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Why Drug cases are DISMISSED

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ot only is it because of a weak prosecution, there are also a variety of at least 15 other reasons why a drug Court Judge cannot help but dismiss cases of potential convicts including would-be life-termers in jail, simply because of either errors in procedures and or trial techniques of defense lawyers. The CHRONICLE secured from Drug Court presiding Judge Cresencio Tan Jr a list of established, major reasons for dismissals and acquittals in most salas, including his own 32 acquitted and dismissed Turn to page 19

Dumaguete City,

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JULY 15, 2007

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Drugs: 22 convicted 32 acquitted 2007 Record: January to June

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he Regional Trial Court, Branch 30, which has been designated by the Supreme Court as a special court to exclusively try and hear cases involving violation of R.A. 9165, has convicted 22 drug dealers in Dumaguete City, 9 of whom were given life imprisonment and ordered to pay a fine of P500,000, for the 1st semester of the year January to June 2007. The special court has Drugs Court Branch 30 also acquitted 19 accused under Presiding Judge of various drug-related of- Cresencio Tan Jr, has sent fenses based on reasonable 22 drug dealers to jail, 9 doubt and has further dis- got life sentences; while 32 missed 13 drug cases for others were acquitted. Judge Tan said, that insufficiency of evidence when the court granted the prosecution’s batting averdemurrer to evidence filed age for conviction has by the accused in these dropped from 50% down to 40% in his semestral recases. In sum, the local Special port to the Supreme Court covering January to June this year. Twelve (12) of the acumaguete City July 13, 2007 - - - It was cused convicted were senliterally an earth-shaking Friday the 13th tenced to suffer imprison for Negrenses. An earthquake of tectonic Turn to page 19 origin with a magnitude of 5.0 on the Richter Scale rocked Dumaguete City and nearby towns of Negros Oriental on Friday, July 13, 2007 recorded at 8:18 a.m. The Philippine Institute the quake was a “local of Volcanology and Seis- fault in southern Negros.” mology (Phivolcs) reported The epicenter of the the quake to be at intensity quake which jolted resi VI. Phivolcs also reported p2 that the possible source of Turn to page 19

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“POWER CORRUPTS, THE ELECTED

IBP GOVERNORS hit controversial provisions.

IBP confronts “terror” law For the REAL terrorists, it is a terror-law, but for innocent civilians, it is a good deterrent against terrorists, yet—the big but is — the law itself seems prone to abuse knowing the track record of many of our implementors especially those men in uniform. So how can plain citizens be safe under this new law? That is the issue. As the Anti-Terorist pressing their concern of personal surveillance, Law takes effect today, over the protection of civil wire tapping, warrantless July 15, the Integrated Bar liberties upon the effectiv- arrests, cellphone ban on of the Philippines particu- ity of Republic Act 9372 detainees, examination of larly the Western Visayas the Human Security Act of bank deposits, freezing of Region headed by Atty. 2007 otherwise known as properties, among others In a meeting held last Raymund J.A. Mercado of the anti-terrorism law. The legal sector worries Dumaguete City, as IBP regional governor has as there are controversial joined other groups in ex- provisions like allowance Turn to page 19

BEWARE: BE REMINDED YOU’RE ON BORROWED TIME.”


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Guihulngan City votes YES!

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inally, after a long wait, residents of the town of Guihulngan overwhelmingly voted in favor of converting their town officially as the newest component city of the province of Negros Oriental in a plebiscite held yesterday.

The COMELEC said that voter turn out was pegged at 24 percent of which 12,000 voted “YES” while only 937 cast “NO” votes. Regional Director Rene Boac led the proclamation of the results. Former First District

Rep. Jing Paras, who hails from Guihulngan, is credited for having shepherded the passage of Republic Act 9409 through Congress amidst strong objections from some sectors

Sheriff shot DEAD! (SEE PAGE 12)

BY ELY P. DEJARESCO

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(email: elydejaresco@yahoo.com)

f we are to believe and dish out all

lecture notes. confusing information gathered from Household helpers were political sources specially about the the ones who discovered last elections, the end result will be confuthe robbery. The judge’s sion among media listeners and readers. bag was left under Turn to page 21

TOP OF THE WEEK

BY DEMS REY T. DEMECILLO

Guv revamps flag Anti-terrorism law rites, pork share takes effect today

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HOW MEDIA SEES IT, AND NOT OTHERS

Drugs judge robbed udge Cresencio Tan Jr. of the Special Drugs Media must discern RTC Branch 30 reported that his house was J burglarized at about 4 am yesterdayduring the confusing news info

brownout. The burglars destroyed the front window of his house and took his laptop, samsonite traveling bag containing important docuTurn to page 16 ments and another bag with

There goes the balik-governor. overnor Emilio Macias II wants to remove the Monday flag raising rites at the Capitol because of rampant tardiness among employees. He is also reportedly going to stop the allocation of funds for members of the Provincial Board. But the decision to abol- it would need a similar acish the conduct of flag rais- tion to halt the practice. Gov. Macias would like ing ceremony at the Capitol every Monday ulti- to see the end of the exermately rests in the hands of cise since not everyone atthe members of the Provin- tends it preferring that emcial Board since a resolu- ployees must start working tion authored by Third Dis- as soon as office hours trict Board Member commence. Macias argues Marcelo Adanza was that there are other passed for the purpose and Turn to page 3

critical repor ting reporting

It is therefore imperative that the news media apply maximum discernment and analysis before swallowing hook, line and sinker and mouth what politicians tell us in interviews and press conferences.

WHAT ARE THE FACTS? In the case of the first district elections, we know that there is a pending disqualifilthough the local police of Dumaguete does cation case against congressman-elect not have any terrorist group identified Josy Limkaichong.

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here, it shall be on the lead in the implementation of the controversial Human Security Act or the Anti-Terrorism Law today. This came after no less details of its implementathan President Gloria tion. The head of the said Macapagal-Arroyo an- body is Executive Secrenounced that the law will tary Eduardo Ermita, a be implemented two former military general. months after the May 14 Malacañang officials elections amid fears from claim that the law does not the Church and militant need implementing rules groups that it will be used and regulations since it is to silence popular dissent “self-executory.” Instead, primers will be against the administration. In fact, the Anti-terror distributed among law Turn to page 21 Council met to discuss the

We also know for a fact that she has already been proclaimed by no less than the President in Malacañang, and the RTC by Judge Rosendo Bandal Jr. We also know that after proclamation, any election contest will be under the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal or the HRET.

For PARAS & JOSY: it ain’t over yet in the First District

SK chiefs complain Minority squeezes in of meddling politicos amid keen resistance fter vowing to challenge the majority bloc

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fficers of the Sangguniang Kabataan, who talked on condition of anonymity, aired their grievances over the practice of some barangay captains and councilors in their respective localities for allegedly interfering in the affairs of the SK, most especially in the appropriation of its funds. According to the Local drugs campaign and 2 perGovernment Code of 1991, cent for annual dues to the ten percent of the barangay SK Federation. The remaining 58 perfund will be automatically allocated for the cent will be spent according to the discretion of the Sangguniang Kabataan. It is further mandated SK which will be embodthat the SK fund will be au- ied in a resolution and entomatically allocated to the dorsed to the Sangguiniang following: 10 percent for Barangay for review and capability building of SK approval. However, some officials, 10 percent for the Green Brigade, 10 percent barangay officials would for the livelihood projects and 10 percent for the antiTurn to page 21

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in order to get more chairmanships and memberships in the city council’s standing committees, the minority bloc managed to get some assignments in the committees of their choice. It also rejoiced after as chairman or member but “ousting” ABC President after Thursday’s session Harrison Gonzales from when the election of Chairabout fifteen committees men, Senior Members, and he has been previously members of the different standing committees of the nominated. But this only came after Sangguniang Panglungsod overcoming the “spirited were affirmed, he was left resistance” of some major- with only one committee, committee on ity members that Councilor the Antonio Remollo does not Barangay Affairs, Naming even discount the possibil- and Renaming of Streets, ity that Gonzales and his Public Places and Strucallies may have been tures. Remollo claims that slighted by the turn of Gonzales must understand events. Gonzales was supposed that his membership in the to get 15 committees either Turn to page 19

EARTHQUAKE! Intensity 5 E

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Rep-elect Josy Limkaichong is assigned Rm 312 in the Batasan southwing, Rep. George Arnaiz, Rm 310 and Rep. Henry Teves Rm 311. The disqualification case is pending at the House of Rep. Electoral Tribunal following JL’s proclamation. Olive Paras and Josy Limkaichong are the political protagonists.

Therefore, any unfinished business of the Comelec whether en banc or not should be handled now by the HRET. SEQUENCE OF EVENTS. JUST for the clarification of the public, the sequence of events in the Limkaichong case is that on May 17 the Comelec second division said that Josy is a Chinese citizen, therefore disqualified to run. Thereupon a motion for reconsideration was filed. It was denied on June 29 in a split en banc resolution last June 29. Was it 3:3? Or, 4:2?

arthquake measuring intensity 5 jolted Dumaguete City at 8:17 Friday morn Then after elections, came Comelec Resolution No. 8062, which ordered that all coning with an after-shock of the same intensity following 3 minutes after.

Henry Villaflores, Officer-in-charge of Phivolcs Seismology Division said the magnitude 4.4 event was located 22 kilometers southwest of Dumaguete City. The hypocentral depth was estimated to be 71 kilometers down to surface of the

earth with intensity 5. The earthquake is said to be of tectonic origin and is not directly associated with the Mt. Talinis in Dauin. A tremor occurs when there is interaction between the two plates below the surface of the earth causing it to shake.

As a result, some classes in private institutions like St. Paul University and Silliman University were suspended after administrators noticed cracks in some of their buildings. Students were told to go home to avoid any untoward incident.

City Schools Division Licerio Napao bared that only Junob High School sustained minor damage in one of their buildings. Classes were temporarily suspended but were resumed after inspection by the city engineer’s office. (With Jenny Tilos, PIA)

gressional and other candidates who have pending cases including disqualification charges must be proclaimed, and the case be pursued in the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal ( HRET ). On May 25, Josy Limkaichong was proclaimed by Comelec OIC Atty. Eddie Aba in Dumaguete City. Then on June 23, she Turn to page 17


July 15, 2007

Guv revamp...

EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF AN AGRICULTURAL PROPERTY

ADJUDICA TION BY SOLE ADJUDICATION HEIR WITH SALE OF A PARCEL OF LLAND AND

NOTICE is hereby given that the heirs of the late ELEAZAR CADIZ BOHOL have filed and executed an Extrajudicial Settlement of An Agricultural Property on Lot No. 1037, PLS146, covered by OCT No. HV278, situated in the Municipality of Mabinay, Negros Oriental, containing an area of 102,887 sq.m., per Doc. No. 74, Page No. 15, Book No. I, Series of 2007 of Notary Public Atty. Felipe R. Pareja.

NOTICE is hereby given that Romanita Cabasag Coot, the sole-heir of the late SIMEON CABASAG have filed and executed an Adjudication By Sole Heir with Sale Of A Parcel of Land Lot No. 2144, Pls-1049-D, with OCT No. FP-9862, situated at Olang, Maria, Siquijor, containing an area of 276 sq.m., in favor to Salvinia S. Pownall per Doc. No. 25, Page No. 5, Book No. IV, Series of 2007 of Notary Public Atty. Adam S. Duhaylungsod.

The Negros Chronicle July 1, 8 & 15, 2007

The Negros Chronicle July 8, 15 & 22, 2007

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From page 2 ways for one to show his love for country. For his part, former Board Member Arturo Umbac appreciates the conduct of flag raising ceremony at the Capitol every week, which he attended religiously, because it will be the opportunity for the capitol executives and employees to meet and listen to announcements and policy statements that would provide guidance to the provincial workforce. Also expected to be scrapped under Macias’ leadership is the policy of allocating certain funds to the members of the provincial board for their pet projects. During the term of Governor George P. Arnaiz, each member of the provincial board receives an annual budget allocation of Php 1.5 million taken from his own fund, which would serve somehow as their pork so that they can finance projects in their own localities and address the need of their constituents . Most board members used to allocate their pork for medical assistance for indigent families. Some of them have already aired their reservations on this step since, it would be impossible for the governor to meet every patient who is in need of immediate medical help. However, Umbac believes that somehow the governor will be able to secure the understanding and support of the provincial lawmakers once they see the wisdom in his actions. Further, he believes that Macias simply does not want to waste precious working hours in pursuit of his 11-8-44 scheme to give maximum service to the people and remind lawmakers that their main mandate is to craft laws and not to dispense public funds which is after all the job of the local chief executive.

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Arnaiz must show that he is made of the better stuff

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f news reports are to be believed, it is very disappointing to learn that one of the first advocacies of the neophyte congressman of the second district, our friend George P. Arnaiz is putting off the barangay elections scheduled in October this year.

Editorial

Foul political vendettas

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First it was Zamboanguita, now it’s Bacong where we get reports of some forms of political vindictiveness and the usual modus is to cut the water supply of those who reportedly did not support the winning candidates. What a way to show magnanimity among winners. Its foul! Here in Dumaguete the victorious mayor displayed power by filing a case of damages against an Australian columnist who they say questioned why there was an exclusive brownout only in city hall during the counting and why the count tally jolted unusually high after the resumption of an illegally suspended canvassing at city hall. The columnist was not even criticizing the mayor. And what is this that we hear of a certain poor street cleaner, lone bread winner in his family, who was allegedly fired by order of a public official for voting for his opponent who lost? His uncle reportedly went beserk and whacked a city hall official with a wooden bat. Thus the equally poor and destitute uncle was arrested and locked up in jail for 20 days without formal charges and released thereafter. Is there an official record of this manhandling? And what do you call this? These forms of political vindictiveness have no place in a civilized society like ours and should be a source of shame on those who practice such low form of expression. They should not have been

elected in the first place. Of course they will always find some legal and valid reasons for firing supporters of political opponents. The latest we heard in Bacong was of course denied by the mayor. Maybe the owners of disconnected water lines were delinquent after all, and, incidentally, did not also vote for the winners. And who could be such high town official if the mayor already denied giving the order? Is there any? And here is more, we also got reports that some irrigation water supply lines were cut incidentally after elections. Why should people be punished with disconnection of water supply simply because they were exercising their right of suffrage? If the people are not given any choice, then we might as well not have elections if the winners go out casting political vendetta on those who chose to vote for the losers. Already the losers have lost the race. And yet, the victors still go after them. We think political vendettas like these should deserve cases in the Commission on Human Rights, if not, court injunctions. But what if the victims of these political vendettas are poor? Is this not paving the road to political dissent, which could escalate into a full blown rebellion? And is it not true that the root of rebellion is the suppression of the basic freedom of man?

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his serves as a fair warning to all, especially the moneyed OFW families in the Visayas , who are now the target of various forms of scams.

Dateline Manila by Bingo P. Dejaresco

The Con-Men are particularly conscienceless – sucking the blood like vampires of OFWs who left home and hearth to earn dollars for their families. Their hard-earned moolah toiled for by them for many years – go down the drain. A series of Housing Scams had victimized thousands of OFW families. This usually happens during the “pre-selling stage” where potential victims are lured to part with their money through glitzy promotional materials and videos about how splendid the subdivision or condominium will be upon completion. They even set up an attractive area at the entrance of those projects with two Impressive road networks. But that’s about what the scam bugs are prepared to invest in. After parting with his down payment, the subdivision and condominium projects go unfinished –

with the OFW families holding the proverbial empty bag. But it appears now that the cases of estafa and fraud cannot prosper in court because settlements of these issues apparently rests on the HLURB (Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board) under Romulo Fabul. And the best the latter can do is to convince the bankrupt property developers to reimburse the advances – and they do not have much convincing power on construction firms they had issued permits to operate – In the first place. You need not wonder why. The Department of Justice is set to request the president for a special Executive Order to limit the power of HLURB on these matters. That has to be done soonest. Meantime, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has arrested

people connected with the internet-based racket of networking called “Franzswiss” that deceived Filipinos of about P1-Billion in so-called investments. Hybrids of this Networking Scam sweet talk people out of their pocket’s contents by promising guaranteed profits which depends on their ability to solicit other investors into the scam. Usually the goods and services promised out of the investment is never worth the price they are advertised by the Agents of Satan. The profit for recruiting the “next suckers” is so high (aside from the initial investment) that the hapless victim is lured – but it is not made aware of the universal dictum that “the higher the rewards promised, the higher the risk.” The Government had warned

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CONG. GEORGE P. ARNAIZ If the barangay elections are once again postponed, the Filipino people will again be deprived of their sovereign right to choose their leaders in the barangays. We read in the papers that Rep. Arnaiz wants the barangay elections postponed due to lack of funds. Worse, he prefers to appoint barangay officials rather than to elect them. I personally had high hopes in this first time congressman that he would rise above traditional politics (trapo) that pervades in the House of Representatives. I had hoped that George Arnaiz would be different from the many, that he would stand out among a crowd of delegates who have but their own self-interests to protect. But with his early display of trapo politics, I think I was wrong. Pareho ra diay ni siya sa uban. If Rep. Arnaiz thinks that money is the problem, then we challenge him and the other congressmen to shed off even a small fraction of their pork barrel, say P5-M each, in order that we can have enough funds for the barangay elections. We need to change these overstaying barangay officials because many of them have become abusive. Many more have become non-performing. Let’s take the case of Dumaguete City. Many of these punong barangays incurred cash advances and did not liquidate them, until discovered by the COA. If you read the COA report, some of the cash advances were made in 2005 yet, but were carried on to the next year, still Turn to page 17 unliquidated.

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Respect EEARTH ARTH and LIFE for

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PRAYER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT was conducted at the Freedom Park Capitol, by thousands of students from the consortium of colleges and universities in Dumaguete City (Top and below photos ) at the culmination of ENVIRONMENT MONTH of JUNE. Photos by Jose Brian Arangues

REPRESENTING THE SCHOOLS AND STAKEHOLDERS were led on stage by Vice Gov Jose Petit Baldado Jr., Sister Joseline Lasala ,St Paul University; Dr Henry Sojor of NORSU; Dr. Mira Sinco, FU president; Dr. Ben Malayang, President, Silliman University; Supt. Luz Buñol, NOHS principal; Capt. Edith Vera, Negros Maritime College; Roly Rosales, school director of AMA Computer College; Ma. Renee Sol D. Calumpang, school director of ACSAT; Fr Enrique Thadeu Balongag

e the multi-sectoral groups of Oriental Nergos agree to support the following principles for environmental pro tection, as stated in the Earth Charter Declaration. 1. Respect Earth and life in tivities and institutions at all levels all its diversity. promote human development in an 2. Care for the community of equitable and sustainable manner. life with understanding, compas11. Affirm gender equality and sion, and love. equity as prerequisites to sustainable 3. Build democratic societies development and ensure universal that are just, participatory, sustain- access to education, health care, and economic opportunity. able, and peaceful. 12. Uphold the right of all, with4. Secure Earth’s bounty and beauty for present and future gen- out discrimination, to a natural and social environment supportive of huerations. 5. Protect and restore the in- man dignity, bodily health, and spiritegrity of Earth’s ecological sys- tual well-being, with special attention tems, with special concern for bio- to the rights of indigenous peoples logical diversity and the natural pro- and minorities. 13. Strengthen democratic insticesses that sustain life. 6. Prevent harm as the best tutions at all levels, and provide transparency and accountability in govmethod of environmental protection and, when knowledge is lim- ernance, inclusive participation in deited, apply a precautionary ap- cision making, and access to justice. 14. Integrate into formal educaproach. 7. Adopt patterns of produc- tion and life-long learning the knowltion, consumption, and reproduc- edge, values, and skills needed for a way of life. tion that safeguard Earth’s regen- sustainable 15. Treat all living beings with erative capacities, human rights, respect and consideration. and community well-being. 16. Promote a culture of toler8. Advance the study of eco- ance, non-violence, and peace. logical sustainability and promote the open exchange and wide apLet ours be a time remembered plication of the knowledge ac- for the awakening of a new reverquired. ence for life, the firm resolve to 9. Eradicate poverty as an achieve sustainability, the quickenethical, social, and environmental ing of the struggle for justice and imperative. peace, and the joyful celebration of 10. Ensure that economic ac- life.

and Jerrick Cobarrubias, school director STI and PENRO Tony Cabrido. Also lending support were the Diocese of Dumaguete; and Christian churches Rev. Callum R. Tabada (Silliman University Church), Rev. Evie Laraño (Maranatha Church),Rev. Roy Edgar V. Consing (Jesus Cares Fellowship), Bro. Donald William A. Velasco (Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints),Rev. Jaime Cadiz (Christian Fellowship Church), and Bishop David M. Ga (Philippine Independent Church).

Wildlife trade must be Stopped like illegal drugs.

BY GRAZIELA D. COROLLO little bird flew cage. A few months passed around the and the little bird died. From green forest, then on, wildlife was threathopping from one tree to ened. The biggest threat to another. It never knew biodiversity is the illegal any fear. “Free as a bird,” wildlife trade. Next to drug so they say. Until one and weapon trafficking, it is fateful day, it found itself considered the third largest struggling to spread its industry in the Philippines. wings inside a locked The Philippines is re-

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garded as the richest in terms of biodiversity or the totality of life forms in the areas they occupy. However, the highest number of threatened species is found in the country. Wildlife trade is threatening the sustained biodiversity .In fact , being the third largest industry in

the Philippines, wildlife trade should be stopped like how we combat drugs and weapons trafficking. “Probably we don’t want to understand why these species are made by God,” expressed Vice Governor Jose Baldado during the Kapihan at Bethel Guesthouse last

June 27. The Kapihan was made to promote public awareness on environmental protection and to assess the environmental situation in the province in connection with the Environment Month which is celebrated every June.

“I wish to join Gov. Macias and my colleagues in CONGRATULATING all newly assumed LGU OFFICIALS of Negros Oriental. My wish and prayer is for us all to keep a soft but healthy heart in protecting our ENVIRONMENT. Lets breathe the clean air! Let’s all be one environment-conscious community ...” — VICE GOV JOSE “Petit” BALDADO

Vice Governor Baldado explained that before Republic Act 9147, there was no existing law to protect wildlife and biodiversity. RA 9147, which was authored by Miguel Zubiri, mandates the conservation and protection of wild.


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Pinoy ‘Sicko’

ACHIEVERS

BY KOJAK JAMES HUGHS U.S. ARMY, CAPT. (RET.)

MY JOURNEY WITH CANCER

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Our Amazing Brain

started writing this column when I was undergoing chemotherapy. Others thought it was a strenuous activity for cancer patients under treatment. But what I did has actually helped me to combat some side effects. They suggest that there is Studies showed that a a need to exercise the brain while woman who is undergoing chemoundergoing chemotherapy. The therapy for breast cancer will expatient is advised to do crossperience a decrease in mental acword puzzles, paint or read, etc. MUFFET tivity compared to those who are next is to keep a notebook for healthy. DOLAR reminders and organize your Other side effects are short VILLEGAS home or office to find things easterm memory loss, difficulty in ily. Minimize your workload and concentrating and multitasking. regular exercise like walking can Others find it hard to underhelp. stand new things. Math and lane-mail: Distractions such as Blue_bell57@yahoo.com guage skills will also pose great noise should be avoided when challenge to the patient to unyou are focusing on a task. derstand. There are many facAnemia, anxiety, fatigue and tors that may contribute to these depression can worsen the side effects. Chemotherapy may situation. not only be the sole culprit but But the brain heals 1-2 other medications like anti anxiyears after the chemotherapy ety, pain medicine which is ends. The patients’ cognitive given with the treatment may ability improves, but somehow, contribute to the cognitive dystwenty percent of these people function known as the “Chemo Brain”, according to Oncolink. Turn to page 10

A Different View

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ver wonder what happened to all that taxpayers money spent by public officials sent to “look and see” developments in other places in the hope we can get something done back home? WASTED! That’s what became of it. Every year the government That’s because we get it BY: DINDO GENEROSO waste millions of hard earned wrong all the time. Last time taxpayers money on junkets we sent someone abroad, all sending officials and hangerswe got is a giant septic tank on to lala land to enjoy a in the wrong place! Well, so change of environment on the much about public officials pretext of trying to acquire becoming “experts” after one knowledge on how to improve junket. What the gov’t should be our cities and province. Unfortunately, after coming home, doing instead is invite experts we will be lucky if they get to come and propose solutions something out of it, let alone to our community problems. seeing projects done from what they to have seen in lala land. Turn to page 21

Last night, I was watching Michael Moore’s appear ance on CNN’s show ‘Situation Room’ by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. Moore was interviewed on his new controversial film, Sicko, which takes a deep look at the gaps in the United States Health Care system. Not unlike his film Fahrenheit 11 which critiqued the Bush administration’s handling of Iraq and the creation of the war against terrorism, Sicko presents a brutally honest appraisal of the flaws of the US health care system. Most shocking of all is that, there are nearly 50 million Americans without health insurance. And 18,000 Americans will die this year simply because they’re uninsured. In the film, Moore states that the United States is the only industrialized nation that does not offer free basic health care to all of its citizens. Moore also shows how the World Trade Center attacks yet Cuban regime of Fidel Castro – have been denied access to an eternal enemy of the US - pro- government funds to care for vided better health care. A very their ailments . The film excutting part in the film is when poses that detainees at Moore assembles the Septem- Guantanamo bay get better ber 11 rescuers who have expe- access to health care than the rienced physical maladies and 9/11 rescuers and were in psychological trauma after the Turn to page 17

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Human Security

There is a lot of argument regarding Republic Act No. 9372 otherwise known as the HUMAN SECURITY ACT OF 2007 or the ANTI-TERRORISM LAW. As a policy declaration the law provides: “The State recognizes that the fight against terrorism requires a comprehensive approach, comprising POLITICAL, ECONOMIC, DIPLOMATIC, MILITARY and LEGAL means duly taking into account the root causes of terrorism without acknowledging these as justifications for terrorist and criminal activities. Such measures shall include CONFLICT MANAGEMENT and POST-CONFLICT PEACE BUILDING, addressing the roots of conflict by building state capacity and promoting equitable economic development”. I personally have no quarthe populace, in order to coerce rel about the necessity of the government to give in to an equipping the Government unlawful demand”. Indeed such with the adequate legal a crime has to be condemned weapon to counteract the inand punished accordingly. The cessant threat of modern forces of evil must not prevail. crimes which includes the Good citizens must not cower generic crime called terrorin fear. That definition too is ism. I call it generic because most appropriate in order to reit encompasses almost any inforce existing penal laws unlawful act that thereby sow which are antiquated and its terror and create “a condition loop holes already mastered by of widespread and extraordicriminal elements. Governnary fear and panic among Turn to page 20 ment

Atty. Joel Cadiogan Obar

Footsteps and Fingerprints

Happy Thoughts I write this, it is raining really hard. The cloudy sky is dark, thunder and lightning rumble and flash. Water pours over the eaves in waterfall-like torrents. Our two dogs, Yongyong and Princess, huddle together for warmth, comfort, and reassurance that this is not the end of the world. This has been sort of a low bat (no energy) day for me, complete with a pre-storm humidity headache. It’s on days like this that I before me, even in the doing of little things, the Ultimate open a favorite little book “Happy Purpose toward which I am Thoughts” (edited by Louise working; to meet men and Bachelder) that I picked up women with laughter on my some time ago at a book sale. lips and love in my heart; to Let me share some of the happy be gentle, kind, and courtethoughts with you. They never ous through all the hours; to fail to cheer me up and help me approach the night with weaget my life back into a brighter riness that ever woos sleep focus. “To awaken each morn- and the joy that comes from work well done – this is how ing with a smile brightening I desire to waste wisely my my face; to greet the day with days.” – reverence for the opportunities it contains; to hold ever Turn to page 10

BY: NANCY

RUSSELL CATAN

e-mail: nrcatan@i-manila.com.ph


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Is God on the side of the poor?

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hether Church leaders or Government leaders, we are all Shepherds. Shepherds look after the welfare of the sheep. In the Gospel of Mark 6:34, our Lord Jesus Christ “saw a great throng, and He had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd” Our Lord Jesus Christ knew a lot ond thing that happens when sheep about sheep and shepherding. Dur- are left without a shepherd is that ing His time, everyone knew how they go hungry. Finally, sheep much the sheep depended on the without shepherds will be eaten by shepherd. In the past, the sheep were wolves. not kept in pens or behind fences. Jesus is the Good Shepherd. He Instead, the shepherd led them is the one who keeps us poor sheep cross-country from place to place. He from getting lost. He is the one who knew the fields where the sheep makes sure we do not go hungry, but could graze and find the water they nourishes us well with His Body and needed in order to stay alive, to grow Blood. Jesus is the one who keeps the to produce wool in abundance. wolves at bay - the demons that seek FR. GAMMY TULABING andSo what happens to the sheep only to steal, slaughter and destroy. So that we might not get lost, JCD, VG when they are without a shepherd? Three things, to be spe- we as shepherds like Jesus should cific: First, they get lost. The sec- teach people how to live. The teachings of Jesus and the inspired teachings of His Church provide us with a reliable guide that keeps us on the right path. If we keep our eyes on the moral Compass and trust in its reliability, we will not lose our way to heaven. And the moral Compass is found in the teachings of the Church. So that we might never go hungry, Jesus gives Himself to us: Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity. Jesus says, “he who comes to me shall not hungry, and he who believes in me shall never thirst” (John 6:35). Our Shepherd is so good that

He gives us this great gift at the price of His own Body and Blood. Jesus is the Good Shepherd that every faithful steward like us, knows and loves. So that we might not be eaten by wolves, so that we might not fall victim to that which can truly harm us, the Good Shepherd stands ready to do battle with the Enemy. He fights on our behalf whenever we have the good sense to call upon His Holy Name. The devil prowls about and seeks the ruin of souls. The Great Deceiver will use every trick to distract us from our Christian responsi-

bilities and to lead us into temptation. The Lord Jesus, the Good and gentle Shepherd, is all-powerful. And so when we are tempted, when we are drawn to stray from what we know is right, when the devil seems to get the best of us, we can do no better than to call upon the Name of Jesus, the One who is always there ready to Champion our cause. We take legitimate solace in His promise to be with us always, even until the end of the age (Matthew 28:20). Such is the Good Shepherd. Sheep without a

Shepherd will get lost. They will go hungry. They will be eaten by wolves. Praise God that we have so great a Shepherd, one who will never leave His flock untended, one who lays down His life for his flock so that they - so that we - might have life and have it to the full. And finally, with you I pray that Dumaguete City and the whole Province of Negros Oriental may become not only Pro-Business and Pro-Progress, but on top of all these, that Dumaguete may become, first of all, Pro-God, ProCountry, and Pro-People. Amen.

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his is the subject I discuss in two entries in my column. I cite what I have written in my book, Biblical Foundations of the Faith. A phrase common in the Church’s vocabulary today is the phrase “God on the side of the poor.” What does this mean? Following Ronald Sider’s lead, first of all, we must point out what it does not mean. For one thing, it does not mean that only the poor are within the saving grace of Dr. PROCESO UDARBE God. In the teaching of the New Testament, it is stated that “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23); therefore whether rich or poor, everyone is in need of salvation that comes from God. What Sider declares is biblically valid: I do not mean that the poor and the oppressed are, because they are poor and oppressed, to be idealized or automatically included in the Church. The poor sinfully disobey God in the same way that we wretched middle-class sinners do and they therefore need to enter into a living personal relationship with Jesus Christ. God being “on the side of the poor,” secondly, does not mean that Turn to page 11

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How selective are we in the way we serve those around us? Are we always mindful of whether or not they can or might repay the good deed done for them? Or are we as selfless as the example of the Good Samaritan in today’s Gospel? Herein lies a big challenge for us – in a world that encourages us to get out of life what we can, we are faced with a Gospel that tells us that it is more important to give – and to give without worrying about what we may or may not get in return for our efforts or generosity. ============================

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HISTORICAL NOTES

HANDURAWAN

BY: REV. FR. ROMAN C. SAGUN. JR. Also for Businessmen and Professionals:

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Forgiving Ourselves BY OS HILLMAN

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. – 1 John 1:9

The Apostle Peter was one of three disciples who walked with Jesus closer than the other nine. He was the most enthusiastic and the one man who was willing to step into territories where others would not dare. He was the first to step out of the boat and walk on water. He wanted to protect Jesus at times when Jesus rebuked him for having a demon influence him. He cut off the ear of the guard who wanted to arrest Jesus in the garden. As Peter matured, the Holy Spirit harnessed his many extreme emotions. The greatest trial for Peter was when he denied the Lord just before Jesus was crucified. Three times he denied knowing Jesus. Jesus predicted that the cock would crow after the third time just to reinforce the prophecy to Peter. Peter was crushed when he realized he had failed His Lord so badly. The Lord forgave Peter for his denial. However, gaining forgiveness from Jesus was not the most difficult part for Peter. The hard part was forgiving himself. As we mature in the faith, we begin moving in victory after victory with our Lord. Then out of nowhere, an event happens that reveals our true sin nature, and we are confronted face to face with this reality. We cannot believe that we are capable of such sin. There is no good thing in us save the grace of Jesus Christ and His blood that cleanses us. When God looks at us, He looks at the blood of Christ that has covered our sin. He does not look at our sin once we confess it. When we have difficulty forgiving ourselves, this is pride at its deepest level. We are making an assumption that we should never have sinned and that we are too mature to sin. This is a trap from the enemy of our souls. People who cannot forgive do not recognize from what they have been forgiven. That includes us.

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As shown in this column last week as in past issues, Father Angel Martinez Cuesta, OAR is ever fascinated by the history of Negros Island. In the handsome coffee-table book Handurawan: Visita Iglesia Negros y Recoletos, he traces: “Between 1848 and 1898 they (the friars) created in Negros Island 60 parishes and as many towns, they constructed roads that even now constitute the blueprint of its infrastructure, they fomented several agricultural crops that transformed its field, elevated it to first place in the ranking of exports in the archipelago and even opened a school of secondary education (1895), the first in the history of the Order.” To further quote this internationally well-known author: “The religious participated enthusiastically in the life of the archipelago, they concerned themselves with the material well being of the faithful, they shared their life day after day with simplicity

and without fanfare, and there was no lack of those who went on to break new apostolic grounds.” Showing himself always a true historian, Father Martinez Cuesta does not hesitate to add: “But unfortunately, they paid scant attention to the cultivation of their spiritual identity, which slowly but surely was being relegated to the fringes of their life. Individualism prevailed in them, as well as a spirituality of priestly style, while Recollect asceticism and communitarian traditions were almost completely marginalized… Many assumed somewhat worldly attitudes and got caught up in the dragnet of authoritarianism and ambition.”

First Pastor of Amlan (1848-1850)

For more information about the book, one can write to the Editor-in-chief, Tolle et Lege Publications, Department of Religious Education, University of Negros OccidentalRecoletos, Lizares Avenue, P.O. Box 202/214, 6100 Bacolod City, Philippines.


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Public Awareness Campaign Launching and Demonstration of SUMCFI’s New P14M “Digital Radiology System”

“Celebrating Gastrointestinal Diseases Month”

ERCP

Dr. Glimar Y.Carriaga, Gastroenterologist of Dumaguete City and Dr. Gaspar. NAZARENO,ASG, guest from U.S.A. performing “*ERCP” using SUMCFI’s “New Digital Imaging System” during a Demonstration last July 10, 2007 at the SUMCFI. *ERCP means Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio Pancreatography , which is the removal of stones from the bile duct by endoscopy, using a camera and robotic arm, without operating or opening up the patient.

SUMCFI President and Chairman Roberto Montebon during the highlights of Gastrointestinal Diseases Month. With him is Dr. Elizabeth Hecete-Moleta, MD, FPCP, FPSG, (Chairman Gastrointestinal Diseases Month) and Dr. Glimar Y. Carriaga, FPCP, who is trained in advanced endoscopy and Therapeutic ERCP.

Hepatitis B

COLON Cancer

BY: Dr. Elizabeth Heceta-Moleta,FPCP,FPSG,FPSDE INTERNAL MEDICINE-GASTROENTEROLOGY Silliman Medical Center

BY: Dr. GLIMAR Y. CARRIAGA,FPCP,FPSG,FPSDE INTERNAL MEDICINE-GASTROENTEROLOGY Silliman Medical Center/Holy Child Hospital

This cancer is the third most common malignancy of Filipinos. In our country it affects both male and female persons usually at 50-60 yrs. old. Its cause is multi-factorial, it could be due to genetics or environmental. Persons who inherit genes that predispose the individual to develop adenomas ( small protusions in the large intestines) are at high risk of developing colon cancer. High intake of fat , red meat and charcoal cooked food predisposes an individual to eventually develop colon cancer. Those persons who eat lots of fiber and vegetables are at low risk of having the disease. The signs and symptoms are anemia, unexplained weight loss, loss of appetite, passage of gross blood and changes in bowel habits. Diagnosis is made by finding occult(microscopic) blood in the stool, barium enema(X-ray of the large intestines),colonoscopy (taking a look inside the large intestine using a camera) or doing a Ct-scan. The gold standard of which is colonoscopy. This is available in both Silliman Medical Center and Holy Child Hospital for the past 5 yrs. now. This procedure is painless and could be done on an out-patient basis. Once cancer is discovered if it is small and has not penetrated the walls of the large intestine it could be safely removed

using the camera. If the tumor is already big then surgical operation is the curative procedure that is undertaken.Depending on the stage of the cancer, some individuals might need to undergo chemotherapy. Since this disease is a common medical problem worldwide, emphasis is directed on the its preventive and curative aspect. Individuals are advised to seek, consult a physician early , should they manifest aforementioned signs and symptoms . Colon Cancer Screening to those population at risk markedly reduces the incidence of colon cancer worldwide.

Silliman University Medical Center Foundation, Inc., doctors, and medical staff, witness and listen to the demonstration of ERCP procedures by Dr. Gaspar Nazareno, ASG.

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epatitis B is a systemic viral infection which affects predominantly the liver. The Hepatitis B virus (HBV) causes acute and chronic hepatitis. Acute hepatitis B can range from a have jaundice. With chronic continuous inmild subclinical disease to a serious illness flammation in the liver, some will progress that can lead to liver failure and death in to cirrhosis. These are the people who are about 2 % of cases.The symptoms are poor at high risk of developing cancer of the liver. appetite, nausea, vomiting, fever, abdomiWe are concerned with Hepatitis B benal discomfort to pain. Jaundice or yellow cause there are 400 million carriers all over discoloration of the eyes and skin is noted. the world, 75 % of these live in the Asia About 90 % of patients with acute hepati- Pacific region where we are. 25% of these tis B recover completely. will die from Hepatitis B and its complicaThe chances of developing Hepatitis tions and these people are also potential B depends upon the age of exposure to sources of infection. It is endemic in the the virus. Chronic Hepatitis B develop in Philippines with a carrier rate of 8-12 %. 90 % of infants (less than 1 year of age) We get the disease thru exposure to inborn to infected mothers and up to 50 % fected blood and blood products – when of the children infected at 1-5 years. infected blood enters the body of a person Chronic Hepatitis B infection can vary who is not infected. Examples are newborns from a chronic carrier state where the pa- born to infected mothers when the mother’s tient feels no symptoms, has no abnormal- blood is swallowed by the baby during deity on laboratory testing but is potentially livery; needlestick injuries, esp at risk are infectious. Others will have mild disease, the healthcare workers like med techs, no symptoms but with slight abnormality nurses, doctors or when needles are shared in their lab tests (SGPT elevation) indicat- among iv drug users and during planting of ing inflammation in the liver. Others will tattoos, nipper injury during

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DR. NAZARENO guest gastroenterologist from U.S.A. , explains the ERCP procedure before the actual demonstration. He is assisted byDr. Glimar Y.Carriaga, of SUMCFI internal medicine and gastroenterology and two able nursing assistants.

This public-awareness publication is made possible by ALTANA-PHARMA in support of the Philippine College of Physicians – Negros Oriental Chapter in Celebration of “Gastrointestinal Diseases Month”


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Around Negros

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City Hall to “purge” non-performing workers

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orried employees believe that the announcement of the mayor that there are personnel at the city hall who may be forced to take early retirement if they cannot do away with their vice of drinking alcohol even during office hours may have signaled an “open season” against the winners in the last election. Last Thursday, administration coun- signed tasks. cilor Espiridion Catan delivered a In fact, Catan, who is chairman of the privilege speech which others believe committee on personnel, claims that in was an extension of the mayor’s con- compliance to the wishes of the mayor ditioning the minds of those concerned “ he will be going around offices to see that some employees may be fired or and observe first hand how our city employees are performing their tasks” to forced to resign. Catan eloquently said that while the make sure that he would know “the noncity government has set aside some six performing ones.” He further warned that “he already million pesos for the salary increase of the workers at the city hall, the mayor has a partial list of these employees” and will be relentless in “shipping out” that “their days are numbered.” those who will not perform their asTurn to page 19

Gang wars pit minors Macias intervenes in Bacong poll vendetta against each other n what is considered by some

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Woodrow will stay; denies health rumors

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Reform SK not abolish it

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here might be truth to claims that the Sangguniang Kabataan has failed to really give the youth a voice in the affairs of the state and in managing sound projects for their own development as future leaders of the country. SK was supposed to be a fertile training ground for the youth to take part in governance by training them early as effective and morally upright leaders imbued with a sense of patriotism and God centeredness . Yet, observers and even well-meaning politicians believe that the exact opposite has happened. Officials of the Sangguniang Kabataan were becoming increasingly involved in questionable conducts of their offices as they have become too partisan in buying off the loyalty of their constituents either as mere candidates Turn to page 21

Thomas Dekker. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow writes: Think every morning when the sun peeps through, The dim, leaf-latticed windows of the grove… How jubilant the happy birds renew Their old melodious madrigals of love; And when you think of this, remember, too, “tis always morning somewhere, and above The wakening continents, from shore to shore, Somewhere the birds are singing evermore. In all things God works for good for those who love Him and who are called accordingly to His purpose. – Romans 8:28 This little poem from Henry Van Dyke always leads me to consider the things that I treasure in life. And as I count up my treasures, I brighten and look forward to the coming hours of today and all the tomorrows ahead of me. He writes: These are the things I prize And hold of dearest worth: Light of the sapphire skies, Peace of the silent hills, Shelter of forests, comfort of the grass, Music of birds, murmur of little rills, Shadows of cloud that swiftly pass. And, after the showers, The smell of flowers, And of the good brown earth – And best of all, along the way, friendship and mirth. So many happy thoughts on such a rainy day …sometimes we need the rain to force us to stop for awhile and think happy thoughts. This is what makes life worthwhile, isn’t it?

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The human brain is amazingly complex. God made it so special from other kinds of brains. It performs an incredible number of tasks like it controls our body temperature, blood pressure, heart rate and breathing. It can accept and store tremendous amount of information about everything around us through our senses . It allows us to think, dream, reason and experience emotions. Our brain also handles our physical motion when we walk, stand, sit or even when we talk. All these functions are controlled by a small organ in our body we call brain, a size of a small cauliflower. The more I study how cancer affects the human body, it only brings me to the conclusion that the greatest creator of life who is God, made us so precious from all the rest. David wrote in Psalms 139:17-18 “ How precious also are your thoughts to me O God, how great is the sum of them. If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; when I awake, I am still with you.”

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TODAY’S

GOSPEL (From page 8)

himself, he said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Jesus replied, “A man fell victim to robbers as he went down from Jerusalem to Jericho. They stripped and beat him and went off leaving him half-dead. A priest happened to be going down that road, but when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side. Likewise a Levite came to the place, and when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side. But a Samaritan traveler who came upon him was moved with compassion at the sight. He approached the victim, poured oil and wine over his wounds and bandaged them. Then he lifted him up on his own animal, took him to an inn and cared for him. The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper with the instruction, ‘Take care of him. If you spend more than what I have given you, I shall repay you on my way back.’ Which of these three, in your opinion, was neighbor to the robbers’ victim? He answered, “The one who treated him with mercy.” Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”

EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT NOTICE is hereby given that the estate of MONINA FLORES RUIZ who died on February 4, 1999, at Dumaguete City, consisting of thirteen (13) lots, including its improvements, namely: Lots 324-B-2-A, 453, 578-B-7, 579, 580, 3132, 3133, 3657, 4525, 2832, 3946, 4196 and 4209, all of Dumaguete City except for the last three (3) which are situated at San Jose, Negros Oriental, Philippines, is the subject of EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT by and among her heirs, namely, Ruby Maria Ruiz Tayko and Maria Rebecca Ruiz acknowledged before Notary Public Lionel J. Tayko and entered on Page 62 of his Notarial Registry No. 28 as Doc. No. 300, Series of 2007. The Negros Chronicle July 15, 22 & 29, 2007

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* Globe Telecom Orientation 9:30am11:30am Jordan 3 * Gary Valenciano Pure Inspirational TourPastors Banquet 7pm-9pm Jordan 1&2

EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT AND DEED OF RATIFICATION NOTICE is hereby given that the heirs of the late ERLINDA VILLACAMPA have filed and executed an Extrajudicial Settlement and Deed of Ratification on Lot No. 9-F-7-C, Psd-07-033346, being a portion of Lot 9-F-7, Psd-023255, covered by TCT No. T-30285, situated in the Barrio of Poblacion, Tanjay City, Province of Negros Oriental, containing an area of 292 sq.m. in favor of Elizabeth Gayo per Doc. No. 385, Page No. 78, Book No. I, Series of 2007 of Notary Public Atty. Anthony A. Ferrolino. The Negros Chronicle July 15, 22 & 29, 2007

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


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BY LELE MARTINEZ

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

Feast of the Chinese Martyrs

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onday evening, July 9, the parishioners of the Mary Immaculate Church gathered to celebrate a special occasion, the Feast of the Chinese Martyrs, those whose blood helped sow the seeds of faith for the generations of Chinese in China and around the world. A special English – Mandarin Mass, with the epistle readings in Mandarin and the gospel in English was well attended by the Filipino Chinese community and the faculty and students from Holy Cross High School. The readings were done by Sr. Joan and Sr. Celine of the Sisters of the Congregation of St. Therese of the Child Jesus. The Mary Immaculate Parish Women’s Association (MIPWA) Choir with Mrs. Yanni Dy at the organ, and the students from Holy Cross High School sang Mandarin songs for the Mass. Rev. Fr. Ray Pascual, the Parish priest and main celebrant, with Fr. Michael Quintana who concelebrated the Mass, wore red vestments even as the altar was draped in red, signifying the martyrs’ blood offered on the alter of faith. In line with the Chinese tradition of respect, a simple table clothed in red with a framed picture of the martyrs was placed on the right side of the altar set with Chinese incense

The Sisters of the Congregation of St. Therese of the Child Jesus, faculty and Students from Holy Cross High School join the MIPWA choir, with Mrs. Yanni Dy playing the organ, for the Mass. ushered in China’s days of glory, for she too offered up her share of martyrs for the Church’s Triumphant purple robe. Of the 120 Chinese Martyrs, 87 are Chinese natives, and the remaining 33 are foreign missionaries who served in China.The 120 Chinese Mar-

delity to the faith” In our generation we might not be called to martyrdom, as we celebrate the feast and honor the Chinese Martyrs, we remember the sad and long list of those who died for their faith. May we be inspired by their lives and in our little way walk the faith so the world may know the Light that the martyrs have shown.

Sunday Gems: Lord, let me be an inspiration, to the many in Thy precious fold, Let my lamp so shine, that all Thy children could be bold. In the word of my Savior, let us walk and talk with Thee That when we leave this old earth, in Heaven there we’ll be. by Pearlie Duncan Walker

Red, the symbol of martyrdom dominate the altar color as Fr. Rey Pascual, in red vestments celebrate Mass. Fr. Michael Quintana is the co-celebrant with Sr. Joan reading the epistle. At right is the table set with the picture of the Chinese Martyrs sticks and red candles. After the Mass, the parishioners commented that the choir sang beautifully and the gospel message was inspiring for this generation that enjoy religious freedom. It was both a somber and uplifting Mass, celebrating the life and death of those who died for their faith. Memories are still fresh of the Chinese seminarians and priests who fled the persecution of religious in the late 40’s, our very own Fr. Bartholomew Sun and the late Fr. Paul Chi. From the depths of History the Chinese people have suffered persecution and oppression for their faith. The last 100 years have seen violent persecution and half a century of suppression under the communist regime. Since loosening restrictions on religion after the 1970s, Christianity has grown significantly within the People’s Republic of China. It is still tightly controlled by government authorities. The Roman Catholic Church recognized 120 Catholics who died between 1814 and 1930 as its Catholic Martyrs. 88 died during the Boxer Rebellion in 1900. That period

tyrs were canonized by the Late Paul John Paul II On the Feast of St. Therese on October 1, 2000 Many other Chinese martyrs might not be known but

When the Trumpet sounds, we’ll see no more pain and sorrow No tears to spill no dreaded tomorrow. We will live again ~ In the Kingdom up above If we have committed all our being to His precious love. In that time when the trumpet sounds, let us shout with joy, As each enters Heaven, man, woman, girl or boy. Its for-

The picture of the 120 martyrs is set on a table covered with red cloth with the traditional Chinese josticks and red candles on the right side of the Altar their names are written in gold in Heaven. During the canonization Pope said that “the Church wants to recognize these martyrs as examples of courage, and thus to honor the noble Chinese martyrs for their fi-

ever then ~ No more harrowing days to dread And since the trumpet has blown, there will be no more dead. by Pearlie Duncan Walker.

Sunday ... From page 6 all that is needed for human life is to meet the economic needs of the people. This is of decisive importance today in that ideological struggle, people talk glibly about the so-called effectiveness of some non-Christians approach to the problem of poverty which, in view of its bias for the aspired-for economic abundance of the poor, labels the poor as “the good ones” and the rich as “children of the devil.” Christians are therefore warned “not to start with this ideology of oppression and then reinterpret the Scriptures from this ideology.” Third, God being on the side of the poor does not mean that the Church is only for the poor. It has often been pointed out that the Bible says nothing of God being on the side of the rich. While it is not explicit in the New Testament that God favors the rich, it is clear that from the beginning there have been Christian adherents who could be classified as rich or, at least poor. For instance, the communal structure of the early Church implies that some members were more economically able than others – those “who sold possession” (Acts 4:45). It is stated that Barnabas sold a field and brought the money to the apostles (4:3637). From various other New Testament passages there are intimations of the place of the rich in the Kingdom of God. Joseph of Arimathea was rich enough to donate a grave for Jesus entombment (Mt. 27-59); one of the recorded stories of conversion is that of Zaccheus, “a publican and rich” (Lk 19:2ff.); and one of the letters of Paul is written to Philemon, a slave-owner. Moreover, a splendid narrative of a dialogue of Jesus with people is the one with the rich young ruler. It is recorded of Jesus that he “loved him” (Mk. 10:21). (To be continued)

DECL ARA TION OF HEIRSHIP DECLARA ARATION and DEED OF ABSOLUTE SALE NOTICE is hereby given that Alma G. Moleta, the heir of the late GERONIMO GRAVADOR and Maria Bandoquillo have filed and executed a Declaration of Heirship and DEED OF ABSOLUTE SALE on 1/18 share of Lot No. 3316, with TCT No. T-8645, situated in the Municipality of Tanjay, Negros Oriental, in favor to Herminigilda Ybias per Doc. No. 303, Page No. 62, Book No. I, Series of 2006 of Notary Public Atty. Anthony Ferrolino. The Negros Chronicle July 8, 15 & 22, 2007

EXTRA JUDICIAL SE TTLEMENT EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT AND SALE

NOTICE is hereby given that the heirs of the late AGUSTIN LARENA have filed and executed an Extrajudicial Settlement and Sale on Lot No. 5455, Cad. 903, C-2, Case No. 13, covered by OCT No. FV41299, situated at Barangay Palinpinon, Municipality of Valencia, Province of Negros Oriental, containing an area of 2,964 sq.m., in favor to Salvinia Solidum-Pownall per Doc. No. 299, Page No. 61, Book No. 24, Series of 2007 of Notary Public Atty. Raymund J.A. Mercado. The Negros Chronicle July 8, 15 & 22, 2007

Republic of the Philippines Local Civil Registry Office Province: NEGROS ORIENTAL City/Municipality: DUMAGUETE CITY

NO TICE OF PUBLICA TION NOTICE PUBLICATION In compliance with Section 5 of RA Act No. 9048, a notice is hereby served to the public that NIDA M. RICAFORT has filed with this Office a petition for change of first name from “ MARIAN EMMANUEL MM “ to “ MARION EMMANUEL “ in the birth certificate of MARIAN EMMANUEL MM MIRA RUELO who was born on 6 December 1985 at Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental and whose parents are WILMA ALONSO MIRA and HERMINIGILDO BALMES RUELO. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than 23 July 2007. (Sgd.) RUPERTA G. BAGUASAN, CCR City/Municipal Civil Registrar

The Negros Chronicle July 8 & 15, 2007

DEED OF ABSOL UTE SALE ABSOLUTE

NOTICE is hereby given that ALEJO CABASAG have filed and executed a Deed of Absolute Sale on Lot No. 2139, Pls-1049-D under OCT No. FP-9858, situated at Olang, Maria, Siquijor, containing an area of 172 sq.m., in favor to Salvinia S. Pownall per Doc. No. 20, Page No. 4, Book No. IV, Series of 2007 of Notary Public Atty. Adam S. Duhaylungsod. The Negros Chronicle July 8, 15 & 22, 2007


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WISH FURNITURE DEPOT 521 South Pacific Building Perdices Street, Dumaguete City Tel. No. 422-5643

BY DEMS DEMECILLO

Goat thief slain by PNP jailers?

C & L Suites Inn

Perdices St. Dgte. City Tel. No. 225-6219 / 422-9671

Residencia Maximo

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he Philippine National Police Internal Affairs is investigating five Bindoy policemen who allegedly manhandled and shoved a detainee to his death at sea simply because of stealing his neighbor’s goat. The five lawmen-turned-suspects were identified as Police Officer 1 John Ray Vailoces, Rey Amaro, Wenzel

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Male lover hacked by girlfriend’s husband

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22-year old man almost died after the husband of his girlfriend chanced upon him while inside the woman’s house in Barangay San Antonio, Sibulan, Friday morning. The love affair of the victim and his girlfriend started when the latter’s cousin who was a friend of the former gave the woman’s number so they could be textmates. A few text messages and after seeing in person, they

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Manhunt on for French facing child abuse raps Police are now hot on the trail of a French national who escaped arrest during an operation launched by the PNP, DSWD, village officials and GWAVE advocates in Barangay Malu-ay, Zamboanguita town. On the strength of a search warrant issued by RTC Branch Presiding Judge Marie Rose Paras, lawmen raided the residence of Patrick Chaffraix for alleged violation of Republic Act 9208 or the anti-trafficking of persons Act of 2003 and for illegal possession of firearm. Seized during the operation were 47 video discs which contained sexual acts by minors both male and female and some negatives with images of to nude people Turn page 18 also hav

Court Sheriff killed by NPA hitmen?

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olice investigators are not discounting the possible involvement of NPA hitmen in the killing of Guihulngan’s Regional Trial Court sheriff identified as Ricky Montijar, 45, while he was on his way home after attending classes as a law student of Negros Oriental State University-Guihulngan campus. But the police are also looking into the angle that it is job-related or driven by personal grudge although no Turn to page 18 one

Driver loses MCH at Sibulan pier

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ife these days may be just too hard for most of us, that we cannot even anymore trust our supposed friends since they might take advantage when our security is down. This was the lesson learned by a certain Ronaldo Catacutan who reported the loss of his motorcab for hire but whose last occupant was a Helario Lasaga, a friend of the victim. Turn to page 18

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HEIDI’S

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MAKERS OF SPEED, BARETA DETERGENT BAR, POWDER AND WINROX BLEACH

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Audit Assistant (Meycauayan Bulacan Assignment)

• Male / female single not more than 25 years old. • Must be a graduate of BS Accountancy with excellent scholastic record; fresh graduate is also welcome. • Must be computer literate and must be willing to be assigned in Meycauayan Bulacan and willing to travel nationwide.

Sales Supervisor (Bohol/Siquijor/Dumaguete assignment)

• Male; single; age not more than 35 years old; Graduate of any 4-5 year course • With at least 3 years experience handling the same capacity, preferably from a Fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) industry.

Booking Salesman (Any of the VisMin areas)

• Male; age not more than 35 years old; Graduate of any 4-5 year course • With at least two (2) years booking experience from a Fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) industry.

Cash Van Salesman (Any of the VisMin areas)

• Male; age not more than 28 years old; Graduate of any 4-5 year course. • Knows how to drive, and with professional driving license. • With at least 2 years selling experience, preferably from a Fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) industry.

Warehouseman (Bacolod Assingment)

• Male; age not more than 30 years old and must be an Accounting graduate • With one (1) year work experience in inventory management and warehousing functions. • Familiar with different Microsoft applications, must be able to drive motorcycle and forklift. Interested applicants please email comprehensive resume with photo attached, and TOR to : Email address: min-hrd@wellmade.com.ph vis-hrd@wellmade.com.ph Business address: Wellmade Manufacturing Corporation # 888 Plaridel St. Umapad, Mandaue City Cebu 6014 Tel. No. 344-4770; 345-8643; 420-3907 Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Davao, Gen.San, Ozamis, Zamboanga, Cebu, Dumaguete .Bacolod, Ilo-ilo, Tacloban, Bohol

Hepatitis B ... From page 9 manicure/pedicures. One can get it from sex with an infected person. Transfusion and transplant patients can get it that is why blood/organ donor screening is very important. Who are at risk: infants of infected mothers, hemodialysis and transplant patients, healthcare workers, sex partners of infected persons, persons with multiple sex partners,iv drug users, individuals in

closed institutions like prisons and psychiatric wards and ancillary workers/public employees (garbage collectors, workers in blood banks/funeral parlors). Blood tests are available now in our hospitals and laboratories to determine if you have the infection, never had it, had it and recovered from it. Treatment is available but is not yet perfect. There are criteria to meet before a physician can start treatment It is not for everyone.

The most important information is that Hepatitis B can be prevented. Hepatitis B vaccination is the best protection and this is available in the Philippines and in our locality.

Warning ...

Supreme Court of the Philippines Judicial and Bar Council Manila

(Bingo)

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the public often enough – that if the offer is too good to be true then it is usually too good to be true. The third scam is the socalled transactions involving Foreign Exchange Trading. Glib and attractive male and female sales persons will convince moneyed individuals or corporations to invest in various currencies (dollars, euros etc) and the foreign exchange traders will play the market – for the OFW – especially early evening to dawn. The transactions are too fast and furious that the Investor is too tired to monitor the minuteby-minute price movement of the currencies. By dawn, in one big swoop, the investment can vanish in thin air because of wrong trading. By 9 a.m. the following day the foreign exchange con-man badgers the investors for more deposits for “margins” – a technical term – in order to hedge more by putting up the “margins” for further currency trading transaction. Instead of just losing what he invested, the Investor instead loses more from the initial deposit by “adding good money after bad.” The unscrupulous agents who get a commission per trade couldn’t care where you will get your funds for “margins.” In less than a day, one’s millions can evaporate like mushrooms. Anything that has to do with trading of currency is extremely dangerous. Even the experts can get clobbered themselves – what about the poor Juan de la Cruz? It is an activity – not for the faint of heart and shallow pockets – who has to handle day-to-day expenses. Any offer similar to this should be dealt with extreme caution. Finally, the BSP (Central Bank) through BSP Deputy Vice Governor Nestor Espenilla Jr. gave the public guidelines to avoid being “taken for a ride” by unscrupulous pawnshops and fake ones. BSP said there are only 2,000

ANNOUNCEMENT The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) announces the opening, for application, of the following positions: A. The position of ASSOCIATE JUSTICE of the COURT OF APPEALS vacated on 19 June 2007 upon the compulsory retirement of HON. RENATO C. DACUDAO. Applications or recommendations for this position must be submitted NOT LATER THAN July 2, 2007, to the JBC, 2nd Floor Centennial Bldg.; Supreme Court, Padre Faura St., Manila (Tel. No. 552-9512; Fax No. 552-9598; e-mail address jbc_supremecourt@yahoo.com.ph). B.

Judgeship positions in the following courts:

NCJR PASAY CITY RTC, Br. 231 QUEZON CITY RTC, Br. 107

REGION II

CAVITE CAGAYAN MTC, Imus MTCC, Br.1,ROMBLON Tuguegarao City MTC, Romblon

REGION I LA UNION RTC, Br.66, San Fernando City

REGION III BULACAN MTC, Br.1, Balagtas

REGION VIII LEYTE RTC, Br. 25, Maasin City

PANGASINAN MCTC, Br.9, TayugSan Nicolas

REGION IV BATANGAS RTC, Br. 9, Balayan

REGION XI DAVAO ORIENTAL RTC, Br. 6, Mati

Applications or recommendations for these positions must be submitted to the JBC on or before JULY 20, 2007. Applicants or recommendees for positions in A and B must submit 6 copies of the following: Application or Recommendation Letter Personal Data Sheet (JBC Form 1 dowloadable from the JBC Website) http://jbc.supremecourt.gov.ph Proof of Filipino Citizenship ID Picture (2x2) Certificate of Good Standing or latest Official Receipt from the IBP National Treasurer ITR for 2 preceding years Clearances from NBI, Ombudsman, Office of the Bar Confidant and employer Transcript of School Records Police Clearance from place of residence Certificate of Admission to Bar (with Bar Rating) June 20, 2007.

(Sgd) MA. LUISA D. VILLARAMA Clerk of Court & JBC Ex Officio Secretary

pawnshops with legitimate business papers and must have mayor’s permit. Unregistered pawnshops should be reported to the office of Espenilla. The BSP has been breathing down the necks of notorious pawnshops considered as “nonbanks with quasi banking functions” for violations of interest and service charge limitations per month, lack of disclosure and illegal auctioning of foreclosed assets of clients. The BSP clarified that 5% per month is the maximum pawnshops can charge to include interest, service and other fees. The latter cannot bill the client for the insurance coverage premium of his collateral in the pawnshop, according to BSP. Many pawnshops do not give tickets or promissory notes to legally strengthen its transparency and declare the terms and

conditions of the agreement. Finally, they auction off so-called collaterals as jewelry, land and even appliances before the regularity period of 90 days after the loan maturity. People should report violators and fake pawnshops to BSP immediately, we call on the citizens. Many in the rural and even urban areas have been robbed off their shirts and livelihood by Con-Men who are so vile Satan wouldn’t allow them to stay in hell because they may con Beelzebub himself. No wonder many of them we still see around. As always we say, an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. For comments: email to bingo_dejaresco@yahoo.com.ph or bohol-rd@mozcom.com

FOR SALE: House & Lot Along Highway Cadawinonan, Dumaguete City, 115 sq. meters, Asphalted Road, P900T.

DIRECT B UYERS BUYERS

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0918-929-6047 Catch Kim Possible in SKYCable, Disney Channel Special Screening Party! At the WATERFRONT • Tel. 225-9501 Transient’s favorite • Clean • Low Rates

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Get ready for the Special Screening Party of the latest season of your favorite cartoon series - Kim Possible! Brought to you by SKYCable and Disney Channel, your favorite teen superhero is back with new tricks, new gadgets, new adventures and new villains to beat. Catch Kim and her friends Ron Stoppable, Rufus and Wade as they figure out wacky ways to save the world. Exclusive only to current SKYCable subscribers, the Special Screening Party is on July 14, 2007 Saturday at the Dumaguete Press Club Building and

Garden.Registration begins at 1PM. Kids who come in their most Kim Possible look-a-like attire have a chance to bring home premium items from Disney Channel. Join the Kim Possible Drawing Contest and be the winner of some really exciting prizes! Brace yourself for another gripping adventure with the latest season of Kim Possible on SKYCable Channel 36 and join the SKYCable and Disney Channel’s Special Screening Party to get a heads-up on the action! For more inquiries,call 225-7692 or visit the SKYCable Office nearest you.


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Design for a Negrense of Landscape

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riental Negros has vast agricultural lands. For the Hacienderos, this land is an immense opportunity for a sprawling house! The NEW definition of style: no basement (as Or. Negros still has high water table), no attic (too hot especially now with Global Warming), living rooms on the second level and sets of in-line windows along lowoverhanging roof (see sketches of Arch. Marie Nell Antique-Carlos). The ground floor accommodates service rooms and sleeping quarters (this location is cooler at night). The raised living rooms with rows of windows catch the breezes, exploit sea or hacienda views and give privacy to the occupants. Interior partitions are reduced to bare minimum (for natural air to circulate within). It has a sprawling plan and hugs the landscape. The broad sheltering roof protects the occupants from tropical sun-glare, heat and rain. Roofed Balconies and terraces can be incorporated to exploit clean rural air.

SCHEDULE OF TRIPS AND RATES EFFECTIVE MAY 19, 2007 TOURIST BUSINESS DESTINATION ETD ETA ACCOMMODATION CLASS CLASS DAPITAN 6:00AM 11:40AM TOURIST/BC 1,100.00 1,550.00 DUMAGUETE 6:00AM 9:40AM TOURIST/BC 800.00 1,150.00 6:00AM 7:40AM TOURIST/BC 500.00 800.00 CEBU 9:30AM 11:20AM TOURIST/BC 500.00 800.00 TAGBILARAN 2:00PM 3:50PM TOURIST/BC 500.00 800.00 6:20PM 8:00PM TOURIST/BC 500.00 800.00 CEBU 12:20PM 6:00PM TOURIST/BC 1,100.00 1,550.00 DAPITAN DUMAGUETE 12:20PM 2:00PM TOURIST/BC 520.00 820.00 TAGBILARAN 12:20PM 4:00PM TOURIST/BC 730.00 1,080.00 CEBU 2:20PM 6:00PM TOURIST/BC 800.00 1,150.00 DUMAGUETE DAPITAN 10:00AM 11:40AM TOURIST/BC 520.00 820.00 TAGBILARAN 2:20PM 4:00PM TOURIST/BC 520.00 820.00 7:15AM 9:05AM TOURIST/BC 500.00 800.00 11:50AM 1:40PM TOURIST/BC 500.00 800.00 CEBU 4:20PM 6:00PM TOURIST/BC 500.00 800.00 TAGBILARAN 5:30PM 7:20PM TOURIST/BC 500.00 800.00 DAPITAN 8:00AM 11:40AM TOURIST/BC 730.00 1,080.00 DUMAGUETE 8:00AM 9:40AM TOURIST/BC 520.00 820.00 ORIGIN

This house has modern and clean lines. Current materials call for Modern Design (for ease of construction and speed). These sketches were scribbled by Arch. Marie Nell Antique-Carlos, Senior Architect at CARLOS & ANTIQUE ARCHITECTS. For inquiries, one may email at carlos_antique_arch@yahoo.com

Note: ALL TRIPS ARE UNDER LIBRE BALIK PROMO EXCEPT ROUTES WITH DUMAGUETE AND DAPITAN LINKS. CEB-TAG & V.V ONE WAY TRIP IS P300.00 ONLY TAGBILARAN OFFICE: (038) 235-3562 (038) 501-9023 0922-317-8314

HILONGOS OFFICE: (053) 567-8010 0918-536-5704 0917-325-6299

TUBIGON OFFICE: (038) 508-8007 0917-320-7492

BACOLOD OFFICE: ILOILO OFFICE: DAPITAN OFFICE: DUMAGUETE OFFICE: (Super Bullet Terminal) (Supercat Terminal) 0918-285-9924 0919-744-2648 (033) 337-9914 0922-692-9618 (035) 226-1085/ 0922-957-6249 (034) 433-5359 CEB-CEBU BAC-BACOLOD DAP-DAPITAN

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TAG-TAGBILARAN TUB-TUBIGON

JAP ANESE SPIT JAPANESE SPITZZ Puppies for Sale

Contact person: Julia at 225-2561.

AJ Auto Glass & Car Tinting

Door #4 South Pacific Bldg., Perdices St., Dgte. City

Tel. # (035) 226-1834 (035) 4226866 PRODUCT LINE:(w/ Installation) • Automotive Windshields, Doorglass & Backglass • Automotive Rubber • Acrylic Plastic • Safety Glass • CarTiting (1pc. Windshield- no cut)

MO VING? MOVING? Call: Lipat-Bahay Francis TRUCKING SERVICES 225-2365 0920-779-7378 Colon Ext. Taclobo, Dumaguete City

School & Office Supplies, Photo Copying 304 Perdices St., Dumaguete City Philippines 6200, Tel. No. 225-9625

GEORGE & PETER LINES, INC. NEW SAILING SCHEDULE EFFECTIVE MAY O2, 2007

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City to ...

Battered ...

From page 2

From page 12

(Nancy)

BY DEMS REY T. DEMECILLO

THIRTY YEARS AGO

(From the CHRONICLE Files)

Dumaguete City: the Athens of Visayas?

July 10, 1977 — The emerging profile of Dumaguete as a “modern Athens of theVisayas” is fast catching attention. A small city by comparison, Dumaguete with a population of 14,352 in 1901 under the presidency of Meliton Larena has surged forward into a bustling little city of 53, 755. Barely 3,551 hectares in area, Dumaguete can boast of 1,442 commercial firms, 153 industrial establishments, six hotels, five hospitals, 11 banks, 5 movie houses and five colleges and universities. The intellectual life of the community and big cities. Dumagueteños live a sedate uncampus has blended richly with the under- hurried life and their children tread quitones of its cultural and artistic activities that etly the tranquil lanes of the academe in have exposed the wider community in pursuit of knowledge and wisdom. Just like Dumaguete to the refinement of graceful life. the ancient Athenians, they busy themselves Insulated against the dangerous hubbub of in their physical, mental and spiritual development.

TWENTY YEARS AGO

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

Gary heads economic task force of House

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uly 12, 1987 —- House Speaker Ramon Mitra Jr. has appointed Negros Oriental Congressman-elect Gary Teves as head of the Committee Task Force on Economic Affairs. The body is expected to review all public development projects of government, particularly those funded by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA). Teves along with 34 other members of the Solidarity Bloc of neophyte members of Congress led by Rep. Nikki Coseteng, took his oath of office last June 29 in Manila before Supreme Court Justice Melencio Herrera. As an initial step Teves

TEN YEARS AGO

said he will press for the airline industry to confront the issue of public safety anew. On the other hand, Teves joined members of the Solidarity bloc in calling for a more democratic process in the selection of House officers.

Montaño orders tighter drug watch

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uly 13, 1997 — Presidential police adviser retired General Ramon Montaño expressed surprise about the sudden relief of the entire NARCOM team for Negros Oriental and Dumaguete City even as he vowed to make a direct hand in a full-dressed investigation on such development. Montaño said that it is bad management to relieve an entire command without proper transition. He agreed that in a situation such as this, relief of the entire command. This view is drug lords can exploit the scenario by fill- also seconded by former Siquijor Govering in the lull and concentrating on the ac- nor Ben Aquino who also expressed fear Mindanao drug lords may soon estabtivities in as much as the anti-drugs cam- that lish a stronghold here and enrich themselves paign has been drastically affected by the further at the expense of local drug users.

Filipino ...

(Kojak)

From page 6

K and is known as the sweetest in the world. Working for the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Dr. Rodolfo Aquino, helped to develop IR8, the 1966 strain of the rice that launched Asia ‘s “Green Revolution.” Dr. Ricardo Lantican led a corn research program that saved America ‘s corn industry from the Southern leaf blight. Dr. Nic Liquido pioneered the research on light-activated dyes that now control many fruit flies. This was a significant contribution to the fruit growing industry world wide. Dr. Baldomero Olivera, discovered conotoxins, a bunch of biomolecules in Philippine marine snails now used in international neuroscience research. His contribution will significantly impact neurological sci-

ence. Immunologist Eduardo A. Padlan, together with Dr. D. R. Davies, used x-ray crystallography to study the antibody, which is helpful in diagnosing cancer cells and in understanding the human immune system. Ned Teves, an anesthesiologist, invented the endotracheal tube cardiac monitor used in s u r g e r y . Wilmo Orejola, a surgeon, created the harmonic scalpel, an ultrasonic surgical knife that doesn’t burn flesh. Francis Duhaylongsod, a surgeon invented minimally-invasive cardiac surgery. This uses smaller cuts and reduces recovery time significantly. The ‘’Fracture Classification Manual’’ used all over the world, was written by Ramon Gustilo, a surgeon with nine patents for artificial bone replacement systems. Juanito A. Simon, a metallurgist, formulated “Tribotech” a motor lubricant used by McDonnell

Douglas on AH-65 Apache helicopters. Rodolfo Arambulo developed “Multishock”, a bullet that increases firepower of an ordinary gun. It is the first of its kind. Dr. Jose B. Cruz an engineer created the automatic control system for the Patriot missile \These are just a few of thousands of Filipino contributions. In just a few short years Filipinos have contributed significantly to the world and the only thing this “local leader” revealed was his own lack of knowledge. I call on all of you, Filipino and Foreign guests alike, stop concentrating on the negatives and focus more on the positives. Be constructive not destructive. It does make a difference. You will not only find your life here more enjoyable but you will help create a better Philippines . Filipinos are solving many of their problems. Filipinos are making progress daily. This is a great country with even greater potential, lets work together to help, not hurt.

Be Honest EVEN IF OTHERS ARE NOT EVEN IF OTHERS WILL NOT EVEN IF OTHERS CANNOT A message from The Brotherhood Christian Businessmen and Professionals FOR SALE

HOUSE AND LOT 1,000 sq. mts. Big, house, high fence, fully screened, semi furnished within Dgte. City. P4.5M. Cell No. 09198216098.

Plaza Maria Luisa Suites Inn Legaspi St., Dumaguete City

Tel. 225-7994

Sta. Rosa, Dumaguete City Tel. No. 422-7384


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Pinoy ‘Sicko’ ... (Jenny)

(From page 4) Worse, even as they had advances to liquidate, the punong barangays still continued to receive their honoraria. The city accountant was told to stop releasing honoraria for punong barangays who still had unliquidated advances, but this was unheeded. So tuloy ang ligaya. By advocating the postponement of barangay elections, Arnaiz is playing and displaying traditional, patronage politics. He is a former governor, therefore, it is to his personal interest not to change these barangay officials who had been there during his governorship. Many of these have been his political runners when he was governor. It is more convenient and less expensive to maintain the status quo, rather than to risk having new bargangay officials, and new political leaders to court. The move to postpone barangay elections will be a popular advocacy among congressmen because this is to their own political advantage and self interest. Many are incumbents in the House. The first timers there are former local government officials like Rep. Arnaiz. The others are spouses, sons and daughters of “retired” congressmen and therefore have a stranglehold on barangay officials. Fortunately, we have a bicameral system of Congress. And this early, there are senators poised to block this move by the House. Among the senators who have already objected to postponing barangay elections this October is Senator Nene Pimentel, author of the local government code. We remain steadfast in our faith that Ka Nene will purge this immoral design to deprive our people from choosing their barangay leaders.

critical repor ting reporting

HOW MEDIA SEES IT, AND NOT OTHERS

(email: elydejaresco@yahoo.com) BY ELY P. DEJARESCO was proclaimed too by RTC Judge Rosendo Bandal Jr. On June 29, came the controversial 3:3 or 4:2 en banc Resolution within which the Commissioners themselves, were divided as to whether Josy was a natural born Filipino , or not.

The question now as to whether or not this Resolution on June 29 was a 3:3 or a 4:2 decision remains to be unresolved. Assuming that it’s a 4:2, then the resolution of the 2nd division is upheld in saying Josy is disqualified. But Chairman Abalos himself made a handwritten notation in the en banc resolution, saying rightly, that the HRET will be the one to handle the case to its finality. But since Josy is now proclaimed, therefore, all unfinished business by the Comelec at this stage should now be under the jurisdiction of the HRET or the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal. HRET AND SUPREME COURT. If the HRET and Supreme Court declares with that Josy is indeed disqualified, then she will step down. A special election will be held in the first district because the second placer did not get the majority votes. The vote-count is not under question but the citizenship of a candidates. Thus, the count is not the issue. Until the HRET rules otherwise, Josy Limkaichong sits and is to function as the legislator elected to represent the first district of Negros Oriental. Republic of the Philippines Department of Transportation and Communications LAND TRANSPORTATION FRANCHISING AND REGULATORY BOARD Regional Office No. 7, CEBU CITY CASE NO.: 07-07-0439 (07-02-0620) JULIO PATRIA SR. Applicant/s. x—————————————————/ N O T I C E Applicant is a grantee a Certificate of Public Convenience to operate a PUJ service on the line: Tanjay City – Mabinay and vice versa with the use of one (1) unit which said CPC was granted under case no. 07-02-0620 dated June 16, 2002. Applicant in this application requests authority to extend the validity of his CPC with the use of the same unit and to charge the rate authorized by the Board for this type of service. This application will be considered by the Regional Board on August 10, 2007 at 8:00 a.m. at its office at Kiwanis Bldg., Dumaguete City on which date applicant/s shall formally submit his/her evidence. At least ten (10) days prior on the above date applicant/s shall publish this Notice on one (1) newspaper of general circulation in Cebu/Visayas and served by registered mail, copy of the application and this Notice to all operators affected, as appearing in the attached list. Parties opposed to the granting of the application, must file their written opposition supported by documentary evidence on or before the above date furnishing a copy of the same applicant/s and if they so desire to appear on said date and time. This application shall be acted upon by the Board on the basis of its record, and the documentary evidence submitted by parties, unless the Board deem it necessary to receive additional documentary and / or oral evidence. WITNESS, the HON. ROGELIO V. OSMEÑA, Regional Director, this 10th day of July 2007. ATTY. JOSE DOUGLAS R. SANSON C.T.D.O. The Negros Chronicle July 15, 2007

(Sgd.) ATTY. EVELYN CARMELITA G. MISAL Hearing Officer IV

From page 6

fact able to get treatment in Havana, where they can buy medicine for very cheap price and receive free medical treatment they would otherwise not be able to afford. After a standing ovation to the advance screening in Cannes, Moore correctly predicted, “I know the storm awaits me back in the United States.” True enough, prior to his interview, CNN’s Sanjay Gupta attacked Moore’s facts and figures in a short feature. Basically, he had the message that ‘it ain’t that bad after all’. This led to a heated exchange that even resulted to a hairsplitting debate between Moore and Gupta in Larry King’s show the day after. Michael Moore has always been provocative and I am glad that there are filmmakers like him who do not shy away from exposing the dark side of the American dream. I believe that despite their conflicting statements, one thing is clear: there is a glitch in the health care system. And the experience is not in the US alone. Our health care system in the Philippines badly needs a shot up in the arm. Our country is still plagued with treatable diseases that have become deadly because of the lack of medical care and prevention. According to the Regional Office of the Western Pacific of the World Bank, people who live in the rural and isolated communities receive less and lower quality health services. Corollarily, the poor do not receive health services due to inaccessibility and/or unaffordability. Equally disturbing is the mass migration of doctors and nurses, making rural areas (52% of the population) even more vulnerable to health human resource deficiencies. Hospitals, both public and private, all over the country are suffering because of the loss of senior experienced nurses and doctors. For example, the University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH), the largest hospital in the country, loses 300-500 of their 2000 nurse workforce every year. Even midwives are also seeking jobs as caregivers in other countries. The WHO- WPRO reports that the main factors contributing to the limited capacity of the country’s health care system is poor health care financing and the ‘brain drain’ of health care professionals. I would add that there is also a lack in information dissemination and proper implementation of the health care mechanisms of our country. I shudder to find out how many Filipinos do not have health care insurance and what this implies. Revitalizing the debate on health care is imperative. As suggested by Moore in the film for the US, The Philippine government too should revisit its health care programs. It should make sure that every Filipino gets the medical attention he needs urgently. I am reminded by Dr. now Senator Juan Flavier’s slogan, ‘let’s DOH it…again’! (See www.michaelmoore.com for more details on the film)

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HE topic may sound purely intellectual and academic. But I feel it has an immediate and concrete relevance to our life, because it involves something fundamental about ourselves. How we think and work, how we conduct our business and politics, for example, how we choose our priorities in daily life, etc. are determined by how we resolve the issue involved. It certainly has far-reaching effects. And though the issue may first be tackled by our intelligentsia, it is not their exclusive concern only. It’s a universal concern! We have a duty, depending on our possibilities, to spread this concern to all. We just have to find the appropriate ways and means. Reason or our intelligence, our capacity to know, our faculty to think is not just about a highly personal operation that we do, implying a world that we mainly invent, and thus, very subjective. That is, opposed to being objective or real. This, sadly, is the dominant understanding of this powerful faculty. Detached from an objective law and standard, it becomes vulnerable to our self-seeking motives. This spiritual power of ours to think and reason out has its proper object and its proper laws that need to be respected and followed. The problem we are having is that these things are neglected more often these days. The Pope again alerted us about this point in his recent speech to university professors in a conference about the university’s role in the search for a new humanism in Europe. It’s an ongoing affair, this effort to understand the mystery of man. The problem arises when the definition of man is confined to certain asEXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF ESTATE AND PARTITION NOTICE is hereby given that the heirs of the late VALERIANA T. ABELLON, namely, Felix T. Abellon and Constantino V. Tabañera have filed and executed an Extrajudicial Settlement of Estate and Partition on one half (1/2) undivided Lot No. 5561, covered by TCT No. 3036 situated in Banilad, Dumaguete City, containing an area of 2,606 sq.m. per Doc. No. 161, Page No. 34, Book No. I, Series of 2007 of Notary Public Atty. Alex Andrew P. Icao. The Negros Chronicle July 15, 22 & 29, 2007

Republic of the Philippines Department of Transportation and Communications LAND TRANSPORTATION FRANCHISING AND REGULATORY BOARD Regional Office No. 7, CEBU CITY CASE NO.: 07-07-0438 (07-02-1684) EMERITO ZUNIGA - vendor MARIVIC ANDRES - vendee Applicant/s. x—————————————————/

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Applicants vendor/vendee request for the approval of Sale and Transfer of a Certificate of Public Convenience including one (1) unit VH service authorized on the line: Within Dumaguete City and to any point in the Cities and Province of Negros Oriental which said CPC was granted under case no. 07-02-1684 dated July 12, 2002. Applicant vendee now desires to continue the operation, with substitution, and extend the validity of CPC and to charge the rate authorized by the Board of this type of service. This application will be considered by the Regional Board on August 10, 2007 at 8:00 a.m. at its office at Kiwanis Bldg., Dumaguete City on which date applicant/s shall formally submit his/her evidence. At least ten (10) days prior on the above date applicant/s shall publish this Notice on one (1) newspaper of general circulation in Cebu/Visayas and served by registered mail, copy of the application and this Notice to all operators affected, as appearing in the attached list. Parties opposed to the granting of the application, must file their written opposition supported by documentary evidence on or before the above date furnishing a copy of the same applicant/s and if they so desire to appear on said date and time. This application shall be acted upon by the Board on the basis of its record, and the documentary evidence submitted by parties, unless the Board deem it necessary to receive additional documentary and / or oral evidence. WITNESS, the HON. ROGELIO V. OSMEÑA, Regional Director, this 10th day of July 2007. (Sgd.) ATTY. EVELYN CARMELITA G. MISAL ATTY. JOSE DOUGLAS R. SANSON Hearing Officer IV C.T.D.O. The Negros Chronicle July 15, 2007

pects only, and elaborated to their absurd conclusions. Through history, several attempts have been made to define man. Some have viewed man mainly if not purely on his material and temporal aspects. The spiritual aspects are marginalized. The Pope himself practically says so. “The crisis of modernity,” he said, “has less to do with modernity’s insistence on the centrality of man and his concerns, than with the problems raised by a humanism that claims to build a ‘kingdom of man’ detached from its necessary ontological foundation.” That’s high talk, all right. But that reference to “necessary ontological foundation” is about man’s ultimate origin as God’s creature, made a person and not just a thing, with body and soul, and finally as God’s child meant to participate in the very life of God. The core problem is when man’s reason is misused, and then abused, as when it is made to focus only on tangible or empirical objects, or on what is reasonable alone. Our reason is held captive by a vicious human attitude that ignores the spiritual and supernatural reality. Beyond the empirical, reason is made to stop working, which is contrary to its very nature, oriented as it is to the infinite and always in the state of transcending itself. Our intelligence does not know how to say, “enough.” Thus, the Pope proposed that we broaden the scope of reason “in order to be able to explore and embrace those

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aspects of reality which go beyond the purely empirical.” It’s when this is done, he said, that we can have a “more fruitful, complementary approach to the relationship between faith and reason.” A continuing dialogue between faith and reason takes place. This is a concern we have to learn to be more aware of. We have to sustain that dialogue always. Our reasoning is led to the world of faith, and faith becomes partly reasonable, and definitely not just a myth, a figment of one’s imagination. Faith assumes a realism based on an objective truth. It is with this attitude to reason and faith that Christianity’s contribution to modern humanism can be appreciated. Faith is then clothed in reason and can be deepened and presented in ways attuned to modernity’s sensibilities. This is how we can be transformed spiritually so we can live out our vocation as children of God in the middle of the world. For a humanism without faith is a truncated humanism.

NO TIME

for GOD ?

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

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All through the day I had no time, To speak a word of cheer. This Breakfast NO TIME to speak of Christ to friends, could yet change They’d laugh at me I feared. your Life. NO TIME, NO TIME, so much to do, That was my constant cry. NO TIME to give to those in need; At last, t’was time for me to die…. And when before the Lord I came, I stood with downcast eyes, With his hands He held a book, T’was the BOOK OF LIFE. Brotherhood of He looked into the book and said, Christian Businessmen “Your name I cannot find, and Professionals I once was going to write it down But never found the TIME.”

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Terra Cotta Festival in Dgte. BPI: No. 1 bank for OFW

EARTHENED HARVEST. Winners of the Terra Cotta Art Competition received their prizes from the Judges Dr. May Datuin of UP Diliman, National Artist Napoleon Abueva, Skepp Thomas of Rowan University and Festival prime mover Kitty Taniguchi. Photos also in page 22 by Joey De CASTRO.

Radio Clinic Gastro-Month

Dr. Junbeth Credo, FPCP

In line with the celebration of the Gastrointestinal Diseases Month, Dr. Junbeth C. Credo, FPCP and Consultant of the Department of Medicine of the Silliman University Medical Center was guest of the DYEM FM DUMAGUETE TONIGHT, public affairs program to disseminate information on how to avoid and detect gastroentiritis.

BPI STILL NO. 1 IN OVERSEAS REMITTANCE . The Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) was once again awarded by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) as the number one bank for OFW remittances, for the second time in a row. BPI’s efforts have resulted in OFW remittances totaling almost USD3 Billion, 25% of the total remittances in the country for 2006. Over the years, BPI has visibly grown and diversified its services for overseas Filipinos. It has set up 17 BPI Express Remittance Centers (BERCs) in countries with the highest concentration of OFs, and established 80 tie-ups in key areas around the world. OFs can use their BPI international ATM card to withdraw funds in the currency of their resident country, and monitor their accounts online through the BPI Direct Savings Bank. BPI has also developed other initiatives such as the Expat Pinoy Program, a lecture series on personal financial management and future entrepreneurial opportunities for OFs and their families; and the BPInoy campaign, which offers affordable housing or auto loan for the OFs’ families back home – all of which to fulfill BPI’s commitment to take world-class Filipinos farther. Photo shows, left to right: BPI senior vice president Teresita Tan, BPI President Aurelio R. Montinola III and BSP Governor Amando Tetangco, Jr.

Dynapharm now in Dumaguete

Battered ... From page 12

Edwin Karganilla, Alex Teves-Escaño, nationwide distributors of Malaysian made healthy supplement dynapharm opens its Dumaguete distributorship under Jerome-Miriam Villegas (extreme right). Location: mezzanine floor La Residencia Hotel. Public is invited anytime during office hours.

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ynapharm is now in Dumaguete. It was established to help create and share opportunities that improve the lives and health of each and every Filipino family. Ultimately, it hopes to become the leader in promoting good health and financial stability to all individuals. Dynapharm (M) Sdn. able leadership of its one of Malaysia’s most proBhd. Began as a manufac- founder and CEO, Mr. Oi gressive. With ten different turer of pharmaceutical Ho Chooi, the company has companies under its umproducts in 1981. Under the flourished and grown into brella, the Dynapharm Turn to page 16

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of coordination of PDEA Sec 86; Doubtful testimonies as to the fact of the drug operation, done by instigation; failure to present vital witness; suspected extortion as motive of arrest; Failure to formally present evidence; failure to conduct confirmatory test; suspected planting of evidence; filing of wrong information; death of the accused; and Demurer to evidence where accused (thru counsel) presents a motion to dismiss because the evidence is not strong enough to convict him; and the prosecution cannot ably controvert it.

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From page 1 ment ranging from 12 years and 1 day to 14 years, aside from being asked to pay a fine of P400,000.00. One (1) accused was sentenced to serve a penalty of six (6) months and one (1) day and to pay a fine of P10,000.00 All those convicted were immediately ordered to be incarcerated at the Bureau of Corrections, Muntinlupa City. Only six (6) of those convicted had appealed their convictions with the Court of Appeals. In acquitting the 19 accused, the court had reasonable doubt as to their guilt, considering that there failure of the arresting Int.5 earthquake was officers to give the accused in Dgte. the so-called Miranda This small province of warnings, the failure of the Negros island of slightly a seizing officers to immedimillion people and this ately mark the dangerous capital city of over drugs seized at the crime 100thousand warm bodies, scene, the failure of the were all jolted Friday prosecution witness to cormorning with a rare Inten- roborate their respective sity-5 earthquake which testimonies resulting in hit this geothermal rich their lack of credibility, the province. failure of the arresting ofBut it did, and we saw ficers to comply with Secchildren scampering for tion 21 of R.A. 1965, safety, office people who among others. just checked in at 8am For the 1st semester of came rushing out from 2007, 55 new cases were their rumbled offices, while old and new buildings in- filed with the special court, cluding the elementary which has raised the pendbuilding of Silliman U, got ing drug cases of the court significant cracks includ- to 227, which is less though ing concerete walls of old by five cases compared to the last semester of 2006. city buildngs. The special court has two (2) other cases for violation abode among others. IBP confronts ... They said “it can be of PD 1866 as amended by From page 1 abused to the helplessness RA 8294 or the Illegal Possession of Firearm Law. Tuesday at the IBP of law abiding citizens.” The pending cases in The group is Building, Ortigas, Pasig the special courts are relaCity attended by former gravely apprehensive over tively new cases, with 89 Senator Rene Saguisag, Section 7 [surveillance and cases less than a year old, GO Spokesperson Atty. wiretapping operations] 97 cases of which are 1 to Adel Tamano, of the ad- Section 18 and 19 [arrest 2 years old, 39 cases of ministration, and Atty. of persons without judicial which are 2 to 3 years old Neri Colmenares ,head of warrants] Section 26 and 4 cases of which are 3 Lawyers for Civil Liber- [House Arrest with Prohi- to 4 years old. A case on the ties; other IBP governors bition against using average takes from 1 to 2 in other regions , in foto cellphones, emails, etc] years to be finally decided, above including ATTYS Section 27 [examination of considering the number of Alice Vidal, IBP gov Ma- bank deposits and financial cases filed in the court. nila; Vic Garcia, eastern papers] Section 39 [seiOn the whole, the speMindanao; Amor zure, sequestration and cial court has an average Amorado, Central Luzon; freezing of properties], disposal rate of 10 cases Joel Cadiz, immediate past among others. per month for the 1st semesTowards this end, with ter of 2007, or 1 case disnational IBP president; Raymund Mercado (sec- the media also a possible posed every two working ond from left) for Western target as threatened by Sec. days. Based on the ideal Visayas, among others, — Raul Gonzalez in a recent ratio of 1:1 required by the —the IBP group have ex- gathering, the group will pressed deep concern that hold an information disthe new law known as Re- semination by holding a Sam Tahir to conduct a public Act 9372 or the symposium on July 20, series of public symposium Human Security Act may 2007 at the Justice JBL on the law so that the pubhave serious repercussions Reyes Hall, IBP Building, lic may be well informed as on Human Rights, under Ortigas, Pasig City. The to its extent of coverage its various controversial group would also file a Pe- and the perceived “bad” tition before the Supreme provisions of the law. provisions. DYEM ENERGY FM The IBP observed that Court for the declaration of while the law has noble and some provisions as uncon- has offered free airtime for a thorough public discusgood intentions, the anti- stitutional. Gov. Mercado will sion about the anti-terrorterrorism law or the Human Security Act of 2007 encourage all IBP Chapters ism law so that the people is fraught with much lee- in Dumaguete City and the will be able to participate way for abuse and tram- rest of Western Visayas by asking questions, and pling of basic civil liberties Region with the Negros getting straight answers. and constitutional rights of Oriental Chapter on the privacy, freedom, liberty of lead, now headed by Atty. From page 1 drug cases, within the last six months, Jan-June 2007, many of whom, Tan admits, could have been potential life-termers. Many of the acquitted and dismissed persons are now back in the streets in their illegal drug business. They could not be prosecuted again for the same offense under pain of double jeopardy. The law enforcers need to start from zero again to build up a new case against the “usual suspects.” That is why it is difficult to eradicate the illegal drug business because sometimes, society wins via convictions, but more than oftentimes, loses because of the mixture of clever , smart and dull court players. According to the Drug Court Judge the reasons for acquittals and dismissals under RA 9165 , are the following: Irregular and illegal arrests, thus all evidence gathered are inadmissible being “fruits of a poisonous tree;” failure of prosecution to prove the guilt beyond reasonable doubt; insufficiency of evidence; Inconsistency of testimonies of arresting officers; failure to present corpus delecti or body of the crime, per Sec.21; lack of pre-operation report, lack

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Supreme Court, which is for every case filed, there must be a corresponding case disposed, the Special Court has managed to achieve more than this ration. The special court is presided by Judge Rafael Crescencio C. Tan, Jr.

Heads of ... From page 10 Councilor Antonio Remollo thinks that this might be a veiled threat against those who supported the opposition during the election to send the message that the administration knows who they are. He claimed that 75 percent of the city hall workforce rooted for Umbac although they did the campaigning mostly through whispers. Yet, he believes that the actual firings of supposed “non-performing employees” remains to be seen and might even be remote as this could just be a “trial balloon”, others argue that the mayor is not known to be vindictive as he has always been fair in all his dealings as the father of the city. It is also impossible for a very seasoned, kind and well-intentioned official like Councilor Catan to allow himself to be used in order to strike fear in the hearts of those who happen to disagree with the current leadership.

Gang wars... From page 10

blue hankies. It is rather easy to join these groups than fraternities because their initiation is rather lax. Some of them are students while many are out of school youths; seldom can one find professionals among their ranks. Authorities identified the places most frequented by these gangs: Piapi Beach, Boulevard and a certain pub in Barangay Daro.

Minority ... From page 2 City Council will only be up to October since the barangay elections will be held by then and with no assurance that he can be elected as ABC President again. In fact, he is already deemed resigned when he filed his certificate of candidacy to run as a city councilor. His stay was only based on the strength of the opinion issued by the local DILG. However, Gonzales counterpart in the youth sector, Karissa Faye R. Tolentino, the SK Federation Chairman of the city managed to salvage membership in seven committees as well as chairing the Committee on Youth and Sports Development. Earlier, minority councilors scored their colleagues in the majority for giving them committee which are “non-functioning” or inconsistent with their professions and fields of authority. Councilor Nilo Sayson who vowed to refuse the nomination for his chairmanship of the committee on labor and employment since he is not after all a lawyer was prevailed upon and even welcomed his membership to 13 other committees. Fellow minority Councilor Rotelio Lumjod will chair two committees: Public Utilities and Franchises and Trade and Industry. He is also a senior member to the committees on public health and nutrition and women and a member of six other committees. Remollo, also got his desire to at least become a member of the Committee on Tourism and Culture chaired by Manuel T. Sagarbarria. He also managed to get membership in 11 other committees and has accepted chairmanship of the Committee on Good Government and Public Ethics considering it as a blessing in disguise so that he can run after grafters in the city

5.0 E-quake ... From page 1 dents many of whom just reported for work was estimated 15 kilometers south of Dumaguete, Negros Oriental, which would be in the area of Dauin town; 70 kilometers north of Dipolog, Zamboanga del Norte; 85 kilometers southwest of Tagbilaran, Bohol; and 650 kilometers South southeast of Manila. This information was taken from the U.S. Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information (USGS NEI) Center at http://earthquake.usgs.gov/ eqcenter/recenteqsww/ Quakes/us2007etac.php . To view a site map of the estimated site of today’s earthquake visit http:// maps.google.com/ maps?q=09.30+123.12 (click sattelite button) For information visit also the website of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology at h t t p : / / www.phivolcs.dost.gov.ph/ Earthquake/LatestEQ/ 2007/20070713_0018.htm Meanwhile, some schools suspended classes because there were reportedly minor cracks noticed on the buildings of schools. The buildings will have to be inspected by experts to ensure it won’t pose any hazards to the students. Other schools also undertook precautionary measures and suspended their classes for the safety of their students. No one was reported injured. hall. He vowed to ensure that transparency will again characterize the processes of the city government and among the employees regardless of their rank.


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Human ...

(Joel)

From page 6

must really be enabled to act as the GOOD FATHER OF THE FAMILY of the entire nation with emphasis to the description - “GOOD FATHER”. I love to say when I was in the academe that “no matter how good the law is if given in the hands of a rascal, it becomes a bad law; but no matter how bad the law is, if given in the hands of a righteous, it becomes a good law”; thus, the element of a GOOD FATHER is not only a necessity, it is indispensable. The question that therefore comes to mind given the prevailing circumstances of our Dear Country is whether the present Government or Administration has the character and nature of a GOOD FATHER. To my mind, here lies the danger of the law on terrorism because by the way it looks, this present dispensation has all the human qualities except being good. At the outset, the GMA government has a serious credibility problem. Even the good citizens entertain doubts as to the legitimacy of its position. This fact is verified by the results of the recently concluded Senate Race where candidates closely associated to GMA were clobbered. Secondly, the track record of the GMA administration has not been clean with respect to observing and respecting constitutional rights. It is so paranoid about its political survival

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that it is too willing to suppress divinely given rights of the People and even desecrate the sanctity of the ballot which is the most potent legal scalpel that the ruled can use to remove the excesses of their rulers. After all is said however, what concerns me most is the purpose and concept of the law on HUMAN SECURITY. It gives us the impression, quite wrongly though, that human security is attainable by law. USA, UK, and France are the most modern countries of the globe today and yet their citizens are NEVER secured from any act of terrorism. Thus, I am sure that the HUMAN SECURITY ACT OF 2007 is another prescription for frustration on the part of the people and more deceptions on the part of Government. What has been left out by Republic Act No. 9372 is the inclusion of some sort of an “Ecclesiastical Battalion” that carries the WORD OF GOD (NOT RELIGION) to all sectors of society including, and most importantly in fact, the center of Government. Lend me your ears for a moment and contemplate as I say: unless there is contentment of the HUMAN SOUL, human security is an empty, disconsolate and gloomy promise. The Holy Scriptures says: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rests for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matt. 11: 28-30).

Male lover ... Court Sheriff ... From page 12 fell in love. The victim swore that although the woman admitted to be married she is separated from her husband for more than a year now. After a month of bliss in their relationship, the woman suddenly texted the victim asking him to come to her place because she will be leaving for Manila and that she wants to end their affair. The victim who resides at Colon Extension Dumaguete City immediately rushed to the side of the woman he dearly loved. While deep in conversation, a man who turned out to be his girlfriend’s husband suddenly appeared and hacked the victim hitting his arms and foot. He tried to escape but he was pursued and cornered. But while the enraged husband prepared to deliver the killing thrusts, the victim loudly begged for his life. This was coupled with the tearful pleadings of the

Driver loses ... The victim narrated that

page 12 he andFrom the suspect went to the pier of Sibulan to deliver a cargo there, he left his unit with body number 1066 at the pier’s entrance with his friend. However, when he returned, both his friend and tricycle cannot be found. All efforts to locate them proved futile.

From page 12 has yet claimed responsibility over his death. Montijar was supposed to take a ride with RTC Judge Mario Trinidad who was teaching in the same university but went home alone instead on board his motorcycle when he missed the judge. He was waylaid by unidentified men while making his way home in Carmenville Subdivision in Barangay Bataria past 9:00 o’clock that same evening. woman to spare her lover’s life. This moved the husband and left the victim who immediately reported the incident to the local police.

Macias ...

Woodrow ...

From page 10

From page 10 of the campaign trail which he considered more stressful than running the city council. Former Board Member Arturo Umbac, Maquiling’s running mate laughingly dismissed the reports. He claims that he has never seen the vicemayor looking sick during the entire period of the campaign when they conduct almost daily house visits and political rallies. In fact, he forgot about the fact that his running mate went under the knife before the campaign started.

Macias called the attention of Alviola who strongly denied the allegation and went on to imply that the affected residents failed to pay their water bills or that the rehabilitation work done in certain barangays may have caused the disconnections. But Provincial Attorney Erwin Vergara disputed Alviola’s explanation saying that these residents only got their water connections a few months ago, so there is no reason that they will be charged for failing to pay their bills for more than a year now.

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much heavier politicos. In fact, in towns, cities and provinces where they sit at the council and provincial board as ex-officio chairmen, their elections are oftentimes a foregone conclusion with barangay captains, mayors, congressmen, governors and other local officials closely involved in their selection on account of affinity and political considerations. Even Second District Congressman George

tion. Pamplona’s Second Councilor Edgardo Retes confirmed that Arnaiz’s own relative heads the town’s SK Federation while his father is the ABC President of the province during his incumbency as Governor, until now. Nevertheless, his reasons for calling for the abolition of SK was supported and shared even among those to be affected, the incumbent SK officials. Dumaguete City SK Federation President From page 12 Karrisa Faye R. Tolentino Torres, PO2 Darwin said she can only support Anhao and SPO1 Robert for reforms like increasing Absin. the age requirement of The victim, Danilo Dicon, 48, a resident of Barangay Bulod was detained for stealing the goat of Undo Ledema’s sister, From page 2 who is a government enforcement agencies worker. as it’s guidance where Witnesses Edmundo Vailoces and Elvie Carollo questions will be adclaims they saw the police- dressed to avoid the men punching and hitting agents of the state from the victim with a stick near committing abuses when the seawall before finally implementing the security shoving him to sea. Three measure aimed at running fishermen also surfaced to after terrorists and its supcorroborate the statements porters. of the other witnesses. In fact, Supt. Dionardo But others held that Carlos, PNP chief of Dicon may have been dead Dumaguete City, will already while inside the continue to lead in the lecstation’s jail where he was ture so that civilians and allegedly beaten and that the policemen simply threw the body to the sea. The accused policemen From page 2 strongly denied the allegapressure the SK to aptions dismissing them as mere fabrication and con- propriate their funds to coctions. Nevertheless, payment of electrical bills they are now confined to and other undertakings not barracks at the provincial necessarily that of the SK. Karissa Faye Tolentino, PNP office in Agan-an Sibulan to allow the con- SK Federation President of duct of a transparent inves- Dumaguete City, said that tigation as ordered by Pro- some of her fellow SK vincial Director Sr. Supt. chairmen were complaining about it and even Ramon Buenafe. Autopsy of the victim’s brought this to the attention cadaver was already con- of the City Department of ducted and the results are Interior and Local Governbeing awaited even as ru- ment. But, as to what acmors have started to circu- tion has been taken to adlate that some witnesses dress such concerns, have already backed out Tolentino cannot give a definite answer. for fear of their lives. Looc’s SK chair, Jose Antonio Quinga, confirms that indeed its fund was apFrom page 12 propriated for the payment ing sex. of the barangay electric Zamboanguita PNP bills because the barangay Chief S/Insp. Donald officials asked for it and he Gadingan is leading the personally believes nothing manhunt operations after is wrong with it anyway. Judge Paras issued the warBut ex-Board Member rant for Chaffraix’s arrest. Arturo Umbac warned that His alleged victims, two fe- a careful study must be males and three males who done on how the funds of claimed they were also mo- the SK were really spent lested by the suspect are because officials who dinow under the protection of verted the money from its the Department of Social original purpose might be Welfare and Development. guilty of technical malversation of funds.

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garding the registration of voters at the barangay level instead at the municipal and city halls. Clifford Sarita, SK Chair of Barangay Puhagan, Valencia also express the same view. he observed that most SK officials cannot really carry out the functions of their offices especially among those who are pre-occupied with their studies and other pursuits. Meanwhile, the Commission on Elections shall hold starting today (July 15) until July 22 the registration of voters for the Sangguniang Kabataan and barangay elections scheduled October 29, 2007. persons of authority would know the do’s and don’ts of the law and understand that its main purpose is to protect the people without necessarily encroaching into their civil liberties. Others were at a loss why there seems to be a strong and noisy opposition coming from different sectors when the law was passed in both chambers of Congress where all questions and concerns should have been raised and addressed in the course of its passage. Sr. Inspector Errol Garchitorena sought to ease the fears of militant groups since the law will be applied with much care and is necessary to prepare the city from being targeted by terrorist groups.

Drugs ... From page 2 the car while the black one was found at the back of his house in the afternoon the same day. But his laptop remains missing as of press time.

IN THE DISPUTE OVER THE BIR’s COLLETION TARGETS The national government has been in a tight fiscal bind, with revenue targets not being met over the years. The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), which collects almost 70% of revenues, has clearly demonstrated lackluster performance. The BIR’s erstwhile Commissioner, Jose Mario Buñag, has been harping that the bureau’s targets are unrealistic to begin with. This, despite his endorsement of the targets, as set by the DevelBy: Negros Oriental opment Budget Coordinating Council (DBCC). Rep. Herminio G. Teves, Government last achieved its highest revenue effort in Chairman, 1997, at 17.02% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). House Committee That year, the BIR also posted its highest revenue efon Ways and Means fort, at 12.97% of GDP. The revenue effort has since deteriorated, with the lowest recorded at 9.64% of GDP in 2004. BIR COLLECTION AS PERCENTAGE OF GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT (GDP)

The revenue effort improved in 2005 and 2006, at 10.01% and 11.2%, respectively, of GDP. However, the meager increases still pale in comparison to the revenue efforts of our Southeast Asian neighbors. COMPARATIVE REVENUE EFFORTS AS PERCENTAGE

Given the high effort ratio of the Southeast Asian countries, it can be surmised that their tax agencies are far more efficient administrators than our BIR.

THE BIR’s SUPPOSEDLY “UNREALISTIC” TARGETS OF GDP (SELECTED SOUTHEAST COUNTRIES) In 1997, government realized a fiscal surplus, with P471.84 billion in total revenues. Revenue effort was then at an alltime high of 17.02% of GDP, with the BIR’s revenue effort also highest at 12.97% of GDP. If the BIR was then able to achieve a 12.97% revenue effort, there’s no acceptable excuse for the bureau’s dismal performance in the succeeding years. The revenue goals are set by the DBCC, composed of the Budget Secretary (chairman), Finance Secretary (vice-chairman), the chief of the National Economic Development Authority, and one representative

each from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas and the Office of the President. For CY 2006, the BIR’s revenue collection at 12.97% of GDP should have been pegged at P781.8 billion, based on the adjusted GDP of P6.028 trillion that year. However, the DBCC conservatively set the BIR’s target at only P675.353 billion, or just 11.2% of GDP. Yet, the BIR was able to collect only P652.4 billion, which was still P22.95-billion short of the reduced goal. This clearly proves the BIR’s inadequate performance.

doing infrastructure, Doctors making hospitals, SoFrom page 6 cial Workers looking after We should stop letting social concerns, Teachers politicians construct roads, guiding our youth and for instance. They know best PLEASE…politicians stay in asking what’s in it for in your offices and concentrate on policy and legthem. Engineers should be islative work.

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(Continued next issue) Does anybody know why a businessman who has never tilled land was put in charge of the island’s agriculture initiative? Shouldn’t this be handled by one who is fully trained in agriculture? “Jobs for the boys”, I suppose! Have a nice day!


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Fotos by: JOEY DE LEON

BY: LEA JANICE REMATA SICAT

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ince time immemorial, Terra Cotta has been part of man’s existence through earthen vessels and art. Its reddish orange splendor has warmed the passing of time. It has made artists of men; tradition of process; life of work. So in this breath, let us discover the wonder that is Terra Cotta: the art of the earth. A BETTER LOOK

Terra Cotta is an Italian term for “baked earth” which sums up its process of creation. Refined clay mud is partially dried and cast, molded, or hand worked into a desired shape. After thorough drying, it is placed on top of a kiln or any combustible material in a pit where it will be fired as if being baked. After firing, the hot ware is covered with sand to cool while waiting for the kiln to reach a lower temperature. At its pure state, the hardened clay comes in various shades of red and orange due to the iron deposits. However, colors will widely vary if the work is painted on or glazed.

SCREAMS OF NATURE. MICHAEL TEVES winning piece captures the expressionist grace to echo the cry of the environment.

REMINISCING THE PAST

Terra Cotta has been used throughout the centuries for pottery, for sculpture, and for practical materials such as bricks and roof shingles. To create Terra Cotta during the ancient times, clay was dried under the heat of the sun after being formed. Years after, kilns became an important resource in Terra Cotta for it sped up the heating process. Since then, the use of Terra Cotta became widespread throughout the continents of the world.

THE ONLY FESTIVAL OF ITS KIND

With the Negros Island abundant with clay deposits, resident artists Kitty Taniguchi and Danilo Sollesta initiated Dula sa Lapok in 2001 intended to inspire potters to be better at their craft and to support their creations. With such a positive response, 2005 saw the organization of the First Open Dumaguete Biennial Terra Cotta Art Festival Exhibit and Competition — the only Terra Cotta festival in the world. Designed to show Terra Cotta’s livelihood potential, to safeguard tradition, to give importance to this medium of art, and to celebrate Filipino ingenuity and creativity, the festival has given a much-deserved spotlight to this amazing craft. With renowned artists Napoleon Abueva, Father of Philippine Modern Sculpture; Dionisio Cimarreli, Italian Sculptor who restored the façade of the Louvre Museum; Meri Pejoska, a Macedonian Architect gracing the festival among others, the Second Open Dumaguete Biennial Terra Cotta Art Festival Exhibit and Competition became an avenue for massive creativity and know-how exchange on Terra Cotta.

HEADS OF GLORY. Installation at Mariyah Gallery during the Terra Cotta Festival.

TALES OF THREE TERRA COTTA ARTISTS

The Heir to Tradition Hemrod Duran comes from a long line of potters lumad of Daro. Initially, he did not give much attention to the art as he busied himself in finishing his studies in Commerce. But, as he joined the festival, he got inspired by the different Terra Cotta artists who showed him that there was more to clay than just making bricks and pots. With such an inspired heart, he became an inheritor of the rich Terra Cotta tradition and at present, is fully immersed in the art. His magnificent works are displayed at Coco Amigos, a local restaurant.

Dumaguete’s Own

Michael Teves, a Dumagueteño, was already showing his artistic side before he dabbled with Terra Cotta fourteen years ago. This year, he joined the Festival’s Terra Cotta Competition. The idea of his work came one hot afternoon when he was just sitting under a tree, wishing for rain. That became the inspiration of his Terra Cotta masterpiece: men longing for the outpour of progress, much like frogs yearning for rain. Hence came forth an interesting sculpture where frog-like men were positioned on top of each other, mouths open in dire thirst for progress. Michael’s masterpiece made a huge impact that he was proclaimed one of the three winners in this year’s competition.

National Artist and Sculpture Napoleon Abueva and Terra Cotta Festival Prime mover KittyTaniguchi.

The “Pure of Art”

A look at his entry to this year’s competition is a glimpse of Terra Cotta art at its purest form: simple, warm, delicate, exquisite. Alan Cabalfin discovered the beauty of Terra Cotta in 1988. Already doing Ceramic art, Terra Cotta became another medium of his artistic expression. As an art teacher of Iloilo National High School, he passionately shared his expertise while slowly building his studio at Leon, Iloilo. Now, he fully concentrates on Terra Cotta, Ceramics, and Stoneware while showcasing his works in his now finished studio.

And the Legacy Continues

Terra Cotta is indeed a tradition in itself that will undoubtedly transcend the test of time. As Terra Cotta artists incessantly keep the beauty of this tradition alive, they do not only reveal their own creativity but they also inspire more generations of Terra Cotta artists to create their own masterpiece. The writer wishes to thank Kuya Moe for the interview, the tour, and the photos. Same goes to Himrod, Michael, and Alan for their time.

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THE WORLD FOR ART. Silliman VPAA Dr. Betsy Joy Tan, National Artist Napeloen Abueva, Friends of the Cultural Center of the South President Arlene Uypitching, and the representatives from Macedonia, Italy, Indonesia and the USA during the Terra Cotta Art Exhibition and Competition at the Luce Foyer, Silliman University.

Cultural and Historical Heritage and Festivals : a special feature A Cultural-awareness campaign. A joint project of the Silliman University KDC Knowledge for Development Center and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts –NCCOM.

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July 15 2007