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VOL. 37 No. 38 Dumaguete City,

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Judge: Investigate courtroom theft of guns, cash, celfons op officials of the province, from the congressmen, governor, provinclal police director, and city mayor of this capital city were unanimous in their declarations that they are not receiving bribe money directly or indirectly from suertres illegal gambling operators. This runs counter to an earlier declaration by DILG Sec. Robredo that the multi million peso suertres illegal gambling game of numbers thrive because the game is bettordriven and that they are protected by certain echelons in the officialdom who are receiving regular “bonuses” from financiers.

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The hornet’s nest so to speak has been stirred by a circulated email letter written by an obvious pen name Russel Zamb rano w hich claimed that the provincial PNP director and the NBI task force Kasaligan head were on the take. This was followed by vehement denials of SSupt Rey Lyndon Lawas , PNP provincial director and Mike Dungong NBI task force Kasaligan head. Both are now using their regional and Manila branches to trace the email source of what they called “embarrassment” to the law enforcement agencies. Then this was followed by the admission in a media interview by the second

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lady executive judge will shortly investigate the case of the unprecedented thievery of guns, cash and cellphones from one of the offices inside one of the salas presided by another lady judge at the provincial hall of justice along EJ Blanco road.

Regional Trial Branch 39 the Honorable Arlene Dato said that she will get into the bottom of the unprecedented theft of several gu ns cash an d cellphones from the evidence cabinet of the office in her sala at the hall of justice. This is the first time that the hall of justice particularly the sala of one lady presiding judge was a victim of thievery. But the lady judge told the CHRONICLE that all the stolen items from her sala were no longer under judicial custody because all the cases that covered the

Court presiding Judge of stolen items were already terminated. All the more, the items were hot for thieves because it was no longer under litigation and will soon be forfeited in favor of the government, said one court employee. According to the police blotter, stolen from the sala of Judtge Dato last Feb 27 were three guns, a beretta, a

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Suertres thrives due to bettors, protectors

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ILG SEC. Jessie Robredo told LGU officials of Negors Oriental and the local media that illegal suertes game thrive in most places in the country because it is mainly bettor – driven and is under protection by certain local officials who are given a monthly bribe in huge quantities by the financiers of this illegal numbers game. “If the bettors stop betting, and the concerned local officials stop receiving huge money bribes from financiers, suertres will die a natural death,” said the local gov-

ernments secretary. He pointed out categorically these reality-scenarios when he visited Dumaguete in December last year. He said that the stoppage of the

illegal game is by patronizing the legalized gambling games o f PAGCOR and PCSO while bettors simply will have to stop betting on suertres which he admitted is

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DILG Sec. Jessie Robredo in Dumaguete talks with PNP Provincial Director SSupt. LAWAS. (FILE FOTO)

“NEVER REMOVE INTEGRITY TILL DEATH, NEVER LET GO, YOUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.”


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BM Arnie Teves proposes Tigbakay during brgy fiestas

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f you can’t stop them, regulate them: this was the apparent sentiment of Board Member Arnie Teves, president of the League of Barangay Councils , about Tigbakay, the illegal cockfights in the rural areas which go unabated despite a provincial ordinance prohibiting the same. He plans to regulate them instead.

Under the national law, cockfighting can only be held in duly designated cockpits approved by government. Those cockfights done outside the licensed cockpits are illegal and are called Tigbakay. But since cockfighting is an old Filipino favorite past time, especially in the barangays, Tigbakay continues on a hide-and-seek affair with the authorities. Due to its prohibition,

Tigbakay goes in nooks and co rn er s an d violator s abound. To fix this hide-and -seek affair, BM Teves proposed an ordinance with the following highlights: 1. Allow cockfights in designated barangays one day before, during and one day after barangay fiestas as a means of entertainment to visitors and residents; 2. Only those with permits from the LGU and sanc-

Mayor to fire, rehab city hall drug users oting that even members of the law enforcement agencies are involved in the illegal drugs trade or are drug dependents themselves, Dumaguete City Mayor Chiquiting Sagarbarria sternly warned all city hall employees that they will be dismissed from the service if they fail to pass the upcoming drug tests. Pursuant to the mayor’s city hall employees numberdirective, drug testing kits ing some 2,000, including are already available to be regular, casuals and projectused for the comprehensive charged and unannounced tests of all Turn to page 18-B

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Gamy: why only small drug fishes? onsignor Gamaliel Tulabing, Vicar-General of the Diocese of Dumaguete appears to be unimpressed of the series of arrests made by authorities of persons who were allegedly selling illegal drugs. His observation is shared by a number of academics and anti-crime advo- users. They deplore the fact cates who are demanding that only small-time drug that law enforcement agen- pushers are paraded cies must focus in arresting the drug lords and suppliers of the illegal drugs than just picking on lowly pushers and Turn to page 18-B

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f the five aspirants to fill the latest vacant seat of the Provincial Board following the elevation of Jun Arnaiz as Vice-Governor, former Board Member Mariant Escano-Villegas and Tinchu Perdices, son of former Governor Agustin Perdices appear to be the top favorites.

Bo th Villegas an d Perdices come from influential political families that shaped the history of the province of Negros Oriental. The o th er b ets ar e Bo y Saceda, Angelo Teves, defeated vice-mayoral bet of Dumaguete City Rommel Erames and Dr. Tabaloc of Tanjay City.

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o new faces will be joining the Negros Oriental Electric Cooperative Board of Directors as the status quo prevailed following the recent re-election of all three incumbent members but critics expressed growing confidence that from this day on there will be a marked change in the management style of the cooperative.

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Their enthusiasm rests in the knowledge that there is now a new bloc of directors constituting the majority, who vowed a more transparent administration of the multi-billion cooperative. Re-elected in last month’s series of polls were James

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Dumaguete City police chief post declared vacant

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he po sit io n fo r D umag ue te C it y police chief has been declared vacant after former city police chief P/Supt. Leopoldo Cabanag was placed in the Philippine National Police (PNP) Holding and Accounting Unit to undergo further schooling. Provincial Police Director Col. Rey Lyndon Lawas in an interview said that he received the directive declaring the city police chief position vacant from the PNP Regional Office in Cebu City during the last week of February. Lawas invited interested police superintendents in the province to apply for the post and submit their applications to PNP’s Regional Officers Placement Board. “The board will initially

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S.O.S. Dumagueteño

in Libya calling…

Dumaguete media interviewing Provincial Police Director Col. Rey Lawas who disclosed that the Dumaguete City police chief post has been declared vacant by the PNP Regional Office after former City Police Chief Supt. Leopoldo Cabanag was placed at the PNP Holding and Accounting Unit to undergo further schooling. (RMN/PIA-7 Negros Oriental)

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

(email:dejaresco_ely@yahoo.com)

Attempted Bribery is even punishable by law f a person even attempts to give money to a public official in exchange of favors or, for his non-arrest or prosecution for an act which is punishable by law, the would-be giver can be arrested and be held liable for attempting to bribe a public official. How much more if the official receives the money? Question: Why did some local officials not arrest those who attempted to bribe them? Maybe they did not know. Let them read the provisions of the law on bribery on Articles 210, 211,and 212 of the Revised Penal Code so that they will be appraised of how to handle offers to bribe public officials. Attention: Congressmen, governors, mayors, barangay captains: For those who cannot afford time and money to read the provisions, we are reprinting them FOR YOUR INFORMATION:

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tioned by the town cockpit operator be allowed and only one at a time; no monopoly; 3. Pay amusement and business taxes; get police clearance; 4. Income from monton is shared as 10% of the bets for the cockpit operator; income from gate fees goes to barangay concerned. The Liga ng mga Barangays thru BM Teves will propose the same to the provincial board shortly.

TOP OF THE WEEK

critical reporting

A native of Dumaguete named Eduardo “Eddie” Teves who is working in Libya needs help in getting out of that country. His passport no. is EB1146190 and works with Libyan Iron and Steel Company. He is now stranded in Misurata, 10 km. away from capital Tripoli. His relatives are worried and are seeking assistance from his kababayan. His sister Vicky Teves Babor is a teacher at Foundation University and can be contacted thru cell phone no. 0916430-5646.

Legal Research by: Anton I. Dejaresco

Bribery   Art. 210. Direct bribery. — Any public officer who shall agree to perform an act constituting a crime, in connection with the performance of this official duties, in consideration of any offer, promise, gift or present received by such officer, personally or through the mediation of another, shall suffer the penalty of prision mayor in its medium and maximum periods and a fine [of not less than the value of the gift and] not less than three times the value of the gift in addition to the penalty corresponding to the crime agreed upon, if the same shall have been committed. If the gift was accepted by the officer in consideration of the execution of an act which does not constitute a crime, and the officer executed said act, he shall suffer the same penalty provided in the preceding paragraph; and if said act shall not have been accomplished, the officer shall suffer the penalties of prision correccional, in its medium period and a fine of not less than twice the value of such gift. If the object for which the gift was received or promised was to make the public officer refrain from doing something which it was his official duty to do, he shall suffer the penalties of prision correccional in its maximum period and a fine [of not less than the value of the gift and] not less than three times the value of such gift. In addition to the penalties provided in the preceding paragraphs, the culprit shall suffer the penalty of special temporary disqualification. The provisions contained in the preceding paragraphs shall be made applicable to assessors, arbitrators, appraisal and claim commissioners, experts or any other persons performing public duties. (As amended by Batas Pambansa Blg. 872, June 10, 1985). Art. 211. Indirect bribery. — The penalties of prision correccional in its medium and maximum periods, and public censure shall be imposed upon any public officer who shall accept gifts offered to him by reason of his office. (As amended by Batas Pambansa Blg. 872, June 10, 1985). Art. 212. Corruption of public officials. — The same penalties imposed upon the officer corrupted, xxx shall be imposed upon any person who shall have made the offers or promises or given the gifts or presents as described in the preceding articles. Prision mayor and temporary disqualification. — The duration of the penalties of prision mayor and temporary disqualification shall be from six years and one day to twelve years, except when the penalty of disqualification is imposed as an accessory penalty, in which case its duration shall be that (Turn to page 19)


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Editorial City shuns PAGCOR Casinos

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espite the offer of one million pesos a month for the city government to spend for social services, the City Mayor of Dumaguete was firm after consulting the Bishop of the Diocese of Dumaguete about refusing PAGCOR, the Philippine Gaming Corpo rati on, to o pen casi nos in Dumaguete this year. The refusal of Mayor Sagarbarria of PAGCOR, the official gambling lord in the government, to open casinos in Dumaguete, was lauded by the business, the academe, and religious sectors. Thanks to Bishop John Du who advised Mayor Sagarbarria to shun the casinos. But what if PAGCOR will open casinos in Sibulan, Bacong, or Valencia? Will Mayor Bartoces, Mayor Alviola, or Mayor Gonzales refuse the offer of PAGCOR of one million pesos a month in cash, or 12 million pesos a year as royalty? “The offer was very tempting,” said Mayor Sagarbarria,

but gave his disapproval after the bishop advised Sagarbarria to shun the casinos. Bishop Du believes, and told Mayor Sagarbarria, that God will provide the one million a month for Dumaguete, just don’t let the casinos in, and Sagarbarria obeyed. The p arish pri ests of nearby Sibulan, Bacong, and Valencia should be able to get the cue from Bishop Du to persuade the mayors of Sibulan, Bacong, and Valencia to refuse the entry of PAGCOR casinos. The leadership of Bishop Du is now put to the test. Will his parish priests follow his advice, and take a similar stand with the bishop in opposing casinos, or will they succumb to the earthly temptation of legalized gambling within their parishes? The answer now depends on how influential is Bishop John Du to his parish priests so as to refuse the entry of PAGCOR casinos in Sibulan, Bacong, and Valencia.

here are many lessons to be learned from the tragic death of Angelo T. Reyes, former Armed Forces Chief of Staff and Defense Secretary. Reyes, w ho served government for almost half a century, shot himself Tuesday after hearings in the Senate and Congress linked him to anomalies in the Armed Forces. Reyes plunged deep into depression after having been publicly pilloried in the Senate hearings. He himself revealed that there was a concerted effort to destroy him. When the public humiliation extended to his family, he wouldn’t allow it. One of the lessons which I hope will be addressed is the way congressional investigations are conducted. I once worked as a lawyer in this Blue Ribbon Committee more than a decade ago. Things were different then. Senators participating in blue ribbon hearings accorded respect to their resource persons. Unfortunately, over the years, things have turned for the worst. Resource persons, invited to Senate house investigations are instantly converted into virtual accused, even criminals. Senate investigations have become an arena for political grandstanding, headline-grabbing, power-tripping, ego enhancement, and perso nal vendetta. This is not the kind of senate hearing that our constitution envisioned. Senate hearings have a specific purpose, that is, it must be in aid of legislation, not in aid of persecution. One of the changes we want to see in the senate is the imposition of restraint in the treatment of resource persons because these invitees come not as persons accused in a criminal case. Senate hearings should not be likened to a police interrogation. The best way to learn how to conduct congressional investigations properly is to watch C-SPAN co verage o f U.S. congressional investigations (unfortuntately you will not see a Jinggoy Estrada manner of questioning there). We wish to see changes in the manner of treating resource persons who invoke the right against self-incrimination. This is a very important constitutional right which insulates a person from becoming a witness against himself.  Yet, I  have sensed that this  constitutional protection has been emasculated by senators who feel discomfo rt every time a guest invo kes this right. Again, the Senate is not an arena for criminal investigation that is why leeway must be given to guests who invoke the right to refuse to be a witness against himself. What is happening is that the senators will have to evaluate every time a resource person invokes this right. The senators will determine whether the Turn to page 19

Tourism, a priority RP industry

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Dateline Manila by Bingo P. Dejaresco

long with real estate, tourism is one of the prime movers of the PNoy economy in the near future. For every quality tourist, some 3 to 4 jobs are created, according to Philippine statistics.

Tourism is considered a US$2.5-trillion global industry enriching many nations who ride on the Rest and Recreation market. It is one industry where a definite cash flow transfer from the “rich” to the “poorer” countries can reasonably occur since many of those who can afford “big-time” tour expenditures belong to the First World countries. In fact, the top ten “tour spenders” in the world (in order in 2009) were Germany, USA, China, France, Italy, Japan, Canada, Russian Federation and Netherlands. The Philippines only gets less than 1% of the total global tour ex-

penditures - we have not made a dent on the market yet. The same is true when RP is measured in terms of the number of tourist arrivals. RP’s over 3 million tourists in 2009 was a mere 34% of 1% of the entire global tourist flow ranking us a poor ninth in the Asia Pacific Region. The top draws in the regions are: China (53 million),Hongkong (30M), Malaysia (22M), Thailand (14M), Macau (10M), Japan (8.3M), Sigapore (7.8M), Korea ( 6.8M), Indonesia (6.2M), India (5.3M), Vietnam (4.2M) and Taiwan at (3.3M).

The country faces a lot of catching up to do. The tangible reasons are obvious enough. Our infrastructure like roads, airports and communication lag behind our rivals. There are not enough safe, clean and comfortable tourist facilities that can provide world-class competition to a wide range of budget. Of course, our government allocates a pittance in budget in terms of marketing the country abroad. Our main targets center on East Asian countries including China, Japan and Korea. But To page 11

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COMPILED AND EDITED BY BEVERLY LINAO WITH REPORTS BY CHINA CANCIO & RAMIE BULAYBULAY

Press Club to create Media Ombudsman

s an organization of professional working journalists, the Dumaguete Press Club Inc., has decided to revive its original Media Advisory Council, which is composed of leaders and pillars in the private sector who will help monitor and advise media on their respective performances in the spirit of public service. As media’s way of policing their warnings and sanctions . If under the ranks, the press club, instead will invites printed word, the respective editors will known leaders in the community to act follow the recommendations of the press as media ombudsman. Once there are ombudsman. complaints from the public who are the As planned, the press ombudsman will media’s listeners, readers and viewers, be headed by a retired executive judge with the press ombudsman will hear the case members from the Integated Bar, medical between the complainant and request the society, religious groups, academe, the erring mediaman to explain his side. youth and the civic clubs, the incumbent Under radio, the KBP chapter standpress club president, KBP chairman, and ards authority will impose established the press club chair emeritus.

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Baldado criticizes methods in trimming, cutting of trees

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ormer Governor Jose “Petit” Baldado, a renowned environmentalist, criticizes the methods used in the cutting and trimming of trees by the provincial government.

Baldado said that he understands the trimming and cutting of the branches of tree, as these pose danger to the people, especially during heavy rains and strong winds, but he suggested that it should be done in a balance way — not cutting oneside only. Baldado shared that after being trimmed down, the surface of the cut branch should be painted so that the tree

will not be infected by diseases that might lead to its death, which would post more danger to the people in the future. The cutting and trimming of the trees were done after a couple of individuals were hurt and one died after being hit directly by a big branch of tree. A provincial government agency office was also destroyed after a big branch collapsed on its roof.

Church, guv support local PNP chief

espite the accusations thrown to him, the Diocese of Dumaguete and Governor Roel Degamo still believe in the leadership of Senior Superintendent Rey Lyndon Lawas, Negros Oriental Provincial Police Office director. Degamo said that he still trusts the capability of Lawas to curb the illegal numbers game and illegal drugs in the Dumaguete vicar general, Msgr. Gamaliel province, as well as the chief of the local Tulabing, said that the Church and he still national Bureau of Investigation, despite the allegations of bribery being thrown believe in the ability of Lawas to head the to them through a social networking site entire police force of the province. posted by an individual. For the Church’s part, Diocese of

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Tourism security to make tourist police one unit

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he newly tourist police graduates of Negros Oriental will be formed into a single and exclusive unit of security force for the tourists and tourism destinations.

The chosen tourist policemen will undergo three levels of training: foreign languages classes; crisis management; and first aid. This will help them become more capable in responding and communicating with tourists. Sr. Supt. Anselmo Pinili said that assembling the tourist policemen is an order by President Noynoy Aquino III. This is to give the tourists security when

visiting the country. The idea was realized after the Chinese nationals were held hostage by a desperate police officer, last year. Negros Oriental is one of the top 14 tourist destinations in the Philippines, thus, the province is in the priority list of having tourist policemen. Pinili hopes that the training will be completed before the end of this year.

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The political economy of corruption

o  we glimpse the  underground  “Radyo  Bandido” of  People Power   take  cyberspace forms in the “Arab Revolutions of  2011”?   

“It was radio”, Fr James Reuter recalled in an Inquirer 25th  People Power anniversary interview. .That station came on the air after President Ferdinand Marcos’ men blew up Catholic station  Radio Veritas.   “Information is democracy’s oxygen”.  Anchored by June Keithley, “Radyo Bandido”  became nerve center for reports on  the “Yellow Revolution.” It  played  a linchpin role  in  toppling  the 21-year old “New Society” dictatorship. The 94-year old Jesuit priest and Magsaysay Awardee downplays his role in securing

dzRJ  and  thereafter  hitchhiking on Veritas’ frequency of 840.. On  ANC anchor Cheche Lazaro’s program, Keithley  recalls Fr Reuter moved her  from the Philippine Federation of Catholic Broadcasters Office,  at Xavier House in Santa Ana, to “Radyo Bandido.” “My   assistants were  Emer Guigon, Pablo Mercado and Gabe Mercado, then 13 and 15” Keithley recalled. Sister Sarah  Manapol, who now  oversees  St Paul’s College in Quezon City, organized data from volunteers for broadcasts. Turn to page 10

orruption is all forms of dishonesty in social life, reckoned to benefit an individual unjustly at the cost of others. Corruption is also any gain derived by illegal means or by the use of political power. A category of corruption would also include the waste of the time in offices, the negligent performance of duties and drawing of concessions on false pretexts, etc. People will probably be sur- tern slightly varied. Payments prised to know that graft and cor- were made in cash or kind. ruption is not a monopoly of this Sometimes it was in the form country. Most developing coun- of favors for relatives and so tries seem to be the victims of this on. Royal commission organsocial malaise. There was cor- ized to investigate corruption ruption and cult of “backshish” in concluded that tradition had medieval India which forced a given the practice the seal of French observer to say that “in universal acceptance. When it the East, the great are never ap- came to petty payments for proached empty-handed”. In fact, services rendered, the comthe system of Nazrana has had mon people thought that this a history of centuries in India. was Corruption in British India was the same even if the patTurn to page 11

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BY: JOHNY M ERCADO

(E-mail: juanlmercado@gmail.com )

BY AMB. JOSE V. ROMERO JR., PH.D

The Answer

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What if God says NO? sa 55:8 (NIV) “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD. What if God says NO? How do we take No as an answer? Prayers have answers. Sometimes it is a No and sometimes it is a Yes, or a long wait. Our natural response to a No is also a resounding No. We question God, sometimes even to the point of blaming Him. A godly father begged God I intended as good was interday and night to heal his little preted as bad…by a hummingdaughter. After a month in the bird. hospital, she died. He was hurt Recently one of the little feland asked God many questions. lows flew into the garage and got Then God opened a way for this lost. Though the door was open, man and his family to open a he didn’t see it. He insisted inschool and helping other little chil- stead, on bashing his head dren. The child he lost gave way against a closed window, deterto reach out to other lost mined to get out. Soon our whole ones.Many times we don’t know family is in the garage, empathizwhat is happening in our lives. ing with his confusion. “Help him Why good men suffer and the out daddy,” came the chorus wicked ones flourish. We do not from my kids. So I tried. I opened understand why little innocent the window, hoping he’d fly outchildren have leukemia. he didn’t. I nudged him with a Max Lucado told this story broom handle. He wouldn’t in one of his columns . “ What Turn to page 9

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MUFFET DOLAR VILLEGAS e-mail: blue_bell57@yahoo.com

A comprehensive tourism development plan is the perfect solution to our economic problems. It promises increased revenues while still preserving the unique aspects of our beautiful province. Put bluntly foreigners visit, leave their money and go home. Several contributors to the Negros Chronicle blog  (http:/ /www.negroschronicle.com/ ?p=12147#comment-52416 ) have argued that Dumaguete City is an “academic community” and we should concentrate our efforts on that area.  Unfortunately there are only so many “students” that can

be serviced which limits the amount of revenue that can be generated. The tourist industry has no limits. When we run out of American tourist we can appeal to the growing wealthy in China. An additional bonus is the more we develop our tourist attractions the more we preserve the natural and historical beauty of Negros Oriental.  We raise our economy while still preserving those things that made us fall in love with Dumaguete City and Oriental Negros. In the past many members of our community have tried to Turn to page 9

JAMES “ KOJAK “ HUGHS U.S. Army

Cpt ( ret )

Footsteps and Fingerprints

Loving God and the world

We are not God !!!

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OD and the world are usually put in contrast. We are supposed to choose one and reject the other. No in-between, much less, both together. This can be gleaned in many parts of Scripture and other spiritual literature. St. Augustine, for example, other spirit that separates it further put it sharply when he said: “Two from him. loves built two cities - the earthly This state of affairs has given which is built by the love of self, rise to a certain way of life, comeven to the contempt of God, and monly known as the religious the heavenly which is built by the spirituality that considers the love of God, even to the contempt world, a priority as an enemy of of self.” God or as something to be And that’s understand- treated with much caution. able, given the fact that the The corresponding attitude that world has absorbed the sinful- sprang from this mentality is that of ness of man, and in a way has what is known as “contemptus detached itself from God, its mundi,” a certain contempt for the creator. Because of that, the world, or at least a distancing from world has become the seat of the world. all that is opposed to God. That’s why hermits and It follows a law that cannot monks who started this lifestyle connect with God. It’s a purely lived in caves, deserts, mounmaterial and natural law, lacking tains, etc. This was aggravated the proper spirit that it needs to because there was aggressive link itself with its Creator. That’s persecution against Christians in our task. We are the ones who many parts of the can give it the spirit that reconnects it with God, or, sadly, anTurn to page 9

had the distinct pleasure of meeting Jocelyn “Josie” Limkaichong long before she was elected First District Representative. We sat in her dining room and discussed the many challenges that face the Philippine people. I found her to be highly intelligent, articulate and sincerely dedicated to the welfare of the people of Oriental Negros. Her ideas were innovative and well thought out.  That is why I was not surprised to read she is urging Governor Roel Degamo to make tourism an important part of his new administration.

re you God? Am I God? NO!! should be our unequivocal answer. Now let us ask ourselves and answer sincerely and honestly from our hearts: Who am I, who are we, to arrogate ourselves equal to God by legislating whether a God-created, God-given life should live or die? This is exactly what we are doing if we favour the Reproductive Health Bill now under deliberation in Congress. The future of our society de- also distorts relations between pends on the rediscovery of the peoples and nations. It is in innate human and moral values direct opposition to the Culture that promote and strengthen the of Life. Culture of Life. At the same time The basic feature of this Culwe need to fight against those ture of Death is the noticeable values that promote the influence absence of God in a growing of the Culture of Death. secular lifestyle, influenced by a This Bill is, in the view of flood of distorted and hedonistic our faith, is a prime example values where pleasure is maxiof the “conspiracy against mized and pain is minimized. life” that is subtly encroaching Having and hoarding become on the sanctity of life in to- more important than “being”. day’s milieu. This conspiracy Sexuality is depersonalized and takes the form of a “culture of exploited. death” and damages us not only in our personal, family, Turn to page 12 and community relations, but

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An Easy Yoke Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. – Matthew 11:29-30

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ou believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who haven’t seen me and believe anyway.” John 20:29

Some people think they would believe in Jesus if they could see a definite sign or miracle. But Jesus says we are blessed if we can believe without seeing. We have all the proof

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GOSPEL Matthew 7:21-27

  “Not  everyone  who  says  to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away

we need in the words of the Bible and the testimony of believers. A physical appearance would not make Jesus any more real to us than he is now.

from me, you evildoers!’        “Therefore  everyone  who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

Sunday Thoughts FROM BURNING BUSH TO LIBERATION “Go tell the Pharaoh’, let my people go.” “What is in your hand?” “Tell them my name is ‘ I am who I am’.” Exodus 3

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n anyone’s preaching ministry, it would be strange if he/she DR. PROCESO UDARBE has not preached on the burning bush experience of Moses in that lonely mountain. This is my third reflection on the most fascinating dialogue between God and Moses that is recorded in the books of Exodus. We all remember the story of how the baby Moses was saved from the genocide of Hebrew babies at a time when the population explosion of the Hebrews had alarmed the Egyptians. Moses’ mother, fearful, laid the three-month old baby in a basket and placed it beside the river where the princess usually bathe. Moses’ mother did the very right thing, for when the princess saw the baby, she took

him to the palace and adopted him as her child. Moses’ mother offered herself to be the child’s yaya (caretaker) and she found herself caring for her own baby in the palace. In due time, Moses grew to be a strong man, enjoying the soft privilege of palatial life. But he was not to remain long in such wealthy circumstances. His heart was for his fellow Hebrews. One day, after seeing a Hebrew being lashed by an Egyptian task master, he killed the Egyptian. The next day he witnessed two Hebrews having an alteration. When Moses tried to pacify them, one of them said: “Why do you intervene? Are you going to kill me also like you did with the Egyptian?” Being in fear that what he had done would be reported to the authorities, Moses escaped to the desert. He kept walking over the desert and mountains until he reached the land of Midian, where he became a Bedouin and married the daughter of priest Jethro. (To be continued)

is yoke is easy because his yoke is my yearning. It gives me the very thing I’m made for—creative activity. When I surrender to him, it is the same surrender a wire, unattached and noncreative, makes when it surrenders to a dynamo: it throbs with light and power. The same surrender which paint makes when it surrenders to an artist: mere color becomes a living picture which ink makes when it surrenders to a writer; mere color becomes words that burn and bless enlighten. When you surrender to Christ, you surrender to the most creative and dynamic Person on this or any other planet. You begin to be alive with his life, enlightened with his light, loving with his love. You have surrendered to creativity. Therefore, his yoke is easy, for you are made by the Creator. His yoke fits you. You are made to belong, and when you belong to him, you know instinctively that this is the right belonging. When Jesus came to the disciples as they were distressed in rowing, bucking a heavy headwind and getting nowhere, they were frightened, thinking he was a ghost—something alien. But finally, after his assurance, “It is I,” they gladly took him into the boat; and “immediately the boat was at

No need to be wrong on Contraception n his Sept. 26, 2008 column in the Philippine Daily Inquirer (“The clergy’s all-out war on contraceptives”), Professor Raul C. Pangalangan criticizes Catholic objections to state-sponsored contraception as arising from an appar- FR. GAMMY TULABING ent confusion between JCD, VG contraception and abortion. He suggests that if only the clergy (and the laity) knew how many abortions were being committed in the country, despite the fact that it remains a punishable crime, they would not object to a state policy and program of contraception. In many countries, they have used the purportedly high number of abortions to justify the legalization of the crime. It is like saying that since the number of unsolved murders is increasing, the State has incurred the duty to legalize murder. The argument has not yet been raised here to justify the legalization of abortion. But it is being raised to justify a state policy and program of contraception. The numbers are being unduly fudged to heighten the argumentum and misericordiam on behalf of “the poor.”  The unbroken historical record shows that in all countries that legalized abortion, legalization was unerringly preceded by universal contraception. The basic objection to state-sponsored contraception as proposed in House Bill 96 however, does not arise from any confusion between contraception and abortion. There is no such confusion. The objection is based simply on the fact that: 1. contraception goes against the conjugal moral order established by the Creator; and 2. state-sponsored contraception goes against the Constitution, which proclaims “the sanctity of family life” and obliges the State to “protect and strengthen the family as a basic autonomous social institution” and “to equally

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the land whither they were going.” You strive to get to the land of selfrealization and can’t, and then you take Jesus in as Lord, surrender to him, and immediately you are at the land whither you were going—the land of self-realization. You have been striving to get to the land of total meaning and can’t get there. You take Jesus in, and immediately you are at the land whither you were going— you’ve found the land of total meaning, the Kingdom of God. You have arrived at the land of fulfilment when you are in him . You don’t have to travel—you’re here!

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his piece about the Spanish friars can excite one’s imagination with a feast for both the eyes and the brain. Fr. William REV. FR. ROMAN C. M. Abbott, SJ further SAGUN, JR. points out in his M.A. thesis in history: “When a petition for the friars’ expulsion was presented to the people of San Francisco de Malabon (today Tanza), Cavite in 1896, someone categorically said,’Cung aalis ang mga Pareng Castila, sinong matitirang pare? Ang mga Tagalog? Cung ganoon ang caramihan natin ay magiging judio’. “From the prisoners’ memoirs, however, it is clear there was massive support and popular sympathy for the Spanish parish priests once one went out of the circles of the hardened Katipunan or the areas where there had been unfortunate experiences with individual friars. “The native militia certainly were aware of this difference in treatment. One medical officer in Zambales found out why: “I asked the Zambaleños various times, ‘Why do you look on us, soldiers, with such discontent, while the priests you treat in a manner that could not have been better?’ ‘You will know,’ answered an intelligent man. ‘Look, the priests have taught us to be what we are. They founded schools for us. They forbade vice or vagrancy. In all the bitter times we, good Filipinos, have experienced or suffered from the Spanish provincial chiefs, while the priests, besides good advice, have taken our side and helped us. Now that we see bad people go against the priests – note these have been those active in the provincial government, like senior scribes, court interpreters, any one wielding the pen, in one word – we the good ought to do for the priests what is in our obligation and capability.’ “Some Spanish soldiers, unconcerned with theories, simply adopted a practical conclusion for what was obvious and they had themselves tonsured in the hope of passing for priests and Turn to page 13


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civilized world and in many periods of time. This frame of mind eventually graduated into some people living in enclosed and isolated communities, in convents and monasteries. It became their way of protection from the world, and

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tap into this unlimited source of funds. Unfortunately their efforts did not result in much success. Possibly one reason for those failures is the lack of a “comprehensive” plan. They often, half-heartedly, only develop one small aspect of the tourist industry. As Representative Limkaichong has recommended, a comprehensive “full court press” to develop the tourist industry would likely have a significantly greater impact economically. Regardless, public funds that were spent on developing and preserving our natural and historical treasures would not be wasted. As this program would benefit the entire province, it should be an entire provincesupported effort. Hotels will be full; restaurants will be full; pedicabs and taxis will be full; everyone will benefit either directly or indirectly. Governor Degamo and the other leaders of this province work for you. They are sworn to serve you. Time for you to tell them what you want done. Be an everyday hero; let your voice be heard.

of intensifying their spiritual life and other things, like the spirit of fraternity and the business of formation. When the missionary activity started, this spirituality also heightened since the hard environment that met the missionaries in the beginning simply forced them to live this religious lifestyle, protected, isolated and conducive to spiritual exercises. But things have changed lately, with religion given freedom to develop and grow in the world, with persecution and hostile environment significantly diminished, this religious spirituality somehow also waned. What is gaining strength is what is known as lay spirituality. This is the spirituality of people living in the middle of the world, who have no reason to be afraid of the world and, in fact, are eager to stay in it, convinced that is where they belong, where God has put them. There they try to infuse the Christian spirit. It’s not exactly opposed to the religious lifestyle, it´s just different. It simply recovers the original state of things when the world was created good by God. It can and should lead us to God. And even in its alienated status because of our sin, the world is still where our Lord has placed us. It’s not something to run away from. This truth about the world can somehow be discerned in that prayer of Christ right before his passion and death. To his Father, he said: “I pray not that you should take them out of the world, but that you should keep them from evil.

They are not of the world, as I also am not of the world.¨ (Jn 17,15-16) And right at the beginning of human history, we are told: ¨God created man in His own image...And God blessed them, saying, increase and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it, and rule over the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the air, and all living creatures...¨ (Gen 1,2728) We have to learn how to find God in the world, and to subject everything in it to God. Obviously, with the evil that has crept into it, we need to be careful and prudent. We are told to be ¨guileless as doves and shrewd as serpents.¨ But we have to learn to make the world our true home with God, renewing it always to connect it with our heavenly home. This, I think, is what is meant by the expression, ¨new heavens and a new earth.¨ This is in St. Peter´s second letter: ¨We look for new heavens and a new earth according to his promises, in which justice dwells.¨ (3,13)

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budge. Finally, after several firm pokes he made a move… the wrong way. He fluttered around the window panes. Now he was trapped. What a pitiful sight. I had no choice. I stuck my fingers in the opening, grabbed a few feathers, and jerked him out. Im sure he did not appreciate the yank, but at least he was free. The bird thought I was cruel. If only he had known that I had come to help. If only he knew…” Sometimes we don’t know or even understand God’s ways. Five years ago, I begged God that the biopsy will not turn malignant, but it was, and gave birth to this column. The road was full of bumps along the way, but those bumps made me strong. I do not understand why I am back for another surgery after I survived cancer for five years. But His thoughts are not our thoughts and His ways are higher than our

ways. These white walls seemed to suffocate me. But though I don’t understand, I trust God that His plans are always for the best. He had given me life, and He has the right to take it back in His own perfect time. Circumstances can be meaningless, but our responses can make a difference.

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“Radyo Ba ndid o” newscasts  were monitored by people massed  at EDSA, foreign journalists, 40 Catholic stations nationwide —  and Marcos loyalists who threatened mayhem. Today, protestors in Libya, Iran, Yemen, Bahrain to Algeria an d Mo rroc o weil d Facebook,Twitter and email. The se   21st    ce ntur y  to ols  emerged from EDSA 1’s radio and EDSA 2’s cellphones and fax .  Research on  transmitting data, by Stanford University, Rand Corporation and Massachusetts’  Institute of Technology,   led to breakthroughs in “packet switching.” By mid 1980s, the Net emerged, followed in the next decade by new generation tools: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc. The explosive growth of nearinstant communication, through the  Internet,  had a deep  impact on culture, commerce, and Arab  dictators. Here are two countries’ experiences, culled from an extensive  Channel 4  survey :  LIBYA:  In 41-years of oneman rule, Moammar  Ghadaffi, clamped total control on media, notes  Reporters Without Borders,  but Internet  vaulted these firewalls. Citizen journalists   uploaded information and pictures of Libyans   fighting back as Ghadaffi waged  war on his own people. “ My name is fre edom,” messaged @AliTweel on Twitter  “Born in Tunisia, raised in Egypt, studied in Yemen, fought in Libya

and I’ll grow up in the Arab world”. Omar Amer adds: “There are no more ‘Chinese whispers’. Accurate information is spreading real-time,” he telephones people in Libya from London and posts their information on Twitter. “Radyo Bandido”  played  “Mambo Magsaysay”  for its theme.   Libyan bloggers use Twitter  hashtag #Feb17 — the day   wh en  merc enar ies gunned down 12 protestors.  The first issue of  an uncensored newspaper “Libya” appeared, and the opposition turned two state radio stations against Ghadaffi (Filipino  rebels took over Channel 4, on Feb. 24,  and began broadcasts for People Power). Ghadaffi muzzled the Internet, as did Egypt’s Mubarak and Tunisia’s Ben Ali. But users resorted to proxy servers; they uploaded pictures of Libyan helicopter pilots who, ordered to fire at demonstrators, defected instead.  (Marcos or dered  Col. Antonio Sotelo to lead the 15th Strike Wing, based at Sangley Point, to  neutralize helicopters in  rebel-held Camp Crame. Sotelo and  squadron  chose to land at  Camp Crame  and  defected; duly reported by “Radyo Bandido”) BAHRAIN : As in Egyp t,  Bahrainis use  “ live web-streaming devices to broadcast images di rect ly f rom the prot ests .” Ustream and Bambuser enabled youth to film live while shaking shoes at rulers.. Twitter hashtag #Feb14 - the first Valentine day protest - became the identity of  Bahrain’s

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one notes that among the top 6 spenders, 4 of them are in Europe, namely, Germany, UK, France and Italy with a combin ed to ur ex pend iture of US$200-Billion. Are we segmenting our market strategies properly? Let us be aware that the Tourism Business is not all about hotels, resorts and restaurants alone. There is the humongous “Convention, Exhibition and Conference” tourism for all types of organizations wanting to hold meetings in different countries. Think about the “Retirement Market” attracting mainly American, Japanese and balikbayan retirees into retirement villages and the like. There is the “Leisure and Entertainment” Tourism market for which reason theme parks like the Nayong Pilipino and the up and coming “Las Vegas of Asia” in the Roxas Boulevard reclamation area is taking shape fast. Let us not forget the huge “wellness market” (US$106 billion) and the “medical tourism market” (US$50 billion). The country has world-class hospital facilities like St Luke’s Medical Center, Asian Hospital, Makati Medical Center, Medical City, Cardinal Santos Hospital an d th e He art and Kidn ey Centers. There is also that considerable market for dental and cosmetic intervention (vanity market) which are not covered by medical insurance. Consider that in 2009 alone, RP hosted 250,000 non-resident patients bringing in US$350 million (P12 billion) to this medical tourist segment in the country. Last year alone, there were 150,000 Americans who left their country for medical attention abroad since it would cost them 25-75% less in cost than having them done in America. Arguably, a huge market. Finally, there is the new segment coined by the highly creative chief of San Miguel Corporation Ramon Ang who believes in PatrioT-ourism. The SMC top honcho is a believer of the “Rosetto Effect” lifted from the best selling book of Malcolm Gladwell titled “The Outliers”. In that book, it was found out that in a town of

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The High RISKS of the ONLINE WORLD “He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man.” - Proverbs XXI. 17 here was a time before when innocent people were delighted and thought that when their children play harmless games on the internet, they thought that things were alright. But the big question arises, “Why are our children not doing well in school?” Today, the reports are resorting to violence. Their alarming and parents must performance in school will be aware of the evil conse- drastically deteriorate, failquences of the “eddictive” ing in class and refuse to (addictive) online gaming. function properly. What’s Of course, many gamers worse is that many have think that these games are been victimized by sinister teaching themselves skills. an d cu nn in g stranger s But here’s the irony – online through social networks – gaming never sleeps. Even at targeting women, especially midnight up to the wee hours teenagers for sex. First, of dawn, youngsters would they’ll introduce themselves still not sleep because they as “frien ds” b ut once a are so much obsessed with it youngster is totally conand its fantasy world – they vinced by the “smooth and need to get a life, a sense of sweet talker,” then she is reality. enticed and captured within The Internet, a multi- his clutches – leaving her media provider, also has its vulnerable. cons. Most minors, espeThis “Romeo” will start cially boys, are exposed to inviting the gullible girl and adult content through mov- once she goes out alone and ies, p ictu res an d video is mesmer ized b y th e streams provided by the stranger, it’s game over. KidInternet. Definitely, these vi- napping her in the process carious things will seriously and dragging her away for affect their way of thinking, prostitution. If she tries to

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resist, she could be murdered. Well, this is only one of the tragic episodes that happen here and abroad. Certainly, we are living in a Cyberspace Age and Satan, taking it to his advantage and even using it as a convenient tool for moral destruction of our naïve and innocent youth. Of course, most of our smart children would readily rationalize – “Okay lang. I’m old enough to do things!” But don’t be fooled, smart kid; the devil is smarter than you! Remember, regrets come last. Suggestion: Parents must teach, control and discipline th eir ch ildr en o n HO W LO NG and HOW THEY SPEND THEIR TIME ONLINE.

the cool Tagaytay Ridge which will attract the God-fearing and Blessed Virgin Mary devotees in a place called Monte Maria in tandem with world renowned healing priest Fr. Fernando Suarez. The centerpiece of the spiritual “New Jerusalem” is a 100meter figure of the Virgin Mary (to be designed by several architects) to rival that of the image of Jesus in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. The picturesque enclave will be highlighted by a huge man-made lake and a green forest reservation.

The market segmentation of subsectors under the generic tourism industry is certain, therefore, a crucial strategy as the Philippines makes a stronger bid for global customer penetration. These thoughts are healthy inputs, as well, for any Tourism Congress, that Bohol is currently breaking into to culminate sometime in June this year.

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in New Delhi in 1963, “a few lakhs of rupees could even snatch the Prime Minister’s position.” This was probably an exaggeration but nevertheless gave an indication of popular perception of the level of corruption prevalent in India at that time. Administrative corruption in India in the 1960s in its vduring their meeting last March 1.arious forms was according to the President of the All India Congress “all around us and rising all the time”. He talked about “congressmen who were paupers a few years ago who were now millionaires and multi-millionaires; who now owned palatial buildings and factories…. without any visible means of such income.” He concluded therefore that “the growth of disproportionate assets and black money in recent years can be directly attributable to corrupt practices.” (To be continued)

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The so-called right of women to decide whether or not to kill their unborn child due to various reasons usually in support of their personal life-style is highlighted and the right of the unborn to its God-given life is being ignored. This is the modern tragedy: the eclipse of the sense of God and man, and the resulting distortions wherein society refuses to accept and care for any life – the sick, the aged, the dysfunctional, the weak – that interferes with its “progress”. We are gradually but inexorably losing the sense of the sacred in our society. Life as designed by God is always “a good”. It is the seed of an existence that transcends the very limits of time, for God himself has planted eternity in the human heart. Human life has always been sacred to God, and to proclaim Christianity is to proclaim life. Therefore as a “people for life” we need to view life in its deeper meaning, and to look for God’s living image in every person, in the unborn person as well as in the birthed. By seeing Christ in every person we meet, we can experience a God-given, everyday – or we could say, an every-person – epiphany! This is the Culture of Life. It is this Culture of Life that promotes and enables us and others to live in dignity and fullness of life. It is in embracing the Culture of Life that helps us build our families as the basic life unit of community and society. It is in strengthening this Culture of Life in our families that the integrity and sanctity of the family as the domestic church, the basic unit of Christian life and cornerstone of society, is truly realized. We urge you, as responsible and concerned citizens and children of God, to familiarize yourselves with the various aspects

and concerns surrounding the Reproductive Health Bill by reviewing the 11 NEWS articles from both church and non-church sources, and two videos that are posted on the BCBP website www.bcbp-phil.com. And then take appropriate action!!! I thank you in advance for standing up for the Culture of Life. May God bless us all. What Should Be Our Response to the RH Bill – by Bobby Atendido, BCBP BOT Chairman (posted on 1004-10) No Place for the RH Bill in Our Law – by former Senator Kit Tatad (10-10-10) Talking Points for the RH Bill Dialogue – by Loyola School of Theology and the John Carroll Institute on Church Social Issues (10-11-10) Mother, Let Me Live! – video (10-21-10) Let Us Renew Our Commitment to Life – by Bishop Jesse Mercado, D.D., Bishop of Paranaque (11-2210) Pope Benedict and the Condom Question – Vatican news (11-23-10) House Bill 13: Safety and Protection of Life – by Nancy R. Catan, Portal Editor and Columnist (12-1210) “Watch, Laugh, and Learn” or Are We Really Overpopulated? – video (12-15-10) A University of the Phils. Position Paper on the RH Bill – (12-1810) Choosing Life, Rejecting the RH Bill – CBCP Pastoral Letter (2-0111) Consolidated RH Bill – 15th Congress – (2-01-10) Choosing Life Video: the Official Stand of the Catholic Church on the RH Bill – video (2-14-11) The RH Bill: Losing the Sense of the Sacredness of Life (2-24-11)

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No need to be ... (Tulabing) protect the life of the mother and the life of the unborn from conception.” The Constitution recognizes marriage as the foundation of the Filipino family, and the family as the foundation of the nation. That some contraceptives are, in fact, abortifacients present an additional problem. That oral contraceptives have been established by the international research arm of the World Health Organization (WHO) to be cancer-causing presents yet another problem. But the natural moral law would still hold contraception to be wrong even if it were shown that all contraceptives were 100-percent “medically safe” and non-abortafacient. The fact that the Church has no way of compelling anyone to follow her teaching faithfully on this matter does not give the State the right to sponsor a program of contraception, to be funded, ironically, by those whose faith denounces it as morally unacceptable. Such State action does violence to the constitutional separation of Church and State.

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NOTE: Schedules are subject to change without prior notice. EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF ESTATE AND SALE NOTICE is hereby given that the heirs of the late EUFERIO LLAGUNO have filed and executed an Extrajudicial Settlement of Estate and Sale on Lot 4229, Pls-404-D, covered by OCT No. HV-220, situated in Kansumalig, Bayawan, Negros Oriental, containing an area of 50,678 sq.m., in favor to Spouses Edgar P. Pinili and Bernarda C. Pinili as notarized by Atty. Elizur V. Umbac, Notary Public under Doc. No. 488, Page No. 237, Book No. XVI, Series of 2007. The Negros Chronicle Feb. 20, 27 & March 6, 2011 Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF NEGROS ORIENTAL 7th Judicial Region Branch 63 Bayawan City SPEC. PROC. 342 IN THE MATTER OF CANCELLATION OF THE SECOND REGISTRATION OF MARY GRACE TUTO MAYAN DONE IN THE LOCAL CIVIL REGISTRAR OF CARMEN COTABATO, PHILIPPINES, BEARING LCR REGISTRY N0. 2006-178 AND CORRECTION OF ENTRIES IN HER FIRST CERTIFICATE OF LIVE BIRTH BEARING LCR REGISTRY NO. 88-1441 BY CORRECTING HER NAME FROM MARICRIS TUTO MAYAN TO MARY GRACE TUTO MAYAN AND CORRECTING THE NAME OF HER FATHER FROM MATIAS P. MAYAN TO MATIAS P. MAYAN SR. MARY GRACE TUTO MAYAN, Petitioner, – versus – OFFICE OF THE LOCAL CIVIL REGISTRAR OF BAYAWAN CITY, NEGROS ORIENTAL, Respondent. x——————————————————————x

ORDER Petitioner, a resident of Barangay San Roque,

Bayawan City, Negros Oriental in her verified petition, alleges that she was born last June 25, 1988 at San Roque, Bayawan City, Negros Oriental. Her birth was registered before the Local Civil Registrar of Bayawan City Negros Oriental by Antonieta Gela; that by mistake and confusion her birth was wrongly reported for the second time at the Local Civil Registrar of Carmen, Cotabato, Philippines by Matias. P. Mayan Sr..; that, unfortunately in her first and correct birth certificate her name was entered as Maricris Tuto Mayan instead of Mary Grace Tuto Mayan; and the name of her father was wrongly entered as Matias P. Mayan instead of Matias P.Mayan, Sr. Thus this petition. The petition being sufficient in form and substance, let the same be heard on March 15, 2011 at 9:00 o’clock in the morning at the session hall of this court along Severino “Nene” Martinez Street, Bayawan City. Interested parties are hereby enjoined to appear on the aforesaid date, time and place and show cause why the petition should not be granted. Let this Order be published immediately at the expense of the petitioner, for once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks at a newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Negros Oriental and its five (5) component cities. Furnish copies of this order to the Solicitor General, the Local Civil Registrar of Bayawan City, Negros Oriental, the petitioner and her counsel. SO ORDERED. In Chamber, this 25th day of January, 2011 at Bayawan City, Negros Oriental. (Sgd.) ANANSON E. JAYME Presiding Judge The Negros Chronicle Feb. 27, March 6 & 13, 2011


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OBITUARY Josefa Flores-del Carmen, 76

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osefa “Josie” Flores del Carmen peacefully moved on to the next life on February 27, 2011, in Houston, Texas. Josie was born on January 16, 1935, to Florencio and Josefa Saavedra Flores, in Dumaguete City, Philippines. She was the ninth of ten children. She graduated from Silliman University High School and attended Silliman University, an American Presbyterian University in Dumaguete City, Philippines. She finished a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Cum Laude, in 1957.

Josie served as secretary in the College of Arts and Sciences and then in the College of Business Administration, Silliman University. While a student she met Rolando del Carmen, then a law student and later a professor in th e Co llege of Law, Silliman University. They married in 1966. They came to the United States a few months after their wedding because Rolando was awarded a fellowship by the United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia to pursue graduate studies in law at the University of California-Berkeley. Their only child, Jocelyn,

was bo rn there. Fro m Berkeley, the family went to the University of Illinois, in Urbana, Illinois, where they stayed for two years while Rolando finished another graduate degree in law. Josie and her family then moved to the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 1969 where Rolando taught and Josie worked as secretary in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. In 1974, they moved to Huntsville, Texas.  Josie worked for 18 years in the Philosophy Department and then in the Division of Student Life at Sam Houston. Josie retired from Sam

BY: DEMS DEMECILLO BLAS LIBATON

TFK urged to arrest big-drug fish also JOSEFA DEL CARMEN Houston in 1993. Throughout her years in Huntsville, she enjoyed cheering on the Bearkats at football, basketball, and women’s volleyball games; travelling with her family to six continents; and supporting p hilanthropic causes, both locally and in the Philippines. She enjoyed

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Murder at Silliman farm; slain farmer buried By BEVERLY LINAO

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he remains of a certain Richard Sampilo from Pamplona, Negros Oriental was buried last March 2 after nobody from his family and relatives claimed his already decomposing body that was recovered from a rice paddy in Agan-an Sibulan. Accor ding to in a press release that on Feb- but may have had an “internal Dumaguete police officer-in- ruary 28, the body of the arrangement” with the suscharge, Sr. Insp. Eddie Oira, farmer w as f ou nd in a pects. Reports said that a witness the v ictim was Silliman Far m site in reported the crime to the pokilled February 19. The al- Barangay Agan- an , leged perpetrators are broth- Sibulan,isolated from the lice. The same witness also led ers, Richard and Reynard gated main Silliman Farm the police to the spot where the victim’s body was dumped. Baldosa of Bindoy, Negros facility. According to the witness, Oriental. Police are looking Garcia also confirmed into work-related conflict that the Baldosa brothers the suspects beat and stabbed between the victim and the were contractual employees Sampilo before dumping him suspects. As of press time, at the SU farm hired only in a septic tank near a bio-gas investigations are still ongo- during rice planting season. chamber at the SU Farm, but ing. Moreover, Garcia said that later on moved the body to the Mark Raygan Garcia, the victim was not a contrac- rice paddy in Agan-an, where Silliman spokesperson said tual worker of the SU farm, the body was found.

Authorities claim that certain arrested suspected drug pushers even in depressed communiti es (see photo) cannot be underestimated as they can be considered as big players of the illegal industry considering that many of them can afford expensi ve l awyers. Calls, led by the Church, mount for the interagency Task Force Kasaligan to arrest the drug lords and suppliers so that the highly publicized campaign can surely make a dent in the illegal drugs trade.

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wo brothers were charged for murdering and burying their co-worker in a rice paddy maintained as a farm site by Silliman University following an argument over a theft allegation.

Authorities charged brothers Richard and Reynald Baldosa for killing Richard Sampilo last February 19, his re-

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our members of the Caluscusin family and their visitor lost several pieces of jewelry, two laptops and cash to two suspected burglars who struck at dawn, Monday, while they are in deep sleep inside their home in Talay, Dumaguete City. Norma Caluscusin mother of Peter, phones, two laptops worth P 64, 000, quanVince, Paul and visitor Manant Macoy tum pendant, gold necklace, timex claimed that they lost four cellular Turn to page 14

Widespread ...

(Sagun) From page 8 sharing the fruits of clerical popularity. “The most undeniable indication of the widespread esteem for the friars can be seen in the continual efforts of the revolutionary leaders and press to discredit them. If the friars were so hated, it would hardly have been necessary to conduct such a fierce campaign to expel them.” (More next week)

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GSO head robbed of hand-held radio?

government-issued hand held radio worth nearly P 20,000.00 was reported lost by the head of the General Services Office of the Provincial Government, Tuesday, while filling some gas at FilOil Gasoline Station in Tabuctubig, Piapi, Dumaguete City. police investigators that he saw the missBerchmans Patrimonio suspected ing property in the front seat of his that perpetrators could be the two staff Turn to page 14 members of the said gas station. He told

Suertres less priority, war on drugs is top

Reacting to observation that anti-suertres operations seem to be rare, if not, zero in the past months, National Bureau of Investigation Special Agent and Task Force Kasaligan Chief Miguel Dungog stressed that the war against illegal drugs takes the top priority compared to the campaign against the gambling vice, as it is most harmful to the community.


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HOUSE AND LOT FOR SALE Pulangtubig, 360 sqms, 3BR, 2CR, with garage, a nice lawn and a good-looking fence @ P3.5M Motong, 359 sqms, 2-storey, 3BR, 2CR, uses hardwood floor, with garage (newly renovated) @ 4M Junob, 300 sqms, 3BR, 2CR, with garage and a concrete fence @ 2.5M Junob, 450 sqms,2BR, 2CR with a big lawn @ 1.7M Bantayan, 300 sqms, 3BR, 2CR with garage including a car @ 3M Purok Calubihan, 900 sqms, 2-storey, 6BR, 6CR with 2 garage and a nice lawn @ P9M Cantil-e, 880 sqms, 4BR, 3CR, with garage and a nice and pleasing lawn facing the East @ 7M

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Where in DUMAGUETE Esogan, Bacong, 4 Bed rooms, 2 CR Dgte. City, 4 Bed rooms 3 CR w/garage, nice garden Claytown, Dgte. City, 4 Bedroom, 2 CR w/garage nice lawn Piapi, Dgte. City, 4 Bedrooms, 2 CR, w/ carage Colon Extension, Dgte. City 3 Bedrooms, 2 CR, w/carage Poblacion Valencia, 4 Bedroom 2 CR, w/ garage Valencia, Hawa, 4 Bed room 2 CR, garage, nice garden Valencia, Bacong, 3 Bedrooms, 2 CR w/ garage Hawa, Valencia, Beautiful House, Nice garden, 6 Bed rooms, 3 CR, garage Sibulan, Neg. Or., 3 Bed rooms, 2 CR, w/ garage Motong, Dgte. City, 3 Bed rooms, 2 CR, w/ garage Bantayan, Dgte. City, 3 Bed rooms Banilad, Dgte. City, 4 Bed rooms, 3 CR, nice garden w/ garage Bantayan, Dgte. City, 5 ed rooms, 3 CR, car park, nice lawn Pulantubig, Dgte. City, 4 Bed rooms, 3 CR, w/ garage Candau-ay, Dgte. City, 5 Bed rooms, 2 CR, w/garage Dumaguete City, 4 Bed rooms, 2 CR, 2 garage, spacious garden Motong, Dgte. City, 3 Bed rooms, 2 CR, w/ garage Clay town, Dgte. City, 4 Bed rooms, 2 CR, w/garage Pulantubig, Dgte. City, 3 Bed rooms, 2 CR Junob, Dgte. City, 3 Bed rooms, 2, CR Camanjac, Dgte. City, 4 Bed rooms, 3 CR, w/garage Magatas, Sibulan 4 Bed rooms, 2 CR Calindagan, Dgte. City, 4 Bed rooms, 2 CR Air Port Area, Sibulan, 3 Bed rooms, 2 CR Bantayan near ABC Gym Motong, (Tennis Court)

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Zamboanguita, Neg.Or. Sibulan, Neg.Or. w/ House Banilad, Dgte. City Ahong, Sibulan, Neg.Or. Ahong, Sibulan, Neg.Or. Dauin, Neg. Or. w/ House Dauin, Beach House

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From page 13 pick-up truck while he filled his car tank with gasoline. However, upon reaching his office, he noticed that the hand-held radio was already mis sing. Patrimonio went back to the gas station but the staff refused to answer his questions and called for the manager who declined to name the staff whom he observed to be acting suspiciously. They agreed to meet at the police station to record the incident but the manager failed to appear.

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wris t wa tc h, luxury clothe s, c re dit and AT M cards. The suspects apparently gained entrance by using a ladder and first went to her sons’ rooms, then to hers downs tairs and the living room where her son Paul and visitor Macoy were asleep. After collecting their loot, the suspects were believed to have escaped through the backdoor.

RUSH SALE • 1.6 GLi Toyota Corolla (Automatic; white) P120k • Adult Dogs (male) Very nice and easily tamed. Good house guards. GERMAN SHEPHERD : 1 yr. & 8 months old P18k DALMATIAN : 2 yrs. & 6 months old P12k • 6 cu. Ft. Samsung Refrigerator (slightly used): P7k Call: (0917) 700-6459.

FOR SALE House & Lot at Fortune Homes, Pulantubig, lot area – 335 sq.m. Floor Area – 170 sq.m.; 3 BR, 1 big loft Price 3.9M – negotiable. Contact: 0922-8329195.

Readers’ VIEWS “Gentle People” donate single trike to paralytic Dear Editor This is Mitsch Schreiner from Germany (we  talked today on the phone). Since a caraccident in 1981 I am complete paralized and I am using a wheelchair. I was impressed about the new ow ner of “Pirates Bay” (former Happy Freds). When I was there, couple weeks ago I can´t use the Toilet because of the wideness of my wheelchair. After a while I visited the place again and surprisely they build a brand new Toilet with wheelchair access. I always read about Dumaguete ”the city of the gentle people”. Now I know! I am already h ere fo r 3 monthd. 5 years ago, I came to the Philippines because I am a supporter of ERDA Foundation in Manila. I also taught in a caregiverschool there. In 2005, during the ASEAN PARA GAMES, I was a consultant coach for the national team of the Philippines in wheelchair basketball. Until now I give them

German paralytic, athletic coach Mitsch Schreiner on board his customized motorbike which is donated by the gentle people of Dumaguete’s GP REHAB, a foundation helping disabled children and adults alike. practice from time to time (next practice will be on the w eekend    25/26/27  this M a r c h ) . GP Rehab in Dumaguete made a dream come true for me, because now I can drive

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LOTS FOR SALE Around Negros COMMERCIAL LOT FOR SALE Daro, Dgte. City (SUMC)

259 sqms. at 7M Call: 0918-929-6047

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2,297 sq.m. @ P1,800/m J u no b/ re s id e n ti a l /1 block fronting Silliman Heights

LOT FOR SALE Lot adjacent to SUMC P14 M negotiable 859 sq.mts. (CHET) Call: 0918-929-6047

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LOT FOR SALE

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my own motorbike. This bike replaces my legs, using a Tricyle or a bus is almost impossible, now I can roam around easily, even around N e g r o s . Hope you can publish something in the CHRONICLE

NEW STOCKS • Bondo, Siaton, 21 hectares with fruit bearing trees @ P100.00 per sqm • Mayabon, Zamboanguita, 24 hectares fully planted with gemilina, mahogany, jackfruits and other fruit bearing trees @ P80.00 per sqm • Sta. Aguida, Pamplona, 10 hectares @ P30.00 per sqm • Bondo, Siaton, 44 hectares @ P4 million • San Jose, 29 hectares with coconut trees and sugarcane plantation @ P50.00 per sqm • Bayawan City, 35 hectares along the road near the city @ P350,000.00 per hectare • Sta. Catalina, 4.3 hectares with sugarcane plantation ready for harvest @ P25.00 per sqm • Northern Junob, Dgte City, 19,900 sqms @ P1,500.00 per sqm • Candau-ay, Dgte City, 12,782 sqms. @ P500.00 per sqm • Bagacay, Dgte City, along the road with 65 fruit bearing coconut trees @ P2,200.00 per sqms. • Bagacay, Dgte City, along concrete road @ P1,700.00 per sqm • Junob, Dgte City, along the road with fruit bearing coconut trees @ P2,000.00 per sqm • Purok Calubihan, 500 sqms. @P2,600 per sqm.

CALL: 0918-929-6047

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• House and Lot, 150 sqms, 3 BR, 1 CR with garage @ P1.9M • House and Lot, 116 sqms, 4BR, 2CR @ P1.4M • House and Lot, 80 sqms, 2BR, 2CR, sliding doors, sliding windows with garage @ P.9M

CALL: 0918-929-6047

From page 13 been bothered by his conscience and reported to the police. The witness alleged that he saw the suspects beat and stabbed the victim before burying it near a bio-gas facility but they later moved and buried Sampilo’s remains to the nearby rice paddy. Silliman University which promptly condemned the incident which occurred within its property expressed its willingness to cooperate until justice is served to the victim and his grieving family,

AD PAWNSHOP No. 13 San Juan St., Dumaguete City All unr edee med pledges whose terms have expired will be auctioned on March 31, 2011 at our place.


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WA), led by Women Auxiliary (NOPHM & n Me l ita sp Ho ial of service inc ary The Negros Oriental Prov l, president, celebrated its 24th year annivers eaker. sp ria t co es Degamo as gu Mrs. Annabelle Q. Es 1, 2011 with Gov. Roel R. to the NOPH last March

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fter 20 years of government service and 11 years as a judge, true-blue Dumagueteña lady Executive Judge Pamela A. Maxino, has just been appointed Justice of the Court of Appeals, making her the fourth from this city to become magistrate of the second highest court of the land. Pamela Maxino was a top graduate of the Silliman College of Law in 1989 and passed the bar the same year. She is now the executive judge of Guagua, Pampanga.

yearRight: Sillim an President Dr Ben S. Malayang receives the 2010 The Negros CHRONICLE Yearbook 2010 is now off the press. annually in a special section at the Sillim an main library. Witnessing Librarbook edition from the CHRONICLE editor publisher, to be placed ions and Isabel Mariño, acquisition librarian, representing SULimited are Dr Cecile Genove, dean of the college of mass comm unicat es. librari their subscribing to the CHRONICLE Yearbook for ian Lorna Yso. Other schools colleges and universities are also ription and free delivery. subsc for editions are available, call 225-4760 or 0918 929 6047

She is the daughter of retired lawyer, teacher, and banker Atty. Luciano, and Mrs. Carolina Maxino, also a teacher. The Maxino siblings are now occupying high positions in their respective professions. They are: Cynthia Joy Maxino Uy, Chair of the Radiology Dept. of Manila Doctors’ Hospital; Carol Maxino Yorobe, Undersecretary of the Department of Science & Technology; Roderick A. Maxino, Judge, RTC Branch 32, Dumaguete City; Dwight A. Maxino, Vice-President for SNGP & NNGP, Energy Development Corp.; Lu A. Maxi no, Department Manager, Commercial & Finance Dept., Dumaguete Water District; Carla Maxino Koseki, Senior Employee, Philippine National Bank,  Tokyo, Japan Branch; Winston A. Maxino, Chief Operating Officer, Hooven Phils., Inc. and General Manager, Green Earth Power & Energy Management Corp, Happiest Pinoy Awardee; and Shane A. Maxino, HR Manager, Cocopalm Agri Group. HR Consultant, Dumaguete Coconut Mills.

AFP turns over keys of new houses to 70 soldiers in NegOr

by: Rachelle M. Nessia with reports from Jennifer C. Tilos ome 70 soldiers are now proud homeowners after the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in the province turned over the keys to their new houses yesterday at Camp Leon Kilat, Tanjay City. The keys, along with certificates of ownership, were awarded to the soldiers under AFP ’s “Kalinga sa Kawal Housing Project” (KKHP). The housing units are erected on a 7,500 sq. m. lot within Camp Leon Kilat situated in Brgy. Sta. Cruz Viejo in Tanjay City, which is one of 16 such housing sites for soldiers nationwide. Ac cording to Maj. Sonny Gonzalez, public information officer of the 302nd Infantry Brigade based in Tanjay City, each housing unit costs P65,000 of which the Armed Forces and Police Savings and Loan Association, Inc. (AF PSLAI) will subsidize P25,000. “The re maining P40,000 will either be directly paid by the soldier or can be availed through a loan,” he said. The housing project

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he Negros Oriental State University has announced that all its 21 nursing graduates have passed the Nursing Licensure Examination held last December 2010. NORSU President Dr. Henry A. Sojor said that this is the second batch of nursing graduates produced by the state university,

and the second time that NORSU garnered a 100% passing rate in the nursing licensure test. The new nurses are Camad Ali Jr., Jeanie Batiancila, Marie Neil Bon, Dibie Grace Cabus, Junsly Ceriales, Sandy Kristina David, France April Dela Cruz, Glady Gelera, Jerry Kinkito, Chryssle Marie

Left: Arlene Alipio of DOT Manila, who was in Dumaguete City to facilitate the training of 50 tourist policemen on tourism awareness program. Right: Sr. Supt. Anselmo Pinili, chief of the PNP Public Safety Division Directorate and Operations in Camp Crame, being interviewed by Dumaguete media during the last day of the training of the 50 tourist cops in Negros Oriental. (RMN/PIA-7 Negros Oriental) ws conceived by the Department of National Defense (DND) after it inked a memorandum of agreement with Gawad Kalinga and AFPSLAI on July 16, 2005 as part of the department’s corporate social responsibility. Col. Manuel Luis Ochotorena, commander of the 302nd Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army (PA), said, that the project aims to provide a better quality of life, comfort and security to PA personnel and their families. (RMN/JCT/PIA-7)

Larracas, Richelle Manso, Shiela Pajulas, Saharah Pangcatan, Bayron Regalado, Janini Rondera, Marigine Rusiana, Anthony Rey Saycon, Vretchy Tuballa, Amor Valencia, Paul Kenjie Valerio and Ma. Victoria Zarate. The university also obtained a 100% passing rate from its pharmacy graduates during the Pharmacy Licensure Examination held last

Jan. 24 & 25 in Cebu City. The examinees from NORSU who passed are Francis Arnel Flores of Dumaguete City, Mark Griffin  Gadayan of Bayawan City and Mary Joy Papasin from Cebu. The national passing rate for nursing is 35.25%, while for pharmacy, 50.05%. (RMN/PIA-7)


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Our Representatives e h ave our cong ressmen elected from each of the three Congressional Districts of Negros Oriental. In the First District, that is, from Canlaon BY:  ATTY. City to Mabinay, w e have F RANCISCO D. YAP Con gresswoman Josy Limkaichong. In the Second District, that is fro m Bais C ity to Dumaguete C ity, is Cong ressman George Arnaiz and in the Third Congressional District from Bacong to Basay, we have Congressman Henry Teves. They are aptly called our representatives because they are supposed to represent us, as their constituents to bring our voice to Congress. Now, with the impeachment proceedings against Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierez, Congress has to vote whether they should file the Articles of Impeachment against Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierez for betrayal of public trust due to her refusal to file graft charges against former President Gloria Arroyo and her husband Miguel Arroyo, as well as the other corrupt officials of the past administration. We have to express our We know that the sentifeelings to our representatives ment of the people is for the so that they could represent us impeachment of Ombudsin this issue of impeachment. man Gutierez, but this ConOur representatives have gressman cannot refuse to be accountable to us, be- fo rmer Presid ent Gloria cause “sovereignty resides Arroyo, for the past favors in the people and all author- given him. ity emanates from them.” Is he our representative? I have heard that one Con- Or is he the TUTA of the former gressman is voting or has voted President Gloria Arroyo. I have against the impeachment be- very high respect for you percause former President Gloria sonally but I regret it very much Arroyo has prevailed on him to that I just lost it. MAKAULAW vote against the impeachment KAAYO! of the Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierez.

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Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT 7th Judicial Region Branch 45 Bais City SPL. PROC. NO. B-11-08 IN THE MATTER OF CORRECTING THE ENTRIES OF THE BIRTH RECORD OF JONATHAN G. TONADOR AT THE OFFICE OF THE CITY CIVIL REGISTRAR OF BAIS CITY, NEGROS ORIENTAL, JONATHAN G. TONADOR Petitioner, – versus – MARY JEAN V. LADO in her capacity as the CITY CIVIL REGISTRAR OF BAIS, Negros Oriental. Respondent.

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ORDER Before this court is a verified petition for correctio n of Entry in the Birth Record of JONATHAN G. TONADOR, filed through counsel, Atty. Benjamin H. Lajot, Jr., on January 31, 2011, praying that after due notice, publication and hearing, an order shall issue directing the Office of the Local Civil Registrar of Bais City, Negros Oriental, to correct the entry referring to the Date of Birth of herein petitioner from September 20, 1969 to December 20, 1970 and to direct herein respondent to make the necessary correction in the above- mentioned birth record in its office. Finding the petition to be sufficient in form and substance, the court sets the initial hearing thereof on April 27, 2011 at 8:30 o’clock in the morning, at the Session Hall of this court at which date, time and place, all interested persons may appear and show cause, if any why the petition should not be granted. Let this Order be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Negros Oriental and its component cities once a week for at least three (3) consecutive weeks, before the date of hearing. Petitioner is hereby directed to furnish the Lo cal Civil Registrar o f Bais Cit y, Negros Chronicle of this order with a copy of the petition and its annexes and to the Office of the Solicitor General with address at 134 Amorsolo Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City and show proof of service thereof. SO ORDERED. Bais City, Philippines, February 1, 2011. (Sgd.) CANDELARIO V. GONZALEZ Judge The Negros Chronicle Feb. 27, March 6 & 13, 2011

Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF NEGROS ORIENTAL 7th Judicial Region BRANCH 63 Bayawan City SPEC.PROC.349 IN RE. IN THE MATTER OF CORRECTION OF ENTRIES AS TO FIRST NAME AND DATE OF BIRTH FROM JOJO TO JOEY AND MAY 22, 1983 TO MAY 21, 1983 IN THE RECORDS OF BIRTH OF JOJO SALVERON VIERNES a.k.a. AS JOEY SALVERON VIERNES JOEY SALVERON VIERNES Petitioner, - versus OFFICE OF THE LOCAL CIVIL REGISTRAR OF BAYAWAN CITY,NEGROS ORIENTAL. Respondent. X———————————————-x

O RDER Petitioner, single and a resident of Purok 2, Barangay Caranoche, Santa Catalina, Negros Oriental. In his verified petition, alleges that he was born on May 21, 1983 at Bayawan, Negros Oriental. His birth was registered before the Local Civil Registrar AFFIDAVIT OF SOLE HEIRSHIP AND ADJUDICATION NOTICE is hereby given that Josephine Sienes Abuso-Lacson, the only surviving heir of the late MANUEL G. LACSON have filed and executed an Afidavit of Sole Heirship and Adjudication on the following Bank Accounts: BPI Cebu-Main, Account No. 1015-08586-6, ATM; BPI –SM, Account No. 9136-8374-71, ATM; BPI-Cebu Main, Account No. 1013-4771-04, Passbook; BPI Cebu-Main, Account No. 1014-020337, US $A ccount; RCBC-Bayawan C ity, Account No. 0420-13256-5, Current; RCBC-Bayawan City, Account No. 1420-32366-9, ATM; China Banking, Account No. 198-1197510, Passbook per Doc. No. 73, Page No. 16, Book No. II, Series of 2011 of Notary Public Atty. Samsodin T. Tahir. The Negros Chronicle

of Bayawan City, Negros Oriental. That by mistake and confusion his name was erroneously entered as Jojo instead of Joey and his date of birth was erroneously entered as May 22,1983 instead of May 21, 1983. That he has been using the name Joey Salveron Viernes as his name, and May 21, 1983 as his date of birth in all his private and public dealings. Thus, this petition. The petition, being sufficient in form and substance, let the same be heard on March 21,2011 at 10:30 o’clock in the morning at the session hall of this court along Severino “Nene” Martinez Street, Bayawan City. Interested parties are hereby enjoined to appear on the aforesaid date, time and place and show cause why the petition should not be granted. Let this Order be published, at the expense of the petitioner, for once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks at the newspaper of general circulation of the province of Negros Oriental and its five (5) components cities. Furnish copies of this order to the Solicitor General, the Local Civil Registrar of Bayawan City, Negros Oriental, the petitioner and his counsel.. SO ORDERED. In Chamber, this 8th day of December, 2010 at Bayawan City, Negros Oriental. (Sgd.) ANANSON E. JAYME Presiding Judge The Negros Chronicle Feb 27, March 6 & 13, 2011


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Don Bosco unveils design of new pre-school buildings

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es igned by Ned Carlos, principal architect of CARLOS & ANTIQUE ARCHITECTS, the new pre-school buildings of SLS-Don Bosco in Dumaguete City was designed to create a child-friendly environment. Architect Ned took a very residential approach in designing the pre-school. The hallway was junked and to avoid the feeling of being “institutionalized,” classrooms are airy, well-lit and well-ventilated. The architect also designed high-pitched roofs to

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Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF NEGROS ORIENTAL 7th Judicial Region Branch 63 Bayawan City SPEC. PROC. NO. 293

OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF COURT & EX-OFFICIO SHERIFF EJFREM 2011-3083 EXTRA-JUDICIAL FORECLOSURE OF REAL-ESTATE MORTGAGE SG BANK, “A RURAL BANK” a.k.a. CENTRAL VISAYAS RURAL BANK, INC., Mortgagee, -

Versus – ROLANDO R. HABAÑA, for himself and as Attorney-in-fact of Benjamin R. Habaña, Marian Flordeliz R. Habaña, Herbert R. Habaña and Rosanna R. Habaña, Mortgagors, X————————————————————————/

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Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF NEGROS ORIENTAL 7th Judicial Region BRANCH 63 Bayawan City SPEC. PROC. NO. 184 IN THE MATTER OF CORRECTION OF ENTRY AS TO SEX FROM FEMALE TO MALE IN THE RECORDS OF BIRTH OF ALCHER CARASO REMANOQUE RUTCHEL C. REMANOQUE, Petitioner, – versus – THE LOCAL CIVIL REGISTRAR OF STA. CATALINA, NEGROS ORIENTAL, Respondent. x—————————————————x

AMENDED ORDER Petitioner, the legal guardian and the biologi cal parent of the minor Alcher Caraso Remanoque in his verified petition alleged that minor Al cher Caraso Remanoque was born on April 19, 1994, at Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental and his fact of birth was duly registered at the

Local Ci vil Registrar of Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental. Unfortunately, the entry as to his sex was erroneously entered as Female instead of Male . Thus, this petition. Being suffici ent in form and substance, let the same be heard on April 28, 2011 at 8:30 o’clock in the morning, at the session hall of this Court along Severino “Nene” M artinez Street, Bayawan City. Interested parties are hereby enjoined to appear on the aforesaid date, time, place and show cause why the petition should not be granted. Let this Order be published immediately at the expense of the petitioner at a newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Negros Oriental and its five (5) component cities for once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks. Let copies of this order be furnished to the Solicitor General, the Local Civil Registrar of Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental, the petitioner and his counsel. SO ORDERED. Given in chamber this 23r d day of February 2011, Bayawan City, Negros Oriental, Philippines. (Sgd.) ANANSON E. JAYME Presiding Judge The Negros Chronicle March 6, 13 & 20, 2011

Upon extra-judicial petition for sale Under Act No. 3135, as amended filed by SG BANK “A RURAL BANK” a.k.a. CENTRAL VISAYAS RURAL BANK, INC., (mortgagee) with principal business address at Real Street, Dumaguete City, Philippines, against ROLANDO R. HABAÑA, for himself and as Attorney-in-Fact of Benjamin R. Habaña, Marian Flordeliz R. Habaña, Herbert R. Habaña and Rosanna R. Habaña (mortgagors) with postal address at # 77 San Jose Street, Dumaguete City, to satisfy the mortgage indebtedness which as of August 31, 2010, amounts to SEVEN HUNDRED SEVENTY THOUSAND ONE HUNDRED THREE PESOS & 56/100 (Php 770,103.56) excluding penalties, charges, attorney’s fees and expenses of foreclosure, the Clerk of Court VI & Ex-Officio Sheriff or her duly authorized deputy will sell at public auction to the highest bidder for cash and in Philippines currency on March 23, 2011 from 9:00 o’clock in the morning until 4:00 o’clock in the afternoon at the Office of the Clerk of Court & Ex-Officio Sheriff, located at Ground Floor, Hall of Justice E.J. Blanco Drive, Piapi, Dumaguete City, Philippines, the hereunder described properties of the mortgagors, together with the improvements now existing thereon, to wit: TRANSFER CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. 21884 “A parcel of land, Lot 12, Block 1, of the subdivision plan, Psd07-023495, being a portion of Lot 6272 – 1, Psd-07-005704, situated in the Barrio of Daro, City of Dumaguete, Island of Negros. Bounded on the N., along line 4-5 by Lot 14, Block 1; on the E., along 5-1 by Road Lot 3; on the S., along line 1-2 by Lot 11, Block 1; all of the subdivision plan, along line 2-3, by Lot 6273, Dumaguete Cadastre; on the W., along line 3-4 by Lot 13, Block 1, of the subdivision plan. Containing an area of THREE HUNDRED NINE (309) SQUARE METERS, more or less together with all the improvements thereon.” TRANSFER CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. 21885 “A parcel of land, Lot 14, Block 1, of the subdivision plan, Psd07-023495, being a portion of Lot 6272 – 1, Psd-07-005704, situated in the Barrio of Daro, City of Dumaguete, Island of Negros. Bounded on the N., along line 2-3 by Lot 15, Block 1; on the E., along 3-4 by Road Lot 3; on the S., along line 4-5 by Lot 12, Block 1; along line 1-2, by Lot 15, Block 1, all of the subdivision plan. Containing an area THREE HUNDRED FIFTEEN (315) SQUARE METERS, more or less together with all the improvements thereon.” All sealed bids must be submitted to the undersigned on the said date and time. In the event the public auction should not take place on the said date, it shall be held on MARCH 30, 2011 without further notice. Done this 11th day of February 2011, in the City of Dumaguete, Philippines. (Sgd.) ATTY. MA. ANTONIA L. BULADO Clerk of Court VI & Ex-Officio Sheriff Prepared by:

IN THE MATTER OF CORRECTION OF ENTRIES AS TO SEX FROM MALE TO FEMALE AND FIRST NAME OF THE FATHER FROM VICTOR TO MARIANO IN THE RECORDS OF BIRTH OF MICHEL LOBIANO ALISNA, MICHEL LOBIANO ALISNA, Petitioner, – versus – THE LOCAL CIVIL REGISTRAR OF STA. CATALINA, NEGROS ORIENTAL, Respondent. x————————————————/

ORDER Petitioner Michel Lobiano Alisna, alleged in her petition that she was born on March 23, 1982 at Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental, and her fact of birth was duly recorded before the Office of the Munici-

Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF NEGROS ORIENTAL 7th Judicial Region BRANCH 63 Bayawan City SPEC. PROC. NO. 325 IN THE MATTER OF CORRECTION OF ENTRIES AS TO SEX FROM MALE TO FEMALE, IN THE RECORDS OF BIRTH OF BIRTH OF RHOLLYN ACABAL CLARO RHOLLYN ACABAL CLARO, Petitioner, – versus – THE LOCAL CIVIL REGISTRAR OF BASAY, NEGROS ORIENTAL, Respondent. x ——————————————— x

SECOND AMENDED ORDER Petitioner in her verified petition alleges that she was born on July 27, 1985 at Basay, Negros Oriental and her fact of birth was duly registered at the Local Civil

Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF NEGROS ORIENTAL 7th Judicial Region BRANCH 63 Bayawan City SPEC. PROC. NO. 223 IN THE MATTER OF CORRECTION OF ENTRY AS TO SEX FROM MALE TO FEMALE IN THE RECORDS OF BIRTH OF MICHEL JENO GERALDE MICHEL JENO GERALDE, Petitioner, – versus – THE LOCAL CIVIL REGISTRAR OF CITY OF BAYAWAN, Respondent. x————————————————x

SECOND AMENDED ORDER (Sgd.) ANGELITO C. BARBA Sheriff IV The Negros Chronicle March 6, 13 & 20, 2011

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Petitioner of legal age, single, Filipino, and a resident of Tinago, Bayawan City, Negros Oriental, in her verified petition alleged that she was born on Novem-

pal Civil Registrar of Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental. However, in her record of birth, her sex was erroneously entered as Male instead of Female. Thus this petition: The petition being sufficient in form and substance, let the same be heard on April 5, 2011 at 8:30 o’clock in the morning, at the sessi on hall of this Court al ong Severino “Nene” Martinez Street, Bayawan City, Negros Oriental. Interested parties are hereby enjoined to apply on the aforesaid date, time and place and show cause why the petition should not be granted. Let this Order be published immediately at the expense of the petitioner once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks at a newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Negros Oriental and its five (5) component cities. Let copies of this Order be furnished to the Office of the Solicitor General, the Municipal Civil Registrar of Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental, the petitioner and her counsel. SO ORDERED. Given in chamber this 23rd day of February, 2011, Bayawan City, Negros Oriental, Philippines. (Sgd.) ANANSON E. JAYME Executing Presiding Judge The Negros Chronicle March 6, 13 & 20, 2011

Registrar of Basay, Negros Oriental. Unfortunately, the entry as to her sex was erroneously entered as Male instead of Female. Thus, this petition Being sufficient i n form and substance, let the same be heard on April 11, 2011 at 10:00 o’clock in the morning at the session hall of this Court along Severino “Nene” Martinez Street, Bayawan City. Interested parties are hereby enjoined to appear on the aforesaid date, time, and place and show cause why the petition should not be granted. Let this order be published immediately, at the expense of the petitioner, at a newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Negros Oriental and its five (5) component cities for once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks. Let copies of this order be furnished to the Solicitor General, the Local Civil Registrar of Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental, the petitioner and her counsel. SO ORDERED. I N CHAM BER, February 23, 2011, Bayawan City, Negros Oriental. (Sgd.) ANANSON E. JAYME Presiding Judge The Negros Chronicle March 6, 13 & 20, 2011

ber 6, 1986 Bayawan City, Negros Oriental and her fact of birth was duly registered before the Local Civil Registrar of Bayawan City, Negros Oriental. However, she discovered that her sex was erroneously entered as Male instead of Female. This, this petition. Bei ng sufficient in form and substance, let the above petition be heard at the Session Hall of the Court along Severino “Nene” Martinez Street, Bayawan City on April 4, 2011 at 10:30 o’clock in the morning. Interested persons are enjoined to appear on the aforesaid place, and time, 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 Oriental Negros and its five component cities, at the expense of the petitioner. Furnish copies of this order to the Solicitor General, the Local Civil Registrar of Bayawan City, the Office of the City Prosecutor of Bayawan City, the petitioner and her counsel. SO ORDERED. I N CHAM BER, January 17, 2011, Bayawan City, Negros Oriental. (Sgd.) ANANSON E. JAYME Presiding Judge The Negros Chronicle March 6, 13 & 20, 2011


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Solons grant P6M for Rizal boardwalk

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u ma gu e t e City’s famed Rizal Bo ulevard will soon get a major facelift after five senators of the republic committed part of their pork barrel allocation for the co nstruc tion o f a boardwalk totaling P 6 million, which is part of the P 16 million expected Turn to page 19

VG League appoints Ex-Gov consultant

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ith length of service and experience as the main criteria, former Governor and staunch environmentalist Jose “Petit” Baldado was chosen by his former peers in the Vice-Governors league as their consultant in environmental affairs. Baldado welcomed the appointment as serve as prime resource person of the an opportunity to continue his green advo- league as they try to formulate a comcacy even after he stepped down from pub- prehensive plan to responsibly lic service last year. As consultant, he will Turn to page 19

Masaligan Battalion the best in Panay, Negros

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he 79th Masaligan Battalion in Negros Oriental has been adjudged as the best in the Army division of Panay and Negros competition in terms of accomplishments and achievements last year.

This was disclosed by 79th IB battalion commander, Lt. Col. Pio Diñoso, who attended the changing of the guards of the battalion’s Bravo Company at the Lagunao detachment in Puhagan, Valencia, yesterday. Diñoso said the feat was achieved

through the untiring efforts of his men in winning the hearts and minds of the people through peace and development work, civil military operations, medical Turn to page 19

Long-time NPC allies Second District Rep. George Arnaiz will have to decide who would be nominated to fill the vacant seat of the Provincial Board following the elevation of his brother Jun to the vice-governorship. Mariant Villegas, his long time ally, is said to be the heavy favorite of the old guards of the Nationalist Peoples Coalition and are anticipating her early return to active politics. But the lady is urging everyone to give Arnaiz enough time to make up his mind.

Back to Prov’l Board?

Gamy: why ... From page 2 before the media to create a perception of success in the anti-drugs campaign. However, in most arrests the volume of seized illegal drugs is negligible mostly below 1 gram per operation. Task F orce Kasaligan headed by Special Agent Miguel Dungog said that this lament is misplaced by asserting that majority of the arrested drug pushers are “big-fishes” enough that they can afford to hire pricey lawyers. In its latest report from January 30 to February 28, 2011, Task Force Kasaligan nabbed 14 suspected shabu pushers five from Dumaguete City, two from Mabinay and three from Bayawan City. All the suspects are in detention while undergoing legal proceedings. On the observation that in the same period his team has not conducted anti-suertres operations, Dungog explains that they consider the campaign against illegal drugs as a top priority being most harmful to society particularly among the st udents. (By Dems Demecillo)

New majority ... From page 2 alternatives bets and the disqualification of another. Nevertheless, with the new majority in place, hope is increasing that the perceived shady dealings in the cooperative, already subject to several inquiries including one conducted by Congress, but which were boycotted by the management, will come to an end coupled with the introduction of reforms as demanded by their critics. The new majority is now composed of Director James

Mayor to fire ... From page 2 workers. In the case of the regular emp lo yees, ap pr op riate charges will be filed against those who flunk the drug tests leading to their dismissal while the contracts of the casuals and project based

MEV, Perdices’ ... From page 2 People’s Coalition, has yet to make up his mind as to who will be nominated by the party to fill the seat of his brother Jun. However, Villegas, who lost her vice-gubernatorial race to former Gov. Tuting Perdices in 2010, seems to have the upper hand if the party bigwigs would decide based on the track record of service and loyalty to the party. Apparently, the young Perdices has scant formal record of public service in the province and is not a member Fontelo, installed as Chairman following the resignation of Alviola, joining the new majority are Directors Fe Marie Tagle, Marie Cheryl Nalam (both of whom had a serious falling out with Alviola), Ricardo Maputi, Constantino Sayson and Felix Gaudiel. Reduced to constitute the de facto minority are Alviola, J orda n Sa lma and Ma ria Pamela Yap. Calls are also made for Joel Obar to take a more active role as one of the legal counsels of the electric cooperative. (By Dems Rey T. Demecillo)

workers will no longer be renewed. Sagabarria expressed his willingness to assist in the rehabilitation of employees who are enslaved by the illegal vice. City policemen were also warned a more severe punishment awaits any of them who will be proven as part of the vicious chain of illegal drugs trade as a supplier, pusher or user. Recently, a policeman and a member of the Bayawan City Auxiliary Police were arrested for selling illegal drugs. of NPC. In contrast, Villegas has served Negros Oriental quite well in various capacities in both her public and private endeavors while being a long-time card carrying member of the party. Villegas is also a close political ally of Rep. Araniz. Nevertheless, the candidate herself feels they all have equal chances of being nominated. “I don’t want to give Rep. Arnaiz a feeling that I am imposing my will, we must all give him enough time to make up his mind and respect his final choice,” stressed Villegas. Once, Arnaiz formally names the party’s nominees, the papers will be sent to Malacanang for signature by President Noynoy Aquino, who has yet acted upon the appointme nt las t yea r of Dauin Vice-mayor Rodrigo Alanano as Lakas-Kampi’s nominee to fill the vacant seat in the 3rd District following Governor Roel Degamo’s ascension to the second and eventually the highest elected post of the province. (By Dems Demecillo)


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PNP Provincial Director Col. Rey Lyndon Lawas (L) with PA 302nd Brigade Commanding Officer Col. Manuel Ochotorena (R) discussing the positive effects of the Joint Peace and Security Coordinations Center (JPSCC) in enhancing the peacekeeping efforts in the province and operations against insurgency and crime during the Kapihan forum held by PIA on March 2 at Bethel Guesthouse, Dumaguete City (PIA foto) BY: RACHELLE M. NESSIA 

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he new joint undertaking to integrate peacekeeping efforts between the Philippine National Police (PNP)and the Philippine Army (PA) has minimized, if not totally banished, professional jealousy between the security forces. Provincial Police Director Col. Rey Lyndon Lawas, in a forum yesterday said the creation of the Joint Peace and Security Coordination Center (JPSCC) has paved the way to minimize, if not totally eliminate, professional jealousy

OBITUARY Josefa Flores ... (From page 13) going to lunch and social events with her family, friends, colleagues and graduate students at Sam Houston. She and her family are long-time members of the First United Methodist Church in Huntsville. Josie was an eternally optimistic and cheerful person who brightened the day of friends, students, and acquaintances. Above all, Josie was an angel to her family — a supremely loving, devoted, loyal, and selfless wife and mother. She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Rolando, who teaches in the Coll ege of Criminal Justice at Sam Housto n; t heir dau ghter, Dr. Jocelyn del Carmen Tanabe; and son-in-law, Chris Tanabe, both of Menlo Park, California; siblings Bathsheba Bocanegra, Jesusita Ngan, and Cromwell Flores; and by many relatives and friends in the Philippines and the United States. A servi ce celebrati ng Josie’s life will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Huntsville in the next couple of weeks, with a date yet to be determined. Another memorial service will be held at a later time in the Philippines. She will be laid to rest in the Texas State Cemetery in Austin.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to fund an endowment for needy and deserving students in the College of Business Administration, Silliman University, Philippines. Donations can be made through: The Josefa del Carmen Scholarships, The United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia, 475 Riverside Drive, Suite 1221, New Yo rk, N.Y. 10 115; ht tp: // www.unitedboard.org.  Her family and fri ends thank God for Josie’s wonderful life.

among the ranks, if there are any.  “We, the police and the Army, now complement each other’s workforce and equipment, such as coming up with joint trainings and activities because of JPSCC,” he said. This was echoed by Col. Manuel Ochotorena, commanding officer of the 302nd Infantry Brigade: “Because of JPSCC, our relationship with the police is now very good.” The Army has added in their intelligence operations the gathering of information related to criminality which they share with PNP. “The police, too, shares with us any insurgency-related information they gather,” he said. Ochotorena, who was assigned in Mindanao for a long period of time, has likewise observed the positive effect of the joint operations in easing

Dumaguete City... From page 2 screen the applicants and come up with a list of five qualified police superintendents and submit it to the city mayor,” he said. Although the provincial police director can give his opinion on the shortlisted names, Lawas said the mayor will have the last say on who he wants placed as city police chief. Although Lawas did not name who have applied for the position, he said there are four police superintendents in the province who are possible candidates to take over the post left by P/Supt. Cabanag. (RMN/PIA-7 Negros Oriental)

Masaligan ... From page 18-B missions and outreach programs, backed with logistics from local government units. Meanwhile, the 79th IB’s Bravo Company has a new company commander in the person of Lt. Lusaylo Lunas who replaced Lt. Josel Torres. Diñoso ordered his men to accord the same support and dedication to work and country to their new company commander.

the tension between the Army and the police in the area. Lawas said that in other provinces which he did not name, professional jealousy has caused tension between the Army and the PNP affecting their peacekeeping operations, although he stressed that this is not true in the province. The two security forces recently inked an agreement to come up with a Joint Peace and Security Coordination Center (JPSCC), a system that integrates the security operations of the Army and the police in terms of coordination, convergence and orchestration of efforts.

VG League ... From page 18-B harness the natural wealth of the country while at the same time advancing the agenda of environment protection and conservation. Meanwhi le, the former governor scored what he described as indiscriminate and irresponsible pruning of trees by the provincial government in reaction to a series of accidents caused by the collapse of several century-old trees. Baldado lamented the absence of care of the trees with their cut and pruned parts exposed to the harsh elements and the lack of aesthetics. “There are concepts and practice like tree architecture, yet the people in charge of the task of pruning our trees totally disregarded their welfare like ensuring that they remain healthy and balanced otherwise the tree would collapse which defeats the very purpose why it was trimmed, adding that the exposed parts of the trees are like wounds it must be taken care of by coating it with coal tar paint,” he said. The former governor clarified that he is not against the activity to ensure public safety but it must be carried out in a manner that both protects the people and the trees. “Trees are part of our lives; we must learn to live with them,” stressed Baldado. (By Dems Demecillo)

Theft in RTC ... From page 1 magnum 357 and a 45 caliber pistol which could easily be worth close to P200,000 if they were all of genuine make; P20,000 in cash which was deposited by a foreigner whose case was already terminated and five cell phones of former litigants. Like the usual impartial judge, the lady officer of the court said she did not want to speculate, and would request the executive judge Hon Fe Lualhati Bustamante, to conduct a full dress investigation. The media considers this theft in the courtroom as a simple police matter. But what made the news story is that the theft happened inside the halls of justice itself! It could reflect on the extent of lawlessness prevailing now in the city What the media would like to convey to officials at the hall of justice is that the police blotter is a public document and sho uld not be selectively banned from media access. More so, no judge or court official can dictate what is to be, or not to be released to the press. The media will report to the Supreme Court administrator any official of the court who will prevent media from having access to court records, in matters of public interest. The theft of such magnitude inside the very house of justice in the sala of a lady judge herself although a simple police matter, is a blow to the security of the hall of justice. This could arouse fears that evidence in custody could get lost if and when interested parties so desire to get it lost. There is even the possibility of an inside job which could not be discounted. In fact the lady judge said there are three of her court employees who have individual keys to her sala: one the janitor, the clerk of court, and the legal researcher and of course the lady judge herself. Another case of theft in the court sala of justice was that in Larena Siquijor wherein the clerk of court before, was asked by the presiding judge to return P20,000 which corresponded to the money that was lost in his sala, and without filing a case against her. The question is where is this court employee now? When asked what will be the expectation of the outcome of this investigation, Judge Dato replied that she will not rest until there will be a person arrested and charged in court. Prosecution will push through even if it will be terminated beyond the term of Executive Judge Bustamante whose term is now over the mandatory two years of continuous incumbency.

Solons grant ... From page 18-B tot al price tag of the project. Mayor Chiquiti ng Sagarbarria, who personally went to Manila to meet the senators, was visibly elated with the news as this would complement his over-all tourism development plan of the city. Senators Bong Revilla, Ralph Recto, Miguel Zubiri and Kiko Pangilinan each released P 1 million each while TG Guingona released P 2 million. The funds have been

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

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Attempted bribery (From page 2) ... of the principal penalty. Two degrees lower is Arresto mayor. — The duration of the penalty of arresto mayor shall be from one month and one day to six months. Consumated, frustrated, attempted felonies: Art. 6. Consummated, frustrated, and attempted felonies. — Consummated felonies as well as those which are frustrated and attempted, are punishable. A felony is consummated when all the elements necessary for its execution and accomplishment are present; and it is frustrated when the offender performs all the acts of execution which would produce the felony as a consequence but which, nevertheless, do not produce it by reason of causes independent of the will of the perpetrator. There is an attempt when the offender commences the commission of a felony directly or over acts, and does not perform all the acts of execution which should produce the felony by reason of some cause or accident other than this own spontaneous desistance. Art. 51. Penalty to be imposed upon principals of attempted crimes. — A penalty lower by two degrees than that prescribed by law for the consummated felony shall be imposed upon the principals in an attempt to commit a felony.

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Angelo T. Reyes ... (From page 4) availment of the right by the resource person was proper. In the United States, resource persons in congressional investigations are respected when they invoke the Fifth Amendment. The Fifth Amendment of the U..S. Constitution is the counterpart guarantee against self incrimination. This is in recognition of long-recognized supreme court interpretation that the privilege against self incrimination extends not only to answers that support a conviction of a crime, but also those which merely furnish a link in the chain of evidence needed to prosecute a claimant for a crime (Hoffman versus United States 341 U.S. 479) Since a senate investigation is not a criminal inquisition, the senate should leave criminal probes to proper bodies like the office of the ombudsman and the department of justice and just focus on the proposed legislation being considered. What is happening is that when a resource person invokes his right against self incrimination, the senators will insist on forcing the resource person to give an anticipated answer already lingering in the legislators’ minds. And if unsuccessful, they threaten the resource person with contempt and deprivation of liberty. Worse they threaten to bring their family into the hearing. What kind of legislative investigation is that? I believe the sacred right against self incrimination that protects all of us individuals is being unconstitutionally diluted and emasculated in congressional inq u i r i e s . I hope the death of Angelo T. Reyes will serve as a constant reminder that congressional inquiries should not endanger individual liberties and tromp personal dignity. Legislators should not demean themselves and the institutions they represent. released to the city government and Depart ment of Publ ic Works and Highways. Both agencies are expected to implement the project as soon as the Program of Works is completed by the City Engineer’s Office. City Hall Information Officer stressed the need to develop the Rizal Boulevard being the prime show window of the city’s tourism program. The comprehensive plan includes the expansion of the boulevard up to the old GSIS in Bantayan u p no rth to Barangay Mangnao do wn south of the city. (By Dems Demecillo)

Suertres thrives ... From page 1 only minimum of P.25centavos, which can win if lucky, P100. For the poor bettor, that is enough to captivate his thrill of winning. The prizes are also delivered to the winner’s house while Pagcor winnings are much scrutinized. Therefore, the malady that is called suertres c an o nly be stopped if bettors stop betting and suppliers will not continue to bribe local law enforcers with huge bribe money. Suertres is also hard to stop because it is not expensive nor is it capital intensive. It gets its daily results from the official PCSO lottery each night. Then the illegal bookies disseminate the invitation, and there goes your scoop.


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d istr ict Rep. From page Geo 1 rge Arnaiz that he was indeed offered P500,000 as two months advance in “bonuses” from suertres financiers in the city and province

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of Negros Oriental , —but he refused them. He said :”I cannot accept bribe money to be given to my family.” The congressman asked to put “off the record” the name of the known businessman in the city who offered him the half million pesos bribe, which he

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claimed was good for two months. Gov. Roel Degamo told the CHRONICLE that he will personally arrest anyone who will offer him bribe money in exchange for protection and immunity from arrest in the illegal suertres game. The governor warned the

suertres financiers not to send even intermediaries because he will arrest them just the same. And that he will make sure that the intermediaries will name the financiers to be arrested. Attempted bribery is punishable under the Revised Penal Code (see page 2)

City Mayor Man uel Sagarbarria told the media that he was not yet offered by anyone bribe money. “Baka na-ulaw lang pa mo offer ug gamay ra,” the mayor quipped in jest. He said he will definitely refuse any bribe offer for suertres protection. Sagarbarria belongs to a rich scion in Dumaguete and said he will embarrass his Spanish kins if he will succumb to this dirty temptation. He said, he will strive to make a difference in this administration. But one citizen quipped: “but bribe can always be channeled thru a third party even deposited secretly via ATM even in the name of another person, say a personal driver, or a janitor, or a gardener of the main receiver.” All the more, these were still denied by said officials. Mayo r Sagarb ar ria ealier was praised or his refusal to grant a permit on PAGCO R CASI NO S whose financiers offered the city government P1-million every month for social services , in exchange for a mayor’s permit. Thank s, h e said to Bishop Joh n Du wh om Sagar co nsulted. Du disfavored the Casinos of PAGCOR no matter how legal. Vicar Gen. Gamaliel Tulabing said that parish priests are understood to be consistent with the stand of the bishop in opposing casi-

nos even in the towns. It was feared that if Dumaguete bans casinos, then it might transfer and open in the holy city of Sibulan known for its thousands of religious devotees every 13th of the mo nth. Sibulan is also known for its motels, and night clubs with allegedly lewed shows at night. Or, casinos might open in BAcong or Valencia. The Dio cese o f Du magu ete warned parish priest of their possible transfer to far assignments if they do not publicly oppose the entry of casinos in their towns. Ironiclally, one texter said: “the Church is so vocal against illegal or even legal gambling but it is allegedly receiving P50-million annually from PAGCOR, the Philippines Gaming Corp. in the national level. How ironic!” Meanwhile, Col. Lawas published last week in this paper, the gasoline allocations for January and February in every town and city. Lawas also published pertown receipt of the “operating and other maintenance expenses” for 2011 for every municipality which totaled P484,000 per month. This far exceeded the emailer’s estimate of P250,000 a month for OOME expenses. He said he will continue to do so in the spirit of transparency and accountability.


The Negros Chronicle March 06, 2011 issue