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VOL. 38 No. 34

Dumaguete City,

A MUST-probe NegOr disaster


Sunday, January 29, 2012


52 jail years for Lawmakers agree: 8 Wonders worker House panel weak



Rear Adm EDMUND TAN National Coast Guard Cmdr.


Dumagueteño is PH Coast Guard Chief




pparently, they have nowhere else to go as of yet. Thus, defying the firm resolve of the city mayor, dozens of families, whose homes were swept away by the rampaging flood waters along the Banica River last December 17, 2011, have returned and erected modest shelters in the same spots where they almost lost their lives (see page 2 photo).

In the wake of the unprecedented calamity caused by Typhoon Sendong, Dumaguete City Mayor Chiquiting Sagarbarria publicly announced anew that he will initially relocate 473 families, forcibly if needed, who reside along the increasingly dangerous Banica River to safer grounds. Concerned barangay captains were reportedly asked to find suitable temporary relocation sites within their areas of jurisdiction to accommodate the

affected families while the City Government and the National Housing Authority shall complete the construction of 1,000 houses in a permanent relocation site in Banilad. Just recently, a lot owned by the Tale family in Banilad has been eyed as an ideal permanent relocation site, but its actual acquisition and completion of the houses maybe completed in one year. To page 2

Dam caused rockslide? G

ov. Roel Degamo has ordered a thorough en v i ro n m en t a l probe on the alleged giant “rockslide” from Valencia caused by the collapse of a certain earth dam, which sent tons of flood water and giant rocks (*see photo) down the river ways, ripping apart anything that stood on its way. By YURI FONTELO Environmentalists and anti-disaster groups cannot still fully explain why with only three hours of rain last December 17 would cause such multi-million damage to crops and properties

he newly-installed 24th Commandant of the Philippine Coast Guard, a proud son of Dumaguete City, vowed to continue the reforms initiated by his predecessor and keep the country’s porous maritime border free from terrorism and other transnational crimes.

Rear Admiral Edmund Tan accepted his appointment by President Benigno Aquino III, Tuesday, even as

he recognized the daunting challenges ahead in tackling drugs and firearms traffick-

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olitical realignments are widespread in the three districts of Negros Oriental with Rep. Josy Limkaichong seemingly becoming the busiest political recruiter since she is being tasked by Pres. Aquino to revive the Liberal Party in Negros Oriental.

She has surprised political quarters when she seems to prefer the older orthopedic specialist Dr. Mark Macias, a non-politician, as her running mate, over and above veteran but younger Board Member

Erwin Macias, both sons of the late Gov. Macias. Is this in fulfillment of a dying wish of their late father? BIG TOWN CITY In the biggest and

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BY DEMS REY D. ointing out the futility of securing a desirable result in questioning the constitutionality of the National Helmet Law, Third District Congressman Pryde Henry Teves expressed his readiness to sponsor an amendment to the unpopular measure that would be reflective of the situation in


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They’re back!

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critical reporting

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City hall said it is still awaiting for the funds as promised by the National Housing Authority under Vice-President Jejomar Binay to begin construction. Informed that settlers along the Banica River did not heed his expressed instruction prohibiting them from reconstructing their damaged homes, Mayor Sagarbarria reportedly replied that he will not allow them to get electrical connection so as to discourage them and others from re-occupying the banks.



Diving industry, NegOr’s lead tourism dollar earner


Banica squatters here they come (again)




Ligan eyes ban on Lawmakers agree: deadly marble guns House panel weak larmed by the rising number of victims injured or even killed by the continued use of improvised marble guns, 3rd District Board Member Peve O. Ligan proposed to impose penalties to any person found to engage in the manufacture, sale, acquisition, disposition, possession and use of said deadly weapon. Ligan noted that the throughout the province, an measure is intended to improvised marble gun is avoid accidents, violence or defined as “a locally manucommission of a crime. In factured gun made of pipe or her proposed ordinance, any similar object of the which shall be applicable Turn to page 13


ven fellow congressmen, who signed the impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Renato C. Corona, had to admit that the House Prosecution panel failed to live up to high expectation and were widely perceived now to be unprepared for the Senate trial. Both Congressmen “They are like amateur Pryde Henry Teves (3rd Dis- boxers ranged against the trict) and Jocelyn champions,” Teves quipped. Limkaichong (1st District) For the past several days of said that the initial perform- the hearing, the prosecution ance of the House Prosecu- panel has been the object of tion panel is far from satis- severe criticisms from Senafactory. Turn to page 12


Nepotism charge to ‘NegOr forests can’t derail Maputi’s bid? save us from floods

egros Oriental Electric Cooperative II reelectionist Board of Director Member Engr. Ricardo Maputi faces possible disqualification should the cooperative’s screening committee finds merit and rule in favor of a complaint charging the incumbent of nepotism. Cirilo Collado, report- against the incumbent. edly President of ND-Piston Congressman George a local transport group, Arnaiz, a lawyer, said that wanted Maputi to be dis- nepotism is “committed by qualified. Maputi is run- a person who caused the recning against Land Transpor- ommendation and appointtation Office Head Roland ment of a person related to Ramos, who vehemently him up to the fourth degree denied being the brains be- of consanguinity and affinhind the disqualification bid Turn to page 13


econd District Congressman George Arnaiz is not at all impressed with the label that the province remains to have the thickest forest cover in Central Visayas, asserting that this is not enough to keep our communities safe from future flash floods.


He reiterated the overwhelming need for the authorities and the people of Negros Oriental to conduct a serious reforestation and tree-growing drive. Department of Environment and Natural Resources Regional Technical Director

Dr. Isabelo Montejo said that the province has a 16% forest cover and credited private and public efforts in reforestation. Montejo lauded the reforestation efforts in Lake Balinsasayaw Sibulan and Turn to page 13

Landslide in Mt. Talinis! O

n a clear morning sky, if one gazes at the slopes of the soaring Mt. Talinis and its neighborhood mountain ranges, you will easily notice white slides of white, down their slopes like melted ice cream. These are landslides, meaning, soft soil that the super rainfall of Typhoon Sendong swept down on its slopes last December l7. Why? Because there are not enough trees up there whose roots can hold the water from flowing downslope. Of course, they are denuded. Many people cut hundreds of young trees for firewood, some cut them for lumber, and some cut them to be replaced with younger ones. Cutting trees indiscriminately means danger to the lowlands. If nothing holds future rainwater from up the slopes of this giant Cuernos de Negros, these so-called “horns of Negros,” while it used to protect us from typhoons, will be the same ones that will level the lowlands with super floods in the near future if nothing positive is done. Let’s not count on the government, but let us all help the government in preventing future floods. After all, it is not the government who will be flood victims, but the people. For starters, let’s all plant strong bamboos along the riverbanks so that at least its strong roots will cushion the impact of rampaging flood waters. And if hundreds, if not thousands, of bamboos will be planted along the riverbanks, chances are, the floods can create the same impact as it did during the Sendong howler.

he provincial tourism officials got a tongue lashing from Rep. Pryde Henry Teves Friday night before the members of the Negros Dive Association for not coming up with a tourism road map for Negros Oriental, thus our province missed at least P100-million in tourism program funding from the NEDA last year. This year, still no tourism road map from the provincial tourism. This is unbelievable with all the glamorous people in that Sidlakan village neighbor of ours! Rep Teves demanded a tourism road map finished in three weeks and the good lady tourism boss obliged. Let’s see. -o0oWhat’s a tourism road map? Simply put, it is the official destination package for Negros Oriental which is agreed upon by all tourism stakeholders. It is not an Abellana nor an Elman after-thought. It is a major decision of all tourism stakeholders how to sell this province to the tourism world! Today, we got a smorgasbord of destinations, and a variety of tour rates, It simply confuses the tourists from abroad. Nothing definite until now! Whew! Tourism, huh! -o0oTo dramatize this lament: last year, Pryde Henry said, the NEDA gave Bohol P500-million to spend and develop some more their tourist destinations and promotions; Cebu got P300million; and Negros Oriental? You guessed it: ZERO, nothing as in wala! Why? Because we do not have an official tourism road map or an official destination. -o0oExample: for Elman and Abellana’s FYI: In Bohol, the official tourism road map is the so-called “Countryside tour.” Every tour operator follows this official destination with uniform rates, to vary only with added optional amenities. It consists of swing visits to Baclayon church, Blood compact site, Chocolate Hills, Giant Python, River cruise with lunch, Tarsier visit; Butterfly farm, and optional Zipline visit. Simple. -o0oEverybody sells this destination to domestic to foreign tourists. And its raking in busloads of tourists everyday as in kada adlaw bibi! That’s millions in tourism income. Why can’t we make up our big minds and come up with a simple official destination or road map? We have been howling about this since Dodo Macias was around. Now it’s Degamo , and soon another governor or the same in 2013! Unbelievable! And they dare talk about tourism? Give us a break! -o0oNo wonder we got ZERO support for tourism from NEDA and those big sources! Here’s a tip: We have TWO unique possible official destinations for Negros Oriental: DIVING, and GOLF Holiday. Plus a side trip to Mystic Siquijor! Just that. Develop that people, and make a uniform destination, and uniform rate, and we will all be going places! -o0oFirst, we got the best diving spot in the world, plus Sumilon for a side trip. We have over 2500 hotel rooms available NOW! We filled that up during our BCBP national convention here. Look at those new high rise hotels now sprouting in the city! Second, we have three golf courses here, and Bohol has NONE! Cebu golfing is over-crowded. WE are the alternative route, baby! Charter a tourism bus from Cebu, and you got the whole world in your hands!

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Getting Lito Lapid’s impeach vote

O Editorial

A MUST-probe incident here is a report that, indeed, an earth dam up somewhere in the Apolong or Maite creeks in Valencia, which are supposed to be the source of water in the Banica and Okoy rivers plus the others in Amlan, San Jose and Tanjay, have collapsed due to the fury of Typhoon Sendong last December 17. Proof of these are the massive rockslides (see photos) taken by the governor’s office in response to persistent citizens’ report that, indeed, a natural earth dam which used to hold voluminous rain water up there through the years, up in the mountains of Valencia, where Mt. Talinis slopes down, has or have, finally caved-in because of the pressures of the too heavy downpour of Sendong. As a result, the dam collapsed, and so volumes and tons of water in full force swooped down the rivers and destroyed everything that blocked its way. Again, this is still being investigated, but the initial proof are these unusual pictures taken by the Task Force GUARD of the governor’s office under Engr. Junny Dumalag.


This supports the theory of environmentalists explaining why and how a 3hour super heavy downpour wrecked havoc close to a billion pesos worth of crops and property and took away 43 lives in Negros Oriental. We CANNOT afford to make this happen again, therefore, SOMETHING POSITIVE has to be done, even if only to minimize future damage due to future typhoons which are sure to come. It is a question of WHEN the next big one will come. Surely, it will come again like a thief in the night. That is why we, the People, have to be ON OUR GUARD. Task Force GUARD is coordinating with disaster risk management teams of Dumaguete, Valencia, Amlan, San Jose and Tanjay. Let’s find out the real thing. And surely, all we can do now is to minimize the future damage, even as much damage has already been done, —— and more damage will be done, if we do nothing about it. We in the media will report all that we know. And tell the people. It is up to us People what we should do to minimize the damage in the next typhoon that will surely come.

ne of our senators acting as judge in the current impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona is Lito Lapid.

The impeachment trial is a political game where the bottomline is getting enough votes to convict the respondent. In order to convict the chief justice, sixteen votes are required. That is a very difficult objective to attain. Malacañang, many say, is the power behind the move to oust the chief justice. Therefore, logically, Malacañang would be in the forefront at soliciting the needed votes to convict Corona. Enter Lito Lapid. He is a quiet judge. In the trial, he does not speak (so far). He prefers to analyze the merits of the case in the quiet cerebral confines of the intellectual portion of his anatomy. But of course, it is not a secret that Sen. Lapid belongs to the camp of former President Gloria Arroyo. This being so, it is not farfetched that Lapid’s natural inclination is to side in favor of acquittal of the chief justice, the latter being an appointee of the former president. The latest development, though, is that the senator’s wife have just been arrested and charged in the United States for bulk dollar transport. Lapid’s wife, Marrissa, was caught by US customs authorities trying to bring US$50,000 to the U.S. without properly declaring that she was bringing such amount. When travelling to the U.S., one is asked whether he or she is bringing more than US$10,000.00. If the traveller checks the box for “No” and is discovered to be untrue, the traveller faces arrest for bulk cash smuggling. When asked why she did not properly declare the cash she was bringing, Marrissa, the senator’s wife, reportedly said the money was intended to fix her house in Las Vegas. It has now been reported that the senator’s wife has two houses in Las Vegas. Now this can be an opening, tied to the imTo page 19


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Rewind Button now the past to understand the present,” astrophysicist Carl Sagan often suggested. So, we surfed earlier trials during weekend’s break in Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona’s impeachment. Eduardo Cojuangco’s Raps against President Nationalist People’s Coalition Joseph Estrada in 2001 and Chief Justice Hilario Davide in in July 2002 rammed through 2003 barreled on controversy- a House probe into Judiciary ridden tracks. Their ends differ. Development Fund expendiDo they hint at how curtains may tures by [Davide]. Reps. Gilberto Teodoro of Tarlac and drop for Corona? Fuentebella of Speaker Manuel Villar Felix mumbled the opening prayer, Camarines Sur filed impeachskipped roll call, raced ment articles on October 2003. “In gangland’s culture, through a resolution, banged his gavel to lob Estrada’s im- Davide is a negative example of peachment to the Senate. Pro- the public official,” Inquirer’s Randy David wrote. “He does tests failed to derail trial. grovel. He Mid-December, 188 con- not is…uncompromising,” and as gressmen signed charges the nation saw in Erap’s imagainst Corona. Skipping ple- peachment, “rules with impartinary debates, they shoved the ality.” raps forthwith to the Senate– and “Now, he’s being taught a hearings began. Turn to page 18

On to 2050


any anti-natalists, neo-Malthusians, and pharmaceutical firms, salivating at the prospects of mega sales by the billions from the sale of contraceptives, must have been rudely shocked at the projection by a highly respected international banking institution –the Hongkong and Shanghai Bank (established in this country in the 19th century) --that this economy will be the 16th largest in the world in 2050. Thanks to, among other things, its educated labor force that now remits an estimated $20 billion a year.



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that the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India and China), the leading economies in the world which are closely following the footsteps of the fist world countries, will have close to its heels the VIPs (Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines). You will note that what is common to all the countries above is their huge population, the driving force and engine of growth, despite the huge chalTurn to page 18


Isa 55:8 (NIV) “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD.



nice lady shared her story with me the other day. I want to share it with you not because it is especially unusual but because it is NOT especially unusual.

She lived in a simple home with her husband and five young children. They did not have much but they were a happy family. She and her husband both worked hard to provide a good home. There were no frills but a lot of love. While visiting Cebu, her husband was murdered. Suddenly, she was the sole support for her family. She worked hard, but no matter how hard, there never seemed to be enough time or money. Her life and family were slowly falling apart. She prayed to God for help. God answered her prayer with a chance meeting on the internet. The man was a foreigner. They exchanged emails for over a year before he came to the Philippines to meet her. He had a beautiful home in America, while she

lived in a simple cement block house and washed her clothes in a nearby stream. He drove a big fancy car, while she rode a pedicab to work every morning. She was a widow with FIVE children. No man wants someone else’s family. He returned to America. He returned to America and sold everything he had. He came back to the Philippines and married her in a big church wedding. They have been married for seven beautiful years. He not only adopted her children, he has become the loving father they needed. They have blossomed into confident, outgoing young adults. Two of them already have a successful growing business. He has taught them so many things. He not only gave them a beautiful home Turn to page 9

Good news about our body

Footsteps and Fingerprints


Simple steps to better health

HEOLOGY is, of course, still a toxin, a foreign body in the minds of most people, including our leaders in the different fields like business, media and politics, even if they profess to be quite religious and have no qualms showing it off. This is sad, simply because There is still no unity of life, no if we realize that we are not just consistency between faith, reapurely material beings, nor sim- son and the other human powply rational, but that we are also ers. Many still do not know how actually spiritual beings with a to get their act together. supernatural goal, then there is This is one of the big chalno doubt that we need to be lenges of our time. We have guided by faith that we actually to find ways to overcome the have to do theology in our daily awkwardness, the inability to affairs. exercise our faith or to do theIt can be granted that ology in our human affairs. We many people know this truth have to find ways to neutralin theory. It is, however, a very ize and dominate the antiboddifferent story in practice. ies that seem to render us imMany are not guided by faith. mune and insensitive to the They simply rely on reason at practical consequences of best, if not, by other lower hu- faith. man faculties and powers, like Pursuing this goal obviously feelings, emotions, passions, involves a process, a going gut feel, etc. through of several stages. This The common phenomenon is part of our human condition, is that many still cannot make even if faith, being a supernatutheir faith abidingly functional, ral gift, can transcend the usual Turn to page 9 even if in theory they profess it.


Prayers do come true

What if God says NO? hat if God says NO? How do we take No as an answer? Prayers have answers. Sometimes, it is a No, and sometimes, it is a Yes, or a long wait. Our natural response to a No is also a resounding No. We question God, sometimes even to the point of blaming Him. A godly father begged God, day and night, to heal his little daughter. After a month in the hospital, she died. He was hurt and asked God many questions. Then God opened a way for this man and his family to open a school and help other little children. The child he lost gave way to reach out to other lost ones. Many times, we don’t know insisted instead on bashing what is happening in our lives -- his head against a closed winwhy good men suffer and the dow, determined to get out. wicked ones flourish. We do not Soon, our whole family is in understand why little innocent the garage, empathizing with children have leukemia. his confusion. “Help him out Max Lucado told this story daddy,” came the chorus from in one of his columns. “ What my kids. So I tried. I opened I intended as good was inter- the window, hoping he’d fly preted as a humming- out --he didn’t. I nudged him bird. Recently, one of the little with a broom handle. he fellows flew into the garage wouldn’t budge. Finally, after and got lost. Though the door several firm pokes, he made a was open, he didn’t see it. He Turn to page 11

Actually, the Philippines today is the 12th biggest country in the world, population-wise, with a labor force of 41 million which is double the combined population of the Scandinavian countries which has only about 20 million. In terms of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of P9.5 trillion – the total number of goods and services produced (in terms of purchasing power parity) --it is the 31st biggest. Many economists believe

JAMES “KOJAK” HUGHS U.S. Army, Cpt (ret)


his new year, as in most past years, I face the new year a few pounds heavier than I want to be, mainly due to too many celebratory occasions during the months of October through December. I know what I need to do, but somehow find myself inventing reasons not to diet, or exercise, or eat more healthily.


Last week, I received an article over the net setting out seven simple steps to better health. The article stated that we should not think of dieting or exercising or eating healthy as a New Year’s resolution, because most resolutions are made only to be broken. We must commit to develop the habit of living a healthy lifestyle. And this merely confirms what I talked about in my column several weeks ago! So I am sharing with you these seven simple steps for a healthy lifestyle. They are all doable, practical and no cash out. Let’s all get more

healthy in 2012! Step #1: Set doable goals for fat loss as well as for weight. There are several websites that can help us do this. Step #2: Drink more water. Many times, when we feel hungry, our bodies are actually telling us that we are getting dehydrated and should drink water. I am doing this now and feel much better for it. It is very easy to become dehydrated in our hot, tropical climate, especially now that we are experiencing really hot sunlight and humid temTurn to page 9



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ANUARY 23 IS CELEBRATED AS THE CHINESE NEW YEAR. The Chinese has one of the richest and most colorful traditions in the world; and THIS IS one of their most anticipated celebrations. It is also known as the Spring Festival. The celebration is based on the lunar calendar, so that the first day of

the lunar year marks the Chinese New Year. Thus, the event falls between late January to early February. The celebration begins on the eve of the lunar new year and continues on until the fifth day of the lunar calendar’s first month. Next will come the Lantern Festival. This year’s Chinese New Year

is supposed to be the year of the dragon. Red is a popular color to wear when ushering in the Chinese New Year. Also, hongbao, or red envelopes that contain money, are given to family and friends (especially the youngsters) as a symbol of luck and wealth. There are also lots of musical performances and parades; the

most famous of which is the dragon and lion dance. In the Chinese culture, the dragon is the deity of water ensuring that no drought will come. The lion, on the other hand, helps ward off evil spirits since it symbolizes power and courage. KUNG HEI FAT CHOI !



January 29, 2012

PEACE “Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.” Isaiah 2:4c



elieve me, the time is coming when it will no longer matter whether you worship the Father here or in Jerusalem. You Samaritans know so little about the one you worship, while we Jews know all about him, for salvation comes through the Jews. But the time is coming and is already here when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for anyone who will worship him that way. For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”

“God is Spirit” means that he is not a physical being limited to one place. He is present everywhere, and he can be worshiped anywhere, at any time. It is not where we worship that counts but how we worship. Is your worship genuine and true? Do

you have the Holy Spirit’s help? How does the Holy Spirit help us worship? The Holy Spirit prays for us, teaches us the words of Christ, and tells us we are loved.


a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately, Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly, you are the Son of God.”

GOSPEL Matthew 14:22-33

Immediately, Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side while he dismissed the crowd. After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it. Shortly before dawn, Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s

tomorrow, but we live by faith or we are endlessly tortured by anxiety. Jesus was aware of the turbulent fears that infested the minds of His contemporaries as they engaged in the struggle for survival. He knew they faced hardships. We feel the same way today and we look in vain for human aid, so we say, “Speak, Lord, to my trembling soul,” and the Lord says: “It is I, be not afraid.” Part 1II We are sometimes over“Be of good cheer!” come by our fears. The kind of Matthew 9:2, John 16:33, Matthew world we live in knows storms of 14:37 various magnitudes. Jesus says here is one more passage in to us: “Be not afraid, it is I.” which Jesus says: “Be of good Harold Sala adds a dimension to cheer.” It is the well-known story of the journey of the disciples in DR. PROCESO UDARBE the story—that our Lord does not force himself into our boat. He the boat crossing the seas to the comes in response to our invitaother side (about 11 miles) from tion. And this is true, isn’t it? Are Galilee. To them, it was a “mother we willing to say: “Jesus, Savior, of all storms.” When they had gone three or four miles, the wapilot me over life’s tempestuous ters grew so rough that these hardened men were terrified. sea”? My family and I have gone through our own “mother of all storms” So, let us be of good cheer. ourselves. Some of you also have, I think. But there are all kinds of dangers, - For as far as the east is from all kinds of threat, all kinds of calamities. the west; so far has he removed our In the case of disciples, their fear turned to terror. They were not sins from us. only terrified that their boat would sink. They were terrified when they - For as Jesus has overcome saw a figure moving towards them, walking on the sea. Like us, they the powers of evil in the world, we, believed in ghosts, and they cried: “dunay abat” (there is a ghost). But as the figure approached their boat, the figure (Jesus) said: “Be of too, can overcome these in our life good cheer, it is I” (ego eimi in Greek). The words said by a loving Master here on earth and right now. - For as we traverse the anmade all the difference; for it was he who could say to the storm, “Peace, be gry seas of this life—with its danstill.” We live trustfully or we live fearfully, one or the other. To be sure, gers, we hear Jesus’ voice: Be of we need to be prudent and sensible as we live today and look forward good cheer; it is I.

Sunday Thoughts



henever I thought of my past, I could not help but think of the mystery of my survival. Why was I still alive, when men all around me had died like flies in the four years of conflict? Gradually, I came to believe that I had only allowed one book, without exception, been supported by some great, unseen they would choose the Bible. The writer power. My sullenness began to be diffused ended with a call to the Japanese people: and dispelled by a sense of gratitude. “Oh people of Japan, if there is any one of Moreover, as I continued to live in closer you who has not yet read the Bible, please relation to the earth, through the plants read the first thirty pages with an open mind. and the cattle, and the other aspects of Surely, there is something there that will farm life, I was gradually led to think in touch your heart.” For me, without a doubt, terms of a Creator of all these things. With this was a voice from Heaven. I started to the increasing sense of the fact of a Crea- read the Bible. I became absorbed in it. Prestor-God, I came to feel ashamed of my ently, I came to the Gospel of Luke. There, I former godless idea that man’s own power faced the scene of the crucifixion of Christ. I and ability were his only trustworthy read the words of Luke 23:34, “Father, forguides. I had never been an atheist, in the give them for they know not what they do.” extreme sense of the word, but religion had Jesus prayed for the very soldiers who were had little place in my thinking. In my early about to thrust his side with the spear…I am life, there was very little religious atmosnot ashamed to say that my eyes filled with phere. tears. Immediately, I accepted Jesus as my Consequently, I grew up to manhood personal Savior… I am positive of my conwithout any formal religion. After I enversion. There was a time when my back was listed in the Navy, the former “War Catturned to Christ, but now, I look to Him in echism” became the sum total of my idefaith. I firmly believe that Christ is the only ology… answer and the only hope of this world. In the editorial column of a newspaEleven years after Pearl Harbor! Little per, there was a commentary which stated did I dream that eventful morning that my that the Bible was the world’s best seller, view of life would be so revolutionized. Tothat it had been translated into the landay, I am a Christian! I say it over and over guages of all civilized countries. The again. This is the message I send to all manwriter of the column stated that if Chriskind with a fervent prayer that there will be tians were banished to some island and “No More Pearl Harbor.”

Small brain, or brainless?


uring the Feast of the Nazarene last January 9, 2012, after President Pinoy and the present administration at large had been accused of bungling crisis situations before, and rightly so, the same administration set out to prove that it can mishan- FR. GAMMY TULABING dle a non-crisis situaJCD, VG tion. We see how the authorities  seriously committed a big mistake in handling a threat that did not even exist.  “This was supposed to be a threat that forced President Noynoy  Aquino himself to go ‘live’ on national TV to warn people not to join the popular procession wherein the people followed a statue of the Nazarene barefoot.  As if to emphasize how serious the terrorist threat was, President Noynoy Aquino surrounded himself with his top Cabinet people, like they were about to declare authoritarian rule and suspend civil liberties”.  Later, it was learned that President Noynoy Aquino himself went earlier to Quiapo Church to request the cancellation of the procession.  It was indeed a “momentous” warning which sent the people naturally alarmed.  “For a President to warn of such an event --a task usually reserved for mid-level police  commanders-- spoke volumes not only about the quality of the Palace’s intelligence but also of the chilling effect it wanted to impart.”  The two quotes above was the way my former classmate in the college seminary Jojo Robles, who is now a journalist, put it. Don’t  you think its funny?  Almost simultaneously, the Department of Tourism launched a tourism   campaign,  “Its  more  fun  here  in  the Phillippines,”  supposedly to attract tourists to visit our country, and at the same time, PNoy declaring “Beware of Terrorist Attacks tomorrow at Nazareno procession”. Yes, indeed, it’s dead funny.  If indeed there was a  true terrorist threat, could the government not have mobilized its security forces in a quiet but most effective way, instead of openly warning the country and the country’s visitors about such terrorist attacks warning, To page 11

The first encounter


ith some declaring that Antonio Pigafetta was born in1491, he went to Spain with the Roman ambassador Chieregato in 1519. Being familiar with sea voyages and hearing details of Magellan’s intended voyage, he contrived to accompany him. (s)i po fare ancho latte como nui faceuamo REV. FR. ROMAN C. SAGUN, JR. gratauamo q?(s)ta medola poi la mi(s)quiauamo cõ lacqua (s)ua mede(s)ima (s)trucandola in vno panno et co(s)I era late como di capra. Milk can also be made from it for we made some. We scraped that marrowy substance and then mixed the scrapings with its own water which we strained through a cloth, and so obtained milk like goat’s milk. Que(s)te palme (s)onno palme deli datali ma non co(s)i nodo(s)e (s)e non li(s)ce. Vna famiglia de x per(s)onne cõ dui de que(s)te (s)e manteneno fruando octo giorni luna et octo giorni La altª p(er) Lo vino p(er) che (s)e altramenti face(ss)eno Se (s)echarebenno et durano cento anny. Those palms resemble date-palms, but although not smooth, they are less knotty than the latter. A family of x persons can be supported on two trees, but utilizing them week about for the wine; for if they did otherwise, the trees would dry up. They last a century. Grande familliaritade pigliarono cõ nui Que(s)ti populi ne di(s)cero molte co(s)e como le chiamauano et li nomi de algune y(s)ole q(ue) (s)e vedeuano de q(ui) La (s)ua (s)e chiama Zuluan laqªlle non etropo grande Those people became very familiar with us. They told us many things, their names, and those of some of the islands that could be seen from that place. Their own island was called Zuluan and it is not very large. piglia(s)cemo gra(n) piacere cõ que(s)ti perche eranno a(s)ay piaceuoli et conuer(s)abili iL capº gñale p(er) farli piu honnore li meno ala (s)ua naue et li mo(s)tro tuta la (s)ua mercadan(s)ia garofoli cannella peuere gengero no(s)ce mo(s)cade Matia oro et tute le co(s)e q(ue) eranno nella naue fece de(s)carirare algune bombarde hebero gra(n) paura et vol(s)ero (s)altar foura de la naue. To page 11


January 29, 2012

Good news... (Cimagala)

From page 6

human requirements. We need to study, but first, we need to have that faith put in human terms also for us to be able to study and hopefully assimilate it. That is why it is good news that the late Pope, now Blessed, John Paul II, developed the theology of the body to give us a clear idea and guideline about a subject that is often taken for granted or considered not as important as studying the dynamics of our spiritual life. This is a new frontier that many of us still have to cross. Here  lies  not  only  the  astounding novelty but also the true significance of this part of theology. The theology of the body recovers the original value and role played by our body, and everything else material and earthly, in our life. A quick look at our human history clearly shows how the truth about our body has been awfully distorted. This theology of the body makes us see that our flesh is organically linked to our spiritual

Prayer do... (Kojak)

From page 6

but also gave them beautiful hearts. Now why did I tell you this story? I consider him an Everyday Hero, but there is more to this than just that. He is 71 years old. Soon, God will call him home. Before he goes, and before the everyday hero in your life goes, take the time to tell them just how very special they are and how much you love them.

and supernatural character of our life. While distinct, it cannot be separated from our integral human nature and condition, from our beginning and end, and from the plan and purpose God our Father and Creator has for us. It is mainly based on the undeniable truth that our body also has been created by God, and when it turned sinful, it has been redeemed by no less than God’s Son and Word becoming flesh. This theology would certainly deepen and broaden our understanding of our life, and would make us more sensitive to the duties and responsibilities we have toward our body. We have so far been neglectful or ignorant of this part of our responsibilities, and of course, we suffer the consequences. We  cannot  deny  that  even among many good people—those who exert great effort to follow Christ—severe problems and difficulties have been gripping them in their concern to rein in the often erring workings of their own flesh. This sad phenomenon is often made worse because it is a subject that many people find hard to talk about. And so it tends to fester. Many people nowadays, once they know about this theology of the body, welcome it as a true gift from God that was articulated well by Blessed John Paul II.  We  should  try  our  best  to spread this Good News about our body as widely as possible. We can take advantage of our new technologies to do this. This task, to me, is quite urgent, if only to redress a persevering, if quiet, crisis we are suffering in the whole world. It’s good to know that powerful institutes have been put up mainly in the States and are precisely preaching this Gospel. We need to have some of these institutes in our country too!

Simple ...


From page 6

peratures. The advice is to drink one or two glasses of water upon waking up in the morning, and whenever you feel hungry, before you eat, drink water, not soda! Step #3: Be more active. Every hour, take about 5 minutes and get out of your chair and move around, or do stretching exercises, or go up and down the stairs a few times… anything to activate your muscles and encourage the circulation of your blood. Step #4: Strengthen your muscles. Gym exercises are good, but if you are like me, I am not supposed to do that due to the operation on my spine in 2010. So what I do are just some simple home exercises like leg lifts, and stretches that do not twist my back. The secret here is doing them for about 5 minutes several times a day. Step #5: Eat fresh, natural, unprocessed foods. Many times for breakfast we have lugao with plenty of ginger and malunggay leaves with a slice or two of fruit in season. Center your diet around fresh fruit, veggies, and fish. Avoid “artificial” and “fast” foods that usually have a lot of unhealthy additives. Step #6: Get a good night’s restful sleep. A night of deep, quality sleep will give you the energy to meet the challenges of the next day. Losing hours of sleep for several days can result in your operating on automatic like a robot! Not nice!

Step # 7: Reduce your stress levels. There are many ways to do this. Jun, my husband, watches Mr. Bean DVDs. I like to read an adventure or spy novel, or sit out on our terrace and watch the birds and the cloud formations, or play with our dogs. Whatever works, do it!


ABAP eyes new boxers breed


he Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines (ABAP) is optimistic it will be able to discover potential boxers from the Visayas to join the national pool of boxers  and  to represent  the country  in international competitions.

ABAP executive director Ed Picson believes Visayan provinces have fresh and raw talents in boxing that needs to be developed. That is why ABAP is going to provinces, not only in the Visayas, but all over the

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Relief goods continue


elief goods continue to arrive in Dumaguete, including cash donations from local government units around the country.

Dumaguete City Mayor Manuel Sagarbarria says more than P5 million had been deposited at the city coffers coming from the different local government units as aid to victims of typhoon Sendong. Of the amount, P1 million came from Cebu Gov. Gwen Garcia. Only yesterday, the provincial government of Batangas also gave P500,000 in cash, while Bacolod City is also coming up with financial assistance to the city. Yesterday also, the local government unit of Basay

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ARNIS rule makers coming


rnis grandmasters all over the coun try are invited in the crafting of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the Arnis Law prior to its full implementation in April this year. Arnis Law author Negros Oriental 3rd Dist Rep. Pryde Henry Teves said the crafting of the IRR is scheduled on February 10, 2012 in Makati sponsored by ex-Sen. Miguel Zubirri and himself. Teves said this is in line with the promotion of arnis as a national martial arts sports. The sports will be introduced in all schools nationwide. He said school children will already be taught the basics of arnis and for school children to choose its expertise or style, “Dose Pares,” “Balintawak,” or “Caballero,” among others. Teves is expected to bring along with him grandmaster Ike Villaflores of Dumaguete. The third district solon is hoping arnis will become an Olympic sport someday.//jr.



January 29, 2012

P.E.P. (People, Events, Places)

Sinulog and Chinese New Year wo of the major events celebrated in the country fall in the month of January. These are the Sinulog de Cebu, touted as having drawn more than the expected number of domestic and international tourists this year as in the past, and the Chinese New Year which, starting this year, President Aquino has declared for it to become a national holiday, thus, giving us the first in a series of long weekends for this year. Although the Sinulog worthy for many Filipinos. It reached its fever-pitch peak only is a tribute to the piety aclast Sunday, January 15, rem- corded by us to a divine, nants of the grandiose celebra- more immense, and awetion are still evident everywhere some power by a Most High you go to Cebu, starting from Who can discern everything, whichever destination you came as well as a fatalistic attempt from, in whatever means of trans- at luck and charm the whole portation you took. But, all these year through which, to the have a purpose, as we had credit of the Chinese, is learned during a quick visit to practiced to a great extent by Cebu, as the entire month of many non-Chinese Filipinos. January is practically devoted to The holiday that is the Chithe celebration of the feast of the nese New Year this year and Santo Nino in many municipali- henceforth should have been ties of the province. Down south, long in coming. The influence students were preparing for what of the Chinese in our lives obviously appeared to be a show- has never been more emphadown of sorts that day judging sized today and in the past from their colourful costumes and years. If we go by strength in elaborate props, reminiscent of numbers, the Chinese can what they may have patterned it very easily rule the world to in the big city festivities. True (and this is already being felt enough, because it is yet the start today) because out of the of the year, devotion to the Santo world population of six bilNino augurs a fresh start for eve- lion, two billion are Chinese. ryone with a fervent hope that the In business circles and in Santo Nino may grant us our in- many industries, tentions and prayers for a peaceincluding construction and ful, blessed, and bountiful year. real estate, Chinese feng shui It is this devotion that is akin to experts have been included in the totally undying (although as the payroll for consultations previous years have proven, before any transaction is given some people actually lost a limb the go-signal. And, why do because of an ensuing stam- many Filipinos staunchly follow pede) devotion of many Filipinos the buying of 12 (or is it 13?) to the Black Nazarene of Quiapo different varieties of round fruits which, incidentally, is likewise for the New Year? Or, how can commemorated in January. you explain the penchant of With the Chinese New having sweet, glutinous tikoy to Year expectedly done in grand be partaken by all members of fashion last Monday, the jux- the family at the strike of the taposition of these seemingly New Year? I never put my unrelated celebrations and handbag on the floor because their significance is quite note- it would cause you to have un-


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Free Speech & Expression Section 4, Article III (Bill of Rights) of the 1987 Philippine Constitution: “No law shall be passed abridging the freedom of speech, of expression, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and petition the government for redress of grievances.” What do “speech,” “expression,” and “press” include? These include every form of expression, whether oral, written, or electronically recorded. It also includes movies as well as “symbolic” speech such as the wearing of an arm band as a symbol of protest. Peaceful picketing is also covered under this provision. What does this provision protect these freedoms from? This provision protects against two things: 1) prior restraint; and 2) subsequent punishment. What is prior restraint? Prior restraint means official government restrictions on the press or other forms of expression in advance of actual publication or dissemination. What is subsequent punishment? Subsequent punishment means official government acts that punish the press or other forms of expression after the fact of actual publication or dissemination. Are these prohibitions absolute? No. There are two tests as to whether prior restraint and/or subsequent punishment may be allowed. These are: 1) Dangerous tendency rule; and 2) Clear and present danger test. What is the dangerous tendency rule? It means that speech may be curtailed or punished when it creates a dangerous tendency to produce a certain evil which the State has the right to prevent. An example is if the content of the speech or expression tends to stir rebellious sentiments against the government, or to commit crimes. All it requires, for speech to be punishable, is that there be a rational connection between the speech and the evil sought to be avoided. What is the clear and present danger test? It means that the speech and expression used are used in such circumstances and are of such a nature as to create a clear and present danger that they will bring about the substantive evils that the State has a right to prevent. Compared to the dangerous tendency rule, the clear and present danger test requires a greater level of proximity and degree between the speech and the evil sought to be avoided. Are there any forms of speech which are not protected by the Constitution? Yes. These are libel and obscenity. What is libel? It is a public and malicious imputation of a crime, or of a vice or a defect, real or imaginary, or any act, omission, condition, status, or circumstance tending to cause the dishonor, discredit, or contempt of a natural or juridical person, or to blacken the memory of one who is dead. How do you know if something is an obscenity? There are at least three ways: 1) If the average person, applying contemporary community standards would find that the work, taken as a whole, appeals to the “prurient” or sexually malicious interest; 2) If the work depicts or describes, in a patently offensive way, sexual conduct specifically defined by the applicable state law; and 3) If the work, taken as a whole lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value.


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Move... the wrong way. he fluttered around the window panes. Now he was trapped. What a pitiful sight. I had no choice. I stuck my fingers in the opening, grabbed a few feathers, and jerked him out. Im sure he did not appreciate the yank, but at least he was free. The bird thought I was cruel. If only he had known that I had come to help. If only he knew...” Sometimes we don’t know or even understand God’s ways. Five years ago, I begged God that the biopsy will not turn malignant, but it was, and gave birth to this column. The road was full of bumps along the way. But those bumps made me strong. I do not understand why I am back for another surgery after I survived cancer for five years. But His thoughts are not our thoughts and His ways are higher than our ways. These white walls seemed to suffocate me. But though I don’t understand, I trust God that His plans are always for the best. He had given me life, and He has the right to take it back in His own perfect time. Circumstances can be meaningless, but our responses can make a difference.


stable finances, as the Chinese would tell us. Because my mother has a small, yet significant pint of Chinese blood, we were brought up never to commit the blunder of eating chicken on New Year’s day lest you will experience a life of “isang kahig, isang tuka.” As in most traditions, I have passed this on to our children who have learned to appreciate this reminder especially today when they are all working professionals. And, you must have heard of the belief that you have to avoid spending money unnecessarily on New Year’s day because you will always be scarce of money all throughout the year. Another tip is not to put your credit cards and ATM cards altogether (I do this essentially to ward off the misfortune of having them carted away by pickpockets, just in case, heaven forbid), something our son told me To page 13

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Bayan continues seeking Justice in the country


t has already been 25 years since the bloody incident of Mendiola Mas sacre, and until now, we are still clamoring for justice for all the 13 victims that were killed and 80 others that sustained gunshot wounds.

In connection with this, we from Kahugpungan Alang sa Ugma sa Gagmay’ng Mag-uuma sa Oriental Negros (Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas), Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN), National Federation of Sugar Workers (NFSW), and Babayeng Negrense Isulong ang Kalingkawasan NOTICE OF AUCTION All unredeemed pledges left during the month of September 2011 of the ff CEBUANA LHUILLIER PAWNSHOP branches will be sold at Public Auction on February 4, 2012 at Aguinaldo St., Bais City (8:30 am) • Aguinaldo St., Bais City • Roxas St. corner Mabini St., Bais City, Negros Oriental • National Highway corner Aglipay St., Bais City • 499-E National Highway, Public Market, Tanjay, Negros Oriental • Magallanes St., Tanjay, Negros Oriental • Poblacion, Amlan, Negros Oriental • Public Market, Sibulan, Neg. Or. • L. Aguilar St., Pamplona, Negros Oriental at South Road, Tabuctubig, Dumaguete City (8:00 am) • 57 Silliman Ave., Brgy 6, Dumaguete City • 149 Gov. Perdices St., Brgy 5, Dumaguete City • Cervantes St., Dumaguete City • Level 1, Bldg.5, Dumaguete Public Market Complex, Dumaguete City • Noblefranca cor Sta. Catalina St., Dumaguete City • Cor. Mabini & Pinili Sts., Dumaguete City • Unit B, G/F Bricktown Center Bldg., North cor Aldecoa Drive, Brgy Daro, Dumaguete City • Rizal Boulevard, Dumaguete City • corner Maria Cristina & Legaspi St., Dumaguete City • Cor Perdices Sta Rosa St., Brgy 3, Dumaguete City • San Jose St., Dumaguete City • South Road, Tabuctubig, Dumaguete City at Poblacion, Basay, Negros Oriental (8:00 am) • National Highway, Zamboanguita, Negros Oriental • National H-way, Siaton, Neg.Or. • Juan Luna Street., Brgy. Poblacion, Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental • 1160 Rizal St., Tinago, Bayawan, Neg.Or. • Claro M. Recto St., Bayawan City • Poblacion, Basay, Negros Oriental at Catamboan, Lazi, Siquijor (8:30 am) • North Poblacion, Larena, Siquijor • Atad Street, New Public Market, Siquijor • Catamboan, Lazi, Siquijor at S. Villanueva M.L. Quezon, Guihulngan Cty (8:30 am)

(BANIKA) – AMIHAN, joined the commemoration and condemnation of the 1987 Mendiola Massacre. BAYAN has launched a Mobile Propaganda Team around the City of Dumaguete with a concrete demand calling PNoy’s administration (1) seeking justice for all victims of the Mendiola Massacre, and even victims of extra-judicial killings of which one of our farmer leaders, Fermin Lorico, together with other leaders, were killed in the island of Oriental Negros, (2) scrapping the CARPER program, instead replace it with a new and progressive agrar-

ian land reform program pending before the House of Representatives known as House Bill 374 or the Genuine Agrarian Reform Bill (GARB), and lastly, (3) free land distribution to farmworker beneficiaries of Hacienda Luisita and other agricultural estates. The battle cry of the masses will still continue calling and condemning the fascist state ruled by the Hacienderos headed by the puppet Aquino II regime to attain and encroach the genuine social justice for the victims and the oppressed class. (Favian F. Magallanes)

Republic of the Philippines 7th Judicial Region REGIONAL TRIAL COURT Branch 64 City of Guihulngan, Negros Oriental FC SP. PROC. NO.11-08-G IN THE MATTER OF PETITION FOR DECLARATION OF MATERNITY OF MINOR SUNSHINE GANTALAO DECATORIA, Petitioner, FREDELYN G. DECATORIA, -VersusCITY CIVIL REGISTRAR OF CANLAON CITY. Respondent x—————————————————————————/ ORDER Petitioner, through counsel, Atty. Remegio Torres, filed a verified petition for declaration of maternity of minor Sunshine Gantalao Decatoria in the office of the City Civil Registrar of Canlaon City, Negros Oriental, praying that after due notice, publication and hearing, the civil registrar concerned be directed to render judgment as follows: 1. Declaring petitioner as the biological mother of the minor Sunshine Gantalao Decatoria and to declare as null and void the filiation of

Republic of the Philippines 7th Judicial Region REGIONAL TRIAL COURT Branch 64 City of Guihulngan, Negros Oriental SP. PROC.NO.11-24-C IN THE MATTER OF THE INTESTATE ESTATE OF NATIVIDAD V. BAUTISTA, BERNANDO V. BAUTISTA, Petitioner, FOR: LETTERS OF ADMINISTRATION, SETTLEMENT AND PARTITION OF ESTATE, ETC. x————————————————————————/

ORDER Finding the verified petition dated September 5, 2011 filed by petitioner through counsel, Atty. Dax Malony P. Montealegre, which alleges, among other things: That petitioner is the legitimate son of the deceased, Natividad V. Bautista, who died intestate in Canlaon City sometime in October 10, 2010; the deceased, Natividad V. Bautista, during her lifetime, acquired real properties in the City of Canlaon, Municipality of Vallehermoso and the City of San Carlos which are yet to be inventoried. No one is currently managing and controlling the estate, thus, there is a

Republic of the Philippines 7th Judicial Region REGIONAL TRIAL COURT Branch 64 City of Guihulngan, Negros Oriental

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In a verified petition filed by the petitioner through counsel, Atty. Romeo Carlos M. Ting, Jr., praying to order the respondent, Office of the City Assessor of Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental, to cancel the annotation of Adverse Claim by respondent Polaris Marketing Corporation in the Tax Declaration No. 24-0290 under the name of the petitioner,


Guv: “Investigate Cause of Flooding”


he Province of Negros Oriental, through the Office of the Task Force GUARD headed by Engr. Dominador Dumalag, Jr., met with representatives of the PDRRMC, MPDC, GIS and NOSDEP to assess and verify reports of a “dam” in Valencia which collapsed during Typhoon Sendong, sending tons of debris down the river ways and damaging millions worth of property, infrastructure and even petitioner’s parents of the minor; lives. Directing the Civil Registrar of Canlaon City and the National Statistics Office to: 2.1 Change the name of minor from Sunshine Gantalao Decatoria to Sunshine Decatoria; 2.2 Reflect petitioner as the mother of the minor; 2.3 Delete the entries pertaining to petitioner’s father and mother; and 2.4 Change the entry in the birth order from “Fourth’’ to” “First’’.

WHEREFORE, finding the petition to be sufficient in form and substance and in compliance with the jurisdictional requirement of publication, let this Order be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Negros Oriental once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks before the date of hearing, at the expense of the petitioner. Any interested party is hereby directed to appear on 22 May, 2012 at 1; 00 o’clock in the afternoon at the Session Hall of this Court and show cause why the petition should not be granted. SO ORDERED. January 13, 2012, City of Guihulngan, Negros Oriental, Philippines. (Sgd).FE LUALHATI D. BUSTAMANTE Acting Presiding Judge The Negros Chronicle Jan. 29; Feb. 5, & 12, 2012 need to appoint an administrator by this Honorable Court, to preserve the property sought herein to be divided among her legal heirs in accordance with the law. That petitioner, Bernardo V. Bautista, wishes to serve as regular Administrator of the Estate. He possesses all qualifications and none of the disqualifications to serve as such Administrator and is willing to post bond in such amount as the Honorable Court deems proper, it is hereby ordered that the same be set for hearing on 27 March, 2012 at 1:00 o’clock in the afternoon before this Court. WHEREFORE, finding the petition to be sufficient in form and substance, and in compliance with the jurisdictional requirement of publication, let this Order be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Negros Oriental and the cities of Dumaguete, Bais, Guihulngan and Canlaon at the expense of the petitioner, once a week for three (3) Consecutive weeks before the date of hearing, at the expense of the petitioner and copies thereof served upon any and/or all the known heirs and creditors of the decedent, and any other persons believed to have interests in his estate. Any interested party, by filing a written opposition, contest the petition on valid ground and may appear on the date, hour and place set forth above in order that he may be heard. SO ORDERED. November 28, 2011, City of Guihulngan, Negros Oriental, Philippines. (Sgd). FE LUALHATI D. BUSTAMANTE Acting Presiding Judge The Negros Chronicle Jan. 29; Feb. 5, & 12, 2012

Rural Bank of Bacolod City, Inc. Finding the petition to be sufficient in form and substance, let this case be set for hearing on 8 May 2012 at 1:00 o’clock in the afternoon. Any person(s) having or claiming interest under the entries sought to be cancelled, within fifteen (15) days from notice of this petition or from the last day of publication of the Order, file his opposition thereto. At the expense of the petitioner, 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 three (3) consecutive weeks. Furnish the Register of Deeds of the Province of Negros Oriental and counsel for the petitioner. SO ORDERED. Given this 13th day of January, 2012, at the Hall of Justice, City of Guihulngan, Negros Oriental, Philippines. (Sgd). FE LUALHATI D. BUSTAMANTE Acting Presiding Judge The Negros Chronicle Jan. 29; Feb. 5, & 12, 2012

Governor Roel R. Degamo issued an order to send a team to investigate and document the areas of Mt. Talinis, Apolong, Casaroro and Sagbang as

soon as weather conditions improve.   The  team  concluded that there must be an existing earth dam caused by landslides which have To page 14

The first ...

the abovesaid articles grew in that place where we were going. When they were about to retire they took their leave very gracefully and neatly, saying that they would return according to their promise. La y(s)ola doue eramo (s)e chiama humunu man noy p(er) trouarli due fondana de hacqua chiari(ss)ima la chiame(ss)emo lacquada dali buoni (s)e gnialli p(er) che fu iL p(ri)mo (s)egnio de oro q(ue) troua(ss)emo in que(s)ta parte. The island where we were was called Humunu (now called Homonhon); but inasmuch as we found two springs there of the clearest water, we called it Acquada da li buoni Segnialli [i.e., “the Watering-place of good signs”], for there were the first signs of gold which we found in those districts.


From page 8

We took pleasure with them, for they were very pleasant and conversable. In order to show them greater honor, the captain-general took them to his ship and showed them all his merchandise – cloves, cinnamon, pepper, ginger, nutmeg, mace, gold, and all the things in the ship. He had some mortars fired for them, whereat they exhibited great fear, and tried to jump out of the ship. ne fecero (s)egni que li doue nuj andauamo na(s)ce(ss)euano co(s)e Ja dete. Quando (s)i vol(s)ero partire pigliarono li(s)entia con molta gratia et gentileza dicendo q(ue) tornarebeno (s)egondo la (s)ua p(ro)me(ss)a They made signs to us that

Small brain ... (Tulabing)

From page 8

if Malacañang truly believed that everything was more fun in the Philippines?  I am very happy that  in the end, the people ignored the presidential warning, if only to prove that we don’t have to believe him all the time. How can you believe in a man who is even wanting in respect for God? His advocacy in favor of the RH Bill is a proof of that unbelief. I am also happy that President Aquino now has little credibility with the ordinary folk who preferred to be in the streets to show their great faith in the divine protection and providence of the Nazarene than heed the imaginary Presidential call. I thought all the while that recent surveys prove that the people heed the President at all times. Just as it is true that intelligent people are not intelligent at all times after all, non-intelligent people cannot also fool innocent people at all times. It was very sickening that all the resources of government were put to an effort that was not only unnecessary; it was also suspiciously timed? If truly there were already intelligence reports of terrorist attacks to disrupt the Nazarene procession, why not

make the warning long before, or at least a few days before the celebration of the Quiapo feast? Was it not just an imaginary threat? And again, I would like to quote my journalist former classmate in college, Jojo Robles:  “If the non-threat at the Quiapo procession has taught us anything, it should be that this president has a marked tendency to go into sudden passions that peter out just as quick.  And also that he has a propensity to get aroused by the most little things of governance (like buko juice) that distract him from focusing on the bigger, more needful things like flat-lining economy, government underspending, high prices and the other “boring” things about running a country.  There was no threat of a terrorist attack during last January  9’s  procession, just as coconut water from the Philippines will not save the economy.  And if a real terrorist attack is staged in the future, can President Noynoy blame people if they ignore him once again after concluding that the President has gotten it into another of his fevered passions with little or no  basis in reality?”



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Lawmakers ... From page 2 tor-judges over the seemingly weak articles of impeachment. “They should have engaged the services of the private prosecutors in the earliest stage of the preparations of the article and not during the trial proper,” he added. While yielding that the prosecutors were caught unprepared especially in the presentation of evidences, Limkaichong asked for the public’s patience, as most of the prosecutors have not been in the courtroom for a number of years. This observation was also echoed by Congressman George Arnaiz (2nd District), who rejected perception that the House panel was unprepared. He said that the defense panel has more experience in trial practice than the congressmen composing the prosecution. “The defense is made up of seasoned practicing lawyers armed with superior techniques,” he stressed. However, Limkaichong and Arnaiz are confident that as the trial goes on, the prosecution will be able to get their acts together and catch up with the pace of the defense team. (By Dems Demecillo)

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January 29, 2012

Sinulog and Chinese ... (Genove)

(From page 10)

recently, because it would mean your money will all go to the payment of your credit card bills. That seems logical. As the Chinese lunar calendar says, the Year of the Water Dragon has officially started last Monday. Even if it may not be a dragon year, the dragon is a ubiquitous symbol in greeting the new year for the Chinese. Not only is it believed to drive away misfortune and evil spirits (thus, the omnipresent dragon dance together with fireworks), it is also representative of Chinese culture. Historically, the dragon is also the symbol of the Emperor of China. In Hong Kong, which is now back in China’s jurisdiction after a century of being a colony of Great Britain, the dragon is

used in the design of Brand Hong Kong to promote Hong Kong as an international brand. The Chinese are also often referred to as descendants of the dragon, a trend started in the 1970s where animal symbols were used for ethnic identity. This is reminiscent of the wolf symbolizing the Mongols, the monkey for Tibetans, and the carabao for Filipinos and the Philippines. The dragon, despite its aggressive nature, is also described as benevolent, thus, those born in the Year of the Dragon are said to be successful and generous. Be that as it may, geomancy or not, it is us who ultimately creates our destiny and fortune through perseverance and by the grace of God.


Nepotism ... From page 2 ity.” The solon counseled for all parties concerned to first determine the definition of nepotism as provided under the Constitution and by-laws of the cooperative and to find out if the two sons were hired prior to or after Maputi’s assumption into office as a member of the Board of Directors. Consumer advocate Atty. Joel Obar dismissed outright the allegation of nepotism against Maputi for it does not apply to him as he is not the appointing authority in the cooperative. Both Obar and Arnaiz agree that as practiced in NORECO 2, the appointment and hiring of employees is the sole prerogative and province of the management headed by General Manager Ephraim Taclob. Maputi has been a vocal critic of the alleged mismanagement of the electric cooperative and was, in fact, unceremoniously removed along with Constantino Sayson from the Board through questionable means allegedly orchestrated by a bloc of directors in collusion with the management. But the Cooperative Development Authority ordered their reinstatement as duly elected members of the Board. (By Dems Demecillo)



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ABAP eye ...

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From page 9

same form for its barrel, using marble or any similar rounded objects of any size as its projectile and highly flammable substance for its firing ignition to be carried out in a cistern or compressed air using pneumatic pumps.” Any person found in violation of the ordinance shall face a prison term of one year and a fine of P5,000.00 at the discretion of the court. The proposed ordinance passed on second reading and shall be the subject of a public hearing in the coming weeks.

Valencia led by the Energy Development Corporation. Ironically, the two municipalities were among the hardest hit by the floods brought by Typhoon Sendong last December 17, 2011. But Montejo believes that the province could have experienced bigger flash floods if not because of the presence of trees that held the surge of water to the low-lying communities when Typhoon Sendong struck. But Arnaiz said that this is not enough. “We may have the thickest forest cover compared to Cebu or Bohol, however, it has been observed that the mountains are increasingly going bald since I stepped down as governor in 2007,” he stressed. The solon urged local governments not to be contented with the label; instead, they must prioritize tree-growing projects as essential in keeping our communities safe from calamities in the face of an increasingly unpredictable climate. (By Dems Demecillo)

country. Picson graced the holding of the Visayas boxing championship for ages 15 to 18 years old, hosted by Dumaguete City and participated by nine boxing teams coming from the cities of Mandaue, Cebu, Tagbilaran in Bohol, Bago and Bacolod in Negros Occidental, Northern Samar,   Leyte  province, Tanawan, Leyte, and two teams from Dumaguete City. The ABAP official disclosed that the country has no gold medal yet for boxing in the Olympics. In lieu of this development, ABAP chair Manny Pangilinan had promised to give P12 million for the first boxer to win a gold medal for the Philippines as an incentive, according to Picson in an interview in Dumaguete. He said, Rey Saludar received P3 million for a medal in the Asian Games, and P300,000 for every medal. On the other hand, Picson said, no boxer can so far match the skills of Manny Pacquiao. Picson said he would be so happy if one is discovered, even half the likes of Pacquiao.// jg



January 29, 2012

Arnaiz backs ...

the CIVIC circle From page 16


(Civic clubs and organizations are welcome to submit their articles and pictures about their services and activities. It is free of charge. Deadline for submission is Wednesday. You may send by email to: – EDITOR)

A Holiday Gift


rom far away Netherlands in Europe, famous for windmills and tulips, a group of young Dutch professionals, who choose to mix their holiday with a good cause, has once again come to Dumaguete City to build another house with Dumaguete Habitat.

A l m o s t every year, these men and women come to sunny Philippines for their winter holiday and take a few weeks off from their holiday to build a house with Dumaguete Habitat. Some have been here eight times, and almost each trip, a new volunteer joins them for this grueling but very noble work of building a Filipino house the Standing before the house they built: couples Bart and Williemen Philippine way. Reuvekamp, Ms. Renske Remmink, Cor Wellenberg, Bennie Nijhof, This time, Ms. TYvonne Heerink, Ard Skipper, Antoinne Eijkelkamp with Habithey came just tat Board members Engr. Porferio Loo, Project Adm. Joven Elvinia, when Sendong hit Lele Martinez and Habitat Chairman Engr. Greg Uymatiao. Dumaguete, so they spent their first week Their holiday is part here helping Habitat make work and part adventure as opportunity to be part of a repairs on some Habitat they travel the length of housing program that would benefit a family in need of decent shelter. A look at them tells us they enjoy what they are doing: a house take shape in a future housing community for future families. Dumaguete is blessed to have friends who want to be part of our community of givers; they put their desire to help into real work of love that becomes gifts for others. Many tourists come from all parts of the world to enjoy the beauty of our city and province. There is Dutch Women Power. Renski, Williemen and Yvonne work a special group of foreign under the hot Dumaguete sun. visitors who come during their holiday and do more homes that were affected by Negros and Siquijor, one of than sightseeing. They the typhoon. They stayed their favorite destinations. reach out to our community on to finish one new house They love our fruits, and the by building houses for our in the housing site of Habi- Habitat officers and staff brothers/sisters who are as tat. make sure they try all our yet homeless, fulfilling the The Netherlands team, a group of friends who take off from work to come here to build a house for a Filipino family in need, call themselves “beter W o n e n D u ma gu ete, ” meaning, “Better Living in Dumaguete,” representing their advocacy for housing for the poor in Dumaguete. We see them taking their work seriously under our merciless sun, men Volunteers: Fun and work. Ladies Renske and Yvonne transport and women work- cement the Filipino way. ing side by side as dream of every Filipino for the building takes form, ris- fruits in season. decent housing. City and ing slowly to its finished From the other side of the Dumaguete Dumaguete Habitat product --a house ready for the world, they come to Community cannot thank a family. Dumaguete, drawn to the you all enough!


Gaining strength from adversity “Blessed is the man who endures life’s trials, for when he has stood the test, he will be crowned with life which God has promised to those who love Him.” – James I:12 RSV

Fellow, Phil. Psychiatric Association

any have read the story of Job in the Holy Bible concerning his extreme sufferings and patience. But God rewarded him in the end. We also have learned about some individuals in life who pathetically suffered serious debilitating illnesses in life and later became totally paralyzed. However, despite their invalidism and practically spending most of their time in bed, they never lose hope but patiently read the Holy Scripture and books about saints and martyrs as well as other religious themes. These adversely affected individuals have realized the precious value of their sufferings and its transitoriness as well as its divine reward. Motivated by the dictum, “Carry your cross with a smile,” this is a courageous step that could bring them nearer to God, nearer to Heaven and Eternal life.


Psychologist Abraham Maslow describes the fact that stress will either break them down if they are weak to withstand distress, or else, they will become strong enough to endure the stress in this life. Studies have shown that people who strive during severe disruptive changes in life com-


monly follow a similar pattern of actions and reactions according to Dr. Al Siebert, the author of “Survivor Personality.” He claims that the victims regain emotional balance, cope during the transition, adapt in the new reality, recover to a stable condition, and thrive by learning to be better and

stronger than before. But some victims feel ruined for life. Many suffer from “Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder,” and their lives are never the same again. But if the victim undergoes a consistent and long-term Psychotherapy, many of them will fully recover and strongly show self-confidence and live a better way and remain flexible and can easily cope with any unexpected development in life. A sensible helpful advice is – “One must know how to roll with the punches.” Of course, without a strong and unwavering faith and a fervent prayer, one can never gain strength in any misfortune or crisis that may befall in life.

Cops to ... From page; 15 members, according to Tolentino and the expansion will depend on the availability of funds for the ammunition, among others. The next to be trained further are the beat patrols and mobile patrols of the city police, he said. (By Juancho Gallarde)

Relief ... From page 9 through Mayor Dandilgust Abrio turned over P50,000 worth of medicines and 800 packs of relief goods for Sendong victims in the city. The mayor said the amount will be used for rehabilitation, or to buy land for a housing site, or in a form of cash assistance to the victims.jg

Investigate ... From page 9 created a pondage, and which, upon reaching its maximum capacity, was triggered by the typhoon thus releasing tremendous volume of water, sediments and rocks ravaging everything in its path. This seems to be the only explanation why a few hours rain could result into so much water and mud overflowing into spillways and houses. If these reports could be verified and proven, this could be a wake up call for our people living along the rivers who continuously refuse to relocate. The next crucial step that needs to be undertaken is the massive cleanup of these rivers where loose boulders and logs could easily be carried down if another typhoon comes our way.  

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11 boxing teams vie for Visayas championship DPCI brass plate resisted robbers D P BY: NEIL RIO DEMS DEMECILLO BLAS LIBATON

olice reported that vagrants attempted to remove, but failed, the brass plate at the Dumaguete Press Club building compound. The brass plate indicated the facts, information, commencement and completion dates of the project which was funded by the social fund of the Office of the President under the watch of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. The PNP’s quick response team (photo) analyzed that this attempted robbery of the brass plate at the press club was more of an economic concern of the would-be robbers rather than political. The quick response team was headed by SPO1 Harvey Cuasito of the City PNP intelligence and a certain SPO1 Musketeer of the tourist police. The press club compound was devoid of people at the time of the incident as it was Chinese New Year, which was a holiday. Mayor Chiquiting Sagarbarria and Ely Dejaresco, Chair Emeri-

tus and building administrator of the press club, said henceforth security will be

reinforced. Dumaguete City Chief-of-Police Crisaleo Tolentino agreed.

2 Silliman students hurt in bar mauling


wo students from Silliman University were injured and sought police assistance when they were allegedly manhandled by two other students of the same institution, Tuesday evening, inside a resto-bar along Hibbard Avenue, Piapi, Dumaguete City.

Victims James Anthony Balansag, 18, of Bais City, and Duane Francis Magpiong, 19, of Maria, Siquijor, sustained bruises when they were punched repeatedly by two fellow students in an altercation inside a resto-bar. The suspects were identified as Jayson Louis Bandoy and Ryan Ramsey Villegas, who reportedly initiated the incident. Balansag claims that he was accosted by the suspects accusing him of picking on

them, which was swiftly denied by the victim who returned to his table. However, the suspects pursued Balansag, and Bandoy allegedly tried to choke him aided by Villegas. Magpiong tried to pacify the two suspects but he, too, was beaten. The victims were advised to secure a medical certificate that would be used should they decide to file charges against the suspects.

Cops to improve marksmanship


he city PNP chief has accepted the challenge for the Dumaguete police force to become the first PNP station where most members are respectable marksmen. But that’s a lot of hard work.

The City’s Quick Response Team (CQRT) gears up for a more advanced training on marksmanship as part of efforts to enhance their shooting skills and be more confident in responding to high-risk situations, like bank robberies, among others. The training is ongoing at Camp Francisco Fernandez in Agan-an Sibulan, participated by 18 CQRT members, city PNP chief P/Supt Crisaleo Tolentino said. The tactical carbine, M16, and pistol class for CQRT members is aimed at exposing them to different scenarios, and more advanced compared to the basic marksmanship and proficiency firing. CQRT members are trained how to fight with their weapons, how to deal with malfunctions, introducing them to the tactical environment scenarios, like such encounters with bank robbers who are armed with high-powered firearms. Tolentino said it is not enough to hit

the target paper, but to hit the so-called “T” zone, that part of the body in order to neutralize the culprits immediately, and no need to shoot again, especially in densely populated areas, so as not to pose danger to the police officer and the civilians around. The police officer concerned has to make a split-second decision to shoot or not to shoot that is justified by existing laws, using his acquired skills Supt. Tolentino has plans of expanding the training to all members of the city police as part of his vision for every policeman to be a marksman. The city PNP chief has accepted the challenge for the Dumaguete police force to become the first PNP station where every member is a marksman. As a start, he is doing this to the CQRT To page 14


UMAGUETE CITY-Jan. 26 (PIO)- Eleven teams coming from Visayas areas joined the 2012 PLDT-ABAP Visayas Championships with the opening salvo held at Robinson’s Place last Thursday, January 26, at 2:00 PM. The teams are Mandaue City, Cebu City, Negros Occidental, Bago City, Tagbilaran City, Northern Samar, Province of Leyte, Tanawan Leyte, Dumaguete City A and B. Mayor Manuel Sagarbarria, in his message, was happy and lauded the organizers for giving the city the chance to host the boxing event and discover potential talents who can represent the country in international competitions in the future. Also present during the opening salvo were Congressman Pryde Henry Teves of the third district of the province; Mayor Dan Abrio of Basay; Dumaguete

City Councilors Franklin Esmena, JV Imbo and Dan Leon; and City Sports Office and City Hall department heads. ABAP executive director Ed Picson said that he believes that in the Visayas area, there is a lot of potential boxers that can compete in the national and international arena. Picson said ABAP chairman Manny V. Pangilinan’s goal is to get the best amateur talents in the country by going to the countryside and discovering potential members of the national team through these tournaments. In the opening round, host team Dumaguete City

represented by ABANO Archie Romero won over the pride of Mandaue City, Monsour Grancioso, after the referee-stopped-contest in 1 minute and 21 seconds in round 2 in the 46-kg boys junior category. On the other hand, Junrel Jimenes won against the boxer of Tagbilaran, Richie Sumabong, in 46-kg boys category. In the third bout, boxer from Negros Occidental Mark Anthony Montenola stooped the boxer of the Province of Leyte, Jason Ladriloo; while in the fourth fight, the pride of Mandaue City, Hipolito Banal, demolished host team Dumaguete’s Daniel Folio.



January 29, 2012

helmet controversy

People in more developed cities know that wearing a helmet is for one’s own protection. It does not even have to be a law; it is a necessity for one’s safety. Bottomline, it is a free choice whether or not to put some protection on each motorbiker’s head, just as it is basic freedom of choice whether or not you wear a life jacket when taking a pumpboat ride. However, here in Dumaguete, this is such a controversy because the implementing agencies cannot yet decide which is this “standard protective helmet” required by law. How does it look like? . There are also smaller cities whose LGUs tolerate the use of helmets, like tin cans which can hardly protect the rider from head injuries. Better lousy than none at all? More arguments say: the poor cannot afford it. Then human rights advocates may howl it’s a restriction of choice, economic discrimination, habal-habals cannot afford it, and so on. Most of all, helmets hiding the full face of the motorbiker could be a security risk as killers and terrorists will surely enjoy wearing it. And our poor policemen will have bigger problems because they, too, will be wearing helmets!

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he issue of wearing helmets for motorbikers should not be a source of controversy, like it is here in Dumaguete, if not for the manner and circumstances, even the timing of its implementation. The fact is motorbikers, like those anywhere else in the developed world, are required to wear helmets for their own safety. Records in most, if not every, hospital, big and small, will show that in accidents involving motorbikers, injuries are mostly in the head. Therefore, it even goes without saying that, law or no law, human safety demands the wearing of the right kind of safety helmets. In bigger cities like Cebu or Manila, every motorbiker now wears a helmet. When we asked some of them why, they said, for their own safety, not because the LTO will arrest them.

A public hearing at Quezon Park last Wednesday heard people say they want the law amended jointly thru Congressmen Arnaiz, Teves and Limkaichong, and limited only for long highway drive, and not in narrow city streets. Some want a TRO via a class suit. Rep. Pryde Henry Teves is willing to file an amendment to the law as he awaits the petition from the citizens. With so many “intellectuals” around, this safety gadget called the helmet may not even get to the heads of the users because of so many possible yet valid oppositions. HEALTHCARE COLLEGE OF DUMAGUETE OFFERS: * Practical Nurse * Nurse Assistant * Applied Science in Nursing For Inquiries Call: 422-6236 Email us Rm. 210 Portal West Bldg., Silliman Ave., Dgte. City



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January 29, 2012

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From page 1 ing, smuggling, illegal fishing, human trafficking and climate change. Rear Admiral Edmundo Tan, or Monette to his peers, is the brother of Special Drugs Court Presiding Judge Crescencio Tan, Jr. He is a graduate of PMA CLASS 1980; he replaced Admiral Ramon Liwag as Coast Guard National Commander, who retired yesterday. For the people, the Coast Guard is expected to improve its performance especially in times of disaster, in terms of their preparedness in times of emergency, and the strict enforcement of the law of the seas especially on the overloading of inter-island vessels during fiesta celebrations and the like. Here in Dumaguete, Rear Admiral Edmund Tan is expected to expedite the removal of the sunken cargo vessel now being stuck at the southern part of the Rizal Boulevard.

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youngest town-city of Guihulngan, Vice-Mayor Guido Reyes, the son of incumbent last-termer mayor Ernesto Reyes, is now recruited by Gary Teves to be the mayoral bet in that city in 2013. This even as his father, Mayor Ernesto Reyes, is ending his term yet given blanket authority by Congresswoman Limkaichong to make a choice. But Limkaichong’s choice seems to be BM Liland BustamanteEstacion, who heads the biggest political clan of Guihulngan. Liland, also a doctor, is the daughter of the late Guihulngan mayor and ex-congressman, the late Andy Bustamante. ARNIE’S PORK HELD Be it for personal or political reasons, BM Arnie Teves’ pork barrel fund of P3.5M is not being released by Gov. Roel Degamo. Is this because Arnie’s name has been dragged by the suspect in the Bonawon, Siaton slay-try fiasco, although without evidence? Pork barrels for board members actually come from the Governor’s intelligence funds of P10 million now slashed into half, but returned upon Gov’s veto by his political critics in the provincial board like BMs Erwin Macias, Peve Ligan, Edmund Dy and Arnie Teves. SENDONG DONATION Meanwhile, Regional

Development Council Chairman Gov. Edgar Chatto of Bohol donated P426K to the typhoon victims in Negros Oriental thru Gov. Degamo. The PNP Region 7 personnel also chipped in one hundred pesos each and reached P409K donated to Sendong victims.

the town and barangays outside of Metro Manila. In contrast, First District Congresswoman Jocelyn Limkaichong asserts that instead of attacking the law requiring all motorcycle riders and their passengers that are of age to wear helmets at all times, the lady solon asked local officials to complement it with an ordinance that will impose speed limits as a means to enhance public safety. The Land Transportation Office and the Philippine National Police had to bow to intense public pressure and acceded to the requests of Governor Roel Degamo, Mayor Chiquiting Sagarbarria and ViceMayor Alan Gel Cordova for a one-month moratorium in the implementation of the National Helmet Law. Cordova solemnly vowed before a gathering of various stakeholders of the city that he will lead the City Council in seeking remedies that will reflect the will of the people including filing a class suit that would merit the issuance of a temporary restraining order. “We will try to establish whether the law itself is the right law for us,” Cordova declared to the delight of those in attendance. However, Teves believes that going to court in order to question its constitutionality, with the end view for it to be declared invalid, is probably a long

in Central Negros Orienal. A probe is now being conducted to determine as to what measures to take to halt any flooding of such magnitude should the next typhoon come along. The Province of Negros Oriental, through the Office of the Task Force GUARD headed by

shot. He suggested that the local officials, along with the citizens, file a petition seeking its amendment to be coursed through him, so he can bring the matter in the House of Representatives and allow his colleagues to take a second hard look at the unpopular measure. The third district solon agrees that some of the provisions of the law, particularly pertaining to the mandatory use of helmets of both drivers and passengers even for short distance travel in towns and cities with narrow and congested barangay roads, appear to be “overkill.” As a motorcycle driving enthusiast, Teves acknowledged the necessity of wearing helmets, which saved him from possible head injuries in at least three occasions, but he believes that the mandatory wearing of helmets as prescribed is only suitable in long distance travel in the national highway. (By Dems Demecillo)

Engr. Dominador Dumalag, Jr., met with stakeholders and several representatives of the provincial and municipal risk reduction groups, the GIS and NOSDEP, to assess and verify reports of a “dam” in Valencia which collapsed during Typhoon Sendong, sending tons of debris down the river ways and damaging millions worth of property, infrastructure, and even lives. Governor Roel R. Degamo issued an urgent order and sent a team to investigate and document the areas of Mt. Talinis, Apolong, Casaroro and Sagbang as soon as weather conditions improve. EARTHLY DAM? The team initially concluded that there must have been an existing earth dam caused by landslides which have created a pondage, and which, upon reaching its maximum capacity, was triggered by the typhoon, thus releasing tremendous volume of water, sediments and rocks ravaging everything in its path. This seems to be the only explanation why a few hours rain could result into so much water and mud overflowing into spillways and houses.


PhilHealth ... From page 18 being categorized, can also avail of the insurance benefits under the “fee per service” system, wherein the deduction will be computed. The new case rates is part of the direction of the Aquino administration under the universal health care program, the PhilHealth provincial head said.//jg

LOUD WAKE UP CALL If these reports could be verified and proven, this could be a wake up call for our people living along the rivers who continuously refuse to relocate. The next crucial step that needs to be undertaken is the massive cleanup of these rivers where loose boulders and logs could easily be carried down if another typhoon comes our way. Aside from rebuilding lives and properties, this effort from the provincial government is commendable to lessen, and perhaps even avoid future disasters, which could be more destructive to our land and people. The Governor is further ordering the Department of Energy and Natural Resources to send its personnel to make a survey of the areas and make an official report.



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lesson by young heirs of those who’ve imagined themselves to be the real lords.” Aside from Teodoro and Fuentebella, these included Darlene Antonino Custodio, Francis Escudero, “Ace” Durano, Constantino Jaruala. Meet the

“Brat Pack”. “We can not have a nation run by a thief,” declared Prosecutor Rep. Joker Arroyo when Erap’s trial opened December 7, 2000. Charges included skimming P130 million from tobacco excise taxes, misdeclaring Statement of Assests and Liabilities to mansions for mistresses.“ “In the name of God, go,” Rep. Niel Tupas of the prosecution prodded Corona. This is a lift from Oliver Cromwell’s 1653 speech dismissing England’s Long Parliament. Charges ranged from sleaze to betrayal of public trust. “Depart, I say, and let us have

done with you.” Justify JDF disbursements, as required by Resolution 460, a Lower House Justice Committee clerk wrote the Chief Justice. Davide refused. The Court was a coequal body, he answered politely. ”Arrogant,” snapped Rep. Fuentebella, who has since skid into anonymity of a House “consultant.” What if justices rule the “Brat Pack’s” bid was unconstitutional? “They’ll be impeached,” Rep. Teodoro threatened. “That way, future justices will not commit the same mistake.” Impeachment is a constitutional remedy of last resort. Arrogance debases it into a billy stick for political vendetta. No one would be safe then. Thus, Sun Star cautioned, in its “Placing Bets on Judas” editorial (02 Nov 2003): This attack on Davide comes when “justices must rule if a huge bloc of San Miguel Corporation shares were bought by Cojuangcos


ORDER Petitioner, in her verified petitioner, alleges that she was born on December 26, 1978 at Bayawan City, Negros Oriental and her fact of birth was duly registered before the Office of the Local Civil Registrar of Bayawan City, Negros Oriental. However, in her records of birth that entries as to her sex, middle name and date of birth were erroneously entered as MALE instead of FEMALE, ALTONIA instead of ALTANIA and DECEMBER 6, 1978 instead of DECEMBER 26, 1978. Thus, this petition. The petition being sufficient in form and substance, let the same be heard on April 26, 2012 at 8:30 o’clock in the morning at the Session Hall of this Court along Severino “Nene” Martinez Street, Bayawan City. Interested parties are hereby enjoined to appear on the aforesaid date, time and place and show cause why the petition should not be granted. Let this order be published immediately, at the expense of the petitioner, for once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Negros Oriental and its five component cities. Furnish copies of this order to the Solicitor General, the Local Civil Registrar of Bayawan City, Negros Oriental, the Office of the City Prosecutor of Bayawan City, the petitioner and her counsel. SO ORDERED. Given in Chamber this 10th day of January 2012 at Bayawan City, Negros Oriental, Philippines. (Sgd). ANANSON E. JAYME The Negros Chronicle Executive Presiding Judge Jan. 22, 29, & Feb. 5,2012

January 29, 2012 with coco levy funds.” Bingo!   Eight years after that editorial flagdown, Corona and other Arroyo justices authorized Eduardo Cojuangco to pocket 16.2 million SMC shares by dipping into levies wrung from indigent coconut farmers. “The biggest joke to hit the century”, snapped Justice Conchita Carpio-Morales in a scathing dissent. Today, senator-judges sift through land titles of Corona, whose 2002 Statement of Assets & Liabilities pegged networth at P14 million. They include a P3-million La Vista condo bought for P16 million to a P6.8-million Bellagio penthouse acquired for P14.5 million. Rewind to December 2000. Estrada lawyers parried inspection by the impeachment court of various houses. Five were traced to Erap’s family children and mistresses. Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism pinpointed, among others, the P58.9-million house at 771 Harvard Street to the notorious P32.8-million Boracay Mansion at 100 Eleventh St. in Quezon City —abandoned in People Power II’s aftermath. It was the “Jose Velarde” account that finally did Estrada in, says “Policing America’s Empire” by Alfred McCoy (Wisconsin University 2010) Excerpts. “Impeccably groomed… the Equitable-PCI Bank Clarissa Ocampo testified she sat at (Erap’s) left side, “about a foot away”, as he signed “Jose Velarde” on documents for a P500-million investment in the Wellex group, owned by a presidential crony.” “He did not sign his real name”, Ocampo said. “So, I did not authenticate his signature….” She was one of the very few who could link Estrada to the Jose Velarde persona. She was ‘very, very scared….’ Charges of dissipating the JDF by Davide crumbled when scrutinized. The “Brat Pack”, for example, erroneously lumped balances from one year to another. “No graft, no corruption,” wrote UP School of Economics chair Solita Monsod. “No betrayal of public trust. Just wrong arithmetic.” 

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(From page 6) lenges this gives. Indeed, the conventional economic argument is that population growth acts to stimulate economic development. Large populations boosts consumption and allows for economies of scale in production, lowering costs and allowing cheap labor to achieve higher output levels. Economists like Simon and Eberstadt argue that market economies always work to adjust demand for goods and services with its supply, in short, demand creates its own supply. To illustrate, our large pool of educated labor is now servicing the needs of households all over the world; our

DUMAGUETE CITY DEVELOPMENT BANK, INC. Name of Bank Cor. Cervantes & Dr. V. Locsin Sts. Dumaguete City Address STATEMENT OF CONDITION (Head Office and Branches) As of December 31, 2011 A




Cash and Cash Items Due from Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Due from Other Banks Financial Assets at Fair Value through Profit or Loss Available-for-Sale Financial Assets-Net Held-to-Maturity (HTM) Financial Assets-Net Unquoted Debt Securities Classified as Loans-Net Investments in Non-Marketable Equity Security-Net Loans and Receivables Loans to Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Interbank Loans Receivable Loans and Receivables - Others Loans and Receivables Arising from RA/CA/PR/SLB General Loan Loss Provision Other Financial Assets Equity Investment in Subsidiaries, Associates and Joint Ventures-Nets (Net) Bank Premises, Furniture, Fixture and Equipment-Net Real and Other Properties Acquired-Net Non-Current Assets Held for Sale Other Assets-Net Due from Head Office/Branches/Agencies (Philippine branch of a foreign bank) TOTAL ASSETS L I A B I L I T I E S Financial Liabilities at Fair Value through Profit or Loss Deposit Liabilities Due to Other Banks Bills Payable a) BSP (Rediscounting and Other Advances) b) Interbank Loans Payable c) Other Deposit Substitute d) Others Bonds Payable-Net Unsecured Subordinated Debt-Net Redeemable Preferred Shares Special Time Deposit Due to Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Other Financial Liabilities Other Liabilities Due to Head Office/Branches/Agencies (Philippine branch of a foreign bank) TOTAL LIABILITIES S T O C K HO L D E R S’ E Q U I T Y Capital Stock Other Capital Accounts Retained Earnings Assigned Capital TOTAL STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY TOTAL LIABILITIES & STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY C O N T I N G E N T A C C O U N T S Guarantees Issued Financial Standby Letters of Credit Performance Standby Letters of Credit Commercial Letters of Credit Trade Related Guarantees Commitments Spot Foreign Exchange Contracts Securities Held Under Custodianship by Bank Proper


9,107,081.30 170,165,196.09 165,857,313.44 5,663,125.47 115,684,228.63 399,170,146.98 401,856,146.98 2,686,000.00 25,051,581.32 2,396,107.66 37,702,149.41 20,235,993.95 3,044,885.41 22,413,392.08 -




758,418,240.50 349,590.65 349,590.65 337,876.00 3,046,981.30 6,384,573.06 P



86,784,550.00 18,628,182.36 102,541,207.87 207,953,940.23 976,491,201.74



Trust Department Accounts a) Trust and Agency Accounts b) Unit Investment Trust Fund (UITF) c) Other Trust and Fiduciary Accounts Derivatives Others TOTAL CONTINGENT ACCOUNTS

805,219.23 P


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Non-Performing Loans (NPLs) Ratio of Non-Performing Loans to Total Loan Portfolio (NPL to TLP) Classified Loans & Other Risk Assets Specific provision for loan losses Return on Equity (ROE) DOSRI loans and receivables Past due DOSRI loans and receivables Ratio of Past due DOSRI loans and receivables to TLP Compliance with Magna Carta - 10% for Small and Medium Enterprises a. 8% Small Enterprises b. 2% for Medium Enterprises Capital Adequacy Ratio (CAR) on Solo basis,under Cir No. 538 or Cir No. 688, as applicable a. Total CAR b. TIER 1CAR deferred Charges Not Yet Written Down Unbooked Allowance for Probable Losses on Financial Instruments Received DCDB’s Affiliate : RB Sibulan Total Resources P27,524,485.90

18,114,585.98 4.38% 204,759,000.00 11,782,120.80 9.44% 33,058,457.51 0.00 0.00 0.00 22.49% 14.62% 0.00 27.60% 27.22%

REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES ) DUMAGUETE CITY ) S. S. I/We, Gilbert Paul L. Uymatiao and Edgar L. Calinawagan of the above-mentioned bank do solemnly swear, that all matters set forth in the above statement of condition are true and correct to the best of my/our knowledge and belief. (Sgd.) GILBERT PAUL L. UYMATIAO and (Sgd.) EDGAR L. CALINAWAGAN Treasurer Executive Vice-President SUBSCRIBED AND SWORN to before me this _____day of January 2012 at Dumaguete City, Philippines affiants exhibiting to me his/their Social Security No. 06-0614235-9 issued at Dumaguete City and Social Security No. 03-2289608-6 issued at Dumaguete City. (Sgd.) DIRKIE Y. PALMA NOTARY PUBLIC Doc. No. 278 Page No. 55 Book No. XX Series of 2012 The Negros Chronicle January 29, 2012

sailors now supplying a third of the demand for seafarers, even as some 300,000 young Filipinos are now manning business outsourcing operations of giant companies in

AFFIDAVIT OF SETTLEMENT AND ADJUDICATION Notice is hereby given that the sole heir of ANGELITA BOLTIADOR-FYRI named VIRGILIA BOLTIADOR SOSA has filed and executed an Affidavit of Settlement and Adjudication on standing deposit bearing account no. 1470-12192-6 at the Allied Banking Corporation, Carcar Branch, Carcar Cebu City, Philippines under Doc. No. 62; Page No. 14, Book No. II, of Notary Public ATTY. PETER PAUL F. RENACIA The Negros Chronicle Jan. 22, 29 & Feb. 5, 2012


the world (and this is still growing rapidly). In sum, population is power properly harnessed. This is the story of the East Asian tigers and the BRIC countries. Population control not only violates Christian, and even Muslim creed, it is defeatist. It is not population that is the problem. It is a factor of production. If we are looking for reasons for our continuing slow pace of development, let us focus on the following: 1) Underdevelopment due to lack of political will, graft and corruption. 2) Maldistribution of income due to elite development paradigm which produces a feudal economy. 3) Maldistribution of popu-

lation and incomes, particularly in rural areas. 4) Lack of opportunity for women to join the workforce. Finally, an exhaustive survey by Nobel Laureat Simon Kuznets in less developing countries is worth noting. It concludes that poor people consider large families as an investment because it provides the household with extra hands (this is noticeable among the sacadas) and financial support for parents in old age. Indeed, the “padala” system is now an institutionalized pension scheme for parents and educational subsidy for siblings.


January 22, 2012


Negros DIVE ASSOCIATION 52 jail years for bats for uniform dive rates 8 Wonders worker


he Regional Trial Court has sentenced a former worker of a travel agency for 52 long years in jail after Judge Rosendo Bandal, Jr of RTC Branch 34 found one Cherie Mae Catan-Hipe guilty of qualified theft of over P100,000.

DIVE INDUSTRY TOURISM STAKEHOLDERS. Some 200 members are keeping the diving industry alive in Negros Oriental. They deserve a fair share in the fruits of the top tourism earner for NegOr tourism. Rep. George Arnaiz, himself a scuba diver, and Rep. Henry Teves were the inducting officer and speaker, respectively.


he fifty or so dive resorts and dive operators of Southern Negros Oriental, forming themselves as the NEGROS DIVE Association, have responded to the call of Rep. Henry Pryde Teves to come up with a serious tourism road map for Negros Oriental in three weeks. This, Teves also pressed the provincial tourism office to do. This developed as the over 200-member divers association are batting for a uniform rate for diving so that tourists will not be confused, much more driven to other dive areas in other provinces because of alleged exhorbitant dive rates, especially in the prime dive sites of Dauin. Rep. George Arnaiz, who inducted the officers, and Rep. Teves, who spoke after Arnaiz, both told the divers group that scuba diving and snorkelling in Negros Oriental is its biggest tourism attraction. Jonathan Alerre, president (from Antulang Resort), said that 90% of all tourist arrivals in Negros Oriental combined are composed of divers. In Negros, the Apo Island dive site, is among the top destinations of the world, not just in the country. The Apo dive site island, last year, earned P6 milion in dive fees alone. Sad to say, not much can avail of the fee-

She was immediately ordered to serve sentence at the Correctional Institution for Women at Mandaluyong City in Manila. Found liable and guilty beyond reasonable doubt, Bandal, in his decision, confirmed that the accused Catan-Hipe enriched herself at the expense of her employer, the Eight Wonders Travel and Tours,

owned by Elsie Lee of Lee Super Plaza. Some P31,109 was taken by the accused from a PAL passenger to San Francisco from Manila, identified as Davida Manugas, which amount was paid for a one-way ticket. Another passenger from Cebu to Doha to Manchester to Doha to Cebu was victimized for P51,712.50

by the accused. Passenger Tony Casling’s P23,850 for his one-way flight from Cebu to Hongkong to Auckland was taken by the accused. The accused was ordered by Judge Bandal to return the amount pocketed by the accused; pay P20,000 in exemplary damages; and P20,000 more in moral damages.

The officers of the Negros Dive Association are Alerre, president; Patrick Bruder of Dive Society, vice-president; Glenn Carballo of DiveWox, treasurer; and Richard Emslie of Atlantis Dive Resort, secretary. income because it goes to the national coffers and trickles come back in projects. They want this law amended to favor the local dive industry. The dive association promised Rep. Teves to come up with their recommendations for a tourism road map for diving and sightseeing packages in uniform rates. Last year, Teves revealed that NEDA allotted P500 million for Bohol, P300

million for Cebu, and ZERO amount for Negros Oriental because it failed to submit its tourism road map for development. Tourism officer Myla Abellana said she will finally come up with a tourism road map before the end of February. The tourism stakeholders are watching and hoping that she will make good her promise to Rep. Teves. Teves will take the documents for funding to Manila, he said.

Breathing Space Getting Lito Lapid’s impeach vote (From page 4) peachment trial. Somebody may now ask to have the senator investigated, including his own SALN. Like the chief justice, somebody may ask, how did the senator’s wife acquire the money to buy two houses in Las Vegas? This could be a pressure point for the senator. The senator likely might want this brewing issue diffused, and nipped in

the bud. But how can he, if the executive branch of the government, like the BIR, will pursue an investigation? This is the same executive branch that is passionately seeking the removal from office of the chief justice via an impeachment trial of which Senator Lapid is a judge. Political powerplay could be underway. It would look like a fertile ground for reasonable negotiations, don’t you think? Just a thought.

Archie Romero of ABANO, boxer of the host team, won over Monsour Grancioso of Mandaue City in the 46-kg category during the opening of the 2012 ABAP Boxing Visayas Championship held at Robinson’s Place Dumaguete.

Boxing Visayas Championship

Congressman Pryde Henry Teves of the third district of the province rings the bell to start the boxing bout. Also in the photo are ABAP Executive Director Ed Picson (center), Mayor Manuel Sagarbarria (left) and Carina Picson, head of ABAP’s Women’s Boxing Team.



January 29, 2012

PhilHealth implements new rates per category


hilHealth provincial manager Maritess Que explains it is implementing a new policy of the agency effective September 1, 2011 yet. Dubbed as the new case rates, 11 medical cases and 14 surgical cases are categorized that when one of those cases belong to any of the category, will have a fixed rate already that can be availed of by the member or patient. Que said this is called the package rate, which is already composed of the room and board, doctor’s fee, medicines, laboratory

and other hospital charges. A PhilHealth member who refused to be identified, was surprised to know after her goiter operation that she is entitled only to a certain amount of deduction from PhilHealth under the category. Que, however, clarified that cases not in the list of medical and surgical cases To page 17

Bikes for the Barangays


wenty (24) Barangay Captains each re ceived a mountain bike from the office of Vice-Governor Apolinario P. Arnaiz, Jr.

“Bikes are the best transport to go around the barangay.   It  keeps  one physically fit, lessens pollution, saves gasoline and provides instant mobility”, the

Vice Governor said. The bikes were turned over at the Dumaguete City Hall with City Mayor Chiquiting Sagarbarria.

The Negros Chronicle January 29, 2012 issue  

The Negros Chronicle January 29, 2012 issue