defended many conposts and given clerical duties. troversial cases especially The judge was made a clerk in those addressing the rights of the very court she once presided the oppressed. Her tireless and over. Yet, she did not let this bring Turn to page 17

Morning After Chills

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A Journey Through Cancer

f possible, I would like to deviate from today’s news of war, famine, crimes, suicides and the possibility of our galaxy called the Milky Way colliding with Andromeda Galaxy or other smaller galaxies at any given time. Our solar system is loit cause our planet? It is still uncated some 28,000 light years certain. from the center of the Milky As a journalist, I underway. A team of international asstand that the public has the tronomers with the aid of the right to know the truth of ten telescopes covering bewhat’s going on, and that’s our tween Hawaii, the Caribbean job. But sometimes what ocand the Northeastern United cupies our minds most of the States revealed this week that time becomes who and what the Milky Way is rotating at a we are. speed of 161,000 kilometers Despair can grip us and drive or 100,000 miles per hour us insane. Incidents of suicides faster than what was thought have increased dramatically before. It is spinning much worldwide and even nearby. The faster and therefore has inGolden Gate Bridge of San Francrease its mass by 50 percent, cisco has 40 to 50 million dollars which raises a higher risk of worth of a scaffolding or a net that collision with other galaxies, catches those who jump off the according to Mark Reid of bridge to end their lives. Harvard-Smithsonian Center Seriously, what are we for Astrophysics. When? No made of? Each one of us has one knows. And when it hapbeen made wonderfully and Turn to page 17 pens, how much damage can

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MUFFET DOLAR VILLEGAS

e-mail: blue_bell57@yahoo.com

The news hasn’t been all bleak. True. Injuries from firecrackers and stray bullets were down. Oil dipped to $40 a barrel, from a midyear spike of $149. The Supreme Court ordered an overdue Manila Bay clean up. The US will extradite cops linked to the Dacer murder case. “Rouge” MILF commanders didn’t shot up hapless towns again. The work of Christmas begins after the Star disappears, the old texts say. “To feed the hungry, release prisoners, to rebuild, heal and bring peace, to make music in the heart.” No way Jose, House leaders retort. When Congress resumes sessions 19 January,“ It will be business-

as-usual”. Which is? Charter change. What else? . Look at the President’s Rep. Miguel “Mikey” Arroyo. His blood-ties and open wallet, assures he grips the cha-cha express throttle. . The House of Representatives is not known as a “seraglio ( harem) of eunuchs” for nothing. Congressmen are pressing to directly exercise Constitution amendment powers:. their Honors gathered in constituent assembly. They’d extend their terms — . and embed President Glora Macapagal Arroyo in power beyond 2010. “Would you buy a second hand car from these guys?” Opposition to charter Turn to page 18

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Footsteps and Fingerprints

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Credibility, industry a sure recipe to business success email at: demcarl2003@yahoo.com

Unlike most wealthy Chinese businessmen, he and his siblings did not inherit established big corporations from their parents but rather the family’s good name to start their own enterprise primarily for survival after their father, Sy Pinliong, who was a humble employee, succumbed to diabetes in 1962. With the constant encouragement of their indefatigable mother, Elena Ong-Sy, the Sy brood ventured first into trading cereals. Now, the family is also into banking, oil milling, shipping, and sugar milling. As a Filipino-Chinese, sixty-nine year old Alex Sy, who is married for thirty-nine years to Rosalinda, personifies the best qualities of both races: deep faith in God, adherence to customs and traditions, genuine concern for others, humility, frugality and industry. For his acknowledged business acumen and amiable character, Sy, continues to lead the local businessmen in his capacity as President of the Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and whose advice quite a number of government and community leaders seek and heed. This week, he recounts the humble beginnings of his family’s venture more than four decades ago, shares his dream for a graft-free Philippines and enduring lessons of how practically everyone can be successful in any entrepreneurial undertakings.

DEMS: What is the difference between God’s blessing and good luck?

DEMS: What do you look for when hiring employees?

Mr. Sy: There is no difference, everything positive is a blessing from God. I strongly believe in karma. Yes, we reap what we sow, if we plant good seeds they will bear good fruits.

Mr. Sy: Besides one’s knowledge and skills, honesty is important. In my long experience of dealing with people I can already size up an individual even during an initial meeting. We treat our employees as family members, we try to help improve their living conditions and give them incentives. I believe that if you boost their morale they try to be productive. However, if you are dishonest, you have to be dismissed.

DEMS: What is Feng Shui and why do Chinese believe in it? Mr. Sy: Feng Shui was discovered by Buddhist scholars. It simply tells us what you should do or not do, including the good and bad omens. There is nothing to lose if you believe in it although some Chinese don’t.

DEMS: Is the country susceptible to the ill-effects of the global financial crisis? Mr. Sy: Now we are not. We are but a small player in the global economy and our financial institutions are not significantly connected to multi-national players.

DEMS: So, the bank holidays is not a sign that global financial meltdown has reached us? Mr. Sy: It is a local problem. The collapse of these banks is primarily due to mismanagement and the Central Bank being the regulator of the nation’s banking system must be taken to task for its failure to examine and correct the questionable practices of these financial institutions. I sympathize with the small depositors and businessmen.

DEMS: You have always riled against government excesses, is their still hope for the country? Mr. Sy: We need a very competent and honest leader to rid the country of graft and corruption. It can be cured only through our education system, since even as students, they are not corrected of simple misdemeanors that eventually grow serious and big. Our educational system must teach our students the Christian and moral values even if it means subjecting them to physical punishment that cause some degree of pain. Students who have strong sense of moral values will eventually choose likeminded leaders and give our country hope.

DEMS: Did you really discourage 1st District Rep. Jocelyn Limkaichong from joining politics? Mr. Sy: The family initially opposed her entry to the dirty world of politics. But for her it is all the more imperative to join politics and considers it as an opportunity to correct the system. Now, the family is proud of what she is doing, knowing that she has trying her best. I am particularly happy of her performance as a public servant.

DEMS: How can one be successful in business? Mr. Sy: Entrepreneurship is good for anybody. It is important that one loves what he is doing, save first before spending, work hard. Maintaining a good reputation is also a must. One must pay up to date. One must deliver quality goods and services as promised. That is the way to maintain credibility.

DEMS: At this point in time, what is your priority?

Mr. Sy: My main concern, just like my siblings is to maintain the good financial standing of our various businesses. But, we members of the family’s second generation here in Dumaguete are now slowly turning the management of these businesses to the third generation, among them are my children Sarah Rose SyTan, who also operates her own business; Dean Stephen, Danford’s assistant at the New Bian Yek Commercial and my daughter Amylene SyKhalili who is married to a Pakistani. It is up to them whether they will opt for more expansion.

DEMS: You come from a big family; tell us about your siblings. Mr. Sy: I have five brothers and three sisters or a total of nine siblings. The eldest is Anastacia; then Julio Jr. who runs two sugar mills and holds office in Manila; Susano, is in charge of DUCOMI; then Dr. Hermie Sy-Lora, a urologist based in the United States; Marcelina Sy-Kho, Treasurer of the New Bian Yek Commercial; Edelina Sy-Go, who runs a business in Cagayan de Oro City; myself, I’m running the Dumaguete Auto Parts Center Incorporated; Robert, like my father died of diabetes and Rolando, who is blind but independent, is married to Hospicia Maxino, sister of Atty. Luciano Maxino.

DEMS: Tell us about your parents. Mr. Sy: Both my parents hailed from Xiamen which is the nearest province in mainland China facing the Philippines. My father was a mere employee in Dumaguete City. My mother is not the typical housewife. She was very enterprising, who bought and sold anything of value.

DEMS: What enduring lessons have you learned from your parents? Mr. Sy: My father always said: You can be a poor man but do not destroy the reputation of others, see to it that you can live in harmony with others. From my mother, who converted from Buddhism to become a devout Catholic until her death at the age of 97, she taught us to be God fearing and excellence in business. Both of them emphasized the need to maintain a good reputation, the need to be industrious and the need to save.

DEMS: How did the family business start? Mr. Sy: It was in 1962 after my father died that my mother asked us to venture into business of selling commercial rice and other cereals, which at that time is the fastest and easiest commodity to sell. Banking on my father’s good name, we settled first on consignments until we are able to grow and expand into other fields. Now our family owns New Bian Yek Commercial, DUCOMI, Dumaguete Auto Parts Center Incorporated, Bukidnon Sugar Milling, Dedeco Sugar Milling, etc. We also have shares in the Dumaguete City Development Bank, Cebu International Financing Corporation and others. However, our two brothers, Julio and Susano, who spent most of their time managing our family businesses in the early stages failed to finish college.


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

LOT-A

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

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

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

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

FOR SALE:

RUSH SALE

Call: 0918-929-6047

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

HOUSE & LOT FOR SALE 200 sq.m. P1M

STOCKS OCKS Contact 0918-929-6047 NEW ST (K 1) FOR SALE (K 8)

Area: 160 sqmtrs. Location: Casa Alicia Subd., Candau-ay, Dgte. City Price: P2.5M Description: 3 bedrooms, garage, lawn, with good neighbors.

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

Area: 250 sqmtrs. Location: Casa Alicia Subd., Dgte. City Price: P4M Description: 3 bedrooms, garage, lawn, with good neighbors.

Piapi, Dumaguete City

AGRI LOT

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

LOT FOR SALE (K 10)

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

HOUSE AND LOT (K 11)

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

Beach lot : area : 1,000 sqmtrs. place: Bacong, negros oriental , goodneighbor, price 2.5 m, ideal for mini resort, clean title

HOUSE AND LOT (K 13)

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

HOUSE AND LOT (K 14)

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

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

AGRI LOT

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HOUSE AND LOT (K 15)

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

(K 2)

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

HOUSE AND LOT (K 7)

HOUSE AND LOT (K 16)

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

RUSH SALE

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

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Call 0918-929-6047

(M1)FARM LOT Area: 1.6 hectare Location: Mayabon, Zamboanguita

Location: Sibulan; Area: 400 sq.m.; Price: P2M (negotiable) Clean Title

BEACH LOT FOR SALE (K 12)

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

FOR SALE

Contact Nos.

BEACH LOT FOR SALE (K 9)

HOUSE AND LOT (K 4)

0918-929-6047

1 unit aircon Carrier Ultima with Timer 2 double deck steel beds.

(K 1)

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

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

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

HOUSE AND LOT (K 3)

Mango Avenue Contact: 0918-929-6047

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

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

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

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

Call:

09189296047

Beach LOTS for Sale Call: 0918-929-6047

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

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REAL ESTATE FOR SALE HOUSE AND LOT LOT

Code Area B1 B2 B3 B4

3,400 sq. mtrs 1,200 sq. mtrs 1,085 sq. mtrs 1.4 hectare

Location ALL SOLD-OUT

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B5 20,000 sq. mtrs B6 40,000 sq. mtrs Near Beach: B7 2,100 sq. mtrs B8 2,900 sq. mtrs B9 3,400 sq.mtrs

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South Poblacion, Bacong Buntis, Bacong South Poblacion San Miguel Bacong (Near Ducomi) Bulak, Bacong Boundary of Bacong & Dauin South Poblacion, Bacong South Poblacion, Bacong San Miguel, Bacong, w/House

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PROMISES TO KEEP

The Supreme Nurturer God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. –– Psalm 46:1

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“The harvest is so great, but the workers are so few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask Him to send out more workers for his fields.” –– Matthew 9:37-38 Jesus looked at the crowds following him and referred to them as a field ripe for harvest. Many people are ready to give their lives to Christ if someone would show them how. Jesus com-

mands us to pray that people will respond to this need for workers. Often when we pray for something, God answers our prayers by using us. Be prepared for God to use you to show another person the way to him.

TODAY’S

GOSPEL 1 John 5:1-9 (or Acts 10:34-38)

eloved: Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is begotten by God, and everyone who Him. In this way we know that we love the children of God when we love God and obey his commandments. For the love of God is this, that we keep his commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome, for whoever is begotten by God conquers the world. And the victory that conquers the world is our faith. Who (indeed) is the victor over the world but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? This is the one who came through water and blood, Jesus Christ, not by water alone, but by water and blood. The Spirit is the one that testifies, and the Spirit is truth. So there are three that testify, the Spirit, the water, and the blood, and the three are of one accord. If we accept human testimony, the testimony of God is surely greater. Now

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GOLD, FRANKINCENSE AND MYRRH (Part III) “Then the wisemen opened their treasures and presented them (to the baby Jesus) gifts of gold, incense and myrrh.” –– Matthew 2:11b

yrrh is the gift of Balthazar. From our knowledge of the value of myrrh in the time of Dr. PROCESO UDARBE the Nativity, myrrh was a precious commodity, a gift fit only for royalty. But because myrrh was used for embalming, it is for us symbolic of the adversities, sufferings and pain of human life. The song of Balthazar in the hymn portrays this thought:

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Myrrh is mine, its bitter perfume. Breathes a life of gathering gloom. Sorrowing, sighing, bleeding, dying, Sealed in a stone-cold tomb.

the testimony of God is this, that he has testified on behalf of his Son. --------------------------With God all things are possible. We can even overcome all the powers of this world. Herein lies the power of the witness of a Christian life. We have all experienced our inability to overcome certain sins and negative traits in our lives. Well, the Good News is that we have the power to overcome them through faith in Christ Jesus. It is simply a matter of appropriating the grace of our baptism and allowing the Holy Spirit to show us how to overcome the sin!

Let me repeat the story told me by a father who chanced upon his children dramatizing the story of Bethlehem. It came to that verse from Matthew where the wisemen offered their gifts. And his eight-year old child said: “And they offered their gifts— gold, circumstance and mud.” I like to think of mud as representing our lowly moments, our fears, our anxieties.” Do we offer our sorrow and pain to God? To offer our joys to God is not difficult to do; but sorrow and pain? All devoted Christians do. So this Feast Day of the Three Kings, what do we bring to the Christ-Child? We bring to him the tokens of our material wealth; we offer to him our talents no matter how humble they may be. And we bring to him our myrrh, for as St. Peter puts it, “Lay your burden upon Jesus for he cares for you” (I Peter 5:7).

oys and men long to be nurtured. This includes touch. This includes intimacy. This includes feeling fulfilled. We look to women for this filling. Yet—with respect and appreciation for many wonderful women—no woman can be our total fulfillment! This is a fantasy expectation. A partner can give us wonderful moments. A partner can care for us and give us great fulfillment. But she cannot be our total fulfillment. God is our Supreme Nurturer. Unfor- wealth of God’s deep love for us—some tunately, we tend to re-create God in of this we experience while in communion macho images while our passions long with God Himself. Yet we can’t deny that, for tenderness—the feminine side of God. through our fellowship with other human Perhaps that is what Catholic theology beings, God uses the people in our lives allows by revering the holy Mother Mary. to illustrate and to express His love for Protestant men have no parallel means us. Sexuality has to do with the whole to revere the feminine characteristics and nature of the Divine. In our deepest of our being. It impacts, and is impacted by, the body, mind, emotions, reaches, it is our Creator that we long for. behaviors, styles, attitudes and beGod is our first and ultimate lover. Jogging late at night I can feel in- liefs. Sexuality includes our exprestimate with the Creator. I tell God sion of feelings and thoughts via and touch. Sexuality includes about my hurts and hopes, my fear words commitment to a lover through the and fantasies. On occasion, I have intercourse of our bodies and souls. burst into tears while running. God Sexuality teaches us about God. is there. I sense His presence. I reGod is sexual. God created sexualspond. ity. The Trinity is more than just “God in Parents were meant to give us hints, three persons: the Father, the Son or glimpses, and tastes of God’s nurturing. Word, and the Spirit or Breath. God is also Committed to a woman, we can experi- the interaction of these “persons” of the ence hints, glimpses, and tastes of God’s Godhead. God is expressed in the Scriplove. God does not love us invisibly, si- tures through male, female, and nonlently, alone. He calls us to commune with sexual pronouns and images. In the other believers in order to experience sense that our sexuality is part of the imaspects of His love. Of course, these re- age of God, we can sense something lationships do not give us the entire about the passion and love of God.

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Civic Responsibilit Responsibilityy

o our young people, we, your elders ask for your forgiveness. At the same time we also give you a challenge. We ask you to please forgive us. We have failed you in many ways, especially in making your coun- FR. GAMMY TULABING JCD, VG try a better place for you to live in. It was already poor before your were born. But now it is even poorer. It was already “samok” before you were brought into the world. But now the country is even more “samok”. We took you for granted. We gave you bad examples. We forgot you were watching us. We did not take local and national issues seriously. We considered infidelity, dishonesty and corruption as a matter of fact of life. We allowed drugs to destroy you and dirty movies to introduce you to immorality. We looked at gambling as a part of life. And while we know what was wrong and what should be done, we said nothing, we did nothing. We behaved exactly as the three proverbial monkeys who see nothing, hear nothing, say nothing. We are sorry. We honestly resolve to do better. But we also give you a challenge. You are strong, idealistic and courageous. You have so much to give to your families, your communities, your nation. Do not sell your honor and integrity. Keep the truth and live by it. Never exchange your honesty and decency with money, authority or power. These come and go in the course of time. Your person and your conscience stay with you for life—even hereafter and beyond. Our country is in dire need of upright leaders, honest politicians, genuine leaders. And these are you yourselves in due time. Prepare yourselves to inherit the land and to lead the people to what is good, true, and just. Once you are resolved to do this, then, we, your elders can leave you in peace and at rest. And to my fellow elders, we too must admit that we much to do for this unsettling

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HISTORICAL NOTES

Census of 1903

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n 1 July 1902, the United States Congress passed a bill to conduct a Census of the Philippines for the year 1903. The general directors were J. P. Sanger and T. B. Taylor. Assisting them BY: REV. FR. ROMAN C. were Henry Gannett SAGUN. JR. and Victor H. Olmsted. To supervise the 1903 Census in the province of Negros Oriental was Provincial Governor Demetrio Larena. Coordinating with the governor were H. A. Peed as treasurer and Santiago Gonzalez as clerk. Most of the municipal presidents (the old term for mayors) served as special agents of the census in the different towns. They were as follows: Antero Bandoquillo (Amblan); Felipe Remollo (Ayuquitan); Basilio Trumata and Ramon Cuadra (Bacong); Emilio Teves (Bais); Simon Galon and Sebastian Remalador (Bayawan); Petri Remalada and E. E. Webster (Dauin); Meliton Larena (Dumaguete); Simplecio Villegas (Guihulngan); Ramon Euraoba (Jimalalud); Hilario Caili (Manjuyod); Isaac Dionaldo (La Libertad); Bartolome Damooc and D. Rotter (Valencia); Santiago Tayco (Siaton); Diego Divinagracia and E. M. Buttler (Sibulan); Pelagio Lopez (Tanjay); Tomas Calijan (Tayasan); Rufino Lapig and Sebastian Remalador; and Filomeno Deloria (Zamboanguita). In the same census, it showed that in the province of Negros Oriental, there were 29 churches whose estimated value was 377,360 pesos. Those 29 churches had an estimated capacity of 34,869. It also noted that there was no church of another religion having any following. As shown in past issues of this column, some of these government officials, at the very least, figured in the religious landscape of the province. At the time, Turn to page 13


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Christmas is ...

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LTR to Judge Ingles... (From page 4) proach, above suspicion, I think it is better for the administration of justice that once and for all, any form of allowance should no longer be allowed. Perhaps judges can, as a start, voluntarily waive the allowances like what you have done. We will campaign in the Supreme Court to disallow this practice altogether. Anyway, the salaries and allowances of judges have already been increased. Our concern is that if this ugly practice is not stopped, inevitably, somewhere down the road, some local officials might think—albeit erroneously—that the regular allowances to judges have some strings attached. In any event, whatever benefits are derived by the granting of allowances to judges (or prosecutors) by local governments, are far outweighed by the higher interests of maintaining the independence of the judiciary. Daghang salamat, judge. Merry Christmas to you and your family. Very truly yours, Jay Dejaresco cc (by email): Supreme Court Manila Judge Ingles responded and sent a text: “Jay..tnx 4 d support..just read ur mail..d statement will be released january na kay its being routd for signing but most r on leave pa..will send u a copy once it is ready for release.. Tnx a lot jay…mery xmas to u eli n family”

Another ...

Moral learning ...

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(From page 5) nesses is always welcome. Whatever can reinforce the favorable conditions and compensate for the unfavorable ones would be a great help. Let’s try to be good at this task of helping. This concern about the learning curve is most relevant these days, since we are all bombarded with new things, which can be a Pandora’s box. We have to help one another establish his learning curve in these new things, and aid each other achieve the most out of the challenge being posed to us

(Bingo)

on the environmental crime and bribery, the Lower House and the Senate Committees on the Environment and the Accountability of Public Officials will probe the Ocean 9 Case this month. A large public relations budget has reportedly been released to discredit the Harvardeducated and University of Santo Tomas architectural graduate. He has been threatened many times and the business community rained with poison letters and e-mail against Palafox. But can they destroy an icon? Palafox’s love affair with the environment started when he became the youngest member of a team that transformed many years ago the desert called Dubai into one of the most progressive places in the Middle East. He lent his name in blocking the final reclamation of another stretch of the Manila Bay along Roxas Boulevard together with another environmentalist lawyer Antonio Oposa (a Global 500 United Nation’s Awardee for the Environment). Felino Palafox, is calling all sectors for support in his battle for the environment - where he said he will name names in the congressional investigation and protectMother Nature, at all costs. His credentials precede his name as the architect of the famous Rockwell Center (Makati) and the La Mesa Watershed Dam (an environmental genius of a work), the Ortigas Center and the Makati Streetway, among hundreds of others, here and overseas. He recently did a Master plan for Alaminos City and a tourism plan for Navotas City. He previously worked for the various land projects of billionaire Henry Sy of Shoemart and the Ayala Land. Lucky would Bohol be if Felino Palafox is officially designated as architect of the Mas-

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ter Plan for Panglao and Dauis both seaside wonders. Negotiations are on the way. But Bohol being the best - deserves to get only the best architect that money can buy. The SBMA is famous for its natural wonders as it is infamous for its project controversies. The SBMA was said to have unduly favored a Korean firm to manage a Subic golf course over the established Taiwanese. Likewise it granted Hanjin, a Korean firm to set up a condominium where 43 trees were fell in the wake of the project. Well, now we know there is a man of architectural substance and environmental conscience - who will stand up for the Earth as a habitat. Felino Palafox, therefore, deserves our full mandate and support. Unlike some public officials in this city we know who not only frown on tourism but spend time justifying various acts that actually degrade the environment and poison Mother Nature. What do you think people should do with breeds like those? For comments: email to b i n g o dejaresco@yahoo.com.ph or bohol-rd@mozcom.com

Jesus told me. ‘If you come to me, I will always love you and comfort you, I will be your mama and your papa.’” The teacher listened intently as the boy continued his story. “So that is why there are two babies in the manger. I decided to go to Jesus and be with him so I would be always loved and cared for. The second baby in the manger with Jesus is me! I want to stay with him and make him happy, just as He promised to make me happy.” Teacher hugged the boy and, with tears in her eyes, said, “I think your picture is the best of all for now you have Jesus in your heart.” Doesn’t this story tell us the true meaning of Christmas? That we should hold the Baby Jesus close in our hearts, and not just look at him as a small part of the Christmas belen in the church. That the celebration of His birth should not just be for one or two days, but a life-long celebration of life with Him. One Christmas gift that I treasure and display yearround is a cross-stitched depiction of the Christmas message contained in a simple picture frame. Many years ago my Mom, then 78 or 79, labored over this with her arthritic hands sewing her love into each tiny stitch. Its Christmas message is stitched in large, intricately designed letters in bright red threads: Christmas is a season of the heart! This is what that little orphan boy was saying when he joined Jesus in the manger. This is what my mom was tellnow.

We have to learn to respect the requirements of our learning curve. We should be wary not to get lost or to allow ourselves to be blindly swallowed by the new things and developments. We have to be effective stewards, not slaves, of these new things. In my conversations with people, I realize that the challenges of the new things are not small or insignificant. They have great potentials for good and for evil, to build people’s lives or to destroy them and their families. Even the matter of how to handle and dominate the use of the Internet can require heroic efforts. Many people have somehow lost their “sanity” there. They develop addictive symptoms. Then you have many other gimmicks and games, like the Sudoku, for example, that can offer means for resting, but can take a lot of time and can be disorienting if not alienating. Here the need for mastery and dominion, the skill to follow the proper priorities, are indispensable. They need to be learned. This is not to mention other

ing me with her cross-stitch. This is what each of us needs to carry with us throughout the year. We can have the joy, the peace, and the blessings of Christmas every day of the year if we keep Christmas in our heart. moral aberrations that need urgent and constant attention by way, for example, of anger and stress management, or any game plan to develop virtues like temperance, sobriety, chastity, prudence, Christian poverty, obedience, etc. In these cases, the establishment of one’s learning curve of the appropriate moral virtues cannot be confined to an individual or private affair. It has to be done in consultation at least with some experts, guides or friends who can give effective help, usually the help of caution. We have to do everything to promote the attitude of socialization, especially in this sphere of concern. We should not get stuck in the denial stage, where we may feel that we can still handle the challenges by ourselves. We have to be open to seek as well as give help to others. I think this is the challenge we have these days. In today’s drift of things, we cannot afford to island ourselves from others. We have to form one organic whole, where one’s concerns somehow become the concern of everyone else.

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“Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.” – Benjamin Franklin

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ost optimistic people think and hope of imDR. ANGEL V. SOMERA proving their life especially during the coming year. Hence, resolutions may be “wish- (Dr. Angel V. Somera) Phil. Psychiatric Association fully or wastefully” made by anyone. How- Fellow, Diplomate, Phil. Board of Psychiatry ever, man could always change for the better if he really does his best and try to make a difference.

Sir Walter Scott, the Irish writer said, “No one will ever get out of this world alive. True, indeed. Now that we are still breathing and can do something worthwhile, before we depart, let us therefore resolve to maintain a sense of values for this coming year (2009). We should do our best to renew our life for the better with great hope in our heart. First of all, let us take care of our health for we believe that “Health is Wealth.” Without health, things are impossible to achieve. Resolve therefore, to take good care of your physical well-being. Follow the sound advices of your doctor and health authori-

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Commission on Human Rights Special Investigator Jess Canete (left) does not discount the possibility that he may face a blank wall in the investigation of the summary executions of Reggie Vesda, 23, and John Weir Baybay, 23, after their third companion 19-year old Romeo Merecido Jr. (center) has opted to seal his lips even as SOCO head Major Josephine S. Llena (right) defended the agency from alleged lapses in handling the investigation of the deaths.

Cebu youth injured in benefit dance shooting

otorcycle-riding youths believed to be members of Crips gang shot 22year old Virgilio Juguilon Jr. Wednesday after attending a benefit dance in Purok Dungaw, Poblacion 2, Dumaguete City. The victim was fired upon three times hitting him in the leg. The suspects fled after the attack. who stabbed and cut his wife’s niece into Meanwhile, two stabbing incidents pieces. The victim was identified as also occurred in Valencia town recently. The first incident involved a husband Turn to page 13

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Man held for gun raps; Enough ... wife finds dead hubby

(Kojak)

From page 5

“We always have enough to share with those that have less.” I sat back quietly in the dark ashamed of my selfishness. Michael Feeny is a local businessman. He and his wife, Joeann, run a small café and dive shop on the boulevard. Like you, each day he struggles to pay the bills, put food on the table and keep a roof over his family’s head. His life is in such chaos he does not even know if he is making a profit; he just keeps working and praying. Last Christmas he opened the doors of his small café to all the street children. He wanted to make sure these young children had at least one good meal a year. Last week he took a large party of divers snorkeling at Apo Island. Michael and his wife gave half everything they made on that trip to the school on Apo Island and a local orphanage. Michael Feeney never knew my father, but he had my father’s compassion. He gives back a little bit every day. Michael wants to give back even when he does not have a whole lot to give. It does not matter; Michael and his wife always have enough to give to those who have less. They are my Everyday Heroes for this week.

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olicemen led by SPO1 Felix Bomediano of the Mabinay PNP arrested 22-year old Eusibio Narciso Jr. of Barangay Lumbangan for illegal possession of firearms and ammunition on January 4 past 10:00 in the morning. Seized from the suspect’s possession are one .38 Smith and Wesson firearm with no serial number and three live ammos. Also in Mabinay, a wife found the Mendoza, 44, who sustained wounds in dead body of his husband with hack different parts of his body. He apparently wounds not far from their dwelling at died instantly after he was assaulted by about 4:00 am in Barangay Paniabonan. still unknown suspects. His wife told in Authorities identified the victim as Lorenzo Turn to page 13

Expat’s car kills man in Bacong accident

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ragedy struck at three persons in a “double traffic accident” caused by a log left on the road past 2:30 am, Monday. The unfortunate incident which occurred near the border separating the City of Dumaguete and the town of Bacong caused the death of Martin Academia, 32, of North Poblacion, Bacong after he was ran over by a speeding Nissan California driven by 53-year old Yushawu Awido, an African national and a resident of Barangay Turn to page 13

2 more drugs suspects fall Elements from the Dumaguete City Philippine National Police headed by P/ Inspector Rogelio Pineda Jr. arrested Ofelia Catibud (left) of Barangay Cadawinonan on January 3 by virtue of an arrest warrant issued by Regional Trial Court Executive Judge Lualhati Bustamante for alleged involvement in illegal drugs. The next day, authorities also nabbed Michael Monreal (right), a resident of Habitat 2 of Barangay Bajumpandan for illegal possession of dangerous drugs.


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national situation—precisely by doing nothing. Yes, we talk, we complain, we criticize. But what action have we done as our remedial response to our national crisis according to our personal competence

Expat’s car ... From page 12 Buntis, Bacong. Investigation showed that Academia was driving a motorcycle with Aster Vandiola, 54, as back rider on their way home when the motorbike hit a log left lying on the road. Both were thrown off the vehicle due to the impact. Although injured, Vandiola tried to drag Academia away from the direction of the speeding car which was following them. She failed and saw Academia ran over by the car. The South African claimed he did not notice the victims or log, but he is most likely to be held responsible for the death of Academia. Others opined that those who deliberately placed the log in the middle of the road should be punished, as well.

Man held ... From page 12 vestigators that Lorenzo left their home at about 7:00 o’clock Sunday night to attend a public dance at nearby Sitio Solanao. However, when she noticed at dawn that Lorenzo hasn’t returned, she decided to look for him and found her husband dead in a secluded spot.

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and national capability? Could it be that we were in fact unconscious accomplices for the present social ills affecting our dear country? Could we have been ourselves participants in dirty politics either by actively taking part in electing undeserving public leaders or by passively looking at election anomalies? Could we ourselves have engaged in dishonest business transactions, corrupt financial agenda? But we are not helpless. We are not hopeless. Each one of us in our little ways and means can and should make our community better, our society safer, our country more promising. We owe this to your children, to the Filipino generations yet to come. Hopefully when the youth of today inherit the land, they will find this less depressing and oppressing.

96-yr old ... From page 9-B whose wife and neighbors tried to revive. His wife Benigna, 69, told authorities that his husband arrived that day after getting his monthly pension and complained of headache before proceeding to his room. Benigna didn’t realize anything wrong until she saw his husband’s dead body when she tried to wake him up for dinner. She believes that her husband committed suicide due to numerous ailments, which he found too unbearable.

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Census of 1903 ...

(Sagun)

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there were several instances the Roman Catholic Church was dispossessed of its properties, causing protracted litigations. So it came to pass that a case known as “Catholic Church vs. Municipalities” reached the Supreme Court in Manila. More particularly, it was called “The Roman Catholic Apostolic Church Et Al., plaintiffs, vs. Certain Municipalities in the Province of Oriental Negros et al, defendants.” The original action in the Supreme Court was a recovery of possession of

Cebu youth ... From page 12 Diosdada Pis-an of Barangay Jawa. Her remains were found near the settling basin of the water reservoir in Barangay Bongbong of the same town. The main suspect Mamerto Bugnao yielded to authorities after the murder’s discovery and claimed that he had been plotting to kill her for allegedly casting bad spell on him using witchcraft in compliance to his wife’s request. In another incident, a Joseph Cadalin, 29, of Barangay West Balabag sustained stab wound in his

Water ... From page 9-B said five barangays suffered losses in potable water supply after the flashfloods destroyed some of the waterworks system of the town. He pegged the total damage to crop, public facilities and private property at P 2 million. Both mayors are working for the immediate repairs of the water works system to avoid massive water contamination and spread of water-borne diseases.

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realty. Lawyers Hartigan, Rohde and Guitierrez were for the plaintiffs, while General Araneta, Leopoldo Rovira, Felipe Buencamino and Ramon Diokno, for the defendants. In part, the recital of the case dated 23 January 1908 was described as follows: “The land whereon the church and convent of Sibulan are located; bounded on the north by the beach, a distance of 132 brazas; on the south by the plaza of the town of Sibulan, a distance of 132 brazas; on the east by a street which leads to the beach, a distance of 86 brazas; and on the west by a street, which leads to the sea, a distance of 94 brazas.” (More next week) lower right breast after he figured in a drunken altercation with two construction workers Leonardo Amante and Richard Ramacho who minutes earlier were his drinking buddies at a local store. The victim was rushed to the Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital while the two suspects were detained at the local PNP station.

Colleagues ... From page 9-B death here in the province even as he expressed belief that physical injuries resulting to traffic accidents would emerge as the leading cause. The PNP hierarchy also reminded its personnel to strictly follow the no helmet no travel policy or face stiff sanctions. Balneg failed to celebrate New Year’s celebration with his family when he figured in a freak accident in Barangay Lipayo last December 28, after a drunken man identified as Lucino Alabata of Bagacay, Dauin suddenly crossed the road and was hit by the police officer’s vehicle. The impact caused Balneg to be thrown off the road and was pinned underneath his motorcycle. He died after 16 hours inside the Intensive Care Unit of the Silliman Medical Center.

Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF NEGROS ORIENTAL 7th Judicial Region BRANCH 33 Dumaguete City OFFICE OF THE EXECUTIVE JUDGE

NOTICE OF HEARING Notice is hereby given that a summary hearing on the petition for notarial commission of ATTY. EMMANUEL T. CREDO, shall be held on JANUARY 27, 2009 at 8:30 o’clock in the morning before this Court. Any person who has any cause or reason to object to the grant of the petition may file a verified written opposition thereto not later than the date of the summary hearing. Dumaguete City, January 6, 2009. (Sgd.) FE LUALHATI D. BUSTAMANTE Executive Judge

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Fiscal imposes ... BY REA LYNN D. REAL

THIRTY YEARS AGO

(From the CHRONICLE Files)

Multi-million DPWH scam

anuary 14, 1979—The investigating task force looking into the alleged multimillion peso highways fund anomaly in Central Visayas has switched its concentration into the records at the Negros Oriental Engineering District with the arrival of the head of the task force Atty. Mariano M. Mison, NBI Regional Director. In an exclusive Chronicle interview, in the 1975 transactions of the highways. Mison disclosed the following highlights: 1. So far, the team has filed six comThat the entire CV highway fund anomaly plaints indicating 83 highway officials, is definitely less that P86.5 million; 2. That Negros Oriental appears to rank second to employees, auditors and contractors for Cebu in the extent of the alleged irregularity, alleged involvement in the mess. The Bohol, third and Siquijor, fourth; 3. The Com- probe resumed only after the brief Christmission on Audit Chairman Francisco mas break. It will be noted that Negros Tantuico Jr. personally breezed for a few Oriental Engineering District is the bighours in Dumaguete to oversee the progress gest in Central Visayas following the of the investigation; 4. That the extent of the merger of what used to be two separate investigation of records will stretch way back engineering districts.

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TWENTY YEARS AGO

Molotov bombs with foreign aid

anuary 8, 1989—A number of Negros Oriental insurgents are using Molotov bombs reminiscent of the Pre-Martial Law days in their war against the military. At the same time, Lt. Col. Ricardo de Dumaguete, de Leon announced the capLeon confirmed the involvement of a foreign- ture of armed-unit propaganda team leader based organization as directly or indirectly of Siaton Dodong Jumalong as a big sethelping the rebel movement. De Leon has re- back on the rebels’ cause. He has also cauceived these reports prompting him to report tioned town gas stations to monitor these to main headquarters in Camp Crame about mountain buyers of gasoline lest these be the said involvement. used as Molotov bombs made by memSpeaking before the Rotary Club of bers of the movement.

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authorities and therefore, a resolution is not yet final. So we are not at liberty to release the outcome of our investigation pending any possible appeal any party might take.” You can get it from Taclob: “ No problem (if media will get the result from Taclob because it petains to them, it belongs to them wheter to divulge any information from their end.” Possible that resolution can be modified: “There is really no policy ( to withhold the result) But we are just thingking of the legasl implications considering that there is a possibility that our resolution here might be modified in some other way by higher authorities.” Ako lang kining baruganan as the present OIC. (This is my personal stand as the OIC...)”

exchange information and experiences through community interaction during there field exposures to Not a public document? “In the first place, we cannot consider that as a public document. In fact, this is supposed to be confidential until a final resolution of the case will be issued. Sa among level, dili pa siya final until it becomes executory.” “Discretion man kana sa ahead of office. Kahihumdom pud ko nga when I was OIC naa poy nangayo , akong gibalibaran beasue of that ground.” (As OIC I have also refused a similar request.). The truth shall set us free. My basis is the legal grounds.” Thus said OIC PROVINCIAL FISCAL JUDITHO AGAN. He is entitled to his discretion, but the citizens led by the media

the following sites : Apo Island, Bayawan wetlands, Balanan lake, Bais marshland, and lake Balinsasayaw. Negros Oriental was the logical choice of this national convention on wetlands because of its variety of wetlands and the many practices of wetland conservation province wide. They participants will work on freshwater wetlands, marine and coastal wetlands, peatlands, among others. The director of the Angelo King Research Center Angel Alcala will come up with a proposed national wetland action plan. Other speakers include Druwe Scholz, GTZ program adviser; Dr. Ben Malayang SU president; Dr Candido Cabrido Jr, President of the Phil. Soceity of Wetlands Conservation. And Dr. Theresa Mundita Lim. have also the right to comment on Agan’s comments. So please see page 2 of this issue.

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anuary 12, 1999—The verbal acrobatics or call it a word war between the leaders of DECS Provincial Division and the capitol have now reached “nauseating levels” in that the public no longer appreciates its issues and it better stop because the public starts to question the motives of certain parties as one that could be grandstanding for one’s personal interest.

This was the gist of the statement of Governor George Arnaiz in a long distance call interview following the resumption of press release attacks and counter attacks from DECS officials, apparently exonerating him. In less than a week, the verbal acrobatics escalated from bad to worse until Gapasin grabbed the opportunity during a supervisors’ and principals’ meeting wherein a resolution was supposedly adopted denouncing the accusation of Governor George Arnaiz who allegedly was

quoted by some mediamen as saying, “daghang kawat dinha sa DECS.” Governor Arnaiz said that he was taken out of context and did not mean to allude Gapasin but if that is the way Gapasin is rabidly affected then there must be some element of transparency needed so much so that he took the entire DECS senior officers to pass such resolution.

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Courage ... Readers’ Views The Robin Padilla ... From page 4 Her (Elmaco) From page 5 of a .38 caliber, 9 millimeter, or similarly

(low) powered gun is from four to six years, with a fine of P15,000. For possessing a higher powered firearms like a .45 caliber, .357 magnum, .22 center-fire magnum, and firearms with automatic firing capability, the penalty under the new law ranges between six to eight years, with a fine of P30,000. Supreme Court rules According to the Supreme Court there are mainly two elements needed to convict one of illegal possession of firearms. First, the prosecution needs to establish the existence of the subject firearm. Second the prosecution should prove the fact that the accused who owned or possessed it does not have the corresponding license or permit to possess the same. To prove the second element, a certification by the PNP firearms and explosives division is needed. But if the firearm involved is one that cannot be issued to civilians, like an M-16, this certification may be dispensed with. Another rule laid down by the Supreme Court is that ownership is not an essential element of illegal possession of firearms and ammunition. What the law requires is merely possession. “Possession” includes, not only actual physical possession, but also constructive possession. “Constructive possession” means the subjection of the thing to one’s control and management. Defenses Essentially, it is not that difficult to prove the elements of illegal possession of firearms. If one is in possession of a firearm, and he does not have the license to possess, then there is a strong case against him ahead. But the new law on illegal possession of firearms, R.A. 8294 strikingly provides the accused a wide latitude of “creative” ways to raise a defense. That is what makes this law controversial, some say non-sensical. The controversial proviso Under the law on illegal possession of firearms, one caught unlawfully possessing firearms can be charged with the law, “PROVIDED NO OTHER CRIME WAS COMMITTED.” I do not know the rationale of this last phrase in the law. This is the “escape clause” of the law on illegal possession of firearms. One can be charged with illegal possession of firearms. But if, at the time he was caught, another crime was committed, then he cannot be charged with illegal possession of firearms? This provision challenges the creative minds of defense lawyers. Example Let me give an example. Suppose, a person is caught by a policeman possessing a .38 caliber gun. While being arrested, the suspect gives another identity to conceal his true name. The‘minor’ crime of concealment carries a lighter penalty. Can the state lawfully charge the suspect of illegal possession of firearms? Or can he be charged with concealment of name? Remember, under the law on illegal possession of firearms, there is a proviso which states: “Provided no other crime was committed.” Outrage in Cebu I am reminded of that outrageous story I read that happened in Cebu not long ago. A group of people suspected to be high profile notorious kidnappers were caught with firearms. At the time of the arrest they used faked military id’s. The notorious gang was charged, not with illegal possession of firearms but usurpation of authority. The latter carried a lighter penalty. This sparked outrage among members of the legal community in Cebu, who called for an amendment of the law. Conclusion So the law on illegal possession of firearms in its present form sparks the imaginative, creative adrenalin of defense lawyers. This is one of those laws that makes lawyering much more interesting. (By Jay I. D.)

Siglos won ... From page 15 Atty. Alfredo Orquillas, Jr. Meanwhile, The Negros Club 64 thanked the 10 – year old grade school student of Batinguel Elementary

School who turned a Nokia cellphone inside the club heaquarter that was owned by the couple (who are also members of the Club 64) Mr. and Mrs. Cesar Landas. The couple awarded Jerry Torres a Christmas gift as token for his honesty, a virtue really worth praising for, according to Zamora.

selfless efforts earned her the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003. Shirin Ebadi is not only a leading women’s rights activist and advocate for women and children in Iran. She is not only the first Muslim woman to win the Nobel peace prize. She is also a mother to two daughters and a loving wife. Her accomplishments may have put her on a pedestal and made her icon, but her devotion to stand for what she believes in and her love for her family, inspires us to be the change that we want to see in the world. In her book, Iran Awakening, she talks about standing ground and being strong: ‘Courage comes from confidence. When you are confident that your decision is correct, then you will make all your efforts to make it happen. Those who lack courage are often those who are not confident enough on whether their decisions are right or not.’ And when asked where does this come from? She says, ‘It comes from the family, it comes from education, from awareness, it comes from experience, and it comes from the inherent characteristics of each individual.’ The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran and Human Rights Watch have expressed grave concerns over the safety of Shirin Ebadi following threats and violence against her home early January. Yet she is quoted as saying,” regardless of all pressures, I am not leaving Iran and I am not ceasing my human rights activities. I will continue on the same path.”

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Rotary Club-North questions 2008 Search of Outstanding Negrense OPEN LETTER TO EXEC. SCREENING COMMITTEE

Dear Madam Chairman: This matter refers to the 2008 SEARCH FOR OUTSTANDING NEGRENSE AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE. When the Provincial Government of Negros Oriental called upon its citizens, civic-religious groups and institutions to make nominations of outstanding personalities in at least ten (10) fields of endeavor, our Club - the Rotary Club of Dumaguete North - responded to such a very worthy project. We nominated one from our Club whom we strongly believed deserve to be recognized in the field of Rural Development. We went all out to satisfy and comply with the documentary and other requirements per your instructions. Fully cognizant of the very serious nature of this project of our Provincial Government invelving the honor and imtegrity of our Club and its nominee, we commissioned a highly respected Rotarian - Dr. Baldadomero R. Martinez, Jr. (Now President of the Siquijor State College) to make further research on our nominee and to formalize our nomination. We - in the Rotary Club - live by the tenets of truth, fairness, goodwill and benefits for all concerned. We view our nomination very strongly in these lights. And that is why we are writing this letter. It is unfortunate that to date we have been formally and officially informed of the results of the aforementioned search process. What we have are information from unofficial sources for which we are taking you to clarify and enlighten us.

1. Why is it that the only two (2) nominees were finally considered when there were at least ten (10) fields of endeavor open and there were nominees in some of these? 2. It is said that the final two awardees chosen have representatives of their institutions sitting right there in the Executive Committee. If this is true, can we say that the sense of fairness of your committee, the credibility and integrity of the search process is beyond question? 3. We have submitted documents including official resolutions of local government units (LGUs) supporting and indorsing our nomination as well as from other organization and institutions. Why did you decide to ignore such authentic and official acts of such very reputable local governments? It is offensive to us in our Club and to the officials of our well intentioned LGUs to be treated in such a cavalier manner. 4. Why do yo chose to keep people in the dark-people who were asked to respond positively to such a very good project only to be just ignored? Should you continue to keep people in the dark and to ignore our valid request for clarification and enlightenment, you can understand why we are reserving our fights to bring this matter before the public so that what happened here will not be repeated in the future.

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fearfully by God according to the scriptures. But as we mature, we are given a choice on what kind of foundations we would like to have. How we value life and where our priorities lie determine our perspective in living. Architects know that building a huge structure, requires a strong foundation that can endure its immense weight. Strong foundation is also needed in marriage, relationships or even as an individual. Its strength will be measured on how we deal with failures, financial crisis, diseases, broken relationships, unpaid bills or even

heavy traffic. Do we stop breathing at the sight of dark clouds called depression? Do we quit life because we lost our homes, loved ones or millions in the bank? A strong foundation does not lie in human understanding. It is not based on the world economy. It does not crumble even on terminal illness like cancer. It goes beyond the limit of human reasoning. We call that faith. It is the evidence of things not seen. We can not see until we believe. We will never see what tomorrow brings if we cease on living today. God is a strong fortress. He is the strongest foundation that defies our limited minds. If you end your life today, you will become a mere statistic. You are worth more than that.

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HOW MEDIA SEES IT, AND NOT OTHERS (email: elmarjayd@yahoo.com) (From page 2)

public a copy of the resolution? Dead end? According to prosecutor Agan, the prosecutor’s resolution cannot be said to be a public document. Then what is it, —a private document? For the education of everyone else, and the uninitiated media, can prosecutor Agan please cite a law or a rule that says that a prosecutor’s resolution is not a public document? The rules of evidence Section 19(a) Rule 132 defines a public document. Has it been changed already? Aren’t the taxpaying public the ones paying the salaries of our prosecutors? Why are the taxpayers deprived of their right to know the official work products of their paid public servants? Lastly, prosecutor Agan reasons that releasing of resolution to the public is discretionary. The P 394 million of PPA lies yonder in full blast as hard life continues for many Looc squatters as evidenced by the children playing beside the lonely canoe whose father is working as a fisherman by night and a port worker at daytime. This has been the chronic social problem of Dumaguete City. area to accommodate the Implement Looc ... age ever increasing traffic of

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Philippine Ports Authority General Manager Renato Tolinero clash anew on the issue of who is to be blame for the continued stay of thousands of squatters inside the port area of Barangay Looc despite the MOA signed in March 1997 that aimed to remove them from the port zone. The continued presence of the squatters forced the PPA to embark on a costly, P394 million reclamation project now ongoing, which according to Tolinero could have been less expensive and burdensome had the city kept its word. The ongoing reclamation project will construct new berthing spaces for cargo and passenger vessels while the squatters’ area will be converted into a huge container and stor-

Morning after ... (Mercado) From page 5

change, however, runs deep. Social Weather Stations’ survey (September 30 to October 4) found : 64 out of 100 Filipinos oppose amending the Constitution that’d allow the President to continue beyond June 2010 The Senate won’t play ball. Catholic bishops, business groups to NGOs oppose this thrust. Malacanang and Congress, however, will use bareknuckles for charter change on it’s terms : no constitutional convention, voting jointly with the Senate, not separately. This tack guarantees political convulsion thru much of 2009. “We learn about geology the morning after the earthquake,” Emerson once said. Cha-cha is anchored to the regime’s deliberate decision: to ride the wind. They’re taking a calculated gamble that the country won’t reap the whirlwind. The President and allies are convinced their survival is at stake. So was Herod and his court. Such a mindset

goods, passengers and services. For Perdices, he has done his part by facilitating the transfer of many of these informal settlers in the 5 hectare housing site in Barangay Cadawinonan from 1997-98. However, Perdices claims that the succeeding administration of Mayor Felipe Remollo from 1998-2001 did not continue the relocation. He also wondered why the PPA failed to secure the areas already vacated then before the squatters could return. But, PPA General Manager asserts: Who else will implement the Memorandum of Agreement between the Philippine Ports Authority and City Government of Dumaguete but the mayor himself? Whether Remollo failed to implement the MOA dur-

ing his short lived administration is immaterial for Tolinero saying Perdices has been occupying the city’s highest post since 2001. The MOA signed on March 17, 1997 between the then PPA General Manager Carlos Agustin and Mayor Agustin Perdices provides for the PPA to release P10 million for the construction of 200 housing units in Barangay Cadawinonan and for the city government to “take charge for the final transfer of Looc squatters to their permanent place at the relocation site in Barangay Cadawinonan.” Mayor Perdices, along with several non governmental agencies, completed the housing site and started the relocation. However, the elections of 1998 saw the assumption of Mayor Felipe Remollo who somehow failed to complete the transfer of squatters. During the

2001 local elections, Perdices defeated Remollo. Perdices was re-elected in 2004 and 2007. Some businessmen and insiders at the PPA, who deplore the “obvious lack of political will of the city administration,” claim that the city government has failed to liquidate the multi-million fund released by the PPA until now when it was clear in the MOA that the city of Dumaguete has agreed that “in the disbursement of the amount (P 10 million) it shall comply with all applicable government auditing and accounting regulations and that any unused amount shall be reverted to the PPA” upon the completion of the project. Many years have passed yet they have not seen the liquidation report despite repeated requests. They hope that members of the City Council will conduct an investigation on the matter in the spirit of transparency and accountability.

does not rule out ultimate measures. Emergency rule here is a last option, as the Massacre of Innocents was. The administration works by a back-against-the-wall calculus. This factors in the P16.9 billion Overseas Foreign Workers remittances. That fund eased otherwise ratcheting pressure from economic-growth that didn’t create jobs, . Last year, 3,752 Filipinos migrated daily – the highest since 1975’s first wave of migrants. . They’re that many less recruits for an obsolete communist insurgency. Nor will the migration floodtide ebb soon, despite the worldwide economic downturn. Rhetoric about “OFW heroes” will continue. But the President and allies figure there’s that many “malcontents” who’d otherwise be around during the runup to 2010. Cheap rice imports, token reforms, plus heavy doses of show biz, should dampen further unrest. This is anchored to the regime’s unspoken rule-ofthumb: Mababaw ang kaligayahan sa Pinoy. The

Palace’s most famous “apostate” puts it another way. “In this country, everybody has a price,” said Jose de Venecia after being ousted as Speaker. Critical national problems will be shoved to backburners. That’d include agrarian and electoral reforms, desaparecidos, child soldiers, crumbling ecological systems to error-studded textbooks, plus refuge camps and schools at breaking point. Can we afford another “lost decade? Those who will bear the brunt of deferred reforms are: “people of the short straw for whom it is almost too late.” Daily, seven mothers die at child birth or within a day after delivery, the National Statistical Office reports. These deaths are preventable. . Our maternal death rates are triple that of China . It’s unlikely we will meet the Millennium Development Goal target number 6: to slash, by a third, the deaths of mothers come 2015. The right of a child to celebrate his first birthday is still the most violated human right here. We’ve slashed infant mortality

rates by over a half: from 56 per 1,000 live births in 1970 to 25 today – sfar behind Malaysia ’s 10. “The proportion of Filipinos dying without medical attention has risen tp 70 percent – a figure not seen in the country since the mid-1970s, a recent Washington Post report notes. Out of every 100 Filipino doctors, 68 practice abroad.Over 164,000 nurses left over the past four decades. “A health care brain drain is strangling (public) hospitals across the Philippines .” In Cebu City Medical Center’s charity ward, 39 kids are crammed into 21 beds. But city councilors spent P138 million for a plush legislative building.: This is “Myrrh In the Pediatric Ward,.”, notes Sun Star. Our “leaders” bet that morning after chills will prod Filipinos to take, like Seamus, a huge swig into paralysis. Or will we, like the Magi, prove unpredictable and instead take another route?. That’d be the day. ( E - m a i l : juanlmercado@gmail.com )

Our question: Really? It is just unfortunate that provincial prosecutor Agan has embraced secrecy and shunned transparency, which is the cornerstone of governance in a democracy Because prosecutor Agan has refused to release this resolution, the people, the media, the barbershops, the coffeeshops, are now rife with speculations. And these speculations, unfortunately, lead to prosecutor Agan’s own disadvantage. Some of the speculations now are: Is an interested party directing prosecutor Agan not to release the resolution? If so, was there any consideration? If there was, what was the consideration? Did the prosecutor find probable cause against Ephraim Taclob without any legal basis, or just to please certain quarters who are up against Ephraim Taclob? Is this resolution so weak, that prosecutor Agan is anticipating that it would be modified by “higher authorities”? Why doesn’t prosecutor Agan seem to be confident of the resolution, such that he expects an appeal? What happened to the other people involved in this case, like those security guards and allegedly a lady ex-public official, who were present in that incident? What types of guns did the prosecutor find, for which Ephraim Taclob was held answerable? Low-caliber or high caliber guns? There is a downside to suppression of information. It leads to wild speculations. It promotes chismis. Can you blame the people?


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AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Lupega Bldg., Dr. V. Locsin St., Dumaguete City

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Quezon St., Pob. Guihulngan, Neg. Or.

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AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Sta. Catalina Branch

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Magallanes St., Tanjay City

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AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Quezon Street, Bais City

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Canlaon Branch Blk. 3 New Bus Terminal Canlaon City

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From page 2 rived in Dauin and Valencia, both crime scenes have been disturbed and the

local policemen have already collected the empty shells, even the municipal health officer was already conducting post mortem examination of the victim. “Based on the Standard Operating Procedure or SOP local policemen are supposed to simply cordon off the crime scene and not allow it to be disturbed to avoid contamination. SOCO is the prime agency to collect and preserve the evidences, it does not include subjecting the victims to an autopsy,” Llena continued. She concedes that the only major task that her operatives did was to take pictures of the victims even as she expressed disbelief that some of her colleagues in the police department are in any way involved in the killings. Meanwhile, a line-up for Dumaguete City policemen and members of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency now appears to be easier said than done after 19-year old Romeo Merecido Jr. who was ar-

Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT 7th Judicial Region Branch 45

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rested for illegal drugs possession along with the two murdered victims on December 22 has now refused to cooperate with the CHR probe without the presence of her aunt, who remains unavailable. Without Merecido’s cooperation, Canete will not be able to subject to ballistic tests the firearms of the policemen that were last seen in company of the two murdered victims who were supposed to be released on the evening of Dec. 22. He also lamented the failure of the victims’ next of kin to fully collaborate in his efforts to prosecute the perpetrators. Canete condemned the summary execution of the two young men as “immoral, illegal and inhuman.” “Even if they are maybe drug users, but they are not hardened criminals, society must give them the chance to renew their lives,” he stressed. He said that this is not the typical method of vigilante killing noting that the victims were shot repeatedly, their hands bore laceration and markings of being bound either by handcuffs or rope and Baybay’s right eye appeared to have been extracted out from the socket.

SPL. PROC. NO. MJ-08-42

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IN THE MATTER OF CORRECTING THE ENTRY OF THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE OF MARJHON ROMANO BAJAR IN THE OFFICE OF THE MUNICIPAL CIVIL REGISTRAR OF MANJUYOD, NEGROS ORIENTAL, represented by her mother Janet Romano Bajar,

All unredeemed pledges from August 1-31, 2008 will be sold to public auction on January 15, 2009 at 9:30 A.M. at this office

MAR-JHON ROMANO BAJAR as represented By her mother JANET ROMANO BAJAR, Petitioner, – versus – ANTONIO Z. ACADEMIA in his capacity As THE MUNICIPAL CIVIL REGISTRAR of Manjuyod, Negros Oriental, Respondent, x—————————————————————————/

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AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Sibulan National Highway Negros Oriental

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

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

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AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Poblacion, Mabinay Negros Oriental

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O R D E R

A verified petition having been filed by petitioner through counsel and it appearing that the same is sufficient in form and substance. Set the hearing of this case on FEBRUARY 3, 2009 at 8:30 in the morning at Session Hall of this Court, Regional Trial Court, Branch 45, Bais City, inviting any interested person to appear on said hearing and to show cause why the petition shall not be granted. Let this order be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the province of Negros Oriental and the Cities of Bayawan, Dumaguete, Tanjay, Bais, Guihulngan and Canlaon once a week for at least three (3) consecutive weeks before the date of hearing. Furnish copy of this Order to the Local Civil Registrar of Manjuyod, Negros Oriental and to the Office of the Solicitor General with address at 134 Amorsolo St., Legaspi Village, Makati City. SO ORDERED. Bais City, Philippines, November 24, 2008. The Negros Chronicle Jan. 11, 18 & 25, 2009

(Sgd.) CANDELARIO V. GONZALES Judge

CEBUANA LHUILLIER NOTICE OF AUCTIO N AUCTION All unredeemed pledges left during the month of August 2008 of the ff CEBUANA LHUILLIER PAWNSHOP branches will be sold at Public Auction on January 15, 2009 at Satellite Public Market, Bais City (8:30 am) • Aguinaldo Street, Bais City • Satellite Public Market, Bais City at National Hi-way, Tanjay City (8:00am) • National Hi-way, Tanjay City • Magallanes Street, Tanjay City • Poblacion Amlan, Negros Oriental at Rizal Blvd., Dumaguete City (8:30 am) • Public Market, Sibulan, Negros Oriental • North Road Bricktown Daro, Dumaguete City • 149 Gov. M. Perdices St., Dumaguete City • Mabini Cor. Pinili Street, Dumaguete City • Cor. Cervantes & Independencia Street, Dumaguete City • # 57 Silliman Avenue, Dumaguete City • Building 5, Public Market, Dumaguete City • Sta. Catalina Street, Dumaguete City • Rizal Blvd., Dumaguete City • Cor. Maria Cristina & Legaspi Street, Dumaguete City • Cor. Perdices & Sta. Rosa St., Dumaguete City • San Jose St., Dumaguete City at National highway Siaton, Negros Oriental (8:30 am) • National highway Siaton, Negros Oriental • Poblacion Basay, Negros Oriental • 1160 Rizal St.., Tinago Bayawan, Negros Oriental at Poblacion Jimalalud, Negros Oriental (8:30 am) • Poblacion Jimalalud, Negros Oriental • Corner S. Villanueva St., Guihulngan, Negros Oriental • Door 3, Public Market Tayasan, Negros Oriental • 295 Lumbangan Mabinay, Neg. Or.

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theCIVICcircle 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)

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Around Negros BY DEMS REY DEMECILLO

Lingganay Festival in Mabinay

On the November 30 issue of Negros Chronicle last year, Chris wrote of his Gawad Kalinga experience in a Bais GK village. This Christmas, he was again back in Negros Oriental for a short holiday and was able to experience the warm spirit of a Filipino Christmas. Thank you Chris, for your warm impressions. –– cjomartinez@yahoo.com

A CHRISTMAS EXPERIENCE – Christopher Beale

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wanted to share a little personal story of Christmas cheer, but before doing that, I would like to mention two friends of mine who have not been so fortunate of late.

Some eulogies are best left short, so I would just like to say that Nelson was a good man. Rest in Peace my friend. Similarly, I was upset to hear that Carving Medina has recently suffered a stroke. Carving and his wife run a lovely little Carinderia opposite the airport, and it has become something of a tradition with me to end my trips to Negros with a cold beer and a bowl of their superb Isdang Tinola.......my very best wishes for a speedy recovery, Carving. Following on from my recent article where I documented a week’s voluntary work at the Gawad Kalinga site in Bais City, I vowed to return at Christmas to try to spread a little Festive Cheer. I am very mindful that giving gratuitously is not necessarily a good thing, and that there is a fine balance between showing genuine genorosity and leaving people dependant on gifts, thus creating unsustainable expectations. I sought the counsel of my good friend Alan Laurente , who drove me to Bais, and Alan’s very sensible recommendation was that I buy the children on site a rucksack, filled with simple foodstuffs, that way the kids

have something that is durable and long lasting both for school and domestic use, and the parents have a few practical items. So it was that Alan and myself were in Lee Plaza on Christmas Eve buying 46 rucksacks, some with colourful motifs for the younger children and more sporty types for the older kids. As for the “ filling “, it was toys, crayons and notebooks for the juniors, and foodstuffs such as soy sauce, canned sardines, etc, for the “ seniors”. To enhance the party spirit, we stopped off at the market to buy some Tulinghan to grill and Kitong for Tinola, along with several bottles of coke. Within moments of arriving on site, the fish were grilling, the Tinola was bubbling away, and all the kids had their presents. As they gleefully ran to their homes clutching their gifts, I reflected, sadly, at how commercialised Christmas has become in The West. It is now almost compulsory to buy everyone a gift and card, and there’s nothing wrong with that, but rather than genuinely coming from the heart, these days it’s a question of “ticking boxes”, and in fact expanding this thought process, this very impersonalisation is a cancer that has spread slowly but inexorably through society in recent years.

EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF ESTATE, PARTITION AND SALE

AMENDED DEED OF EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT AND WAIVER OF RIGHT

NOTICE is hereby given that the heirs of the late ANGEL A. SARA have filed and executed an Extrajudicial Settlement of Estate, Partition and Sale on Lot No. 1582, Pls-701 covered by TCT No. FT-509, situated at Butong, Manjuyod, Negros Oriental, containing an area of 14,391 sq.m. in favor to Mercy A. Casido per Doc. No. 229, Page No. 23, Book No. 30, Series of 2008.

NOTICE is hereby given that the heirs of the late BASILIO BERGABERA SR. and GENOVEVA OGABANG BERGABERA have filed and executed an Amended Deed of Extra-Judicial Settlement and Waiver of Right on Lot No. 54, Gss-616, covered by OCT No. FV31866, situated in Dawis, Bayawan City, Negros Oriental, containing an area of 130,981 sq.m., per Doc. No. 202, Page No. 41, Book No. XXII, Series of 2008 of Notary Public Atty. Elizur V. Umbac.

The Negros Chronicle Jan. 11, 18 & 25, 2009

The Negros Chronicle Jan. 11, 18 & 25, 2009

I was upset to hear of the passing of a good friend, Nelson from Bais City.

This might seem extraordinary to readers here, but these days, it’s very possible to live for years in a flat or a house in UK, yet never know who your neighbors are! What a refreshing change therefore to give simple, practical gifts to people who will treasure and use them, and what a delight to execute the delivery spontaneously and to see and hear genuine happiness and laughter. As we sat eating freshly grilled fish surrounded by happy faces, I reflected how very different this Christmas Day was to the many previous in my home country where the day is generally rigid, formal and without true sentiment. Although I was unable to deliver presents which I believe would be more life changing, such as an end to corruption, a greater level of funding or a better education, I truly hope I created just a little bit of genuine happiness for a delightful set of people I truly care for. At this time of year, it may be worth repeating the Gawad Kalinga tagline, which in fact is no bad motto for life itself, “ Less for Self, more for Others, enough for Everyone.” Finally, very best wishes to everyone in Dumaguete, Bais and indeed The Philippines for a happy and prosperous 2009 ! Mabuhay !

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Second District Rep. George Arnaiz (center) is flanked by Mabinay Mayor Pictoy Baldoza (left) and Vice-mayor Jango Uy along with municipal councilors and officals of Barangays Banban, Arebasore, Manlingay and Barras during the closing ceremonies last January 3, 2009. Uy branded 2008 Lingganay Festival as the best ever and the most attended in recent years.

Water-borne diseases feared after flooding ealth and local government officials are reminding the residents of affected towns to boil their drinking water to prevent the spread of waterborne diseases. The flashfloods on New Year’s Eve destroyed several water systems of the towns of Valencia and Dauin. Six distribution pipes of the Catmon rationing of water to these affected vilwater source in Valencia were detached lages including the Palinpionon, Bong-ao, causing disruption of water services to seven East and West Balabag, Balayag Manok, barangays. The waterworks system of Balugo and Kalayugan on prescribed Liptong, Apolong and Lunga also sustained hours. damage. Mayor Rodrigo Alanano of Dauin Mayor Rodolfo Gonzales Jr. ordered the Turn to page 13

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Colleagues to honor cop who died in Dauin mishap

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or his untiring efforts as case investigator for the past decades, the Negros Oriental Police Provincial Office is set to confer Posthumous Medal to P/Inspector Canuto Balneg who recently succumbed to his injuries after figuring in a traffic accident in Dauin town while on his way home.

Sr. Supt. Augusto Marquez Jr.said Balneg, who would have retired in three years, was instrumental in the filing of cases and prosecution of communist rebels and other crime suspects particularly in his ca-

pacity as member of the Inter-Agency Legal Assistance Group or IALAG. At the same time, Marquez ordered a study on the leading causes of Turn to page 13

96-yr old man dies in fire, male pensioner kills self

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edridden and by his lonesome, a 96-year old man was trapped to his death in a freak fire accident in Barangay Poblacion, Bindoy, recently. Investigators of the local Bureau of Fire Protection believed that the unattended kerosene lamp caused the dawn fire that razed the house of Julio Amarante, who unfortunately failed to escape from the conflagration.

Meanwhile, a 73-year old Social Security System pensioner was believed to have stabbed himself to death, Monday, inside his

room at Barangay Tiguib, Ayungon. He was identified as Melquiades Deguit Turn to page 13

Residents in flood-prone areas told to leave homes

Local disaster authorities have asked their constituents living in areas near the river banks to abandon their homes to avoid becoming casualties anew during flash floods. But it will take a lot to convince the residents like this woman viewing what remains of her humble dwelling after the flashfloods that hit Dumaguete City, Dauin, Valencia, San Jose and Vallehermoso on New Year’s Eve to heed their advice.


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