VOL. 37 No. 29
Negros Oriental sets 121st Charter Day PAGE 02
January 2, 2011
P4M set to sixty corruption continues flood-hit families PAGE 02 PAGE 02 Justice: elusive
Minimum tricycle fare soon: P8.00
The historic R iz al Park which is t he cit y’s bagumbayan was the scene of the reenactment of Jose Rizal’s execution drama. (page 14)
Mayor, VM, kagawads get 81% pay increases! BY: BEVERLY A. LINAO race yourselves for another unprecedented 2011 bonanza! Starting this year 2011, the city mayor of Dumaguete, the city vice mayor and 12 city councilors will get a whooping 81% increase in their salaries . This means: P38,375 per month in 2011, The city mayor from or an incrase of P6,916 a P41,347 a month, will now month. Annually, he gets a get P51,249 or an increase r aise f r om P377,400 to o f P9,902 per mon th . P460,500 a year or an Annually, from P496,164, increase of P83,000 , roughly the mayor will now receive an 81.95% pay hike. P614,988 or an increase of The 12 city councilors P118,824. Rou gh ly an also will get an 81% pay 80.6% pay hike. increase: from P29,776 a The city vice mayor on mon th to P35,969 or an the other hand, will be paid increase of P6,193 a month. from P31,450 a month to Turn to page 3
TRICYCLE CITY of Dumaguete with around 4,000 cranky, rusty and mostly dilapidated units, will be provided with an P8 minimum fare increase this year minus any public hearing because an automatic fare adjustment is now provided by Ord. 177 passed in 2007.
he close to 4000 tricycles in Dumaguete will shortly be charging P8 minimum per trip per passenger as the new year 2011 begins. This is based on the favorable sentiments by the City Council although the applicants, members of the FEDUMCODA federation of city tricycle drivers, will have to undergo legal processing under Ordinance 177, Resolution 296 passed in 2007. Once approved, the tricycle industry w ill be getting a b ig share in th e economics of the city. Assuming that a tricycle driver operates 8 hours a day, with
a minimum of three passengers for 20 trips per 8 hour shift. At P8pesos per head, the industry stands to gain a gross income
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GARY: logical governor for 2013?
MAESTRO RYAN CAYABYAB, icon of Philippine contemporary music, composer and singer , together with the RC Singers, entertained the cream of society last Tuesday with a dinner show at the Luce Auditorium as a birthday anniversary tribute to city business matriarch Mrs Aning Sy, wife of local business icon Julio Sy.
fearless political forecast for 2011 is that Asia’s former top finance minister Sec. Margarito “Gary” Teves is the most logical governor for Negros Oriental in 2013.
This was the in itial assessment o f info rmed political sources saying that the provincial leadership of the p ro vince h as b een unexpectedly dis-stabilized
due to the post-election death of the just-reelected governor Dodo Macias in June. Then it was f ollo wed b y th e unexpected ailment of vice gov-elect Agustin Tuting
Perdices three months later. He is nursing a stage-3 stomach cancer. Both are now taken over by acting governor
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“WITH CHARITY NO MAN IS LOST; WITHOUT IT, NO MAN IS SAVED.”
January 2, 2011
Rizal Day thoughts:
Students of the Ramon Teves Pastor Memorial – Dumaguete Science High School, re-enact the execution of Dr. Jose Rizal, at the plaza named in his honor, and fronting the Cathedral.
If Dr. Jose Rizal were alive today, can he honestly say that he did not die in vain? Can Rizal, if alive today, say that Filipinos are truly a free people? Are we not enslaved by the tentacles of corruption, the illegal drug menace, poverty, criminality, double standard of justice, patronage politics, and plain greed? What then did we celebrate Rizal Day for last Thursday? Pls email your replies to : email@example.com
BY ELY P. DEJARESCO
Corruption continues due to elusive justice –o0o–
P4M set to sixty Fire burns 1.5 million flood-hit families house in Sta. Catalina
he Dept of Social Welfare and Development DSWD will grant 60 flood-hit families in the city with P4.2Million as part of the new budget’s super bonanza for the poor called Core Shelter Assistance Project (CSAP). The f amilies bene- flashflood of Feb , 2009. f iciaries co me f ro m Many critics commented: “informal settlers along the why give rewards to those r iv er s and creeks” o f w ho con stru cted th eir Bar an gays Tabu c-tub ig, shanties, (was it legally or Bagacay, Junob, Cadawi- illegally?) along the rivers nonan, Batinguel, Candau- and creeks, w hich is ay, Balugo , Taclobo, and prohibited by environment Barangay 8 in Dumaguete laws? Is this who were affected by the Turn to page 15
n estimated 1.5 million pesos worth of assets were put to ashes after a fire broke out at the town of Sta. Catalina Neg. Or. last December 28, 2010 due to a short circuit on the electrical wirings of a bedroom inside the house. According to the report Fortunately, no one was hurt gathered b y th e PNP on the said incident. Provincial Command, the The owner of the house house was owned by Juanito said that the fire started at and Aileen Bungcasan and is the couple’s bedroom and located at Bar an gay believed that it was caused Alingalanan, Sta. Catalina. by some electrical shortage. The entire house was already Furthermore, the owner said burning when the Bureau of that an outlet sparked as a Fire Protection of the said town responded to the call. Turn to page 3
121st Charter Day
ome people say that it is high time Malacañang and the Supreme Court bury the hatchet . We say, it is better if they do not. Why? Because we now see two bodies attempting real ways to check and balance each other.
We the people should not look at the “strained” relations between the executive and judiciary departments as adversarial, but rather constructively critical or, critically constructive, whichever. These two departments are not run by boys but men (and women). Let us therefore look at what are seemingly harsh relation as something that is good for healing and growing.
Negros Oriental sets Highway tree branches
DAYLIGHT HEADLIGHTS are needed to be open by ambulances on emergency trips along the highways in order to alert motorists from afar who can hardly see the blinking red and blue top lights during day time. Attention LTO: Mr. Ramos, pls direct all municipal health officers to this effect for the safety of all.
cut, trimmed by DPWH
BY: JENNIFER CATAN -TILOS
ireworks display and Pasko sa Sidlakan Ko grand winners show will highlight the 121st anniversary of Negros Oriental Charter Day celebration on January 3, 2011 at 4:30 in the afternoon at the Provincial Capitol Grounds.
The celebration will be opened with a Mass Service w ith Rev. Fr. En riqu e Balon gag as celebr an t followed by processional, Philippine and NegOr flag raising with a parade of Philippine National Police colors. Bef or e the w elcome r emar ks b y Pro vincial Governor Agustin Perdices,
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a gun salu te will b e performed by PNP and AFP. NegO r Spo rts & Cultu ral Facilities Management Board Chair Glynda Descuatan said while it is true that NegOr Charter Day falls on New Year’s Day, “we move it t o January 3, Mo nday t o gather large participants from Turn to page 3
ue to the danger brought about by falling branches of trees along the National Highway to the lives of the locals, the Department of Public Works and Highways started cutting trees and trimming branches as the permit was already approved by the Department of Environment and National Resources through the City Environment and Natural Resources Office II.
The trees, according to Mario Aragon, CENRO II head, are already posing a danger to the lives of the locals, esp ecially to motorcyclists and passers-
by. He also added that the DENR is not hindering the cutting of the trees along the National Highway. Instead, they are even recommending Turn to page 3
BACK SIGNS OF AMBULANCES should be written “NO TAIL GETTING PLEASE for SAFETY”. Meaning, motorists should not follow speeding ambulances in order to avoid traffic accidents.
In the spiritual realm, we see troubles and trials as spiral staircases for healing, pruning and growing. We cannot grow with status quo. But “by our own human wounds we are healed.” And example given to us by the Greatest Savior of man, the King of Kings himself who suffered and by “His wound we are healed,” so we will all be saved. Back to earth, the Supreme Court was criticized for its dumping of the Truth Commission which was supposed to ferret out the corrupt in the past administration. But it is easy to amend PNoy’s order by simply adding and including “and all other administrations concerned.” It is after all part of the President’s supervisory powers.
Two lovebirds Julio and Aning Sy, watch their siblings and grand children celebrate Aning’s birthday anniversary with society’s cream, with a dinner show last Tuesday at the Luce Auditorium featuring Ryan Cayabyab and his Singers with special participation by the Pamana Choir of Silliman University.
The dismissal of the celebrated Webb rape and murder; and the plea bargaining grant to controversial Gen. Garcia of the armed forces, Turn to page 17
January 2, 2011
SuperFerry’s new Quiapo outlet offers Todo Todo Sail Sale this New Year
UPERFERRY’s new Quiapo outlet welcomes the New Year with the Todo Todo Sail Sale promo with fares from Manila to the Visayas, and vice versa, at only P588 and to Mindanao at P888. The promo fares are for sale from January 3 to 7 for passengers planning to travel from January 10 to March 15. Conveniently located in front of Quiapo Church, this outlet is fully air-conditioned so cu sto mer s can comfortably purchase their tickets. The outlet is located at the Ground Floor F&C Tow er, Hid algo cor. Villalo b os Sts., Plaza Miranda.
NOTICE OF AUCTION All unredeemed pledges left during the month of August 2010 of the ff CEBUANA LHUIL LIER PAW NSHOP branches will be sold at Public Auction on January 10, 2011 At Satellite Public Market, Bais City (8:30 am) • Aguinaldo Street, Bais City • Satellite Public Market, Bais City • National Highway, Poblacion, Aglipay St., Bais City At National Hi-way, Tanjay City (8:00 am) • National Hi-way, Tanjay City • Magallanes Street, Tanjay City • Poblacion Amlan, Negros Oriental At Rizal Blvd., Dumaguete City (8:30 am) • Public Market, Sibulan, Negros Oriental • North Road Bricktown Daro, Dumaguete City • 149 Gov. M. Perdices St., Dumaguete City • Mabini Cor. Pinili Street, Dumaguete City • Cor. Cervantes & Independencia Street, Dumaguete City • # 57 Silliman Avenue, Dumaguete City • Building 5, Public Market, Dumaguete City • Sta. Catalina Street, Dumaguete City • Rizal Blvd., Dumaguete City • Cor. Maria Cristina & Legaspi Street, Dumaguete City • Cor. Perdices & Sta. Rosa St., Dumaguete City • San Jose St., Dumaguete City At National highway Siaton, Negros Oriental (8:30 am) • National highway Siaton, Negros Oriental • Poblacion Basay, Negros Oriental • 1160 Rizal St., Tinago Bayawan, Negros Oriental • Juan Luna Street, Brgy. Poblacion, Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental At Poblacion, Jimalalud, Negros Oriental (8:30am) • Poblacion, Jimalalud, Negros Oriental • Corner S. Villanueva St., Guihulngan, Negros Oriental • Door 3, Public Market, Tayasan, Negros Oriental • 295 Lumbangan Mabinay Neg. Or. • National Highway, Poblacion, Bindoy, Negros Oriental at North Poblacion, Larena Siquijor (8:30am) • North Poblacion, Larena Siquijor • Atad Street Public Market, Siquijor, Siquijor • Catamboan, Lazi, Siquijor
“As part of our promise, w e want to b e easily accessible to our customers. Being in Quiapo allows us that since we are at the heart of Manila area.” said Andrew Deyto, VP fo r Sales and Marketing. Aside from Todo Todo Sail Sale, SuperFerry offers the Tripid fares all year round that are priced based on leadtime and other considerations. “This means that the earlier you book, the cheaper the rate,” said Deyto. The cheapest rate under the Tripid promo fares is P750 for Manila to Visayas trip and vice versa. “Th is Su p er Ferr y promo makes us still one of the lowest-priced fares compared to other alternatives,” Deyto said. “We have also increased o ur f req uency to key destinations to give o ur
passengers more travel options,” he added. For Cebu, SuperFerry has increased its frequency to six times a week and five times a week for Cagayan de Oro. SuperFerry is also in Bacolod three times a week while it now calls Iligan City twice a week. For more informa tion, c us tomers may call the SuperFerry hotline (02) 528-7000 or Text SFTEXT your message and send to 2327 for Globe and TM s ubs cribe rs or 0917890-2327 for Smart, Talk ‘N Te xt a nd other networks. T he y ma y a ls o visit www.superferry.com.ph, or e m a i l firstname.lastname@example.org. Su pe rFerry i s a unit of AT S, the only integrated tra ns port and s upply c ha in s olutions provider in the country.
Highway tree ...
Mayor, VM ...
From page 2 the cutting of four trees located along the sides of the na tiona l highwa y ranging from the City Limit up to the Provincial Capitol Area. One of these said trees is located at the Calumpang Area at Villa Amada, whose branch unfortunately fell off and hit three people last Christmas Day. “Alang gyud sa kasayuran sa tanan, human atong hitabo nga Acacia diha sa dapit sa NSO nga natumba diin aduna puy usa ka tawo nga namatay niadto. After a week, ang city government ug ang provincial government gahimo ug team, ga organize ug team para inbentaryuhon ang mga kahoy daplin sa highway ug asa angayan nga putlon ug asay a ngaya n nga kuha an ug sanga,” Aragon said. On the other hand, Gen. Atonietta Gamalio from the DPWH – Dumaguete office said that DPWH will not stop the project until it is finished and that they have already informed the members of the committee with regards to the problem, including the NGOs.
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From page 1 Annually, each councilor will get from P357,312 a year to P4 31 ,62 8 o r a salary increase of P74,316 a year. But be consoled: Sibulan councilors will get P38,000 a mo nth each, sai d o ne lawmaker there. Bayawan city co uncil ors wi ll get abo ut P51,000 a month each this year, as learned from one city councilor. Whatta raise! Let’s run for public office next time, said one taxpayer. Assuming that this is part of salary standardi zatio n, what will the taxpayers who are t heir employers get in return? A better service from our elected public officials? Who wil l gauge their impro ved or decreased performances? In the meantime, the poor
different local government From page 2 units.” To mark the observance of NegOr Day is the provincial go vernment ’s way of welcoming the new year as Descuatan urged the people to stay united in moving forward and hoping for a prosperous 2011 for everyone. The observance of NegOr Day is to recall the history of the island of Negros which was then created or divided into the provinces of Negros Oriental and Negros Occidental by a royal decree executed by Governor General Valeriano Weyler on January 1, 1890. Negro s Orient al State
AD PAWNSHOP No. 13 San Juan St., Dumaguete City All unredeemed pledges whos e terms have been expired will be auctioned on Januar y 31, 2011 at our place.
worker, family bread winner, taxpayer, will have to work harder in order to pay these people. They do not run any business to raise prices from. They have no other source of income. The minimum wage is P255 a day. As mentioned in ou r headli ne, the t ri cycle driver gets an average gross of P400 a day to cover cost of fuel and rental. Meanwhil e, the enti re tricycle industry of 4000 units in the city gets Pl.9Million pesos a day (see today’s headline) from the poor riding public: in ret urn for better service?—quipped one city hall casual.
Fire burns ...
From page 2 p ossible r esu lt o f a techn ical fault o f th e electrician. Due to the o w ner ’s statement, the Bureau of Fire Pro tection h as alread y dismissed the possibility of arson, but referred to it only an accident. Universi ty (NORSU) President, Dr. Henry Sojor will be the guest of honor during the celebration. St agi ng the fireworks extravaganza is part of the activities but is something everyone shou ld see while Dumaguete will present as the grant Sayawit winner last December 19 along with the Dancesport, Rap, K-pop, and Dayegon wi nners of Vallehermoso, Tayasan, Bi ndo y, and Mabinay, respectively.
Editorial P-Noy signs P1.645-T ... (From page 4) participation in the budget process have begun to be discussed with civil society organizations, “(CSOs will now participate in preparing the 2012 budget,” he added. The DBM chief claims the 2011 budget significantly invests in poverty reduction, with the social services sector receiving the lion’s share of 34.1 percent of the budget, a 16.8 percent increase, which is the highest gain among sectors. “This would seem a concrete, direct and substantial way of making the dividends of good governance benefit the poor,” He noted that allocations for conditional cash transfers, for quality basic education and for maternal and child healthcare have significantly increased in line with meeting the country’s Millennium Development Goals. LETS just hope that the l.6 trillion peso budget will be spent truly and honestly in accordance to where it is intended. This is the prayer of a very poor nation, whose leaders claim they can not afford the steal the money of the taxpayers. Well,lets just see.
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Divorce recognition expanded in PH
P-Noy WITH NEW BILLS DESIGNS FOR 2011
Editorial P-Noy’s first P1.6T budget
he first financial blueprint of the Aquino administration which is the P1.645-trillion General Appropriations Act (GAA) for 2011, was signed by
President Benigno S. Aquino III signed into law at Malacañang’s Rizal Hall. Present during the occasion were Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, Senate Minority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano, Senator Franklin Drilon, House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. and several other members of Congress.
implemented early,” It was also the first time this year that the national budget was prepared using the Zero-Based Budgeting (ZBB) approach. “This allowed us to reduce or terminate funding for projects or programs which are ineffective, inefficient or fraught with leakages, and to expand funding for those which are well-performing and are critical for development,” explained Budget Sec. Butch Abad.
t is not correct to say there is an absolute ban on divorce in the Philippines. Truth is, there are instances where divorce is recognized here.
The trend seems to expand divorce recgonition. This is contained in Article 26 of the Family Code. “Where a marriage between a Filipino citizen and a foreigner is validly celebrated and a divorce is thereafter validly obtained abroad by the alien spouse capacitating him or her to remarry, the Filipino spouse shall have capacity to remarry under Philippine law”. The family code justifies that if the foreigner is able t o procure a divorce abroad, an d as a consequence of the divorce the foreigner is allowed to re-marry, then it is only fair that the divorced Filipino spouse left behind should also be allowed to re-marry. Lately, the Supreme Court has expanded and made this law applicable even to former Filipinos who bec ome natur alized in another c ountr y and subsequently procures a divorce. This was the ruling of the Supreme Court in Republic versus Cipriano Orbecido (G.R. 154380) In that case, Cipriano and Lady Myros, both Filipinos were married in Ozamis City. Later Lady Myros left for the United States. While in the United States, Lady Myros became a n at u rali zed American. Thereafter, as an American, lady Myros procured a divorce from her marriage to Cipriano. In this case, the Supreme Court said the Family Code provision on divorce can be applicable.
Furthermore, we were told that the 2011 Reform Budget is the first budget “The Reform Budget of 2011 is now with transparency and accountability enacted featuring key ‘firsts’ in public provisions integrated within the GAA text. The point of reckoning is the citizenship of the divorcing spouse when the divorce was procured, expenditure management,” Among these, is that it will be the first time in 11 years that the GAA is enacted before the fiscal year starts. This is an indication that people in the new administration are shunning the old, inefficient and crooked practice of re-enactment by ensuring that the national budget is passed on time and
“These general and special provisions require the government to disclose key information on budgetary appropriations and releases using new information technology. This government has nothing to hide from the people,” DBM Chief Butch Abad said. It was also the first time that ways
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The Vizconde massacre 20 years after
T Dateline Manila by Bingo P. Dejaresco
he political milieu circa 1991-1992 lent an apropos background to the celebrated murder-rape case in Paranaque, Metro Manila - known as the Vizconde Massacre. The venerable Cory Aquino was then president and was succeeded by her anointee (a Protestant) Fidel V. Ramos (FVR) in 1992 - and everyone wanted positive change then. No more justice for the rich only for most Filipinos.
The was watching that no bastardization of justice was to happen just because the principal suspect was the son of a senator-TV actor-basketball star Freddie Webb. People were thirsting for justice served and not delayed. Thus the Gang of Seven to include Hubert Webb, the senator’s son, - all sons of prominent families - were sentenced to life imprisonment for the grisly crime. The Webb Gang, let us call them, were
notoriously bad in the area. Their evil reputation preceded them. The Gang was reportedly known in the area as - arrogant molesters, party gate crashers, rowdy, boisterous and drug users - to top it all. When the drugs hit one - one cannot even spare a parent from being harmed - drug being a pernicious inducer of involuntary acts. The Webb Gang was sentenced to life imprisonment by the Paranaque Regional court in
2000 and affirmed by the Court of Appeals in 2005 - 15 years after the crime. It was a sordid battle of drug users - the Jessica Alfaro, the star witness who claimed she was at the scene of the crime during the murder-rape incident. The lower courts apparently forgave the many lapses in Alfaro’s memory during her testimony - drug user, To page 13
and not the time of marriage. Thus, the Supreme Court expanded the application of Article 26 of the Family Code, this time covering former Filipinos who are naturalized abroad.
If you look at the letter of the law, it only applies to foreigners who were such at the time of the m a r r i a g e . But the Supreme Court examined the spirit, not the letter of the law. Let’s tweak the facts a little bit. What if the divorce was obtained by the Filipino spouse abroad, BEFORE the Filipino spouse became naturalized abroad? The answer to this Turnquestion, to page 17
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he big Montaño clan has descended from Capt Tiburcio (known as Kapitan Tibud) Montaño reputedly the son of a friar Frey Pablo Montaño of Spain who was assigned here as parish priest of Molo,Iloilo in 1831. From him came the siblings of the great Montaño clan which produced 12 siblings. The descendants of the three sons out of the 12 original Montaño siblings gathered in full force last Dec 28 at the
Wuthering Heights, San Jose, headquarters of the Montaño-Pareja clans in Negros Oriental, headed now by retired Gen Ramon Montaño and his wife former San Jose Mayor Fe Pareja-Montaño . The three original Montano sons and their siblings include: 1. HEIRS OF LUCIANO MONTAÑO of Davao who produced the great Simplicio Montaño family and Josefa Montaño who married Sgt. Dalmacio Camino of Sagay, Negros Occidental. The clan is now headed by the Montaño and Camino families of Davao City. 2. HEIRS OF JOSE MONTAÑO of Iloilo who produced JoseII of Jolo Sulu who became its Constituional Convention delegate of 1935. He was once a judge here in this province and an outstanding lawyer. He also produced the Montaño clan of Dipiolog, makers of the famous Montaño Sardines, headed by Boy Montaño of Zamboanga del Norte. Jose Montaño is the brother of Juan Montaño who is the grandfather of retired Gen Ramon Montaño (PMA class ’58) . Ramon or Monching is the son of the late Pablo Montaño and Estrella Enriquez of Cebu. 3. HEIRS of the late TOMAS MONTAÑO of Iloilo now headed by the Fermindoza family of Miag-ao , Iloilo. They are a breed of politicians in the family.
THE ENTIRE REUN LUCIANO, JOSE, ANIONING CLAN of th e th ree origin al br others D TOMAS MONTAÑO .
HEIRS OF PABLO MONTAÑO of Cebu, Ret. Gen Ramon and Fe Montaño. You includes the family of Jose Montaño and ngest in the clan is baby Julio Montaño son of Ryan and Mars Montaño. , O FAMI LY TREE cing the MONTAÑ W ORKSHOP traforts of the big clans. of a combined ef
Camino-Jordan, vice president for CLAN OFFICERS: Rommel Montaño, president; Karen a Montaño, secretary; Perry Montano Melind as; Mindanao; Adelina Montaño Sugay II, VP for Visay ño, outgoing president; and Salvador Montaño teasurer; Remy Montaño, PRO; Dr Abraham Monta Jr, outgoing vice president;
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Conveniently lodged at the plush Wuthering Heights Resort Hotel in San Jose, owned by retired Gen Ramon and Fe Montaño.
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Enjoying their grand reunion time are: Karen Aleonar and daughter Ainsley, Nona Aleonar Velez, owners of Cebu Velez General Hospital, with children Ted, Nikki, Jay and Stephany; Monette Aleonar M artinez and daughter Raschelle; Annabelle Aleonar Corpuz with husband Col. George Corpuz, deputy PNP Director Region-11 in Davao with children Miguel, Kat-Kat and Kong; and host Fe ParejaMontaño.
Host former Mayor Fe Parej Purie Maloles, lead the guesa-Montano and sister ts in dancing the night away during the grand reunion’s reception at the Wuthering Heights.
TATA ayor Hector elez; M e rm fo is a rV rt B Nona Aleona Party stalwa With Liberal ommel Montaño, seated les and host couple Villanuev a, Rar of Chicago; Purie Malo u the r ing H e ig hts Karen Aleon F e M o nta ñ o, a t the W R a mon a nd reception.
Liberal Party big wigs Edong Calumpong, former Board Member Orlando Remollo, Atty Ernesto Dinopol, seated: Purie Maloles, Fe Montaño, and Juanito Boy Lee.
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Mari Paz Monta ño, Rose Stapel of Casa Pedro at w Star View heighife of Pieter Stapel owners Mendoza. ts; Fe Montaño and Romy
Franklin Roxas, Ramon and Fe Montaño, Rambo Lee and his dad Boy Lee.
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he big Montaño clan has descended from Capt. Tiburcio (known as Kapitan Tibud) Montaño reputedly the son of a friar Fri Pablo Montaño of Spain who was assigned here as parish priest of Molo, Iloilo in 1831. From him came the siblings of the great Montaño clan which produced 12
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siblings. Three boys of the 12 original Montaño siblings gathered in full force last Dec. 28 at the Wuthering Heights, San Jose, headquarters of the Montaño clan in Negros Oriental, headed now by retired Gen. Ramon Montaño and his entire family. The three original Montaño sons and their siblings include: 1.HEIRS OF LUCIANO MONTAÑO of Davao who produced the great Sulpicio Montaño group. He married Josefa Camino of Sagay. The clan is now headed by Salvador Montaño, Jr. of Cagayan de Oro. 2.HEIRS OF JOSE MONTAÑO of Iloilo who produced Jose the second of Jolo Sulu in 1934. He was once a judge here in this province and an outstanding lawyer. He also produced the Montaño clan of Dipolog, makers of the famous Montaño Sardines, headed by Boy Montaño of Zamboanga del Norte. Jose Montaño is the brother of Juan Montaño who is the grandfather of retired Gen Ramon Montaño (PMA class ’58) . Ramon or Monching is the son of the late Pablo Montaño and Maria Enriquez of Cebu. 3.HEIRS of the late TOMAS MONTAÑO of Iloilo now headed by clan chieftain Abraham Montaño of Miag-ao , Iloilo. They are a breed of politicians in the family.
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Conveniently lodged at the plush Wuthering Heights Resort Hotel in San Jose, owned by retired Gen Ramon and Fe Montaño.
January 2, 2011
First Christmas Wikileaks?
Carlos P. Garcia: an economic statesman
he “Filipino First” policy alarmed the resident American and Chinese business communities and their governments. It was assailed as outright discrimination against foreigners in support of economic monopoly, and an obstruction to the efficient free flow of capital. The inflow of foreign investment showed. In response, the administration’s economic managers eased the program. Garcia made assurances that there was room for foreign capital in the economy. The policy was “not anti-alien, much less antiAmerican.” He said. “A gradual decontrol policy was later adopted by the Central Bank of the Philippines.
uppose Wikileaks cascaded forth, not in 2010, but on the first Christmas. What would they have revealed of the time’s power centers, like Jerusalem or Rome?.
Ala Fe rdinand Marcos, Herod Antipas ( 20 BC – 39 AD) decimated challengers for his crown as tetrach of Rome’s client state of Gal il ee an d Per ea . At T i b e r i a s p a l a c e , on the Sea of Galilee’s western shore, he beheaded John the Baptist — to please a dancing Salome. The prophet denounced Herod for marrying his brother Philip’s wife: Heordias. Would Wikileaks note t h a t H e r o d ’s f e a r morphed into paranoia when travel-weary men, of regal bearing, arrived and
asked : “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star rise in the east and come to honor him.” In Rome, Emperor Caesar Augustus ( 27 BC – AD 14 ), used sword, torch and crucifixions to buttress his oneman rule, dolled up as a republican state. Ceasar’s centurions wrung subservience from the Roman Senate. Proconsuls and judges were pawns. As are some Arroyo Supreme Court justices? Caesar’s legions thrust into Egypt, parts of Turn to page 13
BY: JOHNY M ERCADO
Nationalism and the “Filipino First” policy were the Garcia administration’s banner issues. The opposition countered with free enterprise and full decontrol (lifting import and foreign (E-mail: exchange restrictions) as the firstname.lastname@example.org ) better route to economic development. With the imposition of import controls, the economy experienced a 4.8 percent
A Journey Through Cancer
The Horizontal Love
needs a listening ear. She can be a sister who lost her way and seeking guidance and protection. He may come as a homeless stranger who takes refuge from the cold, an orphan who has nowhere to go, a broken hearted who feels alone in a jungle of people, or a son who has gone astray. She can be a poor widow who needs care. Jesus can be a man in the street, gathering empty cans and plastic bottles who has nothing to eat tonight. He can be your neighbor who needs help. He can be a patient in a lonely hospital ward. He can be
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That’s why a person who is a digerati should strive also to be a St. Digerati, just as anybody else in whatever profession and in whatever stage or level of expertise is expected to be a saint, since sanctity is for everyone. This is the challenge we are facing these days as we enter a new year. We can expect not only an increase in the pace of development especially in the technical field, but also major and drastic shifts in balance of power and influence in the fields of world politics and the economy. Becoming clearer with each passing day is the realization that the up-to-now dominant countries of North America and Europe are Turn to page 11
mine had two encounters with the Bacong police and both times they demonstrated that truth and justice was their primary concern. A speeding motorcycle rammed into the back of my friend’s halted vehicle. Despite the testimony of many observers who said it was the “foreigners” fault, they determined, from the physical evidence, it was the speeding motorcyclist fault and cited him accordingly. They made Turn to page 11
JAMES “ KOJAK “ HUGHS U.S. Army
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Don’t forget to remember
E have to be familiar with this linguistic figure called “portmanteau.” It’s a word that combines two or three words, and that, of course, compresses the meaning of each term into one powerful concept.
An example of recent coinage is the word “digerati.” It’s a combination of “digital” and “literati,” and refers to a person who is not only a digital native, one born into a digital culture and familiar with its ways, but is also an expert in the digital technology who’s in the forefront of its speedy development. The concept therefore can iconize the current state of world development that should be properly known, mastered and made to serve our true, objective needs. More bluntly, it evokes the status of today’s world that has to be evangelized, spiritualized and made to serve our ultimate supernatural goal.
The local police are victims of this bad gossip. I cannot count the number of crooked police stories I have heard. You almost never hear about honest cops; just the ones that take bribes and extort money. It is time to set the record straight. Most police officers are hardworking and honest. They believe in justice and try, despite frustration, to safe guard the public and punish the criminals. Take the Bacong police as an example. A friend of
Footsteps and Fingerprints
ossip is almost like a living thing. It grows changes and almost has a life of its own. Good gossip seems to have a short life and dies young; but bad gossip changes, grows, gets uglier and never seems to die. Bad gossip distorts reality and causes people to look for and see the worst even when it does not exist. The story of that drunken shirtless fat foreigner sitting at a boulevard bar is believed even when it never happened, because many of us expect them to be fat, drunken and shirtless. The lie that Visayans are lazy is believed to be true in some corners of the Philippines (i.e. Aguinaldo’s “History of the Philippines’’) when the “hard working” truth is plain to see just by looking around Dumaguete City.
f Jesus comes at our doorstep today, what does He look like? A Holy One with a Halo on His head in flowing white robes? Is He going to show us the nail marks on His hands like what He showed to Thomas? These visions are awesome.
But what if He comes in the form of someone broken and thirsty who needs help? What is He like? What are His favorite hangouts? Are we going to see Him in the company of tax collectors, adulterers, sinners of all forms like the days of old? Did He die for the righteous and self-proclaimed saints or did He come for the lost? He actually visits us in many forms. He can be a repentant husband who asks for another chance or a martyred wife who just wants love and devotion from her husband. She can be a friend who is seeking refuge and
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BY AMB. JOSE V. ROMERO JR., PH.D
his is the time of year when we make all sorts of New Year’s Resolutions, some that we intend to keep, and some that are just an expression of good intentions. This is a time of looking ahead to the year coming, a time of anticipation of various 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 as our own. A few are caused by factors outside our area of influence, or by force majeure.
FR. ROY CIMAGALA
We can look at the coming year as a time for healing hurts and disagreements, when caring and concern turn hatred and anger into love. We can 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 our 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.
The New Year is also 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 – our resources, our time, our skills and talents with those who need most our help, with those who have less in life than we have. Lots of good advice comes our way. One of my radio program Turn to page 17
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A work to do For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. EPHESIANS 2:10 very man has work laid out for him to do; every man’s life is a plan of the Almighty, and way back in the councils of eternity God laid out a work for each one of us. There is no man living that can do the work that God has got for me to do. No one can do it but myself. And if the work ain’t done, we will have to answer for it when we stand before God’s bar. For it says:
f you had faith as small as a mustard seed you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.”Matthew 17:20
If you are facing a problem that seems as big and immovable as a mountain, turn your eyes from the mountain and look to Christ for
The Bigger Picture of Reproductive Health Bill and Population Control (Part IV) x - S e n a t o r Francisco “Kit” Tatad continues to outline the first beginnings of Population Control. USE LOCAL LEADERS The Report urged the FR. GAMMY TULABING U.S. President and the JCD, VG Secretary of State to “treat the subject of population growth control as a matter of paramount importance and address it specifically in their regular contacts with leaders of other governments, particularly LDCs.” The Report urged them. to “encourage LDC leaders to take the lead in advancing family planning and population stabilization both within multilateral organizations and through bilateral contacts with the LDCs.”
ABORTION NECESSARY? While NSSM 200 did not specify abortion as a preferred family planning method, the Report observed that “no country has reduced its population growth without resorting to abortion.” Thus, from the August 1984 international population conference in Mexico through the June 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro, the September 1994 ICPD in Cairo, the March 1995 World Summit for Social Development in Copenhagen, the September 1995 World Conference on Women in Beijing, the June 1996 U. N. Habitat conference in Istanbul, the November 1996 World Food Summit in Rome, the 2002 U.N. World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, etc. there has been a sustained effort to push abortion as the one, true solution to the “population growth” and other related “problems.” This has not prospered, thanks to the sustained vigilance of the Holy See, the Turn to page 13
faith. Only then will you be able to overcome t he obstacles that may s e e m insurmountable.
The Firing Squad
hree days ago, the nation commemorated the execution of Dr. Jose Rizal hastening the downfall of the Spanish regime in the late nineteenth century. This is what a Jesuit historian and writer said of the REV. FR. ROMAN C. national hero: “But you can kill SAGUN, JR. a person; you cannot kill an idea by firing squad or strangulation.” Historians agree that the execution of three priests, Jose Burgos, Mariano Gomez, and Jacinto Zamora in the year 1872 proved to have a lasting impression in the youthful life of Jose Rizal. In executing the three priests, the Spaniards hoped to make an example of them and intimidate the Filipinos into submission. The quote mentioned above is what the late Fr. Miguel A. Bernad, SJ wrote in an essay entitled “The Trial of Rizal: Three Characteristics”. The essay first appeared in Philippine Studies Quarterly 46 (1998). Its slightly revised version was incorporated in the book Unknown Aspects of the Philippine Revolution (2006) edited by Fr. Jose Arcilla, S.J. In the concluding section of the essay, Fr. Bernad notes: “One of the young poets of the revolutionary period, Cecilio Apostol, put it very well. He used the metaphor of a sealed jar containing the attar of roses or some other fragrant essence. As long as the jar is sealed, no one smells the fragrance. Break the jar and the entire atmosphere is impregnated with the perfume.” It sounds in Spanish as follows: “Cual si, al romper el anfora de tierra, La esencia que el anfora se encierra, No hubiera acaso de impregnar el viento.” In the essay titled “The Trial of Rizal”, Fr. Bernad goes on to state: “Rizal’s real achievement was that his death crowned his life-work. He had dedicated his life to the task of enlightening his countrymen, thus working towards their eventual liberty. His death assured that liberty. “As Cecilio Apostol, in the same poem put Turn to page 13
“E very man shall be brou ght unto judgement, and every one shall give an account of the deeds done in the body.” And it seems to me that every one of us ought to take this question home tonight: “Well am I doing the work that God has for me to do?” God has got a work for every one of us to do. Now in the parable the man who had two talents had the same reward as the man who had five talents. He heard the same words as the man who had five talents. “Well done, thou good and faithful servant, enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.” The men that take good care of the talents that God has loaned them, he always gives them more. But if we take the talent that God has given us, and lay it carefully in a napkin and bury it away, God will take even that from us. God don’t want a man that has got one talent to do the work of a man who has got ten. All a man has got to answer for is the one that God has given him. If we were all doing the work that God has got for us to do, don’t you see how the work of the Lord would advance? But some men are not satisfied with the t al ent s t hey have, but are always wishing for someone else’s talent. Now, that is all wrong. It is contrary to the spirit of Christ. Instead of wishing for someone
GOSPEL Matthew 2:1-12 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi[a] from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written: ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
else’s talent, let us make the best use of the talents God has given us. Let us do all the business we can. If we can’t be a lighthouse, let us be a tallow candle. There used to be a period when the people came up a meeting and bring their candles with them. The first one perhaps wouldn’t make a great illumination, but when two or three got there there would be more light. If the people of this city should do this now, if each one should come here with his candle, don’t you think there would be a good deal of light? Let all the gas be put out in this hall, and one solitary candle would give a little light here. If we can’t be a lighthouse, let us be a tallow candle. Someone said, “I can’t be anything more than a farthing sunlight.” Well if you can’t be more than that, that is well enough. Be all you can. What makes the Dead Sea dead? Because it is all the ti me receivi ng, never givi ng o ut anything. Why is it that many Christians are cold? Because they are all the time receiving, never giving out anything. You go out every Sunday and hear good sermons, and think that is enough. You are all the time receiving these grand truths, but never give them out. When you hear it, go and scatter the sacred truth abroad. Instead of having one minister to preach to a thousand those who never go to church or chapel. Instead of having a few, we ought to have thousands using the precious talents that God has given them.
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.” Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.” After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.
Sunday Thoughts FIRECRACKER RELIGION
multitude followed him, because they saw the signs which he did on those who were diseased.” John 6:2 We call the firecracker “pabuto” in Cebuano. In the Philippines, we have the most boisterous festival of noise on New Year’s Eve and on Independence Day. Jesus, who made use of objects in human life for his parables, would said something about our firecracker type of religion. Remember when he said, “If you have faith as little as mustard seed, you can say to this mountain ‘be moved into the middle of the sea,’ and it shall be moved”? Remember when he said to Peter and Andrew “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men”? I believe Jesus would say this Sunday after our New Year’s festival of noise, where now is all the pabuto that you did on New Year’s Eve? Where now are those who exploded the firecrackers?
What of continuing value have we to show for all that New Year’s Eve fiesta of noise? What is the power of a firecracker? Well, it has explosive powers to create a thrill from the noise it makes, but come to think of it, we do not see any practical value in it. In some lands, firecrackers are used at funerals and weddings to frighten the evil spirit—a kind of magic with no meaning. Please do not misunderstand me. I do not condemn the practice, although I have warned people against it due to its destructive effect on life and limb. But this is not the point. I am merely using it as a figure to illustrate the inadequacy of its value in our religious faith. One of the most common examples of pabuto religion we could call decisionitis. This was very common in the early days of evangelical Turn to page 17
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REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF NEGROS ORIENTAL 7TH Judicial Region BRANCH 44 Dum aguete City SPEC. PROC. 2010-4884 IN RE: PETITION FOR CORRECTION OF ENTRIES IN THE CERTIFICATE OF LIVE BIRTH JERAM IE Q. RADOC A.K.A. JERAM IL Q. RADOC, – Versus – THE LOCAL CIVIL REGISTRAR OF, SIATON, NEGROS ORIENTAL THRU THE REGISTRAR, Respondents. x———————————————————/
AMENDED ORDER This refers to the verified Petition filed on 28 July 2010 by petitioner Jeramie Q. Radoc, through counsel, whereby she prays for the correction of some entries in her Certificate of Live Birth, viz: 1. Her name, from “JERAM IL” to “JERAM IE”, which is allegedly her true and actual name; 2. Her sex or gender, by transferring the “x” m ark from the space provided for “M ALE” to the space provided for “FEM ALE”, which is allegedly her correct, actual, unaltered and true sex or gender; 3. The spelling of her father’s name, from “ROFU” to “:RUFO”, which is allegedly the actual, correct and true spelling of her father’s name; and 4. The initial of her mother’s m aiden name from “I” to “Q” , which is allegedly her mother’s correct, actual and true middle initial for “QUISAY”. Being sufficient in form and substance, set the hearing of this Petition on January 25, 2011, at 8:30 o’clock in the morning, before the sale of this Court, at which time and place, all interested persons may appear and show cause why this Petition should not be granted. Let this order be published once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Negros Oriental, duly chosen by raffle, at the expense of the petitioner. Post a copy of this Order at the main entrance of this Court. SO ORDERED. 3 November 2010 (Sgd.) NECIFORO C. ENOT Judge The Negros Chronicle Dec. 19, 26, 2010 & Jan. 2, 2011
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NOTICE OF EXTRA-JUDICIAL SALE Upon Extra-Judicial petition for sale under Act 3135 filed by the Cooperative Bank of Negros Oriental against Spouses Florante E. Baylon and Rowena B. Baylon to satisfy the mortgage indebtedness which as of May 2, 2010 amounts to Php400,000.00 excluding penalties, charges, attorney’s fees and expenses of foreclosure, the undersigned or her duly authorized deputy will sell at public auction on February 3, 2011 at 9:00 o’clock in the morning to 4:00 o’clock in the afternoon at the Office of the Clerk of Court & Ex-Officio Sheriff, ground floor, Hall of Justice Building, Piapi, Dumaguete City to the highest bidder, for cash or manager’s check and in Philippine Currency, the following property with all its improvements, to wit: ORIGINAL CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. 1526 A parcel of land, (Lot 2983, Pls-847), situated in the barrio of Poblacion, Municipality of Zamboanguita, Province of Negros Oriental, Island of Negros. Bounded on the N., along line 3-4 ny lot 2982, on the E., along line 4-1 by National Highway; on the S., along line 1-2 by 2984 and on the W., along line 2-3 by Lot 2995, all the subdivision plan, containing an area of ONE THOUSAND FOUR HUDNRED SIXTY NINE (1,469) SQUARE METERS, more or less, including all its improvements now existing. All sealed bids must be submitted to the undersigned on the above-stated time and date. In the event the public auction should not take place on the said date, it shall be held on February 7, 2011 without further notice, Dumaguete City, Philippines, December 16, 2010. (Sgd.) ATTY. MARIA ANTONIA L. BULADO Clerk of Court VI & Ex-Officio Sheriff
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Sagarbarria bans delivery trucks
ue to the increasing number of vehicles entering the city, Dumaguete City Mayor Manuel Sagarbarria plans to implement a no-entry ordinance on delivery trucks and vans of all business firms in the city during daytime in order to reduce traffic congestion in the downtown area. He said that since the population here continues to grow and the number of private vehicles is also increasing, the plan not to allow delivery trucks during daytime would help reduce the traffic congestion especially in the downtown area. He proposed that all deliveries should be done from 4 to 5 a.m. or 6 to 7 p.m.
However, Sagarbarria assured he will first seek the opinions from the trade sector to make sure that it will not affect their operations, he added. He also plans to meet with the Traffic Management Office (TMO) to decide on other possible system that would help decongest the traffic of Dumaguete.
NegOr buys two vehicles for upland farmers
s part of the pro-poor program of Governor Agustin R. Perdices’ localized 4Ps known as “Probinsyang Programa sa Pang-hayupan ug Pang-Agrikultura,” the provincial government has approved the purchase of two cobra trucks for Barangays Talatak and Luyang, both far-flung barangays of Santa Catalina and Mabinay towns, respectively. The provincial government in Negros Oriental acquired two vehicles for upland farmers as part of Perdices’ project called “Kasaligan Transport Service”. Provincial Administrator Paul Honculada said that the new transport trucks will help improve the farmers’ post-harvest handling of agricultural products and will result to better quality. In turn, they can
command better prices in the market transaction. Governor Perdices’ 4Ps program is a collaboration project of the Department of Social Welfare and Developm ent (DSWD) that provides cash transfers to those confirmed poor households as long as they comply with certain rules and conditions of the project.
Arnaiz doubts Local Gov’t Code’s amendment
he Committee on Local Governments of the House of Representatives under the chairmanship of Negros Oriental 2nd District Representative George Arnaiz is burdened with proposed amendments of some provisions of the Local Government Code. According to Arnaiz, the most significant provisions that some legislators want to be amended is the sharing of the Internal Revenue Allotment among Local Government Units (LGU) all over the country wherein some congressmen want the sharing of the IRA to be 50 to 50 percent. It means that the national government will have a 50 percent share compared to its current 60 percent share, and the LGUs to have a 50 percent share as well. But even if the proposed
amendments did not yet reach the plenary, Rep. Arnaiz already doubted its passage as President Benigno Simeon Aquino III has always mentioned the huge budget deficit that the new administration has inherited from its predecessor’s nine year-old regime, former President now Pampanga 2nd District Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Arnaiz, however, said that his committee will still tackle the said amendment until it reaches the plenary level.
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sinking in their economic status and are slowly but steadily replaced by an emerging Asian power called China. It now looks like the flaws of the American and Europeans systems, long hidden by a clever play of politics and economics, are now exposed to be po te nti all y fat al. T he men talit y of privi lege and entitlements has been eroding th eir cu ltu re an d i s n ow threatening to deliver a deathblow to them. Th is su sp ens ef ul phenomenon obviously has farreaching consequences and countless implications that as of now we may not even be aware of. We have to be quick to learn th e l es son s o f the se developments, and be ready for the expected big changes. We need to closely monitor the developments, identifying the good openings and the da nge rs as pro mpt ly as possible, and without getting di stra cte d fr om the mor al st and ard s t ha t s hou ld be upheld and defended, and the spiritual and supernatural goals that should be pursued. The requirements of religion shou ld be applie d on t hese developments. We should never get contented with satisfying merely political, economic and social criteria. We have to go all the way to meet the demands of our true dignity as persons with moral, spiritual and supernatural dimensions. Ignoring these demands of religion would be tackling the issues inadequately. We have to wake up from this predicament that has been demonizing us for so long. The present disturbing turn of events seems to surface this long-
ostracized truth about our duty to consistently live religion in our world affairs and human concerns. We seem to be told that the gap between the spiritual and the material, between faith and reason, between the sacred and the mundane, etc., should now be br idg ed and bl end ed properly, without destroying or corrupting the nature of each category. We are now being asked to go further than our usual way of considering, understanding and resolving the issues. We have been reducing things in a way that has gone beyond the valid goal of simplifying things. We have been falling into simplism, a dangerous process that avoids the most crucial el ement in h uman development. This has been responsible for the decadence of once thriving cultures in world history. REPUBLIC O F THE P HILI PPINES REGIONAL T RIAL CO URT OF NEGROS O RI ENTAL 7TH JUDICIAL REGI ON BRANCH 42 DUMAGUETE CI TY SP PROC. 2010-4924 IN THE MATT ER OF CORRECT ION OF ENTRY AS TO SEX FROM FEMALE TO MALE IN T HE RECORDS OF BIRTH OF JERRY MIE DURAN T IMOGUI NG, JERRYMIE DURAN-T IMOGUI NG, P etiti oner, – Versus – THE LO CAL CIV IL REGI STRAR, DUMAGUET E CIT Y. Respondent. x———————————————————/
ORDER A v erified petition was filed by petitioner, Jerrym ie Duran-Ti m ogui ng, through counsel , praying for an order directi ng the Local Civ il Regi strar of Dumaguete Ci ty to correct the
Th e f all of pa st gre at civilizations like Greece, Rome, Persia, Egypt, etc., was due ultimately to their inability to grapple with the objective moral and spiritual requirements of man. This explains the various shifts of power in history. They just got contented wi th pol iti ca l p lay s a nd economic programs, thinking that these would be enough to keep them in power and to grow to higher levels of greatness. If there was any appeal to religion in their bid for greatness, it was always a false one since their notion of religion was manmade, and not God-given. They were just playing around with tricks and gimmicks, and later on wi th f orce and int imid atio n. Obviously these would not make things last. Some people may think these views are exaggerated and baseless. But it cannot be de nie d tha t we n ow ha ve serious reasons to give these considerations some serious entry as to sex fro m F emale t o Male in t he attention. Records of Birth of Jerrymie Duran-Timoguing. Fin ding the p etition t o be sufficient in form and subst ance, it is hereby ordered and not ice is hereby g iven that the said petit ion shall be heard on January 28, 2011 at 8:30 in the morning, at the Session Hall of the Regional Trial Co urt, Hall o f Justice, E.J. Blanco Drive, Dumaguete City, at which date, place, and time, any interested person may ap pear and show cau se, if any why t he petitio n shall not be granted. Let this order be pu blished once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation, at the expense of the petitioner. The Sheriff is directed to post copies of this Order at the entrance door of this Court and in t he bu lletin board o f the City Hall of Dumaguete. SO ORDERED. December 13, 2010, Dumaguete Cit y, Philippines. ( Sg d .) MARIE ROS E G. I NOCANDO PARAS Jud ge The Negros Chronicle Dec. 19, 26, 2010 & Jan. 2, 2011
From page 6 him pay for the damages. On a second similar traffic accident the guilty driver failed to pay for the damages as he had promised. When the authorities in his community were “not able to find” the guilty driver, the Bacong police drove over 60 kilometers and arrested him in his home. Even in America it is rare for police to pursue justice with so much dedication. There were no bribes. There were no attempts to extort money. The Bacong police were ONLY motivated by a quest for truth and justice. I know good gossip is not as much fun as bad gossip; but good gossip builds a stronger community and creates mutual respect. If you cannot kill the bad gossip at least do not spread it, instead let’s keep good gossip alive. Let’s honor the Bacong police and other selfless heroes in our community.
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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, “Your name I cannot find, I once was going to write it down But never found the TIME.”
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NOTICE is hereby given that the h eirs o f the late RUSTICO P. EMPERADO have filed and executed an Affidavit of Claim With Waiver of Rights on Savings Deposit Account/s with Philippine Veterans Bank, Duma guete Branch u nder Savings Account No. 00473444333-100 in favor to Elena A. Emperado per Doc. No. 236B, Page No. 49, Book No. V, Series of 2010 of Notary Public Atty. Fructuoso B. Mongcopa, Jr. The Negros Chronicle Dec. 26, 2010, Jan. 2 & 9, 2011
AFFIDAVIT OF CLAIM WITH WAIVER OF RIGHTS NOTICE is hereby given that the heirs of the late Luis Sy Villacampa have filed and executed an Affidavit of Claim With Waiver of Rights on Savings Deposit Account with the Philippine Veterans Bank, Dumaguete City Branch under Savings Account Number 0047344550-100 with a balance of P150,298.12 in favor of Henry Tolosa Villacampa per Doc. No. 301, Page No. 40, Book No. 40, Series of 2010 of Notary Public Atty. Joseph Ray S. Valencia. The Negros Chronicle Dec. 19, 26, 2010 & Jan. 2, 2011
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The Vizconde ... (Bingo) From page 4
First Christmas ... (Mercado)
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Africa and Hispania to impose Pax Rom ana. “Everyw here there was civil order for the arm of the Roman law w as long, ” Wall S treet Journal said in a 1948 editorial it republishes every Christmas. But “there was oppression – for those who were not the friends of Caesar”: Im pressors recruited f or circuses. Executioners quieted those w hom t he Em peror prescribed. M en w ho dared to think differently or heard strange voices w ere persecuted. “Everyw here, there w as contem pt for hum an life...What was man for but to serve Caesar?” Or Caesar’s projects for that matter. R oads, monuments, an official courier system, Praetorian Guards, etc. whetted appetite for taxes, that neces sitate d a headcount of those who’d be bilked. “At that time, the emperor issued a decree for a census of the whole empire to be taken,” Luke wrote. “Everyone had register in his own town…(Joseph ) belonged to David’s fam ily, ( so he) went to Bethlehem to be registered with Mary, his wife who was with child… “( There, Mary ) gave birth to a son, her firstborn. She wrapped him in sw addling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room in the inn.”. Strange but the birth of an
infant, of poor peasant parents, in a shabby m anger, triggered a palace uproar. “Herod w as greatly disturbed, and with him all the people of Jerusalem”, Wikileaks would have reported. So did Matthew. . Leaders and experts were asked: “Where will the Messiah be born?” In Bethlehem, the ancients texts say, they replied. From that little town “will come a leader who is to shepherd my people.” No one then foresaw the sharp brutal exchange, 30 years later, betw een Herod’s m en and this baby, by then an it inerant preacher. He was shown a Roman denarius or coin. “Whose head is this”?, Jesus countered. “And w hose nam e?” Herod’s m en snapped:: “Caesar’s.” The curt reply: “Give to Ceasar what belongs to Ceasar, and to God what belongs to God.” There’s no record that Jeursalem’s elite asked about the star. But that nova or comet bothered Herod enough to summon the Magi in s ec r et a u d ie n ce . .H e sought “information about the appearance of the star and the child,” then directed them to Bethlehem.” Report to me so I, too, can come and honor him. Dr. P eter A ndrew s, at the Institut e of Ast ronom y, University of C am bridge, and. Robert M assey, of t he Roy al Observatory in Greenwich, among ot her s, gra ppl ed w ith Herod’s hunch about the Christmas star.
re membe r? - a nd th ey upheld the veracity of the core of he r sto ry. Th us , t he conviction. With the 20-year case prescription running close (July 2011), the Supreme Court in a 7-4-4 decision proclaimed that the prosecution’s evidence was not enough to sustain conviction. The SC apparently did not buy Alfaro’s statements and said the guilt could not be proven beyond reasonable doubt. Of course, we have heard a million times about the phrase that it is better to have 10 guilty men free than convict and imprison one innocent man. What of it? SC spokesperson Midas Marquez clarified that although the Webb Gang was set free, it does not ne ces sa ril y mea n t hey a re innocent. It is true that nowhere in the 36-page decision was there any such mention of innocence just failure to establish guilt. The se ven su spe ct s c ann ot be presumed to be innocent until proven guilty - since the lower courts had already convicted them of the crime. Thus, Marquez’ clarification was appropriate, to our minds. In the United States years ago, football star OJ Simpson was acquitted for the twin murder of Ni col e Bro wn and Rona ld Go ldman n b eca us e t he bloodied glove at the crime scene did not fit Simpson’s hu ge str ong ha nds . But ever yone i n the USA is in ag ree men t t ha t i t was OJ Simpson who murdered the two. On a technicality - he was saved from prison. Sed lex, dura lex. The law is hard but that is the law. Was the Webb acquittal decision based on a mere technicality? Critics of the SC decision argue that the SC should decide on the basis of la w a nd not o f f act s. Di scr edi tin g J ess ica ’s statements of facts is not a SC lookout because they were not th ere wh en we re act ual ly re cou nte d i n cou rt. Su ch ab sen ce, th e cr iti cs ave r, disqualifies the SC from putting any value judgment on the body language, demeanor and logic of the witnesses (primarily Alfaro) so as to assign merit or demerit to them. Accusations that this is justice for the rich and tha t money changed hands - as well as of pressure coming from certain associate justices who abstained They ’ve exam ined six astronom ical explanations, namely: (a) Nova or supernova; ( b) a comet: (c ) conjunction of Jupit er and Sat urn; (d ) close grouping of Jupiter, Saturn and M ars; (e) stationary point of Jupiter; or (f ) variable star. “In the year 5 BC, when many scholars believe Jesus was born, a combination of a bright nova and a triple conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn in the constellation of Pisces was seen,” some accounts say. “Ancient Chinese astronomers recorded this as an unusually bright star that appeared in the eastern sky for 70 days. This was a rare sight…” “None of t he possible ast ronom ical explanations appears to have overw helm ing evidence that it should be preferred to any of the o t h e r s, ” D r s . An d r e w s and M assey conclude. B ut the nova, comet or variable star explanation “appears m ore likely than others..” The debate continues . Would followu p W ik ile a k s h a v e added: “When the wise men saw the child with Mary, his mother, they knelt ….and offered their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. In a dream, they were warned not to go back to Herod. So, they returned to their home country by another way.”
from voting - to tilt the case in favor of the Webb Gang - is argumentum ad hominem, until pr ove n o the rw ise . T he SC probably gave more weight to the do cument s a nd tes timoni es (airline and immigration data in the USA) pro vin g Web b w as in America when the crime erupted than the dubious claims of Alfaro, th e s ec uri ty gua rd an d t he laundress. Alfaro said Webb was Carmela’s boyfriend who got jealous over a man which led to the murder along with his gang mates the guard said he saw the young Webb enter the subdivision that crime date and the laundress said a Webb f amily member ordered her to washout the bloody stains on Hubert’s clothes. Famed opinion-writers seem to agree about Hubert’s innocence. Star’s Teddy Benigno, Jr., (to his dying days), Inquirer’s Conrad de Quiroz and Solita Monsod think so. It doesn’t mean they are infallible either. The President, on proper cu e, ha s a ske d for a reinvestigation to beat the July 2011 deadline. Frankly, we do not see any reversal on the SC side - even if the other suspects at large Joey Filart and Dong Ventura are collared and point to the Webb Gang again as the criminals. The theory of double jeopardy: comes into play here - where one cannot be charged for the same offense twice - a rock bed of law to prevent undue suspect harassment. On that score, the Webb Gang members are free as birds from hereon. Solita Monsod had rightly revealed that while there are 33% dirt poor countrymen yet 90% of those in jail today co me fr om the ir ra nks ex po sin g t he hu ge ly compa rtmental ized jus tice system. Asystem that kowtows to the importuning of power and money - which the poor does not have. We re th e l owe r cou rt
convictions facilitated by the urgings of someone powerful to show the country - and the world - that the Philippines has changed in the execution of Lady Justice blind judgments? Who was the powerful man who allegedly ordered through the NBI a quick fix solution of the case back then? And the Webb Gang - was the perfect specimen to prove the world that the Philippine wheels of justice grind fast enough for speedy convictions of all guilty rich as they all were? But what of our institutions like the NBI and the courts - they were damaged beyond doubt with the new SC rulings - if one still looks at the SC as the last bastion, the final arbiter of truth and justice. Jessica Alfaro, addicted to drugs, fame and money got what she wanted - a conviction, a movie called The Jessica Alfaro Story and surely money from those who wanted the Webb Gang’s conviction. Now she is merrily working in the USA - will she just go scot free in her la dolce vita? Finally, le st we fo rge t - t he mo st damning evidence - the DNA results of the semen derived from Carmela’s body - which wo uld ha ve pu t a ll leg al questions to rest - are you still surprised? - got lost allegedly on the way from the NBI office to the Regional Trial Court office. Only in the Philippines, of course. At the very least, that was obstruction of justice in clear capital letters - why was responsibility not pointed out for such colossal neglect - and appropriate charges made? That would have meant the er asu re of 15 yea rs of productive lives of young boys from being wasted in the Bilibid - or the early arrest of those who actually perpetrated the crime of the decade and their rightful incarceration. Or was the DNA results running counter against the interest of those in power then who wanted the Webb
Gang convicted pronto? Until the real criminals are convicted with finality - justice has not been served yet even with the acquittal of the seven accused. Such is the sad state of our justice system today.
The Bigger ... (Tulabing) From page 8
Islamic and some Latin American countries. No thanks to the Philippine government. Still, the number of countries legalizing abortion has grown. So ha s the nu mb er of abortions. In 1974, NSSM 200 es timat ed the a nnu al abo rtion s wor ldwi de at 30 million. That figure has nearly doubled since – nearly equal to the entire population of Britain. In t he Phi li ppi ne s, reproductive health advocates tend to inflate the number of criminally induced abortion in order to provide the pro-abortion lobby a twisted argument for pe rve rse ly adv oca tin g t he legalization of abortion. On the basis of fudged or completely manufactured data, they first try to show that the incidence of murder is risi ng and can no longer be stopped, then they conclude that the only solution is to decriminalize or completely legalize it. Many countries have fo llo wed th is s can dal ous ly fallacious path. CONTRACEPTION FIRST, ABORTION NEXT Th e pr opo sed ant ire pro duc tio n leg isl ati on co nst itut es the fi rst ste p. Abortion is the next. This is the unbroken historical pattern. An d i t owe s much o f i ts support to the anti-life and anti-family ideologues in the United Nations. At the UN, international law has shifted further and further away from relations between and among nations and deeper into the personal lives of men and women. The most libertarian democratic principle is invoked to support the most totalitarian and personally invasive interventions. Th is is a mos t e gre gio us development. (to be continued)
The Firing ... (Sagun)
From page 8 it: ‘Si una bala destruyo tu craneo, Tu idea en cambio destruyo un imperio.’ (If a bullet shattered your skull, your idea shattered an empire.”
September 2007 January 2,9,2011
They held the Dumaguete audience spellbound for two hours after they sang the night away for birthday celebrant MRS. ANING SY who entertained her guests and the big SY CLAN at the Luce Auditorium for the historic dinner show last Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010.
Another design by Carlos & Antique Architects
“A horizontal skyscraper over a maximized lot”, says Arch. Ned Carlos, principal Architect of CARLOS & ANTIQUE ARCHITECTS and designer of the building. Indeed, the elevated longitudinal form sprawls across the landscape, reinterpreting the horizon of Sta. Rosa St. as well as the working spaces for the RUSI staff. Located along Sta. Rosa St. in Dumaguete City, the RUSI bldg. will serve as the new headquarters of Ramas-Uypitching Sons, Inc. Still on the rise with an anticipated completion in May, 2011, the new design centers on transparency, mobility, elevation, air and light.
City remembers 114th death anniversary of Rizal
Selected and talent ed students from th R am on Te ves Pa e D u m ag uete S ci st or M em or ial – en ce H ig h S ch pe rf o rm ed th e re o ol execution of nationaen actm en t o f th e at the Bagum bayan l hero Dr Jose Rizal som e 114 years ag or Luneta park in 1897 o.
BY: STEVE GABRIEL
n December 30, 2010, the City Government of Dumaguete commemorated the 114 th Death Anniversary of our national hero, Dr. Jose P. Rizal.
A simple yet fittin g Degamo, DepEd Schools Marshal, Dumaguete City; ceremony is was prepared to O ff icer - in -Char ge, Dr. Free and Accepted Masons celebrate his martyrdom at Emigdio B. Omictin; ABC of the Philippines and The the Quezon Park. Part 1 of President Albert Aquino, Knights of Rizal. the program were Volley Fire, City Councilors; Col. Rey Rev. Fr. Enr iq ue N. Taps and sounding of sirens Lyn do n Law as, PNP Balongag of the Colegio de and the ringing of church Provincial Director, Negros Santa Catalina de Alejandria b ells w hich were d on e Oriental; P/Supt Leopoldo simultaneously at exactly E. Cabanag, Dumaguete will share a piece of message 7:00 am. City PNP; Sr. Insp. William together with the Minister of Tacald o, Jr., City Fir e the Parish of It was followed by Turn to page 17 the floral offering at the foot of the Rizal Monument, led by City Mayo r Man uel Compa Sagar b ar ria, Vicenion Mayor Alan Gel 2 011 Cordova, Hon. Jocelyn Limk aich o ng, Representative, 1st Distr ict; Hon . George P. Arnaiz, Repr esen tative, ey th as al City, Negros Orient te 2nd District; Hon. ue ag m Du in le op pe l ba tri ao Pr yd e r the Badj der Hen ry It was a great day foristm as together as one fam ily. e, m issionaries un as T e v e s , m hi Uc i oz Ng d Ch an the event w uple Success celebrated the 2010 Representative, 3rd am ist.org/uchim e), rian missionary co Organized by Nige ission Team s (SEAMIST) (www.se the poor in the Philippines – the District; Governor ia M est of the South East Asthe spirit, soul and body of the poor Agu stin R. r te is in used to m Per dices; Vice. le CO Badjao tribal peop Governor Roel R. of MPANION 2011: is now off the press. A full year com pilation 2011 epistles and gospels everyday of the year. Call: 0918 929 6047
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Arnaiz backs ...
the CIVIC circle From page 16
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BY: BEVERLY A. LINAO GILBERT SABANAL
he first Sunday after Christmas is celebrated as the feast of the Holy Family, presenting Jesus, Mary and Joseph as models for the human family. This celebration focuses on the role of the
The modern family unit has evolved over the years: different problems and issues have rocked the foundation of the family all over the world. We all remember the time when the family was the strongest foundation of the community – grandparents, p ar en ts, ch ild ren an d immediate members of the family stood by each other. Family values and virtues were strong. Th e Boo k of Sirach Chapter 3 is read during the Mass on this feast and I feel it is appropriate to remember and honor our father and mother as we enter into the new year. As with many of us, my parents are no longer with us. I hope that during their time here with us, I have in a small way, honor ed and loved them. For those of you blessed to still have your parents around, make time to honor and love them for they will not always be with us. We need to love each and every member of our family. Join me in reflecting on the message of the Book of Sirach as we celebrate the coming of the new year with our family: SIRACH CHAPTER 3: 3:1 Hear me your father, O children, and do thereafter, that ye may be safe. 3:2 For the Lord hath given the father honour over the childr en , and h ath confirmed the authority of the mother over the sons. 3:3 Whoso honoureth
h is f ath er maketh an atonement for his sins: 3:4 And he that honoureth his mother is as one that layeth up treasure. 3:5 Whoso honoureth his father shall have joy of his own children; and when he maketh his prayer, he shall be heard. 3:6 He that honoureth his father shall have a long life; and he that is obedient unto the Lord shall be a comfort to his mother. 3:7 He that feareth the Lord will honour his father, and will do service unto his parents, as to his masters. 3:8 Honour thy father and mother both in word and deed, that a blessing may come upon thee from them. 3:9 For the blessing of the father establisheth the houses of children; but the curse of the mother rooteth out foundations. 3:10 Glory not in the dishonour of thy father; for thy father’s dishonour is no glory unto thee. 3:11 For the glory of a man is from the honour of his fath er; and a mo ther in dishonour is a reproach to the children. 3:12 My son, help thy father in his age, and grieve him not as long as he liveth. 3:13 An d if his understandin g fail, have p atience w ith h im; an d despise him not when thou art in thy full strength. - SIRACH Today January 2, is the first Sunday for the new year 2011; how fast time has flown. I’ve had almost 5 long
Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL C OURT 7th Judicial Region Branch 45 Bais City IN THE M ATTER OF CHANGE OF FIRST NA ME AND C ORRECTION OF THE ENTRY OF THE BIRTH RECORD OF ROSLYN OLPOS PROVIDENCIA IN THE OFFICE OF THE MUNIC IPA L CIVIL REGISTRAR OF M ABINAY, NEGROS ORIENTA L.
) ) ) ) ) ) ) ROSLYN JAVIER PROVIDENCIA, ) ) -versus) ) HERMINIA M . PERAS in her capacity ) As the MUNIC IPAL CIVIL REGISTRAR of ) M abinay, Negros Oriental. ) x—————— ————————————— —--———/
SPL. PROC. NO. MY-10-26
AMENDED ORDER Before this court is a verified petition for change of name and correction of Entries in the Birth Record of ROSLYN JAVI ER PROVIDENCIA, filed through counsel, Atty. Benjamin H. Lajot, Jr. dated June 17,2010, praying that after due notice, publication and hearing, an order shall issue directing the Office of the Municipal Registrar of Mabinay, Negros Oriental, to change petitioner’s birth certificate referring to petitioner’s sex from FEMALE to MALE; to correct his mother’s family name from OLPOS to JAVIER, to change his first name from ROSLYN to ROSBERT; and to direct herein respondent to make the necessary corrections in the above-mentioned birth record before its office. Finding the petition to be sufficient in form and substance, the court sets the initial heari ng thereof on January 17, 2011, at 8:30 o’cl ock in the morning, at the Session Hall of this court at which date, time and place, all interested persons may appear and show cause if any, why the petition should not be granted. Let this order be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Negros Oriental and its component cities once a week for at least three (3) consecutive weeks, before the date of hearing. Petitioner is hereby directed to furnish the Local Civil Registrar of Mabinay, Negros Oriental with this order with a copy of the peti tion and its annexes and to the Office of the Solicitor General with address at 134 Amorsolo Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City and show proof of service thereof. SO ORDERED. City, Philippines, October 19, 2010. Sgd. CANDELARIO V. GONZALEZ Judge The Negros Chronicle January 2, 9 & 16, 2011
an d in terestin g years of writing a weekly column for this newspaper. I hope you readers have enjoyed my articles as much as I enjoyed writing them. I thank Ely for his encouragement that had inspired me to write. I am taking off a break from writing for this column for a short while; I have enjoyed writing for the past years and I hope I will have the chance to write for this paper again. Let’s all look to a happy and bountiful 2011, may the New Year b rin g happ y surprises and blessings to all. A happy toast to 2011 !
P4M set ... From page 2 not tantamount to unequal protection of our laws? Wha t a bout the poor families who do not live along the rivers and creeks, those who live along the sidewalks and pathways, of the city? Why will the government not reward them with equa l benefits if hit by s ome disaster? These were some questions raised by wellmeaning citizens. SIGNATORIES: Those responsible for this projec t a re the following signatories: T he DSWD regiona l director Evelyn Macapobre, c ity ma yor Manue l Sagarbarria; witnessed by DSWD city chie f Marina Mendoza, Shalaine Lucero, DSWD chief operations and Norma Romarate , DSWD accountant. Mayor Saga rbarria formally sought the City Council imprimatur, thru Vice Mayor Cordova, this P4M to buy a 5000 s q.meter lot, purcha se of wate r and electrical ma terial for 60 dwe lling units in Bajumpandan of private citizens who lost their homes by flood, and for building informal shanties along the banks of the Banica River and creeks. Question: were these legal, or illegal shanties? City hall, for its side, explained that Dumaguete city is merely a beneficiary of this DSWD –CSAP Funding for people “whos e live s are disadvantaged because they were victims of disasters, and those in crisis situation.” PLUS FREE LOT: Not only that, the city council in accordance to a MOA with DSWD will purchase with public funds, a 5000-square meter real estate
Man arrested minus “permit to carry”
ith no license and a “permit to carry”, a certain Norberto Paubsano was arrested in front of the New York Grill last December 29, 2010 at around 1:00 in the morning after being caught by the police authorities bringing a .45 caliber pistol.
Paubsano is 33 yrs. old, single and a resident of Sta. Catalina St., Dumaguete City. He was seen bringing the said firearm with no license and “permit to carry” while the police authorities were on their roving schedule along the city streets.
The pistol, with Serial No. 963054, was recovered from the suspect with 1 magazine and 10 bullets. The suspect tried to throw the gun and run away, but the police authorities managed to capture him. The suspect is no w detained at t he Dumaguete City Police Station and is charged with illegal position of firearms.
Two nephews stab, hit uncle or unknown reasons, an uncle was stabbed by a knife and hit with a wooden pole by two of his nephews in Barangay Ban-ban, Mabinay, Negros Oriental at around 10:00 in the evening, after some fun in the suspects’ place of residence. According to a witness, the victim, Furthermore, the reason for such immoral Abrio Crispin, was said to be from the acts is not known to the victim as well as to the witness. The victim was then brought to suspects’ residence to bond with the rest a nearby hospital after it was seen that he of the people and to have fun when was losing a lot of blood. He was then suddenly the two suspects stabbed and hit transferred to Negros Oriental Provincial him. The suspects, Ryan Cadayday and Hospital. Liberato Crispin, gave Abrio a total of As of press time, one of the suspects, three stabs at the back of his body and a Ryan Cadayday, is already in the hands of few head injuries after he was hit with the the Philippine National Police, Mabinay wooden pole. station.
Lady, minor are victims of shooting incident
19 year old lady and a minor suffered minor wounds after being shot for unknown reasons by a certain Jose Estaniel last December 28, 2010 at around 8:00 in the morning at Tabuc II, Sabahan, Bais City.
One of the victims, Judelyn Inocencio, said that they were from a house owned by the Aquinos when the suspect showed up and started shooting them. After which, the suspect fled away. The victims who suffered minor injuries where instantly brought to Bais City District Hospital and was later
transferred to Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital. Further investigation is still in the process by the Philippine National Police. The suspect is still at large and reason for the incident is yet to be discovered.
Habal-habal hits 7 year old girl
7 year old girl is in serious condition after being hit by a speeding motorcycle along the streets of Tanjay City, Negros Oriental last December 28, 2010 at around 5:00 in the afternoon after crossing the street ahead of her mother on their way home. The victim, Irish Joy dela Cerna, a Christmas present. On their way home, resident of Barangay Simboryo, Pamplona however, the girl went ahead of her mother suffered arm and head injuries after she and crossed the street. Unfortuantely, she was was hit by a habal-habal motorcycle hardly hit by the motorcycle causing the girl driven by a certain ”William” in Tanjay to fly meters away from the place of origin. City. The victim was then rushed to the According to reports, the victim was hospital due to serious injuries. with her mother buying some dress as a for thes e flood-stric ke n families without any compensation. Quesiton: Why use public funds as a gift to private citizens who incidentally became house-less due to floods? Will this cover all the rest of victims of natural
dis as ter, or, only thos e informal settlers who just put up shanties along the banks of rivers and creeks? Did these homeless have the mayor’s permit to build their houses? So in order to get a grant from the government, one will just build informal shanties along
river banks? Asked one citizen. Mo st of all , t he government will give them free water, and electrical materials or 60 dwelling units. —for free. Will this only cover flood victims, or all poor citizens who are similarly situated?
January 2, 2011
Around Negros BY BEVERLY A. LINAO AND GILBERT SABANAL
HEALTH IS WEALTH
Simple Resolution for the New Year
T (L-R) DSWD’s Regional Director, Ma. Evelyn B. Macapobre together with Congressman Fua Sr. during the Ceremonial pay-out of cash grant to beneficiary (center) of Lazi, Siquijor done by Land Bank-tellers.
A moment to remember in Lazi
lose to five hundred beneficiaries coming from the Municipality of Lazi witnessed the ceremonial distribution of cash grants to Pantawid Pamilyang… beneficiaries last August 28, 2010 in Land of the PhillipinesLarena, Siquijor Branch.
DSWD’s Pantawid Pa milyang Pilipino Program of the nation al government allocated 5.7Million for the beneficiaries of Lazi, Siquijor where they are 489 poor families identified by the agency. Pantawid Pamilya… is a poverty reductio n strategy o f the nation al gov er n ment th ro ugh DSWD that provides cash grants to extremely poor households to allow them meet certain human development goals in exchange to conformity to the program’s conditions
for compliance by the beneficiaries. The conditions are as follows: (1) pregnant women must get pre- and post-natal care; attended by skilled health professional during childbirth (2) parents or guardians must attend responsible parenthood sessions, mother ’s classes and parent effectiveness seminars (3) children 0-5 years of age should get regular preventive health check- ups and vaccines (4) children 3-5 years must Turn to page 17
Carpenter from Bais hacked in Mabinay carpenter working in Mabinay, Negros Oriental is currently being admitted at the Silliman Medical Center after he was hacked by an unidentified suspect last December 29, 2010 at around 8:00 in the evening while on his way home from a videoke bar.
The victim, known as Marcelo Austero, is 40 years old and a resident of Bais City, but is working in Mabinay as a carpenter. According to information gathered, the victim came from a videoke bar singing and drinking when he was then hacked by the unidentified suspect wearing
a mask on his way home. Furthermore, the suspect disappeared after the incident while the victim was rushed to Mabinay District Hospital but w as later tr an sf err ed to Silliman University Medical Center and Turn to page 17
Suspect stabs cousin after being advised
ecause of giving advice, a certain Gideon Quiamco is now being treated at Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital after he was stabbed by his cousin three times outside the disco area in Barangay Villareal, Bayawan City during the barangay’s fiesta eve.
Quiamco, 40 years old, married, and a resident of the said barangay sustained injuries in his arms, hands and stomache side after he was stabbed three times by the suspect who happens to be his cousin. The suspect identified as Onyong Torralde is said to be shouting outside the disco area when Quiamco came to him and advised him to refrain from shouting.
However, instead of listening to him, Torralde then stabbed the victim with a sharp object three times. Quiamco was then brought to Bayawan City District Hospital, but was later transferred to NOPH for further treatment. The suspect is now detained at the PNP station in Bayawan City.
raditionally, everyone worth his salt can always make a simple but sensible resolution every New Year. One may not make a litany of impractical resolutions which are difficult to fulfill. Responsible persons always make a significant resolution on personal matters that may have stressed him the past years but make a firm resolution to improve his lot or to change himself a little bit better the coming year.
When one fully commits a worthy resolution and realizes its benefits that it brings to oneself, and firmly sticks to it through thick or thin, for the rewards are great. Here are some checklists of desirable resolutions to fulfill by every mature and responsible Christian: • To spend quality time w ith yo ur family o n weekends or oftener. • To take a vacation with your family. • To recreate or see a concert in the park.
• To give a surprise gift to your loved ones. • To watch your diet and weight. • To cut a bad habit (smoking, drinking, etc.) • To have a regu lar check-up once a year. • To forgive and love a long-time enemy. • To be more generous to the poor. • To visit the sick, or a prisoner. • To join a Fellowship group in the community. • And a hosts of other valuable resolutions.
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Council and Central Bank. On August 21, 1958, the National Ec ono mi c Coun cil i ssu ed Re sol uti on No . 2 04 whi ch stated “it is the policy of the Gov ernment t o en cour age Fi lip ino s t o e nga ge in enterprises and industries vital to th e eco nomic gr owt h, stability and security of the co unt ry. ” T he Nat ion al Ec ono mic Co un cil al so announced that “in instances where Filipino enterprises seek to en te r a fi el d n ow predominantly in the hands of non-Filipinos, such steps shall be taken as will enable Filipino enterprise to participate.” It was sub sequ ently repo rted on September 5 that the National Economic Council had taken st eps to se tu p “ abs olu te production ceilings” for all alien firms. It was stated that the “prop restrictions would require such firms to operate under quotas based on current levels of business.” In Oc to ber 19 58 , t he Monetary Board announced that no new industries w ould be approved except dollar-producing in dus tr ies an d 1 00 pe rce nt Fi lip in o-o wne d and hi gh ly essential dollar-saving industries. Eighteen months later, Monetary Board Resolution No. 635 of April 16, 1960 announced that Filipinoowned industrial enterprises engaged in any basic industry (c he mic als , iro n and st ee l, agricultural and machine tools, ship building, etc.) would be given top priority in allocations of foreign exchange at the preferential rate of two pesos per dollar. Meanwh ile, the Central Ba nk and th e Nat ion al Economic Council, under the cl oak o f a dmi nis tr ati ve discretion, moved steadily to reserve the “new and necessary industry” privileges to Filipinos an d to red uc e a li en participation to a minor share. By the beginning of 1959, conditions have developed to the point where final elimination of foreign exchange quotas for alien enterprises, other than those of th e Uni ted Stat es ci tiz en s, importing commodities for resale was undertaken. On January 5, th e M one tar y Boar d i ssu ed “special rules which govern the
From page 6 to “Filipinize” import trade was recognized by the first exchange control order, which provided that 20 percent of imports would be allocated to “new importers.” Within three months a second regulation was issued stipulating that “not more than twenty percent of the quota fixed for each article shall be set aside, to be allocated exclusively to Filipino importers who had not importation during the base period.” Re pub li c Act No . 4 26 provide d that “The Import Control Board shall receive thirty per centum of the total import quota for any article, goods or commodities for the fiscal year 1950-51, forty per centum for the fiscal year 195152, and fifty per centum for the fiscal year 1952-53 in favor of bona fide new importers … To qualify as a new importer, one must be a Filipino citizen or a juridical entity at least sixty per centum … owned by Filipino citizens.” Pressures from businessmen increased in intensity in the year an d a ha lf fo llo win g t he presidential election of 1957. Th e Cen tra l Ban k, struggling to contain pressures on the balance of payments tightened exchange controls. Also at this time the various interest groups created by the policies of Filipinism began to coalesce into a politicallyor ien ted “F il ipi no- Fir st Movement,” and under the leadership of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce, this movement began to flex its political muscles. Early in the new Congress in 1958 a bill was in tro duc ed (H130 8) whi ch provided that the privilege of designation as a “new and necessary industry” be limited to pr opr iet ors hip s a nd pa rtn ers hip s own ed by Filipinos and corporations at least 60 percent Filipino owned. Al tho ugh th e pro pos ed legislation did not receive Congressional approval, the ob jec ti ve of th e b ill was strongly supported by actions of th e Nati on al Eco nomic
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Fulfilling a worthwhile resolution needs a sheer d isciplin e and p er so nal sacrifice. One must make a firm effort to effectively change a weakness. We must r id o ur selves w ith ou r “lingas cogon” attitude (a short-live flaring attitude) in order to successfully carry out our resolution. However, as authentic Christians, we can still walk the extra mile in good or bad times. A good resolution is a challenge for all of us. distribution of allocations among importers … in consonance with the Government’s ‘Filipino First’ policy.” Still another goal of Filipino businessmen had been the elimination of alien (Chinese) middlemen from the assembly and marketing of agricultural crops. Initially, this policy concentrated on indigenizing the rice and corn trade, but there is strong evidence that it wi ll be ex ten de d t o o th er agricultural products. Economic protectionism was initiated by the National Rice and Corn Corporation (NARIC) which was established as a subsidiary of the National Development Company in 1936. Following imposition of import controls NARIC was given a monopoly of rice imports during the 1950s. Furthermore, central to the na tio na l e con omic dev elopme nt to which the Philippine society aspires its industrialization, and major post-war economic policies are intelligible in terms of this ob jec tiv e. Pr ote cti on established by import controls was developed into a strong and precise instrument for di rec tin g r es our ces in to manufacturing, and the windfall in exchange allocation was used to assure the profitability of Filipino firms. Although industrialization policy up to the present has permitted a substantial role for fo rei gn an d r esi den t ali en enterprises, Filipino businessmen moved steadily to reserve the overpowering incentives to the locals. ELITE FILIPINOS FIRST Unfortunately, the Filipino First Policy became quickly transformed into the “Elite Filipinos First Policies.” This was made easy by the system of government intervention in the economy – an economy tightly jacketed by import and exchange controls that in the sixties had lost its raison d’ etre be cau se in ste ad of restructuring a colonial and plantation economy by creating a viable agro-industrial base – it had catered to a primary and secondary imports economy without the benefit of backward integration – which only came much later under the auspices of the Board of Investments. (To be continued)
January 2, 2011
The Carpenter ... From page 16 Horizontal ... (Muffet)
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your husband who has suffered the softness of your indifference for months and years, which is the hardest of all. He can be your wife who just want your time and faithfulness more than money. The Jesus forsaken is always around us. Our Christianity is being tested everyday, not only during Christmas seasons. We cannot see Him because we refuse to see. We have built walls, prestige and honor which have become stones. Its too risky and we don’t have time. CH RISTM AS usually brings us into new heights every year. Most of us are busy�� buying gifts and wishing everyone good tidings for the rest of the year. We show love to people close to our hearts, and we pretend to ignore those we don’t like. What does Christmas exactly mean to all of us? Expensive huge billboards in New York City say that it is a myth. For others Christmas season is just mere Happy Holidays . But for Christians it is a time to remember that once upon a time, a Savior was born in a manger to save the world and to die for all of us sinners. We share love and friendship through gifts to remind us that once Jesus gave us the greatest gift of all which is Salvation, a gift of unconditional love and forgiveness of sins to those who have been broken and returned to repent. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His one and only Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16. (NIV) He is a God of many chances. Most people around the world are celebrating the Christ m as season with glitters, lights, gifts, parties, good wishes, prayers and thanksgiving. Behind the glitz are broken lives, dysfunctional families, teenagers who are hooked on drugs, absentee parents, unforgiven souls and demented spirits. What do you think Jesus wants as a gift from us today beyond the pom pous celebrations and merrymaking? Horizontal love m eans loving those who are not easy to love. Forgiving those who are beyond our capacity to forgive. Our vertical love towards God can only be measured on how much we have loved.
A moment ... From page 16 attend day care/pre-school classes at least 85% of the time (5) children 6-14 years must at tend elementary or hi gh school at least 85% of the time and sho uld receive deworming pills twice a year. The event was graced by no less than Congressman Orlando Fua Sr., and assisted by DSWD’s Regional Director Ma. Evelyn B. Macapo bre, Land Bank personnel who di stributed t he cash grant directly to the beneficiaries. This occasion is momentous for the beneficiaries of Lazi, since each beneficiary would receive in lump sum their 2010 cash grant from Quarter 1 to Qu art er 4, wherein benefici ari es wi th three children 14 years old below can receive a maximu m of P16,800 and a minimum of P6 ,00 0 for those wi tho ut schooling age children. Congressman Fua on his message to his people said “I have always worked for the people of Siquijor and I will continue to do so as long as I am still fit to serve. In all the years that I have served the people of Siquijor, I am proud
accompanied by his employee. Suspect stabs cousin after being advised Because of giving advice, a certain Gideon Quiamco is now being treated at Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital after he was stabbed by his cousin three times outside the di sco area in Barangay Vi llareal, Bayawan Ci ty during the barangay’s fiesta eve. Quiamco, 40 years old, married, and a resident of the said barangay su st ained injuries in his arms, hands and stomache side after he was st abbed t hree times by t he suspect who happens to be his cousin. The suspect identified as Onyong Torralde is said to be shouting outside the disco area when Quiamco came to him and advised him to refrain from shouting. Ho wever, i nstead of listening to him, Torralde then stabbed the victim wth a sharp object three times. Quiamco was then brought to Bayawan City District Hospital, butwas later transferred to NOPH for further treatment. The suspect i s now detained at the PNP station in Bayawan City.
Sunday Thoughts... From page 8
Christianity in the Philippines. In those days there w ere missionary evangelists who could come to our town to proclaim the gospel. The ev angelist s w ere certainly convinced of their message and many people were caught up by the thrill of the mom ent that they made decisions for Christ. But there were those who kept attending the meetings and kept deciding—so that they were becoming afflicted with decisionitis. What happened to their first time to decide in the first place? Of course there has been such a thing as rededication of life, which is understandable. But we could also say that decisionitis (an instant act due to the attraction of a spell-binding preacher) is still true. On the other hand, I have known spirit-filled events in which the decision has had lasting luster in the lives of people. One such I recall because I was present. It was a Christmas Youth Conference in Butuan in 1945, just after World War II. The singing was tremendous, the preaching w as truly spiritual; the fellowship of the delegates was most w arm . On the last night of the conference, the best preacher of them all, preached on the call to the ministry. At least forty-five young people stood up to be counted; most of them are still in the ministry fifty years later including (To bemyself. continued)
to say that you should not wo rry since I kn ow yo ur concerns and needs and will do everything I can to protect the people”. With this message of assurance, the beneficiaries of Lazi, is definitely assured of the supply side to fulfill the set conditions of the program. Also present during the event was Siquijor’s Provincial So cial Wel fare and Development Officer, Thomas Villarubia who in behalf of the governor thank the program for considering the poorest of the poor in their province and reminded the people of Lazi that the program is not a dole ou t since they have coresponsibilities to fulfill.
GARY: logical ... From page 1 (whenever Perdices is o ut o n ch emo th er ap y session) by vice-Gov Roel Degamo. Degamo admits that he is still learning the ropes since his mind was set for board membership and not the governorship for the present. Ho wever, Degamo is learning fast, observers say. The opined that he will make a good care taker-acting whenever Perdices is out on medical treatment. Degamo is h umble enough to admit that he is a fisherman by profession. He and his family have a big fishing outfit in Siaton. He is the political disciple of Con g Herminio Teves (retired.) P O L I T I C A L FORECAST Political analysts say that by 2013 local election year, the governorship will be out for grabs. But prospective go vern or s Rep Geor ge Arn aiz, Rep Josy Limkaichong and Rep Pryde Henry Teves have still one for term as congressman. They will be available for governorship by 2016. However, anyone of the three , might opt to leave congress in 2013 and make a run for the capitol. In that case, if any one of them will go f or the capitol, Gary
City remembers... From page 14 Silliman Univ er sity, Rev. Jonathan R. Pia. Students from Ramon Tev es Pasto r Memor ial Dumaguete Science High Sch oo l w ill d o a reenactment of the execution of Dr. Jose P. Rizal. Dumagu ete Bisho p Most Reverend Bishop John F. Du will do the invocation.
Teves will be most available for congressman in 2013. Whicheverway, Gary will be back in 2013. The same observers are making a fearless political forecast that of the three, one will be governor, one vice governor and the third will have to take his or h er political sabathical leave. MENIONG’S HEIRS Meanw h ile, an other political giant has retired in Her min io Menion g Teves,90. He is taken over by his two favorite grandsons namely Rep Pryde Henry Teves, 38, in th e third district and just-elected ABC president BM Arnie Teves,39, bo th brothers. They are the sons of Arnulfo and Bobot Teves. Arnie clarified that he is barangay cap tain o f Malab ugas, Bayawan while Caranoche bgy captain is Alfon so Olam.
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Corruption continues ... (From page 2) to mention two others. On the other hand, the P-Noy administration is criticized for their successive releases of celebrated detained persons like the releases of the Morong 43 detainees even as three admitted being NPAs; and the release of detained Sen. Antonio Tr illanes but whose amnesty is s ubject to his admission of guilt. We civilians like to see these attempts to check each other out, rather than dance the tango together. Sooner or later, the two departments will find worms and skeletons in each other’s closet, and would themselves take the broom and sweep the mess away! For who else will?
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Divorce recognition ... (From page 4) applying simple logic, is that Article 26 will not apply. Therefore, the Filipino spouse left behind cannot remarry, even if the Filipino spouse abroad obtained a divorce (before being naturalized), and then re-marries there. The explanation is that since the divorce was obtained while the Filipino spouse was still a Filipino, then the spouse abroad is still subject to Philippine laws, which does not recognize the divorce. But what if the Filipino spouse abroad, after obtaining a divor ce and then re-marr ying, subsequently becomes naturalized (becomes a foreigner) ?
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Will the naturalization have a retroactive, and curative effect on the previously obtained divorce, such that the Filipino spouse left behind can also re-marry? There is no case on this yet. But if the Filipino spouse left behind is not allowed to re-marry, because the divorce procured by the Filipino spouse abroad cannot be recognized in the Philippines—having procured the divorce while still a Filipino—the same unfairness persists. The Filipino spouse left behind will suffer eternally and cannot re-marry. It can be suggested that if a Filipino spouse abroad obtains a divorce there, such a divorce should be recognized once that Filipino spouse abroad becomes naturalized. Otherwise, the Filipino spouse left behind cannot remarry and will be in an unfair situation. Such unfairness is precisely what the Court has tried to remove.
Don’t forget... (Catan)
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listeners sent me this short verse that I’d like to share with all of you. To me this short piece of advice seems like the ideal way to meet the New Year head on. It goes like this: Remember to forget things that make you sad; Don’t forget to remember things that make you glad. Remember to forget those who are untrue, Don’t forget to remember those who stood by you. Remember to forget troubles that come your way, Don’t forget to remember the blessings of everyday. I was struck by this message … yes, the New Year is a time to look forward, a time of anticipation, but it is
also a time to remember, and to forgive and forget. But most of all it is a much needed reminder to take time out to treasure the happy moments, to thank the people who are our friends, and to thank God for the blessings received during the past year. Most of all, I like to think that the new year opens wide a new door for me as it does for each one of us. The new year offers us a fresh path to travel on, an exciting mountain to climb with storms and rainbows along the way. Yes, today is always the first day of the rest of my life. And I resolve to make the most of it, today and every day. Jun and I extend our warmest wishes to all of you for a Joyous, Blessed and Prosperous New Year 2011!
Minimum ... From page 1 daily of P480 daily per tricycle. Multiply this by 4000 tricycles, the gross income of the industry is a whooping P1.9Million a
day! Conservatively, the tricycle industry gets P1Million a day from the riding public of Dumaguete! AND WHAT SERVICE? The big question is: what kind of service is the
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industry giving the riding public? Passsengers have the following comment: REFUSAL TO CONVEY: As if they are the king of the road, many tricycles refuse to convey passengers to their
destinations which is a violation of the laws on public conveyance. Under the law, the tricycle as a public conveyance has no right to refuse where a passenger wants to go. Moreover, the tricycle driver does not have the
right to say â€œnoâ€? to passengers who flag a ride, unless, the tricycle driver is on his way to eat his meal, or in an emergency. This is not happening in Dumaguete. Second, CRANKY, NOISY: thousands of tricycles are not complying with required specifics especially a good muffler and silencer on its engine; no shock absorber that will protect the sick , the elderly and the pregnant women from shock on city potholes; most tricycles have poor seat upholstery making a great discomfort to the riding public; D I S C O U R T E S Y: Many drivers are discourteous. They close to reprimand the passengers if they irk them. Some even drop off passengers far from their destination, just to pick another set of passengers. Some pretend not to have loose change so they ran away with extra money. THIS IN RETURN? And we citizens are giving them P1Million a day or P30-Million a month income? What is the city mayor and the city council doing to give the riding public the convenience they deserve? Asked one taxpayer. ORD 117 STATES: There is an automatic fare adjustment without further public hearing based on the approved scheme.
The last one provides that once the gasoline reaches P52 to P57 pesos per liter, the price will automatically be increased from p7.50 minimum to P8 minimum. Upon presentation of a valid ID, all students get P.50centavos less fare. Every senior citizen get 20% discount or less Pl.60 or P6.40 minimum fare which is never implemented at all. Any violation of Ord. 117 is penalized upon conviction of the provisions of the city traffic ordinance. This ordinance was approved on Dec. 6, 2007 by then Mayor Perdices, and authored by then councilor now Vice Mayor Alan Gel Cordova. Cordova is now urged to protect the public by causing the legislation if not implementation of the laws and rules of PUBLIC CONVEYANCE in fairness to the P1Million a day given as fare by the public to the tricycle industry in Dumaguete. All the city council members have their private vehicles. The city vice mayor has a salary of P31,450 while the city councilors get P29,776 a month plus allowances. The city mayor gets P41,347 a month as salary.