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Another 1,000 houses aside from these are funded by the NHA, and soon to be built Along the B an il ad - B ac o n g boundary.

VOL. 38 No. 41 Dumaguete City, Philippines Sunday, March 18, 2012


ONDOY 2009 flood victims share their sweat equity in the building of their 60 units of housing units in Bajumpandan.

Raped deaf-mute preggy with twins? gang rape scandal involving minors in Bayawan Cty is overshadowed by reports that the victim, a deaf-mute, is pregnant with twins. However, there is no official confirmation to this belated pregnancy report as of press time.




t may have earned P 9 million in net income, yet Negros Oriental Electric Cooperative II will have to collect more for its partner Green Core Geothermal Incorporated to cover the hike in power generation charges. Hence, consumers already struggling with the rising cost of fuel and prices of basic commodities are shelling more for their monthly electric bills sta rting

Tricycles noise barrage

BY JUANCHO RODRIGUEZ ore than 30 motorcabs for hire (MCH) in Dumaguete have participated in Thursday’s national protest against fuel price increases by sounding their horns around the city bringing placards calling on government to scrap the value added tax and the oil deregulation law, among others.


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City released P3.75-M to Dgte senior citizens


he city government has already released P3.750-Million to the budget for senior citizens welfare in Dumaguete city for the 2012 outlay, but only P1Million is to be given out as burial benefits to some 9000 members.

This was clarified by Councilor JV Imbo , chairman of the finance committee on appropriations in the wake of complaints from senior citizens why as next of kins they have not yet received the so-called burial benefits of their ascendants. The surprise-part is that : Imbo was informed that only P250,000 is left for the burial benefits, while many

have complained not having received the same during the death of their kins. AS TO HO W TRUE, Imbo said he will get the list of those who have received financial death benefits for the sake of transparency. He promised to make a report to the public. Under the law, the seniors are to be allotted one percent To page 19

M ACAHIG F ONTELO February this year, GENERAL MANAGER BOARD CHAIR after GCGI raised its ge neration c harge signed last year subject only from 9.67 centavos per to the escalation and de-eskilowatt hour to 10.4629 calation of prices in basic ce nt avos o r by 1 .7 6 services and commodities. centavos per kilowatt “The annual increase hour. in gen eration charge is NORECO 2 spokes- stipulated in the contract, so woman Beverly Gonzalez we cannot deny GCGI of explained that the addi- that,” Gonzalez stressed. tional generation charge NORECO 2 General by GCGI is allowed in the Manager Ephraim Taclob power supply agreement To page 19

Mayor Rene Gaudiel said that the victim was apparently raped three times, with the first two instances by her boyfriend and the third incident involving his boyfriend’s gang. Only two have actually raped the vic-

tim with the four other minors serving as accessory to the crime. The city has a center for children in conflict with the law, but Gaudiel is unsure if the suspects ageing 16-17 To page 20


losing the long-running political conflict between uncle and nephew, Edgar Teves hosted cousin Gary Teves, Edgar’s ally, and his uncle Herminio “Meniong” Teves in an intimate gathering of relatives and allies during the blessing of the new house of the former Valencia Mayor in Barangay Mampas. The affair was considered as another proof of the renewing and warming of ties between Edgar and Meniong To page 19

Siquijor shifting politics? T


Cory-installed Congressman Orlando Fua of Siquijor (right) is among the Lakas opposition t oday wit h Rep. Milagros Mitos Magsaysay of Zambales and Rep. Danilo Suarez of Quezon.

he Fua clan, Siquijor’s most durable political dynasty to date, might be facing its most serious challenge to its dominance with the administration Liberal Party expected to employ everything in its arsenal to oust the Fua family from their entrenched positions after its patriarch Congressman Orlando Fua re-invented himself one of the resentatives against the adminismore vocal opposition tration of Pres ident Benigno voice in the House of Rep- Aquino III.

In anticipation of the battle ahead in 2013, the Liberal Party reorganized its To page 20




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Tricycles noise barrage

critical reporting

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Dumaguete city chairman Eddie Lazaro and progressive groups such as Bayan with provincial chairman Fabian Magallanes, Gabriela, Anakpawis partylist, Anakbayan, Kilusang  Mayo  Uno  (KMU),  Samakana,  ang  BanicaAmihan. The protest was highlighted with a planking activity at the busy Perdices Street in the city with protestors lying on the streets holding placards such as “Scrap VAT on oil,”  “rollback fuel price by P9.00 on diesel and by P10.00 on premium gasoline.” They also called on the public to resist and fight against the oil deregulation law in batting for the nationalization of the oil industry, junk the mining act of 1995 and called for an investigation of an oil cartel in the country. On local issues, ND Motor Piston has called for the scrapping of city Ordinance No. 292 and the impending Color-coding scheme for motorcabs for hire. They are also crying justice for a slain Kaugmaon member Toto Quirante. After one round, the protest action fizzled out and the Not so many tricycles participated in the noise barrage in the city. protesting MCH are back in the streets.jg

TOP OF THE WEEK Guv secures P961M Sendong rehab fund


he rehabilitation efforts for the towns and cities laid waste by the floodwaters of Typhoon Sendong will soon receive a significant boost after Governor Roel Degamo already received confirmation in a recent trip to Manila that the Office of the Civil Defense has approved P 961 million worth of projects to repair public infrastructure destroyed by the calamity. It can be recalled that dozens of people perished when rivers from Tanjay to Siaton breached their banks

in unprecedented scale and magnitude last December 17, 2011. The destruction To page 19

No way but up, fare rate now P9


ricycle drivers already reeling from the rising cost of fuel found relief after the City Council overwhelmingly approved to raise the basic fare rate to P 9.00 per kilometer.

However, this is not a major development since many drivers collect P 9.00 as basic fare rate from their passengers even before it

was sanctioned by the government. It was not also a comforting assurance to the To page 16


Teves, Ligan, Dy are still porkless


or not being supportive to the plans and programs of the sitting Governor, three Board Members have been deprived of their privilege to identify projects deemed most relevant to their constituencies.

This was the succinct reason provided by a very close aide to Governor Roel Degamo, adding that it is the sole judgment call of the Chief-Executive whether to

grant such privilege of carrying out and monitoring the identified projects of the Board Members. Furthermore, the same To page 19

Doc-scholar to return after PGH studies

rovincial Administrator Jose Arnel Francis co clarified that Dr. Jullie Vida Kabristante had no intention to break her contract to serve the Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital for 8 years after the province financed her medical education and saw to it that she passes the board examination for physicians.


Kabristante took the opportunity to take 3-year special study on anesthesiology at the Philippine General

Hospital and will resume her duties upon completion of the same, this time she To page 19

Dumaguete teeming with corals (that was Before)


id you know that Dumaguete boulevard waters in ages past was teeming with beautiful heavenly corals and are now 80% dead underneath because of destruction by man?

Endangered Species International (ESI) conducted a first ocular assessment on parts of the coastline of Dumaguete. Underwater shots (2fotos) show that some of the beauty is left but the “beast” has eaten most of it in the second foto. The ESI wants to restore its splendor with the support of the community. First dive observations show that about 80 percent of the coral reefs previously found along  Dumaguete City’s  shallow waters are dead. The remaining (20 percent) is composed of structural damage and healthy coral species. Just few decades ago, Dumaguete City was blessed with a colorful (yellow, purple, To page 17



People are confused ... what’s the issue again?


irst they bragged that they had 100 w itnesses to testify against Chief Justice Corona. Then w ithin 24 hours, they filed the impeachment complaint in the House. Then they had eight (8) big big issues against the CJ. Then the trial begun …….. -o0oAfter 30 days of hearing , the accusers were only able to present 25 witnesses. Then they withdrew five , yes, as in 5, of the articles of impeachment, so only three grounds were left: culpable violation of the Constitution, betrayal of public trust and a hastily done TRO. -o0oYesterday, virtually all the issues fizzled out, what remains now is the SALN of the chief justice, they could no longer find any bigger issue. All that is left as the main issue (well, according to the PDI which is part private accuser, ha ha) are the money and houses of the chief justice. Can you imagine that?

Major players huddle

Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile as presiding officer and Senate Majority Leader Vicente C. Sotto III who is playing the same role in the impeachment trial are discussing things with the defense panel chief Serafin Cuevas and prosecution head Iloilo Rep. Niel Tupas Jr. during the court break. After all the hullabaloo, all that they can accuse the chief justice of is that he’s got a lot of money, and a lot of properties. Why, ——how poor are his accusers? -o0oSo tell me, who among the accusers, congressmen and senators have not as much, if not more money and properties than Corona. Tell me too, who among the accusers are now, willing to disclose all their money and properties—as they want Corona to? Will the congressmen also disclose how much peso and dollars they have in their account? Of course not! So where does that boil down now? It’s simple personal vindictiveness, jealousy, and envy. It’s Lent, so let us quote our Lord: Who among the accusers of Justice Corona does not have the same, if not graver sin, and will cast the first stone? -o0oAgain, that is not the issue: the issue is, let Corona step down, because they want to replace him with PNOY’s own appointed chief justice, so that PNOY can now rule this country, with both Justice department and Congress UNDER HIS THUMB! And not only that, PNOY ‘s Cojuangco clan will likely get a Supreme Court reversal of the Hacienda Luisita case, and will be most likely awarded P10-billion, as in P10-B—in just compensation because they are not contented with P163-million! And who will advance the money? We, the taxpayers! And who will finally foot the bill? The 6000 poor farmer beneficiaries who fought all their lives to be given that land! They until their fourth generation of descendants will not yet be able to pay that debt! Why—did you think there is such a thing as “a free lunch?” -o0oSo the wiser people are angry. The next thing that will happen is that the opposition w ill again polarize itself, and topple PNOY, and they will take over and do the same thing all over and over again: topple PNOY’s appointed chief justice! So now you know that we live in circles! Galileo was correct again.

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Benefits for barangay officials o be a barangay official means to be of service to the community. Service means sacrifice. But there are perks and benefits which barangay officials should take advantage of. Aside from the honoraria, allowances, Christmas bonuses, there are other non monetary benefits to which barangay officials are entitled. Barangay officials are exempted during their incumbency from paying tuition and matriculation fees for their legitimate dependent children attending state colleges or universities. The barangay official may also avail of such educational benefits in a state college or university located within the province or city to which the barangay belongs. Barangay officials availing of these educaitoal benefits cannot study in a state college or university outside the province because in such case they wouldno longer be able serve their constituents. But for legitimate dependent children of barangay officials, they may avail of such benefit even outside the province to which the barangay official isholding office. Barangay officials are entitled to free medical care. Free medical case includes subsistence, medicines, and medical attendance in any government hospital or institution. The hospital care that barangayh officials may avail even includes surgery or surgical expenses, medicines, X-rays, laboratory fees, and other hospital expenses. In case of extreme urgency where there is no available government hospital or institution, the barangay official concerned may submit himself for immediate medical attendance to the nearest private clinic, hospital or institution. Under the law the expenses not exceeding P5,000.00 that may be incurred therein shall be chargeable against the funds of the barangay. A barangay official is entitled, during his/her incumbency, to insurance coverage. The insurance includes temporary and permanent disability, double indemnity, accident insurance, death and burial benefits, and other benefits. Even duly appointed barangay tanods are also entitled to insurance or other benefits during their incumbency, chargeable to the barangay or the city or municipal government to which the barangay belongs. When one becomes barangay official he or she is entitled to appropriate civil service eligibility on the basis of the number of years of service to the barangay. Elective barangay officials shall have preference in appointments to any government position or in any government-owned or -controlled corporations, after their tenure of office, subject to the requisite qualifications. To be a barangay official means one has to commit to serving his or her community. Yet service has its perks too, which every barangay official should avail and take advantage of. SEC. 393. Benefits of Barangay Officials. - (a) Barangay officials, including barangay tanods and members of the lupong tagapamayapa, shall receive honoraria, allowances, and such other emoluments as may be authorized by law or barangay, municipal or city ordinance in accordance with the provisions of this Code, but in no case shall it be less than One thousand pesos (P=1,000.00) per month for the punong barangay and Six hundred pesos (P=600.00) per month for the sangguniang barangay members, barangay treasurer, and barangay secretary: Provided, however, That the annual appropriations for personal services shall be subject to the budgetary limitations prescribed under Title Five, Book II of this Code;  (b) The  punong barangay,  the sangguniang barangay members,  the barangay treasurer, and the barangay secretary shall also:  (1) Be entitled to Christmas bonus of at least One  thousand pesos (P=1,000.00) each, the funds for which shall be taken from the general fund of the barangay or from such other funds appropriated by the national government for the purpose;  (2);  (3)  (5 (c) and the provisions of the immediately preceding paragraph.  (d) All



Fare hike OK - - - but nli ke i n Manila. Dumaguetenos majority of tricycle passengers can still take the proposed .50 centavor fare increase, on one condition: that ALL tricycle drivers follow the rules of public conveyance which is: not to refuse any passenger a ride anywhere in the city; and that they do not choose nor discriminate passengers whom they accept to ride. The refusal and discrimination plus the discourtesy of tricycle drivers make the city passenger abhor and denounce their operation, to the extent that passengers are petitioning to abolish tricycles in the city and change them to bigger mini cabs or jeepneys. This is how other cities grow and evolve in their mass transport system. And if our authorities play deaf mutes to the complaints of the riding public, then time will come when the passengers themselves will be the one to take to the streets and oppose every move of the tricycle industry especially fare increases. There is even now a move for the over 21,000 students to engage in a rent a bike program that will make students economize and keep a healthey environment. The petition for a 50-centavo increase was submitted before the City Council by different tricycle organiza-


tions in Dumaguete, in lieu of Ordinance No. 177, series of 2007 and further amended by Ordinance No. 15, series of 2009 entitled an Ordinance establishing a fare rate adjustment scheme for all motorcabs for hire plying within the territorial jurisdiction of Dumaguete City. Under the automatic adjustment scheme, the fare rate for MCH in Dumaguete is pegged at P9.00 as soon as the price of premium gasoline reaches P62.00 to P67.00 per liter. We also notice that even how widen the streets are, tricycles still lord it over the road even like a three-lane blocking four wheel vehicles from passing as if the tricycles own the whole road. Our city authorities, particularly the TMO traffic management office under Danny Atillo and the LTO under Roland Ramos, should raise the possibility of devising one half of our main road as tricycle lane and the other half, to be used only by four wheel vehicles on a one-way street like Perdices main. In this manner, there wil be equitable distribution of the road use. We strongly urge the city government, the sanggunian committee on transport, to seriously think of sharing the city main roads, one half for tricycles, and one half for four wheel drive in order to be fair, especially now that gasoline prices have gone sky high.

Miriam’s “Pride and prejudice”


ontemptuous, are Senator Miriam Santiago’s insults against lawyers, and branding the prosecutors-congressmen as grandstanding because they are “interested in becoming senators” and an old priest as a “publicity hound” are simply cases of a pot calling the kettle “black.”

Dateline Manila by Bingo P. Dejaresco

When the prosecution explained that the reason why they dropped articles 1,4,5,6 and 8 is because they believe they had enough evidence in articles 2,3 and 7- Senator Santiago goes ballistic and calls the prosecution derogatory names. But how else could the prosecutors explain why they rested their case –except in such manner? Earlier, a Supreme Court decision in the Juan de la Cruz versus V. Carretas stated:” A judge descends to the level

of a sharp-tongued, ill-mannered petty tyrant when she utters harsh words (to lawyers)”. If tyranny is indeed in Santiago’s bones –a multitude today is happy that they never voted her president in 1992. Can one imagine the consequences? Many of her infantile behavior bordering on what others say is “arrested personality development” had led to campaign slurs against senator Miriam that she was indeed

“Brenda” (as in brain- damaged) in 1992. In fairness, the lady senator had ignored such “propaganda”. But once, when reminded by media that she had publicly promised to jump from a helicopter when an event did not happen ( and it did not), the Iloilo senator just cursorily laughed and said “I lied”- and then rode on her horse for her newest victims. When threatened with an To page 15



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March 18, 2012

Church-military advisers Silver Anniversary donations mark 4 years of bonding BY JENNIFER CATAN-TILOS


he Church Military Advisory Group of Negros (CMAG-N), an organization composed of four Catholic Dioceses, military units and the police offices in Negros Island, marked its 4th year anniversary of working together and strengthening bonds for peace and development in the Island. The anniversary’s theme is “Peace and Development for God’s People - Our Mission, “For we are partners working together for God… (1 Corinthians 3:9).” Army Information Office r Ca pt. Ana cito Naz shared that the anniversary was celebrated on March 8 with a Holy Mass at the Little Wa y Se mina ry in Kabankalan City followed by a series of presentation updates on peace talks and peace agreements. According to Naz, Diocese of Kabankalan Bishop Patricio Patricio Buzon expressed in his homily his gratitude for the presence of

the military in the remote areas of Kabankalan City and the appreciation of the peace and development efforts the military is doing especially in the hinterland. Before the final blessing of the mass, CMAG-N presented and awarded plaques of recognition to people that had contributed to the peace and development efforts in the area. Recognitions were given to Most Rev. Jose Advincula Jr., former Bishop Diocese of San Carlos; Mgen. Vicente Porto (Re t) and Lt. Ge n. Emmanuel Bautista, former 3rd Division Commanders; Brig. Gen. Ma nuel Luis

Ochotorena, former 302 Brigade Commande r; C ol. Franco Nemes io Gac al, former 11th IB Commander; Col. Erwin Bernard Neri and Col. Pio Diñoso III, former 79th IB Commanders; Ltc. Antonio Nafarrete, former commander of the 1st Scout Range r Ba ttalion; C ol. Edua rdo Gubat and Ltc. Alberto Desoyo, former 62nd IB Commanders. In the same occasion, briefing updates were given on the peace talks between Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and Communist Party of the Philippines/ New People’s Army/ National Democratic Front.

MEN & WOMEN’S AUXILLARY volunteers at the provincial hospital marked its silver anniversary last March 8. Guihulnganons abroad donated medicines to earthquake –stricken Gov William Villegas Hospital patients there. Ruben William Villegas Carballo solicited donations from abroad while the NOPHMWA acting as the coordinating arm turned over the medicines to hospital head Dr. Edgardo Pialago. The NOPHMWA members present in the turn-over were Mrs. Annabelle Q. Escorial-President; Mrs. Iolani V. Carballo-Secretary; Lucy Tizon; Lita Gandola; Zaida Liclican; and Churchita Villarin.

EDC hits P2M in relief goods to Equake victims BY JENNIFER CATAN-TILOS

BETTER CASH THAN NONE….The Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program or 4Ps gives P1,500 cash to each family as long as their children will make good in the public schools, and their mothers continue to give their best efforts to minimize their number of children in order to grow economically. Mayor Sagarbarria explains the matter to the mothers who will receive the cash, not the husbands, in order to ensure the family’s use.

Gas dealers explain different pump prices


asoline dealers in Dumaguete faced the City Council and explained why they do not have uniform pump prices, which is due to the distance of their source to and from Dumaguete.

.Invited in Wednesday’s regular session of the city council were managers and owners of gasoline stations in Dumaguete, at the instance of Councilor Antonio Remollo and the presiding officer Vice Mayor Alan Gel Cordova. Du ring the q uestio n hour, Michael Nemenzo of DSR Petro n said pu mp prices in Dumaguete and Negros Oriental are dictated by area sales executives of giant oil companies such as Shell, Petron and Caltex and they have to follow even if such directive is through AGENCIA DE EXQUISITE of Dumaguete, Inc., Cor. Ma. Cristina & San Jose Sts., Dumaguete City Tel. 422-1062 All unredeemed and unrenewed pawn items for the month of October 2011 will be disposed by way of auction sale on March 19, 2012 at our business office.

text messages. He raised an issue as to why Shell and Caltex have the same price as that of Petron when their source is from the Amlan depot in Negro s Or iental, wh ile their s is sou rced f ro m Bacolod . Nemenzo said for gasoline dealers, the farther they are from the depot, the more expensive their fuel will be con sidering the hauling cost, including the freight, cost of labor and other expenses It is for this reason that fuel prices of Petron outlets in Bayawan City , more than 90 kilometers South of Dumaguete is higher compared to the Petron fuel prices in Dumaguete, according to Nemenzo Gasoline dealers told the august body even if their present stocks are pur-

chased at a very low price, they are bound to increase the same when dictated by their area sales supervisors. Technical hoarding? Councilor Remollo has observed some retailers would close shop early in the day to take advantage of an impending increase of fuel prices the following day. The city legislator considered this as technical hoarding  of fuel products. Qu estio ns were also raised why gasoline prices in Cebu are lower by at least P5 compared to petroleum products sold in Dumaguete by dealers who bought their stocks from Cebu . Councilor Joe Kenneth Arbas stressed the need to come up with a body or a committee to study deeper this problem in spite of the explanation.jg


he Energy Development Corporation (EDC) has poured in P2Million following an additional P500,000 worth of relief goods to the quakehit families in the towns of Tayasan, Jimalalud and Guihulngan City.

EDC Vice President for its Southe rn Negros Geothermal Production Field, Engr. Dwight Maxino said, EDC weeks before, has also given out P1.5 million worth of relief bags containing rice, canned goods, bottled water, blankets and flashlights to the earthquake victims since February up to the present. “We have decided to go back and hand out more relief goods to them because we knew that many of the residents there still lacked food and water supply,” Maxino added. EDC likewise provided potable drinking water to its host community in Brgy. Minoyan, Murcia, Negros Occidental and assisted them in repairing its water system that was damaged by the earthquake. “We are thankful to our employee-voluntee rs who tirelessly packed these goods and distributed them,” smiled Maxino. In recognition for its efforts to help families affected by this natural disaster in Negros Island, the Private

Sector Disaster Management Network (PSDMN) has included EDC among its partners. Maxino said this effort is part of the company’s community partnership program

at work as he thanked also the PSDMN for recognizing the corporation’s contributions to the province in times of disas te r. (mbcn/J CT /PIANegros Oriental)


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 entryof 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.

The Negros Chronicle March. 4, 11 & 18 2012

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

Critical Stress Debriefing

The trauma of having their houses swept away by Sendong floods was to be neutralized by Dumaguete City Social Workers who conducted a series of Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD) at the Bagacay barangay hall , for the victims of typhoon Sendong that badly hit suburban Dumaguete last December 17



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nwelcome Guests” is not about ”midnight appointees”   Gloria  Macapgal  Arroyo  picked before scurrying from Malacanang — on to hospital  jail,  for election  sabotage raps.                   Count  me   out, China , Filipino foresters snappe d the former  presented  this study,  to an President’s manicurist. Anita As ia -Pa cific confere nc e, Carpon  had been dangled  a organized by the UN Food “ Pag-IBIG Fund midnight and Agriculture Organization appointment. She nixed a               “Man  can  cram  two-yea r    job   with   a many exotic crops in one P100,000   monthly plac e, ” wrote N.T. paycheck. Baguinon, M.O. Quimado             Deal me in, said and G.J. Francisco of UP Los  GMA’s   former  chief-of- Banos, Forest Management staff . She named Renato Bureau and Department Corona   Supreme  Court of    E nv ironme nt.     But chief   justice  just   before  plantations   are  not  more the cloc k struck  diverse than natural forest midnight. Today, Corona ecosystems . They pose  battles  impeachment. little-recognized threats.                    “Unwe lc ome                    God-e ndowed  Gues ts ” is, in fa ct, a na tural forests he re a re scientific paper on forest  stunning in diversity. A  f911  invasive species. In Kuming Turn to page12

A Journey Through Cancer


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Aumentado of Bohol, Espino of Pangasinan, Hagedorn of Palawan and many more are mute tes timony of the e ffec tive ne ss of loca l officialdom. If we do not grant local autonomy now for whateve r flimsy reason when will we ever? The 1987 Constitution encouraged nay mandated decentralization! What I Turn to page12






Taking God for granted

t is a good thing I do not live in Cebu. I am so angry right now, I would probably end up going to jail. I just viewed a video titled “20 Reasons I Dislike the Philippines”.     I t is narrate d by an fact that his diatribe is a American who has been gross bre ac h of good living in Cebu, and quite manners: I do not honestly he should not be understand what he hoped allowed to live in the to accomplish other than Philippines one day longer. showing the world he is an If the re is no airplane ass. There are over 40,000 available; he should be Filipinos living in New required to swim back to York. Not one Filipino has ever made a film about America. This idiot, and I apologize  the  twenty  reasons  they to all idiots for insulting dislike America; Filipinos them, went to the worst have more class. sections of Cebu and trolled Maybe the thing that bothered around trying to find things me most is the reaction of to complain about. The some of my Filipino friends. things that “pissed him off” They said, “Even if it is true, were not only not unique I resent that a foreigner said to the Philippine s but it” First, it is no more true common even in Europe about the Philippines than it and America. Beyond the is about every other country Turn to page 12

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

Footsteps and Fingerprints


NE of the famous laments of Christ was when he went back to his hometown and was treated by his own people with disbelief and suspicion. “Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary…?” They felt uneasy with him. Why is he behaving differently from us, they must have asked themselves. person.             That’s  when  Jesus              Failing  to  take  care  of said the famous line: “A the little things means we will prophet is not without honor, most likely fail also in taking care but in his own country, and of the big things. Taking care of in his own house, and among the little things prepares us for his own kindred.” (Mk 6,3the big things. The little things 4) Indeed, he was like them, are like prophets. They can except that he also was, and portend how we will behave is, not only a prophet, but when faced with big things. “He also in fact, the very son of who is faithful in little is faithful God. also in much.” (Lk 16,10)             We have to be wary             Much more should we of our tende ncy to take be wary of our tendency to things for granted. To our take our Lord for granted. We es timation these things can take him for granted may seem to be common, because to our estimation he ordinary, of little value. We can only be in the big things, fail to realize that it is in some special occasions, and precisely in the little things the like. We fail to realize that that we can sow the seeds he is precisely in the little of the true character of our Turn to page 12

Of course there will always be the argument that local governments are controlled by wa rlords like the Ampatuans but I would like to believe that this is more the exception than the rule. On the other hand, the successful administration of people like Garcia of Cebu, Valencia of Mindoro, Romua ldez of Leyte, Ma rcos of Iloc os, Enrile of Cagayan, Pineda of Pampanga, Garcia of Bataan,


What makes you tick? hat makes you wake up in the morning and start your routine of daily living? What prods you to go on with life? You have been through tough times, not only once, but maybe countless times. Yet you are here today, watching another sunrise, eating a piece of bread with hot steaming tea. What makes you tough? What is it that inspires you, what drives you to live? You have lost your job, your tough gets going.” But you house, your money. You lost realize that your own a friend, a family, or some- strength is not enough. one very close. You were Your own resources are betrayed, hurt and wrongly nothing compared to what you face today. How long accused. Someone has wronged you can you stand? How long and the healing takes a long can you hold on to God’s time. There was no apology, promises? There are miland you ta ke the blame. lions like us in this uniSomeone is sick, and you verse who are one way or take a long list of bills to pay, another being bonded by an and you have nowhere to go, emotion beyond compreno one, except your God. hension. I was about to lose heart. I Someone said, “When the was about to give up. I felt going ge ts tough, the Turn to page 12

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he c onv entional wisdom that the national government can do a better job in providing economic and a social service for everyone is not entirely supported by empirical data. In fact it is also safe to say that there is more transparency if national projects can be localized provided of course that the local community will provide oversight as they do in some places. Then there would be no need for “pork” which can be distributed to the hungry.



y reflections this Lenten season have been greatly inspired by Joyce Rupp, author of Walk in a Relaxed Manner: Life Lessons from the Camino. Her experiences on the Camino pilgrimage resonate deeply with my life journey. In fact, her insights have helped me

understand more clearly events and situations in my life. In one chapter she describes her struggles as she learned the lesson of letting go of her comfort zones and her expectations. She relates that she was reluctant to leave behind the comfort of her personal space, even though she was excited about the coming adventures. As she began

the 37-day, 500 mile pilgrimage, she found she needed to deal with the daily challenges of not being near a convenience store, of not having public restrooms or even clean toilets along the way, of being away from a computer keyboard for hours at a time, of the Spanish concept of time, of the crowded sleeping quarters in the hostels, of strange food, and the even Turn to page 12




March 18, 2012

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


Ephesians  6:1-9


Chil dren, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— 3 “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”[a] 4 Fathers,[b] do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. 5 Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity

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For Christendom, Ash Wednesday, signifie s the beginning of Lent, whic h me ans FR. GAMMY TULABING JCD, VG fasting, abstinence and mortifications. But for Senate President and trial presiding judge Juan Ponce Enrile, his mortifications had begun much earlier, as he admitted in a speech before the Integrated Bar of the Philippines. As he put it, the need to balance the concerns of all parties inside the trial court and rein in the proceedings in a manner that conforms to law have been trying his patience. We all pray that JPE’s health continues to hold up despite this heavy burden. JPE bristled at the insis tence of the prosecution to expand the coverage of Article 3 to cover matters that he felt were beyond its stated scope. This included the prosecution’s accusation that CJ and wife Cristina had availed of numerous travel perks courtesy of PAL’s Platinum Card, even when the FASAP still has a case pending before the SC. Enrile bellowed to the prosecution that if they want to expand Article 3’s coverage, they will have to amend it first, which will take time and delays proceedings further. Actually, as JPE pointed out, the difficulties the impeachment court faces stem from the very poor preparation that went into the prosecution’s impeachment complaint. As the trial crawled, it became more and more evident that the prosecution didn’t have enough evidence and that it was relying, as JPE said, on the senators and on court subpoenas to ferret out evidence that the prosecution should have secured for itself in the first place. In turn, the complaint was poorly prepared because, as the prosecution itself admitted, it was in a rush to file it—a case of striking while the iron is hot. But as the old adage To page 8

of heart, just as you would obey Christ. 6 Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart. 7 Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people, 8 because you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do, whether they are slave or free. 9 And masters, treat your slaves in the same way. Do not threaten them, since you know that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no favoritism with him.

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



n another island where the king’s brothe r came from, there were diggers of gold: eL figliolo magiore deL re chera iL principe vene doue eramo il re li di(s s)e q(ue ) (s)ede(ss)e apre(ss)o noi et co(ss)i (s)edete fu portato dui piati vno de pe(s)ce cõ lo (s)ue brodo et laltº de rizo REV. FR. ROMAN C. acio q(ue ) SAGUN, JR. mangia(ss)emo col principe The king’s eldest son, who was the prince, came over us, whereupon the king told him to sit down near us, and he accordingly did so. Then two platters were brought in (one with fish and its sauce, and the other with rice), so that we might eat with the prince. il n(ost)ro compa gº p(er) tanto bere et mangiare diuento briaco Vzano p(er) lume goma arbore q(ue) la quiama(n)o anime voltata in foglie de palma o de figaro My companion became intoxicated as a consequence of so much drinking and eating. They used the gum of a tree called anime wrapped in palm or fig [i.e., banana] leaves for lights. el re ne fece (s)egno q(ue)L voleua andare adormire la(ss)o cõ nui lo principe cõ qªlle dormi(s)emo (s)opª vna (s)tora de canne cõ co(ss)ini de foglie venuto lo giorno eL re venne e t me piglio p(er) La mano co(s s)i anda(ss)emo doue aveuamo cenato p(er) fare colatiõe ma iL batelle ne venne aleuare The king made us a sign that he was going to go to sleep. He left the prince with us, and we slept with the latter on a bamboo mat with pillows made of leaves. When day dawned the king came and took me by the hand, and in that manner we went to where we had had supper, in order to partake of refreshments, but the boat came to get us. Jnanzi la partita eL re molto alegro ne ba(s)o le mani et noi le (s)ue venne cõ nui vno (s)uo fratello re dunaltª y(s)ola cõ tre homini Lo capº gñale lo retenete adi(s)nare cõ nui et donoli molte cos)e To page 11

Ephesians 6:10- 24 (NIV)


GOSPEL The Armor of God Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of

evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for the entire Lord’s people. to page 8

Sunday Thoughts THE THIET’S POSTURE OF WHOLENESS “Jesus remembers me, when you come into your kingdom.”Luke 23:42 Part II


t is all part of the search for a sense of wholeness to take our stand on truth. Jesus meant to make us take our stand on the side of truth when he said: “You DR. PROCESO UDARBE shall know the truth, and the truth shall se t you free.” One of the most beautiful words in the Christia n vocabulary is “hope”. This is the third component clue to wholeness of the dying thief. What greater hope is there than to say as he says to the Man in the middle cross: “Lord, remember me when you come into your kingly rule”? The thief does not only have the courage of his conviction but also the courage to hope in the face of all the odds. For in the midst of all the gloom and doom, he has a hopeful view of the future ahead of him. To him the sign of defeat (the cries) has become the sign of victory. Look the scene of Calvary again. It is total despair that you see. The natural elements the dark clouds, the thunder and

the lightning conspire with the cruelty of the mob. For ac cording to Luke’s Gospel, the sun fails to shine; there is darkness all ove r the ea rth. Mos t painful of all to Jesus is, as Matthew’s Gospel puts it, “all his disc iple s abandoned him and fled.” To them the throne of gold which they had envisioned had become an old rugged cross searing the mangled body of Jesus. The dying thief, against the background of this s ee ming trage dy, proclaims the future reign of God. Perhaps we could also speak of his future hope as “heaven on e arth.” F or we remain hopeful that he kingly power the thief yearns for can be in the here-and-now no matter how inferior it may be to God’s eternal kingdom. So, my friends, an a live s ense of responsibility for our sin, courage to stand on the truth that we know and hope that in God’s own

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

Bar Topnotcher Ivan Maxino Bandal


his is Part II of our feature last week, excerpts from an e- mail of questions PEP sent to Ivan M. Bandal (IBM).

PEP: This is the first batch of barristers to have undergone the combination of multiple choice questions (MCQ) and essay questions. Can you share with us how you found the exam? Would you recommend this new setup or technique? IMB: Multiple choice exam is harder than the essay type. This is be caus e you would re commend cannot jus tify your multiple choice type of Bar ans we rs . You have to exams. This is because choose the right answer multiple choice can also be among the four choices easier to answer if the giv en. And, s o as an questions are made well e xamine r, your and if the choices are very understanding of the clear. questions should be the PEP: You c ome from a same with how the family of lawyers, both from examiner understands your immediate family as the question. That’s the well as your relatives. Is law hard part. To arrive at a your choice of a career after c orre ct ans we r, your finishing your undergraduate inte rpre tation of the c ours e in Mas s question should be similar Communication? Would you to the interpretation sa y your undergradua te made by the examiner. It degree helped you, in a way, wasn’t easy. Almost all in your preparation? choices were correct or IMB: I always wanted to be appeared to be correct. I a lawyer since I was a kid.

BY CECILE M. G ENOVE I know being a lawyer would e nable me to c ontribute more to society. Being a lawyer would enable me to have a better understanding of the issues affecting my c ountry and my community. With better understanding of the issues, I’d know how to re spond to the m. My Mas s Communic ation de gree enabled me to hurdle the Bar exams suc cessfully! I’m v ery proud of being a Masscom graduate! It played a big role in my success. It was while I was a Masscom student at Silliman

University that I improved my writing s kills. My Mas sc om teachers prepared me well for the Bar exams. And, for that, I’d always be thankful to all of them. And, 40% of the Bar exams involves writing (memorandum writing and legal opinion writing). That is on the fourth Sunday. And, also the re are only two questions. So you have to make sure you do well in this part of the Bar exams to pass it. Being a lawyer involves a lot of writing. A lawyer would write pleadings; he should be able to write these well to convince the court that his argument is correct. PEP: What is the mo st challenging aspect of your preparing for the Bar? IMB: The most challenging aspect of my preparation was mostly emotional stress. I did not know how to finis h reviewing for all the subjects because there were so many things I had to study. I was afraid of failing in the Bar. That was my greatest fear. Perhaps, it’s also because of that fear that motivated me to study well. The seven-month (April to October) preparation is simply not enough. There are so many things one would need to study. The emotional, psychological, and physical stress are things one would need to hurdle as he or she prepares for the Bar. The four Sundays we re very c ha llenging. We had to prepare for three subjects during the first a nd third Sunday. The days leading to the exam itself is not enough to prepare for three subjects. On the first Sunday, I almost lost consciousness during my exam in Political Law. That was the first exam for that day. The night before I was not able to sleep and so the



March 18, 2012

Journalism Award to Minda News given to Embassy of Canada

Mindanews editor-in-chief Carolyn Arguillas has been awarded t he Canadian Embassy’s prestigious Marshall McLuhan Fellowship Award for her excellence in journalism. s tres s and fa tigue wa s probably the reason I almost lost c onsc ious ne ss . I stoppe d answering the MCQ for Political Law for about 5 minutes. But, I ne ve r gave up. I jus t remained in my seat. I took deep breaths. I did not tell the proctor that I was about to faint. After so many months of stressful pre paration and hard work, giving up was simply not an option. I recovered after about 5 minutes. The fourth Sunday of the exam was more challe nging

because I was having loose bowel movement (LBM) at that time. Thankfully, my s tomach c oope rate d during the hours I was ans we ring the e xam (memorandum writing in the morning and le gal opinion in the afternoon). PEP: What advice can you give to law students both in hurdling the Bar a nd, hopefully, to be among the topnotchers? IMB: If one would like to pass the Bar exams, you should prepare for it the moment you ente r law

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Gospel.... from page 7 Silliman University VP for Academic Affairs Dr. Betsy Joy Tan (standing) welcoming the guests and participants during the McLuhan Forum Series on Responsible Media held March 8, 2012 at the AV Theatre of Silliman in Dumaguete City. The series facilitated by the Canadian Embassy features Carol Arguillas (3rd from left, seated), MindaNews editor-in-chief and winner of 2012 Marshall McLuhan Prize for excellence in journalism. Photo also shows (L-R) Canadian Embassy Political and Economic Relations Counsellor Jamie Christoff and Public Affairs Officer Carlo Figueroa. (LJD/RMN/PIA)

Pinoy scared... from page 7 goes, haste makes waste. Thus, despite the fact that the defense panel’s hands are tied—lead de fe ns e counsel Serafin Cue vas c omplaine d about the unfairness of the change in trial rules that resulted in the defense’s inability to even challenge the line of questioning or reasoning of a se nator-judge who unfairly acts more as prose c utor—the prosecution is not getting the upper-hand because of its bunglings. The poorly crafted complaint has brought a lot of embarrassment for the House of Re pres enta tive s. As De puty Minority Le ader Milagros Magsaysay was quote d ye sterda y, many House members are ashamed of what their colleagues have been doing, while a majority legislator admitted that this is the re as on many Hous e

members don’t want to show up at the Senate hearings in support of their panel. In fact Speaker Feliciano Belmonte was quoted yesterda y as stressing that he ordered a siza ble number of representatives to show up at the Senate. But while the re ps managed to fill up se ve ra l rows in the VIP gallery, unfortunately their presence didn’t improve the performance of the prosecution, leading to JPE’s complaint yesterday. As a wit put it, “Napakalinis na ng prosecution, kasi araw-araw sinasabon sila.” ? His patie nc e we aring thinly, the Senate P re side nt personally undertook the questioning of P S Bank branc h manage r Annabe lle Tiongson for over an hour, about the visit of QC Rep. Jorge Banal to her, armed with documents purporting to contain information on CJ Corona’s accounts in

the bank. JPE felt c ompe lled to do s o obviously to hasten the interrogation of Tiongson, whom Sen. Jinggoy Estrada had earlier tagged as possibly the source of the Corona doc uments pres ente d by lead prosecutor Niel Tupas. But la te r that day Sen. Jinggoy admitted that he was ready to shift his suspicion to the Anti-Mone y Laundering Council (AMLAC), afte r PSB President Pascual Garcia, in response to a query from JPE, revealed that a Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) team had conducted an audit of his ba nk a round September to November of 2010, and included in the te am was a s pe cialis t designed by AMLA. On sharp questioning by Rep. Bongbong Marcos, Garcia admitted that the AMLA specialist is the only officer

Pra y also for me, tha t whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains . Pray tha t I ma y declare it fearlessly, as I should. Tychicus, the dear brother and faithful servant in the Lord, will tell you everything, so that you also may know how I am and what I am doing. I am sending him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are, and that he may encourage you. Peace to the brothers and sisters, [c] and love with faith from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace to all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with an undying love. [d]

Sunday thoughts from page 7 time there will be peace and justice -these three remain; but the greatest of these for us today is hope.




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trust in yourself. Tell yourself “You can do this!” and pray to GOD all the time to give you strength in everything you do. Don’t be disturbed if others are using materials different from yours. Stay focused. Don’t get distracted if other reviewees would say that their materials are better. The best material is the one that you have. You only need to master it! And, after every subject’s exa m, don’t waste time discussing your answers. Only the examiner knows which among the choices is the correct answer. Prepare imme diate ly for the ne xt subject’s exam. PEP: You worked in the Supreme Court as a news a na lyst while you were studying law in San Beda then UP, then, you decided to transfer to Silliman. What made you decide to do this? IMB: It doesn’t really matter from which law school you gradua ted. The be st law school is the one where you are enrolled. You just have to make the most out of it and work hard to achieve your goal. So, it really is up to you, the student! Your success is determined by your attitude

in law school. One should always strive for excellence. PE P: Your girlfrie nd, Michelle Lyn Acain Apao, also passed the Bar! Wow! That’s really a twin-bill blessing! IMB: I was with her when I learned about the results. I’m so thankful we both made it. My e ve ryday prayer at that time is that we both would pass the Bar exams. I wanted that if we celebrate, both of us should be celebrating. Honey, as she is called, is also now working in a law firm. She is a junior associate in Guzman Tañedo and Acain Law Firm in Makati since December 2011. PEP: How about you? Are you now employed? IMB: Yes, I am employed with Salvador and Associates (S & A) Law Firm starting January this ye ar. It is among the country’s top tax law firms. Our offic e is at the Philippine Stock Exchange Tower in Ayala Triangle in Makati. We primarily focus on taxation and commercial law. While waiting, all underbars in our firm had the position of legal assistant. Now that

Republic of the Philippines REGIO NAL TRIAL CO URT 7TH Judicial Region Branch 35 Dumaguete City S PECIAL PRO C. NO. 5020 IN THE MATTET OF CORRECTION OF ENTRY OF BIRTH YEAR FROM 2002 TO 2006 IN REC ORDS OF BIRTH OF THE MINO R, KEIZIAH C HARM M. BALLOVAR, REPRES EN TED BY HER FATHER, C HARLO U R. BALLO VAR. Petiti oner, -Versu sTHE LOCAL C IVIL REGIS TRAR OF DUMAGUETE C ITY, NEGRO S ORIEN TAL. Res ponde nt. x———————————————————————————————/ ORDER A verified amended petition has been filed with this Court by petitioner CHARLOU R. BALLOVAR, thru his counsel Atty. Louie A. Rastica, praying that a Judgment be rendered by ordering the correction of entry of birth year of petitioner’s daughter, KEIZIAH CHARM M. BALLOVAR, from 2002 to 2006, and directing respondents Office of the Local Civil Registry of Dumaguete City to effect the correction by entering the decision of this court in the records of birth of petitioner’s daughter on file with the Local Civil Registrar of Dumaguete City and in the National S tatistics Office. Initially, the original petition was ordered dismissed last November 4, 2011. Acting on the Motion for Reconsideration, this court issued another order dated January 18, 2012 setting aside the former order. In the Ame nded Petition , peti tioner CAHROU R. BALLOVAR allege d that her daughter Keiziah Charm M. BALLOVAR is a mainor, and he is representing his daughter in this petition; that petitoner is of legal age, Filipino, married and a resident of Tiguib, Ayungon , Negros Oriental; that in the records of birth of his daughter Keixiah Charm M. Ballovar, the enty as to the year of birth was erroneously dated as 2002 instead of 2006 (Annex ‘A’); that her daughter Keiziah Charm M. Ballovar, was born on March 18, 2006 at S UMC Foundatiion, Dumaguete City and such fact of birth was correctly reflected on her Certificate of Dedication/Baptismal Certificate issued by Ptra. Caryl C. saren of Tiguib Foursquare Gospel Church ( Annex “B”); that the said erroneous entry in the birth records was visible to the eyes and obvious to the understanding because her Birth Certificate was prepared and dated by informant-mother Gelia V. Ballovar on March 24, 2006, cerfified by attending obstetrician Verna T. Reyes on March 24, 2006, prepared by Medical Record Head Loreta S . Batiancila on March 24, 2006, received by Dumaguete City Civil Registrar Ruperta G. Baguasan on March 31, 2006, and the series number of Certificate of Live Birth is 2006-1452; and that the correction of the said erroneous entry in the records of birth can only be made through a judicial order, hence the filing of this petition which is intented to avoid confusion and to make the records straight. Finding the said petition to be sufficient in form and substance, the hearing of the same is et on April 24, 2012 at 8:30 o’clock in the session hall of this Court located at the Hall of Justice, E.J. Blanco drive, Piapi, Dumaguete Ci ty at which date,time and place any interested person may appear and show cause why the Petition should not granted. After raffle and at petitioner’s expenses, let this Order be published once a week for three consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Negros Oriental and in the Cities of Dumaguete, Tanjay, Bais, Canlaon, Bayawan. S O ORDERED. Dumaguete City, January 27, 2012. Th e Negros Chron icle March 18, 25, & April 1, 2012


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in the audit team who can look into signature deposit cards. Another significant admission by Garcia was that it was the first time that his bank was audited, and the accounts of CJ Corona were specifically sought. And yes, he said that PSB complied with the required documents. T he c onclus ion one inevitably drew from the days of hearing was that this adminis tration had zeroed in on CJ Corona’s persecution ever since the President came into office. It would appear that the AMLA representative had identified CJ’s accounts and documented them for future us e, and that opportunity came up with his impeachment. As to the “fake signature cards” that were floated by and came into the pos se ssion of Reps. Umali/Tupas and Banal, they

had to surface in order for the prosecution to be able to ferret out the accounts via a Senate subpoena, despite the Bank Secrecy Law. But first thes e docus ha d to be doctored so that there would be discrepanc ies with the originals in the bank vault (among them, the bogus doc u bore a “PEP” or “politically excepted person” marking, while the orig had none. This way, the source wouldn’t be made clear. Neat, isn’t it? One can only wish that our Pres ident and his government would be as focused and single-minded on the nation’s problems, such as the deteriorating power s ituation in Mindanao, the increasing rate of pove rty and criminality nationwide, as they are in pe rs ec uting underdog Corona.


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Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices RA 3019 as amended by RA 3047, PD 77 and BP Blg 195 1.What constitutes graft and corrupt practices? In addition to acts or omissions of public officers already penalized by existing law, the following shall constitute corrupt practices of any public officer and are hereby declared to be unlawful: a) Pe rs uading, inducing or influencing another public officer to  perform  an act constituting a violation of rules and regulations duly promulgated by competent authority or an offense in connection with  the  official  duties of  the  latter,  or allowing himself to be persuaded, induced, or influenced to commit such violation or offense. b) Directly or indirectly requesting or receiving any gift, present, share, percentage, or benefit, for himself or for any other person, in connection with any contract or transaction between  the  Government  and  any other party,  wherein  the  public  officer  in  his official capacity has to intervene under the law. c) Directly or indirectly requesting or receiving any gift, present or other pecuniary or material benefit, for himself or for another, from any person for whom the public officer, in any manner or capacity, has secured or obtained, or will secure or obtain, any Government permit or license, in consideration for the help given or to be given, without prejudice to Section thirteen of this Act. d) Accepting or having any member of his family accept which  has employment in a private enterprise pending off icial busine ss  with  him  dur ing the pendency thereof or within one year after its termination. e) Causing any undue injury to any party, including the Government, or giving any private party any unwarranted benefits, advantage or preference in the discharge of his official administrative or judicial functions through manifest partiality, evident bad faith or gross inexcusable negligence. This provision shall apply to offic ers and employee s of offic es or government corporations charged  with  the  grant  of licenses or permits or other concessions. f) Neglecting or refusing, after due demand or request, without sufficient justification, to act within a reasonable time on any matter pending before him for the purpose of obtaining, directly or indirectly, from any person interested in the matter some pecuniary or material benefit or  advantage,  or  for  the purpose of favoring his own interest or giving undue advantage in favor of or discriminating against any  other  interested party. g) Entering, on behalf of the Government, into any contract or transaction manifestly and grossly disadvantageous to the same, whether or not the public officer profited or will profit thereby. h) Directly or indirectly having financing or pe cuniar y inte re st in any busine ss , c ontrac t or transaction in connection with which he intervenes or takes part in his official capacity, or in which he is prohibited by the Constitution or by any law from having any interest. i) Directly or indirectly becoming interested, for pe rs onal gain, or ha ving a materia l inte re st in

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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 nam e JULIEPER and CALICANO instead of J ULIEFER and GALICANO, maiden family 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 petition 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 Executive/Presiding Judge The Negros Chronicle March 4, 11 & 18, 2012

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. (Sgd.) ANANSON E. JAYME Executive/Presiding Judge The Negros Chronicle March 4, 11 & 18 2012

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Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT 7th Judicial Region Branch 45 Bais City SPL. PROC. NO. MY-11-44 IN THE MATTER OF CORRECTING THE ENTRIES IN THE CERTIFICATE OF LIV E BIRTH OF ELIZA BETH G. MONTECINO IN THE OFFICE OF THE MUNICIPA L CIV IL REGISTRA R OF MABINAY, NEGROS ORIENTA L, ELIZA BETH G. MONTECINO Petitioner, -versusHERMINIA M. PERAS, in her capac ity As the MUNICIPA L CIV IL REGISTRAR Of Mabinay, Negros Oriental, Respondent. x——————————————————————————/ A MENDED ORDER Before this Court is a verified petition for correction of entry in the Birth Record of ELIZABETHG. MONTECINO, filed though counsel, Atty. George Christian A. Cabrido on September 1,2011, praying that after due notice, publication and hearing, an order shall issue directing the Office of the Municipal Civil Registrar of Mabinay, Negros Oriental, to correct the entry referring to the petitioner’s middle name from GUNDAO to MORENO; to correct the entry referring to the m aiden nam e of petitioner’s m other from ROSITA M.GUNDAO to ROSITA MORENO and, to direct herein hearing respondent to m ake the necessary corrections in its office. Finding the petition to be sufficient in form and substance, the court sets the initial hearing thereon on May 16, 2012 at 8:30 o’clock in the morning, at the Session Hall of this court at w hich date, time and place, all interested persons may appear and show cause, if any, w hy the petition should not granted. Let this Order be published in a new spaper of general circulation in the Province of Negros Oriental and its component cities once a week for the last three (3) consecutive w eeks, before the date of hearing. SO ORDERED. Bais City, Philippines, January 31, 2012 (Sgd.) CANDELARIO V. GONZALEZ March 18, 25, & April 1, 2012 Judge

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12 No Welcome..... from page 7 enumeration recognized mangrove, molave, to mossy forest types. The 1984 Palawan Botanical Expedition listed forests in karst limestone to lake-margi ns.. Eco syst em di versity   classi fications  identified nine types: from lowland evergreen to upper montane forests              “There could be more t types… than those published”, caution  Baguinon, Quimado and  Francisco.  “Stereotyping unique forest ecosystems into just a few lists may not render justice to complex Philippine bio-geological history.”              Malayo-Polynesian settlers, in prehistoric times, int rodu ced exot ic plant s, ranging   from. malunggai  to  mango  “A  few escaped  into the wild like the bignai, duhat and santol. However, these have no t …established themselves as persistent gregarious stands”.             Sailing on galleons from Mexico , Spanish missionaries brought plants from Central American countries. So did traders from nearby Asian countries. Among these were  guyabano, chico and avoicado  Coffee from Africa came via Acapulco . Some of these crept into parks,. for example ipilipil, datiles, and kamatchile,”              Aft er  the  Spani shAmerican war, more “exotics” came t hru exchanges and “pu rchase from foreign countries by private citizens”.. American admi nist rato rs reforested school grounds.

3837 Other exotics followed such as kakawate,and teak. “African tulip   has  since  spread  deep into natural stands.”             Even before World War II, exotic trees propped up  re fore station  showcase s. Amo ng these were: Minglanilla in Cebu, Nasiping Project in Cagayan, Paraiso in Iloco s Norte, Canlaon in Negros , and Impalutao in Bukidnon. Seedlings of bioinvasive species “found their way into national parks”.             This history cobbled  a mindset, in both foresters and policy makers, “ that artificial forests are as ecological as the natural forest they replace. :“The same ecological benefits that jungle regrowth provides can be provided by plantations”, some Filipino foresters insisted at .the First ASEAN Congress in 1983:             You can make a buck as fast in either? That fit with “most foresters’ pragmatism”. If the natural forest had been squande red, why the n “enrichment planting with fa st-g rowing commercial exotic tree species is better tha n re storing natural forests”, Baguinon, Quimado and  Francisco pointed out.             No  studies  have  been done on the rate of bio-invasion of nature reserves. But planting of exot ics in Integrat ed Pro tect ed Area Syst ems is  now   banned,.  “No  definite policies are in place yet on what to do with mature exotic trees, should they become bi oinvasi ve”. As .in the lush Makiling Forest reserve?.             Many logged over areas

2007 March 18,9,2012 14September we re reforeste d with “exotics”:  mahogany, yemane or bagras Other ibio-invasive species are ihagonoy and coronitas.     Ipil-ipil  ( Leucaena leucocephala ) can usurp steep bare slopes. Along beaches, “exotic mimosoid legumes form gregarious thickets of aroma”.              Eight  o ut  o f  ten  seedli ngs rai sed in go vernment nurseri es are  exoti cs  .:  Gi ant  ipil -ipi l  account for 41 percent. Large leaf mahogany — 33 percent; , yemane — 17 percent’; teak —4 percent. Others — 5 percent.  At bottom, believe it or not, are native species — 17 percent.              “So, what’s wrong with our molave?”, asked Dr F ranz Seidenschwarz in a January 1998 University of San Carlos conference. “Or  tindalo for that matter?”   He  whipped out  a printout  of   1,487 of  sturdy native species, honed by ce nturies of evolution .              Reforestation programs, ignore this rich ge netic ma trix of loc al species.  Instead, they  opt  for  monocultures of nine exotics, including”.. gemelina and teak from India , mahogany from Central Afric a; candlenut tree or lubang from Ma laysia . “Is imported sikat?”, he asked.             “Government continues to  subsidize  this  denigration of Philippine trees”, Sun Star noted. “This opens windows of vulnerability to disease. Valuable species are thinning Third millennium reforestation

should favor a broader genetic base,  bui lt  on  premi um species of native trees.”              “”Planting exotics violates   the  international convention on biodiversity,” notes the Soil and Water Conservation F oundation. “What is the consequence when,   students,   asked  to pla nt trees under the Greening Program, are only given exotic seedlings by DENR?   Is  it   because  the DENR can not ,or will not , spend to gather native tree seedlings?”              Right.    But   public att enti on alas is fixated elsewhere: on a chief justice who volunteers his wife to run the impeachment gauntlet and save his skin.. “Greater love than this no man hath....”  

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from page 7 like I am a big burden to those people who love me. There was no end to comings and goings into hospitals. The four white walls were suffocating. All white clothing almost resembled death to me. My Christmas and New Year were painful. I had two minor surgeries last December and January, and a major one will be done as soon as my foot is fully healed. I have second thoughts about having it now. Going through breast cancer was not a walk in the park. Many times I wanted to quit. Ye t e ve ry dawn, I see a glimpse of promise in the skies. A small streak of light that will soon engulf the earth. So I keep going. I keep watching the dawn. The new leaves are endlessly sprouting on the trees. The flowers die but they bloom again. Life and death do not stop. I am still alive today. God’s mercy is always here, present, even if we don’t know it. His faithfulness is happening every minute of the day.

Decentralization... from page 7 suspect to be the reason for the delay in the grant of local autonomy is the penchant of Ma laca ñan tena nts to ce ntra lize and thus consolidate power. They want to encourage mendicancy on the part of local executives so as to control them. It is the same with our representatives who want to continue their high fat pork diet with which they can make friends and influence local government officials.

Taking God..... from page 7 things of our life, since in fact, he is in everything.             That  is  why,  when tal king abo ut t he Last Judgment when all of us will be either sheep or goat, he said to the sheep whom he blessed because they gave him food when he was hungry, drink when he was thirsty, etc., that “as long as you did it to one of these my least brethren, you did it to me.” (Mt 25,40)             Our Lord identifies himself especially with the little one s and with the ordinary things and events in our life. He has a special preference for the little things and the little ones as can be gleaned from what St. Paul also once said:             “But the foolish things of the world has God chosen, that he mayconfound the wise; and the weak things of the world has God chosen, that he may confound the strong. And the base things of the world

Angry... from page 7 in the world. Second, I would be a ngry no ma tter who wrote or filmed this garbage. There  is  no  constructive purpose. It accomplishes nothing positive. Mr. Sieczka claims to have lived here over three years but he must have spent those three years in a shabu induced coma. He displays no understanding of the P hilippines , its history, its people or its c ulture . His blatant disres pe ct not only endangered his personal safety but those foolish enough to associate with him. Sadly he created a gre ater rift be twee n guests and host. Here is something for you to think about, Mr. Sieczka.

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stranger odors of tired, unwashed pilgrims. “Many of my challenges to let go involved being willing to enter into another society and accept its differences,” she writes. “I realized the necessity of letting go as the only thing to do. Holding on too tightly to anyone or anything only deprives oneself of growth. Clinging too tightly to something and the things that are contemptible has God chosen, and things that are not, that he might bring to naught things that are.” (1 Cor 1,27-28)             His  preaching  has consistently highlighted the importance of humility, of becoming little children, of being the last, of wanting to serve and not to be served. It’s clear that it is in the small things in life that we can find our Lord first and start our relation of love with him.             Failing in that, we most likely will also fail to love him at all, because any love that we may show him in the big things would hang in the air. It would be a bogus kind of love, perhaps showy but actually empty.              We  have   to  make adjustments in the way we view things. Our ordinary duties and chores of everyday should be exciting to us since that’s where we can meet Christ and really develop our love for him. We should rectify our tendency to be excited only in the big things.             And  that ’s  why  we should not be picky as to what job or task falls on us in a given moment, because it is not so much the kind of work that we do that matters, as the love with which we do that work, be it a big one or a small one. A gardener who does his work with greater love than that of a CEO in his work would be more pleasing to God.             So whether we are on top or below, in front or at the back, it’s more or less the same, since what really matters is whether do our work with love. And with love, we will always find God, because “God is love.” We don’t have to look for him in some special places, because we can find him anywhere whenever we practice love.             We have to be wary of our tendency to neglect our ordinary duties of the day.             

Mr. Sieczka Maybe those “hot Filipinas” are not “ladyboys”. Maybe even prostitutes have enough s ense not to wa nt to associate with you.

squeezes the life out of it. … I noticed that the more I deliberately let go, the more peace of mind and heart I acquired.” For me, coming from the American culture into the Asian Filipino culture some 50 years ago, was truly a continuing series of having to let go. I discovered that my American expectations of a comfortable life were far different than the Filipino concept of a comfortable life. As did Joyce, I also had to learn to let go of my expectations and release my tight hold on things that I felt should be done my way. It took many years, mush prayer, and many talks with Sis. Carmeli Catan, my spiritual advisor and soulmate, before I was able to fully accept that letting go and letting God be God was the right thing to do. Her advice to me was always, “Go with the flow, Nancy. Listen, learn and accept that God’s ways are not your ways. Be docile to the work of the Holy Spirit in your life. And

King’s Brother... from page 8 Before we left, the king kiss ed our hands with great joy, and we his. One of his brothers, the king of another island, and three men came with us. The captain-general kept him to dine with us, and gave him many things. Nella y(s)ola de que(s)to re que condu(ss) ale naui (s)e troua pezi de oro grandi come noce et oui criuelando la terra tutti li va(s)o de que(s)to re (s )onno de oro e t anche alguna parte de dela ca(s)a (s)ua co(s)i ne referite Lo mede(s)imo re Pieces of gold, of the size of walnuts and eggs are found by sifting the earth in the island of that king who came to our ships. All the dishes of that king are of gold and also some portion of his house, as we were told by that king himself.

March 18, 2012

The familiar good or bad weather voice on radio , PAGASA Chief Edsin Culi and Engr. Jose Agustin Molas of PHIVOLCS answer question from the participants coming from the city hall employees during the Dissaster Risk Reduction and Management briefing held Thursday at the City Session Hall.

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enjoy your journey.” As I began to accept more willingly the multitude of changes in my life, my outlook on life became brighter, more colorful, exciting and fruitful. Joyce Rupp says it this way: “I learned that no matter how

tightly I grasp something I cannot keep it as it is or make it last forever. Holding on with a ferocious grip does not change a situation to match my wants and desires. … My journey taught me not to grasp what’s dear to me but to gratefully hold all I value with open hands. Life goes much better that way. Every day is now a new

adventure as I look forward to what God has in store for me as I let go and let Him be in control of my journey. I am content and at peace. And, yes, life goes much better that way!

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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)

A UNIQUE BIRTHDAY GIFT is known by the life he lives; the honor and respect a person receives man from the community, colleagues, friends and family speak of the character


and dignity of that person.

Last Sunday, retired Justice Venancio D. Aldecoa Jr celebrated his 86th birthday with a surprise gift from the College of Law, Silliman University. Silliman University, led by President Ben Malayang and College of Law Dean Mikhail Lee L. Maxino held a Naming and Dedication Ceremony of the JUSTICE VENANCIO D. ALDECOA, JR MOOT COURT and MULTIPURPOSE HALL in his honor. He had expected a quiet birthday celebration with his family and guests from his brotherhood and Church circle; instead the University gave him an appropriate recognition before the birthday dinner his family had prepared for him. It was a fitting tribute from the University and College that Justice Aldecoa had served well in various capacities. The guests toured the Moot Court that was be autifully refurbished by daughter Judge Jenny Lind and Justice Venancio Aldecoa Jr. celebrates his s on in law Chito. birthday lunch with his family and members Scriptural citations from from the Mountain Top Church. Justic e Alde coa’s favorite verses inscribed in tas te ful de signs law degree, he was senior many recognitions. He decorated the walls of the lecturer of the Silliman received the Outstanding Award for hall. The  occasion  also College of Law for twenty Dumagueteño Public Service in 1998. He brought togethe r the years .    He  se rv ed  as  a was given the Outstanding member of the Silliman Univ ersity B oard of Oriental Negrense Award trustees for 15 years and in the field of Law in the bec ame the se ve nth First Buglasan Awards Unive rs ity Pres ident Ceremonies in 2004. He during the difficult Martial received the Presidential for Meritorious L aw years . He was a Trophy Gove rnme nt Service . member of the Dumaguete With all these accolades Pride of Silliman City c ounc il for four University: Retired consecutive terms and his and achievements, Justice judicial career started as Aldecoa continue to live a Justice Aldecoa with Pres iding Judge of the simple yet active role in daughter Assistant Juve nile and Domes tic many organizations in our Court Administrator Relations Court of community.  Judge Jenny Lind once described himself Dumaguete all the way to He in his well lived life as a Aldecoa Delorino, become the first Associate WWI I ve te ran, c ity Justice Pamela Justice of the Court of Maxino of the Court Appe als from Negros councilor for four terms, church lay leader, civic Oriental. of Appeals and Atty. law Many also know him as an leade r, lawye r, Mikhail Maxino profes sor, s chool active world war II veteran and a community and Church adminis trator, singer, aca demic lea ders of the and family man.” le ader. He organized the golfer University and the many  Retired Justice Venancio D. Knights of Rizal, Dumaguete successful college of Law Jr. is known in the Chapter and served as its first Aldecoa alumni, from present Dean community for his many Chapter Commander; he also Atty Mikhael Maxino to organized the Negros Oriental  Supreme  Court  Assistant Young Me n Christia n Court Administrator Judge Association and became its Jenny Lind Aldecoa Delorino, first Chapter President; he is daughter of Justice Aldecoa, the President of the Free and newly appointed Justice Ma sonry orga niza tion of Pamela Abella Maxino of the Negros Oriental and ranking Court of Appeals. membe r of the Gideon  Justice Aldecoa belongs to Interna tional C ha pter in the generation of men who Dumaguete.  He is an active A posterity shot of Past saw the unfolding of our Church lay leader, civic leader President and Justice province and city’s history Venancio Aldecoa Jr. with and a music artist who was through the war years to current President Ben S part of the Aldecoa family the Dumaguete we s ee Malayang III and College singers which won first today. During the war of Law Dean Atty. Mikhail plac e in a national years he was a young Maxino at the Justice competition. intelligence officer of the Venan cio Aldeco a Jr. Justice Aldecoa’s service to Resistance movement and Mo ot Cou rt. the community and his afte r graduating from judicial career earned him ac complishme nts. My Silliman University with a friends and I know him as a gentleman Church lay leader who speaks and lives his faith and ideals. 86 is a great age to continue enjoying life, specially when life c ontinues to bring rewards for the good work and service one has sown ove r the ye ars, Ha ppy Birthday Justice Venancio D. Aldec oa J r. , ma y the The Aldecoa Family: Justice Venancio Aldecoa coming years bring more Jr. with daughter JennyLind and son Michael with blessings and rewards for a their spouses and granddaughters Micah and life of service for others. Jessica.

HEALTH IS WEALTH The importance of laboratory examination “No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear.” Edmund Burke


ecently, most of our people in Negros Oriental have been negatively conditioned by a horrifying stimuli when we were traumatized by two major natural calamities. Typhoon Sendong and the killer earthquake that hit people in the north. This dreadful experience has automatically evoked an adverse reaction such as constant tension and anxiety which if not intervened and treated will predispose vulnerable individuals to a serious nervous condition called panic dis-

orde r. P a nic is a lso known as an overpowering fright. It is the height of anxiety. Psychologists define panic disorder as an acute reaction of confusion and terror arising from a situation of overwhelming danger and threat. Individuals who have experienced horrible life-threatening situations are prone and vulnerable to panic disorder. Even hear says or u nf ou nd ed news spread through gossips could trigger panic. The general symptoms of panic disorder include: (American Diagnostic Statistical Manual – DSM) ·Shortness of breath ·Dizziness; faintness ·Palpitation or rapid heart

beat ·Trembling or shaking ·Sweating ·Choking sensation ·Nausea or abdo minal distress ·Sensation of unreality ·Hot flushes or chills ·Chest pain or discomfort ·Fear of dying ·Fear of going crazy At least four (4) of the abo ve symp to ms ar e present during an attack. Persons who are prone to panic often suffer from Agoraphobia (morbid fear of being in places or situations from which escape is difficult to get or help might not be available in the event of panic attack). This is the reason why they restrict to travel or insist on having a reliable

Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF NEGROS ORIENTAL 7th Judicial Region BRANCH 37 (FAMILY COURT DESIGNATE) Dumaguete City SP. PROC. NO. 2012-5050 In re: Joint Petition for Adoption of Minor UZZIEL MAR BAJADA CORONADO And change of his name from UZZIEL MAR BAJADA CORONADO to UZZIEL MAR CORONADO MANCILLA, SPOUSES REYNALDO HUMBERTO MANCILLA and LORNA CORONADO MANCILLA, Petitioners. x————————————————————/

ORDER Petitioner-husband, an American citizen, and his Filipina wife, both of legal age and residents of Purok Sta. Lucia, Buñao, Dumaguete City, claiming to have all the qualifications and none of the disqualifications to adopt, desire to adopt minor Uzziel Mar Bajada Coronado, son of petitioner-wife. Further, petitioners pray that upon the grant of the petition, the name of the aforesaid adoptee be changed to Uzziel Mar Coronado Mancilla. The petition is set for hearing on August 10, 2012 at 9:00 o’clock in the morning at the session

LawEach Week... from page 10 any transaction or  act requiring the approval of a board, panel or group of which he is a member, and which exercises discretion in  such approval, even if he votes against the same or does not participate in the action of the board, committee, panel or group. j) K n o w i n g l y approving or granting any license, permit, privilege or benefi t in favor of any person not qualified for or not leg ally ent itled t o  su ch license, permit, privilege or advant age, or of a mere representative or dummy of

DR. ANGEL V. SOMERA Fellow, Phil. Psychiatric Association

co mpan ion when aw ay from home. The age of onset is variable. It commonly begins in the 20s or 30s. Management: Career ·See a competent psychiatrist or clinical psychologist to effectively treat the disorder. ·In critical emergency situation , ALWAYS STAY CALM and PRAY hard. ·Remember the dictum: ‘STOP, LOOK and LISTEN.’ ·Many frightened people die in stampede when they panic and rush aimlessly. ·Kn ow th e EXI TS in crowded places like theaters, ballrooms, etc.

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

one who is not so qualified or entitled. k) Divulging valuable information of  a confidential character, acquired by his office or by him on account of hi s offici al posit ion to unautho rized persons, or releasing such information in advance of  its  authorized release date. 2. Is the Court bound by the statement of assets and liabilities filed whether or not there is a n unexplained wealth? In determining whether or not there is an unexplained wealth under RA 1379 (Forfeiture of Illegally Acquired Properties), the court is not bound by the statement

of assets and liabilities filed by the respondent. The statute affords only the respondent every opportunity to explain, to the satisfaction of the court, ho w he had acquired t he property in question. However under Section 7 of RA 3019, the accuracy of ent ries in st atements of assets and liabilities becomes material in criminal and administrative proceedings. 3. Is the proceeding under RA 1379, criminal in nature? It is not crimi nal because it does not terminate in the imposition of penalty but merely in the forfeiture of the properties illegally acquired in favor of the State.


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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


ORDER Petitioner, in his verified petition, alleges that he was born on January 16, 1990 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, his sex wa s entered a s FEMALE instead Male ; his complete name was entered as JAINHAEL GALON MAM ARADLO inst ead of JAIN HAEL GALON only. Likewise, there are entries in the date and place of marriage of parents where in fact, no marriage between his parents took place. Thus, this petition. The pet ition being s ufficient in form and substance, let t he 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.Inter ested parties are hereby enjoined to appear on the aforesaid date,time and place and show cause why the petition should not be granted. Let this order be published immediately, at the expense of the petitioner, for once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Negros Oriental and its five component cities. Furnish copies of this order to the Solicitor General, the Local Civil Registrar of Bayawan, City Negros Oriental, the Office of the Provincial Prosecutor of Dumaguete City, the petitioner and her counsel. SO ORD ER ED . Given in Chamber this petitioner 3 rd day of January 2012 at Bayawan City, Negros Oriental, Philippines (Sgd.) ANANSON E. JAYME Executive/Presiding Judge

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arrest for allegedly instigating people to violence in the EDSA III aftermath- she held her ground with a 45 pistol cocked across her table. Daring the police to “come and get me.”? These and other kinds of behavior had many w orried about how senator Santiago would comport herself in the International Criminal Court—citing the nation should have some kind of “quality control” before we export our talents for the world to behold. After all, his brother Benjamin, likely in jest, would say when introduced in public” I am the saner member of the family” or words to that delightful effect. There was a time the vintage acerbic Miriam w as a novelty. When as a cabinet secretary she vowed to throw the corrupt into the Manila bay where the sharks may not even touch them “out of professional courtesy”, people admired the new Joan of Ark of governance. Obviously, she has abused the adulation to contemptuous excess. Both the “agent provocateurs” and Senator Miriam herself should be careful. When agitated, her blood pressure shoots to a dangerous level of 190/90 which, if she goes “kaput,” could be a case of homicide against the provocateurs. Miriam herself, knowing her medical condition, should likewise remove the gung-ho masochism and be kind to herself. To do otherwise may perhaps be suicidal—on her part. Regardless of the impeachment outcome of Corona’s conviction or acquittal – a senator judge’s treatment of fellow human beings is a side but important issue that must not be treated in a cavalier manner –because the whole nation and even the world are watching. Let it not be said that we in the Philippines cannot resolve conflicts in a civilized manner or else what makes us any different from Afghanistan? Yes, we can sometimes suffer fools gladly, but we must also be careful that when we call others names, we are not facing and talking to the mirror of our true selves. Senator Miriam Santiago in her brilliant and sedate moments can be an epitome of a great judge and legislator. It would be a pity – if she allows the passion of the moment and provocation of a few to blanket her last command performance and leave – instead of a record of an intelligent “homo sapiens”- a legacy of infamy. There is still time and the lady senator-sans her pride and prejudice- will still be worthy of the name “Honorable”.

NOTICE OF EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF ESTATE Notice is hereby given that the heirs of the late Esperidion Taleon, namely, Isabel Tasa-Taleon, Cleofe Dolores Taleon-Bucad, and Emmanuel T. Taleon have filed and executed an Extra-Judicial Settlement of Estate upon a parcel of land thereinafter described by Transfer of Certificate of Title No. FT-4192, Lot No. 87, Pls-764-D, containing an area of 22,511 sq. m. more or less per Document No. 382, Page No. 77, Book No. XI, Series of 2011 notarized by Atty. Victoriano D. Alabastro.

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March 18, 2012

Nutrients in the backyard

Good nutritious food is not just in the malls, but in one’s backyard where everyone can plant any and all nutritious vegetables and crops. One square meter lot is all you need. Nutritionist-Dietitians of DOHCHD Region-7, Juliet Tutor, explained the role of the health workers in the community during three-day seminar workshop which activity was initiated by the City Nutrition Office . They also trained on the new international standard for weighing and child growth standard training.

A running ... From page 17 trust, he is removable from that trust anytime he loses the confidence of his trustor, the people. To remove the trustee from the trust, the people, as the trustor, may do so directly by recall election, or indirectly by impeachment through their representatives. But who should be these representatives?In the Federalist papers, particularly Federalist 65 and 66, Alexander Hamilton explained how the choice of impeachment representatives was made. The Supreme Court, according to Hamilton, was ruled out as unfit and unworthy for the purpose. Hamilton emphasized that impeachment, as a political exercise, is used to correct “the misconduct of public men” who vi olat e “some publ ic trust.” As such, impeachment “relate[s] chiefly to injuries done immediately to the societ y it self,” not to private wrongs done to private individuals. (Federalist 65)

No way but ... (From page 2) equally struggling riding public that the fare will be lowered correspondingly with the projected rollback in fuel prices since based on experience once fares go up, they almost never go down. Students and senior citizens continue to complain

Another option considered was to create the impeachment court from sources outside the three branches of government (executive, legislative, judicial). This, too, was rejected, for being too complicated and too expensive, since it would have required maintaining the impeachment court permanently, even during years when there are no impeachment cases to try. A third opt ion was the House of Representatives. This option had strong support, but because the House was already very powerful, given that it owns “[t]he exclusive privilege of originating money bills,” “possess[es] the sole right of instituting impeachments,” and was “a full match, if not an overmatch, for every other member of t he Government,”(Federalist 66) the proposal was rejected, further noting that giving the House the additional power to try impeachment cases would make it the accuser and the judge at the same time. It remained, as a fourth option, to give the sole power

of tricycle drivers who refused to honor the 20 percent discount afforded to them through lame excuse of lack of coins. It’s also a wonder that while players in the oil industry claim they are no longer profiting, yet gasoline stations continue to sprout like mushrooms in Metro Dumaguete.

to try impeachment cases to the Senate. Doing so preserves its nature as a political process resting in the hands of the people’s representatives. At the same time,“The division of [the power of impeachment] between the two branches of the legislature, assigning to one the right of accusing, to the other the right of judging, avoids the inconvenience of making the same persons both accusers and judges; and guards against the danger of persecution, from the prevalency of a factious spi rit in either of tho se branches.” (Federalist 66) Is impeachment, as a process, adversarial or inquisitorial? Contrary to what many believe, it is inquisitorial. Hamilton makes this very clear in Federalist 65: “What, it may be asked, is the true spirit of the institution itself?Is it not designed as a method of NATIONAL INQUEST into the conduct of public men? If this be the design of it, who can so properly be the inquisitors for the nation as the representatives o f the nation themselves?” Because impeachment is inquisitorial, the Corona impeachment court enjoys more powers than it has so far been willing to exercise. Indeed, when the Senate sits as an impeachment court, it sits not as a legislative body equal to the other branches of government, but as, in effect, a fourth branch of government exercising jurisdiction over the other three branches of government, and, therefore, superior to the other branches.

The goal is to anticipate disaster and be prepared to help as many possible vicims. City Hall employees participate in the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Orientation workshop held Thursday morning at the City Session Hall.


March 18, 2012


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nternational students from around the world were in Dumaguete for a week to do service and paint murals on the walls of public elementary and high schools in the city.

Already on its third year, the International Community School in Singapore sent 21 of its students here in conducting outreach programs with the Pastoral Training Center of Asia . Delegation head Stephen Moore s aid they have pa inted the walls of the North City Ele me ntary School , the basketball court

of the Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital , the Negros Oriental High School with animals using different colors of the rainbow. For them, it symbolizes the promise of God’s love to mankind. Painted on the walls are different kinds animals, those which were placed inside Noah’s arc in the biblical pas-

sage, that when the big floods came, they were all saved. The message is that God still loves us and for that we have to be thankful. The 21foreign students are from Korea , Indonesia , Singapore , Australia , America and Japan . They left the country las t Frida y ba ck to Singapore.jg


A running commentary on the Impeachment trial of CJ Corona (4th of a series)


Impeachment: A Political Exercise


lmost everyone following the impeachment trial has heard, by now, that impeachment is a political process, as opposed to a judicial trial. But what does that mean? A classic example of a political process is popular election, where the people decide who should run the government. A classic example of a judicial process, on the other hand, is a criminal trial, where the court decides on the guilt or innocence of the accused. Where in these examples does impeachment fit? Somewhere in between, but closer to a popular election than to a criminal or civil trial. Because impeachment is original idea of the framers the hard question was: who closer to a popular election of our Constitution. It is a should try the impeachment than to a criminal prosecu- borrowed idea, and we bor- charges b ro ught b y th e tion, the impeachment court rowed it, whole and entire, house? Several options were is less bound by the strict with few modifications not considered. One option was to give rules of evidence and pro- here pertinent, from the cedure in criminal trials than United States Constitution. the power to try impeachit is bound by the liberal It is important, therefore, to ment cases to the Supreme rules of inquiry inherently understand why the system Court. This option was repossessed by the people in was installed in the jurisdic- jected because the Supreme the exercise of their right to tion of origin, and how it is Court was a judicial body with a penchant for technibe informed about issues supposed to operate. When the framers of the calities and strict adherence that affect them, including issues of fitness of their pub- U.S. Constitution convened to the rules of procedure, in Philadelphia in 1787, they qualities much desired to lic officials. Although specific acts looked at impeachment as protect individual rights and are charged in an impeach- an inexpensive way to re- settle private disputes, but ment complaint, the critical mo ve f rom off ice unf it out of place in a political issueis the fitness of the occupan ts.I mpeachment exercise where the only purholder of the office, not his eliminated the cost of recall pose is to remove an unfit criminal or civil liability. elections. And because the official from an office not Fitness being the critical is- House of Representatives belonging to him. A public office, as evesue, the impeachment proc- was the most representative ess ends with the removal of and popularbody under the ryone knows, is not private the official from office, if federal system of govern- property; it is a public trust. the charges are found true, ment they were proposing, No one, therefore, has any not with the infliction of any they readily decided to give vested right to a public ofcriminal punishment or civil the power to institute im- fice. Because every holder of peachment proceedings ex- a public office holds it in liability. To page 16 Impeachment is not an clusively to that house. But

There’s always something one learns whenever public servants travel on Lakbay Aral to neighboring provinces, a practice now close to becoming modern tradition. Barangay officials of Sta. Barbarra, Ilo-ilo led by the Liga President Timoteo Padilla (violet t-shirt right side of Mayor Sagarbarria) dropped by for a courtesy call to Mayor Manuel Sagarbarria Thursday afternoon. Foto includes Remia Capistrano, ENRO Officer (left side of Mayor Sagarbarria) as City Administrator William Ablong looks on.

Dumaguete ... From page 2 g r e y . . e t c ) and rich coral reefs in shallow waters. The recovery an d su rv iv al of remaining coral reefs along Dumaguete City are threatened by extreme weather event (e.g., typhoons), climate change, unsustainable fish in g in clud in g overfishing, and land-based pollution.   Coral  reefs  can and sh ould be restored.

More news and results on th e ob serv atio ns in Dumaguete City and what can be done will be submitted shortly. Endangered Species International sponsored an onthe-spot painting / drawing contest with the theme “Protecting the endangered Philippine tarsier and its forest in Mindanao.” ESI is strongly committed to reversing the trend of human-induced species extinction, saving endangered species, and preserving their

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19 SP majority blocks minority in querries on delayed pay…. 38

March 18, 2012

Ondoy victims start 60 new housing units By JUANCHO RODRIGUEZ of housing units for floods victims in Dumaguete is in full swing in barangay Bajumpandan, adjacent to the Habitat 4 project. Construction The Dumaguete City Social Welfare Office, however, clarified these units are intended only for victims of the floodings in 2009 yet. A total of 60 units are undergoing construction by the administration, wit h funds coming from the DSWD national office to the tune of P4.2 million, according to Tinang Jubela. She said capability build-

ing seminar and social preparation is ongoing for the other 60 units, also in the same site. The houses are designed by DSWD for a small family with one bedroo m, a sala and kitchen, all in a 60 square meter lot with a floor area of only 25 square meters. Other features include the sharing of one septic tank for two units, its roofing is made of nipa, and the provision of a multipurpose

area. During construction, the homeowners are paid for their equity of 30 days at P200 per day. Their amortization is P200 a month only representing the payment for the lot, the amount of which will be used to purchase another area for housing. Mayor Manuel Sagarbarria had announced an appropriation of P400,000 for the continuation of the road pavement going to the housing site.jg



he minority at the city council was quickly blocked by the majority with the vote of 2:7 in attempts by some city hall employees to seek answers why city hall salaries are delayed, this time for five days.

A resolution seeking an explanation from the executive depar tment on the change of policy regarding releases of salaries of city hall emp lo yees in Dumaguete, was junked by the city council by a vote of two in favor, seven against and three abstentions. Councilor Joe Kenneth Arbas said the coun cil merely wanted to be enlightened on the pay delays

b y th e ad ministration . Councilors were paid on time, they said. An administration city councilor Nilo Sayson said, it is a waste of time, in the absence of a proposed legislative measure. Thus, the resolution was killed to the dismay of the presiding officer. Vice Mayor Alan Gel Cordova stressed it is well within their rules to invite

people to a question hour rather than to a special caucus. He added, this is their mandate to maintain checks and balance in government. He hinted why some administration lawmakers try to clip their own legislative wings to air legitimate gripes against policy implementers. They are clipping their own mandate, he observed. //jg

NORECO2 ... City released ...

to split the death and living. benefits into two so that both the living and the kins of the dead will get benefits. No copy of the proposed measure was released yet.

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SPECIAL GUESTS during yestserday’s Breakast Celebration at the Bethel Were Regional Council Director Nelson and Baby Dauz (Cebu) as couple sharers with Area Managing Director Jojo and Janet Maniwan (Bohol) representing national president Manny Jimenez hosted by the north and south chapters of the Brotherhood of Christian Businessmen and Professionals BCBP.

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Teves, Ligan, ...

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Teves, which was tested in 2004 whe n the y bitterly fought against each other for the 3rd congressional seat and in 2007 against Meniong’s proté gé gra ndson Pryde Henry Teves for the same post. Jack Raymund, Teves’ Chief-of-Staff said that it should not come as a surprise that after all that transpired in the past the Teves family will still be reunited considering that Edgar’s father Dodong “Ihid” Teves is Meniong’s brother. In fact, Raymund claims that the reconciliation happened much earlier. He also discounted the possibility that the looming reunification will be scuttled should Ass oc ia tion of Barangay Councils President Arnulfo “Arnie” Teves oppose the idea, saying that the Board Member will always put a high value on blood relations than the bitter side of politics they had to endure in the past. In 2010, former ViceGovernor Edgar Teves, tried to recapture the mayorship of Valencia but his uncle Meniong opted to support the bid of former Vice-mayor Diodoro Olasiman. The divided opposition lost to the single administration candidate Enrique Gonzalez. Edgar Teves is again gunning for the mayorship in 2013 with Marciano “Bito” Maravillas, the incumbent Vice-mayor, as his running

GARY TEVES Former Finance Secretary mate ma rking the reunification of the Valencia group against common adversa ry Ma yor Enrique Gonzalez. But in another twist, the former standard bearer of the Teveses in Valencia is now seen as a potential running mate of Mayor Gonzalez after publicly announcing albeit prematurely Olasiman’s acceptance of the mayor’s offer. Olasiman vehemently denied that he has in mind whether to leave the group and join the administration slate or stick it out with his long time allies. Gonzalez is apparently hoping that those who voted Olasiman for mayor in 2010 will switch to his side and provide him a comfortable margin against Teves. The so-called Valencia group, composed of barangay captains, political leaders and opposition families of the town, which Pryde Henry

aide invoked the principle of separation of powers by underscoring the fact that the Board Members’ main job is to enact ordinances while the executive department is to implement the measures. The staff of Association of Barangay Councils President and ex-officio Board Member Arnie Teves laments the failure of the Office of the Governor to release the P 1 million priority development assistance for the last quarter of 2011 as well as the first quarter of 2012 to the detriment of the constituents seeking assistance from their office. Bo ar d Memb er s Edmund Dy and Peve Ligan of the 3rd District are also trying to find ways to provide assistance to their constituen ts. O nly Rod rigo Alanano, who earned his seat through the appointmen t of Lak as-KampiTeves relied heavily in the last elections after Edgar left the group, is expected to resolve and deal with the possibility that Olasiman and inc umbe nt c ounc ilors Saludario Sonjaco Jr. and Atilano Dagoy will be running as administration candidates. Raymund assures that in the end, the Teveses will respect the majority decision of the Valencia group as Pryde Henry Teves’ only concern is

opted to source power from GCGI despite its higher rate considering that it can sufficiently and steadily supply the power needs of the cooperative. It was hoped that the deal would reduce if not eliminate the f requ en t power outages in the past. On the other hand, the electr ic coo perative is pleased to take note of its P 9 million net income, which shall be returned to the member as dividends, salary increase for NORECO 2 employees and upgrading of some equipment. NO RECO 2 Actin g Manager Dion ef red Macahig counseled consumers to just adopt measures to minimize the use of electricity in their respective households as the only mean s to man age th eir monthly power bills. CMD Party head ed b y Meniong and Prdye Teves got his pork barrel allocation. Philippine Councilor’s Lea gue Pres ident Erwin Michael Macias pork was also withheld but there was no firm confirmation up to this time. The Board Membe rs have asked the Provincial Treasurer, Budget Officer and Accountant to attend the next regular session to explain the delay. However, the unreleased pork barrel shares of the board members in the last quarter of 2011, unless obligated, are gone for good as it will now revert to the general fund.

Doc-scholar ... (From page 2) will serve as NOPH’s own anesthesiologist. “There were no takers among our doctors here, apparently anesthesiology is not lucrative, but Kabristante offered to take up the course without prejudice to her 8year contract of service with NOPH,” Francisco recalled what transpired during the mee ting b e t w e e n Kabristante and the NOPH brass. Recently, the Provincial for the group to remain intact so that a victory in 2013 could become a near certainty. (By Dems Demecillo)

(From page 1) of the entire budget meaning P4.5Million out of the city’s P450-Million budget. But I mb o said , th e P4.5Millon is allotted to different senior citizens’ programs and not all are to be given away as financial aid. The senior citizens budget is given th e fo llow in g budget: P1.250M for maintenance and operating expenses of the TOSCA office of senior citizens; P500,000 for programs and activities of seniors; P1M for rehab ilitatio n of the O SCA b uild in g near the SU b allf ield ; an d P1M fo r burial benefits to be given to the next of kin in the amount of P5000 each. Total P3.750Million for 2012. To hit P4.5M, the balance of P750T will yet have to be allotted by law, for P.W.D. cases, or persons with disability. No ordinance is yet filed. On the other hand, Kag. Arb as and Vice Mayo r Cordova filed a new ordinance now on second reading, allotting P1,200 each to seniors annually as financial aid to indigent seniors. This will hit P9M which money the city does not yet have. Qualified are those seniors who have no source of income, no pension, no support from children, and who are sick and need medicine. This proposed ordinance has been pending for over a year now. VM Cordova also wants CAR FOR SALE Mitsubishi Wagon 1999Field Master 4x4 Red Meca = P 500,000.00 Mitsubishis L -300 FB Van Model 2003 White P 300,000.00 Contact: Edward Ortis (035) 5270-297/ 5271-261 Smart: 0918-925-4216

Board questioned the resignation of Kabristante and asked the Provincial Legal Officer to study the matter so as not to set a bad precedent for future Capitol scholars. Bo ard Member Jessi ca Villanueva-Koppin said that it requires P 700,000 for each capitol scholar to complete the medical co urse. Go vernor Roel Degamo sai d that Kabrist ante wil l return to NOPH and to serve as resident anesthesiologist thereby addressing a void in the hospital. (By Dems Demecillo)

SOCIAL PENSION The DSWD has also a separate program called “SO CI AL PENSI ON” which is for jobless seniors, over 77 yrs old, with no pension, no aid from children, and are sick. This is worth P500 a month and distributed every quarter at P1500 fo r th ose ab ov e qualified only. Those who died will be replaced by those who will turn 77 too. DSWD regional director Evelyn Macapobre told theCHRONICLE that her regional staff will personally come to d istr ib ute P1500 to the qualified seniors. The CHRONICLE will announce the date and publish the names of those qualified. She also said that those who received already, will also have their names published for transparency. The city and town DSWD is providing the list, but the regional staff will distribute the money. DYEM FM an d th e NEGROS CHRONICLE have volunteered to help secure the names and beneficiaries to promote transparency. Macapobre also assured that politicians will be isolated from influencing its implementation for selfish reasons.

Guv secures ... (From page 2) caused a bleak Christmas for much of the affected communities with no experience to such disaster. Governor Degamo also announced that during the same trip to Manila, he was able to secure another assurance that the rehabilitation fund pegged at P 1.1 billion for the February 6, 2013 6.9 magnitude earthquake will be forthcoming. The strong quake generated by a so-called blind fault brought never-beforeseen destruction to the first district, which was spared by Sendong. Many government buildings including hospitals, roads and bridges are in need of restoration and repairs.



March 18, 2012

Siquijor ... (From page 1) provincial leaders ostensibly to don a younger face with the resignations of Provincial Legal Officer Alan Duhaylungsod and former Governor Ben Aquino as Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the party, respectively. The local party chapter will now be headed by the younger Danny Villa, the erstwhile LP Treasurer. In the last 2010 elections, the Fuas, who are long time members of the LakasKampi-CMD party, backed the candidacy of former Defense Se cretary Gilbert “Gibo” Teodoro for President but he finis hed a di stant fourth wi th Aquino garnering 5,000 more votes than former President Joseph Estrada, who placed second. Nevertheless, the Fuas prevailed in their local positions. Asi de from Congress man Orlando Fua Sr. his sons Orlando Jr. is the governor; Orville is a

Raped deaf-... (From page 1) years old were already committed there. It was also learned that the incidents happened last December 2011 but was only reported lately as the victim’s family were at first hesitant to publicly make the charge for fear of humiliation. The Department of Social Welfare and Development is cur-

member of the Provincial Board; Orpheus is Mayor of Lazi town while his grandson Orlando III also sits in the Provincial Board being the incumbent President of the Provinc ial Sangguni ang Kabataan Federation. It was a mystery, like how the island-province itself is branded, that the Fuas suffered and were among the most ardent foes of the Marcos dictatorship and were appointed by former President Corazaon Aquino to the provincial leadership on account of their loyalty to her cause but now opted to belong with the House opposition when now Corazon’s son reigns supreme in Malacanang. But the Fua family, who is no stranger to political hardships as in Marcos time, for sure knows and is prepared to pay the price for going against the establishment, hopefully this dissent is driven by the same principles they have fought for and prevailed against the unlamented Marcos dictatorship. (By Dems Demecillo) rently collecting the affidavits for pos sibl e multiple r ape charges but are prevented by the fact that under the Juvenile Delinquency Law, they cannot be sentenced nor held in jails. Mayor Gaudiel joins calls for the amendment of the law authored by Senator Francis Pangilinan as it is being abused by criminal gangs using minors to perpetuate some offenses knowing that they would most likely be freed.

The Negros Chronicle March 18, 2012 issue  

The Negros Chronicle March 18, 2012 issue

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