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VOL. 36

No. 29

Dumaguete City,

Philippines,

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JANUARY 3, 2010

Pre-plenum battle

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BY FLORENCE BAESA U Y U P A N , TALALAK, Santa Catalina – Two bodies of members of the New People’s Army were recovered among voluminous subversive paraphernalia and survival kits after an estimated forty rebels encountered with an army patrol and engaged each other in a fierce 40minute gun battle Tuesday afternoon in what was described as a pre-plenum encounter between

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The army identified the slain rebels as Fortunato de Pilyo and Amado dela Cruz. Their remains were brought to the Sta. Catalina proper and witnessed by civilians last Tuesday.

aw enforcers are bracing themselves in aborting possible election hot spots by appealing to the candidates in Negros Oriental to stay politically sober and calm in seeking the mandate of the people because violence will only turn out to be counter productive to their overall efforts as prospective public servants. Sr. Supt. Augusto possibly Bayawan. Marquez Jr, provincial PNP These are not yet hot director, said the possible hot beds but if not aborted, it spots could be in the intense could lead to a heated elecpolitical rivalry in the first dis- tion situation. trict; the delicate situation in Marquez cautioned all La Libertad, the scene of the law enforcers to abide by the ambush in the last 2007 elec- rule of law and maintain tions; Guihulngan, due to the peace and order. presence of rebels in the hinHe commented that terlands; Tayasan hinter- most of our local candidates lands, and another intense ri- are products of good Chrisvalry in the third district in tian schools in Dumaguete, Siaton, Zambonaguita and Turn to page 19

Comelec can’t wait for Macias sees better Crucial: will Sol Gen file final cityhood verdict eco-life in new cities citizenship case vs Limkai?

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he Commission on Elections cannot possibly wait until the Supreme Court’s decision creating the 16 new cities will be final and executory, that is, 15 days after receipt of the same decision by the main oppositor which is the League of Cities.

Secondly, if the League of Cities as promised will make good the filing of their motions for reconsideration, then, the Supreme Court’s final verdict will be made much later after considering the merits of the MR. This will take sometime, and most probably the campaign period shall have started by then. This delay will also put in jeopardy the final printing of ballots wherein two more names will be added to the candidates for new-city councilors. Towns have only 8 councilors while cities have 10. The most logical scenario will be to proceed with Turn to page 19

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ov Emilio Macias said that in totality, the cityhood of Guihulngan will tend to improve the socio economic status of Negros Oriental because more money is expected to be circulated in the province with its full operation. However, some old existing chartered cit Turn to page 19

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he issue is: whether or not the official government lawyer, who is the solicitor general, will file a citizenship probe case against the parent of first district Rep. Josy Sy Limkaichong who is the person who has merely passed on the status of his Filipino citizenship to his daughter by virtue of naturalization process.

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he Asian Marine Transport-owned Super Shuttle Ferry 18 (see foto) has hit sand and ran aground Saturday night past six as it was maneuvering out of the Dumaguete Pier on its way to Dapitan port with 156 passengers and 27 crew members on board. This was not unexpected as the shuttle ferry was docked at the new north pier docking area near the PPA Turn to page 19

The ill-fated Super Shuttle runs aground fronting Flores Avenue near the PPA office.

This developed as arch political rival ex-Rep. Jing Paras is all out to retake the first district “by storm” in the coming elections. His allies filed another petition with the Comelec seeking to disqualify Rep. Josy Limkaichong this May elections of 2010, since Paras and his allies claim that she is not a Filipina because her father Julio Sy’s naturalization process had fatal defects. But only recently, the Supreme Court decided to sustain the citizenship of Limkaichong. The high tribunal moved further by saying Turn to page 19

“BEFORE YOU GET INTO BATTLE, DECIDE: HOW MUCH ARE YOU WILLING TO LOSE, BECAUSE EVERYTHING HAS A PRICE.”


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critical repor ting reporting (Catan)

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

It remains to be seen if New Year’s revelers heeded this caveat found hanging in one of the stalls selling firecrackers beside the city hall. Health officials are expected to issue the casualties, who sustained firecracker related injuries during the New Year’s celebrations two days ago.

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Drug money to buy votes in May polls?

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he recent series of big time drug raids conducted by government, the latest of which was in Quezon and Eastern Samar, SHABU worth P1billion packed in 151 kilos indicates that money that will flow in the coming elections will be partly DRUG MONEY.

We cannot imagine politicians seeking to run for public office and get elected by the people sitting as elected leaders because they paid thousands of voters with drug money. These drug money come from the people themselves who are addicted to the vice. In short, some of our candidates are using people’s money to buy themselves out in office. This is one very pathetic and unconscionable manner of getting elected to public office, maybe even the presidency, for who could afford to capitalize P1billion

TOP OF THE WEEK Arbolado: RORO port Burn! Burn! Burn! forthcoming in Siaton BY DEMS REY T. DEMECILLO

umerous reports of theft and robbery within Robinson’s Mall and its immediate environs prompted Negros Oriental Provincial Police Office Director Sr. Supt. Augusto Marquez Jr. to call upon its management to review its security measures for the well-being of their patrons. The province’s top cop lishment, which opened its acknowledges that there doors on November 23. seems to be a security Robinsons Place has a floor breach in the area allowing area of 43, 000 square criminal elements to “relo- meters or 4.3 hectares. cate” in the sprawling estabTurn to page 19

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iaton Mayor Bingbing Arbolado discloses that a roll-on-roll-off sea port designed to complement the Western Nautical Highway and serve passengers and cargoes traveling from Mindanao through the municipality of Katipunan some 17 kilometers from Dipolog City to Negros Oriental, Cebu and Ilo-ilo.

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The re-electionist LakasKampi-CMD mayor said that the approximately P50 million project, an initiative of 3 rd District Rep. Pryde

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Macias should lead by good example: Teves epulsed by what he perceives to be practices of the incumbent governor that are characteristic of traditional politicians, 3rd District solon Pryde Henry Teves appealed to older politicians particularly Governor Emilio “Dodo” Macias II to “set a good example in leadership” for the new blood to emulate. “I try my best to ensure from the incumbents should that my brand of politics does come to an end,” stressed not include punishing those Teves. who oppose me and their He cited in particular, the sympathizers. The age of case of Zamboanguita Vice“color-coding” wherein con- Mayor Mario Pinili, erstwhile stituents who voted in the ally of Macias and now the opposition will not be able to mayoral candidate under the get sufficient support and aid Turn to page 3

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egros Oriental Police Provincial Office Director Sr. Supt. Augusto Marquez Jr. submitted to the Dumaguete Airport Management recently submitted the results of the security survey of the province’s lone airport. The official said that Marquez noted the presence there are a number of pro- of students and workers parcedural and physical lapses ticularly from Cangmating of security in the airport and Agan-an, Sibulan who which might compromise the use the runway as their safety and well-being of the “shortcut” in going to their passengers, aircrafts and schools and job sites. even the people residing near Some observers added the installation. that there were several at To demonstrate his point, Turn to page 3

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Extended poll registration ends Except for the usual last minute surge of some voters, poll officials do not expect a significant rise in the number of registrants during the fiveday extension of voter registration on December 21 to 23 and December 28 to 29 as mandated by the Supreme Court. Tomorrow until January 9, the Commission on Elections will devote its time for the completion of the Book of Voters, posting of notices of the Election Registration Board (ERB) and subsequent hearings.

President Gloria Macapagal leads in disposing of 151 kilos of illegal drugs that the Philippine Anti-Drugs Enforcement Agency (PDEA) seized in raids in Quezon and Eastern Samar Thursday (Dec. 24) at the PDEA’s Covered Court in Quezon City. Assisting the President is PDEA director Dionisio Santiago.

worth of illegal drugs? Not a mayor, not a congressman but most probably a presidential candidate. So it might be a legitimate question to ask, who among the presidential candidates is using drug money to finance himself in the coming elections. All you have to do is look at eight suspects and you can choose or pickout the most guilty. It is important therefore that as voters you and I will be able to smell and distinguish whether or not the money being laundered in the coming elections is clean or dirty money. Dirty of course for nobody would squander clean money. Upon the advise of some of her friends, President Arroyo herself led in the burning of P1B worth of smuggled and confiscated shabu in order to avert the possibility of recycling the hot items by equally corrupt law enforcers who might be in cahoots with the drug smugglers. The Cabinet meeting this Tuesday in Baguio will discuss recent drug busts in Samar and Aurora worth more than P1 billion. The proliferation of illegal drugs is “very dangerous and very alarming” and must be assessed on the basis of the country’s drug situation. Drug money is the easiest way to use for election vote buying. Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director General Dionisio Santiago was directed to double their watch for drug money being used Turn to page 19


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Proposed climate change ordinance

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Lakas-Kampi-CMD t’s better late than never. Negros Oriental finally is legislating on how to meet the challenge of climate change, thanks to board mem- Party, who cried foul after ber Leah Ga Bromo who is the author of the proposed legislation. his assigned vehicle, was

As we know, climate change is scientifically recognized as an alarming global problem. It is attributed directly to human activities that alter the composition of the global atmosphere, in addition to natural climate variability observed over comparable time periods. Author Board Member Bromo said these human activities include worldwide deforestation, increasing industrial activity, motor vehicle emission, waste management practices and intensive agriculture. Bomo added that the changing climate has adverse impacts on natural, economic, and social systems which affect our national aspiration to eradicate poverty and attain sustainable development for the present and future generations. The province of Negros Oriental, being part of the Philippines which is an archipelagic country, is highly vul-

nerable to climate risks and weather disturbances such as tropical cyclones and prolonged droughts resulting to social and ecological devastation, and economic loss; In relatioin to the proposed ordinance, Section 14 thereof of Republic Act No. 9729 otherwise known as Climate Change Act of 2009 deals with “Local Climate Change Action Plan,” enjoins the Local Government Units to be the frontliner agencies in the formulation, planning and implementation of climate change action plans in their respective areas, consistent with the provisions of the Local Government Code, the Framework, and the National Climate Change Action Plan. Yet, Bromo admits, there is still a growing need to consolidate the efforts of individuals, institutions and the local government of the Province of Negros Oriental to address urgent life threatening risks of climate

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

NOTICE OF PUBLICATION In compliance with Section 5 of R.A. Act No. 9048, a notice is hereby served to the public that VIVIAN D. ABELLA has filed with this Office a Petition for Change of First Name from “BERCHMANS” to “ALEXANDER” in the Certificate of Live Birth (COLB) of BERCHMANS LAGARDE GENEROSO, who was born on 26 NOVEMBER 1960 at DUMAGUETE CITY, and whose parents are JUAN VILANO GENEROSO and ADELAIDA SWAN LAGARDE. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his/her written opposition thereto with this Office, not later than JANUARY 4, 2010. (Sgd.) RUPERTA G. BAGUASAN City Civil Registrar The Negros Chronicle Jan. 3 & 10, 2010 Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT 7th Judicial Region Branch 45 Bais City NOTARIAL COMMISSION No. 07-09-MY IN RE: PETITION FOR RENEWAL OF NOTARIAL COMMISSION ATTY. PINKY H. GARCES-ITAAS Petitioner, x—————————————————————/

NOTICE OF HEARING Notice is hereby given that a summary hearing on the petition for notarial commission of ATTY. PINKY H. GARCES-ITAAS shall be held on January 11, 2010 at the Session Hall of this Court, Regional Trial Court, Branch 45, Bais City at 8:30 in the morning. Any person who has any cause or reason to object to the grant of the petition may file a verified written opposition thereto, received by the undersigned before the date of summary hearing. Bais City, Philippines, December 23, 2009.

The Negros Chronicle Jan. 3, 2010

CANDELARIO V. GONZALEZ Judge

BM LEA BROMO change to all vulnerable communities; There is this need to integrate the concept of climate change among our local policies, plans, accounting, budgeting systems and investment programs of the Province of Negros Oriental. We hope this ordinance on climate change will be a step forward in achieving our environmental goals.

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tempts to fully enclose the airport with a concrete fence but the residents consistently tore down some portions of it so they could continue to use the runway. In fact, even the airport’s management was said to have yielded to the stubborn resistance of the residents and agreed not to patch up the destroyed portion of the fence provided the people themselves will guarantee that there will be no untoward incidents that will occur within the airport premises. Among the recommendations of the Philippine National Police as a result of the initial consultation between Marquez and Aviation Security Group Head Inspector Gilbert Tagayog are: the establishment of a police outpost along the Agan-an Road and the creation of the Crisis Management Committee to be formulated by the Sibulan municipal council.

pulled out by the Capitol shortly after he joined the Teves camp. Governor Macias and Board Member Marcelo “Bubot” Adanza, one of Macias’ congressional bets against incumbent Teves, and the father of sitting Zamboanguita Mayor Kit Adanza, strongly denied politics was behind the vehicle pull-out insisting that it was assigned to the Vicemayor’s office temporarily but the vehicle is originally intended for the Department of Education. However, both Pinili and Teves are banking on the letter of the General Services Office signed by Administrative Officer Meodardo U. Bato dated December 10 addressed to Pinili, which said that the Capitol does not consider the Office of the Vice-mayor a Local Government Unit, thus not entitled to a government vehicle. Following this logic, Teves urged Macias to recall the two vehicles assigned to his ally 2nd District Rep. George Arnaiz and rival Vice-governor Jose “Petit” Baldado as these offices cannot be considered local government units as well. “Pulling out the vehicle from an ex-ally for the reason given is a bad precedent and the Governor should also do likewise in the case of Cong. Arnaiz and Vice-governor Baldado if only to show that he is fair and his logic applies to all,” said Teves. Hounded by questions why the local coalition between the Teves and Macias camps fell apart, the neophyte solon declares that they kept their part of the agreement but that Governor Macias, for whatever reason, did not, and fielded his own candidates in almost all contestable positions in the third district against the Teves-backed bets. “It is really sad that despite attempts to salvage the coalition, it has come to this point, seven years of political peace has come to an abrupt end,” laments Teves.

HEIRSHIP AND SALE NOTICE is hereby given that the heirs of the late MARGARITA ABARCA, married to Alfredo Vallega, namely: Veronico Abarca Vallega and Andrea Vallega Silot have filed and executed an Heirship and Sale on Lot 2127-D, Psd07-015929 being a portion of Lot 2127, with TCT No. T-24689 situated in Odiongan, Tanjay, Province of Negros Oriental, containing an area of 1,227 sq.m. in favor to Perla Abarca Villarante per Doc. No. 1, Page No. 2, Book No. IV, Series of 2005 of Notary Public Atty. Roy GS. Lozano. The Negros Chronicle Jan. 3, 10 & 17, 2010

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e-comments From our readers worldwide via e-mail www.negroschronicle.com

Author : OFW VICTIM E-mail : CRYSTAL_EYE4710@YAHOO.COM Comment: I AM THE LATEST VICTIM OF ARIS RELOVA, FORMER OFW FROM SAUDI ARABIA. HE USED TO PROMISE ME A BETTER FUTURE FOR MY FAMILY BUT AFTER COLLECTING MONEY HE JUST DISAPPEARED. I ALREADY PAID 2500DOLLARS TO ARIS RELOVA THRU WESTERN UNION UNDER THE NAME OF VERONICA CRONE. HAVING A STRICT POLICY, YOU CANNOT WITHDRAW THE MONEY FROM WESTERN UNION NOT UNLESS YOU ARE THAT RECEIVING PERSON. BUT AFTER MORE THAN 1 YEAR OF PROMISES NOTHING HAPPENED AND ONLY THIS MONTH OF DECEMBER 2009, I TOGETHER WITH MY FRIENDS WHO ALSO PAID MONEY TO HIM CANNOT ALREADY CONTACT ARIS RELOVA WITH CELL# +14168213118. HE IS ALREADY HIDING.. ONLY TO FIND OUT HE IS AN ILLEGAL RECRUITER. SURELY ARIS RELOVA , HAVING A WORKING VISA, YOU CANNOT HIDE CAUSE THE CANADIAN EMBASSY WILL BE DEPORTING YOU SOON. WE ALREADY SUBMITTED A COMPLAINT TO THE CANADIAN EMBASSY FOR YOU TO BE DEPORTED BACK HERE IN MANILA. WE ALSO FILED ILLEGAL RECRUITMENT / LARGE SCALE ESTAFA TO THE N.B.I. AND POEA, PHILIPPINES. AS LONG AS I LIVE, WE WILL HUNT YOU AND SURELY YOU WILL REGRET BEING AN ILLEGAL RECRUITER CHEATING CO-OFW’S.

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“SO THEY WANT TO SOLVE CITY’S BIG PROBLEMS, HUH!” E-mail : botomo@hotmail.com Comment: Happy holidays to all! Sana may totoong peace na sa Dgte. sa uupong halal na mayor. Sana hindi na idaan sa dayaan ang pagpili sa mayor. Kaso mas marami kasing mga ignoranteng tao keysa may alam. Kaya panalo pa rin kung sinong smart politicians who has all the resources. Sana maisatuwid na lahat itong old city sa mga rules and ordinaces na wala sa ayos. Ang gulo gulo lalo na sa streets. Ang signs na para sa cars,vans & amp, jeeps ay para din sa mga motorcyles. Ang pangit pangit tingnan, university town pa naman kaso di marunong umintindi. Karamihan sa mga motorsiklo ay violators. Ang side walk naman na para sa tao ay ginagamit pang negosyu. Ang swapang talaga, paano kung masagasaan ng sasakyan? Yan ang hirap sa mayor na takot mawalan ng boto. We do all our best efforts to change Dgte. from its old style, na makikilala tayo hindi lang dahil sa Silliman U kun di makilala tayo bilang isang sikat na Dumaguete. Sana naman... ==========================

“TANJAY MAYOR SUED BY CITY TAXPAYERS” E-mail : annieanderson1968@msn.com Comment: SEASON’S GREETINGS I would like to greet all my relatives in Dumaguete City a warm Christmas holiday season. Merry Christmas to all of you. I know, you read Negros Chronicle everyday, I’m sure my greetings will reach you. I will not mention your names for security reasons. I hope the Mother Superior in Italy still hangs the Christmas wreath I sent to them years ago. I received your letter but lost contact with you when Sister Nanny was assigned again in Manila. Even though you are in Manila,Cebu and in other parts of the world, I sincerely wish the Nuns, Sisters in Manila who communicate with me every now and then a warm Merry Christmas to all of you. I’m sure you open up and read the Negros Chronicle news I sent to your e-mail even though you are not Dumaguetenos. HAVE A BLESSED DAY DUMAGUETENOS!!! GOD BLESS... ANNIE SAAVEDRA TAN ANDERSON MICHIGAN,UNITED STATES


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PROMISES TO KEEP

GIVING PLEASURE The wife’s body does not belong to her alone but to her husband. In the same way, the husband’s body does not belong to him alone but also to his wife. Do not deprive each other except by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control. –– I Corinthians 7:4-5

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ee, I am coming soon, and my reward is with me, to repay all according to their deeds. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this message for the churches. I am both the source of David and the heir to his throne. I am the bright morning star.” Revelation 22:12-13, 16

Jesus is both David’s “source” and “heir.” Jesus, who is one with the Creator of all, existed long before

David. As a human, however, he was one of David’s direct descendants. As the essiah, He is the “bright morning star,” the light of salvation to all.

TODAY’S

GOSPEL

‘Bethlehem in the land of Judah, you are by no means the least of the Matthew 1:1-12 leading cities of Judah; esus was born in the town of Bethlehem in for from you will come a Judea, during the time when Herod was king. leader who will guide my Soon afterward, some men who studied the people Israel.’” stars came from the East to Jerusalem and So Herod called the asked, “Where is the baby born to be the king visitors from the East to a of the Jews? We saw his star when it came up secret meeting and found in the east, and we have come to worship him.” out from them the exact When King Herod heard about this, he was very time the star had apupset, and so was everyone else in Jerusalem. He called peared. Then he sent them together all the chief priests and the teachers of the to Bethlehem with these Law and asked them, “Where will the Messiah be instructions: “Go and make a careful search for born?” “In the town of Bethlehem in Judea,” they an- the child; and when you Turn to page 5 swered. “For this is what the prophet wrote:

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Rootedness, Fruitfulness and Leafiness “He is like a tree…” – Psalm 1:3 ext to Psalm 23, Psalm 1 is the most likely to be memorized. For one thing, it is a brief Psalm. Dr. PROCESO UDARBE For another it contains beautiful symbols that are not too difficult to understand for they have to do with familiar words in agriculture. The Psalm speaks to our times—both personal and social. To the Psalmist, the righteous is like a tree planted by streams of water. The presence of enough water assures the growth of a plant. We cannot grow our favorite Filipino fruits in the desert—whether the mango, the durian, or the lanzones. Streams of water guarantee that a seed will survive, will be rooted, fruit-

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ful, and leafy. I trust that we are mature, like the well-watered plant in our spiritual life. You see, there are those who have not reached maturity even in Biblical knowledge, for instance. You might ask a 50year old Christian what an epistle is and the answer could be the wife of an apostle. Or when you ask who was Noah’s wife the answer could be Joan of Arc. One time in the United States, I went to speak to a Sunday School class of young adults and I was asked how it is to live in the land of the Philistines. St. Paul in one of his letters instructs his readers to be mature. Our text Turn to page 5

ex is a joint dimension in which both husbands and wives give pleasure to each other, thereby, communicating their love in a largely non-verbal way. It is an experience in giving. It is another situation for being the servants of our wives. In fact, it may be one of the more difficult situation in which we are called upon to serve, given our Western macho traditions of sexual conquest. From boyhood on, we men have been programmed in a thousand different ways to view sex as an area where we get, where we take, where we use. The culture is thoroughly saturated with the image of Don Juan. But in recent years, a curious thing has happened. Women have decided to follow our example; they’ve realized there are some rather nice sensations for them to get as well. The bookstores are filled with manuals on the female orgasm. The result is that many marriages are now composed of two takers, two 12345678901234567890123456789012123456 12345678901234567890123456789012123456 12345678901234567890123456789012123456 12345678901234567890123456789012123456 12345678901234567890123456789012123456 12345678901234567890123456789012123456 12345678901234567890123456789012123456 12345678901234567890123456789012123456 12345678901234567890123456789012123456 12345678901234567890123456789012123456 12345678901234567890123456789012123456 12345678901234567890123456789012123456 ork is a human vocation. To work is indeed a calling. Through work man must earn his daily bread. Without work, it is not possible to sustain life in order to reach the full development of one’s personality. Work is the duty of man which arises from the very needs of man’s life. Only work that is well FR. GAMMY TULABING JCD, VG done and lovingly completed deserves the praise of the Lord. It is no good offering to God something that is less perfect than what our human limitations permit. It is not true that man’s duty to work is a consequence of original sin. From the beginning of creation, man had to work. We remember that God commanded Adam and Eve to “conquer the earth”. He put them in the garden of Eden to cultivate it, that is, to work on it and make it productive. (cfr. Genesis 2:15). Work binds man to man. Work teaches us mutual service and gives us a chance to perform it. Through associating with our neighbors we come to feel the need of service—to want to serve others. This means to want to serve our family, our neighbors, our fellow workers, our country. Work which teaches us love leads us to a sense of our need for one another. Work also teaches us the feeling of dependence and humility. The sense of our need for one another in a human society somehow brings us to new possibilities of development through the adjustment, division, and intensification of combined human efforts. This is the social bond and the brotherhood of people through work. We also remember that the Son of God became one of us and worked like us. He did the humble work of a carpenter. And in doing so, our Lord Jesus Christ ennobled all human work. Our work contributes not only to our material well-being. It also contributes to the salvation of the world. It is not only paghahanap-buhay. It is also pagbibigay-buhay. It helps not only in the salvation of the economy but also it helps the economy of salvation. We can translate the Gospel in carrying out our everyday tasks and responsibilities in our respective line of work. It

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seekers of the ultimate personal high, who may or may not happen to provide what the other person wants and needs during the process of their own quest. The traditional setup of one taker and one willing or reluctant giver is indeed a form of rape. The newer setup of two takers is not much better, is it? When, in contrast, we apply the model of servanthood to this area, all the dynamics change. The goal becomes the provision of her needs rather than our own. And we find, as we’ve noticed before, that our own needs are met along the way rather automatically. We husbands need to understand the ways and means of female orgasm. We also need to learn more about the psychological, nonphysical aspects of a woman’s participation in intercourse. Especially since anatomy has given us the role it has, it is all the more our responsibility to set the pattern of true sexual union, not rape.

HISTORICAL NOTES

Jose Rizal

n Rizal Day, 105 years ago, Dumaguete for the first time remembered the 8th anniversary of the hero’s death. Nearly two weeks later, Leopoldo Rovira reported that the event was attended by, among others, “the BY: REV. FR. ROMAN C. parish priest of SAGUN. JR. Dumaguete, Bishop Hijaldo (Aglipayan bishop of Panay)), and some Protestant pastors.” Remembering the national hero’s death on the 30th of December 1904, here’s a piece composed by Mrs. Kate Ellis Peed and recited splendidly by Miss Carmen Juana Teves: J: Stands for Justice, long denied to the people for whom Rizal died. 0: Is for Order, out of strife we came triumphant, he lost his life. S: Stands for Sacrifice, freely made that his debt to country might be paid. E: As Excellence, he did attain, and won for himself undying fame. R: The Right that moved Rizal when he answered this country’s call. I: Stands for Innocent, so he fell while time shall last his deeds will tell. Z: The Zeal, for his country shown he lived and labored for her alone. A: The Aim, the highest and best that their fair Islands might be blest. L: For love of Law, and Liberty he died that his people might be free.

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your blessings, name them one by one, your blessings, see what God hath done! your blessings, name them one by one, will surprise you what the Lord hath done ! – Johnson Oatman Jr.

As we welcome the New Year, we remember the events of the year just passed. It had been a year of many crisis, financial set backs and difficulties. Our city had its share of floods, the super typhoons and calamities that hit our country are still fresh in our minds. The violence that rocked Maguindanao brought grief to many families. This year too, we personally had to say goodbye to relatives and friends who died. For many, it was a difficult year. I remember the 3 young girls my niece left behind after a long fight with cancer. The youngest is just 12 and this Christmas their mother won’t be with them. Many will find it hard to enjoy the spirit of Christmas. It is hard to share the joy of the season in times of loss and grief. However, in fairness to the year that was 2009, some good and happy events came with bad. Pinoy heroes made it to the international headlines. One of my favorite hymns is this one written by Johnson Oatman Jr. As he writes, “Count your many blessings, name them one by one.” Let us dig deep into our heart’s memories and take out each blessing, remembering the joy it brought. Hold each blessing up high and thank the good Lord for the gift of good health, good weather, an unexpected windfall, another year added to a birthday, graduation, a job or a promotion. There were rays of sunshine that brought joy for a moment. Celebrate with me the joy of the new year with the following quotes:

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ture person. The characteristic of rootedness is very essential to the life of a tree as it is essential to human life. Silliman University campus is a most beautiful

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find him, let me know, so that I too may go and worship him.” And so they left, and on their way they saw the same star they had seen in the East. When they saw it, how happy they were, what joy was theirs! It went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. They went into the house, and when they saw the child with his mother Mary, they knelt down and worshipped him. They brought out their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh and presented them to him. Then they returned to their country by another road, since God had warned them in a dream not to go back to Herod.

The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul. G. K. Chesterton The Old Year has gone. Let the dead past bury its own dead. The New Year has taken possession of the clock of time. All hail the duties and possibilities of the coming twelve months! Edward Payson Powell Cheers to a New Year and another chance for us to get it right. Oprah Winfrey Ring out the old, ring in the new, Ring, happy bells, across the snow: The year is going, let him go; Ring out the false, ring in the true. Alfred, Lord Tennyson, 1850 A happy New Year! Grant that I may bring no tear to any eye When this New Year in time shall end Let it be said I’ve played the friend, Have lived and loved and labored here, And made of it a happy year. Edgar Guest HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL ! LET US ALL MAKE IT A GOOD YEAR 2010 !

place with its shady acacia trees planted almost a century ago. Most of them have such strong rootedness that they have lasted up until now. But in my years of residing in the campus, I have known that a few acacia trees have been blown down by strong winds; for they have lacked the characteristic of rootedness. One of the joys of being a pastor is to have come in touch with the lives of elderly members of the church who have lived a long time. I have known some of their vicissitudes—illnesses (some serious), loss of loved ones (some of these little children), failures in business, loss of a job. But because they have been deeply rooted in their faith in God, they have persevered in the faith and were faithful to the very end. (To be continued)

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learn to love unconditionally to those who are hard to love. Trials produce fortitude, courage, endurance and faith. Gracegrowers may produce pearls someday. They say that success is not the real test of character, but give a man failure and you will know who he is.

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person and he will find fulfillment in every thing that he does. ———————— As envisioned by the founder of the Scouting Movement Lord Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell the young must spread happiness saying: “The real way to get happiness is by giving out happiness to other people. Try to leave this world a little better than you found it and when your turn comes to die, you can die happy in feeling that at any rate you have not wasted your time but have done your best.” ————————— As the different contingents and delegates from many countries of the world break camps in that beautiful and verdant mountain in Los Baños, Laguna after a most fulfilling and enriching world-class adventure in scouting, we can say that we have taken a giant step in reinventing a better world for all. ——————— Let this clarion call be heeded by parents everywhere. Give your children the golden opportunity to enrich and enhance the quality of their lives by internalizing the Scout Oath and Law. You can never go wrong and you will never regret.

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can contribute much to the credibility of our efforts. Though we should humble ourselves, we can also take a legitimate pride in ourselves and in our work. No matter how small our part is in the great undertaking of rebuilding this nation, still without us, the whole system will not work properly. It is through the small contribution of each one of us that we can complete our task. Man is made to be in the visible universe an image and likeness of God Himself, and man is placed in the world in order to subdue the earth. (Genesis

1:28). From the beginning, therefore, man is called to work. Work is one of the characteristics that distinguish man from the rest of creatures, whose activity for sustaining their lives cannot be called work. Only man is capable of work. Only man works, at the same time by work he occupies his existence on earth. Thus work bears a particular mark of man and of humanity, and it is the mark of a person operating within a community of persons. When man, who had been created “in the image of God…”, hears the words: “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it”, even though the words do not refer

directly and explicitly to work, beyond any doubt these words indicate that work is an activity for man to carry out in the world. Man is the image of God partly through the mandate he received from his Creator to subdue and to dominate the earth. Work then presupposes a specific dominion by man over the earth, and in turn it confirms and develops this dominion. As man, through his work, becomes more and more master of the earth, and as he confirms his dominion over the visible world, again through his work, man nevertheless remains in every case and at every phase of this process within the Creator’s original ordering. Indeed, work is a human vocation.

Even if others are not. Even if others will not. Even if others can not. “He who walks honestly walks securely.” A message from:

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enough laws that we have no time to implement all of them. Our legislators have only time to make more (laws).

Did we not have enough qualified people to run our local and national governments? No. We have more than There will be a choice of one among enough. In fact thousands of them have eight men who will set the course of this gone out of the country to look for beleaguered country for the next six greener pastures so that those who are years and the choice better be the best left behind are those who have nothing because from No. 2 in Asia in the 50s, we else better to do, with many exceptions as a country have now degenerated to of course. almost in the tail end of the progressive line up of countries. Our system and cultural values have In short, we have wasted and lost so evolved in such manner that corruption much time in throwing away many reigns as among the primary considergolden opportunities in the last five de- ations. In government, almost nothing cades because of our insatiable greed for moves without corruption. We seem quick money and wealth through whole- proud to admit that 40% of government money goes to corruption. sale corruption. So the bottom line is, we have reached No use looking back because we only the bottom of the pit. Any further conhave to blame for our choice of leaders tinuation of this kind of culture will in every election. Did we not have enough never allow us to get out of the abyss of leaders to choose from? No. We had more political and economic decay. We have nowhere to go but up. than enough. So this election, let us elect good and Did we not have enough laws that we better leaders who will steer this counhave not cleaned up our system of this try back on its feet, in order to give all mess called wholesale corruption from of us a break, a better life, and a better all sides? No. In fact we have more than future.

he congressional race in the first district is heating up. The contest is between incumbent Jocelyn S. Limkaichong and former Rep. Jacinto Paras. The camp of Paras has filed a disqualification case against Rep. Limkaichong. The ground is essentially the same as the disqualification case filed in the previous election: that Rep. Limkaichong is not a natural born Filipino.

The constitution requires that a member of the house of representatives must be a natural born Filipino. The Supreme Court has said that a congressman must be a natural born citizen not only on the day of the election, but must be so, during the entire tenure of office (Limkaichong v Comelec, G.R. 178831-32, April 1, 2009) . What is important is that when it comes to citizenship of a member of congress, or any elective official for that matter, it can be questioned anytime, according to the Supreme Court. For instance, in Frivaldo v Comelec, the Supreme Court ruled that a petition to disqualify an elective official, on the ground that he is not a Filipino citizen, may be filed at anytime. Thus, legally raising again the issue of the citizenship of Rep. Limkaichong; comes not as a surprise. But what is surprising is the manner of questioning her citizenship. The Supreme Court has already ruled in the Limkaichong case (Limkaichong v Comelec July 30, 2009) that Rep. Limkaichong’s qualification cannot be attacked before any tribunal or government institution. “It is not enough that one’s qualification, or lack of it, to hold an office requiring one to be a natural-born citizen, be attacked and questioned before any tribunal or government institution,..” the Court said. There must be proper proceedings required by law. The proper proceeding, as the Supreme Court itself has spelled out, is denaturalization proceedings. The Supreme Court cited Section 18 Commonwealth Act 473. The basis for questioning Rep. Limkaichong’s citizenship is the alleged defects in the naturalization of her father Julio Ong Sy a long time ago. Under the law, the Solicitor general, his representative or the provincial fiscal can file a motion in court to cancel the naturalization certificate of a naturalized person, in this case Rep. Turn to page 19

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eck the halls with boughs of holly, yes, and have yourself a Merry Little Christmas, yes again. That’s Christmas. Children will try to be “not naughty but nice” and peep through the hole at midnight to see if Mommy really kisses Santa Claus. That’s Christmas for kids.

But in its commercialization and the crass materialism around, man often forgets the reason we celebrate Christmas. Hey, in case you forgot, it is the birthday of Jesus Christ, a God who became man to give His Life to save us. There is nothing material that we can give to Him to sufficiently compensate for the greatest love of a God-Man Who gave up His life for His friends. But we can approximate that love by adopting the Theology of the lowly man-

ger - centered principle of humility and of being “poor in spirit” throughout our lives. Reflections sent by friends allow us to share this Gospel of Christian generosity during the yuletide season. For instance, in Christmas we do visit relatives and friends. One should not do this out of a sense of obligation in this season of giving - but in genuine love and affection for those close to us. Important is in visiting them we “leave our negative judgments and

past hurts” behind, otherwise it is better off if we just stayed home and contemplate our navels. Christmas is also the time that we are encouraged to visit the lonely, the sick, those in prison and the elderly. Sometimes, it doesn’t matter whether we carry gifts or not. Two shared stories capture the essence that brotherly love in this season of joy. One is told of an ancient Persian King who loved to mingle with his Turn to page 13

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A Journey Through Cancer

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e-mail: In life , we meet people or trials you may have encountered trials or blue_bell57@yahoo.com that may irritate us, yet somehow problems beyond compare. Whether they produce life enduring values we like it or not they are part of our like patience, love, long-suffering daily existence. They may be fleeting occurences or someone you have to humility or faith. I borrowed the term live with for the rest of your lives. Have you breathed these “gracegrowers” from someone who also borrowed this term words,” This person brings out the from another. Gracegrowers re- worst in me.” or “ I wish this ordeal fer to people or circumstances ends.” Sometimes, these irritants are vithat are hard to understand or love yet they mold us positively tal in our growth. God seems to allow or negatively depending on them in or lives for some purpose. We only learn to be more patient with what we are made of. I’m sure you have met this people who stretch our patience. We person sometime, somehow, or Turn to page 5 123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012 123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012 123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012 123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012 123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012 123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012 123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012 123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012 123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012 HRISTMAS time is obviously family time. Let’s thank God that in our country we still see this equation largely lived happily. Let’s pray that in other places, especially in developed countries, the same ideal can also take place. We cannot deny that it is not quite so in many of them, including parts of ours. We see rising cases of dysfuncnever outgrow the need for the tional families, with marriages defaced family, no matter how old, mature by infidelities and unrefreshed love and and independent we can be. a sense of commitment unable to “ReEven those who lead a promiset” when needed, children’s neglect, nently spiritual and celibate life family life reduced to a minimum, etc. need it. The family always deserves our It’s a requirement of our nature, utmost attention. We should not given by God and not by some hube naïve to think that we can take man consensus. The family is a diFR. ROY our duties and responsibilities tovine creation, before it is a human CIMAGALA ward it for granted. Especially now, institution. tricky and openly difficult chalWith family life given a boost during this Christmas holidays, lenges confront it. We have to be let’s take the time to see what we aware of them and try to do somecan do to reinforce the family, thing about them. both in general and in individual We need to repair the damages, cases. Let’s not waste the opheal the wounds and plot out the paths portunity by spending it solely to make the family healthy, vibrant and on having fun. It’s a time for discapable to do its sacred duty of nurturcerning, ing persons and citizens. Turn to page 19 Let’s remember that we can

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learned and insights gained. This is also a time for looking ahead to the year coming, a time of anticipation of joys and sorrows, of challenges and trials. Some of these we have control over; however many times we make our own problems, and we make the problems of others our own. And there are the “unknowns” caused by factors outside our area of influence, or by force majeure like the Typhoons Ondoy and Peping last year. I look at the coming year as a time for healing hurts and disagreements, a time to share our caring and concern, a time to turn hatred and Turn to page 12

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Unseen Slaughter ... From page 7 (Mercado)

stopped Mangudadatu’s convoy, enroute to Comelec to file a certificate of candidacy. ”Dito na Datu. Naharang na ang mga Mangudadatu. Napara na lahat. Dito sa Malating. (They are here Datu. We blocked the Mangudadatus. Here in Malating.),” ABS-CBN quotes witnesses. Were convoy members armed?, Andal Jr asked. “Lawman” Dicay replied: No. “They’re mostly women. Look for the files of Toto Mangudadatu,” Andal Jr. ordered. “Father, they are here,” Andal Jr. reported over radio. TV’s Ces Oreña-Drilon’s compelling account states that Andal Senior replied: “You know what you must d.” Cyberspace reported Maguindanao’s massacre, not possible with Bethlehem. “Jimmy Cabillo, Midland Review reporter...( that morning ) was on his knees begging for his life….“Ako ito Datu. Maawa ka. Si Palak ito Datu. Wag Datu. (It’s me Datu. Please have mercy. This is Pal-ak Datu. Please don’t Datu.)” “Unsay knew Jimmy…having covered Maguindanao in the past. It didn’t matter. Datu Unsay unloaded his firearm into Jimmy, laughing as he did it.” Laughter over gunshots resonates in accounts of women being slapped, journalists beaten, then killed. Did Herod laugh? In Bethlehem, one of those killed was one of Herod’s own sons, we’re told. “It’s better to be Herod’s hog than his son,” Roman emperor Augustus snapped. He alluded to Herod’s cruelty amidst the custom of refusing to slaughter swine. Maguindanao’s brutality stoked seething fury, here and abroad. That rage compelled the Ampatuans major patron, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, to crack down reluctantly on political monsters she created. In that wrath, the President glimpsed re-emerging people power. She has tried to straddle the rising whirlwind. Ferdinand Marcos tried as much – and failed. Will she succeed? It depends. Power is already draining from Malacanang, as term

continuing “Unseen Slaughter of the Innocents”? Our most fractured human right is what many neighboring countries take for granted: namely, the right of infants to celebrate their first birthdays.In this matatag na republika, 20 out of every 1000 kids never make it to their first birthdays. In the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, infant deaths crest at 42, approximating Namibia. More could have seen their first birthdays. In next door Malaysia, infant mortality rates are down to 8. Those dry-as-dust statistics mask an obscene scandal: ours are preventable deaths. Compared to cuts in Macapagal Highway or Mega-Pacific election computers, kickbacks for medicines, in public clinics, are miniscule. But thieves cut seven out of every 10 pesos from drugs the poor need, Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism found. The Ombudsman hasn’t protected them anymore than probe unexplained wealth of the Ampatuans. Many infants are borne by illfed mothers in job-short families. “There are more undernourished children and nutritionally-at-risk pregnant and lactating mothers than there were six years ago,” the 7th national nutrition survey found. Medical care for the poor is short. Skilled medical personnel attend half of every 100 births here. In Thailand, 99 out of every 100 mothers have such personnel during delivery, UN Human Development Report states. Too many kids die. Their deaths are the real cost of graft. Unlike Maguindanao, there’s no outcry. Why? Because their shrouds are mostly in city slum hovels or farm shacks. They’re out of sight. Herod’s “Slaughter of the Innocents” has been replayed here daily for years. Worse, it’s taken for granted. So, was the seething fury of Nobel Laureate Elie Werisel’s prayer justified? “God of forgiveness,” this Holocaust survivor prayed at Auschwitz death camp rites, “do not forgive the murderers of children…” (Email: juanlmercado@gmail.com )

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the 25 of that month, the parish records showed two thousand eight hundred and forty seven receiving Confirmation presided by Bishop Rooker. At the time, the person of Rizal may represent modernity. However, the records give overwhelming evidence that far from being an instrument of tyranny and oppression, the Roman Catholicism was the religion in which the greatest majority of the people wanted to be baptized and raised. That is Philippine Catholicism, for better or for worse.

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Philamlife distrib- Local media celebrates X’mas utes edu benefits

Members of the Dumaguete Press Club and the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster sa Pilipinas of the province gathered at the Dumaguete Press Club building along the Rizal Boulevard last December 29 in celebration of the yuletide season. Philamlife, a strong and reliable partner in securing the future of Filipino students through education. The country’s largest and most trusted life insurer recently released education policy benefits for the second semester of SY 2009-2010 to its policyowners with education policies. A strong advocate of empowering the youth through education, Philamlife has consistently and promptly released education policy benefits to elementary, secondary and tertiary student beneficiaries. In photo are Philamlife SVP and Marketing Head Jessica Abaya (right) presenting the cash card to policyowner Annalyn Hussin and daughter Alyanna at the Philamlife main office. Policyowners have the option to receive their education benefits through checks or cash card which is an alternative disbursement facility similar to an ATM or debit card.

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The Provincial Director, conducted security survey and inspection at the Dumagute City Airport. One of the measures to provide a safe community is to beef up security measures in the vital installations

PSSUPT AUGUSTO M MARQUEZ JR, CEO VI inspected the entrance of the boarding area of the Dumaguete City Airport.

NORSU’s gift to nature

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BOUT 2,000 seedlings were planted inside and outside the satellite campus of NegrosOrientalStateUniversity, Gihulngan Campus re cently morning as part of students awareness to the environments.

The activity was done instead of the usual gift giving last Christmas season for those people who are in need, but, thru the initiation of the Philippine Air Force (PAF), Philippine Army, Department of Natural Resources (DENR), Regional Emergency Assistance Communication Team (REACT) and Negros Oriental State University (NORSU), everyone joined hand in hand in giving the mother earth a gift by planting trees. According to 1Lt. Bernie Afable of Bravo Company of the 11th Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army, he said that the activ- Members of the ROTC students of Guihulngan campus plant trees inside and ity reminds the stu- outside campus as part of their Christmas gift for mother earth. dent the awareness of climate change through REACT Negros Oriental, for NORSU Guihulngan camhis part said, it’s nice to help pus said that the activity has reforestration program. Afable said, the army the environment and take part been an idea of Lt. Col. will continue their tree in various activities such as Melchor Valdez, Complanting activity to the com- tree planting for us to reverse mander of 5th Air Reserve munity. But, it was the first the effects of climate change. Center Philippine Airforce, The REACT grouped has time partnership with the to give gift to our mother group especially with the more than 100 active members students of ROTC and he in Negros Oriental Junior and Earth. The theme for the joined hoped the said activity will Senior, Uy said. Meanwhile, 2Lt. Ryan Jo- planting activities is a tree continue. On the other hand, Bon seph Magbojos of the Philip- Christmas gift for the mother Mark Uy, Group Chief of pine Army, Commandant of earth.


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A prayer for the new year

Around Negros

“We pray to make the world a king of Peace, Justice and Love.”

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s we begin our journey through the year 2010, the road that we shall be traveling is fraught with turmoil and uncertainty. Somehow, we do not know what will really happen to us for it is only God Almighty who knows what’s ahead. We always need His divine guidance and help to be able to safely arrive at our final destination.

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I would like to share with you an appropriate “Universal Prayer” by Pope Clement XI for all of us. Let this be our supplication and plea for 2010. Lord Almighty I believe in you, increase my faith. I trust in you and I love you. Let me love you, more and more. I am sorry for all my sins, deepen my sorrow. I worship you and I long for you as my last end. I praise you as my constant helper and call on you as my loving protector. Guide me by your wisdom, correct me with your justice

Life is a ... (Catan)

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look at the New Year as a time for understanding our neighbors, our countrymen, our family members and ourselves by really listening to what they are saying (including their body language) with my heart. This is a time to get in touch with the child in us, so that we can look at life through fresh eyes untainted by what others think and say and discover the everyday miracles in our lives. Yes, life is a mirror. Poetess M.A. DeVere explains it well in her short poem “Life’s Mirror”: There are loyal hearts, there are spirits brave/ There are souls that are pure and true/ Then give to the world the best you have,/ And the best will come back to you./ Give love, and love to your life will flow/ A strength in your utmost need;/ Have faith, and a score of hearts will show/ Their faith in your word and deed. Give truth, and your gift will be paid in kind, / And honor will honor meet, / And a smile that is sweet will surely find/ A smile that is just

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

Comfort me with your mercy. Protect me with your power. I offer you Lord, my thoughts, my words, my actions: to reflect my love for You, my sufferings: to be injured for your greater glory. Lord, enlighten my understanding, strengthen my will, purify my heart and make me holy. Help me to repent for my past sins and to resist temptations in the future. Help me to rise above my human weaknesses and to grow stronger as a Christian. Let me love my Lord and my God and see myself as a I really am: a pilgrim Turn to page 13

as sweet. / Give sorrow and pity to those who mourn;/ You will gather in flowers again/ The scattered seeds of your thought outborne,/ Though the sowing seemed but vain./ For life is the mirror of king and slave—/ ‘Tis just what we are and do;/ Then give to the world the best you have,/ And the best will come back to you. The mirror of my life sees me as I really am, not as how I would like to be, or as how others see me or want me to be. Like the mirror in Sleeping Beauty, the mirror that told the truth even though it made the Wicked Queen have a temperamental anger tantrum, the mirror of my life will reflect only the truth about me. Sometimes I like what I see, sometimes I don’t. The New Year challenges me to become a better person. The mirror of life tells me that the New Year is a time for learning new truths, discovering creative and better ways of doing things, to look into ways to blend the old traditions with the modern pace of life. It is a time for sharing – resources, time, skills and talents with those

who need most my help, with those who have less in life than I have. Yes, the New Year is a time to look forward, a time of anticipation. But most of all it is a much needed reminder for me to take time out to really look deep into the mirror of my life, to reflect on the treasures of happy moments, to gather inspiration from the people who have left their footsteps and fingerprints along my life path, and to thank God for His blessings that make me who I am. Most of all, I like to think that the new year beckons me to step out along a fresh path, one that unfolds before me a wide horizon, complete with exciting mountains to climb, valleys to rest in, with storms and rainbows along the way. And as I travel along my life path, I resolve to make the most of my journey, step by step, today and every day. At the end of the year I hope to look into the mirror of my life and see joyful faces, myriad miracles, and a warm smile on my face reflecting back a spirit of gratefulness and contentment for the year just past.

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Outgoing Ayungon Mayor Erwin Agustino (right) confirms he and Vice-mayor Edsel Enardecido are definitely supporting Vice-governor Jose “Petit” Baldado (left) for the governorship but clarifies that he has yet to decide whether to endorse the candidacy of Dumaguete City Mayor Agustin “Tuting” Perdices (center) or Board Member Mariant Escaño Villegas for vice-governor.

coring his vice-mayor and political rival of spreading falsehoods, Jimalalud Mayor Reynaldo Tuanda strongly denied using government vehicles when attending cockfights. In fact, the re-electionist mayor said that for about two years now he has not been inside a cockpit because of his ailment. Honda Civic, a Big Horn, a Honda CRV Vice-mayor Dante Zamora, who is without official markings and parked them the opposition bet for running for mayor, in his private garage. accused Mayor Tuanda of exclusively using three government vehicles: a Turn to page 14

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arents of public school students, some of whom are required to cook for their children’s meal every lunch time, are urging the officials of the Department of Education to halt the implementation of the free noon meal program, which has been modified in the province. Originally, the program only involves for them at home. However, in Negros the distribution of several kilos of rice to Oriental, the implementation was modified Turn to page 14 school children so their parents can cook

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t is the Bais City Water District and not the administration of Mayor Hector “Tata” Villanueva, that should be put on the hot seat and explain why test results indicate that the dinking water of the city contains a high level of e.coli contamination.

Based on a survey conducted by the Provincial Health Office in the 3rd Quarter of 2009, Bais City drinking water has

the second highest e.coli presence at 43 percent of the samples taken, next to Turn to page 14

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Some observers predict Capt. Edith Vera, President of the Negros Maritime College Foundation and the lone candidate of the Nationalist People’s Coalition for the Provincial Board in the third district will find herself in the winning circle if she continues with her engaging and aggressive campaign. In this photo, Vera is surrounded by barangay health workers of Sta. Catalina, who are among her steadfast supporters.


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Vallehermoso ... From page 14

fishing inside the territorial waters of the municipality, particularly in the marine protected areas of Barangays Puan and Don Villegas When accosted by authorities the five crew members failed to produce the required documents sanctioning their activities prompting the arrests and seizure of their fishing boat.

Hospital ... From page 14

Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital, who lost a Dell laptop worth P20,000.00, two cellular phones and some cash, recently. The supposed witness, a certain Aurelio Pontillas, who is one of the hospital’s carpenters, claims he saw a couple with a four-year old boy tagging along emerging from the victim’s room. Fr.

Tourists lost ... True meaning ... (Bingo) From page 14

day afternoon, December 28. The victim was having a good time chatting with his friends when he discovered the robbery while trying to pay his restaurant bill. The Hawaiian resident sought the assistance of the management which in turn called up the authorities. Aside from the cash, other valuables inside the backpack are the following: Sony Ericsson cellular phone, MP4 player, Fuji camera, wallet with P3,000.00, driver’s license and passports. Arnaiz discovered the afternoon robbery on his return to the hospital and finding the main door of his room ajar. However, it is believed that the suspect may have entered the room by forcibly removing five jalousie blades of the side window.

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people in disguise. One day, he goes down a flight of damp stairs to visit a fireman, seated on the ashes, tending to the furnace that heats the palace. The destitute fireman offered the king coarse bread and a jug of water and they talked-for long. Then the King returned again and again -for he pitied his condition. One day he decided to reveal who he was and asked him for anything he ever wanted. The fireman did not ask for anything. The King was startled: “Don’t you know that I can give you anything - a city or a throne?” Then the fireman gently replied” I understand your majesty. But you have already given the greatest gift a man can receive. You left your palace you sit with me here in this dark and lonely place. You could give nothing more precious. You have given yourself and that is more than I could ever deserve.” He did not want anything material -just the gift of companionship and friendship. We should be able to scatter this virtue to all - for none is too poor not to have it inside one’ self or too rich not to need it. And we can practice it every day in our lives if we just open our hearts for occasions for us to manifest our love. The second story is told of two inseparable men - who enlisted, trained and were shipped together for the army. They fought side by side in the trenches. In one firefight, one of the men was critically wounded on a ground filled with barbed wire obstacles. It was raining bullets and it was suicidal to reach the wounded man.

Yet, his friend decided to do just. The sergeant told him: “It’s too late, you cannot do him any good, and you will only get yourself killed.” But he went anyway. He returned a few minutes later carrying his friend. But he himself has been mortally wounded. The sergeant was both angry and deeply moved. He said: “What a waste! He’s dead and you are dying. It’s just not worth it.” With almost his last breath, the dying man replied “Oh, yes it was, Sarge. When I got to him, the only thing he said was, I knew you’d come, Jim.” This tale speaks of the Gospel of Jesus - the true meaning of his manger-tocross story. It is about selfless love. We celebrated Christmas last Friday - some people enjoying the observation more than others. Many are, understandably, still reeling behind the devastation of the two typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng that brought record-breaking floods in many places. The rehabilitation cost, alone could run up financially to a stupendous P42 billion. But, doubtless, for some of us - there is still so much to thank the Lord for the blessings that flow from His barn. Let us share our bounty - or give till it hurts - for this is truly the season of giving. Let us go back to the Good Book which says: “It is better to give than to receive.” but we will not reject gifts, is a fine motto as any for the holiday season. Give love on Christmas Day - and all days thereafter. Let there be peace on earth - and let it begin with me. To our dear readers, advertisers, staff and friends, we wish you a Blessed Christmas and a prosperous New Year!

A prayer for the ... From page 12

in this world, a Christian called to respect and love all whose lives I touch. Help me to conquer anger with gentleness, greed, by generosity, apathy by fervor. Help me to forget myself and reach out towards others. Make me prudent in planning, courageous in taking risks. Make me patient in suffering. Keep me, Lord, to be attentive at prayer, temperate in food and drink, Diligent in my work, firm in my good intentions. Let my conscience be clear, my conduct without fault, my speech Blameless, and my life well-ordered. Let me cherish your love for me, keep your law and come at last to your Salvation. Teach me to realize that this world is passing; that my true future is the happiness in heaven; that my life on earth is short and the life to come is eternal. Help me to prepare for death with proper fear of judgment but a greater Trust in your goodness. Lead me safely through death, to the endless icy of heaven. Grant me this plea through Jesus Christ, our Lord. A BLESSED NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE!

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“CITY OPENS DOORS TO INVESTORS” E-mail : gwapogyud@yahoo.com Comment: This is not a new idea, credit should not be given to the present administration. As we recall, it should have been a long time ago that Dumaguete city should have been open to investors had we believed and understood the project of former Mayor IPE REMOLLO “ Dumaguete Master Plan”. I, for one, even if I was being terminated prior Remollo stepped down city hall, I still believed on him and his leadership. Actually, this investors thing that came up today, is just a piece by piece implementation done by the present administration, a complete photocopy of the comprehensive plan of the Dumaguete Master plan that the City Mayor foremerly calls as a hoax project of Remollo. People, wake up, this is just a duplication of what the Remollo administration could have had achieved had we voted for him for the entire 3 terms, but we did not, becoz we do not understand what master plan means. Poor, how come we are being called the “University town” if we dont have that intellect, or should we say, we were just being tricked by the old trapos to believed something unworthy and useless? Will we have to learn from our mistakes? So People, it’s election time, we must choose the good Mayor, a Businessman might be good, together with a good person Alan Cordova to head the council, in that way, “DUMAGUETE CAN”. YES, DUMAGUETE CAN”... ===========================

“LOCAL JOURNALISTS WANT MARTIAL LAW LIFTED SOON” E-mail : rjma24@yahoo.com Comment: The Endemic Political Rot: The lifting of Proclamation 1959 placing the province of Maguindanao under Martial Law comes in the wake of serious legal and factual loopholes being raised by various sectors opposed to the declaration of martial law. The declaration is patently defective and unnecessary and carries with it an agenda that can be used to keep Mrs. Arroyo in power beyond 2010. Even before its lifting, Proclamation 1959 could not stand the serious challenges hurled against it by legal luminaries, lawmakers, activists and various concerned citizens and sectors. Despite the lifting, I urge the Supreme Court to rule on the petitions filed by various groups because of the serious questions on the factual bases of the declaration. I hope the Supreme Court will rule in favor of the petitioners, as it did when it struck down PP 1017 which placed the entire country under a state of national emergency in 2006. I call on the Filipino people to remain ever vigilant and to oppose the use of martial law in the near future, especially as the elections approaches. Having done it once on questionable grounds, the threat is there that Arroyo can do it again in the future. The temptation may be too hard for her to resist, especially when her hold on power is on the line. We will continue to fight for justice for the victims of the Ampatuan massacre. We demand accountability from the government that has sponsored, funded and coddled local warlords for the longest time. We demand accountability from the police and military officials who have provided weapons for these warlords. To this day, not one police, military or defense official has been charged for the illegal transfer of weapons and ammunition to the Ampatuans. We will continue to hold the Arroyo government accountable for the climate of impunity that has resulted in the deaths of hundreds of activists, journalists, lawyers, church people, farmers and workers over the past nine years.


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Tuanda denies... From page 12

BY: DEMS DEMECILLO NEIL RIO

City demolishes illegal fence

Heeding the plea of the residents of Maria Cristina Street, Dumaguete City Mayor Agustin “Tuting” Perdices ordered last week the demolition of a permanent fence erected by Mrs. Elena Grace Almero-Echavez on her property without a building or fencing permit. The city government gave Mrs. Echavez until December 12 to voluntarily dismantle the structure but the latter failed to comply. A demolition team under the protection of the Philippine National Police undertook the demolition with the expenses to be charged against the offending owner.

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n an incident, which effectively ruined his dreamed Christmas vacation in the Philippines, American tourist Timothy Jon Alvey, lost some $4, 800.00 or about P220,000 to thieves who took his black backpack placed under the table while he was eating snacks outside Shakey’s restaurant on Mon Turn to page 13

embers of the Bantay Dagat assisted by SP01 Edmundo Basadre and P03 Ramiro Gocotano arrested last week five residents of Barili and Camotes, Cebu for illegal fishing or poaching off the coast of Vallehermoso town. The suspects identified as Jonathan crew members of a commercial fishing Cañete, Joseph Sarit, Marvin Montema, vessel, which was apprehended for illegal Jason Montemayor and John Sostino are Turn to page 13

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To prove his point, among the evidences submitted to the Office of the Ombudsman is a footage showing a Honda CRV, purportedly the official car of Mayor Tuanda sans a red plate parked near a cockpit. But Tuanda said that three vehicles are parked in his garage because the municipal government’s garage is overcrowded with 25 other vehicles. “You cannot park these kinds of cars in an ordinary garage. They are probably in my garage but anybody can use these cars especially during emergencies and other government sanctioned travels,” Tuanda said. The Honda Civic was assigned to Vice-mayor Zamora shortly after their victory in 2004, but the vehicle eventually required some P 200,000 worth of repairs in Cebu City. It was never returned to Zamora’s office; instead the car is used during weddings for a fee. However, municipal officials are also using the car when transacting business in Dumaguete City and other official trips. The 4x4 Big Horn was an appropriation made by Tuanda’s predecessor Nicon Erames, which was overtaken by the election ban in 2004, but was purchased nonetheless as the vehicle of choice when the mayor and councilors travel to hinterland barangays. Finally, the purchase of the Honda CRV was proposed by Tuanda two years ago when the town had a savings of P 2.5 million. His proposal was approved by the municipal council presided by Zamora, who now wants the luxury vehicle to be auctioned off as part of the town’s belt tightening measures.

REAL ESTATE House and Lot for sale: -500 sq. meters, P1.5 M fully fenced subdivision lot Northern Junob -660 sq. meters, P3.5 M 4 bedrooms Upper Pulantubig

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erhaps, anxious of their mounting hospital bills, a couple is now being sought by police after being tagged as responsible for the burglary of the room occupied by Rev. Father Jose Antonio Arnaiz, chaplain of the Turn to page 13

Police outpost at Robinsons

Lots:

-930 sq. meters, P1.4 M with concrete road Cantil-e -419 sq. meters, P2,000/ sq. meter Mangnao, Dumaguete City -733 sq. meters, P2,000/ sq. meter Poblacion, Amlan (back of the municipal hall) -500 sq. meters, P1 M Talay alay,, Dumaguete Cit Cityy -1,123 sq. meters, P1.5 M with road Camanjac, Dumaguete City

Authorities are asking the management of Robinsons Place to allocate some space, particularly within the vicinity of the parking lot, for the establishment of a police outpost, following numerous reports of criminal incidents in and out of the establishment which has raised alarm to the shoppers and visitors of this city’s newest attraction.

Free noon ...

Bais washes ... From page 12

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Valencia, which registered 68 percent e.coli content. Dr. Felix Sy, Provincial Health Officer-I explains that e.coli bacteria are derived from human and animal wastes which contaminate drinking water sources and can cause water borne diseases such as typhoid fever, cholera, diarrhea and amoebasis. However, unlike in the town of Valencia, the supply, treatment and distribution of drinking water are the sole responsibility of the Bais City Water District, which is a separate agency. In fact, the city water district sued but lost to the city government of Bais after Mayor Villanueva established two ozonized water stations providing clean and safe drinking water to indigents for free. In Valencia, the local government unit for nine years under Mayor Rodolfo “Odol” Gonzalez Jr., has appropriated and invested more than P 65 million to develop its water sources and distribute potable water to the households for a fee. Mayor Villanueva and her daughter Karen, an incumbent councilor, bared

with parents along with teachers carrying the “burden” of cooking the food in the public schools. Students are not allowed to bring with them food from their homes or buy from outside. But some parents are complaining because they are “forced to report to school and prepare the meals.” They consider it burdensome, especially for those who are working in the farms and stores or whose mere presence is needed at home. Responding to their lamentations, former First District Representative Jacinto “Jing” Paras promised to discuss with the officials of the Department of Education the parents’ concerns and urged the agency to review the current implementation of the program. “I hope that the concerned officials will listen to the clamor of the parents, after all they know what is best for their children,” concludes Paras. plans to purchase additional fifteen ozonized portable machines, some of which will be set up in public schools, to ensure a steady supply of clean and safe drinking water for their constituents.

January Fellowship 9:00am-11:00am 3 • Oikodomeo Jordan 3

• Living Hope Fellowship 10:00am12:00pm Joshua 2 • Shaun & Maryfel Wedding 12:00pm2:00pm Jordan 1 & 2 • Real Life Church 2:00pm-4:00pm Jordan 3 • Living World Fellowship 3:00pm-5:00pm Agape • Solidrock Worship Service 5:30pm7:30pm Jordan 3

NO TIME?

I knelt to pray but not for long, I had too much to do, Must hurry off and get to work, For bills would soon be due. And so I rattled a hurried prayer, Jumped up from off my knees. My Christian duty now was done, My soul could be at ease.

All through the day I had no time, To speak a word of cheer. NO TIME to speak of Christ to friends, They’d laugh at me I feared. NO TIME, NO TIME, so much to do, That was my constant cry. NO TIME to give to those in need; At last, t’was time for me to die…. And when before the Lord I came, I stood with downcast eyes, With his hands He held a book, T’was the BOOK OF LIFE. He looked into the book and said,

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HOTELS

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MASSAGE

Door 2 Ground Flr., C.O.D. Building (near the PNP, Dr. V. Locsin

Tel. # 422-5267

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C & L Suites Inn Perdices St. Dgte. City Tel. No. 225-6219 / 422-9671

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HEIDI’S PPA AWNSHOP

“The Pawnshop with a Heart” Along Sta. Rosa St., Dumaguete City Tel. No No.. 225-9841 & their Newest Branch at Silliman Ave., Dgte. City Tel. #422-9002

AGENCIA CIUDAD PAWN SHOP Main Branch JAT Building San Juan St., Dgte. City Branch 1, San Jose St., Dgte. City, Beside UCPB Tel. # 225-8543 / 225-7651

Door #4 South Pacific Bldg., Perdices St., Dgte. City PRODUCT LINE:(w/ Installation) • Automotive Windshields, Doorglass & Backglass • Automotive Rubber • Acrylic Plastic • Safety Glass • CarTinting (1pc. Windshield- no cut) All kinds of Architectural Glasses • Sliding door • Windows • Jealousy • Glass and Frame etc.

Tel. Num: 419-8480 Telefax: 226-6243

REMAN Automotive, Residential and Commercial glass Supply, Car Glass Tinting, Roll up doors, etc.... Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental

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For children with special needs: Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation, ADHD, Developmental Delay, Sensory Integration Disorders. By: appointment (on weekends). Contact:

Jeffrey V. Real, OTRP

Chief Occupational Therapist Braingate Development School and Rehabilitation Center “All children are gifts from God. Indeed, they are special.”

Cell no. 0919-8988858

“As good as ORIGINAL”

Ink Refilling Station

Ser vices/Pr oducts Of vices/Products Offf er r ed • Ink Refill Services for Hp,Canon,Epson,Lexmark Cartridges • Ribbon Refill • Cartridge Repair • Cartridge Reconditioning • Toner Refill • Remanufactured Ink PRINTER MAINTENANCE • Original Ink Tel. No. 226-1488 / 422-9695

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WHY NOT TRAVEL AND SERVICES # 70 RIZAL BOULEVARD, DUMAGUETE CITY TEL #: (035) 225-9028 / TEL FAX #: (035) 422-9210 CEL #: 0919-840-2069 EMAIL: whynotservices@yahoo.com whynotservices@gmail.com

SERVICES: INTERNATIONAL / DOMESTIC TICKETS FAST CRAFT TICKETS/BOAT TICKETS PASSPORTING/VISA ASSISTANCE LOCAL TOURS/ HOTEL RESERVATIONS VAN / CAR RENTALS

EL CAMINO BLANCO ENTERTAINMENT CORPORATION Come and feel the total relaxation…. Acoustics Jammin’ @ Barefoot Bistro Every Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays 9:00 p.m. onwards

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Call us up at (035) 225-9428/ 422-5373

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N O T I C E

Larena, Siquijor TEL. NO. (035) 377-2222 TELE FAX (032) 377-2223

INVIT ATION TO APPL Y FOR ELIGIBILIT Y AND TO BID INVITA APPLY ELIGIBILITY The Siquijor State College (SSC), Larena, Siquijor through its Bids and Awards Committee, invites interested parties for Eligibility and to Bid for the supply and delivery for Siquijor State College of the following;

Project Description

Reference RTB-12-404-09

Approved Budget for the contract

Integrated Bridge System with GMDSS and the following equipment: -

Radar PC C Map GPS Echo Sounder VHF Weather Fax 2000 Automatic Identification System Radar/Arpa Program capability

Notice is hereby given that the estate of the late DAVID BARO has been extrajudicially settled among his heirs in a Deed of Heirship and Absolute Sale before Notary Public Nerio NB Bulado of Dumaguete City as per Doc. No. 157, Page No. 33, Book No. VI, Series of 2002. The Negros Chronicle Dec. 20, 27, 2009 & Jan. 3, 2010

Php6,000,000.00

Operational RADAR – Complete with standard accessories Including the renovation of building for the said equipment

LOT FOR SALE

Lifetime service & maintenance of the equipment Eligibility requirements, complete specification of the items and Bid documents maybe obtained at the BAC Secretariat, Siquijor State College, Larena, Siquijor. Issuance of Bid documents will start on December 22, 2009 ; 2:00 o’clock P.M. upon payment of a non-refundable amount of Nine thousand pesos only. (Php9,000.00). Please take note of the bidding bulletin. Activity

Date/Time

1. Pre-Bid Conference

Venue

January 8, 2010 2:30 PM January 15, 2010 2:30 PM January 15, 2010 2:30 PM January 19, 2010 January 22, 2010

2. Deadline for Submission of Bids & Opening of Bids 3. Bid Evaluation 4. Post-qualification 5. Notice of Award

SSC Function Room SSC Function Room SSC Function Room

Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of RA 9184 will govern the conduct of this public bidding. The Siquijor State College (SSC) reserves the right to reject any or all bids, waive minor informality in the bids received, declare a failure of bidding for any justified and reasonable ground, and to award the contract to the bidder whose bid, as evaluated by the BAC is most advantageous to the college. Interested applicants may obtain further information from the BAC-Secretariat at telephone No. 035-377-2222 and 035-377-2223.

Res. area: TCT No. 27722 (clean title) Land area: 3,529 sq. m. Price: P1,500./sq.m. (negotiable) Improvements: 1) GAZEBO w/Cottage, Parking space w/ small car park 2) Assorted bearing fruit trees some are hi-bred variety Look for Jojo Tel. No. 422-4142 Cell # 09212437278 (roaming texting) Owner: Loreta Yu Watson DIRECT BUYERS ONLY

FILEMON P. CARORO, Ed. D. Chairman, BAC Approved: The Negros Chronicle Dec. 20, 27, 2009 & Jan. 3, 2010

BALDOMERO R. MARTINEZ, JR., DPA, Ed. D. SUC President II

Account Executives Marketing Assistant * Accounting/Bookeeping experience * Marketing expereince * 25-40 yrs old male/female

MULTIMEDIA PROJECTOR COMPUTERS PROJECTORSCREENS LAPTOPS PRINTERS/HUBS AND OTHER OFFICE EQUIPMENT FOR RENT FOR INQUIRIES PLEASE CALL 09197079402 * 09183531784

Apply personally NEGROS CHRONICLE Piapi, Dumaguete City


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OCEAN FAST FERRIES INC. Pier 1 CPA Bldg., Cebu City, Philippines Tel. #: 255-7560 Fax #255-0115; 416-6670 E-mail: marketing@oceanjet.net Website: www.oceanjet.net

DAIL Y SCHEDULE EFFECTIVE MAR CH 6, 2009 AILY MARCH

ROUTE

DEPARTURE 6:00 AM 9:30 AM CEBU-TAGBILARAN 1:50 PM 3:35 PM 6:00 PM CEBU-DUMAGUETE 6:00 AM (via-tag) 3:35 PM

TAGBILARAN-CEBU DUMAGUETE-CEBU (via-tag)

CEBU-DAPITAN

6:00 AM

DAPITAN-CEBU

CEBU-SIQUIJOR

3:35 PM

SIQUIJOR-CEBU

(via-tag & dum)

(via-tag & dum)

12:20 PM

(via-dum & tag)

6:00 AM

(via-dum & tag)

DUMAGUETE-DAPITAN 10:00 AM DUMAGUETE-SIQUIJOR 7:40 PM

DAPITAN-DUMAGUETE SIQUIJOR-DUMAGUETE

7:30 AM DUMAGUETE-TAGBILARAN 2:20 PM

TAGBILARAN-DUMAGUETE

TAGBILARAN-DAPITAN 8:00 AM

DAPITAN-TAGBILARAN

SIQUIJOR-TAGBILARAN 6:00 AM

TAGBILARAN-SIQUIJOR

(via-dum)

(via-dum)

BACOLOD-ILOILO

Legend: CEB-CEBU BAC-BACOLOD

6:15 7:45 9:15 10:45 12:45 2:15 3:45 5:15

AM AM AM AM PM PM PM PM

DEPARTURE 7:05 AM 9:30 AM 11:35 AM 4:10 PM 5:30 PM 7:30 AM 2:20 PM

ROUTE

12:20 PM 6:00 AM 8:00 AM 5:45 PM 12:20 PM

(via-dum)

5:45 PM

(via-dum)

6:15 7:45 9:15 10:45 12:45 2:15 3:45 5:15

ILOILO-BACOLOD

DAP-DAPITAN DUM-DUMAGUETE

AM AM AM AM PM PM PM PM

ILO-ILOILO TAG-TAGBILARAN

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Innova Van 2007 Strada Pick up – 2009 model 2 units Toyota Hi-Ace Commuter – 2009 Tel. Nos. 225-7452 / 422-8450 Cell. No. 09283264555 / 09062708575 09228597701 / 09228597702

Avail of the libre balik promo on the following route: CEB - TAG - CEB SCHEDULES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE

CALL/TEXT reservations 0922-867-7974 Text “OCEAN JET HELP” Smart (216) Globe (2278)

WANTED

FOR MORE INQUIRIES, CONTACT TAGBILARAN

Tel.: (038) 235-3562 / 501-9023 Mob: 0922-3178314

DAPITAN

Mob: 0910-5177888 / 0922-6929618

DUMAGUETE

Tel.: (035) 226-1085 Mob: 0919-7442648 / 0922-7201679

BACOLOD

Tel.: (034) 433-5359 Mob: 0922-3916298

ILO-ILO

Tel.: (033) 509-9018 Mob: 0922-7413046

Marketing Officer Account Executives

Apply Personally NEGROS CHRONICLE or on line elydejaresco@yahoo.com

DAIL Y AILY

SAILING SCHEDULE

ROUTE DEPARTURE TIME

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DUMAGUETE-SIQUIJOR *6:00 AM 9:00 AM 10:30 AM # 1:30PM 2:30 PM DUMAGUETE-LARENA 5:30 PM

All Memorial Plans are accepted except St. Peter Plan Inc.

Garden of Saints MEMORIAL CHAPELS

Camanjac, Dumaguete City Day & Night Service, 24 Hours a Day Tel. Nos.: (035) 225-8777 6580

225-

- Paralegals - Real Estate Agents (lic. not used)

Contact Steve: 09082719630 / stevefpa@gmail.com

DUMAGUETE-SIQUIJOR 6:00AM SIQUIJOR-DUMAGUETE 8:00AM 10:30AM 12:30PM 2:30PM 5:00PM

Ticket Sales and Offices DUMAGUETE CITY: Pier 3, Delta Fast Ferries Passenger Terminal Tel. Nos. (035) 420-1111 / 420-0888 P MART Tel. No. (035) 422-9292 SIQUIJOR, SIQUIJOR: Port Area, Siquijor, Siquijor LARENA, SIQUIJOR: Port Area, Larena, Siquijor

NORECO 2 REAL ST., DUMAGUETE CITY T EL . # 225-4380

DEL TA CAR FERR Y DELT FERRY

(Dumaguete City)

Sales Agents Sales Managers Customer Service Agents In-House Lawyers

DEPARTURE TIME

SIQUIJOR-DUMAGUETE 5:55 AM * 7:00 AM 10:15 AM 12:30 PM # 3:00 PM 4:30 PM LARENA-DUMAGUETE Via Siquijor 5:35 AM

DELTA CAR FERRY DUMAGUETE-SIQUIJOR 6:00 AM SIQUIJOR-DUMAGUETE 10:30 AM 8:00 AM 2:30 PM 12:30 PM 5:00 PM * every Monday # optional

Job Openings -

ROUTE

Bringing the islands closer to you. 5 Miciano Road, Dumaguete City Tel. # 422-5866 / 422-9447

DELTA Marine International Pty. Ltd.

PLEASE CHECK-IN (1) ONE HOUR BEFORE DEPARTURE TIME.

Schedules subject to change without prior notice


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OCEAN FAST FERRIES INC. Pier 1 CPA Bldg., Cebu City, Philippines Tel. #: 255-7560 Fax #255-0115; 416-6670 E-mail: marketing@oceanjet.net Website: www.oceanjet.net

DAIL Y SCHEDULE EFFECTIVE MAR CH 6, 2009 AILY MARCH

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Pre-plenum ... Enforcers eye... From page 1

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troops and insurgents. Apparently on their way to a plenum on its annual anniversary last Dec. 26, the NPA combatants were believed to be earlier gathering in conference as they assessed their present situation and their role in the coming elections. Among the participants are alleged white area leaders of the communist movement. The two bodies, which were brought by helicopter to Sta. Catalina proper were identified as Fortunato de Pilyo, 44, from Cebu and fifty-year old Amado dela Cruz, who is believed to be an uncle of NPA leader Ismael Dela Cruz alias Ka Jimland. Also recovered were two baby armalites with M203 grenade launcher. The fierce encounter erupted when elements of the 79th IB under the command of Lt. Col Erwin Bernard Neri chanced upon the rebels who were on their way to a pre-plenum gathering. Neri claims, an insider among the insurgents tipped them of the rebels’ conference, which was also known to be their annual gathering day. 302 nd Brigade Commanding Officer Col. Cesar Yano, acknowledged the cooperation of the citizens in the area, one of whom was supposed to attend the gath-

in that, their academic if not religious backgrounds are strong deterrents against violent prone actions. It was only in La Libertad in 2007 that a political ambush was staged killing 7 people.

Updating the ...

should be continually cleaned and renewed to foster family life among the people. This area is often ignored, its challenges not taken up adequately. There are situations that undermine the family’s vitality. Pornography, unregulated means of amusement and recreation, etc., are now going viral. People get unduly absorbed by new technologies at the expense of family life. Obviously, the spouses and the other members of the family should do their part to enrich their family life. Quality time together should be fostered, planned and defended against factors that tend to undermine it. Affection, good manners should be shown in any weather. Everyone should try his best to be generous in this area, always thinking of details that can brighten the home and warm the relationships among all the family members, heroically fighting against tiredness, attachments, personal preferences, selfishness, etc. In this regard, the little things of everyday count a lot and are, in fact, the main ingredient to strengthen the bonds of the family. We need to take advantage of these little things in our family life to culture our love for God and for others. There’s actually no other way as basic as this one. For this purpose, it might be good to realize the need for us to develop a devotion to the Holy Family. Our families should be a reflection, if not a

(Cimagala)

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things for the family. May it be that in every level of our life, this concern for the family is taken up seriously. For the Church, for example, there should be abiding diocesan and parochial efforts to help the family in some concrete way, an effort translated into continuing prayers, sacrifices and timely reminders. For example, the preparation for couples for marriage should be attended to well. Effective programs to nourish couple’s conjugal love should be developed. Prompters about the evil of contraception, the RH bill, etc. should be frequently made since this now constitutes clear and present danger to marriages. The government and NGOs should also do the same, trying to figure out the issues families in general are now facing and tackling. There are many of them. It’s good to have a systematic and massive approach to this, monitoring the relevant developments closely and ever presenting solutions. For one, it pains me to see some workers pressured to do overtime work at the expense of their family life. Stories I hear about inhuman pressures suffered by call center agents are really depressing. The problems involved should be addressed. Also the environment, especially that part known also as the human ecology,

Comelec can’t... From page 1

the present seven councilors, and once elected, the body my opt thru the Comelec to hold a special election for the two more remaining slots. It might be unwise to declare the 9 th and 10 th placer as the winners since the parties might complain saying that they were not given the opportunity to field equally qualified candidates which could have won the last two slots. So whichever way, the election must go on, and whatever is lacking a special election may be called by the Comelec to comply with such eventuality. ering, for volunteering information of the presence of the armed rebels. Hot pursuit operations are still ongoing against the fleeing rebels with the First Scout Ranger Battalion of the Philippine Army under Lt. Col. Antonio Nafarete providing support.

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ment, employment, and investment. But he admitted, provincial property tax collections will decrease as this will now accrue to the new city LGU. However, he quickly added that the positive arguments in favor of cityhood far outweighs its negative aspects. He cautioned the 16 new city governments to be creative and productive. They should not depend on dole outs. In fact, he said, cityhood means increased taxes on its constituents, and possibly increased fees in permits and licenses considering the fact that cityhood status is definitely higher than that of mere township. It now depends on its local leaders on how to steer the new city to new heights so as to attain more progress over and above its present status.

Faith hope ...

Super Shuttle ...

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midst of the Maguindanao massacre for example? These are indeed trying times. Condemning the dastardly act but loving the sinner becomes humanly possible if and only if true justice is rendered and rendered swiftly with facility and ease. Our hope for eternal bliss that is borne out of our undoubting faith includes our hope for eternal justice. This is the doctrine upon which vengeance is thought to us as not ours but the Lord’s. This is also the tenet that allows us to live at peace with all human beings ever mindful of circumscribing our desires within due bounds and with due regard to the needs and wants of others. The greatest of the three pillars is CHARITY or LOVE to others. It is greatest because it is the physical manifestation of our Faith and Hope in God the father, the Architect of the universe. Charity is the fruit of the Holy Spirit in us. It overflows like a river of life. It is a kind of charity and love that is not expecting any pay back as Christ, the gift of salvation, has been given free even as we are sinners, undeserving and unrighteous. It is my personal greetings to one and all that we may have MORE FAITH, MORE HOPE and MORE CHARITY in our lives. MERRY CHRISTMAS and a VERY PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR. participation in that family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, where everything good for us was lived to the max and continues to be lived. We should never fail to realize the need to use spiritual and supernatural means, without neglecting the human instruments, to develop our families.

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ies, like the five other cities in Negros Oriental could also be adversely affected because the financial and internal revenue allotments (IRA) of chartered cities combined will be proportionately shared with each old and new city. In short, the entry of a new cityhood player could lower the socio economic potentials of the older cities because of the new entry which will now be given a share in the cityhood financial pie. Macias who used to be chairman of the House Committee on Local Governments and is now taken over by his disciple Rep. George Arnaiz, said they both support the Guihulngan cityhood in the positive sense of progress. Macias told the CHRONICLE that cityhood opens more windows for economic develop-

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office which was opened recently. Ship Captain Rene Malin was no exception when he ran on unfamiliar new grounds and hit sand 5 meters of its frontage. Nobody was hurt and the passengers were tansported back to the pier by 3a.m. in three batches according to the Coast Guard here. The passengers were transferred to another vessel by 3 pm the next day, some got refunds and 28 others decided to stay behind. . The ill-fated roro vessel was pulled free by tugboats at 5:15pm. Damage of the ship will be determined by underwater hull inspectors UHI. The inspectors will recommend to the Marina whether or not the vessel was and is sea worthy.

Crucial will ... From page 1

that to question further her citizenship would be to question the entire naturalization proceedings of his father, who legally became a Filipino citizen by naturalization process. So unless and until Mr. Julio Sy’s naturalization process is declared by the Court as irregular and with finality, the Supreme Court had already ruled last year, then Josy Limkaichong is a Filipino citizen . PETITION. Right now, the camp of ex Rep. Jing Paras who is out to retake the first district, has filed a fresh petition with the Comelec seeking Limkaichong’s disqualification. The issue is again, under litigation by the Comelec. Meantime, Josy Limkaichong is still allowed to run her campaign smoothly and squarely.

Stare Decisis (From page 6)

Limkaichong’s father Julio Ong Sy. The Supreme Court has already ruled that not even private persons, in an election contest, can seek a declaration of Rep. Limkaichong’s non-qualification. Denaturalization “is plainly not a matter that may be raised by private persons in an election case involving the naturalized citizen’s (Juilo Sy’s) descendant (Rep. Limkaichong),” said the Supreme Court. This is decision of the Supreme Court . It is the law of the case.

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Arbolado: RORO... From page 2

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Teves explains that the modular RORO seaport in Siaton is a product of an agreement between the Philippine government and the Eiffel Tower consortium. Under the agreement, there are 72 sea ports that will be built across the country and Siaton’s belongs to the first batch of 27 recipients. The seaport will be constructed in Tambobo Bay, which proves to be a safe haven for sea vessels, especially during weather disturbances. Corollary to this development, the two access roads to Barangay Bonbonon, where Tambobo is situated will soon be rehabilitated and cemented. The estimated cost for the concreting projects of the 8 kilometer stretch InaladBonbonon road and the 6 kilometer Napacao-Bonbonon road is pegged at P 20 million. Arbolado said that the idea of constructing a seaport in Tambobo Bay was started by the Cebu Shuttle Ferry and was 60 percent complete when halted and abandoned after it was revealed that the shipping company failed to get all the required permits from the government.

A number of shoppers and visitors reported loss of valuables and cash from robbers and burglars, some of whom forcibly opened some of their parked vehicles. Marquez wants to establish a police outpost near the mall to allow authorities to quickly answer calls for emergency assistance even if Robinsons has its own security force. Col. Marquez is asking the mall’s management to provide the Philippine National Police a lot where the outpost can be erected. “The construction of the seaport here is very viable and will significantly cut travel time from Western Visayas to Mindanao or vice-versa as Siaton is decidedly the closest link of Negros Island to Mindanao,” the mayor said. Both Arbolado and Teves are optimistic that the seaport will spur economic activities and bring in more investments particularly in food, services and tourism industries not just for the Siaton, which is a first class municipality, but also the rest southern Negros Oriental.

critical repor ting reporting (Catan)

HOW MEDIA SEES IT, AND NOT OTHERS

BY ELY P. DEJARESCO

(email: elydejaresco@yahoo.com)

Drug money to buy... (From page 2)

to buy votes this elections.

PDEA intercepted 85.87 kilos of shabu in Dingalan, Aurora last Dec. 21, 55 bricks of high-grade cocaine in Eastern Samar last Dec. 22-23, and another 84 bricks of cocaine, also in Samar, on Christmas Day. The results of the election might be influenced by drug cartels. The government will not just assess the drug situation on its impact on the national elections next year but also as a “scourge” of society. “We need to protect our children and the youth; otherwise, we will put in jeopardy the future of our youth.” The drug enforcement agencies must not just apprehend the pushers but must also destroy their laboratories that produce the substances that endanger the future of our country, he added. MOST OF ALL, destroy all confiscated drugs even if it means evidence because it is safer to destroy the evidence this time, so that it will not be recycled and re smuggled again in the black market.


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