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Paper rectifies story as Arnel disclaims reporter’s interview

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rovincial adminstrator Arnel Francisco said he was not interviewed personally by a Chronicle reporter about the old sexual harassment story about the governor. But he chose not to elaborate saying that he does not want to dignify an old settled issue. When the editorial desk verified Francisco’s claim, the reporter concerned, Dems Demecillo, admitted such lapses causing the Chronicle to immediately apologize to Francisco. Francisco accepted the apology and agreed to move on, in the spirit of goodwill. Arnel Francisco spoke to the CHRONICLE editor publisher last Thursday to clarify matters

.The reporter explained that he based his story on Arnel’s interview with Niel Rio, Cable tV news reporter which Rio shared with him as a colleague. In his letter to Francisco dated March 22, Demecillo wrote : “this reporter hereby apologizes for his shortcomings as he maintains that to the best of his knowledge, the article printed

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600 bets to work for peaceful elections

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he official start of the local campaign period begins on Good Friday March 29, but it will be prudent for the candidates to postpone campaigning the next day March 30 or possibly face disqualification. In keeping with tradition and election laws, expect a more subdued week as candidates and their propagandists, especially on radio, will try to tone down their rhetoric during the climax of the Lenten Season.

But the more, compelling reason might not be some of the candidates and their paid barkers’ piety but the provision in the Commission on Election

Resolution No. 9615 which expressly prohibits direct or indirect campaigning on Maunday Thursday, Good

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NegOr’s most expensive election? E

lection 2013 could yet be Negros Oriental’s most expensive election ever. If those political coalitions in past elections pegged down the cost of vote-buying, the floodgates of spending could yet be unleashed on this May 13 polls. To page 22

ore than 600 political candidates seeking for provincial and local seats in the coming May elections are expected to sign the Peace Covenant tomorrow March 25 at 2p.m. at the Catherina Cittadini St. Louis gymnasium in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental.

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The Diocesan Electoral Board (DEB) is leading this Monday’s peace covenant signing for all the political candidates in Negros Oriental. DEB convenor Msgr. Julius Heruela cited the event as a

significant support to ensure the coming mid-term elections is truly reflective of the sentiments and will of the people. The DEB together with

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Church stays vigilant as SC halts RH Law ven the 120-day status quo ante order against the Reproductive Health Law by the Supreme Court failed to pacify the Roman Catholic Church, which vowed not to lower its guard but to stay vigilant to ensure that the controversial measure will not stand the test of constitutionality.

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A TOAST TO HYUNDAI’s Dumaguete branch opening (see page 3) LR: Margarita G. Onglatco, VP treasury and finance; Edward Onglatco, Pres /CEO Hyundai Cebu Inc., Atty Art Umbac, representing Gov Degamo; Maria Fe Perez Agudo, Pres/CEO Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc.; Sibulan Mayor Marcela Bartoces; Ruben Almendras, chairman of the board; and Alvin Tanunjo, treasurer.

“INJUSTICE ANYWHERE CAN BE A THREAT TO JUSTICE EVERYWHERE.”

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How reliable are PCOS machines? critical reporting GOOD QUESTION above: These are seemingly some of the questions being asked by Diocesan Electors Board chief clergyman Julius Heruela who looks with curiosity a sample of the output of the PCOS automated election counter. He is with atty Gerome Brillantes, provincial comelec officer and some media people.

TOP OF THE WEEK

BY DEMS DEMECILLO

7 new lawyers from Galing Pook Award for SU, FU law schools waste water treatment

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even new lawyers from Silliman and Foundation Universities Passed the 2012 bar examinations.

From Silliman university college of law, with 50% passing average Congratulations to: Gazzelenne CorsameFuentes/ Donna Bernardo/ Doyle Ex/ Richard Catacutan / James Tinagan. This was reported by SU law dean Atty. Mikail

Maxino From Foundation University college of law : with 22% passing average Congratulations to: Felicisimo Martinez Catacutan, Jr., and Richard Lazarte Pinili this was confirmed by FU Law Dean retired Executive Judge Eleuterio Chiu.

Non-CLOA holders foil DAR installation f the 130 beneficiaries to be installed, only three have successfully positioned in their respective farm lots inside the former property of Diaz Hermanos estate in Bagtic, Mabinay town after dozens of rival claimants with no (Certificates of Land Ownership Award) refused to allow the employees of the Department of Agrarian Reform to continue with the survey.

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DAR information Officer Gherelene Mae Rafols said the farmer beneficiaries who were

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umaguete bested over a hundred cities by winning the prestigious Galing Pook Award as part of the best practices and innovation in promoting environmental protection.

The septage waste water treatment facility in Camanjac was built to the tune of P 25 million through a counterpart scheme between the City Government and City Water District. Now, the facility

earns P 600,000.00 per month. Both facilities in Camanjac and Quezon Park release treated water deemed safe to the environment. Sludge and To page 21

LTO: let the ax fall where it may BY CHOY GALLARDE

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he local office of the Land Transporation Commission has decired : “let the ax fall where it may,� in relation to a deputized law enf orcement agent of the Land Transportation Office in Dumaguete City who was arrested Tuesday af ternoon during an entrapment operation by the local office of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI). Engr. Eugene Gador, , he confirmed that Salut is LTO-Dumaguete District not a regular agency Office chief, in a telephone employee but he utilizes him interview with PNA and to help in traffic law broadcaster Choy Gallarde To page 5

Opening of latest auto showroom

HYUNDAI DUMAGUETE, the latest auto showroom opened last Wednesday in Maslog, Sibulan. LR Alvin Tanunjo, corporate treasurer; Sibulan Mayor Mars Bartoces, Eduard Onglatco, President/CEO of Hyundai Cebu Inc., Maria Fe Perez-Agudo, Pres/CEO of Hyundai Asia Resources Inc, Atty Art Umbac, representing Gov Degamo;and Ruben Almendras, chairman of the board. Not in photo is Margarita G. Onglatco, VP for finance and treasury.

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

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Discipline, and Radio decorum

or the last 33 years, we at DYEM NEWS AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS. have alw ay s maintained an independent editorial policy.. And the nice thing about it is that the old traditional political leaders of this province and who in fact are the biggest names in politics in Negros Oriental have maintained mutual respect tow ards our modest network and so have we similarly reciprocated with our civilized respect for all of them. -o0oW e are talking of the grand old names in politics like the Teves clan, the Paras clan, the Macias clan, the Romeros and the Perdices clan, these names have maintained mutual, professional and civilized respect, mutual respect with us through the years and untl today. -o0oAs the president and general manager of this modest network, in fact, the pioneer FM station in Dumaguete, since we opened 33 years ago, never had we had any personal conflict with any of these grand respectable names in politics in Negros Oriental. -o0oBut today, after the unfortunate and sad hiatus

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Meljun Banogon and Ronel Depalubos are fine examples of civilized, sober, dignified , young but aggressive and substantive , budding radio commentators. First time in the city, but pleasantly abiding by the rules of the KBP and the NTC. They deliver their goods with no problem and the listeners are at ease. May their tribe increase.

which happned in 2010 post electioins when the Macias and Perdices clans lost its leaders, the mad rush to the political thrones ensued, and it would seem that the ball game is now participated in by new players who have yet to develop this mutual kind of professionalism and respect between politicians and media. What can you expect of new comers. But there are exceptions. -o0oA few days ago, a political blocktimer named a certain junior maata would not want to submit to our editorial policies. So we put him temporarily off the air until we can have a dialogue and meeting of the minds. But before that could happen, this neophyte went to another station and maligned our good intentions with his own version. So hearing those unfounded criticisms which we all put on tape, w e decided to let go of him permanently and would be very glad not to put him back on air over this station for the good of the industry and the civilized public. Good Riddance indeed. -o0oNo sir, blocktimers do not own the air lanes nor the time they paid for. The nature of their payment of such time is that of lessor, not owner. This blocktimer did not even pay for the time but the governor. He was merely his paid barker. Second, by analogy, when you lease a room in a

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Notes from M.C.L.E. recent ly attended the mandatory continuing legal education. The MCLE is a program where lawyers are obligated to attend l aw l ectures, to get developments and updates in the law. The lectures were substantive. I took notes of the lectures by legal authorities, justices. Below are random insights that caught my interest: From a court of appeals justice-lecturer: Seen in the epitaph of a spinster: Born a virgin, Lived a virgin, Died a virgin, Returned unbroken. Father teaching values to his son: Son, you shall never tell a lie. If you lie, you will lie again. And then you will keep on lying. Then lying to you will become a habit. If you keep on lying, one day you will become a lawyer. What is the Tagalog word for a male lawyer: Manananggol What is the Tagalog word for a female lawyer: Mananaggal In England, lawyers are classified into two: Solicitors take care of the written side, do researches Barristers take care of the oral side, appear in court. In the Philippines, its a one-man band. My first job as a lawyer was as an associate of Crispin Baisas I was the only associate. Utos-utosan ng mga partners. Associate: ‘Aso na, shit pa.’ A judge saw a familiar face in his courtroom. Judge: You always have cases in my court. In the last ten years, I notice you always have cases here. Litigant: Your honor, its not my fault if you were never promoted. From another lecturer, justice of the court of appeals: One of those considered as the next pope was the archbishop of Milan, Archbishop Scola. But after deep reflection by the conclave, he was removed as a “papabili”, or a pope potential. The cardinals were wary that if Archbishop Scola were chosen pope, he would be called “Pope-si-cola” (corny, justice, try another one) To page 21

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Editorial

Serenading by proxy

ow nice and beneficial would it be for our community if only our candi dates can deliver their platforms in a dignified manner without using other less-educated people to speak for them. Gone are the days of serenading by proxy. We are now in cyberage. Any candidate can go on-air over the radio by cellphone, even if they are mountains away. After all, it is the candidates who will win or lose, be seated or unseated by the people, not their barkers. What is happening now is the opposite. It is their barkers who are exposed to the public while only a few low-ranked candidates substitute for the main eventers. Why? Firstly, we the voters would like to k no w , fo r instance, gubernatorial , congressional,

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mayoral candidates and their line ups in a mor e up-cl ose and personal manner. That is why we the voters would learn first-hand, whether or not they are fit to hold such public office. It is, therefore, not an excuse for them to pay expensive airtime over radio stations and leave them to the barkers. It is counter productive for their candidacies, we believe. Besides, the people will picture and associate the candidates with the characters of their barkers if they leave the job to the latter. The candi dates ar e mo stly MORE EDUCATED than their barkers. So let us stop serenading the voters by proxy. You can use the cellphone and talk to the voters even if you are miles away, 24/7. Avail of the new technology: and win the hearts and minds of the people directly, -—not by proxy.

Is the Philippines ready for “investment grade”? et us continue with our little GNP (Gross National Product) play. We know now that GDP growth is determined by Consumption (C), Government (G) and Investments(I). (C) Consumption has been good due to OFW, call center monies, the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) and the over-all good performance of Philippines businesses. (G) was bullish last year -with spending spent early (first quarter) for maximum impact and local (I) Investments especially in Construction and Real Estate conspired to register a high GDP of 6.5% growth last year.

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That was good enough for second best to China in the whole of Asia. What has been lacking is the so-called Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) which is partly hampered by the country’s lack of an “Investment Grade Rating” given by global independent rating agencies like Moody’s , Standard and Poor and Fitch Ratings. Once the country gets this rating - the floodgate of foreign

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investment will open like a dam burst asunder and the foreign investors will be here -just to pick what industries they will invest in. Then, we can definitely dream of a 7% GDP growth- the magic number to lick poverty in this country. With foreign investments will flow gazillions of jobs- that will key the launch out of the poverty morass.

Are we almost to the “Investment Grade” launching pad? Let us check. Because of the recession in Europe and America, foreign investment funds have been looking for safer havens including East Asia (including the Philippines) which now has US$6.5 Trillion in government bonds and US$2.3 Trillion private debt with an average annual growth of a remarkable 15% in 2012.

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Earning a living was not easy. I had to work all day as a vendor in the public market and then go to school in the evening. That was until Hedcor came to our community and provided us with employment. I was able to provide for my family and send my younger sister to college. Today, she is an elementary school teacher.

Reader’s Views KAAKBAY Partylist Dear Editor, In the March 3, 2013 issue of the Negros Chronicle, the banner story “Bets air distrust on PCOS count” mentioned Prof. Leonor M. Briones, and a photo of her came along with it. The article rightly described Professor Briones as the incumbent Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of Silliman University. But she was also referred to as a candidate for party-list. Her advocacies and political activities are well-known, even long before she became a Trustee of Silliman, and so her being in our Board is not necessarily incidental to her candicacy, nor her candidacy to her being our Trustee. Incidentally, I believe Professor Briones is running as “KAAKBAY” nominee, not as reported in the article. (MARK RAY GAN E. GARCIA/ Director OIP)

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NOTICE Notice is hereby given that the heirs of Perla T. Dolalas, namely, Jose A.Dolalas, Ma. Stella D. Ceniza, Jose Rusham T. Dolalas, M aria C ynthia Rosario D. Vidal and Jose Ali Ray T. Dolalas, have executed an Extrajudicial Settlement Among Heirs With Waiver of Shares of the following properties, viz: Agrarian Reform TenYear B ond issued by Land B ank of the Philippines with principal office at Malate, Manila, Serial No. 0103767 and a remaining redeemable principal balance of P ESO S: O ne H undred Sixty-Four Thousand Forty-One & 34/ 100 (164,041.34), S avings D eposit Account No. 284167400018 at PNBBayawan B ranch with O/S Balance of P44,119.10; Commercial Buildings with Tax Declaration Nos. 06-000100971, 06-0001-00995, and 06-000100277; per Not. Reg. No. 147, Page No. 031, Book No. I, Series of 2013 duly notarized by Atty. Ramon Q. C arbo.

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CORRECTION In the Declaration of Heirship Extrajudicial Settlement, Partition and Confirmation of Sale published in issues dated June 27, July 4 & 11, 2010 the OCT No. FV-14601 as printed should have been OCT No. FV-14661, Page No. 86 as printed should have been Page No. 85, and Book No. XIII as printed should have been Book No. XXIII.

An issue-free ... (Romero)

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authentic political parties a cabal of political brokers out to control party organizations. Political participation at all levels is negligible and a room at the top of the political hierarchy is reserved for political middlemen who, allied with vested interests that provide the logistical support to defray electoral contests, reserve the top positions in administration. Lucky appointees, on the other hand, acting like political vassals and lobby groups, see to it that the interest of benefactors are amply protected. The system lends itself easily to regulatory capture, m aking it difficult to come up with executive fiat, administrative regulations and legislative enactments untainted by bias in favor of one or more narrow sectoral interests. Accordingly, it is difficult to promote a level playing field a situation that is not conducive to promoting competition or the inflow of foreign direct investments. At the end of the day, we have only to blame the electorate, which turns a blind eye to a flawed political system! Given that the government is the biggest employer, many voters tend to pin their luck on kamag-anaks

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priest listed those politicians that should not be voted for in this election because they supported the RH BILL and theref ore belong to PARTIDO PATAY and those who should be voted for opposing the passage of the RH Bill, and theref ore belong to “PARTIDO BUHAY.” Not to be outdone, those own family. I know a priest listed under Partido Patay put who has a child with another up a list of so called married woman who is building a priests who have children conjugal house at Bolocunder “PARTIDO TATAY”. boloc, Sibulan, Negros Indeed, it is only in the Oriental. The other priests Philippines that these things who are “tatays” are are happening because of our publicly known. Anyway, I freedom of expression. do not believe that celibacy I am sure you know who should be imposed on the are the priests who have their priests. It is a violation of

LTO: let the ... From page 2 enforcement The arrest of Warren Salut, 41, married, of Mambaling, Cebu and currently staying in Dumaguete City, came after lawyer Elton Abrea, 34, of Mangnao, Dumaguete City, sought the help of the NBI, claiming that the former and family friends, regardless of their fitness to govern. Unscrupulous businessmen, on the other hand, prefer to have corrupt officials elected since they are easier to bribe. Against such a background, this nation cannot expect to move fast forward. It has to wait for a moral revolution, a more educated electorate, and a thinking middle class who are more choosy about their elected officials.

was “extorting” money from him. According to Atty. Dominador Cimafranca, local NBI chief, Abrea on Tuesday morning appeared at their office to complain of an alleged irregularity wherein Salut allegedly offered to “fix a violation payment without an official LTO receipt”. NBI agent Nick Tagle said a complaint was filed late Tuesday before the City Prosecutor’s Office against Salut for extortion and for violation of Republic Act 9485 of the Anti-Red Tape Act. If found to be a government employee, another charge for violation of RA 3019 for corrupt practices shall also be filed against Salut, Tagle added Cimafranca added Salut had allegedly asked from Abrea P1,500 in exchange for the release of the lawyer’s license

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their basic human rights. So many priests remain unmarried because they have boyfriends. They are considered celibate. I guess the only solution is to require that only EUNUCHS should be allowed to become priests.

which was earlier confiscated for a traffic violation. Salut, who presented an LTO ID card, is not an organic employee of the agency but a deputized traffic law enforcer. Abrea told the NBI and reporters that early Monday evening, he was apprehended by Salut for driving a motorcycle without a helmet. Salut then confiscated his driver’s license, issued him a temporary operator’s permit (TOP) and told Abrea to look for him at the LTO-Dumaguete Office the following day. The lawyer admitted to reporters that he asked Salut to reduce the fine of about P1,700 to P1,600. Abrea further claimed that Salut allegedly asked him to pay P1,500 instead but without an official receipt. This prompted Abrea to seek the help of the NBI for the entrapment operation. (CHOY GALLARDE)


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An issue-free election in May

‘Go and Repair My House’ By PEGGY NOONAN   Wall  Street  Journal ’ll tell you how it looks: like one big unexpected gift for the church and the world. Everything about Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio’s election was a surprise—his age, the name he\took, his mien as he was presented to the world. He was plainly dressed, a simple white cassock,no regalia, no finery. He stood there on the balcony a member of another faith who like a straight soft pillar and looked wants the  best for the church out at the crowd. because to him that’s like There were no grand wanting the best for the world. gestures, not even, at first, a smile. He was already loving what he He looked tentative, even was seeing. overwhelmed. I thought, as I He asked what was giving me watched, “My God—he’s pause. I said I don’t know, the curia shy.”Then the telling moment about is full of tough fellows, the pope has the prayer. Before he gave a to be strong.”That is more than blessing he asked for a blessing: strength,” he said of the man on He  asked the crowd to pray for the  screen. “This is not cynical him. He bent his head down and humanity. This is showing there the raucous, cheering square is another way to be.” suddenly became silent, as Yes. This is a kind of everyone prayed. public leadership we are no I thought, “My God—he’s longer  used to—unassuming, humble.”I wasn’t sure what to self-effacing. Leaders of the  make of it and said so to a friend, Turn to page 15

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JOHNNY MERCADO

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hings are getting worse from elections to elections. The midterm elections in May next year will be an issue-free elections with contending parties like the same bottles with different nametags. The candidates are recycled names from previous elections. The two major parties have adopted some common senatorial candidates. The question is why go to the big bother of registering different party names before the COMELEC? I suggest that political dynasties this early already forward the names of siblings/relatives who will succeed them in office to save COMELEC time and money! Have we revised the consti- democracy. Parties have specific tution and adopted a single party functions under the system. The system? We started with a two- most important is that they check party system, which was revised and balance and provide the elecby the Cory Constitution to a multi- torate with policy choices. Parties party system. Why? also act training centers for future Perhaps we have forgotten political leaders getting the best and that a party democracy that we the brightest to serve the governpretend to be is precisely what ment. Certainly, they have not been it is – a system of competitive franchised to the politically-enpolitical parties! trenched economic elite. Perhaps we have forgotten Today, we have instead of the purposes of political parties in a Turn to page 5

A Journey Through Cancer

Treasure

Emptiness nce a poor boy prayed that one day he will become rich. When he grew up he never missed a day in his office. He worked so hard breaking his back to buy all the things he wanted in life. It all started with a dream girl, then a car that he could drive her around with, then a house where he could shelter his perfect family. But as he came home every evening, a deep void for something more was burning inside his heart. The hole became so deep and hungry that he had to work another extra hour then another, until his investment earned him countless properties that he could not even remember. He longed for peace and a restful place to stay, but he could not find a home. where He might live to answer every human need. He is always at the door waiting for us to invite Him in. The little boy prayed for the right thing. But what he forgot to pray about was God to take control of His life and find contentment in His provisions. Solomon was a rich and wise ruler, But as his kingdom and territories grew wider, his mistresses also increased in number. Solomon with all his wealth had no peace.

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

Ending up adulterous e have just been reminded about the episode of the woman caught in adultery. It’s a story packed with lessons. Among others, it throws light on a terrible aspect of our sinful condition, lived even in our human structures and systems, that continues to afflict us in increasingly sophisticated ways. A woman was dragged someone, or in this particular case, before Jesus. As sanctioned by the of testing Jesus to fish something law then, she ought to be stoned. that can be used against him later But Christ knew what was behind on. We need to be wary of the the accusers’ actions, and decided to keep quiet and to write something reasons and real motives behind our actions, especially on the ground instead. When pressed what to do those that can affect the lives with the woman, Christ simply of many people in a direct way. said that he who has no sin may Very often, we take these cast the first stone. That was intentions for granted, since when the accusers started to after all they are too personal leave, beginning with the and intimate that they can eldest. At the end Jesus simply hardly be known by others. This is where we have to be dismissed the woman with the most guarded. We are our own admonition to sin no more. Christ clearly shows here how most insidious enemy, since we we ought to use of our law and other can easily rationalize our own structures and systems we have selves, especially when we in our society. They have to be used choose to be by ourselves rather with the proper spirit, that of love than be always in the presence of and understanding, and not that of God, which is the ideal situation Turn to page 18 mere revenge, of humiliating

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f you read Merlie Alunan’s beautiful nostalgic “The Dumaguete We Know” you will find many of the contributors wistfully tell of their Silliman Beach memories. Sadly, the much loved Silliman Beach has turned into a polluted cesspool. I look around and much of the Dumaguete City I fell in love with ten years ago has changed and not always for the better. Change is not always bad more damage to humans and but it must be positive change. buildings without penalty. Does this Obviously the “boulevard” is better make sense? Only God know than the mangrove swamp that what the vibrations and stress once covered the waterfront. The created by this traffic slowly does boulevard is one of Dumaguete’s to the roads and buildings. Competing with the feature attractions. I often have my breakfast at one of the growing boulevard as one of the city’s number of quality restaurants leading landmark is our ancient along this beautiful city landmark. bell tower. For hundreds of Sadly the beauty and my bliss is years this beautiful tower gave frequently assaulted by huge, ugly, protection to the citizens of black smoke belching trucks and Dumaguete. Time for us to buses. The acid from these return the service. Next time you emissions destroys concrete and pass this massive landmark, stone. The black carbon coats look up; you will see small everything turning beauty into ugly plants and even trees growing soot covered facades. Can these on the tower. The roots of these emissions be good for humans? plants are slowly destroying We passed laws to protect the this magnificent structure. public from cigarettes but allow These plants need to be Turn to page 18 these trucks and buses to do far

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His women and children grew in number along with his acquired wealth. Discontentment filled his heart more each day. What started out as a simple dream, became a nightmare of lust and emptiness and greed. The deep void inside each one of us can be quenched only by God’s presence. We often mistake it by something else. We thought that money, fame, flesh, health and power can satisfy this inner longing. In every heart, God made a home

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

Holy Week oday we are entering Holy Week, a time the Church gives us to pause for a while from our ordinary daily activities and retrace the origins of our faith journey. In so doing, we recharge our life batteries in preparation for the challenges to come. I have spent Holy Week in Easter eve and hearing heavenly many different ways. One year music from across the sea. It our family and four other families seemed as if the angels retreated to a small remote island themselves were singing off the coast of Quezon Province hymns around the throne of where we explored nature, had God, and I felt like I could just bonfires at night on the beach, reach out and touch a corner watched the stars and the moon of eternity. I later learned that it serenade each other, oohed and was only a choir singing the aahed at the phosphorescence midnight vigil in a church on lighting up the dark sea, and the mainland! But to me, that bonded with each other. The night, heaven became real! children laid out a creative Way of One Holy Thursday Jun and I the Cross going from coconut tree hosted a Lord’s Day ritual and to coconut tree. We sang songs dinner at home for a group of lay in the dawning mornings and workers in our parish. We followed explored rustic paths during the the Jewish traditional ceremony lazy afternoons. and dinner, complete with roast I remember waking up in lamb, bitter herbs, unleavened the middle of the night on Turn to page 19

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A Work To Do For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. EPHESIANS 2:10

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If you are facing a problem that seems as big and immovable as a mountain, turn your eyes from the mountain and

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 8:51-59.

Jesus said to the Jews: «Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever keeps my word will never see death.» (So) the Jews said to him, “Now we are sure that you are possessed. Abraham died, as did the prophets, yet you say, ‘Whoever keeps my word will never taste death.’ Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died? Or the prophets, who died? Who do you make yourself out to be?” Jesus answered, “If I glorify

look to Christ for faith. Only then will you be able to overcome the obstacles that may seem insurmountable.

myself, my glory is worth nothing; but it is my Father who glorifies me, of whom you say, ‘He is our God.’ You do not know him, but I know him. And if I should say that I do not know him, I would be like you a liar. But I do know him and I keep his word. Abraham your father rejoiced to see my day; he saw it and was glad. So the Jews said to him, “You are not yet fifty years old and you have seen Abraham?” Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, before Abraham came to be, I AM.” So they picked up stones to throw at him; but Jesus hid and went out of the temple area.

Sunday Thoughts JESUS WOULD NOT SAVE HIMSELF “He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the king of Israel, let him come down from the cross, and we will believe in Him.” Matthew 27:42 n Good Friday, our thoughts are trained on the middle cross on Calvary. Many of our hymns were DR. PROCESO UDARBE inspired by the sights of our Lord hanging on the cross. In my hymn that is now in the new UCCP hymnal, we are able to hear in one hymn, “When Our Dream Lord was On the Cross,” the seven words of Jesus on the cross. When Jesus says “Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing,” it is his response to what the crowds below were shouting in derision of the suffering Jesus. They were saying: “He saved others; himself he cannot save; if he be the King of Israel, let him come down from the cross, and we will believe him.” That happened in the Year 33 A.D., but the words keep ringing in our ears. That cry of derision was the third cruel thing that was inflicted on Jesus. The first was when the servants of the High Priest spat on his face and slapped him with the palms of their hands. The second was done by the soldiers who put a scarlet robe about him, with a farcial scepter in his

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hand and a crown of thorns on his head; they even struck him on the head. And the third was this word of derision: “He saved others; himself he cannot save.” Today, centuries after that spectacle, what do we think of these words? First of all, we wonder at the crowd’s outright hostility. We who have read our New Testaments as well as the Old (particularly Isiaih 53- “he was bruised for our transgressions”), we are struck angry at their cruelty and anger. Why were the leaders of the temple and the synagogue so incensed against the Master? He questioned some of their stringent laws, such as their Sabbath law, and Jesus gave them a higher law, that is, “it is good to save life on the Sabbath.” Jesus took away the splendor of the authority of the priests, scribes, and elders by the healing miracles he performed. Jesus took away from them the admiration of the people and this they resented intensely. As the Gospel puts it, “the people heard him gladly.” Indeed we are outraged by their conduct, but as our songs puts it, “were you there when they crucified my Lord?” We in the New Millenium could also be confronted To page 19

very man has work laid out for him to do; every man’s life is a plan of the Almighty, and way back in the councils of eternity God laid out a work for each one of us. There is no man living that can do the work that God has got for me to do. No one can do it but myself. And if the work ain’t done, we will have to answer for it when we stand before God’s bar. For it says: “Every man shall be brought unto bury it away, God will take even that judgement, and every one shall give an from us. God doesn’t want a man that account of the deeds done in the body.” has got one talent to do the work of a And it seems to me that every one of us man who has got ten. All a man has ought to take this question home got to answer for is the one that God tonight: “Well am I doing the work that has given him. If we were all doing the God has for me to do?” God has got a work that God has got for us to do, work for every one of us to do. Now in don’t you see how the work of the Lord the parable the man who had two talents would advance? had the same reward as the man who But some men are not satisfied had five talents. He heard the same with the talents they have, but are words as the man who had five talents. always wishing for someone else’s “Well done, thou good and faithful talent. Now, that is all wrong. It is servant, enter thou into the joy of thy contrary to the spirit of Christ. Instead Lord.” The men that take good care of of wishing for someone else’s talent, let the talents that God has loaned them, us make the best use of the talents God he always gives them more. But if we has given us. take the talent that God has given us, Let us do all the business we can. and lay it carefully in the napkin and To page 14

DIVORCE and QUESTION MARKS Let me continue sharing with you the reflections of Archbishop Oscar V. Cruz, D.D. on Divorce and Annulment in the form of question and answer.

(Continuation) QUESTION 6: WOULD IT BE JUSTIFIED TO ACCEPT THE PROPOSED DIVORCE LEGISLATION ON THE FR. GAMMY TULABING JCD, VG PREMISE THAT IT IS EASY AND CHEAP TO OBTAIN IT COMPARED TO FILLING FOR A DECLARATION OF MARRIAGE NULLITY OR A MARRIAGE ANNULMENT? Has the issue been simply relegated to what is hard or easy to obtain? What is wrong may be easy to obtain, but this does not make it right. And what is right may be hard to obtain, but this does not make it wrong. And as to cost, “cheap divorces” – the same as the so called Las Vegas “quickie divorces” and “divorce unlimited” – in fact even depreciates divorce itself more than what it is already in reality! If a marriage is null and void from its very start, why does the government make it hard or costly for spouses to get a nullity declaration? And if the marriage is voidable, why does the same government make it also difficult and expensive for the couples to have an annulment? And if divorce is a bargain, this in no way makes it right and proper. The truth of the matter is that mere lived-in arrangements among men and men are much less demanding and expensive. Breaking them requires no divorce, no annulment, no nullity declaration. All these however do not make such arrangements rights and righteous, dignified and dignifying. QUESTION 7 IS IT CORRECT TO CLAIM THAT A DIVORCE LEGISLATION IS THE LAST RECOURSE TO FREE COUPLES FROM “IMPOSSIBLE” MARRIAGES? If the intention is simply to free couples from already unbearable marriages, the recourse is legal separation, not absolute divorce. If the design is for a couple to get rid of one another for purposes of remarriages, their divorce is the wrong means to an equally wrong end: Wrong means because divorce would make them liars when they pronounced their marriage vows for a lifetime, and wrong end because they would have to impliedly enter into but a temporary marriage by precisely subscribing to absolute divorce. Regarding impossible or incongruous conjugal relationships such as in the case of sex maniacs, psychopaths and sociopaths, behavioral deviants and any other duly identified mental disorder, once proven by experts that any of these personality anomalies has been existent at the time of the wedding, then, either legal separation, marriage nullity declaration or annulment degree is the recourse – not divorce. Truth to tell, divorce is not but a “last recourse” but the final triumph of those who subscribe to the so called “Free Marriage”, “Open marriage” or “Renewable

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Christ as the “Ebed Yahweh” he expression “emp tied himself” appears nowhere else in the Greek and is grammatically harsh, but is an exact rendering of the suffering servant who “poured out his soul to death.” Moreover, in the Hebrew text the expression “taking the form of a servant” REV. FR. ROMAN C. means exactly SAGUN, JR. “playing the part of ‘Ebed Yahweh’ in Isaiah’s servant poems. For Sanders, especially, terminological affinities put it beyond doubt that the background of Phil 2:7 is to be found in Is 53, especially for understanding its significance within Paul’s Christology. Phil 2:7 contains an implicit kerygma of Christ Jesus, who is confessed as Lord after being raised from his death on the cross. Paul finds the speculation about the Suffering Servant in Is 53 particularly fitting to describe the mission of Christ. The writer of Deutero-Isaiah declares: “He makes himself an offering for sin … the righteous one, my servant, shall make many to be accounted righteous” (53: 10-11). In Rom 3, Paul’s doctrine of justification reflects the image of the Suffering Servant: “They are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as an expiation by his blood ….” (3: 24-25). The essential nature of the verse, then, has to be seen within the saving mission of Christ in terms of God’s condescension in selfsacrifice. J. Jeremias can even boldly say that the phrase “emptied himself” refers more to the surrender of His life upon the cross than the kenosis of the Incarnation. Though the “Ebed Yahweh” is used of a variety of persons in Judaism, the early church sees in the career of Jesus the preeminent example of this portrait in Isaiah. The self-abasement of Christ as the Servant in Phil 2:7 is in accord with his life and mission of self-sacrificial love. With the symbolic action of the washing the feet in Jn 13: 1ff., Jesus makes it plain to the twelve apostles that his life ultimately consists in being a servant. In Mk 10: 45, Jesus firmly declares to the disciples: “For the Son of man also came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Finally, Jesus Christ plays his great role as the Servant in self-sacrificial love by his death on

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March 24, 2013 OCEAN VIEW LOTS FOR SALE

Residential Lots for Sale LOCATION

Total Lot Area

PRICE

St. Paul’s Area, Dgte. City Villa Amada, Dgte. City Villa Amada, Dgte. City Talay, Dgte. City Daro, Dgte. City Balugo, Valencia, Neg. Or. Balugo, Valencia, Neg. Or. Daro, Dgte City Motong, Dgte City Daro, Dgte City Motong, Dgte City Fatima Village Dgte City Piapi, Dgte City San Jose St. Dgte City Hibbard Ave., Dgte City Hibbard Ave.,, Dgte City Hibbard Ave., Dgte City Hibbard Ave., Dgte City Talay, Highway Dgte City Bantayan, Dgte City Daro, Dgte. City Balugo, Valencia, NegOr. Balugo, Valencia, NegOr. Locsin, Dgte City Locsin, Dgte City Locsin, Dgte City Daro, Dgte City East Balabag, Valencia, NegOr. Batinguel, Dgte City Motong, Dgte City Motong, Dgte City Motong, Dgte City Balugo, Valencia Neg. Or. San Jose St., Dgte City Cadawinonan, Dgte City Balugo, Dgte City Balugo, Dgte City East Balabag, Valencia, NegOr. East Balabag, Valencia, NegOr. Batinguel, Dgte City Batinguel, Dgte City Balugo Valencia, Neg. Or. Palimpinon Val., Neg. Or. Bong-aw Valencia, Neg. Or. Bong-aw Valencia, Neg. Or. Bong-aw Valencia, Neg. Or. Magatas, Sibulan, Neg.Or Talay, Dgte City Jawa, Valencia Neg. Or. Jawa, Valencia Neg. Or. Jawa, Valencia Neg. Or. Junob, Dgte. City Bantayan, Dgte City Bantayan, Dgte City Bantayan, Dgte City Bagacay, Dgte City Valencia, Neg. Or.

503 sqms 337 sqms 421 sqms 200 sqms 520 sqms 1,205 sqms 1,300 sqms 600 sqms 423 sqms 320 sqms 200 sqms 305 sqms 150 sqms 268 sqms 250 sqms 336 sqms 402 sqms 400 sqms 396 sqms 402 sqms 1,000 sqms 400 sqms 425 sqms 243 sqms 251 sqms 252 sqms 2,781sq ms 856 sqms 1072 sqms 936 sqms 1000 sqms 1200 sqms 3020 sqms 6270 sqms 1270 sqms 472 sqms 468 sqms 876 sqms 2,219 sqms 600 sqms 1000 sqms 3020 sqms 1000 sqms 1000 sqms 2000 sqms 3000 sqms 7,446 sqms 3,375 sqms 1,000 sqms 1,500 sqms 2,000 sqms 296 sqms 987 sqms 3,500 sqms 363 sqms 477 sqms 1,037sqms

P2.2M P5,000/sqm P5,000/sqm P2,000/sqm P2,500/sqm P1,700/sqm P1,700/sqm P2,500/sqm P2,800/sqm P4,000/sqm P2,500/sqm P4,500/sqm P850K P1.6M P5,700/sqm P5,700/sqm P5,700/sqm P5,700/sqm 550K P1.6M P2,500/sqm P1,300/sqm P1,300/sqm P6,000/sqm P6,000/sqm P6,000/sqm P2,500/sqm P550/sqm P1,120/sqm P1,000/sqm P1,200/sqm P1,400/sqm P1.2M P5,000/sqm P1,500/sqm P1,500/sqm P1,500/sqm P550/sqm P550/sqm P2,500/sqm P2,500/sqm P500/sqm P800/sqm P450/sqm P450/sqm P450/sqm P1,500/sqm P800/sqm P1,900/sqm P1,900/sqm P1,900/sqm P2,000/sqm P4.5M P3,500/sqm P7,000/sqm P2,500/sqm P2M

Contact: 0918-929-6047

Commercial Lots for Sale 617 sqms 828 sqms 500 sqms 737 sqms 167 sqms 520 sqms 600 sqms 250 sqms 336 sqms 402 sqms 400 sqms 400 sqms 337 sqms 346 sqms 3,336 sqms 1,400 sqms 150 sqms 421 sqms 116 sqms 169 sqms 306 sqms 642 sqms 2,423 sqms 503 sqms 6,270 sqms 268 sqms 5,222 sqms 1,104 sqms 672 sqms 650 sqms 1,179 sqms 1,205 sqms 951 sqms 1,325 sqms 1,506 sqms 1,037 sqms 1,000 sqms

Cervantes St., Dgte. City Banilad Highway, Dgte. City Cervantes St., Dgte. City Piapi, Dgte. City Daro, highway. Dgte. City Daro, Dgte City Daro, Dgte City Hibbard Ave., Dgte City Hibbard Ave., Dgte City Hibbard Ave., Dgte City Hibbard Ave., Dgte City Hibbard Ave, Dgte City Villa Amada, Dgte. City Daro, Dgte City Piapi, Dgte City Piapi Beach, Dgte City Piapi, Dgte City Villa Amada, Dgte. City Locsin St., Dgte City Near Ceres Term. Dgte City Meciano Rd., Dgte City Bantayan, Dgte City Bantayan Dgte City St. Paul’s Area, Dgte City San Jose St., Dgte City San Jose St., Dgte City Sibulan highway, Neg. Or. Banilad, Dgte City Banilad, Bacong Neg. Or. Banilad, Bacong Neg. Or. Taclobo, Dgte City San Jose St., Dgte City Real St., Dgte City Colon St., Dgte City Daro, Dgte. City Pob. Valencia, NegOr. Pob. Valencia, NegOr.

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Subdivision Sites for Sale Lot Area 1.4 hectares 1.8 hectares 1.1 hectares 1.5 hectares 5.5 hectares 12 hectares 4.7 hectares 1 hectare 1.3 hectares 1.6 hectares 4.9 hectares 2 hectres 4.1 hectares 1.7 hectares 5.8 hectares 2.3 hectares 1.2 hectares 3 hectares 3.2 hectares 1.6 hectares 2.1 hectares

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Siapo, San Jose, NegOr. Agan-an, Dgte. City’ Boloc-Boloc, Sibulan, NegOr. Cantil-e, Dgte City Cantil-e, Dgte City Cantil-e, Dgte City Banilad, Dgte City Tubtubon, Sibulan Neg. Or. Bong-aw, Valencia Neg. Or. Bong-aw, Valencia Neg. Or. Candau-ay, Dgte City Junob, Dgte City Isugan, Bacong Neg. Or. Isugan, Bacong Neg. Or. Isugan, Bacong Neg. Or. Talay, Dgte City West; Balabag, Valencia Palinpinon, Valencia Ugahong, Valencia Neg. Or. San Antonio, Sibulan Neg. Or. Balili, Valencia Neg. Or.

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Balili, Valencia Neg . Or. 20,575sqms, w mo re o r less 130 fruit bearing sweet mango trees, w electricity and water access, along the road, clean title @ P500/sqm only Liptong, Valencia Neg. Or., 911sqms, w 2-storey cottage, situated 650 feet above Dgte City, overlooking, w electricity and water access, along the brgy road, clean title @ P1.2M only Liptong, Valencia Neg. Or., 910sqms, situated 645 feet above Dgte City, overlooking, w electricity and water access, along brgy road, clean title @ P900K only San Antonio, Sibulan Neg. Or., 16,279sqms, located 700 feet above Dgte City, ocean view, with road right of way, w electricity and water access, clean title @ P400/sqm Palimpinon, Valencia Neg. Or., 975sqms, located 700 feet above Dgte City, near Tiera Alta, ocean view, with water, electricity, internet, cable and phone access, along the road, clean title @ P2M only Palimpinon, Valencia Neg. Or., 1,111sqms, situated 780 feet above Dgte City, near Tiera Alta, ocean view, w electricity, water, cable, phone and internet access, along the road, clean title @ P1,500/sqm Palimpinon, Valencia Neg. Or., 2,220sqms, situated 780 feet above Dgte City, near Tiera Alta, ocean view, w electricity, cable, water, internet and phone access, along the road , clean title @ P1,500/sqm Ugahong, Valencia Neg. Or. 3.2hectares, located 400 feet above Dumaguete City, along the road, two sides attached to the road, w electricity and water access, clean title @ P500/sqm only Ajong, Sibulan Neg. Or., 1,000sqms, overlooking, along the national highway, clean title @ P3,000/sqm only

Contact: 0918-929-6047

LOTS FOR SALE Around Negros NEW STOCKS • Sta. Catalina, 4.3 hectares with sugarcane plantation ready for harvest @ P20.00 per sq.m. • Northern Junob, Dgte City, 19,900 sq.m. @ P1,500.00 per sq.m. • Candau-ay, Dgte City, 12,782 sq.m. @ P500.00 per sq.m. • Junob, Dgte City, along the road with fruit-bearing coconut trees @ P2,000.00 per sq.m. • Jimalalud, Neg. Or. 6,844 sq.m. with fruit bearing, coconut trees @60K

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LOTS FOR SALE Around Negros NEW STOCKS • Sta. Catalina, 4.3 hectares with sugarcane plantation ready for harvest @ P20.00 per sq.m. • Northern Junob, Dgte City, 19,900 sq.m. @ P1,500.00 per sq.m. • Candau-ay, Dgte City, 12,782 sq.m. @ P500.00 per sq.m. • Junob, Dgte City, 2,300 sqms,along the road with fruit-bearing coconut trees @ P2,200.00 per sq.m. • Jimalalud, Neg. Or. 6,844 sq.m. with fruit bearing, coconut trees @60K

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Motong, Dgte. City, 500 sqms, 3BR, 2 Toilet and Bath, fully fenced, with road right of way, spacious lawn, Clean Title at P2.5M Pulantubig, Dgte. City 660 sqms, 3 BR, 2 Toilet and Bath spacious lawn, fully fenced, with road right of way, with extension house beside the main house with 4 BR, and 2 toilet and bath, clean title at P5.5M only Bantayan, Dgte. City 250 sqms, 3BR; 2CR and bath with maids quarter, w/road right of way clean title at P2M only Daro, Dgte. City 500 sqms, 3BR; 2CR and bath along the road spacious lawn with garage clean title at P3.5M only Tubtubon, Sibulan, 1,311 sqms, 4 BR, 2 CR and bath, spacious lawn, with car garage, fully fenced, with road right of way, clean title at P2.5M only Bolocboloc, Sibulan, 500 sqms. 4 BR, 2 CR and bath, spacious lawn, with garage, fully fenced, along the road, clean title, at P2.5M only Batinguel, Dgte. City, 346 sqms. 6 BR, 2 CR and bath, with car garage, along the road, fully fenced, clean title at P2.2M only Talay, Dgte. City, 500 sqms. lot area, 200 sqms. floor area, 3 BR, 2 CR and bath, with road right of way, well-maintained lawn, fully fenced, clean title, at P2M only Junob, Dgte. City brand new house finished just recently, 225 sqms lot area, 2BR, CR and bath car garage can accomodate 2 cars, well maintained lawn, fully fenced, clean title @3M only Pulangtubig, Dgte City, 211sqms lot area, 1BR, 1CR, fully fenced, w car park, w road right of way, @ P1.1M only Batinguel, Dgte City, 321sqms lot area, 3BR, 2 CR and bath, with garage, well maintained lawn, with 6m wide road right of way, clean title @ P2.3M only Pulangtubig, Dgte. City, 360sqms lot area, 3BR, 2CR and bath, spacious living rooms both at the 1st floor and at the 2nd floor, w garage, fully fenced, spacious lawn, along the road, clean title @ P3.2M only. Bantayan, Dgte. City, 300sqms lot area, 3BR, 2CR and bath, fully fenced, w garage with road right of way, clean title @ P3.2M only Junob, Dgte City, 250sms lot area, 3BR, 2CR and bath, w extended dining area, fully fenced, w car garage, wash area, along the road, clean title @ P1.7M only Bantayan, 210sqms lot area, 2 storey, spacious living room, 5BR, 3CR and bath, maids quarter, dirty kitchen, 2-wheel vehicles passage only, clean title @ P2.2M only Cantil-e, Dgte City, 1,000sqms lot area, 240sqms floor area, spacious living room, dining area, kitchen, w native living room, 1MBR, 2BR, 2 CR and bath, maids room, CR outside, fully fenced, well maintained spacious lawn, w car garage, phone line, cable ready, high-speed broadband, w road right of way, clean tile @ 5.5M only Camanjac, Dgte City, 300sqms lot area, 2BR, 2CR and bath, maids quarter, w covered car garage, house built w native design, situated in an interior but cool place, w road right of way, clean title @ P2M only. Junob, Dgte City, 80sqms lot area, 2BR, 2CR and bath, fully fenced, along the road, clean title @ P800K only Cantil-e, Dgte City, 890sqms lot area, 1MB, 3BR, 2CR and bath, maids quarter, CR outside, spacious living room, well-designed garden, spacious lawn, car garage, fully fenced, along the road, clean title @ P8M only Bacong, Neg. Or., 1,235sqms lot area, 200sqms floor area,1MB, 2BR, 2 CR and bath, maids quarter, w garage, spacious lawn, along the road, clean title @ P4M only Bacong, Neg. Or. 278sqms lot area, 3BR, 2CR and bath, w garage, lawn, along the road, clean title @ P2M only. Bacong, Neg. Or. 262sqms lot area, 3BR, 2CR and bath, w garage, lawn, along the road, clean title @ P2M only. Bacong, Neg. Or. 250sqms lot area, 3BR, 2CR and bath, w garage, lawn, along the road, clean title @ P2M only Pulantubig, 64sqms 1BR, 1CR and bath, with road right of way, at 300K only Batinguel, 133sqms, 2 storey house, 2BR, 2CR and bath, with road right of way, clean title at 1M only Silliman Heights 80sqms., Brand New House 2BR, 1CR and bath, house presentable, along the road, fully fenced, clean title @ P1.3M only Cantil-e, Dgte. City 200sq.m floor area; 1000 sq.m lot area; 5 bedrooms; 3 aircon; 3 bathrooms; 1 Storage room, covered parking lot; fully fenced; landscaped lot; fully furnished P5.8M

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RESIDENTIAL LOT FOR SALE IMMEMDIATELY

NEW COMMERCIAL BLDG. FOR SALE  New Commercial Building with a restaurant, shops and 8 hotel rooms. Located near a school and some government offices. Building newly built. Great location, accessible to transportation along Hibbard Avenue, Dgte. City with floor area of 400 sqms. and lot area of 567 sqms at 15M only CALL: 0918-929-6047

500 SQUARE METERS, NEAR THE ROAD, NEAR FATIMA SUBDIVISION REASONABLE PRICE, NEGOTIABLE HEDRIANA ENTRANCE, PIAPI, DUMAGUETE CITY IF INTERESTED, CONTACT LUGEN CONDE

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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: dejaresco_ely@yahoo.com – EDITOR)

To Keep or Not Keep Your Life Insurance Policy

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SPUD graders dominate Inter-Elem Rapid Chess

BY ROBERT L. WOLFF

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etirees often say to themselves, “Should I keep my whole life insurance policy? After all, the children are out of college, we are financially comfortable, maybe we do not need the policy.”

There are several things to be considered when you make a decision to keep or not to keep, such as, with proper planning, the older policy can be converted into an effective estate planning tool to shift wealth to younger family members or to provide estate liquidity. If, after considering the options favoring keeping the policy, you still decide to terminate the policy, the method of terminating the policy needs to be analyzed. The most common approach to terminate a policy is simply to cash it in, but that is not the only option, and often it is not the best option.

Another option is to apply the cash value, as a single premium, to term insurance with the same death benefit. Alternatively, you could keep the policy but declare it “reduced and paidup.” This would give you a lower, lifetime death benefit. For example, assume the policy had a $500,000 face value, and the paid-up benefit would be $300,000. Instead of taking the cash, you could elect a permanent death benefit of $300,000, with no more payments required. If you still wanted to cash in the policy, but keep your income-tax deferral on

gains (if the cash value exceeds the premiums paid), you may want to make a tax-free exchange into an annuity. If you have no gains in the policy, an annuity could let you use the losses in your policy to shelter a portion of your future earnings from the annuity. If, for example, the premiums you have paid add up to $20,000 but your policy’s cash value is only $15,000, you roll the $15,000 into an annuity; the first $5,000 of earnings on the annuity is tax free. Whatever your decision, it pays to analyze your options before terminating your old policy.

Promises to keep

A Work To Do (From page 8)

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Joshua 1&2 • Little Village Graduation & Moving - Up Ceremony - 8:30am-5:00pm Jordan 1&2 -------------------------------------------• DENR Seminar - 8:30am-4:30pm - Joshua 2 • Jirro Tan’s Graduation Dinner 6:30pm-8:30pm - Jordan 1 • Dozen & Ian Graduation Dinner 7:00pm - 9:00pm - Jordan 2 -------------------------------------------• Little Children of the Philippines Seminar - 8:00am-4:00pm - Agape • US Retirees Seminar - 3:00pm - 5:00pm - Joshua 2 -------------------------------------------• Jeremiah Christian Center - 9:00am 11:00am - Joshua 1 • CCF - 10:00am - 12:00pm - Agape • Metro Dumaguete Christian 10:00am - 12:00pm - Jordan 3 • Calvary Baptist Tanjay Ext. - 3:00pm 5:00pm Jordan 3 • Family in Christ Ministry - 3:00pm 5:00pm Agape • Happy Christening Jayver 12:00pm - 2:00pm - Jordan 1 • MMMHS Batch 2002 Grand Reunion 1:00pm - 5:00pm - Joshua 1

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If we can’t be a lighthouse, let us be tallow candle. There used to be a period when the people came up a meeting and bring their candles with them. The first one perhaps wouldn’t make a great illumination, but when two or three got there, there would be more light. If the people of this city should do this now, if each one should come here with his candle, don’t you think there would be a good deal of light? Let all the gas be put out in this hall, and one solitary candle would give a little light here. If we can’t be lighthouse, let us be a tallow candle. Someone said, “I can’t be anything more than a farthing sunlight.” Well if you can’t be more than that, that is well enough. Be all you can. What makes the Dead Sea dead? Because it is all the time receiving, never giving out anything. You go out every

Inter-Elementarry Rapid Chess Tournamnet – 1 st Leg All medalists! SPUD Graders: Arleah Sapuan, Yvan Luzurriaga, Marco Fernandez, Sara Olendo, Alfonzo Olendo and Ben Jariol

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t. Paul University grader and national age-group stand-out Sara Francine Olendo captured the Open InterElementary Rapid Chess 1st Leg title held at the Negros Club 64 last March 16, 2013 with 4 points in the 5-round Swiss System tournament that attracted players from Bais City, Tanjay City, Siaton, Valencia, Sibulan, Bacong and the host Dumaguete City. 10-year old younger brother Alfonzo Louis Olendo finished at 2nd place having tallied the same 3-wins & 2-draws record but Sara was declared the champion due to a superior tie-break score. Bais City Pilot School regional player Joshua Patrocenio bagged 3rd place with 3.5 points. With 3 points apiece are: 4th placer Rae Marco Fernandez of SPUD, 5 th placer Joseph Lawrence

Diaz of Palinpinon, Valencia, 6th placer Crismer Campana of Brgy. Batinguel and 7 th placer Elmer Isidore Diputado of West Elem. School. At solo 8th place is Juphet Badon of West SPED. Bunched from 9 th12th place are two pointers Yvan Nicholas Luzurriaga of SPUD, Daisy Mae Patrocenio of Bais City Pilot School, Ben Enrique Jariol also from SPUD and Allen Davies Macawile from Siaton. In the 8-&-Under Category, Bais City’s Arljo Sept Romadia won the title with a half point lead over Tanjay City’s SJ Karljakin Quilantang. Tied at 3rd place are Lymwell Campana of Brgy. Batinguel and SPUD Kinder player Arleah Sapuan.

Sunday and hear good sermons, and think that is enough. You are all the time receiving these grand truths, but never give them out. When your hear it, go and scatter the sacred truth abroad. Instead of having one minister to preach to a thousand those who never go to church or chapel. Instead of having a few, we ought to have thousands using the precious talents that God has given them.

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Special awards went to Sara Francine Olendo as the Top Female Player and Arleah Sapuan as the Youngest Player Participant. The Olendo siblings, Sara and Alfonzo together with Rae Marco Fernandez are the three qualifiers to the Rapid GrandFinals on December 30, 2013. The 2nd Leg is scheduled this June while the 3 rd Leg is on September. Cash prizes and medals were awarded to all the winners and placers. This province-wide event was organized by the Negros Club 64 headed by club president Hilbert Arinaza and tournament director Florendo Zamora; and sanctioned by DEPED with the cooperation of NOSDEP.


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March 24, 2013 NOTICE

NOTICE

Notice is hereby given that namely: Virginia R. Alajenio, Arsenio Palallo s, R oger L. Palito c, B onifacio Palito c, Jovencia Palitoc Jañala, Basilisa Palitoc Jañala, Anac leta Palitoc Palting ca, Isid ro P. Palito c, Raymun do P. P alitoc and Rosalinda Rivas heirs of Potencia Palallos Pajulas have executed a Declaratio n of Heirship, Extrajudic ial Settlement and Absolute So le in favor of Salustiana Plotteck and Judith G. Gajigan, vendeese a parcel of land Lo t No . 5879, PLS-659-D-C-8, co vered by OCT No. FV-34821, containing an area of Fifty Nine Thousand Four Hundred EightyEig ht (59,488) square meters, more or less situated at Siit, Siaton, Negros Oriental per Doc. No. 227, Page No. 47, Book No. X, Series of 2012, duly notarized by Atty. Froilan Joseph B. Pinili.

Notice is hereby given that the heirs of Maria Lazaga, namely, Pedro Ariola and Avelina Ariola-Facundo, hereafter referred to as Vendors; have executed a Deed of Absolute Sale in favor of Mary Jane R. Quirante, hereafter referred to as Vendee; on a parcel of land, Lot No. 2215, PLS-847 covered by OCT No. FV-7554, situated at Maglinte, Mayabon, Zamboanguita, Negros Oriental, containing an area of Two Hundred and Seventy-One (271) square meters; per Doc. No. 454, Page No. 92, Book No. XIX, Series of 2011; duly notarized by Atty. Richard R. Enojo.

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The Negros Chronicle Mar. 17, 24 & 31, 2013

NOTICE

NOTICE

Notice is hereby given that the heirs of Rico Bual Saycon, namely, Estela Saycon Cuello, Mercia Saycon Smeets, Gideon B. Saycon, Samuel B. Saycon and Glenn B. Saycon; have executed an Extrajudicial Settlement of Estate Among Heirs on a Peso Time Deposit with the Banco de Oro Universal Bank, Dumaguete Branch, Dumaguete City with Account No. 366703510023 in the amount of NINETY-SEVEN THOUSAND SIX HUNDRED –SIXTY FOUR and NINETY-FOUR CENTAVOS (Php 97,664.94); per Doc. No. 235, Page No. 47, Book No. III, Series of 2012; duly notarized by Atty. Ricarte A. Valencia.

Notice is hereby given that the heirs of Presentacion Alcancia, namely, Virgilio Alcancia and Constantino Pinili, have executed an Extrajudicial Settlement of Estate, Partition and Sale on a parcel of land property situated in Bgy. Camanjac, Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, containing a total land area of Six Hundred and Thirty-Seven (637) square meters, more or less covered by TCT No. 12971, in favor of Divina Mae G. Alcancia, per Doc. No. 251, Page No. 47, Book No. I, Series of 2013 duly notarized by Atty. Erwin B. Vergara.

The Negros Chronicle Mar. 17, 24 & 31, 2013

The Negros Chronicle Mar. 17, 24 & 31, 2013

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world now are garish and brazen. You can think of half a dozen of their names in less than a minute. They’re good at showbiz, they find the light and flash the smile. But this man wasn’t trying to act like anything else.”He looks like he= didn’t want to be pope,” my friend said. That’s exactly what he looked like. He  looked like Alec Guinness in the role of a quiet, humble man who late in life becomes pope. I mentioned that to another friend who said, “That would be the story of a hero.” He is orthodox, traditional, his understanding of the faith in line with the teaching of John Paul II and Benedict XVI. He believes in, stands for, speaks for the culture of life. He loves the poor and not in an abstract way. He gave the cardinal’s palace in Buenos Aires to a missionary order with no money. He lives in an apartment, cooks his food, rides the bus. He\ rejects pomposity. He does not feel superior. He is a fellow soul. He had booked a flight back to] Argentina when the conclave ended. But these two traits—his embrace of the church’s  doctrines and his characterological tenderness toward the poor—are very powerful together, and can create a powerful fusion. He could bridge the gap or close some of the distance between social justice Catholics and traditional, doctrinal Catholics. That would be a relief. And he has suffered. Somehow you knew this as you looked at him Wednesday night. Much on this subject will come out. The meaning of the name he chose should not be underestimated. Cardinal Bergoglio is a Jesuit  and the Jesuits were founded by St. Ignatius Loyola, who said he wanted to be like St. Francis of Assisi. One of the most famous moments in St. Francis’s life is the day he was passing by the church of St. Damiano. It was old and near collapse. From St. Bonaventure’s “Life of Francis of Assisi”:  “Inspired by the Spirit, he went inside to pray. Kneeling before an image of the Crucified, he was filled with great fervor and consolation. . . . While his tear-filled eyes were gazing at the Lord’s cross, he heard with his bodily ears a voice coming from the cross, telling him three times: ‘Francis, go and repair my house which, as you see, is falling into ruin.’” Francis was amazed “at  the sound of this astonishing voice, since he was alone in the church.” He set himself to obeying  the command.Go and repair my house, which is falling into ruin. Could the new pope’s

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BPI-DOST Science Awards

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hree graduating students from Silliman University are among 30 awardees this year of the 24 th BPI-DOST Science Awards. The awardees have been selected from among the cream of the crop from only 10 universities in the country, namely Ateneo de Davao University, Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle University, Saint Louis University, University of the Philippines Diliman and Los Banos, University of San Carlos, University of Santo Tomas, Xavier University, and Sillliman University. The awardees are presented in separate appropriate ceremonies in their respective institutions attended by top brass of the Bank of the Philippine Islands and the Department of Science and Technology. Each awardee receives a cash prize of P25,000 via a BPI Express Teller Account, a plaque of recognition, a standing offer of a middle management position at any BPI branch, as well as the distinction of having their names inscribed on a bronze tablet to be placed permanently in a strategic place on campus. This year ’s awardees from Silliman University are Rosette Jill Fernandez, B.S. Physics, with her “A Comparative Study on the Infrared Radiation Intensities of Common Pavements and Ground Types;” Kharyl Mae intentions be any clearer? The Catholic Church in 2013 is falling into ruin. The church has been damaged by scandal and the scandals arose from arrogance, conceit, clubbiness and an assumption that the special can act in particular ways, that they may make mistakes but it’s understandable, and if it causes problems  the church will take care of it. Pope Francis already seems, in small ways rich in symbolism, to be moving the Vatican away from  arrogance. His actions in just his first 24 hours are suggestive. He picks up his own luggage, pays his own hotel bill, shuns security, refuses a limousine, gets on aminibus with the cardinals. That doesn’t sound like a prince, or a pope. He goes to visit a church in a modest car in rush-hour traffic. He pointedly refuses to sit on a throne after his election, it is reported, and meets his fellow cardinals standing, on equal footing. The night he was elected,according to New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Vatican officials and staffers came forward to  meet the new pope. He politely put them off: Not now, the people are

Fulmaran, B.S. Civil Engineering, with “The Effect of Polyethylene Teraphthalate Plastic Bottles as a Material for Class A Concrete Mixture;” and, Kin Israel Notarte, B.S. Biology, with “Fractionation, Phytochemical Screening and Bioactivity Analyses on Green Alga, Bornetella Oligospora Solms-Laubach, Using Sea Urchin Embryonic Development and DPPH Free Radical Scavenging Assay.” The results of Fernandez’s study showed that pure cement concrete, cement-sand concrete, pebble washed concrete, and tiled concrete not only have high infrared emissions when exposed to the sun, but

waiting. Then he went to the balcony The church’s grandeur is beautiful, but Francis seems to be saying he himself won’t be grand. This will mean something in that old Vatican. It will mean something to the curia. *** After the conclave, I’m grateful for two other things. First, after all the strains and scandals they  still came running. A pope was being picked. The smoke came out and the crowd was there in St Peter’s Square. They stood in the darkness, cold and damp, and they waited and cheered and the   square  filled  up. As  the cameras panned the crowd there was joy on their faces, and the joy felt  like renewal. People come for many reasons. To show love and loyalty, to be part of something, to see history.  But maybe we don’t fully know why they run, or why we turn when the first reports come of white smoke, and put on the TV or the

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BY CECILE M. GENOVE cmgedcon@yahoo.com

continue to emit infrared radiation even after being exposed. Fernandez hails from Dumaguete where she graduated with honors at the Dumaguete City Science Elementary School and the Ramon Teves Pastor M e mo r i a l - D u ma g ue t e

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computer. Maybe it comes down to this: “We want God.” Which  is  what millions  of people shouted when John Paul II first went home to Poland. This is something in the human heart, and no strains or scandals will prevail against it. I viewed it all initially with hope, doubt and detachment. And then the white smoke, and the bells, and the people came running, and once again as many times before my eyes filled with tears, and my throat tightened. That in the end is how so many Catholics, whatever their level of engagement with the church, feel. “I was more loyal than I meant to be.” Much will unfold now, much will be seen. An ardent, loving 75year-old cardinal in the middle of an acute church crisis is not going to sit around and do nothing. He’s going to move. “Go and repair my house, which you see is falling into ruin.> Our family are all well. Trust the same for yours.


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BAIS Briefs

HEALTH IS WEALTH

Suplements That Slow Down Aging “Growing Old is not so bad when you consider the alternative” – Maurice Chevalier

s man ages his body begins to slow the production of enzymes, hormones and other nutrients which are needed to feel young and to look young. Experts say that we can add years to our lives by replacing these nutrients with supplements.

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Here are the newer vital top-selling supplements sold in drug stores and groceries in our markets. • COENZYME Q10. This enzyme regulates electrical currents in the energy producing mitochondria of our cells. Co Q10 strengthens the heart, prevents and treats cancer like breast cancer, fast recovery from illness or surgery, fights gum disease and it may help muscular dystrophy. DOSE: A daily dose of 30 to 50 mg will suffice. Some may take up to 100 to 300 mg a day, if your doctor approves. • DHEA (DehydroEpiano-Adrosterone) . This is a natural steroid

hormone which declines as we age. This improves immune function, memory, low energy, lupus, depression and post-menopausal sex drive. It also protects against heart attack, and various cancers. DOSE: One 50 mg tab. daily for men and 25 mg tab. daily for women. • MELATONIN is a hormone secreted by the pineal gland in the brain. Infants produce a large amount of melatonin. But as the person ages the pineal body calcifies, causing the elderly to suffer from insomnia meaning the inability to sleep. Melatonin delays aging. It is now used to prevent jet lag. DOSE: Take 3 to 5 mg

DR. ANGEL V. SOMERA

Fellow, Philippine Psychiatric Association

melatonin at bedtime for those who have difficulty in sleeping. • VALERIAN ROOT (natural valium) is one of the relaxing herbs. It enables one to relax both physically and mentally when one is overworked, tensed and under stressed. DOSE: Take 1 to 2 mg valerian capsule before bedtime. • GINKCO BILOBA This herb enhances memory, improves mental capability and memory loss when aging, and delays onset of dementia in old age as well as Alzheimer’s disease. DOSE: Take 100 to 240 mg. BID or TID. These supplements are the most important ones.

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Science High School. Her mother, Lydia, was on hand to witness the awarding ceremony held at the AudioVisual Theater of Silliman University. Fernandez’s thesis adviser is Dr. Hope Bandal, chair of the Physics Department. Fulmaran, whose father, Crispulo is a retired PNOCEDC employee and whose mother, Marylin, is a civil engineer working at the Provincial Engineer’s Office in Negros Oriental, made use of 18 samples where nine samples were each tested after seven days and 14 days curing time. The nine samples contain three samples each of standard class A concrete mixture (A), three samples each with 10 percent shredded PET materials (B), and another three samples with 20 percent shredded PET materials (C). Fulmaran

suggested ways to improve the study by making more samples, conducting tests at 28 days curing time, and making use of smaller or even pulverized PET materials. She graduated salutatorian at the West City Elementary School and with honors from the RTPMDumaguete Science High School. Fulmaran’s thesis adviser is Dr. Tessie Cabije, dean of the College of Engineering and Design. Notarte likewise graduated valedictorian from the Dumaguete City Central Elementary School and while he was a student at the Dumaguete Science High School, he represented the Philippines to the International Science and Engineering Fair in Reno, Nevada, USA in 2009. His mother, Petronila, spoke of the hard work put in by her son to his project, making him lose many extra pounds, all for the better. “The green alga bornetella oligospora is

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worth investigating as a potential source of natural products since its bioactivity has not been explored, as marked by the absence of published work and pharmacological data for this species,” shares Notarte. His thesis advisers are Asst. Prof. Nadia Abesamis and Dr. Gary Wessel. Both Notarte and Fernandez are under the College of Arts and Sciences with Dr. Margaret Helen Alvarez as dean. On hand to present the awards are: Senior VicePresident Emmanuel Herbosa of BPI; Senior Vice-President Florendo Maranan of BPI Foundation; Roslyn Tambago, assistant provincial director of DOST Negros Oriental; Dr. Ben Malayang III, president, Silliman University; Dr. Enrique Oracion, director for research and development of Silliman University; and, Dr. Betsy Joy Tan, vice-president for academic affairs.


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carefully removed and the tower treated to prevent their return. Every day the damage is accumulating, destroying. The crew from the “Zipline” working with members of the local academic community

could resolve this pending tragedy in a matter of weeks. Once every three or four years a follow up treatment would be all it would take to protect this wonderful one of a kind treasure. Unless we protect our city; no one else will. This Sunday from 7 to 8 PM on 96.7 ENERGY radio

March 24, 2013

we will be talking about this and other projects to improve and preserve the quality of life in Dumaguete City. Join us and talk to the power. Politicians work for us. It is time to tell them what you want done. Unless you speak up; the politicos will do what they want; which, all too often, is not what we want or need.

Ending up ... (Cimagala)

From page 6

we ought to find ourselves in. And because we are supposed to be in the presence of God, then we also ought to be in the presence of others also, since being with God and loving him necessarily involves

Reporter explains his story March 22, 2013 Mr. Arnel Francisco Administrator Provincial Government Negros Oriental  Sir: The   undersigned   writes to   clarify   the origin  of the article published in the Negros   Chronicle in its  March 17,   2013   edition   entitled ”  Capitol   Dad  Slams ’Revival’ of   Gov’s   Old 2003   Charge” to remove  any   doubts   that   the facts    of   the article  were fabricated and to apologize   for   his   lapse  in his conduct   as   a   journalist. For   a   number   of  days   the   supporters   of the  Governor were up in arms when copies of the   affidavit  detailing   his   old   case   while   he was   still a   Municipal  Councilor of Siaton   surreptitiously   materialized  in some barangays.  Said incident   was   talked   about   or   mentioned  in practically all blocktime radio programs until   this  reporter t  oo  k note   of   your   interview   with   Mr. Neil Rio,  which was aired in Power 91 FM  during its primetime 7:00 O’clock Breakfast News.  Thinking that your statements defending the Governor and your sincere appeal for his   detractors  to   resist   from   using   an   old   charge   to attack  his credibility,   were   in order,   this   reporter   decided  to write an  article   giving   prominence   to your  defense of the Governor, which is   proper,   considering  your close   professional   relationship   with him.   Please   be   assured   that   this writer practically  translated your interview in Cebuano to the   English  language.   The   same   article   even mentioned   your  justification of the Governor for   exercising   his   veto   on  the P 10 million GAD budget precisely because it was included in the  latter   part   of the   same   interview.  Said story   was 

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emailed to the newsroom Friday night, was   reviewed  by the paper’s editor-in-chief   and   subsequently   published.  Mr. Rio is a friend   of this   reporter, for   a   number   of  years   now, we   share notes and   stories for   he is a   periodic  news contributor   to   the paper.  However,   this   reporter   pressed   in   that instant   with  the deadline, acknowledges his lapse of   not   conducting a  personal one-on-one   interview   with you and   for   failing  to attribute the fact that the write-up   was   lifted from  a recent   taped interview   that was  subsequently aired in a regular news program of a radio station. In   this   light, this reporter hereby apologizes for  his shortcomings but would maintain that to   the best of  his knowledge, the   article printed almost   verbatim  your taped interview in defense of the Governor.  This   reporter has already been appropriately  reprimanded   for said lapses. And he is also   pleased to  learn, through   your phone call this   afternoon,  that you understood the situation   and you still   consider  this reporter as a friend.  Joining   you   in fervent   prayer   that this   election  will bring   out the best   in all of   us and provide   us all  with invaluable lessons   in humanity,   decency,   humility  and compassion. Very Truly Yours, (Sgd.) DEMS REY T. DEMECILLO Senior Reporter Negros Chronicle

being with others and loving them too. God and others should always be in our mind and heart. Outside of that orbit, the only possibility left to us is to delude ourselves into the fantastic thinking that we can be by ourselves, and then proceed to distort reality and the proper order of things. That’s when we can start thinking that God cannot be in everything. And if this trends goes uncorrected, then we can arrive at the conclusion that there is no God, that everything simply depends on us, that our sense of righteousness would simply be our own making, not anymore referred to God or to any external standard or law. We make ourselves our own law and standard. This is what is called selfrighteousness, a predicament clearly referred to by St. Paul in his letter to the Philippians. “For

his sake I have accepted the loss of all things and I consider them so much rubbish,” he said, “that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having any righteousness of my own based on the law but that which comes through faith in Christ...” (3,910) When we succumb to this predicament, then we can prostitute our human structures and systems. They are supposed to be inspired by God’s law of love. Instead they become inspired by mere human machinations that can cleverly cover the workings of pride, vanity, greed, revenge, lust, etc. That’s when our legal system, for example, can be manipulated into legalism to allow the hideous play of wicked human interests while showing it as an act of justice and benevolence. In this situation, no justice can truly be given, as those with more power, money, influence, talent, etc. would have the unfair advantage over the others.

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bread, and red wine. It was a truly memorable experience. Most of the years, though, Jun and I have stayed at home, and used the quiet of these days to de-stress, to catch up on our reading and writing and sleeping, to lengthen our prayer times, and grow closer to each other and to God. This is a time of year when I reflect on the many instances where I have journeyed together with my Savior and walked in His footsteps. I thank Him for the times that He has carried me across the difficult periods in my life and held me close when sorrows or

troubles have burdened me. In my meditation I relive the many times He has left His fingerprints on the colorful canvas of my life, when He has guided me through the dark valleys, when He has held my hand in friendship, when we have drawn pictures of joy and hope in the sand together. To me Holy Week is a treasured time every year to retrace the journey He chose to take, from heaven to earth, from the cross to the grave, from the grave to the sky, so that I, and all Christians, would have the hope of heaven to nourish and strengthen our hearts. It is a time to remember and accept that without the Good Fridays in our lives, we would not

Sunday ...

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with the question even as we do not share the hostility of the crowds to Jesus: Aren’t we sometimes indifferent when we should have been zealous, putting ourselves at a long distance when we should be near him? What a role are we playing in the event of Good Friday? It is suggested that: There is little use to read the be able to fully celebrate and enjoy the Easter Sundays. My prayer for this week is for all of us: may our Good Fridays be few and our Easter Sundays be many and glorious!

Gospel narrative of the crucifixion unless we use it as a mirror to reflect the sin in our own souls. Secondly, is it not true what the crowds said that “He saved others”? Of course they were taunting him when they said it- “he saved others, himself he cannot save.” Indeed, our Lord saved countless numbers of people, but the words spoken in derision have been established as the highest compliment. Up to today, we speak of Jesus as saving humankind by his death on the cross. The crowds were of course mistaken. How could they be so blind? How stupidly Jesus was judged by his enemies even when Jesus had healed the sick, opened the eyes of the blind, and preached the Gospel of salvation to the poor? “Himself he cannot save!” they shouted, but the point is he could not save himself because he would not save himself. As St. Paul writes to the Philippians, Jesus submitted himself willingly to the

pains of the cross, despising the shame. You see, the same Jesus who has walked out of history into our lives, offers healing, companionship, transformation as he transformed Zacchaeus, Mary Magdalene, and Peter, who had denied him at a crucial moment. Nevertheless, what the crowds shouted turned out to be a perfect tribute to the Suffering Servant for it underscored the necessity for sacrifice... vicarious sacrifice in our behalf. Are we all called to the follow Jesus in this way... in the way of the cross? Jesus had said even before the Good Friday event; “Anyone who comes after me must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” This word is addressed to all of us- to the old and the young, the learned and the uneducated, the rich and the poor-for, as St. Paul puts it, Jesus died that we his followers will not only live for ourselves but for him. Jesus died

his way of sacrificial death that we, too, may die with him. But our best sacrifices are, just as i said, our human best. The most poignant story of Jesus’ sacrifice is recorded in the prophetic words of Isaiah (53): He was despired and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our inquites; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, Each of us has turned to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the inquity of us all. And Jesus did not save himself.

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

(email:dejaresco_ely@yahoo.com)

Discipline and Radio ... (From page 2) house, even if you pay in advance, does not give you the right to vandalize such rented room. You are subject to its house rules of decency and decorum. Just as this station is enforcing its discipline , decency and decorum for anyone who goes on air over this station. If any blocktimer refuses to follow our internal rules of discipline, then we are sorry he or she cannot go on air with us. This is also the policy of the KBP. And we stand our ground to impose discipline upon all anouncers alike in this modest radio station. No matter how they malign our policies, we will stand our ground of discipline, decency and decorum. And we urge the public to write me as manager direct on any complaint about any blocktimer or on-air personality. -o0oAs to that unfortunate story about Arnel Francisco not having been interviewed personally by our reporter Dems Demecillo, we apologize, and we promise heretofore, that this reporter Demecillo is now to be pulled out from the capitol beat, and will no longer be allowed to write unverified stories. Meaning, we will double our watch to scrutinize Demicillo’s facts before it goes to print. I hope we have cleared the air of unecessary pollutant situations.

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Church stays... Paper rectifies ... From page 1

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campaign harder to help elect candidates who opposed the RH law. Voting 10-5, the High Court decided to suspend the implementation of the law pending oral arguments set on July. City Administrator William Ablong, currently president of the Diocesan Organization of Renewal Movements and Communities in Negros Oriental with 15 member organizations and the Diocesan Council of the Laity said that they are very pleased of the latest development especially with the fact that 10 of the 15 magistrates voted in favor of order. He is optimistic that the High Court after the oral arguments will decide with finality that the law is unconstitutional, therefore, null and void. “It is very obvious that the law is not pro-life for it promotes contraception through the use of pills and injectibles that induce abortion,” Ablong Local and congressional candidates will also be asked to bare their stand on the controversial measure during the series of candidates fora to be sponsored by the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting of which Ablong serves as President

merely quoted most of your taped interview (with Rio) in defense of the Governor.” The Chronicle desk decided that reporter concerned Dems Demecillo will be pulled out from the capitol beat. In the spirit of good will, the CHRONICLE instead, welcomed the mutual offer for the governor’s media bureau to issue weekly news releases for print, aside from news stories for the radio. Taking charge will be Dindo Generoso who is with the Degamo media group. He assured that he will issue the weekly news release for print. The Chronicle informed that the deadline for the weekly edition stories will be Wednesdays at 12 noon.

and the Diocesan Electoral Board. Ablong suspects that the decision of the Supreme Court was meant to tame the Church and remove RH Law as an election issue in the coming May 13, 2013 polls. Nevertheless, parishes will continue with its plan of putting up tarpaulins inside Church compounds to educate the faithful on the list of candidates who supported the RH Law and a separate list for those who stood against the measure. (By Dems Demecillo)

Is the Philippines... (Bingo)

From page 4

Foreign Fund investors, according to the Asian Development Bank (Asian Bond Monitor) - noted that in 2012 the Philippines as one of the most preferred (bond) areadispplaying a robust growth of 20%, second only to Vietnam’s 42% in the whole of East Asia. As of 2012 P 3.6 Trillion of such funds have been invested in RP with Government securities growing by 24% and private company debt papers at 20%. By any standard, those robust growth rates are signs of marked market confidence in the Philippine Government and on private Filipino firms ability to honor their obligations. Pictet Asset Management of Singapore which manages a US$29-B Emerging Market Fund thinks that confidence in the Philippine president who has instituted major reforms and sacked its chief judge is a major factor. Tranaparency  International Corruption Perception Index rated RP No 105 (No 1 least corrupt) from No 139 (2009) during the last year of President GMA- a marked improvement of 34 places in just three years. General signs of liquidity are there with OFW money rising by 6.3% and BPO

Divorce and ... (Tulabing) From

Notes from ... (From page 4)

It’s a good thing that Adam and Eve were not Asians. For had they been Asians, they might have eaten the serpent, instead of the apple. Client explains and discusses his case to a lawyer whom the client wanted to handle. Client presents all the evidence for the lawyer to examine. Lawyer says everything is complete, except for one important evidence. “What is that?” client asks. Lawyer: “I need evidence that you can pay me.” In a hearing, the judge notices the accused all by himself, without any lawyer. Judge to the accused: “Do you need a lawyer?” Accused: “No your honor.” Judge: “Why not?” Accused: “I want to speak the truth, your honor.” Quote: I have come to the conclusion that one useless man is a disgrace; two useless men, a law firm; more than three useless men, a congress. Lawyers are like rhinoceros: they’re thick skinned, always ready to charge. How to tell a lawyer is lying: his lips are moving. A lawyer will do anything to win a case. Sometimes, he will even tell the truth. Japanese proverb: only lawyers and painters can turn white to black. In legal ethics: A lawyer can be disbarred for having the sexual habits of a rabbit. Heard during a high school reunion after twenty years: Ex-classmate: “I am now married to a lawyer and an honest man.” Another ex-classmate: “You committed bigamy?” Client: “Attorney, how much do you charge for legal consultation?” Lawyer: “P1,000 per question.” Client: “Isn’t that too high?” Lawyer: “Yes. Now what is your third question?” A lawyer went to a barber. After the haircut, the barber massaged the lawyer’s head. Barber: “Sir, abogado po ba kayo? (Sir, are you a lawyer?)” Lawyer: “Bakit mo alam?(Why do you know?)” Barber: “Marami pong hangin ang ulo nyo (There’s a lot of air in your head)” Lecturer: “According to Confucious, the secret to a happy marriage...remains a secret.” Question: If you have a monster and a lawyer in front of you, and you hold a pistol with two bullets, what should you do? Answer: Shoot the lawyer twice. New legal phrase: “Inter-generational justice” If you will not get justice now, you will get it in the next generation. This actually happened during the lecture in legal ethics: Lecturer to participants: “How many of you here are of good moral character?” Response from the session hall: “ha ha ha ha ha.” The best message in the entire lecture-series: “Try your best to be good and ethical lawyers.” It can be fun in the M.C.L.E.

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Marriage” and the like. All these basically mean that marriage is but an individualistic temporary union – not a conjugal covenant. Marriage is thus held but as an individualistic arrangement – not an institutional partnership for the lifetime of the spouses with the children they themselves brought to the world to love and care for as their fathers and mothers. QUESTION 8 WOULD IT BE TOO IDEALISTIC AND THEREFORE UNREALISTIC TO ASK FOR MARRIAGE VOWS WHICH ARE FOR “BETTER OR FOR WORSE”, FOR “RICHER OR FOR POORER”, IN “SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH”, UNTIL “DEATH” MAKES THE SPOUSES PART? To say “Yes!” to the question would make the said “vows” one big joke, one big farce. Reason: In substance, they would then sound like this: “I, Juan, take you Juana as my wife for better but not for worst, for richer but not for poorer, in health but not in sickness, until we do part ways.” This could be anything but a vow in the honest to goodness objective significance and necessary consequences of the sacred word. To say “Yes!” to the question would make marriage even worst than a mere contract. It would make marriage merely like buying something from a department store that accepts the return of a purchased item in the event that it did not prove satisfactory to the customer. And the truth of the matter is that more and more such stores have already adopted the rule of “No exchange. No return.” – which makes marriage worst that mere objects of commerce in the sense that through divorce, a husband and/or wife could be not simple returned but could also be exchanged for someone else! To say “Yes!” to the question is to openly and clearly explain to every child born of a marital union that he/she has but temporary parents, he/she has but a temporary family, a temporary

outsourcing by a high 18% giving rise to an unprecedented level of International Dollar Reserves of more than US$ 80Billion. Bloomberg forecasts that the peso will continue to strengthen versus the dollar at 3% improvement in 2013 after posting a high 6.8% appreciation vs the Yankee currency in 2012. Let us understand the Bond Market a little bit. It is a generic term to reflect the instrument used by nations to borrow money internationally. The RP bonds (maturing in 2037) has dropped its yield by 95 basis points and the (10) year maturities by 87 points according to Bloomberg. It means that RP can now access cheaper credit in the marketplace- saving the country billions in interest savings -just because of greater market confidence in the country. Even the cost of insuring our “debt” has dropped by 40 basis points, according to McGraw and Hill Company. The Palace’s gallant efforts to have two tough measures like the Sin Tax and RH Bill has pushed the belief of the international community in RP several notches higher. All these combined, make us feel secure that the “Investment Grade Rating” for RP is just months away. This is the magic carpet that will ride the nation into a whole new world of growth opportunities for jobs and prosperity. The whole global investment community will soon be on a Watch RP mode, believe you us. The Sabah issue is, of course, an irritant but its international impact may be a bit exagerrated by those who want to profit from its continued combative discussion. One likely  specific industry to watch is mining. Some US$1-Billion in fresh investments is mining is cooking in the pot. The :mining moratorium since 2011) by the DENR will be lifted this March while Philex will resume gold-copper operations after paying P1-Billion in environmental penalties for unhealthy leakages and the huge Sagittarius Mining Inc has just been given a crucial environmental compliance clearance. All three will jettison mining into the investment prominence it has lost for years. That’s truly fine- but careful on the environment, now. The Philippines ,indeed, is on the cusp of making investment grade  history. It is a dream worth waking up to in our lifetime.

Christ as ... (Sagun)

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the cross in humble obedience to the most holy will of the Father. Clearly, then, throughout the New Testament Jesus Christ is understood in terms of the selfabasement of the Servant of God. Hence, Paul, the apostle, writes: “But we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God” (1 Cor 1: 23-24). home. Divorce does not only make man and woman a temporary couple having a temporary family – but also in effect caring for temporary children. (to be continued)

Campaign ... From page 1 Friday, eve of the election May 12 and on election day May 13. Direct campaigning was defined as soliciting votes for a candidate or soliciting not to vote against a candidate while indirect campaigning includes posting streamers, posters and handing out flyers and leaflets soliciting votes for candidates. City Administrator William Ablong hoped that barkers will scale down their pieces during the Holy Week to give this season due respect as Good Catholics. Ablong asked candidates and blocktimers to instead use the Lenten break to be with their families, join retreats and reflect on their candidacies or conduct during the campaign trail to make the season more meaningful and spiritually reinvigorating. (By Dems Demecillo)

Galing Pook ... From page 2 solid wastes collected from the water tanks can be used as organic fertilizer. Mayor Chiquiting Sagarbarria received the award from Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas at the Diosdado Macapagal Hall in Landbank Plaza, Malate, Manila, recently. City Administrator William Ablong, the foremost advocate for the facility’s completion, said that the recognition vindicated him considering that the then novel idea was met with severe criticisms and public skepticism. Like the establishment of a decentralized waste water treatment from the public market at the Quezon Park, Ablong had to struggle to convince the City Council to adopt his proposal learned from his study in the United States of America. He introduced the program in 2004 as ViceMayor of the City and then the Team Leader of the Local Initiative for Affordable Waste Water Treatment (LINAW) sponsored by the USAID but it was only adopted as an ordinance two years later or in 2006. (By Dems Demecillo)

Non-CLOA ... From page 2

total of 5.0142 hectares of land. Despite the presence of the Philippine National Police (PNP) officers who cordoned the survey staff, the Non-CLOA claimants asked to suspend the conduct of survey. During the installation, Police Supt. Carlos Lacuesta, Jr., Mabinay police chief conferred with DAR Officials Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer II Stephen Leonidas and Atty. Louie Naranjo, regarding possible human rights violation and violence

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600 bets to ... From page 1 the Commission on Elections (Comelec) is crafting a manifesto for all political candidates to sign during the Peace Covenant prior to the start of the local campaign period on March 29. Acting Comelec Provincial Supervisor, Atty Juvenal Tuale said the activity aims to ensure the conduct of honest, orderly and peaceful elections (HOPE) by urging candidates to avoid the use of coercion, threat, intimidation, harassment, money and firearms to garner votes. Local candidates and incumbents from gubernatorial, vicegubernatorial, congressional representatives, board members, mayoral, vicemayoral to city and municipal councilors are invited to participate in the peace pact signing for this year ’s synchronized automated elections in the province. Selected schoolchildren from different towns and cities in the province who joined and prepared wish lists or messages for the candidates and the conduct of elections in the Run for CHAMP (clean, honest, accountable, meaningful and peaceful elections) early this week, are asked to read their wish lists or messages during the covenant signing. Regional and provincial officials expected to deliver some messages on that day include Philippine National Police (PNP) 7 Regional Director Marcelo Garbo Jr. and top officials of Comelec, Department of Education (DepEd) and from the church. Also expected to sign the covenant are other stakeholders and officials. A pledge of commitment will also be declared publicly by the participants to safeguard the integrity of the electoral process and of the ballot, and to strengthen citizens’ participation in order to achieve free, honest, and meaningful elections, without fear or favor in a nonpartisan manner. It may also be stated that all candidates will conduct themselves in a respectable manner in all their dealings with their fellow candidates and discuss legitimate political issues only with their platform of government through free and friendly manner. (PIA) against women, should the survey be continued. The implementing team decided to pull out from the area and met to evaluate the situation. It can be recalled that series of dialogues conducted in the past with CLOA holders and nonholders, opposing groups claiming to be regular farm workers of Diaz estate. (PIA)


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n the first week of the launch of her new program, reelectionist Senator Loren Legarda has already brought her LOREN sa Bawat Barangay to Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. “We have already brought LOREN sa Bawat Barangay to Baguio City, Butuan City and Mandaue City in the first three days of launching the program. My aim SEN. LOREN LEGARDA is to bring it to more areas in the country so that our citizens will be informed about the livelihood and employment “Our laws will only be opportunities available to effective if they are them,” said Legarda. implemented well and LOREN, which means Livelihood Opportunities to implementation includes Raise Employment information and education Nationwide, is a consultation campaign. Not everyone is with various sectors of aware of these laws on society and concerned local livelihood and employment, government agencies on how and LOREN sa Bawat to create more employment Barangay aims to inform our and entrepreneurship citizens that we have these opportunities through various laws that can help them get related laws—the Public employed and have better Employment Service Office income,” she explained. “This program also aims (PESO) Act, the Magna Carta for Micro, Small and Medium to strengthen employment Enterprises (MSME), the creation, facilitation, and Barangay Kabuhayan Act, and enhancement, which must all the Agri-Agra Reform Credit be embedded as part of local Legarda Act, which were all authored governance,” by Legarda. concluded.***

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The Most ... From page 1 Thanks to the new comers who claim to be rich and claim they can afford to spend super money. But not all, some super rich claim they come from poor beginnings. Who didn’t? There could be some major reasons why suddenly, election vote-buying has quickly skyrocketed in Negros Oriental. Firstly, due to early pre-election campaign which started as early as October last year or a good seven months of media airtime buys, fiesta , sports tournaments and beauty contest sponsorships and countless more events that lead to no other than promotion of one’s candidacies. But the two biggest reasons is the political hiatus and.,,,,moooney, man! Political hiatus was unique in that both governor and vice governorelects succumbed in almost rapid succession just when elections were over in 2010. That gave enough time for wannabes to position themselves for the next elections. SUPER-Mooney factor is at stake here. The three leading gubernatorial bets are said to have their money bags ready in four stages: now; on preelection week , day-before , and D-day. One politician said: P300 to P500 was the max Negros Oriental can afford in buying votes in the past. On May 13, it could reach to P1000 per head or more. Still that is lower than the vote-buying prices of Siquijor and Dipolog which could run to P3000 per voter! That’s already the height of stupidity. Only stupid bets and voters buy at such price. Don’t get people wrong: it could still reach P4000 to P5000 per leader here if the candidates are provoked enough. Of course, first, you have to have your picture taken on digital cam, and sign a voucher in three installments. Wow! Puede passport or facebook foto na lang? Mind you, they have their

sources of funds. One bet claims to have funding from kins and relatives abroad (as if working for dollars is peanuts); another got funding from the family business; and another got it from real estate properties; and a fourth one sold his last cow! We don’t want to elaborate. Just keep guessing. If the worst scenario comes along, the foursome are said to be ready with that. AS TO WHO IS BLUFFING, remains to be seen. Looters are ready on the sidelines to pocket election funds instead of giving it out to the voters. Just watch how the watchers are playing their roles on their watch list. Who are the election officers who are living beyond their means? Try to investigate and look around. Visit their mansions. But they always say that it came from honest sources. Of course, it came from honest politicians who desperately wanted to win honestly. SPOKESPERSONS Blocktimers do not own the air lanes and air time but they lease (not buy ) from the radio stations. The air lane is not for sale. It is owned by the State. Government still regulates the air lanes. KBP is the private agency while NTC is the government agency tasked to regulate broadcasting in radio or TV. Cable TV providers are independent. Barkers should know this example: if you rent a house, you have no right to vandalize the house. You will be sued and expelled. If you rent a van or taxi, you have no right to damage its seat covers and canopies. So when you rent air time on a radio station, you are subject to house rules which may vary from station to station PLUS those KBP and NTC rules on ethics. If you violate those house rules as a spokesperson, you deserve to be out although some are tolerated. The barker is not even the payor. The politician is the usual payor and or his alter ego. The

Villar pushes for anti-no exam bill

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ORMER Las Pinas Rep. Cynthia Villar on has vowed to pursue the proposed measure f iled by her husband, outgoing Senator Manny Villar, which prohibits colleges and universities from preventing students to take examinations over unpaid tuition and other school fees. MRS. CHYNTHIA VILLAR The former congresswoman, who is running for senator under the Nacionalista Party-Team reading in the House of PNoy,  said  this  will  be Representatives. The senator ’s wife, among her priorities in case she wins a senate seat in the widely-known as “Misis Hanep Buhay,” said it is coming May elections. Sen. Villar belongs to the lamentable  this ‘unfortunate’ so-called “graduating incident happened to a young senators” whose term of “Iskolar ng Bayan” at UP Manila, who could be the office ends in June 2013. Sometime in October ‘key’ to take out of 2011, Sen. Villar, a former poverty  her parents and four House Speaker and Senate younger siblings. “Another life was President, filed a bill to keep higher educational institutions wasted due to poverty,” said from implementing “No Villar who has also been Permit, No Exam” policies, advocating jobs for saying it amounts to depriving everybody to lead a students the right to take comfortable life. examinations. To avoid another case of Villar’s bill, however, Kristel Tejada, who allows schools to withhold committed suicide after she grades and clearances of was forced to file a leave of students, and keep them from absence (LOA) due to unpaid enrolling again until they settle tuition fees, former Rep. their accounts. But Villar’s Villar also underscored the bill was not passed in the need to revisit and review Senate although it was the policies of our State referred to the Senate Universities and Colleges committee on education (SUCs) to which UP Manila chaired by Senator Edgardo belongs, and the other Angara. It’s counterpart bill educational institutions in the was approved on third country. disclaimers of those stations do not diminish a bit any of the house rules. Pity the morons who cannot understand that. You as a voter should not vote for the candidates whom these vulgar and unethical

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speakers represent and drumbeat for. Just imagine how government will look and sound like with them. And hey, how come they landed in a beautiful place like Dumaguete? Who is responsible for this?

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