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The all-concrete provincial convention center and the all-light materials tourism Sidlakang Negros village are subject to re-evaluation for possible cracks and risk reduction, after the Feb 6 magnitude 6.9 earthquake and on this fire prevention month.

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Dumaguete City, Philippines Sunday, March 25, 2012


Gov-BMs porkbarrel feud rages


he fight for provincial pork barrels among board members have caused a widening rift between them and the governor. Instead of uniting the executive and legislative departments of the provincial government, the so-called pork barrel is driving a wedge between the Governor and some provincial board members. Unfortunately, caught in the middle are the workers whose wages are delayed by months due to the worsening feud between Governor Roel Degamo

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Arnaiz-Renacia split LP gains Vice-mayor BY DEMS DEMECILLO

any thought they would be inseparable, yet they proved once more that in politics “there are no permanent friend.” Former Sibulan Mayor now Vice-mayor Tony Renacia has already crossed over to the administration Liberal Party leaving 2nd District Congressman George Arnaiz of the Nationalist People’s Coalition after the latter has expressed his preference to support the possible re-election bid of incumbent Mayor Marcela Grampon-Bartoces.


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ormer finance minister Margarito “Gary” Teves engaged the top echelon of the power industry with a no-holdsbarred question and answer session in an effort for this geothermal province of Negros Oriental to get its fair share, and treatment in power issues such as rates, taxes, and royalties.


It was learned that the Energy Development Corporation the mother company of the Green Core Geothermal Incorporated earned almost P 5 billion in gross income. Teves issued three major questions which power consumers in this geothermal-producing province are also raising in search of frank answers in various major policy decisions Former finance Minister GARY TEVES and EDC president Richard Tantoco exchange that affect all power stakeholders in Negros Oriental. barbs on geothermal royalty reduction. The former Finance Secretary directed these questions to Richard Tantoco , president and CEO of EDC Energy Development Corp; and Paul Aquino, president and CEO of Green Core Geothermal , Inc. Both companies are exploring, generating distributing 1,966 megawatts of geothermal power for Negros island , and the Visayas un- BY JUANCHO GALLARDE der a one-grid-one rate system. The following ver-borrowings for personal loans by hunare the gist of Gary Teves’ questions and the dreds of city hall employees from a least nine gist of the reply from EDC President Richard lending institutions in Dumaguete have Tantoco: caused a salary “crisis” among workers beTo page 19

City pay deductions affect work morale


Former chief justice meets future compañeros ormer Chief Justice of the S u p re m e Court Renato Puno has urged college graduates of Silliman University last Sunday to be more conscious of the socioeconomic rights of the majority who

F FORMER CHIEF JUSTICE Renato Puno (center in coat and tie) obliged to pose with Silliman law fresh graduates and Dean Mikhael Maxino. LR: Anton Dejaresco, Candice Barilea, Conie Cielo, Doyle Ex, Nick Alcantara, Chief Justice Renato Puno, Dean Mikhael Maxino, James Tinagan, Richard Catacutan, Donna Bernardo, Gazzellinne Corsame, Wilnie Bueno.

cause many of them have almost no more salaries to take-home since these are all consumed by automatic deductions , although authorized by the said employees. To page 19

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Stenciling the guns of RPA-ABB critical reporting The guns of some 54 insurgents under the RPA ABB submitted their guns and ammo (see photo) for stenciling by the PNP and witnessed by journalists who were not allowed to interview nor take pictures of their faces somewhere in the mountains of Candanqui, Azagra, Tanjay The purpose is to record the guns’ serial numbers. RPA ABB wants to pursue dialogue thru peaceful means, unlike the NPA which espouses the violent overthrow of an oppressive and unjust government.


Vindicating oneself from a more vindictive accuser


(Photo by Jamie Tan)

TOP OF THE WEEK Dgte nursing schools spared from closure his university town will surely be spared from any closure by the Commission on Higher Education of its nursing courses offered in four institutions as the government tries to enforce regulations that will increase the standards of education and encourage the youth to enroll in courses that guarantee jobs after graduation.


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Degamo aides told to heed PB invites

alidating the observation that there seems to be no way of stopping the costs of living and education these days, two of the city’s venerable institutions are increasing their tuition fees by 10 percent but these will be imposed only to incoming freshmen students and transferees for school year 2012-2013. Silliman University’s Information Officer Mark Garcia confirmed that they are still implementing the “carry-over” scheme to help parents budget for their children’s educational needs. Continuing students are exempt from any hike To page 15

It’s our pleasure to serve


rovincial Fire Marshall Arnolfo Sayson ordered that the investigation of the fire, which destroyed the Vallehermoso Municipal Hall be conducted anew and employ the most stringent procedure to arrive at a more credible result.


Sayson especially took exception over the inclusion of the alleged P 400,000 payroll money lost in the conflagration, which brought panic among the residents housed at the municipal facilities, who are still struggling to recover from the February 6, 2012 earthquake. To page 18-A

Fire chiefs lament broken LGU promises ire Marshalls of the province and city expressed disappointment over the failure of the Local Chief Executives to honor their commitments to help improve the firefighting capability and wellbeing of the firemen.


City Fire Marshall William Tacaldo recalled that the administration of Mayor Chiquiting Sagarbarria approved the requests of the city fire department, which included the acquisition of a water tanker, purchase of an ambulance, aerial ladder and the establishment of a fire sub-station in Barangay Daro during the LegislativeExecutive meeting in Boracay. Unfortunately, the requests were not included in the city budgets of 2011 and 2012. Inspector Arnolfo Sayson, the Provincial Fire Marshall said that our present fire equipment is only suffiTo page 18-A

hey may not be the majority, but the emergence of this mighty, solid, well disciplined, and well oiled religious organization , whose elegant churches you can see in big ,and small communities nationwide, reflects their members’ seriousness in attaining their mission and vision. -o0oThe bottom line is simply vindicating a beleaguered chief justice from the hands of a worse and vindictive accuser. -o0oThe doctrines of the Iglesia ni Cristo is beside the point. Any man can pursue and is free to practice what he thinks is the right religion. But what this religious community is achieving is something that helps even the socio-economic life of the community .And for this, the Nation is thankful. -o0oYou can name it as an emerging Theocracy in the country. For instance, in every major sector, the leadership of the INC is almost ever-present, may it be in the civic, military, legal, judicial and social circles, an

embers of the Provincial Board are asking the two top aides of Governor Roel Degamo to respect and honor the invitation to appear before the legislative chamber precisely to discuss the programs of the administration, which some legislators are accused of stalling. Association of Barangay Councils President and ex-officio Board Member Arnie Teves noted that Capitol AdTo page 15

Result in fire probe SPUD, SU to hike tuition, not NORSU of town hall delayed



Fire Marshalls William Tacaldo (center) and Arnolfo Sayson (right) used the fire prevention month observance to candidly state the poor quality of our anti-fire equipment but took consolation of the personnel’s commendable efforts to make up with the shortcomings. Jenny Tilos of PIA moderated the forum.

It has been 32 long years of dedicated service to community broadcasting. We blazed the trail in 1980. We thank the Good Lord for leading the way. To our listeners, advertisers and friends, THANK YOU! INC ranking officer is at the helm. It means, they know where they are going and what they are doing.—— And not just sulk in religious cassocks and act as indifferent fence sitters, opening their mouths when convenient, and shutting them off when inconvenient. -o0oThe recent display of “force” in numbers swelling to about 600,000, and by sitting under the afternoon sun in prayer, they were able to thwart what could be an emerging subtle political dictatorship of the new political national leadership. -o0oImmediately, before the prayer rally even started, the prosecution panel in the Corona impeachment trial, like being hit by a thunderbolt, immediately withdrew 5 impeachment articles which they knew they could not prove. This even shocked most members of the prosecution. This means that someone from the palace called them and told them to “back off.” What could be the meaning of the 600,000 warm bodies who gathered in prayer at the Quirino Grandstand? It was like the famous march of Jericho in the Old Testament. By just chanting and praying, the impeachment prosecution simply crumbled. What were the senator judges afraid of? They trembled when they realized that’ if they hand down an unjust verdict against the chief justice who is a victim of personal vindictiveness of the President, they will lose most if not all the 9million INC votes in the next election. That is like sealing their own political coffin in 2013. Don’t get us wrong, Corona should be out in fairness to everyone, including himself. Therefore, our fearless forecast is that the impeachment court will acquit the CJ for obvious lack of evidence. But in same instant or days after, the CJ himself has to reTo page 17

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Red Herring


lot of things can be learned in the ongoing impeachment trial of the chief justice.The Statement of Assets and Liabilities and Networth or the SALN is a reportorial document required of every government official.

The SALN is nothing but a government official or employee’s personal financial statement. The trouble is, government makes this document very complicated and difficult to fill.


City hall over-borrowings he leniency of the past administration at city hall especially in the matter of allowing hundreds of employees to avail of as many kinds of loans with lending institutions, is now getting its toll.


To tap this over-leniency means the volunteer humanitarian act of city hall in doing the collection via automatic deduction of their salaries every month, and with a commission of between one to five percent. We don’t know who gets the commission or whether it becomes part of the general fund, the acting city treasurer has yet to clarify. And who are these nine lending institutions giving all kinds of loans to city hall employees? These are: DBP, Landbank, GSIS, Pagibig Fund, PHCCI COOP charging 1% collection fee ( or commission?) ; DCCO coop, charging 5% collection fee; another coop the CFI which charges 2.5% collection fee, the DCGEGWA, Inc and DUCHEMCO coop, do they charge collection fee, too? As a result of these over-borrow-

ings, the employees are the ones suffering with their l5-day salary which is virtually reduced to almost nil, due to payment of interest and fines, as collected by and courtesy of the city government for these borrowers. At first glance, there is generally nothing wrong under this set up. But when pay day comes on the l5th and 30th the amount of super deductions get the bigger chunk of the employees’ already meager cash payment, that is another story. What Mayor Sagarbarria did was to recall the MOA and allow the city to collect only payments for salary loans due the government lending firms. The rest of other employees’ loans, should now be responsibly paid by the employees concerned to the respective private lendings. This is to ensure that take home pay at city hall should be minimum of P5000 every 15th and 30th. A little word of unsolicited advice to workers concerned: it is simpler and happier for workers to borrow less, so they can buy more with whatever is left of their labor of love.-

If one has seen the latest SALN form released by the Civil Service Commission, one would realize that accountants have to be engaged to properly fill out this document. Unfortunately for the chief justice, who is the respondent in the impeachment trial, it is his SALN who is under scrutiny. One of the charges against him is that he did not properly fill out his SALN. We commiserate with the chief justice because the truth is, most government officials are guilty of not properly filing their SALNs. That is why the chief justice is pitifully attempting to show to the impeachment court that SALNs of other government officials are laid with errors too. However, we view this as a classic attempt by the chief justice’s defense team at what we call red herring. Red herring is a fallacy in logic. It is also called “smoke-screen” or “wild good chase” Red herring is nothing but a purposeful diversion of issue. Technically, red herring is objectionable for being irrelevant. Red herring is not supposed to gain merits in court arguments. But who knows, the judge may be swayed, or in case of the impeachment court, intimidated, by the diversion. Red herring is fallacious simply because it does not answer the issue at hand. One example of Red herring happens when one, upon made to respond to fault, points at the fault of others as a means of exonerating himself. Our Lord Jesus may also have been frowning at red herring when he commented “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no atTo page 18-A 38

“The lady” to free Burma in April

T Dateline Manila by Bingo P. Dejaresco

o London’s “Iron Lady” is Burma’s “The Lady”- a 66 year old dissident against the tyranny of the most brutal military regime lording over 59 million suffering Burmese – for 50 years now. By April she will be allowed to run for a seat in Parliament in perhaps the first ever “free elections” in Myanmar (its new name)- proving that in the “Game of the Generals” in a war of nerves and attrition- the generals blinked.

Her name is Aung San Suu Kyi (pronounced awng san sue shee) who spent 24 years in protest over martial rule in her native land. Aung Suu Ky had refused to “bend and break”after three assassination attempts, 21 years of house arrest and being cheated of seats at the 1990 polls (National League of Democracy Party) She stayed in Burma to

continue the fight.. By 1991, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for non-violence – and became an international symbol for the struggle for freedom and democracy. Today every gathering there is a Burmese “Woodstock” and Aung is mobbed like a rock star and is now spoken in the same iconic awe as Nelson Mandela (Africa), Mahatma Gandhi(India) and Dalai Lama (Tibet)- all self-

sacrificing leaders of nations torn in “economic stagnation” and “political unfreedom” (during their time). So global is Aung’s adulation that even America’s Secretary of State – former first lady of the greatest nation on earth- and Robot Gallup’s 9-year winner as the “Most Admired Woman in America” Hillary Clinton was star-struck To page 16


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LEGAL "SCHIZO" omorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it



today,” African sages counsel. What will a post Renato Corona Supreme Court look like? The transition is inevitable. Will it come sooner, not later? How? by a thief,” Arroyo said in No one can foresee how 23 his December 2000 opening senator-judges of differing statement. values and experience will “On trial today … is not just vote. .”The heart of man and Corona”, writes Institute for the bottom of the sea are Studies in Church and unfathomable.” The Culture’s Perla Melba Maggay perspectives of a Ferdinand Also in the dock are senatorMarcos, Jr. differ from that judges, media, our democratic of, say a Senator Joker system --- and our capacity Arroyo. as a nation to pursue justice Before he donned a judge’s and put closure to sins of the toga, “Bongbong” tracked past…. his late father’s cronies. “Filipinos are Lucio Tan and others personalistic,” she added. absconded with martial “What seems to work (are) law loot, he griped. Arroyo personal connections and led the prosecution in an intricate network of President Estrada’s loyalties based on impeachment. . “We interconnected interests cannot have a country run Turn to page12

A Journey Through Cancer


he other day I attended the inter ment of Jose Cardinal Sanchez, the first Filipino churchman to have occupied very high positions in the Vatican. Cardinal Sanchez was named Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy as well as President of the Administration of the Patrimony of the


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he Church and the world are in great need of priests. More than politicians, economists, accountants, call center agents, nurses, lawyers, etc., what the Church and the world need today are priests. We have to say this because more than political, economic, social or technical solutions to our problems, what we actually most need is spiritual administration of the conversion and sacraments, especially the transformation. What we Holy Mass and confession, and most need is to have through their wise personal Christ living and acting in spiritual guidance and timely each one of us. And and prudent interventions in priests have the public fora that are now distinctive duty to bring becoming more and more Christ to the people in urgently needed these days. their spiritual needs. We need priests who talk only As more and more issues of God even as he talks also and controversies erupt in about all the worldly things the Church and the world that need to be evangelized— today, often leading us to business, politics, culture, complicated and confusing sports and entertainment, situations, we need priests media and public opinion, who will give us Christ, first environment, technology, etc. through the witness of their We need priests who will give us own personal lives and only Christ without getting through their faithful unduly entangled and mixed up preaching of the Word of with worldly and temporal God, the constant Turn to page 12

Pontiff took notice of his talents and then and there, invited him to join his cabinet in the Vatican. Cardinal Sanchez, before his Vatican assignments, had occupied important positions in the local hierarchy. At the age of 47, he was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Nueva Caceres. Later he would be named as Archbishop of Nueva Segovia before he would leave for Rome. I came across the good Cardinal while serving as Turn to page13


TREASURE HUNT he other day I heard a story that disturbed me. According to a Filipino friend, some people hunt and kill birds by using "old vinyl" records. They take these records, go into the jungle at night and burn them. The fumes of Now do not get too excited; the burning records kill not all records are birds that are sleeping in valuable. Many are good the trees. Now I am NOT for little more than upset by killing the birds. hunting birds, but there Feeding your family is are many that are prized “vinyl freaks” more important than a few by birds. What upsets me is (collectors). I can tell you burning the vinyl records! many things about how to identify and sell these Let me explain. For ten years I owned an antiques and collectibles. antique and collectible store. You would be surprised I also sold antiques and what is valuable. I have collectibles world wide on sold old plastic Pez candy the internet. Old vinyl records dispensers for hundreds of can be very valuable. There dollars. Many are worth is a vinyl record worth thousands of dollars. $10,000 (540,000 pesos). Things do not need to be That was the price paid for “old”. A first edition hard it TEN YEARS ago and that back book of Sue copy was damaged. Today Grafton’s “A is for Alibi” the price would probably be from the early 60’s, would sell for $2,000 to $3,000 triple for a good copy. Turn to page 13



found the story of the cinder and the lamp in one of our old devotionals that is very interesting as I face more challenges in life. Henry Ward Beecher wrote, “A cold cinder and a burning lamp started out one day to see what they could find. The cinder on a sunny day, and in other came back and wrote in times the sky is gray. Good its journal that the world days are when the doctor was dark. It did not find says you are on remission, a place wherever it went and bad days are when you in which there was light. are back to the same white Everywhere was walls. How can you rejoice darkness. The lamp when if you are dying or you can’t it came back, wrote in its hold your job? How can you journal, ‘wherever I went smile if you lost a baby or it was light. I did not find someone you love was any darkness in my figured in an accident? journey. Believe it or not, our The whole world was light.’ emotions may depend on What was the difference? our circumstances. The pain The lamp carried light with we carry around spreads it and illumined everything like a contagious disease. about it. The dead cinder It is easier to be a cinder carried no light, and found rather than a lamp. It is none.” Every day is a easy to find faults in people journey. and situations and inflict Sometimes we wake up Turn to page 12

Apostolic See. Previously he was appointed to the Roman Curia as Secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. These are very high positions in the Vatican that lesser clerics aspire for, needless to say. As the good Cardinal would relate it,when Pope John Paul visited the Philippines sometime in 1982, he was asked to write one of the speeches he delivered on that visit. Apparently pleased with what he wrote, the

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his is the time of year that invites us to go into the desert with Jesus for 40 days, to spend time reflecting and praying as we unite with Him in the discipline of resisting temptation and sin. This is the Lenten season wherein we are called to prepare ourselves to celebrate Jesus’ victory over sin and death at Easter time. thoughts that lead us astray This season and its days of from God. fasting and abstinence are We need to take positive times of spiritual steps to set our lives in strengthening that God order. And we do this lovingly provides for us each through the sacrifice and year. Many times we tend discipline of doing the right to take the disciplines of things, of strengthening spiritually, fasting during this season for ourselves granted, when in fact the mentally, emotionally and discipline of fasting is not just even physically so as to depriving ourselves of withstand the temptations something, of giving up of the devil and his something that we like. It is minions in the world. The not enough for us to fast acts of putting our lives in from worthless, evil and order can be likened to distracting things and feasting – to feasting on the Turn to page 14




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

F James 1: 19-27


y dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. 21 Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. 22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets THE VACANT SEE : A RUNDOWN OF CANONICAL PROVISIONS INVOLVED


an. 416 The episcopal see becomes vacant by the death of the diocesan Bishop, by his resignation accepted by the Holy See, by transfer, or by d e p r i v a t i o n FR. GAMMY TULABING notified to the JCD, VG Bishop. Can. 418 §1 Within two months of receiving certain notification of transfer, the Bishop must proceed to the diocese to which he has been transferred and take canonical possession of it. On the day on which he takes possession of the new diocese, the diocese from which he has been transferred becomes vacant. §2 In the period between receiving certain notification of the transfer and taking possession of the new diocese, in the diocese from which he is being transferred the Bishop: 1° has the power, and is bound by the obligations, of a diocesan Administrator; all powers of the Vicar general and of the episcopal Vicar cease. 2° receives the full remuneration proper to the office. Can. 419 While the see is vacant and until the appointment of a diocesan Administrator, the governance of the diocese devolves upon the auxiliary Bishop. If there are a number of auxiliary Bishops, it devolves upon the senior by promotion. If there is no auxiliary Bishop, it devolves upon the college of consultors, unless the Holy See has provided otherwise. The one who thus assumes the governance of the diocese must without delay convene the college which is competent to appoint a diocesan Administrator. Can. 421 §1 Within eight days of receiving notification of the vacancy of an episcopal see, a diocesan Administrator is to be elected by the college of consultors, to govern the diocese for the time being. To page 14

what he looks like. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do. 26 Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. 27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

RAJAHS COLAMBU AND RAJAH SIAUI arch 31, 1521 was Easter Sunday. In the early morning, Magellan sent the priest with some men to prepare for the Mass: (s)e gondo lo (s)ue co(s)tume era molto in ordine el Lo piu bello huomo que vede(ss)emo fra que(s)ti populi REV. FR. ROMAN C. haueua li capili SAGUN, JR. negri(ss)imi fin alle (s)palle cõ vno velo de (s)eta (s)opª Lo capo et due (s)quione grande de horo tacatte ale orechie According to their customs he was very grandly decked out [molto in ordine], and the finest looking man that we saw among those people. His hair was exceedingly black, and hung to his shoulders. He had a covering of silk on his head, and wore two large golden earrings fastened in his ears. Portaua vno panno de bombazo tuto Lauorato de (s)eta q(ue) copriua dala cinta fino aL ginoquio al lato vna daga cõ Lo manicho al canto longo tuto de oro iL fodro era de legnio lauorato In ogni dente haueua tre machie doro q(ue) pareuano fo(ss)eno ligati cõ oro oleua de (s)torac et beligioui era oliua(s)tro et tuto depinto. He wore a cotton cloth all embroidered with silk, which covered him from the waist to the knees. At his side, hung a dagger, the haft of which was somewhat long and all of gold, and its scabbard of carved wood. He had three spots of gold on every tooth, and his teeth appeared as if bound with gold. He was perfumed with storax and benzoin. He was tawny and painted [i.e., tattooed] all over. Que(s)ta (s)ua y(s)ola (s)e chiama butuan et calagan. Quando que(s)ti re (s)e voleuano vedere ve neon tuti due aLa caza in que(s)ta y(s)ola doue eramo eL re p(ri)mo (s)e q(ui)ama raia colambu il (s)egundo raia siaui. That island of his was called Butuan and Calagan. When those kings wished to see one another, they both went to hunt in that To page 13


or the Lord your God dried up the Jordan before you until your

had crossed over. The Lord your God did to the Jordan just what He had done to the Red Sea when He dried it up before us until we had crossed over. He did this so that all peoples of the earth might know that the hand of the Lord is powerful and so that you might always fear the Lord your God. —Joshua 4:23-24

Have you come to a place in your life where you are faced with a seemingly insurmountable difficulty? You do not know where to turn to or where to go or what to do, and you are looking for a way out. Don’t try to think your way out, because that will only get you into more complexities and difficulties. You need Jesus Christ Himself to operate in the conditions of your life and to change them. God wants you to believe Him, to boldly confess His word in such a situation and then act upon it. When you do, this impossible circumstance will become “a way” so you can march right through them to victory. This happened for Joshua and the Children of Israel, when God split the waters of

Jordan, and caused them to stand up in a heap, so that the people could cross over on dry ground… This seemingly impossible circumstance blocked the Children of Israel from entering the Promised Land, just as there are hindrances that obstruct you from entering into the very promise of God that our Heavenly Father wants to give you. But because Joshua (believed and boldly confessed) the word of the Lord he knew that the Children of Israel could cross the River Jordan, even though it was flooding. He understood what God said to him, just as you can read something in the Bible today and know it is the complete revelation of God



James 1: 2-18 Trials and Temptations 2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That person should not expect to

receive anything from the Lord. 8 Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do. 9 Believers in humble circumstances ought to take pride in their high position. 10 But the rich should take pride in their humiliation—since they will pass away like a wild flower. 11 For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich will fade away even while they go about their business. 12 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. to page 10

Sunday Thoughts THE CRY OF ABANDONMENT “And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, ‘Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachtani? ‘ which means ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Mark 15:34


mong the seven words of Jesus on the cross there is none more perplexing, more thoughtprovoking than the fourth word-when Jesus says, “ Eloi, DR. PROCESO UDARBE Eloi, lama sabachtani”or as translated, “My GOD, my GOD, why has thou forsaken me?” Mark uses the Aramaic, the native tongue of Jesus. This has often been used as an argument against the divinity of Jesus by some cults who make this their central passage for questioning the doctrines of the Incarnation and the Trinity. The cry of abandonment” or forsakenness,” if lifted out of its context, or if it is not viewed from Christology in its entirely, those who question the divinity of Christ do really have a field day. Let us view the words from some crucial angles. First, let us view the cry of abandonment from our belief about the cross as a whole. It is true that Jesus uttered the words from a feeling of utter pain. The cry does present a problem too deep to be fully

understood; but we can only begin to grasp if we find there a genuine, if temporary, feeling of desolation and abandonment. The point is it was real suffering, not a “dramatic technique” devised by God to show that Jesus suffered, by only seemed to. There was a heresy in the ancient church called Docetism. The word is from the Greek word dokeo, meaning” to seem”; the Docetists asserted that Jesus only seemed to have suffered. In the Apostle’s Creed, we recite: He suffered under Pontius Pilate,” and the cry of abandonment is the most explicit word that shows the reality of the pain from the cruel nails, the spear, the crown of thorns. And it was not only physical pain, you see. Consider the cries of mockery, the jeers and taunts, the scorching heat, thick darkness. For us Christian, the cry of Jesus points to the reality and the awful cost of Jesus’ bearing the sin of the world

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

Legal, Judicial Ethics



March 25, 2012

t has been said that the legal profession is one of the most noble professions in the world primarily because of its nature whereby lawyers can either make or break the future of their litigants. Much as the legal profession is being upheld because of the integrity that lawyers are supposed to maintain, it is also one BY CECILE M. of the professions that could easily be corrupted if GENOVE the lawyer concerned lacks scruples and convictions. While not all lawyers are guilty of such deplorable acts, there are also some bad eggs that abound in the legal profession and, in fact, in all other professions taught through the law books, but legal and for that matter. Such thoughts come to mind especially with the recently judicial ethics have to be embedded in the minds released Bar exam results, there would be lawyers and and hearts of the law with Dumagueteno Ivan more lawyers each passing students. They have to MaxinoBandal placing year. But, the question is, imbibe such ethics number six. Law students are these lawyers any through the example they aspiring to become excellent different from previous may glean from their own lawyers somedaymust set lawyers who may be known professors. As they say, it their minds and heartsin the to simply perpetuate is best to practice ideals set forth in law school themselves without leadership by example. If that one has to give premium thought of the welfare of we emulate the examples to the welfare of your their clients?How can the done by those coming clients. Wherever lawyers public or the people trust before us, then we can may be situated, it has to be our lawyers if they hear refer to them as our idols made clear to them that they about shenanigans being or our heroes. are supposed to be on the committed by these We do not lack heroes in the side of their clients, rightly lawyers? legal profession. In fact, or wrongly. Lawyers are If these members of the there are many brilliant, and supposed to defend their legal profession do not at the same time, highly clients to the best of their know how to live up to the scrupled lawyers who we ability and to the best of their people’s expectations, can look up to. If there is knowledge, and by doing thenthey are not worthy to anything that we can get out so, would either seal or be called lawyers, much of the ongoing impeachment destroy their clients’ future. more affix the title of trial, it is the brilliance and However, as recent news ATTORNEY OR A-T-T-Y to wit of both veteran and new reports have provided, at their names. lawyers who have taught us no other time in our But, what are the most that so long as the truth is country’s history is the important ethics one should on your side, then you will legal profession most inculcate in the minds and not fail or go wrong. beleaguered than it is hearts of our law students for These are the legal today. In fact, the them to survive in the practitioners who, because reputation of the entire profession? The bar exams of their staunch belief in judiciary is at stake remain to be the most the system, lend integrity because of the ongoing difficult national exam since to the practice of law impeachment trial of no time immemorial. If you are because they know what less than the Chief able to successfully pass the they are doing. Whether Justice of the Supreme bar exams, people look up to they may be in the defense Court himself, Renato you, they will respect you, or prosecution panels, the Corona, because of and they will hold you in the fact remains that all these allegedculpable violations highest esteem. “panieros” have one thing of the Constitution and Life after the bar is in common – and it is that betrayal of public trust, another thing, however. at the end of the day, it is among other accusations The practice of one’s legal their clients’ welfare that by the prosecution. Some profession becomes the is foremost in their minds. thought-p rovoking burden of the lawyer. You People still have faith in the questions are in order in can choose to be a very good judiciary because we do not connection with the lawyer and you may also have a dearth of honest, Corona impeachment choose to become a bad reputable, and credible trial: Will the public lawyer. Thus, it is lawyers. The Philippines is consequently lose their extremely important that home to many brilliant and trust among members of ethics should be inculcated honest lawyers, some of the legal profession? Have as early as when the whom have made their mark our lawyers given up on aspiring lawyer enters law and have been recognized their scruples and school, or, once a college even outside the country. integrity in the pursuit of professor spots the Inculcating ethics is, their own personal and potential of a student to perhaps, more challenging financial interests? Have enter law school, the than letting the law our law schools been professor must take the student read volumes and remiss in inculcating the necessary steps to already volumes of books, and ethics badly needed in the guide and nurture the analyze pages after pages profession? Is there still student early on, even of case analysis. If a hope for the legal before the student enters student possesses profession in the country, law school. photographic memory and and conversely, is there a The legal profession is is capable of thinking place for aspiring wouldchallenging enough. The critically, it would be easy be lawyers? study of law is difficult and for the student to As the proverbial adage time-consuming, but if all understand all the goes, so long as there is life, other professions espouse legalities. then there is hope. The legal ethical practices, this should On the other hand, ethics profession is here to stay in be all the more emphasized in cannot be simply taught, the country and it will not the legal profession because they are caught by the law lose its sparkle and brilliance lawyers should be above par student. Ethics cannot be because of the presence of and incorruptible. Lawyers taught overnight, if indeed law schools whose are officers of the court, and you insist on teaching ethics. professors instill ethics and their court is the entire It takes time as well as virtues that these lawyers expanse of humanity implementation to ensure should live by if they want wherever they may be and that law students know what to stay long in this noble whenever it is possible for ethical practice is. Whatever profession. them to practice their one may call it, ethics will Whether we like it or not, profession. redound to the Golden Rule Legal principles can be

Sunday thoughts... from page 8 and the cost to God of this gift of salvation. “He who knew no sin,”says St. Paul. “ became sin for us,” that is, that Jesus bore for us the terrible consequences of sin. But now let us view the cry from what could have been going on in the mind of Jesus when he cried, “My God, my God, why have thou forsaken me?” Some critics of Christianity say it was a cry of a derelict, the weeping of a soul lost in the anguish of desolation, his moorings entirely cut off from God. Well, the weather on Calvary seemed to warrant the gloom of it. For the whole place was covered with thick darkness. And it was in the middle of this darkness that Jesus shouted the words of abandonment. Which leads us to the most important thought of all: that viewed from the immediate context of the words of Jesus in Mark, Jesus did not die a derelict, by as Christus Victor.

Gospel... from page 8 13 When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; 14 but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. 15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. 16 Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters. 17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. 18 He chose to give us birth through the word of truth that we might be a kind of first fruits of all he created.

that we have memorized when we were still in elementary, and it is to do unto others what you want others to do unto you. Our prayer is for God to be with these legal luminaries and legal eagles in the pursuit of their profession in the best way they can to the best of their ability.


Diputy Fiscal blinks; charges upgraded


he Bayawan deputy prosecutor blinked and reversed his resolution. Instead of releasing firearms holder Teresita Balungcas who attempted to smuggle the same to Bayawan jail inmates, Fiscal Peter Balbuena filed charges of illegal possession of firearms and explosive against her. The implicaion is that she was suppose to smuggle the firearms inside the jail where the suspect in the Councilor Cheng Alabastro frustrated murder is detained. Having the firearms inside, a jailbreak could ensue and there could be bloodshed. What else is giving or smuggling of firearms to detainees for, if nor for a jailbreak. The reversal was due to a strong adverse public opinion.

TOURISM here: no game plan yet


here is still no marked official destination when visiting Negros Oriental, according to tourism consultant Celia Fe Gamo because our tourism stakeholders have not matured and evolved into how he industry operates. It is observed that: “Bohol which is now graduating from the tourism transition stage, also passed this situation. When tourism stakeholders go on a free for all, then tourism industry is not yet alive in such place. But when there is one direction, one destination, one rate, certainly there will be one industry, and there will be one big money coming. We are still operating on a loosechange-centavo-basis, that is why what we are getting in the tourism pie are nothing but crumbs. But mind you, we have better tourism potentials here than Bohol. But as the saying goes, they who are in the forest, cannot see the trees. This is a truism in tourism in Negros oriental.

Vice Mayor goes fiscalizing


ndependent city vice mayor Alan Gel Cordova has rounded up several chiefs of offices , councilors and lending firm stakeholders in the city in his campaign against over-borowings by city hall employees, thus their take home pay is almost nil. Those called to an assessment meeting by Cordova were: City Administrator William Ablong, Kag. Joe Kenneth Arbas; Internal Auditor Remilando Ramirez; City Accounant Doreen Cordova; Ciy Budget Officer Antonieta Heneral; Personnel officer Heny Zerna; ABC pres. Kagawad Albert Aquino; Kag. Dandan Leon;’ Engr. Wilfred Oira, chair of board of city employees cooperative; DBP Manager Arlene Navarra; Olver Tabigue, Landbank manager; Carmel Alfarero, PAG-IBIG fund manager; Michael Hojasl, PHCCI manager; and the CFI coop manager. Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT 7TH Judicial Region Branch 35 Dumaguete City

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March 18, 2012

ORDER A verified amended petition has been filed with this Court by petitioner CHARLOU R. BALLOVAR, thru his counsel Atty. Louie A. Rastica, praying that a Judgment be rendered by ordering the correction of entry of birth year of petitioner’s daughter, KEIZIAH CHARM M. BALLOVAR, from 2002 to 2006; and directing respondents Office of the Local Civil Registry of Dumaguete City to effect the correction by entering the decision of this court in the records of birth of petitioner’s daughter on file with the Local Civil Registrar of Dumaguete City and in the National Statistics Office. Initially, the original petition was ordered dismissed last November 4, 2011. Acting on the Motion for Reconsideration, this court issued another order dated January 18, 2012 setting aside the former order. In the Amended Petition, petitioner CAHROU R. BALLOVAR alleged that her daughter Keiziah Charm M. BALLOVAR is a mainor, and he is representing his daughter in this petition; that petitoner is of legal age, Filipino, married and a resident of Tiguib , Ayungon , Negros Oriental; that in the records of birth of his daughter Keixiah Charm M. Ballovar, the enty as to the year of birth was erroneously dated as 2002 instead of 2006 (Annex ‘A’); that her daughter Keiziah Charm M. Ballovar, was born on March 18, 2006 at SUMC Foundatiion, Dumaguete City and such fact of birth was correctly reflected on her Certificate of Dedication/Baptismal Certificate issued by Ptra. Caryl C. saren of Tiguib Foursquare Gospel Church ( Annex “B”); that the said erroneous entry in the birth records was visible to the eyes and obvious to the understanding because her Birth Certificate was prepared and dated by informant-mother Gelia V. Ballovar on March 24, 2006, cerfified by attending obstetrician Verna T. Reyes on March 24, 2006, prepared by Medical Record Head Loreta S. Batiancila on March 24, 2006, received by Dumaguete City Civil Registrar Ruperta G. Baguasan on March 31, 2006, and the series number of Certificate of Live Birth is 2006-1452; and that the correction of the said erroneous entry in the records of birth can only be made through a judicial order, hence the filing of this petition which is intented to avoid confusion and to make the records straight. Finding the said petition to be sufficient in form and substance, the hearing of the same is set on April 24, 2012 at 8:30 o’clock in the session hall of this Court located at the Hall of Justice, E.J. Blanco drive, Piapi, Dumaguete City at which date,time and place any interested person may appear and show cause why the Petition should not granted. After raffle and at petitioner’s expense, let this Order be published once a week for three consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Negros Oriental and in the Cities of Dumaguete, Tanjay, Bais, Canlaon, Bayawan. SO ORDERED. Dumaguete City, January 27, 2012. The Negros Chronicle March 18, 25, & April 1, 2012


March 25, 2012



12 Legal.... from page 6 and kinship.” This pressures the formal system. It exposes “the lack of fit between formal adjudication system and realities of our political culture Impeachment (must) fulfill the substance of the law, not just the appearance,” Maggay adds. “The letter kills,” says the Apostle Paul. We must “make accountability work within the constitutional remedies available to us...Usual circumventing the law will force our people to take to the streets as the only recourse available to them.”... Many citizens deploy guesswork- beyond-tea-leaves in Corona’s impeachment. What do strained faces of witnesses mean? We wonder. Torrents of legal minutiae swamp us. “You tithe mint, dill and cumin but neglect the weightier matters of the law – justice, mercy and faithfulness,” an itinerant teacher once said. Monday to Thursdays, we hold our breaths as Corona’s defense panel juggle Jekyll and Hyde positions. At media blitzes, Corona vows complete “transparency”. But he balks at revealing all his bank accounts. He shrugs off suggestions by senator judges that he voluntarily testify. How about Mrs. Cristina Corona taking the stand? His lawyers offer. “There are really bank accounts under his name, “a peeved Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile told Inquirer ” (They should) get to the point. And let’s finish this case.” See this legal schizophrenia in the context of then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo “sow-dragon-teeth” exit strategy, now in tatters. . In Greek mythology, Jason scattered teeth of the dragon slain at the spring of Arbes.


And from them, raised warriors who battled for him. The phrase now means systematic fomenting of disputes. GMA’s bids for term extension sputtered. Before leaving Malacanang, she arranged to run for Congress and signed .scores of “midnight appointees.” These “dragon teeth” warriors were to beat back sleaze accusations. The Arroyos were confident this rampart wouldn’t buckle. . “Mama”: would even seek to become Speaker of the House, Rep. Mike Arroyo announced: “Every path has its puddle.” President Carlos Garcia’s 350 midnight nominees were fired the day Diosdado Macapagal took his oath as 8th Philippine president. “Cong. Dadong” tripled “midnighters” to 1,717 when he left the Palace with young daughter Gloria in tow. GMA outdid Dad. President-elect, Benigno Aquino fired Delfin Bangit, named Armed Forces chief of staff by GMA to overshoot her own term by 11 months.. He cashiered re-appointed PAGCOR officials who paid P1.7 billion for 10 million cups of coffee. GMA rehired Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez for a term that sliced deeply into President Aquino’s watch. Gutierrez quit April 2011, a month after the House of Representatives impeached her for coddling Arroyo interests.. Consider former Chief Justice Manuel Moran’s delicadeza, Inquirer’s Solita Monsod suggested when news leaked that Corona would be named chief justice. After serving as ambassador, Moran declined a midnight re-appointment. Leave that to the incoming President, he demurred. “ Moran’s example was institutionalized into the 1987 Constitution. It sees an outgoing president as caretaker

2007 March 25,9,2012 14September and explicitly barred midnight appointments. No exceptions. The Arroyo Court handcuffed President-elect Benigno Aquino. In a 9-3-1 vote, the tribunal exempted a chief justice from the ban. That’s a prohibited amendment by judicial tinkering, observed Ateneo’s Joaquin Bernas. He’d be a de-facto chief justice, not legit, former Senator Rene Saguisag warned . Corona scurried to don a chief justice’s robes. Among “dragon teeth” battlers, only Corona is left ..GMA is detained on election sabotage cases. That reduces impeachment to its gut issue: Does Corona meet the standards required for a chief justice? It’s all about character,” Businessman Peter Wallace writes. Corona does not meet the high standards demanded of the position. But if the trial continues to its end whatever the outcome, I can't imagine how he can remain as chief justice…. It would certainly put the Supreme Court in a continually questionable position.” Corona never pretended to be a Thomas More. Credit him with brains. He knows the story of the ghostly finger that traced on the walls of King Nebuchadnezzar ’s palace: Mene,. Mene, Tekel u-Parshin. “You have been weighed in the balance and found wanting.”

Stay... from page 6 pain rather than praise, to grumble rather than to give thanks. If you are a boss, you find relief by releasing your anger and frustrations on your employees and make them feel like you. Misery loves company. Parents can make their

children feel inadequate, always short of their expectations, pushing them to their limits to make up for their own failures they had made in the past. If you have parents, there is always someone to be blamed why you have shortcomings. It has to be their responsibility not yours. It takes a higher challenge to be a lamp. Can you rise above the circumstance or beyond the ordinary self? Can you see the flowers beyond the rain? Do you find diamonds in the mud? Have you given up hope to a seemingly hopeless situation? To be a lamp is to be plugged in all the time to the ultimate source of light and love. His lamp never goes out even in the strongest of storms. His love is constant no matter who you are. Your sense and purpose is not determined by others but how God fits you in an intricate design He has made. The moment you unplug yourself from that connection, you die inside. A day becomes a long stretch of barren land with no tree in sight. You are alone. Every single day has its own purpose and rewards. Stay plugged in.

Look for... from page 8 things. We need priests who are genuine men of God, humble but effective ministers of Christ, who give their all to their ministry, who are fulltime priests, not part-time priests who have other sideline occupations, obedient and willing to go wherever their bishops assign them. We need priests who would always feel the need to sanctify and improve themselves more each day, who never say enough to their

duty to study and to wage the ascetical struggle to develop virtues, fight temptations and deal with their own weaknesses. We need priests who, with the grace of God, know how to link heaven and earth, blend the spiritual and material, the sacred and the mundane, the eternal and the temporal, the global and the local, the doctrine and the praxis. We need priests who know how to pray even as they actively immerse themselves in their pastoral work. We need priests who know how to be all things to all men, as St. Paul once said, knowing how to deal with all kinds of people big and small, sophisticated and simple, and who know how to handle all kinds of issues, problems and challenges. We need priests who know how to carry out the duties and responsibilities that directly belong to them, but who also know how to work with others, never acting like an isolationist, but knowing how to work in a team in the true spirit of solidarity and always keeping in mind the common good. The state of the Church and the world today require that the priests be nothing less that another Christ, if not Christ himself, since Christ is the “Way, the Truth and the Life,” for all of us. It is only in Christ that priests can be all that we have just described priests should be, especially at these times. My dear seminarians, as you finish your college philosophical studies and proceed to theology in the faithful pursuit of your vocation, I encourage you to look for Christ always. Whatever you may be doing always look for Christ. Don’t make Christ an intellectual object of study only, or simply a historical figure, a kind of sentimental and pious curiosity, much less a prop you

use to make a living. All of us, have to be witnesses and disciples of Christ. This is a basic truth that we need to reaffirm many times, because very often we forget it, and we would just fall into a purely human approach to Christ, full of pretensions and deceptions. Thus, we often have to ask ourselves: When I study, am I actually praying, am I actually dealing with our Lord, asking him questions, begging him to clarify certain points, asking him to give us the grace to convert the ideas and the doctrine into action and into life itself? For example, we have to ask what relevance our study of a particular subject has with our duty towards the people. When we study, do we get the sensation that we are getting closer to God, that we are feeling an increase in our love for him, and because of that love, we also increase our love for our neighbor? When we study, do we become more humble, more eager to serve, more eager to pray? I believe that if we ask these questions, we would be led to study properly. Not asking these questions or not getting the right answers to these questions mean we are not studying well, and/or we are studying only for wrong and often dangerous reasons. We have to be wary of our tendency to study only as an intellectual affair. This is the way to spoil our talents and intelligence, because we would be making them occasions to be proud and vain, to be selfrighteous, quick to judge others, etc.

March 18, 2012

Cardinal... from page 6 Chief-of-Mission to the Quirinale (Rome). As the highest ranking Filipino churchman in the Holy City, I immediately paid my respects to the Cardinal in his magnificent palace in the Eternal City. I clearly remember that memorable visit. I was sitting at one end of a very long table with His Eminence on the other end over lunch at his pallazo .Since we could hardly hear each other, the Cardinal suggested that we instead have our lunch around a kitchen table where we did not have to shout to be heard. This get-together was followed by many more. Sometimes I would invite His Eminence to lunch in the embassy. Sensing his fondness for B+allantyne Scotch, I made it a point to have my daughter, Bettina, who acted as my private secretary, to have that rare scotch handy every time the good Cardinal paid us a visit. Among the Cardinal’s close friends where Ambassador Lhullier and his wife Edna. When I left Rome and Philippe succeeded me, he quickly took over my chore of attending to the needs of the Cardinal. They certainly pampered the good Cardinal attending to his material needs, such as sending Filipino food whenever His Eminence had Filipino guests. Another very close friend of the Cardinal was Chavit Singson. This friendship goes back to the time that the Cardinal was an Archbishop in Ilocandia. When President Estrada’s goons threatened Chavit during Erap’s impeachment, Chavit immediately called the Cardinal in the Vatican who, like a concerned spiritual father, immediately asked the

former if he had already confessed. This was cold comfort for the Ilocos Governor. The saintliness of the Cardinal was shown when he celebrated mass and shed copious tears as he lifted the host during consecration. When he decided to leave behind the comforts of his Vatican environment for the frugal surroundings of a Dominican sister’s convent in the last few years of his life, it was because he wanted to campaign for more priestly vocations in this country and to fight the RH Bill. Now that he is in the bosom of the Lord, I am sure the Almighty will heed his advocacies.

Treasure... from page 6 today. Old toys are also very collectible. Those associated with cartoon characters and TV shows are in high demand. I have sold old metal lunch boxes for hundreds of dollars. Even plastic lunch boxes are gaining in collectability. The things people collect and the prices they will pay are amazing. I know people who collect old candy bars. Another man collects old church doors. You name something and chances are somewhere, someone collects it. I have an extensive file on these collectors and markets. Turning that junk in the closet and garage into money is a skill. The value of anything depends on where you sell it. The “Antique Road Show”, a popular TV show about antiques, would have you believe an item is worth a specific amount but that is not true. If you go into an American book store you will find hundreds of “price guides”. They claim to tell you what an antique or collectible is worth. That also is false. The key to getting a high sales

price is where you sell it. In case you were wondering, that $10,000 vinyl record is the soundtrack from the movie “The Caine Mutiny” featuring Humphrey Bogart on the cover. If you want more information on these and other collectibles and how to market just drop me an email. Good luck on your treasure hunt.

RAJAHS... from page 8 island where we were. The name of the first king is Raia Colambu, and the second Raia Siaui. Domenicha vltimo de mar(s)o giorno de pa(s)ca nela matina p(er) tempo eL cap° gñale mando il prete cõ alcanti aparechiare p(er) douere dire me(ss)a cõ lo intereprete a dire al re q(ue) nõ voleuamo di(s)cendere in terra p(er) di(s)inar (s)echo ma p(er) aldire me(ss)a p(er) ilque Lo re ne mando dui porq(ui) morti Early on the morning of Sunday, the last of March, and Easter-day, the captain-general sent the priest with some men to prepare the place where mass was to be said; together with the interpreter to tell the king that we were not going to land in order to dine with him, but to say mass. Therefore the king sent us two swine that he had had killed. Quando fu hora de me(ss)a anda(ss)emo in terra for(s)e cinquanta huomini nõ armati la p(er)(s)o na ma cõ le altre n(ostr)e arme et meglio ve(s)tite q(ue) pote(ss)emo. Jnanzi que arua(ss)emo aLa riua cõ li bateli forenno (s)caricati sej pezi de bombarde in (s)engio de pace. When the hour for mass arrived, we landed with about fifty men, without our body armor, but carrying our other arms, and dressed in our best clothes. Before we reached the shore with our boats, six pieces were discharged as a sign of peace.

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March 25, 2012

Arnaiz backs ...

the CIVIC circle From page 16


HEALTH IS WEALTH Ways to Prevent RAPE “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”

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is graduation season all over the Philippines and every graduating arch student looks forward to the Graduation Ceremony. Parents and friends roll out their cheers and good wishes to the would-be graduate and Graduation

Day is marked as a very special day for every family

Each school or university carefully chooses the ceremony venue, and on Graduation Day the venue is always beautifully arranged and decorated for this occasion. The venue is an important part of the whole ceremony; the success of the affair hinges on the preparations of the venue, the sound system and the facilities arranged for the graduates, their families and friends. For many decades, graduation at Silliman University has always been held at the University Gymnasium, the hangar like big all purpose gym that has seen so many sports and cultural activities. Together with many Dumaguetenos, I have witnessed graduation ceremonies inside this big gymnasium that was built in the 1950s.From the outside, its structure looks like an airplane hangar while the spacious interior was flanked by bleachers. Through the years, the gym, as students call it, has started to show its age and depreciation. Sometime in the 90’s the University moved its graduation ceremony to the open grounds near the ampitheatre. I noticed that sometime in 2010 renovation work was being done on the gym; it had taken on a new look matching the Silliman University light cream color of its buildings. During my own graduation from the university, and in the succeeding graduations I attended either at the gym or at the Ampitheatre, I forgot all about the hard work that went into the preparation for

the graduation venue. Last Sunday, as I walked by the newly refurbished University Gymnasium, I was pleasantly surprised to see the surroundings around the gymnasium being swept clean; at a closer look, I saw young men and women sprucing up the inside of the gym. The stage was tastefully set up with a beautiful background and flower arrangements. The rostrum, tables and chairs were ready. Rows of chairs were lined up on the whole floor of the gym a bottle of mineral water was lined up beside the chair, ready for the thirsty graduate during the ceremony. Technicians were testing the sound system; the floors were swept clean and looking up I saw a new roof that allowed soft filtered light in that brightened the whole gymnasium. The widening of the doors and windows had greatly improved the ventilation. The rubberized floor was covered with thick plastic for protection and workers were putting the final touches to the whole interior, readying the whole venue for the special ceremony taking place that very afternoon. It was much more comfortable than the original gymnasium and I was

told this is the second time it is used for graduation ceremonies after its renovation. I have always written about graduation time and the graduation ceremony from the side of the graduates, their families and guests; today, I would like to acknowledge the efforts of the men working behind the scene; from the ones in charge of keeping the venue and its surroundings clean, those who were in charge of the floor arrangements and the technicians in charge of the sound system. I also congratulate the University and its President, Dr. Ben Malayang III for the continuing program of upgrading the university facilities while keeping the original structures as they were. The old is kept in its essence even as it is now new and updated in function and style. The graduates will remember their graduation day in a brighter, cooler and more spacious Silliman Gymnasium, though it is the same gymnasium their parents and grandparents have seen and used in their time. Congratulations, Graduates… Go, follow your dream.

The advantage of fire drills

AMPLE WATER SUPPLY, BROAD DAYLIGHT POWER AND CAMERAS, are the advantage of this fire drill and rescue simulation, conducted by the Dumaguete City Fire Station and Dumaguete City Risk Reduction Management Office conducted Friday afternoon along Perdices near Lee Plaza as the BFP celebrates fire prevention month . IN CONTRAST, night time real action could be faced with more difficult and challenging factors like : lack of water supply, and possible blackouts to prevent electric shocks.


ecently, a 14-year old girl from Dumaguete City was reported to have been raped by a tricycle driver in broad daylight. This heinous crime has created a frightening signal to all our young girls who love to gallivant in our city streets. Rape is a violent crime with a medical, psychological, legal and social implications. Rape is more than a sexual act. It is an act of aggression and hostility. The word “rape” is derived from the Latin word “repere”, meaning “to steal. seize, or to carry away.” Authorities define rape as an act of forced sexual intercourse with a female committed against her will by a rapist. narrow, and isolated places. Studies claim that Always stay at the middle of a most rapists appear well-lighted street where there “normal” in appearance. are people. It’s safer. Potential rapists in society •If you notice that you are are drug abusers, being followed, change alcoholics, criminally direction immediately and inclined persons or run away while there is still “sociopaths” and quiet time. guys who hate women. •Never entertain any stranger Research shows that who wants to talk to you. potential victims of rape are You’ll never know his evil the young girls whose built intention. tends to be plump or “fleshy”, •Avoid looking very sexy or innocent or helpless-looking seductive (e.g. wearing with or without sex appeal. shorts, spaghetti shoulder Here are some straps, scanty and shapely effective suggestions that clothes, dark lipstick, strong may save girls from being perfume and walking like a raped: tiger, etc.). •Remember; every woman is •If you are staying alone in a a potential victim of rape house, be sure to double-lock when opportunity allows. your door to bar any intruder •If possible, do not walk to enter. Do not let any alone at night without any “friendly” male to enter until responsible male or female you absolutely identify him companion. well. •Avoid walking along dark, •If the man has a weapon

Fasting.... from page 6 positive things in life. The discipline of true fasting should end in feasting. I have always found this a fascinating aspect of Lent. So I would like to share with you a list I copied from somewhere many years ago about how we can turn the sacrifice of fasting from the negative into a celebration of feasting on the positive. Fast from judging others; feast on Christ dwelling in them. Fast from emphasis on differences; feast on the unity of all life. Fast from apparent darkness; feast on the reality of all light. Fast from thoughts of illness; feast on the healing power of

The Vacant.... from page 8 §2 If, for any reason, the diocesan Administrator is not lawfully elected within the prescribed time, his appointment devolves upon the Metropolitan. If the metropolitan see is itself vacant, or if both the metropolitan see and a suffragan see are vacant, the appointment devolves on the suffragan who is senior by promotion. Can. 423 §1 Only one diocesan Administrator is to be appointed, contrary customs being reprobated; otherwise the election is invalid. §2 The diocesan Administrator is not to be at the same time the financial administrator. Accordingly, if the financial administrator of the diocese is elected Administrator, the finance committee is to elect another temporary financial administrator. Can. 425 §1 Only a priest who has completed his thirty-fifth year of age, and has not already

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

(e.g. with a knife or a gun) just stay calm and pray. Fear can immobilize you. Don’t offer any resistance, for to resist, or fight back may result to serious injury or death. •However, if the rapist is unarmed and you think you can overcome him because you rely on your selfdefense, then, you may fight back just to resist and distract, enough for you to run away and shout for help. A good defense and offense - Hit his eyes with your finger to blind him. * Pray to St. Michael Archangel (the Protector) for help.

ERRATUM: The Title of Dr. Angel V. Somera’s column in last weeks issue dated Match 18, 2012 should have read “PANIC ATTACK” and not the one inadvertently printed. Our apologies. _ Ed.

God. Fast from words that pollute; feast on phrases that purify. Fast from discontent; feast on gratitude. Fast from anger; feast on patience. Fast from pessimism; feast on optimism. Fast from worry; feast on God’s providence. Fast from complaining; feast on appreciation. Fast from negatives; feast on affirmatives. Fast from unrelenting pressures; feast on unceasing prayer. Fast from hostility; feast on nonresistance. Fast from bitterness; feast on forgiveness. Fast from self-concern; feast on

compassion for others. Fast from personal anxiety; feast on eternal truth. Fast from discouragement; feast on hope. Fast from facts that depress; feast on verities that uplift. Fast from lethargy; feast on enthusiasm. Fast from suspicion; feast on truth. Fast from thoughts that weaken; feast on promises that inspire. Fast from shadows of sorrow; feast on the sunlight of serenity. Fast from idle gossip; feast on purposeful silence. Fast from problems that overwhelm; feast on prayer that sustains.

been elected, appointed or presented for the same see, can validly be deputed to the office of diocesan Administrator. §2 As diocesan Administrator a priest is to be elected who is outstanding for doctrine and prudence. §3 If the conditions prescribed in §1 have not been observed, the Metropolitan or, if the metropolitan see itself is vacant, the suffragan senior by promotion, having verified the truth of the matter, is to appoint an Administrator for that occasion. The acts of a person elected contrary to the provisions of §1 are by virtue of the law itself invalid. Can. 427 §1 The diocesan Administrator is bound by the obligations and enjoys the power of a diocesan Bishop, excluding those matters which are excepted by the nature of things or by the law itself. §2 The diocesan Administrator obtains his power on his acceptance of the election, without the need of confirmation from anyone. Can. 428 §1 While the see is vacant, no innovation is to be made.

§2 Those who have the interim governance of the diocese are forbidden to do anything which could in any way prejudice the rights of the diocese or of the Bishop. Both they, and in like manner any other persons, are specifically forbidden to remove, destroy or in any way alter documents of the diocesan curia, either personally or through another. Can. 429 The diocesan Administrator is bound by the obligations of residing in the diocese, and of applying the Mass for the people. Can. 430 §1 The office of the diocesan Administrator ceases when the new Bishop takes possession of the diocese. §2 Removal of the diocesan Administrator is reserved to the Holy See. Should he perchance resign, the resignation is to be submitted in authentic form to the college which is competent to elect, but it does not require acceptance by the college. If the diocesan Administrator is removed, resigns or dies, another diocesan Administrator is to be elected in accordance with can. 421.


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

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


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

The Negros Chronicle March 11, 18, & 25,2012

Degamo ... From page 2 ministrator Arnel Francisco and Provincial Legal Officer Richard Enojo twice failed to appear before the Sanggunian Panlalawigan despite receiving the invitations. Teves instructed the secretariat to note the absence of both Francisco and Enojo and send a third invitation to the same officials. Reached for comments Degamo immediately questioned the importance of his aides’ appearance before the Provincial Board. However, Francisco expressed his desire to attend the sessions provided that he gets the approval of Degamo being the Local Chief Executive on the condition that his appearance would be relevant and meet the ends of enhanced public governance. Francisco deplored the failure of the Provincial Board to give him a chance to explain his absences. The two invitations were in conflict with his trips to Manila on official business with Atty. Enojo. He reiterated his willingness to attend the next session provided he is duly informed well ahead of time with the permission of the governor, his direct superior. (By Dems Demecillo)

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


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“The lady” to ... (Bingo)

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when they met in Aung’s lakeside residence in Rangoon. “An inspiration”, Hillary spoke as she kissed, hugged and held hands with Aung- in a body language that betrayed their common obsession for freedom and democracy for all nations. Why all the sudden change in the military’s treatment of the fragile lady dissident who often wears the native lungi with a flower in her hair? Are they afraid of the Arab Spring uprising that resulted in tyrants like the 40-year dictator Muammar Gaddafi brutally murdered by his own angered countrymen? Was the West’s withholding of trade and financial support damaging the feeble Burmese economy? Or are the gestures merely symbolic even if they appear dramatic? The Burmese current president-former general U Thein Sein recently freed 165 political prisoners, signed a ceasefire with the Karen rebels and will hold the April elections. But analysts say- their constitution still says martial law will be imposed if the president dies, new offensive fights against another minority tribe (Kadun) are in progress and that the prisoners’ sentence were merely suspended- a large playground of gray area,therefore. Aung Suu Kyi is expected to win- but as a member of Parliament and getting a Cabinet secretary post, will she really have enough power to make the reforms in Burma- not

just “theoretical and rhetorical” but real and measurable, as Washington wants. The Oxford graduate –philosophy, politics and economicswho was married to a tall, blond and blue-eyed American academician (Michael Aris who died of terminal cancer in 1999) must demand- and get- perhaps the equivalent of the Secretary of State (foreign affairs) cabinet position. That is the only position, we surmise, she can relay effectively the concerns of the Burmese people to the power players of the world at large. So far, it has only been the neighboring countries like China and India that have supplied the lifeline to keep Burma economically breathing- but hardly. It seems –after years of isolation- Burma has decided that it cannot depend on one country (China) alone for its many needs forever. The Irrawaddy River- a Burmese property developed by China money for electric power and other usage seems to be in a state of stagnation and the USA is studying its best use through a Mekong Delta Initiative group. It seems that pragmatic politics has opened the eyes of the brutish generals to end the unsavory slogan: “When China spits, Burma swims”. It is the colonial equivalent of the umbilical cord that sometimes ties the USA and the RP coated in an unflattering slogan “When Washington sneezes, Manila catches colds.” The Economist said that perhaps the one mistake of Suu Kyi is her belief that “virtue and reason can argue with tyranny” in defining her


SECOND AMENDED ORDER Before this court is a verified petition for Correction of Entries of in the Birth Record of ANGELITO LERIO AND ANGELA LERIO represented by their mother VILMA C. LERIO, filed through counsel, Atty. Benjamine H. Lajot, Jr. on October 8, 2012, praying that after due notice. Publication and hearing, an order shall issue directing the Office of the Local Civil registrar of Bindoy, Negros Oriental, to make the following correction.viz: 1. Ordering the correction of entries in the birth certificate of ANGELITO LERIO: A.) In the name entry from ANGELITO LERIO DUMAM-AG to ANGELITO LERIO; B.) In the father name entry from ROMERO LOMOLJO DUMAM-AG to UNKNOWN; C.) Date and Place of Marriage of Parents entry May 05, 2000 – Novaliches, Quezon City to NOT APPLICABLE. 2. Ordering the correction of entries in the Birth Certificate of ANGELA LERIO: A.) In the name entry from ANGELA LERIO DUMAM-AG to ANGELA LERIO; B.) In the father name entry from ROMEO LOMOLJO DUMAM-AG to UNKNOWN; C.) Date and place of Marriage of Parents entry from May 05, 2000 – sauyo Navaliches. Quezon City to NOT APPLICABLE. 3. Directing herein respondent to make the necessary corrections in the above-mentioned birth records in its office. Finding the petition to be sufficient in form and substance, set this case for initial hearing on May 29, 2012 at 8:30 o’clock in the morning, at the Session hall of this court at which date, time and place, all interested person may appear and show cause, if any, why the petition should not be granted. Let this Order be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Negros Oriental and its component cities once a week for at least three (3) consecutive weeks, before the date of hearing. Petitioner is hereby directed to furnish the Local Civil Registrar of Bindoy, Negros Oriental of this order with a copy of the petition and its annexes and to the Office of the solicitor General with address at 134 Amorsolo Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City and show proof of service thereof. SO OREDERED. Bais City, Philippines, March 1, 2012 The Negros Chronicle March 25, April & 8, 2012



ORDER Before this Court is a verified petition for Correction of Entry in the Birth Certificate of Hanel C. Gualingco, praying that after due notice, publication and hearing, an order shall issue directing the Office of the Municipal Civil Registrar of Mabinay, Negros Oriental, to correct the entry in the birth record of herein petitioner particularly of the sex or gender from MALE TO FEMALE; and, to direct herein respondent to make the necessary corrections in its office. Finding the petition to be sufficient in the form and substance, set this case for initial hearing on April 25, 2012 at 8:30 o’clock in the morning, at the Session Hall of this court at which cause, if any, why the petition should not be granted. Let this Order be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Negros Oriental and its component cities once a week for at least three (3) consecutive weeks, before the date of hearing. SO ORDERED. Bais City, Philippines, December 27, 2011. (Sgd.) CANDELARIO V. GONZALEZ Judge The Negros Chronicle March 25, April 1 & 8, 2012

March 25, 2012 decades-long intransigence against the powers that be. But Suu Kyi who is often believed to be the reincarnation of her father General U Ang Santhe father of Burmese independence who freed the people from the British rule but was assassinated in 1947 before the formal grant of independence in 1947has proven that by holding her ground firmly- it is the generals whose knees have weakened in the wonder of such courage and obstinacy. If the April polls are clean- the USA would likely support a World Bank and IMF mercy mission to Burma to uplift the economy where people still draw down buckets from the wells to get water –for many areas. Diplomatic and economic avenues will be opened by the West – including Europe- but only if Burma cuts its ties with the feared nuclearcrazy nation of North Korea, as one other condition. The finale of a wondrous epic drama of the life and times of Aung San Suu Kyi does not appear to be in sight yet- and an international film is already in the making, according to Newsweek. “The Lady” is the title, for now. The gripping love story will depict the overpowering love of one woman- educated in the West- to give up her easy life in London and her family of a husband and two sons (Alexander and Kim) –and instead remained in Burma (by choice) to live the oppressed life of a political dissenter in the most fruitful years of her adult life- for the love of freedom and democracy. Through those years- the Burmese airports were freely open for her to depart for London and thus become a political exile as the generals were scared of the legend that swept the country whenever the tiny Burmese woman spoke and tread the streets. Aung Suu Kyi just stoutly refused. Now, it seems redemption for her and liberation for Burma is at hand. Dictators from Hitler, Mussolini, Marcos and Gaddafi always landed on disgraceful ways to exit from power into the dust bin of history. Perhaps the Burmese generals could see the handwritings on the wall and did not want to live to see the days of their own infamy. A rude if not brutal exit from power. We Filipinos who also have our own struggles for democracy against the foreign rules of the Spaniards, Americans , Japanese and the neo-oppressors of the Filipino elite and political power men –cannot but be edified by the powerful story of the steely resolve of a “striking, self-possessed” woman of true grit in Suu Kyi. The world will closely watch the April Burma elections. But the scrutiny will even be sharper to events that will happen thereafter. Would this be another astounding chapter of world democracy in the offing after the Arab Spring? We who have been inheritors of the miracle that was EDSA I can always hold our hopes high for our neighbors- the Burmese people. It’s about time- that the yoke of oppression is broken and the captives from bondage be freed forever.

AFFIDAVIT OF CLAIM WITH WAIVER OF RIGHTS Notice is hereby given that the heirs of the late Conrado Q. Quinkito, namely, Evelia K. Palalon, Dositia K. Francisco, Euberto M. Kinkito, Senorina K. Pama, and Gemma K. Ragay have filed and executed an Affidavit of Claim with Waiver of Rights over Philippine Veterans Bank Dumaguete City Branch Savings Account No. (PIN) 8038 with a balance of P40,045.60 per Document No. 395, Page No. 80, Book No. I,Series of 2012 notarized by Atty. Edric P. Torremocha. The Negros Chronicle March 25, April 1 and 8, 2012

Camella Dgte. unveils Wow! Summer na!


amella Dumaguete joins the efforts at promoting Dumaguete City as a prime summer destination. An unveiling of the WOW Summer na! campaign will be held on the sunny morning of Saturday March 24 at the development site along Palinpinon Road. People are encouraged to see the transformation of Camella Dumaguete as the newest tourist attraction. Carribean pine trees abound with lush gardens, pocket parks and meditation ponds set against a magnificent view of the Negros Oriental Twin Peaks better known as Cuernos de Negros – a majestic mountain range. Completing the picture is a grandiose gate with CCTV security system, jogging trails; basketball court, children’s playground and Pavilion. These extraordinary amenities will make Dumaguete City not just a destination hub but more so as a pleasant environment to retire in and settle. Dumaguete City, the Gentle City of Central Visayas, has the perfect blend of urban convenience and countryside charm. It

is rich in history and culture yet filled with commercial stores and restaurants, all within easy reach. You can stroll around the city’s four major streets – Rizal Boulevard, Gov. Percides St., Colon St., Real St. – and feel the educational legacy of Silliman University and the cultural heritage of the Dumaguete Cathedral. On the east border is a wide beachfront promenade where you can see the beautiful Dumaguete Bay under the cool canopies of giant acacia trees. Specialty restaurants offer an array of delectable dishes. The Casablanca Delicatessen and Restaurant has its own charm and the Spanishthemed Cafe Antonio is built within a heritage house. The Kri offers exciting modern fusion cuisine

while Sans Rival Cakes and Pastries and Panda Ice Cream are perfect pasalubong items. Jeepneys and pedicabs, motorbikes and scooters are the vehicles of choice but otherwise you can gain access through leisurely walks. Living here is truly pleasant especially in the city’s newest premier address – Camella Dumaguete. Certainly Camella Dumaguete increases one’s pride of place and offers a sense of community for those who call Dumaguete their home. It is a part of Vista Land & Lifescapes Inc. the country’s largest homebuilder with 250,000 houses in 21 provinces in 48 cities and municipalities. Visit Camella Dumaguete office at G/F Plaza Milagros Bldg., Gov. Perdices St. Dumaguete City (035) 4210911

Dgte nursing ...

programs relative to their strength in instruction and research and high performance in the Nurse Licensure Exam. We are blessed that our College of Nursing is among the country’s best and has consistently been at the top in the licensure exam. In fact, the recent exam had two Sillimanians ranking 9th and 10th, and our total number of passers (367) made Silliman the No. 1 school (in terms of number of passers) on the list

of Top 10 schools with 50 or more passers. Our nursing program at Silliman is definitely NOT among those considered for closure,” Mark Garcia of the Silliman University Information Office said. On the other hand, sources from Saint Paul University-Dumaguete confirmed that only 3 of the 34 nursing graduates, who took the recent licensure examination failed. (By Dems Demecillo)

From page 2 tion University and Negros Oriental State University annually produce graduates that perform excellently in the licensure examinations. In fact, all these universities recorded 100 percent passing rates for its graduates at one time or another without any history of earning a passing rate of less than 80 percent. The CHED is targeting to phase out the nursing programs of schools with a passing rate of only 25 percent and those with facilities not par with the one prescribed by the agency. “Silliman continues to hold the distinction of Center of Excellence in Nursing Education. This is the top designation from the Commission on Higher Education given to universities with competitive nursing

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Pag-IBIG declares P8.4B dividends T

he Pag- IBIG Board of Trustees has approved the declaration of P8.491 billion worth of dividends for 2011. This was announced by Vice President Jejomar C. Binay, who is concurrently Chairman of the Pag-IBIG Board. According to the Vice President, the amount of dividends is equivalent to 71% of the Pag-IBIG’s net income for 2011. This shall be divided among the Fund’s 10.2 million members. “In effect, individual members’ savings have earned around 4.13% for the year. This is definitely higher than what any bank grants to their clients,” VP Binay added. Pag-IBIG Chief Executive Officer Atty. Darlene Marie B. Berberabe explained that based on the Implementing Rules and Regulations of RA 9679 or the HDMF Law of 2009, the Board of Trustees is required to set aside an amount not less than 70% of Pag-IBIG annual net income to be paid to members in the form of dividends. “The dividends earnings are proportionately credited to the member’s total savings. We wish to clarify, however,

that unlike dividends provided by other financing institutions, Pag-IBIG dividends may be withdrawn only at the time of membership maturity, together with the member’s personal contribution and the employer shrare’” the CEO added. Dividend earnings are taxfree. Pag-IBIG members may withdraw their total savings which include all annual dividend earnings under any of the following reasons: membership maturity after 20 years and after saving 240 monthly contributions; retirement; separation from service due to health reasons; permanent departure from the country; insanity; or upon the death

of the member where his legal heirs shall receive his total savings plus an additional death benefit of P 6,000 or an amount equivalent to his total savings, whichever is lower. Pag-IBIG Fund has continued to sustain its financial growth through the years, making it one of the strongest and most stable financial institutions in the country today.” Atty. Berberabe continued. “Because of the efforts of the management and staff of Pag-IBIG, we were able to register a gross income of P24.8 billion in 2011, 11% higher than our gross income level in 2010 and the biggest in 31 years. Our net income is at P11.959 billion, while our total asset level is now over P302 billion”.

COVERING THEIR HEADS, NOT THEIR EARS,: City Hall employee’s break for several minutes during the earthquake and fire drill scenario Thursday morning conducted by Dumaguete City Risk Reduction Management Council. Those working in high offices are now required to conduct an earthquake and fire drill just to prepare for any emergency.

Gawad Kalinga to build 120 houses for the poor BY JUANCHO RODRIGUEZ


he community appreciates the gesture of the private Christian sectors to help build houses for the homeless. More than 10,000 volunteers of Gawad Kalinga (GK) Bayani Challenge from around the world and the country are expected to build houses in typhoon Sendong-stricken provinces in the Philippines . The simultaneous province, namely, Mapa stressed, GK is building of communities Mabinay, Bais, Tanjay , not only building homes, from April 14 to April 19, Valencia , Bayawan, Sta. also communities. Event 2012 will be in Cagayan Catalina and four sites in head of the 5th GK Bayani de Oro, Iligan, Misamis Dumaguete with Amlan as Challenge in Amlan is Occidental, Masbate, and the 11th. Roslyn Tambago.jg Negros Oriental under the theme: “Pilipinas, Ngayon Na,” according to Cidni Mapa, provincial GK head. HOW MEDIA SEES IT, AND NOT OTHERS In Negros Oriental, it ( B Y ELY P. DEJARESCO will be in Amlan where a new community of 120 families will be built in a 3-hectare lot in barangay (From page 2) Tambuhangin, Mapa said. Amlan Mayor sign. It is enough that he vindicated himself from a vinBentham dela Cruz said dictive accuser. If done, the 2013 elections could remain free and only 41 houses were tounhampered by political influence which the President tally damaged as a result is (maybe being dictated or directed) in doing. of Sendong, but he made it a point to relocate all the JUDICIAL REFORMS: affected families before If done, much judicial reforms will be achieved. their houses will be swept Future impeachment proceedings will be done with away by the next much caution and pre-caution. No more short cuts. -o0ofloodings. First, the playing field will be leveled. The PresiAccording to him, the dent can by then appoint his own chief justice. But at municipality is applying a the same time, the Judiciary as an institution is being P10 million loan from the shielded away from executive influence if not Land Bank of the Philip- harrassment. pines , P4.5 million of Thirdly, henceforth no impeachment can proceed which is allotted for the without a pre-trial. No more rigging or railroading. purchase of the 3-hectare Fourth, no impeachment can proceed without Congress’ lot owned by the Oyson approval on plenary. If one third vote is enough, then a pre trial is mandatory. No impeachable officer can be family. There are already a to- impeached twice in one year as provided. Thanks to the socio-political vigilance of the Iglesia tal of ten GK sites in the ni Cristo. After all, their organization is upright, and is

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March 25, 2012

Former cabinet members push sin tax reform measure for PH By SHEILA CRISOSTOMO


Mother, daughter survive mishap

A driver is in dire straits after the ten-wheeler truck of Pepsi Company nearly crushed to death a mother and daughter pair (encircled) at the Bagacay Spillway Friday afternoon. Investigation showed that the car of the victims Huang Sun and her daughter was following the delivery truck when the driver identified as Jomarie E. Apayant lost control and unable to stop his huge truck as it moved rearward. The lady driver tried to maneuver her car to the left of the spillway but it was too late as the rear of the truck hit and destroyed the side of her car narrowly missing her daughter to the shrieks of horror among the witnesses. Investigators will try to establish the degree of the driver’s culpability and assess the damage to both properties for compensation.


ormer cabinet members led by former finance minister Margarito Teves, and fomer National Teasurer Leonora Magtolis Briones chair man of the board of trustees of Silliman University, signed a manifesto together with 10 other cabinet secretaries, in support of House Bill 5727 Oherewise known as the sin tax reform bill saying health should come before trade. In a press conference, former finance Minister Gary Teves, former secretary Esperanza Cabral and Alberto Romualdez of DOH and former secretary Ernest Leung and former DOF Undersecretary Milwida Guevarra have underscored the need to restructure the excise tax on tobacco and alcohol products in the wake of a rising number of ailing Filipinos. Gary Teves said the revenues generated by cigarettes are not enough to cover health expenditures and lost productivity of the smokers and those affected by second hand smoke. He said, restructuring tobacco taxation should be sustained on a regular basis until we reach the point when we can no longer reduce smoking prevalence any further. For any given population there is always a finite proportion that will continue to smoke no matter what, no matter how many regulations, no LEONOR M. BRIONES matter how much the cost. But you will want to make sure that we minimize the number only to those who can afford he noted Tobacco taxes should be calibrated to make sure that there is really improving health among our people. The manifesto of 12 former cabinet members, showed that the current excise tax on tobacco continuously favors and protects certain brands effectively resulting to unfair market

competition, inefficiency and lower revenues for the government.Teves’ and 11 other former cabinet members’ manifesto underscored the need to shift to unitary taxation to simplify the multi-tiered structure which is prone to downshifting, does not discourage consumption of sin products and is difficult to administer. The experts said the Abaya bill is good for public health as less tobacco and

alcohol consumption leads to better health outcomes Aside from this it will also protect the youth and the poor who are the targets of tobacco companies. They claim the bill would also generate more revenues for the government. On the first year of implementation the government is expected to raise additional revenues worth P60 billion of which P30 bilTo page 19

Elements of the city fire department and the workers of Lee Super Plaza are participating in a fire drill which the fire department conducted in order to boost the preparedness of employees to combat all forms of conflagrations in their establishment.

Bacong dad, quarry aides face raps for firing guns

Agriculture building now a fire hazard By JUANCHO RODRIGUEZ


overnment buildings have suffered cracks and defects in their struc tural integrity following the last earthquake that rocked the prov ince. In fact many offices are being held outside their buildings expecially in the hard-hit northern towns. But here we have one.

SOCO P01 Robert John Pama readies the seized KG-9MM sub machine gun and M-4 caliber 223-556 assault rifle and live ammunition for ballistic examination. Major Josephine Llena, SOCO head, said that Sibulan PNP Chief Rodrigo Tubog requested the examination to boost its charges of illegal possession of firearms and ammunition against Bacong Municipal Councilor Jason Laure and his workers Renato Belocura and Christopher Palalon after the three were arrested for firing their guns against alleged stone throwers in Looc, Sibulan quarry site Tuesday night.

The provincial government needs P12 million for the renovation of the provincial agriculture building, after it was recommended for immediate renovation by the Bureau of Fire Protection and the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs). Provincial agriculturist Greg Paltinca admits the building is too old to withstand high magnitude quakes, aside from the need to immediately upgrade or dismantle the wiring installations of the building.

Paltinca said Gov. Roel Degamo is sourcing for funds to start the renovation this year and at the same time directing the provincial engineer’s office to identify other old structures that are considered fire hazards and those that need to be preserved or dismantled. An engineer by profession, Degamo had asked for a masterplan of all buildings owned by the provincial government to determine as to its reliability or liability, after assuming office in 2011.

This is one of the reasons why Degamo submitted an appropriation of P4.5 million for approval by the provincial board, part of the plan is for the creation of monitoring teams for old buildings, for rivers and dikes, among others. Unfortunately, it was disapproved.  It was vetoed by the governor but was laid on the table when it came back to the sangguniang panlalawigan. The provincial agriculTo page 18-A



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Maritime Law 1. What is maritime law? It is the system of laws which particularly relates to the affairs and business of the sea, to ships, their crews and navigation, and to marine conveyance of persons and property. 2. Who are the persons liable for the injuries sustained in the operation of a vessel? The shipowner is the person who is primarily liable for damages sustained in the operation of a vessel. The Code of Commerce at times uses the term “naviero” to indicate the person who is liable. The “naviero” has been construed to include the shipowner, ship agent and even the charterer. 3. What is the limited liability rule? “No vessel, no liability”, expresses in the nutshell the limited liability rule. It means that the shipowner’s or agent’s liability is merely co-extensive with his interest in the vessel such that a total loss thereof results in its extinction. If the ship is totally lost, his liability is extinguished. If the ship or part thereof still exists, he can escape liability by abandoning the vessel, its appurtenances and its freight. 4. Is there any exception to the abovementioned rule? Yes. The exceptions are the following: (a) where the injury or death to a passenger is due either to the fault of the shipowner, or to the concurring negligence of the shipowner and the captain; (2) where the vessel is insured; and (3) in workmen’s compensation. 5. Who has the burden of proof in order to in voke limited liability doctrine? The carrier or shipowner has the burden of showing that it exercised extraordinary diligence in the transport of goods it had on board in order to invoke the limited liability doctrine. 6. What is abandonment of the vessel means? It is an indispensable requirement before the shipowner or ship agent can enjoy the benefits of the limited liability principle. If the carrier does not want to abandon the vessel, then he is still liable even beyond the value of the vessel. 7. What is a charter party? It is a contract whereby an entire ship, or some principal part of the said ship, is let by the owner thereof to the merchant or other person for a specified time or use for the conveyance of goods, in consideration of the payment of freight. 8. What are the two main categories of charter parties? These are: (a) The Bareboat or Demise Charter, wherein the shipowner leases to the charterer the whole vessel, transferring to the latter the entire command, possession and consequent control over the vessel’s navigation, including the master and the crew, who thereby become the charterer’s servants, and (b) Contract of Affreightment wherein the vessel is leased to the charterer for affixed period of time.(Contributor, Ihra Faith C Magno)

Result in ... From page 2 The cities of San Carlos and Guihulngan sent fire engines, for the fire-truck deprived town, while the Guihulngan Fire Marshall, whose jurisdiction extends to this small but proud town conducted the investigation. However, Sayson was dissatisfied of the investigation result and ordered a new round of examination of evidence and the elimination of the P 400,000 payroll that allegedly went up in smoke citing the absence of any compelling evidence to back the claim. The Fire Marshall assured the public that the result of the investigation,

From page 2 cient to contain conflagration of up to two floors only. There are only 29 fire trucks in the inventory throughout the province most have been commissioned in the 1950’s. Among the recent recipients of fire trucks were the towns of Bacong in 2001, Tayasan in 2002 and Dumaguete, which involved a rather ageing fire truck from Bohol. Hence, fire authorities try to compensate the weaknesses of the fire stations by strictly implementing the Fire Code of the Philippines, which mandates all structures to be equipped with fire alarms, fire suppression system and extinguishers. Furthermore, Tacaldo made it a policy for his personnel to really head to the source of the conflagration sometimes exposing them to risks since there are no sufficient breathing apparatus and fireproof coats in the current inventory. But it is no longer a hopeless case, thanks to the new law, which requires that

No more plastic wrappers City Administrator William Ablong appeals for the full enforcement of the new ordinance banning the use of plastic wrappers during a Kapihan forum , held to mark Women’s Month celebration this March. Photo (L-R, seated) PIA Infocen Manager Jenny Tilos, Armand Adanza of City ENRO, and Laume Quijote of CSWDO. (RMN/PIA)

20% of all proceeds in the collection of fees for the inspection of buildings. Tacaldo said that his office stands to receive some P 600,000 from the P 3 million total collections in 2011 which shall enable the department to procure rubber boats, breathing apparatus and other rescue equipment. (By Dems Demecillo)

Holy Week at Redemptorist


oly Week schedules at the Redemptorist parish have been announced by Rector and Parish Priest Fr Gerry Griffith. Palm Sunday April 1 at 5:45am blessing of palms and every after mass; April 3 confessions at 5:30pm; April 5 Last Supper rites at 4pm, 6pm, and 8pm Vigil; FR. GRIFFITH April 6 Good Friday 5am via crucis; 4pm Lord’s Passion; April 7, 8pm Easter Vigil; April 8 Easter Sunday.

Today, MOHAN HASSSARAM is a consistent donor be it funds for blood packs for indigents, expenses for operation, tuition fees, and for those who are sick. Mohan has been a byword for kind heartedness together with his wife Jankie. Today, MOHAN is happily retired from his department store business. He is now on real estate concerning his own land holdings. Mohan is a major sponsor of OPERATION ALAYON, the program of STAR ENERGY DYEM FM, which seeks to help the poor, the sick and the down trodden. Mohan recently gave a sizable amount to earthquake victims in a far flung barangay in Jimalalaud which is unreachable even by habal habal. He gave enough capital for folks there to start rebuilding their homes, and economic life. Yesterday he just gave a big amount for a typhoid victim. May his tribe increase.


Red Herring

(From page 4)

tention to the plank in your own eye?”

In other words, it would be red herring to say ‘I cannot be faulted because everyone else is doing (From page 18) it.’ That seems to be what the chief justice is trying ture building, the Social Wel- to convey by threatening to present the SALNs of fare and Development build- other government officials, including even those of ing, the building that houses the senator judges.

which must be terminated and completed after 90 days since the incident will be transparent and available for scrutiny. (By Dems Demecillo)


verybody knows the kind hearted person in MOHAN HASSSARAM. His philanthropic deeds had been known decades ago when he still was running his famous pioneer department store named after him. Mohan has been helping poor but deserving intelligent students most of whom are now gainfully employed here and abroad. MOHAN HASSARAM


Agriculture ...

the National Bureau of Investigation, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Administration, Environment and Natural Resources Division as well as the office occupied by the Department of Interior and Local Government, are among the old buildings in the province. Paltinca said the provincial agriculture building is built in the 1930s.jg

Kind hearted Mohan Hassasram

That would be treading into dangerous grounds, because by doing so, it may raise and trigger animosity and as a consequence, votes may be lost. The chief justice also cannot wiggle himself out of his SALN mess by pointing to the faults of others in their SALNs. And even if the chief justice presents all the thousands of SALNs gathering dust in the office of the ombudsman and other SALN repositories, it still won’t answer the questions raised against his own SALN. It would be good if the defense shifts to other tactics. Not this one.

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Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT 7th Judicial Region Branch 45 Bais City SPL. PROC. NO. MY-11-44 IN THE MATTER OF CORRECTING THE ENTRIES IN THE CERTIFICATE OF LIVE BIRTH OF ELIZABETH G. MONTECINO IN THE OFFICE OF THE MUNICIPAL CIVIL REGISTRAR OF MABINAY, NEGROS ORIENTAL, ELIZABETH G. MONTECINO Petitioner, -versusHERMINIA M. PERAS, in her capacity As the MUNICIPAL CIVIL REGISTRAR Of Mabinay, Negros Oriental, Respondent. x——————————————————————————/ AMENDED ORDER Before this Court is a verified petition for correction of entry in the Birth Record of ELIZABETH G. MONTECINO, filed though counsel, Atty. George Christian A. Cabrido on September 1,2011, praying that after due notice, publication and hearing, an order shall issue directing the Office of the Municipal Civil Registrar of Mabinay, Negros Oriental, to correct the entry referring to the petitioner’s middle name from GUNDAO to MORENO; to correct the entry referring to the maiden name of petitioner’s mother from ROSITA M.GUNDAO to ROSITA MORENO and, to direct herein hearing respondent to make the necessary corrections in its office. Finding the petition to be sufficient in form and substance, the court sets the initial hearing thereon on May 16, 2012 at 8:30 o’clock in the morning, at the Session Hall of this court at which date, time and place, all interested persons may appear and show cause, if any, why the petition should not granted. Let this Order be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Negros Oriental and its component cities once a week for the last three (3) consecutive


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866-HOTLINE • 226-3866 225-1662 Arnaiz-Renacia ... (From page 1) vived the most trying political battles that came their way. However, Renacia’s perceived desire to return as mayor of the town and the possible re-election bid of Bartoces caused both men to part ways, politically. The rift between Bartoces and Renacia caused a dilemma among their minority allies in the Municipal Council. In 2010, the Bartoces-Renacia team narrowly defeated the slate led by former Vice-mayor Maning Diputado of the Nacionalista Party. However, the Municipal Council was dominated by Diputado allies who won seven of the eight seats at stake. Nevertheless, the lone administration councilor victor last-termer Danny Grapa was joined by the Presidents of the Sangguniang Kabataan Federation and Association of Barangay Councils in Decemmber 2010 thanks to the arrangement Bartoces, Renacia and Arnaiz. In contrast, the Diputado

Former chief ... (From page 1) live in poverty because they are the ultimate gauge of the success or failure of our democratic institutions. As the 2012 commencement speaker of the premier Christian educational institution of Asia, the former chief magistrate of the land lamented that the poor dominate the socio economic profile of this country and that unless something positive is done to solve the problem, time will come when the situation will bring down our democracy as our political way of life. “There is no democracy in a country which is dominated by a few elite in society, a fewer middle class and a large segment of the economically impoverished sector who live below the poverty line. He urged the graduates to use their new knowledge and power to maintain a respectable balance between the rich and the poor. He added that poverty is the No.1 terrorist who can topple governments whose leaders are without political will, A lot of effort should be exerted some more, he said, in order to promote good governance which is the ultimate answer in alleviating the plight of the poor in our land. Justice Puno refrained from commenting about the on-going impeachment trial of chief justice Renato Corona. He seemed to predict,

camp remains intact and made it clear that any party interested to take them into their fold must accept its full slate. This would mean that the Liberal Party and the Nationalist People’s Coalition must consider Diputado as mayoral candidate and standard bearer in Sibulan. The cohesion of the Diputado group composed of incumbent councilors Mark Banquerigo, Roy Calingacion, Indira Requiron, Job Villaluz, Felix Fontelo Jr., Leopoldo Gravador (who lost in 2010), Attorneys Jose Abierra and Dino Tanoy; is so strong that it can afford to run a campaign even without a party in 2013. However, Diputado said that at the moment it is difficult to really ascertain which party they would be joining considering that at the provincial level it is not also clear if Governor Roel Degamo will run for governor, or if LP would really field Congresswoman Jocelyn Limkaichong for governorship or if former Finance Secrtary Margarito “Gary” Teves would really heed various calls for him to capture the Capitol’s top post.

however, that the trial will end in May. After the verdict is announced, Puno said,” you can be sure that I will not only talk about it, but will also write extensively about such significant experience in our judicial system.” Commenting on the Judicial and Bar Council that recommends three (3) nominees at large, to the post of Supreme Court Chief and for final appointment by the President, Justice Puno said that even though we pattern our system with that of the U.S.A.,we are the only country that has a JBC. The president appoints the chief justice from among the three nominees of JBC without going through the Commission on Appointments like the U.S. experience. Puno recommends that there will be no reappointment in the JBC positions to avoid conflict of interest. Puno is now the only Filipino member of the International Commission of Jurists who are engaged in helping rewrite and revise the constitutions of other countries like Nepal, Thailand and Vietnam, He is also a board member of the International Red Cross for Asia and the Pacific.

Former ...

Gov-BMs ... (From page 1) pine Councilors’ League President Erwin Michael Macias. The legislators lament that the Governor is seemingly using the “pork barrel” as a political tool to punish his perceived enemies, while the Governor and his allies observe that those demanding for their share in the pork are the most vociferous critics of his administration. Degamo said that if the board members want a harmonious relationship with his administration, it would be wise for them to cease from blocking his programs while the legislators maintain that they cannot abandon their role as fiscalizers under the democratic principle of checks and balances being members of a deliberative body. Board Members primarily use their pork barrel of P 1 million per quarter to extend medical aid to indigent constituents, construction of water works system and aid to certain villages. The Provincial Budget Officer clarified that the advice of allotment has already been released on February 27, 2012 so that job order workers of the provincial board will be given their respective salaries starting January of the current year. (By Dems Demecillo)

Gary-power... (From page 1) GARY TEVES 1: Why did EDC and Green Core unilaterally reduce its royalty to Valencia host town from P100=Million to just P10-M; and the provincial government from P10M to just P2M? This, despite its legal mandate on Sec. 209 the Local Government Code, giving the province 40% royalty. TANTOCO : We continue to comply with relevant regulations under Sec.7, Art.10 of the Constitution, under an implementing law which is the Renewable Energy Act , RA 9154. It did not reduce unilaterally the royalties but the current situation is a consequence of a new existing law, (RA 9154 Renewable Energy Act) which is intended to accelerate the exploration and development of renewable energy; ==== == GARY TEVES 2: The Palinpinon power plant of EDC paid reduced realty taxes to Valencia, even as local governments are entitled to equitable share in the proceeds of (geothermal) development; TANTOCO: When NPC ( of government) owned the Palinpinon plant it was paying zero real property tax to Valencia town. When privatized the Green Core and EDC pay to Valencia LGU P50-million in real property taxes annually , truly a big gain for the town of Valencia. ==== GARY TEVES 3: The Palinpinon geothermal

(From page 18) lion is from cigarettes Pll billion from distilled spirits and P19 billion is from beer. They contend that HB 5727 is pro youth, pro poor, pro

health, pro farmer and pro country Thus Teves and his colleagues, urged our legislators to pass HB 5727 or the SIN TAX REFORM BILL.



Impeachment politicized


T THE RATE the impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Co rona is going so far on its 32nd day, there is no way but to decide on the matter with grave political color and concern.

The full political polarization of the people because of the impeachment trial is after all initiated by the president himself. It is our belief that nothing of that sort and speed in filing the impeachment articles could have been done without the proddings of the president. And because of that, consequent political upheavals, hopefully peaceful, could be expected as a result of the president’s full involvement and bias in favor of convicting the chief justice. This is the first time a president took a stand on impeachment trials. Usually as president of everyone, the leader, although has his own bias, should display an aura of impartiality. But no this one As in physics when each action is met with an equal opposite reaction, the pro Corona sector which was manifested by 600,000 warm bodies of Iglesia ni Cristo members who flocked supposedly in prayer at the Quirino grandstasnd was actually a reaction, a loud signal that the 9million solid votes of the INC could be directed against those who are

City pay ... (From page 1) This has started to affect the work morale of employees concerned. City hall is worried, that both the families of their workers and their performances might be power is extended to other provinces at a lower price per kilowatt hour , which prejudices consumers from Negros Oriental . Where is the fairness? TANTOCO: Our customers like Noreco2 prefered to include promptpayment-discount in their power supply agreements while Noreco2 and other electric power distributors do not include such prompt payment discounts. All our power distributors who are our consumers pay P4.70 per kilowatt hour alike (2009 price) which will be adjusted annually by the local consumer price index only. Finally, Tantoco said that in terms of benefits mandated by law like royalties,etc, and those nonmandated benefits, those benefits from new investments and the new investments such as the Nasulo pit, the benefits to NegOr. under the old PD1442, the benefits reached P120-M for Negros Oriental, but today it is more by P52Million per today’s RA9583 which is P187M annually for Valencia as the host of geothermal exploration, and the provincial government which is the host province.

The impeachment Court on their 32nd day of trial at the senate. It was predicted that the impeachment proceedings will be finished by the end of May. on the side of unfairly convicting the chief justice. Of course this will bring a huge chilling effect on senator judges who if they will convict Corona will receive the backlash from the Iglesia votes and could surely send them to their political graveyards. If the senators convict Corona, the reelectionists in 2013 could lose 9m Iglesia votes. If the senators acquit Corona, they will get the political nod of the Iglesia votes and be assured of winning back their senate seats. So if you were a senator worth your salt, how would you vote?

This is just one forecast which can be replicated in many other ways such as the Hacienda Luisita verdict reversal which could earn the people’s backlash. And even the fate and independence of the judiciary will be quite at stake. So as you can see there is more than what meets the eye in the Corona impeachment trial. It is therefore, important and equally historic to watch the proceedings and witness history unfold before our very eyes. Thanks to the magic of cyber media.

affected with the meager take-home pay left. Thus, Mayor Manuel Sagarbarria has announced that henceforth, he is revoking the MOA with some lending firms and allow only salary loans to be automatically deducted by city hall. The rest of the borrowings should now be collected by the lending institutions themselves, in order to preserve both the quality of their performance and good family relations. Nine lending institutions are charging various “collection fees” for city hall ranging from one percent to five percent. Officially, and apparently no one knows to whom these amounts go. The nine lending firms giving loans to city hall workers are: DBP,Landbank, GSIS, Pagibig fund, PHCCI (1% collection fee) , DCCO (5% collection fee) CFI coop (2.5%collection fee) DCGEGWA, Inc and the DUCHEMCO. The late Mayor Perdices signed the MOA on salary deductions. In this light City ViceMayor Alan Gel Cordova and Councilors Joe Kenneth Arbas and Manuel Arbon are exploring ways to lighten the debt-ridden city hall employees including the possible restructuring of their loans and as an extreme measure the city bailing them out of their debt. It was learned that city government employees who have pending loans from legitimate financial institutions are the ones complaining about the automatic deductions of their salaries, be-

cause it will leave them with only a small amount as take home pay. The issue has created a stir in the city council when it was reported that there were arbitrary deductions and that releases of their salaries are delayed by five days. City Mayor Manuel Sagarbarria said the city council was fed with wrong information in stressing there’s no delay as to the salaries of regular employees. In fact, it is computerizing its payroll system, such that salaries can be released every 15th and every end of the month only. The previous practice was to release salaries on the 13th which is not also fair to government. The mayor further said that starting immediately, the city government will strictly enforce a provision in the Memorandum of Agreement with financial institutions that only salary loans will be automatically deducted from the take home pay of employees. Deductions for Pag-ibig, GSIS and SSS are already included being mandatory. It was found out that a number of employees are already saddled with all kinds of loans to include anniversary loan, graduation loan, calamity loan and the like, and yet, they refuse to be deducted. Henceforth, concerned employees will have to deal directly with the financial institutions, if they can be assured of availing loans from them without guaranteeing prompt repayment, the mayor pointed out.



March 25, 2012

Stenciling RPA-ABB guns

(Photo by Jamie Tan)

One of the many M-16 guns of the RPA ABB is being stenciled of its serial number by a PNP personnel so the PNP can keep track of their gun’s whereabouts and owners. Below: all RPA ABB gun holders in the mountains are registered via bio-metrics as part of the monitoring process by government.

(Photo by Jamie Tan)

The Negros Chronicle March 25, 2012 issue  

The Negros Chronicle March 25, 2012 issue

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