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VOL. 35

No. 32

Dumaguete

City,

Philippines,

Sunday

JANUARY 18, 2009

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GM Taclob liable only for KG9 gun

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BY JAY I. DEJARESCO lthough found in his possession five firearms which were not licensed to him, Noreco II General Manager Ephraim Taclob will face charges of illegally possessing only one firearm, an Interdynamic KG9 pistol machine gun. This was the finding unidentified passengers last December 16, 2008 of yielded a total of seven fireProsecutor Merites U. arms. Flores-Macarubo who conFound were: an M-16 ducted the preliminary inves- rifle, a Glock cal. 40 pistol, tigation, and approved by four shotguns and the KG9 Juditho A. Agan OIC Pro- pistol machinegun, plus 42 vincial Prosecutor. ammunitions. In a road search conTaclob was able to ducted by the Philippine present a license for the Army last August 23, 2008 M16 and a permit to carry in Maningcao, Sibulan town, for the Glock pistol. the Toyota Hi-Lux bearing With respect to the four Engr. Ephraim Taclob and Turn to page 17

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isibly frustrated by the lack of support from the victims’ next of kin and the apparent lackluster performance of the Scene of the Crime Operatives in the gathering and preservation of the evidences related to the summary killings of two alleged police characters, Commission on Human Rights Special Investigator Jess Canete has decided to “archive” Turn to page 17

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THE STINKING GARBAGE OF THE CITY via the Candau-ay open-pit ( above foto) is no longer allowed by law. It has to go sooner or later. The City government must now look for SANITARY LANDFILLS that can contain its 30-ton garbage daily. Forget Dauin, Mr. Mayor, because its Sanggunian won’t pass the envisioned landfill site for a joint Metro Dumaguete. BY DEMS REY T. DEMECILLO t is inevitable that now or in the near future, the Candau-ay open dumpsite will have to be shut down because it is no longer legally and socially feasible. Furthermore, the city government must now look for alternative sites for the relocation because the different sectors of the municipality of Dauin, which the city is banking on to host the proposed sani-

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he state of Health of one million Oriental Negrenses is given the top priority by the governor-surgeon head of the province by allotting the biggest budget chunk of 37.2% or P363-M a much bigger percentage compared to the national budget. This, after Negros Oriental was adjudged as among Turn to page 17

tary landfill, could not agree on such possibility according to Vice-Mayor Neil Credo. The proposed Dauin site in Barangay Tunga-tunga is under negotiations for a number of years, even former Governor, now 2nd District Rep. George Arnaiz, admitted that his office funded a feasibility study and was looking for Turn to page 17

ep. Josy Limkaichong appeared unfazed by her citizenship issue which has now gravitated into a national movement to uphold the “moral governance” espoused by Chief Justice Reynato Puno, whose alleged inaction in the Limkaichong case was exploited by political groups as to possibly impeach CJRP and secure a more “pro-Arroyo” Supreme Court chief, before PGMA’s term expires in 2010.

But here are the facts: **The Supreme Court has ruled that no decision of lower courts and administrative agencies like the

Comelec are final, thus, the SC can still review the citizenship issue of Limkaichong anytime. **The alleged draft resolution penned by Ass.

Justice Ruben Reyes, if it exists at all, is still UN-promulgated; **Even if Limkaichong is declared a non-Filipino, her Turn to page 17

“SUCCESS IS LIKE A DUCK – SMOOTH IN THE OUTSIDE BUT PADDLING FURIOUSLY IN THE INSIDE.”


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Japanese-Filipino probation officers meet critical repor ting reporting

HOW MEDIA SEES IT, AND NOT OTHERS

BY JAY I. DEJARESCO

(email: elmarjayd@yahoo.com)

No permanent allies, only fixed interests Mr. Takae Sakae (left) Head of Delegation of Japanese Volunteer Probation Officers deplores the poor conditions of the Philippine jails but expresses admiration to jail and penology officials who have been faithfully doing their tasks of rehabilitating criminal offenders for their eventual re-integration to society. The Japanese volunteers which also include Prof. Tae Sugiyama (second from left), Prof. Tetsuya Sugaro, Mr. Yuitchi Kitada, Kazue Komatsu, Yukari Yamamoto, Reiko Mihara and Sawako Nonaka they expressed full support to their Filipino counterparts particularly from the Negros Oriental-Siquijor Chapter during a dialogue last Friday at Bethel Guest House. Also in photo are Japan International Cooperation Agency country Rep. Ms Jenny Erice (3rd from left), Ms. Ofelia Quijano Volunteer Probation Aides Region 7 head (4th from left) and City Administrator Engr. Dominador Dumalag Jr (right).

TOP OF THE WEEK

BY DEMS REY T. DEMECILLO

House Justice Vice-Chair on impeach Puno threat ouse of Representative Vice-Chair of the Committee on Justice and Negros Oriental’s Second District Representative George Arnaiz claims that to the best of his knowledge there is no serious plot to impeach Chief Justice Reynato Puno even as lawyers, judges and clergymen voiced their unqualified support for Puno.

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“There are speculations that the Kampi Party of President Gloria MacapagalArroyo is initiating the impeachment of the Chief Justice, but as of the moment there is no complaint and not a single congressman has en-

dorsed any,” Arnaiz said. An impeachment complaint originates from the House of Representatives before it is transmitted for trial to the Senate. “So, this is more of an Turn to page 11

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ocal Chief Executives and provincial health officials attributed the downward trend of infant mortality and malnutrition rate of Negros Oriental particularly in the municipalities of Amlan, San Jose, Sibulan, Bacong, Valencia, Dauin and city of Dumaguete to the full implementation of the Metropolitan District Health System that is now on its second year.

The system, which aims for the efficient and effective delivery of both curative and preventive health care services, is supervised by local health officials led by Provincial Health Officer

Dr. Dante Damingo and Dr. Edgardo Barredo who declared that “as a whole, it is doing well.” The concept of this system is for the pooling and Turn to page 11

Amlan hydroelectric plant to begin rehab n the midst of numerous incidents of individuals branded as criminal offenders by law enforcement agencies being murdered almost on a regular basis by certain shadowy groups without even the benefit of a fair trial in this so-called gentle city, a group of Japanese Volunteer Probation Officers made a timely appeal for these offenders to be given a chance to turn themselves into law abiding citizens. The Japanese came last Taka Sakae confessed that Friday to interact with their they were shocked by the Filipino counterparts from poor condition of our jails but Negros Oriental and Siquijor they are impressed of the and exchange views on how enthusiasm and dedication of to better serve their clients. the jail staff. Head of Delegation Turn to page 13

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45 million will be infused to rehabilitate and upgrade the 800-kilowatt Amlan hydroelectric plant in Negros Oriental and restore its original capacity. ICS RENEWABLES, The Filipino company, Inc. President Juan Eugenio which produces alternative L. Roxas said the fuels, won the bidding for the company would invest P15 plant last month for $230,000 million initially to boost out- (P11.2 million). put. Roxas said they were “The Amlan plant is cur- planning to take over the rently only producing 30% of plant and start its rehabilitaits original capacity. What tion on Feb. 15, which will we want to do now is to re- take about six months. habilitate it to restore its rated They will need about capacity,” he said. Turn to page 14

Onward for better health care

Dr. Fedencio Aurelia (left) presides over the Friday forum attended by medical practitioners on what else are needed to further strengthen the Metropolitan District Health System designed to deliver responsive and effective health care services for Negrenses. Resource speakers include (from left to right) Amlan Mayor Bentham De la Cruz, Valencia Mayor Rodolfo Gonzales, Dumaguete City Mayor Agustin Perdices, Provincial Health Officers Dr. Dante Domingo, Dr. Felix Sy and Dr. Edgardo Barredo. The officials note the declining rate of malnutrition, infant mortality and rabies infection as indicators of the system’s successes.

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OMEBODY in the opposition or even within the adminis tration is trying to take advantage of the Limkaichong fiasco in the Supreme Court in order to float the idea of possibly replacing Chief Justice Raynato Puno before the elections of 2010. That is the problem of the so-called separation of powers in this country. It is more a farce than real. The truth is, the president who heads the executive department appoints the Supreme Court Chief Justice. Judges from top to bottom need recommendations from politicians before they are appointed. So how can we have truly independent judges when their appointment alone is dependent on the executive department’s blessings? And lest they forget, among politicians, there are no permanent allies, only permanent interests, and that is, to be in power. Well, here is their answer: First, Puno will not be impeached by this mere baseless innuendos which are not even worth a second look. Why? Because there is no resolution yet officially promulgated by the Supreme Court and this rumor is obviously a product of a high profile and expensive PR WORK which we don’t wish to be privy with. Second, Puno did not violate the Constitution because there was nothing to violate at all. The so called resolution is not promulgated yet, and is just an invention of some intrigue experts in the PR industry. This is the bad side of public relations or PR work. Most people look at PR work as building the image of someone, at the expense of another. PR work is nothing but attempts to paint pogi points on someone, who usually does not deserve it, and pays the PR boys well. Well, being in Negros Oriental, we want the people to know how we react to these innuendos. We do not give it any weight nor credence because it is not official. Beside a chief justice cannot just be impeached simply because some power freak dick circulated a rumor which is false. This is too far fetched. So Chief Justice Puno still has our full support. Finally, Congresswoman Josy Limkaichoing can never be a Chinese citizen because her parents are naturalized Filipinos even before Josy Limkaichong was born. Besides, in our province, everybody knows thast Julio Sy, the father of Josy, is more a Filipino, a Negrense and a Dumagueteno by heart, than most Chinoys in the block. So what are they simply talking about?


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(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)

Around Negros BY DEMS REY DEMECILLO

Chapel houses evacuees

Affected residents of Barangay Mag-abo, Amlan seek refuge inside the village’s chapel after big waves and strong winds battered their coastal homes for three days (Jan 10-12). Mayor Bentham Dela Cruz has already received word from 2nd District Rep. George Arnaiz for the use of the solon’s PDAF for relief and rehabilitation. To date, a total of 52 families sought assistance from the local government.

PAYING FORWARD cjomartinez

I came across this beautiful poem and would like to share this. Unfortunately I do not know the author to give due acknowledgment. The more you give, The more you get. The more you laugh, The less you fret. The more you do unselfishly, The more you live abundantly. The more of everything you share, The more you’ll always A previous Bisaya Medical Association Medical Mission in Bais City have to spare. The more you love, the in Guihulngan, Negros Ori- outstanding Negrense who more you’ll find ental on Jan. 19 – 23, 2009. received an award in the That life is good and This group of 30 Fili- field of Health in 2005. friends are kind. pino doctors of various speThese doctors cialties and 10 nurses is are bringing with them their For only what we give headed by a Negrense, Dr. expertise in general surgery, away, Eusebio Z. Benemerito, gynecology, and urology, and Enriches us from day to a specialist in kidney dis- will perform surgical interday. eases and hypertension, is an ventions in their line of specialties. The primary care doctors, pediatricians and internists, will provide free consultations, treatments and free medicines. This is a gesture of giving back to the community the knowledge they earned and learned through the years. This will benefit patients in need of medical attention especially those coming from the Dr. EZ “Boy” Benemerito, seated right, heads the Guihulngan medical mis- first district of the sion next week. Others in the photo are Dr. Malou S. Benemerito and other province. BMA doctors.

Appropriately, this poem talks of giving, which is what a group of Filipino doctors and nurses in America will be doing this coming week in Guihulngan, Negros Oriental. These medical specialists are from the Visayan region and call themselves the Bisaya Medical Association in America with Dr. Mel Allego as President. The BISAYA MEDICAL ASSOCIATION in AMERICA, which is an association of Visayan speaking physicians in the United States, will conduct a medical mission at the William B. Villegas Memorial Hospital

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Sibulan struggles with P19M new market debt ven the loan from LOGOFIND and cash assistance from 2nd District Representative now Governor Emilio Macias II and President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo are not enough to pay the total cost for the construction of Sibulan’s new public market which was completed on August 2008. The municipal government still owes the Mayor Anotnio Renacia, who refused construction firm some P 19 million forcing it to divulge the exact amounts, explained to impose stall fees that are hardly afford- that the LGU still has to settle its debt to able to ordinary vendors and businessmen. Turn to page 17

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Waves, winds damage 20 San Jose houses

illagers of Tapon Norte, San Jose recount the evening when big waves and strong winds lashed their coastal community Saturday evening (Jan. 10) and destroyed about 20 houses dislocating more than 25 families.

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They claim it was the first time such a phenomenon occurred while no typhoon was expected. Tapon Norte Barangay Captain Eusevere Siglos wants his affected constitu-

ents to relocate although he yields that it is easier said than done as most villagers returned to their homes after the inci Turn to page 17

Where is the lot? PD asks Manjuyod egros Oriental Police Provincial Office Director Sr. Supt. Augusto Marquez Jr. is again asking for the local government of Manjuyod to make available the lot and fund it promised for the construction of the town’s police station before it can expect for the release of the P2 million counterpart pledged by the Philippine National Police. cumbent Mayor Amor Baldado, has It can be recalled that the town’s povowed to start the construction of the lice station was singled out by PNP Renew police station this year with P1 gion-7 Director as the “most dilapidated.” million from the LGU as initial funding. However, Vice-governor Jose Petit Vice-Governor Baldado also re Baldado, who served as mayor of the town Turn to page 17 for several years, said that his brother, in-

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Members of the Bisaya Medical Association with Dra. Malou S. Benemerito

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

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“When politics destroys spirit of volunteerism”

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Candau-ay Civilian Volunteers Organization (CCVO) President Genaro Turco (left) accuses Candau-ay Barangay Captain Danilo Alcancia (right) of politicking after the latter steadfastly refused to release since May 2007 P 30,000.00 worth of financial aid from Board Member Mariant Escano Villegas for the volunteer group. Alcancia admitted he has no ill will towards the group of 80 volunteers who were cited by the city for their contribution to the maintenance of peace and order but only to its leader Mr. Turco who is identified with his predecessor Segunda Dicen. City Legal Officer Neil Ray Lagahit (center) advised Alcancia to return the money to Villegas and for Turco to get accreditation from city government of Dumaguete so it could receive the fund.


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There’s wealth in waste

HE residents near the erstwhile award winning open dumpsite in Candau-ay this city which has been absorbing around 30 tons of Dumaguete’s garbage everyday for the last several years are crying enough is enough and want the open dumpsite closed. This was contained in a resolution passed by the Candau-ay barangay council and read in open session of the city council. The body is not likely to immediately grant the urgent plea of the Candau-ay folks because, where will Dumaguete throw its 30 tons of garbage daily?

What is ironic is that the Candau-ay open dumpsite was once the pride of the city being a Galing Pook Awardee when it was still well taken care of by the city. Today, it is not only a pile of filthy garbage, the city dumpsite in Candau-ay would not even qualify for an award at the lowest category because of the present monumental neglect by people concerned in the city government. Under the law, every LGU is required to have a sanitary landfill, a place where its garbage can be properly disposed of, even if some of the garbage will be creatively recycled in some useful ways like organic fertilizer to say the least. In short, as sanitary land fill is not something discriminatory that

barangays should abhor and refuse. The truth of the matter is that if only the barangay folks know, there wealth in waste or that waste is in fact a golden opportunity to make money from virtually nothing but trash, many will grab to host it. There is a move among adjacent towns near Dumaguete to develop a common sanitary landfill in a far flung barangay of Dauin. It could yet be the best that could happen there if only they know the potential income from recycled trash. So whether Dumaguete likes it or not, it will have to transfer its open garbage dumpsite someday somehow, into a sanitatry landfill site, preferably in the nearby towns. Open dumpsites such as in Candau-ay is not environmentally viable, therefore, it has to go, the sooner the better. But not now when there is nowhere to throw the city’s garbage. The city mayor told Candau-ay folks in a letter furnished to the city council that in due time, the city will secure the proper sanitary landfill site for the city, and in accordance to environmental laws. But the question is when: will the city sanitatry landfill be realized before, or after the term of Mayor Agustin Perdices? If Perdices can do it before 2010, then it will be another feather on the cap of this road-cementing czar of the city, and a fine track record to bring along, for the governorship campaign which the man has long been dreaming of.

ongratulations! To Engr. Ephraim Taclob for coming out the winner of the preliminary investigation of the charges of illegal possession of firearms. From my vantage point, Engr. Taclob has won round one, to borrow a boxing lingo. And with the way things are going, like Manny Pacquiao, he’s bound to knockout the prosecution. While it is true that the public prosecutor found probable cause to let Taclob face criminal charges in court, it is only for illegally possessing a single firearm, not five firearms. The feeling of success here could be likened to going to the gym and successfully removing excess, undesirable fats. This is what you call “trimming.” Congratulations too, to the prosecutors for their insightful and interesting resolution explaining why Taclob should be charged for illegally possessing only one gun, a KG9 “automatic” pistol machine gun. As we have learned from the resolution of Pros-

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ecutor Marites U. Flrores-Macarubbo and approved by Judiho J. Agan OIC provincial prosecutor, while it was definitely established that Taclob was found in possession of five firearms which were not licensed to him, he should be charged only for one of those firearms. We learned that four shot guns were among those found by the Philippine Army August of last year in the Toyota Hi Lux where Taclob was riding. The factual description was that the total seven firearms were placed inside a sack, placed on the floor of the Hi Lux near the feet of an unidentified man and woman who were seated behind Taclob. The four shot guns, it was later learned were licensed not to Taclob, but to the security agency engaged by Noreco 2, whose peculiar mission, we also learned, was to fight off rebels in Maningcao Sibulan, like the Philippine Army. (They did not bother to coordinate with the Army?) There was even a certification presented to the prosecutor that the shot guns were not licensed to Taclob but to the security agency. But when the shot guns were discovered, they were not even in the hands of the “alleged” security guards. By the way, I notice the resolution of the prosecutors kept on putting the word “alleged” in describing the security guards. While reading the resolution, I am forced to believe that they were not conclusively estab-

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RP’s frightening drug menace

he Drug Menace in RP is big-time as it is frightening. It is a multi-billion industry that destroys the lives of mostly the youth and the drug lords can dominate politics, the military and the judicial system. They can create a “government within a government,” the closer RP becomes a horrifying “drug capital of Asia.” The indecent haste with which that he was himself offered P20 drug-influenced, to start with. the government prosecutors or- million for the ritzy kids’ free- In wake of the wide publicity and dered the release of the “Alabang dom. controversy surrounding the Boys” (Joseph Tecson, Richard Smelling stinking fish, PGMA “Alabang Boys” we recommend: Brodett and Jorge Joseph) who has asked all involved government (A.) PDEA and Major were charged with drug-pushing in prosecutors to take a leave of ab- Marcelino should be commended Alabang and Cubao in “buy-bust” sence; the prosecutors countered by their higher superiors in the Milioperations by the PDEA (Philippine that so should their PDEA counter- tary for taking a gallant stand. Drug Enforcement Agency) de- parts. (B.) The Palace-backed inscribes the extent of the tentacles of The other government dependent fact-finding body the drug menace that has engulfed prosecutors - nationwide - then should finish the case within Philippine society. wore armbands and will go on a two weeks. A tough Marine hero Major one-week sympathy strike. Only (C.) The IBP should recomFerdinand Marcelino of the in the Philippines. mend the disbarment of the suspects’ PDEA charged money changed The drug controversy has l a w y e r hands in the quick release and thrown some of the government func- Filixberto Verano Jr. for trying to his boss Dionisio Santiago said tions asunder, you may notice. sneak in a “release” papers for the “dirty pieces of silver” The drug situation in the the “Alabang Boys” on the sly using amounted to P50 million. country is serious. Seventy per- the DOJ stationery. Turn to page 6 Marcelino earlier whistle-blew cent of crimes in the country are

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A Journey Through Cancer

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chills into my stomach. Especially waiting for results and tests. It seems to be the month of surprises and surgeries for me. This month is my fourth year in this journey and I wish I can surpass the five year critical period without recurrence. The breast ultrasound showed two solid nodules three months ago and a follow up mammogram was needed to confirm it. And today, behold, there was no trace of those solid nodules. All blood chemistry tests turned out to be negative. I am sure science has a ready explanation. But it was enough for me that God made another miracle. Life is a many splendored thing, as the song goes, but it is also a series of challenges wrapped in golden promises. Waves may come and go relentlessly. They test us. They rock our boats. The cold bites our skin. Sometimes it leaves some scars. But if we find the right ANCHOR, we are safely out of the storm.

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These are his words: “A new moralism exists today. Its key words are justice, peace, and the conservation of creation, and these are words that recall essential moral values, of which we genuinely stand in need.” We can not deny that these big words glut most slogans, catchwords and battle cries these days. If you’re supposed to be socially concerned, it’s de rigueur and politically correct to shout these words. But here’s the catch: “But this moralism,” the Pope continued, “remains vague and almost inevitably remains confined to the sphere of party politics, where it is primarily a claim addressed to oth-

ers, rather than a personal duty in our own daily life.” In other words, these beautiful concepts tend to be uprooted from God, their source and origin, and pirated by self-appointed prophets and ideologues who cleverly mask their ideas as God’s will, and hardly apply the implications of these words on themselves first before applying them on others. Benedict’s observation reflects a spreading and disturbing phenomenon of people who are good in the art of rhetoric and persuasion but miserably Turn to page 7

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Collapse

would like to use this week’s article to recommend an engaging yet thought-provoking book that has caught quite a stir over the past years in the Western World. In Collapse, Jared Diamond carefully investigates the interaction of human social inventions such as political, economic and cultural institutions, with geography, climate, the bio-sphere, energy flows, and human genetics, beautifully revealing the intricate web that connects all these across time. At a time when global warming is a common discussion and debate, the book could not be any timelier..

The best popular example of this trend is the movie directed by Al Gore, An Inconvenient Truth (2006). Other examples are the BBC documentary presented by David Attenborough, Are We Changing Planet Earth? (2006). Increasingly, the idea of global warming and climate change as existential threats has entered the public discourse. As Diamond puts it, “In short, it is not a question open for debate whether the collapses of past societies have modern parallels and offer any lessons to us. That question is settled, because such collapses have actually been happening recently, and others appear to be imminent. Instead, the real question is how many more countries will undergo them.”Specifically, what Diamond tried to do

is locate his analysis of the collapse of past societies in a certain framework and then apply it to contemporary society. As he explains: What, exactly, were the processes by which past societies committed ecocide? Why did some past societies fail to see the messes that they were getting into, and that (one would think in retrospect) must have been obvious? Which were the solutions that succeeded in the past? If we could answer these questions, we might be able to identify which societies are now most at risk, and what measures could best help them, without waiting for more Somalia-like collapses.

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Everyday Heroes

Stormy Wednesday

The stormy weather seemed to symbolize my thoughts and fear. I sat near the railings, where I could see the angry waves beat the boat. I remember James Turner, a world famous painter who would strapped himself in a sea vessel where he could feel the lashes of the waves and the biting cold wind, to convey the same feelings in his paintings of stormy seas. It was amazing how some people can turn storms into a thing of beauty. It was too risky, I thought, to do the same, and besides, I would appear stupid. So I contented myself with watching the restless waves. They were coming and leaving, finding some weak spots, until finally the vessel docked safely across the island, leaving the waves behind. Aside from the rocking boat, the month of January is always bringing

HER story

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Footsteps and Fingerprints

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Cancer survivor’s message of hope and love in Christ email at: demcarl2003@yahoo.com

He was for many years a practicing Christian but when the doctor announced he has colon cancer on May 2006, sixty-six year old Evacueto “Kit” Elman one of the founding elders of the Calvary Chapel started in 1985 tried to fully grasp God’s message and “bargained” with Him so that his life be extended for another 20-25 years for the sole purpose of ministering to the spiritual and moral needs of his fellowmen. God listened and when Kit went under the knife about two months later, the doctors in the United States found out that the tumor miraculously disappeared. Total submission and obedience to God’s will maybe hard for many of us, yet this gentleman, who back in his younger days wallowed in all sorts of vices took a leap of faith that transformed not only his spiritual life but his relationship to others long before he was diagnosed with cancer, shows that one can be genuinely happy if he or she dedicates his life as a living witness to God’s immeasurable mercy and grace. This week, Kit shares his previous “unchristian” life, his journey with Christ and why he is now a man on a mission to spread the word that no matter how worthless we are: God is good, all the time!

DEMS: Kindly describe your life when you were still a non-Christian?

grace, His compassion and all that He was; He is and is to come. Then I remembered and reminded Him on how in the great Old Testament, men of God like Abraham, Moses, David, King Hezekiah and may others “bargained” with God in their circumstances. Hence, I “bargained” with God only on the bases of His grace and love. After, “wrestling” with God for about 30 minutes or so, which seemed like eternity, I was engulfed with his presence and I felt the unmistakable peace and I know deep in my heart He heard my prayers. In return, I asked Him, “Lord, what do you want me to do aside from what I am doing now?

Mr. Elman: I was a typical youth trying to know a little of everything. I went into gambling, womanizing, drinking and even smoking marijuana. My frequent nocturnal trysts brought many conflicts especially to my family.

DEMS: How did you become a Christian? Mr. Elman: The Full Gospel Business Men Fellowship International invited me to one of their gatherings and I listened to the testimonies of two laymen who were healed of incurable diseases. Thereafter, on November 1984 at the age 42, I converted with full submission and acceptance of Christ as my Lord and Savior.

DEMS: So that was the turning point of your life? Mr. Elman: Absolutely, after that God work from inside me and the changes were very dramatic. He delivered me from my vices and transformed a life that is without meaning and purpose into one that is filled with peace and joy. In hindsight, I even asked the Lord why He didn’t come much earlier into my life.

DEMS: How did you learn you had colon cancer? Mr. Elman: It was because of some ailments like gall bladder stones (all 50 or so stones which eventually came out on their own without any operation), enlargement of the prostate and a lesion of the liver after a series of tests on February 6, 2006, I was 64 then, a polyp in my colon was discovered. The next day I was informed that after the colonoscopy, the result was colon cancer.

DEMS: How did you take the news? Mr. Elman: When informed by the gastroenterologist that the biopsy result showed that it was positive of colon cancer, I was stunned as if hit by a lightning bolt. The verdict hit me so hard that I thought I was dreaming but after a while I resolved that I must rise above the situation.

DEMS: How many more years did you bargain with God? Mr. Eman: I “wrestled” with God with tears and lamentations I declared I’m not going to accept the doctor’s verdict. I asked the Lord to extend my life for another 20-25 years. I reminded Him of His power, His faithfulness, of His love, His

DEMS: So what was God’s reply? Mr. Elman: Recognizing the still voice of God, He replied, “Set up a A family who kept the faith and dedicated to the full service to Christ. Standing from left: Church-based Cancer Support Elman brood Kerwin, Facilities Manager of Teletech, Ilo-ilo; Mischia, nurse; Michelle, of Group in Dumaguete that you Cebu-Pacific and Ken Ferdinand, Teletech Team Leader and the couple (sitting) who jourmaybe able to share your experi- neyed together in Christ, Inday and Kit. ence to other people especially the unbelievers. He even gave that they might be comforted by God and once comforted, that they might be able to COPE with me three words which would well describe the mission of the spiritual, emotional, and physical ordeal relathis ministry: Hope, Cope and Cure. tive to the disease and hopefully by His grace, the divine CURE (healing) on the physical but most DEMS: What did the doctors find after the cancer opcertainly, the spiritual healing that comes when eration? they surrender their lives to Christ.

Mr. Elman: That was on May 24, 2006 or more than two months after I was diagnosed of cancer, I was confined at the Mt. Sinai Queens Hospital in New York after the operation the doctors found that there was no more evidence of cancer in my colon.

DEMS: Give us a reflection of your experience with cancer. Mr. Elman: I realized life is too short and most people don’t know salvation. They have no assurance in their hearts that they are saved. Cancer victims need support and I believe that my cancer affliction and healing had a divine purpose for I shall minister those who are afflicted with the disease. Says 2 Corinthians 1:4 “Who comforts us in all affliction so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by.” My experience makes me more a credible witness to Christ’s saving grace.

DEMS: Tell us more about this new ministry. Mr. Elman: It is my mission that the people (the unbelievers) who undergo this ordeal might find HOPE in Christ Jesus,

make a strong case RP’s frightening ... PDEA against drug peddling. Those (From page 4)

(D.) DOJ Secretary Ricardo Blancaflor should be suspended for showing undue interest in the case. (E.) More cooperation should be exhibited by PDEA-DOJ and have their conflicts free rather than convict criminals. (F.) The twin moves of DOJ’s Raul Gonzales to make all major drug release cases subject to automatic review and anti drug czar Tito Sotto’s move to give prosecutorial service to the

moves should get support. “What if the drug pusher operates along our street?” spoke an aghast GMA in expressing a lament of a typical parent or grandmother on the “Alabang Boys” controversy. But we are quite against the restoration of a death penalty. Death penalty does not deter crime, for one must let the justice system work first. How can one have a death sentence if one cannot first convict under our present system? In Marcos’ time, drug disap-

peared from the streets not only because Ferdinand had a drugs manufacturer Lim Seng be shot by a firing squad at the Intramuros. In Marcos time, apprehended drug pushers knew they will be punished by law if caught; today they have many allies within the nook and crevice of the system. So death penalty won’t work because the corrupt judicial system will not allow the suspect to be convicted, anyway. Besides, only the poor who can’t afford a good lawyer and therefore poorly represented will be the ones to face the

“death row” upon conviction. What about the rich pushers and manufacturers? Notice that it is usually the rich who have the money, guts, connection to market these drugs. They are that income class who thinks it is above the law. Notice, also, that Taiwanese, Chinese and Indians - generally foreigners - are major drug manufacturers because in this country (unlike in their countries) the drug laws are poorly structured and the courts, yielding to financial & political pressure.

DEMS: What is the difference between a Catholic and a Christian? Mr. Elman: A Christian follows Christ. As a fundamentalist, I practically follow the word of God as found in the Bible. It is a simpler life for one does not need to follow what the priests say.

DEMS: What is faith? Mr. Elman: The scriptures say it is “the substance of things not seen, things hope for.” It is like believing first before seeing the ways of God.

DEMS: What do you say to those who vacillate in following your steps? Mr. Elman: Well, it is a personal thing. But you cannot understand unless “you taste and see that the Lord is good.” In 2 Corinthians 5-7: “Therefore, if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away, behold new things have come.” Shabu, marijuana, ecstasy and cocaine are now sold in abandon - in schools, bars and joints and the streets. Two million Filipinos are now active drug users - not to count the so-called “casual” users. Drug-use destroys lives, if not the future of anyone who craves for its usage. It is a Scourge of Society for both pushers and users and their unfortunate families and dependents. We have heard of hundreds of drug cases being dismissed in gay abandon - by a corrupt court, a conniving police and a society that has ac-

cepted “drug usage” as a bad habit one must live with. Now, we hear of new-fangled notions that make some drug arrest “technically illegal” - and thereby freeing the horrible drug criminals. What PGMA has done in asking the DOJ men to “go on leave” while the re-investigation is in process is an act of check and balance. In the sense that when the judicial system goes to the pits, the Executive should show independence and mental and moral toughness. But we need more bold moves like that in order to slay the dragon that the drug menace has obviously become.


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Funeral Water ...

(Mercado)

(From page 5) Jail population is projected to crest 69,693 by 2010. Today’s jails hold 61,021 inmates. “Of this total, 356 are minor offenders,” he claims. The total is “not 20,000” as reported by the Philippine Bar Association” and cited by Supreme Court chief justice Reynato Puno. He denies the Save the Children Foundation report: “some children in Southern Mindanao prisons were raped and sodomized :“BJMP does not mistreat child detainees We keep them in cells separate from adult offenders, if there is an absence of youth detention centers…. Female wardens are assigned as custodians to ensure appropriate care.” “BJMP is strengthening its Paralegal Programs. (This) facilitates release of inmates .. The bureau coordinates… with the Supreme Court whose program “Justice on Wheels” which hastened releases.. “Three detention centers (were) established exclusively for female prisoners. Each jail facility, in the National Capital Region, maintains separate confinement facility or “female dormitory”. These house women prisoners and are overseen by a wardress. BJMP, Red Cross and National Tuberculosis Control Program, address the increasing number of prisoners afflicted with TB. Other projects include : biogas digester in Davao . This converts human waste into methane gas for fuel. The bureau “continously works” to

Dangerous ...

(Cimagala)

(From page 5) fail in consistency and integrity. Two danger signals can be noted here. One, the good intention is hardly rooted on God’s will. It’s more on one’s or a group’s designs, projected as God’s designs. And two, the requirements and changes involved are to be expected more from the others than from oneself. Again the words of the Holy Father: “The political moralism we have experienced, and still witness today, is far from opening the path to a real regeneration. Instead, it blocks the way. “Consequently, the same is true of a Christian-

take over provincial and subprovincial jails. Four provincial governments already turnedover their management of their jails to the bureau.. ”. Pray, what country is the good director writing about? Reputable organizations would not recognize what the BJMP director has portrayed. Over 50,000 children in the Philippines were detained since 1995. This fractured “international statutes and the country’s own laws”, Amnesty International says. About 10,515 are jailed yearly, the Juvenile Justice Network estimates. Many arrests are for petty infractions like playing cards on a sidewalk The estimate of jailed children, by Philippine Jesuit Prison Service, is strikingly close to what the Philippine Bar Association and Supreme Court chief justice Puno presented. Unicef and the Council on Welfare of Children found that three out of four kids, stay in jail for more than six months. That’s far longer than if sentenced for the minor crimes they were arrested, like vagrancy. BJMP ignores entirely the US State Department report on Human Rights. Only a fifth of prisons have separate cells for minors, it says. And a bare two fifths have facilities for women. “There were reports of widespread corruption” among guards and higher up officials.” Not even Director Dial claims all BJMP personnel are angels. Local and international agencies have documented many instances of kids brutalized. “Cruel treatment is part of every day life

ity and a theology that reduce the core of the message of Jesus, that is, the ‘kingdom of God’, to the ‘values of the kingdom’, identifying these values with the great slogans of political moralism while at the same time proclaiming that these slogans are the synthesis of the religions. “In this way, they forget God, although it is precisely he who is both the subject and cause of the kingdom. All that remains in the place of God are the big words and values that are open to any kind of abuse.” The combination leads to an anomalous situation that, in spite of one’s or a group’s best efforts, can only produce more tension, division and conflict. Relevant to this, the Pope has this point to say:

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for children while they’re incarcerated. ” Cradel Youth Detention Center had to be padlocked when Preda Foundation documented abuse of children. There’ve been small improvements since the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Law ( Republic Act 9344 ) was enacted in 2006, US and other agencies note. But gains would be wiped out if RA 9344 were repealed Reps. Mauricio Domogan ( Baguio ) and Salvador Escudero III ( Sorsogon) would do just that. Instead, they’d set the age of criminal liability at nine years of age. “If approved, expect many more waifs 9 years and older, to stare from behind bars, fearful of a beating by guard or cell boss, or being raped by older prisoners,” writes Fr. Shay Cullen of Preda.. Legislators instead should pull unannounced visits to jails.“Pick the ones that bar visitors and social workers,” Fr. Cullen suggests. “See the subhuman conditions for yourselves. Animals live better.” A “sunshine” law is also needed: one that directs youth detention centers to let social workers of accredited child care agencies in . “At present, they are barred. And there’s so much to hide.” BJMP, meanwhile, asks for P265 million to hire 500 more guards. What is needed more than guards are rehabilitation homes. The experience of the open homes shows there that nine out of ten kids stay , if their basic needs and rights are respected. Fr. Cullen adds: “There’s no need to change the present law, just the medieval mentality that jails children.” — and forces them to gulp down “funeral water. ”

“Our greatest need in the present historical moment is people who make God credible in this world by means of the enlightened faith they live. The negative testimony of Christians who spoke of God but lived in a manner contrary to him has obscured the image of God and has opened the doors to disbelief.” Of course, the way to correct this anomaly is really to focus our attention on Christ, the fullness of God’s revelation, who is both historical and contemporary to us, since as God, he goes beyond the limitations of space and time. And to understand Christ, and ultimately to know God’s will, we need to meditate on

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Christ’s sacred humanity, for that is what will take us his divinity, the goal to which we are called. The Church’s social teaching is derived from such careful and inspired meditation of Christ’s sacred humanity, so that our socio-political concerns can really be infused by the proper Christian spirit. We have to remember that the Church’s social doctrine is developed in an organic way from Christ’s life and redemptive work, which remain the perennial pattern for our life, words and deeds, no matter what circumstances we may find ourselves in. It is important that we understand deeply and appreciate the role of Christ’s sacred humanity in developing our own life and actuations. We need to learn how to meditate Christ’s sacred humanity in a way that would give us practical impulses and guidelines everyday. For this, we have to go beyond just doing theology. While that is always necessary, it should be imbued by a faithdriven personal meditation of every detail of Christ’s life as recorded in the Gospel, Tradition and taught by the Magisterium.

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Doing What We Say As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead. JAMES 2:26

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’ll never forget the day I looked out of our living room window and saw Mark, our youngest, walking home from school in the driving rain. Mark was in third grade, and he was allowed to ride his bike to his grade school, located right within our subdivision. I happened to be home from the church early that day, and I was sitting in an easy chair by the window. I looked outside at the pouring rain and saw my boy in the distance, trudging his way through the downpour. His clothing was absolutely drenched and his hair was plastered against his head. I opened the door for him, and he looked up at me with a little smile, his face red from the cold.

“Hi, Dad!” he said. “You’re home early.” ping and shivering, he could have said, “I couldn’t “Hi, Son,” I replied. “You’re soaked to the ride my bike today because someone promised skin.” me he’d fix it and never did.” He would have had “Yeah, I know.” every right to say that. But he didn’t. “Umm, Mark, you know, if you’d ride What he did say remains printed indelyour bike you’d get home faster. You ibly on this dad’s heart. wouldn’t get so wet.” “Aw, Dad, I know how busy you are and He looked at me rather sheepishly as rivu- everything, and —I just didn’t want to bother you lets of rain streamed from his hair down across with it again.” his face. “I know, Dad.” I thought, Son, your dad isn’t too busy; I was puzzled, “Well, Son, if you know, he’s just too selfish. why in the world didn’t you do it?” For me, a bike tire was no big deal—just Then he hung his head, just a bit, and it hit me. Boy, did I feel like crawling under a table one more thing on a long “to do” list. But for Mark, and hiding out for a while. He had told me sev- it meant more than transportation. It meant more eral times before that his bike had a flat tire. He than a long walk home in the rain. It meant trusthad asked me, “Dad, could you please fix it for ing his father to meet his every need. I’m sure glad my heavenly Father me?” “Sure, son,” I’d promised him. “Don’t doesn’t forget. He knows about my flat tires. worry. I’ll get after it right away.” But I never He knows about the things that matter most did. I’d forgotten all about it. to me. He never fails to weigh and consider As he stood there in the entryway, drip- my hurts, my worries, and my pressures. 123456789012345678901234567890121234 123456789012345678901234567890121234 123456789012345678901234567890121234 123456789012345678901234567890121234 123456789012345678901234567890121234 123456789012345678901234567890121234 123456789012345678901234567890121234 123456789012345678901234567890121234 123456789012345678901234567890121234 he Philippines is a Christian and a democratic country. In the light of contemporary events, however, we begin to wonder if this is truly and fully so. One has just to need the daily newspaper to know that it is not all well on the national scene. Although the FR. GAMMY TULABING media of mass commuJCD, VG nication cannot always give reports accurate to the minutest detail, we believe that a great many of the happenings reported are, at least in substance true. Certainly there are good honest government officials who are doing their utmost to afford the opportunity for redress to those who suffer from injustice, to alleviate the burden of those who live in poverty, and to protect those who cower under the shadow of fear caused by armed terrorism. We know that our courts of justice have sent to prisons and even condemned to death criminals who have brazenly and shamelessly flaunted our laws. We are also aware that our lawmakers have passed wise laws for the social amelioration of the masses, like, to cite just one example, the Land Reform Law, though far from perfect. But, despite these laudable efforts, there still remain to be righted a great many wrongs, and serious ones, too. In early days of our democracy when there was more delicadeza among us, the mere exposure of the slightest irregularity was sufficient to pressure for a remedy. But in these times, more than mere exposure is needed to awaken and sensitize consciences. That is why we, as Pastors of the people of God in this country, we must speak out against these ills, or be derelict in our duty. Christianity and democracy have one basic principle in common: the respect for the dignity and value of the human person, the respect of those means, which people require to be more fully human. For the democrat this respect springs from the real

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y nourishment comes from doing the will of God, who sent me, and from finishing his work. Do you think the work of harvesting will not begin until the summer ends four months from now? Look around you! Vast fields are ripening all around us and are ready now for the harvest. The harvesters are paid good wages, and the fruit they harvest is people brought to eternal life. What joy awaits both the planter and the harvester alike! You know the saying, ‘One person plants and someone else harvests.’ And it’s true. I sent you to harvest where you didn’t plant; others had already done the work, and you will gather the harvest.” John 4:34-38

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or Roman Catholics in the first decade of the twentieth century, good governance hardly characterized the American beginnings in the Philippines. For example, American Bishop BY: REV. FR. ROMAN C. SAGUN. JR. Thomas A. Hendrick of Cebu knew by experience the bad record of the American Government towards Catholics. In his letter on 31 October 1907, the Cebu Bishop believed that “the terrible condition of Catholic affairs, largely due to this bad record, was responsible more than any other cause for the fact that Bishop Rooker (of Jaro) is now dead.” Earlier on 1 July 1907, Governor Hermenigildo Villanueva of Negros Oriental had a different perception on the religions conditions in the province: “I have striven very hard, and have not desisted, in my earnest effort to banish completely the religious differences which prevail here have now, to our good fortune and that of all, ceased to be as bitter as they were a year ago.” Originally in Spanish, the translation further showed: “I do not know whether this can be attributed to my constant efforts to make the inhabitants comprehend that religious differences should not create division and dissensions among the inhabitants of different faiths, or whether the tranquility and calm which is now observed in the religious struggles is only apparent and temporary, and due to the reappearance of the political parties which have been lawfully organized in nearly every part of the province.” “I have said that the religious struggles have been succeeded by the political, but

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it clear that around us a continual harvest waits to be reaped. Don’t let Jesus find you making excuses. Look around. You will find people ready to hear God’s Word.

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eople were bringing children to him that he might touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this He became indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not prevent them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Amen, I say to you, whoever does not accept the kingdom like a child will not enter it.” Then he embraced them, placing his hands on them. —————————————————

No one is excluded from having a role in the proclamation of the Gospel, it does not matter how young we may be, God can use us to made know the truth of His love and mercy. All we have to do is remain open to the

leading of the Holy Spirit and ready ourselves to be obedient when He calls! Our first priority must always be obedience to God. Without this we will not prosper —at least not in terms of storing up treasures for eternal life.

TOTAL MOUNTAINTOP EXPERIENCE “’Master, it is good for us to remain here. Let us put up three shelters…’ (Peter did not know what he was saying.) The next day as they came down form the mountain, a large crowd met Jesus.” Luke 8:33,37. have been a participant in a good number of spiritually- Dr. PROCESO UDARBE charged worship experiences which I often look back to with nostalgia. One of these was a post-World War II Christmas youth experience in Butuan which was so inspiring that some 45 of us young people answered the call to the ministry, some weeping with joy as we stood to respond to the call. When I was in college, the internationally-known missionary, Frank Laubach, preached to a fully-packed assembly hall,

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in the Upper Room. Dr. Laubach’s speaking stirred our hearts into fuller commitment to Jesus Christ. As a leader of worship across the years, I have known of mountain-top spiritual experiences which, I’m sure, have led to conversions, to refreshment of the spirit and to deeper commitment to Jesus Christ. Some of those were during Religious Life Emphasis Week. The most startling mountaintop experience recorded in the bible is the story of the transfiguration of Jesus on the mountain-top when the disciples, James, Peter and John, saw Jesus transfigured before them in all his glory. The whole story is magnificent in itself, and let us look at the reaction of Peter to such an experience. Deeply moved by the emotional sight of contact with our Lord in prayer meeting up in the mountain, Peter said to Jesus: “Master, it is good for us to remain here. We might as well build shelters here.” The worship experience was so unique for the disciples that they wanted to confine the event to themselves. (To be continued)


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Have we elected states- 12345678901234567890123 tors’ words. munization and adoption of conscience of those favoured men, God-centered, peopleI don’t know what the prosecutors exactly mean healthy streets that require by the gods. BY: ART oriented officials or have we by this. the use of helmets as some the misfortune of electing ———————— UMBAC Yes, indeed. This so- demagogues bereft of conTo me, it is like being caught with marijuana of the programs carried out in the airport by U.S. customs police, and then successfully under the sys- called spoils system is a science and decency, given; a built-in reality es- shameless, who just want to telling them “Well, I really did not intend to pos- tem. For his part, Dumaguete pecially in the morning af- get even with those who do sess them.” I am reminded of US former President Clinton City Mayor Agustin Perdices ter of elections. But this we not agree with them? his extension to see to it that ——————— emphasized the need to edu- have to accept, a bitter pill those who need help are when asked whether he smoked marijuana. I have come across albeit though it is, given our apHe admitted smoking marijuana but said “I cate the people on preven- prehensions on the com- in small ways manifestations of helped thereby. No discrimitive medicine to minimize nation. Much more no partisan did not inhale it.” plexion of the powers that this cancer in our political life – politics. But it was here that I The impact of the prosecutors’ resolution is that serious health problems par- be. the despicable mentality of the encountered one of the many instead of facing charges of illegally possessing five ticularly in the rural areas. demagogues in public office. ugly manifestations of partisan ———————guns not licensed to him, Taclob gets to face merely Consider this. While To mention two. politics. As chair of the Eastern most of our public officials in one. ———————— place are well-intentioned and Visayas Region (EVR) of the The burden has just become a lot lighter, (Sagun)From page 8 I was attending to five are energized by noble mo- Boy Scouts of the Philippines women from one of the hasn’t it? I must here advert to the tives, there are dominant (BSP) comprising the political That’s victory enough (for the moment). important litigation that that groups who consider govern- Regions 7 and 8, I was invited northern cities of province. They had patients at the proLet’s put it bluntly. the Roman Catholic AposEngr. Taclob didn’t loose in the preliminary inves- tolic Church is waging against ment funds and resources as to the home of a senior scouter vincial hospital and did not some of the municipalities, their private properties which in Region 8. The road to his have enough money for tigation. which as defendants, are at this they can, with impunity, dis- barrio was paved until we medicines. The nurses at On the contrary, he won. time making titanic efforts to pense only to their favoured reached the vicinity of his house the hospital told them to see Congratulations! raise funds for the purpose of friends and supporters. Woe where a stretch of about twenty me, perhaps I can help. maintaining their rights. These unto those who are not within meters was gravel. “What hapGo for the knockout! ———————they believe are legitimate, in- the ambit of the exclusive pre- pened here? Ran out of ceAs I was attending to my disputable, and supported by guests, an official of that city ment?” I asked. “No. Plenty of serves of the gods. Without the testimony of the oldest inRegion 7 Court Admin- habitants of the municipalities, shame these dominant groups cement as you can see the entered my office, whispered istrator Crescencio Tan Jr. who testify that the lands and feast on the needs and help- paved road ahead. I just hap- that I talk with him privately. I From page 2 under discussion, lessness of the marginalized pened to belong to the political thought it was urgent and an warns politicians to take note buildings to which the Roman among us, making it appear opposition in this town.” My host emergency only to hear from imaginary impeachment of the statements of support and Church now claims to hold an that the dole-outs come from answered. him thus: “Art, why are you complaint,” he added. issued by members of the absolute title, are the property helping those women? They ——————— Nevertheless, Atty. bench and bar for the Chief of our respective municipali- them and that the recipients While I was a member of were against us during the last better remember who’s the Rodrigo Icao, Past President Justice and “read between ties.” In that letter mentioned above Santa Claus – these hypo- the provincial board of elections!” of the Integrated Bar of the the lines, to know what will published ———————Negros Oriental, then Gov. in the Irish World in New crites. Only a very strong Philippines Negros Oriental happen to them if they insist York, Bishop Hendrick described George Arnaiz provided us ———————the misgovernment of the AmeriChapter branded the moves on impeaching CJ Puno.” The money and re- with funding. The governor sense of self-control prein the Philippine Islands. sources in the care of our knew fully well our predica- vented me from flaring up. I to impeach Puno as unfair However, Rep. Arnaiz cans other complaints, he told the official to take a cup and without legal basis and issued this appeal: respect Among showed: “The (American) Bishops government are owned by ments with the usual recoffee while I attended to defended the CJ in the han- the right of any congressman have been assaulted in the exer- the Filipino people. That quests for assistance from of the women first. I gave a dling of the purported leak- who will endorse the im- cise of the duties of their offices – many of them are deprived our people. I put the big note to each of them reage of a draft decision on the peachment compliant of Bishop Dougherty three times, of these resources by rea- bulk of the funds in the Medi- questing the pharmacy at Bishop Rooker, twice, and myself son of partisan politics is a cal Assistance for Indigent disqualification case of 1st Puno, if there is any. once, and nobody was ever pun- crime against the people, Patients at the provincial the hospital to give them District Rep. Jocelyn medicine worth not more “As Vice-Chair of the ished for it. hospital. You see, every time than P1,000.00 each as preagainst humanity. “The Government failed to Limkaichong. Justice Committee, I reserve I attend mass at the Divine ———————scribed. No cash. Only in Former Executive judgment and will refuse to expedite our cases for the reWho are the Filipino Mercy chapel at the hospi- kind. Partisan politics was of our properties, thus Judge Eleuterio Chiu and comment in the event an im- covery tal with Fr. Pepe Vincoy I see people? A politician should keeping them in the possession even Fr. Gamaliel Tulabing, peachment compliant shall of the Aglipayanos, which has know, accept, respect and up- patients in dire need of as- farthest from my mind; it was also farthest from the Vicar-General of the Dio- be filed until we can deter- led to their subsequent ruin for hold this immutable truth: the sistance. The funding pro- mind of former Gov. Arnaiz cese of Dumaguete believe mine its substance, and any lack of repairs, (a)s the Filipino people are made up vided by the governor gave who provided the funds. not being sure of of those who voted for him, me the opportunity to do that the move to unseat Puno lawyer worth his salt knows Aglipayanos, ——————— their ultimate success, are makis politically motivated. To the victors belong the that,” concluded Arnaiz. ing absolutely no repairs to any those who did not vote for him, something for them no matspoils of elections in politics. of our edifices – a work so nec- and those who did not vote at ter how small. ——————— essary in this country of exces- all. For a politician to discrimiWe can only hope and pray that sive rains and typhoons. The law nate against those who do not We, board members, are the on-going management of providing for the litigation of all agree with him is to commit a lawmakers not project the “Spoils System” are – and Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT these properties was delayed crime against his constituency implementers. I made this very continue to be – reasonably 7 Judicial Region without any reason whatever for Branch 45 which makes him unfit and ir- clear to the people that the apolitical. Otherwise God help over a year, or as General Wright funds I was using to help indi- us where the victors persist to SPL. PROC. NO. MJ-08-42 expressed it, ‘to put past the relevant in office. gent patients were the funds of be demagogues of the worst ———————presidential election,’ so that IN THE MATTER OF CORRECTING THE ENTRY OF THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE OF MARThe victors who are Gov. Arnaiz and that I was merely kind. justice was denied us for purely JHON ROMANO BAJAR IN THE

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OFFICE OF THE MUNICIPAL CIVIL REGISTRAR OF MANJUYOD, NEGROS ORIENTAL, represented by her mother Janet Romano Bajar, 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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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

political reasons. Now after some four years of possession on the part of the Aglipayanos, the cases are still pending in the courts, and the edifices daily deteriorating. “Many of our churches have been burned within the last two years in this diocese (of Cebu) and many more in the diocese of Jaro. Nobody has even been punished or even arrested for these crimes and the Government pretends that it does not know and cannot find out who committed them.” In the native town of Governor Hermenigildo Villanueva in Bais, the parish church was gutted by fire about 10 o’clock on the night of 26 December 1907. “(The fire) was perpetrated by some vicious fanatic who set it ablaze with gasoline.

New Year ...

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on ever-new challenges with creative ways of transforming things in their lives and the lives of others. I have also met young people who, because of their allowing life’s disappointments to dictate their lives, age quickly. The secret is believing in yourself, daring to dream, and asking the right questions. Dreams give birth to hope and to change. Asking questions will help you realize your dreams. We make our New Year’s Resolutions, but most of

the time, by the end of the day or month, these resolutions have disappeared into the air. Why? Because we fail to ask the right questions as a way of finding out how to accomplish our resolutions. Because we fail to discipline ourselves to patiently seek out and act upon the answers. The German poet R. M. Rilke advises: “Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves. Do not now seek the answers which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them and the point is to live every-

thing. Live the questions now…” I believe that all questions will be answered, in God’s own time, when we are ready to receive and use the answers for good, for our good, the good of our families, and the good of others. New Year. New life. New dreams, opportunities and challenges. New things to learn and more discoveries to be made. New questions to be asked and lived. New changes to be embraced. New babies to be loved. New blessings to be received from God! Isn’t life wonderful!!!


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Major causes of marriage failures

Self-inflicted or mauled?

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s an Expert Witness in courts of law, I have observed that today, sad to say, there is an alarming increase of marriage annulment among the young as well as among the middle-aged couples. The very foundation of unity in marriage is seriously eroded and precariously threatened. riages usually fight over their spending level – who is earning more or less; who holds the authority to spend the money; who spends unrealistically on luxurious things, maintaining their rich lifestyles, vices, etc. Sex conflict. Couples may not have a healthy attitude toward sexual matters. One of the couples may have traumatic experience in the past with regards to sex. Some husbands may be too wildly aggressive, or has a sadistic impulse in his approach to love-making, or maybe the wife is too prudish and regards sex as “dirty”. The ignorant husband does not know the importance of foreplay as a requisite in successful loveplay. These are just a few examples of sex conflicts where couples clash all the

Let us look closer and see the common causes of marital failures. Marriage authorities cite the most common denominators for the discord that lead to the final separation. These are MONEY, SEX, COMMUNICATION and PERSONALITY DEFECT Financial conflict. Researchers have shown that low income couples may not have enough resources to take care of basic needs, e.g. nutritional foods, medical costs, education, housing, and other necessities. This factor leads to increase stress within the relationship which can definitely lead to increased marital discords, endless quarrels or serious fighting that ultimately lead to dissolution of marriage. The middle and high income mar-

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time and the relationship becomes chaotic and may eventually lead to separation. Communication. This is a very important factor in maintaining a smooth interpersonal relationship between couples. Once communication breaks down, bitterness and hostility continue to haunt the couples. The cruel husband insults, scolds and debases the wife, compares her with her own mother, etc. The wife may remain silent out inside her she keeps a lasting rancor in her heart. “Beware a woman scorned,” someone has said. The unloving and unkind husband suffers for she will file a marriage annulment in the court to finally end the misery she cannot bear anymore. (To be continued)

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Police investigators and bystanders claim that Daniel Lumbo’s injuries (shown left) were all self-inflicted to convince police and the complainant that he is insane to gain freedom after he was caught for trespassing. However, Delia Flores (right) of DSWD and his other acquaintances at the NOPH believe otherwise. She adds that the poor father, who was only watching over his 14-year-old daughter patient of NOPH was beaten unmercifully by still unidentified perpetrators.

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Lumbo was caught inside the comfort room of the house owned by one Marie Vonn Bross at Villa Amada, the house occupants immediately called

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being able to laugh at yourself and at life, you will live longer and enjoy it more. Nothing is more important than you make it. In a different study, by Doctor Holden in England, it was discovered that the body does not know when you are “faking” it. As long as there is a smile on your face the body “thinks” you are happy and produces the good hormones. That is why when you see me around Dumaguete I have a big silly grin on my face. It is not than I am happy; I just want to fool my body into being the healthiest it can be. Seriously, learn to smile and laugh, be your own everyday hero and live long and happy here in paradise.

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e may have trespassed into another’s dwelling but does he deserve such utter beatings? For the police and the owner of the house, they frustrated a possible burglary but for Daniel Lumbo’s acquaintances at the Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital it was a double tragedy. assistance from the police and barangay tanods. He was brought to the PNP station badly bruised, bloodied and naked. Turn to page 14

Minor stabs kagawad in public dance o less than the Chair of the Peace and Order Council and Barangay Kagawad of Magsusunog, Pamplona was stabbed by a minor after he tried to pacify two groups of boys after a rumble during a public dance recently. Zosimo Agus was rushed to the Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital when he was stabbed in the abdomen. The trouble occurred when a group of youths attacked three brothers who came to the public dance from Villanueva, Sibulan. Meanwhile, a head on collision be- tional highway of Sra. Ascion near Calo tween a Motor Star motorcycle and a Bridge, San Jose town resulted to the death BMW Wagon a few days ago at the naTurn to page 17

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ne farmer died and another was injured after Monday’s two separate shooting incidents in La Libertad and Zamboanguita. Mauro Ramos, a resident of Barangay Aninihaw, La Libertad, died of gunshot wounds in the head and face from a shotgun. His son Reynante claims that his father, a coconut farm care taker, was awakened by sounds of activity suggesting Turn to page 17

2nd brother drug suspect

Joint elements from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency or PDEA and Dumaguete PNP arrested forty-six year old Dionisio D. Manila Jr. for involvement in the illegal drugs trade, Tuesday at Zone 4 Looc, Dumaguete City. Policemen expect Manila to join his brother who was also nabbed for the same offense at Bajumpandan City Jail.


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Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT 7th Judicial Region Branch 45 Bais City Special Proceeding No. MJ-08-45 IN THE MATTER OF CORRECTING THE ENTRY OF THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE OF JUN VERGARA ONES IN THE OFFICE OF THE MUNICIPAL CIVIL REGISTRAR OF MANJUYOD, NEGROS ORIENTAL, JANE VERGARA ONES, Represented by her mother RHODA T. ONES, Petitioner, – versus – ANTONIO Z. ACADEMIA in his capacity As THE MUNICIPAL CIVIL REGISTRAR of Manjuyod, Negros Oriental, Respondent. x———————————————————————/

– versus – SPOUSES REMEGIO LERIO AND MENCHITA C. LERIO, Defendants, x————————————————/ NOTICE OF SALE ON EXECUTION ON THE RIGHTS, INTERESTS AND PARTICIPATION OVER A REAL PROPERTY WHEREAS, by virtue of a Writ of Execution issued by this Court on December 9, 2008 in the above-entitled case, levy was made by the undersigned Sheriff on December 24, 2008, thru the Register of Deeds of Negros Oriental, on the rights, interests and participation which the above-named defendants may have in the realty described below by virtue of a Deed of Conditional Sale made and executed by and between the DEVELOPMENT BANK OF THE PHILIPPINES and the Spouses REMEGIO LERIO and MENCHITA C. LERIO, to wit: TRANSFER CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. FT-7532 “A parcel of land (LOT No. 1-B, of the subdivision plan, Psd-07016941, being a portion of Lot 1, Psu-1200835 (Lot 1591, Pls-666), situated in the Barrio Tiguib, Municipality of Ayungon, Province of Negros Oriental, Island of Negros. Bounded on the SW., along line 1-2 by Lot 1A of the subdivision plan; on the NW., along lines 2-3-4 by National Highway (20.00 m. wide); on the NE., & NW., along lines 4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11 by Lot 1573, Pls-666 (Property of Gavino Dallobar); on the SE., along lines 11-12-13 by Property of Mrs. of Amador Barrica, Pls-07-03-000060 (Formerly Tañon Strait); on the SW., & NW., along lines 13-14-15-16-171 by Lot 1-A of the subdivision plan: NOW, THEREFORE, by virtue of said Writ of Execution and in accordance with Section 19, Rule 39 of the 1997 Rules of Civil Procedure, the undersigned Sheriff will sell at public auction to the highest bidder, for CASH and in Philippine Currency, on January 27, 2009 from 9:00 o’clock in the morning up to 2:00 o’clock in the afternoon at the Office of the Clerk of Court, Regional Trial Court, Dumaguete City, the rights, interests and participation of the defendants, Spouses REMEGIO LERIO and MENCHITA C. LERIO, in the above-described real property in order to satisfy the money judgment which as of December 10, 2008 amounted to P3,020,438.60, excluding sheriff’s fees and the expenses of this sale. Dumaguete City, Philippines, January 5, 2009. (Sgd.) FILOMENO V. GONZALES, JR. Sheriff IV Noted by: (Sgd.) LEAH P. VILLARUBIA The Negros Chronicle Clerk of Court V Jan. 18 & 25, 2009

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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 9, 2009 at 8:30 in the morning at the 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 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 18, 2008. (Sgd.) CANDELARIO V. GONZALEZ The Negros Chronicle Judge Jan. 18, 25 & Feb. 1, 2009

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Japanese guests ... From page 2 Professor Tae Sugiyama highlighted the need to support the offenders’ rehabilitation so they can become productive members of society. “We need more people to understand the necessity of our work and to improve the system so that offenders can become law abiding citizens,” Sugiyama said. The appeal came as

On civic ...

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ization of the value of the person. For the Christian, it is that and more. The Christian sees the value of the human as a person created to the image and likeness of God. However, the Christian believes in what Christ said: “What you did to the least of my brethren, you did to me” (Mt. 25:40). And this indeed, is the test of the Christian, to what extent will he or she follow and put into practice the words of Christ. It is precisely these words of Christ that impel us to speak to our Christian people. While we praise and encourage the many honest and conscientious public officials in Negros Oriental, and support their efforts to preserve our democratic and Christian society, we strongly denounce: bribery and extortion in other parts of the country, for they are the root of graft and corruption in government; the illegal traffic in arms and the use of them to oppress the weak and defenseless, for this is destructive of the freedom from fear; the exploitation of the poor and the deprived of life, for it is a violation of their dignity as persons and children of God; the unjust and sometimes violent dispossession of farmers of the land that for long years they have made fruitful by the sweat of their brows, for it is tantamount to depriving them of their only means of livelihood; the wanton destruction and pillage of homes as a display or vendetta , for this is a sadistic method of victimizing the innocent and desecration of the sanctuary of homes; the miscarriage of justice through political stratagem, for it deprives the citizen of his or her last recourse for redress. When we, Christians and citizens, who have the power to remedy the evils that surround us and

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Region 7 Volunteer Probation Officer Ofelia Quijano admitted that the sheer number of volunteers serving clients or criminal offenders on probation makes Japan’s system successful. Japan has 50,000 volunteers serving almost the same number of clients hence an ideal ratio of 1:1. But, in the Philippines, the average ratio is one Volunteer Probation Aide serving 10 clients or 1 Probation Officer handling 43 clients. yet do nothing who can improve the sorry state of affairs and yet choose to be indifferent, who can speak out, and yet remain silent, we act like people who have lost their Christian heart. We deny Christ. We leave Him to be crucified again. On the other hand, we highly commend the exemplary courage of those concerned citizens, young and old, who, guided by true democratic and Christian principles, have championed the cause of good government and just social reforms. We must not wait for the State to do everything for us. It is true that the primary obligation to maintain public order, promote the public welfare and correct social injustices rests on the State. But the State alone, without the cooperation of the citizenry, cannot attain these ends. In the final analysis, in a democracy, the responsibility for good government rests on every citizen, and the failure of good government is the failure of every citizen. The duty of establishing a just regime does not rest on the shoulders of the politician alone. It rests on the shoulders of all citizens. And for the Christian citizen this duty is more binding because it is a duty not only to another citizen, but also to Christ Himself. And so it is the duty of the Christian citizen to stand up and be counted in all matters affecting the public welfare. It is the duty of the Christian citizen to conscientiously participate in the political life of the country. It is his or her duty to break the silence of the “silent majority” when injustice is committed. We recall the words of Christ: “Happy the peacemakers; they shall be called children of God. Happy those who are persecuted in the cause of right; theirs is the kingdom of heaven”. (Mt. 5:9-10) The Christian must follow Christ, even in suffering, to bring about the reign of justice; and through justice, peace and love.

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Amlan hydroelectric ... From page 2 BY REA LYNN D. REAL

THIRTY YEARS AGO

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anuary 21, 1979—Governor Lorenzo G. Teves announced that he will handcarry teachers’ salary checks from Manila and will directly distribute the same to them, lest these checks find their way to possible loan sharks. The authority to bring the checks here for every family, a goat for every child” was granted to the Governor by the Minister Cattle Development and Dispersal of Education and Culture Juan Manuel while Project. He also disclosed his plans to underthe governor was in Manila. In a conference with municipal mayors, barangay captains take a province-wide ipil-ipil planting and municipal development workers at the project to complement the cattle dispersal SU Science Complex, Governor Teves ap- program and further revealed that the pealed to all barangay captains and mayors request of the province for a P600,000 to forge unity, harmony and cooperation in counterpart from the national government the ranks inorder to achieve the objective for for the Barangay Development Center development. He announced his intention to has been approved and included in the pursue thoroughly and vigorously his “a cow National Technical Assistance Program.

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Guards abort 2 robbery attempts anuary 15, 1989—Alert provincial guards at the Capitol foiled an attempt by robbers to barge into the Provincial Planning and Development Office. The police reported that at about 1:20 in the morning, four suspected robbers were able to enter the PPDO office, but were foiled by the guards when they were about to take away one sack of sports equipment and typewriters. Gov. Emilio Macias II has commended stolen. Meantime, later during the same day, the provincial guards specifically to Ronnie Nuico for their dedication to duty in pro- another robbery attempt was reported at the Uypitching compound in Canday-ong. The tecting government properties. Had the in- police reported that four leap springs were cident not been discovered, P100,000 worth loaded into a tricycle when police operaof government properties would have been tives were able to intercept them.

three years to upgrade the plant, which will cost P45 million, he added. ICS Renewables became the official owners of the Amlan plant after they were awarded a notice of award and certificate of effectivity by the Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. (PSALM). The company obtained the certificate last week, signaling the effectivity of its asset purchase deal and the start of the 270-day deadline for the PSALM and ICS Renewables to complete their deliverables and meet the conditions of the sale. Under the deal, ICS Renewables must put up a performance bond of $23,000, equivalent to a tenth of the purchase price, within 10 days. ICS Renewables is a newly incorporated Filipino firm that makes alternative fuels. The firm also manages properties for alternative fu-

els and other environmentfriendly equipment. Located in the village of Silab in Amlan, Negros Oriental, the plant is the first power facility to be built in the province. It is designed to operate as a base load plant, supplying power to the town of Amlan and nearby villages. The sale of the Amlan hydroelectric plant allowed the government to exceed its 70% target privatization level for assets of the National Power Corp. (Napocor) in the Luzon and Visayas grids. The level now stands at 73%. Republic Act 9136 or the Electric Power Industry Reform Act of 2001 mandates the sale of Napocor assets to pave the way for retail competition in the power industry.(Malu Sta. CruzEstira Businessworld)

Man who ... From page 12 Investigators also allege that Lumbo, a resident of Tubigon, Sibulan, feigned insanity in an apparent bid to convince authorities and complainant to free him. But, Lumbo’s acquaintances at the Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital swear that he is not a thief and that the spurned lover of her daughter may have something to do why Lumbo ended up inside the property of Von Bross. When interviewed the suspect appears to be confused of the sudden turn of events after the mauling, he is now facing charges of malicious mischief and damage to property.

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PRC’s job: prove fake teachers anuary 18, 1999—Schools Supt. Metodio Gapasin intimated that while there is a possibility of fake teachers being able to outsmart the Professionalism Regulation Commission by submitting fake data, nonetheless, it is the burden of the PRC to prove and prosecute those fake teachers, not the Department of Education. However, there were DECS officials who insisted that if the DECS are maintaining teachers who hoodwinked the public by securing passing mark at the PRC even if they failed in the teachers board examination, DECS should be responsible in initiating moves that will sanitize their ranks of scalawags who will only destroy the future of education in our country. If this existence of fake teachers goes by fake professionals. nationwide, you can just imagine that the qualThe education department’s defense ity of education in this country will speak for has recently been challenged anew by a itself. These come in the form of massive failures in board examinations and the thou- strong contention aiming to establish consands of jobless who could not land a job be- spiracy in the hiring of fake teachers in cause their rightful positions are taken over the province.

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Japan’s probation officers’ visit

Prof. Takao Sakae heads the Japanese delegation who visited Dumaguete City and observed the Volunteer Probation Aid program in the province. The 9-man delegation included Ms Komatsu, Ms Yamamoto, Ms Nohaka, Ms Mihara, Ms Tae Slugiyama the interpreter; Tetsuya Sugano, and mr. Kitada with Inday Yap of Bais probation office. They are part of Japan’s probation officers who interacted with their counterparts here.

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FREE NSV Mission will be conducted on Jan.22 & 23, 2009 in Guihulngan, Oriental Negros at the District Hospital.

This will be sponsored by NSV International Inc. USA in coordination with Bisaya Medical Association in America who will be conducting a Medical & Surgical Mission from Jan.19-23. No Scalpel Vasectomy is intended for married men who have the desired number of children already and don’t intend to have additional children. With our economic condition and the many children and families living in extreme poverty, the parents has to be responsible enough in planning their family. NSV is a good option! NSV is a modern technique which is safe, simple, quick (15 min.ave.) and doesn’t entail incision, and no suture, just BAND-AID!

The procedure will be performed by the President of NSV International, Inc. Dr. Ramon U. Suarez, MD.,F.A.C.S. Diplomate, American Board of Urology, who is an expert and experience in NSV here and abroad. He himself and the Founders of NSV International have undergone vasectomy, so with their family members and relatives. NSV Orientation will be conducted days before and during the mission. For more information, please contact Dr. Edgar Pialago of the Guihulngan District Hospital or Mrs. Frohnie D. Cagalitan of Pro Quality Life Training & Dev’t. Inc. (Q-Life) Tel.0324166084 or 0927-5719399.

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he Civil Service Commission (CSC) has released this year’s schedule of national civil service examinations. CSC will conduct three and Sub-Professional examitypes of examinations with nations (paper and pencil the following schedule: Ca- test) on March 29, July 26 reer Service Professional and November 15; and Lo-

Good clannish culture

Asia and Far East Institute PROFESSOR for the Prevention of Crime and Treatment of Offenders Tetsuya SUGANO, said that the clannish culture among Filipinos is preserved compare to Japan which is now a fast deteriorating clannish society. He attributes this to westernization and globalization. He was among Japan’s probation officers who were here over the weekend.

Holidays for 2009

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alacañang has issued the dates of regular holidays and special non-working days for year 2009. Under Proclamation No 1699 issued by Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, the following are the regular holidays this year: Maundy Thursday on April 9, Good Friday on April 10, Araw ng Kagitingan on April 6 (Monday nearest April 9), Labor Day on May 1, Independence Day on June 12, National Heroes Day on August 31 (last Monday of August), Bonifacio Day on November 30, Christmas Day on December 25 and Rizal Day on December 30. Special Non-Working Days are Ninoy Aquino Day on August 21, All Saints Day on Nov. 1, additional special nonworking days on Nov. 2 and Dec. 24 and last day of the year on Dec. 31. Sec. 2 of the said proclamation states that the proclamation declaring a national holiday for the observance of Eid’l Fitr will be issued after the approximate date of the Islamic holiday has been determined in accordance with the Islamic calendar or the lunar calendar. (PIA/rmn)

cal Scholarship ProgramMaster’s Degree Course (LSP-MDC) on May 10. The professional and sub-professional exams are open to applicants who are at least 18 years old regardless of their educational attainment and who have not yet met the limitation on the frequency of taking the career service exams which is once in three months and up to four times only. Applicants who have failed the same level of exam for four times already can apply for the same level of exam after two years from the date of the fourth failed examination taken. Passing the career service exams would result in the conferment of either

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Center in Football Excellence

The Center in Football Excellence at the Silliman University was launched yesterday, January 17, 2009 at 2 o’clock in the afternoon. It is a grass roots football development programme undertaken by the Asian Football Confederation together with the Philippine Football Federation. Officials from the PFF came to commence the said program.Shown in foto are (L-R) NORFA President Dick Emperado, City Administrator Engineer Dominador Dumalag, CFE Coordinator Edward Magalona and City Sports Coordinator Joe Guirit.

25 PNP transcievers

Valencia Mayor R Gonzalez turn-over 25 units of hand-held radios to the Valencia PNP on January 8 as LGU’s reward to the Valencia PNP for winning the Best Police Station in the country. Valencia PNP now holds the record as the only police station in the province of Negros Oriental where every police personnel is provided with a hand held radio. Valencia PNP has 20 detailed policeman and 14 auxilliary police. On hand to receive the reward is Valencia Police Chief Angelito Ramada Professional or Sub-professional eligibility appropriate for appointment to corresponding positions in the government. Filing of applications is now open for the first schedule of the career service exams on March 29. Application requirements include properly accomplished application form, four pieces of 1.5” x 2” ID pictures with hand-held full name tag and original and photocopy of any valid ID card. Deadline for filing of application is on February 11, 2009.

RADIO CLINIC

Dr. Karen Mae A. Sayson, who specializes in Internal Medicine Rheumatic Heart disease, was guest of the Radio Clinic segment of the DYEM-FM’s public affairs program Dumaguete Tonight. Rheumatic heart disease is a condition in which permanent damage to heart valves is caused by rheumatic fever. The best treatment for rheumatic heart disease is prevention. Antibiotics can usually treat strep throat (a Streptococcus bacterial infection) and stop acute rheumatic fever from developing.


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

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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

Estate Real Esta te 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 Mango Avenue Piapi, Dumaguete City

Contact: 0918-929-6047

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

0918-929-6047

FOR SALE 1 unit aircon Carrier Ultima with Timer 2 double deck steel beds. Contact Nos.

09298214829 09185003366

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

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

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

HOUSE AND LOT (K 3) Area: 250 sqmtrs. Location: Casa Alicia Subd., Dgte. City Price: P4M Description: 3 bedrooms, garage, lawn, with good neighbors.

AGRI LOT

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

HOUSE AND LOT (K 4)

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

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

AGRI LOT

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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) RUSH SALE

Call 0918-929-6047

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BEACH LOT FOR SALE (K 9) Location: Sibulan; Area: 400 sq.m.; Price: P2M (negotiable) Clean Title

LOT 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 FOR SALE (K 12) Beach lot : area : 1,000 sqmtrs. place: Bacong, negros oriental , goodneighbor, price 2.5 m, ideal for mini resort, clean title

HOUSE AND LOT (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 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

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

Call:

09189296047

PRIME LOTS FOR SALE • CADAWINONAN • BANILAD 9,821 Sqm. @P800/ Sqm. (along the barangay road, with 91 meters frontage)

3,210 Sqm. @P3,000/ Sqm. or more (along the national highway) with concrete wall all around the property

Call: 0918-929-6047


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GM Taclob ... From page 1 shotguns, the public prosecutors ruled that Taclob cannot be held liable for illegally possessing them. According to the public prosecutors, the possession of these shotguns by respondent [Taclob] was merely “temporary.” There was no intent to possess the four shot guns on the part of Taclob. No “animus possidendi,” the public prosecutors declared. Yet, the prosecutors cited the Supreme Court decision which ruled that what is to be proved by the prosecution is merely that the accused who…possessed the firearm does not have the corresponding license or permit to possess the same. It was shown in the preliminary investigation that the four shotguns were not licensed to Taclob, but to the Cebu Marangal Protective Services and Specialists Inc., the security agency engaged by Noreco 2. However, while security agency presented a certification that indeed the four shotguns were licensed to it, the four security guards failed to show their IDs and detail orders when apprehended by the Army, according to the public prosecutors. As a matter of fact, the firearms were actually discovered by the Army at the floor inside the Hi-Lux behind Taclob, and were not in the hands of the “alleged” security guards, the prosecutors’ findings showed. Last August 23, 2008, the elements of the Philippine Army led by the officer in charge of Bravo Company of the 79th Infantry Battalion 2Lt. Lusaylo S. Lunas, intercepted a Toyota Hi-Lux with

plate number GLV-458 in Maningcao, Sibulan town. There were around ten passengers at the back of the Hi Lux while four were seated inside. Engr. Taclob, who was seated beside the driver, was the only one identified among those inside the Hi Lux. During the inspection, the army found seven firearms placed inside a sack at the foot of the two unnamed passengers, a man and a woman, seated behind Taclob. 2Lt. Lunas then filed a complaint before the public prosecutors office for illegal possession of firearms. Taclob responded to the complaint saying the four shotguns were licensed to the Cebu Marangal Protective Services and Specialists, Inc., the agency engaged by Noreco 2. It was later during the clarificatory hearing before the prosecutor that Taclob presented a certain Jonathan Livelo, OIC of the security agency. Mr. Livelo presented an original copy of the certification issued by P/Supt. Editha Hinlo of the Firearms and Explosives Division, purportedly to support Taclob’s claims. Taclob alleged that those riding at the back, four of them were “alleged” security guards whom he requested to accompany him to Maningcao to inspect electric lines and service connections of Noreco 2. The “alleged” security guards were identified as Edwin Am-is, Hermogenes Cadilig Jr., Anesito A. Bandoquillo and Aurelio P. Anqui. The four “alleged” security guards maintain they accompanied Taclob to Maningcao because of alleged presence of rebel elements in the area.

State of this ... From page 1 the top 20 most impoverished province in the country, prompting the provincial government to embark in a massive health program that will go for health subsidy for the poorest among the poor. In short, the health care program coined as PHINO, the Provincial Health Integration of Negros Oriental. Macias noted that the Capitol’s programs to ensure food security has resulted to 15 percent, 19 percent and 6 percent hikes in the production of palay, corn and fruits, respectively. While the province has been named one of the 20 poorest in the country, it apparently do not cause a peace and order problem as we have the second lowest crime rate in the whole Region 7 next only to Siquijor prompting authorities to acknowledge that Negros Oriental is one of the most peaceful provinces in the country boosted by the employment of effective and efficient intelligence gathering system. The Provincial Social Welfare Development Office extended a total of P 8.2 million worth of assistance and services to members of the marginalized sectors and individuals, families and communities in crisis situation. Macias also lists a total of 270 different infrastructure projects for construction of roads, waterworks and bridges amounting to nearly P 400 mil-

Shootings in ... From page 12 that there are people harvesting the coconut fruits at about 9:30PM prompting the victim to investigate with his son. However, when they reached the area shots rang out and Reynante saw his father collapsing to the ground. The suspects are still at large. In Zamboanguita, Severino Sun, 40, sustained a gunshot wound in the leg after a certain Danny Boy Rola reportedly waylaid the victim who was on his way home to Barangay Mayabon. The victim attended a conference concerning a complaint filed by one Benedicto Hanayan against the suspect. Investigators believed Rola was mad at Sun after the victim sided with Hanayan. The suspect was arrested by a local PNP team headed by the town’s police chief and seized one home made revolver 357, one carbine and a deformed slug.

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the investigation until new evidences and witnesses will be secured. But he was quick to add that he is not terminating the probe altogether. Canete also deplored the seeming indifference of those concerned which only makes his task of prosecuting those behind the deaths of two young men a lot more difficult. The remains of the two victims identified as Reggie Vesda, 23, and John Weir Baybay, 23, were found respectively on December 23 in East Balabag, Valencia, and Bulak, Dauin. Their bodies bore multiple gun shot wounds, their hands bore laceration and markings of being bound either by handcuffs or rope while Baybay’s right eye appeared to have been extracted out from its socket. However, the investigations hit a blank wall after SOCO admitted that the scenes of the crime have already been contaminated, the non-cooperation of the victims’ next of kin and when 19-year old Romeo Merecido Jr. who was arrested for illegal drugs possession along with the two murdered victims on December 22 and who initially intimated that some policemen were behind the deaths now refuses to give further statements. City Legal Officer Neil Ray Lagahit explains that an archived case could only mean that no charges will be filed against those suspected of masterminding and perpetrating the murders. “In effect the investigation and the case become dormant until new evidences and witnesses shall appear. The important thing is to make sure that the filing of the case will be accomplished within the prescriptive period,” he said.

other sites but nearly all LGUs refused to receive solid wastes. On November 1, 2008, Candau-ay which currently hosts the city’s dumpsite unanimously passed a resolution for the closure of the dumpsite effective January 2009. The villagers and their officials cited the reasons for their bid to close the dumpsite: the area is small and densely populated; water, air and soil pollution; skin and respiratory diseases afflicting a “growing number of residents;” the city government has been ordered by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to close the dumpsite since 2005 and the perceived ineptness of the city government to “remedy the situation.” However, Mayor Agustin Perdices rejected Candau-ay’s desire dismissing it as “easier said than done.” He added that the city government has been seriously and continuously negotiating with the municipalities of Sibulan, Amlan, San Jose, Dauin, Bacong and Valencia for the establishment of a sanitary landfill in Dauin. Perdices also asserted that the full implementation of the Solid Waste Management Program also hardly classify the city dumpsite as open but rather a controlled one. Councilors Alan Gel Cordova, Nilo Sayson and Antonio Remollo emphasized the need for the city leadership to convince the public that it is serious in the immediate transfer of the dumpsite not only to relieve the residents of Candau-ay and neighboring villages but also to comply with provision of the law.

runnerup Oliva Paras, is not allowed by law to move up as winner. A special election will still be held to fillup the vacancy if any

Where is ... From page 3 iterated that a sizable land located behind the Poblacion Barangay Hall has been donated and set aside for the new separate building of the local PNP.

Sibulan struggles... From page 3 the contractor HLI Con-

lion. Eighteen school buildings equivalent to 36 classrooms have been completed with 98 more in the drawing board under the Basta NEGOREducation 104 Program financed by a P 64 million loan package sourced from the Special Education Fund with DBP. The province also sends 291 scholars to college some of whom are in medical and nursing schools. In closing, Macias lauded the Provincial Board headed by Vice-Governor Jose “Petit” Baldado for its strong support of the projects and programs he initiated through legislative actions resulting in the passage of 160 ordinances and 964 resolutions. (By Dems Rey Demecillo)

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struction and Enterprises headed by Henry Jordan. A source from the town said that lowest rental fee is at P 85 pesos daily. In contrast, Dumaguete City stall holders pay an average of P 10 rental a day. Jordan’s firm won the bidding for the facility’s construction on March 2007 with a bid price of P17, 801,105.17 to be completed within 300 calendar days. However, the total cost of construction ballooned to P 25 million or about P 8 million more that the original bid price by the time it was inaugurated on Sept. 13 last year.

Minor stabs ... From page 12 of motorcycle driver Ediber Martinez, 37, and serious injuries to Francisco Cofino, the back rider. Investigation showed that the BMW driven by 61-year old Clotilde Arzaga towards San Jose collided the motorcycle driven by Martinez heading to Dumaguete when the latter suddenly overtook a Suzuki multi-cab. Due to the impact the BMW also lost its control and slammed to the multi-cab.

Waves winds ... From page 3 dent despite his warning. Vice-governor Jose Petit Baldado who visited the village to assess the damage vowed to help secure a relocation site for the affected families. Baldado, a known environmentalist, did not discount the possibility that this incident will again occur in the future due mainly to the ill effects of global warming.

HE READ THE DECISION…. A Manila broadsheet columnist Neal Cruz read the Comelec decision en banc and shares a balanced comments hereunder. We want you also to make your own decision. Read: Two justices differ on Limkaichong’s citizenship I READ THE DECISION ON THE DISQUALIFICATION cases against Rep. Jocelyn Sy Limkaichong, and there are a few things I still don’t understand, not being a lawyer. As I understand it, the whole hullabaloo boils down to the citizenship of Limkaichong. She is not a natural-born Filipino citizen, being a Chinese citizen, claim the petitioners against her, and therefore not qualified to be a member of the House of Representatives. On the other hand, Limkaichong claims that she was born nine days after her father, Julio Sy, became a Filipino citizen through naturalization proceedings. She also claims that her mother is a natural-born Filipino citizen. But the petitioners claim that her father’s naturalization was null and void due to procedural lapses and therefore Julio Sy remained a Chinese citizen. Under Philippine law, the wife takes the citizenship of her husband, therefore, Limkaichong’s mother, although a Filipino citizen before here marriage to Julio Sy became a Chinese citizen after her marriage. Both her parents being Chinese, Limkaichong is therefore also a Chinese. However, children of mixed parents, can choose the citizenship of their mother upon reaching the age of 21. But Limkaichong did not elect the Filipino citizenship of her mother upon reaching the age of 21 so she is still a Chinese citizen. On this, Limkaichong cites a Supreme Court decision similar to her case. Because of the “naturalization” of her father, Limkaichong is a Filipino, or so she thought, before the Commission on Elections declared her a Chinese citizen. Therefore, she could not have elected Filipino citizenship upon reaching the age of majority. “Why would she elect Filipino citizenship when she was already a Filipino?” was how the Supreme Court decision put it. That many years later she would be declared not a Filipino because of procedural lapses in the naturalization of her father never entered her mind. Therefore she did not elect the citizenship of her mother when she became 21. But that did not qualify her to become a member of the House of Representatives. Whether or not she knew it at the time she decided to run doesn’t matter. She is still disqualified, according to the Comelec. The unpromulgated decision (or draft, take your pick) of Associate Justice Ruben Reyes affirms the Comelec decision. However, an opinion titled “Reflections,” by Associate Justice Antonio Carpio (who, by the way, also signed

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the Reyes draft) doubts the correctness of the Comelec decision. The Comelec gravely abused its discretion in issuing its May 17, 2007 and June 29, 2007 resolutions, because they lacked the substantial evidence required by law to support a conclusion, Carpio said. In ruling that the naturalization proceedings of Julio Sy was null and void, the Comelec had said that the solicitor general was deprived of participation in the naturalization proceedings as required by law. That made the proceedings void. Carpio said, however, that the Comelec relied mainly on the only remaining record the Office of Solicitor General (OSG) has pertaining to Sy’s naturalization proceedings (Docket Entry No. 3719, all other records pertaining to it being no longer existent.) But Docket Entry 3719 “is unreliable,” Carpio said, and he pointed out the infirmities. “The surrounding circumstances show that the OSG was not deprived of participation in Sy’s (naturalization) proceedings…” Carpio said, adding that the OSG received notices of the hearings and Sy’s oath of allegiance but did not initiate proceedings to cancle Sy’s naturalization certificate. “The OSG had half a century to initiate proceedings to cancel Sy’s naturalization certificate but it never did,” he said. Carpio concluded that: (1) the OSG was not deprived of participation in the proceedings; (2) there was no bad faith on the part of Sy; (3) Sy took his oath of allegiance on the 30th day after he was declared a naturalized Filipino; and (4) the solicitor general, or any of his representatives, did not oppose Sy’s naturalization. “The fact that Sy took his oath of allegiance exactly 30 days and not after he was declared a naturalized Filipino—only a few hours short—is so trivial,” he added. The Comelec abused its discretion because it issued a resolution arbitrarily, with no basis in fact and in law, Carpio said. The Court had held that it can—and must—review the factual findings of the Comelec when there is a showing of grave abuse of discretion or arbitrariness in its resolution, he said. Despite the finality of the June 9, 2007 resolution of the Comelec en banc, the question of Limkaichong’s citizenship may still be reviewed, according to Carpio. Decisions of courts and administrative agencies on citizenship never become final. The question of citizenship can be threshed out at any time. To prevent injustice and to avoid delay, one option Carpio offered was for the Supreme Court to rule upon the question of Limkaichong’s citizenship. Another option is for the petitioners against Limkaichong to question her citizenship before the House Electoral Tribunal (HRET). But meanwhile, time is running. Time waits for no one, especially in election cases. By the time the whole mess is cleared up, Limkaichong’s term may be over so the whole thing becomes moot and academic. On the other hand, Olivia Paras, the runnerup to Limkaichong, won’t gain anything. She cannot occupy to the position to be vacated as she had petitioned. The tribunal has already issued a doctrine that “the candidate who obtains the second highest number of votes may not be proclaimed winner in case the winning candidate is disqualified.”


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‘A ROSE by Any OTHER NAME’

What could be so funny for Governor Emilio Macias II that did not seem to amuse DYGB News Director Bing Aguilar? BY GOV. EMILIO MACIAS II

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r. Presiding Officer – Vice Governor Jose Baldado, distinguished Members of this August Body, the heads of various provincial government departments, chiefs of various agencies, our friends and partners from the private sector, my fellow Oriental Negrenses, ladies and gentlemen…. A year ago, I came before you to report to our people the State of our Province, and together, we prioritized, devised and implemented different programs which we intended to pursue within our term. With a three-year limitation, we were aware of the short span of time left to accomplish our goals, so it was imperative that the year that followed be devoted to initiating and implementing the various “doable” programs that could reasonably be completed at the end of our term. 2008 kept everybody focused on achieving our goals resulting in the following: 1. FOOD SECURITY To increase agricultural productivity, we expanded the Government Agricultural Development Center (GADCENT) in Sitio Dangula, Barangay Caticugan, Siaton into an integrated demo farm for upland fishery, fruits and vegetable growing and livestock production. To strengthen the dairy industry in the province, we allocated P1-Million pesos for the transport of 150 pregnant hybrid cows from New Zealand through Land O’Lakes Foundation. These were later distributed to farmers in Dumaguete City, Valencia, Bacong and Sibulan. This program, which is also supported by the United States Department of Agriculture contributed to the increase in the volume of milk produced in the Province in 2008 of 50 Thousand liters valued at P1.3 Million. Because of the various interventions, we have improved food security in the province. Our harvest of palay increased by 15 percent and corn by 19 percent in 2008. Fruit production went up by 6 per cent. However, production of vegetables and fish lowered by 3-4 percent perhaps due to the unpredictable weather pattern and over-fishing. During the year that was, we rose to challenges brought about by the worldwide financial setback by turning this crisis into an opportunity. We devised the NEGORGANIC NOW (Negros Oriental Organic-Nutrients of Worms) to promote environment-friendly practices and empower our farmers to produce their own affordable

organic fertilizer. We introduced to them the natural method of farming using vermicasts/vermi-compost (the waste product of earthworms), indigenous micro-organisms (IMO), and the naturally-fermented solutions (NFS). At present, there are already 135 barangays all over the Province which are into NEGORGANIC NOW. On this note, we are proud to report that this effort has caught the attention of the Regional Development Council so that it is now being adopted as an agricultural strategy in the entire Central Visayas Region. This has inspired us to explore the production of organic feeds for our upland fishery projects. We are on the verge of perfecting the formulation and production of these floating organic feeds. Our TABO sa PAO has been nominated as one of the top 18 local government unit initiatives, from over 120 entries, for the 2008 Galing Pook Award by the prestigious Galing Pook Foundation. We are awaiting the result of that nationwide search. 2. HEALTH The health of our people is one of our primary concerns. Thus, our Provincial Health System, composed of six health districts or inter-local health zones, continued to provide a comprehensive health care delivery approach that includes the promotive, preventive, curative and rehabilitative aspects of health services as well as education, training and to some extent research. We further strengthened our Residency Training Program on Surgery and Obstetrics and Gynecology. To date, we have 12 resident trainees, four of whom will be graduating this year. This set-up is what the Provincial Government had envisioned to motivate our doctors to stay in Negros Oriental. We would like to thank the private sector who helped run our residency training program in OB-GYN headed by Dr. Corazon Uy and in Surgery headed by Dr. Carlito Go. My special thanks to Dr. Maria Salud Kho for her selfless contribution to the OBGYN Residency Training Program. We have started to implement t he FiveYear Investment Plan for Health (2006-2010) under FOURmula I for Health Program. This is an P88 Million health package funded by the European Commission, represented by Dr. Raul Villanueva, which spells out the four pillars for health reforms, namely, good governance, health care financing, regulation and service delivery. We have continued to tie-up with the private sector for the renovation of some of the rooms in the Provincial Hospital and provision of supplies and equipments. May we express our thanks and gratitude to the Ang Tay Family for the renovation of the Post Anesthesia Care Unit, Rotary Mother Club of Dumaguete for the Hemodialysis generator, Mrs Juliet Flores, Mr. & Mrs Arthur Chua of Lee Super Plaza, Mrs. Asay Tan Uy, Mr. and Mrs. Boy Ong, Mr. and Mrs. Rudy Semetara, among others, for various hospital supplies and equipment. May we also thank Board Members Mariant Villegas and Erwin Michael Macias who were instrumental for the renovation of the Upper Annex Medical Ward and the NOPH Men’s and Women’s Auxilliary headed by Mrs. Beatriz de la Cruz and Sinag led by Mrs. Fe Lopez for their contributions in the improvement of hospital facilities. To date, our Provincial Hospital has a total of 20 private rooms including a Suite which income help subsidized the cost of medical care of patients admitted in the charity wards. Our heartfelt gratitude also goes to Dr. Eusebio Benemerito for initiating the establishment and continually upgrading our Dialysis Center.

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Our hospital system is one of the major sources of income of the Provincial Government. The entire hospital system generated a total of P90 Million last year which is budgeted by their respective hospital boards. Our total budget for health services during the year was P363 Million which is 37.22 per cent of the province’s entire budget which is bigger than what the national budget allocates for health. The over-all vital health indicators show that we have improved significantly. Both our infant mortality and malnutrition rates dropped. However, there is a slight increase in our maternal mortality rate. This statistic is due to our effective advocacy campaign on the reporting of cases, particularly those coming from hinterland barangays. We launched the Provincial Health Insurance of Negros Oriental (PHINO) to service initially identified indigent families in the province who are not covered by PHILHEALTH. We have also encouraged provincial officials and employees to enroll in PHINO beginning this month as a supplemental health insurance and for the PHINO membership to reach a critical mass. This supplemental health insurance will cost only 50 pesos a month or a yearly total of 600 pesos. We are now in possession of a SARO amounting to 50 million pesos for the purchase of a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine. Philips, Siemens, GE and Hitachi presented their proposals for the machine. We are in the process of preparing the bid for a permanent magnet open-type MRI machine with a Tesla rating of not less than 0.4. This will greatly boost the capability of our Provincial Diagnostic Center and we would like to express our thanks and gratitude to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for making this a reality. With this development, we hope to attract medical specialists to practice here in the Province. We also launched the Daily Oral-Hygiene, Dentures Okay—Monitored Anti-Cavity Intervention Access System in cooperation with the DEP-Ed and the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) for the implementation of the Essential Health Care Package for elementary schoolchildren. The program teaches school children proper oral hygiene to prevent tooth decay and hand washing to prevent worm infestation. Schoolchildren are also provided with a regular supply of toothbrush, toothpaste and soaps. The program had been introduced to some 35 schools all over Negros Oriental. 3. LIVELIHOODAND EMPLOYMENT As one of our major thrusts, we continued to find and provide livelihood opportunities for our people. The Balanan Lake Development Authority is now functional and the Hotel can now accept guests. A couple of kayaks has been added to Balanan’s Water Sports Facilities and a Fast Response Outboard Powered Rubber Dinghy has been acquired for emergency and patrol purposes. The establishment of the Sidlakang Negros Village provided livelihood opportunities to local entrepreneurs, especially during events mainly sponsored or co-sponsored by the Provincial Government. We have accommodated a group of local producers in the Province, the Sidlakang Negros Producers Association, specializing on arts and crafts, to display their products inside the Administration Building, not only to sell both pasalubong and souvenir items to local and foreign visitors, but also to promote the talents and products of the Province. To date, some P2.29 Million pesos has been generated since its inception. May I thank Ms. Carmen Cabrera for her invaluable support and contribution in making the Sidlakang Negros Showroom what it is today. Our Environment and Natural Resources Division, also extended various forms of livelihood and technical assistance to both forest occupants and marginal fisher folks which generated a savings of over half a million as capital recovery. Our Provincial Integrated Skills Training Center (PISTC) provided technical and vocational courses with 23 trainings producing 454 graduates. The Center is now fabricating ram pumps to be used for mini agricultural community irrigation assistance system. The Technical Livelihood and Development Center (TLDC), extended a million pesos for micro financing with a return of P331 thousand pesos. We have produced a total of 943 graduates from 57 different skills and livelihood training modules. Some P112 thousand pesos was generated from the registration fees. (Concluded next Issue)


Jan 18 2009