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Green Core takes over NPC geothermal plant oosting hopes of a more efficient service and cheaper cost of electricity amid the impending power supply shortage in the Visayas region, Green Core Geothermal Inc. formally took over the operations of the 192.5-MW Palinpinon, Valencia and 112.5-MW Tongonan, Leyte geothermal plants from the National Power Corporation On October by posting the highest complying bid at $ 220 million on September 2. Declares GCGI President Paul Ricardo Empleo of PSALM (right) turns over the Aquino: “the symbolic hard hat to Felipe Glu of GCGI sealing acquisition of


the $ 220 million take over of the Palipinon and Tongonan power plants, Monday.

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Bayhon to rule on rebel

raps vs. youngsters BY DEMS DEMECILLO


rovincial Fiscal Elizabeth B. Bayhon wrapped up on Monday the preliminary investigation of the rebellion charges filed by the 79th Infantry Battalion under Lt. Col. Erwin Bernard Neri against two university students and a nurse but she is not expected to issue a ruling very soon. “This is a high profile case and I intend to study carefully the statements as reflected in the transcripts and evidence presented by all the parties involved,” stressed Bayhon. During the preliminary investigation, the military represented by 1st Lt. Ramon Salvador denies interrogating the three arrested suspects identified as Glenn Absin, 22,



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Greed & politics: roots of quarry feud – Vergara BY DEMS REY DEMECILLO


rovincial Attorney Erwin Vergara staunchly defended the ongoing re-channeling and quarry activities in the rivers of Siaton, Tanjay, Sibulan and Dumaguete amid a heavy barrage of criticisms from local officials and residents, dismissing their protests as motivated by “greed and politics.”

He asserts that the complainants, who are former quarry concessionaires are themselves guilty of abusing the environment during their time, which is the main reason why their permits to quarry were rejected by the provincial government and granted to other applicants that have shown the capability and good track record of following the provisions of their contracts with the administration. “in the past, we used to grant quarry permits to ad-

jacent landowners, but they were too greedy and irresponsible that they removed and exhausted quarry materials enlarging the river channels thereby putting

their communities in high risk for floods, they violated the conditions stipulated in the Environmental Compliance Certificate, they failed to build boulder dikes along the

riverbank and they ignored the requirement for them to plant trees,” stressed Vergara. The provincial attorney Turn to page 19

All roads lead to cemeteries today

NegOr hopeful Gary as Gibo’s vice-pres bet argarito “Gary” Teves’ home province of Negros Oriental remains upbeat that one of their favorite sons will be anointed as the vicepresidential candidate of the administration LakasKampi-CMD Party in tandem with Defense Secretary and presidential bet Gilbert “Gibo” Teodoro . His chances of becoming a vice-presidential timber of the administration party received a boost after Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Ronnie Puno, Batangas Governor Vilma Santos and Cebu Governor Gwen Garcia made themselves unavailable Turn to page 19


ELIZABETH B. BAYHON Provincial Prosecutor a political science student of the University of Cebu; Karlo Cabahug, 22, of the University of San Carlos and a resident of Talamban, Cebu and Maria Carla Turn to page 2

WHITENING THE TOMBSTONES: Thousands of people will flock to the Catholic cemeteries today as the living commemorate their dear departed on All Souls Day. The police will disallow liquor, weapons and loud music in the cemeteries.




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Historic bamboo pipe organ plays again!





ith the municipality of Valencia and the province of Negros Oriental expected to lose a huge portion of its royalty share for hosting geothermal power plants beginning next year, two district representatives vowed to work on a bill that will amend the Electric Power Industry Reform Act of 2001 and mobilize opposition to the bill filed by Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile seeking the abolition of royalty tax. dies enjoyed by residents of Representatives George Barangays Mala-unay, Arnaiz (2 nd District) and Puhagan, Caidiocan, Pryde Henry Teves (3rd Valencia and to certain exDistrict) are working to- tent of the whole province of gether to craft a bill that Negros Oriental. would amend a provision of “We are seriously obthe EPIRA law which has put jecting to the Enrile bill since a cap on the electric subsiTurn to page 19

our days after being honored as one of this year’s Outstanding Oriental Negrenses for distinguishing himself in the field of business, Mr. Julio Sy and wife Aning had to testify and defend their citizenships before the House Electoral Tribunal hearing the petition to disqualify her daughter 1st District Rep. Jocelyn Limkaichong.

Last Thursday, Sy, who was cited for putting up businesses that boosted the local economy and generated employment, fielded questions from the panel that has the sole authority to disqualify any elected member of the


Fragmented oppositon vs a united administration

TOP OF THE WEEK Solons to preserve Valencia royalties


critical repor ting reporting (Catan)

Hundreds of devotees and residents particularly the old folks flocked to Saint Augustine of Hippo Parish Church as the historic century-old Bacong Pipe Organ plays again after so many years. Church and town officials express hope that the musical instrument which underwent the multi-million repairs courtesy of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts will further enrich the liturgical celebrations and strengthen the faith of parishioners.

House of Representatives who falls short of the qualifications of the office. Political opponents of her daughter alleged that Julio Sy failed to complete the process of his naturaliza Turn to page 19


Is it by design that in today’s politics, nobody seems to be inclined to be identified with the administration, as if, by being in the opposition they would brand themselves as better alternatives even if people know fully well how the opposition today is also full of traditional politicians, many even worse than those under the present administration.


ne day after the October 26 armed clash between soldiers belonging to the 11th Infantry Lapu-Lapu Battalion and suspected rebels in Sitio Moog Barangay Planas, Guihulngan resulting to the death of one rebel, the two other men who are captured have been charged for illegal possession of firearms and explosives.

Three counts of murder were also filed against Guihulngan native Monico Butas, 62, for shooting to death three wounded soldiers whom they ambushed last May. On the other, 19-year old

John Rey Cuevas of Moises Padilla, Negros Occidental is also facing robbery in band charges after he admitted participation in the All Soul’s Day (Nov. 2) raid of the La Libertad Police Station last Turn to page 19

SU posts 94% rate in mechanical engr. exam


illiman University is ranked second top performing school in Category A (10-24 passers) in the Mechanical Engineer Licensure Examination administered October 14 to 15.

Sixteen (16) from Silliman passed the board exam, garnering a passing rate of 94 percent against a national passing rate of 60.46 percent. The newly licensed mechanical engineers are the following: Jun Anthony Acahy, Hardeley Aday, Wilmark

ow can a fragmented political opposition overturn a united administration? Simple. The opposition must unite into one solid party, but it does not, it cannot. So its risk of defeat is higher. A simple analytical dimension of the scenario of the 2010 presidential elections.

Avanzado, Francisco Badan Jr., Alden Buquiran, Dan Cabale, Jose Marlon Duran II, Ramon Fabugais Jr., Maxuel Jarabe, Matthew Van Litorja, Mark Bencer Moreto, Christopher Bhrent Palafox, Franz Joseff Picardal, Ulysses Rubia, Eugene Allan Salon and Clifford Villariza.

Bayhon to rule on rebel raps vs. youngsters (From

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Alvarico, 22, a registered nurse after the October 18 armed encounter between soldiers and rebels in Sitio Pulangyuta, Mayabon, Zamboanguita. Their lawyers and families are optimistic that the prosecutor will dismiss the charges. Salvador claimed they merely asked if they are companions of Jun Peteros, who allegedly shot one of the soldiers, when their group were accosted. The arrested suspects were also informed of their constitutional rights. Karapatan Central Visayas spokesperson Vimarie Arcilla alleges that the military manhandled the two young men and made them walk with hands tied from the clash site to the town police station. Counsels of the suspects refused to submit their clients for questioning even by Fiscal Bayhon and also turned down the request First Lieutenant Ramon Salvador (right) fields questions from Fiscal Bayhon and of the Zamboanguita PNP that the suspects lawyers of the young suspects Attorneys Susan Echavez, Joel Obar, Guiller Ceniza Turn to page 19 and Francisco Abad during Monday’s second and final preliminary investigation.

And the pied piping goes down the line until the last councilor in the country side, not being able to decide and define his direction because everybody on top are still undecided where to position themselves in the next political exercise of June 2010. Take the case of the vice presidency being offered in a silver platter to Noli de Castro, to Loren Legarda, to Chiz Escudero, and even to Gov. Gwen Garcia of

BOLTING NPC say-“cheese” Escudero may yet run as an independent presidentiable; NPC vice pres bet Loren Legarda might yet be running without a president; Ipe Remollo still remains the reluctant gubernatorial LP bet; while kingmaker Lakas chief Meniong Teves is OK without a Lakas bet for Negros Or iental governor. All-focus is: who captures Malacanang in 2010. Cebu. They all declined a free ticket to ride in the bandwagon of the administration thinking obviously that the GMA team has lost its image to lead, and that they do not want to be identified with the administration. Wrong. The more they distance themselves from the administration ticket, the more fragmented the opposition becomes, and the more dis-united, and the less chances of winning, on one hand, and the more chances of victory for the administration, on the other. Besides, GMA is not interested in local politics, only for Congressional, since she is eyeing the speakership of the House, if not parliament. If you are such an idealistic candidate, if you really want political as well as electoral reforms, then, WIN FIRST, before even trying to change the world. And the technique of winning the race is riding on the right horse. What good is your big mouth and big head if you cant even win first. The latest to drop is Chiz Escudero. The young man too much in a hurry. Even before riding on NPC, he already thought he was the horse to ride on. He was wrong, and so NPC dropped him. Where will Chiz go now? And how can he even start his presidential bid by losing? Manny Villar may yet pick Loren Legarda as Vice President for Nacionalista. Loren is also sticking to principles which cannot make one win. She wants to remain with the opposition, and might even run for the presidency under NPC even without a vice president. The administration wants a Visayan-block vice president. That is why they invited Gwen Garcia, governor of Cebu who reportedly declined and said “I am contented with where I am so.” Besides she does not believe that this administration can yet make her win as compared to her confidence that she can easily swing the Cebu governorship.

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Odol Gonzales Jr. faces criminal raps in Sandiganbayan Sayang. Bad timing. ust as the elections are up and coming, the venerable and honorable Valencia mayor Rodolfo “Odol” V. Gonzales, Jr. will be facing criminal charges before the Sandiganbayan for graft and corruption. This came through a now-irreversible order of the Supreme Court. Together with Gonzales, also facing the same criminal raps are his municipal treasurer Rolando B. Obanana and two private contractors Alex and Dominador Abelido.


Editorial No Lakas governor for NegOr?


onsidering the huge expense and absence of a formidable administration gubernatorial wannabe in sight, Lakas coalition stalwarts in Negros Oriental are thinking of going nogovernor bet this time. In fact for the first time in local history if the talks do not change, the administration will not have a local gubernatorial candidate in a Presidential election year! What does it mean? It means the old political foggies are now getting tired, \plus, with not enough younger wannabes in sight.

with no formidable-probable in sight, except maybe his son Gary, but who is aiming for the vice presidency. Henry Pryde Teves said their hands are full in making sure their district mayors will win, so we can have a solid district in the future. It is better not to insist on a gubernatorial bet when there is no one formidable who is also passionately interested. Of course if this elusive man appears, the story might change.

But what is the catch? The three Lakas solons namely Josy Limkaichong, Henry Pryde Teves and his lolo Meniong Teves, instead of spending lots of party money for any governatorial bet, might as well focus the campaign kitty mightily to Gibo Teodoro’s presidential bid, hoping he will win in Negros Oriental.

Well, knowing that every presidential bet wants to post a point man in every province for his candidacy (like Gibo Teodoro) then perhaps the three congressmen can do it , with more focus, minus the burden or carrying a heavy gubernatorial load. Unless of course, there is a strong and highly probable candidate, who has not yet emerged until now.

In an interview with local newsmen, Josy Limkaichong said that the local Lakas might coalesce with NPC with both parties backing up a common president in Gibo Teodoro in exchange for not putting up a Lakas gubernatorial bet. NPC has no presidential bet, anyway.

Like Noynoy, we have a reluctant LP candidate in Ipe Remollo who is LP coordinator here. He might accept a gubernatorial slot for LP, firstly to carry Noynoy in the province, and secondarily, to carry himself as provincial standard bearer.

Meniong Teves said if he were to decide, he would rather focus on Gibo Teodoro for president here, rather than be distracted with a gubernatorial candidate of the party

So that leaves a one-on-one matchup between Dodo and Petit. These are still fluid developments, just like the weather, it can change at the wink of an eye anytime…

The nature of the criminal raps The criminal charges against Gonzales and company, stems from his release of what is called “retention money” (peoples’ money) to a private contractor, even if this was prohibited by the regional trial court, through an order called a writ of preliminary attachment. Under the antigraft and corrupt practices act, the penalty for corruption is only ten years maximum imprisonment, and perpetual disqualification from public office. Procedurally, after the criminal information is filed, a warrant of arrest would likely be issued. But not to worry. This crime is bailable. Just as we hear that the promising Valencia mayor, is being talked about to be a vice-gubernatorial candidate in next years elections, he now has this impending criminal charge in the graft court, the Sandiganbayan. But we still hope, that whoever the gubernatorial candidate picking mayor Gonzales as running–mate will be, would overlook the fact that he will be having a vice-gubernatorial partner with a pending criminal case before the Sandiganbayan for graft and corruption. Hopefully, voters would not see mayor Gonzales as “political baggage”, with the pendency of his corruption charge. The parties to the case What is this criminal case involving Rodolfo “Odol” Gonzales Jr.? The facts of the case can be gathered from the Supreme Court website in this address: The case (G.R. No. 169338) is entitled New Bian Yek Commercial, Inc. versus Office of the Ombudsman (Visayas), Rodolfo V. Gonzales Jr., Rolando B. Obanana (municipal treasurer of Valencia) and Erwin Vergara, the provincial attorney, Alex and Domindor Abelido, the private contractors. This was decided last January 20, 2009. A motion for reconsideration was filed, but was denied in March. The facts of the case The writer of the decision, Justice Renato Corona, narrated the facts like a news item. Very simple. On August 13, 2000, the municipality of Valencia Negros Oriental awarded to Legacy Construction (Legacy), a corpora Turn to page 19


Dateline Manila by Bingo P. Dejaresco

Dethroning Noynoy

er 3rd quarter Social Weather Station (SWS) survey, if elections were held today Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III would be elected president by landslide. Higher than even the postMarcos record of 38% majority win of then highly-popular Erap Estrada in 1998. That late September (single not been a pushover, either - es- by Escudero (21%), Legarda candidate) survey showed Aquino calating from (Sept 2007) 18% (17%), Binay (6%) and Jinggoy (51%), Villar (20%), Erap (11%), to (2008) 28% to (2009) 37%. Estrada (6%). Since Roxas topped the VP Escudero (8%) and the rest (10%). Less dramatic was Erap’s ascenSo even if all other votes sion from (2007) 5% to (2008) derby, it is only natural that when he combines strength with frontwould go to a single candidate 13% and (2009) 18%. Chiz Escudero (just out of runner Aquino, their tandem will like Villar, Noynoy will still win by a million votes over all of NPC) is lukewarm: from (2007) stretch their total higher than Aquino them or 2% of the 50 million 13% to (2008) 16% and (2009) standing alone. Thus in the tandem survoters as hypothetical voters’ 15%. Gibo Teodoro, though movtotal number. Noynoy will gar- ing from less than 1% to a 4% in veys: Aquino-Roxas (57%), ner 51% and the rest only 49%. September, is actually a disappoint- Villar-De Castro (19%), In the 2-year quarterly SWS ment since he and Noynoy (60%) Escudero-Legarda (9%) and surveys (September 2007 - Sep- appeared at the scene almost si- Estrada-Binay (9%). The problem with that equation is that tember 2009), Noynoy shot like a multaneously. Aquino’s running-mate, Noli de Castro has not declared galactic meteor from zero to 51% (even 60% on a three choices of Senator Mar Roxas topped the his candidacy as Villar’s runvice-presidential race in that ning-mate. Thus that ranking is candidates survey). In the three-candidate sur- same September (single candi- a hypothetical No. 2. Two things Turn to page 2-B vey, senator Manny Villar has date survey) at (38%), followed


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Green Core ... From page 1

the Palinpinon and Tongonan plants fully integrates the value chain of EDC’s geothermal business from steam production to producing clean and renewable power.” GCGI, a subsidiary of First Luzon Geothermal Energy Corporation is fully owned by Energy Development Corporation of the powerful Lopez family.

Engr. Danilo C. Catigtig, EDC and GCGI Vice-President for Power Generation, cited the role of several people in making the transition smooth but he issued a timely reminder to all concerned that the “real job is up ahead, this time utilizing the more efficient private procedures.” He cited the company’s top priorities: rehabilitation

and improvement of the plants’ capacities to satisfy their new customers. The simple turnover ceremony via teleconference with high ranking officials of the Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management, National Power Corporation and Energy Development Corporation in Manila was witnessed by local government officials, employees and other stakeholders. (By Dems Rey Demecillo)

L-R: Danilo Catigtig (GCGI), , Ricardo Empleo Jr. (PSALM) Ronald Conquilla (NPC, Palinpinon) and Dwight Maxino (EDC).

Lopez firm tops bidding of Palinpinon, Tongonan BY AMY R REMO


OPEZ – led GREEN CORE GEOTHERMAL Inc. has submitted the highest bid of $ 220 million for the 192-MW Palinpinon and 112-MW Tongonan geothennal power plants according to Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. In the bidding held on Sept. 2 Green Core’s bid edged out the $ 200 million offer submitted by Thenna Power Visayas Inc a unit of the Aboitiz group Green Core’s offer met the reserve Danilo Catigtig (left) and Valencia Mayor Rodolfo Gonzalez Jr. Solons Jocelyn Limkaichong (1st Dist) and George Arnaiz (2nd Dist.) price set by PSALM said its spokesperson unveil the Green Core Geothermal Inc. logo and marker. air hopes the privatization of the power plants would yield better Conrad Tolentino and efficient service. The highest bidder is a wholly owned subsidiary of First Luzon Geothermal Energy Corp. which in turn is wholly owned by Energy Development Corp. As required under the bidding proce dures PSALM has to first verify the accuracy authenticity and completeness of the bid documents submitted by Green Core before a winning bidder for the Palinpinon Tongonan package is formally declared Located in Valencia Negros Oriental the Palinpinon geothermal power plant con sists of two power stations—Palinpinon II and II—which are approximately 5 kilometers apart. Palinpinon II which was commissioned Turn to page 18 Stakeholders led by EDC President Richard Tantoco toast for good luck. Solons in media huddle discussing various issues from reproductive health bill to preserving the royalties enjoyed by geothermal host LGUs.

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EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEATE AND SALE ESTA MENT OF EST NOTICE is hereby given that the sellers, namely: Eleuterio, Valentina, German, Antonio, Elpedia, Restituta, all surname Infante; Pricilia B. Dimdim, Emili Infante, Romeo Infante, Joselito Infante, Roderick Infante, and Lea Infante have filed and executed an Extrajudicial Settlement of Estate and Sale on Lot No. 1799-D, under Psd-07-015524, being a portion of Lot 1799 covered by TCT No. 16738. located at Buñao, Dumaguete City, containing an area of 251 sq.m. in favor to Mitchum Clyde N. Cabanag per Doc. No. 33, Page No. 8, Book No. 2, Series of 2008 of Notary Public Atty. Alex Andrew P. Icao.

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FINDING OUR LIFE IN HIM We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who, through faith and patience, inherit what has been promised. –– Hebrews 6:12


ou are the light of the world—like a city on a mountain, glowing in the night for all to see. Don’t hide your light under a basket! Instead, put it on a stand and let it shine for all. In the same way, let your deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.”

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Homosexuality and Sin

asically, every person has ethical intuition that certain acts and behaviors are wrong because they are unnatural. For example, we perceive by intuition that the normal and natural sex partner of a human is another human, not an animal. The same reasoning applies to the case of FR. GAMMY TULABING homosexual behavior. The JCD, VG natural sex partner for a man is a woman, and the natural sex partner for a woman is a man. That is why people have the corresponding intuition concerning homosexuality as they do about bestiality- that it is wrong because it is unnatural. Do we now see the reasoning in natural law? This is the basis for almost all standard moral intuitions. For instance, it is not difficult to understand that destruction of human life or infliction of physical and emotional pain is immoral. Who does not understand that? Each human being naturally possesses the dignity and value to preserve life. To destroy life is intuitively immoral. That is why there are specific principles like the unacceptability of murder, kidnapping, mutilation, physical and emotional abuse, and so forth. Many homosexuals argue that they have not chosen their condition, but that they were born that way, making homosexual behavior natural for them. But because something was not chosen does not mean it was inborn. Some desires are acquired or strengthened by habituation and conditioning instead of by conscious choice. For example, no one chooses to be an alcoholic, but one can become habituated to alcohol. Just as one can acquire alcoholic desires ( by repeatedly becoming intoxicated) without consciously choosing them, so one may acquire homosexual desires (by engaging in homosexual fantasies or behavior)without consciously choosing them. Even if there is a genetic predisposition toward homosexuality, the behavior remains unnatural because homosexuality is still not part of the natural design of humanity. It does not make homosexual behavior acceptable; other behaviors are not rendered acceptable simply because there may be a genetic predisposition toward them. For example, scientific studies suggest some people are born with a hereditary disposition to alcoholism, but no one would argue someone ought to fulfill these inborn urges by becoming an alcoholic. Alcoholism is not an acceptable “lifestyle” any more than homosexuality is.


like. Be a beacon of truth— don’t shut your light off from the rest of the world.


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



In Memoriam


n 12 November 2008, the late Fr. Miguel A. Bernad SJ made some remarks at the inauguration of Xavier University Press. That same year of 2008 also turned out to be the book launching of his BY: REV. FR. ROMAN C. four books. SAGUN. JR. The one titled The Immortal Sea was published by Xavier University Press. A second book, The Waiter and the Fisherman, was published by the Ateneo de Manila University. A third book, Journey to the Andes, got published by New Day Publishers. The fourth book was published by Giraffe Books. Entitled A Night on the Lake, the last essay in the book was captioned The Tower of Babel. In it, Fr. Bernad recalled: “In 1974, the Philippine Embassy in Washington arranged for a Mass to be said in the Catholic Cathedral to celebrate Philippine Independence. I happened to be in Washington at the time and I was asked to say the Mass and give the sermon. “A few days before the event, I got a telephone call from the editor of a news gathering agency. ‘Will you say the Mass on June 12?’ he asked. I said yes. ‘Will you attack Marcos?’ “This was 1974, only two years after Martial Law was declared in the Philippines and there had been much agitation in the U.S. against Ferdinand Marcos. “To his question, I answered with another: ‘Why do you ask?’ “He answered, ‘If you are going to attack Marcos, we will send a reporter and a news photographer.’ “I said, ‘I never attack anyone from the pulpit. My sermon will be on a biblical subject, the Tower of Babel.’ As a result, we had a quiet celebration on Philippine Independence Day without any notice from the press.” Despite all his achievements, the late Fr. Miguel A. Bernad, SJ considered the priesthood as the greatest. A Shakespeare aficionado himself, Fr. Bernad at almost 92 years old passed away on the Ides of March this year 2009. Requiem aeternam dona ei, Domine. Et lux perpetua luceat ei

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

Matthew 5:1-12a hen Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain, and after he had sat down, his disciples came to him. He began to teach them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land. Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you falsely because of me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great


Summons To Number Our Days “So teach us to number our days that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” Psalm 90:12 ne of the books of Rev. Frederic Appleton (former pastor of Silliman Church) sent me is one by a famous devoted Christian actress, Helen Hayes. It is a collection of the most splendid Dr. PROCESO UDARBE words that have shaped and influenced her life. She calls the words her “steadfast friends.” She says: “They are still with me today, perhaps more alive and more vibrant than when I first encountered them. They have had the ability to pull me through some of the most wonderful and some of the most tragic moments.” In Helen Hayes’ collection, Psalm 90 occupies a prominent place. The verse from the Psalm that articulates our continuing search for life’s meaning is in the Psalmist’s prayer to God” “So teach us to number our days that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” There is another place in the Bible where there is reference to


in heaven. —o0o— The Beatitudes reflect a particular interpretation and application of God’s love to the various situations we will encounter in our lives. Some talk about the Beatitudes as replacing the Old Testament Law or at least being an alternative to it. This is not strictly accurate. Yes, Beatitudes may be considered part of the New Law of Christ, but as Jesus Himself tells us, this does not mean the Old Law has been abolished.

numbering our days. It is where Daniel warns Nebuchadnezzar that his days are numbered, and that everything—his power, his gold, his pomp would come to nothing. Our text from Psalm 90 is also a warning of sorts to oneself, but there is divine grace in it; for it is we who number our days in order that in the present we find a sense of life’s meaning. This could be the response to Howard Thurman’s cry for meaning in his poignant lines: Is there some point, some place of rest To bring an end to all man’s quest? Something that does not fail? Something that lasts beyond all things that pass? Psalm 90 says yes, there is. (To be continued)

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with a growing burden of regrets only makes life more difficult and drains our spirit as well as our energy. We have hundreds of minutes every day to listen to a birdsong, hug our children, play ‘close-open’ with our 8-month-old granddaughter, gaze in wonder at the shifting cloud formations, comfort someone who is hurting, inhale the delicious odor of smoke from the roadside barbecue stands, make a list of things to do, take the time to actually do some of these things and delight in crossing them off our list, learn a new song or dance, embrace our spouse in love, thank our God for his abundant blessings. It is these moments of happiness and joy, these small, authentic moments we experience that bring us contentment and peace. I believe that what is missing from many of our days is a true sense that we are enjoying the lives we are living. We become immersed in daily routine to the point that sometimes we unconsciously become automatic robots. I for one don’t want to live unconsciously, do you? We have everything we need in life to make us happy but simply lack the conscious awareness to appreciate what we have. Let’s choose today to wake up to what we have, to open our eyes and our hearts to the good that already exists in our own lives, and to the kindness and happiness that we can bring to others through random acts of kindness. We can decide to create precious memories through what we do today, so that, come some November 1 in the future, our friends and families will remember us for the happy moments, for the loving moments, for the gems of wisdom and wit with which we enriched their lives. Then they can truthfully say, “She (or he) was truly a blessing for us” rather than comment with a deep sigh, “if only…” Today let us grasp the awareness of what it is that makes us really happy and embrace each moment as an experience of fulfillment, blessing, and joy. Let’s replace the “if only’s” with “Yes, I did that (or said that) and I’m glad I did for it made my heart sing!”

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Saints – Our Heavenly Intercessors “Many of the insights of a saint stem from his experience as a sinner.”

DR. ANGEL V. SOMERA Fellow, Phil. Psychiatric Association Diplomate, Phil. Board of Psychiatry

– Eric Hoffer


hen I was a kid, I remember my Lola became a devotee to St. Anthony de Padua, a well-known saint whom she believed miraculously helped her saved her son, Nemecio, from the scheduled major operation from a serious inguinal hernia, plus other serious conflicts in the family. So, I now realized that all her sacrifices and the candles she lighted every 13th day of the month in Sibulan were worth it.

Police Officer 1 Malvin Noble test fires a .45 caliber pistol submitted for licensing as hundreds of gun holders trying to beat the October 31 deadline of the amnesty swarmed the office of the PNP Crime Laboratory. Major Josephine Llena, Crime Laboratory Officer-in-Charge, explains that the amnesty allows gun holders to pay just P650.00 for renewal and P 1,000.00 for registration regardless of the type of firearms while other requirements such as neuro-psychiatric examination and drug test have been waived. Nevertheless, the gun holders are required to renew their licenses after one year and comply with the usual requirements and pay a much higher registration fee.

pparently, the plan was badly conceived that the suspects failed not only to eliminate their target, worst they end up in jail. But much of the credit goes to the local police force headed by Dumaguete Chief of Police Supt. Leopoldo Cabanag, who engaged the fleeing suspect moments after the October 24 shooting incident in Zone 3, Barangay Looc. Turn to page 19


rom day one up to its culmination, a number of people were seriously injured, at least one was reported dead after members of youth gangs in the city decided to prowl for unsuspecting victims or settle old scores with rival gangs during the 10-day (Oct. 16-26) Buglasan Festival. tims were five men in two separate inciMost of the gangsters are armed dents, who were merely trying to enjoy the not only with knives and ice picks but Turn to page 19 also of small firearms. Among the vic-

Catholics in all Christendom celebrate All Saints Day every first of November. Who are the saints? They are the earthly faithful who lived an exemplary holy life strictly following the Commandments and living the words of God to the fullest and after their death, they undergo a process of beatification. Later on, they are canonized by the Pope, in Rome and thus officially recognized by the Church as saints. All Saints enjoy the beatific vision of God in heaven. I have a book – The Spice of Life – which described beautifully and briefly, sainthood. It says, “Why are saints, Saints? Because they were cheerful when it was difficult to be cheerful; patient when it was difficult to be patient; and because they pushed on when they wanted to stand still; and kept silent when they wanted to talk; and were agreeable when they wanted to be disagreeable. That was all. It was quite

simple and always will be.” Filipinos are fond of asking favors and intercessions from their patron saints. Saints are special protectors or guardians over our areas of life. For example: Saint Francis of Assisi is the patron saint of ecologists because he loves nature. St. Frances the Sales is the patron saint of journalists; St. Claire of Assisi was named patron saint of television because one Christmas, while she was too ill in her bed, she saw and heard Christmas mass, even though it was taking place miles away; St. Thomas Aquinas, a doctor of the church, is known as the patron saint of universities; St. Joan of Arc, patron saint of soldiers; St. Matthew, patron saint of bankers; St. Jerome, patron saint of librarians; St. Therese of Lisieux, patron saint of the mission; St. Augustine of Hippo, patron saint of brewers; St. James the Great, patron saint of laborers; St. Luke, patron saint of physicians; St. Dominic, patron

saint of astronomers; St. Monica, patron saint of abuse victims; St. Thomas Moore, patron saint of lawyers. Plus many other saints who struggled and withstood their ground and won the battle against the evil and deceiving world. Even the angles, like St. Michael the Archangel, can also be named as patron saint. At the time of our birth, God gave each one of us a guardian angel to watch over us. The most outstanding of the saints is the Blessed Virgin Mary who is venerated by the Catholics as the “Queen of the Angels and the Saints.” So, let strive to be truly righteous and pray to our heavenly friends – saints and guardian angels – to always guide us in our arduous journey towards our eternal home. A message of concern. “Never gamble your life. Strive to be a saint. All of us are called to become Saints. If we fulfill our daily duties as best we can.”

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into the cities here and abroad. In the case of this country, this has created squatter colonies in metropolitan areas some of this located precisely in the riverbeds and lakeshores where land is available for squatting, thanks to the misguided benevolence of local officials. Today the offered solutions are just band aid. Yes we can have a more timely and accurate forecast of storms. We can even track the direction of typhoons, but what is the good of this if the root causes mentioned above are not addressed? We will just have more of the same tragic events. And to think that we will be hit by more storms now and in the future. Sure these are Acts of God but the Lord did not make us so helpless that tragedies cannot be avoided or

mitigated. It has been said that to be forewarned is to be forearmed. How forearmed should we be to in the state of preparedness? History will tell us that an average of some half-a-dozen tropical cyclones hit this archipelago every year. This is a given. In fact since 1951 when Amy struck the country to date some 15,000 of our countrymen have perished from typhoons which have destroyed no less than 50 billion in damage to property. To be sure in the years to come we will be visited by more female typhoons carrying such exotic names as Amy, Kadiang, Sisang, Loleng, Undang, Sening, Ruping, Rosing and Uring, the names of the most destructive typhoons that have hit us in the last half century. Is it not therefore time for us to wake up to this reality?



esponding barangay tanods managed to arrest a hacking suspect who attacked his neighbor using a scythe in Barangay Bajumpandan, Dumaguete City last October 25.

The victim, 30-year old Tirso Villalon, was tending to his cow when suspect Renante Enquig, 33, hacked him. Alarmed by the commotion, Ethel, victim’s wife, rushed outside of their house and saw his husband bloodied with multiple injuries. She immediately hugged Tirso and

pleaded for the suspect to stop. Enquig’s common-law-wife and father also rushed to the scene and prevailed upon the suspect. They also helped transport the ailing victim to the hospital, where he is now recovering. The barangay tanods handed the suspect to the city policemen.

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duced the serious landslides that buried villages was obviously exacerbated by the indiscriminate logging in the mountain ranges by politicians and the politically connected. The deeper root cause of the problem is the unbalanced growth of the economy with rural areas suffering benign neglect and sacrificed on the altar of industrialization that favors the cities. A flawed land reform program and underdeveloped infrastructure has left the provinces cut off from progress. Low incomes, productivity and employment in the rural areas have created the great exodus

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Renante Enquig (center) suspected of hacking neighbor Tirso Villalon was presented to City Fiscal Edna Villamil during the preliminary investigation of the case at the Hall of Justice, Monday.

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All unredeemed pledges whose terms have been expired will be auctioned on October 31, 2009 at our place of business.



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Estate Real Esta te Call: 0918-929-6047

1. Commercial Lot Location: Looc Area 194 sq.m. K-10 Clean title P6 M negotiable 2. House & Lot Location: Bantayan Area 1,852sq.m. 6 bedrooms, garage, lawn huge sala, kitchen fence negotiable K-11 P10M Clean title


Contact: 0918-929-6047 (ARB) REAL PROPERTIES FOR SALE:


Lot NO. 5721, Situated at Apolong, Valencia, Negros Oriental, containing an area of 2,953 square meters. - price: PhP1.8M Neighboring residences are owned by foreigners - Clean title with only two registered owners. LOT-B ———————————————

Contact 0918-929-6047


Area: 160 sqmtrs. Location: Casa Alicia Subd., Candauay, Dgte. City Price: P2.5M Description: 3 bedrooms, garage, lawn, with good neighbors.


Area: 320 sqmtrs. Location: Casa Alicia Subd., Candauay, Dgte. City Price: P4M/ negotiable Description: 3 bedrooms, garage, lawn, with good neighbors.

2. One property, with two separate titles, being separated by a barangay road passing through them: LOT NO. 4529, Situated at Valencia, Negros Oriental, containing an area of 1,189 square meters and LOT NO. 4528, Situated at Valencia, Negros Oriental, containing an area of 633 square meters - price for the whole property: PhP1.6 M. With more than a hundred standing matured lanzones trees. - Clean title with only one signatory to the deed of sale. LOT-C ———————--——————-

FOR SALE House & Lot, New


4. LOT NO. 6805, Situated at Opao, Seit Siaton, Negros Oriental, containing an area of 22,432 square meters - Price: PhP60.00 per square meter. Elevated property with scenic view of Tambobo Bay where the Yachts can be seen being docked. Just a road away from the river - Clean title. With proper documents. ——————————------—— Contact: 0918-929-6047.

HOUSE & LOT P1.5M only Ready to occupy, Rush Sale, P1.5M Negotiable. Clean Title. Northern Junob, Dumaguete; Rose Mata Kenon

Call: 09189296047

PRIVATE TRICYCLE P50T only Designed for school transportation; Complete documents. Negotiable Cecil Kenon Aba

2 storey, 3 BR, 3 bath, 225 sm floor space. Location: Fatima Village Price: P4.9 million Security fence, landscaping. Call: 0929-662-3078/ 0929-568-4711.

L A ZI PRIME LLOT OT FOR SALE (Kong) • l,500 square meters, clean title, • Fronting the Siquijor State College Lazi Campus • Along the national highway • Walking distance from the Church,and and the Lazi Municipal Hall • Lot’s back portion is overlooking the mountains of Maria and onwards • Lot is very conducive to business like an internet café, ideal site for dormitory, restaurants and residences Call 0918 929 6047

LOT FOR SALE • Clean Title TCT T-1666, 1,500 sq mtr @ P3087 per sq mtr • Infront of Siquijor State College, Lazi Campus • Walking distance to Lazi Municipal Hall, Lazi Church, and RP’s biggest convent; • Back portion is overlooking the mountains of Maria and onward; • LOT IS VERY CONDUCIVE to business like an internet café, a dormitory, or residential retirement home.

Call: 09189296047


CALL 0918 9296047 to see and appreciate.

Designed for touring visitors; Also all-service vehicle. Complete Documents , Cecil Kenon Aba


P2.6M Negotiable 500 sq. meters Clean Title. Terio Calingacion 09189296047

LOTS FOR SALE O1. overlooking the bay KB1 Location : Dauin, Negros Oriental, area: 2 hectares, possibly cutting for a maximum of 1 thousand sqmtrs., has a huge barangay road, possibly view Siquijor and Apo islands, ideal for subdivisions, hotel, mini golf or bar and restaurant businesses. O2. overlooking the bay KB2 Location : Valencia, Negros Oriental area: 1,000 sqmtrs, Price: 1,500 per sq. still negotiable, has a barangay road, a few minutes going to Valencia public pool or Tejeros, a walking distance to the cockpit and can possibly view the city of Dumaguete. There is an access road going to the forest and even to Casaroro falls. O3. House and lot for sale KB3 location : Sibulan, Negros Oriental, 3 bedrooms, mini jacussi, 1,500 sqmtrs., landscapes with lemon trees. Price: 3.2 m

Call: 0918-929-6047 1. House and lot for sale KB4 Location : Sac-Sac, Bacong, Negros Oriental, 3 bedrooms,garage, landscapes, near SPI call center, near the beach, Price: 3.6 m, clean title, newly painted and huge, cemented barangay road. 2. Beach lot for sale KB5 Location : Dauin, Negros Oriental near El Dorado. Area: 1,000 sqmtrs . Price: 1.8 m, clean title and negotiable

Call: 0918-929-6047

Area: 250 sqmtrs. Location: Casa Alicia Subd., Dgte. City Price: P4M Description: 3 bedrooms, garage, lawn, with good neighbors.


Area: 14,700 sqmtrs. Location: 120 coconuts at Combado, Bacong, Negros Oriental, with Price: P4.5M negotiable Right of way and good neighbors.


Area: 900 sqmtrs. Price: P1.5M Location: Combado, Negros Oriental (Bacong) Description: Accepts 2 payments, 3 bedrooms, with underground, Garage, lawn, 3 rooms of piggery and respectful neighbors.


Area: 1,200 sqmtrs. Price: P 2M Location: Upper, Cantil-e Description: 3 bedrooms, garage, lawn, right of way and good Neighbors.


Area: 2,280 sqmtrs. Price: P500 Thousand Location: Lutao, Bacong, Negros Oriental Description: 4 coconut trees and sources of wood trees.




Location: Northern Junob, Four Bedrooms, Open style living area 2 CR’s (inc. ensuite to main bedroom) Sari-Sari Store possible fifth bedroom Under Cover Parking, approx 8 minutes to downtown (4 mins. to Lee Super Plaza)


Northern Junob, Area: 4,908 sq.m. Products: 100 coconut, Hundreds of corn plantation Price: P4.9M. Accept 2 payments, with Clean Title


Location: Sibulan; Area: 400 sq.m.; Price: P2M (negotiable) Clean Title

LOT FOR SALE (K 10) Lot : area 220 sqmtrs. , ideal for simple residence, near Silliman Heights subdivision, has a huge barangay road and there is a short cut roads if ever there is a road renovations someday, clean tilte, price ; 160, 000





House and lot : area : 200 sqmtrs. bungalow house, landscape, has a right of way, clean title, descent neighbors, price : P350, 000 still negotiable, place: Combado, Bacong, Negros Oriental, 15 minutes going to Dumaguete City.


Beach lot : area : 1,000 sqmtrs. place: Bacong, Negros Oriental , goodneighbor, price 2.5 m, ideal for mini resort, clean title


House and Lot : area 300 sqmtrs. near the beach, clean title, descent neighbors, very near to municipal public market, police stations, elementary and highschool area,



3. BEACH LOT Situated at Dauin, Negros Oriental, containing an area of 7,081 square meters. - Negotiable Price: PhP 15.5M. - Only one signatory to the deed of sale

Call: 09189296047



House and Lot , area : 500 sqmtrs. fenced, near health center, with huge right of way that can be accessible road that connects to Bagacay, Rosario Heights and even going to Valencia, near highway, with two bearing mango fruits, huge garage, still have enough space for landscapes or even building a rest house, 3 bedrooms, clean title, price : 1.6 m but still negotiable.


House and lot, area 450 sqmtrs. bungalow house, 4 bedrooms, fenced, with garage and landscape, near daycare center, near highway, huge right of way, price: 2.6m, clean title and the price is still negotiable, it is 8 minutes going to Dumaguete City. Location: Northern Junob near Silliman Heights


House and Lot , 580 sqmtrs, 2 storey, with garage, landscape , in front of the way, 4 bedrooms, fenced, friendly descent neighbors, price 2.6 m, clean title. Location: Northern Junob near Silliman Heights

NEW ST OCKS 2009 STOCKS HOUSE AND LOT (K 17) House and Lot, 500 sqmtrs, 2 bedrooms, old house, w/ right of way Location: Northern Junob, Dgte. City Price: P600 thousand, clean title.

LOT (K 18)

Lot, Buntis, Bacong, Neg.Or. Price: P1.5m/negotiable, clean title, area: 1,500 sqmtrs.


House and Lot, Northern Junob, area: 80 sqmtrs. (Rush Sale) 3 bedrooms, clean title, garage, fenced, Price: P1.7M / negotiable


House and Lot, Combado, Bacong, area: 700 sqmtrs. new house, 3 bedrooms, landscape, has a right of way, clean title


House and Lot, Bagacay, area: 250 sqmtrs. landscape, fenced, 2 bedrooms, Price: P1.6 / negotiable.

Call: 09189296047 FOR SALE PRICE IS VERY CHEAP AND NEGOTIABLE 10.45 Hectares Agro-Forestry Farm

Suitable as Upland Resort or Swine/Poultry Farm Location: Mayabon, Zamboanguita

• 250 Grafted Mango Trees; 2-6 years old • 300 Jackfruit Trees; 3 years old • 6,000 Ipil-ipil trees • 10,000 Mixed Forest Trees * Gmelina * Mangium * Mahogany * Narra * Eucalyptus • with Farmhouse and Water Pump 500 meters fromf National Highway through Barangay Road with clean title, without encumbrances

Call: 09189296047

Call 0918-929-6047

(M1)FARM LOT Area: 1.6 hectare Location: Mayabon, Zamboanguita

BEACHLOT – 2nd lot from seashore Area: 1497 sqmtrs. Location: Mayabon, Zamboanguita Rush Sale Package Price: P1.6M

(M3) BEACHLOT -W/ BEACH HOUSE Area: 1000 sqmtrs. Location: Campaclan, Sibulan Dgte. City Price: P5M

(M4) BEACHLOT (1) Area: 4 hectares@450/sqmtrs. (2) Area: 1 hectare@1500/sqmtrs. w/ seawall and w/right of way from highway to the Beach Lot. Location: Malatapay, Zamboanguita COMMERCIAL BUILDING FOR RENT -1ST Floor Only P20,000/month Taft Street, Dgte. City

L OT F O R S A L E 573 sq.m., P2,625,000 Along the road Daro, Dumaguete City

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I was with a time. When our Lord Jesus friend recalling our college days. Christ walked this earth people Capitol officials want This friend of mine- a lawyer, a very during that time were deeply critics to realize the urdecent human being, a model and privileged to be comforted and caring family man told me that in healed by Him no less. Today gency to remove huge his former law office he was with He continues to be with us amount of aggregate three other lawyer-associates. All though unseen. deposits on the river bed three are gone now. Of cancer. All ———————— three of them. of Okoy in Magatas, Let me share with you these ——————— true stories on the healing power of Sibulan (see above His next words nearly prayer and God’s favourable rephoto), which prompted floored me. “Art, I, too, have sponse. I got these from the them to embark on a cancer. In fact, I am on chemo reader’s Digest – a reputable every month.” He told me in a world-wide publication which feamassive re-channeling matter-of-fact way. This strong, tures dramas and true stories in activities (below photo) stable, courageous man. It was real life. in a bid to contain the so sudden and so unexpected. ———————— water in its original I never knew he was sick. I was There was this very sick shocked, stunned, helpless and French woman who had a big path. devastated by his revelation. tumor in her stomach – so big Cancer. That ugly word. she had to wear extra-large size ———————dress. Her family had done evRegaining my composure erything medically possible to from that sickening moment of relieve her of her pain and misknowing, this came rushing into the ery but to no avail. Finally, in dark recesses of my mind; prayer; desperation, she was brought prayer to the Most High who has to Lourdes, a city at the foot of rimarily due to stringent bidding requirements by the Commission on dominion over all things and that if the Pyreness mountains in Audit, the implementation of the school feeding program for thousands He wills it – in His own time, in His Southern France. of pupils of the province is experiencing a long delay, two solons claim own way – His healing of the sick is ———————recently. Nevertheless, both solons vowed to continue working to sethe one and only Hope when evLourdes is world- famous as cure and comply fully with the requirements mandated by COA. erything else seem hopeless. To- the place where our Lady of the day as I pray for my friend’s early Immaculate Conception appeared instituted new procedures in the impleRepresentatives Jocelyn st and miraculous recovery, I am vir- before 14-year old Bernadette mentation of this novel program, a brain Limkaichong (1 District) and George nd tually knocking at the gates of Soubirious at a grotto in February Turn to page 2-C Arnaiz (2 District) said that COA also Heaven for our Lord’s tender, lov- 11. Since then many healings of ing mercies. the sick have been attributed even ———————to this day as miraculous cures by Faith. Prayer. Divine inter- the Church. vention. Healing of the sick out——————— side the realm of the medical. Do Seated by the wayside, the you know what? All these and French woman watched the oundly defeated in the municipal council which voted to suspend him as Barangay Captain of Dalaupon, Tayasan until the end of his term next year, Herohito Calijan is set to ask the Provincial Board to nullify his ouster. year after it launched the investigation Calijan’s camp is set to question why on the complaint accusing the barangay the municipal council rendered its decision to suspend Calijan more than one Turn to page 2-C

Around Negros Re-channeling vs. floods

The healing power of prayer






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image of the Virgin Mary passed by. Suddenly she felt a new kind of energy in her body. She stood up and assisted by the ushers who brought her to the clinic where she was examined by her doctor. Her tight-fitting dress was hanging loose. The doctor found that in place of the big bloated stomach were wrinkles skins. The tumor was gone! The doctor walked away – wiping his tears. ——————— The next true story happened in the United States. A terminally ill cancer patient was being cared for in a hospital. His attending physician knew that it was only a matter of time for his patient. Later the attending physician was sent to another hospital in another state. When he returned a few months later he went directly to the room of Turn to page 19

SUNBURST FRIED CHICKEN Robinson’s Place, Dumaguete City SUNBURST FRIED CHICKEN is in need of qualified personnel for the following positions: 1. KITCHEN & DINING SUPERVISORS • Must have held supervisory position in the food service, hospitality/tourism related business (1year) • College graduate (preferably HRM or Business Management); computer literate • Male or female, 25-30 years old, good moral character with pleasing personality & can relate to different levels of people • Willing to work on broken time schedules; can work under pressure with minimum supervision; mature, with high sense of responsibility, well organized with multitasking abilities ACCOUNTING CLERK 2. • BSBA or BSA, with good scholastic record; computer literate (Word, Excel) • 25-28 years old, female, single, good moral character and with pleasing personality • Previous work experience is an advantage 3. WAITERS • College level, at least one year experience; with pleasing personality • Male, 22-30 years old, at least 5’5” in height and in good physical condition (preferably with Driver’s license) 4. CASHIERS/RECEPTIONIST • College graduate (HRM) with good scholastic records and higher than average mathematical competence. Computer literate • Female, 22 – 26 years old, at least 5’2’ in height and with pleasing personality 5. FOODHANDLERS, FRYERS & SHORT ORDER COOKS • College level, physically fit, can work under pressure • Male, 23-28 years old, at least 5’4” in height • Experience an advantage but not necessary 6. PURCHASER/STOCKMAN • College graduate, with good scholastic records and higher than average mathematical competence, computer literate • Male, 25-28 years old, at least 5’5” in height • Experience is an advantage CONTRACTUALS 7. · College level, physically fit, can work under pressure · Male, 20- 25 years old

oliticians are reminded anew to avoid paying to the New People’s Army permit to campaign or permit to win as they try to court support of the voters particularly in the hinterlands. 302nd Brigade Commanding Officer rebels of collecting election fees so they can Col. Cesar Yano urged poll bets not to campaign freely in areas with rebel pres Turn to page 2-C tolerate the practice of communist


Guns, ammos seized in army-rebel clash

to: Lt. Col. Franco Nemesio Gacal, Commanding Officer of the 11 Infantry Battalion, inspects some of the items seized after the rebel-army clash in Barangay Planas, Guihulngan. They include one baby armalite, two .45 caliber pistols, 2 grenades, ammos, propaganda materials and personal effects. th

Please submit your Application Letters with 2X2 photo, Comprehensive Resumes, PHOTOCOPIES of Certificates of employment, Transcript of Academic Records, NBI/Police Clearance SUNBURST FRIED CHICKEN c/o GUD MOTO TRADING, INC. Cervantes St., Dumaguete City 6200

Tel. No. (035) 2251029

**Applicants with incomplete documentary requirements will not be entertained.



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15% Discount on all room rates

TELEPHONE NO. :(035) 225-5774 TEEFAX NO. :(035) 422-7400

SCUD’S Auto Center Highway Bagacay, Dumaguete City

Lot - 340 sqm. Floor - 100 sqm.

Ready for occupancy Furnished

SCUD’S Rent-A-Van and Car

Corner Sta. Rosa, Sta. Catalina Sts. Dgte. City Tel. No. 422-0153 / 225-8416 Look for Ding Andres

CEBU BANTAY PANGLAWAS Gidumala ni Uncle Mar Lopez

SCHEDULE: December 22-23, 2009 of YMCA

Shop 7-9 Ever Mall Perdices St., Dumaguete City Tel. No. (035) 422-0955 Cell. 0908-9968-885

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2258903/ 2253536 Telefax 2251651 ; Mobile 0917 3141 700

Main Branch JAT Building San Juan St., Dgte. City Branch 1, San Jose St., Dgte. City, Beside UCPB Tel. # 225-8543 / 225-7651

Residencia Maximo Along E.J. Blanco Drive, Dgte. City

spacious place away from home”

TOPS DETERGENT BAR Available at Traders Lucky Mart Pinili St., Dumaguete City

Tel. No. 226-1527

MOTHER’S WAY OVERSEAS MANPOWER SPECIALIST CORP., 286 Daro North Road, Dumaguete City Telefax (035) 226-3210 HIRING: Domestic Helpers, Skilled Workers, Construction Workers For more details pls. contact: Mr. & Mrs. Sotto Cel # 09125461555 Ms. Ailen Cel # 09295473075

YUSAY CREDIT AND FINANCE CORPORATION COD Bldg., Dr. V. Locsin St., near Dumaguete Police Station, Dumaguete City

“Trusted for Fast and Personalized Service” offers: Real Estate Loan * Chattel (Vehicle) Loan * Pension Loan for as LOW as 2% interest PER MONTH and as HIGH as 60% COLLATERAL VALUATION

no processing fee


ACEBEDO OPTICAL San Juan St., Dumaguete City


“As good as ORIGINAL”

Ink Refilling Station

Ser vices/Pr oducts Of f er r ed vices/Products • Ink Refill Services for Hp,Canon,Epson,Lexmark Cartridges • Ribbon Refill • Cartridge Repair • Cartridge Reconditioning • Toner Refill • Remanufactured Ink PRINTER MAINTENANCE • Original Ink Tel. No. 226-1488 / 422-9695


50% upon completion

C & L Suites Inn


Call: 0918-929-6047

50% downpayment

Perdices St. Dgte. City Tel. No. 225-6219 / 422-9671 “Ideal haven for visitors to unwind in a

201 Flores Avenue, Piapi, Dumaguete City Tel nos. 4225298/ 4225978/


200 meters after Silliman Heights

Door #4 South Pacific Bldg., Perdices St., Dgte. City PRODUCT LINE:(w/ Installation) • Automotive Windshields, Doorglass & Backglass • Automotive Rubber • Acrylic Plastic • Safety Glass • CarTinting (1pc. Windshield- no cut) All kinds of Architectural Glasses • Sliding door • Windows • Jealousy • Glass and Frame etc.

EL CAMINO BLANCO ENTERTAINMENT CORPORATION Come and feel the total relaxation…. Acoustics Jammin’ @ Barefoot Bistro Every Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays 9:00 p.m. onwards

Great food…Great music…Great atmosphere….. Cor. EJ Blanco Dr. & Flores Ave., Piapi, Dumaguete City

Call us up at (035) 225-9428/ 422-5373

All Memorial Plans are accepted except St. Peter Plan Inc.


Camanjac, Dumaguete City Day & Night Service, 24 Hours a Day Tel. Nos.: (035) 225-8777 6580


NO TIME? I knelt to pray but not for long, I had too much to do, Must hurry off and get to work, For bills would soon be due. And so I rattled a hurried prayer, Jumped up from off my knees. My Christian duty now was done, My soul could be at ease. All through the day I had no time, To speak a word of cheer. NO TIME to speak of Christ to friends, They’d laugh at me I feared. NO TIME, NO TIME, so much to do, That was my constant cry. NO TIME to give to those in need; At last, t’was time for me to die…. And when before the Lord I came, I stood with downcast eyes, With his hands He held a book, T’was the BOOK OF LIFE. He looked into the book and said,

This Breakfast could yet change

Brotherhood of Christian Businessmen

“Your name I cannot find, I once was going to write it down But never found the TIME.”

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Arnaiz at the plant turn-over

Negros Oriental Second District Rep. George P. Arnaiz being interviewed by local media during the turnover of the Palinpinon Geothermal Plant held October 26.



Artesian Wells turned-over to BCPS

Turning over of 3 Artesian Wells, one of which is a project of the Rotary Club of Bais City District 3860, which was donated to Bais City Pilot School last September 22, 2009. (L-R) Mr. Dexter Y. Aguilar-School Principal, Mr. Mario C. Andong-Division Superintendent of Bais City, Mayor Hector C. Villanueva-Bais City Mayor, Mr. Frankie Ferrer-President of the Rotary Club of Bais City and Engr. Boyen Uy-Head Water Works CEO-Bais City, Ptr. Alexander Larita-BCPS-PTA President.

Boulevard Road now open

Malnutrition battle goes on

Now open for public use is the newly concreted port road stretching from the Philippine National Bank up to the Dumaguete Pier. The road was concreted in line with the improvement and modernization of the Dumaguete Port which is soon to open. (Photo provided by DPWH-NegOr)

CEB allots 100,000 seats for soughtafter P1 seat sale to all destinations

Dr. Merlene Papas (standing) discussing the intervention measures against malnutrition implemented in Sibulan during an out-of-town Kapihan forum. With Dr. Papas is (seated, L-R) Infocen Manager Jennifer Tilos, Pearl Parreno of the Provincial Health Office and Public Health Consultant Dr. Bernarda Cortes.

Doble Cara Singing Contest, November 14


he Philippines’ leading airline Cebu Pacific (CEB) offers a ‘Go Lite’ P1 seat sale to all international and domestic destinations from October 31 to November 2, 2009, or until the allotted 100,000 seats are sold out. Travel period is June 15-September 30, 2010.

he City Government of Dumaguete Sectoral Desks Office and Fiesta Executive Committee, in cooperation with the Federation of Urban Poor (FEDUP) and the Federation of Dumaguete Motorcab Operators and Drivers Association (FEDUMCODA) will be holding a DOBLE CARA Singing Contest on November 14, 2009 from 6:00-10:00 pm at Building 1, Dumaguete City Public Market, fronting Vanson Store. The contest is open to all not won any Doble Cara Gasoline Station, Jo’s members and non-members contest and the contest piece Chicken Inato and the Coca of the above-mentioned fed- or song must be in English, Cola Bottlers Philippines, erations. Those who are in- in Tagalog or in Cebuano Inc. For more information, please contact the Sectoral terested to join the said com- version. This activity is being Desk Office at telephone no. petition must be 18 years and above, residents of sponsored by J&P Asia En- 421-0230 and mobile number Dumaguete City and have terprise of FEDUMCODA 0927-9288-629.

CEB flies the most routes and destinations in the Philippines, including Siargao, Laoag, Roxas, Virac (Catanduanes), Naga (Camarines Sur), Busuanga (Palawan), Cauayan (Isabela) and Kalibo (Boracay). The trademark P1 seat sale also covers all of CEB’s 14 international destinations

Candice Iyog, CEB VP for marketing and distribution. “We also hope to stimulate local tourism, since the seat sale is available from international markets as well. Now, international travelers can come to the Philippines and discover the many exciting destinations we can


namely: Kota Kinabalu, Taipei, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Guangzhou, Ho Chi Minh, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Busan, Shanghai, Incheon and Osaka. CEB flies to Hong Kong and Singapore direct from Manila, Cebu and Clark. Passengers with check-

in luggage will just add P100 upon booking. The P1 fare is exclusive of government taxes and administration fees. “CEB’s piso seat sale gives even more people an opportunity to fly. It is our early Christmas present, and our way of saying thank you to the overwhelming support from our passengers,” said

offer,” she added. She encouraged everyone to act fast and book the P1 seats online. This promotion is only available via or through travel agents using the Amadeus global distribution system. Passengers without

credit cards can also book online and pay via Bancnet Online or over-the-counter transactions at Banco de Oro. Gokongwei-owned CEB has a fleet of 21 Airbus A320 and 8 ATR72-500 aircraft. It is the youngest aircraft fleet in the Philippines and one of the youngest in Asia.

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Remembering our beloved dead


November 1 is All Saints’ Day and November 2 is All Souls’ Day but traditionally people go to the cemetery on Nov 1. They bring flowers and candles to honor their dead. All Souls’ Day is also known as the Feast of All Souls and Commemoration of all the Faithful Departed. Many of my friends are orphans now like myself; my family remember our parents on special occasion, like my father’s death anniversary

just last Oct 29 but we make special efforts to go to the cemetery on this day. We honor our dead in a special way on November 1 and 2, like all other Dumaguetenos, we flock to the cemetery in the morning to bring flowers and light candles on the graves of our loved ones. We stay awhile sharing memories of our parents and relatives buried there. Later in the afternoon, we go back to the cemetery.

We do the rounds of visiting the graves of friends and relatives, lighting candles at their graves as a sign of respect and remembrance. This day is really dedicated to our beloved dead, even as they are remembered throughout the year. Allow me to share some short quotes and poems remembering those we loved who have gone on. They are gone but they are lovingly remembered.

Those we love don’t go away, They walk beside us every day, Unseen, unheard, but always near, Still loved, still missed and very dear.

ber, the quiet moments, the smiles, the laughter. And although it may seem hard right now, it will be the memories of these little things that help to push away the pain and bring the smiles back again.

I am in the rays of sun, I am in the sparkling of stars

*************************** Perhaps my time seemed all too brief, Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief. If my parting has left a void, Then fill it with remembered joy. Be not burdened with times of sorrow, I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow, Gone yet not forgotten, Although we are apart, Your spirit lives within me, Forever in my heart. ************************* It will be the little things that you will remem-

************** Those we love remain with us For love itself lives on, And cherished memories never fade Because a loved one’s gone. Those we love can never be More than a thought apart, Far as long as there is memory, They’ll live on in the heart. ************************** Don’t be sadI am in a snowflake,

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mails & e-mails “Pen of the Capitol” Dear Editor:

I cannot help but feel incensed upon reading your last week’s headlines regarding the clamor to halt harmful quarries. It does not only pose as a potential danger to the community but is an example of BLATANT DESTRUCTION OF THE ENVIRONMENT. We spend so much on seminars and workshops, information dissemination, spend barrels of liters of gasoline to reach far flung areas to educate people on environment conservation, spend thousands for speaking fees of experts to enlighten us on climate change and disaster management. We pass countless ordinances, enact numerous laws – only to make amendments so subtle (only lawyers can understand) to enable contractors to continue to extract materials from our rivers. In short, these people are allowed “legally” to destroy what we are supposed to protect all along. What makes it more disgusting is that it is the pen of the Capitol which dictates the stoppage or continuance of these activities despite the mounting objections of LGUs and environmental groups. It is a shameful deliberate act of the government to ignore its own laws. It is a disparaging fact that when flooding occur, our own government is inutile in its rescue efforts. So much for people who claim to love our environment. I suppose it is time to put real leaders in position, to put politicking behind, put aside vested interest and work for the good of the people of Negros Oriental once and for all. (Name withheld upon request)

************************ I thought of you with love today but that is nothing new; I thought about you yesterday and days before that too; I think of you in silence, I often speak your name; All I have are memories and your picture in a frame; Your memory is my keepsake with which I’ll never part; God has you in His keeping, I have you in my heart. ********************* Not ever gone, Just moved on,

************************ , Perhaps they are not stars in the sky, but rather openings where our loved ones shine down to let us know they are happy. –Eskimo Tradition

Lopez firm ... From page 5 in 1983 consists of three 37 55 MW steam tur bines for a total rated capacity of 112 55 MW Palinpinon includes three modular power plants Nasuji, Okoy 55, and Sogongon. The 20 MW Nasuji was commissioned in 1993 while the 20 MW Okoy 55 was commissioned in 1994 Sogongon which consists of the 20 MW Sogongon 11 and 20 MW Sogongon 22 was commissioned in 1995. The Palinpinon plant was previously packaged with the 146 55 MW Panay diesel power plant on Sept. 27, 2007 But since the long term steam supply agreement to be attached to the Palinpinon plant still had to be approved by the Joint Congressional Power Commission then the PSALM board decided to


Radical Youth


According to the testimony of the Army Team Leader, a certain 1st Lt. Salvador, there was one person who was riding a habalhabal who fired at them while on patrol; interestingly however, the lone-ambusher was able to flee a patrol of well-trained army men. The army men searched the personal belongings of the three youngsters who happen to be at the vicinity and thereupon allegedly found some subversive documents. Also, according to the same army officer, the three youngsters admitted that the lone-ambusher is their companion. On the basis of the foregoing, the Army Officer arrested the three youngsters and when brought to the nearest Police Station, they were detained on charges of Rebellion. What is most outrageous is that the Army Officer called the incident a PUBLIC UPRISING in order to qualify the acts of the three youngsters to fall under the meaning of REBELLION. Wow! By the way the Army Officer is a graduate of the Philippine Military Academy. I am not sure if the Philippine Army and the Philippine National Police, being enforcers of law, are well learned of the fundamentals of the Revised Penal Code and in this instance, the crime REBELLION more particularly. It is a disgrace and in fact dishonorable for our men in uniform to be so ignorant and thus endanger the very soul of our constitutional institutions. It is indeed ironic that the people legally tasked to uphold the Philippine Constitution are the very same people violating the same. DEED OF EXTRA-JUDICIAL SETTLEMENT AND ABSOLUTE SALE NOTICE is hereby given that the heirs of the late Spouses Basilio Bayoguiña and Margarita Bayoguiña, namely; Teodoro O. Bayoguiña, Panfilo O. Bayoguiña, Feladelfo Bayoguiña, Danilo Bayoguiña, Joyce Bayoguiña Granton, Wilfredo Bayoguiña, Eufemio Bayoguiña, Felixberto Bayoguiña, Gilda Bayoguiña Recomono, Evelyn Bayoguiña Rocacurba, Florlinda Tabang Bacolod, Uldarico Tabang, Gilberto Tabang, Candido Tabang, Jr. and Sanchita Tabang Baylon have executed a Deed of Extrajudicial Settlement and Absolute Sale on a parcel of land, known as Lot No. 105, Pls 764-D covered by OCT No. FV-7948, situated at Maninihon, Bayawan City, Oriental Negros, Philippines containing an area of 23,664 sq. m. per Doc. 210, Page No. 45, Book No.6, Series of 2006 of Notary Public Atty. Peter Paul F. Renacia. The Negros Chronicle Nov. 1, 8 & 15, 2009 issue

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move the sale of the geothennal asset to 2009. Located in Sido Sambaloran Barangay Um Ao Kananga Leyte the Tongonan geothermal power plant consists of three 37 55 MW units that were commissioned in 1983. Both plants use the steam supplied by the EDC chief executive officer Paul Aquino earlier said the acquisition of power facilities was crucial to the operations of of the company since it supplies steam to the power plants. It would also allow flexibility in the company geothermal operations.

The radicalism of the youth is one thing that has to be encouraged and harnessed rather than suppressed if we want a vibrant and functional democracy to grow, glow and go. Radical or uncompromising thinking is the only remaining peaceful antidote to the abscesses of a cancerous kind of governance such as we presently have under the present administration. The free expression of mind and the organization of people for the purpose of strengthening public protest against the government is what is needed in times of governmental abuse and corruption, and any governmental institution which throws a road block to the development of this radical thinking is no better that the Germanic Nazism under Hitler at the middle of the 2Oth century. Radical thinking is, to my mind, the only mode that gradually draws us away from traditional politics and brings us nearer to our Godgiven gift of freedom and liberty. Given the gap between democratic aspirations professed by our leaders and the skepticism that their words elicit because of their obvious lack of sincerity, a better understanding is needed of how exactly is democracy embedded in our hearts, or are we more inclined to adopt a mode of autocracy or monocracy instead? It is a choice we are free to make before the evils of despotism overtakes us and finally denies us that right of choice. The time is now

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to be radical and think out of the box, so to speak. The radicalism of the youth is genuine because it is free from any personal motivation except for the desire to see their future better that their parents. It is a thinking that breaks tradition and conventions but certainly, in a democratic space, expression of dissent should be welcomed as an ingredient of social and political maturity rather than suppressed as a grim tyrant. I therefore encourage and promote radical thinking as a mode to unshackle us from the evils of traditional politics that has long been a nuisance and curse to our democratic institutions. The correctness or the wrongness of radical thinking could not be measured by present and existing standards because it is the same standards that are precisely under siege. Let however us be measured by our courage to seek and thread the path of the unknown and endeavor to be better rather than repeating what is traditionally known to be a dysfunctional wrong. God Bless us all.

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mails & e-mails An Open Letter to Honorable Winston F. Garcia President / General Manager G.S.I.S. Financial Center Pasay City, Metro Manila 1308.

Dear Honorable Garcia

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Subject: NSO Certified Marriage Contract and other NSO Certified Document My wife died Sept.1, 2009 in California USA. She was a GSIS pensioner. She is buried in Dumaguete City. I applied in Dumaguete City GSIS for survivorship benefit and other benefits. A copy of our marriage contract was required so I submitted a copy and the original copy. They were rejected because GSIS rule demands NSO certified copy. I got an NSO copy after paying P140.00 and long time waiting because of the long line of NSO customers. I went back to Dgte. City GSIS and submitted a xerox copy of the NSO Certified copy. It was rejected because GSIS rule demands the NSO original copy. I presented the original NSO certified copy to prove my Xerox copy was authentic. It was refused again. We GSIS members are very sad about the GSIS rule. We cannot see the logic of this GSIS rule why a Xerox copy of the original is not accepted despite the presentation of the original NSO copy of the document required.x This is adding burden and sorrows to the survived family and more expense and time consumed to get such document. Every time we claim for GSIS benefits we have to submit NSO certified document. I’ve feel this is an unfair GSIS requirement. This GSIS rule is unkind. Please change this rule and other rules to be of true service to help GSIS members, as soon as possible. I shall highly appreciate your reply very soon. Very truly yours, Ranulfo Z. Limpiado

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Greed & ... From page 1 states that these are the reasons why most of the old concessionaires were no longer allowed to secure permits. “Clearly, the greedy quarry concessionaires benefited from the old system but now they could not comply with the reforms that I instituted so they are protesting,” Vergara said. As for local officials who are openly calling for the termination of all quarry activities designed to re-channel the major rivers of the province, Vergara noted that these officials, namely, Siaton Mayor Bingbing Arbolado, Dumaguete City Vice-mayor Woodrow Maquiling, Sibulan Vice-mayor Maning Diputado and Novallas barangay councilors led by Kag. Gaga Dumao are aligned with the political opposition. Vergara reiterates anew the need to re-channel the three major and cirtical rivers of the province, namely, Siaton, Okoy and Tanjay to remove huge deposits of trash, fallen trees and quarry materials that are causing the formation of islands and diversion of water from its original path. He said that communities will be inundated if these huge deposits of sand, gravel and boulders are not removed through re-channeling by way of quarrying to ensure that flood waters empty directly to the sea. “We need to re-channel our rivers, but the provincial government cannot afford to fund these activities which require high costs for labor, equipment and fuel. By asking private contractors to do the task, the government saves money and gets revenues from the extraction fees imposed upon the contractors who are at the moment rehabilitating and constructing our roads,” Vergara said. Currently, there are about thirteen private quarry contractors at Okoy River: Matiao, UyCondev, Duraform, HLJ, Alex

The healing ... (Umbac) From page 15

his former patient. The room was now empty, unoccupied. The doctor was prepared for the worse. When the nurse told him that the patient was sent home after being certified as cured. ———————— The doctor could not believe what he heard. Looking back a few months in the hindsight, he remembered something very amazing about his patient in that particular hospital room. There were a lot of people visiting the terminally-ill. And there were a lot of praying in that room. Almost everyday. He knew as a professional that this could not be. His patient was terminally and hopelessly ill. Later he, however, read the records validating the cure. ——————— Faith. Prayer. Divine intervention. Miracle. Do you believe? If you do, let us continue to keep faith with the healing power of our prayer. We should continue to pray and never give up. Not as a last recourse when our situations become desperate but as a continuing intimacy with our God “whatever (we) conceive Him to be.”

Bayhon to rule ... From page 2 be transferred to the Negros Oriental Provincial Command Office in Agan-an, Sibulan where it is more accessible and secured. Some observers note that while the young suspects were tightlipped, stoic and appeared disoriented during the investigation, Absin raised a clenched fist in a dramatic show of defiance with their sympathizers while already outside the Hall of Justice.

Ortiz, Eugene Co, Cana Solon, Francisca Dique, Bebe Ona, Nathan Villaluz, Joeterry Uy and JM Sand and Gravel. The Capitol also issued permits to at least ten local government units: Bayawan City, Sta. Catalina, Guihulngan, Jimalalud, Vallehrmoso, Tayasan, San Jose, Sibulan, Dumagute City and Valencia. Before a permit to quarry, which is valid for 90 days, can be issued, the Provincial Mining Regulatory Board where Vergara sits as Co-chairman designated by Governor Emilio Macias II, the body sees to it that the applicant has a good track record and needed equipment such as backhoes, payloader and at least three dump trucks. Concessionaires are also required to submit reports and are subject to random inspection by members of the monitoring team whose mobility has been boosted with the purchase of five big motorcycles, a clear indication of how the provincial government puts premium on environment protection. Nevertheless, Vergara suggests that an independent body composed of representatives from the academe and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources be formed to conduct an impartial investigation if the current re-channeling and quarry activities are considered destructive to nature and risky to inhabitants. Should the probe body decides against the Capitol, Vergara is prepared to resign. But, if the body upholds the Capitol, Vergara dares Arbolado, Maquiling, Diputado and Dumao to drop plans of seeking any elective positions in May 2010.

Shooting ... From page 13 The alleged gunman identified as Orly Toremotsa and the driver of their get away motorcycle Diosdado Siloy were apprehended by lawmen about two hours after the former tried to shoot to death 40-year old Rene Biliran, for still undisclosed grudges. The victim was standing in front of his house when the suspects arrived and Toremotsa allegedly fired hitting him in the chest. Biliran was immediately brought to the hospital. Recovered from the scene were ten pieces of empty shells from a .45 caliber pistol. Using Biliran’s statements as lead, Cabanag assisted by National Bureau of Investigation Chief Atty. Dominador Cimafranca determined that Toremotsa as the prime suspect and formed a team to conduct hot pursuit operation against them. Moments later, the lawmen and the suspects were engaged in a shootout but unfortunately for the latter, their motorcycle collided with another motorist causing them injuries. Recovered from Toremotsa, was the still loaded .45 caliber pistol believed used in shooting Biliran. Both suspects were arrested and detained.

Gangsters ... From page 13 sight and sound of the annual activity or on their way home. The victims include two minors from Sibulan who were stabbed and mauled by alleged members of BLOODS gang outside the provincial nursery. In another incident, three other men, were attacked almost at the same spot two days later by about ten youngsters armed with knives and ice picks. The victims, who sustained multiple stab wounds, were identified as Marlito Basibasi, Genesis

From page 1 for the nomination. Also making Gary Teves the likely choice, is the strong desire of the administration party to pick somebody from the Visayas and Mindanao to be its vice-presidential bet to achieve regional balance. Former Rep. Meniong Teves is optimistic that Gary Teves will be anointed by Lakas-Kampi-CMD party and President Gloria MacapagalArroyo as Teodoro’s running mate. However, 3rd District Rep. Pryde Henry Teves claims he has no idea of any talks regarding his uncle’s impending nomination. His counterpart in the 1 st District Rep. Jocelyn Limkaichong called upon the people of Negros Oriental to be proud and rally behind Gary Teves’ possible stab for the second highest position of the land. (By Dems Demecillo)

From page 2 this would mean a loss of at about P 200 to 300 million a year for Valencia once passed into law,” said Arnaiz. Teves is also seeking the help of the Congressional Planning and Budget Department to get the exact figures on “how much royalty will be lost, what remedies are available and how to reinstate what has been lost.” First District Rep. Jocelyn Limkaichong and a dozen other solons representing other LGUs hosting geothermal power plants are expected to support any bill that will be brought to Congress amending EPIRA and in rejecting Enrile’s bill. However, both solons admitted that it would be difficult campaign since powerful interest groups are lobbying in favor of EPIRA and the proposed Enrile bill using money to lure congressmen while most of their colleagues, whose districts are not hosting geothermal plants, appear to be disinterested over the issue.

Outstanding ... Captured reds ... From page 2 tion, thus making her daughter solon not a natural born Filipino citizen. However, the camp of Limkaichong is optimistic that HRET will junk the petitions and uphold her stay in office. Limkaichong, defeated the wife and brother of former congressman Jing Paras in the May 2007 elections. Paras vows to recapture the seat he held for three consecutive terms by defeating the incumbent come May 2010.

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year. 11 th Infantry Lapu-Lapu Battalion Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Franco Nemesio Gacal has earlier tagged the lone fatality of the encounter identified as Leofrie Vallejera,30, of Bacolod City as a high ranking official of the communist rebel movement and a close-in security escort of Ka Frank Fernandez believed to the highest ranking rebel officer in Negros Island.



A verified petition having been filed by the petitioner, through counsel, praying for correction of entry as to sex from FEMALE to MALE and name of mother from BRENDA VERAS TORRES TO BRENDA VILAS TORRES, alleging among other things that petitioner is of legal age, single, Filipino and a resident of Malalangsi, Pamplona, Negros Oriental; that in the certificate of Live Birth issued by Local Civil Registrar of Tanjay City, Negros Oriental it was erroneously entered the sex as female; that the correct gender of the petitioner is male; and the name of mother from Brenda Veras Torres to Brenda Vilas Torres that there is necessity to correct the entry of her birth record to reflect and conform to her correct sex which is male and to make the records straight, to prevent confusion and to avoid undue prejudice to the petitioner’s filial and social relationship in the community and not to evade any criminal and civil prosecution. Finding the petition to be sufficient in form and substance, it is hereby ordered that the said petition be set for hearing on November 26, 2009 at 8:30 in the morning, at the session Hall of this Court, Capitol Area, Dumaguete City, at which date, time and place, any interested person may appear and show cause why the said petition should not be granted. Let this Order be published at the expense of the petitioner, once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks in the newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Negros Oriental, and in the Cities of Canlaon, Bais, Tanjay, Dumaguete and Bayawan. Furnish copy of this order to Solicitor General, and the Local Civil Registrar of Tanjay City, Negros Oriental. SO ORDERED. Given, this 2th day of September, 2009, Dumaguete City. (Sgd) WINSTON M. VILLEGAS Judge

Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT 7th Judicial Region BRANCH 63 Bayawan City, Negros Oriental SPEC. PROC. 270 IN THE MATTER OF CORRECTION OF ENTRY AS TO SEX FROM MALE TO FEMALE IN THE RECORDS OF BIRTH OF RIZAH T. CABUGNASON RIZAH CABUGNASON-LILANG, Petitioner, -versusTHE LOCAL CIVIL REGISTRAR OF STA. CATALINA, NEG. ORIENTAL, Respondent. AMENDED ORDER Petitioner, in her verified petition, alleges that she was born on May 13, 1978 at Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental and her fact of birth was duly recorded before the Office of the Local Civil Registrar of Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental. However, in her fact of birth, her sex was erroneously entered as MALE instead of FEMALE. Thus, this petition. In the interest of speedy disposal of cases, let the petition be heard on December 2, 2009 at 2:30 o’clock in the afternoon instead of July 10, 2010 setting of the Court’s previous Order. Let the same be heard at the Session Hall of this Court along Severino “Nene” Martinez Street, Bayawan City. Interested parties are hereby enjoined to appear on the aforesaid date, time and place and show cause why the petition should not be granted. Let this Order be published immediately at the expense of the petitioner for once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks at a newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Negros Oriental and its five component cities. Furnish copies of this Order to the Solicitor General, the Local Civil Registrar of Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental, the petitioner and her counsel. SO ORDERED. IN CHAMBER, this 19th day of October, 2009 at Bayawan City, Negros Oriental. The Negros Oriental Nov. 1, 8 & 15, 2009


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Odol Gonzales Jr. faces criminal raps in Sandiganbayan (From page 4)

tion owned by respondents Alex Abelido and Dominador Abelido, the P14.6-million, 300-day-contract for the improvement of its waterworks system (Valencia project). In connection with the Valencia project, Legacy, the contractor , through its project engineer, Jaime Lu, bought from petitioner New Bian Yek Commercial, Inc. pipes worth P2.8-million. As payment for the pipes, Lu issued two personal checks to Bian Yek, which bounced or were dishonored. Because Legacy had already received a significant portion of the contract price from the municipality, Bian Yek demanded payment for the pipes (amounting to P1,766,950) on December 11, 2002. Legacy, however, ignored petitioner’s demand. On April 15, 2002, Bian Yek requested mayor Rodolfo V. Gonzales, Jr., to pay for Legacy’s obligation using the retention money withheld by the municipality for the Valencia project. Unsure (kuno) of what to do, Gonzales referred the matter to Negros Oriental provincial attorney, respondent Erwin B. Vergara. On January 29, 2003, Bian Yek filed a complaint for sum of money with a prayer for the issuance of a writ of preliminary attachment against Legacy, Alex Abelido, Lu and the municipality of Valencia in the Regional Trial Court (RTC) of Dumaguete City, Branch 44. On February 4, 2003, Vergara issued an opinion to Gonzales’ query favoring the release of the retention money by the municipality to Legacy. Meanwhile, after conducting the requisite hearing, the RTC found that Alex Abelido had left the country. There was a balance of the contract price (amounting to P3 million) which was the only fund Bian Yek could run after to recover Legacy’s liability. Thus, in its February 7, 2003 order, the RTC ordered the issuance of a writ of preliminary attachment. The court prohibited Gonzales or his agents or representatives from releasing any payment (including the retention money) to Legacy. But what did Gonzles do? Despite the prohibition by the court, Gonzales adopted Vergara’s recommendation and instructed the municipal treasurer Rolando Obañana, to release the retention money to Legacy on March 12, 2003. This prompted Bian Yek, on November 19, 2004, to file a criminal complaint against mayor Gonzales, his treasurer Obañana, and the provincial attorney Erwin Vergara, and the contractor in the Office of the Ombudsman. Bian Yek alleged that Gonzales, Vergara and Obañana allegedly violated Section 3(e) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act (RA 3019) when they released the retention money to Legacy in spite of the February 11, 2003 writ of preliminary attachment. It was alleged that they conspired with the Abelidos in depriving Bian Yek of payment for Legacy’s just obligation. Ombudsman dismissed complaint Surprisingly, on March 10, 2005, the Ombudsman dismissed the complaint against Gonzales and others because they were acting in good faith in following the opinion of the provincial attorney Vergara. So Bian Yek went to the Supreme Court to question the Ombudsman dismissal. Ruling of the court The Supreme Court reversed the dismissal by the Ombudsman. Contrary to the ombudsman’s view, the Supreme Court said there is basis to believe that mayor Gonzales and treasurer Obañana unduly injured Bian Yek when they released the retention money despite a prohibition by the regional trial court. In effect, by releasing the retention money even with the prohibition by the regional trial court, Gonzales and Obañana gave unwarranted benefits to the contractor Legacy and the owner Abelido. Ombudsman: grave abuse of discretion The ombudsman committed a grave abuse of its discretion in dismissing the complaint of Bian Yek, the Supreme Court ruled. As a result mayor Rodolfo Gonzales Jr, treasurer Obañana, and the contractors Alex and Dominador Abelido will have to face corruption charges. The provincial attorney was absolved, because he rendered his opinion favoring the release of the retention money, before the prohibition for its release issued by the regional trial court The accused triumvirate —the mayor, the treasurer and the contractors—are entitled to be presumed innocent until proven otherwise. In the meantime, Gonzales, as an accused, can still run for public office while the criminal case is pending before the Sandiganbayan. We wish the accused well, and the best of luck, and the best of health. They will need it.



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I Pioneer Sisters of St. Paul: Mo. Marthe de St. Paul Legendre; Sr. Anna dela Croix Anne; Sr. Marie Lovise du Sacre Coeur Nivou; Sr. Ange Marie Bannier; Sr. Marie Josephine Rappeport; Sr. Catherine de Genes Gutteres; Sr. Charles Aho.

Dumaguete to set up a small Catholic school 105 years ago. The rejoicing that filled the air that memorable day was duplicated again this year as the Paulinian family, alumni, parents, guests and benefactors gathered in a traditional luncheon hosted by its President, Sr. Ma. Nilda Masirag, SPC. Its school personnel, donned in Filipiniana attire to make the day truly special, showed their oneness and unity as they joined in full force in the entire six-day celebration. It opened with the annual Alumni Homee alumni board l chaplain and som t. 24 Oc t SPC Sisters, schoo las i Homecoming during the Alumn

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coming last October 24, with alumni from here and abroad in attendance. The group of alumni from the U.S. pledged their full support to two projects of the university, namely the Learning Resource Complex, and the ECO SWARM Program, par-

n a simple but meaningful commemoration of its foundation, St. Paul University Dumaguete turned exactly 105 years last October 29, 2009 with the theme, “SPUD: Advocates of Peace and Unity”. The celebration of this premier Paulinian School in the Philippines was kept simple but meaningful in keeping up with the crises that hit the Philippines recently. Highlighting the festivities is the Eucharistic Celebration in the morning of the actual day when the seven Sisters of St. Paul of Chartres arrived at the shores of



The SPC Sisters in Dumaguete

munication and Technology Center (ICT), alumni ofticularly its reforestation project and other fice, radio room, speech laboratory. The putting up of projects related to community development. this building is part of the university’s quest to continuThe Homecoming was highlighted by the ally upgrade its facilities in order to provided for the awarding of an Outstanding Alumna, who was needs of a growing school population and for quality chosen from among the nominees in the pereducation. son of Mrs. Rosalinda Acupanda Mc Gloin, The two main thrusts of the university are enviwho is based in North America, and who came ronmental stewardship and peace advocacy. It hopes to attend the celebration with her husband Tim. to partner with other institutions, government and nonMrs. Mc Gloin has been so active in social government organizations in the city and across the and community affairs here and abroad. Other country to strengthen these two programs. After all, activities included the mural painting, tree plantSPUD, the mother Paulinian school in the Philippines, ing at Balinsasayao, the student assisis considered the vanguard of Paulinian Education in tants’ get-together party, the booth fair, the street parade, the play “Paul of Tarsus” with casts from the school personnel, students, alumni and parents. In keeping with the theme to foster peace and unity with other schools, two contests were hosted by the school, the Bulilit Minus One Singing Contest and the inter-college vocal duet competition. In the evening of October 27, the Sisters and the school personnel joined the students at the center stage for the Talent Explosion. The Dress-up Your Dog Pa ulinian Orche Show was not only an enjoyable event, stra with Mr. Elli (TRaino but it aimed at making people more conr/Conductor ) scious of the need to care for animals, particularly pets such as dogs. Dog lovers this part of the world. from the city came with their dogs in all The university is so thankful to people who came sizes, from the mini pinschers and Chihuato celebrate with them, and whose unconditional suphua, to the huge bulldogs and Dobermans. port to its projects and activities made a difference in The mass demonstration performed by stuthis year’s celebration. dents was a well attended event, depicted dances with environmental themes such as birds and butterflies, the forestland, ebbing tide, water and fires, rites of spring, the dance of the Bunnies. It was not only entertaining, but likewise awakened people’s consciousness to the dire need to take care of nature. The soon-to-rise Learning Resource Complex, a big project of the university, will come into a reality next year. With its cornerstone already blessed, it’s conceived to house the uniHS ‘59 Golde versity and basic education libraries, the n Jubilarians during the pa Hotel and Restaurant Laboratories, comrade puter laboratories, the Information, Com-



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DUMAGUETE CITY DEVELOPMENT BANK, INC. Cor. Cervantes & Dr. V. Locsin Sts., Dumaguete City


STATEMENT OF CONDITION (Head Office and Branches) As of September 30, 2009 ASSETS


Cash and Cash Items P 5,702,944.83 Due from Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas 157,366.764.77 Due from Other Banks 82,887.246.51 Financial Assets at Fair Value through Profit or Loss 40,882,362.54 Available-for-Sale Financial Assets-Net 31,500,000.00 Held-to-Maturity (HTM) Financial Assets-Net 164,058,839.36 Unquoted Debt Securities Classified as Loans-Net Investments in Non-Marketable Equity Security-Net Loans and Receivables 294,832,651.47 Loans to Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Interbank Loans Receivable Loans and Receivables – Others 297,518,651.47 Loans and Receivables Arising from RA/CA/PR/SLB General Loan Loss Provision 2,686,000.00 Other Financial Assets 16,874,140.46 Equity Investment in Subsidiaries, Associates and Joint Ventures-Nets (Net) 2,115,310.66 Bank Premises, Furniture, Fixture and Equipment-Net 37,617,522.40 Real and Other Properties Acquired-Net 54,103,721.20 Non-Current Assets Held for Sale Other Assets-Net 25,811,255.55 Due from Head Office/Branches/Agencies Philippine branch of a foreign bank) —————————— TOTAL ASSETS P 913,752,759.75 ================== LIABILITIES Financial Liabilities at Fair Value through Profit or Loss P Deposit Liabilities 693,833,400.09 Due to Other Banks Bills Payable 1,159,064.33 a) BSP (Rediscounting and Other Advances) 360,000.00 b) Interbank Loans Payable c) Other Deposit Substitute d) Others 799,064.33 Bonds Payable-Net Unsecured Subordinated Debt-Net Redeemable Preferred Shares Special Time Deposit Due to Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas 208,441.49 Other Financial Liabilities 22,734,399.07 Other Liabilities 12,554,655.26 Due to Head Office/Branches/Agencies (Philippine branch of a foreign bank) ————————TOTAL LIABILITIES P 730,489,960.24 ————————STOCKHOLDER’S EQUITY Capital Stock P 86,784,550.00 Other Capital Accounts 20,455,503.60 Retained Earnings 76,022,745.91 Assigned Capital —————————— TOTAL STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY P 183,262,799.51 ——————————— TOTAL LIABILITIES & STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY P 913,752,759.75 ==================== CONTINGENT ACCOUNTS Guarantees Issued P Financial Standby Letters of Credit Performance Standby Letters of Credit Commercial Letters of Credit Trade Related Guarantees Commitments Spot Foreign Exchange Contracts Securities Held Under Custodianship by Bank Proper Trust Department Accounts a) Trust and Agency Accounts b) Unit Investment Trust Fund (UITF) c) Other Trust and Fiduciary Accounts Derivatives Others 571,180.56 ——————TOTAL CONTINGENT ACCOUNTS P 571,180.56 =========== ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

DCDB BOARD OF DIRECTORS JULIO O. SY, SR. Chairman and President GILBERT PAUL L. UYMATIAO Treasurer and Director SILVESTRE H. SUNG Director MIGUEL A. DIAZ, JR. Director LAWRENCE D. LIMKAICHONG, JR. Director NICOLAS S. RAMASUYPITCHING Director SUSANO O. SY Director CHRISTOPHER A. BELL-KNIGHT Director ALVIN Y. TAN-UNJO Director GREGORIO L. UYMATIAO, JR. Director DANFORD S. SY Director DIRKIE Y. PALMA Corporate Secretary EDGAR L. CALINAWAGAN Executive Vice-President DCDB’s Subsidiary ·Rural Bank of Sibulan Total Resources: P25,735,384.87

Non-Performing Loans (NPLs) P 28,565,909.66 Ratio of Non-Performing Loans to Total Loan Portfolio (NPL to TLP) 8.68% Classified Loans & Other Risk Assets 204,759,000.00 Specific provision for loan losses 31,528,953.45 Return on Equity (ROE) 32.76% DOSRI loans and receivables 3,861,227.09 Past due DOSRI loans and receivables 0.00 Ratio of Past due DOSRI loans and receivables to TLP 0.00 Compliance with Magna Carta – 6% for Small Enterprises 0.00 a) 6% Small Enterprises 19.09% b) 2% for Medium Enterprises 7.77% Capital Adequacy Ratio (CAR) on Solo basis, under Cir. No. 538 or 0.00 Cir. No. 280, as applicable a) Total CAR 27.06% b) TIER 1CAR 26.63% Deferred Charges Not Yet Written Down Unbooked Allowance for Probable Losses on Financial Instruments Received REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES ) DUMAGUETE CITY

) S.S.

I/We, Gilbert Paul L. Uymatiao and Edgar L. Calinawagan of the above-mentioned bank do solemnly swear, that all matters set forth in the above statement of condition are true and correct to the best of my/our knowledge and belief. (Sgd.) GILBERT PAUL L. UYMATIAO Treasurer


(Sgd.) EDGAR L. CALINAWAGAN Executive Vice-President

SUBSCRIBED AND SWORN to before me this 26 day of October 2009 at Dumaguete City, Philippines affiants exhibiting to me his/their Residence Certificate No. 10774415 issued at Dumaguete City on February 23, 2009 and Residence Certificate No. 10773191issued at Dumaguete City on February 17, 2009. (Sgd.) DIRKIE Y. PALMA NOTARY PUBLIC UNTIL DECEMBER 31, 2009 Doc. No. 112 Page No. 23 Book No. IX Series of 2009

The Negros Chronicle November 1, 2009

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are certain, though. Last October 21 (Wednesday), former President Erap Estrada and Makati Mayor Jojo Binay will be proclaimed the UNO (United Opposition) candidates at Plaza Hernandez in Tondo. Not to be outdone, senator Loren Legarda was expected to declare her vice presidential candidacy bid at the historic Luneta last October 23. Legarda clearly articulated that she will remain opposition - throwing ice-cold water to Lakas’ overtures to be Gibo Teodoro’s running mate for the administration. It is public knowledge that Villar and Legarda had been at odds on many issues in recent months although some courtship had ensued for the lady senator to be Villar’s running-mate. Villar’s Nacionalista Party is not throwing the towel in favor of Noynoy yet - but had a rude wake up call - since Villar had topped most of the surveys until the Noynoy Phenomenon surfaced. The Lakas’ optimism banks on its control of local politicians and the residual value of the sitting president, regardless. Meantime, the truism of the “GMA: Kiss of Death” theory and the backlash of the two storms’ aftermath (which will be mostly anti-administration) will be severely tested from hereon till election day. That sort of balances political machinery and everyday realities of Juan de la Cruz. So, what will the political rivals do to dethrone Noynoy from his throne today? At first, they dismissed Noynoy’s first survey win as just a Luzon-NCR phenomenon till the nationwide results shut their mouths quiet. Erstwhile presidential candidate senator Panfilo Lacson had warned Noynoy to watch his back and his steps forward as every bad occasion will be magnified into the blackest and most vicious of propaganda. The “fruit from the good tree” must be stoned down - will be the motto of all Palace pretenders from hereon. Already, the mud-throwing has started. That Noynoy had a lackluster performance as Congressman and senator; that he lacks public speaking skills of his Dad, the flamboyant Ninoy; that he has to explain for the Aquino-Cojuangco families the relative mess at the familyowned Hacienda Luisita; that he is Kris Aquino’s baby boy. That he needs a personality upgrade to presidentiable; that he is Mr. Clueless on the presidency; that he is just one elitist replacing another; that his one million signatures nor the “Piso for Noynoy” did not really take off the ground. That his platform is a spate of generics lacking in specific targets; that his girlfriend top Valenzuela councilor Shalani Soledad at 29 is running for 2nd district congressional seat of Bulacan; that he has not done anything close to what his father Ninoy and mother Cory did for the country. But one must also remember that people had said worse things about Cory when she first challenged Marcos for the presidency in 1986. De facto, she won that contest. If for nothing else, Noynoy the lawyer, a three-time congressman and senator is better prepared for the presidency than his “housewife” mother in 1986. Then, the issue will have to boil down to one: character. The Filipino people must continue to believe that Noynoy has the sterling qualities to qualify him to be the agent of change - a yearning of Filipinos (maybe not translated into People Power, as we know it) that is today as passionate as Lapulapu’s defense of Mactan, the Filipino patriots’ stand at Tirad Pass and the Death March in Bataan in World War II. In that sense, only Noynoy can beat Noynoy. Unless there is a huge stinking skeleton hidden in his Aquino closet or he blows his campaign with an irresponsible position on a grave issue of national gravitas - the Aquino heir of the iconic family is the “man to beat”. Dethroning him would require - definitely - more than just wishful thinking.

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mails & e-mails Christmas in the hermitage ... Dear Editor


must have been dreaming, thinking about Christmas in this time of the year. Though, if any, I’ll choose not to think of Christmas at all. Commemorating Jesus’ birth is not as it used to be in a place many would never wish to set foot enough to call home. Christmas…Yes! It’s for fun, gaiety, laughter, love. I had not known Christmas would be without peace and freedom until last year. For someone in the mid-twenties, Christmas is not at all for lights, foods, music, gifts, reasons many would look forward to. I know there are people who do not celebrate, not because they haven’t got a chance or didn’t believe at all. Oftentimes, no food to feed their hungry mouths to fill their empty stomachs. We celebrated last Christmas with no lights on. Christmas greetings had been whispered. Perhaps, Christmas is for joy, merry-making and yet we’re afraid to even sing. Why? Because of war! Maybe Christmas is just for those who can afford, for those who are at peace or for those who are free. Maybe Christmas is for those who are at home. (Even Jesus was born in a manger.) A hillock-like shadow huddled as one in a dump corner of a nipa hut, numb fingers grasping the blankets to keep them warm in the cold night. They think not a gift this Christmas and yet they thank God for a home (in the land they never own). A clearing, or a foxhole, in a place so unknown to them, in a place many think would never hold life and yet they thank God for another Christmas. But there are people who offered as shepherds without herds, hammock is their only bed. They may have the material blessings, a house to come home to. They left everything for their idealisms. They chose to wander in search for a new day waiting for the sun to rise where it sets. Will they feel the spirit of Christmas enough to think what they’ve done on us? War has caused why others chose the tree shades as shelter. Insurgency has let many others to choose the forest as their only known address. Christmas was supposed to be for love when you are not at peace, free. Maybe it is not love at all, most especially for those who lost their homes. Refugees of war… Is there any reason to celebrate Christmas? Justice, freedom, peace count the most important blessings. Somehow it’s taken for granted. We’ll just realize its importance the moment we lose them. Now! It’s not enough to wonder… It’s not making any sense to curse the day and yet wished night would never come. With a glass of water to feed our hungry mouths, fresh air to fill our empty stomach, we could still celebrate. Just think we are free at peace. We may never have the material blessings. We should ignore the lump in our throats and smile. Just laugh though sigh would soon follow. Others said father and mother and child have no reason to celebrate. Others said Christmas would be without fear for mother and father since the child was slaughtered in an encounter (most especially when they believed this loving child was in a medical mission). What joy Christmas can be than to see stars appear again in our gloomy skies. What glad in our hearts than to know that no more walls would lock us inside, no more guns, bullets that would hunt us in our sleep, no more war that would keep us apart from home. I may never would have written the best, a few somehow resent, but many would agree, a lot more would appreciate the message, and a handful would understand. I tried my best to make you understand the reason of this misery that ruined the stability of our security. Hence, the fragments should be restored before the buccaneer would come and take it. I wish that people would still hope that everything will be alright. After fearful and sleepless nights, a new day would come. Despite the hardships, still lies the way towards freedom from our fears. There are people we could rely. They would think of us this Christmas. They will protect the lines not to be severed by interventions. They will restore our love to our nation not to be altered by any philosophy. They will give us back the peace, justice and freedom. Even in war they’ll refuse to falter. I would never think of any gifts this Christmas. I know it would be as exciting as before, joining my family in greetings infront of an unlighted Christmas tree. We would whisper our wishes and greetings, just as we would have noche buena with no lights on. There is enough reason to peer out of our window. To wait from our doors, not for Santa Claus (in red?camouflage, black bonnet?) (Never!!!) but the little children, to hear them sing again. Merry Christmas. (THE FOOTHILLS OF LANGUB) Postscript: With the recent turn of events, we’re stunned to know what’s happening right at the doorstep of insurgency. How about those who are locked inside the stone walling, hiding behind the iron curtain and those who are in unfathomable dungeon? What more horrifying to know…? It’s true Lt. Captain Lunas, Lt. Diaz, what you said. Now, for over a year, it’s kinda late to say I realized that there’s still way to redeem myself. I still am, this day, someone at the window casting smiles you must have thought of a captive audience as your hand waved goodbye. The freedom that we enjoy today is the gift of a lifetime. You are the Santas I’ll think of this Christmas… “Gang.”

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2 * Habitat for Humanity Dinner 7:00pm-9:00pm Agape Ecumenical Service 5:00pm-7:00pm Joshua 1 3 * CERNET RN Tutorial 8:00am-6:00pm Joshua 2 Cellular Recruitment Interview 8:00am4 ** Sun 4:00pm Agape RN Tutorial 8:00am-6:00pm Joshua 2 & Divina Wedding 9:30am-11:30am Jordan 5 ** Shady 1&2 RN Tutorial 8:00am-6:00pm Joshua 2 KDI Seminar 3:00pm-5:00pm Jordan 3 6 *** Makabayan Launching 1:00pm-5:00pm Jordan 2 of Christian Businessmen & Professionals Breakfast Fellowship 7:00am-9:00am 7 * Brotherhood Joshua 1 * Southdale Faculty & Staff Meeting 8:00am-3:00pm Jordan 3 * Reliv Philippines Seminar 9:00am-4:00pm Agape * Happy 1st Birthday Shandra Leigh 4:00pm-7:00pm Jordan 1&2 * Romeo & Mary Jane Wedding 4:00pm-7:00pm Joshua 1&2 * Study of the Word 7:00pm-9:00pm Agape Oikodomeo Fellowship 9:00am-11:00am Jordan 3 8 *** Happy Living Hope Fellowship 10:00am-12:00pm Joshua 2 Christening Lyndsey 11:00am-1:00pm Joshua 1 * Real Life Church 2:00pm-4:00pm Jordan 3 * Solidrock Worship Service 5:30pm-7:30pm Jordan 3 * Happy 18th Birthday Mariel Regencia 7:00pm9:00pm Jordan 1&2

Army to secure ... From page 15 ence. He advised the politicians to inform the Philippine

Army in advance where they intend to conduct campaign sorties so that the routes and the areas can be secured by government forces. The military has long warned politicians not to pay the rebels so they can be allowed to campaign in hinterland barangays because it would appear they are helping the communist movement to increase its strength and capacity to launch anti-government attacks. Yano vowed to work closely with the Commission on Elections particularly in securing areas that will be placed under COMELEC control. He assures the poll body, that the military is committed to ensure peaceful, honest and free elections in 2009.

COA rules ... From page 15 child of former 3rd District Rep. Herminio “Meniong” Teves, which has now been replicated in other parts of the country even as its implementation has been devolved to the schools. Under the program, children who are attending public schools are given free and nutritious meals jointly prepared by parents and teachers with the ultimate objective of improving attendance and classroom performance. Teachers and parents have given positive review of the program, now becoming a major source of enthusiasm among education stakeholders. Meanwhile, Limkaichong said that public schools of Tayasan, Ayungon and Canlaon City have started their respective feeding program last October 28 and 29.

Ousted village... From page 15 captain of falsification of public documents. The decision of the municipal council to suspend Calijan from office until November 2009 is final and executory. Atty. Santiago Sameon, Calijan’s counsel, pointed out that under the Local Government Code of 1991, the municipal council has only about 90 days or three months to investigate and decide on complaints against barangay officials. Sameon maintains that the municipal council has failed to comply with the 90 days reglamentary period in probing and penalizing his client. Sameon said he will charge the vice-mayor and the councilors for ignorance of the law. Mayor Isidro Bayawa, who immediately sworn into office Dalaupon first councilor Nicasio Largado, has been charged for abuse of authority when he decided to suspend Calijan earlier for one month even as the reglamentary period has long elapsed.

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“In California, our grand-daughters Alexia and Tai Noelle join trick-or-treat parties”, the wife mused. “Here, grandchildren bring flowers and light candles for family graves. And those graves will include ours, sooner rather than later.” The celeberations do differ But the essentials remain. “We give them back to you O Lord, who first gave them to us,” an ancient prayer of this day says. “Yet, as you do not lose in giving, so we have not lost them by their return. Death is only a horizon. And a horizon is the limit of our sight. “We thank you for the deep sense of mystery that lies beyond our mortal dust. Lift us up, that we may see further, as one by one, you gather scattered families, from the strife and weariness of time, to the peace of eternity.” The liturgy for All Souls spotlights this reality. “For unto your faithful, O Lord, life is changed, not taken away,” the priest leads in the Eucharist’s preface. The same theme resonates wherever religious or laymen pray the “Liturgy of the Hours”. Our children, let alone, grandchildren belong to the post-Vatican II generation. They never heard the Dies Irae ( “Day of Wrath” ), chanted at requiem services of our long-vanished youth. Tuba mirum spargen sonum / Per sepulchra regionum/ Coget omnes ante thronum, the choir would sing. My now-hazy freshman Latin translates that into: “Trumpets blare through sepulchers, calling all to appear before judgement’s throne.” “We can talk with those called before us,” Oblate professor Ron Rolheiser explains. “Our relationship with them can grow: Reconciliation that wasn’t possible before their deaths can occur.” “We call that ‘the communion of saints,’” Father Rolheiser writes. Enshrined in the Creed, it asks us to believe that we’re still in a real community of life and in communication with those who have died. “Often in a family, a friendship or community, we experience tension, anger, differences, hurts that can’t be undone. And then everything changes because someone dies. Death brings a peace, a clarity, and a charity, not possible before. Why? “It’s not simply because death took someone out of the family, office, or circle of friends, or even, as source of tension. It happens because, as Luke’s account teaches, death washes things clean. “‘Today you will be with me in paradise!” Jesus spoke those words to the good thief on the cross. They’re meant for every one of us who dies without having had time and opportunity to make all the amends and speak all the apologies we owe. “There is still time after death, on both sides, for reconciliation and healing to happen. Because inside the communion of saints, we have privileged access to each other. And there we can finally speak all of those words that we couldn’t speak before. We can reach across death’s divide. “It is a gift to die a happy death, reconciled in love, with no unfinished business. But, happily, there’s time still after death for this to happen for those of us who aren’t so lucky and who end up dying with some bitterness, anger, wound and frustration still gnawing away.” On All Souls’ Day, news


O R D E R Petitioner, in his verified petition alleges that he was born on October 22, 1977 in Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental, and his fact of birth was duly recorded before the Office of the Local Civil Registrar of Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental. However, in his record of birth as to his sex was erroneously entered as FEMALE instead of MALE. Thus, this petition. The petition being sufficient in form and substance, let the same be heard on June 18, 2010 at 8:30 o’clock in the morning, at the session hall of this court along Severino “Nene” Martinez Street, Bayawan City. Interested parties are hereby enjoined to appear on the aforesaid date, time and place and show cause why the petition should not be granted. Let this Order be published immediately, at the expense of the petitioner, for once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks at a newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Negros Oriental and its five component cities. Furnish copies of this order to the Solicitor General, the Local Civil Registrar of Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental, the petitioner and his counsel. SO ORDERED. GIVEN in Chamber this 20th day of March 2009 at Bayawan City, Negros Oriental, Philippines. (Sgd) RODERICK A. MAXINO The Negros Chronicle Acting Presiding Judge Nov. 1, 8 & 15, 2009 issue

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tials. We are being detached from our true human foundation as we are slowly being made into slaves, victims and preys of the predatory side of our increasingly technocratic culture. With this frame of mind, our grip of reality hardly goes beyond what is instantly practical, pleasurable, popular. We get hooked to a kneejerk, Pavlovian way of reacting, without giving any thought to long-range effects. We get restricted to the material and sensual aspects of our life, forgetting the spiritual and supernatural. We find it harder nowadays to pray, to find leisure time with family and friends, etc. We get prodded to act without giving due attention to thinking and planning. In its wake, we can find the debris of disorder not only in the physical and external order, but also and more seriously in the internal side, since our sense of values and priorities are pressured to go haywire. In short, we are being emptied of our substance as persons desks are swamped with humdrum reports: traffic jams, jostling crowds, crammed cemeteries, etc. “Is that all there’s to this?”, an editor wearily asked. No, it’s not. The familiar can blur realities beyond the customary. Still, the central — and stunning — reality remains of life beyond a handful of ashes. “We Filipinos use the idiom itaga mo sa bato to assert our utmost confidence, Pastor Lino Pantoja writes. Such were Job’s exact words: “Oh, that my words were engraved in rock forever.”These words were uttered 2,500 years before Easter morning. They are called Job’s “primitive theology of the Resurrection.” But on All Souls Day 2009, they sound stunningly current: “I know that my Redeemer lives. And in the end, He will stand forth upon the earth. And after my skin shall have been destroyed, yet in my flesh I shall see God.” ( E-mail: )


and as children of God, and are massaged to become hollow automatons, reacting only to external or mechanical stimuli, and not anymore acting from a soul. For sure, technology offers us a lot of advantages. As the Pope says, technology “draws us out of our physical limitations and broadens our horizon.” But we have to make sure that technology is used properly, that is, directed by a solid sense of moral responsibility on our part. It should not just be allowed to fascinate us with its many possibilities. The immense sense of freedom that it gives should be accompanied by a well-grounded sense of responsibility. Therefore, we have to work out a program of formation on the “ethically responsible use of technology.” This obviously will require an interdisciplinary approach, since the requirements of our spiritual and material dimensions, of faith and science should be met. There can be the usual learning-curve involved here, where the beginning of the process would involve a lot of effort, investments, the mess of the trial-and-error or the experimentation stage, etc. But the basic principles and goals should be made clear. Technology should serve us in our objective needs, and not the other way around. It should make us better persons, better parents and children, better workers and students. Most of all, it should make us better children of God, who know how to live the fullness of charity in the very midst of our mundane and temporal affairs that now rely a lot on technology. The program of formation should focus on how virtues can be pursued and continually developed amid many competing values. The skill of discernment should be enhanced. When to say, yes and go, and when to say, no and stop and reject, should be learned. Again for Christians, the ultimate test is whether the use of technology will make us be more like Christ! Short of that, we open ourselves to danger.

LICENSED OCCUP ATIONAL THERAPIST OCCUPA For children with special needs: Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation, ADHD, Developmental Delay, Sensory Integration Disorders. By: appointment (on weekends). Contact:

Jeffrey V. Real, OTRP

Chief Occupational Therapist Braingate Development School and Rehabilitation Center “All children are gifts from God. Indeed, they are special.”

Cell no. 0919-8988858 Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT 7th Judicial Region Branch 45 Bais City IN THE MATTER OF CORRECTING THE ENTRY OF THE BIRTH RECORD OF MONICO ABRIL, JR. AND IGENITA IN THE OFFICE OF THE MUNICIPAL CIVIL REGISTRAR OF MABINAY, NEGROS ORIENTAL Spl. Proc. No. MY-09-32 ANECITA B. ABRIL, Petitioner, – versus – HERMINIA M. PERAS, in her Capacity as the MUNICIPAL REGISTAR OF MABINAY, NEG. OR Respondent. x———————————————————————/


Before this Court is a verified petition for Correction of Entries in the Borth Record of Monico Abril, Jr. and Igenita Abril filed through counsel, Atty. Benjamin H. Lajot, Jr., praying that after due notice, publication and hearing, an order shall issue directing the office of the Municipal Civil Registrar of Mabinay, Negros Oriental to change the entry of birth of Monico Abril, Jr. from 1985 to 1983, and the entry of birth of Igenita Abril from 1983 to 1982. Finding the petition to be sufficient in form and substance, the court sets the initial hearing thereof on November 18, 2009 at 8:30 o’clock in the morning, at the Session Hall of this court at which date, time and place, all interested persons may appear and show cause, if any, why the petition should not be granted. Let this Order be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Negros Oriental and its component cities once a week for at least three (3) consecutive weeks, before the date of hearing. Petitioner is hereby directed to furnish the Municipal Civil Registrar of Mabinay, Negros Oriental of this order with a copy of the petition and its annexes and to the Office of the Solicitor General with address at 134 Amorsolo Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City and show proof of service thereof. SO ORDERED. Bais City, Philippines, September 3, 2009. (Sgd.) CANDELARIO V. GONZALEZ Judge Negros Chronicle Oct. 25, Nov. 1, 8, 2009


Good touch, ... (Kojak)

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taught that will not traumatize her. (NOTE: I use the term “her” because most victims are female but the rules also apply to boys.) FIRST RULE: There are no secrets from mother. If someone tells you it is “secret” and not to tell anyone, the first person you must tell is your mother. That might ruin a couple of surprise birthday parties but the sacrifice is worth it. SECOND RULE: Good touch; Bad touch. Pinoy people have the lovely custom of showing respect for their elders by touching their head to the elder’s hand. This sign of respect is called “Mano Po.” This is an example of “Good Touch.” Anyone touching a child between the legs without the mother’s permission is an example of “Bad Touch.” All bad touching must be reported to mother as soon as it happens. Children have the natural tendency to respect, trust and obey adults. It is up to us to protect their innocence from those who would exploit that trust.

NOTICE OF AUCTION All unredeemed pledges left during the month of June 2009 of the ff CEBUANA LHUILLIER PAWNSHOP branches will be sold at Public Auction on November 7, 2009 At Satellite Public Market, Bais City (8:30 am) • Aguinaldo Street, Bais City • Satellite Public Market, Bais City At National Hi-way, Tanjay City (8:00 am) • National Hi-way, Tanjay City • Magallanes Street, Tanjay City • Poblacion Amlan, Negros Oriental At Rizal Blvd., Dumaguete City (8:30 am) • Public Market, Sibulan, Negros Oriental • North Road Bricktown Daro, Dumaguete City • 149 Gov. M. Perdices St., Dumaguete City • Mabini Cor. Pinili Street, Dumaguete City • Cor. Cervantes & Independencia Street, Dumaguete City • # 57 Silliman Avenue, Dumaguete City • Building 5, Public Market, Dumaguete City • Sta. Catalina Street, Dumaguete City • Rizal Blvd., Dumaguete City • Cor. Maria Cristina & Legaspi Street, Dumaguete City • Cor. Perdices & Sta. Rosa St., Dumaguete City • San Jose St., Dumaguete City At National highway Siaton, Negros Oriental (8:30 am) • National highway Siaton, Negros Oriental • Poblacion Basay, Negros Oriental • 1160 Rizal St., Tinago Bayawan, Negros Oriental • Juan Luna Street, Brgy. Poblacion, Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental At Poblacion, Jimalalud, Negros Oriental (8:30am) • Poblacion, Jimalalud, Negros Oriental • Corner S. Villanueva St., Guihulngan, Negros Oriental • Door 3, Public Market, Tayasan, Negros Oriental • 295 Lumbangan Mabinay Neg. Or. at North Poblacion, Larena Siquijor (8:30am) • North Poblacion, Larena Siquijor • Atad Street Public Market, Siquijor, Siquijor • Catamboan, Lazi, Siquijor


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