Chop-chops sold to mechanics? By DEMS DEMECILLO
ueled by the rising demand from motorcycle drag race fanatics for pricey accessories and powerful engines, some mechanics are now engaged in buying chop chopped spare parts from carnapped vehicles. They are now subject to constant surveillance by authorities in a bid to further reduce the incidents of carnapping particularly in Dumaguete Group of Negros Oriental, these were recovered leav- main clientele of the carnappers City known as the motorcy- revealed that during the first ing 23 other units almost are mechanics skilled enough to cle capital of the Philippines. four months of the year some given up as being gone for tamper and redesign the stolen Insp. Robelito Mariano, 54 motorcycle units were re- good. To page 17 head of the Highway Patrol ported carnapped; 31 of Mariano said that the
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A storage-room full of recovered stolen accessories inside the headquarters of the Highway Patrol Group, many of which could not be released to owners without a proper court order being considered evidences of pending cases.
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n view of the aborted billion-peso dredging project if SINO Italy at the mouth of the Tanjay river, the City Council of Tanjay is now seeking P100Milion from the provincial government as its share, for half of the alloted P199M-calamity fund released by Malacañang thru Governor Degamo a year and 8 months ago. Sources from the treasurer Danny Mendez. done at the mouth of the ing which the people opTanjaySanggunian say they The committee on ap- Tanjay river at all, Tanjay posed. This led to the pull learned this fund has al- propriations chaired by officials claim. Earlier the out of SINO Italy’s proready been bidded and re- City Councilor Teopisto city of Tanjay has aborted posed project. It was supleased by the provincial Calumpang is set to file a the services of SINO Italy posed to be an exchange government to winning bid- resolution tomorrow, Mon- for such dredging because deal with the city. der Legaspi Primier Devel- day during their session of adverse public reactions, Those who claim that opment Corp. of Albay seeking for its release, and It was claimed that no dredging by the capitol province. This has to be or, find out its status with the aside from dredging, a bil- was done are Kagawads officially confirmed by the capitol. lion peso contract was set Teopisto Calumpang, chair capitol thru provincial No dredging has been to include black sand minTo page 17
he 302nd brigade has recorded at least three armed encounters with the New Peoples Army while preparations are undertaken for the declaration of Negros Oriental as a “Conflict Manageable and Development Ready Province” this coming May 7 Wednesday. The latest encounter Tayasan where seven suswas at 2:15 early Wednes- pected Ilongo-speaking day, April 30, morning at NPA guerillas, one of them sitio Bulabog, barangay To page 15 Tanlad, municipality of
Military now controls Negros Isl. war paths By CHOY GALLARDE
he military has now taken the upper hand in the war path in the entire Negros Island which has been rocked with the protracted war with the communist insurgents under the New People’s Army, said 302ndcommandr Brig Gen Francisco Patrimonio. He said, this has hap- prompting the civilians to pened because the army report their presence, an has taken over the guerilla indication that the army is base of the NPA in Sta. gaining grounds by dislodgCatalina and that the NPA ing them in their traditional is forced to seek refuge in To page 15 areas not in their influence,
Journey to Wholeness Slated here May 9 -10 he Adult Leukemia Foundation of the Philippines in cooperation with Silliman University and the Silliman Medical Center will present a grief-management conference entitled “Understanding Grief-2” on May 9-10 at the Silliman Hall, from 8am to 5pm. (details on promo ad on page 14) Top International tional speaker is Boy speaker the co-founder of Abunda of ABS CBN Grief Works USA Mary fame. During the three days, a Ellen Erickson will be the main lecturer. The InspiraTo page 15
Provincial PNP Director P/Sr. Supt Mariano Natuel Jr and city chief of police P/Supt James Goforth report the crime situation in Dumaguete and province of Negros Oriental before members of the city council. They also give the city peace and order council an update of the crime situation and recommend measures how city policy makers can devise ways and means to abort the crime surge and prevent recidivists form committing the same crimes.
“IF YOU SEARCH FOR GOOD, YOU WILL FIND FAVOR BUT IF YOU SEARCH FOR EVIL IT WILL FIND YOU!”
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6 dads suspended in richest barangay critical reporting By CHOY GALLARDE ix barangay kagawads in barangay Puhagan, municipality of Valencia, considered the richest barnagay in Negros Oriental, being the seat of the geothermal exploration and generation plants, are in hot (steam) waters for alleged abuse of authority. The case stemmed in Dumaguete City, that for six barnagaykagawads, Even before the from alleged refusal of the four months, no transac- without pay for 60 days, barangay elections in Octobarangay kagawads to con- tions can be made by the due to complaints from their ber last year, protests cur with the appointments barangay due to political constituents. reached the municipal elecof the punong barangay due bickerings, until the Moral The six barangay tion officer regarding the to political bickering in the Recovery office of the city kagawads are, Angeles, registration of barangay barangay. These include government headed by the Sarita, Gaspar, Paalaman, constituents. Four of the the appointment of the chaplain made bold moves Lade Venzuelo, Edwin barangay kagawads are barangay treasurer, secre- to patch up the conflict Abante, Jesus Joge Qui-od blue guards of Energy Detary, tanods, barangay In last Tuesday’s regu- Jr, and Felicisimo Abante, velopment Corporation. health workers, among oth- lar session of theValencia except for the number one Mayor Edgar Y. Teves ers. Sangguniang Bayan, a reso- kagawad Algeber Sarita, disclosed that he has no A similar situation hap- lution was approved for the son of the village chief To page 15 pened in Barangay Banilad preventive suspension of the Leonarda Sarita.
TOP OF THE WEEK By DEMSREY DEMECILLO
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HOW MEDIA SEES IT, AND NOT OTHERS BY ELY P. DEJARESCO
Bohol Chronicle reaps PPI special award on 50th n the golden anniversary of the Philippine Press Institute (PPI), we pay tribute to the strides which the Philippine community press had gone through five decades of advocacy for press freedom. -o0oDuring its civic journalism awards night, our sister newspaper the Bohol Chronicle which marks its 60th year of service to community journalism on May 16, was specially awarded for “Best in reporting on Disasters.” -o0oThe citation reads : “The Bohol Chronicle is a generally passionate newspaper, not hesitating to hold responsible government officials for any reported wrong doing . The passion translated into vivid stories during its coverage of the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that rocked Bohol and nearby areas as w ell as the devastation caused by super typhoon Yolanda.
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olice authorities underscore the importance of an amnesty for holders of unlicensed firearms to boost the overall campaign against crime. The last time an amnesty was granted was in 2009 before then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo stepped down from office. year. Nevertheless, it is exThere was no amnesty pected that in Negros Oriin the first four years of in- ental alone, the number of cumbent President Benigno those who might avail of the Aquino III but it is widely expected that one will be To page 15 granted perhaps July this
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n anticipation of countless applications for the conduct of barrio and sitio fiestas during the month of May, police authorities warn that traditional cockfights outside licensed cockpits or Tigbakays remain strictly prohibited by law. This even if some their constituents. Barangay Captains or “Even the permits Mayors are inclined to is- authorizing the activities sue permits allowing are deemed illegal and Tigbakays during fiesta celTo page 17 ebrations at the requests of
he Central Visayas Regional Athletic Association (CVIRAA) is now in Pagsanjan, Laguna for this year’s PalarongPambansa slated today, May 410. The region’s qualified athletes will once again try to clinch gold in the different events, hoping to break last year’s record placing overall third. Delegates from Bohol, set tomorrow, May 5 alDumaguete, Negros Orithough some sports compeental and Siquijor, Cebu titions are slated to begin the city with the rest of Cebu day before. delegation have arrived in With the DepartLaguna for the games. To page 17 The grand opening salvo is
Slain rebs ‘actively’ figured in shootout... utting to rest any doubt of foul play in the deaths of two alleged communist rebels in last month’s clash with soldiers belonging to the 79th Infantry Battalion, the Philippine National Police said that the insurgents tested positive for excessive gun powder burns indicating that they actively figured during the gunfight. The slain rebels were 3 encounter with governidentified as “Ka Jury” and ment soldiers in Barangay “Ka Andy” during the April To page 17
TSADA Valencia launches eco tourism he municipality of Valencia, dubbed as the flower basket in Negros Oriental is making headways to improve the industry with the launching this month of a an eco tourism festival called “TSADA VALENCIA”, which is coined from the word “PATSADA” or “beautiful.” The launching gives Sunday, to be participated by emphasis on the cut-flower at least 20 being built just for industry of the municipal the race. government, with May, the Councilor Elsie Dagoy, month of flower, to culmi- chairman of the committee nate with the Santa Cruzan, on tourism in Valencia, idenFlores de Mayo activities . tified at least eight tourist Tourism chairman destinations which can boost councilor Elsie Dagoy said eco tourism namely, Camp several activities have been Lookout, Amity Shrine in lined up for the whole month Sagbang, Casaroro Falls, celebration, to include an Tejeros, Forest Camp, Red agriculture and furniture River Valley Falls, Ocean 24, exhibit, launching of Ligiron and the Geothermal in Race, which is an indig- Puhagan Valencia, to inenous type of carrier built clude the three lakes found with the use of wood, used in Cuernos de Negros. in the 1960s for transportValencia municipality is ing farm produce in the mu- a recipient of the Ramon nicipality. This will be on Aboitiz Foundation Award
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Councilor Elsie Dagoy and Mayor Edgar Teves share the concept and objectives of the newly conceived tourism slogan CHADA! Valencia designed to provide a roadmap and unique identity to the town’s thriving eco-tourism industry. Photo by Dems Demecillo
in the past years. Valencia will soon institutionalize “TSADA VALENCIA” not as mere slogan but a festival itself, said mayor Edgar Teves. Recently a cut flower technician-expert from abroad, Jose Marie delos
Santos signified his desire to invest in cut-flower and would like to join 38 ornamental plant growers on a look-see lakbayaral in Davao to learn more about the industry. (By Juancho Gallarde)
“While it diligently provided readers with general pictures of the disasters, it gave space to individual stories, giving readers the human interest stories needed to get a better grasp of the disaster’s impact. “ It sought to address various issues that may cause headline panic and published stories of community and individual resilience and recovery. The Bohol Chronicle is the quintessential community paper that reports from the heart.” Congratulations Bohol Chronicle! Its founder is the late Atty. Zoilo Dejaresco Jr. and its present editor is now Zoilo “Bingo” Dejaresco III, the son of the founder. -o0oThe Negros Chronicle was also a nominee for outstanding awards in the past years. The founder, who is a native of La LIberad, Negros Oriental, is the father of the Chronicle editor-publisher. -o0o-
PPI@50 and Beyond The Philippine Press Institute quietly marks its golden anniversary with the conferment of the annual media awards, the holding of its annual assembly and other events in Metro Manila. Former President Fidel V. Ramos will be keynote speaker with this year’s golden theme “@50 and Beyond”. The theme has added significance because what lie “beyond” this celebratory milestone are real challenges that the Philippine press still must face. It has to deal with issues on credibility , media killings, legislative advocacies, search for justice, press freedom, capacities and working conditions of media workers, mechanisms of redress, internal discipline and viability, among others. And decidedly, the bigger challenge today is the emerging dominance of cyberspace as a faster platform for information and views. It is in this environment that PPI is marking its half-century milestone mindful that the Philippine press must continue and remain to do its role in upholding press freedom and provide the public with verified, accurate and truthful information that is vital to democracy. So while we celebrate, we are also burdened by the thought that there is much yet to be done “@50 and Beyond”.
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he was then the prettiest bride in the 60s in San Jose. She fell in love and married a great warrior who came along,she stood by him in good and bad times. The once simple lass dined with her general among great leaders of the country, became a long-time lady mayor of her town, raised three lovable children,who are now successful in their own fields. For all these, Fe “Ampi” Montaño will be dearly missed.
…..and one day, weeks after a successful heart bypass operation in 2000, a deadly lump in her breast carried the big C and after four long years of medical battle from 2010 to April 23, 2014 ,it was time to say goodbye to “Mr. Sweetheart” an affectionate namesake she called the general of her life, retired Major General Ramon Montaño. What is left now is an empty chair they used to sit beside each other in their ancestral home, and full- pack albums of digitally treasured memories that because of cyber technology, these can be relived in vivid color anytime, for her loved ones to remember her by. STORY BEGAN: At dinner time in May 10, 1962, fiesta day in San Jose, at the ancestral home of six lovely and beautiful mestiza Pareja sisters , their proud parents Enrique “Deking” and Roberta Amiscaray-Pareja,Sr.,hosted officers of the 61st company of the defunct Philippine Constabulary (PC) who were actually part of the Class ’58 graduates, freshly trainied officers of the Philippine Military Academy.
One of them was young robust and baldish officer named Ramon Montaño, from Cebu who was undergoing retraining at Camp Leon Kilat in Tanjay. It was love at first sight. Fe was fondly called “Ampy” by her siblings. Fe, at 20, and Ramon, 24, were both “love struck” and from then on,
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the persistent courtship and visitastions, ended at the altar of St Joseph church in San Jose. Their marriage vows and ceremony was officiated by then Fr Patrick Sheils of the Redemptorist fathers. Maid of Honor was sister Purita Pareja Maloles, then a stewardess of PAL. Their best man was Ramon’s PMA Class ’58 mistah, Renato Palma who was to become general and Visayas military commander.
At one time in a bright afternoon of March 4, 1983, the whole pilgrimage witnessed the spinning sun, similar to the miracle of Mejugoje. It was Col Dick de Leon who provided the security for the occasion.
Asked how Ampy fondly called him, General Montano said “ she always called me Sweetheart, privately and publicly. She was very proud of me.”
Mayor of her town for nine years from 1992 to 2001. An unshakable devotee of Mama Mary. She was a consistent pilgrimage leader of devotees of Mary in mount Kambaloktot, Hanay hanay and Siapo in San Jose.
She stood by Sweetheart Ramon in his entire military career and was with him in his various assignments around the country, including as Zone 3 deputy commander of the PC; chief PC; Narcom chief; and national security consultant under Presidents Marcos, Cory Aquino and President Ramos. The general retired as Undersecretary of the Dept of Local Government. The lady from San Jose was indeed the general’s woman. In their 49 years of marriage, Ramon and Ampy raised two boys and one girl: Rommel now with San Miguel Corp; Guderian or Rian for short, also with San Miguel Corp. and the late daughter Roberta Estrella who was Ramon’s favorite “Star.” In Ampy’s deep religiosity and devotion to Mama Mary, her pilgrimage to Mt Kambaloktot continues today.
Her entire constituency apty describes Mrs Fe “Ampy” Montaño as a deeply religious and prayerful woman, a fine example of a loving wife, mother and public servant.
Today, the pilgrimage continues. It is now led by her sisters: Rosela, wife of Wilfredo Ponce de Leon; Portia,wife of the late Danny Seals; Virginia, wife of Capt Oscar Aleonar; Luz, wife of Cirilo Badilles, Jr; Purita, wife of Cesar Maloles.Fe was their youngest. They had two brothers Ennrique Pareja Jr and Noli Preja. Their parents were Enrique “Deking” Sr and Roberta AmiscarayPareja. Among the many well wishers who came all the way
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EDCA is Realpolitik By Amb.Dr. MacArthur F. Corsino
he Chinese must be bew ildered, amused, and glad that Filipinos are engaged in internal wrangling on whether or not the PH-US Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) is constitutional, an infringement on Philippine sovereignty, or useful to PH national security. The Chinese have no internal debate as far as defense of “their” territory is concerned. They solidly believe the entire South China Sea as delineated by their 9-dash line and isles claimed by Japan are theirs indisputably by historical fact. Any involvement by others, whether rival claimants like the Philippines, outside powers like the U.S., or legal entities like the Arbitral Court of ITLOS is destabilizing. To the Chinese, these are an unwarranted interference in their internal affairs. And so, the Chinese are preparing defense budgets and marshalling forces, in the short, medium or long term, towards this common resolve.
Editorial Path people choose
he declaration on May 7 of the province of Negros Oriental as a manageable conflict and development ready area is a choice which people themselves made, not by anyone, not by the military nor by government. The people made a choice. They now report crime rather than keep silent. That is a major choice. The people manifested that they are people’s money in fake projects and by now sick and tired of government troops the billions of pesos and they still walchasing rebels in the mountains. Likelow in luxury and wealth? wise, the rebels manifest that their hidCrime for the rich. The Ampatuan ing and running in circuitous battle with massacre is a glaring example that it is law enforcers is leading them nowhere, easier for a camel to pass through the even to their lives’ deterioration. eye of a needle than rich man to land in However, everybody admits that the jail. Fifty two murdered, and the case is root causes of insurgency are still very still without arraignment after four much around before our very eyes: douyears? This is unacceptable.! That is why ble standard of justice, one for the rich we have rebellion. How bad do you think and one for the poor as evidenced by the would a victim’s family feel if he does proliferation of poor detainees in jail not get justice? and hardly any soul of the rich are inThe palakasan and padrino system side our jails, why? still bound. No jobs for non-supporters Another root cause of rebellion is the of politicians in power. How can the fresh unequal distribution of wealth. Why is graduate professional land a job in this there rice for the rich, and rice for the kind of situation? Thus, the brain drain poor? Why can’t government subsidize continues, and at the great sacrifice of the food imbalance? Poverty is still very separated families. much before our eyes everyday. Manageable conflict? DevelopmentThird, corruption. Look at our very ready? Yes, but have they removed the own legislators who rake the governcauses of the conflict and our poverty ment coffers with billions in public and perennial under-development? funds thru PDAF. They jail a poor clerk (Sorry for last week’s editorial title. It should for stealing a few thousands, but goread: “Obama visits Manila.” — Editing error.) easy on legislative vultures who pocket
The Chinese are unhappy with the EDCA. It constitutes an extended proviso of the US-PH Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) of 1951. Therefore, to them it is a potential threat that can complicate any move they might make, say, to forcibly expel the ragtag band of Philippine marines aboard the rotting BRP Sierra Madre in the Ayungin Shoal. Arguably, the MDT, and the U.S. pledge to defend the Philippines no matter how vague, has been a deterrent to the Chinese use of real naval power (rather than semicivilian administrative ships) in implementing territorial jurisdiction. And thus, it can be argued that the MDT theoretically has helped prevent a shooting war in the West Philippine Sea. The Constitution is the fundamental law of the land. Under normal conditions, it must be followed and enforced, and our sovereignty upheld to the fullest. But it makes me wonder. When the Japanese brutally killed and raped Filipinos and occupied the Philippines in World War II, from 1942 to 1945, was there debate over the propriety of joint PH-US forces in USAFFE under the command of Gen. Douglas MacArthur (such as re the Hare-HawesCutting law)? Was there any debate about imTo page 15
Lifeblood of democracy
ree speech is the lifeblood of democracy,they say. Thus, we are in disagreement with the recent Supreme Court’s approval of Rep Act No 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Law. We were, then, in full agreement with rently enough space to seek redress the original law signed in September 2012 from a libel grievance within the sysby President Noynoy Aquino -with the full tem (give equal space, equal time, a intent of using that law as a battering ram public apology etc) or a sum of money against cyber sex and child pornography. to equalize the field. A civil case, yes, We are not in full agreement, though, not a criminal one. about placing criminal liability of libel on The senate will also seek amendment the originator of the “cyber statement” be- on the Cybercrime Law as well, thank cause it is difficult to implement. goodness. In the first place, we are already The second infirmity in the law lies in at full loggerheads with the law be- its own contradiction in terms. It says the cause we truly believe that like in legal culprit in the “libelous statement” is many countries, libel should be ONLY the originator but not those who decriminalize as senator Ralph Recto tweet “like” etc. or circulate the original is currently pursuing in Congress. statement to friends.Yes , even if she hapWe sincerely think there is cur-
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TWO POPE-SAINTS FOR ALL SEASONS ope John Paul was headed for canonization to my mind when upon seeing him pass by my station in Roxas Boulevard that glorious afternoon in 1981, the press covering the affair around me burst into tears of joy. So did I.Perhaps it was his appearance of saintliness, almost messianic, that touched us all. A decade later as ambassador to Rome, I was able to secure an audience with the supreme pontiff. As he approached me, as I stood beside my fellow chiefs of mission lined up in one side of the room, he chanted impishly, “Cory! Cory! Cory!” As I genuflected and kissed the papal ring,he whispered,”I always pray for the Philippines”.That meeting coming soon after the Edsa revolution, certainly our finest moment, did not escape the papal memory. I had not met the other saint, Pope John the 23rd. It would seem that his reputation had somewhat been eclipsed by a more contem-
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porary and popular one whose views resonated with the younger generation. Needless to say, the two Popes can be considered as the two greatest popes of the century. The earlier, Pope John XXIII,was noted for Vatican 2, the great ecumenical council which came after the first Vatican council almost a century earlier. Pope John Paul on the other hand was remembered and credited for the downfall of communism in Europe.But more than these, the two Pope-Saints; greatest contribution was the revival of the flagging spirit of the post-war Catholic Church and retrofitting the papacy to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century and the third millennium by returning the Church to its evangelical roots. The Second Vatican Council was bold enough to meet the challenges of modern times by venturing into a thorough revision of the liturgy, acceptance of ecumenism and the adoption of a new approach to the world without surrendering to the world that came out of years of fratricidal world war and experienced revolutionary changes in social mores. St JohnPaul built on the heavy lifting done by Pope John XXIII and the Church fathers of Vatican 2 of which he was a prominent member, so that it is safe to say that both Pope-Saints complemented each other’s work in the risorgimiento. Lest we forget the work of the latter saint in
restoring democracy in this country and in his own – St. John Paul, when he visited in 1981, did not mince words in exhorting Marcos to restore freedom in this country. The scuttlebutt, and this was relayed to me by the Papal Nuncio at the time when I met him in Rome later, St. John Paul defied the advice of Vatican officials to play ball with Marcos and support Cardinal Sin who was on the warpath against the dictator. As the Nuncio put it, he placed the Philippine situation at par with that in his own homeland in Poland and was therefore determined to give a boost to the efforts of the local church to restore freedom in the country. In the words of his biographer GeorgeWeigel, “if the Church of the future knows John Paul 2 as ‘John Paul the Great’ it will be for this reason: at another point of peril, a heroic figure was called from the Church to meet the Barbarian threat and propose an alternative …..in the case of John Paul II,the Barbarians threatening civilization has been a set of ideas whose consequences include barbarous politics and defective humanisms, that in the name of humanity and its destiny, create new tyrannies and compound human suffering,” Perhaps the author had in mind not only communism but unfettered free enterprise leading to exclusive development and the anti-life and contraceptive mentality that promotes a culture of death that beset nations which have killed no less than 1.7 billion babies in the last 40 years.
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HIS is what we should never forget to do. If in our physical world, we need to have some foundation to keep ourselves stable and well-grounded, much more so would we need a clear foundation as anchor in our spiritual world. Our thoughts and desires, our pursuit for knowledge and love, which constitute our spiritual world, just cannot be done without due concern for some stabilizing anchor, since we can easily get lost there. That’s the reason, for example, why we build a house so we may have a home not only to come to at day’s end, and to eat and sleep, but also and, in fact, more importantly, to grow and mature in our humanity, both in our material and
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spiritual aspects. And that anchor is none other than God himself, our creator and the very foundation of reality. He is the beginning and the end of everything. He is the ultimate home for us, our ultimate anchor and foundation. That’s why it is always good that we develop a sense of the beginning and a sense of the end of our life To page 13
ome time back, a local radio commentator blatantly threatened “ all foreigners” with loud motorcycles. He said, “ You will be cut”. Shortly thereafter, foreigners on motorcycles were ambushed and injured twice. Because the culprits were never apprehended, no cause and effect can be proven. The coincidence of these events occurring so closely together certainly is suspicious. When I brought this to the attention of the local media, my concerns were dismissed. Beyond the fact that the radio personality was factually wrong and openly threatened
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A JOURNEY THROUGH CANCER
Anger realized that when I’m angry, I couldn’t pray, but I can paint. They say that anger is normal but when it controls us and we get destructive, then it becomes a problem. Experts on this field have a wide array of steps to manage or control this emotion. This is not my forte, but let me touch on some points that take my interest. There are people who chose to express their anger through aggressive or violent ways which often results to destruction of lives, relationships and properties. This should be avoided by all means. We do things that we might regret later on. Sometimes we use the
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THE JOYS OF EASTER
The need for anchoring
enators and other officials gorge on pork barrel slabs. So, what’s to keep public works contractors from pocketing extra bucks by ripping up ecological safeguards? Cebu and Bohol offer case studies to indicate if they’ll go scot free — again. “In Cebu City, 97 trees, nurtured over the last seven years, vanished overnight in a road widening project of WT Construction company,” fumed Councilor Nida Cabrera in a speech to the city council . In Dagohoy town, Bohol, 94 trees in a water impounding project, within protected timberlands, were razed by Shine Ford Construction sans permit, Bohol Chronicle reported. Does this “massacre “ happen nationwide? On February, there were protests from scientists over a Department of Public Work project that plastered “scores of kapok and other trees,” Inquirer reported.. They were
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he Easter season this year has been especially joyful. Not only have we celebrated Jesus’ resurrection, and the end of the Lenten period of fasting, but last Sunday, the last Sunday in the Octave of Easter, we saw the canonization of two recent popes, John XXIII and John Paul II. This canonization ceremony was special to me because both popes lived their papacy during my lifetime. St. John XXIII, when he convened Vatican II, opened the Church to more dynamic and relevant interaction with the world. This was important to me because at that time, I was new to the Catholic faith and John XXIII’s actions and statements of faith answered many concerns I had at that time. St. John Paul II is very memorable to me because of his visit to Manila for the World Youth Day. Jun and I were standing along Taft Ave. to see
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cut “ to make way for widening of a road that traverses Mt. Makiling, from the Los Banos highway, through Magnetic Hill and the Boy Scout Jamboree site.” In Pangasinan, there was fury over public works contractors set to saw down 1,829 trees and earth ball 107 saplings along MacArthur highway. The trees of various speTurn to page 12
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NANCY RUSSELL C ATAN him as he passed by in his pope-mobile. Even at a distance, I could feel and sense his aura of holiness. As he went by and blessed the crowds of people including us, I personally felt his blessing and tears flowed down my face, tears from the wonder of it all, truly a moment to treasure, as if my heart burned within me with the fire of his spirit. Another joy this year was being able to decongest my busy schedules, take time out To page 13
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EXPAT Why America Needs Immigration Reform
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he first of April is a big day for the U.S., and not because it’s April Fools’ Day. April 1 is when the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services begins accepting new H-1B visa petitions for 2015. An H-1B visa allows a company to create a new job for a highlyeducated foreigner in the U.S. for at least three years. The H-1B program, which accounts for nearly all of America’s skilled immigration, imposes an annual cap of 85,000 new visas: 65,000 with at least a bachelor’s degree and another 20,000 were added for foreign graduates of U.S. colleges and universities.. eign-born individuals make up lost of jobs for U.S. employees about 20% of today’s U.S. that would have been hire as STEM workers with bachelor’s support staff. degrees and 40% of those with There is a real, tangible advanced degrees. cost to the U.S. economy of The effects of their con- allocating far fewer skilled-imtribution ripple through the migrant visas than companies economy. One quarter of U.S. need. Most immediately, the high-technology firms estab- cost is forgone jobs created in lished since 1995 have had at the companies and beyond. least one foreign-born More broadly, the cost is forfounder. These new compa- gone ideas, innovation and nies today employ 450,000 connections to the world. Plus, people and generate more the loss of income taxes paid than $50 billion in sales. Im- by these workers. migrants or their children Restrictive skilled-immifounded 40% of today’s For- gration policy costs U.S. jobs tune FT.T +1.37% 500 com- every single day. How many? panies, including firms behind Start with an estimated seven of the 10 most valuable 100,000 jobs lost directly this global brands. year from H-1B visa applicaTalented immigrant tions that were either not filed STEM workers do not crowd or not approved beyond the out American-born STEM tal- current cap of 85,000. Then ent. Companies that cannot add 400,000, a ballpark estihire talented immigrants in mate from research of addiAmerica often don’t hire any- tional jobs not created at imone at all. Or these compa- migrant-hiring companies and nies may hire the talented To page 13 worker by setting up facilities overseas. This in turn cause
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There is no place you can go to escape My presence. Psalm 139 is one of my favorite psalms. In today’s Scripture passage, King David is declaring that there is absolutely no place he could go to escape the presence of God. If he goes to heaven, God is there. If he even descended into the earth, God is there. David goes on to say that wherever he goes, the hand of the Lord will lead him and hold him.
od blesses those who realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is given to them. God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted. God blesses those who are gentle and lowly, for the whole earth will belong to them. God blesses those who are hungry and thirsty for justice, for they will receive it in full. God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy. God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God. God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called children of God. God blesses those who are persecuted because they live for God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs. “God blesses you when you are mocked and persecuted and lied about because you are my followers. Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted, too” – Matthew 5:3-12 Each beatitude tells how to be things. Being “blessed” by God blessed by God. Blessed means more means experiencing hope and joy, inthan happiness. It implies the fortunate dependent of outward circumstances. or enviable state of those who are in To find hope and joy, the deepest God’s Kingdom. The Beatitudes don’t forms of happiness, follow Jesus no promise laughter, pleasure or earthly matter what the cost.
PAKATI THOMAS THE DOUBTER REV. DR. LOURDINO A. YUZON hen the other disciples told Thomas that they saw the risen Jesus in his absence, he said, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of his nail and my hand in his side, I will not believe” (John 20:25b). Since then, Thomas has been labeled a doubter who has no room for faith. But a close look at Thomas’ seemingly unbelieving words would show two positive aspects of the kind of doubt that he harbored. Honesty. One thing that “How can God be good in the body for his faith-seeking doubt endears Thomas the doubter face of so much evil in the had already been satisfied. to us is that he had a doggedly world?” “How can there be Instead of undermining it, honest mind. He did not be- fullness of life in this valley of an inquiring doubt expands lieve just for the sake of believ- pain, suffering and death?” “Is deepens and energizes faith ing. He “was a matter-of-fact there life after death?” Like and invigorates Christian living. person who could not be Thomas, we would look for Why? Because such a doubt rushed into believing what he signs and proof that God re- is not cynical or closedwanted to believe but was sin- ally exists, that the spiritual is minded, but is open to, and cere enough to face the facts as real as the physical aspect welcomes, God’s truth that is and to accept them, however of our lives. We are like that far too vast for our finite minds. grim and dark” (Interpreter’s singer in the rock opera, Je- His inquiring doubt led ThoBible, Vol. 8, p. 799). He was sus Christ Superstar, who mas to make the most comthe kind of person who did not sang, “Jesus Christ, if you’re plete affirmation of the person blindly accept faith claims divine, turn my water into wine. and calling of Christ when he without questioning or seri- Prove to me that you’re no fool, confessed, “My Lord and my ously pondering upon them. walk across my swimming God.” On one occasion, Jesus was pool.” The importance of an intelling his disciples that he Inquiring Doubt. Tho- quiring doubt or a doubt that would soon leave them so that mas was a doubter, but not an seeks to believe is evident in he could prepare a place for unbeliever. His doubt was the one important, practical way. them in his heavenly mansion. kind of doubt that sought to One who journeys from doubt It was Thomas who scratched believe. It was a “… seeking to faith has better chances of his head and asked, “Master, doubt, a doubt that wanted not having a clearer understandwe do not know where you are to continue to doubt but to ing of what he affirms. In the going and we do not know the come to believe” (MacArthur). process of rigorous questionway.” Although for a moment he ing, he could identify and sepaWe could be like Tho- doubted the report about the rate liberating truth from falsemas. If we were in his place, resurrection of Jesus, he had hood, the grain from the chaff. we would have said what he the intention to believe. That Hundreds of years ago Chrissaid and argued as he argued. was why he decided to stay tians used the Bible to argue If we are honest with our- with the disciples in a house that the earth was flat and that selves, we would not hesitate where Jesus had appeared to it was the center of the universe. to raise big questions such as, the other disciples earlier. And Copernicus doubted that “Is there a personal God?” when Jesus appeared to him, theory. He then embarked on “Who and where is Jesus?” “Is he did not even dare to touch he God?” “Is the bible true?” the wounded parts of Jesus’ To page10
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hat an amazing promise! Wherever you go, God goes with you. The universe does not contain the Lord. The Lord contains the universe! In Acts 17:28, the Apostle Paul declares to the Greek philosophers that ’in him (God), we live and move and have our being.’ The Godhead is closer to us than we could possibly imagine. For those of us who have received Christ, we are the temple of the Holy Spirit. God dwells within us and has established His kingdom there. If you feel that you are alone in day’s promise. God is with you. He is althis world, if you struggle to sense ways with you, for there is no place that God’s presence, be encouraged in to- you can go to escape His loving presence!
Gospel LK 24:13-35
hat very day, the first day of the week, two of Jesus’ disciples were going to a village seven miles from Jerusalem called Emmaus,and they were conversing about all the things that had occurred. And it happened that while they were conversing and debating, Jesus himself drew near and walked with them, but their our group, however, have astounded eyes were prevented from recognizing us: they were at the tomb early in the him. He asked them, “What are you dis- morning and did not find his body; cussing as you walk along?” They they came back and reported that they stopped, looking downcast. One of them, had indeed seen a vision of angels who named Cleopas, said to him in reply, announced that he was alive. Then “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem some of those with us went to the tomb who does not know of the things that and found things just as the women have taken place there in these days?” had described, but him they did not And he replied to them, “What sort of see.” And he said to them, “Oh, how things?” They said to him, “The things foolish you are! How slow of heart to that happened to Jesus the Nazarene, believe all that the prophets spoke! who was a prophet mighty in deed and Was it not necessary that the Christ word before God and all the people, how should suffer these things and enter our chief priests and rulers both handed into his glory?” Then beginning with him over to a sentence of death and cru- Moses and all the prophets, he intercified him. But we were hoping that he preted to them what referred to him would be the one to redeem Israel; and in all the Scriptures. As they apbesides all this, it is now the third day since this took place. Some women from To page14
Stem Cell Research and GOLDEN JUBILARIAN Human Cloning
r. Jacques de Boccard celebrates his golden jubilee this year, having been ordained priest in 1964. “After being assigned as a Fides Domum priest in the Philippines from 1987 to 1989, Fr. Jacques de REV. FR. ROMAN C. Boccard, a Swiss diocSAGUN, JR. esan priest from the canton of Fribourg, continued his benevolent commitment to the people of Philippines. Eventually, Fr. Jacques decided to spend his retirement years in Dumaguete City (in eastern Philippines) where he had been staying since 1996.” This piece of information is culled from the book titled Highlight of Relations between the Philippines and Switzerland. Jointly authored by AgathonAerni and Marilyn J. Alarilla, the book was published in Manila and Berne (2006). The cover page To page10
I would like to share with you this article from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Questions and Answers
hat is a stem cell? FR. GAMMY TULABING JCD, VG A stem cell is a relatively unspecialized cell that, when it divides, can do two things: make another cell like itself, or make any of a number of cells with more specialized functions. For example, just one kind of stem cell in our blood can make new red blood cells, or white blood cells, or other kinds—depending on what the body needs. These cells are like the stem of a plant that spreads out in different directions as it grows. Is the Catholic Church opposed to all stem cell research? Not at all. Most stem cell research uses cells obtained from adult tissue, umbilical cord blood,
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and other sources that pose no moral problem. Useful stem cells have been found in bone marrow, blood, muscle, fat, nerves, and even in the pulp of baby teeth. Some of these cells are already being used to treat people with a wide variety of diseases. Why is the Church opposed to stem cell research using the embryo? Because harvesting these stem cells kills the living human embryo. The church opposes the direct destruction of innocent human life for any purpose, including research. If some human embryos will remain in frozen storage and ultimately be discarded anyway, why is it wrong to try to get some good out of them? In the end, we will all die anyway, but that gives no one a right to kill us. In any case, these embryos will not die because they are inherently unable to survive, but because others are choosing to hand them over for destructive research instead of letting them implant in their mother’s womb. One wrong choice does not justify an additional wrong choice to kill them for research, much less a choice to make tax payers support such destruction. The idea of experimenting on human beings because they may die anyway also poses a grave threat to convicted prisoners, terminally ill patients, and others. Have not doctors, scientists, and commentators
INTEGRITY... (Romero) From page 6 garding ethics and responsibility. In many countries, this open threat of violence, attempt to enflame passion against a minority, would be considered a “crime”. Here no one even cared. The on-air personality was not even cautioned much less punished for his irresponsible acts. In that the entire Philippines justifiably rises up in defense of Filipinos who are maligned, insulted or attacked, in the media; but when a minority is threatened, maligned or attacked no one cares or does anything. I am left with only one conclusion, there is a double standard. Yesterday a local radio personality made rash, irresponsible and false statements on the air. When I challenged him and offered to come on the air and debate the subject, correct the facts, he refused. He called me arrogant and hid behind, “it is my opinion and opinions are never false”. Media people, myself included, owe the readers and the listeners the truth, not fiction and false personal opinion. When I write something, I risk public censure. I risk losing my very ability to stay here with the only people in the world that I love. I would not be the first foreigner to be threatened and hounded out of the country by their own imprudent acts or even outright lies and unfounded rumors. Yet I risk everything I treasure to try and help. I do not get paid and I often suffer personally. I have been accused of being egotistical, nar-
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said that embryonic stem cell research will lead to the cure of many diseases? Some have made this claim, but in fact, this is largely speculation. Embryonic stem cells have never treated a human patient, and animal trials suggest that they are too genetically unstable and too likely to form lethal tumors to be used for treatment any time soon. Years ago it was said that stem cells from embryos would be the most useful because they are so fast-growing and versatile, able to make virtually any kind of cell. But those advantages become disadvantages when these cells make tumors, creating a condition worse than the disease. Yet many supporters remain wedded to this approach, having invested a great deal of money and effort and hoping they can still make it work. This kind of exaggerated “promise” has misled researchers and patient groups before—most obviously in the case of fetal tissue from abortions, which a decade ago was said to promise miracle cures and has produced nothing of this kind. Is the Church telling us to choose the lives of embryos over the lives of suffering patients? No. It is calling us to respect both, without discrimination. We must help those who are suffering, but we may not use a good end to justify an evil means. Moreover, treatments that do not require destroying any human life are at least as promising—they are already healing some conditions, and are far closer to healing other conditions than any approach using embryonic stem cells. The choice is not between science and ethics, but between science that is ethically responsible and science that is not. Is embryonic stem cell research advancing so slowly because this research is banned in the United States? No. Embryonic stem cell research is fully allowed in the United States—there is no federal law (and almost no state law) against it. The government has only set some limits on the number of embryonic cissistic, and even anti-American. I have lost friends and gained enemies. Now my “friend’ calls me arrogant for wanting integrity and responsibility in the media. I invite constructive criticism. I want you, the readers, to correct me when I am wrong. I have encouraged the editor to publish these criticisms. I hide from no one. I take responsibility for my actions and own my mistakes. In short, if nothing else, I have integrity. So my ex-friend, keep the money I loaned you. I do not expect honesty from someone without integrity; I will not waste my time waiting on repayment. As to my continuing to write for the newspaper and endanger my life and home here; I will have to think long and hard about it. I can not count on one finger anything I have accomplished for the risk I take. The one man I counted as a friend now, calls me “arrogant”. The few short years I have remaining, I think would be better spent loving my family and writing that book I have been putting off.
May 4, 2014 stem cell lines eligible for federal funding. Supporters disappointed at failures using these cells sometimes blame this stem cell research “ban” (which is not really a ban at all). But as noted above, the much more serious obstacle lies in the nature of the cells, which are not working out as some predicted. Did the federal government in 2001 forbid funding any embryonic stem cell research? No. In fact, the federal government gave $25 million to human embryonic stem cell research last year. But on August 9, 2001, President Bush said that federally funded research would use only embryonic stem cells already in existence (obtained by destroying embryos prior to that date). In this way, he reasoned, federal funds could be used to explore this research, without encouraging researchers to destroy new embryos in order to obtain federal grants. Some of these existing stem cell samples have been used to create more than 20 cell lines for research, and others remain in storage for possible use in creating new cell lines in the future. There is no legal limit on the amount of funding that can be used for this avenue; if the total funding for it is relatively small, that is chiefly because researchers are not requesting the funds as they are finding other avenues more promising. Has research using adult stem cells ever accomplished anything? Thousands of lives have been saved by adult stem cells—most often in the form of bone marrow transplants for leukemia and other conditions (where the active ingredient in the bone marrow is stem cells). Today, adult stem cells have been used to help people with Parkinson’s disease, spinal cord injury, sickle-cell anemia, heart damage, corneal damage, and dozens of other conditions. The danger is that this progress toward cures will be halted or slowed by campaigns that divert attention and resources toward embryonic stem cell research. Can stem cells be stored in a bank? Yes, like donated blood or bone marrow, they can be frozen and banked. In 2003, for example, Congress approved funds to help create a nationwide umbilical cord blood stem cell bank, in light of the many clinical benefits being discovered from these cells, now usually discarded after live births. Many of the embryonic stem cell samples eligible for federally funded research under the current policy also remain frozen in banks, to be thawed and turned into stem cell lines when needed. What is a stem cell line? It’s an ongoing, living colony of stem cells in a laboratory, from which cells can be obtained for research or other uses. Sometimes these are called “immortal” cell lines, but that is misleading because they
do eventually deteriorate. Embryonic stem cells are said to be easier to grow in a stem cell line, but they also tend to develop serious genetic abnormalities associated with cancer. What are the advantages of harvesting donor cells from the intended recipient of the stem cell therapy? Because these cells come from the patient, they are an exact match and will not be rejected by the body as foreign tissue. Also, because no foreign substance is placed in the body, there are fewer regulatory barriers to their medical use. Who is funding stem cell research? What role is federal funding playing in determining research priorities? Many private foundations and for-profit biotechnology companies fund stem cell research, but the federal government (especially through the National Institutes of Health) remains the largest source of funds. The government’s funding priorities have a large influence on the direction that medical research takes. Since available research funds began being diverted toward exploring embryonic stem cell research, some very promising adult stem cell avenues for treating juvenile diabetes, spinal cord injury, Parkinson’s disease, etc. have been underappreciated and underfunded. Many advances in these fields have emerged from other countries. What is human cloning and how is it related to stem cell research? In human cloning, the DNA from the nucleus of a person’s body cell is inserted into an egg whose own genetic material has been removed, and the egg is then stimulated to begin embryonic development. The resulting cloned embryo would genetically be an almost identical twin to the person supplying the body cell. This research overlaps with the stem cell issue. That is, human cloning might be done to create an embryo who will be destroyed to provide stem cells genetically matched to a patient, so the cells will not be rejected as a foreign tissue. But some cloning research is done for other purposes—for example, to create embryos with devastating illnesses from the body cells of sick patients, to study the early progress of that disease. Most embryonic stem cell research involves embryos created by invitro fertilization, not cloning. Why does the Church oppose human cloning?
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states that it is a project of the Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines in Berne and the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland. Here’s a curriculum vitae of Fr. Jacques de Boccard: Born in 1927 in the canton of Fribourg, Fr. Jacques de Boccard graduated with a commerce degree from the College of St. Michael, Fribourg in 1946. He likewise obtained a Diploma of Higher Commercial Study from the Faculty of Economics Science, University of Geneva, in 1952. From 1946 to 1957, he worked as Chief Accountant in the Swiss Bernese Alps Milk Holding Company in Paris, Munich, and Milan. In response to God’s calling, he pursued studies in philosophy and theology from 1958 to 1962 at the St. Thomas Pontifical University in Rome and from 1962 to 1964 at the Theological Seminary Cloning is a depersonalized way to reproduce, in which human beings are manufactured in the laboratory to preset specifications. It is not a worthy way to bring a new human being into the world. When done for stem cell research, it involves the moral wrong of all embryonic stem cell research (destroying an innocent human life for possible benefit to others) plus an additional wrong: It creates human beings solely in order to kill them for their cells. This is the ultimate reduction of a fellow human being to a mere means, to an instrument of other people’s wishes. Does opposition to cloning and embryonic stem cell research come only from one theological or political view? No. Serious moral concerns about these practices have been raised by an array of both religious and secular groups, including some who disagree with the Catholic Church about abortion— Friends of the Earth, the United Methodist Church, etc. The human cloning ban supported
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in Fribourg. In 1964, he was ordained priest in Fribourg. Fr. Jacques de Boccard was parish priest for twenty-three years in Geneva, Charmey, and later in Bourguillon and Fribourg. For eight years, he was a FideiDonum priest in Seychelles, an archipelago of 100 islands in the Indian Ocean, and for three years, a Fidei-Donum priest in the Philippines. Since 1996, Fr. Jacques de Boccard has been a retired priest living in Dumaguete City, Philippines. Though in retirement, he continues his priestly vocation of being of help to other people. He has been actively supporting not only his adopted community of Dumaguete but also other areas of the Philippines, from northern Philippines (Ilocos Norte) to southern Philippines (Zamboanga).
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a rigorous scientific study that proved that the earth is round, that it revolves around the sun, and that it is not the center of our solar system – the Milky Way. Thomas’ inquiring doubt makes us less vulnerable to falsehood masquerading as truth. It guards us against gullibility. It “tests all spirits.” It motivates us to be satisfied with nothing but the truth that truly sets us free. It enables faith to suspend judgment and decisions until it has credible reasons or bases for believing and trusting. As the poet Alfred Lloyd Tennyson aptly put it, “There lives more faith in honest doubt than in half of the creeds of Christendom.” by the Church has been approved by the House of Representatives by an overwhelming bipartisan majority. Many other countries (including Canada, France, Australia, Germany and Norway) have passed similar bans. Opposition to the idea of treating early human life as a mere object or commodity in the laboratory transcends religious and political division.
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Meniong Turns 94
n this day and age when modern technology has overtaken the way people go about their daily tasks, thus, oftentimes affecting their way of life as well as their relationship with people, it comes like a whiff of fresh air to meet an illustrious and eminent individual whose works have been emulated through the years. That the man, who was honored on his natal day on April 25, 2014, turns a year older and wiser as a sage at the ripe, old age of 94 is a bonus in itself. It is not commonplace that one is able to reach that age and stature, while still managing to look hale and hearty with a sharp mind and brilliant wit. But, do we really know who MeniongTeves is? Do we know the character behind the persona of the man that he is? To this day, he has remained an enigma, an unpredictable person capable of making gung-ho decisions oftentimes out of gut feel, but which have proven to be judicious at the end. Let’s get up close and personal once again with MeniongTeves, dubbed as the “grand, elderly gentleman of Negros Oriental” whose advocacy is transparency and coordination among government line agencies and officials, guided by his dictum, “Leadership is Servanthood.” Herminio Guivelondo Teves traces his humble beginnings in Valencia, Negros Oriental, a place re-
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ferred to as the “Little Baguio of Negros Oriental.” His parents, Margarito Pinili Teves (from whom eldest son, Gary, got his real name) and Francesca Tan Guive-londo, inculcated in him love of God, respect for parents and elders, as well as respect for the rights of other people, thus, developing him to be a true and honest person. While he experienced some vicissitudes in life, he has always been known as someone who never gives up despite the odds. Born on April 25, 1920 in Valencia, he finished his elementary and high school years in Negros Oriental High School. It was in this school that he met Narcisa”Sisay” Enrera Bustalino, a beautiful and amiable lass with a “golden voice” from Dipolog City, who he eventually married. The union produced three children, namely: Margarito or Gary (born 1943), Pamela (born 1945) and Victoria or Bebot (born 1946). Unfortunately, Sisay succumbed to cancer in 1949 at the young age of 24. Not long after, Meniong married Victoria “Toring” EnreraVillamor, the first cousin of his first wife,
BY CECILE M. GENOVE Sisay, with whom he has five children, namely:Dodong, Baby, Lorna, Lincoy, and Janice. He finished valedictorian in Marine Transportation, Major in Nautical Studies at the Philippine Nautical School (now Marine Academy). He boarded a ship as an apprentice, later becoming a college professor at the Marine Academy. It was then that the Second World War broke out and he became an acting mate of the US transport service. He then decided to go to Dipolog and marry Sisay. It was in Dipolog that he started honing his ability as an entrepreneur. He first started selling dried fish in Dipolog (he had to learn how to process dried fish) and later decided to buy his own 20-ton capacity To page 13
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cies were in the towns of Sison , Pozzorubio , Binalonan, Urdaneta, Villasis and Rosales. People were sore, provincial environment officer Ledunia Co found.. In fact, a petition for President Aquino to order a comprehensive probe was signed by religious and civic leaders including: Bishop. Broderick Pabillo of Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines; Fr. Joel Tabora, S.J., president, Ateneo de Davao University to Antonio Claparols, president, Ecological Society of the Philippines and Cecile Yumull, spokesperson, Save the Trees (-Pampanga). “Not me”, says former Pangasinan congressman Mark Cojuangco. He used “moral suasion” to get cutting permits in the district now represented by his wife, Rep. Kimi Cojuangco. The project would ease traffic congestion and save fuel for 60,000 vehicles that traverse the road daily. “There’s too much pandering to emotion,” he claimed. A controversy over tree cutting plan in Iloilo City was defused after protestors and officials sat down to ensure that the rule book, which stipulates trees maybe removed only under specific conditions, were hewed to. They’re earthballed and transplanted in designated public sites. An inventory report of Bohol’s 94 “damaged trees” showed that more than half were teak. The rest were Gmelina mahogany, acacia mangium and aure, antipolo, molave. In Cebu, they were mostly fire trees. Transfer sites for Cebu included the San Pedro Calungsod Shrine, the Senior Citizen’s Park and Plaza Independencia. Seen late Friday, among the 145 trees on the center island of Sergio Osmeña Blvd., they were gone Saturday dawn. Blame someone else is the game the Cebu road contractor asserted, “flooding” from a broken water pipe was
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May 4, 2014 the culprit.They were ”fairly” tarred as villains. “Nonsense”, said Metro Cebu Water district. No such flooding occurred. The city council viewed for the second time, behind closed doors, excerpts from video footage, that Cebu Daily News publisher Eileen Mangubat wrote. It showed the WT backhoe on the site but not the actual removal of the trees. Excised were footage for March 29 and 30 — when the trees vanished. Who spliced the tape? Councilor Dave Tumulak who also heads the Cebu Command Center? He was strafed for refusing to give full copies of the videotape of the security cameras to fellow councilors and DENR . On April 2 , Councilor Tumulak said he saw the proof in the video of security cameras. “The video speaks for itself,” he told Cebu Daily News.. “WT shouldn’t dodge responsibility for this because it’s clear in the CCTV camera that they removed the trees.” He has since flip-flopped. He dodged a DENR request that he issue an affidavit on what he saw. He’ll produce the full tape only on court orders. We saw “enough to establish responsibilty,” says Councilor NidaCarbrera. “Maybe not”, other councilors said. NBI has been requested to help, since Mayor Mike Rama distanced himself from the issue. “Lumber nayan,since much time has passed”, NBI said on agreeing to probe. DENR in Cebu sued six WT Construction Incorporated officers and the officer in charge of the project. They were rapped for Presidential Decree No. 953 , This penalizes unauthorized cutting or damaging trees . In Bohol, the DENR office filed charges against Dagohoy Municipal Mayor Sofronio “Moloy” Apat and the project contractor, Shine Ford Construction represented by Engineer Sinforoso Labastida. It froze the 17 million water impounding project until permits were issued’ “Kudos to the DENR for asking the Department of Agriculture to “cease and desist”
from continuing the project and filing charges,” Bohol Chonicle’s Bingo Dejaresco wrote :Based on the inventory, market value estimate ( of the trees razed ) ran up to more than P.2million. That’s computed at P50 per board foot for teak and P20 per board foot for the other species. “Uprooted trees are now stacked in the area, with a couple of trees reportedly utilized by the contractor as materials for the bunkhouse of his workers.” Those charged dismiss the rap as “miscommunication” and their lack of knowledge about relevant laws. “Ignorance of the law excuses no one”, said the Chronicle which marks its 60th anniversary this month. Nor is this the first time Bohol had such a project. Blame collective or selective amnesia? The fact is hardly any one is ever penalized. Yet, there is no Round Two for environmental destruction.”
Notice Notice is hereby given to the heirs of the late Lieresa M . Estrella namely: Welfredo Estrella; Rebecca Singuran; Vicente Estrella have filed A Deed of Extrajudicial Settlement over a Deposit Account with R CBC Bayawan City, Negros Oriental, Philippines per RCBC Account No. 1-420-30873-2; whereas Rebecca Singuran and Vicente Estrella appointed Welfredo Estrella by virtue of SPA in full Power and Authority to withdraw , close,sign; giving and granting unto their said attorney-in fact full power and authority as notarized by Atty. Peter Paul F. Renacia; Doc. No. 92;Page No. 20; Book No. VI; Series of 2014.
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WHAT IS FEAR? “Fear always springs from ignorance.” - Emerson, the American Scholar ur Creator has infused emotion as part of our human nature and programmed it into all the animals and people so as to instinctually respond to potential danger. What is fear? Biologically down. They knew exactly what speaking, when a person ex- to do without consciously periences fear, certain areas thinking about it. They had in his brain such as the amy- great strength. Some had even gdala and the able to lift a car, to save their hypothalamus are immedi- trapped child and they felt no ately activated and appear in pain. All these are protective control, the first response to mechanisms to increase our fear. Chemicals such as chances of survival. adrenaline and the stress Fear is not always adaphormone cortisol are re- tive. For instance, a small leased into the blood stream amount of fear is needed becausing certain physical reac- fore an important speech tion such as: rapid heartbeat, serves a purpose – it encourincreased blood pressure, ages one to focus on his topic tightening of muscles, sharp- and avoid making a fool of ened or redirected senses, and oneself. This is one of the dilatation of the pupils (to let in types of fear that can be useful more light), increased sweat- to sharpen our mind. However, ing. some types of fear that are exPeople who experienced cessive can become crippling. this often remember the mo- Psychiatrists call these kinds ment when disasters struck of fear as phobia. There are and how time seemed to slow several kinds of phobia. The
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following are irrational or morbid kinds of fear. For example, fear of strangers, it is called xenophobia; fear of hair – is chaetephobia; fear of flying – is aviophobia; fear of confined space – is claustrophobia; fear of paper – is papyrophobia, etc. Future-oriented fear is anxiety. We don’t know what’s going to happen next and we cannot control upcoming events. Management: Your holistic psychiatrist can help permanently resolve your fear. Please consult him. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.” - Proverbs, 1:7
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Notice is hereby given that the heirs of the late Jose B. Cardenas namely: Judith B. Cardenas; Ian Jaspher B. Cardenas; Gemma Catherine Cadenas Alvarez and Jose Chubasco B. Cardenas have filed a Deed of Declaration of Heirship/Extra-Judicial Settlement Adjudication and Estate and Deed of Absolute Sale in favor of Ginaline Santillan Robertshaw on a parcel of Land know as Lot 3 Block 3 Psd-07-01-010549 being a portion of lot c, LRC Psd-76057 covered by TCT No. 2212 containing an area of ONE HUNDRED SIXTY EIGHT sq. m. (168) more or less situated in the City of Canlaon, Island of Negros ,per Doc. No. 389; Page No. 78, Book No. I series of 2014; as notarized by Atty., Benito H. Tan
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Notice Notice is hereby given that the heirs vendor of Moncito O. Amatorio, namely; Bernardita B. Amatorio, Ceres A. Lozada, Gem A. Timtim and Moncito B. Amatario have filed an Extrajudicial Settlement of Estate and Sale of a Motor Vehicle with Francise particularly described as follows: Make: Fuso, Body type: Bus tye;Chassis No. FT418L500134;Motor/Engine No.: 6D22S17680; Plate No.: GVZ-633 MV File No. : 07161231 in favor of VENDEE DENVER V. ACAS, JR. as notarized by Atty. Karen Lisette D. Trinidad-Molas per doc. No 982, page 198,Book VI; Series of 2014. April 27 May 4,& 11, 2014
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Meniong... (Genove) From page 11 sail boat (batil), where he loaded food commodities like sugar, salt, rice, and corn and sold these in Cebu, Siquijor, and Negros Oriental, navigating his own sailboat because people then were afraid of the Japanese. Thus, two years after his marriage to Sisay, he already earned his first million. He likewise established the Rural Bank of Sta. Catalina, HGT Trucking, HGT Ice Plant, HGT Farm and Piggery, Pameca Wood, HGT Sack Factory, and the Victoria Heights Development Corporation, where a 9-hole golf course was then constructed. In 1967, with the money he earned from the import-export business, he conceptualized the setting up of a sugar central and started buying lands in Sta. Catalina and Bayawan to lay the ground work for the mill site in Caranoche, Sta. Catalina, as well as the pier facilities, the warehouse, and molasses tank in Guba, Poblacion, Sta. Catalina. It was around this time, too, that Meniong, along with some close friends,organized the Tolong Sugar Milling Co., Inc.and requested planters in Sta. Catalina and Bayawan to plant sugar cane. He was not daunted by the skepticism of some people who doubted his
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plan to set up the sugar mill, with one person who quipped,”Paputol ko ug liog kung matindog ni Meniong ang Central” (“I’ll put my neck at stake if Meniong is able to set up the Central”). Meniong and some of his friends who supported his dream, including Alex Escaño who prepared the feasibility study, went to Paris to negotiate with Fives Cail Babcock (FCB) for the supply of sugar mill machinery and equipment. Later, a loan was obtained from the Philippine National Bank to purchase the sugar mill machinery and equipment. In 1970, the operation and milling of Tolong Sugar Milling Co., Inc.(TSMC) began formally with his nephew, Joaquin Teves as the resident manager and son, Gary, as deputy resident manager. Meniong was able to demonstrate his capability in setting up the sugar mill. Many of the skeptics eventually became sugar planters. Meniong takes pride that he was able to get the mill back on its feet again with some very good improvements. Moreover, he regained the effective mill-planters relationship as well as the harmonious employee-employer relationship, aside from establishing trust and confidence between the bank and the mill’s suppliers and clients. However, not all good
things are meant to last. Because of certain personal reasons, Meniong eventually sold the HTCI Sugar Mill to Universal Robina Corporation. He did this after ensuring that the separation and retirement benefits of all HTCI employees were paid for. He also made representations with the new management so that URC may opt to hire those qualified employees who are willing to be re-hired. He likewise paid the mill’s obligations, as well as the capital gains tax due to the Bureau of Internal Revenue. Currently, Meniong serves as a senior management consultant of URC. Understandably, his decision to sell, made with the collective agreement of the majority of the members of the HTCI board, has caused a family rift, which Meniong hopes would eventually be mended. His first attempt in politics came via his bid in 1961 as Congressman of the Second District (Bacong to Basay, including Siquijor), where he, unfortunately, lost to Lamberto Macias, father of Dr. Emilio “Dodo” Macias II. His second attempt in 1963 was for ViceGovernor of the province with Nene Goni for Governor as his running mate. Unfortunately, he didn’t make it again. Undaunted, he ran again for Congressman in 1965 and lost in his return bout against Lamberto Macias. Finally, in 1969, he ran in the First District (Dumaguete to Canlaon) against Je Villegas, where he won as Congressman and served during the 7th Congress. His stint, however, was cut short when President Marcos declared Martial Law in September 1972. In 1986, after the EDSA Revolution, Meniong was appointed by President Cory Aquino as the OICGovernor of the province.He pioneered the ”pulongpulong” among various constituents of municipalities. He was accompanied by heads of the different agencies in order to listen to the needs of the people and deliver immediate and fast results. He initiated the yearly provincial activity, now known as Buglasan. Unfortunately, he experienced another political setback in his bid for Governor during the 1988 local elections, while all his mayors and board members aligned with him won. In May 1998, after his son, Gary, stepped down as Congressman of the Third District of Negros Oriental, Meniong vied for the said position and won the election for three consecutive terms, serving as Congressman for the 11th, 12th and 13th Congress. For this recordbreaking feat, he would say in jest, “Now, the father took over his son’s position, instead of the other way around.” True to his character, Meniong is one who never rests on his laurels. Despite his ad-
The need... (Cimagala) From page 6
and of everything else. This sense of both beginning and end will surely guide us in our day-to-day affairs. This truth should not be left in the realm of theories alone. It has to be brought down to concrete reality. It has to be cultivated and lived. We have to start with our own individual selves and then try to spread it around, helping one another attain this very crucial necessity in our lives. We, of course, have some ideas of God, however imperfect and even wrong they may be. That we do what we think is right and
vanced years and occasional bouts of affliction common to people his age, Meniong enjoys a clean bill of health. He gets his stamina from his love for people and his passion for service. The grand elderly gentleman of Negros Oriental may have added another year to his life, but he has certainly not aged a bit; rather, he has added more zest to his life out of his devotion to the province and the people he has poured much love.
THE JOYS... (Catan)
From page 6 to slow down, rest and recuperate from a seriously persistent allergic cough that had seen me hospitalized for nine days in March. I caught up on my readings, spent time counting my blessings and enjoying early morning birdsong on our upstairs terrace, and taking pleasure in just “being” rather than always “doing.” The joys of Easter. Every year the time of Easter holds precious memories for me, too many to recount them all in this column. I am sure that each of you also has special times in your life full of treasured memories. Let us not hesitate to slow down and take time out to remember these joys. For these joys will surely outnumber the disap-
good is already an indication that we believe in some God. That’s because man is basically a religious being, regardless of what atheists, agnostics and skeptics say. History can attest to the fact that in different people, times and places, there has always been some effort to discover and deal with a God. The challenge now is to discover the one true God. This is where we have to distinguish between man-made natural religions and a supernatural religion that is revealed to us more than is developed by us. The Christian faith is of the latter type whose central figure, Christ, is the fullness of the revelation of God. It is Christ who tells us that we have to seek first the kingdom of God before we get immersed in the things of the world, no matter how valid they are. He reassures us that these things of the world would be given to us, as long as we seek God first. In this season of Easter that celebrates and makes present Christ’s victory over sin and death, we are reminded in so many words of how he continues to be present in us, how he continues to guide the world with his wise and merciful providence, etc. This is a truth that we should never miss, but rather relish increasingly deeply, so that we can always find meaning and have a sense of direction in life, never feeling lost, especially in our moments of human darkness, when problems and all sorts of contradiction baffle us. That’s why we should try to refer and relate everything to God. In our work, for example, we should not just be contented with efficiency or profitability as our guiding criteria.
pointments and trials in our life and enable us to realize that truly the Lord has blessed us in so many ways, not just by taking our sins to the Cross on Friday and rising victorious over death on Easter Sunday. May the joys of Easter continue to bring us precious memories to hold in our hearts so we can revisit them throughout the coming years.
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Why America... (Wolff) From page 7 at these companies’ suppliers. That’s 500,000 jobs lost thanks to too-restrictive U.S. immigration policy. Spread across 50 five-day workweeks, this translates into 2,000 U.S. jobs not created a day. That is a new job lost about every 43 seconds, around the clock, every single day that America is open for business. In 2013, the U.S. economy created 2.37 million new payroll jobs. This tally could have been more than 21% higher had U.S. immigration restrictions not existed. Wise reform could bring a welcome end to the damage that restrictive immigration policy inflicts on U.S.’s own economic vitality. A comprehensive reform should be directed at stopping the illegal aliens from entering the U.S., while encouraging the skill workers to come to the U.S. To help grow the U.S. economy. Though in themselves they are not bad, they can easily turn against us if they are not founded and oriented toward God. Without God as the clear foundation and anchor, our pursuit for efficiency and profitability would be very vulnerable to the subtle workings of greed, vanity and pride. Our concern for the common good would not be consummated. It would easily be trapped by our selfish interests. St. Paul told us very clearly: “Whether you eat or drink, or whatsoever else you do, do all to the glory of God.” (1 Cor 10,31) We have to discover the presence of God in everyone and in everything. In fact, we have to familiarize ourselves with his will and ways in our worldly affairs, since with his abiding providence, he is always intervening in them. To be able to do this, we need to be born again, to be born in the spirit, as Christ told Nicodemus one time. That’s when we get vitally connected with God. For as Christ said: “What is born of the flesh is flesh and what is born of the spirit is spirit.” (Jn 3)
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agri – negosyo Organik Na Ba? iabot una ug Dos Mil ug napulo katuig (2010) usa nakaamgo ang nasud ang kaayo sa pagtamud sa organiko nga abono o “organic farming”. Walay dili makasabut ug Efren F. dela Cruz unsa ang organiko nga abono, daghan lang ang wala magpakabaya. Sa tuig 2010 gihimong balaod ang paggamit ug organiko nga abono ug sa mga pamatay dangan gamit lamang ang sangkap nga walay kemikal nga ginama sa laboratory. Tuod man, halos tanan makalitok man ug organiko nga produkto, apan sayud ba sila sa proceso. Ang organic agrikultura dugay na kini sa uban nga mga nasud. Diri sa Pilipinas padayon pa ang paglantaw sa mga lagda nga tumanon sa pagpahigayon. Ang kunuhay nga eksperto sagad nga nanagtagbo aron sa pagtuki niini. Apan sa datus sa Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS) mga 53% lamang sa mga mag-uuma sa tibuok nasud ang nangabono sa ilang tanum ug 4.2% lamang ang naggamit ug organiko. Sa Tagalog pa “malayo pa ang umaga”. Adunay gimugna nga kinahanglan ang mga mag-uuma ug kadtong nanghimo ug abono marehistro kini sa Bureau of Agricultural and Fishery Products Standard (BAFPS) ubos sa National Organic Agriculture Board (NOAB). Ang mga mag-uuma nga gitugutan niini kinahanglan adunay pagtugot o certification sa pagpahigayon sa pagpananum, pagdumala dugang ngadto na sa kalidad sa abot, usa pa niini tugutan nga mapadala sa merkado. Sa ubang nasud ang hut-ong o organisasyon sa mga maguuma ang managsabot sa paagi ug kalidad sa pagtikad ug paghan-ay sa produkto, usa kini itunol sa hunta sa “Organic Agricultural aron maoy ipatuman ug sundon… Ang Organic Act of 2010, padayon nga gipasundayag, dako ang pundong salapi ang gikahin aron unta paingon na ngadto sa mga mag-uuma. Daghan ang salapi alang sa pagtu-on sa pagpahigayon apan kanus-a kaha Makita na ang tumong alang sa luwas nga pagkaon, ug tukma nga pagpahiuli sa katabunok sa yuta ngadto sa hapsay nga kalikupan.
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wardly, we suppress and nurture it until it becomes like a volcano ready to erupt. Other people who have unresolved issues become cynical, critical and bitter towards anything and about everything. This turtle approach often leads to changing jobs, or even changing spouses. This may also lead to self destruction or illness. Anger can be expressed in a healthy way, propelling a person to be assertive, clarifying the issues in a non violent way. Being assertive does not require raising voices but telling the person the problem in a peaceful way. The goal is to resolve the problem and find a solution which is the better and wiser approach. Sadly most of us do not want to confront the problem. Instead we treat the person whom we think have wronged us indifferently, not letting the person know what was the reason of such treatment. Others find it a noble way to suffer in silence but the heart is aching for revenge. Anger has been present in the hearts of men since the time of Cain, whose offering did not please God, and that made him angry at God for giving preference of his brother Abel’s offering rather than his. The problem with Cain was the issue of his heart. He was angry and jealous. He couldn’t accept the fact that God was more pleased with Abel, but then, God looks at the heart. Anger lurks just around the corner or even inside us. It is always waiting to be unleashed. It hovers on every opportunity that it can bare its fangs. We can be angry at the traffic, the system, or even at our own selves, the way we were brought up, our parents, family or angry at other people’s affairs. Others found a better way in dealing with anger. They calm down, by switching their heart rate at a low gear. Pray while you can pray is one of the best weapons against anger. We can be angry and not sin. We can tell God honestly about how we feel (because He knows anyway), and ask Him to change how we feel. Reasons can be clouded by anger. We don’t have the right perspective when all we think of is how to destroy the person. If the reason for our existence is to be angry at anything, then everything can become a reason. We can turn our anger into a constructive creativity. If you are a musician, let your emotions ride high on the music instrument that you are holding. Write about something that touches the soul if you like to write. Pour your passion into your garden. Let them explode with colors. If you failed and that made you angry, turn your failure into a fuel to make your dreams come true. If your doctors said you have three months to live with advance cancer, turn that three months into the best three months you have ever lived on this earth. But most of all,know what made you feel that way, ask God for deliverance. For most of us who have been through deep challenges in life, there is always a great temptaion to be angry at the circumstances. But the one who made us is greater than any emotions that sometimes grip us.
proached the village to which they were going, he gave the impression that he was going on farther. But they urged him, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening and the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them. And it happened that, while he was with them at table, he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them. With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him, but he vanished from their sight. Then they said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he To page 16
Encounters... From page 1 a female, engaged one squad of the Civilian Active Auxliary (CAA) led by Cpl Galapin in a 20- minute firefight. 302nd brigade commanding officer Brig Gen Francisco Patrimonio said the enemy withdrew in two groups at SitioPagatanan of the same barangay, leaving behind a cal. 45 pistol. No casualty was reported on the government side, and undetermined on the enemy side. Patrimonio disclosed the NPAs of the Occidental side is reinforcing their comrades in the Oriental side because their numbers are dwindling and have become insignificant. But due to language barriers, rebels from the Oriental and Occidental side cannot go together for a longer period aside from the fact that rebels from the Occidental side are too imposing, he said. The two other encounters were in Bahian, Tanjay City and in sitio Makasakasa, barangay Balayong, Pamplona where
From page 2 gun amnesty would be around 2,000 or double the number in 2009 that was pegged at over a thousand. Part of the reason why more Negrenses will avail of the amnesty this year would be the failure of hundreds of gun holders to process the registration and renewal of their firearms following a directive from the national headquarters of the Philippine National Police, to centralize processing of the licenses in Camp Crame, Quezon City. Sr. Supt. Manuel Natu-el Jr., Negros Oriental Police Provincial Director, noted that the high cost of travel and stay in Manila for the licensing of firearms would discourage quite a number of gun holders. However, a Temporary Restraining Order was reportedly obtained by those questioning the policy through the proper court. In the previous years, firearm licensing could be processed at the Provincial Police Office or at Regional Command in Cebu City. Ballistic examination of empty shells would provide the PNP with a data base of registered firearms for cross-matching during shooting incidents that may narrow down the suspects or if lucky establish the identity of the perpetrator. (By Dems Demecillo)
From page 1 guerilla base. Patrimonio, however clarified, the military will stay in Negros Oriental and to concentrate in areas where the insurgents are holed up, while areas cleared of the insurgents will be turned to the Philippine National Police According to Patrimonio, the army has changed its approach in addressing the insurgency situation, the previous of which was by fronts, from the Southeast Front to the Larangan Guerilla 1. The present approach is to drive the insurgents out of the province, push the enemy to the other side, then secure the Oriental side to prevent the NPAs
EDCA... From page 4 plementing the 1934 Constitution within the Philippines, when the Japanese set up a puppet Republic through the bar rel of guns andPresident Quezon and Vice-Pres. Osmena had to flee to foreign shor es? The real national security of the Philippines, in the face of threat to our sovereign territory, in har dnosed realpolitik, must be well pondered upon. Until such time as arbitration succeeds or when a binding security pact signed that puts all stakeholders on same track towards peace, demilitarization, and joint exploration, our paltry defense capabilities must be enhanced. EDCA is a matter of realpolitik.
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From page 2 other recourse but to implement the preventive suspension, while investigation is going on. However, up to this time, he had not yet received the signed resolution from the office of the presiding officer. The resolution was approved by six municipal councilors, with one inhibition, while two were absent during that time. Due to the impasse, basic services have been prejudiced because the barangay cannot make disbursements of barangay funds.JG
from coming back. The army has placed the strength of the NPA in Negros Occidental at 170 to include the rebels operating in the boundaries of the first district, while about 37 in the oriental side.JG
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New Age: Captivate, Innovate, Engage,” the seminar had plenaries and discussions led by a diverse and international panel of distinguished keynote speakers including Tom Arassi from Solaire hotel and Mr. Jose Minana from Jollibee. To further promote the Philippines as a major convention or seminar destination in the Asia-Pacific, the PCSO made the participants experience the Filipino’s world-renowned brand of hospitality and were brought to tourist spots such as Villa escudero in Laguna ,Tagaytay highlands and Orchard country club in Cavite and a Manila city tour. “They were all awed and amazed at the beauty of our tourist destinations,” said Juliet Aseo, PCSO’s AGM for Management Services who was designated in charge of prepara-
tions. Tan Soo Nan, Chairman of the Asia Pacific Lottery Association and Chief Executive Officer of Singapore Pools (Private) Limited, commended the PCSO for hosting a wellorganized event. “[PCSO is an] excellent organization; very warm hospitality. Good job, PCSO”, remarked the CEO. “Beautiful organization from the lottery, the program is really very exciting, very professional. For me, it’s a very marvelous experience to be here and to participate” said Lynee Roiter, WLAExecutive Director. “The organizers should just keep on doing what they are doing because they are doing it right”, she added. Chairman Juico initiated talks with APLA Head, Tan Soo Nan, for the APLA Seminar after observing a similar event in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Juico congratu-
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LET THE BIBLE SPEAK: EASTER is passed on our Calendars but the living Savior should still be a reality in our heart. We can preach the Crucifixion but we dare not leave Christ on the Cross. Why? Because He is not there. Even going to the Empty Tomb and the angels speaks to the women in Luke 24:5 “Why seek ye the living among the dead?” Only by the Spirit of God and the Word of God can man understand that Jesus Christ is a living person. Mark 16:6 “..Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him” Intellectual men of the past have studied the Resurrection and came to a conclusion that Jesus Christ was truly alive and there was an Empty Tomb. Men seek truth today but never find it. Many even today are like Romans 1:22 “Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools” Paul tells Timothy in II Timothy 3:7"Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth” It is So much easier to believe the Bible at face value than try to rationalize and do deep studying. Resurrection brought change to the early Church. They stop worshipping on The Sabbath (Saturday) and met on the first day of the week because of this great event. These shy coward like Apostles became bolder than lions coming into preach the Gospel.Those Apostles were not University Graduates or from Schools of Higher Learning but According to Acts 4:13 “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceivedthat they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marveled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus’ They were accused later on of men that turned the world upside down. The Revival that went on the Early Church and how it Spread cannot be denied that something caused this great change and movement. You Know it would much more simply if you would ‘Let the Bible Speak’. Some are afraid Because it will tell them they are sinners and need a Savior to go to Heaven.
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lated her team for a job well done. The PCSO Chair said this might be the beginning of more international exposures and events for the PCSO. “As we aim to continuously be of service to the Filipino people, we believe that we have to be global. And to be truly global, we need to open our doors, our minds to international advocacies, practices, and beliefs. We are ready to show to the world that the Filipino is world-class,” ended Chairman Juico.
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pens to be Anne Curtis ,who has over a million Facebook followers. Only the “originator” with maybe a following of ten, to stress the argument, is slapped with libel. Fair? This also means that the issue becomes “public” not because of the number of readers who view or hear it as in the case of the Anne Curtis example. But the current law on libel itself is “broad “ when it comes to salacious and controversial issues about public figures and events. Some people become fair game for public comment and criticism because they have become public property. But what is “public property?”, some lawyers ask. Lawyer Oscar Tan argues that Justice Antonio Carpio ruled that in the disbarment case of lawyer Sigfrid Fortun, his lawyering for a celebrated case like the Ampatuan case( for the accused, especially) made him a public figure. “In viral wars involving a student council or an association with a fairly large public privy to the discourse, are statements there libelous or not(?) because they are of public -though limited -interest?”, Atty. Tan queries. When a “road-raged” Big Shot steps out of his car and slaps a traffic enforcerall on uploaded video- and netizens comment that he should be shot or brutalized for his overbearing action can that be libelous as dis-
Pagdalaw ni Obama ensahe nina Benito Tiamzon at Wilma Austria sa Pagdalaw ni Obama 28 Abril 2014 Sa pagdalaw ng imperyalistang panginoong si Obama, ang kanyang dala ay tanikala, hindi pakikipagkaibigan; ligalig, hindi kapayapaan; pasismo, hindi demokrasya. Lubos kaming nakikiisa sa makabayan Pasipiko at proteksyunan ang mga at progresibong mamamayan sa pagtutol at imperyalistang interes nito. Hindi papayag pagkondena dito. Nangingibabaw na ang sambayanang Pilipino na maging collayunin ni Obama ang pagsasara sa En- lateral damage lamang sa mga disenyong hanced Defense Cooperation Agreement militar ng US. Lalong hindi papayag ang (EDCA), ang sikretong kasunduang militar sambayanang Pilipino na manghimasok para sa lalong pinalawak na presensiya at ang imperyalismong US laban sa paggamit ng mga tropang US sa mga kampo makabayan at demokratikong armadong ng AFP at teritoryo ng Pilipinas, sa gayon, paglaban ng bayan para kamtin ang tunay iiral ang epektibo— epektibong pang-mis- na kalayaan at demokrasya. Iluluwal ng sion-critical—pero nakadisimula at murang pakikibakang bayan ang halagang pagbabase dito ng mga pwersang makapangyarihang unos na antipandigma ng US. Ikakasa ang Pilipinas imperyalista na nasa makabayang bilang isang sentro ng rebalancing ng US tradisyon ng Katipunan, nina Makario sa Asia at pakikipagribalan ng US sa Tsina. Sakay, Sumuroy, Dagohoy at mga pagAng EDCA ay tanikala ng pagkaalipin na aalsa ng Balangiga at Catobig. Tungkulin ipinupulupot ng US at papet na rehimeng ng mga makabayan at progresibong Aquino sa leeg ng bansa. Ito ay tahasang pwersa na: , Buuin ang pinakamalapad pagtalikod sa matayog na mga adhikain na anti-imperyalistang nagkakaisang para sa pambansang soberaniya at dignidad hanay upang sagkaan at labanan ang na nag-udyok sa istorikong desisyon ng EDCA. Ilantad ang tunay na katangian 1991 na paalisin ang mga baseng militar ng at layunin ng EDCA. Ilantad ang mga US. pagpapanggap at panlilinlang ng Ito ay tatak ng pagpapakabusabos, imperyalismong US. Papanagutin ang kataksilan at kahihiyan. sagad-sa-buto na tutang rehimeng B.S. Hindi magpipikit ng mata ang Aquino sa panibagong kataksilan nito sa sambayanang Pilipino sa bagong bayan. pananakop na ito ng imperyalismong US. Obama, Layas! Hindi sila papayag na maging sunudMga tropang US, Layas! sunurang instrumento para tiyakin ang Itakwil ang taksil at tutang-tutang solong dominasyon ng US sa Asia- rehimeng B.S. Aquino!
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courtesy on the road is a wide public topic of conversation and traffic affects the general welfare? See , how hard it is to implement? Besides, it is so hard to identify the “originator” of the supposed libelous statement because, as we know, many people do hide behind ridiculous email names like Sundancekid (ouch) ,midsummer nights dream and wackoome ad infinitum. We may be pissed , on the other hand, by endless streams of SPAM messages to our email- complete with plots to defraud, corrupt our email, inflict viruses and blackmail us based on recovered data. Do we run after these cyber criminals in the making? How?
NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Notice is hereby given that in conformity with the by-Laws of this Association, the annual general assembly of AABT members has been scheduled by the President on Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 3:00 P.M. at the Recreation Hall (Badminton Court) Bais Central, Oriental Negros, and the order of business and agenda of this meeting will be as follows: 1.Roll call 2.Reading of the minutes of the last annual general meeting and its approval 3.Report of the President 4.Other matters of importance 5.Election of Directors of this Association for the crop year 20142015 Our planners-members are requested to come on time. The Negros Chronicle May 4,11 & 18, 2014
Gospel... From page15 spoke to us on the way and opened the Scriptures to us?” So they set out at once and returned to Jerusalem where they found gath ered together the
eleven and those with them who were saying, “The Lord has truly been raised and has appeared to Simon!” Then the two recounted what had taken place on the way and how he was made known to them in the breaking of bread.
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CVIRAA... Tigbakay... Slain rebs... From page 2 ment of Education as the frontrunner and its partner agency, the Philippine Sports Commission, the Palarong Pambansa is the biggest annual sports event competed by athletes from 17 regions of the country. A total of 21 sports events will be played in the said national game including archery, arnis, athletics, badminton, baseball, basketball, billiards, boxing, chess, football, futsal, gymnastics, sepaktakraw, softball, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, volleyball, wrestling, and wushu. More than 5,000 athletes, officials and coaches from all over the Philipppines are expected to attend this big sports event.
Tanjay to... From page 1 appropriations committee; Kag. Bobit Ramirez and Kag. Wesley Alonso. They will support tomorrow’s resolution in the city council seeking for the capitol’s release of what was supposed to be Tanjay’s share of P100M out of the P480-millioin calamity fund released by the DBM for Negros Oriental. However, this release was recalled by the DBM due to technicalities. But the capitol proceeded to bid the same and awarded P480M to winning bidders. The governor justified this, by saying the need was urgent and river dredging had to be done in order to abort future calamities. Just the same, COA disallowed the disbursement and ordered its recall. But the capitol proceeded, thus, an Ombudsman case looms in the horizon against officials concerned the report said. The worse part is, the Tanjay portion of P100M from such fund release, did not arrive Tanjay. City councilors were wondering where the money of the TAnjay river dredging went. The Tanjay legislators intimated that no such dredging has been done to their official knowledge. So where is the money? And where is the dredging as reported already done?Tanjay city is now asking. With reports by: DEMS DEMECILLO Hence, pressed with the need to dredge and rechannel particularly the mouth of Tanjay River to avoid flashfloods during rainy season starting June, Calumpang will sponsor the measure that would require the provincial government to reveal the status of the project almost 1 year and 8 months since it was awarded to the winning contractor. Legaspi Premier Development Corporation won the bidding for the “reha-
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From page 2 will not prevent the policemen from raiding the gathering and enforcing arrests of the participants and organizers,” stressed Insp. Wilfredo Viloria, Valencia Chief-of-Police. Sr. Insp. Don Richmon Conag, Officer-In-Charge of the Dumaguete City PNP, explains that Tigbakays are illegal under Presidential Decree 1602. He said that cockfighting is only allowed in licensed cockpits. However, the National Cockfighting Law provides that “only one cockpit is allowed in each city and municipality except that in cities or municipalities with a population of over 100,000 two cockpits maybe established, maintained and operated.” In Bais City, a controversy is boiling over the alleged refusal of the LocalChief-Executive to grant the permit of an applicant for license to open a cockpit. City residents often go to neighboring Tanjay City to indulge in their hobby, but others especially in the barrios stage Tigbakays taking their chances even with the constant threat of raid and arrests by policemen. (By Dems Demecillo) bili tation/improvement of river control/rechanneling/ dredging of the Tanjay River at P 199.9 million last August 9, 2012. With the release of the first tranche of P 480 million representing half of the P 960 million calamity fund for Negros Oriental, Tanjay City thought it was naturally entitled P 100 million for the project to begin. But Calumpang claimed that there was no rechanneling or dredging undertaken by the winning contractor, which prompted to city government to enter into an agreement with SINO Italy just to protect the poblacion area from future flood everytiimeTanjay River breaches its banks. The Department of Budget and Management later tried to recall the P 480 million initial release as a remedy to a procedural lapse but the provincial government went ahead in awarding projects despite the Negative Special Allotment Release Order or SARO. The Capitol’s refusal prompted the Commission on Audit to serve the Notice of Disallowance before the responsible officials. (By Dems Demecillo)
Chop-chops... From page 1 units for drag race enthusiasts being the ultimate end users. “The main campaign of the HPG is to deny the carnappers the opportunity to carry out their caper and institute measures to deter the commission of the crime,” stressed Mariano. (By Dems Demecillo)
From page 2 Balayong Pamplona, Negros Oriental. Another rebel, an alleged squad leader, Jessie Dacaldacal was injured and nabbed after the clash. Two more escaped but believed wounded. The Army claimed that the residents tipped off the authorities of the rebels’ presence prompting the soldiers to raid their shelter. Recovered from the rebels were several long firearms. Meanwhile, suspected communist rebels attempted to overrun a military detachment in Barangay Tanglad, Tayasan town but were swiftly repulsed forcing the insurgents to withdraw. The Philippine Army claimed that the strength of the rebels in northern Negros Oriental has been reduced from 70 to 40 fighters. However, there is no fixed number of rebels in the province considering that they are highly mobile and often crisscross the boundaries of Oriental and Occidental Negros when carrying out offensives. (By Dems Demecillo)
Personal Novena Prayer to St. Jude Oh Holy St. Jude apostle and martyr, great in virtu e, rich in miracle, near K insman to Jesus Christ, faithful intercessor of all invoked you r sp ecial patron age in time of need, to you I have recourse from depth of my heart, I humbly beg you to w hom God has given such power to come to my assistance, Help me in my present and most urgent petition. (Make your request). In return, I promise to make your name know and caused you to be invoked St. Jude, pray for us and all who invoked thy aid. Amen. Pray this 9 times a day for 9 consecutive days. On the eight day your prayers will be answered, for this prayer has never known to fail. P lease don’t fo rget to p ublish this once yo ur w ish is granted. JCG
Prayer to St. Claire Ask St. Claire for three favours, one business, two impossible, say nine Hail Mary for nine days with a lighted candle. Pray weather you believe it or not. Publish on the 9th day. May the sacred heart of Jesus be praised, adored, glorified and love today and everyday throughout the world forever and ever. Amen. Your request will be granted no matter how impossible it may seem./JCG
Encounters... From page 15 five rebels had engaged elements of the 79th IB in a firefight resulting to the death of two combatants, namely, Nelson Onciano alias “Ka Andoy”, and Fermin Namuco alias “Jury”, wounding of Jessie Dacaldacal, a squad leader and head of the semi legal team, as well as the surrender of MaribethLasconia alias “Ka Railyn”. While the status of Ricky dela Cruz alias Jolan who had escaped, is still unknown.
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Ampy will... From page 3 shared missions in the anti crime drive, anti dollar counterfeiting and terrorist bombings in the country, Estella and Ampy shared glorious moments in exploring the rich bounty of nature in the mountains with their family and children who grew up together. They were all here with son Rodney Collins who is now the deputy regional security officer of the U.S. embassy based in Tokyo. Anabelle Corpus, wife of PSupt Jeorge Corpuz; Nona Velez; among others attended the wake. PUBLIC LIFE: Ampy’s public life as mayor of her town of San Jose is one of her lasting legacy of service beyond the call of duty. It was San Jose’s age of renaissance and growth during her nine full term as mayor from 1992 to 2001. She improved the town’s finances, embarked on novel programs, provided hundreds of scholarships to poor but deserving students; and ensured the safety and tranquility of her town.
During Sweetheart Ramon’s stint as DILG undersecretary, She lead PNP ladies in embarking on a nationwide pilgrimage of the image of the Lady EDSA around the country. She led medical missions to depressed areas; brought the Lady Edsa’s image to town halls and PNP detachments around the country , as she advocated for peace and harmony in the countryside. As among the few lady politicians “her innate love for the poor and victims of injustice, brought her to the forefront in helping those who needed quality in their lives.” She was able to convey that “the straight narrow path of governance can be down in the town level with the support of the national leadership. She provided scholarships to over 200 children using her own salary and income of her family business.” Mayor Fe Montano has left a legacy of public service in the areas of infrastructure, health services, peace and order, education, tourism and environment preservation. May her tribe increase.. ……
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PCSO closes international business gab By JOSEPH MUEGO
The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) wrapped up last Wednesday the 2014 Asia Pacific Lottery Association (APLA) / World Lottery Association (WLA) Joint Business Seminar at the Baluarte de San Diego in Intramuros, Manila. Tan Soo Nan (left) APLA chairman and chief executive officer of Singapore Pools (Private) Limited commended the PCSO for hosting a well organized event. Others in photo are (from left to right) Tan Soo Nan APLA Chairman; LyneeRoiter World Lottery Association (WLA) executive director; PCSO’s Board of Director Ma. Aleta Tolentino, Chairman Margarita Juico, Directors Betty Nantes and Mabel Mamba. (second row at the back) (left to right) PCSO’s General Manager Atty. Jose Ferdinand Rojas II, Assistant General Manager for Branch Operations RemelizaGabuyo, AGM for Administration Jose Malang, AGM for Gaming, Product Development and Marketing ConradoZabella and Board Secretary Ramon Rodrigo. (JOSEPH MUEGO
he Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) closedthe 2014 Asia-Pacific Lottery Association (APLA)/World Lottery Association (WLA) Joint Business Seminar with a meaningful program at the Baluarte de San Diego in the historic walled city of Intramuros in Manila. Atty. Mabel Mamba, PCSO Board Member, welcomed the delegates to the culminating activity. PCSO Chairman Margie Juico and General Manager Atty. Ferdinand Rojas received APLA’s gift to the host organization. “It’s our first time to host such a seminar and it’s a milestone for the PCSO. We made history and I think this won’t be the last time we will host international events such as this,” said GM Rojas. The seminar held at The Sofitel Philippine Plaza Hotel started on April 28 and had a record-setting 175 participants from 22 countries including the Philippines. With the theme “Marketing in the To page 16
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