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VOL. 38 No. 40 Dumaguete City, Philippines Sunday, March 11, 2012


Panoramic view of the landslide in Solonggon, La Libertad; and the large cracked portions of the national highway in the north of Negros. A Manila photojournalist seems to have seen this sight for the first time.

cientists at the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) and the UP Institute of Geological Sciences expressed fears that bas ed on the magnitude and unpredictability of the last February 6 earthquake, geo-scientists conclude that there is an active fault underneath Negros Oriental, but whose exact locations are not yet pinpointed.


As this developed, the two agencies have reiterated their warning and caution that people should no longer insist on living near “areas

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Official count


UMAGUETE CITY (PNA) – The official death toll in Negros Oriental following the devastating magnitude 6.9 earthquake that jolted many parts of Negros Oriental last February 6 has risen to 58, the latest report from the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) said. Of the total, 24 deaths were reported in Guihulngan City, 15 in La Libertad, 10 in Jimalalud, three each in Tayasan and Ayungon, two in Manjuyod and one in Bindoy. To page 2

Solons to lobby for geo-hazard map priority BY DEMS DEMECILLO irstDistrict Congresswoman Jocelyn “Josy” Limkaichong urged the provincial government to look for other means in the prompt revision of the geo-hazard map of Negros Oriental including seeking the technical and financial aid from international funding organizations. Limkaichong believes that at the moment, DOST does not have all the manpower, capacity and funds to undertake the project in updating the geo-hazard maps. The lady solon said that the Capitol cannot solely rely and wait until the Department of Science and Technology shall have the budget To page 19


URGENT: An updated geo-hazard map for Negros Oriental

Political fever heightens this early


ithout discounting the possibility that some politicians are unwittingly using the past two major disasters as opportunities to indirectly project their political plans for 2013, much of their body languages and inside maneuverings speak louder than words.

Be that as it may, the Comelec’s decision to implement once more the PCOS automated election next year, plus the early filing of COCs in October somehow pushes political positionings as an urgent and natural if not necessary consequence.

CAPITOL QUEST There is a whispering but serious study that it might be wiser for Rep George Arnaiz to run for governor and Gary Teves for 2nd district congressTo page 17

PHIVOLCS demonstrates thru a model how the Negros trench split and the other side went down 20 km. causing widespread intensity.

BY DEMS REY DEMECILLO ews of a 14-year-old lass, who was allegedly ab ducted and repeatedly raped by a tricycle driver in broad daylight brought distress to this city known for its sizable female population employed in various call centers and whose work shifts end or begin at midnight to dawn. Many women workers and of the in cident with f ew students avoid going home late women passengers daring to or for those who can’t avoid be- ask for conveyance. Howing late, have forced their par- ever, SP04 Josefa Lacandula ents or male siblings to fetch of the Dumaguete City PNP them, while others chose to come Women’s desk consider this as earlier for their duties. a normal short term reaction Tricycle drivers complained of a population who rarely of low incomes in the aftermath To page 17



nvoking the constitutional “right to life,” ViceMayor Alan Gel Cordova, Councilors Manuel Arbon and Joe Kenneth Arbas, all lawyers, joined by Councilor Antonio Remollo will seek to derail the implementation of the mandatory use of helmets inside Dumaguete City. Arbas said that the right to life includes freedom among individuals to determine when to protect or not protect oneself. Cordova and company are set to file this week a declaratory

relief with prayer for preliminary injunction before the Regional Trial Court arguing that mandatory use of helmets within the city limits of narTo page 19




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Disaster Management Council under pressure


It’s almost a daily meeting of elements in charge of mitigating possible disasters in the future. While there is a will and a way, the problem of people’s complacency, and the lack of funds are the main obstacles. Faces of the disaster management council will show the grave concern of Dumaguete over the safety of its constituents. Quick response and quick rescue and equipment lack are other areas of priority concern.

Official count (From page 1) Also, 60 people are still missing to date, with many of them believed to have perished in the major landslides triggered by the pow-



Sixteen convicting judges hard to get as of today


erful temblor in Solongon, La Libertad and Planas, Guihulngan City. As of last count, some 65,957 families, or more than 322,000 persons, were affected in 169 barangays from the nine local government units in the first dis-

trict that were ravaged by the quake, the PDRRMC reported. Cost of assistance to earthquake victims has now reached P59.1 million, broken down as follows: from the Department of Social Welfare and Development,

P25.8 million; LGUs, P11.7 million; non-government organizations, P21.6 million. About 12,000 houses were damaged, to include 9,374 partially and 2,635 totally damaged, the report added. (PNA) LAP/JFP.

TOP OF THE WEEK No to 2nd impeach bid vs. SC Justice

ome congressional allies of President Benigno Aquino III are asking their party leaderships to slow down in its impeachment bid, this time against Supreme Court Justice Mariano Del Castillo for alleged plagiarism while the Senate has not yet decided on the guilt of Chief Justice Renato Corona.


Co ngressman Pr yd e Henry Teves, who signed the impeachment complaint against Corona, said that he along with fellow legislators will try to convince their party heads to drop the sec-

critical reporting

ond impeach bid as this has already caused the legislative mill to be in a near standstill. “I am concerned that various pieces of legislation, To page 19

State U has 23 new nurses & 1 lawyer BY RACHELLE M. NESSIA he Negros Oriental State University (NORSU) has achieved a 95.83% passing rate during the Nurses Licensure Examination held in Cebu City on Dec. 18 to 19, 2011 with 23 new registered nurses, plus one new lawyer from its college of law. This  after  23  of  24  total  nursing To page 19 ATTY. PETER OLPOC



JUST BEFORE DEADLINE: Bishop John Du to Palo, Leyte May 9 Bishop Du’is a candidate for archbishop of Palo. The board of consultors will elect a care-taker. Most likely Msgr Tulabing, vicar general, since many disfavor the post of Msgr. Heruela who has not yet solved the P400,000 robbery inside the cathedral sacristy on new year’s day.

Ex-Chief Justice Puno SU grad speaker Mar18. Puno will be conferred with an honorary doctorate of laws.

Capitol mulls action vs. resigned doctor


esigned resident doctor Jullie Vida Cabristante might face civil liabilities for reneging on her contract to serve the Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital for eight years in exchange of the Capitol medical scholarship granted to her. Cabristante resigned last the Provincial Board of a supplemental MOA but was December 12, 2011 to purreturned after it was deemed sue post graduate studies in moot as the doctor has alanesthesiology at the Philready been allowed to resign ippine General Hospital. last year. The Office of the Governor Board Member J essi ca tried to seek the approval of To page 19

f the Corona impeachment court were to render judgment tomorrow, it will be difficult to secure sixteen votes necessary to convict the chief justice. THE PEOPLE WANT OPEN VOTING ——NOT SECRET VOTING. This is all about accountability, remember? If PNOY can swear before the people, before God and Country, and in public, that if CJ Corona is removed he will not allow, and that he will oppose publicly, if the Hda. Luisita case be reversed by the remaining Supreme Court justices, now and anytime much later, and demand P10-billion more or less, in compensation from us, the taxpayers, then perhaps the anti-Corona votes will increase. Otherwise, We are just replacing one rotten apple with another if not worse. The P10-B recipient could yet be the greatest and worst thief than Marcos in history combined. -o0oBut tomorrow is still defense time. There is still time for the impeachment judges to weigh the evidence at hand. Trouble is, the kind of evidence

Can they swing the verdict?

There’s always a time for everything. Tomorrow is defense time. they accept at the impeachment trial are not hardevidence as in a court trial, but the liberal-kind of evidence.. Will the rule of law give in to political law? -o0oAs we said, the senators who will judge the case on the basis of political considerations, WILL ALSO BE JUDGED ACCORDINGLY by the people in the 2013 elections. They will either be reelected, or repudiated. Remember those whom the people repudiated after the aborted Estrada impeachment trial? HEADCOUNT: Let’s try to make a head-count on how the impeachment judges might vote. These are based on the public’s perception on how the judges display their body and sound languages during, and even outside the sessions, and in media interviews: Voting for conviction in the public’s percept ion could be: Drilon, Guingona, Lacson, Cayet ano, Osmeña, Trillanes, Pangilinan, Pimentel, Angara and Recto (10) Voting for non-conviction in the public’s perception as of today, could be: Villar, Arroyo, Santiago, Sotto, Marcos, Legarda, Estrada, Honasan, Escudero, and Revilla. Swing-votes (not sure yet) could come from Cayetano and Lapid. We are not saying which Cayetano because it’s hard to tell their body and sound language.

Ipe surely knows how to bag the headlines Former city mayor lawyer Felipe Antonio “Ipe” Remollo surely knows how to bag the headlines. This time, as if thinking of riding on the antiArroyo syndrome, as president and CEO of the Clark Development Corporation, Remollo raised a timely but controversial proposal to revert to “Clark International Airport” this former American military base which he claims as having earned a magic marketing recall for tourism business purposes. - o0o But the people of Pampanga would insist thru their LGU that the nam e “President D iosdado Macapagal International Airport” should be retained just as we have


ormer finance minister Margarito “GARY” Teves, has issued a five-point post-disaster needs assessment memo to Vice President Jejomar Binay, chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council, and for that body to call on development partners to initiate their own assessment hoping that more assistance can be given for total rehabilitation of typhoon Sendong victims and earthquake-stricken areas of Negros Oriental. Teves and Binay earlier were in the forefront, together in bringing initial assistance to disaster victims in Negros Oriental. Foto at right was taken at the Sibulan airport during their sorties. Teves as former chairman of the special National Public Reconstruction Commission created at the aftermath of typhoons Ondoy

and Peping in 2009, has shared the nation’s experience in massive reconstruction efforts. Gary’s Think Tank council also pursued a sustainable disaster risk reduction and management program for the country which is now being implemented nationwide. GARY TEVES Teves, a long trusted adminisTo page 18 Former Finance Minister

JOJO BINAY Vice-President

also the Ninoy Aquino International airport in Manila.

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Atty IPE REMOLLO Pre sident/ CEO of the Clark Deve lopment Cor p.

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SC acts for quicker trials his is long overdue. The Supreme Court has acted by implementing on a trial basis a procedure aimed at imposing speedier proceedings in the trial courts. Colleague Atty. Luigi l. Gana emailed me the gist of the latest Supreme Court resolution adopting new litigation guidelines. The pilot implementation of the new procedure is in the Quezon City courts starting April 16, Luigi said. Here is his email: The Supreme Court has issued “Guidelines for Litigation in Quezon City Trial Court” (A.M. No. 11-6-10-SC, 21 February 2012), which imposes radical changes in trial procedure on a test-case basis. The obvious philosophy behind the new rules is to expedite trial. These new rules shall apply only for cases tried in Quezon City. If successful, these likely will be adopted in other courts as well. The New Rules take effect on 16 April 2012. They shall immediately apply to new cases, and pending cases where trial has not yet started. For pending cases where trial has begun, the New Rules shall apply upon the consent of all the parties. A copy of the New Rules is posted on the Supreme Court website. Here’s a summary of some of the more significant changes: * Pleadings may not exceed 40 pages in length (doublespaced, 14 font). Pleadings subsequent to a reply regarding any incident require leave of court. * Service of pleadings may now be accomplished by private couriers instead of registered mail. An affidavit of service from the courier is required. * No postponement of hearing except for acts of God or force majeure. If counsel is absent in civil cases, court proceeds with hearing ex parte and the presentation of any witness who is absent is deemed waived. * Offer of evidence is to be made orally, as well as the comment thereon and the court ruling. * After trial, parties required to submit memoranda not exceeding 25 pages long, single spaced, Font 14. For civil cases: * Motions for summary judgment, amendment of pleadings, suspension of proceedings and dismissals under Rule 16 must be filed before pre-trial date. * Direct testimony of all witnesses shall be presented in Affidavits, and no additional oral direct testimony to be allowed save for witness ID and confirmation of his affidavit. Crossexamination to be conducted immediately after confirmation of the affidavit. For criminal cases * Arraignment to be set within 7 days from receipt by court of case when accused is detained, 20 days if accused is not detained. * Suspension of arraignment due to pending petition for review with the DOJ cannot exceed 60 days. * Bail application to be heard and resolved within 60 days from the first hearing. * Arraignment and pre-trial to be scheduled on the same date, except in cases where mediation/dispute resolution is necessary. * Parties may agree to affidavits in lieu of direct testimony; otherwise testimony is heard in open court. However, expert testimony is always given orally. * After prosecution rests case, court must inquire from accused if she/he will file a demurrer.



Aborting a bloody jailbreak he provincial directorate of the Philippine National Police deserves a pat on the back for insisting on fighting against injustice by standing firmly on the side of the people despite perceived political pressures. This firmness by our aut horit ies, perceivably, has aborted a possible bloody jailbreak in the Bayawan District Jail. PNP provincial direct or S/P/Supt Eduardo Carranza and his deputy for operations, P/Supt Alet Virtucio, have vigorously opposed thru their Bayawan chief of police P/CInsp Teddy Picardal the order of the deputy Bayawan city prosecutor Pedro Balbuena to order the release of a housewife posing as a visitor, who was bringing high-powered firearms into the Bayawan District Jail last February 12. Firstly, the housewife, one Teresita Balungcas, upon entry to the jail, said she intended to visit a detainee, one Jasper Tanasan, a detained suspect of the frust rated murder of Bayawan Councilor V ictoriano “Ching” Alabastro. When frisked by the Bayawan jail guard JO2 Gremar Sapepe, he recovered from her shoulder bag a 9mm KG9 sub-machinegun, 2 magazines with 30 pcs of live 9mm ammo and a purported mission order as a government confidential agent, which was later found out by PNP probers to be fake according to investigators under orders of PNP director Col Carranza. Why fake? The PNP probers under Col Carranza, Bayawan chief of police P/CInsp Picardel, said in their motion for recon-


sideration that there were glaring discrepancies in the signatories of the mission order; the woman with the “mission order” was found out not to be in the roster of regular plantilla as paid worker of any government agency; the mission order did not cite any specific mission nor did it match the serial numbers in the mission order; that the MO expired December 31,2010; and that she did not carry any firearm license, which is an indispensable requirement. As of Friday, the woman-suspect, whose husband is also a policeman in Bacolod, and who hails from Bayawan, was ordered released by the fiscal last February 27. Good that the firearms seized are still in PNP custody; had the PNP not intercepted these firearms about to be smuggled inside the jail, a bloody riot and jailbreak could have followed shortly. The fiscal based his release order on a lower court’s decision, not on decisions by the Supreme Court. She is expected to be brought back to jail the moment Fiscal Balbuena reconsiders his release order. She is due for a case of illegal possession of firearms and ammunition and will be subjected to immediate inquest by the city prosecutor Ernesto Valencia. If not, then Col Carranza said, the fiscals will face administrative charges which Carranza will file in the interest of justice. We hear that the fiscal intends to reverse his order. So far, we now have a PNP local hierarchy of firm officials, who so far have not compromised duty with political expediency. Therefore, they deserve to get a pat on the back by the people.


“Pride and prejudice” (Part 1)

roud and prejudiced, Senator Miriam D. Santiago is. Santiago’s behavior as a senator-judge in the celebrated Chief Justice Corona Impeachment Trial displays the senator’s obsession to become the sole focus of national attention and a penchant to subtly move for the acquittal of the chief magistrate. CJ Corona is deemed a senator. Unlike the senate court, that if one calls another per“protector” of GMA, a Santiago friend and neighbor in La Vista where she regularly browbeats son a “fool” (which she subdivision, owned by the fam- the prosecution in such coarse labeled all prosecutors before ily of the former First Gentleman language of a Tondo thug- she millions of audience) “she will near Katipunan Road in Quezon cannot, however, prevent the be liable to the fires of hell” church’s pulpit or the opinion (Miriam had earlier called the City. She is cursed with such page of media to disagree with prosecutors “gago”). Senator Miriam calls for the fiery eyes like a woman pos- her grossly opinionated and separation of the “church and sessed and a sharp tongue cruel harangues. Eighty year old priest Fr state” when the priests use the that would be an accessory to mass murder –if only words Catalino Arevalo merely pulpit in moral judgment over could kill- in her storied life as quoted verbatim from the Bi- corruption (say of Customs of To page 20 a judge, cabinet secretary and ble, Matthew 5:20, which says


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COVENANT FRIENDSHIP And Jonathan had David reaffirm his oath out of love for him, because he loved him as he loved himself. I Samuel 20:17


James 1:9-26


e liever s in hum ble it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is circumstances ought to take full-grown, gives birth to death. 16 Don’t be deceived, my dear pride in their high position. 10 But the rich should take brothers and sisters. 17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming pride in their humiliation—since they will pass down from the Father of the heavenly away like a wild flower. 11 For the sun rise lights, who does not change like with scorching heat and withers the plant; its shifting shadows. 18 He chose to give blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In us birth through the word of truth that the same way, the rich will fade away even we might be a kind of first fruits of all while they go about their business. he created. 12 Blessed is the one who perseveres 19 My dear brothers and sisters, under trial because, having stood the test, that take note of this: Everyone should be person will receive the crown of life that the quick to listen, slow to speak and slow Lord has promised to those who love him. to become angry, 20 because human 13 When tempted, no one should say, anger doe s not pr oduc e the “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be righteousness that God desires. 21 tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; 14 Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and but each person is tempted when they are the evil that is so prevalent and humbly dragged away by their own evil desire and accept the word planted in you, which enticed. 15 Then, after desire has conceived,

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Pinoy Scared of Corona Acquittal


Part I very good friend of mine shared these thoughts: P-Noy’s call for mob rule shows he’s running sc ared of a Corona acquittal, as big groups mobilize to support CJ. FR. GAMMY TULABING A M L A C JCD, VG inspection of CJ’s ac counts at PSBank in last quarter of 2010 shows long-term plan to run afte r him. How we wish such determination and focus of the President could be shifted to urgent national problems crying for solutions NOW. A document is circulating in the internet about a purported psychiatric report issued by Fr. Jaime Bulatao, S.J., in 1979 analyzing the psychological and emotional imbalance of Benigno Aquino III, then 19 years old and a student at the Ateneo de Manila where “Fr. Bu” had headed the psychology department. The alleged report spoke of the instability and proneness to me la nc holia, depre ss ion and othe r psychological instabilities of Noynoy and was floated in media during the 2010 presidential campaign. Then presidential candidate Noynoy denied its veracity, and obviously a big segment of the electorate believed him as he was elected with a wide margin over his rivals. Now the so-called Bulatao report has surfaced again and was raised by no less than Chief Justice Renato Corona, who challenged P-Noy’s mental and psychological fitness to rule the country. Is the report true or not? In the mind of many people, there is no need for its ce rtification, for the P res ident has exhibited behavior especially toward CJ Corona that may no longer be deemed “normal.” The way he has come down on Corona with all the forces of government--from his order to the House to impeach the To page 9

n 30 of March 1521, Holy Saturday, Pigafetta narrated that he and a c ompanion of Mag el la n’s e xpedition spent the pre vious e ve ning feasting and drinking with the native king and his son. Though it was Good Friday, REV. FR. ROMAN C. Pigafetta deplored SAGUN, JR. that they had to eat meat: Jnanzi q(ue) lo re piglia(ss)e la ta(ss)a p(er) bere alzaua li mani giunte al cielo et v(s)o de nui et Quando voleua bere extendeua lo pugnio de la mano sini (s)tra ver(s)o dime prima pen(s)ava me vole(ss)e dare vn pognio et poi beueua faceua co(s)i yo ver(s)o il re Que(s)ti (s)egni fanno tuti luno ver(s)o de Laltro quando beueno Before the king took the cup to drink, he raised his clasped hands toward the sky, and then toward me; and when he was about to drink, he extended the fist of his left hand toward me (at first I thought that he was about to strike me) and then drank. I did the same toward the king. They all make those signs one toward another when they drink. cõ que(s)te cerimonie et alt(ri) (s)egni de ami(s)itia merenda (s)emo mangiay neL vennere (s)ancto carne p(er) nõ potere alt° Jnanzi q(ue) veni(ss)e lora de cenare donay molte co(s)e al re q(ue) haueua portati (s)cri(ss)e a(s)ai co(ss)e como le chiman(and)o Quanto Lo re et li alt(ri) me vi(s)tenno fcriuere et li diceua q(ue)lle (s)ue parole tutti re(s)torono atoniti We ate with such ceremonies and with other signs of friendship. I ate meat on holy Friday, for I could not help myself. Before supper hour I gave the king many things which I had brought. I wrote down the name s of many things in their language. When the king and the others saw me writing, and when I told them their words, they were all astonished. To page 13



he relationship between Jonathan and David was no casual acquaintance. It was a deep, committed love relationship between powerful men. In fact, Scripture says more than once that Jonathan loved David as he loved himself (see I Samuel 18:1-3, 20:17). receive. When a boy receives The depth of their they such gift, he feels as if he has gained commitment to each other was recognition he is more than just dramatically illustrated by a boy. Whenthat he carries around Jonathan’s gifts to David, which in his pocket or walksa knife through the symbolized the deep level of woods or fields with his rifle, he feels respect, humility, trust and loyalty as if he belongs in the world of men. inherent in their relationship. He imagines himself as a man, Jonathan took off the items of fighting off bears, mountain lions, clothing that symbolized his royal and bad guys with the weapons in his status as son of the king of Israel hands. Can you imagine how much and gave them to David. He literally stronger a great warrior’s attachment handed over the outward evidence to his weapons would be? This of his status in the world to his interaction between Jonathan and friend. This is not something a man David is beautiful. Jonathan’s gifts does lightly. It is even more not only communicate his deep amazing that Jonathan also gave commitment to David, but David David his weapons, his means of accepts these symbols of defense. without protest. He Even today, men have strong commitment does not say, “Oh, Jonathan, you attachment to their weapons. Men shouldn’t do this. This sword is too who own guns seem to have no valuable to give to me.” is not easy shortage of stories and praises to for a man to accept a Itgift relate about their favorite pistols, depth from another man; yetofthesuch rifles, or shotguns. Boys rarely of covenant friendship is a gift gift all forget the first knife or 22 rifles men need in their lives



2 Peter 3 New International Version (NIV) The Day of the Lord 1 Dear friends, this is now my second letter to you. I have written both of them as reminders to stimulate you to wholesome thinking. 2 I want you to recall the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets and the command given by our Lord and Savior through your apostles. 3 Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. 4 They will say,

“Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” 5 But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water. 6 By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. 7 By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the Day of Judgment and destruction of the ungodly. 8 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand

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Sunday Thoughts THE THIEF’S POSTURE OF WHOLENESS “Jesus remembers me, when you come into your kingdom.”Luke 23:42 The season of Lent, a period of penitence, began last Ash Wednesday. It is most fitting that we as a people, DR. PROCESO UDARBE


prayerfully, enter into this season; fo r we are so meho w broken inside ourselves and we are a sick and broken society. We are like the Donald Duck cartoon which we Filipinos like to see in the newspaper. Donald Duck’s body can break up into pieces----- his head in one place, his legs in another place, and his torso out somewhere. In a Filipino way of saying, we terribly ache all over. Today, let cast a backyard glance Calvary. And let us train our eyes in the Cross, not on our Lord’s but the converted thief’s. Remember that one of the two thieves hanging there curses Jesus and Jesus and agrees with the mob that Jesus deserves to be crucified. But the converted thief says:

Do yo u not fear God? Yo u and I are condemned justly, for we are receiving the punishment that we deserve; but this man (Jesus) has done nothing wrong. Then he speaks to Jesus: “Lord, remember me when you come into your kingly power.” And Jesus says to him: “Today, you will be with me in paradise.” May it not be right to say that the posture of the penitent thief holds for us a clue to our self realization of wholeness and integrity? I For one thing, if we are to have a sense of wholeness, we must accept responsibility for our sins. As a nation, we are even hoo dlums in the most unlikely places, such as in religious rallies where the promise of the “pie in the sky by and by” is made in order to earn millions for the pockets of so- called clergymen. The dying thief

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

Bar Topnotcher Ivan Maxino Bandal


is mother, physics professor and chair of the Physics Department of Silliman University, Dr. Hope Maxino Bandal, cried upon learning that her son, Ivan, not only passed the 2011 Bar examinations, but made it among the Top 6 as well. “I consider it an abundant blessing for our family. The Bar exams is still considered the toughest of all national exams. I would have been very happy if Ivan passed, but God gave


Col. Francisco M. Patrimonio, 302 Brigade Commander receives a simple memento given by Lt. Gen. Arthur I. Tabaquero, Commander, Eastern Mindanao Command, AFP to the Achiever Troopers during his visit at the Brigade Headquarters at Camp Leon Kilat, Tanjay City, early today.

Atty. Ivan Maxino Bandal, extreme right, joins his classmates go to the examination area. us a bonus, and for that, we are truly grate ful, ” enthused Dr. Bandal. An older son, Jason, a licensed e le ctrical engine er, likewise passed the Bar a year ahead and the B andals ’ elde st s on, Michae l, is hims elf a lawyer. The day afte r the res ults were re le as ed, Ivan’s father, RTC Branch 34 Judge Ros endo B . B andal Jr., turne d 64, saying it is his mos t memorable birthday ever. “The family bas ks in Ivan’s success. All his hard work has paid off,” shared Judge Bandal, who comes from a lineage of achievers, very much like the Maxino c lan whose

Pinoy Scared..... from page 8 CJ, to the investigation of him and his family by the BIR and as recently disclosed in the Senate trial, the investigation of CJ’s bank accounts by the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLAC) since the last quarter of 2010---to his seeming inattention to his other functions as President can only be interpreted as a sign of disturbed behavior. Not even the late President Marcos was persecuted the way CJ is undergoing trial now in two separate forums. The President has been ranting and raving against the CJ and has adjudged him guilty EVEN BEFORE THE DEFENSE IS AB LE T O PRESENT CORONA’S SIDE AND PRODUCE IT S OWN EVIDENCE. At a student forum at La Consolation College he even denigrated the Senate proceedings by saying, “Are we going to allow only a few to decide for all of us?” That remark can be interpreted as a call to mob rule in case the CJ is acquitted by the Senate, and P-Noy’s looming

membe rs are als o predominantly lawyers. Iv an’s paternal grandfather, Dr. Rosendo P. Bandal, is a Doctor of Civ il L aws. An aunt, Rosario B. Bandal, is a retired RTC judge, while Ivan’s grandmother, Dr. Fermina Balite Bandal, was a Gintong Ina national awardee. Atty. M. Mikhail Lee L. Maxino, dean of the College of Law of Silliman University, who is a first-degree cousin of Ivan and number 12 in the 1986 Bar exams, gave this advice to Ivan: “In order for people to respect you and take notice of you, just top the bar.” Atty. Maxino said that one mus t be a n exceptional student to hurdle such a gruelling exam. “The

student has to possess the qua lities of disc ipline , exce llent communica tion skills, and the power of analysis to prepare for the Bar. Of course, the school and the faculty play a big role to refine and enhance what the student alre ady possesses, as well as provide the avenue, the resources, a nd the e nvironme nt to achieve what the student wa nts. But, the student should have what it takes to pass, and top, the Bar and Ivan has all these qualities,” he said. Among the many individuals Ivan consulted while re viewing wa s Mikae l’s fa ther, Atty. Marcelino Maxino, who was a topnotcher in the California, USA Bar and an to page 15..

inability to accept such v erdict. It’s als o clear indication that de spite recent Palace “surveys” supposedly showing that 77% of the Filipino people find Corona guilty, P-Noy is running s care d and unsure that he’ll get the 16 v otes in the Se nate to convict CJ. I don’t blame P-Noy if he’s running scared, for there are a number of extraneous factors that will come into play on the senators’ judgment. Consider, for instance , the six re electionists in the Senate, namely, Alan Peter Cayetano, Koko Pime ntel, Lore n Le garda , C hiz Es cudero, Gringo Honasan and Antonio Trillanes III. They surely are aware that backing up Corona is a major religious group that has always factored into our politics, the Iglesia ni Cristo, so muc h so tha t P-Noy reportedly now refers to it as “Iglesia ni Corona,” which does not sit well with its higher ups. On Feb. 28 the INC held a massive rally in Manila. There’s also the group of Pastor Quiboloy whose columns in Manila

Standard, I submit, are indication of his leanings. Recently Quiboloy scolded the two high-ranking leaders for their word-war (which P-Noy has been c arrying out way way be fore , with jus t one slambang answer from CJ the othe r day) but in earlier columns he asked Corona’s persecutors to “to first prove that they have not committed the same s ins they s ay he did.” That to me, asserted Quiboloy, “is the important ’predicate’---to borrow a legalese in vogue these days---of this trial. The prosecutors’ fidelity to the SAL N law must first be shown before they prose cute Corona for being unfaithful to it.” The INC and Pastor Quiboloy’s group ha ve mas sive c omma nd votes tha t re elec tionis t senators cannot afford to ignore. In addition, while the CBCP has not gone beyond exhorting P-Noy and CJ to lower their warfare tones, it ca nnot be de nied tha t various bishops still harbor ill-feelings about the way they were shamed in the Pajero is sue and are offended by P-Noy’s all-out support for the RH bill.


arly today, the former commander of the Army’s 302 Brigade way back year 2006-2007 visited the brigade headquarters in Camp Leon Kilat, Tanjay City, Negros Oriental prior to his retirement on April this year.

Lt. Gen . Ar th ur I . Tabaquero AFP, former 302 Brigade Command er in Bohol province and now the Commander of the AFP’s Eastern Min danao Command based in Davao City who is retiring in the active military service on Ap ril 2012, visited th e brigade headquarters to meet the officers and men headed by Col. Fr an cisco M Patrimonio , the Brigade Commander. Lt. Gen. Tabaquero is then th e 302 Br igad e Command er w ho mad e Bohol an insurgency-free p ro vince. His stint as command er mad e th e brigade’s Internal Security Operations (ISO) in Bohol province very successful as manifested by the decline in the strength of the rebels and withdrawal of support of the masses. He got his first star rank d ur in g his commandership of the 302 Brigade and was recognized by the higher headquarters for his superb leadership, judicious management of resources and success in the given mission. Meanwhile, the officers an d men o f th e b rigade headed by Col. Francisco M Patrimo nio pr esen ted a simp le memen to to th e general. Likewise, Lt. Gen.

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Tabaquero also presented a simp le memen to to th e Achiever Troopers and gave some assistance. “Ang hindi lumingon sa pina ngga lingan a y hind i ma ka ka ra ting sa p aroroo na n” , a simple phrase uttered by Lt. Gen. Tabaquero during his talk to the men to the Achiever Tr oo pers. He w as also th ank ful to the military

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ORDER Petitioner, in her verified petition, alleges that she was born on May 18, 1979 at Bayawan City, Negros Oriental and her fact of birth was duly registered before the Office of the Local Civil Registrar of Bayawan City, Negros Oriental. However, in her records of birth, the entries as to her Sex was erroneously entered as MALE instead of FEMALE, her first name and middle name JULIEP ER and CALICANO instead of JULI EFER and GALICANO, maiden famil y name of her Mother from CALCANO to GALICANO, date of marriage of her parents from May 16, 1978 to MAY 24, 1978 and indicating the middle name of the father and mother as DELA CRUZ and ANTIQUE, respectively. Thus, this petition. The petiti on being sufficient in form and substance, let the same be heard on June 04, 2012 at 8:30 o’clock in the morning at the Session Hall of this Court along Severino “Nene” Martinez Street, Bayawan City. Interested parties are hereby enjoined to appear on the aforesaid Date, time and place and show cause why the petition should not be granted. Let this order be published immediately, at the expense of the petitioner, for once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Negros Oriental and its five component cities. Furnish copies of this order to the Solicitor General, the Local Civil Registrar of Bayawan City,Negros Oriental, the petitioner and her counsel. SO ORDERED. Given in Chamber this 18th day of January, 2012 at Bayawan City, Negros Oriental, Philippines. (Sgd).ANANSON E. JAYME The Negros Chronicle Executive/Presiding Judge March 4, 11 & 18, 2012 Republic of the Phi lippi nes REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF NEGROS O RIENTAL 7th Judici al Regi on Branch 63 Bayaw an City SPEC. PROC. 417 IN THE MATTER OF CORRECTION OF ENTRIES AS TO SEX FROM MALE TO FEMALE AND DATE OF MARRIAGE OF PARENTS FROM JULY 24, 1992 TO JULY 11. 1992 IN THE RECORDS OF BIRTH OF ROGEN BARTE PANTALITA, ROGEN BARTE PANTALITA, Petitioner, - versus THE LOCAL CIVIL REGISTRAR OF BAYAWAN CITY, NEGROS ORIENTAL, Respondent, x——————————————————————————————/

ORDER Petitioner, in her verified petition, alleges that she was born on March 9, 1993 at Bayawan City, Negros Oriental and her fact of birth was duly registered before the Office of the Local Civil Registrar of Bayawan City, Negros Oriental. However, her sex was erroneously entered as MALE instead of FEMALE and the date and place of marriage of parents as JULY 24, 1992 instead of JULY 11, 1992. Thus, this petition. The petition being sufficient in form and substance, let the same be heard on August 30, 2012 at 8:30 o’clock in the morning at the Session Hall of this Court along Severino “Nene” Martinez Street, Bayawan City. Interested parties are hereby enjoined to appear on the aforesaid date, time and place and show cause why petition should not be granted. Let this order be published immediately, at the expense of this petitioner, for once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Negros Oriental and its five component cities. Furnish copies of this order to the Solicitor General, the Local Civil Registrar of Bayawan City, Negros Oriental, the petitioner and her counsel. SO ORDERED. Given in Chamber this 1st day of February 2012 at Bayawan City, Negros Oriental, Philippines.

The Negros Chronicle March 4, 11 & 18 2012

(Sgd.) ANANSON E. JAYME Executive/Presiding Judge


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What is the concept of continuous trial? It is one where the courts are called upon to conduct the trial with utmost dispatch, with judicial exercise of the court’s power to control the trial to avoid delay and for each party to complete the presentation of evidence with the trial dates assigned to him. 2. X and Y are accused with an offense. X is the principal, Y is the accessory. May Y tried without being tried? Yes. The trial of an accessory can proceed without waiting the result of the separate charge against the pri ncipal and accessory whi ch are separate and distinct. As long as the commission of an offense can be duly established by evidence, the determination of the liability of the accomplice or accessory can proceed independently of that of the principal. 3. What is the rule o n the trial of several accused? When two or more accused are jointly charged with any offense, they shall be tried jointly, unless the court in its discretion upon motion of the prosecutor or any accused orders separate tri als for one or more accu sed. 4. When an accused be discharged to become a state witness? When two or more persons are jointly charged with the commission of any offense, upon motion of the prosecution before resting its case, the court may direct one or more of the accused to be discharged with their consent so that they may be witnesses for the state when after the prosecution present the evidence and the sworn statement of each propo sed witness at a hearing in support of the discharge, the court is satisfied that: a. There is an absolute necessity for the testimony of the accused whose discharge is requested; b. There is no other direct evidence available for the proper prosecution of the offense committed, except the testimony of the said accused; c. The testimony of said accused can be substantially corroborated in its material points; d. Said accused does not appear to be the most guilty; e. Said accused has not at any time been convicted of any offense involving moral turpitude. 5. May an accused who has pleaded guilty to an offense still be discharged to become state witness? Yes, for as long as he has not yet been sentenced. The discharge of an accused is a matter of discretion. 6. When may the public be excluded during the trial? The court may excl ude t he pu blic from the courtroom if the evidence to be produced during the trial is such a character as to be offensive to decency or public morals. The court may also, on motion of the accused exclude the public from the trial except the court personnel and the counsel of the parties. (Contributor, Ihra Faith C Magno)

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Scientists... From page 1

and typhoons.” Dr Mario Aurelio, of UP’s institute of Geological Science who made an indepth analysis of the Feb 6 earthquake said the main shock came from an un-mapped fault, or blind fault which came fro m an unknown geo logical structure in an area where there was no active fault was recorded. Dr Ishmael Narag, chief of Phivolcs said, the Feb 6 quake was not traced to any known existing faults in the area.This suggests the long presence of a previously but unmapped fault underneath. He confirmed that more aftershocks can still be felt now and then from the strike-stricken areas. He confirmed, as what many people observed, after-shocks will continue even one or two months after the main shock. Its 6.9 epi center was located in the Tanon Strait, and shallow depth along the Negros trench. It was near the coast between La Libertad and Tayasan. The depth of the focus was 10 to 15 kilometers into the bottom of the earth. Phivolc’s Bart Bautista said the quake was caused by the sudden shifting of two tectonic plates coming from an unknown, unmapped b lind fault, located15kms more or less. The movement was uncommon as it was vertical, while most faults in the Philippines move horizontally. He further explained that due to the country’s location in the Pacific Ring of Fire, it has dozens of fault lines which are yet to be mapped. He said the brain drain for workers abroad has depleted the number of trained geologists here.

Sunday Thoughts The thief’s..... from page 8 on the cross should speak f or all o f us: “W e are worthy of the punishment for our evil deeds.” It takes maturity of mind and spirit to say that; it takes moral coverage to say to God “I have sinned.” For the first time in his life, the thief ackno wledges the responsibility for all his shinning. The point for us is-- as with the repentant thief--- is this: we don’t rationalize our misdeeds; we don’t blame others; we do n’t blame our upbringing; we don’t say we’ve been tempted by the circumstances. We could: “I am wo rthy o f the punishment fo r my evil deeds, and I’m determined to move from here on to be a better perso n.” Wo uld that our society and we be restored into wholeness by, firstly admitting our guilt! II T here is so mething else in the

What are...... from page 6 things, not jus t the externals and appearances, and even to the spirit and ethos that animate persons and events. They are our way of reacting to whatever, and of building things. They are what make us human, distinct from the othe r creatures. They are a product of our intelligence and will, of our understanding of things and our freedom. As such, they reflect reality and they also help construct reality. The drama in life takes place

One such equipment lack is the need for a high-resolution base map for the country’s fault lines . As a result, the l,500 after-shocks of such lower magnitude can be expected , therefore , cameras and other documentary equipment should come in handy. Phivolcs has planted five portable seismographs in: the DPWH highway compound in Kabankalan; at the Highland Resort area in Mabinay; at the municipal hall area in Tayasan; at the Tropical Garden Resort area in Badjan, Cebu; and Vallehermoso compound of Mayor Joeprert Villegas’s residence. In such manner, strategic movements of the earth’s crust could be monitored and quickly relayed to the main office of the Phivolcs in Manila. LESSONS LEARNED Warning is made to residents not to live near areas prone to hazards of geologic al and meteorological phenomena such as earthquake, volcanic eruptions (Canlaon volcano danger zone) and typhoons (Sendong) which swept riverbank houses. Combat complacency like unpreparedness of disaster and rescue teams; delayed quick response fund releases; disorganized disaster management council and its lack of regular drills; political favoritism. The need is urgent: to update Negros Oriental’s geohazard maps that indicate exactly where the active faults are located; just because the map indicates no fault , reminds us of the blind faults down under whic h precis ely triggered the 6.9 earthquake; The continuous search for other blind faults continues.

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Supreme Court backs up prosecutor-judges for speedy justice in north NegOR

Visiting the boys in the field, Supreme Court administrator Atty Midas Marquez (center) with hand pressed to their breasts, as if to say “we will fight the enemies of injustice,” joins the people in Guihulngan express their need for a new court house because the old one was crushed by the earthquake. LR: Judge Franklin Demonteverde, president of the Philippine Judges Association; Judge Kennedy Duka, MTCC Guihulngan; Judge Antonio Alcantara, MTCC Canlaon; Atty Midas Marquez; Judge Fe Bustamente, RTC Br 63 Guihulngan and concurrent executive judge; OCA Ruel Bautista Villanueva.

Gospel The Day..... from page 8

converted thief’s words that give us another clue to a sense of wholeness. The thief has such a depth o f the co nviction that stands staunchly against the unanimous opinion of the mob. Against all odds, the dying thief says: “Jesus has done nothing wrong.” Yo u see, o n Calvary, the tide of public opinion runs firstly against Jesus. The crowd shouts: “Crucify him! Crucify him!” The so ldiers, used to jueteng and the casinos, gamble for the seamless clothing of Jesus; the High Priests, the politicians of the day, lead in the attacks against Jesus. (Jesus’ disciple stands at a safe distance). But the dying thief insists, and for the world to hear: “This man has done nothing wrong.” The posture of the dying thief reminds us somehow of the words of Shakespeare: This above all: to thine own self be true. And it must follow, as light follows day, thou canst not be false to any man… (To be continued...)

first in our mind before it is acted out. The kind of life and world depends to a large extent to the kind of thoughts we have. Our thoughts carry a ba gful of elements — impressions and perceptions, inte ntions a nd des ires , conce pts, judgme nts a nd reasoning, etc. I wonder if we are aware of these things and the grave responsibility we have to doing the m properly. Truth is we have the duty to make our thoughts conform to what is true, good and beautiful, what is fair, what love

slowne ss . Instea d he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to pe rish, but everyone to come to repentance. 10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.[a] 11 Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to

be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 12 as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming.[b] That da y will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. 13 But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new he ave n a nd a ne w e arth, where righteousness dwells. 14 So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward

to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him. 15 Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him. 16 He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable


Jesus Said.... from page 8 can save you. 22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, a fter l ooking at himself, goes a way and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and contin ues in it—n ot forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do. 26 Those who consid er t hemselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their rel igion is worth less. 27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

demands. We just cannot allow our thoughts to go anywhere and to depend on jus t anything. We jus t c annot allow them to tackle material realities only. We have to use them as much as possible to the fullest of their potentials.

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people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction. 17 Therefore, dear friends, sinc e you ha ve bee n forewarne d, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of the lawless and fall from your secure position. 18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.

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PRESS mourns “Gani’s” passing


he Philippine Press Institute is deeply saddened by the passing of veteran journalist Isagani Yambot. He was 77.

Gani, as was fondly called by his colleagues in the industry and those close to him succumbed to cardiac arrest evening of March 2. Early this week, he underwent quadruple bypass operation and was said to be recuperating. Mr. Yambot was publisher of the Philippine Daily Inquirer and trustee of the Philippine Press Institute. He served for two consecutive years as chairman-president of the Institute from April 2009 to June 2011. The PPI statement reads: The Philippine Press Institute is deeply saddened by the passing of Isagani Yambot, a true journalist and gentleman. He will be greatly missed by the profession.

Decentralization.... from page 6 the one who did not sign the articles of impeachment and was summarily fired as chairman of the po werful Ways and Means committee of Congress) it won't be long when this much coveted fiscal ind ependenc e of loc al government units will happen. Disaster mitigation and relief service s should be the responsibility of LGUs for the simple reason that they are the people directly on the scene of the dis aste r. W ith fisc al autonomy and ample funding for contingencies it would not have been necessary for P-Noy at great expense to the economy which had to defray the cost of flying in his large entourage from Manila to have to order relief services from national government entities like the armed forces and social welfare agencies to get to the scene of the dis aste r. Indee d lo cal government units given a bigger share of their tax collections could have done the job with the cooperation of course of nearby national relief agencies.

(Continued in next issue)

The Preparation.... from page 6 preparation in any aspect of life. When I am struggling to meet the deadlines in writing a book, I forget the pleasure of bringing the contents of a book together. Parents who are raising children to adulthood can miss the beauty and joy of these young ones a s they nurture, care for, and discipline them. Students easily sidestep the marvelous things they learn as they face the pressure

Tax..... from page 6 co rporate and financial institutions. Why, he even dispensed tax advise in a Manila Chronicle column. No. Corona ’s column was not the reason Manila Chronicle folded. But would you buy a second hand car from someone who can’t get his SALNs right? --- to pirate a line from the anti-Richard Nixon campaign.. “I’m proud to be paying taxes (to government ),” the la te humorist Arthur Godfrey once said, ”the only thing is I could be just as proud for half of the money.” Over in Sarangani pro vince, Congressman Emmanu el Pacqui ao is battling taxes. The fighter will brawl with welterweight boxer Tim Bardely on June 9 ( before retiring?). “Manny” has been jabbed, meanwhile, by the Bureau of Internal Revenue . Pacquiao failed to answer a subpoena to submit nearly 60 documents last February, says Rozil Lozares, BIR Rev enue Reg ion 18 director. These included tax of grades and papers. Parish staffs lose sight of the possibilities o f spiritual growth when they get mired in endless planning for formation progra ms a nd liturgic al celebrations. Managers and organizers fail to notice the difference their hard work makes in the lives of their employees.” How true! Yes, we do prepare in one way or another for the steps that we take along the pathway of our life, but after reflecting on Joyce’s

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ISAGANI YAMBOT re cords and co ntra ct endorsements from last year with Nike, Hewlett-Packard, Sta te Stree t P roduc e, Hennessey liquor, among others. Fo rbes Magazi ne listed Paquiao as the 24th highest-paid athlete in 2011. And in his last fight against Ju an Manuel Marquez, Pacquiao pocketed $22 million in addition to fight earnings of $6 million. As a result, charges were filed against Pacquiao March 1 in Koronadal City. P ac quiao says he hasn’t received the complaint from the BIR --- yet. “I’ve no intention of running away from this case,” he told reporte rs. He sent his accountant anda staff member to review the request for documents. So me ask what penalties do the law books provide? Fines may range from P5,000 to P10,000 --- peanuts for multi-millionaries. That does not include a jail sentence of one year to two years. But the first round hasn’t ended.

experiences and the depth of her planning and preparation – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual, I realize that many times my preparation is not nearly enough. Not preparing enough just results in worry and anxiety, both of which distract me from the beauty and joys of the journey. We desire changes in ou r li ves but are oft en unwilling to make the small sacrifices necessary to make these changes happen. The preparation for life takes a lifetime and is an on-going continu ing process. Su ch preparation may require of us some unexpected time and energy, a reorganization of our routines, the sacrifices of some things in order to make room for other things. But I know that each step of my life’s journey has, in a way, prepared me for the next phase of my life. What makes life exciting is that we cannot see what lies ahead,what God has in store for us. We just prepare in faithforthe journey ahead as best as we can, trusting in His grace to helpus along the waywhen we falter. Joyce says: “This much I know: in the end, going prepared by doing the work required, by paying the price demanded, will make the new growth worth the effort. The preparation is definitely as important as the journey itself.” I heartily agree!

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porc elain dishes were brought in, one full of rice and the other of pork with its gravy. We ate with the s ame signs and ceremonies, after which we went to the palace of the king which was built like a hayloft and was thatched with fig [i.e., banana] and palm leaves. era edific ato (s)oura legni gro(ss)i alti de terra q(ue)L (s)e conuiene andare cõ (s)calle ne fece (s)edere (s)opª vna (s)tora de canne tenendo le gambe atracte como li Sarti deli

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March 11, 2012

Arnaiz backs ...

the CIVIC circle From page 16

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

HEALTH IS WEALTH The importance of laboratory examination

Dumaguete: A Showcase of Culture and Arts


hat is the Dumaguete that we locals know? What is the Dumaguete that our visitors see? Dumaguete is not only about the beautiful boulevard, the Campanario and the other charms of our City.

Du magu ete is known as the City of Gentle People with a rich blend of multi cultural heritage, a mix of strong Hispani c, American, Mal ay and Chinese cultures. The over three centuries of Spanish co loni zati on has heavi ly impacted ou r religi on, language and other aspects while presence of the first American missionaries who establ ished Si lliman University over a cent ury ago can be felt in the academi c and cu ltural enviro nment of this university town. Dum a g ue te stands out distinct a nd different from our other Visayan neighbo rs. Its ric h arts a nd c ultural he rita ge is seen in the various loc al a nd i n t e r n a t i o n a l pe rformanc es, concerts, plays and workshops that are enjoyed by the local co mmunity. Many will re member the shows, pla ys a nd c once rt performances held in the amphitheatre, Woodward Refectory, Guy Music Hall and in the gem of the University, the Cla ire Isa bel McGill Luce Auditorium. Campus cho irs and glee clubs perform at the University Church and around the campus and would la ter travel around the world. Loc al a rtists like the Tie mpos, Albert F aurot, Elmo Ma kil, Eddie Romero and many others are recognized nationally and internationally. The Sil liman Dance trou pe performed alongside national and international dancers and local talents like Silliman’s famous Kwerdas, t he

The charming ushers and usherettes of the Luce auditorium who welcome the patrons during shows and performances. Kabayao family, the singing Al deco a famil y and many renowned mu sici ans who have delighted the Dumaguetenos with their art and music. Dumaguetenos have been blessed with a profusion of art and cultural performances that has lifted the community spirit. Re cently the co mmunity enjoyed a special cultural treat at the launching o f the 50 th cultural anniversary of the Silliman Univ ersity Cultural Affairs Committee whose season starts on June 2 012. It was a rich mix of music by the COP VA rondalla, Kwerda s, the Univ ersity Jazz Ensemble, the University gra titude a nd Goodwil Ambassadors and part of the Godspell play, native danc es a nd testimo nials and tributes to those who ha ve contributed to the flourishing o f arts a nd culture within Silliman and the Dumaguete community these last fifty years. It wa s a beautiful night of re miniscing the contributions and efforts of the university Cultural Affairs Co mmittee in bringing the soul of artistic expression to the community. Two weeks

lat er, the St. Joseph Seminary College presented the HUNISAYA, a beautiful reperto ire of musikang Binisaya of religious songs in Visayan. Imagine hearing Joyful, Joyful We Adore you, Magnificat II and Psalm20 in the mother tongue! Other popular haranas and popular so ngs like Rosas P andan, Usahay and many others had the au dience clapping in appreci atio n. The performance was presented in Visayan except for t he Pambansang Awit in Tagalog. It was a night of Binisayang musika that teased and inspired the audience into asking for more. It was heartening to see t he Seminarians enthusiastically render local so ngs; for a moment, Visayan melodies rang through the Auditorium and really warmed my heart. Our visito rs should rea lize that Dumague te is no t only about the bea utiful boulevard, the campanario and the othe r charms of our City. What stands out in this city is the profusion of arts and culture that is part of the everyday life of its peo ple, ultimately translated into a people with charming demeanor and manners that speak of this City of Gentle People.


ome of us may be familiar with the common laboratory tests as requested by our doctor. However, the referring patient will always ask the doctor to explain the significance of its results or findings in relation to his complaint or symptom.

Let us mention and le arn some c ommon laboratory tests available in our hospital. You must be fa miliar with the Blood Examination – the CBC (Complete Blood Count). T his te st determine s the number and types of blood c ells in the blood. For instance, a low Red Blood Cell (RBC) Count and low hemoglobin means anemia and a low White Blood Cell (WBC ) Count signifie s infection. The Pathologist (a doctor specialist who knows the norma l or a bnorma l values) can explain well about the result. There are sensitive tests that could reveal the pre se nc e of a dis ea se . Examples: · Glucose Level Tells whe ther one is a candidate for diabetes mellitus · Blood Urea Nitrogen (BUN) - for kidney function

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hall of this Court in the Hall of Justice, E.J. Blanco Drive, Dumaguete City. Any interested person may appear on said date, time and place and show cause why the petition should not be granted. Publish this Order once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation in the province of Negros Oriental and its component cities. The last publication shall not be within four (4) months before the date of the scheduled hearing. Likewise, let this Order be posted on the bulletin board of this Court, at petitioner’s expense, for at least thirty 30 days before the hearing. Furnish copies of this Order to the petitioners, the Solicitor General and the Civil Registrars of Jimalalud and Dumaguete City at their given addresses. The Court Social Worker, to whom this petition is referred, is directed to immediately conduct a home and case study and submit a report at least thirty (30) days before the hearing. The report, signed on every page by the Social Worker concerned, must contain the names and addresses of persons who supplied the collateral information that became the bases of the report. SO ORDERED. Given this 13th day of February 2012 in the City of Dumaguete, Philippines. (Sgd.) NOEL P. CATACUTAN Presiding Judge The Negros Chronicle March 4, 11 & 18 2012

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What are...... from page 12... Thus, they have to be properly guided a nd exercised, correctly sourced a nd ins pire d, s uita bly directed, purified and, in fact, pumped in with as much goodness as we can. They have to be engaged with their proper objects, and ultimately and somehow constantly, they have to spring and end in God who is the author, pattern and end of what is true, good and beautiful, of what is just and fair. We have to be wary of s tra y and c apric ious thoughts, or thoughts that are just at the mercy of our feelings or physical and biological conditions, or s imply firs t and ra w impressions. Sad to say, this phenomenon is rampant, and hardly anything is done to correct it. People just feel free to think in any way, considering such practice as an expression of their personal freedom. So they just follow their instincts, and the trends and fads around, until they fall into addictions and even to insanity.

Bar Topnotcher..... from page 9

examiner/corrector for many years until his retirement not too long ago. Ivan’s brother, Jason, also gave him useful tips, not to mention Ivan’s former class mates in the other law schools he attended in Manila. PEP sent an e-mail of questions to Ivan for this feature, who was at that time in Singapore for an annual planning activity of the law firm he is working with now. By the time this feature comes out, Ivan would already have c ome home to Dumaguete to share his victory with his family and friends, including joining a city-wide parade and a testimonial gathering for him as well as for the rest

Insanity is not when one stops thinking. An insane person can think a lot, but so wrongly he can be de tached from the most elementary level of reality. We should not rely simply on common sense, because while it is always with us and is also useful, it cannot go deep enough to c apture the re al state of whatev er issue or concern we may have at hand. We need to think more deeply and thoroughly. Ideally, our thinking s hould alwa ys be accompanied by an abiding presence of God. We need to feel that presence, and our attitude should always be an eagerness to do what God may prompt us to think, judge, reason or act. In short, our thinking should be at the same time a kind of prayer, even if we are tackling mundane things. When we think with God, we can have what St. James said about wisdom. We would have thoughts that are “chaste, then peaceable, modest, easy to be persuaded, consenting to the good, full of mercy and good fruits, without judging, without dissimulation.” (3,17) of those who passed the Bar from Silliman University. Excerpts of the email interview: PEP: Your feat, while not exactly surprising given your being an outstanding s tude nt, has brought euphoria to Sillimanians and Dumaguetenos from all over. Congratulations! Where do you attribute this phenomenal success? Iva n M. Bandal (IMB): I attribute everything to GOD from Whom I draw strength in everything I do and from the unwavering support which my family has always given me. My Mom and Dad have never stopped believing in me. They supported me all the way in achieving my goals. I was shocked and surprised when I learned I was number 6. It is because I found some of the subjects

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Physicist questions Phivolcs Dear Editor: Physics greetings! Last February 11, 2012 I sent two emails to to clarify some matters related to the February 6 Negros earthquake as follows: 1. Phivolcs measured the main shock at Magnitude 6.9 while USGS (United States Geological Survey) measured the same at Magnitude 6.7. Why are the two measurements different? Which measurement is reliable? 2. USGS released its results within 5 minutes after 11:49:16 of 06 February 2012 while Phivolcs took a longer time. What is the cause of the delay? The above matters are very impo rtant to my Ea rth Science students who are users of the USGS data. As their teacher, I need an a ca demic discussion with the co ncerned Phivo lcs scientists in order to remove do ub ts o n the integrity of the Phivolcs data. As of the date of this writing my two emails have not been resp onded to yet. Last night, March 2, I happened to very hard to the point that I wa s so a fraid I’d ge t disqualified in some of the subjects (the usual rule is that if one would get a grade below 50% in any subject, he or she gets disqualified from passing). PEP: Preparations for the Bar is both tedious and timeconsuming. Where did you take your review? Tell us about your daily regimen. IMB: I reviewed at the San Se bastian College Recoletos Review Center. I chose the said review center because my brother, Atty. Jason, who took and passed the Bar exams a year before I did, told me that the review center is very good and prepared him well for the exams. Also, I’m quite familiar with the director of the Re view Cente r, Dean Willard Riano, because I read his books while I was still a student of law. I found his books v ery comprehensive and up-todate. He is a very good author so I knew he would be a v ery good rev ie w director also. I altered my sleeping habits while I was reviewing. I study at night from 7 p.m. up to around 7 a.m. I sleep from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., then study again from 12 noon to 7 p.m. I read a lot. But, I focused on just two materials per subject. One reviewer and one book. Quality, I believe, is more important than quantity. So I tried to mas te r the mate rials I read. I made sure I was also enjoying my review. So I found time to have fun and relax. I was at the mall almos t ev ery we ek. I watched movies with my girlfriend, Honey, when we had the time to do so.

watch in a Sky Cable channel a recorded video coverage of the group of Congressman Biazon and Director Solidum of Phivolcs where the latter gave some information ab out the Februa ry 6 N egro s earthquak e. A p ortion o f the information that I heard are as follows: 1. That a tsunami hit a part of La Libertad. 2. That the height is about 5 meters. The above information is a contradiction of their own data beca use of the f ollo wing: 1. The epicenter of the main shock as published in their website (http:/ / update_SOEPD/EQLatest.html) was geographically located at 9.97 d egrees N orth Latitud e and 123.14 East Longitude. This is situated somewhere inTalamban, an inner barangay of Jimalalud. Thus, the main shock’s epicenter was on land not under the sea. Therefore, there should never be any tsunami during the February 6 ea rthqua ke. Phivolcs must change their own data first if it insists that a tsunami occurred last February 6. Tsunamis only happen

when the epicenter of the main shock is und er the sea . 2. The sid e of Negros Isla nd facing Cebu Island has never been prone to any tsunami, both locally generated and foreign generated tsunamis as shown in their own data. Otherwise, Phivolcs will have to immediately remove these data from their web site. 3 . Fina lly, the main shock’s epicenter as measured by USGS was geographically measured at 9.964 degrees North Latitude and 123.246 degrees East Longitude. This is d if ferent f ro m that o f Phivolcs. For purposes of academic discussion, Phivolcs is requested to please give an explanation to the undersigned.

Sincerely, Francisco Enriquez Ablong, Jr. Professor of Physics Silliman University, Dumaguete City Negros Oriental



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AMENDED ORDER Petitioner, in his verified petition alleges that he was born on January 11, 1972 Bayawan City, Negros Oriental and his fact of birth was duly registered before the Office of the Local Civil Registrar of Bayawan City, Negros Oriental. However, the entry of the place and date of marriage of his parents was entered as April 7, 1969 instead of not married. Thus this petition: The petition being sufficient in form and substance, let the same be heard on April 12, 2012 at 8:30 o’clock in the morning at the session hall of this court along Severino “Nene” Martinez Street, Bayawan City. Interested parties are hereby enjoined to appear on the aforesaid date, time, and place and show cause why petition should not be granted. Let this order be published immediately, at the expense of the petitioner, for once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Negros Oriental and its five (5) component cities. Furnish copies of this order to the Solicitor General, the Local Civil Registrar of Bayawan City, Office of the Provincial Prosecutor of Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, the petitioner and her counsel. SO ORDERED. In chamber this 1st day of December 2011 at Bayawan City, Negros Oriental, Philippines. (Sgd.)ANANSON E. JAYME The Negros Chronicle Executive/Presiding Judge March. 4, 11 & 18 2012

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Political fever... From page 2 men after all, they sound to be more comfortable with such positions. If George tarries and Josy wins, he can face an uphill battle to retake the capitol from the lady. But if Gary becomes guv, they can easily trade places with George anytime. Aha. Watch out for the guv, he’s running too, and has

lon g been d oing Magdegamo games. But he can still join the congressional race in district-3, or as Josy’s vice guv. CITY QUEST It might be too early for the city’s po litical wo nd er bo y VM Alan Cordova to grab city hall from Chiquiting, who is seemingly getting stronger everyday. But the voters should be wise enough to


ORDER Peti tioner, in his verified petiti on, alleges that he was born on January 16, 1990 at Bayawan City, Negros O riental and his fact of birth was duly registered before the Office of the Local Civil Regi strar of Bayawan City, Negros Oriental. However, his sex was entered as FEMALE instead Male; his complete name was entered as JAINHAEL GALON MAMARADLO instead of JAI N HAEL GALON only. Likewi se, there are entries in the date and place of marriage of parents where in fact, no marriage betw een his parents took place. Thus, this petition. The petition being sufficient in form and substance, let the same be heard on April 09, 2012 at 8:30 o’clock in the morning at the Session Hall of this Court along Severino “Nene” Martinez Street , Bayawan City.Interested parties are hereby enjoined to appear on the aforesaid date,time and pl ace and show cause why the petition should not be granted. Let this order be published immediately, at the expense of the petitioner, for once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Negros Oriental and its five com ponent citi es. Furnish copies of this order to the Solicitor General, the Local Civil Registrar of Bayawan, City Negros Oriental, the Office of the Provincial Prosecutor of Dumaguete City, the petitioner and her counsel. SO ORDERED. Given in Chamber this petitioner 3rd day of January 2012 at Bayawan City, Negros Oriental, Philippines (Sgd.) ANANSON E. JAYME The Negros Chronicle Executive/Presiding Judge March 11, 18, & 25,2012

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remember how they put Alan over Myrish as presiding officer. Can they trade that with Woodrow voters? Since Alan is a threat, Chiquiting might take a more tamed Woodrow as his running mate, than th e “macho norin” Alan. CONGRESS RACE If Josy leaves the first district, the Parases are ready to resurrect themselves. So a veteran like former Gov and lawyer Petit Baldado could be a strong replacement for Josy. But where is Petit’s loyalty? Secon d district: Rep George can win hands down, but if he decides to run for the capitol, it will be a real heavyweight tight-fight vs Josy Limkaichong. But if Gary runs for district-2 then his bout with Tata Villanueva could be predictable. Third district: Either Gov Roel Degamo decides to make a run here, or insist on th e go vern or sh ip . Th e former entails less expense, and if he uses his reduced P5M intelligence fu nd s wisely. But he has to reckon with the younger, more seaso ned in cu mb en t so lo n Pryde Henry who is now the heir-apparent of the formidable and durable Teves clan, with big brother Arnie always at close range. Whew! Politics! Kapoy!




P02 Michael Salvador (left) supervises the lifting of the chassis and engine number of a vehicle due for sale to ensure that these are free from tampering. Sr. Inspector Josephine Llena said that macro-etching examination is an effective tool in finding out if a vehicle due for transfer of ownership, body or color change is legitimate or not carnapped. Should the chassis and engine number bear proof of tampering the Highway Patrol Group shall impound the vehicle for further investigation.

Rape scare ... (From page 1) hears incident of abduction and rape perpetuated by a tricycle driver in a long time. The suspect is now facing charges

for 1 count of abduction with rape, 2 plain rapes and 2 sexual assaults. Lacandula cannot recall of any similar incident since 2010. However, statistics (To page 19)


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March 11, 2012

City firemen tackle disaster plans


A running commentary on the Impeachment trial of CJ Corona


(3rd of a series)

Contempt of Impeachment Court BY MARCELINO C. MAXINO FACULTY OF LAW, SILLIMAN UNIVERSITY he power of the impeachment court to cite private prosecutor Atty. Vitaliano Aguirre in contempt of court for misbehavior during the course of the proceedings is beyond question. The power to punish for contempt is inherent in courts. However, that power should be exercised withrestraint.


The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) in Dumaguete City shows the emergency evacuation plan of the Aqua Center Building, one of the main provincial government buildings around Capitol Area, during the March 1 earthquake drill held simultaneously across the country. (LJD/RMN/PIA)

Gary shares ... From page 2 tration technocrat, former congressman and constitutional convention delegate of 1971. Specified the following areas that need post-disaster recovery panning and execution: The Human Toll of the disasters; Immediate Response to the disasters ; Overall Damage, Losses, and Needs Estimates; Damage, Losses and Needs by Sector: Productive Sectors, Social Sectors, Infrastructu re Secto rs, CrossSectoral Issues ; Macroeconomic Impacts, Poverty Impacts, Impacts on Employment and Livelihoods, Social Impacts and Vulnerable Groups; Recovery and Reconstruction Strategy and Program; and Monitoring and Oversight Arrangements. Teves told the Vice President in his memo to him that

AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Real St., Independence St. Dumaguete City All unredeemed pledges from October 1–31, 2011 will be sold to public auction on March 15, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office ----------------------------AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Lupega Bldg., Dr. V. Locsin St., Dumaguete City All unredeemed pledges from October 1–31, 2011 will be sold to public auction on March 15, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office —-------------------------AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Dumaguete V Branch Ang Tay Bldg., Dumaguete City All unredeemed pledges from October 1-31, 2011 will be sold to public auction on March 15, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office -----------------------------AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Aldea Bldg., San Juan cor. Perdices St., Dumaguete City All unredeemed pledges from October 1-31, 2011 will be sold to public auction on March 15, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office

the following areas need priority attenetion; 1. RURAL P RODUCTION: Immediate restoration of rural livelihoods is necessary to avoid loss of production during the dry season. Rapid action is needed to repair irrigation systems and to clear fields of accumulated gravel, silt, and sand; 2. FLOOD MANAGEMENT: Given its vulnerability to flooding, protecting disaster areas requ ire institu tional changes, comprehensive planning, and investment in both restoration and new infrastructure. The imperative policy choice is to determine the acceptable level of risk and protection, as this will determine subsequent engineering and financing decisions. 3. HOUSING: The vast majority of damage to the housing stock was concentrated in the informal sector whi ch serves mainl y low-income

families, so building back better means providing better alternatives for informal settlers. The resettlement process will need to be based on consultation with affected communities and take into account the need to restore their livelihoods. 4. DISASTER RISK REDUCTION (DRR): The existing DRR system needs to become more proactive, coherent, and effective. The quality of and access to scientific data for predicting and forecasting disasters requires urgent improvement.; and 5. LOCAL GOVERNANCE: LGUs should have a key role in implementing the recovery and reconstruction program and future measures to mitigate disaster risk. A twopronged post-disaster strategy could be followed. First, targeted financial assistance is needed to support the rapid restoration of LGU operations and services to pre-disaster levels.

AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Magallanes St., Tanjay City All unredeemed pledges from October 1-31, 2011 will be sold to public auction on March 15, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office —---------------------------AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Quezon Street, Bais City All unredeemed pledges from October 1-31, 2011 will be sold to public auction on March 15, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office -----------------------------AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS H. Villanueva St., Siaton, Neg. Or. All unredeemed pledges from October 1-31, 2011 will be sold to public auction on March 15, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office ----------------------------AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Guihulngan Branch Quezon St., Pob. Guihulngan, Neg. Or. All unredeemed pledges from October 1-31, 2011 will be sold to public auction on March 15, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office —----------------------------AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Sta. Catalina Branch P. Villanueva St., Sta. Catalina, Neg. Or. All unredeemed pledges

from October 1-31, 2011 will be sold to public auction on March 15, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office —----------------------------AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Canlaon Branch Blk. 3 New Bus Terminal Canlaon City All unredeemed pledges from October 1-31, 2011 will be sold to public auction on March 15, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office —---------------------------AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Corner Pinili & Mabini Sts. Dumaguete City All unredeemed pledges from October 1-31, 2011 will be sold to public auction on March 15, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office —---------------------------AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS North Poblacion, Jimalalud Negros Oriental All unredeemed pledges from October 1-31, 2011 will be sold to public auction on March 15, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office —---------------------------AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Tanjay Branch 2 Nono, Limbaga Drive Tanjay City All unredeemed pledges from October 1-31, 2011 will be sold to public auction on March 15, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office

As stated time and time again: “The power to punish for contempt is awesome and carries with it theequally great responsibility to apply it judiciously and only when thecontempt is clearly and unequivocally shown.” (People v Matish, 384 Mich568, 572 (1971).) Courts must exercise “the least possible powe r adequa te to the endproposed[.]” (Anderson v Dunn, 19 US 204, 231 (1821).) C rimina l contemptsanctions should be utilized only after the judge has determined, forgood reason, that civil contempt reme dies a re ina ppropria te . (Shillitani vUnited States, 384 US 364, 371 n 9 (1971).) At the impeachment trial on February 29, while it might have been contemptuous for Atty. Aguirre to cover his ears with his hands while Senator-Judge Miriam Santia go was upbra iding the prosecution for perceived prosecutorial incompetence,I

thought the impe achment court was too quick to cite him for contempt. The misconduct, to me, was not egregious. First, covering one’s ears in sile nce, while perhaps disrespectful,is not necessarily disruptive.In the case at hand, the proceedings were not disrupted.Senator-Judge Santiago continued talking until she was done. Atty. Aguirredid nothing to disrupt the proceedings; he just sat there silently with his hands covering his ears, bothering no one. All one could read from his posture was that he did not want to hear more of what SenatorSantiago was saying.But that was his privilege. Certainly, no one could compel him to listen to a lecture he did not want to hear, especially when delivered in a manne r irrita ting to him.The right to free speech includes the right not to hear a speech. Andclosing one’s ears to indicateirritation or

AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Sibulan National Highway Negros Oriental All unredeemed pledges from October 1-31, 2011 will be sold to public auction on March 15, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office --------------------------------AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Manjuyod Branch Nat’l. Hi-Way Poblacion, Manjuyod All unredeemed pledges from October 1-31, 2011 will be sold to public auction on March 15, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office ------------------------------AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Nat’l. Hi-Way Poblacion, Zamboanguita All unredeemed pledges from October 1-31, 2011 will be sold to public auction on March 15, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office -----------------------------AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Poblacion, Mabinay Negros Oriental

Highway Barangay Hangyad, Bais City, Negros Oriental All unredeemed pledges from October 1-31, 2011 will be sold to public auction on March 15, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office --------------------------------AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Bayawan, Branch II Tangente Building, JP Rizal St., Barangay Boyco, Bayawan City, Neg.Or. All unredeemed pledges from October 1-31, 2011 will be sold to public auction on March 15, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office ----------------------------AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Canlaon 2 Branch FATC Bldg., Mabini St., Brgy. Mabigo, Canlaon City All unredeemed pledges from October 1-31, 2011 will be sold to public auction on March 15, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office

All unredeemed pledges from October 1-31, 2011 will be sold to public auction on March 15, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office -----------------------------AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Bais II Branch, National

AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Poblacion Pamplona Negros Oriental All unredeemed pledges from October 1-31, 2011 will be sold to public auction on March 15, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office

disagreement is a form of free speech. Second, Senator Santiago showed no respect for the prosecution, either. She provoked Aguirre’s reaction by shouting at the prosecutors a nd dumbing the m down.Disrespect begets disrespect. Respect cannot be compelled. Nor can it be legislated. Respect can only be earned. If Senator Santiago wants the prosecutors to respect her, she should also respect the prosecutors. Her being a senator-judge did not give her the right to scold the prosecutors. She may think she knows more law, but, among lawyers, that belief is always arguable. As a senator-judge, she can decide the case against the prosecution, but she cannot tell them how to do their job. Third, impeachment is a POLITICAL process; it is not a judicial trial.As a political exercise, it calls on the imTo page 19 AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Tayasan Branch Fabugais St. Pob., Tayasan All unredeemed pledges from October 1-31, 2011 will be sold to public auction on March 15, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office ----------------------------AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Basay Branch Valencia Drive Pob. Basay All unredeemed pledges from October 1-31, 2011 will be sold to public auction on March 15, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office ________________

AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Robinson Branch South Road Calindagan All unredeemed pledges from October 1-31, 2011 will be sold to public auction on March 15, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office ------------------------------AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Valencia Branch South Pob., Valencia Neg. Or. All unredeemed pledges from October 1-31, 2011 will be sold to public auction on March 15, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office


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It’s Ricky-Doro vs. Edgar-Bito? alencia’s political pot is slowly heating up with the announcement of Mayor Ricky Gonzalez of his team up with former rival Diodoro Olasiman before hundreds of municipal employees. On the other hand, former cumbent Councilors Atilano Vice-Governor Edgar Teves is Dagoy, Saludario Sonjaco and reportedly firming up his alli- Liptong Barangay Captain Jun ance with the group of Vice- Santos. Certain to be included Mayor Bito Maravillas. How- in the Gonzalez slate are incumever, Olasiman quickly denied bent Councilors Arnel Bantug, that he had categorically ac- Citas Quitoy and any of the cepted the offer of the Gonzalez Gedaya couple. camp. However, Olasiman said Reached for confirmation, that only Santos is sure to run Mayor Gonzalez said he is cer- under the ticket of Gonzalez tain that an agreement based on while he, Sonjaco and Dagoy his latest conversation with will make a final decision after Olasiman has been reached and the Holy Week. the deal is done. He even If Gonzalez fails to get hinted that two or three more Olasiman as his running mate, politicians allied with the camp there are also talks that former of Congressman Pryde Henry Councilor Gene Gedaya will be Teves, Board Member Edmund fielded as his VM mate. In that Dy and Bito Maravillas will case, the opposition is expected join his ticket for 2013. to field former Councilor Elsie Although he refused to Dagoy with VM Maravillas to name them, among those per- be convinced to slide down as ceived to be gravitating towards cou ncilo r. (By Dems his camp aside Olasiman are in- Demecillo)


Solons to ... From page 1 and personnel to conduct a comprehensive and up to date revision of the geo-hazard map of Negros Oriental showing the areas that are prone to landslides, floods, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis, a key guide in making our communities resilient to calamities. Congressman Pryde Henry Teves of the third district echoed the same concern pointing out that an updated geo-hazard map would aid the local government units in formulating its disaster mitigating plans and help the population better manage future calamities. Negros Oriental is struggling to recover from the twin

VM leads ... From page 1

row streets is unsound and impractical. However, medical practitioners observed that the main reason for a high rate of mortality among victims of accidents is caused by head injuries. The Regional Land Transportation Office and Dumaguete LTO will impose the mandatory use of helmets by the end of July while LTO Bais announced it will enforce the controversial law in August. calamities striking in quick succession, the December 17, 2011 floods of Typhoon Sendong and the February 6, 2012 killer 6.9 magnitude earthquake generated from a previously unknown fault.

State U has ... From page 2 board examinees from its College of Nursing, Pharmacy, Dentistry and Allied Health Science (CNDPAHS) passed the licensure test. NORSU’s lone successful bar examination passer during last year’s tests is Peter Roderic Olpoc of Dumaguete City. He is also a CPA, and a longtime employee of the Philippine National Bank (PNB) in the city. Today, Att y. Olpoc is the bank’s Sales Service Officer in its Bais City branch. NEW NURSES CNDPAHS Dean Dr. Dalisay Dumalag said that out of 67,095 who took the examination nationwide, only 22,760 (33.92%) passed. Dumalag identified NORSU’s new registered nurses as: AGUILAR, Christian Keane B.;AMAHIT, Anna Marie B.; AMORES, Mechelle T.; AMPER, Maria Carla May C.; AQUINO, Jeremiah; BRIONES, Zenli Rose B; CANILLO, Francis Keene P.; ESTELA, April Rose T.; GABAS, Fernalyn Neca C.; GABAS, Fernelyn C. HALASAN, Hazel, S.; HERMOSO, Nicolae Mae A.; HOMECILLO, Ro go C.; LACUESTA, John E.; LINGUAJE, Lauren MayCastin C.; MANABAN, Eva Marie S.; PINILI, Vanessa; PURO, Cherry Mae P.; SABLAON, Melrose; SERION, Helbert Rochel G.; TINDO, Geselle B.; TINIO, Geocil le C.; and TIROL, Honellie Claire C. Accordi ng t o NORSU College of Law Dean Pearl Estacion, Olpoc is the lone passer out of 14 other examinees from the state university who took the bar exams last year. NORSU’s passing rate is at 7.14%, said NORSU Information Officer Joy Perez in a statement.


Cover your heads, not your ears, in case of an earthquake

Employees of the Negros Oriental provincial government participating in the March 1, 2012 earthquake drill held at the Aqua Center Building in Dumaguete City. The drill was in line with the simultaneous earthquake drill held across the country spearheaded by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council. (LJD/RMN/PIA)

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Rape scare ...

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which we tried to shepherd in the Lower House, will be pending before the Upper Chamber as it is pre-occupied in trying and deciding the case of Corona,” Teves stressed. But 1 st District Jocelyn Limkaichong, a member of the Committee on Justice, and who voted for Del Castillo’s impeachment, claimed that the panel simply acted on the complaint before the reglamantary period shal l have elapsed. Now it will be up to the sponsors whether it can muster enough votes in the floor to impeach Del Castillo and transmit the Articles of Impeachment to the senate for the trial. Del Castillo stands to be impeached for his failure to acknowledge the authors of some of the works cited in a decision he penned recently. However, critics charged that this is another attempt by the administration to control the judiciary by impeaching magistrates identified with former President Gloria MacapagalArroyo. Legal luminaries even agree that plagiarism is not even a crime, much more an impeachable offense. The Supreme Court already undertook an investigation and cleared Del Castillo accepting his explanation that one of his clerks inadvertently erased the footnotes when his decision was published.(By Dems Demecillo)

Villanueva endorsed the case to the Provincial Attorney for further study. She said that one option for Cabristante to be freed of the MOA is i f she agrees to refund the people’s money used for her education. Villanueva hopes to resolve the matter i n a ma nner that the province is not at losing end so as not to set a bad precedent. Cabristante is among the four doctors whose tuition fees were paid for by the provincial government as scholars under the 6-year-old program, who committed to serve the NOPH for an 8-year period. There are 13 scholars currently in medical school using taxpayer ’s money. BM Villanueva estimates that the cost of sending these scholars to complete the entire medical course is at P 700,000 per student, plus P 20,000 allowance when they take the li cens ure examination. (By Dems Demecillo)

from the PNP reveals that in 2011 alone some 88 cases that are sexual in nature wer e committed against women. Forty-two of these cases were reported for acts of lasciviousness, 23 for alleged rape, 8 for sexual abuse against children, 6 for attempted rape, 5 for alleged child abuse and 2 for sexual assaults. Lacandula counseled women to ensure that when they hire a tricycle, they should text the body number of the tricycle to their family and friends or memorize the bo dy number, color combination and face of the driver by taking note of any peculiarity that can prompt easier identification. As we are currently observing women’s month, hence, it is worthy to note that ab out 501 cases of physical abuse against our mothers, aunts and sisters were committed in 2011 alone. Truly, there is still much to be done to inculcate the lesson that assaulting our women can never be tolerated or become a norm in a civilized and modern society. (By Dems Demecillo)

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ORDER Petitioner, in his verifi ed petiti on, alleges that he was born on August 12, 1987 at Bayawan City, Negros Oriental and his fact of birth was duly registered before the Office of the Local Civil Registrar of Bayawan City, Negros Oriental. However, in his records of birth, the entries as to his middle name, family nam e of the m other and date and place of marriage of parents were erroneously entered as BANT OG, BANTOG, MAY 2, 1987 and MAHAYAG, ZAMBO AGA DEL S UR instead of the correct entri es which are BANTUG, BANTUG AND NOT MARRIED. Likewise, the correct maiden name of the mother is VERONICA G. BANTUG and the certificate of marriage of his parents took place on June 28, 1997, after his birth, thus, this petition. The petiti on being sufficient in form and substance, let the same be heard on August 20, 2012 at 8:30 o’clock in the morning at the Session Hall of this Court along Severino “Nene” Martinez Street , Bayawan Ci ty.Interested parti es are hereby enjoi ned to appear on the aforesaid date,ti me and place and show cause why the petition should not be granted. Let this order be published immediately, at the expense of the petitioner, for once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Negros Oriental and its five com ponent citi es. Furnish copies of this order to the Solicitor General, the Local Civil Registrar of Bayawan, Negros Oriental, the petitioner and her counsel. SO ORDERED. Given in Chamber this petitioner 10th day of January 2012 at Bayawan City, Negros Oriental, Philippines The Negros Chronicle March 11, 18, & 25,2012

(Sgd.) ANANSON E. JAYME Executive/Presiding Judge

A running... From page 18 peachment court to look beyond its walls to the political landscape outside. The senator-judges cannot, therefore, be onion-skinned. They should realize that while they may judge the case before them, the people will judge their judgment in the end. They are there to judge the case not on their own accounts, but on account of the people they represent. This is the reason why at the Philadelphia constitutional convention two centuries and some ago, the Founding Fathers chose to make the Senate, instead of the Supreme Court, as the court for impeachment trials. For lack of one of our own, we have chosen to adopt the American system - lock, stock, and barrel.



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Sixteen convicting ... (From page 2)

- o0o Policy wise, the Pampanguenos are correct. This is because the Philipipine Historical Commission as the authority in the naming of places, people and events, declares that as a state policy, all “names must have historical and cultural significance and must contribute to the positive development of national pride, through good example exhibited by the name being used.” So PDMIC fits. -o0oHowever, PDMIC has no legal basis yet. A law is yet to be passed for it to strongly replace Clark which is already a byword of international pilots as CRK who have been landing in Clark before. Problem now is we have less pro-Arroyo congressmen who might not successfully win this naming game in the Lower House. -o0oSo which will prevail, a the name of the presidential icon of history, or this marketing recall which Ipe says is needed to give clark airport an added marketing boost, with an international name recall to lure tourists to the Philippines. -o0oSo if politics has to take precedence over historical value, Ipe’s idea could prevail over and above that of the Historical Commission without mentioning that , the name Clark was just to honor a certain major Harold Clark of the US signal corp who died in a seaplane crash not in the Philippines, , therefore, has nothing to do with anything in the Philippines. So, someone has to make a decision. And it better be acceptable to the majority among Filipinos.

Pride and ...


From page 4

which her husband was a long-time officer) and the bad-mouthed manners of judges and senators which the Episcopal Commission of Youth said is scandalous to both”adult and the youth who daily follow the im-

peachment proceedings.” Then the senator tells the elderly priest “Do not judge (me) so you not be judged” forgetting the moral responsibility of the prelate over the good behavior of the flock. Apparently, the senator wants to be the sole judge of the universe, in that case- is she?

The Negros Chronicle March 11, 2012 issue  

The Negros Chronicle March 11, 2012 issue