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The whole Christendom celebrates RESURRECTION SUNDAY today. This commemorates the victory of Christ over death and sin. All Churches will be jubilant today and all laity and its members. Some are wondering how the word “ Easter” Sunday ensued when this is a paganistic fertility festival. How bunnies and easter eggs are related to Christ’s resurrection is something authorities must yet clarify. Anyhow, HAPPY RESURRECTION SUNDAY everyone!

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All bets cautioned: ban use of gov’t assets in campaign By Dems Rey Demecillo t may be peaceful, but most of all honest elections is what 400 candidates are hoping despite threats of super money flooding the homes of poor voters in the hinterlands. So how can this election be honest? Led by the four official candidates for governor, some 400 of the 580 candidates vying for the 277 elective positions in the Capitol, House of Representatives, cities and municipalities signed a pledge in their covenant signing last Monday March 25 , to signify their commitment for a clean, honest, accountable, meaningful and peaceful (CHAMP) elections held at the Catherina Cittadini School . The affair, hosted by election stakeholders of the the poor, the illiterate, and the vulnerable. community under the Diocesan Electoral Board, intimated Gubernatorial bets Gov Roel Degamo of that more than winning, the upcoming May 2013 elections PDP-Laban, 1st District Congresswoman Jocelyn is more about safeguarding a better future of the young, To page 2

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Unlike distant friends, this covenant for peace intends to draw political rivals to righteous civility together for the sake of the people. (PIA photo)

Ombudsman seeks LGU documents

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he office of the Ombudsman Visayas has sought the submission of various documents via “subpoena duces tecum” fromTanjay city’s bids and awards committee secretariat in connection with the complaints from two Tanjay residents regarding possible violations of the law on various public works projects. This covers P290,000 worth “for the assimilated repair of canals for Barangays 1 and 2” which allegedly are nonexistent based on the personal knowledge of complainant Felix Barba. Another complaint is for the “ assimilated construction of

footsteps of Bgys Santo Nino and Obogon” worth P296,000 which complainant Elliseo Joselito Monroy, a planter, claims are allegedly non-existent. The documents sought for submission to the

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ll candidates for various positions were warned by the Comelec not to use whatever government properties and assets for their campaign directly or indirectly otherwise it might cost their own candidacies. All candidates as they go “high ball” in the local campaign trail were informed that they go on their own, and never take along government personnel and properties such as cars and nor use computers owned by taxpayers. As the campaign for local candidates goes full blast beginning today, the Commission

on Election renews its call for candidates particularly the incumbent officials to refrain from using government resources to advance their political agenda for said acts constitutes an election offense which carries a penalty of one to six years imprisonment, removal of right to vote, and

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Gary explains his side on NAPOCOR issue

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he Supreme Court has suspended its own order earlier directing the National Power Corporation to payP33.75billion to more than 5000 of its employees who were terminated in 2003, noting that the state firm’s claims among others, could lead to the government’s bankruptcy. According to the archive NAPOCOR assets and reports of the Business World dated deposits shall be garnished Jan 10, 2010 it stated that : until further order by the The Supreme Court, in an Supreme Court.” order dated Jan 7,2010 the special To rule however on the third division of the high court merits of the case, the high decided “to maintain the satus quo court ordered the employees in this case prevailing, before the of NAPOCOR thru issuance of the Resolution dated petitioner NPC Drivers and Dec 2, 2009 such that no To page 2

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“CHRIST’S EMPTY TOMB GUARANTEES OUR VICTORY OVER SIN AND DEATH” To page 5

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400 bets pledge honest elections (From page 1)

RL: Candidates like Butch Adanza, Karen Villanueva, George Arnaiz, Sam Torres, Josie Limkaichong, Mark Garcia join the 400 others in signing the covenant for peace.

“Josy” Limkaichong of the Liberal Party, Nationalist People’s Coalition standard bearer former Finance Secretary Margarito “Gary” Teves and Samuel

Torres along with their respective vicegubernatorial tandem Dr. Henry Sojor, Dr. Mark Macias and Apolinario Arnaiz Jr. highlighted the

event with their presence. Among the congressional candidates, former Cong. Jerry Paras NPC bet for the 1st District, re-electionist Congressman

George P. Arnaiz (2 nd District) and his challenger Bais City Mayor Karen Villanueva attended the event. In contrast, LP’s bet for the 1st congressional seat Emmanuel Iway, incumbent 3 rd district congressman Pryde Henry Teves and his rival former Board Member Marcelo Adanza were absent. There were also sizable contingents of candidates coming from different cities and municipalities present during the covenant signing despite the fact that more than a dozen Local Government Units have already held similar To page 17

Gary airs side on NAPOCOR issue (From page 1)

Mechanics Association (DAMA) and the NPC Employees and Workers Union to submit comments, oral arguments that would be heard January 3, 2010. Until today, March 2013, the NAPOCOR union-petitioner has not yet submitted

GARY TEVES for governor, stresses a point before members of the Rotary Club of Dumaguete.

the documents required by the Supreme Court in its 2010 order.. Since it’s already 2013, thus it might also help that the terminated NAPOCOR employees direct their appeals before the office of the incumbent Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima and even up to President Aquino so that the issue shall be resolved with dispatch by the High Court When pressed by reporters during the press conference at El Tico’s bar yesterday, former finance minister Gary Teves said, he will produce the Supreme Court decision within this week. The said Status Quo Order by the Supreme Court is now published elsewhere in this issue for public perusal.

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Gary Teves who was later implicated by his critics about this Napocor issue said , he was not yet chairman of the energy board, but was still land bank president at that time when this order of reinstatement was ordered by the Supreme Court. The case stemmed from a complaint by the NAPOCOR union contending that the NAPOCOR management illegally terminated thousands of NAPCOOR employees during the reorganization and restructuring in 2003. The NAPCOOR board issued Resolutions 2002-124 and 125 pursuant to the EPIRA law which is the Electric Power Industry Reform Act or EPIRA law.

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CHRONICLE bares Degamo stories… (As the most-covered governor in town!)

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

(email:dejaresco_ely@yahoo.com)

INDAY JOSY & FLORENCE

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oyal and trustful spokesperson Florence Baesa of Liberal Party standard bearer Rep. Josy Sy Limkaichong is now hired by the SYSU-owned radio station w hich zoomed its way (in two months, whew!) like magic into Dumaguete City. Baesa used to be a part-time newscaster in the pioneer fm station DYEM in Dumaguete until Limkaichong made an irresistible offer to her. She has also been handling the POLITICAL commentary of the Liberal Party. Rightly so, so she can be dubbed as LP party spokesperson. Congratulations! Moving over with her is her assistant , Donard Dayot, another loyal LP personality like Baesa. BACKGROUNDER. Long before October 2012 when the campaign fever started to heat up, Florence Baesa’s convictions in favor of Limkaichong also started to heat up after she was showered with amenities like free trips covering Limkaichong and others in the Batasan which of course were legitimate. Her love and passion for the military beat also jived with Limkaichong’s desire to get the kindness of the military to keep the peace in the trouble-ridden first district. That was when our impartial listeners noticed the growing bias of the LP spokesperson brandishing the ID of mainstream media. This was the start of the professional betrayal of the trust reposed by the public on our independent media. The public was hurt – because it affected our credibility after decades of public trust in our media. A major advertiser pulled out because of this bias. This was doing more harm than good. It had to end. To us, being an independent media, Baesa’s presence at DYEM is no longer tenable. So we accepted her resignation. We cannot and WILL NEVER COMPROMISE OUR INDEPENDENCE, so DYEM had to let go of Baesa and allow her to join the partisan media closely identified with Josy Limkaichong’s Liberal Party. She is now working hard – win or lose for the LP. HERE’s the good News: Without our immediate knowing, the release of Baesa to the partisan Liberal Party has elicited a lot of positive feedbacks in that DYEM fm will once again resurrect its known INDEPENDENCE in local issues. In fact, we launched today a new radio image that all the more depicts our mission and vision of making our station part of

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e might not have known it, but the incumbent governor could yet be the most and well-covered among many public officials in this province. Yet we heard from Gov and even Mrs. RoelDegamo tell people that the CHRONICLE didn’t write anything good about the governor. Why: is everything good about the governor? But yes, Virginia, we did write so many stories about this governor from the time he took oath in 2011 up to the present. We want the governor tokindly advise his barkers to refer to the CHRONICLE archives. We have the following complete list of almost WEEKLY stories about the governor. Making him feel good is never our intention, but relevant and timely information about the office, not necessarily about the person. Kindly refer to the following stories in case you missed buying a copy of our weekly Sunday editions : IN 2011: Jan 9 “Gov takes oath, meets with staff” + cartoon / Jan 16 page 1 color foto, “Degamo seeks Capitol unity”/ color foto page 1 six columns!/ Jan 23 page 2 “Low

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profile Gov knows his limitation” page 16: “No Mass Layoffs.” Feb 13: p.2 “Gov’s battle cry: Magdegamo ta!” Feb 20: “Gov vows honest, prudent fund use” page l5: Young legislatorsfoto CB; FEB/ MARCH Feb 27: p.1 color “Degamo charts NegOrcour se”+pictur e; p.13 “R7 PNP director meets gov.” + picture; March 6 p.1: “All denials on suretres takers” with pics./ March 13 p7: “Gov to help stranded Negrenses in Lybia” “Gov to boost tourism spots”p.7/ Mar 20 p.1: “Lybia OFWs get P10k help each” +group pics; March 27 p.2: “Capitol: use of P60M calamity fund valid” “Gov to Loan P200M

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for NOPH bldg..” Critical Reporting: “P40M inheritance left by Perdices administration” p.l3 “Capitol opens SMS hotline “E-text mokangDegamo.” APRIL 3/17/24 : Page 3: “Launching of Magdegamo ta”/ p16: “Degamo tells Lawas: sustain fight vs. drugs” +pics/ p.2 “Magdegamo ta “ first 100 days”/ p.18 “Capitol shopping for PHP 20M agricultural farm inputs” p23: “Magdegamo ta: needs hotel partners”/ “Gov suspends Basay mining.” P.2: “Liberal Party freezes Digamo’s application” / “Police your own ranks Gov tells PNP” + pics/ p 17: “Gov urges DILG pay our jail guards.”

GOV. ROEL DEGAMO MAY 1/ 8/ 15/ 22/: P 1: “Degamo bolts Teves camp; Gary eyed for Gov” p.2:”Degamo launches mobile health team.”/ p.11 “Capitol dads okey P80M fund request .”/ “Gov : P10k for mini forests in 570 barrios.”/ P.1: “ NegOr 2012 Palaro bid gains ground” +pics/ p1: “ Degamo consults budget officer”/ p2: Degamopics with family /p7:”Degamo’s alternative of Jethropa in

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the life of our community. ENERGY FM history: In l999, Manila radio executive Manny Luzon founded the Ultrasonic Broadcasting System. But now, the network is Chaired by Rebecca Sy of SYSU Group of companies, a family-owned conglomerate that distributes imported food products in the country. UBSI’s main office is at 11A, 11/F Agustin Bldg, F Ortigas Rd (formerly Emerald Ave.) in Ortigas Center, Pasig City. Its top executives

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All bets cautioned: ban use of ... disqualification from public office. Numerous reports were gathered that many incumbent officials seeking re-election or eyeing other elective posts are using

government-owned vehicles and personnel to mobilize supporters in rallies and campaign stops, mounting their posters and other similar propaganda materials in government buildings.

The COMELEC through Resolution No. 9615 cautioned the concerned officials that with the start of the local campaign period yesterday the local incumbent officials must

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despite the opposition among the politicians, political parties and the Kapisanan ng Mga Brodkasters ng Pilipinas (KBP), which branded the rule as impractical and burdensome. Atty. Jerome Brillantes, page for tabloids. Election Supervisor of the Additionally, pamphlets, City of Dumaguete, said that leaflets and other printed he will strictly enforce the materials must not exceed airtime limits of the local 8.5 by 14 inches and two feet candidates at 60 minutes in by three feet for posters local television and 90 must be displayed five days minutes in radio aggregate before the date of the rally per candidate covering all or meeting and shall be stations pursuant to the Fair removed within 24 hours Elections Act and as thereafter. provided for in Comelec’s In 2010 the airtime limit Resolution 9615, which also was computed per station, provided that advertisements but the poll agency noted of candidates in print or that only the moneyed newspapers are limited to candidates got maximum one-fourth page for exposure by buying airtime To page 15 broadsheets and one-half

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the incumbent officials in all vehicles must likewise be removed regardless whether said vehicles were procured during their incumbencies as the poll agency refers “public places” to include motor

vehicles used as patrol cars, ambulances and other similar purposes owned by local government units, and government agencies that bear red license plates. (By Dems Demecillo)

Easter like elections calls for faith, renewal

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COMELEC to rule on media promos

n the absence of an adverse ruling from the Supreme Court, the Commission on Elections will impose the airtime limits among candidates vying for local positions

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o some the 45-day ban on public works, which started on Good Friday (March 29) is a boon to spare the activities f rom partisan politics but to some local official particularly in the barangays these could be a bane for this would mean a delay in the public bidding of some important infrastructure projects. Section 2 of Commission works undertaken by on Elections Resolution 9585 contract through public prohibits any construction of bidding or by negotiated public works, delivery of contract awarded before materials for public works March 29, 2013; payment and issuance treasury for the usual cost of warrants charged against preparation for working public funds until May 13, drawings, specifications, bills of materials, estimates 2013. The same resolution also and other procedures prohibits the appointment preparatory to actual and hiring of new employees construction including the or job order workers until purchase of materials and the conclusion of the equipment and all incidental expenses of watchmen and elections. However, the same other labourers employed resolution provided for such work before the exemptions to wit: public start of the ban.

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efore they launched their campaigns in earnest, candidates belonging to different parties reflect on the significance of the Lenten season as akin to the campaign period, which they hope would culminate in the same manner that Easter Sunday was celebrated: a constant reminder of the triumph of God’s love and righteousness over evil. Amlan Mayor Bentham Dela Cruz lamented that the local campaign, owing mainly to the radio blocktime programs has degenerated the noble exercise of choosing the best, the most righteous and most compassionate leaders, into an open season for character assassinations and mudslinging. But he expressed hope that the Holy Week rites “enlightened us all to show love rather hatred and to genuinely serve others rather than our vested interests” as the Good Lord has shown us. Siaton Vice-Mayor Rey Yap said that Lent and Easter

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serve as a “constant reminder of God’s great love for mankind that He gave His own life to save us.” Mabinay Mayor Ernie Uy, who is running unopposed for re-election said that on this Easter Sunday he is praying for a peaceful, fair and honest elections. Finally, Dumaguete City Councilor Antonio Remollo said that Easter is the “miracle of our Lord’s resurrection, by dying on the cross and by rising on the third day, Jesus fulfilled the covenant of a new life and a new beginning.”


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Reflections on Holy Week appy Easter to our brothers and sisters in the Christian world. Easteris significant to us Christians because it signifies resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus was condemned and imposed the death sentence by crucifixion. He was God’s sacrifice, in order to save us from our sins. In three days the Lord Jesus rose from the dead, something unheard of in the history of this the world. Easter is a celebration of life after death. During our pre-Lenten action group meeting ,we had a sharing of thoughts on the approaching Holy Week. Our brother Adolf shared his thoughts that there is so much focus on the gloomy events leading to the crucifixion of Christ. He wondered why it would seem there is not as much focus on the resurrection of Christ. He said focus should be more on the victory of life over death, of salvation over condemnation. He observed that what we always see in churches is the crucified Christ, which is more connected to suffering, agony and pain. Yet we cannot see in these same churches any visual depiction of the Christ’s resurrection. Perhaps, he thought, maybe it is more difficult to depict in visual terms the resurrection, than to show the crucifixion. Brother Joseph, a former priest, for his part shared his thoughts that both the suffering of Christ leading to his crucifixion, and his rising from the dead have equal significance. The crucifixion is important because how could there have been resurrection if there was no crucifixion, he said. During the Holy week observance we were blessed to have attended a two half-day recollections with Fr. Arnel Aquino, SJ. On Maundy Thursday he related common experiences of ordinary people who are about to die, with the experience of Christ when he was also about to meet his death, through relevant passages of the Scriptures. The recollections were meaningful as it provided another perspective on the observance of Holy Thursday and Good Friday. To page 16

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Joining the big league

ike horses released from the wild, some 600 local ca ndid ates fr om t he congressional derby down to the gube rnat oria l, ma yora l an d co unci lmen’s slates, they will now maximize the final 45 days given them by law in order to saturate their prospective con stit uenc ies and seek the ir mandate.

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There are persistent reports that 2013 could yet be the most expensive elections because of the entry of rich candidates who believe that they can buy their way into public office.,’

Man who won’t go crazy with that! So why not invest P100-miliion this election, and recover it after one gets el ecte d, a nd e v en more . So me candidates are now engaged in color coding the voters in the hinterlands. This election, Negros Oriental joins the big league. This is because while vote buying before cost only P500 per voter, this time it could double the price. When they hit four figures per voter, things might go berserk and violence might not be far away.

Do you expect the biggest spenders in these elections not to make sure that the y ge t fu ll r etur ns o f th eir investments (ROI) if and if they sit into public office?

So we appeal to the candidates to please win by the merits of your intellect, and not by the merits of your ban kboo ks. Plea se s pare the se com muni ties wit h yo ur v icio us ambitions to attain public positions you don’t even deserve.

Verily, easily if this province has one billion pesos in annual budget, even ten percent of such amount could give you one hundred million easily in kickbacks. Who is the rich Woman or

How nice would it be to see highlevel candidates who will discuss issues, rather than buy votes,and undeserv edly acquire respectable public positions.

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“Sinners that we are”

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YEARS OF COMMUNITY JOURNALISM

ELY P. DEJARESCO Editor-Publisher

hristendom is in the midst today, Holy Wednesday, of the celebration of the Holy Week. Though many may seem dolorous and remorseful-looking over the fact that we have made gods of material things and earthly honors, Holy Week is still celebrated because it is indeed a celebration. As the road underneath us We celebrate the greatest love are we truly worthy of? there is of a Father who has sent And the least we can do is trembles and buckles, we run for His only begotten Son to suffer the to recognize the sinners that we shelter and cry with the wind. And yet pain and humiliation of death of a all are and repent for the every we find to our wonder that every path common criminal of Calvary. All lash, nail and spit we inflicted on leads back to the Lord. So we pray, that to pay for a debt He never owed the suffering Jesus as we lead repent and shout: “Stay with me, Lord, it is you that I need, the gods of this and a debt we can never repay by our daily sinful lives. our puny selves. As the theme from the world never give me peace in my All of us who have children, let movie The Cardinal had heart. They are empty and vain.” Those of us who suffer the us begin to imagine what kind of succinctly placed, we are like sacrifice that meant. lambs that in the springtime slings and arrows of daily Those of us who have only (good times, interpretatively) misfortune can likewise search one child to give - for others? - wander from the fold, and find the value in human understand that kind of love distracted by the ways and suffering by taking an attitude of even more. pleasures of this world. But total surrender. For instance, we Holy Week, therefore, is that as the darkness and the cold can offer our abject misery and time of the year, when the follow as they always come painful circumstances in Faithful must reflect just how to pass, we grow cold, weary atonement for our many deserving we can be of that and lost because we know transgressions. We can participate love. How much of redemption that we have sinned. To page 13

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

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

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

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

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Ombudsman... From page 1 a historic ceremony at the NORSU M ain Campus I Sports and Cultural Center on March 26, 2013. “Finally, after 85 long years, I am very pleased to announce that the provincial government of Negros Oriental formally bequeaths today this property, through a deed of donation, to Negros Oriental State University,” announced Degamo. The property referred to is a 20,344 square meter prime property located at Kagawasan Avenue, Capitol Area. Estimated at forty thousand pesos per square meter, the estimated value of the donated property is 816 million pesos. The act of Gov. Degamo finally puts to rest questions regarding NORSU’s claim to the property and gives the university full ownership of the land it has been occupying since 1907. In his bequeathal message, Degamo pointed out the need for every Negrense to be given the chance to avail of their right to be educated. He said that he hoped with this donation, “…NORSU, one of the best educational institutions in the province…will continue planting good seeds of knowledge…in a location conducive to learning…” so students will become productive members of the community. Dr. Henry A. Sojor, the former president of NORSU and one of the witnesses to the turn-over, lauded the governor and commended him for his courage. Sojor pointed out that it is only Gov. Degamo who thought about giving the property directly to the administrators of NORSU. In his acceptance speech, a visibly moved Dr. Real, promised the provincial governor responsible stewardship of the donated lot. He further added that the donation is a gift to NORSU and all its students and stakeholders. Dr. Real assured the governor that he will lead Norsunians in ensuring that the donated property will be valued and treasured. The signing of the deed of donation was also witnessed by Provincial Legal Counsel Erwin Vergara, NORSU Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Ester V. Tan, NORSU Vice President for Administration, Planning and Development, Dr. Peter T. Dayot, NORSU Vice President for Research, Extension, and International Linkages, Dr. Bernadette O. Tan, and some members of the NORSU Board of Regents, among others in the presence of thousands of NORSU

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s graduation month reaches fever pitch with numerous commencement exercises being held almost every day (with some areas having ceremonies of as many as 1015 simultaneously in different areas of a city or municipality in one day), extending up to the early weeks of April, messages for the graduates are a-plenty. The recently concluded Switzerland, Finland and, 24 th BPI-DOST Science again, Israel. Awards held in Dumaguete Where is the Philippines brought to the city once in all these, asked Herbosa. again the articulate and “We rank somewhere charismatic Senior Vice- between the 70s and 80s,” President of the Bank of the he answered himself. Philippine Islands, However, adds Herbosa, Emmanuel Herbosa, who with every gaping hole like spoke during the awarding this comes the opportunity to ceremonies held at Silliman change the status quo. “The University, of the need for Philippines is currently on a the country to invest in and rather dramatic upswing with commit to a national science very sound macroeconomic and technology, and research fundamentals, a very healthy and development program in stock market, a very strong order to boost economic currency, and a nearprogress. investment grade credit Herbosa mentioned a rating. We are progressing recent study on global as the world watches us, research and development which means that now, more investments that the top five than ever, is the best time to countries as among the push for investments in world’s top investors in science and technology research and development education, research and are Israel, Sweden, Finland, development, and Japan, and Switzerland. innovation,” explained When it comes to scientific Herbosa. and engineering researchers With the advocacy of per capita, the top five BPI of promoting science countries are Finland, and technology for the Sweden, Japan, Singapore, country’s development and Denmark. On the other through the BPI Science hand, when one talks about Awards in partnership with innovation, measured by the the Department of Science number of patents per and Technology, Herbosa capita, the top five are the said that “now is the best United States, Japan,

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time to arm young people with the knowledge, skills, and tools that we will need in order to assert ourselves among the world’s top economies. Now is the best time for young people to explore your scientific ideas because we have an environment that is conducive to and ripe for innovation.” He challenged that “if Israel has done it, if Brazil and India are doing it, I firmly believe that the Philippines can do it.” Right now, BPI is at the forefront of innovation and leadership in the country. Herbosa acknowledged the development of the bank’s BEA, their client express To page 7

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

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A Lazarus Moment aster  2013  and the original Easter  two millennia ago  are about  the same thing: radical change.  As  today’s  youngsters  quip in  quaint “Taglish”: “You’re  very  another  na. After  the crucifixion’s the bread. He had become trauma, disciples locked  another na..” themselves into the  Upper Would you know it is Room.. Yet,   Jesus passes the Easter from the newscasts ?  barred doors. They recoil in .Chiz Escudero’s  standing in fright. . “Touch me,” he says.. the polls skid because of his And see for yourself that a “Heart” affair.  Of  552  ghost has no flesh and F i l i p i n o - C h i n e s e bones,”  displaying nail- businessmen, 354  didn’t pay pierced hands and side. “You’re a centavo in income tax.  One very another na.” out of three kids go hungry, Time and space no longer Unicef reports. constrain him, Luke and John Few think of our deaths — let recount.  Outside  the empty tomb, alone what lies beyond. In a time . Mary Magdalene wept. She when we can connect severed thinks it’s the gardener who asks: limbs,  many forget  people still “Who are you looking for?” Only wear out and die, Craig Brown after  Christ calls “Mary,”does  she writes  in Washington Post “Our “turns and (say)… Master.” In an culture has come to view death as Emmaus village, Jesus vanishes a medical failure rather than life’s after two disciples belatedly natural conclusion.”  recognize him in the “breaking of Turn to page 14

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What are the dire consequences of a demographic freefall that the Malthusians and antinatalists in our country conveniently leave out in the discussions? 1. In the next 5 years, all of the 18 developed countries according to Deutsche Bank will experience a decline in their working age population ratios. This has dire consequences for their respective economies because a combination of fewer people in the workforce and high levels of indebtedness

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not be deducted if we praise our co-workers. Our house helpers need sincere praise as much as we are. We won’t appear less attractive if we boost others’ self-confidence. We don’t become less a parent if we tell our children that they are great. My mother, like most mothers, was always full of praise for her children. But in spite of that, I grew up believing that I was an ugly duckling. Other children used to tease me “Tikling,” a Philippine heron, which is tall, thin and has very long legs; I was tall for an average Filipino and too thin. Half of my life, I always heard these words, “You should eat well, you’re too thin.”

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or the past three months I have been asking people, mostly Filipinos, “If you had the power what would you do to improve the quality of life in Dumaguete City ?” I ask Filipinos because only they can really do anything to improve life here. Only they have the power. Overwhelmingly the Consolidate Pedi cabs and other responses had something to do forms of transportation there also. with the growing traffic problem. 5.   Make the Dumaguete City is an old city with “boulevard” off limits to all narrow streets. Every day we are motorized traffic. The only growing closer to a gridlocked city, means of movement will be by especially during peak traffic hours. foot or horse cart. Knowing the problem and solving 6.   Enforce the air pollution the problem are two different things. laws. Vehicles seem to belch nasty Here are a few suggestions made black smoke will be stopped and by several Filipino intellectuals. cited. Vehicles without lights and 1.   Make the city’s other safety equipment will be “round-about” road a top impounded and not allowed on the priority. Have government do road until repaired. its job and route “through 7.   Modify the national traffic” around the city. helmet law to meet local needs 2.   In the meantime restrict and customs. Enlist local through traffic to the National Congressmen and other Highway only. Restrict through provincial political leaders in traffic to off peak hours. the service of their rural 3.   Have business constituents. deliveries done off peak hours. 8.   Have police check points 4.   Create a north and south on the national highway. Have bus terminals outside the city. Turn to page 7

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HAT’S the victory of Easter, the resurrection of Christ when he finally conquered death itself and with it all the malice of sin and evil. It’s the victory that recovers our original dignity as image and likeness of God and nothing less than God’s children in Christ, the dignity we lost because of sin. This ultimate victory even converted into a gateway to our enhances that dignity, since it salvation with his resurrection. involves God becoming like us so What matters is what happens in that we can be like him! It’s this the end, with an effect that will be very sublime exchange and for always. If we believe this truth and sharing that comprises the supreme good that can happen to live it ourselves, identifying everything in our life with the us. Some people have life and the passion, death and considered it a Pyrrhic victory resurrection of Christ, then we since it involves quite a too can partake of this ultimate tremendous cost. It’s like saying victory. We should not forget that it will that the resurrection of Christ has given us only a zero-sum involve nothing less than the triumph, since what we gain offering of our life. Before that, it with it is almost the same as obviously will entail a lot of suffering—the cross, in other what we lose. This is, of course, a very poor words—which Christ already understanding of this truth of faith. warned us about when he said that While it’s true that this culmination if we want to follow him, then we of the redemptive work of Christ on should deny ourselves, take up us entailed nothing less than his life, our cross and follow him. Turn to page 14 it’s also true that that death has been

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The most eloquent words I have heard being said about someone are when I attend a funeral. But it is sad that the recipient of these heart-warming words is now lying deaf and cold. Cancer taught me that life is too short to hold back appreciation to people who deserve it. All of us need words that nourish our hearts and actions that speak our good intentions. Words are free. We don’t have to worry about our bank accounts if we say kind or encouraging words to others. It doesn’t cost anything to make a person feel important. We will not miss an inch in height if we tell a person that she or he did a good job. Our salaries will

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leads impact negatively on the economy. 2. Japan’s rapidly aging population will require a serious overhaul of its social security and tax systems. 3. While in 1960 one Japanese retiree was supported by 2 workers and in 2010 by almost 3 workers, in 1960 one retiree will be supported by just one worker. Other countries are confronted by the serious “grey dawn” phe-

EASTER: Springtime of the Soul ent is a time of loving; Easter is the springtime of the soul.” These words always reverberate in me during Holy Week and the Easter season. We experience the love of God as we reflect on the memories of our journey in faith compared to Jesus’ last days on earth. Then we rejoice in the Easter message of the Resurrection that gives us the joyful hope of eternal life. This Easter Hope enables us blossoms that would poke their to look beyond the past, the present, heads through a lingering and even our tomorrows. Hope patch of snow. Mom and I helps us to look beyond our would gather lilac branches, present difficulties, sorrows, bring them indoors, set them in hardships, sufferings, fears, and a vase of water, and watch them irritations. Hope challenges us to bud and bloom. We would look beyond the “now” to the reality begin planning our vegetable of heaven and eternity. garden, which seeds we would The Resurrection Hope is plant first. We would watch for what springtime is all about! the first greening of the fields, Springtime brings the hopeful and for the first little buds on certainty that summer is on its the trees that soon would burst way. In Vermont, USA, where I into life forming a leafy canopy spent my childhood years, I over our front yard. would excitedly search out the Springtime in Vermont is also first wild flowers in our nearby mud time. As the snow melts, the woodland, small fragile Turn to page 7

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disability, for many individuals, may force an early retirement. When this unfortunate event occurs, the early retiree can generally look to a number of income sources to meet expenses: distributions from qualified retirement plans (such as an IRA), disability income, and, perhaps, severance pay and spousal earnings. Of these, retirement plan distributions merit special mention. Distributions from retirement plans often represent the most complex areas of the U.S. tax code that most disabled taxpayers will encounter. Distributions from a retirement plan, such as an IRA, are fully taxable in the tax year in which they are received. If the account balance is paid out all in a single year, and if there have been no previous nondeductible contributions, the recipient pays income tax on the entire amount received. However, there are ways to reduce or forestall these taxes. One is to receive distributions over a period of years. Once the method of payment is selected, the next main tax obstacle confronted by many disabled retirees is the 10 percent penalty on early (premature) distributions. One of the areas of greatest danger for the early retiree is the area of premature distributions. Any distribution from a qualified plan, IRA, 401(k), Keogh, or similar plan prior to age 59 ½ is defined by the IRS as an early, or premature, distribution. In life, the early bird gets the worm; in the world of retirement plans, the early bird usually gets a penalty. In this case, a 10 percent penalty Example: Paul was offered early retirement by his company at age 58. The offer, in his opinion, was “too good to refuse”. To get his new life off to a new start as a retiree, Paul, who is single, withdrew $15,000 from his IRA and moved to the Philippines. Assume Paul’s marginal income tax rate applicable to the $15,000 IRS distribution is 25%. By the time the tax people were finished with him, Paul’s $15,000 is no longer $15,000. Here’s what happened to his $15,000: Amount withdrawn Less: federal income tax @ 25% Less: 10% penalty on premature distribution Proceeds left over for Paul

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spotters to radio information to the checkpoints on traffic violators. The spotters can use a camera to record violations and augment identification. 9.   Pipe waste under water out into the bay where it can be diluted and washed away without stinking up the city. 10.  Make all businessmen responsible for the cleanliness of the public area around their facilities. They should have trash receptacles for public use. 11.  Have the city put in free urinals with modesty screens, connected to the underground drains. Enforce the anti-public urination laws. Have police cite anyone seen urinating in public. 12.  Using the strong current around this island, to pipe water into the bay that will create a cleansing of our beautiful bay. 13.  The Provincial hospital is a tragedy waiting to happen. The halls are jammed with overflow patients. Facilities are limited and the hospital is understaffed. Instead of a sports complex

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Fortunately, there are exceptions to the premature distribution penalty. For the early retiree, one circumstance that will trigger an exception to the 10 percent penalty is disability. If an individual is considered disabled, the 10 percent penalty on premature distributions is waived. In the case of Paul, were he disabled, his tax liability would be reduced by $1,500, leaving him with $11,250 rather than $9,750. For anyone who has not attained the age of 59½, an important consideration when contemplating taking a distribution from his or her IRA is whether or not they are considered disabled with regard to the 10 percent penalty. For purposes of the 10 percent penalty, an individual is considered disabled if they are unable to engage in any “substantial gainful activity” by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment which can be expected to result in death or to be of long-continued and indefinite duration. Substantial gainful activity means the activity in which the individual customarily engaged before the disability arose, or a comparable activity. To obtain the waiver of the 10 percent penalty, proof of disability must be furnished to the IRS. To complicate things, the IRS has not indicated in what form or in what manner proof of the disability must be furnished. Therefore, it is a good idea to attach a physicians statement describing the medical condition resulting in disability to the income return for the year in which the distribution is made. With proper documentation, disability can be established and the 10 percent penalty waived. This in turn makes more disposable money available to the disabled person, which is the intended purpose of the exception to the 10 percent penalty.

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earth gets over-saturated with water resulting in several inches to several feet of mud in the dirt paths and roads that have no grass or asphalt cover. Mud is sloppy, slippery, gooshy, and dirty. It makes delightful mudpies for springtime tea parties. The mud also makes wonderful tracks into the house, although the cleaning up is a chore no one likes. Springtime of the soul! Yes, my soul is full of hope and anticipation of what lies ahead. maybe saving lives is more important. These are opinions expressed by your fellow Filipinos. Maybe you should follow their lead and talk to your leaders about improving the quality of life here in your city. Every Sunday on ENERGY radio 96.7 ,we talk about issues that concern all of us. Join us from 7 to 8 PM and talk to our leaders and tell them your concerns. Be part of the solution not part of the problem.

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Yes, my soul is also filled with mud from time to time and needs cleaning up. That’s what the Lenten period is for, to clean up the soul, so I can catch the sunlight and breathe in the fresh clean fragrant air of the Resurrection miracle and the Easter season. This is a season of renewal, hope, replenishment and expectation. It is a season for fresh new growth. Whatever we are waiting for – joy, peace of mind, contentment, grace, more harmonious relationships, a more fruitful life – these can surely come to us, but only when we are ready to clean out the mud in our life and open heart and mind to the true spirit of springtime. As the spirit of springtime embraces me, my heart sings and my feet dance. Yes, springtime is a season of the heart, of the soul. No matter who we are, or where we are, or what our circumstances may be, we can always welcome Easter hope and the springtime of our soul, the season of our heart’s joy! May you dance and sing this Easter springtime!

VICE GUBERNATORIAL BETS RL: VG Jun Arnaiz, Dr. Mark Macias and Dr. Henry Sojor jointly manifest their desire to hold peaceful and clean elections. At right and extreme (left) are Col. Patrimonio of the Army and Col. Dumlao of PNP. NOTICE OF AUCTION All unredeemed pledges left during the month of November 2012 of the ff CEBUANA LHUILLIER PAW NSHOP branches will be sold at Public Auction on April 5, 2013 at Aguinaldo St., Bais City (8:30 am) • Aguinaldo St., Bais City • Roxas St., corner Mabini St., Bais City, Negros Oriental            • National Highway corner Aglipay St., Bais City • 499-E National Highway, Public Market, Tanjay, Negros Oriental • Magallanes St., Tanjay, Negros Oriental • Poblacion Amlan, Negros Oriental • Public Market, Sibulan, Neg. Or. • L. Aguilar St., Pamplona, Negros Oriental • Roxas St. corner Mabini St., Bais City at South Road, Tabuctubig, Dumaguete City (8:00 am) • 57 Silliman Ave., Brgy 6, Dumaguete City • 149 Gov. Perdices St., Brgy 5, Dumaguete City • Cervantes St., Dumaguete City • Level 1, Bldg.5, Dumaguete Public Market Complex, Dumaguete City • Noblefranca cor Sta. Catalina St., Dumaguete City • Cor. Mabini & Pinili Sts., Dumaguete City • Unit B, G/F Bricktown Center Bldg., North cor Aldecoa Drive, Brgy Daro, Dumaguete City • Rizal Boulevard, Dumaguete City • corner Maria Cristina & Legaspi St., Dumaguete City • Cor Perdices Sta Rosa St., Brgy 3, Dumaguete City • San Jose St., Dumaguete City • South Road, Tabuctubig, Dumaguete City at Poblacion, Basay, Negros Oriental (8:00 am) • National Highway, Zamboanguita, Negros Oriental • National H-way, Siaton, Neg.Or. • Juan Luna Street., Brgy Poblacion, Sta. Catalina,Negros Oriental • 1160 Rizal St., Tinago, Bayawan, Neg.Or. • Claro M. Recto St., Bayawan City • Poblacion, Basay, Negros Oriental at Catamboan, Lazi, Siquijor (8:30 am) • North Poblacion, Larena, Siquijor • Atad Street, New Public Market, Siquijor • Catamboan, Lazi, Siquijor at S. Villanueva M.L. Quezon, Guihulngan Cty (8:30 am) • Pob. Mabigo, Canlaon City • S. Villanueva M.L. Quezon, Guihulngan Cty • National H-way Pob. Jimalalud. Neg. Or. • Door #3 Public Market, Tayasan, Neg. Or. • Poblacion Bindoy, Negros Oriental • Poblacion Manjuyod, Negros Oriental • National Highway, Poblacion Ayungon, Negros Oriental • North Poblacion, La Libertad, Negros Oriental at Lumbangan Mabinay, Negros Oriental (8:30 am) • Lumbangan Mabinay, Negros Oriental

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R & D for ... (Genove) From page 5 assist to solve the queuing problem in order to lobby traffic among clients. The bank’s teller counters have staged their so-called “Bank of the Future,” an entirely new concept that blends banking technology with face-to-face financial advisory services. “All these automation is home grown at BPI,” emphasized Herbosa. There is so much technology, thus, the challenge today is how to apply these – through APPS, or applications, as it is termed today, explained Herbosa. In the response of this year’s awardees from Silliman University through Kin Israel Notarte, B.S. Biology magna cum laude,

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he said that the award is a stepping stone for a brighter tomorrow by inspiring every Filipino to explore their potential as an innovator of science and technology. “There could be no scientific improvement without technological advancement simply because instrumentation has to modernize first for us to see a more vivid picture of things, measure quantities to the very last digit, and extend our reach beyond the imaginable, even outside of this earth,” Notarte articulated. This year’s awardees from Silliman University are among the 600 scientific projects that have been recognized throughout the past two and a half decades by BPI and DOST.


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Finding our life in him We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised. -Hebrew 6:12 –

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aving refused Lordship in being equal with God, the preincarnate C h r i s t c o n sequently (Continuation) takes the form of a servant. Carrying  QUESTION 9 literally the idea of IS IT CORRECT TO SAY “shape,” the Greek THAT THE PROPOSED FR. GAMMY TULABING word morphç DIVORCE LEGISLATION JCD, VG (form) in its usage here refers to the HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH REV. FR. ROMAN C. “ e x t e r n a l THE CHURCH, AND THAT SAGUN, JR. appearance” or THE CHURCH SHOULD THEREFORE NOT INTERFERE IN THE “ o u t w a r d MATTER? expression” that Christ gives to his inward Since when did the Church concern herself only being. Thus, “form” implies a form with “churchy”, pietistic” and/or “spiritualistic” matters, corresponding to a substance, indicating simply with Catholics, merely with marriages held what is objectively there in the person of according to the teaching of the Church? The obligations Christ. of parents, the rights of children, the stability of families Moreover, the Greek phrase morphç doulou are valuable realities even but in the natural order and (form of a servant) acquires its significance from the pursuant ethical sphere – irrespective of the race, the contrast, on the one side, with morphç theou color and creed of married couples. The Church is (form of God) and, on the other side, with the categorically competent to speak – teach, explain and title and dignity of kyrios (Lord). “The fact that proclaim – truths not only in the realm of supernatural doulos is found in the text – and it is used only but also in the sphere of natural realities. So it is that here in the New Testament of Christ – is a prima even politicians and businessmen, non-Catholics and facie evidence that there is an intended contrast Kyrios, and this note of contrast would chime atheists are not exempted from the 10 Commandments. with the entire stress of the hymn.” When couples violate their marriage commitment, in with Hence, what is denoted in the text is that when parents renounce their care for the children they Christ appears as freely accepting the figure brought into the world, when children grow in a confused or condition of a slave, and not merely in and confusing domestic environ – which divorce disguise. More strictly, it underscores what infallibly causes – the Church may not pretend to see this means for Him in relation to the power nothing, prefer say nothing and actually do nothing, and glory which He possessed and which whether those concerned are Catholics or not. The he therefore renounced. Church is obliged to say and uphold the natural truth According to the usage here, taking the that marriage is hallowed and inviolable, irrespective “form of a servant” shows his being born in the of the religion, the denomination or sect of married “likeness of men” to be the lowest possible point couples. Since when was marriage simply a question on the way of Christ’s kenôsis. In this new mode of religion, merely a concern of the Church, simply but of existence, Christ, then, is described by Paul, in humiliation and obedience at the point of death a private affair between the spouses? on the cross showing the weakness and QUESTION 10 WOULD IT BE INCONGROUS TO ASK WHY lowliness proper to a slave (2: 8); but God SO MUCH IS BEING DESIRED AND DESIGNED vindicated him to become the Savior of men of the universe (2: 9-11). BY THE PRESENT ADMINISTRATION AND ITS and Lord Such is the true greatness of the Christ: POLITICAL AND IDEOLOGICAL ALLIES ON HOW though having a sovereign divine majesty, TO RESOLVE “BROKEN MARRIAGES” he takes the role of a servant with respect THROUGH DIVORCE WHILE PRACTICALLY to the cross. NOTHING IS SAID AND PROPOSED TO Amidst the plethora of interpretations of Phil PROTECT AND STRENGTHEN FAMILIES AND 2:7, its significance consists in the fact that the THUS PREVENT MARRIAGE FAILURES – IN LINE passage provides a firm basis for the hortatory WITH THE CONTENT AND SPIRIT OF THE context in the letter, particularly 2: 1-5. Where PHILIPPINE CONSTITUTION AS WELL AS THE different traditions come together syncretistically in Philippi, Paul is greatly concerned with FAMILY CODE OF THE PHILIPPINES? preaching the kerygma about Jesus Christ. 1.  Age: In the first place, his concern consists Should rather young people aged but some 18

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It is the highest stage of manhood to have no wish, no thought, no desire, but Christ--to feel that to die were bliss, if it were for Christ--that to live in penury, and woe, and scorn, and contempt, and misery, were sweet for Christ-to feel that it matters nothing what becomes of one’s self, so that our Master is but exalted--to feel that though, like a mere leaf, we are blown in the blast, we are quite careless whither we are going, so long as we feel that though, like the diamond, we must be exercised with sharp tools, yet we care not how sharply we may be cut; so that we may be made fit brilliants to adorn his crown...

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nd he began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fullfilled in your hearing.” All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his lips. “Isn’t this Joseph’s son?” they asked Jesus said to them. “Surely you will quote this proverb to me. Physician, heal yourself! Do here in your hometown what we have heard that you did in Capernaum. “I tell you the truth,” he continued, “no prophet is accepted in his hometown. I assure you that there

I do think that one of the worst sins a man can be guiltyof in his world is to be idle. I can almost forgive a drunkard, but a lazy man I do think there is very little pardon for a good reason to be penitent before God as David had when he was an adulterer, for the most abominable thing in the world is for a man to let the grass grow up to his ankles and do nothing. God never sent a man into the world to be idle. And there are some who make a tolerably fair profession, but who do nothing from one year’s end to the other.

were many widows in Israel in Elijah’s time, when the sky shut for three and half years and there was a severe famine throughout the land. Yet Elijah was not sent to any of them, but to a widow in Zarephath in the region of Sidon. And there were many in Israel with leprosy in the time of Elisha the prophet, yet not one of them was cleansed only Naaman the Syrian.” All the people in the synagogue were furious when they heard this. They got up, drove him out of the town, and took him to the brow of the hill on which the town was built, in order to throw him down the cliff. But he walked right through the crowd and went on his way.

Sunday Thoughts THE DIVINE GIFT OF THE RESURRECTION He is Alive! John 20:1-18 wo questions have been raised with me in these days of the Holy Week: one is: Why did God have to go through all the trouble of accomplishing his redemption of us through a cross? Thick DR. PROCESO UDARBE volumes have been written on the answer to that question. The other question has to do with Easter: “If God intended to grant us eternal life, did he have to do it the “empty-tomb” way?

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Then the man calls her by name, “Mary!” and her spontaneous answer is “Rabboni,” (“My Master”). In that instant Mary Magdalene comes to know in her inner being the divine gift of a “love that will not let her go,” a companionship with Christ that is redeeming, overwhelming, animating. Do you see that Mary is like all of us? Sometimes we do not recognize Jesus because we are blinded by our tears; we so often get overwhelmed by our grief, by our deep anxiety, by our fears. And often we don’t recognize Jesus because we are facing the wrong direction. Mary doesn’t recognize Jesus because her eyes are focused on the open grave with her back to Jesus. Isn’t this true with us so often? But the wonderful thing about Easter is that God insists that we have comradeship with him in any given situation in life we find ourselves in—it is a comradeship that endures, that will not let us go, or let us off, or let us down. One gift of the resurrection that, for us, is inescapable is that we are given a task in the world to cherish and to perform. “Do not To page 13


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Residential Lots for Sale LOCATION

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

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

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

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Commercial Lots for Sale 87 sqms 366 sqms 617 sqms 828 sqms 500 sqms 737 sqms 167 sqms 520 sqms 600 sqms 250 sqms 336 sqms 402 sqms 400 sqms 400 sqms 337 sqms 346 sqms 3,336 sqms 1,400 sqms 150 sqms 421 sqms 116 sqms 169 sqms 306 sqms 642 sqms 2,423 sqms 503 sqms 6,270 sqms 268 sqms 5,222 sqms 1,104 sqms 672 sqms 650 sqms 1,179 sqms 1,205 sqms 951 sqms 1,325 sqms 1,506 sqms 1,037 sqms 1,000 sqms

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

P1.8M P12,000/sqm P20M P5.5M P12M P8.5M P15,000/sqm P2,500/sqm P2,500/sqm P7,000/sqm P5,700/sqm P7,000/sqm P7,000/sqm P5,700/sqm P5,000/sqm P5,000/sqm P10,000/sqm P15M P850K P5,000/sqm P3M P5M P4M P4.5M P15M P2.2M P 5,000/sqm P1.6M P12M P5,000/sqm P1.5M P1.2M P7M P35M P50M P40M P20M P2M P2M

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

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P150/sqm P20M P1,200/sqm P800/sqm P800/sqm P800/sqm P500/sqm P800/sqm P350/sqm P600/sqm P400/sqm P1,500/sqm P400/sqm P400/sqm P400/sqm P12M P400/sqm P500/sqm

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

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Teaching Science Literacy

From page 1 Ombudsman during its current investigations , according to Carla JurisN arvios –Tanco, acting director PACPO, are the following : List of BAC committees on the project; BAC resolution, Abstract of bids, original plan of the project, detailed program of work, notice to proceed, certificate of completion, pictures and other supporting documents. The complainants reported to the Ombudsman the following Tanjay city officials : City Mayor Lawrence Teves, as head of the procuring agency who approved the projects; Bogart Colina, general services officer w ho recommended the projects for approval; and councilors Uldarico Ramirez III, Henry Tam, Jose Orlino and S. Teves, as requisitioning officers. In a text message to the CH RONICLE, Mayor Teves whose side was sought for comments said that he has not yet received anything from the Ombudsman therefore, he has no comment to make. Teves even obliged to reply to the CHRONICLE text while he was attending Holy Week rites last Friday. All of these officials are presumed innocent until proven otherwise by the Ombudsman who will recommend dismissal or the filing of the case before the Sandiganbayan depending on the findings of the investigation based on official documents submitted. NO ACTION YET Meanwhile, the Ombudsman in Quezon City, Justice ConchitaCarpio Morales received last Sept 19, 2012 last year a complaint from Eliseo Joselito Monroy about an alleged P33Milliion worth of procurement of office supplies and other materials for the LGU of Tanjay city which the COA described as “procurement of goods without bidding.” No action yet was taken by the Ombudsman until today. Mayor Boy Lawrence of Tanjay when sought by the CHRONICLE for his side and comments said in a text that he has not received anything about the matter so he cannot officially make any comment. The CHRONICLE assured Mayor Teves that we will publish his official reply to the complaint anytime as soon as Teves makes it available. The Commission on Audit COA in its Audit Observation Memo addressed to Tanjay City Mayor Lawrence S.Teves

By Francis T. Rosales Society needs people who are scientifically literate. Teachers play a very important role for the production of intellect citizens that fit in this competitive world. Thus, in teaching science, it is necessary to link science and literacy. Here are some ideas for linking science and literacy. 1. Oral Retelling of science experiences. In oral retelling, students organize and structure their thoughts and reinforce learning. It also helps students make sense of their ideas. They can also share their ideas with others which indicate that their ideas and work are valued. It provides practice for writing about experiences. It will provide opportunity for others to ask questions and reinforce about their work and what they are thinking about. In doing this, encourage the students to ask questions to clarify points, get more information, and challenge what others have done or what they are thinking. Use questions to elicit information, help them sequence events and decide what information to give to others. It is good to provide support and structure to encourage them to make oral presentations. Encourage them to practice in front of others and receive constructive comments. And lastly, provide template for making oral presentations: - What were you trying to find out? - What did you use and how did you do the activity? - What were your results? What did you find out? Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF NEGROS ORIENTAL 7th Judicial Region Branch 63 Bayawan City IN THE MATTER OF CORRECTION OF ENTRY AS TO SEX FROM FEMALE TO MALE IN THE RECORDS OF BIRTH OF EDCEL ELENIAS TORILLA, SPEC. PROC. 464 EDCEL ELENIAS TORILLA, Petitioner -versusTHE LOCAL CIVIL REGISTRAR OF STA. CATALINA NEGROS ORIENTAL, Respondent x-----------------------------/

ORDER Petitioner, in his verified petition, alleges, that he was born on January 10, 1983, at Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental and his fact of birth was duly registered before the Office of the Local Civil Registrar of Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental.

in February 15, 2012, AOM No. 2012-04, State Auditor Leticia Tan and state supervising auditor CharlitaLeopoldo stated in their signed report the following: “Various procurement of supplies and materials of LGU Tanjay City amounting to P33,044,171.49, were not done through competitive bidding in violation of certain provisions of the Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations of RA 9184, thereby, resulting to the LGU not availing of the prices most advantageous to the government.” PUBLIC INTEREST. A source from the Teves camp commented that the fact that Monroy and Barba who are running for Tanjay councilors sought for a preventive suspension indicated that the report was politically motivated. This was denied by Monroy and Barba, saying, this is a matter of public interest, and that every taxpayer has the right to know how their tax money paid to government has been spent.

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- What happened? 2. Making and using labels and captions. Understand that labels and captions help communicate information. 3. Using scientific vocabulary. Word banks help students to develop comprehension skills. Word games such as puzzles that are related to the topic. 4. Sequencing events. Introduce ways of recording that help students sequence events, discuss the events, and let students use sequence cards where an activity is described in words or pictures. You can also take photographs of an activity and use them to sequence events. 5. Using tenses, verbs, adjectives, etc. Use correct grammar, tenses, and adjectives always so that the students develop mastery to it, especially in reporting experiment results. 6. Using openers and connectives. 7. Asking questions. 8. Answering questions. 9. Taking notes. 10. Reading and creating instructional text. 11. Developing argument based on reasoning and evidence in science. 12. Reading and making science nonfiction books. 13. Reading and writing in newspaper style. 14. Writing letters. 15. Writing reports and consumer information. However, his sex was erroneously entered as female instead of male. Thus, this petition. The petition being sufficient in form and substance, let the same be heard on June 04, 2013 at 8:30 o’clock in the morning at the Session Hall of this Court along Severio “Nene” Martinez Street, Bayawan City. Interested parties are hereby enjoined to appear on the aforesaid date, time and place and show cause why the petition should not be granted. Let this order be published immediately, at the expense of the petitioner, for once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks at a newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Negros Oriental and its five components cities. Furnish copies of this order to the Office of the Solicitor General, the Local Civil Registrar of Bayawan City, Negros Oriental, the petitioner and her counsel. SO ORDERED. Given in Chamber this 19 th day of February, 2013 at Bayawan City, Negros Oriental, Philippines. (Sgd.) ANANSON E. JAYME Executive/Presiding Judge The Negros Chronicle Mar. 31, Apr. 7 & 14, 2013

PRIME LOT SALE: El Pueblo 475 sq.m., clean title, near the new club house, has a good view of Mt. Talinis Two sides adjacent to good neighbors, two sides free, negotiable

Call: 0918-929-6047 RESIDENTIAL LOT FOR SALE IMMEMDIATELY 500 SQUARE METERS, NEAR THE ROAD, NEAR FATIMA SUBDIVISION REASONABLE PRICE, NEGOTIABLE HEDRIANA ENTRANCE, PIAPI, DUMAGUETE CITY IF INTERESTED, CONTACT LUGEN CONDE

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Lots for sale 1) Lot A 330 sq.m. (RUSH SALE) 2) Lot B 330 sq.m. at Pulantubig, Dumaguete City very affordable & negotiable Contact No. 0919-898-8858 0921-238-1924

RESIDENTIAL LOT FOR SALE IMMEDIATELY 700 SQUARE METERS, NEAR THE ROAD, NEAR FATIMA SUBDIVISION REASONABLE PRICE, NEGOTIABLE HEDRIANA ENTRANCE, PIAPI, DUMAGUETE CITY IF INTERESTED, CONTACT ELY DEJARESCO, TEL. NO. 0918-929-6047 OR ROSE BASELERES, TEL. NO. (Globe cp#) 0906-457-4857

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wenty (20) Tourism and Hotel & Restaurant Management Students of St. Paul University Dumaguete (SPUD) departed recently to United States of America for their International On - the Job Training and Practicum. The said program is part and parcel of the global benchmarking initiatives of SPUD, wherein all students are expected to practice their learning in the campus to the actual setting and scenario. Aside from developing Paulinians to its Total and Holistic Formation, providing Value-Laden Instruction and Activities, ensuring

Excellence-Driven Academic Programs, Student – Centered Experience, Emphasis on Service – Learning and Innovative Learning Environment, the University also expanded and widen its Industry – Based Curriculum and the Local & International On-the-Job Training (OJT). To date, a good number

of SPUD graduates are now working abroad, since majority of their employers are hiring them after their graduation. Furthermore, SPUD also is linking and partnering various establishments and institutions in Singapore, Thailand, Korea and China for this purpose especially to business-related and education courses.

DIVORCE and ... (Tulabing)

marriage in fact survive with love alone? Could love alone really take the place of food to eat, provide clothes to wear and abode to live in? Could love alone satisfy the many and continuous needs of children to grow, to learn and be eventually on their own. 3.   Health:  Should  physical  and especially mental health, psychological stability and emotional maturity be simply left to presumption when people want to get married? Should there not be even but a minimum of attitudinal checks and behavioral tests on  very basic personality features – of those desirous of getting married – upon which the success or failure of marriage by and large depends in so many ways, through so many means? 4.  Post Marriage:  Should  those  already married be simply left to themselves to live their conjugal life

as they please, to raise their children as they desire, to engage themselves in any means of livelihood? Would there be no legislation such as about family wages, family housing, family guidance and counseling? Let it be noted that in the Philippines, even the poorest of the poor inescapably pay (indirect) taxes. It is not only incomes that are taxable but expenses as well. The moment a baby is born, this already pays taxes through their parents by consuming electricity and water, alcohol and cotton, milk etc. etc. And how much taxes are paid even for coffins, burials, etc, etc. etc.? 5.  Broken Marriages: Is divorce the one and only answer to broken marriages? And if it is claimed that divorce after all is not compulsory but only for those who want it, then the argument can be said that the legalization of bigamy and/or polygamy and/or “Same Sex Marriage” as well as “Group Marriage” and “Renewable Marriage Contract” are alright. After all, none of it is mandatory as all of them would be only for those desirous of practicing it. To date the Philippines is already beset with many serious social liabilities such as widespread poverty, proliferation of crimes, futile search for peace and order – not to mention the loosing fight against drugs, gambling and prostitution plus the ever increasing number of unborn children killed, children unschooled – to mention but a few. Will divorce be the ultimate solution to such social maladies? The fact is that the Philippines is the only Country in the world – in addition to the Vatican City State, Europe – without a divorce legislation. Honest, is this a shame to the Philippines or a pride for Filipinos?

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Democraphic ... From page 6 nomenon – that is a rapidly greying population in the face of a below-replacement fertility rate brought about by a contraceptive mentality. In Taiwan President Ma YingJeou recently warned the nation of a serious national threat posed by the country’s lack of children. While in 1951 the average Taiwanese’s woman had 7 children in 2010 the fertility had dropped drastically to less than 1. While today 14% of the population is over 65 it is expected that this number could double to a third of the population causing a serious stress on Taiwanese pension funds and tax take. While today seven Taiwanese support one retiree by 2045 only one and a half will be taking care of one. The Oxford Institute of Population Ageing projects that by 2050 pension costs in Europe will escalate by 23% causing a serious strain on government budgets. It is important to note that while in Europe it took a long time for its population to fall, the Oxford study shows the developing countries in Asia and Latin America, thanks to aggressive population control measures, which was or-

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chestrated by the Kissinger report during the presidency of President Gerald Ford and backed up stoutly by international organizations like the US Aid and the World Bank, institutions heavily influenced by the US, these developing countries will experience a demographic free fall experience much faster than we are seeing in places like China, Singapore and Brazil today. In the meantime this country is enjoying our demographic dividend – a term used by demographers for countries with that “middle age spread” (a large portion of its population joining the labor force). This has allowed this country to export its surplus labor about ten percent of its population to find employment abroad. Our OFWs in turn have religiously remitted some 50 billion pesos a month which is responsible in keeping this economy afloat. Not that this is the optimum situation if you consider the enormous social cost of this Diaspora. The fact remains however that no household in Europe or the Middle East can do without domestic help from Filipinas nor can a decent hospital in theses places do without healthcare provided by our countrymen. It is said that every time

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a ship sinks you will find Filipino sailors aboard. Here at home some 500,000 places in the business outsourcing industry are occupied by Filipinos making this country probably the biggest BPO provider in the world. No James, don’t blame our population for the tales of woe in this country. Look rather at the inept governance and a business sector that has failed to provide employment to our countrymen despite our rich natural resource endowments. Look rather at the corruption which is still hitting the headlines, the crony capitalism practiced by a rentseeking, protectionist and monopolistic private sector that is cuddled by a graft ridden governance that hopes to provide condom and pills instead of jobs to the army of unemployed because this is much cheaper. In the meanwhile, in the wings waiting with bated breath are the pill pushers in congress and media whose pens and bills are greased by salivating pharmaceutical companies hoping to make mega bucks from an unenlightened and uninformed public. So what are we to do? Take up the challenge of our population situation and open our eyes to the window of opportunity awaiting our educated unemployed.

years old be allowed to marry and thus commit themselves to a very adult, serious and permanent way of life such as marriage? Physiologically tender, psychologically unprepared, emotionally unstable and usually even financially incapable, are they really ready for marriage with its truly grave, always binding and lasting inherent obligations in conjunction with themselves as spouses and in relation to the children born of their unions as parents? 2.  Livelihood:  Should people – specially men – even if they be advanced in age, be allowed to get married if they have no regular jobs, no viable means of livelihood, and in fact even unable of supporting themselves? While marriage usually starts with love, can

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3 high school students from Negros Oriental passed the nationwide examination for the Science & Technology undergraduate scholarships being offered by the Department of Science & Technology’s Science Education Institute ( SEI ). Of this number, 40 The 43 qualifiers shall be qualified for the scholarships awarded Bachelor of Science under R.A.7687 while three degree scholarships in the qualified for the Merit identified priority S & T fields program. of study effective First The exam was Semester of AY 2013 - 2014. conducted last November The DOST Neg. Or. 18, 2012 at Negros Oriental PSTC has tentatively State University, scheduled the Qualifier ’s Dumaguete City. With a Orientation and Contract total of 341 examinees, the Signing on April 19, 2013. ( passing rate is 12.6 percent. ALBERTARBON )

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Sinners that ...

HEALTH IS WEALTH

(Bingo)

Prayer for Healing Through the courtesy of Dr. Angel V. Somera Lord, look upon me with eyes of mercy. May your healing Spirit rest u pon me. DR. ANGEL V. SOMERA It is through your power that I was created. Since you created me from nothing, Fellow, Philippine you can certainly recreate me. Psychiatric Association Fill me with the healing power of your spirit. May your life-giving powers flow into every cell of my body and into the depths of my soul. Mend what is broken. Cast 0ut anything that should not be within me. Rebuild my brokenness. Restore my strength for service in your Kingdom. Touch my soul with compassion for others. Touch my heart with Your courage and infinite love for all. Touch my mind with your wisdom, That my mouth may always proclaim Your praise. Teach me to reach out to You in my need and help me to lead others to You by my example. Most loving Heart of Jesus bring me health in body and spirit that I may serve You with all my strength.

Mary Mother of the Poor Brgy. Butong, Taal, Batangas, Philippines

Sunday Thoughts

The Divine ... From page 8 touch me,” says Jesus to Mary Magdalene. We’ve been wondering why Jesus says that, until we realize that Jesus is saying to her: “Do not cling to me, do not savor this experience as if you were to remain in this garden.” He tells the women to “go and tell your brethen what you have seen. Do not cling to me, you have work to do, go and tell.” Women speak today of the command of Jesus as his upholding the scaredness of the feminine species, and rightly so. We rejoice with them that a woman was the first to announce the greatest news that has enchanted the whole world ever since. There was this woman!

Yes, we agree there was this Mary Magdalene given the awesome task to go and tell the news. But the gift of a task is for all of us. And it’s not only “go and tell,” it’s also to do all things that Jesus commands us to do. It is going into all the world of everyday life to perform our tasks in the Name of Jesus, not only to tell but to do! Finally, from the view that Christ is alive forevermore, the gift of God to us is that we have a life to live. Paul, with all the thought of an empty cross and an empty tomb, exalts: “Now I live, yet not I, but Christ who lives in me.” For us as Christians looking beyond the grave, there is no never. This is no vocabulary of our Christian faith, for we hear the words of Jesus, “Because I live, you shall live also.” The wonderful gift of the resurrection bids us to say “I believe in life everlasting.”

Taking the ... (Sagun) From page 8

in showing that it is a costly decision on the part of the preexistent and divine Christ to deign to assume human flesh. Then, Christ in the figure of the “righteous one” as the Servant of God is greatly afflicted and held in derision when he was crucified on the cross. Seconly, Paul’s great purpose is to present the incarnate Christas fulfilling the role of the New Adam in whom the image of true manhood is to be seen. Fr. Beare after investigating how Paul wrestles mightily with Gen 1-3 concludes: Christ is the true revelation of God precisely because he is true man.”

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in Jesus’ effort to atone for mankind’s sins. There one finds a truly redemptive value in human suffering. Likewise, let us also see that when God drops needles and pins along our path in life, as they say, we don’t stray away. We pick them up and collect them. For they too were strewn for a purpose - to make us all stronger. So the essence of Holy Week is as much the redemptive power of Christ’s suffering from the Garden of Gethsemane unto the hills of Calvary as it is the glorious resurrection on Easter Sunday, three days after his death. Therefore, our whole lives should be a testament of faith and trust whether in good days of suffering times. So when we are at the edge of the cliff, we must trust God enough to let go. Because there are only two things that will happen as the text message relays. One, is that God will catch us as we fall - for indeed He will not test us beyond the limits of what we can bear. Trust that fully. Or . Two, He will teach you how to fly - having learned our lessons in life well. How can we fret then over our sufferings? That is why Divine Friendship with Jesus is the only permanent one we can rely on in this earth where relationships are usually built on expediency mutual exploitation and materialism. The Lord Jesus, Our One True Friend, is like the walls of our house. Sometimes they hold you up. Sometimes, you may lean on them. But sometimes it’s enough to know they’re just standing by. Does Jesus, our friend love us enough? Hello, He just died for you. How many friends do we have like that?

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SIS President and General Manager Robert G. Vergara today announced that the pension fund is accepting applications under the pension f und’s College Scholarship Program (GSP) in which 200 slots are available for Academic Year 2013-2014. The program provides an opportunity for state workers to send their children to colleges and universities that provide quality education. “We introduced amendments on the program to make it more equitable and responsive particularly to our low-income members,” Vergara said. Previously, the mode of choosing scholars was done through an electronic raffle.

Under the new guidelines, the nominee of a parentmember who has the lowest annual basic salary will be given priority in the scholarship grant. Further, the nominee must be a child of the member and an incoming freshman accepted in schools accredited by the Commission on Higher Education. The list of schools is found in the GSIS website: www.gsis.gov.ph

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affairs of our life. Plus, a driving sense of responsibility that should push us to do things for others without counting the cost. The other day, someone told me about an advanced management program designed in the likes of those in Harvard and the number 1 European business school, IESE, in Barcelona, Spain. What caught my attention is that this program is offered

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It would be nice if we can quit wasting time by fussing about this truth, and simply proceed to live it, acquiring the relevant attitude and skills to put it into practice. Yes, with this truth about our assured ultimate victory in Christ, we ought to have the confidence and serenity in going about the

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to the CEOs and owners of big companies in the Philippines and the other countries comprising the ASEAN, because by 2016, there is supposed to be an economic integration of the region that would boost economic activities. What is prominently distinctive of this program is that it infuses a strong Christian spirit into the complex art of managing big companies with global impact. I consider this a very bold move, since it will bring religion at the center of business and economics, a combination that is often considered taboo, at least in the practical sense and not so much in the theoretical. It’s about time that God is seriously put into these human activities, so crucial in our lives. Those behind this program reassured everyone that freedom of conscience will always be respected, but that God, faith and religion would be unabashedly talked about in relation to these affairs of ours. I consider this as a kind of having the Easter mentality, the attitude of a confident winner who goes beyond merely monetary and other technical criteria in their business and economic activities. That it is given to the business leaders is also very significant, since that would surely have a great effect on the ethical climate of the regional and global economy. Every time I pass by the IT Park in Cebu where I usually see a lot of young people, I cannot help but think of how to evangelize them. I can already detect certain attitudes and behaviour that are actually disturbing, most of them related to how the virtue of chastity is lived, how time and money are spent, etc. Casual flings seem to be the in-thing among them. They are only interested in the money and the so-called freedom that money can give them. There’s a great need to clarify things and to inculcate the proper values and develop the virtues. We need to have the Easter spirit in dealing with this challenge.

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HE LIVES

We live and die; Christ died and lived! ~John Stott Today is Easter Sunday and Christians all over the world celebrate the Resurrection of Christ. This week the weather was varied: hot searing heat with the glaring sun during the day and heavy rains at night. There was a sense of urgency each day as people rush to get things done before the holidays started and the holy days of the passion, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday started, culminating in the joyful celebration of Easter! I have always loved the traditional hymns and for me, The message of Easter is in this beautiful hymn written by Bill and Gloria Gaither who felt their lives were truly blest as they put their trust in the Living God.   “Because He Lives” And then one day God sent His Son I’ll cross that river They called Him Jesus I’ll fight life’s final war with pain He came to love, heal and forgive And then as death gives way to vict’ry He lived and died to buy my pardon I’ll see the lights of glory and I’ll know he An empty grave is there to prove my lives Saviour lives Because He lives I can face tomorrow Because He lives I can face tomorrow Because He lives all fear is gone Because He lives all fear is gone Because I know He holds the future Because I know He holds the future And life is worth the living just because He And life is worth the living just because lives He lives - Bill and Gloria Gaither EASTER GEMS:        I  am  the Living  One;  I  was  dead,  and behold,  I  am  alive  for  ever and  ever  ! – Revelation 1:18 Easter says you can put truth in a grave, but it won’t stay there. ~Clarence W. Hall Soul, soul, there is a sequel to thy tale! ~Robert Mowry Bell Let every man and woman count himself immortal. Let him catch the revelation of Jesus in his resurrection. Let him say not merely, “Christ is risen,” but “I shall rise.”                                                                     -  Phillips  Brooks On Easter Day the veil between time and eternity thins to gossamer. ~Douglas Horton But from this earth, this grave, this dust, My God shall raise me up, I trust. ~Walter Raleigh  

“Because He Lives” God sent His Son They called Him Jesus He came to love, heal and forgive He lived and died to buy my pardon An empty grave is there to prove my Saviour lives

And then one day I’ll cross that river I’ll fight life’s final war with pain And then as death gives way to vict’ry I’ll see the lights of glory and I’ll know he lives

Because He lives I can face tomorrow Because He lives all fear is gone Because I know He holds the future And life is worth the living just because He lives

Because He lives I can face tomorrow Because He lives all fear is gone Because I know He holds the future And life is worth the living just because He lives

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Expectations of  medicine to prolong life  insulate many from realizing  how much a worn-out elderly patient  suffers.  ”Sequestering our elderly keeps most of us from knowing what it’s like to grow old….Those who sit closest feel the most heat.  That’s why it’s typically the son or daughter ,who has been physically closest to an elderly parent’s pain,  who is the most willing to let go.”  Easter  offers  a  “Lazarus moment” to all, whether buried in a pauper’s grave or in a Batac-like air-conditioned mausoleum. “Lazarus, come forth,” Christ cried  into a Bethany grave. The tomb’s stone cover had been rolled away on his insistence. “I am the resurrection and the life,” Jesus tells Lazarus’ sisters Martha and Mary. “Whoever believes in me, though he dies, shall live.” Lazarus emerges, after being

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entombed for four days. “His hands and feet ( were) bound with linen strips and his face wrapped in a cloth,” John records. “Untie him and let him go,” Jesus commands. We, too, will be untied from our inevitable burial shrouds and let go. All will have our “Lazarus moment.” “The hour is coming when all those lying in the tombs will hear my voice and come out” —-  to judgement,  Christ says.   Coconut levies, tong, even  Imelda’s jewelry  won’t matter.   But mercy will.  Easter’s bottom line is about sharing food with the hungry to clothing the naked, as Pope Francis insisted Palm Sunday.  “Burial shrouds have no pockets, my grandmother said.” For Christ, the deepest hurts were those delivered from his own select group: Judas’ betrayal with a kiss, and Peter’s trio of denials. All  have felt the sting of betrayal from the trusted..  Yet, Christ’s first request after rising is: “Tell Peter….” There are many Easter

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stories,” writes Irish theologian Eammon Bredin. “But they all express the same message: God did not allow Him to be held in death.” This is not some kind of “[H]is cause goes on.” Rather, Jesus has been brought, through death — into God’s future. That experience “brought Peter the Rock out of Simon the betrayer and a crucified Paul out of a crucifying Saul.” It forged a church of martyrs from scattered disciples. The roll includes Lorenzo Ruiz of Binondo, martyred on Japan ’s Nishizaka Hill in 1637 and Pedro Calungsod of the Visayas. Hacked to to death in Guam while serving as a lay catechist, he was canonized  October  last year.. In the Easter appearances, Paul and others do not say: “We’ve seen Jesus again,” but “we have seen the Lord and worshipped Him.” Those who proclaim Easter in their lives, like Mother Teresa of Calcutta or Blessed John Paul II, sometimes  stammer to articulate its meaning.


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enator Loren Legarda has expressed support to the call of Guimaras Governor Felipe Hilan Nava for science-based governance, as vital for a country, such as the Philippines, that is composed of mostly coastal areas vulnerable to climate change. Legarda said that in her capacity as the United Nations Regional Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation for AsiaPacific, she will have a collaboration with Governor Nava, President of the Partnerships in En viron ment al Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA) Network of Local

Governments (PNLG) for Sustainable Coastal Development, to work on the proposal. “There are 832 municipalities and 25 cities in the country that are classified as coastal areas, which increasingly face the threats of climate change, particularly sea level rise and weather in extremes. Given this vulnerability, Governor Nava is right that we must use science-based

approach in governing our communities,” she pointed out. “When Guimaras was able to overcome the greatly challenging 2006 oil spill, Governor Nava proved that working with the science community is key to effective governance that builds a resilient and sustainable community,” Legarda said.

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ORMER Las Pinas Rep. Cynthia Villar on has vowed to pursue the proposed measure filed by her husband, outgoing Senator Manny Villar, which prohibits colleges and universities from preventing students to take examinations over unpaid tuition and other school fees. The former congresswoman, who is running for senator under the Nacionalista PartyTeam PNoy, said this will among her priorities in case she wins a senate seat in the coming May elections. Sen. Villar belongs to the so-called “graduating senators” whose term of office ends in June 2013. Sometimes in October 2011, Sen. Villar, a former House Speaker and Senate President, filed a bill to keep higher

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ight young budding writers bagged some P40,000 in cash prizes as they romped away during the awasrds night for impressing the judges on the topic Job creation and unemployment.

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Negros Oriental Provincial Governor Roel R. Degamo hands over to NORSU President Dr. Don Vicente C. Real the deed of donation of the NORSU Main Campus I property. Witnesses include former NORSU President Dr. Henry A. Sojor (second from left) and Provincial Legal Counsel Erwin Vergara (far left)

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Dr. Henry A. Sojor, the former president of NORSU and one of the witnesses to the turn-over, lauded the the governor and commended him for his courage. Sojor pointed out that it was only Gov. Degamo who thought about giving the property directly to the administrators of NORSU. Sojor, the former NORSU president, is running as the vice governor of Gov Degamo this May 13

chaired by Senator Edgardo Angara. It’s counterpart bill was approved on third reading in the House of Representatives. The senator’s wife, widely-known as “Misis Hanep Buhay,” said it is lamentable  this ‘unfortunate’ incident happened to a young “Iskolar ng Bayan” at UP Manila, who could be the ‘key’ to take out of poverty  her  parents  and four younger siblings.

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In his bequeathal message, Degamo pointed out the need for every Negrense to be given the chance to avail of their right to be educated. He said that he hoped with this donation, “…NORSU, one of the best educational institutions in the province…will continue planting good seeds of knowledge…in a location conducive to learning…” so students will become productive members of the community.

educational institutions from implementing “No permit, No Exam” policies, saying it amounts to depriving students the right to take examinations. Villar’s bill, however, allows schools to withhold grades and clearances of students, and keep them from enrolling again until they settle their accounts.  But Villar’s  bill was not passed in the Senate although it was referred to the Senate committee on education

Eight winners win P45,000 In job- issue writing contest

Finally, NegOr bequeaths P816M NORSU property

Donation to Negros Oriental State University (NORSU) President, Dr. Don Vicente C. Real,, during a historic ceremony at the NORSU Main Campus I Sports and Cultural Center on March 26, 2013. The signing of the deed of donation was witnessed by Provincial Legal Counsel Atty Erwin Vergara; NORSU Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Ester V. Tan; NORSU Vice President for Administration, Planning and Development, Dr. Peter T. Dayot; NORSU Vice President for Research, Extension, and International Linkages, Dr. Bernadette O. Tan; and some members of the NORSU Board of Regents, and thousands of NORSU graduating students, their parents, staff and faculty members. The property referred to is a 20,344 square meter prime property located at Kagawasan Avenue, Capitol Area. Estimated at forty thousand pesos per square meter, the estimated value of the donated property is 816 million pesos. NORSU which started as EVSAT, then CVPC, has occupied such property since 1907.

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elections. In his acceptance speech, a visibly moved Dr. Real, promised the provincial governor of responsible stewardship of the donated lot. He further added that the donation is a gift to NORSU and all its students and stakeholders. Dr. Real assured the governor that he will lead Norsunians in ensuring that the donated property will be valued and treasured. /Marx Iturralde, NORSU IPO

The university town welcomed the encouraging results of the writing competiton with the theme on “Job Creation,” which is now on its second phase. Eight winners from the towns and cities were awarded great cash prizes by writing contest sponsor former finance secretary Margarito “Gary” Teves last Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at Hotel Essencia. The first prize of 15,000 php was awarded to Lady Hope Cinco, a 23 year old lady from Upper Batinguel, Dumaguete city. Gil Aurus Alcoran, 25 years old, also from Dumaguete city garnered second place with the monetary prize of 10,000 php. Rimus Briton Delara from Guihulngan city came in third with 5,000 php as an award. On the other hand, 5 entries were chosen for the consolation prize of 1,000 pesos each. These are: 1.) Leslie Mirasol Tapales, from

Barangay VII, Tanjay City 2.) Rye Lester Gamboa, 21 years old, of Dumaguete City 3.) Jehan Marie P. Ferrolino, 19 years old from Boloc-boloc, Sibulan 4.) Roselle M. Fabe from Brgy poblacion IV, Tanjay City 5.) Analyn A. Sedigo, 20 years old, Tanjay City. Several members of the academe present said they were quite encouraged about the positive outcome of this second writing contest in which more of the younger generation contributed their insights of job creation and unemployment issue. Gasry Teves said, “ It is a pleasure to see so many young writers engaged in creative writing such as this, in order to help nurture creative talent in our province by participating in this competition.” He also thanked his staff and the GT communications group for their support and help that made the part II writing competition a success.

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inclination to make do with 15 or 30 seconder ad spots for their candidates and if possible, do away their blocktime programs. Resolution 9615 also provides that media entities must notify the Commission on Elections when they interview candidates so that the agency can determine if the topic to be discussed is newsworthy or relevant to public interest and is not simply used as a cover to campaign. Radio and television stations will now have to share

From page 2 in all stations to the disadvantage of candidates without much resources. Brillantes confirmed that the ruling would limit blocktime programs considering that before March 29, 2013, most major local candidates have already purchased airtime for their stable of blocktime presenters lasting from 1 hour up to 3 hours daily. The Liberal Party in Negros Oriental welcomed the airtime limit as it expressed its

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Camella’s hometown development is next

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n an effort to promote “ h o m e t o w n development” in the provinces, Camella, the subsidiary catering to the midmarket segment of Vista Land & Lifescapes Inc., is set to launch three more projects in the Visayas region within the year.

Manuel Paolo Villar, chief executive officer of Vista Land said, “We are undertaking massive expansion efforts in the provincial areas, particulary in the Visayas since a great majority of Filipinos prefer to reside in their own home towns.We want them to know that we are now there for them.” Villar pointed out that the Camella brand remains the leader in the affordable house and lot segment and has a strong competitive advantage given its track record spanning nearly four decades. He remains optimistic about the company’s prospects this

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year as the firm continues to expand its geographic presence in the country. Promoting “hometown development” is seen to aid in decentralizing the urban population of Metro Manila and seeks to empower nearby cities and provinces by creating new local communities and fostering economic activities in the immediate areas. Camella’s residential projects are redefining home building in the provinces; through state of the art infrastructure, top caliber recreational facilities, added security in gated communities, and beautifully designed homes. VLI Chief Financial Officer Ricardo B. Tan Jr.

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added that the company fully expects to see continued strong sales performance in the coming years as demand for house and lots, particularly in the mid to lowend segment of the market, continue to be extremely robust. This underlines Camella’s mission to provide every Filipino with his or her ultimate dream; to have a home of their own as a foundation for long-lasting family relationships. Local residents can keep updated with the latest Camella information, news, events and announcements in their locality through www.camella.com.ph.

are: Rebecca Sy, chairwoman; Grace Olores, president; Rolly Vargas, program director and Bernard Chong, corporate secretary. Its founder was Manny Luzon who parted ways with UBSI in 2010. UBSI is .now the owner of this new station in Dumaguete. Per website, it is owned by the SYSU Group of Companies. It is lodged right on the ground floor of the Liberal Party Headquarters in Dumaguete what used to be (or still is? We don’t (know...) a SySU-owned property in the vicinity of the Robinsons mall.

Way back in 1999, DYEM was allowed to sport the radio image Energy fm by Manny Luzon himself, original founder of UBSI in the 90s. He even provided us with Energy jingles, teasers and bumpers from Manila. He even came personally to give our JOCKS a good pep talk. When he left Ultrasonic in 2010, we also changed our image to STAR Energy fm – no longer just plain Energy FM. He favored that we just let this new station in Dumaguete use the EnergyFm logo. Although, strictly speaking, we are different because we are “STAR-Energy Fm” but nevertheless, we agreed to

Reflections... (From page 4) Meanwhile, I was glued on Vatican television, riveted by the newly installed Pope who in many ways broke tradition, even in the observance of Lent. He re-enacted the washing of the feet among detained youth offenders, which even included non Christians (Muslims) and women. The washing of the feet by Jesus is, to me a demonstration of the core of our faith which is humility and service. The new Pope Francis in his message during the Homily last Thursday, gave marching orders to priests all over, to “go out” to serve the people. To the priests he said: “We need to “go out”, then, in order to experience our own anointing, its power and its redemptive efficacy: to the “outskirts” where there is suffering, bloodshed, blindness that longs for sight, and prisoners in thrall to many evil masters.” A blessed Holy Week it was. Thank you Lord.

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his favor in order to promote harmony. What’s in a name, anyway? At least five top public, civic and corporate officials have told us that “even if the new station will sport the old logo, PEOPLE WILL STILL STICK TO DYEM FM 96.7 because this is where CREDIBILITY and THE PUBLIC’S TRUST is lodged. It’s in the Institution. And they are not the Institution.” That is what people say of us. Our devotion to the public was tested during the twin disasters that struck this province. With the opening of Ultrasonic here, and in their desire to retain their Energy fm image with their other provincial stations, we don’t have a problem letting go of the name – for the sake of harmony and peace. NEW IMAGE DYEM FM 96.7, the pioneer FM station in Dumaguete, launched today a new corporate image. We do not fret as these are normal changes in the media corporate world, and very common in Manila stations change frequencies and corporate images like restaurants change menus. Manny Luzon now heads Progressive Network and the WIN radio chain. Most people say that very obviously, the Liberal Party in power wants to have a radio station it may be able to control politically, so that Liberal Party will secure its own listeners. Non-Liberal Party people may listen to other stations then. Now the people indeed have A CHOICE.


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Gary airs side ... From page 2 The high court sided with the union saying the NAPOCOR management resolutions were without legal effect because most of its directors were absent at that time sohow can they give their nod to the resolutions, the Supreme

Court said. Instead, the Supreme Court orderedNAPCOOR to reinstate the employees and to give them separation pay, backwages and other compensation. However, only l6 top NAPOCOR executives were

given the pink slip on Jan 31, 2003 when both resolutions were implemented,. WHAT IS HOLDING NOW, the former finance minister said, is the 2010 order of the Supreme Court directing the NAPOCOR to suspend payment of P33.75 billion, because it could cause bankruptcy in government. Therefore, the Supreme

Court in Jan 7, 2010 issued an order for the status quo meaning, stay put all NAPOCOR terminated employees claims until oral arguments and their comments are submitted. Until today, March 2013, the DAMA Napocor Union petitioners have yet to submit the documents ordered by the Supreme

Court in 2010. Since it’s already 2013, thus it might also help that the terminated NAPOCOR employees’ direct their appeals before the office of the incumbent Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima and even up to President Aquino so that the issue shall be resolved with dispatch by the High Court . Some political

observers say that some NAPOCOR people who are siding with Gov. Degamo and Rep. Limkaichong would simply want to put Gary Teves in a bad light if only to pull down Gary’s phenominal rise in the latest surveys since both Degamo and Limkaichong barkers are bitterly fighting it out with each other in the field of public opinion.

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stakeholders: Don’t complete,but compliment”/ p2 “Roel D. does a josy: funds direct to brgys”/ p15 “ NegOr PNP best in R7 anew!”/ p1 “Mayors “JEALOUS” over direct barangay aid”/ p1 “DPWH will handle P100M NOPH block bidding, construction”/ p1 “Central block gets P350M board nod; but IRA is collateral”/ p1 “Degamo-Pryde: are mutual allies? w/ colored photo”/ p2 “Pressing for the P350M hospital central block”/.

“Capitol wants DOH’s P100M NOPH building realigned”/ p1 “Pix with Social Welfare Sec. Dinky Soliman”/ p1 “ Whatboycolt?” Gov. backs PDC-to page 2 with pix”/.

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Gov’s stories ... From page 2 Tamlang.” JUNE 12/ 12/ 19: p.1: “Gov –board feud politics-centered”+ pics / “Gov to resurrect P4.5M fund from the “dead” / p5:” Govpics with Amlan Mayor Atty Bentham dela Cruz. JULY 10/ 17/ 28/ 31 : P1: “ Degamo leads in breaking ground for P80M central block NOPH building” p2: “ Anticipated match with Gary” p1: “LP in power: still undecided on Degamo” / p11: “George to DEgamo : secure BMS’ support;” / p2: “ Degamo insists” he can veto resolutions.” P1: “Gov warns arrest vs. luring bookies.” Power brokers of NegOr 2013; “ /”Magdegamo ta: with or without party.” AUGUST 7 p1: Degamo on Pork issue with color pics/ p7,2fotosLanching of Wild bird club; 9 th International Vegetable contest SEPT 18/ 25: p1: “Consultants of capitol Paid P3Million” / p1: “pics with Col Lawas/ Pix with major players in Wednesday’s turnover; OCT 2/ 6/ : p2:” Both are Siatanons; p1: “Gov no-no-on how intel fund is spent” NOV 6/ 13/ 20/ P2:”Gov bans use of offices as quarters” p2: “ Hospital expenseion hits SP snag”/ p1:” /Degamo declines Josy’s VG offer” /”Hired guns near gov’s” / p2:” Capitol dads buck P300M NOPH loan” / p.4: Editorial:”Guns near Gov’s”/

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p.15: pics of Degamo and Limkaichong; p.1.: “Gov unfazed by security threats here” / pics with Lumjod / p.1: changing political landscape DEC 11/ 18: p.2:”Capitol workers to get P30k cash gift” / “p.2: “Josy, Degamo want Ord 5 retained here” /p.2: “Degamo: province in pink of health.” ================= 2012 GOV STORIES JAN. 8/ 15/ 22/ 29 – p1 “NegOr needs P1.2B to rebuild from disasters”/ “Capiitol assessing Sendong aftermath”/ p2 “P10K aid for each Sendong family”/ p17 “Gov to squatters: dont go back there.”/ p1 “ Stop quarries, mining here”/ p1 “Cebu, towns donate P1.1M/ p2 “ Plant the highest trees! Make sure they grow”/ p3 “Guihulngan village finally to get water system”/ p2 “ Degamo handing over basket of toiletries to sending affected mothers”/ p1 “Dam caused rockslide?”/ p1 “Poll re-alignmens widespread in 3D “/. FEB. 5/12/19— p5 “Gov-PNP-NBI score vs. Guns-for-hire + pic”/ p11 “Police denies links with swertres gangs”/ p1 “ pic: Degamo with Pinoy @ guihulngan”/ p16 “Crit Rep: P10.3M cash for work”/ p16 “Capitol open 11 hrs with no lunch break”/ p1 “Magdegamo name in DSWD rescue bandle”/ p1 “Massive rebuilding starts”/ p2 “What does “Magdegamo Ta” mean?”/. MARCH 18/25— p2 “Gov. Secures P961M Sendong rehab fund”/ p10 “Gov. on the jobsfor jobs”/ p1 “Gov.-BMs pork barrel feud rages”/ p2 “Degamo aides told to heed

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APRIL 1/8/15/29— p5 “More tractors for upland, sezDegamo”/ p2 “Gov.-PB never met on pork priorities?”/ p2 “Prov’l dads clash on Napao appointment”/ p2 “ Gov. Mourns for pa demise “/ p1 “ Degamo to put up own slate”/. MAY 20/27— “Degamo’s election to validate destiny p.”/ p1 “Degamo, Sagarbarria pix welcome visitors Nat’l games”/ p1 “BMs, Gov stalemate on hospital central block”. JUNE 3/10/17/24— p1 “Is UNA’s PDP eyeing Degamo?”/ p7 “Pix with PepingCojuangco”/ p15 “Gov. Stamps police power Dayoyo bridge detour with pix”/ p16 “Photo caption: Gov. Turns over Labrador to Carranza”/ p1 “Gov. Degamo declines; Mayor Sagar accepts: 6M Dole Center”/ p2 “Degamo asserts: I’m still party-less”/ p2 “Capitol dads resolve P7.2M budget impasse”/ p2 “Grampon needs to do a Degamo”/ p17 “Capitol to bid for Palaro 2013”/. JULY 1/8/15/22— p2 “Josy, Degamo skip quake rehab forum”/ p2 “LP3D for Degamo if he wants it”/ p3 “Pix Govhonors MarkTeleron for saving a child at Banica River”/ p1 “Degamo to defy DBM usec’s withdraw order”/ p2 “Noel’s VG choice narrows, Petit out?”/ . AUG. 5/12/19/26— p1 “BMS urge Gov: Bare consultants”/ p2 “Only five booths to Capitol Buglasan”/ p2 “Degamo might settle as LP rep. In 3D?”/ p2 “Tourism

SEPT. 2/9/16/23/30— p1 “NegOr: up or down, citizens sole judge”/ p1 “P.Boards flips! Junks P350M hospital loan”/ p1 “Degamo pushes P350M loan despite its nullity? Ombudsman case eyed”/ p1 “Color photo “MAGDEGAMO TA!” slogan”/ p1 “COA tells Governor: Stop “MAGDEGAMO TA”/ p1 “Gov. says COA has no preaudit powers”/ p19 “Show must go on says Gov. on buglasan”/ p1 “COA stands by its Audit review”/ p1 “Who said it’s here? P100M WOPH fund still in DOH Manila”/ p19 “IDs now a must at Capitol”/ p1 “Gov. explains side on issues”/. OCT. 7/28— p1 “Pix Gov. displays PDP authority to administrator oath”/ p14 “Gov. goes PDP? laban with PepingCojuangco pix”/ p19 “Cutting the ribbon of 2012 Buglasan festival with pix”/ p1 “Gov. orders: expropriate Dayoyo detour road”/ p2 “Gov. exercised his police power over the Dayoyo bridge detour road”/. NOV. 4/11/18/25— p1 “Projects realigned not scrapped: Gov”/ p2

DEC. 2/9/16/23/30— p2 “ Gov. seeks accurate PPDO report”/ p1 “Pix with DILG Sec. Mar Roxas”/ p2 “Guessing game on for Gov’.s ‘Secret’ mayors”/ p2 “Can Gov. veto ‘dead’ resolution? / p19 “The Governor’s “walk out”/ p1 “Gov-cautioned on P1.3B usage”/ p1 “Gov. on side of the people”/ p2 “Gov.’s P10M intelligence fund and P8M J.O. / p1 “Gov-BMS impasse on P1.4B budget”/ p1 “Gubernatoriables cite gains in 2012”/.

2013 GOV STORIES JAN. 6/13/20/27— p1 “Candidates resume verbal acrobatics “/ p2 “Gov. defends P10M intelligence fund”/ p2 “Capitol wages, hit snag on budget “/ p1 “GovBoard deadlock on P1.4B budget”/ p1 “COA disallows Gov’s P143M mobilization fund”/ p1 “Capitol’s P1.4B budget realigned “/p2 “Will Mr. Gov. veto his own P1.4B budget?”/. FEB. 3/10/17/24— p1 “Where have all the Gov’s P30K consultants gone?”/ p2 “Degamo: Zero Mayors pin hope on barrios”/ p2 “Gov. vetoes P10M for gender development”/ p1 “Gov. backs up treasurer”/ p1 “Graft raps vs. high capitol dad”/ p1 “P10M intel fund reverted; “/. MARCH 3/10/17/24— p1 “George-Roel missed Josy at SU forum”/ p1 “Governor counters with Ombudsman case vs. DBM Asec”/ p1 “Capitol dad slams ‘revival’ of Gov.’s old 2003 charge”/ p2 “Gary factor stalls bid to suspend Degamo?”/ p1 “Paper rectifies story as Arnel disclaims reporter’s interview”/ -o0oJust to set our records

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From page 15 information of their contracts with candidates and political parties to ensure that they will not be held liable should a particular candidate exceed his allowable airtime. Acknowledging that the Commission on Elections does not have enough personnel and the time to monitor any violations of the more than 580 local candidates in Negros Oriental, the agency is appealing for all citizens to stay vigilant and report any election offenses of the candidates. The Comelec has the power to disqualify any candidate from holding public office even if they have already been declared as winners, they may face jail time and be deprived of their right of suffrage if found guilty of an election offense. (By Dems Demecillo)

400 bets ... From page 1 exercises earlier. Some pupils read before the gathered politicians their sincere wishes for peaceful and honest elections and for the politicians to fulfil their promises so they would earn the trust and faith of their constituents. The students, most of whom are still not eligible to vote enumerated the qualities they want their elected leaders to possess: God-fearing, sincere, selfless, fair, trustworthy, capable and conscientious. In the next 42 days, the electorate will decide who among the more than 580 candidates deserve their vote and trust.

straight with the governor who obviously has read less about the many nice stories we wrote about him. But the man is hands-on and always on his job. Very focus on his future.


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A BRILLIANT Unveiling of Hyundai’s newest center of motoring excelence at the heart of dumaguete Maslog, Sibulan Negros Oriental

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A TOAST FOR MOTORING EXCELLENCE IN HYUNDAI : left to right: Margarita G. Onglatco, VP treasury and finance; Edward Onglatco, Pres/CEO Hyundai Cebu, Inc; Atty Art Umbac, for Gov Degamo; Maria Fe Perez Agudo, Pres/CEO Hyundai Asia Resources Inc;Sibulan Mayor Marcela Bartoces; Ruben Almendras, chairman of the board ; Alvin Tanunjo, treasurer; Foto right: Tanujo, Bartoces, Onglatco, Ms Agudo, Umbac, and Almendras, during the cutting of ribbon rites.

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