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Bridge “too far” re-links Negros BY DRT DEMECILLO fter being closed to traffic for several hours to the consternation of thousands of motorists on Monday, the detour bridge of Tanjay City’s Polo main bridge, a vital infrastructure linking the north and south of Negros Oriental was finally opened the next day but only to vehicles with cargoes weighing less than 15 tons. Those higher than 15 tons are to take a detour in Aseotes and Polo Plantation. Second District Congressman George Arnaiz, who met Turn to page 19

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Polo bridge P16M and long overdue

ebu City delegation is virtual champion of the 2009 CVIRAA athletic games which ended last night at the the Lamberto Macias Sports Center. Awarding rites are slated this morning at eight o clock at the Perdices Oval.

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former chief of police of Dumaguete is the choice of Mayor Agustin Perdices as his top honcho to fight crime in this capital city. He was hired by the mayor last Monday.

Cebu city as of last night clocked in 490 OVERALL points followed by Cebu province with 279 total points; Bohol placing third with 219 points and Dumaguete City fourth placer with 173 points.

Negros Oriental placed a poor 6th with 98 points after Mandaue which got l6l points. This virtually indicated the athletic supremacy of Cebu city’s public schools and that of Cebu province.

Governor Macias laments lapses in hospital security

Kidnapped baby rescued

overnor Emilio Macias II deplored lapses at the provincial hospital after the first ever kidnapping of a newly born infant inside the Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital on March 13. He urged all hospitals to be on alert and tighten the security of the NOPH. The governor made the statement following the kidnapping of a newly-born in Turln to page 19

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BY DEMS REY T. DEMECILLO AND FLORENCE BAESA aby kidnapping is big money and business when syndicated. Four days after he was kidnapped on March 13 by a female suspect inside the Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital, the baby boy of couple Elvira and Teojanes Aurea of Doldol Bacong was recovered by a composite team of the National Bureau of Investigation and Philippine National Police inside the suspect’s residence in Azagra, Tanjay Tuesday. He was later presented rested and later charged with to his worried parents while kidnapping by authorities. It the suspect identified as took three hours for Provin Kathleen Canolas was arTurn to page 19

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This developed as the City Council voted 9-2 in approving the P5M anti-crime resolution just last Thursday. Retired PNP Col. Nicanor Noble, a bemedalled

officer, and former civil security officer of Bayawan City and former chief cop of Dumaguete , has accepted the challenge and is now re-hired as chief com-

munity development officer. His main assignment is to coordinate efforts to prevent and bust heinous crimes in the city especially the Turn to page 2

Oblivious of the news coverage and massive manhunt for his kidnappers, the 5yr old boy who was kidnapped is now back in his mothers arms, with the suspect (face covered) now arrested and charged.

CHRONICLE: finalist in Journalism 2008 Community PRESS Awards

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he Negros CHRONICLE is one of the 12 finalists of the 2008 Civic Journalism Awards which will highlight the National Press Forum annual meeting of community newspapers all over the country in April. They are members of the Philippine Press Institute PPI. The finalists’ list was released by PPI this week. (Turn to page 15)

“IF WE CONTROL OUR WEALTH, WE ARE RICH; IF OUR RICHES CONTROL US WE ARE POOR.”


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Cebu wins ... From page 1 badminton girls, boys chess, boys table tennis; boys swimming, boys and girls taekwando, gymnastics and dance sport. Cebu province won in basketball girls, baseball, chess girls, table tennis girls, archery boys rco gymnastics. Dumaguete city won in taekwando girls, and archery girls only. 6th in baseball, 4th in badminton boys, 5th in table tennis girls, 2nd

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

Mayor makes his move: Council gives him P5M for city crime-busting

PHOTO BY GEROME JUMALON

DGTE soccer, basket teams shine in CVIRAA The Dumaguete City Soccer team (left) coveted the second place award after a long battle with the Cebu Province Team with a final score of 2-1 in favor of the Cebu Province during the championship game yesterday at the Silliman Ball Field. Meanwhile, the Macias Sports Complex was filled with parents, teachers, coaches and friends cheering to the top of their lungs upon the stiff scores of the Dumaguete City Basketball Team versus the Cebu City team. Dumaguete City won the championship with the final score at 54-46.

in swimming boys, 2nd taekwando boys, and 4th in boys arnis and 3rd in girls arnis.

Negros oriental public schools did not win any event except being 6th in athletics

boys and 4th in girls, fourth in base ball, badminton girls, boys chess, second in sipa; 5th in swimming boys. BY DEMS REY T. DEMECILLO

TOP OF THE WEEK

Ben: Blacklist ecounfriendly poll bets

ducation Secretary Jesli Lapus has instructed Region 7 Director Recaredo Borgonio to ensure that teachers will be assigned to every school building built by the provincial government under the program Education 104. This was announced by Macias II, which aims to Secretary Lapus during the construct 120 classrooms inauguration of a four-class- through funds pooled by the room school building in municipal or city governSibulan High School last ments and capitol with Monday. Education 104, a DepEd committed to supply Turn to page 17 brainchild of Governor Emilio

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PNP capable to handle anti-insurgency drive egros Oriental Provincial Police Office Director Sr. Supt. Augusto Marquez Jr. is confident that the Philippine National Police is capable of taking over the lead role in counter insurgency operations against the underground communist New People’s Army once the Armed Forces of the Philippines reduces its presence in the province. He cited the fact that notice that it will pull out the members of the Regional bulk of its troops from the Mobile Group based in Cebu province of Negros Oriental City headed by Supt. Rey once the strength and activiLyndon Lawas are trained in ties of the New People’s Internal Security Operations Army and its allied groups and the unit is expected to are diminished. Col. Manny Ochotorena, establish camp here by the Deputy Commander of the end of this month. The military has served Turn to page 17

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illiman University President and current Chair of the Integrated Water Resource Management Council Dr. Ben Malayang suggests that all candidates for the 2010 elections be queried of their programs designed to protect the environment and those found to be detached to environmental issues be identified, blacklisted and should not be voted upon. In a forum for climate ment officials are severely change hosted by the Philip- lacking in political will to pine Information Agency, implement laws protecting participants agree on the ob- the environment. servation that local governTurn to page 17

(From page 1) string of UNSOLVED extra-judicial killings in the last three years. Even as he barely sat on his post which is directly under the office of the mayor, city law enforcers have collared a holdup suspect at Birdies who had

been victimizing other people earlier. Noble will coordinate with the PNP through Col Leopoldo Cabanag. However, Noble who works directly under the mayor, will be focused on fighting and busting the hired killers who have been hitting their victims with umpunity during the last three years.

COUNCIL RESOLVE The City Council’s apCouncilor SAGARBARRIA proved Ordinance

ayor Tuting Pedices talked with us Friday early evening informing us that effective this week, he has appointed his top honcho Col. Nicanor “Nic” Noble to the post of Mr. Crime Buster under the plantilla of community development officer. His duty is mainly to focus on stopping the extra judicial killings, tracking down the killers, hailing them to the courts of justice and to make Dumaguete a safer place to live once again. Top Order, but it can be done ONLY IF: the community of people will help him which we say, we have to, otherwise, what can Nic do?

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Nic is a long-time friend of ours since his PNP days and as former chief of police here. He makes no compromises since his being second lieutenant until his promotion to full colonel of the PNP. He is just our age and refuses to retire. In fact, Tuting has retired him.(given a new set of tires). As to the P5M, the mayor will have to rely on the expertise of Col. Noble who has won the Gawad Kalinga prize for his innovation and style in the auxillary police in Bayawan. Well, Bayawan is combat style since insurgency used to be their problem, which Nic nipped in the bud. The Nobles are known soldiers and officers and gentlemen. Noble has all the time for crime-busting because his family is abroad. The City Council has spelled out how the P5M is to be used for crime busting. The Council is holding the mayor responsible for its implementation. The ball is now in the hands of the mayor. He has the full backing of the council and of the people of Dumaguete. Most of all, he has P5M at his command. He has ran short of excuses why crime proliferates in a growing city like Dumaguete.

Noble: anti-crime honcho

ormer Dumaguete City Councilor Buddy Ravello criticized the city’s garbage collection scheme and branded it unfeasible even as Association of Barangay Captains President Raul Infante admitted that the barangays were caught unprepared to handle the proper disposal of biodegradable and recyclable wastes.

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Ravello inquired if there is really a need for residents to buy stickers from the Environment and Natural Resources Office before their garbage can be collected when most of them are already paying taxes to the city government. ENRO Officer-in-

Charge Rogelio Clamonte cited City Ordinance 115 series of 1998 which mandates that stickers are to be purchased from his office to indicate if the garbage is biodegradable or not. But it was not enough for Ravello and took Clamonte Turn to page 17

Council oks P5M anti-crime pot

Councilor ERAMES

(email: elydejaresco@yahoo.com)

37 series of 2009 allots P5M for a specific purpose according to its author Kagawad Rommel Erames and co-author Kagawad Manuel Sagarbarria. These are to be used by the mayor to: “Purchase motorbikes and bicycles for use of barangay tanods; to fund surveillance and intelligence training activities; to grant honorarium to tanods and other deserving persons involved in the maintenance of peace and order; “To fund the construction of police and tanod outposts in strategic places of the city; (Silliman U has donated a police outpost at its main

gate of opportunity last Friday) “To provide tanods with night sticks, uniforms and others like supplies and equipment; to fund anti drug activities; to fund police activities and operation; to fund police assistance to prevent crime; to purchase communication equipment; and to fund other peace and order related activities.” Opposing the measure were Kagawads Alan Cordova who is batting for the auxillary police; and Nilo Sayson who is advocating for Bantay Katilingban Federation; Rotelio Lumjod was absent.

Retired Chief of Police Nicanor Noble displays his Gawad Kalinga Award as the Chief of Bayawan Civil Security. He has been chosen by Mayor Agustin Perdices to head the anti-crime drive of the city as a City Development Officer.

Finally, the key to all these is good intelligence network. We are confident Noble knows the terrain because he studied here in college until he became chief of police. He must establish his own team and network of covert informants. He can use this intelligence funds to nurture loyalty. He can purchase the best radio equipment; he can erect a repeater; he can train 24/7 radio response team; he can tap criminology students to bolster information gathering in the barangays; he can ask Silliman lab to help him in forensics. Ben Malayang is more than willing to help. The traditional sources of information shall be maintained. But Noble has to build his own network, not known to most people. He has the funds to do it. And if he picks the right people, not the sip-sips, the he will succeed. In fact, Sillliman has donated a police outpost at the SU main gate of opportunity, known to be the main cross roads of Dumaguete. What is at stake is that Noble and Perdices must work to maintain the reputation of Dumaguete as a university town. If enrolment drops by June, (as we monitored that out of 250 international students at SU, it might drop by half in June because of security problems) then that is an indication that the goods of P5M has not yet been delivered. But if Noble can cause the arrest of the killers of Angelino Lajato,the bosom friend of Mr. Mayor; Erlinda Tumonga, the city treasurer of Mr. Mayor; Dr Ami Madamba, the good pediatrician; those businessmen and good citizens, then we can say that the P5M taxpayers’ money given to fight crime was well-spent. If given enough time, nothing shall have changed, and the safety, security, tranquility and peace in the city of yesterday will not be restored ( just because it is a growing city?) then, Mayor Perdices has failed us, simply because THE BUCK STOPS AT CITY HALL. Then he should try the governorship in 2010.


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e congratulate the province of Negros Oriental for providing some 8000 strong athletes from Central Visayas a world class venue for the athletic games which we know is not yet backed up by a strong athletic training system. We say the venue is world class. But the athletes are not…yet. So we need to remind our public schools that while they spend millions in tax payers’ money for sports, they should strive to improve the quality our athletes who should shine in the national games. The test of the pudding is in the eating therefore, the test of how good our athletes in central Visayas are, would be their performance in the national games.

That oval would not have been what it is today if money were squandered. That is why we compliment the leadership of the province in doing its job.

We confirm that education Sec. Dr Jesli Lapuz was all praises for the leadership of the province, based on the spectacle of the venue of the track oval games which is 100 per cent rubberized. If you visit the Perdices oval today, you will find a very different and much improved venue for track games. The first thing that impresses the viewer of the newly refurbished oval which of course is under a huge loan from DBP is that money is spent well. We really can see where our money went in the Perdices oval.

If bidding for the national games is the issue, we support Gov. Macias and Mayor Perdices for their bid. If Perdices and Macias will make it, then that is the old Tsila in Tuting’s blood running that has brought the national games once more in Dumaguete. In terms of tourism and economic activity a national game of that magnitude will surely be a big boost to our industry, our hotels, tourist spots down to the small vendors who will once more be making another heyday.

We now have the Macias Sports Center which is the venue of PBA games. We also have the Olympic Standard Aqua Pool. The Macias and Arnaiz tandem of leadership is one that displays an honest work and they should be congratulated. For people would know if in a project, much money went to wrong hands. But not in our athletic venues because from the plain viewer the job is well done and it will hopefully last for generations.

Presidential race (2010) too close to call?

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he latest February 2009 Pulse Asia Survey for the 2010 presidency may seem too close to call based on the numerical figures.

By ranking, the results are: (1) Noli de Castro (19%), (2) Chiz Escudero (17%), (3) Erap Estrada (16%), (4) Manny Villar (15%), and (5) Loren Legarda (12%), (6) Mar Roxas (8%), (7) Ping Lacson (6%), (8) Jojo Binay (2%), and (9) Bayani Fernando (1%).

For Vice-President, only three registered double-digit figures: (1) Chiz Escudero (26%), (2) Loren Legarda (22%) and Noli De Castro (14%). Close though the numbers look, it is only the Oppositionists’ naked ambitions that will turn the “won” 2010 elections into a close one. Will the 2004 “debacle” be repeated where incumbent Gloria Arroyo sneaked into a nonetheless debatable “victory” that had oppositionists Fernando Poe Jr, Ping Lacson and Raul Roco dissipating each other’s

strengths? If the Opposition does not learn the lessons of history, they have no one to blame but themselves. Notice that the administration identified candidates like De Castro and Fernando would account for only (20%) and the rest who are oppositionists (at least in form) got the (80%), according to Pulse Asia. In a one on one situation, and based on a 40 million theoretical number of voter turnout, the Opposition candidate would

garner 32 million votes against the Administration candidate’s 8 million votes, if clean and honest elections were held today. It would be a landslide victory. Human nature, being what it is, that is not going to happen. Mathematically two opposition and one administration candidates in 2010 would be a safe victory for the opposition; three versus one would be close to call, with the government machinery capable of an

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From watchdogs to dog watchers

n all the discussions raised against the right-of-reply bills, so far 2nd district Rep. George Arnaiz advances what—to my mind— is the most compelling argument against the legislative proposal. There are bills pending in the senate and the house of representatives that would, in a nutshell, compel newspapers to publish replies to published criticisms. The bills require newspapers to publish the replies providing equal space and, in the same prominence that the criticisms were published. According to Rep. Arnaiz, the bills are violative of the due process clause of the constitution. He argues that compelling newspapers to publish replies free-ofcharge is an economic deprivation of a newspaperman’s property without due process of law. Arnaiz’ constitutional argument differs from others that are focused on the constitutional guarantee to freedom of the press. Here, Arnaiz showed wisdom because he has sounded an economic reality of newspapermen—specially community newspapermen— even if he has never been a newspaperman. You see, from the very start, the premise is that newspaper publishing is a business. It is not by choice. It is by force of circumstance. You can study all forms and sizes of newspapers in the free world— from the biggest (New York Times, Washington Post, etc.) to the smallest tabloids. The common denominator is that newspapers have to operate as a business. When one runs or operates a newspaper, there are inherent costs. The publisher or owner has to take care of the costs of the newsprint, the ink, the labor costs (printers, composers, newsgatherers, editors, administrative personnel, etc) the electricity costs, chemicals, etc. Where will the publisher get the money to cover the costs? The publisher is not a government official, many of whom get money from kick backs, commissions, pork barrel, horse-trading, etc. The publisher is also unlike the Red Cross which can receive donations, or a foundation that lives on charity. So, everything you read in the newspaper—from page one to the last page—money has to be generated to make it a going concern. In the case of columnists, they are chosen to write freely. But their writings occupy space. For every space that a columnist occupies for his or her article, there is a corresponding cost borne by the publisher or newspaper owner. It is the columnist who, above anyone else, criticizes public official actions. That is his job. That is a very vital element in our democracy. Checks and balance. Here come these bills that say that for every criticism published, there must be compelled publishing of a reply. Note that the reply should be of equal space, and of similar prominence. If a columnist criticizes a public official for his official act, the bill compels the newspaper to publish the reply. The foremost question is (actually this was my very first question): Who pays for the space used-up or occupied by the reply? Turn to page 19

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A Journey Through Cancer

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HE good thing about problems and difficulties like what we are having now with the much-talked-about global financial crisis is that we can surface again an often ignored truth.

And that is that the human spirit can take on anything, even to the point of heroism and martyrdom. If one wills something, nothing from outside nor inside him can stop him from carrying out what he has decided to do. Much depends on how we use and turn our will. This is how our spirit is. It has the capacity to be above the fluctuations, the ebb and flow of life, its unavoidable wear and tear. Though in our case, it is inseparably united to the body, it still can function according to its nature and rule the body. This is when we can talk of the spiritual man. The problem is when we allow that spirit to be dominated by the law of the flesh, instead of having it the other way around. This is the challenge we

have at the moment—how to make that human spirit rule the ups and downs of the flesh and the outside world. As chaplain of a technical vocational school for boys, I clearly see the need to give a continuing and effective reason for the spirit of the boys to float and even take off. Their faith has to be nourished steadily. This is a task that truly demands the art of brinkmanship. We have to go to the limits of reason and to other human devices to be able to infuse the needed hope and optimism to otherwise harassed souls. It’s also a very delicate task, because one has to enter into the interior life of the boys. One Turn to page 14

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As Filipinos, we are used to having them as a part of our daily routine. Lately, it seems, the claws of the entertainment industry have gone too far. There is an onslaught of too much information about actors or singers or TV hosts. Are celebrities so starved for attention that they have to show their personal lives in full disclosure to the public? Today, we see every single lover’s spat, every single family fight, every affair gone bad. Our game shows are interrupted by fights between rival hosts. We are detached from the news reports because of special updates on husband and wife squabbles. Despite many celebri-

ties begging for privacy, a lot of them inflict their private lives upon the rest of the world. And what celebrities need to know is that, for us, it is painful. We feel violated when we learn about very intimate secrets. It is one thing when people find out; it is another thing when you call for a press conference to reveal your shady past. We recognize when it is none of our business and we like keeping it that way. A lot of celebrities go ‘on the record’ claiming that the public has a right to know. For our celebrities, please remember, we do not need to know everything. Your pride should be your craft and not your dirty linen.

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Everyday Heroes

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Footsteps and Fingerprints

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howbusiness, if one takes the word literally, is meant to entertain, to amuse. It is one of the biggest and most profitable industries in the country. Whenever we tune in to the radio, switch on our TV sets or read the papers, we get to see, hear and know about actors and celebrities.

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I began to think of my mountaintop experiences, those peak times in my life that continue to inspire me until today. There was this time when I was attending a retreat at Highlands Resort in Mabinay. I woke up early in the morning and walked out all by myself to sit by the lake for my morning prayers. Just then the dawn began to lighten the sky and I saw

the lake covered by a thick white mist. As the sun rose over the hills and its rays caressed the lake, the mist swirled and moved over the surface of the lake, finally disappearing. I felt like I was watching a moment of creation as in Genesis 1:2-3 and in my heart I knew God had created that moment especially for me alone to show His love Turn to page 9

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


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BY DEMS REY TANAN DEMECILLO email at: demcarl2003@yahoo.com

Why Mar Roxas is the nation’s next best hope

Very few politicians are viewed today as sources of trust and hope by people long mired in poverty and despair, yet history tells us that even in our darkest hours as a nation, there will always be men and women of character and substance who would emerge to rally the people to conquer their fear, demand and work for a just, responsive and clean government. And as the nation wrestles anew with devious politicians who are out to clamp down our civil liberties while perennially shortchanging us and lately, corporate greed, the scion of the illustrious Roxas political clan has shown that all is not lost by continually working, most of the time away from the limelight, to ease our sad plight and restore confidence in our government. Senator Manuel “Mar” Araneta Roxas II, grandson of the late President Manuel Roxas, son of former Senator Gerry Roxas and Judy Araneta, opted to leave his successful career as an executive in a US based company to continue his family’s long-established tradition of honest public service. With his sterling academic background as an economist, vast experience as a legislator and Cabinet official of unsullied track record and his genuine concern for the common tao, Mar Roxas, who won his Senate seat by garnering almost 20 million votes, the highest obtained by any candidate in our electoral history, in a joint interview with Negros Chronicle’s Dems Rey T. Demecillo and DYWC’s ace lady anchor Indira Requiron, shares his decades old struggle for quality education, excellent health care, social justice, sound economic policies, increased livelihood opportunities, transparency and accountability in both public and private sectors.

How would you like to be known? Kindly reflect on your career as a public servant. Mar: I want to be remembered as one who has earned the people’s trust because Idid not forsake them: *hindi ko sila pinabayaan*. Throughout my career, I have learned to value trust. It does not come automatically; break the bond of trust, and relationships crumble: the relations of people with their fellow man, of business establishments with their clients, and of a government with its constituents all crumble. Trust can make or break a nation. I want to be known as a servant who had been trusted by the people, and who had not let them down. I was trained to be and started out my career in the private sector. Certain events led me to where I am right now, and I have to take on the challenges before me with passion and excellence. *Carpe diem*, seize the day, is how we’ve been taught in our alma mater.

Mention three political figures and explain why they ought to be considered as paragons of honest public service. Mar: I’d like to focus on our homegrown leaders, who incidentally are Liberal stalwarts and recent winners of the Ramon Magsaysay Awards for Governance.

Briefly tell us what the Liberal Party stands for. Mar: Ka Jovy, Mayor Jesse and Governor Grace represent what the Liberal Party stands for: statesmanship, service and clean politics. We hold true to the values of courage amidst seemingly insurmountable odds, moral strength, and fairness to the people. Since its inception, the Liberal Party has been a beacon of integrity. We stand for freedom and democracy. We stand for inclusive and dynamic governance which puts the people’s welfare and interests top and center. *Naninindigan kami para sa halaga ng tao. Hindi namin sila pababayaan.*

What are your achievements as DTI Secretary and Senator?* Mar: Rather than say what my achievements are, let me tell you about the things that I hold dear and continue to fight for. Take, for instance, the fight for quality and affordable medicines. In a poor country like ours, the cost of essential and life-saving medicines is highest in the region, second only to Japan. To a family that already finds it difficult to make ends meet, having a member with hypertension or diabetes is already a crisis. We fought for quality affordable medicines for ten years—and when the Quality Affordable Medicines Act was signed into law, I considered it a battle won in a war that is not yet over. As DTI Secretary, we brought in affordable medicines from other countries, for which we faced countless lawsuits from the multinational giants. We did not back down then, and we will not back down as we call on the executive to implement the law to its fullest extent. *Kailangan nating kalampagin ang gobyerno. *We are now seeking the support of local governments and organized groups, telling them they are empowered by the law to bring in affordable medicines themselves. This advocacy for affordable medicines is a crusade for fairness. *Patas na laban. Pagpapahalaga sa tao*. Whether it’s in protecting ordinary pre-need planholders from scalawags like Legacy’s Celso de los Angeles; seeking a solution to the rice crisis by empowering farmers with the tools to make their farms profitable; enabling small and medium-scale enterprises who employ 70% of the workforce; ensuring the future of our children by seeking omnibus reforms in basic education; putting money in people’s pockets through a law exempting minimum wage earners from income taxes; exposing the syndicates that loot the public coffers as in the Fertilizer Funds scam, ZTE-NBN, the World Bank bid-rigging scandal, among others; we are fighting for fairness, for a government that puts the people’s interests on top of everything else. *Hindi ko pababayaan ang tao.

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upset. A four opposition slate would be pure suicide. The entry of Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro into the race, however, could throw a monkey wrench on all the glorified plans of most candidates. The US-educated fair-haired boy is the nephew Mr. Eduardo Cojuangco of San Miguel Corporation (Big Boss) and (Top Man) of the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) which has a network in Congress and in local governments. Cojuangco is perceived to be a beneficiary of a business modus vivendi with the Arroyo administration that allowed him to capture back the

reins of the country’s largest conglomerate. He is a known kingmaker who nonetheless distributes political largesse to any or both sides of the political spectrum as many other tycoons do. Many tycoons, though far richer than Danding, are not as open about political alliances as Boss Man who himself made a run for the presidency in the past. He is also known as a big-time crony of the Dictator Marcos, cutting out Danding as a clear political survivor of four presidents after Ferdinand. It is not unlikely that he would support a Teodoro (administration wing) candidacy and choose from two of his most popular stars in the NPC like Escudero and Legarda.

Isabela Governor Grace Padaca – her election was the classic victory of the righteous David against a political Goliath. Despite her physical disability and lack of resources, she inspired many of her fellow Isabela citizens in her fight against a dynasty that represented a culture of corruption and perpetual poverty. She showed us that a new wave of leaders from the grassroots can confront and topple trapo politics.

Describe the Negros Oriental electorate. Mar: The people of Negros, like the rest of our people, know right from wrong, and will not be fooled by propaganda that would tell them to go against what their hearts tell them. They are thirsting for leaders who would serve their interests above all, and in the process, redeem our past glory as a true democracy and the most progressive nation in this part of the world. They know that this is a crucial time in our nation’s history, when change is well within reach. They know very well that the destiny of our nation is in their hands. What kind of leaders does our country need today.

Senator Manuel “Mar” Araneta Roxas II Chair, Senate Committee on Education Former Senate President Jovito Salonga – where other so-called leaders stammer and fail, Ka Jovy stood up and fought for our freedom. He stood up valiantly against Martial Law and the curtailment of human rights. Up to now, a piece of shrapnel is still embedded in his body, a badge of honor after surviving the Plaza Miranda bombing in 1972. He led the Senate against the extension of the US Bases Agreement. He has become the model of statesmanship, which has yet to be matched by anyone else to this day. Naga City Mayor Jesse Robredo – quietly and innovatively working with the capabilities given to local governments by the law, he led Naga City from poverty to one of the most progressive cities in the country. He showed us a new, dynamic and inclusive way of local governance that puts the voice of the people above local patronage. An Escudero-Legarda or Legarda-Escudero tandem sizzles with a 29% combined total or close to 12 million votes, a safe numerical figure for victory. A wily Cojuangco can spend P2-Billion for Teodoro and P2-Billion for a EscuderoLegarda or Legarda-Escudero tandem and ensure personal victory either way. Where does this leave Vice president De Castro, the leader of the pack, slight though the margin be? The Opposition has no respect for the capabilities of a De Castro as president and he does not have the money to back him up unlike a Villar, a self-made billionaire in the real estate business. He has little choice. De Castro could possibly slide down to be vice president

for Teodoro, perhaps transferring his popularity to Teodoro and let the awesome government machinery do the rest of the battle for them. To our estimation, unless nationalist proddings get the better of him, Villar would make a go for the presidency come hell or high water. Roxas, has the financial war chest from the Araneta-Roxas combine but he has not moved up significantly in the survey, despite her affiliation with popular broadcaster Korina Sanchez (who did not do badly in the survey for senatoriables). Lacson, the fiscalizer, is waging a lonely war. Blamed by some for FPJ’s “loss” in 2004, Lacson appears to be in the Palace hit list: Anybody but Lacson in 2010, seems to be the

Mar: Our people are disappointed, disillusioned, disgusted with the kind of government that we have today. Many of our kababayans do not get a fair deal in their own country; some have even chosen to seek a better future abroad. Nakalulungkot, dahil sa nakikita natin ngayon, madalas na nararamdaman nating nakakahiyang maging Pilipino. This is so because the government has failed to put the people’s interest top and center. *Ang kailangan natin ngayon, yung gobyernong kayang titigan si Juan de la Cruz sa mata at sabihing, “Hindi kita pababayaan.” Mahalaga ang tao. *When the value of the Filipino people is put at the heart of governance, then everything else follows. Vested interests are put at bay, the national interest shines through. Is serving the Filipino people as President your ultimate goal? Mar: My ultimate goal is to serve the Filipino people. Period. And I do believe that change must begin from the top. slogan. The Dacer murder case revival may not be a pure accident-even as the senator is a leading pet peeve of the First Gentleman. Our take is that former president Erap Estrada will be kingmaker and his threats to run are merely to keep the Opposition united. Push coming to shove, Erap’s likely running mate will be Loren Legarda, the grapevine says. Our radar says GMA will exit in 2010 and ensure an automated poll but she will - try till the heavens fall to make sure the winner will be “friendly” in viewing the many excesses of her regime - putuated by charges of wholesale corruption, human rights violation and election engineering.

The year 2010 is a quarter of a century after the promises said at the EDSA Shrine as we deposed a dictator. While our democracy has taken roots, the country continues to face the horrible scourge of poverty, corruption and an insurgency/separatist malady. It has taken the country too long. Another mistake in 2010 electing the false messiah - will give the country another six years of failure.This Third World country, already approaching Bangladesh at rock bottom, can ill afford that. Please think hard, our countrymen.


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PROMISES TO KEEP

A WORK TO DO

For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. EPHESIANS 2:10 very man has work laid out for him to do; every man’s life is a plan of the Almighty, and way back in the councils of eternity God laid out a work for each one of us. There is no man living that can do the work that God has got for me to do. No one can do it but myself. And if the work ain’t done, we will have to answer for it when we stand before God’s bar. For it says: “Every man shall be brought unto judgement, and every one shall give an account of the deeds done in the body.” And it seems to me that every one of us ought to take this question home tonight: “Well am I doing the work that God has for me to do?” God has got a work for every one of us to do. Now in the parable the man who had two talents had the same reward as the man who had five talents. He heard the same words as the man who had five talents. “Well done, thou good and faithful servant, enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.” The men that take good care of the talents that God has loaned them, he always gives them more. But if we take the talent that God has given us, and lay it carefully in a napkin and bury it away, God will take even that from us. God don’t want a man that has got one talent to do the work of a man who has got ten. All a man has got to answer for is the one that God has given him. If we were all doing the work that God has got for us to do, don’t you see how the work of the Lord would advance? But some men are not satisfied with the talents they have, but are always wishing for some one else’s talent. Now, that is all wrong. It is

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fter washing their feet, he put on his robe again and sat down and asked, “Do you understand what I was doing? You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord’ and you are right, because it is true. And since I, the Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you.” John 13:12-15

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gone. These men were to move into the world serving God, serving each other, and serving all people to whom they took the message of salvation.

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HISTORICAL NOTES

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Quezon in Dumaguete to Australia arch 18th (1942) was without doubt the most critical day of all our journeys since leaving Corregidor,” President Manuel L. Quezon’s top military aid noted. “Our departure had been fixed for ten BY: REV. FR. ROMAN C. SAGUN. JR. o’clock that night and the place of rendezvous with the P(atrol)-T(orpedo) boats had been determined – the Zamboanguita Beach at the extreme southern end of the Island of Negros.” The chapter titled “To Australia and the United States” in Quezon’s autobiography gave this account of the journey: “We arrived at Zamboanguita about midnight after experiencing the difficulties natural to a journey in caravan in the most complete darkness… The exodus was painful and was made more so by the people, who alarmed by the news, clogged up the road with vehicles and baggage, prepared to flee into the mountains from the Japanese invasion, which they felt was imminent. “At Zamboanguita, the P-T boats were not at the place agreed on. What should we do? Should we take this as a providential sign that the journey should be suspended, as General (Jonathan) Wainwright had ordered? When I recall those moments in which everything was confusion and darkness, within and around me, suffering on my own account and on account of what I felt those dear to me – wife, children, relatives and friends – were suffering in silence, I almost believe that I was brave without knowing it. “For a moment, my sense of responsibility found comforting relief through the intervention of an act of God. The P-T boats were not there. It was midnight. The thing definitely indicated was to retrace one’s steps and I so ordered. “Silence reigned again, this time not even broken by the usual chatter of my daughters. We had completed almost half of the return journey. Suddenly, the sound of a horn, distant at first but growing in volume. A few minutes later, Turn to page 9

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contrary to the spirit of Christ. Instead of wishing for some one else’s talent, let us make the best use of the talents God has given us. Let us do all the business we can. If we can’t be a lighthouse, let us be a tallow candle. There used to be a period when the people came up a meeting and bring their candles with them. The first one perhaps wouldn’t make a great illumination, but when two or three got there there would be more light. If the people of this city should do this now, if each one should come here with his candle, don’t you think there would be a good deal of light? Let all the gas be put out in this hall, and one solitary candle would give a little light here. If we can’t be a lighthouse, let us be a tallow candle. Someone said, “I can’t be anything more than a farthing sunlight.” Well if you can’t be more than that, that is well enough. Be all you can. What makes the Dead Sea dead? Because it is all the time receiving, never giving out anything. Why is it that many Christians are cold? Because they are all the time receiving, never giving out anything. You go out every Sunday and hear good sermons, and think that is enough. You are all the time receiving these grand truths, but never give them out. When you hear it, go and scatter the sacred truth abroad. Instead of having one minister to preach to a thousand those who never go to church or chapel. Instead of having a few, we ought to have thousands using the precious talents that God has given them.

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John 3:14-21 esus said to Nicodemus: Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.” For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world but that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him will not be condemned, but whoever does not believe has already been condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the verdict, that the light came into the world, but people preferred darkness to light, because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come toward the light, so that his works might not be exposed. But whoever lives the truth

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REWARDS OF FAITHFULNESS “To him who overcomes, I will give some of the hidden manna, and a white stone with a new name on it.” Revelation 2:17b

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Come, my faithful servant. You have been faithful over a few things. I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your Lord. A great anthem that is sung in our churches is “the Beautitudes.” And to me the most stirring line of the anthem is the climax: “Blessed are you when men will persecute you for

comes to the light, so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God. ———————— The image of light often comes up in the Scriptures. The Word of God is said to be a light for our path; coming to faith is said to be like coming out into the light, and the light of the Gospel is said to be the truth shining into the darkness of the world. There are many other examples as well. What is important for us is that we realize that we have to make a choice between living in the light or remaining in the darkness of sin. It is not much of a choice when you think about it. However, when then does it seems that so few people choose this way?

great is your reward in heaven.” Indeed the Beautitudes (the first biblical passage which I memorized at age 10) is a string of virtues coupled with the rewards of blessedness. There are many passages in the Bible which show that rewards are a part of the way God relates with his children. I note, however, that generally the rewards are “spiritual” in nature and not material benefits. Even in St. Paul’s acknowlegement of the gifts of the Philippians for this missionary enterprise, the reward is spiritual in nature: “And God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19). (To be continued)


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the lights of an approaching car illuminated the road… Two men, one of them with beard and water-proof hat, made themselves known. The army officer was Colonel Soriano; the “old sea-dog” was Commander (John D.) Bulkeley, in charge of the squadron of PT boats… “We resumed the journey. When we arrived at the wharf in Dumaguete, it was three in the morning. We proceeded on board – a job by no means simple, considering the number of persons who composed my staff and the quan-

tity of baggage to be loaded on the two small P-T boats. It was necessary, moreover, to leave room for the crew of the P-T boat which had been wrecked in a fish trap that afternoon… “At 6:30 in the morning, we tied up to the dock at Oroquieta on the northern coast of Mindanao... In the meantime, our transportation for Del Monte was being made ready… In Del Monte during the three days while we were awaiting the arrival of the planes, I lodged in a nipa hut.” President Quezon and his party left Del Monte for Australia at 11:20 p.m. on March 26, 1942. The rest is history.

Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT 7th Judicial Region Branch 45 Bais City SPL./ PROC. NO. T-08-59

IN THE MATTER OF CORRECTING THE ENTRY OF THE BIRTH RECORD OF JOVANNY DELA LIÑA AT THE OFFICE OF THE LOCAL CIVIL REGISTRAR OF TAYASAN, NEGROS ORIENTAL JOVANNY B. DE LA LIÑA Petitioner, – versus – MS. LUSVIMINDA TEOFILO, in her Capacity as THE MUNICIPAL CIVIL REGISTRAR of TAYASAN, NEGROS ORIENTAL, Respondent, x———————————————————���————/

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A verified petition having been filed by petitioner through counsel and it appearing that the same is sufficient in form and substance. Set the hearing of this case on APRIL 21, 2009 at 8:30 in the morning at the Session Hall of this Court, Regional Trial Court, Branch 45, Bais City, inviting any interested person to appear on said hearing and to show cause why the petition shall not be granted. Let this order be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Negros Oriental and the Cities of Bayawan, Dumaguete, Tanjay, Bais, Guihulngan and Canlaon once a week for at least three (3) consecutive weeks before the date of hearing. Furnish copy of this Order to the Local Civil Registrar of Tayasan, Negros Oriental and to the Office of the Solicitor General with address at 134 Amorsolo St., Legaspi Village, Makati City. SO ORDERED. Bais City, Philippines, February 20, 2009. (Sgd.) CANDELARIO V. GONZALEZ The Negros Chronicle Judge March 15, 22 & 29, 2009

Mountain ...

(Catan)

From page 5

for me. Totally Awesome! Another mountaintop experience occurred one weekend as I was preparing to facilitate a contemplative retreat for BCBP Makati. I had checked in early at the retreat house in Calueraga to settle my spirit after a busy week at the office. It had been raining heavily all day and the evening was dark and windy. As I walked along one of the pathways from the dining area back to my cottage, I wondered if the participants would be able to brave the approaching storm and arrive on time. Just then the lights along the pathway were turned on, and suddenly in the inky darkness raindrops sparkled like diamonds on the bushes along the pathway. It was as if God was saying, “My child, no matter how black the darkness is, I am with you and all is well.” Needless to say, I was reassured and we had a very spirit-filled weekend retreat. I am sure that each of us has had one or more signifi-

cant mountaintop experiences in our life. It is these experiences that shed light on the shadows and darkness of life. It is these experiences that give us the hope, strength and courage to move on with confidence. It is these experiences that open our inner sensitivity to be able to listen to God’s voice. Then, as in the story of the Transfiguration, we go back down the mountain and return to our daily routine in the valleys of our everyday lives where oftentimes it is difficult to hear His voice. Looking back on these and my other mountaintop experiences I realize that before the Light illuminates, we need to pass through darkness. Without the darkness, we would not really appreciate the Light. And without the Light, we would not be able to endure the darkness. The psalmist sings: “I lift up my eyes toward the mountains; whence shall help come to me? My help is from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” (Ps 121:1-2) This Lenten season remember and relive your mountaintop experiences and discover new meaning in your life!

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this Mancao affidavit. If lawyers, as officers of the court, did their duty by ferreting out the truth instead of defending an evil deed, conviction is certain. Reacting to the column “Strange Virus” ( PDI/ March 12 ), Francis Sarmiento blames journalists for today’s corruption: “This man-made virus started with editors and columnists exposing corruption… Society developed tolerance from continuous bombardment of the same stories “Your kind… thinks that writing pontifically ( pompously?) about current ills already serves your purpose in life. Public’s ( sic) apathy sets in. Those infected by the virus learned to accept it as normal... You are paid handsomely by your publishers just to write... Get out of your air-conditioned offices and march in the streets to walk your talk, not just talk. “The problem is your kind writes all about shenanigans by our crocodile politicians. Yet, you leave it to poor masse to march and face truncheons of those protecting the corrupt... “Your kind thinks all it takes is to dazzle readers with your great command of English and they will rise in disgust...Where are the likes

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Love is a four ...

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Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF NEGROS ORIENTAL 7th Judicial Region BRANCH 63 Bayawan City

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lodge the fertilized ovum from the womb. Such pills thus have a very high efficiency in preventing births. When these so-called contraceptive pills either prevent the fertilized ovum from embedding itself in the maternal womb, or else dislodges the fertilized ovum after it has embedded itself in the womb, then they are no longer contraceptives but abortifacients. Catholics pro-lifers see the fertilized ovum as human from the moment of fertilization, which is also seen as the moment of conception. It is the teaching of the Catholic Church that the fertilized ovum must be accorded the right to life of a human being. Even though there is a debate even among Catholics as to whether such a fertilized ovum already has a human soul, the Church teaches that it must be treated as a human person, and should be accorded the right to life of a human person. To kill such a fertilized ovum is abortion. Congruent with this, our Constitution declares that the State must “protect the life of both the mother and the unborn from conception,” conception being understood as fertilization, according to the records of the 1987 Constitutional Commission. Thus, all those who admit that the moment of fertilization of the ovum by the sperm is also the moment of conception must reject as abortifacient all so-called contraceptives whose mechanism of action includes preventing the fertilized ovum from embedding itself in the womb.

SPEC. PROC. NO. 232 IN THE MATTER OF CANCELLATION OF CERTIFICATE OF LIVE BIRTH OF EVELYN OBANIANA MACAHIG NARCISO Q. BENDIJO, SR. Petitioner, - versusTHE LOCAL CIVIL REGISTRAR OF STA. CATALINA, NEGROS ORIENTAL, Respondent. x—————————————————————x AMENDED ORDER Petitioner, in his verified petition, alleged that he is the husband of Evelyn Obaniana Macahig who was born on November 20, 1953 to parents Vicente Macahig and Bebiana Tampos Obaniana-Macahig. That the birth of his wife was registered twice before the Local Civil Registrar of Bayawan City, Negros Oriental in September 10, 1991 under Local Civil Registry No. 91-1, 455 and in January 21, 1993 under Local Civil Registry No. 93-111. Thus petitioner prays for the cancellation of his wife’s certificate of live birth under Local Civil Registry No. 91-1, 455. The petition being sufficient in form and substance, let the same be heard on March 27, 2009 at 8:30 in the morning at the session hall of this court along Severino “Nene” Martinez Street, Bayawan City. Interested parties are hereby enjoined to appear on the aforesaid date, time and place, and show cause why the petition should not be granted. Let this Order be published immediately for once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks at a newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Negros Oriental its five component cities, at the expense of the petitioner. Furnish copies of this order to the Solicitor General, the Local Civil Registrar of Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental, the Office of the City Prosecutor of Bayawan City, the petitioner and his counsel. SO ORDERED. IN CHAMBER, February 6, 2009, Bayawan City, Negros Oriental.

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The NORECO gambit

BY REA LYNN D. REAL

(From the CHRONICLE Files)

THIRTY YEARS AGO

arch 25, 1979—- The Negros Oriental Gasoline Dealers Association has served notice that all gasoline stations in Negros Oriental have started implementing increased prices of all kinds of fuel in accordance to government stipulated prices. Atty. Dionisio Luague, president of the lo- of vehicles has increased by 9%, the supcal gas dealers association, reported that they ply of fuel has remained constant, thus, have adopted uniform fuel prices to Dumaguete affecting 10% savings in energy consumpconsumers. Delivery costs are also added to tion. No gas dealer has been given increased the consumer’s pump price every 20 kilome- allocation. At the same time, the Philippine ters from Dumaguete City. There is also an Constabulary under Lt. Col. Francisco increase in premium and regular gases so do Fernandez has ordered a constant watch with diesel and kerosene. This increase already on the flow of fuel from the Amlan depots includes additional dealer’s mark up and is added to the dealers on to the consumers. on the old pump prices. Fernandez has created a special team to According to Luague, there is enough sup- track down the flow of gasoline in all arply for Negros Oriental. Although the number eas.

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arch 26, 1989—-The public has commended the performance of the city fire department and its men in quickly responding and controlling what could have been a major conflagration at the Redemptorist Area. Some P300,000 worth of property were razed off by fire tapped at 1:15 AM at the residence of one Warlito Cueva in early control of the fire because of the whose kitchen a faulty electrical wiring firemen’s quick response. started off the dawn blaze. The Cueva house Aside from five fire trucks, assisting was in total wreck but not razed to the were also the Dumaguete Volunteer Fire ground. Another adjacent house owned by Brigade. The OIC at the city fire departMrs. Evelyn Cerdana and rented below by ment is F/Lt. Fred Eran who formerly was Vernon Banogon of PAL, got burned par- awarded as one of the country’s top firetially. Residents in the area attributed their man.

TEN YEARS AGO

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arch 22, 1999—-Cebu Medical Authorities have confirmed the presence of staphylococci bacteria in the ham in which were eaten at breakfast on day two by victims of mass food poisoning among 98 athletes and officials of the Dumaguete CVRAA delegation in Bantayan, Cebu.

At the same time, ecoli bacteria were also found in the stools of most of the victims of the same incident. However, medical authorities would not confirm whether or not the ham was the exact cause of the mass food poisoning because there were also those who ate the ham but were not sick of

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vomiting and diarrhea. As this developed, the city government of Cebu is not bent on paying the CVRAA food Caterer the contracted amount of P522, 250 because of adverse claims of poor service.

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By using this particular tool, there are no accusations or indictments made. It is simply an exercise of the right to be informed of the dealings and manner of management of the Coop. It is a right that is fundamental and rises from the fact that the STOCKHOLDER-MEMBERSCONSUMERS are the TRUE OWNERS OF THE COOPERATIVE who have delegated management to a BOARD OF DIRECTORS who, under the By-laws, have complete control and supervision of the business, properties and powers of the Cooperative. It is most unfortunate however that the very people who took a solemn oath to serve the Cooperative with loyalty, diligence and efficiency are the same people who have successfully frustrated the exercise of a legitimate right, a constitutional right in fact. At one time the General Manager of the Cooperative declared that I have not found any evidence of any anomaly or wrong-doing after he allowed me access to certain specific documents. The Manager, sad to say, is not telling the truth. He is misleading the public. The documents which the Manager allowed me to examine are YEAREND REPORTS and FINANCIAL STATEMENTS and nothing more. I demanded for the production of contracts and loan documents to support the entries in their report but I was tersely denied the same. There is nothing to find because the Manager disallowed the production of

pertinent documents. However, in the course of my search, I came across a list given by the Mayor of San Jose, Negros Oriental whereupon there appear some HOUSEHOLDS with electric connections but without BILLING COVERAGE. This caught my interest because I suspected that the practice of having electric connections without Billing Coverage could be widespread. This practice is most condemnable because the consumption is not collectible but rather registered as part of the SYSTEMS LOSS which is paid by the consumers at large. Also, one concerned employee handed me the financial statement as of January 2009 and I was shock, to my grief and consternation, to find out that the Cooperative has a NET LOSS of over 42 Million Pesos and despite such deficit we were informed that the Board of Directors unmindfully granted themselves allowances and per diems which to our mind are acts demonstrating greed and the irresponsible character of the members of the Board. Despite the obdurate attitude of the General Manager and the Board of Directors I have not lost faith on the supposed loyalty and diligence of the Members of the Board. Thus, before the end of 2008 I wrote them a letter asking the Board to pass a resolution directing Management and its person-

NOVENA PRAYER TO ST. JUDE

O, Holy St. Jude the apostle and martyr, great in virtue, rich in miracle, near Kinsman to Jesus Christ, faithful intercessor of all who invoke your special patronage in time of need. To you I have recourse from the depth of my heart and humbly beg great power to come to my assistance. Help me in my present and most urgent petition. (Make your request)... In return, I promise to make your name known and cause your name to be invoked, St. Jude, pray for us and all who invoke thy aid. Amen. Pray this 9 times a day for 9 consecutive days, On the eight day your prayers will be answered, for this Novena has never known to fall. Publish this once your wish is granted./JBD

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nel to make available certain specific documents. After the lapse of more than 90 days there is complete silence on the part of the BD. It is then that I thought it wise to heed the counsel of great writers one of whom said: “Truth and tact? You have to choose. Most times they are not compatible”. I have been tactful with the NORECO Management since I initiated the exercise of my right to examine the books and records of the Coop but truly such tact is stretch so far that I have to choose Truth which may not comfortable to the people concerned, thus I filed a criminal case against the GM and members of the BD for violating the Cooperative Code of the Philippines. Finally, I have to state for the record that my personal experience initiating the examination of the books and records of NORECO 2 have not been pleasant at all. I receive all kinds of criticisms and even threats. Because of my silence for the past three months some quarters even accused me of having been paid for it. Some say I am politicking. Thanks God I did not waver and remained steadfast on the purposes for which I begun the first move in this NORECO GAMBIT. The support and encouragement coming from people whom I do not personally know are just overwhelming that makes every roadblock looks like a hump on a dusty road. Indeed, truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed; second, it is violently opposed; but third, it is accepted as being self-evident. The continued refusal of NORECO MAMANGEMENT to open its books for examination is self-evident of wrongful if not wicked conduct.

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cjomartinez@yahoo.com arch is a month of graduation. For the graduates, it is the culmination of many years of academic study in their chosen field and their graduation day is when they accept the confirmation of their accomplishments and move out to the world of their profession. This year, St. Joseph Seminary celebrated its 46th Liturgical graduation and for the 2009 graduates of the Seminary, March 19 marked the end of their four year study in academics and core value formation in the Seminary as they step up to more training in Theology in preparation for their chosen vocation – Priesthood. For the moment they bask in the joy of finishing their degree in Philosophy. They have chosen their motto: Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam – in Latin translated as “For the Greater Glory of God” and called themselves the Nuntius – Messengers, messengers of the Good News. The new Seminary graduates are: Jon Rey Entering its 50th Anniversary - the St. Joseph Seminary college Abada, Christian Durango will be celebratings its golden Jubilee this October 2009 (who comes from a family of and friends have given the of the special vocation of priests with 2 uncle priests) whole hearted support towards Christian service. The Jorie Gacer, Lyric the formation of young men who pride of the graduates’ Macapanas, Gonzalo Omison have chosen to answer the call parents, guardians, SemiII, Leonardo Tuscano and nary faculty and friends can be seen too vividly in their faces as these young men step up to acknowledge their accomplishment. The family of the graduates and the community, as can be seen by the number of well wishers who attended the graduation ceremony, share the joy of the graduates and are cheering them on as they take the next step towards their goal. Many are looking forward to see them years thence as dedicated The graduates and awardees, together with their guardians, are shown priests back in the comwith Bishop John Du, Seminary Rector Rev Fr. Glenn Corsiga and Rev. munity. I join the Dumaguete Fr. Enrique Balongag, Diocesan Schools Superintendent. community in rejoicing Isidro Vinzon. I look with interest on the posters the Seminary students have put up in the Seminary. The Seminarians’ formation covers the areas of Pastoral, Academic, Spiritual, Community and Human aspects with focus on the total person towards the call to faithful Christian discipleship. The whole seminary took on a rejoicing mood as they celebrate the culmination of the studies of the graduates. Bishop of Dumaguete John Du, Rev. Fr. Glenn Corsiga – Seminary Rector, Rev. Fr. Enrique Balongag – Diocesan School Superintendent led the graduation rites while the other priests serving in the Seminary happily looked on. This year, the Seminary has 40 students under its wings and is busy preparing to celebrate the coming Golden Jubilee. St. Joseph Seminary will be celebrating its 50th golden jubilee this October; it was founded by the late Bishop Epifanio Surban who ably led the Seminary through the years, with now Archbishop Angel Lagdameo and The NUNTIUS : THE 2009 SJSC graduates proclaim their the present Bishop of Dumaguete Motto: AD MAJOREM DEI GLORIAM - For the Greater Glory of Most Rev. John F. Du guiding the God Seminary to its present achievements. Through the years, many with the SJSC 2009 graduates; may the Good Lord priests have worked hard serv- continue to shower you with His grace and blessings ing in the Seminary, benefactors as you take on the challenge to answer His call to service.

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Around Negros Josy won’t bribe to win case

JOSY CONNECTS WITH HER CONSTITUENTS. Obviously basking in adulation of her grateful constituents, 1st District Rep. Jocelyn Limkaichong (left) refuses to be distracted as she continues to attend to the needs of the people in northern Negros like the medical mission recently conducted in Calabaclabacan, Barangay Trinidad Guihulngan City. She vowed to personally carry out more mercy and medical missions especially in remote barangays especially now that the House of Representatives is in recess.

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irst District Rep. Jocelyn Limkaichong slammed reports alleging that she offered P 20 million to the Supreme Court so that her disqualification case will be remanded to the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal. The lady solon said she has high re- she were to bribe the Supreme Court, gard for the Supreme Court Justices and then she would rather ask the High Court deep respect for Chief Justice Reynato to rule in her favor than to return the Puno, who is being supported by various civil society groups for his no nonsense case back to the HRET. Finally, the solon, who defeated the campaign for the restoration of morality in public office and his abhorrence to graft wife and brother of former Rep. Jing Paras in May 2007 elections, appealed and corruption. Limkaichong was emphatic in declar- to her political enemies questioning her ing that she would never resort to bribing citizenship to patiently wait for the decipeople to get what she wants. Besides, if sion of the Supreme Court.

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n a bid to comply with the directive of higher authorities, Supt. Dibert Salimbagat of the Dumaguete City Airport Aviation Security Group convened the Dumaguete Airport Security Committee on Thursday to discuss measures that will enhance the security and state of preparedness among personnel and other concerned offices in this vital installation. P03 Manuel Estrope, Operations Officer National Police, Quarantine, Negros Orienof the Aviation Security Group, said that the tal Provincial Police Office, tricycle drivers committee is composed of representatives and operators. The head of the Civil Aviafrom flying schools, airline companies, gen- tion Authority of the Philippines and Supt. eral admission, Bureau of Immigration, Na- Salimbagat are the body’s Chairman and Vicetional Bureau of Investigation, Philippine chairman, respectively. (With Neil Rio)

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ayors of six local government units (LGUs) in the country have condemned the delay in the release of their royalty shares from the national government as host to geothermal plants.

In a manifesto calling for an urgent action to release the royalty shares, the mayors lambasted the Department of Budget and Management, Department of Finance, Department of Environment and Natural Resources that the delay is “slowly depriving us of our right to enjoy the fruits of our own natural resources.”

Said manifesto is signed by Valencia Mayor Rodolfo Gonzalez, Jr. of Negros Oriental, Sorsogon City Mayor Leovic Dioneda, Tiwi Mayor Jaime Villanueva of Albay, Kidapawan City Rodolfo Gantuangco, Kananga Mayor Elmer Codilla of Leyte and Ormoc City Elmer Codilla. Turn to page 19

Boy scouts for reforestation

Active Members of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines have planted hundreds of Dalakit, Narra, Mahogany and Mangium trees inside the 30-35 hectare Eco-park of the People of Amlan in Barangay Silab. Mayor Bentham De la Cruz, who assured that the LGU will do its share to minimize the mortality rates of the planted trees, lauded the efforts of these young students who also enjoyed full support of 2nd District Rep. George Arnaiz.


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But here it is after so many to people, to the environment, to situSTI NSTP Graduation 2:00pm-5:00pm propped up most of the time. years. I still remember, especially ations; otherwise we would not be Joshua 1&2 Thus, we have implemented as I ponder on the ramifications of human. But how we react; there’s the rub. some kind of universal mentoring, being proactive and reactive. ———————that is, providing everyone with a ———————PAIN Society of the Philippines ConferI was with a friend one very mentor or a buddy with whom they Our high school teacher in ence 8:00am-9:00pm Jordan 1&2 early morning in Manila. We her dictate on me on how I shall can talk about all sorts of things. English asked a classmate to use PAIN Society of the Philippines ConferBut with the present glo- the words “action” and “reac- longed for hot brewed coffee behave towards people? She was ence 8:00am-5:00pm Joshua 1&2 bal economic downturn where tion” in a sentence. We waited and hotcakes. We entered a rude and impolite. Definitely. In that PAIN Society of the Philippines Confersome of our boys now find dif- in silent apprehension on how small restaurant. The woman restaurant there was only one rude ence 8:00am-5:00pm Jordan 3 ficulty in getting a job, there is this otherwise lovable classmate attending to us was not the individual. Had we reacted to her PAIN Society of the Philippines Confergreat need to elicit in them their would get himself out of the situ- usual pleasant face we see in in kind there would be three of us.” ence 8:00am-5:00pm Agape restaurants. In fact she was enterprising and entrepreneur- ation. ———————rude. I could feel that she reial possibilities. Only those Let’s make this very clear. ——————— PAIN Society of the Philippines Confersented our presence that very who work with faith and hope We could not avoid the un“Action and reaction, Ma’am? ence 8:00am-3:00pm Jordan 1&2 can survive any onslaught of I once kicked a horse in our farm; early morning. After waiting for pleasant things that every now PAIN Society of the Philippines Confertrials. that was ‘action’. The horse kicked quite a time we had our break- and then confront us in our ence 8:00am-5:00pm Joshua 1&2 For this, we have thought of me back; that was ‘reaction’.” The fast. waking hours. How we react ———————PAIN Society of the Philippines Conferpairing each one with a business whole class burst out laughing inwould depend, of course, on the As we left, my friend thanked inner strength of our core permentor, no matter how modest the cluding our humorless teacher. I ence 8:00am-5:00pm Agape the woman with a generous tip. business may be. This is just to wonder what happened to that dear sonality, our disciplined predisPAIN Society of the Philippines Conferexpose the boys to the real world of classmate of mine – Rogelio While we were in the car I com- positions, our positive attitude ence 8:00am-5:00pm Jordan 3 mented on the rude treatment we towards others. making business, of making Villanueva. got in the restaurant and, of course, money from any venture. ———————— ——————— PAIN Society of the Philippines ConferIt’s also a good way of In this vein we need God to Come to think of it! Life the generous attitude of my friend. I ence 8:00am-12:00pm Joshua 1&2 snatching them from the claws actually involves a lot of action was taken aback by these – his strengthen us to be more tolerant PAIN Society of the Philippines Conferof helplessness, always a threat and reaction. How we cope with words: “Art, we just got into a situ- and considerate of people espeence 8:00am-12:00pm Agape to them given their background. the zig and zag of events and ation which could have provoked cially those in their unguarded moPAIN Society of the Philippines ConferIt would be quite a blow to them circumstances that predominate us to react negatively. But why ments of human weakness. ence 8:00am-12:00pm Jordan 3 if after all their sacrifices in try- our waking hours, is how we should I let that unfortunate woman As we go out into our streets Geopano – Marquino Wedding 12:00pming to get some education, really make out of our lives. We spoil my day? She probably had a today, let’s think of all these; let’s 3:00pm Jordan 1&2 they’d see that everything just either end up fulfilled or miser- very bad night. Why should I let act and react accordingly. Business Symposium 7:00pm-9:00pm fell to futility. Jordan 1&2 Difficulties are actually challenges and occasions either to rise quick and flexible retraining proor fall, to win or lose. We should not grams, for example, spearheaded Oikodomeo Fellowship 9:00am-12:00pm allow these trials to just scare us. by both government and NGOs. Jordan 3 They should be confronted propThe world nowadays is in Living Hope Fellowship 9:00amerly in a variety of ways. faster flux. To effectively 12:00pm Joshua 2 One would be to generate grapple with the challenges and Oval Review for Teachers 1:00pman air of optimism. Everything possibilities, there has to be a 4:00pm Agape that would contribute to mak- tighter sense of solidarity and Lifestyles Seminar 2:00pm-4:00pm ing the atmosphere hopeful cooperation, a quicker transJoshua 2 should be done. We have to be mission of ideas and translation Nigel & Krista Wedding 4:00pm-7:00pm careful with our words and of insights into action. Jordan 1&2 spontaneous reactions to negaAll of these should be deeply Solidrock Fellowship 5:30pm-7:30pm tive developments. anchored on the true foundation of Jordan 3 This hope and optimism our life, God himself! Let’s disshould be ably supported by a abuse ourselves from thinking that strong, solid spiritual life, first of all, with our cleverness and our reLegaspi St., Dumaguete City and by practical plans and practi- sources, we can manage to solve Tel. 225-7994 cable strategies. There has to be a problems. We have to begin and way of making more available end with God always! 35

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FONTA gets Sec registration 91 honor grads at SU’s

96th commencement today

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he 96th Commencement Exercises on March 22 at the Amphitheater may not be any ordinary event that caps the school year. It was in 1984 when Silliman University last awarded the highest academic distinction of summa cum laude. After 25 years, two graduates are breaking the lull.

The Federation of Oriental Negros Tourism Associations Inc., or FONTA, is now registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission SEC as of July 2, 2008 . FONTA board is now headed by Jun Turtal of ATTIN, Association of Travel and Tours in Negros. The new Board is composed of Jonathan Alere, Negros Or. Divers Assn., vice chair (special events and marketing); Janine Lawas, Tourist Assistance officers, (product development and training); Joey Varela, NegOr Hotel, Resorts and Restauant Assns, (finance ways and means); Ely Dejaresco, Dumaguete Press Club, Inc, media relations;

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COSCA Commencement

Leslie Lajato leads the Prayer for the Graduates during the Baccalaureate Mass. In back is COSCA President Rev. Fr. Thadeu Enrique N. Balongag and Most Rev. John F. Du, DD, Bishop of Dumaguete and Mass Celebrant. Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT 7th Judicial Region BRANCH 43 Tanjay City, Negros Oriental Stationed at Dumaguete City SP. Proc. No. 329 IN THE MATTER OF THE CORRECTION OF ENTRY IN THE BIRTH RECORD OF JOSE S. VIDAL, II JOSE S. VIDAL, II, Petitioner, – VERSUS – LOCAL CIVIL REGISTRAR OF PAMPLONA, NEGROS ORIENTAL Respondent.

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O R D E R Filed before this Court is a verified petition for correction and/or cancellation of entry in his Certificate of Live Birth by Jose S. Vidal, II. Petitioner averred inter alia: that he is of legal age, married, Filipino, a resident of 206 West Rovira Road, Pulantubig, Dumaguete City, alleging among other things that he was born on January 11, 1956; that the petitioner secured a copy of his Certificate of Birth from the National Statistics Office of Dumaguete City, that his full name appearing thereat was JOSE S. VIDAL JR.; that the petitioner represented /identified himself in school, religious, social and all other dealings to be “JOSE S. VIDAL, II” this petition will not prejudice any creditor or third party or will cause confusion; it is not meant to conceal any civil, criminal or administrative cases. Finding the petition to be sufficient in form and substance, the petitioner is hereby directed to cause the publication of this Order in a newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Negros Oriental and in the Cities of Dumaguete, Tanjay, Bais, Canlaon and Bayawan at least once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks. The Local Civil Registrar of Pamplona or any person having or claiming any interest under the entries whose correction and change is sought, may file within fifteen (15) days from notice of said petition or from the last publication of said notice, an opposition thereto. Any interested persons may appear before this Court at the scheduled hearing of this case on June 04, 2009 at 9:30 o’clock in the morning and show cause why the petition should not be granted. SO ORDERED. Given this 4th day of March 2009, Dumaguete City, Philippines.

The Negros Chronicle March 22, 29 & April 5, 2009

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DEED OF EXTRA-JUDICIAL SETTLEMENT AND WAIVER OF RIGHT NOTICE is hereby given that the heirs of the late JESUS IDAR and ARTURO IDAR have filed and executed a Deed of Extra-Judicial Settlement and Waiver of Right on Lot 1718, OCT No. H-V-1230, situated in Pantao, Mabinay, Negros Oriental, containing an area of 121,061 sq.m. per Doc. No. 334, Page No. 34, Book No. 24, Series of 2007 of Notary Public Atty. Joseph Ray S. Valencia. The Negros Chronicle March 22, 29 & April 5, 2009 AMENDED DEED OF EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT AND WAIVER OF RIGHT NOTICE is hereby given that the heirs of the late BENITO CADIENTE have filed and executed an Amended Deed of Extra-Judicial Settlement And Waiver of Right on Lot 2579, Pls146, with OCT No. H-T-1942, situated in Banban, Mabinay, Negros Oriental, containing an area of 110,546 sq.m. per Doc. No. 258, Page No. 52, Book No. XXII, Series of 2008 of Notary Public Atty. Elizur V. Umbac. The Negros Chronicle March 22, 29 & April 5, 2009

Stacy Danika S. Alcantara and Marvin M. Flores top the 2009 Graduating Class of close to 800. Each has a cumulative quality point average of 3.90, graduating summa cum laude with their respective degrees of Bachelor of Mass Communication and Bachelor of Science in Physics. Both Alcantara and Flores are consistent honor students. Alcantara, who served as Student Government president this school year and is the 2009 Most Outstanding Student of the Year awardee, envisions a career in corporate communications. Flores, on the other hand, a scholar of the Department of Science and Technology, intends to pursue a research on what he calls the “anthrophomorphic principle” and the constancy of the speed of light. There are 91 other students graduating with honors: 18, magna cum laude and 73, cum laude.

The graduating students with Latin honors and their parents are welcomed with a breakfast fellowship with members of the Silliman University Board of Trustees and Administration on graduation day at the University House, the official residence of the Silliman President. After the fellowship, they walk with other dignitaries towards the Silliman University Church for the Baccalaureate Service at 8:30 AM. Silliman University Board of Trustees Chairperson Prof. Leonor MagtolisBriones, this year’s 96th Commencement Exercises Speaker, arrives on campus from The Netherlands with another honor for the country after being chosen to be among eight women ambassadors from around the world to be part of the W8, a group tasked to lead the fight for the Health and Education For All campaign of Oxfam. Oxfam is a

STACY ALCANTARA confederation of 13 organizations working in over 100 countries around the globe. W8 is said to be the developing nations’ counterpart of the G8 (Group of 8), a forum for governments of eight nations, including the United Kingdom and the United States. She joins other influential woman advocates and leaders from Bangladesh, India, Georgia, Malawi, Mali, Nicaragua and Thailand.

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HEALTH IS WEALTH

The Dehumanization of Sex

BY DEMS DEMECILLO NEIL RIO

“Sex, as originally intended by God, must be preserved in its humaneness rather than reduce it to a mere subhuman phenomena.” - Victor F. Frankl oday it’s so tragic that most mundane people abuse and treat sex as a mere physical outlet – an animalistic and instinctual phenomena and only a product of their hedonistic whims and caprices. To Victor Frankl, a hu- each other their uniqueness manistic psychoanalyst, said which results in a monogathat “one cannot speak of mous partnership and the vitrue human sexuality without tal consequent role of the considering love – the very natural procreative process essential human element.” of life. Love is really an encomIn reality, sex is beautipassing human phenomena ful because it enables the of which he calls as “self- human being to experience transcendence.” Man by and give love as an intimate nature is not motivated and personal level. To Rev. merely by gratifying his bio- Lee Booth, “Sex is a combilogical needs and satisfying nation of all the spiritual impulsively his drives and in- senses of body, mind and stincts. Rather, man is by vir- feeling in one expression, tue of the self-transcendent balancing tenderness with quality of the human reality strength, patience with deand basically concerned with sire, need with selflessness.” reaching out beyond himself Sex, therefore, is one of our a meaning to fulfill in loving finest and most creative atanother human being which tribute that lead to all that is deserves the utmost human noble in man and therefore respect and love. it should not be used irreHumanistic psychoana- sponsibly for it is God’s prelysts consider sex as the cious gift or wholeness to physical expression of love. man. William Maslow said that It is unfortunate that “the people who can’t love, many marriages are threatdon’t get the same kind of ened to degenerate into a thrill (feeling) and satisfac- mere thrill of sexual tion out of sex as people who adventurism victimizing innoare truly in love.” Thus, cent women by glib-tongued genuine love towards an- Casanovas who are known other human being (husband as incorrigible womanizers or wife) means seeing with and who are extremely irre-

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sponsible and utterly lack morality. These lustful and promiscious men are the ones who sordidly dehumanized sex – a symptom of “existential frustrations” in their lives, according to Frankl. Let every man with its righteous values respect the sanctity of sex as a precious gift from God. Havelock Ellis, an authority on sex declared, “Sexual pleasure wisely used and not abused may proved to be the stimulus and liberator of our finest and most exalted human activities.” Hence, put sex at its proper perspective – that is to its real humaneness and not to be debased to an animalistic game to be played by lustful men. Lustful behavior is an unhealthy behavior that is fixed upon one’s particular form of an instant personal gratification that is short-lived and is never fully satisfied. Hence, marriage is bound to fail if man merely uses physical sex as a primary basis for his sexual gratification. Very tragic, indeed.

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obbery victim and Silliman University Theology student Wayner John Balangit of Enrique Villanueva, Siquijor (center) recounts Wednesday’s robbery and shooting incident at a Birdies bakery branch near the Silliman powerhouse in Barangay Looc. The cashier of the bakery was shot by the three bonne- wearing robbers, one of whom was a woman after she shouted for help, before fleeing on board a motorcycle. The victim Karagene Babor of Bais City was hit in the right chest and arm and was rushed to the Silliman University Medical Center. (Turn to page 19)

ess than 24 hours after the incident, the two suspects who allegedly raped a 30-year old housewife were arrested by elements of the Dumaguete City PNP. The suspects were identified by Police Inspector Rogelio Pineda, head of the Intelligence section, as Arnovio Pakilit Jr, a former Biology professor in one of the private universities here and Glenn Gumalo, both residents of Claytown, Daro, Dumaguete City. The victim, a resident of Cagayan De arrived in Dumaguete and was invited to Oro City, alleged that she was raped Mon- Pakilit’s house in Daro. She was told to (Turn to page 19) day night by the two suspects after she

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t was such a bloody and murderous Wednesday morning for residents of two barangays in Guihulngan City after a certain Biya Felly Zozobrado, 46, ran amok and indulged in a stabbing spree killing two people and wounding four others before he was subdued, mauled and stabbed by irate residents. The suspect reportedly first attacked Guihulngan District Hospital but only the father and son, Feliciano, 46 and Franklin elder Sabihon survived while Franklin was Sabihon, residents of Barangay Mani-ac. declared dead on arrival. Both Sabihons were rushed to the (Turn to page 19)

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wo minors, both 11 years old were raped in separate incidents by men who are ironically considered members of their own families. In Dumaguete City, the victim is a native of San Jose town but was temporarily residing in a house together with her parents and auntie. The victim told investigators that she was left alone in the house last Tuesday past 10 am and was watching television with the suspect who is her auntie’s live-in partner, after the program she proceeded to the kitchen to wash the dishes. However, the suspect followed her and at knifepoint dragged her to the (Turn to page 19)

Kidnap suspect stays in jail LOTS FOR SALE

O1. overlooking the bay Location : Dauin, negros oriental, area : 2 hectares, possibly cutting for a maximum of 1 thousand sqmtrs., has a huge barangay road, possibly view the siquijor and apo island, ideal for subdivisions, hotel, mini golf or bar and restaurant businesses. O2. overlooking the bay Location : Valencia, negros oriental area: 1,000 sqmtrs, Price : 1,500 per sq. still negotiable, has a barangay road, a few minutes going to valencia p[ublic pool or tejeros, a walking distance to the cockpit and can possibly view the city of dumaguete. there is an access road going to the forest and even to the casaroro falls. O3. House and lot for sale locaion : Sibulan, negros oriental, 3 bedrooms, mini jacussi, 1,500 sqmtrs., landscapes with lemon trees. Price : 3.2 m Call: 0918-929-6047 1. House and lot for sale Location : Sac, sac Bacong negros oriental, 3 bedrooms,garage, landscapes, near SPI call center, near the beach, Price: 3.6 m, clean title, newly paint and huge , cemented barangay road. 2. Beach lot for sale Location : Dauin, negros oriental near el Dorado. Area: 1,000 sqmtrs . Price : 1.8 m, clean title and negotiable

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After consulting with her lawyer Atty. Garry Tabios (right of the Public Attorney’s Office, kidnap suspect Kathleen Canolas (center) informs City Prosecutor Leonardo Mandajoyan of her intention to sign the waiver for detention which would mean she will stay in jail until her case is resolved.


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CITY OF BAIS

BIDS AND AWARDS COMMITTEE

INVITATION TO APPLY FOR ELIGIBILITY AND TO BID The City Government of Bais invites interested bidders to apply for eligibility and to bid for the supply and delivery of the following items, for hereunder requirements: ITEM

APPROVED BUDGET FOR THE CONTRACT (ABC)

1. PR #

218-09 – 2 units motorcycle with the following specs: * Four stroke * 100 cc * Hand operated clutch system For the forestline survey, delineation & demarcation, organization Of Pos for proposed CBFM Areas & Flup Project Implementation & Monitoring in relative to FLUP Project Development & Implementation (Forest & Forestland Management, to be taken From the 20% Development Fund. 2. PR # 230-09 – various construction materials for the Repair and Rehabilitation of Mabunao, Tina-an, Cabanlutan Water Pipelines, Bais City, to be taken from the Calamity Fund 2009. 3. PR # 266-09 – various vehicle parts and accessories for the replacement of worn-out parts of Fuso DT SDC 992, etc. to be taken from the General Fund. 4. PR # 267-09 – various construction materials for the maintenance of Satellite Market and Bus Terminal (Phase I) to be taken from the General Fund 2009. 5. PR # 269-09 – various construction materials for the Repair & Maintenance –Office Building (Phase I) (Revision I) to be taken from the General Fund. 6. PR # 270-09-various construction materials for the Repair and Maintenance Parks, Plaza & Monument (Phase I), (Revision II) to be taken from the General Fund 2009. 7. PR # 277-09 – various medical equipment for MCH Program of City Health Office to be taken from the General Fund 2009. TOTAL

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EXTRA-JUDICIAL SETTLEMENT WITH ABSOLUTE SALE NOTICE is hereby given that the heirs of the late FRANKLIN LAQUINON have filed and executed an Extra-Judicial Settlement With Absolute Sale on Lot No. 1843-A, Csd-07-002768, being a portion of Lot No. 1843, Pls-321, covered under OCT No. FV-44126, situated at Barangay Talayong, Municipality of La Libertad, Province of Negros Oriental, containing an area of 10,309 sq.m. in favor to Cayo Degracia per Doc. No. 84, Page No. 99, Book No. XXII, Series of 2009 of Notary Public Atty. Edward S. Manzano. The Negros Chronicle March 22, 29 & April 5, 2009

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Bid documents can be obtained at the BAC Secretariat c/o Office of the City Mayor or Office of the City General Services, this city, Tel. Nos. (035) 402-3182, or 402-8115, anytime during office hours; and can also be inquired for further information or particulars. The bidders shall drop their duly accomplished eligibility, technical, and financial documents each in separate sealed envelopes duly marked as such as in the bid box at the Conference Room at the Office of the City Mayor on March 27, 2009 at 1:30 P.M. at which place, date and time said envelopes shall be opened in the presence of the members of the BAC, the attending bidders, the observers, or their duly authorized representative. Late bids shall not be accepted. The City Government of Bais reserves the right to accept or reject any bid, and to annul the bidding process and reject all bids at anytime prior to contract award, without thereby incurring any liability to the affected bidder or bidders.

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Bids received in excess of the ABC shall be automatically rejected at bid opening. In order to qualify, bidders should conform to the eligibility criteria as prescribed under Sec.23.11 of the IRR-A of R.A. 9184. Bidding will be conducted through open competitive bidding procedures using non-discretionary “pass/ fail” criteria as specified in the IRR-A of R.A. 9184. As such non-submission of the required documents will result in the disqualification of the bidder. All other particulars relative to the procurement process shall be governed by the Implementing Rules and Regulations of RA 9184 otherwise known as the Government Procurement Reform Act. Bid documents can be obtained upon payment of a non-refundable fee equivalent to the total amount of the ABC of the items in which interested bidders intend to bid, in accordance with the following rates: Below P50,000.00 P50,000.00 but not more than P100,000.00 P100,001.00 but not more than P200,000.00 P200,001.00 – P350,000.00 P350,001.00 – P500,000.00 P500,001.00 –P1,000,000.00 P1,000,001.00 and above

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PNP capable ... From page 2 302nd Brigade said that a series of workshops will be conducted between the PNP and the military for the orderly transition of the counter insurgency operations to the police. However, Ochotorena underscored the need for local government units and other government agencies to address poverty, hunger, injustice, ignorance unemployment considered as the root causes of the insurgency.

Lapus: More ... From page 2 teachers for the new school buildings. Meanwhile, Lapus also assured 2 nd District Rep. George Arnaiz to speed up the release of P 133 million allotted for the school feeding program of the province’s three districts. Arnaiz has called the attention of the Deped Secretary for the delay in the release of the said fund. In response, Lapus said he will facilitate the fund’s release, the latest would be during the opening of classes this June.

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FONTA gets Sec ... From page 15 Atty. Jay Dejaresco, Sidlakan Tours and Travel, legal and mediation; Pinky Lautner, of ONE-TOUCH, Theraphists Org. with Unique Care for Health, secretariat; and Christy Bollos, Plaza Maria Louisa, auditor. FONTA is also registered with the BIR. The FONTA which is composed of tourism stakeholders is committed to serve the industry by providing tourists and visitors with destination tours, and all other tourism related activities in the city and province of Negros Oriental. Others present yesterday at the Lautner private resort were: Susan Canoy, Artists League of NegOr; Robert Placencia, METADCO, taxi drivers coop; Ricardo Sales, APDCI porters Assn.; Prod Sirilan, org of Cultural Artists and Spcial Events of Neg Or OCASEON; and Dindo Generoso, adviser and government liason.

Ben: Blacklist... New garbage ... From page 2

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For example, had local authorities strictly imposed the ban of erecting structures and houses three meters away from the river banks, the lives and properties lost and damaged during the New Year’s Eve and February 7 flashfloods could have been minimal, if not avoided. Vice-governor Jose Petit Baldado, a noted environmentalist, conceded that most politicians are good at lip service. He added that politicians are more inclined to implement infrastructure projects because this has been the traditional and popular way for most electorate to judge the performance of public officials. Baldado is push-

to task after noting that hideous wastes emitting foul smell litter the city streets after implementing the new scheme. Councilor Infante speaking in behalf of his fellow barangay captains refuted claims of Clamonte that barangay officials were informed and consulted of the new scheme and added that majority of the barangays don’t have personnel to handle garbage collection and lots to be designated as Material Recovery Facilities. ing for schools to instruct the students on the importance and means to protect the environment.


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

LOT-A

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Lot NO. 5721, Situated at Apolong, Valencia, Negros Oriental, containing an area of 2,953 square meters. - price: PhP1.8M Neighboring residences are owned by foreigners - Clean title with only two registered owners. ———————————————

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2. One property, with two separate titles, being separated by a barangay road passing through them: LOT NO. 4529, Situated at Valencia, Negros Oriental, containing an area of 1,189 square meters and LOT NO. 4528, Situated at Valencia, Negros Oriental, containing an area of 633 square meters - price for the whole property: PhP1.6 M. With more than a hundred standing matured lanzones trees. - Clean title with only one signatory to the deed of sale. ———————--——————-

LOT-C

3. BEACH LOT Situated at Dauin, Negros Oriental, containing an area of 7,081 square meters. - Negotiable Price: PhP 15.5M. - Only one signatory to the deed of sale LOT-D

4. LOT NO. 6805, Situated at Opao, Seit Siaton, Negros Oriental, containing an area of 22,432 square meters - Price: PhP60.00 per square meter. Elevated property with scenic view of Tambobo Bay where the Yachts can be seen being docked. Just a road away from the river - Clean title. With proper documents. ——————————------—— Contact: 0918-929-6047.

FOR SALE:

RUSH SALE

Estate Real Esta te Call: 0918-929-6047

1. Commercial Lot Location: Looc Area 194 sq.m. K-10 Clean title P6 M negotiable 2. House & Lot Location: Bantayan Area 1,852sq.m. K-11 6 bedrooms, garage, lawn huge sala, kitchen fence P10M negotiable Clean title

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MAKATI CONDOMINIUMS

Makati Condominiums PreSelling: Best Location / very near Corporate & Business District / Reputable Developer. Studio, 1 BR, 2 BR, Loft, Penthouse Units. 3M+ - 15M+. Financing available. For More Information Pls. Contact: 0915-826-3261 / (035) 226-2941 Look for Boy Merto Email: voltairemerto@gmail.com / voltaire.merto@yahoo.com

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(M1)FARM LOT Area: 1.6 hectare Location: Mayabon, Zamboanguita BEACHLOT – 2nd lot from seashore Area: 1497 sqmtrs. Location: Mayabon, Zamboanguita Rush Sale Package Price: P1.6M (M2)HOUSE FOR SALE –FULLY FURNISHED OLD Area: 1132 sqmtrs.S Location: Camanjac, Dgte. City Price: P3.7M (M3) BEACHLOT -W/ BEACH HOUSE Area: 1000 sqmtrs. Location: Campaclan, Sibulan Dgte. City Price: P5M

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

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

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

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

COMMERCIAL BUILDING FOR RENT -1ST Floor Only P20,000/month

REAL ESTATE FOR SALE HOUSE AND LOT LOT

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

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

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

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

AGRI LOT

(K 1)

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

HOUSE AND LOT (K 4)

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

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

AGRI LOT

(K 2)

Area: 2,280 sqmtrs. Price: P500 Thousand Location: Lutao, Bacong, Negros Oriental Description: 4 coconut trees and sources of wood trees.

HOUSE AND LOT (K 7) RUSH SALE

Location: Northern Junob, Four Bedrooms, Open style living area 2 CR’s (inc. ensuite to main bedroom) Sari-Sari Store possible fifth bedroom Under Cover Parking, approx 8 minutes to downtown (4 mins. to Lee Super Plaza)

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

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

LOT FOR SALE (K 10)

Lot : area 220 sqmtrs. , ideal for simple residence, near Silliman Heights subdivision, has a huge barangay road and there is a short cut roads if ever there is a road renovations someday, clean tilte, price ; 160, 000

HOUSE AND LOT (K 11)

House and lot : area : 200 sqmtrs. bungalow house, landscape, has a right of way, clean title, descent neighbors, price : P350, 000 still negotiable, place: Combado, Bacong, Negros Oriental, 15 minutes going to Dumaguete City.

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

HOUSE AND LOT (K 13)

House and Lot : area 300 sqmtrs. near the beach, clean title, descent neighbors, very near to municipal public market, police stations, elementary and highschool area,

HOUSE AND LOT (K 14)

House and Lot , area : 500 sqmtrs. fenced, near health center, with huge right of way that can be accessible road that connects to Bagacay, Rosario Heights and even going to valencia, near highway, with two bearing mango fruits, huge garage, still have enough space for landscapes or even building a rest house, 3 bedrooms, clean title, price : 1.6 m but still negotiable.

HOUSE AND LOT (K 15)

House and lot, area 450 sqmtrs. bungalow house, 4 bedrooms, fenced, with garage and landscape, near daycare center, near highway, huge right of way, price: 2.6m, clean title and the price is still negotiable, it is 8 minutes going to Dumaguete City. Location: Northern Junob near Silliman Heights

HOUSE AND LOT (K 16)

House and Lot , 580 sqmtrs, 2 storey, with garage, landscape , in front of the way, 4 bedrooms, fenced, friendly descent neighbors, price 2.6 m, clean title. Location: Northern Junob near Silliman Heights

Call:

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PRIME LOTS FOR SALE • CADAWINONAN • BANILAD Z2 Z1 3,210 Sqm. or more 9,821 Sqm. @P800/ @P3,000/Sqm. (along Sqm. (along the the National Highway) barangay road, with with concrete wall all 91 meters around the property frontage)

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Gov. Macias ...

Kidnapped baby...

From page 1 fant of couple Elvira and Teojanes Aurea from Doldol, Bacong by suspect Kathleen Canolas who was garbed as a nurse and hoodwinked the mother before spiriting the child away. Negros Oriental head Dr. Alex Sy told the public to expect some changes in hospital security regulations. These include the imposition of No ID, No Entry policy

From page 1 cial Attorney Erwin Vergara to convince Canolas to yield to authorities because of the incessant intervention of some people who were with the woman suspect. For this reason, Atty. Vergara did not discount the possibility that some people maybe charged as well in connection to the kidnapping. He observed that the kidnapping was well planned that the suspect even bought a nursing uniform in one of Dumaguete’s department stores, which she used to convince the mother of the infant boy that she is a nurse allowing her the opportunity to take hold of the baby boy. Canolas maintains she merely acted alone to satisfy her need to have a baby of

and the limitation of one watcher per patient and more detailed security guards. Hospital personnel and student nurses must wear their identification cards and complete uniforms at all times inside the premises. However, unlike Macias, Sy believes there was no lapse in security, considering it to be an isolated incident. He also scored the parents of the other would be kidnap victims for failing to inform the security guards that there have been earlier attempts that day by the same suspect. (BY Dems Demecillo

Bridge “too far” ... From page 1 with officials of the Department of Public Works and Highways and private contractor Double L Construction, said this is meant to prevent accidents and the possible collapse of the bridge. Engineer Gloria Abesa, Project Manager of Double L Construction explains that the Polo Bridge did not collapse but was closed down after some of the steel cables have been weakened or destroyed which may eventually lead to the collapse of the bridge. The private contractor scored the drivers of huge trucks carrying sugar canes for insisting to pass through the detour bridge even if it is prohibited. Per estimates of the Double L Construction the long awaited Polo main bridge will be completed on April 30. On the other hand, the DPWH has been instructed by Cong. Arnaiz to maintain the alternate road in Polo plantation for heavy trucks while the project is ongoing.

Did God ...

(Muffet)

From page 5

grace every minute of the day. That every sunset, after radio and teaching jobs, every canvas I finished, His strength, not my own, carried me through. I cannot boast that I am tough, or brave. I am just a lump of clay, being molded everyday. All these imperfections are designed to humble me, mold me into the image my Creator wanted me to be. I think He is more after my character rather than my comfort, or physical appearance. They say that cancer is like a time bomb. If it is present in the body, it takes billions of these cells to multiply before they can be detected by a standard test. They say that cancer always comes back, and with a vengeance. I cannot argue with that. I can only hold on to God’s promise. That He will never leave me nor forsake me. That He opens the door for those who knock. He is always standing there. Outside, waiting. He is not impatient, like many of us. Unlike all of us, God does not make mistakes. For every impossibility, it is God’s opportunity.

her own after ostensibly failing twice to deliver a child despite showing signs of being pregnant and in labor. The suspect, who has a live-in partner, claims she got pregnant which turned out to be negative. She strongly denied planning to sell the baby or that she attempted twice but was repelled by vigilant family members of other male infants. Canolas is a former nursing student in one of the universities here but later and transferred to another college to take up nursing assistant. The euphoric parents of the kidnapped baby and the officials of the Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital reportedly did not agree on the request of the suspect’s relatives to drop the case.

Birdies cashier... From page 16 Balangit was the lone customer of the joint and was studying past 5am when the robbers arrived, one of whom jump over the counter to confront the two terrified female salesladies, emptied the cash register and took a gallon of ice cream. The attendants lamented that the incident occurred a few weeks after the store’s branch near the West City Elementary School was also robbed. They appealed for prompt police action. Meanwhile, a lending collector was robbed of his collection and XRM motorcycle in Bais City last Monday by two motorcycle riding men past 4 pm. Police identified the victim as Kenneth Lumanoy, 22, of IIog Negros Occidental. Investigation showed that the victim was on his way to Barangay Tamiso when his path was blocked by two men on board a Honda Wave and armed with a 357 magnum. The robbers then took his collection of about P18,000 and also carnapped his motorcycle.

Two 11-year ... From page 16 bedroom and was raped. She immediately informed her parents who brought her to the Dumaguete PNP. In another incident, this time in Sta. Catalina town, the victim was repeatedly raped by her own uncle. The 11-year old girl, who is from Pamplona town but was temporarily residing with her 40-year old uncle in Sta. Catalina sought her mother’s aid after escaping from her uncle. Medical reports confirm that the minors were indeed sexually abused. Both suspects however are still at large as of press time.

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Thus, the concept of SONATA evolved. This is the “First Dumaguete Open Song Composition Festival.” Any person who has an original

song composition was invited to audition. Many heeded the call. In the end, we have chosen eleven bands from schools and various communities to

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drink beer but she felt weak and incapable of resisting their sexual advances. The two suspects reportedly took turns raping her. The arrested suspects were charged for rape before the City Prosecutor’s Office on Tuesday.

Release royalties ... From page 13 Governors Emilio C. Macias II of Negros Oriental, Sally AnteLee of Sorsogon and Jericho Petilla of Leyte also signed the manifesto appealing to said national government agencies for the immediate release of their royalty shares from the utilization and development of national wealth within their respective territorial jurisdiction as mandated by the constitution and local government code of 1991. The officials in said manifesto lamented that by delaying the release of the royalty shares, said government agencies are “slowly depriving us of our right to enjoy the fruits of our own natural resources.” They said that the royalty shares are part of the LGU’s lifeblood aside from its IRA and internal collections from business taxes and other locally imposed taxes, fees and charges and “they go directly to the less fortunate constituents in the form of power subsidy, to alleviate their conditions against the rising cost of electricity and other source of energy.” They likewise appealed to the President to immediately solve the impasse and hold said agencies answerable. The manifesto was drawn up during a summit called by Mayor Gonzalez on March 11 in Cebu City during which said officials formed an alliance of geothermal host local government units with Gonzalez as the chairman, said Valencia Information Officer Des Tilos. Tilos said the mayors and governors earlier sought audience with President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in Malacanang sometime February this year. In that meeting also attended by DBM officials, the President

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BY: BERNARD CATINDIG

t was about two months ago when my batch mate in high school, Ian Briones, the proprietor of IN-WIRE Studios and I, a former actor in movies and TV commercials (gosh!) decided to take the plunge and put up a talent center here in Dumaguete. We then named it LOCAL PRIDE. Our city has lots of talentados, she said with a smile. Lots of talents go to waste because no one has given them a break to develop, enhance and present what they have. I agreed.

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perform their original compositions. The bands are TONESHOP, FLEXIBLE, MASTIFF, VIRTOUSO, SANTILMO, INDIX FINGER, CLAY BAND, INFECTED, JELLY ACE, CHICOSCOLAVIA and ROOTASHTRAY. Performance date is on March 28, 2009(Saturday), 8:00pm at the Sidlakan Negros Village (Buglasan area). Together in our dream to help the

talented individuals in our community are The Negros Chronicle and DY-EM ENERGY FM. We hope to see you there and take part of a milestone in our local music history. For ticket reservations and other inquiries, you may call or text 09108099554 or visit us at IN-WIRE Studios, Meciano Road, Dumaguete City. Tickets are also available at Energy FM at only 30.00 each!

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Catapusan. In his explanation to the CHRONICLE, the DPWH district engineer said that the steel columns which were erected underneath the bridge hit a soft soil bed in that the column reached 30 meters deep instead of just half the length. That is why the project incurred negative seepage and thus, the budget of P16-million was disrupted. The DPWH made some adjustments by eliminating other contingency costs until the project is now back running smoothly. As to the disruption of road traffic which is along the main national highway, the DPWH blamed sugar cane trucks of over 20 tons each that caused its temporary disruption since the coco lumber in the detour bridge started to give way. DPWH has requested the Army to put a halt bar on the bridge and insist in not allowing trucks with huge tonnage to pass by. These will have to be diverted to Asotes in Polo. The owner assured PNP 0fficials that there will be no toll fee in the temporary detour road.

2 dead, 4 ... From page 16 Not contented, the suspect boarded a motorcycle and went to Barangay Basak at about 7:45 am and stabbed a certain Reynaldo Prieto Jabido to death before turning his murderous rage and attacked three other victims namely Roe Jabido, Agripino Jabido and Grace Lidamo. Zozobrado’s stabbing spree was ended when enraged residents subdued him. However, others mauled and stabbed Zozobrado, who is now confined in a hospital. reportedly ordered the budget department to release the royalty shares to the LGUs but this has not transpired until now, said Tilos. (By Rachelle M. Nessia

From watchdog ...

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Free? Libre? Bokong? From the stand point of the newspaper publisher or owner, the government is exacting an economic burden because of what one of his columnists wrote. By the way, newspaper publishers or owners are separate from columnists. They are usually two different animals. (The bills don’t even distinguish) So it is a double whammy for the publisher or owner. The publisher bears the cost of the space for the columnist. Now, if the bills become law, the publisher will also have to bear the cost of the reply. Loosely speaking, double jeopardy (for lack of better description or analogy). As a consequence, the newspaper publisher will start telling your political columnists: “Stop criticizing public officials because the cost will double”. What is the effect? For one, the corrupt will be happy. The incompetent and the inept will rejoice. No one will expose them anymore. Newspapers will no longer be “watchdogs”. Instead, they will become “dog watchers”. Goodbye press freedom. The publisher—specially the provincial publishers—will start telling columnists to just write about why the sky is blue, or why the sun is hot, or why cockfighting uses roosters and not hens. That way, by staying away from controversial stories, the publisher can evade costly replies, and devote his newspaper space to generate income to cover the cost of the column. I believe George Arnaiz saw this imminent and, should I say dangerous, anomaly. And his argument has jurisprudential precedence. Let me reinforce it, if I may. In the case of Miami Herald Publishing Co. versus Tornillo decided by the U.S. Supreme Court on June 25, 1974 (418 U.S. 241), the court struck down as unconstitutional a right of reply bill in Florida. The supreme court said: “The Florida statute exacts a penalty on the basis of the content of a newspaper. The…penalty resulting from the compelled printing of a reply is exacted in terms of the cost in printing and composing time and materials and in taking up space that could be devoted to other material the newspaper may have preferred to print” In simplified but superb legal articulation, the U.S. Supreme Court said: Faced with the penalties ... editors might well conclude that the safe course is to avoid controversy. Therefore,… political and electoral coverage would be blunted or reduced. If I may add, a blunted or reduced political discussion would undermine the constitutional guarantee to freedom of the press. If these right-of-reply bills are passed into law, there is a chance that the editor-publisher of this paper—to avoid added costs—may instruct me to just write about my inconsequential childhood, my boring past lovelives, or whether during my adolescence there was ever a time I entertained gay tendencies, or to just be creative without being controversial. Well, I’m already pondering on that possibility.


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Ramon Teves Memorial

DUMAGUETE SCIENCE HIGH SCHOOL Trio to represent the whole Philippines at the International Science and Engineering Fair in Reno, Nevada U.S.A. on May 10-16, 2009 !

Hail to Our student Scientists W

e congratulate three students from the Dumaguete Science High School known as the Ramon Teves Pastor Memorial Dumaguete Science High School for being chosen to represent the Philippines no less, to the International Science and Engineering fair in Reno, Nevada, U.S.A on May 10-16.

Off to Nevada in May, LR: Jamie Mananquil, Karina Louise dela Cruz, and Kin Israel Notarte with their adviser Yvette Gonzales-Gamora.

Their winning experiment in high school is the test on cancer-curing properties of a certain variety of red algae. The high school scientists from Dumaguete who will display their winning experiment in Reno, Nevada, U.S.A are Kin Israel Notarte, Karina Louise dela Cruz and Jamie Mananquil. They qualified for the world competition by placing second in the life science team category in the Intel Philippine National Science Fair in Subic last February. Their adviser is Yvette Gonzales-Gamora. This is the second time the City Science High School sent an international science contestant. The first was Karen Soberre Yu. She was awarded for the innovation of bioplas production of biodegradable plastics at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Her adviser was Mrs. Dinah Sindiong. In that Subic National Contest, another science high student, Alyssa Trisha Eloise Vintola, was awarded by the Oklahoma University for her most challenging thorough and creative investigation of a Mathematics problem accessible to high school student, like a shorter way of finding derivatives of functions.

Mananquil, Notarte and Gamora with SUAKCREM scientists Dr. Angel Alcala and Dr. Fred Vande Vusse. They led the team who supported the young science high scientists adopt a world class methodology which enabled them to win the coveted prize to represent the Philippines in Reno on May 10-16.

DR. ORLANDO G. CADANO, Principal, Ramon Teves Memorial Dumaguete Science High School

Luckily, the students of science high were backed up by their teacher Ferrera Oira with the help of scientists from the Silliman University Angelo King Center for Research and Environmental Management with the likes of Dr. Angel Alcala, Dr. Fred Vande Vusse, Biologist Roy Olsen de Leon, Statistician Rene Abisamis, Drs. Robert Morris and Joshua Hamilton, Prof.Raul Suarez and Gelo Victoriano dela Cruz of the Cancer Institute of New York. To our outstanding student scientists from the science high school, we doff our hats for your exemplary display of your God-given talents. Surely, you did not hide your talents but shared it to other people’s benefit indeed. And congratulations for the great example you have shown to our youth of today in this university town of Dumaguete. The accolades that you have earned dear students simply show your excellent time management, extra ordinary diligence and dedication to things entrusted to you with responsibility. We also doff our hats to the parents of these science high students for their support to their children in their academic pursuits. (EDITORIAL OF DYEM-FM News)

from Your Alma Mater & Supportive PARENTS Ramon Teves Pastor Memorial Dumaguete Science High School


March 22 2009